People’s War in India Clippings 15/9/2015


Two Maoists killed in Warangal dist. forest

A man and a woman were killed and police recovered two guns — a .303 and a carbine — from the spot. Two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with the police in the Narlapur forest area in Tadwai mandal of Warangal District in the early hours of Tuesday. According to information reaching here, the Naxalites – a man and a woman, were killed and police recovered one .303 and a carbine from the spot. The police suspect that three Naxals managed to escape.

In recent times, posters were seen in some villages in the name of Maoist leaders but police dismissed them as acts of miscreants in the village. The other day, Naxals burnt a Poclain at a quarry at Mallampalli village in Mulug mandal. The exchange of fire between police and Naxals comes after many years.

Telangana naxal encounter: What does it signify?

New Delhi, Sept 15: The killing of two naxals- a man and a woman at Telangana suggests that the members of the Khammam-Karimnagar- Warangal Division Committee are active in the region. There was an intelligence tip off based on which the security forces following an encounter with the naxals shot down two of their cadres. The encounter took place at 7.30 AM and preliminary investigations show that they were members of the Khammam- Karimnagar- Warangal divisional committee. The police are continuing with search operations to find if any more of the cadres are still holed up.

Return of the naxals:

Three months back a people’s court was conducted in the Karimnagar district. Investigations suggested that it was the naxals who were part of the Khammam-Karimnagar- Warangal Division Committee which conducted this court. These areas have not seen any naxal movement for long. However in the year 2013 there was an intelligence alert sounded which suggested that most of the naxals from Chattisgarh and Odisha would return to Telangana. The Telangana police have been on the watch as plenty of intelligence suggested that the naxals are attempting a come back. In the month of June 2015 when security forces were combing the forests in the Warrangal district it was found that many naxals had crossed over from Odisha in a bid to re-establish their movement.

The incident of 2013:

In the year 2013 there was a fierce encounter that took place in the Sukma forests of Chattisgarh between the security forces and the naxals. Investigations which were conducted post that operation revealed that a dedicated base had been set up by the Khammam-Karimnagar- Warangal Division Committee in a bid to return to Telangana. It was also found that the naxals had set up this committee in the year 2011 itself and were running a camp in the Sukma forests. Investigations that were led by the Grey Hounds of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state revealed that the camps were being organized only with an intention of setting up strong bases in the areas of Telangana.

Further it was also revealed that the naxals were attempting to enter into the Dandakaranya forests in the northern Telangana districts of Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal by crossing the Chhattisgarh border. They were planning on moving into Telangana under the guise of tribals and investigations also found that they had built up a strong force of at least 150 cadres.

Major spurt in Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh in 2015

RAIPUR: With 362 Maoist related incidents of violence in Chhattisgarh in the first eight months of 2015, a whopping increase of 34% over the corresponding period in 2014, the year so far has been perhaps the most violent for the state since 2010. While there has been a marginal decrease in the total number of Maoists related incidents of violence in the 10 Left Wing Extremism affected states in these eight months, Chhattisgarh has witnessed an unprecedented spurt during the period by even surpassing the total number of 328 cases that occurred during the entire 2014.

However, mercifully the numbers for people killed in these incidents in the state are marginally lesser than the previous year, as they were down from 73 in 2014 to 62 till July 15, 2015. According to latest figures, the number of Maoist related violent incidents in Chhattisgarh have shot up from 270 in 2014 (till August) to 362 in the corresponding period this year, averaging almost 45 odd incidents every month. The figures also reveal that while 264 incidents of Maoist related violence occurred in the state till July 15 this year, another 98 happened in a span on just 45 days till August 31.

According to the data available with the state police, while the number of fatalities of security and government personnel witnessed a decline during this period, down from 50 in 2014 to 39, there has been an increase of 29% in civilian casualties, which went up from 24 to 31. Interestingly, while Jharkhand has been topping the list of Maoist related violence incidents among the LWE affected states since 2012, Chhattisgarh has surpassed the tally in the first six months of this year. In Jharkhand incidents of Maoist related violence fell from 217 in 2014 (till July 15) to 190 this year. The numbers of fatalities in such incidents have also declined from 54 to 35 in the corresponding period.

Talking to TOI, additional director deneral of police (anti-naxal operations), RK Vij, attributed the spurt in such incidents in the state to panchayat polls held this year. He said there were attempts to disrupt polling at several places in Bastar by looting ballot boxes and firing at polling staff and security personnel. Incidentally, the last Panchayat elections in the state were held in 2010 and even then the incidents of Maoist violence had witnessed spurt, 625 during entire year.

The total numbers of fatalities during 2010 were much higher at 343. Vij said the decline in the numbers of death in such violent cases this year is due to the fact that no major ambushes took place. “Killings have been confined to incidents of abduction and then execution, rather than random mass killings,” he said, adding that majority of the 39 fatalities of security personnel happened during special operations. Interestingly, these figures also reveal that the number of Maoists killed and surrendered till August 2014 and 2015, are the same at 22 and 115 respectively. However, the number of Maoists arrested this year 334, as compared to 437 in 2014. The recoveries of weapons from Maoists were also down from 120 in 2014 to 69 this year. According to the data, while there were lesser encounters (exchange of fire) this year, the incidents of IED explosion increased from 28 to 38.

Anti-Naxal Ops photo from UAV goes viral, MHA pulls up forces

Pictures of the anti-Naxal operation, generated by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) deployed in the insurgency-wracked south Bastar region in Chhattisagarh, have found their way to the social media, creating a ripple in security circle. The MHA has issued a circular to the Central Para Military Forces to restrain from uploading sensitive security related information and photographs in the social media after the intelligence wing of the Chha-ttisgarh police brought the matter to notice of the MHA as well as Central intelligence, sources in state intelligence bureau (SIB) told this newspaper here on Monday.

Sources said the photographs and sensitive information generated by one UAV being operated from an operational base in an area in south Bastar have been uploaded in WhatsApp recently apparently by troopers of a CPMF unit deployed there. This has triggered a security scare forcing the Chhattisgarh police to take up the matter with the MHA, a senior police officer said. A large fleet of UAVs and other logistics of National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) have been moved to Chhattisgarh to help security forces deployed in Leftwing insurgency-hit Bastar launch “quality” anti-Naxal operations. The base of NTRO has also been shifted from Hyderabad to Bhillai for making available real time inputs on movement of Naxals in Bastar to the security forces.

Maoists on backfoot as cops make dent in poll-bound Bihar

Patna: Barring a few pockets in southern Bihar that share border with Jharkhand, Maoists have little ability to disrupt assembly polls in the state. Though 33 of 38 districts in Bihar are Maoist-hit, security forces have succeeded in cornering the rebel outfit in Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Munger, Jamui and Lakhisarai districts. In Gaya and Jamui, several top Maoist activists died in encounters with security forces over the past few months. CRPF IG, Bihar sector, Arun Kumar said, “Only a few districts are vulnerable to Maoist violence and it is not easy for the red rebels to disrupt polls in densely populated northern Bihar that offers little space to them to hide and operate.”

Kumar’s confidence stems from the fact that Bihar has registered a sharp fall in Maoist violence in 2015. It is a big relief for the Election Commission of India which is gearing up for one of the largest mobilisations of central para-military forces (around 60,000) in poll-bound Bihar. In 2015, only 63 incidents of Maoist violence have been reported till July, the lowest since 2010 when JD(U)-BJP alliance formed government for the second time in Bihar with Nitish Kumar at the helm of affairs. Eight lives were lost in these incidents. Even the bandh called by Maoists to oppose PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the state in August evoked no response.

Even in south Bihar, considered as Maoist stronghold, security forces have made inroads. IG Kumar said Shiv Shankar Baitha, a top Maoist activist of Magadh zone, was recently arrested and the security forces killed Sarita Ganjhu, zonal commander of the rebel outfit, in a recent encounter. “Around six to seven hardcore Maoist activists were arrested in the recent past. The death of Sarita Ganjhu has demoralised the women cadres of the outfit,” Kumar said. However, Dev Kumar Dhan alias Arvindji, who holds command of the rebel outfit in Bihar and Jharkhand, is yet to be arrested.

In 2010, Bihar recorded 307 cases of naxal violence in which 97 lives were lost. In 2011, 316 incidents claimed 63 lives. In 2012, only 166 incidents were reported in which 44 people lost their lives. The year 2013 saw 177 incidents of naxal violence claiming 69 lives which came down to 163 incidents and 32 deaths in 2014, according to a Union home ministry data. JD(U) spokesperson Dr Ajay Alok credited CM Nitish Kumar’s inclusive development strategy for slide in naxal activities in the state. ” The security forces will have an upper hand while combating the Maoists during polls,” he said.

The Maoists exert their influence in Bihar through three zones – Uttri zone (across the Ganges in north Bihar), Madhya zone (the central Bihar) and Magadh zone (south Bihar sharing border with Jharkhand). ADG (law and order) Alok Raj said the Maoists have lost foothold in the state following police pressure. “We have recovered several improvised explosive devices from Khagaria and other districts this month,” Raj said. He, however, added that the police have recovered several Maoist posters in Jamui announcing poll boycott. “Security agencies should exercise utmost care and caution during the polls,” he said.

Cops arrest aide of Maoist leader in Banka district

Banka: Police have intensified its campaign against Maoists in Banka district, which has five assembly seats that will go to the polls on October 12. As part of the campaign headed by SP (Banka) Satya Prakash, police on Sunday arrested a Maoist and a person who is believed to be an arms supplier for the banned organization. Birendra Yadav, a Maoist, was arrested at Guraidih village under Fullidumar block in the district. He is believed to be a close associate of Maoist area commander Mantu Khaira and was involved in several incidents of violence.

The five assembly seats in Banka district are: Banka, Amarpur, Belhar, Katoria (ST) and Dhoraiya (SC). While all of them are Maoist hit, the most affected segments are: Katoria, Belhar and Dhoraiya, bordering Jamui, Munger and Bhagalpur districts in Bihar besides parts of Jharkhand. Sources said workers and leaders of political parties may not be able to safely move in Maoist-hit areas, especially during late hours, unless the Maoists are flushed out and put behind bars. Maoists, apart from trying to vitiate the political process, may try terror tactics to create panic among the people to extract hefty ‘levy’ from businessmen, contractors and even politicians. Police sources said the arrested Birendra Yadav along with 20-25 heavily armed Maoists torched five vehicles, including two JCB earth excavators of a private company engaged in bridge construction near Dudhiatari village in Banka, on July 20, 2015.

The company was engaged in the construction of a bridge across river Orni connecting Dudhiatari to Pindoran village. The Maoists had demanded levy from them. Birendra was also involved in similar terror attacks at Bhalua under Shambhuganj police station area besides torching mobile tower in Godda district (Jharkhand). Police sources said majority of the meetings and planning by Maoists led by Mantu Khaira were held at Birendra’s home. Earlier, seven Maoists were arrested from Banka bus stand on August 31, 2015, a day before PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhagalpur. SP Satya Prakash told TOI on Monday that strict security measures were being taken to tackle the Maoist menace in the affected areas in the backdrop of assembly election. He added that an arms supplier to Maoists was also nabbed by the district police along with three illegal firearms. The supplier is being interrogated, he added.

Maoist re-arrested moments after release

The relief of walking free from the jail for 35-year-old Maruti Kurwatkar was short-lived on Saturday when the Maharashtra police did not even allow him a minute’s freedom. Branded a “senior Maoist leader” by the Maharashtra police, Mr. Kurwatkar was rearrested from the main gate of Nagpur central prison by a team of the Gadchiroli district police when he was walking out of the jail after acquittals in three cases and getting bail in three others. “Around 50 to 60 policemen in plainclothes bundled him inside a police vehicle and took him away from the jail gate on Saturday evening.

For the next 24 hours, the police did not even inform us about his whereabouts,” Jagdish Meshram, the lawyer of Mr. Kurwatkar, told The Hindu. Judicial remand Mr. Kurwatkar was produced before a Gadchiroli court “silently” on Sunday and was remanded in 10-day judicial custody. “He was arrested in January 2012 and was in different jails of Nagpur, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts for the last three years and eight months. He has been re-arrested in connection with a case registered in 2009. What were the police doing when he was in jail?” asked Mr. Meshram.

Terming Mr. Kurwatkar’s re-arrest “contempt of court” and “blatant violation of human rights” by the police, Mr. Meshram accused the police of trying to create terror in public psyche by resorting to “illegal means” to arrest his client. “Gadchiroli District Superintendent of Police told me that they have three more cases pending against my client. Is it some sort of a joke? A person, who has been in prison for the last three years and eight months is being hounded for FIRs registered five to six years ago. This is blatant violation of court guidelines. Police violated every single guideline and rule in the police manual by re-arresting my client from the jail gate,”said an agitated Mr. Meshram. Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil could not be reached for comment.

Maoists case adjourned

The Judicial Magistrate Court here adjourned the hearing in the case against Maoists till September 28 on Monday. The prosecution said that the police gunned down Maoist Naveen Prasad in an encounter near Asankodai on Upper Kodaiakanal hill in 2008. Twelve members of the ultra organisation absconded.

Three arrested

Later, three Maoists, Ranjith, Kannan and Neelamegam, were arrested in this connection. Their case came up for hearing before Magistrate Sulaiman Sait Hussain through video conferencing..

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