Naxals call for 5-state bandh on Feb 20
VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI (Maoists) on Thursday called for a bandh in five states, including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on February 20 to protest the anti-people’s activities of the state and central governments. In a press release sent to TOI on Thursday, the Maoists’ Central Regional Bureau (CRB) spokesperson Pratap accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi, AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao as well as the CMs of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra of implementing destructive and anti-people policies.
He said the bandh would be observed for 24 hours but emergency services would be exempted. “Water projects, eight-lane roads, plantations, SEZs, industrial corridors, nuclear plants and others are nothing but destructive policies. Though the people are agitating for basic needs, the governments are only concentrating on the corporate sector in the name of ‘development’,” the note stated. The Maoist leader accused Naidu of encouraging realtors by planning to grab nearly 30,000 acres of farm lands in the guise of a new capital for AP, and Telangana CM KCR of planning to hand over around 35,000 acres on the outskirts of Hyderabad to multinational companies in the name of Bangaru Telangana.
“The Naidu government has been violating forest, environment and tribal Acts like Pesa (Panchayati Raj to the Scheduled Areas), 1/70, V and VI Schedules to mine bauxite reserves in the state by amending laws without the consent of the people. Naidu is trying to divide the people by setting up pro-government Pesa committees,” he alleged. He also slammed KCR for his plans to take up mining in the Singareni open cast mines, excavate dolomite at Eturunagaram and set up a tiger project at Kavvala in Adilabad, terming them as anti-people policies.
The Polavaram project too came in for criticism from the CRB spokesperson, who slammed the state and central governments for going through with the project though it was a threat to the environment and lakhs of people in 480 villages would lose their livelihood. He also alleged that the main objective behind the project was to supply water to the Srikakulam-Kakinada industrial corridor and to water a third crop in the Krishna delta. The CRB leader accused the governments of these five states and the Centre of evacuating people from their habitations in villages and forests by speeding up the third phase of Operation Green Hunt. “This is nothing but destructive development. When the people of these states began agitating against such development, the ruling parties temporarily stopped but are once again trying to revive their efforts by paramilitary forces and local cops. All these government have been trying to use security forces to gain dominance in areas housing mines and where projects are slated to come up,” he alleged.
Bengal cops keep hawk eye to check Maoists along border
The West Bengal Police is leaving no stone unturned to fend off Maoists from its borders, and on Thursday, cops gave their Jharkhand counterparts specific information about the location of Naxalite leaders, who laid siege to a border village in the state. But the Jharkhand cops made an unusual delay in reacting after the tip-off. This helped the Maoists to flee the village. The intelligence wing of the central forces deployed in Purulia on Thursday morning learnt that top Maoist leaders like Ranjit Pal, Sachin and Rahul would be present in a meeting at Kaira village in Jharkhand.
The Jharkhand government is keeping vigil in a few villages along its border with West Bengal owing to a surge in Maoist activities. The Maoists on Thursday wanted to hold a meeting at Kaira village to know about the opinion of the villagers. The intelligence wing of a central force deployed in Purulia came to know about the meeting well in advance. It informed the Purulia District Police top brass about the meeting. The Purulia District Police then briefed its Jharkhand counterparts.
The intelligence inputs also mentioned the presence of Ranjit Pal, Maoist Military Commander of Ayodhya Hills in the meeting. Sources in the central force intelligence unit said that these groups are trying to reunite so that they could become active in Bengal. The joint forces have successfully eliminated the Maoists from the Jangalmahal districts. Apart from development work, the Trinamool Congress government also managed to get support from the common people by highlighting the brutality of the Naxalites.
Jawan injured in Maoist landmine blast
BALANGIR (ODISHA): A jawan of Odisha’s elite Special Operaton Group (SOG) was seriously injured in a landmine explosion triggered by Maoists in Turekala area of Balangir district, police said today.
Labourer killed by Maoists in Angul
Angul, Feb 13: The industrial district of Angul has witnessed the first case of Maoist killing in a tribal village of Pattamunda under Pallahara police station. According to the police, around 15 armed Maoists descended in the village located at around 20 km away from Pallahara town Thursday night and axed one Samuel Bhadra (50) to death. They fled the spot leaving some Maoist posters stating that Bhadra was killed for being a police informer.
According to a villager, at about 8 pm a group of armed Maoists including four women came to the house of Bhadra and asked him to come out. When he came out then they locked his wife and two daughters inside the house. They then charged him of being the informer of police who killed one of their leaders in that region on his information. The Maoists killed him with an axe and left some posters before melting into nearby forest. According to villagers, Bhadra, a tribal Christian and daily wage earner, migrated from Jharkhand about 20 years ago and started living in the hamlet along with his family.
Verdict in Azad encounter case put off to March 13
Pronouncement of order on the protest petition in the alleged fake encounter of top Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad was adjourned to March 13 by Adilabad Judicial First Class Magistrate Mary Sara Danamma on Friday. The petition was filed by Azad’s wife K. Padma and Babita Pandey, wife of journalist Hemchandra Pandey who was also slain with Azad in Adilabad forests on July 2, 2010.