Maoists apologise for killing policeman
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has apologised for killing Shivkumar Sidar, constable with the Chhattisgarh Armed Force, in Sukma district of Bastar last week. On October 18, the Maoists abducted an ailing Sidar, posted at the Timilwada police camp in Sukma, while he was travelling in a bus to Dornapal town for treatment. The ultras killed the unarmed constable and threw his body on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road.
“One of our guerrilla squads killed him near Timilwada village without the permission of the CPI(Maoist) leadership. We apologise for his death,” said a statement issued by the South Bastar Divisional Committee of the party. “He was sick and was travelling to Dornapal for treatment. He was not carrying any weapon. We consider it our mistake to have killed him in such a situation and we regret it,” the outfit said. The CPI(Maoist) also warned policemen posted in the Timilwada and Chintagufa camps against “troubling and exploiting villagers.” In a press statement by the Kistaram area committee, the Maoists said a civilian of Mettaguda village in Sukma district was killed by the security forces on October 20.
“A joint operation was launched by the Central Reserve Police Force, the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), Koya Commandos and Grey Hounds in Kistaram area of Sukma district from October 19 to 21. The forces killed Sodi Masa of Mettaguda village who had come to Palachalma village to visit his relatives, and later on declared him a Maoist,” the outfit said. The CPI(Maoist) alleged that the security forces damaged properties of villagers in Goddiguda, Kamalafaram, Palachalma, Ampetta, Senempetta, Mangelguda, Sesam, Kasaram and many other villages and demanded transfer of Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Bastar, S.R.P. Kalluri.
Maoists Eye Border Pockets
ROURKELA: Fast losing ground in Saranda forest of Jharkhand without any fresh recruitments, Maoist leaders are desperate to use border pockets of Sundargarh district for hideouts and simultaneously push for the membership drive. Despite frequent movements, the Maoists have not been able to taste much success in regaining strength in Sundargarh side of the border due to continuing pressure by Rourkela district police.
Reliable sources said in recent times, operatives of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit have unsuccessfully held meetings at vulnerable border pockets under Lathikata and Chandiposh police limits to rebuild rapport with tribal villagers. The Maoists in a change of strategy are ‘desperately’ trying to convince gullible villagers that past mistakes would not be repeated. In the last six weeks, Rourkela district police have ensured surrender of 17 runaway Maoists in four phases.
Forest border stretching from Bisra to Topadihi of Bonai sub-division in Sundargarh besides a vast stretch of adjacent Keonjhar district are infested by the outfit’s Saranda-based Dakshin Chhota Nagpur Zonal Committee. Another Maoist group owing allegiance to Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh committee is reportedly frequenting places under remote Gurundia police limits in Sundargarh along with Sambalpur and Deogarh districts.
For more than 30 months, Maoist movement, originating from Saranda – the erstwhile Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) of the outfit – has touched all time low. The reasons are attributed to combined effects of heavy deployment of Jharkhand police and CRPF, non-cooperation from sympathisers and drastic drop in levy collection due to prolonged closures of mines along Odisha-Jharkhand border.
Maoist Posters in Vadakara
VADAKARA: Wall posters and notices in the name of banned group CPI (Maoist) appeared at some locations in Vadakara police station limit on Sunday. The posters also asked the people to join CPI(Maoist) for a new democratic-unexploited India by strengthening the ‘class struggle’. The posters requested people to be united with the CPI(Maoist) ‘to defeat the imperialist government and its armed forces’. The group also asks the people to reclaim the rights for forest, water and land.
Dumka cops worry as loot boosts Maoists’ armoury
DUMKA: With the administration in different districts swinging into action after the announcement of the assembly election dates, Dumka police, a day after Maoist attack on security forces, are concerned that sophisticated weapons looted from police armoury might add to the strength of the rebels. Police are yet to recover firearms — like AK-47 and Insaas rifles and cartridges — which were looted from security forces in different incidents of ambush.
The attack on security jawans on Saturday near Santhal Tola under Kathikund police station, where “Maoists opened around 600-650 rounds of fire”, has put a tough challenge before the district police. That rebels use looted firearms came to light during the ambush in Shikaripara in April when used cartridges of AK-47, Insaas rifles and SLR were found in large scale at the ambush site. Dumka SP Anoop T Mathew, while admitting that arms looted by rebels were yet to be recovered, said security forces were undoubtedly more equipped.
“Rebels have managed to cause loss to the security forces by applying mischievous means but it is for sure security forces will have upper hand in direct confrontation with them” Mathew said. Four Insaas semi-automatic rifles, two AK-47 and around 600 cartridges were taken away by the rebels after the attack on the cavalcade of slain Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar in July 2 last year in Kathikund police station area.