8 Maoists, Including 5 Women, Killed In Chhattisgarh-Telangana Joint Op
RAIPUR: Eight Maoists, including five women, were killed in a gun-battle this morning on the border between Chhattisgarh and Telangana. A local Maoist commander is among those killed, say the police. Officials said the Telangana and Chhattisgarh police launched a joint operation after learning that notorious Maoist leader Hari Kishan was hiding in the forests in the Khammam region. Sources say the Greyhounds, an elite anti-Maoist force set up by Andhra Pradesh, led the operation. Chhattisgarh has sent choppers to the site. Weapons including AK-47 rifles and explosives have been found along with the bodies of the Maoists, say police sources.
..Eight bodies were recovered and police were looking for other rebels who belong to the Communist Party of India (Maoist), he said. Among those killed was a leader of the party, identified by police as Hari Bhushan, from Telangana…
Venkatapuram Area Committee secretary Veeraiah aka Lachanna were among the deceased. It is suspected that Telangana Maoist party secretary Haribhushan aka Narayana is also among the deceased.
Bastar villagers forced to surrender as Maoists: rebel leader
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has said that “goons and anti-social elements” are creating havoc in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh in the name of anti-Maoist operations. A recent press statement issued by Mohan, the new secretary of south Bastar divisional committee of the CPI (Maoist), also claimed that the recent attacks on human rights activists and journalists in Bastar were orchestrated at the behest of right-wing groups.
“The atrocities on Bastar tribals are at their peak due to the BJP government’s policy to loot minerals and land of Bastar tribals. It is all a part of a bigger conspiracy to render the indigenous Tribals landless. Tribal women are being gang-raped. There is no such thing as administration in Sukma, Dantewada and Bijapur district of Bastar,” said the statement said from Mohan, who has reportedly replaced senior leader Ganesh Uike as the secretary of South Bastar divisional committee of the Maoists. “Innocent civilians are being killed and branded as Maoists and propaganda is being carried out in the media. Villagers from interior areas are being threatened with arrests and being made to surrender as Maoists,” he added.
The Maoist leader also claimed that the police killed an eight-year-old child in Hurra village of Bastar on February 19. While appealing to the people of Bastar to condemn the attacks on human right activists and journalists, the Maoist leader asked the government to dissolve the District Reserve Guard (DRG), a recently formed special anti-Maoist unit of Bastar police, consisting largely of local tribal youth but including some former dreaded Maoist leaders.
Jharkhand bandh for CPI (Maoist) leader Sanjay Yadev murdered by police, shuts down streets, shops and bus service.
Police arrest Maoist woman commander in Jharkhand
Giridih, Jharkhand, Mar 01 (ANI): Police arrested a Maoist woman commander in Jharkhand giving a major blow to the extremist group in the region. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Chandamuni Hansda from a bus station in Giridih district, who is wanted in murder of a senior police officer and other heinous crimes. The woman is believed to be member of core team of Maoist leader Hitesh in the Santhal-Pargana zone, which consists of six districts. Superintendent of Police, Akhilesh B Verier, called it was a big achievement for the police. Police said she was the founding member of the Maoist women’s wing in Santhal-Pargana.
Two arrests reported in Lohardaga.