Maoist vows to pay heed to public voice on Sanjit’s killing
IMPHAL, February 7: Pointing out that silence on part of the public and frontal civil society organizations on Sanjit’s killing in a staged fake encounter despite the sensational confession of Head Constable Th Herojit on the killing is the most unfortunate occurrence in the history of the State, the armed Maoist Communist Party, Manipur appealed to student’s, women’s, human rights, civil society, non-governmental organizations, democratic forces, political parties and individuals to not remain mute spectator to the case.
According to a statement signed by Comrade Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity and Propaganda of Maoist Communist Party, Manipur, the brave confession of the killer cop on the killing wherein he revealed the hidden truths of the fake encounter which came as a shocker to the people should not went in vain. State journalists had courageously done their responsibility in the case for the sake of truth. Now is the time for others to do its part. In doing so, no one should feel fear and reprisal as the head constable had unearthed the fake encounter through local and national media, the outfit said. The statement said if the public prefer to stay silent on the case despite the killer cop’s confession then what will the people of other countries think about the communities of the State.
The outfit vowed to pay heed to public voice over the fake encounter case. Public leaders ought to response firmly on the fake encounter case carried out in broad daylight at BT Road on July 23, 2009. Now the public have started questioning whether there are not competent leaders of democratic organizations as there had not been substantial movement against the killing despite the head constable’s confession, it stated. Contending that inability of public leaders to work according to wishes of the people is clearly palpable, the outfit said it wants to break the silence on the killing case. It asserted that time has come for the public to launch joint movement to ensure that all those involved in the killing get punishment for their inhuman deed committed.
Police Refuse to File FIR After Attack on Journalist in Chattisgarh
The attack on the residence of a journalist based in Jagdalpur in Chattisgarh and the subsequent police inaction has been sharply criticized by journalists’ organisations. The Network of Women in Media India in a statement strongly condemned the shocking attack on the residence of Malini Subramaniam, correspondent for the news site Scroll.In. “The continuous attempts to intimidate and threaten her into silence must immediately stop and those responsible must be brought to book,” the NWMI said. Scroll.in had reported that a group of around 20 persons had come to her residence on Sunday evening and shouted slogans such as ‘Naxali Samarthak Bastar Chodo. Malini Subramaniam Murdabad’ (Naxal supporter, leave Bastar. Death to Malini Subramaniam).
“Hours later, in the early hours of Monday morning, stones were hurled at her home, shattering the rear glass of her car.” Later in the morning, the Chhattisgarh police on Monday refused to file a First Information Report in the incident. According to a Scroll.in report, the police refused to do more than accept her written complaint. The city superintendent of police Deepmala Kashyap told Subramaniam and her laywer Isha Khandelwal that she could not file an FIR without the approval of the district superintendent of police, who was not in his office.
CRPF KILLED 40 NAXALS, LOST 5 IN 2015
Better intelligence and emphasis on small team actions are paying dividends to the CRPF which had improved violence parameters last year. CRPF, the lead Central agency for anti-Naxal operations, recorded just five deaths in 2015 while its personnel eliminated 40 ultras. In contrast, the casualty figure of CRPF personnel in 2014 was 50 and it could kill just 24 Naxals. The number of paramilitary personnel injured in the Naxal theatre in 2015 also registered a downward spiral with 91 jawans sustaining injuries during the year as compared to 126 men getting injured in 2014.
Out of the five CRPF personnel killed in 2015, three were martyred in Chhattisgarh and two in Bihar and Jharkhand recorded a zero casualty figure. The apprehension of the ultras also improved marginally in 2015 in contrast to 2014. While 998 ultras were apprehended in 2015, the figure for 2014 stood at 987.
Bihar: Maoist Retreat
..The battle against the Maoists is, however, far from over, as reflected in recent incidents. More worryingly, the Maoists continue to enjoy some mass support, as displayed in the January 30, 2016, killing of a Policeman by Maoist sympathizers. Earlier, on October 26, 2015, a Special Auxiliary Police trooper, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, was beaten to death and six other Policemen, including a Station House Officer, were injured when villagers attacked a Police team which had gone to arrest a CPI-Maoist cadre at Kushmahat village under the Nima Chandpura Police Station limits in Begusarai District. Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar disclosed that the villagers started hurling stones at the Police team and freed the Maoist and that the Police opened fire in its defence.
The Maoists also issued five bandh (shut down strike) calls on different issues in 2015, in comparison to three such calls in 2014. The May 24-25, 2015, bandh was the most violent. 32 trucks were set ablaze by CPI-Maoist cadres on the busy Grand Trunk Road in Gaya District. Media reports indicated that life in major parts of the Sherghati Sub-Division of Gaya District, particularly Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj Police Station areas, came to a standstill as CPI-Maoist cadres got markets, road transport, banking services and Government offices closed. The Maoists were protesting the killing of Urmila Ganjoo alias Sarita, a member of the Bihar-Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee, by the SFs on May 17, 2015…
..Despite SF successes, the presence of low-grade violence suggests that the Maoists still wield significant residual strength in the State. Consolidating the gains of 2014, SFs have succeeded in containing Maoist violence even further in 2015, and early trends in 2016 augur well. The Maoists are down and this provides an opportunity to the SF personnel to strengthen their position against the rebels.
Teachers quizzed on Maoist links
Bhagalpur/Patna, Feb. 7: Tension ran high at Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) after two of its teachers, including the proctor, were detained for interrogation on Sunday morning for alleged Maoist links. Police, however, released the duo late evening. Around 6am, Bilakshan Ravidas and Kapil Dev Mandal were lodged in the police haazat (lock-up) of the University police station, triggering a demonstration by a section of teachers and students in front of the police station.
Hailing from Banka, Ravidas is a senior teacher in the postgraduate department of history and also holds the post of proctor, which entails maintaining law and order on the university campus. Mandal works as a guest teacher at the Murarka College in Sultanganj, which is affiliated to TMBU. Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Kumar said there was sufficient evidence to show the duo’s Maoist connections. “Evidences were recovered during the search of their residences,” he added. Inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur zone) B.S. Meena said the teachers were not arrested. “The police are quizzing them to verify certain information found from some Maoists arrested earlier,” he told The Telegraph over phone from Bhagalpur.
The SSP, however, said the police seized Maoist literature from Ravidas’s official residence in Bhagalpur town. The police also summoned Arjun Paswan, a guard of a hostel of Murarka College, for questioning, he added. The SSP said no firearm was recovered during the police raid. The duo’s detention followed the interrogation of a Maoist, Ghanshyam Das, arrested from Banka district recently. An investigating officer said that Ghanshyam had told his interrogators that the proctor was associated with a Maoist sleeper cell.
One Maoist operative killed, one arrested
A Maoist operative has been killed after a five-hour gun battle between a group of Left Wing Extremists and the Police near Chatro-Chatti village in Bokaro district, the police said today. A woman Maoist of the group, identified as Lalita alias Sunita, was arrested, Bokaro Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh told reporters here. The encounter began around 7 PM last night and lasted till around midnight near the village situated in the foothills of Jhumra hills, Ramesh said adding, the Police were trying to establish the identity of the dead extremist. Two rifles, bullets, blankets and medicines were recovered from the encounter site, he said.
20 kg landmine recovered during anti-Maoist operation
A powerful landmine was recovered by the security personnel during a search operation on Pratappur-Gajwa main road under Pratappur police station area in Chatra district today, the police said. Acting on a tip-off, Superintendent of Police, Anjani Kumar Jha said a special search operation led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Ops) Ashwini Mishra was launched on Monday. The security personnel comprising of CRPF and District Armed Police stumbled on the explosive planted underneath the Pratappur-Gajwa main Road, he said adding the landmine weighed 20 kg. A bomb disposal squad of the CRPF rushed to the spot to defuse the explosive, he said. Jha said the landmine was planted by the CPI(Maoists) to target the security personnel on anti-Maoist campaign.
Six Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Six Naxals, three of them carrying cash rewards on their heads, were on Monday arrested from separate places in the insurgency-hit Bastar division of Chhattisgarh, police said. “Two hardcore Naxals, including a woman, were apprehended from Dantewada district,” a senior police official said. Of them, Shyam Lal, who was a CRC (central regional command) ‘company’ III member of Maoists, was rounded up from the forests in Faraspal police station area by a joint team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and a squad of local police, he said. Lal, a prominent cadre of the region, had executed several major Maoist incidents on the bordering areas of Chhattisgrh and Odisha.
He had played a crucial role in the attack on elite Greyhounds force at Balimela reservoir in Odisha’s Malkangiri district killing 40 personnel (2008), the official said. “Similarly, another dreaded member of military company no. 1, identified as Shanti, was nabbed from her native place Masapara under Bhansi police station limits, when she had come there to meet her family members,” the official said. Both, Lal and Shanti were carrying a reward of rupees eight lakh each on their heads, he added. In another operation, three rebels were arrested by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from Bhusaras village under Gadiras police station limits of the neighbouring Sukma district.
Security forces had launched a combing exercise in the interiors of Gadiras, located around 450 kms away from the state capital. “While cordoning off the outskirts of Bhusaras, they spotted three suspects who were trying to escape from the spot but arrested after a short chase,” he added. The arrested trio was identified as Sodhi Joga (28), Madkami Joga (30) and Madvi Deva (25), he added. They were involved in incidents of torching vehicles, cutting roads and putting up Maoist banners and posters, he said, adding that Rs. 2,000 was announced for the arrest of Joga. Besides them, a cadre- Kishore (27) was held from Katgaon village under Partapur police station limits, the police official added.
Notes from a jail cell
Jails are meant to be places where people are confined as punishment for crimes. But, according to this inmate, women prisoners are treated differently — and worse — than men
Angela Sontakey is a prisoner in Byculla jail. Allegedly a Maoist, the former sociology professor was arrested and incarcerated in April 2012. She was previously lodged at the Nagpur Central Jail and Gondia sub-jail before being moved to Byculla. Last year, she went on a to protest the proposed installation of CCTV cameras in the women’s cell area. In a handwritten interview to The Hindu , mediated by her lawyers, she speaks of conditions inside the jail and problems faced by women prisoners. She cautions, “I am writing from my limited access, experiences and understanding.” Her responses have been lightly edited for clarity.
NSG to hold international seminar on Counter IED strategy
The National Security Guard (NSG) will conduct a two-day international seminar on ‘Counter IED Strategy’ in Manesar. The event has been organised in the backdrop of increasing threat of Maoist extremism. The seminar will be held between February 10 and 11 and would be attended by national and international experts of police and armed forces who will exchange expertise, ideas and experiences. Besides the delegates from leading security agencies of the country, experts from the US, Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam will also attend the seminar.
Tribals Protest Police Action
RAYAGADA: More than 200 Dongria Kondhs under the banner of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (NSS) on Sunday locked Munikhol gram panchayat office in Muniguda block protesting police action against them. They submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through Muniguda BDO Rajib Behera. In the memorandum, they alleged that the district police and CRPF jawans are torturing innocent tribals in the name of Maoists at Niyamgiri.
“When we are organising any developmental meeting in the hill area, the security forces are attacking us suspecting us to be Maoist supporters,” they alleged. They demanded that the district administration should intervene in the matter. They also demanded inclusion of all Dongria Kondhs of the district under National Food Security Act (NFSA). Tribal leaders Dadhi Pusika, Dasu Kadraka, Sashi Kadraka, Subash Kulesika and members of NSS were present.