Political party team distracting people from reality- Maoist
IMPHAL, December 6: covering up for the yielding of state land to Myanmar and betraying the trust of the people, the recent meeting between the delegates of the All Political Party from Manipur, without BJP and MPP, and the leaders of the ruling Government at the centre, including the Prime Minister, and the subsequent decision to stop all construction activities on the border fencing is nothing but a feeble attempt to mislead the people and prevent another spontaneous uprising.
Also, all fencing activities along the international border has been on hold since the last week of June 2013, according to a press release signed by Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity & Propaganda, Maoist Communist Party, Manipur. Alleging the formation of the High Power Committee by a cabinet decision on the 13th of August, 2013 to deal with all issues relating to the border fencing activities as an eyewash to divert attention from the possible backlash by the people after learning of the sale of state land by the Ibobi led Government to Myanmar for ` 5 crore, the release also points out various agencies such as the SIB, IB and MI being utilised in the state to collect information and keep a close watch on the developments regarding the border fencing issue, reminding the people of the declaration made by Shambhu, Joint Secretary, Home at a press conference in Moreh that the ongoing fencing work is not the real border fencing but a security fencing to keep unlawful infiltrators out.
Terming the recent decision by the centre to review fencing works which has already been inspected and reported officially as a political drama played out in view of the upcoming election, the release further questioned the inactivity and studied silence of the central leaders on this particular issue while the Prime Minister took the trouble to visit China after the Chinese army incursion in Ladakh, and also taking up issues with his Pakistani counterpart when Pakistani army crossed over to Indian soil.
Alleging that the state delegates have not broached the subject of Myanmar army incursions, the statement asked whether the people of Manipur should feel satisfied with the efforts of the Government or trust their words when it is clearly evident that these seemingly positive developments are mere ploy to further their personal goals by betraying the trust and loyalty of the people. It is also stated that a “Half Million March” is being organized by Maoist Communist Party, Manipur to preserve and protect the territorial integrity of Manipur, and also to demand the return of the money taken for sale of state land to Myanmar. Details of the march will be communicated later to the people, the release added.
Naxals arrested in Bihar
Three alleged Maoist ultras, including a woman, and two Maoist sympathisers were arrested in Bihar on Friday. The Jamui police arrested Savita Murmu, Jharkhand resident, and Brahmadeo and Buddhan Bhulla, Bihar residents, from Janakpur village, Jitendra Rana, Superintendent of Police (SP), Jamui, told The Hindu. “We had information that a military wing of Naxals was to arrive in the village. The woman is part of the military squad. We also recovered explosives, detonators, uniforms and Maoist literature,” Mr. Rana said. In another operation, the Aurangabad police arrested two Naxal sympathisers, involved in the recent landmine explosion that killed eight police personnel.
The police arrested Umesh Ram, a shoe vendor and Basarasth, a pan vendor, for passing vital information to the Naxals, regarding the movement of the police party and were instrumental in leading them to the landmine. “They were constantly in touch with the Maoist leaders. They actively participated in the landmine blast incident,” Aurangabad SP Upendra Kumar Sharma told The Hindu.
Blast may hit Nabinagar power project work
GAYA: Four days after the Maoists engineered a landmine blast in Nabinagar police station area of Aurangabad district, breakthrough eluded police in the case in which no less than eight cops including the Tandwa SHO Ajay Kumar were killed in a daylight operation of the CPI(Maoists). According to Amit Kumar, IG operations, the sequence of events is now known to the police. No arrest has so far been made in this connection, said the IG. Earlier, on Wednesday ADG law and order SK Bharadwaj claimed that nearly 15 Maoists involved in the incident have been identified as suspects and they included Maoists hailing from the Dumaria police station area of the Gaya district.
The incident has caused additional concern among the senior officials as a mega power project is underway in the Nabinagar area and the landmine blast is likely to impact the pace of execution. Contractors, in any case engaged in construction work in Maoist areas have to buy peace with the Naxalite organizations by paying ‘protection money’ called ‘levy’ by the Maoists. Not long back, the Maoists attacked a SAP camp established to provide security to the construction company engaged in the execution of development projects in the Goh police station area of the district.
The Maoists, besides killing three SAP personnel and injuring an equal number of cops, also looted the entire armoury of the SAP camp comprising no less than 30 sophisticated weapons including SLRs and AK-47 assault rifles. Meanwhile, the strategy chalked out in January’2013 to withdraw police jeeps from the ‘forward’ police stations located deep inside the Red zone is now being executed. The number of extremely vulnerable police stations is said to be around 15 in the districts of Gaya and Aurangabad.
According to sources, in order to give more teeth to its anti-Naxalite operations and reduce dependence on central forces for works like demining and deep searches for landmines, the Bihar police plans to extend the training period of the cops in counter insurgency and anti-terrorist operations. As of now, four weeks training is given to the Bihar cops at three schools located in the BMP headquarters at Bodh Gaya, Dehri and Umraon.
The training programme is funded by the Central government. Whereas, other Naxalite-hit states run similar programmes for eight weeks and in Odisha, it is more than eight weeks, Bihar till now has been giving only four week training. The training period will be extended, said a senior police official engaged in anti-Naxalite operations. The need for a review of the training format is also being felt, as no less than 3,000 Bihar policemen have already got basic training in counter insurgency and anti-terrorist operations but the impact of the training is yet to be effectively felt.
Maoists hack village head to death
VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists struck once again in the Visakha Agency area, killing a village head at Sapparla in GK Veedhi mandal on the midnight of Thursday by hacking him to death in the presence of villagers for allegedly harassing and cheating people. The deceased was identified as Gemmela Chinna Rao (48), village head of Panasalabanda, 17 km from the mandal headquarters. The death comes even as the CPI Maoists are celebrating People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week from December 2. More than 50 armed cadres of the Maoist military wing PLGA led by Commander Ravi came to Panasalabanda village and dragged Chinna Rao from his house.
He was taken to Sapparla village, where he was executed in a gruesome manner. The Reds pasted posters in the name of PLGA at the incident spot accusing Chinna Rao, president of Vana Samrakshana Samithi ( VSS) of the village, of colluding with the forest department by handing over a five-acre teak plantation in the forest, that was encroached upon by the tribals, to the forest department and planting teak saplings by the order of the forest department officials.
The Naxals also alleged that Chinna Rao was enjoying benefits like a jeep given by the forest department for public use. The Maoist posters urged the people to make a success of praja courts that are being conducted during the PLGA week celebrations. The Reds also warned the village heads or munsabs, who are harassing and cheating the people, to surrender to the people, failing which they would be expelled from their villages. They said no state or police would be able to protect them from the PLGA. Meanwhile, in a bid to protest against the killing, GK Veedhi police took out a procession with placards and banners on Friday morning.
‘Panchayat members resignation not proper’
KORAPUT: Resignation tendered by nine elected panchayat representatives from Koraput’s Bandhugaon block on Thursday will be rejected because the letter was neither addressed to appropriate authorities nor submitted through proper channel, said collector of Koraput Sachin Jadhav on Friday. The block chairperson, two zilla parishad members, two samiti members and four sarpanchs had submitted a resignation letter to BDO of Bandhugaon.
“The manner in which the resignation letter was submitted is not acceptable according to Panchayati Raj Act. All elected members can’t resign from their respective posts by putting signatures on a single resignation letter. Also, zilla parishad members can’t tender their resignation to BDO,” the collector said. “The elected members had also not given notice to the administration prior to resigning from their posts. Though I am yet to receive the resignation letter, it will be rejected,” he added. According to officials, sarpanchs and samiti members have to submit their resignations to sub-collector and the zilla parishad members to collector.
The elected representatives had resigned, citing non-development of the area. Sources claimed they put in their papers bowing to Maoist diktat. A few weeks back, Red rebels had urged panchayat members to resign from their posts through posters put up at several places in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks.