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Red den ration-cut on radar - Rebel food supply line under lens of special force

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  • Published 23.06.11

Bhalgalpur, June 22: In a bid to compel Maoists leaders to come out of their haven in the Baramasia jungles on the borders of Lakhisarai and Jamui districts, the security forces are trying to stop supply of ration and medicine to their hideouts.

The Special Task Force (STF) personnel are main-taining a “close vigil” on the villages in the vicinity of the Baramasis forests and Kajra hills. The villagers used as “couriers” by the Maoists had been kept under the watch, sources maintained. The village shops suspected to be supplying goods to the rebels were also under the watchful eyes of the forces, the sources said.

Senior police officers at Lakhisarai and Munger admitted that the security operations, particularly manned by the STF around the Baramasia forests, had been beefed up. But they refused to share the details of the operations for strategic reasons.

The Telegraph noticed the stepped up movement of the STF jawans on almost all the approach roads towards the Baramasia forests in both Jamui as well as Lakhisarai districts, around 200km east of Patna.

Intelligence inputs on several Maoist guerrilla squads and their leaders getting holed up in and around the Kajra hills region under the Baramasia jungles on the borders of Lakhisarai and Jamui districts has, apparently, led the security forces to step up their operations against the rebels.

Sources revealed that the guerrilla squads from even Gaya and Aurangabad had joined Prabesh Da, the area commander of Kajra hills, Arbind Yadav, the sub-zonal commander of Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, and Subir Da, who have been camping in the inaccessible terrains of the Baramasia forests linked to Chhotangpur forests of Jharkhand.

The rebels might be feeling more secured in the Kajra hill region because they had killed seven policemen and looted their arms there on August 29 last year. They had kidnapped four policemen and killed one of them in captivity, creating piquant situation for the Nitish Kumar government ahead of the 2010 Assembly elections.

The rebels had released three police personnel after a hard bargain with the election-bound government. Thus, the history in the region might be adding to the confidence of the Maoists to make it their “safe sanctuary” in the wake of the police carrying out pro-active campaign against them in other parts of Bihar.

The rebels’ congrega- tion in the forest and hilly tracts is understandable with the security forces nabbing the top Maoists operators in other parts of the state with regularity.

About a week ago, the STF nabbed Jagdish Master, a CPI (Maoist) politburo member from Gaya.

The outfit’s three central committee members were also arrested, unnerving the guerrillas’ rank and file in other parts of the state.

The Maoists gave Bihar bandh and Gaya bandh calls in the wake of the arrest of its “top leaders”.

The security forces, however, foiled the Maoists’ attempts to trigger large-scale violence during the bandh.