The series of attacks by outlawed CPI (Maoist) killing 12 policemen and injuring 18 in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar zone since Saturday are seen as the rebels’ response to enhanced operations launched by security forces and spate of surrender by Maoist cadres.
The Maoists were desperate to clear the ground to carry out their Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC), which is usually undertaken by Maoists from April onwards and continues till mid-June. TCOC is aimed to infuse confidence among their cadres and simultaneously mount pressure on the forces, experts said.
The Maoists recruit people, organise meeting in villages, plant landmines and plan their next step during the two-three month-long campaign.
“Lying low for some months by Maoists is actually a tactical pause, the duration they invest on their strategic planning and training,” guerrilla warfare expert Brigadier (retd) BK Ponwar told Hindustan Times.
Video: Maoists blow up security vehicle in Chhattisgarh, 4 policement killed
The rebels also register their strong presence by accomplishing violent attacks in the region.
The state though has its own interpretation on the recent upsurge in violence.
“The special task force men were on pro-active operation mode at Pidmel in Sukma. A full-fledged camp of Chhattisgarh Armed Forces is coming up at Cholanar where the anti-landmine vehicle was targeted. Roads are being constructed and we are reaching out to interior areas,” NK Aswal, additional chief secretary (Home) told HT.
Some experts, however, believe that the casualties were largely owing to some lapses, poor coordination and judgment error on the part of the security forces.
“The recent attacks were also intended at denting the morale of security forces,” a senior intelligence officer at state police headquarters said.
Former Chhattisgarh DGP Vishwaranjan cited that such mode of attacks are part of Maoist’s philosophy. “It’s very clear in their document,” he said.
The attacks took place on the eve of the month-long programme of Lok Suraaj Abhiyan of the Raman Singh government scheduled to begin on April 14 from Bastar.