Thursday, April 08, 2010

Maoists buy arms from B'desh, Myanmar, Nepal

9 Apr 2010, 0442 hrs IST,ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Maoists are procuring weapons from illegal arms bazaars across the border, home minister P Chidambaram said here on Thursday even as the Centre ordered an inquiry by former BSF chief E N Rammohan into the Dantewada attack.

“They buy arms from across the border. There are arms bazaars across the border. They bring them clandestinely into the country,”
he told reporters here after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security. When asked to specify which borders he was referring to, he cited India’s open and porous borders with Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Suggesting that it was from these very arms bazaars that northeast insurgents got arms, Mr Chidambaram said Maoists’ arsenal comprised arms looted from security forces, those procured from illegal markets and even country-made weapons.

MHA sources later said the prime source of weapons being procured by Indian insurgents was the Chinese arms mafia, and weapons were mostly routed through conduits in Chittagong and Myanmar. However, arms coming in from Nepal were passed on by surrendered cadres of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). Mr Chidambaram said Maoists were also funding their operations by looting weapons and extorting money from mining companies located in affected areas.

MHA on Thursday set up a one-member committee headed by a retired DGP-level officer E N Rammohan to probe the circumstances and possible lapses that led to the killing of 76 security personnel in Tuesday’s Maoist ambush in Dantewada. Mr Rammohan, who will submit the report in 15 days, would reconstruct the sequence of events, besides analysing the command structure and hierarchy behind the Dantewada deployment decisions.

The report would contain suggestions for mitigating the lapses to prevent recurrence of similar incidents. Mr Chidambaram reiterated that something had gone wrong. “I maintain what I said yesterday that something went wrong...we have to find out what went wrong,” he said.

Mr Chidambaram refused to elaborate on prime minister’s comments that the government had not taken any decision to use air power to quell extremist violence. “My view is that, if necessary, we can revisit it. We have to reflect on it,” he said adding: “If there is a policy revision, you will be informed.”

Even as deployment of IAF for active counter-Naxal operations seems unlikely, the government has decided to go ahead with its plan to procure unmanned aerial vehicles, micro air vehicles to be precise, for the para-military forces for “real time air surveillance.” The trials of UAVs, which will be a valuable force multiplier, are set to begin next week, according to an MHA official.

MHA has also decided to reiterate the standard operating procedures to each units of central forces deployed on counter-Naxal operations. “The lesson learnt from Tuesday’s attack is that we just cannot make a mistake,” an official said.

The government will go in for a training overhaul for the forces, besides pushing in more copters for troop mobility during surgical, intelligence-based strikes. The MHA has particularly requested BPCL facility at Jagdalpur to ensure fuelling of the aircraft to be used in the counter-Naxal operations.


Anonymous said...

seal the porus border of nepal first by giving it to BSF .SSB is a new force.vacate BSF bn from LOC.

Anonymous said...

The security forces deployed on the Nepal-Indo border have to be loyal to people not to money they gather from innocent public who cross border every day.

Maximize operation against Maoists and learn lesson from past when Indian provided shelter and guard to Nepali Maoists who are now playing mentor role for indian Maoists.

Anonymous said...

Dammit Govt!, If you dare! Seal porous boarders of Nepal. All Nepali people wd be happy along with all proletarian people of India. Down to SSB, BSF brutality in boarders!! Workers' of all countries Unite!!