Chhattisgarh: 1 jawan killed, 3 hurt in Naxal attack
A police jawan was killed and 3 others were injured when naxals attacked a police patrolling party in maoist-hit Konda Goan district of Chhattisgarh on Friday, police said. “The face off between policemen and ultras took place in Borgoan area of Keshkal town of the district at around 1 AM,” Konda Gaon Superintendent of Police D Shravan told PTI over phone. The patrolling party, comprising 7-8 contingents of district force, was on night duty in the region.
When they reached near the last habitation of the town about 30-40 armed naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them. In retaliation, jawans also fired gun shots following which naxals fled to the core area of the forest. In the ensuing gunbattle that lasted for an hour, a constable died and three other policemen were injured, he said.
Constable Sanjay Mandavi was killed on the spot, he said. Those injured were identified as head constable Kamlesh Marapi, Assistant Constable Dhan Singh Netam and Amar Sachlam, the SP said, adding that the injured were lifted to Raipur for further treatment. Soon after getting news of the incident, additional force has been rushed to the spot and combing operation is in progress to nab the attackers , SP said. Several naxals also received bullet injuries but their associates managed to take them into the dense forest region, SP said.
Naxal hideout busted in Jharkhand
Ghatshila (East Singhbhum District, Jharkhand), June 21 (ANI): Security forces recently raided and busted a Naxal transit camp in the hills of the Ghatshila subdivision in Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum District. The joint operation was launched by the district police and commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) after they got intelligence inputs about the presence of Naxals in the region.
A brief encounter ensued between security forces and the Naxals in the hills near Bakracocha village in Ghatshila subdivision, located about 100 kms from Jamshedpur. Although, the Naxals managed to flee, security forces recovered a 9mm pistol, three live cartridges, six detonators, five gelatin sticks, two circuits, four battery chargers, one camera flashgun, one can bomb and a China-made binocular from the scene of encounter. Dharmendra Singh, a CRPF Commandant, said: “All the items recovered from the spot can be used against security forces. We have recovered IEDs, flashguns, detonators, pistol and other explosive devices.”
Security forces have intensified operations to combat ‘red terror’ after two major attacks carried out by Naxals in a span of two weeks. To keep a track of and gather information about the movement of Naxals, the government is planning to add more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the Naxal affected areas. (ANI)
Woman naxal killed in a fierce gun-battle with security personnel
A woman naxalite was on Friday killed in a fierce gun-battle with security personnel in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. “The face-off between naxals and security personnel took place in forests of Neelmadagu village under Bhopalpatnam police station limits (over 400 kms from capital Raipur),” Bijapur Superintendent of Police (SP) Prashant Agrawal told PTI. After the encounter, body of a woman naxal and a SLR has been recovered from the spot, the SP said.
‘Naxal’ posters threaten TMC, ruling party blames CPM
After chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Maoists, together with the Opposition and a section of the media, were trying to kill her, two posters, issued in the name of the CPI (Maoist) and threatening Trinamool Congress leaders, were found in Jhargram town on Thursday. Following the discovery of the posters, there was tension in Subhaspally area of the town. Later, the police removed them. Even a couple of years ago, such posters would be found quite often in Jhargram as well as Jangalmahal but with the Maoists on the back foot for sometime now, the posters once again sparked tension. Also, the timing of the discovery-ahead of next month’s panchayat polls-is a matter of concern. Trinamool leaders have been threatened and there are references to an increased Maoist presence in Jhargram town.
“The leaders and workers of the ruling party should be on alert as we are now in Jhargram town,” says one poster written in red on white paper. The other, also handwritten, says, “The Trinamool leaders who are involved in killing an eighty-year-old woman of Benageria by setting her on fire should be punished in a kangaroo court.” At the bottom of both the posters, the word CPI(Maoist) was written. The police, however, do not hold the Maoists responsible. “We believe that these posters were not put up by the Maoists but some other group. We are investigating the matter,” said Bharati Ghosh, the superintendent of police, Jhargram.
Maoists use social media to reach urban areas
KOLKATA/WEST MIDNAPORE: Turning away from their age-old method of handwritten letters and posters, the Maoists have gone the technology way. In a bid to reach out to common people – particularly those living in urban and semi-urban areas – the Red rebels are making use of social networking sites and the internet. The naxals are going hi-tech. Turning away from their ancient method of hand written letters and prehistoric communication system the Maoists are now becoming tech savvy.
They are using social networking sites and modern communication system more effectively so that they can reach out to the common people particularly to the urban and semi-urban population- the area where the Maoists want to increase their domination. Based on intelligence inputs of the ministry of home affairs, the Chhattisgarh government had earlier requested Facebook authorities to block a Facebook page – Naxal Chhattisgarh. The page went viral and promoted the propaganda of Maoists after the violence in the tribal region of Bastar. But this apart, there are several other online communities that the Maoists are making use of to increase their support base.
Though the ministry of home affairs has zoomed in on one account but there are several other accounts and pages through which maoists are continuing on with their propaganda. For instance, in the page ‘Naxalism community’ there is a detailed description of the Bastar carnage where 27 Congress workers were killed by the Maoists. What is even more surprising is the fact that 404 people ‘liked’ the page. Besides, ‘Naxalite community’, ‘Naxal’, ‘Naxalbari Hamiz’ are some of the online forums that the Maoists are using to propagate their ideology and activities. According to intelligence reports, the terror groups are taking advantage of communication channels which have become more sophisticated over a period of time. From mobile phones, terrorists have moved on to the use of satellite phones, spoofed IDs and coded transactions over e-mail and chat sessions.
Voice over Internet Protocol is also being extensively used to communicate across the border. In a recent press note, even the CPI (Maoists) have expressed that though they have been successful in making inroads into the rural belt, they have failed to penetrate into the urban population, particularly among the youths. When asked about their new strategy, a senior police officer said, “They are trying to shift their base from the rural to the urban area, particularly in the industrial belt.
They have been doing this for the last few years since their rural image will not have much effect on the urban population.” Meanwhile, Maoists on Thursday allegedly put up some posters at Benageria village in Jhargram police station area. The posters sounded a caution for state minister Sukumar Hansda and Trinamool Congress leader Gourango Pradhan for burning alive an 80-year-old woman Sabitri Sarkar. “The leaders who are responsible for the death of this 80-year-old woman will be brought to justice at the people’s court,” the posters stated. Jhargarm SP Bharati Ghosh said, “This is the work of some miscreants and the not Maoists.”