Jharkhand-Bihar Maoist bandh begins tonight
RANCHI: A 24-hour Jharkhand-Bihar bandh called by CPI (Maoist) will begin on Sunday night.The bandh is against January 8 ‘police encounter’ in Bihar’s Aurangabad where five Maoists were gunned down. The Maoist have called it a fake encounter. The outfit has urged its cadre to enforce the bandh in the two states. They have also issued an appeal to the masses for support.The transport services between Jharkhand and Bihar might come under attack during the bandh, intelligence branch sources said.
A large number of goods and public transport vehicles run between the two states, the number grows at night. Maoists, in May 2015, had torched three dozen vehicles defying a bandh in Bihar.Jharkhand police spokesperson S N Pradhan said that heavy vehicles and trains might be targeted.
Odisha police kill dreaded Maoist
Sushil, wife in encounter inside forest In one of its biggest successes, Odisha police on Sunday killed dreaded Maoist Sushil alias Basant alias Puttapaka Kumaraswamy of Warangal district and his wife Sony alias Sindri Lingo of Vishakhapatnam district in an encounter on the borders of Angul and Deogarh districts. The encounter took place between anti-Maoist force special operations and Maoists in forest bordering Angul and Deogarh district, police officials said. Based on specific intelligence inputs, the SOG and local police were combing the forests on Angul and Deogarh border, when they came under fire from Maoists this afternoon. “After an exchange of fire we managed to kill Susil and his wife,” said inspector general of (anti-Maoist operations) Soumendra Priyadarsi.
“He is the highest raking Maoist to be killed in an encounter in Odisha.” Sushil was accused in at least 30 cases of murders including 78 cases of Maoist violence in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh since the last 15 years. During last one year, he had killed three persons, including a police informer.
In February last year, Sushil had hacked a villager named Samuel Bodra in Angul district. He carried a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head while his wife Sony has a reward of Rs 5 lakh. Police found an INSAS rifle, a Sten carbine and large quantity of ammunition near the bodies. Puttapaka Kumaraswamy alias Sushil alia Veeranna of Warangal district in Telangana was a State committee member of Odisha State Organising Committee, which was at one point being headed by Sabyasachi Panda. He was divisional committee secretary of Basdhara division of CPI(Maoist) till 2008-09, when he was made divisional secretary of Kalinga Nagar divisional committee, that was created to start Maoist activities in the industrial and mineral rich districts of Jajpur, Keonjhar, Angul and Dhenkanal.
In 2010, he had abducted police ASI Umesh Marandi of Daitari police station of Jajpur district before releasing him 10 days later. Maoists started the Kalinga Nagar division about 2 years after 13 tribals were killed in police firing while protesting their displacement for Tata Steel’s greenfield steel plant in Kalinga Nagar area of Jajpur district in January 2006. As the industrial hub had good road and rail connectivity the Maoists counted the area as a safe corridor from Jharkhand. The Maoists wanted to recruit unemployed youths in the area as well as from Similipal.
One naxal held after encounter with cops
A CPI (Maoist) cadre was arrested by elite Greyhounds police force after a brief encounter with a group of naxals at Doravaripalle village in the district today. “The Greyhounds came face to face with at least six naxals while conducting combing operation at the village, which ensued a brief exchange of fire. While five out of six ultras managed to flee, one among them was overpowered by the police team,” said Warangal SP (Rural) Ambar Kishore Jha. The naxal was identified as Sarangam and he is being interrogated, the officer said. He said a search is on to trace the naxals.
Maoist shadow over big cats’ census in Odisha
As the Odisha government is all set to start its big cat count in the first week of February, the authorities are likely to skip the Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary that has of late turned into a hot-bed for the Maoist.
Narayanpatna youth escapes Maoist attack
Bhubaneswar: A tribal youth of Narayanpatna area in Koraput district was luckily saved from a Maoist attack late on Saturday night. According to sources, a group of Maoists opened fire at one Manu Nachika at Nakitipadara all of a sudden when he was returning home in Laumala village. However, Nachika managed to escape the attack.
Maoists gun down Aurangabad villager
Aurangabad: Maoists on Friday gunned down one Nanhu Singh Bhokta near Gulab Bigha village under Madanpur police station in Aurangabad district suspecting him to be a police informer. The rebels also left a pamphlet at the spot threatening to eliminate security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations.Police claimed that the victim never worked as their informer. Sadar SDPO P N Sahu said Bhokta’s wife Sonawa Devi has lodged an FIR with Madanpur police station in connection with the case.