Friday, June 12, 2009

Maoists planning attack?

KOLKATA, 11 JUNE: Faced with a shortage of arms and ammunition, Maoists have been gearing up to launch fresh attacks along the West Bengal -Jharkhand border to loot firearms.
All police stations and outposts in Maoist infested blocks in the state have been put on high alert after sleuths belonging to the state Intelligence Branch (IB) informed their seniors posted in IB headquarters at Lord Sinha Road that Maoists have been planning to attack police camps to increase their stock of weaponry.
IB sources said Maoists operating in villages close to the West Bengal - Jharkhand border are facing a shortage of weapons in the wake of a massive crackdown launched by the police force in Jharkhand recently. Over the past few weeks, security forces in Jharkhand reportedly seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Maoist infested villages. An IB official said a report on this will be submitted to the state home department soon. It may be recalled that armed Maoist cadres have killed three policemen and looted arms at Sarenga near Bankura last week.
According to a senior state police officer, more than 2,000 policemen are now posted in Maoist infested blocks in Midnapore West, Bankura and Purulia districts. Apart from this, several camps of Specially Trained Army Company ~ a specialised wing that the State Armed Police had set up with the help of the Army to deal with Maoists ~ and the CRPF have been posted to tackle the Maoist menace in these three districts. IB officials also added that a top Maoist leader ~ Kishanji ~ who is the the second command-in-chief of the CPI (Maoist) ~ is in hiding in Midnapore West.
When contacted, Mr Kuldiep Singh, Inspector General (IG) of police, Western Range, said policemen posted in Maoist infested areas are always on alert. On intelligence report about possible Maoist strike in police camps, he said: “I can't share information relating to the intelligence branch because of security reasons. What all I can say is that we are on full alert.” ;Rajib Chatterjee

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