Two Naxals gunned down in encounter with police
Raipur:At least two Naxals were today killed by security forces following a major gun-battle in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district. “The operation was launched collectively by CRPF’s elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action’s (CoBRA) 208 battalion and two teams of state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) under Bhejji Police Station limits,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, S R P Kalluri said. The operation was based on the information about the location of Maoist commander Hidma, who is the head of 1st military battalion of Naxals, in the region.
“We received inputs that Hidma had arrived to take part in a marriage ceremony of a close cadre in Dubbakonta village following which we mobilised our composite forces last evening towards the region to nab him,” he said. When security forces reached near Dubbakonta – a Maoist hotbed – early this morning, a group of armed insurgents opened indiscriminate fire on them, triggering a gun-battle between the two sides, the IG said.
TWO MAOISTS HELD IN SUKMA
Sukma: A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Force (DF) nabbed two rebels in Maoist hot-bed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday. The duo was arrested by security personnel from village Bater falling under limits of Konta police station, informed Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh. Those arrested were identified as Madvi Mada alias Ramesh (22) and Kawasi Hinga (40).
While undertaking anti-Naxal exercise in the region, security personnel received a tip-off about presence of rebels in village Bater following which the team was dispatched there and duo was arrested, he said. The arrested Naxals were involved in various crimes, including attack on police personnel, loot and arson, Singh said. Police have produced the arrested insurgents in a local court, he said.
Maoists military wing zonal chief arrested
GAYA: Kaushal Yadav, alleged Zonal Chief of the PLGA, the Military wing of the CPI(Maoist), the dreaded naxal organisation was, on Thursday arrested from his Barachatti hide out in Gaya district. The arrest was made by the Gaya police. SSP Manu Maharaj confirmed the arrest. One pistol and some cartridges have been recovered from Yadava’s possession. According to the SSP, the hard core naxal was wanted by the police in connection with nearly two dozen cases of naxal violence including the torching of 32 heavy vehicles on the always busy GT Road.
The vehicles were torched by the Maoists a few months back. Police expect more breakthrough on the basis of revelations made by the nabbed rebel. Yadav’s operational base included parts of South Bihar and North Jharkhand including Chatra. According to the SSP, a hand written note threatening death to Manu Maharaj and some other cops for the alleged “cold blooded” killing of Sarita, a front ranking woman activist of the ultra left organisation and a member of its woman armed squad, was also recovered from the possession of the arrested rebel. Sarita, it may be recalled was killed in a police encounter in the Barachatti police station area of the district on 17 May’2015.
Sarita was dressed in combat uniform at the time of the encounter. The threatening handwritten note is written in red and green ink. Besides the SSP, the Death threat has also been issued to COBRA commandant Niraj Kumar, CRPF Company Commandant Om Prakash Tiwari and Barachatti SHO Ravi Prakash Singh. The hand written note alleged that the woman Maoist was not killed in an encounter as was being claimed by the police. Rather Sarita was nabbed and subsequently killed in “cold blood” by the cops. The note exhorted the supporters to come forward and avenge Sarita’s killing. The note also said that an undeclared operation green hunt was going on in Bihar.
The Maoists, according to the note recovered by the police have also threatened to kill police informers and Special Police officers recruited to keep a tab on the activities of the red rebels. The SPOs were recruited following the near collapse of the very old institution of Chowkidars as Chowkidars have either become sympathetic to the banned outfit or put or have stopped providing inputs on the movement and other plans of the Maoists due to the fear of being punished by the ultras.
CRACKERS HAUL BAFFLES SECURITY TEAM
A joint team of Special Task Force (STF), District Force (DF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) found a Maoist explosives dump while recovering huge number of high-intensity crackers, safety wire and other items in insurgency-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday. While undertaking combing operation, the security personnel found the explosives dump in the dense Chandameta forest falling under limits of Darbha police station, said Bastar Superintendent of Police (SP) R N Dash. According to him, it was the first time, security personnel have found an explosive dump in Darbha region. Most probably, the items were dumped in the dense forest by insurgents active in Darbha division as part of their plan to carry out attacks in the region.
Security personnel have recovered over 1500 high-intensity pieces of crackers, 100 meter safety fuse and 500 meter electric wire. Safety fuse and electric wire were usually used by Maoists to damage school buildings and bridges while crackers were used to signal movement of security personnel, Dash said. Earlier , Maoists active in forested pockets of Gudabeda and Koyalibeda of Kanker district were found using crackers to develop a situation with sound of ‘intermittent firing’, another police official said.
Prima-facie, sound of these crackers provide an impression of long-range gunshot firing, he said. The official further explained that the objective behind such move of Maoist might be to divert attention of security forces undertaking intense combing operation in dense forests of Naxal-infested districts, without wasting their ammunition, as they have limited stock of ammunition. Instead of retaliating to pseudo firing, security forces are now reacting intelligently in such situations by identifying firing sound whether it is a gunshot or cracker, said the Officer and further elaborated that sound of crackers are different from what comes out from say an INSAS rifle (of different points), pistol and other weapons reportedly being used by Maoists.
Top Maoist leader surrenders in India
Hyderabad: In a major setback to the outlawed CPI Maoist, one of its senior most leaders has surrendered to the police, sources said. While speculations were on that the police had arrested Gajarla Ashok alias Janardhan was arrested by the police, sources in the police said that he had in fact surrendered and will be later produced before the media. Following the reports of his arrest, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao had demanded that he should be produced in the court.
Gajarla Ashok was the secretary of Dandakaraniya Committee of the CPI Maoist and carried a reward of Rs2 million (Dh111,007) over his head. Sources said that he decided to surrender because of his ill health. Ashok hails from Velishala village under Chityala mandal of Warangal district. Ashok is brother of another senior Maoist leader Ganesh who had participated in peace talks with Andhra Pradesh government in 2005. Ganesh later died in an encounter with police in 2009.
Maoists abduct six TRS leaders in Telangana
Maoists in Telangana’s Khammam district have abducted six leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The local leaders were kidnapped by the cadre of the Communist Party of India-Maoist in Pusuguppa village in Charla mandal of the district, some 250 km from here. The village is a few kilometers away from the border with Chhattisgarh. The TRS in-charge for Bhadrachalam constituency M. Ramakrishna was among those kidnapped late on Wednesday. However, it came to light only on Thursday afternoon after the TRS leaders did not return home from the remote village where they had gone to meet some people. A letter in the name of CPI-Maoist surfaced in the village on Thursday.
The Maoist outfit demanded the government take action against policemen involved in the recent killings of two Maoists in Warangal district in a gunbattle, which they described as “fake”. The letter also demanded a halt to combing operations by the police from Khammam to Adilabad districts. The letter released in the name of the outfit’s spokesman Jagan condemned the TRS government for what it called repressive policies. It warned that if the government failed to meet the demands, it will have serious consequences. (IANS)
SID sub-centres to curb Maoists
Chandrapur and Gondia lie adjacent to Gadchiroli, a major Maoist stronghold Chandrapur and Gondia to have their own intelligence outfits With Maoist groups trying to increase their activities in urban areas, the state government has sanctioned three sub-centres of the state intelligence department (SID) in Chandrapur and Gondia districts, adjacent to Maoist-affected Gadchiroli. The SID deals with the collection of intelligence in Maharashtra.
The centres will be located at Brahmpuri in Brahmpuri taluka and Gadchandur in Korpana taluka in Chandrapur, while the centre at Gondia will be established in Devri. Each will be manned by one senior intelligence officer, one intelligence officer and two assistant intelligence officers. According to home department officials, Chandrapur shares borders with Gadhchiroli and Andhra Pradesh, where Maoists are actively trying to promote their movement. Gondia, too, is affected by Left wing extremism. “The SID office is far away from the Maoist-affected areas. Therefore, to keep an eye on Maoist movements, these sub-centres have been established. The matter has been pending since 2012,” an official told Mirror.
However, senior officials said SID uses most of its resources to gather political intelligence, rather than security related matters. “The party in power uses the SID to keep an eye on its political opponents. This leaves little time for them to focus on other areas,” an official from the agency said. Earlier this year, the Maharashtra government adopted a unified command mechanism to deal with the Maoist menace in the eastern part of the state. The unified command, headed by the chief minister, has officers from the security establishment and the Intelligence Bureau (IB), besides civilian officers representing the civil administration.
Naxal injured in ‘exchange of fire’
One Maoist was reportedly injured in an exchange of fire with the police late on Wednesday afternoon about 7 km away from Pembi village in Khanapur mandal under Pembi police station limits. According to sources, the police managed to injure one of the two armed motorcycle-borne naxalites, assumed to be Chunchu Bakkanna, a surrendered cadre who reneged about one year ago. The two extremists were apparently headed for some village in the area, which is part of the dense Pembi forest, when they spotted a police party.
They duo was presumed to have panicked and opened fire on the policemen who retaliated, resulting in the injury to one of them. A four-member action team had already been sighted in the area and police parties have fanned out in the area looking for them. The action team, led by Maoist Adilabad Area Committee member Atram Shobhan alias Charles, was said to be involved in the killing of tribal youth Kursenga Ballar Sha of Kheriguda in Tiryani mandal on October 30.
Motorcycle-borne duo opened fire when police party spotted them