Two wanted Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Two wanted Naxals were arrested in a joint operation by local police and BSF in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said today. The cadres, identified as Shatruram (39) and Saradu Ram Dhruv (31), were nabbed from Siksod police station area yesterday, a senior police official told PTI.
Maoists Desperate to Regroup
ROURKELA: After repeated setbacks, the Maoist operatives look increasingly desperate to regroup in the forests in Sundargarh district along Odisha-Jharkhand border and the connecting Saranda forest in Jharkhand territory for strategic reasons. On Wednesday, two Jharkhand-based Maoists were killed and arms and ammunition seized in two incidents of exchange of fire with Rourkela police at Asurkhol and Gahami forests under Chandiposh police limits of Sundargarh district.
Sources said after a hiatus, the Maoists are seeking to regroup on Sundargarh side of the border to use the 75 km forest border – Bisra to Topadihi – with Saranda as meeting points and temporary hideouts. Similarly, the Maoists are also looking to regain the vast Saranda forest in the mining district of West Singhbhum to safely operate in Jharkhand, Sundargarh and Keonjhar. Till three years back, the 820 sq km Saranda forest, with hostile terrains, was the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit. There are about a dozen permanent CRPF camps inside Saranda, Kaliaposh, Digha, Thalkobad, Karampada, Kiriburu, Chhota Nagra, Manoharpur and Jareikela, while plans to set up six more such camps never materialised. Sources said Maoists have studied the movement and availability of Jharkhand security forces in Saranda well and are accordingly trying to explore safe zones in Saranda.
Maoists lock up homes of four policemen
The Maoists locked up homes of four policemen in Palamau district. A group of 35 rebels of the CPI (Maoist) went to the houses of the policemen residing at Mayapur village of the district last night and locked their houses, Officer-in- Charge of Naudiha Bazaar police station Dayanand Sahu said here today. A poster pasted on one of the locked houses warned that the Maoists would “also harass” families of the policemen if the later “harassed” any of the kins of the rebels, Sahu said. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar said security would be provided to the family members of the police personnel.
Protest against ‘fake encounters’ and ‘fabricated cases’ in Odisha
Kin and victims of alleged fake encounters and fabricated cases by the police in Kandhamal district took out a protest march in Berhampur and demonstrated in front of office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) on Saturday. The demonstration was organised by Banabasi Surakshya Parishad of Kandhamal district and Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC), Odisha. They handed over a memorandum addressed to state government at the office of the RDC.
The protestors alleged that since thr murder of VHP leader Swami Lakshamanananda Saraswati and his four associates on Aug 23, 2008, which led to communal riots in Kandhamal, innocents were being persecuted by the police. According to convenor of CAFC, Odisha, Narendra Mohanty, more than hundred people have been arrested through false and fabricated cases. The protestors alleged that although Maoists had claimed that they were involved in the murder of the Swami Lakshmanananda, seven innocent people of the minority community of the district have been convicted by court in the murder case and sentenced to life imprisonment. “It has happened only due to pressure of vote bank politics”, said Mr Mohanty.
They demanded release of these seven persons. Protestors also alleged that the encounter between naxalites and security forces in Bhaliaguda forest bordering Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts on Nov 14, 2012 was a fake encounter. As per claims of the police seven naxalites had been killed in this encounter. But protestors of both these organisations termed it to be a fake encounter and the deceased to be innocent tribals.
They also took up the issue of recent killing of a couple by security forces during an anti-Maoist operation in Kotagarh police station in Kandhamal district on July 26. Although initially police claimed that the deceased were Maoists, locals claimed them to be innocent commoners. As per local residents both of them were using their mobile phone on a hill top to make calls to their son in Kerala because of low connectivity in the area.