Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tracks blown up


Bhubaneswar, June 13: A part of a goods train was derailed early this morning as suspected Maoists blew up four feet of railway tracks near Chandiposh station in Sundargarh district, about 50km from Rourkela. There were no casualties.

The guard of the train, K.R.N. Nair, was lucky to have survived even though his cabin was dislodged from the tracks in the impact of the blast, the railway superintendent of police, R.K. Bal, said.

Maoists were observing a bandh in five neighbouring states of Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Train services were restored on the route, primarily used for transporting minerals, after the tracks were repaired within three hours.

Police gun down three Maoists in Chhattisgarh

14 Jun 2009, 1149 hrs IST, IANS

RAIPUR: Three Maoist guerrillas were killed in separate gunbattles with security forces in Chhattisgarh's violence-hit Bastar region, police said
on Sunday.

Officials at the police headquarters here said that two guerrillas were killed in a brief gunbattle in Dantewada district's Jagargunda forested stretch, while another militant was shot dead in Bijapur district's Jungla locality.

Both the incidents took place Saturday night in thickly forested stretches.

Bastar region, located in the state's southern part and comprising of Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar, is considered a Maoist stronghold. The insurgents often carry out deadly attacks on police and civilians.

Third Maoist attack in 4 days, 10 cops hurt

14 Jun 2009, 0338 hrs IST, TNN

RANCHI: A day after Maoists ambushed two police teams in Jharkhand killing 10 policemen, they detonated a landmine near Rania in Khunti district,
about 80 km from Ranchi, on Saturday injuring 10 cops, five of them critically.

The incident, third in last four days, took place when the Jharkhand Armed Police personnel were returning to Rania police camp in a police van after purchasing diesel.

By the time the injured policemen took position, the rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them. The policemen also fired over 100 rounds and mortars. The fierce encounter lasted about half-an-hour following which the Naxalites retreated into the nearby jungles.

"The landmine was planted on a bridge. The vehicle, which carried diesel containers, was coming from Torpa to the Rania police camp," SDPO Ashok Kumar Rai said.

2 cops injured in Khunti rebel blast

Ranchi, June 13: CPI(Maoist) rebels today triggered a powerful landmine blast in Rania aiming to kill over a dozen policemen returning from long range patrolling in Torpia to their police headquarters in Khunti.

Police said only two jawans were injured in the blast that hit the front portion of their vehicle, but unconfirmed reports reaching here put the number at five. The injured are now out of danger.

This was the third consecutive landmine blast by Naxalites in four days. Three days ago, a landmine blast in Goelkera in West Singhbhum killed all 10 policemen travelling in a jeep. Yesterday, a powerful landmine blast in Nawadih of Bokaro district killed nine STF jawans. Two other policemen died battling rebels who were trying to loot a bank at Phusro in Bokaro town.

Today, the landmine was planted under a small bridge near Rania. Sensing that the blast had missed the intended targets, the rebels — six in number — opened fire on the police van.

The policemen retaliated and engaged the Naxalites in a gun battle for over half-an-hour. Later, the Naxalites ran away into the nearby forest.

Khunti superintendent of police Prabhat Kumar confirmed the Naxalite attack. “Except the two jawans who had been injured in the blast, others are unhurt. The injured, too, are out of danger,” he said. Kumar said that additional police forces had been rushed to Rania and a combing operation had been started. However, no Maoist involved in planting the landmines had been arrested as yet.

Terror cocktail: LeT tries to seal deal with Naxals

Arunoday Mukharji

LASHKARS RED CORRIDOR: The Lashkar-e-Toiba was looking to align with local Naxal cadres in India.

New Delhi: Mohammad Umair Madani is the latest catch in the Delhi Police net and they claim he is quite a big fish.

Lashkar-e-Toiba’s top man in Nepal, Madani was targeting India with some specific intentions, highlighting a whole new Lashkar gameplan which boasts of a more intelligent and threatening terror strategy than before. And at the heart of the strategy is an attempt to link the Lashkar's network with the Naxals in central parts of the country.

CNN-IBN has exclusively learnt from highly-placed sources that apart from the metros, Madani had a special eye on Jharkhand. This is the first time that an Islamic extremist organisation seems to be reaching out to the Naxals for support, resulting in a deadly cocktail which could prove lethal for India.

Through Madani, the Lashkar was looking to align with local Naxal cadres and provide them logistical support and use their local bases to penetrate the red corridor and further their jihad.

With a firm hold in this region, the possible combination of a Naxal-Lashkar onslaught launched from almost five states would be an overwhelming force for security agencies to reckon with.

“There are strong linkages and the consequences are strongly adversarial to India because it is one solid integrated activity against the Union of India,” Editor of Indian Defence Review Bharat Verma said.

It is now clear that the Lashkar is waging a more intelligent war within India.

Madani was given specific tasks. He was asked to carefully pick highly qualified recruits which included two computer literate individuals from each metro.

He was to asked to establish contact between the Lashkar terror modules and the Naxal leadership.

He was also keeping an eye on the coastal areas of Kerala and increase recruitment for the Laskhar in the state.

He was on the lookout to recruit men who could sail and steer small motorised boats for coastal operations.
Alleged SIMI activist Abu Bashar, who was implicated by the Gujarat Police for the Ahmedabad serial blasts, has confessed to the presence of training camps in the coastal areas. But it is the Lashkar attempt to link-up with Naxal groups that is the real worry for security agencies now.

The fact that Madani spent many years in Nepal when Maoists were at their peak may be why he is inclined to a possible tie-up with Naxals.

But whatever be the reason behind the tie-up, the consequences are certain to be formidable, setting an uphill task for security forces in the near future, and seriously threatening homeland security for the people of India.

Maoists kills CPI-M leader, 15 injured in clashes

Posted: Saturday , Jun 13, 2009 at 2208 hrs IST

Maoists shot dead a CPI-M leader at Belpahari, sparking clashes between tribals and Leftist extremists which left 15 injured in West Midnapore district.

45-year-old Shankar Tudu was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne Maoists at a tea shop at Bhulabheda village in Belpahari, police said.

The naxals pumped six bullets into him before escaping, they said.

As the news of Tudu's death spread, clashes between CPI-M cadre and tribals erupted at Bahulbani village near Salboni and Jeerapara and Dharampur villages in Lalgarh.

Two CPI-M activists, Gour Bera and Trilochan Samanta, received bullet injuries in the clashes and were rushed to hospital in a critical condition, police said.

In a separate incident, over a hundred villagers laid a siege at Goaltore police station against alleged police inaction after a son-in-law of a former MLA Krishna Prasad Duley, was abducted by Maoists.

The villagers dispersed after he was released later in the day, official sources said.

Meanwhile, tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, convenor of the Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), met police and district officials at the Circuit House here over the tribals agitation targeting policemen in the area.

The tribals are on the warpath since early November last year following police raids after Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then union minister Ramvilas Paswan and Jitindra Prasad narrowly escaped a landmine blast at Salboni in the district.

Mahato said the police would only be allowed in the area after the PCPA's 23-point charter of demands, including apology by then superintendent of police for alleged atrocities on tribals, is met by the administration.

Cops ‘training’ guns on extremism

First Published : 14 Jun 2009 05:02:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: A move that is sure to bolster readiness of the `men in khaki’ to take on Left Wing extremists, the State Police has decided to send all new entrants in the force for antiextremist training (AET).

As part of a broader policy decision, approved by the State Government, six IPS officers of 2006 batch will proceed to Greyhounds Commando Institute of Andhra Pradesh for six-week training beginning July. Two of them are lady officers.

The 2006 batch IPS officers are the latest entrants and currently posted as SDPOs.

Given the grim scenario of Left Wing extremism in Orissa, improved training for police force appears timely.

Barring a handful, not many in the top rung can claim to be equipped in anti-extremism skills.

Till recently, there had been no apparatus in place for imparting such training.

Sources said the six officers, after completing their training, would join Special Operation Group (SOG), a dedicated anti- Naxal unit of the State Police, for a certain period before being deployed at their normal posting.

This process of training will continue as part of the long-term measures of Orissa Police. The SOG Resource Centre at Chandaka will become the training hub when it is complete.

The subsequent batches of IPS officers would undergo their AE training here.

Andhra Pradesh, which has made significant progress in anti- Naxal operation, has since long adopted such a strategy of training all its top officers and personnel.

Besides IPS officers, the subinspectors and constabulary too would undergo a similar training.

The 2008 batch of 220 SIs have just concluded their AET. The future batches will get similar training too.

``In the next few years, when these officers would be posted in districts, they would have acquired requisite skills and aptitude to face the situation. The most significant part is that besides SPs, officers-in-charge would have necessary preparedness,’’ sources said.

The brainchild of DGP Manmohan Praharaj, this policy is aimed at creating Naxal-ready force in the next few years and putting in place a structured training setup in the State.

The SIs, who underwent their basic investigation, law and order and traffic management training, got their training at the SOG Resource Centre.

Naxals setting up arms factories, developing electronic IEDs

Giridh (Jharkhand), PTI:
Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Naxals, who surprised everyone by using rocket launchers for the first time during the Lok Sabha polls, have already set up about four units to manufacture weapons and ammunition, say central security agencies.

The Naxals, who usually target security forces with manual improvised explosive devices, are now slowly developing remote-controlled IEDs which can be activated from a distance with just the push of a button.

The improvement in fire-power is being supported by intensive training on the lines of regular forces,say sources.

Central security agencies and local police sources say the Maoists have started two factories each in the dense forests and hills of both Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Sources say that though another such factory existed earlier in Bihar, the Naxals have dismantled it.

Early last year, a combing team of the CRPF and the local police had come across one such unit used for making small bombs and mortar shells in Jharkhand.

The Naxals who are trying to improve their firepower have also come out with the deadly 'Claymore Mines', or what are often called 'directional IEDs'.

Unlike in the past, when IEDs use to be buried beneath the road in a small can, the Claymore Mines, which come with a thick aluminium plate, can be fitted to a tree.

The IED, when exploded, will deflect the shrapnels in a direction opposite to the plate, thus focusing them to a particular area as against conventional IEDs where the impact is in a circular area around the device.
Certain blasts in Chhattisgarh have pointed to the possibility of remote-controlled IEDs being used but they are yet to become a standard strategy for the Naxals, say sources.

"Naxals are constantly trying to improvise and have also set up factories for this. During searches by security personnel, they have come across few chips which suggest that they are trying to develop remote-controlled IEDs. If they succeed, it would prove deadly," according to a source.

"The Naxalites also make their own guns besides those snatched from policemen and procured from outside. Their locally-made guns called 'pahar' can be used to severely injure a person if not kill him. The pellets break into pieces on impact and hence are deadly," the source says.

The left-wing extremists are known for using gelatin sticks in their explosives. They are sourced from mining areas, sources say.

A source says that the Maoists also undergo military training similar to that of securitymen, which "suggests a possibility of ex-army or ex-policemen" helping in preparing training modules, whether due to force or their own wish.
One of the Naxal training CDs seized by security forces in Andhra Pradesh gives an insight into the training modules with the militants practising crawling backwards.

Security forces have also come across abandoned centres of Naxals having rope climbing, ladder, crawling tunnels and other obstacles used for hard training.

The Naxals have also hit upon an innovative way to store their ammunition by hiding it in branded plastic water tanks placed in the ground and covered with mud and stones.

Sources said the logic behind it was that there are less chances of formation of moisture, which might damage the ammunition.

Former Sarpanch gunned down by Naxals

Bijapur June 14: Maoists gunned down a former Sarpanch and critically injured a constable in two incidents in this district, police said today.

Bullet-ridden body of Poonam Hunga (45) was today found at Metapar locality of Basaguda area here. He was a BJP worker and also Cooperative Committee salesman.

Naxals had abducted Poonam and Janpad Panchayat Secretary Nageshwar eight days ago. Information about Nageshwar was being gathered. In another incident, constable Budhraj Bhaskar was attacked and seriously injured by the ultras donning villager's attire yesterday at Pamed area. He was admitted to the Chirla village hospital.

Due to Naxal-menace, panic gripped in the area and traffic movement was obstructed on Bijapur-Bhopalpattnam road which affected supply of essential commodities since eight days leading to a surge in their prices.

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Naxal attacks: Centre rushes high-level team to Jharkhand

Vinay Kumar

Home Ministry reorienting strategy

Naxals exploiting lack of coordination among government agencies and police

Police not following standard operating procedures

NEW DELHI: Concerned at the spate of deadly naxal attacks targeting police personnel, the Centre has rushed a high-level team to Jharkhand. Over the past two days 20 policemen have been killed in the State.

Union Home Ministry officials said the team comprising an Additional Secretary and a Joint Secretary would assess the ground situation.

Maoist cadres have attacked policemen in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh over the past two months, either blasting police vehicles by detonating landmines or ambushing police parties and shooting personnel dead.

100-day plan

As the new UPA government is chalking out a 100-day action plan for all ministries and departments, the Home Ministry is also reorienting and fine-tuning its response to naxal violence. Officials say the attempt is to elicit the response of the naxal-affected States to improve the ground-level policing and accelerate development plans.

A time-bound initiative in this effort could be included in the Ministry’s 100-day action plan, say informed sources.

Sitting ducks

Even as the Multiagency Centre (MAC) has been made operational and intelligence inputs are being shared among all States, the fact remains that naxals are exploiting the lack of intelligence and coordination among the government agencies and the police.

“Police teams end up as sitting ducks and Maoists are able to gather in large numbers, network themselves and attack the security personnel,” say the officials.

First task

The first and foremost task is to achieve perfect coordination among all arms of the State governments and the Centre, on the one hand, and the police forces and the intelligence gathering machinery, on the other.

The officials have indicated that development initiatives, taken at the level of the Union Cabinet Secretary in selected districts affected by naxal violence, are also being pushed vigorously and monitored regularly.

Knee-jerk reaction

The officials point out that State police teams often failed to adhere to the guidelines sent by the Centre and standard operating procedures (SOPs) that lay down the practice to be followed in search and raid operations or while acting on a tip-off.

Many a time, the police and Central forces left for engaging Maoists without adequate reinforcements and communication back-up.

In some instances, they have taken their vehicles on known routes and roads instead of going on foot, or taking with them road opening parties (ROPs) who will sanitise the route, say the officials.

Take advantage

Maoist cadres have also taken advantage of thick forests, particularly in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, and used the cover for getting away after the attack.

The sources say development measures, coupled with a flexible, highly mobile and disciplined police force that can quickly respond to real-time intelligence and other inputs, are the need of the hour.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, soon after assuming charge of the Ministry last month, said a concerted offensive would soon be launched against the naxalites.

Twin-pronged strategy

Mr. Chidambaram said the two-pronged strategy of combining police action with stepped-up development in the naxal-affected districts would be taken up.

Massive anti-naxal combing operation launched in Jharkhand

June 13th, 2009 - 2:32 pm

Bokarao, June 13 (ANI): A massive combing operation has been launched to apprehend the Naxals who targeted security personnel in Bokaro district on Friday.

The death toll in the incidents has gone up to 11.

The Maoists, who have forced a shutdown in six States, including Jharkhand, attempted to loot the State Bank of India (SBI) branch at Phusro after money was brought there from the Bermo branch of the bank, said Bokaro’s Superintendent of Police, L. P. Singh on Friday.

As two policemen of the escort party stepped out of the bank after depositing the money, the Maoists attacked them and killed them, he added.

At least seven other police personnel were killed, when the anti-landmine vehicle in which they were rushing to the spot got blown off after it ran over an IED at Nawadih, 31 kilometres away.

The killed were part of the additional reinforcements being rushed to the spot.

At least 11 security men had lost their lives on Wednesday in a landmine blast in West Singhbhum district. (ANI)

Maoists exchange fire with police in Jharkhand

Khunti (Jharkhand) (PTI): Police and Maoists on Saturday exchanged fire near Rania in Khunti district, a day after the naxalites gunned down 11 security personnel in the state.

Though unconfirmed reports said two policemen were injured in the gunfire at Bindukel, two kms from Rania, Deputy Commissioner Puja Singhal said all the police personnel were safe.

The state has seen a sudden spurt in naxal violence with 22 police personnel being kiled in the last three days - 11 on Thursday in West Singhbhum district and 11 on Friday in Bokaro district of Jharkhand.

Friday, June 12, 2009

PM gets SOS from Bengal, to discuss Maoist threat

Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay Posted online: Friday , Jun 12, 2009 at 0415 hrs

Kolkata : The growing influence of Maoists in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts has forced the state government to desperately seek Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention.

On Friday, Singh will discuss the issue with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi. Senior officials of the state government, including Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti Principal Secretary (Commerce and Industries), Sabyasachi Sen and Principal Secretary (Planning and Development) Jaya Dasgupta, will be present at the meeting.

“The problem with the state government is that the Maoists are mostly based in Jharkhand and after they carry out attacks in Bengal they flee to the jungles of neighbouring state,” said a senior state government official.

The Left Front government has prepared a comprehensive plan to combat the Maoists as over 50 people, including CPM leaders and policemen, have lost their lives in such attacks.

As per the state government’s proposal, a joint operation of the police forces of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Central Paramilitary Forces should be launched to flush out Maoists from the area.

It has also called for patrolling by the Army and demining of the area, among others.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who is visiting Delhi next week, will meet Chidambaram on June 20 and is expected to discuss the issue.

“The entire area has become a major concern for the government. Take the case of Lalgarh. The situation there is more serious than Khejuri. Police can enter Khejuri but it cannot do so in Lalgarh. In fact, there is no government there. And we have gathered information that Maoists have made a stockpile of arms and ammunition,” a senior state government official told The Indian Express.

Friday’s meeting will also discuss the relief and rehabilitation works in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila that has ravaged large parts of the state.

Singur also on agenda

The first sign of the Trinamool Congress’ clout in the Congress-led UPA government, where it is the second largest partner, has begun to show. On Friday’s meeting, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the abandoned Tata Motors site at Singur will also come up for discussion: courtesy Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee. Though the meeting was called to discuss the growing Maoist threat and the devastation caused by Cyclone Aila in the state, Singur has also been included in the list of agenda.

The state government, which will be represented by its senior officials, will be asked to clarify the present status of the controversial project site. Banerjee says that her party had no objection to the Tata Motors factory in Singur and only wanted the state government to return 400 of the total 1,000 acres to those farmers who had not received money for their acquired land. According to the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, the Tatas have not parted with the land and they are still paying the lease rent.

“I cannot say whether Tatas will return or not. It is absolutely their decision,” said Subrata Gupta, MD of the WBIDC.

Twin attack by Maoists kill 11 policemen in Jharkhand

Bokaro (Jharkhand), Jun 12 (PTI) In their second attack on securitymen in three days, Maoists killed 11 policemen and injured eight others in a synchronised attack at Nawadih and Fushro in Bokaro district today.
While two policemen were killed at Fushro in an encounter during an abortive attempt by the ultras to rob a bank, nine died at Nawadih when they blew up an anti-landmine vehicle carrying additional force to Fushro, Bokaro Superintendent of Police L P Singh said.

Over 50 ultras, including women, who were waiting near the SBI branch at Fushro bazar, fired on two members of the police escort party when they emerged from the bank after depositing the money.

The two, who had escorted the bank personnel in ferrying money from another branch, died on the spot, others started firing towards the Maoists who fled after sometime without looting the bank.

The encounter which occurred between one and two pm also left four policemen injured.

The SP said one of the two slain policemen was stabbed by a woman ultra after he took a bullet.

A landmine blast was also triggered under an unoccupied stationary car nearby. PTI

Jharkhand: Naxal attacks kill 20 policemen in three days

Manoj Prasad
Posted: Saturday , Jun 13, 2009 at 0140 hrs IST

Two days after they set off a landmine killing 10 policemen in West Singhbhum district, the CPI(Maoist) cadres on Friday launched synchronised attacks in Jharkhand, killing 10 policemen and leaving nine others wounded.

In a separate incident, a BJP leader, G Prasad, was shot dead by unidentified men at Belkuba Bazaar near the Jharkhand-Orissa border in Simdega district afternoon. Prasad, who owned a PDS shop, was attacked by three men on a motorcycle.

The Maoists blew up an anti-landmine vehicle at Sarubeda between Nawadih and Bermo in Bokaro, over 150 km from Ranchi, killing eight Special Auxiliary Force personnel and wounding five other policemen and an eight-year-old girl.

In Phusro in Bokaro district, over 100 armed Maoists, many of them women, attempted to loot a branch of the State Bank of India around 2 pm. But two policemen deployed there foiled the bid. “They resisted and did not let them get inside the bank,” said Ranji Kumar, an SBI staffer. “Before fleeing, the Maoists overpowered both policemen, took their rifles and stabbed them to death.”

The policemen killed in the landmine blast were headed for the same SBI branch. “As part of reinforcement, the forces were going to the same SBI branch in an anti-landmine vehicle.The moment they drove over a culvert, the Maoists triggered the blast, killing the policemen and destroying the vehicle,” said SP Laxman Prasad.

Relief for beleaguered traders, contractors Three Jharkhand Lal Badshar

;Statesman News Service

ROURKELA, 12 JUNE: The arrest of three people suspected to be members of the infamous Jharkhand Lal Badshar gang has come as a major relief to traders, contractors and the general public here.
But it has also revealed how entire Sundergarh district is fast becoming a safe haven for extortionists in different garbs and the lucrative activity of such elements.
Apparently, the easiest means to create the fear psychosis is to use the already feared name of the MCC.
The gangs used to target contractors engaged in developmental construction work in the district.
The name of the Jharkhand Lal Badshar (JLB) and the Jharkhand Liberation Front (JLF) stay at the forefront of such extortion gangs here. Members of the JLB claim to be part of the dreaded Maoist factions across the border.
Though the MCC, through posters, has distanced itself from both the organisations, contractors and traders used to pay ‘protection money’ to such utfits.
The JLB led by Radha Mahali, now lodged at the Ranchi jail, has creating havoc amongst the contractors.
During the last three to four months it had made life miserable for most of the construction companies busy in massive building activities in the far flung areas of the district such as Lahunipara, Bonai and others.
In the last three months the JLB cadres had struck at least five times and had issued more than 30-40 extortion letters to the contractors.
Some have tried to buy peace and safety by paying and those who have not done so are leaving in constant fear of life and property. “I resisted at first but later on succumbed when I did not get any positive indication from police. I also started getting disturbing phone calls,” said a scared contractor, who was forced to pay later.
The JLB is using a particular phone number for making all calls and it also fearlessly provides another cell number on letters.
The JLB is demanding hefty sum from the contractors and those who are not ready to pay are being punished for it as has happened in the case of one such construction house whose machineries were torched. This attack came after the contractor tried to settle the issue by paying a sum below one lakh. However, he was asked to pay over 20 lakhs.
In another case one brick kiln owner, who paid 5 lakh and expressed his inability to pay more, he was asked to give his bank account number for verification.
The police however insisted that the cell phone numbers were fictitious as they belonged to innocent people.
Several contractors have made their personal security arrangement by getting body guards from Uttar Pradesh.
Mr. Prabhat Das, President of Orissa Contractors Association had recently lamented, “no one is listening to us. I had discussed with a couple of ministers last time around but the response was lukewarm to say the least, he said.
“We have presented several memoranda to the CM but there has been no response at all,” he added.
Contractors and brick kiln owners are under constant threat and many are keen on quitting construction business, he remarked.
The recent arrest of three criminals has come as a relief to all but the problem is deep rooted and apprehensions are that the extortionist will continue to find people to do the job for them.

Cops set to storm Naxal strongholds

13 Jun 2009, 0506 hrs IST, Soumittra S Bose, TNN

NAGPUR: Security forces fighting Naxalite rebels are likely to go full throttle against Naxal strongholds in affected districts like Gadchiroli. The
main focus of the forces would be ‘geographically inaccessible’ terrains like Abhujmarh on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border that Naxals have made their base
, it is learnt.

Abhujmarh has been one of rebels’ formidable bases used for military training, manufacturing of arms, and sheltering senior cadres who provide supervision and directions to foot soldiers. On Friday, a meeting of the senior police officials and representatives from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was held to fine-tune the operation and discuss co-ordination with Chhattisgarh. Officials from State and Central Reserve Police Forces were also present at the meeting held at the office of the state Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) cell headed by Pankaj Gupta.

The Maoist guerrillas have killed 38 cops in the state since October last year. The latest assaults, including at Markegaon (01/02), Mungner, and Hatti Gota (21/05), that caused heavy casualties had affected the morale of the police. Around 15 policemen died at Markegaon while 16 personnel including women cops were eliminated at Hatti Gota.

Security forces had launched Operation Parakram after Markegaon’s incident. Parakram I and II had pushed the Naxals back but failed to inflict any heavy losses on them. The general elections in April, which Naxals failed to disrupt, was the only silver lining for the cops.

The recent reorganisation and change of tactics by Naxals, under the leadership of two most experienced leaders Diwakar and Rajesh Markham, have injected fresh lease of life into their operations. The insurgents use porous state borders to their advantage when one state launches operation against them.

Range IG Surinder Kumar said that efforts were being made to ensure better co-ordination between police forces of affected states to prevent this.

8 jawans blown up in ‘safe’ vehicle

8 jawans blown up in ‘safe’ vehicle
- Maoists take Insas rifles, kill cops

The landmine-protected vehicle after the blast in Sarubera forest on Friday. Picture by Pankaj Singh

Bokaro, June 12: Within 48 hours of the Goelkera encounter, CPI(Maoist) rebels today killed 10 more security personnel — eight of them Special Task Force (STF) jawans in a landmine-protected vehicle — at Bermo and Nawadih in Bokaro district.

About 50 armed rebels, including several women and reportedly led by wanted Naxalite leader Navin Manjhi, swooped on State Bank of India’s Phusro Bazaar branch in Bermo, 32km from here, around 1.15pm, minutes after Rs 1 crore was deposited in the DVC account.

They split into groups. One attacked a policeman guarding the bank, snatched away his Insas rifle and tried to enter the bank. Seeing colleague Bandhu Oraon in trouble, another policeman, Raju Lohra, rushed to help, but was shot dead.

A second group of Maoists triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) near a four-wheeler as other policemen retaliated. They attacked constable Prabhunath Toppo, pumped in bullets and snatched away his rifle. Three more rifles were picked up from a police vehicle after which the rebels disappeared into a forested area in Nawadih, 17km from Phusro.

An SOS from the police in Bermo prompted an STF team of 13 jawans, led by Nawadih officer-in-charge Ramji Mahto, to set out for Phusro around 2pm.

Their landmine-protected vehicle had barely reached the dense Sarubera forest, 5km from Nawadih, when a powerful landmine blast was triggered by the Maoists. The impact was so severe that the heavily armoured vehicle was ripped apart and parts flung up to 20ft away. Eight STF jawans were killed.

On why a landmine-protected vehicle could not withstand the impact, DGP V.D. Ram said the matter was being probed.

A source, unwilling to be named, claimed the vehicle had developed technical snag even before the mission.

After the blast, the rebels engaged security personnel in a 30-minute encounter before disappearing into the forests. Police claimed a Maoist was injured in the gun battle.

DIG (coal belt) Prashant Singh said it was not immediately clear whether the rebels who triggered the blast were members of the same group who attacked the bank. “We are probing the matter,” he said, adding that Maoists would be given a fitting reply.

The deceased STF jawans have been identified as Amrendra Kumar Lakra, Chandan Singh, Bhushan Tirkey, Jubel Kujur, Teopila Lakra, Ramakant Sharma, Baldeo Singh and Shiv Kumar Bhagat. Police said more than 12 people, including some civilians in Phusro, were injured in the two incidents.

On Wednesday, nine policemen and a CRPF officer were killed when the CPI(Maoist) triggered a blast at Goelkera in the Saranda forest area of West Singhbhum, considered a rebel stronghold

Rebel bandh takes toll on transport


Ranchi/Jamshedpur, June 12: While the CPI(Maoist) bandh today failed to bring the state to a standstill, road transport services took a hit in Naxalite-affected districts.

The rebels had called the bandh in six states — Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh — to protest the killings of two of their comrades in Andhra Pradesh.

The worst affected areas in Jharkhand were Garhwa, Latehar, Palamau, Chatra and East Singhbhum where more than 300 buses and over 600 trucks remained parked all day. Most private business establishments also remained closed in these areas. However, the state offices functioned normally.

In Jamshedpur, commuters had a harrowing time as both private and state-owned long-distance buses stayed off the roads. Railway services were also normal. However, superintendent of police, East Singhbhum, Naveen Kumar Singh said that vehicular movements on NH-33 along the Ghatshila-Jamshedpur stretch was normal.

“There were enough policemen and paramilitary personnel at strategic locations in the district and also on the national highway,” said Singh, adding that the police were ready to escort vehicles passing through Naxalite strongholds.

Superintendent of police, Garhwa, Saket Kumar Singh, who has additional charge of Palamau, said the bandh was peaceful.

“I do not have information of any untoward incident from any part of Garhwa and Palamau. The impact was nil in the town areas,” Singh said.

President of Jharkhand Bus Owners’ Association Mohan Singh added that buses would ply at night.

The bandh, on the other hand, evoked mixed reaction in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, where the rural areas bore the brunt.

At Chandil and Chowka, the bandh was complete. Not only shops and business establishments downed shutters, state offices, schools, banks and post offices remained closed too.

Even all industrial units had to skip work while villagers had to shun the weekly haats.

Although life was normal in Ghatshila township, interior areas like Dumaria, Ghurabandha, Musabani and Potka wore a deserted look.

However, people of Chaibasa in West Singhbhum defied the Naxalites diktat. With the landmine explosion in neighbouring Saranda forest still fresh on their minds, people came out of their houses for their daily chores. Hence, state offices, banks, shops and schools remained open.

Rs 2.5 lakh for those who surrendered Naxals

Amitabh Sinha
Posted: Saturday , Jun 13, 2009 at 0142 hrs IST

New Delhi: Even as it wages a war against Naxal groups in the state, the Jharkhand Government has come out with a unique and attractive surrender and rehabilitation policy for the Naxalites in its bid to encourage the Maoists to join the mainstream. The Government has decided to pay Rs 2.5 lakh to every Naxalite who surrenders himself to police. Of this, Rs 50,000 will be paid immediately on surrender while the remaining money will be given in two equal yearly instalments after monitoring the activities of the surrendered Naxalite.

Conscious that the Naxalites had been successful in obtaining a large number of sophisticated weapons, the Government has announced additional rewards for every weapon that these Naxalites surrender. A Naxalite who surrenders with a rocket launcher or a light machine gun will be entitled to an additional reward of Rs 1 lakh.

“This is the most attractive and ambitious rehabilitation offer made to the Naxalites ever,” said state DGP V D Ram. “We hope to wean away a substantial number of Naxalites into the mainstream with this offer, especially those who have taken to Naxalism due to extreme poverty and lack of employment opportunities.”

The policy, though ready in February, could be announced only last month after the completion of Lok Sabha election and lapse of the model code of conduct. The Government has found no takers for its offer as yet, but Ram said it was too early to expect a response.

He said the Government was still in the process of publicising the offer. This reporter, on a recent visit to the state, saw a few hoardings in public places in Ranchi and also in remote villages exhorting the Naxalites to lay down arms and join the mainstream.

The Government has promised to provide vocational training to surrendered Naxalites for one year at the cost of Rs 3,000 per Naxalite per month. A life insurance cover for the Naxalite and his family and legal assistance in fighting criminal cases in courts are among other offers in the policy.

All the benefits will automatically lapse if the surrendered Naxalite is found indulging in criminal activities — either directly or indirectly.

Naxalites strike again, kill 10 cops in Jharkhand

13 Jun 2009, 0237 hrs IST, Divy Khare, TNN

BOKARO: Three days after they killed 10 cops in a landmine blast in West Singbhum, Naxalites on Friday launched two brazen daylight attacks in and
around a small town close to Bokaro, killing 10 policemen and injuring several others using landmines and bombs.

In the last two months, at least 112 security personnel have been killed in Naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.

The attack in Phusro town, 45 km from Bokaro, began around midday when policemen from Bermo police station were escorting a van carrying a Damodar Valley Corp remittance of Rs 14 lakh to the State Bank of India branch located in the busy market area.

No sooner had the policemen deposited the remittance money on the first floor of the bank and returned, they were ambushed. Bombs were hurled at them by the guerrillas, some of whom, according to witnesses were women.

Two policemen, one constable and a jawan were killed on the spot. Two Naxalite guerrillas were also injured, police said. The Bermo police station is barely 100 metres from the site of attack. In a separate attack, an anti-landmine vehicle carrying district police and special auxiliary police personnel from Nawadih police station was blown up by a powerful blast at Sarubera.

Naxal Blast, Patrol team ignored thumb rule : DGP


Jamshedpur, June 11: A day after a blast triggered by Naxalites near Goelkera, West Singhbhum, killed 10 police and CRPF personnel, director-general of police (DGP) Vishnu Dayal Ram said the security forces had ignored rules of patrolling in rebel strongholds.

“The thumb rule is to avoid vehicles when patrolling difficult terrain. This was not done,” he said, after inspecting the blast site on Thursday.

Ram was accompanied by inspector-general (operations) D.K. Pandey, deputy inspector-general (Kolhan) M.K. Mishra and West Singhbhum superintendent of police), Sudhir Kumar Jha.

“The incident once again bares non-compliance with orders. Had the policemen followed patrolling guidelines to the letter, there would not have been bloodspill. They would not have fallen prey to traps laid by the rebels,” Ram told The Telegraph.

Security personnel who patrol Naxalite strongholds are directed to avoid using vehicles, which usually trigger off landmines and can bombs.

Anti-insurgency operations in the Saranda forest area that received a jolt yesterday resumed today. The DGP said the administration would now focus on upgrading the intelligence network and intensifying counter-insurgency operations in Saranda.

Meanwhile, soil samples were collected from the blast site and sent for forensic tests. “This is to ascertain what caused the explosion — a landmine, a pressure bomb or something else,” said an officer at the blast site.

About 40 empty cartridges were also found on the spot. The police are trying to find out whether they were fired from rifles belonging to the security personnel or the rebels.

It is learnt that the blast that ripped through a police SUV was triggered by the 39th platoon of the CPI(Maoist), which is active in the Saranda forest area bordering Sundergarh district of Orissa. Intelligence says that another Maoist platoon — number 22 — is also active in Saranda. However, no confirmation on the groups have been received yet.

The bodies of the slain police and CRPF personnel were, meanwhile, sent to their native places after a guard of honour in Chaibasa. Two of the police jawans killed in the blast were from Jamshedpur.

Constable Manmohan Pandey (28) was a resident of Kadma while constable Dhananjay Yadav (32) belonged to Kitadih. Both were members of the anti-Naxalite squad posted in West Singhbhum district.

MAHARASTRA: Umranikar named DG of Anti-Naxal Operations

PTI Friday, June 12, 2009 21:48 IST Email

Mumbai: Jayant Umranikar has been appointed as the director general of Anti-Naxal Operations. This was announced by home minister Jayant Patil in the Legislative assembly while speaking during the budgetary demands of Home Department.

Patil said Umranikar was an experienced police officer who had served in various capacities at the Central Government level. "His experience will count while tackling Naxal menace," he said.

Umranikar belongs to the 1973 batch of IPS and was presently posted as Additional DG (Training). Patil has announced earlier that the Anti-Naxal operation headquarters will be moved from Nagpur to Gadchiroli.

11 securitymen killed in Naxal mine blast

Hindustan Times

Fri, Jun 12 06:15 PM

Ten security personnel including two sub-inspectors of Jharkhand police and an inspector of CRPF's F7 Battalion were killed in a powerful landmine blast triggered by ultra outfit, CPI Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district Wednesday. The incident took place in Serengda village under Goilkera police station, around 200 km southwest from state capital Ranchi, when a joint team of CRPF and local police was returning in a mini truck (Spacio) after a two-day long range patrolling in extremist-infested Saranda forest.

"Our men had erred by riding on vehicles on kutcha road, which is strictly prohibited in all Naxalite infested areas," West Singhbhum police superintendent, Sudhir Kumar Jha told HT while returning with bodies of slain jawans to the police headquarters. Most of the bodies were badly disfigured by the blast's impact.

He said soon after the blast, there was heavy exchange of gunfire from both sides. "The valiant CRPF and state's Naxal Control Force (NCF) jawans immediate retaliated forcing the Naxal guerrillas hiding in ambushes spread in a radius of around one and half kilometres to retreat," Jha said, adding two injured jawans were airlifted by state helicopter and rushed to a nearby hospital.

This is the fourth major naxal attack in the district since 2002 when the jawans of the district police and paramilitary force have suffered casualties. In the first such incident at Bikilsoy under Manoharpur police station in 2002, 17 policemen died.

In 2004, 29 jawans were killed in a daring attack at Baliva under Gua police station, while 11 CRPF jawans were killed in 2007 at Jeraikela." It was the second vehicle in the convoy, and all occupants died.

The two sub-inspectors have been identified Philip Tete and Prem Chand Hembrom. The slain CRPF inspector has been identified as Parwar Parimal," police sources said.

B Vijay Murty and Manoj Choudhary

Extortion cloaked in Maoist garb

ROURKELA, 11 JUNE: Police claim to have arrested three anti-socials who had allegedly practiced extortion in the guise of Maoists, at Bonai in Sundargarh district today.
The trio, identified as Lal Khan from Gaya in Bihar, Kanti Bhoumik and Bhoumik of Bonai area, Sundargarh district, were allegedly involved in a number of crimes including the attack on the house of the then MP and BJP national vice-president Mr Jual Oram a few months ago.
“The trio has admitted their role in the attack on Mr Oram’s house in February,” SP Mrs Santosh Bala said. It may be recalled that a group of armed men had barged into Oram’s house in Sundargarh district on 13 February, firing several rounds and holding the family hostage for nearly half-an-hour. They escaped in a vehicle when hundreds of villagers gathered around the house.
Police have seized a gun, five pistols, several rounds of ammunitions, detonators, two stolen motor cycles and cash from their possession.
The criminals allegedly threatened businessmen, especially brick kiln owners and industrial houses, in order to extort money, besides indulging in various other criminal activities in Orissa and Jharkhand, police sources said. ;sns

ATS submits chargesheet against Maoists arrested in 2007

Mumbai (PTI): Two years after the arrest of suspected Maoists - Shridhar Srinivasan and Vernon Gonsalves - Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has submitted a chargesheet against the two for initiating 'Guerilla war' against the state.

"As a part of the banned organisation, all the accused were initiating armed guerilla war against the state," said the chargesheet submitted before a sessions court on June 8.

According to the prosecution, while Srinivasan was a national member, Gonsalves was a state leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist).

The duo, along with four other absconding accused -- Gajrala Sariayya, Milind Teltimbde, Ishkara and Seema Hirani -- have been booked for heinous crimes of waging war and indoctrinating men to wage war against the country.

They are also charged for collecting money to hatch a criminal conspiracy and involving in organised crime syndicate.

If the charges are proved, they can face a maximum punishment of death penalty.

Srinivasan and Gonsalves have also been booked for running training camps for handling and using arms and explosives.

Maoist leader in police custody?

Express News Service

First Published : 12 Jun 2009 02:52:00 AM IST
Last Updated :

ONGOLE: The Prakasam police reportedly have in their custody, a feared Maoist leader, John Babu, who also carries a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head.

John Babu, who hails from Tripurantakam village in Prakasam district, was once the secretary of the ‘Nallamala Forest Atavi Division Committee’ of the Maoists, which was subsequently closed after the Maoists decided to shun all committees some time ago.

While Markapur OSD Satyanarayana denied arresting him, sources told Express that John was indeed arrested and that he was in police custody.

John Babu, until three months ago, was allegedly moving about in the Palutla and Nekkanti village areas regrouping the Maoists but was not heard of in the last two months.

Maoist diktat in Bihar: Send kids to school

11 Jun 2009, 0500 hrs IST, AGENCIES

PATNA: Marking a departure, Maoist guerrillas in Bihar have issued a new and unique diktat — they have ordered poor villagers in Vaishali district
to send their children to school.

In a novel move to spread education among the marginalised sections of society, Maoists in Vaishali, about 40km from here, have asked the poor to educate their children instead of making them work. “Maoists also warned them not to engage children in farm or other work and send them to schools,” a villager in Patepur block said.

Patepur is one of the over half a dozen blocks in the district that has been issued diktat by Maoist guerrillas. The other blocks include Mahnar, Jandaha, Mahua, Lalganj and Hajipur. Maoists have pasted posters in several villages in which they have threatened to punish villagers if they failed to send their children to school. The latest Maoist diktat has surprised even district officials. “It is a positive move if Maoist rebels are really keen to force poor parents to send their children to school,” a district official said.

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

Blame game begins over death of 11 cops in Jharkhand

(Source: IANS)
Published: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 at 15:32 ISTF Prev Next L

Ranchi: A blame game has started between police officials and the Jharkhand police association over the death of 11 security personnel in a landmine blast in the state's West Singhbhum district Wednesday.

Eleven security personnel, comprising both state police as well as the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), led by CRPF inspector Parimal Parmar, were killed when Maoists ambushed their convoy near Tithir village of the district, as they were returning after Long Range Patrolling (LRP).

The convoy comprised seven vehicles, but the anti-landmine vehicle was in the fifth position though it should have led the convoy, according to a security advisory.

Senior police officials blame the incident on the security personnel not walking on foot over non-tarred roads.

"The police personnel failed to follow the suggestion to walk on foot on the LRP," said Sudhir Kumar Jha, superintendent of police of West Singhbhum district.

However, the Jharkhand Police Association (JPA) has blamed senior police officials for the incident.

"Jharkhand police chief, Vishnu Dayal Ram has issued a circular that the LRP should be led by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police. The LRP was led by CRPF inspector who had no knowledge about the geography of the state. The senior police officials avoid going on LRPs," JPA general secretary Chandra Gupt Singh told IANS.

"Police officials hold meeting in headquarters and do not invite association members to give suggestions. It is constables, sub inspectors and inspectors who fight in jungle areas with the Maoists. How can Maoist operations be decided in headquarters without consulting officers fighting in jungle areas," he added.

In Jharkhand, nearly 350 security personnel have been killed in the last eight years while fighting the Maoists.

One Maoist rebel killed in Jharkhand

Ranchi (IANS): One Maoist rebel was killed in a gun battle with security forces in Palamau district of Jharkhand Thursday morning, police said.

According to the police, the gun battle took place near Semra village of Palamau district which is around 220 Km from Ranchi. Following a tip off, the police raided the village.

Around seven Maoist rebels were present when police raided the village. The gun battle lasted for nearly two hours. In the battle one Maoist rebel of Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) was killed while the rest managed to escape.

Police seized one revolver and Maoist literature, among other things, from the killed Maoist rebel.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in the last eight years

Naxalites threaten to blast Ratanpur railway station

Munger (Bihar), June 11: CPI-Maoist on Thursday threatened to explode Ratanpur railway station and railway tunnel at Jamalpur in Munger district.

Confirming the threat to blast the station, SP (Railway) Vimal Kumar said adequate security arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incident.

The Maiosts have called a bandh tomorrow in Munger to protest the killing of one of their leaders by police.

Bureau Report

New strategies to dodge rebel traps


Policemen get ready to leave Saranda after the blast on Wednesday. Picture by Vinay Mishra
Bokaro, June 11: Against the backdrop of the Naxalite attack near Goelkera, which left nine policemen and a CRPF inspector dead yesterday, the district police have chalked out strategies to curb rebel activity in the region.

They have decided to follow in the footsteps of Greyhound, the elite anti-insurgency task force of Andhra Pradesh.

Soon after the blast in the Saranda forest area, Bokaro superintendent of police Laxman Singh called a high-level meeting which was also attended by the chief of the CRPF’s 26th Battalion.

Highly placed sources said that from now on even for long-range patrolling, the security teams would not take the original path or fixed metalled route. They will cross fields and scale hillocks to reach their destinations.

Like the Greyhound, the police have also developed contacts in each Maoist-hit village and formed peace committees. The committee members are entrusted with the job of reporting how many strangers enter or leave the villages daily.

Singh confirmed formation of peace committees in panchayat areas for clues on rebel movements, but refused to divulge their modus operandi. “It will not be safe to reveal the strategies at this juncture,” he said.

Army role in Naxalite fight

New Delhi, June 9: The Indian Army is working on a plan to set up a local command in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district, whose primary responsibility will be to monitor Naxalite activity and train the state’s police forces in counter-insurgency tactics.

This is the army’s first move to create a structured body to deal specifically with Naxalite activity. But army headquarters and the defence ministry do not equate this with a deployment of armed forces against the Maoist insurgency.

The “sub-area command” to be created in Chhattisgarh will be headed by a brigadier. A sub-area command of the army is a static peacetime formation assigned to a geographic location from where it does not move. Such a command reports to a larger area command, usually headed by a major general.

The Bilaspur or Raipur sub-area command is likely to report to the Jabalpur Area Command in Madhya Pradesh.

The army chief, General Deepak Kapoor, visited Raipur in March. He was told that the Chhattisgarh government had identified land for the army in Bilaspur. Kapoor himself has said that Naxalite activity was a matter of concern but the army was not going to be deployed.

Defence minister A.K. Antony has also ruled out deploying the army, except as “a last resort”.

However, the reliance on state police forces in Chhattisgarh and Orissa is running low. In the Orissa Assembly yesterday, the Congress, which is in the Opposition, said it would not object to the army being called in because, the party alleged, state police had failed.

For the past four years, the army’s Allahabad-headquartered central command is monitoring Naxalite activity. Chhattisgarh and Orissa also come under the central command’s area of responsibility.

An army source said the central command had the resources to raise training institutions and a sub-area command in Chhattisgarh could be supported by it.

The army supports the Counter-Terrorism and Jungle Warfare School in Kanker in Chhattisgarh that is run by a retired brigadier, B.. Ponwar.

Ponwar was the commandant of the army’s Counter- Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairangte, Mizoram. A retired colonel of the army also heads a Special Task Force of the Chhattisgarh police.

With the creation of the sub-area command in Chhattisgarh, it can be expected that the army will increase its monitoring of the region.

It will also intensify its involvement in training the police and the paramilitary. A secondary activity will be recruitment.

No shuffling of babus under duress: CM

Express News Service
First Published : 11 Jun 2009 03:56:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said in the Assembly that shuffling of officers under political pressure is no longer possible under his dispensation.

Replying to an adjournment motion moved by the Congress members on the Naxalite attacks on three police stations in Koraput district, the Chief Minister said that efficient collectors and SPs are being posted in the Naxalite-affected districts.

Naveen said that before 2000, collectors and SPs of districts were changed on the whims and fancies of political leaders which is no longer possible now. “I will not go into what was done before 2000, it is a sordid past,” he said.

The Opposition alleged that posting of officers in the Naxalite-affected districts has now become a punishment for the officers and the police have lost their morale to fight against the Naxals.

The Chief Minister said manpower in 83 police stations in Naxalite-affected areas has been augmented.

Besides, 305 rural and 115 urban police stations have been covered under the fortification programme, he said, adding that 2,100 special police officers (SPOs) have been recruited to be deployed in five Naxalite-affected districts.

‘Naxals running parallel government’

Express News Service

First Published : 10 Jun 2009 03:00:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 10 Jun 2009 10:54:49 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Two days after Naxalites blew up three police stations and outposts in Koraput district, Congress members staged a walkout in the Assembly demanding a discussion on the growing menace.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh raised the issue during question hour seeking a discussion by suspending other business as the situation has gone out of control in those areas. Naxalites attacked three unfortified police stations at Baipariguda, Ramagiri and Machkund on Sunday night.

His party members also voiced concern over the growing violence by the Left wing extremists in the State, particularly in Malkangiri and Koraput districts, and insisted on a discussion on the problem. Speaker Pradip Amat ignored the demand from the Congress members and asked them to proceed with the question hour leading to a noisy walkout.

The issue figured once again when Congress members returned after the question hour. Alleging that the Naxalites are running a parallel government in some areas of the State, his party colleague Santosh Singh Saluja said police had lost the will to take on them.

Naxalite activities have spread to 20 districts and the police had failed to effectively counter it, he said.

Criticising the State Government for ‘inefficiency’, he asked what was it doing for the last nine years. Naba Kishore Das (Congress) requested the Speaker to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.

Jaynarayan Mishra (BJP) also alleged that Naxalites are running a parallel government in more than half of the State and this has exposed the Government’s failure. He demanded an immediate discussion on the issue. Pratap Sarangi (Ind) said Malkangiri has become a liberated zone for the Naxalites.

BJD members, including Rabi Narayan Nanda and Kalpataru Das, however, maintained that growing Naxalite activities is a national problem and the Centre had failed to come to the assistance of the State as expected.

What does the Centre want to achieve by insisting on withdrawal of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from the State? Nanda asked.

The Speaker announced that he will consider the notice given by the Opposition on Naxalite activities for discussion tomorrow.

Naxals make inroads along MP border

Bhupendra Pandey
Posted: Jun 10, 2009 at 0255 hrs IST

Lucknow After Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli, Naxal activities have recently been reported in villages of Chitrakoot and Banda districts, which lie along the Madhya Pradesh border.

In separate reports, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force and the state Intelligence have informed the state government and the DGP headquarters about Naxal activities in these areas.

The reports say Naxal groups have succeeded in penetrating into the tribal communities and have made safe havens in their villages. They have also started extorting money from tendu patta suppliers and contractors of PWD and Railways.

No report of Naxal violence has been reported from the areas so far but, the report says, their involvement in extortion may lead to a major incident.

“The state Intelligence has been issued directives to collect more information about Naxalite activities in Bundelkhand region. The PAC Headquarters and the Crime and Law and Order cells at the DGP Headquarters have also been asked to deploy force in the areas bordering MP to keep a vigil over Naxals,” said an official in the Home Department.

The Intelligence Headquarters also sent a report to the government that posters carrying slogans and speeches about liberation of tribals were found in villages of Banda district during the Lok Sabha elections.

Incidentally, a team of STF deployed in Chitrakoot and Banda to keep a check on the movement of dacoits was the first to report about the Naxal groups in the border villages in 2007.

An STF inspector, who had submitted the report, said: “A police team from Bargarh police station of Chitrakoot district had spotted a gathering in a village near Karvi area during night patrolling in October, 2007. When they went closer, the mob attacked them with arrows forcing them to escape.”

The STF team, which was then camping in the area in search of Thokia gang, visited the area immediately after receiving the information about the attack on the police.

The inspector said police informers later confirmed frequent visits by the groups of Naxals in Naraini, Kalinjar and Mataundh areas of Banda districts and Bargarh, Karvi, Markundi, Bahilpurwa and Manikpur areas of Chitrakoot. These are bordering areas of Satna and Rewa districts of MP.

The groups enter the UP villages through forests and then return to MP, the STF inspector added.

STF SSP Amitabh Yash confirmed reports of movement of Naxals in Banda and Chitrakoot and said information had been sent to the higher-ups.

Chitrakoot Dham Range DIG Sushil Kumar Singh said, “I have joined here recently and require some time to take stock of the situation. There are possibilities of Naxal groups exploiting the poverty-stricken and landless communities in these two districts.”

Three naxals arrested in Orissa

Rourkela (PTI): Three persons allegedly belonging to a Maoist outfit were arrested on charges of extortion and other criminal activities in Bonai area, 100 km from here, police said on Thursday.

They were identified as Lal Khan from Gaya in Bihar, Kanti Bhoumik and Doctor Bhoumik of Bonai area of Sundargarh district, Superintendent of Police, Rourkela, Santosh Bala told newspersons here.

Police also seized one carbine machine gun, five pistols and 30 rounds of ammunition, 60 detonators, two stolen motor cycles and Rs 40,000 from their possession on Wednesday, Mr. Bala said.

The SP said they allegedly threatened businessmen, brick kiln owners and industrial houses to extort money besides indulging in various other criminal activities in Orissa and Jharkhand.

Centre not cooperating in tackling Maoists: Naveen

Bhubaneswar, June 10: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday accused the Centre of not cooperating with his government in combating Maoists.

"We are trying our best to tackle Maoist extremism. But the Centre is not cooperating," Patnaik said replying to an adjournment motion moved by Congress on attacks by Maoists, including the blowing up of two police stations and an out-post in Koraput district on Sunday night.

"Instead of providing more force to tackle the Maoist violence, the Centre has withdrawn 48 (about 4800 personnel) of the 76 CRPF companies deployed in the state," he said.

The Chief Minister claimed that the government had been successful in utilising funds provided by Centre for security related expenditure and police modernisation.

Pointing out that police were successful in arresting Asutosh, Central Committee member and head of eastern politburo of CPI (Maoist), he said, "it is viewed as one of the most spectacular achievements in the country's anti-naxal campaign in recent times."

Asutosh, currently in jail, was allegedly involved in over 200 killings in Orissa and Jharkhand. He had also allegedly masterminded the Nayagarh attack and the killing of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati, both in 2008, Patnaik said.

Malkangiri: Now out of reach, out of control?

Siba Mohanty First Published : 09 Jun 2009 03:21:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 09 Jun 2009 11:10:54 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: When Orissa Police announced that a battalion of CRPF deployed in North Orissa will be mobilised to the Southern districts which had witnessed a sudden spurt in Naxal violence, little did the top brass know the Red rebels were plotting to pour cold water on their plans.

Sunday night’s spree of attacks in Koraput, bordering Malkangiri district, was aimed just at that - isolate Southernmost part from the rest of Orissa.

Or at least make it further hard for security forces to access Malkangiri which will be under their control. Almost totally.

Now, consider this. Boipariguda, Machkund and Ramagiri do not have stable police station buildings today; the barracks at these three points too have been blown up. Any mobilisation of force from Jeypore and Koraput will be out in open without any protection in these police limits. None whatsoever.

Earlier, these police stations were not fortified but now even the buildings are gone.

The Red rebels seem to have it all planned out. They have a strong control over Malkangiri after they laid siege to Govindpalli late last year.

Govindpalli is the entry point to Malkangiri district and it is around these forests, they have base camps and cadre members present.

“They already have shown by capturing Govindpalli that they can cut off access to the district but by destroying police points in Boipariguda, Ramagiri and Machkund, they have made inroads into bordering areas of Koraput,” said reliable sources.

Geographically, the last three police establishments in Koraput before one reaches Malkngiri district are technically Boipariguda, Machkund and Ramagiri.

With these points under Red rebel control, their domination beyond Malkangiri has grown after last night’s attack.

Mathili is the first police station in Malakngiri and it comes only after Govindpalii area which has an outpost.

The simultaneous attacks mean central paramilitary forces and Special Operation Group will have to pass through these long stretch of hostile terrains to access Malkangiri district. Swiftly, the Naxals have ensured security forces will have to sweat more because their nearest safe point can only be as far as Jeypore.

If the rebels carry out any operation in Malkangiri now, they will have the upper hand in holding security forces back in these newly-dominated areas. Is Malkangiri safe? That’s the million dollar question

Naxals strike again: 10 cops killed in Jharkhand

11 Jun 2009, 0132 hrs IST, TNN

RANCHI/JAMSHEDPUR: Naxalites appear to be able to strike at security forces at will. On Wednesday, Naxalites ambushed a patrol party and blew up a
landmine in West Singhbhum district, about 250km from Ranchi, killing 10 security personnel. In the last two months alone, 92 security personnel have been killed in Naxal attacks in the four worst-hit states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.

There has been talk of a strategy to combat the guerrillas. But that's all there has been, it would appear from the increasing frequency of the attacks. This year, no less than 871 Naxal strikes in the four states have killed 170 people, 150 of them security personnel. The toll on the Naxals' side is 80.

Wednesday's attack took place near the Goelkara forests as a joint police and CRPF patrol was returning to base. ``The blast took place when personnel from police and CRPF were returning from a long-range patrolling that continued for three days and two nights,'' an official said.

The stretch along the area known as Serengda-Auranga is full of dense foliage and considered a safe hideout for Maoist guerrillas.

Police sources said the blast took place around 8.30am after the security personnel boarded their vehicles which had been trailing them. ``They got on the vehicles after covering a distance of about one-and-a-half kilometres from Auranga, considering that they were now in a safe zone,'' IG (operations) D K Pandey said.

``The security personnel should not have boarded the vehicles. They violated security instructions that led to the mishap,'' superintendent of police (West Singhbhum) Sudhir Kumar Jha said.

The Naxalites opened fire when the police cavalcade was taking a U-turn after negotiating a hillock. One of the vehicles was ripped apart when a landmine exploded, killing nine security personnel and a police driver. Eight of the policemen died on the spot.

Pandey said the encounter between the security personnel and the Maoist terrorists lasted over two hours. The rebels retreated into the jungles after police reinforcements arrived at the spot.

Among the dead were two police sub-inspectors, one CRPF inspector and six jawans. Both the Naxalites and the security personnel fired over 500 rounds during the encounter.

Three suspected Maoist guerrillas were arrested and a massive search operation was on in the area, DGP V D Ram said.

Centre readies plan to flush out Maoists after monsoon

11 Jun 2009, 0455 hrs IST, Bharti Jain, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Keen to arrest the escalation in Left-wing extremist violence that has killed over 170 security personnel this year alone, the Centre is
giving final touches to its action-plan for a major post-monsoon offensive against the Maoists in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

The three states, apart from Maharashtra and Bihar, have been witness to a string of deadly attacks triggered by Maoists over the last couple of months, the latest being on Wednesday when the Naxalites triggered a landmine blast in West Singbhum, Jharkhand, killing 11 CRPF and state police personnel. In a separate incident, an assistant commandant of the CRPF was killed and five others injured by Maoists in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.

The strategy for the proposed counter-strike, which will be jointly carried out by Central para-military forces such as CRPF and police force of the three states, has been prepared by the senior MHA officials and is currently being fine-tuned by Union home minister P Chidambaram. The final go-ahead for launch of the intelligence-based special operation, in which the special anti-Naxal Cobra battalions will play a key role, is likely to be given by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

The post-monsoon offensive is expected to be a time-bound counter-operation that will essentially focus on the extremist-infested Orissa-Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand tri-junction. While the police of each of the three states will undertake operations within their respective territories, the CRPF is likely to take the lead in contiguous districts of the three states. The command structure is being worked out and will be defined in the action plan.

The Central forces, as part of the offensive, will move in jungles dotting the inter-state borders and based on advance intelligence, bust Naxalites’ hideouts and block their escape routes through inter-state borders. The state police will meanwhile hit at the Naxalites’ bases in the deep jungles and have already sought Central force reinforcements for the purpose.

Maoists have unleashed a string of violent attacks over the last two months, targeting mainly police and Central para-military personnel. The attacks peaked just ahead of the Lok Sabha poll, as the extremists unleashed Red terror to stall the democratic exercise in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar. The fact that the Central forces were stretched thin in the Naxal-hit states on account of their diversion to election duties only helped the extremists gain an upper hand.

“The Naxalites have been taking undue advantage of the security vaccum created due to preoccupation of the para-military forces with guarding the
poll process,” admitted a senior MHA official. The Centre, the official added, is waiting for the monsoon to clear up before striking back against the Maoists.

Even as the action-plan for the anti-Maoist offensive is given final touches, the MHA is already working on a major push to the infrastructure as well as arsenal of the counter-Naxal forces. Mr Chidambaram, who is taking special interest in enhancing the capability of the counter-Naxal forces, is convinced about the need for a major hike in allocation for the purpose.

Among the additional equipment being considered for induction into the anti-extremist grid are helicopters — the CRPF may finally get its much-delayed air-wing — armoured personnel carriers and even drones to spy on the Naxalites’ bases as well as movements.

According to statistics compiled by the South Asian Terrorism Portal, as many as 381 persons, including 149 security personnel, have been killed in Left-wing extremist violence between January 1, 2009, and May 26, 2009. Another estimated 25 people, including 22 security personnel, are believed to have been killed by the Naxalites in incidents thereafter.

Ensure discipline, Chidambaram tells troops in J-K

Mir Ehsan
Posted: 2009-06-11 03:05:56+05:30 IST
Updated: Jun 11, 2009 at 0305 hrs IST

Srinagar: With the agitation over the rape and murder of two women in Shopian, allegedly by the security forces, still fresh, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday asked senior officers of the forces to ensure that field officers and jawans strictly adhere to Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) and Code of Conduct for the uniformed forces.

Chidambaram was speaking with senior Army, police, BSF, CRPF and Intelligence officials at a meeting of the Unified Command headquarters, that he jointly chaired with J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The Home Minister arrived here on Thursday on a two-day visit. The meeting also discussed re-orientation of troops in the state, law and order situation especially in the aftermath of the Shopian incident, the Amarnath Yatra arrangements and development issues, a spokesman said.

As the demand for revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) gains momentum following the Shopian incident, Chidambaram assured the J-K Government that the modalities of re-orienting the troops would be sorted out step by step. He said the Centre is behind the J-K Government in its endeavour to create a stable and secure environment that is a prerequisite for development.

Stating that the duties assigned to the security forces and the police are well-defined, the Home Minister said that while Army and paramilitary forces are tasked to perform security-related duties, the State police should perform all the essential police functions relating to maintenance of law and order.

Speaking at the meeting, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said his Government attached highest importance to the protection of human rights. He said directions have been given to all concerned to uphold human rights under all circumstances.

Naxalism on the wane: IGP

11 Jun 2009, 2253 hrs IST, TNN

MANGALORE: Confidence-building measures initiated by police among people residing in Naxal-affected Chikmagalur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada have
yielded positive results, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur said here on Thursday.

Naxals who earlier had a free run in the region, now have to move about masking their identity and avoid populated locations, he noted.

Participating in a meet the press programme, Hosur said increased police presence in the area including setting up four additional Anti-Naxal Force camps, taking their total number to 12 to have had the desired effect. In addition, five new police stations in this area __ Mallandur, and Jaipura in Chikmagalur, Ajekaru and Amasebailu in Udupi, and at Nagara in Shimoga have been set up to deal with Left wing extremism, he noted.

Referring to the rewards programme announced by the department on Left wing extremists, he said it is evoking good response and this has resulted in important arrests and recovery of arms and ammunition of late. The willingness of young officers to be part of ANF and to serve in the new police stations opened in the Naxal-affected areas is a good sign, he said and added effective steps have been taken to fill up vacant posts in the ANF.

Denying allegations of victimization of people in Naxal-affected areas, Hosur said arrests carried out in more than 80 cases in the recent past have been based on strong evidence against those arrested. There has been proper verification of intelligence gathered on people suspected to have links to Naxalites or those who have been directly involved in acts of Naxalism, he said and added legal steps have been initiated against such persons.

Crackdown on communal elements

Lack of communal amity in Dakshina Kannada is a persistent and major problem, Hosur said and added strict steps have been taken to crack down on people fomenting communal problem. "We have directed leaders of all communities to isolate bad elements among them," he said and added, "We are going after people with a communal track record based on records of such people available with us as part of a concerted effort."

Police officials have been directed to use maximum force to deal with any communal incident. Stating that as per new rules of the game, police officials have been empowered to open fire on elements roaming around with lethal weapons to immobilize them or in the worse case scenario even kill them.

Why India looks at Germany for new anti-terror blueprint

New Delhi: One common strand running through all the lapses in the anticipation and response to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, as shown in The Indian Express series, was the lack of inter-agency coordination at every level: from intelligence assessment and operational networking after the attacks to coordination with support groups meant for response, rescue and even medical help.

As the new government works on its internal security revamp roadmap that includes a national counter-terrorism centre to address these very issues, it’s looking at several measures, key among them being the setting up of the NCTC with a detailed reporting structure and creating joint commands with Central and State representatives for Naxal-affected areas.

The NCTC will have “collation and fusion” centres down to the district level so that intelligence can be streamlined and relayed more effectively. Each state will have a subsidiary multi-agency centre that will be connected to the NCTC. The goal: to provide professional and analytical treatment to every bit of local intelligence.

While there are several models available across the world, Germany presents a good case to take up here for three broad reasons:

n It is one country that has not witnessed a major terrorist attack since the 1972 Munich Games, has thwarted seven major attempts since 9/11 and works an efficient system despite high threats given some of its own citizens converted to Islam and received training Pakistan and Afghanistan for attacks inside Germany — all that Hans-Gorg Maassen, Deputy Director General of the Interior Ministry’s Counterterrorism Directorate, says is “we have very good staff, but I also think we have been very lucky.”

n The National Security Guard is modelled largely on Germany’s famed counterterrorism force GSG-9 with the same equipment profile (MP-5 sub machine guns, PSG-1 snipers and Glock pistols)’

n And most significantly, Germany too has a federal system of governance with its 16 states responsible for law and order issues as in India.

Other countries of similar importance would be US, UK, Israel and France from an Indian perspective.

India is in talks with all these countries, but has moved closer to signing an agreement with Germany — a draft for which is ready, covering a range of areas, particularly intensifying deeper cooperation with GSG-9 and its police.

Though there have been issues with Berlin on procuring weapons, which has laws for its weapons not to be used in conflict areas like J&K and against minorities, exceptions have been made like in the case of the Eurocopter , meant for ferrying soldiers to Siachen.

In any case, German officials too have indicated that these are not insurmountable issues when it comes to training elite forces.

But there are larger lessons to be learnt here. Like other countries, Germany has a counterterrorism centre that works round the clock:

n As many as 40 different agencies are represented in this facility. They are in contact with every state besides being the nodal point for all intelligence received from within or outside Germany.

n Every information has to be brought to the centre, which assesses, consults with other agencies and obtains real time feedback to operational authorities.

n A joint internet centre has been added to monitor all “jehadi” websites, blogs and related information.

n A new law empowers police to use spyware or other such tools to access the hard drive of computers of individuals sending and receiving suspect emails. But a panel of eminent jurists has to first approve any such request from the police.

n Routine daily interaction among different agencies has fostered a habit of cooperation that allows greater ability to appreciate each other’s resources and limitations, vital during a real emergency.

n Significantly this centre also has a link with the Bundeswehr Military Command centre which monitors German military operations.

The GSG-9 is no different. In the spirit of Germany’s federal system, the elite commando force has developed an ethos of “coordinated ops”.

Each state has a SWAT team, some even have two. The trick here is that GSG-9 conducts exercises round the year with these teams. Recently, it had three to four SWAT teams of states located along Germany’s coast and created a mock situation of hostage aboard a luxury liner.

The SWAT teams would be the first to act. But what should they do till the GSG-9 arrives? Here is where exercises of this nature help and according to GSG-9 officials, the SWAT teams know what is expected of them to make the GSG-9 assault successful.

Having trained together, the SWAT teams are seen by GSG-9 as its key assets in such situations.

As a result, GSG-9 remains a small force of 274 personnel unlike the NSG that has grown well beyond 8000. GSG-9 officials say a smaller number helps retain the elite character and the SWAT teams are able to provide the numbers when needed. The improving performance levels of SWAT teams make GSG-9 much bigger than it seems on paper. GSG-9 too had five-member HIT teams like the ones NSG deployed in Mumbai. But this has since been improved to nine. One important addition being a paramedic, which is important given that NSG felt the need for immediate medical help.

Also, one team member has a small camera fitted into the gear to record operations, which could be vital in terms of evidence besides gaining important training lessons.

So, it is crucial for India to introduce key changes that do not require a major legal framework, but more revamp and reworking of the systems that currently work as islands.

Mangalore: IGP delivers a tough message

By Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
Photographs: Rajesh Shetty

MANGALORE, June 11, 2009: "The police will not allow the anti social elements to ravage the civil life of Mangalore, be it communal groups or the anti social elements owing allegiance to any fringe groups" said Mr. Gopal Hosur Inspector General of Police (Western Range) here today.

Participating in an interaction with the press organized by the Dakshina Kannada Working Journalist’s Union here today, Mr. Hosur said the police would not allow the anti social elements to take control of the civil society in Mangalore or in the district.

Coining a new word "Communal Goondas" Mr. Hosur said that the Communal goondas who have wreaked havoc with the civil society in Mangalore were now being systematically rounded up by the police and in cases of resistance to submit themselves to the police they have been given “appropriate police treatment.” Many of them have been immobilized and sensing that they will also be rounded up many goons have left Mangalore and have hidden in other parts of the district, but if they raise their head there they would be dealt with severely and brought back to be put behind bars.

The IGP informed that the Western Range had multiple anti social elements that included Naxals, communal elements, terrorists and underworld elements. This was yet another reason for the police to take a tough stand against all adversities. He said, "we have already put into place two teams of 200 finest youngsters available in the police department in Mangalore and Udupi, an elite group fit to combat anti social elements and break them. These officers are supremely athletic and are fit to use any weapon, drive any vehicle and survive in extremely trying conditions." They will be put into action soon he added.

These men will also be posted in various problem prone areas especially in Naxal affected areas of Dakshina Kananda, Udupi and Chikmagalur and in the elite squads constituted for unearthing underworld thugs and anti communal goondas. He said four new police stations will be opened in Naxal affected areas including Ballandur and Amase Bail.

Unending naxal terror: 9 cops killed

12 Jun 2009, 1708 hrs IST

In yet another Naxals attack this time the militia slays nine policemen in a landmine attack in Nawadi in Jharkhand. This is the second big Naxal attack this week in less than three days. The Naxalites have also called for a bandh of one day in Jharkhand and also in Bihar. Earlier, 11 policemen had been killed in a naxalite landmine attack in the Chaibasa district of Jharkhand.

TIMES NOW yesterday (June 11) exclusively accessed a propaganda video of the naxals. The video used as a recruting tool gloats about the number of security personnel murdered by the naxals.

The 14 minute propaganda video is a direct tool to recruit fighters stressing on the plight of the people and calling the government their enemy. The large arms cache displayed by the naxals shows guns, grenades and rifles. The voice boasts of how these weapons have been taken from murdered security officials.

The chilling training video shows women and children being inducted to the cause with a threatening message for security officials.

Maoists redrawing strategy in Deogarh

Express News Service
First Published : 12 Jun 2009 03:35:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

DEOGARH: Fear of Naxal strike has resurfaced in the district with the banned outfit launching its campaign in a big way in interior pockets.

The Naxals are working hard to regroup and re-establish their base in the district which has seen seven Naxals killed in two separate encounters in Ranigula and Barkhol in 2006 and in Gandam in Tileibani block in August 2008 after being apprehended by the security forces.

Although the Naxals maintained low profile after the incidents, they are reportedly planning strikes in a big way with more than 100 Naxals, including women cadres, sighted in the interior pockets of Riamal, Laimura, Gandam, Telikusum, Budhikuten and Ranigula. The ultras have managed to raise peoples’ militia and garner the support of villagers who are deprived of basic facilities like health, drinking water, education and communication. Moreover, the inhospitable terrains and the underplaying of their presence by the police are helping them spread their tentacles. The Naxals are moving around villages and busy constituting kranti committees. They have reportedly held meetings in the villages of Hiran and Hitam in Tileibani block besides Hikapali across the border in Sambalpur district. Besides, their presence and activity has also been reported from Kansar and Sodo gram panchayats in Riamal block and in Laimura GP in Tileibani block.

The Naxals, including armed female cadres, said to be from Jharkhand have divided themselves into groups and fanned out to interior pockets regaining their lost base. The Maoists are laying more thrust on reorganising their cadres and strategy to strengthen their base rather than unleashing violence. District SP Surya Thangpa said since Deogarh district is Naxal-infested, movement of Naxals cannot be ruled out. But if conducting elections are a parameter which passed off peacefully, it is clear that the police have an upper hand. The activity of the Naxals is seasonal but if they are trying to re-establish themselves, the police too are doing their duty by undertaking combing operation to drive them out, she added.

Police apprehend Maoist attack, seek reinforcements

Midnapore (WB) (PTI): Apprehending a Maoist attack in this region of West Bengal, police today sought reinforcements from the state government in the wake of intelligence report about a Naxal team sneaking into the area from neighbouring Jharkhand.

The Maoist team had been responsible for the killing of 11 policemen at Chaibasa in West Singhbhum in Jharkhand on June 10, Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said.

District Magistrate N S Nigam along with the SP, held a meeting this morning to review the situation in Lalgarh with political leaders of all parties.

The Trinamool Congress boycotted the meeting while the SUCI, its ally, staged a walk out in protest against the arrest of five members of Peoples's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) from the troubled area.

Trouble had erupted in phases at Sijua in Salboni yesterday as CPI(M) activists tried to regain lost ground by attacking four PCPA activists in the area, police said.

The situation was compounded with the killing of a CPI(M) woman leader from Dharampur Salukha Soren on Thursday.

Her body was recovered on Friday, police said.