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Maoists concentrating on Kalahandi to scale up underground activities




 Kalahandi of late is turning out to be the worst Maoist affected district in State with left wing extremists (LWE) targeting the tribal area to scale up their underground activities.

With influx of Maoists from Chhattisgarh through porous border, the strength of ultras in steadily rising in the district, sources said.

With two divisions of Maoists active in Kalahandi, the District is rated as “severely affected” along with Koraput and Malkangiri, said top police sources engaged in anti-Maoist operations.

Kalahandi- Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division and Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali (BGN) division ultras are active in Kalahandi district, they added.

The officials said, out of 22 districts which are affected by Maoist activities, the highest number of incidents are reported from Kalahandi.

Out of 68 incidents of Maoist violence during 2016 in the affected districts, at least 16 incidents were reported from Kalahandi, they added.

In fact 80 per cent of violent incidents were reported from Kalahandi, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Kandhamal districts, they said.

In the wake of a spurt in violent incidents and killing of civilians, DGP KB Singh along with his core team visited the Maoist areas to review the situation and assured security to the civilians.

Last year three civilians were killed by the ultras after being branded as ‘Police Informers,’ sources said.

District Police, with the support of Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) is taking up anti-Maoist operations resulting in elimination of five ultras in 2016, the sources said.

Notably, in view of the alarming situation, State government has urged the Union Government to deploy more Central Armed Police Forces. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been urged to deploy two more battalion of CAPF in the border areas of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

However, MHA is yet to respond to the request of the State Government, though it has slapped a bill of over Rs 2500 crore towards deployment charges of CAPFs in the State notwithstanding the objection of the State government.

State government has been urging the Centre to deploy more force on the State’s border with neighbouring Chhattisgarh to curb infiltration of ultras from that state and their attempt to recruit young tribals in Niyamgiri and adjoining areas.

The silver lining, however, is that the Maoists are unable to entice youths in the other districts resulting in declining support base.






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