Gadchiroli mining: Maoists issue threat to politicians, call them ‘agents of capitalists’
The letter has been issued by Shrinivas, secretary of western sub-zonal bureau of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee.
After Lloyd Steel started an iron ore mining project in the Maoist-hit Gadchiroli district, the extremists have recently released a letter, calling politicians “agents and middlemen of capitalists” and warning them that they may have to face a ‘jan adalat’ (people’s court) for their “anti-tribal” activities. The letter has been issued by Shrinivas, secretary of western sub-zonal bureau of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee.
Incidentally, some of the politicians named in the letter are also opposed to Lloyd Steel’s operations, as they want the company to set up the ore processing plant at Gadchiroli too. Presently, the company has been sending the ore after mining to its sponge iron plant at Ghuggus in Chandrapur district for processing. The mining activity, which began at Surjagad in Etapalli tehsil on April 6 as first reported The Indian Express, has been suspended since April 18.
“Over 60 Naxals have been killed by police in the last seven years in Gadchiroli. The police told Lloyd Steel that Maoism has been crushed in Gadchiroli and hence they can start mining. The capitalists profiteer from tribal resources and politicians like Deorao Holi and Vijay Wadettiwar (MLAs), Ashok Nete (BJP MP) Dharmarao Baba Atram and Deepak Atram (former MLAs) acted as middlemen and got Rs 1 crore from the company. They should be beaten with ‘chappals’ and thrown out of the district. They will have to stand in jan adalat to answer people’s questions,” the statement by Shrinivas has said. Apart from politicians, the Maoists have also warned all other “middlemen, vehicle owners, contractors, all shop owners, etc” that they too will have to face ‘jan adalat’.
Deepak Atram, Wadettiwar and Dharmarao Baba Atram have been protesting against Lloyd Steel, over their processing unit demand. The mine, leased out way back in 2007, couldn’t start operations for eight long years due to Maoist opposition. But soon after operations started, local politicians, mainly from opposition Congress and NCP, started opposing it, demanding setting up of a processing unit in Gadchiroli. A company source said it is willing to comply with the demand and had actually applied for land in the district, but could not get it. “Its a forested district and our application has been pending for years. How can we be blamed for it,” the source said.
Naxals’ attempt to regain lost ground
Despite the police claims that the naxalite groups have been defanged, the CPI (Maoist) members continue to make attempts to regain lost ground in Warangal district. The district was once a stronghold of many naxal groups. With increased policing and dwindling public patronage since early 1990s, the movement has run out of steam. Most of the naxal cadre have migrated to the neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
There are around 50 persons from the district still working in the Maoist party in various capacities and places across the country. People from this district come with rich experience in extremist movement and still occupy top positions in the Maoist party.Though the police claim that there was no recruitment in the past few years, the naxals continue to enlist support from even educated youth going by the recent trends. The two naxals who were killed in recent times – Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy were graduates. In less than a month, the naxals tried to make their presence felt in the district by setting afire a forest guest house and a jeep in Tadvai forest area in April. On Wednesday night, they burnt an earth moving equipment at Mallampalli near Mulugu. Similar incident had taken place some time ago.
Though police tried to play down the incident, naxal sympathisers or active cadre was engaged in the activities to prove their presence and strength. Last year, there were incidents of sudden appearance of posters warning the local politicians in some mandals in the district. Speaking to The Hindu , Superintendent of Police Ambar Kishore Jha said that the number of naxalite parties had come down and they were reduced to an insignificant force now.
Huge recoveries from Junglemahal after questioning arrested Maoist leaders
KOLKATA: The questioning of arrested Maoist leader Bikash and his Tara has led cops to recover several new weapons and a huge amount of explosives from Jhargram’s jungles. The STF – that had been questioning them for several days before they finally expired their custody period – said that the recoveries were made with the help of joint forces and the Binpur police. Among the items recovered during the raids at Jhargram’s jungles – from near the canal cutting through Burishol and Kusboni – are one AK-47 rifle, three countery made single shotters, one pistol, 35 cartridges and some 300 bore catridges. In addition several other cartridges of 7.64 bore were also recovered. However, most importantly, six kilogrammes of explosives, 10 detonators and several incriminating Maoist literature too were recovered.
The recoveries are in addition to the recoveries made from Hooghly’s Chaparui near Mogra where the two accused were hiding after the encounter of Kishanji. STF sources said they have new leads on the Silda camp massacre but said they would like to work on the lead with the intelligence agencies. It is the same Burisole jungles where Maoist leader Kishenji’s alleged encounter took place. The two accused are now likely to be taken in to custody by other agencies for questioning.
Police say Sitaram Bhaiji alias Proloy is now handling Maoist activities in Bengal and are questioning Bikash and Tara for information on other rebel leaders like Madan Mahato and the squads led by Jayanto and Ranjit Pal. Sources said the joint forces have been alerted that these fugitives may be hiding in Burishole and Kashi jungles. Though Bikash is wanted in several cases — including attacks on central forces, police and villagers in Sankrail, Goaltore, Lalgarh and Sarenga — it is believed that the weapon could be one of the nine AK-47 and Insas rifles looted during the attack on Silda camp of Eastern Frontier Rifles in February 2010 in which 24 personnel were killed. Bikash is likely to be named as one of the main accused in that case, too.
Top Maoist leader killed in encounter
The banned CPI (Maoist) received another jolt when a member of its east division committee Azad (Gopal) was killed in an encounter with the a police party that was on a combing operation, near Palasamudram under Mampa police station limits in Koyyuru mandal on Wednesday evening.
Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen said Azad’s body was identified by the police party. An AK 47 weapon was recovered. Identity of the other two Maoists killed in the encounter has not been established yet. Azad reportedly carried a reward of Rs. 4 lakh on his head.
The death of Azad in an encounter came in less than one month after Kudumula Ravi (Venkata Ramana), member of the party’s central regional committee who was responsible for many of Maoist party’s attacks, died of jaundice at a city hospital. Death of two leaders in a short span of time has dealt a big blow to the party which is struggling to retain its hold in the Agency.
The spot where the encounter has taken place is close to East Godavari border and incidentally the Maoist party has given a call for bandh on Wednesday and Thursday in the Chintoor area which was recently merged with East Godavari, and Khammam districts in protest against Green Hunt operation and demanding compensation to those to be displaced under the Polavaram project.
This is the second encounter in Visakha Agency during this year. In late February two Maoists were killed near Revulakota, which is also under Mampa police station limits, but Human Rights Forum has hotly contested the police version saying that the two dead were hunters from Odisha who went deep into the forest in Andhra area and were killed by the police. This area is said to be a sort of safe zone as it is very difficult for the police to trek into the area and the Maoists also take shelter here.
Warangal financier on arrested Maoist’s hit-list
Hyderabad: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) Eturunagaram-Mahadevpur area committee member-cum-action team commander, Madhu alias Kummari Sadavalaiah, who was caught on Tuesday night, was on a ‘mission’ to eliminate a prominent financier in Warangal, who has strong political clout with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Madhu, who is known as a skilfull planner and specialises in eliminating targets, is a close confidant of Damodar, who is the Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal Maoist party secretary. Madhu was nabbed, while the other two naxals, Rakesh and Vinod, escaped from police in the dark during an exchange of fire.
Madhu, who brought his junior naxals along with him into Warangal from the Chhattisgarh border, confessed during police interrogation how he had made plans to kill the financier, who is known to give money to local tribals and then allegedly exploit and dupe them.
By killing the financier, who got very close links with local politicians, they wanted to create terror and send a message that Maoists are reviving. The trio were on a mission. Madhu, who hails from Warangal, is a right hand man of Damodar, because they both have personal rapport and any conspiracy hatched by Damodar will be assigned only to Madhu. It appears that Madhu has other targets too and we have to question him further,” a source in Telangana police told TOI.
Madhu has been taking shelter mostly in Chhattisgarh from last several years and occasionally entered Telangana before again returning to Chhattisgarh. Police strongly believe that it was under Madhu’s leadership a few days ago that the forest department’s guest house was set ablaze. Madhu, who is now a commander rank in the party, said he has a six-member team working under his leadership. He has been working in the party from the last six years and has more than 15 criminal cases registered against him in Telangana and Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, situation continues to be tense as the Maoists had called for a bandh on Thursday. Police are now looking for two members, who might have returned to Chhattisgarh.
Cops Foil Maoist Attack, One Arrested
WARANGAL: Police foiled the attempt by Maoists to ambush a team involved in search operations at Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) Market Yard in Eturunagaram in Warangal district and arrested a Maoist action team commander, late on Tuesday night.
The incident occurred when a police team led by Mulugu ASP Vishwajith Kampati was conducting search operations at GCC Market Yard at 8 pm on Tuesday.
Maoist Eturunagarm-Mahadevpur area committee action team commander Kummari Sadavalaiah alias Madhu and team members Vinod and Rakesh opened fire at ASP Vishwajith Kampati and Eturnagaram CI D Raghuchander, when the officials were conducting search in the area. However, the alert police officials escaped the attack unhurt and overpowered Sadavalaiah on the spot, while the other two escaped from the spot.
Warangal Rural SP Amber Kishore Jha produced Sadavalaiah before the media in Warangal on Wednesday. “Sadavalaiah belongs to Buttaigudem in Eturunagaram mandal and joined Maoist party in 2011. Ever since, he had been working in various positions and was promoted as action team commander in 2015,” Jha told media.
“In view of the two-day Maoist bandh, Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal (KKW) secretary of the Maoist party had assigned the trio to instil fear among the people by killing some persons,” added the SP. Police said Sadavalaiah was accused in various cases in TS and Chhattisgarh, and carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh.
Bandh Evokes Poor Response on Day one
Khammam: The bandh call given by Maoists in protest against Operation Green Hunt and other policies of State government evoked a poor response in Khammam on Wednesday.All commercial banks, government and private offices remained opened in the district. However, all works related to Mission Kakatiya have been put on hold in the agency area and all machinery including vehicles have been moved to the concerned police stations. Police alerted leaders of political parties to not venture into the agency areas for two days. Vehicle checks and combing operations were continued in the surrounding villages and border areas. People living in the nearby villages are in the grip of fear and afraid of coming out.
Maoist attack former BJP MLA in Bihar
Achchutanand, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of legislative Assembly (MLA), from Mahnar, was attacked, allegedly by suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, near Ishopur village in Vaishali District on May 4 night, reports The Telegraph. The former MLA was returning to his native place from a marriage ceremony when he was attacked.
…Meanwhile, Maoists also tried to disrupt movement of trains by felling trees at Jhirka Kamalur route near Bhansi. Soon after the incident, the Kirandul-Visakhapatnam passenger train was cancelled for May 6 and other goods train would also remain cancelled on Thursday.