INDIA: MAOISTS HANGING ON A THREAD IN ODISHA – ANALYSIS
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres abducted and killed a tribal, identified as Madan Hantal (35), of Karanjuguda village under Malkangiri Village-79 (MV- 79) Police limits in Malkangiri District on July 8, 2014. The Maoists had abducted Madan on July 6 and his bullet ridden body was found lying in a pool of blood a few metres away from the village. A letter left by Maoists at the spot declared that Madan had been ‘punished’, as he was passing information 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. Police denied the Maoist allegation that the deceased was a ‘Police informer’. On June 22, 2014, a civilian, identified as Ashis Saunta, was killed by about 15 CPI-Maoist cadres, branding him as a ‘Police informer’, in the Semiliguda Block of Koraput District.
Saunta’s family claimed he was targeted as he had motivated the people of the village to vote during the recently concluded State Assembly and Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), elections defying the Maoist poll boycott call. The Srikakulam-Koraput ‘divisional committee’ of the CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility of the murder. Earlier, on May 12, 2014, the Maoists had killed two local tribal leaders, identified as Taudu Pateli, a former sarpanch (head of panchayat, village level local self-government institution) and Baladaboi Simalu of Talagoluru village under the Pottangi Police Station limits in Koraput District, alleging that they were Police informers.
They were among four persons abducted by the Maoists on May 11, 2014. The two other abducted persons, included a sitting sarpanch Baladaboi Pati and Taudu Pateli’s wife, were released later. The Srikakulam-Koraput ‘divisional committee’, again, claimed responsibility for the double murder. According to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database, 18 civilians and eight Maoists have been killed in the State in 2014, till July 13.
Maoists getting support from European organisations, home ministry says
NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has said that the Naxal insurgent in the country is getting support from organisations located in Europe including Germany, France, Holland and Italy and the matter is being taken up on diplomatic level with these countries.
Two naxals including woman cadre held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two naxals, including a woman who was carrying a reward of Rs 2,000 on her head, were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district on Monday, police said. “While Rajkumari alias Bulki Netam (26), a member of Chema Janatana Sarkar group of the CPI (Maoist), was apprehended from Totar village under Mardapal police station limits, Raju alias Surendra (30), a member of Barda Janata Sarkar group, was nabbed from Bahigaon Khetarpal Road under Keshkal police station limits,” Kondagaon Additional SP Surjit Atri told PTI.
Netam was apprehended from a place of her relatives in Totar on a tip-off, he said. According to the officer, Netam has been active in the Red movement since 2007 and has been involved in several incidents of crime, loot, arson, murder, attacks on security forces and polling party and others. Surendra, who has allegedly been involved in the naxal movement since 2010, was arrested by a team of district force which was on an area domination exercise in Keshkal region.