Jharkhand elections: Naxal threat looms large, campaigning low key in Latehar
Ranchi: Even before birds are back in their nests, men and women go indoors. After 5 pm, when darkness is still to cover the area, not even a single bicycle is seen on the roads of Latehar. The dense forests of Latehar hide ghastly secrets. To everyone Naxals are ‘otherworldly’ creatures. No one can dispel the fear of Naxals that has diluted even the colour of politics during elections in Latehar. “Yahan chunav ka rang dikh nahi raha” is the first reaction that any outsider has after entering the region – be it the paramilitary forces or media persons.
CRPF to be replaced with ITBP in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli
Nagpur: The Central Reserve Police Force deployed in Maharashtra’s naxal hotbed of Gadchiroli will soon be replaced with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, a senior CRPF official said. The process of withdrawing the CRPF battalions has already begun following which the deployment of ITBP jawans will commence. Both the processes will be completed within a span of six months, CRPF Western Sector’s Inspector General of Police Sanjay Kaushik told a news agency. The deployment process includes the induction training of the ITBP men who are posted in hilly regions and would be deployed to combat Left Wing Extremism for the first time, he said.
BSNL to set up 60 cell towers in Naxal areas of Vidarbha
Nagpur: Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited, government-owned telecommunication service provider, is set to erect 2199 mobile phone towers across India in areas hit by left-wing terrorism (Naxalism). Around 60 towers, including 37 in Gadchiroli, are expected to come up in eastern Vidarbha where the reds’ movement exists. BSNL’s endeavour, to be budgeted from its own Universal Social Obligation Fund (USOF), would pave way for better communication facilities for security and intelligence agencies in the remote areas. A high-level co-ordination meeting among the representatives of Union ministry of home affairs, state police officials from Naxal hit areas and BSNL executives took place in Delhi this week to discuss the modalities.
Most of the towers, it was decided, will be erected within the premises of security establishments like police stations. It is learnt that several remote localities in Gadchiroli’s guerrilla warfare zones, especially the far-flung areas where state shares boundaries with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, are now expected to come under the mobile phone network. The entire project of bringing the affected zones under coverage area would be completed within a year. Apart from enhancing security, the connectivity is expected to be useful for local tribal population too. A senior official stated tendering processes were being initiated in different states and the work was set to start soon.
“Mobile connectivity is a major problem in remote areas where the communication facility is limited to only satellite phones. It sometimes becomes a hurdle during operations,” he said. He also added that having more mobiles would boost intelligence network. “Naxals too can use the network against security forces but they can be fought back,” he said. Naxals have often targeted towers of BSNL and other service providers in their strongholds as they believe mobiles would largely help state machinery.
There are several instances in Gadchiroli and Gondia where Naxals blew up towers. Sources in Gadchiroli district stated that at present 51 locations had mobile towers covering 20 security posts. Several far-fetched places, known to be Naxal strongholds like Asar Ali and Zinganoor in Sironcha, Manne Rajaram in Bhamragarh, Murumgaon, Gyarapatti and other places both in north and South Gadchiroli are expected to now come under coverage.
Naxals appeal for ‘caste eradication organizations’ across state
Nagpur: The banned Communist party of India (Maoist) has called for setting up of ‘caste eradication organizations’ across state in the backdrop of killings of three of a Dalit family in Javkheda village in Pathardi taluka of Ahmednagar district last month. The rebel outfit, comparing the brutality of the incident with that of Khairlanji murders, has also appealed before the cross-sections of the society for intensifying struggle at grass-root level against the Fascism of Brahman-driven BJP’s central government under Prime minister Narendra Modi.
The reds have appealed to the masses on behalf of their Peoples’ liberation guerilla warfare (PLGA) and ‘Jantana sarkar’ to shun democratic means of protest and resort to violence for protest on the lines of agitations following Khairlanji and Ramabai Ambedkar incidents in the past against Modi sarkar or government. Maharashtra state committee and Dandakaranya special zonal committee, issuing press releases and pamphlets, have strongly criticized the killings blaming the Hindu fascism for the brutalities. The reds have also claimed that RSS and such organizations are fast trying to spread its influences which required to be challenged at every level of the society.
They have also highlighted that national broadcaster preferred beaming RSS’s programme rather than focusing on the congregation at the Deekshabhoomi on Dussera. The Naxals have also held the communal forces to target Muslims apart from Dalits in different pockets of the country. The fascist Hindu, the reds claimed, has been also trying to stifle the voice of the other weaker sections like women in their press communication. The reds have also hit out at the majority radical system for engaging in conversing tribal population and usurping their native places for gains of the corporate world. The so-called political prisoners lodged in Nagpur central jail, nabbed for their alleged involvement in Naxal involvement, also have observed a day long hunger strike protesting the Javkheda killings. The naxals have put up their trademark red banners at different places in Gadchiroli protesting the Javkheda incident.
A banner at a place like Solapur, which far away from the affected districts of Gadchiroli, Gondia and Chandrapur, have raised the concern of the security and intelligence wings. A section of the security forces feel that Naxals are trying to provoke the Dalit to initiate mass struggle against the government and target its establishments and forces which is part of their national agenda. A senior security and intelligence advisor stated that Naxals’ ‘Strategy and Tactics of the Indian Revolution’ of 2007 already has laid down elaborate agenda for the banned outfit to capitalize on Dalit section and try to draw them into mass struggle and resistance movements. The Naxal literature, in possession of TOI, stresses on the need to ‘initiate and lead the struggles against violence on Dalits from our own class organization. There is also urgent need to build organisations to fight against caste discrimination and in eradicayion of the caste system as a part of the new democratic transformation of the society’.
Two IEDs recovered from Maoist-hit jungles
Two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered by the security personnel on search operation in Naxal-infested Barigada-Sashank village in Khunti district today, a senior police officer said. The security personnel comprising of District Armed Police and CRPF were on joint serarch operation launched in view of the ensuing assembly election in naxal-affected areas of the district when they detected the IEDs planted on the kucha road, Superitnendent of Police, Sudarshan Prasad Mandal told newsmen. Each IED was weighed 20 kgs, he said adding that the explosive was removed and defused by the bomb disposal squad. Polling for the Khunti assembly seat was slated in the second phase of five-phase poll on 2nd December.
Eight illegal minigun factories busted in Bihra, one held
Munger: Police on Friday busted eight illegal minigun factories in a forest in Bariyarpur police station area here and arrested one person in connection with it. “Acting on a tip-off, police raided Rishikund forest and busted eight illicit minigun factories,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Varun Kumar Sinha said. Rajaram Paswan, who ran one of these eight minigun factories, has been arrested while the owners of seven other units managed to flee, the SP said. As many as 19 automatic pistols, two magazines, two crude bombs and a large quantity of equipments used for processing illicit weapons were seized from these minigun factories, he said. During interrogation, Paswan told police that Maoists had forced them to run the minigun factories to meet their requirements for arms to carry out naxal activities in the district and adjoining areas, Sinha said.
Hardcore Maoist held in Gaya
Gaya: The security forces arrested a hardcore Maoist from a village under Dumaria police station area in Bihar’s Gaya district, a police officer said Friday. Acting on a tip off, the security forces comprising the CRPF and local police, raided Tarwadih village last night and aprehended the hardcore Maoist, identified as Raja Yadav, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), City, Rakesh Kumar said. A member of the proscribed outfit CPI(Maoist), Yadav was wanted in connection with three cases of Naxal violence in the district.
CRPF jawan injured in anti-naxalite operation
Gumla: A CRPF jawan was injured in an encounter with Naxalites at Kasmar jungle in Gumla district, a police officer said. “The condition of injured jawan, Santosh Kumarm, is stable,” Superintendent of Police Bhimsen Tuti said here. The encounter, which began early morning, continued till the evening, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Mohammad Arshad said. Security personnel comprising Jharkhand Jaguar, CRPF and CoBRA battalions and district armed police of Gumla, Latehar and Lohardaga districts jointly launched the operation, Arshad said.
Movement of Naxals under police scanner
Ooty: STF, police and foresters have joined hands for joint combing operations in the Upper Bhavani and its nearby forest areas here, bordering Kerala, to monitor suspected Naxalite movements in the wooded areas near the border.While the STF had already taken up combing operations in the Nilgiris border along Kerala after reports emanated about suspected movements of Naxalites in the Kerala jungles, the STF, in the Nilgiris, joined by police and forest teams has taken up intensified combing operations in the Upper Bhavani and Geddai belt in the south-western part of the Nilgiris bordering Kerala, over the past couple of days.
Though forest and police officials maintain that it is a routine exercise, sources in police said that there were instructions from higher ups to organize intensified combing operations at regular intervals to thwart any movement of anti-social elements in the forested borders here.
Red bomb in poll pockets – CoBRA jawan injured in Gumla firing
Ranchi/Bokaro, Nov. 13: A CoBRA jawan was today injured in a rebel encounter within Bishunpur area of Gumla that will vote on November 25 among the first lot of 13 Assembly seats, while poll officials in red stronghold Upar Ghat in Bokaro were forced to flee last evening when people pelted stones. As BJP and JMM poll manifestos ignore the internal enemy and Chief Election Commissioner of India V.S. Sampath promises thrice the security manpower for Vidhan Sabha polls compared to Lok Sabha elections, Jharkhand is staring at frissons of rebel violence across the state. CoBRA jawan Santosh Kumar was injured during a rebel encounter at Kumari forests this afternoon.
He has been flown to Apollo hospitals in Ranchi. Apparently, a rebel has also been killed but so far no body has been found. The encounter, which is still on, assumes importance at a time when rebel outfits, especially Maoists, are publicly boycotting polls via posters. Tipped off on Maoist presence in the forest area late last evening, special teams comprising Jharkhand Jaguar, CoBRA, CRPF and district police personnel fanned out to corner them from different sides.
Operations began soon after sunrise today around 6.10am and intensified as the day wore on. Gunshots rang out from both sides as the security forces continued to tread cautiously into the forests based along borders of Gumla, Latehar and Lohardaga districts, over a 100km from the capital. What makes the forests a haven for rebels are the mazes of shortcuts. “We are getting reports that rebels are opening fire from time to time. Detailed reports are awaited. We can’t officially confirm whether any rebel was killed in the encounter now,” Gumla SP Bhimsen Tuti told The Telegraph. “We are doing our best. My boys are working very hard and have my best wishes,” DGP Rajeev Kumar said.
An incident of lesser violence but no less significance occurred last evening around 5pm when Nawadih (Bokaro) BDO Inder Kumar and circle officer (CO) Anuj Kachhap were returning to Bokaro city after booth inspections in Narayanpur cluster, a known rebel stronghold. A crowd pelted stones at the official vehicle at Naxalite hub Upar Ghat in Nawadih, completely smashing the windowpanes of the SUV (JH09T9616). Kumar and Kachhap asked the driver to speed through Upar Ghat, through Deliam jungles, till they reached Nawadih thana on state highway. Here, they lodged an FIR. On November 10, the police recovered large quantities of explosives from a Maoist hideout in Kumandih forests of Latehar district.
Police headquarters at Dhurwa have issued ads in newspapers today, announcing cash rewards for those who help recover improvised explosive devices. The prize money ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000. The ads also published photographs and addresses of 37 rebels carrying cash rewards on their heads and promised confidentiality to police informers.
CPI (Maoist) claim onus for attack on NGIL corporate office in Kochi
The CPI (Maoist) on Friday took responsibility for the attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL) in Kochi on last Monday. A press note released by the Western Ghat Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) in Thrissur said the urban action team under the committee carried out the attack. Going by the claim of the Maoists, the attack on NGIL corporate office, located in the prime spot in Kochi, would be the organisation’s first sortie into a Kerala city. NGIL’s unit in Thrissur district, which manufactures ossein from animal bone, has been facing protests over polluting a nearby river.
A nine-member gang, wearing masks, stormed into the corporate office after threatening the security staff. Using iron rods, they demolished the computers and window panes. They also left a letter, which has reference to Maoists, forcing the police to suspect the involvement of the ultra outfit. The press release in Thrissur said the attack on NGIL was a symbolic action and was a warning to the company to withdraw from its anti-people stand. If the company does not take a cue from this action, the coming actions would not be just symbolic. It said past experience showed the irrelevance of nonviolence means of agitation.
Police had brutally tortured the people who had been engaged in a peaceful agitation. The atrocities committed by the company towards the local people in terms of exploitation, pollution and social loss is thousand fold than the loss created by our attack on the NGIL office. The release called for a people’s fight to gain supremacy over water and forest. NGIL, an Indo-Japanese venture, is a leading manufacturer of gelatin, ossein, di-calcium phosphate, collagen peptide and related products which have wide applications in pharmaceuticals. The NGIL’s unit in Thrissur was attacked last year in connection with the agitation against polluting river Chalakkudy.
Maoist Posters Surface in Kasargod District
KASARGOD: After Kanhangad and Nileshwaram, posters favouring Maoism have been spotted on the walls in Kasargod, too. One of the posters reads: “Maoism is not terrorism, but the way to liberate the oppressed. People have the right to take up arms for self-defence. Terminate Operation Green Hunt immediately.” According to reports, intelligence agencies have started a probe to find out the people behind the posters. The posters have been put up near the new bus stand, railway station and Cherkala.
They have been signed off by an organisation called Revolutionary Democratic Front. Maoist watchers say it is the first time such posters are being found in Kasargod. A few days ago, such posters supporting Maoism were widely seen in Kanhangad and Nileshwaram. The police are investigating the case. Posters of the CPI (Maoist), a banned organisation, had been appearing occasionally in different parts of Kerala for the past two years. Recently, such posters were seen at Mavelikkara in Alappuzha and Attappady in Palakkad.
East Godavari police arrests 13 Maoists; unearth arms dump
East Godavari police arrested 13 Maoist militia sympathisers and unearthed a Maoist arms dump consisting of bombs, guns, detonators and landmines in the district, a senior police officer said here today. East Godavari district Superintendent of Police M Ravi Prakash said that Donkarai police arrested eight Maoist militia sympathisers namely M Chittibabu, K Rambabu, G Srinu, G Ghasi Ram, P Chinna Reddy, M Rajesh, K Urdho and H Dali Babu, who are all from Pathakota village of the district.
Ramavaram police also arrested five people namely S Raja Rao, D Raja Rao, D Appa Rao, K Babu Rao and K Jagatrai in this connection, he said. Last week, about 47 Maoists sympathisers had surrendered before the Ramapachodavaram police.
Joint Effort Needed to Tackle Maoists, Says Vijay Kumar
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior Security Adviser in the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar said here on Thursday that coordinated efforts of the Centre and State Governments were imperative for tackling the Maoist menace. He termed the Maoist presence in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka tri-junction as ‘under control.’’ ‘’They are in the propaganda stage and we are stepping up counter-propaganda and preventive action,’’ he said. He said there were no specific reports on insurgents’ presence in urban areas. ‘’The three tri-junctions facing Maoist threat are Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh-West Bengal, Bihar-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh-Odisha. The states at risk and the Centre should work together,’’ he said.
Maoists destroy guest house to protest BSF camp
Maoists destroyed a private guest house belonging to a granite company at Pedapadu in Pottangi block in the district in protest against the proposed establishment of a BSF camp in the area, the police said today. A group of around 30 to 40 Maoists attacked the guest house at Pedapadu, situated at a distance of about 85 km from here bordering to Andhra Pradesh, around 8 pm yesterday, the police said. Using a JCB machine of the company, Maoists destroyed the guest house.
As no one was present at the time of the attack, no injury or casualty has been reported, the police said. Posters belonging to Srikakulam-Koraput Division of the banned CPI (Maoist) recovered from the crime spot reveals that the Maoists attacked the building in protest against the proposed deployment of security personnel at Pedapadu.
Campaign against Fabricated cases in Odisha
Report by Rajeev Lochan Rathan, Gajapati: Against fabricated cases and fake encountered on five Tribal and Dalit youths by police at Bhaliaguda under Mohana Police Station in Gajapati district at the border of Kandhamal district on 14th November 2012. Various democratic and mass organizations peace protest at Master Canteen, Bhubaneswar on today. The deceased youths were belongs to poor Adivasi and Dalit families from different places in Kandhamal. Ayub Pradra of Bujuli, Syamson Majhi of Bhinguruguda, Bhasiram Bagsingh of Mardipanka village under Brahmunigam PS were known to be socially active persons, have been working for the rights of fellow villagers on issues of Forest Rights, MGNREGA, RTI and were never involved in any underground activities.
Other two were Sanatan Mallick of Gaheju and Lakshmikanta Nayak of Tikabali village in Kandhamal district, Rights Activist Narendra Mohanty said. It is known to us that my husband and the other deceased persons were summoned by the Maoists to Bhaliaguda to face the “Praja Court” (People’s Court).Three person had reached the Maoist camp via Mohana. After given their reply and returning while shot dead by the SOG and Police. Several civil rights groups and peoples forums were visited the area and collected facts have clearly proved that there were neither any cross fair nor the dead were had any weapons with them, Ranjita Patamajhi, a victim’s wife said.
At least fifty people were killed in “Encounter” during last seven years by the police and most of them were found to be poor dalit & tribals without any arms and ammunitions. At least twenty of them are women and fifteen were minors. Violence perpetrated by the state results gross violation of Human Rights and no-way it has been helping to curb “so called extremist activists” Biswapriya Kanungo. Since last two years, family members of the victims are moving and knocking the doors of various important persons of the state administrations to get justice.
In this context, rights activists along with the deprived families have gathered in front of State Legislative Assembly with the demands as Judiciary inquiry by a seating Judge of Odisha High Court, Lodge FIR under section IPC 302 against the murderer police, Stop police atrocities against the common villagers in the name of combing operation, Sanction compensation of Rs.10 lakhs for each deceased family to His Excellency Governor of Odisha.
Maoists set ablaze two vehicles on NH-30 in Chhattisgarh
A tipper and a road roller were set ablaze by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on National Highway 30 near Kukanar village in Jagdalpur (District Headquarters) in the afternoon of November 13, reports The Pioneer. The two vehicles were parked on NH-30 between Kukanar and Lakhapal villages about three kilometers from Jagdalpur for the repair of six roads, officials stated. About 20 Maoists walked to the site and threatened the contractor and labourers to stop the work and they set ablaze the two vehicles.