Peoples War in India Clippings 3/1/2014


Police unearth Naxal dump

PARVATHIPURAM (VIZIANAGARAM): The jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Narayanapatna police personnel unearthed a Maoist dump in the Siriguda forest in Odisha’s Koraput district bordering Viziangaram district in the wee hours of Thursday. The dump comprises four country-made rifles and one tambourine, a musical instrument. According to sources, the BSF and Narayanapatna police, while conducting a joint combing operation in the Siriguda forest area in Kumbhari gram panchayat in the Narayanapatna block, unearthed the dump near a tree, 25 km from here. BSF assistant commandant of Dandabadi base camp Rakesh Kumar Sharma told mediapersons that they found the dump during regular combing operations.

Security forces have intensified combing operations in Koraput district, which is infested by CPI Maoists, after the latter gave a call for an indefinite bandh in Koraput and Malkangiri districts on December 28 in protest against the central government’s plan to go for heavy deployment of additional forces in the Maoist-infested areas of the two districts. In view of the Reds’ bandh call, the security forces have been continuously carrying out combing operations in all the stronghold areas of the Red guerrillas.

Naxalites change tracks after terror plot bombed

NAGPUR: The Naxalites’ strategy of blunting police’s comeback bid in Gadchiroli in the past couple of years by creating terror among the tribals seemed to have backfired and the rebels are now returning to their mass appeal approach once again. The terror strategy saw them lose local support and police’s local intelligence saw a sudden spurt. The outcome was disastrous for the rebels who faced numbing setback in 2013 losing 26 cadres with the unofficial count higher by another dozen.

It is learnt the Naxals are now formulating pro-tribal strategies revolving around their political activities for the benefit of under-privileged section of the population. Apart from appealing to popular sentiments with their anti-liquor stand coupled with their protest against destruction of forests and natural habitats, Naxals now are learnt to be harping more on failures of the government to uplift the life of the local population. Their anti-state rhetoric is now stronger during every meeting in the hamlets.

They are also aggressively campaigning against corruption, destruction of forest, displacement of population for mining and other industries and for implementation of Forest Rights Act. SP Gadchiroli, Mohd Suvez Haque stated that the seized documents too indicated the change. “Naxals are changing their strategy. It will definitely affect us as we too need to evolve an effective counter strategy to deal with it,” he said. Aggressive operations coupled with adoption of several confidence winning measures for the tribals resulted in police gaining an upper hand in the last couple of years after the debacles of 2009 and 2010 when the security agencies suffered heavy casualties.

Police’s gradual reclaiming of dominance was countered by the Naxals who started targeting civilians. The killings by the Naxals saw sudden spurt in 2011 when 40 people fell victims to rebels’ brutalities. There were several unreported cases of kidnapping in the past couple of years but the kidnapped tribals avoided approaching cops after being released by the rebels. Police record shows only six cases of kidnapping in 2012 and another one in 2013. In reality, almost thrice more had been abducted by the Naxals who were released with warning. In 2012, around two dozen tribal were slain by Naxals labeling them as police informers.

The number came down to just eight last year. Another unprecedented phenomenon marked the year 2012 when Naxals started targeting politicians. Several top political leaders were eliminated by Naxals while many left their native place after being threatened. The village headmen and their deputies were asked to resign and so were the panchayat samiti and Zilla parishad members.

Maoists kill two supporters of assembly Speaker

GAYA: Maoists, late on New Year’s evening organized a ‘Jan Adalat’ (Kangaroo court) to hold instant trial of two villagers near Moraina Pahari under Naxal-hit Banke Bazar police station area of Gaya district. According to reports reaching the district headquarters, two villagers identified as Laxman Bhokta and Pervesh Prasad were summoned by the Maoists on twin charges of being police informers and supporters of local MLA and Bihar assembly Speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary.

The jury awarded death penalty to them and the punishment was instantly executed. The Maoists regard Chaudhary as enemy number one in the area and he tops the Maoist hit list. In the 2010 assembly elections, the Maoists virtually immobilized Chaudhary, who somehow managed to scrape through with a narrow margin of a few hundred votes. Reports say what is being seen as a sham of a trial, the small jury awarded death penalty and the punishment was instantly executed. The bodies of the two victims of ‘Red justice’ have been dumped somewhere deep inside the forest area possibly as a bait for police forces to walk into the enemy territory.

The exact mode of ‘execution’ (killing) is not known. Usually the Maoists thrash their victims. However, as the bodies are yet to be located, the mode of killing is not known. Sources do not rule out gunning down of the two villagers. The Maoists were also upset on recent recoveries made by the police forces from their hideouts in the area and suspected the two villagers of being police informers responsible for successful search operations conducted by the police engaged in anti-Naxalite operation. Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari said he has received information about the killing of the two villagers by the ultras.

Though the bodies of the two villagers have not been recovered so far, he has little reason to disbelieve the information. The cause of the reported killing is not known, said the SSP. In view of the well-known Maoist strategy of making police forces rush to the forests and hilly areas where the ultras enjoy advantageous position suitable for landmining and ambush operations, police forces sent to the area for verification purpose and recovery of the two bodies have been directed to exercise utmost caution and maintain the movement protocol, said the SSP.

Tiwari attributed delay in the recovery of bodies to the caution being exercised by the joint team of COBRA, STF and district police. The police forces have already shunned use of four wheelers in the area. This is for the third time that the Maoists have targeted supporters of assembly Speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary. Earlier, in August 2010, the Maoists had thrashed Lakhhan Lal Verma, a close political aide of the Speaker. Verma was released from captivity by the Maoists on the undertaking that he will dissociate himself from the Speaker. Again in March 2011, Maoists broke both the upper and lower limbs of Janaradan Rai, another Speaker aide.

Police arrest suspected Maoist

A self-styled Maoist area commander was arrested on Friday in Aurangabad district. The Maoist, Sanjay Ram, was arrested during a police raid at Khaira village adjacent to a thermal power site of NTPC subsidiary, Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd, Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sharma said. A country-made pistol and three cartridges were seized from him, he said.

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