Taking advantage of curtailed police movements during the rainy season,Naxals in Gadchiroli have been quietly rebuilding their bases that were earlier weakened by police operations.
Sources said Naxals were holding big meetings in many villages in areas where they had faced severe setbacks due to aggressive combat and patrol and outreach activities by Gadchiroli police. These villages include Lenguda,Halewara,Kotmi,Ankepalli,Vedampalli,Nelgonda,Repanpalli,Bhatpaar,Jounde,Middapalli,Kothi,Aldandi,Punnur,Gadder,Chokenada,etc. Naxals have been holding meetings with the villagers and re-building their bases here, sources said.
Braving heavy rains,Naxals managed to visit many these villages,even staying there for two days at a stretch without encountering any problem, sources said.
At Lenguda in Kasansur area,Naxals reportedly stayed for two days. The police did have information and even moved in,but couldnt go deeper,it is learnt.
Most of these villages were earlier covered by police under Operation Nav Jeevan,in which they reached out to villagers and even kin of active Naxals to enlist their help in appealing to Naxals to quit insurgency and join mainstream.
Superintendent of Police Suvez Haq confirmed that police operations were hampered by heavy rains but said it had done the same to Naxals as well. Its not that we did not have encounters. Two days ago,we had one in Jaravandi area,a week ago in Bhamragarh and last month,we seized Naxal material in Dhanora.
Asked if the police were geared up to face any surprise attacks by Naxals,Haq said,Absolutely. We are expecting major movements across the Chhattisgarh border in view of forthcoming elections there. Naxals might even try to attack our smaller parties. But unlike in the past,our smaller parties are now better equipped with arms and ammunition and can withstand and repulse any attack. Now that the rains are on way out,we will launch major operations against them.