Naxals bring ayurveda to Bastar tribals
Maoists have taken up the task of spreading awareness of traditional Indian medicine, ayurveda, among the tribals in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region of Abujhmad where rebels run a parallel government. The Nelnar Area Committee of CPI(Maoist) operating in the Orchha region in south Bastar district of Narayanpur, which falls in Abujhmad area, has circulated brochures in tribal Gondi dialect detailing various herbal plants available in the area and their therapeutic values, among the local adivasis, the police quoted a local Naxal commander, who surrendered recently, as saying.
“The brochure, titled ‘Mawa Jungle, Mawa Dawai (my forest, my medicine)’, introduces different kinds of herbal plants and illustrates their therapeutic power to treat the particular diseases. The booklet has not only helped the tribals residing in remote and inaccessible villages having no access to medical facilities but also the local rebel cadres,” Nelnar Area Committee commander Navin, who gave up arms recently, revealed to the police. “We have seized some brochures and sent them to the experts to examine the authenticity of the claims made in the literature,” a senior district police officer told this newspaper on condition of anonymity. “Krantikari Jantan Sarkar (Maoists’ parallel government)” of Telnar Area functioning under Mad-North Bastar joint division of CPI(Maoist) has been mentioned as publisher of the booklet.
The brochure gives tips on treating 56 types of diseases, including malaria, diarrhoea, small pox, bone fractures, healing of injuries, chest pain, tonsil, snake bites and asthma through herbal medicines. Maoists have been running parallel governments in the villages of Kutul, Toke, Maheneli, Kudnar, Padamkot, Usebeda, Kasturmeta, Nelangur and Farasbeda under Orchha region.
Naxals Kill Villager in Raipur on Suspicion of Being Police Informer
RAIPUR: A villager, said to be mentally disturbed, was killed allegedly by Naxalites on the suspicion of being a police informer in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said today. The body of Fagu Markaam was found yesterday in the forests of Orchha police station limits with his throat slit, Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI. Preliminary investigation showed that Markam, a native of Lubha Labha village under Makdi police station area of the neighbouring Kondagaon district, was suffering from some kind of mental illness, the SP said.
Prima facie it appears that he might have strayed into Orchha region- a Naxal hotbed and was murdered by the ultras on suspicion of being a police informer, the SP said. Following the incident, a police team was rushed to the spot, he said adding that the body has been handed over to his relatives after the post mortem.
Huge Cache of Explosives Seized from Maoist Hotbed
BHUBANESWAR: The security forces on Monday seized huge volume of explosive materials from the Maoist stronghold at Narayanpatna and its neighbouring areas in Koraput during a search and combing operation. Claymore mines, IEDs and detonators were recovered by the Border Security Force (BSF) which has launched a three-pronged operation in Narayanpatna, Kumbhariput and Pallur. It also ran down a Maoist hideout during the operation. Acting on Intelligence input, the BSF troopers recovered two IEDS of 15 kg each from Rajangapadar village under Narayanpatna police limits.
Another team from the 120 Battalion of the BSF deployed at Podapadar came across a hideout in Mangalpur area where one claymore mine weighing six kg was recovered. Banners, Maoist literature and other materials were also recovered by the paramilitary forces. A unit of the 118 Battalion carried out search operation in Badakarali and Sanakarali villages under Bandhugaon police limits where they found 150 detonators, 51 gelatin sticks, raw materials for splinters and barrels for single barrel muzzle loading (SBML) guns. Recovery of these explosive materials has foiled the plans of Maoists to attack the State forces and damage Government property, DIG, Intelligence of BSF JC Nayak said.
Camp sheds in Silent Valley found destroyed
Two camp sheds of the Forest Department in the Silent Valley National Park were found destroyed on Monday morning.
Forest officials and police officers suspect that these to be attacks carried out by Maoists moving around the area clandestinely.
One of the camp sheds was close to the Aanavari tribal hamlet and the inhabitants informed the forest officials of the destruction. The other camp shed was located at Thudukki, deep inside the forest. Personnel of anti-Maoist squad Thunderbolt started combing operations in nearby areas. Maoists attack It was only a fortnight ago, alleged Maoists opened fire at police officers on patrolling duty in the region. The police suspect these to be attacks carried out by Maoist.