Peoples War in India Clippings 11/30/2013


Maoist attack on train in India kills three policemen

Patna — Maoist rebels opened fire on a passenger train in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Saturday, killing three railway security men, police said. The guerrillas fired at the policemen as the train passed through a tunnel on its way to state capital Patna from the town of Sahebganj in Munger district, senior police officer S.K. Bhardwaj told AFP. “They fired at the railway policemen in the train. Three of our men have died and another has been seriously injured,” Bhardwaj said. The guerillas fled with at least five rifles that belonged to the policemen after forcing the train to stop, he added.

 2 policemen killed by suspected leftwing rebels in E. India

Two policemen were killed in a gun fight with suspected leftwing rebels in the eastern Indian state of Orissa Friday evening, said police Saturday. The gun fight took place at Orissa’s Nuapada district when the rebels ambushed a team of policemen returning home after routine patrol.

No relaxation in anti-Naxalite ops in Palamau zone: Police

Medininagar: There will be no relaxation in the ongoing anti-Maoist operations in Palamau, Latehar and Garwah districts of Jharkhand, newly appointed Inspector General (Palamau Zone), R K Mallick said on Friday.

Cops Meet to Evaluate Maoist Threat

A high-level meeting of police officials was held here on Friday to evaluate the Maoist threat in the Nilambur forest area. Thrissur Range IG S Gopinath, who presided over the meeting, said that police would concentrate more on the area in the wake of the firing at a forest watcher on Thursday. “Police will keep every action and plan against the extremist groups in secret. The forest officials have now started facing the attack of extremist groups. Police and forest officials will conduct joint operations to tackle the threat,” the IG said.

He said that police were acting on the information they got from the intelligence and other agencies. The IG visited the forest camp office at Poonthottakadavu, where the suspected Maoist gang opened fire at reserve forest watcher Chandran. The forest officials, however, have not deployed any official in the camp office where the attack took place. “We are continuing our activities in the nearby forest areas and have no plans to skip any forest office inside the forest. “The meeting decided to conduct combined search operations by the Forest Department and Thunderbolt in the forest area. But, we still do not believe the extremist groups have a plan to unleash continuous attacks on forest officials,” Nilambur South DFO James Mathew said.

Mullapally: No need to fear about Maoist presence

Mananthavady:Minister of State for Home, Mullapally Ramachandran has said that there was no need to fear about the reported presence of Maoists in Kerala. Saying that Kerala does not offer a chance for Maoists to grow, the minister said that the state government had to take a call on whether to order joint-combing operations in the area. He also acknowledged the presence of one such group in the state. He also said that a top official from the centre would soon come to Kerala to discuss the presence of Maoists in the state.

Ara jail superintendent gets extortion threat

ARA: CPI( Maoist) has allegedly demanded money from Ara jail superintendent Lalan Kumar Sinha with a threat to eliminate his family members if he failed to meet their demand by December 31 this year. The jail superintendent has filed an FIR with the Town police station in this regard. Sinha received a speed post allegedly sent by the CPI(Maoist) demanding Rs 2 lakh from him as extortion with a threat to eliminate him and his family members and blast his house with a bomb if he failed to comply with order by December 31. SHO, Town Police Station, B K Singh Chauhan said the letter sent to the jail superintendent was sent from Hajipur post office on November 25, 2013 at 11.16 am.

The sender’s name, written on envelop, is Nikita and the address is Kuzu. The letter also contained names of zonal commander to area commander of the party with their contact and bank account numbers. The SHO said accounts in the State Bank of India (SBI) and Canara Bank have been verified. The bank accounts, one of them is current account, are in the name of Nikita with the postal address of Ramgarh. Sinha said miscreants had threatened him several times before from Ara during duty hour and he had informed all the officials of the department including the Bhojpur SP after receiving the threatening letter from the CPI (Maoist).

Cops foil bid to blast bridge in Balaghat village

BHOPAL: Security forces foiled a possible Maoist attack in Balaghat by detecting a powerful claymore mine planted near Lanji area on Friday. The mine was set up under a bridge near Bodal village, 80 km from the district headquarters, said Sachin Atulkar, Balaghat superintendent of police (SP). The mine weighed about 20 kg and was explosion-ready, said Atulkar. Detonators and a 10 mm wire kept handy for exploding the mines was also found. Mine was set up for patrolling party, said police.



Torch rallies taken out against border fencing

IMPHAL, November 29: A massive torch rally (meira rally) was taken out across the state this evening in protest against the “faulty” border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border. The rallies were spearheaded by the Ireibaki Thoudangda Ngamkhei Kanba Nupi Lup. In response to the call of the Ireibaki Thoudangda Ngamkhei Kanba Nupi Lup, women folk (meira paibis) from different localities came out on into the streets bearing torch and chanted slogans like “Remove faulty border fencing immediately”, “Anti people Government should resign” and “Long live Manipur”. Similar rallies were taken out at Lamsang, Wabagai, Heingang, Khurai Leirikyengbam Leikai, Thambalkhong, Lamlong, Kakwa, Chingamakha, Mantripukhri, Khabam etc.

AFSPA extended for a year in Manipur

Barring seven Assembly constituencies within Imphal Municipal area, the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 will be extended for another year in insurgency-hit Manipur from Sunday. The Act will be enforced in all the districts of the State except seven Assembly constituencies of Wangkhei, Yaiskul, Thangmeiband, Uripok, Sagolband, Shingjamei and Khurai, all in Imphal municipal areas.

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