Naxal threat hampers CBI probe into Dantewada violence
As the Centre reaches out to naxals in insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday informed the Supreme Court that a team of its officers walked a thin line between life and death as they investigate a series of alleged naxal attacks on villages in Dantewada district of the State. The odds faced by the team working in the “extremely hostile area” prompted the Supreme Court to pull up the Chhattisgarh government for not providing adequate protection to conduct the investigation.
“Give them protection. You say here you will give them protection and they [CBI officers] will be killed. We will hold you to your word,” the Social Justice Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit told the Chhattisgarh government. The court’s reaction came after Additional Solicitor-General P.S. Patwalia said further investigation was required on the five FIRs filed by them on the violence, and they would need six more months of field investigation. Mr. Patwalia detailed the “extremely hostile” attitude the CBI men face and how their movements were limited.
“We cannot just walk into any area. Some 200 to 300 people go into these areas with us,” Mr. Patwalia read out from a report filed with the court. He said the CBI had tried to circumvent the problem by opening a camp between September 14 and September 20 so that people could come and give evidence. “Nobody turned up,” Mr. Patwalia said. “A second camp was organised during the first week of November. But we got a counter-intelligence tip-off from Maharashtra that the CBI team may be ambushed by naxals. So we could not go,” Mr. Patwalia submitted.
The CBI’s presence in the area dates back to a July 2011 Supreme Court judgment restraining the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre from appointing tribal people as special police officers and arming them to counter Maoists. The apex court had termed it “unconstitutional”. The court had also taken cognisance of several instances of violence in the three villages of Morpalli, Tadmetla and Timmapuram of Dantewada, and directed the CBI to take over the investigation. The agency was asked to investigate the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh and his companions while on a visit to Dantewada in March 2011.
Naxal attack: CRPF jawan injured in blast
Raipur: A CRPF jawan was on Saturday, injured in a pressure bomb blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said. The incident occurred this morning when a team of 74th battalion of Central Reserve Police Force was on its way for security duty at Chintalnar weekly market, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan said. Ahead of the weekly market, a constable accidentally came in contact with a pressure bomb planted by the Maoists that exploded injuring him, Shrawan said. “The jawan sustained minor injuries on his legs in the incident,” the SP said. Soon after the incident, security forces rushed the injured jawan to a local hospital where his condition was said to be stable, he added.
Two women Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Nov. 28 (ANI): The security forces gunned down two Maoists and arrested two women cadres following a gun battle in Abujhmaad area of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The encounter ensued when the security forces were conducting a search operation in jungles of Bedmametta and Gattakal. The gun battle lasted for about 2 hours after which the Maoists fled the area. The forces recovered bodies of two uniformed Maoist cadres with weapons from the spot. When the forces were retreating from the location along with the bodies, the Maoists began firing at them while hiding in the jungles.
Police maintain high vigil at stations on hills
Naxal Special Division conducting combing operations in forest areas bordering Karnataka
The Naxal Special Division of the district police has teamed up with Special Task Force for the conduct of combing operations in the forest areas on the Hasanur, Kadambur and Bargur hills bordering Karnataka, in the wake of Maoist threat perception. The special division consisting of ten personnel headed by a Sub-Inspector has been provided with a vehicle to carry out the combing operation. Camps While on the one hand the STF has been conducting medical camps in rural parts involving philanthropic section of medical community to win the trust of the locals, and ensure that they are not weaned into extremist activities, the police machinery is also geared up to respond promptly.
Six stations: Thalavadi, Hassanur, Bargur and Kadambur on the hills, and Vellithirupur and Bhavani Sagar in the adjoining plains have been equipped with the necessary manpower, machinery and other facilities to thwart any possible Maoist attack, said Superintendent of Police M.R. Sibi Chakravarthi. Alongside fortifying the stations with barricades and sand bags, five Armed Reserve personnel have been posted in each station in addition to the full complement of strength. Round-the-clock vigil is maintained at the stations. CCTVs have also been installed for sharp surveillance, and floodlights have also been put in place. Personnel in these stations were armed with automatic weapons, the SP said.
Maoist arms dump unearthed
The rural police on a tip off unearthed a Maoist arms dump in the forest area near the recent encounter spot, near Mulug, here on Friday. A team of police personnel and CRPF conducted searches at Dwarakagutta near Project Nagar thanda. They found two weapons .303 weapons and 60 live rounds of ammunition, one .22, 104 rounds of ammunition, pouches, compass, tester, two Nokia phone batteries among others. Mulugu DSP Rajamendra Naik said the naxals who camped here on September 16 may have left them after the exchange of fire. Rural ASP John Wesley, Mulugu CI Srinivas Rao, Eturnagaram CI Kishore Kumar, Pasra SI Yaseen took part in this search operation.
Police seize five Maoist posters
SAMBALPUR: Posters, purportedly circulated by the Maoists, were found at Char Chhak near Maleikhaman village in Sohela block of Bargarh district on Thursday. Police have seized all five posters written in Odia. The posters accuse one Gobinda Bariha of collecting money and exploiting the tribals. One of the posters said Bariha will be punished at the praja court, while another warned villagers against cooperating with him. The Bargarh-Balangir-Nuapada division of the CPI (Maoist) claimed to have put up the posters.
Odisha Kantabhanji MLA receives death threat from Maoists
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Kantabhanji, Nov 28: Odisha Kantabanji MLA Ayub Khan has alleged that he has received a death threat that he will be killed in 10 days via SMS from Maoists. Bolingir district Kantabhanji MLA Haji Mohammad Ayub Khan has received a death threat from the Maoists. A complaint has been registered by the MLA in the Kantabhanji police station and the police are investigating the case. Notably, after police arrested Maoist commander Nirmala Majhi, Khan received a call on his mobile asking him to protest against the arrest.
Khan taken the issue lightly, but four days ago after the murder of naib sarpanch in Belapada in the district, he had again got threat message on his mobile. The SMS says that the MLA will be killed within 10 days. The number has been checked and found to be an unknown person’s number.
Naxals plan to abduct VIPs
A large group of Naxals from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have infiltrated into Chhattisgarh’s conflict zone of Bastar to stop security forces from making inroads into their stronghold, an alert sounded by the intelligence said. “Around 250 Maoist guerrillas drawn from North Telangana State Committee and Andhra Orissa Border Committee of CPI (Maoist) have been dispatched to south Bastar to prevent security forces from making further advances into their bastions in the region in the wake of a series of reverses suffered by them in the encounters with the security forces in the area recently,” a senior police officer quoting intelligence reports told the newspaper. “They are planning to abduct VIPs such as local district collectors, police officers and senior political leaders to force security forces to retreat,” the intelligence has warned.
UNLF extends ‘revolutionary greetings’ on its 51st anniversary
Imphal, November 27 2015 : What has Manipur achieved in the last 50 years of liberation struggle is one most likely question the people may raise apart from pointing out that it has only brought violence in the society, said the annual statement released by the Central Committee (CC) of the proscribed UNLF. 50 years is a long time in the life span of a human being and also in building an ideal society. The contradictions between over 30 communities in Manipur have been further deepened by the divide and rule policy of India and other external factors.
UNLF had made it very clear that the people have to overcome all the issues and the success of the liberation struggle may take a long time, said UNLF. UNLF had also made it clear that that the liberation struggle has to be continued after passing on the objectives to future generation. However, it is certain that the movement launched by UNLF’s founder members who has sacrificed their lives was the correct path and there was a need to restore Manipur lost independence. ULNF has alleged that in an attempt to suppress the liberation movement, IOF had raped and killed but the people have resisted the attempt. The movement against such atrocities committed on the people has become an exemplary model in WESEA region. “Nura Temsingnabi” Irom Chanu Sharmila’s silent and singular struggle against violation of rights have also become one of the most strident voices acknowledged by the world.
It will not be wrong to assume that such are the impact of the liberation struggle and this is how the movement has been inherited by the younger generation, said UNLF. However, it is also important to ponder on what the younger “digital generation” think about the issues on hand. This generation has not been taught the history, geography and composition of ethnic groups in Manipur, pointed out the statement. UNLF stated that the digital generation may not be considering what the future will be if they have been drawn into the Indian capitalist economy under capitalist globalization which demands recruitment of IT and MBA professionals. They cannot but escape deliberating on the future of Manipur as they will have to play a role and serve and work for Manipur’s future.
This is why, it has now imperative for the younger generation to take over the liberation movement launched by the founding leaders to protect the nation, to establish an independent nation and to bring about a government by the people, asserted UNLF. Against the backdrop of the issues discussed, the UNLF Central Committee as part of the annual statement stated that it the collective right for all the people of Manipur to live in self-reliant societies for further development. “This is our collective goal and collective right”, stated UNLF. The UNLF vowed to continue its struggle towards the attainment of the collective right with all the strength and by establishing true relationship with the people.
On the occasion of UNLF’s 51st anniversary, UNLF sent its revolutionary greetings to all the fraternal nationalities suppressed by India in WESEA region and CORCOM members. UNLF also extended revolutionary greetings to the people of Kashmir who had been reeling under India subjugation and to the Maoist groups who had been fighting the onslaught of Indian Capitalist system. On the occasion the UNLF also paid respect to all martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the people, those who had been injured and maimed in the struggle, those who have been incarcerated in enemy prisons and other leaders and wished all victory in the liberation struggle.