Police foil Naxal attack on cell phone tower in Telangana
Hyderabad: A group of Maoists fired at a police party in Khammam district of Telangana after security forces foiled their attempt to blast a cell phone tower, police said on Monday. The incident occurred last night around 11 pm when a group of around 40 people comprising Maoists and militia members were trying to blast a cell phone tower in Satyanarayanapuram in the district, a senior police officer said. “A police party confronted them after which the Maoists fired on the forces as police retaliated by firing in the air,” Additional Superintendent of Police Bhadrachalam (Sub-Division) N Prakash Reddy said. “We protected the cell phone tower. Following retaliation the Maoists fled away from the scene. No one was injured in the incident,” the ASP said, adding a hunt has been launched to nab the absconding ultras. Three weapons left behind by the fleeing Maoists were seized from the spot, he said. PTI
Home Ministry Approves Night Landing in Naxal-Hit Chhattisgarh
NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has given approval to a long standing demand of security forces – night landing facilities in Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, sources told NDTV. The Airports Authority of India has been given instructions and soon, aircraft will be landing at Jagdalpur, the airport closest to Bastar, the epicenter of the Maoist-affected zone in the state. The decision was taken following the recommendation of a high-level committee, headed by the former director of Central Reserve Police Force, General K Vijay Kumar, in the wake of the December 1 attack in Sukma, in which 14 security men were killed.
The home ministry has said the funds to upgrade the airport would come from security-related expenditure, sources said. The CRPF – which has been carrying on the anti-Maoist operations in the state – has been demanding clearance for night flying for long. The forces say night flying will help in rescue operations in the event of Naxal attacks. It will also help fly in additional troops at need. Currently, casualty evacuation is possible only during the day. During the December 1 attack in Sukma, the injured personnel had to wait for 12 hours to get evacuated by air and receive proper medical attention. In some cases, soldiers have also died because they could not get medical treatment on time.
MYSURU, KODAGU AND CHAMARAJANAGAR ARE NAXAL-AFFECTED AREAS:
CM Virajpet, Dec.29- The Central Government has identified Mysuru, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts as Naxal-affected areas, said Chief Minister Siddharamaiah.
Maoist activities in Visakhapatnam came down in 2014: Police
VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoist activities in Visakhapatnam district, particularly in the agency area, came down in 2014 as compared to the last five years, due to efforts by the police, a top police official said here today. Addressing reporters here today, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen said here today, that a total of 14 cases were reported during 2014 as compared to 49 cases in 2010 and 20 cases last year.
Assam attack may give fillip to Maoism in North East
The Centre has becomes wary of Maoists making new inroads among tea tribes adivasis following clashes after NDFB (S) led massacre in Assam that has resulted in 78 killings. “We already had credible intelligence inputs to suggest that the Maoists trying to get active in the northeast, especially among the tea tribes adivasis whose stock comes from the tribal population of contiguous regions of Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. The current clash bordering on ethnic identities gives them just the right atmosphere to penetrate tea tribes that have become scared and apprehensive,” said government sources.
The Centre has shared these apprehensions again with the Assam government asking it to keep the state’s intelligence apparatus on the lookout for such developments and start taking the adivasis in confidence through various social welfare steps. Though no exact census figures are available, Assam houses about 80-90 lakh adivasis who were brought as indentured labour by the British tea planters from Santhal and Gond regions of central India in the 19th century. They later came to be known as tea tribes.
Another reason that has made the CPI (Maoist) to increase their area of operations, sources added, is the pressure that is being exerted on them by the security forces in the unchallenged territories in central India especially Bastar region. “This is precisely the reason why they have spread their bases now in southern India in contiguous districts touching Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” said an official.
An alert union home ministry has already moved a cabinet proposal to include them in the list of Maoist affected districts so that measures could be taken through central schemes like security related expenditure (SRE) and integrated action plan (IAP) to contain the situation. Security officials say that ethnic clashes led misery and fear provides the right kind mix fodder to the Maoists to spread their sway among troubled communities which happens to be the tea tribe Adivasis in Assam. “It is a wrong notion that the Maoists and ethnic identity movements cannot go together. They are rather go hand in hand and help insurgent groups like the CPI (Maoist) to reap rich dividends,” said an official.
Maoist camp busted by CRPF in Odisha’s Gandhamardan hill of Bolangir district
Bolangir: CRPF seized a huge amount of arms and explosives from a Maoist camp at Gandhamardan hill region in Balangir district during a combing operation on Sunday. A team of CRPF led by deputy commandant PK Mishra, assistant commandant Benu Babu and commandant Tapan Kumar undertook a joint combing operation in the hill forest area along the Gandhamardan hill region. During the operation, the security personnel came to know about a Maoist camp atop the hill. The security personnel later stormed into the Maoist camp and seized 7 bundles of wire, 37 gelatin sticks, 6 detonators, one laptop, medicine box, food items, uniforms, posters and leaflets.
BSF Puts up Posters of Elusive Maoist Leader
JEYPORE: The personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday put up posters of top Maoist leader Gananath alias Ramana in remote areas of Koraput district following after reports of the Central Committee Secretary of the Maoist outfit being holed up in Boipariguda forest reached here. The BSF also geared up combing operation in the forest to nab the fugitive and other hardcore Maoists holed up in the forest. The posters spotted at Boipariguda, Ramagiri, Dasmantapur and other remote areas also referred to the cash awards announced by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Governments for information on the Maoist leader.
The BSF also announced a cash reward of `two crore to whoever furnishes information on Gananath. The top Maoist leader has been eluding arrest for the past one decade. Police of different States besides Central forces have been on the look out for Gananath and had declared `one crore on his head. A year back, Gananath had narrowly escaped from the clutches of police in Narayanpatana forest and this is the second time that Intelligence reported his sneaking into Boipariguda forest.
Red rebels planning attack in Odisha’s Sundargarh
After a lull of two years, CPI (Maoist) has started regrouping in Odisha’s Sundargarh district to strengthen its base in the areas bordering Jharkhand. As per sources, armed cadres were seen frequenting Jareikela, Bhalulata, Manoharpur, Topadihi, Renjada and Karampada villages close to Jharkhand border. The members of the outlawed group have been motivating the villagers to come forward and support their movement. Since last 5-6 months, these activities have witnessed a rising trend. Scores of senior rebels from neighbouring states have entered into villages sharing border with Jharkhand.
They have launched a campaign to reinduct the old cadres apart from recruitment of new members. Besides, the senior zonal committee members from Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have been regrouping to intensify their movement, sources said. Till two years back, Bonai sub-division along with Langalkata, Bisra, Lathikata and Bondamunda police stations areas were affected by Maoist-related violence originating from Saranda forest. But, an anti-Maoist operation headed by the then Rourkela SP Diptesh Patnaik had restricted the spreading tentacles of the Maoists. The security forces had busted a Maoist camp following which a heavy exchange of fire ensued during the raid which compelled the Reds to retreat.
Though no Maoist was arrested, several rebels were reported to have been injured in the operation. While adequate security measures have been taken to shield the porous and vulnerable border areas, the recent rise in Maoist activities in the region has become a cause of concern for the villagers. In a recent breakthrough, two dreaded Maoists belonging to Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee had surrendered before the Additional Superintendent of Police, Bonai range of Odisha Police on December 22. The ultras were identified as Ramsoy Munda alias Padia (22) and Aju Champia alias Manduru (25). Both belong to Kiriburu area under West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Both were recruited by Gunga Munda of Chhotanagpur Maoist Zonal Committee in 2011 and were active in Odisha-Jharkhand border areas, police had said.