People’s War in India Clippings 5/9/2015


Reds claim success at Palagarevu

VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI (Maoists) East Division Committee on Saturday claimed responsibility for killing three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans and injuring another six in the ambush at Palagarevu in Odisha on August 26. In a release sent to the media, the EDC said the BSF jawans had been allegedly harassing and torturing the people, who had urged the banned outfit’s military wing, PLGA, to kill them. The Maoists also gave a call to the public to intensify agitation against Essar and bauxite mining.

The naxals had attacked the BSF jawans while they were on their way to the repair site of the Essar pipeline. The Maoists alleged that the central and state governments had set up police camps in the tribal areas and were committing torturing locals by way of murders, arrests and other atrocities.

The BSF camp at Hattaguda was set up in 2010 and since then the jawans had been attacking every village under Rallagadda panchayat and assaulting the villagers, the release claimed. The release alleged that cops had also beaten up a woman, identified as Linga of Dabbalapadu, so severely that she died the next day. “The jawans also smashed the head of a nine-year-old girl of Rallagadda on the floor killing her,” the release claimed, adding that they (BSF) had even shot a tribal youth, who was out hunting, by branding him a Maoist.

Temporary bail for DU Prof

The Bombay High Court today extended by around three months the temporary bail granted to former Delhi University Professor G.N. Saibaba, arrested for alleged Maoist links, considering his deteriorating health condition. On June 30, the High Court granted him temporary bail for three months to undergo medical treatment for multiple ailments, including a degenerative spine disease. The bail was granted by a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah, which had converted into public interest litigation (PIL) a letter written by activist Purnima Upadhyay. — PTI

CoBRA jawan injured in Maoist encounter

RANCHI: A constable of elite CoBRA battalion was injured in a gun-battle with Maoists at Baresarh in Latehar district, 100km from here, on Friday morning. The encounter is still going on and Maoists are reportedly giving a strong fight to the security forces. No injury to the Maoists has been confirmed. A team of state police with CoBRA with CRPF forces undertook anti-Maoist operation in Budha Pahar region under Baresarh police station on intelligence inputs that a group of Maoists led by top leader Arvindji have gathered in the area.

As the forces moved towards the target point, a volley of fire came from the invisible Maoists. The encounter started around 7am. Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said: “The constable sustained bullet injuries in one of his his hands. It is a minor injury and he is out of danger.” Sources however said that the constable is bleeding profusely. The spot lies in a forest which is not easily accessible by anyone let alone doctors from outside. Enough medical help is yet to reach the injured constable.

The state police is preparing to airlift him to a hospital in Ranchi. Pradhan said that the police are giving a strong reply to the Maoists. Friday encounter marks the growing aggression of the Maoists in Jharkhand. Last month Maoists had attacked a police team and injured Ranchi SSP and his bodyguard while his driver was killed in Khunti district.

CRPF personnel injured in Maoist attack

An Assistant Commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was grievously injured in an attack by Maoists at a market place in restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Friday. The incident took in Palnar village of Dantewada district where the CRPF’s 111th battalion was stationed.

The injured officer has been identified as B.K.Malik, the company commander of the battalion. “A small action team of Maoists attacked Mr. Malik with sharp edged weapons when he went to the weekly village market to gather intelligence today morning. He was already on the Naxal hit list,” Mr.Dinesh Pratap Upadhyay, the Deputy Inspector General of the CRPF, Dantewada range, told The Hindu. The injured officer was immediately shifted to Jagdalpur for treatment and is reported critical. “He was lucky to have survived after such deep injuries on his head. The Maoists also snatched his pistol,” informed Mr.Upadhyay.

Two villagers killed

In a separate incident, the Maoists killed two civilians in Darbha area of Bastar on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The dead bodies of Panduram and Mangaluram Korram, who were residents of Toynar village, were found two kilometer away from the village. Mangaluram Korram was the son of Toynar village Sarpanch Lakhmi Bai. He was abducted by the Maoists along with Panduram and another villager Raju Mandavi a week ago. Raju Mandavi was let off by the Maoists, but the ultras killed Mangaluram and Panduram on the suspicion of being police informers.

Kangaroo courts: Naxals punish locals through ‘Jan adalat’

After a brief lull, Chhattisgarh is witnessing an upsurge in Maoist-organised ‘Jan Adalat’ (people’s court or Kangaroo court) where persons suspected to be loyal to the state are murdered in full public view. Experts view the increasing trend of ‘Jan Adalat’ as an act of Naxals to terrorise the people, as they are frustrated with security forces making inroads in their bastion and befriending locals. The Naxals held 13 jan adalats till July this year in different parts of the Bastar region, while the number was four last year, as per police statistics.

Woman Naxal killed in Gadchiroli encounter

A woman Naxal was killed in an encounter with the Gadchiroli police near Phulbodi Gatta in Dhanora tehsil Thursday evening. The encounter between three police parties led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Operations) M Rajkumar and the combined strength of Pendhri and Chatgaon dalams of the Maoists took place between 5 pm and 6 pm. “We had definite intelligence about a group of 20-22 Naxalites camping near Kondekal hills. We pressed our parties into action and managed to engage the Naxals in an encounter that lasted for about 30 minutes.

The group managed to flee, leaving behind the body of a woman Naxal and three .303 rifles, besides some other material about which details are yet to come in,” Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil told The Indian Express. The identity of the deceased woman is yet to be ascertained. Earlier, another encounter took place around noon at Somanpalli in Sironcha tehsil, after the police got intelligence inputs. While there were no casualties even as the encounter continued for about 30 minutes, the police recovered some Naxal literature.

Maoists in Chhattisgarh kill abducted cop in tense Bastar zone

Maoists on Saturday killed a policeman, who was abducted last month, in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district and left his body near a village market, authorities said. Police said they also recovered a handwritten note by the rebels which was left near the body of the policeman, Peela Das. Das was posted at Polampalli police station as auxiliary constable. Local villagers alerted police about the body. They said Das was returning to Polampalli, about 450 kilometres south of the state capital, on Monday to join duty when he was kidnapped by the rebels.

He had served as a special police officer (SPO). The Maoists in strife-torn Bastar zone are selectively targeting the former SPOs, who have been absorbed by the Chhattisgarh government into state police force as auxiliary constables since 2011 after passing a new law. It was apparently done to do away with the strong objection raised by the Supreme Court which directed the state to disarm over 4,800 SPOs in Bastar zone who were working as adjunct policemen for anti-Maoist operations.

Red pamphlets oppose Parasnath devpt plan

Dhanbad: Cadres of CPI (Maoists) have distributed pamphlets to build support for their protest against the state government over Parasnath Action Plan (PAP) in the next few days, said police. Party cadres distributed the pamphlets among residents living across remote villages of Parasnath to register their opposition against PAP. “We were informed about the distribution of pamphlets through sources. Police were directed to verify claims. Appropriate action will be taken”, said Giridih DSP Vijay A Kujur.

In April, the state government chalked out schemes to benefit villages under PAP along the lines of Saranda Action Plan (SAP). Maoist-hit villages under Giridih and Dhanbad districts would be developed as part of the plan. These pamphlets have been issued in the name of North Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee. They say that state government has confined their developmental plan to only a few villages of Parasnath. The pamphlets also highlight various social development plans like the irrigation plan for farmers, pending Konar dam irrigation project and others issues which are pending implementation. “More than 69% villages and 49% schools in the state lack proper infrastructure”, read the pamphlets distributed.

Eight Maoists on extortion spree held in Muzaffarpur

MUZAFFARPUR: Maoists have gone on an extortion spree in Muzaffarpur district in the name of launching a decisive “kranti” against the government during the ensuing state assembly election. Brick kiln owners and road contractors are their main targets, police said. This came to light on Thursday following the interrogation of eight Maoists and their henchmen who have been arrested from Hathauri police station area in the last 24 hours. Two country-made pistols, four live cartridges, six detonators, naxal literature and handwritten leaflets were recovered from the possession of the arrested Maoists. Meanwhile, the police have started raiding Maoist hideouts following the recent arrest of one Prem Chandra Jha, a resident of Kharhar village under Minapur police station in Muzaffarpur district.

Jha, a negotiator between Maoists and brick kiln owners, was on way to meet a suspected Maoist Ram Kripal Sahni when he was arrested by Hathauri police. According to police, Jha had played a key role in reducing “levy” demand by facilitating negotiation between Maoists and brick kiln owners. According to Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Ranjeet Kumar Mishra, other Maoists arrested by the police have been identified as Ranjit Sahni, Ram Kripal Sahni, Sunil Sahni and Bhujendra Sahni, all residents of Dakrama village, Ram Dayal Sahni and Sanjay Sahni of Narma village and Hiralal Sahni of Hazratpur village. “The Maoists were planning a major attack when they were arrested by the police from different locations,” the SSP added.

Eight Maoist activists held in Bihar

Eight suspected Maoist activists were arrested in Bihar when a joint search operation was conducted by Sashastra Seema Bal, Bihar Police and Special Task Force personnel. The arrested are believed to be close aides of Ram Raji Sahni, the most-wanted Maoist of Bihar’s Tirhut division, said an official statement issued on Friday, adding that the operation was conducted on Thursday. Two country-made .315 pistols, four live rounds of .315 bore bullets, six electric detonators and Maoist literature were also seized from them, the statement added.

Two IEDs recovered during anti-Maoist operation

Two powerful explosives were recovered during a joint an anti-Maoist operation in Chengde village under Rania police station of Khunti district today, the police said. The Improvised Explosive Devices planted to target the security personnel were recovered when the CRPF and District Armed Police were on a routine combing operation in the extremist hit pockets of the district, said Superintendent of Police, Anish Gupta. Gupta said one IED weighed 100 kg and the other was of 50 kg. Later, the Bomb Disposal Squad defused the explosives in the jungle, he added.


Punjab Police arrests two Maoist terrorists, hailing from Bihar

Punjab News Express

ROPAR: The Ropar Police in Punjab today arrested two Maoist terrorists identified as Madeep Yadav alisas Matlu and Sanoj Yadav alias Bhikhari Yadav, both residents of Gaya in Bihar. SSP Varinderpal Singh told media persons that both terrorists were associated with Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BISAC) CPI Maowadi group. They were staying in a dhaba near bus stand. The police has registered a case under sectins 25,54,59 of Indian Arms Act. He said that police conducted raid on the basis of a tip off and arrested both the terrorists.

He said that Madeep Yadav is zonal commander and Sanoj Yadav is area commander of the banned organisation. They were involved in violent incidents in Bihar and Jharkhand in 2014 and 15 and were hiding in Rupnagar and Nawanshehar districts. They have confessed involvement in killing of 15 acrivists of TPC in Bisrapur in Malamu district in 2014 and burning of 35 vehicles in 2015 at Madanpura in district Aurangabad of Bihar. The police has recovered a country made pistol, cartridges and a knife from their possession. SSP said that police of Bihar and Jharkhand has been informed about the arrests. He said that further investigation is being done.

Police, Maoists exchange fire in Vizag Agency

A special police party and a group of Maoists were involved in an exchange of fire near Nadimineeda in Siribala area of the G.K. Veedhi mandal on Friday evening. The exchange of fire lasted for about 15 minutes as the Maoists were fast retreating and no other details were available, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen told the media in Visakhapatnam. This was the fourth exchange of fire in the recent past. Two days in succession during late May the police and Maoist had exchanged fire in Koyyuru mandal and during June third week a Maoist was killed during an exchange of fire with the police in Munchingput mandal.

Security forces, naxals exchange fire at Siribala

VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists exchanged fire with security forces once again in the Visakha Agency on Friday evening at the Siribala area in the mandal. The gun battle is said to have lasted for about 25 minutes. Although cops suspect one or two Maoist casualties, sources said villagers claimed they did not hear any gunshot and expressed doubts about fake encounters by the security personnel. According to sources in the police department, the exchange of fire took place at around 6 pm near Siribala village, 6 km from GK Veedhi mandal headquarters.

They said that a large number of security forces were pressed into action after the ambush by Maoists at Palagarevu in Malkangiri district of Odisha, where three BSF jawans were killed and another six were injured. However, sources in Visakha Agency said there was no Maoist movement in the area since the past two and half years as the district authorities had laid a road to the village.

“Cops might have nabbed a squad member or sympathiser and killed him in the evening. If the incident had happened in the morning, the media would have been all over the place and the cops would have a tough time proving the incident as a real encounter,” claimed a source, adding that almost 24 hours before Friday’s alleged exchange of fire a few police officers had visited the Donkarai area of East Godavari and Chitrakonda in Malkangiri. However, a senior police officer said they had already deployed elite forces along all the possible routes through which the Maoists could venture into Visakha Agency from Odisha.

“There is a crossing point to Gunukurai of Galikonda area near Siribala village. While they were crossing the area, the cops might have noticed them and fired,” he said. When contacted, Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen confirmed the incident and said they suspect casualties on the Maoists side. Meanwhile, Maoists pasted posters at Pochapalli and Polipaka in Kunavaram mandal of East Godavari warning businessmen and landlords of dire consequences if they continued to loot innocent tribals.

..As the Maoists come under sustained pressure in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) region, their leadership has reportedly formed a new committee, the ‘Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput Divisional Committee’, with an experienced leader at the helm, in an attempt to strengthen the rank and file and restore organisational capacities.

According to sources, the new committee was formed after the visit of Maoist central committee (CC) leaders to the Visakha Agency in Andhra Pradesh in May-June 2015. Around 14 leaders from the Dandakaranya Zonal Committee of Chhattisgarh, including the head of the Maoist Central Military Commission, Namballa Kesava Rao aliasGanganna, and Central Regional Bureau (CRB) chief Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand, are learned to have visited the District. A few days after their visit, another team of nine members interacted with squads and area committees in the AOB region.

Remand of Maoists Extended

PALAKKAD: The District Principal Sessions Court extended the remand of two Maoist leaders, Anoop and Veeramani, who were accused in two separate cases up to October 3. Anoop is the sixth accused in the McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet attack case and Veeramani has been charged with the distribution of pamphlets and literatures of Maoists, possession of arms and conducting meetings in Attappadi. While Anoop had been booked by Palakkad South police, Veeramani was booked by the Agali police.

There are three cases pending against Veeramani at Agali and Sholayur police stations. The duo, after alighting from the police van, raised slogans for the protection of Western Ghats, and said that nobody can deter them by slapping the UAPA rules and they will continue to raise their voices for the benefit of the tribals and the backward sections.

Shyna sent to police custody

The Principal Sessions Court here on Thursday permitted the Palakkad district police to take Maoist leader P.A. Shyna into custody for five days for interrogation in connection with a case of obtaining a pre-paid mobile phone connection using fake identity proof. The district police, who had taken Shyna in their custody from the Coimbatore Central Prison under a transit warrant recently for investigation into the charges levelled against her, had approached the court seeking additional five days custody to interrogate her in the mobile phone connection case. The police claimed in the court that Shyna was using the mobile phone connection when she was arrested. The police are probing whether the phone connections had been used to spread Maoist ideology.

One More Arraigned as Accused

KOCHI: The city police probing the Maoist attack on the project office of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Kalamassery, has arraigned a person as accused in the case. The police got Ramanan, a native of Sasthamangalam, in custody for seven days after filing a petition at the Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court on Thursday. According to the police, they have received information and statements revealing the involvement of Ramanan behind the NHAI office attack which was executed on January 28. Ramanan was arraigned as the second accused in the case.

“Further interrogation is required to reveal the direct involvement of Ramanan. He was in the group that vandalised the office and left pamphlets propagating Maoist ideology and armed movements,” the police official said. Ramanan is the third accused in the case registered for a similar attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatine last year.

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