People’s War in India Clippings 7/2/2016


Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of CPI-Maoist issues press release on fake encounters staged by police in Bastar between September 26 2015 and January 4 2016. Condemns police practices of sexual assault and black propaganda.

Media report summarizing statement in Hindi here

Bhagalpur University professor arrested in Bihar on suspected Naxal links

Patna: A professor at the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, also known as Bhagalpur University, has been arrested on suspected Naxal links. Bihar Police have arrested Dr. Bilakshan Ravidas, who is also proctor of the University. Dr. Ravidas is a noted Dalit scholar and has also contested elections as an independent. According to sources, it emerged that the Naxals who were arrested on Saturday took his name. It is also learnt that the professor was involved in Naxal activities in the area. The investigations are on in the case and the police are probing the Naxal angle to ascertain the truth.

Maoist rebels warn against revival of Salwa Judum in Bastar

RAIPUR: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed the police was trying to revive a “Salwa Judum” like movement in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh by backing few people to organise rallies and protests against the Maoists in the region. The rebels have warned retaliatory peoples’ action against what they described as “Salwa Judum-II”. In pamphlets circulated in different parts of tribal Bastar region, the state and the police had floated different outfits in the name of Bastar Vikas Sangharsh Samiti and Samajik Ekta Manch to organise rallies and protests against the revolutionary movement. It said the police has unleashed a propaganda that it would observe this year as “Mission 2016” to eliminate the Maoists.

The Maoists maintained that those were now in the forefront of such rallies and protests were also part of controversial Salwa Judum, an anti-naxalite movement that took place in Bastar between 2005 and 2008. The Maoist pamphlet said the security forces have unleashed terror in the tribal region and were committing atrocities on the poor tribals in the name of anti-naxal operations. The Maoists reiterated that the action by the security forces were in fact aimed that parting Bastar’s vast natural resources to the corporates.

Border security beefed up after Maoist threat

PALAKKAD: Security has been beefed up in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border areas near Anakatti check post in Attapadi Hills in the wake of reports that some Maoists groups were seen in the area recently. Police and forest department of both states have also conducted joint combing operations in the border regions. The Tamil Nadu police is learnt to have received information that Maoists hiding in Attapadi forests have moved to Thondampudur forest area of Tamil Nadu, crossing Varadimala forests in Kerala border. Tamil Nadu police have also put up police pickets at Mankara and Anakatti to check vehicles coming from Coimbatore to Attapadi and also vehicles going from Palakkad to Coimbatore.

They have also employed women armed police personnel for conducting vehicle checks. Recently Tamil Nadu has set up five new check posts in addition to their existing 10 check posts in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. In the new Anakatti and Mulli check posts Tamil Nadu has posted 10 constables each, headed by a sub inspector. In the remaining three check posts of Puthur Colony , Mullakundu and Chavadiyal, seven constables headed by a sub inspector are posted. They have also posted 100-member strong Special Task Force police for observation at Makkara, Athikadavu and Pilloor Dam areas to prevent the Maoists from Kerala moving to Tamil Nadu areas through the forests.

Maoists Remanded in Jail

KOCHI: Maoist leaders Roopesh and Anoop were produced before NIA court in connection with a case related to attack on civil police officer at Vellamunda in Wayanad. The court remanded the duo to Coimbatore Central Jail till March 5. Roopesh is the first accused and Anoop the seventh accused. The police had arranged tight security cover in wake of the duo being produced at the NIA court. On April 24, 2015 Roopesh and three unidentified women trespassed into civil police officer A B Pramod’s house, trained their guns 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.


Left-wing Extremism Major Issue Faced by Police: Ramesh

KOCHI: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here on Saturday that left-wing extremism was the major issue faced by the police in the state. Chennithala was speaking at the statewide launch of ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Clubs’ organised by the Kerala State Legal Service Authority in association with Kerala Police. The state government is taking steps to address the social issues behind the growth of left extremist activities before using weapons on them.

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