Two Naxal IED experts held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two Naxal cadres, expert at making improvised explosive devices (IEDs), were arrested from a village in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said Thursday. Koyana Baghel (36) and Sukhram Baghel (37) were apprehended from their native Bukrawada village under Kukanar police station limits of Sukma last night, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri told PTI. Acting on inputs that the duo was planning to hold a meeting with villagers at their native place, a joint squad of CRPF and local police was mobilised towards the spot, located around 450 kms from the state capital, he said.
On sensing the security forces surrounding the region, the ultras tried to escape from the spot, but were nabbed after a short chase, he said. Working as janmilitia members in Katekalyan Area Committee of the banned outfit, the duo was tasked with preparing and planting the IEDs in the restive region to harm the security forces, he said, adding that they were carrying a reward of Rs 2,000 each on their head. As the IED experts, the two were involved in several Naxal ambush to target security forces in the South Bastar forests, he said.
Three policemen injured in naxal encounter
Raipur, Oct 30 (PTI) Three police jawans were injured in an encounter with naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said today. “The face-off took place in restive forests under Chintagufa police station limits when a joint squad of CRPF and district force was carrying out an anti-naxal operation late last evening,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri told PTI.
Two Maoists held with ammunition in Jharkhand
Latehar (Jharkhand), Oct. 30 (ANI): The Jharkhand police on Wednesday arrested two Maoists with ammunition in the state’s Latehar district. Latehar Superintendent of Police Michael Raj S said that his force had attained major success by arresting two notorious Maoists who were involved in several violent activities since 2011. “Acting on a tip-off, we arrested a member of a Maoist organisation, Babulal Bhuiya, who is a resident of Deoghar.
We have also arrested a Maoist supporter along with him. We have recovered 25 rounds of bullets along with a motorcycle that they used to travel for conducting their activities,” he said. Michael added the arrested Maoists were involved in activities including firing at police, planning a bomb blast on National Highway 75 and others.
Maoist victims stage protest
VISAKHAPATNAM: A group of tribals staged a protest in front of the houses of three civil rights activists in the city on Wednesday to protest the alleged support to Maoists by civil rights activists. Around 20 to 30 tribals belonging to Veeravaram village and other parts of GK Veedhi mandal, one of the most Maoist-infested mandal, raised their voice against civil rights activists. The protesters included family members and relatives of Gemmeli Sanjeeva Rao, who was brutally killed by Maoists a week ago in the Korukonda block.
It may be recalled that soon after Sanjeeva Rao’s brutal killing, enraged tribals had killed three Maoists, including a commander, Sindri Chinna Ranga Rao alias Sarat. The activists staged protests outside Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Council (APCLC) Visakha unit president T Srirammurthy’s house at Gajuwaka, as well as APCLC members G Raghuram’s house at Mangapuram Colony near Kalabharathi Auditorium and A Annapoorna’s house at Arilova.
They questioned the civil rights activists on their reasons for supporting Maoists who have been killing innocent tribals and urged the civil liberties leaders to protect them from Reds. But the civil rights leaders alleged that the tribals were brought from Visakha agency by cops, who influenced them to conduct the protest. Interestingly, the presence of many Visakha Rural police cops involved in anti-naxal operations was visible in the protest areas.
Speaking to media persons, one of the tribals Sanjeeva Rao asked why the civil rights leaders were not questioning the Maoist menace against tribals. “APCLC leaders have been raising their voice whenever any Maoist is killed or arrested, but never in support of tribals being killed at the hands of Naxalites,” he said. On the other hand, APCLC leader Raghuram accused the police department of creating another Salwa Judum in the Visakha Agency against Maoists and alleged that it was the cops who had brought the tribals to his house. ”
APCLC does not have any link with the killings of tribals by Naxalites or the killing of Naxalites by tribals. APCLC will send a fact finding committee to the Korukonda incident area,” he said, pointing out that APCLC has never told people or Naxalites to kill anyone and its only endeavour was to protect the democratic rights of the people.
Glare on youths’ Maoist nexus
Jorhat, Oct. 29: Nearly 30 youths from Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts of Upper Assam, who had gone outside the state for employment, may have joined the Maoists. Sources in the police department said an inquiry was on to ascertain whether the youths (all men) who reportedly went outside Assam two years ago to work for private firms were really employed in the companies or had joined Maoist organisations.
The suspicion arose on the basis of inputs collected by the police from local sources that these youths, who had left in 2012, had not visited their homes since and seldom called their family and friends. These youths hail from the tea gardens and villages of Chabua, Tingkhong and Rajgarh areas in Dibrugarh district, Sadiya, Panitola, Guijan and Tangana areas in Tinsukia district and from Charaideo subdivision of Sivasagar district.
The sources said these are Maoist-sensitive areas, from where at least 10 youths have joined extremists in the past. The most wanted Maoist leader of Assam, Adiyta Bora, is from Tingkhong. He was arrested in Odisha in 2011 and brought to Assam. He has since jumped bail. In May 2012, four Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with the police in Sadiya, which was the first such incident in Assam. The sources said the parents and guardians of the 30 youths under scanner had told the police that their children had gone to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and were employed in the hospitality sector, private security agencies and construction companies.
However, the guardians were unable to provide proper addresses of their wards’ residences or employment firms. They reportedly told the police that their children did not call them up frequently in order to save money. The police have not been able to contact the youths’ mobile number (prepaid SIM cards). So they have asked the mobile companies to provide details of the user and the locations of the said numbers.
The guardians also told the police that their boys had not sent them any money. Most of the parents do not have bank accounts and the police are in the process of checking whether any deposits have been made into the accounts of those who have. A senior police official told The Telegraph that investigations conducted so far had raised suspicions that these youths might have joined the Maoists. He said the police were collecting information on the youths from their counterparts in the southern states on the basis of information collected from the youths’ parents.
Visakha Agency braces for bandh
VISAKHAPATNAM: Gripped by fear after the murder of a Veeravaram villager and the subsequent lynching of three Maoists by angry tribals, Visakha Agency is now bracing for the bandh call given by Maoists on Thursday. Following the recent incident in Veeravaram village where Gemmeli Sanjeeva Rao was murdered by the Reds and three Maoists, including a commander rank Naxalite Sindri Chinna Ranga Rao, were lynched in retaliation, tribals have confined themselves to their villages in the Visakha Agency and are too scared to even venture out to the weekly markets, sources said.
After the Veeravaram lynching, the CPI Maoist East Division leader Kailasam had stated that 19 villagers involved in the killings of the three Maoists had been identified and he warned those responsible for the act to offer their apologies and surrender before the party failing which they would be punished. Suspecting large scale violence by the Reds, cops have launched extensive combing operations involving 500 security personnel in the Visakha Agency.
Cops are carrying out vehicle checks and taking suspected persons into custody for interrogation, sources said. Night halt buses in the interior pockets and night services were cancelled on Wednesday and a call on whether to run buses in the interiors on Thursday would be taken based on the prevailing situation. Narsipatnam OSD Vishal Gunni told TOI that forces had been deployed for combing operations and his department had taken precautionary measures to deal with Naxalites.
Maoist bandh partial in Agency
Bandh in Visakha Agency area on Thursday, for which the banned CPI (Maoist) has given a call in protest against the killing of two of its members near Korukonda shandy on October 19, was partial except in a few panchayats. Though the bandh was partial and police and paramilitary forces were deployed in huge numbers, people had a tense day. Veeravaram village is a deserted place as all its residents, including women have left to other villages.
This is the native village of Gemmili Sanjeeva Rao, who was shot dead by the Maoists on October 19, and in retaliation his relatives and friends attacked Maoist party’s district committee member Sharath and a militia member and clobbered them to death. Later the Maoists announced that they had identified 19 persons involved in the attack and would take them to task. On Thursday, the bandh was total in Balapam, Sammangi and Kudumusara panchayats in Chintapalli mandal and Jerrela, Vanchula, Ammavari Darakonda and Vanchula panchayats in GK Veedhi mandal. At important places like Paderu, Chintapalli, Sileru and Araku Valley the bandh was partial.
Following police instruction traders opened their shops from around 11 a.m. at several places. Banks were closed while schools and colleges functioned at Paderu. APSRTC ran its services from Narsipatnam and other plain areas to Paderu, Chintapalli, Sileru and Araku but cancelled services to the interior areas. The weekly shandy at Maddigaruvu, where the Maoists enjoy good support, was conducted. In an incident that may not be related to the bandh in Agency, the Kalimerla area committee killed a Girijan of Kallaguda village near Kalimela in Odisha, near the Andhra border, on Wednesday night branding him a police informer. A group of 40 Maoists picked up Bheema Mandi from his house in Kallguda and shot him dead after holding a ‘praja court’. His body was dumped on the Kalimela-Malkangiri road.
Police step up vigil
The Venkatapuram circle police have stepped up security in the forest fringe areas bordering Chhattisgarh following reported exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in Pamedu forest area of Bijapur district on Wednesday. Sources said that the police stepped up area domination operations in forest areas in Charla and Dummugudem mandals, which share a long border with Chhattisgarh. Vigil has been intensified along the remote tribal pockets situated close to the inter-State border to check the movement of rebels.
Manipur’s economy is anti-poor: RPF
Imphal, October 28 2014: The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has said that seemingly fast growing economy of Manipur is anti-poor and it is favouring only a handful of people who are close to the Government. According to a statement issued by the RPF’s Publicity Secretary Roben Khuman, the people of Manipur have been languishing in underdevelopment since their annexation by the Indian Government.
The economy of the State is reported to be growing much faster than the average Indian economy, but the condition of Manipur is still at the worst with no sign of proper development. A noted economist of the State even pointed that the grow rate of Manipur is much greater than the average growth of India, but the figure seems to be quite misleading with most of the people being suppressed economically by those in power.
The questionable economic development of Manipur is never made transparent by the Indian Government. The government agencies have not properly pointed out the sectors or groups which have been benefited by such economic policy. In the recent past, Manipur has seen some changes with the emergence of new communication technology, roads, bridges, airports, railway line, luxury hotels, media etc. However, these developments are confined only to the main market places. The interior and remote parts of Manipur have been neglected and deprived of development despite of various schemes and programmes of the Indian Govt, the statement said.