Forces detect 500kg IEDs in 10 days in poll-bound Bastar
NEW DELHI: Across poll-bound Bastar in south Chhattisgarh, where Maoists hold sway, security forces led by the CRPF found about 500kg IEDs in the last 10 days averting loss of lives and property. Maoists planted these improvised explosive devices (IEDs), also called landmines, along highways and kutcha village roads, to enforce poll boycott and harm security forces. “Of them, most are command wire IEDs. However, pressure IEDs have also been found in Chhattisgarh,” said a senior CRPF officer. A command wire IED has a wire attached to a circuit. It can be detonated from about 50-60 m away by a cadre hidden in the forest.
Pressure IED can explode when a person or a vehicle passes over it. Early Thursday, a CRPF-led joint forces team found two 25kg command wire IEDs packed in steel cans along the highway between Dornapal and Jagargunda in Sukma district. The IEDs were planted close to the spot where the Maoists had ambushed and killed 76 CRPF men in 2010. The joint forces team detected the IEDs during a patrol. Most of the IEDs detected are made of ammonium nitrate though large number of gelatin IEDs have also been found. “These deadly explosives reached the Maoists mainly through pilferage from mining companies in Chhattisgarh and neighbouring Jharkhand,” said an officer. Since November 1, security forces found 132kg IEDs in Chhattisgarh and 130kg along the state’s border with Jharkhand. More IEDs were defused at the spot they were found.
In October, 109kg IEDs were found in Chhattisgarh and 274kg along Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border. Bastar, which has seven districts and 12 assembly constituencies spread over about 40,000 sq km, goes to polls on November 11. Earlier, the Maoists had asked villagers not to walk on kutcha roads after October 31 as these would be heavily mined by IEDs. True to their word, Maoist cadres have already mined roads, especially in the interiors, to prevent villagers from reaching polling booths. Their other aim is to inflict maximum damage on security forces on poll duty. Maoists could mine areas around booths, suspect senior officers. About 50,000 security forces have been deployed in Bastar to secure poll in the Maoist stronghold. Before induction, they were sensitized about IEDs by experts, including officers from CRPF’s Institute for IED Management in Pune.
Maoists reiterate call for poll boycott in tribal Bastar region
RAIPUR: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoists) have reiterated their call for boycott of elections in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh alleging that security forces deployed in large numbers for the polls were unleashing terror on people to thwart its campaign for boycott of elections. “Road opening parties (ROP), round the clock patrolling, police pickets everywhere, mobile check posts, regular combing operations, fake encounters, raids on villages, illegal arrests and implicating tribals in false cases have become order of the day”, CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee secretary Rammana said in an SMS message circulated to media in the state capital.
Claiming that students were forced to vacate residential hostels to facilitate accommodation of security forces, he said studies in almost all schools in the interiors have been affected. Ramanna exhorted employees, progressive and democratic intellectuals to boycott elections and extend every kind of support to the peoples’ struggle going on in Dandakaranya. “Let us forge ahead undeterred for genuine freedom on the basis of self-reliance by intensifying peoples war and defeating operation green hunt”, Rammanna said. There are also unconfirmed reports that Maoists have given a call for bandh in the interior areas of Bastar but there is no independent confirmation either from the police or from the rebels.
Maoists torch vehicles, beat up workers
Maoists raided the project site of a private construction company in Vishungarh, around 110 km from here, late Thursday and also beat up four labourers of the company, police said. The non-payment of levy demanded by the rebels is said to be the reason for the incident.
Spurt in Naxal activity likely in separate ‘T’: DGP
Director General of Police B. Prasada Rao has said that the administration was concerned about Naxalite activity picking up in separate Telangana because of the leadership of CPI (Maoist). In an informal chat with media persons here on Wednesday, Mr. Rao said Naxalites were not active in the State presently, barring north-coastal districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and East and West Godavari.
“There are some apprehensions that the Maoist cadre and leaders who mostly belonged to north Telangana districts could return to the region if the region got Statehood.” The issue also figured in the meetings of the Central government-appointed Task Force that toured the State recently. The delegation broadly deliberated the distribution of police force.
Six landmines recovered during anti-Naxal operation in Tebo jungle
Security forces on Wednesday recovered six landmines during an anti-Naxal operation in Tebo jungle in adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. Security personnel comprising of para-military forces and district armed police force recovered six landmines, combat uniforms and medicines from the Naxal stronghold of Tebo jungle, DIG (Kolhan) Arun Kumar Singh said. Singh said the operation, which began three days ago, continued even on Wednesday.
Suspected ‘bomb’ at C’garh MLA’s house creates panic
Bastar, Chhattisgarh: Security personnel reportedly found 50 kg of explosives on Wednesday in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, where both Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi will address rallies today. The state police ruled out any threat to the leaders as the bombs were found far from the sites of today’s rallies – around 200 km from Kondagaon, the venue of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s rally, and some 300 kms from Kanker where Mr Modi is to address a rally. Sources said two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) of 25 kg each were found and defused in Chintalnar in interior Bastar, known for Maoist violence.
Suspected Left-wing Rebels Kill 2 in India
Suspected left-wing guerrillas have killed two people in the central Indian state Jharkhand, said police on Thursday. The attack took place Wednesday in the state’s Khuti district around 70 km from the state capital Ranchi. One of the killed was an activist of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Bihar announces rewards on seven Maoist leaders
PATNA: The Bihar government has announced a reward of Rs 3-5 lakh for the capture of seven top Maoist leaders, police said on Thursday. A reward of Rs 5 lakh has been declared for Arvind Kumar alias Arvind Singh, a member of the central committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist. A reward of Rs 3 lakh has been announced for Vijay Yadav alias Sandip, who is a member of the special area committee that covers Bihar, Jharkhand and northern Chhattishgarh.
Similar rewards have been declared for Shiv Shankar Dhobi alias Tayagi, Parvesh alias Anuj, Ram Babu Ram, Prajapat and Chirag. Most of these Maoist leaders are from Jehananbad, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui and Motihari, considered strongholds of Maoists.
State mulling fresh options to counter Maoists
CRPF units may be deployed for combing forests
The State government is looking at fresh options, including deploying the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), for combing operations in the forest areas of north Kerala in the wake of the frequent sighting of suspected cadres of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the region. Top sources told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the search operations of the Thunderbolt commando force of the Indian Reserve Battalion had yielded no positive results in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Palakkad districts. Recently a 40-member team had carried out raids following reports about the presence of uniformed Maoists at the Naripetta and Vilangad regions in Kozhikode district bordering Wayanad and Kannur districts.
Less than a fortnight ago, an earth mover was torched allegedly by Maoists at Chooranimala in Kavilumpara panchayat in the limits of the Thottipalam police station. This was one of the incidents relating to a crime activity in the district, a senior officer said. Already the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had alerted the State police about the formation of the new Kabani Dalam (armed squad) of Janakeeya Vimochana Guerilla Sena at the tri-junction of the Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu borders.
Several other Dalams, including the Netravathi, are active in the Dakshina Kannada side as well as in Tamil Nadu. As early as 2011, the tri-junction had shown signs of secret movement after the operations of ‘Green Hunt’ by the CRPF against Naxalites and developed into a perspective area (Maoist terminology for identifying a particular region, surveying the area and building up its organisational base) for the CPI (Maoist). Intelligence agencies say that the organisation could have now formed the guerrilla squad in Wayanad after infiltrating the local populace and subsequently conducting training camps in the forests.
These activities are part of new guerrilla zone in Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee in the tri-junction. So far, the government has incurred an expense of Rs 11.5 crore on purchasing vehicles and equipment for the Thunderbolt commando for curbing the activities of Maoists in the State. Sources said the distribution of the news bulletin of ‘Kattuthee’ (forest fire) among houses in Wayanad and Kozhikode districts recently announcing agitations against the imperialistic and anti-people government signalled that the CPI (Maoist) had arrived in the State. The bulletin warns against evicting Adivasis in the name of protecting forests and preserving tiger sanctuaries and against exploiting tribal people by police and forest officials.
The banned Left radical outfit has demanded that the government stop all revenue recovery proceedings against the debt-ridden farmers. The CPI (Maoist) has also planned to set up people’s court for trial of elected representatives, including legislators, for failure to prevent suicide by farmers. It has also threatened to punish the perpetrators of crime against Dalit women and eliminate the practice of moneylenders charging usurious rate of interest and private financial establishments, the sources said.
’Maoists suspected of using phone jammers’
Kozhikode: When Maoists had reportedly arrived at the tribal belt of Vilangad Vavad Colony in Kozhikode, mobile phones in the region were skirted out of coverage area. This had led to the assumption that the Maoist group had phone jammers with them since no one could make a call from the place during their 45-minute stay in the place. Two mobile networks are said to cover the Vilangad Vavad tribal colony. But when two youths tried to inform the police about the presence of the Maoists, their phones failed to respond. Though some women in the households had phones with them they were afraid to take them out before the gun-totting Maoists.
UCPN (Maoist) candidates’ vehicles torched
CHITWAN, NOV 07 – The vehicle s used for election campaign by two UCPN (Maoist) candidates have been vandalised and torched . The vehicle used by the party’s candidates Amik Sherchan and Yam Bahadur Pariyar came under attack on Wednesday night. Sherchan’s vehicle (Ba 9 Cha 7667) was attacked at local Jyotinagar in course of the door-to-door election campaign. Police said two motorcycle-borne assailants vandalised and torched Sherchan’s car at 6 p.m.
The seats are completely burnt and the windscreen of the vehicle is broken due to the attack. Similarly, an unidentified group vandalised the vehicle [Ga 1 Cha 5694] used by Pariyar at local Simaltandi last night. Pariyar is the party’s candidate from Constituency No. 1 of the district. Police have arrested Tanka Regmi, In-charge of the CPN-Maoist Area No. 5, on suspicion of his involvement in attacking Sherchan’s vehicle . RSS
Baidya holds the key to poll success in Sindhupalchowk-3
(SINDHUPALCHOWK), Nov 7: Although the agitating CPN-Maoist has become an eyesore elsewhere for the government and political parties due its anti-election activities, the splinter group of the UCPN (Maoist) is an ally to the major political parties contesting the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls in Sindhupalchowk district. As the election result is largely determined by a few hundred votes in the constituency-3 of the district, poll candidates representing the four major political parties in the constituency, Nepali Congress, the UCPN (Maoist), the CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party are adopting all possible strategies to appease the Mohan Baidya-led Maoist group to ensure their victory in the polls.
Lately, poll candidates from these parties have invested a lot of their energy and resources to woo the Baidya group to secure decisive votes. Party insiders say though the split has made a minimal impact to the UCPN (Maoist) in constituencies-1 and 2, the Baidya-led Maoist has a relatively stronger presence in the constituency-3.
Nepal’s Maoist party asks UN not to interfere in domestic affairs
Nepal’s opposition party CPN- Maoist which is boycotting November 19 Constituent Assembly(CA) election has urged the United Nations not to interfere in the domestic political affairs of Nepal, the party said Thursday. In a strongly worded statement issued by the party’s Vice- chairman CP Gajurel who also heads the party’s international bureau, the opposition urged the UN not to give such undiplomatic statements on Nepal’s internal affairs. United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nepal Jamie MCGoldrick on the behalf of international community on Wednesday urged the CPN-Maoist to respect the universal principle of free election and not to engage in any illegal acts such as general strike.
In the statement, CPN-Maoist said preventing peaceful campaigning by others is also unlawful. The CPN-Maoist said it is a democratic and political right of the people either to boycott or take part in the election. “In the UN statement, boycotting parties have been projected as undemocratic. It is a right of citizen either to boycott or participate in the polls. So the statement is itself undemocratic one,” Gajurel said in the statement. The party added that UN’s statement is a glaring example of increasing foreign interference in Nepal. The CPN-Maoist has announced a 11-day strike ahead of November 19 election to disrupt the election.
10-day nationwide bandh may be shortened: Gajurel
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel hinted that the 10-day nationwide general strike called by his party to foil the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) could be shortened. The party has called the strike from November 11. Speaking at an interaction orgranised at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Thursday, Gajurel asserted that the 10-day bandh called by his party would force the government to postpone the election.
“The bandh will not be revoked completely but we may make newer strategies after analysing the country’s changing political milieu,” he said. However, talking to THT Online, Secretary Dev Gurung informed that there would not be any changes notwithstanding media reports. The Maoist leader clarified that his party would bring another round sterner protest programmes if the government fails to put off the elections at the earliest. Gajurel, on the other hand, said the bandh would not be withdrawn if government continued to showcase its inflexibility, preparing ahead for the November 19 polls.
Stating that the 10-day bandh would be a historical bandh in the country, he warned that the country might see any kind of mess after the bandh. He asserted that the bandh would not be violent and they would not raise arms to thwart the forthcoming election. “The major political parties want us to be underground but we are not going underground,” he said. He went on to say that his party would not let the public reach voting centers on the election day at any cost. Gajurel said that the new constitution would not be delivered if the election is conducted without the CPN-Maoist and warned that they would tear down a constitution promulgated in their absence.
Dev Gurung calls for postponing poll
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung has called on the government to postpone the scheduled elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA) until consensus is forged to that end. Joining a tea reception organized by the party´s town committee, Kirtipur on the occasion of New Year of Nepal Sambat 1134 here on Thursday, leader Gurung argued that the elections to be held only after consensus would give solution to the problems in the country. “The CA election said to be for managing the conflict would rather fuel it if it is conducted by keeping the main component (CPN-Maoist) of the people´s war aside and I want to urge other parties to be serious towards possible consequences on time,” he said.
Democratic countries should not use army for the election, he claimed, adding that the 2008 CA elections was held without the mobilisation of Nepal Army although the country was passing through the conflict at that time. He further claimed that this election was going to be held as per the foreign instructions and without making corrections of past mistakes and it would not give the nation a new constitution. At the program organized here from where UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is contending for the second CA election, leader Gurung accused that the UCPN (M) was not a supporter of federalism with identity.
Bombs defused at UCPN-M rally
ITAHARI: More and more UCPN-Maoist candidates are being targeted in the election campaign trail with suspect objects and improvised explosive devices. Bombs planted in different places targeting the UCPN-M Mechi-Mahakali campaign — that kicked off today — has unleashed terror among the populace in eastern Nepal. Bombs planted at various places in Jhapa and Morang along the east-west highway and adjoining areas have created a panic among the locals.
Vehicular movement was disrupted throughout today in Birat Chowk, Belbari, Pathari, Urlabari and Damak road sections due to the bombs. The route that Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal was supposed to travel was blocked because of bombs planted at Belbari bazaar, Betana wetland and Kanepokhari forest. An army team deactivated the bombs. Likewise, an improvised explosive device was recovered from near the venue where UCPN-Maoist leader Janardan Sharma was supposed to address party’s election mass meeting in Rukum Constituency No 2 today morning. An object wrapped up in red cloth with a danger sign was found near Netabazaar of Banfikot turned out to be a bomb. A Nepali Army team defused the bomb. The bomb had unleashed terror for a while. The mass meeting was conducted amid tight security. It is suspected that the poll-opposing parties might have planted the bomb.
Govt howls high against dissenters’ anti-poll strikes
KATHMANDU: The government has said it would leave no stone unturned in foiling the nationwide general strike called by the CPN-Maoist-led 33-party alliance from November 11 to outwit the upcoming CA elections. A cabinet meeting held on Thursday evening formed a five-member ministerial committee led by Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire to avoid the possible impacts of bandh and ensure security during the election.
Vehicle belonging to UCPN-M set on fire
POKHARA: An unidentified group of four people on Wednesday morning set ablaze a vehicle used by Unified CPN-Maoist candidate Ramji Baral from Kaski Constituency No 3 for election campaigning. The pick-up van was torched near a livestock farm belonging to Janak Raj Parajuli at Maswar in Pokhara-7.
Three IEDs recovered from Naxal area in J’Khand
Security forces have recovered three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from Naxal-hit areas of West Singhbum district of Jharkhand. A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police carried out the operation in which some Maoist uniforms and literature was also recovered from Sonua area of the district. The forces had recovered and defused about 22 explosives yesterday in the state.
Naxal threat kills poll fervour in Bastar
There is absolutely no sign of any election fever in Annaram, a tiny tribal village, located just 45 km from Bijapur, district headquarters in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region. However, a banner hoisted by the Naxalites calling for boycott of elections is the only sign. An eerie silence has descended on the village since the brutal killing of Karsharam Shankar on October 2. The Naxals called him a police spy. Tribal residents of around a dozen villages in the area are yet to meet any political worker.
“We have not moved beyond block and district headquarters, leave about campaigning in villages. Nearly 70 per cent of the Bijapur constituency will remain uncovered by our campaign. Our cadres fear that they will either be abducted or killed if they try to push further into interior areas”, local BJP leader Navin Vishwakarma told this newspaper. Over 300 activists belonging to the BJP and the Congress units of Bijapur, who had joined Salwa Judum (anti-Naxal movement) in 2005, have been eliminated by the Naxals. “The only frequent visitors to the villages in remote areas are Naxals, who descend on villages in groups to warn the locals of serious consequences if they defied the poll boycott call,” a local police officer said, requesting anonymity. All the 222 polling booths in Bijapur Assembly constituency have been declared “hyper-sensitive.”
Some 436 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed in Bastar, which comprises of seven districts and of these 115 companies are stationed in Bijapur. The 11 Assembly constituencies in Bastar, which are going to polls on November 11, face similar problems. The poll scenario continues to remain grim in Bastar despite deployment of a record 1,00,000 central paramilitary forces personnel in the whole region to ensure peaceful elections, and 24-7 vigil over 40,000 sq km area of the belt by drones. Bastar was a Congress bastion till 1998, but switched to the BJP in 2003 and 2008 Assembly polls.
The Congress hopes to regain its lost ground in Bastar to some extent by wresting at least five seats from the BJP. Even the CPI wants to open its account in the Assembly from Bastar during this election. Devti, widow of Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma, is contesting from the Dantewada Assembly constituency in south Bastar. Karma was brutally killed in the May 25 Naxal attack on a Congress convoy at Darbha in Bastar district. His widow and four sons has been provided ‘Z’-plus security after Naxals threatened to eliminate the rest of the family. “We are really worried for Karma family. No state-level leader has dared to join their campaign. A palpable fear is also evident among the few workers she was carrying along with her in her campaign”, Dantewada district Congress president Avdesh Gautam, whose house was also attacked by the Naxals three years ago in the area, told this newspaper. Devti, who wants to carry forward her husband’s legacy by winning the seat, is confining her campaign to urban areas only. “We have not been able to cover more than 50 per cent areas in the constituency so far. I do not foresee any chance of ever visiting the areas for campaigning in this poll”, Mr Gautam said.
Tree trunks draped in red banners calling for boycott of polls are a common sight in Bastar villages of Gajnar, Masnar, Mulsnar, Khetepal, Dungir and Dusipal. “The situation has worsened after May 25 massacre of Congress leaders at Darbha by Naxals. Our cadres are not willing to risk their life by visiting interior areas”, BJP leader Vishakarma said. Maoists have circulated leaflets in interior villages issuing diktats to the local adivasis to leave their villages two days before the polling day and warning them against exercising franchise. The situation in Narayanpur district is interesting. Here, the “haats (tribal weekly markets)” have turned much-sought-after venues for poll meeting by the political parties. Tribals from nearby villages pour into the weekly markets to purchase groceries. This has given candidates a chance to reach out to tribal voters without visiting their villages. “Despite heavy deployment of forces, there was an attempt to target candidates by planting landmine in a weekly market in Orcha last week. But forces foiled their plan by detecting the landmine in time,” a local police officer said.
Tribals in Abujhmad area, declared as a liberated zone by Maoists, falling under Narayanpur district, have never heard of polling. In Sukma district, considered epicentre of left-wing insurgency in Bastar, the local area committees have of late become active meeting villagers in their respective area of jurisdiction asking them to stay away from liquor parties thrown by candidates and drive them out of their villages, a senior district police officer said. “In most parts of Assembly constituencies in Bastar campaigning ends after sunset every day due to fear of Naxal attack”, state BJP spokesman Yashwant Jain, who is currently camping in Bastar to oversee party’s electioneering, said.
Situation in other insurgency-hit Assembly constituencies in Bastar division like Kondagaon, Keshkal, Chitrokote, Bastar, Antagarh, north Kanker and Bhanupratappur, where election activities are confined only to urban areas. The situation is bad, admit BJP and Congress campaign managers as around 50 per cent of Bastar has not been covered by political parties so far although the elections are less than a week away. In the worst Naxal-affected districts of Narayanpur, Bijapur and Sukma, political workers have not even visited 30 per cent of their territories. Whatever be the outcome of polls, unprecedented security arrangements in Bastar may make it the costliest elections in a particular territory in electoral history of India.
Naxals planning to attack “soft targets” in cities
With heavy security deployment in hyper-sensitive areas of Bastar region ahead of polls, Naxalites are apparently trying to change their course of action and mobilising cadres to town areas to attack “soft targets” outside their core hold, intelligence sources said. The Maoists are deploying small action teams in city areas of Bastar region to carry out operations, because of security scenario inside forest pockets, according to Intelligence Bureau sources.
The cadres have also been told to maintain security of their senior leaders commanding them during operations. They are reportedly setting up cadres in cities of Bastar region for disrupting the polling process, a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. Intelligence inputs indicate that these groups are working with an objective of creating an atmosphere of fear, besides planning to abduct candidates of political parties and indulging in arson.
Inputs also suggest that the Reds have been threatening government employees, especially school teachers, not to take up poll duties. However, no government employee has so far complained of getting threats, the official said. Following the inputs, security personnel have been alerted to keep a hawk eye on the movement of people from remote areas to cities for taking part in political rallies in Bastar, the official said.
Maoist presence confirmed in more areas
Malappuram: The presence of Maoists has been established in more places in Kerala. Latest reports point to the presence of rebels in the Edakkara Punchakolli forest areas. Tribals have reported that they have seen about 20 armed people. On the tip off, Kerala and Tamil Nadu police personnel combed the area. The tribals saw the group when they ventured into the forests to collect fruits. They also said that the armed group talked to them for more than 30 minutes and later threatened them.
However, combing operations by special forces from Tamil Nadu and Kerala could not find anyone as mentioned by the tribals. However, the police are of the opinion that Maoists could be present in the region and security has been beefed up. There are also plans to enhance combing operations in the coming days.
Police arrest six CPN-Maoist cadres in Taplejung
Taplejung, Nov 6: The police have detained CPN-Maoist-aligned six cadres in Taplejung on Wednesday in connection with assault over UCPN (Maoist) leaders while running election campaign in the district. UCPN (Maoist) election candidate Sanchapal Maden had filed a complaint at the District Police Office demanding arrest of 18 CPN-Maoist cadres. Maden had claimed that those cadres attacked over UCPN Maoist leaders at Mehele VDC of the district on Oct 24 during the door-to-door election campaign by his party. According to DSP Govinda Prasad Acharya the arrested are Khemlal Pandhak, Dipchan Angbuhang Limbu, Dipindra Mao Fungling, Dhruba Maden, Sunil Ijam, Bir Bahadur Tamang. He told Republica online that those arrested will be charged an attempt to murder.
Intl Community lauds poll efforts‚ concerned over violence
KATHMANDU: The International Community in Nepal lauded the efforts being made to hold the Constituent Assembly election, and expressed its concern over the violent activities and bandh, imposed by the some political forces including CPN-Maoist, to disrupt the November 19 election polls.
“With only 13 days until the election on 19 November, we applaud the efforts of all stakeholders, including the interim government, the Election Commission, the political parties and the media, to make this process a success,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in a statement, issued on behalf of the International Community in Nepal. Commending the role of candidates who are conducting their election campaigns abiding by the Election Code of Conduct, Jamie McGoldrick said, “Many politicians and their supporters are campaigning peacefully and lawfully despite unacceptable threats and disruptions.” According the statement, the international community supports the Nepali people in their right to express their views in peace, either as candidates or voters. “Everyone should respect the democratic right to take part in a peaceful, open and inclusive election,” the statement, “Bandhs or strikes, when enforced by violence or the threat of violence, are a violation of the political rights of citizens and against the laws of Nepal.”
It said preventing peaceful campaigning by others is also unlawful. Parties who have been involved in such actions should respect the universal principle of free elections and the rights of others, the statement added. “We are encouraged by the resolve, but also the restraint shown so far by the police, security forces and the Home Ministry, in providing election security with professionalism in the face of provocation during this sensitive period.” The alliance of 33 parties, led by CPN-Maoist, has been disrupting the election campaigns of other political parties. Their cadres have attacked and torched the vehicles used by the candidates at several places across the country.
Maoist candidate’s poll publicity vehicle torched
POKHARA: A vehicle used by the UCPN-Maoist for its election campaign has been torched here in Kaski district on Wednesday morning. Unidentified persons set the vehicle, used by Maoist candidate Ramji Baral of Kaski Constituency No.3, on fire at around 4:30 am in Hemja, on the outskirts of district. Police said the vehicle was completely destroyed in the arson. Earlier, the vehicle used by Bishnu Paudel, UCPN-Maoist candidate from Constituency No.1 was also set ablaze in Siddha VDC in the district.
22 IEDs recovered from Naxal-hit areas of Jharkhand
RANCHI: Effecting a major recovery of explosives in Naxal-hit areas, security forces have seized as many as 22 IEDs in the state. The operation carried out by CRPF’s special anti-Naxal operations force CoBRA and local police was carried out in Amwatikar and Manika areas of Latehar district of the state since yesterday. A total of 22 live Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have been recovered in the operation, a senior official said. The operation to locate more such explosives and defuse them are on, they said.
MHA alert: Ganapathy in Abujhmad
Security forces claimed to have spotted top Maoist leader Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy in the dense forest of Abujhmad trying to organise a meeting of cadres to carry out attacks ahead of Chhattisgarh elections. While it is being considered a headway in the hunt for Rao, it has put security forces on their toes. In an alert to Naxal-affected states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said CPI(Maoists) continue “assiduous preparations” for largescale mobilisation of cadre, assembling and planting of IEDs on polling routes and booths, and forming small teams to locate ambush points to target polling parties and security forces.
Large groups of armed Maoists, along with senior leaders, have been noticed since October 1 in Narayanpur, Bijapur and Kanker districts. “With regard to elections, several small teams were assigned specific tasks to locate suitable ambush points, plant IEDs, detain polling parties and loot EVMs during meetings where suitable awards with promotions were announced for cadres on successful completion of assigned tasks,” the alert said.
The MHA has asked security forces to step up anti-Naxal operations in Maoist strongholds in Chhattisgarh and adjoining districts in Maharashtra and Orissa. “The security forces must remain in mission mode during the entire electoral process and ensure peaceful elections,” an MHA advisory said. The Maoists have directed government teachers not to participate in election duty. “In Dantewada district, the outfit has asked some villagers to leave their village on November 10 and ensure none except children and the old remain in the village on polling day. In Sukma district, some villagers were asked to keep themselves away from polling booths, polling parties as well as four-wheelers from November 10,” it said. The MHA said there have been inputs indicating procurement of incendiary materials and purchase of a vehicle by the outfit for executing its plan to disrupt polls.
“The CPI (Maoist) is collecting names and mobile numbers of SHOs, sarpanchs and details regarding buildings where security forces would be accommodated,” it said. Directing strict security drill, the Ministry said security of polling parties and EVMs needs to be strengthened in view of fresh inputs. Road-opening parties have been instructed to be alert. Identifying likely ambush spots, dismantling IEDs and other precautions were suggested. The Centre also advised the Chhattisgarh government to work in coordination with Orissa and Maharashtra to check cross-border movement of Naxals.
Dharamveer Mahto alias Badalji (25), a suspected Naxalite, was arrested by the police on Monday from village Ataulla on the border of Patna and Arwal districts under Paliganj police station. The cops had prior information about Dharamveer’s visit to the village, said sources. Paliganj SHO Naseem Ahmed on Monday said Mahto was arrested in 2010 with a large consignment of explosives and firearms. After serving jail term for almost a year and a half, he came out and joined the Naxalites’ activities, the SHO added.
Maoist dump unearthed by BSF
Parvathipuram (Vizianagaram): Security forces unearthed a Maoist dump very close to Tolamandiaguda village in Narayanapatna block of Odisha’s Koraput district, nearly 40 km from here, on Monday. Border Security Force (BSF) jawans of the 28 Battalion of Narayanapatna found the dump at a farm field hardly 50 metres from the village entrance while on a combing operation. The dump included a country-made pistol, a large quantity of medicines, one black bag and a lot of revolutionary literature in Telugu. According to assistant command of the battalion, Prasanth Kumar Sarma, so far BSF had unearthed more than 15 dumps in the district and security personnel were continuously conducting combing operations.
Kerala to form anti-terror force
KOZHIKODE: The state will form an anti-terror force to tackle the Maoist menace and allot Rs 3.15 crore for development of infrastructure in 14 police stations, home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told reporters here on Monday. He said the government was viewing the presence of Maoists in Kerala with due seriousness. Three companies of armed police will be deployed in Kuttiady, where Maoists were spotted recently.
The personnel will be provided an additional pay of Rs 1,000 a month. The minister said special home guards would be deployed in areas frequented by Maoists in the past few months. The members of Home Guards will be selected from tribal areas. He said the Maoists were trying to exploit the sentiments of tribals. IG B Sandhya is engaged in a study on the exploitation among adivasis in Kerala. The details of the report pertaining to each department will be shared with departments concerned.
The DGPs of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will oversee the police action in the tri-junction area, where the Maoists are concentrated, he said. Meanwhile, police have started a probe to verify the Maoist claim that they had taken away explosives from the Mukkam granite quarry at Kavilumpara near Thottilpalam when they torched the earthmover on October 22. In a CD sent to some media organisations here, Maoists had shown the video of explosives – gelatin stick, fuse, detonators and ammonium nitrate — they took away from the quarry. “The quarry owners had denied that they had stored explosives at the quarry but we are verifying their statement. It is possible that they are lying as they didn’t have the licence to store them,” an officer said.
Odisha judge gets used bullets, detonator in parcel
A judge in Odisha Tuesday received a parcel containing a threat letter, two used bullets and an obsolete detonator, police said. The parcel, which arrived through the postal department’s speed post, was received at the office of Debasis Panda, sub-judge at Koraput town, about 500 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Inspector in charge of Koraput police station S.C. Raiguru said police have seized the parcel and started investigations.
“No one has been arrested yet,” he told IANS. The name of the sender is mentioned as one Kameswar Rao. The letter which bears the name of the Communist Party of India-Maoist has accused the sub-judge of not giving justice to the people and torturing them on false charges. In the letter, the judge has been warned that he would have to face the consequences if he does not mend his ways.
Chhattisgarh polls: MHA asks security forces to be in mission mode
NEW DELHI: The Centre has ordered tightening of security in Chhattisgarh following intelligence inputs that Naxals are engaged in “assiduous preparations” to disrupt the two-phased assembly elections on November 11 and 19. In an advisory, the Home Ministry said CPI (Maoist) continues to engage itself in “assiduous preparations” through large scale mobilisation of its cadre, assembling and planting of IEDs on polling routes and booths, formation of small teams assigned with specific tasks to locate suitable ambush points and target polling parties and security forces. Large groups of armed Maoist cadres (more than 50) along with their senior leaders have been noticed on several occasions since October 1 in Narayanpur, Bijapur and Kanker districts in connection with executing the plan of the outfit to disrupt the polls.
The Maoists also organised a large meeting of cadres (approximately 300) which was attended among others by their chief Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy. “With regard to the elections, several small teams were formed and assigned specific tasks to locate suitable ambush points, plant IEDs, detain polling parties and loot EVMs during meeting where suitable awards with promotions in ranks were announced for the cadres on successful completion of assigned tasks,” the advisory said.
The Home Ministry told security forces deployed in Chhattisgarh to step up anti-Naxal operations in the Maoist strongholds to dominate the areas not only within the state but also adjoining districts of Maharashtra and Odisha. “The security forces must remain in mission mode during the entire electoral process and ensure peaceful and incident free elections,” the advisory said.
Poll-bound Chhattisgarh covered in security blanket
It is a cat-and-mouse game with the Maoists here,” said G Singh, a 28-year-old jawan of the CRPF’s E-company as he walked with his colleagues towards their destination of the day: Lohapara village. The village is about 14km from the nearest road head (National Highway 30) and the route is through Maoist-controlled areas. The E-company’s responsibility for the day was to “dominate the area” and sanitise the route — mud tracks through paddy fields — so that voting can happen on November 11 without any hitch. However, the final location of the polling booths will be made public only a couple of days before the poll day. NH30 from Jagdalpur, the HQ of Bastar, to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh goes right through the centre of the Maoist heartland of Dantewada, Sukma, Dornapal and Konta.
A large part of this 440-km route is through the forests and in recent times this region has witnessed major strikes by the Maoists: in 2010, 76 CRPF soldiers were killed at Dantewada and in May almost the entire Congress state leadership was wiped out during the Darbha Ghati attack in Bastar. When a CRPF company goes out patrolling, they use new routes every day and the time for leaving the base camp also varies. Even while patrolling, the route to reach their destination is different from the one they take for going back to the base camp. Each company of 100 to 130 jawans combs around five to seven km a day, but sometimes they sanitise even 10-15km.
Each jawan carries a backpack for food and water but then there is no time to sit in peace and eat; it’s a grab-and-go lunch. “The dangerous areas on any route are the culverts or mud tracks where Maoists plant IEDs or pressure bombs,” said assistant commandant H Gainwal. So the first group to sanitise the route is the IED detection team. “Everything looks serene here. But behind the trees, there could be someone sitting and watching us and alerting the Maoists,” said unit commander Mohan Prakash.
As the company moves forward, three to four jawans are left on either side of the tracks to ensure that there are no attacks from behind. “We want to create confidence in the people so that they can vote without fear,” he added. The Maoists have called for a poll boycott. Despite such confidence-building efforts, villagers are divided over whether the presence of forces will mean better voter turnout. “The tribals are afraid of the forces and the moment they see them, they will run to the forests to hide,” said Jiten Singh, a shopkeeper at Tukanar.
Combing operation called off
The Anti-Maoist combing operation which was being conducted by a team of the Thunderbolt Commando Force of the state police in Kannavam forest and nearby areas in the district, was stopped without yielding any results. The massive operation was launched after reports of ‘Maoists’ sightings at Vilangad Vayad Tribal Colony in Naripetta grama panchayat in the district on Friday evening. The operations were conducted with the assistance of local police and forest officials.
“The operation was launched on Saturday morning and continued till 4 pm ,” said a senior police official. He also added that it is highly likely that the ultras might have escaped into dense Kannavam Reserve Forests. Earlier it had been reported that an armed group which included women, had visited the Adivasi colony and distributed pamphlets to the residents on Friday. Police officials said that two of them were suspected to be absconding Keralites involved with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). According to the police, members of the banned outfit, dressed in black uniform and carrying guns, visited the colony and interacted with the locals in Hindi and Malayalam.
Chhattisgarh: 2 more maoist killed
Raipur, Nov 4: The 25,000 strong paramilitary force deployed in Chhattisgarh, ahead of the Assembly Elections this month is doing its bit thoroughly. Apart from the earlier Maoist and Naxal encounters, reports suggest that two more Maoists have been killed in a gun battle by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Chhattisgarh. In a separate incident, another Maoist has been arrested following the clash in Basaguda on Sunday. The bodies of the Maoists have been handed over to the police. Investigations are on and the arrested person is being questioned, according to an official.
Maoist Jhadu Tadingi arrested
A hardcore Maoist named Jhadu Tadingi (35), who was involved in a number of murders, was arrested in Naryanpatna block of Koraput district on Sunday. According to Koraput superintendent of police (SP) Awinash Kumar, basing on intelligence reports regarding his presence, personnel of Narayanpatna police station and Koraput district police had started an operation in jungles near Dumsil village to nab him from Saturday. According to the police, Jhadu had initially joined the controversial tribal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) and had later switched over the Narayanpatna area committee of Srikakulam Koraput Divisional Committee (SKDC) of outlawed Maoist organisation.
Since 2009, he was he was involved in several cases of murder. He had led the ultras for the murder of Siva Madangi at Jogi Palur village on August 11 this year. Jhadu was also involved in the landmine attack near Patamunda of Narayanpatna area on September 1, 2012 in which a personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) Xavier Kindo was killed. Investigation and interrogation has proved that he had provided logistic support for the IED blast on Naryanpatna-Laxmipur road in June 2009 in which nine police personnel were killed. Jhadu was involved in the gruesome murder of village leader Nityanand Meleka at Gotiguda in 2009 and murder of Suresh Piniti of Bandhugaon the same year.
Series of murders
According to the police, he was also involved in the murder of Gokula Pondu of Balipeta, Ghasi Kendruka of Dumsil, Sambru Huika of Odiapentha, Sikunu Meleka of Tentulipadar in the year 2010. In 2011 he was involved in the murder of Rabindra Bidika of Bikrampur, Dali Habika of Pilbore. He was also involved in the murder of innocent tribal Dharma Rao Kendruka of Dumsil on July 27, 2012 and had killed Sukra Huika of Odiapentha and Uday Hirdika of Bhitarpada the same year. Apart from these murders, the arrested Maoist was also involved in other unlawful violent activities in Narayanpatna and adjoining areas like attack on Narayanpatna police station, damages to houses of non-tribal people, looting, extortion, road blockades, planting of IEDs etc, the SP said.
Two Maoists Arrested in Bihar
Two Maoists were arrested today by the Special Task Force (STF) from Railway Station Road under Town police station area in Bihar’s Jehanabad district. Acting on a tip off, an STF team apprehended Nirmal Paswan alias Mutwar and Nandan Vishwakarma, while they were on way to purchase arms from a supplier, Superintendent of Police Sayali Dhurat said. A number of Maoist literature was recovered from the two who belonged to Palamu district of Jharkhand. Paswan was wanted in connection with dacoity in the railway premises among slew of other cases and had been jailed in the past too, the SP said. Vishwakarma too was arrested earlier on charge of supply of illicit weapons to the Maoists, she said.
Release Rajkishore Singh Immediately and Unconditionally!
Rajkishore Singh, the General Secretary of Revolutionary Democratic Front was today arrested from his residence in Bihar by the police and was taken to Madhuban district to be booked in a case of 2005 allegedly involving the CPI (Maoist). Rajkishore Singh, who is in his mid seventies, a leader of the people’s movements against all anti-people policies of the government had gone to his native village in Bihar after a prolonged bout of treatment—almost two months—at the AIIMS trauma centre as well as the AIIMS. As the general secretary of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) he has been staying in Delhi to fulfil the responsibilities bestowed on him by the organisation.
The said treatment at these hospitals was being done for serious ailments to the heart and brain as he had suffered from intermittent blackouts. A couple of months before due to blackout he had had a bad fall resulting in the fracture of his jaw bone and severe internal injury in both the ears. The doctors were yet to chalk out a systematic track of treatment for the fundamental problems that had been ailing him. Based on the advice of the doctors as well as his desire to be with his family for some time—as the doctors had advised him to take only liquid food due to severe pain in the jaw while taking solid food and the need for the fracture to get cured with little disturbance—so that proper care can be taken for his deteriorating health.
To arrest and frame up someone in a case of 2005 is nothing but political vendetta and deliberate harassment of people’s leaders and activists who have dared to speak against the anti-people policies of the state. It should be noted that Rajkishore Singh was one of the prominent voices who had been protesting against the Indian State’s war on the people of the subcontinent under the garb of development. He had moved the length and breadth of the subcontinent to mobilise people against these policies of outright loot and plunder. Further to deliberately target him when he is ailing especially with a delicate constitution of his health with the need for constant care and attendance by someone so that he should able to carry on his daily chores without trouble is proof enough to show that this state and it’s lawless police would desperately want such leaders and their political convictions to die an early death.
To put Rajkishore Singh behind bars, that too with a deliberate plan to frame him up in several cases, can really endanger his health fatally, especially, at this juncture when he has serious neurological and cardiological illness. To say the least, the police and the intelligence agencies have once violated every law in their enthusiasm to incarcerate an ailing people’s leader. Moreover with the new regime of laws pertaining to senior citizens in the Indian subcontinent it is shocking to note the apparent apathy of the police and the intelligence agencies to such legal instruments which are definite safeguards for people above sixty from being wrongly implicated by law.
Of course all such laws and legal instruments have become the preserve for corrupt and criminal politicians while people’s activists and their leaders are condemned to be incarcerated by hook or crook. It goes without saying that any serious injury to the health of Rajkishore Singh who is already critically ill will be due to such highhanded and arbitrary actions of the police and intelligence agencies. Given the new regime of laws on senior citizens the lawless police cannot get away from their responsibilities from implementing or being sensitive to the legal instruments that safeguard senior citizens in the subcontinent. CRPP demand that Rajkishore Singh be released immediately and unconditionally!
SAR Geelani President
Amit Bhattacharyya Secretary General
Rona Wilson Secretary, Public Relations