Maoist killed allegedly by his associates
A Maoist has been allegedly killed by his associates at a village in Bihar’s Munger district suspecting him to be a traitor, police said today. Unidentified Maoists slit the throat of their associate, identified as Md. Naushad, at Babhangama village last night and left behind a pamphlet justifying the killing, the police said. The pamphlet said the killing was a “fair justice for a traitor like Naushad”, the police said. The body has been sent for post-mortem. A case was egistered in this connection and raids wereon to nab those involved in the killing, the police added.
Arrows, adivasis & suspected rebels
LOBA(BIRBHUM): President of Loba Krishi Jami Raksha Committee (KJRC) Felaram Mandal borrows a bow and an arrow from an adivasi neighbour in his native Babupur village, takes aim and shoots. The arrowhead pierces the stalk of a thin tree, some 20 feet away, the fletchings at the tail end quivering a little. “That I can shoot an arrow does not make me a Maoist,” says Mandal, a farmer. “Since my childhood, I have been living with my adivasi friends in the same village. I have learnt from them how to shoot an arrow. Adivasis are not Maoists just because they possess bows and arrows.”
Rajaram Hembram, resident of Babupur, smiles. “With these bows and arrows we shoot pigs, hares and other small animals. In the month of Baisakh we have our shikar festival at Gar Jangal.” Some police officials suspect Maoist presence in Loba since the violence on November 6, when an arrow pierced the helmet of a policeman and injured him. “Think of the penetrating power of the arrow. Its shaft was also peculiar, thin and strong. Such arrows are not used by adivasis in these parts,” says an official at Suri.
“Without some backing, it is difficult for Loba agitators to organize resistance against police.” A digging machine of a private company that villagers of Loba had impounded on December 19 last in protest against purchase of land for a coal mining project still lies at the corner of a paddy field. “We will not release the machine till our issues are settled. Its impounding is symbolic. The machine is the evidence that mining by force was going on here,” says KJRC convener Ashis Misra. “Pressure must be kept up on the government to settle the land price and rehabilitation issues.”
KJRC will hold a ‘dharna’ in Kolkata on December 13. A senior Birbhum district police official gives KJRC the benefit of doubt, though he agrees that Birbhum has a history of Maoist activities, particularly in the police station areas of Khayrasol, Rajnagar and Dubrajpur. “The agitation at Loba is not anti-land acquisition. People want to give their land and want the project.
But they want a better price for their land. It is not the Maoists’ cup of tea.” The area has history of organized attacks on policemen by criminal elements, like a coal mafia, says the official. But he fears if the Loba problem lingers, Maoists may try to take the opportunity to infiltrate. “We do keep a tab. No Maoist has been arrested at Loba. But their signature is there in nearby areas, like posters.” Rather, opposition parties are helping the Loba agitation to crystallize, he thinks.
Hardcore Maoist held at Jharkhand border
Meanwhile, the Rourkela police on Saturday in joint operation with a special squad arrested a hardcore cadre of the CPI(Maoist) from the Kaliaposh-Jharbeda jungle at the Odisha-Jharkhand border under the Bisra police station, Rourkela. Rourkela SP Himanshu Lal told reporters that basing on intelligence inputs regarding movement of the Maoists in the Kaliaposh-Jharbeda jungle an operation was launched at the wee hours of Saturday. Ram Gagrai (23) alias Ram alias Chhotu of Tirilposhi under the Jaraikela police station of West Singhbhum, Jharkhand, who was highly active in the Saranda forest at the Inter-State border was apprehended at about 8 am.
Gagrai had confessed to have been involved in the Langalkata encounter case under the K Balang police station. He was also involved in a number of other Maoist violence cases at Odisha-Jharkhand border area since 2008, including abduction and murder of villagers at Topadihi and Lagalkata under the K Balang PS in December 2010. He had joined the Maoist organisation in 2007 being threatened and picked up by Anmol Hembram alias Samarji, the then secretary-cum-spokesman of the Dakshin Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee of the CPI(Maoists), informed Lal.
He was also named an accused in the murder case of ex-Home Guard Kandri Lohar (28) and her minor son Sib (4) on February 12, 2012 near the Mahipani railway gate under the Bisra PS. In another incident, joint forces, including BSF, SOG and local police personnel escaped unhurt a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists at Kanaguda under Kalimela police station limits in Malkangiri district on Saturday while they were going to join a combing operation in the nearby jungle.
On a tip-off, the joint forces had started a journey to arrive at Kanaguda to conduct a raid on a Maoist camp, but on the way, they faced the landmine blast. There was an exchange of fire between the police and the ultras. Finally, the red rebels fled the place and the police recovered a huge cache of explosives, wires and landmines from the camp. The Maoists also planted another landmine targeting a police jeep at Gamphakonda in the district that blasted on Saturday, but no police personnel were injured in the incident, sources said.
Wanted woman Maoist arrested
A wanted woman Maoist belonging to the Bikas squad was arrested by the joint forces from Lalgarh area of West Midnapore district, police said today. Manasi Baske(27) alias Sita, who hails from Moaist-hit Salboni area was arrested last night. Police had been on the lookout for her for a long time under sedition charges and Arms Act. Baske was produced before the court of Jhargram additional chief judicial magistrate P Chatterjee who remanded her to five days in police custody.