Woman naxal carrying reward arrested
A woman naxal carrying a reward of Rs 1.1 lakh on her head was today arrested by police in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh. Shyambati alias Pramila (30) was held by a police team from Fafadih area here. She had come to Raipur for medical treatment. According to the police, Pramila was part of urban network of ultras and it was suspected that she was in contact with senior naxalite leaders. Police are on high alert following her arrest, in view of the approaching Independence Day.
Government announces up to Rs 1cr for info on Naxals
To step up pressure on the Naxal-infiltrated districts of Maharashtra, the state government on Friday announced lucrative cash rewards up to Rs 1 crore for information about various cadres of extremists. For the first time in the history of Maharashtra, such a big sum was announced for the informers for helping the government in nabbing Naxals. The cash reward will be paid to informants if the information provided by them helps in nabbing or killing the wanted Naxalite.
The reward has been divided into various categories based on the cadres that exist in the Naxal groups starting from `2 lakh up to `1 crore. “This is the best cash reward being announced by any state in the country. No other state is paying so much to any informant. I will term it as a bold step taken by the Maharashtra government,” said Amitabh Rajan, additional chief secretary for home. The state home department has even issued a Government Resolution (GR) for immediate implementation of the new reward scheme. According to the decision, an informant would be given a cash reward of `1 for helping in nabbing a general secretary or politburo secretary of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (a banned Naxal outfit). The cash reward is applicable only for Naxal infested Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur, Nanded, Yeoatmal and Bhandara district.
Breakdown of the prize
60 lakh Politburo member, regional buro secretary and secretary of central military commission
50 lakh Central committee member, regional buro member and equivalent cadres
25 lakh Special zonal committee member, state military commission member, state committee member and equivalent cadres
20 lakh Divisional committee secretary, company dalam-incharge, company dalam commander and regional military command member
16 lakh Divisional committee member
12 lakh Platoon committee member and so on
Intel agencies caution government over drop in Naxal activities
Even though intelligence agencies often caution the government well in advance regarding the subversive activities of terror outfits, interestingly this around they have done so for the lack of it. Central intelligence agencies have in a recent report to the Centre expressed concern over the sudden drop in Naxal activities over the last few months fearing that the Maoists might be planning a major operation against the security forces.
Though normally there is a drop in Naxal activities during the monsoon season but not to the extent being witnessed now. What is even more baffling for security and intelligence agencies is that no major operation has been carried out against the Naxals so they have not faced any major reverses and their cadre strength still remains intact. Despite this, the Naxals are believed to be lying low and this is now being interpreted as a tactical ploy to strike back hard.
CRPF jawan killed in encounter with naxals
Raipur, Aug 9: A CRPF jawan was killed today in an exchange of fire with naxals in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The incident took place at Murdanda village under the Avapalli police limits when a CRPF patrol team from 168th battalion were proceeding for a road-opening, and naxals opened indiscriminate fire leaving one jawan dead, DIG, SIB of Chhattisgarh police Dipanshu Kabra told PTI. The security personnel also fired in retaliation. The face-off continued for a while following which jawan Jignesh Patel was killed on the spot. Meanwhile, additional forces have been rushed to the spot and anti-naxal operations have been intensified in the Maoist-infested area following the incident.
14 Naxalites killed in group rivalry in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Around 14 Maoists belonging to Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a breakaway faction of the CPI Maoists, were killed in a fierce gunbattle with the CPI Maoists rebels in Kauriya village in Palamu district on Saturday, according to Jharkhand police. Police have not been able to find out if anyone belonging to the CPI Maoist outfit was also killed or injured in the gunbattle. The gunbattle started early Saturday and continued for hours. However, the death of the 14 TPC rebels has not been independently confirmed.
“We have information that 14 Naxalites have been killed in Palamu. We have not recovered any of their bodies yet,” said Jharkhand police spokesman Anurag Gupta. A police officer in Bishrampur said that Maoists have run away with the arms of the slain rebels. “We have received inputs from the ground zero that the Maoists are also trying to take away the dead bodies,” said Palamu DSP Ajay Kumar. A counter offensive against the rebels or a search operation by security forces is yet to be launched in the area.
“We have rushed security forces to the place where the encounter took place. The encounter has stopped now,” said Anurag Gupta. Formed in 2002, TPC has indulged in many bloody clashes with the CPI Maoists in Jharkhand. The militant outfit has declared in the past that Maoists are its enemy. In March 2013, TPC rebels had killed 10 Maoist rebels in Chatra district. TPC claims it has strongholds in Palamu, Latehar and Chatra districts. In all these districts Maoists also claim to have dominance in all these districts. A source said that a group of TPC rebels were moving towards Kauriya village when Maoists, sitting in ambush, opened fire. It gave the TPC rebels little time to take positions and retaliate. “It might be a reason why Maoists sustained little or no injuries. But I cannot say anything about it officially,” said a police officer.
Manipur Maoist to boycott I-Day
The Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) Friday, while announcing a boycott to the upcoming Independence Day celebration of India on August 15, called upon the people stay away from participating in any celebration functions. While appealing not to participate in the Independence Day of India, a statement of the MCPM signed by its publicity secretary Comrade Nonglen Meetei raised a question to the people to ask themselves if there was any reason for taking part in the celebration, alleging that India is oppressing the people of the state in all fronts.
He alleged that authorities of the state government have been forcing students of various colleges and schools to take part in the Independence Day of India by imposing several conditions and by even providing uniforms and other facilities. If such practices were repeated, this time the outfit will not remain silent and the officials involved in such activities will be taught a lesson, the statement warned.