Transit Naxal Camp Busted in Chhattisgarh; Explosive Material Recovered
RAIPUR: Security forces have busted a transit naxal camp following a fierce gun-battle with ultras and recovered a cache of materials used in making explosives in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said today. “The skirmish between security personnel and rebels took place in restive Tuskal forests under Iragaon police station limits last evening,” Kondgaoan Superintendent of Police J S Watti told PTI. Two tiffin bombs, explosive materials, 15 detonators, electric wire, couple of camera flashes, naxal literatures, medicines and other naxal-related material besides commodities of daily use were recovered from the camping site of naxal following the encounter, the SP added.
A team of police was carrying out search operation in Iragaon and Dhanora region, located around 300 km away from the state capital yesterday. On reaching Sawalwahi village, security personnel received a tip-off about gathering of a huge group of naxals in Tuskal forest following which they mobilised towards the place. On sensing the presence of police near the spot, armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated. However, on finding jawans zeroing on them after intermittent firing of about half-an-hour, rebels escaped taking the advantage of rough terrain and dense forest, the SP said, adding that no harm to either side was reported in the incident.
11 police informers killed in Chhattisgarh this year
As many as 11 police informers were killed by Naxals in the first six months of this year in Chhattisgarh which witnessed 245 incidents of red-rebel violence. According to Home Ministry statistics, informers were killed mostly in rural areas of Chhattisgarh where Naxals continue to have dominance. However, there have been improvement in the security situation in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra where incidents of Naxal violence has come down significantly.
A total of 562 incidents of Naxal violence were reported across the country from January 1 to June 15, 2015, of which 155 were reported in Jharkhand (188 incidents in corresponding period in 2014), 55 incidents in Bihar (55 in 2014), 31 in Odisha (61 in 2014) and 25 in Maharashtra (43 in 2014. Similarly, there has been a fall in casualties in Naxal violence — from 177 in first six months of 2014 to 111 in 2015. 184 Naxals have surrendered till June 15 this year while 176 extremists surrendered in the same period last year. In Chhattisgarh, 82 Maoists have surrendered so far this year while last year only 35 extremists had given up arms. In Jharkhand, security forces killed 19 Maoists till June 15 this year in comparison to just two in the corresponding period in 2014. As many as 177 Maoists were arrested by security forces in Jharkahand in comparison to 142 in the same period last year.
Maoists regaining ground in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana?
HYDERABAD: Outlawed Maoists seem to be regaining ground in the interior villages of the two Telugu states if one goes by the spurt in Naxalite activities in the last six months. About 40 Maoist-related incidents, including killings and exchange of fire, have been reported since January 1 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana while as many as 44 Maoists and their sympathizers were arrested. Most of those held were trying to recruit cadre for the CPI (Maoist) from villages.
This year, the Maoists killed four people, burnt seven vehicles and conducted two recruitment drives albeit unsuccessfully. The police recovered three explosives dumps and also killed a Maoist in an exchange of fire. The Naxalites also pasted wall posters listing a set of local demands in some villages to make their presence felt. There was also an attempt to make Adilabad part of the Dandakaranya region. The police, on the other hand, have succeeded in convincing a number of Maoists, including dalam leaders and deputy commanders, to surrender.
In all, 100 Maoists gave up arms so far this year. Andhra Pradesh has witnessed more Maoist activities as compared to Telangana in the last six months. Maoists killed three people and reportedly conducted two recruitment drives besides holding the party plenary. About 30 Maoists were arrested in AP as against 14 in Telangana. The two incidents of exchange of fire were also reported from AP. With the Maoists attempting to regroup themselves on AP-Odisha, AP-Chhattisgarh and Telangana-Chhattisgarh borders, the police in both the states have taken up a novel campaign to deal with the security threat. They are now seeking the help of the families of Maoists to convince them to lead a normal life. Last week, Karimnagar district police superintendent D Joel Davis released a wall poster with the photographs of top Maoists and the rewards they carry on their head. He called upon senior Maoists Muppalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi, Mallojula Venugopal Rao alias Prahlad and Pulluru Prasada Rao alias Chandranna to give up arms. “The parents of many Maoist leaders are old. The Maoists should surrender and serve their parents. They should leave their outdated ideology, join society and utilize the reward money and other government benefits for the welfare of their families,” Joel observed.
The police have also been holding health check-up camps in villages to wean away people from the influence of Left extremism. They have also increased the movement of the police personnel in the forest areas, particularly in Visakhapatnam, Khammam, East Godavari, Warangal and Karimnagar districts. Warangal rural SP Ambar Kishor Jha held a meeting with the relatives of Maoists where parents urged their sons and daughters, who are underground, to leave violence and benefit from the government’s generous schemes for surrendered Naxals. In some places, the police presented clothes and medicines to the old parents of Maoist leaders hoping that the gesture will bring the security forces closer to people in interior villages.
January 12: Nalgonda police unearthed a Maoist dump at Kambalapalli village of Chandampet mandal
January 13: Karimnagar police foiled an attempt by Maoists to revive the party in the district. They arrested a Maoist and his two associates
February 14: Khammam police foiled an attempt to plant explosives in a forest area to kill a security personnel
May 30: Maoists killed a tribal, Kurusam Balakrishna, 30, dubbing him as a police informant at Unjupalli forest area in Charla mandal of Khammam district —————–
January 17: Maoists killed a villager identified as Sanjeeva Rao in Veeravaram village of G Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam district. They also destroyed the ashram of spiritual guru Simhachalam in nearby Gurramveedhi village
January 22: Police seized a large quantity of explosives from a vehicle on Khammam-Bhadrachalam main road proceeding towards Malkangiri district of Odisha
April 27: Maoist cadres of Sabari area committee killed two people, Madivi Chukka, 25, and Madivi Joga, 28, after branding them as police informants in Yetapaka mandal of East Godavari district
May 27: An exchange of fire between Maoists and the police at Cheedipalli of Koyyuru mandal in Visakhapatnam district. Yet another exchange of fire on May 28
June 20: A Maoist was killed in exchange of fire with police in Visakhapatnam district
NIA chargesheet in Maoist unit case
KOLKATA: NIA submitted a supplementary chargesheet before the NIA Special Court at Kolkata summing up the investigation into a module of CPI (Maoist) cadres based in Kolkata and Jharkhand. This module was active between 2010-12 and manufactured hand grenades for use against the state. The chargesheet has charged two CPI (Maoist) cadres — arrested from the Watgunge area in Khidderpore by Kolkata Police STF on July 25 and 26 three years ago — Mohan Viswakarma (a resident of Imamganj in Bihar) and Arjun Ganjhu (hailing from Latehar district of Jharkhand). While the initial STF chargesheet, submitted in January 2013, was about the duo’s activities in Bengal, NIA looked into their wider connections, linking the Maoist operations in Jharkhand and Bihar.
The supplementary chargesheet said that unfinished parts of about 800 hand grenades, in different stages of preparation, were recovered from a transport agency as well as various workshops in Kolkata. “In view of the gravity of the offence, MHA directed NIA to further investigate the case in April, 2013. NIA in its supplementary chargesheet, has charged the two arrested accused for offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 — for conspiracy to commit terrorist act, for being associated with a terrorist organization as well as being a member of the same. The two arrested persons are at present in judicial custody,” an NIA official stated. NIA claimed that Vishwakarma and Ganjhu were members of the Central Technical Committee and the Technical Research and Arms Manufacturing (TRAM) unit of CPI (Maoist).
Vishwakarma was close to TRAM chief Ramkrishna Sadanala. Vishwakarma was in charge of procuring arms from Jharkhand and distributing it in Bengal. He led cops to spare parts of 83 hand grenades in a Baranagar workshop and a Bowbazar transport company.
Maoists Mum Over Veracity
COIMBATORE: Four Maoists arrested recently by the Q Branch police have refused to sign and confirm that documents seized by the police during raids belonged to them. This happened when they were produced before Principal District Judge R Pongiappan here on Wednesday, at the end of their police custody. The alleged Maoists are R Shyna (42), J Anup (31), C Veeramani alias Easwaran (60) and C Kannan (46). Roopesh, the other Maoist arrested by the the Q Branch, is still in the custody of the Kerala police.
The four gave a written statement to the judge expressing their unwillingness to attest to the legitimacy of the documents seized from them. They also raised slogans against the police while entering and leaving the court premises. The judge ordered that the four of them, as well as Roopesh, should be produced in the court on July 15.
Protests cost 63 lakh to Odisha transport corpn.
Protest week observation by the Maoists in south Odisha during first week of July led to loss of around Rs. 63 lakh for the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC). In the Maoist-infested remote districts of south Odisha like Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, the OSRTC is major source of passenger transport. As per an assessment, the OSRTC incurs losses at least around Rs.2.70 crore in south Odisha because of its disruption of service due to bandh, hartal and protest observation calls by Maoists.
According to in-charge divisional manager of Berhampur division of OSRTC, Anil Mishra, due to threat of Maoist violence the corporation stops plying buses in such areas for at least 30 days every year. In December 2009, the Maoists had torched four OSRTC buses on the night before the day of their bandh call. After this incident, the OSRTC authorities had decided to stop plying its buses in such regions during any bandh, hartal or protest observation by the ultras.
Maoists blow up forest department office in Maharashtra
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres blew up a range office of the forest department at Decchli village in Aheri tehsil (revenue unit) in Gadchiroli District on July 8, using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders meant for distribution among tribals under a government scheme, reports Indian Express. All official documents were gutted in the explosion and the roof of the office blown off. The Maoists left a written warning that no villager should work for any forest department programme such as plantation, protection monitoring etc.
“Around 50-60 Naxals (left Wing Extremism, LWE) came at midnight, took two of the cylinders in our stock to the range office and ignited a blast. All documents were gutted in the fire,” said a senior forest official. “Naxals have warned the villagers not to work for us in any manner,” he added. The Decchli range office was burnt by the Naxals in a similar fashion in 2011-12.
Three Maoists arrested in Jharkhand
Three Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were arrested by Security Forces (SFs) in Latehar District on July 8, reports Zee News. The arrested trio – Umesh Yadav, Srinath Singh alias Santosh and Ashish Kumar Singh – were arrested during a joint operation by the Jharkhand Special Task Force (STF) and a team of Latehar District Police. One 7.65 mm pistol, Gelatin rods, wires, 23 mobile phones, 28 sim cards as well as clothes and food items were recovered from them.