CRPF Jawan Injured in IED Blast
RAIPUR: A CRPF jawan was today injured in an IED blast in Naxal-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Officials said the incident occurred along the forested Chintagufa-Burkapal axis when constable D Mani and his team were out for a task to sanitise a helipad for the landing of a chopper. Mani was hit by a pressure Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during this task and was later evacuated by air to Jagdalpur. “Mani has a splinter injury on his left leg and he is now out of danger,” the official said. Mani belongs to the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed in the south Bastar area for anti-Maoist duties, the official added.
Senior Maoist leader nabbed
KAKINADA (EAST GODAVARI): In a major blow to Maoists, one of their senior leaders – Telangana state committee member and Khammam district secretary Eruvu Sivareddy alias Kiran – was arrested along with an RMP, Naresh, in the district on Sunday. Kiran, who carries a reward of Rs 20 lakh, was allegedly involved in 73 offences in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and allegedly killed 27 people by branding them as police informers. East Godavari district SP M Ravi Prakash told media persons here on Monday night that they got information about Kiran’s moments and nabbed him at Nandigama village in Etapaka mandal of East Godavari as he had come for medical treatment.
Etapaka was earlier part of Khammam district but was merged into East Godavari after seven mandals of Khammam were merged into Andhra Pradesh during bifurcation. While police sources said Etapaka circle inspector Veerayya Goud nabbed the naxal leader, civil liberties organizations alleged that Kiran was arrested at a village in West Godavari district while he was receiving treatment for dengue. Kiran joined the then People’s War Group (PWG) in 1992 and was inducted into Eturunagaram dalam and later shifted to Manuguru dalam next year.
He rose to become the commander of the Dalam and worked till 2001 after which he was shifted to the Illendu Area Committee, where he worked for three years before being promoted as Manuguru divisional committee member (DCM). During his tenure as DCM, Kiran monitored the area committees of Venkatapuram and Sabari from 2005 to 2009 and later was appointed as Khammam district secretary and promoted as state committee member in 2011. East Godavari SP said Kiran was involved in the murder of senior Greyhounds officer, B Sankarayya, when the elite force was combing the area and took away his AK-47 weapon. He was also involved in the abduction and murder of home guard Neelam Naresh. He said Kiran was an expert in guerilla warfare and was involved in many exchanges of fire.
Maoists extend deadline to govt on bauxite mining by 48 hours
VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists on Monday extended the deadline they gave to the state government for scraping the proposed bauxite mining project in the Visakha Agency by another 48 hours in exchange for releasing the three abducted TDP tribal leaders. The initial deadline was Monday (October 12). They also demanded that the state government stop all combing operations in the Andhra-Odisha Border areas and announce cancellation of the mining proposal within two days.
They warned of dire consequences if the government ignored their threat. The Maoists had abducted three tribal leaders, Mukkali Mahesh, Mamidi Balayya Padal and Vandalam Balayya, exactly a week ago and had leveled allegations of corruption against Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen and Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatro. CPI (Maoists) East Division leader Ramana also released a press note in the Visakha Agency on Monday demanding that the state government stops attacks on tribals in AOB areas. He alleged that the Visakha Rural cops had illegally arrested 35 tribals from Gillelabanda, Sabbapalli and Taddipalli in Balapam area and clamped illegal cases against them.
He asked if this was the friendly policing the rural cops were talking about. Alleging that Korra Sriramulu of Velamjuvvi village in Balapam panchayat was illegally arrested a few weks ago, the Maoist leader demanded that the state government present him in court. Ramana further demanded that the state government stop setting up police outposts at Korukonda, Jerrela, Sapparla and Darakonda villages in the Agency. “All these efforts are nothing but to benefit bauxite companies and not tribals,” he alleged. Ramana also alleged that the naxal wing of the Visakha Rural police has been strengthening its informer network. “They have been harassing the Agency tribals. The PLGA will teach them a lesson if they do not mend their ways,” he warned.
Govt Responsible for Hostages’ Life: Maoists
VISAKHAPATNAM : In a bid to mount pressure on the State government to stop bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam agency, the banned Maoists Monday demanded an announcement by the State government in the next two days. The Maoists warned the government that their decision would determine the fate of the three Telugu Desam Party leaders who are being held hostage. TDP mandal president Mamidi Balayya Padal, senior leader Vandalam Balayya and district committee member Mukkala Mahesh were abducted from GK Veedhi mandal last Monday.
In a letter released to the media in the name of Maoist east division committee leader Ramana, the Maoists put forward a series of demands, including stopping the combing operations in Andhra-Odisha border, releasing one Korra Sriramulu of Velamjuvvi village from police custody and also stop registration of illegal cases against the tribals. “The establishment of police outposts at Korukonda, Jarrela, Sapparla and Darakonda areas was only to help the companies involved in bauxite mining. They serve no purpose for the tribals,” the release said. The extremists further levelled allegations against the police officers of Vzag district and Malkanagiri district in Odisha for supporting the mining companies.
They claimed that the police were resorting to attacks on the tribals in the name of ‘Friendly Policing’ and threatening them with dire consequences to obtain information on Maoist movement. Meanwhile, the kin of the hostages Monday met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Circuit Guest House during the latter’s visit to the city and urged him to initiate measures for the release of the hostages. Chandrababu Naidu enquired about the status of the case and directed the officials to ensure the safe release of the TDP leaders under any circumstances. The family members said that the CM promised to do everything for the release of the leaders. However, there has been no further information about the hostages so far.
The Maoist bandh called in the agency areas Monday and Tuesday demanding dropping bauxite mining in the agency by the TDP government, has been peaceful on the first day. The banned extremists accused the TDP government of helping the multi-national companies in bauxite mining in the ecologically sensitive region while trying to make them scapegoats.
9 ultras arrested in Palamu in September: SP
The Palamu district police has managed to arrest nine ultras in September from separate police station areas. Out of these nine, four of them belong to the CPI (Maoists) while the remaining five are from Tritya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a splinter outfit of the CPI Maoists. Talking to reporters here SP Mayur Patel said, “pistols, rifles, guns (two each), a two wheeler and naxal literature were recovered from them.”
Salwa Judum making inroads in State?
A pamphlet circulated by the anti-Maoist outfit warns Maoists of severe action if they don’t lay down the arms Karimnagar: Speculations are doing rounds that the anti-radicals outfit Salwa Judum is planning to launch its activities in Telangana, as a pamphlet surfaced recently in the name of its Telangana State secretary Yogender. Salwa Judum is an outfit that formed to counter Naxalite violence in Chhattisgarh region. The pamphlet threatened the Maoists with severe consequences, if they tried to resume their activities in the State.
The pamphlet was circulated among some of the police officers through social media and was not revealed to outsiders. The circulation of the pamphlet attains significance as it appeared at a time when various sections blamed the government for killing two Maoists – Shruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy – in ‘fake encounter’ in Warangal district. This is for the first time an outfit, which has been waging a strong battle against extremists in Chhattisgarh, challenged Maoists in Telangana State. It may be recalled that some unknown assailants, who claimed themselves as black cobras, sneaked into the house of late Maoist leader Kanapuri Sambasivudu, who was hacked to death after joining the TRS. Virasam leader Varavara Rao also received threatening calls by someone. In the pamphlet, Yogender threatened physical attack on the family members of Maoist leaders if they failed to give up arms and surrender before the police.
Alleging that the Maoists were spoiling the lives of innocent students by dragging them into extremist movement, he said besides Maoists, Telangana Salwa Judum was also ready to counter other small extremist groups. Commenting on the ruling party leaders’ statements that they would implement Maoist agenda, Salwa Judum leader asked the TRS leaders to stop making such comments for the sake of votes. Requesting the public not to believe human rights activists who were holding agitations for their selfish ends, he also told them not to extend any cooperation to Maoists. He termed the resumption of Singareni Karmika Samakhya (SKS), affiliated to Maoist party in Singareni coal mines, as the negligence of Police Department.
Eight Maoist rebels arrested with explosives in Bihar amid ongoing polls
Gaya, Oct 13 (ANI): Police arrested eight Maoist rebels from across Gaya city of India’s eastern Bihar state on Monday (October 12) and recovered a huge cache of explosives and ammunition from them. Among those arrested is a wanted Maoist rebel, identified as Vijay Yadav, who was supplying explosives to insurgent group, Communist Party of India (Maoist). Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaaj, said that the arrests were made under a special campaign launched by the city police ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar. Maharaaj added that pamphlets appealing locals to boycott the assembly elections were also recovered from the rebels among other things. Among things recovered from the rebels were material used in making cane bombs and cylinder bombs; mobile phones, laptops; tiffin boxes and axes et cetera.
The arrests and recovery of explosives assumes significance in the backdrop of the ongoing assembly elections in the state. Maharaaj said that the explosives were meant for disrupting the elections and for attacking police contingents.
More forces for six Maoist-hit districts
Patna: After successful completion of the first phase of polling, security has been beefed up in the 32 constituencies of six districts which go to polls in phase 2 on October 16. All the 32 constituencies are Maoist-hit. Around 673 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) are being moved to the six districts — Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya. Polling will be done at 7,505 polling booths, of which 3,841 are Maoist-affected.
At 1,492, Gaya has the highest number of Maoist-affected polling booths. As many as 3,841 sections of CAPF will be deployed at the 3,841 polling booths vulnerable to Maoist violence. “All the polling booths of second phase are in Red-affected districts, but we have categorized the polling booths for force deployment purposes,” said a security personnel. According to the deployment plan, 164 companies of CRPF, 121 companies of BSF, 55 companies of ITBP, 88 companies of SSB, 111 companies of CISF and around 100 companies of RAF and armed forces from some other states will be deployed in the second phase of polling. “Several schools and other government buildings have been provided by the state government to house the security forces in the districts. Four choppers will be used by the CAPF, while the Election Commission will use two more choppers to monitor the areas on and before polling days,” said an official.