Naxal involved in tribal youth’s murder arrested
Adilabad police on Sunday arrested Chunchula Bakkanna alias Shankaranna, a 38-year-old Maoist from patha Yellapur of Khanapur mandal ending the suspense of the last few days over his physical well being. He was involved in the murder of a tribal youth Kursenga Ballar Sha at Kheriguda village in Tiryani mandal on October 30 besides the November 18 exchange of fire in the forest area under Pembi police station limits and pasting of posters in villages in his mandal.
Producing him at a media conference at Bellampalli, Adilabad Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi, Bellampalli Additional SP Sunpreet Singh said on reliable information, the naxalite was arrested on the outskirts of Jannaram village early in the day by the Jannaram police who also recovered from him a country made 9 mm pistol and three live rounds. He confessed to the murder and the other events for which he has been booked in a case in Tiryani police station, they added.
Giving out details of the killing of Ballar Sha, Mr. Joshi said a dalam led by Maoist Adilabad Area Committee member Atram Shobhan alias Charles, Bandi Prakash alias Bandi Dada and Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar, among others, had taken the victim to the open place outside the tiny village at 8 a.m. on October 30. They killed him accusing him to be a police informer and being responsible for an encounter in 1995 which was improbable given the age of Ballar Sha at that time.
Four Maoist ultras arrested, explosives seized
Malkangiri (Odisha), Nov 23 (PTI) Four Maoist ultras allegedly involved in many crimes including murder, were today arrested in Malkangiri district with a huge quantity of explosive materials. The ultras, active in Maoist activities for the last over eight years, were captured from Tekguda forest area under Kalimela police station limits during a joint combing by the SOG and police personnel, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.
As many as 825 pieces of gelatine sticks weighing around 110 kg were seized from the red rebels, who operated as militia members in Malkangiri division under Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit, he said. Stating that the gelatine sticks were apparently kept for some major attack, police said the arrested ultras were involved in a number of offences including killings, landmine blasts and loot in the region. They were identified as Ramanath Madkami (24), Jaga Madhi (25), Waga Madkami (28) and Soma Madkami (24). Meanwhile, combing operation was intensified and borders with Chhattisgarh sealed to prevent infiltration of Maoists from the neighbouring state where anti-Naxal drive has been stepped up, the police said.
Odisha Villagers’ Deaths: Maoist bandh disrupts normal life in Kalahandi
Blame police, demand Rs 10 lakh for each killed villager’s bereft kin
Bhubaneswar: Following the dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by the Maoists, protesting the killing of three civilians in police encounter in Karlapat forest last week, normal life has badly been affected in three blocks on Monday in Odisha’s tribal-dominated Kalahandi district. While roads in the three blocks wore a deserted look, buses and other vehicular traffic remained off the roads. Commercial establishments downed their shutters and residents remained indoors at Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Sadar blocks.
The red ultras blocked road by felling trees at various places in Lanjigarh besides putting up posters asking people to make the bandh a success. The bandh call has been given by CPI (Maoist) Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali committee secretary Umakant. Releasing an an audio clip earlier, the top Maoist leader had pooh-poohed the claim of the police that the three villagers were killed in exchange of fire in the Karlapat forest. He had claimed that there was no exchange of fire between the villagers and the security personnel. He has also demanded Rs 10 lakh compensation for each of the bereft family members. Need to be mentioned that, three villagers, including a ward member, were killed and two minors were seriously injured in an encounter by the Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans suspecting them to be Maoists during a combing operation in the Karlapat forest area in Kalahandi district on the previous Sunday of last Sunday.
While the deceased have been identified as Panchu Majhi, Sukru Majhi and Jay Shankar Naik, all natives of Nisanaguda in Panchakula village in the district, Jaya Shankar was a ward member of the village. Meanwhile, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has already directed the DIG (South Western Range) to enquire into the matter and file a detailed report within four weeks.
Tension continues to prevail in Agency areas
Tension continues to prevail in the Agency areas of the district situated in close proximity to the restive inter-State border with Chhattisgarh as the Maoists gearing up to celebrate People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) week early next month and the police bracing to tackle the upsurge in Maoist activities in Bhadrachalam Agency. The Maoists stepped up their activities along the porous inter-State border as was evident from the kidnap of six Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders of the Agency areas from Pusuguppa, a border village in Charla mandal, and their subsequent release near the same village by the rebels on Saturday.
They also intensified the poster campaign as precursor to the PGA week celebrations in the Agency areas signalling their intent to target the ruling party leaders if ‘fake encounters’ continued, enrol cadres into PGA and expand its base in the Agency areas. In a bid to check the resurgence of Maoist activities in the Agency areas, the district police have stepped up counter-insurgency operations, bolstered security for VVIPs particularly prominent leaders of the ruling party, and activated intelligence network, police sources said.
Apart from issuing safety precautions to those on the Maoists’ ‘hit list’, the police department has strengthened the security cover to the VVIPs. A MP-5 sub machine gun, a most sophisticated weapon known for its efficacy in close combat operations, has been allotted to one of the personal security officers of Minister for Roads and Buildings T Nageswara Rao, who hails from the district, a few days ago, sources said. The most advanced MP-5 sub machine guns are mainly used by the elite commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) and other well trained personnel of the security forces, sources added. The new weapon will be of immense help in enhancing security cover to the VVIPs.
ADGP: Beef Up Security in Wayanad
MANANTHAVADY: Newly joined Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) (North Division) Nitin Agarwal convened a meeting of top police officials in the district and reportedly issued direction to beef up surveillance programmes in the backdrop of the recent Maoist sightings near Thirunelli.Nitin Agarwal joined as the ADGP north division in the last week. All DySPs CIs in the district attended the urgent meeting convened by ADGP on Saturday at Mananthavady DySP office. Police were under the assumption that Maoist activities were on the decline in the district following the arrest of Roopesh in Coimbatore. However, a five-member group of ultras appeared publicly near Thirunelli before local body elections held earlier this month.
The group had exhorted the public to boycott elections, pasted posters and distributed pamphlets. To avoid creating panic among the public, police did not adopt conspicuous search operations for Maoists. Even the name of high security polling booths were not revealed to the public to ensure participation of the people in the polling process. However, the meeting has reportedly decided to implement rigorous measures to intercept the rebel outfit. However, top officials in the department remained tightlipped when asked about the details of the meeting. “He came to meet officials. It was not related to Maoism,” said Mananthavady DySP A R Premkumar.
Naxals torch bus in Dantewada, none hurt
Raipur, Nov 23: Naxals today set on fire a bus after asking its occupants to alight in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district. The move by Naxals comes a day after its four women cadres were gunned down in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in the region. The incident took place near restive Gatam village under Katekalyan police station limits when the government-run Jan Suvidha Express bus was on its way to Dantewada from Katekalyan, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. Over 24 armed cadres stopped the vehicle near Gatam, and asked the passengers to get down from the bus after which the Naxals set it ablaze, he said. No one was hurt in the incident, he said.
SECURITY FORCES SEIZE EXPLOSIVES AT WEST SINGHBHUM
Police and paramilitary forces seized a finished can bomb and 50 half-finished can bombs as well as 15 pressure coocker bombs from a place at Goelkera in West Singhbhum district. The police and paramilitary forces razed a camp suspected being run by CPI-Maoist rebels in the dense jungle of Goelkera. The West Singhbhum superintendent of police Michael Raj confirmed about the recovery of the explosives materials from a rebel camp at Goelkera late last evening.
“Acting on a tip off we carried an operation. The camp was located at a village between Tonto and Goelkera which falls under Kolhan region. One of the bombs was finished and was about to be planted along the mud road leading to a CRPF camp. But as the police got an input that there was a full-fledged training camp in place, we raided the place from where we recovered the semi-finished bombs,” said Raj. The police suspect about 50 rebels participating in the training camp at that spot.
“We started launching a massive raid at the camp,causing the rebels and their leader to flee. We are carrying out a combing operation in the entire region,” said Raj. Apart from the explosives and bomb making equipment, the police and paramilitary forces have recovered rice, and eggs from the camp. The sources in the police said that it is suspected that the camp was being run since the past fortnight. Intelligence sources said that the bombs were being made to trigger serial explosions in rebel-infested West Singhbhum during the Panchayat elections.
Escorts of ministers, MLAs restricted from entering festival venue
Imphal, November 22 2015: Unlike previous years, escorts of ministers, MLAs and officers are restricted from entering the venue of ongoing Sangai Festival 2015 at Hapta Kangjeibung. However, escorts of Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and VIPs from outside the State have been permitted inside the venue. Personal Security Officers (PSO) of ministers, MLAs and officers are not included the restriction. Meanwhile, sources informed that security has also been beefed up at the Sangai Festival venues and areas near them after the proscribed United Revolutionary Front (URF) and Maoist Communist Party had announced a ban on the festival. CCTV cameras have also been installed at various places to avoid any untoward incident.
Apart from the Imphal East District Police, police personnel from Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur have been deployed including women police personnel, IRB, and Manipur Rifles to ensure security during the festival. IGP (Zone-1) of Manipur Police, Clay Khongsai after examining the security measures taken up at Hapta Kangjeibung told Hueiyen Lanpao that Manipur Police have taken up special security measures to counter any incidents as few underground organisations had also threatened and banned the ongoing Sangai Festival.
Paramilitary forces have also extended their help to thwart any attempts to disrupt the festival, added Clay Khongsai. He also informed that the ongoing Sangai Festival has been held at various venues including Chandrakriti Auditodium, Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen and Manipur Film Development Society Hall. Providing additional security personnel at various places has been a little task, said Clay Khongsai. He however, exuded confidence stating that every possible effort has been made so that the festival is celebrated smoothly.