Security intensified in Naxals-hit Odisha districts
Berhampur (Odisha): Security has been beefed up and combing operation intensified in Naxal-hit southern Odisha districts in view of the Naxalites deciding to observe ‘Martyr’s Week’ from Tuesday. With Odisha Maobadi Party Chief Sabyasachi Panda behind bars, the police fear influx of CPI (Naxalite) cadres from neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Andhra-Pradesh to these districts during this week. “Additional forces have been deployed in vulnerable areas of Kandhamal, Boudh, Ganjam and Gajapati,” DIG (southern range), Amitabh Thakur, said. Police have tracked movement of Chhattisgarh cadres in these areas during combing operations in the past. On Friday, eight Naxalite camps were destroyed at Pangabaju Reserve Forest along Kalahandi-Kandhamal border and huge quantities of ration, uniform and Naxal literature seized.
Meanwhile, the police found two bodies of suspected naxalites from the site of Monday’s exchange of fire between them and the ultras at Muduguda Reserve Forest in Kandhamal district. “We have recovered two bullet-ridden bodies from the site at Muduguda reserve forest bordering Kalahandi district,” Kandhamal SP K B Singh said. “Vehicles entering the district are being checked and all police stations have been asked to keep a watch on suspicious elements,” said Singh. Security forces have been put on high alert, SP (Ganjam)Narsingh Bhol said.
Security stepped up in Bastar in view of Naxals’ ‘martyrdom week’
Security in the naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has been intensified in the view of a call given by maoists to observe a ‘martyrdom week’ from tomorrow, police said today. No untoward incident was reported from the insurgency-hit Bastar region, spread over an area about 40,000 sq km and considered a stronghold of ultras. However, naxal pamphlets and posters, appealing to the cadres and people to observe the ‘martyrdom week’, were seen and recovered from some places in Bijapur and Sukma districts.
“Security has been beefed up in the forest interiors of all the seven districts of Bastar division – Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker – as the ultras will observe the ‘martyrdom week’ between July 28 and August 3,” a senior police official told PTI. The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) is observing the martyrs’ week in honour of its slain leaders, who have died in operations conducted by security forces. Patrolling has been intensified in the border areas neighbouring Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra. “Naxals generally hold meetings and gatherings during this period to spread their propaganda, besides recruiting heads in their military wing and conducting training in core forests.
“However, keeping in view the situation of enhanced security forces operation they may alter their strategy, due to which security forces have be cautioned to be more vigilant,” the official said. Some Maoists pamphlets, banners and posters were recovered from Bhairamgarh and Modakpal area of Bijapur and Dornapal region of Sukma in which they have asked their cadres and people to contribute actively in observing the martyrdom week, he said. Meanwhile, railway authorities, too, have decided not to run the passenger train between Vishakhapatnam to Kirandul beyond Jagdalpur amid fears of Maoist attack in the region, forcing commuters to travel by bus from Jagdalpur to Kirandul. “The passenger train will not go beyond Jagdalpur, while a goods train will be run only during daytime,” a railway official said.
Anti-Naxal ops: CRPF to buy 6,000 motorbikes for troops
Neemuch(MP), Jul 27 (PTI) The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to buy around 6,000 motorbikes to mobilise troops engaged in anti-Naxal operations and reduce dependence on jeeps and other four-wheelers, which fall prey to landmines causing casualty to the security forces. The bikes will be given to every battalion and strike units deployed for anti-Naxal operations, in the next few months, in the worst affected Left Wing Extremism areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.
“The Union Home Ministry has sanctioned purchase of 5,920 motorcycles for deployment in Left Wing Extremism areas. Security personnel have been asked to totally cut down travel on four-wheelers in these areas as it gives out their movement and large vehicles get easily trapped in land mines which either leads to killing or maiming of troops,” a senior official said. Bikes, the official said, are being used in the Maoist-hit areas by forces for sometime now but this is the single largest purchase of the two-wheelers for this task sanctioned by the government. “Movement on bikes will give CRPF personnel the much needed stealth in movement and even save them from getting trapped in mines and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts as they can easily pass over them without putting pressure on their trigger mechanism leading to the explosion,” they said.
India To Purchase 60 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Rajnath Singh
The MHA has okayed purchase of 50 UAVs for rendering a variety of internal security duties, anti-Naxal operations and border guarding tasks.
“The CRPF will also get some of the UAVs,” Singh promised. The central armed police forces such as the CRPF and the BSF in difficult areas can look forward to doing various stealth operations with the government purchasing 50 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) shortly. Union home minister Rajnath Singh made this annoucement while addressing a gathering at the 76th Raising Day celebrations of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The MHA has okayed purchase of 50 UAVs for rendering a variety of internal security duties, anti-Naxal operations and border guarding tasks. “The CRPF will also get some of the UAVs,” he promised.
Reds raid Sambalpur village, engage forces in Kandhamal
A group of suspected Maoists had reportedly come to Aamkuni village under Dhama police station limits in the district late on Saturday night. Police have launched a combing operation in the area. It is learnt that three armed and masked men entered the house of Ajit Srikant Barua on Saturday night. They asked Barua to arrange food for 30 people. They told Barua that they wanted money for the treatment of some injured members of their group.
The suspected ultras slapped Barua’s brother-in-law, Ajaya Siba Lakra, who had questioned them. Subsequently, Barua gave Rs.600 to them. When police got the information about the incident, the anti-Naxal force was sent to the area and combing operation was launched. “A gold chain was also missing from the house. They also took away some mobile phones,” said police. Additional superintendent of police SK Panigrahi said that the activities of the armed men did not per se indicate that they were Maoists.
“However, we are verifying whether they are members of Maoist organisation,” he said. Meanwhile, personnel of the special operations group and district voluntary force exchanged fire with Maoists in Madagurha reserve forest area under Tumudi bandh police station limits on Sunday. It is suspected that a Maoist group which had fled towards Kandhamal district after an encounter with security forces inKalahandi district near Maskapadar village on Saturday had split into smaller groups and one of these had entered Madagurha reserve forest area. Security forces engaged them at around 4.30 pm on Sunday. Details are awaited.
Cops plan to connect Red strongholds with roads
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakha Rural cops have mooted proposals to construct several roads in the interior pockets of Visakha Agency that are Maoist strongholds in a bid to curb naxal menace through development. According to sources, proposals for 157 roads in the Agency areas, especially GK Veedhi, Chintapalli, Koyyuru, and G Madugula mandals have already been submitted. About 80% of the roads proposed will be taken up under the left wing extremism (LWE) affected districts scheme. All these roads will cover 5 to 10 km distance, sources said.
“The district will receive funds for various such developmental activities directly from the ministry of home affairs. Some roads are sanctioned under the Remote and Inaccessible Areas Development (RIAD) programme. These roads will be taken care of by the ITDA. As many as 157 roads have been proposed under the LWE scheme besides 57 new roads that have been sanctioned under another development scheme,” a senior cop involved in anti-naxal operations said. The road-laying works have already begun in many areas.
A BT road from Lothugedda Bridge to Mulakotturu is almost complete. Only a 200-metre stretch at the culverts is yet to be taken up. The state government has sanctioned Rs 14 crore for the remaining 14-km stretch from Mulakotturu to Korukonda. According to sources, the road from GK veedhi to Sagulu-Busulu has already been sanctioned. The authorities concerned have laid some of the kuccha roads from Nerellabanda to Garimanda, Garikabanda and other parts of Maoist strongholds.
Naxals kill surrendered cadre in Gadchiroli
Naxals killed a surrendered cadre in Kotmi area of Gadchiroli Tuesday on the suspicion that he was responsible for the recent spate of surrenders and arrests in the area. Madhav Pada, 38, who had surrendered in November 2014, was stabbed to death near Zuri village, about 4 km from the new Kotmi police outpost. The Naxals left a note near Pada’s body, blaming him for the setbacks. Kotmi police station was opened in February this year in the “most feared Naxal bastion” of Kasansur in Gadchiroli.
Bokaro SP shifted, DIG takes charge
Bokaro Superintendent of Police A Vijayalaxmi got transferred following the daring Naxal attack on Girdih MP Ravindar Panday’s transport company on Friday night. Bokaro Range DIG Sambhu Thakur took the additional charge of Bokaro SP, official sources informed. On Friday night, heavily armed Maoists entered inside the Weighing House at CCL’s Khashmahal project area about 40 kms from the district headquarters of Bokaro. They surrounded the area, asked name of the transport company from the drivers and helpers of heavy trucks and later torched only those belonging to the Giridih MP’s transport company. At least 24 Haywas were set on fire by the rebels. A special team led by IG (North Chhotanagpur) Tadasha Mishra has been constituted for investigation.
Tribal girl Meena was raped before murder: Judicial Report
Tribal girl Meena Khalkho was raped before murder and she died of bullets fired by the police and not in encounter, observed Justice (Retired) Anita Jha in the judicial probe report, which was tabled in the Chhattisgarh Assembly late on Saturday night.Justice (Retired) Jha in the report held the police responsible for Khalkho`s death and recommended identification of police personnel responsible for the act. Notably, Meena Khalkho, a tribal girl residing in the limits of Chando police station in Balrampur district of northern Chhattisgarh was shot dead on the intervening night of July 5 and 6, 2011.
Police had initially claimed that Meena was involved in Naxal activities and was killed in cross firing with Naxals. The State Government had then ordered a judicial probe into the case. The one-member Judicial Commission after thorough investigation observed that police was responsible for Meena Khalkho`s death and the encounter story presented by police was not worth believing.
CPI (Maoist) threatens to kill district officials in Narayanpur
‘Maoist poster’ asks public not to hold up transport
KORAPUT: A poster, purportedly written by the Maoists, seized from Malkangiri bus stand has put police in a spot. It has appealed to the public not to hold up public transportation during the Martyrs’ Week, beginning July 28. The Maoists pay homage to their comrades killed in police encounters during this week and posters flood the district, urging people to close markets and keep vehicles off the road.
Maoist Posters Found in Bargarh
BARGARH: Maoist posters were found in several places of Bargarh on Saturday. Ahead of their Martyrs’ Week from July 28 to August 3, the Maoists sought support from people for their movement. Posters and red flags were found at Jharmunda Chhack on Padampur-Paikmal road. Similarly, handbills printed in Hindi were found scattered in the area.
In the posters, the Maoists opposed the policies being pursued by the Narendra Modi led Government at the Centre and accused Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chhattisgarh Chief Minster Raman Singh of handing over natural resources to corporate and industrial houses. On Thursday, similar posters were found pasted in Bhuliasikuan under Khariar police limits in Nuapada district and Mahakhand village under Turekela block in Balangir district. On July 22, police had seized Maoist posters from Khapanpali village under Sohela block of the district.
Railways take precautionary steps to avoid Maoist strike
KOLKATA/ WEST MIDNPAORE: A month after the central intelligence department wrote to the ministry of home affairs about possible Maoists resurgence in six districts in West Bengal, the union ministry sent a report to the state home department suggesting that the Maoists replicating the Bihar-Jharkhand model might target the Railways in the state. The alert come days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee said in an open meeting that top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed by his aunt’s government.
The report was sent to the state government on Friday. Previously on June 20, the railways have issued an intelligence advisory to the concerned authorities to take adequate preventive measures in the wake of a Maoist bandh call to check possible attack on railway properties in the region. Speaking to TOI, Divisional Railway Manager (Kharagpur Division), Raj Kumar Mangla said, “Security has been beefed up and we have taken all necessary and preventive steps to avoid any kind of subversive activities”.
Maoist urban support network busted
The Chhattisgarh police on Sunday busted an alleged Maoist urban support network, with the arrest of five people including a Raipur-based scrap businessman, from separate places. Dantewada SP Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI that based on intelligence inputs, businessman Arun Agrawal and his accountant Balaram were arrested from Raipur airport on Saturday night when they were trying to flee, while three Maoist cadres were apprehended from Bhansi police station limits in the insurgency-hit Dantewada district.
“Agarwal is said to be in close contact with a prominent Maoist of the Western Bastar Division Committee called Commander Sanjay alias Mohan Kadti. He often supplied detonators, explosives, generators, welding machines and other materials to the Maoists,” the police officer said. After receiving information six months ago, the State Intelligence Bureau and Dantewada police kept an eye on Arun, Sanjay and others associated with them, he said. PTI
Police on alert in view of ‘Maoist Martyrs Week’
Security in the tribal sub-plan mandals of Bhadrachalam division sharing a long border with the strife-ridden areas of the neighbouring Chhattisgarh has been tightened in view of the Maoists’ ‘Martyrs Week’ slated for July 28-August 3. A large number of police personnel from Bhadrachalam division participated in the bandobust arrangements for the 12-day Godavari Pushkaralu, which concluded in the temple town of Bhadrachalam and elsewhere in the division on Saturday.
Almost all of them returned to their respective police stations on Sunday, sources said. In addition to the regular police personnel, additional forces are also being deployed in and around the vital installations such as cell phone towers in Charla, Dummugudem and Venkatapuram mandals as a safety precaution, sources added. Vigil has been stepped up in the interior areas along the border with both the Chhattisgarh and AP to prevent possible attempts by the rebels to construct makeshift memorials in the forest fringe areas in Bhadrachalam division.
Maoist to observe martyr’s week, alert in Chattisgarh
RAIPUR: Soon after Maoists disrupted goods wagon at Kaklur station in Bastar on Saturday, Maoists have announced of observing martyrs week (shaheedi saptah) from July 28 to August 3, in memory of their slain leaders. Leaving posters and banners in large numbers in villages of Bijapur, Kondagaon including NH 16, NH 30 and other neighbouring districts, ultras have asked locals to observe the week and make it a success.
Hundreds of Maoist posters found in Odisha’s Nuapada
Hundreds of Maoist posters were today found in the Bhulia Sikua villager under Khariar police limits of Nuapada district in Odisha. The Bolangir-Bargarh divisional committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is suspected to have stuck these posters. The posters call upon the villagers to make the Martyr’s Week from July 28 till August 3 a success. Besides, it also blames and holds Bolangir SP responsible for the death of Maoist sympathizer Goutam Bag and goes on to say that police have framed false charges against arrested Maoist Nirmala.
Local Police, on the other hand, are trying to trace the origin of the poster and have provided security to the villagers, as per information provided by the SDPO of Nuapada. In another incident in the same district, local cops and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have seized guns and bullets from a house in Sialti villager under Boden police limits. While the cops managed to seize two local hand-made guns, one pistol, five bullets and other equipment used in making guns, the owner of the house escaped. Cops suspect that these guns were supposed to be used by Maoists.
Wanted Red hoodwinks cops
BHAWANIPATNA: For the second time, central committee member of CPI (Maoists) Jampanna, who is carrying a cash award of Rs 25 lakh on his head, gave security forces the slip during an encounter that lasted half an hour on Friday at Pongabaju reserve forest in Kalahandi district. The reserve forest is 100 km from Bhawanipatna along Kalahandi-Kandhamal border. Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, SP (Kalahandi) Brijesh Kumar Rai, who led the operation, said Jampanna along with 50 to 60 members of the outlawed outfit fled when the security forces tried to cordon them.
Roopesh in custody of Kundara police
Alleged Maoist Roopesh, who was arrested from Coimbatore in May this year, was produced before District and Sessions Court Judge George Mathew on Saturday following a production warrant issued by the court. He was brought here amidst tight security from Kakkanad. The judge ordered that he be sent to custody of the Kundara police till July 29. The judge also ordered that Roopesh be allowed to meet his lawyer for an hour on all days till July 29. As he was being brought out of the police jeep to be taken to the court, he raised Maoist slogans till he entered the courtroom. He raised the same slogans while being brought out of the courtroom.
Arrest of two
The police had sought his custody in connection with the arrest of two suspected Maoists from Kundara on May 12. The two, Remanan, 44, of Sasthamcotta and Anandan, 50, from Bharanikavu, are detained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Remanan and Anandan were allegedly involved in the attack on the Kerala office of Nitta Gelatin in Ernakulam in November last year. During interrogation, they had confessed that Roopesh had visited their houses several times to give directions on Maoist operations in the State.
During one such visit, he had collected identity cards of about 20 women from scheduled communities on the guise of arranging loans for them. But using these identity cards, he purchased 20 SIM cards from Sasthamcotta and Bharanikavu. One of the cards was used to call an arms dealer and investigation led the police to a mobile phone shop at Bharanikavu. On the basis of information given by the shop owner, Anandan was taken into custody, which led the police to Remanan.
That case is being investigated by the Kundara police under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Kollam Rural) Anil Das. In connection with the investigation, the police had sought the custody of Roopesh through the court. Roopesh told mediapersons from the police jeep that he was on a fast unto death in protest against the denial of human rights. He alleged that he was denied the rights of a political prisoner in jail. He said he would have to appear before authorities in Coimbatore to submit a review plea against his detention under the National Security Act before July 29. With the Kollam court handing him over to the custody of the Kundara police till July 29, he was being denied an opportunity to file the review petition.
Maoists kill abducted Girijan in Visakhapatnam
Ramanna, along with Pangi Dobulu (60) and Vanthala Sadhuram (15) were beaten up by the Maoists at the village before he was taken into deep forests. According to information received by the police Ramanna, who had already suffered severe injuries was later killed.
Maoist ‘commander’ arrested in Jharkhand
Chatra District Police arrested a ‘deputy platoon commander’ of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), identified as Puranchand Yadav alias Pandu on July 26, reports The Pioneer. Pandu was in the team of Kauleshwari zone regional commander Indal Bhokta. Acting on an anonymous tip-off regarding Pandu’s squad wandering in areas under Hunterganj Police Station on July 25, Chatra SP SK Jha led a search operation with a team of district police forces and Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) 190 battalion on the same night for apprehending the extremists.
In the forests near Herenchatwa, the search party came across Pandu who tried to evade them, but was caught. After interrogating the detained extremists, Chatra Police unearthed IEDs planted in the area. Three country-made rifles, a rifle with three magazines, 17 live cartridges, 16 detonators, two pouches, a pithoo and some medicines have also been recovered. The SP said that Police expect a few other Maoists to be arrested soon.