Maoist posters surface in Odisha’s Rayagada
Several Maoist posters and banners were spotted at Parsali near Niyamgiri under Kalyansinghpur block of Odisha’s Rayagada district, today. The posters and banners were found in front of the offices of Dongria Kondh Development Agency (DKDA) and local panchayat, reports said. In the posters, the newly formed CPI (Maoist) Baghuna Divisional Committee has urged people to observe Saheed Divas of the outfit from July 28 to August 3, reports added. The red rebels have condemned the death of tribals during anti-Maoist operation in Kandhamal. They have also demanded withdrawal of SOG and CRPF personnel from the area.
Jharkhand: Suspected maoists kill four in separate incidents
At least four persons, including three of a family, were killed allegedly by Maoists in separate incidents reported since Sunday in Garhwa and Gumla districts of Jharkhand. While in one case, the victims were accused of being police informers, in the other the victims were shot at randomly, the police said. The incidents have come in the wake of recent police operations on the Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border, in which around half-a-dozen naxal operatives were killed, and are being seen as acts of retaliation from the Maoists. They have also given a call to observe martyrs’ week from July 28.
At Gumla, a 60-year-old farmer, Man Rakhan Sahu, a resident of Kharka village, was shot at by suspected Maoists when he was sitting in a roadside eatery under Sadar police station area of the district late Monday evening. Two others – youngster Pawan Oraon and one Bharat Tiwari – also sustained gunshot injuries. Sahu died on the spot. The police said that the injured were out of danger.
“We have recovered a leaflet left at the spot by Maoist operatives taking responsibility for the incident. Initially, we felt that they might have come looking for somebody else and shot the old man by mistake. However, investigations so far have not revealed any such thing. We are investigating further,” said Gumla Superintendent of Police, Chandan Kumar Jha. On Sunday, three persons, including two real brothers, were killed by suspected Maoists, operating in the Koel-Shankh zone, after being kidnapped from their village, Bandi Khajuri. The deceased were identified as – Shravan Yadav (30), Heeralal Yadav (22), both brothers, and their cousin Shiv Lal Yadav (20).
RANCHI: Three civilians who were reportedly “used as informers” by police were killed by Maoists in Garhwa district on Sunday night. The bodies of Shravan Yadav, 32, Hiralal Yadav, 20, Shivlal Yadav 22 were found at Tehri village under Bhandaria police station area on Monday. CPI(Maoist) Koyal Sankh Zone has taken responsibility of the murder and claimed that the three were killed because they worked as informers for police and fed police with information on the movement of Maoists.The throat of Shravan, whose body was found on a state highway, was tied with a rope..
2 suspected Maoists in judicial custody
Two suspected Maoists, R. Shyna (42) and Anoop Mathew George (32), were on Monday produced before a magistrate court here in connection with a case of alleged forgery and cheating by using proof of identity of someone else to get a SIM card from a mobile phone operator.
The Magistrate remanded them to judicial custody till August 8. Police sources said the Q Branch police had rounded up K. Ganesh (45) on charge of using a SIM card that had been used for naxalite activities. However, Ganesh had said that he had not used any such SIM card, but a photocopy of his ration card had been misused. Based on his complaint, the Sivakasi town police had registered a case of cheating and forgery on February 2, 2016.
Suspected Maoist in judicial custody
Suspected Maoist Mahalingam (63), who was arrested in Tiruchur district in Kerala on Sunday, was produced before Andipatti Magistrate V. Baskaran on Monday in connection with alleged arms training on Varushandu hill near here. Police produced him before the magistrate at his residence in Andipatti. He was remanded in judicial custody, and lodged in Madurai Central Prison.
The police said Mahalingam was arrested on a charge of engaging in arms training on Varushanadu hill in 2007. He was released on conditional bail in 2009. Later, he did not appear before the court. The police were in search of him. Acting on a tip-off, a special team arrested him in Tiruchur on Sunday, they added.
Maoist bandh impacts interiors of 2 dists
PHULBANI/RAYAGADA : THE Kandhamal bandh called by Maoists on Monday protesting the death of five tribals allegedly in police firing near Gumudumaha village affected normal life in interior pockets of the district, but had little impact in Phulbani town.
In three blocks of Tumudibandha, Kotagarh and Daringbadi, shops, educational institutions and major business establishments remained closed in response to the two-day bandh which began on Monday. All Government and private buses plying from Baliguda to Rayagada and Koraput went off the road leaving passengers stranded at different places.
On Friday, the Maoists had pasted handwritten posters on the walls of a lodge in Tumudibandh and a rest shed near Haripur in Kotgarh calling for Kandhamal and Rayagada bandh on July 25. In the posters, the Red ultras demanded `25 lakh for each family of the deceased persons and `10 lakh to those injured in the police firing. Expressing their condolence to the families of five families, the Maoists demanded that murder cases should be filed against the security personnel involved in the killings. They also warned the Congress, BJP and the BJD to refrain from politicising the incident. The posters were signed by Ramakant, secretary of Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavalli.
Security was beefed up across the district in the wake of bandh call. All vehicles were being searched at the entry and exit points of the district, said SP Pinak Mishra. No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the district. Due to the bandh call, the visit of Assembly Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe led by its chairman Padmanav Behera to Gumudumaha on Monday was postponed. At Rayagada district, the bandh affected life in Kalyansinghpur block the most. Fresh Maoist posters and banners surfaced in Kurli village of Bissamcuttack block on Monday.
Government buses remained off the roads in Rayagada. Although vehicular traffic from Muniguda to Chandrapur was disrupted, shops remained open. Combing operation in the district has been intensified.
Bastar man crucified, shot. He shared his name with Maoist commander
Having a namesake in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-affected Bastar can be a deadly affair. Many Adivasis have paid the price for sharing the name with someone on the police hit list. Situ Hemla was recently crucified by security forces in Bijapur district’s Gangaloor region for sharing a name with a dreaded Maoist insurgent…
Maoist couple held
THRISSUR: The police Monday arrested a Maoist couple who was hiding in the district. The two Keralites identified as Murukan (43) and his wife Sumathi (39) were arrested by Tamil Nadu Q Branch. They came to stay in a rented house at Marthakkara in Ollur six months back. The Tamil Nadu police on secret information took them into custody last night and left back to Tamil Nadu then itself.
Kanam: Communist workers can’t be told to go to Cong. or BJP
..“Strengthening the Left is the need of the hour. The CPI’s policy is that Communist parties should present a united force against autocratic tendencies,” Mr. Rajendran said. He added that the CPI wanted to work with outfits like the CPI(ML) and the CPI(Maoist) for furthering this policy.
The CPI leader revealed that alleged Maoist leader Rupesh had written to him from jail, thanking for criticising his arrest. “Protesting voices are being muzzled to protect the interest of the rulers. The CPI has a different stance on it,” he said. “Modern politics calls for the strengthening of the Left. While such efforts are being made, people who leave one Communist party and desire to come along with us cannot be asked to go to the Congress or the BJP,” Mr. Rajendran added..
Cops to get an eye in the sky
Ranchi: The Jharkhand police will soon begin using drones in anti-Maoist operations and to apprehend criminals. The unmanned aircrafts were first used to keep a hawk-eye vigil during Ramnavami in April. Now, the police force plans to use drones as an integral part of the security detail.
“The drones, equipped with high-resolution cameras, allowed police to keep a hawk-eye vigil on crowds,” said Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi. After the successful test run in April, Dwivedi said the decision to purchase three drones was made. The drones cost Rs 1.5 lakh each. Five policemen have been selected for training to operate the drones.
IG (operations) M S Bhatia said the possibility of using drones was discussed at a police meet recently. “The officers shared their views and it was decided that drones would be purchased to boost security,” Bhatia said. The drones will help remove the geographical constraints that security forces face during anti-Maoist operations…
9 mm carbine seized in Purulia
Purulia: A 9 mm carbine, similar to ones used by security forces, was seized from a person in the forests of Purulia. The spot where the gun was seized is close to the spot where a large quantity of arms and ammunition were air-dropped in 1995. Jamaluddin Ansari, the man who possessed it, is also a resident of Khatanga where Maoists killed a local landlord in 2002.
The Kotshila police station received intelligence inputs and raided the Urusoram village that is close to the forest. Rathu Pramanik, a villager was questioned and he revealed that Ansari was inside the forest with a carbine. Originally from Khatanga, Ansari has been living in the Mohandih village in Bokaro, Jharkhand, for the last three years. Based on Pramanik’s information, the police located Ansari and seized a red and yellow bag from him. The bag contained the carbine wrapped in a lungi. The bag also had two magazines and a couple of bullets. Ansari claimed that he had been offered Rs 80,000 for the weapon and was waiting for the buyer.
The police have not been able to find out who the buyer is and from where Ansari got hold of the automatic weapon. There is a general alert in the area as the CPI(Maoist) will be observing Martyr’s Week between July 28 and August 3. Ansari was produced before a court and remanded to police custody for 12 days.”We have charged Ansari under Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act. The weapon will be examined by forensics experts. We shall also send it outside the district for tests,” said Rupesh Kumar, SP, Purulia.