My face today is the face of Bastar’s fight: Soni Sori
New Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) Tribal rights activist Soni Sori, who was attacked with an acid-like chemical in Chhattisgarh last month, today said the condition of her face is reflective of the fight in naxal-hit Bastar area. “My face today is the face of the fight in Bastar, the condition is the same. I was also jailed in a fake case of being associated with naxalites, the same way he (Kanhaiya) has been framed for his so called terrorist links. I am glad that JNU has started this massive movement which helped in getting bail for Kanhaiya,” Sori said while addressing JNU students.
Sori, was introduced by Kanhaiya to the audience at the varsity’s administration block, which has been the venue of protest ever since the students union president was arrested in a sedition case over an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. “Government will not say anything when women are raped by policemen but in this case they applied all their tactics but could not find a single evidence against Kanhaiya. But JNU students have always expressed solidarity with my fight since 2011,” she added. Sori, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on an AAP ticket, was brought to the capital by the party and taken to the hospital as the local doctors were “unable” to identify the chemical and treat her.
Maoists kill a trader in A.P.
A group of Maoists has reportedly killed husband of a former MPTC of G.K. Veedhi who was doing seasonal business, near Kumkumpudi in G.K. Veedhi mandal on Sunday night. According to reporters reaching here, the Maoists, after killing the trader Mukkali Gundu Rao by slitting open his neck, left a note saying that he had associated himself with the anti-naxal wing of the district police and passing on information about the party. Gundu Rao was warned in the past not to continue his activities but he did not take notice, the note said. Gundu Rao, husband of Chandrakala – an MPTC from 2006 to 2010, was presently engaged in supplying tiles in construction activity.
On Sunday night while he was coming back to G.K. Veedhi from Pedapadu village on a two-wheeler along with his younger brother Ramana, a person forced him to stop near Kumkumpudi. After making Gundu Rao identify himself, the unidentified person sent Ramana to G.K. Veedhi and took Gundu Rao to a nearby place where four or five others were waiting. They allegedly killed Gundu Rao by slitting his neck and left a note. The G.K. Veedhi police has registered a case.
Chhattisgarh: Chase of top Maoist leaders led to Sukma encounter
The encounter in Sukma last week, in which the CRPF’s COBRA Battalion 208 lost three personnel, was part of a planned security operation following information received about the movement senior Maoist cadres such as Ramanna, secretary of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, his wife Savitri, and Hidma, commander of PLGA Battalion 1. The operation, which lasted over a day, also left 13 CRPF men injured. According to senior officers involved in it, there were at least 15 Maoist casualties but they could not recover the bodies given the heavy fire.
The operation was based on information that PLGA Battalion 1, commandeered by Hidma, had shifted base to Tondamarka and Bade Kedwal. On February 27, there was additional information that Ramanna and Savitri would be camping near Tondamarka from March 2. “After a lull of three months, we had credible information about Hidma. Teams were mobilised on February 27, and the plan was to hit Ramanna at Dabbamarka on March 3, and Hidma at Bade Kedwal on March 4, as there was information that Ramanna was moving in that direction,” a senior CRPF official said. The team had 159 COBRA personnel, with 30 members of the state police DRG accompanying them.
On March 3, while the team was stationed in Dabbamarka, a sentry saw Maoist movement at 10.30 am, a senior officer said. Half an hour later, more movement was spotted and sub-inspector Rajveer Singh, designated to check movements, was shot in the chest. “Since his condition was serious, it was decided to evacuate him to Kishtaram, the nearest camp, 14 km away. The movement started, with Maoists on our tail. When we reached Potakpalli, the Maoists fired from huts, and one of our men was injured.”
As they moved towards Kishtaram, there was an ambush 700 metres away. “There was heavy gunfire, and our injured were put in a nala towards the left flank. Subsequently, led by Commandant P S Yadav, himself shot in the foot, COBRA teams began attacking the right flank, forcing the Maoists back. In the attempt to recover their bodies, Fateh Singh was shot at. When Leju N S attempted to drag the body of Singh back, he too was shot at. Yadav then told his team to let the bodies be. As night fell, we realised the team was on higher ground so they dug in, but the number of injured meant reinforcements had to be sent in. While the Maoists retreated, a UAV monitored their movements,” an officer said.
Maoist call for Mar 15 Rayagada bandh over Dangamatia encounter case in Odisha
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Rayagada, Mar 7: A Nayamgiri based Maoist group has called for a bandh in five blocks of Rayagada district in Odisha on March 15 to protest the alleged fake encounter of Dongria Khond youth Monda Kadrika in Dangamatia by the security forces on February 27. Niyamgiri Area Commitee, secretary Sukhdev said, on Sunday, that February 27 was the last day of the adivasi ghati festival in the Niyamgiri jungles. Police had killed Monda to create fear and panic among the tribals, he has alleged. He added that on March 15 the Maoists have called for a strike in five blocks, namely, Rayagada, Kalyansingpur, Bishamcuttack, Muniguda, and Lanjigarh in Kahahandi district to protest the killing .
They are demanding Rs 50 lakh compensation to the aggrieved family. The security forces on February 27 had claimed that a suspected Maoist, Monda Kadrika (20), was killed in an encounter in the Dangamatia forests. Notably, Monda Kadrika, brother had filed a murder complaint against the security forces in the Kalyansinghpur police station in Odisha’s Rayagarh district on March 5. Meanwhile, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) acting Chairman Justice BK Mishra, on March 4, has directed the Southern Division RDC and the South-West Range DIG to inquire and report separately to it on the allegations of fake encounter of Monda within four weeks. The commission has adjourned the matter to April 26.
Armed Maoists torch earthmover in Aurangabad village
Aurangabad: A group of suspected armed Maoists set ablaze an earthmover on Saturday night close to Manjouli village under Pauthu police station, around 30 km away from the district headquarters. Police sources said the equipment was set ablaze as the owner declined to pay levy to the rebel outfit. On getting information, local police rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. Village sources said a group of 25-30 armed Maoists reached the construction site and thrashed the driver and later set it ablaze.
The equipment was brought for construction of bridge close to Manjhouli. The Maoists retreated from the place raising slogans. Aurangabad SP Babu Ram said those involved in the incident would be arrested soon. “The SHOs of adjoining areas have been asked to keep a strict vigil on activities of the Maoists and their movement,” said the SP. Meanwhile, an anti-Maoist drive has been intensified in the district. The district armed police (DAP) in association with central armed police force are carrying out the operation in Maoist-dominated villages. It may be mentioned here that Maoists have torched about dozen vehicles in the district in last three years engaged in various construction works in the district.
AP Cops Close Encounter Case With ‘Benefit of Doubt’
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the Odisha police making it clear that there were no clues or evidence to establish links between Maoists and the two tribals, who died in an encounter near Koyyuru in the agency area recently, the Andhra Pradesh police closed the case temporarily with ‘benefit of doubt.’ However, the people’s organisation expressed their anger against the AP police and demanded a judicial probe into the incident. The slain tribals have been identified as Ganga Malkani and Ganga Pudian of Balghati village in Korukonda block of Malkangiri district in Odisha.
The two suspected Maoists were killed by Greyhounds and special party police near Valakapudi village in Puttakonda dense forest of Koyyuru mandal in the Vizag agency on February 22. After the encounter, the Andhra police announced that two Maoists died in the encounter. The bodies were shifted to Narsipatnam government hospital for post-mortem. Controversy surrounded the encounter theory as the Maoists did not claim the bodies of the two decesed. The police kept the bodies and requested the Malkangiri SP to identify the bodies.
Border patrol soon to check Red threat
Jamshedpur: Kolhan police, along with the CRPF, plans to tighten security along the border connecting East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts with West Mindapore and Purulia, ahead of the West Bengal assembly election in April. The security operation will likely start from March 15. The plan to increase patrolling along the border areas is to check Maoist activity in police station areas of Jharkhand proximate to Bengal. Baharagora, Chakuliya Patamda, Bodam in East Singhbhum and Ichagarh, Chandil, Nimdih in adjoining Seraikela district share a border with Midnapore and Purulia districts. SSP Anoop T Mathew said security will be intensified in areas along the Bengal border.
“We have received inputs from Bengal police and will organize security operations accordingly. Increased patrolling and inspection at border check points will help monitor illicit liquor and arms trade,” said Mathew. Intelligence inputs have revealed that Maoist squads active along the East Singhbhum border area enter Bengal when they instructed by senior leaders of the Bengal-Jharkhand regional committee of CPI (Maoist).
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