Maoists attack Chhattisgarh Armed Forces camp, kill jawan
Maoists attacked a Chhattisgarh Armed Forces camp on Thursday and at least one jawan was killed in the attack. The attack took place in the Narayanpur district, according to ANI news agency. This is the latest in a spate of Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh, with 411 attacks recorded till November.
PLGA week passes off peacefully in Agency
The annual People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week observed by the banned CPI(Maoist) from December 2, passed off peacefully in the Visakha Agency. Violence was expected during the PLGA week as the protest against bauxite mining plans of the government went up manifold after the GO 97 was issued on November 5 and the Maoists, looking for a chance to regain their hold over the Girijans, extended their support to the agitation in the Agency area.
The Maoists are trying to regain their hold over Visakha Agency, probably the only place in the country thanks to its terrain which helps them consolidate and become strong. They kidnapped four ruling Telugu Desam party activists (a month before the GO was issued) and let them off after some time, warned the people’s representatives not to toe the government line but support the agitation. People’s representatives were told to quit their parties and support the agitation. Maoists also announced that anti- bauxite agitation would be main issue during this year’s PLGA week.
The ruling TDP could not conduct Jana Chaitanya Yatras in the Agency. However, even as the surcharged atmosphere in the Agency continued the PLGA week passed off peacefully leading to speculation about their strategy. Maoists have reportedly conducted meetings in the interior areas and in the Andhra-Odisha border area but no activity was seen in the major villages or mandal headquarters.
They have also reportedly recruited a large number of Girijans from Visakha Agency and other States like Chattisgarh and Odisha during the week. Here they completed the task set for the week: swelling the cadres by making fresh recruitment which they have not been able to do during the last few years which resulted in dwindling of local cadres in their armed squads. But keeping quiet during the PLGA week might be a strategy to come out with a strong move later. While top leaders of the area like Ravi, Azad and Chalapathi are reportedly conducting operations, the party’s central committee believed to have met in Chattisgarh and discussed the bauxite issue.
Maoist ‘army week’ ends, M’giri normal
KORAPUT: Security forces heaved a sigh of relief and public transport system resumed in Malkangiri district on Wednesday as the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week of the Maoists ended without any violence on December 8. “Security across Maoist-hit districts was beefed up in view of the PLGA week. No untoward incident was reported during the entire week. However, we cannot afford to be complacent and forces have been kept on high alert to meet any eventuality,” said DIG (south-western range) S Shyni.
Prior to the commencement of the PLGA week, the Maoists had put on posters and banners at several areas in Malkangiri and Rayagada districts urging locals for cooperation. Fearing Maoist attacks, buses stayed off roads in Malkangiri district and some parts of Koraput district. Markets in Malkangiri district wore a deserted look while offices and schools recorded thin attendance. “Commuters had a harrowing time as bus services were cancelled. Patients were the worst sufferers,” said a resident at Kalimela. In Koraput district, combing operation was intensified in Narayanpata, Pottangi and Lamataput blocks following intelligence reports that the Maoists were planning some major offensives. The CPI (Maoist) had been observing the PLGA week in memory of their martyrs Nalla Adireddy alias Syam, Murali and Naresh, killed in an encounter at Koyyuru in Karimnagar in 2000.
BSF Jawans Destroy 2 Maoist Camps, Arrest 3 Supporters
KORAPUT: The jawans of Border Security Force (BSF) posted in Maoist-infested bordering areas of Koraput district destroyed two Maoist camps in the last three days and arrested three supporters. BSF personnel started combing operations in the forests in Pottangi, Narayanpatna, Bandhugam and Sunki simultaneously and found two Maoist camps in Mangalpur forest under Narayanpatna block and Pilikabitra forest under Pottangi block. A large number of arms and ammunition seized from the camps include gun, pistol, claymore mines, live wires, gelatin sticks and Maoist literature.
The Maoists camping in the two camps fled before BSF reached the spot. Two of the three Maoist supporters arrested belong to Tangini village in Pottangi block and one of Talabitra village. The BSF intensified combing operation in the wake of PLGA Week.
Suspected Maoist held from Idukki estate
The police and Intelligence Bureau officials arrested Sidharth Mondal, an alleged Maoist member and a West Bengal resident, from his hideout on the Thotapilly estate, Myladumpara, near Santhanpara, on Wednesday. He is said to be an accused in a number of cases in West Bengal and was working on the estate along with other migrant workers in a fake address. The police were watching his movements after they got intelligence input of his alleged links with the banned movement. He had jumped bail and was absconding, said an official of the special branch.
He got the bail from the High Court of West Bengal and the State government had moved the Supreme Court when he jumped the bail. He was questioned by the West Bengal Police in the presence the Superintendent of Police here. A top police officer said that he was being interrogated and the details would be revealed by Thursday. Whether he had any link with the Maoist movement in the State was not known now. Intelligence sources said Siddarth Mondal, a highranking leader with the CPI(Maoists), had taken part in the Lalgarh action in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal. “He had come to Kerala under the pretext of a migrant worker,” officials said. Mondal would be produced before court on Thursday.