Naxals Torch Passenger Bus in Chhattisgarh, None Hurt
RAIPUR: Naxals torched a private travel bus in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, after asking its passengers to alight, police said today. They also fired upon an anti-landmine vehicle in which security forces had rushed to the spot to rescue the passengers. However, no one was hurt in the incident, they said. The incident occurred last night near restive Tahakwada village on NH-30 under Tongpal Police Station limits, a short distance from the spot where 15 security men and a civilian were killed in a Maoist ambush in April last year, a senior police official said.
The bus was heading to Hyderabad from Bastar’s district headquarter in Jagdalpur when it was attacked. Around 50 cadres, most of them armed, surrounded the bus in a thickly forested patch near Tahakwada and asked the passengers to get down before setting it ablaze, he said. Subsequently, security forces were rushed to the spot in a Mine-Protected Vehicle (MPV) keeping in view the sensitivity of the region. Near Tahakwada, naxals fired few rounds on the MPV but soon fled from the spot as the back-up forces reached there and launched retaliatory action, he said.
Naxal killed in encounter in Bijapur
A naxal was on Wednesday gunned down by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, taking to 16 the total number of ultras having been killed in separate gun-battles in Bastar region so far this month. The skirmish occurred at around 5 p.m. between a joint team of security forces and naxals in Kurcholi village forests under Basaguda police station limits, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police, Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
A joint squad of 204th battalion of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) — an elite wing of CRPF — State’s District Reserve Group (DRG) and district force had launched a special anti-naxal operation in the surrounding area of Basaguda- Dalla, Lenra, Kurcholi village forests, since this morning, Elesela said. With this encounter, the number of Maoists having been killed in seven separate encounters in South Bastar this month has reached to 16.
A bandh call given by the Maoists in Dandakaranya region on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border disrupted normal life in Mathili block of Malkangiri district in Odisha on Wednesday. The bandh was called by the Darbha division of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation. This division also operates in parts of Malkangiri district bordering Chhattisgarh. According to Maoist posters put up in remote areas of Mathili block, the bandh was in protest against anti-Maoist operation named ‘Operation Red Hunt’ and use of helicopters and drones for air strikes against the Naxalites in Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas.
As per reports, the Maoists dug roads and cut down trees to block roads in interior pockets of Mahupadar, Salim, Kumarpalli areas of Mathili block. Vehicular traffic was affected as passenger vehicles remained off the roads due to fear of Maoist violence. Shops also remained closed in interior pockets. According to Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, security had been enhanced in regions bordering Chhattisgarh. Combing operations were also intensified in the area.
The Odisha police was in touch with its Chhattisgarh counterpart. Anti-Maoist operations in Malkangiri district in Odisha have also been intensified along with major attacks by security forces on Naxalite camps in adjoining Chhattisgarh. On November 22, during an anti-Maoist operation in Tekguda jungle, security forces had busted a Maoist camp and arrested four Maoists. Large quantity of explosive materials was seized from the Maoist camp.
Five Naxals Held in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Five Naxals, allegedly involved in setting ablaze a government-run bus recently, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district today, police said. The cadres – Deuram (25), Bhura (30), Sondhar (20), Sakharam(25) and Nilesh (32) were apprehended from a forested hill near their native place Marjum village under Katekalyan police station limits, SHO Katekalyan police station Vijay Patel told PTI. They were allegedly involved in torching a Jan Suvidha Express Bus while it was heading towards Dantewada from Katekalyan on November 23 after asking the passengers to alight.
Besides they were also allegedly involved in cutting roads affecting vehicular movement during Maoist ‘bandh’ call, the SHO said. While undertaking a combing operation in the region, a team of police personnel received a tip-off about the location of the said Naxals, following which they nabbed them, Patel said. The ultras confessed to their involvement in the incident, the SHO said, adding that efforts are on to trace other rebels who were involved in it.
Jharkhand: An LWE leader, his two politician wives and a struggling outfit
In 2010, when Jharkhand held panchayat elections for the first time, Jiten Gudiya managed to get his wife elected as a mukhiya. This time, the third-highest-ranking leader of one of the state’s largest left-wing extremist groups has got his second wife elected to the Khunti district council, unopposed, ahead of polling on November 28. Unlike Rita Gudiya becoming Tapkara panchayat president, however, Jonika Gudiya’s election to the zila parishad from Torpa East this time is more an exception than the rule.
While the 2010 election had a number of candidates endorsed by Jiten’s People’s Liberation Front of India, Jonika is the only candidate in Khunti with an explicit PLFI connection this time. The change in PLFI tactics is a reflection of the fall in its clout over the past year. “From eight targets last year, we are now left with three PLFI targets,” said Anish Gupta, Khunti’s SP.
Maoists kill civilian in Maharashtra
A civilian, identified as Vinay Mistry (28), working in a grocery outlet, was killed by a group of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres at Murumgaon under Dhanora tehsil (revenue unit) of Gadchiroli District on November 24, reports The Times of India. The incident occurred shortly after the local weekly market was over. It’s learnt that the Maoists targeted Mistry after barging into the shop owned by the victim’s employer Vyankatesh Ahirwar. The Maoists were said to be upset with Ahirwar for not complying with their demands.
Attack on mine site in Kanker
..In the same district, Naxals today set on fire at least 20 vehicles and machines engaged in mining work. These included 13 trucks and 6 Poclain machines (excavators). No one was hurt in the incident, police said. A group of armed ultras raided the Hahaladdi iron ore mining site under the limits of Durgukondal Police Station this evening. After asking the labourers and drivers to leave the place, they torched at least 20 vehiclesand machines engaged in mining work, Meena said…
Chhattisgarh: Naxalites call for shutdown after setting ablaze 25 vehicles in Kanker
A group of about 150 Naxalites have set afire 25 vehicles in Kanker and called for shutdown in the region on Wednesday, reports said. The development comes after Naxal commander Podia was gunned down by the police in Kesapur village of the restive Dantewada district at 1pm on Tuesday. Following a tip-off on Naxal movement, the District Reserve Group of the state led an operation near Tongpal police station area with team of 10 personnel.
Naxals call bandh in six states today
Nagpur: The Naxalites’ central regional bureau of Dandakaranya special zonal committee have called for a ‘bandh’ in six states Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Wednesday. The rebels claimed to have announced the shut down in protest of the air strikes conducted by Indian Air force in Bijapur district of Bastar region in south Chattisgarh on October 13. The Naxalites, in a press release issued on Tuesday, lambasted prime minister Narendra Modi for his ‘Mission-2016′ meant for eliminating the rebel movement and unsettling the anti-displacement agitation in the tribal region.
The Naxals claimed government aimed to hand over the natural resources of central India, including several districts of Bastar and Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, to foreign companies. They also protested the proposals of erecting army training school, helipads, airforce stations and special fortified police posts at Abhujmadh straddling Chattisgarh and Maharashtra. The Abhujmadh is considered nerve centre of the Naxal operations. Criticizing Chattishgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s offer of dialogue, Naxals claimed the air raids on civilian locations prove that the offer was hypocritical.
Naxals also highlighted that the air raids on their strongholds were conducted following the visits of current national security adviser Ajit Doval and senior security adviser K Vijay Kumar in Chhattisgarh. Superintendent of police, Gadchiroli, Sandip Patil, said there were no pamphlets or banners traced so far in the district. “Information has been received from intelligence sources regarding the bandh but police are not taking any chances,” he said.
TRS govt failures stoking Maoist resurgence
From the present style of functioning of the TRS government, it is clear that the State government does not appear to be in a mood to address the reasons for spurt in Maoist activity. The steady growth of extremism may open doors to another round of ‘peace talks’ between the government and the naxal organisations before the 2019 General Elections in the State and the talks will assume greater significance in all political party poll agendas, says Professor G Haragopal in an interview to Patan Afzal Babu
What is the reason for the sudden rise of Maoist activities in Telangana State and who is responsible for the present state of affairs?
Repression unleashed by the State government against naxals is the main reason for the revival of Maoist activities in Telangana State. The recent combing operations, intensified police movements in the sensitive areas and the harassment of naxal sympathisers are the flashpoints for triggering Maoist resurgence in Telangana in the recent times . The TRS boasted that the Maoist agenda is its agenda before the bifurcation of the state. After coming to power, the ruling party took a U-turn.
Why are the naxals eager to revive their activities and strengthen their organisation in Telangana and where did the government fail?
The Maoist agenda is the elimination of poverty. Practically, the TRS government has failed to achieve the desirable goals towards realising the dream of ‘Bangaru Telangana’ as announced by the TRS immediately after coming to power. This was one of the main driving forces behind the youth tilting towards extremism in Telangana. To show their presence, Maoists have taken six TRS leaders hostage in Khammam. It was a clear indication that the extremists will take on the government if it fails to fulfil the aspirations of people in near future.
Social organisations say that the government has failed to live up to the aspirations of the people and continues to have feudal mindset and this is leading to unrest. Do you agree with it?
People thought if Telangana State was formed it would be rid of rulers with ‘feudal ’ mindset that was witnessed in the united AP. But after the formation of the Telangana State, the function of the governments and the administration is akin to that of the previous dispensations run by the ‘settlers’ in Telangana. There is no change in governance and the aspirations of people remain shattered during the last 18 months.
What will happen if the naxal activity increases in the coming days in the State. Who will be the biggest sufferer?
Another important factor for the revival of naxal activity in Telangana is the increased police brutality against women, poor and dalit segments. The core ideology of the naxalism was to counter the state-sponsored violence. Unless the government stops the harassment of marginalised sections, naxals will not sit quiet.
In the present circumstances, is there any need or possibility of resumption of peace talks between naxals and government?
In 2004 elections, the issue of peace talks has been included in the Congress election manifesto and the then Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy fulfilled it. At present, the style of functioning of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s government gives an impression that it is determined to take on the naxals instead of addressing the basic issues raised by the extremist organisations. The issue of peace talks between government and naxal bodies will be one of the main political agendas in 2019 election.
What is your advice to the government to contain the growing incidence of Maosim in the Telangana State?
The only suggestion from my side is to enforce rule of law strictly and provide protection to the weaker communities from police harassment. The organisations and opposition fight in a democratic manner over people’s issues. Find a solution and also give space to express their resentment over the government’s failure in addressing the people’s issues.
Maoists see Karimnagar as shelter zone
While the rest of north Telangana districts is rocked by Naxalite activities, the district remains calm
Analysts feel that the extremists have adopted the ‘strategic silence’ to gain time and recruit youth
Karimnagar: Maoists are believed to be maintaining strategic silence in Karimnagar district because they are using it as “a shelter zone” and also for recruiting cadre. Those who are in the know of the Maoists’ strategy support the argument. While the rest of the north Telangana districts, particularly Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) zone, have been affected by Maoist activities, the situation remains calm in Karimnagar district. The district was earlier a strong base for extremist movement.
Except holding a “Praja Court” (kangaroo court) in Mukunuru village under Mahadevpur mandal in December last year, no incident of Maoists was reported in Karimnagar, the native district of party’s national secretary Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi. The analysts consider the strategy being adopted by the Maoists is intended to gain time to build the cadre. But the police claim that their action has led to suppression of the extremist movement in the district. There are reports that the Naxalites often visit some of the villages bordering Chhattisgarh by crossing the river Godavari and returning after staying for a few hours. Maoists had called a halt to their activities in the united Andhra Pradesh and most of them went underground in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states.
After a long gap, Naxalities for the first time after formation of Telangana, held a “Praja Court” in Mukunuru and thrashed Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) Sammaiah for harassing villagers. After that no incident was reported in the district. Later, Maoists killed an Adivasi youth Ballalshah, a native of Kheriguda under Thiryanimandal in Adilabad district, on October 31, branding him as police informer. One week ago, an exchange of fire also took place between police and ultras in Pembi forest near Shetpalli under Khanapur mandal. In another incident, they recently kidnapped six leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Khammam district.
On the other hand, two Maoists Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy were killed in an alleged encounter with the police near Govindaraopet in Warangal district. Apart from intensifying patrolling in forest area, the police claimed to have take measures to ensure that the youth do not fall prey to the extremists’ activities. Superintendent of Police D Joel Devis visited the Naxalite- affected village in Maha Mutharam and Mahadevpur mandals and interacted with youth and local people. A programme to educate the youth on career opportunities was also organised.
Parts of Malkangiri affected by Maoist bandh call
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Malkangiri, Nov 25: Bandh call by Maoists in Dandakaranya zone protesting against anti-Maoist operations on Odisha-Chhattisgarh border has paralysed parts of district under Mathili block, today. Maoists have posted posters and banners expressing their objection to Operation Redhunt and airstrikes. Locals are finding difficult to travel as vehicular movement is restricted as the rebels have dug up roads in Mahupadar, Salim, Kartanpalli and Kumarpalli areas.
“We have intensified combing operation in the area after the Maoists called for a bandh. If necessary Malkangiri police will take help of Chhattisgarh government and will conduct joint operations to curb Maoist operation here,” Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, Malkangiri SP said. The bandh is called by Darabha division Maoists association, according to the posters.
Police bust arms factory, arrest Maoist in Gaya
Gaya, Nov 24 (ANI): Police in Bihar busted an arms factory and arrested a Maoist. The Bihar Police arrested hardcore Maoist Bipin Vishwakarma, who was running an arms factory for many years in Gaya district. Upon interrogation, Vishwakarma led the police to the arrest of another person Mohammad Sakib, who was supplying arms to the Maoists and criminals from his motor parts shop. Vishwakarma was earlier arrested in 1994 along with another hardcore Maoist Kirani Yadav, who is currently lodged in prison. Apart from various tools used in making weapons, police recovered pistols, drill machines, bullets, gun barrels and shells too.
Maoist kill Naib Sarpanch in Bolangir
Bolangir: Maoists killed Naib Sarpanch Alekha Majhi of Bagdore gram panchyat under the Belpada PS on Monday night. The incident took place when Majhi was returning home from his brick kiln on a bike. Around 7-8 Maoists intercepted Majhi, tied his hands and took him away. The red rebels held a meeting and killed Majhi accusing him of being a police informer. The ultras left posters in which it was mentioned that Majhi had informed the location of some Maoists in 2013. Panic gripped the area after the incident. The deceased is survived by his wife and a five-year-old daughter.
Two Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Nov 24 (PTI) Two Naxals, including a woman, who were active on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border and carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on their head, were arrested from insurgency-hit Rajanandgaon district of the state, police said today. The cadres, Manisha alias Jani Kovachi (29) and Manglu Sori (21), were nabbed by a joint team of security forces from the forests of Bortalav police station limits last evening, Inspector General of Police, Durg Range, Pradeep Gupta told PTI.
Acting on tip-off about frequent movement of cadres active in Darrekasa area committee (Maharashtra) adjoining Bortalav and Dongargarh area of Chhattisgarh, an operation was collectively launched by district force and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the IG said. While security personnel were cordoning off forests between Ghotiya and Udarichhapar villages, they spotted two suspects who were trying to escape from the spot, the IG said, adding they were, however, rounded up after a short chase. They were allegedly involved in several incidents on Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra borders, he added. Based on their instance, security personnel busted a Maoist dump in the region and recovered 311 electronic detonators, two muzzle loading guns, live cartridges, one Motorola wireless set, sharp edged weapon besides some cash, the IG said.
21st November,International Meeting at France,
The world is in a state of quandary after the Paris Massacre which claimed hundreds of innocent lives. This carnage is the product of the military interventions which was spearheaded by the USA, UK, France and other European countries in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and elsewhere. Imperialist countries organize such “conspiracies” to consolidate the mandate of using naked disproportionate aggression against the people and other nation. So we must condemn the Imperialist Countries who created and supported the ISIS against the people and against those who intervened to their interests, profits, oil, and geopolitical control of strategic areas of the world. It is the imperialist, Fascist governments who are most to be blame for such Mindless Bloodbath.
Let’s remember and compare how Kurdish freedom fighters in Kobani fights against ISIS and How the Imperialist destroyed Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and elsewhere. Paris Massacre is a new dramatic and dangerous development to legalize the air-strikes in the name of Democracy and Justice to suppress the genuine revolutionary movement around the globe. It is a new policy which becomes more and more aggressive against the peoples and the working class in order to overcome its crisis. We can see the same process in India, after the successes of Brahmanical Hindu-fascist represented by BJP at the helm of the Government approving air strikes against Indian Maoist.
In the mid of such political mayhem, we are very happy to know that an International Meeting of the Maoist will be held on the 21st November 2015 in France under the aegis of Maoist Communist Party-Italy and Bloc Rouge(Unification of the Maoist) in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the revolt in the Banlieus. Our party which carries forward the legacy of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot had always considered the new democratic revolution that we are preparing in Manipur as an integral part of the world socialist revolution, the party a vanguard contingent of the world proletariat. We are immensely happy for this great significant development initiated by Maoist Communist Party- Italy and Bloc Rouge (Unification of the Maoist)- France. We,the Manipur Maoist, extend our sincere greetings on the occasion and wish the occasion a grand success.
Long Live Proletarian Internationalism.
Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.
Maoist Communist Party-Manipur.
Naxal commander killed in Chhattisgarh
The Chhattisgarh police on Tuesday gunned down a Naxal commander in Maoist-hit Dantewada district, taking the number of rebels killed in various encounters in Bastar region this month to 15. Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap said the encounter took place at around 1 P.M. between a squad of District Reserve Group (DRG) and rebels at Kesapur village under Tongpal police station limits.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of Podia, section commander of Maoists’ military platoon no.13 at Kesapur weekly market, a small DRG team comprising 10 personnel launched the operation in Faraspal, around 450 km from here. On reaching Kesapur, the security personnel spotted Podia and tried to nab him, but suddenly a firing broke out from the other side prompting the policemen to retaliate, he said. When Ultras fled from the spot, security forces cordoned-off the area and recovered the body of Podia, along with a 303 rifle, nine live rounds, a .315 bore revolver and its six live rounds were also seized from the spot, the SP said. (ANI)
Over 250 armed Maoists sneak into agency from Chhattisgarh
VISAKHAPATNAM: Outwitting the move of the security agencies to strengthen their presence in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam, Maoists have virtually doubled the presence of their armed cadres there. AP Police and the central forces are now apprehensive of a major offensive by Naxals in this region in the coming days. “Till October, there were about 250 armed Naxals in the Agency area. Since then, almost another 250 of the cadre has infiltrated into Vizag from Chhattisgarh,” top police sources told TOI.
The development comes a few days after the AP government put in a request with the Centre for deployment of a second CRPF battalion in Agency to counter the fortification of the Maoists in the wake of the anti-bauxite mining protests “We came to know that there has been a very large deployment of additional forces by the Maoists from Chhattisgarh into the Agency area. Several villagers have told us that they have sighted new faces. This points to the new cadre having come from Chhattisgarh. Our forces are on the alert and would soon intensify the combing operations,” Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen told TOI. The new Maoists cadres have been spotted in Pedabayalu, GK Veedhi and Korukonda of the Agency area as well as in Kalimela, Podia, Narayanapatna, and the cut-off area near Balimela reservoir on the Odisha side of the Andhra-Odisha border. According to sources, the Maoists are taking all steps to ensure that the new cadre are not easily visible to villagers.
Maoists sending cadre from Chhattisgarh to AOB
A battalion in uniformed forces’ term consists of 1200 men but for Maoists it is half the size.
One “company” each is positioned in Andhra and Odisha. The CPI (Maoist) is strengthening its presence in the Andhra-Odisha Border area by sending its cadres from Chhattisgarh. This is probably to continue its strong presence after recruitment from local Girijans has come down considerably during the last few years. One “battalion” consisting of 500 to 600 Maoists have been reportedly positioned in Andhra and Odisha border. A battalion in uniformed forces’ term consists of 1200 men but for Maoists it is half the size.
One “company” each is positioned in Andhra and Odisha. This is probably to strengthen the party’s presence as the local Girijans have rose as one to oppose the bauxite mining plans of the State and Central governments in the Visakha and East Godavari Agency area , to start with at Jerrela for which a GO was issued facilitating forest clearance. The security forces have reportedly got conformation of induction of Chhattisgarh cadre in the AOB area after the attack on a BSF party at a place under Chitrakonda police station in Odisha on the border with AP and a few other incidents in Visakha Agency.
The physical structure and the “language” (Hindi, since it is not Telugu or Oriya) as described by some witnesses point out to the fact that they are from Chhattisgarh. The new group is not coming directly in contact with the local villagers and is moving on its own. The Maoists from Chhattisgarh are mostly from a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group and are influencing villagers from the same PVTG community in the Visakha Agency, who themselves have relocated here after being evicted from their original habitats in Odisha and other places due to projects set up there. The situation made the security forces to intensify their combing operations even as the locals wait in apprehension on how the situation would be with anti-bauxite agitation picking up.
THREE IEDS RECOVERED IN SUKMA DISTRICT
Security personnel on Monday recovered as many as three powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from separate locations in Maoist hot-bed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. According to the police, a team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) undertaking anti-Naxal exercises on Jagargunda-Dornapal route falling under limits of Polampalli police station recovered two IEDs from near Kankerlanka hills. The recovered IEDs could be around 10 kg each.
In another incident, the personnel of District Force (DF) have recovered an IED weighing around 15 kg placed by insurgents beneath a road close to village Dharampenta falling under limits of Kistaram police station, added police. The recovered IEDs were immediately defused by experts of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), police informed. To thwart operations in the region by targeting security personnel frequently undertaking operations, the cadres of banned organization plants IED in rough terrains.
Maoist held with large quantity of ammunition
A Maoist has been arrested with large quantity of ammunition from a village under Dev police station area in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip off, security forces comprising CRPF and district police raided Karamdih village yesterday and nabbed a Maoist Chandan Kumar from his house with 330 ammunition of SLR and ten ammunition of semi-automatic rifle, Superintendent of Police (SP) Baburam said. In addition, a bundle of copper wire and 15 m codex wire used for laying landmines were also seized from the ultra’s house, he said.
Baburam said the district police had got a tip off about a self-styled CPI(Maoist) commander Abhijit Yadav’s visit to Karamdih village for subversive activities, but he could not be found there, but the security forces succeeded in nabbing Yadav’s associate, Chandan Kumar.
Woman among four Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Nov 24 (PTI) Four Naxals, including a woman, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district, police said today. The cadres, identified as Ramesh Vetti (22), Faguram Mandavi (21), Panchlal Usendi alias Baiga and Sumitra Darro alias Guddi (20), were apprehended by a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district police force yesterday, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI.
Following an input about the presence of rebels involved in torching as many as 26 vehicles engaged in mining related task at Chargaon-Metabodli mines last month, the joint team of security personnel was dispatched towards the spot, he said. After encircling the spot, the four Naxals were rounded up, the SP adding that during interrogation they confessed to their involvement with the banned outfit. The arrested rebels also admitted to being involved in setting ablaze vehicles in Chargaon mines on October 30 this year, he said.
‘Reds’ torch 4 construction vehicles
JAMSHEDPUR: Suspected Maoists set ablaze four vehicles engaged in road construction work in Kuchai under Kuchai police station of adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district yesterday, said police on Monday. A group of CPI (Maoist) members arrived on motorcycles and torched four vehicles of a road construction company last night, said superintendent of police Indrajeet Mahatha.
Mahatha, who along with DIG (Kolhan) R K Dhan, rushed to the spot today to investigate the incident, said a water carrier, two tractors and a road roller of the construction company were set on fire as the security forces, which have been deployed to secure the completion of the 23 km road between Kathlan to Bababamboo, were mobilized for the first phase of the four-phase Panchayat elections held on Sunday last. Mahatha said the construction company had already completed construction of about 20km under protection of the security forces and the remaining three km was about to be completed when the forces had to mobilised for the first phase of polls. PTI
Naxal involved in tribal youth’s murder arrested
Adilabad police on Sunday arrested Chunchula Bakkanna alias Shankaranna, a 38-year-old Maoist from patha Yellapur of Khanapur mandal ending the suspense of the last few days over his physical well being. He was involved in the murder of a tribal youth Kursenga Ballar Sha at Kheriguda village in Tiryani mandal on October 30 besides the November 18 exchange of fire in the forest area under Pembi police station limits and pasting of posters in villages in his mandal.
Producing him at a media conference at Bellampalli, Adilabad Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi, Bellampalli Additional SP Sunpreet Singh said on reliable information, the naxalite was arrested on the outskirts of Jannaram village early in the day by the Jannaram police who also recovered from him a country made 9 mm pistol and three live rounds. He confessed to the murder and the other events for which he has been booked in a case in Tiryani police station, they added.
Giving out details of the killing of Ballar Sha, Mr. Joshi said a dalam led by Maoist Adilabad Area Committee member Atram Shobhan alias Charles, Bandi Prakash alias Bandi Dada and Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar, among others, had taken the victim to the open place outside the tiny village at 8 a.m. on October 30. They killed him accusing him to be a police informer and being responsible for an encounter in 1995 which was improbable given the age of Ballar Sha at that time.
Four Maoist ultras arrested, explosives seized
Malkangiri (Odisha), Nov 23 (PTI) Four Maoist ultras allegedly involved in many crimes including murder, were today arrested in Malkangiri district with a huge quantity of explosive materials. The ultras, active in Maoist activities for the last over eight years, were captured from Tekguda forest area under Kalimela police station limits during a joint combing by the SOG and police personnel, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.
As many as 825 pieces of gelatine sticks weighing around 110 kg were seized from the red rebels, who operated as militia members in Malkangiri division under Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit, he said. Stating that the gelatine sticks were apparently kept for some major attack, police said the arrested ultras were involved in a number of offences including killings, landmine blasts and loot in the region. They were identified as Ramanath Madkami (24), Jaga Madhi (25), Waga Madkami (28) and Soma Madkami (24). Meanwhile, combing operation was intensified and borders with Chhattisgarh sealed to prevent infiltration of Maoists from the neighbouring state where anti-Naxal drive has been stepped up, the police said.
Odisha Villagers’ Deaths: Maoist bandh disrupts normal life in Kalahandi
Blame police, demand Rs 10 lakh for each killed villager’s bereft kin
Bhubaneswar: Following the dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by the Maoists, protesting the killing of three civilians in police encounter in Karlapat forest last week, normal life has badly been affected in three blocks on Monday in Odisha’s tribal-dominated Kalahandi district. While roads in the three blocks wore a deserted look, buses and other vehicular traffic remained off the roads. Commercial establishments downed their shutters and residents remained indoors at Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Sadar blocks.
The red ultras blocked road by felling trees at various places in Lanjigarh besides putting up posters asking people to make the bandh a success. The bandh call has been given by CPI (Maoist) Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali committee secretary Umakant. Releasing an an audio clip earlier, the top Maoist leader had pooh-poohed the claim of the police that the three villagers were killed in exchange of fire in the Karlapat forest. He had claimed that there was no exchange of fire between the villagers and the security personnel. He has also demanded Rs 10 lakh compensation for each of the bereft family members. Need to be mentioned that, three villagers, including a ward member, were killed and two minors were seriously injured in an encounter by the Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans suspecting them to be Maoists during a combing operation in the Karlapat forest area in Kalahandi district on the previous Sunday of last Sunday.
While the deceased have been identified as Panchu Majhi, Sukru Majhi and Jay Shankar Naik, all natives of Nisanaguda in Panchakula village in the district, Jaya Shankar was a ward member of the village. Meanwhile, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has already directed the DIG (South Western Range) to enquire into the matter and file a detailed report within four weeks.
Tension continues to prevail in Agency areas
Tension continues to prevail in the Agency areas of the district situated in close proximity to the restive inter-State border with Chhattisgarh as the Maoists gearing up to celebrate People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) week early next month and the police bracing to tackle the upsurge in Maoist activities in Bhadrachalam Agency. The Maoists stepped up their activities along the porous inter-State border as was evident from the kidnap of six Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders of the Agency areas from Pusuguppa, a border village in Charla mandal, and their subsequent release near the same village by the rebels on Saturday.
They also intensified the poster campaign as precursor to the PGA week celebrations in the Agency areas signalling their intent to target the ruling party leaders if ‘fake encounters’ continued, enrol cadres into PGA and expand its base in the Agency areas. In a bid to check the resurgence of Maoist activities in the Agency areas, the district police have stepped up counter-insurgency operations, bolstered security for VVIPs particularly prominent leaders of the ruling party, and activated intelligence network, police sources said.
Apart from issuing safety precautions to those on the Maoists’ ‘hit list’, the police department has strengthened the security cover to the VVIPs. A MP-5 sub machine gun, a most sophisticated weapon known for its efficacy in close combat operations, has been allotted to one of the personal security officers of Minister for Roads and Buildings T Nageswara Rao, who hails from the district, a few days ago, sources said. The most advanced MP-5 sub machine guns are mainly used by the elite commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) and other well trained personnel of the security forces, sources added. The new weapon will be of immense help in enhancing security cover to the VVIPs.
ADGP: Beef Up Security in Wayanad
MANANTHAVADY: Newly joined Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) (North Division) Nitin Agarwal convened a meeting of top police officials in the district and reportedly issued direction to beef up surveillance programmes in the backdrop of the recent Maoist sightings near Thirunelli.Nitin Agarwal joined as the ADGP north division in the last week. All DySPs CIs in the district attended the urgent meeting convened by ADGP on Saturday at Mananthavady DySP office. Police were under the assumption that Maoist activities were on the decline in the district following the arrest of Roopesh in Coimbatore. However, a five-member group of ultras appeared publicly near Thirunelli before local body elections held earlier this month.
The group had exhorted the public to boycott elections, pasted posters and distributed pamphlets. To avoid creating panic among the public, police did not adopt conspicuous search operations for Maoists. Even the name of high security polling booths were not revealed to the public to ensure participation of the people in the polling process. However, the meeting has reportedly decided to implement rigorous measures to intercept the rebel outfit. However, top officials in the department remained tightlipped when asked about the details of the meeting. “He came to meet officials. It was not related to Maoism,” said Mananthavady DySP A R Premkumar.
Naxals torch bus in Dantewada, none hurt
Raipur, Nov 23: Naxals today set on fire a bus after asking its occupants to alight in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district. The move by Naxals comes a day after its four women cadres were gunned down in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in the region. The incident took place near restive Gatam village under Katekalyan police station limits when the government-run Jan Suvidha Express bus was on its way to Dantewada from Katekalyan, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. Over 24 armed cadres stopped the vehicle near Gatam, and asked the passengers to get down from the bus after which the Naxals set it ablaze, he said. No one was hurt in the incident, he said.
SECURITY FORCES SEIZE EXPLOSIVES AT WEST SINGHBHUM
Police and paramilitary forces seized a finished can bomb and 50 half-finished can bombs as well as 15 pressure coocker bombs from a place at Goelkera in West Singhbhum district. The police and paramilitary forces razed a camp suspected being run by CPI-Maoist rebels in the dense jungle of Goelkera. The West Singhbhum superintendent of police Michael Raj confirmed about the recovery of the explosives materials from a rebel camp at Goelkera late last evening.
“Acting on a tip off we carried an operation. The camp was located at a village between Tonto and Goelkera which falls under Kolhan region. One of the bombs was finished and was about to be planted along the mud road leading to a CRPF camp. But as the police got an input that there was a full-fledged training camp in place, we raided the place from where we recovered the semi-finished bombs,” said Raj. The police suspect about 50 rebels participating in the training camp at that spot.
“We started launching a massive raid at the camp,causing the rebels and their leader to flee. We are carrying out a combing operation in the entire region,” said Raj. Apart from the explosives and bomb making equipment, the police and paramilitary forces have recovered rice, and eggs from the camp. The sources in the police said that it is suspected that the camp was being run since the past fortnight. Intelligence sources said that the bombs were being made to trigger serial explosions in rebel-infested West Singhbhum during the Panchayat elections.
Escorts of ministers, MLAs restricted from entering festival venue
Imphal, November 22 2015: Unlike previous years, escorts of ministers, MLAs and officers are restricted from entering the venue of ongoing Sangai Festival 2015 at Hapta Kangjeibung. However, escorts of Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and VIPs from outside the State have been permitted inside the venue. Personal Security Officers (PSO) of ministers, MLAs and officers are not included the restriction. Meanwhile, sources informed that security has also been beefed up at the Sangai Festival venues and areas near them after the proscribed United Revolutionary Front (URF) and Maoist Communist Party had announced a ban on the festival. CCTV cameras have also been installed at various places to avoid any untoward incident.
Apart from the Imphal East District Police, police personnel from Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur have been deployed including women police personnel, IRB, and Manipur Rifles to ensure security during the festival. IGP (Zone-1) of Manipur Police, Clay Khongsai after examining the security measures taken up at Hapta Kangjeibung told Hueiyen Lanpao that Manipur Police have taken up special security measures to counter any incidents as few underground organisations had also threatened and banned the ongoing Sangai Festival.
Paramilitary forces have also extended their help to thwart any attempts to disrupt the festival, added Clay Khongsai. He also informed that the ongoing Sangai Festival has been held at various venues including Chandrakriti Auditodium, Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen and Manipur Film Development Society Hall. Providing additional security personnel at various places has been a little task, said Clay Khongsai. He however, exuded confidence stating that every possible effort has been made so that the festival is celebrated smoothly.
Four women Naxals killed by security forces in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Four women Naxals were killed and a top rebel leader injured in a major gunbattle with security forces in the wee hours of Sunday in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, taking to 14 the number of Maoists gunned down in the worst-hit Bastar region in November. Police said that besides two 12 bore guns and its 44 live rounds, a .303 rifle and it’s four live rounds, Rs 19,000 cash, a naxal bag, solar plate, radio, naxal uniforms, food commodities and other Maoist related materials were recovered from the spot.
The operation was conducted jointly by Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Group from Dantewada district and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the forests of Gadiras Police Station area, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, S R P Kalluri, said. Calling the operation a big success, Kalluri said security forces swung into action after they got information about presence of so-called ‘Divisional Commander’ rank cadre Aaytu along with a group of rebels in Gadiras area, which falls on the Sukma-Dantewada border.
Aaytu is the Divisional Committee member of Darbha Division of Maoists and also in-charge of of Malangir Area Committee, which has executed several deadly attacks in the region, including the 2013 deadly Jiram valley massacre, in which top Congress leaders were among 31 people killed. “We received inputs about the presence of Aaytu last night, following which we mobilised our composite forces towards the region to nab him,” the IG said. While cordoning off the forests on top of the Nagalguda Pahad (hill) at around 5 AM, the security forces spotted the Naxals’ hideout and started encircling the spot. Sensing their presence, some of the armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on them, prompting them to retaliate, he said.
After the ensuing gunfight that lasted for about two hours, the ultras fled from the spot leaving behind their belongings, he added. The IG said that Aaytu was shot from close quarters in the gunbattle, but his colleagues managed to drag him inside the jungle. During a search of the spot after the encounter, bodies of four women Naxals clad in uniform, were recovered, he said. The slain naxals were identified as Rame, Sanni, Mase and Pandy, all were active as members of Local Operation Squad (LOS) of Malangir area committee of Maoists, the IG said. With this encounter, the number of Naxals who have been gunned down so far this month by the Bastar Police has reached 14, police said.
..According to the IG, erstwhile Maoist and former Darbha DVC member Badaru, who surrendered before police two years ago and now works as police head constable with Dantewada police, played an important role in “achieving this successful feat” in Sunday’s encounter.
Spring thunder over Telangana again?
Though the TRS had vowed to implement the Maoist agenda during elections in the new State, it, however, wanted to keep the Maoists at bay after forming the government.
Though the TRS had vowed to implement the Maoist agenda during elections in the new State, it, however, wanted to keep the Maoists at bay after forming the government. And when the powers-that-be first realised that the rebels had already crossed the Godavari and were strengthening their bases in Adilabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam districts, they had to act. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao himself asked, “Why did they come?” On September 15, two young Maoists were killed in an alleged encounter by the police. “The CM is conspiring to eliminate Maoists by any means. But, he can’t stop youth from joining the movement,” says the author of the book ‘Understanding Maoists’ and noted social activist N Venugopal.
With abduction of six TRS leaders, the Maoists have sent the government a clear message – “we’re back” With the abduction of six TRS leaders by Maoists from a remote hamlet, Pusuguppa, in Charla mandal in Khammam district late on November 18 evening and their subsequent release on November 21, a message has been sent loud and clear – the outlawed rebels are rising again, like Phoenix, after a thorough cleansing act by the YS Rajasekhara Reddy government in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Yes, gumboots of newly invigorated insurgents and prying policemen have begun crushing undergrowths in the deep jungles of Telangana all over again. The hitherto unseen rebels are apparently fortifying themselves, slowly and silently.
It all began with stray incidents of pamphlets surfacing in some villages including Singaram, Bhoopalpally and Chityal, warning the locals not to be informers, threatening politicians and landlords and warning the authorities of severe action if they did not stop combing operations. The government machinery was quick to act. On September 15, two young Maoists, Sruthi alias Mahitha (23), a native of Vaddepalli, and Manikanti Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar (32), a native of Dharmasagar mandal of Warangal district, were killed in an alleged encounter by the police. It may be recalled that during the election campaign post-bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, TRS supremo K Chadrashekar Rao spoke in a friendly tone on the Maoist issue and even promised the backward people of Telangana to implement ‘Maoist agenda’ if his party was voted to power.
However, even 16 months after coming to power, the KCR government has miserably failed to address the myriad issue that plagued the people in the State. The Telangana unit secretary of Maoists, Haribhushan, reportedly expressed his displeasure over the government indifference on the issue of farmer suicides across the State. He came down heavily upon the CM for chalking out a spend of Rs 100 crore a year on the development of the famed Yadagirigutta temple, instead of using the money for the welfare of farmers. But the root cause of the rebels equipping themselves to strike against the State once again seems to be something different.
Though incidents of the Maoist activities seem to be sporadic, the fact is that the fighting insurgents are not completely wiped out from the undivided Andhra Pradesh. After the militant group lost Nallamala foothold completely and several of its members were killed in ‘encounters’, the remaining members managed to cross river Godavari and find safe havens in Chhattisgarh. Though the banned outfit was inactive in Andhra Pradesh from 2007 to 2014, its leaders were getting going in the deep jungles of Bastar and observing keenly the socio-political developments on this side of the Godavari. While the Telangana movement was going stronger, the Maoists always supported it and they were under the impression that the movement was part of their class struggle, though it was spearheaded by petty bourgeois.
In fact, history tells us that since 1969, the Leftist extremists supported the cause of a separate Telangana, thinking that it would redress the burning issues of hapless tribals and farmers in distress. While the leaders of Telangana agitation always welcomed the Maoist support to the movement, there were widespread apprehensions about resurgence of these elements once the separate statehood was achieved. The police always warned the leaders and the government of possible armed activities by these insurgents in a separate Telangana.
However, after the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) came to power in 2014, the government has become wary of the revolutionaries. It is everyone’s knowledge that the police warned the TRS government not to encourage any armed activity by the Maoists. It may be recalled that since mid-90s, the Centre paid no heed to the demand for a separate Telangana State on the grounds that it would be a breeding grounds for Maoists. Apparently, the TRS government wants to keep the Maoists at bay. And when the powers-that-be first realised that the rebels had already crossed the Godavari and were strengthening their bases in Adilabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam districts, they had to act. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao himself asked, “Why did they come?”
Well, reasons are obvious. They came to Adilabad because there are several issues that dog the district. There are tribal issues of the Kawal Tiger Reserve, forests, coals and open cast mining. Local tribals comprising Gonds, Naikpods and Kollams were displaced in the name of core area and buffer zone, forcing them to leave the forest and move to the plains. As many as 42 tribal habitations in Jannaram, Kadem, Khanapur, Indravelli and Utnoor blocks were evacuated for the tiger reserve. “In fact, there is no confirmation of the presence of tigers in the sanctuary. We have been living in the forests for several years and we are living in complete harmony with the wild animals,” Adivasi Ikya Porata Samithi district president Sidam Shimbu told the local media when they were evacuated.
Though the Telangana JAC opposed the move to make Kawal a wildlife sanctuary as well as open cast mines in the district, once TRS came to power, the government itself took up mining activities, directly putting at stake at the livelihood of aboriginal inhabitants of the forests. In Karimnagar, Khamman and Warngal districts, the Maoists work as a single unit, namely KKW. It is easy for the insurgents to cross the Godavari from Chhattisgarh as both the banks have thick forest belts. Due to the existence of iron ore and coal, a lot of MNC activities are going on in the area, directly affecting the lives of thousands of locals. To add to their woes, a new mineral was unearthed recently, thus forcing tribals to flee 1,500 of forest land.
“The activities of Maoists are reactions to the government atrocities. The government will sure try to suppress the movement at any cost. By all indications, the State is ruthless. They can kill people, but not the movement,” says the author of the book ‘Understanding Maoists’ and noted social activist, N Venugopal. Noted revolutionary poet and well-known author Varavara Rao is also of the same opinion: “Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is conspiring to eliminate Maoists by any means. But, he can’t stop youth from joining the movement. It is a direct result of the government failure to provide employment to the youth in the State. In a testimony to growing desperation among jobless youth, as many as 36 highly educated young men and women went underground to join the Maoist movement just in the last two months.”
MAOISTS ABDUCT 6 TRS LEADERS, DEMAND END TO ANTI-NAXAL OP
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Government faced its first serious challenge from the outlawed CPI-Maoist after the ultras abducted six party leaders in Khammam district bordering Chhattisgarh. In a letter signed by CPI-Maoist spokesperson Jagan, the ultras demanded immediate end to the encounters across Telangana failing which they threatened to kill all the six hostages. Also, they demanded immediate halt to the combing operation by the Greyhound force in Khammam and Adilabad districts.
According to police, the six leaders — Mane Ramakrishna, in charge of Bhadrachalam Assembly constituency, Patel Venkateshwarulu, former Cherala Mandal president, S Suresh, former Mandal secretary, Satyanarayana, former president of Venakatapuram mandal, Rama Krishna, former Sarpanch of Pusuguppa and D Janardhan, former president of Wajedu Mandal — were called by the Maoists for talks at Pusuguppa village under Cherla mandal on Wednesday evening but were not allowed to return. The demand letter that also carried the news of their abduction was sent through courier late on Thursday evening, said officials.
The handwritten letter in Telugu threatened that the Maoists will now start targeting the TRS leaders all over the State if their demand for an end to the encounter was not met. The letter demanded action against police officials involved in the “fake encounter” in Warangal in September last in which two people, including a woman, were killed. Jagan also called upon the people to boycott the Warangal Lok Sabha by-election scheduled for Saturday. The demand was made in the context of a series of incidents of armed clashes between the Maoists and police in northern Telagana district. While two suspected Maoists were killed by police in Warangal, two Maoists were injured or died in an encounter in Khanapur in Adilabad district on Thursday.
Maoists and the human rights organisation have termed the Warangal incident as a fake encounter and held Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directly responsible for it. Police officials said efforts were being made to establish contacts with the Maoists through couriers as the ultras were not using any electronic communication tools fearing that police could trace their location and launch an operation to rescue the hostages. Police and security forces were on a high-alert in Khammam district and vehicles were being searched. And as security was stepped up in the locality, authorities received a second warning letter from Maoists claiming that if any movement of police and security forces was observed in the vicinity they would kill the captives.
This has created confusion in the administration at the district level, as the officials have no idea how to tackle the crisis and how to approach the Maoists. “We are waiting for the clear instructions from seniors,” a local police official said. The hostages are being kept in the deep forest area surrounded by the armed Maoists, said sources. The family members and relatives of the hostages have gathered in Pusuguppa village and tension was prevailing. TRS member of Assembly from Khammam district J Venkata Rao said the State police was on the job.
“We are in touch with police who are chalking out a strategy for the release of our district-level leaders”, he said. The abduction incident has sparked fears of the return of violent activities of Maoists to the region after a gap of nearly ten years. Also, the alarming incident has come in the backdrop of a series of intelligence warning that the Maoists are trying to infiltrate from Chattisgarh and Maharashtra and regroup themselves through fresh recruitment of youth. Meanwhile, in another development Maoists have put up wall posters in Venkatapuram mandal announcing that the anniversary of People’s Liberation Guerilla Army will be celebrated from December 2 to 8. Such occasions in the past witness a surge in the violent activities and attacks by the Maoists, said sources.
Maoists release TRS leaders in Telangana with warning
Hyderabad: Maoists in Telangana on Saturday released six leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with a warning that party leaders will be killed if the government failed to mend its ways. The leaders were abducted from a remote village Pusuguppa four days ago. They reached Charla on Saturday morning after the Maoists released them from their captivity in the forests. With the Communist Party of India (Maoist) releasing the leaders unharmed, their families heaved a sigh of relief.
The TRS in-charge for Bhadrachalam constituency M. Ramakrishna, who was among those kidnapped, told reporters the Maoists sent a message through them, saying if the government did not change its attitude, they would eliminate party leaders from village to state level. The extremists were angry that the TRS that came to power by promising that it will follow Maoist agenda, was adopting repressive policies and killing them in “fake encounters”. The Maoists also demanded that the government immediately stop anti-Maoist operations. The leaders were abducted late on Wednesday.
However, the incident came to light on Thursday after the TRS leaders did not return home from the remote village where they had gone to meet some people. The abduction in the region bordering the Maoist stronghold in Chhattisgarh had caused panic among the ruling party’s cadre. The Maoists had released a letter, making three demands including an immediate halt to “fake encounters” and combing operations. The outfit had threatened to target TRS leaders if their demands were not met.
Naxal arrested after exchange of fire in Gadchiroli
A 35-year-old Naxal was arrested after an exchange of fire with security forces in Nelgunda forests in the adjoining Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, police said today. Birja Wadde, a member of Bhamragarh dalam (squad), was nabbed yesterday after a gun-battle with a group of Maoists, who opened indiscriminate fire on a patrol party of CRPF in Nelgunda forests, they said.
The security personnel returned the fire, forcing the insurgents to retreat into the forests. Some of them took shelter in a village from where Wadde was later captured, police said. Offences under relevant section of IPC have been registered against the ultra for his alleged involvement in Naxal-related incidents.
Wanted Naxalite Gajarala Ashok likely to surrender
Dreaded Maoist Gajarala Ashok, secretary of Dandakaranya special zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist), is reported to have informed Telangana police of his intention to surrender after he claimed to have quit the movement. Police did not confirm whether Ashok is in their custody or was yet to surrender. “He claims to have left the party and intends to come out. But we are yet to see him,’’ a top official said. Accused in many crimes, he carries a reward on his head. Hailing from Chityala of Warangal district, Ashok had been active in Dandakaranya region for over 20 years. He was apparently upset with the leadership after he was demoted over sexual harassment complaints, and was facing some health issues.
Leave coffee plantations to Girijans, say Maoists
The CPI (Maoist) has extended its support to Girijans on the issue of enjoying the benefits of coffee plantations being raised by the AP Forest Development Corporation (APFDC) in the Agency area, even as it continues to exploit their strong opposition to bauxite mining. The APFDC is raising the coffee plantations in more than 4,000 hectares in the Visakha and East Godavari Agency areas by engaging the Girijans. ‘Araku Coffee’, a branded product, gained international recognition. Coffee cultivated in the Agency area is considered to be of good quality because of the use of organic manure and pesticides.
The Maoists are demanding that the Girijans be paid higher wages and given ownership over the plantations. There were instances of the Maoists distributing coffee plantations to the Girijans of villages close to the plantations and destroying coffee godowns and pulp units. A few APFDC employees had also been killed by the Maoists after branding them police informers or accusing them of harassing the Girijans. A few days ago, 947 acres of plantations in RV Nagar east and west areas were reportedly distributed to the Girijans.
On Thursday, the Maoists of the Galikonda area committee pasted posters and threw pamphlets on the road at Teemulabanda in GK Veedhi mandal alleging that the APFDC and the police were harassing and exploiting the Girijans, and demanded that the APFDC leave the Agency by Friday leaving the coffee plantations to local Girijans. Filing police cases against Girijans would result in severe penalty, the APFDC was warned.
Police on Alert Amid Maoists’ Boycott Call
WARANGAL: Tight security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of by-election amidst Maoists’ call to boycott the Saturday’s voting. Police have identified as many as 819 polling stations as hypersensitive, 393 as sensitive and 566 normal in the total 1778 set up for voting in all seven Assembly constituencies. While Bhupalpally Assembly constituency and some parts of Parkal Assembly constituency are considered as Maoist influenced areas, police have taken additional steps for bandobast. Apart from 20 companies of paramilitary force, state police from the district and neighbouring districts have been deployed and a DSP level rank officer has been posted at each police station to monitor the situation.
Heavy security for Jharkhand’s panchayat polls
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in the wake of a Maoist threat to disrupt the first of the four phases of panchayat polls beginning on Sunday, an official said. It will be three-tier panchayat polls. According to police sources, around 55,000 security personnel including troopers of paramilitary forces, Jharkhand Armed Police, the Indian Reserve Battalion and others have been deployed. Maoist guerrillas have put up posters and banners threatening candidates and voters.
REVOLUTIONARY REBEL HEADQUARTERS
SEMI-SKILLED STEEL WORKERS
From the Municipal Transport Company of Wuhu
Delegation sent to the capital to file a complaint
THE ATROCIOUS CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE HOLDERS OF THE BOURGEOIS REACTIONARY LINE OF THE MUNICIPAL TRANSPORT COMPANY OF THE CITY OF WUHU [January 9, 1967]
Supreme directive: “It is up to us to organize the people. As for the reactionaries in China, it is up to us to organize the people to overthrow them. Everything reactionary is the same; if you don’t hit it, it won’t fall. It is like sweeping the floor; where the broom does not reach, the dust never vanishes of itself.”
Look at what atrocious crimes the holders of the bourgeois reactionary line in the Municipal Transport Company of the city of Wuhu (Anhui province) have committed!
The Transport Company is a state company of local interest for the municipality of Wuhu. The majority of workers are former dockers and rickshaw pullers. All were victims under the former regime of oppression and exploitation. Between 1951 and 1957, they were assigned, one after the other, to the Transport Company, where they performed the hardest tasks. Under the correct and enlightened leadership of President Mao and the Chinese Communist Party, they exerted an immense energy. In 1958, during the great movement for metallurgy, ready to face up to the worst drudgery and suffering, they sacrificed their strength for the construction of the country. Struggling day and night in accordance with the number one slogan on the blast furnace front, they transported all the base materials. But since we, from the working class, are the first to obey the Party and President Mao, we provoked the anger of the reactionaries of the bourgeois reactionary line, who then changed the political objectives of the Party, opposed Mao Tse-tung thought and the correct and revolutionary line of President Mao with the goal of annihilating the worker army of the proletariat. Thinking of restoring capitalism in our red country, they introduced a regime of white terror by means of cruelties of all sorts. In order to persecute our brothers from the working class, they committed the crimes exposed below:
1. Political Oppression
During the years 1960-1961, following natural calamities and the withdrawal of the Soviet revisionists, rationing became rather severe. As the Transport workers provide heavy labor, they have quite a strong appetite; certain comrades fell ill and could no longer work. That’s when these gentlemen of the bourgeoisie who held power could use the cruelest methods in establishing their own tribunal and guardhouse. At the level of the company, they introduced the “Rotating Formation Team”; at the level of brigades, there were the “Tiger Sections”; and at the level of sub-brigades, the “Study Groups.” It was thus that they used the method of “waving the red flag to attack the red flag” in order to oppress the workers and persecute the working class. There were comrades who returned late from a holiday and did not have the right to return to work, and generally speaking, comrades who had made comments to the directors on their conduct. But the worst were the comrades who had work accidents: accused of desertion, they were without exception sent to the Rotating Formation Team: beaten, hung from the ceiling, imprisoned, kept in temporary detention. For the comrades who went to the Rotating Formation Team, the Tiger Section or the Study Group, it was worse than prison. Here are the methods that they used in order to persecute workers:
Whether one was committed to the Rotating Formation Team, a Tiger Section or a Study Group, the quantity of labor to be provided was very great. There was only rice porridge for the three daily meals: in the morning for 3 cents, at noon for 5 cents and in the evening for 3 cents. If one did not work, one had nothing to eat. But in any case, there was nothing to eat but fourth-rate food: grasses, barley bran, barley noodles, etc.
All those imprisoned in the Rotating Formation Team were deprived of all their individual freedoms and all activity was subject to restrictions. He who had the misfortune to transgress the rules was immediately beaten, submitted to a criticism meeting, forced to kneel on rocks, forced to stay out in the full sun, forced to spend all day in the cold, etc. Among the dozens of comrades who have perished—victims of this bad treatment—we can cite the names of Yu Laixi, Han Yongshu, Zhang Zhiye, Li Youhou, Yong Zechuan, little Huangniu, Chen Laofa, etc. There are also those who were mutilated during their stay at the Rotating Formation Team: Zhang Changming, Chen Xianhai, Zhu Wendou, etc.
As soon as one was sent to the Rotating Formation Team, one had to get up very early and go to bed very late, no longer being able to distinguish between day and night. The affected workers worked up to eighteen hours a day, and if they did not carry this out via a route of 30 km, they were deprived of food.
All the comrades who were sent to the Rotating Formation Team received no wage. They only received a minimum allocation for food. Social assistance to them was denied in case of a work accident.
2. Oppression by Labor
They used all sorts of illegal methods. Each day they fixed extremely high quotas, such as: 7 tons per head and a 30 km route. He who did not achieve this found that his work was not counted or else he was accused of desertion and had to undergo a criticism meeting that very night.
3. Daily Life
Under the pretext of buying material in order to simplify the work, they swindled the workers by transferring to the Brigade their registration for rice and oil in the Population Registry. For food, the workers were subject to rationing for both provisions and meals. When one worked, one had the right to three meals per day. If one did not work, one had nothing to eat. If one asked for a day off without having the right to do so: nothing to eat. But other than that, they raised animals in the backyard of the canteen and reduced the so-called rations in order to supply the solidarity fund of workers. Beyond that, they had opened a small dining room reserved for cadre, to which all the first-rate food went. For the workers, the daily food was watery lentils, grass, leaves of trees, etc. The workers were appalled but did not dare say a word. It was truly “hell on earth.”
4. Remunerations and Wages
They applied the system of deductions from 6 to 9 or from 5 to 7. This means that each day they retained—under the pretext of promoting mechanization—60-70% of what one made at the price of our sweat and blood. We received no benefit. When we fell ill, we no longer received a wage. In case of need, we received no aid.
5. The Question of Rest
When we worked day and night, there was never a pause. They ignored state regulations concerning labor protections. Of the comrades who never stopped working, they still demanded that they take on supplementary hours. The comrades who fell ill were not treated and could not obtain certificates. They did not deal with those who were ill. They took advantage of the material conditions in order to exercise constraints over the workers. Comrades! These were the cruel fascist methods wielded at the Muncipal Transport Company of Wuhu in order to persecute the workers who, subject to cutbacks in the workforce, to resignations, to lay-offs, ended up by hanging out in the streets, stomachs empty, in rags, no longer knowing where to go.
Can one say that they applied the directives of the Party and the state? No! No! and no! We must wave the red flag of Mao Tse-tung thought higher and unite ourselves more closely in order to unmask in the light of day the handful of leaders who follow the bourgeois reactionary line.
Let us cry: Long live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!
Long live the Chinese Communist Party!
Long live President Mao!
 Mao Tse-tung, in The Situation and our Policy after the Victory in the War of Resistance against Japan (August 15, 1945); Selected Works, Volume IV.
 The no. 1 slogan was, in 1958, the development of heavy industry.
 It was a question of transferring registration packages to the Population Registry (among other things, allowing them to receive rationing tickets of rice and oil), from the neighborhood office (police station) to the Brigade office. Depending on the authority of their employer for sustenance, the workers were henceforth entirely at its mercy.
Translation by Maoist Communist Group
Recently Bloc Rouge (Maoist Unification) has been criticized ideologically on the question of the suburban revolts almost simultaneously by two organizations: OCML-VP and Les Matérialistes (old website “Voie Lactée”). It seems important to answer these criticisms and the way they were brought for two reasons : -to refute the falsehoods that can be found in both texts and clearly reaffirm our line on the question of the revolt of the suburbs and Protracted People’s War. Let’s focus first on the criticism from the OCML-VP who appeared in an article in the latest issue of Partisan Magazine (you can view the entire article here).
First on the form: the polemic is conducted through a magazine without informing us and the provocations are numerous: we note the quotation marks on “Maoists” and “our” that tends to give a patronizing tone, PCmF is qualified as anecdotal … From there we have to raise the level to overcome the sterile debate that the OCML-VP wants to launch and proceed to the real ideological issues. We will not play with words, will not truncate quotes and we will concentrate on the substance of the matter: that of revolutionary strategy, the role of suburbs in it and the meaning of the revolt of suburbs for revolutionaries.
Firstly, the quotes are truncated and constructed from several sentences, in short, a risky and malicious craft which seeks to distort and erase the meaning of the discourse so targeted. It is ironic that an organization claiming to be Maoist makes use of this method: it was the typical method of Enver Hoxha to attack Mao distorting his words one by one in his book Imperialism and Revolution. We invite you to read the brochure in question, “The People’s War in the imperialist countries” which is an outline drafted by the PCmF in 2008 on the issue of the preconditions of the People’s War in France.
The OCML-VP would like us to believe that we confuse revolts (and not “riots” as their article asserts) and revolution, that we are blind to the qualitative leap that has to be made from one to the other. This accusation is ridiculous and baseless, and what OCML-VP is in fact criticizing is that we said loudly and clearly at that time that it was necessary for communists to go to the suburbs, to be on the side of the proletarian youth in revolt against the police and the bourgeois state, in short, to fully support the revolt …
What OCML-VP seeks to attack it is position that the revolt of 2005 suburbs played a role of exposure : it showed the lack of work by so-called revolutionary in poor suburbs while showing that these suburbs have great capacity for revolt. And that is why we say that this revolt is part of the premises of the People’s War in France: it is an essential element to be taken into account in the development of a revolutionary strategy in the French state. The OCML-VP has always rejected the people’s war strategy and the Leninist conception of the party. Thus in the 2000s, it is important to remember that the OCML-VP called on us to vote for the Trotskyist Lutte Ouvrière and previously it had advised voting for Mitterrand !
By postponing the revolutionary perspective indefinitely, the OCML-VP has systematically strayed into opportunist and reformist tendencies : it is what necessarily happens when you imagine the revolution as a remote “Grand Soir” cut off from the reality of today. The strategy of People’s War breaks with this misconception of a distant insurgency following a peaceful buildup of strength to assert among other things the protracted character of the revolution and the need to carry it out with three instruments: the Party, the Front and the Red Army.
This rejection of People’s War by the OCML-VP is pushed to its climax in the resolutions of their last conference (published in late November 2014 here: http://www.vp-partisan.org/article1375.html). In these resolutions on support for People’s Wars in India and in the Philippines, OCML-VP speaks of “armed struggle with a revolutionary political program” to avoid the term Protracted People’s War and deny the qualitative differences with simple revolutionary armed struggle, it denies the strategic aspect of the People’s War developed by Mao Zedong: “Therefore support for revolutionary armed struggles in oppressed countries like the Philippines and India, which are armed struggles with a revolutionary political program, is a political line of demarcation between the organizations claiming communism. “.
It is not support for the People’s War in India and in the Philippines which constitutes a demarcation between the organizations claiming communism but the strategy of people’s war! The support for People’s War by OCML-VP is also very eclectic, we are facing a very opportunist practice : even when in Paris a united campaign to support the People’s War emerged, led by the CRI ( Red Internationalist Collective for the Defense of Political Prisoners), the OCML-VP preferred to go it alone and prepare to launch its own campaign while still operating within the CRI. It is also important to note that these resolutions do not contain any real analysis of French imperialism and how to lead the fight against it. In the same vein we find no analysis of the rise of fascism today. How can a communist organization have a Congress without devoting an important part to the question of French imperialism and the rise of fascism today ?
Here is the substance of the criticism of OCML-VP: a denial of the importance of the revolt of the suburbs for communists in France, a negation of the role of suburbs in the revolutionary process and a denial of the strategy of the People’s War. We are indeed opposed to the OCML-VP on every point. Now, about the website “Les Matérialistes”. For several reasons we will be brief in discussing their article: Les Matérialistes have no practice and only exist virtually, and this website now has an openly chauvinist and reactionary line (exaltation of the “Charlie Spirit”, asserting that sex workers should be put in in re-education camps and other foulness …).
In its article, Les Matérialistes, begin by greatly falsifying the history of the PCmF: it never rejected the People’s War and it never rejected the experience of Gauche Prolétarienne. Our support to the People’s Wars is historical, it dates back to the People’s War in Peru, the PCmF is also historically the only communist organization to advocate the strategy of People’s War in the French state. Regarding our position on the Gauche Prolétarienne,It is very clear: the positive aspects of the Maoists in the years following 68 in France have always been emphasized by us and the fact that our newspaper is called La Cause du Peuple is not insignificant:
“The CdP is a newspaper serving the struggles of the people. It was first promoted by the Gauche Prolétarienne, a Maoist organization after the movement of May 1968. This organization was the most combative of that time. We decided to highlight the CdP to give voice to all the exploited and oppressed, from the perspective of the emancipation of the proletariat and the conquest of power by the workers of our country, alongside the exploited and oppressed of the whole world.”.
We invite all those interested in learning more on the position of the Bloc Rouge (Maoist Unification) about the revolt of the suburbs to come to the meeting that we organize with our comrades of the Maoist Communist Party – Italy this Saturday, from 15:00, 95 Boulevard Felix Faure, 93300 Aubervilliers.
Three youngsters detained by police
Three youths, including an M.Tech student, were detained by the police at the Kothagudem bus stand on Wednesday evening on the suspicion of proceeding to the “strife-torn” areas of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The three were bound over in the presence of Tahsildar in the coal town on Thursday. Their detention was kept a closely guarded secret until they were bound over before the Mandal Executive Magistrate on Thursday. When contacted, Kothagudem one-town circle inspector of police M Ramesh said Vijay, an M Tech student of Karimnagar district, Suman, a Post-Graduate in Sociology of Khammam district, and Prabhakar, a Post-Graduate in Science, of Warangal district were detained while moving under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday evening.
Their antecedents were verified on the suspicion that they were proceeding to the “Maoist-affected” areas in Chhattisgarh to meet some persons, he said, adding that they were bound over to the Mandal Executive Magistrate under section 108 of the CrPC.
Naxal menace: Senior cadres now on radar of Chhattisgarh police
Encouraged by their recent success against Naxals, security forces in Chhattisgarh are focusing on targeting the senior rung of the ultras in South Bastar, the strongest base of the outlawed Maoists in the country. Atleast 10 rebels, including five self-styled “commanders”, were gunned down in the past 17 days in Sukma and Bijapur districts where paramilitary forces along with the state police are engaged in intense anti-Maoist operations since early this month. “On the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the state authority has been focusing on uprooting Naxals from a major portion of Sukma and Bijapur, which is very important from a strategical point of view,” a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Police on Alert After Re-Issue of Maoist Supportive Magazine
COIMBATORE: The recent re-issue of “Saalai Oram”, a Marxist publication sympathetic to the Maoist movement in the district, and the recent instances of stray violence across the border in neighbouring Kerala have put the police on high alert here. Highly placed intelligence sources, told Express that the magazine had been published by a student activist and Maoist sympathizer prior to the arrest of the five suspects, including Roopesh and his wife Shyna in May of 2015. Soon after their arrests, the publication was seized, but a re-issue has recently surfaced, sources said. Intelligence sources suspect that the magazines were published in Coimbatore district by the student activist, who is believed to have gone underground.
“Though the activist is a known sympathizer, we have no evidence to confirm that he had joined the Maoist movement. But there are chances for him to join the movement in the future,” sources told Express. The coimbatore district police have also planned to undertake community outreach programmes on the outskirts of the city. The programmes would help the cops develop better ties with the villagers interact directly with the local community and sensitize them to the movement of Naxals in the region in an effort to gather information from sensitive areas, sources said. Superintendent of Police R V Ramya Bharathi said that the programmes would be geared to build better co-operation between police and the local communities.
“We have stepped up security at vulnerable police stations,” confirmed the Superintendent of Police on Wednesday. Intelligence sources also told Express that the recent clashes between Maoists and police in Agali, just near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, has prompted the police to sound a general alert to prevent the intrusion of Maoists into Anaikatty and other neighbouring areas of the district.
Search on for ‘injured’ naxal
Khanapur police on Thursday continued its search for the Maoists, one of whom was injured in the previous evening’s exchange of fire and are believed to be holed up in the forests of Pembi closer to Shetpalli village in Khanapur mandal. The combing police parties made careful searches of the place, but the effort proved futile until the evening. Adilabad Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi said there was no development so far as combing of the area is concerned. He said the operations to find the extremists would however, continue.
Police resolve to hunt down Maoists
The Maoist dalam which has gone active in Adilabad may not have a safe run of the place any further what with the State government’s reported embargo on encounters in view of the Warangal by-election slated to end in a couple of days. Barring the exchange of fire in Pembi police station limits on November 18, the police in districts which have seen recent resurgence of extremism have currently limited their operations to keeping the movement of the dalams in sight. Given the mood of the police following the October 30 killing of tribal youth Kursenga Ballar Sha at Keriguda village in Tiryani mandal, it can only be said that the anti-extremist forces are impatiently waiting to ‘get going’.
Sources said that the Mangi dalam which was involved in the killing of Ballar Sha, which may now be only 10-member strong, will find it difficult to escape given the intensive police combing in the Mangi forest. This dalam, according to sources, is on the move in the forest area near Rompalli village in the same mandal. Similarly, the two-member action team involved in the exchange of fire on Wednesday is apparently holed up somewhere in the Pembi-Kadem forest area. The extremists have already escaped a couple of exchanges of fire last year and are now said to be moving between Sirchelma in Ichoda mandal and Mangi in Tiryani mandal traversing the estimated 50 km of the dense forest on foot via Udumpur in Kadem mandal.
Their mission seems to be spreading a scare among the poor inhabitants of the villages in the mandals of Indervelli, Khanapur, Kadem and Tiryani by either thrashing 1384420or killing suspected police informers. Threats to informers The naxals, who are active in the villages of Khanapur mandal, are apparently on task to threaten informers through a poster campaign. They were sighted in Pata Yellapur village about a week ago going about this job. The major concern of security forces however, is the support apparently enjoyed by the Maoists in the villages in the entire stretch which has been their stronghold during the heydays of extremism in Adilabad. “Corruption in official machinery and their continued exploitation is perhaps the reason for Adivasis looking up to them,” opined an official, who is into the anti-naxal operations in the district.
Intensive combing operations going on in forest areas in Adilabad district
Fate of six abducted TRS leaders not known
The abduction of the TRS local leaders including the party Bhadrachalam Constituency in-charge Maane Ramakrishna sparked off panic among the ruling party cadres. Even as the whereabouts of six TRS leaders of Bhadrachalam Division allegedly kidnapped by Maoists from remote Pusuguppa village on Wednesday night still remained unknown, fresh posters of Maoists urging people to participate in the ensuing “People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) Week” celebrations surfaced at Suraveedu in Venkatapuram mandal early on Friday.
The abduction of the TRS local leaders including the party Bhadrachalam Constituency in-charge Maane Ramakrishna sparked off panic among the ruling party cadres in agency mandals bordering the strife-ridden areas of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The rebels, through a letter released in Charla on Thursday, put forth three demands including an immediate halt to “fake encounters” and combing operations in agency areas. They issued a direct threat to the ruling party leaders to target them if their demands were not met.
The misery-stricken family members of the two abducted TRS leaders Venkateshwarlu and Suresh of Charla mandal sought the intervention of the Government to ensure safe release of their breadwinners. They submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Tahasildar in Charla. Lakshmi, wife of Mane Ramakrishna, appealed to the Maoists to release her husband unharmed keeping in view the miserable plight of their daughters. The distressed families of the abducted leaders are exploring all channels to convey their plea to the Maoist leaders in the Maoist-dominated areas in adjoining Chhattisgarh, sources said. Meanwhile, the district police have intensified vigil and scaled up security measures in agency areas in view of the sudden upsurge in Maoist activities along the porous inter-State border with Chhattisgarh.
Woman among 2 Maoists killed
Two members, including a woman commander, of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in an encounter with a joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force and the district police in southern Sukma district on Thursday, police said. Around 8 a.m. on Thursday, the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at the team near the Kolayiguda forest. The security personnel retaliated, forcing the Maoists to flee into the forest. The dead bodies of two Maoists were recovered from the encounter spot, a press release issued by Sukma police said. She carried a reward of Rs. 5 lakh on her head
Odisha: Huge cache of explosives seized in Malkangiri
Bhubaneswar: A huge cache of explosives and articles used by the Maoists was seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel during combing operations on Thursday from Mediguda forest near Motu in south Odisha’s Maoist-infested Malkangiri district. The BSF personnel seized a three kilo tiffin bomb, six gelatin sticks, plastic bags, two detonators and other articles used by red rebels, police sources said.
Security personnel have seized huge quantities of articles used by Maoists from the spot, while both sides exchanged fire, sources said. COBRA battalion jawans and Chhattisgarh police raided Beji forested area following intelligence inputs of Maoists holding a camp in the area. Combing operations in the area was launched following intelligence inputs of Maoists planning a major attack on the police, the sources said.