Murali tallest among Kerala Maoists
KOZHIKODE: Murali Kannamballi, the Naxalite leader who initiated many students of the erstwhile regional engineering college (REC) here into the left extremist movement in mid 1970, has emerged as the tallest Maoist leader from the state. Murali, son of the former diplomat Kannamballi Karunakara Menon, was the secretary of the CPI-ML (Naxalbari) before the party merged with the CPI (Maoist) on May 1, 2014. He was inducted into the central committee of the CPI (Maoist) after the merger. “Murali was the central committee member of the CRC-CPI (ML), which was formed in 1981. He was given the charge of co-ordinating the international activities of the party. He had spent a year in Paris looking after the activities of the Revolutionary International Movement (RIM), the international forum of Maoist parties, in 1984,” said former Naxalite leader K Venu. “He was a final-year student at REC when Emergency was declared. He left the institute and went underground after that.”
Murali continued to uphold Naxalite politics even after Venu resigned from the CRC-CPI (ML) in 1991. “He, along with a few others, stuck to the Marxist-Leninist politics. Murali has wide contacts with Maoists all over the world. He had acted as mediator when serious conflicts cropped up among Maoists in Nepal,” Venu said. M M Somasekharan, the Kozhikode district secretary of the CPI (ML) during Emergency, said Murali had leanings towards the Naxalite movement when he joined REC. “Me and T N Joy contacted him and initiated him into the party. It was Murali who built the party unit at REC and made Joesph Chali and P Rajan party sympathisers,” he said. (Rajan was killed at the Kakkayam police camp in 1976). Murali was made an accused in the Kayanna police station attack case though he did not participate in the action. “He was an activist who strictly followed the routine of an underground worker,” Somasekharan said. Police do not have a photograph of the Naxalite leader even now.
“We may disagree with his politics but we should recognise his dedication. It is not easy to lead the risky life of an underground activist for more than three decades,” he said. A theoretician who has deep understanding of Marxism-Leninism, Murali writes books and articles under pen name Ajith. Convalescing after a heart operation, Murali is now engaged in revising his book on caste and land relations in Kerala.
Naxals ‘form’ new unit to perpetrate acts in Telangana
In some alarming news for security agencies tackling Left-wing extremism, forces operating in the anti-Maoist operations grid have detected that the red ultras have recently formed a new unit to perpetrate their violent acts in the new state of Telangana. Officials privy to information in the Maoist violence affected areas of Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh axis have received inputs that Naxals have raised a ‘Special Zonal Committee’ which is tasked to operate in the border areas of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other states and subsequently increase their activities.
“There is no cause for alarm as of now but some incidents in areas like Bhadrachalam in Khammam district have taken place since the creation of the state. Security agencies are keeping a watch,” an official source said. According to the source, as there is no large-scale deployment of central security forces in the state, some sporadic incidents of Naxal violence could be expected although on a smaller scale. “The Naxals have formed a special zonal committee to operate in the state and there have been some reports about their violent activities and liaisons,” the source said, adding the state shares borders with Naxal-hit states like Chhattisgarh and some parts of Maharashtra.
Sources said security forces led by the CRPF have tracked some instances of Maoists taking shelter in the forests of Khammam and adjoining areas after conducting their illegal activities in neighbouring states. Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh last year. Officials said while security forces conducting anti- Naxal operations are concentrating their energies in worst Maoist-affected states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha among others, Naxal activities in West Bengal have been on the slide. They, however, said that the state, sometime back, had asked for about three more battalions of central forces for deployment in some areas.
Woman naxal held in Gadchiroli
A woman naxal, carrying a cash reward of Rs six lakh on her head, was today arrested in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, police said. The rebel identified as Aruna Punai Debsingh Netam (24), who was the self-styled deputy commander of Tipagarh Dalam in Dhanora tehsil in the district, was arrested by a combing team of Gadchiroli police. She had been active as a naxal member since the past 15 years and was involved in various encounters and attacks on police parties since 2011, a statement issued by police said here. Several cases have been registered against her in different police stations, it added.
Writ plea wants wife of Maoist leader produced
A Habeas corpus petition seeking the producing of Bharathi, the wife of Maoist leader Dubashi Shanker, before the court was filed in the Hyderabad High Court. Petitioner Varavara Rao, the revolutionary writer, alleged that the Special Intelligence Branch police had illegally picked up Bharathi on the evening of January 20, seeking information about the whereabouts of her husband.
The whereabouts of the detenue, a native of Chatla Narsampally village of Doulatabad mandal in Medak district, are not known. The case is likely to come up on Thursday.
Villagers in Jharkhand bear the brunt of Maoists’ internecine fights
Residents of Kauria village in Palamu district of Jharkhand are facing a social boycott, after two Maoist rebel groups fought pitched battles last August. Kauria villagers are being ostracised by the neighbouring villages on suspicion of sheltering Maoist rebels, a charge they vehemently deny. Villagers claim that it is hard to find suitors and brides for the youth as nobody is willing to maintain relations with them. An encounter between two Maoist outfits-Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI-M) and its splinter group Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) — left 16 people dead. A resident, Shalini Kumari, said on Wednesday their village is being taunted as a “village of terrorists”.
“That incident has impacted our lives very deeply. It is very difficult to get the girls and boys from this village married. Nobody wants to take a daughter from this village or send their daughter here. They say it is a village of terrorists and we will not marry our children there as there is nothing in this village,” said Kumari. The village also lacks basic necessary infrastructure like schools etc, she added. The fiercest encounter happened when CPI (M) members attacked TPC members resting at a villager’s house. The attack was in retaliation to a previous incident when CPI (M) activists were attacked by TPC. Another resident, Vinod Saav, said that fear kept people away from Kauria. “A lot of people are scared to come here as this area falls on the Maoist belt.
People from outside the village are now always scared of coming here,” said Saav. Residents of Kauria live in a perpetual fear that there may be a repeat of what happened last year. They feel that the police have been lax in conducting patrolling in the area and have not come to check on the people ever since the encounter took place.
Maoists call for bandh on January 26
Warangal: Communist Party of India-Maoist, Telangana committee, has appealed to people to support the nation-wide bandh called by Maoist party central committee on January 26 opposing the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to India. A letter bearing the name of Communist Party of India-Maoist Telangana spokesperson Jagan was circulated to media offices in Warangal on Wednesday. In his letter, he described the US President’s visit as a threat to Indian sovereignty. The Maoist leader stated that Obama’s visit was meant to impose American imperialism on India. Hence all the farmers, students, businessmen, employees and all democratic forces should oppose Obama’s visit, he said.
He asked the people to condemn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s action of inviting the American President to India to attend Republic Day celebrations. Jagan has also opposed execution of Polavaram project and Narmada project which would displace thousands of innocent tribals. He accused Modi and Sangh Pariwar of implementing Hindutva agenda by safronising of education and attacking minority communities. It may be noted that Maoists in Chhattisgarh distributed pamphlets at several areas in Bastar region of the state on Tuesday with heading ‘Obama Wapas Jao’ (Obama go back) in the name of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee spokesperson Gudsa Usendi.