Maoist nabbed in Khammam
A dalam member of Maoist Local Organising Squad (LOS) was nabbed by a joint team of police and CRPF personnel in Battigudem reserve forest area in Charla mandal on Wednesday. Madivi Nandu alias Ramesh, 26, dalam member, Charla LOS, was apprehended by a team comprising the local police and personnel of CRPF’s CoBRA force during a combing drive as part of anti-Maoist operation in Battigudem forests on Wednesday, said R. Bhaskaran, ASP, Bhadrachalam. The arrested Maoist dalam member hails from Battigudem village of Charla mandal, Mr Bhaskaran told mediapersons in Charla on Thursday. The arrested dalam member was allegedly involved in three murder cases and several incidents of exchange of fire with the police besides felling trees and other offences in Bhadrachalam division as a member of the LOS since 2012.
Pipe bombs planted under bridge found in Chhattisgarh
Two pipe bombs, weighing 10 kg each, planted by Naxals under a bridge were on Friday recovered in Chhattisgarh’s Kondgaon district, police said. The bombs were found under an under-construction bridge on Bhawridih river at Ranapal on Khodsanar-Hadeli road, District Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force and district police had been sent to search for the bombs. The team also found two detonators and a 200-meter electric wire from the spot. The bomb disposal squad later defused the bombs.
Government fails to give states funds for special anti-Maoist force
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)’s plan to raise a special force in Maoist-hit states to combat the rebel movement has hit a roadblock, with the Centre failing to allot funds for the project. The MHA was keen to have special forces in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha, train them in guerrilla warfare, and equip them with the best weaponry to fight the extremist movement that is often referred to as the country’s biggest insurgency problem.
Officials in the security establishment have termed the lack of cash a “major setback” in the fight against Left-wing extremism. “With no funds allocated in the Budget, the project has virtually been scrapped. A specialised force at the state level would have been ideal for taking on Maoists, but it’s back to square one,” said a home ministry official. While the plan received the nod two years back, little had been done to raise these forces. Chhattisgarh, with the highest number of armed rebels, is the worst-hit state – but there is no sign of a special anti-Maoist force there…
Saranda Action Plan gets CS push
Chief Secretary Rajeev Gauba after his meeting with the secretaries of different departments, district officials of police, administration and forest departments at Hazaribagh on Thursday underlined the importance of the Saranda Action Plan. “We are going to work on the lines of Saranda Action Plan in entire the State to bring back the people of Naxal-prone areas into the mainstream. We have fixed a target of six months to implement the plan in all worst-affected areas of different districts of the State,” said the CS.
Arms, explosives seized from Maoist hideout, IED defused
Security forces on Friday seized a cache of arms and ammunitions from a Maoist hide out and defused an IED planted by ultras in Bihar’s Rohtas district. Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande said acting on a tip-off about movement of a Maoist group led by Ajay Rajbhar in hilly Chunhatta village, the security forces led by CRPF Commandant Mithilesh Kumar launched a combing operation there on Friday morning.
But the ultras escaped in the thick forest leaving behind a haul of arms and ammunitions comprising three single bore guns, a country-made pistol, 12 ammunitions, 50 kg ammonium nitrate, 50 kg PEF explosives, 2,350 detonators and four empty plastic boxes, Lande said. The security forces also defused an IED that the Maoists had planted on the road of Chunhatta village to prevent securitymen from reaching there, the SP added.
Maoist ‘zonal commander’ lynched in Jharkand
Chaibasa: A Maoist ‘zonal commander’ was lynched by villagers in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, police said today. West Singhbhum Superintendent of police Michael Raj S said the lynched Maoist has been identified as Johnson Ganju, was a resident of Hazaribagh but had been operating in Saranda forest of the district for long. Ganju allegedly went to meet his lady love in Rongo village at around 9.30 pm last night when the villagers, angry with his extortion and other misdeeds surrounded him and beat him to death with stones and bows and arrow, he said.
The Maoist had tried to repeal the attack by opening fire, which was returned by the villagers, the SP said. Ganju was the mastermind of Chaibasa jail break in December last year in which 15 of its inmates fled and three were killed in police firing, police said. A country-made pistol, two live cartridges, one empty cartridge and three mobile phones were recovered from his possession, he said. Police said at least 49 cases were pending in different police stations of West Singhbhum against Ganju.
Can carrying a vessel get one jail? Yes, if you are a tribal in Maoist belt
Chhattisgarh police, hogging limelight for controversial surrenders of alleged lower-rung Maoist cadre, have been keeping tribals behind bars framing them under the Arms Act and IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder). Their crime: carrying bada bartan (a big cooking utensil), umbrella, traditional bow and arrow, kitchen knife.. Some of these tribals have spent several years in jail, though their names never figured in the chargesheets or the witnesses never identified them as accused. These bizarre facts emerged during dna’s detailed analysis of the police documents of various cases, submitted in the courts of Chhattisgarh. The state police, it was found, have left a long trail of faulty and disastrous investigations, resulting in humongous injustices, especially in Bastar division.
Maoists ban felling of trees
When 45-year-old Ramesh Murmu (name changed) recently climbed the hills at Bariyarpur in Munger district to collect firewood, he was thrashed by Maoists and instructed not to cut trees anymore. The rebels, owing allegiance to the banned ultra outfit CPI (Maoists), have put a blanket ban on cutting of trees in the dense forest areas of eastern Bihar particularly Munger, Banka and Jamui, bordering Jharkhand. “We have pitched in where the government has failed. The ineffective administration and corrupt forest officials have given a free hand to the timber mafia. We have, therefore, issued a diktat that henceforth no one will be allowed to enter the forest area and cut trees,” said Laljit Koda, the self-proclaimed spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist), Eastern Bihar and North Jharkhand zone, while talking to a local scribe in Munger.
Maoists set 10 vehicles ablaze in Chhattisgarh
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres set ablaze ten vehicles – eight tractors, a truck and a JCB machine – near Iragaon under Dhanora Police Station limits in Kondagaon District on April 1 in a bid to disrupt road construction work, reports The Indian Express. The vehicles were parked at the site where road construction work was underway when they were set afire, Inspector General (IG) of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri said. Around 12-15 armed Maoists, clad in black uniforms, stormed the place with kerosene and asked construction workers to leave the site. Some villagers asked them not to hamper development works in the region but the ultras did not pay heed to them and set ablaze the vehicles, the IG said. While six tractors belong to locals, the rest of them were belonged to a construction firm, the IG said. Villagers have lodged a complaint in this connection at Dhanora police station, the IG said.