Top Maoists dodge police, escape from Burha Pahar area
Even as the State Police have been preparing to corner Naxal think-tank Sudhakaran and Arvind Ji in Burha Pahar area on the borders of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, highly placed sources in the State police have revealed that the top Maoists have managed to escape from the area making a mockery of the preparations made by State Police to nab them.
“We have information that some of the people have escaped from there but we have all information about their whereabouts and we are tracking them,” said a senior police official in the State Police requesting anonymity. He, however, confirmed that the drive to whip them out of Burha Pahar will continue as they were determined to make this state Naxal-free by December 2018.
“Their location has been traced near Gumla and Gaya of Bihar and efforts are being made to nab them,” the official said. His wife Nilima and close aide Santosh are with them, he added.
Remarkably, more than 100 families of around 5 villages located on the peaks of Burha Pahar were vacated and are being rehabilitated by the Police so that a final battle could be launched against the Maoists as it could never go offensive against the Maoists in presence of any civilian in the area.
The Naxal think tank managed to escape from area given the fact that more than 500 security forces have been camping around Burha Pahar and adjoining areas after final battle against them was announced by the State Government in September – October last year.
Burha Pahar, which has become synonym of Naxalism, has been under the control of Maoists for the last two years and hundreds of their cadres, including their think tanks Sudhakaran and Arvind Ji, have been hiding in the area. The tough terrain of Burha Pahar area makes the operation difficult for the forces that recently gunned down six Maoists in an encounter.
Joint teams of CRPF and the State Police have been carrying out operations against the Maoists in Burha Pahar area for the past several months. Maoists have planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at several strategic locations in the area to prevent police coming into the area.
At least eight security personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jharkhand Police had sustained injuries in a fierce encounter with Maoists, during which they also exploded several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in November.
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