Maoists set 10 vehicles ablaze in Chhattisgarh
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres set ablaze ten vehicles – eight tractors, a truck and a JCB machine – near Iragaon under Dhanora Police Station limits in Kondagaon District on April 1 in a bid to disrupt road construction work, reports The Indian Express. The vehicles were parked at the site where road construction work was underway when they were set afire, Inspector General (IG) of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri said. Around 12-15 armed Maoists, clad in black uniforms, stormed the place with kerosene and asked construction workers to leave the site. Some villagers asked them not to hamper development works in the region but the ultras did not pay heed to them and set ablaze the vehicles, the IG said. While six tractors belong to locals, the rest of them were belonged to a construction firm, the IG said. Villagers have lodged a complaint in this connection at Dhanora police station, the IG said.
Maoists ban felling of trees
When 45-year-old Ramesh Murmu (name changed) recently climbed the hills at Bariyarpur in Munger district to collect firewood, he was thrashed by Maoists and instructed not to cut trees anymore. The rebels, owing allegiance to the banned ultra outfit CPI (Maoists), have put a blanket ban on cutting of trees in the dense forest areas of eastern Bihar particularly Munger, Banka and Jamui, bordering Jharkhand. “We have pitched in where the government has failed. The ineffective administration and corrupt forest officials have given a free hand to the timber mafia. We have, therefore, issued a diktat that henceforth no one will be allowed to enter the forest area and cut trees,” said Laljit Koda, the self-proclaimed spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist), Eastern Bihar and North Jharkhand zone, while talking to a local scribe in Munger.
Can carrying a vessel get one jail? Yes, if you are a tribal in Maoist belt
Chhattisgarh police, hogging limelight for controversial surrenders of alleged lower-rung Maoist cadre, have been keeping tribals behind bars framing them under the Arms Act and IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder). Their crime: carrying bada bartan (a big cooking utensil), umbrella, traditional bow and arrow, kitchen knife.. Some of these tribals have spent several years in jail, though their names never figured in the chargesheets or the witnesses never identified them as accused. These bizarre facts emerged during dna’s detailed analysis of the police documents of various cases, submitted in the courts of Chhattisgarh. The state police, it was found, have left a long trail of faulty and disastrous investigations, resulting in humongous injustices, especially in Bastar division.
Government fails to give states funds for special anti-Maoist force
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)’s plan to raise a special force in Maoist-hit states to combat the rebel movement has hit a roadblock, with the Centre failing to allot funds for the project. The MHA was keen to have special forces in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha, train them in guerrilla warfare, and equip them with the best weaponry to fight the extremist movement that is often referred to as the country’s biggest insurgency problem.
Officials in the security establishment have termed the lack of cash a “major setback” in the fight against Left-wing extremism. “With no funds allocated in the Budget, the project has virtually been scrapped. A specialised force at the state level would have been ideal for taking on Maoists, but it’s back to square one,” said a home ministry official. While the plan received the nod two years back, little had been done to raise these forces. Chhattisgarh, with the highest number of armed rebels, is the worst-hit state – but there is no sign of a special anti-Maoist force there.