RPF claims ‘strategic partner’ with Maoist in Chhattisgarh
Manipur’s rebel outfit, Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), Thursday claimed that they were the “strategic partners” with the CPI Maoist in Chhattisgarh. The revelations comes two days (March 11) after the Maoist laid a deadly ambush in Sukma district, south Chhattisgarh killing 11 CRPF jawans and four Chhattisgarh district executive force personnel. A civilian was also killed in the cross-fire. In a press release, RPF publicity secretary Roben Khuman claimed that the group was “strategic partners of the Maoist” in Chhattisgarh. “RPF as a Strategic Partner thanked and congratulates CPI (Maoist) for successfully launching an attack on an enemy ROP that killed 20 personnel on March 11, 2014, at 10.15 in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh” Roben stated.
He said that the RPF “as a force fighting against India’s colonial occupation of a country can fully understand the suffering and fully support the correct revolutionary movement launched by the CPI (Maoist) for the liberation of the marginalized and to bring about equality in society. We wish success in all future endeavours of the CPI (Maoist)”.
Telecom panel to discuss towers in Naxal areas in March-end
The Telecom Commission, an inter- ministerial panel, is likely to meet this month-end to discuss the issue of installing mobile towers in naxal-affected areas in nine states. “The DoT committee studying the subject is expected to submit its report next week. The Telecom Commission should probably meet in last week of this month,” a Department of Telecom (DoT) official told PTI.
14 Maoists Nabbed in Anti-Naxal Operations
As many as 14 Left-wing extremists have been nabbed in two separate anti-Naxal operations jointly carried out by the Chhattisgarh Police and the CRPF. And the arrests followed last week’s deadly ambush on CRPF personnel in Sukma. According to information received at the state police headquarters in Raipur, 11 Maoists were arrested from Balrampur district, some 370 km away from the state capital. “A joint team from the state police and CRPF was on an area domination exercise in Lahsunpath forest area when the encounter began. Later, the ultras fled the spot and we were able to arrest 11 Naxals, including four women cadre,” said a senior police official. The police have claimed that one country made pistol and a rifle were recovered from the ultras.
After Chhattisgarh Naxal attack, Maoists abduct seven labourers in Bihar
Jamui: Two days after the deadly Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, a group of armed rebels of the outfit on Friday abducted seven labourers in the Jamui district of Bihar, cops said.
Naxals ban national anthem in schools in their stronghold
Bastar: Maoists have banned the national anthem in schools in Naxal-stronghold Madh areas in south Bastar district of Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh. Some of the local teachers who visited block headquarters of Orcha in the district on Saturday to lift their week’s rations disclosed to this newspaper that the Maoists have issued diktats prohibiting students of these schools from singing the national anthem and even putting restrictions on playing of the song on the occasions of Independence Day and Republic Day.
“Naxals’ writ runs large in the tribal-dominated Madh area. These schools are under the complete control of the ‘Jantan Sarkar’ , the parallel government run by Maoists. Many teachers appointed by the government in these schools earlier have stopped taking classes due to Naxal threats. But, a few like us are still taking classes in the schools”, one of the teachers, pleading to conceal his identity for fear of his security, said.
Dumka cops on alert after Bengal explosives’ haul
DUMKA: The district police department is on high alert in this poll season after explosives were recovered from a village in Bengal, bordering Dumka, on Monday. Bengal police on Monday recovered 5 quintals of ammonium nitrate, 25 bundles of gelatin and 39 cartoons of detonators from a house at Chandbandha village in Birbhum. Three persons – Sujit Das, Sukhdev Ghosh and Basudev Ghosh – were also arrested on the same day.
The area is on the border of the two states near Shikaripara block in Dumka district and is on the Red corridor. Suri SP Halak Rajoria said the investigation on the recovery of explosives was being jointly undertaken by district police and CID to ascertain whether the consignment was meant for CPI(Maoist) activists.
Huge cache of explosives seized by security forces
A huge cache of explosives and Naxal-related material were recovered during a special search operation in Odisha’s Nabarangpur District, BSF sources said here today. According to the sources, the Naxal material was seized by jawans of 77 battalion of BSF and Odisha police yesterday in the forest in Jharigaon reserve forests near Gaurjhariya village under Chandahandi police station. Security forces have recovered two SBML Guns, 41 electric detonator, 500 gms nails, a 3 litre steel cane, 30kg ammonium nitrate, 1.5 kg charcoal, flexible wires, 250 gms sulphur and 100 gms potassium permanganate during the operation.
Four Maoists held in Bihar
Four hardcore Maoists were arrested today with explosives from Bihar’s Aurangabad and Munger districts, police officials said. Acting on a tip off, the security forces raided Jharna village under Dhibra police station area in Aurangabad district and arrested three Maoists, identified as Amrendra Yadav, Unetu Ganjhu and Jagdish Ganjhu, when they were returning to a hide out after meeting with their sub-zonal commander called Azad, Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said. On the identification of the arrested ultras, the police seized two cane bombs from Tendui village under Dhibra police station area, he said adding that the trio was being interrogated.
Woman Maoist gets life term for killing policeman
A woman Maoist was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here in connection with the killing of a Police Inspector in Naxal-hit Ghorabandha area in 2009. The court of Additional District Judge I Ghatsila held Shoba Munda guilty and sentenced her to life imprisonment. The police inspector, Ramjatan Baitha, was on patrolling in the Naxal-affected area in Ghatsila sub-division when the CPI (Maoists) triggered the landmine blast, killing him on the spot in 2009.
B R Ambedkar Bihar University closed for 10 days due to Maoist threat
MUZAFFARPUR: All the post-graduate departments, colleges, hostels and offices of B R Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU), Muzaffarpur, have been closed for 10 days from March 13 to 22 following threat of action by Maoists over the recent clashes among PG hostel boys on caste lines. The spokesman of the university, A K Shrivastava, on Saturday said the university was to remain closed for Holi from March 15 to 17 only but, on the orders of the district administration, the university has been closed from March 13 to 22 as a ‘precautionary step’.
Some Maoist posters were found on the walls of the university campus particularly on the PG hostels on March 10. The Maoists had alleged atrocities against Dalit and backward PG students recently and had threatened action against the culprits on the issue.
Maoist, wanted in several crime cases, arrested by Munger police during raids
A Maoist was arrested on Friday from a village under Darhara police station area in Bihar’s Munger district, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided a house in Khudivan village and arrested the ultra, identified as Sanjay Sharma, Munger range DIG Sudhanshu Kumar said. Sharma, said to be a self-styled area commander of the CPI(Maoist), was wanted by the Bihar and Jharkhand Police in several cases, he said.
Maoists torch BJP MLA’s petrol pump, attack his home in Bihar
MUZAFFARPUR: Armed Maoists torched a petrol pump owned by a BJP MLA, hurled bombs and opened fire at his residence late on Thursday night in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, police said on Friday. Around 15-20 armed Maoists swooped on the petrol pump of BJP MLA Ram Surat Rai in Ahiapur police station area, around 10km from district headquarters, SSP Saurabh Kumar said, adding, the ultras took the staff hostage and set on fire an oil tanker and portion of the petrol pump.
They mercilessly beat up the petrol pump staff before vandalising the petrol pump and setting it on fire, the SSP said. After plundering the petrol pump, the Maoists went to Rai’s residence in Bocha police station area and opened fire besides hurling bombs, the SSP said.