2 naxal ‘sympathisers’ bound over
Srirampur police on Saturday made a couple of sympathisers of CPI (ML) Janashakti naxalites bounden the presence of Mancherial Tahsildar for good behaviour. The duo, Virugulla Mallaiah, aged 63 years and Mekala Poshamallu, aged 65 years, both retired Singareni Collieries workers are known to have assisted the extremists in pasting wall posters.
Two Naxals killed; CRPF jawan injured in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, November 28 Two Naxals were killed and as many women cadres arrested after a gun-battle with security forces, while a CRPF jawan was injured in a pressure bomb blast in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh today. Two rebels were gunned down by security forces in restive Abhujmad area of Narayanpur district last night, IG (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri told PTI over phone.
The gunfight between a joint team of Special Task Force and District Reserve Group, and a group of insurgents took place in jungles of Tumnar under Dhanora police station limits, around 230 km from Raipur, he said. The security forces were on a cordon and search operation ahead of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week (December 2-8) when they came under Naxal fire. PLGA is the military wing of CPI (Maoist). The security personnel also apprehended two women Naxals, who were part of the group, while they were trying to flee deep into the forests, the IG said. With this, the number of Naxals killed in separate encounters in south Bastar this month has reached 18.
Cops to make inroads into Red hinterland
VISHAKHAPATNAM: Visakha Rural cops want to make inroads into Maoist stronghold areas by constructing more than 40 roads in the Agency with funds from the Centre’s Left Wing Extremism (LWE) scheme. Sources said the department has already prepared roads in some affected areas on priority basis. Some of the roads received stage one clearances in the first week of November.
Once these roads are completed, the flow of combing parties might increase, sources said. Sources said deployment of security forces in the Maoist strongholds has become a herculean task for the cops with the hilly terrain posing a difficulty. Even after preparing helipads at various Maoist-affected mandals, the cops are facing an uphill task in conducting combing operations due to no transportation in many areas. “This has proved to be an advantage for Maoists in the Agency.
Recently, they deployed forces from Chhattisgarh to strengthen their movement. The government’s decision on bauxite mining has complicated our work,” a senior anti-naxal cop said. The government had planned roads in GK Veedhi, Chintapalli, G Madugula, Pedabayalu, Paderu, Dumbriguda, Koyyuru and Araku mandals, which are Maoists shelter zones, an inspector working in the Maoists-affected mandal told TOI.
Naxalites targeting informers?
Naxalites warn informants of dire consequences through a poster campaign in some of the former strongholds in Khanapur mandal.
If Atram Ballar Sha was gunned down by Maoists at Keriguda in Tiryani mandal on October 30, a Gond tribal brother duo was reportedly roughed up by them at Gopera in the same mandal on November 2, all being accused of supplying ‘information’ to police on their movement. The naxalites also did some plain speaking to the surrendered extremists and former sympathisers on the same issue on November 10 at a meeting at the remote Domdari village in Kadem mandal besides warning other informants of dire consequences through a poster campaign in some of the former strongholds in Khanapur mandal.
It is quite clear that the naxalites are trying to eliminate the danger posed by the police informant system before doing anything towards consolidating their position in Adilabad district. Whether this campaign would yield the desired effect will be revealed only in due time. In the battle with extremism, the foundation of the informant network was laid sometime at the turn of the last century when Sandeep Shandilya was the Superintendent of Police in Adilabad.
This network was built upon and consolidated by his successor Mahesh M. Bhagwat and Kripanand Tripathi Ujela who took over from him after the 2004 general election. The incumbency of Mr. Bhagwat between May 2001 and June 2014 saw introduction of the concept of People’s Policing as an effective counter to the People’s War, the banner under which the naxalites were operating then. The informant network only grew in strength as the new concept of policing brought about cordiality between police and public relations which eventually is said to have resulted in the death of many top ranking and dreaded Maoists. The advent of mobile telephony and erection of cell towers in the remote areas prompted the police department to arm their informants with cell phones.
As many as 400 mobile handsets and SIM cards were believed to have been distributed by the police department in the middle of the last decade. The lull in extremist activity since 2005-2006 threw a question mark on the relevance of the informant network which is why the system experienced ‘fluctuations’ so far as its importance was concerned. The network also became rickety and operatives reportedly started giving out false tips to make some money. The police nevertheless took no time in recognising the importance of an information network to serve as its eyes and ears in far flung areas. The concept of Special Police Officers, though denied by the government, came into being a couple of years back when the Maoists resumed movement in the district.
Odisha police seizes Maoist posters and leaflets
The posters and Maoist publicity materials were first sighted in various Anganwadi centres, gram panchayat offices and cabins. Odisha Police on Sunday seized a large number of Maoist posters and leaflets from adjoining villages bordering Jharkhand barely 10 days after withdrawal of the para-military forces from the area. Posters inciting local youth to join their ranks for the interest of peasants and labourers to commemorate Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week from December 2 inscribed in red ink were seized, DSP (crime) Benoy Krushna Kamilla said.
The posters and Maoist publicity materials were first sighted in various Anganwadi centres, gram panchayat offices and cabins in Sankhabhanga, Bazargada, Kapadiha, Pokharia and Dakadihi villages under Jharpokharia police station and Chadheipahadi, Dentagara and Tiakati villages under Gorumahisani police station, Kamilla said.
Red Threat: Odisha, Jharkhand to Plug ‘Critical Gaps’
ROURKELA: Taking advantage of what security forces call ‘critical gaps’, the Maoists in a redesigned strategy have been trying to regroup at vulnerable pockets of adjacent Saranda forest in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand territory and parallel bordering areas of Odisha’s Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts. To counter the Maoists’ strategy, the two States are planning redeployment of CRPF and state police forces on Rourkela-Sambalpur axis in Odisha and West Singhbhum-Simdega axis in Jharkhand.
Well-placed sources said having studied the force deployment pattern in Saranda and jurisdictions of the Rourkela and Keonjhar police districts, the Maoist operatives have changed their strategy of alignment and are using new forest routes not frequented by security forces. Over the past three years, the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) of the banned outfit in Saranda was rendered defunct due to heavy deployment of security forces leading to peace in Odisha side. Yet, in the wake of the ongoing panchayat elections in Jharkhand, the Maoist movements increased in Saranda and along the Odisha-Jharkhand border. Incidentally, after a long hiatus Rourkela police on November 11, gunned down two Maoists, dismantled a camp and seized arms and ammunition during combing operations in Chandiposh police limits.
Maoists, Kerala cops exchange fire in Mannarkkad
Mannarkkad: Firing between Maoist activists and Kerala Police have been reported from Mannarkkad in Palakkad district.
Red posters create flutter in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Baripada, Nov 29: Surfacing of Maoist posters urging locals to observe PLGA week from December 2 to 8 in some areas under Jhadpokhria police limits in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district has caused panic among the locals. Maoist posters written in Hindi and Odia have been seen in Joka and Paktia localities under Jhadpokhria police limits.
Some of these posters are handwritten. Apart from urging locals to observe PLGA week, Maoists have opposed ‘Operation Green Hunt’. Similar posters have been also found in Chadehipahaji village under Rairangpur block. The Red rebels in the posters have appealed locals to observe PLGA week.