Maoist posters appear in Gurabandha
Jamshedpur, March 7: Suspected Maoists put up posters against Gurabandha police station in-charge at Singhpura market on Monday. The incident took place when hundreds of villagers were in the market to purchase goods. On receiving information, police reached the market and seized the posters. In the posters written with red ink, the outlawed CPI Maoists has appealed to the villagers to evict the Gurabandha police station in-charge Kuldeep Kumar. The poster also alleged that Kumar harassed women and was against humanity.
CPI (Maoist) posters at Dantewada school.
Only 8 out of 40 killed by Bastar police were Maoists: Naxal leader
Says the rest were innocent villagers
Questioning Bastar IG SRP Kalluri’s claims of “eliminating” more than 40 Maoists in the first two months of 2016, Naxal leader Ganesh Uike said only eight of those killed belonged to his outfit. In a press statement, Uike, who is the secretary of the South Regional Committee of CPI (Maoist), claimed the Bastar police killed 40 people including seven women, in the name of anti-Maoist operations. He said, “Seventeen people were killed in Bijapur district, 12 in Sukma district, three in Dantewada, five in Kondagadon, and three in Bastar.
Out of these 40, only eight were members of our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army. Rest of them were innocent villagers.” The dreaded Maoist leader also named the “innocent farmers and villagers” allegedly killed in “fake encounters”. “They (Bastar police) killed Gota Vinod, a farmer of Sendra village in Bijapur in front of the common public. Balsingh, Kosa and Masa were killed in the same fashion in Lakhpal village of Dantewada. Kursam Dharmmanna and Vatti Rajal, both villagers of Vanjalvaya village in Sukma, were picked up by the police from their homes and shot dead. Majji Budhram, Oyam Tulasi, Oyam Moti, Oyam Munna and Madkam Pandu, met the same fate near Peddajejjur village of Bijapur. All of them were innocent villagers,” he said.
Uike also accused the security forces of indulging in “molestation and gang rapes” of tribal women, and called for south Bastar Bandh on March 12. “But Kalluri and Raman Singh government claim to have killed Maoists. Any social organization, legal groups or journalists, who are trying to expose the reality of these killings, are being targeted by the police and the administration,” said Uike.
IED blast injures five CRPF officers in Raipur’s Naxal-affected area
Raipur: Five CRPF men, including two officers, were on Friday injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal violence affected Sukma district. The incident occurred in the jungles of Banda-Konta when a patrol party of 217 battalion had set out to provide security for an under construction road between Murliguda and Banda, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. Two officers of Deputy Commandant rank — S Niwas and Prabhat Tripathi — and three other men were injured in the blast suspected to be from an improvised explosive device hidden beneath the dirt track by the Naxals, officials said.
Additional forces have been sent and the injured have been evacuated to Bhadrachalam and subsequently will be air lifted for the state capital here for medical care, they said. The team ventured out from the Murliguda paramilitary camp for patrolling at around 9 AM. When they reached just about 500 meters away from the camp, the personnel inadvertently stepped over a pressure IED connection triggering the blast, the ASP said.
THREE HARDCORE NAXALS HELD
Three hardcore Maoists carrying reward of Rs3 lakh each on their heads was arrested during an anti-insurgency operation carried out by security forces in Dantewada district of Bastar, police said on Thursday. A joint squad of District Reserve Group (DRG) and a team of local police from Barsoor police station nabbed the ultras based on intelligence inputs, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dantewada Kamlochan Kashyap informed. They were identified as Baman Podiyami (30), Mani Poyam (27) and Budhu Barsa (25), all residents of villages falling under the limits of Barsoor police station limits, he said. They were active as military platoon members in Indravati Area Committee of Abhujmad region, he said. Baman was associated with Maoist organization since 2005 and initially worked as Janmilita member and was later elevated as a member of platoon number 16 active in Mad division of the Naxals.
Prior to arrest, he was working as President of Naxal frontal organization Dandkaranya Kisan Adivasi Majdoor Sangh (DKAMS), the SP informed. According to him, Mani had also worked as the member of platoon number 16 while Budhu was a member of platoon number 17. They worked at ground level to strengthen the Maoist ideology and gather work force for Naxals.
Powerful explosives recovered in Kondagaon
Raipur, Mar 11 (PTI) A major tragedy was averted today when security forces recovered powerful explosives, including a 10-kg pipe bomb, from a dense forest pocket in the naxal-hit Kondagaon district while returning from patrolling operations. “The explosives were kept in a big empty plastic water tank which was hidden beneath earth near Totar village under Mardapal police station limits,” a senior police official told PTI. The explosives were found when security forces were returning after a combing operation they had launched from Mardapal to interior villages, around 300 kms away from the state capital, when they got a tip-off about a dump of explosives hidden between Kodenar and Totar.
They found two improvised explosives devices (IEDs) of 5kg each, a pipe bomb of 10 kg, five bundles of wire kept in a 500 litre plastic water tank placed beneath the earth, the official said, adding that a major mishap was averted following the recovery. The bombs were meant to harm security personnel during their operations in the region, he said. The explosives were immediately destroyed by a bomb disposal squad.
INDIA TOPS IED BLASTS’ GLOBAL LIST
…Naxal-affected areas reported the most number of IED blasts with 131 explosions in 2015 followed by the North-East with 72 blasts, 14 in Jammu & Kashmir and 51 in rest of the country. The figures in 2014 was 98 in Naxal-affected States, 61 in North-East, 19 in Jammu & Kashmir and 12 in other parts of the country. The Naxal-hit States accounted for 49 per cent of total IED incidents last year. West Bengal (39 blasts), Chhattisgarh 39, Jharkhand 15 and Odisha (15) were the worst affected States in 2015. However, fatalities in North-East were higher with 52 casualties (42 per cent of total casualties) as against 46 deaths in Naxal areas last year.
Patrolling Starts in Maoist-Affected Districts
Ahead of Poll Patrolling has started in the four Maoist-affected districts of West Bengal, adjacent to Odisha and Jharkhand, as a precursor to the sealing of the border days ahead of the April 4 Assembly election there, officials said. A meeting of the magistrates of the Maoist-affected districts of West and East Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura as well as those of the border districts in Jharkhand and Odisha was held at the Midnapore circuit house today to chalk out security details.
West Midnapore DM J C Meena told reporters here at the end of the meeting that the border with East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand and Mayurbhanj and Baleswr districts in Odisha would be sealed once the nomination papers for the election were filed. Meena said that the officials of the border districts in the three states would review the situation periodically. The DM said that apart from patrolling, CRPF camps would be set up to sanitize the sensitive areas. Arrangement was also being made for aerial survey of the districts to prevent anti-socials from outside West Bengal to disturb peace during election, he said.
Injured rebel held in Palamu
Daltonganj: A CPI Maoist cadre identified as Birbal Parhaiyya was arrested at Kowwal village by Naudeeha police under Palamu’s Chhaterpur sub-division on Thursday morning. DSP Chhaterpur Sanjay Kumar confirming the arrest said Birbal was undergoing treatment for severe burn injuries caused by the accidental explosion of an improvised explosive device which Birbal was handling in the past.
He added that Birbal was at Kowwal over the last one week under the watch of two other Maoists Arvind Bhuiyan and Rakesh who were financing his medical expenses. Birbal hails from village Herhunj in Latehar district.
..The militant outfit Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCP) claimed that two hand grenades found inside the complex of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal on Wednesday evening were left behind by party’s cadres as security personnel were present in the vicinity. An MCP statement said only one grenade was supposed to be planted by the cadres to target some officials of RIMS already warned by the outfit for their misdeeds.