6,000 more SSB personnel for anti-Naxal operations
Nearly 6,000 personnel of central paramilitary SSB will soon be deployed for anti-Naxal operations duties in the Left wing extremism-hit areas of the country. The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was withdrawn from these operations in 2011 when it used to be deployed in Chhattisgarh. Now three battalions are deployed in Bihar and Jharkhand alongside other central forces like CRPF, BSF and ITBP. The force, according to sources, will depute additional six battalions (about 6,000 personnel) to undertake Naxal offensives in Jharkhand and West Bengal, by replacing CRPF battalions present in these areas for long.
Five Maoists arrested in Bihar
Aurangabad: Five Maoists were on Tuesday arrested from different localities under Deo police station of Bihar’s Naxal-hit Aurangabad district. Of the five, two — Sushil Kumar singh and Dara Bhuyan — were involved in several Naxal activities, Superintendent of police Upendera Kumar Sharma said. The other three were identified as Kapil Yadav, Barun Paswan and Subedar Yadav.
Maoist bandh cripples life in Red zone
GAYA: Heavily armed Maoists blew up Airtel mobile phone tower at Bage Bar village under Kothi police station in Gaya district shortly before midnight on Sunday. The tower was blown up on the eve of Maoist-sponsored bandh to register protest against the ongoing Operation Greenhunt to flush out the Red rebels from their stronghold. Operation Greenhunt is the flagship anti-Maoist operation jointly launched by different state and central agencies engaged in Naxalite combat. According to reports reaching the divisional headquarters, the bandh virtually crippled life in the Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar, Raushanganj, Mohanpur and Gurua police station areas of Gaya district and Nabinagar, Amba, Deo and Madanpur areas of neighbouring Aurangabad district.
The impact of the bandh under Gurua police station area of Gaya has caused concern in administrative circles as, in recent times, Maoist activity in the Gurua area was much less and earlier bandh calls given by the Maoists were largely ignored by the villagers. It is being seen as resurgence of Maoists in the area. Reports say all shops and business establishments remained closed in the Maoist-affected areas of the district. Roads wore a deserted look as vehicular traffic came to a near standstill. Private vehicles, too, did not ply in the Red zone.
Nearly two dozen bank branches remained closed in Gaya and Aurangabad districts. Attendance in government offices was almost nil and members of the public kept away from the block and other offices. Schools, too, remained closed. According to Magadh Range DIG Bachchu Singh Meena, except for the mobile tower destruction case, no report of any untoward incident was received from anywhere in the five districts under Magadh police range. Security has been tightened around vital installations and greater vigilance was being maintained. Reports also say that special measures have been taken to protect the trains and the railway tracks from possible Maoist attack.
Reds attack cops, trucks in 2 dists
RANCHI: Suspected Maoists attacked several trucks and tried to blow up a mobile tower in Palamu district while they engaged security forces in a gun battle in Latehar district late on Sunday. No casualty has been reported in either of the incidents, police said. Palamu SP Narendra Kumar Singh said Maoists attacked two trucks on a highway near Harihanj police station and also made an unsuccessful attempt to damage a mobile tower in the same area. “No one was injured in the incident.
The rebels opened fire on trucks to create fear among travelers and truck drivers. A large number of police personnel have been deployed in the Maoist-affected areas,” he added. Singh said the Maoists had called a day-long bandh in Magadh zone of the CPI Maoists on Sunday. “We have deployed enough forces in all sensitive areas,” he added. Meanwhile, Lateahar SP Michael S Raj said Maoists attacked a police party combing Kumundi area around 1am on Monday morning.
“The Maoists were on the hills when the team was moving around. The Maoists opened fire on them, but no one was injured because the policemen were alert,” said Raj. The police fired rocket launchers and also used mortar to upset the Maoist camping atop the hills but in vain. A group of 100-odd policemen from CRPF, district police and Jharkhand Jaguar were on a combing operation last night. “We have been carrying out regular combing operations against the Maoists,” Raj added.
Greyhounds likely to train anti-Naxalite team
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state will take a cue from Andhra Pradesh to train its anti-Naxalite force which is being constituted by the government. The state home department has sought the help of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh police, the elite commando force set up to fight the left-wing extremists. According to top police sources, an informal request was made by state police chief K S Balasubrahmanian to the chief of Andhra Pradesh police department during the recently concluded meeting of police chiefs in New Delhi.
“Andhra Pradesh has informally agreed to the request of the state government to train its new commando force. A formal communication is yet to be received,” sources said. Balasubrahmanian said the proposal was pending before the Andhra Pradesh police force. “The proposal has been sent and is pending with them. In fact, we are in touch with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu’s anti-Naxalite force as well,” he said. With Naxalites gaining ground across many states in the country, Greyhounds officers are being flooded with requests from other states to train their personnel. The elite force was founded in 1989. The members of the force get training that is almost on a par with National Security Guard (NSG).
The state has constituted the anti-Naxalite team by drawing members (below 35 years) from the eight armed police battalions across the state. For a start three companies (of 100 each) have been included in the force, which will act as an alternative for the India reserve battalion forces that usually take up the anti-Naxalite combing operations. The force will be deputed in the northern districts for six months initially which will be subsequently extended as per the requirements. The state intelligence has asked for speedy implementation of the decisions after it received inputs about increased Maoist presence in the northern districts.
This assumes significance after the intelligence received inputs about suspected Maoists just 2 km away from the venue of chief minister Oommen Chandy’s mass contact programme in Wayanad recently. The state home department has also decided to strengthen 16 police stations in the northern districts that have been classified as vulnerable to attack from Maoists. These include five police stations in Kasaragod district, four in Kannur, three in Malappuram, two each in Wayanad and Palakkad districts. The police stations have been classified as vulnerable on the basis of a report from the state intelligence department.
Police Stations Being Strengthened:
1. Chittarickal (Kasaragod)
2. Bedakam (Kasaragod)
3. Vellarikundu (Kasaragod)
4. Adhoor (Kasaragod)
5. Rajapuram (Kasaragod)
6. Aralam (Kannur)
7. Karikkottakari (Kannur)
8. Kelakam (Kannur)
9. Kudiyanmala (Kannur)
10. Nilambur (Malappuram)
11. Vazhikkadavu (Malappuram)
12. Kalikkavu (Malappuram)
13. Tirunelli (Wayanad)
14. Pulpally (Wayanad)
15. Agali (Palakkad)
16. Sholayur (Palakkad)
Two Maoist supporters arrested in Odisha
Berhampur: Two Maoist supporters, allegedly acting as couriers of Odisha Maobadi Party (OMP) chief Sabyasachi Panda, were arrested from a jungle in Ganjam district, police said on Monday. Pabitra Mohan Pradhan of Madhapur village in Nayagarh district and Babula Mallick of Katringia village of Kandhamal district, were picked up by police from Rangamatia forest near Goudagotha village yesterday, Ganjam Superintendent of Police, Ashish Kumar Singh said. Some explosives, Maoist literature, letters and medicines were seized from duo, SP said.
Although they have no case of the violent activities in their names, police suspected the duo was acting as the couriers of the Maoist leader. Pradhan was suspected to be carrying the letters of Mili Panda, wife of Sabyasachi to the Maoist leader, police said. On the basis of intelligence inputs, police watched the activities of Pradhan and Mallick for past few months and finally arrested the duo, police added. Police claimed they have got some important clues on future plans of Sabyasachi-led OJM.
Kerala Government to Bare ‘Real Face’ of Maoists among Tribals
Leaving no stone unturned to curb Maoist operations effectively, the Home Department has decided to launch a counter-propaganda against Maoists in the tribal settlements of Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad districts. “Set to begin next week, the government’s initiative is to distribute notices and pamphlets to tribesmen, projecting the violence carried out by Maoists in other states, their illegal operations, massive fund collection by threatening people and the procurement of deadly weapons,” ADGP (Intelligence) T P Senkumar told Express.
Maoists Claim Responsibility for Three Villagers’ Killing
Maoists have claimed the responsibility for murder of ward member Tulasi Behera, Jaga Madkami and MV-90 based contractor Govind Saha on Friday. In an audio tape released on Monday, Malkangiri divisional committee secretary of the Maoists Punam Chandar stated that the three persons were killed as they were police informers. All the police informers have to admit the mistakes committed by them, the audio stated. While bullet-riddled bodies of Tulasi and Jaga of Ramaguda were found in a forest near Bhenjanwada on Saturday morning, Govind was shot dead at MV-90 on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, panic has gripped the Special Police Officers (SPOs) and their families in remote and interior pockets after the Maoists asked them to either quit their jobs within seven days or leave the village.
Martyrdom : 09-09-1993
On September 9, 1993, a six member squad had taken shelter in Padkal village in Nizamabad district. 550 police and para military forces surrounded the village. The squad fought for about 24 hours with the enemy heroically. The commander killed an STF police and seized an AK-47 from him and escaped safely from the encirclement in one of the most heroic incidents in the history of the movement. The squad members Vijaya, Lalitha were martyred along with three more members in this incident.
Com. Padma was born in a middle class family in Bachanpalli village, Bhimgal mandal of Nizamabad district. Her parents stopped sending her to school after she finished her primary school with the feudal ideology that girls don’t need higher studies. 19 year old Padma used to roll beedies at home. She was inspired by the anti-feudal struggles breaking in her village and in the neighbouring villages. She tried for party contact and after finding the squad, expressed her wish to join it.
The party advised her to work in the village among women for some time and increase her political understanding. She heeded the advice. Her parents were against her working in the party and so they sent to her away to their relatives’ house for some days. But Padma again got hold of the contact of the party and joined the squad in the beginning of 1993. She worked as Vijaya in the Sirnapalli squad. She used to mingle with all the old and new members in the squad like an old friend.
On 9-9-1993, the squad took shelter in Padkal. After finishing their meals at night, she came downstairs and was talking with the house owner when the police surrounded the house with specific information about the squad. Padma was caught unarmed and killed after severe torture even while the encounter was going on. Padma laid down her life for the cause of revolution at a very young age. Let us emulate her ideals.
CPA, 12-pt pact have been scrapped: Baidya
KATHMANDU, DEC 16 – CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has declared that the 12-point agreement and Comprehensive Peace Agreement that brought the former Maoist rebel to the mainstream have been scrapped. Making public the decisions made by the party’s Central Committee meeting at a press conference on Monday, Baidya stressed on the need to forge new consensus. The CPN-Maoist CC meet lasted for a week. Meanwhile, Baidya has owned up the responsibility for explosions that occurred in various places across the nation ahead of the Constituent Assembly elections. He stressed on the need to seek political solution through an all-party roundtable.
The former rebel Maoists agreed to join the mainstream politics after signing CPA that was signed a year after signing the 12-point pact signed in New Delhi between the then Seven-Party Alliance and the UCPN (Maoist). “The party cadres detonated bombs realising it was necessary for the people,” he said. Baidya further said there is a possibility of working alliance with Pushpa Kamal Dahal led UCPN (Maoist) if the latter come to the streets. “If they [UCPN (Maoist)] come to the streets, there can be a working alliance,” he said, “The victorious CA members of UCPN (Maoist) must resign and the names for the PR system should not be presented.” ‘
CPN-Maoist demands roundtable conference
KATHMANDU, DEC 16 – The CPN-Maoist , which boycotted the November 19 Constituent Assembly elections, has reiterated its demand of holding a roundtable conference to end the political deadlock in the country, the party said Monday. After concluding its week-long central committee meeting, the party said it can join the government if its demand of a roundtable conference is addressed, reports Xinhua. The CA election was held sans the participation of the CPN-Maoist , a breakaway faction of the UCPN (Maoist) which became third largest party in the election.
The party reiterated its position that the constituent assembly cannot provide a political outlet to the country and draft a new constitution. “We are for the dissolution of the new constituent assembly because it would polarize the politics instead of writing a new constitution,” said Dev Gurung, party secretary of CPN-Maoist . The party made such a decision at a time when some parties are exploring ways to include it in the constitution drafting process. The party is also preparing to hit the street to press the other parties to fulfill its demands.
CPN-Maoist to hold national conference in June
KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The CPN-Maoist has announced to hold its national conference in July next year. At a press conference to make public Central Committee meeting´s decisions at Party Headquarters, on Monday, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya announced to hold party´s sister wings´ conferences. The party has ordered party´s polit-bureau to hold those conferences.
The CPN-Maoist chairman stuck to his party´s previous stance that issues relating to promulgating a new constitution and ending ongoing political stalemate should be sought through an all-party conference. Baidya said his party would not join the High Level Political Committee claiming that the HLPC would not meet demands raised by his party. Similarly, Baidya declared that the twelve-point understanding signed between the then seven political parties and rebel CPN (Maoist) in 2006, in New Delhi, has been scrapped.
He further said the to-be-formed Constituent Assembly would fail to issue a people-oriented constitution as it has come under the clutch of the status-quoists and regressive forces namely the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML. The CPN-Maoist has reiterated that the CA election was held in foreign tunes stating that it was meaningless for the progress forces. “The CA election was a drama and conducted on behest of foreign forces, which was worthless for us,” Chairman Baidya said. Chairman Baidya announced his party´s plan to form an alliance of patriotic, pro-people and communist forces.
Manipur Maoist calls general strike from December 21
IMPHAL, December 14: Unless food grains are provided to the people under the Public Distribution System (Food Security Act) under the Food and Civil Supplies bby December 20, the Maoist Communist Party, Manipur is all set to announce a 12 hour general strike on November 21. Conveying it in a press release, the Manipur Maoist mentioned that December-January used to be a prosperous time in the past. Now there is no such prosperity, it observed. It is also observed that distributions of PDS items are not witnessed in the hill districts of Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Churchandpur, Sadar Hills, Chandel and Senapati.
Further mentioning in this regard, it is further said that the distribution of PDS items was done in the past few months due the pressure from the people, but it has been stopped now as the pressures withers. The Manipur Maoist is now ready to take it up along with pressuring for the provision of health care at minimum rate at the health institutes including RIMS, it said. The general strike will be called off if the said condition is fulfilled before the deadline but in case the condition is not fulfilled, then the general strike must be imposed at any cost, it warned.
Asaram’s Aurangabad ashram under Naxal attack threat
After routinely targeting security forces and the railways, Maoists in Bihar’s Aurangabad district on Sunday threatened to attack the ashram of Asaram Bapu, jailed controversial spiritual leader charged with rape, police said. A district police official said a group of armed Maoists ransacked the wire fencing of Asaram’s ashram, and hoisted red flags within the premises two days ago. “The threat from the Maoists is clear. They have demanded that the ashram be shifted out of the town. If it does not shift, it could be attacked,” police officials said. Many other ashrams in the state too have felt ripples of fear and panic, ever since the threat by the Maoists.
“We live in fear. The diktat of the Maoists carries more weight here than that of security people,” said a staff member of the ashram in Aurangabad to IANS on phone, on condition of anonymity. Aurangabad, considered a stronghold of the Maoists, is one of the districts worst-affected by violence in Bihar. District administration has beefed up security for the ashram in view of the threat. There are over a dozen Asaram Bapu ashrams in Bihar. Asaram Bapu, 72, is currently under trial in a case relating to sexual assault of a minor girl. He is lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail in Rajasthan.
Four, including PSO, injured in Naxal blast
NAGPUR: Naxal violence returned to Gadchiroli after a lull on Saturday when four district police personnel, including police outpost in-charge of Halwada in Etapalli tehsil, were injured in a blast triggered by the rebels. The four did not receive shrapnel injuries and escaped with burns.
The incident is being viewed as a well-planned move to make an impact during the ongoing winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur. The explosion is learnt to have taken place at a time when the jawans from the bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS) had nearly diffused the landmine. Sub-inspector VB Chavan, an officer of the 2011 batch, is among the injured along with constables Manoj Bhoyar, Kirtidar Kunghadkar and Mangesh Dhamande. While Chavan is posted as police station in-charge of Halewada outpost, the rest three are part of BDDS team of Aheri headquarters.
The injured have been shifted to Kunal Hospital in Nagpur where Deputy inspector general of police, Naxal range, Ravindra Kadam rushed to ensure the treatment of the injured jawans. The doctors have claimed the personnel to be out of danger. The BDDS from Aheri was summoned to Halewada after local police from the outpost were informed about two mines at a distance of around 200 meters from each other. One of the mines was planted within 200 metres of the outpost. It was learnt that another mine was planed outside the village at a spot which police often use as their strategic location.
Varavara: Will move against ‘fake encounter’ of Kishenji
Poet and Maoist sympathiser P Varavara Rao said they would move court against the “fake encounter” of Kishenji, just like they had done in the case of Naxalite leader Azad. “We are waiting for the forensic reports in the case which are yet to arrive. Once they will arrive, we will move court in Kishenji’s case as well,” he said on the sidelines of the second conference of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP).
He said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came to power with the promise that all political prisoners would be freed but she has failed to keep that promise. “Now we see that the doctor who had treated Kishenji had been arrested. Nobody is a Naxalite or a terrorist for a doctor. For a doctor, they are all patients. If he had treated Kishenji as a patient, how is that a crime?” he said. “She (Mamata) is ruling like a fascist, just like it was during the Left Front term.” CRPP president SAR Geelani spoke likewise. “When we talk about political prisoners, we don’t talk about a particular region. We talk about prisoners throughout the world. Anybody who works for the betterment of society, no matter what means he or she uses, and if that person is caught and put behind bars for his political ideas or struggle, he or she is a political prisoner,” he said.
Members of the group said that as against official papers that said there were 65 political prisoners, there are at least 270 political prisoners in the state. “The present government came to power with this aim and promise that they will release all. They have not kept their word, in fact, there are more political prisoners now,” Geelani said. Referring to the recent amendment to the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, he said, “The amendment is deceiving people.” CRPP vice-president Sujato Bhadro said that in spite of an interim report placed in December 2011 and a full report in 2012 by the review committee on political prisoners, no step has been taken by Mamata for the release of political prisoners. “There are 40 SIMI activists, 60 others convicted, 14,00 GMM activists about whom the government is not making its stand clear,” Bhadro said and added that if political prisoners, including Chhatradhar Mahato, were released, true peace would return to Junglemahals.
Maoists regrouping in Bengal: Varavara
KOLKATA: People’s movement led by Maoists in Jangalmahal area in West Bengal is gaining ground once again after CPI (Maoist) military strategist Koteswara Rao’s death, said Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao on Saturday. In Kolkata to attend the second conference of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners, the poet and activist accused the government of not keeping the promise of releasing political prisoners after assuming power. “Certainly there will be resurgence of people’s movement in West Bengal led by Maoist groups. They will regroup themselves. I am already seeing signs of that,’ he said. Drawing a parallel with the YSR government in Andhra Pradesh, Varavara came down heavily upon the Mamata Banerjee government. “Opposing Operation Green Hunt was Mamata Banerjee’s pretension to come to power. It happened in a similar way in AP. Mamata exploited the situation in the same way YSR in Andhra exploited it.
She dislodged the CPM government from the state but the situation has gone from bad to worse,” Rao said. In a recent article titled ‘Killing of Kishanji and Peace Talks’, Rao has written that while the late YSR Reddy took some measures conducive to talks like calling back Greyhounds from combing operations and stopping encounter killings, Mamata Banerjee has not shown any inclination to withdraw the joint forces. “Instead she declared that she would arm ten thousand adivasis to fight Maoists in Jangalmahal,” he wrote. “I came here after Kishanji was killed. For the last two years it was difficult for me to come as there was no solidarity of the different wings active here,” he said. Criticizing the government’s tendency to brand any dissenting voice as Maoist, he said that a few days ago, Samir Biswas, the doctor who treated Kishanji, was arrested for being a Maoist.
‘Four Maoists held in East Champaran
MOTIHARI: The police, on a tip-off, arrested four Maoists including Baidyanath Paswan alias Baidya on Friday night at Pachpakari near Dhaka in East Champaran district and recovered threatening letters for levy, Maoist literature, cellphones and cash from their possession. According to police sources, the arrested Baidyanath is a native of Sheohar district and presently in-charge of levy collection under Pakaridayal sub-division of the district. The other three Maoists, who are being interrogated, belong to Patahi police station. ASP Sanjay Kumar Singh said that on December 6, too, four Maoists were arrested with the collected levy amount of Rs 5 lakh and the police have got vital clues from the documents recovered from the Maoists.
The police swung into action after it acquired confidential information that Baidyanath Paswan had reached Pachpakari with his associates to collect levy from some persons. However, one Maoist escaped from the scene. The police have launched combing operation under Sikrahna and Pakaridayal sub-divisions of the district to arrest him. According to police sources, Baidyanath Paswan was wanted in 14 cases of violence, loot, arson and extortion in East Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi and Muzaffarpur districts and was evading arrest for long. The police of these districts have been asked to interrogate him.
Red zone hots up over land
Aurangabad, Dec. 14: The recent spurt in Maoist attacks in this rebel hotbed of south Bihar has its roots in the struggle for control over land in the region. Buoyed by the improving law and order conditions, landowners have been making quiet efforts to reclaim their farmland that have captured under the “economic blockade” programme of the Naxalites for over two decades. The Maoists, in turn, are intensifying their drive to keep their “writ” intact on the lands.
Locked in a fierce war with the landowners through much of the 1980s and 1990s, the Naxalites imposed what they termed an “economic blockade” on the landowners’ farmlands. It effectively meant dispossessing the actual owners from the lands, often at gunpoint, and letting their supporters or cadres to cultivate them as their own. The police in those years of the bloody battle earned the wrath of the Maoists for they invariably sided with the landlords. With the Nitish Kumar government generating confidence among the people by restoring the “rule of law”, the landowners gained in confidence to reclaim the farmland caught in the “economic blockade” for decades.
The CPI(Maoist), according to insiders in the rebel outfit, has put in place a “well-planned” mechanism to strike at the security forces who are lending giving confidence to landowners to regain their “legitimate” claim over their plots. “The economic blockade was like a time bomb ticking for years. It is now exploding,” said a CPI(Maoist) leader. He said the landlords had “unlawfully” acquired far more land than the ceiling in the hinterland, keeping the Dalits and the lower strata of society landless for centuries. “We had actually enforced justice by dispossessing the landlords who were enjoying prosperity over their ceiling surplus lands and distributed them among the landless people,” the rebel leader said.
It is as hard to officially justify the claim of the Maoists as to assess the quantum of land lying under the economic blockade. But the officials dealing with land-related issues estimated that at least 200 acres of farmland in Goh, Nabinagar, Kudumba, Dev, Madanpur and Rafiganj — all rebel-dominated blocks in Aurangabad district — have been captured by the Maoists. “Goh alone has over 30 acres of farmland under the economic blockade for two-and-a-half decades,” a block official told The Telegraph. Security sources said the Maoists had adopted two-pronged strategies — on one hand, they are “terrorising” the upper and middle level farmers against any “thought” of going back to their land, and on the other, they are targeting police personnel with alarming regularity to send the message that their lives were at the mercy of the Naxalites. The Maoists have carried out three major attacks on police personnel in the past five months, claiming the lives of at least 11 security personnel, including a station house officer.
The last two strikes — one in Nabinagar and another in Obra — were more ferocious in nature. The latest spell of Maoist raids has altogether cost 20 lives. Panic has gripped Aurangabad district, particularly the areas where armed guerrillas in uniform are seen moving freely. The fear among the men-in-uniform can be gauged from the fact that they prefer to move in private and public vehicles instead of in police patrol cars. Travel in non-police vehicles is considered safe in the region as Maoists seldom target them. Maoist sources revealed they were simmering in anger against some big landowners who have started farming on agriculture land “confiscated” under the economic blockade programme.
This theory has found some sympathy in the state’s political class. Independent MLA from Obra, Som Prakash, said: “Obra in particular and Aurangabad district in general have been a saga of inequitable distribution of land, fostering inequality in society for centuries. The actual solution lies in equitable distribution of land rather than some sort of knee-jerk reaction.” Several places in Aurangabad district have, of late, witnessed skirmishes between rebels and landlords mustering muscle and courage to reclaim their farmland in Goh, Nabinagar, Obra and Madanpur blocks. Recently a landowner, Ram Niwas Singh (50) of Azan village, faced the wrath of the rebels. Hundreds of people armed with batons, spears, axes and hatchets invaded the eight-acre plot, which Ram Niwas tried to recapture with the help of the police. Ram Niwas and the police forces retreated in a hurry when they saw the rebels advancing menacingly. Similar was the saga of Ram Sagar Yadav (32) of Nizamatpur and Pramod Yadav (42) of Azan village.
They were forced to forfeit their ownership over 18 acres and 22 acres of land respectively. The Maoists seized the land under the “economic blockade” programme and distributed them among the landless people. The two farmers tried to regain control over their land on the “assurance” from the local police picket officials. Ram Sagar said that in July, the Maoists pasted pamphlets on his house commanding him not to set foot on the piece of land.
“They came to my house around midnight, pasted pamphlets and left after raising slogans. But they didn’t harm any member of the family,” he said, adding that the local policemen showed no urgency when informed about the episode. Some landowners under the cover of anonymity revealed that even Goh MLA Ran Vijay Singh has been a “victim” of economic blockade. “Not to speak of others, even a ruling party MLA has to bow before the firepower of the Naxalites. The MLA has been on good terms with some top ranking leaders of the outfit,” a farmer said, adding that the legislator managed to till a few acres of land after using his contacts with the Maoists and also with the help of the police. Ran Vijay Singh admitted that he facilitated setting up of a police picket at his native village.
He also conceded that his agriculture land in his ancestral village had been “captured” by the Naxalites. Talks with a cross-section of the people revealed that the recent Maoist attacks were aimed at creating panic among the general masses. “Before July, the Maoists were defensive after the police arrested several senior leaders,” they said. After July 2013, the Maoists stepped up their activities and carried out major operations to keep the influential farmers away from their native places so that they could not interfere into their affairs. Most of the big landlords of the district have shifted either to Patna or the district headquarters town of Aurangabad out of fear of Maoist reprisals, the residents said.
CPN-M’s CC meet resumes‚ Baidhya to address today
KATHMANDU: The Central Committee (CC) meeting of CPN-Maoist resumed at the party’s Newa State Committee office in Kupondole on Saturday morning. The CC members are reporting at the meeting, which started at 10:30 am. As many as 10 leaders are airing their views in today’s meeting. “After the reporting of CC members concludes, Chairman Mohan Baidhya will address the meeting,” a Maoist leader told THT Online over phone.
The meeting is expected to come up with decision whether the party should accept nominated seats offered to join the CA or not. However, the party, which boycotted the November 19 polls strongly, has already made it clear that it will neither join the CA nor the government. It is likely that the meeting will conclude today, amending the political report presented by Chairman Baidhya and endorsing it. More than 200 leaders, including 151 CC members and 50 central advisers are taking part in the meeting that started from December 23.
CPN-Maoist extended meeting concludes
KATHMANDU, Dec 14: An extended central committee meeting of the CPN-Maoist concluded Saturday by approving a political report presented by party Chairman Mohan Baidya. The meeting began last Sunday. The meeting held at the Kupanodol-based Newa State Committee Office in Lalitpur concluded by endorsing a political report on ´ future course of action on the basis of people´s war and a new constitution from high level all-party conference with the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly´ tabled by party Chairman Baidya, according to party Secretary Dev Gurung.
Prior to this, the party chairman responded to queries put forth by the party central members and central advisors regarding his political report. Concluding that there was a slim possibility for political consensus, the party decided to go ahead with the programmes of protest, Secretary Gurung said. The party, however, is to keep the door for talks open. The meeting agreed to gear up for a fresh agitation by keeping the door for talks open, he added. Calling for drafting a new constitution through a powerful all-party conference by dissolving the CA, leader Gurung ruled out the possibility of his party joining the CA as Cabinet-nominated members.
As per the CC meeting decision, the politburo meeting shall be called to finalise the organisational and work division matters. A total of 141 members delivered their views in the meeting. The party which had boycotted the November 19 CA elections convened the CC meeting to determine the further course of action in a changing context. The party is expected to unveil the meeting decisions through a press meet tomorrow.
Mamata criticised over arrest of doctor with ‘Maoist links’
Kolkata: Activists Saturday termed the West Bengal government “fascist” for arresting a doctor for allegedly having links with slain Maoist leader Kishenji. Litterateur Varavara Rao said he will move court against the killing of Kishenji. Participating in an event organised by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), activists criticised the state government for passing the West Bengal Correctional Services (Amendment) Bill, 2013 which excludes members of banned organisations from getting the status of political prisoners. “It is fascism, he was only a doctor, why should he be arrested,” asked Rao, reacting to Wednesday’s arrest of Samir Biswas, a doctor from Asansol in Burdwan district, for his alleged links with Kishenji.
“Once we get the forensic reports, we will of course move court,” said Rao. Rao has repeatedly claimed that Kishenji was brutally tortured by central forces before being killed in a “staged gun battle”. Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji, a member of the politburo of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), was killed in a shootout with central forces in November 2011 at Burisole forest in West Midnapore district. Sujato Bhadra, a former interlocutor between the state government and the rebels, demanded the release of all political prisoners in the state.
He accused Banerjee of “treachery” for failing to honour her pre-poll promise of releasing political prisoners. “It is treachery by the state government against its own commitment,” said Bhadra. He said there were more than 300 political prisoners as against the government’s claim of just 65. CRPP president and activist S.A.R. Geelani criticised the government for passing the Bengal Correctional Services (Amendment) Bill, 2013 describing it as an “unprincipled law” and ultra vires of the constitution.
Woman village chief killed by Maoists in Jharkhand
A woman chief of a panchayat in Jharkhand’s Gumla district was Saturday shot and stabbed to death by Maoist guerrillas, police said. Safia Devi, chief of the Pibo Gram Panchayat, around 130 km from Ranchi, was first shot at by the Maoists. After shooting her, they stabbed her with sharp-edged weapons. Safia Devi had been protesting against Maoist activities for a long time.
After lull of Maoists kill 3 villagers in Orissa
After lying low for more than two months, Maoists continued their killing spree by killing three villagers of Malkangiri district including a female ward member over the last 24 hours. The rebels, who had taken seven people hostage from two villages under Kalimela block on December 12, shot dead two of them — Chintalguda village panchayat ward member Tulasi Behera and Jaga Madkamni of Ramaguda — accusing them of being police informers. Malkangiri SP said the bullet-ridden bodies of Behera and Madkami were found in a forest at Bhejingwada area Saturday morning. The rebels left a note and a bullet threatening villagers not to help the BSF.
The Maoists had freed four of them while another ran away by Friday. In another incident, a group of Maoists shot dead Gobinda Saha, a contactor, in MV-90 village in the district Saturday, suspecting him to be a police informer. The killing came a day after Maoists had shot dead 60-year-old Prabhakar Madkami, father of Manyamkonda panchayat samiti member Laxmi Madkami, branding him as a police informer.
Martyrdom : 1993
Com. Aruna was born in Timmayapalli of Medak district in a poor family. 900 acres of patta land of a big land lord Narsimha Reddy of her village was occupied by the people under the leadership of the party. She wanted to be part of the struggle which would unshackle the feudal chains of her people. She used to bring her friends also to meet the squad. Since she lived in poverty from childhood, economic problems were not new to her. She not only used to weed and cut the harvest but also did difficult jobs like ploughing, slicing wood etc along with her brothers. Along with helping her family in the fields, she used to make beedis to help sustain her family.
When her fathrer harassed her mother, she supported her mother by standing up against him. She helped her mother in the household work and showered the love of a mother on her brothers. Such was the personality of Sakkubai. In 1988, Sakkubai came full time into the party and worked as Aruna in the Ellareddy squad for some time. Then she worked in Bhimgal in the name of Lakshmi. She met the women workers in the beedi factories and explained to them about the exploitation of seths and munims.
She encouraged them to join the sangams and prepared them to fight for their rights. She mobilized the support of other sections of people for the struggles of wage labourers. The Gonugoppula land lord America Chenna Reddy was annihilated and his car was blasted in order to control the land lords who stood against the land occupation struggles of the peasantry. She displayed good initiative in this struggle. She was in the forefront in punishing many goons, informers and oppressors of people.
She won the enormous confidence of the people of her area and tried to fulfill her responsibility as a cell member in the squad well. Aruna had always tried to organize and lead the people into struggles even amidst severe repression. Though she suffered from severe stomach ache many times and had become sick with other illnesses, she worked in the squad with renewed determination climbing hills and walking in the forests. She is a role model of a people’s leader which all of us have to emulate. Aruna died in an encounter with the police near Bhairanpur in Banswada area of Nizamabad district in 1993.
Boycott Army recruitment rallies: CPI (Maoist)
RAIPUR: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) gave a call to youth to boycott Army recruitment rallies, claiming their efforts were on to make Chhattisgarh military and Air Force bases. In a message circulated to media, CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Uday said governments are deploying police and para-military forces to unleash terror for implementing memorandum of understanding (MoUs) signed with corporate giants. In order to suppress the people’s movement, ruling classes are trying to convert Chhattisgarh into a military zone, he said.
Maoist held from forest during police search operation
A Maoist, carrying a reward on his head, was arrested during a search operation in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, the police said here today. The Maoist was nabbed from the forests of Bardela village under Jangla police station limits last evening, a senior official said. A local police team on a combing operation in Jangla area, located around 450 kms away from state capital Raipur, reached the Bardela forest when they spotted a suspect fleeing, after which he was chased and arrested, the official said.
The arrested Maoist was identified as Lekam Aaytu (35), self styled vice-chief of Jantana Sarkar Maoist organisation in Tungali area, he said. He was allegedly involved in several incidents of arson, attempt to murder and other offences, he said, adding he carried a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head. The arrested Maoist is being interrogated, he said.
Special Judicial officer appointed for trying top Maoist
A Special Judicial Officer was today appointed on the direction of Governor for speedy trial in cases against top jailed Maoist Ajay Kanu for whose release the ultras had enacted jail break in Jehanabad eight years ago. Mohammad Salim was appointed as Special Judicial Officer for trial of all cases against Kanu in the Beur jail here where he is lodged at present, district court sources said. The Governor’s order for appointment of the special judicial came in the wake of a direction of the Patna High Court, the sources said. So far, the top Maoist is being tried in six cases in Patna, Jehanabad and Gaya.
Maoists Abduct 7 Villagers
Maoists abducted seven villagers including a ward member in Ramaguda and Chintalwada under Kalimela police limits on suspicion of being police informers on Wednesday. The ward member, Tulasi Behera, was kidnapped from Chintalwada village while Budra Sodi, Budra Padiami, Deba Padiami, Suba Khara, Rama Behera and Jaga Madkami were taken away from Ramaguda. Sources said a group of Maoists came to Chintalwada first and then went to Ramaguda and asked the seven villagers at gun-point to follow them.
Panic gripped the people of two villages following the incident. Police are yet to know the whereabouts of the abducted villagers. Of late, Maoists have been targeting the villagers on the suspicion that they may be sharing information about Maoist movement with police. The Maoists had kidnapped three persons including Padia Madi, son of a village sarpanch of Gamphakunda, on December 4. One of them escaped next day, while the other two were released on December 7.