People’s War in India Clippings 8/10/2015


Woman naxalite killed in gun battle with police

A woman naxalite was shot dead in a fierce gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district during an operation which led to the rescue of some villagers held hostage by the ultras, police said on Wednesday. The armed exchange took place between a joint team of security personnel and the ultras in Chandameta village forest under Darbha police station limits last night, Bastar’s Additional Superintendent of Police, Vijay Pandey, said.

Acting on a specific input about some people from Kandanar village being held hostage by Naxals inside the forest, the joint squad of state police’s District Reserve Group and CRPF was dispatched to carry out searches late last evening, the ASP said. While they were cordoning off the forest area near Chandameta, which is located around 400 km away from the state capital, the exchange took place between the security forces and a group of armed rebels. Engaged by the security forces and finding them zeroing in on them, the ultras fled to the dense forest taking advantage of the cover of the night, he said. Thereafter, during a search at the spot, the body of a woman naxal was found.

A .315 bore and some .12 bore guns were also recovered, he said. The slain naxal has been identified as Piso, a native of Jheeram village. The villagers who were being held hostage by the Naxals were rescued during the operation, Mr Pandey said. Blood stains at the spot indicated that some ultras might have been injured in the gun battle, the SP said, adding that a search in the area is underway. – PTI

Naxals admit setbacks but vow to fight back

Gadchiroli: A Naxal document, retrieved by security forces from Gadchiroli-Gondia belt last month, reveals rebels try hard to keep their chin up despite debilitating setbacks inflicted by the security forces across the state. Amid loss of many senior cadres, the Naxals’ document on the occasion of the 11th unity congress claims that rebels too have tasted success. The document, attributed to Naxalite spokesperson Abhay of Dandakaranya special zonal committee, admits setbacks in the form of death of several senior cadres while fighting security forces but contradicts claim of security forces that their recruitment had dried up.

The Naxals, while detailing their 2014 successes, underlined the fact that they had managed to set up ‘janatana sarkars’ or local government at many places across India. They included setting up more such governments and inducting local population in their executive bodies and committees helping to create many so-called ‘liberated zones’ and guerrilla bases surrounding buffer regions with support base of jan militia formed into Area Rakshak Dal (ARD) and Gram Rakshak Dal (GRD) as main aim.

The document cautioned cadres that ‘enemy’ forces had started opening more fronts at different levels and suggested that a more comprehensive approach was required to take on the challenge. The Naxals claimed that they were able to seize several firearms of the security forces during various encounters along with around 5400 live cartridges across India. The rebels also urged their cadres to ensure that support bases were extended to such areas where there were agrarian crisis or displacement issues cropping up. The reference to the need of defeating ‘Operation Greenhunt’ crops up frequently in the document despite government denying existence of any such operation.

Chhattisgarh: 3 policemen injured in encounter with Naxals in Sukma

At least three police personnel in Chhattisgarh were injured in an encounter with the Naxals in Sukma on Thursday. The encounter took place in the morning.

Four CoBRA jawans injured in separate Naxal incidents

New Delhi :- Four CoBRA jawans were today injured in separate Naxal incidents in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. While three personnel were hurt during a gunbattle between security forces and ultras in Bhejji area, another sustained injuries in a pressure bomb blast laid by ultras in Chintagufa area, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. In the first instance, the face-off occurred in the restive Tetri forests under Bhejji Police Station limits while a squad of CRPF’s elite battalion-CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the region, the ASP said. The team of CoBRA’s 208 battalion was mobilised from its Errabor camp this morning for the operation.

Local Tribal cops are now target of Maoists in Bastar

Nine Tribal constables were killed after abduction this year.

Kudium Pandu (30), an auxiliary constable of Chhattisgarh police posted in Farsegad police camp of Bijapur district in Bastar division, dropped his wife to Talmendri village on September 27 as her mother died. On September 28, Kudiuam Pandu again went to Telmendri for his mother-in-law’s cremation but while returning he was abducted by the Maoists. A local Tribal from nearby Chitanpalli village, Pandu was found dead hardly 500 meters from Farsegad police camp on the next day. Pandu is not the only local Tribal cop to have been killed after abduction in Bijapur this year. Eight other auxiliary constables, all from local areas, have been abducted and killed in Bijapur this year.

On April 7, auxiliary constable Bira Basant was going to his village Madded, when the Maoists abducted him. For next two days, school children and local trading community organised “silent” rallies in Bijapur and appealed to the Maoists to release their “Tribal brother”. But the public appeal fell on deaf ears and on April 15, Bira Basant’s body was found on Gangaloor- Bijapur road. In the same month, Sundar Kashyap, posted in Mirtur police station and Bhagirathi Kartam posted in Kutaru police station of Bijapur, were abducted and killed by the guerrillas of Communist Party of India (Maoist) which claim to fight for “Tribal cause” in Bastar. In June, Telam Dokka, who was posted in Talipenta police station of Bijapur, was killed in the same fashion.

On July 13, four auxiliary constables, Jaydev Yadav (30, Rama Majji (25), Mangal Sodhi (27) and Rajuram Telam (30), were returning to Kutaru police camp in a local passenger bus after withdrawing their salary money from an ATM in Nemed village. “The Maoists stopped the bus, took it a few meters inside forest and abducted all four after separating them from other passengers. Their dead bodies were found after two days on the same road,” informed Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) I. Kalyaan Elesela. They were unarmed Eight out of nine auxiliary constables killed after abduction in Bijapur this year, were local Tribals and were travelling without any weapon and in civil uniform for personal or family work.

Three Maoist arrested in Bhojpur

PATNA: In a major breakthrough three Maoists were arrested from ‎Ajimabad police station area in Bhojpur district on Thursday. Ara SP Navin Chandra Jha said, “During a combing operation ahead of assembly polls, the security personnel arrested three members of CPI (Maoist) and seized five cylinder bombs, ‎two can bombs, six electronic detonator from their possession. ” He further added that the Maoists have confessed that they were carrying the explosives to use them before election. Bhojpur is going to polls in the third phase of Bihar assembly election, polling date on October 26. The red rebels have declared boycott of the assembly election.

Maoists boycott Bihar polls, call it ‘mockery of democracy’

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has given a call for the boycott of polls in Bihar, espousing an armed agrarian movement across the state to establish “real people’s rule”. It has also threatened voters with serious consequences if they take part in a “mockery of democracy where the parties indulge in selling election symbols to contestants”. The call is in line with the banned outfit’s aversion to parliamentary politics. In a four-page note issued by its Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee on Wednesday, the Maoist group did not spare the Left parties too. It called them “power-hungry organisations”.

The Maoists said all political parties including BJP, JD-U, RJD, Congress and CPI have the common goal of looting the nation’s wealth. “Take up arms to establish your authority over jungle, jal (water) and zamin (land) and be a part of the armed class struggle to defeat these feudal and imperial forces robbing the country for centuries.”


Cops reveal Maoist, NSCN-IM link

Golaghat, Oct. 6: Maoist leader Aditya Bora, who was arrested last week, had floated the Revolutionary Peoples Group (RPG) to get training from the NSCN (Isak-Muivah), police said today. Police sources said the NSCN (I-M) had refused to give training to Maoists. Hence Bora tried to get training for Maoist cadres operating in Upper Assam under the cover of RPG. Bora, 41, the founder of Upper Assam Leading Committee (one of the three Maoist organisations in Assam), was arrested from Khakandaguri area under Dergaon police station in Golaghat district by a police team, led by additional superintendent of police Numal Mahatta, on October 1. Borah’s associates Uttam Hazarika, 25, and Binanda Bora, 21, were arrested along with him. Interrogation of the trio has revealed that Bora was also the key liaison person between Maoists and the Peoples Liberation Army of Manipur and would sent Maoist cadres for training to Manipur and Nagaland, the sources said.

“After Bora’s arrest, rhino poacher Dulal Pegu and Moina Dohutia of Bor Mesai village in Tinsukia district are leading the outfit. We suspect Pegu used to trade rhino horns to procure arms and ammunition for the Maoists,” one of the sources said. Mahatta said Pegu had formed the Karbi Anglong Simantoborti Anchalik Samity (Maoists) and was looking after its activities in the areas bordering Karbi Anglong district. According to the sources, Upper Assam districts are becoming a hotbed of Maoist activities. While arms training of its cadres takes place mostly outside Assam, political training is imparted to them in Upper Assam itself. Since his arrest, Bora has been grilled by several security agencies of the state. Sources said a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team is likely to visit Golaghat to question him. Maoists have three committees in the state – Upper Assam Leading Committee, Lower Assam Leading Committee and Barak Valley Leading Committee.

All these committees work under Eastern Regional Bureau, an umbrella organisation of the Maoists headed by Bora. Maoist activity in Golaghat first came to light when NIA sleuths arrested former secretary-general of Manab Adhikar Sangram Samity, Pallab Borbora, on June 3, 2012, for his alleged links with the red rebels. On January 18, 2013, Aditya Saikia, president (in-charge) of Assam Student Youth Organisation was arrested for allegedly spreading Maoist propaganda. On June 12 that year, Monjit Bora and Sangita Barua, two suspected Maoist cadres, were arrested in Golaghat district. On November 11, 2014, Simanta Hazarika alias Lachit Hazarika was arrested from his residence at Natungaon Guijan in Dergaon for his alleged links with Maoists.

In February this year, Golaghat police arrested four persons – Nirmal Tirki alias David Tirki, 42, Padmeswar Ghatowal, 38, Bupai Ghatowar, 40, and Sanjay Singh alias Ram Singh, 36 – for allegedly recruiting youths for Maoist activities and sending them to Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand for training. Three of the four arrested belonged to the All Adivasi National Liberation Army, including its founder and commander-in-chief, Nirmal, and district commandant, Padmeswar.

Maoists Abduct 3 Tdp Men in Vizag

VISAKHAPATNAM: Banned CPI Maoists allegedly abducted three Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders of GK Veedhi Mandal, branding them as supporters of bauxite mining, at GK Veedhi in Agency area of Vishakapatnam on Tuesday. Those abducted include GK Veedhi Mandal Party president V Balaiah, district committee executive member M Mahesh and Janmabhoomi committee member M Balaiah. Tension prevailed in and around GK Veedhi, Chintapalle and other Maoist strongholds following the incident.

Sources said that the Maoists had been convening meetings with several tribals including TDP leaders over the past few days. According to GK Veedhi Inspector of Police G Rambabu, CPI Maoists of Korukonda area committee had repeatedly called the three TDP men to discuss the bauxite mining issue in a meeting, following which the trio went into the jungle on Monday. However, they did not return. Senior police officers, who are reviewing the situation, suspect that the Maoists could have laid a trap for the police, who are expected to be on their trail as part of the rescue operations. Speaking to Express, a senior police officer did not rule out the possibility of a trap and even suspected that the Maoists could have planted landmines.

Meanwhile, the Special Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist) released a letter on Tuesday in Visakhapatnam Agency, alleging that the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was trying to lift the bauxite reserves in the area, thereby adversely affecting the lives of thousands of tribals. In protest against bauxite mining, the committee also gave a bandh call from October 7 to 13 in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB). However, villagers of GK Veedhi are a scared lot now. Recently, Maoists kidnapped and killed youth from Munchingput and other areas after branding them as police informers.

Kidnapped TDP leaders yet to be traced

VISAKHAPATNAM: The situation in the Visakha Agency continues to be tense with the three local TDP leaders, who were kidnapped by naxals on Monday evening, still under captivity. However, the local tribal community leaders are hopeful that their peace talks with the Maoists scheduled to be held on Thursday would be successful. According to sources, three members of the Chintapalli Girijana Udyoga Sangham led by P Balayya, M Venkata Rao and S Raja Rao requested an intermediary allegedly sent by the naxals to release the local TDP leaders.

However, the naxals are yet to respond. “It is not known where the Tribal leaders have been taken by the Maoists as the CGUS members returned unsuccessful,” said Visakha Rural superintendent of police Koya Praveen, who returned from Chintapalli on Wednesday. Meanwhile, most of the TDP leaders and major cadre members from the agency areas have fled the hills. The police have on their part appealed to the leaders of all the political parties not to step into the Andhra-Odisha Border areas without providing prior information. Police sources also said that they have not been conducting combing operations for a long time, which is why Maoist movement has somewhat increased in the areas.

2 Maoists held for ’14 pre-LS poll attack

BOKARO: Two Maoists were arrested on Wednesday during a search operation by a joint team of police and CRPF personnel, headed by Bermo DSP Neeraj Kumar, in Tuti Jharna area of Luggu Hill under Mahuataad police station. The accused includes a woman and her brother-in-law, said police. They were active members of the squad under Maoist commander Santosh Mahto, said Kumar. “The accused, identified by police as Hiralal Tuddu and Surajmuni, confessed to their involvement in the attack launched on police personnel ahead of Lok Sabha polls in 14,” said Kumar.

Additional Forces for Satkosia Combing

ANGUL: The ongoing combing by security forces in Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary seems to have little impact on Maoist movement in the area. At least 50 Maoists including 15 women cadres held a meeting in Khrusnachakragarh village within the sanctuary limits on Tuesday. Locals said Maoists interacted with them and inquired about the problems they were facing in the village, which is located 30 km away from Angul city. The ultras had dinner in the village and escaped into the forest late on Tuesday night.

Similar reports were received from the villages of Kulsore, Pukunda and Manikjodi. Police have been carrying out combing for the last seven days following reports of Maoist presence in the sanctuary . While cops have estimated presence of 50 Maoists in the area, locals put the number at 300.

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