People’s War in India Clippings 5/2/2016


Chhattisgarh police to launch massive operations to wipe out Maoists in Bastar

Raipur: A massive anti-Naxalite operation is building up in tribal South Bastar as Chhattisgarh police has set 2016 as year for counter-insurgency and elimination of Maoists by making deep inroads into areas dominated by guerrillas. Amid Maoists threatening repeat of 2013-style attack in next few months, security forces have also geared up for a decisive battle.

While police and security forces have had an upper hand in fighting rebels in last six months, the strategy for Mission 2016, would primarily focus on Darbha, Sukma and Bijapur — areas where rebels developed a strong network over last many years. Some of these areas also fall under the so-called liberated zone of Dandakaranya of CPI(Maoist) where presence of civil administration was negligible.

Cops comb Attukkal to track Maoist movements

Coimbatore: The Naxalite Special Division (NSD) police conducted a combing operation at Attukkal tribal settlement area near Thondamuthur on the outskirts of the city on Thursday. They spoke to the tribals about Maoist movements in the area and requested people to inform them about the movement of suspicious people in the reserve forest area. Coimbatore district superintendent of police RV Ramya Bharati and the NSD team visited the tribal settlement on Thursday afternoon.

There were some rumours that tribe people from Attukkal settlement had seen eight intruders with guns in the reserve forest area. Consequently, police officials rushed to the spot to conduct combing operations. Sources said that Ramya Bharati conducted a meeting with the police officials from special branch and the NSD. She also spoke to the tribals. Veeramma, 60, from the Attukkal tribal settlement, said that over 20 police personnel visited the village with guns.

They asked the locals to take them to the nearby hills. “We had seen elephant movement. So, we refused to take them into the deep forest area,” said Veeramma. When contacted, SP Ramya Bharati said that she had visited the village along with the NSD team to inspect the tribal settlement and surrounding areas. “We plan to install a new check post in the tribal settlement area to monitor intruder movements. We conducted combing operations in the area and will also conduct combing operations in the border areas,” said Ramya Bharati.

NIA Court Issues Warrant to Produce Maoist Leader

KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency court has issued a warrant to produce Maoist leader Roopesh and activist Anoop on Saturday in connection with the case related to attack on civil police officer at Vellamunda in Wayanad. An NIA official said that the warrant has been sent to Coimbatore Central Jail where Roopesh and Anoop are lodged. NIA officials said they had to verify with jail authorities whether Roopesh and Anoop could be brought to Kochi.

Since there are several cases registered against the duo, there are possibilities of taking them to other courts as part of the pending cases on the same day. On April 24, 2015 Roopesh and three unidentified women trespassed into civil police officer A B Pramod’s house, trained their guns at him and threatened to kill him. The team asked Pramod to resign from his job. They also set afire his motorcycle, causing a loss of around Rs 30,000. Anoop, Ibrahim and Rejeesh, another accused, aided Roopesh and three others in the attack. The NIA took over the probe in the case from Kerala Police last month. Roopesh along with wife Shyna were arrested from Coimbatore in May 2015.

Combing Intensified

JEYPORE: Combing has been intensified in Maoist-infested Potangi block following intelligence inputs on presence of ultras in areas bordering Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Intelligence agencies of both the States have alerted security forces on growing movement of Maoists of Koraput-Srikakulam dalam, who had recently attacked a contractor’s camp near Turia protesting road works in Kutia panchayat. Security has been beefed up in Potangi and nearby areas of Nandapur and Narayanpatana.

As of now, road works between Turia and Deomali under Potangi block have been stopped after the Maoist attacks. Sunabeda SDPO Ashok Patanaik, who is monitoring Maoist activities in Potangi, said forces have been deployed in the areas to curb Maoist violence. He added normalcy will be restored in Potangi within a few days.

Red rebels, police exchange fire in Kandhamal

Bhubaneswar; There was an exchange of fire between the Maoists and security personnel on Friday at Bandapada-Kuajhar forest of Kandhamal District. No casualties were reported by the security forces while police ae combing the area for further presence of the ultras. Previously, on Tuesday two rebels were gunned down in a gun battle between the police and Naxalites at Lakhpadar near Niyamgiri Hill in Rayagada district and a Maoist camp was busted with five live bullets and a landmine recovered from the spot.

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