Gadchiroli cops anticipate Naxal attacks, ready with combat plan
The Maharashtra Police have prepared their combat plan anticipating major Naxal activity during the run-up to the Assembly elections as well as on the polling day and after, till the polling parties are safely evacuated to the district headquarters. Despite heavy setbacks in the recent past, the police said, the Naxals were expected to make every possible attempt to disrupt polling in Gadchiroli, making liberal use of IEDs and ambushes.
With Maharashtra being the only Naxal-affected state going to polls next month, the Maoists are expected to be able to focus better on Gadchiroli. Already, a lot of posters calling for election boycott have been recovered from a lot of places and many inputs about increase in the frequency of Naxal movements are being received. Sources said the police were anticipating major Naxal activity, ambushes in particular, in south Gadchiroli areas of Aheri and Perimili. North Gadchiroli areas of Dhanora, Murumgaon and Gyarapatti, where the Naxals have weakened considerably, might witness IED blasts in surprise attacks, said the police.
SP Sandip Patil said: “We have already started aggressive area domination. We are not allowing the Naxal bid to move in large numbers together and have foiled such attempts six times in the past 40 days. The latest was in Kasansur last week, where we foiled one such congregation bid by 40-50 Naxals and have recovered a lot of material, including a few walkie-talkie sets.” Patil added that “coordinated security operations with neighbouring states were being ensured”. Some ten-odd booths have been shifted to safer places due to inaccessibility caused by heavy rains and thick vegetation.
Chhattisgarh: One Naxalite held
Raipur: A naxalite was arrested while two hardcore Maoists surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district on Monday, police said. The naxalite, identified as Kamlesh alias Tati Gandhi (28) was apprehended by a team of Bijapur police when he arrived in Dantewada district headquarter to allegedly execute some operation at the ongoing Navratri fair in the town, a senior police official told PTI.
Around 31 cases and 10 warrants were pending against the arrested ultra, he added. An active member of the platoon number-12 of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), Kamlesh was involved in several incidents of crime, including murder, abduction, murder attempt, loot and attack on the police party, the official said adding that he was carrying a reward of Rs 40,000 on his head. Based on specific inputs, he was rounded up from the fair site, he said.
Maoist leader involved in major attacks arrested in Jharkhand
A Maoist leader, allegedly involved in either planning or executing three major attacks in four years in Jharkhand’s Santhal Pargana region, was arrested from Dumka district on Saturday. Sukhlal Murmu (39), known as Prabirda within the party, hails from Giridih district’s Pirtand and was arrested from Dumka’s Ramgarh police station area. He is listed as an accused in the murder of Catholic nun Valsa John in 2011, killing of Pakur’s Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar in 2013 and the attack on officials returning after conducting the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “He has accepted that the CPI-Maoist was involved in the murder of Sister Valsa John and that he led the attack on SP Balihar. More details will emerge on further interrogation,” said Anoop Mathew, Dumka’s Superintendent of Police.
Sources said the CPI-Maoist leadership was so impressed with Prabirda’s work that in July-August this year, it accepted his request to form a Special Area Committee and named him a member. He was arrested while returning after attending a meeting of the Purvi Bihar Purvothar Jharkhand Committee, which covers parts of Jamui, Bhagalpur and Patna districts of Bihar and Koderma, Giridih and the six districts of the Santhal Pargana division of Jharkhand. Prabirda’s interrogation has also revealed the importance Maoists have accorded to the Santhal Pargana region, once considered impenetrable due to the strong influence of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
“He has told us that he was given the responsibility of the region in 2003. This, after the party had conducted a survey and failed to move into the region under a different leader in 2001,” said a senior police officer. Prabir used frontal organisations to expand the party and in 2006, formed an armed squad. The Maoists targeted moneylenders, moved on issues of displacement and farmers’ woes to gain the trust of the people. Since then, his team has carried out a major attack almost each year — the attack on police parties in Shikaripara and Kathikund in 2008 and ’10, and the killing of two BSF jawans in 2009, among them.
Maoists killed Cong Leader, Confirm Cops
KORAPUT: Preliminary investigation into the murder of Congress leader Jiban Patnaik in Sunki village revealed involvement of hardcore Maoists in the crime. Sunabeda SDPO Y Rao, who is investigation into the case, said sophisticated INSAS rifle was used by the Maoists to kill Patnaik. Generally, top cadre Maoists of Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee use such rifle during their operation. The Maoists fired 10 rounds targeting Patnaik, he added. Police have recovered six bullets and a Maoist poster from the spot. Similar modus operandi was followed two years back to kill former Umerkote MLA Jagabandhu Majhi by the Maoists. Police have received several clues over Maoists’ involvement in the incident.