Patna, Sept 29: In the run up to the Bihar elections, 900 persons including naxals and criminals have been arrested. The clean up operations were carried out by the security personnel part of special operations. Security personnel are keeping a close watch on anti social elements and naxals in particular. The first phase in which the South of Bihar would go to polls is extremely crucial. A majority of the naxal hotbeds fall in the south of Bihar. Cleaning up the mess Bihar in the coming days would resemble a fortress of security personnel. The Election Commission of India has said that it wants the central forces in 100 per cent strength at the polling booths. The security personnel from the central forces who have been in Bihar since the start of September with the help of the local police have identified 900 criminals and placed them under arrest. Out of the 900 persons, 60 are naxalites, officials confirmed while also adding that there were at least 15 encounters in naxal belts before the persons were arrested.
The security forces have also seized 105 kilograms of explosives which were being stocked in a bid to disrupt the polls. Apart from this, illegal weapons numbering 40 and five hand grenades have also been seized by the security forces who continue to comb areas prone to violence. Red alert In the wake of the naxals giving a call to boycott the elections in Southern and eastern Bihar, there are areas where a red alert has been sounded. Jamui, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya have been identified as highly vulnerable and security has been stepped up. Intelligence inputs suggest that in parts of Southeastern Bihar the naxals have called for a boycott of the elections. The security personnel would do everything to ensure that the people in these areas are able to vote without any fear.
Eminent academic and human rights activist Prof. G. Haragopal called for the abolition of the Greyhounds police force in Telangana. He demanded that the State government come out with an explanation on the recent encounter wherein two Maoists – Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy were killed in Warangal. Prof. Haragopal was addressing a meeting held in memory of slain Maoist Sruthi at her residence in Hanamkonda on Sunday. “The State government should put an end to these fake encounters,” he said. Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao said the recent encounter was the beginning of the end of the TRS rule.
Palamu, Sep 28 (ANI): Maoist rebels obstructed the construction of a bridge in Palamu district of Jharkhand and set ablaze a poclain machine. The bridge, if completed, would increase police patrolling in the area, which is why the Maoist rebels do not want it to be constructed.
Patna, Sept 28: The biggest challenge ahead in the Bihar assembly elections are the security arrangements. There will be 500 companies of the central forces which will be in Bihar till the elections are complete. The biggest challenge is however, the first phase of the elections which will be conducted in South of Bihar. The South of Bihar faces the biggest problem from naxals and there are intelligence inputs that suggest that they will try and disrupt the elections. A large part of the security mechanism will be in South Bihar which goes to polls on October 12 and 16 as part of the first phase. Naxal alert: The Bihar state intelligence unit has warned that the naxals would try and strike during the elections.
The naxals while examining the CPI(Maoist) foundation week reiterated their resolve to carry out more strikes. Intelligence alerts went on to suggest that they would make attempts to target the central forces. The Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Border Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and Indo-Tibetan Border Police would be in their full strength during the conduct of the Bihar elections. With the naxal alert being sounded very high, the local police who are familiar with the terrain would conduct regular combing operations. The task would be to identify landmines and defuse them. The naxals normally tend to target the forces from the centre.
Moreover, forces from the centre are more vulnerable to a naxal hit as they are not familiar with the terrain. The Home Ministry has instructed the Bihar administration to ensure that the local police cooperate fully with the central forces and there should not be any untoward incident during the elections. Naxals shall not disrupt the elections at any cost, the Home Ministry has stated. Apart from being on guard, the central forces would be in full force at the booths.
The Election Commission has this time said that it wants the booths to be guarded by the central forces 100 per cent. Earlier the norm was that security at the booths would be divided by the central and state forces on a 60:40 ratio. This time around the EC wants to take no chances and has sought for a 100 per cent deployment of central forces at the polling booths.
Ignoring the groundswell of public opinion against a resumption of bauxite mining, the Andhra Pradesh government has been taking concrete steps to start mineral exploration in the Eastern Ghats. The Maoists have used this opportunity to try winning support of the tribals. Ever since the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)] made a tactical retreat from the undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2004, engagements between the naxalites and the State police have been rare and unspectacular. Continue reading
Nagpur: The central part of the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district has become a hotbed of action as security forces and rebel cadres are vying for supremacy in the crucial zone in the heartland of state’s guerrilla movement. A half-dozen encounters in the past few months have only underlined the fact that Naxals and security forces are in no mood to spare even an inch ground to each other. Security forces seem to have gained ground as the Gadchiroli police have opened a number of posts in the central region which was once a rebel stronghold.
The Naxal domination in the region had been such in the past that police and paramilitary forces would avoid the 35 square-kilometer stretch. Threats in the form of landmine and ambushes would often take cops by surprise. The region’s forest zones, mostly uncharted by the security forces till last year, also served as resting and meeting place for the Naxal leadership converging from south and north, and also neighbouring districts of Kanker and Narayanpur of Chattisgarh.
The region was earlier also labelled as the first stepping stone before venturing into the Naxal stronghold of Abujmadh which straddles Chattisgarh and Maharashtra. “The Naxal presence in the central region can be also viewed as their first line of defence before one can cross into Abujmadh,” said Ravindra Kadam, Nagpur IGP, Naxal range. The opening of the police posts, especially at Kotmi, in February this year has lent an edge to the police force.
Apart from a permanent police presence, it also dented the Naxal militia base here among the traditional supporters who had been under the influence of senior Naxal cadres for long. There had been 14 surrenders from Kotmi, including its militia commander, after the post opened at Kotmi. Naxals are now also trying to instill fear among the minds of the tribal by resorting to civilian killings. One of their first target was surrendered militia commander Madhao Podao. Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil said Naxals are desperately trying to win back domination in the region as it serves as a link to adjoining districts of Chandrapur and also the state of Chhattisgarh. “There is a plan to open more armed outposts and ensure deeper police presence on a permanent basis,” he said.
Security forces have engaged in 14 encounters with Left Wing insurgent groups operating in areas near Bihar-Jharkhand border and apprehended 50 alleged Naxals since the 2015 assembly elections notification was released early this month. According to officials, following the election notification, Naxalite groups based in Southern Bihar and Jharkhand have called for a statewide boycott of the 2015 polls due in October. Gauging the developments in the past two weeks and based on inputs from intelligence agencies, central government has further decided to increase security in Southern districts Bihar in order to produce a conducive environment for elections to be held. Continue reading
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Bhubaneswar, Sep 25: The district police in Odisha’s Malkangiri are on their toes as the Maoists are observing a dawn-to-dusk bandh in protest against the recent spate of surrenders of Maoist supporters terming it as “fake surrenders”. The bandh called by CPI (Maoists) of Malkangiri divisional has circulated a letter to media in which its secretary has appealed to the media to oppose ‘fake surrenders’. Notably, over 700 villagers, said to be Maoist supporters, have surrendered to the district police in the last one month.
The police are purposely making false cases against Maoists and consequently forcing them to self-surrender. The ‘Bandh’ has been called today to protest these deceitful acts of the police. There are no Maoist supporters among those who have surrendered to the police recently. The administration hasn’t provided adequate compensation to those who had surrendered earlier, CPI (Maoists) of Malkangiri divisional secretary Poonam Chandra said in a release issued to media. Continue reading
WARANGAL: CPI Maoist party Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal (KKW) secretary Damodar has warned the Telangana government of payback for the September 15 encounter in which two Maoists, Shruti and Vidyasagar Reddy, were killed by the police in Warangal. He also called for a bandh on September 28 in the three districts in protest against the encounter. In a press release issued here on Friday, Damodar said that top police officials and ministers were aware of Shruti and Vidyasagar Reddy’s arrests at Moddugutta forest area of Govindaraopet mandal in the district before the duo were killed in cold blood. He alleged that the police tortured Shruti and added that acid was poured on her body to erase any evidence of torture and molestation. He also accused the Telangana government of protecting sand, forest and granite mafia and working against the interests of the poor. “Maoists will not allow smugglers in forests,” he said.
Meanwhile, Naxal sympathiser Varavara Rao called on rights activists to take part in the ‘Chalo Assembly’ rally on September 30 in Hyderabad. He said that the state government should take responsibility for the fake encounter in Warangal. He added that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who had once praised Maoists as true patriots, has now gone back on the promises he made while campaigning for the elections. “The CM was fully aware of every detail leading to the Warangal encounter. He is protecting the mafia who are robbing the state’s resources and such people are financing government leaders,” he said.
Telangana Democratic Front, an umbrella organisation of various peoples’ associations’ has called for a ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest on September 30 demanding a detailed inquiry into the recent encounter. Releasing a poster of the protest here on Friday, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao failed to keep up his promise of implementing the Maoist party agenda. Instead, he was now trying to eliminate the Maoist party members unleashing terror against them.
Describing the encounter as ‘fake’ , he held responsible the policemen who took part in the operation of killing Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy in Moddulagutta encounter in Govindaraopet mandal here. “The State government should own responsibility for the murders. The government should order a detailed inquiry into the encounter, Mr. Varavara Rao demanded. Various peoples’ associations and democratic organisations had joined hands to condemn the encounter. Mr. Sudarshan, father of Sruthi said that it was clear that his daughter was molested and brutally tortured before being killed.