Quit or die, Maoists warn policemen in Bastar
Banned outfit claims responsibility for abduction, killing of constable
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has warned lower rung policemen working in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh to leave their jobs or “get killed at the hands of PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) guerrillas.” In a press statement issued by Madhavi, secretary of the West Bastar Divisional Committee of the Maoists, the banned outfit took responsibility for the killing of constable Bira Basant, who was abducted on April 7 and found dead two weeks later in Bijapur district. The abduction of unarmed Bira, travelling to his village to meet his family, led to a “silent protest” by local residents and traders in Bijapur. Schoolchildren had organised protest rallies to seek his release.
Blaming the State government and the Bijapur police for the death of Bira, the Maoist leader claimed that the district police did not initiate a dialogue for his release. “Instead, the police pressured locals and schoolchildren to organise protest rallies against us. Our party’s policy does not allow us to kill unarmed policemen. We have freed many jawans, who did not carry weapons. However, we cannot spare those who knowingly take part in inflicting atrocities on the people. Bira was one such policeman,” said Madhavi. “He was working against the people’s movement for more than 10 years and led many fake encounters and village raids on the tribal people of Bijapur. He was also extorting money from them,” she added.
The Maoist leader also refuted the police claim that Bira was going to his village Madded to visit his family. “He was on the way back to the Bijapur SP office after collecting intelligence against us from Awapalli area. He knew what he was doing and it was impossible for us to spare such an ‘enemy’ of the people,” claimed Madhavi. “Bira’s killing should serve as a warning to all local and lower rung policemen working in Bastar. Stop fighting for corporates who are here to snatch tribal land. Take up any other job other than policing if you want to stay in Bastar. Otherwise be ready to die at the hands of the PLGA,” warned the Maoist leader.
Maoist operative held in Gaya
Gaya: A hardcore Maoist operative was arrested on Tuesday from a village under Dumaria police station area in Bihar’s Gaya district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout in Talaliya village and nabbed the Maoist identified as Manoj Bhuian, Superintendent of Police (SP), City, Manoj Kumar said. The ultra was wanted in the murder of two policemen in the district, he said adding, vital information has been provided by Bhuian during interrogation about Maoist activities in the region. The arrested Maoist was later sent to judicial remand by a local court where he was produced, the SP said.
Maoist sympathiser asks farmers to struggle towards stopping farmer suicides
BATHINDA: Revolutionary Telegu poet and national president of ‘Revolutionary Democratic Front’ Varavara Rao has stressed the need to have coordinated struggle for the causes of farmers at the national level. The farmer suicides could only be stopped by building a strong and joint platform at the national level to force union government to frame farmer friendly policies. He stressed the need for Punjab farmers to unite with their counterparts in other states and fight a collective struggle. Varavara Rao was here on Monday to preside over a convention organised by operation green hunt virodhi front Punjab.
While taking on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Varavara Rao said “he(Modi) was talking of Achhe Din for everyone on assuming power but it is ensuring bad days for farmers by taking out pro corporates land acquisition bill. The farmers are committing suicides but Modi seems unmoved”. Varavara Rao said large numbers of farmers are committing suicide in Andhra, Maharastra, Punjab, Haryana and elsewhere but this trend need to be arrested.
On three day visit to Punjab, Varavara Rao pained by the economic condition of Punjab farmers who contribute immensely in national food pool, said “the Punjab farmers might be struggling hard for farming issues but their voice is not being heard at the national level and it could be gauged from the fact that Modi government not considered case of Punjab while giving relaxations to 4 states in specifications of wheat. In such a scenario the struggling Punjab farmers need to join hands with farmers of other states to build a strong force and plead its case strongly”.
He also stressed the need to take along farm labourers which are inseparable from farmers to fight for their rights. Varavara Rao accused Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of filling its own coffers but only shedding crocodile tears for farmers but in reality doing nothing. Suggesting a different type of model for farmers, he said nearly one crore people live in Dandakarnia in Chattisgarh but the area has not witnessed even a single farmer suicide in years as they people have reformed their farming on their own and have divided lands and do cooperative type agriculture. He said if this model could be successful at the remote place why it could not be replicated elsewhere.
Maoist leaders on hunger strike shifted to hospital
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda and former Maoist mediator during abductions Dandapani Mohanty, who are on hunger strike, were shifted from Berhampur circle jail to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in the city. According to Senior Superintendent of Berhampur circle jail, Raghunath Majhi, both had to be shifted to the Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated because of fasting. Sabyasachi had been shifted to the hospital on Sunday, while Dandapani was shifted on Monday. According to the physicians treating both these Maoists, their condition was out of danger. Armed police force had to be deployed to keep watch on these two persons under treatment in the hospital. Sabyasachi had started his hunger strike on April 22 to protest against his solitary confinement and alleged curbing of his basic rights. Earlier he had observed hunger strike for five days from March 31 on the same demands.
Then also he had been admitted in MKCG Medical College and Hospital, where he had ended his fast. Dandapani had started hunger strike inside the jail on April 24 demanding status of political prisoner. He was arrested in February 2013 for his alleged involvement in Maoist activities. He had served as mediator for the Maoists during talks with State government for release of abducted Malkangiri collector in 2011 and two Italian tourists in Kandhamal district in 2012. Armed police force deployed to keep watch on these two under treatment in the hospital
Red Posters Found in Koraput
KORAPUT: Maoist posters were found at various places across Narayanpatna block of the district on Monday. In the posters, the Maoists demanded end to the anti-Maoist ‘Operation Green Hunt’, exploitation of tribals by landlords and withdrawal of police deployment from different tribal pockets. Sources said the Maoist outfits working in Narayanpatna, Bandhugam and bordering pockets of Odisha-Andhra Pradesh had started putting up the posters after the recent public meetings held by the police in the area. Inspector General of Police (south-western range) Yashwant Jethwa said combing operation has been intensified in the block after the posters were found. Besides, borders of the district have been sealed.
Maoists kill two tribals in Andhra Pradesh
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres of Sabari Area Committee killed two tribals, identified as Madivi Chukka (25) and Madivi Joga (28) branding them as ‘police informers’ at Kamanathogu of Yetapaka mandal (revenue unit) in East Godavari District in the wee hours on April 27, reports Deccan Chronicle. The two hailed from Kamanathogu of Murumuru panchayat (village level local self government institution) in Yetapaka mandal in East Godavari District, and were beaten them to death with sticks. Earlier (unspecified date) too, they killed another tribal identified as Podium Nadugu (55), hailing from Allivagu village of Eudugurallapalli panchayat in Chinthoor mandal on the same pretext.