Naxal commander killed, many ultras injured in encounter with joint team
A naxal commander was killed and many ultras are feared injured in an encounter with a joint team of police and CRPF in Bijapur forests of Chhattisgarh, police said on Tuesday. “The gun battle between naxalites and the joint team of district police and CRPF took place in the forests of Gorna Pujaripara villages under Bijapur police station limits, over 400 kms from Raipur on Monday night,” a senior police officer said.
He said the joint team came under naxal fire when it was conducting combing operations in Gorna, Mankeli and Pangud villages in the region. On seeing the patrol party nearing Gorna village, about 20-30 armed rebels, including women, opened indiscriminate fire which was retaliated, leaving the naxal commander dead, the officer said. “Several other naxals had received bullet injuries but their comrades managed to flee along with them to core forest area by taking advantage of darkness,” according to the officer. He said that even though identity of the slain Maoist was being established, prima facie he appears to be militia commander of Gorna and Bodlapusnar area in the region.
Over 1,100 killed in Naxal violence in 6 years: C’garh govt
The Chhattisgarh government today said that over 1,100 people, including security personnel, have lost their lives in naxal violence in the state in the past six years, with the highest causalities of 392 reported in Bijapur district. In a written reply to a question by Congress legislator Kuldeep Singh Juneja in the state assembly, Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar informed, “Total 3,089 naxal incidents took place in the state from January 2008 till June 20 this year.
In these incidents, 1,181 people, including 696 civilians, 233 policemen and 252 paramilitary troopers were killed.” Figures tabled in the House showed that the highest number of causalities were in the southern district of Bijapur, where a total of 392 people including 284 civilians, 70 policemen and 38 paramilitaries lost their lives in 934 naxal incidents that took place between 2008-June 2013. After Bijapur, its neighbouring district Dantewada, a Maoist hotbed, saw second highest causalities numbering 305 followed by Kanker (119), Narayanpur (110), Rajnandgaon (84), Bastar (81), Sukma (30), Dhamtari (18), Gariyaband (14), Balrampur (8) and Kondagaon (7).
Former woman naxal held
A former woman ultra, carrying a cash reward of Rs 15,000 on his head, was arrested by Madhya Pradesh police from Lal Khadan area in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district today, police said. Kamla Gond (45) had allegedly participated in various naxal attacks in Balaghat district and had numerous cases registered against her under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Explosives Act at Rupjhar and Bahela police stations in the district, IG K P Khare said. She has confessed to her involvement in various naxal activities in the region and spilled beans on her associates, the IG added.
Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jul 17 (PTI) A Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 5,000 was arrested in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh today, police said. Hinsaram Muriya, a member of Bayanar Dalam of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), was arrested from Mungwal village under Bayanar police station limits of the district, Kondagaon ASP Surjit Atri told PTI. Muriya was apprehended on a tip-off by a joint team of district force and QRT (Quick Response Team) during a combing operation.
Probe ordered into killing of suspected women ultras
Gadchiroli, Jul 16 (PTI) A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the death of six suspected women Naxals, who were killed in a police encounter near here in Eastern Maharashtra early this month, a senior administration official said today. The gun battle took place on July 7 near village Mendhri in Etapalli taluka of this Naxal-affected district. “The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Etapalli will conduct the probe,” District Collector Abhishek Krishna told PTI here today.
Pro-Maoist literature seized from coaching centre in TN
Tirunelveli (TN), Jul 17 (PTI) Pro-Maoist literature was seized from a coaching centre for competitive examinations at a remote village in the district, police said today. A police team, investigating a cheating complaint by some students, stumbled on the incriminating documents including pro-Maoist CDs, pamphlets and 52 passports when they opened a locker at the centre in Karivalamvanthanallur last evening.
Maoists threaten police informers
Maoists have reportedly sent a threat letter to the police informers, as whether they want to live with the people or die by joining hands with the police. The letter in the name of Malnadu Area Samithi Matthu Karavali Area Samithi, targetting informers has reached Deccan Herald office. The letter said, “the revolutionary movement can not be carried forward without punishing those involved in murdering revolutionaries. Death is natural.
It is left to the informers to decide whether they have to die by helping the people or by helping the police.” “Maoist movement began in Malnad and coastal districts 10 years ago. However, Guerilla army’s 13 colleagues and Menasinahadya residents Paramesh, Rame Gowda, Sundaresh and Kaverakka were murdered by the police. Resources and culture in the district could be conserved only through Maoist movement. If we had not started our movement, the government would have evicted all the forest dwellers from the Kudremukh National Park. The people of the region have been showering love towards us for safeguarding their lives.
However, the informers who were lured by the police have been responsible for murdering innocents. The police have been spending lakhs of rupees to create police informers,” it said. Tribals and farmers have been residing in remote villages without basic facilities and infrastructure. However, the estate owners and rich were exploiting the poor and becoming more wealthier. With the Maoist movement in the district, the exploitation has reduced to some extent. The government’s decision on forcible eviction has come to a standstill. Reforms have been introduced in the name of Naxal package in Maoist infested villages.
The police and the government have been nurturing informers to implement Project Tiger and Pushpagiri sanctuary in Western Ghats, the letter said. “If the informers continue to support the rulers, then we will not allow them to enter the villages. We will boycott you and will be severely punished in the People’s Court.”
Red threat: Leaders quit, withdraw nominations
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the fear of the Maoist menace looming large, many political leaders are stepping down from their party posts even as many others are learnt to be gearing up to withdraw their nominations from the panchayat polls on Wednesday. According to sources, after learning that a heavily armed Maoist People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) company has been visiting all the remote areas in the Visakha agency, a majority of the candidates have made up their minds to submit their resignations to their respective parties and withdraw their nominations lest they incur the wrath of the Red rebels.
While GK Veedhi agricultural co-operative society vice president Reemala Ananda Rao has already announced his decision to step down from the post as well as from the Congress party, GK Veedhi PACS president Gaduturi Babu has also announced that he was resigning following the Maoist attack on him. According to sources, three candidates of Galikonda panchayat, who filed their nomination for the panchayat elections, would be withdrawing them on Wednesday after being threatened by Maoists. Politicians of Ammavari Darakonda in GK Veedhi too are expected to join the Galikonda candidates in withdrawing their nominations.
Even as the residents of Gummurevula panchayat have already announced their decision to boycott the elections, the panchayats of Lakarapupeta and Devarapalli as well as Budaralla panchayat in Koyyuru, another hotbed for Maoists, too are expected to meet the same fate, sources said. According to sources, candidates of Tummangula and Annavaram panchayats are in a dilemma after the series of Maoist incidents and may withdraw nominations to escape from the wrath of the Maoists.
Most of the political leaders in Koyyuru, GK Veedhi, G Madugula, Chintapalli, Pedabayalu and Munchingput mandals in the Visakha agency, where the Red rebels have a strong presence, have been terrorised by the recent Maoist attempts to up the ante by threatening those contesting elections with dire consequences if they did not boycott the upcoming polls. According to the district administration, more than 150 panchayats out of the total 244 in the Paderu division were catergorised as sensitive areas due to the heavy Maoist influence. In the first phase of the panchayat elections in the district, elections will be held in 244 panchayats and 2446 wards.
Already, five panchayats in the Visakha agency area – Kudumsara, Vanchula, Mondigedda, Jerrela, Balapam – where the Maoist presence is strong – have seen not a single candidate filing their nomination papers. This, even as the Maoists have taken away nomination papers in four panchayats such as Boitili, Nurmathi and others two days ago. It would become a herculean task for the district administration to transport the polling staff to the polling booths that are located in interior places like Gummurevula, among others.
It is learnt that the district police department is planning to provide a total security cover to the villages where polling booths have been placed and a large number of security personnel have already been deployed in the jungles in the region as part of an area domination exercise in various sensitive areas in the Agency, a senior cop said.