Suspected Maoists gun down former Sarpanch in Odisha
Koraput (Odisha), Mar 13 (PTI) Suspected Maoists gunned down a former Sarpanch of Tentuligumma panchayat under Boipariguda block in Odisha’s Koraput district today, a police officer said. The deceased has been identified as 38 year-old Gobardhan Bhumiyan of Tenguligumma under Boipariguda police station limits, the officer said. The incident took place near a forested road on NH-326 near Tanginiguda, situated at a distance of around 60 km from here when the former elected panchayat member was on way to his village on a motorcycle from Tanginiguda, the source said.
Though the modus operandi of the crime is similar to that of Maoists, no Naxal letter or poster was found near the body. Police is yet to confirm the involvement of Naxals behind the incident but they do not rule out Maoist role. “It could also be the fallout of some old enmity and the attackers might have tried to give a Maoist colour to divert police attention. Also, we can t rule out the involvement of Maoists. Details will be known once we complete our investigation,” the officer said.
Odisha police to intensify combing operations against Maoists
With Left-wing extremists (LWEs) extending their activities in the tribal-dominated Kalahandi district in the State, the Odisha Police on Saturday said it would intensify combing operation and also ensure development of certain areas. This was stated by Director General of Police K. B. Singh after reviewing the Maoist situation with Superintendents Police of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Nawarangpur districts here today. Among senior police officials Additional DG Arun Sarangi, Sunil Ray, Santosh Kumar Upadhaya, IG Intelligence D. S. Kute and DIG S. Saine also attended the review meeting.
Admitting that LWE activities have increased in Kalahandi and Nuapada region in the recent time, the DGP said steps are being taken to intensify combing operation and welfare activities as well in the Maoist-infested areas. Out of 13 blocks of Kalahandi, movement of Maoist cadres were witnessed in 10 blocks. However, the situation is acute in tribal pockets in Thuamul Rampur and Lanjigarh blocks, the DGP said claiming that the red radicals are gradually losing their hold over the areas due to intensified combing operation by CRP and SOG. “Maoist cadres are now defensive and desperate,” the DGP said.
Hyderabad: With Maoists attempting to regain their foothold in Telangana, vigil has been stepped up in border districts of Khammam (Telangana-Chhattisgarh border) and Karimnagar (Telangana-Maharashtra border), especially after last week’s encounter. With a renewed strategy of Maoists moving in groups of around 20, police are not taking any chance. In the latest encounter, which took place a few kilometres away from Khammam in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state, nearly 50 Maoists were holding a camp before an encounter with police in which eight Maoists were killed. In the last few years, Maoists were nearly wiped out from Telangana except for sporadic instances of a few naxals moving in the area. Continue reading
Hindustan Times feature article on lumpen fascism in Jharkhand
..Jharkhand lies in the middle of the so-called “red corridor”, a string of states infested with Maoist insurgents who claim to be fighting for the rights of peasants, tribals and landless labourers. For years, the mineral-rich state served as a base for the insurgents who have been at the centre of India’s longest-running internal conflict that has taken more lives than the conflict in Kashmir. But unlike other “red-corridor” states, Jharkhand also has more than a dozen armed groups active in its forests, many of them breakaway factions of the CPI (Maoist). Though the state government has banned activities of several Left Wing Extremist (LWE) groups and security forces claim to be going after them, rights activists allege security agencies have covertly propped these terror gangs to use them against the Maoists. “In the early 2000s, police suffered severe losses at the hands of the Maoists. Continue reading
Raipur: Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed while four others injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district today.
The encounter occurred early today between a Border Security Force patrol and armed Maoist cadres near the Chhotebethiya-Pakhanjore jungle axis of the Maoist violence-hit district, officials said.
Skirmish took place around 2:30 am when a composite squad of BSF and district force was on a special operation in the interior forests of Bande police station area of the district, Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jayant Vaishnav said. Continue reading
KHAMMAM: Continuing their attacks on security forces, Maoists triggered a landmine blast killing a CRPF head constable and leaving 11 personnel injured in Morli forest area near Kunta town of naxal-infested Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on Friday.
The incident took place as CRPF personnel, deputed to ensure security to road works from Kunta to Gollapalli, were patrolling the area. The Maoists triggered a landmine targeting the patrol party, at 9:30 am on Friday.
ccording to sources, 12 Jawans sustained injuries, and of them, who sustained grievous injuries were shifted to Hyderabad for better treatment. However, head constable Rangarajan Raghavan succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad.
Talking about the incident, Dantewada IG Kalluri Sivarama Krishna said though they were taking all precautions, Maoists were able to strike back. He said combing operations were launched to nab the Maoists who are responsible for Friday’s incident.
Situation along the state border between Telangana and Chhattisgarh states has grown tense following the recent encounter between security forces and Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state.
The exchange of fire between Maoists and security forces has been going on for the last few days causing concern among the innocent tribals living in the border villages. Fear has gripped the tribal colonies and people are reluctant to step out of their houses fearing attacks. Many families are starving as they stopped venturing out to collect essentials due to fear of police and Maoists.
Recalling their ordeal, a tribal community member said they are spending sleepless nights due to the continuing conflict between police and Maoists.
The Maoist group, that lost cadre and ground in recent exchange of fire is trying to revive their activities, while the security forces are trying to foil their attempts. The recent encounter is a major setback to the Maoist party as eight Maoists, including five women, were gunned down by the Telangana Greyhounds in Sukma forest area.
In a revenge attack, the Maoists killed three COBRA personnel including one SI in Kistaram police station limits.
A police constable was shot dead allegedly by naxals in Hedri village in the district today.
The incident happened at a market place when the ultras suddenly arrived at the spot and opened fire on the police personnel on bandobast duty, the police said.
The bullets hit constable Deepak Shedmake, attached with Hedri Police Assistance Centre, who succumbed to his injuries, they said.
The naxals fled in the direction of Surjagad hills, a press release issued by the district police said.
Following the incident, anti-naxal operations have been intensified in the area.
Naxals torch bus in Chhattisgarh
Naxals today torched a private bus after asking its passengers to get down in insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said.
The incident took place this evening near Bandepara village in Kutru police station area when the private bus was on its way to Bedre from Bijapur, district superintendent of police K L Dhruv told PTI.
A group of 15-20 Naxals, some of them armed, stopped the bus near Bandepara, some 450 km from here. After asking the passengers to get down they set it afire.
Sixteen passengers who were travelling by the bus are safe, the SP added.
Security forces have launched a combing operation in the region following the incident.
Naxals have given a call for general strike in south Bastar tomorrow, to protest alleged fake encounters.
A CRPF jawan was today killed and four others, including two officers, were injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Sukma district.
The incident occurred in the forests near Murliguda village when a patrol party of the 217th battalion of the force was out to provide security to an under-construction road between Murliguda and Banda under Konta police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.
While Head Constable Ranga Raghavan succumbed to his splinter injuries later in the day, injured Deputy Commandant Shyam Niwas is critical and his colleague and DC Prabhat Tripathi and two other jawans are stable.
The team ventured out from the Murliguda paramilitary camp for patrolling around 9 AM and the improvised explosive blast occurred soon after when they reached just about 500 m away from the camp.
The personnel inadvertently stepped over a pressure IED hidden beneath the dirt track by the Naxals, the ASP said.
The injured personnel who first evacuated to Bhadrachalam were later airlifted to Hyderabad for further treatment, the ASP added.
Questioning Bastar IG SRP Kalluri’s claims of “eliminating” more than 40 Maoists in the first two months of 2016, Naxal leader Ganesh Uike said only eight of those killed belonged to his outfit. In a press statement, Uike, who is the secretary of the South Regional Committee of CPI (Maoist), claimed the Bastar police killed 40 people including seven women, in the name of anti-Maoist operations. He said, “Seventeen people were killed in Bijapur district, 12 in Sukma district, three in Dantewada, five in Kondagadon, and three in Bastar.
Out of these 40, only eight were members of our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army. Rest of them were innocent villagers.” Continue reading
Jamshedpur, March 7: Suspected Maoists put up posters against Gurabandha police station in-charge at Singhpura market on Monday. The incident took place when hundreds of villagers were in the market to purchase goods. On receiving information, police reached the market and seized the posters. In the posters written with red ink, the outlawed CPI Maoists has appealed to the villagers to evict the Gurabandha police station in-charge Kuldeep Kumar. The poster also alleged that Kumar harassed women and was against humanity.
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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh top industrialist and owner of Sarda Energy and Minerals, Kamal Sarda, had a narrow escape on Monday evening when Maoists attacked his mine at Rajnandgaon district and shot a manager before torching six vehicles and thrashing labourers. Sarda had left the mine barely an hour before the attack. Continue reading
The next March 8, the International Women’s Day in which all the women in the world feel united in the struggle against capitalism, imperialism, states and governments imposing on women a double and ferocious oppression, against patriarchy and modern Middle Ages, consisting of discrimination, denial of rights, rapes and sexual violence, repression on all women who rebel; but above all they feel united in the revolutionary fight to win a world where women are half of the sky and the fundamental force to transform the earth and the sky, and in this they draw strength from all women who are fighting in the forefront in the people’s wars, we want to dedicate this Day to all the women who in many parts of the world – Kurdistan, Turkey, Palestine, Afghanistan, Peru, Philippines, etc. – are fighting and being murdered because they are very dangerous for the bourgeoisie and its oppressors States. Particularly, to the comrade Shruthi Amar of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), barbarously tortured and murdered by the Indian state, the fascist Modi’s government, called by all western countries, including the Italian Renzi’s government, the “largest democracy in the world.” Continue reading