RANCHI: The Left-wing extremists in Jharkhand have carried out fewer attacks in state till September 15 this year.
However, all of them were severe and had great impact, says state intelligence that feels there is no reason to think that the rebels are losing strength.
The ferocity of the rebels has surprised the central agencies, who have asked the state police to be more alert so that they can thwart the nefarious designs of the extremists.
The intelligence bureau has reported that a total of 270 rebel attacks have taken place in Jharkhand since January till September 15. The number of Red attacks in the same period last year was 370. The data was presented at a meeting organized by the Maoist division of the Union home ministry recently.
DGP Rajiv Kumar confirmed the statistics and said, “The figures were collected by the sources of the intelligence bureau and not by the state police.”
Less number of Red attacks was not the least surprising for the cops. “It is a result of extensive anti-Maoist operations, which are going on in various parts of the state. More operations have been started in the past one year,” said Kumar.
The state intelligence, however, does not take the recent decline in the number of Maoist attacks at face value. It is also not ready to believe that the ultras have lost their strength. Though the incidents have been fewer, they have left deep scars. “If we consider the Latehar incident in January and the attack on the Pakur SP convoy in July, the rebels have been successful in damaging morale,” said a police officer in the police headquarters.
Police spokesperson S N Pradhan agreed. “The rebels’ organizations have got scattered and are disoriented. Even then they have been able to strike and it is a matter of concern,” said Pradhan.
The intelligence bureau has warned Jharkhand police that the rebels are exploring new geographies. The forces have occupied places which they once used as dens in several parts of the state. The Maoists continued to move to newer geographies as police continued to enter and occupy their places. In this manner, the Reds have spread their tentacles into almost all 24 districts and in 18 of them they have powerful presence.