Naxal Activity Coming Back In Odisha, Telangana: CRPF Director General
NEW DELHI: Maoist menace is rearing its ugly ahead again in Odisha and the newly created state of Telangana after lying low for some time with the overall situation in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states remaining “fluid”, the Chief of the lead anti-Naxal operations force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said. CRPF Director General (DG) Prakash Mishra said while the focus of anti-Naxal operations continues to be the worst Maoist violence-hit states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, areas around the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha Border (AOB) and those within Odisha “need more attention.”
The ex-Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) said while Naxal activity in the state had by-and-large cleared up, it is now “coming back” in the Narayanpatna area of Koraput district which borders Andhra Pradesh. “There could be many reasons (for this) — non-application of Standard Operating Procedures or lax policing. The inherent danger is always there…even in Telangana and some places in Andhra Pradesh,” said the CRPF Chief. CRPF is drawing up a map for re-deploying its forces in Odisha with Mr Mishra himself undertaking a number of operational visits to the state.
Chikkamagaluru: Naxal wall posters give call for poll boycott
Chikkamagaluru, Feb 19: The naxals, who had a subdued existence in the Western Ghat region since sometime, gave evidence of their presence in the region by pasting wall posters in Bukudibail region near Sringeri in the district. This development has been giving anxious moments for the people from the area, who will be casting their votes for zilla and taluk panchayat elections on Saturday. On Thursday morning, people from the village saw that wall posters calling for poll boycott had been stuck to the walls of a provision store, some other buildings, bus shelter, and water tank at Bukudibail in Nemmar panchayat limits. The wall posters have asked people to boycott the polls to register protest against Kasturirangan report and tiger reserve project.
The posters have also given call for providing permanent drinking water projects to each of the villages, power supply, repair of turbo, bridges for rivulets and asphalting of roads. The naxals have also demanded to vest with the farmers permanent rights of cultivation in place of ad hoc permission being given now. The posters also stress the need for construction of a bridge across Hemmige rivulet immediately and asked people to fight against the plan of the government to evict residents of forests incthe name of voluntary relocation. The creators of these posters have claimed themselves to be Maoists. Policemen rushed to the spot immediately after coming to know of the incident, collected the posters, and registered a case. Anti Naxal Force too has begun to intensify its operations against the naxals.
After recovery of Maoist pamphlets in Nainisasr, cops, intel on alert
DEHRADUN: Police and intelligence sleuths are keeping a close watch on the activities in and around Nainisar area of Almora following the recovery of pamphlets and posters of CPI (Maoist). The pamphlets called for a bandh in the state on February 29 to protest against the “anti-people” policies of the state government. To prevent any untoward incident on the day, the intelligence and police units are on an alert. Trouble has been brewing in the Nainisar area where the Jindal group proposes to built an international school. Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu told TOI, “Though the matter is still being probed by revenue police, our teams are keeping a watch on the developments.” He pointed out that in the past too similar material had been recovered in Almora.
“Both police and intelligence units are alert and making best efforts to ensure no untoward incident is reported in the district,” added Sidhu. The CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday morning circulated pamphlets and posted handwritten slogans threatening the Jindal group to leave the area. The pamphlets and signages which bore the signature of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), were found at Nainisar and the adjacent Dwarso villages near Ranikhet in Almora district.
A locally made revolver and two bullets were also found at the site. The slogans threatened the Jindal group to leave the hills of Uttarakhand, saying that “the state’s resources — water, forests, land and minerals — belonged to its people.” The posters also called for a state bandh on February 29 to protest against hill land allocation to industrialists. Earlier in April and May 2015, Maoist posters and letters were found in Almora on three different days.
Letters written by CPI (Maoist) were also found in Someshwar area of the district on April 29. On May 2, several such letters were found thrown outside shops in Lala Bazaar and Mall road area of Almora. The last set of eight letters was found in Badicheena market, about 20 km from Almora, in Pithorgarh district road May 3. In these letters, people were asked to boycott government plans and projects and were urged to campaign against liquor. It also asked people to launch a “public struggle” to dislodge the “corrupt” system.
AP seeks more forces to counter Maoists
: The Andhra Pradesh government has sought more Central forces to tackle the Maoist menace in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area, which is spread across the districts of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari. The request for the deployment of at least an additional battalion of the BSF was made to Home Minister Rajnath Singh who held a review meeting with the AP Police, the BSF, the CRPF and a few other security agencies here on Thursday. According to Director-General of Police J.V. Ramudu, the Union Home Minister had positively responded to the request of the AP Police. “The additional Central forces will boost anti-insurgency operations as the State has been facing manpower crunch after the bifurcation,” said Mr. Ramudu.
BSF battalion deployed
The Centre has already deployed a BSF battalion in the Balimela area and the additional battalion would be deployed in other parts of the Agency, which is primarily manned by the CRPF and the elite Greyhounds of the AP Police, at present. It is learnt that Mr. Rajnath Singh stressed better co-ordination among security forces of various States, especially those which are affected by Naxalism such as AP, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.