Maoist poster makes a comeback in Medak
Medak: A wall poster, ostensibly by the Maoists, created a flutter in police and political circles in Medak district on Thursday. The poster, which listed a charter of 10 demands, was pasted on the wall of the revenue divisional office in Siddipet town and was purportedly issued by the Maoist Telangana state spokesperson Jagan. Maoist posters are quite common in Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar districts. But it is for the first time in 10 years that such a poster has appeared in Medak district, which was once a hotbed of Naxalites.
Since the bifurcation, Maoists have stepped up their activities in Khammam as well as Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts. The demands in the poster include free transport of silt from lakes to agricultural fields under the ongoing Mission Kakatiya programme, payment of pension to all beedi workers irrespective of the provident fund facility, and transparency in the distribution of land to STs, SCs and BCs in the state.
Maoist poster appears at RDO
Siddipet (Medak): Wall-posters in the name of Telangana State CPI (Maoist) official representative Jagan appeared in front of the Revenue Divisional Office on Thursday, listed out ten demands before the Telangana government. They included free supply of sand in the ongoing Mission Kakatiya works, payment of pension to beedi workers as well as to cover non-pensioners and also people who have resigned. The other demands included payment of Rs.20 lakh to family of each farmers who committed suicide and remunerative prices, waiver of farmers’ old loans and release of fresh loans, completion of SC land distribution in Telangana districts and extending it to STs, BCs and minorities. The posters also warned action against real estate brokers for becoming henchmen of businessmen who have purchased lands at low rates from farmers and sold the same to big businessmen at high profits.
They cautioned against continuing the system of police informers in several Telangana districts and warned of action, if there is no change. The posters stated that the subsidies for SCs, STs, BCs and minorities were being given to relatives of politicians and officials, although they are meant for the poor. They mentioned about the nexus between educational institutions-businessmen- and politicians- who have joined hands to loot money from people in the name of education. According to the posters, action would be taken against the real estate traders of Peddamastanpalli, Khammampalli, Marpadga and Sirisinagandla villages and the persons connected with ‘poisonous’ factories and those who cooperated in the sale of horticulture gardens to the factories after purchasing them from poor farmers of the villages in Toguta mandal.
Maoists set ablaze six dumpers in Jharkhand
Armed cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) set ablaze six dumpers engaged in construction of a 30km village road at Churchu block in Hazaribagh District on April 29, causing a loss of over INR 10 million, reports The Telegraph. While three of the charred dumpers belong to Bhardwaj Constructions, which has bagged the tender to build the road at a cost of INR 460 million provided by the Public Works Department (PWD), the company had arranged the others from three private parties. Sources said that Maoists had been demanding levy from officials of Bhardwaj Constructions for the past six months. Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhilesh Kumar Jha said: “The Company had been asked not to keep their vehicles at this place, but it didn’t follow the instruction.”
CPI-Maoist Trying to Establish a Channel in Nagaland
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary on Wednesday said left wing extremist (LWE) outfit CPI (Maoist) is trying to establish a separate channel in Nagaland primarily to source weapons. The outfit has also developed close fraternal ties with other North-East insurgent groups like the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) / People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition.
Disclosing this at the Rajya Sabha, Chaudhary also pointed out that the CPI (Maoist) was trying to establish organizational bases in the North East with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements. He said the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers.The UALC has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam. These cadres have been utilized in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam.
In this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activity. Likewise, the CPI (Maoist) is also making efforts to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Their plans include creating a base on the border of Kerala and Karnataka, Chaudhary stated.
The statement from the Minister of State comes in the backdrop of media and intelligence reports of the CPI (Maoist) making inroads to the North East. According to a report of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in 2012, some arrested Maoists had disclosed that the CPI-Maoist has been trying to establish contact with arms traffickers in Dimapur, Nagaland, for Chinese- and European-made arms. A DNA report in 2014 suggested that the Maoists have been trying to get active in the northeast, especially among the tea tribes Adivasis whose stock comes from the tribal population of contiguous regions of Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
‘Subansiri dam site is new theatre of Maoist activity’
GUWAHATI: The project site of the controversial Subansiri lower mega dam, at Gerukamukh near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, has become the new theatre of Maoist activities in the country. Union minister of state for home affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that cadres of Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) are being involved in anti-dam propaganda campaign. Anti-dam activists from different organizations of the state have stalled the work of the 2,000 MW project on the Subansiri river since December, 2011.
In reply to a question by one Anand Sharma, the minister said, “The UALC is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and has been involved in the looting of weapons and extortion activities in the local villages. It has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam. These cadres have been involved in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam. Against this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activity.
The minister said CPI(Maoist) was also trying to set up organizational bases in the northeast with a view to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements. “The outfit has developed close fraternal ties with northeast insurgent groups like Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition,” he added.
The CPI(Maoist) has also established separate channels in the northeast, particularly in Nagaland, for procurement of ammunition, the minister added. One of the earliest warnings about the outfit spreading its wings in the region was given in 2011 by then Union home minister P Chdambaram, who had stated in an annual report of his ministry that, “Assam has emerged as the new theatre of Maoist activities. There are also inputs about the links of CPI (Maoist) with insurgent groups in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. In 2013, the ministry of home affairs for the first time formally declared Assam a Maoist-hit state and made this one of the prime reasons for renewing the ‘disturbed area’ tag under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, for the state.
The state was first declared a ‘disturbed area’ on November 27, 1990, by the Centre under the provision of Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. The tag has been renewed every year since then. According to a notification issued by joint secretary (northeast) Shambhu Singh in 2013, a review of law and order in the state indicates that “Maoist presence in Assam and border areas of Arunachal Pradesh has been noticed and hence their activities were observed in Golaghat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia districts of Assam and Namsai area of Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh.”
Naxal pamphlets, banner, found at Kellar in Sringeri taluk
Chikkamagaluru, Apr 30: Naxal banner and pamphlets suddenly surfaced near Kellar in Sringeri taluk of the district on Wednesday April 29. A banner was found to have been tied near Kellar auto stand on the road leading to Kigga from Sringeri, and pamphlets were found strewn around the place. The policemen rushed to the spot immediately after gathering information about naxal literature, and collected these items. The banner calls upon people of the area to stoutly oppose the plan to create reserve in Kudremukh forest and implementation of Kasturirangan report.
It has also called upon villagers to boycott gram panchayat election. Other than this banner and literature, the taluk has not witnessed any naxal activity in the recent past. Some have expressed the suspicion that the banner and pamphlets would have been created to spread a sense of confusion and fear among the villagers. Sringeri poilce, who have registered a case, are investigating the matter. It may be recalled that similar pamphlets and banner had been found at Tekkur Circle in the taluk sometime back, but during combing by Anti Naxal Force, no naxal activity was found.
Maoist posters appear in Siddipet
Posters warning people against setting of polluting industries have appeared in the name of CPI (ML) Spokesperson Jagan at Siddipet, the constituency headquarters, being represented by Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao. The posters were pasted near the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO), one of the main centres at Siddipet late on Wednesday night. “The real estate brokers are buying lands at Marpadaga, Sirsinagandla, Khmammampally and Peddamasanpally from poor farmers and then selling them to the industries.
Those who are cooperating to establish industry that pollutes the area would not be spared,” Jagan warned in the poster. He has also demanded the Government withdrawal of the police informer system in the State. Transporting silt removed from tanks to the fields of farmers at free of cost, providing Jeevana Bhruthi (sustenance allowance) to all the beedi workers, payment of Rs.20 lakh ex-gratia to the families of farmers who had committed suicide, waiving of all the loans for farmers and sanctioning new loans, completing the land distribution for the SCs immediately and extending this programme for minorities and others were some of the issues also mentioned in the two-page poster.
Maoists set ablaze passenger bus in Chhattisgarh
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres set ablaze a passenger bus near Chingavaram village under Gadiras Police Station limits in Sukma District on April 29, reports The Hindu. No passenger was hurt in the incident as the Maoists asked passengers to get off the bus before setting it on fire. According to Police sources, around 30 to 40 ‘armed’ Maoists stopped the bus of RBMT Travels Company, asked all the passengers to vacate the bus and smashed the diesel tank of the vehicle. The Maoists also left some banners nearby after setting the bus on fire, warning owners of passenger vehicles in the area against providing vehicles to the Police.