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    Top Maoist Commander Gajarla Ravi killed a along with 24 Maoists, 1 Grey Hound Commando Martyred
     
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    Simdega: Two policemen were killed in an encounter with Maoists that took place on Saturday night in Simdega's Mahabuang Thana district in Jharkhand.
    The slain cops have been identified as officer Vidyapati Singh and constable Tarun Burali

    According to the information, the administration had organised the Janata Darbar at Mahabung, about 65 km from the district headquarters on Saturday.

    In connection with the preparation of the program of Janata Darbar and Chief Secretary, the police station in-charge went to the area along with the police force. While returning from there, the Maoists fired indiscriminately on the police team.

    The area surrounding the encounter site has been blocked. Additional security forces have been sent to the area.


    First Published: Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:14
    http://zeenews.india.com/jharkhand/...ounter-with-maoists-in-jharkhand-1994295.html
     
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    300 Naxals, Armed With AK-47s, Attacked Us, Says Injured Jawan Sher Mohammad

    Jawans of the 74th Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF were overseeing the construction of a road in Chhattisgarh's Sukma this afternoon, when about 300 Naxals ambushed them with AK-47 guns, said Constable Sher Mohammad, who was injured in the gun battle that followed. 25 soldiers, including the company commander, died and five are in critical condition.

    The Naxals first sent locals to check the location of the CRPF team, Constable Mohammad said. "Later, a 300-strong Naxal group attacked us armed with automatic AK-47 and INSAS rifle. The villagers also helped them," he said from a hospital bed.


    The 99 CRPF soldiers fought hard. "We retaliated, gave them a fitting response," the jawan said, adding, "we were able to gun down at least 11 to 12 Naxals, I myself shot down two to three."

    Constable Mohammad, who is from Bulandshehar in Uttar Pradesh, said he was shot by a machine gun fire in the waist and the knee.


    The Naxals attacked the CRPF's road clearing party around 12:30 on Monday afternoon. The jawans from the 74th Battalion were providing protection to a group of construction workers building a road in Chintagufa, a densely forested area about 70 km from Sukma, which is 360 km away from state capital Raipur.


    The injured men have been air-lifted and sent to hospital in Raipur and Jagdalpur for treatment.

    Sukma in south Bastar has been Maoist affected for many years. Last month, 12 CRPF men were killed and four were injured in a Naxal ambush in Sukma.
     
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    Launch all-out attack against Naxals: Govt to security forces

    The Centre has asked security forces on the ground to go on an "all-out offensive" against Maoists and "show results in the next few weeks".

    "Identify the lapses and problem areas that are exposing the CRPF to repeated high-casualty attacks and redraw the counter-Naxal strategy to plug them. I want results on the ground in the next two to two-and-a-half months," Union home minister Rajnath Singh is learnt to have told senior security adviser K Vijay Kumar and acting CRPF D G Sudeep Lakhtakia at a meeting of the central and Chhattisgarhsecurity brass in Raipur on Tuesday.

    Terming the massacre of the 25 CRPF jawans "cold-blooded murder", Rajnath told reporters in Raipur that the Centre has decided to convene a high-level meeting involving all 10 Maoist-hit states in New Delhi on May 8 to hammer out a new strategy" for a "decisive fight against the Maoists".

    A home ministry source said that chief ministers of these states will attend the meeting. "The home minister asked for a switch in the strategy and to do whatever it takes to prevail against Naxals, vowing to provide the security forces with all that they need for the offensive," said a senior government functionary.

    "You name it...more men, technical support, better resources...I am willing to put it all at your disposal. But I want results," the home minister told the meeting.

    At the meeting, also attended by Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, Rajnath stressed that CRPF personnel have been repeatedly targeted by the Maoists and the forces have suffered high casualties.
     
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    Maoists kept track as CRPF men took same road for days

    The CRPF's 74th battalion had split into three groups before the first, made up of 36 personnel, was ambushed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Monday, a preliminary probe revealed on Tuesday.

    The 99-man battalion was tasked with sanitising and securing a 5.5km stretch for road construction work between Burkapal and Chintagufa — a Maoist bastion.

    When around 400 insurgents ambushed the first team, the other two came to its rescue. But they were also attacked by the Maoists, who used villagers as a shield to stop the jawans from firing back.

    Sources said that the CRPF men had taken the same route over the past few days, which made them vulnerable to Maoists who used the villagers to track their movement.

    Explaining the severity of the ambush, government officials said that the outnumbered members of the CRPF's first team were fired upon with AK-47 assault rifles, INSAS rifles, rocket launchers, mortars and even sophisticated under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGL).

    The first wave of attack, sources said, was launched when the 36-man CRPF team stopped to have lunch in the forests. One-third of the team, as part of the standard operating procedure, stood guard.

    However, this version was disputed by CRPF personnel in Raipur. The Maoists took away with them virtually an entire arsenal — 22 rifles, including 12 AKs, five INSAS; over 3,400 live rounds; 75 magazines of AK rifles; 31 magazines of INSAS; 67 UBGL rounds; 22 bullet proof jacket; two binoculars; five wireless sets and a metal detector.
    Apart from terming the incident as one of the biggest attacks in the last seven years, CRPF officials also called it one of the biggest loots of arms.
    The sources said the attack was carried out by the first battalion of People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) led by commander Hidma, who was also behind the March 11 ambush on CRPF killing 12 men, 2013 Darbha valley attack on Congress leaders killing 27 people and 2010 attack on CRPF in Chintalnar killing 76 men. The Bastar divisional committee of the Naxals, headed by commander Raghu, meanwhile, is trying to escalate attacks on security forces due to building of roads.
     
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    The idea that could have stopped Sukma Naxal attack

    Soon after Monday's ghastly attack by Maoists in Sukma in Chhattisgarh, former Union home secretary L C Goyal suggested that an Army cantonment be set up in Bastar, in line with a recommendation he had made to the country's security brass in 2015.

    As per the proposal, while the Army would have no active role in the naxal pocket borough, its sheer presence would act as a deterrent and open up the area in terms of connectivity and development.

    “During my tenure as home secretary, I had put together a proposal for creation of an Army cantonment in Abujhmarh area of Bastar. With the Left-wing extremists now carrying out fresh strikes in desperation to hold on to their last bastion, the proposal has become even more relevant,“ Goyal told TOI.

    TOI has learnt that Goyal, whose tenure at the home ministry's was short-lived, had raised his idea of locating a cantonment area in Abujhmarh with both the home minister as well as other top officials of the security establishment. The paper presented by him talked about how the Army's presence would turn around the security situation in the Maoistsinfested area. While no direct role was proposed for the Army in the counter-Naxal grid, its presence would help to keep the naxals in check, he is ..

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    The stupid gits.
     
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    Nothing will change the fact that on ground, the CAPFs are hobbled by poor inspirational leadership and even poorer training and update of the same.

    If one was to carefully analyse the situation, and was to go by the reports as appearing both in public and through not-so-public channels, the contingent which was attacked in Sukma was bereft of any Officer. What is surprising here is that it is reported that even the rank of Senior Inspector or Inspector was not found amongst the troops which were attacked.

    The attack took place while majority of the force was eating lunch. Also, it is being reported that the troops were following the same routes to induct and de-induct daily.

    What is to be expected when such a callous and poor leadership is at the helm of affairs and equal disinterest percolates down the ranks, from being uninspired to being totally dejected by the poor leadership example of both the officer cadre and the junior leadership (found missing in this particular incident) ?

    Let us contrast this to Army. Every detachment of troops moving into a potential combat zone, moves out with minimum a senior Junior Commissioned Officer (of at least 18-20 years of service) and usually with a Lieutenant, for who, it is both training and a responsibility as an officer, to lead from the front. Even a small detachment of say 10 men will never have meal at once, they will have minimum 50-60% strength on 'guard' while the balance will eat. The eating is done in a phased manner, thereby enabling a force for reaction and counter action.

    Also, basic mistake of following the same routes in and out of a combat zone has led to casualties even in Army's cases where, the leadership(or lack of it) has been severely dealt with.

    Now coming back to CAPF. The IPS officers have the luxury of not moving out for combat and getting their NFUs (non functioning upgradation since they do not work). When such an incentive exists, why would anyone risk his/her life when payment is being given in full?

    Similarly, if one looks at the Yadav incident, there too, the officer is responsible for the dismal state of affairs. In J&K, oft it was found that the BSF manned posts were bereft of an officer and as a result, even basic essentials and comfort. They have a system of local purchase of ration. It is the officer's duty to ensure that the food is stocked for the duration it is required in adequate quantity and adequate diversity. And the standards of cooking are maintained. Make no mistake, in some of army units the food may also be atrocious, but there, everyone, from the Officer to the sepoy, is eating the same food. If the officer messes up the supervision of stocking, he/she also eats the same. There is no warm comfortable platter of food separately for the officer away from the frontline.

    In IA, an officer is responsible for both upkeep and upgradation of the living, that his/her upkeep and upgradation is his/her sole responsibility, is something that no one bothers.

    A company commander, typically, is responsible for ensuring every facet - from number of latrines to the number of vegetables kept, from bullets to weapons cleaning to duty roster to leave to financial management, everything is the responsibility of the officer - with the Junior Leadership tasked to assist him/her in it. The responsibility is ingrained over years of 'regimentation' and it is unheard of an officer sitting in his room while his forces battle it out.

    My tirade here is not against the CAPFs, but the poor leadership being given to these men. They have done a wonderful job. They work in tough conditions and in extremely poor comfort zone with pay which is a pittance if one is to look at the price they have to/end up paying.

    It is time that someone seriously took a look at the leadership here.

    RIP Brave Heroes, you served your nation to the best of your ability.
     
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    IB warned of impending Sukma ambush on March 20
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    A startling information has come out that on March 20, 35 days before the Sukma ambush, the IB had alerted the ministry of home affairs about the impending strike, including the likely location. It was perhaps either ignored or not passed on to the men on the ground.
    | TNN | Updated: May 8, 2017, 11.53 AM IST

    SUKMA: As security agencies analyze the deadly Sukma ambush in which 25 CRPF troopers were killed, startling information has come out that the Intelligence Bureau had given specific warning about the impending strike, including the likely location, which was either ignored or not passed on to the men on the ground.

    Highly placed sources have told TOI that the alert was passed to the ministry of home affairs on March 20, 35 days before the ambush.

    In the shocked aftermath of the ambush, the massacre of 24 CRPF jawans was attributed to intelligence failure. Many officials in central security forces believe that the Sukma attack was to some extent a result of Chhattisgarh Police intelligence failure.

    Sources, however, tell TOI that IB had definite information of likely attacks and passed it to two senior officials of home ministry. But whether this information was relayed to security commanders in Bastar is not clear.

    According to sources, IB had warned that Maoists were carrying out recce in Chintagufa in preparation for an attack. The ambush site, Burkapal, is in the same region.

    Soon after the attack, there were confused voices from CRPF and police on whether there had been an intelligence alert. However the manner in which CRPF jawans were caught off-guard suggests the IB warning was either not taken seriously or did not reach the boots on the ground.

    MHA has sought a report from the CRPF to review the circumstances under which jawans fell into the deadly trap. Nearly 100 jawans were tasked to provide security for road construction near Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, but they were split up into smaller teams. Two of them were ambushed.


    A few scholars, who are in the region to study the strategy of security forces and Maoists point out that CRPF jawans are often sent to a place without properly briefing them about the area. "The amount of briefing has to be enhanced. It is very necessary to focus on morale of security forces. Many of the jawans we interacted during our studies had demanded better weapons and safety equipment besides better training on anti-Maoist psychological operations," says Dr Varnika Sharma, a researcher on Maoist and military psychology. Dr Sharma is also a post-doctoral fellow of Defence Studies, ICSSR.

    The scholars contest CRPF claims that the April 24 ambush was U-shaped, pointing out that direct exchange of fire between CRPF and Maoists would not have been possible. "A U-shaped attack is not viable because it would expose one row of Maoists to their own on the other side and they would have ended up killing one another in the chaos that ensues in ambushes," said Dr Girish Kant Pandey, former head of department of defence studies in Government Science College, Raipur. Dr Pandey fears there was a violation of SOP of security protocol in most of the ambushes that ended in large scale fatalities.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...a-ambush-on-march-20/articleshow/58570344.cms
     
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    As expected. The Officer cadre of CRPF should be shot!

    This is not the first, nor the last time.

    As also, sorry to say, these idiots deserved to die if they ignored the hard Int.
     
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    Home Ministry too need more efficient minster then the the present incumbent, so many attacks in Chattisgarh im which 30+ plus jawans of CRPF have been martyred. Likewise kashmir too is not seeing coordinated efforts as required because of conficting approach of home ministry and State govt
     
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    Came across an interesting article, thoughts?

    Getting it consistently wrong in the ‘Red Corridor’
    Posted on May 9, 2017by Bharat Karnad
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    There are two narratives regarding the Naxals. One, that the Maoist rebels are on the run, their ranks decimated by desertion and paramilitary actions, and that the entire fighting element among them has shrunk to a small “hard core” group of experienced fighters. The other is a more skeptical take on the situation, that that this is so much brave talk to prop up the spirits because in reality ground is being steadily lost despite more roads being constructed and communications links established in the hinterland areas where hitherto government writ didn’t prevail because the apparatus of government — police and administration was absent. That the the truth lies somewhere in between can be taken for granted in view of the huge number of violent incidents that have been recorded and the ability of the armed “revolutionaries” to strike counter-insurgency troop concentrations, either in their bases, encampments in the field, and on the outskirts of big towns, such as Sukna where, in the most recent such incident 25 paralmils were slain.

    The problem is this if 118 battalions of mainly CRPF, but also of ITBP, or some 120,000 troopers in all cannot make much of a headway, what are the prospects of improvements in the situation?

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh apparently believes two things that (1) injecting the more effective and disciplined army and its counterinsurgency arm — the Rashtriya Rifles, and the Indian Air Force with air support, were to be introduced into the equation, the balance of power would begin to tilt against the Maoists, and (2) high-technology paraphernalia, such as drones, remote sensors, etc., will compensate for the manifest lack of spirit shown by the paramils, who are thus dragging down the effort.

    Such thinking, loved by the political pooh-bahs and service brass, gives me the shivers. For God’s sake why specific training would the army or even its RR elements be able to impart to the paramils? The army operates withing the context of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, a very different, less onerous milieu than the one the anti-Naxal cops face.

    Time and again I have iterated in my writings that history shows that only small groups of committed, and materially well rewarded, commandos, who live off the land, spend long time in the field in hunter-killer groups of two or three personnel, work in complete radio silence over a vast area, and are left free to use their bet judgement to do what to whom and when, track and spy on Maoist groups, identify the leaders, and otherwise hunt down their prey without observing any Marquess of Queensberry rules, can rid the landscape of this kind of scourge.

    In this sort of operational scenario IAF helicopters are a big No-No. These whirly-birds clattering down in forest clearings to lift and offload CI troops are about as useful as deploying tanks would be. In fact, all that the rebels would then have to do is wait for the helos to unload a fighting contingent for them to know their targets and the drop zones. Regularly using combat aircraft or attack helicopters in ground attack mode, as the estimable former air chief heading for the hoosegaw, SP Tyagi, had suggested in trumpeting the supposed COIN attributes of the British Hawk aircraft, would be even more disastrous, because the cumulative costs of such missions (including protection of nearby satellite air fields where they’ll be based) in terms of kill-rate or interdiction success will be minimal. Despite the US Air Force dropping more bombs on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam than were dropped on the Axis Powers by the Allies in WW2, the North Vietnamese logistics system was only minimally disrupted during the Vietnam War, 1965-72.

    Again, as I am fond of recounting, the only American fighting group the outrageously brave Viet Cong feared were the very Special Forces in the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRPs) who moved silently on foot, were lightly armed, unencumbered by communications equipment, or any tell-tale camping wherewithal. These were the ghosts who killed without making a sound, highly individualistic men not given to following orders but determined on achieving results. They’d be gone in the jungles for 6 months at a time, never to touch base except when they trickled in singly (so as not to draw attention).

    So, why can’t a Special Commando Force for internal missions to quell insurgencies be formed outside the usual orgs, unstymied by any police protocol, and able to operate outside the rule of law but with full government sanction? Oh, sure, there a whole bunch of paramil “commando” groups with fearsome names — Cobras, Greyhounds, etc. But these are neither by training nor disposition the genuine article, too heavily armed to be very foot-mobile, and mostly because they are tied to the logistics umbilical of rear area bases.

    The true jungle commando is never seen, never heard, never publicized, never in uniform, their presence never acknowledged, their recruitment and remuneration channels managed separately by restricted personnel within PMO sworn to secrecy, but whose success can be gauged by the areas sanitized, and the degree of sanitization achieved.

    But why is such a solution unlikely? Because the exclusiveness of such an outfit is precisely why the IPS which is expert in mucking up things and should be kept as far away as possible — would oppose it. And because the bureaucratized Indian state won’t allow such units to function freely.
     
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