Sukma ambush was answer to Operation Green Hunt: Maoists
It said the attack was “people’s reply” to the “expansionist policies” of the Modi Govt. at the Centre and Raman Singh Govt. in Chhattisgarh.
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has owned up responsibility for killing 14 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on December 1 and has said that the attack was “people’s reply” to the “expansionist policies” of the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre and Raman Singh Government in the State. In a press statement issued by Gudsa Usendi, the spokesperson of Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the CPI (Maoist), the banned outfit has “congratulated” the South Regional Command (SRC) of the DKSZC for leading the attack on security forces near Kasalpara village of Sukma.
“Thousands of police, CRPF and STF( Special Task Force) personnel were carrying out attacks on many villages in south Danda Karanya ( Sukma district) since November. The forces were indulging in fake encounters of Tribals of Bastar, illegal arrests and detentions, forced surrenders of Tribal youths by threatening to slap false cases on them and atrocities on Tribal women,” claimed Gudsa Usendi. “To stop these attacks on the people of Danda Karanya, revolutionary public in association with the PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) fighters mounted a daring attack on the CRPF, killing 14 jawans and injuring 15 others,” he said and claimed that a large number of sophisticated weapons were snatched from the security personnel during the attack.
The Maoist spokesperson alleged that the Narenrdra Modi Government has sent 10 more battalions of paramilitary forces to Chhattisgarh and fast-tracked the Operation Green Hunt “in order to clear major projects of big corporate houses” after assuming office. “The December 1 attack in Kasalpara was people’s reply to the government’s expansionist policies to sell natural resources to big corporate houses and the resultant displacement of Tribals. It was an answer to the Operation Green Hunt. The people’s war against anti-people polices of the government will continue,” Gudsa Usendi warned. The Maoist spokesperson also claimed that the ” brave and a big attack ” on security forces in Kasalpara had “energized” the revolutionary masses, intellectuals and Maoist cadres.
Policeman killed in Naxal attack
A constable was today killed and two other jawans were injured in a Maoist assault at Itkhori in Chatra district, police said here. Superintendent of Police S N Jha said the Maoists attacked a police party, triggering an encounter near Bhadrakali temple under Itkhori police station. He said a constable was killed in action and two jawans were injured. The injured were admitted to a hospital in Hazaribagh.
Hardcore naxal arrested
The Bihar Police today arrested an alleged hardcore naxal affiliated to CPI (Maoist) from Aurangabad district of Bihar. Aurangabad Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said the naxal was arrested on the basis of intelligence inputs, and has been identified as Gani Khan. He was arrested from Tandwa – Hariharganj road under Tandwa police station of the district.
Maoists pose threat to tigers in Karnataka’s Nagarahole
Already on the ‘endangered’ list, tigers are facing a ‘Red threat’ in the Nagarahole reserve area. The Naxal rebels, who operate along the Karnataka-Kerala border, seem to have taken up the cause of tribal families who are being relocated to help tigers thrive without human interference. Karnataka’s Home Minister K.J. George is aware of the developments and instructions have been issued to the police to keep an eye on the movement of vehicles along the Karnataka-Kerala border.
Almost a decade ago the Red rebels established their presence in the Western Ghats and took up the cause of tribal families who were being relocated from the Kudremukh National Park. After lasting for more than 10 years, it seemed that the Naxal movement was losing steam in the Western Ghats, with its key leaders surrendering to the police. However, just when the government was under the impression that Karnataka would be free from Naxalism, their entry into Nagarahole Tiger Reserve has alerted the administration once again. “We have received reports that Naxals have become active along the Karnataka-Kerala border.
There are possibilities of them taking up the cause of tribal families in Nagarahole. The authorities concerned have been alerted and they are monitoring the situation,” Home Minister George said. The local elected representatives of Mysuru, Kodagu and Chamarajanagara districts (which are part of the Niligiri Biosphere) have urged the government to immediately set up anti-Naxal force camps in important locations.
Naxals kill villager in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Naxals today killed a villager suspecting him of being a police informer in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said. The body of 27-year-old Budhram Salaam was found near his native Remawand village under Narayanpur police station limits this morning, Station House Officer Amar Singh Komre told PTI.As per the villagers, a group of Maoists stormed into Budhram’s house last night and dragged him away from the village. His body was spotted by the locals outside the village in the morning following which they informed police.
A police team rushed to the spot and the body was sent for postmortem, Komre said. “Prima facie it appears that he was strangulated to death,” the SHO said, adding that a Naxal pamphlet branding him a police informer was found near the body.
Maoist activities in Kerala on rise
An alarming increase in the activity of Naxals has been detected by security agencies recently in Kerala where the Left Wing Extremists have started perpetrating violent acts by espousing the cause of tribals. Officials said security agencies have found that the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) have launched a “series of actions” in the southern state, begining with vandalising forest department establishments in Wayanad and Palakkad districts recently.
There are ten identified Naxal violence-affected states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar and Maharashtra. “The red extremists are raising issues of alleged environmental pollution due to mining and other quarrying activities and the high-handedness of police and forest department officials which leads to the dispalcement of tribals from these areas. They are trying to take up cudgels on behalf of tribals and their rights,” they said. They said these developments are alarming as “Kerala has never seen such incidents occuring with so much stead in the recent past.” There had been some reports of Naxal activities in the state in the period between 1960-70s.
The agencies have specifically found that the Maoists, through their local communication channels, are trying to highlight the alleged “misreable” condition of the tribals of Manjeeri area of Malappuram district. “They are spreading the message that the tribals’ plight in the state and in these specific areas is because of the indifference of forest and tribal welfare departments and alleged inaction by the state police,” they said. The agencies have informed the security establishment that Maoists have raised an armed squad in Malappuram district to unleash violence against state government officials and police.
In redrawing Red Corridor, Centre faces a few red flags
The NDA government is set to redraw the Naxal corridor in the country — striking off several existing districts from the list and adding new ones based on their “potential of becoming a new hub for Maoists”. Sources said nine districts in the Tamil Nadu-Kerala-Karnataka trijunction, one in Bihar, and two in Orissa would be added to the list of districts affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE). The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will soon circulate a cabinet note to redraw the Red Corridor since the move also has financial implications. The new additions would be Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur in Kerala, Mysore, Kodagu, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga in Karnataka, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Saran in Bihar, and Boudh and Sonepur districts in Orissa.
Two districts in Tamil Nadu have Maoist camps
Chennai,Dec 26 (TruthDive):Maoists’ presence in three Southern States has been confirmed by Union Home Ministry. Tamil Nadu’s Erode and Nilgiri districts are said to be hotspots of Maoist presence and reports say recruitment to these groups is growing from urban areas of Tamil Nadu.
Porattam denies links to attacks
KOCHI: The leaders of Porattam, considered as a left extremist organisation by security agencies, have denied reports that it had links with the simultaneous attacks by suspected Maoists in Palakkad and Wayanad districts the other day. “We are an organisation working openly for the past many years and we don’t have any records of indulging in any violent activities,” said Porattom chairman M.N. Ravunni and general convener P.J. Manual. Regarding the two youths taken into custody in connection with the attack on the KFC-McDonald outlets in Palakkad, Mr Ravunni said that he came to know about them from media reports.
Mr Manual also denied that the arrested persons had any links with Porattam. The two youths, identified as Arun Balan and Srikanth Prabhakaran, were remanded by the Palakkad judicial first class magistrate court till January 6. The police had registered charges under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against the two. They were taken into custody from Mankara in Palakkad district on Monday. Arun, 23, belongs to Cheruvathur and Srikanth, 21, to Thrikkarippur in Kasargod district. The probe team also conducted searches in their houses and seized Maoist literature and pamphlets.