Nine Naxals nabbed in Chhattisgarh
Nine Naxals were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division on Monday while the `martyrs week’ announced by the ultras hit normal life in the area. Seven Naxals were arrested within Dhaudai police station limits in Narayanpur district when they were putting up posters and banners early this morning, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told PTI. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force and district police were carrying out combing operations in Dhaudai forests, 400 km from here, when it spotted the Naxals near Maharabeda.
The Naxals were putting up posters, banners appealing to the people to observe the ‘martyrs’ week’. The arrested Naxals are: Ghanriam Salaam (25), Bajju alias Dhallar (40), Shankar Salaam (20), Sheetu Sori alias Kamlesh (22), Shankar Netam (26), Lachhan Salaam (25) and Roopji (28), all natives of Dudmi village, the ASP said. Pamphlets, posters and banners were seized from them. These men were allegedly involved in murders, acts of arson, attacks on police, etc, he added. Baju was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head while Shankar and Roopji were carrying rewards of Rs 5,000 each on their heads.
Another two Naxals were arrested in Kanker district of north Bastar. Chamar Singh Boga (30) was held from Bhanupratappur region while Shivlal Dugga was arrested in Siksod police station limits today, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said. Security has been beefed up in the Naxal-affected areas, particularly in all the seven districts of Bastar division — Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker — in view of the so-called ‘martyrs’ week’ of ultras, which started on Monday. Typically, Maoists undertake recruitment drives in this period, apart from organising meetings and cultural programmes, a senior officer said.
The week is suppose to commemorate their cadres killed in encounters with security forces. Pamphlets and posters appealing to people to take part in the martyrs’ week appeared in Kanker, Sukma, and Dantewada districts. Railways would not be running the Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train beyond Jagdalpur during the week. Commuters will have to take a bus to Kirandul from Jagdalpur. Goods trains would go beyond Jagdalpur only during daytime, a railway official said.
Maoist Menace: Police Baffled as Tribals do a Backflip
MALAPPURAM : The Maoist issue is posing a grave and ongoing threat in this forest region of the state and the police are lost in a dark abyss as tribes are showing reluctance in passing information to the police regarding the movement of armed persons. The police force engaged in tracking down the Maoists mainly depends on the information they receive from the tribal colonies. But recently the tribes have become quiet to the point of extreme reticence in informing the police about the the deadly Maoist presence.
The tribes were very willing and cooperative with the police in the beginning to give information and it was immensely helpful to the police to gauge the strength and nature of the armed gang. The tribes also helped them to identify the key members of the Maoist gang that has found refuge in the dense forest. The police officials are clueless about the current disenchantment of the tribes with the police and their sudden dedication and devotion to the Maoists.
They fear the gang members have succeeded in brainwashing the tribals and planted vicious ideas in their minds using the Maiost propoganda. “It is learned that there was a class in Vaniyambalam colony near Nilambur on July 18 by an armed group. But strangely, the police got the information only a day later. The gang had also distributed notices to all the houses in the colony. We fear that frequent meetings of the Maoists with the tribes would definitely impact them in a negative way which would have serious repercussions. The delay in providing tip-offs and reluctance to cooperate with police are examples of it”, said sources in the anti-Maoist force wishing to seek anonymity.
The tribes are also open in admitting the fact that the government has betrayed them by giving empty promises. “The Maoists are giving classes about the indifference of the government towards the tribal community. They have to some extent succeeded in creating an image that they are their saviour who would redeem them from their present misery and that the government is their enemy. It is relatively a simple task to convince the tribes, who are already depressed with the attitude of government, with such kind of fiery speeches. The situation in the colonies will prove that there are some truths in what the Maoists are saying. There are no proper houses, roads, drinking water and electricity facilities in the colonies. The development initiatives to be implemented in the colonies sadly depend upon the will, wish and interest of the officials. They do not even ask the tribes if their needs are met”, Chitra, a Mahila Samakhya Savini belongs to Kattunayakan tribe in Appankappu colony near Nilambur told ‘Express’. The tribes have are also started bargaining with the police to repay them for the favours they receive at their hands.
They demand proper roads, electricity, food, garments, etc from the police. It is suspected that influence of persons outside the colony have brought about this change in them. The tribes have no loyalty whatsoever, to outsiders including the police. They will support anyone offering money and lend a helping hand to them as long as help arrives from any quarter. They will listen to the police and also to extremist groups without any hesitation. But we do not expect that the tribes would join hands with them in the near future due to their inherent laziness”, Perinthalmanna DySP K P Vijayakumaran, who is in charge of the forest areas in Nilambur, said.
Ahead of Mamata’s visit Maoist leaflets found in Purulia
Kolkata: Ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Purulia district, about 50 Maoist leaflets and banners calling to observe martyrs’s week were found Monday in Purulia, police said. The Chief Minister’s visit to Purulia is scheduled July 30. “The leaflets and banners were found strewn on a roadside in Bandwan Monday. The security has beefed up,” said Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Nilkanta. The check posts bordering Jharkhand are also being monitored, he said.
Six new BSF camps planned to combat Maoists in Odisha
“We want at least two new permanent BSF camps each along Malkangiri-Chhattisgarh border along Sukuma, Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border under Pottangi police limits in Koraput district and border areas of Rayagada-Kalahandi districts,” IG of Police (south-western range) Y K Jethwa said on Monday. As no permanent security camps were there along Malkangiri-Chhattisgarh border, Maoists were trying to gain control over the area and had increased their movement and activities in the past few months. Similarly, to restrict the movement of Maoists in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts, two security camps had been planned along the borders of the two districts, he said.
In Koraput district, the Maoists have found new areas of operation under Pottangi and Nandapur police limits which shared boundary with Andhra Pradesh. “Cornered in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon, Maoists are now starting to build up their movement in interior parts of Pottangi police limits adjoining Andhra Pradesh. One BSF camp at Ampaballi and another at Pottangi would strengthen our fight against extremism,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
Maoist network likely to grow in Odisha’s Kandhamal district
Contrary to hopes expressed by the state government and police bosses, the Maoists are continuing with their activities and spreading their tentacles across Odisha’s Kandhamal district even after the eclipse of the Odisha Maobadi Party and the arrest of its founder Sabyasachi Panda. The Kandhamal SP Kunwar Vishal Singh concedes that the Maoist groups from outside the state (Andhra and Chhatisgarh) have been operating in certain pockets in the districtand that explains why the police and the security forces have been conducting combing and search operations in those areas on a regular basis. According to top Kandhamal tribal leader and lawyer Lamodar Kanhar, although Sabyasachi Panda had formed the Odisha Maobadi Party he was not involved in any kind of activity generally associated with the red ultras in the last two years. ”
There is no reason to believe that the Maoist activities in kandhamal will stop with Sabyasachi’s arrest. On the other hand, the Maoist cadres from Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh have made inroads to the interior pockets of the district during this period and are being assisted by their local leader Nikhil. The only reason why the poor are getting attracted to these extremist ideology is poverty and lack of development. Unless these issues are addressed, the government will never be able to contain naxalism in Kandhamal,” Kanhar said. According to rights activist Narendra Mohanty, who has been taking up the cause of innocent persons dubbed as Maoists and charged with fabricated cases, said sheer use of force will not help prevent the left wing extremists from spreading their base in Kandhamal. “The state government needs to solve the basic problems and issues that a vast majority of people in this backward region face while taking on the red brigade,” he points out.
Maoists Martyrs’ Week in Odisha hits bus service
Bhubaneswar, July 28: Buses and trucks stayed off the roads in parts of Odisha as Maoists on Monday observed the beginning of Martyrs’ Week in memory of rebel leaders killed by security forces, police said. Passengers had a tough time especially in the southern districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Nabrangpur as jeeps, buses and other public transport vehicles did not run, fearing attacks by the rebels. Operators have kept their vehicles off the roads to avoid trouble, said Akhileswar Singh, superintendent of police of the worst Maoist-hit Malkangiri district. “Security personnel have been deployed in strategic places. We have strengthened the intelligence gathering to prevent any untoward incident,” Singh told IANS.