Two Maoists killed in Bastar encounter
Two Maoists were killed and four arrested during two different encounters with the police in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday. “One Maoist was killed and four woman Maoists were arrested in an encounter with police teams near Nihadi village of Dantewada district on Wednesday. The face-off happened when the Maoists were celebrating Martyrs’ week. One more Maoist was killed in another encounter between the Maoists and a team of STF (Special Task Force) in Sukma district. The encounter is still on,” said S.R. Kalluri, Bastar Inspector-General of Police.
“We have received a body of a uniformed Maoist along with a weapon from the spot of Dantewada encounter. The second encounter, which is going on near Dabba village of Sukma, is being led by Kunna police inspector Rathod. One 3.3 rifle has been recovered from the spot along with body of a uniformed Maoist,” Mr. Kalluri added.
Jail authorities isolate sensitive inmates, step up internal security
NAGPUR: The internal security at Nagpur Central jail has been stepped up with some sensitive inmates being put under special surveillance as the day of execution for 1993 Bombay bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon draws near. The jail officials, fearing a mass revolt or some other forms of protest, have also increased security within the jail manifold by summoning manpower from other units to Nagpur. The city police’s quick response team (QRT), which has commandos with sophisticated weapons, has already been deputed inside the jail and in the barracks where the sensitive inmates are lodged. The numbers of jail guards, deployed per barracks, have been increased. It is learnt that closed circuit television (CCTV) too has been installed at strategic locations on a war-footing.
This is being monitored by senior officials. Additional lights have been installed along the jail periphery too. Sources said that several inmates, especially the ones held for taking part in the Naxal revolution, are being kept away from each other to ensure that they cannot communicate and put up a united protest. The Naxal inmates had threatened to start a hunger-strike and other form of protests against the execution order of Yakub. Some other inmates too were planning to join the protest.
Though the jail officials have kept mum on the issue, a press note issued by sympathizers of the Naxal inmates confirmed that a protest movement is building up inside the jail. Security has been stepped up outside too with access being allowed to only identity card holders. City police were cautious while giving clearance to citizens and lawyers wanting to meet inmates. Meanwhile, an Indian Air force chopper has been hovering above Nagpur Central Jail and sensitive areas in the vicinity. Although defence authorities and the city police have been denying their involvement in the security surveillance, the choppers have been spotted since two days now.
‘State an agent of globalisation’
The Maoist party has been successful in setting a model of resistance against the onslaught of globalisation in the country, poet and writer Varavara Rao has said. Addressing Martyr’s Remembrance Week observation here on Tuesday, he said Maoists were dreaming of a self-reliant society without oppression, suppression or private property. “The state has become the agency of implanting globalisation policies. Maoists are the only party, who fight against globalisation policies.
The forest areas in the country are under the threat of corporates as those are the mines of natural resources and cheap labour. That’s why Maoists’ activities are focused on forests,” he said. “Even when the Constitution gives adivasis the right over forest resources, most parts of the country’s forests are under the control of the paramilitary forces,” he noted. In the name of operations such as Green Hunt, Thunderbolt and Vijaya, the state has been unleashing violence against the poor tribals. It’s a paradox that in a democratic country, the Army rules the entire North East and Kashmir, he said. As long as classes exist, class struggles too will be there, he added.
The parallel government set up by the party in the Dandakaranya region of Chhattisgarh was a model of how people could win over oppression and harassment, Mr. Rao said. Praising the alleged Maoist activities in the Western Ghats area, the writer said there had been attempts by the party to spread base in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and the Western Ghats. “The Western Ghats area has the tradition of armed struggles right from the time of Naxalite activist Varghese. The government has tried to scuttle the activities through Operation Thunderbolt. Recently, they arrested leaders like Murali, Roopesh and Shyna. Though the arrests were a setback to the movement, they will reequip and hit back,” he said. Leader of Porattam M.N. Ravunny presided over the function.
Maoists Kill Former Deputy Sarpanch of Village in Maharashtra
GADCHIROLI: A former deputy sarpanch of Godalwahi village in Dhanora taluka of Maharashtra was allegedly murdered by the Maoists as they suspected him to be a police informer. A Maoist unit reached Deorao Kirange’s (26) residence, woke him up, took him outside the village and shot him dead near a bridge on the Godalwahi-Kondawahi road last night, a police release said here today. Deorao’s body was found on the road this morning with a letter near his body in which the Maoists mentioned that Deorao was killed because he was a police informer, the release said.
The release issued by police identified Deorao Kirange (26) as the one who was allegedly murdered by the Maoists as they suspected him to be a police informer, though the police mentioned nothing about the victim. The Maoists are observing ‘Martyrs’ Week’ from July 28 in memory of their comrades who were killed in various police encounters. The police have deployed large number of personnel in Maoist-affected areas in view of this development and kept a tight vigil.
An offence has been registered at the Godalwahi police assistance centre against the Maoists and anti-Maoist operations have been intensified in the area after the incident, the release said. According to the police release, the Maoists murdered Deorao to spread terror in the area and oppose developmental works, A few days ago they had also killed a sarpanch of Damrancha village, the release said.
Maoists would target Howrah, Sealdah, metro stations:
Eastern Rly Kolkata, Jul 28 (PTI) Maoists would target important stations including, Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata and metro rail stations in the city, Eastern Railway today said. “Information has come that Maoists are targeting Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata and Metro Railway stations,” an Eastern Railway release said here. “Maoist posters have been found at some railway stations of Eastern Railway like Ratanpur and Kajra railway stations in Jamalpur-Kiul section of Malda Division,” the release said.
The Andhra-Telangana Provincial Committees of CPI (ML) Maoist have mourned the death of Chalasani Prasad, prominent writer and founder member of the Viplava Rachayithala Sangham (Virasam) on July 25. Spokesperson for the two provincial committees Yugandhar Dev said in a statement that the death of Chalasani Prasad was a big loss to the revolutionary movement and innocent tribal people, for whose right of livelihood he had fought all his life through his writings. The veteran Marxist ideologue had played a key role in creating awareness among students about revolutionary politics, Mr. Dev said.