Intelligence agencies begin work to tackle ‘Red terror’ in Odisha, AP
Days after the Union Home minister Rajnath Singh asked the intelligence bureaus to infiltrate the Maoists base across India, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the intelligence agencies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra were roped-in on Wednesday to make a ‘ground report’ in combating the ‘red-issue’ in the deep jungles of Chhattisgarh.
Sources said, they have already started questioning a surrendered Maoists leader of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) Gudsa Usendi alias GVK Prasad. Dandakaranya forest covers four states, which includes Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Prasad was a senior member of the DKSZC of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and he was carrying a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head. He was surrendered on January 7 this year and presently under the custody of NIA.
‘This person (Prasad) knows each and every corner of the forest, which we don’t. His suggestions and information could be an important lead for us to smoke out the Maoists from the jungles,’ a senior police officials of Andhra Pradesh counter intelligence department said.
‘A joint co-ordination of all the agencies is important and irrespective of government’s decision to deploy forces and choppers, what we need is lead from the jungles. We need to prepare a strategy rather than a full fledged war. During operation Green Hunt where Kishen ji was killed was not a war but simply a trap. Similarly, in Chhattisgarh too we need a strategy rather than tall decisions of heavy movement,’ he said.
Sources said, the agencies are desperate to get leads on the whereabouts of Maoists leaders Surendra and Jailal.
Surendra, heads the Darbha divisional committee of CPI (Maoist), while Jailal is second in command. Both are wanted by the Chhattisgarh government in connection with the brutal attack in which the entire state Congress leadership was eliminated.
Meanwhile, a section of activists in Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh are raising concern over the heavy deployment of the forces in the area.
Speaking to the Millennium Post over telephone from Narayanpur, Tinku Sinha, a rights activists said,
‘This will lead to a complete disaster for us. The forces will torture or sisters and will kill them in the name of Maoists. With the decision of our union home minister, the local people of this region are in a state of shock. This will not only hamper peace but also affect education and the business communities.’
He said, ‘The government should concentrate on development in the backward areas rather than making this beautiful place in to a war zone.’