Four Maoists gunned down in Jharkhand
TAIMARA GHATI (Ranchi): Four Maoists were gunned down on Friday morning following a nine-hour encounter with security forces in Taimara valley on NH-33 and four firearms were seized, CRPF IG Rakesh Kumar Mishra confirmed. The police have recovered four dead bodies and a process to identify them is on. All the four dead Maoists are in Naxal fatigue. The operation began on specific inputs around 9pm on Thursday night and ended on Friday morning. Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi, who led the operations, said intermittent firing continued throughout the night.
“The Maoists, around 40 in number, were led by two top commanders. It was a strong team which engaged the cops in the operation all through the night,” Dwivedi, who camped in the valley at night, told TOI. Dwivedi said police had information that a group of Maoists were passing through Ghaghrabera village in the valley and that an ambush was laid. “The Maoists opened fire on our team when cops asked them to lay down arms. The forces retaliated very strongly,” the SSP said.
The Maoists were going to a safe place when they were ambushed. One of the slain Maoists is a woman. “Two of them were carrying SLR. It suggests that they enjoyed a higher rank in the outfit,” IG Mishra said. The Maoists were led by central committee member Vivekji and Mithileshji. “It is not known if the slain Maoists include any of the two or none,” a police officer said. Dileep Singh, assistant commandant CRPF, said other Maoists managed to escape after putting up a strong resistance. Two company CRPF, one SSB company and district police were part of the operation team. In the operation, two CRPF jawans were injured in the initial hours of encounter. “They are under treatment at a Ranchi hospital,” Dwivedi said.
Naxal gunned down in encounter with police in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A suspected Naxal was on Friday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said. The skirmish occurred in the forests of Heeramandal under Kondagaon police station limits between a team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and rebels, Inspector General of Police Bastar Range SRP Kalluri told PTI. Acting on specific intelligence inputs, a small action team of DRG, comprising 10 personnel, launched an operation last night in Heeramandal forest, located about 250 kms from the state capital, he said.
Naxal Activity Coming Back In Odisha, Telangana: CRPF Director General
NEW DELHI: Maoist menace is rearing its ugly ahead again in Odisha and the newly created state of Telangana after lying low for some time with the overall situation in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states remaining “fluid”, the Chief of the lead anti-Naxal operations force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said. CRPF Director General (DG) Prakash Mishra said while the focus of anti-Naxal operations continues to be the worst Maoist violence-hit states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, areas around the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha Border (AOB) and those within Odisha “need more attention.”
The ex-Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) said while Naxal activity in the state had by-and-large cleared up, it is now “coming back” in the Narayanpatna area of Koraput district which borders Andhra Pradesh. “There could be many reasons (for this) — non-application of Standard Operating Procedures or lax policing. The inherent danger is always there…even in Telangana and some places in Andhra Pradesh,” said the CRPF Chief. CRPF is drawing up a map for re-deploying its forces in Odisha with Mr Mishra himself undertaking a number of operational visits to the state.
Andhra Pradesh cops seek chopper
Visakhapatnam: The state police reputedly requested the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to allot a dedicated chopper for the convenience of the security forces involved in the anti naxal operations as the deployment of forces and lifting of the forces have become a herculean task for them often from the interior pockets of the district and the border areas.During the 2-hour long meeting with the Union Minister for Home Rajnath Singh, the state cops requested him to provide height exemption to the tribal community to incorporate them in the armed forces.
Chikkamagaluru: Naxal wall posters give call for poll boycott
Chikkamagaluru, Feb 19: The naxals, who had a subdued existence in the Western Ghat region since sometime, gave evidence of their presence in the region by pasting wall posters in Bukudibail region near Sringeri in the district. This development has been giving anxious moments for the people from the area, who will be casting their votes for zilla and taluk panchayat elections on Saturday. On Thursday morning, people from the village saw that wall posters calling for poll boycott had been stuck to the walls of a provision store, some other buildings, bus shelter, and water tank at Bukudibail in Nemmar panchayat limits. The wall posters have asked people to boycott the polls to register protest against Kasturirangan report and tiger reserve project.
The posters have also given call for providing permanent drinking water projects to each of the villages, power supply, repair of turbo, bridges for rivulets and asphalting of roads. The naxals have also demanded to vest with the farmers permanent rights of cultivation in place of ad hoc permission being given now. The posters also stress the need for construction of a bridge across Hemmige rivulet immediately and asked people to fight against the plan of the government to evict residents of forests incthe name of voluntary relocation. The creators of these posters have claimed themselves to be Maoists. Policemen rushed to the spot immediately after coming to know of the incident, collected the posters, and registered a case. Anti Naxal Force too has begun to intensify its operations against the naxals.
After recovery of Maoist pamphlets in Nainisasr, cops, intel on alert
DEHRADUN: Police and intelligence sleuths are keeping a close watch on the activities in and around Nainisar area of Almora following the recovery of pamphlets and posters of CPI (Maoist). The pamphlets called for a bandh in the state on February 29 to protest against the “anti-people” policies of the state government. To prevent any untoward incident on the day, the intelligence and police units are on an alert. Trouble has been brewing in the Nainisar area where the Jindal group proposes to built an international school. Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu told TOI, “Though the matter is still being probed by revenue police, our teams are keeping a watch on the developments.” He pointed out that in the past too similar material had been recovered in Almora.
“Both police and intelligence units are alert and making best efforts to ensure no untoward incident is reported in the district,” added Sidhu. The CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday morning circulated pamphlets and posted handwritten slogans threatening the Jindal 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.” The posters also called for a state bandh on February 29 to protest against hill land allocation to industrialists. Earlier in April and May 2015, Maoist posters and letters were found in Almora on three different days.
Letters written by CPI (Maoist) were also found in Someshwar area of the district on April 29. On May 2, several such letters were found thrown outside shops in Lala Bazaar and Mall road area of Almora. The last set of eight letters was found in Badicheena market, about 20 km from Almora, in Pithorgarh district road May 3. In these letters, people were asked to boycott government plans and projects and were urged to campaign against liquor. It also asked people to launch a “public struggle” to dislodge the “corrupt” system.
AP seeks more forces to counter Maoists
: The Andhra Pradesh government has sought more Central forces to tackle the Maoist menace in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area, which is spread across the districts of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari. The request for the deployment of at least an additional battalion of the BSF was made to Home Minister Rajnath Singh who held a review meeting with the AP Police, the BSF, the CRPF and a few other security agencies here on Thursday. According to Director-General of Police J.V. Ramudu, the Union Home Minister had positively responded to the request of the AP Police. “The additional Central forces will boost anti-insurgency operations as the State has been facing manpower crunch after the bifurcation,” said Mr. Ramudu.
BSF battalion deployed
The Centre has already deployed a BSF battalion in the Balimela area and the additional battalion would be deployed in other parts of the Agency, which is primarily manned by the CRPF and the elite Greyhounds of the AP Police, at present. It is learnt that Mr. Rajnath Singh stressed better co-ordination among security forces of various States, especially those which are affected by Naxalism such as AP, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
Maoists blast panchayat building, torch mobile tower in Jharkhand
Maoists on Friday blew up a panchayat building and later set on fire a tower of a private telecom company in Latehar district of Jharkhand, the police said. The guerrillas belonging to the banned CPI-Maoist group blasted Newadi Panchayat Bhawan at Dihi village and later torched a tower of Airtel at Chope village of Latehar district which is about 130 km from here, said a police official. The Maoists also pasted posters at the two villages. Eighteen of the 22 districts of Jharkhand are affected by Maoist insurgency.