Policeman killed in Maoist attack at Ambedkar event
Nagpur, April 14 : A policeman was killed when Maoists opened indiscriminate fire on him at a function on Thursday in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district to mark the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution, police said.
The attack came at the function which was addressed by former Maharashtra legislator Deepak Atram in Mauje Chhallewada village in Gadchiroli.
His police bodyguard, Nanaji B. Nagose, who was posted on duty near the stage, was suddenly accosted by six heavily-armed Maoists who fired at several rounds at him before fleeing into the nearby jungles.
The seriously-injured Nagose was rushed by a helicopter to Gadchiroli but succumbed during treatment at the district civil hospital.
Amaravati in Maoists’ crosshairs
The Communist Party of India (Maoist), which had a strong presence in united Andhra Pradesh until a few years ago, is reportedly trying to arrive on the scene in Amaravati, the upcoming capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh.
The party is studying, among other things, the implementation of the Land Pooling Scheme, assurances given to farmers and unemployment in the capital region. Top Maoist leaders discussed the situation in Thullur mandal in Guntur district. They enquired about the benefits announced by the government and the actual situation in capital villages, intelligence sources said.
According to reliable sources, the party has formed an action team with Visakha East Division Committee members Gammela Keshava Rao alias Binsu and Jagamudi Venkateswara Rao alias Anand, and Rajesh, an active member in the Chhattisgarh unit.
The committee members reportedly visited the capital villages. They interacted with land owners who are agitating against LPS and those who could not get any benefit announced by the government. It is learnt that the action team members are taking the help of a few committees which are fighting for the cause of the farmers. The extremists are also tracking the movements of some people’s representatives and officials visiting the region, the sources said. The government took about 33,000 acres from farmers one year ago. Farmers who parted with patta lands were promised 1,000 square feet per acre and those who parted with assigned lands were promised 450 sft per acre.
Officials promised, among other things, payment of Rs. 5,000 each per month (up to ten years) for the land losers, loan waiver up to Rs. 50,000, skill development training, Rs. 25 lakh interest-free loans, allotment of houses, Rs. 2,500 pension for landless families, establishment of Anna Canteens and 365 days work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). But, they are yet to be fulfilled.
“We had information that an action team is moving around in the capital region. Taking advantage of the delay in disbursal of benefits to the farmers, Naxalites are trying to gain foothold in Thullur, Penumaka, Vundavalli, Neerukonda, Velagapudi and other villages,” said an intelligence officer. Alarm as the banned outfit seeks to cash in on resentment among a section of farmers
Wives of Maoist leaders contesting panchayat elections in Gaya
GAYA: For several decades now, naxals of all hues have been giving poll boycott calls and organising Jan Adalats to deliver corporal punishment to those participating in the democratic exercise. Maoists literature, particularly the write ups in Jan Jwar and Lal Chingari, the clandestinely published magazines spewed venom against the constitutional mechanism and violent revolution to overthrow the constitutional order.
No less than two former MPs, Ishwar Chaudhary and Rajesh Kumar were gunned down during election campaign. Dozens of campaigners were publicly caned and got their heads tonsured. But all that is history now as no less than three women, wives/widow of prominent naxal leaders are contesting Panchayat elections to make their red husbands MP (Mukhiya Pati) as they are called by the villagers.
Leading the list of spouses of naxals contesting Panchayat elections is Rinki Devi, widow of once dreaded naxal leader Lalesh. Lalesh was killed in a gun battle with Jharkhand police in the Chatra district on 27 March’2013. Lalesh’s widow Rinki is contesting the post of Mukhiya of the Sivania Panchayat of the nexal infested Barachatti block.
Besides Rinki, Sunita Devi, wife of Vinod Marandi, leader of RCC, the splinter group of the then MCC (Maoist Communist Centre, the outfit that merged with People’s War Group to form CPI-Maoist) is in the fray for the post of Mukhiya Diha Panchayat of the Gurua block of the district.
Though RCC (Revolutionary Communist Centre) was formed by the widow of Sagar Chatterjee, the Maoist ideologue killed under controversial circumstances in the Aurangabad district, Marandi virtually usurped the splinter group’s leadership. Sagar Chatterjee’s widow originally floated RCC to register protest against the failure of the parent organisation to avenge Chatterjee’s killing.
The third naxal spouse to contest the Panchayat elections is Baby Devi, wife of allegedly dreaded Sanjay Yadav. Sanjay’s wife is contesting election for the post of Mukhiya of the Bihta Panchayat of the Khizarsarai block. Sanjay Yadav is alleged to have killed cops and executed several naxal operations between 2005 and 2015. On Wednesday Sanjay was arrested by the Gaya police while campaigning for his wife.
According to Gaya SSP Garima Malik, spouses of naxal leaders contesting elections must be seen as a positive development as after opposing the democratic process for that long, a section of naxals are joing the main stream and that has to be welcomed. The SSP also hoped that husbands of Mukhiya election contestants would renounce violence, surrender before the police and enjoy the benefits of the rehabilitation package meant for former naxals joining the main stream. Maoist leaders, in private discussion admit that the organisation suffered from ideology deficit and insufficient indoctrination.
Police jawan injured in encounter with Naxals
A police jawan was injured in a gunbattle between security personnel and naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said today.
The face-off took place in a dense forest of Idwaya village under Orchha police station limits last evening, a senior police official told PTI.
A joint team of Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Group (DRG) and district force carried out the combing operation near a drain in the region, he said.
Assistant constable Gajendra Singh Dhruv was injured when the security personnel reached Aader forests, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, and a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate fire on them. A gun battle then broke out between the two sides that lasted for about an hour, following which the ultras fled from the spot taking advantage of the darkness, he said. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured jawan was evacuated from the forest. After being given primary treatment, the injured policeman was airlifted to Raipur this morning and admitted in Ram Krishna Care hospital, he said.