Ganjam District Committee protests against alleged atrocities on tribals, demands compensation
Alleging security forces of perpetrating atrocities on tribals, Ganjam District Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist) protested Wednesday and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Revenue Divisional Commissioner. “Many tribals are exploited and even killed by police forces during the anti-naxal operations,” accused a protester. The protesters further alleged that two minors were injured and three people were killed by Police in Bhabanipatnam (Kalahandi) on November 15 during the anti-naxal operations.
Similarly, five people were killed in 2012 in Kandhamala district. As per CPI (M) leader Kailash Sadangi, several such incidents have come to the fore in recent past. They demanded Rs 25 lakh compensation for the victim families in Bhabanipatnam, and Rs 5 lakh for injured people. Arrest of police personnel was also demanded during the agitation.
Odisha: Three killed in Kalahandi ‘encounter’ innocent, had no Maoist link, say villagers
Two days after his son was shot dead along with two other villagers deep inside the forests of Kalahandi, Rasa Majhi refuses to believe the police claim that his son, a ward member, had links with the Maoists. On Sunday morning, Jaya Majhi (50) — a ward member from Panchkul village under Jugasaipatna gram panchayat — was shot dead along with Hari Shankar Nayak, a Dalit from Panchkul, and Shukru Majhi, a tribal from the neighbouring Nisanguda village. Jaya, along with his brother Arjun Majhi and three others, had reportedly gone looking for missing goats. While Arjun and another tribal boy, Pichu Majhi, were injured, Jaya, Hari Shankar and Shukru were shot dead by a 19-member team of the Special Operation Group (SOG).
Later, Kalahandi police claimed that four single-barrel muzzle-loader guns and kit bags with Maoist literature were recovered from them. After the incident, the district administration ordered a probe by an additional district judge, while Odisha Human Rights Commission called for a report from the DIG within four weeks.
Maoists Urge People to Boycott Warangal Bypoll
HYDERABAD: Communist Party of India (Maoist) urged the people to boycott Warangal byelections on Tuesday. “Either its fake encounter of maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar, removal of 1200 municipal and panchayatraj workers for participating in a strike, turning a blind eye to farmer suicides, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been resorting to autocratic rule,” said Jagan, official spokesperson of CPI (Maoist) Telangana Committee in a press release on Tuesday. TRS government’s rule over the past 16 months has been completely tyrannical, oppressing the aspirations of people belonging to all sections, further said Jagan. KCR has come into power stating that ‘Maoists Agenda is My Agenda.’
But after assuming power he is encouraging fake encounters. Maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar have been killed in a fake encounter only to ensure that mining resources in the Godavari basin are entrusted to multi-national corporations. People have to teach a lesson to KCR by boycotting the bypoll, urged Jagan in the press release. Jagan also alleged that BJP Government at Centre is resorting to anti-minority tactics, thus spreading fear and insecurity among minorities in the country. He also found fault with Congress for neglecting people’s issues and concerns. Stressing that people’s problems will not be solved in the present political set-up, CPI(Maoist) urged the boycott of Warangal bypoll in the press release.
Explosives recovered from Maoists stronghold in Jharkhand
Lohardaga, Nov 18 (ANI): Police has recovered fifteen improvised explosive device (IED) planted as mines from a stronghold of Maoist rebels in Jharkhand. Weighing around 2.5 kilograms, the IEDs were planted on a forested road near Senha Police Station in Lohardaga district. The recovery was made during after police and 158 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a joint operation to track the Maoist
Tribals condemn gunning down of villagers, demand judicial probe
The Kalahandi Zilla Adivasi Sangh (KZAS) today strongly condemned the gunning down of three villagers of Panchkul Nisanaguda by the police and SOG jawans during combing operations in the Karlapat forested area in Odisha’s Kalahandi district on Sunday and has demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. The KZAS which has demanded for a judicial probe into the incident will hold a grand protest rally at Jugsaipatna tomorrow. The killing of innocent villagers by the police was condemned at a joint press conference here today by the KZAS, CPI, Green Kalahandi, Niyamgiri Surakshya Parishad and other organisations.
Those organizing the press meet demanded an assistance of Rs 15 lakh each to those injured in the firing and Rs 50 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed. “Judicial inquiry into the incident will be more relevant and appropriate instead of police investigating charges against it. We demand judicial inquiry into the incident. The guilty should be penalized on the basis of truth and facts. That’s most important. The need of the hour is to immediately stop killing of innocents in the name of Maoists,” said Lingaraj Azad, an office bearer of Niyamgiri Surakshya Parishad.
Why AP Govt went back ?
AP dumps bauxite mining move due to a strict no to the move by the security agencies and growing YSRCP image in North Coastal Districts. Visakhapatnam: There is more than meets the eye in Andhra Pradesh government going back on its proposed move to mine the bauxite in the tribal belt of Visakhapatnam reserved forest areas. The issue which has been discussed extensively during the State cabinet meet on Monday, expressed dismay over the issue of a government order without the knowledge of the Chief Minister, as well as the forest minister.
However, it was assumed that an earlier state government order has been approved forest clearance to Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC), on the basis of the Government of India (GoI) nod over a pending application, for mining the bauxite. But, insiders say that though the State government is all in favour of mining bauxite, and made a move to convince the tribal people in the Paderu Sub Division Area, under which the bauxite mines are located. However, it has to dump the proposed move following, a briefing from the security agencies and for political reasons. Firstly, the state security agencies had told in clear terms that the Maoist activities in the Andhra Pradesh side have very low since last five to six years. This was due to a proactive pursuit adopted by the security agencies, and also, the tribal people in the area were fed up with getting into cross fire between the security agencies and the Maoists.
So, they were not as proactive as they used to be in extending cooperation to the Maoist groups in the state tribal belts. For, “the people in the area wanted to live in peace, and wanted development like roads, better health facilities, schools and the like.” And, continued disturbance in their areas due to the Maoist and the state security agencies fighting with each others had brought untold hardships to them from both sides. In several instances, while the security agencies took some of tribal people being sympathisers of the Maoists, on the other, the Maoists charging, them being police informers. They could not bear getting sandwiched between the two.
It was for this reason, the tribal areas under Chintapalli, Narsipatnam and Paderu areas have been living in peace for several years, when the domination of the Maoists had receded from the areas, and has been confined only to the villages and areas, bordering Andhra Pradesh – Chhattisgarh and Odisha states. But, if the government goes ahead with its move to mine the bauxite which the tribal population is strongly opposing, then, it might give an opportunity to the Maoists to stage a comeback and claim the areas from which they had virtually withdrew.
And, there is every possibility that the local tribal people could once again extend their cooperation to the Maoists. This was in precise the brief that has been relayed to the government security agencies. Also, at a time when the state has been passing through a rough patch due to the bifurcation blues, and if the Maoists step up their activities, then, the state will have to bear the burden of substantial part of its resources to provide a back up to the security agencies to take on the Maoists. It was due to this briefing, the state government has reportedly put a halt on going ahead with the mining of bauxite.