CAF jawan killed in naxal ambush
A security personnel was killed and another injured in a naxal attack in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today, police said. “The incident took place when both the jawans, attached to Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF), were returning after security duty at a weekly market in Mirtur village under Bhairamgarh police station limits this evening,” Bijapur ASP Abhishek Meena told PTI.
Both the jawans left the Mirtur market place, located around 450 kms away from the state capital Raipur, close to 4 pm and were returning when a small group of Maoists from a forested area ambushed them and opened indiscriminate firing, killing Mukesh Sharma and injuring his colleague Sumeet Kumar. Mukesh hailed from Rajasthan and Sumeet from Uttar Pradesh, Meena said, adding that naxals fled into the forest after carrying out the attack. On getting information of the attack, additional security forces were rushed to the spot, he said. Mukesh’s body was retrieved from the spot and Sumeet was admitted to Jagdalpur hospital, the ASP said.
Three Maoists arrested, six weapons seized
Three Maoists, involved in the blowing up of railway track and other criminal activities, were arrested in Vaishali and Jamui districts of Bihar today, police said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Dharhara village in Vaishali district and arrested two Maoists, identified as Lakhendra Paswan and Harendra Paswan. Four rifles, two pistols and 15 ammunition were recovered from their possession, Superintendent of Police Suresh Prasad Chaudhary said.
The duo were involved in blowing up of a railway track near Ghoshar halt under Hajipur-Muzaffarpur section of the ECR, besides other incidents of naxal violence in the district, he said. In a related development, a hardcore Maoist identified as Sanjay Helbram was arrested from a hideout in Jamui district, the police said. Hembram, a native of Gobardaha village, was wanted in several incidents of naxal violence in the district, the police said.
2013 a bad year for Maoists and police in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Maoist activities suffered a setback in the state this year which saw more police encounters and search operations in the Red-hit districts as compared to the previous year. According to state police records, 517 members of the CPI(Maoist) were between January and November 2013. The security forces were engaged in numerous encounters by the Maoists which left a total of 25 security personnel dead. The security forces, though, have killed two Maoists for each one of their of their slain jawan.
A total of 49 Maoists have been killed as against 25 policemen. Almost all the 24 districts in Jharkhand are Naxalite-hit, 18 of them critically. State police records say that in January 2013, Maoists shot dead 11 security personnel in latehar on January 7. Police records say that a total of 517 members of Naxalites were arrested till November this year from different parts of the state. A total of 516 Naxalites were arrested till December 2012.
A total of eight police arms have been seized from Naxalites till November 2013 which was 10 last year while 49 Naxalites have been killed till November 2013 this year. On the other hand 40 naxalites were killed in 2012. There were 62 encounters this year as against only 42 last year. DGP Kumar said that in the coming year police action against the Maoists would continue. A total off 11 security personnel were injured in the incident.
In July Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and six policemen were killed in an ambush by CPI-Maoist cadres at Kathikund jungle in Dumka district when he was returning from a meeting held by Dumka DIG Priya Dubey in Dumka. Over 100 armed Maoists attacked his vehicle and killed everyone traveling in two vehicles. In September one CRPF commando was killed in a gunfight with Maoists in Chaibasa. These are some of the incidents which shook the police department.
DGP Rajiv Kumar said that the year 2013 has been better for the police and worse for the Maoists as compared to 2012. “Apart from the Pakur SP incident, no major incident has taken place in my tenure. The total casualty on the part of the police as compared to last year has been less,” said Kumar. Kumar had taken charge on March 1, 2013. “Before I took charge the unfortunate incident of Latehar had taken place,” he said. The police proved to be a mightier force than Maoists this year.
The state police records say that in March, in an encounter with Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) and CPI (Maoists) in Chatra, 10 cadres of Maoist were killed. Seven Maoists were killed in a gun battle with police in Latehar in April and again in June, eight Maoists were shot dead in Latehar. In July, six rebels of People’s Liberation Front of India ( PLFI) were killed in factional war in Khunti district.
Maoist camp busted, four arrested
ROURKELA: Security personnel busted a Maoist camp at Lalpahad in Bonei and nabbed four rebels during early hours on Saturday. Various Maoist materials were seized from the camp. Around 30 ultras are suspected to have escaped from the spot. According to police, SP (Rourkela) A N Sinha gave direction to start a combing operation at Tamperkela forest acting on an intelligence input. A joint combing operation was launched by personnel of special operations group, district voluntary force and CRPF.
The four arrested Maoists are identified as Mansuk Samad, 38, Sukmash Hapat, 55, Nuel Hapat, 28, and Juel Hapat, 22. Police said eight fleeing rebels have been identified. They are Ajay Dehuri alias Kunu, Bipin, Manki, Pintu, Rita, Arati, Hiramani and Phulmani. Rita, Arati, Hiramani and Phulmani are women cadres. Maoist literature, maps, dress materials and medicines were seized from the spot. “The combing operation is on in the area to nab the escaped ultras,” said SDPO (Bonei) S K Panigrahi.
Maoists change tactics after setback
RANCHI: After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged that Maoist problem is one of the biggest threats to the country’s internal security and the Union government came up with multi-pronged strategy to deal with the menace, Maoists in Jharkhand adopted tactical changes in their operations after suffering setbacks. The year began with area dominance by government agencies in Saranda when Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh hoisted the tricolour in Digha Panchayat in Saranda on Republic day. The area, otherwise dominated by Maoists, had seen black flags almost every year on national holidays.
Another blow to Maoists came on Holi when 10 Maoist leaders, including some key members of Bihar Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) and Madhya Zonal committee of Bihar, were killed in an encounter by armed activists of splinter group Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) in Chatra. The en masse killing of March 28 weakened the Maoists in the region in the light of the fact that splinter groups started gaining supremacy in the turf war.
Earlier, in January Maoists took up certain strategies that were criticized across board and even by sympathizers. One of the major turnarounds in Maoist movement was their action of planting a bomb in the dead body of a CRPF Personnel killed in an encounter in Katia forests of Latehar district on January 10. The act was not only justified by spokesperson of BJSAC Toofan but later ratified by central committee saying since the attacks by security forces on Maoists did not follow any “rules of war”, they would also go beyond the rules.
While the “media and the government has termed the strategy to plant bombs inside dead bodies of security personnel inhuman”, it has not looked at the “inhuman” manner in which the state forces have been killing and attacking the Maoists, the spokesperson had said. One of the senior Maoist leaders from Bihar who was instrumental in laying the foundations of party unity and has witnessed the mergers of party unity to form present day CPI Maoists said that introspection and need based changes in the ideology is a must.
“Before the local guerrilla squads operating in Bihar and Jharkhand could have established their base areas as per the norms of communist theories they have started facing questions from within (militia) because with the communication revolution they are no longer immune from the fallouts of capitalist economy,” he said. An official communique of the central committee available with the TOI said, “A yearlong new enrolment campaign should be taken up to expand the party. Our preparations to fulfill these tasks should begin now. Though our countrywide revolutionary movement is facing a critical situation, there are several differences in the social conditions in various states and in our subjective conditions therein.
So our tasks in various states should be formulated keeping these conditions in view. Our tactics, methods of work and style of work should also be formulated accordingly. They should be creatively implemented. Keeping in view the changes occurring in the course of the movement and in the situation in the world and in our country, we must make the necessary and timely changes in them,” the letter reads.
2 suspected PLFI cadres killed in Gumla
GUMLA: Two suspected PLFI operatives were killed by the chief of the Janhit Kranti Party in Raidih here on Friday evening. Mangal Nagesiya also took away two rifles. The deceased persons have not been identified though one of them could be from Simdega district, said Gumla SDPO D K Pande. Gumla police contacted Simdega police and asked them to confirm his identity, he added. According to police, the Janhit Kranti Party chief killed the duo to avenge the murder of Pibo panchayat mukhiya Sofiya Devi on December 14.
Nagesiya formed his own group two years ago after parting ways with PLFI. Before joining the PLFI he a sub-zonal commander of the CPI(Maoist) and had a big role in the expansion of Maoist network in Raidih and its adjoining areas of Simdega district. Taking responsibility for Saturday’s incident, Nagesiya contacted some mediapersons here on Saturday and said he had also looted two rifles after killing the PLFI operatives.
Police seize guns, wires
Two guns and a huge quantity of wires, for use to trigger explosion, were seized during a joint combing operation by BSF and state police in Odisha’s Koraput district today. The seizures were made in Kamipadar forests under Maoist-prone Narayanpatna police station limits, Koraput Superintendent of Police, Abinash Kumar said. On a tip off, the security personnel conducted the operation in the area but apparently smelling the police move beforehand, the ultras fled, he said, adding no one has been arrested.