Secret congregation of Maoists held in Chhattisgarh last year
The Maoists held their super-secret congregation called party Congress last year in April in Chhattisgarh, HT has learnt. Even flying drones and teams of central paramilitary personnel and state police seems to have failed to track the meeting that takes place every five years. The last such meeting by banned outfit CPI (Maoist) before last year was held in Bhimbandh forests of Bihar in 2007. During such meetings, the party leadership takes stock of the prevalent situation and chalks out its strategy accordingly.
“The party Congress took place in April 2013 in Kutul area of Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. Kutul is located in Abhujhmad area considered to be a stronghold of Maoists,” said a Union home ministry official dealing with left wing extremism. The official added that GVK Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi, who was propaganda chief of the Maoists in their bastion of Dandakaranya zone, after his arrest in January this year confirmed that the Reds indeed held the meeting in Kutul.
“During the party Congress, the Reds promoted at least three of their comrades including Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) secretary Ramanna alias Ravulu Srinivas, to the central committee of the party,” said the official. Ramanna is considered to be the driving force behind the Darbha valley attack, which was launched just a month after the meeting. It was one of the most vicious attacks on the political class of the country in which the Reds wiped out top Congress leaders like Mahendra Karma, Vidhya Charan Shukla, Nand Kumar Patel and his son Dinesh in a single strike.
Naxals ready 15-point plan to revive movement
…Speaking to dna, Naxal commander Venkanna from Karampalli in Bhamragad tehsil of Gadhchiroli district brushed aside the existence of any such material. “Anytime the government faces a set-back like Sukma, they try to create a bogey of the desperation of Naxals,” he insisted. The commander who looks at the region bordering Andhra said, “Finding new recruits will continue to remain easy thanks to the state which in the case of our adivasi regions is the actual terrorist. The government works as a dalal for mulitnational companies and hands over our minerals and forest-rich lands to them. People who get uprooted are taking up arms to fight those who are responsible.”…
Security stepped up for peaceful poll in Jharkhand: CRPF
..“We are prepared to meet any challenge wherever Maoist influence is there,” Rao told reporters to a question that 13 districts have been identified by the Centre as ” highly sensitive” for Maoist activities. The 13 Jharkhand districts are part of the 33 districts spread in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. As per a recent circular issued by the union home ministry asking all Maoist-hit states to step up anti-naxal operations, Jharkhand police were already on a “mission mode” with arrests of rebels and recovery of weapons and explosives among others, a senior police officer said.
No patta, no work, no voting in Tadguda
Etapalli (Gadchiroli): Voting karaiyche? Naich! (Am I going to vote? No!) The response is unambiguous cutting across age groups in the hamlet of Tadguda, around 60km from Etapalli in South Gadchiroli. The tribal population here has decided to boycott voting in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Tadguda villagers say they have finally decided to fight the government apathy. They say there is no Naxal threat, but they are boycotting polling over the issues of non-development and non-fulfilment of promises of livelihood through government schemes, or allotment of lands to encroachers as per the Forest Rights Act (FRA).
The villagers also cite the poor amenities and ill-developed infrastructure. Tadguda is one of the 47 hamlets in Etapalli taluka where the tribal population has decided to shun elections. A couple of social organizations of South Gadchiroli, like Rashtriya Janhitwadi Yuva Samiti and Aheri district’s Nirman Kruti Samity, Etapalli, have claimed through a press communication that around 47 villages are voicing their protest over lack of development and government apathy by boycotting the elections. The social organizations have also appealed to villagers to shun voting and demand separate statehood for Vidarbha.
Police ready to face Maoist threat in Visakhapatnam
Maoists have considerable inﬂuence in GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, Chintapalli, G. Madugula, Pedabayalu and Munchingput mandals There are few sensitive or hypersensitive areas in the plains areas in the district, however the challenge is conducting elections in the hilly and forest areas of the Paderu Agency Areas. Of the 11 mandals under the Paderu Revenue Division some continue to be the last bastions of the CPI (Maoist).
Two elections – for ZPTCs and MPTCs on April 6 followed by the general elections on May 7 pose a big challenge to the police. The July last gram panchayat elections recorded a good voter turnout and also 17 Panchayats went without elections due to threat from Maoists. Elections were called for these 17 gram panchayats in January but at around half-a-dozen places no nominations were filed. In the rest of places 70 per cent polling was recorded. Superintendent of Police (Rural) Vikramjeet Duggal has taken up a campaign to wean away sympathisers and urging Maoists not to go ahead with their call for poll boycott as the Girijans are keen to participate in elections.
As the ZPTC elections are approaching (there is no municipality in Paderu division) more trouble is suspected in the area and the local feel the real test is the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in May since the ZPTC elections are announced at a short notice. Maoists have considerable influence in GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, Chintapalli, G. Madugula, Pedabayalu and Munchingput mandals. The police have stepped up their preparations one month ahead of the elections, they are on the alert with reports of nine action teams of the Maoists moving around the Agency area planning to target former Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju and former MLC K. Sarveswara Rao and those wishing to contest the elections in May. Due to the threat, no nominations were filed for Injari and Ginnelametta MPTCs in Pedabayalu mandal.
The Maoists rarely attacked polling booths or polling staff. Such an incident happened in 1998 Lok Sabha mid-term elections at Saragudu. In 2004, they prevented the Telugu Desam candidates from canvassing. Additional forces have been sent to augment the greyhounds, Special Police parties and the CRPF while helicopters were seen flying over the area for the last few days. The police has sought five helicopters for the elections. Frequents checks are being conducted all over the Agency areas roads. The prevailing situation is tense but locals are used to it. The effectiveness of Maoists can be gauged by the number of candidates remaining in fray in the Agency area.
Police arrest Maoist, recover money in Jharkhand
Lohardaga, (Jharkhand), Mar. 24 (ANI): Police arrested a Maoist and recovered money in Jharkhand. Acting on a tip-off, police launched a search operation in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand . “On 21st March we got information that an active Maoist is coming to the town to receive money. We deployed a person to follow him and then he was arrested,” said Superintendent of Police, Mritunjay Kumar. The hotbeds of Maoists in the state are under tight security blanket due to the upcoming elections.
Meanwhile, in Jhargram, security personnel defused a landmine which Maoists had planted under a bridge. A landmine and a country made pistol were recovered by Jhargram police under Bansipol Bridge on Chakulia-Jhargram road of Jamboni police station area. Later India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bomb disposal squad was called to defuse the mine. “I saw many police officers at the bridge when I was going to office in the morning. Later, I came to know from police that a landmine was under the bridge. The police have blocked the road leading to the bridge,” said a resident, Anup Mahato. (ANI)
Bihar: Huge haul of explosives in Munger
In the run up to election, security forces on Monday recovered a large quantity of explosives and wireless sets from a place in the Maoist-affected Munger district. In another incident, police arrested a man from Uttar Pradesh and two arms suppliers with weapons and cash from a locality in Munger. Munger goes to polls in the second phase on April 17. The recoveries included 2000 detonators, over two dozen wireless sets, blankets, uniforms, Maoist literature and anti-malarial medicines, said IG (operations) Amit Kumar.
A joint team of CRPF, Cobra battalion, special task force and district police launched a major combing operation against Maoists in Barkhi Kandani hills of Bhimbandh forest, 25 kilometres from Munger district headquarters, where former Munger SP KC Surendra Babu was killed in a landmine blast in 2005. The recovery is significant, as Bhimbandh area is close to Jamui district, bordering Giridih in Jharkhand. On November 30, 2013, Maoists had attacked a running Sahebganj-Patna Inter-City Express train near a tunnel between Jamalpur and Ashikpur railway stations and killed three railway police jawans and looted their weapons.
Munger SP Barun Kumar SInha said bunkers of Maoists had been destroyed. “Search operation is still on. The force will stay in the hills overnight. We have sent a strong force of around 250 personnel,” he said, adding the three arrested with arms had been identified as Md Mustakim, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district, and two local arms supplier Md. Islam and Md. Jamshed from Chowk Bazar. Huge recovery of detonators from the area has authenticated police doubt about stockpiling of explosives by the Maoists in their areas of influence for disruptive purposes during forthcoming elections. The hilly forest tract comprising tri-junction of Jamui, Banka and Munger districts and is considered to be major stronghold of the maoists.
HC grants bail to alleged maoists
The Calcutta High Court today granted bail to three alleged Maoists who were arrested in 2012 by the Kolkata Police under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act. A division bench of Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice S S Sadhu granted the bail prayer of the three accused, noting that a chargesheet had already been filed against them and that they were in custody for 557 days so far. The accused are Abhijit Mukherjee, Sunil Mondal and Subhas Ray.
The petitioners’ counsel Shekhar Basu submitted that though a case under the Arms Act has been slapped against the accused, only leaflets were found in their possession. The prosecution counsel opposed the bail prayer on the ground that the accused were associated with Maoist activity and that they should not be enlarged on bail.
Red clouds over NaMo’s meetings on March 27
GAYA: With the CPI (Maoist) giving a 24-hour Bihar bandh call on March 27, Red clouds hover over the scheduled election meetings of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (NaMo) at Gaya, Sasaram and Aurangabad on that day. According to Gaya district BJP chief Jainendra Kumar, he would discuss the bandh issue with state leadership to assess the impact of the bandh on the election meeting. He virtually ruled out rescheduling/deferment of the meeting in view of the Maoist bandh.
The bandh call has been given by the Maoists to register protest against the ongoing police operation and killing of its activists at the hands of rival outfits allegedly enjoying tacit police support. When contacted, Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari said that Gaya Gandhi Maidan, the BJP meeting venue, was far away from the Red belt and as such, the bandh was unlikely to affect the meeting in any significant manner. But meet organizers expect participation of BJP supporters from all over the district and almost the entire Sherghati subdivision and part of the Tekari subdivision continue to have a significant presence of the Red rebels.
Moreover, during bandhs, the Maoists ensure that vehicles, including two-wheelers, do not ply on the roads falling under their area of influence. Under such circumstances, the less committed among the BJP supporters are unlikely to defy the Red diktat.
Jail inmates observe fast on Shahid Diwas
Fifty out of 63 Maoist prisoners led by veteran Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal and Mokhtar Ahmad lodged in the high-security cell of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribag on Sunday went on a fast to observe the “Shahid Diwas” in memory of Bhagat Singh, who was killed by the Britishers on this day . The jailor of the central jail said, “None of the fasting inmates had their breakfast and lunch and observed total fast to commemorate the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh inside the jail.”
Five Naxals nabbed from weekly market in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Five Naxalites were arrested from a weekly market in the insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Monday. Acting on a tip-off, the cadres were nabbed from Narayanpur police station limits by a team of local police last night, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told PTI. Based on information about some rebels having arrived at the Narayanpur weekly market, security personnel launched an investigation at the spot during which five suspects were held, he said. Later, during interrogation they admitted being involved in the movement, he said. Those arrested were identified as – Chamru Gota (26), Soma Salaam (50), Antu Korram (36), Soma Pattavi (48) and Jainu Gota (36).
INDIA: UNCERTAIN RELIEF IN NORTHEAST – ANALYSIS
..Other concerns also persisted. According to April 18, 2013 report, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was planning to strengthen its base in the Northeast. A six page letter sent to 13 States, by the UMHA on CPI-Maoist efforts to expand to new areas, noted that the Maoists planned to strengthen their Eastern Regional Bureau:
“The North-East is another region where the CPI (Maoist) is trying to spread its wings … with the objectives that include strengthening the outfit’s Eastern Regional Bureau, procurement of arms/ammunition/communication equipment.” The Maoist efforts to increase bases in the North East region are now directly supervised by Prashant Bose, Politburo Member and ‘second in command’ of the CPI-Maoist…