People’s War in India Clippings 22/10/2015


Chhattisgarh: Woman naxal arrested by police

On Thursday, Chhattisgarh’s police arrested a Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 3 lakh on her head, from state insurgency-hit Dantewada district.The cadre acting on a specific input was apprehended from Dhurli village under Bhansi police station limits. About the arrival of a woman Maoist, Police had received a tip-off at her native village Dhurli for recruiting fresh cadres into the outlawed CPI (Maoist) and immediately a team of security forces was rushed to the spot.

She was identified as Somli Telam (27), who was the deputy commander of Mirtur LOS (local operation squad) of Maoists, according to official.In neighbouring Bijapur district Telam was active where she had allegedly executed several naxals incidents, that includes arson, loot, attacks on police party and murder, he said. Currently she is being interrogated.

Antique .303 Rifles Give Maoists Edge Over Commandos

KOZHIKODE: In the wake of the recent firefight between suspected Maoist ultras and police at Attappadi, it has emerged that the Left-wing extremists in the state are not equipped with ultra-modern weapons. And this became clear after the police party stumbled upon a few bullets used in .303 rifles–exclusively used by the police personnel– from the site of the encounter. Even though the .303 rifles have become a rarity with Kerala Police, who are now equipped with advanced weapons, it gives a tough time to the Thunder Bolt commandos engaged in anti-Maoist operations in the dense forests of the state, as the ultras can fire at the commandos from a distance of 2,000 yards (1.8 km).

Not only that, with the help of the .303 rifle, the Maoists, who are quite familiar with the topography of the forested areas, can open fire at the cops from high-altitude, sources said. “While the Left-wing extremists outside Kerala are well equipped with advanced weapons, in Kerala region they are using 303 rifles, which were looted from police stations of Maoist-affected districts in Bihar, Chhattisgarh,Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. From Attappadi encounter, it is evident that they do not have advanced weapons like automatic-loading rifles (ALRs), self-loading rifles (SLRs), carbines, assault rifles and small weapons,” said aThunder Bolt commando.

ADGP (North Zone) N Shanker Reddy echoed this view saying,“The Left-wing extremist forces might have looted these weapons from the police stations in Maoist-affected states after unleashing attacks there.” It was on Saturday that a police party exchanged fire with the ultras during a combing operation at Kadakkumanna in Attappadi region. Officers said they had come across a five-member gang deep inside the jungles, who suddenly opened fire on the cops. In an encounter with Maoist ultras at Vellamunda area in Wayanad district also, the commandos had spotted .303 rifles and country-made guns in their possession.

Maoist Leader Oroan to Return to Judicial Custody

KOCHI: The Ernakulam Rural Police will return Maoist leader Jitendar Oroan, who was arrested from a hideout at Chembannur near Angamaly this month, to judicial custody on Monday. Oraon, area commander of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army under the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the Garhwa district in Jharkhand, was sent to police custody by a local court on October 15. Though the police interrogated Oraon several times, they could not find any evidence to establish his alleged involvement in Maoist operations in the State.

Meanwhile, the police recorded the arrest of Piyarul Sheik, a Bengal native who allegedly sold hundreds of SIM cards to Oraon without verifying identity documents. Sheik had been running a mobile phone shop in Angamly. It was also found that Oraon had a short sojourn in Wayanad before coming to Angamly three years ago. However, the police could not collect any incriminating evidence against him that could shed light on his alleged Maoist activities in Jharkhand. When taken in to custody from Angamaly, Oraon was working in a local company manufacturing electrical wire.

Maoism becoming active in Kerala: Police report

Palakkad: The Maoist activities are finding pace in Kerala after a brief lull, according to a police report. The police are keeping a close watch on the organisers of a ‘People’s resistance convention’ to be held on October 26 in Thrissur. The convention will be held at Sahitya Akademi Hall. As part of the campaign for the programme, posters have been put up across the town. The convention calls for an end to militarisation of government agencies and hunt for Maoists.

The special branch police has started collecting information about the organisers of the event. The police suspect that Maoist sympathisers are in a bid to form units in Wayanad and Palakkad districts ahead of local body polls. Meanwhile, the police got Maoist leader Roopesh in custody and brought him to Agali in order to collect evidence of the attacks in the Attappady region. The police will produce him before Palakkad district court at 12 noon on Monday. Roopesh was brought to Attappady for the first time after he was arrested from Coimbatore a few months ago. The daughters of Roopesh and Shyna had come to the court to meet him.

HC grants bail to suspected Maoist

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday granted bail to a suspected Maoist arrested on the charge of burning a camp shed of the Forest Department inside the Silent Valley National Park in January. He was arrested by the Agali police in May. The court passed the order on a petition field by Sundaran alias Unnikrishnan of Kumaramputhur, near Mannarkkad. The court while granting bail observed that the prosecution had not filed a petition seeking to extend the time for completing the investigation before the court concerned.

Therefore, the petitioner was entitled to default bail. The court ordered that the petitioner be released on bail on his executing a bond for Rs.25,000 with two solvent sureties to the like sum before the court concerned. The prosecution case was that the petitioner led a team of Maoists that set the shed near the Anavayi upper tribal hamlet on fire. — Special Correspondent

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