Limited response to Maoist Bandh in Magadh Division, naxal among 6 arrested in Aurngabad
GAYA: The 24 hour long bandh call given by the Maoists to register protest against alleged police excesses evoked limited response in Magadh division. The bandh impact was felt in Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj police station areas of Gaya district and part of Madanpur, Deo and some other areas of Aurngabad district, say reports reaching the divisional head quarters. Life came to a near standstill in the Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj police station area of Gaya district as roads including the state highway wore deserted look and shops, schools, offices and nationalised bank branches too remained closed.
Traffic on the always busy GT Road, the national highway criss crossing some of the worst affected naxal belts was less than normal. Elsewhere in the extra large division comprising five districts, life was near normal. According to Magadh Range DIG Ratn Sanjay, no report of any untoward incident has been received from anywhere in the Magadh police range. Six persons including Vijay Paswan, a Maoist have been arrested from two different places in the Aurangabad district but the arrests have nothing to do with the Maoist bandh and were made during the ongoing anti naxal operation.
Five of the arrested men are supporters of Maoist Area Commander Abhijeet, operating in the Deo police station area of Aurangabad district. We are in total command of the situation, said Ratn Sanjay. Rail traffic on all the three sections including Grand Chord section and Patna -Gaya section was normal, said Sandeep Kumar, Rail Area Manager. Patrolling on the tracks has been intensified, said the senior most rail official of Gaya. Maoists, it may be recalled, have been regularly targeting the railways during their agitational programmes. The bandh period expires at zero hours on Thursday.
Six Maoists, including area commander, arrested in Bihar
Aurangabad: The Bihar Police have arrested six alleged Maoist operatives, including an area commander, from two different places in Aurangabad district and claimed they were trying to commit a big incident there on the occasion of their bandh call across three states on Thursday. Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Babu Ram said among the arrested Maoists, one identified as Vijay was arrested from Mali village, while five others were nabbed from Bamhauli village under Deo police station limits. “Vijay is the commander of Koel-Sone area and was involved in several incidents of Left-Wing Extremism. Among the other five arrested Maoists, three are from Palamu district in neighbouring Jharkhand, while two are from Aurangabad district,” Ram said.
Ram said the six were suspected to have been planning to execute some big plan in the wake of Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand-Bihar bandh called by the CPI(Maoist) today to protest the death of their commander Dr Shivanand Bhagat alias Sylvester Minz in an encounter with the security forces in Gumla district in Jharkhand. The SP added the arrested persons were being interrogated about their plans and involvement in the past incidents of violence.
Naxals plan to trade VIPs for held cadre
In a bid to arrest fast erosion of their base following the recent surrender of a large number of cadres in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar — a Maoist stronghold — Naxals are planning to abduct VIPs to bargain release of jailed ultras, intelligence has warned. “Maoists are clearly on the back foot after surrender of over 4000 Naxal cadres including over a dozen senior leaders in Bastar in the past several months. The development has not only demoralised the rank and file of the rebels but also threatened to shrink Maoists’ base in Bastar. Hence, the rebel leadership has decided to abduct VIPs such as local superintendents of police and district collectors and use them as a bargaining chip to negotiate release of Naxals incarcerated in different jails in the state”, intelligence sources told The Asian Age here.
“What worried most the Maoist leadership was that the surrendered Naxals might lead the police to hideouts of rebel leaders in Maoist strongholds in Bastar,” state intelligence bureau (SIB) said. Maoists had earlier abducted the then Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon when he was attending an official function in a village in the south Bastar district in 2012. The rebels had demanded release of several senior Maoist leaders lodged in different jails in Chhattisgarh then in lieu of Mr Menon’s freedom. However, the Chhattisgarh government had gone back on its words to secure release of half-a-dozen rebel leaders after Mr Menon was freed by the rebels
MAOIST COUPLE HELD IN KANKER
A Maoist couple was nabbed during a searching operation carried out at a village by security forces in insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said on Wednesday. “Both the ultras were members of Naxal Jantana Sarkar and were involved in different Maoist incidents,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kanker, JS Meena informed. The insurgents were identified as Amrit Kato alias Mahesh (29) and his wife Sukhbatti alias Kamla Kato both residents of Aldand village under Bande police station limits.
Two of them were nabbed on the basis of intelligence input that they were staying in Barkot village under Bande police station limits, the SP said, adding, about 22 permanent warrants were issued for Mahesh’s arrest. According to the police, Mahesh was member of Naxal Rowghat/Koylebeda dalam and President of Aldand village Jantana Sarkar. Notably, Jantana Sarkar is the system of administration adopted by Naxals to rule the area under their control. About 17 cases were registered against Mahesh in Siksod police station, two in Koylebeda and three in Badgaon police station, the SP informed. Mahesh, according to the police records, was involved in incidents like loot, distributing banner/posters, plating bombs and similar others.
He had joined Naxal cadre in 2004 as member of Rowghat Dalam. The insurgent used to help new recruits in arms training and from 2008 onwards, he was appointed as President of Aldand Jantana Sarkar. Sukhbatti alias Kamla Kato was wanted in connection with two warrants issued in cases registered against her with Koylebeda police station limits. She was member of Kiskod Dalam, Meena informed.
Jharkhand: Search on for 3 girls lured by Maoists
A CPI (Maoist) squad led by area commander Kanhu Ram Munda has lured away three girls aged between 17 to 19 years from Jiyan and Maheshpur villages under Maoist infested Gurabandha police station in Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum district. A joint team of state police and central reserve police force (CRPF) has been carrying out intensive operation to bring back the girls from Maoist squad, believed to be camping somewhere up on the Pawra and Dangra hills in Gurabandha, 100 km from Jamshedpur. “We’d gone to Jiyan and Maheshpur on Tuesday and so far it has been confirmed that one girl had been misled and taken to jungles by the Maoists,” RK Dhan, Kolhan deputy inspector general (DIG) told HT on Wednesday evening.