29 July – Maoists put up martyrs’ memorial in Chintur
Maoists reportedly erected a makeshift martyrs’ memorial near Mallampeta, a forest fringe village in Chintur mandal, bordering Chhattisgarh, in the early hours of Tuesday. According to sources, the Naxalites erected the memorial made of posters in the forest area close to the inter-state border with Chhattisgarh on the second day of the martyrs’ memorial week. The Maoists reportedly hung banners in the name of the Sabari Area Committee calling upon people to observe the week till August 2.
The banners contained slogans hailing Charu Mazumdar and other slain Maoist leaders. Maoist posters have sprung up in some interior villages in Charla and Kunavaram mandals in the Agency in the past three days. The Bhadrachalam division police have intensified vigil in the interior areas.
29 July – Maoists’ Martyr Week on, Security Forces on Toes
MALKANGIRI: Movement of vehicular traffic in the district came to a halt with the beginning of Maoists’ Martyr Week on Monday. The Red ultras observe the week from July 28 to August 3 every year to pay tribute to their leaders and cadres who lost their lives. The OSRTC stopped plying its buses from Malkangiri to other districts apprehending Maoist attack. Normal life was hit in rural pockets as passenger buses and other vehicles stopped plying at many places fearing trouble, police said, adding that shops and business establishments also remained closed in areas like Kalimela, Padia and Motu. However, there was no report of road blockade from any part of the district.
The Maoists put up posters in Kalimela, Motu, MV 79, Podia and Gompakonda areas protesting the Silakota police encounter in which their 13 cadres were killed on September 15 last year. Although Government offices remained open, there was thin attendance. People preferred to remain indoors. Security Beefed up In other Maoist-hit South Odisha districts like Koraput, Rayagada, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur and Gajapati, the situation was normal amid tight security measures.
Even though chief of Odisha Maobadi Party Sabyasachi Panda was arrested by police recently, security has been beefed up in the region suspecting that his supporters may resort to violent activities. “We have tightened security with deployment of additional forces in sensitive areas and anti-Maoist operation has been intensified in the region,” said DIG (southern range) Amitabh Thakur. Special Operation Group (SOG), Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), India Reserve Battalion (IRB), District Voluntary Forces (DVF) and Special Police Officers (SPO) have been deployed to maintain law and order in Maoist-affected areas of these districts.
Police patrolling and checking of long-route vehicles were intensified in Daringibadi, Kotagarh and Bramhanigaon, the Maoist-affected areas in Kandhamal district. Similar measures were also taken in Gajapati district. “We have alerted the forces. Besides, regular checking of the vehicles and blocking in the border areas are continuing,” said Gajapati SP CS Meena.
29 July – Red alert in Jharkhand for Martyrs’ Week
RANCHI: Police sounded alert in all districts on Monday, the first day of ‘Shahadat saptah’, or Martyrs’ Week, when Maoists remember their fallen cadres. Jharkhand Police also alerted the three railway divisions in the state to avoid any possible Maoist attack. Police said the rebels had, in the past, carried out attacks during the Martyrs’ Week. Also, cops found Maoist posters in Giridih in which the rebels warned villagers against capitalists and urged them to join the movement against administration.
“The posters were found in Nimiaghat police station area. It seems that there were some movements of the Maoists in this area. In this area we have increased the vigil,” said Giridih SP Kranti Kumar. DGP Rajiv Kumar said the Maoists would not be able to carry out any untoward incident anywhere. “All SPs have been asked to undertake necessary measures to keep their activities in check,” said Kumar. A letter has been sent to all SPs asking them to ensure safety of highways, important establishments in affected areas, police stations, police pickets and the people. Central agencies, like the Election Commission, are keeping a close watch on law and order in Jharkhand before the assembly election this year. Khunti, Palamu, Latehar, Lohardaga, Gumla, Simdega, West Singhbhum and Giridih are the worst among all 24 districts affected by left wing extremism. Dhanbad rail SP Manoj Chothe said “we have heightened vigil” along the CIC section of the Indian Railways.
The CIC section passes through Palamu, Garhwa and Dhanbad districts. “Forces would conduct area domination exercises throughout the week in sensitive parts. Road operation parties would be deployed along highways. The buildings which Maoists are prone to use in affected areas would also be under watch,” said a source.
28 July – Ahead of Mamata’s visit Maoist leaflets found in Purulia
Kolkata: Ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Purulia district, about 50 Maoist leaflets and banners calling to observe martyrs’s week were found Monday in Purulia, police said. The Chief Minister’s visit to Purulia is scheduled July 30. “The leaflets and banners were found strewn on a roadside in Bandwan Monday. The security has beefed up,” said Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Nilkanta. The check posts bordering Jharkhand are also being monitored, he said.
28 July – Martyrs’ week halts southern Odisha districts
KORAPUT/BERHAMPUR: Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt in Maoist-hit Malkangiri district and in some parts of Koraput and Rayagada districts on the first day of Martyrs’ Week on Monday. Shops, markets and other business establishments remained closed in Kalimela area of Malkangiri district. Public transport system, including government-run vehicles, was completely paralyzed with no bus plying to Malkangiri from neighbouring Koraput district.
Hundreds of passengers were seen stranded at various bus stops in Malkangiri district. Many reached their destinations through taxi and auto. “Since morning I am waiting at the bus stand to go to Motu. I am worried what to do,” said Samant Mohapatra, a passenger at Malkangiri bus stand. Every year, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) observe the week from July 28 to August 3 to pay homage to cadres killed in police firing.
“Though security has been tightened, but we can’t take a chance. It’s better not to ply vehicles,” said a bus operator of Jeypore in Koraput district. Panic among the people was palpable as the Red rebels had murdered two persons just two days before the Martyrs’ Week, suspecting them as police informers in Malkangiri. The extremists have also erected temporary martyr pillars in forests of Tekguda and cut-off areas to pay homage to slain comrades.
Similarly, buses stayed off roads at Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Lamataput in Koraput district and Gudari and Chadrapur in Rayagada district. Keeping in view the threat perception, buses in 17 routes have been cancelled in Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts. “Our service to Malkangiri district will remain suspended till August 3,” said district transport manager of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC), Jeypore division, Rajendra Pujari.
27 July- Bastar gears up for Maoists’ “Martyrs’ week”
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) will observe a ‘Shahid Saftah’ (Martyrs’ week) from July 28 to August 2 in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
Dantewada district Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said the martyrs’ week was a yearly spectacle organised by the Maoists who build memorials in the interior areas in remembrance of “their fallen comrades.”
For over a week, the Maoists have been distributing pamphlets and putting up banners in different parts of Bastar appealing to the people to observe the week.
On Saturday, the ultras stopped a train from Dantewada to Kirandul and pinned up a banner on the train calling people of Bastar to observe the martyrs’ week.
“Remembering Comrade Charu Mujumdar and Comrade Kanhaiyya Chattergee, we appeal to the masses to respect the ideals our comrades laid their lives for. Organise martyr meetings in all the villages and take the message of our fallen comrades to the people,” read a banner put up by the Maoists’ near Bacheli town of Dantewada.
It also appealed to the people to “stop surrendering before police and fight to live with dignity” and added that the masses should “unite and fight against the BJP government’s capitalistic agenda.”
“The services of some of the passenger trains operating in Bastar, Jagdalpur and Dantewada area have been suspended for a week as a precautionary measure. Security forces are combing the core areas of the Maoists where they are usually active during the Martyr week,” Mr. Kashyap told The Hindu .
27 July – Maoists ‘damage’ Essar Steel pipeline
Members of the banned CPI (Maoist) damaged a slurry pipeline belonging to Essar Steel, near Balapam of Chintapalli mandal, in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district on Saturday evening. According to one report, the Maoists blasted a portion of the pipeline, while the sources in the police said they damaged a portion of the pipeline. It was believed that militia members of Korukonda area had damaged the pipeline at some place with the help of crowbars and hacksaw blades, said a police officer, who is engaged in anti-naxal operation in the Agency area.
Another police officer, however, dismissed it as a rumour. “Whenever, the Maoists are not able to come forward, due to heavy combing by security personnel, they engage the militia members to take up such activities. The incident appears to be a show of strength, as part of their Martyr’s Week celebration that is schedule to commence on Monday,” he added Balapam is located about 30 km from Chintapalli mandal headquarter and is on the Andhra-Odisha border.
The pipeline was constructed by Essar Steel to transport iron ore from the Baladila iron ore mines to its pelletisation plant in Visakhapatnam. The 67-km pipeline passes through the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It is estimated that it ferries about 20,000 tonnes of iron ore in slurry form on a daily basis to the 8 million-tonne plant. Though the incident would impact the plant’s production, there are other sources of alternative transportation, which would take care of the plant’s requirement, till the pipeline is repaired. According sources in the police, the pipeline passes through thick forest, where the Maoist influence is pretty strong and this has been a regular feature.
27 July – High alert in South Odisha as Maoists observe martyrs week from July 28 to August 3
Report by Kishore Dash; Bhubaneswar: With the outlawed CPI (Maoist) observes martyrs week from July 28 to August 3 . The Southern Odisha districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada have been put on high alert to prevent any untoward incident during the time. Security measures have been tightened across the Maoist hotbeds to avoid any untoward incident during the period. Special instructions have been issued to police stations and high-risk administrative offices located in Red zone of the districts to augment security cover, South Western Range IG office sources in Koraput said.
The police are taking all preventive steps to check the possible Maoist violence as the Intelligence inputs and the analysis of the previous year violence’s suggested the Maoists, besides targeting vehicles carrying security forces, could launch attacks on police stations across the Maoist infested districts, a top police official said. Though the security personnel remained alert and are collecting intelligence inputs about movements of the Maoists, incessant rains and overflowing rivers have hit anti-Maoist operations in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts. But our security forces are on high alert in view of the Martyrs’ Week,” he added.
The police seem to be determined not to allow the Maoists to conduct any programmes including the construction of memorial pylons in the interior areas and unveil them during the week, though they may not launch an offensive. Combing operations by the Border Security Forces, Central Reserve Police Forces, COBRA personnel’s, Special Operation Group commandos and District Voluntary Forces has further been intensified in these districts ahead of the Martyrs week.
But this year’s martyr’s week might be different in the wake of killing and arrest of Maoist cadres including Madhav in Malkangiri district and arrest of scores of cadres in other places. . Violent incidents might be witnessed on the border with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh where the Maoists are strong.
26 July – Two informers killed ahead of Martyrs’ Week
KORAPUT: Maoists on Friday killed two persons, including a village headman, in Malkangiri district on charges of working as police informers, a day after special director general of BSF B D Sharma visited the district to take stock of ongoing anti-Naxalite operations ahead of Martyrs’ Week observed by the rebels. Each year, the Maoists observe the week from July 28 to August 3 to pay homage to their companions killed in police encounters.
On Friday early morning, a group of armed rebels swooped down on Badliguda village in Kalimela police limits around 2 am and dragged village headman Ganga Madkami and another villager, Deba Padiami, out of their houses and shot them. “They were beaten up before being shot from close range. Both of them died instantly. The bodies have been recovered and autopsy will be conducted,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
A Maoist letter recovered from the crime spot said the two was terrorizing people and working as police informers. “Ganga and Deba passed information to police on our organization. They terrorized our cadres in villages and used to urge them to surrender. Warnings were issued to them to mend their ways, but they didn’t pay heed to that. So, they were punished,” read the one-page letter written in Odia and signed by the secretary of Malkangiri Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Poonam Chandra.
22 July – Maoist wall posters reappear after 10 years in Midgil calling for the Martys Week
Undeterred by recent combing operations in the Nallamala forests after the arrest of Naxal leader Daragoni Srinu alias Vikram, Maoists pasted posters on the walls of government offices at Midgil in the district on Monday inviting people and supporters to attend the annual meeting to be held from July 28-Aug 2. Villagers and police were taken by surprise seeing the Maoists wall-posters after a gap of nearly a decade. The wall-posters were issued in the name of Mahbubnagar Maoist party and contained some crucial points such as invitation to people to join dalams, request to attend the annual meet, halt to construction of Polavaram project and warning to ‘coverts’.
For the last several years, there has been a lull in the activities of Maoists in the Nallamala forests covers two districts of Andhra Pradesh and Mahbubnagar in Telangana. However, since the gunning down of three naxalites by the Prakasam district police and the surrender of other leaders including Dharagoni Srinu alias Vikram, the Maoists stepped up their activities. It is learnt that a group of dalam members came to Midgil in the Kalwakurthy constituency and pasted wall-posters seeking the support for the annual meeting. It is also alleged that the Maoists were also on a fund collection drive. When contacted, Shadnagar DSP Dhronacharayalu said that the posters were pasted on MPDO and MRO offices as well as at bus stops by the Maoists but were later removed by the police.
21 July – Maoists regroup head of the Martyrs Week
VISAKHAPATNAM: After nearly a five-month lull, Maoists have reportedly begun regrouping to regain their stronghold areas in the Visakha Agency ahead of the Martyrs Week to be observed from July 28 to August 3. According to sources, the banned outfit has already started setting up small squads as part of its damage control strategy and to show its presence during the upcoming Martyr’s week celebrations. They have already formed small squads in the Puttakota, Pedalanka and Palakajeedi areas of the Visakha Agency, sending cops into a tizzy, said sources.
According to a senior cop involved in anti-naxal operations, big leaders of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) like military operations chief Pratapareddy Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati, AOBSZC member Bakuru Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh had entered the district along with one company of the Central Regional Bureau (CRB), a military wing, led by Kudumula Venkata Rao alias Ravi.
Admitting that the Maoist movement is visible in Munchingput, Pedabayalu and G Madugula mandals, Visakapatnam Rural SP Vikram Jeet Duggal said: “We have inputs that they are trying to regroup in some pockets of the Agency. Our anti-naxal operations will continue with increased focus.” With almost all Maoist activities coming to a standstill in the Agency areas over the past few months, barring one or two incidents, initially the cops thought that the Reds have shifted their activities to Odisha. But following intelligence inputs, they arrived at the conclusion that it was just a strategy of the banned outfit to wait for better conditions to strike again.