Vigilance intensified in Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri
In the wake of arrests of two women with alleged links to left-wing extremism the anti-naxal division here has intensified its surveillance in select areas of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. According to Superintendent of Police Bandi Gangadhar, of the entire West Zone, a strong naxal wing operates only in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri.
Asked if there were any ‘suspects’, Mr. Bandi Gangadhar said, there is an assessment of activities of persons suspected to have links. Presently, the surveillance is on for only those already on the ‘State list’. According to sources, four persons from Dharmapuri are reportedly on the state list. Mr. Gangadhar said the naxal special division is being given capacity building.
Gadchiroli: Woman Naxal killed in encounter
With this, the number of Naxalites killed in encounters this year has gone up to 11, six of them being woman.
A WOMAN Naxal cadre was killed in an encounter in the Gatta area of Pendhri in Gadchiroli on Thursday. Incidentally, it was the first day of the Naxal martyrs’ week. The encounter ensued when Special Action Group (SAG) and Quick Response Team (QRT) were carrying out an intelligence-based operation in the Bhimpur forest in Gatta around 11.30 am. The two sides exchanged fire but the police maintained an upper hand, forcing the Naxals to retreat, according to a press note issued by Gadchiroli police.
“The body of a woman Naxal, one 12-bore gun, 25 bags and five tents were recovered from the spot,” the press note said. But the identity of the Naxal cadre was yet to be established. With this, the number of Naxalites killed in encounters this year has gone up to 11, six of them being woman. Even as the Naxals began their annual martyrs’ week on Thursday, the police started a counter-campign called Shanti Melawe (peace camps) for those tribal youths, who had been lured by the Naxals and were registered in police record for helping the movement (alleged sympathisers). “We are providing the youths with training in various skills for four days with free lodging and boarding facilities at nine of our sub-divisional headquarters. This is an opportunity for them to get a reprieve from police action,” said Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh.
Man held for harbouring wanted Naxal leader
A. Dharma Rao, from whose house in Berhampur of Odisha the most wanted Naxalite Sabyasachi Panda was arrested in 2014, was nabbed by a special team of city police on Wednesday. Since the arrest of Sabyasachi on July 18, 2014, the police had been in search of Rao, who was alleged to be an associate of the Maoist leader. Briefing newsmen, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Berhampur Trinath Patel said basing on intelligence reports that Rao was in Berhampur and trying to get admitted in a private hospital for treatment, a special squad was formed to track him down. He was rounded up while he was on his way to a private hospital at New Bus Stand Road.
Naxal literature found in Bithli
Banners and posters appealling villagers to join their group have surfaced in Bithli region which is considered to be Naxal-sensitive. The distribution of banners and poster was done a day before the start of Naxal’s Shaheed Saptah which started from July 28 and would end on August 3.
Leaflets and pamphlets distributed in the village also issued warning to police informers. The pamphlets have been distributed by Maoist group active in Gadracholi division. According to information, villagers of Bithli turned panicky on July 27 after they found posters and banners distributed by Naxal activists. Naxals have made appeal to villagers to join their group and issued warning to informers to refrain from working for the police or else be ready to face dire consequences. The Naxal outfit has made an appeal to villagers to be part of week-long celebration on Naxali Shaheed Saptah. Amidst panic, villagers informed the police. Cops then reached the village to take stock of the situation and declared high alert in the village.
The distribution of posters and banners in the village has put the police on their toes. Sources inform that police have obtained input on the activities of Naxals in the village but are maintaining wait and watch policy. Security has been augmented in the village as any unknown person found moving around the village area is being kept under strict vigilance. Cops have affirmed finding red colour banner but have denied any distribution of poster and pamphlets. Superintendent of Police, Balaghat, Dr Asit Yadav, when contacted, said one Naxal banner has been found in village Bithli. “We have come to know about distribution of other publicity material like posters but no poster has been recovered by the police which searched the village. We have taken gravity of the developments that have taken place in the village just a day before Naxali Shaheed Saptah starting from July 28.” SP Balaghat said, presence of Naxal outfit cannot be ruled out from the village. “We have declared high alert in the region have increased search operation as cops are ready to give befitting reply to any naxal activity.”
Huge haul of explosives seized in Bastar
Raipur, Jul 29 (PTI) A huge haul of explosives, including 1,838 gelatin sticks and 150 kg of ammonium nitrate, suspected to be meant for delivery to Naxals during their ongoing ‘martyrs week’, was today seized from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district. Two persons were also arrested with the cache, police said.
The recovery was made from the forests near Nagarnar police station area on Chhattisgarh-Odisha border, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range SRP Kalluri told PTI. Acting on a tip-off about the presence of two suspects with a consignment near Dhanpunji railway crossing, located around 400 kms away from here in Nagarnar area, security forces were rushed to the spot last evening, he said.
During the search, two separate bags, filled with 1250 pieces of electronic detonators, were found from their possession following which the two were arrested, the IG said.The duo have been identified as Niranjan Das and Durjati Mahangkodo, natives of Koraput district in Odisha. “The arrested admitted that they supplied explosives and other related materials to Naxal commander Vinod in Chandameta area,” the IG said. According to the duo, they had recently struck a deal with Vinod to supply detonators, ammonium nitrate and explosives during the Martyrs s week being observed from July 28 till August 3 by rebels, he said.
Police killer Hembram among seven Maoists arrested in Dumka
Dumka (Jharkhand), Jul 29 (PTI) Seven Maoists, including a wanted rebel involved in the killing of Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and several other policemen in 2014, were arrested from different areas in the district, police said today. Etwari Hembram alias Nareshda was arrested yesterday and six others Maoists, including two women, were caught on his information, SP Prabhat Kumar said. Kumar said Hembram was involved in the 2014 ambush on a police vehicle in which Balihar and several other policemen were killed at Kathikund in Dumka district.
Hembram was also involved in a landmine blast in the state in 2014 in which four policemen were killed and in the encounter at Sundar Pahari in Godda in which two policemen were killed, the SP said. The arrests took place following a tip-off and by joint raids of Sasastra Seema Bal and Jharkhand Jaguar, Kumar said adding that all of them were active from Giridih to Godda in the Santhal Pargana area and Hembram was the self-styled sub-zonal commander of Godda, Pakur and Dumka. Police recovered naxal literature, uniform, clothes, remote control, medicine, pouches and walkie talkies from them.
Martyrs Week begins in Andhra Odisha Border
Visakhapatnam: In the backdrop of continuous combing operations by security personnel including CRPF, BSF and districts cops in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), Maoists commenced the week-long Martyrs Week at several places on Thursday. Earlier on Wednesday, in-charge DGP N Sambasiva Rao had conducted aerial survey in Visakha Agency along with intelligence chief additional director general AB Venkateswara Rao, North Coastal IG Kumar Biswajit and Visakha Rural SP Rahuldev Sharma.
According to sources, CPI Maoists inaugurated a pylon at Pedabayalu mandal under the leadership of Pedabayalu committee commander Manganna. At Malkangiri district, a four-hour long meeting was held at Decarpodhar near Panasaput. The banned outfit paid tributes to martyrs at Amapavalli area in Nandapur area on the other side of the AP border.
According to police sources, the Maoists tied banners and pamphlets at Nurmathi and other areas of G Madugula mandal. “With the help of their colleagues from Odisha, naxals observed the martyrs week in the district interiors. We have information that some of the big leaders of AOB also attended the meetings,” a senior cop in the anti naxal force on condition of anonymity said. Two days earlier, naxals had paid tributes to martyrs Kudumula Ravi, Azad, Kamala and Anand at Kumkumpudi by writing their names on a huge pylon painted red. Cops suspect the Reds may inaugurate a martyrs pylon in Kannavaram village this week.
India: Residual Risks In Bihar – Analysis
On July 18, 2016, 10 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel belonging to the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were killed and five others were injured in a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) orchestrated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast and encounter in the Chakarbanda-Dumarinala forests of Aurangabad District. Three Maoists were also killed in the encounter. Arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifle and Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), were also recovered from the encounter site. Commenting on the incident, Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) P.K. Thakur disclosed that eight paramilitary troopers were killed immediately and two of the five wounded died in a hospital.
In the preceding month, on June 19, 2016, a CRPF trooper, identified as A. Deka, was killed and two of his colleagues, identified as A.K. Yadav and K. Kakoti, were injured in an IED blast carried out by the Maoists near Bandhu Bigaha village in Aurangabad District. The Maoists triggered the blast when three personnel of the 205th CoBRA unit were riding on two motorcycles on their way to their camp from Bali Pahari locality.
Significantly, on January 11, 2016, while, commenting on the January 8, 2016, encounter in which four Maoists were killed in Bandh Gorya village under Dhibra Police Station area in Aurangabad District, the CPI-Maoist ‘central zonal spokesman,’ Paramjeet had threatened to avenge the killing. Later on, Maoists pamphlets found from Deo and Dhibra localities read:
“Char ka badla chalis se lenge, Operation Green Hunt band karo, comrade Bihari Yadav, Ratan Yadav, Devki Bhuiyan and Birendra Singh ko sat sat salaam.” English translation – [We will take revenge, forty for four, stop Operation Green Hunt, salutations to comrade Bihari Yadav, Ratan Yadav, Devki Bhuiyan and Birendra Singh]
Preliminary investigation of the Aurangabad Maoist attack suggested that the ultras were well prepared for the incident. They had lured the Security Forces (SFs) to the area by telephonically passing on false information. They had also planted hundreds of IEDs in advance, orchestrating a total of 352 land mine blasts on the fateful day. Giving further details about the incident, a senior Police official stated that, initially, the operation was launched on July 17 to arrest Sandeep Yadav, a dreaded Maoist, facing over 80 cases in Bihar and Jharkhand. Later, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Aurangabad District, joined the CoBRA team on July 18 with a team of the District Police and another CoBRA unit. However, it has been learnt that the team was heavily dependent on Global Positioning System (GPS) positioning and feedback but did not take the help of local intelligence.
The Aurangabad incident will go a long way in denting the morale of the SF personnel not just in Bihar but across all theatres of Left Wing Extremist (LWE) conflict in India. The manner in which the Maoists planned and trapped the SFs speaks volume of the hold the ultras enjoy in the region. Aurangabad along with Gaya and Jamui has been the epicentre of Maoist-violence in Bihar…
High alert in Jharkhand ahead of Maoist martyrs’ week
RANCHI: A high alert has been declared in Jharkhand following reports of CPI (Maoist) planning to observe martyrs’ week from July 28 to August 3. Annual event to remember the “supreme sacrifices of the brave comrades who have laid down their lives in the effort to make the people’s revolutionary war a success,” the martyrs’ week is usually an occasion of spirited Maoist activities.
Two days before the martyrs’ week begins, police have started extensive area domination exercises and long range patrolling in areas where Maoists dominate.
Maoists have released posters to announce the martyrs’ week. The state police suspect that the Maoists would try to mark the occasion with attacks on police/security establishments and important installations.
IG operations M S Bhatia said posters have been found in Gumla. “We have information that the Maoists are planning to observe the occasion with all seriousness. They usually try to attack security forces to mark the occasion. An alert has been sounded,” Bhatia said.
The alert, sent to all the SPs and CRPF units deployed in the countryside to assist the police, has asked them to remain vigilant and do not allow any operational laxity during operations, area domination exercises and long range patrolling. The district police have also been asked to ensure security of installations which are strategically important but vulnerable as they are located in deep Maoist pockets.
In Maoists calendar Martyrs’ week assumes the place of highest significance. Maoist leaders gather villagers in inaccessible jungles where programmes are held to glorify the lives of communist revolutionaries like Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal, the founders of the Naxalbari movement. They also urge people to join their ranks to further the revolutionary war against the state. Movements of Maoists from one place to another place to organize such meetings usually give police a chance to trap them.
In some districts of Jharkhand the police have been asked to be watchful against the movement of Maoist groups. The focus areas are Jharkhand-Bihar border. It is suspected that after Aurangabad encounter Maoists will move towards Jharkhand. Similar focus has been paid to Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border where Maoists are very active.
“During the week-long event we will work in coordination with police of neighboring states,” said Bhatia. This year the martyrs’ week throws more challenges for police because Maoists are reportedly in high spirits following recent encounters which caused grater loss to police. In Giridih and Latehar Maoists killed two CoBRA jawans and a police constable in Gumla. In recent past they have successfully instilled fear in people after they killed some civilians for allegedly helping police gather intelligence.
Maoist killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jul 27: A Maoist was today shot dead in a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sukma district of the state on the eve of Naxal’s “Martyr’s week”, police said. “The skirmish took place in forests under Polampalli police station limits (in south Bastar) between a joint team of security forces and ultras,” superintendent of police, Sukma, Indira Kalyan Elesela told. On the eve of ‘Martyrs Week’ to be observed by Maoists from tomorrow, the alert was issued to all police stations and camps to maintain extra vigil to prevent and counter any attack or sabotage activity, he said.
“After receiving specific inputs about the presence of a huge group of cadres near Polampalli under the leadership of Maoist commanders Aapu Pada and Bhima, a composite squad of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) were pressed into action immediately,” the SP said.
When security forces were cordoning off interior jungles, a group of around 60 insurgents opened indiscriminate fire on them, triggering a heavy gunfight between the two sides, the SP said. “During the search conducted following the encounter, the body of a naxal, a country made gun (with double barrel), and pamphlets were recovered from the spot,” he said…
Movement of Maoist sympathisers worries police
Even as the police claim that Maoists are losing ground and their activities have come down in Andhra Pradesh, the movement of extremist sympathisers in the capital region is worrying the intelligence agencies. A couple of Maoist leaders had been arrested in the region in the recent past. What caused consternation among the intelligence personnel was the observance of the 41st death anniversary of Maoist leader Surapaneni Janardhan in his native village Garikaparru of Thotlavallur mandal in Krishna district on Monday.
Janardhan, a student of REC Warangal, took part in many revolutionary movements in the Telangana and Srikakulam areas. He was killed in an exchange of fire on July 25, 1975. He was also State Committee member of the People’s War Group (PWG). Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, Virasam State secretary Varalakshmi, and leaders V.V. Krishna Rao and Y. Venkateswara Rao attended the death anniversary.
It is learnt that the Maoist sympathisers are planning to observe the death anniversary of PWG leader and former MLA and MP Tarimela Nagi Reddi at Governorpet in Vijayawada on Thursday. A native of Anantapur district, Nagi Reddy was popularly known as ‘TN’. He died on July 28, 1976. Activists of the Amaraveerula Bandhu Mitrula Committee, Virasam, and other like-minded parties, and Maoist sympathisers are likely to attend the programme.
Meanwhile, the CPI (Maoist) has given a call to observe Martyr’s Memorial Week from July 28 to August 4. As part of it, it proposes to organise meetings and protest against killing of extremists.
“Maoists will observe Martyr’s Memorial Week in the Agency areas, particularly on the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, and in the tribal hamlets of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. Public representatives and bureaucrats who are on the hit list are cautioned against going in to villages without prior intimation,” a police officer said.
Security tightened in south Odisha for Maoist Martyrs’ Week
Malkangiri: With Maoists observing the Martyrs’ week beginning today till August 3, security has been tightened across Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts. Many posters and banners put up by the red rebels on account of the observance of the Martyrs’ week were seen at various places.
In Koraput distrct, police are on high alert and security arrangements have been beefed up. Check posts have been set up at various entry points into the district and vehicles entering Koraput are being checked by police personnel. According sources, government bus services on various routes have been cancelled on account of the Martyrs’ week. Government buses on Jeypore-Malkangiri, Bhadarchalam-Paua and Rayagada routes stayed off road.
MAOIST POSTERS, BANNERS FOUND IN BOKARO
Bokaro Thermal police have launched extensive patrolling along with Jharkhand jaguar police force to keep track of Maoists, who are observing Martyrs Week in the pocket of Nawadih block. The Bokaro Superintendent of Police, YS Ramesh has also directed the police stations to remain on maximum alert. “The officers have been directed to maintain a tight vigil and tap their respective information network that can lead us to the Naxals squads,” stated Ramesh.
While Bokaro Thermal Officer-in charge cum Inspector Rajesh Kujur told The Pioneer that we have begun an extensive search operation in our jurisdiction as there are possibilities that the police personnel might have taken refuge in our area and probably lost their way in the dense jungle. In villages close to Nawadih block, a search operation was being led by Officer-in charge Rajesh Kujur who stated that on Monday several Maoists posters have been found pasted in different localities of Bokaro Thermal, Naya basti, Kanjkiro, Pillpillo besides Upperghat villages area. The posters give and inkling of their intension to enter in urban area of Bermo sub-division. Officer in charge Rajesh Kujur said that some banners were also placed in different locations but the police removed them.
Sources said Maoists ultras were observing mourning day to condole the death of their fellow cadres who died for cause of the organisations. However, no report of any untoward incident was reported from any place till late on Wednesday evening.
Railways to install 162 CCTV cameras to monitor Maoist-affected ‘Red Corridor’ areas
New Delhi: Indian Railways has sanctioned a proposal to install 162 CCTV cameras at the cost of Rs 3.26 crore at 10 stations falling in Maoist-affected “Red Corridor” for round-the-clock monitoring, parliament was told on Wednesday. In a written reply to Lok Sabha during question hour, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said that the department has initiated numerous measures to ensure security of passengers in this area.
“Other measures include round the clock assistance to trains through 182 security helpline, implementation of Integrated Security System at sensitive stations, networking of security control rooms, etc”, he said, adding security has been identified as one of the priorities.
Alert in Bastar for martyrs’ week
An alert has been issued across all seven districts in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh in view of the “Martyrs’ week” to be observed by Maoists from Thursday. The security forces in the highly-sensitive Sukma district have been asked to maintain high vigil. Maoists observe “Martyrs’ week” every year from July 28 to August 4 in remembrance of their “fallen comrades.”
Hardcore woman Maoist Radha arrested
Bhubaneswar: Security personnel on Wednesday arrested Darabha Maoist division area commander Radha in Malkangriri district. Padia police station and Special Operation Group personnel nabbed the hard core woman Maoist during a joint raid, sources said. Radha is involved in a number of Maoists violence in Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Police of both the States were searching Radha for long. Arrest of Radha is breakthrough for Odisha Police. As she was area commander, her arrests will certainly demoralise other cadres who were working under her, said police.
Chhattisgarh: Powerful improvised explosive devise unearthed
A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Maoists to harm troopers has been recovered by the security personnel from an insurgency-hit pocket in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district. “The explosive, weighing around 15-20 kg, was unearthed by a joint team of security personnel near a culvert on Aundhi-Sharda Road under Aundhi police station limits,” Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police, Prashant Agarwal said. Based on specific inputs, a joint squad of Special Task Force (STF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force launched an anti-Maoist operation towards Sarkheda, Sharda and Pendodi villages of Aundhi, located around 170 kms away from Raipur.
Rayagada on high alert
RAYAGADA: ELABORATE security arrangements have been made in the district ahead of the martyrs’ week of the Maoists starting Thursday. As the Maoist groups never leave any chance to recruit youths for their outfit, police are on high alert apprehending violence during the week.
Besides intensifying combing operations, checking vehicles in sensitive areas and patrolling round the clock are on in full-wing in Kalyansinghpur, Bissamcuttack, Muniguda, Chandrapur and Kashipur blocks. It is observed that after the arrest of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, though the Maoist activities have reduced to a large extent, the aides of Panda are active in Niyamgiri hill creating a strong base. If sources are to be believed, the radicals are making an effort to creep into remote pockets of Chandrapur block.
Moreover, to make their presence felt they had put posters and banners citing some demands in Parshali village of Kalyansinghpur block. On February 27, one Manda Kadraka of Dangamati village was killed in police encounter. Rayagada Superintendent of Police K Siba Subramani said combing operation against the Maoist will be intensified as coordinated action plan is being launched to counter resurgence of Maoists in different parts of the district. There will be no let up on the onslaught against extremists. The Government buses will remain off from the road during observation.
Maoists to observe Martyr’s Week from today
The CPI (Maoist) is observing its annual Martyr’s Week from Thursday.
As usual, the Maoists have pasted posters and tied banners asking people to observe the week in Visakha Agency, one of the areas in which it has considerable presence. On Wednesday, in charge Director-General of Police N. Sambasiva Rao reportedly tried to fly to G.K. Veedhi in the Agency area, but his helicopter could not land because of bad weather. However, the helicopter carrying Additional DGP A.B. Venkateswara Rao, IG (coastal Andhra) Viswa Jeet, and DIG, Visakha Range, Ch. Srikanth, could land. The officials reportedly asked police personnel to be on alert.
There are reports of pylons constructed in memory of Maoists killed in the past being painted afresh at places like Teemulabanda, and banners and posters appearing in Maddigavuru, Nurmathi, and Boithili in the G. K. Veedhi mandal. It is to be seen as to how the Maoists would strengthen themselves in the Agency area with the help of the bauxite mining issue. Meanwhile, the police, along with CRPF, are taking all precautions. Though the security forces have not stepped up their activity visibly, combing operation is going on and they are ready to face any eventuality.
The Maoists, having suffered reverses in the last one year following death of cadre in exchanges of fire and surrender of a few top leaders, it likely to resort to violence, apart from conducting meetings and constructing pylons to pay homage to those killed in police action, making fresh recruitments, and spreading the party ideology. Police, who have been on alert, says that they are ready to face any eventuality
Police get 3-day custody of suspected Maoists
The Judicial Magistrate-I here on Tuesday granted the ‘Q’ Branch CID three days police custody of two suspected women Maoists who were arrested recently. The Q Branch police had arrested M. Kala (52) of Theevattipatti in Salem district and Chandra (51), both of whom were working in a textile unit, alleging that they were involved in subversive activities.
The police booked them under IPC Section 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Sections 18, 18-A, 18-B and 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The ‘Q’ Branch CID, who brought Kala and Chandra from Tiruchi prison and produced them before the Judicial Magistrate-I Mohanavalli on Tuesday, sought five-day police custody to interrogate them. However, the Magistrate granted three days custody and directed the police to produce them on July 29.