NEARLY FIVE years after 17 people were killed in an “encounter” at Sarkeguda village in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, final arguments in the judicial inquiry into the incident, headed by retired judge V K Agarwal, began on Saturday. Villagers have alleged that a combined team of CRPF and state police began unprovoked firing on a group of villagers who had congregated to plan a local custom, Beech Pondum. The firing — on the intervening night of June 28-29, 2012 — left 16 dead and several people injured. Locals alleged that another person was killed the following morning. The police and CRPF have maintained that they were fired upon first by Maoists. The state government at the time had announced compensation for those killed in the encounter. Continue reading
Warangal: Revolutionary poet P Vara Vara Rao (VV) launched a broadside against the State government, citing police atrocities against the former Maoists and their sympathisers. Addressing a press conference along with former Maoist sympathiser Dara Saraiah here on Monday, he asserted that any ‘encounter’ in the State is some way or other way is connected to Warangal police. He questioned the rationale behind police’s swoop on the house of Saraiah, a resident of Munipalli village under Hasanparthy mandal, on March 1 although the latter has been eking out a livelihood by running an auto-rickshaw for the last few years. “The police who rounded up the house of Saraiah at around 7 pm on March 1 threatened him to come out of his house.
When he didn’t come out, the police broke the ventilator window and threatened Saraiah, his mother and his wife,” Rao narrated the incident. 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
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
The two Girijans killed by the police in the Puttakota area in Koyyuru mandal on the border with East Godavari district on February 21, were Girijans from Odisha who had gone to that area for hunting, CPI (Maoist)’s Peda Bayalu area committee secretary Manganna said. In a press note sent to reporters in the Agency area on Thursday, Manganna alleged that the police had killed innocent Girijans and in the past. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen visited Paderu and Roodakota, an area where the Maoists have influence and also where a police outpost is expected to come up.
HYDERABAD: A division bench of the High Court on Thursday rejected the plea for re-postmortem on eight Maoists-five women and three men, who were killed in an encounter in the Bottemthogu forest in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on March 1. The bench, however, directed Telangana police to hand over the bodies of the deceased to the family members after taking due acknowledgement from them and also to videograph the process and consent of the relatives be taken in writing.
A division bench comprising acting chief justice Dilip B Bhosale and justice P Naveen Rao was dealing with a petition filed by G.Laxman, president of Civil Liberties Committee, seeking declaration of the killing of eight Maoists by paramilitary forces during a joint combing operation as illegal and in violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. Petitioner’s counsel V Raghunath told the court that the bodies of the eight Maoists were kept at the Bhadrachalam government hospital whose mortuary had adequate facilities to preserve the bodies for a long time. Continue reading
..Talking to TOI, a Maoist ideologue, however, dismissed as government propaganda the reports that children were used as soldiers, adding that those in police custody were coerced into propagating these stories. “Government schools distribute uniforms and midday meal on paper, but most of it goes to the officers, and when we try to impart education to the children, they are branded as members of the bal dasta,” said the member, who has done much to spread education in Latehar, Palamu and Garhwa between 2005 and 2009.
The order on a revision petition filed by Padma, wife of slain Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and Babita, wife of journalist Hemchandra Pandey, on their dismissed protest petition were posted for March 28, by Adilabad Family Court Judge, Aruna Sarika. Arguments on the revision petiton presented by CBI advocate B. Alexander Lenin Raja and advoate for petitioners, D. Suresh were completed at the court on Thursday. The arguments centred around Neelakanteshwar Rao, the doctor who conducted post mortem on the body of Azad at Mancherial hospital on July 3, 2010, being denied an opportunity to explain the nature of injuries in the lower court in Adilabad which was dealing with the protest petition. Continue reading
Hyderabad HC to hear petition on encounter death of eight Maoists
The Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday asked Telangana government to preserve the bodies of the eight Maoists who were killed by the police in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh yesterday as a human rights organisation has moved the court alleging that the encounter was fake. Advocate V Raghunath, the lawyer of Telangana Civil Liberties Committee, orally mentioned the matter before a division bench headed by Chief Justice D B Bhosale and sought an order to the state to file a report. Continue reading
RAYAGADA: Dongria Kondhs under the banner of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti (NSS) on Tuesday said the person killed in an encounter on February 27 was not a Maoist as claimed by the police but a tribal youth. Convenor of NSS Ladda Sikaka claimed that the victim was a Dongria Kondh. From the photo published in different media, he identified the youth as Manda Kadraka (21) of Dangamati village under Kalyansinghpur police limits. The police had not allowed the tribals to see the face of the deceased on the day of the incident, he alleged. Sikaka, who chaired a meeting attended by over 100 Dongria Kondhs, told mediapersons that on the fateful day, Manda and his friend Dambu Karsika had gone to the jungle to collect ‘salapha’ (local liquor) at around 4 am as their three-day ‘Ghati Parba’ festival was going on in Niyamgiri hills. Karsika fled on hearing the gunfire.
“The encounter shown by police was a fabricated one,” said Manda’s brother Drika Kadraka at the meeting. When the police were taking the body after the encounter, the villagers of Dangamati demanded to see its face but police did not allow them, said Sikaka. NSS demanded the body to be handed over to Kadraka family at Parshali village under Kalyansinghpur police limits and ex gratia of `50 lakh. They also demanded action against the police involved in the fake encounter. They have threatened to resort to road block and gherao police station if their demands go unheard. NSS youth president Sambu Huika was present at the meeting. Meanwhile, police are yet to identify the body of the man killed in the February 27 encounter.