Jharkhand: 7 including 5 cops killed, 6 others injured in Maoist ambush
Seven people including five policemen were killed and six others injured when Maoists ambushed a police party near Kasiyar village in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Wednesday evening. The police party was returning to Hussainabad after conducting long range patrolling in Kala Pahar region, considered a Maoist hotbed, when at around 5:30pm an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered near Kasiyar village in Chhatterpur police station area.
The dead included four constables, one havildar, one police driver and a security guard. The inspector general (Operations), MS Bhatia, said that the injured have been taken to Daltonganj from where they’ll be taken to Ranchi. Hussainabad police station officer-in-charge Rajesh Prasad Rajak, who was leading the party, had a miraculous escape as the IED exploded seconds after his vehicle had crossed the spot, but the security personnel following him in another vehicle were not as lucky. CRPF inspector general RK Mishra had earlier confirmed the death of two police personnel.
“Two police personnel including the driver of the vehicle have been killed and eight have been injured,”said Mishra. He added that reinforcement had been rushed to the spot and the senior police officers were monitoring the rescue operations. Confirming the incident, Jharkhand police spokesperson SN Pradhan said prompt action would be taken against the perpetrators of the ambush attack.
Three naxals gunned down in Chhattisgarh
Three naxals were gunned down today in a face-off with security forces in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said. The skirmish took place between a team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and ultras in the jungles of Katekalyan police station area, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. While undertaking an anti-naxal operation in Katekalyan, located 450 kms away from the state capital, security forces spotted a group of armed cadres between Lakhapal and Turrempara villages following which a gun-battle broke out between both the sides, the SP said. After the ensuing gunfight that lasted for around an hour, naxals escaped into deep jungles.
Three Naxals involved in Jiram Valley attack on Congress leaders killed
Three Maoists, who were allegedly involved in the Jiram Valley attack on Congress leaders in Bastar in 2013, were on Wednesday killed by security forces in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. One of the Maoists has been identified by police as Bal Singh, alias, Masa, Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS) commander of the Kaanger Valley, who was carrying a prize of Rs 8 lakh on his head. Police claimed to have seized a cache of arms and explosive from their possession.
Following secret information about the presences of Maoists, Assistant Sub-Inspector at the Katekalyan police station Sangram Singh sent a squad comprising 12 members of the District Reserve Group (DRG) and the Special Task Force to hunt them down. However, the police team was attacked by Naxals, which was retaliated by the police team, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Kam Lochan Kashyap told ANI. After about an hour of exchange of fire, Naxals started withdrawing and disappeared in the forest, he said. The SP said police seized one .315 bore pistol, two guns, banners, posters, explosives, detonator, electric wires, batteries and Naxal literature among others.
Cops promise sum of reward to ultra if she surrenders
Local police today appealed to a woman naxal to turn herself in and promised to pay her Rs 5 lakh, the amount of reward announced for her capture. “If Nerella Jyothi, a deputy commander of a naxal dalam active in Chattisgarh’s North Bastar, surrenders before police, she will be given Rs 5 lakh which she is carrying as reward on her head. She will also be provided a bank loan and site for house,” said district SP D.Joel Davis. Jyothi had joined the Maoists while she was doing her intermediate, the officer said.
Odisha: Naxals torch vehicles in Rayagada
Rayagada, Jan 27: 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 Naxals outfit barged into village named Daliakuji in Hatamuniguda Gram Panchayat 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. The Maoists have put banners and posters in Parsali village, which is inhabited by the most primitive tribal group called Dangaria Kandhas. 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.
The Maoists have given call to the local tribal to constitute Niyamagiri Brigade in all the villages to assert their identity and sustain their movement against Vedanta Company. The Naveen Govt has applied new strategies in suppressing the democratic struggle of the people by deploying police force around Niyamagiri Hills. Dialogue will not work, rights have to be snatched, mentioned the posters. They have requested the public to observe this fake Republic Day as a black day. 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 inquiry, 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.
17 new IRB battalions for JK, LWE-hit states
New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) Government today cleared the creation of over a dozen special police battalions which will provide jobs to about 17,000 youth in Jammu and Kashmir and Naxal-violence-hit Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Jharkhand. The decision to create 17 new Indian Reserve Battalions (IRBs) was cleared at a meeting of the Union Cabinet held here under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While a maximum of 5 IRBs will be raised in J and K, four will be formed in Left Wing Extremism-hit states of Chhattisgarh, three each in Jharkhand and Odisha and two in Maharashtra.
In an attempt to create employment and provide jobs to the local youth, a cabinet statement said, in Jammu and Kashmir sixty per cent of vacancies in the new IRBs will be filled from border districts of the state for recruitment in the ranks of constables and class IV employees in their establishment. In the LWE affected states, 75 per cent of vacancies of constables in the new IRBs will be filled from 27 core districts identified under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme which categories the worst Naxal violence- affected regions in the country as flagged by the Union Home Ministry.
The IRBs were first created in 1971 by the central government and till now 144 such units have been raised out of a total sanctioned 153. An IRB is a special auxillary unit of trained police personnel created to assist and aid regular police units in rendering special tasks of law and order upkeep or to undertake anti-Naxal or counter-insurgency operations like central paramilitary forces. An IRB has an estimated operational strength of 1,000 personnel.
View From The Right: Red terror
The cover story in the Organiser, “Trouncing the red terror”, highlights the need to tackle the “most serious internal security challenge” in the country. It notes that “every now and then” reports about the “waning Naxal might” emerge, but we also “find them gaining ground in some other part of the country with a different name”. “What are the reasons that, despite setbacks, they continue to challenge the state,” it asks, and adds “the biggest reason is that we never dissected the ideological plank and character of this category of communists”, who “keep on changing goalposts”. It notes that they “effectively use propaganda” and “exploit all possible constitutional means to challenge the Constitution”.
The story says that “we, as a nation, get carried away by their agenda… and keep debating whether it is a development issue or security issue”. It highlights the failure “vote-bank politics” as “we allow people with Maoist ideology to thrive in urban spaces while banning the organisations they speak for”. “This contradiction in purpose and positioning is the real reason why Maoists have survived and spread their wings in different areas,” it says. Contending that the Maoists “should be treated like any other terrorist organisation”, it says that if “no implicit or explicit support to the Islamic State is permitted, then why are legal, ideological or literary battles on behalf of the Maoists allowed”.
Maoists beat youth to death in Kandhamal
Bhubaneswar: In yet another moist violence, a youth was reportedly beaten to death in Kandhamal district’s Gochhapada area late on Tuesday night. According to sources, some Maoists beat the youth to death in the Kuaghara jungle under the Gocchapada police station the reason behind was yet to be ascertained. However, some Maoist posters found in the incident site indicates involvement of the Red rebels in the ghastly act. More information is awaited.
Maoists kill cop, take revenge
In what is seen as a revenge killing, armed guerrillas of banned outfit CPI(Maoists) gunned down a junior cop Girija Paswan in Aurangabad district. The Maoists claimed that the 35-year-old Paswan was shot dead precisely because he had turned into a police informer and was suspected to have told his superiors about the whereabouts of Rajiv alias Bihari, a Maoist leader. Rajiv and his accomplices were killed by the Aurangabad police earlier this month. To protest the killing of four of their colleagues in Band-Goriya village in Aurangabad, the CPI(Maoists) had given a 24-hour bandh call from the midnight of January 25. The banned outfit had made an appeal to the fellow Maoists in neighbouring Jharkhand also to observe bandh.
The bandh will remain in force till midnight of January 26. “Those killed by the police are martyrs. Their death will not go in vain,” the spokesperson of the Maoists said, adding that the Nitish regime, after coming to power in November 2015, has extended its support to ‘Operation Green-hunt’ following which the police have launched a crackdown on the Maoists. In view of the bandh call, the Bihar Police in general and the Aurangabad police in particular have beefed up security measures. Aurangabad SP Babu Ram has asked cops to be extra vigilant during the bandh period and foil the design of ultras. In the past, the Maoists have targeted buses and trucks plying on National Highway or disrupted train movement on Howrah-Mughalsarai section, during their bandh call.