People’s War in India Clippings 18/2/2016


Naxal killed in gunfight with police in Chhattisgarh

A Naxal, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was today killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. The skirmish occurred in the forests of Gondiguda village under Golapalli police station limits between a joint team of security forces and rebels, Inspector General of Police Bastar Range SRP Kalluri told PTI. A composite squad of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG), around 200 in number, led by Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shravan had launched an anti-Naxal operation to the interiors of Golapalli, located around 500 kms away from here, based on specific inputs about the movement of ultras, he said.

While they were cordoning off Gondiguda forest, a gun-fight broke out between security forces and the ultras. However, Naxal soon fled to the deep forests on finding security forces zeroing on them, the official added. Later during search, dead body of a cadre clad in ‘uniform’ besides two muzzle loading guns, couple of detonators, pitthu (bags), Insas rifle rounds and Naxal literature were recovered from the spot, the IG said. The killed Maoist Madkam Rajulu, a native of Singaram village was active as the head of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS)- a frontal outfit of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), he said. According to the officer, he was also serving as Jan Militia section commander of Singaram Jantana Sarkar. He was allegedly involved in several incidents of violence including an attack on police party in Maraiguda police station area in which a CRPF jawan was killed last year, Kalluri added.

In a separate incident, four ‘suspected Maoists’, including a woman, were arrested from Gadiras police station area of Sukma. While carrying out a combing exercise, a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force rounded up four suspects at Dhruwaras village who later admitted to their involvement with the outlawed movement, a police official said.

Lawyers fighting police atrocities in Bastar allege they are being forced to leave

Days after Scroll contributor Malini Subramaniam at Bastar in Chattisgarh came under pressure from local groups and the police following to her reportage on police atrocities, Isha Khandewal, the lawyer representing Malini and a member of legal aid group JagLAG, says they are being forced to leave Jagdalpur. JagLAG (Jagdalpur Legal Aid group), a non-profit that has been providing free aid to tribal communities in south Chhattisgarh’s five Naxal-affected districts, chose to legally represent Malini Subramaniam following a physical assault on her property in Bastar on February 8.

In an email release on Thursday, Isha Khandelwal of JagLAG wrote, “Late last night, police visited our landlord – who is a driver by profession, and took him away to the police station. He was kept there till wee hours of this morning, and dropped back in a police vehicle; his car having been impounded. Our badly shaken landlord informed us at 2:00 am this morning that he has no option but to ask us to vacate our house and office within a week.”“Our landlord’s car is still in the police station, as he struggles with another day of bewilderment. At the time of writing, even Malini’s husband, Ashim, is being held inside the police station and not being let out,” she writes further.

Police being extra cautious in Maoist-hit areas, says ADGP

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Mohan said here on Wednesday that armed policemen will be deployed in Maoist-influenced areas to prevent any likelihood of disruption in elections to the zilla and taluk panchayats in the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikkamagaluru on Saturday. “We are extra cautious,” Mr. Mohan told reporters after reviewing security arrangements for the elections in the three districts. As many as 154 polling booths in the three districts are in the Maoist-affected areas.

Apart from armed men on duty, personnel from the Anti-Naxal Force personnel will take up combing operations. Mr. Mohan said that so far there was no call given by Maoist members to the people asking them to boycott the polls. The police have not seen any Maoist activity in the three districts. He said that there have been meetings with police officers from border districts of Kerala.


IPCS on CPI (Maoist) in 2016

..A far cry from its domination over nearly one-third of the country’s geographical expanse, the influence of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is now confined to only five states of the country. Of these, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha cumulatively account for 80 per cent of such activities. While approximately 20 districts in these five states witnessed most of the LWE violence in 2015, six districts (three in Chhattisgarh, one each in Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra) can be termed as the worst affected districts, accounting for witnessing almost 60 per cent of the violent incidents. PReviously a national problem, LWE has now become a regional problem, mostly limited to India’s eastern board.

Since 2013, the CPI-Maoist has admitted to such losses in a series of publications. The CPI-Maoist’s central committee resolution that was adopted in early 2013 spoke specifically about how the mass base and recruitment abilities of the outfit has decreased in the Dandakaranya area. In early 2014, in an internally circulated interview for the Maoist Information Bulletin, General Secretary Muppala Lakshman Rao acknowledged the “loss of considerable number of party leaders at all levels starting from the central committee to the village level party committees” and “weakened movement in rural plains and urban areas.” He termed the protection of its “subjective leadership from enemy attacks as one of the foremost tasks before the party.”

The trend of shrinking space for extremism is likely to continue in 2016 as effective counter-insurgency operations continue in states like Bihar and Jharkhand. However, whether or not such operations can make the outfit completely vacate its strongholds in Chhattigarh, Jharkhand and Odisha remains a key question… ..In spite of the academic and official attention it garnered and the propaganda it sought to indulge in, the CPI-Maoist never posed a pertinent danger to India’s urban centres. Never in its short history of 11 years did the outfit come close to fulfilling its purported objective of overthrowing the government, even in the worst affected states.

Attacks were carried out mostly on its near enemy, i.e. the security forces and the civilians intruding into its sphere of influence, whereas the far enemy, i.e. the government structure removed from the conflict zone, has remained unscathed. However, even with its current weakness, the outfit’s capacity to hold on to its strongholds would pose the real challenge to the Indian state. The state has to deal with an outfit that does not kill many and yet, makes the entry of the state into the remotest areas of many states severely risk prone. In fact, weakness of the adversary must not lead to a state of complacency facilitating a extremist revival. A nuanced policy of making security force operations accountable and governing the reclaimed areas well would form the basis of a future free from extremism.

Fascist incitement against democratic activists at Jadavpur University.

Maoist mayhem in western Odisha: Three vehicles set ablaze

Bhubaneswar: Even though the police have beefed up security for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to Kalahandi District on Thursday, the Maoists made their presence felt in the district and wreaked havoc. The dreaded Red Rebels barged into a contractor’s camp and torched three vehicles at Aampadar under Thaumul Rampur in Kalahandi District on the day. In spite of heavy presence of security forces the rebels have number of times tried to sabotage development projects in remote destroying infrastructure and equipments.

Previously, in a joint combing operation by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG), a Maoist camp was busted at Rairakhol on Wednesday.. Various belongings of the Red rebels such as food materials, chair and table, radio, medicines and computer acessories was found from the camp site.

Rajnath Singh to chair high-level meets on anti-naxal measures :

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s meetings with top brass of the AP police and CRPF here on Thursday and with the Odisha police and the BSF at Koraput on Friday on controlling Left wing extremist violence are expected to lead to a firm plan of action against the banned CPI (Maoist). Chief Secretary S. P. Tucker, Director-General of Police of AP J. Ramudu and some DG-rank officials in-charge of important wings and CRPF officials are participating in the meeting being held on Thursday. With only some parts of the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district remaining as the stronghold of the Maoists, apart from the adjacent Agency area and the mandals of Khammam district that were merged with AP (into East Godavari district), the Home Ministry would be looking at the Maoists regaining a lot of lost ground, thanks to the bauxite mining issue.

Both the Centre and State governments have made their intention clear that bauxite mining should take place in spite of strong opposition from the local Girijans and environmentalists. Mr. Rajnath Singh’s meeting is expected to pave the way for stronger action against Maoists to facilitate bauxite mining. The State police are going ahead with construction of police outposts in some areas of the Agency, to be followed by the base camps to be manned by the BSF in future. At present, CRPF is conducting its activities from nine police stations located in the six out of the 11 Agency mandals that witness Maoist activity.

Campaign against bauxite mining

Maoists have stepped up their campaign and in the recent past issued statements asking the Girijans to take up agitations on the lines of struggles at Nandigram, Singur and Lalghar. This meeting might also sort out the issue regarding land allotment for the CRPF battalion in Visakhapatnam district.

Massive assault against naxalites on the cards

Visakhapanam: Amid indications that the Centre is planning to launch a coordinated campaign against the naxals in all the affected states, Union home minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit the Port City on Thursday to discuss with senior state officials left wing extremism on the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and the steps being taken by security agencies to combat it. That the visit is related to countering the naxal menace became apparent as the Union home minister will be leaving for Koraput in Odisha from Vizag to discuss with that state police the steps that need to be taken to tackle it.

According to sources, after reviewing the law and order situation with reference to the Reds, Rajnath Singh will reveal a road map to be taken by the security personnel to wipe out the Maoist menace in the Agency area and both sides of the AOB. The one and half hour review meeting at the collectorate on Thursday is scheduled for 4.30 pm. “The focus would be on the central forces preparing for a massive attack on the red guerrillas with the support of the Odisha, Telangana and also Chhattisgarh police if needed, the sources said.

Apart from the home minister and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, others expected to take part in the meeting include chiefs of paramilitary forces such as Central Reserve Protection Force (CRPF) Kode Durga Prasad and Border Security Force (BSF) KK Sharma and state DGP JV Ramudu. The heads of Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), which deals with anti-naxal operations, the elite force Greyhounds and other wings would brief Rajnath Singh about the present scenario with regard to the CPI Maoists movement in the state in general and in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, which shares a border with Telangana, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the sources said.

The home minister will also discuss the requirements of the state cops. “The state government has already got the sanction of a BSF battalion on paper. Now, it will request the Rajnath Singh to give the green signal for the deployment of the BSF division in the Agency area as well as identify the places for setting up the base camps,” the sources said. The cops had already prepared their report about the naxals movement in the state and its impact on Visakhapatnam and East Godavari.

According to the sources, 81 cops of various ranks were killed by the naxals since the movement actively spread since 1986. They have also listed how many Reds were killed in the encounters and the property that was damaged by the naxals so far. At present, nine companies of CRPF forces are manning the sensitive police stations in the Visakha Agency which comprises more than 2000 villages and hamlets with a population of 5 lakh in 11 mandals. Out of these, six mandals are severely infested by the Maoists.

All-India Adivasi Mahasabha ‘threatened’ by Bastar police

RAIPUR: Maish Kunjam, former MLA and president of All-India Adivasi Mahasabha, tribal front of Communist Party of India (CPI), has alleged that Bastar police personnel are planning to kill him and his aides in a fake encounter. Kunjam in his recent press release stated it is due to police fear that he has decided to cancel the entire gathering and meetings of All-India Adivasi Mahasabha in Bastar. According to the press release issued by All-India Adivasi Mahasabha, the organization has planned to observe Bhumkal Diwas from February 10 to 18.

They have cancelled the events of February 17 and 18 allegedly because the police force tried to hijack their rally being taken out in Sukma on February 15. “When the All-India Adivasi Mahasabha’s rally reached Sukma bus stand on February 15, a group of police personnel joined the rally with their own loudspeakers in hands. They started shouting anti-Maoist slogans. Even when we asked them to stop, they continued shouting ‘Naxali murdabaad’,”said Maish Kunjam.

He added that All-India Adivasi Mahasabh believe that this is an attempt of police to instigate fights between the tribals and Maoists. “This is similar to the an incident when tribal leaders were killed in Bijapur and Konta by Maoists after which the tribal party was almost finished by Salwa Judum. The police want that to happen in Bastar too so that there will be no organization left here to fight for the ‘Jal—Jungle—Zameen’ (forest-water-land),” said Kunjam adding that the Adviasi Mahasabha will not hold any meeting or rally in Bastar for next few days.

Maoists kill two civilians in Maharashtra

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed a civilian, identified as Sobu Gota (23), at Gaderi village under Etapalli taluka (administrative unit) of Gadchiroli District on February 14, a press release issued by the Gadchiroli Police said on February 17, reports PTI. Gota was forcibly taken away from his house and then killed, the Press release added.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a 40-year-old civilian, identified as Chanti Gorgunda of Patagudam village in Sironcha taluka of Gadchiroli district was killed by Maoists on February 15, reports PTI. The Maoists called Chanti out from his residence when he was taking his meals in the night. After some time, he was shot dead, Police said, adding they killed him as they suspected him to be a ‘police informer’. One of his cousins is working with the Gadchiroli Police.

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