MP seeks Centre’s nod for buying weapons for Naxal-hit areas
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government has sought Centre’s permission to purchase weapons for Naxal-hit areas from the grant given to them and also demanded a dedicated helicopter for surveillance of regions affected with violence. “We have demanded from the Centre to give permission for purchasing weapons from the grant given for the Naxal-hit areas as per our requirement,” state home minister Babulal Gaur told PTI today.
“Besides, we have also demanded for providing a dedicated helicopter for the areas affected with Naxal violence,” he said. Presently, the Centre provides the state with weapons for Naxal-hit areas, but many a times they are found not working properly and the state has to spend a lot on repairing them. It has also been observed that sometimes certain weapons that are purchased and provided by the Centre are not required by the state police, he said.
Naxal efforts on to strengthen influence in South India: Govt
New Delhi: The CPI(Maoist) is making efforts to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said their plans include creating a base on the border of Kerala and Karnataka. “The CPI(Maoist) cadres, active in the Wayanad district of Kerala, have also been known to engage in efforts aimed at establishing a forest route from Wayanad district to Mysore district of Karnataka,” he said in reply to a written question. However, despite these activities, the CPI(Maoist) has not been able to establish themselves in these areas.
Security forces increase vigil after six Maoists nabbed in West Singhbhum
Jamshedpur : The joint team of West Singhbhum district police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has increased vigil after the arrest of six hardcore Maoist ultras, wanted in several criminal from Lupunga village, under Gua police station at West Singhbhum district on Friday night. Acting on a tip off the team conducted raid and nabbed the dreaded criminals. Those arrested have been identified as section commanders Tipa Das alias Umresh Das, Vikram Turi alias Anil Turi, Ramvir Patro, other assistants Vir Singh, Jagdish Kumar Das and Naranyan Patro. A country pistol and four live cartridges, several cell phones and Maoists uniform have been recovered from the ultras.
Superintendent of Police N K Singh said acting on a tip off joint team of police and paramilitary forces was patrolling at different places in West Singhbhum to nab other Maoists too. The Maoists were sitting in a group in the forest area when the security forces happened to sight them. The Maoists tried to run away however the security personnel succeeded to nab them. The district police also said that interrogation is on and wouldn’t conclude anything at this juncture. “Thus far, they hasn’t spoken much though interrogation is on. We are verifying that whether reports of his association with squad are true or not. Cannot conclude at this juncture,” said a police official.
The police have also beefed up security in the naxal-infested areas of Ghatshila sub division consisting of areas like Dumaria, Musaboni, Chakulia, Bahragora and Ghatshila. According to the police information about ten bordering police stations in the two districts are largely Maoist infested wherein the proposed operation would be carried out. SP said that the police have also intensified the efforts for strengthening security arrangements especially on the routes used by Maoists to enter the naxal infested areas. “Security has been beefed up across the area. We are keeping a strict vigil on the movement of the villagers too. There has been a substantial increase in Maoist activities in this area. We are not much concerned about small acts of violence because these activities can be controlled by us,” said a security official.
Four Maoists ‘Injured’ in an Encounter in Jharkhand
At least four Maoist ultras were claimed to have sustained bullet injuries in an encounter with security personnel at Samarbagh under Harihargunj police station of Palamau district. Following a tip off that some ultras sneaked into Jharkhand from adjoining Aurangabad district of Bihar, security personnel surrounded the village in the jungle late last night, Palamau Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh and CRPF Commandant S K Linda said.
On seeing the securitymen — personnel of the Special Armed Force, District Armed Force and one company of CRPF — the CPI(Maoist) ultras fired on them. The security personnel retaliated the fire and four Maoists sustained bullet injuries as blood stains were found on the spot following the encounter, which lasted for about half an hour, Ramesh and Linda told reporters. Ramesh said security personnel, who have launched an anti-naxal drive “Operation Hit”, have fired around 350 rounds and used high power bombs during the encounter.
The Maoists headed by sub-zonal commander Manohar Ganju managed to escape, he said. Three rifles including a .303 gun looted from the police, 15 cartridges, half a dozen solar lamps, mobile chargers, uniform, SLR magazine, rice and dal, Rs 3,000 in cash were seized from the encounter spot, he said.
INDIA: RED RETRIBUTION IN JHARKHAND – ANALYSIS
In the early hours of August 9, 2014, 14 cadres of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), were killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Choti Kauriya village under Vishrampur Police Station limits in Palamu District. Around 18 TPC members had taken shelter in the house of Balram Sahu, a fellow villager, when a huge squad of over 250 Maoists swooped down on the village and took them by surprise at around midnight.
The gun battle lasted till 2:30 am. After the TPC rebels exhausted their ammunition, 14 of them were killed while the remaining four managed to escape. Confirming the incident, R.K. Dhan, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Palamu Range, stated, “After killing the TPC men, the CPI (Maoist) looted their arms and ammunition and also left pamphlets on the spot.” Maoist ‘spokesperson’ Manas Ji later claimed responsibility for the killings, declaring it was revenge for the Chatra attack last year, when TPC had killed 10 CPI-Maoist cadres. Palamu, located in north-west Jharkhand, has an area of 5043.8 square kilometres, and a population of 1,939,869 (Census 2011).
The District is bounded in the north by the river Son which separates it from the Rohtas District in Bihar; in the east, by Aurangabad and Gaya Chatra Districts of Bihar, and Chatra in Jharkhand; in the west, by Garhwa District in Jharkhand; and in the south by Latehar District, Jharkhand. On March 27, 2013, heavily armed TPC cadres had shot dead 10 Maoists, who were taken completely by surprise in Lakramanda village under the Kunda Police Station limits in Chatra District. A group of 35 to 45 Maoists, led by Lalesh, were resting after taking lunch provided by the villagers, when heavily armed TPC cadres suddenly surrounded them.
The Maoists later confirmed the killing of four leaders in the attack: Lalesh Yadav alias Prashant, ‘secretary’ of the Bihar Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC); Jaikumar Yadav, ‘platoon commander’; Dharmendra Yadav alias Biru, ‘sub-zonal commander’ of Chatra Palamu; and Prafulla Yadav, ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the Koleswari area in Chatra District. These are just the most recent incidents of clashes between the CPI-Maoist and TPC in their turf war for dominance in Jharkhand. Other reported significant incidents of killing through 2005-2014, in Maoists-TPC clashes in Jharkhand include:
August 1, 2013: Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a factional clash with TPC in the Pratappur forest of Chatra District. A TPC poster found near the bodies warned CPI-Maoist cadres of more such attacks in the future.
January 16, 2012: An armed CPI-Maoist group shot dead a TPC cadre, identified as Avdhesh Yadav (45), in Palamu District. The slain TPC cadre was a resident of Jhargada village under the Hussainabad subdivision of the District.
June 7, 2011: Ramcharan Singh, ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on his head was shot dead by suspected TPC cadres in Kedli forest under Burmu Police Station in Ranchi District. According to reports he had an ongoing conflict with TPC regarding ‘levy collection’ and had escaped many earlier attempts on his life. July 15, 2011: A TPC cadre was reportedly killed by a CPI-Maoist unit at Etko village in Palamu District.
August 29, 2010: CPI-Maoist cadres attacked Sohban village in Chatra District, killing TPC ‘area commander’ Mohan Ganju and his associate Ramdeo Ganju, after which the attackers blew up the house in which they were staying. Later, in retaliation, TPC cadres killed the brother of CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ Charleji in Latehar District.
October 10, 2008: Two persons, including a TPC ‘commander’, identified as Nilesh alias Kariman Ganju, were killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Kundu village in the Chatra District. The other person killed was identified as Deolal.
November 15, 2008: TPC cadres killed two suspected Maoists near the Misan Roundabout under Balumath Police Station of Latehar District. The TPC cadres left a pamphlet claiming responsibility for the killing.
September 12, 2007: TPC cadres abducted four CPI-Maoist supporters, identified as Amit Jaiswal, S. Sao, Raj Kishore Pareiha and Mahesh Ram, and subsequently killed them in Barwadih village, Latehar District.
May 28, 2007: CPI-Maoist cadres abducted and subsequently killed four TPC cadres in Latehar District. Jharkhand Director General of Police, J. B. Mahapatra, disclosed, “The killing is the outcome of the fight for collection of levy from coal traders. Earlier members of CPI-Maoist were abducted by the TPC over fight for levy collection. And the killing is outcome of retaliation of CPI-Maoist”.
Wanted Maoist held in Bihar
Gaya: A Maoist allegedly involved in the killing of seven policemen last year was arrested from Goitha in Bihar’s Gaya district on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, a team of CRPF and police raided the village and caught the Maoist identified as Dwarika Yadav, Superintendent of Police (SP), City, Rakesh Kumar said. The ultra was wanted in several incidents of violence, including a landmine blast in which seven policemen were killed in Manjholia village last year, he said.
Naxalites behead 50 year-old, keep head on road
Jamshedpur: In a shocking incident, suspected Naxalites beheaded a 50-year-old man, identified as Jagran Manjhi in Hesakocha village under Chowka police station area in Chandil in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district late Saturday night. After beheading the villager, the rebels pasted posters on his body to claim the responsibility of the killing. In the poster, the suspected Naxalites alleged that the deceased was an informer of the police and that he worked as a special police officer (SPO).