People’s War in India Clippings 21/7/2015


Naxal arrested in Bihar

A Naxal who was allegedly involved in extortion and provides logistics for CPI(Maoist) was today arrested in a joint operation by Bihar Police and CRPF in East Champaran district. Additional Superintendent of Police (Operations), Rajiv Kumar, who led the raid, said the arrested Naxal has been identified as Chandrika Sah. He was arrested from Chandrika village in the district.

“Sah was wanted by the police for the last few years. His house was raided during the Lok Sabha elections last year but he managed to escape leaving behind firearms, ammunition, Naxal literature and levy (extortion) receipts,” Kumar said. The ASP said Sah besides extorting people, also supplied arms and ammunition, and took care of logistics for the red ultras. He is being interrogated by police and CRPF, Kumar said.

Naxal held in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district

Raipur: A Naxal, carrying a cash reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, was today arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bijapur district, police said. The Naxal cadre, identified as Sodi Ganpat (22), was apprehended by a team of police from his native place Punnur village under Awapalli police station limits, a senior police official said. Based on specific inputs about the arrival of Ganpat at his village, a team of Awapalli and Basaguda police mobilised towards the spot, located around 450 kms away from state capital Raipur, he said, adding that after surrounding the place, security forces nabbed him.

He was allegedly involved in the attack on a CRPF squad in Sukma last year killing 11 personnel including, a Deputy Commandant and an Assistant Commandant rank officials, in Kachlaram village forests under Kistaram police station limits. According to the official, the arrested rebel was a prominent member of section-1 under military company-2 of battalion-1 of outlawed CPI (Maoist).

After associating with the banned outfit in 2010, Ganpat worked at various capacities member of Chetna Natya Manch (CNM), cultural wing of the Maoists, janmilitia member, Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS) member and later elevated as a member of section-1 under military company-2, he said. Ganpat has been involved in several ambushes that took place in the region between 2011 and 2014, he said. Some warrants were also pending against him and he was carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head. The arrested cadre was being interrogated, the official added.

Curbing naxal menace top priority: Visakha Rural SP

VISAKHAPATNAM: The main priority of the Visakha Rural police at this juncture is to check the Maoist menace in the Agency areas and reach out to the common man, Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen said, pointing out that his men had already penetrated most of the Maoist-infested areas and were conducting community policing to help locals. Speaking to media persons here on Monday after completing one year as the Rural SP, Praveen rubbished the allegations levelled by the Maoists’ East Division Committee secretary Kailasam against him and said he was just following government orders and had no idea about the Anrak management.

Kailasam had release an audio tape accusing the Rural SP of supporting bauxite mining and colluding with the Anrak management in Makavarapalem. Kailasam had also alleged that the Rural SP was blaming the Maoists for all the people’s movements in the Visakha Agency. Responding to the allegations, SP Praveen said, “People know about the strength of the Maoists and their attitude. I don’t have anything further to add.” Elaborating on his efforts to minimise the Maoist menace, SP Praveen said his men had been penetrating Maoist strongholds as well as untouched areas in the interiors of Pedabayalu, Munchingput and the cut-off area on the Andhra-Odisha border.

He said that the cops had been busy improving the information network as well. In the past year, three Maoist Dalam members and 53 militia members were arrested while six Dalam members, including Pangi Ramana of Vanajengi in Pedabayalu and Gemmeli Kasu of Kumkumpudi area, along with 75 militia members surrendered, he said. The SP said they had learnt that around 200 Maoist cadres, including those whose names were in the government list of rewards and another 50 new cadres, besides the newly-deployed cadres from Chhattisgarh, had been working in the Visakha Agency.

“This year we had six incidents of fire exchanges, including an encounter in which a squad member, Suryam, was killed at Gobbaripadu in Munchingput mandal. Maoists also murdered two tribals – Bacchali Balakrishna and Gemmeli Sanjeeva Rao – and attacked the ashram at Gudalamveedhi in G Madugula. They were also involved in four incidents of torching machinery meant for road works,” the Rural SP said.

Jharkhand announces Rs 8.7 crore bounty on head of 73 Maoists

The BJP government in Jharkhand has announced a combined bounty of Rs 8.7 crore on the heads of 73 leaders of Left wing extremists groups, the CPI (Maoist) and its breakaway faction the People’s Liberation Front of India. This is one of the biggest reward amount announced so far in the state’s history for providing information about the extremists, most of whom are involved in various killings that happened in the state in last decade. A reward of Rs 25 lakh has been announced on the head on the Central committee secretary and members of the special area committee and regional bureau of the extremist group, an official in the chief minister’s office told HT.

A CMO release said Rs 25 lakh would be given to anyone who helps the police to arrest members of CPI Maoist central committee, special area committee, and members of its regional bureau – top three leadership positions in CPI Maoist.

A total of 15 Maoists including central committee member Mishir Besra alias Bhaskar alias Nirmalji, special area committee members Anal Da alias Tufan Daalias Patiram Manjhi and Nandlal Manjhi alias Vijay Da alias Hitesh and a woman Maoist Jaya alias Chinta, also a special area committee member, among others hold the top three leadership positions in CPI (Maoist).. A bounty of Rs 15 lakh has been announced for regional committee members of CPI (Maoist), Rs 10 lakh for zonal committee members, Rs 5 lakh for sub zonal committee members, Rs 2 lakh for commanders area committee, and Rs 1 lakh for members of local guerilla squads. Several Maoists hold these positions across 22 of 24 districts of Jharkhand.

Veteran woman Maoist nabbed from Gaya village

GAYA: Poonam, alleged to be a veteran woman leader of CPI(Maoist), the banned naxal outfit was nabbed from Salaiya police station area of Gaya district late on Monday evening. Poonam was wanted by the police in connection with several incidents of naxal violence including the murder of a District Forest Officer in Rohtas district. Poonam was evading arrest for the last 13 years. Sanjay Singh an upright Indian aforest Service officer was killed in Feb`2013. Poonam is being regarded as a big catch. The woman Maoist was arrested on the basis of input provided by central intelligence sgencies.

1,265 alleged Naxals, supporters arrested in a decade

Nagpur: State police have so far arrested 1265 alleged Naxalites and their sympathizers in the last one decade for perpetrating rebellion against the state. The information and public relation desk of the state government released the statistics and details of the senior Naxalite cadres arrested under an aggressive policy of the state security forces in the last 10 years. The press statement also highlighted the fact that the rebel movement, which reached Gadchiroli district in 1980s, misguided several tribals convincing them to take a path of violence. The statement held the Naxals responsible for physically torturing the tribals and compelling them to adopt questionable ideologies taking them away from the mainstream.

The press statement, which stated 302 Naxals and their supporters were arrested in 2005 alone, claimed that it included several top rebel leaders representing Maharashtra state committee, secretary level member of divisional committee, area commander, dalam commander and others. The government also started its surrender policy in 2005 which was improved in January 2013. Till date, 479 Naxals have surrendered before police and district administration under the policy.

The press release highlighted police’s major success in 2007 when North Gadchiroli Gondia division’s secretary Ashok Satya Reddy alias Murli, Maharashtra state committee secretary Shreedhar Shrinivasan and state committee member Vikram Gonsalvez were those nabbed. In 2007, 138 Naxalites and their supporters were nabbed. In 2009, police arrested 169 cadres despite suffering 51 casualties in Gadchiroli. This year too, police have arrested top cadres like divisional committee member Shivaji among eight others till February.

Kin of suspected Maoists allege torture by police

COIMBATORE: Families of the three suspected Maoists arrested by rural police under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and booked under NSA lodged a complaint with the district revenue officer alleging torture by police. The officer T Christu Raj forwarded the petition to senior police officials for investigation. The families said the trio had been taken for interrogation in connection with a ‘man missing’ case but police detained them under the Unlawful Activities Act.

The family members also alleged that the arrested men were tortured under the pretence of investigation. P Ganapathy, 39, from Pollachi, D Sigamani, 26, from Angalakurichi and Selvaraj, 55, from Sulthanpet, all members of Jaathi Olippu Viduthalai Munnetra Iyakkam, were arrested under the UAPA act on June 12 for recruiting a tribal youth, A Santhosh Kumar, 23, into the Maoist movement last year. The families of the arrested, however, claim police had foisted the cases on them. “Sigamani had completed BSc BEd and was looking for employment.

A police team from the Aliyar station came to our house and took custody of him, accusing him of being a Maoist. Following his arrest, the rural police often came home to interrogate us,” said D Priyanka, Sigamani’s younger sister. A senior police officer, seeking anonymity, said it was based on the confession of S Kannan, arrested earlier along with four other Maoist leaders, that Santhosh Kumar, now said to be missing, had joined the movement. Sigamani, Ganapathy and Selvaraj had helped recruit him and so had been arrested under UAPA. On May 4, in a combined operation of the Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu police had arrested Maoists R Roopesh, his wife Shyna and his three associates, Anoop Mathew Geroge, Kannan and C Veeramani in Coimbatore. Indira, 29, Ganapathy’s wife, said her husband worked towards eradicating caste bias and was part of a progressive movement.

“At 3am on July 12, a police team said they wanted to interrogate Ganapathy in connection with a ‘man missing’ case. I had asked if they had the summons for interrogation. The inspector gave a written statement that he had taken my husband for interrogation. But the same evening he was detained under the Unlawful Activities Act,” she said. She further said six months ago, police kept her husband under illegal custody for 12 days. He was eventually released and asked to sign at the Aliyar police station every day for one month. Six months later he was arrested for being a suspected Maoist.

Ranchi: A group of 200 commandos trained in jungle warfare have been deployed at Rajabagh on Koderma-Nawada inter-junction for the last month to secure the Jharkhand-Bihar border ahead of the upcoming assembly election in the neighbouring state. A porous border between the two Left Wing Extremism-affected states would allow free movement of rebels, giving them an opportunity to launch an attack during the polls. Rajabagh, one of the last villages in Koderma on the way to Bihar’s Nawada district, stretches right into the middle of Nawada, a Maoist breeding ground in Bihar. According to intelligence inputs, Maoists could use unpatrolled territories in Jharkhand to launch attacks in Bihar.

The deployment is part of a pre-poll security exercise to open a forward camp on the Bihar border before the assembly polls. As of now, two companies have been deployed in make-shift camps. “Two companies of CRPF at Rajabagh are patrolling the areas where the work on establishing a permanent base camp on the border is in progress. The need for the camp arose out of security concerns for the polls. We will not allow Maoists to use territories in Jharkhand to launch attacks in Bihar,” CRPF IG (Jharkhand sector) Rakesh Kumar Mishra said. The schedule for Bihar election has not been announced yet, but sources said it is likely to be held in October-November.

“Taking control of an area as vast and challenging as Rajabagh, especially on the inter-state border, requires a substantial amount of time. The forces were deployed in the area last month and they have since carried out several long range patrolling, area domination exercises, intelligence gathering, familiarization exercises and made many friends in the villages,” a CRPF official said. Rajabagh is situated at the foothills of Kawakol Hills, stretching across the border into Bihar. The Jharkhand police has its presence only in Satgawan, 20 km from Rajabagh. The area’s toug terrains does not allow security forces to undertake frequent patrolling. CPI (Maoist) zonal commander Chirag Da’s influence spreads up to Nawada and Jamui in Bihar and Koderma and Giridih in Jharkhand. He leads the Maoist squads in several parts of these districts for which Rajabagh serves as an inter-junction and a hideout.

Top Maoist arrested in Chhattisgarh

A top Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre carrying cash reward of INR 800000 on his head, identified as Sodi Ganpat (22), was arrested from his native place Punnur village under Awapalli Police Station limits in Bijapur District on July 20, reports PTI. The arrested Maoist was a prominent member of section-1 under military company-2 of battalion-1 of the CPI-Maoist.

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