Peoples War in India Clippings 6/12/2012

Three Maoists arrested in Koraput

Three Maoists, who were arrested by the Koraput police during combing operation on Tuesday under the Narayanpatna police limits, were produced at a Press conference held by DIG of Police (SW Range) SS Debdatta Singh on Wednesday at Koraput. The Maoists were identified as Relin Mandangi (24), Uje Sirika (35) of Panabadi village and Tulsa alias Sunita Sirika of Musalmunda village under the Narayanpatna police limits.

They belong to the Jana Natya Mandali group of the CPI (Maoist) central committee, the police said. The police also seized a country gun, five pairs of Ghungur (used in dance), 15 meters of service wire, 15 meters of aluminum wire, a camera, two mobile phones, Maoist literature and CMAS literature, DIG Singh informed. The DIG said that during observation of the third day of the PLGA Week by the Maoists, the Jana Natya Dalam was engaged on a membership drive. On intelligence input, the police raided the venue at Panabadi village. Over 100 Maoists supporters, who were in the congregation, fled the spot seeing the police.

The local police and CRPF Jawans, however, caught hold of the three ultras, he informed. The arrested had indulged in many Maoists activities and would be forwarded to court on Wednesday, the DIG said. The accused Sunita is the main office bearer of the Jana Natya Mandali of Andhra-Odisha Border State Zonal Committee, police sources said. However, CMAS chief Nachika Linga, AOBZC secretary Daya, hard core lady Maoist Aruna, including the Maoist supporters Lasu Wateka, Dambu Nachika, Utara Nachika, Gita Tadingi and Shanti Mandinga, who were enlisted in police warrant could managed to flee the spot during the raid, sources said.

Maoists eyeing N Bengal tea belt, warn police

JALPAIGURI: Forced on the back foot by the joint forces in South Bengal, the Maoists are now targeting the Rajbongshis and the tea workers of the state’s northern parts, fear the police. They believe the dissatisfaction of both groups with the state and central governments will give the rebels the perfect ground to take their movement forward. “Starvation, lack of jobs, underdevelopment and deprivation helped the CPI (Maoist) to spread its roots in the districts of south Bengal. The situation is quite the same here. Such a movement can hit the tea belt any moment.

Maoists have been visiting the region regularly,” warned a senior police officer. When it was launched, the Kamtapuri movement had received great support from the Rajbongshi community. While demanding for a separate state, the movement had highlighted the Rajbongshi’s plight and how they were deprived by successive governments. Both Kamtapur People’s Party (KPP) and Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) had been able to garner supporters for the movement. After police banned the KLO and KPP split following internal strife, the Rajbongshis were left high and dry. But the governments failed to wake up and address their grievances.

The tea workers’ condition is even worse. With the tea industry suffering a crisis, the workers have been the worst hit. But little has been done to pull them out of their plight. The tribals living in the tea belt have been demanding land rights for quite some time, but nothing has been done to satisfy them. So, it’s obvious that the Maoists are trying to take advantage of the situation and are reportedly trying to make inroads into this belt, say the police.

The rebels are reportedly visiting the tea belts and the Rajbongshi-dominated areas regularly and trying to bring people under their banner. And, the police fear that it won’t be a tough job. The Centre is already thinking of declaring two districts of Assam – Tinsukia and Dibrugarh – as ‘Maoist-affected’. Incidentally, both these districts are tea belts similar to the Dooars.

Maoists destroy construction site, trigger panic among locals

Saran, Dec 06 (ANI): Continuing with their tradition of targeting and carrying out rampage in the democratic and civil institutions of the country, the Maoists destroyed the construction site of Madhucon agency and set many vehicles on fire at Saran district, a rebel-infested area in Bihar.

Maoist mediator son arrested, 2 pistols seized

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 5 The Orissa police on Wednesday arrested Sangram Mohanty, son of the Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty, on the charge of supplying arms and ammunition to the red rebels. According to police, Sangram along with friend Kailash was nabbed when he was going to Mohana area in Gajapati district to supply two pistols and over hundred rounds of bullets to the Maoist cadres operating in the area. Besides pistols, `16,000 was seized from them. Dandapani Mohanty, however, dismissed the police claim and said his son was kidnapped at gun-point by plain-clothing police when he was going to a garage to repair his bike. “The police has decided to eliminate my family. At around 10.30 am, when my son was going to a local garage police officials intercepted him and lifted him a Bolero vehicle.”

Maoist leader arrested in Assam

A Maoist leader from Jharkhand Anil Kharwal alias Anandji was arrested along with his brother-in-law in Tezpur on Thursday, police said. Thirty-four-year-old Anandji, who is the zonal commander of Latehar, Garwah and Palamau districts of Jharkhand, was arrested from a hotel in Tezpur town, Sonitpur Additional Superintendent of Police P.K. Nath said. His 24-year old brother-in-law, Anil Singh, a former employee of Power Grid Corporation of India, was also taken into custody though his involvement with the outfit was yet to be ascertained, Mr. Nath said.

The duo had checked into the lodge last night and was arrested following specific information received by the police. Anandji hailed from Dewar village in Latehar district and had joined the outfit in 2002. There are 18 cases registered against him in Jharkhand and he carried a reward of Rs. 5 lakh on his head. He was also jailed for eleven months in 2007. Police suspected that he had come to Tezpur to organise the outfit in the remote areas of the district. Latehar police in Jharkhand have been informed about the arrest.

Woman Naxalite killed in encounter

A woman Naxalite was killed in an encounter near the Hikker forests in the Etapalli division of Gadchiroli district on Tuesday. According to the Gadchiroli police, the Naxals opened fire on a police team that was carrying out a combing operation in the jungle along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. The woman was killed when the police returned the fire. The firing continued for about half an hour, said the police.

According to police sources, the Naxals escaped into the forest with the body of the woman. Police have recovered one rifle, two backpacks and some Naxal literature from the encounter spot. This is the second casualty of a woman on the Naxal side in the district in the last 10 days.

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