Thursday, June 04, 2009

Rejuvenated Naxals forming special action force

1 Jun 2009, 0159 hrs IST, Soumittra S Bose, TNN



NAGPUR: Buoyed by recent successes at Markegaon, Mungner and Hatti Gota in Dhanora, Naxals are now targeting bigger goals by forming a strong
assault group of around 100-odd fighters equipped with sophisticated weapons. The group, likely to be christened ‘special force for assault operations’, is in the formation stage presently, with members being hand-picked from local dalams for the purpose.

The newly set up outfit, with occasional reinforcements from Chhattisgarh dalams — Mohala and Pana Baras — is slated to become a formidable assault outfit. The Naxals have already increased their focus on looting arms and weapons, rather than only inflicting casualties, by targeting patrolling parties.

Sources in the Naxal groups say that they are now focussing on operations along the Gadchiroli and Chhattisgarh borders, after their plan to launch a Gadchiroli-Adilabad joint operation was aborted in the recent past.

Aiming to strengthen their operation along Gadchiroli-Chhattisgarh, the Naxals had shifted around 80-90 cadres from Dandakaranya. Cadres from Kurkheda, Chatgaon and Korchi are being promoted more in the Naxal’s new scheme of things.

If local intelligence is to be believed, the once low-profile rebels are now moving about openly in the affected districts of the state, like their stronghold of Gadchiroli. Having completely turned the tables on the police department, with 34 casualties in four months, the Naxals are now a much more aggressive outfit under Mangal Korchami, alias Diwakar, and Sujan Singh Markham, alias Rajesh.
Diwakar and Rajesh were reportedly present in both the carnage, Markegaon (01/02) and Hatti Gota (25/05).

Reports say that the Naxals, who believe in ‘mobile’ warfare, had planned the recent Hatti Gota attack at Nallikasa, Dallikasa and Ambezhari villages, which are almost 20-25 kilometres away from the spot of attack.

Diwakar, an unlikely frail-looking person with a gruesome wound on his hand, reportedly inflicted by a tiger, is the guiding force of the Naxals now. He has been recently promoted as leader, and inducted into the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee. Diwakar’s close aide Rajesh, whose wife Sunanda was gunned down in Chhattisgarh, was the brain behind Hatti Gota attack

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