People’s War in India Clippings 27/5/2016


Two women naxals in the custody of cops

Visakhapatnam: In yet another blow to Maoists, the police have allegedly arrested two key women members. Sources said deputy commander of Jana Natya Mandali (JNM), a cultural wing of Maoists, M Kalavathi alias Bhavani alias Santakka of Anantapuram district, and Galikonda Area Committee member K Lakshmi of GK Veedhi mandal, were taken into custody. Both the Maoists are being interrogated by the Visakha rural cops. Sources said both the women were undergoing treatment at a hideout in Chitrakonda area of Malkangiri district, close to Visakha district borders, at the time of the arrest. However, other sources said both the naxals surrendered at Malkangiri and were brought to Visakhapatnam.

“Arrests or surrenders of naxals are revealed two weeks after their arrest. This is because, several agencies involved in anti-naxal operations would interrogate them to get inputs of the underground party. Hence the two naxal would be presented before the media after a week or so,” a senior police officer said. The surrender of ACM Jhansi alias Russo and arrest of ACM Vantala Checchu alias Vasanta were also shown a couple of weeks after they were taken into custody by cops, sources said.

According to sources, around 60-year-old Bhavani has been with the Maoists of East Division for two decades.She is very familiar in the rank and file of the naxals and militia network. She has been suffering from ailments and was working in cut off area in Malkangiri district of Odisha. She had escaped from around 15 encounters or exchange of fire incidents.

Lakshmi alias Sarita has been in the naxal squads for the past one decade. She is the wife of Galikonda Area Committee secretary Gopal alias Azad who was killed in the Marripakalu encounter in the first week of May. She was actively involved in many agitations including the anti-bauxite agitations.

Killing of Women Naxals: Maoists call Gadchiroli bandh on May 31

The five women Naxals killed in different encounters are Rajita Usendi, Minko Naroti, Aarti Pudo, Nirmala Dumma and Sarita Kowasi.

Maoists have called a bandh in Gadchiroli on May 31 to protest against the killing of five of their women members in various encounters since January. Police sources said a woman Naxal killed in an encounter on May 9 had been given a chance to surrender but she refused. Terming the killings “ruthless”, Srinavasan, spokesperson for the western sub-zonal bureau of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, said in a press note “hired assassins” of the “Hindu, fascist, Brahminical” Modi government had shown “medieval cruelty” to kill the “daredevil revolutionary” women cadres, and called a bandh on May 31.

The five women Naxals killed in different encounters are Rajita Usendi, Minko Naroti, Aarti Pudo, Nirmala Dumma and Sarita Kowasi. “Rajita, member of the divisional committee of CPI (Maoist), had come to Hurrekasa village in Dhanora tehsil along with a colleague after separating from her dalam following an exchange of fire with the police near Mahawada village on May 4. Through their informers, the police came to know of her stay in Hurrekasa. So they came to the village, locked the house where she was staying in but brave Rajita fought on till the last bullet in her AK-47 rifle,” said Srinavasan, adding, “The C-60 commandos then brutally bombed the house and charred Rajita to death.”

Srinavasan also paid glowing tributes to the “fight” put up by the other “women martyrs”. A man identifying himself as Waghuram Usendi and brother of Rajita told The Indian Express, “The police burnt my sister to death when they could kill her with a bullet. Is it the proper way to do this?”

Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said, “We have explained it all earlier too. Our men who reached the village on the night of May 9 tried to get her to surrender by sending the villages’ police patil to the house owned by Yamunabai Parse, where she was holed up. She, however, refused to accept the offer. This went on for more than three hours.

We could not have stormed the house to catch her alive as she was also firing from her AK-47 rifle. So, finally, our men used the under-barrel gun launcher to lob a shell at the house to kill her.” “The SDM probe into the incident is on and the truth will prevail,” added Patil.

Balaghat cops cordon off forest to smoke out Naxalites

BHOPAL : The Balaghat police surrounded an area late on Tuesday evening suspecting presence of Naxalites near Korka Bundri village, under Malajkhand police station area, and recovered various belongings of the Naxalaits from their hideout.

IG, Naxal operation, DC Sagar informed Free Press that on Tuesday police raided the Korka-Bundri village area. The police got tip-off that the Naxalaits were trying to establish a monsoon camp in the area to train members of the group. When police raided the spot they escaped in the dense jungle leaving behind their belongings.

The cops have seized the cartridges of Insas, AK-47 rifles and 12-bore gun kept in a bag, along with photographs and belongings of the children.
He added that in a photograph a boy is wearing school uniform, with a badge having the address of Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. He suspected that the Naxalaits may have kidnapped the students and forcing them to involve in the Naxalite activities. Police have sent the details to the Chhattisgarh police for further action. The police laying a siege in the area suspect that around 30 Naxalites including women and children are hiding in the jungle.

Villagers unite against Maoists in Khunti

RANCHI: A large number of villagers, mostly tribals, gathered in Arki block of Khunti district on Thursday to unite against Maoists who often seek shelter in the villages and use them in gathering information against police. The meeting called ‘Shanti Samiti Baithak’ a part of the government’s civil defence programme, held at Korba village under Arki police station was backed by the district police. Some of the villagers were armed with traditional weapons but the police asked them not to use violence in their struggle to resist the left-wing extremists. Khunti is a Maoist-hit district.

Khunti SP Anish Gupta said that one person who has links with Maoists has surrendered in the meeting. His decision to surrender was hailed by the villagers who motivate people with links to the Maoists to give up all the links and lead a normal mainstream life. “The support of the public works as a great source of motivation for the people who back the Maoists,” he said.
In the last couple of months, SP said, five such meetings have been held in the district. “The meetings are voluntarily organized by the villagers. The police participate in the meeting as a third party and not as the organizer. The people have identified the fallacies in Maoist ideologies and rejected it,” he said. A source said the villagers want to take the village back into the age when there was no extremism in the village…

Explosives seized from Maoist-affected Jharkhand district

Large quantities of explosives, hand grenades and live cartridges were recovered on Friday during a search operation in Maoist-affected Latehar district of Jharkhand, a police official said. “In a joint operation of the state police and para-military forces, 250 hand grenades, 183 live cartridges, 300 gelatin sticks, other explosives and 577 pieces of iron pipes were recovered from Dori Pundara jungle of Latehar,” the police official told IANS.

Since January this year, the state police have been carrying out search operations in the Maoist-affected districts with the support of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The search operations have so far yielded eight police weapons that were snatched by the Maoists, five regular weapons, 99 country-made weapons, 1,721 detonators, 95 landmines, and 2,200 kg explosives.


Maoists use teens against BJP in Madhya Pradesh

Gun-toting teenagers are being used by Maoists to carry out a massive pamphlet campaign against the Modi government across Madhya Pradesh, the police said citing a related seizure during a recent raid. But, what’s catching eyes is the political timing the Maoists have chosen to go about it— when the NDA government is celebrating completion of two years in office with a series of programmes nationwide. All this came to light when the police seized pamphlets, pictures of children, spotted many teenagers, including girls in Maoist fatigues during a 30-minute exchange of fire in Bijakhoh jungles on May 24, said Balaghat superintendent of police Gaurav Tiwari. Children’s notebooks suggested that the teenagers hailed from Chhattisgarh.

All these teenagers are between 14 and 19 years. The red pamphlets tear right into Modi government’s flagship schemes, including Digital India, Make in India, Smart City and Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. They are being distributed in villages in dense forests on the hillocks of Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district by cadres of the banned CPI (Maoists), police said. Some pamphlets are even aimed at polarizing the haves and the have-nots to turn the latter against the BJP-led governments in the adjoining states. Police officials said Maoists’ young army was also propagating the red ideology through pamphlets in Murum, Batranga, Dulhapur, Madi, Rasimeta, Bhagwandeeh and Jagla under the supervision of the most wanted Maoist leader, Kumar Sahay,’ who carries a Rs 50 lakh award on his head in three bordering states.

The spot scene

Three waterproof tents, several ground sheets, over 150 kg food grain, vegetables, fruits, besides remnants of lunch being prepared by the Maoists showed the Chhattisgarh children were not only being used in the political pamphlet war but also being trained like armymen for a future ambush.
A sentry post on a tree and adjoining stone bunker too had been built on the tallest Bijakhoh hillock to keep an eye on the police movement in the five kilometre radius. The seizure contained a haul of live cartridges of self-loading rifles (SLRs), AK-47s and INSAS rifles. Gaurav said, “The circumstantial evidence revealed major plans by the Maoists to regroup in Balaghat and plan some big misadventure during the monsoon.”

Commando training

Police sources said the teenagers were being trained in tactical warfare—informer spotting skills, carving safe escape routes, befriending villagers and possible police informers, hand-to-hand combat and strategic ambush techniques to neutralize security forces.Sources said the training was being provided by senior Maoists, like Ashok, who is the secretary of North Gadchiroli Gondia Divisional Committee. Pahad Singh is being assisted in the training by a local trusted aide David and other wanted Maoists, including Naresh who has Rs 30 lakh bounty on his head, Dipak (Rs 10 lakh) and Sampat (Rs 10 lakh), besides senior female Maoist Sangita, police sources said, adding that lure of money from tendu leaf and bamboo trade is regrouping Maoists in Balaghat, which had seen a thin presence of the red brigade after 2012 when a number of prominent leaders were killed in police encounters.

Two villagers killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh: Police

Two villagers from insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, were murdered allegedly by Maoists in separate incidents, police said even as 14 Naxals were arrested in Sukma district. While an 18-year-old youth identified as Kandru Patel, was murdered in Kondagaon district, another villager Joga Madvi was killed in Dantewada district, a senior police official.

A native of Balasar village under Kondagaon Police Station, Patel had arrived at Heeramandla village yesterday along with his father and a younger brother to visit a local fair, he said. As per the preliminary information, when he was sleeping alone in the courtyard of the house of a relative in the village, a group of armed naxals stormed the place late in the night, attacked him with sharp weapons and subsequently shot him dead, the official said.

The exact reason behind his killing was not yet known. However, the Maoist pamphlets dropped at the spot claimed that he acting as a police informer, he said. The body of the victim was handed over to the relatives after the postmortem.

In the second incident, Joga’s body was found Thursday morning in the hills adjoining Cholnar village under Kirandul Police Station in Dantewada. He was kidnapped by the rebels from his relative’s house in Cholnar Wednesday night, the official said. The relatives of the victim said in their statement that Joga, a native of Jagargunda region of neigbouring Sukma district, was staying in Cholnar from the last few days, he said. The cause behind his killing was also yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, 12 Naxals were apprehended on Thursday from a jungle under Gadiras police station limits. Two Maoists were from Tongpal Police Station limits of the district, Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the district police force had launched a combing operation in the interior of Gadiras, around 400 km away from here.

While cordoning off Pariya village forest, they nabbed nine suspects, the ASP said. All of them were allegedly involved in damaging a water pipeline of a private steel plant on the intervening night of May 19-20 in Gadiras area, he said. In separate incidents, three other rebels were arrested from Gadiras area and two from Tongpal region, Singh said.


‘First priority is to recoup my health’

After spending eight-and-a-half years in detention at the Central Jail here as an undertrial facing 47 cases, Tambelu Kamala’s first priority is to get treated for her ailments. The 35-year-old Kondh woman, a native of Revulakota of Koyyuru mandal, followed the Maoists at a young age and rose to become area committee member of the Pedabayalu area.

A reward of Rs. 5 lakh was declared on her head by the government at the time of her arrest on December 6, 2007, when she was booked in the first case at Chintapalli Police Station. She was acquitted in the 47{+t}{+h}case on Tuesday by the court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge, which is the designated court of the district for Maoist cases. “I am not well. I have diabetes, low BP, skin allergy, and swelling in the feet. First I have to get treated and I will go back to my parents, who are now living at Karaka near Narsipatnam,” a relieved Kamala told The Hindu at the residence of advocate and civil rights activist N.H. Akbar, who took up her cases.

She hopes there will not be any harassment either from the Maoists or the police. “If I say no (to the party on joining back), they will understand,” Ms. Kamala hoped. With no formal education, she learnt to read and write after joining the party to which she was attracted because of the songs the party members sang. Mr. Akbar explained that in those days, when the police presence and combing were not as widespread or effective, senior leaders of the party used to stay for a week or more in a village and get acquainted with the locals.

Ms. Kamala first worked with the Nagulakonda area committee and then was shifted to the Pedabayalu area committee, which was then led by Ganesh.
She married a divisional committee member Jagan while in the party. She was picked up by the Chintapalli police from her aunt’s house at Porlubanda on December 5, 2007, when she went there to get treated for severe jaundice. Ms. Kamala says that she had been taken to Chintapalli and from there to Narsipatnam, and brought back to Chintapalli where the police put pressure on her to declare that she wanted to surrender. When she did not, she was arrested, produced before the local MRO, and remanded to the Central Jail here. She received treatment only after she was lodged in the jail.

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