Naxals are down but not out in Telangana
The killing of two women Naxalites from Warangal — Anitha and Navatha — on Telangana and Chhattisgarh border on Tuesday amply proves that the armed naxal movement had come down drastically compared to past but it was not out completely as being claimed by the police and the State government. According to intelligence sources, as many as 36 persons in the district joined the Maoist party since the separate Telangana was formed. The promise of more jobs and more social justice does not seem to hold promise to the youth who were being attracted to the extremist ideology. For quite some time as the TRS party sympathized with the naxals, that too appears to have emboldened some youth to join the armed squads.
A senior officer in the police department said though there was no movement of armed squads movements unlike in the past, there appears to be more naxals around. “There has been a banner by the naxals on Kakatiya University campus where a condolence meeting of slain naxal Vivek was held. There were naxal posters in Parkal and Bhupalpalli threatening Speaker and Minister A Chandulal,” he pointed out. The police dismissed the posters as being the work of miscreants. However they were on tenterhooks to find out persons behind them. The killing a few months ago of Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy who also hailed from Warangal had sent a strong signal to the armed groups that the TRS government should not take it lightly the movement of armed groups in the State.
Both of them joined the Maoist party after the formation of Telangana State. Even Navatha and Anitha too joined the party very recently. According to police records, there were about 70 persons from the district working in the Maoist party at various places, mostly in Chhattisgarh state which is considered to be safe haven for now. “Before the Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy encounter, there were some attempts by the Maoist party to gain some ground in Warangal again. But it was thwarted successfully,” a senior officer said. What was bogging down the police and the government was why still youth mostly educated getting attracted to the armed movement and the growing number of sympathizers to the movement. It had become difficult for the police to identify the sympathizers in rural part despite their best efforts.
Trains not running in Jagdalpur area due to fear of CPI (Maoist) sabotage for International Working Women’s Day.
2 Maoists held in Belaganj
Raids were conducted on the basis of inputs received by the SSP about the Maoists’ hideouts in the Belaganj police station area. Gaya: The district police nabbed two hardcore Maoists from the Belaganj police station area on Friday and recovered two countrymade weapons and live cartridges from their possession. “The arrested men, identified as Munarik Yadav and Chandradip Yadav, hail from the Makhdumpur police station area of the neighbouring Jahanabad district. “Munarik and Chandradip are members of Pradiyuman Sharma’s Maoist squad,” added Malik.Sources said the arrested Reds provided valuable information which would help the district police in their ongoing drive against the Maoists. The duo has been charged with extorting money from local brick kiln owners,” said Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Garima Malik.
Niyamgiri tribals to intensify protest
Peeved over Naveen Patnaik Government’s fresh bid for bauxite mining in Niyamgiri hills to ensure raw material supply to Vedanta’s alumina refinery in Kalahandi district, the activists of Niyamgiri Surakshya Samiti have decided to approach the Governor of Odisha to reiterate their opposition to mining in the hills which they consider sacred. A delegation of the Dongaria Kondhs under the banner of the Surakshya Samiti will shortly meet Governor S.C. Jamir to apprise him of their protest. Subsequently, the agitated tribals will further intensify and strengthen their opposition to the proposal of mining in Niyamgiri. A two-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Friday observed that the plea of Odisha Mining Corporation seeking a direction for re-conduct of gram sabhas for mining in Niyamgiri be referred to a three-judge Bench of the court for consideration.
It may be recalled that on April 18, 2013, a two-member Bench of the apex court, while disposing of a petition by OMC, had concluded that it is the gram sabhas/village councils will take a final decision whether mining would affect their religious, cultural and other rights or not as per the Forest Rights Act, 2006. The gram sabhas were held in 12 villages in Niyamgiri region in 2013 as per the orders of the Supreme Court and all the gram sabhas had rejected the mining proposal. “There was no need for the State government to approach the Supreme Court. They should have approached the gram sabhas which are supreme even in the view of the Supreme Court,” said Lingaraj Azad, advisor of the Surakshya Samiti on Saturday.
Mr. Azad said the delegation of tribals from the Niyamgiri hills spread over Kalahandi and Rayagada districts will also inform Mr. Jamir about the alleged police repression by way branding innocent tribal people as suspected Maoists and killing them down. Monda Kadrika, a local youth, was killed in Kalyansinghpur police station area in Rayagada on February 27. The police had claimed that Kadrika was killed during an exchange of fire between Maoists and security forces, while his family members and villagers said that the 20-year-old youth was falsely implicated as a Maoist. The victim youth’s bother lodged a complaint with Kalyansinghpur police on Friday alleging that Kadrika was killed in a fake encounter. The Odisha Human Rights Commission has also sought report after human rights activists approached it seeking a thorough enquiry into the incident. Criticising the State government’s move on Friday, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan had demanded that the government should withdraw its petition seeking orders for mining in Niyamgiri.
Maoist arrested in Chhattisgarh
A Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre was arrested from a village in Sukma District on March 5, reports PTI. Sodhi Masa was arrested by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Force from his native village Etalpara Korra under Gadiras Police Station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh told PTI. Acting on specific inputs, Security Forces (SFs) had raided the village, located around 450 kilometres away from Raipur. After encircling the village, they arrested him, the ASP said. Masa was allegedly involved in several incidents of crime including damaging roads on Sukma-Dantewada route and putting up Maoist posters and banners, the officer added.
Chhattisgarh: Maoists Trigger Landmine Blast In Narayanpur, Kill 2 Labourers
RAIPUR: Two labourers were killed today when Maoists triggered a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said. The incident took place at around 9:30 am at Amdai Ghati (valley) under Chhote Dongar police station limits, district superintendent of police Abhishek Meena told news agency PTI. Road construction and mining works are underway in Amdai region, which is around 350 kms away from the state capital. Maoists detonated a powerful IED when a joint team of district police and the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was escorting a group of labourers through the valley. It was followed by a gun-battle, lasting for about two hours, after which the Maoists fled, he said. Two labourers engaged in the road construction works died on the spot, the SP said. A security personnel also sustained minor injuries as he fell from a rock during the encounter. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the bodies were being evacuated, he said. A combing operation was launched to nab the rebels, Meena added.