Informer executed in Kanker
CPI (Maoist) and PLGA launch joint recuitment drive in Jharkhand-Bihar.
AG wonders about Naxal influence on farmers
Mumbai: Since January 124 farmers have committed suicides in the Marathwada region following severe drought conditions, the state government told the Bombay high court on Tuesday. The advocate general also wondered about Naxalite influence on farmers. The court, hearing a suo motu PIL converted out of a TOI report, sought the Centre’s response on what help it will give at the next hearing. A bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Amjad Sayed asked advocate general Shreehari Aney why farmers continue to end their lives. Pointing out that fodder camps are being shut and even surgeries postponed in Latur hospitals the bench asked if the government has a contingency plan for March, April and May. “Already we have seen over thousand deaths (last year). Even the best efforts are not helping,” said Justice Patil. Aney explained that the main reasons for farmer suicides is crop failure due to extreme drought and inability to repay loans.
He rued the government’s inability to reach the grassroots and said that high-level officers need to rush to the site. “This is not happening because we have a machinery which moves at its own speed,” said Aney. Asked what is driving farmers to commit suicide, he answered, “A sense of hopelessness. Waiting for the monsoon. Wife and children to feed. What does a man do?” He added “Such disasters strip him of dignity and self respect. A man commits suicide.” Aney said Marathwada and Vidharbha are and depend on natural rains for crops and not irrigation. He said there was only 30 percent institutionalized deliveries because there are no doctors and nurses in hospitals. “Seventy percent women give birth on roads, huts and in forests. Then we wonder why naxalism comes in,” said Aney.
2 cops hurt in Naxal firing in Chhattisgarh
Two Chhattisgarh police constables were injured when Naxals opened fire on them near Gatapar police station in insurgency-affected Rajnandgaon district today. Shanker Mandavi and Suman Yadav were on patrol duty about 200 mtrs away from the Gatapar police station when they were fired upon by a small action group of armed Naxals this morning, Superintendent of Police P Sunderaj said. After being provided first aid at Khairagarh public health centre, both the injured personnel were rushed to Bhilai where their condition is stated to be stable. A massive search operation began after additional force reached the spot.
CRPF to get more teeth for anti-Naxal ops
Sambalpur: Five new Rapid Action Force (RAF) units would be formed soon to combat left-wing extremism (LWE) in the state, CRPF director general (DG) Prakash Mishra Tuesday told mediapersons here while laying the foundation stone of the new Group Centre (GC) of the Central Reserve Police Force. The proposed centre would be set up near Gosala under Basantpur panchayat of Dhanakauda block. The GC would not only help Sambalpur become a developed city but will also contribute towards the growth of the local economy, Mishra said.
According to sources, Union home minister Rajnath Singh was to lay the foundation stones of two GCs – one in Raipur of Chhattisgarh and the second at Sambalpur. However, Singh could not make it due to some last minute changes in schedule.
IED, grenades recovered from Maoist dump in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Feb 17 (PTI) Security forces today recovered a powerful IED, grenades and ammunition from a suspected Naxal hideout in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. Officials said the recovery of an 8-kilogram improvised explosive device, two grenades and some bullets from a jungle dump was made by the personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force.
‘Maoist pamphlets’ saying ‘Jindals, go back’ found at site of school being built by the Jindal group
ALMORA/DEHRADUN: In a fresh development in the simmering protest against the proposed international school being built by the Jindal group in Nainisar, a Maoist organisation on Wednesday morning circulated pamphlets and posted handwritten slogans threatening the group to leave the area. The pamphlets and signages which bore the signature of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), were found at Nainisar and the adjacent Dwarso villages near Ranikhet in Almora district.
A locally made revolver and two bullets were also found at the site. The slogans threatened the Jindal group to leave the hills of Uttarakhand saying that “the state’s resources – water, forests, land and minerals – belonged to its people.” One of the slogans said “Jindal Go Back!”. Another slogan called people to join the CPI (Maoist) party to strengthen the fight against the industrialists and support the community of farmers, labourers, dalits and women of the hills. The posters also called for a state bandh on February 29 to protest against hill land allocation to industrialists.
Reacting to the development, Ashok Kumar, ADG Intelligence, told TOI, “A case is being registered in the matter and we are making all efforts to trace the people responsible for the act.” K S Nagniyal, SP Almora, added that a group of people had also tried to set ablaze a couple of vehicles of the Jindal group on Tuesday night. “The staff of the group on spotting the people chased them away. However, the countrymade pistol of one of the protestors fell on the ground.” Akashdeep, the manager of the Nainisar school project, told TOI that on Tuesday, past midnight, four-five rounds of gunshot were heard at the construction site. “I found the pamphlets and slogans in the morning.
A few pamphlets were also signed ‘Lal Salam’ in someone’s blood. I have lodged an FIR and asked for protection of the site.” He added that the threats “would not affect the construction of the school.” “It is now clear that outsiders are interfering in the project. No locals are involved in the protests. So the construction will continue as usual. However,we need additional security from the police,” he said. Last week, the state government and the Jindal group had signed an agreement for the residential school for an initial period of 30 years. Jindal group will pay a lease rent of Rs 1 lakh to the government and Rs 2 lakh to the local panchayat body every year. After the school is made, 30% of the seats will be reserved for the government. Out of that, 10% of the seats will be made available for children of the local people. Half of the school fees will be waived for them. Rest 20% seats will be made available for the children of state government officials.
Maoist Item Seized After Police Encounter
Angul/Sambalpur : Security froce grabbed a few Maoist articles amid a joint brushing operation in Udul zone under Handapa police headquarters limits on the flanking range of Angul and Sambalpur regions on Tuesday evening. Briefing media persons at the district police headquarters here today, Sambalpur SP Ahileswar Singh said the District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Sambalpur unit and the CRPF were on a joint combing operation in the areas on Angul-Sambalpur border following information about the presence of some Maoists there.
“At about 6.30 PM, the security spotted some Maoists in the area and asked them to surrender. Suddenly, two Maoists fired at the security personnel, who retaliated immediately. After a brief exchange of fire, the Maoists fled the area. Soon after the firing stopped, security personnel began a search operation in the area and seized four live bullets, a radio, computer accessories, solar light panel, torch light, torch batteries, medicines, utensils, food and some Maoist literature,” Singh said.
Bastar farmer’s kin allege fake encounter
Police claim Hadma Batodi Kashyap was killed in an encounter on February 4 he family of an alleged Maoist, killed in an encounter with the Bastar police earlier this month, has said he was a farmer with no Maoist links and he was killed in a “fake encounter.” Bastar Inspector-General of Police S.R.P. Kalluri had said Hadma Batodi Kashyap, of Sunga village under the Mardoom police limits of Bastar district, was killed in a “fierce encounter” on the morning of February 4 and a country-made gun was recovered. However, Hadma Kashyap’s family has said he was picked up by the police from his house in the early hours of February 3.
“Around 25 policemen surrounded our house. Six of them entered it and asked my husband to show them a way out of the village. When my husband refused, they gagged him and took him along with them,” said Galo Kashyap, wife of Hadma.
Banks on TN border asked to shift valuables
COIMBATORE: Following Maoist threats along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, the Coimbatore rural police has requested banks located in border areas to shift their valuables including cash and gold to vaults at their main branches to ensure their safe-keeping. The rural police also installed three more checkposts at Anaikatti, Mulli and Patti Salai near Karunya Nagar to prevent Maoists’ entries. They have also been conducting combing operations along with the special task force (STF).
MCPM calls general strike
IMPHAL, Feb 16: The Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) has called a general strike all over the State on February 21 in protest against the killing of Sanjit and Rabina in 2009 which has been confessed as cold blooded and a fake encounter by the killer himself. A press release issued by MCPM publicity and propaganda secretary Comrade Nonglen Meitei said that the general strike will be enforced from 5 am to 5 pm and essential services like electricity, water supply, media, medical and religious ceremonies would be exempted from the purview of the general strike.