Anti-Naxal ops: Two BSF men injured in Odisha landmine blast
Two BSF personnel were on Friday injured in a landmine blast carried out by suspected Naxals in the Malkangiri district of Odisha. Officials said that a Border Security Force team was on an anti-Naxal operation task in the jungles of the district when an encounter took place between the personnel and the ultras. Two BSF men–an Assistant Sub-Inspector and a jawan– were injured after landmines that were placed alongside the track were blasted, they said. The incident occured around 0930 hours and the injured personnel were being evacuated by an IAF chopper, they said.
Poor roads cripple security forces in Maoist-hit zones of Chhattisgarh
A nexus between Maoists, construction contractors and government officials has hit the development of key infrastructure like roads in the rebel strongholds of Chhattisgarh, hampering anti-insurgency operations ahead of the polls. The abysmal condition of important roads has slowed down mobilisation of troops and proved a major handicap for security forces. A major national highway that runs through Maoist citadels in Sukma is virtually non-existent for about 80 kilometres.
Markets shut, vehicles keep off the roads during daylong Maoist bandh
The daylong bandh called by the CPI(Maoist) on Thursday crippled normal life in the hinterlands. The banned outfit had convened the bandh to protest against the killing of 15 commanders, including Lalesh Yadav, the spokesperson of the Bihar-Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) last year in March, by rival outfit, the Tritya Prastuti Committee. However, no violent incidents were reported from any corner of the state till the time of filing the report. The Maoists had put up posters and banners in several places of the state in the past few days, asking people to boycott the polls. Markets in Maoist-dominated areas remained shut while long-distance buses and other heavy vehicles stayed off the roads across the state.
Very few private vehicles were seen plying on the national highways. A large number of inter-city buses and inter-state bus were seen parked in various depots. Economic activities were brought to a standstill in Bermo coal belt of Bokaro district. “Our plant did not receive coal supply from the Central Coalfields Limited mines due to the bandh. We get around 7,000 tonnes per day from the coal company,” general manager of Tenughat Thermal Power Station Ramavtar Sahu said. Police vehicles were sighted escorting private vehicles in Maoist-affected areas of the states. To prevent any untoward incident during BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally, the Jharkhand Police had launched combing operations in Gumla, Chatra, Latehar and Palamu districts in the past three days. A red alert was sounded by the police throughout the state in view of the bandh. All district superintendents of police (SPs) were alerted and asked to increase patrolling and combing operations in Maoist areas.
Maoists lock up Jain temple atop Parasnath
A Maoists’ group has reportedly locked up a Jain temple atop Parasnath hill, about 75 kilometres from Giridih in Jharkhand, and warned the trustees of dire consequences if they continued hill cutting to expand the temple complex. The group has posted red flags and banners in the complex. The Parasnath hill is the place where Mahavira attained enlightenment and is considered very sacred by the community.
Giridih superintendent of police Kranti Kumar Gadidesi, said, “Yes, I am well aware about the situation and the authorities concerned have already been directed to act in accordance with the situation”. “The Maoists have sealed the ‘Chaprakund temple’, basically used by the Digambar sect of the Jain pilgrims as a transit point at the hill top. They have also put up red banners and posters warning the trustees to stop their anti -people or the anti -natural activities on the hill top. The Maoists have also mentioned the name of one of the Jain trustees and have written few poll boycott slogans”, a shrine board staff said on condition of anonymity.
Centre warns of Maoist attacks in Kerala
The Union Home Ministry has alerted the State police about the possibility of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) trying to create trouble during the Lok Sabha polls on April 10. Official sources told The Hindu here on Thursday that the Ministry had sounded the warning in view of the campaigning hotting up in the State. Armed cadres belonging to the CPI (Maoist) had earlier visited various Adivasi colonies in Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram and Palakkad at least 50 times after they were first sighted in Kanjirakolly in Kannur district early last year.
Inspector General of Police (Kannur Range) Suresh Raj Purohit, who is overseeing the anti-Maoist operations in the State, said that Thunderbolt commandos, along with the local police, were keeping vigil over suspected tribal regions. No sighting has been reported in north Kerala during the last one month, he said. He said that the police had no idea whether the Naxalites had receded into the forest in the wake of combing operations or whether they were waiting for an opportunity to strike. In any case, the police were on alert and forces were coordinating with their counterparts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Mr. Purohit said.
Reds paste anti-poll posters, circulate handbills in villages.
Within 72 hours of a joint meeting conducted by Jharkhand and Bengal’s police officers over controlling Maoist activities during elections, the rebels have thrown down the gauntlet to the cops. On Tuesday night, they pasted anti-poll posters and circulated handbills among people in over a dozen villages under Govindpur block around 15km away from district headquarters. The Maoists’ action has spread panic among the voters in the region.
The polls would be held here on April 24. The posters and handbills that have been issued by the Jharkhand Regional Military Commission – CPI(ML) have directed the villagers to boycott the election and drive out the ‘fascist’ CPM, Congress and BJP from the election field. In the posters, the Maoists have demanded release of their jailed leaders and workers, immediate ban on ‘Operation Green Hunt’, check on price rise, corruption and police atrocities on innocent villagers. An eyewitness said that a group of 25-30 people stormed into the village on Tuesday night and pasted anti-poll posters on the walls of houses, school buildings and at public places. They also distributed handbills in every house, he added. The Maoists pasted posters in Tilaiya, Gurga, Birajpur Chawk, Birajpur High School, Sadhobad, Barbadih, Kharni Vidyalaya, Aasbani, Yadavpur and Kharni More near GT Road.
Schools flouting agreement with outfit: Manipur Maoist
IMPHAL, March 27: The Maoist Communist Party Manipur has alleged that most of the schools functioning in the state are openly violating an agreement brought with the outfit in the year 2011. In a statement issued by the secretary, publicity and propaganda, Nonglen Meitei, revealed that ‘ceasing of religious related activities in schools’ was one of the key points agreed upon. Elaborating on the terms it said that the outfit restricted building of religious monument of any communities whether hindu, Muslim or Christian besides asking to stop indulging in religious activities. However, most of the schools have violated the term, it said.
Pointing out that Chatholic run schools are the main defier, it cautioned that the misunderstanding could snowball into unwanted consequences. Another issue that was deliberated upon was to exempt tuition fees and other fees for students from poor economic background adding that the same has not been paid attention to, it said. In an attempt to rectify the outfit visited several schools but two of the schools, Sisu Nisha Kiketan, Kwakeithel and Little Master Samurou, remained non-cooperative, it claimed. It warned of strong initiative against the Catholic schools and the two particular school mentioned. Meanwhile, it also informed that the outfit have appointed Keirenphaba Meitei as convener of its newly formed Finance Committee.
Maoist Threat Sends Hema Back
Meanwhile, Hema, who had gone to Narayanpatna to campaign on Wednesday, was told to go back by security personnel due to Maoist threat. Sources said a large number of posters of Srikakulam-Koraput divisional committee of Maoists was found in different locations between Laxmipur and Narayanpatna road. This is the main road for the political leaders to enter the Maoist hotbed Narayanpatna and Bandhugam blocks. In the posters, the Maoists threatened that they would take drastic action against the leaders who would not obey their diktat. Narayanpatna and Bandhugam come under Laxmipur Assembly segment.