Maoist leader arrested in Golaghat
Golaghat Police today apprehended a dreaded Maoist leader from Khakandguri under Dergaon. The arrested cadre has been identified as Pallav Charingia Phukan alias Akon alias Phukan who hails from Tinsukia and working as an organiser with the banned organisation. Police sources said that Pallav Charingia Phukan along with his associates were organising a meeting at a place in Khakandguri. Acting on a tip off a special team of Golaghat police led by Additional SP Numal Mahto raided the spot and apprehended the Maoist.
However two other cadres namely Diganta Thamong of Arunachal Pradesh and Bikash of Karbi Anglong were managed to escape from the spot. In the meeting plannings were made for Rhino poaching with the help of Naga extremists which unveils the Maoist organisation’s link with other insurgents groups in the North East. It is to be mentioned that Golaghat police apprehended the most wanted Maoist leader Aditya Bora from the same place last month.
Maoist’ held in Golaghat – Rebel involved in extortion
Golaghat, Oct. 31: A team led by additional superintendent of police, Numal Mahatta, today arrested a Maoist rebel, Pallav Charingia Phukan, from his hideout in the Khakandaguri area under Dergaon police station in Golaghat district. Mahatta told reporters that Phukan, a native of No. 2 Hulung Natun Gao under Pengree police station in Tinsukia district, joined the outfit in 2007. ” He participated in various organisational work of the CPI (Maoist) in Upper Assam after he was indoctrinated into Maoism by Moina Dohutia, the second-in-command of the outfit.
He has also carried out a number of extortion drives in the name of the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC),” Mahatta added. “We have some inputs that a meeting of the outfit had been called in the Khakandaguri area to discuss strategies for rhino poaching to raise funds for the organisation. Accordingly, we launched the operation and captured Phukan,” said Mahatta. Mahatta added that Phukan, along with Dulal Pegu of the outfit, was an accused in a number of rhino poaching cases in association with militant groups in Nagaland. The outfit was involved in poaching to procure arms and ammunition.
The police hope to unearth some vital information on the Maoist movement during interrogation of the arrested. Upper Assam has been in the news recently as a hotbed of Maoist activities. On September 30, police arrested the founder of the Upper Assam Leading Committee and the top Maoist leader of the state, Aditya Bora, from the same area where Phukan was arrested. Police also managed to arrest two of his associates – Uttam Hazarika (25) and Binanda Bora (21).
‘Q’ Branch Alert on Maoist Movement
MADURAI: The ‘Q’ branch has alerted the state police following the recent Maoist movement in Wayanad district of Kerala. According to police sources, the ‘Q’ branch has told them that seven uniformed Maoists including two women had allegedly been to a school located close to a lodge near the forests in Thirunelli police limits in Wayanad a few days ago. It is alleged that the Maoists had distributed propaganda pamphlets to the people there and told them that the Western Ghats region would soon come under their control.
They had also allegedly spoken against the government policies to the villagers there. Sources said that the Maoists were there only for a brief period and left the place quickly after buying groceries. It may be noted that there was fire exchange between the Kerala police and Maoists in the forests near Attappadi. Though the police did not suffer injuries, some Maoist cadres were believed to have been injured. Following this, the ‘Q’ branch has issued alerts to the Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Erode and Coimbatore district police and also the STF based in Sathyamangalam. The police have been asked to monitor any suspicious movement as they fear Maoist infiltration.
CBI shrugs off probe in fake Maoist surrender cases; Jharkhand HC asks govt to file affidavit
The Jharkhand High Court directed the state government to file an affidavit after the CBI expressed its inability to probe a case of some students allegedly turning in as Maoists to get benefits under the surrender policy at the instance of an organisation. The CBI yesterday filed the affidavit expressing its inability to probe into the case as its officials were already busy in more than 50 cases. It further said the state could not provide the probe agency’s request for officials to investigate the case.
On the direction of the bench of Chief Justice Virendra Kumar Singh, the state government said it would file the affidavit by 2 November. The erstwhile Hemant Soren government had recommended a CBI probe after reports surfaced that a Ranchi-based centre allegedly motivated, trained and took money from some students to project themselves as Maoists and surrender to the police to get benefits under the state’s surrender policy. -PTI
Chhattisgarh police to step up anti-naxal operation
RAIPUR: After gunning down three Naxal cadres in an encounter in Sukma, Chhattisgarh police on Tuesday said the security forces would continue its operation with an aim to hunt down top Maoist leaders. Talking to reporters at Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) S R P Kalluri said senior Maoist leaders, who hail from the neighbouring states, usually push the local dalam members in the forefront. “Our aim is to cordon the area and strike against the Maoist leadership”, he added.
Kalluri said the district reserve guard (DRG) personnel, constituting locals, are already back after training in jungle warfare and are engaged in the operations. He said Maoist cadres, including the grassroot level dalam and other supporters, would be encouraged to surrender and avail the benefits of state government’s rehabilitation policy. Bastar IG’s statement about targeting top Maoist leaders comes at a time there were intense speculation about Modi government giving a go ahead for a major operation against the Maoists. Indications are that Sukma district, could be the focus of a major campaign to flush out the Maoists as the tribal region is strategically important because of its location as tri-junction of Telengana in the south, Maharashtra in the west and Odisha in the north.
Earlier in the day, three Maoists were killed in a gun battle with security forces in the forests of Arnampalli in Sukma district. The skirmish took place between a joint squad of security forces and rebels under Polampalli police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. A joint team of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA)- an elite wing of CRPF, Special Task Force (STF) and the state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) was out on an anti-naxal operation since this morning in the region.
While they were cordoning off a forest axis between Arnampalli and Palamargu villages, a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated, he said. Rebels fled to the core forest after a gunfight that lasted for around two hours, the additional superintendent of police said adding that later during searches at the spot, bodies of three ultras, two of them in ‘uniforms’, besides two weapons were recovered.
Naxal movements puzzle police
The only answer which the security forces seem to have or are voicing openly is that the extremists want to tell the world that they are existing and are not a spent force. The killing of an Adivasi by naxalites in Tiryani mandal in Adilabad four days ago has spread a scare among tribals in Adilabad but experts say there is less chance of the Maoists regaining lost ground in the district. “The incidents will only generate antagonism among the aboriginal tribes towards the Maoists,” opines a police officer involved in anti naxalite operations here. The officer in question however, had no answer to what the ‘dedicated’ band of armed Maoists are doing in the district despite being on radar of the anti-naxal forces since the last three years.
The dalam even had a close shave when its members escaped an exchange of with the police twice last year. The only answer which the security forces seem to have or are voicing openly is that the extremists want to tell the world that they are existing and are not a spent force in these parts. They nevertheless do not rule out that the Maoists could have something new up their sleeve. There are some 25 to 30 extremists moving in the Mangi forest which is at its thickest in Tiryani mandal and in the Vaipet area of Indervelli mandal. They are apparently operating as two bands called Mangi and Indervelli dalams and led by Adilabad Maoist Area Committee member Atram Shobhan alias Charles and Divisional Committee member Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar.
“The Mangi dalam definitely has good places to hide like the ravines of Rajulagudem. These places provide good shelter and there is plenty of water for the naxalites to survive for a comparatively long time,” another police officer added. This part is true because the heralding of autumn has not depleted the green cover any bit. “Visibility is restricted to 100 meters at many places in these forests,” he points out.
Karkala: Under-trial’s pro-naxal slogans rent air at court
Karkala, Nov 3: An under-trial named Eshwar alias Veeramani alias Vajramuni alias Shankarappa (55), who was brought to the court on Monday November 2 for attending a hearing, raised slogans like ‘Naxal Zindabad, we are patriots and savious of Malnad’. Eshwar, who had been arrested from Tamil Nadu and was accompanied by policemen escorting him, raised the slogans when entering the court. He also shouted slogans like ‘long live Maoist movement, may patriot naxals live long,’ when entering the court building and again, when coming out of it.
Eshwar has been accused of getting involved with naxal movement in Malnad region here. He had been arrested in Tamil Nadu during may this year relating to a case there. He has been accused of involvement with murder of a teacher named Bhoja Shetty from Nadpalu village near Hebri and a farmer named Suresh Shetty in 2008. 11 naxals including Eshwar have been charged with this double murder. Five persons have already been arrested in this case, while one of the accused has died.
Immediately after the murder, naxals had claimed that they were behind the said murders, and justified their acts, duly accusing Bhoja Shetty of being a police informer. Eshwar, after being produced in the court here, was handed over to the custody of criminal investigation department for two days at their request.
Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
A 25-year-old Naxal commander, carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was on Monday arrested in Maoist-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said. Rigu Muriya was nabbed from the forests of Chema village under Mardapal police station limits, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police J. S .Watti said.PTI
Hardcore Maoist Ramdev Yadav arrested in Bihar
Gaya, Nov 3 (PTI) Two Maoists, including Ramdev Yadav who was carrying a reward of Rupees five lakh on his head by Jharkhand government, were arrested from Gaya district in Bihar today, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, security forces comprising CRPF, STF and local police raided a hideout in Barachatti police station area and nabbed the hardcore Maoist, identified as Ramdev Yadav alias Baba Ramdev, who was wanted in over 50 incidents of naxal violence in Bihar and Jharkhand, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said. Yadav, a self-styled ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the proscribed outfit, CPI(Maoist), was carrying a reward of Rupees five lakh on his head by the Jharkhand government, the SSP said.
The ultra is a native of Khirgaddha village in Chatra district of Jharkhand, Maharaj said. A country-made pistol, five ammunition and two mobile phones were seized from Yadav’s possession. The security forces also arrested another Maoist, Indradev Yadav, a native of Nawada district, from a place under Fatehpur police station area, the SSP added.
JHARKHAND MAOISTS LAY LOW IN MADANAPALLE; ARRESTED
Madanapalli, Chittor: Two out of six Maoists laying low in Madanapalle of Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh have been arrested by a team of Jharkhand and local police. Jharkhand police had earlier received information that around six Maoists were laying low in the Madanapalle area and had approached the local police here for help to apprehend them.
However four of the Maoists, suspecting a raid, gave police the slip. The police were only able to apprehend the other two. The owner of the factory revealed that the alleged Maoists were working in the factory for the last six months and being impressed by their efforts he had obliged to employ them. The police are keeping this under wraps so far but have not denied the arrest of the two Maoists.
Maoists’ custody extended till Nov 30
Coimbatore, Nov 2 (PTI) The judicial custody of five Maoists, arrested in May last, was today extended by a court here till November 30. Maoist couple Roopesh and Shyna and Anoop, Kannan and Easwaran were arrested on May 4 last from Karumathampatti and lodged in the central jail here. Principal District Judge Pongiappan extended their custody till November 30. Barring Eswaran, others were produced before the court, police said.
Eight naxals held in Chhattisgarh, weapons seized
Eight naxals, two of them carrying cash reward on their heads, were arrested by separate teams of security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said today. The cadres were held from areas of three different police station – Toynar, Awapalli and Madded, last evening, a senior police official told PTI. Two dreaded ultras – Santu Kuhrami and Bheem Singh (both 25) were nabbed after a gun battle between a joint team of CRPF and district force and naxals in the forests of Inchwada village of Madded, he said. Besides, two muzzle loading guns, naxal bags and commodities of daily use were seized during a search of the spot, he added. While Santu was an active member of platoon no11 of Maoist, Bheem was deployed as Bhadrakali Janmilitia commander andwere carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively on their heads.
Maoists assault two brothers in Telangana
The cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) assaulted an Adivasi brother duo at Gopera in Tiryani mandal (administrative division) in Adilabad District on November 2, branding them ‘Police informers’ and anti-people, reports The Hindu. According to information, a band of 10 to 14 armed Maoists went to Gopera and took Pendur Sudhakar (40) and his brother Tukaram (35), belonging to the Gond tribe, into the nearby forests. Later, they were let off with a warning after being assaulted.