Naxals planning jail breaks?
Centre asks Maoist-affected states to tighten security in prisons NEW DELHI: Apprehending jail breaks by Naxals, the Centre has asked nine Maoist-affected states to tighten security in prisons where rebel leaders are lodged and check any attempt to get them freed. The Home Ministry has told Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh that the Naxals have become desperate to get their jailed leaders freed as only a few leaders are still at large and active.
Official sources said the Central government conveyed to the states to tighten security inside and outside jails where the Naxal leaders are lodged and strengthen intelligence network to foil any attempt by the rebels to attack prisons. The advisory came after security forces recovered a letter written by CPI(Maoist) top leader Muppalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy to some senior cadres. Ganapathy in his 17-page letter said the responsibility of the Naxal leaders still at large is to help their jailed comrades come out, either by obtaining bail or by jail break.
The top Naxal leader cited the jailbreak in Chaibasa in Jharkhand on January 17, 2011, when three senior Maoist leaders — Motilal Soren, Raghunath Hembram and Mangru Mahato — escaped by cutting the ventilators of their cells. “A few comrades have broken jails, ridiculing the enemy’s stern vigilance and surveillance system that are becoming stricter and more rigid day by day and joined the revolutionary movement again,” the letter said. Several senior Naxal leaders, including Kishenji and Azad, were killed by security forces in recent years, while leaders like Kobad Ghandy, Amitabh Bagchi and Saheb Chatterjee were arrested and lodged in jails.
Except three, all central committee leaders of the outfit, have been arrested or killed, leading to a leadership crisis. Ganapathy also asked the jailed leaders to keep their “revolutionary spirit” high and turn prisons into centres of political training and struggle. “Jails must be turned into centres of political training and struggle. We hope that all comrades will try to carry on studies with a long term view, to improve physical fitness, to preserve health, to write and send articles in various forms to the party magazines, to do literary work, to write experiences and send to the party and to well utilise the time in several ways,” he said in the letter.
Naxal Camp Destroyed
In a fierce exchange of fire in Palamau between the police and naxals reports say that some extremists may have been killed. Confirming the incident police superintendent Narendra Kumar Singh said that the security forces were in village Jagdishpur when they received information of a naxal unit hiding in the nearby jungles. When the jawans rushed to the jungles they were greeted by fierce firing from the extremists. Reports say that several hundred rounds of firing did take place in about an hour of encounter and the naxal camp there was destroyed. The incident occurred in the afternoon on Monday. After the encounter the security forces are combing the area.
2 SAP jawans killed as Maoists attack patrol party
Two jawans of Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) force were killed and as many injured when armed Maoists attacked a patrol party late on Monday evening in Amarut village of this Naxal-hit Bihar district. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) S K Bhardwaj said the two SAP jawans were in the ambush. The deceased hailed from Sitamarhi in Bihar and Uttarakhand. Police sources said eight jawans formed the patrol party when the Maoists opened fire on them in the village under Dobhi police station area. They said that arms of the attacked security force was safe. SAP engaged in anti-naxal operation comprises ex-servicemen.
60,000 paramilitary personnel for poll duty in five states
Nearly 60,000 paramilitary personnel, in addition to police forces, will be deployed in five states where assembly elections are due later this year. After reviewing security situation of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram, the Home Ministry has conveyed to the Election Commission that it was ready to provide the required number of security personnel for smooth conduct of polls. “Around 58 to 60 battalions of paramilitary forces will be required for election duties in the five states,” a Home Ministry official said.
A battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel. The availability of central forces is key for the smooth conduct of elections in Naxal-hit states like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh where polling is likely to be held in phases. Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath along with two Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi had already held a meeting with Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and other senior officers to discuss the issue. In July, Sampath had said the schedule for Assembly elections in five states will be announced sometime in September-October.
“The schedule for elections to five states will be announced 6 to 8 weeks before the polling date. Since the earliest cut off date for Madhya Pradesh is December 12, we will announce the schedule sometime in September-October,” he had told PTI. “Since it will be a bunch of elections, we will announce the schedule together,” he had said.
30 held in forest official murder case
NIZAMABAD: CPI (Maoist) party sympathisers were allegedly involved in the brutal murder of forest range officer R Gangiah, who was hacked to death by villagers in Nallavelli forest area of Darpalli mandal late on Saturday night. Nearly 30 sympathisers have been taken into custody by the police. Source said Maoist sympathisers, activists of Centre of India Trade Union affiliated to CPM party and some villagers were involved in the murder of the forest ranger.
Police is also investigating the incident from the angle of possible involvement of Maoists in the attack, source said. Police sources said CPI (M) district secretary Peddivenkat Ramulu, CITU division secretary Vaddera Bhaskar, Vaddera Venkat and Vaddera Ramulu were allegedly involved in the attack. Speaking to TOI , district superintendent of police, K V Mohan Rao said Vadde Bhaskar and Vadde Venkat who played an active role in the attack were Maoist sympathisers. Nearly 30 people suspected of being involved in the attack have been taken into custody for questioning. Four tractors, autos and cycles used in the attack have also been seized.
Police sources said Gangaiah was followed by a group of assailants from Indalwai when the ranger left the office along with his staff in a vehicle. When the vehicle in which the victim was travelling got struck in a nearby pit, they threw chilli powder in his eyes before attacking him with boulders and axes. About 40 members were allegedly involved in the attack. Forest department sources said on the condition of anonymity that assailants had decided to eliminate Gangaiah on the grounds that the forest ranger was creating obstacles in their way of encroaching upon forest land. They hatched a plan and brought the forest ranger to the spot by giving fake information of teakwood smuggling and forest land encroachment, sources added.
Forest officials, however, said Gangaiah should not have gone to the spot without armed police force. Police negligence was also one of the reasons for the death, they said. Divisional forest officer, Kamareddy territorial, G Nageshwar Rao said though Gangaiah had sought police protection, the police did not arrange armed police personnel to accompany the forest ranger. Gangaiah reportedly first informed the matter to Darpalli SI Damodar and sought armed police personnel but the SI said he could not as he was in Hyderabad for Ganesh immersion arrangements. Gangaiah then contacted Dichpalli CI Srisailam who also expressed his helplessness saying that only two constables were available in the station, the DFO informed.