Telangana naxals meet near Khammam
Hyderabad: The CPI Maoists’ first Telangana state committee meeting has given the cops a big headache. Anti-Naxal intelligence sleuths of the Telangana state police have confirmed that the Telangana Maoist plenary was conducted recently, in which Vepa Narayana, alias Haribhushan, has been elected as state secretary. The police said the meeting was not conducted in Khammam, as claimed by the Maoists. It was instead held in Chhattisgarh, bordering Khammam district. The cops said that no big leader from central committee attended the meet.
A senior intelligence official said, “The plenum was conducted in the last week of February. It was a state committee plenum. The Maoists couldn’t conduct it in Telangana due to continuous vigil and combing operations. They had to hold it in Chhattisgarh. There is not much Maoist movement in Telangana. Only a few instances of Maoists guerilla squads moving around has been reported from Adilabad and Khammam.” According to the police, there are around 75 to 80 Maoist cadres operating along Telangana borders. The Maoists’ Telangana committee made 10 resolutions including resolution against the TRS government policies, farmers’ suicides, support for victims of land acquisition and those affected by the Kawal tiger reserve and the Polavaram project. Maoists also decried removal of ration cards and alleged that the Adivasis were tortured.
Naxal Killed, CRPF Jawan Injured in Gun-Battle in Chattisgarh
RAIPUR: A Naxal was killed and a jawan of CoBRA force of CRPF was injured in a fierce gun-battle in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district yesterday, police said. The skirmish took place in restive Burkapal forests under Chintagufa police station limits when a joint squad of CRPF’s elite CoBRA (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action) and district police was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told PTI. While cordoning off forests between Burkapal and Chintagufa, a group of 20-30 Naxals opened fire when security personnel reached near a rivulet, he said. After the gun-fight that lasted for around half-an-hour, ultras fled to the deep forest. Constable Satpal of CoBRA’s 206th battalion sustained bullet injuries.
“During a search, body of a rebel was found and two magazines of SLR rifle were also recovered,” the officer said. The injured jawan was brought to Chintagufa from where he was airlifted to Raipur for treatment. Security forces returned to the camp. Identity of the killed Naxal was yet to be ascertained.
Naxalite nabbed in Rajnandgaon district
Rajnandgaon, Mar 31 (PTI) A Naxalite was arrested and weapons were recovered from him in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district today, police said. Suklu Ram Tulawi was apprehended by a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and district police force from Aampayali hills under Aundhi police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sundarraj P said. Acting on a tip-off about the gathering of senior Naxal leaders of Manpur area in Aundhi region, security forces were sent to the spot. Rebels fired on them from the top of Aampayali hills but security forces didn’t retaliate so as to keep the villages at the bottom of the hill out of harm’s way and closed in, the SP said. “During cordoning-off, Suklu was nabbed while he was trying to flee,” he said.
A muzzle-loading gun, explosives packed in four tiffin boxes, splinters, a bag and commodities of daily use were seized from his possession, the SP said. Another gun was recovered from the spot later. Suklu was allegedly involved in several Naxal-related incidents, including a murder, the SP said.
Top Maoist leaders produced before Karimnagar Magistrate
Four top Maoist leaders were produced before a court here today in connection with the murder of the then Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 2009. Jaspal Singh, Amit Bagchi, Akhilesh Jadav and Pramod Mishra, who are central committee members of outlawed and Communist Party of India (Maoist), were produced before the Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate. Another top CPI (Maoist) leader Muppala Laxman Rao and others have also been named as accused in the case.
Based on a confessional statement given by one of the accused Malla Raji Reddy on January 1, 2008, the Karimnagar rural police registered a case of murder against Muppala Laxman Rao, alias Ganapathi, and 33 others. Among them Kobad Ghandy, Varanasi Subrahmanyam, Jhanthu Mukherjee, Amit Bagchi, Pramod Mishra, Jaspal Singh and Akhilesh Jadav have also been held in various prisons. Muppala Laxman Rao, Akkiraju Haragopal, Cherukuri Raj Kumar and others have not yet been arrested while another accused Mallojula Koteshwara Rao, alias Kishanji, was killed in an encounter at Jangal Mahal region in West Bengal on November 24, 2011. Malla Raji Reddy, who got bail, has been absconding since then. The police have not filed a chargesheet so far. Meanwhile, Karimnagar’s Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate Azahar Hussain directed the police to produce the accused before him on April 13, 2015.