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Maoist leader surrenders in Jhargram, WB
Published on 28 Aug. 2010 10:38 PM IST
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A suspected Maoist leader surrendered before the top brass of Jhargram district police and the CRPF on Saturday.
The leader identified as Sova Mandi is a local commander from Jhargram. She also handed over a bag containing Rs 50,000 of currency notes. Mandi’s surrender comes hours after top People Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Umakant Mahto, the key accused in the Gynaneshwari train accident that killed 148 people, was killed in an encounter.
Meanwhile CPM Politburo member and federal lawmaker Sitaram Yechury has dismissed the need for negotiations with the radical Maoist cadres.
“The slogans of people’s war come from an ideological assessment that the Indian ruling classes do not have a social base of their own, they are weak, they are puppets of imperialism, all that is required is to arm the people and once people are armed, we can have a revolution. People’s war comes from that ideological dispensation. So no back channel or front channel will work as long as that ideology is not reassessed. So, the Maoists themselves will have to reassess that ideology and come to a conclusion,” said Yechury.
Chhattisgarh to add 3,000 SPOs in war
Chhattisgarh, one of India’s worst insurgency-hit states, will recruit 3,000 more special police officers (SPOs) in violence-hit Bastar region to step up the fight against guerrillas who are dominating the forces for the past three years.
Home department officials said the central government has approved Chhattisgarh’s proposal for recruiting 3,000 SPOs.
“The state government will soon begin the process for recruiting local people in Bastar to strengthen the police base in areas where Maoists are stronger,” sources in the home department told IANS.
SPOs are not a regular police force and their basic assignment is to team up with state police and paramilitary forces to dismantle the Maoist terror network. They are drawn from local youths and possess handy leads about Maoist movement in forested terrain.
“SPOs are proving extremely useful for police to take the war to the Maoist heartland. Chhattisgarh has presently about 3,500 SPOs and once we add 3,000 more in Bastar, we will be able to turn the heat on the Maoists,” commented a senior official at the police headquarters here.
Chhattisgarh has recently formed a separate fighters’ unit, Koya Commando, drawn from SPOs. The Koya Commando unit has made successful hits on Maoists in areas where neither the paramilitary troopers nor the state police managed to enter for years.

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