People’s War in India Clippings 18/1/2016


Two Maoists killed, one arrested in Bastar

Two Maoists were killed and one arrested during two encounters in different parts of restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Monday, the police claimed. “A joint team of Sukma DRG (District Reserve Guard) and the STF (Special Task Force) , led by Sukma additional SP Santosh Singh, was operating around Kistaram police station area when it encountered the Maoists near Burumpad forest today. A fierce encounter ensued between the Maoists and our team. One dead body of a Maoist in black uniform, four Bharmars (locally made guns), three backpacks and other Maoist material were recovered from the spot of the encounter by our men,” Bastar range Inspector General (IG) of Police, Mr.SRP Kalluri said in a statement.

“The dead Maoist has been identified as Kartam Deva, a resident of Tumalbhatti village of Sukma. He was the president of Battigudem Revolutionary People Council or Jantana Sarkar of the Maoists. He was also the Jan Militia platoon commander of that area. He carried a reward of Rs.1 lakh on his head and was involved in many Maoist cases,” the IG claimed. In another encounter between the Maoists and the 204th battalion of the CRPF’s COBRA near Pedia village of Bijapur district, one Maoist was killed and an “injured” Maoist was arrested along with one country made gun and IEDs. “The 204 COBRA team fought the Maoists in their stronghold Pedia under Gangaloor police station limits of Bijapur. This operation was launched on Sunday evening in Autpalli and Sukhanpalli area based on specific inputs provided by various Intelligence agencies,” informed Mr.Kalluri.

Naxal commander killed in encounter with police

A Naxalite commander carrying a reward of Rs one lakh on his head was killed in an encounter with police in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district this morning, police said. The ‘black uniform-clad’ Naxalite, identified as Kartam Deva, was gunned down in the encounter that took place in the forest near Burumapad village, Sukma District Superintendent of Police D Shravan told PTI over phone. A joint team of District Police Force and Special Task Force had been sent for patrolling in the Kistaram police station area based on a tip-off. When the team was moving in the forest under Burumapad village, the Naxals attacked the police personnel, he said. In retaliation, the policemen also fired at the ultras.

The face-off continued for some time after which the Naxals fled from the area, Shravan said. Later, during a search of the spot, police found the body of the Naxalite. Four loaded guns, detonator and other material were recovered from the spot. The horns and skin of a deer were also seized from the place, the SP said. The deceased Naxalite was a Jan-militia platoon commander and carried a reward of Rs one lakh on his head, he said. The police force is deployed in the area and a search is on for the Naxals, he added.

Maoist comm, RPC member arrested in Telangana

KHAMMAM: A Maoist ‘commander’, involved in nearly 60 criminal cases and carrying a bounty of Rs four lakh on his head, and a member of Revolutionary People’s Committee were arrested from a forest area in the district, police said today. Area Committee Member (ACM) of the Naxals, Kanithi Paparao alias Vijay, was arrested today while RPC member Nupa Lakka was nabbed last evening from Venkatapuram mandal in Bhadrachalam sub-division of the district, Bhadrachalam Assistant Superintendent of Police R Bhaskaran told. Bhaskaran said Lakka cannot be called a Maoist as is an “organisational fellow”. “We had information that they were moving around and a police team caught them in the forest,” he said. Paparao was underground since 2004, he said, adding the Naxalite was involved in almost 60 criminal cases, including 12 of murder and eight related to “exchange of fire”.

BHUBANESWAR: Two brutal killings in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon within 24 hours of DGP KB Singh’s visit to Koraput have indicated that the Red rebels are back in business in the region. Or at least, attempting to. Once the heartland of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS)-CPI (Maoist) alliance, Narayanpatna had witnessed a gradual decline in Maoist violence in the last year and a half after Nachika Linga surrendered and hundreds of his supporters followed suit. But a sudden spurt in activity has left the State Police in a tizzy. Sources said the CPI (Maoist) is desperately trying to regain lost ground by targeting supporters of CMAS movement and spreading a reign of terror in Narayanpatna region.

Once Nachika opted out of the alliance and the Maoist base began to fritter away, the rebels had moved down south towards Pottangi and Ralegeda. However, if State Police sources are to be believed, the Srikakulam-Koraput Division has now joined hands with another rebel group which did not support CMAS in the latter’s movement against the administration. Using their support base, the CPI (Maoist) is trying to rebuild its base and win over the confidence of local tribals.

The common goal of CMAS and CPI (Maoist) was to stop sale of illicit liquor, bonded labour and end alienation of tribal land. “If you look at the period of struggle, at least 70 to 80 killings of tribals were reported during 2008-2014 before Nachika gave himself up. The Maoists are now using the same template of terror to make fresh inroads into the region,” sources added. The Srikalulam-Koraput Division, which operates from the southern parts of Narayanpatna and Pottangi bordering Andhra Pradesh, has been mobilising small outfits to carry out its operations. Since movement of bigger teams is likely to expose them to police intelligence network, they used small squads to kill Krishna Miniaka and Rohini Nachika in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon respectively.

Their propaganda machinery is also trying to look for faultlines which they could exploit to regain confidence. While killing tribals by branding them as police informer is an old trick, they are also raising new demands which include developmental issues such as education, road, health and minor irrigation. “The old demands of land redistribution and check on sale of illicit liquor are still there but development agenda is now being raised to gain over the tribals,” an analyst explained. These developments in Narayanpatna region, however, have no bearing on the Maoist violence in Koraput-Malkangiri bordering area, a senior police officer said pointing at the ambush on the Border Security Force in Boipariguda. That pocket has remained the hotbed of violence despite the recent successes by the State Police. Almost 75 per cent of the Maoist violence is reported from that region.

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