Top Kerala Maoist dies in blast
Kochi: The incipient Maoist movement in Kerala has suffered a major setback with the death of senior cadre Sinoj alias Rajan in an accident while handling explosive materials in the deep forests of Wayanad on June 16. Sinoj, one of the nine persons in the first lookout notice issued against the Maoists in Kerala by security forces, was a member of the armed platoon of the Western Ghats special zone committee of the banned CPI (Maoist). He was also in-charge of the political department of the Kabani Dalam operating in Kerala. His death was confirmed by Joji, spokesperson of the committee, in ‘Kattu Thee’ (Wildfire), a clandestine information bulletin brought out by the extremist outfit.
According to the bulletin, Sinoj died instantly in the impact of the explosion around 10.07 a.m. on June 16 and his body was blown apart. Hailing Sinoj as a role model revolutionary, the bulletin, however, regretted that “due to the hostile climatic conditions, we were unable to bring the body to his family members. The body was cremated in the forest with full military honours,” the bulletin said. Sinoj, a native of Pathankallu near Thalikkulam in Thrissur district, dropped out from college while studying for the final year degree course and became an activist of the Naxalite outfit in Kerala in the 1990s. He was associated with CPI-ML (Naxalbari) but parted company with them to become active in the erstwhile People’s War Group.
When PWG joined with MCCI to form CPI (Maoist) 10 years ago, Sinoj also became part of the new outfit. He was one of the first persons from Kerala to be provided with armed training by the CPI (Maoist) and was actively associated with armed squads of the outfit in Karnataka. His death has taken place barely one month after the merger of CPI-ML (Naxalbari) and CPI-Maoist.
Nallamalla encounter was fake, claim Maoists
Secretary CPI (Maoists) Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee Chandramouli termed the death of three Maoists in an exchange of fire with the police in Nallamalla forests on June 21 as a fake encounter. In a statement sent to media here, he claimed that the police had captured Maoists Ashok, Bharati and Vimala and tortured them before staging a fake encounter at Murarikurava Vaagu on the banks of Krishna river on the borders of Prakasam, Guntur and Mahaboobnagar districts.
He contested the claims of IG Sunil Kumar that the police had recovered an AK47, an SLR and a .303 rifle from the site of the encounter and that fourth extremist, Srinivas alias Vikram, was injured and had escaped. In 2006 when the CPI (Maoist) party decided to withdraw from Nallamalla after it had become weak there, Maoist Baburao along with Bharati and Vimala had decided to stay back due to sentimental attachment to the place.
They were working with the Chenchus there for the past eight years and helping rebuild the party base there. They were carrying only .303 rifles and tapanchas for their self defence and did not possess any automatic or semi-automatic weapons, Chandramouli said. The presence of the fourth Maoist, as claimed by the police, indicated that it was a stage-managed encounter, he said. Vikram had worked in the party in Mahaboobnagar and after his arrest the party believes that he had become an agent of the police.
After N. Chandrababu Naidu took over reins, the government resumed its pro-World Bank stance and decided to crush the Maoists. The encounter was a part of the plan, AOB SZC secretary claimed. On the one hand the police adopted repressive measures against the Maoists and on the other Deputy Chief Minister Chinna Rajappa was inviting Maoists to come for talks. The Telugu Desam Party leaders and Mr. Chandrababu Naidu would have to pay for the fake encounter killings of Maoists, he said.
Reds kill tribal in Malkangiri
KORAPUT: Maoists murdered a tribal in Malkangiri district early on Tuesday, on charges of him being a police informer. The deceased was identified as Madan Hantal, 35, of Karanjuguda village under MV 79 police limits. Police said Red rebels abducted Madan from his village, about 70 km from Malkangiri, two days ago and on Tuesday villagers spotted his bullet-ridden body lying in a pool of blood a few metres from the village. “The Maoists have fired on him from a close range,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh. A letter recovered from the spot reveals that Madan was punished as he was passing information against the rebels to police. “We had warned Madan many times to maintain distance from police but he didn’t listen to us. Anyone who will try to act as a police informer will meet the same fate,” the one page letter read.