Naxals call for AOB bandh on Jan 26
VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI Maoists of the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) area have called for a bandh on January 26 to protest against US president Barack Obama’s visit to India. In a press note, the Maoists’ Korukonda area committee secretary Vijayalakshmi urged the people to make the bandh a success and warned that those found associating with cops would be punished. She also clarified that the attack on preacher Simhachalam’s ashram in GK Veedhi was not meant to show off the naxal presence in the area, as alleged by Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen.
She said Simhachalam was punished by the people for his illegal activities. Vijayalakshmi also said that the other 19 people, who were involved in the lynching of two Maoists in Korukonda, should surrender before the praja court, failing which their assets would be usurped. The two Maoists were killed by people four months ago for trying to abduct Simhachalam. She also accused the police of carrying out false propaganda against the Maoists on ganja and laterite smuggling. “Cops, in the guise of flushing out Maoists, have been trying to set up outposts in the Agency to enable bauxite mining. If they go ahead with their plans, tribals will take up a fight just like Alluri Seetarama Raju did to give a befitting reply to the cops,” she warned.
Security Beefed Up in C’garh in View of Naxal Threat on R-Day
RAIPUR: Security has been tightened in Chhattisgarh, especially in the Naxal-hit regions, in view of the Republic Day celebration tomorrow, police said. Stiff security arrangements have been put in place in the state, particularly in Bastar region to avoid any disturbances by the rebels during Republic day celebrations, a senior police official told PTI. “This time we are extra cautious, as naxals have put up posters and banners appealing people to boycott US President Barrack Obama’s visit, along with Republic day celebrations in Bastar,” the official said.
Naxals had been putting up banners and dropping pamphlets in several areas of Bastar from the past one week calling for a nationwide bandh on January 26. Armed guards have been deployed at all the important government establishments. Besides, patrolling has been intensified in the interior forest pockets and inter-state borders to check suspicious movements, he said. “Additional security arrangements have been put in place at the headquarters of each of the districts of Bastar division comprising Sukma, Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Kanker and Bastar districts,” the police official added.
Republic Day celebrations: Security tightened across Odisha
Bhubaneswar: Security has been tightened across Odisha, mainly in Maoist affected areas, for Republic Day celebrations Monday in view of intelligence warning about possible terror strike and call by Naxals to observe it as a ‘black day’. The state government has sounded a high alert in all the districts after the Intelligence Bureau warned about the possible terror attack. The SPs of all the districts have been asked to be on alert, while all the 18 marine police stations are told to be extra vigilant, DGP Sanjeev Marik said. In the state capital of Bhubaneswar where Governor S C Jamir is slated to unfurl the national flag, over 1,000 police personnel, quick action teams, counter-terrorist squads, bomb disposal squads and Special Operations Group jawans would be in place.
Two Maoist ‘supporters’ held in C’garh
Raipur, Jan 25 (PTI) Two suspected Naxal supporters were arrested and a weapon and explosives allegedly seized from them in Chhattisgarh’s Gariyaband district. The two men – Shivlal Yadav (35) and Harish Chandra Chandrakar (38) – were apprehended from Bade Gobra village under Mainpur police station limits last evening, Gariyaband Additional Superintendent of Police L David told PTI today.
Suspected Maoists attack govt-owned hotel in Kerala’s Wayanad district
A budget hotel owned by a government undertaking in North Kerala’s Wayanad district was attacked allegedly by Maoists in the wee hours of Sunday, according to police. The reception counter and restaurant of Tamarind Easy Hotel, at Thirunelli, owned by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, was vandalized by a six-member gang. They left posters protesting against India visit of US President Barack Obama. Quoting the hotel staff, police said the assailants threatened them not to venture out and inform anyone until they left the scene.
The gang did not attack any of the inmates of the hotel. Before leaving the hotel, they pasted pro-Maoist posters in the hotel vicinity. As usual, police have starting combing operation in the region, which had reported suspected Maoist presence in the past.
Red bandh in protest against Obama trip
Ranchi: The state police have stepped up security after the CPI(Maoist) called a bandh on January 26 in protest against US President Barack Obama’s three-day trip to India. Giridih SP Kranti Kumar said Maoists have put up posters, announcing bandh on January 26, in villages in Giridih near the Jharkhand-Bihar border. Police in all districts — 22 of 24 districts in Jharkhand are Maoist-hit — have been alerted. DGP Rajiv Kumar has asked security forces to seal the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border in Gumla and Simdega districts and tighten security along the state’s borders with Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha that have Maoist presence. “The SPs have been asked to step up security at railway stations and important roads,” said Kumar.
A Maoist zonal commander, Madan Rai alias Jitendraji, was arrested on Friday morning from a village in Giridih near the Jharkhand-Bihar border. On Saturday, Giridih police found three powerful can bombs from GT Road under Dumri police station. “We had launched an operation after we received inputs that Maoists would gather to make strategies for January 26,” SP Kumar said. Chief of CRPF in Jharkhand R K Mishra said, “In the past too, Maoists had observed this day as black day. Anti-rebel operations will be heightened till then.” East Singhbhum district, where one cop was killed in a Maoist encounter on Thursday, and its neighbouring West Singhbhum are on high alert. Borders have already been sealed to check Maoist movement.
“We have deployed additional forces in sensitive areas,” said West Singhbhum SP N K Singh A Maoist press release said: “Imperialist America wants to loot the huge reserve of natural wealth (mineral deposits) and human capital India has, just the way British did.” The press release also criticizes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies.
Tight security in Red zone
BERHAMPUR/ BHAWANIPATNA : Security was tightened in southern districts after Maoists announced to observe Republic Day as black day against US president Barack Obama’s visit. “We have alerted all security camps. Vehicle checking has started and patrolling intensified,” said SP (Kandhamal) K V Singh. In Phulbani, six platoons of forces would be deployed, he said. Women and child development minister Usha Devi is scheduled to unfurl the flag at Phulbani. Similar security measures were put in place in Gajapati.
Higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahy will hoist the Tricolour at Parlakhemundi. Police said adequate security measures will be taken in Ganjam too. A report from Bhawanipatna said Red rebels have put up posters, asking Obama to go back in Lanjigarh block. The extremists felled trees and blocked the road connecting Bijepur-Trilochanpur village to prevent movement of CRPF personnel to Niyamgiri forest. The CPI (Maoist) claimed responsibility for torching the midday meal vehicle in Lanjigarh’s Ijurpa village on January 21.