Peoples War in India Clippings 25/3/2014

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Nine suspected Maoists held in Jharkhand

JAMSHEDPUR: Nine suspected Maoists, including four women cadres, were caught by security personnel during an operation in Dalma hill area in Seraikela-Kharswan district. “We have taken five men and four women into custody in Maoist-affected Dalma hill under Chandil police station last night,” Superintendent of Police, Madan Mohan Lal said. The arrested persons belonged to Richuguta in Latehar district and their interrogation was on, he said.

A new spokesperson for the Maoist party in Dandakarnya

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has appointed a new spokesperson in their stronghold, Dandakarnya in central India. Following their decade-old ritual, the new spokesperson has been named after the first tribal martyr in Dandakarnya in the 1980s, Gudsa Usendi. The previous Gudsa Usendi, alias G.V.K. Prasad, who surrendered recently, has been identified as a “traitor and class enemy” by Ramanna, the party secretary in Dandakarnya. Mr. Prasad is now staying with his partner and comrade Santoshi Markam and parents in the outskirts of Hyderabad city. Most of his time is spent in figuring out expensive medical treatment for Ms. Markam, who has been diagnosed with a severe heart ailment and Hepatitis C. However, Mr. Prasad has not faced any “rigorous interrogation” after his surrender, sources close to him told The Hindu recently.

The spokesperson of CPI-Maoist in Dandakarnya before Mr. Prasad, Katta Ramachandra Reddy alias Vijay, is still with the party and till few years back was looking after the North Regional Committee (NRC) of the CPI-Maoist, located above Indrawati river in south Chhattisgarh (Bastar Division). Recently, the party had reorganised NRC and renamed it as the North Regional Unified Command — combining all units of the party including mass front, militias and the army under one command. It is not clear whether Mr. Reddy is still in charge of the northern areas of Bastar Division or promoted to the highest body — the Central Committee.

In his first press release mailed to The Hindu, the new spokesperson explained why the party is observing a day-long bandh in Dandakarnya on 29 march. “The bandh is to demand the rights of the political prisoners in various jails of this country,” said Gudsa Usendi. To illustrate how political prisoners are treated in the jails Usendi has cited a few examples. “Party comrade Nirmalakka is in Jagdalpur jail for last seven years. In these years, she was charged in 145 cases. However, she was acquitted in more than 100 cases and that illustrates how people are booked in false cases in Chhattisgarh,” Usendi wrote.

“Moreover, thousands of tribal youth are arrested just for being located in conflict areas. In most cases hundreds of boys are jailed and are kept without a trial for years for crimes about which they are not aware of,” the spokesperson said. The spokesperson, whose identity has not been disclosed, has also said that the living condition of inmates in jail is getting “bad to worse” in Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas. The party is observing resistance week from 23- 29March. Interestingly, the press release added a postscript, “Educational institutions and health services are exempted from the bandh.”

Current polls will be most peaceful, says Adilabad Superintendent of Police Gajarao Bhupal

In the April 2004 general election, a contingent of 30 policemen on duty at the ‘inaccessible’ hilly polling station of Mangi in Asifabad Assembly constituency requested the Gond elders to spend nights in the police camp set up in the local ashram school. The security men wanted this to happen in the belief that presence of tribal people would be the deterrence that an armed dalam of extremists would never dare to ignore. Adilabad was not an isolated case but, the threat of Maoists disrupting elections was very real in other North Telangana districts of Karimnagar, Warangal and Nizamabad until that election.

There has been such a turnaround in the situation that Adilabad Superintendent of Police Gajarao Bhupal ventures to even claim that the current elections will be the most peaceful. The security forces in Telangana districts nevertheless, are not in a mood to take chances. They are taking adequate precautions to prevent, rather pre-empt any violence from Left-wing extremists. Election authorities are concentrating efforts on ensuring peaceful elections in Khammam which shares about 200 km of its border with Chhattisgarh and has 238 of the 2,259 being affected by Left-wing extremism, including the 140 which are located in Bhadrachalam Assembly segment alone.

According to Khammam SP A.V. Ranganath, a helicopter would be kept ready for use in contingencies. Among other measures to control naxalite violence was aerial surveillance of border areas and use of modern telecommunication facilities. Intelligence reports suggest that Maoists have deputed a dozen Action Teams to target politicians which will be countered by police Counter Action Teams. Already a tribal activist of the CPI (M) has been gunned down by the extremists in election related violence in Tummada of Chintoor mandal.

Four security personnel injured in two Maoist attacks in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Four security personnel were injured in Maoist attacks at two places in Jharkhand early Tuesday, police said. Maoist Guerrillas detonated a landmine at Potana jungle in Khunti district, around 70 km from Ranchi, early Tuesday. Murhu police station in-charge PK Jha and two constables were going to Potna village when their vehicle drove over the landmine, DIG Praveen Kumar Singh said. In the second incident, one policeman was injured in a gun battle with the Maoists in Garwah district Tuesday. The gun fight took place at the border the state shares with Chhattisgarh and lasted for three hours, the officer said.

One Maoist held in Jhargram, large cache of arms seized

A joint team of the CRPF and state police seized a large cache of arms and ammunitions and arrested one Maoist today from Shiyarbinda village of Belpahari area here, police said. The person identified as Jagan Tudu of Binpur’s Shurdiha, was arrested during a joint raid of the CRPF and the state police, they said. Interrogating Tudu, the 169 CRPF later seized a large cache of ammunitions including three locally made pistols, three .303 rifles, ten detonators, 108 live cartridge, 12 kilogrammes of RDX and 100 yard of electric wire, police said. Tudu was later produced at the Jhargram Court and sent for a seven-day police custody, they said.

Maoist camp in Sundargarh busted

Security personnel on Monday busted a Maoist camp at Nuagaon and Rehladu areas along the Odisha-Jharkhand border. Reports said the Jharkhand police and the CRPF personnel launched a combing operation in the border area following information about a Maoist camp being run by top Maoist leader Anmol Hembram inside a forest in Deogarh district. During the operation, the security personnel came across a Maoist camp inside the forest area located between Nuagan and Rehladu. However, by the time the forces reached the spot, the Maoists who had reportedly got advance information on the police operation had managed to flee the area with their weapons.

Police arrests Maoist in Jharkhand

Simdega, March 25 (ANI): Acting on a tip-off, police arrested a Maoist, identified as Sanju Pradhan in Simdega district of Jharkhand. Police recovered four mobile phones from him. Superintendent of Police (SP) Aseem Vikrant said that the arrested Maoist was on task of recce for observing troop movement in the region.

Maoist threat looms large over Magadh division

GAYA: Even though central forces have arrived in significant numbers for area domination, sanitization and demining operations and more forces are slated to come in the coming days, Maoist threat looms large over parliamentary elections to Gaya and Aurangabad constituencies scheduled for April 10. Naxalites, for over two decades now, have been using parliamentary and assembly elections for muscle flexing and money minting. Candidates, irrespective of the party tag, have been wooing the Reds for favours ranging from unhindered campaign to selective boycott in the areas having opponent’s support base.

In lieu of election-time help, the Naxalites get money and promise to help in future. In almost all the elections since 1991, the Maoists have resorted to violence and other headline-grabbing action. Two former MPs of Gaya have been killed by the Maoists in the midst of campaign. Whereas late Ishwar Chaudhary, three-time MP from Gaya, was killed during campaign at village Kathautia under Konch police station in 1991, Rajesh Kumar, who succeeded Chaudhary as Gaya MP, was assassinated in February 2005 assembly elections.

Besides mid-campaign assassination of two former MPs, the Maoists torched the campaign helicopter of the then BJP chief Venkaiah Naidu, made an unsuccessful attempt to blow the vehicles of the then DM Chaitanya Prasad and SP Sanjay Singh, virtually immobilized assembly speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary during 2010 assembly elections, laid extensive landmines to blow up poll parties, mostly on their return journey, tonsured campaigners and resorted to different action to play spoilsport during polls.

In the last few months, the Maoists, besides several minor operations, have executed three major attacks in which nearly one dozen police personnel lost their lives, more than half-a-dozen supporters of the now extinct Ranvir Sena were killed and 30 sophisticated assault weapons of SAP personnel were looted from a police camp under Goh police station in Aurangabad district. In the recent months, the Maoists have also organized a series of jan adalats to punish deserters and supporters of the assembly speaker, Udai Narain Chaudhary, who is contesting election from Jamui parliamentary constituency, having a strong Maoist base. A couple of deserters were instantly awarded death sentence by these Kangaroo courts in the Dumaria, Imamganj region of Gaya district bordering Jharkhand. A few days back, police officials of Bihar and Jharkhand organized a coordination meet to work out a joint strategy to combat the Red menace during the parliamentary election. The SHO-level cops too participated at the meet.

Varavara Rao Wants Ban on Maoists Lifted

A delegation led by Vipalava Rachayitala Sangham leader Varavara Rao has called on leaders of all parties and urged them to include in their poll manifestoes that they would lift ban on Maoist party. Speaking to mediapersons after calling on TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, Varavara Rao said since two states are going to be formed on June 2, we have made this request which is part of our charter of demands.

Four helicopters to be employed during polls

IMPHAL, March 24: At least four helicopters are to be used for transportation of EVM, polling personnel and for evacuating those injured during the Lok Sabha Election, 2014. This was revealed to IFP by a reliable source. According to the source, approval to allow four helicopters to be used during the upcoming 16th Lok Sabha Election has been given. Out of the four helicopters, two are MI 17s and another two are Chettaks. These helicopters will be used from April 7 to April 10 for transportation of EVM, polling personnel and for evacuating those grievously hurt during the poll.

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