Maoist leader killed in Jharkhand encounter
A Maoist leader was on Saturday shot dead during an encounter with the police in Simdega district. Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan said following a tip-off, a search operation was launched during which three motorcycle-borne men fired on the policemen near Mudia jungle under Sadar police station. In the retaliatory action, one of them, Turia Oraon, was killed on the spot, the SP said, adding the two others managed to flee into the deep jungle. Oraon, who was a former area commander of the CPI (Maoist), faced four cases in the district.
3 HARDCORE ULTRAS HELD IN DANTEWADA
Three hardcore Naxals carrying cash rewards on their heads for insurgency activities, fell to police net during different anti-Naxal operations carried out by security forces in the insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said on Sunday. “One of the ultras was involved in Jheeram Ghati attack wherein 31 people including several Congress party senior members were killed,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Dantewada Kamlochan Kashyap said.
According to police, the ultras were identified as Bandi alias Bandu (30) resident of Nilawaya under Aranpur Police station, Pandru Podiyami (30) of Jangla Bijapur and Sukhram alias Sukhdev (38) of Bhairamgarh Bijapur. The arrests were made by different teams consisting of DRG, 111th battalion CRPF and district police personnel. Bandi was part of Naxal team that had orchestrated Jheeram Ghati massacre on May 25, 2013, the SP informed.
“Police was searching him for his involvement in Tahkavada ambush attack in which 16 persons including 15 policemen had lost their lives,” he said.
We were also searching him for killing a policeman at Gadiras and murdering a Sarpanch at Aranpur in 2015, he mentioned. State Government had declared cash reward of `3 lakh on Bandi’s arrest. Likewise, Pandru who had joined Naxal cadre in 2007 as militia members was promoted as section commander of Naxal platoon in 2009. He was involved in Naxal ambush attack in the jungles of Tadkel in 2008 wherein six Police jawans had martyred while six ultras were also gunned down, the SP said. Sukhram was also wanted in connection with attacks on police parties and State Government had declared reward of `1 lakh on his arrest, SP Kashyap added.
FOUR MAOISTS ARRESTED IN KONDAGAON DIST
Four Maoists were arrested during different search operations carried out by security forces in several parts of insurgency-hit Kondagaon district of Bastar, police said here on Saturday. The arrested ultras include a member of Naxal Barsoor Area Committee and police was in search of the insurgent for the past few years, Superintendent of Police (SP), Kondagaon, Santosh Singh said.
According to the police, the insurgents were identified as Jagnu Gavde alias Gagra alias Sanjeev alias Sanju (23), Chaitram Korram alias Saitram Korram (27) both residents of Narayanpur, Balsing (30) and Mintu (36) hailing from Chhote Koder. Jagnu Gavde, according to the police, was a notorious man and was involved in several serious criminal incidents like murder, attempt to murder, attack on police party, triggering explosion and similar others, the SP said, while adding that he was a member of Naxal Barsoor Area Committee. He had hacked to death a man at Tondkodra village in 2010 after labelling him as police informer, the SP added. The rest of held ultras were members of Janmilita group affiliated to banned Naxal organization Communist Party of India (Maoist).
IAS officers in crosshairs of Maoists
DGP had apprised CM and top officials about the sinister plans of the banned outfit
: With the security forces in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, improving their capabilities and the coordination among the various security agencies in the Maoist-affected States getting better, the left wing extremists are focussing on a different strategy to make an impact.
As per certain documents seized from Naxals killed in encounters, including the data retrieved from the laptop of Maoist leader Azad alias Gopal, who was killed in an encounter with a special police party near Palasamudram in Koyyuru mandal of Visakhapatnam district on May 4, the Maoists are planning to kidnap government officials, especially IAS officers who are posted in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and East Godavari districts. The new strategy of the Maoists was disclosed by Director General of Police (DGP) J.V. Ramudu recently at a meeting of Ministers and top officials, including the Chief Minister. Admitting that Maoists were active in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari and their presence was improving in Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, West Godavari and areas bordering Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, the DGP pointed out the banned group was primarily focusing on two things: creating fear among the tribal people by eliminating police informers or killing innocents by branding them informers, and kidnapping officials.
This year, the Maoists have killed four Girijans in the Andhra-Odisha-Border region after branding them police informers. Coming to the action from the police side, the security forces arrested one DCM cadre operator from Bhadrachalam (Sabari dalam), killed one DCM in an encounter in the same area and three ACM cadre Maoists were killed by the elite anti-naxal force Greyhounds in locate-and-chase operation in East Godavari and Visakha Agency areas. The data retrieved from the laptops and other material indicate that the Maoists are low on explosives.
Low on explosives
According to a senior officer in the Intelligence Department, the left-wing extremists are facing a shortage of explosive material and they are scouring the markets for various chemicals and products. Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been the mainstay for the Maoists. They are still largely dependent on gelatine and fertilizers. Earlier, the dependence was on gelatine for the making of IEDs and the gateway was the mining contractors. With the government tightening the norms and other non-hazardous material available, the flow of gelatine has come down.
According to a senior police officer engaged in anti-Maoist operation, there is evidence to suggest that the left-wing extremists are desperate to replenish the explosive stockpile and have conducted tests on 15 different explosive substances such as ammonium nitrate, potassium dichromate, naphthalene balls, and petroleum jelly.
“In the recent times they have shown their dependence on ammonium nitrate, which they code-named as ‘sabudana.’ But there is a problem with ammonium nitrate. This fertilizer, which can be converted into explosive material, has a very short lifespan and loses its explosive character if not kept in a controlled environment or used quickly. And seized documents suggest that they are facing a storage problem and are on the lookout for an alternative,” said the officer.
Jharkhand: Encounter between security personnel, Maoists in Ghatsila
An encounter between security personnel and Maoists on Saturday took place inside a jungle at Gorabandha in Ghatsila sub-division, a LWE stronghold in Jharkhand, following which a camp was busted. East Singhbhum Superintendent of Police (Rural), Md Arshi said the encounter took place when security personnel from CRPF and district armed police were on an anti-Maoist operation in the LWE strongholds of the sub-division.
They had launched a search at Dangra Pahar on being informed about a Maoist camp there when the ultras fired at them forcing them to retaliate in self-defense, he said. The encounter lasted for an hour from 1030 AM to 11.30 AM when fire was exchanged, Arshi said, adding the Maoists were forced to retreat. There was no casualty among the security personnel. Later, the security personnel demolished the Maoist camp and recovered two canbombs and 15 detonators from there, police said. A binocular, a walkie-talkie charger, a flash gun, two radios, nine plastic tents, five Maoist uniforms, 15 empty cartridges, a printer cartridge, utensils and other items of daily use were also found.
110 Maoists arrested in 7 months: CRPF
Patna: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Sunday claimed that it arrested 110 CPI (Maoist) activists and killed five ultras in separate encounters in the state in the last seven months. The data was released by the CRPF’s Bihar sector during the farewell ceremony for ADG Shailendra Kumar who has been transferred to Hyderabad. Kumar emphasised on use of modern communication equipment by the force.
He said in the last seven months, CRPF was successful in arresting several Maoists who were carrying rewards on their heads. “One CRPF jawan was killed and three others were injured in anti-Maoist operations in the state during this period,” he said. “Recently, Amin Sahni, a dreaded Maoist, was arrested from Muzaffarpur district with AK-56 assault rifle and 50 live ammunitions. Other arrested Maoists include Chandra Deep Yadav, Mundrika Yadav, Kamlesh Yadav alias Rajan and Pun Yadav,” Kumar added.
Maoists kill two for being suspected police informers in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Maoist guerrillas killed two men, accusing them of being police informers, in Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Sunday, police said. According to police, the guerrillas abducted the two men from their home and killed both by slitting their throat. The bodies were recovered from Kolharia village of Giridih district, around 200 km from Ranchi and have been sent for post-mortem examination. Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.
TENANT INFORMATION OF ALL FRINGE AREAS MADE MANDATORY
Decision was taken by the district collector after a number of people with terror links were arrested from the rural areas
Local residents of the fringe areas under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police, have been reportedly lackadaisical in their responsibility to provide all the information about their tenants. This issue has also stemmed from a general lack of awareness, which gives way to a possible threat. Taking this into consideration, district collector Saurabh Rao issued an order, on Thursday, under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), making it mandatory for all house owners to submit detailed data of renters at the local police station.
Setting a week’s deadline for all land owners to submit details of the tenants, Rajendra Muthe, deputy district collector, who is also the additional district magistrate, said, “The order is applicable to all municipal councils, cantonment boards and rural areas of Pune. In the backdrop of terror activities, submitting detailed information about the tenants has been made compulsory. Providing this information within the next seven days is mandatory. Failure to do so will lead to legal action against the offenders.”
The decision comes after a number of people with links to terror groups were detained in the past few months, including Angelo Sontakke — the alleged secretary of the Golden Corridor Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) — who had been operating from a small house at Paud. In another case, CPI (Maoist) member Kannamballi Muralidharan alias Ajith was arrested from his hideout at Talegaon Dabhade on May 9 last year.
In all the incidents, the land owners were unaware of their actual identity, thus failing to inform the local police about them. Two more people with alleged Maoist links — Arun Bhelke and his wife Kanchan Ranavare — were also arrested from Kanhephata villagae near Lonavala in September 2014.
“The order is specifically applicable to areas like Talegaon Dabhade MIDC, Ranjangaon MIDC and Chakan industrial zone, where a major source of income comes from house renters. But, in order to hide income details, people often fail to provide details of occupants,” Muthe said.
A similar order had also been issued by the district collector last month, making it compulsory for commercial establishments and labour contractors to furnish information about workers from other states. According to sources from the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), the terrorists often take shelter in rural areas where it is almost impossible to keep a check on their activities. There are contract labourers from other states, who are working with labour contractors. They do not enrol their names in the records to avoid PF like facilities. This is one of the prime reasons that undisrupted terror activities are carried out by groups.
According to the district collector’s order, proof of original residence, name and contact details of at least two persons residing in a nearby locality of a worker along with the numbers of the local police station have to be submitted. Apart from this, it is also mandatory to collect photographs and thumb impressions of a worker. Offences under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code can be lodged against land owners if they violate this order.