Maoists kill A.P. village sarpanch
In a fresh incident of violence, Maoists killed the sarpanch of Balapam panchayat in Chintapalli mandal in the early hours of Tuesday. According to reports, 20 armed Maoists along with 80 militia members of the Korukonda area committee went to Rallagedda village, where the sarpanch Seendari Karla was living. They woke him up and told his family members that he was being taken to a meeting. Mr. Karla was then taken to the Martyrs’ Memorial, where he was attacked. He died as his family rushed him to a nearby hospital. Villagers of Balapam boycotted the Panchayat elections held last year following a call given by the Maoists.
In the elections conducted later, during last month, Mr. Karla was elected unopposed. The Maoists had warned him earlier and accused him of colluding with the police, not fighting for Girijans’ rights over coffee plantations and helping the government in its efforts to take up bauxite mining in the area. A former sympathiser of the Maoist party, Mr. Karla was arrested in the past and was released.
INDIA: MANIPUR TERROR ASSESSMENT – ANALYSIS
On February 8, 2014, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), an active component group of the Coordination Committee (CorCom) of six Imphal Valley-based militant outfits, killed an Assam Rifles (AR) trooper and injured three others, near the Nambasi village under the Chasad Police Station in Ukhrul District. The AR personnel were on a road opening patrol when the militants detonated a powerful bomb. Republic Day (January 26, 2013) celebrations in Manipur were also marred by four bomb blasts amidst high security measures, after CorCom called for a boycott. However, no one was injured in the explosions.
The first bomb exploded near the deputy commissioner’s office in the eastern part of Imphal, which is also close to the official residence of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. CorCom, while claiming responsibility for the blasts declared in a Press Statement, that that the series of blast was executed as part of the collective call by several outfits of the “Western Southeast Asia” (Northeast India) region against Republic Day celebrations.
Earlier, on October 7, 2013, CorCom and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) had also jointly called an 18 hour general strike in Manipur and Twipra (Tripura), with effect from October 14 midnight till 6 pm of October 15, to protest against the ‘forceful merger agreements’ of October 15, 1949, by which Manipur and Tripura was merged into the Indian Union. Despite a dramatic decline in fatalities in the State in 2013, it is evident that the militants continue to execute attacks at will.
INDIA: BEATING BACK THE MAOISTS IN ODISHA – ANALYSIS
On February 5, 2014, the body of a tribal Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) activist, was found with the throat slit open in Singavaram jungle located near Sarkubandha village of Ralegada panchayat (village level local self Government institution) under Paparmetla Police Station in the cut-off Balimela Reservoir area in Malkangiri District. The activist had been involved in projects under the Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Program (OTELP) as well as in sectors related to health and sanitation.
The victim, identified as Sadanand Hantal (25), was a resident of Sarkubandha village. Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres had abducted Hantal and three other activists in the night of February 2, but released the other three. The Maoists have killed at least eight civilians in the State since the beginning of 2014, according to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), with all eight fatalities recorded in the Koraput and Malkangiri Districts – four in each.
While it is much to early to see this as establishing a trend, if civilian killings continue at anything near the current rate, they would far outstrip the averages for earlier years. According to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), 28, 31 and 39 civilians were killed, through 2013, 2012, and 2011, respectively, in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) related violence in Odisha.
Explosives seized in Balaghat forest
BHOPAL: Police seized huge quantities of highly inflammable explosives from Naxalite affected Balaghat district late on Sunday night. Seizure was made during a search operation in Katema-Kattipar forest. Search was undertaken after a specific intelligence input about a Maoist training camp in the area, Balaghat range IG K P Khare told TOI. There were around 15 armed cadres of Tanda Dalam. By the time our search party reached, they had fled from the spot, he added.
Treating it big, cops are claiming to have foiled a major plot. Intelligence inputs suggest that hundreds of guerrillas have infiltrated into Balaghat from neighbouring Chhattisgarh in last three months. Armed cadres, led by former local guerrilla squad (LGS) commander Dilip were spotted in Bargud forests. Dilip is wanted in more than 30 cases, including murder of Likhiram Kawre, who was transport minister in undivided Madhya Pradesh. He was hacked to death in 1999 at his native village in Sonepuri. An alert was sounded in August last year. after 14 armed cadres of Tanda Dalam were spotted ahead of a mega Congress rally, where top leaders, including Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Union minister Kamal Nath, Kantilal Bhuria and Ajay Singh were to appear.
1 Maoist killed, several injured in a fierce gunbattle with police
A Maoist guerrilla was killed and many were injured in a gun battle in the jungles of Gumla district early on Tuesday, police said. “One Maoist guerrilla was killed and many sustained sustained bullet injuries. We are trying to recover the body. We have recovered one Insas rifle and live cartridges from the spot,” a police official told IANS. Acting on a tip off, police raided a jungle in Gumla district, around 110 km from Ranchi, early on Tuesday and surrounded around 15 Maoist guerrillas.
RPF chief unmasks ‘hidden agenda’ behind peace-talks
Imphal, February 24, 2014: Irengbam Chaoren, the supremo of the proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has categorically asserted that ‘peace-talks and ceasefire’ which are often termed as ‘dialogue’ between armed groups and the Indian Government have been used as an instrument to shield their hidden agenda to confuse the ‘oppressed masses’ in the name of peace and prosperity in the North East region. In his message to the people on the eve of 35th raising day of RPF (Independence Demand Day), Chaoren said, “Our history testifies Manipur was a self-reliant independent political entity which has today been enslaved by India’s colonialism.
As the contradiction becomes more and more eminent, the fight against colonialism is a historical necessity for the Manipuris and has reached a ripening level today. The onus that lies with the people of Manipur is to be consolidated and enhanced further as the global opinion is wrapped in deliberate denial diplomacy towards India’s colonial ambitions in our region”. Chaoren went on to say that “the time is ripe to bring home a conclusive understanding that the tall claims of ushering in peace in the State of Manipur would nowhere result in securing the people’s complete freedom and independence…