Maoists blast coffee pulping unit at Chapagedda
The attack was reportedly led by leaders of Galikonda area committee; coffee berries spread for drying and a tractor were set afire. Twenty armed cadres of the CPI (Maoist) accompanied by 50 militia members blasted two coffee pulping units and a godown of the AP Forest Development Corporation’s coffee pulping yard at Chapagedda in GK Veedhi mandal late on Tuesday night. Coffee berries spread over the drying yards and a tractor were set on fire.
A letter addressed to the Regional Manager and Divisional Manager of APFDC and left behind by the east division committee of the Maoist party said that the attack was in protest against the killing of party members in encounters, which it said were fake; against Operation Green Hunt and to demand the government to stop establishing new police stations and police outposts in Visakha Agency. They were meant to suppress the Girijans who were fighting for their rights over coffee plantations and against the proposed mining of bauxite. The party demanded APFDC to leave Visakha Agency. It also gave call for a bandh in the east division on Thursday with the above demands.
The attack was reportedly led by Azad and Kavita, leaders of the Galikonda area committee of the Maoist party, and Ravi, said to be the official spokesman of the Andhra Orissa border special zone of the party. The machinery and buildings were allegedly blasted using mines. APFDC estimated the loss around Rs. 30 lakh. The Maoists were said to have held a meeting after blasting the pulping units.
Contractor held for supplying explosives to Maoists
Samarendra Bisoi (28) alias Tinku was arrested after fifteen gelatine sticks and other explosives were found at his construction site in Marigata village, 700 km from here. “He confessed that he had supplied explosives to the rebels five times in the past. The latest explosives were found from a site where he is building a school hostel,” Inspector-in-Charge S.K. Nayak told IANS.
Combing to be stepped up against Maoists in Kerala forests
HM Thiruvananthapuram: Patrolling and combing operations would be stepped up in some forests of Kerala where presence of Maoists has been reported by intelligence agencies, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told the state Assembly on Thursday. The Government has decided to formulate effective steps to tackle the Maoists on the basis of a political consensus, the minister said in reply to a question.
The UDF Government had earlier this week convened an all party meet to discuss the issue and evolve a consensus on tackling the ultras, about which almost all mainstream parties shared concern. The intelligence agencies have reported presence of Maoists in forests in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram in north Kerala. They are found to be making efforts to build pockets of influence in areas close to tribal settlements by cashing in on the woes of the marginalised sections.
CRPF in Maoist states face acute drainage of resources
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the five Naxalhit states is facing acute drainage of resources, with the states yet to pay up their share of expenses for the security duties. With austerity measures of the Union government already implemented, the force has received just Rs.20 crore against their allocation of Rs.918 crore, since 2012, under the police modernisation plan. The fund-crunch has got compounded because Naxal-hit states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar – too have failed to pay up to the CRPF. These Naxal-hit states owe a whopping Rs.7,163 crore to CRPF and it accounts for 60 per cent of the total amount of Rs.11,930 crore that all the states have to pay to the force.
This is more than the total amount of Rs.10,932 crore sanctioned for seven paramilitary forces under the police modernisation plan for a period of five years between 2012 and 2017. It’s not just the CRPF; state governments have not paid several other forces as well. But the outstanding amount of other forces is lower in comparison to CRPF. While state governments owe Rs.317 crore to the Indo Tibetan Border Police, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is yet to be paid Rs.110 crore.
The difference clearly indicates that Naxal insurgency has taking the maximum toll on the resources. Sources say constant reminders for payment have been made to the states through the Union Home Ministry, but the dues just keep increasing. Even if the states pay half the amount, we can solve many of our problems,” said an officer of a paramilitary force. The paramilitary forces have been feeling the crunch as the government has communicated that austerity measures have to be adopted. The CRPF has received only Rs.20 crore against their allocation of Rs.918 crore since 2012 under the police modernisation plan. While the plan was approved by the Cabinet in May last year, allocating nearly Rs.11,000 crore for all paramilitary forces, the amount released with arrears of 2012-13 are hardly encouraging for the forces involved in internal security duties.
Two Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jan 29 (PTI) Two Maoists, one of them carrying a reward, were today arrested and a cache of ammunition was recovered from separate places in Maoist-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, the police said. Acting on specific inputs, Maoist cadres were nabbed from their houses in their native villages under Mardapal police station limits, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri said.
Slain Maoist Azad’s wife names Chidambaram as conspirator
Padma had recorded the sworn statement in pursuance of filing of a murder case against the policemen who had participated in the encounter, which also saw the killing of journalist Hemchandra Pandey. K. Padma, wife of slain Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, on Wednesday named former Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and four top police officers from Andhra Pradesh as conspirators in the alleged fake encounter killing of the extremist leader on July 2, 2010 in Adilabad district.
In her statement recorded before Adilabad Judicial First Class Magistrate Mary Danamma, the petitioner pleaded for inclusion of the names of the then AP Director General of Police R.R. Girish Kumar, then SIB DIG Shashidhar Reddy, then Adilabad Superintendent of Police P. Promod Kumar and Additional SP (Operations) S. Tripathi besides the Home Minister. Padma had recorded the sworn statement in pursuance of filing of a murder case against the policemen who had participated in the encounter which also saw the killing of journalist Hemchandra Pandey. The latter’s wife Babita had recorded her statement on November 29, last year.
The Magistrate subsequently posted for further evidence on February 7 for taking cognizance of the petition. Swamy Agnivesh, who has been cited as a witness, is likely to record his statement before the Magistrate on that day.
200 prisoners threaten hunger strike
HAZARIBAG: About 200 convicts of the 26 prisons in the state, including Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail, Hazaribag, Hotwar Central jail at Ranchi and Daltonganj Central Jail, threatened to launch an indefinite hunger strike from January 30 demanding release of prisoners who have completed their term of sentences more than two years ago.