People’s War in India Clippings 11/8/2016


Naxal killed in face-off with security forces in Chhattisgarh

A Naxal was on Thursday gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in the dense forest of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said. The skirmish took place this morning while a joint team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the core jungle of Mardoom police station area, Bastar Superintendent of Police, RN Dash told PTI.
Acting on specific inputs, security personnel had launched the operation last night towards Tunder forest area of Mardoom, located around 350 kms away from the state capital Raipur. While security forces were cordoning off a forest pocket this morning, they were attacked by a squad of ultras belonging to Barsoor Area Committee of Maoist led by Vilash and Singhanna, the SP said.

The gun-battle lasted for about an hour before the ultras fled from the spot, he said. During the search, body of one male Maoist clad in ‘uniform’, two 315 bore rifles, one directional pipe bomb with its container and huge dump of other Naxal-related items were recovered from the spot, he added.

Woman Naxal gunned down

A woman Naxal was on Tuesday gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in the dense forest of insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district, police said. The skirmish took place on a hill under Kohka police station area when a joint team of security forces was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the region, Rajandgaon Superintendent of Police, Prashant Agrawal said.

A composite squad of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force had launched the operation towards interiors of Kohka, around 200 km from state capital Raipur. While they were cordoning off Nagurtola hill, a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate fire on them leading to a gun-battle between them, he said.

Soon the rebels escaped into core forests following which the security forces conducted a search during which the body of a woman rebel clad in ‘uniform’ was recovered, he said, adding the identity of the deceased was being ascertained. A 12-bore gun and several other Naxal-related materials, including items of daily use, were also seized from the spot, he added.

Godda cops raid Maoist hideout

Dumka: Godda police found 31 empty cans from a Maoist hideout in Jamunkoda village under Sundar Pahari police station area on Tuesday night. Naxal literature was also found during a search operation led by the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Abhishek Kumar. Godda SP Sanjiv Kumar said the empty cans were meant for making bombs that could be planted under proposed roads. No arrest has so far been made in this connection. The SP lauded the move of the villagers to report about the items to the police. “On the basis of the information, a team was formed for the search operation,” Kumar said.

IED planted by Maoists found in Jharkhand

Medininagar (Jharkhand), Aug 9 (PTI) Security personnel today recovered an IED planted by Maoists below Kala Pahar- Mahudand road in naxal-affected Palamau district, police said. The Maoists has planted the five kg IEDs under the jurisdiction of Chatarpur police station to target security personnel, Superintendent of Police Mayur Patel said. The recovery was made during an anti-Maoists campaign launched jointly by the CRPF and District Armed Police. The Bomb Disposal squad members defused the explosive. Patel said desperate Maoists wanted to target the security personnel who have launched operations against the banned ultra group. The IED was detected at the spot where seven security personnel had lost their lives in a landmine blast triggered by the rebels a few months ago.

Police release photos of suspected Maoists

The district police also launched an intensive combing operation at the bordering areas following rumours of Maoist movement.The district police and intelligence agencies on Monday published the photos of 12 persons, including a woman, in a notice stating that they are Maoists. on the notice boards of police stations and check posts bordering Kerala. The persons whose images were published in the list are Velmurugan, Yogeshmathan, Murthy, Palanivel, Karthik alias Kannan alias Gopi, Kalidass, Dasarathan, Sathiya Mary alias Padma, Manivasagam alias Mani and two others.

Contact details

The list also had the contact details of the respective police stations, the office and mobile number of the Deputy Superintendent of Police and the special branch police. This has taken place only days after Kerala Police released the images of 35 Maoists. The district police also launched an intensive combing operation at the bordering areas following rumours of Maoist movement. However, a senior district police officer said that they are on the look out for these accused for more than two years.

Suspected Maoist produced in court

Suspected Maoist Mahalingam (63), who was arrested in Tiruchur district in Kerala last month, was produced before Andipatti Magistrate Court on Monday in connection with the case registered for arms training on Varushandu hill near here. Magistrate V. Baskaran adjourned the case till August 22. Later, Mahalingam was taken back to Madurai Central Prison. The police said Mahalingam was arrested on a charge of taking up arms training on Varushanadu hill in 2007. He was released on conditional bail in 2009. But, he did not appear before the court when required. Acting on a tip-off, a special police team arrested him in Tiruchur last month.

Maoists welcome Soni Sori’s march, but without tricolour

In an audio statement released on Monday, the Central Committee [CC] of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has “appealed” to the tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party [AAP] leader in south Chattisgarh, Soni Sori, to refrain from hoisting the national flag in the partially rebel controlled areas of south Chattisgarh. On Tuesday, Ms. Sori started a weeklong march from Dantewada in south Chattisgarh to hoist the national flag at Gompad village in the adjacent Sukma district. But following the Maoist “appeal”, it may not be very safe for her to march to Gompad and raise the tricolour on Independence Day. “The police tortured you [and] the officer, Ankit Garg, [who] is responsible for attacks on you, are protected by the same tricolour and [thus] we would request you to refrain from raising it on August 15,” the Maoist audio statement said.

The statement further claimed that it is not only Ms. Sori but all the political outfits, including mainstream parties like the “Communist Party of India [CPI], or even the Congress”, and a host of civil liberties or women’s groups and journalists, that are routinely under attack by the security forces in south Chattisgarh. “As you know, all these groups, who are mainly tribals, are targeted from all sides by a State, which is continuing with a multi-level oppression against the tribals. Is it reasonable for you to raise the flag of that State?” the statement said.

However, the statement, read by the spokesperson of CC, Vikalp Dandak, also underscored that the party welcomes Ms. Sori’s decision to march through Maoist-controlled areas to Gompad, where a villager was raped and killed recently. “We do not oppose the march as it would highlight the atrocities committed by the security personnel, but just oppose the hoisting of the tricolour,” the statement said.

Magisterial inquiry into Maoist death on Aug 12

Visakhapatnam: The Paderu sub-collector is to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the death of three Maoists belonging to the Galikonda area committee, who were killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Visakha Agency On May 4, at his office on August 12. Three naxals – V Gopal alias Azad of Karakavanipalem in Pendurthi mandal, Julumuri Chinnayya alias Anand of Addateegala mandal of East Godavari and Kamala of Visakha district — were allegedly killed in an exchange of fire at Marripakalu-Palasamudram area at Puttakota forest in Koyyuru mandal. While security forces had claimed that they killed the Maoists during exchange of fire, there have been allegations that the firing was one sided and the cops allegedly killed the naxals even after they offered to surrender.

Maoists kill STF jawan in encounter

Patna/Munger: One Special Task Force (STF) jawan was killed on late Tuesday night in an encounter with Maoists at Kanimoi hill located under Kajra police station area in Lakhisarai district. Lakhisarai SP Ashok Kumar Sinha confirmed the casualty and said when the security forces, comprising the STF, CRPF and district police, were proceeding towards a Maoist hideout in the hilly area on Tuesday night, the Reds started indiscriminate firing. An STF jawan, Ajay Kumar Mandal (32), resident of village Naugachhia in Bhagalpur district, sustained gunshot injury and died before any medical aid could be provided. According to CRPF sources, the combing operation started around 8pm following on input of arms being dumped in the area. The STF jawan was injured around 2.15am. The police also opened retaliatory firing. The slain jawan’s body was sent to Munger Sadar hospital for post-mortem. After giving salute to the martyred jawan at the Munger police line, the body was sent to his native place at Naugachhia.

Four Maoists held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Aug 8: Four Naxals were today arrested and a powerful tiffin bomb was recovered from them in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said. Acting on a tip-off, the cadres were nabbed from Sulenga village under Mardoom police station limits by a joint team of security forces, Bastar Superintendent of Police RN Dash told PTI.

A composite squad of District Reserve Group (DRG), Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and a team of local police were dispatched to Sulenga, located around 400 kms away from here, following inputs about the location of the ultras there, he said. Those held were identified as Gangoram (30), Budhram (32), Mallu (30) and Kaje (30), all jan militia members of the banned CPI (Maoist), Dash added. Besides, a 10 kg tiffin bomb, a detonator, Maoist banners, posters, crackers, electricity wire and other items of daily use were also seized from their possession, the SP said.

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