Peoples War in India Clippings 27/12/2012

Senior Naxal leader Narmada killed in encounter in Gadchiroli

The senior Naxalite leader and the lone female member of central committee of CPI (Maoist), Narmadakka is believed to have been killed in a police naxalite encounter, near Hiker village, bordering Abujhmad of Chhattisgarh, in south Gadchiroli recently. According to reports, the Naxalites attacked a police party on December 4 last in Hiker jungle under Aheri tahsil of Gadchiroli district, during a routine patrolling.

The police party retaliated and a woman naxalite was killed while four-five other Maoists were injured in the fierce hour-long firing, informed Mohd Suvej Haq, the superintendent of police (SP), Gadchiroli district. “The naxalite managed to carry the body and fled the scene,” Haq said. The intelligence sources identified the women naxalite killed in the encounter as Narmada.

“We also hear about it from our sources. Now we are waiting for the confirmation from the naxalite,” he said. It was said that she was buried at Malwada tribal village in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. Narmadakka (46) was appointed as divisional secretary of South Gadchiroli division a few years ago after the death of Shivanna. She was later elevated as chief of the women wing of CPI (Maoist) and subsequently as central committee member. She was the second female activist in the CPI (Maoist) organization who was selected to the central committee after Anuradha Gandhi.

Gandhi, wife of Kobad Gandhi, a polit bureau member of CPI(Maoist), who is now in jail, died of malaria, a few years ago. Narmada, who was believed to be killed in the encounter, belonged to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and was a college dropout. After taking over reins of the Gadchiroli unit a few years ago, she set up five different platoons — an aggressive military force — in her territory equipped with modern arms, ammunition and latest communication network to counter the state machinery. She was the wife of CPI (Maoist) ideologue Sudhakar allias Kiran, who works for its publication division. Sudhakar is now a polit bureau member of CPI (Maoist). Narmadakka death would be a major blow for the naxalite movement in Dandakaranya region as she was instrumental for mobilising women folk for the ultra-left movement in the area.


Surrendered Maoists to snoop on their ex-comrades

During their years as Maoists, they had spent time trailing or attacking security forces. But now even though Maoist threat is on the wane in West Bengal, the state government is going to utilise those who have surrendered for snooping on their former comrades. Since 2010, 38 Maoists have surrendered in the state. Five of them in recent months and the process of finalising their rehabilitation is still on. Out of the remaining 33, except for Suchitra Mahato, 32 have got jobs as home guards in the Department of Disaster Management, who will be, as per rule, put under the service of the Superintendent of Police of the districts they belong to.

The home guards will be deployed in the three Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura and will be paid Rs 310 a day. Their training will begin from January 1 next year. “Some of the surrendered Maoists have special skills like working for photoshops and we are thinking of inducting them in our Intelligence Branch. We have special plans for them. In fact, we will use them according to their skills,” a top official of the Home Department who requested anonymity told The Indian Express. After the death of Maoist leader Kishenji, the Naxalism-related violence in West Bengal has remarkably gone down.

Now, the state plans to use the former ultras to weed out the last remnants of Maoists. The state government is recruiting them under a special category. The minimum educational qualification of Class X pass out and the age bar of 35 have been relaxed in a few of the cases to get the surrendered Maoists back to the mainstream. The surrendered Maoists have also been receiving monthly stipend of Rs 2,000, a cash sun of Rs 1.5 lakh deposited in their banks accounts and also incentives for the weapons they have surrendered as part of the surrender package announced by the Trinamool Congress government.

Maoists trigger landmine blast in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: A member of the special operation group (SOG) was hurt when a landmine planted by Maoists exploded on Thursday in a forest in Odisha’s Rayagada district, police said. The landmine exploded as a group of the elite anti-Maoist force was walking in the forest in Kalyansinghpur area as part of routine combing operations, district Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit told IANS. “It was a low intensity blast. One SOG jawan sustained minor injuries,” he said.

Angry tea garden workers set owner’s bungalow on fire in Assam, 2 burnt alive

Tinsukia (Assam): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has termed “unfortunate” the incident where a group of disgruntled workers set fire to the bungalow of a tea garden owner at upper Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday afternoon. Two people were burnt alive in the incident. “This is an unfortunate incident. There was some labour trouble in the tea garden area, we are investigating,” Mr Gogoi said. Assam Home Secretary GD Tripathi said some arrests had been made. Security at the tea garden had been strengthened and Inspector General of Police (law and order) SN Singh sent there. Sources have said that Maoist hand in instigating the labourers cannot be ruled out. The Maoists have been trying to establish base in the area abutting the Assam-Arunachal border, sources said.

Two bodies were recovered from one portion of the bungalow. Both bodies were badly charred making identification difficult. It is suspected that the owner of MKB tea estate D K Bhattacharya and his wife were inside when flames engulfed the bungalow. Police said the incident took place after Mr Bhattacharya served eviction notice to two workers of his estate asking them to vacate their quarters.

The workers refused to leave and Mr Bhattacharya called the police who arrested them yesterday. As news of the arrest spread, a group of workers assembled and rampaged through the bungalow of the owner. They then set fire to the building and also torched two cars belonging to Mr Bhattacharya. As the police and fire brigade personnel tried to douse the flames, the rampaging mob fled the spot.

2 earthmovers set ablaze in Garhwa

GARHWA: Maoists have once again registered their presence in Bhandaria area of the district, after being cornered by police and CRPF personnel. On Tuesday night, the Red rebels set two earthmovers on fire at Chapalsi village of Bhandaria police station area. Sources said around 30-40 armed rebels stormed at a project site where a road was being built from Chapalsi to Bijka village.

They assaulted 10-15 workers at the site and set ablaze two earthmovers which belonged to one Mantu Agrawal who put them on rent to contractor Ajay Dubey. Garhwa SP Michael Raj S said, “The incident was carried out by the squad of Maoist commander Vishalji.” Police sources said the Maoists had carried out the incident for ransom. Earlier also, the rebels had stalled construction work on the same road demanding levy from the contractor. The contractor resumed work promising to pay the money. As he failed to pay, the Maoists carried out the attack.

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