Sources gave info on Gadchiroli gathering

Security personnel show the guns recovered from the Naxals killed in an encounter at Broriya forest area in Bhamragad taluka of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. PTI File Photo

A source created over the years gave out the information of the secret gathering of Maoists and their movements — leading to India’s biggest ever anti-ultra operation.

So far 39 Maoists have been killed and not a single security personnel has suffered any injuries, which shows the asset creation, intelligence gathering of highest degree and supremacy in field tactics, a high-ranking official associated with the state intelligence department (SID) said.

The two encounters — Kasanasur forests in Tadgaon in Bhamragad Tehsil (bordering the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh) and in Rajaram Khandla post in Jimalgatta forests in Aheri tehsil — has virtually crippled the Maoist movement in this part of the country.

The official said that the Gadchiroli Police, Anti-Naxalite Operations (ANO) and the SID has created “deep assets” in the Aheri-Allapalli-Bhamragad-Laheri areas.

“The information on Sunday’s gathering got passed on to the cops,” said the official, adding that the operation was directly overseen by Director General of Police (DGP) Satish Mathur and controlled by two Additional DGP level officers — Bipin Bihari (Law & Order) and D Kanakratnam (Operations). “The go-ahead came from the highest level,” he said.

While officials refused to confirm or deny anything, the meeting in question had two different versions — a secret meeting to raise the collection of “extortion money” from tendu-patta (tendu leaves) contractors or a “wedding party”.

“More women have been killed in the operations, and the Maoist leaders and cadre were caught completely unawares and all escape routes were closed,” the SID official said.

An official attached to the ANO said that several Maoists have surrendered under the rehabilitation scheme — and this includes, men and women and many of them high-ranking dalam operatives. "From them, we have got good information about their movement," the official said.

“The operations were meticulously planned on the basis of inputs that yielded the success…it boosted the morale of forces. A big vacuum has been created in the Maoist movement with these operations,” said Kanakratnam.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has divided Gadchiroli into three parts — North Gadchiroli-Gondia-Rajnanadgaon division, North Gadchiroli, and South Gadchiroli.

The Gadchiroli district is used by the Maoists to travel from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to Bastar region of Chhatisgarh and back — using it as an oscillating point.

Of them, North and South Gadchiroli come under the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee — which is active in Bastar region — while North Gadchiroli-Gondia-Rajnandgaon falls under the Maharashtra unit.

 

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