Maoist recast for better functioning
The CPI(Maoist) have introduced structural changes in their organization by introducing new committee with focus on the Jharkhand-Bihar region and dismantling an existing one. The formation of the East Bihar Eastern Jharkhand Special Area Committee (EBEJSAC) – to dominate four districts of Dumka, Godda, Pakur and Jamtara under Santhal Pargana division and Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui Lakhisarai and Monghyr in Bihar – is part of the strategy adopted during the fourth central committee meeting of the CPI Maoists held in 2013.
BJSAC leader Rupeshji, who attended the 2013 meeting, told TOI that for easy functioning and to establish dominance on areas where the revolution was gaining ground, the party decided to form new special area committees. “There has been a noticeable grudge among tribal peasantry against ruling classes in Santhal region and the party (Maoists) decided to give it a direction,” he said. Maoists also dismantled Bihar Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) to restore the old organization BJSAC. The idea is to concentrate on smaller areas and opt for mass mobilization. “In BJ (Bihar-Jharkhand) too people were steeled in 30 years of class struggle and people’s war. They fought back several enemy repressive campaigns and defeated them. At present, the peasantry and para teachers there are fighting militantly.
“The Jharkhand Adivasi peasantry is fighting militantly against the conspiracies of the ruling classes to undermine the Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act, against displacement and for the annulment of MoUs signed by the state government with Multinational companies. In Bihar too peasants are fighting on various issues. There are several potentialities for the BJ movement to advance,” the Maoist resolution adopted adopted in the fourth central committee meeting reads.
“We should implement the tactics in the coming two years and work with the aim of reviving the areas in setback; we should once again mobilize and consolidate the party forces where they had become dispersed; we should strengthen in the areas where we have weakened and we should expand to new areas and spheres basing on this consolidated strength,” it says. Soon after reorganisation, the Maoists have carried out two major attacks in the region which includes attack on convoy of Pakur SP Amarjeet Balihar in July 2013 in which nine people were killed and a landmine blast during the recent Lok Sabha elections in Dumka in which eight people were killed on April 24.
Jharkhand police have identified at least six Maoists active in the region which includes Pavitar Da alias Nandlal Manjhi, Pravil Da alias Hirendra Murmu, Shahdeo Ravi alias Tala Da, Kanchan Yadav alias Mota, Daud hembram alias Vimal Da and Joseph Hansda to be leading activities in the region. ADG special branch Rezi Dungdung however denied having information about Maoists regrouping in the region.
CRPF jawan injured as naxal laid pressure bomb explodes in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A CRPF jawan was injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district today, police said. The incident occurred when a contingent of the paramilitary force was engaged in operation of providing security to a road-construction work between Awapalli and Basaguda under Awapalli police station limits this afternoon, Bijapur additional superintendent of police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
During the operation, one of the jawans accidentally stepped on a pressure bomb planted by Maoists which exploded, injuring him seriously, the ASP said. The injured, Lakhinath, a constable belonged to the 65th battalion of CRPF and is a native of Assam, he said. After preliminary treatment at a local hospital, he was airlifted to the state capital for better medical assistance, where he is reported to be recovering. Later during a search near the blast site, a 7 kg explosive placed under the land, a detonator and iron splinters were recovered by the bomb disposal squad, he said.
Two Naxals Gunned Down in Chhattisgarh
Two Naxals, including a woman, were killed in a gun-battle with security forces when a police team raided a Maoist transit camp in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today, a senior police official said. “The cadres were gunned down following a prolonged exchange of fire between a joint squad of security personnel and ultras in the forests of Mirtoor police station limits,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri told PTI.
Acting on a specific intelligence inputs about the presence of rebels in the jungles of Bechapal of Mirtoor region, located around 400 km away from the state capital, the contingent of Special Task Force (STF) and district forces mobilised towards the spot, the IG said.
IB warns Jharkhand police of Chhattisgarh-like Maoist ambush
RANCHI: The Intelligence Bureau has warned Jharkhand police of a possible Chhattisgarh-like Maoist ambush in assembly segments situated along the interstate border. Most of 13 assembly segments going to polls on November 25 are situated on the Jharkhand-Chhatisgarh-Odisha border. “Among all Maoist-hit states, only Jharkhand is going to polls thus the rebels will try to make a mark to try to regain lost ground,” said Ranchi IG M S Bhatia who termed IB’s warning a routine.
Jharkhand police conducted a co-ordination meeting with IG Sarjuga (Chhatisgarh) T J Longkumer and IG Rourkela R S Sharma with Palamu IG A Natrajan and DIG Kolhan Md Nehal and learnt the strategy Maoists applied in Darbha valley attack in 2013. A classified anti-sabotage strategy has been percolated down the line and SPs told to protect cavalcades of politicians. The VIP security cells in districts earlier dormant have come back to life. “The VIP security cell keeps a track of all VIP movements. The road opening parties are deployed hours before the visits and no cavalcade is allowed without an anti-sabotage check,” said Ranchi IG M S Bhatia.
A top police officer said during elections Maoists try to attack convoys. Forests flank single lane roads most of which cut through valleys in Jharkhand. “Budha Pahar in Jharkhand-Chhatisgarh-Odisha tri-junction has a sizeable presence of Maoists who can disturb polls,” said ADG special branch Rezi Dungdung. A handbook circulated among politicians advices them they should not return by the same route used to reach a rally site and there should not be any last minute change in route or venue.
At the slightest suspicion, forces conduct anti-sabotage checks. Over 15,000 CRPF jawans, deployed for poll duty, mostly carry out road opening exercises and scan roads for bombs. “Maoists have gathered in different parts (of the state), but are being continuously chased. We will not allow them to gather at one place and inflict major damage,” said Bhatia. A source said top Maoists from Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand have held meetings in forests in Chatra and in Jhumra hills to discuss assembly elections. IG Rourkela, R K Sharma, who held coordination meet with Bhatia on Monday, said: “Six companies of CRPF personnel will maintain strict vigil along Jharkhand border till elections are over to stop Maoists cross border movement.” T J Longkumer has also extended similar assurances.
Police monitoring Maoist activities in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police is closely monitoring recent attacks allegedly linked to Maoists and investigating the incidents, said Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday. Police have identified the “modus operandi” behind the attacks and, for security reasons, were refraining from giving publicity to the investigations, Chennithala told a news agency. “The modus operandi behind these recent attacks is a ploy by a few organisations that have links with Maoists to get the sympathy of the local people,” said Chennithala. He said there were quite a few organisations in Kerala that act as fronts for Maoists.
Talking about two recent attacks, Chennithala said the attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin at Kochi Nov 10 was to get the sympathy of the locals who allege the Nitta factory was polluting the Chalakudy river. “The attack last night at a resort in Wayanad is being probed, but we do not wish to make it public,” said Chennithala. He also pointed out that these Maoists friendly groups target places and establishments where disputes are ongoing. “Through this, they are able to win the confidence of the locals. Their key target areas are quarries, resorts and establishments,” said Chennithala. “Another feature in our state is that such groups are looking for visibility and for that they want publicity to create panic. So the police are watching every development,” added Chennithala.
Cops alert after murder in Ghatsila
JAMSHEDPUR: Police on Monday asked campaigners for the second phase of elections on December 2 to strictly follow security guidelines after a ward member was killed in Maoist-dominated Dhalbhumgarh under Ghatsila sub-division on Sunday. “We issued security guidelines in Maoist-hit areas to candidates and political parties after the assembly election was announced. However, this incident has alerted us on the security front,” said a senior police officer on Monday.
On Sunday evening, Sunil Bodra, in his late 30s, was gunned down by two assailants at Narsinghgarh haat when he was returning home. Police are yet to confirm whether it was the handiwork of the rebels. “Prima facie evidence doesn’t confirm Maoist role nor have we received any clue to believe that criminals were behind the incident. We are still investigating,” said Priya Prakash, DSP Ghatshila range. But sources in Dhalbhumgarh panchayat said suspected Maoists were behind the murder of Bodra. “Our information is that rebels killed Bodra as he was suspected to be an informer and was a target of some time,” said a panchyat member.