Peoples War in India Clippings 12/12/2012

540 securitymen killed in anti-Maoist operations since 2010

New Delhi,: 540 police and security force personnel were killed during the anti-Maoist operations across India since January 2010, Minister of State for Home R P N Singh told the Rajya Sabha today. Government has so far disbursed an ex-gratia amount of Rs 3 lakhs to each of the families of the 540 security personnel, he said in a written reply.

“The next of kin of personnel killed by Left Wing Extremists are entitled to get a lump sum ex-gratia compensation of Rs 15 lakhs and an appointment on compassionate ground is given to one of the dependent members of the family if the dependent member submits an application for such an appoitment,” he said. The minister added that besides the central government, state governments too have their own policy for payment of ex-gratia to the families of the police personnel killed in action.

COBRA jawans beat villagers

Angry jawans of 201 CoBRA (Combine Battalion of Resolute Action) battalion allegedly thrashed the villagers including Sarpanch of Chintalnar village creating panic and anguish among people on Tuesday. Notably the jawans had a fight with Maoist insurgents yesterday near Ravaguda in Chintalnar area. Anguished over the Naxal assault, CoBRA jawans allegedly started assaulting people at Chintalnar Chowk Tuesday morning. According to sources when the people objected jawans who were beating people on suspicion the angry CoBRA jawans started beating Sarpanch of village. They even threatened to beat up the Chintalnar Chwoki police outpost in-charge.

After hours of beating they left the injured people. The victims have lodged a written complaint with the Dornapal SDOP who promised them to investigate the incident and initiate action against the guilty.

Police claim end of Chandrapur area committee

CHANDRAPUR: Arrest of accused Naxal cadre Sanjay Bawane has brought curtains down on Chandrapur area committee of CPI (Maoists). Chandrapur police in coordination with their counterparts in adjoining districts has successfully purged out the active urban Naxal movement in the district in last two years. “Bawane was last known member of Chandrapur area committee active in the field. He was arrested on Sunday. All six members of Chandrapur area committee of Maoists in police records are now under arrest. Hence active field activities of this committee have come to an end,” said superintendent of police Rajeev Jain.

As per police records, the Chandrapur area committee of CPI (Maoists) had six members headed by Bhimrao alias Bhanu Bhovte. Other members included Bhanu’s wife Sunanda Bhovte, Maroti Kurwatkar, Mayuri Bhagat, Pramod Ghodghate and Sanjay Bawane. They all were involved in antinational activities with Deshbhakti Yuva Manch that worked for deceiving and luring of college students and workers in Naxal movement. After this front organization was busted in early 2008, they disappeared and started working underground. “Chandrapur is a rest zone for Naxalites. Chandrapur area committee’s work was to spread their ideology among students and workers and lure them into active Naxal movement. They also worked as courier for supply of arms and ammunition to Naxal dalams working in Gadchiroli and Gondia districts,” said Jain.

Arrest of Bhanu Bhovte, who was also member of state committee and his wife Sunanda in December 2010 by Gondia police was a big blow to the movement in Chandrapur. Other member of Chandrapur area committee Mauri Bhagat was arrested with two other women Naxals from Pune in April 2011 by anti terrorist squad (ATS). After Bhovte, Kurwatkar assumed command of Chandrapur area committee, but he was arrested in January this year. Other member Pramod Godghate was arrested later in July. “Arrest of Sanjay Bawane, the last known member of Chandrapur area committee, on Sunday has brought the function of this committee to an end.

There are a few Naxal front organizations and sympathizers operating in district. However, their activities are on backfoot and all of them are under surveillance,” said Jain. A few members of Deshbhatki Yuva Manch are still at large, but there are no reports of their presence in this area, he added.

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