Source: Times of India
In an attempt to neutralize Maoists before assembly polls, Jharkhand police will run anti-Maoist operations involving CRPF, CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and state police. The police have not announced the date when operation will be launched ,due to operational secrecy . Sources however said the operation would be launched in full scale by October last, after the festival season is over.
Two Maoist incidents had marred Lok Sabha elections in which eight policemen were killed and several injured. The police intelligence has warned that extremists are making preparations for major attacks this time.
DGP Rajiv Kumar said: “The operations will be conducted in full scale before elections so that the sensitive areas are scanned and the elections are held peacefully. The Maoist violence incidents during Lok Sabha polls had exposed ill-preparedness and lack of specific intelligence gathering. “We have learnt that Maoists will target security personnel during polls. Strategies have been drawn, soon forces will march into forests,” said Kumar. The operations would be additional to the ongoing long range patrolling in different districts.
Arrested recently, Mukhlal Mahto alias Mochhu alias Bhagat, CPI Maoist zonal commander, has disclosed to the police Maoists’ plans to attack police during polls.
“He has told us that Maoists were trying to hit security personnel at some points in Bundu (Ranchi), Giridih, Latehar, Bokaro districts. But these days top Maoist leaders do not share concrete plans with their juniors well in advance. So there could be a larger strategy of the Maoists,” said an IPS officer.
In Latehar district on Monday security personnel recovered around 200 kg explosives, six dozen cans used for making pressure bombs and several tiffin boxes from a Maoist’s hideout suggesting that Maoists were upto some bigger plans, said Latehar SP Michael S Raj.
A source in police said the focus of the operations will be entire Santhal Pargana, especially Dumka district where Maoists killed eight polling personnel in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. A police officer said Santhal Pargana will witness big political battles as chief minister Hemant Soren and JVM chief Babulal Marandi are likely to contest.
A report from the police said a decrease in murder, attack on police, arson, kidnapping and explosion have decreased significantly. In 2012 till September, 85 persons were killed including civilians by extremists which went down to 81 in 2013 and 64 in 2014, the report said.