Naxals Blow Up Block Office in Bihar’s Jamui District
Naxals partially damaged the building of Barhat block office in Bihar’s Jamui district, by exploding a can bomb in the early hours of Monday, a police official said. The main door, gate and a pillar of the block office building were damaged while cracks appeared on some of the walls. Barhat police officials and Deputy Commandant of 131 company posted at the block headquarters reached the incident site and took stock of the situation. The official added a dog squad had been brought for a search operation. Naxals had given a call for two-day Bihar bandh from Monday to protest against the death of Chirag, who was a Naxal’s special area committee in-charge.
First day of 48-hr Maoists bandh incident free in Kolhan
Jamshedpur, Feb 15: The first day of the 48-hour Jharkhand bandh called by the outlawed CPI-Maoist evoked a lukewarm response in the Kolhan region. Barring few places under Ghatshila sub-division, where public transport remained off the road, the Naxal-sponsored bandh failed to have much impact. Ghatshila SDO Sanjay Kumar Besra said the bandh has been peaceful as there were strict vigil at all important places. Life in Ghatshila Township was quite normal, but few places in the interiors of Ghatshila division observed bandh.
“The bandh call had some impact in areas like Karadoba, Hurlung and Narshingpur, which are closed to the Bengal border and parts of Ghurabandha block, but life in rest of Ghatshila sub-division was by and large normal. Vehicular traffic on the NH-33 on the stretch of Ghatshila sub-division was also partially affected,” said Besra. In the West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts, the bandh was peaceful. Industrial units as well as the educational institutions, including schools ran as usual and the marketplaces were also open like any other normal day.
However, long distance buses, both government and private, from Sitaramdera bus terminus did not ply today. Owners of the Jamshedpur Bus Owners’ Association, Upendra Sharma said that 80 percent long distance buses plying in the Bihar routes via Ranchi did not ply today. The long route private buses plying on the two ends of the NH-33, Tata-Ranchi and Tata-West Bengal have felt the pinch with few of the buses staying off the roads nonetheless, the government buses heading for different destinations to Bihar in particular are running in full strength. In the East Singhbhum, the mobility of the security forces including CRPF personnel was paced up on the National Highway-33 stretching from Ghatshila to Chandil.
“The district administration has deputed 17 magistrates across strategic locations of the district to oversee the security affairs in the wake of Maoists bandh,” informed a senior official. “We have made elaborate arrangement to ensure that the bandh call given by the rebels make no impact. Barring few localities in Ghatshila subdivision, the call has failed to make any impact,” he added. The entire stretch of the National Highway (33) i.e. between Chandil at the one end to Bahragora on the other end was occupied with the police and paramilitary personnel at strategic points. “Not only on the NH but even in the town and village areas we have deployed security forces of adequate strength and mobility of the police has paced up,” said a police official. Gurabandha, Dumari, Potka, Bodam, and Patamda, which are considered as Naxalite dens in the district, received the utmost focus with police and paramilitary jointly embarking on the mobile duty with the break of the dawn.
…Besides, train movement between Kiul and Jamalpur remained completely paralysed for at least five hours from Sunday midnight to 5am on Monday following kidnapping of two signalmen, allegedly by Maoists, from Urain railway station, 12km west of Kiul junction on the Kiul-Jamalpur section of East Central Railways (ECR). Superintendent Railway Police (SRP), Jamalpur, Umashankar Prasad confirmed it and said, “The railway staff were released after some time with a warning that no train should be allowed to run on this line (Kiul-Jamalpur section) until sunrise, or else be ready to face the consequences.”
The Maoists have owned up the incident, said a CRPF official. The Jamalpur SRP said trains were allowed to proceed on their onward journey after ensuring the safety of commuters as well as railway staff. Meanwhile, rebels detonated a series of low-intensity IEDs near Kala Pahari in Aurangabad district on Sunday around midnight. After the incident, a joint operation by the security forces of Bihar and Jharkhand has been launched in the area.
Eight suspected Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Eight suspected Naxals were today nabbed from a village of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. “The cadres were nabbed from their native Tokanpalli village under Chintagufa police station limits,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force’s 150th battalion, CoBRA’s (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) 206thbattalion- CRPF’s elite wing – District Reserve Group (DRG), and district force was carrying out a search operation in the interiors of Chintagufa, located around 500 km from here, when the ultras were held, the ASP said. While cordoning off Tokanpalli village, they rounded up eight “suspects” who admitted to their involvement in the Naxal movement, he said.
Of the eight, Madvi Sitaram (24), Madkam Bheema (25) Muchaki Kosa (33), Sodhi Dewa (30) and Madvi Nanda (32), were allegedly involved in triggering an Improvised Explosive Device blast in August 2014 near Gadgadmeta village in Chintagufa region in which a jawan was injured, Singh said. Besides, three others – Muchaki Masa (30), Muchaki Joga (22) and Muchaki Hidma (28) – were allegedly involved in some local incidents of violence, the ASP added.
HUGE ARMS RECOVERED IN GARIABAND DISTRICT
A huge haul of arms were recovered by security forces from a forested patch in Mainpur block of Gariaband district bordering Odisha. The weapons belong to Maoist Military Dalam, a senior police official said. Inspector General of Police (IGP) (Raipur Range) GP Singh while addressing a Press conference informed that a team consisting of men from 211th battalion CRPF, 65th battalion CRPF, District Force (DF) and a team of police personnel from Odisha had jointly executed the operation based on specific inputs from intelligence agencies. Police had received inputs that a huge cache of arms is buried in the jungle near Nagrar village in the district.
Accordingly, the police carried out a search operation and succeeded in locating the arms which were buried beside a river. Police informed that the seized arms include rifles, muzzle guns, country-made guns, detonators, walky-talky, 12 bore gun bullets, tiffin bombs, medicine box, Naxal literature and other items of daily use. The IGP said that Naxals are trying to intensify their activities in Gariaband, Mahasamund and Dhamtari districts, however, seizure of arms has dealt a strong blow to their plans. The information about any arms dump in a Naxal organization rests with Commander level cadres, he told reporters and said that Naxal movement in Odisha-Gariaband border has almost come to an end.
Dreaded naxalite arrested in Samastipur
Special Task Force sleuths arrested a dreaded naxalite carrying an award of Rs. 50,000 on his head at Kashipur mohalla under Town police station area in the district. Police said here today that the STF personnel nabbed self-proclaimed area commander of outlawed CPI (Maoist) Lal Babu Sahni alias Bhaskar on the basis of mobile surveillance last night . The nabbed extremist is a resident of Aura Malikana village under Tariyani police station area in Sheohar district. The arrested Naxalite is involved in various unlawful activities committed in Bihar and Jharkhand. An intensive interrogation of the outlaw is on to get vital clues from him.
In Chhattisgarh, children face Maoist threat for speaking up
Schoolchildren are caught in the firing line between the government and the Maoists in extremism-hit Chhattisgarh. Students are often seen marching under police security through streets of small towns and hamlets in Bastar region holding banners and placards, demanding peace and asking extremists to end killing of innocents, allegedly at the behest of state authorities. This despite the SC in 2011 termed as illegal the Chhattisgarh government’s anti-insurgent militia of young tribals called Sulwa Judum. However, the passive aggressive campaign did not gone down well with the Maoists.
The insurgents sent out an advisory to parents and teachers this week and also distributed pamphlets in the area asking them to desist from allowing children to participate in such “anti-people” rallies. “We appeal to the parents of students to ensure their children are not used in anti-people (against the Maoist) events or rallies. We ask the school management and teachers too to not allow the students to be part of anti-people activities that are based on lies,” said the statement issued by Vikalp, the spokesperson of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, the most powerful unit of the Maoists in central India — covering the entire Bastar region along with Malkangiri, Koraput areas of Odisha and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.
Forgery case against Maoists
Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three others allegedly forged SIM cards
As many as 20 new cases have been registered against Kerala-based Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three others by the Tamil Nadu Police over the last few days. The cases this time are for forging documents to buy SIM cards, which were said to be seized from them at the time of their arrest in May, 2015. Three such cases were registered on Saturday night. A senior ‘Q’ Branch officer said 43 SIM cards were seized from the couple and their three accomplices Anoop, Kannan and Veeramani at the time of their arrest during the search of their house in Tirupur.
They were booked under Unlawful Assemblies (Prevention) Act by the ‘Q’ Branch Police here and remanded. On July 18, they were detained under National Security Act. More cases were booked against them by the Kerala and Karnataka Police as well. On Saturday, the Kottur police, based on a complaint from S. Dhanalakshmi (35), Avilchinnampalayam, registered a case against Shyna, for misusing documents of her husband to buy a SIM card. On a complaint from G. Velumani (36), T.Nalli Goundampalayam, Anup was booked by the Pollachi Taluk Police for misusing the complainant’s voter’s ID card to buy a SIM card. Similarly, on a complaint from C. Panjalingam (47), of R.Ponnavaram, the Pollachi Taluk Police registered a case against Roopesh for misusing Panjalingam’s ration card to buy a SIM card.
The trio was booked under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or an electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Shyna has also been booked under section 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation) of the IPC. The complainants told The Hindu that they came to know about the misuse of their documents when the police inquired them and informed them about it a few months ago. They forged documents to procure SIM cards
Bengal police, Jharkhand plan joint operation to flush out Maoists
Kolkata: West Bengal Police was planning a joint operation with its Jharkhand counterpart to flush out Maoist guerrillas who have taken shelter in the border areas of the two states, a police official said on Monday. West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Sukhendu Hira, on a visit to the remote rural pocket Shilda, about 175 km west of Kolkata, said the insurgents have been visiting the area for some time. “As per inputs with us, they are going round the area. May be they are not carrying arms. But they are doing a recce.” Hira said police had confirmed reports that the ultra-left radicals were present in the hilly areas on the Jharkhand side of the border with West Bengal.
“We are in discussions with Jharkhand Police to conduct a joint operation to flush out the Maoists,” said Hira. He said police reinforcements have also been sought for the coming assembly polls. “Area domination is a must. We know they may try to create trouble during the polls.” Hira had gone to Shilda on the sixth anniversary of the Maoist attack on an Eastern Frontiers Rifles camp that had left 25 people including 24 policemen dead.
Miraculous escape for CoBRA jawans
Aurangabad: A group of CoBRA jawans had a miraculous escape when a bomb, planted by suspected Maoists exploded at Dhabi village under Dhibra police station on Monday. Though there was no casualty, locals said the bomb was planted to target the security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist drive in the district. It may be mentioned here that the Aurangabad police with CRPF and CoBRA jawans have launched a massive operation against the Maoists. A month back, four suspected Maoists were gunned down by security forces at Bandh Goreya forest close to Bannua village under Dhibra police station.