Naxals call upon cops to join ‘struggle’
Maoists appear to have found a new recruitment pool — police officials engaged in anti-Naxal operations. In a statement released by CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Malajulla Venugopal alias Abhay, the Maoist leadership has urged policemen to quit their jobs and join the “revolution” to defeat the “sinister” and “fascist” designs of their seniors and political leaders. To drive home the point, the CPI (Maoist) has also cited incidents of “over-stressed” policemen killing their seniors and claimed that more than 1,000 security personnel have been killed in anti-Naxal operations. “Think about your background. You belong to the lower strata of the society. You cannot deny that you have come from families of poor tribals, labourers and farmers. Think about who you are serving just to feed your families. We know you are not honestly agreeing to the demands of the job and your family members not happy that you have to do this. Your senior officers, fraudulent politicians are trying to instil false patriotism in your minds by branding Maoists as a security threat. But, the fact is that the rate of quitting a police job is about one in three. You must understand the selfish motive of politicians to loot resources of the people,” Abhay said in the statement.
The statement claims several politicians from across political parties are corrupt. It also makes a mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots. “The same Modi is now travelling around the world to sell India’s resources to foreigners in the name of Make in India. That is why leaders like Barack Obama, Stephen Harper and Angela Merkel are praising him. Your guns are actually meant to forcibly acquire farmers’ lands. Are you ready to shed your blood for these people,” Abhay said. Claiming that over 50,000 police personnel engaged in anti-insurgency operations had quit their jobs, Abhay said, “Consider why some of you are committing suicide or killing your officers. Are you being treated fairly by your superiors? Many media reports have exposed the tragic realities of your tension-filled lives. Stop staying away from your near and dear ones. You should join the struggle waged by poor farmers, workers, women and other affected sections… Don’t fall prey to the sinister designs of Narendra Modi, Mohan Bhagwat and Amit Shah… Operation Green Hunt is designed to loot people’s resources.”
Four jawans injured in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district
RAIPUR: Four security personnel were injured when a group of suspected Naxals attacked a police camp in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district in the wee hours today, police said. “A large group of armed Naxals hurled crude bombs at Basing police camp under Kurusnar police station limits shortly after the midnight following which a gun-battle broke out between security forces and rebels,” a senior police official told PTI.
Maoists torch two buses in Bihar
Maoists burnt down two buses in Bihar’s Sheohar district on Wednesday, police said. A group of armed Maoists forcibly stopped two buses and torched them in Belhiya area, a district police official said, adding there was no casualty. “After the incident, the security forces have intensified combing operations against them,” the official added.
Police-Maoists exchange fire in Visakhapatnam forests
The exchange of fire took place between 10.15 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. and it appeared that the Maoists fired first to stall the police party and to escape from the area. Maoists and a Special Party of police exchanged fire near Cheedipalli of Gorrellametta village under Boodaralla panchayat in Koyyuru mandal on Wednesday morning. Two groups of Maoists, with 15 members, fired four rounds on the police party from a distance of about 800 meters and the police retaliated by firing one round and the Maoists escaped according to preliminary reports reaching here, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen said. The exchange of fire took place between 10.15 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. and it appeared that the Maoists fired first to stall the police party and to escape from the area.
Combing operations were intensified after the exchange of fire, Mr. Praveen added. According to unconfirmed reports senior leaders of Maoist party, commander of central regional committee-I Kudumula Ravi and former head of military operations of the party in ABO Chalapathi were present. The Maoists broke into three groups after the incident and escaped into the forests. A few days ago the Maoists conducted a meeting in this area and the leaders might be present there in this connection. This is the second exchange of fire between the Maoists and the AP Police in the AOB area in the recent times. There were some other violent incidents reported in Visakhapatnam Agency.
During January the AP Police and Maoists were involved in exchange of fire near Bejjangi in Odisha, which is about 25 k.m. from Munchingputtu in the Agency. During April the police fired at a group of Maoists during a combing operation at Oodalamarri near Pulusumamidi under Gummidala Panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal. The Maoists escaped into the forests without retaliating.