Friday, January 22, 2021

CRPF to deploy more powerful, advanced drones in Naxal-hit areas


Security forces in a naxal-hit area | File photo

In a step that will add more strength to the force, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will soon deploy more powerful and technologically advanced drones in Naxal-affected areas of the country.

These drones can fly longer and will be able to capture full high-definition quality videos.

According to a CRPF official, 14 new drones will be used in red zone areas including Sukma, Dantewada, and Bijapur in Chhattisgarh in the next three months.

"Micro UAV A410 is a vertical take-off and landing small RPAs (remotely piloted aircraft) for a quick deployment from confined locations with 60 minutes endurance," said the CRPF, while giving details about the drone.

"It provides autonomous operation from take-off to landing with the digital encrypted communication link. It has a full-HD camera and reliable aerial imaging for surveillance and security operations," the CRPF further said.

According to an official, these drones will be different from old ones as they are faster and have almost 20 minutes more endurance.

"Old drones have a range of 4 kilometres but these drones can travel 5 kilometres. Old drones have also 40-50 minutes of endurance but these have 60 minutes. These drones will give strength to CRPF in red zones in capturing locations and positions of Naxals. Encounters will be easy to operate," the official said

1 more held in Pantheerankavu UAPA for Maoist links


1 more held in Pantheerankavu UAPA for Maoist links

Kochi (Kerala) [India], January 21 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested one more person named Vijith Vijayan in connection with the Pantheerankavu UAPA case for alleged Maoist links.
According to officials, the NIA's Kochi unit has arrested Vijayan (27) from Kalpetta in Wayanad district. NIA will bring him to its Kochi office soon.
In this case, two youths, Allen Shuhaib and Thwaha Fasal were arrested by Kerala police in 2019 November for allegedly holding a secretive Maoist meeting outside a petty shop in Pantheerankavu, Kozhikode in Kerala.
NIA took over the probe in December 2019 and later filed a charge sheet in the case.
Earlier this month, the High Court had given a direction to the NIA Court to complete the trial within one year.
Thwaha Fasal and Allan Shuhaib were arrested by the Kerala police in November 2019 under the UAPA alleging that they were supporting proscribed Maoist groups, which have been declared as terrorist organizations. The NIA took over the case later. (ANI)

Chatra man steps on Maoist landmine, loses leg in blast


TNN | Jan 22, 2021, 05:00 IST


Chatra: A 25-year-old youth identified as Gobardhan Singh Bhokta lost his left leg after accidentally stepping on a landmine planted by Maoists to target security forces at Dumkaria forest in Kolhaiya panchayat under Rajpur police station in Chatra, police said on Thursday. 

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening when Bhokta was grazing his cattle and police came to know about the incident late at night after they were alerted by the villagers.


A policeman said, “Like other days, Bhokta was grazing his cattle in the forest and stepped on a landmine to target security forces. In the blast, Bhokta lost one of his legs beside receiving injuries on chest, chin and other parts of the body. He screamed for help but no one was there immediately.”


He added, "Later at around 9 PM when he didn't return, the villagers launched a search and found him in a pool of blood after which police was informed.”



A team of Rajpur police and CRPF rescued Bhokta and sent him to the Chatra sadar hospital. Seeing his critical condition, the doctors there referred him to Rims in Ranchi. His left leg was amputated at Rims and Bokta is now stable, doctors said.



Sub-divisional police officer Avinash Kumar, who visited Bhokta at the sadar hospital, provided financial assistance to his family for the initial medical treatment. “We will take care of his medical bills and if required, we will provide with all kinds of assistance,” Kumar said.


On January 13, a 45-year-old man, Sohrai Bhuiyan, also sustained severe injuries all over his body in a similar incident at Bandarchunwa forest under Vasisth Nagar police station in Huntergunj block.


Chatra police said regular operations are on against the Maoists and patrolling parties have been alerted to maintain caution after getting information about landmines planted by Maoists in forest areas. “We even alerted villagers about the possible dangers at a particular place,” Kumar added

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/ranchi/chatra-man-steps-on-maoist-landmine-loses-leg-in-blast/amp_articleshow/80393891.cms

CRPF to induct women warriors in CoBRA to fight Maoists



New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is in the process to induct women warriors of the force into its elite CoBRA Battalion to engage in the fight against the Maoists -- the first of such kinds of initiatives taken in the Maoist warfare duties. Outgoing CRPF Director General AP Maheshwari, who is to retire on February 28, made the announcemet while addressing the media in his first interaction during the Covid crisis. "We are inducting women warriors in the CoBRA force, the anti-Naxal wing," Maheshwari said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had accorded approval for setting up of sanction of 10 unattached battalions of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) for guerrilla and jungle warfare type operations for dealing with extremists and insurgents.

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Two Battalions of CoBRA force were raised in 2008-09. In 2009-10, the number of the Battalion was increased to four. Later, four more Battalions of the force were raised in 2010-11.

This is the first time when women are being inducted into the CoBRA force.

Currently, the 3.25 lakh strong Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), have 246 Battalions that include 208 executive, six women, 15 RAF, 10 CoBRA, five Signal, one Special Duty Group and one Parliament Duty Group

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/crpf-to-induct-women-warriors-in-cobra-to-fight-maoists


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

30 kg IED planted by Naxals recovered in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada



Representational image (showing a previous Naxal attack)
Updated Jan 20, 2021 | 18:20 IST

Security personnel spotted the IED planted beneath the dirt track during a de-mining exercise on the route, averting a major mishap.

Photo Credit: ANI
Representational image (showing a previous Naxal attack)

Dantewada: A powerful 30 kg improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxals was recovered in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on Wednesday, police said.

A team from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) unearthed the explosive, which was packed in a big plastic container, on the under-construction Aranpur-Nilawaya Road in Aranpur police station area, an official said.


Security personnel spotted the IED planted beneath the dirt track during a de-mining exercise on the route, averting a major mishap, the official said, adding that the explosive was neutralised by the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS).

Naxals often plant explosives on the route to target security forces and thwart road construction works, which had been going on since the last few years in the area, he said.

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This is the same route where three policemen and a Doordarshan cameraman were killed in a Naxal ambush in 2018

BJP more dangerous than Naxalites, says Mamata



  

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee scorned at BJP calling it on Tuesday even more dangerous than the Naxalites while addressing a rally in Purulia, which was once the hotbed of Left-wing extremism.

She castigated the BJP for being absent during the ‘bloodshed’ in Junglemahal where, she claimed, numerous Naxalites and KLO ultras have surrendered and returned to mainstream and the government has provided them jobs.

“It is we who have restored peace in Junglemahal and today, hotel, ITI, medical college, university, freight corridors, industrial hub and tourism centres have come up,” she said.

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TMC has inducted Chhatradhar Mahato,a former leader of Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), who had hogged the limelight during the Lalgarh movement in the tribal-dominated Junglemahal area at the fag end of the erstwhile CPI(M)-led Left Front rule in the state.

Claiming that TMC is not perturbed over desertions by some leaders, she said politics is a solemn ideology and philosophy and one cannot change these everyday like clothes. Accusing the BJP of false promises before election, she alleged that people in plight did not find BJP’s respective MPs during the precarious situation of Covid and questioned their quantum of work after the BJP MPs were elected in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Terming the desertions as “good riddance”, she said these leaders would have disturbed the party if they remained in the TMC.

Taking a dig at Union Home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda over their lunch at homes of minorty communities, she said, “ Have you ever seen that Dalits, tribals, farmers of our state provide drinking water of premium brands costing Rs100 mineral to the guests. The food was ordered from fivestar hotels and the common people have been fooled.”

On the recent controversy regarding Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami, she said that Pulwama has been exposed and very soon, notebandi (demonetisation) and other issues will totter out in the open. Before the 2019 Lok sabha elections in the country, the Trinamool Congress supremo had raised some serious questions about the timing on the issues of Pulwama blast on CRPF convoy and Balakot surgical strike.

The purported WhatsApp message between Goswami and former BARC CEO, Partho Goswami which has been filed in the supplementary charge sheet by Mumbai Police to court went viral a few days ago and has rocked the national politics.

Opposition like the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have raised serious questions on the Chatgate row and demanded a JPC probe and today the Miss Banerjee also demanded the same.

Assuring Tollywood actor Saayoni Ghosh, who has been threatned over phone, she said, “We will provide all help to the Tollywood actors and actresses. They can express their independent views.”.

She railed at the BJP calling it ‘a party of fake video, fake IT and fake promises’, and called to attention their silence regarding the Rs15 lakh that the saffron party promised before the 2014 Lok Sabha poll and the assertion of prime minister Narendra Modi on retrieving black money from foreign countries.

She said class XII students in the state will get Rs 10,000 each in their bank account “within a day or two” for buying tablets or smartphones for their studies in the virtual mode. Asserting that Purulia has never bowed to the outsiders, Miss Banerjee said the TMC government has done everything for the development of the adivasis, including formation of West Bengal Santhal Academy, apart from giving recognition to their language Ol Chiki.

She said thousands of jobs will be created with the Dankuni-Amritsar freight corridor route passing through Raghunathpur in Purulia and an industrial park coming up in Joypur in the district.

The trainers of the self help groups demand during the meeting at Hutmura irked Miss Banerjee today, but later she took their memorandum and said she will try to address their issues. From job to drinking water she has promised to look after the people of Purulia and has urged them to vote for TMC.

The party will fight against the farm laws and claimed that the laws will ‘take the crop away from farmers’.

But most significantly, Birbhum MP Satabdi Roy, the newly appointed TMC vicepresident was present in the meeting at the dais along with Miss Banerjee and she claimed that there are certain issues that can be settled within the party and no need of intervention of the outsiders.

Through Roy the TMC supremo had tried to send a message to the other party dissidents, feels political observers. A multitude came to attend her public meeting today. (with agency inputs)

'The Death Script': A haunting account of the Maoist insurgency


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By Ashutosh Kumar Thakur
IANS | January 30


Narrated in multiple voices, 'The Death Script' is a creative biography of 'Dandakaranya' that combines the rigour of journalism, the intimacy of a diary, the musings of a travelogue, and the craft of a novel. Through the prism of Maoist insurgency, the book also looks at larger questions of violence and betrayal, and love and obsession.

Ashutosh Bhardwaj is one those rare journalists who is courageous enough to plunge down to the ground level reality and brings us an honest account of what happens to that part of India which we have comfortably failed to notice.

Now in its sixth decade, the Maoist insurgency is one of the biggest challenges before Indian democracy. A vastly uninformed and misinformed discourse has ensured that it has not received the critical and public attention it deserves.

As per the title, this book also sounds philosophical at some points. 'The Death Script' is perhaps a book well beyond the conjectures that death is scripted with; incorporating the causes, prejudices and repercussions that violence gets credited with. Every word in every sentence of this book speaks volumes about hard work and perseverance put in by him to ensure that nothing in this book is less than extraordinary.

This book gives a complete view of the Naxal insurgency in India. Though India is highly regarded as the world's largest democracy, the presence of a prolonged Naxal-Maoist insurgency for more than five decades loudly tells us that there is something seriously wrong with our constitutional organisations.

Why does the Naxal-Maoist march towards the State and the Government? And what are the long term consequences it would have on the Red Corridors?

If a common man can get justice through our law and order and justice systems, they will never knock the doors of corrupted politicians and their well breaded gangsters. Similarly, when a tribal's basic life resources are gulped by greedy capitalists and supportive politicians in the name of development, then it is obvious that he will approach a Naxal-Maoist rather than the police.

The author explained the perils of handling this insurgency in military retaliation through various real life characters representing Adivasis, police, CRPF, Maoists, surrendered Naxals, Salwa Judum etc. The sensitivity and thoughtfulness that the writer has displayed while describing every story are incredible.

In 'The Death Script', Ashutosh Bhardwaj writes of his time in that region, of the various men and women he meets from both sides of the conflict, bringing home with astonishing power the human cost of such a battle.

"In Bastar, I witnessed death closely for the first time in my life. The experience was overpowering, unsettling, as well as humbling. I met many people in the jungle who challenged my beliefs and perceptions. Their dreams and sorrows introduced me to a world I had not known about," he mentioned in his book. A very insightful description of a glimpse into our exploitative genes through the lens of journalism.

It's important for readers to understand the blurring lines of popular narrative of Left, Right and Centre in such affected areas. 'Dandakaranya' is possibly the biggest graveyard of independent India. This book yearns to record their seemingly quotidian yet epic life. The author has not censored any brutality and portrayed the correct picture in front of the readers.

Moreover, the author has used his journalistic skills quite well in describing the events which make the book very interesting and indulging. The book is full of emotions, and as a reader, you can feel the pain and the terror the people go through every day of their lives.

Ashutosh Bhardwaj had been both empathetic in his approach and meticulous while documenting. It has the conflicts, story, insights, and footnotes and apart from all, the best part of the book is that it nowhere leads the reader to any conclusion or there is no judgment or inclination in favour of anyone, but rather it is a work of hard evidence and personal experience.

Bhardwaj sees images and hears whispers he perhaps is not entitled to, and he is made to be part of concealments not so pleasant. He views whatever comes his way in a very objective manner, without censoring the brutality and dimensionality they come with. Concrete evidence cited by him, along with his plethora of vivid perceptions of the news coverage makes the book a hard and steady commemoration of empathy and universalism.

In this book, you will hear the voices of forests that grow gradually and creep into your mind, and then lead you into inter-disciplinary arguments - of incidents which will churn up fear, betrayal, and the inevitability of death.

Through the prism of the Maoist insurgency, Bhardwaj meditates on larger questions of violence and betrayal, sin and redemption, and what it means to live through and write about such experiences - making 'The Death Script' one of the most significant works of non-fiction to be published in recent times. Bhardwaj has done a great job by blending non-fiction with a fiction type of storytelling.

The book provides some very interesting facts and stories about the deep jungles of Dandakaranya and the Naxalites which we have never heard or read before and will help you rethink and reassess the entire situation with a new perception. It is also an excellent introduction to the Maoist viewpoint and operational strategies too. A well written book on the causes of the Maoist movement in India.

The author keeps you hooked by writing from a journalist's viewpoint as well as from the viewpoint of a person whose diary musings reflect on his troubled mind with all the deaths around him. This book is an authentic and detailed introduction to the Maoist movement, brought to you through some brave investigative journalism.

Ashutosh Bhardwaj goes into the history of the movement, how it began, the factors which have led to its widespread virulent distribution, the nature of the violence, their core beliefs and their goals. The book also explores the ideology and development of the Naxalite movement in Dandakaranya region and beyond.

The very existence of the Maoist movement is a present and clear signal that there is a void, created by a government that opted to withdraw and leave the people to their own devices. Of a government that let class and caste oppression fester for so long that the tribals and villagers found it safer to opt for violent revolution over democratic option.

The Naxalites are only filling the void created by the government. But one can believe that in spite of this, the movement, at a fundamental level, is still misguided, at least in terms of ideology and methods if not in sentiment.

To understand the Maoist viewpoint is important for the furtherance of dialogue. That is an important goal toward which this book is aimed. The understanding of the lives of the people under the Maoist sway is also important, to give moral force and direction to the dialogue, to ensure that it is no longer conducted through spitting gunfire.

At the same time, while one can believe that the Naxal leaders are misguided, the way they have achieved legitimacy is nothing short of miraculous. To run a quasi-government for so many years is no mean achievement. Which again points us to the crying need for proper government in the area.

The author captivatingly winds his story around the exploitation, neglect, suffering and heart-wrenching misery that the tribal and rural landless peasants face. The abysmal wages paid to the workers and the amount of exploitation inflicted even in today's time makes you question your own situation in society. This book beautifully deals with the Maosists, the violence, the sin, the betrayal and its redemption.

The book charters the life and fate of some of the biggest names and personalities of the movement, the difference in their approach to the problems, their propensity towards violent means and their eventual fate.

The cases of rampant human right abuses, sexual exploitation, encounter killings and executions of innocents and accused alike does not make things any easier. The author also tries to link castes along with the peasantry, which makes sense in a lot of scenarios.

Many lives lost across various walks of society. Our democratic institutions need to be introspective in determining how effective they are in creating a "Ramarajya" where everyone is equal. This is a piece of prose which speaks of the "dreams and delusions in Naxal country", and essentially highlights a face of Maoist and Naxalite rebellions that only a few might be familiar with.

Through death and demise, and through reporting and citation, Bhardwaj has written a book that seems too colourful to be true, yet too monochrome to be celebrated

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Jharkhand: Woman killed, three injured in landmine blast by Maoists


PTI | Published: 16th January 2021 11:04 PM
Representational image. (File | EPS)


LATEHAR: A woman was killed and three people injured in a landmine blast by Maoists at a forest on the border between Latehar and Gumla districts in Jharkhand on Saturday, officials said.

The blast happened at Pandara forest in the Garu police station area, they said.

A group of tribal women went to the forest area to collect some leaves for a pre-wedding ritual at their house, police said.

It is suspected that they stepped on the landmine, triggering the blast, they said.


The deceased has been identified as Jhanso Devi (34), an officer said.

The injured are Phulmati Devi (24), Manita Devi (21) and Rupani Devi (27), he said, adding that their conditions are stated to be serious. Following the incident, a team of security forces was sent to the area and a gunfight broke out with the Maoists, police said.

Some Maoists were shot in the gunfight, they said, adding that the exchange of fire is still underway

Armed Maoists kill young man in Chatra


The victim identified as Parmeshwar Sahu was shot from point-blank range
Simaria police station in Chatra on Sunday
Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Vishvendu Jaipuriar

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The jam-packed weekly bazaar of Piri village became a witness to the killing of a youth on Sunday evening when armed Maoists shot a youth from point blank range after branding him a police informer. The incident took place around 5PM in the evening, a time frame when the weekly haath witnesses the maximum footfall. The slain youth has been identified as Parmeshwar Sahu.

According to eyewitnesses around five to six men in black uniform entered the market along NH-100 in Piri and shot Parmeshwar from point blank range and escaped in the neigbouring forest area. According them, a few maoist squads were seen in the market area giving cover to their members who killed the youth. Before escaping, the rebels chanted a couple of Maoist slogan – “Mukhbir hosh mei aao, police murdabad and Maowadi zindabad”.

The sudden firing in the market area created chaos, with those present running helter skelter. As the news of the killing spread, jawans from Sheela picket reached the spot. The victim’s family also rushed to the market but only to find him lying dead in a pool of blood.

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Parmeshwar was shot on his head from point blank range. His murder has drilled a sense of fear among the villagers of his hamlet.

A villager on condition of anonymity said, “Parmeshwar owned a tractor and also ran a brick klin.” According to the villagers Maoist commander Deeak Yadav alias Karu Yadav is behind the murder.

However, the police officers maintained the youth wasn’t a police informer and that they had initiated an inquiry to nab the culprits at the earliest.

Within a short span of time, this is the fourth killing in Chatra by Maoists amid police claiming of regular police operations against the outfit. On Oct.19, one Nageshwari Devi was gunned down in Lalkimati village which falls under Pathalgadda police station. This was followed by a second killing, in which a youth Nageshwar Yadav was killed on the border of Hazaribagh and Chatra on Oct.20. Third killing was that of a coal trader Mukesh Giri in Tapsa village of Simaria when he was arghya with his family during Chhath festival on Nov.21.

Four criminals arrested in Chatra on Sunday.
Vishvendu Jaipuriar

Chatra police tastes success

Despite the Naxalites troubling Chatra police on a regular basis, the law enforcement officers were successful in busting a gang which had been terrorising people on name of extremist groups.

According to the police this very gang was behind the gutting of five vehicles in Tetariakhad colliery, which falls under Balumath police station of Latehar district on December18. They had also injured four individuals.

Superintendent of police Rishav Kumar Jha confirmed this arrest and said that they had recovered three country made pistol from them apart from live bullets, 7-mobile phones, one bike and cash worth Rs.11,150.

The four individuals arrested are residents of Bali village, which falls under Tandwa block of the district. Jha said, “All were demanding levy in areas of Tandwa and neighbouring Latehar and had been nabbed from their village only.”

https://www.telegraphindia.com/jharkhand/armed-maoists-kill-young-man-in-chatra/cid/1803964

There's no bigger goonda than police': MP BJP lawmaker responds to Maoist threat


Express News Service | Published: 16th January 2021 09:35 PM
Balaghat BJP MP Dhal Singh Bisen (Photo | LSTV)


BHOPAL: Responding to the threat by Maoists to avenge the recent killings of their ranks by Madhya Pradesh Police in Balaghat district, a BJP Lok Sabha member has cautioned the outlaws that they will have to mend their ways as there is no bigger goonda than police or government.

“If they (Maoists) don’t mend their ways, then they should know that there is no bigger goonda (goon) than the police and government. They may be the biggest Maoists, but they won't be able to stand against the police or government for long,” BJP MP from Balaghat seat Dhal Singh Bisen said.

“They (Maoists) might be having powerful weapons and even local help, but the day people started standing against them, they would be finished. Look what has happened in J&K. Terrorism now is confined to a few pockets only. The same will happen to Maoists here,” added Bisen.

Reacting to the BJP MP’s comments, opposition Congress leader Shafqat Khan said, “Describing police and government as biggest goonda is reflective of the lawmaker’s arrogance. It also speaks volumes about how the government and police are being used during BJP rule.”  


The pamphlets left by the Maoists in the jungles of South Baihar in the Balaghat district contained threats about avenging the killing of the wanted Maoists including Mangesh, Sharda, and Nanda last year.

Recently, the Maoist pamphlets left in the jungles on the MP-Chhattisgarh border mentioned about the threat by the outlaws’ Kanha-Bhoramdev division to avenge their ranks killings by targeting the police personnel and their informers in both the adjoining states


https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/jan/16/theres-no-bigger-goonda-than-police-mp-bjp-lawmaker-responds-to-maoist-threat-2251059.html

Bastar collector makes risky visit to Maoist stronghold, spends night in tribal hamlet


By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 17th January 2021 08:42 AM

Bastar Collector Rajat Bansal playing traditional drum in Koleng hamlet | EXPRESS

RAIPUR: The tribal inhabitants of a remote Maoist stronghold in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district had a surprise guest when the district collector decided to spend a night in their village to get first-hand knowledge of the ground situation. Rajat Bansal, a 2012-batch IAS officer and the Bastar district collector, travelled on a bike and then trekked through hostile terrain for a few kilometres to reach Koleng. The hamlet, adjoining Odisha border and located at a distance of 45 km from district headquarters Jagdalpur, has a population of over 300.

The village is located in Darbha block, which had drawn nationwide attention after the Red rebels eliminated several top leaders of the state Congress in an attack in 2013. As the Maoists continue to pose threat in the region, security forces had advised Bansal not to venture into the area during late evening hours. However, the Collector had his own plans and he reached the village at around 3 pm accompanied by a small team.

Never in their wildest dreams had the villagers imagined that they would be hosting the district collector. It was a sheer surprise for them as Bansal was the highest-ranking civil administrator ever to visit their village since Independence. Bansal is said to have keen interest in understating the pressing needs of the region which is symptomatic of three-decades of violence unleashed by the outlawed CPI ( M a o i s t ) i n s o u t h Chhattisgarh. During his around 24-hour stay, Bansal relished tribal cuisine, tried his hands on their traditional musical instruments, engaged in local sports, participated in an awareness rally and interacted with villagers.

“We also wished to understand the choices that the local tribals make as the situation is turning away from the purported ideological leaning towards the banned outfit in the area,” the collector said. Bastar-based journalist Dharmendra Mahapatra said the villagers told him that collector enquired about their needs and whether they are able to access welfare schemes launched by the government. “Instead of engaging mediators, he was more inclined to get the first-hand information from the ground regarding the reach of administration,” said the scribe


https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/jan/17/bastar-collector-makes-a-risky-visit-to-maoist-stronghold-spends-night-in-tribal-hamlet-2251080.html

The ITBP men open smart school in Naxal hotbed


Raipur, January 17

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel have launched an internet tools-based learning centre for schoolchildren in a Naxal violence affected district of Chhattisgarh, officials said on Sunday.


The smart school is located in Hadeli village of Kondagaon district and has about 50 children who are taught by ITBP personnel of 41st battalion with the help of YouTube videos and other online education portals. Kondagaon district headquarters is over 210 km from the state capital Raipur.

“These classes are organised daily by using internet-enabled phones of the jawans. As the mobile signal is weak, jawans put their mobiles at a height through bamboo poles and the network is connected through WiFi hotspot facility to the laptop,” a senior ITBP officer said. “The screen is enlarged on a wall for the children through a projector,” the officer said.

The classes are usually held in the evening and personnel who are graduates and trained to hold school education sessions are deputed, he said. The children are also shown animation movies and basic learning videos during these sessions, the officer said. The jawans, posted in the district as part of anti-Maoist operations grid, are also learning local Halbi dialect from these children, he said. — PTI