Four cane bombs seized from Naxal-hit Gaya district
Four cane bombs were on Sunday recovered from a village in Bihar’s Naxal-hit Gaya district. The CRPF and the local police detected suspicious objects during a combing operation against the Maoists in Patluka village and found four cane bombs, Senior Superintendent of Police Ganesh Kumar said. Each cane bomb was found to be weighting 3 to 3.5 kg, he said. The explosives have been taken to the CRPF’s CoBRA base camp for defusing it, Kumar said.
Naxal banners warn tribal youths from joining CRPF in C’garh
In response to CRPF’s recruitment drive in Bastar, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has put up banners in Keshkal area of Kondagaon district, warning tribal youths to stay away from the paramilitary force.
The ultras have also appealed to tribals to join them. “Naxals have put up two banners in Mundapara village in Vishrampur area on the border of Chhattisgarh and Odisha in Kondagaon district, advertising their “open” recruitment drive,” a senior police official said. “The ultras have also warned the tribals not to take part in the government’s recruitment drive.” According to the official, as movement in the forest becomes difficult during monsoon, ultras stay in villages and concentrate on propagation of their ideology and recruitment.
Recruitment for CRPF constables is underway in the Left wing extremism-affected districts of Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Sukma and Rajnandgaon. “Naxals usually hold recruitment campaign and even publish advertisement through posters whenever a recruitment programme is taken up by police or paramilitary forces,” the official said, adding that the police also appeal to tribals not to be cowed down by such false campaigns.
Booby traps stall progress of forces in Bastar district
DARBHA (Jagdalpur): Police and paramilitary forces involved in anti-insurgency operations in and around Darbha valley in Bastar, post May 25 deadly attack on the Congress convoy, have failed to make much headway in wake of landmines and booby traps laid by the Naxalites. Every inch of the land in the area gives an impression that it could be a trap.
In one such example, an effigy of chief minister Raman Singh hanging from a tree with a note “Hamari jan adalat Raman Singh ko fansi ki saja deti hai” (our people’s court orders Raman Singh to be hanged till death) was found near Narayanpur area and before it could be taken away by security forces, a cow that started eating the dry grass — stuffed in the effigy — blasted seriously injuring the cow. Two days ago, a group of BSF jawans, picking up pamphlets thrown by Naxalites in Kanker’s Chindpal village under Badgaon police station, were injured when a pressure bomb planted at the site went off as one of the security personnel accidentally stepped on it. The one who sustained fatal injuries was identified as Bal Singh of Haryana. He has been referred to a hospital in Bhilai.
A similar trap was laid by the Maoists in the same region, hardly 5 km from Badgaon police station. In January Maoists in Jharkhand had booby-trapped the bodies of security personnel by planting bombs inside them after an encounter that killed 13 people, including nine CPPF troopers. Experts had removed 2 kg of explosives from one body besides a detonator. A body of a CRPF jawan, killed in the encounter, blew up while the bomb inside him was being diffused. Officials engaged in the anti-insurgency operations in the Bastar area claimed that the Maoists keep resorting to new tactics.
They say the use of bodies and effigies for planting booby traps is a first of its kind tactic in the Red corridor, though it was being used regularly by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir area for long. In December 2012, a joint team comprising the personnel of district police and CRPF had detected as many as 60 booby traps laid by Maoists in the forest area surrounding Mallampeta village in Chintur Mandal bordering Chhattisgarh state.
Maoist trained to evade UAVs, choppers: Surrendered rebel
RAIPUR: Maoists in Chhattisgarh are being imparted training to destroy and escape the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other air-defence equipment like helicopters and surveillance systems, revealed a surrendered divisional commander of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). Naveen Nureddy, a divisional commander of Narayanpur, who surrendered recently has in a statement to the police said that he had joined the rebel ranks in 2000 and was given air defence training to destroy UAVs, additional director general of police (ADG) (Naxalite operations) Rajinder Kumar Vij told TOI. During one of our operations targeting the rebels, Vij said, security forces had seized literature about functioning of UAVs from the Naxalites. “This indicates that they are aware about our technologies and are learning to defend themselves.
“If at all they spot a UAV in the sky, they immediately hide in the bushes”, he added. Dismissing reports that UAVs had spotted Maoist movements two day before the May 25 ambush on Congress convoy, the ADG said, “Security agencies were informed about UAV spotting movement of armed cadre on May 23 around Chintagufa and Minpa. We had received unclear footage of people carrying something on their heads and we alerted forces at Minpa. But it turned out to be people returning from a weekly market”, he said adding “In fact, we had sought permission to use UAVs for two days on May 22 and 23 from the base station of National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) in Hyderabad.” Vij also confirmed the reports that the UAV base station which is currently located in Hyderabad would be moved to Bhilai, Nandini airport this year. ”
It was in the pipeline since long and has nothing to do with the recent attack. Moving of base stations would not only make easy communication and personal monitoring but also save on flying time,” he said. A UAV can be used for 4-6 hours at a stretch and can fly during night with thermal cameras. There are chances that Bhilai base station would have more than one UAV. Talking about its limitations, the ADG said that UAVs cannot be used in cloudy weather or when it’s raining.
Landmine planted by Maoist near TMC leader’s house explodes
Accusing him of being a police informer, a group of Maoists attacked the house of Aditya Singh Malla, a TMC leader of the party in West Bengal and caused extensive damage to a section of the boundary wall, including the main gate to his house.
The attack took place at Bara Bazar in Maoist hit Purulia district of the state. Reportedly, they ignited a land mine sometime in the wee hours of morning, resulting in the obliteration of the boundary wall of Malla’s house. He is the General Secretary of the TMC’s local unit while his wife Sumita Singh Malla is also an enrolled party worker. Interacting with the media, Sumita Malla said that last month the family had received a threatening letter from the Maoists.
Wanted Maoist ‘caught’ in Odisha
SAMBALPUR: Police have reportedly arrested a Maoist from Tampersingha village under Kisinda police limits in the district. The Maoist, Surya Negi, was on the most-wanted list of Sambalpur police as he was trying to reorganize the outfit in the district. Though police are yet to confirm his arrest, a source revealed that the Red rebel was detained while moving towards Kisinda jungle on Friday afternoon.
The source claimed police have brought him to Sambalpur for interrogation. Senior police officers of the district are tight-lipped on the issue apprehending that it might hamper interrogation. Contacted, SP (Sambalpur) Pratik Mohanty refused to divulge anything. Maoist activities came to the light in Sambalpur following the barbaric killing of sarapanch of Meghpal Kadar Singh in 2003. The activities of the ultras reached their peak in 2005 when three persons at Burda village, three persons at Banjaritikira village and one each from Tampersingha and Larabira villages were killed.
Maoists kill CRPF assistant commandant in a fierce encounter outside Raipur
DHAMTARI ( Chhattisgarh): Exactly a week after May 25 deadly attack at Darbha valley killing 28 persons including top Congress leaders, Maoist shot dead an assistant commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district following a fierce encounter, that too, a few kilometers from the state capital. The commandant was killed by a group of 12 Maoists including two female combatants.
They belong Sitanadi Dalam, led by commander Sathyam Gavde. The deceased SK Das, 45, a resident of Kolkata sustained two shots following a sudden burst of fire by rebels, after he reached close to their camp along with a 53 member team district police after a specific intelligence input. “He sustained two gun shot wounds, one on his leg and other on his abdomen. He succumbed to the injuries a couple of minutes later,” Dhamtari SP Akbar Ram Korram told TOI. The encounter took place at around 2.30pm and lasted for two hours.
“We are certain that the Maoists had shots too, and are on run. They have crossed into the Orissa border which is a safe heaven,” he said. The place where firing took place is only 10km from the Orissa border. He too was on the spot, said the SP adding that they have recovered party leaflets along with stationary, ration and their uniform. The search team shot 166 rounds on Maoists and lobbed two UBGL. Last week 28 persons including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, Congress leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar were killed and 32 others, including former Union Minister V C Shukla were injured in a deadly attack.
Maoists make inroads in Dooars
KOLKATA: The Maoists are making a determined bid to make inroads in the impoverished tea belt of North Bengal, just as they had done in Jangalmahal. But this time they have entrusted the Maoist north-east unit for the job instead of the Bengal unit.
This has come to light after the arrest of senior Maoist leader Anukul Naskar in Assam. Naskar – who hails from Garia in south Kolkata – held several meetings in Dooars tea gardens and is believed to have picked up some youngsters to fill the ranks, say sources. Naskar, 65, was arrested from Silchar in Assam on May 1. Police say he was the main person behind the Maoist venture in the northeast. The elderly rebel strategist is a politburo member of the erstwhile MCC, and remained a central committee member of CPI(Maoist) after the merger. In 2007, he took charge of the NE organization under the direct guidance of Maoist second-in-command Prasanta Bose.
His interrogation revealed that Maoists have been working in the northeast for a decade and they have invaded not just the ‘tea tribes’, but also the marginal mongoloid tribes to build their base. They have set up three organizational committees in strategic corners of Assam. Experts believe that penetration in marginal tribes is the survival key for the Maoists in avoiding any conflict with the scores of ethnic militant outfits in NE. In 1990s, Maoist politburo member Amitabha Bagchi – who is originally from the MCC – was the first to foray into the northeast.
Together with Aklanta Rabha, who represents a marginal tribe, they founded the Rabha Security Force and then the Lower Assam Leading Committee in 1998. In 2007, Naskar was sent to the northeast to assist Aklanta, said a Kolkata STF officer. Bagchi was arrested in 2009. Aklanta was nabbed in April this year. STF has interrogated Aklanta and may bring Naskar to Kolkata to find more about the Bengal link. Police raided Naskar’s rented accommodation in south Kolkata but did not find anything worthwhile. In the last three years, the Maoists set up two leading committees in Upper Assam and Lower Assam and a special zonal committee in Barak valley.
Naskar had additional charge of North Bengal, where he was reportedly helped by some mid-rung rebels from Jharkhand. Police suspect the Maoists are trying to regroup the Kamtapur Liberation Organization, but Naskar denies this, say sources. Police say the arrest of Naskar and Aklanta is a major blow to the Maoists but a revelation by Naskar of senior Maoist leader Chandrasekhar Dashas put them on the edge. Naskar says Das, who is working in Tripura, operates under Prasanta Bose and has direct access to party chief Ganapathy.
He frequents in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and is probably in charge of a parallel chain of command in NE and North Bengal. Bose remained keen to set up a political base in north east using the resentment among the marginal tribes like Rabha, Missging and Morans, then another Maoist politburo member Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji was eyeing for a strategic relationship with NE insurgents for a smooth arms procurement channel.