People’s War in India Clippings 1/12/2014


Indian police killed by Maoist rebels

Maoist rebels have killed 13 police and wounded another 12 in an ambush in a remote part of central India, two senior officers said. The troops were carrying out an operation deep in a forest when the gunmen attacked, the head of Chhattisgarh state’s anti-Maoist operations told the AFP news agency. “Thirteen security forces were killed in a gun battle with Maoists in a deep forest of Sukma region of Chhattisgarh,” said Rajinder Kumar Vij. Sukma district is 385km south of Raipur, the state capital.


Assembly polls: Forces on night domination to keep Maoist threat at bay

Jamshedpur : Police and paramilitary forces have started night domination in naxal-hit Patamda and Bodam in view of the second phase of polling. The move followed intelligence inputs that the Dalma squad of CPI – Maoist has increased its movement in the areas in remote villages of Patamda and Bodam which had almost been free from the naxal activities. “By visiting repeatedly into any particular area, naxals will increase their influence among the villager, and the villagers,” said the officer.

He pointed out the naxals are suspected to have increased the movement keeping the elections in view of the elections which is detrimental to conducting free and fair elections here. A senior police official said: “At the time when the election, joint operation of police and paramilitary was all essential as rebels will tend to concentrate on the Singhbhum side of the border during the time. The joint anti-insurgency operation at Patamda,Dalma and Ghatshila region will keep the area largely free from activities of naxals in the wake of the elections.

“He said as there are a large number of villagers, who have shifted their base from the naxals to the police, it is the duty of the police administration to instill a sense of confidence among such villagers. CRPF officer confirmed to have began the exercise of night domination in the difficult terrain in Patamda. “We had been carrying out long range patrolling in the jungles during the day, but now we have started the exercise of night domination in the night. In the exercise, the forces are staying throughout the night in those villages where thenaxals are reported to have visited clandestinely,” said the officer.

Ballot vs bullet: Phase 2 of Jharkhand polls meets Maoist challenge

The resolve of ballot against the threat of bullet will be put to test when the second phase of Jharkhand polls coincides with the start of the CPI-Maoists’ PLGA week on Tuesday. Maoists observe their People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week each year between December 2 and 9 to commemorate the foundation of their military wing. The banned left-wing extremist outfit’s PLGA is its frontal military wing that executes bloody attacks.

With an estimated 15,000-20,000 highly trained guerillas, the PLGA is known to target security forces. During the PLGA week, it is a Maoist tradition to carry out strikes against security personnel to exhibit their strength and control in areas under their dominance. The Maoist presence has spread to 22 out of the 24 Jharkhand districts and claimed 1,300 lives, including 507 security personnel, since the state’s creation in 2000.

Most of the major strikes against the forces have occurred during or around the PLGA week. In all, polling will be held across 20 constituencies across seven Maoist-affected districts on Tuesday. Senior police officials in these districts are aware of the threat and have beefed up security. “I have informed the government about the high possibility of strikes by the rebels during this week,” West Singhbhum superintendent of police Narendra Kumar Singh said.

The Saranda forest, spread across 820 sq km, in the district is the Maoists safest hideout in the country. It has always been an uphill task for the election commission to successfully hold fair and peaceful polls in the booths in this forest area. What’s more, the Maoists have issued a poll boycott call in accordance with their usual practice. Singh said, “In addition to the 80 companies of central forces, besides the home guards and district police deployed to successfully conduct the polls, we have also sent around 12 teams of the elite CoBRA and Jharkhand Jaguar forces, each team comprising 30 fighters, at various locations in the Saranda forest to carry out operation against the rebels.”

Sharing borders with Odisha on the west and West Bengal in the east, the vulnerability of East Singhbhum district to Maoists’ strike is high during the PLGA week. Shailendra Burnwal, additional SP-cum-nodal officer for deployment of forces, said, “At least 319 polling booths in our district are sensitive to LWE strikes.” On Sunday night, Maoists fired at an unknown target in the Jhatijharna area along the West Bengal border. In Tamar, Ranchi district, Maoists had forced several villages to abstain from polling in 2009.


Roads deserted but Sangai fest abuzz with crowds

Imphal, November 30 2014 : The 24-hour public curfew imposed by CorCom and the 24-hour general strike clamped by Maoist Communist Party in connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit severely affected normal life in the State today. However, a substantial number of people somehow reached the Hapta Kangjei-bung to witness the closing ceremony of the 10-day annual festival. All major roads remained empty and shops and business establishments closed in the four valley districts.

The twin capital districts of Imphal East and Imphal West witnessed heavy deployment of State forces and Central paramilitary forces. During the stir, all passenger and private vehicles stayed off the roads. All the three Ima markets and other business establishments and shops in Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar also remained closed.

Maoist attack in Kerala’s tribal zone likely, says Police

The Kerala Police’s Intelligence wing has received information suggesting the possibility of Communist party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) carrying out an attack soon in the Attappady tribal zone of Palakkad District, reports The Pioneer on December 1.

As per the report, the State Intelligence has submitted to the Government the Maoists are most likely to attack tourist resorts built allegedly on encroached Adivasi lands in the Attappady region. The report is said to have warned about the possibility of attacks also on Government offices, especially those of the Forest Department.

According to sources in the State Police, the Maoists are planning to carry out the attack in protest against the failure of the Government in implementing the welfare schemes for the Adivasis of Attappady reeling under poverty, malnutrition, lack of healthcare and other problems. A minimum of 16 babies had died of malnutrition in Attappady this year.

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