Ranchi, February 16: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren directed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to increase the ongoing operations against Maoists in Jharkhand.
In a meeting with CRPF ADG Nitin Agarwal and CRPF IG Rajeev Singh at his residence, chief minister while lauding the role of CRPF in supporting Jharkhand police in anti-Maoist operation said that combing operation should be intensified to free areas of rebel influence.
Chief Minister was apprised by the CRPF officials about the ongoing operation against the Naxalites in the state especially in Saranda and Latehar-Gumla region.
The meeting was also attended by Director General of Police Jharkhand Neeraj Sinha, principal secretary to Chief Minister Rajiv Arun Ekka and secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Kumar Choubey.
Significantly, in the last few years Jharkhand police have gained major ground against Maoist.
Many of the gains made by the police this year are being attributed to the human intelligence network created by director general of police Niraj Sinha. Sinha, who took over as state police chief in February 2021, is known to have excellent operational insights into the affairs of the ultra-left.
The highlight being arrest of Prashant Bose the seniormost Maoist leader of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) to be arrested. His wife Sheela Marandi, 64, is the first woman member of the Maoist Central Committee. Police teams from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Bihar have reached Jharkhand to question the Maoist patriarch.
DGP Sinha, it is said, worked on surrendered Maoists and other sources to get inputs about Bose. Some junior police officers offer off-the-record hints that the police personnel who had intercepted Bose’s vehicle were acting on “a tip-off from within”, and that Bose had been “set up” by Sinha.
Fluent in English and Bangla, with a working knowledge of Hindi and several dialects of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, Bose is among the last of the first-generation Naxal cadre from the time the Maoist struggle began in 1967. Apart from being a member of the Maoists’ apex body, called ‘politburo’, he was also a member of the ‘central military commission’ of the CPI (Maoist) since 2004.
This apart Kundan Pahan and several other Maoist leaders holding considerable influence in the region have surrendered with lucrative surrender policy of the state government.
Several Maoists leaders have also been eliminated in encounters with security forces.