Odisha: Naxal Strike In Rayagada, torched construction machines
Report by Badal Tah, Rayagada: When the Government administration was busy in the preparation for Republic Day in Rayagada district and block headquarters, there was ultra-left activities going on in Kalayan Singhpur and Bissam Cuttack blocks. Several cadres of the Naxal outfit barged into village named Daliakuji in Hatamuniguda GP under Muniguda police station during last Monday at around 3.30 AM and torched a JCB and a tractor engaged for construction of a road under Pradhan Mantri Grama Sadak Yojana(PMGSY).
After setting the vehicles to fire, the red rebels fled into the nearby jungle. They also pasted a few posters and a banner at Dhepaguda Chowk. Similarly the Maoists have put banners and posters in Parsali village, which is inhabited by the most primitive tribal group called Dangaria Kandhas. Interestingly, the district administration was successful in connecting this village, which is also a prominent panchayat under Niyamagiri Hill Range, with electricity and bus service after sixty six years of independence. As the police with bomb diffusing team did not arrive the spot till the report was written, the local commuters faced difficulties as the road was not cleared. Upon enquiry, the police said that they were going to have the combing operation soon with their anti-bomb squad. Locals are going through a sheer fear psychosis.
Anti-Republic Day agitation in Jamui and Nawada
CPI (Maoist) raises black flags and issues posters. “Our freedom is false, the people are hungry.”
Aurangabad admn gears up to tackle Maoist threat
Aurangabad: In a bid to foil any untoward incident on the Republic Day, Aurangabad police have made elaborate security arrangements. Security has been tightened in all 11 blocks and 29 police stations of the district.It may be mentioned here that CPI (Maoist) has given a 24-hour Bihar-Jharkhand bandh call starting Monday midnight to protest the killing of their colleagues in an encounter with security personnel at Bandh Goreya village under Dhibra police station recently.
Cops on Maoist Trail Intensify Combing
ANGUL: Combing operation has been intensified on the Angul-Deogarh border to smoke out Maoists who were injured in an exchange of fire with the police on Sunday. Maoist leader Sushil and his wife Sony were killed in the encounter that took place on the border on Sunday afternoon. Angul SP Rajesh Pandit said eyewitnesses claim that one Maoist cadre was injured in the firing.
“However, more cadres might have been injured as the intensity of firing from both the sides was very high. There were at least 10 armed cadres. Sony had emptied three magazines indicating that she fired more than 50 rounds of bullets at police before being gunned down,” said the SP. Sushil, who headed the Kalinga Nagar Division of the CPI (Maoist), carried a reward of `25 lakh and is stated to be the “highest ranking” cadre to be neutralised in the State. He was a State Committee member of the CPI (Maoist) while his wife Sony alias Sindri Lingo was a Divisional Committee member and carried a reward of ` five lakh.
Six Maoists arrested in Khammam
A Special Guerrilla Squad (SGS) member and a militia commander besides, 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. CPI (Maoist) SGS member Dirda Bandi alias Deelip, 24, was apprehended by the police and CRPF men during a search operation in Chintaguppa forest area last evening, Bhadrachalam ASP R. Bhaskaran told newsmen in Bhadrachalam on Monday.
The arrested SGS member hails from Kistarampadu in Charla mandal. He was wanted in three cases, including a murder and two other offences under Venkatapuram circle limits. Maoist militia commander Madakam Nandaiah alias Andaiah, 22, two militia members Adamaiah, 20, and Ithaiah, 25, and two Revolutionary People’s Committee members Sannaiah, 30, and Gangaiah, 35, werenabbed by the police and CRPF men near Taliperu reservoir on Sunday, the ASP said. Meanwhile, the police intensified surveillance and combing operations.
Maoists hoist black flag and torch vehicles to boycott Republic Day in Odisha
Rayagada/ Bolangir: The Maoists threatening people to boycott Republic Day celebrations, on Tuesday hoisted black flags in several places in Bolangir district and torched vehicle engaged in road construction work at Rayagada district. The ultras unfurled black flags on school premises in Chaulabngi in Khaphrakhol block in Bolangir district leaving mao posters and pamphlets appealing public to boycott the Republic Day, said sources. Meanwhile, Maoists torched a JCB machine and a tractor engaged in road construction work at Dalianuji village under Muniguda Police Station in Rayagada district late Monday night.
Leaving behind Maoists poster and red flags, they appealed the locals to observe the republic day as a black day. Their intent is clear as they look to boycott the republic day after the encounter of two Maoist leader Sushil & his wife a day before on the border area of Angul & Deogarh. The Police have launched combing operation in the area and have recovered the warning posters.
TOI on response to 24 hour bandh call in Jharkhand
..In Giridih and Ranchi, long-distance bus and train services were affected but no incident of violence was reported. “The day passed off peacefully as we had deployed adequate security personnel in sensitive and super-sensitive locations in the district. Apart from roads connecting Giridih and Dhanbad, Dumri and Deoghar, adequate forces have been deployed in hypersensitive Pirtand, Dumri, Nimiyghat, Tisri, Deori and other areas,” said Giridih SP Kuldeep Dwivedi, adding that the security forces were giving especial attention across the Jharkhand – Bihar border. All urban areas in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, and Hazaribag saw a mized response. Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said no major untoward incident was reported from any part of the state.
Tribals languish in jails in a state created for their welfare
Ranchi: Tribals make the largest number of prisoners incarcerated in various jails of Jharkhand, which was created for their welfare. According to the book ‘Deprived Rights Over Natural Resources, Impoverished Adivasis Get Prison: A study of undertrials in Jharkhand’ scheduled for release at Xavier Institute of Social Services (XISS) on February 6 around 31% of undertrials in the state jails are scheduled tribes (ST)s, 30% from other backward classes (OBC)s, 23% from the general category and 16% schedules castes (SC)s. Of the convicts, 34% are STs, 28% OBCs, 27% belong to the general category and 11% are scheduled castes. Ironically, the total number of tribals behind bars is even more than the total percentage population of tribals (27%) in Jharkhand where 26 jails have 18,220 prisoners.
The book has been authored by Stan Swamy, the state vice president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and seven others, some of whom were jailed for their alleged Maoist links in the past. It is based on data collated from the Prison Statistics India 2013, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), ministry of home affairs and other agencies apart from one-to-one interviews with victims.
Maoist Consolidation in Northeast India
With most major insurgent groups in the region signing ceasefire agreements or peace accords with the government, the space left vacant is slowly being filled up by the Maoists. The Maoists are now planning to make fresh recruitments in Assam.
In the rural areas of eastern Assam, short documentary films are being shown to young boys aged between 12 to 13 years, to brainwash them to join the Maoist movement. Details of such youths are being shared through WhatsApp. These include details about the youth’s education, family background and location. Therefore, if their activities are not curtailed soon, Northeast India is in danger of a full blown Maoist insurgency…