Three youngsters detained by police
Three youths, including an M.Tech student, were detained by the police at the Kothagudem bus stand on Wednesday evening on the suspicion of proceeding to the “strife-torn” areas of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The three were bound over in the presence of Tahsildar in the coal town on Thursday. Their detention was kept a closely guarded secret until they were bound over before the Mandal Executive Magistrate on Thursday. When contacted, Kothagudem one-town circle inspector of police M Ramesh said Vijay, an M Tech student of Karimnagar district, Suman, a Post-Graduate in Sociology of Khammam district, and Prabhakar, a Post-Graduate in Science, of Warangal district were detained while moving under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday evening.
Their antecedents were verified on the suspicion that they were proceeding to the “Maoist-affected” areas in Chhattisgarh to meet some persons, he said, adding that they were bound over to the Mandal Executive Magistrate under section 108 of the CrPC.
Naxal menace: Senior cadres now on radar of Chhattisgarh police
Encouraged by their recent success against Naxals, security forces in Chhattisgarh are focusing on targeting the senior rung of the ultras in South Bastar, the strongest base of the outlawed Maoists in the country. Atleast 10 rebels, including five self-styled “commanders”, were gunned down in the past 17 days in Sukma and Bijapur districts where paramilitary forces along with the state police are engaged in intense anti-Maoist operations since early this month. “On the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the state authority has been focusing on uprooting Naxals from a major portion of Sukma and Bijapur, which is very important from a strategical point of view,” a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Police on Alert After Re-Issue of Maoist Supportive Magazine
COIMBATORE: The recent re-issue of “Saalai Oram”, a Marxist publication sympathetic to the Maoist movement in the district, and the recent instances of stray violence across the border in neighbouring Kerala have put the police on high alert here. Highly placed intelligence sources, told Express that the magazine had been published by a student activist and Maoist sympathizer prior to the arrest of the five suspects, including Roopesh and his wife Shyna in May of 2015. Soon after their arrests, the publication was seized, but a re-issue has recently surfaced, sources said. Intelligence sources suspect that the magazines were published in Coimbatore district by the student activist, who is believed to have gone underground.
“Though the activist is a known sympathizer, we have no evidence to confirm that he had joined the Maoist movement. But there are chances for him to join the movement in the future,” sources told Express. The coimbatore district police have also planned to undertake community outreach programmes on the outskirts of the city. The programmes would help the cops develop better ties with the villagers interact directly with the local community and sensitize them to the movement of Naxals in the region in an effort to gather information from sensitive areas, sources said. Superintendent of Police R V Ramya Bharathi said that the programmes would be geared to build better co-operation between police and the local communities.
“We have stepped up security at vulnerable police stations,” confirmed the Superintendent of Police on Wednesday. Intelligence sources also told Express that the recent clashes between Maoists and police in Agali, just near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, has prompted the police to sound a general alert to prevent the intrusion of Maoists into Anaikatty and other neighbouring areas of the district.
Search on for ‘injured’ naxal
Khanapur police on Thursday continued its search for the Maoists, one of whom was injured in the previous evening’s exchange of fire and are believed to be holed up in the forests of Pembi closer to Shetpalli village in Khanapur mandal. The combing police parties made careful searches of the place, but the effort proved futile until the evening. Adilabad Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi said there was no development so far as combing of the area is concerned. He said the operations to find the extremists would however, continue.
Police resolve to hunt down Maoists
The Maoist dalam which has gone active in Adilabad may not have a safe run of the place any further what with the State government’s reported embargo on encounters in view of the Warangal by-election slated to end in a couple of days. Barring the exchange of fire in Pembi police station limits on November 18, the police in districts which have seen recent resurgence of extremism have currently limited their operations to keeping the movement of the dalams in sight. Given the mood of the police following the October 30 killing of tribal youth Kursenga Ballar Sha at Keriguda village in Tiryani mandal, it can only be said that the anti-extremist forces are impatiently waiting to ‘get going’.
Sources said that the Mangi dalam which was involved in the killing of Ballar Sha, which may now be only 10-member strong, will find it difficult to escape given the intensive police combing in the Mangi forest. This dalam, according to sources, is on the move in the forest area near Rompalli village in the same mandal. Similarly, the two-member action team involved in the exchange of fire on Wednesday is apparently holed up somewhere in the Pembi-Kadem forest area. The extremists have already escaped a couple of exchanges of fire last year and are now said to be moving between Sirchelma in Ichoda mandal and Mangi in Tiryani mandal traversing the estimated 50 km of the dense forest on foot via Udumpur in Kadem mandal.
Their mission seems to be spreading a scare among the poor inhabitants of the villages in the mandals of Indervelli, Khanapur, Kadem and Tiryani by either thrashing 1384420or killing suspected police informers. Threats to informers The naxals, who are active in the villages of Khanapur mandal, are apparently on task to threaten informers through a poster campaign. They were sighted in Pata Yellapur village about a week ago going about this job. The major concern of security forces however, is the support apparently enjoyed by the Maoists in the villages in the entire stretch which has been their stronghold during the heydays of extremism in Adilabad. “Corruption in official machinery and their continued exploitation is perhaps the reason for Adivasis looking up to them,” opined an official, who is into the anti-naxal operations in the district.
Intensive combing operations going on in forest areas in Adilabad district
Fate of six abducted TRS leaders not known
The abduction of the TRS local leaders including the party Bhadrachalam Constituency in-charge Maane Ramakrishna sparked off panic among the ruling party cadres. Even as the whereabouts of six TRS leaders of Bhadrachalam Division allegedly kidnapped by Maoists from remote Pusuguppa village on Wednesday night still remained unknown, fresh posters of Maoists urging people to participate in the ensuing “People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) Week” celebrations surfaced at Suraveedu in Venkatapuram mandal early on Friday.
The abduction of the TRS local leaders including the party Bhadrachalam Constituency in-charge Maane Ramakrishna sparked off panic among the ruling party cadres in agency mandals bordering the strife-ridden areas of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The rebels, through a letter released in Charla on Thursday, put forth three demands including an immediate halt to “fake encounters” and combing operations in agency areas. They issued a direct threat to the ruling party leaders to target them if their demands were not met.
The misery-stricken family members of the two abducted TRS leaders Venkateshwarlu and Suresh of Charla mandal sought the intervention of the Government to ensure safe release of their breadwinners. They submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Tahasildar in Charla. Lakshmi, wife of Mane Ramakrishna, appealed to the Maoists to release her husband unharmed keeping in view the miserable plight of their daughters. The distressed families of the abducted leaders are exploring all channels to convey their plea to the Maoist leaders in the Maoist-dominated areas in adjoining Chhattisgarh, sources said. Meanwhile, the district police have intensified vigil and scaled up security measures in agency areas in view of the sudden upsurge in Maoist activities along the porous inter-State border with Chhattisgarh.
Woman among 2 Maoists killed
Two members, including a woman commander, of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in an encounter with a joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force and the district police in southern Sukma district on Thursday, police said. Around 8 a.m. on Thursday, the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at the team near the Kolayiguda forest. The security personnel retaliated, forcing the Maoists to flee into the forest. The dead bodies of two Maoists were recovered from the encounter spot, a press release issued by Sukma police said. She carried a reward of Rs. 5 lakh on her head
Odisha: Huge cache of explosives seized in Malkangiri
Bhubaneswar: A huge cache of explosives and articles used by the Maoists was seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel during combing operations on Thursday from Mediguda forest near Motu in south Odisha’s Maoist-infested Malkangiri district. The BSF personnel seized a three kilo tiffin bomb, six gelatin sticks, plastic bags, two detonators and other articles used by red rebels, police sources said.
Security personnel have seized huge quantities of articles used by Maoists from the spot, while both sides exchanged fire, sources said. COBRA battalion jawans and Chhattisgarh police raided Beji forested area following intelligence inputs of Maoists holding a camp in the area. Combing operations in the area was launched following intelligence inputs of Maoists planning a major attack on the police, the sources said.