Maoists plan to revive PCAPA agitation
Kolkata, Aug. 6 — A central committee member of CPI(Maoist) recently visited Bengal’s erstwhile Maoist stronghold of Jangalmahal to chalk out a plan for rejuvenating the movement of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), intelligence officers have reported.
Between 1995 and 2011, Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji looked after the Bengal chapter of CPI(Maoist) on behalf of the central committee. The post was lying vacant since his death. According to intelligence reports by a state government agency, the central committee member, who was introduced as Comrade Majhi, attended a secret meeting at Chandabila, within Nayagram police station limits of West Midnapore district, in the evening on July 25.
Split among Maoists out in the open
Kolkata, Aug. 8 — The split among Maoist activists in the city has come out in the open with a prominent leader of a Maoist students’ outfit publicly denouncing the stance of another group led by a former secretary of the city committee. Soumya Mondal, the spokesperson of Maoist students’ outfit United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF), has recently published an article criticising a couple of publications by a Maoist “study circle” named Radical, comprising mostly students, and led by Abhishek Mukherjee, a prominent student leader who was arrested on charge of being the city committee secretary of CPI(Maoist). Mukherjee is presently out on bail and studying at Jadavpur University.
Maoists’ Lalgarh review report admits 5 mistakes
JHARGRAM, July 25 — For the first time since the death of Kishenji and the Lalgarh movement, CPI(Maoist) have brought out a primary review of the movement that lists out a few mistakes the rebels made including an incorrect reading of the class character of chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The three-page review being secretly circulated in parts of Jhargram subdivision in Jangalmahal hails the movement as a historic one but also points out five mistakes and invites people to make “constructive criticism” and send them suggestions.
TMC infighting may help Maoists’ return
Jhargram, July 29 — Infighting between Trinamool Congress ‘locals leaders in West Midnapore’s Jangalmahal areas have added to the worries of the police and intelligence officers, as they feel Maoists are trying to exploit the factional feud in the ruling party to get a toehold in their former bastion. While the movement dissipated after the death of Kishenji in November 2011, over the past few months the rebels are trying to regroup in West Midnapore, Birbhum and Purulia. Recently the chief minister held a meeting and alerted the DGP against the efforts of the rebels.
Police storm Naxal camp in South Gadchiroli
Nagpur: Gadchiroli district police’s Special Action group (SOG) and Dechlipetha Quick Response Team (QRT) on Friday busted a Naxal camp at Kasragatta hillock near Vyankatapur in South Gadchiroli on Friday. Police recovered substantial arms, weapons and ammunitions apart from materials required for daily usage. Sources said the joint security forces, following an intelligence input, launched an operation in the forests of Kasragatta leading to the raid on the camp which the Naxals had abandoned shortly before the police reached the place.
Sources said that the Naxals are likely to have spotted the forces approaching the camp as they were perched on the hillock. The security forces have seized one 303 rifle and its cartridges. Some cartridges of SLR, detonators, four tents, six rucksacks, three walkie-talkies and other materials were seized. Police have claimed that Naxals had been camping at the site to plan a sabotage or ambush the security forces in the adjoining localities.
Police launches video war to counter Naxals
The Chhattisgarh police has launched a video campaign involving surrendered Maoists to counter Naxal propaganda in insurgency-hit Bastar. The police made short films featuring around 20 senior Naxal leaders who have surrendered recently, to narrate their ordeals during their days of rebel life apparently to dissuade the local tribal youths not to bite the ideological bait thrown at them by the ultras. The short films with duration of 15-20 minutes were being exhibited in remote areas in Bastar region not only to woo the rebels to lay down arms and join the mainstream but also to prevent the gullible tribal youths from being indoctrinated in Naxal ideology, police sources said here on Saturday.
“We have produced over a dozen short films featuring senior rebel cadres, including women who have thrown light on the ugly side of Naxals by narrating horrific tales of sexual exploitations, extortion of poor tribals, forcible induction of children in the cadre, destruction of schools and roads in remote tribal areas thus pushing the local adivasis to further bac-kwardness”, sources in state intelligence bureau said (SIB) told this newspaper here.
NAXAL ‘URBAN NETWORK’ MAN HELD IN DANTEWADA
The prime accused wanted for supplying lathe machine and welding machine to Maoists was arrested, police informed on Saturday.“The accused Pappu Khan was arrested by a team of district police from Nerli Ghat area based on specific intelligence input,” Superintendent of Police Dantewada Kamlochan Kashyap informed. Detailing Pappu’s proximity with Naxals, the SP said that he was member of Maoist urban network and was closely associated with Naxal West Bastar Division Committee member, Sanjay.“Pappu was associated with banned organisation Communist Party of India (Maoist) and used to provide logistic as well as monitory support to Naxal cadres,” the SP said, adding, Pappu was the main person who had purchased lathe and welding machine for left wing extremists (LWE).
He had contacted businessman based in Raipur who had supplied the machines, SP Kashpay added. However, before it could reach into Naxal hand the consignment carrying both machines was intercepted in the jungles of Bhansi police station limits on July 26 last, the SP mentioned.Notably driver of Bolero vehicle in which the machines were being transported along with vehicle owner and one man were arrested at the spot. Pappu Khan had somehow managed to slip from the spot. Later on police had nabbed a businessman Arun Agrawal based in Raipur and his manager in this connection. Arun’s nephew Mohak Agrawal who also provided support to Naxals was held in Manendragarh of Korea district.
110 landmines covering three villages recovered in Jharkhand
MEDININAGAR ( JHARKHAND): At least 110 landmines planted by suspected Naxalites across three villages in a row in Jharkhand’s Palamau district were today recovered by security forces.
Maoist held near Dindigul
A Maoist, alleged to have escaped in an encounter with police in Kodaikanal hills in 2008, was arrested at Vadamadurai near here on Saturday. According to police, A. Neelamegam alias Kathir alias Vinayak (30) was arrested by the Q Branch police following a tipoff that he was visiting a friend in Vadamadurai. He was produced before a Dindigul court and remanded in custody. Naveen Prasad (27), an expert in handling weapons, was killed in an encounter with a Special Task Force team at Vadakavunji near Kodaikanal on April 19, 2008. Arms and ammunition were seized from the encounter scene. At that time, the police said, some Maoists trained in weaponry had escaped. One among them, Kannan alias Senthil alias Kumar (46), was arrested in June this year in Coimbatore.
Maoists regaining ground in TS?
Warangal: In line with their reported agenda of reemerging in Telangana, post bifurcation, the outlawed Maoists are understood to have been making desperate efforts to resurface in Warangal district, which was once their stronghold. Besides strengthening their forest and rural cadres, the Maoists are said to be building their clandestine urban bases. The Warangal police, whose motto is ‘Ever Victorious’, have been put on high alert to keep check on Maoist movements.
Though Maoists are not able to carry out any act of violence in Warangal like they did in neighbouring Khammam and Karimnagar districts, they are making inroads to build their network here, the police believe. The recent appearance of a Maoist banner on Kakatiya University (KU) campus, at Velishala village and Chityal were believed to be put up by Maoist sympathisers and supporters. The KU incident had created panic as it was seen as an indication of Maoist penetration into the campus.
The apprehensions of the police are justified as a memorial meeting was held at KU, a couple of weeks ago by Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika in honour of K Vivek, a Maoist, who was killed in an encounter in neighbouring Chhattisgarh this June. Following the incident, the police questioned some students and gave counseling to keep away from such activities. Similarly, the police sources informed that a few Maoist activists were detained by the police at Parkal and other parts in the district, including Hanamkonda town.
The police sources further added that the Maoist activists had been moving in smaller groups to avoid detection by police. They were meeting people in villages and even setting up committees at some places to spread their ideology and to serve as their base. Speaking to The Hans India, Rural Superintendent of Police Ambar Kishor Jha said, “It would be inappropriate to deny reports of Maoists’ trying to regroup. We have a porous border with Chhattisgarh where Maoist insurgency is high.” “We are working meticulously on the smallest input on Maoist movements and making efforts to put a check on them and we are successful in containing their movements. There are no incidents of violence in Warangal though our neighbouring districts are witnessing disturbances,” he added.
Woman hurt in crossfire in battle between Maoists and security
KORAPUT: A tribal woman sustained bullet injury during a gunbattle between Maoists and security personnel in a forest in Koraput district, police said today. “The woman was passing through the forest at the time of the gunbattle and got caught in the crossfire on Friday evening. Her condition is now stable. She is under treatment at Koraput hospital,” SP Charan Singh Meena said.
Maoists call for Independence Day boycott
VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI Maoists’ East Division Committee has called for a bandh on Independence Day. Urging people to boycott I-Day celebrations, the Reds asked them to instead hoist black flags on the day. In a press note issued to the media on Saturday, the East Division Committee alleged that in the past 68 years after independence, the poor had continued to remain poor and it was only the rich that prospered in the country. The Maoists alleged that various parties that formed the government since independence were violating the special acts for tribal areas such as 1/70, 1996 PESA, 5th and 6th schedules, 2006 Forest Rights Acts to make way for corporate bigwigs like Tata, Posco, Birla, Vedanta, Essar, Anrak and Jindal to earn from these regions.
The Maoists said the government was implementing phase-III of Operation Green Hunt to oppress the anti-mining agitations of the tribals. The release accused the security forces of attacking villages and firing at innocent tribals headed to the forests for hunting. “Successive governments have been trying to grab land in the name of land acquisition for huge projects, state capital and airport, which are not relevant for public welfare,” the Maoist release said.
PUCL’s Bakoria report could put cops in spot
Ranchi: Palamu police is likely to face fresh trouble in the Bakoria (Palamu) encounter case of June 8 with PUCL investigation questioning the veracity of encounter spot as has been mentioned by police and describing at least eight in the group to be civilians with no criminal record. The Bakoria encounter occurred on the intervening night of June 8 and 9 under Satbarwa PS of Palamu in which 12 people were killed. Those killed in the encounter were branded as Maoists by the police.
Led by the district police, the encounter was later joined by 209 CoBRA battalion and 134 battalion of the CRPF. Jharkhand unit of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) conducted an independent inquiry, taking suo moto cognizance of the encounter on basis of media reports and notice of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), served to the state government on June 16. Four-member-team of the state unit that went for inquiry on June 18-19 concluded that there are glaring evidences to show that the spot of encounter, as mentioned by police, in the FIR is not true.
PUCL state vice-president Stain Swami while addressing media here on Saturday, released a copy of the inquiry report and said that the encounter spot, adjacent to the crusher of one Jumrati miyan in Bhelwahi tola, under Bakoria village of Satbarwa police station had no sign of encounter. “According to the FIR lodged by police, following the encounter, security forces fired 200 rounds in retaliation to the Maoists but ,” he said arguing that despite such heavy firing there were no traces of bullet marks on the spot. “The place of occurrence is a flat ground with no tree or elevation to seek guard for firing during the encounter,” Stain pointed.
The team interviewed over 40 people including villagers of Bhelwahi (spot), family members of deceased and policemen and recorded their statements audio visually. PUCL general secretary of Ranchi unit Anand Kumar Singh said that out of the 12 people killed in encounter, four were minors including Charku Tirkey (12) of Amwatikar, Latehar, Mahendra Singh Kherwar (15) of Heratu, Umesh Singh Khairwar (16) of Garu, Latehar and Budhram Oraon (17) of Manika Latehar whereas fifth—Sakendra Parahiya (18) was a member of the primitive tribe group having no criminal records. “Some of these were students in the local government schools,” he said. Vijay Tirkey elder brother of Charku has accused Anuragji of forcibly taking away his brother from home on evening of June 8.