People’s War in India Clippings 30/12/2015


SATP on CPI (Maoist) strategic shift towards base building and urban work in Maharashtra

…There has been a clear downward trend in other patterns of violent activities as well. The Maoists orchestrated one blast in Gadchiroli District in 2015, as against three such incidents in 2014, and seven in 2013. They were involved in four arson incidents in 2015, as against one in 2014. In one such incident on January 22, 2015, the Maoists set on fire around 14 vehicles of an Andhra Pradesh-based private company engaged in road construction in the Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District. The Maoists roughed up a few labourers and their supervisor when the work on the Gharanji-Pustola stretch was underway for the connecting road between Edampayali and Korkoti.

Amidst the slump in their activities in Maharashtra and elsewhere, the Maoists are shifting focus towards recruiting active supporters and are planning the formation of a Revolutionary People’s Council, to function parallel to local civic bodies like panchayat samities (village committees) and zilla parishads (district councils). This was revealed during the interrogation of a senior Maoist cadre arrested by the Gadchiroli Police.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, the CPI-Maoist acknowledged the death of ‘central committee’ member, identified as Sridhar Srinivasan aka Vijay aka Vishnu, of heart attack on August 18, 2015. The Maoists also acknowledged that Srinivasan was active in the Mumbai, Pune and Vidarbha regions before his death. These revelations strengthen the apprehension expressed by Chief Minister Fadnavis that the rebels are trying extend their influence into these urban spaces…



Suspected Maoist commits suicide at Ghatshila police station

Jamshedpur : A 19-year-old youth who was a suspected member of CPI Maoist committed suicide at the Ghatshila police station lock-up in the wee hours today. The deceased was identified as Ramesh Mahali alias Bhuchan, a resident of Shyamsundarpur in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum. According to information, Bhuchan was one of the three accused who had killed Venket Reddy (40), site in-charge of a construction company, at Shyamsundarpur jungle after kidnapping him from Kharkasoli, a canal construction site along Subernarekha river in Shyamsundarpur on December 8. In this connection, the police had already arrested Jairam Munda, an close associate of dreaded rebel Fogra Munda and sent him jail earlier.

The more accused Fogra and Bhuchan were still absconding. Bhuchan was arrested in Shyamsundarpur yesterday and had been shifted to Ghatshila police station for being forwarded to the Ghatshila Sub-jail after his production in a judicial magistrate court in Ghatshila today, but he committed suicide in the lock-up today. The police discovered about the incident and later shifted the body to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem,” noted an official.


Maoists are reportedly losing support of tribal in Nawadih block of the Bokaro district a stronghold of the rebels that shares borders with Giridih and Hazaribagh. The rebels have enjoyed an advantageous position in Nawadih block due to solid tribal support. But sources said excess interference of Maoists in the day to day life of tribals is eroding their support base in the area.To build confidence among villagers of upper ghat, a Maoist-affected block of Bokaro district, held a meeting at the forest area of upperghat here on Sunday night ,sources said.

According to sources, more than 100 rebels including local villagers, assembled near Kachho and Pipradih forest areas .The meeting has been described as local issue and slow pace of implementation of schemes in the villages of 18 panchayat of Nawadih block of the Bokaro district have been issued of the meeting, sources said.–win-villagers-confidence.html

Maoist abduct, kill postman in Bastar

RAIPUR: Slain body of a postman was found at Dantewada district of Bastar region on Tuesday. The postman was abducted by Maoists last week from Pariya village of Kuwakonda region in Dantewada. Police said 34-year-old Sujit Modiyami was abducted on Saturday from weekly market and his body was found lying near forests which was reported by the natives. Police said that it seemed that Maoists had killed him under suspicion that he was police informer and tagged him as secret trooper. Sources said that in the pamphlets found near body of slain postman, Maoists alleged that he had taken money from police for persuading lower rank cadres to surrender. Modiyami used to charge Rs 50,000-60,000 for surrender of each cadre and was also allegedly getting a monthly payment of Rs 6,000 from police.

Maoists shifting base from Chhattisgarh?

VIJAYAWADA: The encounter which left Sabari Area Committee (SAC) commander Nagesh alias Ganesh dead in Chinthur area under East Godavari district has once again proved that a large number of Maoists have entered Andhra Pradesh of late. The deceased, a Guttikoya by caste, hailed from Chattisgarh and was drafted to head the SAC sometime ago. There was a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head because he planned the gruesome murder of five persons and also oversaw extortion in Chinthur, Yatapaka and VR Puram areas this year.

Security agencies suspect that armed cadre have been infiltrating into the state especially after bifurcation. The encounter in which a Maoist was killed near Visakhapatnam in June and a gunfire between the police and the Maoists in Araku forest area subsequently suggest the banned outfit has clear intention to focus on AP. In the undivided state, Maoists were mainly confined to some parts of Telangana, leaving the Andhra region untouched by and large.

A senior officer attached to OCTOPUS (Organisation for Counter Terror Operations) said there were no encounters between the police and Maoists who carried out their operations in the form of People’s War Group (PWG) earlier in the Andhra region since 1990. The trend of gun battles that began in June this year indicates the aim of Maoists to expand their base in AP, he added. The bauxite mining issue in Visakhapatnam Agency and Polavaram-induced tribal displacement in the twin Godavari districts appear to come in handy for the outfit to make a foray into the Agency where few officials have chosen to visit in the past few months.

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