People’s War in India Clippings 24/5/2016


Two get lifer for abduction of former Odisha Collector Vineel Krishna

Malkangiri Additional District and Sessions Judge court pronounced the judgement and held Tapan Saha and M Dibya alias Shanti guilty in the case. The court, however, acquitted Ghasi Pangi, another accused in the case. While Saha is a former government employee, Dibya is a hardcore woman Maoist.

Reacting to the verdict, the then DGP Manmohan Praharaj said: “It was a difficult task then to nab the accused in the inaccessible and cut-off areas of Malkangiri. It was a challenge for us to identify those involved in the incident. We took the help of Andhra Pradesh police and officials from other states. The witnesses were apprehensive for which we had to persuade them to give their statements in the court. I am satisfied with the judgement.” It may be recalled that the former Collector and a junior engineer Pabitra Mahji were abducted by members of Communist Party of India (Maoist) on February 16, 2011.


CPI (Maoist) posters against village head in Dumaria.


Bastar police use adivasis to fight adivasis – unleashing violence in the villages

During the summer, before the paddy is sown, adivasis in Chhattisgarh often subsist on the small animals and birds they trap in the jungles. On April 11, five men from Bade Gudra village, about 70 kilometers from Dantewada town, went into the Iddesmetta forests that border their village to try to trap a shahi murga, a large rooster that could feed a dozen people.

The men dug a hole, covered it with a net and camouflaged the trap with dry leaves and sticks. “We saw a rooster walking towards the trap,” said Chula Kartam, 55, a resident of Bade Gudra. “But before it reached the net, about four dozen armed soldiers reached the spot.” According to two witnesses, the security men began to shout in Gondi and attacked the five men. They fired at them, leaving one man severely injured. Another man, who managed to escape, told his neighbours what had transpired. In a short while, the security forces came to the village and randomly picked up three other men.

Six of the men, Unga Sori, Unga Kartami, Unga Pudiyami, Kosa Pudiyami, Katti Pudiyami and Raju Manda, are under arrest. Kartam Pandu, 25, managed to escape from his bed in the Civil Hospital in Dantewada even though he had been shot in the leg thrice. He has been missing since.


Four Maoists including woman commander held

Visakhapatnam: Visakha Rural cops arrested four Maoists including a woman area committee member (ACM) who carried a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head on Sunday. Vantala Chechu alias Vasanta alias Jyothi of Bonangipalli in GK Veedhi mandal was arrested at the Valasagedda in the Visakha agency where she was taking shelter and treatment for her ill health. The other three persons were armed militia members Pangi Sattibabu alias Gorlemetta Sattibabu, Pangi Kemswara Rao alias Vamsi of Pokalapalem in Budaralla panchayat in Koyyuru mandal and Gemmeli Govinda Rao of Peddurugondi village in GK Veedhi mandal.

Speaking to media persons here on Monday, Visakha Rural SP Rahul Dev Sharma said Vasanta had joined the naxal rank and file in 2003 to escape marriage in her teens. She served as a dalam member in Korukonda and Galikonda dalams from 2004 to 2008 before she was promoted as ACM and sent to Pedabayalu Dalam. She acted as ACM for Gupteswar dalam in Odisha from 2010 to 2012 and later as ACM of Gumma Dalam till the arrest.
The SP said Vasantha, the wife of DCM cadre naxal leader Krishna, came out when the party was not willing to release her even after she became ill. There were more than 50 cases against her including 15 murder cases, 10 blasts, five property damage and six exchange of fire incidents, besides famine raids. She was injured at Gollivalasa encounter in 2010. She was involved in murders of Sagina Somalinga at Rintada in GK Veedhi in 2010, former sarpanch Sinderi Karla at Balapam in 2014 and former sarpanch of Jerrela Sagina Venkata Ramana in 2016.

Militia members Pangi Sattibabu, Pangi Kameswara Rao and Gemmeli Govinda Rao, who carried a Rs 1 lakh reward each against their name, were involved in blasts, pasting Maoists posters and organising meetings. Sattibabu was also involved in construction of Maoists martyrs pylons in between Kannavaram and Annavaram, while Govinda Rao had conducted recce at Jerrela before the murder of Sagina Venkata Ramana.


Balaghat cops nab absconding Naxalite from Gondia district

As per information, 10 years back, armed naxalites have burnt two trucks laden with bamboo in jungles of Village Dhiri-Murum in Lanji. Government suffered loss of around Rs 30 lakh in this incident. At that time, case was registered against unknown naxalites at Lanji police station. Informers told police that Lakhan alias Mohan is also involved in the incident.

Balaghat police arrested absconding Naxalite from Gondia in neighbouring Maharashtra on Monday. He was carrying cash reward of Rs 30,000 and was absconding from last ten years. Accused naxali is having five cases including murder, attempt to murder, loot, dacoity against him.

Maoists killed school boy owing to mistaken identity

Bhopal: Shootout of a 20-year-old school student, Rati alias Sunder, by Maoists, suspecting him to be a police informer, was a case of mistaken identity. This has come to light during interrogation of three rebels arrested by Balaghat police on Tuesday. “These accused had misinformed Maoists about his identity,” said DC Sagar, IG Balaghat. Three people identified as Mansharam Dhurve, Ghanshyam Markam, his wife Savni Markam, all residents of Pathri village, were involved in his murder. Police have recovered a diary from their possession which has numbers of 300 people in Balaghat and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. “We are scrutinising all the numbers. It may be a treasure trove on Maoists sympathisers,” said the IG, adding each and every number is being verified.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, the Balaghat police have arrested ‘most wanted’ Maoist from Gondia. Accused, Lakhan alias Mohan, 50, was carrying a bounty of Rs 30000 on his head and wanted in connection with a 2008 case wherein a group of 10 Maoists had set two bamboo laden trucks on fire. He was active in two districts and held a key position in the group. He has been remanded to seven-day police custody and is being interrogated for more details. Police said that Lakhan was wanted in five different cases, including the most recent one reported on April 12.

Intelligence officials believe that Lakhan was recruiting new members in the region and was closely associated with Dilip Guha who was arrested in May last year. Guha was allegedly in know of the conspiracy behind the 2013 Bastar bloodbath that wiped out entire frontline Congress leadership of Chhattisgarh. A hardened Maoist of the North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee (NGBDC), Guha was involved in more than 200 cases, including murder of state’s former transport minister and beheading of 19 government employees. Guha was not only involved in the conspiracy but was also part of the operation in Jheeram Ghati in Bastar that killed 27 people, say intelligence sources.

Accused Dilip alias Guha, a resident of Balaghat’s Maate village, was arrested after a brief encounter in Sungudda district’s forest area where he was moving with seven armed guerrillas. Others had managed to escape. Guha carried a bounty of Rs 40 lakh on his head and was wanted in 130 cases registered in Madhya Pradesh alone. Police were on the lookout for him in three red zone areas. He had joined Malajkhand Dalam at the age of 16 in 1995. The dalam was led by Suraj Tekam, key accused in murder of former transport minister Likhiram Kawre at Sonepur village in Balaghat district.

Jharkhand developing helipads to aid anti-Maoist operations

Jharkhand is developing helipads in remote areas of the state to aid surveillance and operations against Maoist guerrillas, Inspector General (operations) M.S. Bhatia said on Tuesday. “Some helipads have been constructed and some are under construction. The idea is to sharpen operations against Maoists, save time in moving troops and alleviate the threat posed by landmines,” Bhatia told IANS.

According to police sources, 13 places have been identified where such helipads are being constructed. Over 700 security personnel have been killed in Jharkhand on account of Maoist insurgency since 2000 when the state was created. About 60 percent of that death toll has been attributed to landmine blasts.

The security forces battling the insurgency are faced with a difficult and dangerous terrain, including dense forests. Some of the jungles are situated on hills. Many of the remote areas have nothing resembling motorable roads. All land movements of the security personnel in the Maoist zone are threatened with the possibility of landmine blasts and ambushes. In some areas security personnel have to footslog more than 15 to 20 km which causes fatigue, making them more vulnerable to Maoist attacks.

“Maoist guerrillas tend to plant landmines along non-tarred roads,” said a police official. Helipads will reduce the troops’ reliance on land movements and improve access to remote areas. “In cases of emergency evacuation, airlifting will also become easier. The anti-Maoist operations will get strengthened without the risk of loss of lives of the security forces,” said Bhatia. Helipad construction will help in keeping eye on the movement of the Maoists, said the police sources.

Exchange of fire in Balaghat.

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