People’s War in India Clippings 31/1/2016


2015 saw lowest Naxal violence in 6 years

New Delhi: Maoists-hit states witnessed lowest violence in six years with casualties and incidents coming down substantially in 2015. While nearly one lakh paramilitary personnel continued to be deployed in left wing extremism-affected areas, the 10 Naxal-hit states—Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh—saw 226 deaths in 1,088 incidents of violence perpetrated by Maoists last year.

According to home ministry statistics, in 2010, there were 2,213 incidents of violence in which 1,005 people lost their lives and in 2011, a total of 611 people were killed in 1,760 incidents. In 2014, there were 1,091 incidents of Maoist violence in the 10 states in which 310 people lost their lives. In 2015, of the 226 deaths, 168 were civilians and 58 were security forces personnel. As many as 89 Maoists were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered before authorities during the year. In 2014, out of the 310 casualties, 222 were civilians and 88 personnel of security forces. A total of 63 Naxals were killed that year, while 1,696 cadres were arrested and 676 others surrendered.

The Maoists attacks on security forces have also come down—from 155 in 2014 to 118 in 2015 while encounters between security forces and the rebels have increased—from 221 in 2014 to 247 in 2015. In 2015, a total of 723 arms were recovered from Naxals by the security forces, 18 arms were snatched by the Maoists and 18 arms training camps were held by the rebels. In 2014, as many as 548 arms were recovered, 58 arms were snatched and 34 arms training camps were held by the Maoists. PTI

Bihar police officer killed in encounter with Maoist supporters

A police official was killed on Saturday in an encounter with alleged Maoist sympathisers in the Naxal-affected Munger district of Bihar. Later, in police firing, two tribal people were injured after they laid siege to a police station. Police said that on a tip-off a police team led by ASP Navin Kumar went to Lathiakoresi village to arrest a suspected Maoist Lallan Koda but in the exchange of fire, an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Bhavesh Singh, posted at Dharhara police station of Munger district, suffered bullet injuries.

“The injured was brought to the Sadar hospital where doctors declared him dead”, said Varun Sinha, Munger Superintendent of Police. A Maoist sympathiser was also injured in the firing. Later, protesting the police operation the villagers, mostly tribal, gheraoed the neighbouring Piri police station which forced the policemen to take shelter inside the premises for sometime. Two villagers injured Two of the villagers have said to be injured in the police firing. “Reinforcement has been done to the police station where situation is tense but under control now”, said a senior police official at Patna headquarters.

Two Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh

Two Naxals, who were allegedly involved in the murder of a Sarpanch last year, were killed in a fierce gun-battle on Sunday with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. The skirmish took place this afternoon at Vanjalvaya village under Golapalli police station limits between a joint team of security personnel and the ultras, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range S.R.P Kalluri said. Acting on specific inputs provided by intelligence agencies, a compact contingent of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) had launched an operation from Kistaram police station towards Golappali – a Maoist stronghold in south Bastar, located around 500 kms away from here, the officer said. Sensing their presence near Vanjalvaya, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on them prompting security forces to retaliate, the IG said.

According to Kalluri, however, after around an hour of the ensuing gunfight, the Naxals fled to the dense forests. During the search in the forests, body of two Maoists clad in ‘uniform’ besides two muzzle loading guns, ‘pitthus’ (bags) and Maoist literature were recovered from the spot, he added. Police said those killed were identified as Dusra Dharma (35) — Janatana Sarkar (peoples’ government) head and Vetti Raju (25), head of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS) — a frontal outfit of Maoist. The duo was allegedly involved in killing the Sarpanch of Golapalli Sunnam Hidma in March last year, the IG said, adding they were also wanted in other incidents of violence in the region. With this encounter, 23 ultras have so far been killed in separate gun-battles in the Bastar region this month, the IG said.

1 killed in cross firing between ultra outfits

One civilian was killed in a cross firing between activists of two rival ultra outfits at Bandgaon in Maoist-affected West Singhbhum distirct, a senior police officer today said. The firing between CPI (Maoists) and People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) took place on Friday afternoon at Pondegar in Maoist-affected Bandgaon police station area, Superintendent of Police, Michael Raj said. Raj said one civilian, who was caught in the cross firing, was killed in the incident. Several rounds of shots were exchanged between the two outfit members before they dispersed. A massive search operation was launched by security personnel to track down the ultras, he added.

Report of 12 arrests in Sukma.

Maoists murder villager for refusing to join their ranks

The body of a villager who was abducted by Maoists two days ago for refusing to join their ranks was today found in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The body of the victim, identified only as Hidma, was found lying in a pool of blood on the outskirts of his native village Madiyaras Korra, about 450 km from here, Santosh Singh, Sukma, Additional Superintendent of Police, told PTI over phone.

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