Maoist wall posters reappear after 10 years
Undeterred by recent combing operations in the Nallamala forests after the arrest of Naxal leader Daragoni Srinu alias Vikram, Maoists pasted posters on the walls of government offices at Midgil in the district on Monday inviting people and supporters to attend the annual meeting to be held from July 28-Aug 2. Villagers and police were taken by surprise seeing the Maoists wall-posters after a gap of nearly a decade. The wall-posters were issued in the name of Mahbubnagar Maoist party and contained some crucial points such as invitation to people to join dalams, request to attend the annual meet, halt to construction of Polavaram project and warning to ‘coverts’.
For the last several years, there has been a lull in the activities of Maoists in the Nallamala forests covers two districts of Andhra Pradesh and Mahbubnagar in Telangana. However, since the gunning down of three naxalites by the Prakasam district police and the surrender of other leaders including Dharagoni Srinu alias Vikram, the Maoists stepped up their activities. It is learnt that a group of dalam members came to Midgil in the Kalwakurthy constituency and pasted wall-posters seeking the support for the annual meeting. It is also alleged that the Maoists were also on a fund collection drive. When contacted, Shadnagar DSP Dhronacharayalu said that the posters were pasted on MPDO and MRO offices as well as at bus stops by the Maoists but were later removed by the police.
15 D’puri Youth Get Bail in Naxalite Case
CHENNAI: Madras High Court granted bail to 15 youth, who were arrested by the Krishnapuram police in Dharmapuri district for offences under various sections of the IPC, Indian Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act. According to prosecution, prohibitory order under Sec 144 CrPC was promulgated in Dharmapuri district to prevent persons from participating in the first death anniversary of Dalit youth Ilavarasan on July 4 last. Satish and 14 others were arrested on the charge of violating the prohibitory order and obtaining arms training from naxalites Kalidass and Chandra with the assistance from ‘Thuti’, an organisation intended to educate Dalit youths.
Granting bail to them, Justice P Devadass pointed out that no weapon was seized from them. The petitioners seem to be misguided youth. “Some persons who are stated to be leaders, have misguided the petitioners, who are dumb-driven cattle. They are in jail for a considerable period,” the judge said and granted them bail. They should be released on their executing a personal bond for `10,000 with two sureties each for a like sum to the satisfaction of the Judicial Magistrate-II in Dharmapuri. They should stay in Tiruchy and report before the Contonment police daily at 11 a.m. the judge added.
The judge, however, refused advance bail to Madhan Raja, an advocate and Bharatprabhu, a Ph.d scholar in Madras Christian College who arrest under the same Acts. “Very serious allegations are made against the duo, who were alleged to be instrumental in misguiding the other accused to indulge in certain criminal activities. The investigation is going on and the possibility of their custodial interrogation cannot be ruled out,” the judge said and refused them any relief. The judge also refused bail to Santosh and five others, from whom lethal weapons have been seized by the police. The Collector had also detained them under the National Security Act on July 10 last. The judge, however, granted bail to the 7th petitioner Tirupathi.
Arms found in Maoist bunker
RANCHI: Giridih police on Monday found more than 50 countrymade guns and 15 rifles after destroying a bunker reportedly built by rebels in the Maoist-dominated Parasnath Hill, known for the Jain pilgrimage site Shikharji, which draws a large uge number of pilgrims every year. DGP Rajiv Kumar said police have recovered 50 countrymade guns, 15 rifles, a huge cache of bullets, four boxes of Maoist literature, a large number of detonators, among other things.
Incessant rains hamper anti-Maoist operations in Odisha
Koraput: Incessant rains have hit anti-Maoist operations in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts of Odisha, with security personnel finding it difficult to move in the forests with overflowing rivers, inundated tracks and thick undergrowth. Inspector General of Police (south-Western range), Y K Jethwa said, “Our regular anti-Maoist operations have been hit. We are now relying on only intelligence inputs.”
Maoists Racking Brains to Regain Grip over AOB
VISAKHAPATNAM: Top Maoist leaders are working on new strategies to regain their sway over the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and also Telangana pockets. They have come to a conclusion that they lost the confidence of the tribals along the AOB. After discussions and inter-party meetings, the top guns have found some lapses at their end and hence decided to take important measures to regain their grip over their ‘once strongholds’. Even as recruitment of cadre, rapport with tribals, procurement of modern weaponry and strengthening attack forces with three-layered security have been contemplated, the Maoists are learnt to have resolved not to kill innocent people in the attacks.
According to the prevailing conditions in the state and the neighbouring states, the Maoists have found that the AOB is the best location to strengthen their movement. After reviewing their existing strategies and the large number of surrenders in the recent times, the top Maoist leaders have expressed worry over their losing hold in the pockets of Visakhapatnam agency including GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, Paderu and Chintapalle areas. During the past five years, many hardcore Maoists and militia members from the agency have bid farewell to arms.
The Intelligence Bureau has already alerted the Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha police about the Maoists’ plans and possible counter measures. The IB has also informed that the Maoist leaders are on a serious recruitment drive and are threatening contractors, who had taken up various development works in the dense forest areas. Already, some contractors expressed their reluctance to panchayat raj engineering wing as regards undertaking further road works. “It is no surprise for the IB officials, who as part of their duty, have alerted the state police. During the past one decade, the Maoists have lost the confidence of the tribals despite the fact that they have sustained only with the help of tribals all these years. Against this backdrop, the police working in the agency have been on their toes,” a police official working in the Visakhapatnam agency told Express.