493 civilians killed in Naxal-hit Maharashtra districts in 3 decades
Naxals, who set up a base in Maharashtra in the early 1980s, have killed as many as 493 civilians in the worst-hit Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Gondia districts of the state over the last three decades, police said. According to a release issued here by the anti-Naxal Cell of Maharashtra police, an overwhelming number of victims of Naxal violence were from Gadchiroli district alone (451). These civilians were killed between February 1985 and July 2014. The remaining victims were from Gondia (33) and Chandrapur (9), it said.
The ultras usually target those suspected to be police informers, as well as private contractors, ‘sarpanchs’ and other office-bearers of various local bodies like Zilla Parishads, government officials, among others, the release said yesterday. The civilian victims in these three districts included 206 suspected naxal informers, 188 ordinary citizens, 24 police patils, ten sarpanchs, five former ‘police-patils’ and 14 surrendered rebels. Naxal activities first found ground in Maharashtra at Gadchiroli. The left-wing ultras entered Lankachen village of Sironcha tehsil by crossing the Godavari river from Andhra Pradesh and formed ‘Sironcha dalam’.
According to police, 17 to 19 ‘dalams’ of Naxals, comprising 260 cadres are at present active in the Gadchiroli district. Ten civilians have been killed by Naxals in Gadchiroli since Janaury this year, officials said, adding the recent encounters with police had depleted the ultras’ strength to a considerable extent.
Police Release Photographs of 13 Top Naxal Leaders
HYDERABAD: Hours after Maoist couple K Ravinder and his wife Watti Adime surrendered, the city police released photographs of top 13 Maoists of the Central Committee and terrorists who are suspects in the bomb blast that occurred in the city. Police said the photographs of top Maoist leaders, carrying a reward of `25 lakh, were released in awareness programme on safety and security measures for hawkers and security guards pertaining to the Central Zone held at Red Rose function hall, Nampally. As many as 800 hawkers and security guards falling under nine police stations of the Central Zone attended the programme.
The police requested them to be alert and report suspicious strangers and unclaimed objects like hand bags and other things in their vicinity to the police control room by dialling 100. Hawkers and security guards were urged to identify terrorists by their clothes — untimely dressing like wearing a coat or jacket and other loose fitting clothes in summer to conceal weapons, etc — and mismatching number plates. A vehicle parked suspiciously for a prolonged period of time in a no-parking area should attract suspicion, police said. Officials promised to give them stickers bearing the phone numbers of concerned police officers/stations and urged them to paste the same on their push cart/ work place for immediate notice. Further, they were also to know the credentials of their neighbours and keep a vigil on the surroundings. After the meeting, the police officials distributed pamphlets containing the photographs of the terrorists and Maoists. They promised to be the caller’s identity secret in case of any information.
Alert in Bokaro as Reds seek support via posters
BOKARO: An alert has been sounded in the district amid Maoists observance of Martyrs’ Week from July 28 to August 3. Several Maoist banners were recovered from different places under Bermo subdivision on Friday, thereby prompting the intiation of preventive measures. Security in the district has been stepped up. The first such incident of Maoist actvism took place under Tupkadih railway station where the rebels littered pamphlets asking people to observe Martyrs’ Week. Commuters soon informed policemen about the development. Maoists also hung banners and threw pamphlets on Hirak Road in Red-hit Gomia block later.
There was also information of Maoist movement in areas including Upperghat of Nawadih Block. The Maoists observe the event annually to remember their comrades who died in police encounter. A senior police officer said that the precautionary measures have been taken while police stations are being alerted. Police have stepped up vigil and patrolling in sensitive areas. Meanwhile, CRPF officer said that they are conducting operation in naxal prone belts. Sources said, the security in the Jails of the district has also been enhanced and police personals are been directed to keep strict vigil on the Government buildings situated especially at extremist prone areas.
200 Maoists Sneak into Khammam Village, Erect Pylon and Retreat
BHADRACHALAM: In a daring and sensational act, 200 Maoists sneaked into Palagudem village in this district on Tuesday morning from the Bastar area in Chattisgarh — apparently after hoodwinking the large number of CRPF and Grey Hound forces deployed on the Telangana /AP-Chattisgarh border. According to reliable sources, the Maoists erected a ‘Maoist Amara Veerula Stupam’ (Maoist Martyrs’ Pylon) at the village as part of the ‘Maoist Martyrs Week’ in AP and Chattishgarh states, which commenced on Monday. They tied some banners nearby and scattered some pamphlets before fleeing to their hideouts in Bastar.
In the pamphlets, they demanded that the AP government should stop the ‘Green Hunt’ and abandon the Polavaram project to save the lives and livelihood of innocent tribals. While the Maosists successfully evaded the dragnet spread by the security forces on the border, no policeman visited the Palagudem village till Tuesday evening fearing that the Maoists might have laid land mines there. The Maoists also stuck wall posters of ‘Martyrs Week’ at Anjipaka in Dummagudem mandal and other places in Cherla and Venkatapuram mandals. Meanwhile, Khammam Superintendent of Police AV Ranganath, said that a high alert had been sounded and added that the CRPF and Grey Hound personnel had launched a combing operation in the forest areas on the Telangana /Andhra Pradesh-Chattisgarh border.