People’s War in India Clippings 24/4/2015


The manufactured Maoists

The story of 514 hapless Jharkhand men who were lured into surrendering as Naxals

March 28, 2014: Pamesh Prasad, 21, a second-year BCom student and resident of Khunti district in Jharkhand, files a complaint at the Lower Bazaar police station in Ranchi accusing Dinesh Prajapati, owner of a local coaching centre named Digdarshan Institute, of cheating him after promising to get him recruited into a paramilitary force. Prasad claims that Prajapati took Rs.2 lakh from him in May 2012 and connected him to his friend Ravi Bodra, said to be a former military intelligence informer.

Bodra, Prasad alleged, informed him about jobs being available in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under the “surrender policy”. All he had to do was claim to be a Naxalite, surrender before the CRPF with weapons supplied by Bodra, spend some months in jail and then get recruited into the central force as a reformed extremist. Prasad took the bait and was lodged in the CRPF’s elite CoBRA battalion camp located in Ranchi’s old jail campus.

There were hundreds of other wide-eyed, young, mostly tribal men like him in the “open jail”, aspiring to wear uniforms and rise above their impoverished existence. But with the promised recruitment nowhere in sight, he fled-much before a top cop in the CRPF smelt a rat and pulled down the curtains on a diabolic scam. His efforts to pursue the men who took him for a ride succeeded only about two years later, when a tribal chief minister managed to push an apparently reluctant state police to investigate the complaints.

Woman Naxal held in Chhattisgarh

Rajnandgaon (C’garh), Apr 24 (PTI) A woman Naxal deputy commander, carrying a reward of Rs three lakh on her head, was arrested from the forests of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district today, police said. “The arrested rebel has been identified as Shanti Kovachi, deputy-commander of LOS (local operation squad) active in Madanwada-Kodekhurse region on Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border,” Inspector General of Police Durg Range, Pradeep Gupta said. Based on specific inputs that Kovachi was hiding in Amakodo-Pitameta forests under Sitagaon police station limits, a joint squad of district force, Special Task Force (STF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), was sent to the spot, the IG said. “While security personnel were encircling the region, they spotted a woman trying to escape into core forests, following which she was nabbed after a chase,” the IG said. Besides, one walkie talkie, Naxal literature, a bag, medicines and other commodities of daily use were also recovered from her possession, he added.

A resident of Petemeta village of Rajnandgaon district, Shanti had joined the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in 2007 and later elevated to the rank of deputy commander in 2011, the IG said adding that she was provided with an INSAS rifle. “She was involved several naxal incidents, including torching vehicles involved in construction work and triggering blast during recently concluded Panchayat elections,” the IG added.

Explosives found from jungle

Security personnel today recovered explosives from Porahat jungle under Goilkera police station in adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. The recovery was made during a search operation launched in the naxal-infested pockets in the jungle when the security personnel comprised of CRPF and district armed police stumbled upon the explosives kept hidden in Padua village, said Superintendent of Police, Michael Raj S. Raj said the search team have recovered two IEDs of 25 kgs each, six mortars, rocket launcher shell, naxal literature and uniform. Later, the IEDs have been defused by the bomb disposal squad, he said.

Abducted village official found dead in Bastar

Raipur, Apr 24 (PTI) A darbha janpad panchayat member, who was abducted by Maoists, was found dead in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said today. The body of Panduram (42) was found at Chingur Nullah in Tulsi Dongri area?under Darbha police station limits yesterday evening, Darbha Station House Officer Durgesh Sharma told PTI. Panduram was abducted along with his assistant Sanat Sethiya on April 21 from his native place Koleng, around 350 km away from the Chhattisgarh state capital Raipur, by a group of armed Maoist cadres, he said.

However, Sethiya was later released on Thursday, he said. After receiving a complaint from Panduram’s family members, police teams were sent to interiors of the region to trace him, but his body was found lying at Chingur Nullah, near his native place, he said, adding that his body was handed over to his relatives after postmortem. “His body bears multiple grievous injuries which indicate that he was beaten to death. However, only a postmortem report could establish the exact cause behind his death,” he said. Preliminary investigations revealed that Maoists were enraged with Panduram’s move to contest janpad panchayat polls despite warnings by cadres, he said.

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