Maoists call for people to “condemn and boycott” Obama visit
NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is busy with security preparations for US President Barack Obama’s arrival to be the chief guest at the 65th Republic Day celebrations on January 26 here, Maoists have called out to people to “condemn and boycott” the visit. “In protest of calling him to be the chief guest at the at the Republic Day celebrations, we call upon people to observe 26th January as a day of protest and to boycott all the meetings,” a written statement issued by the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist), dated January 5, said. According to the statement issued by the Maoist party spokesperson Gudsa Usendi, rallies will be organized across the country with the slogan “Obama go back.”
The banned extreme left party also plans to distribute pamphlets, put up posters, banners, hold meetings and demonstrations and burn effigies of Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to register their protest and in an effort to reach out to the masses in cities as well as in villages. Calling Obama “the gang leader of American imperialism” the Maoist party statement says: “American imperialism is the number one enemy of the oppressed masses and nationalities of the world. It is the biggest terrorist and its gang leader. Obama has no moral right to touch down on our mother land,” Usendi stated on behalf of his party.
Hitting out at the Modi government for its reform moves, the Maoist party said, “Make in India, Made in India are nothing but loot in India call to foreign capitalists.” Implying that the banned Maoists will continue its violence against the authorities, the statement appealed to people to “come forward to construct a powerful, militant and organized people’s movement against Modi’s Hindutva fascist government and fight American imperialists and terrorists.”
Combing operations by STF to monitor possible Naxal movement
Coimbatore: A contingent of the Special Task Force (STF) today carried out combing operations in and around the Pilloor dam area near Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu to monitor possible movement of Naxals from neigbouring states. The operation was a ‘routine one’ to find out their possible hideouts and prevent infiltration of left-wing extremists from neighbouring states, STF sources aid. Attapadi in neighbouring Kerala, just 35 km from the dam site, was the scene of a recent Naxal attack. Tamil Nadu ADGP, TK Rajendran (L and O) had held discussions a few days back and reviewed the preparedness of the force in countering the menace of Naxals and to prevent them from crossing the border.
Powerful cane bomb planted on rly track defused in Bokaro
The Bokaro police and the 26th battalion of the CRPF on Tuesday recovered a powerful cane-bomb planted on a railway track near Dumari-Bihar railway station under the Gomia police station of the district. The cane-bomb was detected and defused by an anti-bomb squad. According to Bokaro Superintendent of Police Jitendra Kumar Singh, the police got the information about the cane bomb on the railway track near pole no -50/6 at Dumari-Bihar railway station about 4 kms away from the Gomia railway station here on Tuesday afternoon at 12 pm A police team led by officer in charge of Gomia police station BK Ram and CRPF inspector Akhatar Singh were sent to the spot with other police forces.
The 5 kg cane-bomb was unearthed by the team successfully saving the lives of many passangers as several trains pass everyday on the railway track, the SP said, adding that raids are on to arrest the Maoists. The team recovered the cane-bomb from the extreme Naxal affected area of Gomia block in Bermo sub-division. The expert team of Hazaribagh police on Tuesday diffused the bomb in presence of top police officials. Deputy SP Manoj Kumar Rai said, “We have got information that the left ultras are planted to disturb the areas and preparations are going on to create panic.”
Stop Naxal hunt, says Kerala govt chief whip, pulled up
Government chief whip P C George on Wednesday questioned the Kerala Police’s hunt for Maoists and suggested they should be countered “ ideologically”, evoking sharp reaction from the state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala who said the rebels should first be asked to lay down weapons. George, a senior Kerala Congress(M) leader, in Thrissur said that it was unnecessary to spend crores of rupees to arrest around two dozen Maoists, likely hiding inside forests of north Kerala. He also questioned the state police’s claim that they had an encounter with a group of Naxals in Wayanad last month.
“The police should stop the ongoing hunt for Maoists. I could not agree with this unashamed attempt of the officials to pocket money under the guise of hunt for Maoists. They (Maoists) should not be targeted with weapons, instead they should be countered ideologically,’’ he said.
More Forces Join Operation to Nab Maoist Leader RK
MALKANGIRI: More security forces joined the ongoing anti-Maoist operation in the cut-off region in Malkangiri, adjoining Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. The operation is aimed at nabbing top Maoist leader and Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee Chief Ramkrishna (RK) besides other top leaders who are believed to have assembled in the area. The operation was jointly launched by Special Operation Group (SOG), Border Security Force (BSF) and Greyhounds from Andhra Pradesh last week.
Two helicopters have also been provided by the Central Government to be used in the operation. Around 30 BSF personnel and SOG jawans were airlifted to Jodamba on Tuesday morning and taken to their destinations by road, said an official. The Odisha police had received specific information that top Maoist cadres led by RK were camping in Panasaput and Janvae in Chitrakonda. Last week police forces of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and BSF personnel launched a joint operation at those places in which a Maoist camp was destroyed and seven Maoists were reportedly gunned down while others fled. Earlier, SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra had informed that Maoist literature, 500 bags of rice and grenades had been recovered from the encounter site.
Two suspected militia have been detained by police at Chitrakonda while they were crossing the river. One of them has received bullet injury and investigation is on. Earlier on Saturday, four Maoists including three women cadres, surrendered before the police here. One of the women cadres, Bhieme Padiami alias Reeta, an area committee member, was carrying a cash award of `four lakh on her head. The rest carried a reward of `one lakh each. The cut-off area, separated from mainland Odisha for last five decades due to Balimela reservoir, has been a hotbed of Maoist activities. As the area is closer to Andhra Pradesh, Maoists from the neighbouring State have been active there.
Maoist among 3 arrested; Rs 16 lakh in Telangana, ammunition seized
Karimnagar (Telangana): Police on Tuesday seized a cache of ammunition and Rs 16 lakh in cash and arrested three persons, one of them a Maoist. The seizures and arrests were made from Karimnagar railway station, Deputy Superintendent of Police J Rama Rao said this evening. Addressing a press conference, Rao said on receiving a tip-off a police team rushed to the railway station where the trio, including Botla Rajendra Kumar (48), a Maoist, had assembled to conclude a deal. Rajendra had struck a deal with ammunition supplier Vikas Kumar (32), a resident of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, through another dealer Suneel Kumar (53), a native of Khanapur in Adilabad district, four months ago in in Warangal district.
As per the deal, Vikas was to supply ammunition after receiving Rs 16 lakh. Accordingly, Vikas arrived at the station from Kanpur along with 352 ammunition used in various firearms. Later, Rajendra and Suneel reached there with a cash of Rs 16 lakh. While they were exchanging the ammunition and cash, the police surrounded and arrested them, Rao said. The trio will be produced before a court tomorrow, the police officer added.
Maoists Trying to Spread to Cities & Towns?
KARIMNAGAR/NALGONDA: In what could be a clear indication that the Maoists are trying to regain their lost ground in plain areas too, a Maoist was caught by the Karimnagar police when he tried to broker a deal with two arms dealers to procure arms for rejuvenating the movement. Botla Rajendra Kumar(48), a painter, was nabbed at the Karimnagar railway station while he was striking a deal with two illegal arms dealers Sunil Kumar and Vikas Kumar, who hail from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Police seized 698 live rounds used in pistols and guns, and Rs 16 lakh in cash from them. Rajendra Kumar, who hails from Cheelapur village in Bejjanki mandal in Karimnagar, is working as a painter and residing at Borabanda in Hyderabad. Producing the arrested before media here on Tuesday, DSP J Rama Rao said that a police team led by Karimangar Rural police circle inspector G Narender had caught the trio red-handed while trading cash and ammunition.
“The Maoists, who are trying to spread their activities in the plain areas like cities and towns and regain the past glory, are purchasing the arms and ammunition,” the DSP said. He also added that Rajendra Kumar, who is working for the militant, had met some leaders of the Maoist party in the forest area of Mulugu in Warangal district four months ago to get cash to purchase the ammunition. Later, he made an agreement with Sunil Kumar and Vikas Kumar for supply of ammunition and asked them to deliver it at Karimnagar.
However, acting on a tip off, the police reached the railway station and arrested them. “The ammunition include rounds that can be used in 8 mm pistol, 346-springfield gun and QB,” the police added. Meanwhile, in Nalgonda, the police recovered a Maoist dump in the Beedagundla Gutta area of Kambhalapally village in Chandhampeta mandal. District superintendent of police T Prabhakar Rao, briefing media, said Devarakonda DSP Chandramohan and his men seized the dump following specific information. They seized five grenades, two packets of gelatin sticks, two plastic drums, 35 caps, 29 rifle slings, 11 white color belts, 32 olive green color belts, six pairs stars and some Maoist literature. Claiming that there was no movement of Maoists in the district, the SP said they were suspecting that the dump might be ten years old.
Making Agency police stations attack-proof
In an effort to strengthen its presence in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district, especially in Maoist strongholds on the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), the district police have plans to upgrade the existing police stations to make them attack-proof. Work is under way at the police stations in Chintapalli, GK Veedhi and Hukumpeta. “At Chintapalli and GK Veedhi, about 80 per cent of the work is over. At Hukumpeta, we are midway through. They should be ready in a couple of months,” said Superintendent of Police, Visakhapatnam, Koya Praveen. Six other police stations had been identified and work would commence shortly, he said. The district police have already spent Rs. 2 crore to modernise and upgrade the infrastructure at GK Veedhi and Sileru police stations.
“At most of our police stations in the Agency areas, especially those near the AOB, we maintain a contingent of para-military force. Modernisation has been done to provide a good ambience for their living,” said Dr. Praveen. The district police are also assisting contractors appointed by the administration to lay roads in the interior areas by providing them security. “Infrastructure building, especially road connectivity, plays an important role in reducing the influence of insurgents in the tribal hamlets,” the SP said. In the first phase, a 7-km road is being laid from Annavaram to Rallagedda in Chintapalli mandal. Later, it will be linked to Korukonda, covering a distance of about 30-km.
On formation of a tribal battalion to tackle the Maoists, the SP said, “As of now, there is no information available with us on this matter. But, we have sent a proposal to recruit about 200 tribal people under the Home Guard scheme. This is only to provide livelihood to them.” According to him, the Maoists-proposed community coffee farming among the tribal people in places such as Gerella, Kumkumpudi, Balapam has failed miserably.
Attack on fast-food outlets: Court asks for case diary
A district court in Palakkad on Wednesday asked the police to produce the case diary regarding the probe into the attack on two food outlets last month to ascertain the Maoist links of the two arrested youths. The court issued the directive when the arrested youths, Sreekanth Prabhakaran, a B.ed student, and Arun Balan, a journalist student, moved bail applications. They were allegedly involved in the attack on the outlets of McDonald and KFC in Palakkad on December 22. Arrested on the same day, they were charged under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The court observed that if the police could not find evidence for the arrested youths’ links with Maoism, the case would not attract charges under UAPA. Otherwise, it would be offence under IPC 427 (causing damage to property). Police had told the court earlier that they were members of an eight member gang had attacked food outlets under the leadership of a “comrade.’’ However, police could not find any other member of the gang despite questioning the arrested youths for two weeks in police custody.