Maoists torch 30 vehicles in Jharkhand
After thrashing the security men and asking them to leave, Maoists set on fire the vehicles. Maoists on Saturday torched 30 vehicles of the Central Coalfield Limited (CCL) engaged in mining work in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district. More than 100 Maoists on Friday night raided the CCL project site at Bermo area of the district, some 130 km from Ranchi. After thrashing the security men and asking them to leave, Maoists set on fire the vehicles. Police have launched an operation to nab them .Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.
Senior Naxal leader shot dead in Jharkhand
Gumla (Jharkhand): A Naxalite leader, who was carrying a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head, was shot dead on Saturday in an encounter with police, while another was arrested in this district. Sylvester Minz, member of the CPI (Naxal) Zonal Area Committee, was gunned down in the encounter at a place under Chenpur Police Station, Superintendent of Police Bhimsen Tuti said.
Intelligence Tip-off on Likely Maoist Strike in West Bengal
KOLKATA:Just days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee bragged about top Maoist leader Kishenji being killed by his aunt’s government, the CPI(Maoist) hit back by reconstituting its state unit and directing its cadre to carry out attacks in the state. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday alerted the state government of a possible strike by the banned outfit. The CPI(Maoist) has issued a notification stating, “Under the present political situation in West Bengal, the party’s Eastern bureau has decided to reconstitute the state committee. The party has analysed the political situation, our struggle and how to strengthen our organisation.”
Combing operations were beefed up after the outfit put up posters in Jangalmahal, in the Western part of the state. A Central intelligence report stated that the Maoist central committee had directed its West Bengal unit to choose ‘comparatively soft targets’. The report suggests that the Maoists are likely to target the Railways in the state, like it had done in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha recently. It added that crowded Howrah and Sealdah stations and the Metro Railway in the city were the most vulnerable targets.
The group may carry out bomb blasts in the run-up to Independence Day. The city’s metro stations have a total of 611 CCTVs cameras and baggage scanners that are not in use as they are likely to lead to long queues and pose inconvenience to commuters, a metro official said. Last week at a public meeting at Belpahari in West Midnapore district, Abhisekh had said, “Earlier everyday in Jangalmahal people were killed. During the last four years there was only one murder. Mamata’s Government by killing Kishenji has proved that the people have the last word.” Manjullla Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji, a dreaded CPI(Maoist) leader from Andhra Pradesh, who was in charge of West Bengal and a member of the party’s central military commission, was killed in an encounter at Burisol village on November 11, 2011, five months after Mamata stormed to power. Interestingly, Kishenji had urged the people to reject the then ruling CPM-led Left Front and vote for the TMC.
Following Abhisekh’s speech, the police had discovered several Maoist posters in Jangalmahal–comprising West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts in the Western part of the state bordering Jharkhand where the militants have a strong base. The death of Kishenji in an “encounter” with joint security forces, the surrender of women Maoist leaders Suchitra Mahato and Jagori Baskey and the arrest of several top Maoist leaders, proved to a major setback for the CPI (Maoist) in the state. The group has appointed Akash as the new state secretary of the reconstituted 21-member committee, but according to its organisational structure, leaders, who are in jail have not been included on the committee.
High alert on Odisha border for Maoists’ Martyrs’ Week
With the Maoists announcing the observation of the Martyrs’ Week from July 28, the Odisha government has sounded high alert on the bordering districts of the state to foil any violent activities during the period. According to reports, several Maoist posters and banners have been found in different areas of Malkangiri district and in the Sukma district in Chhattisgarh in which the Maoists have condemned the surrender policy of the state government. Besides, they have also asked the state government to stop anti-Maoist operations with immediate effect.
In a press release today, Malkangiri CPI-Maoist Divisional Committee has asked the state government to stop Operation Green Hunt against the Maoists. The Committee has also condemned police atrocity on innocent tribals who have been jailed after being branded as Maoists. “We have taken adequate security measures and intensified operations against the Red Rebels to foil their violent activities which they normally indulge during the weeklong celebration,” Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra told the media. In another incident, the CRPF personnel recovered a live landmine weighing about 25 kg during a combing operation inside Pindamala forest in Narayanpatna block in Koraput district this morning.
Maoists abduct Girijans
A group of CPI (Maoist) members had reportedly abucted four Girijans in the Visakha Agency on Friday night. The four Girijans were abducted from Gabarpara under Rangabayalu panchayat in Munchingput mandal. Near this village, police and Maoists were engaged in an exchange of fire on June 20 in which a Maoist was killed.