Will intensify revolt, warns Maoist leader
Khariar, Nov 13: Expressing grave concern over an acute drought situation unfolding across the country, leaders of CPI (Maoist) in an exclusive interview to correspondents of Oriya daily Dharitri at an undisclosed location on the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border warned of stepping up their revolt in protest against what they termed as arbitrary anti-farmer policies being adopted by the Centre. The banned outfit took exception to what they called was a wanton exploitation of natural resources despite the country facing an agrarian crisis.
Budhuram Paharia, the spokesperson of CPI (Maoists), Nuapada-Sonepur Divisional Committee, said the government is busy handing over mines to foreign companies even as the country was experiencing an unprecedented drought, thus leaving the farmer community distressed. Between 1943 and 1999, over 40 lakh people have died due to drought in the country, Paharia said, holding foreign companies and climate change as major factors responsible for this.
Attacking the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Maoist leader noted that the Centre had made false promises to the country on the development front, but has been handing over mines and minerals to foreign firms. “The government makes provisions for irrigation projects, but in reality it is supplying water to foreign firms instead. This has led to water pollution and ultimately to climate change. The latter has been a major impact on the agriculture sector,” Paharia said.
In a trenchant attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign, Paharia said, “The Prime Minister has been blowing his own trumpet over fast-tracking of the country’s development by way of ‘Make in India’, while at the same time he dubs farmers as the backbone of the country. But in reality ‘Make in India’ is actually ‘Take from India’.” Currently, acute drought has gripped most parts of Orissa and Chhattisgarh, but neither the state government nor the Centre has announced any bailout package for farmers, Paharia said, adding that what has been announced is like a drop in an ocean.
“The Prime Minister is on a globetrotting spree. In such a situation, political parties which are supposed to protect the interests of farmers have been drawing their own political capital,” the Maoist leader added. Paharia said due to extreme drought, farmers have started committing suicide. Paharia called upon the farmers not to end their lives over the situation but rather put up a united face to intensify an agitation against the ‘anti-farmer policies’ of the government. The Maoist outfit has demanded Rs 40,000 as compensation for crop damage per acre, Rs 5 lakh compensation and jobs for deceased farmers, irrigation facilities, free supply of seeds and fertilizers for one year and ration cards for all poor people. He also urged political parties, irrespective of their affiliations, to fight for the farmers’ cause.
Chhattisgarh: 4 Maoists killed in police encounter in Bijapur district
Four Maoists were killed in a police encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Friday, said reports. Rainu, the commander of Bairamgarh area committee’s action team, was also among the dead, Bastar Range Inspector General of Police SRP Kalluri told PTI. Following a tip-off on Naxal movement, the District Reserve Group of the state led an operation near Mirtur police station area with a team of 55 personnel, he added. The DRG team cordoned off the forest area between the Hallur and Hakwa villages.
The one-hour gunbattle was triggered after the armed insurgents started indiscriminate firing at the police personnel, Kalluri said. With the militants fleeing to the inner forest area, the police team led a search operation and found the bodies of four Maoists. They have also recovered weapons and ammunitions including a pistol, a 303 rifle, a 315 bore rifle and a 12 bore gun.
Bauxite mining row may spur Maoists’ revival in Vizag: AP DGP
Andhra Pradesh police believe that the naxals may try to revive their movement by whipping up sentiments of tribals who are perturbed over the state government’s decision to allow bauxite mining in forest land in the district. “The Maoists may use the opportunity (the government’s decision to allow bauxite mining) to regain their lost glory in the Vizag Agency area,” state DGP J V Ramudu said here today. He said that police are competent to handle any law and order issue probably arising out of the resumption of the activity.
“Bauxite mining is not a new issue and the government has given its approval for starting the activity in forest land. It’s the duty of police to ensure strict implementation of the law and order in the trouble-hit areas on directions of the government,” the top cop said. He said the Maoist activity has been under check in Vizag Agency area and at the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), barring a few infrequent incidents. “…The latest controversy over bauxite mining issue may spur the Maoist revival in Vizag,” the DGP said. Replying to a query on special protection given to some political leaders, including Panchayat Raj Minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu over the mining issue, Ramudu said, ”
The police would continue to give special protection, as per the security committee’s recommendations, to those leaders in Vizag district who have received life threat from rebels over the issue”. The minister and few other leaders had reportedly received threats after the N Chandrababu Naidu government, through a Government Order (GO), allowed bauxite mining in 1,212 hectares of forest land. The DGP also dismissed allegations that the police are trying to suppress the protests of tribals and muzzle voice of opposition parties over the mining issue. “Our role is nominal in the mining issue,” he said. The DGP said the police were examining the YSR Congress Party’s petition seeking permission for its party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to visit Chintapalle area under Vizag Agency on December 2 and holding of a public meeting against the bauxite mining.
Six Maoists arrested
A militia platoon section commander and five militia members of the CPI (Maoists) were arrested by the police during two separate search operations in the forest area in Charla mandal late on Wednesday evening. The arrested militia platoon section commander was identified as Madavi Jogaiah of Rallapuram in Charla mandal, police said. A country made tapancha with two live cartridges was seized from him. He was apprehended by a police team during a search operation at Chelimala forest area on Wednesday evening.
He was allegedly involved in a total of 12 cases, including three murder cases under various police station limits in Bhadrachalam division. The remaining five Maoist militia members were nabbed by a team of special party policemen near a forest fringe village a few kms away from the Taliperu reservoir late on Wednesday evening. Police said the arrested militia members were involved in digging of pits on roads in Charla mandal during the Maoist martyrs week observance over three months ago. They were produced before a court in Khammam on Thursday afternoon.
Tiffin bomb defused in Chhattisgarh
Panic prevailed in the Narayanpur district headquarters in south Chhattisgarh on Thursday morning when a tiffin bomb was found on a main road leading to the office of the district collector. The bomb was kept on a Maoist banner which appealed to the people “not to surrender to the police.” “Intensify the people’s war. Defeat Operation Green Hunt. Don’t surrender but fight for your self-respect,” read the banner which also carried the name of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Maoist arrested in Jharkhand
A Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre with a bounty of INR 500,000 was arrested from Maithan in Dhanbad District of Jharkhand, reports Ranchi Express on November 13. He was the sub-zonal commander of the CPI-Maoist in Bhakpa and the right hand of notorious Maoist Nakul Yadav.
Missing pastors return with abducted youth in Andhra Pradesh
The East Godavari District Police on November 12 said the four pastors, who were allegedly abducted by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), had returned to Yetapaka along with Isaac, the son of pastor Kannaiah, in the early hours of the day, reports The Hindu. “All four are safe and are having rest, as they walked a long way through deep forest. Maoists freed Isaac unconditionally. The three pastors have brought him [Isaac] back this morning [Thursday],” Superintendent of Police M. Ravi Prakash told The Hindu on Thursday (November 12).
For the record, Maoists had abducted 20-year-old Isaac 13 days ago from Yetapaka after they failed to abduct his father Kannaiah. Four pastors from the neighbouring villages later went to the forest to persuade Isaac’s abductors to release him. Police had attributed Isaac’s abduction to the arrest of Eruvu Siva Reddy, the State committee leader of the CPI-Maoist. The East Godavari District Police had arrested Siva Reddy, along with a local medical practitioner, from Yetapaka last month.