Seven wanted Maoists arrested in Kanker district
In a major success for security forces engaged in Kanker district, police nabbed seven wanted Maoists from Tadoki village, Kanker on Friday. Three out of the arrested Maoist carried cash reward of Rs 4,000 on their arrest. According to police, they received inputs inputs about presence of a group of Maoists in the jungles of Malmeta and Mohur Pata under the limits of Tadoki police station during the wee hours of Friday.
Acting on the tip-off a team of district force (DF) and Border Security Force (BSF) was formed which reached the spot. However some of the Maoists somehow got alert and fled away taking benefit of the darkness. The force, then, cordoned-off the area they had information about the presence of Maoists and nabbed the insurgents. The ultras were identified as Shobhiram, Samrath Nareti, Ghadwaram Gond, Jahanuram, Premlal alias Billu Nareti, Gannuram Nareti and Ramnath all residents of Matmela village.
Police said Bhanupratapur police have registered four criminal offences against Premlal alias Billa while two cases against him are registered with Antagarh police station. In the same way Gannu Nareti is wanted in a criminal cases registered at Tadoki police station and two at Antagarh police station.
Further two cases have been lodged against Samrath alias Ramesh with Tadoki police station and one at Antagath police station, while one case each has been registered with Tadoki police station against rest of the arrested Maoist, police maintained. Police informed that Premlal, Samrath and Gannuram were working as an active Maoist for past 5 years and police had declared cash reward of Rs 4,000 each on their arrest. Meanwhile police have claimed of getting vital information from the arrested Maoist.
Maoist arrested in Garhwa
Garwha (Jharkhand): A self-styled area commander of the CPI (Maoist) has been arrested from the forests of Bilaiti Khair in the Maoist-hit Garhwa district, the police said here Saturday. On a tip-off that Mukhlal Yadav was in the forest area, the security forces conducted raids and apprehended the Maoist yesterday, according to Superintendent of Police Michael S Raj. “A gun and 1,540 cartridges were seized from his possession,” the SP said. The arrest came on the eve of the Maoists’ Week from November 24 to 30.
Maoists kill village guard in Odisha
Maoist ultras shot dead a village guard at Dasmantapur village in Odisha’s Koraput district, police said Saturday. The incident took place last night when Gaura Chandra Dalai along with others was attending a function at the village temple. About 50 people including some armed ultras arrived at the temple and forcibly took away Dalai.
He was shot point blank at a place about half a kilometre from the temple, police said. The ultras left a message, saying that Dalai was regularly giving information about them to police.
Naxals support cane growers’ stir, call government oppressive
NAGPUR: Naxalites have come out in support of sugarcane farmers’ of western Maharashtra agitating for higher prices for their produce. The Maoists have blamed state home minister and other ministers for stifling the protests. The Maharashtra state committee of Communist Party of India (Maoist), through a press release, said government was suppressing the farmers’ agitation.
The outfit also claims that state government’s oppressive measures through police, whether against tribal farmers growing paddy in Gadchiroli or western Maharashtra’s sugarcane growers, showed its anti-farmer stance and also tendency to silence any voice of dissent. State home and guardian minister of Gadchiroli RR Patil has been criticized for police firing on the agitators. Former deputy CM Ajit Pawar too has been targeted.
The Naxals’ openly coming out to express solidarity with sugarcane farmers now is likely to leave the security agencies with some brainstorming to do. The Naxals are learnt to be trying to infiltrate the organizations working with the agrarian issues, tribal, displaced people, industrial labourers and backward classes apart from the students and intellectual bodies. Their objective is to bring the different anti-government forces together and stage violent agitations.
The security agencies did not rule out Naxal brain behind the violent agitation at the Maruti Suzuki’s plant at Manesar, where one senior executive died and many others were injured. The farmers’ protests, which spanned across different districts like Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Satara and others, saw deaths of two farmers including one due to police firing earlier this month. Many others were injured. The agitators also resorted to violence torching state transport buses and police jeep.
The Naxals have launched an attack on chief minister Prithviraj Chavan stating that his distancing himself from the issue by stating that price was not government’s lookout had exposed his anti-farmer stand. Police’s relentless action on peasants with lathi-charges and firing apart from jailing the leaders spearheading the protest also indicated the same, the release said. The Naxals alleged that the state government was siding with sugar barons who have been exploiting the farmers.
Naxals may soon resort to violence
RANCHI:Jharkhand’s special branch has warned that the Maoists are likely to strike in the next seven days. The Maoists have announced that they would observe ‘martyrs week’ from Saturday. Since it would be the first death anniversary of former politburo member of the party Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji, the Reds might resort to violence, the special branch report has warned. Kishanji was killed in an encounter on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border on November 24 last year.
The recent Maoist ambush while a transit of jailed miscreants was taking place in Giridih, in which the Reds freed eight of their comrades, has kept the state police on its toes. The Union home ministry has already alerted all the Maoist-hit states in the country. The state intelligence has also reported that Maoist activities in the districts have increased in the last one week and their movement is felt in the forests. Jharkhand police spokesperson and special branch IG S N Pradhan said, “Maoists have plans to resort to violence.
We have got reliable reports about their plans and we are ready to deal with them.” An undisclosed number of battalions of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and several battalions of CRPF along with Jharkhand Jaguar, apart from Jharkhand Armed Police have been deployed in sensitive locations well in advance. The Jharkhand police have also kept choppers in the stand by to deal with any emergency.
No official in the department spoke more about counter mechanism put in place by the state police. A police source, however, said the primary areas of concentration are the undisclosed pockets of South and North Chota Nagpur plateau. Palamu, Latehar, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum, and Saraikela are also under watch.
The police have also been informed that the Maoist movement from West Bengal to Jharkhand might take place during the week. The armed group of the Maoists’, People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), arranges all activities related to the martyr week, be it meetings, prayers or attacks. Earlier the guerrilla used to observe the martyr week in memory of their dead comrades in the first week of December. It is for the first time that the dates have been changed. “It seems that the development (change of dates of the martyr week) is to pay homage to Kishanji,” said an IPS officer.
Hardline strategist to replace Kishenji
CPI(Maoist) politburo member and hardline strategist Katakam Sudarshan alias Anand, who carries a reward of Rs. 12 lakh on his head, is poised to replace Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji as the supreme leader of the leftist rebels in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. Kishenji was killed by security forces in a gunfight a year ago. Sudarshan is known for his ability to draw up strategies in both the political and military spheres of action and mostly works at the planning stage. “We have information that Anand, who is a politburo member and among the senior leaders of the party is replacing or has replaced Kishenji. He would be or is heading the eastern regional bureau of the CPI(Maoist).We have alerted our forces who are keeping a strict vigil,” said a home department official.
Sudarshan, who hails from Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh, is an engineer by training. He joined the Maoist fold in the 1980s. The police describe him as “a soft spoken stocky man around 5ft 2inches tall with a dark complexion”. Security forces suspect that Sudarshan planned the massacre of 72 CRPF jawans in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh in 2010. He lost his partner Sadhana, who was the Maoists’ Adiladab district secretary a few years ago
.“Sudarshan is not a pacifist like Azad and was against his party’s initiative to hold talks with the government. He is one of the orthodox senior members who believe in the rule of the gun,” said a senior police officer. State police sources said Sudarshan replacing Kishenji would have serious political and security ramifications in Bengal. The joint forces believe that the Maoists, who are trying to gain lost ground in the three Bengal districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, would also try to spread their bases in other districts where they have a marginal presence.
Naxal convicted, gets seven years in jail
A Naxal accused of involvement in attack on a police team in Bhamragarh tehsil in 2010 has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by the District Court here. According to police, a shoot-out took place between the police and the Maoists in the forest between Pidmili and Piddur in on July 4, 2010 when the Special Anti-Naxal Squad and a team Cobra jawans were conducting a combing operation. Bamu alias Monu Dewa Miccha (20), resident of village Bhusewada, was arrested during the encounter and charged with attempt to murder and offences under Indian Arms Act. The court yesterday sentenced him, and also imposed a fine of Rs 500 on him.