People’s War in India Clippings 18/7/2016


Gaya Naxal encounter: 10 CRPF commandos killed, five injured in IED blast in Bihar

At least 10 CRPF commandos belonging to its elite COBRA battalion were on Monday night killed in a Naxal IED blast in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, officials said. According to ANI, 10 CRPF personnel have lost their lives and 5 others have been injured.


Chhattisgarh fake encounter: ‘I tell them all… my Meena was not Naxal’

The last five years have seen Buddheswar Ram narrate his daughter’s story several times. On a Sunday morning, he does it again and it takes him less than a minute to do so. In that one minute, Buddheswar Ram mentions his daughter’s name three times, his voice steely. “Meena”, he says once more. This time, the tears fall and his voice breaks. “Humri dil ko bahut kadta hai (It hurts my heart),” he says. He then stretches his hands a foot apart. “My heart was once this big. Ab itna hai (It’s this small now),” he says, his fingers an inch apart.

In July 2011, Ram’s then 15-year-old daughter, Meena Khalkho, was shot and killed by personnel of the Chhattisgarh police a few kilometres outside Kharcha village in the northern part of the state, near the Jharkhand border. Her death had caused a massive political furore in the state with the police claiming she was a Naxal while her family stayed adamant that Meena, an Oraon tribal, had nothing to do with Maoists.
Armed with a post-mortem report that suggested that she was sexually assaulted before she was shot twice, in August 2015, the Opposition raised the issue in the Assembly, forcing the state government to order a judicial probe. There were unsavoury comments from state ministers that suggested that Khalkho was “habituated to sex” and had “relationships with truck drivers” that queered the pitch further.


Odisha Police Produced Maoist Leader Sabyasachi Panda in Gajapati Court

Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was produced before the Gajapati District and Sessions Judge Court here on Monday after being taken from the Brahmapur Central Jail amidst tight security. He was produced before the court for hearing of ten cases lodged against him in 2006. Seven Cases lodged against him from Adava Police Station and Three Cases from Mohana Police Station.

He was involved in the jail, police station and treasury Bus arson, torching of a mobile tower cases on December 27 and 28 in 2006 , He was also involved in Kharajuluar Jungle Cross firing case , Bhaliaguda Encounter two cases. Panda’s lawyers Deepak Kumar Patnaik and Swarup Kumar Pal said that the next charge frame will be on August 5, 2016.

Anti-Maoist op in monsoon surprising

Patna: The operation launched by the CRPF and COBRA jawans on the border of Aurangabad and Gaya districts on Monday surprised many as the security forces avoid such action during the monsoon season due to low visibility. Security forces believe the Maoists try to extract as much money as possible before monsoon because they generally remain inactive during the three months of this season and take shelters in villages. But the security forces launched the operation despite rain because they had a tip-off about the movement of Azad ji, a central committee member of CPI (Maoist), and Sandeep Ji alias Vijay Yadav, a member of Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC).

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