Peoples War in India Clippings 8/5/2014

Maoist set ablaze truck in Jamshedpur mining area


Naxal trap averted as15-kg bomb, ammunition was recovered in Jharkhand

Security forces on Thursday averted a Naxal trap as they destroyed a 15-kg improvised bomb in the West Singhbum district of Jharkhand. The incident occurred early morning when a squad of CRPF along with state police personnel was out on a patrol in the Karampada-Jambaiburu and Kiriburu forests of the district, officials said. A 15 kg claymore mine, six blasting triggers and four detonators were seized during the operation, they said. The improvised bomb was defused later and a possible Naxal ambush trap was averted, they said.

Naxals burnt down 417 vehicles in 25 years in Gadchiroli

Nagpur: Naxals in Gadchiroli district of east Maharashtra have burnt down as many as 417 vehicles, collectively worth over Rs 15 crore, in last 25 years as part of their anti-establishment operations, police said today. “The Maoists, who sneaked in the backward region of State in 1980, gradually resorted to violence and arson. They have so far set ablaze 103 trucks, 151 tractors, 26 road rollers and 33 tippers,” the Ant-Naxalite Operations (ANO), a specialized unit of Maharashtra Police, said today.

The total damage to vehicles stood at Rs 15,38,10,649 during the last two-and-a-half-decades. In an incident dated April 21, a group of ultras set three trucks and 12 four-wheelers, collectively valued at Rs 20 lakh, on fire between Sindha and Dodgiri in Aheri taluka of the district. Naxals also targeted the Border Road Organisation (BRO) whose mandate was to lay a national highway via Sironcha taluka. “BRO lost 15 trucks, 10 tippers and JCB machines costing Rs 1,47,45,000 during its camping here,” ANO said in a release. According to ANO, year 2009 was worst as a total of 49 vehicles were targeted. “While it was 30 vehicles in 2011, 28 in 2008, 26 in 2006 and 28 in 2013,” ANO added. PTI


Anti-naxal operation launched at Saranda

Jamshedpur : The police and paramilitary forces have embarked on a fresh anti-naxal operation at Saranda in West Singhbhum, the former rebel hub. The operation was started following intelligence department providing an input that an armed rebel squad of naxals had entered into the Sal reserve prior in view of visit of DGP Rajiv Kumar. The anti-insurgency operation is being carried out at Jeraikela and Manoharpur police station area in West Singhbhum, which is about 200 Kms away from here.

The police and para-military forces started an exercise of area domination by carrying out long-range patrolling of the dense forest in Saranda. The operation involves troops and officials of central reserve police force (CRPF), India Reserve Battalion (IRB), anti naxal Cobra force, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand police. The CPI-Maoist was formed in Saranda in 2004 by merging the then peoples war group (PWG) and Maoist Commst Center (MCC).

Hundreds of people including a large number of security personnel have lost their lives in several landmine blasts triggered by ultras in Saranda area in last one decade. Notably, Saranda was a liberated zone for Maoists till August 2011. They had established the headquarters of Eastern Regional Bureau ( ERB) of the outlawed outfit. The rebels used to run more than a training camps in core areas of the forest includi Bitkelsoya, Baliba, Thalkobad , Tirilposi, Bundijora and Ratamati.

About 10,000 CRPF personnel had participated in the last operation -Anaconda– which began on July 31 2011 and continued till September 1 this year during which the ERB headquarter was destroyed and all the training camps were razed. Spread over 855 sqkm, these villages with a population of 36,500 did not see any development ever since they came under the control of the rebels in 2000. Three banned organisations, CPI(Maoist), Kishan Krantikari Samiti and Nari Mukti Sangha, were running the show in the area, rendering it inaccessible for people and government officials.

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