Chhattisgarh: Naxal killed in encounter
Raipur: A naxal was on Wednesday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. The face-off took place during a combing operation near restive Birabhati forests under Bhejji police station limits, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told a news agency. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Cobra (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of CRPF and district force was carrying out search operations in the Bhejji region of south Bastar, around 500 kms from Raipur, Shrawan said. When they reached Birabhati and Jaggawaram forests, rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated.
After a fierce gun-battle, the ultras retreated to the core area of the forest. Later in searches, body of a slain naxal in uniform and a SLR rifle was recovered from the spot, he said. The identity of the killed naxal is yet to be ascertained, he said adding his body was being retrieved from the forests.
Maoists admit to facing difficult situation in Bastar
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has accepted that it was facing a “difficult situation” in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh where it was dominant until recently. In a statement issued by Gudsa Usendi, spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC), to “condemn” the surrender of DKSZC member Arjun and his wife Ranita before the police in Telangana, the party said the couple could not withstand the “difficult time” faced by the movement. “Arjun and Ranita overestimated the enemy power as undefeatable in the present tough times. But these are only the phases of any revolutionary movement,” claimed Gudsa Usendi adding that their surrender did make a “negative impact” on the party.
“Not a single day is passing without the ‘usual’ encounters and fake encounters of both revolutionaries and common people in the movement areas. Excessive cordon and search operations, area dominations, loot, destruction, mayhem, tortures and atrocities on people by the government forces are going on in Dandakaranya,” said Abhay, the spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist) central committee in another statement. Bastar has witnessed a large number of Maoist surrenders in the past few months, apparently reducing the dominance of the party in an area considered its “base area.”
On the deployment of the Naga Battalion in Chhattisgarh, the DKSZC spokesperson appealed to the Naga jawans not to come to Chhattisgarh “as slaves in the service of exploiters” and raise their voice against ‘forcible deployment’ and express solidarity with the Adivasi people fighting for their very existence. The outlawed outfit also condemned the re-arrest of Goppanna Markam, an alleged senior Maoist leader by the Bastar police and termed it “illegal and unconstitutional.”
Forces deployed at Balapam to check Maoist backlash
This measure was taken after the Sunday’s incident where members of CPI (Maoist) shot dead Gemmili Sanjeeva Rao, a spiritual leader and native of Veeravaram village, after branding him as a police informer near Balapam on Sunday night. In retaliation, about 300 Girijans surrounded the Maoists and killed three of them, including Sharat a Divisional Committee Member of Korukonda area committee and two militia members- Korra Nageshwara Rao and Palla Ganapathi. According to SP K. Praveen, there may not be an immediate retaliation from the Maoist side, as they are a political party and would not antagonise the tribal people further.
“They will first review the incident at the divisional level and at the most may call for social boycott of the village,” said Mr. Praveen. But he was fast to add that there may be a backlash between the villages. Sanjeeva Rao was a Khond and militia members who were killed were Bagatas from Gillebanda and Sabbapalli villages of the same Balapam panchayat.“There is a traditional rivalry between the two tribes and we have posted our forces just as a precautionary measure,” said Mr. Praveen. Sources say Sanjeeva Rao’s popularity as spiritual leader attracted the wrath of the Maoist. As per a letter recovered from Sharat’s kit bag, Sanjeeva Rao was branded as category-I threat, as he was trying to wean away tribals from the Maoist path through his spiritual preaching.
Maoists gun down former rebel in Gumla district
GUMLA: A former Maoist cadre was gunned down by his comrades at Kanshikna village in Gumla. Maoists gunned down their former old and dreaded cadre, Mangal Nagesia near Kanshikona village touching boundary of both Raidih and adjacent Palkot police station in the district on late Monday evening. He carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. The incident took place when Nagesiya, who had formed his own group called Janhit Kranti Party was at small hamlet near Kanshikona with his small squad including a woman member. Maoists are believed to have looted arms after carrying out the incident. Police recovered the body on Tuesday, OC of Raidih police station Rajiv Ranjan. After shooting him dead, the Reds are believed to have taken away the woman with them.
The incident took place at about 8.30 pm. Maoists encircled the house where he was staying and shot him dead.According to OC of Raidih police station, Khudi Munda’s squad of Maoists was involved in the incident. Maoist leader Vishwamitraji is learnt to have taken responsibility for the incident on Monday night in a misive to the local media. Nagesiya, a resident of Kanshikona village under Raidih police station was earlier with CPI (Maoist) holding rank of sub zonal commander for several years and to him goes the credit of establishing the same in Raidih – Palkot areas in the district. Later, he parted ways with Maoists and joined hand with PLFI in the same capacity. But three years ago he formed his own group and he came in the hit list of both banned organizations. For last 13 years Nagesia Mangal had unleashed a rein of terror in Gumla and Simdega districts here and Jashpur district of bordering Chattisgarh. There are at least 60 cases of murder and extortion against Nagesiya who had joined CPI(Maoist) – then known as Maoists Communist Centre(MCC) in 1999- 2000 with different police station areas, a police officer said.
Three Maoists arrested in Chattisgarh
Raipur: Three Maoists were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar region, police said today. Two hardcore cadres – Jilaram Jaggu (24) and Manaru (28)- were nabbed by the Special Task Force from Geedam police station limits of Dantewada district last evening, Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. Acting on a tip-off that the ultras had arrived at their native Arla village in Geedam region, around 450 kms from the state capital, a squad of STF was mobilised towards the place, Kashyap said. After encircling the village, the security personnel nabbed the two Naxals, who were involved in an attack on police party, abduction and various other offences in the region, he said.
In another incident, a rebel was apprehended from Kanker district’s Antagarh police station region. Mangau Ram (36) was caught by a joint team of district police and Border Security Force while he was keeping a tab on the movement of security personnel in Upperkamta forest, a police officer said. The Naxal was wanted in connection with several criminal offences, including murder, attack on police party and torching vehicles, he said, adding that the interrogation of the nabbed rebel was on.