People’s War in India Clippings 28/3/2016


Pressure cooker bomb & directional mine recovered by ITBP in Rajnandgaon near Kanker border

Raipur: Pressure cooker bomb and directional mine recovered by Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) in Rajnandgaon near the Kanker border today. It seems that Naxals and Maoists were in big plan to attack in the state or in the adjoining state of West Bengal where state Assembly elections is just few days far away. It is relevant because Naxals have prominence presence in these states and the recovery of bullets and explosions directs in the same.

Poll panel wants report on arms seizure in West Bengal

Arms and explosives seized in 7 districts of West Bengal affected by Naxalism

The Election Commission has sought a report from district magistrates (DMs) following seizure of illegal arms and explosives in seven districts of West Bengal affected by Left-wing extremism. About a week ahead of the Assembly polls, 11 persons allegedly involved in Maoist activities have surrendered during 31 operations in areas witnessing Left-wing extremism in the State.

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A Symbol Of Internationalism: Short Biography Of Barbara Kistler


Barbara Anna Kistler was born on November 21, 1955 in Zurich. Her parents were workers. She became interested in politics when she was 16 and began to organize groups and people who were critical of the ruling system. At age 17, she expressed solidarity with political prisoners. She also worked in various women’s groups. Her goal was to change the feminist ideas of women through Marxism-Leninism. She also worked with various anti-fascist groups. Her most important contact was to the Group Against Isolation (KGI), which was seeking to build a Communist Party in Switzerland. She also investigated the situation of communist movements in other countries. She was especially interested in movements in developing countries.

In 1980, she learned from revolutionaries from Turkey who had fled to Switzerland to escape the military coup. In the mid-1980s, she came into contact with sympathizers of the TKP/ML [Turkish Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist]. This led her to study the program of the TKP/ML more closely. She then became dissatisfied with life in Switzerland, so she decided to go to Turkey and join the class struggle under the leadership of the TKP/ML.

On May 19, 1991, she was arrested in Istanbul together with her comrades. In front of the court of the fascist Turkish state, she defended herself with these words: “You have no right to condemn proletarian internationalism!” With these words, she condemned Turkish fascism. She was released on September 16 and returned to Switzerland. But she only remained there for one month and she went back to Turkey.

She decided to go to the mountains to join the armed struggle of TIKKO [Workers and Peasants Liberation Army of Turkey], the armed wing of the TKP/ML. In the year 1993 came the report that she had fallen. Comrade Barbara gave her life in the leading struggle of the proletariat against fascism, imperialism, feudalism, capitalism, and all forms of reaction. Her struggle is our struggle, and she will live on in our struggle.

Barbara Kistler is immortal!

New Democratic Youth – Yeni Demokratik Genclik (YDG)

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Islamic State bomb attack against Serêkaniyê HQ of TKP/ML-TIKKO


According to ANHA News a motorcycle bomb was detonated outside the headquarters of TKP/ML-TIKKO in Serêkaniyê on March 25th. Rojava police carried out an investigation of the attack resulting in the arrest of two suspects. The TKP/ML-TIKKO noted: “On March 25th an attack was aimed specifically at our headquarters in Serêkaniyê by DAECH fascists. We want to make it clear to all. The Turkish state was the organizer of this attack.”

Via New Turkey

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People’s War in India Clippings 27/3/2016


CPI (Maoist) banners against sarpanch in Kanker.


Maoists protest police action, burn vehicles

Patna: Suspected Maoists took at least 12 workers hostage for an hour during which they torched several equipment and vehicles at the site of a railway track doubling project at Turki under the Kurhani police station area in Muzaffarpur on Friday-Saturday night. Police recovered from the spot CPI (Maoist)’s pamphlets which talked about “revenge against the government’s anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt”. One of the workers, Virendra Pandit, said at least 25 Maoists, clad in black uniforms, thrashed the security guard at the gate and stormed the construction site around 12.30 after midnight.

They beat several workers and also took away their cellphones. The Maoists later lighted gunny bags soaked in diesel and torched several machines and vehicles, including three millers, four tractors, three earth movers and one crane, road roller, van and bike each. “While retreating, they threatened us with dire consequences if we tried to extinguish the flames and fired at least seven rounds to terrorize us,” Pandit said. “We have suffered a loss of at least Rs two crore due to the fire,” said engineer Anil Mishra of the private firm engaged in doubling the track on the Ramdayalu-Kurhani section. He denied receipt of any threat or extortion demand from Maoists in the past. “The incident took place in front of the Turki railway station. An FIR has been lodged. A contingent of 15 SAP jawans will soon be deployed at the site,” said Muzaffarpur superintendent of rail police B N Jha.

3 Maoists Detained for Landmine Blast

JEYPORE: Koraput police on Saturday detained three Maoists, including a hardcore cadre, in connection with the landmine blast near Kurlipadu forest under Pottangi police limits. Security forces started a massive manhunt in Pottangi, Nandapur, Padua and Kutia pockets to trace the Left Wing Extremists involved in the blast on March 20. On that day, Maoist leader Jayaram of Maoist Action Team under Odisha-Andhra Pradesh Zonal Committee of Maoists was killed and two others sustained injures while planting landmines in the forest.

The other ultras fled towards Andhra Pradesh after the incident. To check infiltration, vigil at all check points was tightened and all routes between the two States were sealed. This led to arrest of three suspects in bordering Ampabali forest. They have been taken to unidentified location for interrogation, sources said. “We are interrogating the detained persons for their alleged role in planting explosive devices in Kurlipadu forest,” said a senior police officer of Koraput engaged in Maoist operation. Meanwhile, joint operations by Odisha Police and Border Security Force have been intensified in Pottangi, Lamtaput, Nandapur, Boipariguda, Laxmipur, Bandhugam and Narayanpatna following intelligence inputs about presence of over 100 Maoists in bordering jungles of Koraput.

Security on Telangana border up to guard barrages

Adilabad: The TS government is likely to deploy a huge police force along the rivers Pranahitha and Godavari on the state borders it shares with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as it suspects threat to the construction works of proposed barrages from Maoists. Already, police combing has intensified along the rivers Pranahita and Godavari in North Telangana. Even on Saturday, Maoist presence was found on the state borders. Police movement has increased along the above two rivers much before the beginning of the construction works of barrages on these rivers. The police force will be deployed at the project sites of Thummidihatti and Medigadda and Thupakula Gudem in Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal districts.

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The International Red Help salutes the internationalist volunteers fighting alongside the peoples of Rojava



The International Red Help salutes the internationalist volunteers fighting alongside the peoples of Rojava. The self-determination and self-organisation on the basis of progressive values -democracy, social justice, freedom of women- of the peoples of Rojava is an exception in the Middle-East, an area shred between oppressive regimes and islamist gangs. It is also a precious experience for the whole international revolutionary movement, an experience which is to be studied and supported.

We salute the memory of the internationalist volunteers fallen killed in action, as the young German revolutionary Ivana Hoffmann. We salute the communist and anarchist turkish internationalist militants who fought in Rojava and are jailed in Turkey because of this.

We salute all the militants that are persecuted in any ways while returning home, in Great-Britain, Denmark, Netherlands and especially in Spain where 14 militants have been arrested. Among them, two have been arrested directly while returning from Rojava where they have been joining the MLKP Battalion. The “Valle” police operation who culminated on January 27th with raids against the Marxist-Leninist Party (Communist Reconstruction) represents the main attack against revolutionary solidarity with Rojava in Europe.

International Red Help

International Secretariat

Zürich, March 17th 2016

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People’s War in India Clippings 25/3/2016


Naxal gunned down in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon

A 30-year-old Naxal was today gunned down in a police encounter in insurgency-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh. The skirmish took place early this morning between a team of district force and rebels in the dense forests of Kudur-Rakasmeta villages under Mardapal police station limits, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police, JS Watti, told PTI. As per the operational plan, a team of police set off from Mardapal, located around 350 kms away from here, last night towards interior forests where movement of rebels was reported.


Cops Intensify Combing Ops as Trees Shed Foliage

KHAMMAM/WARANGAL: Taking advantage of the seasonal changes, the anti-Naxal forces including special party, greyhounds and COBRA have intensified their combing operations on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh states border forest areas. The top officials opine that summer is the right time to find the Maoists’ camps or dens as the shedding of leaves makes the forest thin and aids the police to penetrate deep. “During the rainy and winter seasons, its not possible for us even to make a single step in the forest due to thick cover,” said an official and added that supplying of food and transportation also becomes easy for the police forces during the summer.

According to highly-placed sources, additional forces were deployed at Dummagudem, Cherla and Venkatapuram mandals which are close to Chhattisgarh state border to put a check to the Maoists with the support from Chhattisgarh police. Police officials have reportedly kept the choppers ready at the district quarters to deploy the forces immediately in the forests, if needed. It is learnt that the State and Central intelligence agencies have alerted the police officials about Maoists activities on Telangana-Chhattisgarh borders. Due to this, the police forces are searching the forest inch by inch. Reliable sources said the police officials had indeed received inputs about the possible retaliation by the Maoists as the police had killed nine Maoists in a recent encounter in Sukma district recently. “Since Sukma incident was a major setback to them, they are likely to resort to a big action in the border area to make their presence felt or create a sort of panic among the security forces,” said an official.

Meanwhile, the Warangal district police, who claim that the district is free from the Maoist activity in the recent times, are planning to set up major police base camp including a police station at a location between Devadula project and Tupakulagudem, where a new barrage is proposed on the river Godavari in attempt to prevent the Maoists from entering the district from Chhattisgarh. DGP Anurag Sharma has visited Warangal and Karimnagar districts, which share the border with the Chhattisgarh, a couple of days ago and reviewed the security scenario. “We are going to set up a camp near Devadula project. It will also consist a police station. This would not only help us to provide security to the men at work at the project but also thwart the efforts of the Maoists in the Eturunagaram forest area,” a senior police official said.

AP Greyhounds launch combing ops in AOB areas

Visakhapatnam: AP Greyhounds with assistance from Malkangiri cops from the other side have launched a sudden and massive combing operation on the Andhra-Odisha border. Police sources claimed movement of naxals was spotted on the AOB and that the elite force has ventured deep to nab them. More than three units of elite force greyhounds were pressed into action in three different directions to corner the Reds, the sources said. The operation was launched three days ago and with neither the security personnel nor their vehicles returning, tribals apprehended that the worst has happened to the AP cops. However, police officials made it clear that the men are safe and that they are deep in the forest with the objective of nabbing a few naxals.

Significantly, Vizag SP left the port city on Friday morning and is camping at Chintapalli close to the AOB. According to the sources, three vehicles of Greyhounds were sent in the three directions of Korukonda of Chintapalli mandal, Jerrela in GK Veedhi mandal and G Madugula mandal three days ago. The Visakha rural cops are also taking the help of their counterparts in Malkangiri in Odisha state in the combing operations, the sources said. “As per the preliminary reports, the naxals could be holding an internal meeting with rank and file of various area committees or conducting a training camp,” a senior officer involved in anti-naxal operations said.

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People’s War in India Clippings 24/3/2016


Maoists out of slumber, call for vote boycott in Bengal

After remaining largely silent since Kishenji’s death four and a half years ago, Maoists woke up from their slumber to call for a poll boycott. Maoist Bengal state secretary issued a statement accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of unleashing a reign of terror in Jangalmahal. Parts of Jangalmahal (Maoists affected areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purlia districts) is expected to go for polls on the first phase on April 4. Taking a dig at Left-Cong alliance the statement stated that the ‘social fascist’ CPI(M)’s alliance with ‘fundamental enemy’ Congress has ‘thoroughly exposed’ the CPI(M). It also cautioned that the ‘communal fascist’ BJP was trying to fuel communal tension in Bengal. Incidentally, the statement was circulated a day before chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s scheduled rally in Lalgarh, West Midnapore which was the epicenter of ultra left activities in Bengal.

“People had established a system for their real liberation – though temporarily –through the Lalgarh movement. But Mamata Banerjee has cleverly taken away from the people, rights over economy and resources that the people had achieved through years of struggle,” CPI(Maoist) state secretary Akash wrote in a statement dated March 10. Mamata Banerjee’s model of development, by showering public infrastructure projects and providing various types of grants, would not solve the real issues suffered by the people, the Maoists claimed. The two-page statement reached HT on Thursday.

Maoists said the Mamata Banerjee government has ‘perfectly’ implemented the Low Intensity Conflict policy of the Centre to deal with the Maoists. “Why are there hundreds of policemen in Jangalmahal if peace has indeed been restored, as the chief minister has claimed? Jangalmahal, instead, have been turned into a cantonment of security forces,” Akash wrote in the statement. Maoists claimed that Mamata Banerjee came to power piggy-riding the wave of popular mass movements in Singur, Nandigram and Lalgarh and with help of raising slogans on popular issues demanding withdrawal of security forces, punishment for police officers accused of torturing people and release of political prisoners.

“She, however, gave a summersault after coming to power and implemented the policies of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government with even more intensity,” the Maoists statement alleged. Among the ‘failures’ of Mamata Banerjee government, Maoists mentioned the failure in returning land to Singur’s unwilling landlosers and poor price for agriculture produces. The statement also alleged that landlords in West Midnapore’s Belpahari, Banspahari, Chakadoba and Laljal areas have taken back land those the landless had taken possession of through years of struggle. While admitting that their movement in Jangalmahal has suffered a ‘temporary setback,’ Maoists claimed the Lalgarh movement continues to inspire as a ‘popular model’ for mass movement.

Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar notes ongoing counter-insurgency operations in Bankura

..”We have got reports from seven districts and have sent it to the Election Commission of India. In all the districts we have asked the authorities to restrict the entry of illegal arms and seize existing ones,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar told reporters. He said according to reports from the district administration in Bankura 31 security operations had been launched in the Maoist-affected areas there since last December. Eleven Maoists have also surrendered since November there.

Naxal activities continue to be a matter of concern: MHA

New Delhi: Naxal activities continue to be a matter of concern with 35 districts in seven states being badly-hit, according to the annual report of the Home Ministry for 2015-16. “Left Wing Extremism (LWE) remains an area of concern for internal security of the country,” the report submitted to Parliament said. While 106 districts in 10 states are affected by Maoist activities in varying degrees, 35 districts in seven states are the most affected. “CPI (Maoist) continues to be the most potent among the various LWE outfits in the country and accounts for more than 80 per cent of total LWE violence incidents and resultant deaths,” the report said.

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Message of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah to unified solidarity meeting on 19 March



The following letter and statement from Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the Lebanese Communist struggler imprisoned in French jails for the past 32 years, was delivered to the Unified Meeting to Free Georges Abdallah in Paris on 19 March:

Dear comrades and friends,

Your coming together tonight and the diversity of your commitment, fills me with strength and enthusiasm and warms my heart.

These are not merely complimentary words of convenience or politeness. As you see, comrades, when one is behind these heinous walls for decades, one’s speech in such circumstances becomes far more honest than usual.

Indeed, I have followed with great interest and passion the various initiatives that you have been able to develop recently. Certainly, the coordination of various forms of solidarity is not always easy to implement. However, the resurgence of social struggle in the country and the ongoing and significant mobilization of youth and labor unions support, more or less, the emergence and development of an overall atmosphere of struggle, which is generally conducive to local exchanges of ideas and experiences, which thus enrich all activities confronting expressions of counter-revolution. Naturally, such an atmosphere of struggle revives the collective memory about the national and internationalist heritage of the struggles of the popular classes and the countless successful revolutionary experiences..

Comrades, I have often stressed, repeating myself, that “solidarity on the basis of the ongoing class struggle in all of its dimensions is that which provides the most effective support to our fellow prisoners” and that “together we will win, and we will win only together.”

Today, we all live under the hegemony of globalized capital. No country is immune to the destructive mechanism of such hegemony. Certainly, we do not suffer in the same way, in Paris or Cairo, London or Algiers, Moscow or Damascus. However, it is still based on this hegemony that extends and expands class stratification and thus creates the dynamics of the really existing class struggle. And that, at both the regional and global levels, to the extent that the various strategies of imperialist poles are readily visible on this scale.

Of course, it should be noted that the center of gravity of the working class has shifted from the centers of the globalized imperialist system to its peripheries. Certainly this is not the place nor the time to develop this approach, but it is in this context that I write the two quotes above. And it is precisely in this same context that the popular masses (proletarians and other precarious social strata) in urban neighborhoods in the imperialist countries occupy a place of particular importance. Somehow, they serve as a vector and a link between the two shores of the Mediterranean…

Certainly, there is room for another future aside from submission to imperialist dictates, which we have seen over time, the negative consequences in the form of the destruction of entire cities, the dismemberment of states, and the processions of dead, displaced persons, and oppressed migrants.

Comrades, Palestine continues in these days to provide a daily number of young martyrs. The resistance continues, and certainly will continue so long as the occupation continues. Of course, the Palestinian masses can count, more than ever, on your active solidarity. Of course they are well aware of the position of French imperialism which seeks by all means to support the Zionist entity.

May a thousand solidarity initiatives bloom in support of Palestine and the growing intifada!

May a thousand solidarity initiatives bloom for the Lebanese yout in struggle!

May a thousand solidarity initiatives bloom in favor of the Kurdish masses and their brave fighters!

Solidarity with the resistance in Zionist jails, in isolation cells in Morocco, Turkey, the Philippines, and elsewhere in the world!

Capitalism is nothing but barbarism; honor to all who oppose it in all of their diverse means of confrontation!

Comrades, together we will win – we will win only together!

Comrade Georges Abdallah

19 March 2016

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People’s War in India Clippings 23/3/2016


Trial in Maoist Meeting Case to Begin Next Month

KOCHI: The trial in the case related to a meeting conducted by members of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a frontal organisation of the CPI (Maoist), at a lodge in Mavelikkara will begin at the NIA Court next month. NIA Court judge S Santhosh Kumar had framed charges against the five persons accused in the case the other day. The schedule for the trial will be fixed in the coming days. The accused in the case are Rajesh Madhavan of Mavelikkara, Gopal of Chennai, Devarajan of Kollam, Bahuleyan of Thiruvananthapuram and Ajaya Kumar alias Mannor Ajayan of Muvattupuzha.

Earlier, Shiyas of Pallipuram, another accused in the case, was made approver in the case. According to NIA officials, since all accused persons are currently available, trial of the case could be launched without delay. It was in December 2012 the Mavelikkara Police raided the lodge and made the arrests, based on a tip-off. The meeting was allegedly organised for forming a students’ wing of the RDF in Kerala. In a major twist to the case, a few days after the arrest, the investigation officer committed suicide, reportedly due job-related stress and health issues. The investigation was later handed over to the NIA, considering the gravity of the case. The investigation was led by NIA Additional Superintendent of Police A P Shoukathali. Special Prosecutor Adv P G Manu will be appearing for the NIA at the court.

Gadchiroli villagers face wrath of C-60 team after Naxals murder constable

Nagpur: People in Reknar village in Etapalli taluka were at the receiving end of the police wrath on March 13 when a Crack-60 team of Hedri police post thrashed them in retaliation of murder of constable Deepak Sedmake two days earlier by Naxalites. A minor, force fed with chilli powder that had also been inserted in his anus, was among several to be tortured on the suspicion of having helped Naxalite team that gunned down Sedmake. State chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in his last tour in the Naxal-affected district had sought to win heart with his development mantra. State director general of police Praveen Dixit had also appealed to the people to join hands with the security agencies ‘police mitra’ to dent the mass base of the rebels.

Against the backdrop of government and police’s own citizen-friendly approach, the high-handedness of C-60 squad left many people shocked. The squad stormed into the Reknar village, around five kilometers from Hedri, early morning dragging out people from their homes. The villagers were assembled at the Ghotul or community centre before the commandos started raining blows on them mercilessly using hands and also canes. Several women were also beaten in their home as the menfolk were dragged out. Ranu Pungati, in his teens, was the worst victim when red chilli powder was thrust down his throat. Unconfirmed sources also claimed that Pungati, who worked at family owned farm, had to be rushed to hospital when some chilli powder was also smeared and pushed into his anus.

Dasrath Usendi, a local farmer, said four villagers bore the brunt of police atrocity while others were slapped and kicked. “After having vented their wrath, police also whisked away four people to their post but released them in the evening,” he said “A day later, villagers lodged protest before tehsildar and sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) but nothing happened,” he said. Earlier, sources from Hedri said police had rounded up several traders from the weekly market where the constable was killed. The traders were also thrashed at the camp. According to a source, two traders sustained fractures due to beating. A local source in Etapalli said the injury reports of the traders were later fudged under police pressure too to show they had suffered a fall from tree.

Informer eliminated in Narayanpur

..Similarly, a villager of Bechagaon in Naraynpur identified as Tanke was beaten to death at a ‘jan adalat’ while his brother was also thrashed black and blue that left him severely injured under suspicion of being police informer.

CRPF battalion shifted from Mayurbhanj to Balangir

Bhubaneswar: In wake up of the rising number of Maoist related violence in Balangir, CRPF battalion has been transferred from Mayurbhanj to Bolangir on Wednesday. In a high level meet between Inspector General (Operations) Soumendra Priyadarshi, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) DIG Pravat Naik took place at Bolangir where the decision to transfer the CRPF battalion was taken. Notably, there has been little activism of the Left Wing Extremists (Maoists) in areas like Mayurbhanj while their activities has increased in areas of Balangir, Kandhamal, Kalahandi.

On such a development in last year, the CRPF DG Prakash Mishra had said “The CRPF units would gradually be relocated to areas of more sensitivity while reasoning out that as the CRPF units cannot be deployed all the times to come, the capacity building of the State-based forces would have to take place.”

Rajnath Singh on CPI (Maoist) in North East

..He also spoke about the expansion of the Maoist tentacle in the region. Conceding that the Maoist are trying to expand their bases in the Northeastern region, Singh said “There is an attempt to destabilize the country, and I am proud of the armed forces, paramilitary forces, and police forces, the way they deal with ultras and extremists,” he added.

Maoists kill villager in Andhra Pradesh

Suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed a civilian, identified as Koothudi Venkata Rao, of Jakaravalasa at D. Thadivalasa, a hamlet under Kurukutti panchayat (local self government institution) in Salur Agency of Vizianagaram District on March 22, reports The Hindu. He was killed on the charges of being a ‘Police informer’.

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People’s War in India Clippings 22/3/2016


Naxals kill two persons in Chhatisgarh for being police informers

Raipur: Two persons were killed allegedly by Naxals on suspicion of being police informers, at separate places in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. While Kicche Mukka was killed in Polampalli police station area this morning, Sona Muchaki (40) was axed to death by Maoists in Chhindgarh area last night, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh said. Both the villages are around 450 km from the state capital. As per preliminary information, a group of rebels stormed into the house of Kichhe at Polampalli, after he returned from his fields this morning. He was dragged out and killed with sharp weapons, he said. The reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained as no pamphlets were dropped by assailants.

However, there are reports that Kichhe was a former Salwa Judum (erstwhile anti-Naxalite movement) leader and also working for Congress for sometime but it is yet to be verified, the ASP said. In a separate incident, Sona was brutally axed to death in front of his wife and children by Naxals at Rokel village under Chhindgarh police outpost, he said. According to pamphlets dropped by the ultras, Sona allegedly helped security forces in setting up a police camp in the village. He was also acting as a police informer since 2011, the ASP said.



Gadchiroli encounter: Slain ultras were women cadres

Bodies of two female Naxals, who were killed in an encounter with police on Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border, were today recovered, police said. Both the ultras were carrying reward of Rs 6 lakh each on their heads. They were identified as Nirmala alias Sawita Dhurwe (25), a deputy commander of Kasansur Dalam, and Aarti alias Sita Pudo (30), a member of Kasansur Area Committee. According to police, the naxals received a severe set back in the death of the duo against whom a number of cases were registered in various police stations.

Nirmala was the wife of North Gadchiroli Division Secretary, Joganna, and was involved in 40 offences including murder of policemen, civilians, kidnapping, arson etc. Aarti, who joined the naxal movement in 2000, had 80 cases registered against her, including murder, arson and kidnapping, police said in a release. The gunbattle occurred last evening when the personnel from Anti-Naxal Squad of the district police were on a combing operation in Kasansur area when a group of armed Maoists hiding in the forest suddenly opened fire at them around 5.30 PM. The policemen immediately returned fire, killing two of them. Police had recovered a huge stock of arms and naxal material from the spot of the encounter, including a 303 rifle, a 12-bore rifle, one claymore mine and explosives, live cartridges, a medicine box, a camera flash etc.

Dead Maoist Was An IED Expert

JEYPORE: Police on Monday identified the Maoist, who died while planting landmines near Kurlipadu forest under Pottangi police limits, as Jayaram. According to police, Jayaram was action team leader of Central Regional Committee under Andhra Odisha Special Zonal Committee of Maoists working in Pottangi and Narayanpatana blocks. He was active for over 10 years and involved in several heinous crimes in Odisha and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. He was expert in planting IEDs and was a native of Narayanpur district in the neighbouring State.

Besides, the surrendered Maoists have recognised him as an active cadre of the group, police added. The body is yet to be handed over to his relatives as none has claimed it so far, police sources said. Meanwhile, combing operation has been intensified in Pottangi, bordering Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, anticipating Maoist presence and senior police officials including Koraput SP CS Meena visited the spot. “We have intensified combing operation after the incident and alerted security forces over presence of Maoists in nearest areas,” Meena added.

Eight suspected Naxals arrested in Sukma district of C’garh

Eight suspected Naxals, including a woman, were arrested today during a joint operation by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. They were apprehended from Murki and Rampuram villages under Gadiras police station limits when the forces were carrying out ‘area domination exercise’ in the region, Sukma additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district police force had launched the operation in the interior of Gadiras, around 400 km from Raipur, he said. Those arrested were identified as Madavi Muya (35), Somaru (35), Kawasi Manga, Podiyami Bheema, Padami Muya (28), Banjami Hidma (32), Madvi Veera (36) and the woman Madkami Hidme, all residents of different villages in Gadiras region.

Arrest in Jamui

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