Go back Barack Obama: Bastar
Maoists to launch protests against Presidential visit ‘Go Back Barack Obama!’ This is how Naxal cadres in Maoist hotbed Bastar are “welcoming” US President Barack Obama, the country’s chief guest on the Republic Day. On a three-day visit to India, Obama will reach Delhi on January 25. To make themselves heard across the country, the Maoists have given a call for Dandakaranya Bandh on January 26. There are hand-written red banners, posters and pamphlets all overin the Dandakaranya region. The Maoists have also sent releases to various newspapers and television channels in Chhattisgarh to communicate their stand on Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Maoists in India consider both these leaders as their enemies No.1.
The Left-wing extremists have given an economic twist to their protest. Through pamphlets and press releases, they have strongly opposed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in banking, insurance, mining, defence, retail, telecom and education sectors. CRPF personnel stand guard in a Naxal-hit area. AFP. “The Maoists have put up banners and distributed pamphlets in Dantewada opposing the visit of the Obama. They are making clear their opposition to FDI and the capitalism. To them whoso-ever joins hands with America is their enemy. They have raised slogans against the Indian government as well,” RK Vij, ADG (Naxal Operations) Chhattisgarh told Firstpost.
He added, “By creating disturbances in the Red Corridor, their objective is to make their presence felt when the US President is in India. But we’re keeping a close watch on their activities.” Red Corridor is the Naxal-infested region in the east of India spanning 10 states, including Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. “It was an obvious move expected from the Maoists as they don’t want India to lean towards the US. They would create disturbances prior to Obama’s visit, to mark their presence and malign the country,” remarked Anil Kamboj, a counter-terrorism analyst. He added, “India’s increased closeness to the US is a geo-political strategic move and if everything goes well, India will gain technological support. And, India will use it against the Maoists, causing problem to the latter.”
Copies of a few of the Maoist releases in possession of Firstpost bear the signature of Gudsa Usendi, the spokesperson of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist). Opposing to the proposed reforms in Labour laws, Coal bill etc, the Naxals across the Red Corridor have called for burning of effigies of ‘tourist’ Obama and Modi, by accusing both as “Fascists”. “The Maoists have adopted multiple-approach to communicate their protests against the visit of Barack Obama. Apart from distributing pamphlets and posters, they have issued releases to the press through emails. They have expressed opposition to FDI, Coal Bill and asked villagers to boycott the Panchayat election in Chhattisgarh. Expecting some kind of disturbances around the Republic Day we’ve beefed up security in the region,” said Dipanshu Kabra, DIG (SIB), Chhattisgarh.
The Maoists had attacked a team of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force on an anti-Naxal operation near Bilaspur three days ago. It had left three jawans injured. According to Rishi Bhatnagar, a Bastar-based journalist, “The Maoists always mark their protest during India’s national events like Republic Day and Independence Day by displaying black flags in the ‘liberated’ zones in Dandakaranya. After the last ambush at Kasalpad in Sukma on December 1, 2014, there was a hiatus in Naxal activities in the region, but to get back into the news ahead of Obama’s visit, they attacked security forces in Bijapur two days back. There can be more.” An intelligence agency source added, “The Maoists have also registered their protests in other parts of the Red Corridor. In an attempt to draw international attention they would try to create disturbances in their regions as well around Republic Day.”
Sr woman Naxal commander in police net
Nagpur: A senior woman Naxal commander, identified as Punui Netam alias Aruna, has been arrested in Kangadi forest of Dhanora tehsil in North Gadchiroli during a joint operation along Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh state border by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district cops this week. She had an award of Rs6 lakh on her declared by the state government. Police have claimed that Aruna was Section A deputy commander of company no. 10.
She was also part of the regional blast squad based at Abhujmadh, which is the Naxal’s specialized cell for triggering explosions. Aruna also served in Tippagarh Dalam and platoon 15 in the past. It’s learnt that Aruna was behind several serious offences and also participated in police encounters for the last few years. She had also participated in several offensives against security forces in Chhattisgarh.
Jharkhand: DGP sharpens ongoing anti-naxal operation after inspection
The Maoist-hit Jharkhand’s Khunti district was inspected by the State Director General of Police, Rajeev Kumar along with his officials and decided to sharpen the ongoing anti-naxal operation in the other distrcits. Kumar also inspected the affected areas of Korba, Chuklu, Birabanki, Todang. According to reports, joint anti-naxal operation is going on in the districts of Khunti, Simdega, Gumla, Ranchi, and West Singhbhum from January 8.
New DIG vows to be tough on naxals
VISAKHAPATNAM: The new Visakhapatnam Range DIG, A Ravichandra, on Thursday said his department will take necessary action to curb the naxal menace in the Visakha Agency. Addressing the media after taking charge on Thursday, the 1998-batch IPS officer said he will not spare anyone violating the law in his jurisdiction. He said his main priorities will be to address the naxal problem, protect women and ensure proper community policing. Apart from this, he will also ensure timely action.
Elect our candidates or boycott Panchayat polls: Naxals to villagers in Chhattisgarh
Shaken by Chhattisgarh Police’s intensive combat operations, the Naxals are trying to rebuild their base ahead of the panchayat polls by threatening the villagers to either support their candidate or boycott the elections. According to police, the Naxals have been holding meetings in the interiors of Sukma, Dantewada, Bijapur and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division from last month following the declaration of the four-phase panchayat polls in the state scheduled to begin from January 28.
The cadres of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) have scaled up their visits to the villages and are holding big meetings of villagers, including candidates, in areas where they had faced severe setback due to aggressive combat, patrol and surrender during past couple of months, police sources said. During the meetings, the rebels are appealing to the villagers to expand the base of ‘Janatana Sarkar’ (self-styled peoples’ government of Maoists) by helping their candidates in polls or refraining from taking part in the electoral process, a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. They have also threatened the villagers with dire consequences if they go against them, he said. “Though the Naxals don’t have faith in the democratic process, they apparently feel that by capturing seats of village head in the remote areas would certainly help them to mobilise tribal masses in their favour,” the official said.
“There are several factors which influence the local polls. However, we are aware of every situation (Naxals holding meetings) and have beefed up the operations to foil their evil bid,” Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) RK Vij told PTI. During the previous panchayat polls in 2010, as many as 181 sarpanch (village head) and 10,980 panch were elected unopposed in Bastar division. The highest number of 63 sarpanch elected unopposed last time was in Dantewada (now divided into two districts Dantewada and Sukma), followed by Bijapur (55), Bastar (30), Kanker (20) and Narayanpur (13). In view of the situation, security forces have been directed to keep a close vigil on the movement of villagers in dense forests as well as Maoists near the villages, a police official said.
Maoists exploiting faultlines in Andhra division to bounce back
NEW DELHI: Maoists are slowly finding a fresh foothold in Telangana thanks to a botched up division of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state. Intelligence assessments point at CPI (Maoists) re-entering the region from where they had been painstakingly pushed out by concerted effort from state police and central forces towards the close of the 2000 decade. Sources said much of the Maoist activity has been found to be initiated in districts bordering the new Andhra Pradesh.
“CPI Maoist has even formed a special zonal committee and movement of cadres has been spotted. Significant Maoist activity has been reported from districts such as Bhadrachalam in Telangana,” said a security establishment officer. Sources said, the haphazard division of the state has led to many local issues cropping up in the bordering districts which Maoists are leveraging. “Several villages in the bordering districts have been arbitrarily exchanged between the two states without thorough consultation with stakeholders and residents. This has led to suffering and discontent which Maoists are fishing into. They were any way looking at the separation of the state as an opportunity to resurrect themselves in an uncertain administrative atmosphere. Such mistakes have given them a window,” said the officer.
Such fears had been expressed in the run up to the division of the state as well. However, these were brushed aside on the ground that a small state would be easier to police and unlike Chhattisgarh, state administration in united Andhra had been able to reach the most remote corners of the state leaving little window for Maoists to stir up passions. Beginning 2008, Maoists had hardly been able to mount attacks inside Andhra with total casualty of security forces between 2008 and 2013 coming to only three.
However, given that a majority of CPI (Maoist) top leadership comprises of people from Telangana, the desire to resurrect Maoism in the state has always been there with the outfit. Giving details of the Maoist leadership during a press conference held at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi on November 18, then Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy had said, “Of the 11 Central Committee leaders, nine are from Telangana, while two are from Andhra region; at the next rung [of leadership] of 18 members,15 are from Andhra Pradesh of which 14 are Telanganites and one is from Andhra [region].”
Maoists to observe Jan 26 as Black Day in south Odisha
Protesting the anti people policies of the Central government and the visit of US president Barrack Obama to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital, the Maoists have decided to observe January 26 as a Black Day in five south Odisha districts. In an audio release to the media on Thursday night, top Maoist leader and secretary of Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali Divisional Committee Umakant said the farmers of our country are unable to spend Rs 20 per day. Unabale to repay their loans, they are forced to commit suicide, he said. “The Centre has not taken any steps to overcome the unemployment problem. There are around 50 crore unemployed youths in the country. Besides, the Centre has not thought of the future of the nearly 10 crore of child labourers who are working as migrant and bonded labourers,” he pointed out. Referring to the law and order situation, the Maoist leader said a woman in India is either subject to atrocity or rape every half-an-hour.
Coming down heavily on the double standards of the Centre and the state government, he said contrary to the announcement of a pro-tribal policy, the tribals have been deprived of their rights on land, forest and water that have been handed over to the multi-national companies (MNCs). “Besides, the Odisha Police, in its anti-Maoist operation in association with the Central para-military forces, has been torturing innocent tribals by branding them as Maoists and Maoist sympathizers,” he said.
The Maoist leader also alleged that the Narendra Modi led government, which had come to power by assuring the people of bringing back black money stashed abroad, has now gone back on its promise and is working for the MNCs. Condemning the visit of the US president, the Maoist spokesperson said the USA government, in the name of waging war against the extremists, has been killing thousands of innocent civilians all over the world to accomplish its imperialism goal. “For this, we strongly condemn the visit of the US president and have decided to observe the Republic Day as Black Day in Rayagada, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts,” Umakant said.