Security up in Red zone
Ranchi: Police have stepped up vigil on areas in Palamu bordering Maoist-hit Latehar and Chatra districts ahead of the Panki bypoll on May 16. Panki is in the southern part of Palamu district. ADG operations and police spokesperson SN Pradhan said intelligence reports suggested a possibility of Maoist attack. “We have deployed extra bomb disposal squads in the border region,” he added. Eight CRPF battalions have been deployed in the assembly segment.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Maoists had targeted security personnel in Dumka. “The polling party will be transported in a chopper. It is not advisable to travel by road,” Pradhan said. The CRPF has been deployed in the segment to man the 279 booths. Palamu is among the core areas of Maoists.
A CRPF officer, who is not authorized to speak to the media, said area domination exercises in border areas are going on for the last one week. “The area domination will not only keep the polls safe, it will also encourage voters to come out and vote in large number,” the CRPF officer said.
IEDs found: Improvised explosive devices and chemicals used in bomb-making were found at Pundari Dori in Latehar on Saturday. Palamu DIG Saket Kumar Singh said Latehar police found 10 iron pipes, IEDs, three gas cylinders, sulphuric acid and iron nails in a sleeping bag. Latehar SP Anoop Birtharey is suspecting Maoists’ hand in this two days before the bypoll in Panki.
Ahead of Panki elections, land mines, ammunition seized
Security forces on Saturday recovered a large haul of landmines and live ammunition from Dori Pundra forest, ahead of the Panki by-elections on May 16. Dori Pundra forest borders the area under jurisdiction of the Panki police station. Acting on a tip off, the security forces, comprising the central reserve police force (CRPF) and Jharkhand police personnel, made the recovery, thus foiling the plans by Maoist forces of targeting security and polling personnel during the election. They recovered four pressure cooker bombs, nine tiffin bomb, five litres of sulphuric acid, iron pipes and over 2,000 live cartridges of different bores.
“This is the latest of the three significant recoveries made in the same region since May 3. With this, our boys have foiled the Maoists’ designs of hampering the Panki election,” Latehar superintendent of police Anoop Birtharay said. “The recovered haul had been stocked by the Maoists for inflicting damage to security forces and the polling personnel during the election.” “Our offensive against the Maoists is going on and we are determined for ensuring free, fair and safe election in Panki on Monday,” he said. The security forces had on May 3 last busted three Maoists’ bunkers before seizing another haul of explosives six days later from the same region.
Chhattisgarh govt extends ban on CPI (Maoist)
RAIPUR: Citing no respite in the Naxal activities, Chhattisgarh government has extended the ban on CPI (Maoist) and its six frontal organisations for another year. The ban has been imposed under section three of Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act-2005.
Talking to TOI, Special DG Naxal Operations D M Awasthi said, “The government has declared the CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangh, Krantikari Adivasai Mahila Sangh, Krantikari Kisan Committee, Mahila Mukti Manch, RPC and Janatana Sarkar as illegal for one more year. This has been done as there is no sight of respite from the Naxal activities even in the near future.”
Maoists warn TRS leader to mend his ways
KARIMNAGAR: Posters in the name of Janasakthi Extremist Group surfaced at Peddalingapur and Ramojipet in Ellathankunta mandal of the district on Saturday morning warning two persons — a former extremist and a TRS leader — of dire consequences. The two persons were branded as ‘police informers’. The posters were pasted in the name of Abbbana Dalam and signed in the names of district secretary Rammohan and district committee member Govardhan. The posters were pasted last night in the two villages and were noticed by villagers on Saturday morning, police said.
They warned the two ‘informers’–former militant Golla Malla Reddy and ruling party local leader M Anil to change their attitude or else face the consequences. The two are alleged to have been harassing families of Left wing extermists.
Also, the two were alleged to be having extra marital affairs which has led to disturbances in a family in Peddalingapur village. In the posters, the duo was warned of punishment in people’s court. Reacting on the wall posters, SP D Joel Davis said persons who were having animosity with the duo might have pasted the posters and ruled out involvement of Janasakthi or any other group.
Maoists see Mahapatra as someone ‘strongly against revolution and specially trained/chosen to control the revolution’.
Trained as an engineer, 31-year-old Mitrabhanu Mahapatra is the current superintendent of police in the Malkangiri district of Odisha, posted there since 2014. The Maoists see him as ‘strongly against revolution and specially trained/chosen to control the revolution’. Mahapatra is central to the reports of the large numbers of ‘surrenders’ in Malkangiri.
A self-identified nationalist whose regular tweets about the JNU crisis came into the limelight commented on how the students ‘celebrated’ when 76 jawans were killed in an ambush in 2010 or how they were members of the bourgeoisie who also want to simultaneously abolish it. Mahapatra even tweeted: “How futile is knowledge learning and free Mind it breeds, if it doesn’t inculcate nationalism! Burn 1000 JNUs for one nation #JNUCrackdown.” And, “Some universities produce scientists, engineers, historians, philosophers and teachers; some others produce professional students #JNUCrackdown”