2 CRPF jawans killed, 10 injured as Maoists blow up mini-bus in Bihar
GAYA: Two CRPF jawans were killed and 10 injured, three of them critically, when Maoists blew up a mini-bus carrying them in here yesterday evening. Bihar Director General of Police PK Thakur said that the ultras planted a landmine on the route taken by the security personnel, police and CRPF, in Imamganj-Dumaria area during anti-Naxal operation. He said, the landmine exploded when the mini-bus came over it. Inspector General of Police (Operations) Sushil Khopde said two CRPF jawans belong to elite CoBRA battalion, were killed and ten wounded in the attack. The condition of five injured is stated to be critical. While four of the five seriously wounded were taken to Ranchi, another was flown to Patna. Mr Khopde said, 30 lakh rupees will be given to each of the families of the deceased jawans.
Naxal beats up foresters on charges of corruption
GADCHIROLI: A forest guard and round officer were thrashed by senior Naxal cadres to protest alleged corruption by their department. Senior Naxal cadre Vikas took an aggressive stance against foresters at Yedaskuhi village in north Gadchiroli to convey their dissent against the department. Sources stated that the Naxals were trying to mount pressure on foresters and also on the local population for dominance during the forthcoming Tendu leaves picking season in the district which is a multi-crore seasonal industry. Naxals aim to collect substantial party funds from foresters, tendu contractors and transporters during this tendu season. The rebels also collect donations for the party from the tribal population who engages in picking tendu.
A senior police official stated that Naxals targeting foresters is nothing unusual on various issues, ranging from corruption to exploitation of tribals. “Intelligence agencies have underlined the fact that a section of Naxals are trying to capitalize on the wrath of the tribal against foresters and are also trying to incite them to target the grassroots level personnel like forest guards and round officers,” said a senior officer. He added that Naxals are targeting foresters on local issues like bamboo cutting and transportation, auction of tendu, allotment of stretches for farming and trading of the local forest produce. According to a reliable source, Naxals manhandled the two foresters protesting corruption in allotting solar powered pump machines to tribals for farming.
It’s also learnt that some goof-ups related to allotment of compartments led to destruction of substantial stacks of bamboo in Khobramenda. The tribal population was deprived of daily wages too as the work allotment had come under scanner leading to major public loss, it was learnt. The incident has left the senior Naxal cadre angry too. Police also stated that surrendered Naxal cadre Gopi, once a senior leader in the party, has also informed that top forest officials extended monetary favours to Naxals through their messengers. The revelation has also tarnished image of the rebels, leading to their wrath. Sources said that Naxals are also targeting foresters for being hand-in-glove with teakwood smugglers in south Gadchiroli. The rebels are learnt to be unhappy with foresters for allowing contractors to misuse sand and gravel from the forest and riverbeds for construction of roads and undertaking other activities.
Naxals seek mass support, promoting youth
Nagpur: To counter mounting pressure from security forces, the Naxals are shifting focus to consolidating their base in villages in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, Gondia and surrounding districts like Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Baster in Chhattisgarh, which were earlier their strongholds. The rebels’ vision includes formation of Revolutionary People’s Council (RPC), which will function parallel to local civic bodies like panchayat samities and zilla parishads, by following ideologies of the banned outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The Naxals want to strengthen their political base at grassroots level and improve its strength by recruiting young cadets. The interrogation of a senior Naxal cadre, arrested by Gadchiroli police last week, underlines the fact that the rebels are now striving hard to create active supporters in at least every family residing in their zone of operations. The rebels are aiming to revive their lost support base in villages instead of engaging in armed conflicts with security forces which not only have better firepower but are deployed in large numbers in different locations in Central India. A senior police official stated that Naxals are promoting young leaders who have better skills to connect with the masses rather than depending on old warhorses“The Naxals seemed to have realized that they are in no position to fight and further lose manpower in lopsided combats with security forces in guerrilla zones. Several senior cadres have been either killed in police firing or have got arrested or surrendered leading to a void in the movement in the last two years,” said the senior official. “The Naxals are ruthlessly sidelining their old horses and promoting more aggressive younger generation of leaders who have no qualms in targeting civilians on the pretext of eliminating police informers and destroying public and private properties to spread terror,” the cop added.
The security forces have dealt a severe blow to the Naxal movement through encounters of senior cadres in the last couple of years. Forces killed 13 Naxals in 2013 and 27 in 2014. Police’s growing intelligence base has also led to arrests of senior cadres. State government too has started giving cash rewards to civilians for sharing inputs regarding Naxals. Around 18 Naxals have been arrested, including two top cadres of divisional committee member rank, since August 2014 when the reward policy was announced. Government also managed to increase surrender by Naxals by hiking compensation for cadres returning to the mainstream.
CPI-Maoist posters found in Telangana
Wall posters bearing the name of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Venkatapuram ‘area committee’ opposing Polavaram project, the “third phase of Operation Green Hunt”, “anti-tribal and pro-corporate policies” were spotted in Charla mandal (administrative unit) in Khammam District on February 20, reports The Hindu.
One COBRA jawan killed, 15 injured in Maoist blast in Imamganj area
GAYA: In what appears to be a retaliatory action, members of the People’s Liberation Gurellia Army, the armed wing of the Maoists, on Tuesday evening engineered a blast that blew up a vehicle carrying nearly one dozen COBRA personnel, the elite anti-Naxal force engaged in the drive to free the Naxal infested areas from red terror. At least one COBRA personnel was killed and 15 others were injured in the Maoist attack. Confirming the Maoist operation, CRP DIG Chiranjeev Prasad said that three of the personnel were critically injured and about a dozen others were grievously hurt in the blast. The slain personnel has been identified as head constable Gulab Yadav said the CRPF DIG.
Ambulances from the nearby places including Imamganj and Sherghati have been rushed to rescue the injured jawans. The rescue operation was getting hampered due to darkness. Asked about air lifting of the injured personnel, the CRPF DIG said that a chopper cannot be made to land at the blast site at this point of time. “A chopper was requisitioned in the divisional head quarters in Gaya to airlift the injured personnel to Patna or any other place for better medical assistance,” said the DIG The severe IED explosion that caused extensive damage, took place while the COBRA personnel were returning to their base in the Imamganj area after a day-long operation against the Maoists. As the vehicle neared Salaiya Mor in the Naxal infested Dumaria- Imamganj area, the waiting Maoists triggered the blast probably through a sophisticated remote controlled device. After engineering the IED blast, the Maoists also fired on the COBRA jawans. Further details are awaited.