Forces gain trust during Red raids

BOKARO: The security forces on Monday returned from the Jhumra hills after a three-day anti-Naxalite operation, codenamed 'Thunder'. The forces have not succeeded in making any arrest or recovery of arms and explosives but the police claimed that they had achieved an intangible success and gained confidence of villagers staying in remote areas of the hilly terrain.

Searching Maoists in forest covers and in about dozen villages at the foothill and atop Jhumra, the police came across several problems related to health, water and others faced by villagers and provided help to them.

SP Kuldeep Dwivedi, who headed the team remaining in jungles for three days along with CRPF commandants Padm Kumar and R M Sampar, said he was surprised to see the villagers who earlier used to run off seeing the men in khaki greeting them and sharing their problems during search operation.

"The way residents of the villages interacted with us has proved that they now have a trust in the cops. This is one of the valuable achievements for us. The fight with Naxalites will be won by us any day but the love and confidence of villagers which we carried back to our base is an intangible success," said Dwivedi.

The SP has launched the anti-Maoist operation in the Jhumra hills on Friday following information that dreaded Naxalite leader Ajay Mahto, along with his armed squad comprising 70 members, had descended in the area to trigger a blast and strike on policemen posted there.

To flush out Naxalites, Dwivedi, along with a large number of personnel of the district police, CRPF and Jharkhand Jaguar, have conducted raids in every village, including Baltharwa, Jamnijara, Jhumra, Aman, Rehawan, Simrabeda, Suarkatwa among others.

During the entire operation, the security personnel walked on new routes to avert any landmine blast or attack from Maoists. "The Naxalites managed to flee from the Jhumra hills. Our inputs say that the extremists disperse in the forest making small groups," said a police officer.

He added that Jhumra hills is a tri-junction that connects hill ranges coming from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The Maoists took advantage of the terrain and escape whenever forces launch an operation.

The personnel never had an encounter with the Maoists during the operation but they found a dozen of patients in the villagers for whom they have arranged treatments. They arranged doctors for three villagers finding them suffering from malaria at Aman village, where in an encounter between cops and Maoists last year, two CoBRA jawans were killed. In Baltharwa and Jhumra villages, the cops found children suffering from dysentery and three residents, including an old woman, were suffering from high fever. "We provided them medicines," said an inspector.

Dwivedi said a large number of women from Jamnijara come to them and asked to provide water arrangement in their villagers. During the raids, they faced huge difficulties in getting drinking water as many wells had gone dry in the summer season.

Courtesy: 08.05.2012


BOKARO: Deputy inspector general (DIG) of coal belt region, Laxman Prasad Singh and his CRPF counterpart, Rajeev Ranjan on Sunday conducted aerial surveillance of Maoist-hit Jhumra hills where security personnel have recently launched combing Operation Thunder in search of rebels.

This was the third day of the anti-Maoist search operation in the area led by Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi under Gomia block.

More than 1,000 district police officers, Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) and CRPF personnel have been pressed into action to carry out the operation.

The DIG conducted aerial-surveillance to monitor the anti-Maoist operation in the area. They took a closer look of the hilly terrain covered with dense forest and accordingly instructed the officials about their next course of action.

"Situation is so far normal. The operation is still on. We conducted aerial survey to boost the morale of the security personnel and monitor the situation," said Ranjan.

The search operation is being conducted in jungles following a tip-off about Maoist movement in the area led by leaders Navin Manjhi and Ajay Mahto.

Manjhi is a dreaded naxalite leader wanted in several cases. Intelligence inputs reveal the presence of more than hundred Maoists with Manjhi and Mahto.

Following the information, Dwivedi along with security personnel has entered the Jhumra forest. Several teams of security personnel are conducting raids in and around the area.

Dwivedi said security personnel in heavy numbers have been pressed into action to carry out intensive raids in the forest area.

He was conducting a search operation at Baltharwa and Jamnijara area situated atop Jhumra on Sunday.

"Aerial surveillance will help the police officers and security personnel get a better understanding of the area and instill confidence in them," he added.

Courtesy: 07.05.2012

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