NAXAL GUNNED DOWN IN ENCOUNTER
Security forces gunned down a Maoist in a gun battle with the insurgents in a forested patch of Dantewada district, police said on Wednesday. Huge amount of arms and explosives were also recovered from the encounter site, Superintendent of Police (SP), Dantewada, Kamlochan Kashyap said.“The encounter happened following face-off between a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG) with Maoists in the jungles of Nahadi falling in limits of Aranpur police station,” Kashyap said. Two guns along with explosives and other materials were also recovered from the spot. A temporary Maoist camp was also destroyed in the forest wherein major haul of explosives, detonators, tiffin bombs and other similar items were seized, he informed.
According to the SP, police had got information that Naxals were camping in jungles of Aranpur. Following the information, the joint squad swung into action and reached Nahadi forest where they confronted the Maoists and the encounter happened. In the wake of the incident, police have launched an intense search operation in the region to nab insurgents who escaped, he said. Three persons have also been arrested after the action, who are being questioned. The identity of killed ultra is yet to be established, the SP said.
Arms dump unearthed
The East Godavari District Police unearthed a huge dump of weapon in the Donkarayi forest area on Wednesday, the second day of the Martyrs’ Week observed by the Maoists. According to sources, the police spotted a huge haul of grenades and revolvers during a combing operation. The anti-Naxal squad also seized the material being used in rocket launchers from the dump. It is learnt that the police are shifting the seized material to Kakinada, where it would be made public on Thursday. Anti-Naxal squad seizes material being used in rocket launchers also
Reds’ surrender, rehab scheme fails to take off
PATNA: Ajay Rajbar, who was merely a cadre of CPI(Maoist), surrendered before the Rohtas district administration in 2010, but rejoined his outfit soon as he did not get the promised rehabilitation money or any facility from the government. Now, he heads the zonal cadre in Rohtas district. And, his is not the lone example of this kind. Going by the official data on incidents of Left-wing extremism (LWE) and number of surrendered Maoists in the state in last two years, it seems the surrender and rehabilitation scheme for Maoists is yet to take off in the state. According to the data available with the Union ministry of home affairs, only one member of CPI (Maoist) surrendered in 2014 while nobody surrendered in 2015 till April. The number of incidents of Naxal violence were 33 and 62 in 2014 and 2015 (till April), respectively, while the security forces arrested 126 and 113 LWE cadres, respectively, during the same period, which is highest among the top-10 LWE-hit states. Officials working on the ground level opined that poor public-police intercommunication and not making them aware about the rehabilitation benefits are to be blamed for the poor surrender rate in Bihar.
“The state government has notified the Centre’s rehabilitation scheme for LWE in state. If one cadre surrenders, he or she will get Rs 10,000 on the spot. But it takes time to clear the payment of rehabilitation money of Rs 2.5 lakh, pending which s/he is supposed to get Rs. 4,000 per month. Varying amounts are paid for the kind of arms and ammunition surrendered,” said Sushil M Khopde, IG (operations). He could not recall any major surrender of LWE members in recent years. A deputy commandant of CRPF said on the condition of anonymity, “We are working in the most LWE-hit areas of Bihar, like Rohtas, Aurangabad and Jamui. The implementation of surrender policy in Bihar is slow and the rehabilitation amount is also low. Chhattisgarh government pays Rs 75,000 as additional allowance to a cadre member who surrenders with a .303 rifle, while it is only Rs 10,000 here. Besides, there is hardly any assurance of monthly subsistence allowance, forget about other benefits.”
Gaya SSP Manu Maharaaj said, “I have recently conducted a few operations in the LWE-hit areas of Gaya. The poor surrender rate could be attributed to two reasons – lack of awareness among the people concerned about the government’s rehabilitation scheme. We have to encourage them to surrender; one surrender could be followed by many others if all the benefit schemes are implemented properly. Secondly, they get trapped like ‘chakravyuha’ in the outfit. If we do not monitor the scheme properly, the surrendered cadre members may again join the Maoist ranks.”
Probe sought into couple’s killing during anti-Maoist operation
Several parties have demanded an inquiry into the killing of a couple by bullets of security forces during an anti-Maoist operation in Kotagarh area of Kandhamal district on July 26 as well as compensation for their families. Through a statement, the Odisha unit of the BJP has demanded judicial inquiry into the encounter. According to party leaders, there was possibility of public revolt and disturbance in law and order situation if proper inquiry is not done and the family of the deceased are not compensated. The Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC), Odisha, has condemned the killing terming it a fake encounter. Its state convenor Narendra Mohanty demanded CBI inquiry into the encounter.
It also demanded Rs 20 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased. A fact-finding team of the CADC will visit the spot of encounter. Speaking to The Hindu , Kandhamal Superintendent of Police (SP) Kunwar Vishal Singh said police and administration have taken the issue seriously and police have suo motu registered an FIR in the case. “As it is a sensitive issue, the police inquiry would be done by police officials not related to the area where the encounter occurred. The Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Phulbani Sadar will lead the inquiry,” he said. Kandhamal district administration has also promised payment of compensation as per government norms if investigation hinted that they were innocents.
The deceased couple have been identified as Dhubeswar Nayak (45) and his wife Dubudi (41) of Pangalpadar village. Although initially the police claimed that they were Maoists, local people claimed them to be innocent. They said the couple had gone to a hill-top to use their mobile phone due to problem of connectivity in the area. It is alleged that they fell prey to exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in the area. People of Kotagarh area had resorted to road blockade and demonstration to protest against killing of the couple. They ended their protest demonstration on Tuesday evening following promise of proper enquiry into the encounter and compensation for their family members.
Five suspected Maoists held in Bengal
Five suspected Maoists were arrested from West Bengal’s Purulia district for putting up posters in favour of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist, police said on Wednesday. The arrests were made from Balrampur area in the district on Tuesday. “We had initially arrested three people for putting up the posters. Following their interrogation, last night we arrested two more people in this connection,” said Superintendent of Police Rupesh Kumar.
WB: Police arrest suspected Maoists
Purulia Superintendent of Police Rupesh Kumar told IBNS: We have arrested two suspected Maoists-Khori Hansda and Mutru Hansda from their house atKhenkridi village under Balarampur police station in Purulia for putting up posters with threats. Some posters and banners in favour of CPI-Maoist have been seized from them. We had earlier arrested three suspected Maoists-Mahendra Hembram, Badyanath Soren and Ajit Hembram from Urma station area on Mondayand after interrogating them, we have made this arrest, he said. Some Maoist posters were found at Matha, Vuchundi and Tiger More area under Balarampur police station in Purulia on July 27 and some Maoist banners were found in some places under Barikul police station area in Bankura district of West Bengal. Maoists are observing their Martyrs Week which is fromJuly 28 to August 3. So, we have taken some steps to ensure security and to avoid any terrorist activity by Maoists in this week, Rupesh Kumar said.
Two Maoists killed in Bastar
The incident took place when the Maoists were observing Martyrs’ Week. Two Maoists were killed in as many encounters with the police in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday. One man was killed and four women were arrested near Nihadi village of Dantewada district when the Maoists were observing Martyrs’ Week, Inspector-General of Police, Bastar, S.R. Kalluri said. The other person was killed near Dabba village in Sukma district, where the encounter between the Maoists and a Special Task Force team is still on, he said.
“We have recovered the body of a Maoist in uniform, along with a weapon, from the spot of the Dantewada encounter. In the second encounter, the body of a Maoist in uniform and one 3.3 rifle have been recovered,” Mr. Kalluri said.
4 cops removed days after Bokaro torching incident
BOKARO: The state police department on Wednesday removed the additional superintendent of police (operations), two inspectors and an officer in-charge, posted at different police stations under the Bermo subdivision, owing to their alleged incompetence in giving a befitting reply to the Maoists, who torched 24 trucks engaged in the Khasmahal project of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) on Friday. “We will soon post new officials in the positions lying vacant. We have reviewed the entire situation and discussed ways to improve the ground situation,” said DGP D K Pandey.
The officials who have been removed include ASP Rajender Toppo; Bermo inspector Shailender Singh; inspector of Gomia circle, Ramta Singh and OC of Nawadih police station, A K Jha. Around 40 armed assailants had entered Khasmahal late on Friday evening and torched the trucks of R K Transport owned by Giridih MP Ravinder Pandey. The Maoist squad led by Mithlesh Singh alias Duryodhan Mahto claimed responsibility for the incident. He said they set the trucks on fire after Pandey refused to pay them levy. Following the incident, the government had on Sunday removed former SP, A Vijaylaxmi, calling her back to the headquarter and handed over the charge to DIG Koylanchal, Shambhu Thakur. DGP Pandey reviewed the ground situation along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and senior police officers of this belt and also visited Jhumra Hill to monitor combing operation in the jungles on Wednesday.
Talking to mediapersons, Pandey said, in the wake of the recent Maoist incidents, combing operations have been launched in the three districts of Bokaro, Hazaribag and Giridih to nab the Maoists. “The rise in Maoist incidents can be seen in two different ways. Either the rebels have grown stronger or police potency has diluted. We have, however, got huge success against the rebels in south Jharkhand,” said the DGP. However, he also said the police stations located in the Maoist-prone belt will be strengthened while new police stations will be built.
He asked companies and individuals not to give levy to the Maoists. “If they demands levy, inform police about it and we will provide you with adequate security,” said Pandey. Sources said Pandey appeared tough on police officials in the meeting here. Calling them to either ‘perform or perish’, he said, “Focus on nabbing the rebels and restore peace is a priority.”
Roopesh to Continue Hunger Stir in Jail
KOLLAM: Maoist leader Roopesh, who was under police custody for the last five days, said he would continue his hunger strike in the Coimbatore jail as he was not being treated as a political prisoner and were denied the rights of one. The district court on Wednesday sent him back to Coimbatore jail as the police did not seek for an extension of his custody. Roopesh was on hunger strike since he was brought to Kollam on Saturday demanding the authorities to consider Maoists as political prisoners and not terrorists. When asked if he wanted to inform the judge anything, Roopesh said he was not given an opportunity to file a petition before the Coimbatore District Collector seeking removal of UAPA imposed on him.
While being taken out of the court, he shouted slogans seeking withdrawal of draconian laws such as NSA and UAPA.During his stay here, he abstained from having solid food. The court had granted a five-day police custody from Coimbatore jail on Saturday to investigate his links to two other suspected Maoists arrested earlier. Kundara police had in May arrested Remanan, 44, from Sasthamkotta and Anandan, 50, from Kundara for allegedly procuring SIM cards with forged documents. These SIM cards were found to be purchased from a mobile shop in Bharanikkavu. Roopesh allegedly contacted a weapon dealer in Coimbatore using one of those SIM cards procured by Remanan and the call details were finally traced, which led to the arrest of the duo.
Maoist threaten Superintendent of Police in Odisha
Balangir Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Kumar received a letter of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on July 29, warning him of dire consequences, during the on-going Martyrs’ Week since July 28, reports The Pioneer. According to reports, the Maoists have held him responsible for death of a cadre Goutam Bag and have threatened the SP to punish him.