People’s War in India Clippings 4/10/2015


Naxal involved in Jiram valley attack held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Oct 4 (PTI) A 36-year-old Naxalite who was allegedly involved in ghastly Jiram valley attack on Congress leaders, has been arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, a senior police officer said today. The rebel identified as Joga Madkami was apprehended by a joint team of security forces from Chikanpal Patelpara village under Katekalyan police station limits last evening, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. Acting on a tip-off, a joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and district force launched an operation in the interiors of Katekalyan, around 450 km from here, and nabbed him, the SP said.

Maoists kill tribal in Odisha

Malkangiri (Odisha), Oct 4 (PTI) Maoists gunned down a tribal man in a forest area suspecting him to be a police informer at Kandhaguda in the district, police officials said today. A group of ultras stormed into the village and took away Arjun Khara (40) from his house last night and his bullet-riddled body was found in a nearby forest road this morning. A hand written message recovered from the site stated that Khara was punished for operating as an informer of the police and assisting them in anti-naxal drive. Steps were being taken to step up combing operation and patrolling by the security forces in the area after the incident, they said.

‘Bastar scribe faced police pressure to act as informer’

Santosh had been living in a climate of fear: PUCL

Santosh Yadav, the Bastar journalist who was booked under “draconian” Chhattisgarh Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam for suspected Maoist links, was allegedly facing police pressure to work as a police informer. According to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties’ (PUCL) bulletin published in August 2015, more than a month before his arrest, Mr. Santosh was one of the first reporters to reach the spot of Darbha valley attack on Congress convoy in May 2013, so the police presumed that he collaborated with the Maoists.

“In mid-2014, the police began threatening him. One night, they [police] arrived at his house and detained him. The police ordered Santosh to take Rs.5 lakh to catch Maoists and bring them to the police but he refused to do so. For last one year, Santosh had been living in a climate of fear with police spreading rumours that they were out to get him,” said the PUCL bulletin. Mr. Santosh’s lawyer Isha Khandelwal confirmed that her client was facing continuous police pressure and “harassment” to act as a police informer.

A father of three young girls, Santosh , however, refused to relent to the police pressure. “In June 2015, the police took him to Darbha police station and stripped him. There had been constant search and cordoning operations in Badarimahu area of Darbha for the past few days and the police picked up some villagers accusing them of being Naxal supporters. Santosh was trying to help them and to publish their version of truth but before he could do so, he was arrested,” PUCL Chhattisgarh unit secretary Sudha Bharadwaj told The Hindu.

“There is not even an iota of truth in the allegations against my husband. The police accuse him of being involved in August 21 Darbha incident when Maoists cut a road and there was an exchange of firing between the police and the Maoists. But he was at home all night when the incident took place. A year ago, they (police) threatened to kill him in a fake encounter for his fearless reporting, but my husband continued to work for common tribal public,” claimed Poonam Yadav, the wife of Santosh Yadav. When tried to reach for his reaction over the allegations against Bastar police, Bastar range Inspector General of Police, Mr.SRP Kalluri did not respond to messages from The Hindu. The Bastar police boss also did not entertain requests for an interview to seek his response.

Dented in South, Maoists Move to Central Odisha

BHUBANESWAR:As the State police makes a dent in the Left Wing Extremists stronghold in the southern districts, the CPI (Maoist) has begun expanding its base in Central Odisha taking the security forces by surprise. This time, it is Satkosia, the second Tiger Reserve of the State. The recent movement of the Maoists in Satkosia Tiger Reserve has indicated that the Deogarh-Sambalpur-Sundargarh division of the outlawed outfit has made inroads into Angul taking advantage of its geographical location. Earlier, Pallahara had witnessed movement of Maoists but the region came under operational jurisdiction of Jajpur-Kalinga Nagar unit which has since weakened and is no more in the reckoning.

Similipal experienced its share of Maoist violence in late 2000s while Nuapada’s Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary, which has been accorded in-principle approval for TR status, continues to struggle with Maoist menace. So much so that the Wildlife Wing is unable to submit its plan to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in the absence of a ground level survey. The recent movement in Angul, according to intelligence sources, is more through Athmallik-Binkai-Thakurgarh-Handappa-Chhendipara-Rairakhol-Deogarh corridor, which the Maoists want to take control of. The unit is being commanded by Kunu Dehuri and comprises at least six lady cadres and another 20 male members.

In the last three to four days, Maoist movements were reported from Chhutkei, Labangi, Tuluka and Chhuari most of which are prime tourist attractions in Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary. Given the dense forests and hills abutting Mahanadi, the area provides perfect foil to Maoists and they have taken full advantage of it. But, it is not just forest and topography, Angul is more vulnerable because it is not equipped to take on the Maoists. Apart from Handappa and Kishore Nagar, no other police station in the district is fortified. Angul does not feature in security-related expenditure (SRE) scheme of the State government. Besides, SI-level officers in the police stations of the district have very little training to counter-Maoist operations while in most cases, age is not in their favour. What’s more worrisome, Angul is industry concentrated too. Security experts say it is about time State Police mobilised Central Para Military Forces to Angul before Maoists make a statement.

Maoists trying to strengthen base in State

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 – The Maoist rebels are desperately trying to establish strong roots in Assam, not only to expand its bases, but also to bring in weapons through the porous international border with Myanmar. However, arrest of senior leaders from time to time has proved to be a major setback for the rebels. Highly placed police sources told The Assam Tribune that according to information gathered by the police and security agencies, the Maoist rebels have managed to set up three committees – Upper Assam Leading Committee, Lower Assam Leading Committee and Barak Valley Leading Committee. Of the three committees, the Upper Assam Committee is the most active.

Sources said that the Maoists are trying to infiltrate among the tea tribes in the districts of Sivasagar and Jorhat, and among the flood-affected people in Sadiya, Majuli and Dhemaji. The tea tribes are considered to be most vulnerable as they may be wooed by the Maoists because of the problems faced by the tribes. The slow progress of talks with five militant groups of tea tribes and Adivasi community is also a major cause of concern as the frustrated cadres of the outfits may switch over to the fold of the Maoist rebels. There are at least a thousand cadres of such militant groups sitting idle and the Maoists may try to use them. At least granting of status of Scheduled Tribe to the tea tribes, who are considered tribals in other parts of the country, will deter them from joining the Maoist rebels, sources added. Another major aim of the Maoists to establish base in Assam and other parts of the North East is to get access to the arms smuggling rackets.

So far, the Maoists are depending mostly on weapons snatched from Government agencies. But the inputs suggest that the Maoists are thinking in lines of bring in weapons from abroad and the porous international border with Myanmar is now the easiest way for doing so. Almost all the rebel groups of the North East are now bringing in weapons through the porous international border with Myanmar and the Maoists are eyeing the same arms smuggling route.

On the recent arrest of hardcore Maoist rebel Aditya Bora in Golaghat district, police sources said that Bora was earlier arrested in Jharkhand in February 2011. But after he was brought to Assam, he managed to jump bail and rejoined the rebel group. Since them he managed to evade arrest and tried to strengthen the organization in lower Assam. The Lower Assam Leading Committee is dormant after the arrest of key member Aklanta Rabha, while, the recent arrest of three rebels including a woman from West Bengal posed major setback to the rebels in the Barak Valley.

2 IEDs unearthed in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Oct 4 (PTI) Security forces have recovered two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), allegedly planted by Maoists, from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. While an explosive weighing 10 kg was unearthed from Bande police station area, another of 5 kg was recovered from Siksod police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI. Acting on a tip-off, a joint squad of Border Security Force (BSF) and district police launched a de-mining operation on Rengawahi road, a Maoist hotbed, located around 250 kms away from here, he said.

On reaching at a bridge between Marweda and Rengawahi villages, they spotted an electric wire connection following which an IED kept in a steel container was found placed under the bridge, Meena added. Similarly, another joint team of security personnel recovered an IED placed beneath a tree near a temple between Sanatarai and Manhakal villages of Siksod area, the officer said. The explosives were planted by the rebels to target the security personnel or their vehicles during their operation in the area, the SP said, adding both explosives were defused by the bomb disposal squad.

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