Naxal absconding since 1996 nabbed from Gondia
BHOPAL : The Balagaht police, on Monday, arrested naxal commander of Devri Dalam from village Magejhari-Deori of Gondia district of Maharashtra on Monday. The Dalam commander had ambushed a police party in 1996. IG Balaghat Naxal operations, DC Sagar informed that the Dalam commander Bhagwan Taram alias Manik and others had attacked the joint interstate police party of Balaghat and Gondia in Dhiri-Murum jungle on 3rd March 1996. In the ambush, one policeman of Maharashtra police force had received gunshots and the then SP Mukesh Gupta had a narrow escape.
In the cross-firing four naxal were killed, including three women. A case was registered under section 147,148,149,307 of IPC and 25, 27 of Arms Act in Bahela police station. Since the attack, the accused was absconding. A court had issued a permanent arrest warrant against the accused. On a tip off, four constables of Lanjhi police station arrested him from his native place in Maharashtra.
Four naxal sympathisers held in Chhattisgarh
Four persons were arrested from Kondgaon district today for allegedly working at the behest of naxals and indulging in looting and assaulting a tribal family, police said. “The Naxal sympathisers were nabbed from Mardapal police station area by a joint team of security forces,” Kondagaon superintendent of police, Santosh Singh told PTI…
Maharashtra Police will use modern gadgets to keep tight vigil on terror groups: DGP
Under its new DGP, Maharashtra Police is working on a two-pronged strategy of improving intelligence gathering about terror groups and connecting better with citizens. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is also being equipped with modern gadgets and a strategy is being firmed up to effectively counter propaganda from outfits like ISIS, said Satish Mathur, who took over as DGP a week ago. “As a first step, police personnel will visit each and every household in their jurisdiction to connect with people to get real-time intelligence inputs from society about anti-social and terror activities,” he told reporters last night.
Three Maoists gunned down in anti-naxal operation in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: In a major anti-naxal operation, three Maoists, including a woman, were on Friday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency- hit Dantewada district, police said. The encounter took place early on Friday in the forests of Kacheghat area under Faraspal police station limits when a team of state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) was out on an anti-naxal operation in the region, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said…
Naxal carrying Rs 3 lakh bounty held in Chhattisgarh
A wanted Naxal, carrying a reward of Rs three lakh on his head for his alleged involvement in over 21 criminal cases, was arrested in Bijapur district today, police said. “Padam Mangu, a member of Indravati National Park Area Committee of ultras, was nabbed from his native place Palnar village under Gangaloor police station limits,” Bijapur Superintendent of Police, KL Dhruv told PTI.
Chhattisgarh: Two naxals killed in encounter in Bastar district
Two Maoists were today killed in a gunfight with security forces in the dense forests of Bastar district, police said. “The skirmish took place in the evening in the restive Chandometa village forests, bordering Odisha, under Darbha police station limits of the district when a joint team of security forces was carrying out an anti-naxal operation,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri told PTI over phone.
Based on specific inputs, composite forces of DRG (District Reserve Group), STF (Special Task Force) and district force had launched the operation on July 27 towards Chandometa forests bordering Odisha’s Tulsi village which is considered as a naxal den, he said…
Gujarat sleuths laud Maha ANO for inputs on Naxals
Nagpur: The exhaustive inputs on the network of frontal organizations of Naxalites collected by Maharashtra’s security agencies, especially the state Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO), has been lauded by Gujarat intelligence personnel, who visited the city a couple of days ago to meet a top official. The Gujarat intelligence wing was compelled to take cognisance of a TOI report in July , exposing the plans of some front organizations and so-called socialist activists to organize a three-day national convention in Ahmedabad. The main theme of the convention, which focused on the Naxal slogan of `jal, jungle and zameen’, was organized to debate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and several decisions, including the land acquisition enactment.
Gujarat intelligence personnel were shocked to learn that frontal organizations and some leftist-socialist bodies were me eting under their nose to instigate anti-Modi sentiments. The officials immediately swung into action to intervene. The convention was held under strict surveillance, it is learnt. The coordinators of the convention have now been put under surveillance. After taking action on a warfooting during the convention, the Gujarat officials landed in Nagpur to meet an officer from intelligence network wing to exchange information on the Naxal front organizations and its spreading network of front organizations.
Earlier this year, state ANO had declared the presence of around 55 front organizations and their heightened activities along the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, especially in the tribal and backward stretches, to fuel anti-government sentiments.The state ANO had also earlier brought to light the strategy adopted by front organizations to gain mass base and support in remote hamlets for Naxal activities.
Lack of cell connectivity in Maoist areas worries police
“Maoists intercepted VHF communication in recent incidents of attacks”
Communication is a problem for the security forces and the way out is communicating through cell phones, as they cannot be intercepted. —File Photo: K.R. Deepak In three out of last five attacks or ambushes on security forces by the Maoists in Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) and Chhattisgarh, the exact position of the security forces was known to the Maoists as their VHF communication was intercepted.
Similarly, on many occasions in recent times, the Maoists gave the slip in the last minute to the security forces during combing operations as the location of the security forces, including that of the elite anti-naxal force Greyhounds, was known by intercepting the hand-held VHF set communication between the scouts of the combing parties.
Every combing team is equipped with at least two hand-held VHF sets. One is given to the opening scout and the other to the rear guard. And they communicate with each other. This communication is being intercepted by the left wing extremists, surrendered and arrested Naxalites disclosed.
Though the sets are scrambled and messages cannot be deciphered, the location can be pinpointed. This is enough for Maoists to move to safety or plan a counter attack, said a senior police officer engaged in anti-naxal operation. This factor has been worrying the police force engaged in flushing out the left wing extremists from the jungles of the eastern ghats. Communication is a problem for the security forces and the way out is communicating through cell phones. Cell phones cannot be intercepted and the location can be specified only by the service provider.
But the issue is that there is no cell connectivity in most parts of the Agency area. A commando who has a cell phone and engaged in combing operation in the interior parts has to trek over 10 to 15 km at times to reach the nearest mandal headquarters or police station for communication, said Visakhapatnam Range DIG Ch. Srikanth. The Agency area of Visakhapatnam district has 11 mandals and the left wing extremists have presence in nine mandals. The BSNL is the only service provider in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari. In Visakhapatnam Agency, BSNL has only 29 cell towers covering the entire area, with each tower serving a radius of about 7 km.
The Government of India has sanctioned 53 BSNL mobile towers in the Maoist-hit areas of four districts such as Vizianagaram (26), Vizag (12), EG (10), WG (5). Work has commenced at 51 sites and some 30 towers have gone on air. But only one out of the 12 sanctioned has gone on air in Visakhapatnam Agency, police sources pointed out.
Some of the towers have been erected but not charged up as the BSNL has to obtain permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The permission has been accorded, but the telecom major is facing the problem of connectivity, BSNL District General Manager Nalini Verma told The Hindu . All BSNL towers or for that matter any other tower is connected through optic fibre. The hilly terrain does not permit the laying of optic fibre and we are now going ahead with V-Sat connectivity and a vendor has been identified, she said. The Agency area has about 3,637 tribal habitats and about 1,136 habitats are not connected by road.
There is a huge logistic problem for the BSNL, due to lack of road connectivity, and they have to rely on the land given by the state government.
Moreover, the land given should be in a secure place such as a police station or some government office close to a police station as the Maoists have blasted some cell towers erected by the BSNL at other places. The recent one was in 2010 when members of the Korukonda Dalam of CPI (Maoists) blasted a cell tower of BSNL at Lammasingi under Chintapalli limits.
12-kg landmine recovered
Police today recovered a 12-kg landmine near a village in Naxal-infected Sukma district in Chhattisgarh today. Sukma district police officials told PTI over telephone that a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Force (DF) today recovered the landmines planted by Naxals near Sunnamguda village. According to officials, the joint team of security personnel had been sent to Sunnamguda and Banda villages for area domination exercise, when they received information about the landmines…
Naxals attack police vehicle in Sukma district
Raipur: A station house officer and four other policemen came under attack by Naxalites tonight while passing through a dense forest in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. SHO of Konta police station Eman Sahu and four police jawans were heading for Konta from Sukma when their SUV came under fire near Manikonta village, a senior police officer told PTI. They, however, quickly took positions and retaliated, forcing the rebels to flee…
Three cane-bombs recovered
Jamshedpur, Aug 6 (PTI) Security personnel today recovered three powerful can-bombs from Gurgaikocha village in Dalbhumgarh area of naxal-hit Ghatsila sub-division, police said. The recovery was made during a search operation by the security personnel comprising of District Armed Police and CRPF as well as the Cobra battalion personnel from West Bengal, they said. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Ghatssila), Sanjeev Kumar Besra said each can-bombs, which weighed between 20 to 30 kgs, were recovered from a place bordering Jharkhand-West Bengal. All the explosives have been defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad, he added.
150 armed Naxalites sneak into Gadchiroli
Nagpur: Gadchiroli Naxalites, rendered weak due to depleting strength after loss of senior cadres in encounters and spate of surrenders, have reportedly got reinforcement from their upper echelons in the form of around 150 additional manpower. Sources from a remote part of Naxal-affected Gadchiroli claimed that armed Naxalites, mostly from Chhattisgarh, were sent from the rebels’ stronghold of Abhujamadh after intensive training for taking on the security forces. The Naxalites in Gadchiroli seem to be struggling to emerge from the dominance of security forces which have sizeable presence in the district. The Reds also have suffered loss of senior cadres being either gunned down in encounters or from those quitting the movement to adopt government’s lucrative surrender policy…
Explosives recovered in Latehar
Security personnel today recovered explosives kept hidden by the Maoists apparently aimed at the personnel on Maneka-Serendag Road of Naxal-hit Latehar district. In course of search operation in extremist-affected areas, the security personnel stumbled on explosives kept hidden at Taledih village on Maneka-Serendag Road, Superintendent of Police, Anup Birtherary said. Birtheray said the security personnel, comprising District Armed Police and CRPF, recovered a cylinder bomb weighing 7.5 kgs, three hand grenades, one country-made pistol and 60 pieces of iron..
Martyrs Week ends peacefully
VISAKHAPATNAM: After few days of intense deployment and combing operations, security personnel in the Visakha agency area heaved a sigh of relief as the Martyrs Week observed by Maoists passed off incident free on Wednesday. However, in East Godavari, the Naxalites did manage to kill a priest in a church after branding him as police informer during that week. The cops had expected a retaliation to the encounter at Marripakalu-Palasamaudram area near Puttakota in Koyyuru mandal on May 4 this year in which three senior cadres including Galikonda area committee secretary Azad were killed. Consequently, there was a huge deployment of AP’s Greyhounds and CRPF who undertook combing operations all over the rural areas of Visakha district.
But while no violence was reported in the agency area, the cops could not prevent the Maoists from holding meetings. In fact, in a rude shokc to cops, Maoist central committee leader Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK alias Saketh, whose whereabouts have been unknown to the police for the past few months, resurfaced at Sanyasiguda cut-off area in Malkangiri district to participate in the activities along with Malkangiri-Koraput border division secretary Gajarla Ravi alais Uday during the Martyrs Week. “This year, Maoists did not indulge in any violent or destructive activity during the Martyr’s Week. They were aware of the combing parties and kept low,” a senior cop in the Visakha agency said…
Maoists using emotional blackmail technique on Manjhi
Gaya: The handwritten posters that appeared overnight in the Imamganj area of Gaya district reminding former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi of his extremely humble origins and class interests, have not come as a surprise for Maoist watchers. It is an old technique used by the Maoists to cause confusion and influence the more credulous among the targets of its well- oiled propaganda machinery. ‘Lal Chingari’ and ‘Jan Jwar’, banned magazines published by the red rebels, tried this technique on village-level chowkidars and constabulary in the 1990s.
Besides the banned magazines, the other publicity material issued by the Maoists from time to time reminded the police constabulary that they (lower level cops) were on the wrong side of the class divide as their class interests tallied with the extremists and not with the so-called feudal elements whose “exploitations” were being perpetuated in the name of the state. The Maoist literature also offered clemency to those cops who surrendered their weapons without a fight.
No formal study has been conducted to ascertain the impact of these class appeals on the constabulary. The arrest of a CRPF assistant commandant in Gaya district in 2013 on the charge of complicity with the Maoists revived interest in the Maoist strategy to win over/neutralise members of the police force. “The Maoists succeeded in virtually destroying the otherwise well- entrenched chowkidari system so crucial for ground level information gathering,” said retired IPS Masoom Aziz Kazmi. Kazmi, a former SP of the Naxalite-affected Aurangabad district. “Either on account of the class bait offered by them or due to fear or both, most of the chowkidars either double cross or side with the red rebels,” Kazmi added…
Maoist Kannan hospitalised
Maoist Kannan alias Eswaran, who is lodged in the Coimbatore Central Prison underwent blood transfusion and was admitted in the convict ward of the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Saturday afternoon as he suffered from illness. Kannan was arrested with Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and two others from an eatery at Karumathampatty in rural Coimbatore on May 3, 2015. But for travelling to other places for the cases against him, he has been lodged at the prison. Prison officers claimed that he was anaemic and also suffered from some other ailment. “He was monitored by the prison doctor everyday and was referred to the CMCH as advised by the prison doctor on Saturday,” a prison officer said.
A senior doctor in the CMCH said that he underwent blood transfusion as he was very tired. “He will first be treated for anaemia and after he gets back to normal he will be treated for the other ailment,” he said. Kannan was out of danger, he added.
Joint Maoist ops to thwart rebel activities
RANCHI: The police officials of Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Gumla and West Singhbhum are set to conduct joint anti-Maoist operations in the districts.
The decision was taken during a review meeting convened by Ranchi DIG R K Dhan here o Saturday. The SPs of Khunti, Simdega and Ranchi were present in the meeting. “We will continue with combing operations in the identified areas to weaken the rebels. The SPs have been asked to work in tandem to ensure the same,” said Dhan.
Strict vigil on Tamil Nadu-Kerala border to prevent Maoist infiltration
Tamil Nadu special task force (STF) and police are keeping strict vigil on the state border along Kerala, to prevent infiltration of seven suspected Maoists. Based on information about movement of strangers along the border at Attapady in Kerala on Friday, police from both the states are carrying out combing operations to flush them out, police said. The tribals in the area claimed that they noticed seven persons, including two women, entering Attapady, a few kilometres from Tamil Nadu.
Maoist posters surface in Khammam
Stepping up their wall-poster campaign against the third phase of Operation Green Hunt in Dandakaranya region, the Maoists have put up wall posters, written in Hindi, at R Kothagudem village in Charla mandal in the tribal heartland of Bhadrachalam division, bordering Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
Sources said that a few wall posters, written in red ink, have surfaced at R Kothagudem in the name of CPI (Maoist) Kistaram Area Committee of Chhattisgarh coinciding with the ‘Dandakaranya bandh’ observed by the outlawed outfit on Saturday in protest against alleged atrocities on Adivasis by the security forces in Dandakaranya region.
The rebels, through the wall posters, demanded that the Operation Green Hunt should be stopped forthwith and the security personnel responsible for the alleged atrocities on Adivasi women in south Bastar region of Chhattisgarh should be punished.
Maoist accused in the murder of Gond youth arrested
Adilabad district police on Monday arrested Maoist Tekam Ravi alias Ravinder (22), a member of Indervelli dalam, who is an accused in the murder of Gond youth Kursenga Ballarsha last year in Tiryani mandal. The naxalite was heading towards Tiryani mandal headquarters and was waiting for transport at IB Tandur when the police arrested him and seized two banners from his possession.
Presenting him before the media at a press conference, Adilabad Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal said he had joined the underground outfit about two years ago and was deputed to Indervelli dalam with instructions to kill informers, police and politicians. He used to work under Athram Shoban alias Charles, who is the Adilabad Area Committee secretary of Maoists and a native of Tiryani mandal.
Maoist posters seek suspension of ministers with chit fund links
Titlagarh: Maoist posters demanding suspension of ministers with chit fund scam links were found in Boudh and Bolangir districts on Saturday morning. Names of Law minister Arun Sahoo, Housing and Urban Development minister Pushpendra Singhdeo and Food Supply and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma are mentioned in the poster, which was seen nailed to a tree trunk in Titlagah. The Maoists have demanded suspension of these ministers within 10 days through this threatening poster addressed to CM Naveen Patnaik.
Jharkhand to get 3 IRB battalions to fight Maoists
RANCHI: To tackle Maoist menace Jharkhand is all set to establish three elite India Reserve Battalions (IRB) in the state. The cabinet committee on security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently gave its approval for setting up three special anti-Maoist battalions so that infrastructure does not come in the way of Jharkhand’s fight against Maoists. Jharkhand reports second highest Maoist activities in the country after its neighbour Chhattisgarh.
Maoists call for ‘Bastar bandh’ today
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has called for a ‘Bastar bandh’ on Saturday to protest alleged atrocities committed by security forces on tribal women and girls in the restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The bandh call has been given by the south sub-zonal bureau of the CPI (Maoist). “The fascist BJP government, led by Raman Singh, is committing inhuman atrocities on Bastar tribals in the name of anti-Maoist operations in Bastar. Every single day, the police and security forces are attacking villages in Bastar in the name of search operations, and plundering villagers’ houses, beating up common civilians, and sexually abusing tribal women and young girls. The BJP government and the RSS are running a fascist police regime in Bastar,” said the banned outfit in a press release sent to The Hindu .
4 landmines seized from Maoists’ hideout in Jharkhand
Ranchi, Aug 8 : Jharkhand police seized four landmines and four weapons from a hideout of Maoist guerrillas in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand on Monday. According to police, four landmines, two pistols, two rifles and live cartridges were seized during search operation at Madaidih jungle situated under Topchachi police station of Dhanbad district, around 200 km from Ranchi.
Maoists exhort Manjhi to review ties with NDA
Gaya: The CPI (Maoist) has exhorted former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi to acknowledge his class/caste interest and review ties with organizations like BJP, RSS and VHP. Accusing the saffron brigade of perpetuating atrocities on dalits and minorities across the country, the Maoists alleged that instead of being true to his own oppressed identity, the Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) leader has developed a typically feudal mentality akin to those of the oppressors. Handwritten wall posters in this regard were found pasted in the Imamganj area on Wednesday morning.
The Maoists have sought an answer from Manjhi for the perceived betrayal of the dalit cause. It advises him not to be misled by people like former MLC Anuj Singh and acknowledge his own class interest and work for the furtherance of this very class interest. It also accused the RSS family of executing an anti-dalit agenda everywhere in the country and for that reason Manjhi’s association with the group meant an onslaught on his own very humble origins. Manjhi represents Imamganj reserved seat in the state assembly. He hails from the extremely downtrodden Musahar caste.
Maoists, in the past, have used such posters as the most important communicative tool. The handwritten posters named a few Manjhi supporters, including Singh, as the men who were misleading him. Though, it did not make any direct threat, going by the modus operandi of Maoists, the posters meant a veiled threat to the former CM to snap ties with the BJP. It was in the Imamganj area that former Gaya MP Rajesh Kumar was killed allegedly by the Maoists. Only recently, Maoist supporters attacked the former CM’s convoy in Imamganj and torched his pilot jeep. Manjhi was escorted to the nearby CRPF camp to ensure his safety.
Six Maoists held in Aurangabad
Aurangabad: Police on Saturday arrested six suspected Maoists, who were allegedly involved in an attack on solar power project at Baksh Bigha village under Kasama police station 17 days back. A police team led by SP Babu Ram raided the suspected hideouts of Maoists with the help of STF and CRPF personnel and arrested six rebels, two of whom were also wanted in connection with an attack on MVL camp office under Goh police station in which two policemen were killed and 30 highly sophisticated police weapons were looted.
“The arrested Maoists have been identified as Veera Das, Awadhesh Thakur, Akhilesh Yadav, Ramashray Yadav, Mathura Yadav and Bhuneshwar Bhuiya,” the SP said. The Maoists had attacked the solar power project of a Mumbai-based company. After the completion of Rs 500 crore project, the district is expected to get 12 MW of power. However, the Maoist attack has badly affected the project.
IEDs recovered from Telengapada forest
Berhampur: A powerful improvised explosive device (IED), suspected to be planted by the Maoists, was recovered from Telengapada forest, near Paiganda in Gajapati district on Sunday. “The IED, packed in a lunch box, and weighing around 40 kg was found during the area domination operation carried out by the district voluntary force. The bomb disposal squad from Paralakhemundi rushed to the spot and defused the IED,” said SP (Gajapati) Sushil Panigrahi. Police said the landmine might have been planted by the Maoists earlier when they were active along the Gajapati-Kandhamal border.
Maoists kill civilian in Odisha
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed a civilian, identified as Sundar Hantal (25), at Godaput under Chitrakonda Police Station limits in Malkangiri District on August 6, reports orissapost.com. Sources said the Maoists killed him by slashing his throat, suspecting him to be a ‘Police informer’. According to reports, a group of 15-20 Maoists had abducted Sundar from his village about three days ago (August 3). His family members and villagers had been searching for him without success. The Maoists held a Praja (People’s) Court at Simidipadar village where they branded him as a Police informer and slashed his throat. The Maoists also threatened the villagers of facing such fate if they act as Police informers.