Kundapur: Anti-govt Maoist banner, pamphlets, graffiti appear in Shedimane
Kundapur, Jan 18: On Saturday January 17 morning, people of Arasammakanu in Shedimane village within Madamakki gram panchayat woke up to find that when they were alseep, banners had been tied, pamphlets had been strewn around, and someone had written anti-government slogans on the walls. All these have been done in the name of Communist Party of India (Maoist). The lines written in Kannada over the walls of some shops and passenger shelter at Arasammakanu market place proclaim that revolution does not mean worship of guns but celebration of the working class. It also mentioned a quote from Clara Zetkin who reportedly had said that a country where women are exploited can never be considered a free nation.
Slogans like ‘anti-people Kasturirangan report should be rejected outright, CPI (Maoist) party zindabad, let’s come together for the protection of Western Ghats, Let us kick out Project Tiger, Let us together fight the exploitation of women happening in male-dominated society, Come together to fight against plans and reports which are aimed at handing over the Western Ghats to the control of autocrats who want to plunder it’, etc. Pamphlets pasted to the walls also called upon people to fight against Project Tiger, and work together apolitically to protect the rights of the people here to live, to celebrate tenth annual day of CPI (Maoist) party, and gather under this outfit to become genuinely democratic nation. After Amasebail police were alerted about these writings, the police personnel visited the site, collected pamphlets, removed pasted pamphlets, and erased the graffiti by painting on then.
Anti-Naxal Operations to be cleared by force HQs: CRPF DG
NEW DELHI: All big operations in Left wing extremism-hit states, which require large-scale mobilisation of security forces, will be cleared after approvals from the CRPF headquarters, the new chief of the country’s lead anti-Naxal operations force said. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Prakash Mishra has taken the decision to monitor first-hand important security forces offensives in the Naxal grid after he recently toured some of the worst Maoist violence affected states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha. The decision of the new CRPF boss is also understood to have been made in the wake of the December 1 encounter in Sukma in Chhattisgarh where 14 force personnel were killed during an operation where a large contingent of over 2,000 personnel of joint security forces were mobilised to strike the red ultras.
“The large operations will be okayed by the headquarters here. I, including my operations team, will be involved with the ground operations during the planning and execution stages,” Mishra, who took over the reins of the country’s largest paramilitary less than a month ago, told PTI. When asked if this “vetting” from the headquarters would lead to some crucial time-loss in launching operations, the DG said that with the advent of modern gadgets and tools, all such exercises can be followed on a virtually real-time basis.
“I don’t think there would be any time-loss. In this age we have communication gadgets and other devices where we can plan and execute things in a quick span of time or to say on a real-time basis,” he said. The top brass of the force, at present, is informed about all large and important operations being undertaken by force commanders on ground but it is understood that after this decision, the central command of the force will play a more active role.
Naxalite killed, policeman injured in encounter
A Naxalite was killed during an encounter with security forces, in which a policeman was also injured, at Vikrampur village in East Singhbhum district today, a senior police officer said. A Naxalite, identified as Joru, was killed in the encounter while the bodyguard of Additional Superintendent of Police was injured, police said. Additional Superintendent of Police Shailendra Burnwal, who led the anti-Naxal combing operation, said three cases were pending against Joru, Burnwal told PTI.
A pistol and five live cartridges were recovered from his possession, he said adding, the injured policeman was taken to the Tata Main Hospital here. The exchange took place when the security personnel were on their routine patrolling in the Naxalism-affected areas of the Ghatsila sub-division in the district.
Maoists destroy religious ashram in Visakhapatnam Agency
Maoists destroyed a religious ashram and a small home at Gudhalamveedhi village in the Visakhapatnam Agency area here, police said today. The incident took place late last night when around 20 Maoists and Maoist militia members reached the ashram run by Jagandora Simhachalam, G Madugula Inspector K Srinivasa Rao said. The Maoists destroyed the idols in the ashram, damaged Simhachalam’s house, set afire a motorbike parked in front of the house, damaged the ashram and beat up Simhachalam’s followers before leaving the village. The rebels also set afire an excavator near Nurmati area, protesting against ongoing road work there. Simhachalam has been running the ashram (said to be Vijaya Durga Devi temple) in a asbesto shed in the Gudhalam area for the past few years.
The rebels had reached the village to kill Simhachalam, branding him a police informer, but they did not find him in the village. The Maoists have alleged that Simhachalam instigates tribals to become police informers under the cover of spiritual activities, police said. The Maoists had also blamed Simhachalam for the death of their East Divisional Committee members Sindri Chinna Ranga Rao alias Sarat and militia member P Ganapat, who were lynched at Veeravaram village by a mob of tribals after a Maoist team shot dead one G Sanjeeva Rao, who was Simhachalam’s friend.
Five Maoists arrested in Bihar
Five wanted Maoists were arrested in Bihar’s Jehanabad district Sunday, police said. Jehanabad Superintendent of Police Ansuiya Ransingh Sahu said the five were wanted by police in neighbouring Jharkhand also. Police also seized arms and ammunition from them. The arrested Maoists were involved in many cases in both states. Ravinder Yadav alias ‘Doctorjee’, one of the five arrested, is a member of the ‘special area committee’ of the banned CPI-Maoist. He is wanted in many cases of loot, murder and extortion in Bihar.
STF jawan killed in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh
A jawan of the Special Task Force (STF), identified as constable Mahendra Singh was killed in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh on January 17, reports The Hindu. Sukma District Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh said that “A team of the STF and district police came under fire from the Maoists near Kondare village under Gadiras police station at around 3 p.m. when they were returning from a routine patrolling. The firing continued for next one hour. One STF constable died in the incident.” There was no report of casualty on the Maoists’ side.