The Telegraph
Thursday , June 7 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Forces to step up fight

Ranchi, June 6: The state police and CRPF jawans will intensify anti-Naxalite operations with greater focus in rebel strongholds such as Khunti, Porahat, Parasnath and Jharkhand’s border areas along Bihar and Odisha.

CRPF director-general K. Vijay Kumar, who arrived here today and met state police top brass and officers of the paramilitary force, asked the joint personnel to target armed squads led by Maoist area commanders Kundan Pahan (Bundu-Tamar-Khunti belt) and Kanhu Munda (Ghurabandha, East Singhbhum).

“The DG reviewed ongoing operations and instructed us to focus on core areas of CPI(Maoist),” said a senior CRPF officer.

Kumar expressed happiness over the recent successes of the joint forces, but was concerned about the high rate of civilian casualties.

Sources said that between January and May, the state has suffered 58 civilian deaths.

DGP G.S. Rath, who attended the meeting, said the discussions focused on better co-ordination between the forces in their fight against rebel outfits. “A few infrastructure related issues were also discussed,” he added.

CRPF DG Kumar also applauded the role of Hazaribagh SP Pankaj Kamboj, his Bokaro counterpart Kuldeep Dwivedi and IG (coal belt) M.L. Meena in the arrest of Maoist zonal commander Naveen Manjhi in Giridih on May 29.

The trio as well as commandant of CRPF’s 22nd Battalion R.M. Sampar were awarded the DG’s commendation disc. Besides, Rs 15 lakh was awarded to Hazaribagh police and CRPF for netting Manjhi.

Meanwhile, CRPF DIG Bhanu Pratap Singh said work on two camps for the forces in Saranda — at Jambaiburu and Kaliaposhi — had begun in full swing. The camps are necessary for paving the way for development initiatives in the erstwhile Maoist den.