Reds eye Kalinganagar as gateway to Jajpur
Jajpur, Dec 11: With Kalinganagar emerging as a major industrial hub in the state, CPI (Maoists) is said to be working out a plant to broaden its base in the district. It was learnt that the left wing extremists have set their eyes on Kalinganagar to use it as a gateway to recoup their lost base in Jharkhand. Meanwhile, security forces stepped up combing operation in the mineral-rich Tamka area Friday, even though SP Anup Kumar Sahu dismissed the report that Maoists are active in remote pockets of the district. Sahu said the combing operation is routine and it will continue.
Woman Maoist Namasi Gundua (18) alias Sasmita belonging to Kalinganagar division of the outfit surrendered before police October 9. Her surrender itself indicates the presence of Maoists in the district. Police claim that with the arrest and surrender of several Maoist cadres, left wing activities have been on the wane in Jajpur. However, it is suspected that Samsita might have revealed something to the police about the ongoing activities of the ultras in the district after which combing operation was intensified. Maoists, though remaining low profile in various parts of the state, reportedly have connection with their counterparts in neighbouring states. Their aim is to strengthen Kalinganagar division of CPI (Maoists), as the industrial hub has the advantage of good road and rail connectivity.
The fringes of Jajpur district are replete with forests, which will give a safe corridor to the Maoists to enter from Jharkhand. Besides, the fringe areas sharing borders with Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts are mostly backward where people nurse deep grudge against the administration. Unemployed youths particularly in Similipal, Harichandanpur, Daitari, Bali Parbat and Tamka will be their arsenals. There are good chances that the ultras will camouflage themselves as contractual works in the industrial hub and build rapport with their counterparts in Bihar, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. It is learnt that CPI (Maoist) Central committee has rightly understood the vantage point of Kalinganagar to consolidate their foothold while main Maoist cadre Anna Reddy is taking the lead in the forests.
Before the surrender of Sasmita, there were reports of Maoist activities in Kaliapani and Daitari of Jajpur and Kankadahad in Dhenkanal. CRPF jawans had seized a huge cache of explosives in Palaspal reserve forest, 15 km from Daitari police station September 7.
Two dreaded Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two Naxals carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads, were arrested today from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said. While a cadre identified as Madvi Mangu (23) was apprehended from Surnar forest under Katekalyan police station limits, another rebel Hapka Raju was nabbed from Dantewada town, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. Acting on inputs, a joint team of state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was conducting a search operation in Katekalyan region when they spotted Mangu near Surnar village and rounded him up, the S P said.
Telangana legislators on the edge
MLAs, especially those belonging to the ruling TRS, confine themselves to Hyderabad till three months ago, they rarely missed an opportunity to be among people. Now, Telangana State legislators, especially those belonging to the ruling Telanga Rashtra Samiti, from Maoist-affected districts, are not comfortable about moving in their own constituencies. The attempts at a resurgence by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Telangana, once its stronghold, changed the situation. From being leaders, who can freely mingle with people in any corner of the constituency, they are now forced to be confined to the capital of the State or headquarters of their districts or constituencies.
Threat perception of the TRS leaders and other leaders has been swinging from ‘completely safe’ to ‘danger’ since the Maoists started attempting to regain their lost ground in Telangana over the past one year. “TRS leaders from the city and urban areas had no problem but those from rural areas of Maoist-affected districts like Warangal and Khammam had to be cautious from the beginning. All that suddenly changed with the death of Maoists Sruthi and Vidya Sagar Reddy in an exchange of fire with the police near Govindraopet of Warangal three months ago,” says an intelligence officer. While top police officials are firm in saying that they have no option but to retaliate when they come across armed Maoists, top TRS leaders say that the ‘death of youngsters was unfortunate and such incidents would not recur.’
On October 30, Maoists shot dead a tribal youngster, Kursenga Ballal Sha, at Kheriguda of Tiryani mandal in Adilabad district, accusing him of being a police informant. This killing of civilian apparently scared people in general and became a cause of concern to all political leaders, including people’s representatives. The threat perception graph went up further with the Maoists ‘kidnapping’ six TRS activists at Pusuguppa three weeks ago near Charla of Khammam, close to Chhattisgarh, from where Maoists are operating a parallel government. Tourism and Tribal Welfare Minister Azmeera Chandulal, representing the Mulugu Assembly constituency in Warangal district, had rarely visited the constituency of late.
The Govindraopet area where two Maoists were killed by police three months ago falls under his constituency. More or less, the same is the situation with other TRS legislators representing constituencies in Maoist-affected districts like Warangal, Khammam and Adilabad. “Yes, legislators were asked to be cautious about their visits to interior parts of the State. The risk element and threat perception is high since Maoists might attempt to retaliate over the recent encounter in Warangal,” say intelligence officials. The risk element and threat perception of MLAs is high since Maoists might attempt to retaliate over the recent Warangal encounter Intelligence official
Exchange of fire in Visakhapatnam agency
An exchange of fire took place between the police and Maoists in the forest area under Iragayi gram Panchayati limits in Araku Valley mandal in Visakhapatnam Agency in the early hours of Friday. The incident took place during a joint combing operation of A.P. and Odisha police, just 100 meters inside A.P. the border between the two States, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen said.
There are no reports of casualties yet though some belongings of Maoists were found. Araku, the major tourist destination is the only area in the Visakha Agency where the Maoist activity is not seen. Long time ago, in 1995 a policeman was killed in an incident in the Araku area but since then the mandal is devoid of Maoist violence. Friday’s exchange of fire happened a few days after the Maoists observed their annual People’s Liberation Guerilla Army week. Cadres returning to Odisha might have come across the police combing parties resulting in the exchange of fire.
Maoists kill civilian in Jharkhand
A civilian from Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh, identified as Venka Reddy (52), was killed by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in the forests of Jharkhand on December 9, reports The Hindu. Venka Reddy was reportedly working as a site manager for a contractor who was carrying out canal construction works in Jamshedpur area. He was first kidnapped, along with another person, and taken into the deep forests. When Venka Reddy refused to give the phone numbers of the contractor, Maoists allegedly shot him dead. His body was later abandoned in the jungles. The other person was later freed.