People’s War in India Clippings 23/6/2015


Shutdown call by Maoist rebels cripples normal life in Jharkhand

Latehar, June 23 (ANI): A day-long shutdown called by Maoist rebels crippled normal life in Jharkhand as vehicles remained off roads and shops closed on Tuesday. Educational institutions, banks and other public installations also remained closed as precautionary measures and out of fear. The daily wage earners were hit the hardest as people preferred to stay indoors. The rebels had given the shutdown call in Latehar and neighbouring districts to protest the killing of their 12 colleagues by police earlier this month. In a press release, the rebels alleged that police killed them in a fake encounter. Train services were also hit as many trains were running late.

Maoists blow off bridge in Jharkhand

Around 25 Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres under Mithileshji’s dalam (squad) allegedly blew up the bridge over Konar river in Churchu block, 50 kilometres from District headquarters of Hazaribagh District on June 22, ahead of their bandh (general shut down) call on June 23, reports The Telegraph. The Maoists issued a bandh diktat for Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh to protest against the recent Palamau encounter. The bridge, built four years ago, had cost INR Seven million. State Director-General (DG) of Police D.K. Pandey, who was in Hazaribagh, confirmed beefing up security for the Maoist bandh.

Further while observing two day bandh (shutdown strike) across Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, the Maoists burnt down eight tractors at Agrail village in Vaishali District and set ablaze a mobile tower at Gausganj village near Paliganj in Patna on June 23 in separate incidents, reports NDTV.


India: Disturbing Trend Of Killing Police Informers – Analysis

On June 16, 2015, cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) killed a 42-year old Christian pastor, Ramesh Majhi, of Puijhari village under the M. Rampur Police Station limits in Kalahandi District of Odisha, suspecting him of being a ‘Police informer’. A Maoist poster recovered near the body stated that Majhi was punished at the Praja Court (‘people’s court’) for working as a ‘Police informer’. Earlier, on June 8, 2015, Maoist cadres killed a villager, identified as Sodi Chandra Singh, on suspicion of being a ‘Police informer’ near Polamapalli in the Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The statement issued by the Maoists’ Konta ‘area committee’ of South Bastar Division, on a note left near the dead body, declared, “Sodi Chandra Singh had been associated with the Police’s intelligence network since 2013. He continuously provided inputs of our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA] meetings to the Police. He was the informer for Police when a team of STF [Special Task Force] came to Pidmed on April 10 to attack the PLGA.”

On June 5, 2015, a village guard, identified as Jaga Khilo, was killed by the Maoists at Petru village under Pottangi Police Station limits in Koraput District of Odisha. The Maoists left a handwritten letter, suspected to be from the Srikakulam-Koraput Division of the CPI-Maoists’ Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), near the body of the deceased in which they alleged he was a ‘Police informer’. So far in 2015 (all data till June 21), 24 ‘Police informers’ have been killed by the Maoists across different Naxal (Left Wing Extremism, LWE)-affected States. The total number of civilian fatalities in Maoist violence across the country, in the current year, stands at 44.

Thus, 54.54 per cent of civilians killed during this period were tagged by Maoists as ‘Police informers’. Such killings have been rampant since the formation of the CPI-Maoist on September 21, 2004. According to partial data collated by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), a total of 499 civilians, tagged as ‘Police informers’ have been killed by the Maoists across different Naxal-affected States, since this date. The total number of civilian fatalities in such violence, during the same period, stood at 2,800. 17.82 per cent of civilians killed during this period were labeled ‘Police informers’. Odisha recorded the highest number of such killings during this period, 113 out of a total of 273 civilian fatalities (41.39 per cent); followed by Jharkhand with 95 out of a total of 596 civilian fatalities (15.93 per cent); Chhattisgarh 88, out of 691 civilian fatalities (12.73 per cent); Andhra Pradesh, 76 out of a total of 261 civilian fatalities (29.11 per cent); West Bengal, 53 of a total of 544 civilian fatalities (9.74 per cent); Maharashtra 51 of a total of 139 civilian fatalities (36.69 per cent); Bihar, 18 of a total of 284 civilian fatalities (6.33 per cent); Uttar Pradesh, two of a total of two civilian fatalities (100 per cent); Telangana two of three civilian fatalities (66.66 per cent); and Karnataka one of seven civilian fatalities (14.28 per cent).

Though the percentage of such killings has varied from year to year, since Maoists violence has been on a decline since the beginning of 2011, the killing of alleged ‘Police informers’ has recorded a continuous rise, with the exception of 2013. The situation may well be worse. According to Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) data, available only since 2010, the number of alleged ‘Police informers’ killed by Naxalites between January 1, 2010, and April 15, 2015, stood at a staggering 901. Total fatalities recorded by UMHA among civilians during the same period was 2,039. Thus, alleged ‘Police informers’ constituted 44.18 per cent of all civilian killings. The annual percentage variation, however, has been irregular within a limited band.

Shivaji Dobhi’s arrest: A set back to Maoist revival plan in Konch-Tekari area

GAYA: The arrest of Shivaji Dobhi, one of the front ranking leaders of the CPI (Maoists) in Bihar-Jharkhand area has come as a set back to the naxal game plan to stage a come back in the all important Konch-Tekari area of the district. Dobhi was arrested on Monday in the Ghosi police station area of the neighbouring Jahanabad district. As per reports, Dobhi carried an impressive award of Rs 15 lakhs on his head (Rs five lakh announced by the Bihar govt and another Rs ten lakhs announced by the Jharkhand govt).

For the last couple of years, Dhobhi, as per sources was working on an strategy to restore the strike power and support base of the Maoists in the all important Konch-Tekari areas of Gaya district Though the naxals executed some of their most dreaded acts of butchery from their Konch-Tekari base and these plans, besides the massacre of no less than 70 male adults of a particular land owning caste in two separate massacres in Bara village of the then Tekari police station area of Gaya district and Senari village of the adjoining Jahanabad district and the Maoist also indulged in limb cutting of the detractors in the same area, the red rebels subsequently conceded ground to the Ranvir Sena, the private army of a particular land owning caste.

For about a decade, the Maoists remained dormant in the area declared as a liberated zone by the Maoists in the nineties of the last century. Liberated zone, in Maoist parlance means an area where the red rebels and not the state machinery call most of the shots. After making a somewhat forced retreat from the Konch -Tekari area, according to naxal watchers, the Maoists concentrated on Dumaria-Imamganj area of the Southern part of the district. Konch-Tekari falls in the northern region of the extra large district with a record number of 24 blocks in its jurisdiction.

A couple of years back, taking advantage of the police’s more pressing engagements in the wake of the Bodh Gaya serial blasts and the vacuum caused by the elimination of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Mukhiya, the Maoists once again announced their plan to reclaim the lost turf through a mega operation in which SAP, the elite anti naxal force comprising ex army men heavily lost to the naxals during a raid conducted by the Maoists at the SAP’s Goh camp. SAP lost no less than three jawans and 30 INSAS rifles in the operation. Since then the Maoists have been trying to consolidate their position in the area. Acknowledging the arrest of Shivaji Dobhi as a major achievement, Gaya SSP Manu Maharaj said that Dhobhi was wanted in about 20 cases registered against him in different police station areas of Gaya district.

Nitta Attack

Nitta Attack: Anoop Sent to Custody

KOCHI: Anoop George, who was arrested along with Maoist leaders Roopesh and Shyna in Coimbatore recently, was on Monday produced before the Ernakulam District Principal Sessions Court, in connection with the attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatine at Panampilly Nagar. Anoop was sent to police custody for 10 days by the court. Anoop was brought from Coimbatore Central Jail to Kochi by road, escorted by armed policemen. He was produced before the court around 11:00 am. At the court, he shouted slogan supporting the Kathikudam protesters.

A platoon of policemen were deployed at the court complex to ensure security. District Principal Sessions Court judge S Jagadees permitted the presence of advocate Vincent Joseph during the interrogation of the accused, to be conducted between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm everyday, while in police custody. The court ordered that the accused be not subjected to any physical or mental torture. The involvement of Anoop, a native of Kumplampoika in Pathanamthitta, in the Nitta Gelatin attack was established from the confession statement of Ramanan, the Maoist activist who was arrested in connection with a case. As per Sashthamangalam-native Ramanan, he and Anoop were part of the nine-member gang that attacked the Nitta Gelatin office on November 10, 2014. On the basis of the confession, Ramanan was arraigned as the third accused in the case, and Anoop was arraigned as the fourth accused. Ramanan, who was arrested by the SIT on May 29, is currently under judicial custody. Anoop was secretary of the SFI Ranni area committee in 2006. He was a student leader at the Vechoochira Government Polytechnic.

‘Maoist’ posters found in Chaibasa

About a dozen of posters, purportedly pasted by Maoists, were found in the heart of Chaibasa, headquarters of West Singhbhum district, today, police said. The Police have removed all the posters pasted in and around the Kolhan University and nearby Tata College under Muffasil police station. One of the posters threatened the government to avenge the killing of 12 ultras by security forces on June 9. When contacted in this regard, Superintendent of Police, Michael Raj S, said it was the handiwork of some local miscreants, whom the police were searching.

Maoist’s bail petition rejected

A court here today dismissed the bail petition filed by one of the five Maoists arrested in May from the city outskirts. Shyna, along with her husband Roopesh and three others, was arrested from Karumathampatti on May 4 and was in police custody for interrogation. She had filed a bail plea and after hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence, Principal District Sessions Court Judge Pongiyappan dismissed the petition.

Deceased Maoist Identified

VISAKHAPATNAM : Visakhapatnam rural police, in an official release here Monday, announced that the Maoist who died during exchange of fire along the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) on June 20 was identified as Sonu, aged around 25 years. Police speculate he could be from Chhattisgarh or Odisha state. Revealing the information, Paderu ASP A Babuji said that they have shifted the body to the area hospital at Paderu, where the relatives of the deceased could approach and take the body.

However, he also mentioned that if any relatives of the deceased did not approach within three days, then the police would perform the last rites. Sources said that police suspect Sonu to be working in Gumma-Boipariguda area committee of Malkangiri in Odisha. It may be recalled that there was an exchange of fire between the police officials who were in a combing operation, and around 15 Maoists at Gobaripada village of Munchingput mandal in Visakhapatnam agency on June 20, where one died and four to five Maoists were reportedly injured.

MU professor refutes Maoist`s claim on plagiarism in PhD theses

IMPHAL, June 22: Reacting to the news report published in some local dailies today wherein the Maoist Manipur alleged that the Department of Hindi, Manipur University had tarnished the image of MU on the issue of apparent plagiarism in four Ph.D. theses submitted through the department during the period 2001-09, Prof H Subadani Devi Head Department of Hindi, MU has clarified that any Department of the University including the Department of Hindi cannot award Ph.D. degrees on its own. In a statement, the professor made it clear that award of Ph.D. degrees to Ph.D. candidates are done only by the Authorities of Manipur University in terms of the relevant Ph.D. regulations of the University.

The referred four candidates obtained their Ph.D. from Manipur University under the provisions of the Manipur University Ph.D. Regulations (Redrafted) 2001. Within the provisions of this regulation, many bodies of Manipur University at different levels namely, Departmental Research Committee of the Department of Hindi, Committee of Advanced Studies and Research of the School of Humanity, Board of thesis examiners and Viva-voce team of examiners were involved in the processes leading to award of Ph.D. degrees, it said.

The issuance of forwarding certificates from the Supervisor contained in the four theses is as per requirement of Clause 12 of Manipur University Ph.D. Regulations (Redrafted) 2001 and they were issued against submission of the candidates  Declaration statements. Even though the certificate contained a statement that the thesis embodies the candidates original work, the onus for any form of irregularity found in the theses, will be solely on the concerned candidates because, the works belong to the candidates, it further clarified. Stating that the issue raised by the Maoist Manipur regarding the apparent plagiarism found in the four theses is a matter already filed in the High Court of Manipur by Kh Jacko Meitei vs Manipur University under PIL Case No. 8 of 2015, the professor in the statement appealed to the concerned brethren of the Maoist Manipur to come to sense and understand the real situation and wait for the verdict of the court.

…Meanwhile, suspected Maoist, identified as Arvind Gope, was arrested from Narkela in Gumla District on June 21, for demanding an extortion amount of INR 150,000 from a teacher, reports The Telegraph.

Encounter between SF personnel and Maoists in Bihar

An encounter took place between Security Force (SF) personnel and Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Nawadih forests under Rupau Police Station in Nawada District on June 22, after the Maoists held three villagers captive, reports The Telegraph. The encounter took place and continued for almost four hours during which several rounds were fired from both sides. However, later the Maoists released all the captive villagers.

No casualty was reported. Magadh range Deputy-Inspector General (DIG) of Police Shalin said: “The Police have seized a self-loading rifle from the Maoists that was looted from the Police force earlier. Combing operations have been intensified in the area to nab the Maoists.” The DIG admitted that the Maoists had abducted three villagers, while one was injured in the firing. “The trio have been released and are safe,” he added. The injured was admitted to hospital.

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