Police seize explosives from Chg CM’s home district
Raipur, Sep 12 (PTI) A cache of explosives comprising land mines, suspected to be stockpiled by Naxals, was recovered today from various places in Kabirdham, the home district of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, a senior official said. “Police seized cache of explosives from a forest area of Tapnapur village under Rengakhar station limits,” Kabirdham SP Rahul Bhagat told PTI. “Acting on a tip off, a police team searched the forest area and found six land mines, four detonators, gun powder, wire and other material from three different places,” the SP said.
He said the places from where explosives were unearthed abut the naxal-affected Balaghat district of neighbouring Madhya Pradesh. “This is the first time that police have seized explosive hidden by naxals in Kabirdham district,” the officer said. Bhagat said the recovery of explosives is a fallout of a special drive being run by police to reach out to villagers. Rajnandgaon, the neighbouring district of Kabirdham, is one of the most naxal-affected districts in the state.
Two Naxals held in Petha village, two surrender
GADCHIROLI police arrested two Naxals who carried a reward of Rs 8 lakh on their head, from a remote village in Etapalli tehsil. Two other Naxalites have surrendered before the police. The police arrested Sanjay Atla, 23 and Rammi Halami, 22, from Petha village in the jurisdiction of Halewara police station when they had come to the village. “We had information about their coming to the village. So we planned an operation and arrested them,” said Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil. According to a press note issued by Gadchiroli police, the two were members of Company dalam 10 and were involved in serious crimes including attack on police.
Body of Naxal section commander found
Gadchiroli district police on Monday recovered body of Company 4 section Commander Pramod Kachlami, alias Dalpat, who was killed during encounter on September 3 in which a woman Naxal cadre Ranju Majji, alias Kummi, was killed in the forest of Kondekal near Gatta Phulbodi in Dhanora subdivision. Dalpat had a reward of 8 lakh on him and was involved in more than 12 major encounters. Police have recovered 21 live cartridges of .303 rifle, two walkie talkies and other materials including his diary.
He was in Naxal’s traditional outfit when killed. Gadchiroli police, under Addl SP (operations) M Rajkumar, had led an operation on September 3 following input of Naxal presence in the forest of Kondekal. During the gun battle, woman Naxal Majji was killed and her body was recovered too. Police have now claimed that Company 4 section commander Dalpat had tried to conceal himself behind a thick bamboo vegetation after having sustained a bullet injury. He died at the same place but police had remained unaware of the body. Following a fresh input, police undertook another search operation
Maoist Link in Fake Currency Case Under Lens
KOCHI: The Kochi City Police investigating the seizure of counterfeit currency notes from an Erumeli-native recently suspect that Maoists are sourcing the fake currencies flowing into Kerala. The police have passed information to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) about Erumeli-native Muhammad Sherif, suspected to be having Maoist links, who was arrested with counterfeit currencies. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Harishankar, Muhammad during interrogation said that fake currencies were procured from Maoist-affected areas in Odisha, bordering Andhra Pradesh.
“We have passed the information to the NIA. The Internal Security Investigation Team (ISIT) and the anti-terror squad of the Kerala Police have also been informed about the matter. Certain aspects in the case require detailed probe, and some of the names given by the accused raise suspicion. Muhammad Sherif is currently being interrogated in police custody,” he said. A top officials with the ISIT said only a few cases related to procurement of fake currencies by Maoist groups have been reported in Kerala.
In the other states, cases related to fake currency, ganja plantation and red sander smuggling involving Maoist groups have been reported. “Fake currencies come from Bangladesh through Assam and Bengal borders,” said official.Muhammad Sherif was arrested during a drive launched after fake currencies were seized at many places in the city, including shops and railway stations. The case was registered at the North police station here.
Maoist Injured As Inmates Clash in Jail
JAGATSINGHPUR: A Maoist lodged at Allipingal sub-jail was seriously injured on Sunday after an undertrial prisoner (UTP), accused in a murder case, attacked him with a broken cement slab. Prasanna Pal alias Jagu alias Pabitra of Panchupalli under Erasama police limits, a former member of the State committee of the Maoists, was involved in Operation Ropeway at Nayagarh in which 15 police personnel and a civilian were killed in 2008. He and his accomplice, Ranjan Rout, district-level deputy commandant of the outfit, were arrested and sent to jail after their bail pleas were rejected.
Both of them were housed in the same ward with other UTPs including the murder accused Santosh Kumar Swain of Neepur village under Jagatsinghpur police limits. The incident occurred when two groups of UTPs clashed with each other on Sunday morning. Hearing Pal’s screams, jail staff rushed to the spot and intervened to avert a major clash. With serious injuries, Pal was admitted to Jagatsinghpur DHH.
Red shadow on battle of ballots
Patna: A senior Maoist leader has said his party will boycott the upcoming assembly election, thereby raising fear of violence in areas under the influence of Communist extremists. Speaking to TOI at a hideout in the Kaimur plateau, 200km from Patna, Ajay Rajbhar (40), area commander of the Sone-Ganga-Vindhyachal division of the CPI (Maoist), said, “Like in the past, we will boycott the election again. People have voted in elections but have got nothing in return.
The underprivileged remain neglected. Villagers are forced to drink water from the same water bodies where animals bathe.” Rajbhar said, “We are not against development. But people here have nothing. They live without adequate food, schools, hospitals, electricity, roads and other basic necessities.” He added, “Politicians visit people only to beg for votes. This year, villagers will not allow politicians to enter about 300 villages located in the Kaimur region.”
He clarified that people were going to stop politicians on their own and “not because of us.” On reports of the Communist rebels trying to increase their influence or area domination during the election, Rajbhar said, “The government must try to understand why we chose to take up arms. It should know why we have to fight for our survival. Is there any point walking about 25km to cast our votes? Why should the villagers take so much trouble? We will ensure that nobody tries to take them to polling booths this year.” Rajbhar, a native of Palamu in Jharkhand, recalled how he became a Maoist. “When the Maoists killed my brother-in-law in 2005, I joined them with the intention of taking revenge for his murder. But I got swayed by their ideology.”
Explaining why he laid down his weapons for two months in 2014, he said, “I did so thinking that the government surrender policy was good. But I did not get any help from the government. I went back to my comrades after I got bail.” In recent months, many areas in southern Bihar such as Kaimur, Rohtas and Gaya have seen a spurt in Maoist violence. Once known as a Maoist-liberated zone, the two blocks of Kaimur plateau — Kaimur and Rohtas — have together over 60,000 voters.
Drones to keep watch on Red zone
Aerial vehicles (drone) will keep a watch on Maoists and criminals during Bihar assembly election. Five unmanned aerial vehicles connected to different base stations will hover 1,500 to 2,000 metres above the booths and sensitive zones. The drones will beam live video feeds to the base stations which will be manned by security experts who will then take necessary steps with the use of forces on the ground. IG, CRPF (Bihar sector), Arun Kumar said it would be probably the first time in the country that drones would be used during Bihar election.
“It is an extension of our commitment to help the Election Commission create a condition for voters to feel safe and come out to vote without fear,” Kumar said. Bihar’s diara (riverine) areas located along the Ganga and other big rivers are home to the hardcore criminals. The policemen generally do not go to these places because of lack of roads. “A drone hovering over such areas will trigger fear among the Naxalites and criminals and also expose their plans,” Kumar said. A senior IPS officer said Maoists or criminals have little chance to shoot down the drones.
“The drones will fly 1,500 metres above the ground. Even AK-47 cannot hit a target beyond 500 metres,” he said. Maoist-dominated southeastern region goes to the first phase of polls. “The drones can track the real time movement of Maoists. The Maoists have to move out of their hideouts to attack security forces. The forests, of course, have poor visibility, but the clear places in the forests will give us an insight,” a police officer said.
The officials manning the drone base stations will remain in touch with the forces on the ground through secure communication channels and will give them inputs about the movements and locations of criminals and Naxalites so that they can neutralize them. The drones are equipped with high-resolution cameras and carry no firepower. Bihar DGP P K Thakur said the state police would use every technology it can to ensure a violence-free election.
Tamil ultras behind Munnar agitation: CITU
KANNUR: CITU State Secretary K P Sahadevan has alleged that agitation held by labourers against Kannan Devan company in Munnar had the backing of Tamil ultras. This statement has, however, turned controversial. Sahadevan made this statement on Monday after taking into account the fact that the labourers had not involved any labour organisation in the agitation.
“Inquiry should be conducted into from where the strikers got help. The aim behind the strike should be examined. From where have the agitators got food and water. Munnar Tamil labourers’ Maoist link should also be probed,” Sahadevan said at a press conference in Kannur. Meanwhile, Sahadevan’s statements were rejected by CITU State president Anathalavatton Anandan and CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Sahadevan’s expression of regret also ensued. Soon after this, he even announced the withdrawal of his statement. Kodiyeri later said that Sahadevan’s statement would be examined if there was flaw in it.
“Trade Unions should be ready to face criticism and should desist from issuing controversial statements that create wrong impressions in people’s mind. Labourers had taken to the streets being fed up of miserable life. The trade unions should understand this. Also, remember V S and party are not two entities,” Kodiyeri said, proclaiming his party’s support to Munnar agitators.
No Naxal activity in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, says Police
There is no Naxal-[Left-Wing Extremist (LWE)] activity in Uttara Kannada District, said Inspector-General of Police, Western Region, Amratpal on September 12, reports The Hindu. The LWEs tried to enter the District but they could not find any help, he added.
Writers, activists plan forum against communalism
In the context of the murder of Karnataka rationalist and writer M.M. Kalburgi, writers, poets and cultural activists of Left parties and organisations of all hues in Telangana reportedly decided to form a joint forum for united struggle against saffronisation. The organisations coming together for the purpose include cultural arms of 10 Left parties, Revolutionary Writers’ Forum (ViRaSam), Telangana Writers’ Forum, and Democratic Women Writers’ Association, besides various Dalit, Minority and Adivasi writers.
The forum will include all secular, democratic and social writers, CPI(M) State secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram said, after his second meeting with writer-poet Varavara Rao from ViRaSam on Tuesday. Notably, this is the first time ever that CPI(M) and ViRaSam — a literary front of CPI(Maoist) — are coming together for joint action. Mr. Rao too confirmed that efforts are on to constitute such a forum. “In fact, we have been attempting for such unity for a long time, since the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the city for the first time before elections. Earlier too, we had launched issue-based struggles with other organisations except CPI(M),” he said. It has been decided to organise a day-long meeting on September 13, and constitute a committee with representation from all the participant forums, Mr. Veerabhadram said.