Dantewada attack was revenge: Maoists
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed responsibility for the killing of seven Central Reserve Police Force personnel in an IED explosion in the Dantewada district of Bastar last month. “The Malewara attack on the CRPF was a fitting reply to the exploitative Modi-Raman Singh regime and revenge for our party’s martyrs. The attack was a part of our PLGA’s (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) response to the government of Chhattisgarh’s mission 2016 against us,” said a statement issued by the south sub zonal bureau of the CPI (Maoist).
“The Chhattisgarh government has been running a campaign called ‘Mission 2016’ to flush out Maoists from Bastar. In the name of this mission, the security forces are indulging in attacks on the villages of Bastar. Local civilians are being harassed and are being branded as ‘warrantee Maoists’.
“People of Bastar are being stashed in jails under fraud cases. In the name of encounter killings, local tribals are being killed in cold blood. Since January this year, more than 50 local civilians of Bastar and our party cadres have been killed in fake encounters,” alleged the banned outfit.
Two hardcore Naxals gunned down by police
Raipur, Apr 22 (PTI) Two hardcore Naxals, carrying a cash reward on their heads, were today gunned down in a fierce encounter with the security forces in a dense forest pocket in the insurgency-hit Bastar district in Chhattisgarh, police said.
The gunbattle took place this afternoon between a joint squad of security forces and ultras in the Salfijodi jungles of Darbha police station area, Bastar Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI.
“A composite squad of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) had launched an anti-Naxal operation in the interior forests of Darbha region, located around 400 km away from the state capital,” he said.
When security forces were carrying out a search at their target places in the forest areas of Chandameta, Badanpal and Kumakoleng villages, Naxals opened fire on them, the SP said.
“Security forces immediately took positions and launched the retaliatory attack that forced the ultras to flee from the spot,” he said.
During the search conducted later, bodies of two dreaded Naxals, a country-made gun, a walkie-talkie, a hand grenade and a cache of Naxal-related material were recovered from the spot, he said.
Those killed were identified as Machkot LGS (local guerrilla squad) commander Munna and area committee member Baman, the SP said adding that the duo were carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on their head.
They were allegedly involved in several major Maoist- related incidents in the region, he added.
Anti-Maoist operations in Jharkhand ahead of PM’s visit to Jamshedpur on Sunday
RANCHI: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi April 24 visit to Jamshedpur the state police have launched a well-designed counter Maoist offensive on the outskirts of the steel city. The operation is focused on sanitization, cordon and search, area domination, long range patrolling and intelligence gathering on Maoists’ movements.
Right before PM visit, suspected Maoists attacked a CRPF camp located 25km from Jamshedpur with bombs and also dropped anti-Modi posters. The attack site (Jadugora) is only 25km from the venue where Modi’s event is being organized.
ADG operations S N Pradhan said the police headquarters has instructed the district police for forces deployment and asked them to carry on the offensive especially in Jharkhand-West Bengal and Jharkhand-Orissa border till PM’s visit is over.
In posters dropped at the CRPF camp Maoists condemned ‘Modi’s pro capitalist policies’ and demanded that the Uranium Corporation of India Limited, India’s flagship uranium mining and processing unit under Department of Atomic Energy, be shut down because it is polluting the atmosphere around Jadugora. “It is a coincidence that the posters have been dropped by the Maoists just ahead of Modi visit. The content of the posters are an extension of what they have in past, it has no specific connections with Modi visit. The posters’ content are not designed against Modi’s visit,” Jamshedpur SSP Anoop Mathew said.
Situated between Maoists-dominated East Singhbhum and Saraikela Kharsawa districts, urban Jamshedpur is free of Maoist activities, but its outskirts report dominating presence of Maoists. During Modi visit the police target to keep them confined in the outskirts.
Maoist attack on the CRPF camp and dropping posters have caused a concern in IB and Special Protection Group whose officials are camping in Jamshedpur. “The central agencies are gathering information of the incident,” a police source said.
The Intelligence bureau has instructed the district police not to keep security measures confined into the town – Narendra Modi will address over 33 lakh panchayat representatives from JRD Tata sports complex located in the centre of city well-fortified for PM visit.
CRPF, Jharkhand Armed Police, Jharkhand Jaguar (state’s special force to fight Maoists), besides the district police are busy sanitizing the vulnerable areas. “In all strategic locations the area domination exercises are on,” Pradhan said.
Jharkhand: Maoists gun down rival at daughters’ wedding
A Maoist hit squad of around 30 armed guerillas shot dead a suspected member of a rival group on Wednesday night, minutes before his two daughters were to complete their wedding rituals in Jharkhand’s insurgency-hit Palamu district.
Witnesses said the Leftist insurgents barged into Pokhari village when the two sisters were readied for the final pheras, the customary walk around a fire by the bride and the groom that signals the end of the ceremony.
They fired several times at the father of the brides, Mahendra Choudhary, and escaped before the guests and the family could react or raise the alarm.
Choudhary was rushed to the Sadar hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. A relative who was also injured is undergoing treatment in Daltonganj. The attack did not deter the family from completing the ceremony, though.
The Maoists claimed responsibility for the murder, alleging that the slain man was a hardcore cadre of a rival insurgent outfit, Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC). Both groups are fighting for supremacy to control the mines in the area.
Family members denied Choudhary’s association with any rebel group. But he always moved with his armed group and never stayed at his home, sources said. He came home on Wednesday evening for the wedding when the Maoists got a whiff of his arrival.
Former Rebel Killed
ROURKELA : A Maoist cadre, who had surrendered before Rourkela District Police four years back, was shot dead by suspected Maoists in his village in adjacent Jharkhand. The deceased is Jaduram Soi alias Jadu Munda (45).
The incident occurred between 8.30 pm and 10 pm on Thursday at the remote village of Kulatoppo under Kiriburu police limits in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, about 3 km from Renjda border of Bonai sub-division in Sundargarh district. Five armed Maoists arrived at the house of Jadu and fired five bullets at him. Villagers claimed that the Maoists killed Jadu in revenge attack as they believed he was working as a ‘police informer’. Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum SP Michael Raj and Kiriburu SDPO Taukir Alam were not available for comment.
Bonai ASP RB Panigrahi said the crime took place in Jharkhand territory and Rourkela District Police has no role in the investigation. He said Jadu, along with local Maoist leader Bijay Honhaga, had surrendered before Rourkela District Police in 2012 and after that, he had settled in his native Kulatoppo.
..Local sources in the area say the move by Lloyds Metals indicates that the Naxals have softened their stance. Mining companies were trying to woo the rebels since last 3-4 years but could not reach a pact. Senior Naxal leader Aitu, who surrendered in Telangana last year, was against mining activities. Narmada Akka, another parallel leader, however, was in favour of allowing it on certain conditions. Sources in the business also claim that the Naxal presence itself has come down in the area, which has prompted the company to start mining.
7 MAOISTS HELD IN DANTEWADA
Seven Maoists, including two women, were arrested during a search operation carried out by security forces in the insurgency-hit Dantewada district of Bastar region, police said here on Thursday. One of the two female ultras carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her arrest, police informed.
“The arrested ultras were involved in various criminal incidents like digging roads for cutting traffic flow, planting pressure bombs and attacking police teams,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Dantewada, Kamlochan Kashyap said. A small action team and quick reaction teams of CRPF, which also comprised of district police personnel, was carrying out an anti-insurgency operation under the limits of Kuakonda police station limits, police said.During the search operation, they succeeded in arresting the ultras from Bade Bedma Palnar region.
The insurgents were identified as Kumari Madvi member of Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS), Kumari Madkam member of Chetna Natya Mandali (CNM), President of Naxal outfit Dandakaranya Kisan Adivasi Majdoor Sangh (DKAMS) Sukka Ram Mandavi, Janmilita members- Hungaram Mandavi, Sannaram Madkam, Bandi Ram Mandavi alias Balvant, Sukkaram Mandavi all residents of Aranpur.
CAF Jawan killed In IED Blast Triggered By Naxals In Chhattisgarh
A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan was killed in a IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, reports ANI. The details on the today’s incident are awaited.