Naxals’ anti-bauxite meet pulls big crowd
VISAKHAPATNAM: Trouble seems to be brewing for security forces in Visakhapatnam district going by the huge turnout of tribals at an anti-bauxite mining meeting organized by the banned CPI Maoist party on the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) on Saturday. Nearly 800 people from 25 villages attended the meeting organized by the Adivasi Viplava Raitu Cooli Sangham and Manyam Pituri Senathat, allegedly led by the Galikonda area committee secretary Gopala Krishna alias Azad and senior leader Krishna, who was reportedly sent to Dandakaranya. Though the main Maoist leaders were not visible, sources said they supervised the meeting with the help of active cadres and militia members.
The four-hour long meeting, held under the watchful eye of armed cadres covering the 4-5 km stretch from the venue, demanded that the government to withdraw its decision to mine bauxite reserves in Visakha Agency, failing which people would retaliate with a militant struggle. Such a big meeting was last conducted by the Maoists two years ago in the Korukonda area of Visakha Agency. That meeting was supervised by the east division committee member Narender, who was killed in an encounter in Koraput district on March 5 this year. It may be recalled that the Maoists killed a tribal of Killamkota colony in G Madugula mandal in the district on Thursday night by branding him a police informer.
According to sources, one of the Maoists, who addressed the tribals, said that with the government trying to loot the natural resources of the tribal areas, it was high time they gave a befitting reply to the government if it went ahead with the proposed mining. Those addressing the meeting asked the people to take up an armed struggle against the government and corporate giants like Jindal and AnRak as mining would prove costly for tribals even if it was done through ITDA or APMDC (Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation) because it would be sold to the same companies. They demanded that all mining licences be cancelled.
Alleging that ultimately tribals would lose their rights on forests, land and water sources, Maoists urged them to join the Manyam Pituri Sena in large numbers. Even people led by the Red guerillas raised their voice against the proposed bauxite mining during the meeting and announced that they were preparing themselves to take up an armed struggle against the state government. According to sources, the latest meeting indicates that Maoists are going all out to regain their lost glory through the bauxite issue, said sources.
Maoists organise meeting on bauxite mining?
The Members of the banned CPI (Maoist) reportedly organised a meeting at Garikabanda, a village bordering G. K. Veedhi and Koyyuru mandal, on Saturday, opposing bauxite mining proposed by the TDP government. According to sources, local area commander of Korukonda committee Jamri convened the meeting, which was attended by over 500 villagers and sympathisers. Nearly 30 Maoists and an equal number of militia members were present.
A unanimous decision was taken to oppose the proposed mining and that, if required, villagers would support the Maoists in an armed conflict with the authorities. The Maoists have been opposing the bauxite mining in the Agency area, ever since it was proposed by the TDP government during its earlier stint (1999-2004).
Red Ultras Find Refuge in Green Kerala
NEW DELHI: After 40 long years, the spectre of red terror looms over Kerala. And unlike in the past, efforts to contain a possible Maoist rampage are falling far short of what is the need of the hour. Facing the heat in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, the red terrorists are making forays into Kerala—the focus being on the three districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur—in a bid to find a safe haven. A latest intelligence report reveals that the banned outfit is gradually expanding cadre strength in the tribal dominated region on the border of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
A senior intelligence officer said an assessment was launched by the Centre after Maoist leader Sinoj alias Ramesan was accidently killed while making IEDs at a Naxal hideout near the Karnataka border in June. The intelligence operatives came to know about the death only in July, triggering panic in the security establishment. Sinoj, who was also member of the Kerala state committee of the CPI (Maoist), was trained in Jharkhand in 2010.
Subsequently, he was entrusted with the responsibility of raising a guerrilla unit to dominate Tri-junction. Although the political leadership in Kerala has taken steps to flush out Maoists, intelligence officials said the police approach in dealing with the serious security issue was disheartening. “Several inputs provided by the intelligence agencies to check Maoist penetration in the region was not acted upon. Naxalites, who earlier possessed country-made pistols, now have acquired AK-47s from Naxal’s Technical Research Arms Manufacturing (TRAM) unit in Chhattisgarh. Though, dedicated armed cadre remain around 20-25, there is input suggesting more sympathisers are joining the outfit,” the officer added.
But, state police officers reject Central charges claiming that the anti-Maoist operations are going on in full swing and the state police is maintaining close tie ups with locals to monitor suspicious activities. “Police are maintaining a close rapport with the tribes living deep in the forest. We hope we can trap the armed persons roaming in the forest through them,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Perinthalmanna, who is in charge at police stations covering Nilambur forest region.
However, State Police Intelligence Unit conceded that ultras held a training camp in July first week in the Nilambur forest region in Malappuram district, hardly a week after state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told the Assembly about Maoist presence in the forest region of Malabar. Police officers claimed the local tribals had earlier identified a most-wanted Maoists leader when photographs were shown to them.
This further bolsters the Centre’s claims which suggested that Maoist have already set up camps in north Karnataka and were opening up a jungle route connecting the three states operations under Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee (WGSZC). “Maoists sympathisers have grown in the last 6 months, especially after merger of CPI Maoists and CPI-ML (Naxalbari) in May, 2014. CPI-ML (Naxalbari) is active in the state and we have noticed that a well- planned strategic campaign by distributing pamphlets, literature and other materials to lure local tribals into their fold,” intelligence sources said.
The report has also pointed out a supply-route between Maoists cadres in the three districts of Kerala and the outfit’s base in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Raichur and Bellary of Karnataka where ultras have been active for over a decade. The report also named Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) as the brain behind Maoist propaganda in Kerala and Karnataka besides other offshoots. Kerala was first penetrated by the Maoists in the late 60s and early 70s when Waynad became the foundation ground for Red Movement with K Ajitha, a Maoist leader and then the face of left-wing extremism in Kerala taking the charge of guerrilla movement in the forest region. Ajitha actively participated in guerrilla attack and was part of the team which attacked Pulpally police station in Waynad in late 1968. In the 1980s, the Naxalite movement was considerably weakened in the state but it remain the fertile ground for Maoists recruitments.
Chattisgarh: Naxal arms dump unearthed, ammunition seized
Security personnel unearthed an ammunition dump used by Naxals and recovered two firearms in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district on Sunday, police said. “On a tip-off, a joint team of district police force and Border Security Force (BSF) seized two single-barrel shot guns (SBSG) from the hilly terrain of Nalkasa and Kumudkatta region under Lohattar police station limits bordering Rajnandgaon district,” Kanker SP RN Dash said.
CRPF jawan injured in face-off with Naxals
Raipur, Aug 24 (PTI) A CRPF jawan was injured in a gun-battle between security forces and ultras in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said today. The jawan received bullet injuries in the face-off that occurred in the restive Lingapur forest under Basaguda police station limits late last evening, a senior police official said. A team of paramilitary forces was mobilised from Bijapur for an anti-Naxal operation in the interiors of Basaguda in south Bastar.
Three Maoists arrested in Patna
PATNA: Three members of the CPI (Maoist) were arrested from Jamal Road under Kotwali police station area on Saturday. Two of them were members of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh special area committee of the CPI (Maoist) and the third was its zonal commander of the Son Ganga Vindhyachal committee. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said, “We received information about some members of the CPI (Maoist) assembled near the Chiryatand overbridge to commit some crime. A special police team led by ASP (operations) Anupam Kumar conducted a raid there and arrested the trio. The three admitted that they were instrumental in the killing of the 16 members of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) in Jharkhand on August 8 this year.” The zonal commander was identified as Shambhu Kumar alias Sunil ji alias Lambu ji, a native of Kushi Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Shambhu is accused in over a dozen of murder, extortion, kidnapping and Arms Act cases lodged in different districts. The other two members were identified as Sanjay Kumar of Jehanabad and Sunil Singh of Patna. “Police seized 25 detonators, one compass, nine mobile phones, SIM cards, three radio, Rs 25,000, medicines and Maoist literature from their possession. Shambhu has been associated with the organization since 1994,” the SSP added. “A white coloured luxury car going toward Chiryatand overbridge was stopped on Jamal Road. There were four persons in the car, including driver Laxman Yadav of Rohtas. He was released after police interrogation but the car was seized. They also told us that they used to bag contracts for constructions from local companies and those refusing to award contract to them had to cough up huge amount as levy,” said ASP Anupam Kumar.