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Perspective: Mr Bharat Verma of IDR comments on Left Wing Extremism

Posted in Army, Counter-insurgency, CRPF, Indian Army, Insurgency, J&K, LWE, Maoists, Naxal with tags , on 2 August 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor

Bharat Verma

Mr Bharat Varma of the Indian Defence Review has come out with an article entitled ‘Maoist threat, deploy babus, not army’. In his article, he makes some telling points.

The same is reproduced below: Continue reading

CRPF: The Implosion Begins

Posted in CRPF with tags , , , on 21 July 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor

The pressures – both internal and external – begin to take it’s toll on the CRPF men. An unfortunate incident.

Maloy Krishna Dhar on Left Wing Extremism

Posted in Army, Counter-insurgency, CRPF, Indian Army, Insurgency, Maoists with tags , , , on 13 July 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor
MK Dhar

MK Dhar

Maloy Krishna Dhar started life off as a junior reporter for Amrita Bazaar Patrika in Calcutta and a part-time lecturer. He joined the Indian Police Service in 1964 and was permanently seconded to the Intelligence Bureau.

During his long stint in the Bureau, Dhar saw action in almost all Northeastern states, Sikkim, Punjab and Kashmir. He also handled delicate internal political and several counterintelligence assignments.

After retiring in 1996 as joint director, he took to freelance journalism and writing books. Titles credited to him are Open Secrets-India’s Intelligence Unveiled, Fulcrum of Evil – ISI, CIA, al-Qaeda Nexus, and Mission to Pakistan. Maloy is considered a top security analyst and a social scientist who tries to portray Indian society through his writings. In this interview with Nandini Krishnan, he discusses the Maoist menace and how it can be tackled.

Some excerpts: Continue reading

Where is the chargesheet in the bullet-proof scam?

Posted in CRPF with tags , , on 6 July 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor

Several channels and newspapers have reported that the accused in the bullet-proof jacket scam have been released on bail since the Central Bureau of Investigation has failed to prepare the chargesheet against them in the requisite time.

However none of the channels or papers specify WHY this has happened. Outlook only reports that:

Radhey Shyam Sharma, an Indian Railway and Engineering Service Officer of 1984 batch, who is accused of accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe, was granted bail along with co-accused R K Gupta, director of a Delhi-based company, on statutory ground.

“The accused are admitted on bail on furnishing of personal and surety bond of Rs 50,000 each,” special CBI Judge O P Saini, who conducted the proceedings at his residence here, said.

Earlier, the court had rejected their bail plea saying the offence was “grave” and the accused may tamper with the ongoing probe in the “sensitive” case.

The fresh bail applications were filed under the provision of the CrPC which entitles an accused to bail if the chargesheet is not filed within 60 days of lodging the FIR.

The scam was to the effect that the officer had accepted a bribe for passing confidential information to some firms involved in the tender process.

So it seems that this crime will also go the way of the wayward! Only the CRPF jawans will keep dying. Unless someone can explain the reasons why the chargesheet was not filed and NOW what is being done about it. Or is it beyond the CBI now that the files are ‘declared’ missing?

A Video Lesson on How to Create Left Wing Extremists

Posted in CRPF with tags , , , on 4 July 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor

This six minute three second long video demonstrates police action against the anti-Posco demonstrators. In a previous post we had dwelt upon the feudal nature of policing, albeit in the context of the CRPF. The state police are no different. The video amply demonstrates it.

Please feel free to comment.

CRPF: A force in denial

Posted in Army, Counter-insurgency, CRPF with tags , , , , on 30 June 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor

CRPF in action in J&K

The CRPF is in news for all the wrong reasons – and with reason too. Firstly they have lost 26 soldiers to Left Wing Extremists (LWEs). Secondly they have, along with the J&K police, botched up the situation in Kashmir valley. Thirdly they are doing the same in West Bengal.  

 So why is the CRPF being unable to get their act together? Continue reading

Special Police Officers (SPOs): A Double Edged Mechanism

Posted in Counter-insurgency, CRPF, Indian Army, LWE, SPOs with tags , , on 12 June 2010 by indiasecuritymonitor

SPOs are used extensively in countering terrorism in J&K. However the reviews about their performance is mixed. They are a law unto themselves and often responsible for heinous crimes. They are known to use their status and power as SPOs to settle personal scores and create personal wealth. On the positive side, since they are locals, they provide immense intelligence to the security forces. They know the terrain, the language, customs and in short without that kind of support, no central force, be it the Armed Forces or the CRPF, can operate successfully. The crux is that the SPOs need to be regularised and strictly regulated. This report suggests that the counter-LWE movement in Dantewada has already started sliding the way of the counter-terrorism effort of J&K.

Between 14 and 18 years of age, Kose, Rame and Hidme (names changed) say they fled their homes in Mukram after they were sexually assaulted by Special Police Officers of the Chhattisgarh Police on May 22 this year.

“We can’t return to Mukram,” said Rame, “If they [the SPOs] find us again, they said they would cut my body into pieces and bury it in cement and no one would ever find it.”

Situated in the heart of territory dominated by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Mukram lies along the only road that links the isolated police camps of Jagargunda, Chintalnar, Chintagupha and Polampalli to National Highway 221. While the road is open to civilian traffic, supplies for the police camps are sent every few months in heavily guarded convoys.

Seventy six members of the security forces were killed at a spot about 4 km from here on April 6 when they were ambushed by Maoists.

On May 29, The Hindu reported that five men from Mukram, including the sarpanch, Aimla Nanda, had been picked up by soldiers participating in a road-opening operation and that three women had been dragged to the CRPF camp and assaulted.

Though Superintendent of Police Dantewada, Amresh Mishra, denied the villagers’ claims last month, the women, whom The Hindu recently interviewed at length in private, provided graphic and disturbing accounts of the sexual assault they were subjected to by the SPOs.

“I was attacked at about 4 p.m. on the same day that the force took away Aimla Nanda. Two SPOs grabbed me from my house and took me to the CRPF camp in Chintalnar,” said Hidme, “We were surrounded by SPOs and walked through the jungle.”

At some point en route, the girls allege, the SPOs threw them to the ground and beat them brutally till they soiled themselves. “I was kicked and hit in my genitals until I bled profusely,” said Rame, “The bleeding continued for several days after the attack.”

“After beating us in the jungle, the SPOs stripped us naked, threw us in a small pond and told us to wash ourselves,” said Hidme, “They then took us to the Chintalnar camp where they called us Maoists and beat us again.”

“We were saved only when a senior policeman saw us in the camp and ordered the SPOs to let us go,” said Hidme, “He kept saying ‘Why have you brought them here? What are you doing to them?’”

“In such a conflict, reports of rape are often used to discredit security forces,” said O.P. Pal, Acting Superintendent of Police Dantewada, “We have not received any information regarding this incident.” But Mr. Pal said he would inquire into the matter, adding that the Chhattisgarh Police was a “disciplined force”.

(The Hindu, 8th June)