Indian press, People's War News

People’s War news 9-12 January

Maoist leader trashes Odisha police claim of 7 deaths
A day after Inspector General of Police (IGP) of south-west range of Odisha Yashwant Jethwa claimed that at least seven Maoists have been killed in the ongoing ‘Operation All Out’ jointly launched by the elite Greyhound unit of Andhra Pradesh police and the SOG and DVF forces of the Odisha Police, a Maoist leader today rebutted the claims of any casualty on their side during the operation. Malkangiri Koraput Border committee Secretary Ghenu, in an audio message, claimed that two security personnel were injured during a pre-dawn exchange of fire on January 5 at Tumbei-Dejing area near Balimela reservoir in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district. However, there was zero casualty or injury on the Maoist side, he added. On January 4, a man from Narenjala village was gunned down by the armed forces while returning from Panasaput haat on a ferry, the Maoist leader claimed. He said security personnel have been threatening the family members of the deceased to keep mum.

Azad encounter case hearing on Feb.13
Hearing on the petition seeking filing of criminal cases against policemen, who had participated in the encounter of top Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and journalist Hemchandra Pandey, in Adilabad Munsif Court has been adjourned to February 13. The petition was filed by K. Padma and Babita Pandey, wives of Azad and Hemchandra and came up for hearing on Monday.

Maoists set nine vehicles afire in Bihar
A group of about 20 armed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres attacked a road construction company’s camp site at Motipur in Muzaffarpur District of Bihar a little after January 10 midnight and burnt nine heavy vehicles and machineries worth about INR 30 million, reports The Times of India.
Giving details of the attack, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjeet Kumar Mishra said Vaishali-Muzaffarpur sub-zonal committee of the CPI-Maoist has taken the responsibility of the attack through four handbills left on the site. The Maoists alleged the attack was made to punish the agency for ignoring some directions issued to it sometime back. But the agency failed to inform the Police about any such direction, the SSP said.

Policeman killed, 3 injured in Chhattigarh encounter
A police constable was killed and three others were grievously injured in an encounter with the Maoists in Narayanpur district of South Chhattigarh on Saturday. The encounter took place near Botha village under Hawrai police station of Narayanpur when a joint team of district police Jawans and the CAF (Chhattisgarh Armed Force)was on a routing combing operation, informed Narayanpur district Superintendent of Police(SP) Amit Kamble. “Constable Athanas Bada was killed and Constable Lalit Kashyap, Kamleshwar Sahu and Rejendra Nishad were injured in the encounter,” said Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Naxal Operations, Mr.R.K.VIj. “It seems to be a chance encounter not a well-planned ambush. Three injured jawans have been sent to Raipur for further treatment,” Mr.Kamble told The Hindu.

New Corridor
Due to frequent police firings in Andhra Odisha Border area, the Maoists are thinking that Adilabad district can be turned into a shelter zone. They are also planning to shift Adilabad from North Telangana zone to Dandakaranya zone. If Adilabad is shifted, North Telangana Zonal Committee will consist of Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam. To improve activity rather than indulging in damage, the Central Committee member Katakam Sudarshan is planning this corridor and is also playing a vital role in the new sector to strengthen cadre.

Maoists hack policeman to death in Chhattisgarh
The incident took place in Katekalyan town of Dantewada, when a police platoon was returning from routing area domination exercise. A police constable was hacked to death near a busy market place by the Maoists in Maoist insurgency hit Dantewada district of South Chhattisgarh on Friday. The incident took place in Katekalyan town of Dantewada, when a police platoon was returning from routing area domination exercise. “Maoists attacked the jawans who were last in the queue after crossing the market place.
Constable Shankar Joshi was killed in the attack and the Maoists took away his SLR (Self Loading Rifle),” informed Dantewada district Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr.Kamlochan Kashyap. The attack was carried out by a small action team of the Maoists. “They (Maoists) were four to five persons, two of them were in Maoist uniform. The deceased constable was the last one in the platoon formation which was returning to Katekalyan police camp,” added the SP.



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