Oct 2: Hyderabad: Report of protest against torture and fake encounter killings in Warangal
A report by Bittu
Massive repression marked the march, organized by 372 organizations together towards Assembly from Sunderaiyyah Vignana Kendram at 10 am against the torture and fake encounter killing of two Maoist cadre in Warangal. One of them, a woman comrade, also showed signs of having been subjected to sexual violence. Varalakshmi, Secretary of Revolutionary Writers Association was placed under house arrest the afternoon before the march. Students of Telangana Vidyarthi Sangathan and Democratic Students Union who were campaigning for the Chalo Assembly March in Osmania University the night before the March were arrested at night. Several people were placed under house arrest on the morning of the march.
Thousands of people were picked up at train and bus stations on the way to Hyderabad, mostly even before they made it to the district train/bus station. The site of the dharna was cordoned off with barricades and all groups of people approaching it were arrested; there was also a brutal lathi charge and protesters were also thrashed in police vans. Only 4 people were exempt from detention: Prof. Haragopal, who was told by police that they had strict instructions not to detain him – even though he courted arrest; Kodand Ram and two other prominent Telangana statehood figures were informally policed but not formally arrested. This was a clever attempt by the KCR government to salvage its image given that everyone involved with the Telangana statehood movement had denounced the fake encounter and torture. In total, Civil Liberties Committee estimated 15,000 people were arrested across the state.
We were detained all day and released late in the evening. One person Com. Mahesh was picked up again after being released, and taken for a 3 hour ride around the city in the way people are often driven elsewhere before being killed in a fake encounter, while being intimidated all the way. Several individuals were targetted and incarcerated separately. While CPI, CPM and several other organizations’ members were all arrested in this massive dharna, there was a clear difference between how their cadre were treated and those from the radical left. There was a lot of media coverage and along with the farmer suicide issue burning up Telangana, the KCR government’s credibility in bringing ‘Bangara Telangana’ – Golden Telangana – was severely damaged.
CRPF targets ‘informer’ network to fight Naxals
NEW DELHI: The Central Reserve Police Force is targeting the ‘informer’ network of Maoists in villages instead of conducting major combing operations and sending troops in large numbers inside the jungle, an exercise which is bearing fruits for the force. The paramilitary force is engaged largely in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and other states for anti-naxal operations. The strategy, ‘intelligence based tactical operations’ deployed against the informers, has resulted in a decline in violence and casualties on the CRPF’s side and looting of their arms/ammunitions coming down drastically this year.
“We go inside the naxal den with a purpose now after having specific inputs about the presence of a particular group or leader. The basic advantage is that we keep engaging and surprising naxals regularly so they don’t get time to react,” said a senior CRPF official. The officer added that CRPF’s own intelligence has picked up substantially and it has better coordination with other intelligence agencies now. The CRPF has also noticed a new trend where naxals from areas like Odisha are coming forward to surrender—something which did not happen previously. The figures suggest that 377 naxals have surrendered this year till now in all the naxal-affected states. 283 Maoists had laid down arms during 2014 till December.
Police on High Alert in Satkosia Sanctuary
ANGUL:In the wake of armed Maoists’ movement in Satkosia wildlife sanctuary, police have remained on high alert to prevent any violent incident and flush them out of the area. “We have registered two cases – one relating to assault on a sanctuary official and the other regarding snatching of Rs 50,000 from another staff – at Purunakote police station. Angul Sub-Divisional Police Officer RN Deo has been asked to inquire into two cases,” said Angul SP Rajesh Pandit Uttam Rao.
Talking to this paper, Rao said police have kept a close watch on the situation and taken all possible measures to contain the menace. Meanwhile, panic has gripped the population of entire Satkosia sanctuary following intrusion of armed Maoist cadres into their areas. Even police personnel do not remain present at Purunakote police station at night. The forest staff also prefer to guard the sanctuary in civil dress instead of uniform. According to sources, Maoists’ presence in Satkosia is nothing new and police are well aware of it.
But what worries the police authorities now is the growing alienation of the local population because of the imposition of stringent laws in restricted area like ban on fishing in Mahanadi and others. It is very difficult for the inhabitants to lead a normal life in the sanctuary area for the restrictions. Police also fear that the deprivation of the people may be exploited by Left ultras if remedial measures are not taken urgently.
10 days police custody for Aditya
The Golaghat police got remand of Aditya Bora for ten days after the Maoist leaders produced before a local court on Saturday. The court further remanded his two associates from Dergaon to the police custody. Meanwhile a team of police officers has started interrogating Aditya and his two associates from Saturday. The interrogating officials claimed to have extracted a great deal of sensational revelation from the trio on the growing Maoist activities in the state.
Forces ready to tackle Red threat, says CRPF DG
Patna: CRPF director general (DG) Prakash Mishra on Saturday visited Maoist-hit Jamui to review preparations for force deployment as per the parameters of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and to instill confidence among the locals in the backdrop of poll boycott call given by the members of the ultra-left organisation. CRPF, Bihar sector, has been made nodal force to mobilise and deploy central armed police forces (CAPFs) in different places across the state.
As many as 725 companies of CAPFs, including 190 companies of CRPF, 10 companies of Rapid Action force, 121 companies of BSF, 115 companies of CISF, 55 companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, 103 companies of SSB and 60 companies of RPF have already arrived. Besides, state forces from Telangana, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Karnataka have also reached the state for poll duty. Mishra said the state government has requisitioned one helicopter from Indian Air Force while two helicopters of CRPF would be doing sky-patrolling, besides rushing forces from one place to other. If required, the CRPF would press more helicopters into action. The state government has also hired one air ambulance to immediately rush injured police forces in case there is face off between Maoists and police forces on election day. Mishra, who was accompanied by CRPF IG, Bihar sector, Arun Kumar and CRPF operational head IG Zulfiquar Hasan, held a meeting with district administration officials.
Later, he said in the state capital that the central forces were ready to face any challenge from the Maoists. “Election process would not be disrupted at any cost,” he added. As per the guidelines of the ECI, constables from Bihar police would not be deployed at polling booths. They would rather be on road to man drop gates and maintain law and order. IG, Bihar Sector, Arun Kumar said apart from surgical operations against Maoists, central forces are also engaged in demining of Maoist-infested areas to ensure there is no hurdle in movement of the forces.
Such areas are being sanitised and flag marches are being conducted to generate fear psychosis among hardcore criminals and Maoists. Some of the forces who have come from states where there is no Maoist influence were imparted training on modus operandi adopted by the rebel outfit and how IEDs are diffused. Kumar said apart from dealing with Maoists, CAPFs are also busy in providing security to functionaries of various parties who are entitled to Z or Z + security.