Three Maoists killed in encounter
Three Maoists, including two female cadres, were killed in an encounter with the police in remote Burudi forest under Tandki panchayat of Malkangiri district bordering Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Friday afternoon. Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjiv Marik confirmed the encounter. This anti-Maoist operation, involving personnel of District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operation Group (SOG), was led by Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. According to police sources, the exchange of fire took place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. inside Burudi jungle under Tandki panchayat near Chhattisgarh border. No injury or damages to the security forces was reported.
Three country-made guns, one INSAS rifle, a Self Loading Rifle (SLR), live ammunition, grenades, materials of Maoist use including kitbags and Maoist literature were seized from the spot where the ultras were holding the camp. Basing on intelligence reports that Maoists were holding a meeting at the remote spot as part of their continuing martyrs’ week observation, a team of security personnel raided the area. When the Maoists challenged the security personnel through firing, the police team retaliated that led to the killing of three Maoists and destruction of their camp. Rest escaped into the jungle. It was suspected that around 20 Naxalites were there in the camp when the encounter took place. Search operation is on.
It is suspected that some more Maoists may have been injured in the incident. Identity of slain Maoists has not been ascertained. It is suspected that the Maoists in this camp may be of Darbha division, which is active in Chhattisgarh and parts of Malkangiri district.
Police Nab Hardcore Naxal in Bijapur
RAIPUR: A hardcore Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was arrested today from insurgency- hit Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadre, identified as Modiyam Bojja (26), was apprehended by a joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and district force from Chilnar village under Bijapur police station limits, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. Based on specific tip-off about the arrival of the rebel at Chilnar, security forces were mobilised there and arrested him following a short chase, the ASP said. Head of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (DAKMS), Bojja was active in Gorna and Mankeli villages. The arrested Naxal was allegedly involved in various crimes, including killing, attempt to murder and others and several warrants were also pending against him in different police stations, the ASP said, adding that his interrogation was on.
On high alert
The police in Warangal district are gathering intelligence from informers in villages, patrolling in plains clothes and combing the forest area which host the armed cadre of Maoist party. Police in once naxal affected districts of Warangal, Karimnagar and Nizamabad are on high alert keeping a close watch on possible Maoist activities. There is an armed squad movement in Warangal district unlike in the past but definitely the naxal movement is completely out yet. Increased vigilance and intensive combing operations by the police drove out the armed naxals from the district into neighbouring districts and States. Two months ago, there was input that some naxals were seen moving in Parkal and Bhupalpalli area but they were proved wrong.
The police in Warangal district are gathering intelligence from informers in villages, patrolling in plains clothes and combing the forest area which play host to the armed cadre of Maoist party. Recently, some student unions organised a memorial meeting of slain naxalite Vivek on Kakatiya University campus which only indicates that there are sympathisers for the movement still. Karimnagar police have been put on high alert following the Maoists conducting the martyrs’ memorial week. Though, there is no presence of Maoist naxalites, the district police have intensified area domination and combing operations all along the borders of the district with Chhattisgarh.
They said that the naxalites had last conducted an offence of conducting praja court in Mukunuru village of Mahadevpur mandal in December 2014 and thrashed some upper caste community persons for their alleged anti-dalit activities in the village. During the period, around 30 armed naxalites visited the village and conducted the praja court for over five hours and later retreated to neighbouring State. Similarly, in January this year, the naxalites had sent threatening letters to elected representatives of Kataram mandal to mend their ways and stop harassing dalits. Nizamabad, once the citadel for the naxalite movement has been quite peaceful since one decade. Now it can be said that there are no signs of movements of naxalites.
Barring a couple of incidents of poster pasting on walls in the name of Maoists here and there the naxalite activities came to a grinding halt. Wall posters appeared in villages mostly in Sirikonda, Darpally, Machareddy, Kammarpally, Domakonda and Kamareddi mandal which are located on the border of Karimnagar and Medak district some time back. At certain other places largely in Kamareddi area posters used to appear in the name of CPI (ML)-Janashakti. However, the police took into custody a few activists and registered cases against them. However, two three underground activists from the district are still working in the Dandakaranya dalams.
Maoists resurface in Telangana
A group of armed naxalites has reportedly been sighted.
For reasons best known to them, the Maoists seem to be unable to shun Adilabad or other North Telangana districts as their support base despite suffering tremendous losses in the past in the form of encounter deaths of their top leaders and surrender of numerous cadres. A 20 to 25 member strong dalam of armed naxalites has reportedly been sighted in the villages in Vaipet forest area of Indervelli mandal of Adilabad and another handful of them at Parkal and Bhupalpalli of Warangal and a few places in Nizamabad in the last few weeks.
The presence of the band of the outlawed organisation gains significance in view of the ongoing Maoist Martyrs Week across the country’s naxal-influenced areas. “There however, is little chance of them creating law and order problem in the North Telangana districts under prevailing conditions which are not at all favourable for them to thrive,” opined a police officer associated with anti naxal operations, as he dismissed the perceived threat posed by the Maoist band. Khammam on the southern tip of the State is where the activities of Maoists seem to be concentrated, much of it being spill over from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh. In the recent months, the naxals seem to have confined their activities to torching property and warning public representatives through posters.
Banners, purportedly written by Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar, Maoist Divisional Committee Member and Atram Shobhan alias Charles, Area Committee Member, sprung up in Tiryani and Somwarpet in Khanapur exhorting people to participate in the Martyrs Week. Arguably, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is organisationally in a bad shape in North Telangana. An eerie calm prevails in Khammam especially in the remote tribal pockets of Bhadrachalam division spread across the long inter-State border with both Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh with the Maoists making renewed attempts to spread their activities and the police stepping up anti-Maoist operations in border areas.
After suffering a setback with the surrender of two district level senior Maoist cadres including Sukhdev, the district special guerrilla squad in-charge, a few months ago, the rebels have focussed their attention on reviving their foothold and expanding their base in Bhadrachalam Agency. The Bhadrachalam sub-division police have stepped up vigil at the santhas (weekly markets) at Nalabelli and Paidigudem in Dummugudem mandal frequented by Adivasis from the remote tribal pockets situated on either side of the inter-State borders. Adilabad for one, accounts for the death of 155 Maoists including top notch figures like the Maoist Central Committee member Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and surrender of 259 cadres since the first encounter took place in 1989.
In Warangal, increased vigilance and intensive combing operations by the police drove out the armed naxals from the district into neighbouring state. For the past few years, there has been no disruptive activity by the naxalites in the district what with the police being in a high state of alert. The only aberration was the recent memorial meeting organized by students unions for the slain naxalite Vivek on Kakatiya University campus. In view of the martyrs’ week celebrations of Maoist party, the district police alerted all those on naxalite target. In Karimnagar, the successful conduct of Godavari Pushkaralu just before the start of Martyrs Week is a proof of the naxalites being neutralised by and large. The last time that the naxalites had last conducted an offence of conducting praja court in Mukunuru village of Mahadevpur mandal was in December 2014.
A group of 30 armed naxalites visited the village and conducted the praja court for over five hours and later retreated to neighbouring state. Barring a couple of incidents of poster pasting on walls in the name of Maoists here and there, the naxalite activities came to a grinding halt. Wall posters appeared in villages mostly in Sirikonda, Dharpally, Machareddy, Kammarpally, Domakonda and Kamareddi mandal which are located on the border of Karimnagar and Medak district some time back.
Arms discovery puts police on high alert
The discovery of a Maoist arms dump in Y Ramavaram mandal on Wednesday has put anti-naxalite forces including the Greyhounds, CRPF, AP Special Police and Armed Reserve Police on alert. Old dumps have from time to time been discovered in the thick forest straddling borderlands between East Godavari district and Visakhapatnam, and the interstate border with Chattisgarh and Orissa. But the major dump discovered by the Anti-Naxal Squad on Wednesday is said to be just one year old, indicating recent Maoist activity in the Agency forests of the Godavari districts. The armoury contained a variety of munitions ranging from single barrel guns to eight rocket launchers.
According to assistant superintendent of police K. Phakeerappa admitted that there has been a “slight increase” in Maoist activity, but the police are by and large in control. There are 16 police stations in the Rampachodavaram sub-division of which eight are said to be sensitive stations, which are under the surveillance of one company of the Central Reserve Protection Force personnel comprising 96 armed men. . Another eight stations are manned by other divisions.
Altogether, 1,000 armed police have been stationed in the formerly Maoist-sensitive parts of Rampachodavaram. Mr. Phakeerappa said the most sensitive police stations are Yetapaka, Chintooru, Donakarai, Mothugudem and Y. Ramavaram. In April this year, there was an exchange fire between Maoists and police personnel near Gurthedu. There were no causalities, but police recovered large number of arms and ammunition from the area. On the basis of information provided by surrendered militia members, Greyhounds and other police units have previously unearthed arms dumps in Y. Ramavaram, Addateegala, Pathakota and Maredumilli in the last nine months. The major dump discovered by the Anti-Naxal Squad is said to be one year old
Chalasani was synonymous with Virasam
Virasam formed in the backdrop of Srikakulam armed rebellion, recall old timers
Writer, critic, and a person totally committed to Marxism, Chalasani Prasad, who passed away here at the age of 83, is synonymous with the Viplava Rachayitula Sangham (Virasam), a revolutionary writers’ association. Before Virasam was officially announced in Hyderabad in July 1970 and after that, Chalasani Prasad’s role had been important in the organisation. He was one of the important persons who prepared the ground for its formation as it was felt that writers were losing their responsibility. Old timers recall that Virasam was formed in the backdrop of the Srikakulam armed rebellion (1968-72) led by Venpatapu Satyam, Adibhatla Kailasam, Subbarao Panigrahy and others; and some poets forming themselves into a group called ‘Digambarakavulu’ since they were fed up with ‘Abhyudaya Kavulu’ turning materialistic by moving to the film industry. But Digambarakavulu was found to be the other extreme.
This created some sort of a vacuum as far as literary support to the movement was concerned. Sri Sri’s ‘shastipoorthi’ in Visakhapatnam on February 1, 1970, can be termed as a factor that hastened the formation of Virasam. Sri Sri was writing for films at that time and his 60th birthday celebrations were a platform for poets to discuss what line they should take. A pamphlet issued by ‘Visakha Vidyardhulu’ with the title ‘Rachayitalaara Meeru Etuvaipu’ (writers, what is your stand?) and circulated among the participants set off discussions and made poets and writers introspect. Later in Hyderabad, on July 4, Chalasani, Sri Sri, Varavara Rao, Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao, K.V. Ramana Reddy, Raavi Sastry, Krishna Bai, Cherabandarabu, and Nagnamuni and others formed Virasam.
The line of Naxalite leader Subba Rao Panigrahy, who was good at running a revolution as well as a revolutionary poet, was adopted by Virasam. Moderates stayed with Arasam. Chalasani was president or secretary for some time, but he continued to be a leader who kept Virasam going even in adverse conditions. He made a lot of efforts in forming a national body of associations akin to Virasam with the help of Varavara Rao. Delhi professor Saibaba, who was recently released from jail, was also involved in the exercise. Apart from his writings, Chalasani was good at it from a young age as he was school secretary of Praja Natya Mandali, the cultural wing of Arasam. He pledged his body to Andhra Medical College.
Police arrest dreaded Maoist commander in Jharkhand
Giridih, August 01 (ANI): Police arrested a dreaded Maoist commander in Jharkhand. Superintendent of Police (SP), Kuldeep Dwivedi, said extremist Vinod Manjhi was nabbed at his ancestral place in Giridih district after an intelligence input. Dwivedi alleged the Maoist leader was involved in killing of police officer and massacres.
Govt lost mercy petition of 4 Maoist convicts on death row
Four death row convicts in Bihar have been waiting for a decision on their mercy petition for more than a decade because their plea to be spared the gallows was lost somewhere in Delhi. The four Maoist Communist Centre cadre had been sentenced to death by a TADA court in 2001 for the Bara massacre in Bihar’s Gaya district. Bir Krishna Mochi, Nanhe Lal, Birkuer Paswan and Dharam were convicted for being part of the group that killed 35 people from the Bhumihar community on 13 February 1992.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence by a 2-1 majority in 2002, with the dissenting judge, Justice MB Shah – who now heads the special investigative team on black money – unconvinced about their guilt. A mercy petition filed by them in 2003 initially shuttled between different departments of the Bihar government before it was sent to the Centre on July 7, 2004. And then, everyone forgot about the mercy petition.
Maoist suspends gen strike temporarily
IMPHAL, July 30: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has temporarily suspended its proposed general strike on August 1 against the incumbent Director of Art & Culture Department in view of the present situation arising out of the people`™s movement for enactment of a new bill to safeguard the indigenous people. A statement signed by Comrade Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity & Propaganda of Maoist Communist Party, Manipur said the general strike was called to let the people know about the authoritarian style of working adopted by the Director and his harsh attitude towards the outfit. However, the imposition clamped by the outfit against the erring Director will remain effective. He has been also barred from taking part in public gathering, it statement said.
POLICE NAB FEMALE MAOIST MEMBER
According to sources Hazaribagh police has nabbed a female activist of banned ultra organisation MCCI from Vishnugarh block area of the district. The female member of the ultra group is a resident of Tatijharia block and it is said that her name is Sunita Devi, wife of Indu Mahto, who is also supposed to be an active member of the organisation. Senior police officials of the district are not confirming this information. However, according to sources, interrogation is taking place in a police station of that area since more than 12 hours. Police is trying to know about the activities and the new programs of the organisation.
Eerie silence in tribal pockets
The rebels also intensified poster campaign against the TRS government accusing it of modernising police forces to curb people’s movements. An eerie calm is prevailing in the remote tribal pockets of Bhadrachalam division spread across the long inter-State border with both Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh with the Maoists making renewed attempts to spread their activities and the police stepping up anti-Maoist operations in border areas. An undercurrent of tension continues to persist in the forest fringe villages along the inter-State border with the spurt in Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh coinciding with the Maoists’ ongoing Martyrs Week.
After suffering a setback with the surrender of two district level senior Maoist cadres including Sukhdev, the district special guerrilla squad in-charge, a few months ago, the rebels have focused their attention on reviving their foothold and expanding their base in Bhadrachalam Agency. The rebels have reportedly put up posters in the forest fringe areas including Arlagudem and Paidigudem villages in Dummugudem mandal bordering the Maoist dominated areas in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh a couple of days ago. The rebels also intensified poster campaign against the TRS government accusing it of modernising police forces to curb people’s movements and acting contrary to its reported pre-poll assertion that it would implement Maoist agenda if voted to power.
The Bhadrachalam sub-division police have stepped up vigil at the santhas (weekly markets) at Nalabelli and Paidigudem in Dummugudem mandal frequented by Adivasis from the remote tribal pockets situated on either side of the inter-State borders. The volatile conditions prevailing in the strife torn areas in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh and enhanced surveillance by the security forces has curtailed the movement of Adivasis to the santhas situated in the areas close to the inter-State borders, sources said.
Security has been beefed up by deploying adequate police and other para-military forces at vantage positions in the areas situated close to the periphery of the inter-State borders as a safety precaution, said R Bhaskaran, ASP, Bhadrachalam. The police forces are fully geared up to face any eventuality and prevent untoward incidents. Security has been beefed up by deploying adequate police and other para-military forces at vantage positions in the areas situated close to the periphery of the inter-State borders as a safety precaution: R Bhaskaran, ASP, Bhadrachalam.
3 Maoists held
Three Maoists have been arrested from two places in Bihar’s East Champaran district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Babhantoli and Bokane villages under Pakridayal police station area yesterday and nabbed two Maoists, identified as Niraj Tiwari and Ramanand Sah, Superintendent of Police (SP), Operations, Rajiv Kumar said. He said that another ultra Jailal Ram was netted from Nanhkar village under Madhuban police station area. The trio were wanted in Maoist activities in the district and all of them had been jailed earlier too, Kumar said.
Huge cache of explosives recovered in Bihar
GAYA: A huge cache of explosives, suspected to be belonging to Maoists, was today recovered by the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar police from the district, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled rally here on August 9.
Maoists take out rally on Andhra-Odisha border
The Pedabayalu Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist) organised a meeting on the Andhra-Odisha border on July 28, the first day of the Martyrs’ Week, according to delayed reports reaching here. People in hundreds from nearby villages took out a rally and paid tributes at the memorials of the party members Narender, Mahander, Sharat, Ganapathi, Laalu, Jogal and Sonu. Leaders of Adivasi Viplaval Rytu Coolie Sangham and Adivasi Viplava Mahila Sangham addressed the villagers. They also paid tributes to founder member of Virasam Chalasani Prasad who died a few days ago. Secretary of the Pedabayalu Area Committee Manganna said the villagers also donated cash and rice to be distributed to the families of martyrs. Manyam Pithuri Sena and People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army also took part in the meeting.
Malkangiri bears brunt of Martyrs’ Week
KORAPUT: Commuters are having a harrowing time as public transport system has come to a standstill in Maoist-hit areas of Malkangiri district during observation of Martyrs’ Week by the Red rebels since Tuesday. Fearing Maoist attacks, government has stopped its bus service in the district. Private bus operators too have also stopped running their buses between Malkangiri and Motu, forcing passengers to make their own arrangements. “Passengers are depending on small vehicles to reach their destinations by paying through the nose as the operators are cashing in on the crisis to make some fast bucks. In some areas, the tribals are forced to trek miles due to non-availability of vehicles,” a source at Malkangiri said.
While small vehicles go up to Kalimela, the 50-km stretch from Kalimela to Motu, the southern-most town of Malkangiri, wore a deserted look with movement of public transport system coming to a grinding halt. “An eerie silence prevails in the area. The only sound we could hear is that of the convoy of security personnel, engaged in anti-extremist operations,” said a Kalimela villager. “It is a nightmare to take serious patients to hospitals,” he added. While offices are witnessing thin attendance, several business establishments at Kalimela and Motu have downed their shutters. Police said adequate security arrangements have been made across the district, but they can’t force any bus operator to run vehicles.