The Naxals of Gadchiroli have taken advantage of the Monsoons, rebuilding their bases in the absence of police movement in the area. (Reuters)
Taking advantage of curtailed police movement during rainy season, Naxals in Gadchiroli have been quietly rebuilding their bases shaken by intensive combat and peace operations by the police. Sources said that the Naxals have been holding big meetings in villages in areas where they had faced severe setback due to aggressive combat, patrol and outreach activities by the Gadchiroli police.
The villages include Lenguda, Halewara, Kotmi, Ankepalli, Vedampalli, Nelgonda, Repanpalli, Bhatpaar, Jounde, Middapalli, Kothi, Aldandi, Punnur, Gadder and Chokenada, among others.
Normally, the rainy season is when the Naxals strengthen their organisation. While this time they were up against a determined police force, rains were so heavy that the police had to curtail their operations. “The Naxals apparently decided to brave the rain and scale up their village visits. They managed to visit a lot of villages, even staying for two days at a stretch at some without encountering any problem,” sources said.
At Lenguda in Kasansur area, Naxals reportedly stayed for two days. However the police couldn’t go deep enough to check the Naxals. The aim of Naxals was on visiting the villages that police had covered under Operation Nav Jeevan – where they met villagers, heard their problems and helped them with their needs. SP Suvez Haq, said: “Their movements are restricted too.”