Raipur: Two IED bombs recovered
Raipur, May 30: Ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Chhattisgarh today, security forces have recovered two powerful tiffin bombs from Naxal-hit Sukma district’s Dornapal region. “The explosives, planted by Naxals, were recovered by a joint team of security personnel near Misma village on Sukma-Dornapal route under Dornapal Police Station limits yesterday,” Sukma Sub-Divisional Officer of Police, Prafulla Kispotta, said.
2 Naxals, including a woman held in Chhattisgarh
Two Naxals, including a woman, were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said today. A prominent Maoist cadre Shashikala Vadde (21), who was active on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, was apprehended from Bande police station limits last evening, a senior police official told PTI. Acting on a tip-off about the presence of Vadde at her native place Tiralgadh, a team of local police mobilised towards the spot, located around 300 kms away from the state capital, he said.
After encircling the village amid dense forests, Vadde was nabbed from the place, the official added. She was deployed as a member of Kasansur LOS (local operation squad) under North Gadchiroli division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). She has been involved in several major Naxal incidents, including attack on police personnel at Bhamragad police station limits of Gadchiroli district (Maharashtra) leaving a jawan dead and two others injured, he said. In another incident, a lower rung cadre – Somlal Kallo (31) was arrested from Badgaon police station limits of the district during a search operation last evening, he said, adding that the duo was being interrogated.
Maoists trying to regain ground in bauxite hills
They see an opportunity to exploit tribals’ opposition to mining The CPI (Maoist), which had receded from Visakhapatnam’s Agency areas in recent years, has been trying to recover its influence over tribal communities. The banned naxalite group allegedly sees an opportunity in the TDP government’s proposal to mine bauxite in the Vizag hills, to which tribal people in this district have been opposing for long. After taking over reins, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has been repeatedly stating that bauxite deposits in the Eastern Ghats will be exploited.
Tribal groups in the Agency area are alarmed that this will result in their eviction from their homelands and loss of livelihood. Sources say there have been inputs to suggest that CPI (Maoist) has resumed its attempts to stoke unrest among tribals. The Maoists are allegedly back to organising meetings in remote tribal villages in the hills, trying to rally opposition to bauxite mining. Four meetings are said to have been held so far with about 1000-1500 tribal people attending. Some elected representatives are said to have been coerced by the Maoists into attending some of these meetings. Police are worried over these reports. They believe Kudumula Ravi, one of the top regional leaders of CPI (Maoist) in the area, has been active in the tribal hills in the last eight months trying to organise support for his party.
The forested Agency area provides cover for the Maoists and tribal populations thrown off their lands and occupations have been their target groups. But in the face of stern measures by the police, the Maoists have been unable to get logistic and operational support as they used to be in the past. But the tribals’ strong opposition to the government’s proposal to exploit the vast and high-quality bauxite deposits in 3,600 hectares in Araku, Sapparla and Jerrela areas has provided another opportunity for the Maoists. Apart from tribals fear’s, environmentalists too believe that bauxite mining may destroy the flora and fauna unique to this area.
Telangana government beefs up security as Maoist activities increases
HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)-led government in India’s newest state has beefed up security in border districts apart from providing bullet-proof vehicles to ministers, alarmed by the attempts of Left-wing extremists to regain their lost ground in the region. The ruling TRS, which had till last year repeatedly debunked the apprehensions over threat of Maoists once Telangana was carved out, has also decided to further modernise the police force by earmarking substantial funds.
Maoist action teams on prowl in Visakha Agency
VISAKHAPATNAM: The district cops have been put on high alert following information about members of the banned CPI Maoist outfit eyeing soft targets in the Visakha Agency to spread terror and pressurise people’s representatives to intensify the anti-bauxite agitation. The cops in Visakha rural suspect the Maoists may strike at any place or engage in violence to show their strength and boost the confidence of their sympathisers. According to sources, the naxals have formed action teams, comprising 2-3 persons skilled in accomplishing specialised tasks with small weapons like pistols or revolvers, in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) areas. The objective of the teams is to focus mainly on representatives of political parties in the Visakha Agency.
The naxals allegedly held meetings with people’s representatives in the Agency recently to bring more politicians under their ‘order’ and have planned to eliminate a few ‘targets’. According to sources, they have more than 100 persons, including politicians, former naxals, home guards, and cops on their hit list. The Red guerillas, in a bid to prove that they are still in command of the AOB areas, especially Visakha Agency, have already started regrouping their sympathisers and militia members and are waiting for an opportunity to show their strength in the AOB areas, sources said. They are likely to unleash a series of attacks in the coming days as it’s a question of survival for them now.
We have been tracking the movements of naxals keenly due to which the firing incidents took place within 24 hours in Koyyuru mandal. But it is difficult to conduct regular operations in remote areas such as Chintapalli, GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, G Madugula, and Pedabayalu,” a senior police officer in the Agency told TOI. Meanwhile, sources said that cops of various police stations in the Visakha Agency have already warned the people on the hit list of the Maoists to regularly inform the police about their whereabouts and not to venture into the interior pockets without prior information.
‘Operation Flush Out’ launched against Maoists in Bihar
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and a unit of Special Task Force (STF) have jointly launched a massive operation, code named, ‘Operation Flush Out’ in the dense forests located at the tri-junction of Jamui, Lakhisarai and Munger Districts to drive out Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres who are giving sleepless nights to Security Forces (SFs), reports The Times of India on May 30.