Peoples War in India Clippings 16/2/2015


Naxal held in Bijapur

A naxal carrying a reward of Rs 5000 on his head was arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district today, police said. Made Chandraiya (35) was apprehended by a team of district force on a specific tip off from Old bus stand in Bijapur town, a police official told PTI. The police team cordoned off the area after getting inputs about the arrival of Chandraiya. On spotting the police personnel, the ultra tried to escape from the spot but was nabbed after a short chase, he said. He was involved in the murder of a constable of Madded police station of Bijapur in 2010, the official said.

HC allows furlough to convicted Naxal

NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court last week allowed a petition filed by Chaitu Irappa Wadde, a convict under TADA Act for involvement in Naxal movement, after competent authority rejected his plea for a 14-day furlough leave in November last year. He had sought leave to meet family. The competent authority of Nagpur Central Jail had claimed that Wadde may resume Naxal activities after being released on furlough and also had failed to return on prescribed day.

The court observed that Wadde had proceeded to furlough on 10 occasions earlier and had returned late on four occasions by a few days. He had surrendered on each occasion. Wadde’s counsel Mir Nagman Ali argued that amended rules for parole and furlough had only prospective effect and not retrospective. He argued before the division bench of Justice AB Choudhari and Justice PN Deshmukh that Wadde did not engage in any anti-national activities after being released on leave. The court issued an order stating that Wadde can be allowed the leave but he needs to return on the prescribed day.

Only Naxals on record being held: Patil

NAGPUR: SP Gadchiroli Sandip Patil stated that security forces were arresting only such Naxal cadres whose names or profiles were on record. Police have decided to avoid Naxal supporters in villages as a matter of policy. SP Patil claimed police had also decided to avoid taking Naxal’s jan militia members into custody unless their names featured as dalam members. “The gram raksha dal (GRD) or area raksha dal (ARD) members are not being arrested unlike in the past,” he said. It is learnt police had started simultaneous drives to either arrest Naxals or lure them to surrender under different schemes with attractive monetary benefits. Though surrender schemes are yet to generate response among Naxals in a major way, rewards on their head have prompted civilians to start informing police.

Patil, who joined Gadchiroli police a day before the reward scheme was announced by state government on August 12 last year, stated the informers were motivated by substantial sums that begin from Rs 2 lakh for an ordinary dalam member and could go up to even Rs 1 crore for the national chief of the Naxals.

In G’chiroli, informers paid Rs 40L for getting Naxals arrested

NAGPUR: Total cash rewards amounting to over Rs 40 lakh have been disbursed among secret informers who helped Gadchiroli district police nab Naxal cadres in the last six month. Rewards of around Rs 94 lakh have become due against 18 arrests since the policy came into force from August last year but Rs 54 lakh are still awaiting sanction. Gadchiroli police last week netted two Naxal cadres having cumulative reward of Rs 20 lakh on their heads, which included divisional committee (DVC) member Mainu Posudi alias Shivaji of north Gadchiroli division, from Etapalli.

He was nabbed along with Platoon No 3 and Kasansoor area committee member Asmita Tumretti alias Savita. As per the state government policy, DVC Posudi’s arrest meant a reward of Rs 20 lakh for the informer and Savita’s arrest another Rs 4 lakh. In 2009, Gadchiroli police had caught DVC Jagdish Madavi. The arrest of Shivaji is second such top ranking cadre being netted by police in Gadchiroli after six years. SP Gadchiroli Sandip Patil stated the state government’s reward policy had triggered substantial enthusiasm among both civilians and government personnel to inform cops regarding Naxal. He stated that even government personnel were entitled for 50% of the reward amount and that had made the officers even more motivated.

SP Patil stated six Naxals were arrested between January and February 15. After the reward policy was announced, some top cadres of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh have been netted in the district. Prior to Shivaji, Gadchiroli police had nabbed another DVC member, Jethuram Dhurva, alias Raju, who belonged to Oundhi Dalam of Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh in September 2014. Chhattisgarh’s Madanwada Dalam commander Kamlesh Gavde, alias Shamlal, too was nabbed in Gadchiroli in September 2014.

In October 2014, Gadchiroli police had foiled a Naxalite plan of blowing up a polling booth in Dhanora by arresting Yesu Tekam alias Dunga who was a Platoon No 15 commander. “We are taking special precaution to maintain secrecy regarding the persons who generated the input,” said Patil. He stated that officers of SP rank could approve rewards of only Rs 10 lakh while the IG rank officer had the power to approve rewards between Rs 10 and Rs 20 lakh. Above it, they must be approved by the senior most officials of the state.

‘Charging states for Maoist menace not logical’

Disapproving the Union government’s move to ask Maoist-hit states to foot the bill for deployment of central forces, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked the Centre to wave the charges. “The claim of Rs 1,450.29 crore by the Union government towards deployment of central forces appears to be quite unreasonable,” Patnaik said in a strongly worded letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “In the present internal security scenario, joint and coordinated operations of the state and central security forces are the need of the hour.

Such demands should not take precedence over the urgent operational requirements so far as deployment of central police forces is considered”, the chief minister said in the letter circulated to the media. Requesting the Centre to consider waving the charges completely, Patnaik, who also heads the state’s home department, reminded Singh that Odisha is training its own police force to fight the Maoists at a considerable expense. CRPF’s Director General (DG) had recently asked the Odisha government to pay up Rs 1,450.29 crore as deployment charges for its forces. Several divisions of the central reserve police force are engaged in operations against the Maoists in Odisha, where at least half of the 30 districts are in the red zone.

“Deployment of central police forces is considered essential to supplement the efforts of state police to counter left wing extremism which covers a large number of states. In this regard, the Odisha government has also recruited, trained and deployed a large number of police personnel for anti-naxal operations bearing huge expenditure from the state exchequer,” Patnaik has said in his letter. “It is the responsibility of both the Union government and the states to fight the left wing extremism by pooling together their resources”, Patnaik added.

CAF constable killed, another injured in alleged Maoist blast in Sukma

Raipur: A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) constable was on Monday killed, while another was injured when a pressure bomb went off allegedly set by Maoists in the state’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police sources said. The incident occurred near Temelwada village under Jagargunda police station limits when a road opening patrol (ROP) of security forces was returning after carrying out an operation in the region, a senior police official told PTI.

The ROP was deployed on the densely forested Dornapal- Jagargunda route, around 400 km from here, to ensure security to goods vehicles which supply rations to Jagargunda from Dornapal. While returning to their camp in Temelwada village, security personnel accidentally ran into a pressure bomb allegedly planted by the Maoists near the village which exploded, leaving a CAF constable Ram Prasad Negi dead and another constable Shyam Kumar injured, he said. “Negi had sustained grievous leg injuries in the blast and succumbed while being taken to hospital,” he said. Soon after being informed about the incident, additional security forces were rushed to the spot to evacuate injured personnel, he said, adding that the injured CAF constable Shyam Kumar will be airlifted to Raipur for treatment.

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