Five Naxals Arrested in Chhattisgarh
Five Naxals were arrested in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh in a joint operation by police and BSF today, police said. “The cadres were nabbed from different villages in the forests of Tadoki police station area by the joint contingent of district force and BSF,” Station House Officer (SHO) of Tadoki police station, G S Thakur told PTI. Maoists are identified as Ramu Gond (50), Fulsingh Markam (25), Shyam Singh (35), Rai Singh (58) and Ramesh Dugga (25)–all members of Jan militia group, Thakur said, adding that the members admitted of being involved in the movement during interrogation.
The patrol party was mobilised on specific inputs about the presence of the militia members in the region. They all were apprehended from their respective houses, police said, adding that they were involved in several incidents of crimes in the region.
Naxalite arrested in Balaghat district
BHOPAL: Police claimed to have arrested a former member of TandaDalam of Naxalites at Rajegaon village in Balaghat district on Saturday night. The dalam is active in Balaghat and adjoining districts of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. Balaghat SP Sachin Atulkar said, ” Ram Chand Marawi, 30, a resident of Bhawe village of Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh and wanted in at least 5 cases.”
In the dalam, he was known as Vinay Tekam, Atulkar added. When the dalam was active, it had around 25-30 members, including Marawi. He had quit the group and went to other state to earn a living, Atulkar told TOI. It is the same dalam, which killed a cop in Balaghat district in September 2010 and was believed to have set on fire a record room of panchayat in Nagpur district in 2011, sources said. “We are scanning all the records related to Marawi and his activities,” Atulkar said.
Maoists disown Bodh Gaya shrine blasts
GAYA: Nearly a week after the serial blasts in the world famous Mahabodhi temple and three other places in the holy city, the CPI(Maoist) on Saturday disowned involvement in the first such incident of its kind in the state. Rahul (assumed name), spokesperson of the north sub-zonal committee of the Maoist outfit, rang up Gaya-based news persons on Saturday afternoon to disown the involvement of the ultra Leftist organization. The organization does not believe in targeting religious places, said the Maoist spokesperson.
Explaining the delay in the denial, the Maoist spokesperson made the alibi that being deep inside the forests having no accesses to electronic media, the organization leaders came to know about the accusing fingers being raised against them through delayed newspaper reports. Earlier, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde listed Maoists as one of the three suspects in the serial bombing that hogged international head lines. Making another clarification, the Maoist spokesperson said the organization does not have monopoly rights over cylinder bombs, and anybody or any other organization can use the not so complex IED technique used in the serial blasts.
Red posters surface
NIZAMABAD: After a long spell, Maoist posters calling for the boycott of panchayat elections appeared in villages falling under Darpalli mandal on Sunday. Posters in the name of CPI (Maoist) Nizamabad division secretary, Jagan, appeared at Nallavelli, Gouraram, and Donkal villages, prompting the police to increase vigil. The Maoist leader threatened surrendered Naxalites and political leaders with severe consequences if they failed to mend their attitude.
Common people have been harassed by former Maoists and leaders who joined with the police, he alleged.tnn Villagers, who found the posters at important centres in the villages in the morning, informed the cops, who later removed them. Dichpalli circle inspector Srisailam, however, refuted the existence of Naxalites in the area and suspected it to be the handiwork of local youths.
“We will catch the culprits soon,” he added. Darpalli and its surrounding villages were once dominated by Maoists but their influence started waning after the Manala encounter in 2005 in which 10 Maoists, including district committee secretary Ramesh, died. Nizamabad sub-divisional police officer Anil, who visited the villages, said there would be no hurdle for the panchayat elections. Some Maoist sympathizers have already been bound over, he said.
Mini Gun Factory Unearthed From Maoist Region in Bihar
The police today unearthed an illegal mini-gun factory at Bramani forest area, known to be a Maoist pocket, in Bihar’s Munger district and recovered magazines, barrels and unassembled pistol kits. Acting on a tip-off, a police team from Bhararar Police station raided the forest and recovered 80 pistol magazines and 20 barrels among others from the spot.
Two persons have been arrested from the spot while four others managed to flee, Station House Officer (SHO) Sanjeev kumar said. The police also seized drilling machines and other equipments used in making magazine from the spot, the police said. Later, those arrested told the police that they were supplying illegal arms to the Maoists and criminals.
Maoist threat to polls in Agency
Rajahmundry: Rampachodavaram Agency faces the threat of boycott of gram panchayat polls by the Maoists as they had already given a similar call in the agency area of Narsipatnam division in Visakhapatnam district having the common border with the East Godavari. Gram panchayat polls are scheduled to be held in Rampachodavaram agency in the first phase on July 23.
As many as 120 gram panchyats are existing in the Agency in which 1,110 polling stations are set up for the benefit of the electorate to exercise their franchise. As the East Godavari Agency is having a porous border with Agency areas of Visakhapatnam and Khammam districts, the Maoists use these areas as safe haven and take shelter for a few days when they are being hunted in Chhattisgarh and other areas.
They also use these Agency areas as hideouts and for transit purposes. There is hardly 10 km distance between the Agency areas of both the EG and Visakha districts and Maredumilli, Dustcharthi and Y. Ramavaram villages are close to the border. There are reports of the movement of the Maoists in Visakha Agency in the recent past and they are reportedly either motivating or threatening the villagers to boycott the polls.
There are fears that a similar exercise will be taken up by them by entering into the Agency villages in EG asking the voters not to take part in the ensuing gram panchayat polls. Meanwhile, the police are keeping close vigil in the bordering Agency area and also the Agency villages to avoid the entry of the Maoists to threaten the tribals to boycott the polls. Sources maintain that the police are carrying out routine combing operations in the agency and there are no reports of the presence of the Maoists on the porous border at present.
However, the police as a precautionary measure, deploying huge posse of police personnel comprising armed police personnel, greyhounds, APSP special parties, para-military forces including four companies of CRPF personnel in the Agency villages to ensure the conduct of polls in a free and fair manner.
The police have notified the hypersensitive and sensitive villages and are planning to deploy additional forces at the polling stations falling under these villages. Rampachodavaram DSP S. Chaitanya Kumar said, “We appeal to the electorate to participate in the democratic process by exercising their franchise in the polls. We are taking all necessary steps to avoid any trouble.”
Armed Maoists take away AP village election nomination papers
Cadres of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) snatched nomination papers filed for posts of sarpanchs and ward members in four villages in G Madugula mandal of the Visakhapatnam agency area today. According to the police, as election officials were getting ready to scrutinise nominations filed at Biram village, a group of about 15 Maoists, some of them armed, took away nomination papers saying that they had called for a boycott of elections. Special police teams have been pressed into service to nab the culprits, the police said.
Local people could nominate one person among them and make him or her their sarpanch, the Maoists had reportedly told the villagers. Since the beginning of this month, Maoists attacked Congress leaders and looted their houses, even as they warned political activists not to file nominations, urging people to boycott elections. Six panchayats in three mandals where Maoists are strong have not received a single nomination for the posts of sarpanchs or ward members. No nomination was received for Jerrela, Mondigedda and Batchala in G K Veedhi mandal, Balapam and Kudusara in Chintapalli mandal, as well as a village panchayat in Pedabayalu mandal.