Agency in panic as Maoists celebrate Martyrs’ Week
Visakha Agency, perhaps the only area in the State in which CPI (Maoist) has considerable presence, has been quiet as the annual Martyrs’ Week celebrations of the party commenced two days ago. However, the residents here are apprehensive that the Maoists would unleash violence after the celebrations are over. The panic has its roots in the reported entry of the party cadres from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Odisha States into the Agency around two weeks ago. Rumours are also flying that the cadres are being guided by Ravi, who is said to be heading the action teams, and Ganapathi, a Central Committee member who is the namesake of party’s general secretary.
Chhattisgarh and Odisha cadres who are known for their violence have become a cause of concern. Anticipating trouble from the Maoists during or post-celebrations, the police have reinforced its presence and seven additional companies of Greyhounds and paramilitary forces have been reportedly deployed in the Agency several weeks ago. The police have secured a major advantage before the martyrs’ week commenced by arresting Galikonda area committee member Chinna Rao a month ago. Chinna Rao allegedly made preparations for erecting a large sized memorial at Kumkukmpudi and has planned some other activities.
He has reportedly spilled the beans after being arrested and the party has changed its strategies. Though the main activity of the CPI (Maoist) during the Martyrs’ Week is to pay homage to its members killed in encounters, erect memorials, hold meetings in villages and go for recruitment, there is possibility of violence post-celebrations. Tension prevails Meanwhile, tension prevailed for a while at Chintapalli when a rumour went round that an action team was present at Antarla village, just two kilometres away. Local Sub-Inspector Tarakeswara Rao with a posse of policemen rushed to the area and conducted a search.
Three Naxals carrying a reward of Rs 5,000 held during combing operation
Three Naxals, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 5000, were arrested in the insurgency-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh on as part of intensified combing operation by police in the wake of ongoing “Naxal week”, a senior official said. “The three Jan Militia cadres of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) were apprehended by a joint team of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district police force from separate places under Bayanar police station limits,” Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri said. The arrests were made when the joint squad was conducting combing operation at Aadnar, Rengagodi and Permapal villages under Bayanar region, around 300 kms away from the state capital.
Maoists blow up CoBRA personnel’s house in Bihar
Aurangabad: Maoists attacked a village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district and blew up the house of a CoBRA personnel, police said Thursday. Aurangabad Police Superintendent Upendra Kumar Sharma said the banned CPI(Maoist) members raided Pipra village late last night and blew up the house of CRPF personnel Vinod Singh, who is currently posted at Barachatti in Gaya district as a member of Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). The CoBRA force is deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the state. “The Maoists threatened the family members of Singh and pulled them out of the house. They later laid explosives inside the building and blew it up. The house has been damaged,” said the SP.
The Maoists also shouted slogans against the government and CRPF before leaving. The pamphlets left by them at the spot claimed the action was in protest against the July 19 police firing at Madanpur in the district in which two person were killed. There was not report of any casualty. The SP said the police were conducting raids in and around the area after the incident. PTI
STF arrests two arms suppliers with Maoist link
Two arms suppliers suspected of having links with Maoists were arrested by Bihar special task force (STF) from a village market in Bihar’s Bhojpur district. The STF team raided Narayanpur Bazar area in the district following a tip off and caught the suppliers, including a woman, police said. The two have been identified and the man is suspected to be a Maoist. Two carbines were seized from them and the two were being interrogated.
Bihar: Maoist operative arrested for blowing up railway track
Aurangabad: The Bihar Police today arrested a Maoist area commander wanted in the blasting of railway tracks in the district from the Goh police station area of Aurangabad district. Representational image. Aurangabad Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said the arrested Maoist Siddharth Yadav alias Vikasji was wanted in the blasting of railway tracks on the night of July 22, in which the New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express had a close shave.
The pilot engine running ahead of the train derailed in the blast. Nobody was killed or injured in the incident. “Yadav is the area commander of southern parts of Aurangabad and was wanted in several other cases as well. A pistol and two cartridges have also been seized from him,” said the SP. Sharma also said the arrested Maoist became an area commander after his predecessor Kariman Yadav was nabbed by the police. PTI
Police, Maoists exchange fire in Telangana
Hyderabad: In the first indication that the CPI Maoist is trying to regroup in Telangana state, police in Adilabad district were on Thursday caught in an exchange of fire with the left wing extremists. Police said the encounter took place in Mangi forest area under Triyani Mandal this morning during a combing operation. This is the first such incident in many years. Bellampally additional superintendent Police Bhaskar Bhushan said that the suspected Maoists fled the scene after the encounter leaving behind 9 kit bags.
Police suspect that some of the militants were injured in the incident and they were continuing their search operations in the area. CPI Maoist state secretary Bandi Prakash was also believed to be among the Maoists present there. Bhushan said that the combing was intensified in the area in view of the annual celebrations of Maoists and people were asked not to venture in to the forest. Police had received a tip off that a group of Maoists had entered the district from neighbouring Maharashtra.
“During the intensified combing this morning, the encounter took place”, Bhaskar Bhushan said. The police have already sounded an alert in the district and asked elected representatives to be cautious in their movement. Adilabad was one of the worst affected by the Maoist violence before their presence was uprooted in 2005 from the entire state. It was in fact such an important hot bed for the Maoist that the reign of left wing terror and violence had started in the state with a dramatic landmine blast in 1987 killing a large number of policemen. In a related incident, Maoists installed a temporary “Martyrs Memorial” on a state highway in Khammam district and paid tributes there.
The memorial with a red flag was in Bandirevu under Bhadrachalam mandal. Police believe that this was also part of the annual celebrations of Maoists organisation. Earlier on June 19 neighbouring Andhra Pradesh had also witnessed its first major encounter in many years when police killed three Maoists in Nallamalla forest area on the borders of Guntur and Prakasham districts. Several other militants had managed to flee. Police recovered an AK-47 one SLR, carbines and a .303 rifle and explosives from the scene. Maoists have also indicated their presence in Mahbubnagar district by putting up posters in some of the villages recently. “All these happenings indicate that Maoists were trying to return and resume their activities in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It underlines the need for closer cooperation and coordination between the two states in tackling the menace”, said a senior police official.
Maoist posters put security on alert
JAMSHEDPUR: Several posters of Maoists were found in different places of the two adjoining districts of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan in the last 48 hours putting security forces here on alert. This is part of the exercise to make their presence felt during the ongoing Martyrs’ Week. A large number of posters were found at Patamda and Musabani in East Singhbhum. In Seraikela-Kharswan district, wanted Maoist leader Maharaj Pramanik, reportedly chaired a meeting of the local rebel squad members, in the dense forest cover of Darud village in Ichagarh block on Tuesday.
“Forces are on alert and anti-Maoist operations are being carried out extensively in the suspected areas,” said Seraikela-Kharswan police superintendent, Madan Mohan Lal. The police has intensified anti-insurgency drive in the Chowka and Chandil police station areas here, in particular. Police removed the posters and banners of Maoists, put up to challenge them, in the Musabani and Patamda block of East Singhbhum. At Ruklabera village in Patamda, bordering Bengal, posters against the Green Hunt Operation of security forces were put up by the rebels. They were torn apart by Patamda police station in-charge Yudishter Mahato.
The Red posters in Musabani carried messages against the alleged illegal land acquisition by corporate entities setting up steel and power plants in the Ghatshila subdivision. The posters also underscored the alleged injustice being meted out to local tribals by the UCIL in appointments. The district police has said anti-insurgency operations are also being carried out in the border areas of Bengal and Odisha to keep a watch on the movement of Naxalites who cross over to East Singhbhum for participating in the Martyrs’ Week programme. “Operations involving long-range patrolling of Maoist pockets across the hilly areas of Ghurabandha where, intelligence reports suggest, rebels could regroup during Martyrs’ Week have been intensified,” said a police officer of the Ghatshila subdivision.
Swiss National with Suspected Maoist Links is Student Leader from Geneva
A 24-year-old Swiss national, arrested in Kerala on Tuesday with suspected Maoist links, has reportedly been identified as a student union leader from Geneva. Jonathan Bold, whose last name still needs to be verified, was arrested by the police in the Thrissur district of Kerala. He was sentenced to a 14-day judicial custody on Wednesday, pending investigation and is currently lodged at the Viyyoor Central Jail in Thrissur.
According to Swiss news portal 20 Min, Jonathan, who recently finished his studies in Economics and Social Science, has worked as the secretary of the union for university students in Geneva. He is known for carrying out a major public demonstration over the increase in student fee in 2013. Reports in India claim that the police arrested Jonathan on Tuesday over suspicions of being a Maoist sympathizer. Jonathan holds a Swiss passport and arrived in Kerala on tourist visa.