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Centre to appoint more sleuths to gain intelligence

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 4, 2007

New Delhi, Nov 04: With Naxal attacks on the rise, particularly in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, the Union Home Ministry is seriously considering a proposal to jack up ground level intelligence collection by appointing more sleuths and raising additional battalions of Paramilitary forces.

The proposal also comes in the backdrop of recent terror attacks in Ludhiana and at Ajmer Dargah and in the light of Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil`s warning that public places, crowded areas and places of worship might be targeted.

A senior Home Ministry official said that serious efforts were underway to appoint a large number of sleuths so that actionable intelligence was available to the police to foil attempts of Naxals and terrorists to unleash violence.

In the latest Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, 15 policemen were killed on Friday in Bijapur district. On October 29, five policemen were killed in the same district by the Maoists.

Jharkhand too has witnessed a sudden rise in Naxal violence and in the latest attack in Giridih district on October 27, 17 people including a son of former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, were killed.

The attack was reminiscent of the killing of sitting JMM MP Sunil Mahto on March 4 this year by Naxals in east Singhbhum district.

The MHA official said the security establishment was examining CRPF`s proposal for raising 118 battalions over the next 10 years and BSF`s suggestion for having an additional 39 battalions over the next decade as part of their basic perspective plan sought by the Home Ministry. While CRPF has 201 operational battalions, BSF has 157.

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Andra Form Another killer Squad

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 6, 2007

September 5, 2007: The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is forming a special intelligence and commando unit to go after the Maoist rebels who have been a growing problem in eastern and southern India. There is already a national level organization for this, called the Greyhounds. This force has about 2,000 personnel. Half are dedicated to intelligence work and administration, while the other half are field operatives, who conduct surveillance, scouting and raids. The Andhra Pradesh organization will have a few hundred personnel and a similar organization. Members, recruited from the police, will be paid bonuses of up to 50 percent of the current police pay.

The Maoist troubles began in 1969, when a faction of the Communist Party of India got violent. In the last three years, Maoist violence has killed over 10,000 Maoists, civilians and security personnel. Many leftist politicians are in favor of a negotiated peace with the Maoists (who want to establish a communist dictatorship in India.)

Statistics on how many armed Maoist are out there are difficult to come by. The best estimates are that 15,000 armed Maoists are operating in eastern and southern India. The national police report that about five percent of the 8,000 police stations in the country report problems with Maoist violence. For the Maoists progress has obviously been slow. The number of violent incidents has been declining, from 453 for the first seven months of last year, to 399 for the same period this year. The death toll from these encounters is also down, from 306 to 259.

But the violence is growing in some areas, and Andhra Pradesh wants to make their Maoists go away as quickly as possible.

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