Prof. Haragopal slams TRS govt for curbing civil rights
Hyderabad: Civil rights leader Prof. Haragopal has alleged that the TRS government was suppressing the democratic and civil rights in the newly-formed Telangana State. Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Prof. Haragopal alleged that the TRS government has grabbed the freedom of the students, who fought for the sake separate Telangana State. He said it was not proper to the TRS government to harass the students branding them as followers of proscribed Maoist Party.
Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV) State Committee has condemned the TRS government’s decision declaring the TVV as the affiliated unit of the banned Maoist Party. TVV leaders Mahesh, K Laxmi Narayana, Vemula Andip, Ramulu, Bhasker and Nazir alleged that the TRS government resorted to false publicity against the TVV. They alleged that the TRS government targeted the TVV since its State mahasabha.
“The TRS government was harassing the TVV for its fight against the anti-student and anti-people policies and the government was threatening the TVV students creating scare among them”, they alleged and urged the democrats, students, intellectuals, poets and artistes to react on TRS government’s false publicity against TVV. (NSS)
Naxal killed in encounter in Sironcha tehsil
DAYS after killing three Naxals in an encounter in Sironcha tehsil, Gadchiroli police on Wednesday killed at least one more in Godmeta hills of Etapalli tehsil. “The encounter happened when our C-60 commando parties were searching the thickly-forested hills during an intelligence-based operation around noon. After a gun battle for at least 30 minutes, Naxals managed to flee, leaving behind a dead male colleague and 12-bore gun,” Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh told The Indian Express.
The identity of the deceased Naxal, who was part of a group of at least 15 Naxals, is yet to be established. A few days ago, the Gadchiroli police and Greyhounds elite force of Telangana police had together carried out an operation in the Vyankatapur area of Sironcha tehsil, killing three very senior Naxals from Telangana. With this latest Naxal casualty, the total number of Naxalites killed in encounters with police in the district this year has gone up to nine. Five of these were women cadres
Rajnath asks four Naxal-hit states to frequently hold Unified Command meetings
New Delhi: The Centre has asked four Naxal-hit states to frequently hold Unified Command meetings for formulating a strategy to tackle the menace effectively. Home Minister Rajnath Singh told governments of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal to hold the Unified Command structure meetings more often so that anti-Naxal strategies could be constantly reviewed and formulated for better results.
Singh conveyed this at the Eastern Zonal Council meeting held in Ranchi on Monday, official sources said. The Unified Commands are headed by respective Chief Ministers and the Chief Secretaries, DGPs, IGPs of paramilitary force are members. This security structure is created in each Maoist-hit state for coordinated action and intelligence sharing.
Powerful IED recovered from naxal-hit area in Chg
A powerful improvised explosive device planted by Maoists in an insurgency-hit pocket of Gariyaband district was today recovered by security forces, police said. “The explosive, weighing 15-20 kg, was unearthed by a joint team of District Force and Central Reserve Police Force’s 65th battalion from the forested Mainpur-Kulhadighat Road under Mainpur police station limits,” Gariyaband Additional Superintendent of Police L David told PTI.
Police bust Maoist camp, two top cadres give the slip
ROURKELA: Close on the heels of busting of a Maoist camp in a forest under Gurundia police limits, Rourkela police dismantled another camp at Saplata forest in Sundargarh district following brief exchange of fire on Tuesday. Police on Wednesday confirmed that the camp was housing about 50 members of the banned CPI (Maoists) outfit, including Central committee members Prashant Bose alias Kishanda alias Manish and Misir Besra alias Sagar alias Bibek alias Sunil.
Kishanda was chief of the now defunct Saranda-based Eastern Regional Bureau of the outfit. IGP (Western range) RK Sharma said during combing operation, Special Operation Group (SOG) and Gurundia police detected the camp at Saplata forest, which is about 30 kms from the earlier camp. Exchange of fire among security forces and Maoists lasted for about 30 minutes. Later, they fled under the cover of thick forest.
From the seized documents, it was confirmed that the Maoist group comprised around 50 members of which 46 have been identified. After busting of the earlier camp, the Maoist group had taken shelter at the temporary camp, he added. Quoting intelligence sources, Sharma said the group comprising two top Maoist leaders had visited Kalahandi, Boudh and Angul districts and is trying to sneak into Saranda forest in adjacent Jharkhand. The Maoist group has 35-40 armed cadres and 10-15 women including minor girls. The combing operation would continue, he added. During the raid, at least 13 empty cartridges, Maoist uniforms, documents, medicines and other items were seized. On June 23 night, Rourkela police had busted a camp of the same group in Raipuri reserve forest under Gurundia police limits.
Police, NGOs to reach out to Maoist movement-prone tribal hamlets
With the help of the district administration the police have identified nearly 40 NGOs working on for the uplift of the rural populace. As part of community social responsibility, the Coimbatore District Police are trying to rope in Non Government Organisations (NGOs) to reach out to people in tribal habitations on Coimbatore – Kerala border.
It is yet another effort to move closer to people of these habitations in remote pockets in forests close to places where Maoists are active on the other side of the border. There are nearly 40 such hamlets in the district’s border and some of them are inaccessible.
Superintendent of Police (SP) of Coimbatore District R.V. Ramya Bharathi told The Hindu that the Special Branch and Naxal Special Division of the district police have identified the requirements of the people and have got many of them redressed with the intervention of the district administration. “While this activity is going for about 18 months, we are trying to help the people of those tribal pockets better with the help of NGOs that are already working on such fields,” she said.
With the help of the district administration the police have identified nearly 40 NGOs working on for the uplift of the rural populace. Roping in NGOs is to work for substantial and sustainable development of the people. Areas in which the identified NGOs are involved include providing infrastructure and building toilets, providing blankets and tarpaulin sheets for huts, basic healthcare, education and agriculture.
The joint initiative is also aimed at introducing skill development programmes and to make the best out of their limited resources. The police have got in touch with the NGOs to know their interest in working for the target people. This week the police will convene a meeting for the organisations to discuss what could be done for the hamlets. The NGOs with the help of the police will conduct field studies to analyse the specific needs and chalk out strategies that could be implemented.
KCP (Maoist) ultra held
IMPHAL, June 30 – A cadre of proscribed KCP(Maoist) was apprehended by a combined team of Manipur police commandos and Assam Rifles personnel, a police statement said here. The 25-year-old cadre was apprehended on Tuesday night from Nongren Mayai Leikai, said the release. Five live rounds of 9mm ammunition were seized from his possession, it added. – PTI
Five Maoists held in Bastar
Five Naxals were today arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said. While three cadres belonging to Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangh (DAKMS), a frontal outfit of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), were apprehended from Dantewada district, two others were nabbed from Sukma district, a senior police official told reporters. A team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and local police caught Katia Bhogami (30), Bhuvneshwar Bhogami (27) and Arjun Oyami (28) from Faraspal police station limits.
The trio were involved in the murder of a village head Motiram Bhogami in January in Midkulnar area. Besides, they used to extort money from local traders and transporters, the official said. In a separate incident, two lower rung ultras, identified as Madvi Raja (28) and Dudhi Rajesh (24), were arrested by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force from Gadiras police station of Sukma, he added.
STATE MULLING TO CREATE DIST COMMANDO FORCE
In order to improve operational capabilities to fight out the Maoists, the State Government is mulling to create a District Commando Force (DCF) in each Leftwing Extremist (LWE)-hit district. Even as the Government is strengthening the Special Operation Group (SOG) at the State level to help out the police force in combating Maoists, yet district police chiefs are favouring an idea to create an elite DCF at the district level. They are of the opinion that creation of DCFs would reduce dependence on the SOG.
The District Voluntary Force (DVF) is helping police force at the district level in combating Ultras too. Taking the cue from the DVF, top cops engaged in anti-Maoist operations are favouring creation of DCFs. Odisha has scaled up anti-Maoist operations in a big way, and during 2016, over 800 such operations were conducted resulting in death of eight hardcore Maoists and arrest of 29 others. Most operations were conducted in 15 districts.
It is marked that Kalahandi has become the worst Maoist-hit district with high influx of hardcore Red rebels from neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. As many as four Ultras were killed in the district during 2016. Out of over 30 incidents, 10 incidents occurred in Kalahandi only. The district police force was successful in combating the LWE cadres.
However, due to absence of Central forces, hardcore Maoists infiltrated into the State through the border of this district. At least two battalions of Central Armed Police Forces are needed to be deployed in the border areas. Out of 19 Maoist-affected districts, there were hardly any Maoist violence in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Sonepur, Ganjam and Gajapati. Hence, the State Government has requested the Centre to exclude these districts from the list of Security Related Expenditure (SRE) list.
On the other hand the Union Government has not yet sanctioned any funds for the 19 SRE districts for the year 2016-17 though nearly three months of the year have passed. Hence, the State Government is facing tough time to spend in these districts which need funds direly. According to sources, the Centre is mulling to make the SRE spending at 60:40 ratio with the State Government even as the State Government has time and again approached the Union Home Ministry to release 100 per cent funds for the SRE districts.
Police on Thursday arrested a hardcore Maoist from Raghunathpur-Rampur road under the Haspura police station of Aurangabad district. The arrested Maoist was involved in several crimes committed under the different police station. DSP Sunil Kumar said the arrested Maoist has been identified as a Surendra Rajowar. He was on his way to his village Raghunathpur. On getting information, a team of Haspura police led by SHO Arun Kumar laid a trap and caught him.