Maoists blast mobile phone tower in Bihar
Patna, Oct 2 (IANS) Maoists blew up a mobile telephone tower in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district on Thursday to enforce a 24-hour strike called by them to protest against the alleged killing of their members by security forces, police said. A police officer said a dozen of armed men used dynamite to blow up the tower of a private telecom operator at Mananpur area in Lakhisarai, about 140 km from Patna. According to police officials in Jamui district, Maoists also torched a private vehicle. The Maoist strike call evoked mixed response in the state. Normal life was hit in some rural areas but urban areas were largely unaffected.
Maoist Presence Spreading in Malabar, Says Intelligence
NILAMBUR: Close on the heels of the video propaganda by CPM (Maoist) leader Roopesh through the media, warning of an armed struggle, the Maoist group functioning in the state is strengthening its presence through local recruitment. Police doubt that the Maoist group has recruited around 50 persons recently and most of them are from various places in Malabar. Intelligence sources have got information that the Maoist organisation here has brought clothes to stitch around 50 more uniforms for the armed group.
Police believe that the new uniforms are for the members of the newly-formed Maoist wings, known as ‘Dhalam’, based at Nilambur and Attappadi. Police suspect that Maoist leader Sinoj died during the training in bomb-making for the newly recruited members. “Maoists usually form a ‘Dhalam’ with 11-15 members. So we can reach the assumption that they have recruited fighters numbering 30 to form two more wings in the state, apart from the one, ‘Kabani Dhalam’, which is already functioning in Wayanad. The Intelligence officials have got information that the total recruitment will be around 50. The shocking fact is that they have been recruited locally from various parts of Malabar,” sources in the Special Task Force (STF) engaged in anti-Maoist operation in the state said on condition of anonymity.
‘Bhavani Dhalam’ and ‘Nadukani Dhalam’ are the two more wings formed by Maoists. ‘Bhavani Dhalam’ functions based at Attappadi region in the Silent Valley buffer zone area. ‘Nadukani Dhalam’ functions in centres in the Nilambur forest region. “We are checking the information gathered about the two more wings of Maoists in the state. The STF is looking at all the aspects about these wings,” Putta Vimaladitya, Wayanad Police Chief and who is leading the anti-terror squad on the ground, said. Police have also got information that the extremist groups are getting outside support for their activities in the state. The Intelligence sources have also got information that the Maoists are concentrating on a few tribal colonies in the state, where they believe that they can influence the tribal people.
Naxals kill Panchayat Secretary in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A Panchayat Secretary was killed by naxalites in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. Hingaram Kodiyam, cousin brother of late Chinnaram Gota, who was a leader of the erstwhile anti-Naxalite movement Salwa Judum, was killed by ultras near Keshkutul village under Bhairmgarh police station limits last night, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. Prima facie, it appears that the victim was killed with sharp-edged weapons, the ASP said. According to villagers, a group of naxalites stormed into the victim’s house yesterday in Kehskutul village where he is the Panchayat Secretary and dragged him out of his home.
Court acquits Naxal, but police arrests him again
Raipur: A day after he was freed from a jail in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district after being acquitted of charges of involvement in Naxal violence, Gajala Goppanna, an alleged member of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), was on Wednesday arrested by the police on charges of murder and extortion. Forty eight-year-old Goppanna, a resident of the Subba Reddy Guddam area in the Nalgonda district of Telangana, was released from Jagdalpur Central jail on Tuesday after a fast track court of Dantewada town acquitted him of all charges due to lack of evidence.
Goppanna had been imprisoned in Jagdalpur jail as an undertrial after he was arrested at Gariaband in Chhattisgarh in 2007 for involvement in Naxal violence. He was one of the eight jailed alleged Naxals whose release was demanded by the Maoists for freeing of former Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, held captive by them some years ago. “Goppanna has been arrested again on the basis of 5-6 warrants pending against him in Bijapur district (in south Bastar). The due legal process will be followed for handing him over to the Bijapur police,” Bastar superintendent of police (SP) Ajey Yadav told this newspaper.
Naxal commander killed, police jawan injured in face-off in Rapur
Raipur: A Naxal deputy commander was killed and a police jawan injured in a fierce gun-battle between security personnel and ultras in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit?Bijapur district, police said today. “The face-off took place in restive Munga forests under Gangaloor police station limits when a squad of district force carrying out a combing operation in the region late last evening,” Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
The deceased cadre has been identified as Korsa Aaytu, deputy commander of CNM (Chetna Natya Manch) in Gangaloor area, Elesela said. When security personnel reached Munga forests, located around 450 kms away from here, a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them injuring Head Constable Dashrath Naag, he said. However, soon ultras fled from the spot when jawans launched retaliatory attack.