Maoist announces boycott to Modi visit to Manipur
Maoist Communist Party, Manipur (MCPM) Monday announced that the armed outfit would boycott the proposed visit of Narendra Modi to Manipur. In a statement dispatched to the local media, MCPM said that Modi’s visit was not for the welfare of the people of the state but to participate in the Sangai festival and also to hijack the property of the land. The statement further said that Maoist will called general strike from midnight of November 29 till 5 pm of November 30, the day on which the Prime Minister was scheduled to arrive at Imphal.
On the other hand, state chief minister has convened another high level meeting with top officials of the state government and reviewed the preparations being made to welcome the visiting Prime Minister. Security in the twin Imphal district has already been beefed up well ahead of the Manipur Sangai Festival which was kicked off from November 30. Police have been conducting mopping operations at various places in these twin districts.
Naxals urge tribals to occupy land belonging to politicians, landlords
VISAKHAPATNAM: In a bid to regain lost ground and attract the people of Telangana to their fold, the CPI Maoists have now zeroed in on land struggles as top priority and called for the people of Khammam district, particularly tribals, to occupy land belonging to landlords and politicians, who have allegedly amassed wealth in illegal ways in the state. In a leaflet released by the Khammam district committee of the Maoists, the Reds have listed details of the extent of lands allegedly encroached upon or possessed through “illegal ways” by the landlords of the district, especially those belonging to communities like Reddy, Kshatriya, Kamma and Velama that have migrated from coastal Andhra Pradesh and edged out the tribals, turning them into labourers.
The Reds have alleged that thousands of acres of fertile land have been encroached by politicians, contractors and others influential persons in Dummugudem, VR Puram, Kunavaram, Aswararaopet, Chinturu, Bhadrachalam division, Venkatapur mandal, Vajedu, Charla mandal and other parts of Khammam. “Khammam district has abundant natural resources with irrigation facilities through rivers like Sabari and Godavari, but more than 30% of the fertile land in the district is under the illegal possession of landlords belonging to a few castes such as Kshatriya, Kamma, Velama and Reddy that comprise just 5% of the population,” the Maoist leaflet alleged.
The leaflet, which was printed in October-end and has come to light recently, contains a list of big names along with the extent of land they own mandal-wise. In the leaflet, accessed by TOI, many big names have been listed along with the extent of land they own mandal-wise. The list includes former Telugu Desam Party minister Tummala Nageswara Rao (150 acres), who is presently sailing with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), former TDP MP Nama Nageswara Rao (200 acres), who owns Madhucon Construction, YSRCP MP Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy (200 acres), former MLA Vanama Venkateswara Rao (150 acres), CPM leader Tammineni Veerabhadram (200 acres), TRS MLA Jalagam Venkata Rao (350acres), YSRCP leader Kurakala Nagabhusahanam (150 acres), Congress leader Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy (150 acres), Congress deputy speaker Bhatti Vikramarka (100 acres), CPI leader Puvvada Nageswara Rao (150 acres) and landlord Kuppa Varaprasad (350 acres, including 200 acres in Ballari), and finance businessmen Upperna Vasu and Tirumala Rao with 100 acres each.
The Reds have even named former MLA Kunja Satyavathi of Bhadrachalam, Vajedu mandal zamindar Peddababu (300 acres) and Edari Bhupati of Kottapalli in Charla mandal (180 acres). The Naxalites accused the ‘encroachers’ of donning a new avatar by transforming themselves into contractors, liquor and sand mafia, apart from encouraging illegal settlements under the cover of politics, real estate encroachments, mining, coal open cast mining, among others. “This kind of practice has been more visible in Sattupalli, Palvancha and Bhadrachalam divisions,” the Reds alleged.
Maoist posters create flutter
Maoists have put up handwritten posters and printed pamphlets at various localities in Venkatapuram and Charla towns in the wee hours of Tuesday urging people to wage a fight for the rights of Adivasis over Jal, Jangal and Zameen (Water, Forest and Land). The rebels launched the poster campaign in connection with People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) Week celebrations slated from December 2 to 8. The pamphlets purportedly put up by Maoists in Venkatapuram created flutters in the town as they contained the names of several “landlords” including some elected representatives and a few former MLAs of ruling and opposition parties from the district.
The rebels charged the “landlords” with encroaching upon vast swathes of tribal lands in gross violation of 1/70 Act in Bhadrachalam Agency area by exploiting the gullible tribal people. Through the pamphlets the rebels called upon people to fight to liberate the encroached tribal lands from landlords, stop Polavaram project, safeguard the rights of Adivasis and pursue agrarian revolution. The pamphlets surfaced at the entrance of bus station and a temple complex in the heart of Charla town.
Meanwhile, fear pervaded the interior tribal pockets in Bhadrachalam division as additional police forces swooped in the forest fringe villages in pursuit of rebels who are engaged in arrangements to organise the PGA Week celebrations.
Jharkhand Chief Secy condemns torching of vehicles
Chief Secretary Sajja Chakraborty today said Naxalites’ act of torching two election campaign vehicles in Sonua was an “attempt to build up psychological pressure on police” ahead of second phase of the five-phased state polls slated for December 2. Chakraborty said, “It is a futile attempt by the ultras to build up psychological press on the police force” but the security personnel are alerted and engaged in anti-naxal operation.
Chakraborty was in the district headquarter of insurgency-affected West Singhbhum, where he held a meeting with senior police officials including IG (Zonal) M S Bhatia, IG (Ops) Rezi Dungdung, DIG (Kolhan) Md Nehal and Superintendent of Police N K Singh, among others. “We are committed to hold a free and fair poll in the state and confident that the people will turn out in large number,” he said. We have deployed five times more security personnels this time compared to what we had in the last parliamentary poll, he said adding that will be adequate and tight security arrangement across the state.
He said anti-naxal operation was going on in the naxal-infested area and security personnel are prepared to meeting any eventuality during the poll. Chakraborty also directed the officials to take immediate measures to plug the loopholes in the security arrangement if there was any. We have intensified patrolling in the bordering areas with the neighbouring states, he added. Earlier, suspected naxals had torched two vehicles engaged in election campaigning at Kuira village under Sonua police station on Tuesday. While one vehicle belonged to Congress party candidate, another was government vehicle.
Seven alleged Maoists held in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar
Raipur: Seven alleged Maoists were arrested from separate places in the insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state today, police sources said. Four alleged Maoist cadres were apprehended from forests under the Koyalibeda police station limits of Kanker district today, while a joint squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the district police force carried out a combing operation in the region, Kanker SP, RN Dash told PTI.
Those nabbed have been identified as Rameshwar Anchala (29), Maniram Anchala (40), Shyamlal Dugga (30) and Shanvalu Ram (45), Dash said. They were allegedly involved in several incidents of crime, including loot, arson, murder and attacks on police, the SP said. In another incident, three Maoist people’s militia members namely Santosh Yadav (27), Kasru (25) and Pilsu Muria (22) were arrested in Kondagaon district.
The cadres were allegedly involved in an attack on security forces in Ehkali-Hadeli village forests in August this year, in which a police constable was killed, a senior police official said. After joining the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in 2008, the trio were allegedly involved in serious criminal offences in the region, the official said, adding that the arrested Maoists are being interrogated.
Maoists attack CRPF personnel in J’khand
Latehar (Jharkhand), Nov 26 (PTI) Maoists attacked CRPF personnel today in Jharkhand’s Latehar district but none was injured. “The CRPF personnel were returning to their place when the Maoists opened fire. The jawans also retaliated in the ensuing brief encounter,” Superintendent of Police Michael S Raj told PTI. Polling for the Assembly was held in Lathehar yesterday in the first phase along with other Maoist-hit areas. Raj said the polling personnel were airlifted and were not with the CRPF battalion.
Maoists attack camp of private company in Muzaffarpur
MUZAFFARPUR: Barely 24 hours after the arrest of eight Maoists and recovery of 25 detonators under Deoria police station, about 45 Maoists retaliated by attacking the base camp of a bridge construction company engaged in building a bridge over river Gandak at Bangraghat under Sahebganj PS on Sunday and burnt five vehicles including three transit cement mixers, a JCB machine and a pick-up van. Senior SP Ranjeet Kumar Mishra said the banned ultras, many of them in Army like uniform, confined all the workers and engineers numbering about 150 and took away their mobile phones before setting the vehicles and machines afire.
They fired seven rounds to terrorize the workers. However, no worker was injured in the action except though they slapped a few guards of the company. The Maoists had demanded a certain amount of ‘levy’ from the owner of SP Singla Construction Company but the company had not informed about it to the police. According to leaflets left at the site, the attack was aimed at ‘punishing’ the agency owner for ‘exploiting and misbehaving’ with workers by giving them less payment as wages. The Maoists have also demanded levy payment and directed the agency to stop construction work at the site as long as levy is not paid.
Some firing, a few IEDs
A couple of firing incidents and the recovery of some IEDs marked polling in Jharkhand, which saw a 62 per cent turnout, and improvement from the 58.04 in these constituencies in 2009. A suspected Maoist squad opened fire on a polling party in Chattarpur; BSF jawans repelled them with return fire. In Bishrampur, a group fired at the vehicle of candidate Gobind Singh. In Palamu, 57 EVMs from 19 booths were taken to a CISF camp with forces suspecting Maoists had planted landmines along the way. Forces defused four IEDs in the same district. At Mahuadanr of Latehar, poll officials evacuated two booths and conducted polling in an open field after suspected IEDs were spotted in a primary school.