People’s War in India Clippings 8/2/2016

Maoist vows to pay heed to public voice on Sanjit’s killing

IMPHAL, February 7: Pointing out that silence on part of the public and frontal civil society organizations on Sanjit’s killing in a staged fake encounter despite the sensational confession of Head Constable Th Herojit on the killing is the most unfortunate occurrence [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 7/2/2016

Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of CPI-Maoist issues press release on fake encounters staged by police in Bastar between September 26 2015 and January 4 2016. Condemns police practices of sexual assault and black propaganda.

Media report summarizing statement in Hindi here

Bhagalpur University professor arrested in Bihar on suspected Naxal links

Patna: A [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 6/2/2016

Police sound alert in Bihar

Patna: Following some recent successful operations against Red rebels, security forces are taking precautionary measures to thwart any damage attempted by the Maoists. All the Red-hit districts have been put on high alert. A police sub-inspector of 2009 batch, Bhavesh Kumar, was shot dead allegedly by Maoists in [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 5/2/2016

Chhattisgarh police to launch massive operations to wipe out Maoists in Bastar

Raipur: A massive anti-Naxalite operation is building up in tribal South Bastar as Chhattisgarh police has set 2016 as year for counter-insurgency and elimination of Maoists by making deep inroads into areas dominated by guerrillas. Amid Maoists threatening repeat of 2013-style [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 4/2/2016

Two Naxals killed in police encounters in Chhattisgarh

Two Naxals, including a hardcore Jan Militia commander who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, were today gunned down and another injured in two separate gun-battles in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar division. A 22-year-old cadre Kunjam Linga, who was active as [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 3/2/2016

Maoists blast landmine; no policemen injured

Alertness saved police personnel involved in anti-Maoist operation from a landmine blast by the ultras near Lakhpadar village under Kalyansinghpur police station in Rayagada district of Odisha on Tuesday. An exchange of fire for over 45 minutes ensued between the ultras and the security personnel at the [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 1/2/2016

In the shadow of an upcoming iron ore mine in Chhattisgarh, people live in fear of the gun

Increased BSF presence and arbitrary arrests are muting the local resistance to the mining in Rowghat range of hills.

When Anup* of Albeda village was walking home at dusk one July evening, seven policemen [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 31/1/2016

2015 saw lowest Naxal violence in 6 years

New Delhi: Maoists-hit states witnessed lowest violence in six years with casualties and incidents coming down substantially in 2015. While nearly one lakh paramilitary personnel continued to be deployed in left wing extremism-affected areas, the 10 Naxal-hit states—Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, [...]

People’s War in India Clippings 30/1/2016

2 ‘Red levy collectors’ arrested in Gomia

Bokaro: Two men were arrested from the Belataad forest in Gomia block on Friday for “collecting levy” for the CPI(Maoist). The joint team of CoBRA and CRPF jawans and the district police personnel also seized firearms and ammunition from their possession. The duo, identified as Mansu [...]

Varavara Rao on the passing of BD Sharma

An Indefatigable Warrior

Vara Vara Rao

The Voice stopped already a year ago. After he returned from Dandakaranya, in the wake of maoists taking Alex Paul (District Collector, Sukma district, Chhattisgarh state) into custody, he called this writer regularly enquiring ‘‘when would we be able to go again to Maad[1] and when Haragopal[2] would [...]