People’s War in India Clippings 22/6/2016


Man allegedly beaten by police on suspicion of helping Naxals

A 40-year-old man has alleged that he was beaten by the police over suspicion of helping Maoists and has submitted a memorandum in this regards.
Harilal Sarju Dhurve, a resident of Dhanora tehsil, has levelled the charges in a memorandum submitted recently to the district Collector.

“A police officer from the Malewada police station stopped me when I was returning to my village from Malewada market on May 22. All of a sudden, the officer thrashed me using sticks. I was then taken to the police station and again beaten till I became unconscious,” Dhurve alleged in the letter. He further alleged that he was dressed in a Naxal uniform when he was unconsious.

“When I regained consciousness, I found myself in a Naxal uniform. Following this, my photo was taken with a gun in my hand and I was beaten once again,” he further alleged. According to Dhurve, police claimed that he supplied sugar and tea to naxals.

“Police had threatened me not to reveal anything and hence, I did not lodge a complaint,” he claimed. When contacted, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh said the Sub-Divisional Police Officer concerned will be asked to enquire about the matter.

200-capacity anti-insurgency institution at Surabardi

Nagpur: A 200-capacity counter insurgency and anti-terrorist (CIAT) school is set to come up at Surabardi on the outskirts of the city. The decision was ratified at a cabinet meeting on Monday. The institution, which was set to come up at Pune, would be now a part of the city-based Unconventional operation training centre (UOTC) which functions under the supervision of state Anti-naxal operation cell (ANO). UOTC, spread over 44 hectares, now trains the personnel in anti-guerrilla and jungle warfare for anti-Naxal operations.

As the per the guidelines of Bureau of police research and development (BPRD), each state has to set up its own CIAT in the backdrop of the heightened threat perception. Central government already learnt to have sanctioned a budget of Rs1.5 crore for setting up the infrastructure. The state government, also responsible for spending on training and other aspects, learnt to have already received the government of India sanction. The state government is now set to pass a budget of around Rs97 lakh in the coming assembly session.

Inspector general of police, Anti-naxal operation cell (ANO), Shivaji Bodkhe said that facilities for around 200 personnel from different units across the state shall be created. “UOTC already has commando training facilities and other drill exercises. Additional infrastructure shall come up for better training in field crafts, commando tactics and anti-insurgency techniques,” he said.

Bodkhe also said that retired army or paramilitary personnel can be roped in for training on contract basis too for sharing their experience with the trainees. “State government shall conduct the recruitments and deployments to these crucial postings of principal of the proposed school, trainers and other support staffers,” he said.

India: The Re-Cleansing Of Nallamala – Analysis

In the latest of the state’s march against the left-wing extremists, the Andhra Pradesh police in June 2016 declared the Nallamala forests ‘extremist free’. In a media statement, the state police claimed to have been able to deal with the problem “with an iron hand” and has ensured the non-occurrence of “a single extremism related incident” in the area in the past decade. The history of counter-Maoist operations in Nallamala, however, makes this claim a bit of an exaggeration, and points at a decade long contestation by the police and the extremists to dominate the area.

Nallamala has a long history of Naxal activity. Spread across 4500 square kilometres, the dense forests are spread across five districts — Kurnool, Prakasam, Mahabubnagar, Guntur and Nalgonda. It remained one of the impregnable fortresses of the People’s War Group (PWG) before the outfit’s peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government and the eventual formation of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist). After the peace talks failed, the police was able to mount one of the most successful operations recorded so far in India against the outfit. The CPI-Maoist retreated, but has since made several attempts to regain its foothold in the area.

The last major killing carried out by the CPI-Maoist in Nallamala was the killing of ten village elders in Nippula Vaagu in 2005. The outfit justified the killings as a revenge against the massacre of 12 Dalits by the village leaders more than 10 years ago. Despite its flight from Andhra Pradesh, the outfit managed to hold a week-long plenum in Nallamala in September 2015, which was attended by state secretary Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna, other state leaders Shakamuri Appa Rao and Sudhakar. A 1000 member security force contingent which scanned the area after being tipped off could only recover copies of Telugu newspapers and biscuit packets from the venue.

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