Hardcore Maoist arrested
A hardcore Maoist ultra was arrested today in Banka district of Bihar in a joint operation of state police and CRPF. The arrest of Kanhaiya Yadav was made at Ramsaraia Hill under Belhar police station. Belhar Deputy Superintendent of Police Piyush Khan said, “Yadav is a hardcore naxal and a close associate of naxal leader Mantu Khaira who is active in these parts of the state.” The security forces have brought Yadav to Belhar police station, where he is being interrogated, he said.
Police seize 35 bombs, top Maoist leader escapes
Ranchi/Gumla: Police detained a suspect after finding over 35 bombs, 500 detonators, around one dozen bombs (some semi-prepared), one laptop, two hard discs, and several Maoist utility items after an encounter at Latehar-Gumla district borders on Friday midnight. However, almost 100 CPI Maoists including central committee member Arvindji, the mastermind behind all Maoist activities in Jharkhand and Bihar, managed to escape during the encounter. Around 100 maoists were crossing from Latehar to West Singhbhum’s Saranda forest via Gumla when security personnel engaged them in an encounter. “The encounter continued for hours from midnight after which the Maoists escaped leaving behind a huge quantity of materials,” said a police officer.
DGP Rajiv Kumar said the police had intelligence inputs about their movement and operations were being conducted in vulnerable areas. A team of security personnel comprising jawans from Cobra 209 battalion, CRPF 218 battalion and district police found a contingent of over 100 Maoists at Champipat Bans Pahar near Gurdari area of Gumla district. Arvindji was leading the team. The total items found included around one dozen IEDs including pressure cooker bombs, four bikes, 3 walkie-talkies, timers, camera, adaptors, one laptop, 500 detonators, 15 mobile sets, chargers, 200 uniforms, 200 blankets, 5 bed sheets, medicines, foot items, and Naxal literature. More than 10 companies of CoBRA and around five companies of CRPF have been pressed into search operations. “The encounter continued for hours. The Maoists were also using advanced firearms. No report of any injury was reported and we have not found any blood spot either,” a police officer said.
Maoist regional HQ destroyed, 3 arrested in Bihar
MUNGER: Security forces on Saturday destroyed a regional headquarters of Maoists and arrested three rebels besides recovering a huge cache of arms in Bhimbandh forest area in this district. After getting intelligence inputs about the presence of East Bihar North Jharkhand (EBNJ) headquarters of Maoists in the forest, CRPF and police had launched a joint operation on February 17, Munger Deputy Inspector General (DIG) S P Shukla said. Terming it a “major success” in the fight against Maoists, Shukla said the headquarters was being controlled by most wanted leader Parvez Da. “Our forces surrounded the entire Bhimbandh area, which is a difficult terrain due to hills and dense tropical forest, and zeroed-in on the headquarters during late hours yesterday.
Around 40 to 50 men and women Maoists were present there, but most of them managed to escape under cover of jungle and darkness. “However, our forces arrested three of them,” Shukla said. The security forces seized a huge cache of explosives, including three litres of nitroglycerin, 60 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), 5,000 metres of fuse wire, two bundles of cordex explosive wire, four walkie-talkies and some Maoist literature. This is the first instance in the state that highly dangerous explosive like nitroglycerin has been recovered from Maoists, he said.
Lukewarm response to bandh call by Maoists
VISAKHAPATNAM: The bandh call given by Maoists in protest against the `anti-people’ policies of the central and state governments passed off peacefully in the AndhraOrissa border (AOB) areas on Friday . There were no reports of any untoward incidents. The APSRTC withdrew its services to interior areas of Visakha Agency as a precautionary measure.Bus services were also affected in remote areas of Malkangiri and Koraput districts in Odisha. However, transport services were not affected in Paderu, Hukumpeta, Araku, Chintapalli and Koyyuru.
The weekly markets at Paderu and Araku valley on Friday functioned without any interruption. All government offices, shops and business establishments remained open throughout the day . CPI Maoists central regional bureau official spokesman Pratap said the bandh was in protest against the efforts of security forces to flush out Maoists from Bastar in Chhattisgarh and the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh. The Maoists had given the bandh call in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Odisha.
Maoist general strike suspended
IMPHAL, Feb 20: The banned Maoist Communist Party Manipur has in a press statement said that the Catholic Society decided to remove the moral education subject taught at five Catholic schools in Imphal starting from the session 2015. Following which the earlier announced general strike call on February 22 has been suspended. `The missionary schools are trying to spread their religion, other private schools are trying to earn huge profit, Government schools are turning into looting grounds it said and added that the outfit will fight against such acts.
It further said that the outfit had given a deadline to the institutions and other private organizations, who had participated in the January 26, 2015 function, to apologise in front of the public. It warned the outfit will now take up further course of action as the deadline has crossed. It may be mentioned here that the outfit had few days ago announced to call a general strike if the Catholic Schools in Imphal continue to teach `moral education`™ subject charging that the subject only teaches moral education based only in Christianity and aims at spreading the religion. The outfit was also against the building of Churches inside the school campus and demanded for secular education policy.
Tribals harassed by security forces: PUDR
Routine raids, beatings, loot, detentions and compelling tribal villagers to perform begaar or free labour and a large number of permanent warrants are among the allegations the latest report of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has levelled against security forces in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh. A PUDR fact-finding team published its report on Thursday, after visiting nine villages in December last to “ascertain reports of arrests, intimidation and harassment, including sexual abuse by security forces stationed there to fight Maoists.”
“A rough estimate indicates that 15,000-35,000 people live under the threat and fear of arrest warrants in Bijapur alone. Instances of sexual torture of tribals were also noted. In flagrant disregard of international covenants, the security forces deliberately regard passengers in local transport as ‘human shields’ during possible encounters,” the report said. Blaming the police camps for affecting the living conditions of tribals, the report said the present situation was comparable to, and a continuance of, the Salwa Judum activities: eviction and mass displacement of villagers from 2005 to 2009.
“Despite recurrent… bomb explosions and targeting of the roads by Maoists, the villagers fear the security camps as it is the armed personnel who punish and brutalise them. The aim of the present military initiative is to cleanse the area for redoubled mining activity,” the report said. In a statement sent to The Hindu , CPI (Maoist) south regional committee secretary Ganesh Uike accused the security forces of killing around 20 “innocent villagers” in “fake encounters” in Bijapur between January 2014 and January 2015, and they were later declared “Maoists.”