Maoists call for T bandh tomorrow
The North Telangana special zonal committee of CPI (Maoists) has given a call for bandh in Telangana on January 3 expressing apprehensions over the death of Telangana Praja Front president Akula Bhoomaiah in a road accident in the city a few days ago. The committee, in a press release, raised several doubts about the fatal accident of Bhoomaiah, who was a prominent leader of the Democratic Teachers Federation, which was alleged to have links with extremists organisations, particularly the erstwhile People’s War Group. Some rights activists have also demanded that the government institute a judicial enquiry into the death as they suspected foul play.
Gun-making unit of Maoists unearthed in Jharkhand
In what is being considered as a prize catch, security forces have for the first time unearthed a full-fledged gun-manufacturing unit run by the Maoists deep in the forests of Simdega district in Jharkhand. The factory is believed to have been set up two months ago and had lathe machines, which were procured from Kolkata — about 500 km away — and transported. The forces also found that the factory was being run on electricity from generator sets snatched from BSNL towers in the vicinity.
The discovery of this gun-manufacturing unit followed a sustained operation against the Maoists over the past one week by the security forces led by the CRPF in all the seven Maoist-affected states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Orissa. During this drive, security forces for the first time managed to comb new areas in Niyamgiri hills of Orissa that were always dominated by Maoists. The forces conducted 49 operations simultaneously in the affected states from December 26 to January 1, with the aim to destabilise the Maoist movement ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in the next few months.
“We had never planned such an operation before and this was also done to bring all the forces involved in anti-Maoist operations on a common table. It was a concerted drive against the Maoist groups who take advantage of gaps in the inter-state boundaries. We also recovered a lot of literature, the attempt is to analyse each and every document,” said CRPF DG Dilip Trivedi. Intelligence agencies had come to know of the gun-manufacturing units being run by the Maoists for the first time in 2012, after the arrest of senior Maoist leader Sadanala Ramakrishna from Kolkata.
The rebels used to procure raw materials in parts and assemble them in the unit. During the operations last week, the forces recovered 1,900 gun-making items, machines and other equipment to make .303 pistols, rifles, IEDs and 900 grenades. Seventy-two IEDs were recovered from Khunti in Jharkhand. In Chhattisgarh, the drive saw eight encounters, in which two Maoists are said to have been killed.
“Of the 49 operations we conducted, at least 27 were planned on inter-state borders. The Maoists could not do much during the Assembly elections and their aim now is to disrupt the Lok Sabha elections. We want to puncture their efforts by conducting a series of operations so that they do not get the time to re-group. Earlier there were state-specific operations, this time we involved all the stakeholders,” said IG (operations), CRPF, Zulfiquar Hasan.
Maoists spread wings, flock to Kerala from other states
KOZHIKODE: Intensifying their efforts to carve out a new guerrilla zone in south India, Maoists have increased the number of their armed cadres operating on the Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. Sources said Maoist cadres from states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa have been deployed in Kerala as part of the effort. Local people in Malappuram had recently told police about spotting armed Maoists cadres, who spoke in some north Indian language. Maoists operating in Kerala, thus far, consisted mainly of cadres from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The number of members in Maoist squad was below 30 till last month.
Among these, police identified 10 persons, including two Malayalees. But there has been a steady increase in the number of armed guerrillas operating in Kerala over the past few weeks. Sources in police say the number has crossed 100 now. “We have information that Maoists from other states are coming to Kerala now. But their exact number is not immediately known,” a senior police officer said. Some of the Maoist leaders from Kerala were sent to the rebel strongholds in other parts of the country. Sinoj alias Ramesan, the Maoist from Thrissur who is leading the squads in Nilambur, had undergone guerrilla training in Jharkhand three years ago.
A group of Maoists from Kerala were sent to Lalgarh in West Bengal when the rebels were taking on the security forces during the uprising in 2009, to get trained in the basics of guerrilla warfare. Redeploying cadres from one place to another is a usual practice among Maoists. In the beginning of the 1980s, Kondapalli Seetharamaiah, the legendary Naxalite leader from Andhra Pradesh, had sent seven squads to Dandakaranya to develop the area into a guerrilla zone.
It was these cadres from Andhra Pradesh who did the ground work for converting the area into a guerrilla zone. The influx of well-trained and battle-hardened members of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) of the Maoists would be a real challenge for the security forces in the state. Unlike their counterparts in central India, the state police have not yet encountered the military might of the Maoists. Police are still clueless about the types of weapons in the possession of the Maoists and the strategy they may adopt here.
Naxals kill police jawan in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jan 2 (PTI) A police jawan was allegedly kidnapped and killed today by naxals in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. Assistant Constable Rup Singh Thakur (35), abducted last evening, was found dead in Matda village this morning, Bijapur Deputy Superintendent of Police Sukhnandan Rathore said. The jawan posted at Jangla police station limits was kidnapped by ultras while he was returning from his duty.
Investigating officer of Naxal couriers case flooded with 20,000 letters claiming their innocence
The investigating officer (IO) of the cases pertaining to alleged Naxal couriers Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi, who were arrested by Gadchiroli police in August-September last year, is finding himself flooded with a philatelic opportunity. He has so far received over 20,000 letters from all over the world declaring Mishra and Rahi “innocent activists” and pleading for their release. With the flood of letters still continuing at the rate of 40-50 every day, the harangued IO is now finding an opportunity to collect stamps of various countries. “Initially, it bothered me so much since I used to get 300-500 of them every day. Now, I am trying to get over it by comforting myself with the thought that it’s actually an opportunity for me to collect stamps of so many different countries,” IO Suhas Bawche told The Indian Express.
The letters have been coming in from almost all parts of the world, including Europe and USA, with the majority of mails, about 60 pc, being sent from The Netherlands. Some have also come from China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The flow has since been thinning out with only 40-50 letters coming daily now. “The contents are generally the same with little difference. The writers say the two are innocent and honest activists.
Two Maoists held in Bihar with arms and explosive
Security forces have arrested two hardcore naxalites with arms and explosives from a village in Bihar’s East Champaran district, a police officer said on Thursday. Acting on a tip off, the CRPF and the STF jointly raided a hideout in Gurania village yesterday and nabbed the Maoists duo, identified as Manoj Kumar Agrawal alias Agrawalji, and Baitha, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Operation, Sanjay Singh said.
Agrawal, a native of Salempur village in Sheohar district, was said to be a self-styled area commander of the proscribed CPI(Maoists), the ASP said, adding that Baitha hailed from Majirwa village in East Champaran district. Two country-made pistols, two live ammunition, two mobile phones, a detonator and naxal literature were recovered from the arrested ultras’ possession, the ASP said, adding that both were wanted in about half a dozen cases of naxal violence.
Forces recover remote-controlled IED from Naxals
New Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI) The Naxals seem to have brought a paradigm shift in carrying out subversive activities as security forces have for the first time recovered a “unique” remote-controlled device to blow set off IEDs on their targets to cause maximum casualties. The device was recovered during a five-day offensive carried out in all Naxal-affected states beginning December 26 by CRPF in close coordination with BSF, ITBP and state police forces.
Contractor held for aiding Naxalite
CHANDRAPUR: 24 sets of walkie-talkie were seized from the possession of a contractor who was nabbed by the Gadchiroli police while carrying a consignment to Naxalite on Tuesday. Contractor Dhananjay Padisalwar was caught red-handed with a box he was carrying for Naxalites on a bike in Rompalli jungle in Sironcha tehsil. While there were reports that Padisalwar was carrying arms and explosives for Naxalites, cops had kept the details of the recovered material under wraps. Police said the accused has confessed that he was carrying them to Naxalites. Padisalwar was produced before a court on Wednesday which remanded him to seven days of police custody.
Arms seized from Maoist hideout in Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Jan 2 (IANS) Four locally-made guns were Thursday seized by police in a raid at a Maoist hideout in Odisha’s Koraput district, an official said. The Smooth Bore Muzzle Loading (SBML) guns were found in Siriguda forest in Narayan Patna area of the district, over 500 km from Bhubaneswar. Police raided the hideout on a tip-off, Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar told IANS.