2 SUSPECTED NAXALS ARRESTED IN KONDAGAON
A joint squad of District Force (DF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) nabbed two leftist insurgents in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Sunday. The arrested rebels have been identified as Lachunu Kashyap (35) and Kuldhar Kashyap (35), said police, adding that the duo was active as members of Bedma jan-militia. According to police, a team of security personnel was dispatched towards village Tumdiwal and Bedma falling in limits of Mardapal police station on October 30 to undertake area domination exercise.
While undertaking anti-Naxal exercise in the forest patches close to village Bedma, security personnel detained two persons. During the course of interrogation, the duo revealed themselves as members of Bedma jan-militia and admitted of being involved in various Naxal incidents. The arrested ultras were associated with the banned organization CPI-Maoist for past few years and were involved in various Naxal incidents took place in the region which include attack of police personnel, laying ambush and others, police informed.
Naxals targeting SPOs throw fresh challenge to police
Nagpur: The latest murder of two Chhattisgarh Special police officers (SPO), Brijlal Tulavi and Anil Kalko, have renewed the heightened threat perception revolving around such formal on-field informer base of the security forces in the Naxal combat zones. The victims were killed at Khairgatta village near Sawargaon in north Gadchiroli, around four kilometres from Chhattisgarh border by Naxals who also left behind a pamphlet justifying their acts of killing them for being SPOs with DIG of Manpur division of Chhattishgarh. The latest incident was registered as murder at Dhanora police station of north Gadchiroli. It is learnt that the SPOs had crossed into the Maharashtra border trying to contact a Naxal leader at Markegaon who they wanted to convince to surrender.
The Naxals, in the pamphlet, claimed that SPOs were being targeted for trying to spread network across state borders to help police leading to encounters. Though the SPOs were attached to Chhattishgarh police, it’s learnt the incident has raised concern among the local security forces in Gadchiroli too where three such formal volunteers have been killed so far this year. The Naxals had killed five SPOs last year too. Some SPOs were also eliminated in the neighbouring state of Chhattishgarh in the last two years.
There were whirling debate on the security of the SPOs in Gadchiroli this year after the Naxals had released a so-called ‘hit-list’ to target the police’s potent informer base. Though cops had claimed most names in the ‘hit-list’ were not on their records as SPOs, there was a considerable flutter in the department to protect these village-based informers on payrolls whose assistance has helped the security forces gain an upper hand against the rebels in the last two years. Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil said the failure of the SPOs to follow the Standard operation procedures (SOP) were leading to their being traced out by the enemies. “The analysis conducted behind the cause that led to the murders of SPOs has shown that either it was them or their handler police personnel who had faltered on some or the other points of SOP.
The SPOs are not supposed to visit police stations or meet their handlers frequently but either of the them commit these mistakes leading to the Naxals finding them out,” said the SP. He added SPOs were being frequently reminded about the precautions to be followed. “Over enthusiasm on the part of the officers or SPOs can lead to fatal end,” he said. Patil, admitting that murders may lead to dampening of spirit, said the department was constantly working to ensure that the morale of the SPOs remained high. Nagpur and Naxal range IG Ravindra Kadam said the proposal of increasing the honorium of the SPOs from Rs3,000 to Rs6,000 had been already sent to the ministry of home affairs, which was being seriously considered.
40 tribal women complain of molestation by Bijapur police
Nearly 40 tribal women from three villages in the restive Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh have accused police jawans of molestation. The women belong to Peddagelur, Budgicheru and Gundam villages of Basaguda block. Soni Sori, tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party leader, who visited the villages with a team of woman activists, said the harassment took place when security forces from Bijapur were carrying out an operation in the area between October 19 and 24.
“The women told us that around 40 of them were molested by the policemen. Two of them said they were raped. The policemen stripped many women and indulged in indecent behaviour,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu. “These villages are situated deep inside the forest. We were able to bring four women to Bijapur district headquarters today [Sunday] and they have testified in front of District Collector Yashwant Kumar,” she said.
More than 11 students confined to Koraput Jail in Odisha
More than 11 students of Kenduguda village under Kundra block of Koraput district of Odisha have been confined to the Koraput Jail for the last one year for allegedly indulging in Maoist activities. The police based upon suspicion picked a tribal boy named Gangadhar Badnyak, a student of Gobindpali College on January 27, 2014 suspecting him to be a Maoist. He was kicked and beaten by the police. According to his brother Sunadhar Gangadhar, the boy had a mobile phone on which one of his friends used it to speak to someone else.
Based on a conversation between the two, Korput police arrested him. Though the family apprised the police of the fact, but the police were not convinced. Gangadhar would be released if he informs about the persons who were involved in the conversation, police had said at that time of his arrest. “Though one year has passed, no action appears to have been taken to bail him out due our family’s poor financial condition,” his father Ira Badnayak said.
KCP (Liberation) fully endorses ban on `Sangai festival`
IMPHAL, Nov 1: The Kangleipak Communist Party-Military Council (KCP-MC) Liberation, endorsing the decision taken by the Maoist Communist Party Manipur to impose a ban on the upcoming `Sangai Festival` has said that it would extend full co-operation to ensure that the ban is effective. A statement issued by Lanchen Meitei, secretary Information and publicity Military Affairs of the outfit, said the Manipur Government in the name of promoting tourism potential and save `Sangai` has been organising `Sangai festival`.
However, in reality the festival is nothing but money minting platform for those who are in power and their associates. It further claimed that the `Sangai Festival’, which is officially declared to be aimed at bringing pride to the state, will end up ruining the reputation of Manipur and its tourism potentials.