Archive for February 10th, 2010

Success in Anti-Naxal operations stymied by Apex Court order.

10 February 2010
Success stories about the progress made in the coordinated joint operations by the security forces of the union & state governments dotted the newspapers………………….
January 13, 2010.
“….Away from the media glare, the five Superintendents of Police in their early 30’s and guided by Inspector General of Police T J Long Kumer, an IPS officer of 1991 batch, have worked on a policy to drain the resources of Naxalites holed up in jungles of Bastar. The tribal-dominated area of Bastar was neglected for long helping Maoists to make it one of their strongholds”.
“….But now the situation seems to be different. The five young police officers — Avinash Mohanty (Bijapur), Amresh Kumar Mishra (Dantewada), Rahul Bhagat (Narayanpur), Ajay Yadav (Kanker) and Sundarraj P (Bastar) — are engaging more and more local people into the operations and reaping the rich dividends of either getting Naxal leaders killed or arrested”.
….The first thing these officers did was to choke the supply lines of Naxals holed up in the jungles of Bastar followed by engaging them in long encounters, a senior police official of Bastar range said here today. Assisted by para-military forces like CRPF, BSF and SSB, the police personnel have choked almost all the entry and exit points of Naxals in the jungle, a strategy that forces Maoists to come out in the open”.
This way either they are arrested or killed in an encounter, the official said, adding since last Saturday 12 extremists have been killed. The number of Naxals killed in the last three to four months stands at 107”.
January 23, 2010.
“….The coordinated efforts taking place on the inter-state borders of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Orissa are nearly a success. In today’s review meeting, we have identified steps to be taken to further intensify the operation, Chidambaram said after meeting Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil and senior officials of the states, CRPF, BSF and ITBP“.
“….About steps being taken to coordinate anti-Naxalite operation with Andhra Pradesh which ends up as shelter for Naxalites from Chhattisgarh, Chidambaram said: Andhra has the best experience of fighting the Naxalites. Asked whether he felt the Salwa Judum model could be replicated elsewhere, he said chief ministers were entitled to decide their own model”.
January 31, 2010.

Centre to intensify offensive against Naxals

“…. Chhattisgarh DGP Vishwa Ranjan said that the government has given clear directions not to allow Maoists to sneak into Orissa. The Central and state police forces are focusing on the possible escape routes of Naxals between Chhattisgarh and Orissa, Orissa and Jharkhand, developing strategies and deploying forces in a manner to prevent Maoists from escaping into other areas, a security official said. The coordinated anti-Naxal offensive involves deployment of over 60,000 central security personnel. The CRPF special DG, meanwhile, claimed that many Naxalites, including senior leaders, have surrendered at various places especially in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra following the home ministry’s annou-ncement of the surrender-cum-rehabilitation package for Maoists”.
“….We are capable to win this challenge under the able leadership of Home Minister P Chidambaram, CRPF DG added. He also expressed confidence that things will improve very soon, but refused to share operational details”.
February 8, 2010.

Chidambaram renews offer for talks with Maoists if they halt violence

“….The home minister said the progress of the operation against guerrillas had been “slow but steady” and cited the arrest of some key leaders of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist to back his claim. The progress is slow and steady. You cannot measure it like a cricket match score board. In fact considerable progress has been madeWe will continue to make progress. Many key leaders (of Maoists) have been apprehended in the past few months… We’ll reclaim the areas dominated by Naxalites,” he said”.
…………………………until Supreme Court issued orders to produce the petitioners in Writ petition (criminal) No. 103/2009.
February 10, 2010.

On way to implement SC order, policemen get ambushed by naxals

“….The SC had on Monday directed the Raman Singh government to produce in court the 12 tribals, who a PIL filed by Himanshu Sekhar had alleged, were abducted by the police during the anti-naxal operations”.
“A police force along with 300 SPOs on Tuesday was trapped in a landmine and then ambushed by naxals in a village (Gorkha) in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district where they were going in pursuant to the Supreme Court’s February 8 order to find the whereabouts of 12 missing tribals”.
“Vahanvati had expressed serious concern over the allegations but maintained that such petitions could be aimed at impeding the progress achieved on ground against the naxals. Things have to be balanced out. On ground there is progress made against naxalism and these kind of things slow the progress against them, he had warned”.
Ironically, Chhattisgarh government that has been systematically stone walling the petitions filed against it in the apex court all this while seems to have got into an overdrive to trace out the 12 plaintiffs, who are also witnesses in the Gompad shootings allegedly at the hands of CoBRA battalion of the CRPF. One of the plaintiffs, Sodi Sambho, was in AIIMS-Delhi until 22nd January when she was made to disapparate by the Chhattisgarh police. Advocate General Vahanvati seems to suggest that such petitions that bring out gross violations of Human Rights should be ignored by the apex court in the interests of progress in the operations against the naxals. Order for producing the 12 petitioners is issued by the court on 8th February 2010, same day/ night the SPO search party of 300 odd people is arranged, it runs into an ambush, DGP Vishwa Ranjan arranges to send a facsimile explaining what happened on the morning of 9th February 2010, and Vahanvati produces it promptly in the court the same day. Fast work indeed!