131 civilians killed in Naxal violence this year: Govt
Over 130 civilians and 61 security force personnel have been killed by Naxals in the current year, government told Parliament today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha that while a total of 131 civilians were killed in violence carried out by Left wing extremists between January and July 15, 2014, a total of 61 security forces personnel were killed in similar instances. Thirty-eight Naxals were also killed during the same period, while a total of 630 Maoist-related violent incidents were reported across the affected states, he said. A total of 809 Maoists were also arrested during the same period, he said.
Two police officers injured in Naxal firing in Gadchiroli
NAGPUR: Two sub-inspectors of police (PSIs) attached to the Sawargaon police station were injured when a group of Naxals opened fire in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra this afternoon. PSI Arjun Mohite and PSI Chandrakant Patil were rushed to the city for treatment, police said. A group of about 40 to 50 armed Naxals opened fire on police team, which returned the fire, police said.
MHA sniffs Maoist activities in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: Chew this: Maoists are having a field day in Hyderabad! If the Union home ministry is to be believed, Hyderabad is a Maoist-hit region. Though several states have been grappling with left-wing extremists (LWE), the anti-Maoist elite commando force Greyhounds has nearly wiped out the banned extremist outfit from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In 2013, CPI (Maoist) cadres resorted to violence in just two districts — Khammam (now in Telangana) and Visakhapatnam of united Andhra Pradesh. AP police had even won kudos from then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for containing the Maoist menace.
Recently, however, home ministry officials stated that Hyderabad and 10 other districts in united Andhra Pradesh had witnessed either Naxalite activities or violence. State police call it a ‘botched-up exercise’. The information was shared in Rajya Sabha in the form of a written reply to a question posed by a member requesting state-wise details of districts affected by Maoist/Naxal and terror organisations in the country. In the written reply, Union minister of state (home affairs) Kiran Rijiju said, “Khammam, Visakhapatnam, Adilabad, East Godavari, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Warangal districts witnessed either left wing extremist activities or violence in 2013.” However, the statement clarified that only Khammam and Visakhapatnam witnessed violence. “Some over ground/underground activities of LWE groups were reported from 182 districts of 20 states/Union territories in 2013. However, of the 182 districts only 76 districts witnessed LWE violence,” MHA officials said.
Let alone underground, state police officials dismiss that even considering Hyderabad as a place for overground activities was far-fetched. “It is mysterious on what grounds the districts are declared as Maoist-hit. As on date, Khammam in Telangana and Visakhapatnam in AP are the only LWE-affected districts. Even if the special infrastructure scheme (SIS) sponsored by the MHA is considered, Hyderabad is not a beneficiary,” sources in Telangana intelligence department told TOI, adding that they were not consulted by MHA officials. As of now, the only overground activity is that of Revolutionary Writers’ Association (Viplava Rachayitala Sangham, Virasam), whose members are branded Maoist sympathizers across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Till June 30 this year, according to officials, 16 persons were arrested, three Maoists were killed and a civilian also died in the two states. In the last four months, two important Maoist leaders, Gudsa Usendi and recently Chambala Ravinder, surrendered to the police.