Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren will visit Budha Pahad on January 27 during which he will spend many hours in the area and also interact with the villagers and try to solve their problems. The Chief Minister will be accompanied by a high-level team including the Chief Secretary DGP and Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of various other departments.
Hemant Soren will thus become the first Chief Minister to visit Budha Pahad himself and look at the issues prevailing there. Budha Pahad was once one of the biggest and safest dens for the CPI Maoists of the state which has now been completely liberated from the Maoists.
The hills are spread over an area of 55 square kilometers and for the last 32 years had remained in the hands of the Maoists. The hills are strategically located in the bordering areas of Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh. The security forces had been running Operation Octopus since August 18, 2022 in the hills which acted as a command center for the Maoists.
In the hills, IEDs based on command wire and pressure mechanisms were placed here while it was also the central command and training center for the Maoists. Further literature training and advertisement material was prepared here. But now under the changed circumstances, the security forces have established their base camps in the hills as nearly half a dozen camps belonging to the Cobra CRPF Jaguar.
The ultras of the CPI Maoists had established their unified command in the year 2013-14 at Budha Pahad from where they operated their activities in Bihar, Jharkhand and North Chhattisgarh. Since 2013-14 nearly a dozen jawans have got martyred while trying to liberate the area while more than half a dozen jawans have sustained injuries and numerous incidents of the gun battle between the two sides have taken place in the hills.
Under the leadership of Polit Bureau Member Dev Kumar Singh alias Arvind the Maoists established their base at the hills and after his death, Sudhakaran was given the charge and after he surrendered in 2019-20 the charge of Budha Pahad was given to Mithlesh Mehta who got arrested in 2022. At present Sourav alias Markus Baba is heading the Maoists in the area.