People’s War in India Clippings 27/2/2016


Police-Maoist gun battle in Odisha, 1 naxal killed in Niyamgiri, Maoist killed man by slitting throat in Malkangiri

Rayagada: Police-Maoist gun battle in Niyamgiri forest at Kalyansinghpur. As per the report 1 naxal killed, and 2 other suspected to have been injured. Two 9 MM pistol, a gun and a huge cache of explosives have been seized during the operation. In another incident Maoists kill man by slitting throat at Panasput village, a cut-off area of Malkangiri district. Victim identified as Biswanath Khilar.

5kg IED recovered in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Feb 26 (PTI) Paramilitary ITBP today recovered a 5kg improvised bomb from the jungles of Naxal violence-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. Officials said the recovery of a hidden Improvised Explosive Device was made from the Chheribera-Chapai area of the district by a squad of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force which was out on an operational task. They said the IED was kept hidden by Naxals near a road and could have targeted security forces had it been not detected.

Shifting ‘Maoist sympathiser’ Saibaba may be risky: Maha govt

The Devendra Fadnavis government has opposed the idea of moving out wheelchair-bound Delhi University professor and alleged Maoist sympathizer GN Saibaba from Nagpur jail to Gadchiroli district on the ground the area was infested with Maoists who may attempt to rescue him. The Supreme Court on February 23 questioned Saibaba’s solitary confinement, asking Maharashtra government to make alternate arrangement to house him at Gadchiroli because the criminal case, accusing him of having links with banned Naxal organizations, was pending there.

Arrested in May 2014 from the Delhi University campus, Saibaba has been in Nagpur jail. He moved the SC for bail on medical grounds saying he has to travel 170km every time to attend his case proceedings in Gadchiroli. In its affidavit before the top court, Maharashtra said it has received intelligence inputs that Maoists have launched a campaign to free Saibaba. “The respondent (Maharashtra) apprehends that if the petitioner is kept at Gadchiroli, outside the prison, the Maoists may attack the police for rescuing the petitioner…,” read the affidavit. It referred to a press note published on a website, calling upon the cadres to launch a nationwide agitation for Saibaba’s release. “We want you (state) to make him comfortable. Tell us how you will make him comfortable. You cannot have him in solitary confinement,” a bench had told the state counsel, Nishant Katneshwarkar.

Further probe on into SIM cards seized from Maoist

District Crime Branch officials have commenced an inquiry into the complaints of two persons from Palladam and Udumalpet that their identity proofs were misused/ forged for obtaining Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards by some other persons for their mobile phones. A case was registered under Sections 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged document as a genuine one) of the Indian Penal Code. Inspector (DCB) M. Kanagasundaram told The Hindu the case was taken up after the two complainants realised that their identity proofs were used to obtain the two SIM cards, which were among the many cards recovered from the house where the suspected Maoist Roopesh and his wife were hiding at M.S. Nagar in Tirupur city.

The main case related to the arrests, was investigated by the Q- branch police. The complainants came to know about the forgery only after Q-branch officials conducted a deeper inquiry into the call details of the suspected Maoists arrested and the application forms they submitted to two private mobile cellular service providers for getting the SIM cards. Superintendent of Police Saroj Thakur said only further inquiry would throw light on how the forged documents were obtained for submission.

Rebels didn’t target Balihar: Red document

Ranchi: Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar, who was among the six police personnel killed in the 2013 Maoist blast, was not the real target of the rebels but was in the wrong place at the wrong time, showed documents seized by police from the possession of the slain rebels after the Taimar Ghati encounter last week. ASP operations Harshpal Singh, who has studied the documents, said they were prepared by Vivekji, secretary of CPI(Maoist) Bihar-Jharkhand special area committee and member of the outfit’s central committee.

Vivekji was being escorted by a group of Maoists from Saranda in West Singhbhum to Jhumra in Bokaro via Taimara Ghati on the outskirts of Ranchi when an encounter took place that killed four Maoists. Balihar and five others, including bodyguards were killed in the ambush executed by the CPI (Maoist) Bihar-Jharkhand special area committee in July 2013. But “the Maoists did not plan to kill the SP. They planned to target a police patrolling party supposed to pass by the Dumka-Pakur highway on July 2, 2013. The SP’s cavalcade happened to cross the road at the same time as the police patrolling vehicle was supposed to go and was killed,” the documents recovered from slain rebels’ bags revealed.

The documents revealed how the Maoists executed the plan in 2013. “Maoists were keeping a watch on the movement of security forces on the Dumka-Pakur border. They had intelligence inputs that forces were likely to travel by the road in the afternoon following which an ambush was laid. The rebels sent a man in the area who would signal them if the patrol van was spotted,” the document said. The document explains that the signal man saw two vehicles occupied by cops (SP and his bodyguards) and signalled to the Maoists. The rebels on the ground did not know that they had killed the SP before someone identified that one of the slain cops was the Pakur SP. Though the incident is marked as a big achievement in the Maoists’ book, Vivekji’s documents is critical of the ambush team’s inability to spot the right vehicle. The document also highly appreciates the role of the signal man.

2 Naxals held in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Two Naxals were arrested today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. They were identified as Jaisingh Dugga (32) and Ramuram Darro (39), both lower-rung members of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), a police official said. A team of local police was carrying out a combing operation in the interiors of Antagarh, around 300 km from the state capital, when they spotted the duo in Tekapani area. The two were allegedly involved in torching of vehicles engaged in construction work on Antagarh-Koyalibeda route in 2011.

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