Maoist Posters Surface, Role of Surrendered Naxals Suspected
NALGONDA: For the first time after K Chandrasekhar Rao took over as Chief Minister of Telangana six months ago, Maoist posters purportedly surfaced, hardly 50 km away from State capital Hyderabad, on Thursday sending jitters among the top police brass. The posters sprung up at a couple of places in Nalgonda district, urging people in general and farmers in particular to revolt against the “dictator” rule of KCR. “KCR di niyantrutva palana. Prabhutvam pai raithulu, prajalanta tiragabadali (KCR’s is a dictator rule. People and farmers should revolt against this regime)”, the posters written with red ink said.
The posters were in the name of Maoist Party. The party also wanted people to make the ongoing PLGA celebrations a success. This is the first time that Maoist posters have surfaced openly against KCR’s rule. The posters were pasted on signboards at Thallasingaram and Lingojigudem villages in Choutuppal mandal, once a hotbed of Naxal activity, and noticed by locals who immediately alerted the police. Police removed the posters and began investigating.
Police, however, said there is no Naxal movement in the district and the posters might have been pasted by surrendered Naxals or Maoist sympathisers. Later in the day, Hyderabad range DIG Y Gangadhar told reporters that there is no naxal movement in the district. Asked about the posters, he said they are enquiring where it is the handiwork of former or surrendered Naxals. The posters came just a day after Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy said they are implementing Maoist agenda and that there is no presence of Maoists in the State.
Four Jharkhand Mines Department officials ‘abducted’ by Naxalites
Chaibasa (Jharkhand): Four officials of Jharkhand Mines Department were suspected to have been abducted by Naxalites in West Singhbhum district on Thursday. According to Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh, four officials were suspected to have been kidnapped around 4 pm by Naxalites from Roro’s asbestos mines under Muffasil police station near Chaibasa, the headquarters town of West Singhbhum district. The officials did not inform the local police station before visiting the mine area, he said, adding that the security forces had surrounded the area and a search operation was on to locate them. West Singhbhum has 39.75 per cent of its land covered by forest.
Ten IEDs recovered from Maoist hideout in Munger
The security forces have recovered ten Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) among other materials from a Maoist hideout in Bihar’s Munger district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip off, the security forces comprising of CRPF and district police personnel launched a combing operation in Bhimbundh forest since yesterday and recovered ten IEDs, six SIM cards and as many pen drives from a Maoist hideout in Kumratali area, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Operations, Naveen Kumar said. Kumar, who had led the security team during the operation, said four IEDs were destroyed on the spot as these explosives were found to be in bad shape, while six others have been brought to the headquarters. No arrest has been made in this connection, the SP(Operations) said.
Maoists silent on election boycott, say NDA bigger enemy than UPA
Maoists in Jharkhand did not discuss the issue of boycotting the assembly polls at an annual anniversary event attended by thousands of villagers, marking a radical departure from their usual stance ever since the group’s military wing was formed in the state 14 years ago. Maoist militants addressed around 3,000 villagers at the 14th anniversary week of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) at a remote village on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border on Tuesday, declaring the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre a greater threat to them and the poor masses than the UPA.
The Maoists also announced their resolve to shift tactics by transforming the PLGA into the People’s Liberation Army, moving from guerrilla warfare to more direct and open conflict with security forces. Handouts distributed on the occasion — HT has a copy — said the rebels conceded their failure in keeping the masses with them. “Over the years, we have suffered huge losses,” read the handout. “But we are not down and the State should not dare to write us off. We are analysing the causes of our failures and adopting corrective methods to engage the 90% population of this country that wants change with us.” Villagers, who attended the meeting, said they were worried about consequences as they had turned up in large numbers to vote, but were surprised that nothing was said.
“We were worried that they would react sharply as we had enthusiastically participated in the polls,” said a villager who attended the commemoration. “Surprisingly, they did not make any mention of the ongoing polls.” A record 63.35% and 65% of voters cast their ballot in the two phases of the five-phase assembly polls, indicating that people want stability in the backward state that has been a hub of Maoist activities after it was carved out in 2000. The People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army was formed the same year.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh said Jharkhand has overtaken Chhattisgarh in terms of left-wing extremist violence that affects at least 22 of Jharkhand’s 24 districts. The Maoists, however, claim to fight for millions of tribal and landless people who have suffered at the hands of the State. A senior special branch official said Maoists are now fielding candidates and even giving them monetary support to fight the polls. “This is a survival policy that does not augur well for the State,” the official said on condition of anonymity.