Category Archives: Law and order

Red Terror: Who are the Maoists?

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After the dastardly ambush by the Maoist terrorists and the martyrdom of 22 security personnel in the Bijapur-Sukma forest area of Chhattisgarh on Saturday 3 April 2020, we in Newsroom24x7 felt it necessary to put in public domain a keynote address by late DM Mitra on the “Maoist Problem”. Mitra was a distinguished Police officer and an authority on Left Wing extremism and terrorism linked with the Maoists.

Who are the Maoists? Late DM Mitra, a top Police officer, addressed this question while delivering the keynote address at a symposium on the “Maoist Problem” organised jointly by the Madhya Pradesh Academy of Administration and Newsroom24x7 ten years ago – September 2011. The symposium was attended by top IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers along with officers posted in districts bordering Chhattisgarh.

Mitra, who had a background of exclusive research on Maoists with extensive field studies across the country, had given a comprehensive presentation on the genesis, spread and handling of Maoist violence. He had used the opportunity to clarify many wrong conceptions about Maoists. While nothing much can be done in about 16 per cent of areas in the so-called Red Corridor unless police restores the writ of the government in those areas by flushing the Maoists out, administration and democratic political space can be improved in the rest 84 per cent areas in order to prevent them from falling under Maoist influence, he had emphasised.

Mitra had also recommended strengthening of Government’s Agencies, Police’s Service and Defensive Capabilities and factors for Enabling Democratic Opportunities, including Education, Communication (Roads),Recruitment into Government and Livelihood.

“Genesis and Spread of Maoist Violence and Appropriate State Strategy to Handle it” a report, written by DM Mitra and published by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) in 2011, concluded ten years ago that the “Maoists are much different from the earlier naxalites and are known to have their presence in 21 States”. According to this report, the estimation of Maoist cadre strength across various parts of the country varied from 10,000, 15000 to as much as 25000. Similarly, geographical spread of Maoist activities was estimated over 190 districts with Maoist violence reported from 90 of the 627 districts in the country.

CBI court acquits 3 police officers in Ishrat Jehan encounter case

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Ahmedabad: A special CBI court here on Wednesday 31 March 2021 discharged three accused police officers in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

The Special CBI Court of Special CBI judge V R Raval on Wednesday allowed the discharge applications of G L Singhal, Tarun Barot (now retired) and Anaju Chaudhary. The three police officers had on March 20 filed discharge petitions.

In response to their petition, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the court that the Gujarat Government had refused permission to prosecute the accused in the encounter case.

The Court said “There is nothing on file, even prima facie, to conclude that the victims weren’t terrorists, or the IB inputs weren’t real”.

The court had observed in October 2020 that the accused had “acted in their official duties,” so the probe agency was required to obtain prosecution sanction.

The CBI had named seven police officers — Pandey, Vanzara, Amin, Singhal, Barot, Parmar, and Chaudhary – as accused in its first charge sheet filed in 2013.

Poceedings against former police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin were dropped by the Court in 2019 after the state government refused permission for their prosecution. P P Pandey , former in-charge State DG Police, was discharged from the case in 2018 and Parmar died during the course of hearing.

on June 15, 2004 ,Ishrat Jahan, along with Jishan Johar, Amjad Ali Rana and Javed Shaikh, was killed in a police encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. According to Ahmedabad police, those killed in the encounter were Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists on a mission to kill Narendra Modi, who was then the Gujarat Chief Minister. Police had identified Johar and Rana as Pakistani nationals, while Sheikh was the link for their local network.

Why so many are quitting the paramilitary forces

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New Delhi: Between 2016 and 2020, 40, 096 para military personnel took voluntary retirement and 6, 529 of these troops resigned from service.

20, 2049  personnel from Border Security Force personnel, 11, 029 from Central Reserve Polive Force, 2, 858 from Central Industrial Security Force, 2, 279 from Assam Rifles, 1, 912 from Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and 1, 769 from Sashastra Seema Bal,  took voluntary retirement between 2016 and 2020. In the same period 2, 919 resigned from CISF 1, 708 from BSF, 796 from CRPF, 620 from ITBP, 412 from Sashastra Seema Bal and 74 from Assam Rifles.

An analysis carried out by the Forces indicates that personal and domestic reasons, including children and family issues, health issues relating to self or family members, social and family obligations and other commitments, better career opportunities are some of the major reasons for voluntary retirement and resignation.

BJP MLA beaten, his clothes torn apart by protesting farmers in Punjab

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Malout, Punjab: BJP’s Abohar MLA Arun Narang was Thrashed, beaten and his clothes were torn apart by protesting farmers at Malout in Punjab.

Narang, the BJP MLA from Abohar, was in Malout, along with his supporters to address a press conference. 

First the farmers threw ink at him. He was soon rushed into a shop nearby by police but when he came out, he was attacked brutally by the mob that went berserk and a handful of cops present there failed to control the situation.

After some time, somehow the police managed to push the MLA inside a shop, pull down the shutter and quell the mob but not before the victim MLA’s clothes were completely torn apart.