Maoists execute abducted cops
Our Bureau July 15: The blood-splattered bodies of four assistant constables of Chhattisgarh auxiliary police were today found on a road in Bastar’s restive Bijapur district, some 2km from the spot from where Maoists abducted them on Monday evening. Bijapur police said passers-by spotted the bodies at dawn near Gudma village, a few miles from Kutru town, on the fringes of Indravati National Park. The rebels left a hand-written pamphlet at the site, about 550km from Raipur, claiming responsibility for the killing. “The people have given the verdict to kill them since all four of them have admitted to taking part in anti-Naxalite operations, killing men and women, and burning the huts of people,” read the pamphlet signed by the National Park Area Committee.
The police said the rebels held a so-called “jan adalat” (people’s court) near Gudma late last night, where the four were reportedly killed. Two of the constables had been shot dead at point-blank range, the police said. The throat of the third was slit and the fourth brutally tortured and bludgeoned to death. The victims were identified as Jaidev Yadav, Mangal Sodhi, and Raju Tela of Kutru police station, and Rama Majji of Bedre police station. The four were first recruited as special police officers (SPOs) of the Salwa Judum, a civil militia that took on Maoists in Bastar region with the backing of the state machinery. In July 2011, after the Supreme Court termed the Salwa Judum an “extra-constitutional” force and ordered its disbanding, the four were made auxiliary constables.
Bodies of four police officials found in Chhattisgarh two days after Naxal abduction
Raipur: The bodies of four police officials, who were abducted on Monday by Naxals, were found on Wednesday in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district. “Bodies of the four assistant constables have been found on a road near Gudma village under Kutru Police Station limits near the spot from where they were kidnapped by Naxals on Monday,” Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela, told PTI. As per a senior police official, the rebels had killed all the four jawans by holding the so-called ‘Jan Adalat’ (peoples’ court), near Gudma village last night.
The personnel were identified as Jaidev Yadav, Mangal Sodhi and Raju Tela, all posted at Kutru Police Station, while Rama Majji was attached to Bedre Police Station in the region. Soon after getting information of the bodies lying abandoned on the road that passes thorough a dense forested patch, security forces were rushed to the spot.
Three naxal supporters arrested, explosives seized
Jamshedpur, July 16: The police and CRPF arrested three naxal supporters from Derang village under the same police station area in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum district on Thursday. The three were arrested for carrying explosives materials from Bengal border along the Chakulia police station area to Ghurabandha. Those arrested were identified as Khela Baske (50), Mangal Baske (45) and Pahad Sahu (35), all residents of Ghatshila sub-division. Others police officers who were present on this occasion included superintendent of police (rural) Shailendra Kumar Sinha, assistant commandant of CRPF, Ashish Kumar and additional SP (naxal operation) Shailendra Kumar Burnwal. East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T Mathew said that acting on a tip off the police and paramilitary forces stopped Khela Baske and Mangal Baske, and seized a consignment of explosives which they were carrying from Chakulia to Ghurabandha.
According to Mathew, the naxal leader Madan Mahto who is active on the Jharkhand-Bengal border at Chakulia had arranged the explosives and handed them to Sahu, who had handed them over to Khela and Mangal. The seized explosives, about 10 Kgs, included detonators, gelatin sticks and aluminium.
Powerful explosive recovered in Naxal-affected Chatra
Chatra: Security forces today recovered a seven kg pipe bomb planted under the Ghori Ghat Main road in Chatra district, police said here. On a tip off, CRPF and the district police personnel launched a search and recovered the explosive. It was apparently planted by naxalites to target security forces, from the arterial road passing through Jolhatetaria village, Superintendent of Police Surendra Kumar Jha said. The forces are continuing further search operation in the area, he added.
Chhattisgarh: CRPF Jawan Injured in IED Blast in Naxal-Hit Sukma District
A jawan of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday. The IED exploded in Temelwada forests of the district, ANI reported.
Maoist Operative Held in Bihar
SHEOHAR: A Maoist operative was arrested today from a village under Tariyani police station area in Bihar’s Naxal-hit Sheohar district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Tariyani-Chapra village and nabbed the Maoist, identified as Gulam Mustafa, while he was extorting from a panchayat head, Tariyani police station in-charge A K Singh said. A resident of Pararia village under Belsand police station in neighbouring Sitamarhi district, Mustafa was wanted in several Maoist-related incidents like murder, dacoity and extortion, Singh added.
Woman Naxal Gunned Down in Chhattisgarh
A woman Naxal was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district today, police said. The gun-battle took place between a joint team of security personnel and ultras in forests of Pirmapal-Jatapara villages under Dhaudai police station limit, located around 400km from here, this evening, Inspector General, Bastar Range, S R P Kalluri told PTI by phone. A joint squad of Special Task Force and District Reserve Group, belonging to the state police, was on a combing operation in Dhaudai and Bayanar region on the border of Narayanpur and Kondagaon districts. While cordoning off forests at a junction of the villages, they spotted a group of armed rebels, triggering an exchange of fire between the two sides, he said.
However, on finding the security forces zeroing on them, the ultras fled into dense forests, the IG added. Later, during a search at the spot, the body of a woman Naxal, identified as Janki, was found. Two 315 bore rifles were also recovered from the site, Kalluri said. A resident of Edangpal village in Benoor area of Narayanpur, Janki was an active member of Bayanar LGS (Local Guerrilla Squad). She also doubled up as a “doctor” for her fellow Naxals, he added.
The Dongria Kondhs of Odisha now face a more formidable enemy than Vedanta
Two years ago, when the tribal people of Odisha’s thickly forested Niyamgiri hills unanimously rejected the plans of the London-based conglomerate Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite in their lands, it appeared that a decade-long struggle to protect the hills and forests – and the tribal way of life – had finally succeeded. But that might have been a case of premature celebration. Fear and anger are again stalking the hills. Security camps of the Central Reserve Police Force have been mushrooming in this part of Kalahandi district. From one camp established five years ago, there are now three on the periphery of Niyamgiri. More are expected to come up. Government officials cite rising Naxal activity as the reason for the security buildup.
But among the tribal Kondhs, the increased paramilitary presence is leading to fears that the government is trying to force them off their land. Kumti Majhi, an elder from the Kutia Kondh community, who emerged as one of the main leaders of the movement against mining in Niyamgiri, claimed the number of troops rose in response to the success of the movement. “The forces were sent from all over – Rayagada, Andhra, Kalahandi – so that the Kondh people leave the hills,” he said. While the Dongria Kondhs live in the forest, the Kutia Kondhs live in the foothills.
Naxals’ evil designs set alarm bells ringing in C’garh
Raipur, Jul 17 (PTI)?In what could set alarm bells ringing for police in Chhattisgarh, particularly in Bastar, the Maoists are reportedly planning to intensify activities during the forthcoming “martyrdom week” when they pay tributes to their slain leaders. The ultras for the first time this season put up pamphlets, banners and flags yesterday, appealing to people to observe Maoist week – from July 28 to August 3 – in Saraipali region of Mahasamund district (adjoining Odisha) where Naxal activities have not been reported since a long time.
“We are well aware of the situation and prepared to thwart the violent design (during Maoist week) of ultras,” Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) RK Vij told PTI. Some pamphlets and banners were recovered near Saraipali (on Raipur-Odisha road) and investigation was on this connection, Vij said. A senior state police official said cases of abduction of police jawans, informers and villagers have also increased in Bastar and adjoining places like Malkangiri (Odisha) and Telangana, giving an indication of the designs of Naxals ahead of the week-long celebrations.
“Security forces generally wait for monsoon as Maoists scale down their activities in the rainy season, but this time it appears rains too have not affected their activities. Security forces have stepped up their operation inside dense forests, defying flooding rivers and rivulets,” the official told PTI on condition of anonymity. With the latest Maoist offensive claiming lives of four assistant constables who were abducted in Bijapur, the security forces have been alerted to be extra cautious during operations and even on personnel visits, he said. “The police jawans and officials have been asked to avoid roaming alone in the region,” he said. .
Multi agency meeting held to spruce up operational strategy
Nagpur: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) organized a multi-agency police-intelligence coordination meeting attended by officials from Maharashtra and Chhattishgarh at the paramilitary forces’ headquarters at Hingna. The meeting was organized by CRPF camp, Gadchiroli, to spruce up operational strategies and improve coordination. Official sources said top officials, like CRPF’s Inspector general of police (IGP) Sanjay Kaushik, IGP, Nagpur and Naxal range Ravindra Kadam, IG state Anti-Naxal operation (ANO) Rajvardhan, Superintendent of police, Gadchiroli, Sandip Patil, Addl SP (operations), Rajnandgaon, YP Singh and others, were present to discuss operational details in the hinterlands of Central India affected by Naxals.
The representatives from Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were also present. Deputy inspector general, Nagpur range and Operations, CRPF, Sanjay Latkar, said the agenda of the meeting revolved around strategic coordination and synergies among different agencies in the Naxal-affected zones in Central India comprising Gadchiroli in eastern Vidarbha and Chhattishgarh. “The operational hurdles and means to eliminate them formed the central theme along with a future course of actions where senior officials from different states and security agencies brainstormed,” said Latkar. “The affected zones in the core areas and means to approach them for flushing out the Naxals effectively were discussed,” he said.
Hardcore Maoist arrested in Chatra
Chatra police, in a joint operation with CRPF personnel on Friday, arrested hardcore CPI (Maoist) Baleshwar Yadav. Yadav, after having left the organisation as an active armed cadre, had been assigned to strengthen the organisation in the capacity of an Area Commander. The police also recovered several Naxal literatures from his possession. According to police, Yadav, who had joined the organization in the year 2004, has worked with top Naxal leaders like Arvind Ji, Azad Ji and Zonal Commander Kundan Pahan as their group members.
“After a tip-off, a joint team of security forces sent to Jolah Bigha area under Pratap Pur police station where one person started as soon as it reached there. “After security forces overpowered and interrogated him, the arrested person admitted that he was a Maoist Baleshwar Yadav,” said Chatra SP Surendra Jha.
Lens on 17 pro-rebel outfits
July 16: Bokaro SP A. Vijayalaxmi shot off letters to all 32 officers-in-charge (OCs) of the rebel-hit district to keep a close watch on outfits promoting Naxalism in the garb of NGOs yesterday, 24 hours after state police headquarters in Ranchi received a list of 17 such active organisations in Jharkhand. The Union home ministry has listed 66 organisations operational across the country, which try and indoctrinate rural and urban youths, farmers, labourers, daily wage labourers, the displaced, and women with the Naxalite ideology, stoking feelings of deprivation and resentment against the government and the law of the land.
Among them, 17 are actively functional in Jharkhand. They include known and not-so-known ones, such as Bharat Navyug Sabha, Communist Yuva League, Democratic Students’ Union, Jharkhand Mazdoor Kisan Sangram Parishad, Jharkhand Awam, Jharkhand Mukti Mancha, Jharkhand Liberation Front, Krantikari Kisan Committee, Krantikari Budhijeevi Manch, Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti, Nari Mukti Sangh, Nari Mukti Sangram Samiti, Revolutionary Democratic Front, Revolutionary Students’ League, Shramik Sangharsh Morcha, Operation Green Hunt Virodhi Nagrik Manch and Visthapit Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan. A high-level police source told The Telegraph that the list was drawn up up with inputs from Intelligence Bureau and special crime branch teams. SP Vijayalaxmi said her letter to the OCs pointed out that these organisations always tried pointing out to their target audience that the government machinery did nothing for the common masses.
“All the OCs have been asked to remain vigilant and take strict action according to law if any of the named organisations are found working in an unconstitutional manner. But, I stressed that proof of their anti-national activities must be collected before taking any action whatsoever,” she said. A police officer who declined coming on record said two of those in the list were known troublemakers whenever any displacement related controversy brewed in and around Bokaro. “They foment trouble among the land-losers and displaced. There is a thick line between fighting for the rights of the masses and instigating people to embrace Naxalism as a way of life,” he said.
Suspected Maoist held
WARANGAL: Special Protection Force (SPF) police arrested a youth, suspected to be a Maoist, from the MGM hospital in Warangal city late on Wednesday night. The police seized a firearm from his possession. The youth was taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. A top police official told TOI that a patrol team belonging to SPF had come across two people sitting under suspicious circumstances on the hospital premises. When the team questioned the duo about their identity, one of them took out a revolver from his bag.
The alert policemen overpowered the youth and seized the weapon. The arrest led to panic in the hospital and the patients along with their attendants demanded increased security at MGM, the third biggest government hospital in Telangana. The police have kept secret the identity of the youth and his accomplice, saying the investigation is still going on. Maoists have intensified their operations in inter-state border villages to re-establish their lost base in Telangana.
Maoist leader Roopesh to be in Coimbatore prison till July 22
Maoist leader Roopesh was produced before the court here on Wednesday and Principal District Judge R. Pongaliappan remanded him in judicial custody till July 22. His family would be allowed to meet him at the prison here. On July 2, the Judge directed the Kerala Police to produce Roopesh before the court here on July 8. On failing to do so, he said that Roopesh should be produced without fail on July 15. On Wednesday Roopesh’s wife Shyna and Maoist sympathisers Veeramani, Eswaran and Anoop were also produced in the court and lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison.
Meanwhile, their counsels S. Balamurugan and B.B. Mohan filed a counter statement for the petitions filed by the Q Branch Police in the court on July 2 under 311A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, seeking signature and handwriting samples of the five persons for verification with documents seized during their arrest. Mr. Balamurugan said that the court alone could ask for signature and handwriting samples under section 73 of the Evidence Act during the course of trial and that the investigation agency (Q Branch) does not have the power to ask for the same at this stage. After hearing arguments from the both sides, the Judge listed the matter for hearing on July 22.
61-year-old man remanded to custody for alleged Maoist links in Kozhikode
A local court here today remanded a 61-year-old man to one-month judicial custody for alleged links with Maoists. District Sessions Court Judge, K Baskaran, remanded Babu, alias Njandu Ibrahim, of Meppadi in Wayanad district who has been charged under IPC section 124A (sedition) and sections 10 and 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. He was picked up from the city by police yesterday in connection with a case registered at Payyoli police station. Babu, who had been acting as a courier among the top Maoist leaders in the state, was working as a salesman in a vegetable shop at Thikkodi in the district prior to his arrest, police said.
Maoist held in Kozhikode
KOZHIKODE: State police have arrested Ibrahim alias Babu, 62, who has been acting as courier among the top Maoist leaders in the state. According to police, Ibrahim was picked up from Kozhikode on Monday. He was arrested in connection with the case registered by Payyoli police. “We have been tracking him ever since the arrest of Rajeesh, an accomplice of Maoist leader Roopesh and Anup, two months ago from Payyoli. He stayed with Anup at Payyoli for more than a month, said the police. Ibrahim, who hails from Meppadi in Wayanad, was the courier for Maoist leader Shyna while she was hiding at a shelter in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu. The press statements and issues of Kattu Thee, official bulletin of the Maoists, were distributed through Ismail, who had visited Shyna many times at Coimbatore.
A worker of the erstwhile CRC-CPI (ML), Ibrahim became ‘inactive’ after a split in the party. He was again brought back to active politics by Roopesh during the land agitation in Meppadi. Both Roopesh and Ibrahim were jailed as part of the agitation. Police said Ibrahim refused reveal his identity initially. “But we managed to establish his identity through persons who know him for years,” police said. Ibrahim will be produced before the court on Tuesday.
Woman Maoist Cadre Nabbed
BALANGIR: A hardcore woman Maoist cadre from Chhattisgarh, Nirmala was arrested by Balangir police on Saturday. Another Maoist militia member who was arrested with her allegedly committed suicide on Friday night. Sources said while Nirmala was nabbed from Titilagarh railway station on July 8, she was detained for questioning till Saturday when a formal arrest was made. Nirmala was held along with a Maoist militia Goutam Bag who was accompanying her from Visakhapatnam in the train. She had sustained injury in her neck and had gone to Visakhapatnam for treatment. Goutam was a resident of Jurabandh village under Kantabanaji police limits.
Explosives of Maoists Found
JEYPORE: Paramilitary forces on Tuesday intensified combing operation in Maoist affected Narayanpatna, Bandhugam and Laxmipur after five tiffin bombs, three bundles of live wire, Maoist uniforms, literature and medicines were found by BSF jawans in Kunjeru forest under Bandhugam police limits on Monday evening. The explosives were hidden in a bush. Sources said several top Maoist cadres of Odisha-Andhra Special Zonal Committee are camping in Narayanpatna after sneaking into Odisha following series of encounters in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. This has led to an increase in Maoist activities in the area.
Maoist abducts eight Odisha villagers at gunpoint
Report by Deba Prasad Dash, Malkangiri: Suspected Maoists allegedly kidnapped eight persons from Mahupadar village in Mathili block on Odisha – Chhatisgarh border in the wee hours today, police sources here said. A group of about 10-20 armed Maoists struck the village in the pre-dawn hours and called the eight tribal persons out of their houses and later took away at the gun points , police sources said. Though the reason behind the incident is not known yet, it is believed that the rebels reportedly have abducted the villagers suspecting them to be police informers. Meanwhile, panic gripped the area after the abduction. According to sources in the district police headquarters, efforts are on to launch a search operation in the area to trace the abducted villagers.
Maoists admit to killing their own leaders in Chhattisgarh
‘Badru, Hemla Bhagat have been killed for anti-people, anti-party activities’
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has owned up to killing two of its senior guerrillas in the restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Four Maoist guerrillas active in Bastar were killed by their own party men in the last few days. One Maoist leader has been “detained” and another Maoist leader managed to escape from the captivity of his own comrades and surrendered to the police. “Our party held a people’s court which awarded death penalty to Badru [a DVC member of the Darbha area] and Hemla Bhagat [another Darbha DVC member and chief of Maoists’ military intelligence wing in the area]. Both of them have been killed for indulging in anti-people, anti-party activities.
They were in contact with the police and were planning to kill some senior leaders of the party. They were also conspiring to surrender with weapons before the enemy [the police],” said Surinder, secretary of the Darbha Division of the CPI (Maoist), in a press statement on Sunday. However, the statement did not mention anything about two other leaders — Hinge and Kosi — who have been killed by the rebels in the last week of June. “The conspiracy [using Badru and Hemla Bhagat] was a part of police strategy to weaken the Maoist organisation. If they don’t stop such anti-people activities, we will be forced to intensify our reactionary activities,” warned Surinder and blamed senior police officers for the death of Badru and Bhagat. Cautioning the people of Bastar against the “traitors” like Badru and Bhagat, Surinder claimed that the police and the government are spreading “lies” that the Maoists are killing their own cadres who want to leave the party and go home.
“Our party never executed any of its cadres who wanted to go home. We only punish those who indulge in treachery and damage our party and the movement. We appeal to the people to continue this struggle,” said the Maoist leader.
Three Maoists held for levy demand from cycle factory
With the arrest of four persons on Saturday, including three suspected Maoists, Hajipur police claimed to have cracked the case of levy demand made from owner of Avon cycle factory at Hajipur. The North Bihar zonal committee of CPI (Maoists) had demanded Rs 15 lakh as levy from owner of under construction Avon cycle factory on June 26. The police seized revolutionary literature, laptop containing details of Maoists network, posters, firearms and cell phones from the possession of arrested persons.
Following the directive of director general of police ( DGP) PK Thakur a special police team was constituted to probe the case. Vaishali superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Kumar told mediapersons that the cell phone which was used for demanding levy was issued on fake documents to a hardcore Maoist of Daulatpur by a youth Vikas Kumar. On being interrogated, Vikas disclosed that the cell phone number mentioned in the letter demanding levy was issued to a resident of Daulatpur, Amardas, who was a Maoist, the SP said.
Army personnel injured in firing by Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh
Jagdalpur, July 13 (ANI): An army personnel was injured in firing by Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh. Moolchand Sahu, belonging to the Special Task Force (STF) was shot in the shoulder by Maoist insurgents at a village in Bastar district when he was travelling with his platoon.
Maoists posters in Odisha’s Bolangir dist triggers panic
Overnight appearance of two banners purportedly put up by the Maoists in Tilenpali village under Khaprakhol block of Odisha’s Balangir district has left the residents in a state of panic. The Maoists have opposed the Lower Suktel project and Pujaripali dam project in these banners. They have also opposed mining in the Gandhamardan hills. They have asked the people to intensify protest against their displacement. The Bolangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist) has been written at the end of these banners. These banners claim that the Maoist party was no way connected with the burning of tendu leaf stacks in Khaprakhol area in the recent past. It may be recalled that Maoists had set fire to a country liquor making unit in Tilenpali village on June 12.
Maoists release abducted cop
Maoists on Thursday released an axillary constable of Chhattisgarh police, who was abducted from restive Sukma district ofthe state last week. Madvi Soma, a Special Police Officer (SPO) turned axillary constable posted in Polampalli police station of Sukma, was abducted by the ultras on July 10, when he was traveling to Dornapal town in a local transport vehicle for some personal work. The “surprising” move by the Maoists came a day after they killed four other axillary constables in Bijapur district of Bastar, two days after their abduction.
Naxals warn bauxite rehabilitation committees
VISAKHAPATNAM: After roping in tribals and people’s representatives in the anti-bauxite movement over the last two months, the Maoists are, as part of their strategy to cash in on the anti-bauxite movement, are now targeting members of the rehabilitation committees appointed by the government or alumina companies. On Wednesday, the East Division Committee secretary Kailasam, in a press note issued to TOI, asked the people to expel rehabilitation committee members, who have been acting in favour of bauxite mining, from villages.
In the press note, the Maoist leader alleged that the government is planning to “divide the tribals by appointing many youth, especially unemployed, vagabond and lumpen characters”, for the job. The press note named the members of the rehabilitation committees of Jerrela, Mondigedda, Nittamamidi, Balapam, Korukonda, Velamjuvvi, Koyyuru, Balarevulu, among other places. Maoist commander Kailasam accused all these members of working clandestinely for bauxite mining and said they had been warned umpteen times by the CPI Maoist party through praja courts, posters and paper statements. According to him, praja courts were conducted three times in Jerrela village of GK Veedhi mandal in 2011 but these members failed to change their attitude and continued to work for their selfish motives and a salary of Rs 14000.
“They have been deceiving their own community, the tribal people,” he said, urging the people of these villages to pressurise the parents of rehabilitation committee members for their resignations. “They should surrender before the people and lead a normal life, otherwise they along with their family members will be expelled from their village and also physical action will be taken against them,” he warned, adding that the government would be responsible for these actions of the CPI Maoists. Kailasam explained that around 44,010 tribals of 9,312 families in 247 villages of four mandals would be displaced if bauxite mining took place. He said another 60,000-plus labourers and farmers would lose their livelihood due to bauxite mining and 19 perennial rivers and three hydro-power projects would be eliminated, in addition to pollution due to mining posing a threat to the lives of the adivasis.
Maoists warn 30 tribals on bauxite mining
Thirty Girijans from eight villages in Visakha Agency where the government is proposing to take up bauxite mining, have been warned by the CPI (Maoist)’s east division committee to come out of the bauxite rehabilitation committees and support the local people’s struggle against bauxite mining. They and their families would face boycott or physical action if they failed to surrender to the people and avoid promoting bauxite mining, secretary of the east division committee Kailasam said in a press release sent to reporters in Agency area. The statement has names of 30 Girijans on it and alleged that they had fallen to the government’s plan to divide the Girijans to facilitate bauxite mining in an easy way.
Apart from the 30 persons named in the list some others are working secretly but all have been warned in the past through Praja courts, posters, banners and paper statements. In Jerrela alone Praja court was held three times but they failed to change their stand. They cannot bring disaster to their own people just for the sake of receiving a salary of Rs. 14,000 a month, Kailsam said and warned the government that would be held responsible for any action taken against the people the party had listed or those working secretly.
Arrest in East Champaran
Meanwhile, Pakaridayal police arrested suspected Maoist Sanjit Ram from Jardaha village under the Patahi police station area.
No proof: Two hardcore Maoists let off in Sambalpur
The Additional District Judge Court at Kuchinda released two hard core Maoists for lack of evidence against them. As many as 12 grievous cases were registered against them and they were in jail since 2008. Bhagaban Jhankar alias Dhanu Dehuri and Benudhar Majhi, residents of Tamparsingha village of Maoist infested Meghpal area had been arrested in 2008 on allegation of setting fire to Badarama forest range office. During a combing operation inside the Badarama forest, two Maoists were killed and six others including the duo were arrested. Police also had arrested a lady cadre, Sulochana Gadnayak. Two other arrested Maoists Prasanna Pal and Ranjan Nayak are now in Jagatsinghpur jail.
Maoists blow up government buildings in Jharkhand
The cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) blew up three government buildings in Chainpur in Giridih District in the morning of July 10 (today), reports DNA. Further details are awaited. Meanwhile, Police arrested three Maoist cadres, identified as Umesh Yadav, a zonal ‘commander’, and his associates Srinath Singh and Ashish Singh, and recovered huge quantities of weapons and other items being smuggled for Maoist activities, from near Chipadohar area in Latehar District on July 9, reports Bihar Prabha. Huge quantities of items meant to be taken to the Maoists were seized from the arrested Maoists, Superintendent of Police (SP) Anoop Birthare said.
The recovery includes 23 new mobile phones, 18 new sim cards, 23 new batteries and explosive items such as rods, codex wires, batteries and 7.65 mm pistol. An extensive racket has been discovered through this operation. This racket, estimated to begin in the thick jungles of Jharkhand, reaches up to Jahanabad and Patna cities in Bihar, Birthare added.
Police arrests three Maoists in Bihar
The Police arrested three Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, who are wanted in several cases, in Gaya District of Bihar, reports The New Indian Express on July 15. Informing about the arrested Maoists Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said, “We have arrested three Maoist rebels in the search operation. The first one is Laxmi Singh Bhokta, who belongs to the old cadre of Maoist rebels and has been involved in many operations. He has revealed information about many operations after being interrogated. Another rebel who has been arrested is Bindu Bhuiya. He had blown up a police vehicle in Roshanganj and killed five police personnel. The last one is Jitender Yadav, who has also been part of many insurgent activities. He is the son of Yogesh Yadav who was an area commander and has led an ambush in which many policemen were killed.”
Maoists hire sharpshooters to kill a former journalist in Jharkhand
Senior Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders put sharpshooters on the job to gun down a former journalist in Gumla District on July 9, 2015 to avenge his apparent role in putting a Maoist ‘zonal commander’ behind bars in June, 2015 the Jharkhand Police said after the arrest of three youths on July 15, reports The Telegraph. Interrogations of the youths, Md Nasir, Md Azad and Md Azim, revealed that Maoists believed Satish Tiwary, the journalist turned-farmer, was the prime mover behind the arrest of Prasad Lakra, a ‘zonal commander’. The murder of Tiwary, who was also believed to have facilitated the arrest of another Maoist with INR One million rewards on his head some years earlier when he was working for a vernacular daily, was planned meticulously.
The three youths revealed they had been deputed to keep track of Tiwary’s movements and kill him. Allegedly, a Maoist ‘area commander’, who identified himself as Birbal, had given the trio “mobile phones and other logistical support” to keep tabs on Tiwari and then kill him. The Police have seized four cellphones, including the ones used during recce and for making calls to the local reporters after last week’s killing. Gumla Superintendent of Police (SP) Bheemsen Tuti said Tiwary’s young nephew was seen as instrumental to Lakra’s arrest, leading Maoist leaders to believe that the uncle helped the young man.