Peoples War in India Clippings 12/5/2013



Armed force jawan killed in Naxal attack

In yet another Naxal attack in the state, a Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan was killed when the ultras opened fire at his camp in Maoist-infested Sukma district today, police said. “Samaylal Kanwar, a native of Janjgir-Champa district, killed after rebels attacked at the camp of 9th and 13th battalion of CAF at Temelwada village under Dornapal region of the district,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) SR Bhagat told PTI over phone.

When the jawans were at the camp, ultras opened indiscriminate firing at them and left one jawan dead. However, when the security forces opened retaliatory firing, the Naxals disappeared into the jungles, he added. Security forces have initiated a combing operation in the region to nab the attackers, he added.

Three policemen killed, one injured in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Three police personnel were killed and another one was injured in an attack by suspected Naxalites at a Doordarshan relay centre in Maoist-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh in the wee hours on Sunday. “The incident took place at the Doordarshan transmission centre at Marenga village under Parpa police station in the district at around 3 AM, leaving three policemen killed and one injured,” Director General of Police (DGP) Ramniwas said.

He, however, said that they were yet to verify whether the attack was carried out by Naxals. Marenga village is around 15 km from Jagdalpur, the district headquarters. The deceased were identified as head constable Silbhanush Ekka and constables Alexander Lakra and Vasudev Sahu of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF). “The injured constable Majhar Khan has been referred to Raipur for treatment and was under observation,” the DGP said. According to police sources, security forces have launched a search operation in the region to nab the attackers and further probe is on.

Maoists trying to establish foothold in northeast: Mooshahary

Shillong: Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary Sunday cautioned that Maoists were trying to establish their foothold in India’s northeastern region. “The Assam government has received a few indications that Maoists are trying to establish a foothold in the state. The plain areas along the Meghalaya-Assam border could be vulnerable to Maoists,” Mooshahary told a news agency.

The Assam government had earlier formed a task force to combat the Maoists, and it had found that there were 181 Maoist cadres, including women, active in the state. Intelligence officials said Maoist leaders in Assam were trying to establish links with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and other militant outfits in the northeast region to procure arms and ammunition.

However, Mooshahary said no indications have been found yet of the presence of Maoists in other states of the northeastern region. “In the northeast, tribals have been involved in one fight or another. They have been fighting over historical and ethnic issues, which are completely different from the issues faced by tribals in central India,” Mooshahary said.

“Tribals in the northeast have realised that there are remedial measures within the constitution to resolve their grievances. This realisation is leading underground elements to come up and lead a normal life,” he said. Stating that the situation in the northeast has largely improved, Mooshahary, who was also the former chief of the Border Security Force (BSF), said, “The law and order situation has improved a lot in the region except in Manipur. The current trend is towards peace.”

The Meghalaya governor, however, urged the state governments in the region to improve governance and step up the fight against corruption, eradicate poverty and provide employment. “I don’t think Maoists are instigated by anyone. They are not satisfied with the Indian State due to lack of basic necessities,” Mooshahary said. “Factors like poverty, exploitation, lack of good governance, unemployment and corruption are giving sufficient incentives to Maoists to spread their message of establishing an egalitarian society. These are the factors that breed discontentment,” he added. IANS

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