Suspected Maoists led lives undercover canvassing for recruits
The three suspected Maoist women chose remote locations to go off the grid to avoid police scanner.
Though illiterate, top leader Kala was trained in arms, well-versed in the ideology of the ultras.
CHENNAI/KARUR:The three suspected Maoist women arrested by the Q branch police on Thursday led a shadow life as labourers in different parts of the country for years, according to police sources.
Among the three, Kala alias Janaki (52) is said to be the most prominent leader of the Maoist movement in Tamil Nadu and is believed to be well-trained in arms. “She was called ‘Amma’ by other cadre. She is illiterate, but had a deep knowledge of the Maoist ideology and trained in arms too,” said a police source in Karur.
She had been working as a daily labourer in Karur. But often changed her place of living. Most of the areas she stayed were remote villages to avoid the police radar.
According to sources, she was one of the persons who trained fresh Maoist cadre in the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, which is believed to be the most common meeting zone for left extremists. Kala’s husband Manikavasagam, also a Maoist activist, was still absconding, as per police records. Police suspect Kala was also involved in canvassing people to join the movement. About 29 police cases were pending against her, police claimed.
Another suspect, Renna Joyce Mary (32), was said to have moved to Padapai in Kancheepuram district just a month ago and joined as a tailor in a private textile firm. “There will be work only for a few days a week in the firm. The rest of the days she will be convincing people to join the movement,” said a Kancheepuram police source. Reena’s husband Kannan, also a suspected Maoist activist, has been in jail since 2002. He was arrested in an operation by State police at Uthangarai.
The third arrested person Chandra (42) had been staying with Kala in Karur and was working as a daily wager. The three arrested persons seemed to have developed a secret communication method with other cadre, which the police source refused to explain.
The Q branch SP S Maheswaran interrogated the accused and they were later produced before the magistrate courts. Since the two women — Kala and Chandra — said they did not have food since police nabbed them, the Magistrate ordered police to buy them food. The magistrate sent them to Tiruchy Central Prison for 15 days judicial custody and deferred the case to August 5. Reena was remanded in Vellore prison.
Government to raise thirteen new armed police battalions to tackle Naxals
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved 12 India Reserve battalions for the Left Wing Extremism affected states. Thirteen new armed police battalions, including one comprising mostly tribals from the worst Maoist-hit districts, will be raised by the government to tackle the Naxal menace.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved 12 India Reserve battalions for the Left Wing Extremism affected states. Of the 12 battalions, four will be raised in Chhattisgarh, three each in Jharkhand and Odisha and two in Maharashtra.
The CCS has made it clear that 75 per cent of the posts at constable level will be filled from 27 worst Naxal-hit states and there should be a relaxation in age and educational criteria as considered necessary for recruiting local youths, a Home Ministry official said.
Besides, approval has been given to CRPF for raising a ‘Bastariya’ battalion by recruiting youths from undivided Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. For this battalion, all constables will be recruited from tribal dominated Sukma, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Bijapur districts (all parts of undivided Bastar).
Further, two already sanctioned India Reserve battalions will be converted into auxiliary battalions in CRPF by recruiting youths from 15 severely Naxal affected districts of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Odisha. Out of these 15 districts, five belong to Chhattisgarh.
The concept of ‘Bastariya’ battalion was considered useful as the recruits will be mostly tribals who would help address local unemployment issue, provide tactical advantage to CRPF in operations, intelligence collection and language benefits. While in case of tribal candidates in rest of the country where the minimum height has to be 160 CMs, as many as 4.5 CMs has been given as relaxation for the candidates from Bastar region while there will be 10 per cent relaxation in weight, which has to be proportionate to height and age in case of other candidates.
Two Naxals killed in police encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district
Two Naxals were on Saturday killed in a gun-battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.
The operation was launched by the state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) and a team of local police in co-ordination with Andhra Pradesh police under Konta police station limits, Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said. After receiving inputs about movement of lower-rung cadre in the forests of Konta bordering East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, security forces were mobilised towards the region, located around 500 kms away from Raipur, he said.
When the forces were cordoning off Pusguda forests on Gangraj hills, armed insurgents opened fire on them, triggering a gun-fight between the two sides, the SP said. “During searches, bodies of two Naxals besides as many muzzle loading guns were recovered from the spot,” he said. “The identity of the killed rebels is being ascertained,” the SP added. However, preliminary investigations suggest that one of them is the head of Janatana Sarkar group of ultras and another a member of a team involved in manufacturing local weapons for the banned outfit.
Security forces, Naxals exchange fire in Rajnandgaon
Rajnandgaon, Jul 22 (PTI) Security forces and Naxals today exchanged fire in which some rebels may have been injured in dense forests of Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The encounter took place in the forests under Khadgaon police station area adjoining Balod and Kanker districts, when a team of security personnel was carrying out a search operation in the region, about 200 km from the state capital Raipur, a senior police official said. The personnel came face-to-face with a group of armed ultras, triggering a gun-battle between them. On finding the security personnel zeroing on them, the rebels escaped into core forests, he added.
IEDs recovered after massive search, security personnel targeted
Over two dozens of IEDs planted under a kutcha road in Sikid jungle in naxal-hit Latehar district were recovered by security personnel during a routine search operation, police said. Acting on a tip-off, the security personnel launched a massive search in the area and recovered 25 IEDs planted in a series underneath a kutcha road in the jungle, Superintendent of Policy Anup Birtheray said.
He said each IED weighed half kg and the explosive was planted targeting the security personnel. All the IEDs have been defused by the bomb disposal squad, he added. Meanwhile, two activists of ultra group ‘People’s Liberation Front of India’ (PLFI) were arrested and recovered arms and ammunition from Manahatu under Rania police station of extremist-affected Khunti district.
In course of a joint operation by CRPF and District Armed Police, two PLFI activists were areested Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta said.
Gupta told a press conference that a rifle, seven cartridges, 40 detonators and four mobile phones were seized from them.
Tribals allegedly as Maoists create flutter in Agency
Khammam: Indicating all is not well in the Agency, especially on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, the outlawed cadres of CPI- Maoist created flutter by allegedly planting explosives on the highway between Venkatapuram and Cherla in Khammam district, little over 300 km from Hyderabad, in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
The incident comes in the wake of Maoists’ call for observing ‘Maoist Martyrs’ Week’ starting from July 28 to August 3 in the restive Dandakaranya region. It may be mentioned here that Maoists observe the Martyrs’ Week every year during this period in memory of the Naxalite movement founder Charu Mazumdar. Against this backdrop, the police had already beefed up the security measures in the region by deploying additional forces of Greyhounds, CoBRA and CRPF, besides intensifying combing operations and vehicle checks.
Despite this, around 60 armed rebellions took control of the highway near Ramachandrapuram village under Venkatapuram mandal in the wee hours of Sunday.They stopped the vehicular movement and told the travelers to keep quite. They arranged a rope across the highway and placed two sealed plastic bins on the road. They reportedly told the road users that the bins were filled with explosives and they may go off if the rope is removed. The Maoists, who loitered for about an-hour-and-a-half in the spot, disappeared into the nearby forest leaving posters of martyrs, and pamphlets on the road.
Fearing explosion, a large number of vehicles stranded on both sides of the rope blockade till 6 am. However, the police, who reached the spot in the morning, restored the traffic. Later in the afternoon, the security personnel, who cordoned off the entire area, pressed bomb disposal and dog squads into the service. The authorities also summoned another bomb disposal squad from Hyderabad as a backup to deal with any kind of exigency. Blocking the road for about four hours, the police cleared the explosives.
Speaking to The Hans India, Bhadrachalam ASP R Bhaskaran said: “One of the two bins was filled with explosives. The expert team detonated it safely and the situation is totally under control now. The combing operation will go on as usual.” The letter purportedly left by the Maoists appealed to people to observe Martyrs’ Week. Opposing the Green Hunt operation, the Maoists demanded the Central and State governments to stop atrocities against the Adivasis and marginalized sections. Meanwhile, the people living in bordering villages appeared edgy with the fear of being caught in the crossfire.
Khammam on high alert ahead of Maoist Martyr’s Week
KHAMMAM: High alert has been sounded in the Agency areas of the district ahead of Maoist Martyr’s Week slated between July 28 and August 3. Sensing trouble ahead, the Intelligence department has beefed up security in the Agency pockets. Additional units of COBRA, CRPF, and Greyhounds have been deployed along the border areas and other places. Forces camping in the Agency areas of Bhadrachalam have launched combing operations in forest areas.
Meanwhile, wall posters bearing Maoist agenda have come up at Laxmipuram and other places in the Agency area. The Ultras, through the posters, have sought public support to wage a war against Union and state governments for killing innocent tribals. The posters also criticised the state and Central governments for their anti-people policies, and taking up operation Green Hunt in AP, Telangana and Chhattisgarh. Taking cue from the posters, higher officials have alerted all the 11 police stations along the border areas and instructed them to maintain a strict vigil. Police suspect Ultras might attack their stations and damage government properties.
Police on alert ahead of Maoist martyr’s week
MALKANGIRI : WITH less than seven days left for Maoist martyr’s week, the police are not willing to take any chances in the rebel strongholds. Additional security forces have been sent to sensitive areas and combing has been intensified to flush out the Maoists. The week will be observed by the Maoists from July 28 to August 3 to pay tributes to their slain leaders and cadres. Apprehending that besides paying homage to its members killed in encounters, erecting memorials, conducting meetings in villages and recruiting youths, the Maoists could engage in violence post-observance of the week, police are on high alert.Maoist groups, mostly from border areas of Chhattisgarh, cross over and carry out attacks and retreat quickly, police said.
To make their presence felt, the Maoists have been reportedly putting up banners in different parts of Kalimela, Podia and Motu appealing to villagers to participate in observance of the week. A senior police official said on condition of anonymity that violent incidents cannot be ruled out during the week on Odisha-Chhattisgarh border where the Maoists are sore after the killings of their top leaders such as Madhav and others.
If sources are to be believed, top Maoist cadres from Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have already entered the district a few days back and are organising meetings in remote areas of Manyamkonda, Bhejanguda, Kangrukonda, Sudhakonda, Tekguda, MV-79, Salimi, Mahupadar and cut off regions on the other side of Chitrakonda reservoir to mobilise people for the week-long celebration. However, the police seem to be determined not to allow the Maoists conduct any programmes during the week. Combing operations are continuing and a few days back the Border Security Forces, CoBRA, District Voluntary Forces and Special Operations Group of Odisha Police have been reinforced in rebel strongholds to foil the evil designs of the rebels.
Maoists call Kandhamal, Rayagada Bandh on July 25
Bhubaneswar: The Maoist committee of Basadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali division has announced Bandh Call for Kandhamal and Rayagada on July 25 through posters. Posters have been found at many places across the two districts, according to reports. The posters have mentions that the Maoists of Basadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali want to hold bandh in the two districts on Monday in protest against killing of five persons at Gumudumaha village in Kandhamal district on July 8. It may be noted that five persons, including two woman and a 15-month-old girl, had been killed allegedly in a crossfire between Maoists and SOG Jawans that took place in a jungle near Gumudumaha on July 8.
Red Corridor to be redrawn by govt.
20 out of 106 districts may lose aid if they are dropped from list
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government (NDA) is set to reduce the number of Maoist-affected districts by about a fifth. A senior Home Ministry official told The Hindu that approximately 20 of the 106 districts which have been described as being Maoist-affected and are part of the Red Corridor may soon no longer be part of the list. This exercise, under way now for two years, is being done for the first time since 2006, when the Maoist-affected districts were identified and graded on the basis of their violence profile.
The names of the districts and the reasons for being considered to be taken off the list have been communicated to the States and a response is awaited. The names are not being revealed because of the sensitivities of the States which fear that once a district is taken off the list financial aid which is made available to the districts – to the tune of Rs. 30 crore annually for various developmental work – will dry up…
Red terror: Bihar plans joint operation with Jharkhand
Patna: Taking lessons from the July 18 encounter in Aurangabad in which 10 CoBRA commandos were killed, security forces in Bihar would soon launch a joint anti-Maoist operation with Jharkhand police on the lines of “Operation Abujhmad” in Chhattisgarh. Operation Abujhmad is considered one of the toughest anti-Maoist operations in the country. “This is the first time in Bihar that Maoists have triggered serial landmine blasts to attack the security personnel. CRPF DG K Durga Prasad and other senior security officials from Jharkhand have held a meeting to chalk out strategy for flushing out Maoists from their dens,” DGP P K Thakur said.
Sources said taking a cue from Operation Abujhmad, the CRPF is planning to comb the Maoist-infested areas keeping the standard operating procedure in mind. “We will not spare those involved in killing our colleagues,” said a CRPF officer. He added that helicopters have already been stationed in Gaya for air surveillance. “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would soon be brought from other states for anti-Maoist operations in Bihar. The UAVs or drones will help us keep an eye on the forest and hilly terrains,” the officer added.
The CRPF has a specialized wing of 10 units of CoBRA. The 205 unit of CoBRA is already stationed in Gaya. Two more units will be pressed into service from Jharkhand. “Apart from the CoBRA commandos, CRPF, Special Task Force and police personnel would also join the operations in Bihar and Jharkhand,” the officer said.
Aurangabad police to take action against fake sim providers
Aurangabad: The district police have decided to take punitive action against owners of shops selling fake sim cards on the basis of fake addresses and identity proofs. A decision to this effect was taken after the recent blast triggered by the Maoists in which 10 CoBRA commandos were killed.
Police sources said most of the Maoist activity are planned on cell phones. They keep a tab on each activity of the district armed police (DAP) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) engaged in anti-Maoist operations in the district. According to sources, the Maoists used cell phones for recce during the recent IED blasts.
A police official said, during investigation it has come to light that the Maoists were in constant touch with each other during the encounter and the order to blast IEDS was also given on mobile phone to their group members in the jungle. “Maoists change their SIM cards frequently and this makes it difficult for police to nab them. By putting a check on sale of fake sim through fake documents, police will be able cut of their communication line,” said the police officer…