Naxal bandh gets lukewarm response
NAGPUR: The call for Gadchiroli district bandh given by the western regional committee (WRC) of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Saturday fizzled out. WRC had joined the bandh call of central regional bureau (CRB) which had declared a nationwide strike in protest of fake encounters and killings of innocent villagers in the name of Naxal by security forces.
Most parts of the district remained unaffected with state transport buses and private vehicles plying without any obstructions. Sources said while most of the roads were free, reports of tree felling came from places beyond Pendri on a stretch between Kasansoor and Pakhanjur.
Highly sensitive places like interiors of Dhanora, Etapalli, Bhamragarh and Aheri talukas were peaceful. According to a district sources, there was not much propaganda from rebels too as the reds’ regular banners and pamphlets were missing. Government officials were, however, urged not to visit interior villages or stay back in sensitive areas on the bandh day. Police sources said there were no incidents of violence reported from any corner of the district.
Maoists gun down two policemen
Two police personnel were killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on a day when a bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) partially-affected life in the State’s southern fringes. The incident took place when Border Security Force (BSF) and the district police force were on a joint combing operation in the jungles at the Tadoti Police Station area on Saturday.
“Early in the morning, when a group of about 100 security personnel were patrolling the area, a group of about 50 rebels started firing on the forces in the Shakti Ghat area,” Kanker SP R.N. Das told The Hindu. Sub-inspector Santosh Ekka and head constable Aliram Usendi were killed and two injured. Their bodies have been recovered and injured sub-inspectors Ravindra Mandavi and Somaru Usendi were shifted to Raipur for treatment.
The Madh division of the rebels’ Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee led the attack, Mr. Das said. Deployment of six battalions of the BSF had largely restricted Maoists to the Paralkote Reserve Forest area on Maharashtra border. As the rebels are not as organised in Kanker as they are further south, the fact that they mobilised two of their platoons to counter-attack the joint ops of the 123rd Battalion area of the BSF has surprised senior officers.
On April 16, in an encounter between the Greyhounds and Maoists at Sukma district’s Puwarthy village, nine rebels were killed. Within 24 hours, Maoists killed one inspector of the elite anti-Naxal force in Kaorgutta village, close to the Andhra Pradesh border. In a press release issued earlier this week, rebels warned the security forces that the “administration is forgetting how in April 2010, 76 security personnel were killed.”
Maoists have asked police and paramilitary forces to stop “Operation Green Hunt,” which they claim is displacing millions in Chhattisgarh. Saturday’s bandh was called to mark the killing of Karimnagara-Khammam-Warangal (KKW) Divisional Committee members of the North Telangana Zonal Committee.
Bamboo depot torched
Meanwhile, in a separate incident in Kanker district, around 100 Naxals torched a bamboo depot of the forest department in the Bande police station area on Friday night. Security forces have been dispatched to Bande, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) C.D. Tondon told PTI. A security alert has been sounded and additional police forces deployed in parts of south Chhattisgarh.
Bharat bandh call by Naxals today
NAGPUR: The Gadchiroli-based Western Regional Committee (WRC) of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has announced that it would participate in the nationwide bandh call given by the Central Regional Bureau on Saturday. The rebels have declared ‘bandh’ protesting the so-called fake encounters and killings of the villagers.
A press release released by the WRC’s spokesperson Shriniwas has claimed that security forces have been ruthlessly gunning down villagers in Gadchiroli district labelling such encounters as gun-battle between security forces and Naxals. The rebels have also underlined the fact that senior woman Naxal cadre Sangeeta Atram was gang raped before being killed from point blank range by the C-60 jawans in the encounter of Sindesur in Dhanora on April 12 where four Naxals and a commando were killed.
Two villagers, including a hearing and speech impaired one, were also killed. The rebels have also launched an attack on the senior officials of Gadchiroli, especially superintendent of police Mohammed Suwez Haque, for killing and labelling three villagers as Naxals when they had nothing to do with the movement in the encounter of Bhatpar on the banks of river Indravati in Bhamragarh tehsil on April 4.
The Naxals have also highlighted the wrong identifications of the slain cadres. The rebels have claimed that police had projected Bhatpar village resident Sunita Tado as platoon 7 deputy commander Rita alias Reena. They had also claimed that Pengunda village resident Shardu Pusal was projected as a dalam member when he was not one.
The other ‘so-called Naxal’ killed was none but an innocent villager by the name Prakash Pallo, claimed the press communication of the Maoist front. Apart from labelling SP Haque’s ‘Nau jeevan’ drive for encouraging surrenders as a mere eyewash, the rebels claimed that the police and central paramilitary forces are victimizing the innocent tribal rather than safeguarding their interest.
Naxals destroy Gram Panchayat Building in Gadchiroli
Some suspected Naxals burnt down a Gram Panchayat building in Godalwahi village in Dhanora division of Gadchiroli district on Sunday evening. According to Gadchiroli police, the Naxals first burnt down some official documents of the Godalwahi Gram Panchayat and then set ablaze the Gram Panchayat building. Condemning the destruction of the Gram Panchayat building, a press statement issued by the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) Gadchiroli said, “The destruction of Godalwahi Gram Panchayat building by the Naxals was with an intention to stop the development of tribal people of the district and to create terror in their minds.
Even the villagers have condemned it strongly”. Police have registered a case in Dhonora police station and are carrying our search operations in the area. Meanwhile Naxals fired on the teams of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District police near Jarawandi forest under Etapalli division of the district on Sunday.
According to police, the police and the CRPF teams were moving on an operation after secret information about a Naxal hideout. The Naxals fired on team of the CRPF but managed to escape when the CRPF and Police retaliate the fire.
Cops fear Red surge in urban jungle now
MUMBAI: After successfully taking on Naxalites in Gondia and Gadchiroli districts, law enforcment agencies are now worried about the emergence of the left-wing rebels and their sympathizers in a big way in the Mumbai-Thane and the Pune-Nashik-Surat belts. A senior IPS officer said on Friday that a month ago a hardcore Naxalite was arrested in Gadchiroli and he made sensational disclosures about the increasing Naxal activity in these urban parts of the state and Gujarat.
“It appears that the Naxalites have set up several front organizations in these areas to lure college students into Naxalism,” the officer said. “We have successfully tackled them in Gondia and Gadchiroli, and now it appears that Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik and Surat districts are on the Naxals’ radar. We have stepped up our vigil in these areas and are in constant touch with neighbouring states.”
The officer said Naxals had stalled development in Gadchiroli and Gondia for over two decades. “Well over 250 villages are without power, BSNL towers have been damaged, and most schools in the districts are either shut or have no students,” the officer said. “We are making all possible efforts to bring the villagers into the mainstream.”
The officer said a comprehensive plan had been drafted to take 40 students from a village on a statewide tour to brief them about developmental activities. “Students in Gondia and Gadchiroli think that across the state there is no power or roads, as none of them has stepped outside the village,” the officer said. “All students in the two districts will be covered under the scheme.”
The officer said in six special operations in the two districts in the last eight months, 15 hardcore Naxalites were killed, 16 were arrested and a large quantity of arms and ammunition was seized. “We are well equipped to tackle the Naxal threat. We have the full cooperation of the villagers,” the officer said. “There is also free flow of information from neighbouring states, so we were able to check their activities.”
A month ago, the entire machinery was galvanized to take on Naxalites, said the officer. “There is uniform chain of command; all officers now report to the additional director general of police,” the officer said. “A special intelligence cell has been set up. A non-conventional operation and training centre has also been set up and special training is being imparted to police personnel.”
A former DGP said that compared to Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the preparedness of the state police was not up to the mark. “The level of threat to Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh is similar, but budgetary allocation for Maharashtra is very meagre,” the former DGP said. “Maharashtra has only one helicopter, and that too is not in order on several occasions, whereas the Chhattisgarh and the AP police have more than half a dozen helicopters.”
Three Naxalites killed in encounter with CRPF in Jharkhand
At least three suspected Naxalites were killed in an encounter with men of the 209 CoBRA Batallion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand Jaguars near Piri village in Latehar district of Jharkhand today. A spokesman for the CRPF said that the joint police team began the operation around 0800 hours today after getting information about the presence of 60-70 Naxalites in that area.
“Three bodies of Naxalites have been recovered. There are reports that seven Naxalites have been killed in the encounter. Search operation is going on,” the spokesman added. The spokesman said the three men whose bodies were recovered were wearing uniform of the Maoists. He said the intelligence inputs ha dpointed to the presence of Maoist leaders Mritunjay, Indrajeet, Narayan and Vikash along with large number of cadres in the area.
He said that, about 0900 hours, when the joint troops were advancing into the forest area, about 1.5 km north-east of Piri village, they came under heavy firing by the Maoists from the nearby hills. He said the troops took positions and retaliated to the fire effectively.
The firing lasted for about two hours. Apart from the bodies, the security forces also recovered one Insas rifle with two magazines and 38 rounds, two .315 rifles with eleven rounds, one wireless set, fifty ,22 rounds, five detonators, a grenade, a country-made bomb, three ammunition pouches, electric testers, torches, SIM cards, medicines and Naxal docuents. “The troops are still out and thorough search is going on in the area to nab the fleeing and injured Maoists,” the spokesman added. NNN
Top Maoist leader held in Assam
NEW DELHI: A CPI (Maoist) central committee member and chief of the outfit’s north-east operations, Aklanta Rabha alias Mahesh, was arrested by the Assam Police near Guwahati on Friday, in what the Central security agencies later described as a significant crackdown on the Reds’ plan to expand their arc of influence to the north-eastern states. Mahesh was the main facilitator for Maoists’ gun-running and served as a conduit for procuring sophisticated arms from across the border, sources in the Union home ministry told TOI.
A close associate of CPI (Maoist) “No. 2 leader” Prashant Bose alias Kishenda, he was the only Assamese represented on the outfit’s central committee. The agencies have been on his trail since 2006, when he was last apprehended only to be given bail. Mahesh is said to be part of the elite group of five top Maoist leaders in charge of operations in the tri-junction of Jharkhand-West Bengal-Northeast.
Other members include Kishenda, Deo Kumar Singh, Chandraprasad Yadav and Misir Besra. He is said to have been an enigma for the agencies, as neither his real name was known till his arrest nor his photograph available for proper identification. The Central agencies described the arrest of Mahesh, who hails from Assam’s Goalpara district, and his aide Suraj Rabha alias Bijoy, a top-ranking arms trainer of Maoists in Jharkhand, as a blow to Maoist’s recent efforts to make inroads into the north-eastern states through tactical tie-ups with local insurgent outfits like Manipur’s PLA.
The arrest marks the end of dry spell, as the last central committee member was arrested one-and-a-half year ago. According to Union home ministry estimates, CPI(Maoist) has around 100 cadres, including 25 to 30 armed ones, in Assam. As many as 23 of the 79 police stations in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Dhemaji and North Lakhmipur districts in Assam were listed as Naxal-hit, with cadres allegedly extorting money from small tea gardens, cattle-rearing farms and individuals to sustain themselves.
According to the Assam Police, Mahesh and Bijoy admitted to having formed a core group in Assam and gradually spreading Maoists’ ideology in states like Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.
Over 180 Maoist cadres in Assam: Police
Guwahati: At least 180 Maoist cadres, including 23 females, have built up a number of front organisations to spread its tentacles and form ties with ULFA, police said Friday. “A task force on Maoist activities in the state was formed and they have submitted details of 181 Maoist cadre in the state,” Assam Police IGP (Central Western Region) L R Bishnoi said here. He said, “Among the cadre, 23 are women and many of them are political workers.”
The Left-wing extremists are mainly active in upper Assam districts, parts of Kamrup Rural and Goalpara districts of lower Assam. “Since 1996, Maoists have been trying to form their base and built up Upper Assam Leading Committee and Lower Assam Leading Committee,” Bishnoi said. The IGP said that today’s arrest of CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Aklanta Rabha in Guwahati has been a major success in the anti-Maoist effort. Bishnoi said as per interrogation reports of Rabha, Maoists have a five-pronged strategy in Assam and North Eastern region and have closer relations with ULFA.
Maoists are also exploring ways to buy arms from ULFA, play a mediocre role among militant outfits of North East and unite them, form a People’s Guerilla Army unit, and setp up camps in Arunachal Pradesh, he said. PTI
Maoist big guns arrested in Guwahati
GUWAHATI: Guwahati Police, in a joint operation with army and CRPF, arrested two top leaders of CPI (Maoist) from the Jorabat area, on the outskirts of the city, on Friday. Security forces found one .22 pistol made in Spain, ammunition, PAN cards, driving license and seven SIM cards in their possession. Police said Aklanta Rabha (41) alias Maheshji is the lone member from the state in the CPI (Maoist) central committee.
He hails from the Dudhnoi area in Goalpara district. The other one, Siraj Rabha (35) alias Bijoy Rabha alias Suraj, is from the Boko area of Kamrup (rural) district. He is the central training instructor of the outfit in Jharkhand’s Giridih area. The duo has revealed the plans of the outfit, its area of operations and its ongoing activities in the state. A couple of weeks back, chief minister Tarun Gogoi had asked Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to raise a battalion in the state dedicated to tackle the growing Maoist activities in the state.
Assam Police IGP (central western range) L R Bishnoi said the Maoists here are spreading their tentacles and have set up several frontal organizations like Biplabi Yuva League, Biplabi Sanskriti league, Biplabi Kabi Gosthi and have also been printing magazines like ‘Janagan’ from the Chaygaon area in Kamrup (rural) district. “We recovered a letter written by Maoist leader Aditya Bora from his possession where he was instructed to strengthen the outfit’s base in both upper and lower Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Maoists selected Arunachal Pradesh to set up base because of its geographical location and to grow nexus with the Paresh Baruah-led Ulfa hardliners hiding in the neighbouring state. Apart from holding the top post, Aklanta is also in charge of the eastern bureau of the outfit,” Bishnoi said. The eastern bureau of the outfit includes Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Tripura and Jharkhand. The outfit believes to have five such bureaus in the country. Aditya Bora, a former Ulfa cadre, is the founder of Maoist base in the state and he was arrested three years back in Jharkhand. Bora has, however, jumped bail and is absconding.
Maoist woman’s presence in Nilambur forest confirmed
MALAPPURAM: A team of Special Task Force of Tamilnadu police has confirmed the moist link of the gang which sighted near a primary health centre at Munda near Vazhikadavu in Nilambur on Saturday morning. The hospital staff Shantha Kumari has identified a photo of the woman Maoist activist from Karnataka, Komalam, that was shown by the STF members. A suspected gang of Maoists had approached the Primary Health Centre, early morning on Saturday seeking the help for treatment.
It was around 1.30am, a Purdhah clad woman and three men arrived the health centre and sought the help of hospital staff to consult the doctor. A s the front door of the PHC was locked, the woman approached the nursing assistant of the hospital Shantha Kumari through the back door of the hospital. The woman told the Shanthakumari that a person of their gang need an emergency medical care and she demanded to open the front door.
When Shanthaklumari informed the woman that doctor had gone on leave, the other members of the gang started to continuously knock on the main door. Following this one of the hospital staff Sulekha contacted police. Before police arrived the gang fled the scene. The photo of the same woman was also identified by the Sulekha. Following the confirmation of the presence of Maoists in the region, the 26 member Thunderbolts wing of Kerala police searched the colonies in the region in the evening. On last day police had informed that, there is no evidence to prove that the gang members were Maoist activists.
Maoist carrying a reward of Rs two lakh arrested in Dumka
A top Maoist carrying a reward of Rs two lakh on his head was Saturday arrested in Dumka district. “Jiten, alias Jiten Kishku alias Chunni, was arrested by jawans of Ranchi-based Assault Group and Dumka police near Talpahadi,” Superintendent of Police Hemant Toppo told reporters.
He said Jiten was allegedly involved in the Chilkari Massacre that had occurred on October 26, 2007 in which 20 people were killed during a function in Giridih district. The police officer also said the Maoist was allegedly involved in Bhelwaghati massacre, looting of 176 rifles from Home Guard Camp in Giridih district, killing a person in Dumka and in some other cases. “Jiten, who joined the Maoist ranks in 1999, was made the zonal commander of the Santhal Pargana in 2010,” the SP said. A country-made pistol, bullets and Rs 12,900 were seized from the spot, he said.
Maoists trying to set up bases in Meghalaya
GUWAHATI, April 27 – The arrest of hardcore Maoist rebel leader Aklanta Rabha alias Maheshji revealed that after establishing roots in almost all the districts of Assam, the rebels started making serious efforts to make strong bases in Meghalaya and the arrested rebel already established contacts with a number of Khasi boys in an attempt to win them over to the Maoist fold.
Highly placed police sources told The Assam Tribune that Aklanta joined the Maoist rebel group in 1996 and after his initial training in Jharkhand, he became the youngest member of the central committee of the Maoist rebels. However, after joining the Maoist fold, he spent most of his time outside Assam and Jharkhand Police was also looking for him. Sources said that Rabha married Rekharani, who was also a cadre of the Maoist rebels in Jharkhand.
But later his wife dissociated herself from the activities of the rebel outfit and was running a shop in Goalpara. The events which led to the arrest of Rabha were quite interesting as the city police, which was trying to trace out the trouble mongers along the Assam-Meghalaya border areas, received an input that a Maoist leader was holding meetings with Khasi boys in the bordering areas.
At the initial stages, no one was quite ready to believe that any senior leader of the Maoist rebels would be moving around in these areas but later the inputs were cross checked and a trap was laid. Rabha was arrested along with another Maoist cadre when they were waiting for the arrival of a few Khasi boys for their periodical meetings in the Jorabat area near the Assam-Meghalaya border.
However, the boys the Maoist leaders were waiting to meet could not be arrested as they did not turn up at the stipulated time. During initial questioning, Rabha admitted that with the militancy on the wane in Assam with a number of militant groups coming forward for political dialogue with the Government, the Maoists started making serious efforts to fill up the void and establish strong roots in Assam.
He admitted that the Maoists managed to penetrate into almost all the districts of the state and the recent focus was on the districts of Kamrup and Goalpara. The Maoists also tried to establish strong roots in Meghalaya and that is why Rabha was regularly meeting Khasi boys to try and win them over to the fold of the Maoists. The security agencies also believe that the Maoists are also in touch with Meghalaya, based militant group HNLC for some time.
Interestingly, the security agencies were aware of the fact that one person from Assam was in the central committee of the Maoists for some time, but as Rabha was well known as Maheshji in the organization, it took quite some time to the agencies to ascertain that he was the man who was one of the most wanted Maoist rebels. Both the arrested persons were remanded to police custody for 14 days today.
Manipur Maoist expands its operative strategy
Maoists in Manipur have expanded their operative system by adding another special region in addition to the existing four regions. A statement of the Maoist Communist Party Manipur signed by its publicity and propaganda secretary Comrade Nonglen Meitei said that the newly added Region 5 (special) would be led by Comrade N. Nganba Meitei as the regional bureau-in-charge.
“This newly added special region will take responsibility for only in the party building process,” the statement added. The statement further said that the Maoist understood the changing face of the “Indian colonial system” from time to time and the Maoist has been operating with maximum flexibility to counter any move to demoralize the proletarian revolutionary movement.
Saying that, it would be wrong to guest that people were against the revolutionary movement, the statement categorically stated that people were still supporting the freedom movement, citing the public response to the agitations for introduction of Inner Line Permit System, uprising against the killing of Thangjam Monorama and June 18 uprising as instances.
It further observed that people might get bored due to the facet of “yesterday’s” movement but it would not take long from reviving up if the movement was leading toward the right direction.
Maoists kill police informers
Unleashing fresh violence, Maoists killed two persons suspecting them to be police informers at Kiang village under Mathili police limits on Thursday. They also torched a cell-phone transmission tower in the village. Armed Maoists had abducted three villagers from Kiang village recently and killed two of them while releasing another Padmanav Pujari, Malkangiri SP Akhileswar Singh said.
The bodies of Gopi Pujari, a shop-keeper, and Hatiram Pujari were found on a forest road on Thursday morning with their throats slit. The bodies also bore gun-shot marks. While Gopi had been kidnapped from a village festival venue on April 19, the other two were abducted on April 22. The victims were suspected to have been killed on Wednesday night when over 50 armed Maoists had stormed into the area and set afire the tower of a private mobile phone service provider. Maoists from neighbouring Chhattisgarh are suspected to be behind the killing.
Following the incident, the borders with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been sealed. Kiang village which shares its border with Chhattisgarh has turned into a safe hideout for the rebels who after committing crime in Odisha easily escape into the neighbouring district and vice-versa.
This is the third such incident in Malkangiri this year. On April 4, Maoists killed a village council chief in Kurmanur area of the district. Another man was killed by the rebels in a village close to Andhra Pradesh border on January 16.
Seven alleged Maoists were killed in a gun battle with security forces in Jharkhand Monday, police said.
The shootout between the Maoists and the security forces, which included state police force and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), took place in the Piri forest area of Latehar district, which is around 130 km from here. Three bodies of the Maoist rebels were recovered, but the rebels managed to escape with the bodies of four of their cadres, police claimed.
The shootout lasted for about five hours. Police also recovered an Insas rifle, two country-made rifles, mobile phones, medicines and other materials from the site of the gun battle.
Nine Maoists held with arms in Motihari
MOTIHARI: The police arrested nine hardcore Maoists late Friday evening at Barhki Pakahi village under Lakhaura police station and recovered five rifles, three pistols and 43 rounds of ammunition, improvised explosive device (IED) and cylinder besides six police uniforms. East Champaran SP Vinay Kumar, while addressing a press conference at his office, said a police team led by ASP (operations) Sanjay Kumar Singh laid a trap in the area and arrested all nine Maoists, who were planning to unleash violence at the village to avenge the killing of Allah Paswan, who was recently killed by another Maoist faction.
“We had reports that they might take revenge and finally, they reached the village for the purpose,” the SP said. Two groups of CPI (Maoist) are reported to be at loggerheads over a plot in the area and six persons have been killed from both the sides during the last one year, he said. The ASP (operations) led a team of police officials including Pakaridayal DSP Harimohan Shukla and Sadar DSP Manoj Kumar who surrounded the area where the Maoists had assembled. The arrested Maoists included Harendra Paswan, Hari Paswan, Nanhak Mia, Jagat Paswan, Prem Paswan, Rudal Paswan and Vijendra Paswan. They are being interrogated.
BJP leader gunned down by Maoists in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, April 29 — Maoist militants gunned down a leader of Chhattisgarh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in insurgency-hit Dantewada district Monday, police said. “Armed Maoists shot dead Shivdayal Tomar, 50, the vice-president of Dantewada district unit of BJP, at Kawad village when he was visiting an under-construction bridge,” said officials at the police headquarters here.
The killing has created terror in the district and the BJP as well as the opposition Congress condemned the incident and termed it a cowardly act. Police have launched a manhunt to track down the killers.
People’s representatives resign en-mass in Malkangiri
Malkangiri: About 50 people’s representatives from the Maoist hotbed Kalimela block in Odisha’s Malkangiri district resigned en-mass on Monday in protest against lack of development in the tribal-dominated areas. “We have submitted our resignation at the office of the Kalimela block development officer as the district administration has failed to keep its promises,” said Deba Madhi, the chairperson of Kalimela block.
Besides Madhi, block vice-chairman Chaitanya Choudhury, many panchayat samiti members, gram panchayat sarpanchs and ward members also resigned. The local peoples represntatives had earlier demanded immediate construction of an irrigation canal between Manyakanda and Karkatapalli, drinking water, health service, education facilities, BPL cards for all poor and proper distribution of free houses under Indira Awas Yojana. Madhi said a delegation of peoples represntatives were earlier assured by the district administration that the government would soon take up construction of the canal.
“Though two months have passed no work has started for the canal,” Madhi said. Malkangiri district collector M Muthukar said he had heard of the incident but had not received any resignation letter. “The government will certainly take steps and discourage them from resigning,” he said. While the peoples representatives have denied any pressure from Maoists to resign, police said some of the local leaders irrespective of their party affiliations were asked to quit as they failed to implement the canal project.
Explosives seized from Mundigaon forest
Berhampur/ROURKELA: Explosives, a firearm and other Maoist belongings were recovered from Mundigaon forest, near Katingia in Kandhamal district, police said on Sunday. “Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and a country-made pistol were seized during a joint combing operation,” said SP (Kandhamal) JN Pankaj. In another haul, at least 30 kgs of explosives were seized from Saranda forest range under K Balang police limits in Sundargarh district on Saturday.
Maoists kill private firm clerk
MUNGER: Close on the heels of the Maoist attack on the site of a construction company at Mahadev Sumaria village under Sikandra police station in Jamui district on Wednesday midnight, the extremists struck again late Thursday night at a village construction site under Barhat PS in the district and killed Priyachand Singh, clerk-cum-accountant of the construction company. Jamui SP Deepak Baranwal, confirming the incident, said the police team, in a joint operation with CRPF and SAP jawans, is conducting raids on the suspected hideouts of the extremists.
Barhat police said that over 20 Maoists attacked the site and killed the agency’s employee. The construction agency had started work for construction of a canal at Paithraha village under Barhat PS and work was on in full swing. The police said four vehicles including a tractor, a trekker and part of a roller-cum-lifting machine were burnt to ashes by the Maoists while departing from the site Thursday midnight.
The burnt trekker belonged to the slain employee of the construction agency, Barhat SHO Kaushal Kumar said. On the direction of the Jamui SP, SDPO Birendra Kumar and Inspector Kishori Mahto were leading the raiding teams to arrest the Maoists responsible for the employee’s murder and setting the vehicles afire.
Sources said the construction company’s refusal to pay the levy amount demanded by the Maoists led to the killing of its employee. Meanwhile, Maoists are yet to release two kidnapped employees of another construction company at Mahadev Sumaria village under Sikandra PS in Jamui district, Bhagwan Ram, an accountant, and night guard Amit Kumar, police said adding raids were on to secure their release. Sources said Maoists had asked the construction company to pay the balance amount of levy amounting to Rs 2 crore.
Maoists kill two abducted tribals, torch cell tower
SEELERU (VISAKHAPATNAM): Maoists killed two of the three tribals who they abducted and torched a mobile phone tower at Kyang village under Mattili police station limits in Malkangiri district of Odisha, 70 km from here, late on Wednesday night. The extremists had abducted the three persons on Tuesday night from the village suspecting them to be police moles. Malkangiri SP Akhileswar Singh said, the Maoist outlaws set the third person, Podamal Pujari, a member of an NGO operating in the area, free.
But there is no official word from the Maoists yet on it. The deceased persons have been identified as Gopi Pujari alias Jyothy Pujari, a wine shop owner and Hatiram Pujari, a farmer. According to police sources, the three people were abducted by the Darba divisional committee squad, one of the committees operating on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border. The Naxalites left the bodies of Gopi Pujari and Hatiram Pujari on a forest road after gunning them down. While there were rumours that the Maoists also slit the throats of their captives, sources said the bodies bore only gunshot wounds.
Maoists killed the two tribals as they suspected them of passing information to the police on their activities. They also left hand-written posters beside the dead bodies. The posters, released in the name of Darba divisional committee, claimed that it had given repeated warnings to the duo before “punishing” them. The poster also alleged that the slain tribals had not changed their attitude and continued to act as a “police agents.”
In another poster, the Maoists gave a call to the people to observe bandh in four states – Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra – to protest the alleged encounter at Pamedu (Kanchala) forest where nine Naxalites were killed recently. Sources said that Gopi Pujari was kidnapped during a village festival on April 19. The other two were abducted on April 23. But the kidnapping came to light only on Wednesday.
The people of villages surrounding Kyang believe that the duo were killed by the armed Naxalites numbering over 50 after setting a cell tower in the same area on fire. Maoists stormed Kyang village late on Wednesday night and torched a mobile phone tower of a private service provider, SP Akhileswar Singh told mediapersons.
Police conduct searches
Police today conducted intense search operations in the forest area near Vazhikkadav in Malappuram district following reports of sighting of three unidentified persons, including an woman, in the early hours. According to police, three persons approached a Preliminary health Centre at Munda and sought medicines. When told that there was no doctor, they just left and the health centre staff immediately informed forest and police officials.
Police personnel including specially trained commando force of Kerala police,’Thunderbolt’, combed the area, they said. Earlier, last month, the specially trained commando force had conducted search operations in the Aralam and Kannavam forest areas in Kannur district, in the wake of reports of suspected Maoist presence in the forest areas bordering Kerala and Karnataka. Though the 30-member commando force along with forest department officials conducted search operations, they could not sight anyone.