Captive maoists freed by the Tritiya Prastuti Committee
RANCHI: The Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) has released 23 of the 25 CPI (Maoist) cadres who were taken hostage after an encounter on March 28. The encounter in which 10 maoists, including three top leaders, were killed took place in Chatra district. Police sources said the maoists were freed and handed over to their families at different places after they promised not to join the organization.
The family members of the maoists were asked to guarantee that they would not allow their kin to join the rebel fold in future. Chatra SP Anup Birthare said at one go the TPC members released 16 Maoists on Monday in presence of their family members who had come from different parts of the state and also from Bihar. “On Tuesday the TPC members freed seven more captives but from different places where they had called the family members,” said the SP. However, one police officer said the TPC had not released two maoists as their family members could not reach the place. “According to our information the two maoists who have not been released are safe and will be freed the moment their family members reach and take guarantee that they will not allow then to join the rebel fold again,” said the officer.
According to police, the main reason behind the TPC members asking the family members to reach the place and take away the captive to show a humane face in the society. “The TPC members are trying to show to the society that they never kill anyone who is ready to leave the organization and return to the mainstream. At the same time if any of the released Maoists joins the organization in future, they will have free hand in executing them,” said a police officer.
Will take steps to curb Maoist menace: Tarun Gogoi
Guwahati, Apr 3 (ANI): Asserting that Maoists were trying to establish their stronghold in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that the state government would take steps to prevent them from increasing their influence. “Maoists (are) trying their best to establish their stronghold in Assam also.
They are trying their best and we are aware of it. Definitely, we will take appropriate steps so that Maoists couldn’t extend their influence,” Gogoi told media here. Maoists have also significantly increased their presence in tribal and rural regions in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
Ace rebel held, arms seized
GARHWA/BOKARO: Ranka police of Garhwa district on Tuesday arrested a veteran maoist hailing from Gaurgada village. The rebel, Murari Bhuiyan, was an expert in planting landmines, said police. A country-made pistol and cartridges of 315 bore were also recovered from him, said SP Michael Raj S. “The arrest took place after a team of police along with CRPF jawans raided Bhuiyan house,” said the SP adding that police was tipped off about Bhuiyan’s visit to his native place. “Bhuiyan has been involved in 10 incidents which include encounters with police, one in Garu and another in Bishrampur (Palamu district). He was also accused of killing a person in Chama village in Garhwa district.
This apart, he was involved in several maoist activities in Chinia police station area of the district,” said the SP. Raids are on at probable hideouts of maoists. In Bokaro, police on Tuesday arrested a maoist and recovered explosives from him on Budgadda-Pek road of Upperghat area in Nawadih. Mangla Manjhi alias Mangra was the fourth rebel picked up in the past 48 hours. Mangla is a fresh recruit in the red outfit and was going to hand over the explosives to other cadres. 5 kg explosives and 10 pieces of detonators were seized from Mangla which he was carrying in a bag.
Seeing the police, the rebel first tried to escape but soon he was overpowered. “Mangla has played an important role in blasting the house of former sub-zonal commander Phulchand alias Praveel Manjhi at Jamnia village of Pek panchayat in Nawadih block on March 22,” said Kuldeep Dwivedi, SP, Bokaro. The explosives the rebel was carrying were part of the stock which remained unutilized after blasting the house.
The maoists had blown the house of Phulchand branding him “corrupt” after he was sent to jail last year. Dwivedi said Mangla in a short span of time had got much close to zonal commander Ajay Mahto of the area. “Mahto has given him the responsibility of reviving the naxalite base in Upperghat area with other associates like Baleshwar Manjhi alias Haresh.” On Monday police had arrested three maoists following a raid at Chotki Sidhawara in Gomia.
Cabinet nod to raise Greyhounds-like special forces in four Maoist-hit states
NEW DELHI: Intending to equip states before launching a fight to finish war against Maoists, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the home ministry’s plan to raise anti-Naxal special forces in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh on the lines of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and sanctioned additional fund for the purpose. The specialized forces, capable of hot pursuit across the inter-state borders, will be set up with personnel fully trained in guerilla warfare and required infrastructure within six months.
The fund, to the tune of Rs 280 crore, will be disbursed to these four states by the home ministry under its ongoing Scheme for Special Infrastructure (SSI). Part of the sum will also be used to upgrade infrastructure of Andhra Pradesh Police and its Greyhounds force. The finance ministry had in January given its nod to the proposal with an estimated corpus of Rs 373 crore. The home ministry will give Rs 280 crore out of this corpus to states to raise the special forces, whereas the remaining Rs 93 crore will be spent on creating basic police infrastructure.
The home ministry, which has already decided to deploy 10,000 more paramilitary personnel in Maoist-affected areas over the next few months, had in January set guidelines for the special force and decided to fund infrastructure, weaponry and equipment needed to fill the critical gap. An official said, “This step is being initiated in the background of the success achieved by the elite commando force of Andhra Pradesh”.
Outlining the detail guidelines for raising anti-Naxal forces under the proposal, the official said that the special forces will be set up in such a manner that it can be capable of staying and operating in interior and inhospitable terrain\jungles for at least one week at a stretch with a view to take on ultras in their strongholds. Trained to reach inaccessible, remote forest areas throughout the state in the shortest possible time and conduct swift operations, the forces will have instructions to travel “mostly by road or on foot” to avoid landmines in the Red Zones.
In order to ensure effectiveness of the scheme by adhering to set guidelines, the home ministry also put certain conditions before the states. In its communication to the states, the ministry said, “The special force of the state concerned has to be upgraded as per the approved guidelines on the lines of Greyhounds. Even if a special force has been raised in some form in states, they are required to be reoriented through the entire process mentioned in the guidelines”. The ministry will seek a “written undertaking” from the states that they will strictly adhere to these norms.
“Only states providing such an undertaking will be considered for funding under the scheme,” said the ministry. Besides, the states will also be asked to raise a “highly professional, well trained and motivated Special Task Force (STF) – headed by an officer of the rank of additional director general or inspector general of police with adequate operational experience — to monitor training, infrastructure and induction of personnel as per guidelines. It will also ensure 60% special allowance to the commandos as incentive and rewards as well as out of turn promotions for conspicuous acts of bravery.
Alleged Maoists Surrender Before Police: ATS
Two members of Pune-based cultural group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), alleged to be Maoists, were arrested today after they surrendered before police outside Maharashtra Assembly premises. The two KKM members, identified as Sheetal Sathe (27) and Sachin Mali (30), surrendered outside the Assembly premises, a Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officer said. The two have been booked under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The KKM has urged the police to refrain from torturing them or implicating them in any false cases.
“We expect nothing less and nothing more than the due process of law,” the KKM said in its statement. “Less than two years ago, KMM members were forced to go underground after the police began alleging that they were Maoists. Our members were also arrested earlier. Fearing arrest and torture, as well as possible planting of evidence, Sachin and Sheetal stayed out of public sight until now,” the KMM said.
In a crackdown conducted during April 2011, the ATS had arrested Angela Sontakke (42), an alleged Maoist and wife of Milind Teltumbde, allegedly the secretary of the Communist Party of India-Maoist’s Maharashtra committee, with Rs 1.54 lakh in her possession from the neighbouring Thane district, while her aide Sushma Ramteke (27) was held from Pune. The two had a good academic background.
Days later, four more alleged Maoists, Mayur Bhagat alias Jenny (23), Jyoti Chorghe (19) and Anuradha Sonule (23) were nabbed from Pune, while Sonule’s aide Siddharth Bhosale (24) was arrested at Nashik. Allegedly, Sontakke also worked as secretary of the ‘Golden Corridor Committee’ formed in February 2008 to spread Maoist ideology among students and labourers.
Sarpanch killed by Maoists in Odisha
Police said about 25 armed Maoists abducted Madhab Kirasani, sarpanch of Kurmanur grampanchayat, about 700km southeast of Bhubaneswar, from his house late in the night and killed him after holding a trial in a “people’s court”. His body was recovered in the morning in a forest.
“The ultras have killed at least eight civilians including two village guards, branding them as police informers in the last one year,” Malkangiri superintendent of police Akhileswar Singh told HT.
Reds destroy liquor unit in Balangir
Balangir: Maoists ransacked and hurled bombs at a liquor manufacturing unit in Balangir’s Dangia village on Monday night, police said. Police said around 25 to 30 armed rebels barged into the unit after 9 pm and hurled at least two crude bombs. As the panicked staff fled, they destroyed the liquor and torched the premises.