People’s War in India Clippings 16/9/2015




Police tortured and killed Maoists: Varavara Rao

Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao broke down and wailed inconsolably holding sisters of slain Maoist Sruthi alias Mahitha at the MGM Hospital mortuary.

Dubbing the encounter as `fake’, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao alleged that police tortured brutally and killed both the Maoist party naxals – Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy. He broke down and wailed inconsolably holding sisters of slain Maoist Sruthi alias Mahitha at the MGM Hospital mortuary. Demanding the State Government own up the responsibility, he said that youth were being attracted to the revolutionary movement as the KCR’s Government failed to keep up its promises leave alone implementing the much-talked Maoist party agenda. “None asked him to implement Maoist party agenda. He himself claimed it. We all want the Government to function as per Constitution – giving people a chance to speak, express and differ,” he said. According to intelligence reports, a total of 36 persons joined the Maoist party since the separate Telangana was formed. Scores of youth were disillusioned with the promises and functioning of the TRS Government. Mr. KCR promised a Telangana free from encounters. “KCR promised a heaven and nothing short of it. What is happening in Telangana is visible to all. In Warangal district alone, nearly 1,500 acres of land is being illegally mined by contractors.

The tribals were questioning the government and young men driven by ideals are standing by these innocent tribals. Hence they are being killed in fake encounters,” Mr. Varavara Rao said. The people of Telangana did not ask for gold or anything from Mr. KCR. All they want is peace, water for irrigation, land for cultivation and nothing else. Those labouring hard are denied their rights and fruits of labour. Those sitting in Parliament and Assembly supporting the contractors are making lots of money depriving the poor of their land. “What happened to the promise of three acres of land to the SCs. Who is questioning the Government on this promise,” he said urging the people and the media to stand up and question the Government.



Karimnagar on High Alert After Warangal Maoist Encounter

KARIMNAGAR: In the wake of the encounter in the neighbouring Warangal district, the Karimangar police sounded high alert in the district and intensified combing operations in the forest between Karimnagar and Warangal districts. Police fear that the Maoists might sneak into the district after the exchange of fire. Soon after the news of the encounter, several special party policemen were also rushed to the forest on the eastern part of the district which is adjacent to Chhattisgarh border. Karimnagar OSD L Subbarayudu told Express that they are suspecting that some Maoists, who were injured in the exchange of fire in Warangal district, may have managed to flee from the shootout site and sneaked into Karimnagar border.

Police believe that the Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal (KKW) division secretary Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar was present at the encounter site and managed to escape. In the recent past, pamphlets surfaced at a culvert between Singaram and Stambampalli villages in Mahamuttaram mandal threatening the landlords and ruling party political leaders. Since then, police kept a tight vigil and reportedly came to know that the Maoists resumed activities under the aegis of Damodar and another senior leader Kankanala Raji Reddy alias Venkatesh.

On September 10 when deputy commander Katrevula Lingaiah surrendered before the police, district SP D Joel Davis said they were suspecting Maoist movement in the border areas. Meanwhile, police have also alerted local politicians in Manthani division, who were on the radar of Maoists and took up vehicle checkings on Bhoopalapalli (Warangal) – Kataram (Karimnagar) highway.


Two Maoists killed in Warangal encounter

The Naxals were identified as Sruthi alias Mahitha (23), native of Waddepally, Hanamkonda and an engineering graduate, and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar (32). In what is described as the first encounter in newly- formed Telangana State, two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with the police in thick forests of Rangapuram village in the wee hours of Tuesday. The Naxals were identified as Sruthi alias Mahitha (23), native of Waddepally, Hanamkonda and an engineering graduate, and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar (32), native of Dharmasagar mandal of Warangal district.

It is suspected that Karimnagar- Khammam-Warangal (KKW) Maoist party secretary Damodar and several others managed to escape from the spot. Police recovered two weapons – one .303 and a carbine and several kit bags —from the scene. Camp found The spot – Moddugutta, a hillock — was 10 km deep inside the forest and the Naxals fell to police bullets near a stream. There was a plastic tent, medical kits, kit bags and revolutionary literature at the spot. Several lunch boxes were tied to trees around indicating that several Maoists were probably camping there for some time.

Superintendent of Police (Rural) A.K. Jha said on a tip-off that some armed squads were moving in villages abutting the forest areas, police had stepped up combing across the district. “Our police party spotted a group of naxals in the Rangapuram forest area. The naxals opened fire and the police retaliated. Two Naxals were found dead after firing stopped. Combing operations are still on,” he told The Hindu .

Fake encounter, allege parents

The parents of Sruthi, Sudarshanam and Rama Devi, alleged that their daughter was killed in a fake encounter. They told the media that their daughter was arrested, tortured and killed in a cruel manner by the police. “She joined the Maoists to achieve people’s Telangana and to fight for the poor Adivasis. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Ministers and the police should own responsibility for her death,” Sudarshanam said. Meanwhile, the parents of Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar remained silent over the death of their son. Sagar, who completed tenth class, used to work as a car driver and worked with a private seeds company before joining the Maoist party just one month back, the parents said.

Plea filed against Naxal sympathizer’s rearrest

Nagpur: Justices Bhushan Gavai and Prasanna Varale of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the respondents after a writ was filed before the bench against rearrest of so-called Naxal sympathizer Maruti Kurwatkar last week. The respondents, including inspector general of police, Naxal and Nagpur range, superintendent of jail, Dhantoli police and others, have been accorded a week’s time by the bench hearing the writ of habeas corpus. The court, coming down heavily on the cops, learnt to have flayed the manner in which Kurwatkar was picked up from the jail by cops in plain clothes.

Kurwatkar was nabbed by Chandrapur police from Talodhi in 2012. He was rearrested on September 12 after being released on bail after three years and eight months. Kurwatkar was not allowed to even interact with the lawyers waiting for him. Kurwatkar was represented by advocates Nihal Singh Rathod and Surendra Gadling. Rathod and Gadling argued that Dhantoli police did not entertain their complaints of kidnapping of Kurwatkar by some plain clothes men who posed as policemen. The lawyers also highlighted the violation of Supreme Court guidelines in DK Basu case while arresting Kurwatkar.

Abducted former village sarpanch found dead in Bijapur

RAIPUR: A former village sarpanch, who was abducted by Maoists, was found dead on Tuesday in the Maoist stronghold Bijapur district. The body of Somlu Tati, the former sarpanch of Todka village panchayat, was found lying in a pool of blood on a road near his native place Todka under Gangaloor police station limits, Bijapur ASP Indira Kalyan Elesela said. The incident came to light when some villagers informed police that Tati’s body was lying on the road on the outskirts of Todka, around 450km from state capital.

Tati was reportedly abducted by Maoists last week from his village, after he was suspected to be a police informer. Soon after receiving news of the incident, security forces were rushed to the spot, the ASP said. Prima facie it appears that he was killed with sharp edged weapons, he said, adding that only a post mortem would ascertain the exact cause of death. A search has been launched to nab the attackers.

Odisha mulls new anti-LWE strategy

With Left Wing Extremism (LEW) receding considerably in Odisha barring three districts, the State Government on September 15 decided to prepare a separate strategy to deal with the changed situation, reports The Economic Times. This was decided at the Unified Command meeting presided over by Chief Secretary G.C. Pati in Bhubaneswar which was also attended by the Development Commissioner, Secretaries of the Home and Finance Department, Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik besides Inspector Generals (IG) of Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The meeting resolved to undertake socio-development works in the worst-hit regions including the cut-off area in Malkangiri District while intensifying anti-Maoist operations at the same time, a senior government official said. He added adequate stress is being given on intelligence gathering network and proper coordination between local Police and Central Para-Military Force. Endorsing the view, DGP Sanjeev Marik also said though Maoist situation remained grim in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput and Nuapada, their activities have been reduced to a great extent in other parts of the state.

However, what has posed a new challenge for security personnel here is the Maoists’ bid to create a new corridor passing through Boudh, Kandhamal and Nayagarh district. Since the Maoists feel the heat in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, they try to create a separate corridor, Marik said. While the Maoists from Chhattisgarh are trying to infiltrate into Odisha through the jungle routes in Nuapada, Kalahandi, Boudh and Nayagarh districts, the ultras from Andhra Pradesh side wanted to revive their network in southern parts of the state, he said.

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