Luggu Hill becomes new Red bastion
Bokaro: The dense jungles and rough terrain of Luggu Hill have become a safe hideout for Maoists in Gomia block of the district. Security personnel are now keeping a strict vigil over Luggu Hill in order to conduct anti-Maoist search operations. Luggu Hill is situated close to Jhumra Hill range, which comprises dense jungles. There are natural bunkers and ravines where rebels hide their weapons and camouflage themselves. In March, police along with CRPF found a large stock of arms and ammunitions hidden away by rebels in the jungles of Luggu Hill.
In September, a police team found an improvised explosive device (IED) planted to target them at the foothills. On October 7, a joint team of police and CRPF arrested two hardcore Maoists, including a woman, from Tuti Jharna of Luggu Hill. Bermo DSP Neeraj Kumar, who led more than 12 search operations against Maoists in the past two months, said rebels are losing their stronghold over Jhumra as security personnel has been deployed in the area to thwart their plans.
According to sources, there are only 18 armed rebels in Jhumra Hill. “They have shifted base to Luggu Hill to take advantage of the rough terrain and dense jungles – a perfect hideout for them,” said Kumar. Kumar offers an explanation as to why Luggu Hill was chosen as the rebels’ new hideout. “Luggu and Jhumra Hill are situated close to each other and connected by a dense forest cover which extends to the foothills. When police intensified operations against rebels, they would find it easy to move from Jhumra to Luggu and vice-versa. We are now focused on intensifying operations in Luggu Hill to nab them,” said Kumar.
CRPF commandant Sanjay Kumar said frequent raids have been launched in the area to arrest the rebels. “Maoists would keep watch on us from hill. When a search operation is launched, Maoists would quickly escape through the forests. The Maoist squad in Luggu Hill is led by commander Santosh Mahto, who has charges pending against him,” said Kumar.
Maoists go on rampage in Chhattisgarh, kill two
Kill two persons, torch 30 vehicles in many districts
Many districts of Chhattisgarh witnessed intensified Maoist activity on Friday as the rebels killed two civilians and torched 30 vehicles at different locations. The Maoists killed Brujlal Tulavi (27) and Anil Kalko (30) of Kergatta village in Rajnandgoan district of the State and threw their bodies near Sawargaon village on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. The rebels left a handwritten note near the bodies accusing Brujlal Tulavi and Anil Kalko of running a “secret network of police informers” in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
“Brujlal and Anil have been punished for their anti-people activities. Both of them used to work as special police officers for the Chhattisgarh police and were running a network of police informers. They would inform the Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh police about the party’s movements,” said the note. In a separate incident, the Maoists torched 29 vehicles near Chargaon mines in Kanker district. According to some reports, a group of 60 to 70 Maoists trashed some drivers and cleaners of these vehicles resulting in injuries to many of them.
In another incident, the rebels set ablaze a passenger bus in Bhopalpatnam block of Bijapur district. No one was hurt in the incident as the Maoists asked the passenger to alight before setting it on fire. The incident took place on Dedheda-Gorella road of Bhopalpatnam and the ultras also left pamphlets appealing for ‘Bhopalpatnam Bandh’ in protest of the arrest of Maoist leader Bhima Singh.
Two Maoists arrested
On a day when, Bijapur, Rajnandgoan and Kanker police were battling Maoists, the Dantewada district police arrested two Maoists from Jhiraka area of the district. “Bhima alias Somaru Telami and Ayata alias Budhu Barasa were arrested by the District Reserve Guard (DRG) on Friday. Both the Maoists were active between Bhansi and Kamalur area of Dantewada,” said a press statement issued by Dantewada police.
Naxalites burned 29 vehicles in Chargaoon mines, Chattisgarh
Kanker, October 30: Naxalites burned down 29 vehicles in Chargaon mines, near Chattisgarh on Thursday night and attacked security forces as well. However there were unconfirmed reports about any severe injuries faced by the security forces. According to the officials reports the incident took place on Thursday night in Kanker district, Chattisgarh where a group of armed naxalites attacked the officials of Chargaon mines. The Chargaon police officials also fired several shots on the attackers but there was no casualties reported.
This year in April there were reports that five employees of a private mining company in the same region were kidnapped by Maoists from an iron ore reserve in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. However they were later released by the group. The incident occurred a day after when 50 bombs were recovered by the police in Latehar jungle, in the naxal hit Latehar district.
One naxalite was also killed during the operation carried out by police in the jungle on Wednesday. The combing operation was carried out by the police officials when they were tipped about the possible movement of naxalites in the region. Following the operation the security personnel recovered 50 bombs, four horses, a carbine. The cops are yet to ascertain the detail on Thursday incident which took place in Kanker district. There were no reported casualties in the incident.
Two SPOs from Chhattisgarh killed by Naxals in Gadchiroli
Gadchiroli (Maha), Oct 30: Two Special Police Officers were killed allegedly by Naxals near a village on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border this morning. The deceased were identified as Brijlal Tulavi (27) and Anil Kalko (30). Both were residents of village Kergatta in Chhattisgarh, where they worked as SPOs, Gadchiroli district police said in a press release. A group of Maoists attacked the duo with sharp-edged weapons near Sawargaon village under Dhanora taluka on the Gadchiroli-Rajnandgaon inter-state highway, police sources said, adding that some Naxal pamphlets were found lying near their bodies.
An offence was registered with Dhanora Police Station in this regard and further investigations are on. Separately, police recovered about 20 kgs of explosives along with a bundle of wire and one detonator from roadside in Repanpalli forest area of the district, police said in another release.
BJP MP Giriraj Singh on Maoist radar
PATNA: Union minister Giriraj Singh is on the Maoist hit list, police sources said. The Union home ministry has sent an alert to the Bihar government that BJP MP from Nawada and minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises is under the radar of the CPI (Maoist). IG special branch J S Gangwar said, “We received a letter from the IB a couple of days ago that Giriraj Singh is being targeted by the CPI (Maoist). However, the alert did not advise the upgradation of his security category. We have increased his security arrangement during his movement in the state.”
According to sources, the letter which was issued on October 24 by the IB said a CPI (Maoist) outfit plans to target Giriraj Singh for allegedly pursuing an anti-Dalit and anti-minority agenda in Bihar and elsewhere in the country. The IB input expressed the possibility of Giriraj Singh being targeted during the ensuing poll rallies during the ongoing Assembly elections in state. Giriraj Singh in his Twitter account posted the letter sent to the state police headquarters and tweeted, “Nitish is not looking serious about anyone’s security…be it me or people of Bihar…his govt can plot my killing.”
Despite the Maoists having boycotted the Bihar Assembly elections, not a single incident of Naxal violence was reported in the two-phase polls in all the red-hit districts. A senior Maoist leader had earlier told TOI that going by the people’s choice and mood of voting in the election, they are not likely to create any violence in this election. A source of security forces said, “Most of the Maoist cadres especially in Bihar belong to the lower castes, or a particular community. So they are apparently inclined to the Mahagathbandhan and are targeting the BJP functionaries.”
Chargesheet filed against Maoist leader Roopesh, others
Coimbatore: Tamil Nadu Q branch police on Friday filed a charge sheet against five Maoists, arrested in May from the city outskirts, before the Principal District Court here. The 4,700-page charge sheet has 626 documents and 186 witnesses. The copies of the charge sheet are likely to be given to the Maoists on November 2, when they are scheduled to be produced before Principal District Judge Pongiappan, police said. The Maoists, Roopesh and his wife Shyna, Kannan, Eswaran and Anoop were arrested from a bakery in Arumathampatti on May five by Andhra Pradesh Police after a joint operation by Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Police. About 20 cases were also pending against Roopesh in Kerala.
Maoist posters create flutter
Police intensify combing in rural areas, forests abutting tribal hamlets.
In view of these posters and reported ongoing recruitment into Maoist party, the police launched full scale operations. Wall posters that appeared near AP Rayons Factory in Kamalapur of Mangapet mandal caused commotion among people and police here. The posters were spotted in the wee hours of Thursday and they were issued in the name of Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) committee secretary 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, through the posters, demanded that efforts be made to reopen BILT factory. They accused the TRS leaders of making a lot of promises but delivering nothing. 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 surrendered naxals and are inquiring. Combing in rural areas and forests abutting the tribal hamlets were also intensified by policemen.
After a long gap, the posters by naxals are appearing in several parts of the district since 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.