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


Naxal attack in Jharkhand: 2 Police jawans martyred

Two Police jawans were martyred in a gun-battle with the ultras of CPI Maoist at Kathardih forest located under Sunder Pahadi Police station area of Godda in Jharkhand. The incident spot is located on the bordering areas of Pakur-Dumka district of this state. The ADGP SN Pradhan has been sent from Ranchi to Godda for monitoring the situation.

Jamui on alert after Maoist posters call for poll boycott

Jamui: Posters of CPI (Maoist) calling for election boycott in Jamui have not only alarmed the police and the home department but are also being seen as a warning to them for evolving fresh strategies to check the activities of the banned Naxal outfit during the the upcoming assembly poll in the state. The posters were spotted on welcome arches at Sono Chowk and Charka Patthar under Sono Block on Friday. The police have seized them. Most of the polling booths, including 259 in Jamui constituency, 281 in Sikandra (SC) assembly constituency, 293 (JhaJha) assembly constituency and 293 in Chakai assembly constituency out of 1,326 booths in Jamui district are vulnerable to Maoist violence. Jamui goes to the polls in the first-phase of electioneering on October 12, which will see 6,04,298 men and 5,20,744 women casting their votes.

“Majdoor, kisan, chhatra aur naujawan jaan gayei netaon kay chaal… humsab milkar karengay vote ka bahiskar…(labourers, farmers, students and youths have understood the games of politicians… and hence we will boycott the poll)”, read the posters asking people to abstain from voting. Another poster said, “Operation Green Hunt kay naam par nirdosh janata kay saath maar-peet, hatya, jail aadi daman chalanay walay neta ka aaj vote bahiskar karen…(let us stay away from the election of politicians who have subjected innocent people to assault, killing and imprisonment in the name of Operation Green-Hunt)”. Written in Hindi in red ink, the posters were in the name of the CPI (Maoist). A fortnight ago, similar posters had surfaced in Boutha, Musharat and and other villages under the Maheshwari panchayat of the district.


Two constables of para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) sustained injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Bastar region’s insurgency hotbed Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, police said. The blast took place in restive Murdandha village falling in limits of Awapalli police station during morning hours, said Bijapur’s Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Indira Kalyan Elesela.

The injured CRPF constables were identified as Suresh and Abhay Pratap. According to ASP Bijapur, while undertaking anti-Naxal exercise in areas between Awapalli and Basaguda, the constable duo accidently stepped on a powerful IED planted by rebels to target security personnel. In the blast, the troopers suffered severe injuries and rushed to nearby hospital for treatment. The injured constables were airlifted to Raipur for advanced medical assistance.

Security forces arrest hardcore Maoist in Bihar

Gaya, Oct 10 (ANI): Police in Bihar foiled an attack by rebels and arrested a hardcore Maoist along with material used for landmine explosions and other documents. State police along with a team of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) Cobra battalion conducted a search operation after receiving a tip-off about the presence of Maoists in the Gaya district and that they have placed landmines in the area. Police foiled the Maoists’ plan of attacking the security personnel during upcoming state elections in Bihar.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gaya, Manu Maharaj said the arrested Maoist was identified as Sunil Dangi. Police informed that two other Maoists, however, managed to flee from the spot. The Maoists, also known as ‘Naxals’ in India, seek the violent overthrow of the Indian state and have fought authorities for decades, particularly in rural areas of central and eastern India where they enjoy some support.

Maoists blame govt policies, mining for abduction of TDP men

Five days after the abduction of three local TDP leaders in GK Veedhi, the CPI Maoist ‘East Division Secretary’ Kailasam today released a letter saying the “anti-people” policies of TDP government in Andhra Pradesh was responsible for it. Despite the protests against the bauxite mining in Vizag Agency, the TDP government was pushing mining at the cost of the livelihood of the tribals, the letter said.

The Naxals have also given Vizag Agency bandh call on October 12 and 13. TDP leaders Mamidi Balayya Padal, Vandalam Balayya and Mukkala Mahesh were kidnapped by rebels from GK Veedhi area of the district on Monday after they went to meet the Maoists following an invitation. District Collector N Yuvraj said the rebels so far had not made any specific demands for the release of three leaders, and the administration was doing everything to secure their release.


Harassed and arrested: Why Chhattisgarh remains a difficult place for both citizens and journalists

A murmur of amusement rippled through the corridor in Jagdalpur court on October 1, as Joga*, a panchayat member of Bhadrimahu village, read out the headlines in the previous day’s newspapers to a group of his neighbours. “About 150 villagers from Bhadrimahu village of Darbha block descended 14 kilometres by foot to reach Darbha thana seeking security against the Maoists,” one of the newspapers reported. The report went on to quote SRP Kalluri, the Inspector General of police, Bastar, as saying: “The population of Bastar is now wake. They are fed up with the Maoists, which is why the villagers reached Darbha thana.” The Superintendent of Police, Ajay Yadav, was quoted to say : “The villagers want peace now… It was only after much persuasion and sufficient assurance of protection that the villagers left for their homes.”

Listening to the reports, the villagers could not suppress their laughter, despite the grim circumstances that had brought them to the region’s administrative centre. The policemen were lying, they said. They had trekked from their village on September 29 to secure the release of five village boys arrested by the police. A local journalist, Santosh Yadav, had noted their testimonies. Hours later, he too was arrested by the police. Now, the villagers had gathered in his support outside the courtroom where he was being presented by the police.


Police accused of killing innocent tribal farmer in Dantewada

Body forcibly cremated to destroy evidence, says Soni Sori

Tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori has accused the Dantewada district police of killing a tribal farmer in Dantewada, calling him a Maoist, and burning his body to destroy evidence. Bhima Madavi, the farmer from Nilavay village under the Aranpur police station of Dantewada, was found dead on the evening of October 6. The body bore bullet injuries. “It was someone from the police who shot Bhima Madavi. Hundreds of policemen were present in the area when the incident took place. The villagers of Nilavay are also making the same claim,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.

The Dantewada police, she said, tried to destroy evidence by “forcibly burning” the body. “When I got to know of the incident, I told the villagers to preserve the body and that I would take them to the Aranpur station to file a complaint. We also wanted a post-mortem done; but before I could reach the village on Thursday, hundreds of policemen reached there and forcibly cremated the body,” she said.

Maoists kill special police officer Maharashtra

Shankar Wadde (30), working as Special Police Officer (SPO), was shot dead outside Mallumpodur village in Bhamragarh tehsil (revenue unit) in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra by cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) who had earlier abducted him on October 6 from his home, reports The Times of India on October 10.

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