People’s War in India Clippings 2/10/2015






Mass Repression in Telangana

On september 30 any forum sympathetic to the C.P.I.(Maoist) is supressed brutally .This is unconstitutional and undemocratic as any person in ademocarcy has a right to express his ideological belief.We need to form organizations of forums defending the people’s right to struggle not affiliated to any political group.Dark days of emergency are appearing in another form as well as ears of encounters like in the previous decades.Inspite of facing such severe repression the C.P.I.(Maoist) is fighting back heroically through forums like Virasam.

The response to the rally from Telengana resembled a bonfire lit all or a tornado appearing.over.Today revolutionary democratic organizations are forced to work from underground like the Andhra Pradesh Radical Students Union in the time of emergency or also in the late 1990’s,The tentacles of the state will not defeat the of the broad masses whose revolutionary spirit will will be resurected even futher after this massive supression. A march by Telangana Democratic Front (TDF) members to the assembly here to protest killing of two Maoists by the police was foiled on Wednesday as many leaders in Hyderabad and other districts were arrested. Leaders and workers of various organisations were detained in different districts to prevent them from heading for Hyderabad to participate in the march. Eminent academician Chuka Ramaiah was kept under house arrest in Hyderabad. He said arrests will not stop the movement.

Well-known revolutionary writer Varavara Rao was taken into custody at RTC Cross Roads when he along with his supporters were proceeding towards the assembly building. Leaders of CPI, CPI-M and other Left parties and people’s organisations were arrested at Bagh Lingampally, from where the TDF planned to march to the assembly. Those arrested include TDF president Chada Venkat Reddy, professor P.L. Visweswara, professor Vinod Kumar and CPI-M state secretary T. Veerabhadram.

The assembly building in the heart of the city virtually turned into a fortress as police imposed restrictions on all roads leading towards the assembly. A large number of policemen were deployed in the area to prevent protesters. Tension prevailed at Telangana martyrs’ memorial at Gun Park in front of the assembly building when a youth tried to immolate self. Alert policemen prevented him from doing so and arrested him. Tension prevailed at Osmania University as students gathered on the campus to march in violation of the prohibitory orders imposed by police. Policemen in riot gear were deployed at the gates to prevent students from coming out. PDSU activists took out a rally from girls’ hostel but were stopped at NCC Gate by the police. A heated argument ensued between student leaders and the police officers. The protesters were arrested. Police also arrested two more groups of students including one at the library.

Student leaders took strong exception to police entering the hostels and library. Scores of students and their leaders were arrested at Osmania University and Nizam College hostels since Tuesday night. Police denied permission to the march on the ground that Maoists may participate in it and indulge in violence. Those arrested in districts like Warangal, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Medak and Nalgonda include women and students. Raising slogan against the government and calling for an end to “fake encounters”, the protesters took out rallies in different parts of the state. Veerabhadram said 3,000 to 4,000 activists were arrested across the state.

He termed the arrests as undemocratic. Maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar were killed near Medaram of Warangal district on September 16. It was the first such killing after the formation of separate Telangana state last year. Terming it as a “fake encounter”, 370 organisations, including 10 left parties and the groups which fought for separate Telangana state, have come together under the banner of TDF to condemn the killings. It is demanding probe by a sitting judge. While denying permission for ‘chalo assembly’, police said it was reliably learnt that TDF was formed at the instance of CPI-Maoist and the programme was being organised in support of its cause and the ideology.


All quiet in naxal belt: Government may have finally reined in Maoists

NEW DELHI: The number of people killed by Maoist violence has come down from 1005 in 2010 to 167 this year. The drop has prompted the government to claim that it may have finally managed to control Left-wing extremism. Figures up to September 15, 2015, ET has accessed shows attacks on security forces are down by almost 25% this year. Maoists have held only 28 ‘people’s court’ this year, compared to 58 in 2014. Arms training camps are down to 11 from 34. So, has Rajnath Singh achieved what even P Chidambaram could not?….

However, there is not much decline in total incidents — down to 784, till September 15, from 804 in 2014. It has gone up in Chhattisgarh to 334 from 236 in 2014. There are constant inputs too of Maoists planning a ‘dramatic and huge’ strike soon. Strikes on ‘economic targets’ this year, mostly roads, rose to 90 from 69. Former home secretary GK Pillai, who worked with Chidambaram from 2009-2011 warned that the present quiet may be misleading. “Lot is said about the record 2010 high figure. To put it in perspective, 2010 was when the government went after Maoists and engaged them in operations. Central forces was pumped up from 30 to 70 battalions and forces stayed in areas and consolidated than returning after a strike,” Pillai said. But he added that the ebb gave a golden chance for development so that locals get a chance to see the ‘other side’ and government can consolidate in still out-of-reach areas to have a “permanent impact.”….

Security forces on anti-Naxal operations face 40% increase in IED attacks

…”While there were 904 IED attacks in LWE theatre against us last year, this year till September, 1,303 attacks have already taken place. A number of troops have been injured in these blasts,” the official added…

Letter reveals missing schoolgirls from Lahiri turned Naxals

Nagpur: The three girls who went missing from Lahiri in Bhamragarh months ago have apparently joined the Naxal movement. This was confirmed after Gadchiroli police received a letter during an encounter on September 2. A copy of the letter with TOI with names of three girls clearly revealed that they had joined the “revolutionary movement” after allegedly facing harassment from the teachers at Lahiri Ashram School from where they went missing on January 3. Roshni Bija Vachami (16), Vaishali Bapurao Veladi (14), and Sarita Kota Vadde (15), all eighth standard students, who were untraceable since they fled the school have called on all young boys and girls to join the “red movement” to fight against alleged injustice meted out to tribal community by the government.

Bearing title “We have joined path of (Naxal) revolution after being fed up with the miserable life”, the letter stated that they were forced to take the step due to alleged atrocities in the society. Earlier, there were speculations about these girls joining Maoists after they remained untraceable for a couple of months but the police scoffed at the idea. “We are still unable to contact those girls but after receiving this letter we can’t deny that they have joined the rebels. We found this letter after an encounter in Chichoda where two Naxals were gunned down and a lot of literature was recovered from the spot. However, the letter could even be part of their propaganda to attract young boys and girls, as their base is fast depleting,” Gadchiroli superintendent Sandip Patil told TOI.

He claimed the contents of letter may have been drafted by Naxals’ front organizations who highlight loopholes in democratic system to brainwash young tribals. “The contents are entirely exaggerated while twisting facts. Such literature is distributed by them to create disaffection among youths towards the government.” Arvind Sovani of Bhumkal movement who had first raised the issue of missing girls had claimed they had joined the red movement. “The cops always denied it but the letter now substantiate our claims. In fact, the letter is part of their bigger conspiracy to attract youngsters. These girls have travelled all the way to Abujhmadh from Lahiri via Binagunda on foot to join them,” Sovani said. His claims though differed from SP where the letter was recovered. Sovani stated that it was received during an encounter in Mendhgiri where six women cadres in the 18-20 years age group were allegedly neutralized by the cops.

He added that Naxal leader Tarakka had already written to the parents not to worry, as they would take care of the girls. “Parents were warned not to disclose anything to the media. When we interacted with them, they confirmed it but were reluctant to show us the letter,” he said. The girls have levelled startling allegations that raise serious doubts about district administration claims on providing all educational facilities to the tribals. They claimed they were forced to joi Naxals as they were caught between devil and deep sea. Their teachers allegedly used to come in the classrooms in inebriated condition and harassed and abused them. When they protested, the teachers threatened them that they will complain to parents that they were having illicit affairs with boys.

Teen rebelspeak:

* Ashram schoolteachers used to come drunk to classroom

* They used to abuse and harass students and bunk classes

* Many students fled school in the past to join Naxal movement

* No scope for jobs for students from Gadchiroli after education

* Joined Naxal movement after being fed up of govt atrocities

Naxal attack on NMDC mines foiled by CISF in Chhattisgarh

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel foiled a Naxal attack on the state-owned National Mineral Development Corporation Limited’s (NMDC) Kirandul iron ore mines in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-infested Dantewada district, police said. About half-a-dozen armed Naxals launched an attack on NMDC’s 11B iron ore mines at around 2100 hrs by opening indiscriminate fire last night. However, CISF personnel immediately retaliated forcing the ultras to flee from the scene. No security personnel was hurt in the exchange of fire. No damage was done to the NMDC property.


National Security Adviser Doval visits Naxal-hit Bastar

It is a visit about which very few knew, and which was to be kept under wraps. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval spent the whole of Thursday in the region worst-affected by the Maoist insurgents, Chhattisgarh’s Bastar. This was his first visit to this region since the time he took charge of the country’s national security last year. Doval’s visit comes at a time when the divergence between the state and the Centre has widened over the question of how to take the anti-Maoist fight forward. It also comes as the monsoon has nearly retreated and anti-Maoist operations are set to commence in full flow.

Sources informed this correspondent that Doval flew in from New Delhi to Chhattisgarh. Subsequently, he boarded a helicopter and undertook an aerial tour of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. The southern part of Sukma is a region the Maoists label as a ‘liberated zone’, or a region where they, not the government machinery, run the show. After he concluded his aerial sortie, he held a review meeting with authorities on the ground which included the top brass of the state police, state government, and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He returned to New Delhi before the end of the day. “This was a visit where the NSA was keen to absorb and understand all the stake holders. He gave us all a patient hearing,” said a source.

Chhattisgarh Police Worried Over Abduction, Murder of Constables

RAIPUR: The recent abduction and killing of nearly half a dozen assistant constables, recruited as auxiliary personnel from among local tribal youth, by Maoists in naxal-infested Bastar region, has worried Chhattisgarh Police no end. “It is a great cause of concern (that assistant constables are being targeted) for us. Assistant constables are basically son of soil, they belong to this area so its natural that they will attend marriage function(s) or other family functions under family pressure.

“So whenever they go and attend such things in civil dress and without weapons, they are being targeted,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, S R P Kalluri told PTI. In the past two-and-half months, six assistant constables have been abducted from separate places of Bastar, out of which five were killed while one of them was released after being threatened with dire consequences if he continued to serve in police. On July 14, four assistant constables were kidnapped by naxals and killed next day in Kutru area of Bijapur district.

Similarly, another assistant constable who was abducted by naxals on September 28, was found dead in Frasegarh area of Bijapur. However, an assistant constable who was abducted in Sukma district in August was released later. Besides, naxals have been issuing warnings to assistant constables at several places of Bastar for helping police.

Five naxals held in Dantewada

Five naxals wanted in several incidents of crime have been arrested from Kuwakonda area of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said today. While four cadres were apprehended from Mokhpal weekly market, another was nabbed from Palnar village area under Kuwakonda police station limits last evening, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.

Acting on a tip-off about the arrival of rebels at Mokhpal weekly market for procuring commodities of daily use, a joint team of Central Reserve Paramilitary Force (CRPF) and local police were mobilised at the spot along with some police informers to identify the rebels disguised as villagers, the SP said. During inspection at the market, the ultras identified as Hidma Podiyami, Pandu Sodhi, Gali Muchaki and Joga Madkami were caught, he added. Similarly, another team of security forces arrested naxal-Kosa Kodopi from Palnar area, he said.

Three Can Bombs Seized From Maoists’ Hideout

DEHRI-ON-SONE: Security forces today recovered three can bombs, wire and naxal literature from a Maoists’ hideout in a forest area in Rohtas district, a police officer said. The security forces comprising CRPF and Rohtas police launched a search operation in the Dumarkhoha forests from where they seized three can bombs, one of which weighing five kg and two others at two kg each, besides wire and naxal literature, Superintendent of police Manavjeet Singh Dhillon said. The three bombs were subsequently defused, he said. The search operation against the Maoists will continue in days to come, Dhillon said.

BSF Seizes 1 Quintal of IED Materials from Maoist Hotbed in Malkangiri

BHUBANESWAR: Dealing a serious blow to the Left Wing Extremists’ firepower, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday seized a huge cache of gelatin sticks as well as explosive materials from a forest under Kalimela police limits of Malkangiri district.

Bail plea of Maoist dismissed

Principal District and Sessions Court Judge R. Poornima dismissed the bail plea of Maoist Neelamegham alias Kadhir alias Vinayakam (29) here on Thursday. Opposing the bail petition, police claimed that granting of bail to Neelamegham would hamper their investigation. However, defence counsel M. Kannappan argued that the police did not have any proof to brand him as a Maoist. A native of Pasumalai in Madurai, Neelamegham had been in judicial custody for the past 55 days.

Moreover, the police had already completed their investigation and the claim that granting bail to the accused would hamper the investigation was not substantiated, he said. The defence counsel moved the bail petition on September 9. Neelamegham was arrested at Vadamadurai and lodged in Tiruchi prison. Cases were filed against him under the Arms and Explosives Act. Judicial Magistrate Court II Judge C.B. Vedagiri had granted bail to another ‘Maoist’, Kannan alias Senthil, who was arrested in Coimbatore, on September 28 as the police had failed to file a charge sheet against him within 60 days from the date of arrest.

Maoist Naveen Prasad was gunned down on upper Kodaikanal hill in a police encounter in 2004, and later, the police arrested Kannan and Neelamegham. The police said that Neelamegham and Kannan were some of the accused who escaped during the encounter with the Maoists.

Top Maoist Leader, Two Associates Held in Assam

Aditya Bora, a top Maoist leader, who disappeared after securing bail in 2011, has been arrested by Assam police along with two other associates. Aditya (41) was arrested from Khakandaguri area under Dergaon police station in Golaghat district of Assam on Wednesday night. The other two accused are Uttam Hazarika and Binando Bora. The police recovered a 9 mm pistol with 12 rounds active ammunition and some objectionable materials from their possession.

Hailing from Betoni Gaon under Borbam police station of Dibrugarh, Aditya told police that he was in touch with various nationalist organizations and politicians of Assam. Police say Aditya alias Baba had been involved in furthering the Maoist network in eight districts – Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Barak valley. He was earlier a member of the Assam Students’ Youth Organization (ASYO) before joining the Maoist movement in 2009.

He went to Orissa thereafter, but was arrested in Jharkhand in 2011. He was lodged in Dibrugarh jail but he secured bail after seven months. Aditya Bora was the brain behind the formation of the Upper Assam Leading Committee (Maoist) where he was designated as the chief organizer. A number of arrested Maoists in the State have been doing the vanishing act.

Over two dozen red rebels arrested and later released on bail, remain untraced. Aditya Bora has several cases registered against him in Tingkhong police station of Dibrugarh and Borpathar police station of Golaghat. One case against him is that of arms snatching from security men at Dibrugarh in November, 2011. Intelligence agencies have compiled a list of over 150 names who could be working for Maoists in Assam. Suspected Maoists shot dead an AGP leader – Bhupen Tamuli – at Golaghat in February this year.

Security forces on Red alert before Bihar polls

Ranchi: The SPs and commandants of three CRPF battalions were invited in a meeting of top police officials held on Thursday in Aurangabad in Bihar to plan security exercises to check the movement of Maoists and criminals ahead of the Bihar polls. They were also asked to start anti-Maoist operations along the identified Maoist pockets on border. The SPs of Palamu, Garhwa and Chatra districts were asked to look out for wanted criminals and Left-wing extremists along the Jharkhand-Bihar border ahead of the second phase of elections in Bihar. The three districts share a long border with south-west Bihar which goes to polls on October 16 in the second phase.

Garhwa SP Priyadarshi Alok Kumar said that he was asked to beef up security along the border in the meeting. The Sone River divides Rohtas and Kaimur districts from Garhwa. “The river is the only connection between Bihar and Jharkhand in Garhwa. Several boats ply across the river bringing people across the two states,” he said. The boats will be under watch now, Kumar added. In the meeting, the SPs exchanged lists of notorious criminals in their areas who could pose a threat to the polls. It is usual for the criminals from Bihar to take shelter in Jharkhand and vice-versa.

“We provided the list of wanted criminals and Maoists in our areas to the Bihar police so that they can search and arrest them. Similarly, the Bihar police provided the list and details of the criminals and Maoists to us so that we can nab them. Arresting the criminals and Maoists will be important for peaceful and fearless elections,” Palamu SP Mayur Patel Kanhaiyalal, who also participated in the meeting, said. “The anti-Maoist operations will begin soon on both sides of the border.

It is part of the area domination measures to prevent the Maoists from moving towards the state seeking shelter,” an official said. Apart from SP to SP contact and commandant to commandant contacts, police officials were asked to establish a smooth communication between police stations so that they can share intelligence inputs and act upon them for best results. Meanwhile, Jharkhand has provided 10 companies of additional forces to Bihar for the elections. The 10 companies are made of Jharkhand Armed Police and India Reserve Battalion forces. The 10 companies left for Bihar by a special train on September 29.

Maoists in Satkosia, A Strategy Failure?

100 armed Maoists have sneaked into Satkosia wildlife sanctuary, about 60 kms from here, apparently to set up their base. The intrusion of such huge number of Maoists has triggered panic not only among the people of 75 villages in Satkosia but also among the forest officials. Reports from Satkosia villages stated that in the last two days, three to four groups of heavily armed Red rebels held meetings with people of Chutkei, Majhipara, Goindi, Tuluka villages and other areas. During their interaction, the Maoists tried to stoke the dissatisfaction among the people for backwardness and Government apathy to their woes. The presence of the armed Maoists was also confirmed by Forest department officials who said five of their personnel were severely beaten up at Chuari camp by the ultras.

When the forest staff challenged them on Wednesday night suspecting them to be poachers, they were attacked by the ultras inflicting injuries. According to Chutkei villagers, around 10 heavily armed Maoists visited their village on Tuesday evening. They asked for food and enquired about the villagers’ condition before vanishing in forest next morning with stern warning not to speak to police. The ultras also held similar meetings in others areas. Sanctuary officials are now a worried lot.

It is well known that the Maoists used to have a safe corridor along the border areas of the sanctuary earlier. However, the motives of the ultras are yet to be ascertained. It is suspected that either they have entered the restricted sanctuary area under police pressure elsewhere or they want to hide here taking advantage of dense forest and people’s large scale discontentment with the State Government. Angul Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit Uttam Rao, who is closely monitoring the situation, said, “We are verifying the reports received from Satkosia villagers.” The entry into Satkosia by armed cadres poses a major challenge to police since their advance into a few kilometres from Angul town can prove to be a strategic gain if they are not flushed out soon.

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