Peoples War in India Clippings 20/4/2014

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Police seize landmine targeting security forces in Balaghat.


Tenant registration mandatory in Nagpur rural: Superintendent

NAGPUR: The landlords may face action in the rural district for not passing on the information regarding tenants at the local police station. The measure, already existing as a precautionary guideline, is a step to thwart antinational strengths and their sleeper cells operating from rented places under disguise. While the Nagpur rural police is gearing up to conduct a drive to enroll maximum number of tenants in their records, city police are yet to wake up to the need of the hour with threat perception rising every single day.

Though the system is also in place for city, there is little effort from the cops to enforce the norms. Apart from the private residences, rural police will ensure that hotels and lodges too strictly comply with the rule of sending information of their guests in stipulated pro forma. Superintendent of police, Nagpur rural, Arti Singh stated that the landlords need not come to police station personally, but can send the information through post.

“The interrogations of several top Naxals and terrorist cadres have repeatedly brought a fact to the fore that they had almost on all occasions stayed in some rented place or hotels after coming from outside before perpetrating the attack. Nagpur is a place whose mentions have resurfaced frequently in interrogations of Naxals,” she said.

“The antinational strengths have managed to spread tentacles to almost all cities including Mumbai and Delhi where the norms of informing police stations regarding tenants are being followed diligently. We do not want to take any chance and intend to follow the pattern in rural districts,” said Singh who had spent considerable time working in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli and Bhandara districts.


Two rival Maoist groups engage in fierce encounter at Palamu

A fierce encounter took place on Sunday between two rival ultra outfits near Phulwaria village in Palamu district bordering Bihar, police said. The encounter lasted for about three hours between Maoists and Trutiya Prastuti Committee cadres, according to a preliminary report, Dy SP Ajay Kumar said. Superintendent of Police YS Ramesh along with adequate security personnel rushed to the spot, Kumar said. A joint operation with Bihar has been launched to apprehend the militants, he said.

Red threat grips santhal pargana before election

DUMKA: After the two phases of Lok Sabha elections in the state got over, the Santhal Pargana -where the third and final phase of elections will take place on April 24 – is the place where all political activities are focused on. At the same time, Maoists are reported to have zeroed in on this region in a desperate bid to display their might. The rebels have failed to disrupt poll process in the rest of their strongholds in the last two phases.

According to the reports, security forces have not been able to sanitize the forests and Reds are still active in the rural pockets taking advantage of the rough and hilly terrain covered with deep forests. Even police have admitted that the movement of armed Maoist squads was noticed by them at different places in Dumka district in the past few days. “We have been receiving reports of movement of armed Maoist squads.

We have chalked out a strategy to sanitize the forests before the scheduled date of the LS election,” said Dumka SP Nirmal Kumar Mishra. Sources said movement of rebel armed squads was seen during Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) president Babulal Marandi’s election meeting at Pokharia village under Shikaripara police station area on April 17. “When Marandi was addressing the gathering amid tight security cover, armed rebels were seen on the top of the hill about 500m from the venue,” said a source.

Pokharia, a tribal hamlet on the foothills, has been one of the strongholds of the Maoists where the first ever encounter between police and rebels had taken place in 2007. Intelligence agencies, too, have alerted the security agencies for extra precautionary steps to be taken to ensure smooth conduct of the Lok Sabha election in Dumka and other rebel-hit districts in the region.

Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized in 3 districs

PATNA: Three teams of the special task force (STF) conducted raids in Khagaria, Buxar and Saran districts on Friday night and seized huge cache of arms and ammunition which were allegedly being used by members of banned CPI (Maoist) and criminals. The cops arrested Azad Paswan alias Bihari ji, a member of CPI (Maoist), from village Parasa Ganda under Sikraul police station area in Buxar district. IG (operations) Amit Kumar said Paswan was the secretary of the Sone-Vindhyachal zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist) group.

“The STF team arrested him with Rs 63,000 which was collected as levy from different persons,” he said. Ten cases in Buxar and five in Rohtas are lodged against Paswan. He was released on bail. During a raid in an area under Mufassil police station in Khagaria, an arms supplier Manoj Yadav was arrested. IG (operations) said Yadav was arrested from village Morkahi. The cops seized one country-made pistol and 400 rounds of live. 395 bore bullets.

He was wanted in several murder cases, the IG said. The third raid was conducted at Goswami Security Agency at Railway Wheel Factory, Chhapra, in Saran district. “Altogether 29 guns were found in their possession. Only 14 of them had licence. There was clear violation of Arms Act and Bihar Security Agency Regulations Act. A case has been lodged in this connection with Dariapur police station in Saran against Gaurav Goswami, owner of the security agency, and 16 others,” added the IG.

8kg landmine found in Ghatshila

JAMSHEDPUR: The district police recovered an eight kilogram live can bomb from Baghpathar village under Ghatshila police station area on Saturday. “The security team, consisting of the district police and CRPF, defused the landmine subsequent to its recovery,” said SP (rural) Shailendra Kumar Sinha.

The intensified anti-extremist combing operation, which commenced in the Maoist-hit areas of the Ghatshila subdivision ahead of the parliamentary elections, will continue for an extensive period, said police.

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