Wednesday, March 08, 2006

8695 Police stations affected by Naxal menace-- Home Ministry

Over 7000 armed Naxalite cadres present in the country

New Delhi, Mar 08: There are over 7000 armed Naxalites present in the country while 76 districts were affected by Naxalism, Rajya Sabha was told today.

As per available information, the present strength of armed Naxalites is around 7200, Minister of State for Home S P Jaiswal said in a written reply.

Parts of 76 districts in nine states, though in varying degres, were badly affected by Naxal violence, the Minister said.
Jaiswal said reports suggested that the Naxalite groups have been raising funds mainly through extortion and levy/cess on sale/movement of forest produce and other commodities.
He said Centre has adopted a multi-pronged approach to address this menace simultaneously on political, security and development fronts in a holistic and coordinated manner.

Bureau Report

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Centre asks naxal-affected states to take immediate steps

New Delhi: Centre has asked naxal-affected states to take imediate steps for imparting training to police personnel engaged in anti-naxalite operations, Lok Sabha was told today.

A sizeable section of new India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) sanctioned to states also needs to be trained on these lines, Minister of State for Home S P Jaiswal said in a written reply.

For this purpose training facilities/ expertise of central police organisations were being made available to the states, he added.

The expenditure incurred on training to elgibile states is covered under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) and IRB scheme of the Central Government, Jaiswal added.

Fight Maoists to finish

Fight Maoists to finish

THE dastardly killing of 55 tribals by Naxalites on February 28, at Darmagura village in Dantewara district, Chhattisgarh, once again exposes the callous attitude of the UPA government towards managing the internal security of the nation. While Kashmir and the Northeast have been witnessing the free run of the anti-nationals, in the name of political dialogue, the other state governments, with their sparse police force, are being left to defend themselves against Maoist terrorists who are growing to be a dangerous menace.

The increase in the activity of Naxalites in the Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh corridor is a direct result of the policy of cool indulgence in Andhra Pradesh, where the state government gave them the much-needed recouping time by announcing cease-fire for a year in May 2004. The number and intensity of Maoist terror attacks in the neighbouring states have grown since then. Earlier last month, the Maoists raided and looted ammunition and explosives from a National Mineral Development Corporation depot and killed eight CISF jawans here. It is even suspected that it is this explosive that was used to blow up two open trucks carrying tribals who were returning from a peace march, Salwa Judum, an anti-Naxal campaign. They were part of over 15,000 people who attended the Salwa Judum.

The BJP government in Chhattisgarh is keen and sincere in its efforts to get the state rid of Naxals. To this end, it is supporting the Congress MLA from Dantewara and leader of opposition in the assembly Mahendra Karma. Karma took the initiative when people of his constituency approached him under the leadership of Konda Madhukarrao, expressing willingness to fight the Naxal terror. This is a unique experiment where the political differences got submerged in common social good. Both the Congress and the BJP deserve praise in this.

But the state government is ill-equipped in terms of weaponry to fight the Naxals to finish. Added to the trouble is the weak-kneed attitude of the neighbouring state government, ruled by the Congress. The latest massacre too occurred near the Andhra border, clearly indicating that the criminals jumped border and took shelter in the safer terrain.

While the killing of the tribals (unofficial counts put the toll at over a 100) has been glossed over by the Bush-hungry media, the affected state governments and people are appalled by the lack of a coherent and concerned response from the Centre, especially when the Parliament is in session. The Home Minister has been accused in the past also of being too slow to react. The Centre should rush forces to the affected areas and strengthen the hands of not only the state government but also the people who have taken the initiative to fight the Naxalite plague. So far, we have not heard of sufficient compensation package for the wounded and deceased.

The reason why the tribals, who were till recently seen as supporting the Maoists have turned against them is not far to seek. The outfit has no ideology and has become a plunder and loot gang. They recruit women from the tribal areas and use them as maids to cook their food, wash their clothes and also as comfort girls. The confessions of a 27-year-old girl from Andhra who escaped from the clutches of the Naxalites in May 2005 and surrendered to the police is a story of exploitation and abuse. She was taken away from her family at the age of 12, married to a fellow-Naxalite and deserted by him three years later. Similar reports of forced labour, physical abuse and mental torture have come from the other separatist-infested areas in the north-east. Now is the moment for the government in the states and especially the Centre to seize the advantage and use the local disenchantment with terrorists to bring back peace and development in these areas. No movement, however much externally aided it may be, can succeed against a state that is determined. It is this resolve that the government must show.

Community policing gaining popularity with tribals

Tuesday March 7 2006 13:06 IST

MALKANGIRI: The community policing programme seems to have caught the interest of tribals in this part of the State.

Even the ultras’ efforts to wean the tribals away from it have not yielded result. This was evident from their huge participation at the ‘Jansampark Sivir’ organised by the cops here on Saturday.

In fact, tribals, particularly from the Koya community, have been coming out in large numbers to attend the series of ‘Jansampark Sivir’ that were organised at Naxal strongholds, including Kalimela, Motu and Chitrakonda areas.

According to a senior police officer of the district, participation of tribals in the community policing programme has given a boost to their morale.

“They are now gradually realising that police are not their enemy,” he added. The community policing programme is being carried out at various places of the district daring the Naxal threat.

Since it isn’t an anti-Naxal campaign and focuses entirely on community activities for the benefit of tribals, the latter seem impressed.


13:38 IST
The naxal-affected states have been asked to take immediate steps for imparting training to police personnel engaged in anti-naxalite operations in counter-insurgency and jungle warfare. A sizeable section of new India Reserve Battalions sanctioned to the States is also to be trained on these lines. For this purpose, training facilities and expertise of central police organisations are made available to the states.

The expenditure incurred on training to the eligible states is covered under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) and India Reserve Bn. Scheme of the Central Government.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Home, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


Fourteen Suspected Maoists Arrested in Patna District

Patna: March 7, 2006

The Patna police, on Monday, arrested fourteen Maoist sympathizers, including four women from Alamganj area following a raid on Monday morning and also siezed several Naxal literature and documents detailing Jehanabad jail attack, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kundan Krishnan said.

All the arrested persons belong to Naxal-infested areas like Gaya, Gaurichak and Sampatchak and were in Patna to attend the International Women's Day rally in Patna on Tuesday.

The four women are members of the Nari Mukti Sangh, an offshoot of Naxal outfits, the police said.

A lawyer representing the women, however, condemned the Tuesday arrest calling it an attack on the democratic principles of the nation. "These women have always participated in the Women's Day rally in Patna and the state police had no good reason to arrest them," Patna High Court lawyer Basant Kumar Chowdhary said while demanding immediate release of the women

On Naxal trail, Chhattisgarh slips in gag law


With all eyes on the government-sponsored and opposition-backed Salva Judum campaign in Chhattisgarh, in a quiet move two months ago, the government armed itself with draconian powers that can be used to gag the media in the name of fighting Naxalites.
The Chhattisgarh Special Protection Bill, 2005, passed in the Assembly’s winter session in December, can land journalists in trouble for interviewing Naxal leaders or even reporting about their meetings. There was no discussion in the House as the opposition Congress was boycotting the proceedings over another issue at the time.

The Governor has referred the Bill to the President, and he is yet to give his assent.

Though the stated objective of the legislation is to deal with persons and organisations engaged in ‘‘disruptive activities’’, the terminology used is vague and can be interpreted to include media interviews. Covering Maoist functions like martyrs’ week is a sure invitation for trouble.

Under the Bill, ‘‘Unlawful activities in relation to any person or organisation mean any act committed by any person or the organisation either by committing or by uttering words or in writing form or by indication or by visual representation or otherwise.’’

Those ‘‘supporting’’ Maoist organisations, or ‘‘aiding’’ and ‘‘abetting’’ their members can be detained for up to three years and their property confiscated. Those ‘‘managing’’ an unlawful organisation or ‘‘assisting’’ or ‘‘giving encouragement’’ to it ‘‘through any means or medium’’ can be jailed for at least three years. Those who commit or abet an ‘‘unlawful activity’’ can be jailed for seven years.

With the term ‘‘encouragement’’ being so broad, another target of the legislation could be NGOs working in backward areas like Bastar. A person or organisation can be penalised merely for holding a particular political view. Unbridled powers have also been conferred on district magistrates and the state government can suo motu review any decision taken by them without issuing notices to the affected persons, robbing them of their right to appeal.

‘‘It’s a dangerous Act. The government can take action against the media and send almost anyone behind bars,’’ says former home minister and Congress MLA Nandkumar Patel.

Former education minister and Congress MLA Satyanarayan Sharma hopes the President will return the Bill. ‘‘Who will guarantee that the legislation won’t be used by the government against innocents or political adversaries?’’ he asks. Sharma adds that the Bill should have at least been sent to a Vidhan Sabha committee for discussion.

The fears may not be unfounded. Last year, a group of journalists had met Naxal leader Bhupati in Polampalli in Bastar. While justifying the movement and charging that even deaths due to personal enmity between villagers were blamed on Naxalites, Bhupati had passed on to the journalists interception of a police wireless conversation in which a senior officer could be heard giving instructions that journalists on their way to cover a Naxal event be targeted. A newspaper had printed the excerpts along with Bhupati’s interview.

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties and other voluntary organisations are planning to challenge the Bill in the apex court. PUCL is planning a national convention on the issue in about a fortnight.

Home Minister Ramvichar Netam, however, has claimed that the law won’t be used against journalists and, in any case, it can be amended if need be. ‘‘The Act is basically meant to curb terrorist activities and the government has applied its mind before moving the legislation,’’ says BJP MLA Rajesh Munat.


Police Combs Dumaria to Nab Moists Responsible for Sunday Attack

Gaya: March 7, 2006

The state police, in the wake of the Naxal-police encounter in Dumaria in Gaya district this past Sunday morning, issued a red alert in the region while also enhancing the security measures to prevent further such attacks even as para-military force, in conjunction with local policemen, conducted raids at a number of places to nab the extremists.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Kumar Jain said with six companies of para-military force, the Gaya police was conducting round the clock raids though no one had been arrested despite the passage of nearly 48 hours since the fierce gun battle that ensued between the extremists and Dumaria police resulting in the death of at least three, and as many as a dozen, ultras on Sunday morning.

Jain, however, said the police had found the names of some very prominent ultra leaders and their general area of activities. "Based on the information that we have been able to compile in last two days, we have intensified the raids to capture some of the very big names in the Maoist Bihar," he said.

Clearly demoralized by the Dumaria police's bravado in not only successfully countering the insurgents during the nearly six hours gun battle but but also killing a handful of them despite the extremists outnumbering the cops by roughly 50 to 1, a majority of Naxals have gone underground to regroup and re-think their future actions, the SP said.

Seven killed in Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh

Press Trust of India

RAIPUR, March 6. — Seven persons were killed and 26 injured when Naxals carried out attacks in the Bastar region and blew up a bus in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said today.
Five persons were killed and 20 injured in Naxal attacks on relief camps, a police station and Basaguda village in Bastar region, about 500 km from the state capital, last night. The ultras also abducted five villagers, police said. Additional police personnel have been rushed to the Bastar region and the entire area has been cordoned off, police added. In Bijapur, two persons were killed and six injured when Naxals blew up a mini-bus in a landmine blast near Timapur today, state intelligence chief Mr Sant Kumar Paswan said.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Murder at kangaroo court

- CPM man killed in Bengal q Loot bid in Bihar q Chhattisgarh station raided

Midnapore, March 5: Suspected Maoists in battle fatigues herded out nine CPM activists to a field in West Midnapore last night, executed the group leader and spared the others to tell the chilling tale of a kangaroo trial.

The attack came a few hours after CPM state secretary Anil Biswas gave a call in the same district to party activists to counter the Naxalites. The nine had returned from Biswas’s meeting.

The murder lengthens the list of casualties in Maoist violence in the poll-bound state — last Sunday, four people were killed in a landmine blast in Belpahari, 35 km from the site of the latest attack.

Police said a group of eight Maoists, including a woman, carried out last night’s raid on Harulia village in Lalgarh, around 180 km from Calcutta.

The extremists went to a house where the CPM activists had assembled. “A small gathering, headed by Kartik Singha, was discussing Biswas’s instruction to counter the Maoists,” Banibrata Basu, the inspector general of police, western range, said.

Singha, in his forties, and the others were taken to the field and ordered to sit down. “They suddenly asked Singha to come forward,” Bhim Soren, who was beaten and left tethered to a tree, said today. “We were asked to keep our heads down. They were shouting at Singha, asking him why he had become a police informer for Rs 200. They also accused him of raping women. Then Singha was ordered to face the jungle nearby.

“We then heard four shots. When we looked up, Singha was lying on the ground.”

The seven others were let off with a message: “Quit the CPM within seven days or meet Singha’s fate.”

Biswas said in Calcutta that it was “a cowardly act”. “If they had guts, they could have raided a big meeting. Why did they resort to such a cowardly act?” he asked.


Three CPI(Maoist) activists were killed and two constables injured in an encounter in Bihar’s Gaya district last night, sources said today.

Deputy inspector-general (Magadh range) Arvind Pandey said over 100 Left-wing extremists attacked Dumaria police station late last night in an apparent attempt to loot firearms. An encounter followed in which three Naxalites were killed, he claimed.

Two policemen were also injured, Pandey said, adding that the “spirited” police action forced the Maoists to retreat. The police station and the adjoining residence of the officer in-charge were partially damaged.

How India Can Arrest Spread of Maoist Menace: Andy Mukherjee

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- If you invest in India and haven't heard of the Maoist guerrillas known as the Naxalites, then Lord Meghnad Desai would want you to quickly come up to speed.

Speaking to investors in Shanghai last month, Desai, a professor at the London School of Economics, put the relentless spread of the militant anti-state movement right at the top of his list of concerns about India between now and 2015.

``The Naxalites thrive where tribal groups live off arid or barren lands and where the politically powerful have pocketed the returns from forests and other assets, which used to be common property but are now nationalized or privatized,'' said Desai, a Labour Party peer in the U.K.'s upper house of parliament.

``There's no immediate danger to the Indian state since it is capable of immense repression,'' the Indian-born economist continued. ``But the democratic system of which India is justly proud will exacerbate rather than ease the tension in the fight with Naxalite forces.''

Investors should take note of Desai's concerns. Some of the 12 Indian states where the Maoists are active happen to be rich in iron ore, coal, bauxite, manganese and other minerals, and have the potential to attract billions of dollars in investments.

That's a compelling reason for Rotterdam-based Mittal Steel Co. and its South Korean rival Posco to seek a decisive response from the government in tackling the menace.

Mittal, Posco

Mittal wants to build a $9 billion steel plant in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, where 125 people were killed in Naxalite violence last year. Posco is sinking $12 billion into neighboring Orissa, where the damage to property from such incidents was 10 million rupees ($225,000) in 2005, a 50-fold increase from 2004.

Posco has already had a taste of the troubles that may lie ahead, albeit indirectly. On Jan. 2, a crowd of more than 1,000 tribal villagers turned violent as they protested the building of a boundary wall at the site of Mumbai-based Tata Steel Ltd.'s proposed 6 million-ton steel plant in Orissa. Thirteen people, including a policeman, were killed.

``We're shaken up by this incident,'' said Jeong Tae-Hyun, who heads Posco's steel and iron-ore venture in India, its biggest overseas investment. ``We're shocked that people can revolt against construction of a wall on a piece of land that belongs to a company for which the government has already paid the required compensation.''

India's federal government is acutely aware of the growing reach and capabilities of the Maoist guerrillas, though it's yet to tackle the threat with anything resembling a national plan.


From 2001 to 2005, more than 3,000 people were killed during guerrilla attacks, many of them policemen, state informers and local politicians.

The Naxalites, who have a core armed group of 10,000 or so and are connected with their Maoist counterparts in Nepal, want to capture state power. They order executions in ``people's courts'' and ambush police vehicles with landmines. Last month, they delivered their revolutionary propaganda on compact discs to lawmakers in the central-eastern state of Chhattisgarh.

Saji Cherian, a researcher at the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, noted in a January article in the South Asia Intelligence Review that bamboo, sandalwood and tobacco leaves are major sources of funds for the Maoist guerrillas. Other forest resources, almost a fifth of which are now estimated to be under Naxalite control, and ``taxes'' on state contractors, industrialists and traders also help finance the groups.

A Solution

Engaging the Naxalites in political talks will be futile. The movement, which takes its name from a 1967 peasant uprising in a village called Naxalbari in the eastern state of West Bengal, has long since degenerated into plain terrorism. Naxalites aren't fighting to ease poverty; they're exploiting it.

``What India needs is a government that will have the single will to combat the guerrilla forces and annihilate them and to pursue maximal growth via fiscal discipline,'' Desai said.

I would add a third imperative: rapid urbanization.

When a large mining or metals project, or a dam, displaces tribal people from their natural habitat, they are resettled, if at all, in villages where employment opportunities are rather limited. Once the cash compensation is spent, a family evicted from its ancestral forestland ends up poorer than it used to be.

According to Mihir Shah, a social activist, 93 percent of India's tribal population has given up its traditional hunting- gathering ways and is now engaged in agriculture, where it is ``subject to myriad forms of exploitation by the highly interlocked non-tribal axis of power that dominates the land, land-lease, labor, credit and input markets,'' Shah wrote in the Economic and Political Weekly magazine.

`Idiom of Violence'

``This is why many tribal movements have responded in the idiom of violence, which appears to them to be the only language an insensitive state and civil society are willing to listen to,'' Shah wrote.

To stem Naxalite aggression at its source, the Indian government will have to encourage large-scale, labor-intensive manufacturing aimed at a global market in and around multiple cities across the country.

That, really, is the missing element in the Indian economy today. Computer software, back-office services, pharmaceuticals research and engineering businesses are all flourishing. None of these, however, have jobs for the underprivileged.

It's only when there are massive factories making toys, shoes, shirts and soap for a worldwide market that the rural and tribal surplus workers will be productively employed.

Urbanization might prove to be the real breakthrough in ending Naxalite violence.

To contact the writer of this column:
Andy Mukherjee in Singapore

Naxalites blast railway engine, abduct officials in Chhattisgarh


RAIPUR, MARCH 5 Armed Naxalites today blasted a railway engine and damaged a railway station in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, in an apparent attempt to stop iron ore export from Bailadila, and abducted half a dozen railway officials, police said.

However, no one was injured and the railway personnel were also later released with a warning, they said.

About 50 armed Naxalites came to Bhansi Railway station, about 500 km from Raipur, early morning and after taking hostage all the railway staff present there, planted a landmine on the main building, which however, failed to detonate, police said.

The rebels also took hostage an engine driver waiting at the platform, and took away two wireless sets before exploding the electric engine, they said.

The engine was badly damaged by the impact of the blast and the railway platform was also damaged, they said.

The Naxalites later took away with them six railway staff to about half a kilometre but released them after warning them not to transport iron ore from that station or else to face the consequences, police said.

Sources from Bastar said the Naxalites have left some literature, asking the government to withdraw CRPF personnel and Naga battalion jawans deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the area and also asked the government to ‘stop atrocities on tribals’.

In Midnapur, Maoists gun down CPM leader

Midnapur: Maoists gunned down a local CPI(M) leader after dragging him out of a party meeting at Harulia village in West Midnapur district. District Magistrate Dushmanta Nariala said a group of nine Maoists, including two women, took away nine CPI(M) members, including their leader Kartik Singh, when they were attending a party meeting in the village on Saturday. After taking them to a field surrounded by jungle on three sides, they shot at Singh from close range killing him on the spot. When one of Singh’s party members, Bhim Soren, protested the incident, he was severely beaten up. Soren was admitted to a hospital at Jhargram. The seven others were allowed to go after they pleaded for their release, he said. The DM said combing operations were on. — ENS


Police Brave Naxal Attack in Gaya; Kill Three

Gaya: March 6, 2006

At least three Naxalites were killed and several injured in a police encounter when over a thousand Maoist ultras attacked the Dumaria police station in Gaya district to steal arms and ammunition only to be taken aback by the retaliatory actions of the police who opened fire at them in self-defense, the police in Gaya said.

According to the police report coming from Gaya, over a thousand heavily armed extremists on late Saturday night tried to lay seize to the Dumaria police station. To prevent reinforcement from reaching the police station, the Naxals meticulously laid a number of landmines and also blocked roads with broken trees between Sherghati and Imamganj, officials said.

In a fierce encounter that lasted till the wee hours on Sunday morning, at least three ultras were reportedly gunned down though unofficial reports put the Naxal death to at least a dozen.

Two policemen injured in the gun-battle were taken to a Gaya hospital.

Despite more than 3,500 rounds fired by the ultras, the Gorkha battalion of the Bihar Military Police foiled the Naxal's attempt to steal arms and ammunitions. The extremists also broke into the police station and tried to take the station in-charge hostage but a shower of bullets fired by the police forced them to retreat.

Sherghati DSP Dilip Kumar Mishra said the police fired more than 1,500 rounds of bullets and also used tear gas shells and hand grenades to force the Naxals to run for their lives.

The police recovered 28 live bombs, 13 live cartridges and pieces of human flesh from the scene of attack indicating many Naxals could be seriously injured, or even dead, in the encounter.

Maoist terror: Tough action only solution

The killing of over 55 people by Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh calls for chalking out a strategy by the Union government and the state government to meet the recurring threats. The gravity of the attack only points to the fact that the rebels are hard core and without any soft corner even for the common people. The killings have no doubt brought a sense of insecurity among the people who reside in Naxal infested areas. Of late the Chhattisgarh government had gone soft with the rebels asking them to lay down arms and join the mainstream of life. But it seems they do not understand the government's language. Hence time as come for the government to chalk out a strategy and work on it till the Maoists get eliminated. Punjab was once infested with terrorists but the government adopted a tough plan and succeeded in ending the menace there. In Jammu and Kashmir the terrorists menace has come down to some extent. The Naxals however now and then strike in some states like Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Naxals have their presence in some districts of Madhya Pradesh. Hence the state government should gear up its force and not caught off guards. Of late the Naxals are showing their anger on the tribals opposing their movement. The salva jadum (anti-Maoist movement) members who survived the landmine blast by rebels in Dantewara district the other day have accused the Chhattisgarh government and security agencies of not warning them about the possibility of such an attack.

Naxal menace: CRPF to have intelligence wing

S Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
Heavy casualty of its men in naxal attacks due to lack of adequate intelligence inputs, has prompted the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to set up its own Intelligence Wing despite the Ministry of Finance turning down its request for financial assistance.

According to sources, the Intelligence Wing, to begin with, would comprise about 1250 officers and jawans and would be fully functional by early next year and the expenses for the same will be met from CRPF's internal resources.

An officer of Inspector-General (IG) will be positioned in CRPF's Delhi Headquarters, each Range will have a DIG and each Sector Units will be headed by Deputy Commandants, sources said.

There will be interrogation team at Range level, which will be integrated to the Intelligence Wing.

Due to ever-growing challenges to Internal Security, especially due to Naxalism, the CRPF had sent a detailed proposal to the Union Home Ministry to sanction setting up of its own independent Intelligence Wing. However, this proposal was rejected by the Ministry of Finance, which is the nodal ministry which sanctions funds.

Subsequently, the Home Ministry asked the CRPF to go ahead with the Intelligence Wing, if it could manage men and resources for the same from its own available internal resources.

Now the CRPF, which has been deployed in 14 states for anti-naxal operations, has to depend on the Central Intelligence agencies and State intelligence apparatus for information. On many occasions, due to lack of adequate intelligence inputs or communication gap had resulted in heavy casualty to CRPF, sources said.

During 2005, which was the bloodiest year in the past six years as far as Naxal violence is concerned, of the 153 police personnel killed in 146 IED blasts, 45 jawans belonged to the CRPF.

In a related development, the CRPF is understood to have written to the DGPs of Naxal-hit States to ensure that the CRPF is involved in "every stage" - from gathering intelligence to coining strategy for anti-naxal operations - to avoid any communication gap and to ensure effective counter operations.

Meanwhile, in the wake of last year's major naxal attack in Jehanabad, Bihar and the recent attack on tribals in Dantevada District in Chhattisgarh, the Home Ministry has provided CRPF with 513 Global Positioning System to keep track of operation vehicles, 1068 mobile phones for Commanding Officers, 23 mineproof vehicles, 38 automatic Granade Launchers and 105 Medium Machine Guns

Naxal violence: CRPF demands information cell

Sunday, March 5, 2006 (New Delhi):

With Naxalites stepping up their activities, the CRPF has demanded setting up of an information cell for improving information network.

The counter-insurgency operations of CRPF were at times affected because of "haphazard" communication and intelligence sharing between the force and various affected states, CRPF Director General J K Sinha said.

"There is a need for setting up an intelligence cell to institutionalize information gathering. Now the whole process in being done in a haphazard manner," he added.

Sinha said the CRPF needs to have a pro-active offensive approach in collaboration with the state intelligence agencies.

Counter-insurgency operations

With the expansion of its role in counter-insurgency operations, the central paramilitary force has already decided to set up a dedicated intelligence apparatus to give more teeth to its operations.

CRPF, which has been given the charge of internal security in 2001, decided to form its own intelligence wing as part of a "pro-active strategy" after it faced difficulties in getting intelligence inputs from insurgency-hit states.

"We have formulated the structure and the intelligence wing will be in place by the end of March," Sinha said.

The officers will be given training in all aspects of intelligence gathering, including the Technical Intelligence (TECHINT) of the specialised field. (PTI)

Injured in Gaya as naxalites attack police station

jured in Gaya as naxalites attack police station
Gaya : Two Bihar Military Police personnel were seriously injured in a naxal attack at a police station here on Saturday night.

According to police sources, some heavily-armed naxalites of the banned outfit, CPI (Maoist), attacked Dumaria police station and hurled bombs and fired bullets indiscriminately at the police station, injuring two security personnel and burnt a police jeep.

The police station was badly damaged in the attack, sources said adding that the naxalites fired more than 1,000 rounds during the attack.

Both the injured have been admitted to Bhagat Medical College.

Meanwhile, a search operation have been launched to nab the attackers and senior police officials are camping in the town.

Maoist attacks in Bihar, particularly on police, has been an outstanding menace for quite some time now. In November last year, hundreds of heavily armed Maoists stormed Jehanabad jail, killing at least three people and freeing over 350 prisoners, including many fellow guerrillas.

More recently, two policemen were killed and several others injured in a Maoist attack in Jharkhand.

Police said the incident took place near steel city Bokaro when the rebels who came in large numbers exploded dynamite on the roof of a barrack of paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and also opened indiscriminate fire.

Analysts have warned that attacks that have stepped over the past few months were an indication that New Delhi could ill-afford to take the growing Maoist threat lightly, saying that the rebels posed a bigger danger than militancy in Jammu and Kashmiri.

Maoists, who operate in at least nine of the country’s 29 states, have stepped up attacks in the past year, killing dozens of people, including police. Home Ministry has said that there are about 9,300 Maoist guerrillas operating in the country.

Security analysts say New Delhi ignores the seriousness of the Maoist threat in the country at its peril.

Maoists were already operating in 165 of the country’s 602 administrative districts and expanding their influence.

Maoists often target those they consider government informers as well as landlords and local officials deemed to be corrupt