Anti-Maoist cell in offing in Delhi; Bastar is new Maoist epicentre, says Chattisgarh DGP
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  • The Indian Express reported that the Delhi Police has identified sixteen police stations as ‘prone to Maoist infiltration’, and that there was a plan for the establishment of an Anti-Maoist Cell in Delhi. Intelligence sources have also revealed that the Delhi Police was closely monitoring the activity of Maoist sympathizers and their associates in the city1.

    Meanwhile, as many as four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in an ambush laid by the Maoists in Chattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on February 22. In Andhra Pradesh, a Central Committee Member of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Lanka Papi Reddy alias Ranganna surrendered before Home Minister K. Jana Reddy while in Orissa’s Malkangiri district on January 28, Maoist insurgents exploded three landmines near an under-construction jail.

    Chattisgarh DGP Vishwaranjan told reporters that Bastar region in the state was reportedly emerging as the training ground for Maoist extremists from across the country, with the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) reportedly running as many as four camps in the region. Apart from 8,000-10,000 PLGA insurgents and Jan militia in the region, the official stated that there were also 25,000-35,000 Maoist sympathizers or Sangham members3.

    Elsewhere, the CPI-Maoist in a statement confirmed the outfit’s presence in Kerala. The statement made available to the local media stated that the activists of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) were co-operating with them in the state and that the outfit had full-fledged district committees in Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Palakkad4.