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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.

22 security personnel martyred in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur: 22 security personnel have been martyred in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. A massive exchange of fire between the security personnel and the Maoist terrorists lasted about 4 hours.

The encounter was in Bijapur-Sukma belt in Chhattisgarh. The Maoists laid ambush on Saturday afternoon when security teams were engaged in a combing operation on the Bijapur-Sukma border in an area considered a Maoist stronghold.  At around 12 noon, the Maoists laid ambush.

The banned Maoist terrorists get support from Leftist fascist forces referred to by the people urban naxalites.

The fight against the Maoists will grow stronger and the sacrifice of the security personnel will not go in waste, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah. We will take the fight to its logical end, he asserted.

Three jawans martyred in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

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Narainpur/Raipur: Three District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans were martyred and 21 others were injured when a bus was blown up by Maoists through a landmine blast at Narainpur in Chhattisgarh.

The toll is likely to rise. Last Saturday, two Maoists were killed in an encounter with DRG personnel in the forest in the Kawasipara area in Dantewada district. 

Earlier in November 2020, two CoBRA personnel were killed and eight injured in a Maoist attack in Sukma in Chhattisgarh.

Maoist menace: NIA conducts searches in Purnea Arms case

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Patna: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Tuesday 13 October 2020 conducted searches at premises of Sanmario Pharmaceuticals Private Limited and the house of the Director of the Company, Chandra Vijay Pratap in Patna in connection with investigation of Purnea Arms Case.

Sanmario Pharmaceuticals Private Limited was incorporated in 2015. The company is a manufacturer of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines. The company has two directors. Chandra Vijay Pratap is one of them.

The present case pertains to interdiction of an SUV and seizure of highly sophisticated weapons and ammunition on 7 February 2019 by Purnea Police from three persons – Suraj Prasad, Varengnow Kahorngam and Clearson Kabo. The weapons included 2 Under Barrel Grenade Launchers, 1 AK series rifle and 1800 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition that were kept concealed and were being transported by the three persons in the SUV. The local police registered FIR No. 35/19 on 7 February 2019 at Police Station-Baisi against the three accused persons.

NIA re-registered the case as RC-05/2019/NIA-DLI 28 February 2019, under Sections 16, 17, 18, 18B & 19 of UA (P) Act, Sections 414, 467, 468, 471 & 474 of IPC and sections 25(1)(a), 25(1A), 25(1AA), 25(1-B)(a), 26, 29 & 35 of Arms Act. During its investigation, NIA arrested 4 more accused – Tripuari Singh, Mukesh Singh, Ningkhan
Sangtam and Santosh Singh and filed Chargesheet against the seven accused persons.

The investigation revealed that a large number of illegal sophisticated prohibited weapons and ammunition were
supplied by accused Ningkhan Sangtam, a self-styled Major of NSCN (IM) through an arms dealer of Bihar to the absconding accused Bhikhan Ganjhu, Zonal Commander of the Tritya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a Naxal terrorist gang.

Suspect Chandra Vijay Pratap @ Sushil had transferred a huge amount of funds to the account of accused Ningkhan Sangtam.

During the searches, several incriminating documents pertaining to monetary transactions have been seized. Further investigation in the case is continued.


The Maoists

Who are the Maoists? and also D.M. Mitra – The distinguished Police officer who worked ceaselessly to address the Maoist challenge