Magisterial inquiry ordered into Warangal encounter
Warangal: The State government has ordered magisterial inquiry into the encounter in which two Maoists, including a woman, were gunned down in Govindaraopet mandal forests in Warangal district on September 15. The In-charge District Collector Sarfaraz Ahmad, in a statement here on Monday, said that a magisterial inquiry was ordered into the exchange of fire that took place at Rangapuram forests under Govindaraopet mandal. The Mulug Revenue Divisional Officer has been appointed as the investigating officer to inquire into the incident, he added. Meanwhile, TPCC official spokespersons Dasoju Shravan and A Dayakar demanded a CBI probe into the encounter.
The Congress leaders along with the students from Osmania University met and consoled the family members of Maoists Shruthi alias Mahitha and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar here on Monday. Speaking to the media on the occasion, they alleged that the police had murdered the Maoists in fake encounter. The State government, which promised that there would be no encounters in Telangana State and implement Maoist agenda, was resorting to killing of Maoists in fake encounters.
The encounters were murders by the government, Shravan and Dayakar said. They demanded that criminal cases be registered against the police personnel who took part in the encounter. On the other hand the leaders of People’s JAC appealed to the State Human Rights Commission to probe into the killing of Shruthi. The JAC leaders P Kiran Madiga, G Dayakar, C L Yadagiri and others submitted a memorandum to the Commission in this regard. They alleged that the woman Maoist was abused sexually and attacked with acid before being killed. The leaders also appealed the Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy to order probe into the incident.
Suspected Maoist IED unearthed by CRPF in Chhattisgarh
A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 50 kg, suspected to have been planted by insurgents of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), was unearthed by security forces from a road in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, a police official said here today. Narayanpur’s Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told PTI that the IED was unearthed when the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) 139th battalion was on an anti-Maoist operation on the Narayanpur-Antagarh road under Narayanpur police station limits.
On reaching Bharanda village, around 350 km away from Chhattisgarh’s state capital Raipur, CRPF personnel spotted a wire after which they unearthed the IED packed in a steel container, placed three feet beneath the earth, the police official said. It is suspected that the IED was planted by Maoists to trigger a landmine blast and harm security personnel, the police official said. Later, a bomb disposal squad neutralised the IED, the police official said.
Over 500 out of 1321 polling booths in Banka district fall in Maoist-hit areas
BANKA: The Banka district administration faces a daunting task as more than 500 polling booths fall in the Maoist-hit areas. There are 1,321 polling booths in the district and Maoist threat looms large over more than 40% of them. The district goes to the polls on October 12. The district election and local administration officials have also sent a report about the Maoist threat requesting the Election Commission to reduce the polling period by at least one hour. The normal polling period is from 7am to 5pm whereas the district administration wants it between 7am and 4pm only. Banka district comprises one subdivision and eleven administrative blocks of Banka (Sadar), Amarpur, Shambhuganj, Belhar, Fullidumar, Katoria, Chandan, Bounsi, Barahat, Dhoraiya and Rajoun. Barring Banka (Sadar) and Barahat, the other nine are Maoist-hit.
The five assembly segments in the district are Banka, Amarpur, Katoriya (ST), Dhoraiya (SC) and Belhar. Former minister Ram Narayan Mandal (BJP) represents Banka, Janardan Manjhi is JD(U) MLA from Amarpur, Girdhari Yadav of JD(U) represents Belhar, Sonelal Hembrom is the BJP sitting MLA from Katoria and Manish Kumar of JD(U) represents Dhoraiya. Besides some parts of Banka assembly area, all the other four segments are Maoist-affected. Intimidation, poll boycott, influencing the poll outcome, clandestinely helping some or the other candidate in the election, charging levy for allowing electioneering are some of the likely issues that the administration has to tackle, sources said.
They said 293 booths in Belhar alone are hit by ultra-Left besides 220 in Katoria and 28 in Banka. The district administration has launched a crackdown against the Maoists in the affected areas for ensuring peaceful electioneering and polling. Measures like demining operation with the help of landmine and metal detectors in Maoist-hit forest areas, bike-checking and keeping a tab on antisocial elements are precautionary steps the district administration has already taken. Banka SP Satya Prakash said stringent measures have been taken in Maoist-dominated areas and security personnel are conducted flag march in many areas to instill confidence among the electorate.
Security forces are also conducting raids in forest areas like Bhitiya, Geratekar, Sabaijor, Naratari, Barmasia, Gobardaha, Guraidih, Ekchatti, Suiyaa, Satletwa-Sarkanda, Chithuntjor, Laharnia, Lakraha, Alkusia, Jogidih, Lilabaran besides more than a dozen areas where the possibilities of Moaists taking shelter are high, the SP said. Banka DM Nilesh Deore said CPMF and CRPF will be deployed at polling booths. “We have identified the vulnerable polling booths in the district,” the DM said adding adequate security forces would be monitoring the Maoist-affected areas. “We have requested the EC to reduce the polling time by one hour in areas under Maoists threat,” Deore said.
307 companies of central forces reach Bihar
Patna: With elections barely three weeks away, 307 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) have so far reached Bihar and 418 companies are expected to arrive by September 23. In addition, the Bihar government will deploy from its own pool 250 companies of BMP and district armed police (DAP) on poll duty. On Monday, Bihar CRPF IG Arun Kumar, who has been made chief force coordinator by the Election Commission of India, apprised the forces drawn from different parts of the country about how the deployment would be made. He also briefed the CAPF officials on how to go for tactical operations against Maoists, criminals and musclemen operating in different parts of Bihar. “Our aim is to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls in the state,” a CRPF officer told TOI.
Kumar would also monitor the movement of the forces and the logistics to be provided to them. “The meeting concentrated on strategy planning in Maoist-hit districts, VVIP security and law and order,” Kumar said. Soon after their arrival in the state, the forces had to undergo a pre-induction training camp under the command of CRPF. They were informed about the topography of the region where they would be deployed. The forces were also acquainted with the names of hardcore criminals and the modus operandi of Maoists operating in the hilly areas of the state.
Sources said experts from Institute of IED Management, Pune, have also reached the state to brief CAPFs on varieties of improvised explosive devices the Maoists and criminals might use during the polls. Sources said use of IED has been identified as foremost threat for the CPMF. “The forces have been advised to go for foot-patrolling. Mapping of the sensitive areas is on for strategic deployment of forces. The security forces will do demining exercise twice daily,” said an official.
Maoists kill villager in Jharkhand
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres have killed a civilian, identified as Rupesh Chandra Gope (40), at Badagudru village under Jatia Police Station limits in West Singhbhum District on September 18, reports The Pioneer. Michael S. Raj, Superintendent of Police (SP) West Singhbhum District said “Yes, Rupesh was close with the Police, creating an impression among the rebels that he was a Police informer. The rebels have killed the man, suspecting him to be the informer.”
Maoists kill villager in Odisha
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed a civilian on September 20, identified as Trinath Madhi, under Mathili Police Station limits in Malkangiri District, suspecting him to be a ‘Police informer’, reports The Pioneer. The body of the villager was found in a pool of blood on the outskirts of the village. Sources said about 20 armed Maoists reached Tembrupalli village around midnight and dragged Madhi from his house at gun-point to a nearby forest. They reportedly held a Jan Adalat (people’s court) before killing him.