Maoist held for attack on former Andhra Pradesh CM Janardhan Reddy
Nellore: Police produced a dreaded Maoist leader, Vattigunta Venkateswar Reddy, alias Deepak, before magistrate Krishnakumari, at Kota town, 75 km from Nellore, on Sunday. He is an accused in the Maoist attack on the former CM N. Janardhan Reddy, and his wife Rajyalakshmi, at Vidya Nagar, in Kota mandal on September 7, 2007. A team of cops from Nellore went to Alipore Central Jail, in Kolkata, where Deepak had been languishing since 2010, and brought him to Chennai by flight and thereafter to Kota by road amid tight security on Sunday. Police will file a memo before the magistrate to seek his custody for questioning on Monday. He was sent to Nellore Central Prison as per the directions of the magistrate on Sunday evening.
AP govt extends ban on CPI (Maoist) and its offshoots
Andhra Pradesh government today decided to extend the ban on CPI (Maoist) and its affiliate organisations by one more year. The decision to continue the proscription was taken by the state cabinet which met here. “The banned organisations are Revolutionary Democratic Front, Radical Students Union, Radical Youth League, Viplava Karmika Samakhya, Singareni Karmika Samakhya and All India Revolutionary Students Federation,” said Information Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy. The state government had imposed a ban on the then People’s War Group (now CPI Maoist) and its offshoots in 2005 after peace talks with the armed ultras ended in a failure. Since then the ban was being extended every year in September.
Rs 2.52 crore bounty for information for arrest of Naxal chief Ganapathy
NEW DELHI: An unprecedented Rs 2.52 crore cash reward has been announced for anyone giving information leading to the arrest of chief of CPI (Maoist) Muppala Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathy. 65-year-old Ganapathy is one of country’s most wanted persons. This is for the first time such a huge amount has been announced for anyone who is wanted by security forces.
Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A Naxal was arrested and explosive recovered from his possession in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said on Saturday. The cadre Ramulu Punem (24) was apprehended near Ponjer village under Bijapur police station limits while he was trying to flee along with a tiffin bomb to the core forest yesterday, a senior police official told PTI. A squad of local police was mobilised from Bijpaur towards restive Pamalwaya, Ponjer and Bhogamguda forests, located around 450 kms away from here, on a combing operation. On spotting a suspected person near Ponjer rivulet they rounded up him after a chase, the official said.
CPI(Maoist) called bandh evokes mixed response in Kolhan
Jamshedpur: Jharkhand bandh called by the CPI (Maoists) to protest against police firing in Garwah district early this month evoked a mixed response in the mineral-rich Kolhan region of the state with stray incidents of violence reported from some places. Long-route commercial and public transport remained affected due to the bandh, police said. Transportation of minerals from Noamundi and Gua iron-ore mines came to a halt while shops and markets in Manoharpur, Sonua, Goilkera and Bandgaon in West Singhbhum district remained closed, they said. The banks have downed their shutter in Manoharpur and Goilkera and the post-office in Manoharpur also remained closed, police said adding that the rail services, however, was normal. Life was affected in naxal-infested pockets of Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum district but the bandh remained incident-free, police said.
After PLFI atrocities, Maoist bandh in state today
Ranchi: The Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) of the CPI(Maoist) has called a daylong bandh in the state on Monday, a day after one of its breakaway factions observed a statewide shutdown. The bandh, which was called to protest against harassment of villagers in the name of search operation and indiscriminate firing on bauxite-laden truck that injured two persons, will be two days after security personnel gunned down three Maoists in Giridih district.
Sources in the CPI(Maoist) said BJNCSAC might extend the bandh to the neighbouring states. BJSAC spokesperson Gopalji, in a press release, said the Maoists see no difference in the policies of previous UPA government and the present BJP government. “Instead of understanding the problems of tribal and dalit villagers the government announced to not have a dialogue with the revolutionaries, which indicates that they are in power to serve interests of the multi-national companies and capitalist industrial houses,” he said.
Maoists and Grey Hound policemen exchange fire in Adilabad
An exchange of fire between Maoists and Grey Hounds policemen took place in the forest near Markaguda village in Tiryani mandal of Adilabad district on Sunday around 9 am. Three extremists including the the Adilabad Divisional Committee Secretary Bandi Prakash are reported to have escaped. According to preliminary information, the Grey Hounds party combing the area spotted three naxalites apparently belonging to the Adilabad Area Committee. They came under fire while they tried to get closer to the spot. The naxalites are reported to have fired three to four rounds before making good their escape in the forests. The anti naxal police personnel were in pursuit of the extremists, more of whom could be hiding in the forests.
Hardcore naxalite arrested
Auranagabad, Sept 13 (PTI) A hardcore naxalite was arrested today from Dingrahi village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, police said. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Anwar Javed Ansari said that self-styled sub-zonal commander Ram Parvesh Yadav, a resident of Karotia village was wanted in connection with half-a-dozen naxalite incidents in the district.
Adivasi group questions Maoist surrender claims
…However, the Adivasi Mahasabha, the Congress and the CPI have raised questions over the recent arrests and surrenders. “The Bastar police arrested Manjhiram Kashyap and Sukhdev Nag from Tahakwada on August 25 and claimed that the two were involved in the Jiram Ghati attack on the Congress convoy last year. But Kashyap suffers from physical disability due to an accident three years ago and Sukhdev was already interrogated by the NIA for the Jiram attack and it found him not guilty,” said Manish Kunjam, former MLA and president of the Adivasi Mahasabha, in a letter to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister. State Congress president Bhupesh Baghel also questioned the spate of surrenders.
“Innocent tribals are being forced to surrender by the police just to win praise from their seniors and the media. Police claimed that two hardcore Maoists, Chaitram Salam and his wife Manjula, surrendered before them but the fact is that Manjula was working as a cook before the so-called surrender,” Mr. Baghel told reporters in Raipur.
Maoist unleash poster campaign in Koraput
KORAPUT: The CPI (Maoist) has put up large number of posters in Koraput district, demanding a halt to counter-insurgency operations and condemning alleged police excesses against tribals. Police seized a few hand-written posters pasted by Srikakulam-Koraput divisional committee of the outlawed organization from Damanjodi on Saturday. “We condemn police action against innocent tribals in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon. Innocent people are being harassed in the name of combing operations,” one of the Maoist posters read.
The poster further said to villagers, “Fearing action don’t surrender, fight against police excesses. We ask administration to put a stop to Operation Green Hunt.” The Maoists have urged people to observe political prisoners’ week from September 13 to 19. “This is the handiwork of local agents of ultras. We are trying to trace out the people involved in pasting posters,” said SDPO (Sunabeda) V R Rao. He said adequate security arrangements have been made in sensitive areas. In a separate incident, BSF personnel recovered three live landmines, weighing around 10 kg each, from Boipariguda-Gupteswar road in the district on Friday. Police said the security personnel spotted the landmines during regular combing operation.
Maoist landmine blast in Yerkad village injures five policemen
As many as five policemen were injured, two of them seriously, in a landmine blast triggered off by Maoists in Yerkad village in Dhanora taluka this afternoon, police said here today. A police patrol was returning to its post at around 5 pm today when the Maoists triggered off a landmine blast near the police post situated on the Yerkad-Murumgaon road, which injured at least five policemen, the police said. Two policemen namely Chetan Salve and Nitesh Bhandekar received serious injuries after which they were shifted to Nagpur for medical treatment. The police post is situated merely about 100 metres away from Yerkad village.
Maoists hold large public gathering in Odisha forest, issue warning to govt
Thousands of tribals led by Vijay Laxmi, commander of the Korukonda (Andhra) Dalam gathered inside the inaccessible and dense Ralegada forest in the cut-off region of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district on the Andhra-Odisha border this weekend, reports said. Senior Maoist leaders from outside the state participated in the ‘prajameli’, the reports added. Maoists are observing ‘prisoners of state sympathy week’ in the Ralegada forest.
The week-long observation, which began on September 13 will be continuing till September 19, sources said. Organizers of the ‘sympathy week’ said the programme is being organized to express sympathy towards the hundreds of innocent tribals and their family members in districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati and Rayagada, who are rotting in various jails after being implicated in false cases and branded as Maoists by the police.
Maoist leaders at the huge congregation explained to the people Maoist ideology and its aims and objectives. Maoist cultural troupes also staged plays and dances to explain the Maoist ideology to the gathering. Speakers at the convention said the government has blissfully forgotten the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of release of the then Malkangiri collector Vineel Krishna and warned that the government will have to pay a heavy price for this in the future. Some family members of tribals arrested by the police on ‘false charges’ also attended the convention.
3 Maoists killed, several injured in Giridih gunbattle
RANCHI/BOKARO: Security forces gunned down three Maoists, including an area commander, at Nayanpur in Giridih on Jharkhand-Bihar border late on Friday night. Several cadres were also injured in the three-hour gunbattle, police said. Giridih police said the slain Maoists, who were in fatigues, were identified as area commander Dinesh Pandit, Jeeblal Murmu and Shahdev Rai. The security team found an SLR, a .303 and a .315 rifle and ammunition. Jharkhand Police spokesperson Anurag Gupta said, “Three Maoists were killed and several others sustained injuries. The (anti-Maoist) operation was successfully executed by the security personnel.” He added that no cop or CRPF jawan was injured in the late-night crossfire.
Maoists Gun Down Former Colleague in East Godavari
VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists gunned down a former colleague branding him as a police informer late on Friday night. According to the police, the body of Muvvala Naresh belonging to Yendakota village in Koyyuru mandal of the district was found at Y Ramavaram area in East Godavari district on Saturday. Naresh was picked up by a group of Maoists on Friday night from a relative’s house in Y Ramavaram on the pretext of discussing a serious issue. They had assured Naresh’s family members of sending him back home soon. Later, the Maoists killed him by pumping bullets into his body, the police said. Naresh joined the banned CPI (Maoist) at the age of 10 and rose to the cadre of Dalam commander in 2004. He surrendered to the police in East Godavari district in 2005 and later got married.
11 Maoists arrested from Khagaria district
The Bihar Police today arrested 11 Maoist operatives from Khagaria district, around 200 km east of Patna and seized four firearms and ammunition from them. Police officers said the operation was led by Khagaria Superintendent of Police (SP) Kim on the basis of intelligence inputs and the Maoists were nabbed from Samasya riverine area under Morkahi police station area. “Police personnel went to the riverine area on boats and then arrived on an island.
The group of armed Maoists was staying there and were surrounded and asked to surrender,” said Morkahi Station House Officer (SHO) Lallan Kumar. Kumar said the Maoists seem to have been planning some activity in the district otherwise they would not have been living at such an isolated place. Three of them have police records while others seem to have been recruited recently.