‘Maoists’ visit tribal colony in Nilambur
Malappuram: It seems the Maoist groups are successfully scaling up their activities in Pattakkarimbu tribal region under the Nilambur south forest division and they have managed to influence a section of the tribal people there.
An armed group of suspected Maoists visited the tribal colony on Tuesday night and convened a meeting of the colony natives in which the group urged the people to boycott upcoming assembly election and to launch protest against the recent death of a woman of the colony. It was around 7pm that the team of 10 persons including three women came to colony raising slogans against government and police. Before the meeting they laid an iron chain across the walkway to the colony to prevent colony natives from going outside. The team left the colony after spending more than an hour there, collecting rice and groceries from colony natives.
Police have already identified that Maoist leaders Soman, Sundari, Sreemathi and Asha were among the gang. The anti-naxal squad is suspecting that the gang is still camping somewhere near the colony, as natives reported the sighting of gang members on Wednesday morning and afternoon. Thunderbolts and police have already launched a joint search operation for the gang.
Police have got a clue that there were more than twenty members in the armed gang who visited the colony on Tuesday night and a batch of members of the gang were hiding near the colony when the other group was interacting with the residents. Police suspect those members of the group who were hiding were ready to counter any possible attack from the part of the police. But the gang managed to successfully complete the meeting before police team arrived at the spot.
Police believe that the gang organized the meeting with complete support from the part of a section of the colony people who recently opposed various police initiatives to counter Maoist threat in the region.
According to a source in the anti-naxal squad of the police, the squad is closely observing the situation in the colony as the suspected group is scaling up their activities among the people there. “We suspect clear support from the part of colony natives, and believe that the gang is still camping near the colony. The search will continue with the support of Thunderbolts,” he said.
Meanwhile the Committee Against Military Oppression held public meetings in different parts of the district on Wednesday. They are demanding to withdraw Thunderbolt forces from tribal areas.
Maoist ‘injured’ in encounter with SOG
Berhampur: A Maoist is suspected to have sustained bullet injuries following an exchange of fire between Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel at Pokharibandh reserve forest in Kandhamal district on Wednesday.
“Our jawans found bloodstains in the forest after the ultras escaped from the spot,” said SP (Kandhamal) K V Singh. No SOG personnel was injured in the exchange of fire. Details will be known only after the jawans return from the spot, he added.
This is the second gunbattle between security forces and Maoist in the last three days in the area. On Monday, there was heavy exchange of fire between them at Ladapadara forest, which is less than 10 km from the fresh encounter spot. Anti-Maoist operation has been intensified in the area after Monday’s incident suspecting the presence of ultras.
Indian Express on paramilitary deployment for WB Assembly Elections
..Rahul is expected to address two meetings each in Burdwan and Bankura districts. Security arrangements were reviewed on Wednesday as Bankura was once a Maoist stronghold and has borders with Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, intelligence reports have warned of possible Maoists attacks from neighbouring Jharkhand prompting the Election Commission to make unprecedented security arrangements to ensure peaceful polling. The first phase of polling in 18 Assembly constituencies in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts is scheduled on April 4.In the entire area, Central paramilitary forces deployed for elections could be seen conducting route marches in towns and on the highways but not a single vehicle or van carrying joint security forces could be seen in remote areas.
The Election Commission is deploying around 12,000 central paramilitary forces which have already started route marches in the Assembly constituencies. All the 4,945 polling locations will be guarded by these forces…
Man shot at by Reds
Garhwa: A CPI (Maoist) area commander and his associate thrashed and shot at the primary agriculture co-operative society (PACS) president of Beta panchayat of Chinia block on Tuesday night after the latter denied them levy.
Banwari Prasad (40) was beaten and shot by CPI (Maoist) area commander Bhanu Singh and Chhotu Korwa alias Mister.
Banwari is currently undergoing treatment at Garhwa sadar hospital. “The rebel and his associate approached me on a motorcycle when I was near his house at Palhe village. They asked me why I did not pay levy to them. I told them I had no money to pay the amount. They thrashed me with sticks and fired a shot at me,” said Banwari.
The bullet hit Banwari’s left hand finger. The rebels threatened to kill him if he did not meet their levy demand soon.
Garhwa police station officer in-charge told TOI that raids are on to arrest the Maoists. Garhwa SP Priyadarshi Alok was not present at headquarters to comment on the incident.