People’s War in India Clippings 22/2/2016


Bandh in Imphal over fake encounter

Imphal: Imphal was paralysed on Sunday following a dawn-to-dusk bandh called by Maoist Communist Party, Manipur (MCPM), an underground party, demanding fitting punishment for the police officials found guilty in the infamous BT Road fake encounter. Business establishments at Khwairamband bazaar and its surroundings were closed because of the bandh called from 5am. Interstate and district passenger buses were off the road, even as police remained on high alert in the capital to thwart any untoward incident. The bandh has also affected routine activities in other districts.

KCP strike hits normal life in Manipur

Normal life in Manipur was hit today, particularly in valley districts, by a 12-hour general strike called by proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (Maoist). The strike began at 5 am and no violence was reported from any part of the state. Business establishments remained closed and public transport kept off the roads.

Naxals attack C’garh youth in Maha for being ‘police informer’

A 32-year-old man from Chhattisgarh sustained serious injuries after he was allegedly attacked by a group of Naxals at a remote place in the distict on the suspicion of being a police informer. According to police, the victim, identified as one Lakhan, was brought to the forest area of Kottagudam in the district from Chhattisgarh last night, where he was thrashed. “A woman Naxal Commander Mangi was killed in an encounter near Damrancha last month. To take revenge of this killing, Naxals picked up Lakhan from Chhattisgarh and brought him to Kottagudam under Damrancha Police Assistance Center, where he was assaulted with sticks and stones, suspecting him to be a police informer,” a police statement said.

Maoist killed in gunfight with security forces in Sukma

Raipur: A maoist was killed in police encounter in Sukma on Monday morning taking the total number of ultras killed in the month of February to 9.In January, Bastar police has made an all time record of killing 23 Maoists with no loss to security forces.According to the police, one maoist has been killed in an exchange of fire with naxals in village Tarlaguda under Golapalli police station of Sukma district.

The operation was lead by Special Task Force (STF) and Distriact Reserve Group (DRG) teams led by SP Sukma D Shravan and ASP Santosh Singh IPS.One uniformed dead body of a naxal who was identified as Madkam Muda, resident of Ittanpad area, was recovered after the exchange of fire. He was an action team member and Jan militia member of Battigudem of Revolutionary People’s Committee (RPC).Police has also recovered one barmar, tiffin bomb fitted with detonators, gun powder, pittu, Insas rounds and naxal literature from the spot.

Bastar waiting to explode on anti-red campaign?

Raipur: Akin to controversial Salwa-Judum of 2005-2008, an apparent movement is gradually developing in tribal Bastar in Chhattisgarh, if the sudden escalation of tension in Maoist insurgency- hit region is any indication. With the onset of 2016, a group of local vigilante groups have become active once again as they are targeting alleged Maoist sympathisers and many others who raise questions. Civil rights groups see these developments- attack on AAP leader Soni Sori, forcing journalist Malini Subramaniam and JagLAG group of pro-bono lawyers to leave Bastar as an indication of security forces gearing up for a massive operation against the rebels during summer.

The timing of these events cannot be a coincidence. During anti-Naxalite operations, there are incidents of security forces committing atrocities on innocent tribals. With teams of women activists, TOI has documented at least three cases of mass sexual violence in the past three months, where security forces have run amok in villages. “There were complaints of gang rape and destroying their homes and granaries,” said Isha from JagLAG. The local police and administration are talking in one voice of “clearing” the area within one year, she added.

CRPF officer, jawan injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Feb 21 (PTI) A CRPF officer and a jawan were today injured in an IED blast in Naxal-hit Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred early today when a team of Central Reserve Police Forces’ 111th battalion was out on an operational task in the jungles of Aranpur village when the improvised explosive device went off, officials said. The injured have been identified as Assistant Commandant Aman Kumar and constable Rakesh, they said. The two were later evacuated by air and admitted to a hospital in the state capital, they said.–jawan-injured-in-IED-blast-in-Chhattisgarh.html

Maoist hideout busted in Lohardaga

Ranchi: Police busted a Maoist camp in Lohardaga’s Peshrar block during a joint operation with the CRPF on Sunday. The rebels were reportedly attending a meeting at Khadujharia village under Bagru police station.A few rebels, positioned at a higher altitude, spotted the security personnel from a distance and alerted the others. All of them managed to flee.”We raided the place and found two IEDs (improvised explosive devices), a loaded rifle, utility items, water bottles, and utensils. The Maoists took off with most of the items,” said Lohardaga SP Kartik S.Security personnel did not open fire at the rebels as civilians lives could have been hampered.Two days after the Taimara Ghati encounter, the combing operation is still on, albeit, without much success.

Two Maoists killed in encounter

Two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with a combing party, comprising men from the Greyhounds and Special Party of the district police, near Revulakota village in Koyyuru mandal under Mampa police station limits on Sunday afternoon. There was no casualty on the police side.

The exchange of fire occurred about 140 km from the Koyyuru headquarters and as per reports, both the slain Maoists were men and were from the Galikonda area committee. According to Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen, the Maoists were spotted by the police party. Sources said there were about 10 to 12 of them and the rest retreated under the cover of fire. Police recovered two 12 bore single barrel guns, some cartridges and two kit bags containing two mobile phones, uniforms and Maoist literature.

Chhattisgarh: Three suspected Naxals arrested during search operation

Raipur: Three ‘suspected’ Maoists were arrested during a search operation by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said on Monday. Representational image. PTI The cadres Dasru Ram Mandavi (40), Kamlu Korram (45) and Budhu Korram (35) were apprehended last evening in the Oyanger village forests under Orchha police station limits, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police OP Sharma told PTI. A composite squad of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force had on 20 February launched a combing operation from Dhanora police station towards Oyanger, located around 350 km away here, he said.

Village headman killed in Odisha

A village headman, identified as Penta Madkami, was killed by suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres under Podia Police Station limits in Malkangiri District on February 19, reports The New Indian Express. Three Maoists arrived at Madkami’s house and introduced themselves as Police officers. They entered his house and then killed him with an axe. Later, they asked some villagers to accompany them to an area nearby. However, suspecting foul play, the villagers caught hold of the three and handed them over to the Police.

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