Reds claim success at Palagarevu
VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI (Maoists) East Division Committee on Saturday claimed responsibility for killing three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans and injuring another six in the ambush at Palagarevu in Odisha on August 26. In a release sent to the media, the EDC said the BSF jawans had been allegedly harassing and torturing the people, who had urged the banned outfit’s military wing, PLGA, to kill them. The Maoists also gave a call to the public to intensify agitation against Essar and bauxite mining.
The naxals had attacked the BSF jawans while they were on their way to the repair site of the Essar pipeline. The Maoists alleged that the central and state governments had set up police camps in the tribal areas and were committing torturing locals by way of murders, arrests and other atrocities.
The BSF camp at Hattaguda was set up in 2010 and since then the jawans had been attacking every village under Rallagadda panchayat and assaulting the villagers, the release claimed. The release alleged that cops had also beaten up a woman, identified as Linga of Dabbalapadu, so severely that she died the next day. “The jawans also smashed the head of a nine-year-old girl of Rallagadda on the floor killing her,” the release claimed, adding that they (BSF) had even shot a tribal youth, who was out hunting, by branding him a Maoist.
CoBRA jawan injured in Maoist encounter
RANCHI: A constable of elite CoBRA battalion was injured in a gun-battle with Maoists at Baresarh in Latehar district, 100km from here, on Friday morning. The encounter is still going on and Maoists are reportedly giving a strong fight to the security forces. No injury to the Maoists has been confirmed. A team of state police with CoBRA with CRPF forces undertook anti-Maoist operation in Budha Pahar region under Baresarh police station on intelligence inputs that a group of Maoists led by top leader Arvindji have gathered in the area.
As the forces moved towards the target point, a volley of fire came from the invisible Maoists. The encounter started around 7am. Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said: “The constable sustained bullet injuries in one of his his hands. It is a minor injury and he is out of danger.” Sources however said that the constable is bleeding profusely. The spot lies in a forest which is not easily accessible by anyone let alone doctors from outside. Enough medical help is yet to reach the injured constable.
The state police is preparing to airlift him to a hospital in Ranchi. Pradhan said that the police are giving a strong reply to the Maoists. Friday encounter marks the growing aggression of the Maoists in Jharkhand. Last month Maoists had attacked a police team and injured Ranchi SSP and his bodyguard while his driver was killed in Khunti district.
CRPF personnel injured in Maoist attack
An Assistant Commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was grievously injured in an attack by Maoists at a market place in restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Friday. The incident took in Palnar village of Dantewada district where the CRPF’s 111th battalion was stationed.
The injured officer has been identified as B.K.Malik, the company commander of the battalion. “A small action team of Maoists attacked Mr. Malik with sharp edged weapons when he went to the weekly village market to gather intelligence today morning. He was already on the Naxal hit list,” Mr.Dinesh Pratap Upadhyay, the Deputy Inspector General of the CRPF, Dantewada range, told The Hindu. The injured officer was immediately shifted to Jagdalpur for treatment and is reported critical. ”He was lucky to have survived after such deep injuries on his head. The Maoists also snatched his pistol,” informed Mr.Upadhyay.
Two villagers killed
In a separate incident, the Maoists killed two civilians in Darbha area of Bastar on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The dead bodies of Panduram and Mangaluram Korram, who were residents of Toynar village, were found two kilometer away from the village. Mangaluram Korram was the son of Toynar village Sarpanch Lakhmi Bai. He was abducted by the Maoists along with Panduram and another villager Raju Mandavi a week ago. Raju Mandavi was let off by the Maoists, but the ultras killed Mangaluram and Panduram on the suspicion of being police informers.
Kangaroo courts: Naxals punish locals through ‘Jan adalat’
After a brief lull, Chhattisgarh is witnessing an upsurge in Maoist-organised ‘Jan Adalat’ (people’s court or Kangaroo court) where persons suspected to be loyal to the state are murdered in full public view. Experts view the increasing trend of ‘Jan Adalat’ as an act of Naxals to terrorise the people, as they are frustrated with security forces making inroads in their bastion and befriending locals. The Naxals held 13 jan adalats till July this year in different parts of the Bastar region, while the number was four last year, as per police statistics.
Maoists in Chhattisgarh kill abducted cop in tense Bastar zone
Maoists on Saturday killed a policeman, who was abducted last month, in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district and left his body near a village market, authorities said. Police said they also recovered a handwritten note by the rebels which was left near the body of the policeman, Peela Das. Das was posted at Polampalli police station as auxiliary constable. Local villagers alerted police about the body. They said Das was returning to Polampalli, about 450 kilometres south of the state capital, on Monday to join duty when he was kidnapped by the rebels.
He had served as a special police officer (SPO). The Maoists in strife-torn Bastar zone are selectively targeting the former SPOs, who have been absorbed by the Chhattisgarh government into state police force as auxiliary constables since 2011 after passing a new law. It was apparently done to do away with the strong objection raised by the Supreme Court which directed the state to disarm over 4,800 SPOs in Bastar zone who were working as adjunct policemen for anti-Maoist operations.
Red pamphlets oppose Parasnath devpt plan
Dhanbad: Cadres of CPI (Maoists) have distributed pamphlets to build support for their protest against the state government over Parasnath Action Plan (PAP) in the next few days, said police. Party cadres distributed the pamphlets among residents living across remote villages of Parasnath to register their opposition against PAP. “We were informed about the distribution of pamphlets through sources. Police were directed to verify claims. Appropriate action will be taken”, said Giridih DSP Vijay A Kujur.
In April, the state government chalked out schemes to benefit villages under PAP along the lines of Saranda Action Plan (SAP). Maoist-hit villages under Giridih and Dhanbad districts would be developed as part of the plan. These pamphlets have been issued in the name of North Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee. They say that state government has confined their developmental plan to only a few villages of Parasnath. The pamphlets also highlight various social development plans like the irrigation plan for farmers, pending Konar dam irrigation project and others issues which are pending implementation. “More than 69% villages and 49% schools in the state lack proper infrastructure”, read the pamphlets distributed.