Naxals call for poll boycott over separate Vidarbha issue
Nagpur: The Maharashtra state committee of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), popularly known as Naxals, has urged for boycott of the assembly elections on October 15 over the separate Vidarbha issue. The reds have claimed that the four prominent political parties, including Congress and BJP, have opposed the century-old demand of statehood for Vidarbha, and this warrants a boycott of the polls as a mark of protest.
A press release by the secretary of the Maharashtra state committee of Naxals claims that Shiv Sena has openly opposed the issue of statehood for Vidarbha while others like Congress, NCP and BJP have refrained from taking a stand only to mislead the masses. The Naxals have appealed to the electorate to use boycott to punish parties for the injustice to Vidarbha. The press release says that this mechanism of boycott is part of a bigger struggle for mass revolution, which should be used at this juncture to protest exploitative and corrupt political parties, irrespective of their banners. The outfit has also claimed that boycotting poll is within the ambit of democratic rights, and should be used to ensure that the four big parties and their allies are ousted.
The rebels hold the political parties responsible for suicides of at least eight ryots per day between 1995 and 2013 during the government of Shiv Sena-BJP alliance and later Congress-NCP combine. The Naxals have underlined the fact that around 60,000 farmers ended their life in two decades, which includes 3,146 suicides in 2013, quoting statistics from National Crime Records Bureau. The guerrilla outfits have claimed that governments of all political parties have only added to the woes of the farmers by displacing them from their native places to promote capitalist projects like Surjagarh mining and special economic zones.
The Naxals also claimed that the big four political parties are actually hand-in-glove, with not much difference in their policies and agenda. These parties have an internal ‘setting’, from local bodies to the highest government, in order to distribute the exploited wealth of the masses among themselves, Naxals say. Referring to Mumbai’s growth, the Naxals claimed that the development of Maharashtra’s economic capital was at the cost of the labour and working class, whose wealth has filled the coffers of capitalists and industrialists. The reds also took a dig at the so-called encounter specialists of Mumbai, saying that they have replaced the ‘bhais’ after eliminating them.
MHA to frame new anti-Naxal Naxal policy, plans a carrot and stick policy
New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs is framing a new set of anti-Naxal policy to tackle the menace in various states of India. The new policies are expected to allow massive use of force coupled with targeted development to neutralise Naxals. The MHA is likely to seek Cabinet approval for this proposal. The new policy will have proposals that include fortification of 250 police stations, scaling up operations with further strengthening of forces, deployment of 80-90 more battalions in Naxal-hit areas. The policy also proposes setting up new jungle warfare schools, increase in surrender money to almost double the present amount for rebels who lay down their arms and join the mainstream.
Jharkhand: 200 kg explosives, 6 dozen crude bombs seized in anti-Naxal raid
Officials said the operation was carried out by a joint team of forces led by CRPF in the jungles of Barwadih in the district early on Monday. Security forces on Monday recovered a cache of over 200 kg of explosives and six dozen locally made pressure bombs during an anti-Naxal raid in Latehar district of Jharkhand. Officials said the operation was carried out by a joint team of forces led by CRPF in the jungles of Barwadih in the district early on Monday.
“203 kg explosives, 35 pressure cooker bombs and 36 tiffin bombs have been recovered from the Maoist hideout,” a senior officer said. The cache has been handed over to local police and a search has been launched in the area to look for more such ammunition dumps and nab Naxals, he added.
Telangana cops to smoke out Naxals
Khammam: The Telangana government has decided to act tough against Naxals. As part of this, police has stepped up vigil in forests in Warangal and Khammam districts where Naxals of the Chandranna group of CPI (ML) New Democracy are reported to be carrying on their activities. The combing operations have been launched nearly after a gap of one year. All police stations abutting the Gundala forest have been put on high alert.
In the last one year, the special police battalions have not been completely withdrawn from the region but mostly confined to police stations. Following a fall in the number of Maoists and a drop in their activities in the last one year, police in Yellandu region of Khammam district and Narasampet division of Warangal district have neglected anti-Naxal operations. Maoists, it was learnt, had slowly retreated from Yellandu forest, which was once their stronghold. With the vigil being stepped up, attempts by Naxals of the New Democracy to strengthen the party had failed.
A police officer said, “The New Democracy dalams, in the past, used to act as a check on Maoists. Now, the government is not ready to entertain the dalams as the members are resorting to extortion to buy weapons.” Chandranna group has three dalams in the area comprising 30 members and the groups are headed by Chandranna, Sagar and Ashok. These dalams are in possession of AK-47s and SLRs. Combing operations were held at Ramagundala, Miryalapenta, Kothathanda, Patyathanda, Narasapuram and Laxmipuram villages in Khammam-Warangal forest area.
‘Maoist zonal head’ wanted in Bokaro, Ranchi arrested
Ranchi: A Maoist zonal commander, who carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was arrested from a village under Silli police station in Ranchi district late on Saturday night. Mukhlal, who also uses the aliases of Mochhu and Bhagat, is wanted in more than 100 cases lodged against him in Ranchi and Bokaro districts. However, a source in the police department said some senior officers were not convinced with the identity of the Maoist. “The man is being interrogated. In such cases we cross check the identity before making any announcement,” said a police officer who requested anonymity. A senior police officer said different teams of CRPF and state police have been fanned out into different areas. Unless they return it will be premature to give any information to the media. Jharkhand police spokesperson was also clueless. “No one has told me anything as yet,” IG Anurag Gupta said.
DGP Rajiv Kumar did not pick calls. He has planned a press conference on Monday to brief the media. Jharkhand Police said they planned a joint operation with CRPF after they got information about Mukhlal, and another zonal commander, Gautam Dhara Ram Mohan, and 20 other rebels meeting at Jumla in Silli police station area. Though police said Mohan escaped after a short exchange of fire they did not confirm the arrest of any other rebel. A senior police official said, “A top Maoist has been arrested and some arms recovered from his possession. I can not reveal his name right now. The forces have not returned. A formal briefing will be organized on Monday.”