Attack on mine site in Kanker
..In the same district, Naxals today set on fire at least 20 vehicles and machines engaged in mining work. These included 13 trucks and 6 Poclain machines (excavators). No one was hurt in the incident, police said. A group of armed ultras raided the Hahaladdi iron ore mining site under the limits of Durgukondal Police Station this evening. After asking the labourers and drivers to leave the place, they torched at least 20 vehiclesand machines engaged in mining work, Meena said…
Chhattisgarh: Naxalites call for shutdown after setting ablaze 25 vehicles in Kanker
A group of about 150 Naxalites have set afire 25 vehicles in Kanker and called for shutdown in the region on Wednesday, reports said. The development comes after Naxal commander Podia was gunned down by the police in Kesapur village of the restive Dantewada district at 1pm on Tuesday. Following a tip-off on Naxal movement, the District Reserve Group of the state led an operation near Tongpal police station area with team of 10 personnel.
Naxals call bandh in six states today
Nagpur: The Naxalites’ central regional bureau of Dandakaranya special zonal committee have called for a ‘bandh’ in six states Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Wednesday. The rebels claimed to have announced the shut down in protest of the air strikes conducted by Indian Air force in Bijapur district of Bastar region in south Chattisgarh on October 13. The Naxalites, in a press release issued on Tuesday, lambasted prime minister Narendra Modi for his ‘Mission-2016’ meant for eliminating the rebel movement and unsettling the anti-displacement agitation in the tribal region.
The Naxals claimed government aimed to hand over the natural resources of central India, including several districts of Bastar and Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, to foreign companies. They also protested the proposals of erecting army training school, helipads, airforce stations and special fortified police posts at Abhujmadh straddling Chattisgarh and Maharashtra. The Abhujmadh is considered nerve centre of the Naxal operations. Criticizing Chattishgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s offer of dialogue, Naxals claimed the air raids on civilian locations prove that the offer was hypocritical.
Naxals also highlighted that the air raids on their strongholds were conducted following the visits of current national security adviser Ajit Doval and senior security adviser K Vijay Kumar in Chhattisgarh. Superintendent of police, Gadchiroli, Sandip Patil, said there were no pamphlets or banners traced so far in the district. “Information has been received from intelligence sources regarding the bandh but police are not taking any chances,” he said.
TRS govt failures stoking Maoist resurgence
From the present style of functioning of the TRS government, it is clear that the State government does not appear to be in a mood to address the reasons for spurt in Maoist activity. The steady growth of extremism may open doors to another round of ‘peace talks’ between the government and the naxal organisations before the 2019 General Elections in the State and the talks will assume greater significance in all political party poll agendas, says Professor G Haragopal in an interview to Patan Afzal Babu
What is the reason for the sudden rise of Maoist activities in Telangana State and who is responsible for the present state of affairs?
Repression unleashed by the State government against naxals is the main reason for the revival of Maoist activities in Telangana State. The recent combing operations, intensified police movements in the sensitive areas and the harassment of naxal sympathisers are the flashpoints for triggering Maoist resurgence in Telangana in the recent times . The TRS boasted that the Maoist agenda is its agenda before the bifurcation of the state. After coming to power, the ruling party took a U-turn.
Why are the naxals eager to revive their activities and strengthen their organisation in Telangana and where did the government fail?
The Maoist agenda is the elimination of poverty. Practically, the TRS government has failed to achieve the desirable goals towards realising the dream of ‘Bangaru Telangana’ as announced by the TRS immediately after coming to power. This was one of the main driving forces behind the youth tilting towards extremism in Telangana. To show their presence, Maoists have taken six TRS leaders hostage in Khammam. It was a clear indication that the extremists will take on the government if it fails to fulfil the aspirations of people in near future.
Social organisations say that the government has failed to live up to the aspirations of the people and continues to have feudal mindset and this is leading to unrest. Do you agree with it?
People thought if Telangana State was formed it would be rid of rulers with ‘feudal ’ mindset that was witnessed in the united AP. But after the formation of the Telangana State, the function of the governments and the administration is akin to that of the previous dispensations run by the ‘settlers’ in Telangana. There is no change in governance and the aspirations of people remain shattered during the last 18 months.
What will happen if the naxal activity increases in the coming days in the State. Who will be the biggest sufferer?
Another important factor for the revival of naxal activity in Telangana is the increased police brutality against women, poor and dalit segments. The core ideology of the naxalism was to counter the state-sponsored violence. Unless the government stops the harassment of marginalised sections, naxals will not sit quiet.
In the present circumstances, is there any need or possibility of resumption of peace talks between naxals and government?
In 2004 elections, the issue of peace talks has been included in the Congress election manifesto and the then Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy fulfilled it. At present, the style of functioning of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s government gives an impression that it is determined to take on the naxals instead of addressing the basic issues raised by the extremist organisations. The issue of peace talks between government and naxal bodies will be one of the main political agendas in 2019 election.
What is your advice to the government to contain the growing incidence of Maosim in the Telangana State?
The only suggestion from my side is to enforce rule of law strictly and provide protection to the weaker communities from police harassment. The organisations and opposition fight in a democratic manner over people’s issues. Find a solution and also give space to express their resentment over the government’s failure in addressing the people’s issues.
Maoists see Karimnagar as shelter zone
While the rest of north Telangana districts is rocked by Naxalite activities, the district remains calm
Analysts feel that the extremists have adopted the ‘strategic silence’ to gain time and recruit youth
Karimnagar: Maoists are believed to be maintaining strategic silence in Karimnagar district because they are using it as “a shelter zone” and also for recruiting cadre. Those who are in the know of the Maoists’ strategy support the argument. While the rest of the north Telangana districts, particularly Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) zone, have been affected by Maoist activities, the situation remains calm in Karimnagar district. The district was earlier a strong base for extremist movement.
Except holding a “Praja Court” (kangaroo court) in Mukunuru village under Mahadevpur mandal in December last year, no incident of Maoists was reported in Karimnagar, the native district of party’s national secretary Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi. The analysts consider the strategy being adopted by the Maoists is intended to gain time to build the cadre. But the police claim that their action has led to suppression of the extremist movement in the district. There are reports that the Naxalites often visit some of the villages bordering Chhattisgarh by crossing the river Godavari and returning after staying for a few hours. Maoists had called a halt to their activities in the united Andhra Pradesh and most of them went underground in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states.
After a long gap, Naxalities for the first time after formation of Telangana, held a “Praja Court” in Mukunuru and thrashed Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) Sammaiah for harassing villagers. After that no incident was reported in the district. Later, Maoists killed an Adivasi youth Ballalshah, a native of Kheriguda under Thiryanimandal in Adilabad district, on October 31, branding him as police informer. One week ago, an exchange of fire also took place between police and ultras in Pembi forest near Shetpalli under Khanapur mandal. In another incident, they recently kidnapped six leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Khammam district.
On the other hand, two Maoists Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy were killed in an alleged encounter with the police near Govindaraopet in Warangal district. Apart from intensifying patrolling in forest area, the police claimed to have take measures to ensure that the youth do not fall prey to the extremists’ activities. Superintendent of Police D Joel Devis visited the Naxalite- affected village in Maha Mutharam and Mahadevpur mandals and interacted with youth and local people. A programme to educate the youth on career opportunities was also organised.
Parts of Malkangiri affected by Maoist bandh call
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Malkangiri, Nov 25: Bandh call by Maoists in Dandakaranya zone protesting against anti-Maoist operations on Odisha-Chhattisgarh border has paralysed parts of district under Mathili block, today. Maoists have posted posters and banners expressing their objection to Operation Redhunt and airstrikes. Locals are finding difficult to travel as vehicular movement is restricted as the rebels have dug up roads in Mahupadar, Salim, Kartanpalli and Kumarpalli areas.
“We have intensified combing operation in the area after the Maoists called for a bandh. If necessary Malkangiri police will take help of Chhattisgarh government and will conduct joint operations to curb Maoist operation here,” Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, Malkangiri SP said. The bandh is called by Darabha division Maoists association, according to the posters.
Police bust arms factory, arrest Maoist in Gaya
Gaya, Nov 24 (ANI): Police in Bihar busted an arms factory and arrested a Maoist. The Bihar Police arrested hardcore Maoist Bipin Vishwakarma, who was running an arms factory for many years in Gaya district. Upon interrogation, Vishwakarma led the police to the arrest of another person Mohammad Sakib, who was supplying arms to the Maoists and criminals from his motor parts shop. Vishwakarma was earlier arrested in 1994 along with another hardcore Maoist Kirani Yadav, who is currently lodged in prison. Apart from various tools used in making weapons, police recovered pistols, drill machines, bullets, gun barrels and shells too.
Maoist kill Naib Sarpanch in Bolangir
Bolangir: Maoists killed Naib Sarpanch Alekha Majhi of Bagdore gram panchyat under the Belpada PS on Monday night. The incident took place when Majhi was returning home from his brick kiln on a bike. Around 7-8 Maoists intercepted Majhi, tied his hands and took him away. The red rebels held a meeting and killed Majhi accusing him of being a police informer. The ultras left posters in which it was mentioned that Majhi had informed the location of some Maoists in 2013. Panic gripped the area after the incident. The deceased is survived by his wife and a five-year-old daughter.
Two Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Nov 24 (PTI) Two Naxals, including a woman, who were active on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border and carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on their head, were arrested from insurgency-hit Rajanandgaon district of the state, police said today. The cadres, Manisha alias Jani Kovachi (29) and Manglu Sori (21), were nabbed by a joint team of security forces from the forests of Bortalav police station limits last evening, Inspector General of Police, Durg Range, Pradeep Gupta told PTI.
Acting on tip-off about frequent movement of cadres active in Darrekasa area committee (Maharashtra) adjoining Bortalav and Dongargarh area of Chhattisgarh, an operation was collectively launched by district force and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the IG said. While security personnel were cordoning off forests between Ghotiya and Udarichhapar villages, they spotted two suspects who were trying to escape from the spot, the IG said, adding they were, however, rounded up after a short chase. They were allegedly involved in several incidents on Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra borders, he added. Based on their instance, security personnel busted a Maoist dump in the region and recovered 311 electronic detonators, two muzzle loading guns, live cartridges, one Motorola wireless set, sharp edged weapon besides some cash, the IG said.