Naxal commander arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district
Raipur: A hardcore naxal commander was today arrested after he was injured in an encounter between Maoists and security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. The face-off took place near Ghumsimunda forests under Antagarh police station limits when a joint squad of 123 battalion of BSF (Border Security Force), Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force were on a combing operation in the region, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI. Representational image. PTI Sensing securitymen near restive Ghumsimunda village forests, a large group of ultras opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they launched a retaliatory attack.
After the ensuing gunfight that lasted for around an hour, rebels escaped into core forests, he said. “Several naxals sustained bullet injuries in the gunfight but their colleagues managed to drag them inside the dense forests. However, one of them was held and an AK-47 rifle was also seized from his possession,” the SP said. The arrested outlaw has been identified as Jairam, a commander ranking cadre, the SP said adding he was shifted to a local hospital for treatment.
Soon after the incident, additional security forces were rushed to the spot and further details are awaited, he added. In another search operation, a naxal was held along with materials used for making explosives in Kanker district last evening even as security personnel destroyed a Maoist memorial in the Amabeda police station limits there. Iron pellets, rods, and other different materials used in making IEDs (improvised explosive device) was recovered from the possession of the cadre- Laki Negi- who was rounded up from Kuvemari village forests in the district, the SP said. “The arrested naxal is very active in the region and has disclosed many vital inputs regarding the movement of cadres, their local supports and informers,” he said.
1,034 security personnel killed in Maoist attacks in 5 years
As many as 1,034 security force personnel were killed in Maoist attacks in the last five years and seven months, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Giving details, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said 61 security personnel were killed in Maoist attack up to July 31. The toll stood at 115 in 2013. In all, 1034 security forces personnel were killed in such attacks from 2009 to July 2014.
Top Naxalite’s two trusted aides killed in encounter
NAGPUR: Two of the most trusted aides of top Naxalite leader and central committee member of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) Milind Teltumbde were killed in a police encounter in Khobramenda jungle of North Gadchiroli on Tuesday. Some more Naxalites accompanying Krishna Thakur alias Raju (35) and Sonu Katenge alias Dasrath (25) — who were Teltumbde’s armed guards — are also believed to have been injured in the exchange of fire that lasted less than half-an-hour.
The joint search team of C60 and Special Action Group (SAG) commandos have also seized one .303 rifle, one SLR, pistol and a rucksack among other material from the spot. Dasrath was deputy section commander of platoon number 56. Raju, who is known for his aggressive guerrilla-style warfare, is a former activist of Chandrapur-based Deshbhakti Yuva Manch.
Hardcore Maoist nabbed in Odisha
The BSF personnel today handed over a hardcore Maoist, who was nabbed on Tuesday, to the Malkangiri district police here. According to reports, acting on a tip-off from the BSF intelligence wing of the 33 Battalion at MV-88 village, the BSF team had conducted a combing operation in the nearby forest area on Tuesday morning. During the operation, the Central forces nabbed the Maoist while he was trying to escape from his house at Tagorkota village under Motu police station limits.
The BSF personnel later seized a 303 rifle from his possession. The arrested Maoist, identified as Singa Kotam, was handed over to the Malkangiri police this morning. According to police, Singa was an active member of Kalimela Dalam and working as a body guard of top Maoist leader and secretary of Malkangiri Divisional Committee, Udaya. He was carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.
Naxal Efforts on to Strengthen Influence in South India: Govt
NEW DELHI: The CPI(Maoist) is making efforts to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said their plans include creating a base on the border of Kerala and Karnataka. “The CPI(Maoist) cadres, active in the Wayanad district of Kerala, have also been known to engage in efforts aimed at establishing a forest route from Wayanad district to Mysore district of Karnataka,” he said in reply to a written question. However, despite these activities, the CPI(Maoist) has not been able to establish themselves in these areas.
India will help Nepal build anti-terror infrastructure
Realising that Nepal was being used as a major hub by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for carrying out its anti-India activities and that the country was becoming a safe haven for terror elements and even Naxals, India will help its key neighbour develop a formidable anti-terror infrastructure. Sources said India will not only train the Nepali security personnel in counter-terrorism operations, but will also provide them with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
The issue was discussed at length in a series of meetings that National Security Adviser A.K. Doval had with senior Nepali security officials during the recent Nepal visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources said the decision to help Nepali agencies was taken up in the run-up to the PM’s visit, especially considering the strategic importance that Nepal holds in India’s fight against terror. Further, both Pakistan and China have been making significant inroads into Nepal due to which it became even more important for Indian intelligence and security agencies to engage with their Nepali counterparts in a more “constructive manner”.
Top government sources said Nepal too had sought India’s assistance in building greater capacity to counter subversive elements operating from their soil. Over the last few years, Indian agencies have carried out many successful operations with help from Nepali authorities, like the arrest of Indian Mujahideen’s India chief Yasin Bhatkal and some members of the terror outfit’s Darbhanga module. In addition, India has also managed to successfully tackle the supply of fake Indian currency into the country through the Nepal route over the last few months. Sources said helping Nepal develop a strong counter-terrorism mechanism was part of the increased co-operation between security agencies of the two countries over the last few years. “This is a strategic move that will eventually help us in the long run since Pakistan as well as the underworld has been using Nepal to launch terror operations against India.
Both fake currency and weapons are being pumped into Indian from this route as well. Thus, the focus now is to help agencies in Nepal develop their own expertise so that the move can be nipped in the bud as its extremely difficult to stop such elements at the border due to its porous nature,” a senior security official said. Another dimension to India’s security concerns with regard to Nepal is the close links that Naxals in India have with their counter parts across the border. It is believed that many top Naxal leaders escape to Nepal and even hold training camps there whenever they feel heat from Indian security forces. The Naxals here, sources added, are also getting arms and ammunition through the Nepal route and. Indian agencies will help Nepal form a special outfit to deal with the Naxal menace, sources added.
Two suspected Maoists killed in Gadchiroli encounter
At least two suspected Maoists were killed in an encounter with police in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Tuesday. However, police refused to say anything on record unless the identity of both the deceased is confirmed. “There was an encounter in Khobramenda forest in Kurkheda block this morning and we have recovered two dead bodies of the Maoists. We have also recovered one SLR rifle and one 3.3 gun. Kurdkheda Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sachin Padnharkar has reached the spot with reinforcement,” revealed a police officer posted in Gadchiroli requesting anonymity. Local sources told The Hindu that some teams of Maharashtra’s special anti-Naxal unit C-60 were out on operation in the Khobramenda forest for over three days when they came across the suspected Maoists on Tuesday morning.
Maoists to observe Black Day on August 15
KORAPUT: With Independence Day only three days away, Maoists in Malkangiri district are gearing to observe it as Black Day. Each year on August 15, Maoists celebrate Black Day in protest against the alleged failure of the government in developing the tribal area. According to sources, Maoists along with their hundreds of supporters assembled in the thick forests of Marigeta in Kalimela police limits in the district on Sunday and urged the villagers to cooperate during the observation of Black Day.
“After the meeting, the Maoists took out a rally from Marigeta to Bodigeta raising anti-government slogans. Also, in the meeting the Maoists demanded the withdrawal of central forces from the area and the release of innocent tribals who have been jailed on false Naxal cases,” a source at Kalimela said. Police said the developments were being monitored closely and all necessary security arrangements had been made to thwart any possible Maoist violence. “Keeping in view the Maoists’ observation of Black Day on August 15, elaborate security arrangements have been made across the district. Additional forces have been deployed at a few sensitive areas,” said Malkangiri SP Akhileswar Singh.
Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head arrested
A hardcore Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head was arrested during a search operation in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said. The cadre, Lakhmu (38), was apprehended from a forest near his native Kumnar village under Kurusnar police limits by the district force on Monday, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police OP Sharma told PTI. The rebel was wanted for several criminal offences, including attacks on police party, loot, murder, torching of vehicles and others, the ASP said.
Based on inputs about his arrival at Kumnar, a police team was dispatched to the spot. The Naxal was spotted in forest near the village when he was trying to escape sensing the movement of security personnel, following which he was rounded up, he said. An active member of Kutul LGS (local guerrilla squad), Lakhmu had joined the outlawed CPI(Maoist) in 1997 and since then was deployed in the region, Sharma said, adding that he was being interrogated.
Maoists still have presence in Agency: SP
The Maoist influence in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam is not as weak as it is thought to be. Things are not that rosy and they have considerable presence in the two areas of Galikonda and Korukonda, according to Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen. Under the Maoist East Visakha Joint Division that controls the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), Galikonda and Korukonda area committees are the most active committees and they have a brief upper hand, especially during the monsoon period. “But despite that, our forces have done a good job and saw that the Maoist Martyr Week (July 28 to August 2), fail in all respects,” says Mr. Praveen.
Coming to the head count, the SP has said that it is not possible to give the exact number, but it is estimated that the East Visakha Joint Division chief Chalapathi and his deputy Bakuri Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh move around with about 40 to 50 hardcore cadres, each. Similarly, Galikonda area committee heads Ravi and Sharat and Korukonda area committee leaders Naveen and Kiran go around with at least 30 Maoist cadres. “The figures are excluding the local militia members and sympathisers.” Talking of fire power of the Maoists, he has said, “The weaponry depends on the rank. It is reported that leaders such as Ravi and Naveen, have at least five to six AK 47 assault rifles in their group and supported by a good number of 303 Lee Enfield rifles. They also carry landmines and claymore mines.”
Maoist nabbed in West Singhbhum, pistol, cartridges seized
Jamshedpur : The joint team of West Singhbhum district police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) arrested a hardcore Maoist ultra, wanted in several criminal Tunia Horo under Kunduru gutu school of WestSinghbhum district. The arrested man was the section commander. Acting on a tip off the team conducted raid and nabbed the dreaded criminal. A pistol and one live cartridges, one cell phone and a Maoist dairy have been recovered from the ultra.
Police officials said that the arrested ultras belongs to the Krishna Ahir CPI ( Maoist) squad. Superintendent of Police N K Singh said on the basis of the leads provided by thearrested naxalite joint team of police and paramilitary forces are raiding at different places in West Singhbhum to nab other Maoists too. “We cannot reveal much due to security purpose. We are grilling him and are hopeful to come up with more links of the Maoist,” he noted.
The SP said that the police have intensified the efforts for strengthening security arrangements especially on the routes used by Maoists to enter the naxal infested areas. “We have asked security forces to conduct long-range patrolling in the areas of Chaibasa and Jagannathpur,” said SSP. The police and paramilitary forces have also beefed up the naxal infested areas ofWest Singhbhum district. Sources informed that the police are frisking commuters in the bordering areas.
At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed in strategic locations. Police said that the security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxlites. “ We do not want any untoward incident to place. On the basis of the leads provided by the arrested person joint team of police and paramilitary forces are raiding at different places,” noted another senior official. Sources informed that the police have decided to ensure strict vigil and deploy additional security forces in the fringe areas.
Tritiya Prastuti Committee trying to burn bodies of slain rebels: Cops
RANCHI: A day after Maoists gunned down at least 16 members of one of its splinter groups Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) in Palamu, police said the latter is trying to dispose of the bodies of slain comrades before cops could reach the site of Saturday’s gun battle. R K Dhan, DIG (Palamu range), said a team was sent to the place where the “mass burning” would take place. “We have received inputs that TPC activists are trying to dispose of the bodies of the slain rebels. A team has been sent to the area where they have planned a mass burning.” The gun battle between the rival groups took place at Kauriya village under Bisrampur police station in Palamu. Police said on Saturday the attack could be in retaliation to the killing of Maoist cadres by TPC in 2013. Dhan said a joint force of police and CRPF personnel is trying to recover the bodies.
“The rebels generally burn the bodies by the side of rivers and throw the ashes into the water to destroy evidence,” said a police officer. A source said it would be difficult for police to locate the rebels because the area is covered with dense forests and has a tough terrain. Palamu police want to recover the bodies so that they can identify the rebels and weave a strong case against Maoists, a source said. With conflict over dominance among 18 rebel outfits becoming a regular feature in the state’s Red zone, villagers here are anticipating another retaliation and more bloodshed.
Central eye on warring rebel outfits
Ranchi, Aug. 10: Jharkhand is a “very confused state” lacking political will and direction to solve the Left-wing extremism (LWE) crisis, senior security adviser to Union home ministry K. Vijay Kumar said in the wake of the Maoist carnage that killed 16 alleged Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) members in Palamau on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The incident assumes national importance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will possibly visit the state on August 21.
According to sources, Union home minister Rajnath Singh held discussions yesterday on the “situation” with former chief minister Arjun Munda and other senior BJP leaders from Jharkhand who had assembled in New Delhi for the party’s national council meeting. Kumar, also the former director-general of Central Reserve Police Force, told The Telegraph over phone that the infighting among rebel groups to gain local supremacy was a kind of “civil war”. Off the record, top policemen have conceded that they were “using” the TPC and People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) in their fight against the CPI(Maoist). Kumar candidly said this was a bad idea.
“I have categorically pointed it out before Jharkhand police and administration that the enemy’s enemy is not your friend. For the simple reason that more than 50 per cent LWE violence is concerned with rebel factions like PLFI and TPC, among others,” Kumar said. On August 4, on the floor of the Assembly during the monsoon session, chief minister Hemant Soren alleged that the TPC and PLFI in 2004 had been formed/supported by then director-general of police V.D. Ram, currently a BJP MP from Palamau, whose impact was being felt by the state. Ram denounced the allegations, saying he had given a proposal to state to ban such organisations and the chief minister was being misled. Munda defended his party colleague strongly.
“Instead of indulging in frivolous blame-game, the chief minister should take bold actions. He has made a mockery of the entire official machinery. Why should a commoner trust his government if the rebels regularly keep updating the mass media with their latest exploits?” he told The Telegraph. As the home ministry’s security adviser at the Centre, Kumar refused to comment on Hemant’s words. But prodded, he only said it spoke volumes for the way things were going on in the state. Vishrampur (Palamau) police reached Choti Kauriya village, where 16 alleged TPC rebels were gunned down, almost 12 hours after the incident, even though the thana is just 15km from the spot. Police could not even get hold of the corpses.
Villagers said a TPC squad took away the bodies on a tractor on Saturday morning. The Maoists have reportedly claimed responsibility for the killings, saying they avenged the incident of March 27, 2013. Then, the TPC reportedly killed 10 CPI(Maoist) rebels in Kunda area of Chatra district. The entire gory incident shows the situation in the hinterland where police appear helpless in the face of infighting between rebel groups. While the TPC has emerged as the main force to counter the CPI(Maoist) in Palamau, Chatra, Latehar and Garhwa, PLFI rules the roost in Khunti, Ranchi, Gumla, Simdega and Lohardaga.
However, director-general of police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar stressed that their anti-rebel operations had intensified and there were no lapses on their part in the gang war for supremacy between the CPI (Maoist) and Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) outfits in Vishrampur. “The case is simple. The Maoists have avenged the murders of their comrades. Our job now is to nab the culprits. We are doing our best,” DGP Kumar told The Telegraph.
Adding that the TPC took away the bodies, he said the police recovered only slippers, items of daily use, bloodstains and empty cartridges from the site on Saturday. “We are not omnipresent. We carefully verify every tip-off and take appropriate action. In this case, no one informed us that the rebels had ventured inside the village. How do we know certain rebels have entered a remote village on a dark night?” he asked. The DGP also chose to keep silent over Hemant’s “patronage” remark against former police boss and present BJP MP Ram. Instead, he said: “We deal with all rebel groups with an iron hand. Stray incidents do not mean that people have lost faith in the police.”
State records second highest Red attacks
RANCHI: Jharkhand recorded the second highest incidents of Naxalism-related violence across the country in the first half of 2014. The trend is a significant shift from 2013, when the state had recorded 152 deaths in 387 Naxal incidents, the highest among all left wing extremism-hit states. Security experts believe frequent turf battles among various left wing extremist outfits and resolute police action against the rebels are behind the growing numbers of such incidents.
According to the Union home ministry figures, a total of 38 persons were killed in 75 Naxal incidents in the state in the first five months of this year the figure for the corresponding period in 2013 was 75 persons. Till May 2014, Chhatisgarh reported 66 deaths on 65 incidents, Maharashtra 21 in five incidents), Bihar 17 in 21, Odisha 11 in 10 incidents and Andhra Pradesh five in five incidents.
Hardcore Maoist Held
A Section Commander of CPI (Maoists) in Porahat, Tunia Horo alias Zokhim was today arrested with arms and ammunition from Tebo police station area in naxal-hit West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, the district police launched a massive search operation in the early hours and apprehended Horo from near Kundruguttu Residential School when he was returning to Porahat from Khunti, where he had gone to visit family members, Superintendent of Police, N K Singh said. Singh said Horo, a native of Sangoor under Karra police station of adjoining Khunti district, had country-made pistol, live cartridge, a diary and mobile phone in his possession.
Horo was an accused in eight Maoist-related incidents in West Singhbhum including killing of six persons in Kodaburu under Sonua police station, setting afire six vehicles belonging to a road construction company in Ulidih police station area in 2012, among others, he said. Singh said Horo, a matriculate, used to maintain a diary and had mentioned each Maoists-related incident he had taken part in it. As per the diary, the ultra group had formed “code words” while they executed any plan and described police as “Mahua”, he said, adding, further interrogation was on.
Bihar: Police foil prisoners’ bid to take over jail
Police foiled an attempt by prisoners to take control of the divisional jail in Sitamarhi, Bihar late on Saturday night. Sitamarhi superintendent of police (SP) Nawal Kishore Singh said police had to open fire to quell the mob of angry prisoners who were resisting the move to shift hardcore Maoists, Santosh Jha and Samrat Choudhary, currently lodged there, to Buxar and Gaya, respectively. The Maoist inmates were being shifted on the orders of inspector general (prisons), Singh said.
At least four prisoners were injured in the firing, he said. The prisoners also indulged in heavy stone pelting and broke the windowpanes of SP’s vehicle. Two jawans sustained injuries in the brickbatting, the SP added. Police fired about 50 rounds to bring the situation under control even as Sashastra Seema Bal and CRPF personnel were rushed to assist the district police.
August 8th, 2014
Since the Nakba (the “Day of the Catastrophe”) in 1948, the Palestinian people have been the target of violent colonial policy—a policy that never stopped, despite various condemnations from the UN. Settlers stole crops and destroyed olive plantations; millions were expelled from their land and were forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries in conditions of misery, with the help of Arab countries more concerned about the health of their monarchy (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Jordan) or their military regimes (Egypt, Turkey, Syria) than the life of the Palestinian people.
The Zionist racist and colonial policy that led to the creation of the State of Israel on “a land without a people for a people without a land” was supported by imperialist powers such as France and Britain, and eventually the United States, regardless of the type of party in power in those countries. Israel is the foremost country to benefit from the U.S. financial and military aid, receiving more than even Afghanistan and Egypt. At the height of the current Israeli aggression, the United States agreed to Israel’s request to refloat its stock of weapons at the cost of a billion dollars. Each year, three billion dollars of public funds are allocated for the Israeli army to buy U.S. weapons, improve their equipment and then experiment with them on the Palestinian people.
Some of the most recent weapon innovations include shells filled with darts and the stink bombs sprayed upon people attending demonstrations in East Jerusalem in solidarity with Gaza. Canada is part of this weapons manufacturing, along with the Anglo-Danish security company G4S that produces the motion detectors used along the apartheid wall and checkpoints.
The Israeli terrorist army has been bombing and assaulting Gaza since July 8, violating Palestinian sovereignty by occupying and destroying its territory and inhabitants. Not satisfied with merely stifling this densely populated land by a blockade that prevents free circulation of people, as well as preventing basic subsistence activities such as fishing and agriculture, the apartheid regime decided to raise the terror up a notch. Nearly 2,000 people have been killed and 10,000 injured, the entire Palestinian population a target without any possibility of finding shelter as the so-called “only island of democracy and civilization” in the Middle East barbarically bombarded schools, hospitals and even UN shelters.
Parroted by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that Israel only wants to defend itself against rocket attacks from the Palestinian resistance and that “Hamas terrorists” are responsible for Israeli aggression. The real objective, however, is to liquidate any movement that could hinder the continuation of the Zionist colonial appropriation. In this respect, it is not Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah that could stop this process, given its grovelling and collaboration with Israel amongst the crushing protests in the West Bank.
After the kidnapping of three young Israelis in late June and the murder of a young Palestinian who was later burned alive, Israeli police conducted hundreds of raids and arrests of people suspected of being part of the resistance—whether Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) or Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). Since Hamas won the last elections held in Gaza, the entire people there are now the target of criminal and cowardly Israeli aggression.
Where there is oppression, however, there is resistance. According to the few independent journalists who went to Gaza, if the people there do not necessarily endorse the whole obscurantist ideology of Hamas, they certainly know that this is not what is currently at stake. The people support the resistance and are ready to endure terrible suffering rather than adhering to “peace negotiations” that have proved to be nothing but a series of betrayals since the 1990s. Many of these people think that the only people who are defending them in front of the occupants are Hamas fighters; in this sense, they support their demands before agreeing to a cease-fire. In fact, nearly 100 Israeli soldiers were killed and more than 400 injured since the beginning of the ground invasion of Gaza. For those who defend the national liberation struggle of the Palestinian masses—and in contrast to the pacifist junk of the NDP and Québec Solidaire that both condemned the “violence of both sides” while calling for a ceasefire—siding with the Palestinian resistance in Gaza is necessary.
Wishful thinking won’t stop the terrorist apartheid regime of Israel: it needs a strong solidarity movement based on proletarian internationalism. In this sense, in addition to the Palestinian resistance, we celebrate the rare but courageous people who refused to serve in the Israeli army and have been jailed, and also those who are vigorously protesting in Israeli cities under the threat of increasingly violent, ultranationalist Zionism that has become stronger in this climate of military madness.
We also commend the numerous protests happening throughout the world, especially in Arab countries and in the “socialist” France, where pro-Palestinian demonstrations were banned in Paris while those supporting Israel took place without any problem. In Canada, we call proletarian and progressive people to continue to take part in the various demos and other actions in support of Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions and the Palestinian resistance, while also recognizing the need to organize for socialist revolution so that Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair will never again speak on our behalf at the international level.
From Gaza to Ramallah, Intifada, Intifada!
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Woman naxal carrying reward arrested
A woman naxal carrying a reward of Rs 1.1 lakh on her head was today arrested by police in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh. Shyambati alias Pramila (30) was held by a police team from Fafadih area here. She had come to Raipur for medical treatment. According to the police, Pramila was part of urban network of ultras and it was suspected that she was in contact with senior naxalite leaders. Police are on high alert following her arrest, in view of the approaching Independence Day.
Government announces up to Rs 1cr for info on Naxals
To step up pressure on the Naxal-infiltrated districts of Maharashtra, the state government on Friday announced lucrative cash rewards up to Rs 1 crore for information about various cadres of extremists. For the first time in the history of Maharashtra, such a big sum was announced for the informers for helping the government in nabbing Naxals. The cash reward will be paid to informants if the information provided by them helps in nabbing or killing the wanted Naxalite.
The reward has been divided into various categories based on the cadres that exist in the Naxal groups starting from `2 lakh up to `1 crore. “This is the best cash reward being announced by any state in the country. No other state is paying so much to any informant. I will term it as a bold step taken by the Maharashtra government,” said Amitabh Rajan, additional chief secretary for home. The state home department has even issued a Government Resolution (GR) for immediate implementation of the new reward scheme. According to the decision, an informant would be given a cash reward of `1 for helping in nabbing a general secretary or politburo secretary of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (a banned Naxal outfit). The cash reward is applicable only for Naxal infested Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur, Nanded, Yeoatmal and Bhandara district.
Breakdown of the prize
60 lakh Politburo member, regional buro secretary and secretary of central military commission
50 lakh Central committee member, regional buro member and equivalent cadres
25 lakh Special zonal committee member, state military commission member, state committee member and equivalent cadres
20 lakh Divisional committee secretary, company dalam-incharge, company dalam commander and regional military command member
16 lakh Divisional committee member
12 lakh Platoon committee member and so on
Intel agencies caution government over drop in Naxal activities
Even though intelligence agencies often caution the government well in advance regarding the subversive activities of terror outfits, interestingly this around they have done so for the lack of it. Central intelligence agencies have in a recent report to the Centre expressed concern over the sudden drop in Naxal activities over the last few months fearing that the Maoists might be planning a major operation against the security forces.
Though normally there is a drop in Naxal activities during the monsoon season but not to the extent being witnessed now. What is even more baffling for security and intelligence agencies is that no major operation has been carried out against the Naxals so they have not faced any major reverses and their cadre strength still remains intact. Despite this, the Naxals are believed to be lying low and this is now being interpreted as a tactical ploy to strike back hard.
CRPF jawan killed in encounter with naxals
Raipur, Aug 9: A CRPF jawan was killed today in an exchange of fire with naxals in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The incident took place at Murdanda village under the Avapalli police limits when a CRPF patrol team from 168th battalion were proceeding for a road-opening, and naxals opened indiscriminate fire leaving one jawan dead, DIG, SIB of Chhattisgarh police Dipanshu Kabra told PTI. The security personnel also fired in retaliation. The face-off continued for a while following which jawan Jignesh Patel was killed on the spot. Meanwhile, additional forces have been rushed to the spot and anti-naxal operations have been intensified in the Maoist-infested area following the incident.
14 Naxalites killed in group rivalry in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Around 14 Maoists belonging to Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a breakaway faction of the CPI Maoists, were killed in a fierce gunbattle with the CPI Maoists rebels in Kauriya village in Palamu district on Saturday, according to Jharkhand police. Police have not been able to find out if anyone belonging to the CPI Maoist outfit was also killed or injured in the gunbattle. The gunbattle started early Saturday and continued for hours. However, the death of the 14 TPC rebels has not been independently confirmed.
“We have information that 14 Naxalites have been killed in Palamu. We have not recovered any of their bodies yet,” said Jharkhand police spokesman Anurag Gupta. A police officer in Bishrampur said that Maoists have run away with the arms of the slain rebels. “We have received inputs from the ground zero that the Maoists are also trying to take away the dead bodies,” said Palamu DSP Ajay Kumar. A counter offensive against the rebels or a search operation by security forces is yet to be launched in the area.
“We have rushed security forces to the place where the encounter took place. The encounter has stopped now,” said Anurag Gupta. Formed in 2002, TPC has indulged in many bloody clashes with the CPI Maoists in Jharkhand. The militant outfit has declared in the past that Maoists are its enemy. In March 2013, TPC rebels had killed 10 Maoist rebels in Chatra district. TPC claims it has strongholds in Palamu, Latehar and Chatra districts. In all these districts Maoists also claim to have dominance in all these districts. A source said that a group of TPC rebels were moving towards Kauriya village when Maoists, sitting in ambush, opened fire. It gave the TPC rebels little time to take positions and retaliate. “It might be a reason why Maoists sustained little or no injuries. But I cannot say anything about it officially,” said a police officer.
Manipur Maoist to boycott I-Day
The Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) Friday, while announcing a boycott to the upcoming Independence Day celebration of India on August 15, called upon the people stay away from participating in any celebration functions. While appealing not to participate in the Independence Day of India, a statement of the MCPM signed by its publicity secretary Comrade Nonglen Meetei raised a question to the people to ask themselves if there was any reason for taking part in the celebration, alleging that India is oppressing the people of the state in all fronts.
He alleged that authorities of the state government have been forcing students of various colleges and schools to take part in the Independence Day of India by imposing several conditions and by even providing uniforms and other facilities. If such practices were repeated, this time the outfit will not remain silent and the officials involved in such activities will be taught a lesson, the statement warned.
Maoist squad member held in Jharkhand
Chaibasa: An activist of CPI (Maoists) was arrested and arms and ammunition found in his possession from Karampada in Naxal-hit West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer on Friday said. Acting on tip off, the district police force launched a search operation last night and arrested Pradhan Hembram alias Dondo Hembram from Karaita Rail bridge near Mirchygudda village, Superintendent of Police, NK Singh said. Singh said a country-made pistol, two live rounds of cartridge, three mobile phone sets and a dairy was seized from his possession.
Hembram, stated to be a member of ‘Sandeep da’ alias Motilal Soren squad, was wanted in several Maoist-related incidents and was named accused in three cases in Goilkera (West Singhbhum), Bandamunda and Kebland police stations in adjoining Odisha, he said. The ultra was named accused in the killing of Jaipal Purty, who had been dragged out of his house and shot dead in Kuira village in the district. He was also an accused in a blast that claimed nine lives in Keblang police station of Odisha few years ago.
‘Maoist forces setting up base in upper Assam’
SIVASAGAR, Aug 7 – The strength of banned outfit ULFA and the Maoists has reportedly increased in upper Assam. Many youths, particularly those belonging to tea garden areas, are possibly joining the ranks of the Maoist forces, stated a top Assam Police officer. Addressing a press conference at the Sivasagar SP’s office here on Wednesday, the DIG of Upper Assam, Satya Gogoi said, “The Maoist forces have been trying to establish a stronger base in upper Assam than that of the ULFA.”
He revealed that the police had already launched a probe into the matter related to the serving of extortion notices in the name of Jiban Moran of the ULFA in the upper Assam districts including Sivasagar. To prevent any subversive activities during the forthcoming Independence Day, the police have already intensified their operations and deployed forces in sensitive areas. The areas bordering Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have been sealed in view of the Independence Day celebrations, said Gogoi. Sivasagar SP Bijoy Kuligam said, “There is an urgent need of cooperation from the public so that the police can serve them smoothly.”
Maoist Link: Bail Granted to Baud
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail to Swiss national Jonathan Baud, who was arrested for allegedly having links with Maoists, after he attended a meeting organised in memory of a Maoist activist. Justice K Abraham Mathew granted bail to the accused on condition that after release he should produce the undertaking of the Swiss Embassy to the effect that he would be made available as and when required by the investigating officer or the court concerned.
The police had arrested Baud on July 28, on changes of violations under Section-14(b) of the Foreigners Act. Baud submitted that his character, antecedent and intellectual pursuits were clear from the various certificates issued by professors of the University of Geneva. He also submitted that he would produce an undertaking by the Swiss Embassy. The Director General of Prosecution has not opposed to releasing Baud after producing an undertaking before the court. The court directed Baud to deposit `1 lakh before the Magistrate. The court held that Baud’s passport would be retained by the Magistrate concerned.
Two Maoist operatives, two others arrested in Sheohar
The Bihar Police have arrested four persons including two Maoist operatives from a village in the Sheohar district of Bihar on Thursday. Police officers said the two arrested Maoists have been identified as Devendra Sahni and Bharat Thakur and they were nabbed from Aura Malkana village under Tariyani Chowk police station in the district. “Both are suspects in several cases of violence across Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and other places. The police had been searching for them for the past several years,” said Tariyani Chow Station House Officer (SHO) Sanjay Rai. Mr. Rai said the other two arrested persons were not Maoists, but seem to have links with the two arrested Naxals and the police were trying to verify their identities and links with the subversives.
The SHO said the arrested Maoists were being interrogated to find out their plans in the district. Sheohar district, located around 140 km north of Patna and close to the Indo-Nepal border has not been affected much by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) unlike its neighbouring Sitamarhi, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur districts.
4,225 detonators recovered from Bihar Maoist stronghold
Over 4,200 detonators were recovered Thursday in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police said. Rohtas Superintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Kushwaha said a huge quantity of explosives, including 4,225 detonators, 1,200 gelatin sticks and 15 kg ammonium nitrate, was recovered. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided a house in Karbandia locality near Sasaram, the district headquarter. One man was also arrested in this connection. Last week also police had recovered a huge quantity of explosives, including 3,550 detonators, 1,791 gelatin sticks and 5 kg ammonium nitrate, from a village near Sasaram.
Police had arrested three people in this connection. Rohtas is considered to be a Maoists stronghold. According to police, recovered material, including ammonium nitrate, is used for making improvised explosive devices and bombs. The state police along with the central paramilitary forces have intensified combing operations against Maoists in different parts of Bihar.
Maoist extremists held in Nalbari
Nalbari police have arrested four dreaded Maoist extremists and seized two powerful grenades from their possession on Thursday. Acting on a tip off that a gang of Maoist extremists hailing from Jharkhand has been camping in Koithalkuchi area, police conducted a raid at a house where they were captured. They were believed to have been camping there to strike in the run up to the Independence Day celebrations. Two powerful hand grenades were also seized from their possession.
Indefinite strike in RMG factories called after police evict Tuba protestors
Protesting workers of Tuba Group have called for an indefinite strike across garment factories in Bangladesh after police evicted them from the factory where they have been on a hunger-strike on Thursday. Law enforcers entered the factory premises around 1.15 pm. They lobbed tear gas canisters and charged batons on the workers, who were protesting demanding payment of their salaries and festival allowances due since July 28.
Police have also detained labour activists, including Garments Sramik Oikya Forum President Moshrefa Mishu and Bangladesh Trade Union Centre’s Assistant General Secretary Jolly Talukder, who were with the workers at the factory. Mishu’ also the convener of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, announced the programme just before the police detained her, according to Taslima Akter, Coordinator of a labour body, Garments Sramik Shanghati.
Gazipur garments workers protest to get overtime
Hachong BD workers blocked the Nabinagar-Kaliakoir road on Thursday morning. They gathered at the factory square at 8am, said Industrial Police Gazipur-2 ASP Md Moniruzzaman. They set fire to some car tyres around 9am. “The workers started throwing bricks and stones at the police when they tried to control the situation. Police fired a round of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the gathering. At least 15 workers were injured in the confrontation. The injured were treated in the local hospital”, said ASP Monir. Traffic returned to normal after half an hour, he said.
ILP agitation: Policeman misfires smoke bomb, injures self
IMPHAL, August 6: A policeman was seriously injured when a smoke bomb targeted at a student’s rally demanding Inner Line Permit misfired and exploded near his face this afternoon. Athokpam Herojit, 27, son of A Raghu, a personnel of the Wangoi Police officer in charge’s team was hit on the face by a smoke bomb misfired by another personnel at Yumnam Leikai, while trying to control students of Manipur College. Herojit, who is from Samurou Naorem Chakprou Leikai, was rushed to the hospital immediately.
Students continue to take out rallies demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the State today, even as an all-political party meeting to discuss the issue was underway at the Chief Minister’s office chamber this evening. A large number of Manipur College students took out a rally trying to proceed towards the Chief Minister’s bungalow, but were stopped by the police at Yumnam Leikai. Students were heard shouting slogans demanding ILP implementation in the State. Police fired several rounds of smoke bombs and tear gas shells in their effort to control the demonstrating students.
ISTANBUL NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWN FOR ANTI-GOVERNMENT UNREST SLATED FOR DEMOLITION
Local authorities in Istanbul have announced plans to demolish tens of thousands of homes in a neighborhood that is a hotbed of anti-government unrest. Authorities say the structures are unsafe. The area is home to many Alevis, a progressive Islamic sect whose followers traditionally support liberal and secular politics. In a year of anti-government unrest in Turkey, all those killed by security forces were Alevis. That has contributed to a widening social divide between Alevis and orthodox Muslims, including many supporters of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted ruling party. And as Dorian Jones now reports, with the Prime Minister running in presidential elections this weekend, sectarian tensions are rising and threatening to reopen historical wounds.
BUS DRIVERS IN SANA’A ON PARTIAL STRIKE
SANA’A, Aug. 6—Dozens of bus drivers in Sana’a began a partial strike on Tuesday in protest of the new transportation fees set by the Ministry of Transport. After the fuel subsidies were lifted, the ministry set the transportation fees at YR60 ($0.28) per passenger, a 20 percent increase from the original fare of YR50 ($0.23). Bus drivers are calling this amount unjust and demand that the Ministry of Transport set the fees at YR70 ($0.33).
FISHERMEN GO ON STRIKE TO PROTEST FUEL SUBSIDY CUTS
SANA’A, Aug. 6—Fishermen in Hadramout governorate announced they will continue their strike until Sunday in protest of the government’s decision to cut fuel subsidies. According to Ali Hainsh, a fisherman in Hodeida city, fishermen started to strike last Monday to protest the government’s cut of fuel subsidies. He said the cuts had a tremendous financial impact on the fishermen, as they depend on gas and diesel to run their boats.
CALVALLEY PETROLEUM EMPLOYEES IN HADRAMOUT THREATEN TO GO ON STRIKE
SANA’A, Aug. 6—Employees of Calvalley Petroleum Inc., which operates in Block 9 of Hadramout, threatened on Wednesday to go on strike if the company fails to respond to their demand of a pay increase.
131 civilians killed in Naxal violence this year: Govt
Over 130 civilians and 61 security force personnel have been killed by Naxals in the current year, government told Parliament today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha that while a total of 131 civilians were killed in violence carried out by Left wing extremists between January and July 15, 2014, a total of 61 security forces personnel were killed in similar instances. Thirty-eight Naxals were also killed during the same period, while a total of 630 Maoist-related violent incidents were reported across the affected states, he said. A total of 809 Maoists were also arrested during the same period, he said.
Two police officers injured in Naxal firing in Gadchiroli
NAGPUR: Two sub-inspectors of police (PSIs) attached to the Sawargaon police station were injured when a group of Naxals opened fire in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra this afternoon. PSI Arjun Mohite and PSI Chandrakant Patil were rushed to the city for treatment, police said. A group of about 40 to 50 armed Naxals opened fire on police team, which returned the fire, police said.
MHA sniffs Maoist activities in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: Chew this: Maoists are having a field day in Hyderabad! If the Union home ministry is to be believed, Hyderabad is a Maoist-hit region. Though several states have been grappling with left-wing extremists (LWE), the anti-Maoist elite commando force Greyhounds has nearly wiped out the banned extremist outfit from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In 2013, CPI (Maoist) cadres resorted to violence in just two districts — Khammam (now in Telangana) and Visakhapatnam of united Andhra Pradesh. AP police had even won kudos from then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for containing the Maoist menace.
Recently, however, home ministry officials stated that Hyderabad and 10 other districts in united Andhra Pradesh had witnessed either Naxalite activities or violence. State police call it a ‘botched-up exercise’. The information was shared in Rajya Sabha in the form of a written reply to a question posed by a member requesting state-wise details of districts affected by Maoist/Naxal and terror organisations in the country. In the written reply, Union minister of state (home affairs) Kiran Rijiju said, “Khammam, Visakhapatnam, Adilabad, East Godavari, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Warangal districts witnessed either left wing extremist activities or violence in 2013.” However, the statement clarified that only Khammam and Visakhapatnam witnessed violence. “Some over ground/underground activities of LWE groups were reported from 182 districts of 20 states/Union territories in 2013. However, of the 182 districts only 76 districts witnessed LWE violence,” MHA officials said.
Let alone underground, state police officials dismiss that even considering Hyderabad as a place for overground activities was far-fetched. “It is mysterious on what grounds the districts are declared as Maoist-hit. As on date, Khammam in Telangana and Visakhapatnam in AP are the only LWE-affected districts. Even if the special infrastructure scheme (SIS) sponsored by the MHA is considered, Hyderabad is not a beneficiary,” sources in Telangana intelligence department told TOI, adding that they were not consulted by MHA officials. As of now, the only overground activity is that of Revolutionary Writers’ Association (Viplava Rachayitala Sangham, Virasam), whose members are branded Maoist sympathizers across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Till June 30 this year, according to officials, 16 persons were arrested, three Maoists were killed and a civilian also died in the two states. In the last four months, two important Maoist leaders, Gudsa Usendi and recently Chambala Ravinder, surrendered to the police.