Maoist attack at NH-33 leaves trucks damaged
The Maoists seem to be getting more fearless by the day, as they opened fire at the police on National Highway 33 at Chandil, in Seraikela-Kharsawan, in the wee hours of Thursday. They expended about 35 rounds in the area that comes under Chowka Police Station, about 40 km from Jamshedpur. Traffic movement was hampered as the rebels hurled fireballs at trucks passing by. One of the trucks overturned when its terror-stricken driver lost control while negotiating the NH-33 patch.
A patrolling party reached there soon and retaliated, causing the Maoists to disappear into the adjoining forest. Police also nabbed two suspected rebels from the spot and has started interrogating them. Chandil police circle Inspector OP Singh said the Maoists unleashed well-planned mayhem about 2.00 am. He added that the rebels shouted slogans like “stop Operation Anakonda-II, CPI-Maoist zindabad”, before arrival of the patrolling party.
Maoists have given a call for 24-hour Jharkhand bandh from Thursday midnight. East Singhbhum SP (Rural) Rajiv Kumar Singh assured security. According to Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar, two hardcore Maoist have been arrested. “Yudhishtir Mahato, wanted in many cases of Naxal violence, and his aide Bholtu Das were nabbed during joint police-CRPF raids hours after the incident. More arrests are possible. The Naxals damaged four trucks, one of which skidded off the road. However, no casualty has been reported. Around half a dozen empty cartridges have been recovered from the spot,” he said.Police of Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum has beefed up security in the area.
Maoist bandh puts Jharkhand on high alert
RANCHI:Security forces are on high alert in the wake of a 24-hour bandh called by CPI (Maoist) against Operation Anaconda II in Saranda forests in West Singhbhum district from Thursday midnight. The police headquarters has issued instructions to all SPs to maintain special vigil on roads and railway tracks, especially in Singhbhum-Kolhan region, as Operation Anaconda II is focusing on flushing out rebels from the Saranda forest and ensure smooth execution of the Centre-sponsored Saranda Development Plan.
A total of 17 companies of security forces have been pressed in action for the operation that is expected to continue for over two months. Jharkhand police spokesman IG SN Pradhan said the department was ready to face bandhs and strike by the rebels against the operation. “The DGP has asked all SPs to be on high alert and increase vigilance on soft targets like railway tracks and government installations across the state.
SPs of Singhbhum-Kolhan region have been asked to be more cautious as the rebels will try to strike in this area and disrupt the operation,” said Pradhan. Pradhan said that all security men deployed in the state have been asked to move carefully, particularly in rural areas. The movement of the forces will be calibrated so that any attempt to create any problem is tackled on time and effectively.
Talking on anti-Maoist operations in other parts of the state, he said the police have also launched a massive operation in Palamu district as there was input about entry of Maoists from Bihar. “The operation was launched in Palamu after we got information of concentration of rebels and an influx from Bihar. We have deployed forces in the jungle of Palamu in search of the rebels,” said the IG, adding that the operation in Palamu is likely to will continue in the district at least over the next few days.
Maoist Narayan Sanyal now booked under NSA
HAZARIBAG: Despite securing bail, Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal (82), who has been lodged in the Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail here for the past three years, will have to remain in custody for an indefinite period because of security reasons.
Confirming the news, Satish Kumar Jha, DSP (headquarters), said, “The government has booked him under the National Security Act (NSA) on the recommendations of the Hazaribag district administration.” He allegedly instigated the prisoners, including Maoists to launch agitation and repeated hunger strikes, against both the state and district administration, which led to growing tension in the high-security central Jail. Besides, in three raids conducted in the jail, documents from the cells of the top Maoist leaders lodged here were recovered.
They were against the administration and may have had led to major violence in various parts of Jharkhand. On the basis of these findings, fresh cases were lodged against Sanyal, and some of his colleagues at the Sadar police station. Since investigation is still on, their release could have affected the investigation. Hence, they were booked under the NSA.
Maoist to penalize molesters, blames electronic media
IMPHAL, December 27: The Maoist Communist Party in a release by its publicity secretary Nonglen Meitei while applauding the meira paibi of Nongren area for rescuing the students who were threatened and molested by some individuals while on their way to join Christmas at Kalika Chingol mentions that the involved individuals will not be spared.
The release mentioned that they may have been given a sentence by the State authorities but there is another sentence awaiting them from the Maoist as they crossed the line by perpetrating such an act during the times of unrest, it said. The Maoist applauds the decision to observe a single day for carrying out strike and to keep the pressure by taking out democratic form of protests and in the interest of the general public.
It is the right decision and the Party appreciates all involved in making the decision, it said. The decision points that there are many rational thinkers who acts and decides for the interest of the communities and yet there are many also who are trying to polarize the communities for their own selfish interests. But in the overall scenario, the public has also acknowledged the truth and that a communal divide cannot be created amongst the communities by the endeavors of some individuals or organizations. But it is unfortunate that a particular electronic media acted without any ethical sensibility and it seemed that a provocation for bring out a communal tension was propagated.
The example was that the electronic media did not carry the news development involving the decision to call off the general strike from December 23, it came to the knowledge of the Maoist that the issue was tried to be manipulated by the particular electronic media. The matter was communicated to the establishment but even then, the news was not carried, the matter will not be easily put aside there will be further investigation in the unethical manner of the media establishment, it said. Further, the Maoist supports the democratic movement to bring to justice the involved culprit namely Livingstone of the NSCN (IM), the statement concluded.
Bounty on Maoists hiked; many ultras in hospital
Even as the Andhra Pradesh government hiked the bounty for information on the whereabouts of Maoist leaders from Rs 12 lakhs to 25 lakhs, it is learnt that many ultras are sick and are getting treated at undisclosed hospitals across the state. The state police went for the whopping hike in prize money to root out the lingering threat of Maoists in eight border districts flanked by neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Jharkhand states where the CPI (Maoists) are active. “The bounty ranges from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 25 lakhs on the heads of various Maoist leaders.
Many Maoists are suffering from health-related problems and will surrender if they were given an assurance about their future,” said DGP V Dinesh Reddy who recommended the doubling of the rewards on each of the top guns for the first time. According to the latest orders, Maoists who are members of the Central Committee and the Politburo would each get Rs 25 lakhs as one time payment if they surrender with their weapons. Nearly 22 of the 35 members of the Central Committee are suffering from diabetes, kidney failure and other ailments. At least six Central Committee members had died due to Malaria and Dengue in the last two years in Chhattisgarh jungles, police said.
Such incidents, coupled with the age-related ailments, have played havoc among Maoist cadres in Abuj Madh, West and East Bastar in Chhattisgarh and Midnapur in West Bengal. The Maoists have finally set up a full fledged hospital with three MBBS doctors in Abujmadh to treat the ever rising number of sick cadres besides operating mobile clinics to cater to different cadres operating in various districts. However, the Green Hunt campaign by paramilitary forces had stalled the Maoists’ plan to set up a special hospital in the Chhattisgarh – Jharkhand zone, sources said.
Helipads in Vizag Agency area for speedy movement of forces
Six permanent helipads would be built in the Naxal-affected areas of Visakhapatnam Agency to facilitate quick movement of security forces, police said. The helipads would be built at GK Veedhi, Sileru, Chintapalle, Koyyuru, G Madugula and Araku. These area shares border with Naxal-infested areas of Odisha. District Superintendent of Police G Srinivas said at a press conference here that Union Home Ministry had sanctioned Rs 24 lakh under Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) to construct helipads, each costing Rs 4 lakh. It would help speedy movement of forces for anti-Naxal operations, he said.
He also said that though the ultra’s activities had decreased in the district, the operations to flush them out would continue. In 2012, 16 cases related to naxals were registered, including the killing of Special Intelligence Branch constable Kuda Appanna at Paderu in April. Additional police stations will be established at Chintapalle and GK Veedhi, which have a considerable naxal presence, at the cost of Rs two crore each. The stations would be fortified to withstand intense rapid gunfire, bomb attacks, etc, Srinivas said. The Union Government has sanctioned Rs 8.83 crore for Security Related Expenditure and Special Infrastructure Scheme in Vizag district.
Two cops, woman injured in Naxal firing in Maha
Two policemen and a woman were injured in firing by Maoists at a village in Etapalli taluka of the district this morning, police said. Police Sub Inspector Vijay Jadhav, Constable Umesh Kodape and a local woman Zantu Dey were wounded in their legs, they said. The policemen and the woman were injured when the Naxals, clad in civil dress, opened fire at them at around 9.30 am at the main square of Gatta (Jambhiya) village, Superintendent of Police Mohd Suvez Haque told reporters here today. Police could not retaliate since it was a public place and several people were present at the square at that time, he added.
While the policemen were taken to a private hospital in Nagpur, the woman was admitted to the government medical college there, Haque said. Meanwhile, police have arrested a Naxalite Bandu, alias Tukaram Pungati, from Mangota village in Aheri taluka today. Bandu joined the Naxal movement in 2008 in Permili Dalam and was involved in the Kuchkundi, Kachner and Kandoli firings as well as in a murder case in 2011, the SP said.