150 Maoists attack train in Bihar, shoot 3 men dead, loot arms from RPF jawans
Over 150 armed Maoists today carried out a daring attack on a Patna-bound train, killing three persons, including an RPF jawan, and injuring five others in Bihar’s Naxal-affected Jamui district before looting passengers and fleeing with weapons. Police and railway officials said RPF jawan Sukhnath D Singh and a passenger were killed in the attack while Kumar Amit, a Patna-based Bihar police sub-inspector, was found dead in an AC coach when the Dhanbad-Patna Inter-City Express reached Keul at Lakhisarai, ECR Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) Amitabh Prabhakar and Lakhisarai DSP Vijay Prasad said.
Five persons, identified as K P Singh (train guard), Manoj Kumar Singh (railway employee at Jamalpur), Dharmendra Sah (Lakhisarai), P K Tripathi (Patna) and Satish Kumar (Muzaffarpur) suffered injuries and were given treatment at Keul station, Prabhakar said adding that Manoj Kumar Singh’s condition was stated to be serious. Around 150 Maoists forcibly stopped the train near Kunder Halt between Jamui and Mananpur railway stations, about 170 km from Patna, at 1320 hours and fired indiscriminately for about half-an-hour on the train and its passengers, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Law and Order, S K Bharadwaj said.
The Maoists also looted weapons from two RPF personnel and later let the train go towards its onward journey, he said. Two companies of CRPF have rushed to the spot to carry out a combing-cum-search operation against the Maoists who retreated into the forest after carrying out the daring daylight attack on the train, Jamui district magistrate Shashikant Tiwari said. The operations against the Maoists was being led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Md. Abdullah, he said, adding blood stains have been found on various spots which pointed to injuries or casaulties among the retreating ultras.
The Maoists also detonated explosives to deter the security forces from chasing them, Tiwari said. The DM said that prime facie it appeared that the Maoists attacked the train to loot passengers as also weapons from the RPF escort party. Bihar’s Director General of Police (DGP) Abhayanand said details about the sequence of events had been sought from the District Magistrate of Lakhisarai.
Naxals kill Lloyds Vice President and two others in Gadchiroli
Suspected Naxals killed three persons including a Vice President of Lloyds company near Nender village in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Thursday. Gadchiroli police confirmed the killings but the police teams are yet to reach the spot and the forces are proceeding cautiously fearing ambush by the Naxals, said some police sources. According to Gadchiroli police PRO Dharmendra Joshi, Jaspal Dhillon, Vice President of Lioyd company, a Sub–contractor A.P.Mallikarjun Reddy and Police Patil Raju Sadmake were killed by the Naxals in Nender village under Gatta Gram Panchayat in Etapalli tehsil of the district at around 12.30 am on Thursday.
The reason behind the killing would be known only after the forces reach the spot of incident, said Mr. Joshi. The area where the killings have taken place, had been witnessing some tensions due to the proposed Iron Ore mining unit of the JSW ISPAT. Almost all the villages in this belt have made their opposition to the project very clear and the Naxals have also backed the villagers.
Security forces gun down woman Naxal in Chhattisgarh, one arrested
Raipur: A woman Naxalite was killed and another ultra arrested after a gun battle with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Narayanpur district, police said today. The face-off between the Naxals and joint contingent of district police, CRPF and STF took place in the Nelnar forests area under Chhotedongar police station limits (over 350 km from Raipur) yesterday, Narayanpur Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) NK Sahu said. “The deceased has been identified as Sarita, a native of South Bastar, who was active in Nelnar area committee of the Maoist. She was also PPC (platoon party commander) of the battalion II of the Maoists,” the DSP said.
The arrested woman Naxalite has been identified as—Ghasni—of LOS (local operating squad) at Nelnar. The patrol party was on a combing operation in the region and on getting a tip off about the presence extremists at Ulistar village in Nelnar area, security forces swung into action and began surrounding them, he said. On seeing the patrol party, the ultras started firing indiscriminately at them. The search party retaliated following which naxals fled into the deep forest. After the encounter, security personnel recovered the body of a Naxal, apart from huge cache of arms and ammunition. Ghasni, who was trying to escape from the spot, was nabbed.
“Several other Naxals had received bullet injuries but their associates managed to take them to the core forest region,” the DSP said. Police also recovered three rifles, two guns, a country-made pistol, live cartridges, about 10 bombs, a couple of detonators, 36 bags, wires, surgical instruments, commodities of daily use and various Naxal related material from the spot, Sahu added. PTI
‘Naxals now hiding in Kodagu, Ch’nagar’
Home Minister K J George on Wednesday informed the Legislative Council that naxals in the state had entered Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts, following largescale combing operations in the 13 taluks of the Malnad region. George said the Maoists have gone into hiding in these two districts after they were pushed out by the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) with rigorous combing and sanitisation operations. Reports suggest that there is an increased movement of naxals in Sringeri in Chikmagalur district, Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada district and Kodagu. “We will be increasing the combining operations in these places now,” he said.
The minister said the government was looking at a two-pronged strategy to check naxals by addressing the problems of the local people in interiors of Shimoga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur, and strengthening the ANF. Jungle warfare training “The Centre for Counter Terrorism (CCT), Garud, and the Andhra Pradesh commando force, Greyhounds, will be giving our ANF additional training in jungle warfare to tackle the Maoists. We have also allocated Rs 5.3 crore towards the 13 ANF camps which are located across the four most affected districts,” he said.
Replying to a query by Ganesh Karnik (BJP) about the State’s response to naxalism, in the light of the daring Maoist attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, George said that the State government was ensuring highest priority to those districts which were affected by the naxal problem. He said the state government, in the light of the Chhattisgarah attacks, will be giving additional security to the VVIPs touring the naxal-affected regions of Karnataka.
“We are also preparing a new package for those naxals who want to surrender by putting down weapons. To those who persist with armed resistance, the State will ensure that they do not rise again, ” he said. On the rehabilitation of the people affected by naxal menace, the minister said that under the new forest policy, those residing in the forest region will be given special packages for make a better living. “The project is already in implementation stage with Hunsur seeing some progress.” Already a package of Rs five crore has been approved for the rehabilitation of people in eight blocks of the four affected districts. George said that he would hold meetings with officials on June 18 and 19 in Udupi and Mangalore to discuss the naxal issue.
Small action teams set up to assist CRPF in tackling Maoists
Ranchi: To assist the para-military forces in their relentless drive against the Maoists in deep forests, Jharkhand police have set up small action teams (SAT) as back up support and for carrying out operations independently. “Small Action Teams (SAT) have been formed in the naxal-affected districts to assist and complement the CRPF and also handle independent operations on their own,” Jharkhand’s Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said today. Faced with left wing extremism in 18 of the 24 districts in the state, the DGP said induction process of five battalions of CRPF/SSB (Special Security Battalion) has already been started in required areas.
Kumar said special anti-naxal operations were being led by senior police formations of the state. He said a separate action plan against splinter groups like People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and Tritiya Prastuti Committee has borne results with more than 30 PLFI leaders and cadres being arrested, besides the arrest of 40 other leaders and activists of other outfits. Stating that there was a slight drop in naxal incidents in the first five months compared to the corresponding period in the last two years, he said a total of 181 naxal incidents were reported till May 31 this year as against 197 last year and 202 in 2011.
The CPI (Maoist) committed 52 per cent of violence out of the 181 incidents while its splinter groups People’s Liberation Front of India and another group was 29 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. However, encounters in the state increased in the first five months of the year recording 31 as against 22 last year and 27 in 2011 in the corresponding period. The police were successful in nabbing 294 extremists of different groups this year, an increase compared to 2012 (211) and 2011 (160), the DGP said.
The security forces were engaged in 30 incidents of exchange of gun battles with the extremists during 185 special operations against naxalites conducted till 31 May. He said 10 bodies of naxalites were recovered till 31 May while intelligence reports said 12 other naxalites had been killed in encounters but their associates carried away the bodies. The security forces were also successful in recovering six police weapons, ten regular weapons, 135 country made weapons, 974 cartridges, 51 IEDs, 2,575 detonators and 2,646.08 kg explosive substances during the period. The police also recovered 1,63,000 rupees, he said, adding the money was collected by the naxalites as levy or extortion.
Left wing extremism scares officials at block levels in Jharkhand
Ranchi: Jharkhand is facing a major problem in execution of developmental projects as many officials posted at the block level “abdicate” offices for fear of left wing extremism (LWE). “During interaction with Block Development Officers (BDOs)I was informed that officials abdicate offices either out of fear of them or in the name of Maoists,” Chief Secretary R S Sharma said on Thursday. “Abdicating offices will not help, and at no cost one should abdicate office because the bad elements will dominate,” Sharma told a press conference here. The district deputy commissioners and superintendents of police were directed to ensure security if any official has specific problem, the chief secretary said.
The state headquarters was monitoring the impediments, he said. Recognising that the LWE has been a big problem in the developmental process and that the state was not in a ‘denial mode’, he said contractors were not turning up for road construction in the naxal-infested Latehar district. “We have called them (contractors) and assured security so that they can ensure construction work because connectivity is the main thing to have access to mitigate the problem (extremism),” Sharma said.
Chhattisgarh govt asks International Red Cross to stop activities in tribal Bastar
RAIPUR: In a significant development, the Raman government in Chhattisgarh has directed to the world’s renowned humanitarian organization-The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – to suspend all its operations in the Naxalite affected Bijapur district where it was providing assistance to violence-hit people in improvised tribal Bastar region for the last two and a half years. “We had issued an order two days ago, asking ICRC to suspend all its operations in the region.
This was done after issuing a formal show cause notice to the international organization”, Bijapur district collector Mohammad Qaiser Abdul Haque told TOI over telephone. The state government’s decision to ask the ICRC to stop its activities comes despite chief minister Raman Singh’s declared position that his government would welcome all organizations which were ready to work for peace and help out with education, health, shelter and basic facilities in the region.
When ICRC had expressed its willingness to work in Bastar in 2008, Singh had maintained that with the kind of resources and expertise ICRC has at its command, its presence will benefit the poor tribals of the region where a huge population is suffering because of the conflict. Elaborating on the reasons, Bijapur district collector said “ICRC is yet to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state government for working in the region. Besides, there are some diplomatic issues pertaining to the government of India”.
AP police fear Maoist intrusion into T-stir
Police suspect that left-wing extremists may infiltrate the “Chalo Assembly” protest and spark violence during the stir called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) here on June 14. Police also reiterated that no permission would be given to the proposed protest, citing ongoing session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly. “We have inputs that left-wing extremist groups may get involved in the ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest and generate violence,” a senior police officer told PTI.
A string of violent incidents had marred the ‘Telangana March’ held here on September 30 last year with police suspecting the involvement of Maoist insurgents. “We here have been reports in a section of media here that the banned CPI (Maoist) has given a call to transform the ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest into a militant struggle,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters. Apart from 20 companies of central paramilitary forces, police personnel from various districts in the state are being drawn to maintain law and order on June 14. “We have seen that when such calls were given in the past by pro-Telangana organisations… invariably things have turned violent,” Sharma said.
He was referring to the “Million March” held in March 2011 and the ‘Telangana March’ in September last year. “Large-scale destruction of private and public property has taken place and that is why we have decided that we cannot give permission to any such demonstration,” Sharma added. Police will deal strictly with those who violate the orders. Telangana Joint Action Committee, headed by M Kodandaram, is an umbrella organisation of various groupings of employees, students etc. who are backing the separate statehood demand.
Maoists to strike again?
Intelligence reports of a possible attack on jails, alert sounded
Raipur: Alert has been sounded in all the jails of the state after intelligence agencies report a possible Maoist attack on the prisons. The jails will now have stricter security arrangements and a visitor’s management system. A survey has been done with National Information Centre (NIC), Delhi. After the system is in place, pictures of the visitors will be taken. Their thumb impression will also be taken. A complete biometric record will be in place.
The entire system will be kept online. Digital pictures of all the visitors coming to pay a visit to any of the prisoners will be taken. Their digital signatures will also be taken. Everything will be saved on a computer. The record of any visitor will be just a click away after this system comes in place. It will easier to trace a particular person through their thumb impressions. The officials said that that UD proofs will also be taken – driving licence, pan card, voter ID card or Aadhar card. NIC is preparing a special software for keeping records of the ID proof. KK Gupta, DIG, Raipur Jail, said, “All preparations of the visitor management system are complete. Around Rs. 1.5 crore were spent in the entire project. There has been a contract with Delhi NIC for the system. The system will be in place from next month.” Apart from the jail in the capital, prisons in Jagdalpur and Ambikapur are also put under high alert after information of the possible Maoist attack.
Gun Battle Between Security Men, Maoists in Jharkhand
An hour-long gunfight took place between paramilitary forces and Maoists today but no one was injured though train services were disrupted between Barkakana and Latehar railway stations, police said. CRPF and CoBRA personnel were on anti-Maoist operation when they encountered a volley of bullets from the left wing extremists near Kumandih railway station of the district. The personnel returned the fire and the exchange of fire lasted about an hour and train services were immediately stopped following the gun battle, the police said. The encounter was over and the services would start soon, sources said.
Delhi asks NIA to probe weapons haul in Mizoram
The March 8 arrest of three Bangladeshi nationals in Mizoram with a cache of sophisticated weapons has alarmed the Centre enough to order National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the arms-bust. Rabi Chakma, Sabuj Chakma and Mani Tripura, all Bangladeshi nationals, were arrested after Mizoram police and Assam Rifles recovered 33 AK-47 rifles along with a Singapore-made light machine gun, a US Combat Browning Automatic Rifle, 809 rounds of ammunition and 33 magazines in two separate operations in Lengte village near the Lengpui airport, about 30km from Aizawl on March 8. An official source said that the NIA registered a case at its Guwahati branch on Friday following an official notification issued by the Union home ministry directing it to conduct a detailed probe into the seizure.
The source said another reason why the seizure had worried the home ministry was that Mizoram — showcased as an island of peace in troubled Northeast — was being increasingly used by rebels from other states as a corridor to smuggle arms and also to cross over to neighbouring countries seeking refuge or training. Increased vigil along the India-Myanmar border in Manipur is another reason why Mizoram is now the preferred route. Mizoram shares a 722km border with Myanmar and Bangladesh. According to the source, the arms consignment was believed to be for one of the factions of the Shanti Bahini, the military wing of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti, which claims to be fighting for the rights of the indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh.