Maoists in Western Ghats: part-II:
‘Wanted’ Thane man key Maoist operative in state
Investigations have revealed that Sanjay Deepak Rao (52) of Ambernath in Thane is leading the operations of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee (WGSPZ) of CPI-Maoists in Maharashtra. Rao’s name cropped up during the interrogation of top Maoist leader Konath Murlidharan alias Ajith alias Thomas Joseph (61) and his “courier” Ismail Hamza alias Jamesh Mathew (25), who were arrested by the Maharashtra ATS from Talegaon Dabhade in Pune on May 8, 2015. Rao has been named as a wanted accused in the chargesheet filed recently by the ATS.
Naxal posters in Warangal threaten revenge for encounters
Wall posters that appeared near A.P. Rayons Factory in Kamalapur of Mangapet mandal caused commotion among people and police here in Warangal District. The posters were spotted in the wee hours of Thursday and they were issued in the name of Khammam – Karimnagar – Warangal (KKW) committee secretary of Maoist party Damodar. They featured a threat issued to Minister A. Chandulal and TRS leader Umesh Reddy holding them responsible for recent encounter in which Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy were killed by the police. They threatened to kill all those responsible for the encounter. The Naxals in the posters demanded that the efforts be made to reopen the BILT factory.
They accused the TRS leaders of making a lot of promises but delivered nothing so far. The leaders should not venture into rural areas without addressing the issues facing people else they would be shot dead, the naxals said. Meanwhile, the police dismissed them as fake posters but reportedly summoned the former naxals and are inquiring. The combing in rural areas and forests abutting the tribal hamlets were also intensified by armed policemen.
After a long gap, the posters by naxals are appearing in several parts of the district for the past one year. They appeared in Parkal and Mogullapalli mandals in which the naxals threatened the local contractors and politicians against encroachment of government land and illegal mining. In view of these posters and reported ongoing recruitment into Maoist party, the police launched full scale operations both inside and outside forest areas.
Security personnel on Red radar
BOKARO: The officials of district police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are on alert following inputs that naxalites are keeping vigil on their movements and family probably with a plan to target them. Police have information that in past few days, Maoists have done reiki of two senior officers including ASP (operation), Sanjay Kumar and assistant commandant, CRPF, Siddarth Gautam. Besides there could be few other cops. However they have been alerted. Gautam is posted in Rehawan CRPF camp in Gomia while Kumar is leading naxal operations in that area.
The two officials are engaged in anti-naxal search operations launched in jungles of Jhumra, Luggu and other areas of Gomia and Nawadih blocks. Cops believe that such move of Maoists is in retaliation to the jolt faced by them with arrest of many naxals in police raids in past couple of months. District police jointly with CRPF have arrested about one and half dozen Maoists in past two months span in Gomia and neighbouring areas. Commandant of 26, Battalion, CRPF, Dr Sanjay Kumar confirmed that naxal are keeping eye on few officers who are leading raids against Maoists. “We have alerted the officials while intensified raids against the naxals in jungles and their hideouts in villages.
Maoists are panicky with continuous arresting of their sympathizers and squad members. 10 naxals are arrested in past 28 days,” said Commandant. According to a police officer, Maoists have lost their dominion in the area. There are only 18-20 Maoists left in the area, which are led by area commander, Santosh Mahto and sub-zonal commander, Duryodhan Mahto alias Mithlesh Singh. At present Duryodhan has exit the area and is now in Saranda. Santosh is leading naxal activities. Police have information, that Santosh hold a meeting with squad members recently at Simrabeda village of Jhumra. In the meeting he has formed a naxal team, who is dealt with a task to keep vigil on the movements of police officers.
CRPF officers have assessed that Maoists are avoiding encounters with police in jungles as they are very few in numbers. Naxals are keeping watch on police officers probably with a strategy to target them outside jungles. “Police have strengthened its intelligence network in the area. Based on information provided by our sources the arrests of so many naxals become possible. Our reliable sources have confirmed about the reiki of police officers being done by naxals,” said an officer. ASP, Operation, Sanjay Kumar said that he is alert following information. “I have discussed with my senior officials after sensing that naxals are keeping watch on me and my family. There are few other police and CRPF officers on whom Maoists are keeping watch”.
Maoist threat to Giriraj Singh, Mukul Roy; MHA warns West Bengal govt
The MHA has warned that BJP MP Giriraj Singh and rebel TMC MP Mukul Roy may be under the radar of CPI(Maoists), as per India Today report. The ministry is said to have alerted the West Bengal government of the same.
Centre myopic on threat from left wing extremism in MP
The Narendra Modi government seems content to pursue its predecessor’s policy in dealing with the Maoists. Two steps forward and one backward was the UPA policy to deal with the Left Wing Extremists (LEW) for years now. While it prepares to launch a concerted offensive it is leaving enough loopholes for them to escape.
One sample is how it has dealt with them by cutting funds provided to Madhya Pradesh to fight the Maoist menace. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been demanding inclusion of at least five more districts in its list of Maoist-affected region while the Centre wants to delist even Balaghat, the only district it recognises as Maoist-affected after Chhattisgarh was carved out of the State 15 years ago. The decision obviously flows from the perception that no active violence has been seen in Balaghat district over the past few years.
50 bombs found, cops exchange fire with Naxalites
LATEHAR: Around 50 bombs were recovered following an encounter between the police and Naxalites in Latu jungle of Naxal-hit Latehar district today, an official said.
Police bust arms factory in Bokaro, arrest 2 Maoist sympathizers
Bokaro, Oct 29 (ANI): Police in Bokaro city of Jharkhand busted a mini arms factory and arrested two Maoist sympathizers running it. A joint operation was conducted by police along with paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) after they got information about Maoist rebels planning to disrupt the ongoing elections for local village council in the state and attacking police patrol parties. This mini arms factory was also a workshop where the two accused, identified as Kullo Prajapati and Talo Manjhi, also carried out repair work for Maoist weapons.
Superintendent of Police (SP), YS Ramesh, said the two had a record of carrying out blasts in neighbouring Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The two men were running the factory from the premises of their home itself. The joint team of police and CRPF seized three muzzle loading weapons and a wide variety of tools used for manufacturing arms and weapons.
Forest and police personnel intensified their combing operations in the Thirunelly forest area under the North Wayanad forest division on Wednesday in search of a group that reportedly distributed pamphlets on Maoist ideals at Gundikapparambu, near Thirunelly, on Tuesday night. Police sources said a seven-member group, including two women, came to Gundikapparambu around 7.15 p.m., shouted slogans and distributed printed pamphlets in a tribal colony and nearby shops, urging the people to boycott the local body elections.
They pasted posters on the walls decrying the elections. The group left the site after purchasing provisions such as rice and tomato from a shop. Later, a member of the group came to a private homestay in the area around 11 p.m., demanding cigarettes from the owner, sources added.
Three CRPF personnel injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh
Three Constables of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were injured in an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) blast in Sukma District on October 28, reports The Hindu. Commenting on the matter Santosh Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Operations, Sukma said “A pressure IED, planted by the Maoists, exploded near Burkapal CRPF camp of Sukma when a team of CRPF’s 74th battalion was out as a road opening party. Three CRPF men suffered injuries in the incident.” The explosion took place when one trooper accidentally put his foot on the pressure IED.