PC raps Jharkhand for going slow in anti-Naxal ops

Home Minister P Chidambaram has said despite alarming escalation in Maoist violence, no serious effort has been made by the state government to deal with the extremists.

New Delhi: In a hard-hitting attack on BJP-
ruled Jharkhand for its "ineffective" anti-Naxal operations,
Home Minister P Chidambaram has said despite alarming
escalation in Maoist violence, no serious effort has been made
by the state government to deal with the extremists.

In a letter to Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Chidambaram
said Jharkhand became the most affected state in Naxal
violence in 2011 and the situation there was a "major cause
for concern". He asked Munda to galvanise the state police
leadership to take more pro-active steps.

"Anti-Naxal operations in 2011 have been unfortunately
ineffective. No serious efforts appear to have been made to
launch a counter offensive when security forces personnel were
killed by the CPI (Maoist)," he said in the recent letter.

Further, Jharkhand is the only Left-wing extremism-
affected state which has reported more snatching of arms in
2011 compared to the previous year.

"Two top CPI (Maoist) leaders - Prashanto Bose alias
Kishanda and Mihir Besra - are very active in the state,
according to intelligence reports," the letter said.

Chidambaram told Munda that the increase in Maoist
activities were manifested by the alarming increase in the
number of `Jan Adalats` (so called people`s courts) - 53 in
2011 compared to 25 in 2010.

Through these Jan Adalats, the extremists have created a
wave of terror amongst the people by publicly punishing those
who `disobey` their `writ` in the state, he said.

BJP leads a coalition government in Jharkhand.
The Home Minister,in his missive, said that the situation
was further aggravated by the participation of large number of
villagers and even elected panchayat samiti members in such
Jan Adalats.

"The state machinery does not appear to have initiated
counter measures to stop such Jan Adalats," he said
A particularly "worrisome" feature of the violence in
Jharkhand, Chidambaram said, is the killing of civilians after
being branded as `police informers`.

In 2011, 35 alleged `police informers` have been killed
by the Naxals. In a gruesome incident, armed CPI (Maoist)
extremists convened a large Jan Adalat at Kamey village in
West Singhbhum district on September 30 where they brutally
assaulted and beheaded the `mukhiya`, Tomdel Panchayat,
alleging that the victim was a `police informer`.

"You will agree with me that the overall LWE situation in
Jharkhand is a major cause for concern. There is a need to
galvanise the state police leadership to take more pro-active
steps," the Home Minister said.

Chidambaram asked Munda to personally review and monitor
the situation and assured that the Central government would
provide all possible assistance like in the past.

In his letter, the Home Minister said that it has been
noticed that front organisations and pro-LWE outfits and other
sympathisers of the CPI(Maoist) have been actively indulging
in negative propaganda over issues like Jharkhand Bachao
Andolan, so called "Operation Green Hunt" and anti-
displacement, among others.

It is reported that the CPI (Maoist) have seized large
tracts of cultivable land in several villages of Gomia in
Bokaro district that were being cultivated by CPI(Maoist)
supporters who surrender a fixed percentage of the produce to
the CPI (Maoist), the Home Minister said.

PTI

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