Saturday, August 08, 2009

'Vulnerable areas have fallen prey'

Express News Service First Published : 08 Aug 2009 09:15:43 AM ISTLast Updated : 08 Aug 2009 12:20:16 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Their stronghold increasing by the day, Left wing rebels are now capable of positional warfare in some pockets of South Orissa.

There are regions where they have moved to advanced guerilla stage and could hold parallel administration too.

Top officers of the State Police Friday dealt at length the growth of Maoist base in the State and said the vulnerable pockets have fallen into a vicious circle.

“Since there was under-development, Maoists were able to spread their base.

Now, that they enjoy stronghold, development is being blocked,’’ Director, (Intelligence) Prakash Mishra said, citing opposition to Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri district.

He was addressing a national seminar on “Human rights and counter terrorist operations,” organised by the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy with support from Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi.

In parts of Malkangiri and Koraput’s Narayanpatna, he said, the Maoists can actually engage security forces since they have developed hold. In the other regions, they basically adopt the hit-and-run tactics of guerilla warfare.

Presenting an overall scenario, Mishra said the Maoists are in perspective stage in Angul, Boudh, Kalahandi and Nuapada where they are creating base. In Jajpur, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal, they have reached the early guerilla stage.

The senior cop said, Maoist ideology is gradually breaking down with ransom becoming a major incentive for Red rebels and their presence in mining belts is an example.

The Dandakaranya Special Zone in Chhattisgarh is the manufacturing industry of hardcore criminal elements who have nothing to do with ideology while the Bengal- Jharkhand Orissa Border Committee controls the Saranda forest and its contiguous zone in Orissa where heavy Maoist movement is recorded. Explosive movements and extortions are highlights of the rebels in this zone.

Addressing the police and judicial officers as well as those from the civil society, IG (Operations) Sanjiv Marik said difficult terrains have proved to be a challenge for anti-Naxal operation in the regions under Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee.

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