A senior officer in the police department said: “There has been a banner by the naxals on Kakatiya University campus where a condolence meeting of slain naxal Vivek was held. There were naxal posters in Parkal and Bhupalpalli threatening Speaker and Minister A Chandulal,” he pointed out. The police dismissed the posters as being the work of miscreants. However they were on tenterhooks to find out persons behind them. The killing a few months ago of Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy who also hailed from Warangal had sent a strong signal to the armed groups that the TRS government should not take it lightly the movement of armed groups in the State. Continue reading
“Comrade Shruthi who was killed in alleged encounter on 16th September was captured alive & tortured brutally. Her elbow was twisted 180 degrees and torn apart by binette, police poured acid on her stomach, she was raped by the police and finally killed her in point blank range.“-Statement circulated by democratic activists on social media Continue reading
Dubbing the encounter as `fake’, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao alleged that police tortured brutally and killed both the Maoist party naxals – Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy. He broke down and wailed inconsolably holding sisters of slain Maoist Sruthi alias Mahitha at the MGM Hospital mortuary. Demanding the State Government own up the responsibility, he said that youth were being attracted to the revolutionary movement as the KCR’s Government failed to keep up its promises leave alone implementing the much-talked Maoist party agenda. Continue reading
A man and a woman were killed and police recovered two guns — a .303 and a carbine — from the spot. Two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with the police in the Narlapur forest area in Tadwai mandal of Warangal District in the early hours of Tuesday. According to information reaching here, the Naxalites – a man and a woman, were killed and police recovered one .303 and a carbine from the spot. The police suspect that three Naxals managed to escape. Continue reading
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has denied the claims of Chhattisgarh police that 11 Maoists were killed in an encounter in Ramaram village in Sukma district of Bastar on July 28. A press statement, issued by the South Bastar Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist), claims that security forces “attacked” Ramaram village in the morning of July 28 and destroyed a ‘martyr memorial’ built in the village.
“The security forces then opened indiscriminate fire on the villagers who were busy with their routine chores. They (security forces) fired mortar shells on the villagers killing Vetty Adme, a villager of Ramaram and Madkam Idmal of Pidmed village,” said the press statement signed by Ganesh, the secretary of the South Bastar Divisional Committee. The banned outfit claimed that Madkam Idmal was a civilian villager and that his body was taken away by the police who later declared him a Maoist.
The Maoist press note also claimed that no Maoist was present in the village when the security forces “attacked” the village. “But after receiving information about the attack on the village, a team of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) reached the spot and forced the security forces to flee from the spot. We also managed to hurt three policemen,” said the press note and appealed to journalists and intellectuals to come to the spot for verifying facts.
The Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar range, S.R. Kalluri had claimed on July 30 that “11 Maoists” were killed in a joint operation by the CPRF, COBRA and district police near Ramaram village on July 28. H.S. Sidhu, CRPF IG (Operations) in Chhattisgarh, had backed Mr. Kalluri saying “10 to 12 Maoists” may have been killed in the encounter. Sukma District Superintendent of Police (SP) D. Shrawan had also stated that “at least five to six Maoists were killed in Ramaram” on July 28. The Maoists’ press note also criticised the Narendra Modi Government for allowing Raman Singh government to heavily deploy security forces in Bastar.
“Bastar has become a camp of security forces which has hampered the day to day lives of the people living here,” added the Maoist press note blaming the newly appointed Bastar IG Mr. Kalluri for his “brutal ways of functioning”.
Alert in Bokaro as Reds seek support via posters
BOKARO: An alert has been sounded in the district amid Maoists observance of Martyrs’ Week from July 28 to August 3. Several Maoist banners were recovered from different places under Bermo subdivision on Friday, thereby prompting the intiation of preventive measures. Security in the district has been stepped up. The first such incident of Maoist actvism took place under Tupkadih railway station where the rebels littered pamphlets asking people to observe Martyrs’ Week. Commuters soon informed policemen about the development. Maoists also hung banners and threw pamphlets on Hirak Road in Red-hit Gomia block later.
There was also information of Maoist movement in areas including Upperghat of Nawadih Block. The Maoists observe the event annually to remember their comrades who died in police encounter. A senior police officer said that the precautionary measures have been taken while police stations are being alerted. Police have stepped up vigil and patrolling in sensitive areas. Meanwhile, CRPF officer said that they are conducting operation in naxal prone belts. Sources said, the security in the Jails of the district has also been enhanced and police personals are been directed to keep strict vigil on the Government buildings situated especially at extremist prone areas.
200 Maoists Sneak into Khammam Village, Erect Pylon and Retreat
BHADRACHALAM: In a daring and sensational act, 200 Maoists sneaked into Palagudem village in this district on Tuesday morning from the Bastar area in Chattisgarh — apparently after hoodwinking the large number of CRPF and Grey Hound forces deployed on the Telangana /AP-Chattisgarh border. According to reliable sources, the Maoists erected a ‘Maoist Amara Veerula Stupam’ (Maoist Martyrs’ Pylon) at the village as part of the ‘Maoist Martyrs Week’ in AP and Chattishgarh states, which commenced on Monday. They tied some banners nearby and scattered some pamphlets before fleeing to their hideouts in Bastar.
In the pamphlets, they demanded that the AP government should stop the ‘Green Hunt’ and abandon the Polavaram project to save the lives and livelihood of innocent tribals. While the Maosists successfully evaded the dragnet spread by the security forces on the border, no policeman visited the Palagudem village till Tuesday evening fearing that the Maoists might have laid land mines there. The Maoists also stuck wall posters of ‘Martyrs Week’ at Anjipaka in Dummagudem mandal and other places in Cherla and Venkatapuram mandals. Meanwhile, Khammam Superintendent of Police AV Ranganath, said that a high alert had been sounded and added that the CRPF and Grey Hound personnel had launched a combing operation in the forest areas on the Telangana /Andhra Pradesh-Chattisgarh border.
Visakha Agency, perhaps the only area in the State in which CPI (Maoist) has considerable presence, has been quiet as the annual Martyrs’ Week celebrations of the party commenced two days ago. However, the residents here are apprehensive that the Maoists would unleash violence after the celebrations are over. The panic has its roots in the reported entry of the party cadres from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Odisha States into the Agency around two weeks ago. Rumours are also flying that the cadres are being guided by Ravi, who is said to be heading the action teams, and Ganapathi, a Central Committee member who is the namesake of party’s general secretary.
Chhattisgarh and Odisha cadres who are known for their violence have become a cause of concern. Anticipating trouble from the Maoists during or post-celebrations, the police have reinforced its presence and seven additional companies of Greyhounds and paramilitary forces have been reportedly deployed in the Agency several weeks ago. The police have secured a major advantage before the martyrs’ week commenced by arresting Galikonda area committee member Chinna Rao a month ago. Chinna Rao allegedly made preparations for erecting a large sized memorial at Kumkukmpudi and has planned some other activities.
He has reportedly spilled the beans after being arrested and the party has changed its strategies. Though the main activity of the CPI (Maoist) during the Martyrs’ Week is to pay homage to its members killed in encounters, erect memorials, hold meetings in villages and go for recruitment, there is possibility of violence post-celebrations. Tension prevails Meanwhile, tension prevailed for a while at Chintapalli when a rumour went round that an action team was present at Antarla village, just two kilometres away. Local Sub-Inspector Tarakeswara Rao with a posse of policemen rushed to the area and conducted a search.
Maoists blow up CoBRA personnel’s house in Bihar
Aurangabad: Maoists attacked a village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district and blew up the house of a CoBRA personnel, police said Thursday. Aurangabad Police Superintendent Upendra Kumar Sharma said the banned CPI(Maoist) members raided Pipra village late last night and blew up the house of CRPF personnel Vinod Singh, who is currently posted at Barachatti in Gaya district as a member of Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). The CoBRA force is deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the state. “The Maoists threatened the family members of Singh and pulled them out of the house. They later laid explosives inside the building and blew it up. The house has been damaged,” said the SP.
The Maoists also shouted slogans against the government and CRPF before leaving. The pamphlets left by them at the spot claimed the action was in protest against the July 19 police firing at Madanpur in the district in which two person were killed. There was not report of any casualty. The SP said the police were conducting raids in and around the area after the incident. PTI
29 July – Maoists put up martyrs’ memorial in Chintur
Maoists reportedly erected a makeshift martyrs’ memorial near Mallampeta, a forest fringe village in Chintur mandal, bordering Chhattisgarh, in the early hours of Tuesday. According to sources, the Naxalites erected the memorial made of posters in the forest area close to the inter-state border with Chhattisgarh on the second day of the martyrs’ memorial week. The Maoists reportedly hung banners in the name of the Sabari Area Committee calling upon people to observe the week till August 2.
The banners contained slogans hailing Charu Mazumdar and other slain Maoist leaders. Maoist posters have sprung up in some interior villages in Charla and Kunavaram mandals in the Agency in the past three days. The Bhadrachalam division police have intensified vigil in the interior areas.
29 July – Maoists’ Martyr Week on, Security Forces on Toes
MALKANGIRI: Movement of vehicular traffic in the district came to a halt with the beginning of Maoists’ Martyr Week on Monday. The Red ultras observe the week from July 28 to August 3 every year to pay tribute to their leaders and cadres who lost their lives. The OSRTC stopped plying its buses from Malkangiri to other districts apprehending Maoist attack. Normal life was hit in rural pockets as passenger buses and other vehicles stopped plying at many places fearing trouble, police said, adding that shops and business establishments also remained closed in areas like Kalimela, Padia and Motu. However, there was no report of road blockade from any part of the district. Continue reading
Kolkata: Condolence meeting in memory of Biplabi Sushil Roy, July 17
A condolence meeting in memory of Biplabi Sushil Roy will be held on 17 July 2014 at Students’ Hall, College Street, Kolkata at 5 PM. All his well-wishers, friends, near and dear ones and interested persons are welcome.
Biplabi Sushil Roy Smaran Committee
Comrade Kardam Bhatt (Vikas) died of a heart attack on the 2nd of February. He was 62 years old. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. Kardam, then a post graduate student, was one of the leading activists of the Nav Nirman agitation that shook up Gujarat in the early 1970s. Though initially focussed on fee rise and similar issues it soon broadened into a movement against inflation, corruption and nepotism. It drew in a whole new generation of student and youth into politics and social activism. Kardam’s interests deepened to an awareness of the anti-people social system as such and he became a Marxist. Continue reading