People’s War in India Clippings 13/3/2016


53 executed by naxal ‘kangaroo courts’ in 3 years

Fifty three people were executed by Maoists after ‘kangaroo courts’ found them ‘guilty’ in the five worst naxal-hit states of the country in the last three years. According to Home Ministry statistics, 18 people were killed following the directives of ‘kangaroo courts’ or ‘Jan Adalats’ in 2015 for being alleged police informers or “for not believing in Maoist ideology“. During 2015, 41 ‘Jan Adalats’ were held by naxal cadres in five Left Wing Extremism affected states —— Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (14), Jharkhand (14) and Odisha (6).

Altogether 15 people were executed in 2014 following orders of 54 ‘Jan Adalats’ and 20 people were killed in 2013 under the directives of 63 ‘Jan Adalats’ “To create terror among civilians in the LWE affected areas, the Maoist cadres, in their ‘Kangaroo Courts’, also called ‘Jan Adalat’, or ‘Praja Courts’, execute sentence against the civilians, who do not subscribe to their ideology in the areas under their domain or labelling them as police informers,” a Home Ministry official said. In 2016, till February 15, two ‘Jan Adalats’ have been held in Chhattisgarh.

While nearly one lakh paramilitary personnel continued to be deployed in Left Wing extremism-affected areas, the 10 naxal-hit states —— Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh —— saw 226 deaths in 1,088 incidents of violence perpetrated by Maoists in 2015. In 2015, of the 226 deaths, 168 were civilians and 58 were security forces personnel. As many as 89 Maoists were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered before authorities during the year.

Naxal gunned down in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, March 13: A naxal was on Sunday, March 13 gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in Maoist-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. “The face-off between ultras and a composite squad of District Reserve Group and Special Task Force took place in the forest axis of Misiguda and Bendre villages in Jagargunda police station area,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police, Santosh Singh, said.

Suspected Maoists gun down former Sarpanch in Odisha

Koraput (Odisha), Mar 13 (PTI) Suspected Maoists gunned down a former Sarpanch of Tentuligumma panchayat under Boipariguda block in Odisha’s Koraput district today, a police officer said. The deceased has been identified as 38 year-old Gobardhan Bhumiyan of Tenguligumma under Boipariguda police station limits, the officer said. The incident took place near a forested road on NH-326 near Tanginiguda, situated at a distance of around 60 km from here when the former elected panchayat member was on way to his village on a motorcycle from Tanginiguda, the source said.

Though the modus operandi of the crime is similar to that of Maoists, no Naxal letter or poster was found near the body. Police is yet to confirm the involvement of Naxals behind the incident but they do not rule out Maoist role. “It could also be the fallout of some old enmity and the attackers might have tried to give a Maoist colour to divert police attention. Also, we can t rule out the involvement of Maoists. Details will be known once we complete our investigation,” the officer said.

Odisha police to intensify combing operations against Maoists

With Left-wing extremists (LWEs) extending their activities in the tribal-dominated Kalahandi district in the State, the Odisha Police on Saturday said it would intensify combing operation and also ensure development of certain areas. This was stated by Director General of Police K. B. Singh after reviewing the Maoist situation with Superintendents Police of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Nawarangpur districts here today. Among senior police officials Additional DG Arun Sarangi, Sunil Ray, Santosh Kumar Upadhaya, IG Intelligence D. S. Kute and DIG S. Saine also attended the review meeting.

Increased activities

Admitting that LWE activities have increased in Kalahandi and Nuapada region in the recent time, the DGP said steps are being taken to intensify combing operation and welfare activities as well in the Maoist-infested areas. Out of 13 blocks of Kalahandi, movement of Maoist cadres were witnessed in 10 blocks. However, the situation is acute in tribal pockets in Thuamul Rampur and Lanjigarh blocks, the DGP said claiming that the red radicals are gradually losing their hold over the areas due to intensified combing operation by CRP and SOG. “Maoist cadres are now defensive and desperate,” the DGP said.

Cops step up vigil to thwart Maoists’ comeback

Hyderabad: With Maoists attempting to regain their foothold in Telangana, vigil has been stepped up in border districts of Khammam (Telangana-Chhattisgarh border) and Karimnagar (Telangana-Maharashtra border), especially after last week’s encounter. With a renewed strategy of Maoists moving in groups of around 20, police are not taking any chance. In the latest encounter, which took place a few kilometres away from Khammam in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state, nearly 50 Maoists were holding a camp before an encounter with police in which eight Maoists were killed. In the last few years, Maoists were nearly wiped out from Telangana except for sporadic instances of a few naxals moving in the area.

Ever since, a separate state committee was formed for Telangana, the extremists were desperately making attempts to enter the state. In this connection, they had tried to enter the state with a reasonably large group, around 15 members, but encountered police in Karimnagar a few months back. Similarly, the group was big when an encounter took place in Warangal, in which three Maoists, including a woman, died during a gun battle. The banned outfit has been making attempts to enter the state from Chhattisgarh or Maharashtra in groups, which would give them some firepower to counter the men in khaki. However, till date, the naxals could not make any foray or regain their foothold in Telangana.

When asked about the Maoist bid to move in groups, director-general of police Anurag Sharma said, “It is true that Maoists are renewing efforts to enter the state again. Prior to the recent encounter, 14 members came into the state during an encounter with police in Karimnagar. We will stall their bid to enter the state.” The recent camp of Maoists in Chhattisgarh, close to Khammam district, was to chalk out a strategy to organize strikes or stage abductions in the state. Though the Telangana government wanted to start a regional unit of the elite Greyhounds in Warangal district, the proposal is yet to take off as the central government failed to fund the project.

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