Maoist eliminated in fake encounter: Varavara Rao
Unusual calm prevailed at Bhanjipet village in Narasampet mandal where the funeral of slain naxalite Puttapaka Kumaraswamy alias Veeranna was held here on Thursday. Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, leaders of various human rights groups and peoples’ organizations attended the funeral. Kumaraswamy was killed in an exchange of fire with police in Odisha on January 24 and his body was brought to the village on Wednesday night.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Varavara Rao accused the Modi and KCR governments of trying to eliminate Maoists who were working for the people. The political parties which seem to be different were all same. The political leaders were exploiting the natural resources and killing people who questioned them. Describing it as fake encounter, he said Kumaraswamy was working for Janatan sarkar in Chhattisgarh. People here should question the local political leaders who did not speak out on the encounter or fault the government. Kumaraswamy went underground 22 years ago and worked in Maoist party in various capacities and at various places. Kumaraswamy and Soni were one of the most wanted Maoists in Odisha. They have a reward of Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh on their heads. Kumaraswamy was killed in an exchange of fire with police in Odisha on Jan. 24
Jharkhand blast: Mine proof vehicles absent, jawans chose defenceless truck
It was close to 5:30 pm in the remote Kalapahadi area in Jharkhand’s Palamu district – one among 18 affected districts of the state. The long-drawn, anti-Maoist operation had ended and the five teams involved in the operation were returning to their bases. One of them was of police personnel from the Hussainabad. Going against the agreed-upon decision to walk back to their respective bases, the contingent called for a vehicle. After all they had gone searching for trouble and returned unharmed.
All was going the way it was envisaged. And then, a deafening roar stunned everyone. Members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) had managed to successfully detonate an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) under the chasis of a medium-sized truck carrying the policemen. Investigation has revealed it was a deadly concoction of gas cylinders, ammonium nitrate with splinters thrown in.
Jharkhand approaches Bihar for joint anti-Maoist operations
Jharkhand has approached Bihar to launch joint operation against Maoist Guerrillas in border areas, a police official said on Friday. The decision to launch joint operation was taken after Maoist guerrillas ambushed a police party, killing five policemen and two others at Kalapahari in Jharkhand’s Palamau district on Wednesday evening. The banned Communist Party of India-Maoist had triggered landmine blast in which a mini-bus was blown up. “We have approached Bihar to launch joint operation against Maoist guerrillas in bordering areas of Aurangabad district of Bihar and adjacent areas of the both states,” said Jharkhand’s Inspector General of Police (Operation) M.S. Bhatia told IANS. “In the landmine blast, CPI-Maoist zonal commander Niteshji played key role.
He operates both in Bihar and Jharkhand. Only joint operation can curb his activities in the areas,” Bhatia added. Bhatia, however, refused to divulge details of the operation, including timing. The CPI-Maoist has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s incident, terming it as revenge for killing its men at Dibara in Bihar’s Aurangabad district. Niteshji is active in Aurangabad district of Bihar and Palamau district of Jharkhand. According to police sources, Maoists always take advantage of bordering areas. When operation is launched in Jharkhand, Maoist sneak into bordering states like Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh or West Bengal. Headed by union Home Ministry security advisor K. Vijay Kumar, a meeting of top officials of the four states was held on January 22 in Ranchi.
“The meeting discussed the joint operation among the Maoist affected states. The Maoist guerrillas cross the border when operation is launched in one state. The states agreed to launch joint operation in bordering areas so that the Maoist menace could be ended in the bordering areas,” a police official told IANS. The home ministry’s security advisor suggested a three-pronged strategy to deal with the Maoist menace. Its agenda includes surrender of the Maoist guerrillas and launching an operation against the Maoists. Jharkahnd Police chief D.K. Pandey said the Maoists’ presence would be eradicated from the state in 2016. Pandey has taken a tough stand after the killing of the seven people including five policemen, by Maoists on Wednesday. Police officials say that the Maoist menace can be curbed only when the neighbouring states launch joint operation. Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 22 districts of the state.
MAOISTS SNAKING INTO LESS GUARDED ODISHA ZONES
The pressure of security forces in the neighbouring States has unnerved the top Maoist cadres who are attempting all options to sneak into Odisha through areas where they feel there is security vacuum. Top police officials say Maoists are trying new routes and weak zone on States border in the wake of pressure on them from the security forces of neighbouring States. There are areas where deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) is lacking and the ultras are trying to sneak to those areas.
That is why the State Government is repeatedly asking the Union Government for two more battalions of CAPF to cover the vacuum. According to them, the Maoists faced serious setbacks in the past two years as the alert security forces are foiling their attempts to sneak in and cause any damage. More arrests and deaths of ultras in encounters coupled with large scale surrender of sympathizers before the police have virtually led to the termination of Maoist divisions.
With an alert Odisha police and presence of 16 CAPF, districts like Jajpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Subarnapur and Gajapati are free from the clutches of the ultras. Similarly, Maoist activities in Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Nabarangpur and Nayagarh are on the wane, though a few incidents have been reported in Rourkela, Angul, Rayagada, Balangir, Boudh and Bargarh districts, the sources said. In the light of improved situation, the State Government has impressed upon the Union Government to delete three districts, where there are no activities of ultras, from the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) list and include four new districts, where the Maoists are trying to organise themselves.
According to intelligence reports, the Central Committee leaders are trying to explore ways to sneak into Odisha to reorganise local cadres who have been ‘demoralised due to repeated failures, police sources said. The death of several top Maoist leaders, including Sunadhar and Janaki, has become a major setback for the ultras in Odisha who are under stiff pressure of CAPF in neighbouring Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. While more and more districts are slipping out of their grip, many Maoist divisions are becoming defunct, the sources said.
According to the sources, Kalinga Nagar Division (KND), which was hyperactive some time ago, has virtually become defunct now and the effort of the ultras was to keep their divisions active in mineral rich Jajpur and Keonjhar districts. On Sunday, a KND secretary and his wife were killed in an encounter with security forces. The security force pressure has also stalled the efforts of senior cadres from Chhattisgarh to infiltrate into the State and reorganize their set ups. Similarly, the LWE cadres, earlier active in Mayurbhanj and neighbouring East Singbhum, are also on the run as their support base was eroding fast. While they were eyeing Similipal and adjoin deep forests for cover, presence of CRPF and district police has dampened their spirits, the sources said. Though situation in Kalahandi, Koraput and Malkangiri districts are serious to some extent, large presence of BSF and CRPF and highly motivated district police has curbed their activities, feel security experts.
Seven hardcore Maoists held in Chhattisgarh
In Chhattisgarh, security forces arrested seven hardcore Maoists from different places of tribal Bastar division during last 24 hours. The three Maoists were arrested from Dantewada district. These Maoists were carrying a reward of Rs one lakh each on their heads. Two Maoists were arrested near Metapal village of Sukma district. While , two other Maoists were arrested from Kanker and Narayanpur districts.