Friday, September 18, 2020

Maoists, police exchange fire in K’mal


Police based on reliable inputs about movement of Maoists launched a combing operation on September 13 by a joint team of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and the District Voluntary Force.

On September 15, the SOG and DVF personnel had a faceoff with the ultras in the Pokharibund Reserve Forest under the Baligda police station.

Spotting the cops, the Maoists fired indiscriminately from sophisticated weapons. The police party retaliated in a controlled manner in self- defence. The Red rebels escaped from the spot taking advantage of the dense forest and hilly terrain. Police recovered three country made weapons with sling two plastic box, Maoist literature, uniforms and other articles said Kandhamal S Vinit Agrawal.

Again on September 16, the Maoists fired at SOG and DVF in Burhanai south reserve forest under the Tumudibandh PS. After the exchange of fire police recovered syringes, ration, thermo flask from the spot left behind by the fleeing ultras.

Police suspect 10 to12 rebels were present in camp including top leaders like Murali of the KKBN Division, Agarwal said

Prospects of Maoists becoming active in Telangana again are thin


Hyderabad: On July 14 and 15 this year the movement of  armed squads from the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in the thick forests of  Komaram Bheem Asifabad and Bhadhradri Kothagudem districts sent the Telangnana’s security forces into overdrive. Exchange of fire between the state police and the militants in the forest areas in the Godavari valley region triggered a debate on whether Telangana under the six-year rule of Telangana Rashtra Samithi after its emergence as the country’s youngest state is providing a fertile ground for the Left Wing extremists to rebuild their ruined Red bastions.

For the People’s War Group, the previous avatar of the CPI (Maoists), Telangana is like a paradise that slipped out of hand. The aborted peace talks with the Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy government in the undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2004 and Telangana’s bifurcation upended the Maoists’ apple-cart. The so-called peace talks only exposed the underground network of the extremists and also the top leaders who managed to have their identities undisclosed for several years, also be exposed. Though it is the erstwhile PWG, which through its Warangal and Bhongir declarations pitched for a separate state for Telangana much before the Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s K. Chandrasekhar Rao did, realization of the state only proved counter-productive for the Maoists, feel the analysts familiar with the Left Wing politics.

Historical blunders?

Combination of these two tactical blunders forced the Maoists to abandon their bastions and move away into the Andhra-Odisha Borders unable to face a sustained heat built up by the police.

All such calculations of the party went wrong. It is evident with what was considered as the first encounter reported in Telangana state in 2015 at Warangal in which Sruti, a Maoist leader who was actively involved in the statehood movement, was killed”, a Maoist sympathizer, wishing to stay anonymous, told this writer.

Subsequently, the TRS government sent the police from the state to Bastar in Chattisgarh to hunt the Maoists down, he recalled.

Will it be their homeland again?

Though the recent movements of militants in the Godavari Valley caught public attention widely, contacts familiar with the party said several attempts were made by the ultras in the past also to regain foothold in the state, particularly in north Telangana region. The party is apparently passing through a worst-ever leadership crisis in the wake of killing of party’s top guns like Cherukuri Rajkumar @ Azad, Mallojula Koteswara Rao @ Kishenji and surrender of senior leaders to the government.

A Maoist sympathizer said the party after Namballa Keshava Rao alias Basavaraj, an alumnus of the Regional Engineering College at Warangal, became its helmsman is keen on turning Telangana into a fertile ground for infusion of intelligentsia into its ranks by strengthening base in universities and colleges. Telangana with a background of armed struggle led by the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) in the late 1940s against the Nizam’s rule is credited with supplying leaders to the erstwhile PWG and the present Maoist party. The top leaders who came from Telangana included Muppalla Laxman Rao @ Ganapathi who was replaced by Basavaraj as the CPI (Maoist) General Secretary in November, 2018.

But the prospects of the Maoists regaining their lost ground appear to be thin in the near future. “Staying relevant to the present time has become a challenge to the Maoists. When the Left parties organized protests against fee hike in universities and colleges two-three decades ago, the response used to be overwhelming from students and parents. Now such protests have become redundant as the students are keen to pursue corporate education by spending hefty amounts of fee. Thus, the scope of recruitment of cadres from students has become highly narrowed,” the party’s sympathizer explained

Naxals kill CAF jawan in Chhattisgarh, dump body on road

Bijapur, Sep 18 (PTI) A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan, who had been missing, was killed by Naxals in Bijapur district, police said on Friday.

The body of constable Mallu Ram Suryawanshi (38), who had been missing from his camp since the last one week, was found on the Bijapur-Gangloor road near Padeda village on Friday morning, a police official said.

A police team later shifted the body to hosptial for post-mortem, he said.

A pamphlet was recovered from the spot in which the Gangaloor area committee of Maoists claimed responsibility for the jawan''s murder, he said.

Suryanwanshi, a native of Bilaspur district in the state, was attached to the 17th battalion of the CAF.

He was posted in the battalions pioneer company, which handles construction works, including setting up police camps, in interior areas, he said.

Prima facie, it seems he was killed with sharp-edged weapons but the exact cause of the death will be known after the autopsy, he said.

A search operation has been launched to trace the assailants, the official added.

With this, eight people - three policemen, a forest official and four civilians - have been killed in separate Naxal-related incidents in Bijapur district in the last one month, he said. PTI

Security tightened ahead of Maoists’ formation day

Siva G | TNN | Sep 18, 2020, 07:54 IST
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VISAKHAPATNAM: Tribals in the state, especially in Visakha and 

East Godavari districts

, are gripped with fear because security forces are combing the Andhra-Odisha border areas and also 


 border areas as they have received news that naxals are ready to hold a week-long celebration of 

CPI Maoists formation day

 on September 21.

A large number of security forces are combing the area and the tribals are worried about it. “They are not venturing out for the weekly markets too due to fear of being arrested by police as many tribals were taken into custody during various celebrations of Maoists,” a tribal, of one of the stronghold villages of Maoists in Visakha agency, said. Police chased Maoists and exchanged bullets in three incidents in the Andhra-Odisha Borders, including two in Pedabayalu mandal of Visakha agency, in July this year

Wanted Maoist held in Madhya Pradesh

Police said they received information of movement of Maoists posing as villagers to buy supplies. A team was sent to the market, where they followed two people whose movement seemed suspicious.

Arun Sharma sustained injuries on his legs and arms and was taken to Indus Hospital in Mohali.

A 21-year-old alleged Maoist with bounties against him in three states was arrested by Balaghat police from Samnapur-Banda tola region on the Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border on Thursday.

Police said they received information of movement of Maoists posing as villagers to buy supplies. A team was sent to the market, where they followed two people whose movement seemed suspicious. According to police, the two started running. “One escaped and the other fell into a lake and was apprehended,” IG, Balaghat, K P Venkateshwar Rao said.

While the police team was returning with Badal, they were attacked by a group of 10-12 Maoists, they said. “There was retaliatory firing from our side. We managed to get Badal alive,” said Rao.

Naxal arrested following encounter with police in MP's Balaghat

One Naxal was arrested in the Baihar area of Balaghat district on Thursday following an exchange of fire with security forces here, informed Abhishek Tiwari, Superintendent of Police, Balaghat.

ANI| Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh) | India

Updated: 18-09-2020 12:46 IST | Created: 18-09-2020 12:46 IST
Naxal arrested following encounter with police in MP's Balaghat

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One Naxal was arrested in the Baihar area of Balaghat district on Thursday following an exchange of fire with security forces here, informed Abhishek Tiwari, Superintendent of Police, Balaghat. The police also recovered a pistol from him. He has been identified as Osa alias Badal, and was an active member of Platoon-2. Badal had a reward of Rs 12 lakhs on him.

"An encounter between police and Naxalites took place in the forest between Samanpur-Bandatola, the core zone of Kanha Park in Balaghat district, adjoining Kabirdham in Chhattisgarh. In which the police arrested Osa alias Badal, an active member of Platoon-02," said Tiwari.

The police had received an input that two Naxals wearing civilian clothes, had come to the market near Bandatola. The police then started following two people who seemed suspicious and they started running away. While one of the two managed to escape through the pond, the police caught the second Naxal and arrested him, the police said. As police were taking the Naxal with them, as many as 20 to 25 Naxals in the area started firing on them. The police retaliated and managed to capture the Badal alive, it added. The police informed that some of the Naxals were injured during the encounter and searches are being carried out in the jungle by six police teams to arrest the remaining Naxals. (ANI)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Odisha enhances ex gratia for cops in Naxal areas, cuts costs

Express News Service | Published: 17th September 2020 10:17 AM
For representational purposes

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Government on Wednesday enhanced ex gratia by Rs  10 lakh for security personnel laying down their lives in Naxal violence in the State but it would end up saving more by re-working its costs.

The enhancement comes as the Government had discontinued the group insurance scheme towards which it annually paid Rs  5 crore, though fatalities in Naxal violence have significantly dropped in the State.

In fact, under the insurance scheme, the security personnel were entitled to a Rs  10 lakh coverage which now gets added to the existing three-tier ex gratia compensation but sans the premium. The proposal which has got approval of the Finance Department will come to effect retrospectively since 2017.

Currently, an officer in the rank of inspector and above is entitled to ex gratia of Rs  20 lakh, for sub inspectors till home guard level, it is Rs  16 lakh whereas for SPOs and gram rakhis, it is Rs  10 lakh.

Last year, the Home Department had proposed the ex gratia enhancement after the Unified Command meeting and weighing the financial implications. Since the Centre had enhanced the ex gratia to Rs  20 lakh which is paid under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, Odisha Government decided to rework the insurance and ex gratia composition. Under the scheme, the Centre and State bear the expenditure in 60:40 ratio.

Between 2017-18 and 2019-20, there has been four casualties of security personnel towards which ex gratia is calculated to Rs  64 lakh. Had the group insurance scheme been persisted with, the total expenditure would have stood at Rs  15.64 crore of which the State share would be Rs  6.25 crore.

However, under the new plan, it would end up paying Rs  56 lakh for the four families of the martyrs out of the total expenditure of Rs  1.04 crore. This significantly reduces the financial burden on the State as well as the Centre.

The State has done exceedingly well in pushing the Left Wing Extremists back in many regions and in the course, the casualties of security personnel has dropped too.

In July, it had requested removal of five districts from SRE as its anti-Naxal operations have been largely successful in last three to four years

‘Congress govt has failed us’ — Bastar villagers demand release of jailed ‘innocent tribals’

Tribal leaders allege there was police brutality ahead of a rally, organised to demand the release of those in jail, on 13 September. They are now threatening to step up their agitation.

Tribals had gathered to protest at Dantewada Sunday | By special arrangement
Tribals had gathered to protest at Dantewada Sunday | By special arrangement

Raipur: Tribals leaders in Maoist-infested Bastar district are threatening to launch a massive agitation if the Chhattisgarh government does not release “innocent tribals lodged in the state’s various jails”.    

The protesters are demanding the release of tribals they claim are being held without charge for over three years and those who have been falsely branded as naxalites. 

They also allege that the Congress has not lived up to its promise, made before the 2018 elections, to release tribal prisoners wrongly incarcerated.

The tribals had held a rally at Dantewada Sunday but allege the police brutally prevented at least 7,000 to 8,000 of them from reaching the venue. 

According to the tribal leaders, one night before the rally, several villagers coming to Dantewada after walking 150 to 200 km on foot, were stopped mid-way by the police and were forced to turn back. They also claim that 15 people were arrested and that police threatened and assaulted them. Six have since been released. 

Soni Sori, activist and vice-president of Jail Bandi Rehai Manch, claimed that District Reserve Guard personnel assaulted those coming for the protest. Families of the jailed innocent tribals wanted to  protest peacefully in Dantewada on 13 September and express their anguish but the DRG personnel lathicharged, arrested and forced many of them to go back,” she told ThePrint. “Police officers must tell us what was the fault of those women, girls and elders who were beaten mercilessly.”

The Chhattisgarh Police have, however, denied the charges. “The organisers were advised by the administration not to hold the rally in view of currently prevailing conditions of the corona epidemic,” Bastar Inspector General of Police Sundarraj P said.

“Despite this, on 13 September, some villagers from Dantewada, Bijapur and Sukma were travelling to attend the rally promoted by the organisers. They were intercepted and sent back as per the coronavirus infection prevention protocol,” he said.

“The reports about the use of force against the villagers are falsified and baseless,” the IG added. “Strict legal action will be taken against those who endangered others health by misleading them at the time of corona infection.” 

Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said nine tribals still in jail were Maoists arrested on 12 September. “These were members of frontal organisations and contents related to Naxalite propaganda have been recovered from their possession,” Pallava said.

“All kinds of accusations are being levelled against the police force, but the reality is that after the public meeting on 13 September, some Naxalites, disguised as villagers, managed to escape after beating up 26 other villagers, including five family members of DRG  personnel,” the SP added.  

Also read: Bastar tribals back CM Baghel’s move, oppose privatisation of NMDC steel plant

Villagers threaten massive agitation

The villagers are now threatening to step up their agitation against what they call police of ‘high-handedness’.

They are being led by former union minister Arvind Netam, a tribal and a Congress leader himself.  

The state government has failed to fulfil the promise it made to the tribals before the 2018 assembly elections,” Netam told ThePrint. “Hundreds of youth who are sole breadwinners of their families have been lying in jail for the last 4-5 years. Prior to the elections, our party had made a promise to release them, but it has done nothing for the past two years.” 

The Bhupesh Baghel government had in March 2019 constituted a high-level committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice A.K. Patnaik to review more than 6,000 cases against tribals falsely indicted as naxals by the former BJP government in the state. In December 2019, the Patnaik Committee had recommended the release of 300 tribals languishing in jails in eight naxal-hit districts. 

Sori and other tribal leaders, however, claimed that the government’s move was an attempt to hoodwink them as none of those released were falsely indicted as naxals but for other charges.

Lingaram Kodopi, a local activist and a member of the organisation Frontline Defender, warned that villagers will step up their agitation.

In the days to come, a massive confrontation with the government and police is inevitable,” he said. “Several tribal youths have been imprisoned for the last three to four years on the false charges of being Naxalites. The tribals have been forced to hit the streets.”

Villagers told ThePrint that police initially arrested 15 people but released six after Netam and activist Soni Sori intervened.

“At first the police chased and thrashed us, then they arrested us and took us to Kuakonda police station. They were calling us naxalites but later released us,” said 25-year-old Hurra Kunjam from Bijapur, who was among the 15 arrested villagers

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Maoist violence, mineral smuggling have risen in current regime: Oppn

Sep 17, 2020, 05:00 IST

Bokaro: BJP’s legislative party leader 


 Marandi on Wednesday accused the 


 Soren-led government of giving shelter to the Maoists “as incidents of naxal 


 have increased significantly under the current regime”.

Speaking to media persons here, Marandi said, “Incidents of 


 violence had reduced in Jharkhand during the previous BJP-led regime. But in the last nine months, 85 incidents of Maoist violence have been reported. It seems that the government is providing shelter to them. Otherwise, how can they return?” He added that that theft, dacoity, loot, murder and crimes against women have risen manifold ever since the mahagathbandhan government assumed office in December last year.

He claimed that there is a rise in illegal trade of coal, stone, sand and other minerals in districts which share their borders with other states. “These minerals are being smuggled out. How will the government generate funds in the state exchequer when such unlawful trade of minerals is flourishing in Jharkhand. Chief minister Hemant Soren's family members are also generating funds for themselves,” Marandi said.

Speaking about the Covid-19 scenario in the state, Marandi said the government failed to develop the necessary infrastructural facilities for attending to the Covid patients and for reducing transmission among the people. “The situation is such that the Covid-19 patients are suffering owing to mismanagement in government hospitals and the exorbitant rates being charged by the private hospitals. The government lacks vision in dealing with a pandemic,” he added

Telangana police officer killed as AK 47 goes off accidentally

Hyderabad, Sep 16 (IANS): A police officer was killed as the AK 47 he was carrying went off accidentally during anti-Maoist operations in Telangana on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in Chennapuram forest area in Cherla mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district when a police party was engaged in search operations to apprehend Maoists, police said.

Aditya Sai Kumar (25), a Reserved Sub-Inspector of Police (RSI), died on the spot in the incident. His body was shifted to Bhadrachalam Area Hospital for autopsy.

According to district Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt the incident occurred when the officer along with others was engaged in combing operations.

Meanwhile, police were continuing search operations in the district bordering Chhattisgarh following information about the presence of Maoists in the region.

Police have stepped up search operations in the border areas amid reports of the CPI (Maoist) trying to revive its activities in Telangana.

Two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with police in the forests in Cherla mandal on September 7.

The incident had occurred during combing operations by the police following information that the CPI (Maoist) Telangana State Committee was planning some sensational actions against security personnel and public representatives.

This was the second exchange of fire between Maoists and police in the district in less than a week. A Maoist was killed and another had escaped after a shootout on September 3 near Devallagudem village in Gundala mandal.

Telangana police have also heightened vigil in the districts bordering Maharashtra to foil any attempt by the Maoists to regroup.

Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy camped in the region for five days early this month to review the situation and discuss anti-Maoist operations with top official

The Bastar Special Force Aims to Employ Youth in Maoist-Dominated Areas But Ignores Realities

From setting multiple choice questions for tribal youth who should be prepared for roles combining peace talks and agile movement through forests, to prioritising a different format of training – here's what the effort gets wrong.
15 hours ago | Neeraj Mishra

Bhopal: The Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up another “specialised unit” of around 1,000 police personnel called the ‘Bastar Special Force’, which will comprise mainly youth from Maoist-dominated districts.

This is in line with the policy of the Central government which has encouraged states to raise local armed constabulary.

The director general of police (DGP) D.M. Awasthi has assured that this is different from the Salwa Judum’s idea of recruiting special police officers (SPOs) locally. That policy had to be discontinued in 2011 after a Supreme Court decision.

The idea of local recruitment is nothing new and has been in circulation in various forms since the days of undivided Madhya Pradesh.

However, no visible improvement has happened in the ground situation despite several strategies based on the twin objective of harnessing local knowledge and providing employment to local youth to dissuade them from joining Maoists.

The seven districts of Bastar are already patrolled by more than 65,000 paramilitary personnel, inclusive of CRPF, BSF and state armed police. The CRPF’s 241 Bastariya battalion had recruited around 500 youth in its much regarded exercise in 2017.

Also read: ‘The Death Script’: A Traumatised – and Traumatising – Account of Naxal Country

These young men were trained for at least 45 weeks before joining the battalion in 2018. Not much has been heard of the battalion or its performance in the past two years even though incidents of Maoist operations have not come down.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had spoken of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) as the single most important internal security threat while sanctioning the policy of “local recruitment” for raising India Reserve Battalions by states.

At least eight such reserve battalions were raised by the Raman Singh government, recruiting more than 8,000 youth, of which at least 4,000 are from Bastar, under the rules framed for recruitment.

The Raman Singh government also raised a unit of Bastar women police personnel but most of them ended up serving in minor positions rather than assume critical operational roles for various reasons ranging from education, understanding and utility as determined by commanding officers.

There are major handicaps in raising local battalions. Maoists discourage local youth from joining them and have been known to murder their families and dispossess them of land.

As far as the Maoists are concerned, its war and these youth have joined the other side. The local youth find it difficult to fit into the police routine and discipline as they are used to a more free and unencumbered existence.

Support for the Maoists grew as a reaction to needless, meddlesome exploitation by lower level police, forest and revenue officials.

Also read: 14 Years After Errabore Massacre, Chhattisgarh Govt Announces Compensation for 32 Adivasi Families

Reasons for failure

Significantly, the most important reason for the failure of raising “Bastariya” battalion has been the method of recruitment, training, deployment and under-utilisation.

A clear experience of almost all police officers who have served in Bastar shows that though this method is far better than how the SPOs were recruited under Salwa Judum, the spirit of what is discussed at the political high table is lost in implementation.

Though chief minister Bhupesh Baghel may have his political objectives clear, he does not have the guidance from police officers who want to implement his resolve. The same has happened in the past and is likely to continue.

Representative image. Credit: PTI

The biggest stumbling block, for instance, is in finalising the recruitment rules. New recruits are examined as per the usual police rules of written knowledge, physical appearance and endurance.

Most tribal youth from remote regions like Abujhmad, Orcha and interiors of Narayanpur, Dantewada and Bijapur have never tackled multiple choice questions, as are common in exams. So youth from Jagdalpur, Kanker and other urbanised settlements are usually more likely to take all the seats in the tribal quota.

Thus, the mechanics of recruitment may be completed, but the spirit in which they were put in place will be lost.

Also read: In Bastar, a Journalist Is Caught in the Crossfire Between Police and Maoists

A tribal youth from Jagdalpur cannot operate in Abujhmad and Konta. Similarly, a tribal youth from Abujhmad, even if selected, will not be able to work in Konta or Bijapur. The reason behind this is primarily because of the dissimilarity of terrain and people.

After all, the motive of recruitment is to glean knowledge on locals, but this motive has been defeated for the past 25 years. Officers like DGP D.M. Awasthi, who has spent a lifetime in these areas, should at this juncture guide politicians.

CRPF jawans always face the maximum casualty in terrain warfare or guerrilla fights because of their muscular physique. In comparison, the Bastar youth are wiry and agile, and thus suited for movement in Bastar’s jungles.

The recruitment rules of chest and weight should not apply to them, but strangely, they do, and as they join the force to do the same exercise and eat the same diet as others, they too gain weight and become unsuited for the terrain.

The raising of any battalion should begin in the right spirit. A proportional representative number from each block in each district of Bastar should be decided and reserved.

The usual methods of recruitment should be relaxed. After all, Maoists recruit youth based not on their ability to answer multiple choice questions but their basic instinct and a sharp presence of mind.

Since these battalions are never moved out of Bastar, the recruits should be encouraged to become peacemakers in their villages rather than be seen as adversaries. The ones who work in public sector steel plants have a greater say among their people for this reason alone. So a training method has to be evolved that involves not just warfare but also peace talk.

Providing employment alone will not solve the LWE question in Bastar and is only slightly better than the Salwa Judum’s system of recruiting SPOs. A fruitful, wholesome policy will have to be evolved rather than scoring political brownie points

Bastar Cho Awaaz’ — Chhattisgarh Police wages poster war to ‘expose’ Naxals through memes

Three posters were released by Chhattisgarh Police in an attempt to make local population aware about the ‘anti-tribal and anti-development’ agenda of Maoists in the state.

One of the three posters released by Chhattisgarh Police on 15 September 2020 | By special arrangement
One of the three posters released by Chhattisgarh Police on 15 September 2020 | By special arrangement

Raipur: Resorting to an unusual method to counter Maoists, the Bastar police in Chhattisgarh Tuesday released posters depicting Naxal activities through memes and data.

Terming the campaign a “propaganda against Maoists in Chhattisgarh”, police officers said this is a “move to expose the real and ugly face of the Maoist cadres”.

They also said this is an attempt to make the local population aware about the “anti-tribal and anti-development” scheming of the Maoist cadres in the state. 

The police have released three posters, and all of them have been titled in English (‘Voice of Bastar’), Hindi (‘Bastar ki Awaaz’) and local languages like Gondi (‘Bastar Tha Matta’) and Halbi (‘Bastar Cho Awaaz’) so that the propaganda reaches the tribal population, specially the youth, said the police.

The police will now put up the posters on social media platforms, at public places and also distribute them among people.

Another anti-Maoist poster released by Bastar Police | By special arrangement
Another anti-Maoist poster released by Bastar Police | By special arrangement

Also read: Maoists rubbish talk of Ganapathi surrender, call it ‘brutal lie’ of Modi govt

‘It’s part of perception management’

Speaking to ThePrint, Bastar Range Inspector General of Police (IG) Sundarraj P., who came up with the campaign idea, said the concept is not new, but “its intensity is high this time”. 

“It’s part of perception management, which is always there in the curriculum of the security forces. Earlier also, we used to do some propaganda with pamphlets and leaflets, but the intensity of the perception management was very low and it was primarily limited to English and Hindi languages,” he added.

“Now Halbi and Gondi have also been added with the sole aim to educate and win the confidence of the local public over the misdeeds of the Naxals,” the IG said.
Another poster by Bastar Police | By special arrangement
Another poster by Bastar Police | By special arrangement

What the posters are all about

One of the posters released by the Bastar police is a chat between senior Maoist leader ‘Basavraj’, who is seeking a report from one of his cadres ‘Deva’, about the extent of police camps set up in their strongholds and public perception about the same. 

Basavraj asks Deva to tell the cadres to prevent villagers from taking part in the ‘Janta Camps’ organised by the police as people will then become aware of their schemes, and the Naxals will lose control over the villagers. A ‘Janta Camp’ is where police officers address the issues of the local tribal population.

To this, Deva says he will try but he also asks how long they would mislead the people. 

The other two posters carry the details of Maoists’ violence in the state in the last 20 years, for example, “brutal killing of 1,769 innocent civilians”, “demolition of 186 schools”, “destruction of 226 roads/bridges”, and “burning down of 640 vehicles”.

Police to also make short films and audio clips 

IG Sundarraj said the state police with the help of central paramilitary forces like the CRPF, BSF, ITBP and SSB has over the years made considerable inroads into the strongholds of the Communist Party of India (Maoists). 

The induction of anti-Naxal task forces like DRG (District Reserve Guard), STF (Special Task Force) and CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) has given the much needed operational edge to the security forces, the IG added.

“In addition to the ongoing offensive operations against the red guerrillas, there is a strong need to expose the real and ugly face of the Maoists. For this, the Bastar police has launched the posters to expose the misdeeds of Maoists,” said Sundarraj. 

He added that they will also start a series of short films, and release audio clips, besides other propaganda tools, to wage a high-octane campaign against Naxals.

Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said, “The move will help the police reach the local masses smoothly and fast in the era of social media. The main beneficiary will be the youth. It’s also a befitting counter to the letters, pamphlets and leaflet campaigns of the Naxals.”

Drive against Maoists to continue: New West Singhbhum SP Ajay Linda


Chaibasa: Ajay Kumar Linda, the new SP of West Singhbhum district, assumed charge on Tuesday. After assuming charge, Linda said that a campaign against Naxalites would be conducted more strictly in West Singhbhum district.

Major action will be initiated against the Naxalites by speeding up the ongoing anti-Naxal operation.

He said that due to other evils including witch murder in this district, crime is rising. It will be our endeavor to eliminate them. Apart from this, everyone should adopt social policing.

So that the public can keep their problem free to the police. The police have to assure that every right step of the public will be done with justice

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bastar Police launches counter propaganda campaign to expose Naxals

Bastar Police launches counter propaganda campaign to expose Naxals

ANI | Updated: Sep 16, 2020 00:18 IST

Bastar (Chhattisgarh) [India], September 16 (ANI): Addressing the challenges of left-wing extremism, Bastar Police through a series of posters, short films, audio clips and other popular propaganda methodologies, has started a high-intensity campaign against the anti-tribal and anti-developmental activities of Naxals.
Contents in Gondi, Halbi and other local tribal dialects are the highlight of this campaign.
"The campaign named as "BASTAR THA MATTA" in Gondi and "BASTAR CHO AWAAZ" in Halbi meaning voice of Bastar would reflect the emotions and sentiments of the Bastar people to the outside world," Bastar Police said in a release.
IGP of Bastar Range Sundarraj Pattilingam believes that this counter-propaganda war would not only help the security forces to portray Naxal atrocities but also make local cadres realise how they have been misguided and misused by their senior cadres.
Over these years, the local police force with the help of central paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP and SSB have made many inroads into the erstwhile stronghold areas of CPI Maoists.
Induction of well trained and highly motivated special anti-Naxal task forces like DRG, STF and CoBRA has given the much required operational edge to the security forces.
The popular three-pronged strategy namely "Vishwas, Vikas and Suraksha" being adopted by security forces have yielded positive results in Bastar Region.
Pattilingam mentions that in addition to the ongoing offensive operations against the red guerillas, there is a strong need to expose the real and ugly face of the Naxals. (ANI)

Maoists killed 1,769 villagers, demolished 186 schools' - Here's how Bastar Police is exposing Naxals

Updated Sep 16, 2020 | 07:37 IST

Maoists estroyed 226 roads/bridges/culverts and burnt down 640 vehicles and machineries in Bastar.

Bastar Police, Maoists, Naxals
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Bastar Police launches counter propaganda campaign to expose Naxals

Key Highlights

  • Maoists experiencing tremendous hardships during COVID-19 pandemic: Bastar Police
  • 'Security forces have stepped up anti-Naxal operations in strongholds of ultras in Bastar'

Raipur: In an attempt to tackle the Maoists menace, the Bastar Police have started campaigns named as ‘BASTAR THA MATTA’ and ‘BASTAR CHO AWAAZ’. In an attempt to expose the atrocities of Naxals in the area, the police have put up posters, released short films and audio clips in local dialects to show the real face of the Left Wing Extremists to local residents. The police have used Gondi, Halbi and other local tribal dialects for the high-intensity campaign. 

"The campaign named as "BASTAR THA MATTA" in Gondi and "BASTAR CHO AWAAZ" in Halbi meaning voice of Bastar would reflect the emotions and sentiments of the Bastar people to the outside world," Bastar Police said in a release


The campaign informs the locals about how Maoists killed 1,769 innocent adivasis in the last 20 years, demolished 186 schools and ashram bhawans, destroyed 226 roads/bridges/culverts and burnt down 640 vehicles and machineries in the area.

COVID-19 severely affects Maoists' supply chain

Meanwhile, it is being learnt that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the Maoists operations and hit their supplies. Inspector-General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said that the security forces have stepped up anti-Naxal operations in Bastar division.

During an encounter with the Naxals in a forest near Entapad village of Sukma on September 8, the forces recovered documents which revealed that the Lex-Wing extremists are facing huge tremendous hardships in the COVID situation.

"An analysis of the recovered documents has revealed that Maoists have been experiencing tremendous hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic following the lockdown imposed in March this year," the IGP said.

As there is strict checking going on along the inter-state and inter-district borders, the Maoists are facing an acute shortage of provisions and their supply networks have been chocked, the top cop informed.

The Naxals are facing huge shortage of medicines and ration. "We were well aware of the situation and now the documents have confirmed that Maoists are in deep crisis during the ongoing phase," the police official said

Chhattisgarh soon to have specialised 'Bastar Special Force' to fight Maoists

Rashmi Drolia | TNN | Sep 14, 2020, 22:37 IST
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RAIPUR: A specialised unit of 

Chhattisgarh Police

's '

Bastar Special Force

' may soon be introduced for Maoist-affected districts which will comprise of local youths from the interiors of insurgency-hit 



Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday directed the senior officers of the police department to raise 'Bastar Special Force' by recruiting local boys from sensitive areas.

Bastar division comprises of seven districts - Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Sukma and Bijapur and each one of them has been facing Maoist problem since 1980s.

During a review meeting with senior police officers at his official residence, CM Baghel asked them to soon send a proposal to the state government for formally setting up of the specialised unit.

Baghel asked to pace up the process of constituting Bastar Police Force urging that it was important to generate employment opportunities for the local youths residing in sensitive areas, a government official informed.

The CM said that youths should be encouraged from each village panchayat of affected regions to join the force which will become a source of income for them.

"The difficult terrain in dense forests and different local dialects become a challenge for police personnel deployed in Bastar region. This problem will be solved once local boys are recruited in the specialised unit and serve as an advantage to police in fighting against Maoists," the CM said in the meeting.

CM Baghel also asked officials to speed up the process to release the tribals languishing in jails over petty charges and that the recommendations of Justice Patnaik Committee should be followed. The seven-member committee headed by retired justice AK Patnaik was constituted in March last year to review cases against 23,000 tribals in jails.

In a meeting held last year, 625 cases were presented before the panel of which 404 cases were recommended to be withdrawn, officers informed, while 206 cases were disposed off in court.

Baghel said that the cases of tribals in jails should be reviewed every month.

Baghel urged that police officials should address personal issues of lower-rung personnel and act promptly to resolve them.

After 2005 during the previous BJP regime, Bastar police had done an experiment of recruiting special police officers (SPOs), declaring these local youth would assist the security forces in logistics and other aspects in anti-Maoist operations. However with the strong backing of Bastar police, there were incidents of SPOs themselves raiding the villages and targeting the locals accusing them of being Maoists.

During the controversial ‘Salwa Judum’— a vigilante movement that began in June 2005 and continued till December 2008—Bastar had witnessed unprecedented violence with SPOs also joining the vigilantes in anti-Maoist movement and the ultras unleashing large-scale violence to crush the anti-Maoist movement.

The SPOs are civilians who are trained in security duties, including anti-insurgency operations, and provided with firearms. They are paid a monthly emolument by the government where they are deployed.

In July 2011, the Supreme Court directed the Centre not to use SPOs in internal security to fight Naxalites in Chhattisgarh. Subsequently, many SPOs were absorbed into the force as assistant constables