Maoists call for bandh on Monday
Maoist spokesperson for the Telangana region Jagan condemned the encounter that took place at Bottem village in south Bastar region and called it as a fake encounter
Warangal: Maoists have called for a bandh in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Dandakarayna on March 7 in protest against the killing of nine naxals in a police encounter on March 1 in Chhattisgarh. Maoist spokesperson for the Telangana region Jagan condemned the encounter that took place at Bottem village in south Bastar region and called it as a fake encounter.
Two naxals from Warangal district had died and their last rites were held in Warangal on Friday. In a press statement distributed to media persons during the funeral of the slain Maoists, Jagan said the police caught unarmed Maoists, tortured them and killed them cruelly. Navatha and Anitha were attending nature calls while Soni, Rami and Deve were sick. They were not in a position to resist when they were killed by the police, he said. The state and central government led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Prime Minister Narendra Modi respectively have launched ‘Operation Red Hunt’ as part of third phase of ‘Operation Green Hunt’ to eliminate Maoists, he alleged.
Three CRPF men killed, 15 hurt in anti-Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh
Operation underway to retrieve injured jawans. Around 600 CRPF and police personnel pressed into service
Three CRPF commandos have been killed and over a dozen injured after multiple encounters took place between security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s worst Maoist violence-affected Sukma district. Officials said while two commandos identified as constables Linju N and Fateh Singh had succumbed to their bullet injuries yesterday, their collegaue Lakshman Singh died today.
At least 15 others, including CoBRA Comamnder P.S. Yadav and the chief of the state polices’ District Reserve Group (DRG), have been injured in the encounter which ended early today. The patrol squad that came under fire yesterday noon in the jungles of the district, has been brought to the Kistaram police station from the encounter site of Dabbanarka in Sukma early today by multiple Mi-17 helicopter sorties, they said. Inspector General (Bastar range) S. R. P. Kalluri and Sukma Superintendent of Police D. Shravan are camping at Kistaram, about 500 km from the state capital to monitor the operations, they said. The others who sustained bullet and splinter injuries include Assistant Commandant Yogendra, Sub-Inspector Rajveer Singh, Head constable Santosh, Constable Sona Ram and some men of the DRG. The encounter began when personnel of CRPF’s exclusive jungle warfare unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) had the first exchange of fire with Maoists in the jungles of Bastar area.
The CoBRA team encountered multiple ambushes and fire fights beginning 12.30 pm yesterday and while evacuating the area, heavily armed Maoists engaged them in intermittent gunfire, till late in the night. “The operation is underway to retrieve the injured jawans. Around 600 personnel (of CRPF and state force) have been pressed into service,” Chhattisgarh’s Special Director General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) D M Awasthi told PTI.
Militants attack designated camp of URF(C) in Manipur
Suspected militants attacked a designated camp of the members of the United Revolutionary Front (Chingkheinganba), which suspended operation in an agreement with the state government, at Napet Pali in Imphal East district, police said. About ten suspected militants fired from sophisticated weapons and hurled bombs during the 30-minute operation at the camp on Wednesday night, a police officer said. Although nobody was injured, property worth around Rs 1.5 lakh was damaged.
Police recovered from the spot the following morning an unexploded hand grenade along with forty empty cases, seven projectiles of AK-57, a plastic AK-57 magazine with eight rounds and three projectile of M 16, he said. Meanwhile, the Maoist Communist Party, Manipur, in a statement today claimed that it had carried out the attack.
CPI (Maoist) spokesperson on police claims of forced recruitment of children
..Talking to TOI, a Maoist ideologue, however, dismissed as government propaganda the reports that children were used as soldiers, adding that those in police custody were coerced into propagating these stories. “Government schools distribute uniforms and midday meal on paper, but most of it goes to the officers, and when we try to impart education to the children, they are branded as members of the bal dasta,” said the member, who has done much to spread education in Latehar, Palamu and Garhwa between 2005 and 2009.
High Court Rejects Re-postmortem Plea on 8 Maoists
HYDERABAD: A division bench of the High Court on Thursday rejected the plea for re-postmortem on eight Maoists-five women and three men, who were killed in an encounter in the Bottemthogu forest in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on March 1. The bench, however, directed Telangana police to hand over the bodies of the deceased to the family members after taking due acknowledgement from them and also to videograph the process and consent of the relatives be taken in writing.
A division bench comprising acting chief justice Dilip B Bhosale and justice P Naveen Rao was dealing with a petition filed by G.Laxman, president of Civil Liberties Committee, seeking declaration of the killing of eight Maoists by paramilitary forces during a joint combing operation as illegal and in violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. Petitioner’s counsel V Raghunath told the court that the bodies of the eight Maoists were kept at the Bhadrachalam government hospital whose mortuary had adequate facilities to preserve the bodies for a long time.
He urged the court to shift the bodies to Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad. On the other hand, additional advocate-general of Telangana J Ramachandra Rao said that there was no need of shifting the bodies to the city as the police had made necessary arrangements to preserve the bodies and the post-mortem had been conducted as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission. He said the police had been under pressure from the family members to hand over the bodies.
Rights panel seeks report on encounter
Odisha Human Rights Commission on Thursday sought report from Deputy Inspector General of Police (South-Western range) and Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Southern range) on the death of a Dongria Kandh tribal in an encounter. Acting on separate petitions filed by Prabir Kumar Das and Biswapriya Kanungo, human rights lawyers, the OHRC directed two administrators of southern range to submit detailed reports within four weeks. According to Mr. Das, a team of BSF and DVF killed an Maoist in an encounter in a forest near Dangamatia village in Rayagada district February 27 last. “Subsequently, Drika Kadrika, claimed that his brother Monda Karika was innocent and not a Maoist,” he said.