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India      Woman killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Jammu and Kashmir
India      Soldier injured as militants attack army camp in Jammu and Kashmir
India      Grenade recovered in Assam
India      SFs arrest five Maoists in Chhattisgarh
Bangladesh      ICS leader arrested in Bagerhat District
Bangladesh      ABT militant arrested in Jhenaidah District
India      Maoist Rupesh produced before court in Tamil Nadu
India      NIA files charge sheet against Islamic State-linked Kerala man for waging war
India      'Shadow intelligence officers' to track high-value Maoists
India      Tribal Chiefs in Meghalaya want constitutional provisions that are similar to Jammu and Kashmir's Article 370
India      MNF opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill
Nepal      RJPN agrees to take part in third phase of local level polls after ruling parties agreed to put constitution amendment bill to vote
India      Islamic State (ISIS) 'outsources' terror attacks to Pakistan-based outfits, says UN report
India      Arrested pro-Khalistanis had armed militants for political killings in Punjab, says Police source
Bangladesh      CTTC is getting robots for anti-militant drives, says CTTC Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Sanowar Hossain

'Shadow intelligence officers' to track high-value Maoists

As part of its revised counter-Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) strategy drafted in consultation with the affected States, the Centre on August 4, asked the latter to post "shadow intelligence officers" to track big and high-value Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders on a dedicated and sustained basis, reports The Times of India. The "shadow officers" will work on tracking identified big fish and follow all their possible movements and activities, looking for the right opportunity to capture or neutralise them when they are vulnerable. A review meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on August 4, to take stock of progress on the decisions taken at a May 8 conference of Chief Ministers (CMs) of LWE-hit States, was informed that the new strategy, discussed with the States by special security adviser K Vijay Kumar over eight separate meetings held across Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar, would involve redeployment of forces so as to fill any security vacuum, particularly in parts of Chhattisgarh. This, while continuing with aggressive, intelligence-based operations, will keep the morale of the Maoists down. Further, laying special emphasis on the inter-State coordinated operations, the Centre has asked Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to start building capacity of their Police Forces in tri-junction of their inter-State borders due to the presence of Maoists and some initial Naxal activity noticed there.

As per the revised approach, stress is to be laid on human intelligence rather than technical intelligence which is limited due to poor connectivity and thick foliage that makes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) ineffective. Though the Centre had asked the State Police to offer one-third component in joint operations with Para-military forces, the States Governments, particularly in Chhattisgarh, have cited their inability to do so due to inadequate manpower. While the Centre has agreed to make do with whatever extent of forces the States can spare, it has asked them to ensure that more Police personnel are deployed for Road Opening Party (ROP) duties.






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