Suspected Maoists kill village headman in Odisha
A tribal village headman has been killed by suspected Maoists on suspicion of being a police informer in Koraput district, the police said on Saturday. The headman has been identified as 60 year-old Radhaya Sirika, a resident of Siriguda village under Maoist-hit Narayanpatna block in the district. Though the modus operandi of the murder is similar to that of the Maoists, the police was yet to confirm Maoist hand in it. “The assailants had slit the throat of the victim with a sharp-edged weapon which the Maoists generally do to eliminate their targets. However, as no Maoist poster or banner was spotted near the body we are yet to establish Maoist hand in it,” SP (Koraput) Charan Singh Meena said.
“We have recovered the body and investigation is on. Reason behind the killing will be known once we complete our inquiry,” he added. According to sources, a village puja was organised at Siriguda on Thursday night where all family members of the victim were present. But, Sirika had gone to the nearby village for some work and on early Friday local villagers spotted the body of the village headman lying in a pool of blood few meters away from the village. The police claimed that the deceased was never a police informer and he might have been killed for some other reason which is under investigation.
“We had never received any anti-naxal information from the deceased. He was not our informer. Generally, after killing someone the Maoists use it to exhibit their presence and to terrorise villagers by putting posters near the body. But here nothing such has happened. However, as it is Naxal-hit area, we are investigating this angle also,” the SP said.
Maoists call for Telangana bandh today
Hyderabad: Communist Party of India (Maoist) has called for one-day bandh today to protest the ‘inept policies’ of the TRS government resulting in farmer suicides. CPI (Maoist)’s North Telangana Special Zone Committee (NTSZC) spokesperson Jagan, in a statement said that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had claimed that Naxalites were true patriots during his election campaign and that he would implement their agenda when he comes to power.
Jagan attacked him for retreating from his words and acting contrary to his words. CPI (Maoist) alleged that KCR’s behavior was similar to that of other CMs who tried to suppress free speech. . “KCR has been making statements that the power situation would be the same for the next three years. This has resulted in depression among farmers who have been taking their lives,” the statement said. The government has to take responsibility for the suicides numbering more than 265 so far in the past few months, the statement said and requested people from all sections of society to join the bandh.
Normal life affected by Maoist bandh in Odisha
Normal life was today affected in certain areas of the district due to a 12-hour bandh called by ultras in Dandakarayan area. The bandh call was given in support of various demands by Darabha division leader Vinod Kasav in Dandakarayan area, which is spread over the three adjoining states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. However, the impact of the bandh was felt only in eight bordering blocks, police said. Though there was no impact of the bandh in this district headquarter town, normal life was hit in Mathili and Padia blocks which formed part of Dandakarayan area, police said. Vehicular traffic remained off roads while schools and government offices and shops were closed.
As a precautionary measure, the state government had cancelled plying of government buses from various places to Malkangiri. Besides, movement of traffic to adjoining Chhatisgarh and Andhra was also affected due to digging of a road by the Maoists in Sukma district of Chhatisgarh, police added. Meanwhile, the sources said in view of the bandh police had tightened security arrangement in the district and intensified combing operations. Dandakarayana area comprises Jagadalpur, Bastar, Sukma and Dantewada of Chhattisgarh, Visakhapatnam, Khamam and Konta of Andhra Pradesh and Malkangiri, Koraput and some parts of Nabarangpur district in Odisha.
Bastar tense on eve of Dandakaranya bandh
The Bastar region of Chhattisgarh remained on the edge on Friday as intensified Maoist activity was witnessed in many districts on the eve of Maoist bandh on Saturday. The Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) has called for “Dandakaranya bandh” on November 8 against the Narendra Modi government’s “fascist policies.” Maoists torched three vehicles in the Nerli Ghati area of Dantewada district on Friday evening and opened fire on the police parties, said Bastar Range Inspector-General of Police, S.R.P. Kalluri. There was no report of casualty on any side.Two police constables were injured in Sukma district by spikes put on a road.
Andhra University professor Appa Rao sent to custody
Visakhapatnam: Relatives of associate professor Jarra Appa Rao and a section of students and research scholars of Andhra University (AU) plan to approach the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to complain against the arrest of professor Appa Rao by the Vizag Rural Police on charges of supplying logistics to Maoists. The students are planning to organise a round-table meeting with people of various organisations in Vizag city against the cops alleging that the police are acting on a plan to arrest those who are raising their voice against the proposed bauxite mining. The Vizag Rural police arrested four people, including Jarra Appa Rao for allegedly supplying explosive materials to banned CPI (Maoists) on Thursday.
“How can the police arrest our professor by claiming that the professor was a childhood friend of AOB Special Zonal Committee and top Maoist Bakuri Venkataramana alias Ganesh and have connections with Maoists? The police are falsely implicating the professor to suppress the voice against the proposed bauxite mining,” said a research scholar of AU B. Subhani. If we remain silent on the arrest of Appa Rao, the cops will continue to arrest students, research scholars and professors of AU, who hail from Maoist hotbed by branding them as supporters of Maoists, he added.