Preponed Maoist bandh cripples life in Dumaria-Imanganj area
GAYA: The preponed bandh called by CPI (Maoist) the ultra leftist organisation crippled life in the Dumaria-Imamganj region of South Gaya district. Life, elsewhere in the district as well as Nawada, Jahanabad and Arwal districts of Magadh division was near normal. The 24 hours bandh call was earlier given for the intervening period between zero hours on 26 and 27 January. The Maoist subsequently advanced the bandh period to the same hours on 25 and 26 January.
The bandh call was given by the ultras to register protest against the killing of four Maoists in the Aurangabad district. The Maoists were killed last week during an encounter with the police forces engaged in the anti naxal operation in the area. Reports reaching the divisional head quarters from the Dumaria-Imamganj region of the Gaya district say that all shops, business establishments, commercial bank branches and educational institutions remained closed on Monday. Vehicluar traffic on State Highway 39 was nominal, as most of the vehicles, particularly transport buses and trucks remained off the roads. However some bikes were seen plying in the area. Vehicles on the Dobhi-Chatra route too remained off the road.
In what may be regarded as a set back to the red rebels, the bandh call had absolutely no effect in the Tekari sub division area of Gaya district and the whole of Arwal and Jahanabad districts. Tekari sub division of Gaya and Arwal and Jahanabad districts have witnessed large scale naxal violence in the 1990s and the Maoists had to make a retreat following armed resistance by Ranvir Sena, a private army of the land owners. When contacted Magadh Range DIG Ratn Sanjay said that no report of any untoward incident has been received from anywhere in the five districts of Magadh division. An alert has been sounded and strict vigil was being maintained, said the DIG.
West Singhbhum police assures contractors of security cover
The West Singhbhum district police has assured the contractors, engaged in various road construction work in the naxal-affected areas, to provide adequate security to complete the ongoing road projects. A meeting of the DIG (Kolhan), R K Dhan, senior district police including Superintendent of Police Michael Raj, Sub-divisional Police Officer (Chkradharpur), officials of NPCC and REO department as well as the concerned contractors was held at Chaibasa today and discussed about a report published in a Hindi daily which stated that 14 roads in the Naxal-affected areas remained incomplete owing to the demand of levy by ultras while construction work of 50 roads got stalled.
…In another incident, Maoist guerrillas torched a mobile tower belonging to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) at Kalapahar in the Chattarpur police station area of Palamau district. The incident happened late on Sunday night, police sources said.
Five Maoists nabbed by Khammam District police
A Special Guerrilla Squad (SGS) member, a militia commander and four militia members were nabbed by joint squads of the district police and CRPF personnel during separate combing operations in Charla mandal, bordering Chhattisgarh, on Sunday evening. CPI (Maoist) SGS member Dirda Bandi alias Deelip, 24, was apprehended by the police and CRPF men during a search operation in Chintaguppa forest, the police sources said. The arrested SGS member hails from Kistarampadu in Khammam District.
He was wanted in three cases including one murder and two other offences under Venkatapuram police circle limits. Maoist militia commander Madakam Nandaiah alias Andaiah, 22, militia members Adamaiah, 20, and Ithaiah, 25, Revolutionary People’s Committee members Sannaiah, 30, and Gangaiah, 35, were nabbed by the police and CRPF men near Taliperu Reservoir on Sunday evening, sources added. Meanwhile, the Charla police intensified surveillance and combing operations in the volatile areas along the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh in view of the reported attempts by the Maoists to observe Republic Day as black day on Tuesday.
Three Naxals held in C’garh
Raipur, Jan 25 (PTI) Three Naxals were today arrested from separate places in the insurgency-hit Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, police said. Two cadres, identified as Madvi Hunga (22) and Madvi Deva (27), who were active as members of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sanghthan (DAKMS)- a frontal outfit of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), were nabbed from Gadiras police station area of Sukma district, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A joint contingent of district force, 230th battalion of CRPF and 206th CoBRA, an elite unit of CRPF, had launched a combing operation since yesterday in Gadiras area, located around 450 kms away from the state capital Raipur, he said.
“While cordoning off a forested patch in Korra village, they spotted two suspects trying to escape into deep jungle, following which they held them after a short a chase,” the ASP said. They were involved in looting of ballot boxes during panchayat elections last year, Singh added. In a separate action, a joint team of district police and CRPF arrested a rebel identified as Mahadev Korram from his house in Mardapal police station limits of Kondagaon district, another police official said. Based on a confirmed intelligence inputs that he was present in his house, security force raided the place and rounded him up, he said.
…Further, according to an October, 8, 2015, report, the Maoists continue to struggle to gain a foothold in the Northeast and they are tapping a wide range of allies, including rhino poachers in Kaziranga and the major militant groups operating in the region, including the Isak-Muivah faction of NSCN (NSCN-IM). Another report published on October 20, 2015, claimed that the Maoists were making fresh recruitments, particularly targeting youth aged 12 years and above, as they were running short of manpower in Assam.
The seven Upper Assam Districts of Dhemaji, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sivasagar and Golaghat, with Districts bordering the neighbouring Hill States, are believed to be vulnerable to Maoist mobilization, while the belt along the Brahmaputra River is also thought to be susceptible. Though arms training of recruits is largely located outside Assam, political mobilization imparted to them in Upper Assam itself.
Outfits call shutdown on Republic day in North East
IMPHAL: The United National Liberation Front of WESEA (UNLFW)- a conglomerate of Coordination Committee (CorCom), Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), and other insurgent outfits – have called for boycotting the Republic Day celebrations in the region (north-east). A statement issued by UNLFW also called for a total shutdown in the region from midnight January 25 till 6 PM on January 26 and imposing sanctions on all official and non-official programmes.
The call exempted emergency services, media from the purview. The outfits alleged the union government was pursuing a hegemonic colonial policy in the region to assimilate all the distinct culture, people and territories and called for protecting the indigenous identity of the people of the region, including Manipur. The outfits also included Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Maoist Communist party (MCP-M), Kangleipak Communist Party and Poirei Metitei Lup (KCP-PML).