TDF to organise ‘Chalo Assembly’
A total of 370 organisations in Telangana, including 10 left parties, have come together under the banner of the Telangana Democratic Forum (TDF), to condemn the killings of Maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar in what is claimed to be an “encounter” by the police, near Medaram of Warangal district. Describing them as gruesome murders by State, representatives of various political and social organisations demanded enquiry by a sitting judge into the killings, and cases filed under Nirbhaya Act on the perpetrators.
A ‘Chalo Assembly’ will be organised by TDF on September 30 protesting the twin murders, they said. Apart from the political left, the Forum includes many organisations which had actively participated in the movement for separate Telangana, such as Telangana Advocates’ JAC, Telangana Vidyavanthula Vedika, Telangana Journalists’ Union, OU JAC, All Mala Students’ Association, Telangana Vidyut JAC, and others. It also includes individuals and intellectuals from Telangana such as Kodandram and Haragopal. Addressing the media, CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy said there is no democratic representation in Telangana State, as people’s organisations are subjected to State harassment.
Virasam leader Varavara Rao said the State has dug its own grave by resorting to the killings. CPI(M) State Secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram said that the government has reached a stage where it cannot tolerate criticism. Educationist Chukka Ramaiah said government should order judicial probe.
Maoists swear revenge for encounter
WARANGAL: CPI Maoist party Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal (KKW) secretary Damodar has warned the Telangana government of payback for the September 15 encounter in which two Maoists, Shruti and Vidyasagar Reddy, were killed by the police in Warangal. He also called for a bandh on September 28 in the three districts in protest against the encounter. In a press release issued here on Friday, Damodar said that top police officials and ministers were aware of Shruti and Vidyasagar Reddy’s arrests at Moddugutta forest area of Govindaraopet mandal in the district before the duo were killed in cold blood. He alleged that the police tortured Shruti and added that acid was poured on her body to erase any evidence of torture and molestation. He also accused the Telangana government of protecting sand, forest and granite mafia and working against the interests of the poor. “Maoists will not allow smugglers in forests,” he said.
Meanwhile, Naxal sympathiser Varavara Rao called on rights activists to take part in the ‘Chalo Assembly’ rally on September 30 in Hyderabad. He said that the state government should take responsibility for the fake encounter in Warangal. He added that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who had once praised Maoists as true patriots, has now gone back on the promises he made while campaigning for the elections. “The CM was fully aware of every detail leading to the Warangal encounter. He is protecting the mafia who are robbing the state’s resources and such people are financing government leaders,” he said.
1,750 Kgs of Explosives Recovered in Bastar
RAIPUR: A huge haul of explosives weighing 1,750 kgs, suspected to be delivered to naxals, was seized from two separate places in insurgency-hit Bastar district today, police said. Seven persons have been arrested in this connection, they said. Two consignments of explosives, including 1,000 kg of ammonium nitrate and 750 kg gelatin, were recovered from two different places in the district, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI. On a tip-off about the supply of a large consignment of explosives from Odisha to Bastar, a police team intercepted an SUV and another vehicle near Dispur village under Darbha police station limits, Yadav said. During their checking, bags of gelatin weighing around 750 kg were seized, he said.
Subsequently, another stock of explosives (ammonium nitrate in nature) weighing around 1000 kg was seized from a hut in forests between Machkot and Tiriya villages under Nagarnar police station limits, the SP said. Prima facie it appears that the illegally transported and stocked explosives were meant for naxals, the SP said. However, investigations are on keeping in view every angle, he added. Seven persons have been arrested so far in connection with seizure while an SUV, a car and a motorcycle were also seized from them, he said, adding that their interrogation may reveal crucial details about the supply of arms and ammunition in the naxal-affected region, he said. Cases have been registered in this regard, the SP added.
Maoists observe Malkangiri bandh, Odisha police on alert
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Bhubaneswar, Sep 25: The district police in Odisha’s Malkangiri are on their toes as the Maoists are observing a dawn-to-dusk bandh in protest against the recent spate of surrenders of Maoist supporters terming it as “fake surrenders”. The bandh called by CPI (Maoists) of Malkangiri divisional has circulated a letter to media in which its secretary has appealed to the media to oppose ‘fake surrenders’. Notably, over 700 villagers, said to be Maoist supporters, have surrendered to the district police in the last one month.
The police are purposely making false cases against Maoists and consequently forcing them to self-surrender. The ‘Bandh’ has been called today to protest these deceitful acts of the police. There are no Maoist supporters among those who have surrendered to the police recently. The administration hasn’t provided adequate compensation to those who had surrendered earlier, CPI (Maoists) of Malkangiri divisional secretary Poonam Chandra said in a release issued to media.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the district with deployment of additional security forces at vulnerable points. The security personnel frisked the vehicles and put up check points at various places. “We have taken adequate security measures to tackle any untoward incident. We have been categorically saying that those who had surrendered are not Maoist supporters… rather they are the victims of Maoists’ tortures. They are coming to us to express their ordeal. Among them, some militia and village committee members are also coming to us. We are facilitating the surrender procedure and providing them surrender benefits. We have distributed about Rs 54 lakh towards surrender benefits during 2014-15 and they have been credited to their accounts. Besides, we have initiated steps for their capacity building as per the rehabilitation policy of the government,” Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.
Maoist posters were spotted at many polices at Kalimela appealing people to lend their support to the bandh call. In Kalyansinghpur, a Maoist poster threatening death sentence for three persons including vice president of Utkal Alumina S Satyanarayan and two villagers from Sikarpai. The poster asked the top official of the alumina company to appear before praja (people’s) court. Following the bandh call, the vehicles have opted to stay off roads. The commuters have been finding it difficult to reach at their destination due to the bandh.
CPI (Maoist) leader gets 3-yr jail
Our Correspondent Mohali, September 25 A Special District Court here today sentenced Harbhinder Singh, alias Jalal, alleged CPI (Maoist) leader, to three years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. The police had arrested Jalal, alleged head of the CPI (Maoist), Punjab, in May 2011 from near Gharuan village while he was travelling in a bus. The police had seized arms and inflammatory printed material from his possession. He was sentenced under the Arms Act.
The police had alleged that his organisation had formed a five-member panel to spread Naxalism among educated and unemployed youth in the state. The police, however, could not find out who the members of the panel were and failed to make any more arrests. The sentence was pronounced by the court of Tarntaran Singh Bindra, Additional District and Sessions Judge. Jalal was released on a bond of Rs 50,000 and allowed one month to prefer an appeal. Sentenced under Arms Act The police had arrested Jalal, alleged head of the CPI (Maoist), Punjab, in May 2011 from near Gharuan village while he was travelling in a bus. The police had seized arms and inflammatory printed material from his possession. He was sentenced under the Arms Act.
Forces take up operation to detect, destroy landmines laid by Maoists
PATNA: Central armed police force (CAPF) and Special Task Force (STF) of the state police are jointly conducting an operation to detect and destroy landmines laid by Maoists in different parts of the state, including forest areas of Jamui and Gaya districts besides Sitamarhi and Nawada districts. CRPF IG Arun Kumar said there have been intelligence reports that Maoists have placed landmines and IEDs, including pipe bombs, cane bombs and cylinder bombs, to inflict heavy damage on the security forces during the ensuing assembly elections. The demining process is meant to facilitate easy movement of forces engaged in the poll process. “The exercise has yielded good results as several landmines were detected and IEDs defused at many places,” he said.
CRPF, for the first time, is using Melinois breed detective dog to sniff bomb and landmines. This led to seizure of 49 bombs placed underground in a series in Bhimbandh area, dense with foliage, in Jamui district on Thursday. The IG said similar bombs in a series were detected in Nawada district about a fortnight back. Besides, central forces have also smashed a mini-gun factory in Jamui and seized unfinished pistols. In Sitamarhi district, another sniffer dog detected two bombs – one placed under a culvert and another under the seat of a boat. Planting of bombs in boats is a new technique adopted by the Maoists as security personnel normally move by boats in diara and areas inaccessible by road.
Forces are leaving no stone unturned to foil Maoist attempts to disrupt the election process, Kumar said. In another case, three IEDs, each having 10kg explosives and kept in cylinders, were detected in Imamganj area of Gaya district. These cylinder bombs were placed four-five feet deep under the road leading to Gaya town.
The demining operation would be a continuous process till the end of election, IG Arun Kumar said. Meanwhile, Election Commission is learnt to have distributed over 1,500 smart phones to the SHOs of all police stations in the state besides DSPs and IPS officers who are posted in field and engaged in poll duties. The purpose is to ensure 24X7 flow of information in case there is a snag in wireless system. These police personnel would keep senior officials informed about any incident. Sources said the commission desires faster movement of information from far-flung areas for any remedial action.
COBRA commando injured in Chhattisgarh blast
A Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) trooper was critically injured in a bomb explosion near Timilwada village of Sukma District on September 24, reports The Hindu. “Devraj Cherpa of the 206 COBRA battalion accidentally put his foot on a pressure bomb planted by Maoists near Timilwada village. He was rushed to Dornapal for treatment of multiple injuries,” said Santosh Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Sukma District.