Special monitoring cell for VIP movement in Naxal-hit areas in Jharkhand
Ranchi: A special monitoring cell with the Jharkhand Special Branch is monitoring the movement of important leaders in Naxal-dominated areas in the wake of the Maoist attack on Chhattisgarh Congress leaders last month. “A security committee has reviewed VIP security and provided them with security as per the X, Y, Z categories,” Jharkhand Police Chief Rajeev Kumar said in Ranchi. A security monitoring cell was set up in the Special Branch and similar cells have been formed in all the districts with the personnel keeping a watch on the movement of politicians in Naxalism-hit areas, he added. On May 25, Naxals attacked a convoy of Congress leaders in Bastar, killing Mahindra Karma and Nand Kumar Patel among 24 people. Former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, who was critically injured in the ambush, died 17 days later in a Gurgaon hospital.
Chhattisgarh HC upholds conviction of two involved in Naxal activities
Bilaspur: The Chhattisgarh High Court has upheld a lower court judgement awarding 10 years imprisonment to Malti alias K S Priya and Surendra Kosaria, who were convicted for their alleged involvement in Naxal activities. The court had reserved its judgement on the bail application of the duo, last month. Yesterday, the single bench of Justice R S Sharma rejected the bail plea of Malti and Surendra, who were arrested in 2008 for their alleged involvement in naxal activities, and upheld the lower court’s judgement awarding 10 years imprisonment to them, their counsel Satish Verma said. In 2006, Naxal literature and CDs were distributed at the MLA rest house in Raipur through courier.
Around two years after the incident, police had busted an urban naxal network and had arrested Malti along with three others – Surendra Kosaria, Siddharth Sharma and Pratik Jha – on February 22, 2008 in this connection. A district court had convicted Malti and Surendra and sent them to 10-year jail in July, 2010 while two others were acquitted. Challenging the decision of the district court, the duo later filed an appeal in the High Court along with an application for the suspension of the sentence and grant of bail. After hearing the arguments of their counsel, the court had reserved its verdict in the first week of May. PTI
Alert sounded in Jharkhand, West Bengal after Naxal attack
Ranchi:Jharkhand police have sounded a high alert in Giridih and Dhanbad in the wake of the brazen attack by Maoists on a train in neighbouring Bihar’s Jamui district. “We have alerted Giridih and Dhanbad following the incident,” a senior police official said. The alert was sounded after about 150 Maoists attacked the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express in the afternoon. Jamui borders Jharkhand’s Giridih district.
Alert in West Bengal
An alert was also sounded in West Bengal and security strengthened along the state’s border with Odisha and Jharkhand in view of the Maoist attack on the Intercity Express in adjoining Bihar. State’s DGP N Mukherjee said that an alert was sounded across West Bengal and special security cover was thrown along the border with Odisha and Jharkhand. He said that contacts were being maintained with the Railway Board. Mukherjee said that SPs and district magistrates in Junglemahal were asked to keep in touch with the state headquarters at Writers’ Buildings.
Additional security arrangements were made in the Eastern and South Eastern Railway in the state. An eastern railway spokesman said that additional escorts were being provided in eight long-distance trains, including Punjab Mail, Kathgodam Express and Muzaffarpur Fast Passenger, passing through Asansol division of the railway. Security was also beefed up at railway stations in the division. A Southeastern Railway source said that security was also tightened in trains passing through Junglemahal.
RPF personnel in trains passing through Maoist-affected areas increased
New Delhi: In the backdrop of the killing of its jawan and snatching of rifles by Maoists from an escort team in a Patna-bound train, RPF on Friday increased the number of personnel to 12 to be deployed in a train. “We have issued instructions to all RPF units at Maoist-affected Divisions to adequately strengthen the escort team in trains”, said a senior RPF official adding “now a minimum of 12 personnel will be part of the escort team.” There were only five RPF personnel on Dhanbad-Patna Inter City Express train as an escort team of the train passing through Maoist-affected area in Bihar. Three persons were killed and five were injured in the attack
CRPF jawan injured in clash with Reds
GAYA: Only a few hours after the Maoist operation in Jamui, the Red rebels and the cops were engaged in a fierce gun battle near village Kokana under the Dumaria police station in Gaya district on Thursday evening. The encounter left one CRPF constable seriously injured . The injured constable has been identified as Ravi Shankar. The encounter took place during a combing operation to flush out Red rebels from the area. Attempts to airlift the injured constable for treatment to Patna could not succeed due to darkness.
294 Maoist guerrillas arrested in Jharkhand this year
Ranchi: The Jharkhand Police have arrested 294 Maoist guerrillas in the first five months of this year, police said here on Friday. According to the data made available by police, a total of 294 Maoists were arrested from January 01 to May 31 against 211 during the same period last year and 160 the year before that.
Of the total arrested Maoists, 17 belong to their top leadership ranks, area commander and above. In the period under review, a total of 181 Maoist incidents have been reported this year against 197 in 2012 and 202 in 2011. Police claim to have killed 22 Maoist guerrillas from January 01 to May 31, but the bodies of only 10 Maoists have been recovered. Police have also recovered 51 improvised explosive devices, 2,575 detonators, about 2,646 kg of explosives and Rs 1,63,000 in cash collected as levy by Maoists.
Police seize huge cache of ammunition in Maoist infested Jharkhand
Police have seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Jharkhand, close on the heels of a Maoist attack on a train in neighbouring Bihar state. Police in Jamtara district of the state said that over 597 detonators along with wires and cables used in explosions were recovered. He added that investigation is on to verify the source of the explosives and its intended usage.
As police loosen grip, Maoists gaining ground in Bihar, says Centre
Twenty-one civilians have died in Maoist attacks in Bihar until May 31 this year, more than double the number (10) killed over the same period in 2012, according to the Union home ministry. More security personnel have died in Naxal attacks in the first five months of 2013 than in the corresponding months of 2012. Only 99 Naxals were arrested and two surrendered until May 31 this year; by contrast, 204 Naxals were arrested and 34 surrendered in the first five months of 2012.
Home ministry officials said Bihar Police has all but stopped operations against the Maoists, frittering away gains made over the last five years. Anti-Maoist special forces are not visible, and the administration has failed to clamp down on Maoist fronts like the Revolutionary Democratic Front, which was allowed to hold a rally in Muzaffarpur despite the Centre’s objections. In February, Union home secretary R K Singh warned of a Naxal “build-up” in Gaya, Jamui and Aurangabad, which accounted for over 60 per cent of Maoist violence in 2012.
Wanted Maoist arrested in Rourkela
ROURKELA: Police nabbed a key Maoist cadre during a combing operation in Sundargarh’s Jharbeda reserve forest within Bisra police limits on Wednesday. Police said the arrested rebel, Aldrine Haro alias Aldrine Munda (27), has confessed to his involvement in a series of Maoist incidents along Odisha-Jharkhand border. A local court rejected his bail plea on Thursday. Police said Aldrine of Chirubeda village had joined CPI (Maoist) in 2010.
During his interrogation, police came to know that he was involved in some major Maoist-related violence in the district. “He was involved in Jaireikela outpost blasting, blowing up of Bisra tehsil office and murder of former extremist Kandri Lohar and her three-year-old son, all in 2011,” said DSP of Rourkela police district L D Mohapatra. Lohar had joined the mainstream by surrendering before police, who had facilitated her marriage with a local boy. However, she and her son were brutally killed by the rebels while returning from a village fair.
Woman denies nabbed husband’s Maoist links
KORAPUT: Wife of an arrested Maoist in Rayagada district has claimed that her husband has no links with the Red rebels. Police arrested Paraya Kutruka (34), a former ward member of Toyaput village, following an exchange of fire at Panchkudi forest within Kalyansinghpur police limits in the wee hours of Tuesday.
“My husband is not a Maoist. He along with few other villagers had gone to the forest for hunting when police fired on them, suspecting them to be Red rebels. While others managed to escape from the spot, my husband failed to do so as he was injured in the firing. He is the only breadwinner of our family,” said Aanla Kutruka, Paraya’s wife. Police said while taking rest during an anti-Maoist operation, a team of SOG jawan spotted a group of Maoists at Panchkudi forests around 2 am and asked them to surrender. But the rebels fired on the security personnel, following which the latter retaliated.
The exchange of fire continued for next few minutes. The securitymen started searching the area around 4.30 am and found Paraya lying with splinter injuries on his leg and with a loaded SBML gun in his hand. Paraya was admitted to the district headquarters hospital of Rayagada. “My husband had taken a gun with him for hunting and police mistook him for a Maoist. I have approached police to release him after he is discharged from hospital,” she said. Police have dismissed the woman’s claim. “Paraya will be interrogated once he is discharged from hospital,” said SP (Rayagada) Rajesh Pandit.
Maoist posters ask people not to vote for Trinamool
The tables have turned. Maoists, who had widely campaigned ahead of the 2011 Assembly polls asking people to vote against the CPI(M), have now launched a poster campaign asking people not to vote for Trinamool Congress. More than 20 posters surfaced at Ghatbera in Purulia on Tuesday, some of them threatening local Trinamool leaders with dire consequences should they try to suppress people’s movements in the area. Others forbid people to vote for Trinamool Congress, which the Maoists claim, are now exploiting people. This is the third time in one month that Maoist posters surfaced in the Ayodhya hills area of Purulia district, after a gap of more than a year.
“We had cleaned up all the Maoists from the area. They are sneaking in from Jharkhand, sticking posters and going away. This is why the government wants more forces guarding the border,” self-employment and self-help group minister and Balarampur MLA, Shantiram Mahato said. Purulia district has 380km long common border with Jharkhand’s Bokaro, Dhanbad and East Singbhum districts. The border areas in Jharkhand are forested, and Maoists are known to have a strong presence. In 2011, Maoists had disbanded their once-mighty Ayodhya hills platoon – consisting of 34 members – when the platoon chief Arnab Dam alias Vikram decided to quit the organisation. A number of arrests made the situation tough for Maoists. The death of Kishenji has stopped Maoist activities in Purulia district.
“However, Maoists have been regrouping in Purulia under the leadership of Ranjit Pal alias Tarit and Haladhar Gorai over the past six months. They have held some meetings with villagers,” a police source said. Ahead of the 2011 Assembly elections, Maoist spokesperson from Purulia, Vikram, had issued a series of media statements, indirectly asking people to vote for Trinamool. A number of his statements had also praised the role of Mamata Banerjee.However, Trinamool-Maoist relations in Purulia turned bitter ever since the Jangalmahal Unyayan Birodhi Protirodh Mancha, a Trinamool-backed anti-Maoist vigilante gang, launched their drive against the Maoists in July-August 2011. The leader of the Mancha, Aghor Hembram, is one of the key targets of the Maoists in this area.