Arrested Maoist Leader Believes in Change Only Thru Revolutions
GUNTUR: Arrested Maoist leader Bhutham Annapurna has said that she had no intention of surrendering before police and is still drawn towards revolutionary ideology.
Annapurna, who also goes by the names Padma, Aruna and Suguna, said: “As I fell sick, I came to my sister’s house five days ago to take rest. I have not yet decided about my future.” The aspirations of people would only be realised through a revolution. “I still believe that the society will witness changes only through revolutions. As we believe the same, we are fighting for the cause,” she told the media in the presence of Guntur Rural SP K Narayana Naik.
The SP produced the Maoist before the media a day after her arrest, here on Wednesday. Naik said Annapurna (44), a native of Julakallau in Piduguralla mandal, was attracted towards revolutionary literature as her brother Bhutham Mastan was an active member of Jana Natya Mandali. She used to perform in the programmes organised by the Mandali along with Gaddar and others, while pursuing Class X. Later, in 1994, she joined the Chandravanka Naxal group and married the group commander Nane Narasimha Reddy alias Ganganna. After getting involved in Maoist activities in Guntur and Prakasam districts and in Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), Dandakaranayam and Chhattishgarh areas, she was elevated as DCM cadre leader.
She was accused in several cases including murders of two police SIs and 9 constables and also some other on the pretext of police informers from 2000 to 2010. Cases are also pending against her on the charges of possessing lethal weapons. She was also carrying a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh on her head. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, after learning about her arrival, the Vinukonda police arrested her in Ravulapuram village in Bollapalli mandal and also seized some revolutionary books.
Police on High Alert after Arrest
Guntur: After the arrest of Maoist leader Bhutham Annapurna, police are on high alert and have strengthened the security. Though, police are showing the arrest at Ravulapuram in Bollapalli mandal, it was reportedly made in Tallayipalem. As the capital region is witnessing frequent visits of VIPs, it is the responsibility of police to provide necessary security to all the high-profile personnel and also to the people. Amidst this scenario, the arrest of woman Maoist leader in the capital region is a cause of concern to the police and has enhanced security. Meanwhile, the arrest of the woman Maoist has come as a shock to the villagers of Tallayipalem.
Training camp for police personnel concludes
Senior Special Task Force officers handled classes
The three-day defence training camp for police personnel on their preparedness in case of a Maoist attack that was conducted by the Special Task Force (STF) concluded with a drill in which cops tackled an unexpected Maoist intrusion into a police station at Pillur Dam, on Wednesday evening.
Two Maoists managed to cross the border and sneaked into the Pillur Dam police station during the late hours of Wednesday and started attacking the police personnel there. The panic button in the station was raised and a team of police from outside the station made the counter-attack.
Armed police personnel entered the station, nabbed the duo and seized their weapons. In the exercise that lasted less than 10 minutes, a policeman and a Maoist were injured and were given first aid. Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore District, R.V. Ramya Bharathi and other officers witnessed the drill.
Police personnel from the Naxal Special Division, IV Battalion of Tamil Nadu Special Police and from the eight police stations in the district that border Kerala and a few forest personnel took part in the programme that started on Monday. Senior STF officers, including Superintendent of Police S.V. Karuppusamy, handled classes.
They were also trained in conducting combing operation in the forest, sensing attacks, counter-insurgency, ambush and weapon handling, and handling situations at night. A senior police officer said that the training was conducted to step up the preparedness of police to handle attacks by Maoists, like the ones they have been conducting across the border in Kerala.
Naxals hold kangaroo court, order sarpanch to pay workers under MGNREGA or resign
Bhopal: Naxals allegedly held a ‘kangaroo court’ in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh where a sarpanch was asked to ensure payment of wage arrears under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
This is after a long time that Naxal activity has come to light in Balaghat district, which is close to Rajandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia of Maharashtra, both of which have rebel presence.
“Twenty Naxals including six women held an unofficial court in Pandripani jungle near Rashimetta in south Baiher on the night of 4 April,” said former Lanji MLA Kishore Samrite. The villagers complained to the Naxals that they had not received wages for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for several months. The Naxals told the woman sarpanch’s husband to make sure that payments were made within 15 days. Otherwise the sarpanch should resign, they said.
“We have got inputs that rebels held a meeting, not a kangaroo court, on 4 April,” district superintendent of police Gaurav Tiwari told PTI on Wednesday.
Naxals now a days hold such meetings for 10-15 minutes before fleeing the area, he added, while denying a report in a Hindi daily that Naxals abducted some 15 sarpanchs from south Baiher and held a kangaroo court.
As per the police’s information, Naxals asked Kuwar Singh Dhurve, husband of Navhi village sarpanch Munni Bai, to ensure payment of wages for MNREGA works within 15 days, he said. Dhurve hadn’t lodged a complaint with police, the SP said, adding the police had taken a serious note of incident.
A person who accompanied Dhurve to Pathri market on 4 April told PTI that the sarpanch’s husband was indeed asked by Naxals to expedite payment to labourers in 15 days or resign. Balaghat collector Bharat Yadav also said a sarpanch had informed him about Naxals asking to ensure payment of MNREGA dues. “Problem of delay of payments under MNREGA is being faced by some other districts of MP and others states too. There is a shortage of fund. We are making efforts to clear the dues as soon as possible,” Yadav said.
One ultra hurt in encounter with police in MP
Bhopal, Apr 7 (PTI) A naxal was injured in a gun battle between ultras and police in forest of Chhukkatola village in Balaghat district today, an official said.
“In an encounter with ultras in which around 200 rounds were fired, a rebel was injured this morning. But the naxalites didn’t leave him behind. They are carrying the injured with them,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Neeraj Soni told PTI.
The spot falls under Malanjkhand police station area, around 60 kms away from Balaghat district headquarters. “We are getting inputs from some time that a Military Dalam of Chhattisgarh has sneaked into our district. So we have ramped up security across the naxal-affected areas in our region,” the officer said.
The encounter occurred when a police party including members of Hawk Force, the anti-naxal squad of Madhya Pradesh led by Balaghat Range IG DC Sagar and SP Gaurav Tiwari, was conducting a search operation in the area when they came under fire from naxals. “Police retaliated in self-defence leading to exchange of fire that lasted for an hour,” the ASP added. He said the area was cordoned off by police and a search is on to nab the naxals. Soni said they have launched a search in the deep jungle to trace the naxals.
Maoist posters found in Rayagada
Koraput: Police on Wednesday seized Maoist posters, demanding that combing operations be stopped in Niyamgiri hills, from three places at Parsali under Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district. These were found pasted on the walls of the panchayat office, anganwadi centre and the office of Dongria Kondh Development Agency.
While one of the posters accused security forces of torturing tribals, another warned people with dire consequences if they acted as police informers. “We appeal to the locals not to help police. Those who indulge in such activities will be punished,” said a poster.
3 CoBRA jawans injured in Jharkhand blast
RANCHI: Three CoBRA jawans were injured when Maoists triggered an IED (improvised explosive device) blast on Thursday in a extremists dominated location atop Parasnath hills in Giridih district to target a contingent of security forces continuously chasing them in the hills for the last 48 hours.
ADG operations and police spokesperson S N Pradhan said jawans were hurt by splinters after the blast. “The injured were evacuated and given medical treatment. All of them are out of danger,” he said.
A source said jaw of one of the three jawans was badly hurt. They were brought to the foothills by another CoBRA team for medical treatment.
Believing that 25-odd Maoists led by CPI(Maoist) Jharkhand regional committee secretary Ajay Mahto and his aide Nunu Chand Mahto are holed up in Madhuban area of Parasnath hill, an anti-Maoist operation was mounted on Wednesday.
Parasnath is the highest mountain peak in Jharkhand. A Jain temple Shikharji, located on its top, makes it among the most sacred Jain pilgrimage sites.
Maoists exploit the topographical advantages of the hill which rests between Maoist-hit Dhanbad and Giridih and in the east of Bokaro district.
“The Maoists engaged security forces in an encounter on Wednesday. The intermittent firing is going on since then,” DIG Hazaribag Upendra Prasad told TOI.
ADG Pradhan said Maoists were possibly hit by bullets. “No dead body has been recovered so far,” he said.
Three CRPF companies from Dhanbad’s Topchachi and from Giridih’s Khokhra and Madhuban camps besides 10 teams from 203 CoBRA battalions are engaged in the ongoing combing and search operation.
The police claimed it has busted a Maoist camp and seized valuables. “The recovered items are packed in a tin-box enveloped in a plastic sheet,” Prasad said.
A bomb disposal squad was sent from Hazaribag to safely unlock the box, a police officer said.
Concerns mount for security forces after Maoists acquire advanced tech to trigger off IEDs
New Delhi: The Maoists have acquired a new level of advanced technology to set off Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which has left the security forces operating in the left-wing extremist areas worried. An alert sent by the Operations Directorate of the Border Security Force says that the Maoists have now got the know-how of using remote or combination of switches in IEDs that enables them to target security forces with utmost precision.
The BSF was alarmed by first such incident in January this year when an IED blast led to the death of its two personnel in Odisha’s Dandabari village, close to Chhattisgarh. About 20 BSF troops were returning on 10 motorcycles on the night of 7 January after tracking a group of Maoists when an IED set by Maoists blew up the first motorcycle carrying deputy commandant Sunil Behera and constable Sibasis Panda. After a thorough search of the site, the BSF troops found no wire on the either side of the road that is usually used by the Maoists to trigger off the IED from a safe distance.
After ten days, an operations party of the BSF conducted further searches in the area and recovered a black antenna unit normally used in two-wheeler’s anti-theft alarm system. The unit manufactured by a Coimbatore-based company, Roots Auto, was connected with two 6 volts battery on one side and with the IED on the other side. The recovery, says the alert, confirmed the use of remote along with combination of switches. The two switches are for “arming” and “firing”. In this case, the condition of the motorcycle suggested that the IED blasted when the motorcycle was exactly on top of the IED. The Maoists had switched the IED on by “arming” it with a remote just before the motorcycle arrived and the subsequent pressure led to the activation of “firing” switch, leading to the blast.
In another recovery, the BSF recovered a similar unit with number “128” on it, suggesting that many such switches had been assembled. The BSF alert has recommended that a special drive be conducted to train security forces about the new technology. It also says that while searching for IEDs, the troops should look out for antennas, especially those used in automobiles, toys and home appliances.
Two Maoists arrested
Chhapra: Saran police arrested Mukesh Sahni, an active member of CPI (Maoist), from village Dadanpur under Maker PS area of the district on Tuesday night for allegedly demanding levy of Rs25 lakh from one Gobardhan Sah, a gold merchant of Parsa. Gobardhan had lodged an FIR with Parsa PS on March 29 in this connection.
Police sources said based on Mukesh’s information, another Maoist Sanjai Sahni has been arrested from village Chakkisuhagpur under Paru PS area in Muzaffarpur district. Mukesh is a relative of Saran Zila Parishad member.
Saran SP Pankaj Kumar Raj said Gobardhan had received a phone call on March 28 allegedly from Rajan who demanded Rs25 lakh from him. He warned the trader of dire consequences if he failed to follow this dictate.
IED on Bokaro school roof
Bokaro: A joint team of district police and 26 battalion of the CRPF found a high-intensity improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly hidden by Maoists on the roof Upgraded Middle School in Bellargada village of Upparghat area under Pek police station on Wednesday.
The IED contains three kg liquid explosive (supragel) manufactured in an explosive factory in Asansol. Police are trying to ascertain how the explosive found its way on the school’s roof.
Bermo DSP Neeraj Kumar said security personnel usually use the route near the school during anti-Maoist search operations in the area. A bomb disposal squad from Hazaribag reached the spot and deactivated the explosive.
In Dhanbad, a joint team of CRPF and police on Wednesday raided suspected hamlets of Maoists at Parasnath Hill. ASP (operations) Kunal said rebels opened fire at police during the raid.
“A few suspects have been detained for interrogation. We do not know if they are Maoists,” said Kunal.
Maoists kill three villagers in Chhattisgarh
Three villagers were killed allegedly by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in separate incidents in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on April 6, reports The Hindu. While two villagers, who were abducted from a village in Kondagaon District, were allegedly killed by Maoists after holding a ‘Jan Adalat’ (kangaroo court), another was killed in Kanker District. “The victims, identified as Budhru and Manku, tribals from Kudur village under Mardapal police station limits, were brutally beaten to death,” Kondagaon Superintendent of Police (SP) JS Watti said. As per preliminary information, three villagers from Kudur area were abducted by Maoists on April 4, and two others picked up on April 5. Subsequently, the Maoists held a ‘Jan Adalat’ around 15 kilometres from Kudur in Tilam-Becha area, which falls in Narayanpur District, the SP said. “The Naxals [Left-Wing Extremists, LWEs] executed two villagers and released three,” he said. Becha area is said to be the strong base of the Maoists, which lies on the tri-junction of Bastar-Kondagaon-Narayanpur Districts around 400 kilometres away from Raipur.
In the other incident, a 35-year-old villager was killed allegedly by Maoists for refusing to support them in Kanker District on April 5. Lalit Dugga was brutally beaten with sticks to death by the Maoists at his native place Kadgaon, Pakhanjore Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDPO) Jai Prakash Badhai said. As per the preliminary information, a group of Maoists had abducted Dugga from his house. The victim’s kin said in their statement that Maoists had also beaten up Dugga some time back. When the victim remained firm on his stand of not supporting the outlawed outfit, the Maoists killed him, the SDOP said.
Meanwhile, four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by Maoists to target Security Force (SF) personnel were recovered by SFs in Kanker District on April 6, reports The Hindu. A joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and District Force recovered the explosives during a search operation in the forests of Bande Police Station area, Pakhanjore Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Jai Prakash Badhai said. While the SFs were cordoning-off Korenar village forests, they spotted an electric wire connection and subsequently found the IEDs, kept in different objects under the ground, Badhai said. “Two IEDs were kept in a pressure cooker and as many others were in form of pipe bombs. Of them, a pressure cooker bomb weighed 5 kg and others were of low intensity,” he said. According to a BSF official, the pipe bombs were connected to a wireless ‘walkie-talkie’ in a manner that if the wireless set receives a call, the bomb detonator catches the signal too and the IED explodes. The explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad of BSF and Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CTJW) college, Kanker.