Maoists stick posters in Gua against Raghubar govt.
Noamundi, Sept 20: Observing 11th death anniversary of veteran Maoist leader late Charu Mazumdar on Sunday, September 21, Maoists ultras pasted several posters at Gua Football ground, Gua Dav School, Nuian villages and on the premises of Private Mines against Raghubar Das and the police officers who were involved in killing Maoist militants. The Maoists have mentioned in the poster that Raghubar Das is fascist and must be burnt alive . The people of Gua are panick stricken over the incident.
Three Naxal leaders killed in encounter in Malkangiri district of Odisha
Malkangiri (Odisha): Three Maoists were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in a forest in Malkangiri district on Saturday, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) launched an operation in Bhejaguda forest of Mathili area where they came face to face with a group of ultras, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said. Thereafter, a fierce exchange of fire broke out in which three red rebels, including Darabha Maoist division area committee member Sunadhara and his two body guards were killed, while several others fled, he said.
A pistol, some sharp weapons, walkie talkie sets, Maoist uniforms and several other naxal materials including literature were recovered from the site. Sunadhara, who held an important position in Maoist hierarchy, was allegedly involved in many crimes in Mathili area in Odisha and adjoining Darabha region in Chhattisgarh, police said. Combing and patrolling has been intensified in the area after the incident, they said.
Cop Injured in Naxal Firing at Gadchiroli
NAGPUR: A policeman was injured when a group of Naxalites allegedly opened fire on a police patrol party at a village in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. Sub-inspector Tejas Mohite (28) sustained bullet injuries when a group of armed Naxals indiscriminately fired yesterday on the patrolling team at Kotmi Police Assistance Post in Etapalli village of Gadchiroi district on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, police said today. In retaliation, the police also fired at the Naxals who then fled from the area, they said.
Later, additional police force was rushed to the spot. Mohite, who got injured in the gun-battle, was taken to district hospital and later shifted to a city nursing home where his condition was reported to be stable, police said. The police assistance post was set up in the village in February this year.
Police Recover IED After Gun-fight With Naxals in Chhattisgarh
RAJNANDGAON: A gun-fight today broke out between security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district following which a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered. The skirmish took place when a joint team of Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force were out on an anti-Naxal operation in Sitagaon police station area of the district, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police P Sundarraj said. Acting on a tip-off about presence of Naxals in Halanjur forests of Sitagaon, security forces launched a combing exercise in the region to trace the rebels, he said.
On sensing police near Halanjur, a group of armed rebels opened fire on them prompting security forces to retaliate, he said, adding, Maoists soon fled into deep forests taking cover of rough terrain. Later, a 10-kg IED, electric wire, Naxals posters and banners and other related materials were recovered, he added.
Tiffin bomb found in Kanker district
A joint team of police and Border Security Force (BSF) discovered a 10-kilogram ‘tiffin bomb’ near Charre-Marre valley in the Naxal-affected Kanker district of Chhattisgarh today. Police officers told Bhasha/PTI that while patrolling in Antagarh police station limits, the security personnel spotted a wire along the road and discovered the bomb upon a closer search. The Bomb Disposal Squad defused the bomb on the spot, they said.
Police step up vigil
Post encounter, they suspect possibility of Maoist leaders sneaking into Medak district
In view of the encounter that took place at Tadwai mandal in Warangal district which witnessed killing of two Maoists, the district police has increased the vigil across the district, more particularly in the border areas of Warangal district and in some areas where naxalism was prevalent once. Though political leaders moved freely so far even in the remote areas without any hesitation so far, they may not be in a position to do so from now in view of the latest incident.
Two new recruits – Sruthi alias Mahita and Manikantha Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar- of Maoists were killed in the encounter and it was suspected that another 10 to12 members might have escaped from the police combing operation. Though it was not clearly stated, police suspect that there is a possibility of Maoist leaders sneaking into the Medak area as well. Not only that, it was feared that there was chance of retaliation as well by Maoists as they faced first encounter after formation of Telangana State.
“We have promised that Naxal agenda is our agenda and we are committed to implement their mode of development. But, what happened has put us in ‘catch-22’ situation. From now on, when we visit village we have to suspect everyone,” said a ruling party leader. In a related development, the top bosses of the Police Department reportedly asked the staff to be alert at field level.
Warangal Special Correspondent adds: Human Rights Forum (HRF) general secretary V.S. Raju has alleged that the police lifted two Maoists and killed them brutally and it was not an exchange of fire. Mr. Raju led a six member team on fact finding mission into the Moddulgutta forest area here on Friday. He demanded that a criminal case be booked against all the policemen who took part in the operation. The State government should promise that there would be no fake encounters henceforth. He demanded that the State government order a probe into the incident without involving the local police.
Three ‘Maoists’, ‘sympathiser’ held in Eturunagaram
Three Maoist party naxals and a sympathiser were arrested by the Eturnagaram police, and two weapons were seized from them here on Friday. The arrested naxals are: Kovasi Ganga, 23, resident of Nimmalagudem village near Kistaram in Chhattisgarh, and was underground since 2010. He is the assistant commander of the armed squad. Vetti Bheemalu, 20, resident of Jeeram near Pamedu in Chhattisgarh, and Deme Kistaiah (30) resident of Chandur, Bhopalpatnam, in Chhattisgarh.
Police named the sympathiser as Shekar. The three naxals are member of the KKW committee and were hiding at Shekar’s home in Mallakapalli on Karimnagar border in Eturunagaram mandal of Warangal district. On a tip off, the police surrounded and raided the house in midnight. The police reportedly seized two weapons – one 303 and one carbine, and some kit bags from them. Speaking to The Hindu , A.K. Jha, Superintendent of Police (Rural), said that they arrested four persons – three Maoist party action team members, and one sympathiser, in Eturunagaram. He said combing operations are still on in the district. The SP also said that slain Maoists – Sruthi and Vidyasagar – were involved in six offences. They allegedly killed two persons and attacked police camps, besides setting fire to earth movers and lorries in Chhattisgarh.
3 Maoists held, alert issued to TRS leaders
WARANGAL/KARIMNAGAR: Continuing its crackdown on Maoists in Telangana, the state police captured three members of the Khammam-Karimangar-Warangal committee in the Eturunagaram forest area of Warangal district on Friday. Simultaneously, worried over possible retaliation from the Maoists, especially against the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders, the police issued instructions to mandal and district level party functionaries to be extra careful during their visits to villages and towns in the two districts.
The security forces have also increased a watch on Kakatiya University campus in Warangal and Satavahana University campus in Karimangar, ostensibly because the Maoists are able to find willing recruits among the educated youth of the two districts. Following the Tuesday’s encounter in which two Maoists were killed, police intensified combing in the forests bordering the two districts. Several villages have been living in the grip of fear that they would get caught in the crossfire between security forces and Maoists. The three men arrested on Friday were identified by the police as 23-year-old Kovasi Ganga alias Mahesh, a resident of Nimmalagudem village, 20-year-old Vetti Bheemalu, a resident of Jeeram village and 30-year-old Pujari Kistaiah from Chanduru village.
According to police, the three KKW action team members, were arrested in a joint operation led by the Warangal and Karimnagar district police. According to Warangal rural superintendent of police Ambar Kishore Jha, CRPF and special party police on a tip-off, launched a search and apprehended the three Maoists in the Eturnagaram forest. Jha said that the three men were carrying one .303 rifle and one carbine as well ammunition for the two weapons. He said when first confronted and asked for identities, the trio tried to escape after brandishing their weapons but were soon surrounded by security forces following which they gave themselves up. Jha said that the three men would be produced in a court on Saturday. The arrest comes in the wake of an encounter between Maoists and the police in Warangal district on Tuesday in which two Maoists, Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy, were killed by the police.
The killings sparked a storm of protests from civil rights groups who alleged that the duo was killed in cold blood and demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. It was following the encounter that the police issued a red alert in the two districts and intensified the combing in the forest and plain areas of former Maoist strongholds, especially in the forests that share the Warangal and Karimnagar district borders. It is learnt, that the police forces have been posted in the border villages of Neelampally, Dammuru, and Mukunuru in Karimnagar and Eturnagaram, Mangapet, Tadwai and Pasra areas in the Warangal districts to keep a watch on possible Maoist movements in the area. The increased alert level also resulted in a rise in possibility of threat to the lives of TRS party leaders. Those at the mandal and district level were instructed to keep the local police informed of their travel plans.
Rebel leader demands withdrawal of ops
KORAPUT: The Maoists have opposed Operation Bluemoon launched by the Koraput district administration in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks recently. Maoist leader and secretary of the Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee (SKDC) of the CPI (Maoist) Daya through letters sent to some media persons in Koraput on Saturday has demanded a stop to the operation accusing the administration of trying to construct roads for establishment of BSF camps in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna blocks to supress the Maoist movement.
“Maoists are fighting for the legitimate rights of people over land, forest and water. And through Operation Bluemoon, the administration is trying to supress it by deploying more forces in the area and is misleading people on false promises,” the Maoist letter stated. Recently, the administration launched the operation for strengthening infrastructure facilities like roads, schools, healthcare centres, drinking water facilities, electricity and to address the grievances of people in villages of the Maoist-hit Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks. tnn
ATS adds statements of ‘sympathisers’ to make a strong case against ‘Naxal’ leader
THE Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which is likely to file a chargesheet against alleged Naxal ideologue K Muralidharan, has included the statements of suspected ‘sympathisers’ who were persuaded by Muralidharan to join the Naxal stir. The counter-terrorism agency is likely to file a chargesheet against Muralidharan in the coming week under certain sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code( IPC).
In May, the ATS arrested top Maoist leader K Muralidharan alias Thomas Joseph alias Skaria alias Gopi alias Raghavan alias Ajith (62) and his aide Ismail Hamaza Chiragpilli alias Pravin alias James Mathew (29) from Talegaon Dabhade area, about 30 kms from Pune. In May 2014, Muralidharan, the national secretary of CPI(ML) Naxalbari, had merged his party with the CPI(Maoist) and was made the central committee member. After becoming a central committee member, Muralidharan was assigned the task to strengthen the outfit’s base in Pune and was therefore camping in Talegaon to scout for new members, the ATS claims.
To assert this claim, the agency has included the statements of over a dozen people from Pune, mainly comprising college students and businessmen. Sources claim that in 2014, these people, who are now witnesses, were approached by Muralidharan to join the outfit. “With the help of the absconding accused, Sanjay Deepak Rao (51), who allegedly provided logistic support, Muralidharan set up his base in Talegaon. He was able to approach a few and was in the process of ‘brainwashing’ them,” a senior official said.
“The witnesses have narrated the accounts in which they were persuaded to join,” added the officer. “A base in Pune was a part of the larger plan to expand their activities in the Western Ghats,” the official added. The police claim that other than the statements, they have recovered alleged ‘Naxal literature’, mostly in Marathi, English and Malayalam, and fake adhaar and PAN cards from the Talegaon safe house. In its chargesheet, the ATS will mention the new hideouts of the outfit, especially those in the central forest.
It will also throw light on the meetings between Muralidharan and alleged top Naxal leader Muppalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy. “Muralidharan has shared details of the treacherous travel he had to undertake to meet the man on whom there is a bounty of Rs 2.5 crore. Ganapathy, the general secretary of the CPI(Maoist) touted as the topmost Naxal leader in the country,” said an officer. Sources say Muralidharan has told investigators that the process of meeting Ganapathy would commence with a human courier suddenly landing up at his doorstep and passing on the message to get on to a train to a particular state and meet another courier at a certain place.
The human courier and Muralidharan would board a state-run bus and alight in an interior village. Soon, the courier would blindfold him and they would walk straight for two days. After his blindfolds would come off, Muralidharan could only see tall trees on all sides. He would then undertake another two-day journey though the forest to finally reach a ‘safe house’ where Ganapathy would meet him. “Other than the elaborate travels, the only detail he has shared are the names of the states such as Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka where he has travelled to meet him,” said the officer.
Three powerful IEDs unearthed
Security forces unearthed three improvised explosive devices (IED), weighing 5 kg each, suspected to have been planted by Maoists along the roadside to harm security forces at Kondagaon town in Chhattisgarh. Kondagaon Superintendent of Police J S Watti told PTI that the explosives were seized from Dhurghat hills on the Bedma-Ghanora road, 55 kms away from Kondagaon town.
After a tip-off, a district force team along with the bomb disposal squad launched a demining operation on the Bedma-Ghanora road, which is a Maoist hotbed, located 300 km away from the state capital, the police official said. While cordoning off the road, they spotted the IEDs, kept in steel containers, placed beneath the earth on the side of the road at Dhuraghat hills, thus averting a major mishap, he said.
Maoists’ hideout busted, one operative arrested
One Maoist operative was arrested, while few others managed to escape in a joint anti-combing operation of security forces in Baskatwa Pahari forest early this morning in Bihar’s Gaya district, the police said. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said after getting information that some Maoists were camping at Baskatwa Pahari forest, a joint team of the CRPF, STF, COBRA, Rail Police and Gaya Police cordoned off the area and launched search operations late last night.
At least 200 rounds were exchanged during operation. The SSP said the exchange of firing, which started late last night, continued till this morning. Some Maoists managed to escape, while one was arrested from the spot. The arrested person has been identified as Subhra Munda. The Police have recovered 27 cartridges, five mobile phones, three mobile chargers and five Solar plates.
Cops arrest two militia members
VISAKHAPATNAM: Two Maoist militia members from the Korukonda area were arrested by the Visakha rural cops here on Friday. According to sources, the arrested persons were identified as Bonangi Suribabu of Lavadampalli and Pujaari Narayana Rao of Pabbampalli.Both the villages are located on the way to Veeravaram from Balapam, a stronghold of the CPI Maoists. Suribabu was allegedly involved in the distribution of coffee plantations of the forest department to tribals by the Maoists.
Though the duo was allegedly arrested a week ago at their villages by special party cops, the Chintapalli cops showed their arrest only on Friday. Sources said that Suribabu’s wife had visited the Chintapalli police station twice and requested the authorities to release her husband.