“Comrade Shruthi who was killed in alleged encounter on 16th September was captured alive & tortured brutally. Her elbow was twisted 180 degrees and torn apart by binette, police poured acid on her stomach, she was raped by the police and finally killed her in point blank range.“-Statement circulated by democratic activists on social media
Tension at MGM Hospital
Amid heavy police bandobust, post mortem was conducted on the slain naxals at the MGM Hospital here on Wednesday. Tension prevailed for some time as the police did not allow the parents of the deceased naxals to have a glimpse. They, along with other relatives and activists of different organisations staged a demonstration at the hospital mortuary. Following court intervention, parents were allowed to see the bodies before the post mortem was conducted. Police cordoned off the area around mortuary.
Despite prohibitory orders, large number of people gathered at the mortuary. Civil Liberties’ activists, members of Revolutionary Poets Association, Naxal martyrs’ relatives association and others arrived at the hospital raising slogans and dubbing the encounter ‘fake’. Two naxals Sruthi alias Mahitha and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar were killed in the exchange of fire with the police on Tuesday at Rangapur forest area in Govindaraopet mandal. The bodies were shifted to MGM Hospital late in the night.
After post mortem, they were handed over to the relatives. Those who gathered at the mortuary took out a procession for a while near the hospital. Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) leader Manda Krishna Madiga and others visited the hospital.
Politicos, Activists Dispute Maoist Encounter Theory
WARANGAL: A day after the police gunned down two Maoists in the forests of Tadwai mandal in the district, the civil society and political parties have lambasted the government alleging that the encounters were fake and the killings state-sponsored murder. Virasam leader P Varavara Rao, who visited the MGM hospital, alleged that T Shruthi, the woman Maoist, was sexually abused before killing. The parents of the two victims too alleged that their children were detained by the police and later bumped off.
Expressing doubts over the authenticity of the police story, TTDP leader E Dayakar Rao demanded a probe by a sitting judge. Congress Jagitial MLA T Jeevan Reddy too termed the encounter as ‘fake’ and held the government responsible for the trend of youngsters joining the Maoist outfit. Director General of Police Anurag Sharma, meanwhile, contended that the police personnel were combing the forest area, when they spotted the Maoists. “Our men came face to face with the Maoists and the latter opened fire on the police. In the retaliatory fire, the two were killed while some others fled the spot,” he claimed. Police across the districts bordering Chhattisgarh have intensified combing operations and are maintaining vigil at the check posts.
Vara Vara Rao alleges rape of slain Maoist, seeks probe
WARANGAL: Noisy scenes were witnessed at the MGM Hospital here on Wednesday where doctors performed post-mortem on the bodies of two Maoists killed in an encounter with the police in the district on Tuesday. Protesters including families of the two slain Maoists, led by revolutionary writer and Virasam founder Vara Vara Rao, gathered at the hospital and accused the Telangana government of killing Shruti alias Maisakka and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Gopanna in cold blood in the forests of Eturunagarm. Vara Vara Rao levelled a serious allegation that prior to killing Shruti, the police personnel raped her.
He further alleged that the police poured acid on different parts of Shruti’s body in a bid to destroy the evidence of their ‘misdeeds’. Calling the encounter as fake and the version of the incident provided by the police as a ‘cock-and-bull’ story, Vara Vara rao demanded a thorough enquiry into the encounter. The well-known writer also accused chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of conspiring to eliminate Naxalites by any means. He also said it was as a direct result of the government’s failure to provide employment to the youth in the state.
In a testimony to growing desperation among jobless youth as many as 36 highly educated young men and women went underground to join the Maoist movement just in the last two months, he said. Members of the Amaraveerula Bandhumitrula Committee, meanwhile, staged a dharna outside the hospital demanding that the authorities allow the parents into the mortuary to witness the post-mortem.
Anticipating trouble, a large number of personnel from Mattewada, Intezargunj, Hanamkonda police stations and senior police officers were present at the hospital. The bodies were handed over to the families after a three-member team of forensic doctors completed the post-mortem which was also videographed. The reports and the video were submitted to the court. Meanwhile, the Telangana units of Congress and TDP in Hyderabad alleged that the state government killed the two Maoists in a fake encounter and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
Bihar seeks 700 central paramilitary companies for polls
Over seven hundred central paramilitary companies are expected to be deployed for the Bihar Assembly elections. Nearly 220 companies have already reached different parts of the state. The Election Commission has instructed that only central paramilitary forces be deployed at all polling booths in the state. According to reports, drones will be used for the first time in the Naxal-hit parts of the state.
Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Sep 17 (PTI) A Naxal carrying a reward on his head was arrested from his home in Chhattisgarh s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said today. Mangal Ram Mandavi (40) was apprehended yesterday by a joint team of BSF (Border Security Force) and district police force from Kotul village under Koyalibeda police station limits, a police official told PTI.
Following information about Mandavi’s arrival at his native place Kotul, located around 250 kms away from here, security forces were mobilised towards the region, the official said, adding after the village was surrounded by security forces, the rebel was arrested from his home. The Naxal was allegedly involved in several incidents including planting of explosives, attempt to murder and destruction of government property, he said. He was carrying a reward of Rs 1,000 on his head.
Arvindji’s hideout found, 4 Maoists killed: Police
Ranchi: Jharkhand Police claimed to have unearthed the hideout of central committee member of the CPI Maoist, Arvindji in a fortnight long operation that ended on Monday. The joint security forces comprising district police teams of Latehar and Garhwa of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh along with Jharkhand Armed police, CoBRA battalion of CRPF and India Reserve Battalion raided the Gotag forests of Latehar and zeroed in on a location from where huge quantity of arms, explosive material, codex wire have been found.
The confirmation came late when the security forces ventured deep into the forest on foot almost 70 kms from Latehar district headquarter. SP Latehar, Anup Birthare, claimed that four Maoists were killed during the operation. “The operations started on September 3 when a huge contingent of the security forces started moving into the forest and it was for the first time that we were successful in reaching upto Burha Pahar, which has proved to be a safe haven for the Maoists as it lies in the tri-junction of Latehar-Garhwa and Chhattisgarh, cut off from the main land by all means of communication,” he said. The forces have found two rifles, 20 pressure cooker bombs, 70 ammunition, codex wire used as an explosive, BP helmets and diaries belonging to the Maoists.
“The helmets were taken away by the Maoists from police possession after the 2012 Bhandaria encounter in which 10 polilcemen were killed,” he said. Birthare said that most of the items recovered from Burha Pahar, were buried which indicated that the post was a permanent hideout of the Maoists. Asked if he could confirm the death of four Maoist cadres, the SP said that one Yogendra Parhaiya of Amwatikar village, known to be a member of Arvindji’s squad, was killed which was confirmed by the villagers.
“Villagers have received information about his death from the Maoists but they have described the cause of death as snake bite, which is common among them,” he said. Birthare said that there were two occasions of gun fire exchange, once on September 4 and then on September 10 and they believe that at least four were killed on the basis of blood stains found near the camp in Burha Pahar.
Maoists call Malkangiri bandh on Sept 25
KORAPUT: CPI (Maoist) has called a bandh in Malkangiri on September 25 in protest against the recent surrender of villagers in the district to police. Over 500 people in four villages surrendered to police in less than three weeks. In a letter to mediapersons on Tuesday, secretary of the Maoists’ Malkangiri division committee Poonam Chandra urged the locals to cooperate with them on the bandh. “Police are misleading villagers by using priests, traditional healers and quacks against us. The surrender of villagers is staged and managed by security personnel to weaken the Maoist movement,” the letter said.
It added: “Several Maoists who surrendered are yet to get the compensation promised by the state government. Police are misleading gullible villagers with false promises. The Maoist organization is working for the legitimate rights of the poor and tribals and it will continue doing so.”
Gun manufacturing unit busted in M’giri forest
Malkangiri: A gun manufacturing unit was busted in Tekaguda forest during a combing operation of security forces in the area on Thursday. Sources said the DVF personnel who were carrying out combing operation in the forest traced the illegal gun manufacturing unit and raided the spot and seized arms and ammunitions and also Maoist posters. Sources said no gun battle was occurred between the security forces and ultras during the raid. Following the incident combing operation has been intensified in the area.