Peoples War in India Clippings 11/12/2013


Maoist Communist Party, Manipur greets womenfolk on the eve of Nupi Lan memorial day.

IMPHAL, December 10: With the approach of 2nd “Nupi Lan Ningshing Numit”- a day to observe the sacrifices and hardships the womenfolk of this state had to endure in their fight for independence, the Central Committee of Maoist Communist Party, Manipur expressed their deepest regard and respect for those womenfolk who have borne the brunt of the struggle for independence in one way or the other in a press release issued by the proscribed group today.

The statement also views the police and advocates as the greatest beneficiaries in the present conflict, with the arrested insurgents bribing the police and advocates to spare their lives and make things easier, and reiterates the stand of the party which states that its cadres are prepared to face the worst consequences but will not beg or plead for mercy, nor will they bribe any advocates to be lenient with their cadres, but will applaud those cadres of the party who has been bearing the sufferings and pains with dignity and would only grow higher in their esteem if they could break down the prisons that are holding them back.

Adding that the women cadres of the party who are languishing in prison should be strong and carry forward the belief of their actions, and that the party is with them in their difficulties, and also wishes Irom Chanu Sharmila to defeat the suppressive forces and come out victorious in her struggle. The release further expressed its belief that the Meira Paibis of the state will march forward to reclaim the lost territories that was thrown away by the Indian Government and that they will proactively involve themselves in issues being faced by the society without discrimination and considerations of caste, language, religion or region, calling for support from one and all to bring success to the struggles the party is spearheading for the people of this state.

Naxal arrested by joint security forces during combing operation

A Naxal was arrested in the Maoist-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said. Five muzzle-loading rifles were recovered from his possession. Ghasiya (30), the head of the Chema village Janatana Sarkar group of the Maoists, was nabbed from Bayanar police station limits on Monday night, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri told PTI. A joint group of CRPF and district police was on a combing operation when it got the tip-off and nabbed him from his native place Chema, Atri added.


Odisha: Maoist set private bus on fire for defying their whip

Report by Kishore Dash; Malkangiri: Daring the cops, the Maoists set fire to a private bus in the broad day light today for defying their whip by the operator during the recent PLGA week celebration which came to end on Sunday last. According to reports, a private bus ‘Patra Travels’ was on the way from Motu to Kalimela when a group of rebels and their tribal supporters armed with traditional weapons intercepted the bus at Telrai Junction, some 5 km from Kalimela.

Than, the passengers of the bus were asked by the ultras to alight before the vehicle was set ablaze near Telrai, the Maoist hotbed in the district. Later, the slogan shouting rebels fled the spot, the eye witnesses said. The rebels reportedly torched the vehicle as the bus was plying on the route even during the PLGA week celebration from December 2-8 despite their whip not to ply the bus. After the incident, the police and the BSF personnel rushed to the spot and launched a combing operation to nab the Maoists.

Police suspects the incident as a well planned strategy of the rebels to ambush the security personnel’s in case they could have moved following the incident. We are aware of the rebels ambush and will not fall prey into it, said a top police official here. Mean while, panic has gripped the Telrai village and its suburbs after the incident. The private bus operators have become frightened after the today’s incident on the Kalimela-Motu state highway.

Two Maoists killed in firing between rival groups

In an exchange of fire between Maoists and their rival group, two Maoists were killed and several others injured at a village in Gaya district on Wednesday, a police officer said. The incident took place at Dhangai village when the ultras belonging to the CPI(Maoist) and Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) fired on each other, Sherghati’s Sub-Division Police Officer (SDPO) Rajesh Kumar said. Security forces were rushed to the village to launch a combing and search operation against the Maoists, the SDPO said.

More firepower to thwart Red menace

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state home department has decided to strengthen the security measures in 16 police stations in the northern districts that have been identified as vulnerable to attack from Maoists, who are trying to gain foothold in the state. The police stations selected include five in Kasaragod district, four in Kannur, three in Malappuram, two in Wayanad and two in Palakkad district.

The stations have been identified as vulnerable to the attack on the basis of a report from the state intelligence department. As per the order (GO (Rt) 2998/2013/Home), the government also sanctioned Rs3.25 crore for fortifying security arrangements of these police stations. As part of the same, compound walls with light machine gun (LMG) firing points, barricades and wire fencings will be erected. “Lights will be put up around the stations for proper view of the premises and generators will be provided for alternative power supply,” said state police chief K S Balasubrahmanian. Besides, the state is setting up a three-hundred member anti-Maoist force from armed police battalions. The force will be deputed in the northern districts for six months initially, which will be subsequently extended according to the requirements.

“As a temporary arrangement till a permanent anti-Maoist squad is set up, we have decided to draw three companies of force from the armed police battalions,” he said. The home department will also avail the services of 100 home guards, who would be drawn from schedule tribes on daily wages of Rs500. They would be deputed in vulnerable areas. “The idea is to avail the services of those who have a proper knowledge of the area and have keen interest in maintaining peace in their areas,” the state police chief said.

The services of home guards will be availed for six months, and subsequently extended after analyzing the situation and their performance. The decisions were sanctioned by the state cabinet on October 23, and the funds were sanctioned by the finance department on October 31. The state intelligence has asked for speedy implementation of the decisions, after it received information about increased Maoist presence in the northern districts. In the latest incident, the intelligence had received information about suspected Maoists just two kilometres away from the venue of chief minister Oomman Chandy’s mass contact programme in Wayanad last week.

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