Three naxal commanders held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Three naxals commanders, one of them carrying a reward on his head, were today arrested from separate places in insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres- Badru alias Kariya Hemla (28) and Vatti Rama (30)- were apprehended from a weekly market of Bhairmagarh this morning, Bijapur Deputy Superintendent of Police Sukhnandan Rathore said. Acting on a tip-off about the movement of senior rebel leaders in Bhairamgarh area, a team of local police was mobilised in the region which rounded up the duo from the spot, he said.
Mirtur LOS (local operation squad) deputy commander Badru was involved in several deadly naxal incidents, including killing of a police jawan in Mirtur weekly market and murder of a constable after abducting him in Bhairamgarh area last year besides firing on Madanwada police camp this year, the DSP said. “He was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head,” he added. While, Vatti Rama, a Dodum militia platoon commander was involved in several offences, including loot, arson and murder in the region, he said. In a separate incident, Talikod militia platoon commander Balram Tamo (28) was held when he had arrived at Nelnar weekly market for purchasing essential commodities ahead of the monsoon for the rebel groups, he said. He was produced before a local of Bastar which sent him to jail on judicial remand, he added.
Fresh blueprint to fight Naxals
Posing a huge security challenge before the BJP government, the CPI(Maoist) is closing in on Bastar making it the epicentre of the militarised People’s Guerrilla Army of the outfit. Fresh intelligence reports reveal that in Chhattisgarh, the Maoists have stationed two military battalions, nine military companies, 56 independent military platoons of which 23 are operating in Bastar alone. In all, there are 7,000 trained armed cadres and 40,000 janmilitia members operating in Chattisgarh.
‘Naxals learning to escape air raids’
Maoists’ military wing units have been undergoing training in jungles of Abujhmad, a densely forested belt extending from Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region to Gadchhiroli in Maharashtra, to develop skills to escape air raids, if launched by the security forces in the future, intelligence sources said on Tuesday. Sources said the first batch was given training in Abujhmad jungles on April 23, 2013. Members of different military wings of the banned CPI(Maoist) have been imparted training in phases since then in the area, considered a Naxal stronghold.
“Prominent among the leaders who were spotted taking training in the first training session included local district janata sarkar (rebels’ government) president Radhika, rebels’ intelligence wing in-charge in north Bastar division Sunil, Kutul area committee secretary Renita, and local agriculture division chief Ranader. Madh-north Bastar division committee secretary Rajman, alias Keye, was given the charge of organising the training camp,” intelligence sources told this newspaper. “A booklet titled Jawabi Karbai Ke Liye Madh Mein Training (training on counter-attack in Madh) has been circulated among the trainess in the camp. Another book Air Defence Class Notes have been in the curriculum of training classes,” sources disclosed.
Push for Maoist cases post-Ghasi conviction
KORAPUT: Upbeat over the recent conviction of Maoist leader Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi (47) for possessing arms and attacking police in 2011, Koraput police are contemplating to pursue cases of all important Red leaders till they are prosecuted. “We hope the conviction of Ghasi will act as a deterrent to those indulging in Maoist violence in the state. All steps will be taken to ensure that ultras, who are facing trial, get convicted,” said IG (south-western range) Yashwant Kumar Jethwa. Police said at present, around 25 wanted extremists are lodged in various jails in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts. Sources said Ghasi is perhaps the first case in last several years where a Maoist leader was found guilty. “In most of the cases, Maoists are acquitted as witnesses turn hostile in courts for various reasons. But now onwards we will try to motivate our witnesses to stick to their statements in courts and provide them security, if needed,” the IG said.
Additional district and sessions judge of Koraput Pradeep Kumar Mohanta on Tuesday sentenced Ghasi to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. He was the commander of Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist) and carrying a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. Ghasi was arrested by Koraput police near Semiliguda in April 2011. Police have also planned to review petty cases filed against tribals and locals, who are languishing in several jails as undertrial prisoners (UTPs) since long, after being arrested for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities. “We have listed at least 60 people, who are in Koraput jail for their alleged link with the outlawed organization. We are lining up legal assistance to speed up the trial process in their cases,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.