Huge cache of Maoist arms, explosives seized in Bastar
RAIPUR: During an anti-naxalite operation early on Saturday, a joint team of Border Security Force and District police recovered huge cache of arms and explosives along with Maoist material in forests of Kanker district in Bastar division. The troops of 123rd Battalion BSF was out on search operation when a Maoist dump was spotted at Padbeda forests of Kanker district. Acting on a tip off from intelligence wing of BSF, the team recovered huge cache of arms and explosives including 11 guns, four tiffin bombs, two pistols, 20 detonators, SLR rifle rounds, Insas magazine, gelatin, electronics, medicines, pamphlets, clothing and other materials from the dump. BSF IG PSR Anjenuyulu said that huge cache of arms dumped in forest indicates that a major Maoist attack might be in the offing which was averted after the recovery.
In another development, 140 Battalion BSF during combing operation at Chargaon area arrested three Maoists on Saturday. Accused of murder, ambush, loot, setting vehicles ablaze, the three Maoists identified as Bajare Ram Uikey, Suklu Ram and Sabi Ram Negi have several cases registered against them at various police stations in Kanker district.
‘Naxal’ surrenders before police, kin claim he wasn’t an ultra
Kin of a 17-year-old youth, who surrendered before police as a “Naxal”, today claimed that he was never associated with the Red movement.
Deorao Hichami of Bhasmantola village from Etapalli taluka surrendered yesterday. He was a member of the Kasansur LOS dalam and surrendered before police in the village when we had gone there to tell the villagers about the surrender policy, Kotmi police Inspector Bharat H Nagre said today. “He has surrendered on his own will upon which he was brought to Kotmi and is being sent to police head quarters,” the officer said. However, Deorao’s cousin Rainu told reporters here that last morning around 50 to 60 policemen came to the village.
“Some 15-16 policemen then came to my house under the pretext of purchasing chicken and asked about Deorao. When I told them that he was sitting in the village square, the cops rushed there and caught hold of him and brought back to home,” he said. “They then took his photo with their own gun on his back and took him to the police station. When we asked cops to why were they taking Deorao to the police station, they asked us to come to the police station after two hours,” he said.
“When around 20 men and women from the village went to the Police Station, they were informed that he had surrendered. The police did not listen to our grievances,” he said. “Deorao was never a Naxal. His father died when he was very young. Now he lives with me with his mother and earn livelihood by doing petty works. However the police have unnecessarily declared him to be a Naxal and have shown him to have surrendered”, Rainu claimed. Rainu demanded that police should release him. “An innocent youth should not be branded as a Naxal,” he added.
‘Maoist’ letters create flutter
Bachhannapet (Warangal): Even as a high alert was sounded by the police in the Agency villages infested by Maoists, two letters purportedly written by the Maoists, surfaced at Bachhannapet mandal headquarters in the district on Friday, caused panic. The letters have created flutter as the annual People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week was being observed from December 2 to 8 in the honour of slain leaders of the CPI (Maoist)’s armed wing. The police found the two-page letter pinned to a tree near the Backward Classes hostel and another three-page letter was found pasted on the wall at the entrance gate of the hostel during the morning hours. The statement was issued in the name of People’s War Group central committee member Viplav Kumar.
The content in the two statements slightly varied with one another. In one letter, the Maoist leader lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of promoting the MNCs at the cost of the public sector. The Prime Minister was allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) even in the defense sector, which was crucial for the country’s safety. The Prime Minister was also encouraging communal tensions and caste wars, he said. Launching a blistering attack against Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Viplav Kumar alleged that before coming to power, the Chief Minister claimed that Maoist agenda was the TRS agenda. But after coming to power, he was killing the militants in fake encounters, he lamented. Maoist activists Shruti alias Mahita and Vidysagar Reddy alias Sagar were killed in fake encounters in Tadwai forests in Warangal district in a brutal manner. Shruti was also sexually assaulted and tortured before being killed, he alleged.
‘Is this the ‘Golden Telangana’, that the State government was striving for, he asked. If this happened to any daughter of MLA or MP, the culprits would have been punished severely, he added. The government, which remained indifferent to the agitations undertaken by ASHA workers, municipal staff and gram sevaks, was providing state-of-the-art vehicles to the police and increased their salaries. It was because the State government wants to use the police to suppress the agitations against it, he pointed out.
In the name of Mission Kakatiya, the State government was making the TRS leaders rich but has forgotten about delivering the election promises, Viplav Kumar alleged. He further asked the youth to join the Maoist ranks to make up for the deaths of slain Maoists. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ambar Kishor Jha has described the Maoist letters as fake. It might be an act by local sympathisers. However, the police have launched a detailed probe into the issue, he added. It might be noted that this year, the Maoists were commemorating the 15th anniversary of the PLGA and were making serious efforts to make it a success. According to sources, several Maoists entered into the forests of the district from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and others to organise programmes.
Thunderbolt combs Kerala forest for suspected Maoists
The Kerala Thunderbolt commandos on December 4 began combing in the forest areas adjacent to Kambamala tea estate in Wayanad District for suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, reports The Hindu. Official sources said a six-member armed group including two women reportedly visited the workers of the estate owned by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation around 10.30 a.m. on the day and distributed pamphlets to them. They were attired in military style uniform and five of them carried guns.
Two among them introduced themselves as Anu and Hari and interacted with the workers in Malayalam. They spent nearly half an hour in the estate and asked the workers to continue their struggle for better wages and other amenities. They warned the workers of exploitation by the government. They also said they were willing to protect the workers. They pasted posters on walls and asked the workers asked to observe the 15th People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Day on December 2.