Recent actions in the People’s War in India

On March 27th an assistant platoon commander of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the militants of the CPI(Maoist) in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh according to the Indian news site NDTV. The next day, two Border Security Force officers were injured in an explosion of an IED in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.

A local news site reports that the CPI(Maoist) militants torched four tractors and a JCB excavator used in construction works of a pipeline in Keri Village, Bokaro district, Jharkhand, north-eastern India, on March 27th.

On March 30th troops of the CPI(Maoist) broke into a warehouse used to store explosives for mining in Jharkhand, and emptied it from stock, confiscating 7000 detonators and a large amount of explosives. Around 30 militants took part into the action, and the security guards of the warehouse were neutralized. According to the news reports, the maoists took advance of an power vacuum, as the police force in the area was deployed elsewhere.

On April third, the troops of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) got ambushed by the maoists in the forest in the Chatra district, Jharkhand, and a shootout followed.

CRPF claims that the revolution is dying out, but despite of this they are ”on red alert” in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh, which cover large parts of north-eastern and central India, to crack down on the People’s War led by the CPI(Maoist). In Tamil Nadu, southern India, a special task force has been deployed to comb the Mudulamai forest to find the maoists before the visit of the prime minister Narendra Modi to the area on the 9th of April. The police has even told local enterprises to close for the duration of the operation and banned tourists from the area.

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