Maoist guerrilla found dead in Jharkhand
Ranchi, March 5 (IANS) A Maoist guerrilla was killed by members of his rival group in Jharkhand’s Lohardagga district on Saturday, police said. According to police, the body of Maoist commander Muslim Ansari was found at Sgahighat area of the district, around 70 km from Ranchi on Saturday. The guerrilla was associated with banned group CPI-Maoist. A pistol and other incriminating documents were seized from him, the police said, adding he might have been killed by the rival Maoist group. In another incident, a youth’s beheaded body was found in Latehar district on Saturday. The youth could not be immediately identified
Maoist insurgents claim responsibility for peace camp attack
Insurgents of the Maoist Communist Party (MCP) in Manipur have claimed responsibility for the Wednesday night attack on a “designated camp” of surrendered militants in Imphal east district. Though the “designated camp” was attacked with automatic rifles, hand grenades and other lethal weapons for over 20 minutes, no inmate was injured. A “designated camp” is a place inhabited by insurgent groups that sign Suspension of Operations — or ceasefire — with the state and central governments. Under Suspension of Operations (SoO), the government forces and insurgents stop attacking each other and try to create conditions for a peace process and political settlement.
The insurgents also start to get a modest amount of stipend from the government. In Manipur, at least 18 insurgent groups have signed the SoO with the state and central governments. There are still dozens of other outfits that continue to wage guerrilla warfare against security forces (and sometimes other armed groups) in support of their demands. The attack on Wednesday took place despite the camp being located within 500 metres of a police station, a police commando camp, as well as Border Security Force (BSF) and Assam Rifles camps. The attackers were able to leave the spot without being confronted by the security forces. Police fear that other designated camps could also be attacked in future.
“The MCP will not pardon those who are defaming Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. There are reports that the inmates of the camp consume intoxicants, bully the villagers and workers nearby and extort money from the people under different names,” a spokesman of the MCP said in a statement here on Friday. The inmates of the camp denied indulging in extortion or any other objectionable activity. They said they were somehow getting by on the meagre government stipend.
The government was now planning to shift the camp to a more secure place in Bishnupur district. There is reportedly a mutual agreement among the insurgents to attack those who had come overground after signing the SoO. Many former insurgents have been attacked, abducted and even killed in the past by the guerrillas who are outside the SoO framework. The SoO signatories also have their grievances — ranging from mistreatment by the police and the meagre stipend to poor chances of finding gainful employment. Besides, the central government has not taken steps to start talks with the former insurgents. Starting peace talks with former insurgents becomes difficult when most of the insurgent outfits still refuse to sign the Suspension of Operations, officials here told IANS.
In the grip of the Reds?
HYDERABAD: Has the doomsday predictions of some pundits that the creation of Telangana will lead to a spurt in Naxalite activity and violence in the new state become a reality? The central government seems to think so and the state government has no clue. In an official release last week, the central government said that eight of the 10 districts in Telangana are Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) affected.
The districts named are Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Medak, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Warangal and Nizamabad. Only the two urban districts of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy have been excluded from the list. Incidentally, among the 106 districts declared as left-wing extremism affected, eight districts of Andhra Pradesh also figure – Anantapur, East Godavari, Guntur, Kurnool, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. “By this reckoning, 16 of the 23 districts of erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh are hit by Naxalite violence. How could this be possible?” wondered a senior police official. Incidentally, as of March 2015, only four districts of Telangana (Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal) and four in AP (East Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram) were declared Maoist-affected. In fact, six years ago, only Khammam and Vizag in united AP were declared as Naxal-hit. In December 2010, then chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had urged the Centre to include the other six districts in the list. Thus, post bifurcation, the two states had four districts apiece that were LWE-affected. “Some extremist literature was recently detected in Medak, but that cannot mean it is Naxal-hit,” said a top official.
When asked about the current scenario, Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma said as far as he is concerned, only four districts in the new state are Maoist-affected. “You are telling me something I am not aware of. I can react to the development only after I see the central communication. As far as the state is concerned, only Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam are left-wing extremism affected districts,” the DGP told TOI. The LWE division in the Union home ministry was created in October 2006 to effectively address the Naxalite insurgency in a holistic manner. This division implements security-related schemes aimed at capacity building and monitors the situation and counter-measures being taken in the LWE-affected states. As per the list of LWE-affected districts, Bihar is the worst hit, with 22 of its 38 districts declared Naxal-hit, followed by Jharkhand (21 of 24 districts). As many as 19 of 30 districts in Odisha and 16 of 27 districts in Chhattisgarh are hit by Naxalite violence.
A growing phenomenon?
Over the years, the list of Naxal-affected districts, according to the Centre, has grown Current scenario: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Medak, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Warangal and Nizamabad (Telangana); Anantapur, East Godavari, Guntur, Kurnool, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram (AP) March 2015: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal (Telangana); East Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram (AP) 6 years ago: Khammam and Vizag (united AP)
I can react to the development only after I see the central communication. As far as the state is concerned, only Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam are left-wing extremism affected districts – Anurag Sharma, Telangana DGP
A hardcore naxalite held in Bihar’s Lakhisarai dist
A hardcore naxalite has been arrested from Bariyarpur village of Piri Bazar police station of Bihar’s Lakhisarai district, police said today. Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar said the police conducted a raid yesterday following a tip-off and arrested Santosh Mandal along with a pistol and four live cartridges from Bariyarpur village of the district. The naxalite was wanted in three cases- of murder, kidnapping and the arms act- lodged with Piri Bazar police station of the district.
Bodies of six Maoists handed over to families
The bodies of the six slain Maoists, who were killed in Tuesday’s “encounter” in south Bastar region of the Chhattisgarh, were handed over to their family members and relatives in Bhadrachalam on Friday. The bodies of two more Maoists, killed in the same “encounter”, had been sent to their native places by the police after post-mortem at the mortuary in the local government area hospital on Wednesday. Police sources said that the body of G Ramesh alias Lachalu, Awami Jung Editorial Board member, of Guntur district, was handed over to a representative of Amarula Bandu Mitrula Committee as the elderly mother of the deceased could not reach Khammam from Guntur.
The grieving family members of a slain woman Maoist of Warangal district reportedly took her body to their native place later in the day. The bodies of four slain Maoists belonging to Chhattisgarh were handed over to their family members at the mortuary by the local police after video-recording the entire proceedings as per the rules, police sources added.
1 company of CRPF arrives in Jhargram
One company of CRPF arrived in Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore district today ahead of the first phase of West Bengal assembly polls early next month. SP Sukhendu Hira said the paramilitary personnel were part of the four companies of security forces to be deployed in Gopiballavpur, Jhargram, Binpur and Sankrail areas of the sub-division. The company came ahead of the scheduled date of March seven with the rest three slated to arrive in next two days, the SP said. This was in addition with the CRPF personnel already deployed in certain erstwhile Maoist-affected pockets since 2009.
Security forces close in on Red leader
Gumla: A large contingent of security forces rushed to Maoist-hit Kasmar region under the Bishunpur police station area, around 68km from the district headquarters following reports about the rebels taking the residents of Jamti village here hostage. Led by SP Bhimsen Tuti, the contingent comprising the district police and CRPF, has been camping here for last three days. A hunt is on to nab Maoist leader Nakul Yadav, who has allegedly revived rebel activities in the region comprising Ghaghra and Nirasi panchayats.
But he is learnt to be mainly moving in Katiya, Kumari, Jamti and Banalat villages. A CRPF official said, ‘We have intel about Nakul camping in the area.”. After the recent killing of Atimji alias Mantriji alias Sanjay Yadav, zonal commander of Simdega subzone in Palkot, DGP D K Pandey during his visit to Gumla had asked the forces to set Yadav as their next target.
‘Police killed two innocent Girijans’
The two Girijans killed by the police in the Puttakota area in Koyyuru mandal on the border with East Godavari district on February 21, were Girijans from Odisha who had gone to that area for hunting, CPI (Maoist)’s Peda Bayalu area committee secretary Manganna said. In a press note sent to reporters in the Agency area on Thursday, Manganna alleged that the police had killed innocent Girijans and in the past. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen visited Paderu and Roodakota, an area where the Maoists have influence and also where a police outpost is expected to come up.