Attack could indicate resurgence of Naxalite movement in the State
What Remains:The Tadvai forest guesthouse jeep, allegedly burnt down by Maoists.
A forest guesthouse and a jeep were torched, allegedly by Naxalites, at the Tadvai mandal headquarters between Warangal and Eturunagaram in Telangana, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The guesthouse was recently renovated and some huts were constructed by the forest department to encourage tourism and attract visitors to the State. The facility had remained defunct for many decades fearing Naxal attacks in the thick forests. However, as the Naxalite movement seemed to have declined, the Forest Department recently renovated it.
Note from rebels
A note, written in red ink, purportedly by Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal Maoist party committee secretary Damodar, said the Telangana State government should stop taking away the podu lands of Adivasis, which are acquired in the name of development, end open-cast mining and stop arresting people leading the “people’s movement.” The note also gave a call to people to join the “movement.”
Superintendent of Police (Rural) A.K. Jha rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Speaking to The Hindu , he said the incident was being investigated from all angles to determine whether it was an act of miscreants and disgruntled elements, or was really carried out by Maoist party cadres.
One version was that the attack could be the handiwork of some people who migrated from Chhattisgarh in the recent past.
The forest officials were trying to vacate them from the occupied forestlands. Those supporting them could have struck at the guesthouse.
However, the SP said, Maoist leader Damodar had been named as accused in the incident and cases under Sections 147 and 436 of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 149 and Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act, and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, registered.
The incident created commotion among people as it indicated that Naxalites were perhaps staging a comeback after a lull of many years.
VIP security tightened in Adilabad
Maoist presence was last reported from Nennel and Bheemini mandals in March
The two violent incidents, the killing of the gun man of a former MLA in Aheri in Gadhchiroli, Maharashtra, two days back and the burning of forest department property at Tadvai in Warangal district, have sent alarm bells ringing in Adilabad. Though there is some doubt over the Warangal incident being the handiwork of extremists, the Aheri killing is being considered as the Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) of Maoists.
“These incidents can have a bearing on us too,” observed Adilabad Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi.
“We are not only coordinating with Gadhchiroli police but are alerting all ‘protectees’ and other VIPs from moving in the interiors without our knowledge,” he added and gave details of the steps being taken to control any spill over violent extremist activity in Adilabad.
No violence since 2004
The naxalite movement in the district has never ceased though there were no violent incidents since 2004, barring the killing of civilian Kursenga Ballarsha at Kheriguda in Tiryani mandal on October 30, 2015. Their latest movement was reported from Nennel and Bheemini mandals in March. There are 24 VIPs who are protectees of the district police, including two Ministers, 8 MLAs and an MLC.
“They have all been alerted and advised to keep us informed of their movements so that we can provide good security cover to them,” the SP revealed. Mr. Joshi however, said that the police keep a tab on the movement of the protectees and other VIPs with a view to provide security to them.
The local police officers are invariably informed of their movements and instructed to accompany them until their programme ends.
Maoist action team on the prowl
Police intensify area domination and combing operations in Karimnagar district
Suspected Maoists, who have retreated into the neighbouring Chhattisgarh following the police presence, are again on a comeback trail, and moving in the Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal (KKW) region. After the incident of the Maoists in Tadvai of Warangal district torching a jeep and forest guesthouse, the intelligence sources say that the naxalites are on the prowl and are eager to come back with a vengeance.
Majority of naxalites from Chhattisgarh have already intruded into the Karimnagar district by crossing the Godavari in Mahadevpur mandal of Manthani revenue division. Stating that the Maoists Action Team members have committed the offence in Tadwai region, the sources said that several action team members belonging to Chhattisgarh are moving in the district.
Since last several years, the Maoists from Chhattisgarh intruded into the district and are working in construction industry, hotels and other private works. The arrest of Masaki Adma, Maoist deputy commander of Chhattisgarh, by Husnabad police a year ago was an indication in this regard.
Adma was working at a construction site of an irrigation canal and was collecting gelatine sticks and handing them over to the Maoists.
Sources said that the Maoists Action Team members earlier used to take the support of a local guide to commit an offence.
As there are chances of the local guide being exposed, the action team members are moving on their own and waiting for an opportunity to commit a major offence, they added.
With the State Government proposing to construct major irrigation projects across the Godavari at Medigadda and Annaram in the Mahadevpur region adjoining Chhattisgarh, the district police have sounded an alert and written to the government for the opening up of police stations at Medigadda (Ambetpalli) and Kaleshwaram temple shrine. It was also decided to open an outpost with Central paramilitary forces at Medigadda to start the construction of major irrigation projects.
Following the Tadwai incident, the Karimnagar district police have stepped up their vigil and surveillance of all vital installations in the district and also fortified the police stations. The police had also intensified their area domination and combing operations, and have taken steps to protect the bridge across the Godavari connecting Maharashtra with Kaleshwaram temple shrine.
Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Apr 17 (PTI) A Naxal was today arrested during a search operation in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said.
25-year-old cadre Khatiya Korcha, a Gatta LOS (local organisation squad) janmilitia member of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), was apprehended from Madpakhanjore village in Bande police station area, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.
A team of security personnel from three police stations – Bande, Gondahur and Pakhanjore – was carrying out a combing exercise to the interiors of Pakhanjore, located around 300 kms from here.Meanwhile, on a tip-off about the presence of the Naxal in the village, the security personnel raided the place and arrested him, he said. The ultra was active in South Gadchiroli division of Maoists.
He was allegedly part of the Maoists’ group that executed attack on a patrolling team of security forces on February 2 last year killing Bande Station House Officer and an assistant constable besides injuring six others in a dense forests between Hawalbaras and Panawar villages, the officer added. Moreover, he was also allegedly involved in other incidents of attack on police party in the region, Meena said.
Maoists kill villager for being ‘police informer’ in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Maoists allegedly killed a 34-year-old man on the suspicion of being a police informer in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.
“Two villagers were picked up by suspected Maoists from Jalda Navi village under Pathri police outpost in the district last night. They took him to interior parts of the region and executed him,” said a police officer.
He was shot from a close range. However another villager identified Ratiram managed to escape.
Earlier this week Maoists had set a bamboo laden truck on fire and before leaving the area, the ultras had warned other villagers to stay away from police and government officials. A maoist was injured in a separate encounter with police two weeks ago.
Intelligence officials believe that they are expanding their movement in Madhya Pradesh.
Maoist threat: liquor shop closed at Anaikatti
Hours after cadres of the CPI (Maoist) put up posters in villages along the Western Ghats demanding closure of Tasmac liquor shops, the State government on Saturday closed down Shop No. 2222 at Anaikatti in Coimbatore district, police sources said
Maoist arrested in Jehanabad
A hardcore cadre of banned outfit CPI (Maoist) was arrested from Chaitipipar village under Ghosi police station area in this district in wee hours today.Police said here that acting on a tip off, raid was conducted at a hideout in Chaitipipar village, leading to arrest of hardcore Maoist Kamlesh Ram from there. He was wanted since long in connection with several cases of disruptive activities engineered by naxalites. Kamlesh was being interrogated in connection with cases pending against him, police informed.