Naxal attack in Gadchiroli, India – 15 security personnel killed

May 1, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Naxal attack in GadchiroliNaxal attack in Gadchiroli, India – 15 security personnel killed

SITUATION

Naxals targeted an anti-Naxal operations team in an IED blast, killing at least 15 personnel and a driver in the devastating attack. The team of C60 Commandos was targeted by Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, which is infamous for repeated Naxal attacks. Wednesday’s attack is one of the biggest that has hit the security forces in Gadchiroli in recent years. Police and Naxals are still engaged in firing at the blast site while remains of the vehicle that was blown off lies on the road.

The blast followed the Naxals torching 25 vehicles belonging to a road construction contractor earlier in the day. Those killed were members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of Gadchiroli Police, which was on its way to inspect the torched vehicles, an official said. The blast took place as the vehicle reached Lendhari nallah in Kurkheda area, the official said.

Police teams are reaching the spot for evacuation operation, he said.

Over two weeks ago, another IED blast was set off near a polling booth in Gadchiroli on April 11, during the first phase of the national election. No one was injured in the incident. A day before that, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was critically injured in an IED blast in Gadchiroli.

In April last year, security forces had carried out one of the biggest anti-Naxal operations in Maharashtra in which 40 Naxals were killed. The operation was planned by C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli police based on specific intelligence about a meeting of top dalams or Maoist squads.

On April 9, five people including a BJP (ruling political party) legislator and four security personnel were killed in a Maoist-triggered IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

CHALLENGE

Battling the Naxals is an important matter of National Security. The Naxals continue to unabashedly attack Indian Paramilitary forces and those in charge of building resources like roads and bridges. They ambush military transports and disrupt development projects.  It is claimed that the Naxals extort 14 billion Indian rupees (more than $US300 million)

Naxals are a group of far-left radical communists, supportive of Maoist political sentiment and ideology. They can be domestic Indian terrorists. The Naxals insurgency has been on for 51 years, beginning in 1967.

The ongoing conflict has taken place over a vast territory (around half of India’s 29 states) with hundreds of people being killed annually in clashes between the CPI-Maoists and the government every year since 2005. However, it is now confined to only a few districts of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra

There are many indirect measures which are being taken to deal with the Naxals problem. Some of them are increased police funding, economic development programs in affected areas.
However, to eradicate Naxal insurgency, its command structure needs to be destroyed. For this irrefutable intelligence and preemptive identification of Naxals is required. The current methods, however, are not enough to achieve this feat.
There is a lack in quality of intelligence gathered. Moreover, the intelligence gathered lies largely in silos and should be globally accessible and useful, instead.

When Naxalites are arrested, they have knowledge about their hideouts, their past crimes, and plans attacks. The only thing missing is a way to objectively determine the presence or absence of critical information regarding crimes and plans. If such a method is present then interrogation and investigation will become quick and trustworthy. Their sources for arms can be understood by tracing the money trail. Links between cadres of Naxals and the position in the hierarchy of the arrested suspect can be gauged using such a method. The theory is in place but implementation is complex, resource intensive and requires close coordination.

A massive overhaul of intelligence gathering and suspect screening methods is required in order to tackle this national evil which is leading to loss of precious lives and resources.

Can we look towards Scientists and Researchers to allow us to extract information from the very source of all planning and execution – The Human Mind?

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

The conventional ways to fight Naxals seem to have failed as Naxals continue to launch an ambush and guerilla attacks across the heartland of India. It is high time that the Indian anti-terror agencies make use of a modern specific screening tool which can help it identify those with extremist training, exposure to radical propaganda material, awareness of terror event plans, member of Naxal groups, etc. A tool which can help identify the people who fund the Naxals or help brainwash and train the recruits, etc.

Such technology exists and can provide valuable information and help nab terrorists before they cause widespread damage. iCognative developed and designed by Brainwave Science is a modern forensic technology that is accurate, portable, easy to use and easy to master. It can provide results, leads and intelligence with over 99% accuracy within an hour. iCognative can identify a terrorist or a sleeper-cell member among the suspects.  iCognative provides a scientific solution to the fundamental problem in extremism: differentiating between insurgents and innocents, before the Naxals strike.

This is possible as it looks for the existence of specific crime-related information stored in their brain. The incriminating information would only be present in the brain of a person who is involved in Naxal activities. The use of iCognative by security agencies such as the NIA and ATS will help them to quickly screen the terrorists. This will enable them to act faster and always be two steps ahead of the extremists. The information stored in the brains of the Naxals can be used to reverse-engineer the organization and help reach the top bosses. Terrorist networks rely on funding from sympathizers to fulfill their terror agenda. India has little external help regarding this matter, as Naxals movement is fairly indigenous and has unique tactics and structure.

With this novel technology, anti-terror agencies can follow the funding trail iCognative can help the security forces identify and eliminate the Naxal leaders, rather than only fighting the foot soldiers of this such a vast terrorist organization.

Usually,  iCognative test lasts 45 minutes. If the testee possesses information which only a terrorist should possess, then this test will result in ‘information present’. The investigator must test the arrested Naxals for awareness of information such as make and model of the various seized weapons, the source of the weapons, mobile phones, and other equipment, time of the attack, number of attackers and the kind of their weapons, hierarchy within the organization, etc.

Their links with past events can be found in order to solve previous cases and gain insight. Other information like bomb-making knowledge, financial information, links to radical followers can also be added to the iCognative system by the investigator. iCognative system records and analyzes the brain responses of the suspect to determine with over 99% accuracy whether specific crime-related information under question is present in the suspect’s brain or not.

iCognative helps security agencies to move in the right direction and crush threats in time.

India is a big country and hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved by adopting iCognative by Brainwave Science. It can turn the tables in matters of National Security and Counter-terrorism. The test has no counter-measures, no false-positives, and no false-negatives. The Indian Government can now avail a tool which can help end this menace of domestic terrorism in a cost-effective and scientific manner.

 Main Source: India Today

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