New Delhi, Apr 05: Preliminary investigations into the Sukma attack by the naxalites suggest that CPI (Maoist) leader Basava Raju led the execution.
Basava Raju alias Nambala Keshav Rao took over as the general secretary of the CPI (Maoist) and has been part of the naxal movement since the 1970s. The National Investigation Agency had announced a reward of Rs 1.5 million for any information on Raju who is 67 years old. He is an expert at using the AK-47 according to a Intelligence Bureau report of 2011.
The BSNL towers had gone dead hours before the deadly attack at Sukma in which 25 CRPF personnel were martyred in a naxal attack. An internal probe has pointed towards the presence of moles who could have been involved in this sabotage. On April 24, the naxals launched a deadly attack on the CRPF personnel at Burkapal in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar district of Sukma.
A key Maoist operative ruffled feathers when he made serious claims against Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar and rights activist Bela Bhatia at a press conference in Raipur on Wednesday. Podiyam Panda, who allegedly confessed to being part of the April 24 Sukma ambush told reporters that he was the only link for meetings between senior Maoists and Sundar and Bhatia in South Bastar.
A report on the Sukma attack in which 25 CRPF jawans were martyred states that 3 villagers had helped the naxalites. There were three villagers who had taken part in the attack at Sukma in Chhattisgarh, the report further stated.
After the horrific naxal attack in Sukma, the security mechanism has been stepped up. A high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval stressed on the need to use greater technology to fight the naxalite problem. Singh underlined the need to set up a strategic unified command, saying unity of purpose was needed among all affected states. The key point was to ensure that the strategy against the naxalites was recaliberated and also ensure that the casualty rate among the security forces was low.
Four naxalites involved in the Sukma attack have been arrested. All four have been taken for questioning after leads suggested that they were directly involved in the attack in which 25 CRPF jawans were martyred.
The Dand Karanya Special Zonal Committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist said that the attack on the CRPF team in Chhattisgarh was in retaliation to sexual violence against women. In an audio clip that was released, the spokesperson of the DKSZC, Vikalp also denied mutilating the bodies of the 25 jawans who were killed in the attack on Monday.
A majority of the jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force are engaged in protecting infrastructure development instead of carrying out operations in the jungles against the Naxal. A major part of the force was providing security for the ongoing road work in Sukma, Chhattisgarh when Naxals launched an attack on a camp nearby in which 25 jawans were martyred.
A new policy to fight naxalites will be in place soon. A key ingredient of the new policy would be to involve the local police more in anti-naxal operations. Following the attack at Sukma, Chhattisgarh in which 25 CRPF jawans were killed, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had expressed concern and also said that the sacrifice of the jawans will not go in vain.