Maoists call Telangana bandh on May 4, 5
Communist Party of India (Maoists) has called for Telangana bandh on May 4 and 5 in protest against exploitation and displacement of people in the name of development, and Operation Green Hunt.
CPI (Maoists) Telangana State Committee official representative Jagan in a press release appealed to people to observe bandh and make it a success. He charged that while the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre was trying to enforce Brahmanical Hindu fascism, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was offering free land, water and power to corporates.
Security forces now shift focus to South Gadchiroli
Nagpur: Six companies of 191 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been redeployed in Etapalli division of southern Gadchiroli where Naxalites appear to be trying to revive their movement. Two companies of 37 battalion of CRPF have been shifted to Repanpalli and Rajaram Khanla while another two to Koti and Nargunda. The region, now turned into a fortress, serves as a corridor to Naxal stronghold of Abhujmadh spread across Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border.
Sources in the security forces said sweeping actions in last couple of years coupled with opening of more police posts in key strategic locations had left the Naxals in north Gadchiroli in a tight spot with most their dalams crippled. This has led to security forces now shifting focus to south with Etapalli as epicentre, said an official source.
The deployment plan would be revolving around central paramilitary forces. “District police would fill in the gaps and play a collaborative role,” said an official source. He added that 191 battalion of the CRPF, earlier stationed at Wadsa in Kurkheda division, would be now redistributed to different police posts of Kotmi, Hedri and Halewda in Etapalli division.
Kurkheda, Khobramenda and Korchi or KKK dalam of north Gadchiroli, formed after merging other outfits, has been left ineffectual after a number of encounters and surrenders. Naxals’ Company 4, another strong military formation of north, too lost its strength substantially. It is learnt Naxals too have shifted Company 4’s movements towards south where another formation of Company 10 is already present.
The deployment of security forces to Etapalli is also being viewed as a step to help Surjagarh iron ore project gain momentum that could change the socio-economic fabric of the place. Earlier, half a dozen police posts had been opened in Etapalli that strategically surrounded the Surjagarh hills from different directions forcing Naxals to shift their hideouts and dumps from these regions.
Naxals’ gun seized
Nagpur: Gadchiroli district police have seized a 12 bore rifle, 19 rucksacks and two radios among other material from the forest of Jadegaon in Potegaon following a exchange of fire with Naxals on Tuesday. Two Naxal formations, Chamorshi local organization squad (LOS) and Platoon 4, were present in the forest when security forces swooped down upon them. Sources said the Naxals were trying to arrange a meeting of the villagers about tendu leaves collection in the area when the encounter took place.
Three arrests in Bijapur
Maoists torch construction machinery in Adilabad district
Maoists on Wednesday torched construction machinery at the Bejjur-Aheri bridge construction work site near Gudem in Bejjur mandal of Adilabad district. The violent incident which took place in the small hours left an excavator, a tipper and a tractor partly burnt.
According to police about six armed naxalites arrived at the construction site of the bridge across Pranahita river about 13 km from Bejjur mandal head quarter village at about 3 am. They woke up four construction labourers present on the site and seized their cell phones while warning them to keep silent.
The extremists set on fire a tipper, a tractor and an excavator-loader by breaking open the diesel tanks of the machines and douging those. The extremists left after about 30 minutes, according to sources.
The incident came ahead of the two-day all-India bandh call given by Communist Party of India (Maoist) for May 4 and 5. The extremists are assumed to have crossed over from Aheri area in Gadhchiroli district of Maharashtra.
The police suspect that the incident could be linked to the bandh call though extortion of money from the contractor is not being ruled out as the reason for it. The police nevertheless have been alert for such incidents, evident from the searches they conducted in the area since the last two days.
The police conducted house to house searches at Gudem on Monday and at Bejjur mandal head quarter the following day apparently on being tipped off about the Maoists crossing over into Adilabad district. The naxalites had evidently taken shelter elsewhere and came out in the dead of the night to commit the violent incident.
The under-construction Gudem-Aheri bridge is an important link between the Southern and Northern parts of India as it joins Telangana and Maharashtra in the eastern side of this district. It is being constructed at the site where the Pranahita branches out into two.