Ex-Maoist killed in forest
A former Maoist, identified as Naman Kandulna, was killed by the Jharkhand-based Maoists in Goeilkera area, about 60 kms from Jareikela in Sundargarh district. According to sources, Kandulna, who had quit the banned CPI (Maoist), had returned to his village Pandava under Goeilkera police station in West Singhbhum district to attend the tribal festival Maghe. On Sunday night, a group of Maoists reached the village and reportedly shot him dead, calling him ‘police broker’.
“Efforts are on to retrieve the body,” said Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum SP Pankaj Kamboj. However, he said, as per preliminary report, the murder took place over money dispute. Kandulna was managing the financial transactions of the outfit’s zonal commander Prasadji and went underground with Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakhs, the SP claimed. Kandulna had stayed in different places of Odisha.
However, other sources said, Kandunla was pressurised by the Maoists to rejoin the outfit on several occasions. But he did not relent to the pressure. The sources said Kandulna was killed for his suspected closeness to police which led the Maoists to suspect that he was a police informer. According to sources, over the past three weeks, fresh Maoist activities have been noticed in the extreme end of Saranda connecting Porahat forest and Khunti district along the Odisha-Jharkhand border.
Maoists resort to Jan Adalat to retain foothold in Gaya district
GAYA: After being hounded out of the Tekari sub-division, once regarded as a Naxal bastion and under acute pressure in the Dumaria Imamganj region of the district, the Maoists appear to be desperate to retain a foothold in the district and recent Jan Adalats organized by the banned outfit at several places in the Sherghati sub-division is being seen as the Maoist proclamation about their being down but not out. One such Jan Adalat was organized by the Maoists on Monday.
This Jan Adalat was somewhat different, as unlike the previous kangaroo courts held to punish suspected police informers and class enemies, the Monday evening Jan Adalat was organized to grant clemency to a villager whose property was attached by the Maoists a couple of years back in Bhadwar village of the Dumaria police station of the district.
The villager’s prayer for relief and permission to enter their own house (the inmates deserted the village after the naxal dictat) was granted by the Jan Adalat. Asked about the reason why the incidence of Jan Adalats has increased, Magadh range DIG Naiyyar Hasnain Khan said there was tendency to call every Naxal congregation as Jan Adalat. The Monday assembly of the Maoists was not a Jan Adalat. By all accounts it was just an intervention in a local dispute and that too was more a publicity gathering exercise than anything else, said Khan. The police forces were very much in control in Bhadwar village and neighbouring areas.
There was an exchange of fire between the police and Naxals on Monday and the police forces were now engaged in the area domination exercise, said the DIG. According to Naxal watchers, an important reason why the Naxals continue to exist if not thrive in several parts of Sherghati sub-division is that unlike Tekari, the Maoists do not have a local challenger to combat them step for step. In Tekari, Ranvir Sena, the private militia of the land owners gave the Naxals a run for their money.
Operating on least risk principle, the Naxals withdrew from the Tekari area. Things are different in Dumaria-Imamganj. The disintegration of Sunlight Sena and a somewhat favourable terrain coupled with a porous border with Jharkhand helped the Maoists hold ground for a longer period. Moreover, till quite recently, the anti-Naxal operation of the police forces was based on the hit and run strategy.
The police forces, in strength moved in the red zone, searched some already abandoned bunkers and came back. Once the police withdrew, the Maoists returned to their hide outs. The seemingly endless game of hide and seek played by the Naxals and the police became monotonous and in some cases, farcial, say observers of the Naxal scene. Now that police forces rework their strategy to penetrate deep into Red territory and stay there by establishing camps, it is testing time for the ultras.