Maoist leader accuses Malkangiri SP of corruption, false propaganda
VISAKHAPATNAM: The leader of the Malkangiri, Visakhapatnam and Koraput border division committee of the banned CPI (Maoist), Venu, lashed out at Malkangiri district SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra for carrying out a false propaganda against the Maoists. He alleged that cops have been keeping arms and explosives in dumps only to take them out later and announce that they have unearthed Maoist dumps. “This has become a routine exercise for the Malkangiri SP,” Venu alleged. “Mahapatra has been claiming that the Telugu leaders of CPI (Maoist) are responsible for the deaths of innocent tribals. If he has evidence, he should come out for an open debate,” Venu said, adding that the Maoists do not have any caste, creed or religion as revolutionaries have only one aim — to free the people from the clutches of the bourgeois. He also accused the Malkangiri SP of being involved in false publicity and corruption.
In a press note released on Saturday, the Maoist leader alleged that Mahapatra claimed to have ‘affection’ for tribals. “Then why did he torture the teenage boys (aged below 14 years) to death at Silakota after arresting them in September 2013? In another incident, three squad members were killed by the cops at Tondapi in July this year when they were taking rest,” he said. Venu also alleged that the security forces had killed a tribal when he had gone fishing at Nerangijola around five months ago and then claimed that a naxal was killed in an encounter.
“The cops killed Podia area committee member Jogal though they knew he was unwell. Jogal’s brother, who was illegally arrested, also died in prison due to non-availability of proper medical treatment,” he said. “Malaria kills more jawans than Maoists attacks do while the SP roams around in helicopters. The Malkanagiri SP has been accepting crores of rupees from Essar and is responsible for the death of jawans deployed to protect the Essar pipeline,” he alleged. The naxal leader also accused cops of forcing innocent tribals to become informers by threatening them and said cops were responsible for tribal deaths.
Maoists abduct businessmen in Chhattisgarh
The Maoists abducted two businessmen from Yampur village of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Saturday.
Four Maoists Arrested From Odisha Forest
MALKANGIRI: Four Andhra Pradesh-based Maoists, allegedly involved in a number of crimes including abduction of IAS officer R Vineel Krishna four years ago, were arrested by the police from a forest in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. They were captured during a joint combing operation by the BSF and the police in Chintamdoli forest in the Chitrakonda area yesterday, Inspector In-Charge of Chitrakonda police station Pitabas Dharua said.
The four, active in the Korkunda Dalam area, were allegedly involved in a large number of offences including the abduction of the then Malkangiri district Collector R Vineel Krishna in February, 2011, the IIC said. Identified as Kera Shriramulu, K Nageswar Rao, Banda Prasad and Jayasingh Bunjibabu, the ultras were also involved in the landmine blast at Chintamdoli ghat of Chitrakonda reservoir in which three BSF jawans and a civilian were killed on August 26, this year, he said. They were active in naxal activities in Malkangiri and nearby areas of Odisha as well as Andhra Pradesh. The four were also involved in explosions, murder and exchange of fire with the police, they said.
Maoists make regular trips to Kadukumanna: Adivasis
Palakkad: Maoists make frequent trips to the tribal hamlet of Kadukumanna in Attappadi, where the left extremists and police exchanged fire on Saturday, according to local residents. Adivasis in the area said the Maoists had spread anti-government messages and prompted them to support the extremists. “The armed activists used to have or collect food from the hamlets and go back to forests,” they said. Meanwhile, the Agali Police has registered case against the Maoists who fired at cops. Agali native Soman is the prime accused among the five people who have been booked. Search operations are on for the militants in the area. The exchange of fire took place around 11.30 am on Saturday.
A police team of 18 officials led by Agali Circle Inspector K.M. Devasya led the combing operation following information that Maoists were camping in the forests bordering Attappady. The team included the Thunderbolt Police wing formed exclusively to deal with Maoists. It appeared that the Maoists fired the first round in a bid to escape from the police.
No headway in probe into attacks
PALAKKAD: Despite deploying a unit of Thunderbolt, police’s commando wing, to tackle the Maoists menace in Attapadi Hills, the state has made no headway in two major militant attacks that took place in the past one year. The state police also couldn’t locate Maoists leader Roopesh, who was said to be active in Attapadi region. He was later arrested by Tamil Nadu police . To strengthen the anti-Maoist drive, two young IPS officers – H Manjunath and Debesh Kumar Behera – were posted in Palakkad and Malappuram, respectively. Manjunath was later removed from the post.
On December 20, 2014, militants had set ablaze forest office and vehicle at Mukkali, the entry point to Silent Valley. In the second major attack, outlets of KFC and McDonald’s at Chandranagar in the town were vandalized. In March, Thunderbolt, local police, forest and excise officials had conducted combing operations in areas in the district, where Maoists were reportedly sighted. tnnHowever, the operations did not yield any result. Maoists were reported to be sighted in the region even after the operations. Dr P R G Mathur, an expert on tribal affairs and former director of Kerala Institute for Research Training and Development Studies of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (KIRTADS) said that to end the militancy burning issues like alienation of tribal land, poverty, unemployment, corruption in the utilization of fund for tribal welfare and infant deaths should be addressed.
Police Keeping Track of Maoist Movements in State
KOZHIKODE:The exchange of fire between Maoists and special task force at Attapaddy, Palakkad, on Saturday is the result of the state-wide special operation launched by the Kerala Police to counter any possible designs of the insurgents to disrupt the local body polls. According to senior police officers, there was specific information about movement of suspected Maoist elements at various parts of Wayanad, Kannur, Malappuram and Palakkad and a massive combing operation was initiated in these districts a couple of days back to counter it.
“The combing operation at Attapaddy was carried out based on a specific intelligence input and the shootout took place when the insurgents unexpectedly came infront of the combing team,” the officers said, adding that shadow police teams were already deployed in sensitive areas to check the movement of strangers. Intelligence ADGP A Hemachandran confirmed that the intelligence wing has been fully activated to keep track of suspected Maoist movements in the state.
“We have been analysing their movement and have taken all necessary steps,” he said. The police officers said Maoists have been keeping a low profile in the state since the arrest of its key leaders, including Roopesh and his wife Shina, in May this year and now they may be looking for an opportunity to make their presence felt in the state through covert operations. The Kerala Police has been coordinating with their Tamil Nadu and Karnataka counterparts to check Maoist movement in border areas.
Maoist attack: UAPA against five
PALAKKAD: Police have filed a case, invoking Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against five Maoists who allegedly opened fire at policemen in Attapady. The accused include Swadesi Soman from Wayanad and Ayyappan from Panniyoorpadi, who, according to the FIR registered, are the only Malayalis involved in the attack. The police believe that woman Maoist Kanyakumari is also in the Maoist gang. They have not disclosed the names of the other two persons. Meanwhile, search is going on for more Maoists and a combined operation is being conducted by Thunderbolt and Police. The investigation is progressing under the instructions of Agaly DySP.
Mobile phone stores under scanner
Investigations reveal that Maoist leader Jitendra Oraon had procured several SIM cards using fake address proofs. With investigations revealing that Maoist leader Jitendra Oraon had procured several SIM cards using fake address proofs, several mobile stores in the Ernakulam rural region have now come under the police scanner. While working at Angamaly since 2012, Oraon had purchased around eight SIM cards, most of which were taken to Jharkhand for operations of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), a banned outfit. Investigations also revealed that he had lived in disguise as a tea factory worker in Wayanad in 2007 and procured 40 SIM cards out of which 32 were used for coordinating activities of his organisation.
Migrant labourers running stores
The police found that several among the 100-odd mobile stores in and around Perumbavur are run by migrant labourers. These stores sold SIM cards at low prices and without demanding identity proof. “Two methods are used to gain the cards – by giving false addresses and by presenting fake documents in the name of people who have died. The verifications agents too are under scanner,” said a top official with the Ernakulam rural police.
POLICE FOIL PLANNED TERROR ATTACK ON PATROLLING PARTY IN GIRIDIH; 41 IEDS DEFUSED
The Giridih police along with the 154 battalion of CRPF on Saturday evening foiled an attempt to landmine blast near Tesaphuli village under the Nimiaghat Police Station by the extremists, said Kuldip Dwivedi, while addressing the media here. Giridih SP Kuldip Dwivedi, while confirming the incident, said a death trap was laid by squid of CPI(Maoist )rebels on Saturday evening at around 7pm. However, local Nimiaghat, Dumari police and their accomplices CRPF managed to escape.
A big crater has been formed at the site of the blast. Deiwedi said a joint operation by Giridih police has been launched to flush out the Naxals from the area. Giridih SP Kuldip Dwivedi said timely intervention by the police helped to evade a major tension to the area. Confirming the incident, police sources said in the evening Nimiaghat, Dumari police along with 154 battalion of CRPF went for LRP in Tesaphuli village near Madhuwan area of Parasnath, which are highly affected Left wing extremists’ areas. Police sources said that LRP is done on foot and not on vehicles. Here also, the police party was returning from LRP on . The areas where the police team were doing LRP is 15 kilometers away in the dense hilly and forest region, from the Matobera-Madhuban road near Tesaphuli village.
Officer-in charge of Nimiaghat, RK Rana was leading the forces. Police sources said after walking some distance, the police called their vehicle near Tesaphuli village, nearly 1 km away from the spot. As they were returning from there in their vehicle a series of landmines blasted near a culvert. There is no confirmation regarding any causality or injury to from either side. The Giridih police also recovered and defused 41 IED at site where the incident took place. The explosives were laid by CPI(Maoist) activists targeting the Giridih police team in the area.