Odisha Police nab two hardcore Maoist, recovers huge cache of explosives
Report by Kishor Dash, Malkangiri: Yet in another breakthrough, the Malkangiri police have apprehended two hardcore CPI (Maoist) militia members and recovered huge cache of explosives from a Maoist hideout in Kanhaguda forest area under Kalimela police limits in the wee hours today. They have been identified as, Deba Madkami (35) and Waga Podiami (23), informed the Anti-Naxal Cell (ANC) Inspector Abinash Reddy while producing the duos in a press conference, at the District Police Office today. Deba Madkami, who was a self-styled militia commander had a carried a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh on his head as declared by Odisha Government, he added.
They were also the bomb squad experts and were planting mines at selected locations targeting the security personnel’s. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Border Security Forces and local police nabbed the duo during an area domination operation after a long chasing. Later the cops discovered a Maoist dump deep inside the forest basing on the information shared by the duos. The plastic barrel recovered from there contained huge cache of explosives like, four Tiffin bomb with splinters, 27-electronic detonators, 9 meters of codex explosive wire,90 meters electric wires used for landmine, 100 gms of gun power and five Maoist banners.
Of the four Tiffin bombs recovered, the first one weights 3 kg followed by 2 kg,1 kg and 500 Gms respectively. With the recovery of the high intense explosives, a certain tragedy has been averted. Had the bombs blasted, it could have caused heavy casualty, Anti-Naxal Cell (ANC) Inspector Abinash Reddy said. These explosives were about to used by the ultras for various violent activities, police said.
Two Naxals killed in police encounter
Gadchiroli: Two Naxalites were Monday killed in an encounter in Jambiya Gatta forest in Etapalli division here, police said. The C-60 commandos of district police were conducting anti-naxal operations in the area when the Naxals opened fire on them. Two ultras were killed in retaliatory fire, they said.Their bodies have been recovered. Also, some arms and ammunition has been seized from the spot, police said. Additional police force has been dispatched to the area for further combing operations. PTI
Naxal arrested in Chhattisgarh
A naxal, carrying a reward of Rs 8,000 on his head, was arrested from Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Monday. The cadre was nabbed by a joint team of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), CAF (Chhattisgarh Armed Force) and district force from a forest area under Usoor police station limits late Sunday evening, a senior police official said. The arrested ultra was identified as Nuppo Bhima (30). The search party was on a combing operation in Usoor region, over 400 kms away from the state capital Raipur. On reaching forest of Galgam village, security forces spotted a man fleeing from the area following which they chased and nabbed him, he said.
During interrogation, the rebel admitted to being involved in the movement, the official said, adding that he was wanted in cases of loot, arson, murder and attempt to murder in the region. His further interrogation was on, the official added.
Five IEDs recovered from market place in Bijapur
Five improvised explosive devices (IEDs), allegedly planted by Naxals to target security personnel during polls, were unearthed by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bijapur district. Acting on a tip off, five IEDs — two of 5 kg each and three of 3 kg each — were found planted at a weekly market of Usoor village on Sunday evening, a senior police official said. Security personnel have undertaken de-mining exercise in several areas of Bastar after receiving a tip-off that Maoists had planted landmines near polling booths and important roads in the region ahead of elections, he said.
Following the inputs, the joint contingent of CRPF, CAF and district police force rushed to the spot on Sunday evening and defused the bombs, he said. The IEDs were cleverly hidden under the soil at the weekly market and if activated, it could have caused a major tragedy for security forces, the official said. Apart from IEDs, wire, five detonators and explosives were also recovered from the spot, he said.
Commandos fail to trace Maoists
With the special force to carry out anti-Maoist operations in the state still remaining on paper, theongoing commando operations in the Western Ghats region following reports of the presence of operatives of the armed Left radical outfits have failed to achieve any major breakthrough yet. Interestingly, an RTI reply reveals that a sum of `2,24,713 has been spent as fuel charges for the vehicles used by ‘Thunderbolt’ commandos for carrying out the operations till September 30, which commenced in February this year. According to the officials of India Reserve Battalion, Thrissur, which monitors the ‘Thunderbolt’ commandos, the search operations are underway in northern districts.
So far, police have identified Maoist presence in 14 regions coming under the limits of 31 police stations in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode Rural, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thrissur. However, the members of the commando team could not trace anybody. As per the reports of the Intelligence, the eight-member Maoist group comprising CPI Maoist leader Roopesh alias Praveen, and his wife Shyna, Shinoj, Vikram Gowda, Mahesh Jayanna aka Mahesh, Sundari, Mundukar Latha alias Mundukkari Latha and Ravi aka Raveendran had reached Payyavur in Kannur in February. Later they moved to Nilambur forests and then to Karinkanni Kattunaykka Colony, Wayanad.
However, the RTI reply said that the state government had not accepted assistance from the Union Government for the search operations in Western Ghats region.Of this Maoist group, five members of the team had conducted many operations including attack on police officers at Dakshina Kannada, Uduppi and other parts of Karnataka. The Karnataka police, which extended assistance for the anti-Maoist operations of Kerala police in bordering districts, had handed over this information to the state’s top officials. Reliable sources with the police said that these regions are under strict surveillance of the Thunderbolt commandos.
“The insurgents are well-armed and have good knowledge about the inner forest regions. Without getting a clear picture of the situation, tracking them down is a difficult job,” said an official, who took part in the anti-Maoist combing operations. Earlier, police recovered medicines including Paracetamol tablets, ORS solution and copies of the pamphlets distributed by the group members, who were reportedly wearing uniforms similar to that of security forces from Karinkanni colony. The persons introduced themselves as the activists of the Western Ghats Special Zonal committee of CPI Maoist, collected rice, millet, sugar and tea powder from the families, and had food from the colony. The pamphlets distributed by the gang called on to support the ‘Maoists who are attempting for a new democratic India.’
Maoists hijacking CPI(ML) agenda
GAYA: The victims of the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre were supporters of the CPI (ML) and the party was the first to cry foul after the acquittal of all the accused by Patna High Court including the 16 who were earlier awarded capital punishment by the trial court. Interestingly, the CPI(Maoist), desperately looking for an emotive issue to retain its support base and expand it further, virtually hijacked the Bathe issue to project itself as an organization more committed to the cause of the downtrodden. With a formidable armoury and PLGA squads to bank on, the Maoists are in a better position to lodge a violent protest against the alleged ‘injustice’ to those living on the margins of society.
The Maoist response tends to give the impression that the ultra leftist organization has made a serious attempt to ‘hijack’ the CPI(ML) agenda. On its part, the CPI(ML), too, has organized district-level protest dharnas and resorted to other forms of agitation. But being a more militant organization, the Maoists are in a distinctly advantageous position to carry forward the campaign against the system. Though this is not for the first time that the Maoists have launched a campaign to run down the judicial system, the difference between the previous such attempts and the present one, according to Maoist watchers, is that unlike the past, those adversely affected by the judgment are not Maoist supporters/sympathizers.
Playing down the apparent Maoist attempt to enter what appears to be basically CPI(ML) domain, the CPI(ML) leader Niranjan Kumar said his party does not mind the Maoists taking up the cause of the Bathe victims. After all, the Maoists, too, are a revolutionary force and they, too, have the right to take their own stand on such issues. He went on to say that the Maoists are not alone in registering protest against the acquittals.
So many other organizations working for the cause of the disadvantaged including civil right activists feel the same way. On the possibility of the Maoists trying to make inroads into the CPI(ML) bastions in Arwal and Bhojpur districts on the alibi of fighting for the cause of the downtrodden, Niranjan Kumar said he does not visualize such a scenario. “We have a very strong presence in the area,” claimed Kumar. The CPI(ML) stand notwithstanding, the Maoists have certainly stolen march over other organizations through bandh and the Aurangabad landmine blast, feel Maoist watchers.
Two Maoists arrested by SOG
Two Maoists were arrested during a joint combing operation by district police and Special Operation Group (SOG) in Kunjiri forest under Narayanpatna police limits on Friday. Police said both the Maoists were wanted by police and involved in 40 criminal cases including 10 murders. On a tip-off, the combing operation was carried out in Kunjiri forest range. While cadres Sambru Sirika (35) and Beeri Miniaka (35) of Dekapadu village under Narayanpatna block were arrested, another one managed to escape, said south western range DIG Devdutt Singh.
Initially, Sambru was an active member of Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh and close associate of Nachika Linga. He later joined Srikakulam-Koraput joint divisional committee of outlawed CPI (Maoist). Both Sambru and Beeri were involved in a series of violent activities like attacking Narayanpatna police station, damaging houses of non-tribals, loot, extortion, blocking of roads, organising rallies and meetings of CMAS and Maoists, besides planting landmines.