11 ultras held for spreading Naxal ideology in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Eleven cadres, most of them women, of a cultural front of Maoists, were arrested for allegedly spreading Naxal ideology during their ongoing PLGA week in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said today. “The ultras were nabbed while they were conducting cultural activities near Biriyabhumi village under Bhairamgarh police station limits of south Bastar last evening,” a senior police official said. A team of local police was on a combing operation yesterday in restive Bhairamgarh forest, located around 450 kms away from state capital Raipur.
On reaching near a river close to Biriyabhumi village, the security personnel found some tribal youths attired in traditional costume, chanting songs with anti-government themes to allegedly provoke villagers against the state, the official said. After a detailed interrogation, they were booked under the provisions of Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005, he said. Those arrested were identified as Sukhmati Madkam, Ilo Padiyami, Raje Vekko, Aayati Kunjam, Roddo, Hidme Podiyam, Sunita Poyam, Sunita, Somani Poyam, Dhanne Vekko and Koparam Poyam, all aged around 20 to 23 years and members of Chetna Natya Mandli (CNM) of Maoists.
Naxal literature, musical instruments and articles used while performing cultural activities were seized from their possession, he said. The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) is observing Peoples’ Liberation of Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week from December 2 to 8 in honour of their slain leaders during which they organise various programmes to spread their propaganda, besides recruiting new youths in their fold. So far, 15 members of CNM have been arrested during the week. PTI
Five Wanted Naxals Held in Chhattisgarh
Five alleged hardcore Naxals, carrying cash rewards on their head, were arrested during separate search operations in Maoist-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said today. “Acting on a tip- off, three ultras were nabbed from the forest of Madanar village under Bayanar police station limits of Kondagaon district late last evening,” a senior police official said. The security personnel were mobilised in the region following inputs about the presence of the rebels in Madanar forests. On reaching there, police rounded up two suspected men who later during interrogation admitted to being involved in the Naxal movement as active members of Madanar Jantana Sarkar group of Maoist, the official said.
Those arrested were identified as Juglu (45) and Gandoram (40), carrying cash rewards of Rs 25,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively on their heads. After joining the Red outfit in 2000, they were involved in incidents of crime including loot, arson, murder and attack on police party, he said. On way back to their camp, the search party apprehended another cadre, Sonau (40), who had a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head, from Rajbeda village in the area, he said.
A muzzle loading gun was also recovered from his possession, he said. Sonau, an active area committee member of Maoists, was involved in the attack on security forces in August this year in the region and was also wanted in cases of murder, attacks on security personnel and several others, he said. In a separate combing operation, two rebels were held from Siksod police station area of Kanker district in Bastar by a joint group of district force and BSF today. Those arrested were identified as Dururam (32) and Mangu Ram (52), carrying cash rewards of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively on their heads.
Naxals may eliminate politicians to show strength: intelligence input
The state police have received intelligence inputs which state that Naxalites may assassinate political leaders and police informants this week. The police department has asked all the police stations in naxal-affected districts to be alert so that nothing untoward takes place. Naxalites are observing the 12th foundation week of the People Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) from December 2 to 9. During this week, naxals display their strength by assassinating policemen and political figures across India.
On Tuesday, eight persons, including seven policemen were killed in a Maoist attack in Bihar. According to the intelligence inputs (dna has its copy), there is a strong possibility that naxals may attack patrolling parties, police stations, sub-police stations and seize arms and ammunition, damage government and private property and murder political leaders and police informants.
Suspected Maoist linkman held
GUWAHATI: City Police on Wednesday arrested a person from the Maligaon area on suspicion of being a Maoist linkman. Police have found at least 400 detonators, 15 fuse wires and 100 gelatin sticks from his possession. The person, identified as Malu Sethi, is from Odisha. “He came to Guwahati on train. We are quizzing him now and suspect that he is a carrier for the Maoist rebels in Assam,” said a policeman of Jalukbari Police Station.
Maoist killing: Bihar police mull strategy, BJP wants army
A day after a landmine explosion triggered by Maoists claimed the lives of eight policemen in Aurangabad district of south-central Bihar, the police were still struggling to come up with an effective action plan to deal with the increasingly belligerent ultras. For much of Wednesday, top police officials reached by HT kept on repeating they were holding meeting(s) at Aurangabad and were not in a position to say anything on the matter immediately.
Among those who participated in the day-long meetings were central zone (Patna) IG Sushil Khopde, IG (Operations) Amit Kumar and Aurangabad SP Upendra Kumar Sharma. However, Aurangabad BJP MLA Ramadhar Singh, till recently a minister in the Nitish government, said the police infrastructure had collapsed in the face of the Maoist onslaught in Magadh region, including Aurangabad. “No combing operation has been launched to nab the ultras. I demand that Magadh be handed over to the army/para-military forces for effective tacking of the Maoist menace”, Singh told HT.
Maoists threaten to kill some top politicians in Bihar
Patna: A panic has gripped Bihar as Maoists, who operate in a large swathe of the state, have threatened to kill top politicians. The rebels made their intention clear through posters, which they have plastered in several villages of central Bihar and also the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, forcing authorities to issue red alerts in these areas. On the hand-written posters pasted on the walls of residential buildings, government offices and road-side trees, the Maoists have formally listed the names of some of the politicians whom they plan to target in the coming days.
In the past weeks, dozens of such posters have been found in several villages of central Bihar and the bordering areas of Jharkhand, which have robbed the peace of the state police, now hard-placed to check Maoist violence in Bihar. The politicians who figure in their hit-list include Sushil Kumar Modi (BJP), former deputy chief minister, Giriraj Singh, BJP lawmaker and former minister, Dr CP Thakur, former Bihar BJP chief, Sushil Kumar Singh, JD-U parliamentarian, Ranvijay Singh, JD-U lawmaker, Kaushal Kumar Singh, BSP leader, Indu Bhushan Sharma, national president of the Nationalist Farmers’ Association, and others.
The posters credited to the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), have also exhorted youths and adults to join the outfit’s rank and defeat the “reactionary forces”. The fresh threats to eliminate some top politicians in the state come close on the heels of three major Maoist attacks recently, leaving a total of 17 people killed — the most recent being the killing of eight policemen on Tuesday in a landmine blast in Aurangabad district.
Finding the overall situation spiralling out of the control, the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar held a high-level meeting with the top officials in the state on Thursday at which he ordered the top bureaucracy and police brass to evolve a strategy to tackle surging Maoist violence in the state. Reports said the chief minister is highly concerned at the sudden spurt in Maoist activities in the state now that the next general elections are a few months away. Meanwhile, security to Patna-based Beur Central Jail has been beefed up following intelligence inputs that rebels could attack the prison to release their leaders. More than 300 Maoists, including some 30 top leaders, are said to be lodged in this jail. In 2005, Maoists had raided a jail in central Bihar’s Jehanabad district and managed to free a number of their top leaders, including Ajay Kanu.
3 held on charge of making country-made bombs
Three persons were arrested on charge of repairing and making country-made guns meant for the use of Maoists in Koraput district. They were nabbed during a joint combing operation by personnel of the Border Security Force and Koraput district police inside Ranjitguda forest area under Laxmipur police station limits. The combing operation was part of the intensification of anti-Maoist operation in the district to check possibility of violence by the Naxalites during their martyrs’ week which started from Dec 2.
According to Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP) Awinash Kumar, there were intelligence reports that some persons were trying to supply country made guns to Maoists of Laxmipur and Narayanpatna areas to create panic among general public living in remote areas during the martyrs’ week of Maoists. The operation inside the Ranjitguda forest was also aimed at tracking down these suppliers of arms to Maoist elements.
The three persons who were arrested were Chuda Naik of Diasili village, Ara Praska and Satya Nachika from Ghoda Tikri village. Three Single Barrel Muzzle Loaded (SBML) guns, a blower used by ironsmiths, gun powder, metal cutting blades and pellets and spare parts of guns, were seized from their possession. The seized items also included other tools used to manufacture and repair country made guns like hammers and sharpening instruments.
“During initial interrogation, it was found that the arrested persons were planning to supply some country made guns to the Maoists of the area. They were also involved in supplying arms to other miscreants apart from the Maoist elements,” the SP said.
Maoists’ Letter Triggers Panic among Politicos
A letter purportedly released by CPI (Maoist) has created panic among the leaders of various political leaders in Bhadrachalam division of the district. Some leaders, whose names have figured in the missive, are understood to have making arrangements to leave the district. CPI (Maoist) Khammam district secretary Kiran released a letter Tuesday alleging that Bhadrachalam MLA K Satyavathi, District Congress Committee (DCC) president Vanama Venkateswara Rao, MLC Balasani Lakshminarayana and former ZPTC member of Bhadrachalam Gundu Sarat, had made a lot of money by playing a key role in sand mafia in the division.
They took the help of a tribal B Balya, to run their illegal activities. He alleged that the leaders had managed to get some of their followers elected to the tribal sand societies in Bhadrachalam, Charla and Venkatapuram and claimed that three persons – Srikar, P Pasi, Gowtham and Narsimha Rao – were fecilitating deals for them. Kiran also said due to illegal sand transportation, the roads were getting damaged and faulted the officials for not taking action against them.
He warned that the people would punish the culprits if the government failed to take action against them. Responding to the Maoists’ letter over the phone, MLC Lakshminarayana said that he was in no way concerned with sand mafia. “I am not aware of the Maoists mentioning his name in sand mafia,” he added. Expressing doubts over the letter, MLA Kunja Satyavathi said the letter would have been released by some Congress leaders. She also said that she did not even know where sand quarries were located and added that she was not afraid as she had not done anything wrong.
BSF Man Injured in Maoist Encounter in Odisha
A BSF man was injured in an exchange of fire with Maoists in a forest in Odisha’s Malkangiri district today, police said. The encounter took place when a BSF team was searching the Tumkimarka forest in Gamphakunda gram panchayat, Kalimela Inspector in-Charge, S K Nayak said. The BSF man was injured in the hand. The Maoists, some of whom were believed to be injured, fled after the encounter, he said. The search was launched following the kidnap of three persons, including the son of a Sarpanch and a woman, from Gamphakunda village by Maoists last night. One of those kidnapped managed to escape.
Maoists blow up two buildings of school under construction
GUMLA: Maoists blew up two buildings of an under construction model school by triggering a powerful bomb blast at Kurumgarh village under Chainpur police station, 68km from the district town of Gumla late on Tuesday. The blasts created huge craters destroying the separate buildings of the school. The rebels also fired several rounds in the air, raised slogans and left behind a note after triggering the blasts. According to information, more than 50 armed Maoists led by zonal commander Ashok Ji alias Prasad Lakra, Dilwar and Ranthu reached the site of the under construction Buniyadi model school in Kurumgarh at around 12 am.
They planted powerful bombs in two separate buildings of the school, whose plaster and other finishing work were yet to be completed and blew it up. The note left behind read: “Destroy police camp.” Before leaving the spot, they also raised slogans and fired in the air. The rebels fear that the security forces will use such buildings as temporary camp to carry out anti-Maoist operations in the forest areas . Police inspector N T Singh said the school buildings were being constructed for last three years on a budget of Rs 50 lakh.