Maoists ad­mit to have taken a body blow, 155 killed this year

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

As many as 155 Maoists have been elim­i­nated by the se­cu­rity forces in 2017. This num­ber was re­leased by the Maoists them­selves be­fore their an­nual PLGA es­tab­lish­ment week, which be­gins from 2 De­cem­ber. The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Guer­rilla Army (PLGA) week is ob­served by the Maoists to mark the foun­da­tion day of the CPI-ML (Peo­ple’s War Group), which was formed on 2 De­cem­ber 2000 after which it merged with the Maoist Com­mu­nist Cen­tre in Septem­ber 2004.

As per the state­ment re­leased by the Maoists’ “south sub zonal bureau”, 115 ul­tras ac­tive in the Dan­dakaranya re­gion got killed this year. Dan­dakaranya is a 92,000 sq km area en­com­pass­ing parts of Ch­hat­tis­garh, Te­lan­gana, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and un­til re­cently was con­sid­ered as a no-go area for the se­cu­rity forces be­cause of heavy Maoist pres­ence. As many as 45 Maoists, who were a part of the “south sub zonal bureau”, which “han­dles” op­er­a­tions in Ch­hat­tis­garh, were among the 155 killed by the se­cu­rity forces. Among the prom­i­nent Maoists elim­i­nated by the se­cu­rity forces this year are Narayan Sanyal, a mem­ber of the cen­tral com­mit­tee and his col­league Kuppu De­o­raj, apart from Raghu­nath Mahto, Hi­madri Rai and Ajita, all mem­bers of the state com­mit­tee. The list of those killed in­cludes 30 women Maoists.

How­ever, the Maoists also claimed that in this same Jan­uary-Oc­to­ber pe­riod, they killed 62 se­cu­rity per­son­nel, in­jured 68 and looted 35 weapons. They also elim­i­nated 20 civil­ians, who, they claimed, were work­ing as in­form­ers for the se­cu­rity forces.

As per records avail­able with the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs (MHA), in 2017 (un­til 31 Oc­to­ber), 70 se­cu­rity per­son­nel were killed by the Maoists and 122 were in­jured, while 98 Maoists were killed in the same pe­riod by the se­cu­rity forces. In 2016, as many as 222 Maoists were killed. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, 159 civil­ians were killed in Maoist re­lated vi­o­lence. Mao­ism in In­dia, as per gov­ern­ment records, is spread across 10 states and 106 dis­tricts.

Of­fi­cials said that a re­draw­ing of the “Red Cor­ri­dor” is likely to hap­pen soon and at least 20 dis­tricts are likely to be taken off the list of 106 Maoist-af­fected dis­tricts in 10 states—Bi­har, Jhark­hand, Andhra Pradesh, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Odisha, Te­lan­gana, West Ben­gal, Mad­hya Pradesh, Ut­tar Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh. This is be­cause of a sig­nif­i­cant drop in Maoist re­lated vi­o­lence. Out of th­ese 106 dis­tricts, 44 dis­tricts are said to be the worst af­fected.

It was in March 2012 that the se­cu­rity forces, for the first time, car­ried out ex­ten­sive anti-Maoist op­er­a­tions in the Abu­j­marh for­est, which is a part of the Dan­dakarayana re­gion. The op­er­a­tion was over­seen by the then SP of Ch­hat­tis­garh’s Narayan­pur dis­trict, Mayank Shri­vas­tava. This was seen as the first direct “hit” against the Maoists.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.