Mail News Service
Jamshedpur/ Seraikela, June 15 : Ultras belonging to the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) are trying to regain their grip at Seraikela Kharasawan and other parts of Kolhanwhere they have almost been eliminated in the anti-insurgency operations carried out during the past couple of years.
Concerned over recent attack on the forces, the security officials has asked para-military forces for conducting regular Long range patrolling (LRP) in those areas so that the rebels may not set their foot once again.
“We cannot comment much on our strategy but one thing is confirmed that the Maoists are now trying to make their presence felt. After series of operation they have gone panic, said Chandan Kumar Sinha, SP SeraikelaKharswan. He said that search operation has been launched to nab rebels involved in killing of five policemen.
A CRPF-s VII battalion officer also shared the same opinion about the rise of rebels in the locations where they had their domination. “We have intelligence input that the rebels from the bordering area of Bengal that rebels in sizeable number enter into Jharkhand and trying to hold meeting in the villages like Koira, Chamta and Jhunjhka,” said the officer.
The intelligence sources maintain that most of the Maoists who were in Saranda forest have shifted to the adjoining Odisha and Bengal borders and several others hid themselves at the villages in Seraikelain the guise of cultivators. The police had resumed the anti-insurgency operation after getting an input that the armed squad of Maoists has started moving in the Porhat forest once again.
Sources informed that apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the operations and patrolling had been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring states.
“We have asked security forces to conduct long-range patrolling in the areas of Kuchai, Kharsawan and also places like Ghurabandha, Ghatshila and Patamda,” said an official.
Meanwhile, the police and paramilitary forces have started frisking commuters in the bordering areas. At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed in strategic locations.
Police said that the security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxlites. “There has been a substantial increase in Maoist activities in this. We are not much concerned about small acts of violence because these activities can be controlled by us, but the bigger attacks are worrisome,” said a security official. The administration has increased police patrolling on the bordering areas connecting to West Bengal and has also deployed adequate number of paramilitary personnel on areas potential to rebels attack.