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Joint hunt to track Maoists

Joint combing operations by the CRPF, the STF and the district police are in progress in Munger, Jamui and Lakhisarai districts following the Maoist attack on the Sahebganj-Danapur Intercity Express on November 30.

Inspector-general of Railway Protection Force (RPF) (headquarters) B. Mohon, who arrived in Jamalpur on Monday, told reporters that the attack had been strategically planned to loot the sophisticated weapons from the GRP escort party on the train. The rebels used just daggers to carry out the operations silently because they apprehended police retaliation as the place of occurrence was a stone’s throw from Jamalpur station and many busy localities of Jamalpur township, he added. He said the armed teams on trains would soon have proper manpower.

He, however, expressed his concern over the alleged security lapses by part of the escort party members. Deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police, Munger zone, Sudhansu Kumar, who has been leading the search, said the operations have been intensified in some parts of the region but refused to give further details.

According to sources, DIG Kumar recently formulated a blueprint for launching attack on the rebels at a meeting with senior police officers from the districts falling under his jurisdiction. Lakhisarai police have started re-examining the files of the Naxalite attack on the Patna-Dhanbad Intercity Express train at Kunder Halt on June 13 this year.

Lakhisarai police started the formalities for taking one Karalal Koda, alias Payaralal, on police remand from Lakhisarai jail. He is in the jail for his role in the Kundar Halt attack. The DIG has asked his subordinates to monitor the activities of all Maoists recently bailed out from the jails and take measures to cancel their bails. He stressed the need of improving the software improvement group, a system that analyses any software source code in an automated manner in rebel-hit areas because the rebels have started using advanced IT systems.

The DIG has instructed the officials concerned to prepare a list of properties the rebels have made from illegal sources so that the government could seize them. He also instructed the station house officers of police stations in Naxalite-hit parts to audit the security of their stations and outposts.

“We have to develop community policing to earn the poor people’s confidence in remote areas. We also have to take responsibility of the implementation of government welfare projects like Sarkar Aap Ki Dwar to stem the rebels’ sway in the remote areas,” the DIG told his subordinates.