Civilians killed in Bastar encounter, say Maoists
Deny police claim that 11 of their men have been killed
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has denied the claims of Chhattisgarh police that 11 Maoists were killed in an encounter in Ramaram village in Sukma district of Bastar on July 28. A press statement, issued by the South Bastar Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist), claims that security forces “attacked” Ramaram village in the morning of July 28 and destroyed a ‘martyr memorial’ built in the village.
“The security forces then opened indiscriminate fire on the villagers who were busy with their routine chores. They (security forces) fired mortar shells on the villagers killing Vetty Adme, a villager of Ramaram and Madkam Idmal of Pidmed village,” said the press statement signed by Ganesh, the secretary of the South Bastar Divisional Committee. The banned outfit claimed that Madkam Idmal was a civilian villager and that his body was taken away by the police who later declared him a Maoist.
The Maoist press note also claimed that no Maoist was present in the village when the security forces “attacked” the village. “But after receiving information about the attack on the village, a team of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) reached the spot and forced the security forces to flee from the spot. We also managed to hurt three policemen,” said the press note and appealed to journalists and intellectuals to come to the spot for verifying facts.
The Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar range, S.R. Kalluri had claimed on July 30 that “11 Maoists” were killed in a joint operation by the CPRF, COBRA and district police near Ramaram village on July 28. H.S. Sidhu, CRPF IG (Operations) in Chhattisgarh, had backed Mr. Kalluri saying “10 to 12 Maoists” may have been killed in the encounter. Sukma District Superintendent of Police (SP) D. Shrawan had also stated that “at least five to six Maoists were killed in Ramaram” on July 28. The Maoists’ press note also criticised the Narendra Modi Government for allowing Raman Singh government to heavily deploy security forces in Bastar.
“Bastar has become a camp of security forces which has hampered the day to day lives of the people living here,” added the Maoist press note blaming the newly appointed Bastar IG Mr. Kalluri for his “brutal ways of functioning”.
Uttar Pradesh: Explosives seized in Naxal-hit Mirzapur
New Delhi: Explosives were today seized and two persons arrested during a raid in Ahraura area of this Naxal-hit district in Uttar Pradesh. Acting on a tip off, a raid was carried out during which 2,160 gelatin rods and 3,000 detonators were seized, police said. Two persons have been arrested and were being interrogated in connection with the seizure. A jeep was also recovered from the spot and it is suspected that the vehicle was used to transport the explosives, it said.
There have been several instances of recovery of explosives over the last several months in Mirzapur, which is a Naxal affected area. Following recovery of explosives, District Magistrate Anil Dingra and SP R S Yadav have reached the area.
Maoist commander held in Odisha
Security forces have apprehended a local Maoist commander and recovered a haul of ammunition from Odisha’s Koraput district. The arrest was made yesterday in Burgi police station area of Narayanpatna in the district, when a Border Security Force patrol was out for an anti-Naxal operation. A senior official said the force, along with state police, apprehended the wanted local Maoist commander, Katru Tadingi (30), from his hideout and recovered explosives weighing 5kg, detonators, live rounds of .303 and a good quantity of electronic items used to make bombs. Tadingi has been handed over to the local police for further interrogation, the official said.
3 Maoist Guerrillas Held in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker District
Three guerrillas were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district today, the police said. While two Maoist cadres namely Chaituram Budhram (48) and Maniram Sukhdev (53) were apprehended from Siksod police station limits, another Maoist Sohan Shyamlal Netam (30) from Bhanuprtappur region was nabbed by the district force, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI. Acting on a tip-off about Maoist presence in these regions, police teams undertaking combing exercises, swung into action and nabbed them, the SP said. Allegedly, they were involved in various offences, including arson, damaging public property, abduction, brawls and others, he said, adding that they are being interrogated.
Jharkhand Maoists Intensify Fight against PLFI
ROURKELA: Members of the Jharkhand-based CPI (Maoist) outfit renewed their fight against PLFI, the splinter Maoist group. Sources said the Maoists had put up banners and posters in Chakradharpur and nearby areas, including Manoharpur under West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, warning the PLFI members of dire consequences for indulging in criminal extortions. The propaganda material also exhorted the local villagers to unite against PLFI goons and punish them with the help of Maoists.
They criticised the PLFI members for forcing rural shopkeepers, anganwadi centres, contractors and industrialists to dole out money in the name of Maoists and threatened them of dire consequences. The Jharkhand-based Maoists are on a warpath with the PLFI members and several bloody clashes in the past have seen casualties from both sides in the neighbouring State. Sources said about 175 kilometre stretch from Bisra to Talsara in Sundargarh district is infested by the members of PLFI outfit.
Timber mafia shown Red card in Koraput
KORAPUT: Maoists have warned the timber mafia against felling trees in Koraput district. They have put up posters and banners at several places under Lamataput block in this connection. “Some timber mafia in connivance with officials are indiscriminately felling trees in Lamataput forest range. We have asked them to stop their illegal activities, failing which they would be punished. Forest officials who are hand in gloves with the timber mafia will also be taken to task,” read a Maoist banner at Gunaipada on Saturday, the sixth day of the Martyrs’ Week which the Maoists are observing since July 28. The Maoists have also asked villagers not to cut trees.
The depleting forest cover has turned to be a major concern for them because without thick green cover they face difficulty in hiding in deep forests and organise camps. The rebels have warned the timber mafia and the villagers against felling trees. They alleged the tribals were being harassed by BSF personnel and warned of retaliation. Police said the Maoist banners and posters have been seized and no untoward incident was reported. “Putting up posters and banners is the handiwork of some local Maoist supporters. At present, the situation is under control. Our men are on high alert and all required security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident during the Martyrs’ Week,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
Maoists postpone general strike
IMPHAL, Aug 3: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has postponed its August 5 general strike considering the present movement of the public led by the meira paibis, said a press statement of the outfit. It said the general strike was called against the malpractices committed in the Agriculture department. The statement has further claimed that the outfit triggered the bomb blast at the residence of Agriculture department officer Kshetrimayum Gopendro of Wangkhei Lourembam Leikai on August 1 night. The outfit has also claimed another blast the same night at the residential gate of Social Welfare deputy director Ranjana Devi.