People’s War in India Clippings 19/9/2014


Cops hit the ‘Red’ alert

VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI Maoists gearing up to go all out to celebrate the party’s 10th anniversary in the Andhra Odisha border (AOB) area in a big way from September 21 has the security forces on tenterhooks. The Reds have already circulated pamphlets and pasted posters in Hindi and Odia within the AOB special zonal committee limits spread across seven districts of Andhra and Odisha states.

The posters and pamphlets containing slogans like ‘land to the tillers’ exhort people to celebrate the 10{+t}{+h} anniversary of the Maoist party by taking up an armed struggle to prevent the operation green hunt launched by the security forces and kicking out multinationals from the country. According to sources, the banned outfit has already recruited many cadres from Odisha and has also shifted a few members from Chhattisgarh to AOB area to beef up the Red’s weakening militant wing in the wake of large-scale surrenders and arrests in both the states over the past three to four years.

They have also revamped their rank and file by giving priority to young blood in leading squads and committees, sources said. “The situation in the AOB is tense due to the increasing presence of naxals, who have already made a show of strength through two meetings in the past one month. So far they have killed three people by branding them as police informers,” a senior police official working in the Visakha Agency said on condition of anonymity.

Dreaded Maoist Madkami Killed in Police Encounter

MALKANGIRI: Dreaded Maoist Era Madkami alias Lalu, who was carrying a cash reward of `four lakh on his head for his involvement in several heinous criminal cases, was killed in a gun battle with District Voluntary Force (DVF) team led by Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mahapatra on Wednesday night. Acting on intelligence inputs that the Maoists were camping in the forest near Daudaput village in Madkapadar gram panchayat under Mathili police limits, Mahapatra rushed to the spot along with a DVF team. “On our approach, around 20 armed Maoists fired indiscriminately at us. We retaliated and a fierce gun battle ensued for hours together resulting in killing of Madkami,” said Mahapatra.

Moreover, bloodstains found at the encounter site indicate that at least three to four more Maoist cadres may have been killed during the encounter, the SP said. Madkami was an Area Committee Member of Gumma and member of CPI (Maoist) Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee. Police also recovered two .303 rifles, one stain gun, 30 rounds of ammunition, seven kit bags, Naxal uniforms and Maoist literature at the encounter site. The body of Madkami, who hailed from Potteru area under Kalimela police limits, will be handed over to his family members on Friday, the SP added. Autopsy on the slain ultra’s body was conducted soon after it was brought to Malkangiri on Thursday morning. The body has been kept in District Police Office. Combing operation has been intensified in Mathili area bordering Chhattisgarh after the killing of Madkami.

Maoists set fire to two mobile towers, bus in Bihar

Maoists set ablaze two mobile phone towers and a bus in Bihar’s Banka district in two separate incidents, police Friday said. District police official Arun Kumar Singh said that over a dozen armed Maoists set ablaze two mobile towers late Thursday night at Gora and Bhittiya villages under Phullidumar police station. “Maoists poured kerosene and also exploded country-made bomb to set ablaze two mobile towers of private companies,” Singh said.

In the other incident, armed Maoists set fire to a bus at Bhalua village under Sambhuganj police station in the district. Singh along with security forces visited the incident sites and assured security to the fear-stricken villagers. “We will intensify combing operations against Maoists,” Singh said. According to police officials, Maoists called for a day-long strike in the district to protest the killing of two of their members last week. Police officials said the Maoist strike evoked mixed response in the district. They forced some rural markets to remain closed and threatened others not to ply vehicles. Banka district is considered a stronghold of Maoists.

Anti-Red ops stepped up after CoBRA jawan dies

Jamshedpur: A joint operation, launched by Jharkhand and Bengal police, against the banned CPI (Maoist), was intensified in the Ghatshila sub division bordering Bengal on Thursday a day after a jawan was killed and an officer severely wounded.

The Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) jawan, identified as BIkas Kumar Jha, was killed and a CoBRA deputy commandant, Aloke Kumar, was seriously wounded in the encounter against Maoists in Chiklam village, about 60km from here, on Wednesday. “So far, there’s no recovery of arms and ammunition from the encounter site but the search operation against the rebels has been intensified,” said rural police superintendent (East Singhbhum) Shailendra Kumar on Thursday.

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