Peoples War in India Clippings 15/12/2012

Anti-Maoist operations spread across Dalma

With reports suggesting ultras belonging to banned outfit CPI (Maoist) trying to regain their grip at Dalma, Bodam and Patamda where they have almost been eliminated in the anti-insurgency operations carried out during the past couple of years, a joint force of CRPF and district armed police engaged in flushing out ultras of CPI (Maoist) on Friday launched an offensive operation at the Dalma area.

According to information acting on a tip-off, the security has been beefed up in Dalma Hills and forces are on with search operation to nab the ultras. The district police confirmed to have launched a fresh anti-insurgency operation in the Bengal border along the Dalma-Patamda and MGM area. A combing operation was started at Bota and Konkadasa villages deep into the sprawling Dalma.

Though the police and paramilitary forces did not come across any rebels as such, in the initial state they have found evidence of the armed Naxals roaming in a number of villages which till 2009 December used to be a stronghold area of the rebels. Revealing about the fresh movement of Naxals district, Superintendent of Police (rural) Rajiv Ranjan Singh said that they had information that an eight-member armed squad of Naxals are frequently visiting Konkadasa village since the past one month. “We cannot reveal much on the operation due to security seasons.

We have started anti-insurgency operation only after getting authentic information about the Naxals’ movement in the villages on the Dalma hills,” said the senior police officer. “The CRPF’s Asanbani camp was shifted to Giridih despite strong protest by the local villagers against the shifting of the camp. But after the recent intelligence input that the rebels’ outfit, CPI (Maoist) had a major reshuffle at the top level in the eastern India, the Naxals have once again started sneaking into the hills,” said the SP (Rural).

According to intelligence report, there is no area commander in Dalma, and some senior rebel leader from neighbouring Purulia district is holding command of hills. Sources reveal that the armed squad which does sneak into selected villages on the hills is motivating the villages to provide shelter to the rebels like they used to get till December 2009. Sources informed that apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the operations and patrolling had been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring States. Strict vigil is being kept in Maoist-affected pockets of the district including Dumaria, Bodam and Potka.

Maoists blast house in Jharkhand

Ranchi: In a deadly attack, a Maoist group blasted the under-construction house of an arrested cadre in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district on Saturday, the police said in a statement. Praveen Da’s house was at Nawadih in Bokaro district, around 130 km from Ranchi. Police said the house was blasted as as the authorities had displayed banners of the anti-Maoist campaign on it. Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.

Maoist killed, nine held in Abujhmaad

A suspected Maoist was killed and nine arrested in Abujhmaad, Chhattisgarh. The police believe at least eight other Maoists were also killed in the operation that was launched on Wednesday and is still on. “We suspect nine Maoists were killed, though only one body has been recovered. Our teams are still in. We are yet to receive all information,” Kanker SP Rahul Bhagat told The Indian Express.

The arrested included six women and three men. “Four of them were uniformed Naxals,” Bhagat added. The operation “12-12-12” also busted two Maoist camps and seized banned literature, syntax water tanks and other goods. The operation was launched Wednesday evening as three teams of 80 personnel each entered Abujhmaad from Pakhanjur and Bande. While one camp was busted between Konge and Pangur villages on Thursday, the other was between Beenagunda and Hanchekot.

CRPF guns down Naxal

In a major success to the anti-Naxal operations, the 170th battalion of CRPF force gunned down a Maoist and recovered tiffin-bomb, detonators, guns in the Maoist-dominated Kachlaram area, about 48 kms from the district head quarters Bijapur. Sub-divisional Officer of Police (Naxal Operation) Ashok Singh talking to The Pioneer informed that CRPF received inputs about presence of military squad of Maoists in the densely forested and Maoist dominated Kachlaram and Kajed Nullah.

“We had inputs that the Maoists were stationed in the area for past two days,” said SDOP. Acting on the inputs the Commandant of 170th battalion Rakesh Rao led the forces to the spot which is about 14 kms from Madded police station. To reach Kachlaram, the force had to cross five heavily forested hills and valleys.

After reaching the spot, police started to cordon-off the Maoist group. However somehow the ultras got alerted about the advancing of CRPF and they opened indiscriminate fire on the police party. In reply the CRPF also retaliated. “After the gun battle that lasted for about one hour the insurgents of left wing fled away. During the searching of the area, the police found dead body of a Maoist who was identified as Kawasi Budhram. Police have recovered 23 detonators, tiffin-bomb, and ammunitions of 315 bore rifle, muzzle gun, daily used items and ‘pitthu’.

Four naxals held, another gunned down

RAIPUR: Security forces have arrested four Maoists during an encounter in Kanker district while another Naxalite was gunned down in Bijapur district, both in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Police said the encounter took place in the forests when three teams of Kanker district police and Special Task Force (STF) were patrolling in the forests of Konge and Panjur forests.

The rebels opened fire at the security forces, leading to an encounter that continued for hours together. Police said they have recovered the body of a slain naxalite and claimed that at least eight rebels might have lost their lives in the encounter. The security forces also destroyed a Naxalite camp in the forests of Bilamunda and Kuti. The rebels, however, managed to escape.

Meanwhile, the security forces gunned down a Naxalite in Bijapur district in an encounter and recovered a muzzle loading gun, 23 detonators, and grenades from the encounter spot.

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