Peoples War in India Clippings 6/9/2013


One Maoist killed in Odisha in a gunfight with security forces near Paikamal area

Report by Sachidananda Patra; Paikamal: One Maoist killed in Odisha in a gunfight with security forces near Paikamal-Khaprakhol area. As on Friday Odisha Police detected a Naxal training camp in Gandhamardhan hills somewhere between Nrusinghanath & Harishankar. Police said their plan was to attack the CRPF camps and others Govt. offices in the viscinity. An operation was lunched to apprehend the Naxals in order to thwart their Anti National activities.

The operational team comprised of Bargarh District Police & CRFP. During the search operation they reached a spot where they came under heavy fire. The operational party also retaliated in self defense and the firing continued for nearly 15 to 20 minutes, after which security forces carefully cordoned the area and started searching. During search they could find dead body of a male Naxal, one bolt action single barrel rifle with cartridges, kit bags, explosives, Maoist literature, Naxal uniform, huge quantity of food items, polythene and tent items.

Suspected Maoists open fire near CRPF camp in Bihar

Firing was heard at some distance from CRPF camp at Bhaluwari village under Dihbra police station of naxal-hit Aurangabad district, about 200 km from the state capital, Sub Divisional Police Officer Ajay Narayan Yadav said. Bhaluwari village from where report of firing came is surrounded by jungle and is about 50 km from Aurangabad. Palamu district of Jharkhand is on the other side of the village.

Police search for suspected Maoist

KOZHIKODE: Police conducted combing operation at Engapuzha area under Thamarasseri police sub division following the appearance of a person, who is suspected to be a member of the Maoist squad. K Shaji, who is working as a caretaker in an estate, told the police that a person wearing black shirt and pants approached him with a request to give some rice on Thursday morning. When Shaji raised doubts, the person ordered not to ask further questions.

He took the mobile phone from Shaji and removed the battery. He then left the spot with the battery when Shaji informed that rice was not available. Police team, led by DSP (Intelligence) K K Moideenkutty, conducted a search in the area. They found the mobile phone battery kept on a rock near the forest. The person spoke Malayalam and is aged around 50 years. Police have not identified the person from the list of the known Maoists suspected to be operating in the area. A group of four Maoists were spotted at Tholpettay forest area in Wayanad district four days ago. They were wearing the green uniform of the Maoist guerrilla squad. Police said the operations of the Maoist squads in the Kerala-Karnataka border are led by Vikram Gowda, a leader from Karanataka. Roopesh alias Praveen alias Mohan and Sinoj alias Ramesan are the identified Malayalees in the squad.

AP, Chhattisgarh, Odisha cops told to tackle Maoists

Senior security advisor to Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar directed the police officials of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha states to work in coordination to curb Maoist activities in their respective areas, at a meeting with the border area officials held at the ITDA Office here Thursday.

ECR loses over Rs 17.26 cr due to protests, Maoist attacks

Frequently targeted by Maoists and protesters during bandhs and issues as trivial as death of a cattle on tracks respectively, the East Central Railway (ECR) zone has incurred a loss of over Rs 17.26 crore in the past three years. The ECR lost over Rs 2.26 crore between 2011 till June this year on account of damage to its properties by agitators, Inspector General of Police of Railway Protection Force (RPF), ECR, Atul Pathak told PTI. The damage on this account was maximum in 2011 at Rs 1.36 crore. The zone suffered a loss of over Rs 9.58 crore due to damage to ECR properties caused by outlawed Maoists groups.

Mobile phone towers to help combat Maoists

An ambitious plan by India to construct thousands of new mobile phone towers promises to bring connectivity to rural areas that currently lack adequate phone service. It could also have the added benefit of helping to rein in Maoist insurgents, as villagers who notice militant activities going on in their communities will be able to alert the authorities more quickly. Maoists have often sought to take advantage of connectivity gaps, choosing areas with weak or non-existent signals as staging grounds for attacks.

Three major assaults have occurred during recent months in locations without mobile phone coverage: the January 7th ambush killing of seven CRPF jawans in Jharkhand; the May 25th massacre of 29 Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and the June 2nd shooting of Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and five police officers, also in Jharkhand. If local residents had access to cell phone communications, they could have tipped off security personnel in time to prevent the carnage, authorities believe. In addition, cadres may inadvertently give themselves away by using mobile phones, whose locations will now be easier to trace.

“Soon after the gruesome incident at Darba Ghati, on June 4th this year, the Union Cabinet asked the BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ) to set up a network of mobile towers in all the areas affected by Maoist violence in collaboration with the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) to tackle the menace,” Minister of State for Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Milind Murli Deora told Khabar South Asia. In all, 2,199 towers will be constructed by the government-run telecom (BSNL), at a cost of 3,046 crore ($442.5m).

Suspected Maoists kill ‘police informer’

GUMLA: Suspected CPI(Maoist) cadres abducted and killed a “police informer” in Bishunpur late on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Vijay Verma of Hakajang village, 70km from Gumla town. But he used to stay in the Maoist-affected Lohardaga. According to a report, three suspected Red rebels reached Verma’s house at Hakajang located in the Red bastion on a motorcycle, gagged him and took him to the nearby forest around 11 am on Wednesday.

Verma was kept hostage for several hours before he was brought again to the village late at night. The men then pumped several bullets into his body near Sarnatoli boundary there. The suspected rebels also left a pamphlet behind in which they have claimed the responsibility of killing Verma whom they accused of being an informer and was extorting money pretending to be Maoists. OC of Bishunpur police station said Verma’s father, who is a postmaster in Bishunpur, has lodged an FIR with the police on Thursday stating Maoists have killed his son.

Verma was unemployed, police said. Hakajang surrounded by dense forests is a small hinterland village in Kasmar region sharing boundary with Latehar district which is a hotbed of the Reds since a long time in the district.

Explosives seized from Maoist hideout

Gaya, Sept 6 (PTI) security forces today recovered large quantity of explosives from a Maoist hideout in a village under Imamganj police station area in Bihar’s Gaya district, a police officer said.

Maoists kill former deputy sarpanch in Chhattishgarh

A former deputy sarpanch was allegedly killed by Maoist on Friday, in the Maoist-affected Baster district of sourthern Chhattishgarh suspecting him to be a police informer, the police said. Villagers informed the police after they found the blood-stained body of Sohan Mandavi on the road. Sohan Mandavi, 28, a former deputy sarpanch of Burgum village which comes under Kodenar police station, was killed in a forest near the village, Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav said.

‘Soon after getting the news of the incident, security forces were rushed to the spot,’ he said. According to the SP, construction of a police station has been approved near Gurdum village on the demand of the villagers, which the Maoists are opposing. Preliminary investigation revealed that Maoists suspected Mandavi of being a police informer, he said. A manhunt has been launched in the forest to arrest the killer, he added.

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