People’s War in India Clippings 29/6/2015


1 Naxal shot dead, another demoted for ‘sexual misconduct’: CPI (Maoist)

Rammurti, a commander of company-2 under DKZSC, was found guilty of “indiscipline and anarchist and indecent behaviour with women in the area, as well as women cadres”.

A recent document published by the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the CPI (Maoist) has revealed at least two major cases of sexual misconduct against two senior cadres, leading to one being demoted and the other being shot dead after inquiry and public court hearing. Rammurti, a commander of company-2 under DKZSC, was found guilty of “indiscipline and anarchist and indecent behaviour with women in the area, as well as women cadres”.

“Rammurti had joined the Naxal movement as a member of company-1 in Bastar in 2002. He exhibited indiscipline and anarchist behaviour and hence was transferred to company-2. Despite repeated advice and attempts to reform him, he did not budge. When it was decided to send him home, he threatened to go to the police and divulge details about the movement to them. So after due inquiry and consent from senior leaders, it was decided to give him death penalty. Finally, a public hearing was also organised and the decision was reaffirmed,” the document read. The document, however, does not mention the place of Rammurti’s execution. In another case, the in-charge secretary of south Gadhciroli committee of Aitu was demoted to the position of a committee member after a women cadre accused him of sexual misconduct.

Police officials of Naxal-hit regions meet in Jharkhand

An inter-state co-ordination committee meeting of senior police officials of Jharkhand and Odisha was today held in Chaibasa, the district headquarter of Naxal-hit West Singhbhum district. The officials including the DIG (Kolhan) R K Dhan, DIG (CRPF) Ashok Sanyal, Superintendent of Police of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan and Simdega districts of Jharkhand and superintendent of police of Sundergarh and additional superintendent of police of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha as well as the CRPF commandants of different battalion were present in the meeting. Dhan said that it has been decided to intensify anti- Naxal operation simultaneously in the adjoining states to solve the Naxal menace as well as inter-state criminal activities.

Besides, the officials agreed to exchange information about the Naxal and criminal activities in the bordering area and maintain co-ordination to achieve desirable result, he said. The objective was to make Kolhan and Ranchi regions of Jharkhand Naxal-free region, he added.

Naxal charged with killing many personnel held

A Maoist leader accused of murdering several security personnel, including a station house officer (SHO) in Kanker district was arrested today by Border Security Force personnel, police said. Murra Usendi (40), head of the Janatana Sarkar in Bande, was apprehended during checking of vehicles in Kankers Durgkondal. He was associated with ultra activities for the past 12 years and involved in over two dozen cases of violence. Besides eliminating SHO Avinash Sharma in February, he is prime accused in the January 5 guerrilla assault on four guards of former Congress legislator Manturam Pawar at his Pakhanjur residence and looting weapons and ammunition. The rebel, carrying a reward, was also wanted in connection with landmine blasts in Bande during the 2013 Assembly elections.

Naxal killed in ‘jan adalat’

A plan by a young Maoist couple to surrender could not fructify as rebel leaders abducted the duo and held the woman captive after killing her husband at a jan adalat (people’scourt) in Sukma District, police said today. The Naxal couple identified as Malger Area Committee member Hemla Bhagat and his wife Kosi, President of Dandakaranya Kisan Manzdoor Sangh, were reportedly abducted on Tuesday by their own cadres after the leaders came to know about their move. Yesterday, the couple were put on trial before a ‘Jan Adalat’ in Gonderaas forest where Bhagat was murdered in front of his wife as the people’s court awarded him death penalty. According to reports, Kosi was still held captive by the Naxals in dense forest, Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. Mr Singh said that measures are being taken for seizing the slain Naxal’s body.

VISAKHAPATNAM: With the security forces gradually limiting the movement of the CPI Maoists in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area, the banned outfit has reportedly modified its tactics as well as its organizational structure. The naxals are believed to have formed a new committee called the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput divisional committee with an experienced leader at the helm to strengthen the rank and file and regain their past glory. According to sources, the new division was formed after the visit of Maoist central committee leaders to Visakha Agency in May and June this year. Around 14 leaders from the Dandakaranya Zonal Committee of Chhattisgarh, including Maoist central military chief Namballa Kesava Rao alias Ganganna and central regional bureau (CRB) chief Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand are learnt to have visited the district. Few days after their visit, another team of nine members interacted with the squads and area committees in the AOB, sources said.

They said the new committee was aimed at not only strengthening the naxal presence in the AOB areas, but also to safeguard their movements in Chhattisgarh. If the AOB Maoists become weak, the ones in the Dandakaranya zone would be in danger as security forces of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha would seal the borders and corner them. Though one Venu calling himself the head of the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput divisional committee has already begun issuing press notes, the Visakha Rural cops suspect that Venu is none other the dreaded Gajarla Ravi alias Ganesh alias Uday, the present Malkangiri-Koraput border (MKB) divisional committee secretary.

Ravi, a native of Warangal district, was one of the Maoist representatives that attended the meeting with the state government in 2005, following which he became famous as Charchala Ganesh. “Ravi, a chronic diabetic, worked as a North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) member but when the NTSZC lost grip over Telangana due to severe repression by security forces in the form of encounters and arrests as well as surrenders of squad members, he was transferred to the AOB Special Zonal Committee,” a senior police officer involved in anti-naxal operations told TOI.

“Uday might have been given charge of the new division as he has good organisational skills. The Reds will now try to concentrate on areas where they have lost their grip and chalk out plans to strengthen their presence AOB, which is the key to protecting their movement in Chhattisgarh,” a senior police official in Visakha agency said. Sources said that the Maoists set up the new committee to guide the other divisions after the strength of potential leaders reduced in Visakha, Malkangiri and Koraput. However, all the three divisions would now be treated as sub-division committees led by commander rank naxals, who would become members of the new divisional committee.

3 Maoists including a couple arrested

Three Maoists including a couple were arrested from separate locations in insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police informed on Sunday.The Maoist couple was nabbed by a joint team of 195th battalion CRPF and District Police from Korlapal village forests under Geedam police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP), Kamlochan Kashyap informed. The couple identified as Mallesh alias Dhansingh and his wife Sukay Vetti were held during a combing operation based on intelligence inputs from the village.

According to SP, Mallesh was a prominent Naxal leader of the region and was active as Commander of Section ‘A’ of Maoist Military Platoon Number 1 of Military Company No. 6 of outlawed CPI (Maoist). After joining the banned movement in 2009, he had executed several deadly Naxal attacks in Narayanpur and Dantewada region, he said. The State government had declared reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head. The insurgent was part of guerilla squad that killed 27 CRPF jawans in a deadly attack on paramilitary forces under Dhaudai police station limits (Narayanpur) in 2010, the SP mentioned. Mallesh’s wife Sukay was active member of the same group and assisted her husband in several Naxal incidents, the SP said, adding, the duo were carrying a reward of `8 lakh each on their heads.

Maoist killed in exchange of fire identified

The Maoist killed during an exchange of fire between a group of Maoists and a special police party near Gobbaripada under Rangabayalu panchayat in Munchingput mandal on June 20 was identified as Kopparthi Suryam alias Sonu of Kurasapadu in Prakasam district. His family members identified him through photographs published in the press and electronic media and came to Paderu on Saturday. His father Subbaiah was informed about the death of his son by the local SI, it was reported. He came to Paderu along with civil rights activists and received his son’s body which was exhumed.

Maoist Communist Party claims IED threat at MM Hr Secondary School

IMPHAL, Jun 28: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has claimed that the IED found near the gate of MM Higher Secondary School was planted by the outfit`s Red Guards. A statement of the outfit while making the claim said the outfit has been trying to avoid any kind of confrontation for long it has been induced to plant the explosive as a last warning to the school. It said the outfit will not remain silent incase the school continue to remain indifferent to the outfit.

It said the IED was planted against the school`s indifference to the confusion regarding a huge number of CBSE students and instead turning itself into a profit making institute. It also said that the outfit is now clearly aware of the fact that several of its cadres had been arrested due to the school and now the outfit cannot forgive the school. The outfit has also warned the CBSE Monitoring Cell which is yet to announce any of its findings regarding the issue of CBSE school students who were unable to appear for their exams.

Maoists visit Adivasi colony in Wayanad again

Mananthavady: After a brief lull in the Maoist-related incidents, the presence of the ultras has been reported from Wayanad once again. Kerala Police confirmed the visit of a five-member Maoist gang to the Adivasi colony at Upper Makkimala in Thavinhal panchayat. The gang visited Vellan, an Adivasi, at his house by 7.00 pm on Friday and handed him Maoist publication ‘Kaattuthee’ and some pamphlets. They spent around three hours in the area and visited two more houses in the neighbourhood. The gang also asked for food and ate from the houses, the tribals said. The colony dwellers remained silent about the Maoist visit due to fear. One of them had introduced himself as Jayanna to the tribals. Police suspect that the gang was led by Maoist leader Vikram Gowda.

Maoists condemn nun rape, human trafficking in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Communist Party of India (Maoist) have exhorted human rights organizations to join protests against the incident of rape of a nun in Raipur and increasing incidents of human trafficking from the tribal areas of the state. In a statement circulated to the media, CPI (Maoist) spokesman Gudsa Usendi said his organization strongly condemned the rape of a nun in the state capital and attempts to cover up the case. The rebels alleged that incidents of attacks on minorities and forced conversions were on rise under the BJP rule at the centre and the state. CPI (Maoist) said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been attacking UPA government for increasing atrocities on women, is silent over these incidents. Referring to incidents of human trafficking, Usendi appealed to all progressive organisations to join together to fight and prevent trafficking and exploitation in the tribal areas.

War of dominance among cops, naxals continues in AOB

VISAKHAPATNAM: Even after seven years, the terror of Balimela ambush continues to haunt the cops. As many as 37 security personnel had met with a watery grave after Maoists opened fire on a launch carrying them in Sileru river. They were returning after a strenuous combing operations in the forest area abutting AP-Odisha border. After Balimela ambush on July 29, 2008, the police did not venture into the river fearing a Maoist ambush. The Maoists, however, could not gain much after the incident.

They had faced many ups and downs in the last seven years. Now they are slowly re-establishing themselves in the AOB. They had failed to penetrate into people to revive their frontal organisations. The police too did not learn lessons from the incident. Once again the war of dominance in Andhra Orissa Border (AOB) had started between cops and red guerillas with new strategies, new formations and new faces on both sides.

Encounter: rights outfits demand judicial probe

Human rights organisations have sought a judicial probe into the killing of a Maoist in an alleged ”fake encounter” with the police in the agency area in Viskahapatnam on the Andhra-Odisha border on June 20. Poignant scenes marked the conduct of the funeral of the slain maoist, K.Surya (23) at Kurisapadu near here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Revolutionary leader G. Kalyan Rao hailed the Kerala High Court’s observation that ‘‘being a Maoist is of no crime, though the political ideology of the Maoist will not synchronise with our constitutional polity.” Homage was paid to the slain maoist by, among others, Amara Veerula Bandhu Mitrula Committee State leaders Anjamma and Padma, Committee for Release of Political Prisoners State vice-president K. Kanakaiah, OPDR State vice-president Ch.Sudhakar, AP Civil Liberties Committee leader K.Annapurnamma and Progressive Democratic Movement district president Bathula Mohan Rao.

Campaigns planned

The Federation Against State Repression (FASR) has planned to organise campaigns and meetings on the alleged false case registered against Maoist sympathisers under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Federation organiser D.R. Dinesh said that they would also press for release of activists working for the welfare of tribals and oppressed persons, allegedly booked under the Act.

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