Monday, April 7, 2008

Combing rise in Patamda hills

amshedpur, April 6: Police have intensified combing operations in the hilly terrains of Patamda bordering Bengal following reports of existence of training camp for Naxalites.

Superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Singh, who is closely monitoring the combing operation, ruled out the possibility of Naxalite training camps but said that they have information of such camps.

“As of now we are yet to get confirmation of such training camps. Combing operation has been intensified. Three companies of police force comprising Special Task Force (STF) and Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) have been engaged in the combing operations,” he said.

CPI(Maoist) recently set-up a training camp for the regional committee on Dalma Hills in East Singhbhum. The rebels had also invited a section of the media to click pictures of the training activity.

However, the superintendent of police said that the information was not correct.

“We found no signs of training camp on Dalma Hills. It might be at Patamda on the Jharkhand-Bengal border,” he added.

Police sources revealed that long-range patrolling has also been intensified at Chandil-Chowka region, where the Naxalites had snatched three rifles from policemen on duty.

Spokesperson of Jharkhand police R.K. Mallick told The Telegraph that the STF has intensified search operations in that region.

Sources in the intelligence department said that they have information of movement of Naxalites in Patamda.

“Two squads of CPI(Maoist) have crossed over to Patamda region from Bengal. The rebels might have some definite plans. They need to be flushed out,” said sources in the intelligence department.

Sources added that the squads, which have crossed over to Jharkhand, have in their possession the Insas rifles snatched from policemen at Baghuria in Ghatshila sub-division, where the former JMM parliamentarian was killed on March 3 last year

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