Policeman ‘surrenders’ before Maoists
The constable was harassed by senior officers, says CPI(Maoist) Amid claims by the Bastar Police that hundreds of Maoists have surrendered in the past year, a “reverse surrender” of a police constable has taken place, the CPI (Maoist) has said. “Michche Vadda, 37, a police constable posted in the Farasgav police station of Narayanpur, has surrendered before the Kutul area Janatana Sarkar of the CPI (Maoist). He worked for the police for more than 10 years since 2005. He was being harassed by his senior officers and was pained over the continuous atrocities by security forces on the tribal people in Bastar,” said a statement issued by Rajmand Mandavi, secretary of the Mad divisional committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). Mr. Vadda went missing on March 13 on a visit to his village Kutul.
The police believed that he had been “abducted.” However, the Maoists claimed that he had surrendered “willingly” with his wife Manju on March 29. “Vadda had run away from his village in 2005 and joined the police as a Gopniya Sainik (secret agent). He was promoted as an auxiliary constable and then as a constable. “Police killed his cousin Rainu and his friend Samalu in a fake encounter in 2007. His brother Karia Vadda, who was also working with the police, was found dead under suspicious circumstances in the Kakdazor police camp,” the Maoist leader said. Vadda’s senior, Mandavi said, asked him to join the DRG (District Reserve Group) of the police, but he refused. “Angered by this, the senior started harassing Vadda’s wife Manju. Vadda was deeply hurt … Ultimately, he came back to his village and surrendered before us,” he said. Narayanpur SP Amit Kamble did not respond to calls from The Hindu.
Naxal killed in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A Naxal was killed in a gun-battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said on Sunday. The skirmish took place in a forest near Sonpur village last night when a joint squad of district police and the special task force was conducting a search operation, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police OP Sharma told PTI. The body of a Naxal was found this morning during a search. Naxals opened fire when the security forces were carrying out a combing operation, the ASP said. The rebels fled to the denser area of the forest when the forces retaliated, he added. A .303 rifle, 48 cartridges, two ‘tiffin bombs’ and electric wires were also recovered from the spot.
Underage marriages low in Chhattisgarh`s Naxal hit areas
RAIPUR: Defying the national trend of 33% of women getting married before the age of 18 years, the hotbeds of Naxalism in Chattissgarh – Bastar, Bijapur and Narayanpur – have less than one-fourth (25%) of women tying the knot before their legal age. Contrary to the general perception that underage marriages are more prevalent in tribal societies, but Naxal affected areas of the state have lesser number of girls marrying before the age of 18 years even when compared to the urban cities of Chhattisgarh like Raipur and Drug.
While the latest census report 2011 reveals that across the country almost one-third of women (33%) get married before the age of 18 years, in Chhattisgarh the number of such girls over 38%. Interestingly this figure is much higher in Durg where 44.7% of women tie the knot before the legal age of 18 years. In comparison, Raipur is lower at 36. 8% but if compared to the national average, its high. In contrast, the Naxal affected and tribal dominated areas of Bijapur, Bastar and Naryanpur have far less number of women getting married before the age of 18 years. The figure is the lowest in Bijapur where only 12. 27% girls married before their legal age. The figures in Bastar and Narayanpur are 22.2% and 17. 45% respectively. As far as males are concerned, in Chhattisgarh 9.74% married before the age of 18. This figure is higher than the national average of 6%. The legal age of marriage of for males is 21 years.
Here too, the cities surpass the tribal areas with higher percentage of boys getting married before attaining the age of 18 years. While the figures in Raipur and Durg are 8.28% and 12.5% respectively, the Naxal affected areas of Bastar, Bijapur and Naryanpur are much lower at 3. 42%, 2.26% and 2.60% respectively.
Sandwiched between Maoists & Cops Dumaria -Imamganj villagers rue their lot
GAYA: Between the devil and the deep sea that appears to be the plight of the residents of the Naxal infested Dumaria-Imamganj region of the district. Maoists take forced shelters in our villages and we simply can not say no, says Ramashis (name changed) of Magra village. Naxalion ki iksha ke virudh hum saans bhi nahi le sakte, complained the villager. The police, on its part treats us as Naxal supporters rued Ramashis. In many cases innocent villagers are implicated in false cases and we also have reasons to doubt the genuineness of at least some of the encounters in which villagers are killed, said the villager. Asked to substantiate his complain the villager narrated several incidents. He also produced a bundle of documents including copy of official records to substantiate his version.
According to the villager, in one particular incident, the police, on the basis of the statement of Sub Inspector Vishwanath Prasad Rajak of the Dunaria Police station instituted a criminal case under seven sections of the IPC and Criminal Law Amendment Act and the sections included 307 (attempt to murder). Altogether 22 persons from different villages were named as accused and they were alleged to have indulged in stone pelting with the intention of killing the members of a police party. The affected persons challenged the FIR and petitioned the DGP alleging harassment at the hands of the local police. The DGP directed the Magadh Range DIG to look into the matter and submit his report.
In his report, the Magadh Range DIG said that during spot inquiry, the allegations made in the FIR were not found to be true. Moreover, neither any cop was injured nor any damage was caused to the police vehicle observed the DIG. The DIG also indicted the local SDPO for getting false cases instituted and implicating innocent persons in serious criminal cases The villager also referred to a PUCL report that found a police encounter in the area to be fake…
Chhattisgarh: Three CRPF personnel injured in IED blast
The explosion took place in Rajpenta forest under Basaguda police station limits when the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) personnel were conducting de-mining operation in the region, about 450 kms from Raipur, Bijapur Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv said. Based on specific inputs that Maoists had planted land mines in Rajpenta region close to the camp of CoBRA 204th battalion in Sarkeguda, the security forces launched a search operation and de-mining exercise. After detecting 3-4 IEDs, the bomb disposal squad along with security personnel initiated the process of defusing the explosives. However, the bombs suddenly exploded causing injuries to commandant Harshwardhan Singh, sub-inspector Abhishek and constable Roop Singh, Dhruv said.
“The CRPF personnel, including the commandant, sustained minor injuries in the explosion and they are being airlifted to Raipur after receiving preliminary treatment at a local hospital in Bijapur,” he said. The combing operation is still underway in the region, the SP added.
Maoist scare back in Midnapore
SANKRAIL: A group of three men allegedly claiming to be Maoists demanded Rs 10,000 as subscription from a businessman in Payakati village in West Midnapore’s Sankrail on Friday. While villagers saw this as a recurrence of the Maoist threat, police brushed it aside as rivalry between two businessmen over a moram road building tender. The police and locals also gave widely differing versions on the timing of the incident with villagers saying the trio knocked on Pal’s door shortly after midnight while SP Bharati Ghosh said it happened on Friday evening. No one has been arrested so far and a probe is on. When businessman Thakurdas Pal refused, the trio led by Deepak Mahato of nearby Sankarboni allegedly asked him to accompany them to attend a kangaroo court.
A scared Pal then asked Deepak to wait in his house, telling him he would collect the money from his in-laws’ house nearby. Pal said he used this opportunity to alert villagers who gathered at that hour to help him. Hearing noises, Deepak’s two accomplices sensed trouble and fled before villages could organize themselves. Soon after, villagers surrounded Pal’s house with Deepak still waiting inside. They dragged him out and started beating him. Locals also informed Sankrail police station around 1.30 a.m. but it took a a police team till 4 a.m. to reach Payakati, 16 km away. Police rescued Deepak who was injured in the face of villagers’ beating by now and took him to the police station. Pal also went and lodged a complaint at Sankrail police station.
Police, including SDPO Jhargram Vivek Verma, interrogated Deepak. Verma also visited the village and spoke to residents. Police is also probing villagers’ beating up of Deepak. West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh said, “Deepak and Pal had both bid for a tender to build a moram road in Kalaikunda. Deepak bagged the tender. It is true that Deepak had a Maoist past, having been their linkman like many others in Jangalmahal when Maoist terror raged. But they have all re-entered the mainstream. We have detained him for questioning and will also probe the physical assault on him by villagers.”
State Received Rs 2500 cr Central Fund to Fight Maoists in 4 Years
BHUBANESWAR: Despite Biju Janata Dal (BJD) criticising the Centre for its step-motherly attitude, the State Government received about Rs 2500 crore from the Centre during the last four years to combat Maoist activities in Odisha. Official sources maintained that besides releasing funds under different schemes to counter increasing Maoist activities, the Centre also deployed 15 battalions of Central Para-Military Forces (CPMFs) to tackle the Left Wing Extremists (LWEs).
The Centre has launched the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) to be implemented in Maoist affected districts in the country. IAP is being implemented in 18 districts of the State since 2010-11. The State Government has received Rs 2037.57 crore from the Centre under IAP till the end of 2014-2015. The Centre also released funds to the State Government under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, special infrastructure programme, construction of police stations and barracks for security forces engaged in fighting the Maoists, fortification of police stations in Maoists affected districts and other programmes.
Besides, the Centre had sanctioned Rs 60 crore to the State under modernisation of police forces scheme which has been fully utilised. According to official sources, the Central Government provided Rs 226 crore to the State from 2005-06 till February 15, 2015 under the SRE. Besides, the State received Rs 110.42 crore under infrastructure development programme while Rs 112 crore was provided for fortification of police stations in Maoist affected areas. Besides, Rs 10 crore was released to the State for special training programme for police forces to counter terrorist activities.
The White Paper of the State Government on crime situation in 2014 maintained that there was substantial improvement in the overall situation in State as Maoist activities declined. There was perceptible improvement in the situation in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Nayagarh districts during the year. As many as 76 LWE related incidents were reported in the State in 2014 in which 20 civilians and six hardcore Maoist cadres lost their lives. However, security forces did not suffer any casualty in the State during the year.
Two ‘naxals’ surrender in Gadchiroli; Kin cry foul
The ‘surrender’ by two alleged naxals before police recently has created a controversy with their relatives claiming that they were not ultras and were illegally detained by the police after being forcibly picked up from their homes. District SP Sandip Patil, however, denied the allegations of the family members insisting the alleged naxals indeed turned themselves in. According to police, Mangu alias Ghisu Timma (45), a resident of Gaderi village in Etapalli taluka, surrendered before them on March 21, while Naresh alais Liladhar Kowase, who hails from Puser village in Chamorshi taluka, on April 1.
7 militia members held in Vizag district
Seven militia members of the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit were arrested by the district police near Paridhi panchayat in Pedabayalu mandal of Visakhapatnam district on Sunday. The arrested members were K. Malleshwara Rao (23), V. Satya Rao (21), P. Sanyasi Rao (20), P. Rupana (25), P. Appanna (28), P. Latchanna (35) and K. Bittu (35). According to Inspector of Pedabayalu Police Station Malleshwara Rao, all the arrested militia members belonged to Pedabayalu mandal and were involved in two cases in Pedabayalu and one in Munchingput area.
Maoist killed in Chhattisgarh
A Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre was killed during an exchange of fire with Security Forces (SFs) in the jungles of Sargipal in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, reports The Pioneer on April 6. The exchange of fire occurred at around 9 am [date not specified] when Maoists opened fire on a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and District Force (DF) which was carrying out search operation in the area. After intermittent firing, which lasted for about an hour, the Maoists fled away, Police said. After the gun battle, the body of a Maoist, yet to be identified, was found. A 303 rifle, live ammunition, Tiffin bomb, wire, pipe bomb, medicines and daily use items were also recovered.
CRPF personnel seize Maoist posters in Bihar
On April 5, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) put up posters at Saraiya village in Jamui District, warning residents with dire consequences for working against their interests, reports The Telegraph. Police said the posters stating that a ‘Jan Adalat’ (people’s court/Kangaroo courts) would be held soon in which people working against the interests of the outfit and extorting funds in its name will be identified and brought to justice. The residents saw the posters and informed the Police following which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel seized them. The Police said the residents have been assured adequate protection from the Maoists.
Two new advanced military choppers for BSF air wing for anti-Naxal operations
After over six-month delay, two new advanced military choppers have landed in India to be inducted into the elite air wing of the Border Security Force (BSF), which is tasked to carry air support missions for troops along the borders and in the hinterland for anti-Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)] operations, reports Zee News on April 5. The Russian-made Mi-17 V5 choppers will boost the flying capability of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) that are deployed for a variety of internal security tasks in some of the most arduous and inhospitable conditions at numerous locations.
The official said the choppers have been initially based at the BSF hangar at Safdarjung airport in New Delhi, and are expected to be formally inducted into the fleet by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on April 9. The new pair, sources said, is expected to be tasked for anti-Naxal operations and with their new bases in Chhattisgarh (Jagdalpur) and Odisha (Koraput).