3 can-bombs recovered in Jharkhand
Khunti (Jharkhand), Mar 16: Security personnel today recovered three can-bombs from Bokod village under Rania police station in naxal-hit Khunti district. The bombs were found hidden in a road side ditch, Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta said. The recovery was made during a search operation launched jointly by CRPF and district armed police force in the naxal-affected areas. Gupta said the explosives, weighing 20 kgs each, have been defused by the bomb disposal squad. PTI
Maoists visit Ranchi to collect levy, arrested
RANCHI: A short distance away from chief minister Raghubar Das’s official residence two Maoists were arrested on Wednesday evening after they moved around the town unarmed in a car and received Rs 17 lakh extortion from an unknown businessman. Inside the seized car new clothes, two American Tourister backpacks, a pair of shoes, over five kilogram dry fruits and snacks bought from a popular confectionery city shop were recovered, taking the police with surprise.
It is unknown if the extremists window-shopped or someone else did in on their behalf. The Maoists – Devendra Kujur, 32, and Bhawani Oraon, 25 – were working for Bihar Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh special area committee member Vinay alias Bada Vikas alias Balkeshwar Oraon, a most wanted Maoist with Rs 15 lakh bounty. “We verified their background and found they have been working as levy collectors for Bada Vikas for a couple of years.
They worked in the core domain of the Maoists. They would be called Maoists, not Maoist sympathizers,” SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi, who said at a press conference on Thursday. The car, registered in Ranchi, was also seized. The person who handed over the bundle of cash to the Maoists was unknown to them. “We were told by Bada Vikas a man will appear near Rock Garden and deliver a bundle of cash. It happened according to what Bada Vikas had designed. We do not know the businessman,” police quoted the Maoists. SSP Dwivedi said the dry fruits might be meant for some Maoist leader who is not keeping well. According to a police officer the Maoists took Ratu road to enter the capital. Passing through the heart of the town – where they reportedly also did shopping – they reached Kanke road where Rock Garden is situated. They waited for the unknown man to appear and deliver the promised bundle of cash.
A source said a SUV appeared instead of the unknown man to the waiting Maoists. The SUV slowed down when it passed by the waiting Maoists car and then sped away. “After the SUV sped away, the small car started to move. We suspected something was wrong and stopped the small car for a check. The Maoists were inside it,” a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.
Maoists Use Niyamgiri to Corner State Govt
SAMBALPUR: Worried over largescale desertion and fast depleting cadres, the Maoists are desperate to strengthen their base and undertake largescale recruitment by resorting to their old arsenal of ‘psychological warfare’. The filing of an interlocutory application in the Supreme Court, seeking fresh ‘Palli Sabhas’ to reconsider mining of bauxite from Niyamgiri Hill through Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the killing of Manda Kadraka by security forces during combing operation in an encounter in the Niyamgiri Hills on February 27, have come as a shot in the arm for the Maoist operating in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts. The fact that the security forces have acknowledged the presence of Sukhdev alias Bunty in the encounter, speaks about the motive of the Maoists.
The Left Wing Extremists (LWE), who already have a large congregation in Telen Reserve Forest in Madanpur Rampur block of Kalahandi despite encounters, are in no mood to relent and keep the issue of Niyamgiri on the boil. Their strategy is aimed at isolating the State Government and the bandh call in five blocks of Kalahandi and Rayagada blocks reestablishes the fact. In fact, ever since Supreme Court turned down the proposal for bauxite mining from Niyamgiri Hills and Dongria Kondhs rejected it in the 12 Palli Sabhas, the State Government has been looking for options to provide bauxite to aluminium based industries in the State. With uncertainty looming large over the fate of Posco and Mittal Arcelor walking out of Odisha, the State Government is desperate to save its image as investment destination. Industries like Vedanta Limited already feeling the heat in the absence of bauxite and iron industries facing acute shortage of raw material, Niyamgiri and Gandhamardan have remained the last hope for the State Government to mine bauxite.
With mass movement forcing Balco out of Gandhamardan in early 80’s, the State Government is not daring to touch Gandhamardan even as it is testing waters in Niyamgiri. But the timing of the proposal went against the State Government as it failed to visualise the assembly of the Dongria Kondhs, Jharania Kondhs and Kutia Kondhs for Niyam Raja Parab, the presiding deity atop the Niyamgiri hills. With villagers getting caught in the crossfire between Maoists and security forces, it has united the Kondhs against the State Government sealing all the chances of any rapprochement. This has forced the State Government on the back-foot, giving the Maoists the much needed fillip.