Maoist cadre arrested with explosives
A large quantity of explosives were recovered by the security personnel after it arrested a hard-core Naxal following an encounter in Nayakocha jungle in Silli police station in Ranchi district. Based on the information that two hard-core Maoists, Rammohan and Mukhlal Mahato, who is member of North Chotanagpur Zonal Committee of the outfit, along with 25 armed activists will be gathering at Jayantibeda, Jumla area in Silli police station for a meeting, the state police launched operation Swarnarekha on 10 October but came to know next day that the Maoists were holding meeting in the Jumla (Nayakocha) jungle.
The Maoists opened fire on seeing the security personnel approaching, forcing it to retaliate in self-defense, according to a press released issued by the Police Headquarters in Ranchi today. The Maoist cadre managed to escape in the jungle but the security personnel succeeded to arrest Mukhlal Mahato alias Mochu Bhagat, a resident of Mahuatand police station area of Bokaro district. A member of the technical team of the Maoists, Mahato, who was operating in Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Ramgarh and Ranchi districts for last ten years, was wanted by the police in over 60 Naxal-related incidents.
The security personnel recovered 40 gelatine sticks, three grenades, two .303 bore regular police rifle, 110 live cartiidges, empty cartridges, one mobile phone, 8 chargers, one steel can from the spot of the encounter. Besides, the security pesonnel also recovered 58 can-bombs (live), 100 detonators, 14 mines (live), bomb making materials and equipment, 7 bundles of codex wire, one half-made pipe bomb from Asnapani jungle in Mahuatand police station and Tiriyonala jungle of Bokaro district.
Top Naxal commander held by Jharkhand police
Ranchi: The Jharkhand police have arrested dreaded Naxal commander, Mukhlal Mahto alias Mochu Bhagat, from Jumla hill under the Silli police station area here. He is also a member of zonal committee of Maoists. Police have also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from Jhumra hills under Bokaro district, from information provided by the arrested Naxal.
Activists sore over ‘harassment’ of couple held for ‘Naxal links’
Senior citizen activists across the state have alleged harassment by the Anti-terrorism Squad, Pune, for arresting and detaining social activists as suspected Naxalites from various social groups. In a letter dated October 12, retired Supreme Court Judge P B Savant, retired Bombay High Court Judge B G Kolse Patil, former Home State Minister Bhai Vaidya, professor Pushpa Bhave, and human rights activist Teesta Setalvad and 15 other activists claim that officials of ATS, Pune, arrested two social activists, Arun Bhelke and Kanchan Nanavare as suspected naxalites in Pune and were made to issue a statement. This statement was allegedly used by ATS to implicate other social activists in this alleged arrest case.
The Bharatiya Republican Paksha Bahujan Mahasangha’s Govandi Corporator Arun Kamble, Republican Panther’s Jaatiant Movement’s State president, Sharad Gaikwad, Rahul Seva Mandal’s President Shankar Patil, Kabir Kalamach’s Rupali Jadhav from Pune and other activists were allegedly being summoned to the ATS office in Pune for “inquiry”. “They are made to sit at the office for the entire day after which their statements are recorded.
While a person is expected to cooperate with the authorities for an inquiry for a legitimate case, but ordering them to come to Pune every now and then, under the pretext of enquiry and making them confess as per incorrect statements under coercion can be considered as mental harassment of activists in Maharashtra,” the letter read. Moreover, the letter alleged that the activists were being forced to disclose names and addresses of other members from the organisations.
The letter further mentioned that the Sudhir Dhawle, Editor of Vidrohi (a bimonthly magazine) and member of Republic Panthers was acquitted of charges of Naxalism by a sessions court on 15 May 2014, after 40 months. The letter, howver, alleged that Dhawle continues to face “harassment” by the police. The group of complainants demanded for mental harassment of members to be ceased immediately. The activists maintained that citizens are systematically harassed by the police for adhering to a particular ideology.
Infrastructure Push Part of Anti-Naxal Strategy
NEW DELHI: In the final leg of operations to eliminate Maoists footprints, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to reconstruct and fortify police stations located in areas worst-affected by left-wing extremism. Four hundred police stations are already being fortified under the Integrated Action Plan. According to ministry sources, the Centre is also planning to shift the supervision of the plan from the Planning Commission to the ministry to fast-track development work, including the construction of school buildings, anganwadis, drinking water facilities, roads in the affected areas. The plans will also include the construction of development hubs with modern hospitals, communication infrastructure and education institutions at the block level in the worst-affected 23 districts. Under the new strategy to counter ultras, the government is also planning to upgrade the jungle warfare schools.
“The ministry is planning to send more paramilitary men to 23 worst-affected districts, strengthening our ground position. We already have around 90,000 boots on the ground in nine states,” a source said. The security forces killed 53 Maoists till September 30 while they arrested 1,182 guerrillas. The corresponding figure last year was only 1,069 arrests. Intelligence sources said the offensive against Maoists had increased, and that 169 encounters with Maoists were reported. According to details accessed by Express, 171 civilians lost their lives in the last nine months, a sharp decrease from 200 deaths last year for the same period. Newly carved state Telangana reported 10 Maoism-related incidents and four deaths till September while worst-affected Chhattisgarh clocked 250 such incidents and 87 deaths. Jharkhand reported 276 incidents and 70 deaths. Last year, Jharkhand reported 113 deaths for the corresponding period.
Female Naxals get combat role
The CPI (Maoist) leadership has of late effected a radical structural change in the outfit by drafting more and more women cadre in combat roles besides ensuring their fast rise in the rebel hierarchy, intelligence sources said on Monday. The sea change in the organisational structure has been brought on strategic point of view to transform it from a male-dominated outfit to women-centric one, a senior police officer quoting intelligence reports told this newspaper here.
“In 2008, Maoists’ top hierarchy comprised barely 25 per cent women. The women representation in Maoist top hierarchy has now grown by leap and bounds to a staggering 60 per cent. This clearly indicates that the CPI (Maoist) is heading towards a women-dominated radical force in coming days”, the police officer said requesting anonymity. Intelligence reports have revealed that the trend of male Maoists leading combat units has been reversed of late with women leaders currently heading several platoons and companies of People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) as wells as many area committees and divisional committees of CPI (Maoist). The recent appointments Sujata as head of Dandakaranya state military committee, Niti as head of South Bastar divisional committee and Madhavi as West Bastar divisional committee are a case in point.
“Earlier, women cadres’ roles used to be confined to assist their male counterparts in their respective units. Now, the female cadres have been drafted in combat roles. Last year’s Naxal ambush on Congress convoy at Jiram Ghati in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district in which 27 Congressmen were killed was a testimony to it. Women rebels were found to have been outnumbered male rebels in the combat group”, he added. Women cadres have also been given significant places in lower rung positions.
Hardcore Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Oct 14 (PTI) A hardcore Maoist, carrying a reward of Rs one lakh on his head, was arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district today, police said. The cadre Raiju Potai (28) was apprehended by a team of local police from Haatchapai village forests under Dhanora police station limits, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri told PTI. Acting on specific inputs, a squad of district force was sent to Haatchapai forests, located around 300 kms away from the state capital Raipur.
Bengal off Maoist-hit states’ list
New Delhi: Bengal is off the “extremely affected” list in the new central policy on management of Left-wing extremism. Home ministry sources said the list of extremely affected districts has been revised from 34 to 23 and does not include West Midnapore, the lone Bengal district that was part of the earlier list. This means West Midnapore may not be eligible for the special treatment under the new policy, which plans to demarcate four to five blocks in each of the 23 districts and turn them into “model development hubs”.