Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Punjab under Maoist threat: Police chief

December 1st, 2009

Chandigarh, Dec 1 (IANS) Punjab is facing a big threat from Maoists, who are gradually establishing their base in the state, feels the head of the state police force.

“Two years back a Naxalite (Maoist) leader Dubey had come to Punjab; he travelled all across the state and tried to form various committees. Recently we have rounded up one such zonal committee and we are trying to track others,” P.S. Gill, director general of Punjab Police, told reporters here Tuesday.

He added: “Naxalites have spread all across the state. In the past few months, Punjab has seen agitations by farmers and employee organisations and the left wing extremist (LWE) elements have made inroads into these organisations.”

Punjab Police has recently constituted a special cell in the intelligence wing for monitoring the activities of LWE elements in the state.

“The police response mechanism has been accordingly geared-up to tackle Naxalism. A few months back, we had arrested senior functionaries of the CPI-Maoist and unearthed the state and zonal Maoist committees,” pointed out Gill.

Police here has also busted nine terrorist modules and arrested 46 terrorists this year.

“Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) modules have been neutralised with the arrest of dreaded terrorists and recovery of rifles, revolvers, RDX, explosive material, detonators, and cartridges,” said Gill.

The police have also made sizeable recovery of contraband in 2009 up to October.

Gill stated: “We have seized nearly 140 kilograms of heroin and 593 kilograms of opium. The state special operations cell of the intelligence wing has busted several inter-state gangs of drug traffickers and also arrested foreign nationals involved in this illegal trade.”

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Punjab police creates special cell to deal with Naxalite problem
Satinder Bains
Tuesday, 01 December 2009

Naxalites have made inroads into farmers, employees organisations

CHANDIGARH: Alarmed at the increasing Naxalites threat, Punjab police has constituted a special Naxalite cell headed by SP-rank officer in the Intelligence wing for monitoring the activities of Left Wing Extremist (LWE) elements.

Punjab Director General of Police, P.S.Gill Tuesday said that the state has witnessed agitations by farmer and employee organizations and the LWE elements have made inroads in these organizations.

He said that the police response mechanism has been accordingly geared-up and recently the state police arrested senior functionaries of the CPI(Maoist) and unearthed the state and zonal Maoist committees.

Gill further disclosed that Punjab police has busted nine terrorist modules with the arrest of 46 terrorists in recent past. The two terrorist crimes which occurred on the same day i.e. July 28, 2009 the murder of Lilly Kumar of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) and attack on Rulda Singh, the President of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) have been worked out successfully with busting of associated terrorist modules thereby foiling all terrorist efforts at revival. The Punjab end of the explosives consignment recovered by Rajasthan police in September 2009 was also worked out with the arrest of the intended recipients.

Gill said that the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) modules have been neutralized with the recovery of 3 rifles, 21 revolvers, 2.56 kgs RDX, 3.975 kgs explosive material, 9 detonators, and 176 cartridges.

Punjab DGP said that highly trained and specially equipped Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams of company- strength have been created in every range, and are being provided with dedicated transport.

These SWAT teams would enable the state police to discharge its responsibilities as the first responders in any terrorist or crisis situation. The SWAT teams are under the direct command and control of the range DIG. The team members will be armed with the best assault rifles and support weapons in the international market. The teams would be provided with bullet-proof transport, light weight bullet-proof jackets and helmets, and each member will have hands free radio set. The SWAT teams would be properly trained in all aspects of counter-terrorism.

Punjab Police has decided to raise special anti-riot squads for making available trained personnel for responding to law & order situations.

Gill stated that in the last five months, focus of the Punjab Police has been on building capacity and infrastructure for delivering better police services to the citizens and combating the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking in the state.

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