Karkala: Naxals announce resurgence – ANF, police begin hunting for them
Karkala, Jul 31: Naxals, who were lying low since being active for a brief period long time back, have announced their resurgence in the taluk by hanging banners in the name of CPI (Maoist).
Four banners were found to have been hung to the poles supporting the bus shelter located near Poonjaje school in Mala village located at the foot of Western Ghats. The locals noticed these banners on Saturday July 30 morning.
One among these four banners has made mention about Martyrs’ Day. Naxals observe Matyrs’ week from July 28 to August 3 every year. It has become common for them to prove their presence during this period every year. Knowing this, Anti Naxal Force (ANF) remains active during this period.
Since the last some years, barring isolated incidents, naxals had not undertaken any major initiatives. Therefore, it was widely believed that their numbers have steeply dwindled. The banners prominently give the message that forest and environment are anytime bigger than any government and that the people should come together to defeat proposed Tiger Project, implementation of Kasturirangan report and other proposed projects in Kudremukh National Park and other forest areas. The banners also speak about observing Martyrs’ Day.
Reports said that a six-member gang comprising four men and two women, has been visiting houses in Mala and Nooralbettu areas seeking support for their organization since the last some days. Locals believe that some of the members were from outside the state, going by the fact that they were speaking some other language too. But none of the locals have come out with complete details of their encounter with naxals. Some say the people suspected them to be naxals only after seeing the banners. However, the gang is not to be seen since a couple of days, it is learnt.
Both the police and ANF have not been giving any information about finding these banners and the resultant follow up action. After those who saw the banner conveyed this information to them, officials of the department rushed to the spot. A case was registered in the rural police station here. It is said that a combing operation has been launched in the forests to find out whether naxals are camping in the area.
Naxals kill tribal youth in Maharashtra
A tribal youth was killed allegedly by Naxalites on the suspicion of being a police informer, police said today. 23-year-old Rakesh Karu Gawde, a resident of village Gurja in Aheri tehsil of the district, was shot dead by Naxals late last night, Gadchiroli police said in a release.
Rakesh was a second-year graduation student and was helping people by giving information about government schemes, it said. As per the release, Naxals belonging to ‘Perimili Dalam’ dashed to his village and dragged him to village Tumarkasa where he was shot dead. Following the incident, anti-Naxal operations have been intensified in the area, police said, adding investigations are underway.
IED planted in 2008 in Chhattisgarh, recovered
Based on a tip provided by a surrendered naxal, security forces on Sunday recovered a powerful 40-kg improvised explosive device (IED), planted by Maoists eight years back in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on National Highway 63, police said. The input was provided by a surrendered naxal, the explosive that was packed in a big steel container, was unearthed from Bastanar valley under Kodenar police station limits of the district, Bastar Superintendent of Police R N Dash said.
Man killed by Maoists
An man was allegedly killed using sharp weapons by Maoists in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh during their ongoing Martyrs’ week, police said today. “The victim’s body was found lying in a pool of blood this morning on Bijapur-Gangaloor Road under Bijapur police station limits,” Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv told PTI.
Soon after getting the information, a police team rushed to the spot, located around 450 kms away from here and recovered the body, he added.
A note left beside the body by Maoists claimed that the man was Naveen Das Baghel, a native of Nagarnar area of Bastar district, who was working for Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the region, the SP said. According to the note, the victim had joined the Bastar police in 2001, while he was later associated with CRPF in 2003. It further claimed that the victim was picked up by ultras on July 28 and murdered on July 30 after interrogation.
“However, during police investigation, nobody named Naveen Das Baghel was found to be residing in Nagarnar area,” the SP said adding that further probe to ascertain the identity of the deceased, was on. Meanwhile, a CRPF official denied having any links with the victim. In a separate incident, a Maoist identified as Padam Kamesh alias Sudhakar was arrested from Basaguda police station area of Bijapur district.
The cadre was apprehended from Chikapalli village forests while a joint team of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action)- an elite unit of CRPF and local police was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the region, the SP said. Security has been beefed up across the Naxal-affected Bastar division, which comprises seven districts– Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker as the Maoists are observing ‘Martyrs’ Week’ till August 3, during which they try to create disturbance.
Maoists kill pastor in Chintoor mandal
Chintoor (East Godavari): Maoists killed a pastor and abducted another person in the mandal on late Friday night only to release the latter on Saturday morning. Both the murder and the abduction were carried out on the charge that they were police informers. The naxals also warned the people that all police informers would meet a similar fate as that of the pastor. The victim was identified as Uike Marayya of Lachigudem in the mandal, while the abducted person who was later released was named Kaniti Raju of Vankagudem in the mandal.
According to police sources, late on Friday night, more than 100 naxals and militia members entered Lachigudem village and dragged pastor Marayya out of his house and took him to the forests. There they beat him severely with sticks before slitting his throat. The Maoists also left a letter near the body with the warning. They also accused the Chintoor and Nellipak police of harassing innocent people by branding them as naxal sympathisers. Marayya was a native of Sukuma district of Chhattisgarh and had settled here almost 15 years ago.
Chintoor circle inspector V Durga Rao told TOI that after leaving Lachigudem, the Maoists entered the nearby village of Vankagudem and abducted Raju. The naxals, however, released him on Saturday morning after severely beating him up. The inspector said, “Chintoor mandal shares its borders with Chhattisgarh. Maoists commit offences here and crosses the border within hours.”
Meanwhile, pamphlets and posters by Maoists, who have been observing Martyrs Week from July 28, surfaced at various places like Pega, and Mallampeta urging the people to ensure that the celebrations are a success. A plastic bag with heavy metals was also found on the Pega-Mallampeta road which the villagers thought were land mines placed by naxals targeting the security forces. On their part, a large number of security forces have been carrying out combing operations in the Visakha Agency. They have been conducting vehicle checks at every junction, but incessant rains acted as a deterrent.
Explosives seized from Bastar dist
Raipur: In a success in anti-Naxalite operation, Bastar police in Chhattisgarh have seized explosives and electronic detonators and arrested two persons, who were suspected to be part of the urban network of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Talking to reporters at Jagdalpur, IG (Bastar range) SRP Kalluri and Bastar SP Rajendra Narayan Das said following a tip off from an informer, police arrested two people from near Dhanpunji railway crossing and seized explosives from their possession.
State home secretary BVR Subramaniam, special DG (anti-Naxal operations) Durgesh Madhav Awasthy were also present during the media briefing. Kalluri said both the accused -identified as Niranjan Das and Durjati Mannahgkando -hailing from Jaypore in Odisha-were waiting for someone at the railway crossing close to the inter-state border with Odisha when the Nagarnbar police took them into custody. During interrogation, police came to know that they used to regularly supply explosives to a Maoist commander Vinod for the last two years.
He said the accused brought the consignment on demand of this Maoist commander and hid it in the nearby forests and they were waiting for someone at the railway crossing when the arrest took place.
Maoist leader Roopesh remanded in judicial custody
Valayam Police produced him before the court after collecting evidence in two cases registered against him under the UAPA. The Kozhikode Principal Sessions Court on Saturday remanded Maoist leader Roopesh Kumar in judicial custody till August 26.
Judge T.S.P. Moosad issued the order when the Valayam police produced him before the court after collecting evidence in two cases registered against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). On Wednesday, the court had remanded him in police custody to collect evidence in the cases.
The case was that Roopesh was involved in anti-national and terrorist activities at Panniyeri region of Vilangad near Nadaparam in the district, and distributed pamphlets at the tribal colony bordering Wayanad and Kannur districts in 2013. The police led by Assistant Superintendent of Police R. Karuppuswamy took Roopesh to the colony to collect evidence.
Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three others were arrested in May 2015.
Chhattisgarh adds tribal teeth against Maoists
The Chhattisgarh government is adding new armour in its battle against the outlawed CPI (Maoist). The state has started a large recruitment drive to enlist local youth as police constables specifically for the seven restive districts of the Bastar red zone.
Maoists’ latest threat to tribals: stop cultivating or leave the village
Maoists have allegedly started disrupting agrarian activities of poor tribals, who do not support their violent activity, in Malkangiri district of Odisha. According to sources, the Naxalites started adopting this new strategy in Mathili block of Malkangiri district ahead of their martyrs’ week observation from July 28 to August 3. They have till now targeted tribals at remote villages and hamlets in three panchayats of Mathili block, namely Salimi, Temurupalli and Kartanpalli.
Hundreds of tribal Maoist supporters and militias have surrendered before the police from these areas. Mathili block, bordering Chhattisgarh, is a strategic location for Naxalites and most of their leaders active in this region are from outside Odisha and depend on local support, which has started to dwindle.
Armed Maoists are now moving around remote villages of these three panchayats. They are threatening tribals to stop the cultivation process and leave the village or face dire consequences.
Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra confirmed these recent developments.
He said this speaks of the frustration of ultras as more and more tribals have started to realise the futility of violent movement of Maoists. It is an irony that the ultras are now destroying livelihood scope of tribals although they claim their fight is for economic development of the downtrodden.
To strengthen their threats, the Naxalites are abducting some tribals from their farms and releasing them after threatening them. Two tribals from Jandaraguda village under Mathili block, Suka Kabasi and Nilaram Madhi, were abducted by Maoists on July 17 and later released. Both had earlier received threats from the Naxalites to stop their agricultural activity and leave the village.
Some other former Maoist supporters of the village also were threatened. According to sources, on July 19, Sama Madhi was taken away by the Maoists from Kukurkund village of Temurupalli panchayat and later released.
Police on high alert in areas bordering Odisha
Maoists have reportedly constituted Odisha-Srikakulam committee to intensify their activities The police in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts have been on high alert for the last few days with the Maoists observing Martyr’s Week from July 28. The two districts are considered “highly sensitive” as they share the border for almost 300 km with Odisha where the Maoists have a significant presence. According to sources, the Maoists have constituted the Odisha-Srikakulam committee to intensify their activities.
This has prompted the Srikakulam police to deploy additional APSP and CRPF forces in places such as Dhonubhai, Kotturu, Battili, Meliyaputti, Mandasa, Kasibugga, and Vajrapukotturu that are close to the Odisha forest area. Similarly, additional forces have been deployed in places such as Jiyyammavalasa, Neelakanthapuram, Chintapalli, and Komarada in Vizianagaram district. To check possible intrusion of naxalites into Andhra Pradesh, the police, with the support of CRPF and other special wings, have intensified combing in the areas such as Komarada, Gumma Lakshmipuram, Meliyaputti, and Battili.
Vizianagaram SP L.K.V. Ranga Rao and Srikakulam SP J. Brahma Reddy are reportedly reviewing the situation on a daily basis and touring the sensitive areas along the border. Though there is no significant Maoist activity, the police do not want to take any chances, particularly in view of the Maoist dumps unearthed in the recent past. A dump was unearthed at Bharanikota of Meliyaputti mandal a couple of years ago. A woman Maoist, Pawala Lakshmi, of Vizianagaram district surrendered before the Odisha police in May 2016. The police also suspect that the Maoists are trying to recruit tribal people. The police have identified the Tuvva hill range as most vulnerable on the A.P.-Odisha border.
Attack on construction site in Jamui.