Propaganda war over young Naxal cadre’s death
NAGPUR: The death of a young student leader-turned-Naxal commander in an encounter with police last year has been the cause of a fresh propaganda war between the Naxalite leaders and their opponents. The top echelons of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) have hailed the death of Raja Thakur, alias Comrade Krishna (27), as supreme sacrifice by a young visionary in the red rebels’ cause. On the other hand, activists opposed to Naxalite ideology have slammed the efforts of CPI (Maoist) for trapping youngsters in their lost cause of armed revolution. Both CPI (Maoist) and Bhoomkal Sangathan, have re-launched a fresh propaganda war by issuing pamphlets.
An earlier pamphlet, issued by Maharashtra state committee secretary Comrade Sahyadri during recently concluded ‘Martyrs’ week’, had underlined the unique blend of bravery and intellectualism in Krishna who was killed along with colleague Comrade Sonu on August 12 last year in Khobramenda jungle in a police encounter. Arvind Sovani and Datta Shirke, both office bearers of Bhoomkal Sangathan, have blamed Naxals for roping in youngsters through front organizations in armed movement foiling their academic career. Intelligence agencies view Naxals’ romanticizing of Krishna’s sacrifice during the Naxal’s martyr week, observed between July 27 and August 3, as an effective strategy to encourage urban youngsters to join the movement or support it.
Krishna, a former student of Rajura’s Shivaji College, was section deputy commander of Platoon 56 while Sonu held the same rank for Platoon 55. The two, along with three others, were returning from Nadekal village to their den when security forces ambushed them. The Naxals claimed that police eliminated the duo when they could have been arrested. The rebels have extolled the qualities of Krishna in the movement citing that he carried out effective propaganda against displacement and industrialization whenever required in the remote areas and also fought bravely when faced with challenge from police.
The social activists too have upped their propaganda against the rebels warning youngsters to be wary of attempts to recruiting them through urban front organizations and that they would be deployed in the guerrilla zones to participate in the armed revolution. Citing claims of Naxals that Comrade Krishna was a member of ‘Krantikari Vidhyarthi Sanghatna’ or revolutionary student organization, activists claimed the rebels misguided the former student into joining the movement that claimed his life.
Tight Security in West Bengal
KOLKATA:With hand-written posters by “Maoists appearing in some parts of the city on Independence Day eve, security has been beefed up in and around the city for Saturday’s I-Day festivities, with large number of plainclothesmen deployed and unmanned aerial vehicles being used for surveillance. Posters by the Maoists against the ruling Trinamool Congress and calling to avenge the killing of Manjulla Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, a Maoist leader from Andhra Pradesh, who was in charge of West Bengal, were found in the Eastern precincts of the city. Maoist posters were also detected at Salboni in Jhargram near Belpahari, which, according to intelligence agencies, was the target of the militants. The police sounded a red alert all over the state.
Maoist posters opposing Independence Day found in Bengal
Kolkata: Dozens of Maoist posters calling for shunning Independence Day celebrations were found in West Bengal`s Purulia district on Saturday, police said. The posters, along with black flags, were spotted early Saturday in Balrampur and Baghmundi areas of the district. Besides calling for observing black day, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) through the posters also demanded removal of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “We have seized the posters and looking into the matter,” said a police officer. Earlier in July, five suspected Maoists were arrested for putting up similar posters. Similar posters were also recovered on Friday from Kolkata`s Maniktala area.
Suspected Maoist held, arms seized
The police today arrested a suspected Maoist ultra and seized landmines, arms and ammunition from his house in West Midnapore district. Superintendent of Police Bharati Ghosh said Biren Chalok was arrested as a suspected Maoist from Pyanchapara village under Salbani police station. Police seized three land mines, as many .303 rifles, 21 rounds of ammunition and Maoist posters from his house, she said. Police have launched a massive search for suspected Maoists in 11 blocks of the district dominated by the red rebels ahead of the Independence Day.
Maoists sympathisers held in the Thiruvananthapuram
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city police on Saturday early morning, moments before the Independence Day parade held five suspected sympathizers of Maoist movement from a lodge at Statue, which is hardly 200 meters away from the Central Stadium, where the parade took place. The police identified them as activists of Njattuvela Samskarika Prvarthaka Sangham, a cultural organisation that act as a frontal organisation of Maoists in the state. The arrested are Swapnesh Babu, who is the secretary of Njatuvela, Rasheed Mattancheri, Midhun PS, Aromal S and Prasanth AB.
Several pamphlets were also seized from them. Deputy commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K Sanjaykumar Gurudin said that the proximity of the parade venue to the lodge, from where the five were arrested hinted at the possibility that they were planning to upset the proceedings after intruding into the stadium pretending as spectators. They might have been planning to hurl the pamphlets among the spectators in the gallery and also at the VIPS, he said. “We received intelligence information last night about the presence of Maoist sympathisers in the city and had launched raids in lodges and hotels”, said Gurudin. The DCP said that the arrests were made as a preventive measure under section 151 of Code of Criminal Procedure. The were let out on bail after the Independence Day parade concluded.
Maoists hoist black flag on I-day in Malkangiri district
Despite tight security arrangements across Odisha on Independence Day, Left wing extremists today hoisted black flags and put up banners in at least five locations in Maoist-dominated Malkangiri district but there was no report of any untoward incident. The Maoists, who had called for boycott of Independence Day, hoisted black flags at Luler under Mathili police station area and Omarpali in Odisha-Chhattishgarh border, police said. This apart, black flags and black banners were also found at Bodigata, Kelrai and MV-90 areas.
The Maoist banners opposed police action in the area and demanded withdrawal of Central forces from Malkangiri district. The banners were later removed by the police. There was no report of any untoward incident in any part of the district, police claimed adding that government buses had stopped plying the Motu, MV-79 and Padia areas due to the boycott call by the Maoists.
…Similarly, Maoists hoisted black flag at the Dumurpalli panchayat office under Bissam Cuttack police limits in Rayagada district. Police has seized has seized black flags and Maoist posters and banners from the place, reports said. Besides, in Balangir district, the Red rebels hoisted black flags at the Telenpalli Upper Primary School and the Telenpalli panchayat office in Khaprakhol block, reports said.
Maoists erect black banners
The CPI (Maoist) termed Independence Day on Saturday as a black day as independence failed to uplift the Girijans. The Galikonda area committee of the party erected black banners at Theemulabonda in G.K. Veedhi mandal on Friday. The writings on the banners said the “independence was not for Girijans but for the imperialists, landlords and rich industrialists who are plundering the country’s wealth”.
Earlier, the east division committee of the banned party issued a press release asking people to boycott the Independence Day celebrations and hoist black flags every where. What happened on August 15, 1947 was transfer of power from one imperialist to imperialists who are controlling economy and politics of the country. Land was being taken away from people to benefit big investors to set up industries.