One jawan killed, 3 injured in Chhattisgarh naxal encounter
Raipur: A security personnel of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was today killed and three others were injured in an encounter with naxalites in the state’s Maoist-hit Sukma district, police said. “The incident took place in the jungles of Kistaram police station area of the district when the CAF jawans were on a combing operation in the region early this morning,” a senior police official told PTI over phone. When the patrolling party reached near the forest of Kistaram village, the naxals opened indiscriminate fire on them, killing one jawan and injuring three others, the official said.
The victim was identified as – constable Parshu Markam. The injured – platoon commander Bhagwat Baghel, head constables Ramnarayan Singh and Rajbahor Patel – were referred to Jagdalpur town for treatment, the official said, adding that additional forces have been rushed to the spot. Naxals also looted three rifles of jawans, he said.
Government to deploy 10,000 more personnel in four states to fight Maoists
NEW DELHI: With the government moving towards a fight to finish war against Maoists in Red Zone, the Union home ministry has decided to deploy additional 10 bBattalions (10,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces in four highly naxal-affected states — Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Bihar.
Five (5,000 personnel) out of the 10 battalions will be drawn from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) while the remaining five will be spared by SSB, BSF and ITBP for anti-naxal operations. Disclosing the decision in response to a Parliament question, the ministry said that the additional 10 battalions had been sanctioned on the basis of requests made by the respective state for stepping up operations against the Red Ultras.
At present, a total number of 532 companies (53,200 personnel) of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the seven Maoist-affected states — Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. Officials in the ministry said that Jharkhand — which is currently under the President’s rule — would see the maximum deployment where the security forces had already been engaged in intensive operations against the Red Ultras under the leadership of ex-CRPF chief K Vijay Kumar who is posted there as one of the advisors of the state governor.
“Idea is to continue the intensive operations against Maoists before the onset of Monsoon in these states”, said an official.
Maoist Involved in BJD MLA’s Abduction Arrested
A hardcore Maoist allegedly involved in the abduction of ruling BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka and wanted in several murder cases, was arrested in Odisha’s Rayagada district, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, a police team arrested the ultra Gameli China Mohan Rao alias Santu of Goudaput village in Andhra Pradesh from a forest area yesterday, they said.
A 9 mm pistol, live ammunition, five geletine sticks and some detonators were also recovered from the Maoist, Rayagada Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit said. Two pen drives, two cellphones, a fake voter identity card and over Rs 60,000 were also seized from the naxal, an area committee member (ACM) in Koraput-Srikakulam division of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), Pandit said.
The arrested Maoist confessed to his involvement in the abduction of Hikaka, the tribal legislator from Laxmipur in March, 2012. The ultra told police that Maoists, who had given a bandh call on March 24, were engaged in blocking the road near Toyaput when they had spotted Hikaka in a vehicle, police said. The naxal further stated before police that on his direction, that the MLA was abducted and produced before Srikakulam-Koraput divisional committee secretary Daya.
Maoists manufacturing grenades in their units, govt tells LS
NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha that Maoists were manufacturing improvised hand grenades and rocket propelled grenades in their arms manufacturing units in Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand. In response to a Parliament question, minister of state for home RPN Singh said steps taken to bust these manufacturing units included deployment of forces at strategic locations, firm police action against such unlawful activities and intensified intelligence-based anti-Naxal operations.
“Besides, the central government closely monitors the situation and issues advisories to the Left Wing Extremism-affected state governments to keep a check on such activities,” he said. In response to another question, the minister informed the House that 532 companies (53,200 personnel) of paramilitary forces were deployed in Maoist-affected states including Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha.
The government, however, decided to provide 10 additional battalions of paramilitary forces (10,000 personnel) including five battalions (5,000 personnel) of CRPF to four Naxal-affected states including Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
Maoists plan 10th Congress this monsoon
VISAKHAPATNAM: Already smarting from the recent defeat at the Kanchala forest shootout, where nine Reds were gunned down, the beleaguered Naxalites are quietly gearing up to hold the crucial 10th Congress of the CPI Maoist Party during the monsoon this year. The mega meet of the banned outfit, which is usually held once in five years, is aimed at reviving the flagging fortunes of the Reds and is expected to see the participation of at least 1000-1500 key Maoists from the central, regional, zonal and state levels.
Nearly 2,000 guerrillas are expected to provide a massive security cover to the big-ticket meet. The 9th Congress was held in 2007 somewhere on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border. The 10th Congress is crucial for the future of the banned party as it would help chalk out the future course of action and also give it a definite sense of direction.
The meeting, to be chaired by Maoist party general secretary Muppalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathy, is expected to draw the entire top brass including Maoist party’s all India military chief Namballa Kesava Rao alias Basava Raju, guerilla warfare strategist Malla Rajireddy alias Sattenna among others.
Sources say the meeting would also debate over the next generation leadership of the party as most of the top brass of the banned outfit are over 60 years. Senior officials involved in anti-Naxalite operations claim there are indications that the meeting will be held soon, probably as early as the monsoon, which would be ideal as the combing operations by security forces are expected to come to a virtual halt from July.
Moreover, the canopy cover during the monsoon period would also protect the Red rebels from surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that were deployed to great success in the Kanchala forest encounter recently. The intelligence officials first got wind of the upcoming Congress thanks to the arrest of key Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee leader Sriramula Srinivas alias Sri Sri in late March at Wyra in Khammam district because soon after his arrest AOB-SZC official spokesperson (political) Jagabandhu clarified that Sri Sri had resigned in January from the CPI Maoist Party and his resignation was accepted in February during the third conference of the AOB SZC and second plenum.
“Before this, whenever the Congress was held, the various committees at the regional, zonal, state, division and district levels too held their respective meetings to analyse their performances of the past five years and pass on their resolutions to the higher committees, which in turn presented them before the Congress.
The Congress then decides the future course of action. The fact that the AOB-SZC, one of the strongest committees, held its third conference recently is a clear indicator that the big meeting is on the anvil,” the official said. The 10th Congress could not be held in 2012 as scheduled because of the weakening position of the Maoists, who have suffered grave losses over the past five years.
Since the 9th Congress was held in 2007, the Maoists saw their strongest Nallamalla division in Andhra Pradesh being completely wiped out by security forces after the 2005 peace talks with the YSR government, even as the Maoists stronghold of West Midnapore in West Bengal was declared liberated by the security forces.
The last five years has also seen 25 central committee or politburo leaders either being captured or killed in encounters. While key leaders like Kishenji, official central committee spokesman Rajkumar alias Azad, military wing chief Patel Sudhakar Reddy were killed, key think tank like Kobad Gandhi were captured.
However, the security forces are still clueless about the possible venue for the crucial meet or its duration though it is usually a 5-10 day affair. Having got wind of the upcoming mega meet, the AP State Intelligence Bureau (APSIB) and the central intelligence forces are busy gathering inputs from conflict zones in Odisha, AOB, Odisha-Chhattisgarh border and Chhattisgarh-AP border.
“Usually before the meeting is held, the region witnesses a spike in the transportation of commodities, which indicates that the meet is being held somewhere in that zone. This is the reason why all the traders in the Maoist infested areas have put under surveillance,” an intelligence source said.
Maoists allege atrocities on women by forces
BHUBANESWAR, May 7, 2013, DHNS: Maoists operating in Odisha’s Malkangiri district have alleged that women have become victims of atrocities committed by security forces during anti-Maoist operations in the interior’s of tribal-dominated areas. The ultras have also called for a two-day bandh in the district for May 10 and 11 to protest against the alleged atrocities.
The Odisha Police and para-military forces like the Border Security Force have been conducting anti-Maoist operations in Malkangiri district, considered one of the worst Maoist-hit districts in the country. According to a report, Biplabi Mahila Sangathan, a newly floated women’s organisation reportedly backed by the Maoists, held a rally and public meeting at Bhejangaiwada on Monday to protest the repeated torture of women by the security personnel.