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Maoists’ arrest: Wake up call for security agencies

The arrest of two Maoists from Kicha on Sunday comes as a wake-up call for the security agencies in Udham Singh Nagar, which has witnessed movement of ultra radical groups in the past

dehradun Updated: Jun 05, 2018 22:08 IST
Mohan Rajput
Mohan Rajput
Hindustan Times, Rudrapur
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The two alleged Naxals arrested from Kicha on Sunday.(HT Photo)

The arrest of two Maoists from Kicha on Sunday comes as a wake-up call for the security agencies in Udham Singh Nagar, which has witnessed movement of ultra radical groups in the past.

Erstwhile Uttar Pradesh government (Uttarakhand was carved out of UP in 2000) faced strong law and order challenges from Maoists in US Nagar. The situation was so alarming that the government had to raise 31st battalion of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in 1970 to suppress the Maoist movement in Rudrapur.

US Nagar is commonly known as ‘mini India’ because of the presence of people from across the country, who came to the district in search of livelihood in the past and settled permanently. Many of them are engaged in agriculture farming. Among them are a large number of people who came from East and West Pakistan (now Bangladesh and Pakistan) after the Partition and were allotted agricultural land by the government. There are also a number of industries in the district that sets it apart from other districts in Uttarakhand.

Amid the economic prosperity of US Nagar existed economic disparity, landless people and agricultural labourers, which provided a strong base for the spread of Maoist movement during 1960-70. According to sources, police and Maoists encounters were witnessed at Dineshpur and Kalinagar areas at that time. “After heavy police and armed constabulary deployment and continuous action against ultra radical groups, peace returned to the area and such elements either left the area or went underground,” said Subhash Chaturvedi, a veteran leader and ex-chairman of Rudrapur municipality.

In 2004, Maoists surfaced again. However, their training camp was unearthed and network was demolished by the police. Around one dozen Maoists were arrested. In 2007, a hardcore Maoist Prashant Rahi was arrested from Nanakmatta. Rahi has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Maharashtra. He was shifted to the Central Jail at Sitarganj two week ago. Another Maoists Devendra Chamyal and Bagwati Bhoj were nabbed from Chaurgalia of Nainital district on September 24, 2017.

Now, with the arrest of Ramesh Bhatt alias Manish Master and Manoj Kumar Singh alias Arvind, police are focusing on trade unions and workers of the unorganised sector, as the two arrested Maoists revealed that they wanted to promote Maoism among them. Curiously, industrial areas of US Nagar have been witnessing several strikes and industrial disputes even on petty issues in the recent years.

US Nagar senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date said, “Police are keeping an eye on the people who have inclination towards Maoist ideology and led such agitation of workers in the past. Their involvement in industrial disputes creates ruckus in industries as well as law and order problem in the area.”