Maoist Party to restrict commercial vehicles in Manipur
The Maoist Communist Party (MCP) in Manipur has announced that buses, trucks, oil tankers and other commercial vehicles will not be allowed to ply from April 4 to April 8. A press statement by the proscribed outfit says that auto rickshaws and other small passenger vehicles will be allowed and there will no restrictions on vehicles plying for socio-religious functions. The MCP statement said that the idea is that the polling personnel and polling materials should not be transported to polling stations for the reserved seat.
The constituency goes to polls on April 9. There will be similar restrictions for the general seat where the polling will be held on April 17. The government shall be requisitioning buses, trucks and other vehicles for transporting polling personnel and other materials and the MCP is determined to obstruct it. If the vehicle owners ply their vehicles in defiance of the ban order they will be made accountable even after the elections. Meanwhile, police and paramilitary forces have been tightening security measures to ensure that there is no law and order problem in Manipur during the elections. There are surprise raids here and there for frisking the youths. Those who cannot produce their identity papers are taken to police stations for further verification. However, there has been no report of any arrests in the area.
Candidates unable to campaign despite protection
April 2, 2014 Iboyaima Laithangbam Imphal, April 2: In view of the ban imposed by some rebel groups, candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election have not been able to launch house-to-house campaigns and address election meetings in a big way. The MLAs and the candidates have been given seven armed paramilitary personnel as guards. But past experience has shown that the seven personnel can at best give psychological comfort since the guerrillas could strike at will.
In most cases these personnel were disarmed without firing a single shot. The usual rule of the government is that a Minister, MLA or official getting armed guards should inform the police in advance so that additional personnel could be given if they plan to go to different districts. Since there is a shortage of security personnel it is not possible to arrange such visits for the MLAs and candidates. The Maoist Communist Party has said that the Indian election is not needed.
The United Revolutionary Front too has been boycotting visits of national leaders by imposing general strikes saying that elections are not needed, as the basic rights of the people are being suppressed by deploying army everywhere in the State. The Kuki National Army (Indian) has banned the Congress in all the five hill districts. It is a known fact that there will be bloodshed if electioneering is done defying these ban orders. Meanwhile, police and security forces are keeping their fingers crossed since more underground organisations may impose such bans. In the 2012 Assembly elections, the CorCom, the apex body of the six underground organisations in Manipur, imposed a ban on the Congress.
The militants opened fire killing some and injuring others. However, the Congress bagged 42 seats in the 60-member House. Most of the tribal candidates could not go to their constituencies in the hill districts due to security concerns. They stayed at safe places and their trusted associates carried on campaigning. The situation is not different this time since the seven paramilitary personnel given to each of them are sitting ducks.
30-kg can bomb found in forest
Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Apr 2 (PTI) A powerful can bomb planted on a road was today recovered from Gundijora village under Jaraikela police station in naxal-affected West Singhbhum district. Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh said the 30-kg can bomb was planted on a kucha road to target security personnel ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. It was recovered when CRPF and District Armed Police personnel were on routine patrolling in the naxal-affected Saranda forest. The explosive was defused by the bomb disposal squad.
Maoists Beat Up Samajwadi Party Activists in Jharkhand
Two workers of the Samajwadi Party were severely beaten up today by the Maoists when they were holding a meeting at a village in the Latehar district, the police said here. Dipu Sinha and Vinod Yadav were admitted to a hospital after the rebels attacked them with pipes while they were holding a meeting under Chandua police station area, the sources said. They let them off after a warning that if they found them in the area again, they would “burn them alive”, the police said quoting the victims’ complaint.
The rebels also thrashed another SP activist Naval Kishore Yadav. Ranjan Yadav, who according to the police records, has naxal-related charges against him, is contesting on a SP ticket from the Chatra LS seat. Latehar comes under the constituency and his supporters were holding the meeting.
Maoist threat keeps politicians, voters away from Narayanpatna
The tarred roads snaking to the Maoist hub of Narayanpatna block in Koraput district have more BSF jawans on it than the election posters of BJD, Congress and BJP put together. In the interior parts of Koraput, posters from Maoists have sprung up asking people to boycott polls. In the Maoist affected cut-off area of Malkangiri district, the posters of all political parties are conspicuously absent in the villages, while no villager remembers seeing any candidate ever since nominations were filed.
In the Bondaghati area, another Maoist–affected area of Malkangiri housing the very primitive Bonda tribes, people are not sure whether they would vote, as no politician has come seeking their vote. As the Maoist-affected southern Orissa districts of Malkangiri and Koraput go to polls on April 10, there is hardly any semblance of an Assembly and Lok Sabha election happening in the red corridor. In Narayanpatna block of Koraput district, which was about to become Orissa’s Lalgarh 4 years ago, there are a few odd posters of BJD and Congress in the interior panchayats of Talagumandi and Podapadar. 25-year-old Zilla Parishad member Juro Mouka, who won in 2012 panchayat polls backed by the Maoist frontal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh, said every candidate wanted to give Narayanpatna a miss. “We are not sure if we want to vote. Though this time there are no Maoist diktat asking us not to vote, we don’t know if we would vote. All political parties have disappointed us,” said Mouka.
Armed forces to guard polling booths in Maoist-hit constituencies
In view of the Maoist threat to disrupt Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, armed security forces will be deployed for the first time at all polling stations, an official said on Wednesday. Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakshmanan said all 59,807 polling stations for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state will have armed security forces during the six-phase polls. “One thing is clear, all polling stations will have armed security guards,” the election officer said. Lakshmanan said there would be adequate number of central para-military force (CPMF) personnel in Bihar for the polls. According to officials, more than 60 companies of CPMFs and the entire police force will be at the disposal of the state for deployment at the six Maoist-affected seats that will go to polls April 10. The BSNL has vowed to increase coverage of existing mobile phone towers in the region.
Besides, the department of telecom will also provide closed user group SIM cards to supervisory officers of security forces. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has also requested the Maoist affected districts to provide survey maps for officers of the paramilitary force. Inspector General (Operations) Amit Kumar said police will use helicopters to keep a close watch on Maoist activities. The six Maoist-affected constituencies are Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Karakat, Jamui, Gaya and Sasaram. Maoists have already put up banners and posters appealing to people to boycott polls or be ready to face dire consequences.
Maoist literature surfaces
A bunch of wall-posters, written in the name of Maoist Venkatapuram area committee, surfaced near Suraveedu and Vijayapuri colony in Venkatapuram mandal on Wednesday. According to sources, some wall-posters found scattered near Suraveedu along the road leading to Kothapalli, a Maoist affected village in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh State, in the afternoon. The posters reportedly contained slogans urging people to boycott the upcoming general elections. Similar wall posters were surfaced at Chinamidisileru village in Charla mandal in the same Bhadrachalam division in the small hours of Sunday.
Suspected Maoists open fire at officer in Bengal
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at the subdivisional police officer (SDPO) of Jhargram on Tuesday night triggering a spectre of fresh Maoist activity just before the Lok Sabha elections. Jhargram was a hotbed of Maoist activity that tore apart this district making it one of the rebel sanctuaries in the country a few years ago. The incident comes as a surprise for the district police, as an incident like this has not taken place in Bengal for the past few years.
Police sources told HT that the SDPO, Vivek Verma was returning at 3 am from work at Belpahari, in the same district, when bullets were fired at his car. However, the bullets missed their mark. “The incident took place at Jugalpahari, an area very close to the Bengal-Jharkhand border. We are suspecting Maoists behind the incident. A probe is on,” said Bharati Ghosh, superintendent of police, Jhargram police district.
Ghosh confirmed the police has seized a landmine, two single barrel guns, one 9 mm pistol, some cartridges including one of AK 47 assault rifles. Though the rebels were decimated in Bengal following the death of CPI(Maoist) leader Kishenji in November 2011, security forces kept saying they could not be eliminated completely and squads from Jharkhand used to cross over to Bengal intermittently. On Tuesday some arms were also recovered from the Sarenga area of Bankura. Over the past few weeks, the police have made some sporadic recoveries of arms and ammunition from West Midnapore district.
Maoist kills tribal man in Odisha branding him as police informer
MAOIST rebels have reportedly killed a tribal man while suspecting him to be a police informer in the cut-off region, on the other side of Chitrakonda reservoir late night on Tuesday. A group of rebels were killed Raju Hantal of Ralegada village on the charges of being a police informer last night, Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh told. Neither the police had rushed to the spot nor the body was recovered, Singh added.