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Successful ops by Koya commandos
Spl. Correspondent New Delhi, AUG 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Aug. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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In a two-hour fierce gun battle between Koya commandos of the Chhattisgarh police and the Naxalites Wednesday morning, three uniformed Naxalites were killed and four nabbed. The encounter took place at the Korra range, south of Chintalnar.
IGP Bastar region, TJ Longkumer, IPS when contacted confirmed the reports of Wednesday’s operation. He said it was a major strike carried out by the Chhattisgarh police’s special Koya commando unit. It may be mentioned that the Koya commandos were trained in counter-guerilla warfare by the 9 IRB (NAP) during the unit’s deployment in Chhattisgarh.
Security personnel recovered three bodies, few IEDS, a carbine, a 12-bore gun, a muzzle-loading gun and Maoist literature from the encounter spot.
Longkumer said after the gun battle a “mopping up operation” was carried as a routine exercise, where four Naxalites were nabbed. He said one of the four nabbed was suspected to be the local area commander.
During interrogation, the four Naxalites also admitted to their involvement in the April 6 ambush at Dantewada distruct where 76 CRPF personnel were massacred.
Meanwhile, asked about intelligence reports of Maoists links to Northeast insurgents, a senior police officer under condition of anonymity said “Maoist feel that the Northeast insurgent camps provide expertise in various guerilla training and especially smuggling of arms and ammunition from neighbouring countries”.
The Maoists are trying to rope in various insurgent groups of the Northeast towards a tactical understanding and later provide the basis for a unified command. Among the objective of such a plan was to gain access the illegal arms market in Asia where most of the insurgents were buying weapons.
It maybe mentioned that the South Asian Intelligence Review also reported that India’s ‘gravest internal security threat’ is methodically expanding its spheres of influence into the traditionally unstable regions of the country’s troubled Northeast. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, on April 12, 2010, admitted that there were linkages between insurgent groups like ULFA and the CPI-Maoist.
HM rejects demand
Meanwhile, home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday rejected the demand of Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee for an inquiry into the encounter killing of Maoist leader ‘Azad’.
“Please tell me under which law the Centre should initiate inquiry into the encounter killing of Maoist leader ‘Azad’, I am asking my non-lawyer friend Yashwant Sinha,” Chidambaram said replying to a discussion in Lok Sabha on Bhopal gas tragedy.
According to The Economic Times, the minister said, “Maintaining law and order in the state is the responsibility of the respective state government. If you want an inquiry, you go to state Assembly and ask for passing a resolution for that.”
“If you want any resources under my command for an inquiry into the case, I am ready to provide,” he said.
The minister chose to speak on the issue when Sinha intervened and said, “Your minister (Mamata Banerjee) has demanded an inquiry into the case.”
Azad, who was a member of the CPI(Maoists) politburo and spokesperson for the insurgents, was killed by police in an encounter in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh on July two.
During a rally in Lalgarh on Monday, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had termed as “not correct” the killing of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad who, she claimed, had agreed to hold talks with the government on behalf of the Naxals.

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