Are the police losing ground in Warangal?
Is Warangal police losing their ground that they had built up working over a decade against the Maoist party naxals? The police say they had information that there was some movement of armed naxals in Eturunagaram and Tadvai forest areas of late. Nearly 400 greyhounds police fan the entire forest tracts extending from the hamlets abutting forest and extending upto villages in Karimnagar district and those of neighbouring Chhattisgarh State.
According to the top police officials, hundreds of Gothi Koya tribals who migrated from Chhattisgarh state due to ongoing naxal activity there have raised settlements in deep forests of Eturunagaram and Tadvai and other agency mandals in Warangal district. In the recent past, some naxal squads moved into the forest here trying to establish contact with these Gothi Koya.
“The naxals are in desperation to recruit new cadre. These Gothi Koya youth are easy targets to them. The naxals try to exploit their innocence and raise their own shelters here,” said a police officer.
From the height of a blast here and an encounter there a decade ago, the Warangal police and the naxals lost their cadre to gain ground. It was the police who gained upper hand and succeeded in driving away the naxal groups from district. Though the police maintained that they were on vigil despite migration of naxal groups from district into other parts of the country, particularly to Chattisgarh on the other side of river Godavari, the latest information about the movement of armed squads is giving the police sleepless nights. Superintendent of Police Mr AK Jha said they got information that some naxals were moving in the forest in district and were trying to establish contacts with the migrant Gothi Koya population.
“We never let up our vigilance. We have new outposts all along the river Godavari keeping a watch on Maoists trying to cross into district. We have made many sacrifices to gain the ground and we are fully prepared to retain it,” Mr Jha asserted.
Eight Maoists including four women arrested
Muzaffarpur(Bihar), Dec 16 (PTI) In a major anti-Maoist operation, the police today arrested eight alleged Maoists including four women from a village in Muzaffarpur district and recovered six detonators, a pistol, some ammunition and naxal literature from them. Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjit Kumar Mishra said the arrests were made from Turki village in the district and the entire operation was conducted on the basis of intelligence inputs.
Eight Maoists including four women arrested in Muzaffarpur
In a major anti-Maoist operation, the police on Tuesday arrested eight alleged Maoists including four women from a village in Muzaffarpur district and recovered six detonators, a pistol, some ammunition and naxal literature from them. Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjit Kumar Mishra said the arrests were made from Turki village in the district and the entire operation was conducted on the basis of intelligence inputs. “The Maoists had assembled in a government high school at Turki and were making plans to attack persons who had not paid levy demanded by their organisation. We got a tip-off about it and laid a trap to net them. The operation was concluded successfully,” Mishra said.
The SSP said the arrested persons have been identified as Bharti Devi, Puja Devi, Kalawati Devi, Aaarti Devi, Rampravesh Rai, Lalan Rai, Ganesh Rai and Dinesh Rai. They all are residents of different places in Muzaffarpur. The police is interrogating the arrested persons to gain additional information about their activities. Turki area has emerged as a hotbed of Maoist activity in Muzaffarpur. Recently, Maoists had attacked a businessman and exploded bombs at his residence after he refused to pay levy imposed on him.
NAXAL PRESENCE: POLICE INTENSIFY COMBING OPERATIONS ALONG KERALA BORDER
Mysuru, Dec. 16- Following inputs on naxal movement along the State’s border with Kerala in H.D. Kote taluk, the District Police have intensified combing operations in the area. Speaking to SOM this morning, SP Abhinav Ashok Khare said that day and night operations are going on to trace naxal movement in forests along the State’s border with Kerala. Hundreds of Police personnel have been involved in tracing naxals’ presence deep inside the forests, he added.
Police shoots man due to mistaken identity
Khammam: Tension gripped Dosilla palli in Charla mandal on Monday when locals insisting on their presence at the scene of offence where a tribal was shot by cops due to mistaken identity and succumbed while undergoing treatment at NIMS in Hyderabad on Sunday. The locals led by L. Venkat, Ravi Kumar and Brahmachari tried to enter the police security zone where police officials are investigating the firing by the police on Karam Narasimha Rao, who died while undergoing treatment at NIMS.
The police blocked their attempts to enter the scene of offence while investigation was on. They staged a dharna on Dosillapalli road. L. Venkat, a local leader said the cops fired at adivasi Narasimha Rao without any reason while they were returning to their village. The cops should answer about the firing and the guilty should be punished, he said, adding that the people of the mandal have been facing Naxal action on the one side and police killing on the other side. Mani Kumar, a resident of Charla said the cops who conduct search operations, searched people coming from Charla mandal headquarters on Saturday night. Two people, who were stopped, explained their identity to the police.
But, Narasimha Rao and his friend Kanithi Sattibabu tried to move forward as the police did not call them. But, the cops fired two rounds at them thinking that that they were fleeing. A bullet pierced the stomoch of Narasimha Rao. Then, the cops shifted Narasimha Rao to a private hospital in Bhadrachalam first and to NIMS later. Rao succumbed in Hyderabad late on Sunday night. Interestingly, the police did all these in a secret manner. But, the death of Rao exposed the cops and relatives of the victim and villages demanded a thorough enquiry. The police tried to persuade the locals by promising them to suspend the cops if they found guilty. They also promised to give an ex-gratia Rs 10 lakh and home guard job to a member of the victim’s family.