Andhra Civil Liberties Committee Moves PIL on Chhattisgarh Encounter; Two Naxals Identified
Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) on Wednesday moved PIL on the Chattisgarh encounter in which Eight Naxals were slain near Telangana-Chhattisgarh interstate border. Two dead bodies of Naxals slain near Bhadrachalam were identified on Wednesday. Efforts to identify the remaining dead bodies is underway. The Chhattisgarhencounter turned out to be a major blow to the Maoist leadership as at least eight Naxals were slain during the operation. One of the Naxals was identified as Kothakonda Srujana alias Rago alias Navatha, 29.
A resident of Paidipalli village in Hasanparthi mandalam under Warangal District. She has been underground since 10 years. The second, Danasari Sarakka alias Anitha native of Madaguda Kothaguda mandalam Warangal District. She has been operating underground since 1 year. She is known to be a close relative of Haribushan, Secretary of Telangana State Committee. The High Court had ordered the government to preserve the dead bodies in to help file detailed reports. Police initially deduced that Haribhushan was among the Maoists. However, later hesitated to confirm his death, they said hat Lachanna was indeed killed in the gunfight. Local reports said another major Maoist leader Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar too escaped.
Hyderabad HC to hear petition on encounter death of eight Maoists
The Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday asked Telangana government to preserve the bodies of the eight Maoists who were killed by the police in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh yesterday as a human rights organisation has moved the court alleging that the encounter was fake. Advocate V Raghunath, the lawyer of Telangana Civil Liberties Committee, orally mentioned the matter before a division bench headed by Chief Justice D B Bhosale and sought an order to the state to file a report. The bench asked him to file a proper petition, scheduling a hearing tomorrow. It also asked the state government to preserve the bodies. Eight Maoists, five of them women, were killed in an encounter with Greyhounds, the anti-Naxal force of Telangana police, in a forest in Sukma district yesterday. The area is close to Telangana’s Khammam district.
Combing operation Naxalite, two couriers held, tapancha seized
A naxalite, Prakash alias Dharmanna, and two couriers – Ramanna and Somaraju – were arrested during combing operation in the Buttaigudem forests in West Godavari district on Tuesday. A native of Y. Ramavaram village in Rampachodavaram division of East Godavari district, Dharmanna was a dalam member and was operating in Khammam, East and West Godavari districts, said West Godavari district Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhaskar Bhushan. The combing party seized a tapancha and party literature from the arrested persons. The two couriers belong to Buttaigudem and they would be produced in court on Wednesday, the SP said.
Senior woman Maoist cadre held in Giridih
Dhanbad: Her plan to regroup old comrades led a woman cadre of the CPI(Maoist), who was part of the ambush team that killed Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar, to the police net on Monday night even before she could reach Giridih for her mission, police said. The police identified the woman as 42-year-old Maoist commander Chandmuni Hansda, a resident of Chilga village under Pirtand police station. Hansda has been an member of the Maoists’ armed squad for more than 16 years.She held the post of secretary of the Nari Mukti Sangh (NMS), the womens wing of the CPI (Maoists), Santhal Paragana. Hansda was sent to jail on Tuesday.
Hansda, who was arrested from near Giridih bus stand on Monday night, is the wife of Maoist leader Sitaram Murmu alias Nandlal Mumru alias Vijay Da, who is the Jharkhand Special Area Committee member, Eastern and North-eastern Bihar region, and the Zonal Commander of Santhal Pargana. “She was mainly involved in four big incidents, including the brutal attack on the police van in which the then Pakur superintendent of police, Amarjit Balihar, was killed in 2013,” said Giridih SP AB Verrior, adding that Hansda was sent to Dumka as most of the cases against her was lodged in different police stations of the district. “The sudden downfall of the Maoists outfit specially after the death of Maoist leader, Chirag Da, had prompted the central committee to find a strong substitute so that they could stablise the organization and , some of the commanders were given different responsibilities. Hasda’s presence in Giridih town was part of her assignment given by senior Maoists leaders”, a senior police officer told the TOI on condition of anonymity.
Maoists come out in support of JNUSU president, want ‘innocent’ Kanhaiya freed
The Maoists have come out in support of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was recently arrested on sedition charges in connection with an event held at the varsity to commemorate the death of Afzal Guru. In a press statement released by the western sub-zonal bureau of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the organisation demanded the release of “innocent” Kumar. The release, which police sources claimed had first been circulated among the locals of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district before being apprehended by the police, also went on to criticise the Narendra Modi government.
“If it is sedition to take the name of Afzal Guru, the heartbeats of the 124 crore Indians will also be seditious,” the release stated. Kanhaiya’s arrest has been called a conspiracy by the “orthodox Hindu Fascists”. The release claimed that Kumar’s arrest was an attack on “progressive, secular and pro-people thinking and ideologies”. “The eroding image of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Akhil Vidyarthi Parishad could not be digested by the blind nationalist forces which is why they Kanhaiya Kumar was targeted in a planned manner and was sent to jail on false charges of sedition,” the statement read. The banned Maoist outfit called for “an end to the anti-democratic Brahmanical Hinduism of the Modi government” and demanded that “people not be forced to become Hindus”, apart from deprecating the “saffronisation of the society” and the “communalisation: of the country. The Delhi High Court would be pronouncing a decision in the matter relating to the bail plea of Kumar on Wednesday. Justice Pratibha Rani had reserved the order on Monday. The Delhi Police had opposed Kumar’s bail plea, but the Delhi government had been in favour of bail being granted to the student leader.
Agency cops urge govt for posting to plain areas
Visakhapatnam: Policemen posted in the Maoist-infested areas have urged the state government to intervene and give them postings to urban areas at the earliest. They said that being under continuous pressure and threat to life is taking a toll on their mental well-being let alone the difficulty in getting brides. Even top police officials have been urging the state government to extend their jurisdiction in the plains so that they can accommodate some of the personnel, who have been serving in the Agency areas for more than five years, sources said.
Visakha Agency has 11 mandals with a population of around 6 lakh and most of them are infested with naxals. Working in the Agency areas is a challenging task for any officer as these places have a lack of proper transportation, medical facilities and not to mention continuous Maoist movement posing a threat to their lives, a senior officer involved in anti-naxal operations told TOI. According to sources, Visakha rural has 43 police stations with over 2,500 personnel, including armed reserve and other special forces apart from civil police. Of these, 17 stations are in Maoist-infested areas and house around 700 personnel.
Jharkhand: Villagers up in arms against govt over emerald mining lease
Villagers of Gurabandha block in East Singhbhum district have opposed the government’s move to give emerald-mining lease to outsiders. They held a protest meet at Kurian village, a Maoist stronghold, with traditional weapons on Sunday under the banner of ‘Jal, Jangal, Jamin Suraksha Samiti’ (Water, land and forest protection committee). Police said Maoists were instigating villagers against mining lease to stop officials from coming to the area and keep the funds flow from illegal mining intact.
A report from the police’s special branch estimated that proceeds from the emerald mining are adding Rs 25 lakh to Rs 35 lakh to the coffers of the Maoists every month. “Maoists do not want government’s intervention in the area as it is a core forest area. Maoists feel they would lose villagers’ support so they are instigating them to oppose any move to hand over the mines to other parties,” said a police official. The state mining and geological department has completed a survey on the feasibility of emerald mining in Gurabandha, about 60km from Jamshedpur and bordering Odisha. “The area is having a rich deposit of emerald,” said a survey team member. District mining officer Sanjeev Mandal said, “The lease process for emerald mining for Gurabandha will start in March-April 2016.”
Encounter Fake, Allege Dongria Kondhs
RAYAGADA: Dongria Kondhs under the banner of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti (NSS) on Tuesday said the person killed in an encounter on February 27 was not a Maoist as claimed by the police but a tribal youth. Convenor of NSS Ladda Sikaka claimed that the victim was a Dongria Kondh. From the photo published in different media, he identified the youth as Manda Kadraka (21) of Dangamati village under Kalyansinghpur police limits. The police had not allowed the tribals to see the face of the deceased on the day of the incident, he alleged. Sikaka, who chaired a meeting attended by over 100 Dongria Kondhs, told mediapersons that on the fateful day, Manda and his friend Dambu Karsika had gone to the jungle to collect ‘salapha’ (local liquor) at around 4 am as their three-day ‘Ghati Parba’ festival was going on in Niyamgiri hills. Karsika fled on hearing the gunfire.
“The encounter shown by police was a fabricated one,” said Manda’s brother Drika Kadraka at the meeting. When the police were taking the body after the encounter, the villagers of Dangamati demanded to see its face but police did not allow them, said Sikaka. NSS demanded the body to be handed over to Kadraka family at Parshali village under Kalyansinghpur police limits and ex gratia of `50 lakh. They also demanded action against the police involved in the fake encounter. They have threatened to resort to road block and gherao police station if their demands go unheard. NSS youth president Sambu Huika was present at the meeting. Meanwhile, police are yet to identify the body of the man killed in the February 27 encounter.
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