Odisha: Maoist again strengthening their hold in Baipariguda, intelligence Dept clueless
Baipariguda(Bikrant Beborta): After a few months silence Baipariguda, once regarded as one of the strong holds of CPI Maoist’s experiencing red rebels activities. But Police and Intelligence wing of the state remained clueless about it. According to the information, In last five months CPI Maoist organisation threatened five people of Majhiguda suspecting them as police informer and now all of them left the village and residing in Koraput and Jaipur Town.
Yesterday the rebels through posters and banners threatened to kill another three villagers – Pradeshi Chpadi, Blaram Pujari, Samaru Gouda for similar activities. Maoist Organisations now changed their strategy and in their activities they started protesting the mining activities and aforestation programs of Forest Department in non-tribal lands. “In Chhatishgarh, Jharkhanda, Telangana Maoists protested mining activities and exert a pull on the displaced people in an organized manner but in Odisha Except some cases like Vedanta in Niyamgiri, Tata Plant in Jajpur no such activities has been found. Now changing strategy of the Maoists must pose a great threat to the government exchequer as soon government will start mining activities after 3years halt through e action,” said Santanu Barada, a senior journalist.
Five naxals arrested for allegedly torching bus
Five naxals, who were allegedly involved in torching a government-run bus last month in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, were arrested from the region, police said today. They were identified as Sonaram Madvi (22), Bodma Madvi (30), Guddu alias Mangal alias Guddi (25), Sunil (22) and Jaminath (26), all lower rung members of the banned CPI (Maoist) active in Gadapal region. They were rounded up from Katekalyan area, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.
They were wanted in connection with holding the Naxal ‘Jan Adalat’ and thrashing local public representatives at Gadapal, Mendoli, Metapal and Gadhmiri villages recently. Besides, they were also involved in setting ablaze a government-run bus near Gatam Patelpara village on November 23 this year, he said.
Kolkata-based engineer held for supplying arms to Maoists
KOLKATA: A 50-year-old engineer from Kolkata has been arrested for allegedly providing arms and communication equipment to Maoists at Saranda forest in Jharkhand. The suspect, Bhaskar Chakraborty, was a favourite of former Maoist military chief Kishanji, who was killed in West Midnapore in November 2011.ADG (operations) S N Pradhan said Bhaskar was nabbed by Jharkhand police at Badajamda station as soon as he got off a Janshatabdi Express from Kolkata.
Initial investigations reveal he was working for the Maoists in Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand, say police. Bhaskar’s wife works as a nurse in South 24-Parganas, which is his native place. SP Michael Raj S said Bhas kar was arrested based on information from a source. Badajamda station is in the Maoist hit West Singhbhum-Chaibasa belt Ten wireless sets and banned Maoist literature were found on him, say police. Jharkhand police say Bhaskar used to supply wireless sets, Naxalite literature and weapons to Maoists in Saranda and has made at least three trips to the jungles in the past two months.
He has been charged under the stringent UAPA ADG Pradhan said Bhaskar supplied arms and equipment directly to the Maoist central technical committee. “He would source the items from Kolkata and North 24-Parganas,” he said. A Jharkhand police team is likely to arrive in Kolkata and talk to STF about Bhaskar’s other possible links. “There are writings from the 1970s-1980s Naxalite period in the literature seized form him. These are in English, Bengali and Hindi. He has told us that he was influenced by Maoism from the time he was a student at an ITI in Bengal. After completing a course in AC and refrigerator repairing, he went on to complete a diploma in engineering. He has been developing his contacts since the early ’80s,” said SP Raj.
Sources say Bhaskar was also a close associate of CPI (Maoist) politburo member Amitabh Bagchi and secretary of the central military commission Tauhid Mulla who are from Shyampukur in north Kolkata and Murshidabad. The duo was arrested more than once in the vicinity of Ranchi.
Police are investigating if Bhaskar was helping the Maoists rebuild their organization in Bengal with help from Bihar and Jharkhand cadres. “During questioning the accused has told us that they had devised some immediate and short-term objectives to gain control over key (strategic) industries with a view to inflicting damage on the state’s capacity to fight Maoists,” said SP Raj. The gunning down of Kishanji was a crippling blow to the Maoist network in Bengal but there are recent intelligence reports of the rebels regrouping and rearming in Jangalmahal.
Maoist commander gunned down in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A Maoist commander was on Friday gunned down in an exchange of fire with Police in insurgency-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh. The body of Ranader, a commander-rank cadre, clad in “uniform” was recovered after the skirmish took place between a team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and ultras in forests under Bayanar police station limits, Inspector General of Police Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri, told PTI.
Maoists attack outpost, abduct forest staff, release them later
MALAPPURAM: A group of suspected Maoists attacked the forest outposts in Pookottumpadam under Nilambur south forest division and Silent Valley outpost in Palakkad forest area, and abducted three persons including two forest officials on Friday night. According to the forest officials the abducted persons were later released. The suspected group attacked the outpost which situated inside the Nilambur forest, around 15 kilometres away from the Pookottumpadam town. After setting the outpost ablaze the gang abducted five persons including four staff and one local person from Pookkottumpadam outpost. Though two forest staff managed to escape from the custody, other two forest watchers and the local man were taken to deep forest area by Maoist gang.
After keeping them into custody for one hour they were released. DFO of Nilambur South Saji said that the role of Maoist gang in the abduction and attack was confirmed. “It was one of the staff of the outpost informed the incident occured around 9pm, through mobile phone to other officials”, he said adding that the gang also attacked the silent valley outpost of the forest department. As more incidents of sightings of suspected groups inside forest regions in Nilambur, the forest authorities directed the staff of 25 outposts in Nilambur South and North divisions to be vigilant against any type of attacks one week ago.
The staff had been directed to stay inside outposts along with other staff during night hours and avoid individual patrolling inside deep forest. There are around 100 staff including beat officers and forest watchers in five outposts each at Karulai, Edavanna, Vazhikadavu, Nilambur and Kalikavu ranges which come under the Nilambur north and south divisions. Recently a group suspected Maoists raided the forest outpost under Karuvarakkundu police station limit. Two persons raided the outpost for weapons and they spent almost two hours in the outpost.There is also report that around 20 armed cadres of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA)
Arms cache seized in AP
A cache of arms, including 11 rocket launchers, allegedly belonging to Maoists was today unearthed in a forest area in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. According to Prakasam District Superintendent of Police, Ch Srikanth, the arms dump was detected during a search operation from Nallamalla forests in Burugundala following a tip off. About 11 rocket launchers, one AK magazine, a single barrel ‘tapancha’ (short weapon), rocket launcher spears, gas cutters, packing machines and drilling bits were seized from the site, the police officer said.
In Baramati, ‘silent march’ around artiste couple arrested for ‘Maoist’ links
About 200 activists from various Dalit and social organisations in Baramati took out a “silent march” on Thursday in support of Sachin Mali and Sheetal Sathe, an artiste-couple of the Pune-based cultural group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), who were arrested by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for their alleged links with the banned Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoists). Activists, gathered under the banner “Shahir Sachin Mali Muktata Kruti Samiti, Baramati”, demanded the release of Sachin, now in Arthur Road prison.
Sheetal is out on bail and seeking support through “Shahiri jalsa”, a music programme, with social and revolutionary songs and poetry. The morcha started from the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak and concluded at the new administrative building in the presence of retired High Court Justice B G Kolse Patil. In his speech, Kolse Patil appealed to the activists to prepare for “jail bharo” agitation, demanding the release of Sachin. “Sachin and Sheetal have been falsely arrested. It is a conspiracy to brand Dalit artistes as Naxals,” he said.
Maoist hideout busted in Odisha
The Border Security Force (BSF) seized huge cache of arms and explosives from a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) hideout in Bandhugaon area of Koraput District on December 17, reports The Pioneer. The seized items included two SBML rifles, 14 kg of potash, electric detonator, 75 metre flex wire, 7 meter cordex wire, 24 cordex caps, a big knife, a big torch, batteries, steel and iron containers, medicines and a first aid box, apart from lots of explosive materials.