//Maoist rocket muscle worries CRPF

Maoist rocket muscle worries CRPF

By Indo Asian News Service , Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Metallurgy industries in Maoist-affected states are being closely watched after rocket launcher shells were seized from rebels earlier this year, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) chief said Tuesday.

'It is a cause of concern for us because such weapons could be used against us,' CRPF director general J.K. Sinha told reporters.

'Some of the shells escaped our eyes and reached their destination. We believe that they would now be used against us,' he said.

He said the shells had been further distributed among the Maoist ranks in different states.

The main accused in the rocket-launcher case, Communist Part of India-Maoist leader Srinivas Reddy – alias Tech Madhu – and his wife Sudha Rani – alias Vasantha – surrendered before the police in Andhra Pradesh on Oct 18.

The police had been scouting for them ever since they seized 850 rockets and launchers in September.

The CRPF, along with the police force of 14 states, was trying to find out ways to stop Maoists from using these weapons, Sinha added.

'We started a two-pronged approach to keep a tab on the Maoist activities,' said Sinha. The steps taken by the paramilitary included sensitising metallurgy owners, keeping a close watch on their activities and to identify and block possible ways of explosive supply.

'We have asked the state police to sensitise different metallurgy units in their areas so that the owners do not unknowingly make rocket shells for Maoists,' he said.

'We are also taking help from local intelligence to keep a check on these factories,' he added.