Maoist Timeline - 2008
Three Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist) cadres, identified as 'District committee member
Gunaganti Yadaiah alias Shyam (carrying head money of INR 300000),
Nakka Raju alias Shekar and Boddu Kishtamma alias Shoba, both
dalam (squad) members carrying head money of INR 20000
each, surrendered along with their weapons before the Superintendent
of Police, Charu Sinha, at Mahabubnagar District headquarters.
All the three extremists were accused of killing the Amangal mandal
(administrative division) parishad president, R. Panthu Naik,
in the District. Shyam was also reportedly involved in over 33
crimes, including the killing of Maktal Member of Legislative
Assembly Chittem Narsi Reddy.
A squad member of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as D. Srinu alias Vikram, who planned to extort INR
One milion from businessmen in the Rangareddy District was arrested
from Vanasthalipuram locality in the capital city of Hyderabad.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner, S. Prabhakar Reddy, told that Srinu
had earlier collected INR 10,000 from the businessman in Vanasthalipuram
in December 2007. He approached the same businessman again with
a fresh demand for INR One million but was caught by the Police.
The Police also recovered an AK-47 rifle with 50 bullets from
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed
D. Ramaswamy, a leader of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) party,
at Baavurugonda village in the Koththaguda mandal of Warangal
District. The group of Maoists was led by Yellandu-Koththagudem
area committee secretary Marri Ravi alias Sudhakar. The insurgents
also left a letter in the name of Sudhakar alleging that Ramaswamy
was responsible for the encounters in the Koththaguda agency area.
The Devarakonda Police unearthed
a dump reportedly planted by the CPI-Maoist near a remote Kambalapally
village in the Nalgonda District and recovered two plastic drums.
"There are about 50 books in one of the drums," said the Deputy
Superintendent of Police M. Srinivas. Apart from 125 electric
detonators, a grenade launcher, about twenty four .22 bullets,
a plastic cover, eight pairs of shoes, revolutionary literature
was also recovered in the dump.
In a joint statement, the CPI-Maoist
'North Telangana Special Zone Committee' secretary, Chandranna,
and the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) Janashakthi
group, "Godavari Valley Area Committee" secretary, Bharat, criticized
the Congress Party for its decision to constitute a second States'
Reorganisation Commission (SRC). They accused the Congress Party,
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist
(CPI-M) of working for the interests of the rich people from Andhra
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
set ablaze a road construction machinery between Vanpalli and
Garjanapalli villages of Yellareddypet mandal in the Karimnagar
Ramagundam Police arrested two
Maoist cadres and recovered a tapancha (country made fire
arm) from their possession in the Karimnagar District.
A CPI-Maoist couple, identified
as Thalandi Motiram alias Akash, a former deputy commander
of Mangi dalam, and his wife Shaikh Haseena alias
Saroja, also a former member of the same dalam, surrendered
to the Adilabad District Police. The Maoist couple, carrying a
reward of INR 10000, were involved in nine and three cases respectively
and citied health reasons and disillusionment with party ideology
for surrendering. Motiram had joined the extremist outfit on October
2001 as Mangi dalam member and was a member of the North Telangana
Special Zone Committee, till 2004. Later he worked as commander
of a special guerrilla squad till 2006. Haseena joined the Mangi
dalam on 2005. At present they were working in Dandakaranya
area in Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh State since December
A deputy commander of Galikonda
platoon of the CPI-Maoist, identified as P. Chinnabbai alias Ramakrishna,
surrendered before the East Godavari Superintendent of Police
B. Sreenivasulu at Kakinada. Ramakrishna, a native of Cheedigunta
village of G.K. Veedhi mandal in the Visakhapatnam District,
had joined the outfit in 2002 as a courier.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres of the Galikonda dalam,
including three women, surrendered before the Superintendent of
Police Akun Sabharwal in Visakhapatnam. The three were identified
as G. Mohan Rao alias Jambri, a commander in the Galikonda
Platoon and his wife Korra Kavitha alias Kamala, an area
committee member, Korra Lakshmi, Korra Bonju Babu, and Vanthala
Balamma, a militia member.
A Maoist couple was killed in an exchange of
fire with the Police in a forest area in the Govindraopet sub-division
of Warangal District. The slain extremists were identified as
Satayya alias Suresh Anna, Secretary of Warangal, Karimnagar and
Khammam District units of the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatna group,
and his wife Rani, who was a commander of the party's armed squad.
The Police recovered a spring loading rifle, a pistol and two
kit bags from them.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the Police in Buruguvada village of Vararamachandrapuram
sub-division in Khammam District. The deceased extremists were
identified as Aithu alias Bhagat, 25, and Madakam Kosa, 26. They
were suspected to be the commander and deputy commander, respectively,
of the Bhadrachalam local organisational squad.
An activist of the ruling Congress party, Payam
Lakhmaiah, was stabbed to death by CPI-Maoist cadres in the Sampathnagar
village of Khammam District. The Police said that a six-member
action team of the CPI-Maoist from Kothaguda (Warangal District)
struck at his house at 10 p.m. and killed him in the presence
of his family members. Extremists of the Sudhakar dalam,
which is said to have carried out the killing also left behind
a letter branding him a Police informer.
A civilian, Samireddy Ganeshwar Rao of Beram village,
was hacked to death by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Pulumamidi village
in the G. Madugula sub-division of Visakhapatnam District. In
a letter found near Rao's body, the Maoists held him responsible
for the Amidela Police encounter (September 24, 2007) wherein
four Maoists were killed.
Six cadres of different left-wing extremist groups
surrendered before the Superintendent of Police, D.S. Chouhan,
in the Khammam District. The surrendered extremists included Mokala
Sammaiah alias Kumara, Komaram Bikkaiah alias Ravanna, Bandi Yugandar,
Komaram Saraiah, Eesam Krishna and Boda Nageswar Rao.
Police arrested three extremists working for the
Sudhakar dalam of the CPI-Maoist in the Yellandu area in
the Khammam District. They were identified as Punem Narasimha,
Menchu Mallaiah and Joga Rama Rao.
Deccan Chronicle reported that Police are
distributing free Direct-to-Home (DTH) systems and 21-inch colour
television sets in the Maoist-affected remote areas of Warangal
District to wean villagers away from the Maoists. The villages
are located on the edges of Warangal District in the sub-divisions
of Eturunagaram, Tadvai, Govindaraopet, Venkatapur, Kothaguda
and Gudur. "We want the villagers to widen their horizons and
not be susceptible to propaganda and the so-called ideologies
(of Maoists)," said Soumya Mishra, the Warangal Superintendent
The Hindu reported that the CPI-Maoist,
as part of a major redeployment exercise, has drafted cadres from
the neighbouring State of Chhattisgarh for stepping up its presence
in its strategically important strongholds of Khammam District.
Members trained in guerrilla warfare were deputed in large numbers
to the region and a majority of them were closely associated with
the operations spearheaded by Maoist squads in the Bhadrachalam
and Yellandu areas. Members from Chhattisgarh have joined the
Sabari area committee operating in the Bhadrachalam division.
A CPI-Maoist 'deputy commander', Korra Rama Rao
alias Manoj, surrendered before the Visakhapatnam District
Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal. Rao joined as a member
of the Galikonda special dalam in 2002 and gradually rose
to the position of 'deputy commander' of Palakajeedi dalam. He
was shifted as 'deputy commander' of Galikonda platoon, after
the Palakajeedi dalam was banned. He was involved in more than
10 exchanges of fire with the Police and a murder at Peddavalasa.
Maoists called for building a militant movement
for achieving statehood for the Telangana region. In a statement
issued, the CPI-Maoist spokesman in Andhra Pradesh, Janardhan,
said political leaders from the Telangana region were now being
forced to speak in favour of carving out a separate State in view
of the growing aspirations among the people of Telangana region.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead three persons, accusing
them of being Police informers, at Borlagunda village in the Karimnagar
District. According to the Police, a group of 15 Maoists entered
the village at around 2 am (IST), picked up the three from their
homes and gunned them down. The three had been associated with
the Maoist outfit in the past.
According to a statement issued by the District
Police, Muvvala Vannama alias Vara, a 20-year old member
of the Galikonda dalam of the CPI-Maoist surrendered to
the G.K. Veedhi Police in Visakhapatnam District. A native of
Pedapadu village of G.K. Veedhi sub-division, she joined the squad
in 2005 and worked for about one-and-a-half years in it.
Guntur District Police recovered arms and ammunition
from two dumps belonging to the CPI-Maoist at Bollapalli and Papayapalem
reserve forest areas. The seizure included two .303 rifles, a
.38 rifle, .8 mm rifle, country made revolver, a S.B.B.L gun,
revolver rounds and .38 rifle spare magazines. Police also recovered
two landmines weighing 10 kilograms and three kilograms respectively,
and 100 books of revolutionary literature.
The CPI-Maoist Central Committee member Lanka
Papi Reddy Ranganna surrendered before the State Home Minister
K. Jana Reddy in the Hyderabad Secretariat. Papi Reddy served
the banned outfit in various capacities in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra
and Chhattisgarh before being made in-charge of Haryana, a position
he held till the surrender.
A woman was beaten to death in the Warangal District
by naxalites belonging to the Prathighatana group who suspected
her to be a Police informer. Police sources told that about 10
naxalites attacked P Sharda who owns a grocery shop in the Muttapuram
village and left her dead.
Three naxalites including a self-styled commander
of Kunta platoon, were arrested in the Gathumalla forest of Khammam
District bordering Chhattisgarh. The arrested persons belonging
to Chhattisgarh's Dantewada District have been identified as 'commander'
Madkam Kosa alias Gangu, Deva and Sanna.
A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Thummala Bhagavanthu
alias Narsimha was arrested in Mahabubnagar District. A 303 rifle,
55 live rounds and INR 20,000 in cash were recovered from his
possession. Narsimha was the 'commander' of Kalwakurthy dalam
and was active in the Nallamala forest. He had joined the naxal
movement in 1989 and was involved in over 90 offences, including
murders, Police sources said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres from Chhattisgarh were
arrested by the Police in the Kothagudem area. The arrested included
'commander of the Konta platoon Section -C' Madakam Posa alias
Ganga, the dalam members Deva and Sanna. Unspecified quantity
of explosives were seized from them.
The CPI-Maoist 'Protection platoon commander'
of North Telangana special zone committee (NTSZC) Ambir Kistaiah
alias Krishna and his wife and NTSZC special guerrilla squad 'deputy
commander' Alam Laxmi alias Sumalatha surrendered before Superintendent
of Police Y. Gangadhar in the presence of OSD Harikrishna in Karimnagar.
Kistaiah was involved in the Asarelli Police station attack in
Maharashtra in 2000 and where he took away 20 SLRs, four .303
rifles, one revolver. He revealed that the Maoists are planning
to comeback with a vengeance in its erstwhile stronghold of Dandakaranya
in the north Telangana region by committing major offences to
make their presence felt. The protection platoon of NTSZC is moving
in groups of 25 to 30 members to commit a major offence and regain
their lost ground. Later, the platoon committee members would
split into smaller groups and move separately to commit offences
on individual targets. He also said that the NTSZC meeting was
held in November 2007 and it discussed about the economic support
and strengthening of the dalams. He said that there were about
50 Maoists in entire NTSZC including 28 in KKW (Karimnagar, Khammam
and Warangal Districts).
A zonal secretary belonging to the Praja Prathighatana
faction for Khammam-Warangal region was killed in an encounter
with the Police in Venkatapuram forests in Allapalli Police station
limits in the Khammam District. Two cell phones, four SIM cards,
kitbags, a spring field rifle, one 8 mm rifle were recovered from
the encounter site.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed during an
encounter with a Police party at Lovavalasa in the Vizianagaram
District. He was identified as Rukdar alias Sudheer, the Malkangiri
divisional committee member in Orissa. According to Police sources,
rest of the Maoists belonging to the Koraput dalam managed to
escape from the incident site.
Police neutralized a CPI-Maoist arms dump at the
Reddypalem forest area in Karampudi Police station limits of Guntur
District. The recovery was done on the basis of information provided
by some of the arrested Maoists. The recovered arms included 10
claymore mines, four country made grenades and piped grenades,
50 detonators, a .303 rifle and a tapancha (country made fire
arm) and some revolutionary books.
Police arrested B. Srinivas Reddy alias Jagan,
a Naxalite belonging to the Subhash group of Praja Pratighatana
in the Adilabad District. The Maoist was reportedly involved in
several cases of extortion in Adilabad and Karimnagar Districts
besides few other offences.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres including some teenagers
surrendered in the Visakhapatnam District.
Police distributed a dozen colour television sets
along with Tata Sky antennae and connection for one year to the
tribals of remote areas in the Visakhapatnam District. Under the
programme "Call for Peace," the Police held a meeting at Kailasagiri
where the tribals from the Maoist-affected Koyyuru, GK Veedhi,
Chintapalle and other areas were given away TV sets. DIG Jitender
said that they were trying to wean away tribals from the influence
of Maoists and sensitise them on various development activities.
The Police also promised to conduct more medical camps, distribute
volleyball and cricket kits among youth so as to strengthen their
rapport with the tribals.
Police personnel neutralised two landmines planted
by the CPI-Maoist on the road at Dagudupalli under Annavaram Police
station limits in the Visakhapatnam District. The explosives weighed
15 kilograms and five kilograms, and were packed in steel carriages.
A teenaged female cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Gundu Uppamma alias Radhakka, surrendered before the Superintendent
of Police Vijay Kumar at the District headquarters in Nalgonda.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed an activist
of the ruling Congress party, identified as G. Prakash, in the
outskirts of Baleru village in the Srikakulam District. The extremists
also left a letter stating that Prakash was killed because he
was working as a Police informer in the village.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze teakwood worth INR
two million at Pusuguppa village in the Cherla mandal of Khammam
District. Some non-tribals in the name of tribals had taken permission
from the Forest Department and cut down teakwood trees. Having
learnt that the non-tribals were trying to enjoy the forest produce,
the Maoists set the wood on fire.
Five Maoists, including three 'commanders' and
a cadre of the CPI-Maoist and a 'zonal committee secretary' of
the Prathighatana group, surrendered to the District Police at
Warangal in the presence of Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra.
The surrendered included Kukunoor Local Organising Squad (LOS)
'commander', P. Sammaiah alias Naveen (carrying a head money of
INR 200000) and his wife M. Pushpa, Narsampet LOS 'commander'
Kadari Bhaskar alias Ramesh, and 'commander' P. Lakshmi alias
Pushpa of the CPI-Maoist and Peddapalli zonal committee secretary
of the Prathighatana group, K. Chinni Krishna alias Anil.
The CPI-Maoist and the Janashakti group of the
naxalites called for a State-wide bandh (general
strike) on March 14, protesting against the visit of United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi to the State. A joint
statement whose signatories were Chandranna, Maoist North Telangana
Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) secretary, and Bharath, secretary
of the Janashakti Godavari Valley Regional Committee, branded
Sonia Gandhi an "American agent" and called upon people to observe
bandh to protest against her visit. The statement also
blamed the ruling Congress party for not taking up any developmental
projects for Telangana region and for abandoning its promise of
forming a separate State.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a member of the
Andhra Pradesh- Orissa Border (AOB) Special Zone Committee identified
as Chokkari Gangaram alias Jagabandhu alias Kommu, were killed
in an exchange of fire with Police between Kedaripuram and Elvispeta
under Elvispeta Police station limits of Vizianagaram District.
The Khammam District Police conducted an aerial
survey of the Maoist affected areas of the District with the help
of a helicopter fitted with zoom camera and other gadgets.
G. Sampath, a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, was killed
in an encounter with the Police personnel near Peddavagu between
Nimmagudem and Pegadapalli villages in the Karimnagar District.
He has been identified as a key action team member of the Mahadevpur
15 Naxalites belonging to different groups surrendered
to the Police in the Khammam and Kurnool Districts. While ten
extremists, including Vagaboina Saraiah alias Sagar, the District
committee secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist
(CPI-ML)'s Praja Prathighatana group, surrendered in Khammam,
five more surrendered in Kurnool. The Officer on Special Duty
in Nandyal, Mohan Rao, said that the surrender was a part of the
'Operation Velugu Bata' launched by the Police.
Four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a former
coal mine worker identified as Pittala Sankaraiah, at his home
in the Kanagarthi village of Peddapalli mandal in the Karimnagar
District. The son of the slain person had also been killed by
the Maoists on suspicion of the former being a Police informer.
Police neutralised an armed gang of former naxalites,
named Telangana Jagarana Sena (TJS) in Sircilla sub-division in
the Karimnagar District. Seven TJS cadres were arrested and two
9 mm pistols and 16 rounds of ammunition, one air pistol, two
dummy pistols, five soap bombs and pellets used in the air-pistols
were recovered from their possession. The TJS was formed by former
CPI-Maoist cadres and the naxalites belonging to the Janasakthi
group to eliminate some soft targets and create a sensation by
killing a former Telegu Desam Party (TDP) legislator in the District.
A CPI-Maoist deputy commander, Dasarapu Radha
alias Swapna, carrying a head money of INR 50,000 surrendered
before the Police in the Warangal District. Superintendent of
Police (SP) Soumya Mishra said that Radha hailing from Ramakrishnapur
in the Chityal mandal had joined the Chityal dalam in 2003 and
worked with top Maoist leaders such as Chettiraja Papaiah alias
Somanna and D.V.K. Swamy alias Yadanna. She was working with the
newly formed Chennur squad in Adilabad District since 2007.
Boya Ramanjamma alias Umakka, an extremist belonging
to the CPI-ML-Janashakti surrendered before SP Shankarbhratha
Bagchi in Kurnool District.
A bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in the
Visakha agency to protest the killing of its cadres in Police
encounters in the recent past, partially affected general life
in some places and failed to evoke a response in some other areas.
State run bus services to interior areas were suspended. In areas
including Paderu, Hukumpeta and Dumbriguda mandals, shops
were closed. However, in Chintapalli and the tourism centre of
Araku Valley, the strike had no impact.
Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zone Committee East
Division Action Team Commander and Galikonda Platoon 'A' section
member Velusuri Srinivas alias Prasad alias Chinni Vijay (22)
surrendered before the East Godavari District Superintendent of
Police B. Srinivasulu.
CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a bomb blast at the
Gumada Railway station in the Vizianagaram District. A group of
seven Maoists, including three women, planted gelatin sticks at
the station after forcing the railway staff on night duty to come
out from the station. The signal system was badly damaged due
to the blast and traffic between Vizianagaram and Orissa was disrupted
following the explosion.
Kursinge Kousalya Bai alias Kamalakka, a CPI-Maoist
woman cadre, surrendered before the Adilabad District Police.
Kamalakka hails from Lothera in the Jannaram mandal and had participated
in the attack on a Police camp at Rani-Bodli in the Dantewada
District in Chhattisgarh in which 55 Policemen were killed.
A senior CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Gajerla
Saraiah a.k.a. Azad a.k.a. Bhaskar, was killed in an encounter
with the Police near Kanthanpalli in the Rampur forest area of
Warangal District. Azad's wife and another Maoist B. Aruna alias
Rama too were killed during the encounter. Azad was a central
committee member of the outfit and was in-charge of its central
military commission. Four Maoists, however, managed to escape
from the incident site fro where a pistol, a revolver, one 30
mm carbine and three kitbags were recovered.
The Eturu Nagaram Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS)
'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Purushotham Tirupathi alias Naresh,
surrendered before the Karimnagar District Superintendent of Police
Y. Gangadhar. Purushotham, a native of Nandi Medaram village,
joined the Maoist group in 2001 and had worked in the Peddapalli
dalam and Eturu Nagaram dalam before being promoted as dalam 'commander'
of Eturu Nagaram LGS in 2005. He was involved in five exchanges
of fire and four murders.
Naxalites of the CPI-ML-Praja Prathighatana killed
a youth, identified as Enugula Lakhmaiah, at Thummalagudem village
in the Palvancha mandal of Khammam District. Four armed cadres
of the Mohananna dalam reportedly intruded into his house
and subsequently shot him dead a little away from his residence.
The lone woman member of the CPI-Maoist Central
Committee, 54-year old Anuradha Ghandy, also known as Narmada
and Rama, died of cerebral malaria, a release by the outfit's
Central Committee spokesman Azad said. Anuradha had joined the
Naxalites in the early 1970s and was the founding member of the
CPI-ML in Maharashtra. She also served as a member of the Vidarbha
regional committee and the Maharashtra State Committee and was
elected to the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist in January
Andhra Pradesh Police arrested two TJS cadres
from Sircilla in the Karimnagar District. Two 0.9 mm pistols and
24 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrested extremists,
identified as Vemula Ramesh a.k.a. Sagar and Chepyala Raju, both
natives of Konraopet mandal in the Sircilla division. Superintendent
of Police, Y. Gangadhar, claimed that with these arrests the TJS
has been neutralised in the Karimnagar District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested at Kinchuru
in Peda Bayalu mandal in the Visakhapatnam District. Identified
as Vandalam Chinna (20) and Poibu Machi Raju (22), the arrested
Maoists were planning to plant two land mines. Two land mines
and some quantity of explosives were seized from them.
CPI-Maoist State committee member, M.A. Srinivasan,
surrendered before the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission.
Haling from the Sangareddy District, Srinivasan had joined the
left-wing extremist movement in 1985 and was operating in north
India since 1993.
CPI-Maoist Maddedu divisional committee member
of the Dandakaranya region, Velpula Rajesh Kumar alias Tirupati
and area committee member, local organizing squad (LOS) commander
and his wife Chunchu Rama Devi alias Sharada surrendered before
Karimnagar Superintendent of Police Y Gangadhar. Tirupati, a native
of Khammampalli in Manthani Mutharam mandal of former Assembly
Speaker D. Sripada Rao at Dubbalapadu in Manthani division of
Karimnagar District. He had joined the left-wing extremism in
1993 as dalam member.
Three naxalites belonging to the Janasakti faction
of the CPI-ML including two senior functionaries of the outfit,
were killed during an encounter with Police party in Rollapadu
forests under Tekulapalli Police station limits in the Khammam
District. Eight other naxalites, however, managed to escape. Four
weapons including two 88 mm rifles, a Springfield rifle and a
tapancha (locally made revolver) were recovered from the spot.
The slain naxalites were identified as District committee secretary
Solipeta Yadava Reddy alias Daya, State committee member Konda
Sanjeeva Reddy alies Bhaskar and Pandu Yadagiri alias Arun, a
leader of the rank of District Committee Secretary.
A former Janashakti naxalite was found dead with
stab injuries on the outskirts of Kandikatkur village in Illanthakunta
mandal in the Karimnagar District. A letter placed besides the
body in the name of Telangana Janavimukti Sena (TJS) claimed responsibility
for the killing and branded the killed person a Police informer.
The Warangal District Police arrested eight naxalites
belonging to the Praja Pratighatana group in two separate incidents
in the Warangal town. In the first incident, the Police intercepted
a four-wheeler near KITS College on the outskirts of Hanamkonda
and arrested five extremists along with a 9mm pistol with eight
rounds and one 8mm tapancha with five rounds. Separately, Police
intercepted another vehicle and arrested three extremists along
with three 8 mm rifles, three 9 mm pistols and one-point 38 revolver
Police recovered one 8 mm rifle and 30 live ammunition
from a dump of the Praja Pratighatana at Bugga Cheruvu at Pathipally
village in the Warangal District.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered in Warangal.
They were identified as Khammam District committee member CP Koppula
Bathakaiah alias Naveen of Tadvai mandal, Chennur Local Guerrilla
Squad (LGS) commander, Dudapaka Sampath alias Kondanna of Chityal,
Chilpur LGS commander Velmala Bhemavva alias Nirmala of Khanapur
in Adilabad, and Khammam District committee member Vajja Samba
Rao alias Ashok of Govindraopet mandal.
Three Naxalites belonging to the Communist Party
of India-United States of India (CPI-USI) set ablaze a passenger
bus in the Borlagudem village of Mahamutharam mandal in the Karimnagar
Two youths, identified as Dabba Chander Rao and
Gattupalli Srinu, were abducted by a group of 70 CPI-Maoist cadres
from Tippapuram village in the Charla mandal of Khammam District.
Both the abducted youths are reportedly supporters of the Communist
Party of India (CPI).
The CPI-Maoist claimed to have killed Gabba Chander
Rao, one of the two tribal youths abducted from the Tippapuram
village in Charla mandal in the Khammam District. A statement
issued by the outfit said that it was forced to punish him for
his covert operation which resulted in the killing of 14 leaders
and activists of the outfit and four civilians in an encounter
at Kanchala in the Pamedu area of Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District
on March 18.
Four persons, including a sarpanch (head
of village level self-government institution) were abducted by
cadres of the CPI-Maoist cadres from tribal villages in the Bhadrachalam
division of Khammam District. The sub-divisional Police officer
of Bhadrachalam, Shashidhar Raj, said that Khanithi Narsaiah,
sarpanch of Kurnavalli village, Karam Kannaiah from Erraboru village
and Sunnam Venkat Rao and Sunnam Rambabu from Bathinapalli village
were taken away from their home by the Maoists at around midnight.
Unofficial sources, however, maintained that the total number
of abducted persons was 11 and they were abducted by Maoist dalams
which came from the neighbouring forests pockets of south Bastar
Police in Warangal District recovered two weapons
and large number of live rounds of ammunition from dumps suspected
to belong to the left-wing extremists. Superintendent of Police
V. C. Sajjanar said that during combing operations in the Karlapalli
forest area under Govindaraopet mandal recovered one 303 rifle
and one spring field rifle, 37 rounds of ammunition of 303 rifle,
28 rounds of 30 carbine, 27 rounds of .38, 47 rounds of springfield,
nine round of .63 and eight rounds of .22 weapons from a dump
belonging to Praja Pratighatana faction of the CPI-ML.
A Police constable was killed and three others
were injured when the Maoists opened fire on a Police party consisting
of anti-Maoist Greyhounds personnel in the Gudem Kotha Veedhi
mandal on the Andhra-Orissa border in Visakhapatnam District.
Police said that the Maoists, who triggered a landmine explosion,
exchanged fire with the Police party, which was combing the area.
At least four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in
an encounter with the Andhra Pradesh Police near Gunupurai village
in the Visakhapatnam District. Among those killed were Jhansi,
a woman 'Dalam (squad) commander' of the Korukonda area.
Unofficial sources said that Police have arrested three more Maoists
during the incident. Police sources, however, did not confirm
The Hindu reports that Maoists have imposed a
ban on the use of mobile phones in the tribal habitations in the
Bhadrachalam division. At some places in these areas, mobile phones
have been taken away by the Maoists. In the past one week, an
unspecified number of persons have also been abducted by the Maoists
from the villages in the vicinity of Charla on the suspicion of
being Police informants. They were reportedly assaulted by the
Maoists who also robbed them off their mobile phones and motorcycles.
A Naxalite belonging to the Praja Pratighatana
faction was killed in an encounter with the Police at Mellamadgu
village in the Bodu Police station limits of Khammam District.
Three others Naxalites, however, managed to escape. One 8-mm rifle
was recovered from the slain extremist. Police sources said that
the extremist dalam was camping at the site encounter for collecting
money from contractors engaged in removal of overburden of Singareni
The Visakhapatnam District Police arrested four
CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to the Korukonda dalam at Velamjuni
village. Two directional mines and an equal number of grenades
and a battery for use in blasting were recovered from their possession.
Naroju Srinu alias Chandranna, the Karimnagar
and Khammam Districts 'secretary' of the Praja Prathigatana faction
surrendered before the Karimnagar Superintendent of Police Y.
Gangadhar. He deposited three weapons and some ammunition. Chandranna,
a native of Khammampalli village had joined the outfit in 2001
as dalam member. Later, he was elevated to work as 'commander'
and 'zonal secretary' in Warangal.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed an auto rickshaw driver,
Thati Bhaskar, suspecting him to be a Police informer at Pusuguppa,
a village close to the Chhattisgarh border in the Khammam District.
The killed person was accosted on the village outskirts and taken
to the nearby jungle where he was shot dead at a close range.
The Khammam District committee of the CPI-Maoist left a letter
at the spot owning up the killing.
A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres along with
about 40 overground workers of the outfit looted the house of
Panchayat Sarpanch of Pedabayalu village, Jambu Balaraju of the
Congress party, in the Visakhapatnam District. Maoists took away
INR 200,000 in cash, gold ornaments, several bags of rice, utensils,
DVD player and home theatre and also two cows and 16 goats from
Media reports indicated nearly 120,000 Gutti Koya
tribals of Bastar and Bijpur Districts of Chhattisgarh have crossed
over into Andhra Pradesh's border District of Khammam over the
past six months to escape Salwa Judum camps and the Maoist
violence. A confidential report of the intelligence bureau has
cautioned the Andhra Pradesh government of growing unrest among
the local tribals in the border Districts and prospective violence
unleashed by the Maoists as the Gutti Koyas are known supporters
of the CPI-Maoist. "They might also be the advance party of the
Maoists' re-entry into AP", the report said.
The Andhra Pradesh government raised the reward
for information leading to the arrest of left-wing extremists
by nearly 20 percent. The government order raised the reward on
arrests of top leaders to INR 1.2 million while the same on lower-rank
cadres was hiked to INR 100,000. The reward on the state committee
members of the CPI-Maoist is now INR 800,000 and on zonal committee
members INR 600,000. Claiming that the Maoist movement has suffered
huge losses, the government order said the number of armed cadres
has come down by 746 since last year. According to the latest
list, there are only 474 armed cadres in the state.
Maoists killed a trader, Balaram, on suspicion
that he was a Police informer at Neelavadi village under Parvathipuram
Police sub-division in the Vizianagaram District.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted two tribals from Chennapuram
village in Cherla mandal in the Khammam District bordering Chhattisgarh.
According to Police sources, former sarpanch of Pedamidisileru
village N Tirupati and his brother Moteru, both natives of Tippapuram
village, had gone went to Chennapuram to attend the marriage of
their relatives, from where they were abducted.
CPI-Maoist threatened to step up attacks on the
Police, especially the elite Greyhounds personnel and leaders
of the Congress party, if the Police resorted to attacks against
people to avenge the Chitrakonda ambush in Orissa which left 35
Greyhounds personnel dead. In a statement issued in Hyderabad,
the Maoist spokesman in Andhra Pradesh, Janardhan, said that the
statements of Chief Minsiter Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Home Minister
K. Jana Reddy on the Chitrakonda incident spoke of the government's
plan to unleash repression and target people believed to be Maoist
sympathisers. The spokesperson termed the Chitrakonda ambush as
a 'fitting lesson' to the Greyhounds personnel who had become
a law unto themselves. He further said that the success of the
People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) in carrying out the
ambush only proved false the claims that the Maoist movement was
wiped out from the State.
P Gajaraju (50) alias Bhadranna, State committee
member of the Praja Prathighatana faction of the CPI-ML was shot
dead by one of the cadres of the outfit in the Bangaruchelaka
forest area in Kothagudem mandal of Khammam District. The Police
recovered one 8 mm rifle from the scene and a bullet injury was
found on the chest of the victim.
The CPI-Maoist turned down the offer of talks
by Home Minister K Jana Reddy after the ambush of the Greyhounds
in the Sileru-Balimela reservoir on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa
border recently. The outfit, in a statement on July 5 said that
it would not repeat its mistake of parleying with the Government.
The statement by the outfit's central military commission chief
Basavraj and central committee spokesperson Azad, said, "We assure
the people of AP and India that we will not make the mistake of
going in for talks with these double-dealers (Congressmen)."
One person was killed and another suffered serious
injuries after suspected CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at them
at Marikal village in the Mahabubnagar District. The victims,
identified as Azeem and Niranjan were attending a function in
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian and injured
another at Marikal village of Pedda Kothapally mandal in the Mahabubnagar
District. Maoists came to the house of a registered medical practitioner,
identified as Niranjan, looking for his son-in-law Azim. In the
ensuing scuffle, Azim was killed and Niranjan was injured. Over
six months back, the Andhra Pradesh Police had declared the District
Maoist posters in the name of the outfit's Krishnapatti
area committee 'secretary' Vikram appeared at Machavaram mandal
in the Guntur District. The posters warned the Machavaram Zilla
Parishad Territorial Committee (ZPTC) [local government institution]
member Konanki Venkateswarulu alias Busaiah that he would be brought
before the Praja (people's) court for his extortionist tactics
and for working as a Police informer.
Police arrested four CPI-Maoist couriers from
the Yellandu town of Khammam District. Vasam Chandraiahm, Vattam
Kannaiah, Vepa Ramakrishna and Made Veera Bhadram were arrested
while buying vegetables and provisions for supplying to the Sudhakar
dalam (squad) of the outfit near the new bus station of
Yellandu. Police sources said that the arrested persons have been
working for the Maoists for the past two years.
Police also arrested another courier of the Praja
Pratighatana faction of the CPI-ML on the same day from an unspecified
location in the Khammam District.
Damayanti alias Aruna, area coordinator of the
Nagavali dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a
house at Piridi village in the Bobbili division of Vizianagaram
District. Her accomplice Emanapalli Santosh alias Kishore, who
is also an area coordinator, is reported to have surrendered before
the Police after Damayanti's arrest.
Two Naxalites, one belonging to the CPI-Maoist
and another to the Praja Prathighatana (Mohannana group), surrendered
to the Police in the presence of Superintendent of Police, V.C.
Sajjanar, in Warangal. Jajjeri Sammakka of Gangaram village went
underground in 1994 and worked in various capacities. She was
District committee member, National Park area of Chhattisgarh
State and was involved in 12 crimes. The Praja Prathighatana District
committee member, Bhukya Pratap alias Suryam belonging to Gurrampet
village, was involved six crimes. He has been underground since
A former Naxalite of the Janashakti group and
founder of the CPI (ML) Jana Vimukthi, J. Linga Swamy, was killed
in an encounter with Police near Jillella village of Karimnagar
District. According to Police sources, Linga Swamy and his accomplice
had opened fire on the Police team which was combing the area
for Naxalites and was killed in the retaliatory fire. He was reportedly
involved in three murder cases and several other extortion cases
in the Karimnagar, Warangal, Adilabad and Nizamabad Districts.
A special team of Police engaged in combing operations
recovered a cache of explosives and ammunition hidden in a bag
close to the Orissa border at Ramarai in the Srikakulam District.
The seizure included 60 gelatine sticks, 20 electrical detonators,
30 non-electrical detonators and several rounds of live ammunition.
Five Naxalites belonging to the CPI (ML) Pratighatana
group, including two of its commanders, surrendered before the
Superintendent of Police Y. Gangadhar in Karimnagar. They were
identified as Pratighatana Mahadevpur dalam (squad) commander
Koyalker Subash (26), Janagam Ganapati (32), Chilumula Sammaiah
(30), Kummari Srinivas (20) and Kummari Errababu (25).
Police, combing the Annavaram-Kannavaram forest
of Koyyuru mandal in the Visakhapatnam District found a Maoist
dump. Seven detonators, three claymore mines, three directional
mines and three electrical wire bundles were stored in a drum
and buried underground.
The Andhra Pradesh State Government renewed the
ban on the CPI-Maoist for a period of one year with effect from
August 17. Through the Government Order No. 515 the Government
declared the outfit as an unlawful association under AP Public
Security Act, 1992. The Order said that the outfit was continuing
to indulge in unlawful activities and that if such activities
were not stopped, they would constitute a serious danger and menace
to public order, peace and tranquility. The CPI-Maoist was banned
in the State on August 17, 2005 and the proscription is being
renewed every year.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian belonging
to the tribal community at his native village Kondilovagondi in
G. K. Veedhi mandal in the Visakhapatnam District.
The CPI-Maoist, in its information bulletin, attributed
their recent successes in 'counter offensive actions' against
security forces in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh to support from people.
In the bulletin, Bhaskar alias Modem Balakrishna, Secretary of
the Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the
outfit has said that the Balimela attack of June 29 and also the
subsequent landmine attack in Malkangiri District that killed
15 Orissa Police personnel travelling on a Mine Protected Vehicle
have proved the supremacy of guerrilla tactics and the 'constant
flow' of information on Police movement.
CPI-Maoist cadres looted a provisions store and
beat up the guards of a coffee plantation run by the Andhra Pradesh
Forest Development Corporation (APFDC) in Teemulabanda village
of GK Veedhi mandal area in the Visakhapatnam District. Police
sources said that a group of 20 armed Maoists along with nearly
70 sympathisers looted rice and essential commodities from the
provisions store owned by a non-tribal, Pula Reddy, and also decamped
with his TV, some cash and other articles from his house. Later,
they entered the Teemulabanda and Marripakala Coffee Plantation
and beat up the guards for not having heeded their warning last
year that non-tribals should not enter the plantation. The Maoists
had earlier threatened that the 50 acres belonging to the corporation
would be distributed to the tribals, and non-tribals entering
the area would be killed.
CPI-Maoist Nagavali area committee member Madangi
Papa Rao alias Vijay, a native of Balesu village in G.L. Puram
mandal of Vizianagaram District surrendered before Parvathipuram
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) B. Sudershana Rao. The SDPO
told that Vijay was involved in eight offences, including attack
on Udayagiri Police station, blasting of Kurupam Mandal Parishad
Development Officer (MPDO) Office and panel board at Cooneru Railway
Nine left-wing extremists belonging to different
factions were arrested from the Warangal District. Police recovered
16 weapons and 1,200 bullets from the arrested extremists, identified
as Pavrala Bikshapathi, Ramkoti and Challa Seetharamulu of the
Praja Prathighatana faction of the CPI-ML, K. Buyya, Kunti Swamy,
K Sadaiah and Uppula Raju of Prathighatana faction of the CPI-ML,
Prabhakar of the CPI-Maoist and Mohammed Khasim of the Rythu Coolie
CPI-Maoist leader Bashapaka Yakaiah alias
Santhosh alias Sujith alias Mahesh, responsible
for the Dantewada jailbreak surrendered to the Warangal Police.
Yakaiah had joined the outfit due to a family dispute in 2002.
He worked in Chityal area and Yellandu in Khammam District before
being shifted to Chhattisgarh in 2004. He was involved in exchanges
of fire in 2005 at Andugulameedhi in Venkatapur mandal
(administrative division) of Warangal District, at the National
Park area in 2005 and at Pamedu in Chhattisgarh in 2005.
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has said that
the Union Government is keen that the other states currently affected
by left-wing extremism should replicate the Andhra Pradesh model.
Speaking to media persons after reviewing a parade to mark the
60th anniversary celebrations of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National
Police Academy (NPA) in Hyderabad he said Maoist-related incidents
had come down by 60 to 70 per cent in Andhra Pradesh.
A CPI-Maoist cadre belonging to the Galikonda
dalam surrendered at G K Veedhi mandal in the Visakhapatnam District.
The extremist, Muvvala Bhaskar Rao, a native of Mangalapalem village
used to work from his home and had been active in the outfit from
2000 to 2006, Police sources said.
Member of a CPI-Maoist action team Chikkudu Chinna
Rao alias Sudheer and another sympathiser of the outfit Pongi
Bhaskara Rao were arrested near Mangabanda in Pedabayalu mandal
in the Visakhapatnam District. Both were charged with attempting
to murder a jeweller at Paderu on the night of September 18. Another
action team member Korra Rambabu, who also participated in the
attack, is still at large. The jeweller M.C. Reddy was injured
in the attack.
Potturi Ramulamma alias Geeta, wife of CPI-Maoist
leader Bisai Kamaraju alias Ranadev, who was killed in the Gunkuravyi
encounter a few months ago, surrendered before Superintendent
of Police Akun Sabharwal in Visakhapatnam. The 27-year-old Geeta,
'B' platoon commander cadre of the outfit was considered a 'doctor'
and was treating the sick and injured Maoists. Ill health (malaria)
was the reason for her to surrender, Geeta said.
Eight persons, including seven tribal youths,
were abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres from four forest-villages (Dongala
Jaggaram, Narsingapeta, Alliguidem and Bandigumpu) under Chintur
Police station of Khammam District, all located close to the inter-State
border with Chhattisgarh. A large tribal group comprising mainly
the kin of the abducted persons embarked upon a massive search
in the Bastar forests in the neighbouring Bijapur District in
Chhattisgarh. This group was reportedly prevented by militants
from entering some villages in Gollapalli Police station limits
-- a pocket considered to be the Maoist heartland. Members of
sanghams had assured them of the safe return of all those
abducted. However, none were released. The tribals, however, have
declined to take the help of Police fearing a Maoist backlash.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a tribal leader and
sarpanch of Kurnavelli gram panchayat, Kaniti Narsaiah from Bodhanelli
village in Charla mandal in the Khammam District. Maoists had
tried to abduct another tribal leader who, however, managed to
escape. The Kurnavelli sarpanch is in the custody of the
Maoists for the second time in this year. He had been abducted
by the Venkatapuram area committee of the CPI-Maoist on May 18
last and was let off on May 22 following the intervention of tribal
organisations. Maoists had asked him to quit the post of sarpanch,
which he had declined to obey.
Gopu Sammireddy, Andhra-Orissa Border Special
Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) member, operating in Malkangiri division
of Orissa was arrested at Vishakhapatnam railway station while
travelling by Coromandel Express. He was remanded to judicial
custody after being produced in court in Salur. Sammireddy is
an accused in the shooting incident in the Salur court hall in
September 2002, which resulted in the death of Circle Inspector
Police unearthed a Maoist arms dump and apprehended
three Maoists near Pamidipadu village.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including Valluri Venkata
Rao alias Kailasam and Thota Gangadhar alias Ramachander, secretary
and member, respectively, of the Andhra Pradesh Special Committee
(APSC) were killed in two separate encounters in Vizianagaram
and Guntur Districts.
In the Vizianagaram District, Venkata Rao and
his courier Ashok alias Ramana were shot dead in an encounter
with the special team between Ravikonavalasa and Battivalasa villages
under the Parvathipuram rural Police station limits. M. Ravindranath
Babu, Officer on special duty (operations) said that the encounter
followed a tip-off to a Police combing party. Two kit bags, one
9 mm pistol, a tapancha (locally made revolver) and some
cash were recovered from the site of the encounter.
In Guntur, a woman was among the two Maoists killed
in the encounter near Manepalli in Bollapalli reserve forest bordering
Prakasam District. Apart from Ramchander (48), the other Maoist
was identified as Jaya alias Aruna, who belongs to Gollapalli
village in Narsapur Mandal of Medak District. Police recovered
an AK-47 rifle and a tapancha from the site of the encounter.
Officer on Special Duty M. Ravi Prakash said a special Police
team combing the area came across a small group of about five
to seven Maoists in the deep forest and in the resultant exchange
of fire, the two extremists were killed.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as M Prabhakar
and his wife Nagamani, were killed in a Police encounter near
Bollapalle village in Nallamala forest in Andhra Pradesh. The
encounter took place when Maoists attacked a training camp of
the para-military CRPF and were killed in the retaliatory fire.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to the outfit's
Koraput dalam, numbering about 20, blasted two tractors, two sheds
and some machinery of a contractor executing the Adarigedda minor
irrigation project in Parvathipuram division of Vizianagaram District
around 11 p.m. A letter left behind by the Maoists said that they
were protesting against the injustice meted out to tribals displaced
by the project.
Munemma alias Latha alias Jyothi of Srikalahasti,
a left-wing extremist who worked for the kalinga dalam for the
last 15 years, surrendered to the Chittoor District Police. She
told the Police that three more extremists are willing to surrender
to the Police due to illness. K. Lakshmi Reddy, Chittoor Superintendent
of Police presented the surrendered extremist a cheque for INR
200,000 under the rehabilitation scheme.
CPI-Maoist cadres burnt a jeep and a van at Busuput
village of Pedhabayalu mandal in the Visakhapatnam District on
the Orissa border. Maoists stopped the jeep and the van, ordered
the occupants to alight before setting the vehicles afire. No
one was injured in the incident. The Maoists left behind some
District committee member of the CPI-Maoist, Meesala
Prabhakar alias Venkatesh, was killed in an encounter with a Police
party at Kanamurlapudi reserve forest area near Bollapalli mandal
in the Guntur District. Police sources told that Prabhakar was
involved in seven cases including the killing of Karampaudi Zilla
Parishad Territorial Committee (ZPTC, a District level administrative
institution) Venna Bhaskara Reddy in 2007 and Mandal Parishadh
President (MPP, a block level administrative institution) member
Bollapalli Bhuma Ramireddy in 2005.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have restarted their activities
in Adilabad District's Chennur-Sirpur, Mangi and Vaipet forest
areas. A group of 15 Maoists are known to be hiding in the forest
areas of the District following the 'tactical withdrawal' of the
outfit sometime in 2005. In the first week of October, Maoists
were reported to have visited some villages in Chennur mandal
on the Adilabad District's border with Karimnagar District. They
are reported to have sung songs and held meetings with villagers.
Maoist movement was also reported subsequently from the Mangi
forests between Asifabad Sirpur (U) and Vaipet forests in Indervelli
mandal. The dalam (squad) reportedly consisted of 13 men and six
The Khammam rural Police arrested Daravath Saidulu
and five others of his dacoit gang in connection with a dacoity
and recovered some stolen property including a gold chain, digital
camera and a motor cycle. Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat
said that the gang is linked with the Praja Pratighatana faction
of the CPI-ML. The gang has been involved in previous incidents
of Maoist-sponsored arson in the District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with a special Police party in Pedamidisaleru forests in the Khammam
District, close to the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh. One
of arrested Maoist is suspected to be a senior member of the outfit
while the other was an activist of the Sukhdev dalam (squad) operating
under the Venkatapuram area committee. Two 8 mm rifles with 18
rounds were recovered from the place along with a medical kit
containing some tablets and disposable syringes. The Police said
that four other Maoists managed to escape into the forest during
the exchange of fire.
A former CPI-Maoist cadre Nomula Bala Raju, was
found dead under mysterious circumstances at Pondugula village
in Dachepalli mandal (administrative division) in the Guntur
District. A letter allegedly written by Siva Ram, District secretary
of the Janashakti faction of the CPI-ML was found besides the
body. In the letter, Siva Ram accused Raju of resorting to extortion
in the name of Maoists and threatening people. Maoist sympathisers,
however, alleged that Raju was killed by the Police.
The Karimnagar District Police arrested 10 naxalites
belonging to the Janashakthi faction of the CPI-ML in separate
places of Sircilla and Vemulawada circles. Literature of the outfit,
flags, banners, wall posters and 10 'soap bombs' were recovered
from their possession. The arrested naxalites were involved in
several extortions activities in the area. They were also erecting
temporary martyrs' memorials and pasting of wall posters to rebuild
A distillery was raided by 300 Maoists, including
their sympathizers, at Jaganadhapuram in the Srikakulam District.
According to sources, the Maoists destroyed brewery machinery
and also set ablaze a jeep and a TVS Suzuki bike. A group of workers
were manhandled and were threatened not to continue with the brewing
activity by the Maoists.
31 members belonging to the 1st and 2nd Armed
Militia Platoon of the CPI-Maoist of Gunukurai surrendered before
the SP, Akun Sabharwal, in the Visakhapatnam District. According
to the SP, among the 31 cadres, six were in the rank of commanders,
three deputy commanders and the rest members. Some of the surrendered
Maoists were identified as Korra Chittibabu, Vantala Rama Rao,
Korra Jagan, Sukuru Chinnayya, Anuguru Balayya and Korra Kameswara
Rao, all commander-level cadres, Vandalam Chinnabbai, Korra Subba
Rao and Korra Rambabu, at deputy commander-level. The surrendered
Maoists reportedly took a pledge not to indulge in violence in
future and instead work for peace.
Suspected Naxalites belonging to the Praja Pratighatana
group abducted Surender Reddy, a contractor's brother, from Meenajipeta
village in Karimnagar District. The Naxalites were demanding a
ransom from the contractor who was doing road works worth INR
1.92 crore in the area.
Two cadres of the Praja Pratighatana group of
the CPI-ML, identified as S. Babu of Buttaigudem and D. Pochamallu,
were killed in an encounter with the Police in the forest area
of Pasara of Govindaraopet mandal (administrative unit)
in the Warangal District. Two pistols and a motorbike were recovered
by the Police from the incident site.
An arms dump, including 180 empty hand grenades,
31 electric detonators and a bundle of fuse wire, of the CPI-Maoist
was recovered near a tree between Teklova and Bittavtonki villages
of Vizianagaram District on Andhra-Orissa border, while the Special
Police Team was conducting a combing operation.
Three cadres of the Rachakonda dalam (squad)
of the erstwhile PWG, identified as Maddunuri Sheshaiah, his wife
Maddunuri Narasamma and Tirupati Balaiah belonging to Mahaboobnagar
District, were acquitted by the Second Additional Metropolitan
Sessions Judge L. Ravi Babu due to lack of evidence against them
for their involvement in the killing of the DIG Vyas. The DIG
Vyas, the founder of the elite anti-Naxal Police commandos,
Greyhounds, was shot dead by a group of Naxalites (left-wing
extremists) when he went for jogging at the Lal Bahadur stadium
on January 27-evening, 1993. Out of 21 persons, accused by the
Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Vyas' killing, nine of
them were arrested earlier and six are still absconding while
three others, including main accused Mekala Damodar Reddy, were
killed. The remaining three were acquitted.
A meeting of the surrendered Naxalites was convened
by the District Collector M. Ravichandra and Superintendent of
Police K. Lakshmireddy, in which 23 surrendered Naxalites participated,
for the purpose of speeding up the rehabilitation process in the
Seven Naxalites (left wing-extremists), including
four belonging to the Godavariloya Praja Pratighatana faction
of the CPI-ML and three of the Praja Pratighatana, surrendered
before the Deputy Inspector General of Police, K. Laxman Mohan,
in Warangal. They were identified as Mankidi Saraiah alias Tirupati,Komuram
Balaiah, Vynala Murali alias Srikant, Bandi Ratna Kumari alias
Aruna, Daida Venkanna alias Damodar, Dandre Ramesh alias Ranadheerand
Bollepally Radhika. The surrendered Naxalites deposited four 8-mm
rifles one Springfield and one .30 mm carbine weapons and 142
rounds of live ammunition. According to Superintendent of Police
V. C. Sajjanar, the District Police had set up an exclusive cell
to assist the surrendered cadre, help them apply for help from
various state agencies, ensure bank loans and set up their own
enterprises besides the financial reward being given by the Government.
A cadre belonging to the CPI-ML-Janashakti, identified
as Kalyankar Nagaraju alias Ramesh, was killed in an encounter
with the Police on the outskirts of Gollapalli and Nimmapalli
villages under Konaraopeta mandal in the Karimnagar District.
The killed extremist hailed from Kamareddy in the Nizamabad District.
Police recovered arms, including one .410 Muscat
and one .22 bore rifle belonging to cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
during combing operation at the centre of Railway Track of the
Macherla-Nadikudi section in the Guntur District.
A teacher, identified as Korugattla Pagidiraju,
was shot dead by three suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the
Eturunagaram mandal of Warangal District. The Maoists reportedly
accused him of being a Police informer.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging
to the Maoists, including five claymore mines, 20 gelatine sticks,
10 electrical detonators, one camera flash hider, 10 batteries
and several electrical switches and plugs, was recovered by the
Police during a search operation at Puthikavalasa village in the
A trader, identified as Jamalapuri Ramashankar,
was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Satyanarayanapuram village
of Charla mandal in the Khammam District. According to sources,
a group of armed Maoists entered his house and shot him dead in
the presence of family members, branding him a Police informer.
All the six tribal youths including the sarpanch
(chief) of the Pusuguppal gram panchayat (village level
self-government institution) in the Khammam District, who were
abducted by the CPI-Maoist were set free after being in captivity
for more than 24 hours. They had been taken to the forests in
Pamedu area in Chhattisgarh after their abduction on November
A political activist of the Communist Party of
India-Marxist, Domala Biksham of Edduguralla Pallai village, was
abducted by Maoists who took him to Banda forests in Chhattisgarh
and assaulted him. He was later let off after being warned to
refrain from assisting the Police.
The Maoists partially destroyed the pipeline control
unit of Gujarat Essar, a private steel manufacturing company,
and took away its solar plates and batteries.
Two tribals, identified as Killo Sanu and Battula
Rama Rao, were killed and their houses looted by around 30 armed
cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Meduru village of Chintapalli mandal
in the Visakhapatnam District. The Maoists had reportedly branded
the tribals as Police informers. They also warned other tribals
of serious consequences if they support the Police.
A Naxalite, identified as B. Badru alias Sanjeev
of Govindaraopet mandal, belonging to the Praja Pratighatana faction
of the CPI-ML was killed in an encounter with the Police in Gangaram
forest area of Kothaguda mandal in Warangal District. A cache
of arms including two 8 mm rifles, one Springfield rifle and one
.30 carbine was recovered by the Police from the vehicle he was
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as K
Indrasen and S Ravinder, were arrested by the Police during a
routine vehicle checking at Huzurabad town in the Karimnagar District.
Two bombs and some gelatin sticks were recovered from their possession.
The duo had previously handed over extortion money of INR 590,000
to the Maoists and was also giving shelter to the Maoists.
Three CPI-Maoist commanders, wanted in different
cases in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh, were arrested by
the Police at Dummugudem in Khammam dsitrict. The three were involved
in a Maoist ambush that left 12 Policemen dead in Gollapalli Police
station limits and attack on Police in Maraiguda Police station
The Huzurabad circle Police arrested a cadre of
CPI-Maoist identified as Gaddam Rajanarsu alias Raju (26) from
his native Dandepalli village. He revealed to the Police that
the Maoists were planning to conduct a major offence on the eve
of general elections.
Around 100 children, in the age group of 10 to
18, fled to the neighbouring villages of Sileru, Koraput, Jaipore
and Viskhapatnam as the CPI-Maoist is forcefully recruiting child
soldiers in the areas adjacent to the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa
border. The Maoists have specifically targeted Pappuluru, Kappatotti,
Naguluru, Tarigetta, Chintagunnal, Kuntawada, Sanyasiguda, Nimmalapadu,
Doraguda, Gassiguda and Allurukota villages located near G K Veedhi
mandal for their recruitment drive. The CPI-Maoist's Malkangiri
division in Orissa has also decided to fill up the vacant slots
in the platoons and area committees as they are worried over the
depleting cadre strength. The Maoists have threatened villagers
and asked them to send a minimum of 10 children from each panchayat
to join them. "If the parents ignore their call, the Maoists swoop
on the villages in the night and take away kids,'' the report
15 CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the Police
at Narsipatnam in the Visakhapatnam District. Among them were
three dalam (squad) commanders, one dalam member and 11 militia
members. The extremists are natives of Kothapalli, Peddrugondi,
Boddalagondi, Atchampalli, Gillagondi and Kannerusilpa villages
in the G.K. Veedhi mandal.
A CPI-ML commander belonging to the Janashakti
faction of the Sircilla region in Karimnagar District, identified
as Malyala Rajesh alias Johnson, surrendered before the S P, Y.
Gangadhar, along with locally manufactured .32 and 8 mm revolvers
and some live rounds. Gangadhar revealed that he was forced to
join the extremist movement at the instigation of Janashakti State
A weapons dump of the CPI-Maoist was unearthed
by the Police during a search operation at Damaratogu forest of
Gundala Police station in the Khammam District.
Police arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including militia commander Madivi Rammurthy and a cadre identified
as Podiam Saraih, at Venkatapuram in the Khammam District. Both
of them were accused in the murder of a political activist of
the Communist Party of India-Marxist.
Police constable Abdul Karim was injured when
a group of CPI-Maoist cadres hurled grenades at Mallecharvu Police
station in the Nalgonda District. Police suspect that the Bellamkonda
dalam members might have carried out the attack. Around 10 to
12 CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the Police Station and the adjoining
residential quarters in Kodad mandal. However, the Maoists managed
to escape when the Police personnel repulsed the attack.
A deputy commander of the CPI-ML (Janashakti),
identified as Badavath Bhaskar alias Bharath, belonging to the
Medak-Kamareddy area, was captured by the villagers and later
handed over to the Domakonda Police in Nizamabad District. While
two of his associates managed to escape, one revolver and five
live bullets were recovered from his possession.
The State Government has asked the Police to try
the 30 CPI-Maoist cadres, who were involved in the failed assassination
attempt on former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on October
1, 2003 at Alipur, under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and
the Explosive Substances Act instead of the Prevention of Terrorism
Act, which was repealed in 2004.
Seven left-wing extremists, including two women
cadres of the CPI-Maoist and five cadres of the CPI-ML (Janashakti),
surrendered before the Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat
in the Khammam District. The CPI-Maoist cadres were identified
as Vagaboina Anasurya alias Vasanta, wanted in connection with
a killing in Chhattisgarh and Soyam Venkata Lakshmi alias Venkatamma
alias Aruna, a member of the Kukunoor Local Organised Squad of
the CPI-Maoist. The CPI-ML cadres were identified as Enumula Naresh
alias Nagesh, Molkam Suresh, Uke Nirosha and Keesara Sammmaiah,
Setti Vinoda alias Swapna.
The Khammam Police has reportedly launched a new
programme titled 'Agyatham Nunchi Swescha' (freedom from
the underground) aimed at bringing back left-wing extremists to
Two cadres belonging to the Janashakti faction
of the CPI-ML, who fled from the scene when villagers caught hold
the Party squad commander Bharath during their attack on a petrol
station at the Domakonda mandal headquarter on December 18, were
arrested by the Domakonda Police in Nizamabad District. The duo
was identified as squad commander of Kamareddy, Chetyal Lakshmipathi,
and squad member Naskal Ramesh.
The Praja Rajyam party inducted 250 former cadres
of the CPI-Maoist as its grassroots-level cadres at Perecherla
on the outskirts of Guntur city.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara
Reddy has claimed that Maoist insurgency is contained in the State
and has attributed this to the stable Government which has taken
up several development and welfare programmes.
A suspected Madanna dalam cadre of the CPI-Maoist
was killed while five others managed to escape during an encounter
with Police in the forests of Charla in the Khammam District.
SP Mahesh Bhagwat said the Maoist was carrying a claymore mine,
a grenade and wire-bundle.
Six dumps of illegal arms and ammunition, including
312 kilograms of gelatine sticks, 30 detonators, 170 coupling
bombs and 60 rounds of ammunition belonging to the CPI-Maoist
and three arms hidden by the Praja Pratighatana faction of the
CPI-ML, were recovered by the Warangal District Police. These
arms and ammunition were recovered during a search operation in
the Tadvai, Kothaguda and Chityal mandals and major recoveries
were made at Velishala hills in Chityal and the Kothaguda forest.
The Superintendent of Police, V.C. Sajjanar, said the Maoists
were procuring gelatine sticks from Lalapur village in Uttar Pradesh,
adding, "We would track down the transport and supplier network
soon." Sajjanar said that there could be about 125 people from
the District working for various left-wing extremist groups while
about 15 were still operating in the forest areas of the District.
He also said that during 2008, the District Police recovered arms
and ammunition on a massive scale which include 26 rifles, 18
pistols, five revolvers, five tapanchas (locally made fire-arm)
and one gun. The seizure included 2,170 rounds of ammunition,
383 kilograms of gelatine sticks, 217 bombs, 83 detonators, seven
landmines, four grenades and one binocular.
The Karimnagar District Superintendent of Police,
Y. Gangadhar, said the CPI-Maoist activities had considerably
declined for the fourth consecutive year in Karimnagar due to
the people friendly policies initiated by the Police. The extremists
are reportedly on the run from the District to the neighbouring
State of Chhattisgarh. In 2008, the extremists had killed four
persons branding them as informers and damaged a bus and a private
cellular phone tower in the Mahamutharam mandal. Three extremists
were killed in encounters with the Police. The Police arrested
73 Maoists during the year, including the CPI-Maoist Chhattisgarh
Muded area divisional committee member Velpula Rajesh Kumra alias
Tirupati, and his wife and dalam member Ramadevi, and Janashakti
central committee member Kura Devanna alias Amar. Around 15 extremists,
including seven Maoists from Chhattisgarh region, had surrendered
before the Police. In the first week of December, the Police had
arrested some Maoists and thwarted their attempts to revive the
party in the District. He also said Police had recovered 13 weapons
including one Springfield rifle, two revolvers, four tapanchas,
three pistols and one SLR and 150 live and empty rounds of ammunition
of various weapons. The Police also recovered 27 soap bombs, six
tiffin bombs, four clipping bombs during 2008.
A Penna Ahobilam dalam commander of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Pujari Peddanna alias Chalapati alias Adi, native
of Venkatammanahalli village of Pavagada taluk in Karnataka
and allegedly involved in several violent incidents including
murders, robberies, attacks, was arrested by the Police in the
Anantapur District. Peddanna was associated with Maoist activities
for over a decade and went underground for the past two years.
Towards the end of 2006, he developed differences with the party
leadership. He was also trying to secure weapons through some
sources at Pamidi and Garladinne mandals and attempting to re-organise
the party in Uravakonda and Ramagiri areas.
Five left-wing extremists, including a cadre of
the CPI-Maoist, and a senior cadre of Khammam and Warangal Districts
belonging to the Godavari Loya sub-faction of the Praja Pratighatna
faction of the CPI-ML surrendered before the DIG of Police (Warangal
range), Ramlakshman, and Khammam Superintendent of Police, Mahesh
M. Bhagwat. One of the surrendered extremists, identified as Made
Krishna, laid down his weapons, including 8 mm rifle and 78 live
ammunition, to the DIG.
A senior CRPF official of Southern Sector, P.
Mallana Goud, said that training for the special anti-Naxal Force,
COBRA, comprising ten battalions from the CRPF will begin by April
of 2009 and it would be functional in one year's period. He said,
"Persons (trainer of trainers) who have to train the forces are
already trained with the help of local Greyhounds, an elite anti-Naxal
force in Andhra Pradesh."
A Police official, Arvind Rao, said that the Maoist
violence has touched the lowest ebb ever in Andhra Pradesh with
30 percent decline in extremist activities during 2008. Though
the State's elite anti-Maoist force Greyhounds lost its 38 personnel
in a major ambush by Maoists in neighbouring Orissa, the Andhra
Pradesh Police managed to keep the Maoist activity in check through
intensive combing operations. While 45 civilians were killed in
Maoist violence in 2008 compared to 44 in 2007, the number of
incidents has come down from 132 in 2007 to 94 in 2008. Rao also
said 36 Maoists, including seven State committee members of the
outlawed CPI-Maoist, and seven dalam commanders, were killed in
27 gun battles with the Police. He also said 392 extremists, including
one State committee member and five dalam commanders, were arrested
and 193 extremists and one central committee member had surrendered
in 2008. Maoist violence reportedly saw a 42 percent decline in
2007. The Maoist movement has further weakened with the killing
of several top leaders in gun battles with the Police during last
couple of years. Police said the CPI-Maoist cadre strength has
come down by nearly 50 percent, from 850 to approximately 400.
A Police constable, identified
as Sunil Kumar, was killed and three others wounded when armed
CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a Police outpost at Bansjore in the
Simdega District. "Nearly 500 Maoist rebels surrounded the outpost
and hurled petrol bombs before firing indiscriminately around
midnight last night. Policemen retaliated and the gunfight lasted
till three in the morning," said Sergeant Major J.K. Jha. Police
have claimed some fatality on the Maoists side on the basis of
bloodstains found at the encounter site. A civilian was also injured
in the attack.
An explosion targeting the Simdega
Superintendent of Police, D.B. Sharma, who was rushing with Police
re-enforcement to the encounter site, and a brief exchange of
fire between the Police and extremists occurred at Keriaghati.
However, no casualty was reported in the incident.
A joint team comprising Police
personnel of Palamau and Garwah Districts raided Obra village
under Bishrampur Police station in the Palamau District and arrested
five alleged CPI-Maoist supporters. Five guns were recovered from
The Garhwa District Superintendent
of Police, Saket Singh, suspended a Police constable, identified
as Mukesh Kumar Singh, on the charges of passing information to
the Maoists. Police sources said that the conduct of Mukesh was
under the scanner since he was posted with Majhiaon Police station.
Recently, the Police found strong evidence showing his indulgence
in passing vital information to the Maoists in the area.
A CPI-Maoist senior cadre, Ashok Yadav alias Ashokji,
a resident of Arwal village in the Jehanabad District, was arrested
by the Special Task Force personnel near Danua village in the
Giridih District. Ashokji was wanted in 13 cases of murder, arms
loot and ransom. A pistol, five live cartridges, two cell phones
and a diary were recovered from his possession.
Police arrested Vineeta alias Simppi, the women
wing 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, from Bardari village
in the Garwah District. She was wanted in 22 murder cases and
37 cases of encounter with the Police. During her interrogation,
Vineeta reportedly admitted that she was a part of the CPI-Maoist
squad, which had planted a landmine which killed six Police personnel
at Saro valley in the District on September 12, 2007 and looted
185 rifles from a Police barrack in Giridih on July 14, 2007.
Around 200 armed CPI-Maoist cadres raided Muktma
village under Simaria Police station in the Chatra District and
abducted three persons. Subsequently, two of the abducted persons
were killed in a nearby forest area while the third one was released.
Jharkhand Police indicates that the CPI-Maoist
unit in the state recently gave compensation to families of their
cadres who died during the anti-Maoist operations by the Police.
The families of some of the cadres killed in the Latehar and Chatra
areas were the first beneficiaries of the scheme. Jharkhand Police
spokesperson, R K Mallik, confirmed the introduction of compensation
by Maoists. In some cases, the Maoists have also taken over the
responsibility of school-going children of their dead cadres,
Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) cadres, splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist, shot dead a civilian, identified as Revalal
Yadav in the Latehar District. Police recovered the dead body
from the Balumathon-Murpa road.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including a 'zonal commander'
of the CPI-Maoist, Mahendra Karwa, were killed in a three hour
gun battle with security forces in Chainpur hills of the Palamau
District. The gunfight took place when patrolling Jharkhand Police
and CRPF personnel spotted 10 Maoists on January 11-night. Two
rifles, live cartridges and explosives were recovered from the
The Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT) has ordered
villagers not to sell or consume liquor. The JLT, which is active
in the Ranchi, Khuti, Simdega and Gumla disricts of the state
issued posters and pamphlets calling for a ban on the sale and
consumption of 'Hadia' - a local brew made from rice and Mahua
flower and such posters have been found in villages of Khuti and
Simdega Districts. "If anyone is found selling or consuming Hadia,
he will be suitably punished. The consumption of Hadia has destroyed
many families. This will not be accepted", the posters read. The
posters also directed the school teachers not to remain absent
from the schools. "Teachers found absent during school hours will
not be spared. JLT will not tolerate students returning to their
homes because of absent teachers", the posters read.
Two CRPF personnel were killed and four others
injured during an encounter with cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Giridih
District. The encounter followed an ambush by the Maoists on a
Police patrol in the Madhuban forest area and it reportedly continued
for over 12 hours. Police sources claimed that over a dozen Maoists
were killed, but their colleagues managed to take away the bodies.
Maoists also triggered seven landmine blasts during the encounter.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided
to despatch five companies of para-military forces (600 personnel)
to Jharkhand to tackle the Maoist violence. The decision followed
a meeting between the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil with senior
officials of Jharkhand. He also advised the State Government to
use the para-military forces for operational purposes and not
for normal law and order or static duties.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including Vikash, an
accused in the killing of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Member
of Parliament Sunil Mahto, were killed in an encounter with security
forces at Phuljore in the East Singhbhum District. Deputy Inspector
General of Police Manoj Mishra stated that two women cadres were
among the slain Maoists. The encounter followed an exchange of
fire between the Maoists and the Nagarik Suraksha Samiti (NSS),
a vigilance organisation formed by villagers with support of the
District Police, in which two Maoists were killed. When a joint
team of the CRPF and local Police personnel rushed to the area
to assist the NSS, an encounter took place with the Maoists in
which five extremists were killed. Eight weapons and some live
cartridges were recovered from the encounter site.
The CPI-Maoist called a 24-hour State-wide strike
on February 21 against the killing of seven of its cadres on February
Around 2500 cartridges were recovered by a joint
team of the Bokaro District Police and Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) personnel from Jhumara hill under Gomia Police station
limits. Bokaro District Superintendent of Police, Priya Dubey,
told reporters that the Jhumara hills continue to remain a strong
foothold of the Maoists in the State.
The Bokaro District Police and Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF) personnel recovered a huge cache of arms and
ammunition from Mangra Togri forest of the Jhumra hillocks in
the Bokaro District. The arms and ammunition recovered included,
three rifles, 12 kilograms of explosives, 135 detonators, eight
hand grenades, nine improvised explosive device (IED) electronic
circuits, two battery circuits, two wireless sets, VHF set, two
walkie-talkies, a map of united Bihar, dozens of Police and military
jerseys and Maoist literature.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a self-styled
'zonal commander', were killed by the security forces at Dhenkua
in the Garwah District.
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist was
killed in an encounter with the Police while another 'sub-zonal
'commander' of the outfit was arrested at Madanpur village in
the Palamau District. The incident occurred after the Maoists
opened fire on a Police patrolling party.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked three strategic
positions of the Jharkhand Police - Netarhat Police station, Special
Task Force camp at Vivah Mandap and Jharkhand Armed Police camp
- in the Netarhat forest area of Latehar District. However, no
loss of life or injury was reported. "No one sustained injury
in the incident as the rebels fled under the cover of darkness,"
Police spokesperson R.K. Mallick said. "Around 500 rebels attacked
to loot arms and ammunition," an unnamed Police officer said.
"While the rebels fired 800 rounds on the camps, we fired 500
rounds on them in the two-hour face-off," said another Police
official at Netarhat.
In a joint operation, the Bokaro District Police
and CRPF personnel recovered a cache of arms and ammunition hidden
in the Jhumda hill near Simrabera. The seizure included three
bombs, two grenades, three automatic guns, 100 rounds of ammunition
and three kilograms of explosives.
Police destroyed large amounts of poppy cultivation
allegedly grown by the CPI-Maoist in the Ghaghra area of Gumla
District. "It cannot be said very clearly, but of late, cases
of opium farming have come from the militancy-hit areas. It cannot
be denied that it is the rebels who benefit from opium plantations,"
said Vinod Kumar, Station House Officer in Ghaghra-Gumla station.
Police recovered around 22 kilograms of explosives
and 11 live cartridges of 315 bore, seven detonators, two flash
guns, one rifle and Maoist literature from Kumrahi forest area
during an anti-Maoist operation in the Latehar District. The Director
General of Police V. D. Ram confirming the recovery said, "We
have recovered explosives and arms and ammunitions besides Maoist
literatures while carrying out Operation Guard under Manika Police
Station in Latehar."
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked three Jharkhand
Armed Police (JAP) personnel using chilly powder at Chowka under
Chandil Police station jurisdiction in the Seraikela-Kharsawan
District and snatched two INSAS and one self-loading rifle from
them. The extremists then reportedly fled into the forests in
Dinai hills near Urmal, about five kilometers from Chowka Police
station, where an exchange of fire between the Police and extremists
Manoj Tiwari, a trooper of the Special Task Force
(STF), was killed in an encounter with JLT cadres at Karra in
the Khunti District. The STF was conducting an operation against
the JLT in the Bilsiring forests when Tiwari suffered bullet wounds
and later succumbed to his injuries. Police claimed that a JLT
cadre too was killed during the operation, but his body could
not be recovered.
A woman leader and 12 of her accomplices belonging
to the JLT were arrested at Saldaga village in the Simdega District.
District Superintendent of Police Deo Behari Sharma said that
the woman, identified as Radha Devi, and her accomplices were
active in the Khunti and Simdega Districts. They were hiding at
the Saldega village after committing a murder at Kairbera village.
Extremists of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee
(JPC), a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist, who had called a State-wide
bandh against alleged Police atrocities, set ablaze seven
trucks at Demotand and Bendi in the Hazaribagh District. They
also opened fire at several buses and trucks near Demotand on
the National Highway-33.
Joint teams of the Jharkhand Police and the CRPF
personnel in an encounter killed eight CPI-Maoist cadres, including
a woman and a 'sub zonal commander' of the outfit, at Bandu village
under Ranka Police Station in the Garhwa District. The Director
General of Police (DGP), V. D. Ram, told, "We had received a tip
off about the movement of Maoists. One SLR, four 303 rifles, three
315 rifles, one sten-gun, one DBBL gun, one country made revolver
and large number of live cartridges besides naxal literatures
and belongings of the Maoists were recovered." Of the eight slain
Maoists, one was identified as Basant Yadav, a 'sub-zonal commander',
while two others are suspected to be Rajesh Paswan and Lallan
Thakur, both 'area commanders'.
Security Forces also recovered 80 landmines planted
on a 1.5-2 kilometre stretch of road in the forest area between
DTPS and Nawadih Police stations in Bokaro during a subsequent
operation. The DGP said the recovery of landmines was the biggest
CPI-Maoist cadres killed four civilians at Poradih-Chenpur
village in the Khunti District. Dead bodies of the victims whose
throats were slit were recovered on April 2. A hand-written note
left behind by the Maoists claimed the four persons were being
'punished' for indulging in robbery. The Maoists also claimed
to have taken away a hand-made pistol and three motorbikes from
the slain villagers.
13 security force personnel and a two-and-a-half-year-old
girl were injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists
in the Banasu village in the Hazaribagh District. The SF personnel
were conducting a joint patrolling in the area, about 35-kilometres
from the District headquarters.
Six TPC cadres, including 'area commander' Surendra
Ganju, were arrested in the Ramgarh District. A special Police
team led by Superintendent of Police Amol Homkar, intercepted
a car carrying the extremists near Topa area. Two locally-made
revolvers, cartridges, two knives and an unspecified number of
cellular phones were recovered from their possession.
Ranchi Police arrested a suspected CPI-Maoist
cadre, Jeetan Marandi, from the from Sukhdeonagar locality in
the Ranchi city. The arrested Maoist is suspected to have led
an attack in October 2007 that led to the killing of 19 people,
including the son of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi.
Nine persons were killed and two others injured
when the CPI-Maoist cadres fired on a vehicle and subsequently
set it ablaze in the Semra forest area under Palkot Police station
of Gumla District. Among the victims were Bhado Singh, a member
of Shanti Sena (Peace Force), a Police backed resistance
force, and his family members. Singh and his family members were
proceeding to Palkot from Bhagina village.
A group of five CPI-Maoist cadres killed the brother
of a civil contractor at Bamnatora village in the East Singhbhum
District. The contractor, Bholanath Mohanty, was not present at
the site of an under-construction check-dam when the Maoists were
looking for him. Not finding him, Maoists killed his brother,
Sashinath, who was supervising the construction work.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a two-metre stretch
of railway track between Hazaribagh Road and Parasnath railway
stations in the Giridih District. The blast affected rail traffic
in the Grand Chord section of Jharkhand, the main line that connects
eastern and northern India.
Two civilians were killed as CPI-Maoist cadres
opened fire on moving trucks at Karamdih under Chandil Police
station in the Saraikela-Kharswan District. The outfit had called
for a 24-hour general strike in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal
in protest against price rise. Superintendent of Police Laxman
Prasad Singh said that a group of 15 Maoists fired at the trucks
plying on the Tata-Ranchi highway killing two persons aboard two
separate trucks. Another truck fell into a roadside ditch after
its driver, in an attempt to escape the gunfire, lost control
over the vehicle. The Maoists subsequently set ablaze the truck.
11 persons engaged by a private contractor for
construction work in the Koderma-Hazaribagh railway line were
assaulted by the JLT cadres at Mahagona in the Hazaribagh District.
The JLT cadres also destroyed the construction material and set
fire to the compressor machine and road rollers.
Three Policemen and two CPI-Maoist cadres were
killed in an encounter in Dumka.
Two Maoists were arrested during a combing operation
near Parasnath in the Giridih District. A landmine and some detonators
were recovered from the Maoists, identified as Manoj Chaudhary
and H. Singh. The duo was involved in several extremist activities,
including looting of Police weapons in Madhupur.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during an encounter
with the security forces near the Dilwa railway station. Police
sources said that a group of 100 Maoists were planning to blow
up the nearby Koderma railway station when the SFs intervened,
leading to the encounter. The SF personnel recovered an unspecified
number of rifles and cartridges from the incident site.
A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian
in the Dolh Gaon village of the Garwah District branding him a
A group of Maoists set ablaze five houses in the
Nathpur village of Gumla District. The Superintendent of Police,
Baljeet Singh, said that the Maoist action followed after the
villagers allegedly continued to give shelter to one Manoj Yadav,
who snapped links with the CPI-Maoist to join the JLT a month
ago. Household articles of four of the five houses were destroyed
in the fire.
CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an explosion damaging
an under-construction Government building at Madhuban in the Giridih
District. A group of 20 Maoists reportedly reached the vacant
building site and packed it with explosives before triggering
the blast. In February 2007, the same building being built for
the tourists by the Government had been destroyed by the militants.
Seven claymore mines and three landmines were
recovered during a search operation launched jointly by the Police
and Central Reserve Police Force at Sarju Ghati under Garu Police
station in the Latehar District.
A wireless supervisor of the Police was killed
and three other Police personnel were wounded in an attack by
the CPI-Maoist cadres at Holong Ghati near Hazaribagh. The Hazaribagh
District Superintendent of Police told that a vehicle carrying
five Police personnel from Giridih was attacked by a group of
50 Maoists, who opened fire and lobbed explosives targeting the
vehicle, thus, killing the Police wireless officer Oliver Purti.
Later, the Maoists blocked the Hazaribagh-Dhanbad road via Bishnugarh
and Bagodar on National Highway (NH) No. 100 resulting in a traffic
jam for six hours on the route.
Bokaro Superintendent of Police (SP) Priya Dubey
survived a Maoist bomb attack on her convoy while on a midnight
anti-Maoist mission. The SP's convoy was ambushed while going
to a village bordering Vishnugarh in the Hazaribagh District where
the Maoists had taken shelter for the past few days. No injury
was reported among the Police personnel.
The officer in charge of Charhi Police station
and a CRPF trooper were killed and three security force personnel
were injured during an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres in
the Dahudaag forest area of Charhi of Hazaribag District. A mortar
fired by the SFs hit a house in a nearby village injuring a seven-year-old
girl and four other villagers.
Police arrested a senior CPI-Maoist leader Pramod
Mishra from Dhanbad. The arrested Maoist is a member of the outfit's
Three women CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested following
an encounter in the Chatra District. The Superintendent of Police,
Akhilesh Kumar Jha, said that a 'firing squad' of the CPI-Maoist
confronted security forces at Gheighat village in the Chatra District
and both sides exchanged fire for half an hour. He also said,
"some Maoists fled the area following the strong retaliatory action,
but three women extremists of the firing squad were overpowered
and apprehended along with two rifles, 42 bullets and INR 10,000
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, identified
as Mahadeo Sahu, President of Senah block (administrative division),
was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Lohardagga District.
The BJP leader was abducted by the Maoists along with and two
others on May 16-night. While the Maoists released the other two,
they killed Sahu and left pamphlets at the spot alleging that
he was a Police informer.
A huge cache of ammunition suspected to belong
to the left-wing extremists, including 25 detonators, 17 electronic
detonators, two hand grenades, cartridges of .303 rifle ignition
sets, dozens of charger clips and safety fuses, wires and other
equipment, were recovered from Suarkatwa on the Jhumra hills in
the Bokaro District. A source of the Central Reserve Police Force
which participated in the raid along with the Bokaro District
Police said that a stove, foreign literature on how to attack
military camps, Police and military uniforms, were also found.
The extremists were reported to have held a high-level meeting
in the area on May 15 and 16 following the arrest of senior leader
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead three persons
and injured another at Kotam village in the Gumla District. The
Superintendent of Police Baljit said that among the dead were
two brothers, identified as Nijamul Ansari and Ajmul Ansari. A
group of six Maoists opened fire on a shop owned by the brothers
killing them and a customer Mahesh Mahto. Police suspect extortion
could be the motive behind the attack.
Suspected Maoists looted a currency van of the
ICICI bank carrying INR 50 million and one kilogram of gold near
Tamar area in the capital Ranchi on May 21. The currency was being
transferred from the Jamshedpur branch of the bank to Ranchi.
Police said that the bank had not informed the Police about its
currency movement and no security was provided.
Ramashankar Mahto, a resident of Gorga village
in the Dhanbad District was hacked to death by the Maoists.
Cadres of CPI-Maoist killed a Nagarik Suraksha
Samity (NSS) activist, Sushen Murmu, at Mucchrisole village in
the Ghatshila sub-division of Jamshedpur District. Reports said
that at around 2am (IST), about 70 Maoists came to Muchhrisole
village and raided Murmu's house taking hostage his father as
he was sleeping outside. Subsequently, they entered the house
and dragged the 26-year-old youth to an open field and slit his
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a bomb blast
near Tamar on the National Highway No. 33 between Ranchi and Jamshedpur
in an abortive attempt to booby-trap Police personnel patrolling
the highway. No one was injured in the incident. Police personnel
subsequently recovered and defused another explosive device in
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including a 'sub-zonal
commander' and a woman extremist, were killed in an encounter
with the Police at Sundermahto village in the Hazaribag District.
A tip off by an arrested Maoist, identified as Arjun Yadav, reportedly
led to the encounter in which three Maoists and the former were
killed. Police sources said that Arjun was killed while trying
to escape. Police recovered two guns, one pistol and a landmine
weighing 30-kilograms were recovered from the possession of the
CPI-Maoist cadres killed three villagers near
the capital Ranchi for allegedly collecting money in the name
of the outfit. Police said the three people were abducted from
Parasi village in Tamar block, around 70 kilometres from Ranchi,
on June 1 and their bodies were recovered the next day from the
forest area of Tamar. Pamphlets left near the bodies said, "Anyone
who will extort money in the name of our organization will meet
the same fate."
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during an
encounter with the security forces near Bhopadih village in the
Chatra District. The slain Maoists include Ganesh Ganju, a 'sub-zonal
commander' of the outfit. Police also arrested two Maoists. The
encounter occurred when the Police personnel carried out a raid
in the village after receiving information of a Maoist meeting
there. The Maoists retaliated with gun fire when the SFs asked
them to surrender. One carbine, one pistol, explosives and Maoist
literature were recovered from the encounter site.
Police in the East Singhbhum District confirmed
the arrest of the veteran cadre of the CPI-Maoist Tireng Kedia
alias Mahabir. Mahabir, hailing from Chakaduba village in East
Midnapore District of West Bengal, was arrested from Kuiani village
under Patamda Police station along with a country-made pistol
and 16 live cartridges from him. East Singhbhum superintendent
of Police Naveen Kumar Singh said Mahabir was a member of the
Dalma zonal committee of CPI-Maoist and used to operate in areas
such as Nimdih, Patamda, Dalma and Chandil.
The 12-hour general strike call given by the CPI-Maoist
in the Districts bordering West Bengal passed off peacefully.
The call evoked partial response in Maoist-affected areas of East
Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts. Long distance buses
did not ply, trucks and trailers remained off the National Highway
no. 33. Petrol pumps and other business establishments in Ghatshila
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a portion of a road
bridge near Tundi between Dhanbad and Giridih, in the Dhanbad
District. Maoists had called for a 24-hour general strike in the
North Chottanagpur area in the State in protest against the killing
of four of their activists in Hazaribagh last month. The general
strike call reportedly evoked no response in Hazaribagh, Giridih
and Koderma Districts.
Eight wagons of a goods train were derailed and
four severely damaged as People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI)
extremists blew up about five feet of railway tracks between two
small stations, Pokla and Bakaspur in the Ranchi division of Jharkhand.
The PLFI had earlier called for a 12-hour general strike in the
area to protect against price rise, corruption and alleged Police
atrocities on extremists, the impact of which was most noticeable
in Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Chatra and Khunti Districts. Long-distance
busses remained off the roads and markets were closed in these
Districts. State Police spokesperson and deputy inspector-general
of Police Raj Kumar Mallik said that the PLFI had only a marginal
presence in some parts of the state and had joined hands with
the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers to gain strength.
Two persons, identified as Pankaj Singh alias
Pintu and Bhuvaneshwar Ganjhu, were taken hostage and subsequently
killed in an attack by around 70 CPI-Maoist on a school classroom,
a cluster resource centre and four rooms of a Jain dharamsala
at Vashisth Nagar in the Chatra District. The Maoists also left
pamphlets on the spot labelling the victims as Police informers
and warning others of similar consequences. The dharamsala's caretaker,
Nemichand Jain, was also assaulted.
Ranchi Police arrested three JLT cadres and also
recovered four rifles, one revolver and 300 live cartridges from
The Jharkhand Police arrested five CPI-Maoist
cadres from the Districts of Ranchi and Palamau. Four members
of Maoists were arrested from Parastoli area of Ranchi District.
"We have arrested four Maoist rebels on a tip off. The arrested
rebels were involved in spreading of the organization in the city
and rural areas of the state," M.S. Bhatia, Senior Superintendent
of Police of Ranchi, told. The Police also seized three revolvers,
three mobile phones, Maoist literature and INR 50,000 in cash
from the arrestees. One more Maoist was arrested from Manatu block
of Palamau District with INR 170,000 allegedly extorted from a
A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and four
constables were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres at Pundigiri village in the Bundu area, 50-kilometres
from State capital Ranchi. While the DSP and two constables were
killed on the spot, two others succumbed to injuries when they
were being shifted to the hospital. Another critically injured
Police personnel was admitted to the hospital. The Police personnel
were returning to the headquarters after conducting raids in the
Bundu area. Jharkhand Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) RK
Mallik said, "The Maoists had planted a landmine on the return
route of the Police party and set it off when the vehicle passed
through that point."
Maoists blocked the Hazaribag-Bagodar NH-100 for
three hours asking drivers and shop keepers to support the shutdown.
CPI-Maoist opened fire on a truck at Topchanchi
in the Dhanbad District injuring the driver. Dhanbad Superintendent
of Police Sheetal Oraon said that the Maoists also fired on another
truck carrying livestock in the same area resulting in its engine
catching fire. The driver and the livestock were unharmed.
Passenger trains on the Barkakana-Garwah road
route under Dhanbad division were cancelled as a precautionary
measure keeping in view the country-wide general strike call given
by the Maoists. Goods train on the route were running with Police
escort, the sources added. The strike call evoked partial response
in the Maoist-pockets of Hazaribag, Chatra, Lohardaga, Gumla,
Simdega, Palamau and Latehar Districts.
Police arrested CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' Manoj
Nagesia with his six associates at Gumla and recovered 100 detonators,
two can bombs, two rifles, SLR and ammunition. Police sources
said Nagesia is associated with more than 35 cases of loot and
robbery registered at Gumla and Simdega Districts.
An exchange of fire between the Maoists and Police
personnel was reported from at Muchadih in Giridih District. Maoists
blew up a community building at Pipra village in the Palamau District.
No one was injured in the incident.
An extremist belonging to the PLFI was killed
and three persons, including a CRPF inspector, were injured in
an encounter between security force personnel and PLFI cadres
at an unspecified village in the Khunti District. Two more PLFI
cadres were arrested. The extremists had converged at the village
when the SF personnel carried out the raid, leading ton an encounter
that witnessed exchange of 300 rounds of ammunition. Two 9mm pistols,
two rifles, an explosive object and several rounds of ammunition
were recovered from the encounter site.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons in the Latehar
District branding them as Police informers. According to the Police,
both people were abducted on July 5 night from a nearby village
and were shot dead near Demo railway station. In a pamphlet left
near the bodies, the CPI-Maoist owned responsibility for the killing.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a MLA belonging to
the Janata Dal-United, Ramesh Singh Munda, along with his two
bodyguards and a teenaged boy at the sub-divisional town of Bundu
in the Ranchi District. The MLA was distributing prizes to students
at the S. S. College when the incident occurred. Maoists, numbering
around 12, first killed one of the three security guards, Shiv
Nath Minj, outside the hall where the ceremony was under way.
They then barged in and fired bullets killing Munda and his other
bodyguard Khurshid Alam. A student was caught in the firing and
died after being hit by a bullet. Munda's third bodyguard, Shesh
Nath Singh, who survived, said that the entire attack was over
within 10 minutes.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including two hardcore
extremists, were arrested from the Hazaribagh bus stand following
a tip off. The arrested cadres include Nageshwar Dangi and Ramu
Yadav, who were suffering from 'brain malaria' and were going
to the capital Ranchi for treatment.
The CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for killing
the former minister and JD-U legislator Ramesh Singh Munda at
Bundu. A press statement by the outfit said the legislator was
"deceiving the people of the state and has been punished." The
outfit also apologised to the family of the student who was killed
during the attack on Munda.
Jharkhand Police arrested two left-wing extremists
from Panchdhara Road connecting Ranchi and Khuti in the Khuti
District. Three pistols and live cartridges were seized from their
possession. One of them was identified as Robin Purty, a former
area commander and founder member of the Jharkhand Liberation
Front, a break-away group of the CPI-Maoist.
Three hardcore Maoists, including two women cadres,
were killed in an encounter that ensued after security force personnel
raided the Tilaya forest area under Vishnugarh Police station
in the Hazaribagh District. The slain insurgents were identified
as a 'zonal commander' Niranjan Da alias Chandru Manjhi and two
women cadres Anita alias Vinita and Mamta. Hazaribagh District
Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar Singh said that some injured
extremists managed to escape from the incident site. The SFs also
recovered one self-loading rifle, two regular rifles (303) both
looted from Police, 150 rounds of ammunition which included live
cartridges for 303 rifles, a large quantity of Maoist literatures,
diaries containing the names and amount of levies realised, names
of newly recruited members along with receipt books and one Motorola
brand walkie-talkie and other materials from the spot. Approximately
100 Maoists had reportedly assembled at Tilaya forest area near
Narki village to celebrate their 'martyr week' along with Niranjan
Da and dozens of women cadres.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the block
office building at Dandai in Garwah District. Police sources said
that a group of Maoists assembled near the vacated building and
blasted it with explosives. The extent of the damage to the building
however, is not yet known due to the remote location of the office.
Two security force personnel belonging to the
CRPF were killed during an encounter with the CPI-Maoist in Laxmantola
in the Giridih District. The Maoists who had called for a 24-hour
bandh in the Chhotanagpur area fired at a Police patrolling
team. In the ensuing encounter that lasted over two hours, two
SF personnel were killed. There was no casualty on the Maoist
side. The bandh had been called in the Chhotanagpur region
by the Maoists in protest against the killing of three Maoists
during an encounter in Hazaribag District.
A 40-member team of the CRPF and East Singhbhum
District Police neutralised a Maoist camp at Kia Jharna area.
Two revolvers, one pistol, two can bombs, a Chinese walkie-talkie
and detailed blueprint of training of the firing squad were recovered
from the camp located on a hilly terrain on the Jharkhand-Bengal
The Jharkhand Police along with their counterparts
in Delhi arrested a CPI-Maoist leader from his hideout in the
national capital New Delhi. The arrested leader, identified as
Alokji, is one of the founder members of left-wing extremism movement
in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Police sources
said that the Maoist leader was taking shelter at the residence
of an acquaintance when he was arrested in a joint operation of
the Jharkhand and Delhi Police. Alokji is believed to be behind
the planning and execution of the Jehanabad jailbreak in Bihar
and the Giridih arms loot in Jharkhand.
One Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) trooper was killed
and a sub-inspector injured when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres fired
at them at Chak in the Palamu District. According to the report,
three motorcycle-borne Maoists fired from AK-47 rifles and nine
mm pistol at a group of six JAP personnel, including sub-inspector
Sunil Chetri killing Ramesh Chetri, hailing from Padma in Nepal.
Maoists blew up a petrol pump building and set
fire to four vehicles in Chatrapur Police station of Palamau District.
Police sources said that a group of 20 to 25 Maoists surrounded
the petrol pump, evacuated the building, blasted it and damaged
the fuel refilling machines. The Maoist rebels then burnt four
vehicles parked near the petrol pump. They also set a crusher
machine on fire.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the Police in the Batuka forest area under Keradari Police
station of Hazaribag District. Hazaribag Superintendent of Police
Praveen Kumar Singh told, "While one body of a Maoist was found,
the other one was taken away by the Maoists after the encounter
late last night". Police sources said that the Maoists had called
for a general strike in Jharkhand on that day. The Maoist group
was being led by Maoist zonal commander, Krishna Yadav when the
encounter occurred. A self-loading rifle, one .303 rifle, some
ammunition and INR 171000 were recovered from the encounter site.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with the Police in a forest close to Matiari village under Bero
Police station of the Ranchi District. The slain extremist, Charku
Oroan, worked under the outfit's sub-zonal commander Uday Oraon.
The Inspector General of Police, S.N. Pradhan, said the Police
seized a carbine, a rifle, a pistol, a can bomb, magazines, 23
live cartridges and Maoist literature from the encounter site.
12 Police personnel were killed when the vehicle
they were travelling in was blown up in a landmine blast in the
East Singhbhum District. Deputy Superintendent of Police Madhusudan
Bari told that the Policemen led by sub-inspector Ravi Kant, in-charge
of the Digha Police picket, were on a long range patrol when the
landmine planted by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres exploded near
Burudih dam. All the 12 occupants of the vehicle died on the spot.
The Jharkhand Police, which launched a combing
operation few hours within the attack arrested a Maoist, identified
as Karan Singh Sardar, from an area near Chaliama picket under
the Nimdih Police station in Saraikela-Kharsawan District.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren invited the
CPI-Maoist for talks. Speaking to the press, after paying homage
to 11 Policemen killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists
in East Singhbhum District on August 30, the Chief Minister said,
"I want an end to the bloodbath and the government is ready for
talks. If the Maoists have any grievance against the system they
should come forward for talks. The government will talk with them
even if they want to come via any agency of their choice."
IANS reports that the CPI-Maoist for the
past 15 days have imposed an economic blockade in Chak village
of Palamau District of Jharkhand as an act of opposition to the
setting up of a Police picket in the hamlet. After the establishment
of the picket, Maoists put up posters across the village, ordering
the people to shut their shops till the time the Police picket
is not removed from the village. Maoists have also warned nearby
villages against having any dealing with the people of Chak village.
Closure of the shops has affected life in the village adversely.
Jharkhand Police claimed that the CPI-Maoist cadres
are being trained in guerrilla and jungle warfare by former Army
personnel. Following the arrest of hardcore Maoist sub-zonal 'commander'
Shankar Bhuiyan alias Sanjay Ram, at Latehar on August 28, Police
recovered a training manual of Maoists. The 200-page book divided
into two sections contained minute details of planning and assault
strategy in different terrains. Jharkhand Police spokesperson
S. N. Pradhan said, "After going through the books and documents
it can be said with certainty that experts having years of experience
in military warfare are training the rebel cadre. Because no one
can make such a meticulous training programme."
70 kilograms of explosive powder, 1,994 detonators
and 10,100 metres of fuse wire were recovered and four persons
arrested from the Ranchi District. Senior Superintendent of Police,
M.S. Bhatia, told journalists that two persons were arrested at
Lapung, 24 km from State capital Ranchi on September 6 and two
others were arrested on September 7 on the basis of information
provided by the duo during interrogation. The arrested persons
were identified as Mohammad Salim, Tanvir Khan, Shamim and Anup
Kumar. While Kumar and Shamim hailed from Ranchi town, the other
two belonged to Lapung. Police sources said the explosives were
smuggled from the coal mines and were possibly meant to be supplied
to the Maoist group, the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers.
Five cadres of the JLT a breakaway group of the
CPI-Maoist were arrested in the Ranchi District. Senior Superintendent
of Police (Ranchi) M.S. Bhatia said, "The JLT members were arrested
by a special team constituted to keep a tab on the activities
of the rebel group." Two locally-made pistols, five live cartridges,
three mobile phones, two motorbikes and Maoist literature were
recovered from the arrested cadres. "This is a big success for
the Police. The arrests have damaged the JLT's network in the
state," Bhatia added.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in
an encounter near Ghamapahari in the Chatra District. The 90-minute
encounter occurred after a special task force of Police and CRPF
personnel carried out a raid on a tip off about a Maoist gathering.
Superintendent of Police, Hazaribagh, Praveen Kumar Singh said
while the body of Jeetendra, believed to be the section commander
of the action squad of Maoists has been recovered, Maoists managed
to escape with bodies of two of their colleagues. An SLR and a
.303 rifle, both looted from the Police armoury earlier were recovered
from the encounter site. Other recovered items include ten bags,
450 live cartridges, four electronic detonators, INR 19,000, posters
in Hindi and jewelleries.
Two hardcore activists of Jharkhand Prastuti Committee,
a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Hazaribagh.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Hazaribagh, Naushad
Alam said Binod Mahto alias Deepak of Simaria in Chatra District
and Sandeep Paswan of Keredari of Hazaribagh District were arrested
following a raid on their hideouts. Both extremists are accused
of kidnapping traders and construction company staff for exacting
money. They are also accused of bomb attack in the Court Hazat
in the District and sessions judge, Chatra on September 12 in
which one criminal managed to escape and 14 persons including
three Police and 12 under-trial prisoners were injured.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building
in the Palamau District. Police sources said that a group of 20
to 30 Maoists surrounded a middle school in the Manatu block,
around 190 kilometres from State capital Ranchi and blasted the
building using detonators. No person has been injured in the blast.
The school building was used by the security force personnel while
launching combing operations against the Maoists.
Media reports indicated that the Jharkhand Police
reportedly have drawn up a list of 60 hardcore Maoist extremists,
of the rank of zonal commander, sub zonal commander, area commander
and others, against whom an overall cash reward of INR 15 million
will be announced soon. The list has been sent to the State home
department for clearance. An unidentified source in the State
Police department said, "The cash reward varies between INR 150,000
to INR 500,000 depending on the rank of the Maoist rebel."
CPI-Maoist blew up the control room of a mobile
phone tower in Palamau District. Police sources said that a group
of 20-30 Maoists surrounded the control room of the mobile operator
Reliance India and asked the employees to vacate it. Subsequently,
detonators were used to blast the control room. They also set
a generator on fire.
Two persons, including a TPC commander were killed
by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Kundu village in the Chatra
District, 280 kilometres from state capital Patna. The Maoists
struck around 3am when a cultural event was in progress at the
village, a kilometre away from the Kundu Police station. The TPC
activist, identified as Nilesh alias Kariman Ganju, was watching
the event when about 50 suspected Maoists stormed the venue and
shot him dead. The other person killed has been identified as
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres carried out a raid
on the Mahadevsaal railway station in the West Singhbhum District,
assaulting its assistant station master and disrupting train services
on the Rourkela-Chakradharpur section. Maoists numbering 12, dragged
the assistant station master Y.C. Sawaiya out of his cabin along
with a porter and assaulted him with iron rods. The official is
undergoing treatment with serious head injuries. The Maoists left
the spot when they saw a train approaching the station.
Rajendra Singh Kharwar, a Maoist zonal commander,
was arrested from Udaypur village under Ranka block in the Garhwa
District. A huge amount of explosives, apart from three rifles
and three guns, were recovered from him. Garhwa superintendent
of Police Saket Kumar Singh said Rajendra was wanted in several
cases of murder and Maoist attacks in the area.
Jharkhand Police arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres
from Parasnath hills of Giridih District, around 290 km from state
capital Ranchi. A cache of arms, hidden in a water tank, was recovered
subsequent to the arrest. The cache included two land mines, one
bag full of detonators, five quintals of gelatin sticks, 25 live
cartridges, 50 bundles of fuse wires and two rifles. The combing
operation had been launched on October 11.
The Giridih District Police and para-military
CRPF personnel seized huge quantities of explosives from the Parasnath
hills. The recoveries include 50 bundles of Codex wire, 5,450
detonators and 750 quintals gelatine on the basis of information
from two of the Maoists, Manir Ansari and Badruddin Ansari, arrested
on October 14 from the same area. Pirtand officer-in-charge H.E.
Siddiqui said, "Codex wire has been recovered for the first time
in Jharkhand. It is a lethal explosive because it cannot be spotted
by a metal detector and can cause a blast even inside water."
"Only a knot in the wire can make it work like a bomb, only a
single knot could cause a blast up to of 720 metres and could
blow up a vehicle 20-feet high. So far, these explosive have been
used only by forces in wars," he added.
Jharkhand Prastuti Committee cadres abducted four
railway employees from McCluskieganj railway station under the
Dhanbad railway division. The abducted employees include station
master S.K. Singh, two deputy station masters and the guard of
a goods train. S.N. Pradhan, spokesperson of Jharkhand Police
said, "Police have launched an operation to search for the abducted
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead two persons at Bundu
of Ranchi District. This was the third Maoist-sponsored incident
in Bundu, claiming four lives within the past four days.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in a gunfight between
the outfit and cadres of its breakaway group, the TPC near Baruda
A para-military trooper of the CRPF was killed
and two more were injured in an exchange of fire between the CRPF
personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres in Chatra District. The incident
took place when a vehicle carrying the CRPF personnel on a LRP
near Bora Sarif village was ambushed by the Maoists. The exchange
of fire between the CRPF personnel and the Maoists lasted for
over two hours.
About 20 suspected Maoists set afire the house
of a local RJD leader and assaulted 12 civilians in the Latehar
District on October 18 night. RJD leader Suresh Yadav, and his
family members were not present in the house during the raid.
Maoists also set a four-wheeler on fire before retreating.
The CPI-Maoist, in order to resurrect their image
as social reformers, has started anti-liquor campaign at Chandil
in Seraikela-Kharsawan District and Tamar-Bundu region of Ranchi.
Anti-liquor consumption posters have been pasted by the cadres
of the outfit with the tag of CPI-Maoist on them. Ranchi DIG Narendra
Prasad Singh confirmed the poster campaign was started by the
Maoists in Bundu, Tamar and Chandil. He said.
"This was a new ploy of the rebels to influence
the common masses."
At least two CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in
an encounter with the Police in the Ghatshila sub-division of
East Singhbhum District, about 70km from state capital Ranchi.
The encounter occurred an ambush attempt by a group of 30 Maoists
targeting a team of Jharkhand Armed Police, the Special Task Force
and the para-military CRPF who were carrying out an anti-insurgency
operation in the Bonadungri forest of Ghurabandha area. Subsequent
to an hour long encounter, which began around 7.30 am, empty rifle
cartridges and two haversacks containing dry food, medicines and
clothes were recovered. "Since we found two haversacks, we suspect
two of the rebels were injured. The others helped them flee,"
Police officials said.
The Jharkhand Prastuti Committee released four
railway employees abducted by the outfit after keeping them five
days in captivity. Police sources said that the employees including
two deputy station masters were freed around 11 pm in a jungle
of Hazaribagh District. While Police claimed that it was their
pressure which forced the Maoists to free the abducted railway
employees, unconfirmed reports suggested that the release came
after the railways paid around INR. Two millions as ransom to
the Maoists ensure safe release of the employees.
The JLT pasted posters in Jharkhand capital Ranchi
calling for a shutdown protesting against killing of its top commander
Ajay Yadav two days ago in the Hazaribagh District. The outfit
called the encounter fake. A poster pasted in Ranchi read, "Ajay
Yadav was arrested by the Police and he was killed in a fake encounter."
The media, ambulance services and chemist shops have been allowed
to function during the shutdown. Ajay Yadav was one of JLT's founding
Cadres of the JLT, also known as the PLFI set
afire six vehicles of a private construction company near Tetai
village in the Latehar District of Jharkhand. Claiming responsibility
for the attack, the PLFI claimed the construction company was
continuing work despite the shutdown call given by the outfit
in protest against the killing of one of its leaders.
Near Kurpurti village of Ranchi, Maoist rebels
attacked four trucks when they were passing through the village.
While the driver of one truck was killed, the rebels set fire
to three trucks.
Police claimed to have arrested 13 extremists,
including a top rebel leader in separate operations in October
25 & 26. Director General of Police V.D. Ram told reporters in
capital Ranchi, "The arrested Maoist rebels include Lorense Mundri
alias Carlos, zonal commander of the People's Liberation Front
of India (PLFI), who faces a total of 30 cases of murder and other
crimes." Separately, five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from
Khuti District and two each were arrested from Ranchi, Palamu
and Garwah. The seized arms include two carbines, three pistols,
four revolvers, four mobile sets, INR 92,000 in cash, detonators,
more than 800 cartridges and Maoist literature.
Police claimed to have arrested three CPI-Maoist
cadres, including a self-styled area commander from Kajibigha
village in the Palamu District. Deputy Superintendent of Police
Ashwini Kumar said that Naresh Kumar and two of his associates
- Ajay Kumar and Deendayal Ram, who had assembled at the latter's
residence allegedly to carry out a 'destructive plan', were arrested
and three rifles, a pistol and bullets were recovered from their
possession. Naresh and Ajay hail from Bihar's Aurangabad District,
TPC pasted posters asking the truck owners not
to load and ferry bauxite from Pakhar hills in the Lohardagga
District. "Any trucker found ferrying bauxite will be punished,"
the posters said. A senior Police official said, "The poster does
not mention the reason. It seems that Maoist rebels are not getting
levy from bauxite mining areas. We will provide full security
to trucks and there will be no impact of posters on truck movement
in the area." He said similar threats have been issued by left-wing
extremists in the past. TPC is a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist.
Three Naxalites belonging to a newly found group,
Jharkhand Samrat, were arrested at Kachhapani village under Jaldega
Police station in the Simdega District in connection with an extortion
case in Orissa's Sundargarh District. According to the report,
Police raided the hideout of the extremists and arrested Sunil
Kumar Sahu (32), Surendra Kumar Sahu (33) and Fagua Singh (30).
Following an encounter between Police and CPI-Maoist
cadres, two persons who allegedly went to handover money to the
Maoists were arrested in extremist-hit Palamu District. Acting
on a tip-off, a Police team raided Pipra under Harihargunj Police
station. On seeing the cops, Maoists opened fire at them to which
the Police retaliated.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a supporter
of TPC in Palamu District. Maoists dragged out Srijan Chauhan
from his house at Garediadih village, took him to a nearby place
before shooting him dead, Police said.
A person was injured when a crude bomb exploded
near Chandrapura railway junction in Bokaro District.
TPC cadres killed two suspected extremists belonging
to the CPI-Maoist near the Misan roundabout under Balumath Police
station of Latehar District. The TPC cadres left a pamphlet claiming
the responsibility for the killing.
Four Maoists were arrested in Palamu and Gumla
Districts. Two cadres of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC)
were arrested from Palamu District and two cadres of the PLFI
were arrested from Gumla District. Two revolvers and Maoist literature
were recovered from the arrested cadres.
CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly issued a set of instructions
to the villagers of Nawadih block in Bokaro District through pamphlets
and posters asking them to return the cycles, torches and other
sports materials given to them by the District SP, Priya Dubey.
The SP had given the gifts to villagers on the occasion of Jharkhand
Foundation Day at Palamu village. The Maoists have reportedly
decided to punish villagers who do not return the gifts.
A joint team of Police and CRPF personnel raided
the Chouparan area on the Jharkhand-Bihar border and arrested
16 left-wing extremists who owe allegiance to the Shashtra People's
Morcha (SPM), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist. Hazaribagh
distict Superintendent of Police, Praveen Kumar Singh, who led
the operation in Chouparan, said the arrests had neutralised the
rebel faction formed sometime in 2006. "We have arrested all its
members, but one," he said, adding, that a huge cache of arms
and ammunition were also recovered. Singh informed that the SPM
was formed by two top-rung rebels - Sahendra Bhuiyan and Nitish
Yadav - who apparently developed ideological differences with
the CPI-Maoist leadership. The group had been active in Chatra,
Hazaribagh, and Gaya in Bihar, for two years.
Seven cadres of CPI-Maoist, including sub-zonal
commander Uday Oraon and two area commanders Sanicharwa and Sukra,
were arrested from Gumla. The Police also seized four carbines,
three rifles, ammunition and cash worth INR 0.6 million. Among
the seven, Uday had escaped from the Lohardaga jail in 2006. They
were active in Gumla and Lohardaga area.
Giridih District Police, with help from the CRPF,
arrested an unspecified number of Maoists at Bharati Chalkari
forest under Pirtand Police station area after an encounter. Police
also recovered detonators, Maoist literature and important documents
that revealed a nexus between the CPI-Maoist and Krantikari Kishan
Morcha, Jharkhand Avon and Nari Mukti Sangh, Police sources said.
CPI-Maoist area commander, Tarkeshwar Kanhar,
was arrested by the Police during a search operation at his residence
in Ghodbanda village of Hussainabad in the Palamu District. According
to the District Superintendent of Police Dipak Kumar Verma, the
arrested commander was one of the founder members of the erstwhile
PWG. At present, he was operating at Hussainabad division in Navinagar
and Tandwa of Bihar. Verma also added that he was involved in
eight different cases such as fixing a cane bomb in Alarpur village
on Hussainabad Japla main road when Irrigation Minister Kamlesh
Singh visited Hussainabad on May 27, 2007, blowing up bazar samiti
building in Mahudand village on November 19, 2007, setting ablaze
Ramlakhan Yadav`s house in Vishwasiya village on January 1, 2008,
murder of Dhura Paswan who was supporter of Tritiya Prastuti Committee
(TPC) on June 16, 2008.
A camp belonging to the CPI-Maoist was destroyed
following an encounter between security forces and the Maoists
at Dimna Hill in Patamda of East Singhbhum District. Maoists opened
fire at the joint operation team of District Police and the CRPF
at a place between Konkadosa and Koira village forcing the combing
team to retaliate. Landmine making material, including flash gun,
wire, uniform and literature were recovered from the spot.
A 20-member team of Sangharsh Janmukti Morcha,
a Naxalite outfit, shot dead two payload operators, Vakil Khan
(20) and Raju Rajak (30), at a coal dumping yard in the Khelari
Police station area of Ranchi District. The group also set the
pay loader on fire. The murders, Police said, was committed to
pressurise company owner Laxman Tekmani to pay levy to the group,
instead of the CPI-Maoist.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Nunulal
Soren a.k.a. Kawang Da, wanted in connection with several cases,
was shot dead by the security forces at Jamdaha village in Giridih
District. Central Reserve Police Force and Jharkhand Police personnel
had earlier surrounded his house after getting specific information
about his presence.
A landmine weighing 20-kilograms was recovered
from under a culvert near Sarubeda village. It was apparently
laid to blow up a Police vehicle in the Maoist-dominated Nawadih
area of Bokaro District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a jeep of
the forest department at Digha in the Serenda forest area in Orissa-Jharkhand
boarder just a day before 'Martyr's Day' celebration. After the
incident, a high alert was declared in the boarder area and the
Police of both states have launched a combing operation.
Police shot dead Vijay Shankar Bhagat alias Sidhantjee,
the chief of Swantantra Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (SJPC), a
left-wing extremist group, at Badri Bacho forest under Chanho
Police station in Ranchi. SJPC was reportedly involved in an earlier
incident of abduction of four railway employees at McCluskieganj.
About 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered an
explosion targeting a school building at Panki in the Palamau
District. The Palamau Superintendent of Police Deepak Verma confirmed
the attack and said the Police personnel were camping inside the
school premises about three days ago. "The main gate and windows
of the school were damaged in the incident. There is no information
of any deaths yet," he added.
Five PLFI cadres were arrested from the forest
areas under Bero block of Ranchi District. They were holding a
meeting when the security forces raided their hideout. Two 9 mm
pistols, two revolvers, more than 100 live cartridges, Maoist
literature and a motor bike were recovered from the extremists.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres hijacked a truck loaded
with ammonium nitrate from the Ramgarh District. According to
Police, the truck carrying 24 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was on
its way to an explosives factory at Gomia in Bokaro District from
a chemical factory in Chhattisgarh.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed five Policemen
in Khunti District and decamped with their weapons. The incident
occurred around 2.15 pm near Rahe village under Sonahatu block,
30 km from Tamar in Khunti District, when the Policemen were returning
on foot after patrolling in the morning when the Maoists ambushed
them. "They opened indiscriminate firing, leaving them no scope
to retaliate," said Director General of Police V. D. Ram who was
supervising the combing operation in the area.
The CPI-Maoist pasted posters and banners at several
places in Bermo and Nawadih blocks under the Nawadih and Gandhi
Nagar Police station to observe a week long foundation day of
the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) to commemorate the
sacrifices of their leaders throughout the country.
Unidentified assailants killed Ganouri Turi (30)
at Khuddisar village under Dumri Police station in the Giridih
District. Police sources said Ganouri was earlier associated with
the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI) as an area commander
and was commanding the Western Dumri region.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire at a
Police patrol party in Chowka in Seraikela-Kharsawan District.
The Maoists riding a motorcycle opened fire at the patrol team
and sped away towards Palgam jungle in Chowka under the Chandil
Police station area.
Over 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 15 kilograms
of highly powerful explosives along with several dozens of Police
uniforms and 2500 posters belonging to the CPI-Maoist were recovered
from Dinara in the Jhumra hillocks, about 145 kilometres from
Bokaro steel city, by the para-military CRPF. The Jhumra hillocks
is regarded a Maoist stronghold.
A joint team of Chhattisgarh and Palamau District
Police in Jharkhand arrested a lawyer, Satyendra Kumar Choubey,
near the divisional jail in Daltonganj when he went to meet a
CPI-Maoist cadre Vikas alias Baleshwar lodged in the jail. The
lawyer, a resident of Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, was accused of
giving shelter to Naxalites (left-wing extremists). He was also
providing legal help to Vikas. Superintendent of Police of Palamau
District, Dipak Kumar Verma, said the lawyer had contacts with
national-level leaders of various Maoist groups.
Suspected Naxalites killed a resident of Konsasimertoli
village in the Gumla District of Jharkhand.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead four villagers
in Kurkura village under Kamdara Police station limits in Gumla
District, some 70 kilometres from the State capital Ranchi. Around
seven armed Maoists entered the village near about 7.45pm (IST)
and shot dead Sufal, Jiten, Uday and another person yet to be
In Giridih District, around 8.30pm, Maoists killed
three persons, identified as Gulab Ansari, Mansoor Ansari and
Matin Ansari, in Dudhania village under Pirtand Police station
limits, around 150 kilometres from Ranchi. The Maoists believed
them to be Police informers. Another person, identified as Keshar
Yadav, was shot dead near the Chaki railway station under Saria
Police station limits in the District.
Two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were lynched at
an unspecified location after villagers retaliated when they were
threatened with levies.
A 250-strong group of Maoists looted and then
blew up the ancestral house of Satyanand Bhotka, a former minister
and a legislator from Chatra, in Kari village of the Hazaribag
District. Armed Maoists entered the village and confronted Bigan
Ganjhu, a cousin of Bhokta, outside their ancestral house. They
assaulted Ganjhu and forced him to call out his family members,
asking them to open the door. After rendering the family hostage,
Maoists looted clothes, cash and ornaments and later planted bombs
in the house.
Latehar District Police arrested a CPI-Maoist
cadre Naveen alias Chotu Das alias Satish, one of the conspirators
behind the Jehanabad jailbreak case, from the Sartand forest area,
around 120 kilometers from State capital Ranchi. Latehar District
Superintendent of Police, Ravikant Dhan, said the Maoist was heading
towards Kurjrum on a motorbike to join the Kisan Bachao Rally,
a protest movement of farmers. Some pamphlets and Maoist literature
were recovered from his possession.
Jivan Manjhi, a sub zonal commander of the CPI-Maoist,
was arrested from Upper Ghat area in the Bokaro District. Manjhi
was involved in Maoist activity for the last ten years in Jhumra
hills of Bokaro District.
Ranjit Singh, a commander of the Jharkhand Jan
Sangharsh Mukti Morcha, was arrested from Rakahat village in Latehar
District, some 140 kilometres from the State capital Ranchi. Singh
was wanted in more than 20 cases related to murder, abduction
and extortion, the Police said. The Police seized one carbine
gun, one pistol, 124 live cartridges and three mobile phones from
Two area commanders of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Kashi Yadav and Vinay Marandi, were arrested from Hazaribagh
District. While Kashi Yadav was arrested from Mahutand village,
Marandi was arrested from an area bordering Giridih District.
Police seized two revolvers, live cartridges and Maoist literature
from them. Kashi Yadav was wanted in more than a dozen cases by
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed one person, identified
as Aparti Yadav, in Bhandaria block of Garwah District on suspecting
him to be a Police informer.
Five persons were killed by unidentified assailants
in the Raidih Police station area of Maoist-affected Gumla District.
The District Superintendent of Police, Baljeet Singh, said only
after investigations the Police would be able to ascertain which
group or who were behind the killings.
Police and para-military forces came across more
than a dozen posters in the Murathakra panchayat area under
Ghurabandha Police station in East Singhbhum District. The posters,
apparently put up by CPI-Maoist, warned the Nagarik Suraksha Samiti
(NSS), an anti-Maoist outfit, with dire consequences if it fostered
ties with the Majhi Marwa Sangathan of Bengal.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons in
the Govindpur village of Gumla District.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead an ex-Army man, identified
as Augustine Ekka (50), and his son, James (20), at Srinagar village
of Gumla District. Sources said the Maoists suspected the father-son
duo to be Police informers.
The Police and Maoists exchanged several rounds
of fire in the Chichikala forest region of Katkamsandi Police
station area in the Hazaribagh District. Though unofficial reports
claimed that six Maoists were killed in the firing, Superintendent
of Police Pankaj Kamboj did not confirm it. "There was a gun battle
between our men and extremists, but we did not recover a single
body from the site," he said.
Three villagers carrying food for CPI-Maoist cadres
sustained bullet injury when they were attacked by them mistaking
them as Policemen at Nawajaipur in the Palamu District.
Police recovered a powerful bomb half-buried in
a road near the Kharkai river in the Ranchi District.
Three Maoist 'commanders' were arrested. Ajay
Yadav alias Nandu, a sub-zonal commander of the CPI-Maoist, was
arrested from Charaki village in Chatra District. The other two
were arrested from Badigaha village of the same District. One
of them was identified as Jamuna alias Jethan Paswan, a zonal
commander of the Kisan Krantikari Committee, a frontal organization
of the CPI-Maoist. Police have seized two revolvers, live cartridges
and Maoist literature from the arrested Maoists.
A top CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Nandu Yadav,
was arrested during an anti-Maoist operation by para-military
forces near Cat village under Manatu Police station in the Palamau
District. Nandu was wanted in at least 14 cases, including the
attack on the motorcade of Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi in
which one trooper was killed.
Five cadres of the PLFI were arrested from a house
in Laxminagar colony under Sukhdeonagar Police Station in the
Ranchi District on. They belong to Palamau District and had bought
arms and propagated the Maoist agenda in rural areas of the State.
At least four Policemen were
killed and another sustained injuries in an attack by the CPI-Maoist
cadres on Bariapur Police post in the Munger District. More than
100 Maoists attacked the Police post, which was keeping a vigil
over a picnic spot in Rishikund, where hundreds of people had
gathered to celebrate the New Year. According to sources, the
Maoists did not disturb the tourists and opened indiscriminate
fire on Policemen killing four on the spot.
12 prisoners and the chief warden
of the Sasaram divisional jail in Rohtas District were injured
in a clash between a group of Maoist prisoners and other inmates.
Jail Superintendent Sanjay Choudhary said that the Maoist prisoners
alleged that ailing members of their group were treated in cells
while others were treated in the jail hospital and one of the
Maoists died recently as a result of the neglect. He said that
the Maoists picked up a quarrel with other jail inmates alleging
"discrimination" meted to their colleagues in treatment
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Naresh Das, the
husband of Pancha Devi, village head of Nazari panchayat
(village level local administration body) under Lakhmipur block
in the Jamui District. Police claimed that the Maoists killed
Das because he had refused to pay them protection money.
TPC cadres attacked Bairiya village under Mali
Police station of Aurangabad District -night and set the house
of Satyendra Singh ablaze. Dozens of TPC cadres surrounded the
village and searched for Satyendra Singh. Not finding him, they
asked the members of his house to come out before setting it ablaze.
They also set ablaze paddy crops stored in his field. Sources
said that the Satyendra Singh a former PWG cadre had joined the
Police claimed to have killed six cadres of the
CPI-Maoist in an encounter at Bangudwa Naktaia hills in the Gaya
District. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Balram Kumar Choudhry,
said that dead bodies of the slain Maoists could not be recovered
from the encounter site as these were taken away by their colleagues.
The encounter is reported to have occurred following a Police
raid on a Maoist hideout. The encircled Maoists, instead of laying
down their arms, opened fire on the raiding party forcing the
Police to return fire in which six Maoists were killed.
A team of the Gaya District Police and Maoists
numbering several dozens exchanged heavy fire near Domchuan village
on the Bihar-Jharkhand border. Gaya Superintendent of Police Amit
Jain said that as the Police team reached an area close to Domchuan
village following a tip-off that a large number of heavily armed
Maoists had congregated, Maoists opened fire from sophisticated
weapons, including LMGs. Jain also stated that at least two Maoists
were injured in the exchange of fire but were carried away by
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze four tractors
and a machine of a private firm engaged in the construction of
the building of Piro railway station in Bihar's Bhojpur District.
Non-payment of money demanded by the Maoists from the firm management
is suspected to be the reason behind the attack, Police sources
A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from
a CPI-Maoist hideout in the Gaya District during a raid. The hideout
was located near a forest under Fatehpur block in Gaya, around
100 kilometres from State capital Patna. However, no arrests were
CPI-Maoist cadres dragged out two businessmen
from their houses and shot them dead in the Jamui District of
Bihar. The victims, identified as Vishnudeo and Sukdeo, were killed
on January 28-night at Bamdah Bazaar under Chandramandi Police
station in Jamui, about 150 km from the State capital Patna. "Over
100 armed Maoists stormed Bamdah Bazaar locality and surrounded
the houses of Vishnudeo and Sukdeo. They were then dragged out
and shot dead," the Police said. Jamui, which is located close
to the border with Jharkhand, is considered to be a stronghold
of the CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist cadres detonated a dynamite destroying
a Forest department rest house at Sonarwa village in Kharagpur
sub-division of Munger District. They also set ablaze the furniture
in the rest house. No one, however, was injured in the incident
as the rest house was lying abandoned.
An encounter between cadres of the CPI-Maoist
and Police personnel lasting over five hours was reported from
Chouraha village in the Gaya District. Further details of the
encounter were not available.
Police claimed to have recovered a cache of arms
and ammunition from cadres of the CPI-Maoist following an encounter
with them at Jhalar village in Gaya District on the Bihar-Jharkhand
border. Amit Kumar Jain, the Superintendent of Police, told, "We
have recovered two regular Police rifles, about 54 live rounds
in a charger and magazines." He also said that the Maoists had
escaped from the encounter site and a search was under way to
A joint team of Police and excise department officials
destroyed poppy crops allegedly grown by the CPI-Maoist in the
Imamganj Police station area of Gaya District. "We have destroyed
the crops grown on 24 acres of land under Imamganj Police station
area," Omprakash Singh, a senior excise department official said.
Imamganj and its adjoining areas in Gaya are considered as strongholds
of the CPI-Maoist. Singh further said that the extremists cultivate
poppy to fund their illegal activities.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead three farmers
at Pipra village under the jurisdiction of the Darpa Police Station
in the East Champaran District. Heavily armed Maoists attacked
the village around midnight and shot dead three persons said to
be farmers, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A. K. Singh
said. However, Times of India quoted the Raxaul DSP Santosh
Kumar Gupta as saying that it was not a Maoist attack, rather
it was the result of the clash between Community Party of India-
Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) and the late landlord's Harendra Singh's
henchmen. The report said that the deceased, identified as Pandit
(60), Mahendra Ray (36) and Ram Ekbal Majhi (40), all of Pipara
village, were activists of the CPI-ML and were gunned down by
an armed group of 25 persons at around 10pm (IST) on February
21 while they were sitting around a bonfire. The family members
of the three CPI-ML men alleged that the killers were henchmen
of late Harendra Singh, a landlord of the area.
The-24 hour bandh (general strike) called
by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand partially affected train movement
particularly in the Dhanbad, Mughalsarai and Danapur divisions
of the East Central Railway (ECR). Movement of several passenger
trains was cancelled due to the bandh as a precautionary
measure. However, no untoward incident has been reported from
any part of ECR divisions. The strike in Jharkhand was peaceful
but it affected business and other activities in the rural areas.
Two villagers were killed in a shootout with armed
cadres of the CPI-Maoist who raided a village in the Khagaria
District. Three to four Maoists were reportedly injured in the
Police arrested seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist
from a van near Makhor village under Akbarpur Police station of
the Nawada District. According to the Inspector General of Police
(Operations), S K Bharadwaj 40,000 gelatin sticks, 8,640 detonators
and 23 bundles of high explosive wires, were recovered from a
truck travelling along with the van. Those arrested confessed
before the Police that the consignment was on way from Guna in
Madhya Pradesh to Maoist groups active in Sheikhpura, Jamui, Lakhisarai
and Munger Districts of Bihar.
The Jamui District Police arrested an 'area commander'
of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sanjay Hembrom, from Chandramandi
Police station area. Sanjay was involved in the Chilkaridih massacre
that claimed 20 lives, including that of Anup Marandi, youngest
son of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Prajatantrik party chief and
former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Babulal Marandi, on October
An engineer, identified as Sanjay Singh and a
supervisor, identified as Dharmendra Singh, of a Jharkhand-based
Vijeta Construction Company were abducted by armed cadres of the
CPI-Maoist who raided their camp office at Chhotki Chenari under
the Sheosagar Police station of Rohtas District. The Construction
Company was engaged in the construction of Shivsagar-Chenari road
in the District. According to Police sources, the company received
a ransom call from the abductors for safe release of the officials.
A zonal 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Nandu Mahato (carrying head money of INR 25000) was arrested
from a hideout at Chauhuar village in the Gaya District. Police
said that he was involved in several incidents of murder and abduction
in the District.
An engineer and a supervisor of a private road
construction company abducted by the CPI-Maoist in Rohtas District
on February 26-night from their camp office at Chhotki Chenari,
were rescued from Belao village in the neighbouring Kaimur District.
The Additional Superintendent of Police, P Kannan, told that four
persons were detained for interrogation. The Maoists had abducted
the duo after the company refused to pay extortion demanded by
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist , identified
as Basudev, surrendered at Banke Bazaar Police station in the
Gaya District along with one automatic rifle, one regular rifle
and large number of cartridges. Superintendent of Police Amit
Kumar Jain stated that Basudev was involved in several incidents
of murder and criminal activities in the District.
A joint team comprising CRPF and Special Task
Force (STF) personnel raided Akurauni forest area in the Gaya
District and neutralised a bunker of the CPI-Maoist. The raid
was conducted on the basis of information provided by the Maoist
leader Chandu Das who was arrested from Jhallar village in the
District in the early hours on the same day. The team found a
big water container inside the bunker and seized arms and 10,000
rounds of ammunition of several regular weapons, including INSAS
rifles, 100 magazines of carbines and more than 100 hand grenades,
said Superintendent of Police Amit Jain. Hundreds of Police uniforms,
hand grenade-making equipments, one .9mm pistol and regular rifles
were also recovered from the bunker. A suspected Maoist was arrested
during the search.
The Gaya Police arrested Karoo Yadav, an 'area
commander' of the CPI-Maoist from Ithari village under the Mohanpur
Police station area. Superintendent of Police, Amit Jain said
that Karoo was involved in an encounter between the Maoists and
the Police in Mohanpur area. On the basis of information provided
by Karoo Yadav, the Police raided Ragrej village under Bodh Gaya
Police station and recovered two Police rifles, from the possession
of one Janardan Ravidas who was later arrested by Police. The
rifles were earlier looted by the extremists in one of its dozens
of operations against the Police in Bihar and Jharkhand.
16 CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered to the Police
in Muzaffarpur. Of those who surrendered, five were wanted in
several criminal cases, the Muzaffarpur District Superintendent
of Police Ratna Sanjay said. The Maoists also deposited over 50
kilograms of explosives, six detonators, two landmines, seven
pistols, four rifles, two guns and several rounds of ammunition.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a leader of the Communist
Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in the Pakhtaul village of Begusarai
District. The leader identified as Ram Pukar Mahto was a member
of the Begusarai District committee of the CPI-M.
Two security force personnel were injured and
18 CPI-Maoist cadres, including six women, were arrested following
an encounter at Saraunja village under Birpur Police station area
in the Begusarai District. District Superintendent of Police Amit
Lodha told "A constable of Bihar Military Police (BMP) 7th battalion
Harendra Kumar Rai and Ganesh Rai of Special Auxiliary Police
(SAP), a force comprising ex-servicemen raised to tackle Naxalite
violence, were injured in the gunfight". Four country-made rifles,
a musket, a revolver, a pistol, a crude bomb, more than 100 bullets
and several Police uniforms were recovered from the possession
of the arrested Maoists.
Over 200 CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the house
of a member of the State Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the Kala
Pahar village of Aurangabad District. They set ablaze three vehicles
being used by the MLA's construction company and abducted four
labourers. The MLA, Vijay Kumar Singh alias Dabloo Singh of the
Lok Janshakti Party, was not present at his residence during the
attack. Police suspect that the Maoist attack is linked to an
extortion demand on the construction company.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres abducted three employees
of a private contractor engaged in road construction in the Maheshwari
village of Jamui District for not paying extortion amount. Contractor
Pawan Kumar Singh said that the Maoists had demanded levy for
continuation of road construction work and threatened him with
dire consequences unless the amount was paid.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed six persons belonging
to the Sashastra People's Morcha (SSM) in the Tardih forest of
Rohtas District. The slain persons, natives of Barachatti and
Mohanpur blocks of Gaya District, were former members of the CPI-Maoist
and had formed the SSM to assist the Police. Maoist pamphlets
charging the slain persons with "betraying the parent organisation
and serving as Police informers", were found at the incident site.
Six persons, including five security force personnel
and a porter, were killed in an attack by the CPI-Maoist cadres
at Jhajha railway station in the Jamui District. A group of 200
Maoists attacked the crowded railway station, and looted 27 3.15
rifles, six self-loading rifles, two carbines and 898 rounds of
ammunition from the GRP armoury. The Maoists also damaged an ATM
of the State Bank of India in an attempt to loot cash, but had
failed. They had also made an unsuccessful attempt to loot cash
from a locker in the railway station.
Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres,
including a woman, who had taken part in the April 13 attack on
the Jhajha railway station in the Jamui District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway track
near Nathganj railway station on Gaya-Kodrama rail section. The
blast affected rail traffic for over six hours. Maoists also abducted
six railway staff but released them later.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a petrol station
at Kahudag on National Highway-II in the Gaya District. According
to Police sources, over 200 heavily armed Maoists attacked the
petrol station, belonging to the former Gaya District board chairman
Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav, and abducted its two employees. Later
they triggered a dynamite blast, blowing up the pump equipment
and the building. Both the employees were released after the blast.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian, working
for a contractor who was assigned the job of mining sand close
to the embankment of a river, near Roshan Ganj Police station
in the Gaya District. Police sources said that the contractor
had been asked by the Maoists to stop collecting royalty from
the people and he had not obeyed the diktat.
The CPI-Maoist cadres destroyed houses of four
persons whom they described as Police informers in the Nawada
District. Police sources said that an armed squad of nearly 200
Maoists raided Jamunia village and asked the occupants of the
four houses to come out before using dynamites to destroy the
A fast track court in the capital Patna framed
charges against the senior CPI-Maoist leader Ajay Kanu and five
others for their alleged involvement in the killing of a Policeman
in 2002 at Kandak village in Patna rural District.
Giving into the diktat of Maoists, 64 activists
of the ruling Janata Dal-United and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance
in the Islampur assembly constituency of Gaya District announced
they would resign from the primary membership of their parties.
Official sources said that the CPI-Maoist cadres had abducted
37 political activists and had taken them to the Chakrabanda hill
area. These activists had been released on the condition that
would resign from their parties by May 4.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the Patna Zone
Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate into the incident
of the resignation of 64 political activists in the Gaya District
due to threat of the Maoists. "I have taken a serious note of
media reports of several National Democratic Alliance (NDA) workers
having left their parties in three blocks of Gaya District," the
chief minister said. He said he had asked the IGP to investigate
alleged Police atrocities and implication of innocent persons
in false cases in Maoist-related cases that led the Maoists to
issue threats. He also said that a high-level committee comprising
senior party leaders from the State and outside would also be
constituted to look into the charge of lack of development in
the affected areas.
Rampravesh Baitha, the CPI-Maoist's secretary
of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand special area committee,
was arrested from Golghar under Gandhi Maidan Police station in
the capital Patna. Baitha's colleagues, however, managed to escape.
No weapons were recovered from the arrested extremist leader.
Baitha, who hails from Kuria village in the East Champaran District,
is wanted in 34 cases of extremist violence.
Four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
near Kotwali Police station in the capital Patna. They were identified
as Saroj Ravidas, Birendra Das, Sanjay Yadav and Kuldip Yadav,
all active members of the CPI-Maoist. Senior Superintendent of
Police (Patna), Amit Kumar, said that the arrested Maoists were
involved in cases of criminal activity and wanted by the Police.
An unnamed Police official said, "They were active in Gaya, Arwal
and Aurangabad Districts.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the Police at Nawada on the Bihar-Jharkhand border. Police
received a tip-off about a meeting of the Maoists at Mahari village
to plan an operation in the area and subsequently rushed to the
village. Six Maoists were killed and four Policemen were injured
in the encounter. Police also seized three assault rifles, one
carbine, hundreds of live cartridges and eight bombs from the
A 'Zonal Commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Raghu Chamar,
was arrested from his residence at Jhari village in the Aurangabad
Two persons were killed by CPI-Maoist cadres during
the 24-hour general strike called by the outfit to protest against
the arrest of their leader Pramod Kumar Mishra. The duo was killed
on the Bihar-Jharkhand border in the Aurangabad District of Bihar.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway line near
Jaimurtinagar railway station on the Sitamarhi-Raxual section
in the West Champaran District of Bihar. Armed Maoists detonated
dynamites and blew up tracks in a 15 feet stretch near the Station.
Over 93 Naxalites were arrested from a forest
area in Khaira in the Jamui District. Police raided a place during
a meeting of the Naxalites and took over 150 persons into custody,
Inspector General of Police (Operations), A. K. Bhardwaj, told
the media. Several hardcore Naxalites and its sympathisers were
believed to be participating in the meeting, Bhardwaj said. The
Police recovered Naxalite literature, posters, microphone sets,
one generator set and CDs during the raid.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a watchman in Batwari
village under Dharhara Police station of Munger District accusing
him of being a Police informer. According to the report, about
100 Maoists stormed the residence of the slain watchman, tied
his limbs, dragged him out to the street and slit his throat in
Maoists detonated explosion targeting the twin
rail track on the Jamalpur-Malda section near Masudan station
halting traffic for several hours.
The CPI-Maoist called a 24-hour general strike
in five Districts of Bihar to protest the recent arrest of their
five hardcore cadres in Lakhisarai. A pamphlet to this effect
was circulated to the media on behalf of the Jamui, Munger, Banka,
Bhagalpur and Lakhisarai zonal committee of the outfit.
Maoists blasted two rooms of the Sub-Divisional
Officer of the Kharagpur sub-division of Munger District with
dynamites destroying property and records. They also looted sacks
of food-grain from the Food Corporation of India storeroom located
in the vicinity.
CPI-Maoist cadres triggered explosions targeting
railway tracks between the Narganjo and Ghorparan stations in
Jamui District leading to the derailment of the cargo van of the
Poorvanchal Express train, besides bringing to a halt the movement
of trains on the Howrah-Delhi route for several hours.
A fast track court sentenced two CPI-Maoist cadres,
Surendra Manjhi and Saryu Manjhi, to death in connection with
the attack on the Chhabilapur Police station in Bihar's Nalanda
District on August 11, 2005. Two persons including a constable
and a person lodged in the lock-were killed in that attack. After
the Police contingent surrendered, the extremists had looted seven
rifles, two carbines and 213 rounds of ammunition from them. They
had also set ablaze the newly constructed Police station building
nearby before retreating. Of the 13 persons named accused in the
case, seven were acquitted for want of evidence, while four others
were being tried separately.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres raided a work site of
the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) near Barki Murhari
village under Pali Police station in the Jehanabad District. The
Maoists set ablaze a number of road construction machinery including
two JVC tractors and three tractor-trolleys. They also left a
note behind saying that the at the work site stating that the
attack was carried out to protest the constructor's refusal to
pay levy. The manager of the Patna-based M/s Mother India Construction
Company Private Limited said that they were working on this three
kilometre stretch of rural link road under the PMGSY at an estimated
cost of INR 7.8 millions and the Maoists were demanding 10 percent
of the total estimated cost by way of levy.
Police recovered the dead body of Bigan Mahto,
a hardcore extremist belonging to the Tritiya Prastuti Committee,
who was suspected to have been killed by CPI-Maoist cadres near
a school at Dumaria under Dumaria Police station of the Gaya District.
A CPI-Maoist leader, Devendra Sahni alias Ratnakar,
was arrested from a hideout at Lakhminia village under Shyampur-Bhatta
Police station in the Sheohar District. While other Maoist cadres
managed to escape, INR 10,500 was recovered from Devendra.
CPI-Moist cadres killed two people, including
a village head, at a 'jan adalat' (kangaroo court) in Jamui District
after finding them "guilty" of helping the Police. Reports said
that a group of armed Maoists killed Babuli village head Ashok
Das and his close associate Mohammad Mustafa. "Their throat was
slit by Maoists to send a message of harsh punishment to others,"
informed the Police.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up house of a suspected
Police informer and abducted his brother in the Gaya District.
According to the report, nearly 100 Maoists used dynamites to
blow up the house of one Shivbachan Yadav and abducted his brother
Bindeshwar Yadav as Shivbachan was not present there at the time
of attack. The Maoists also looted valuables worth over INR 100,000.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up rail tracks in the Saran
and Muzaffarpur Districts during their 24-hour general strike
called across the country. The line between Badagopal and Avtar
Nagar stations under Sonepur division of East Central Railway
was damaged around 6.30 am (IST), affecting train services on
the Delhi-Guwahati route, railway sources said. The Maoists also
planted a bomb on the track which did not explode and was later
defused. Railway sources said the engine of the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj
passenger train was derailed after the Maoists blew up a two-metre
portion of the tracks between Mehsi and Mahwal stations in the
Muzaffarpur District. No casualty was reported in these incidents.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a government
office in Bihar's East Champaran District. No casualties were
reported in the incident that took place at Chitriya block office
near District headquarter Motihari. An unidentified Police official
said, "The Maoist rebels first attacked the office and later blew
it up to create panic among local administrative officials and
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up railway tracks
and a portion of the Government complex housing the office of
the Block Development Officer (BDO) in Bihar's Jamui District.
Maoists triggered explosions destroying the track between Narganjo
and Ghorparan stations under the Eastern Railway disrupting movement
of trains on the Patna-Howrah route. They also exploded a bomb
on the track near Ghoghi-Bariarpur village in the Munger District
damaging the line and disrupting railway traffic. Another explosive
planted on the track did not explode and was defused. Separately,
Maoists attacked a Government complex at Lakshmipur in the Jamui
District housing the offices of the BDO, Circle Officer and the
local Police station around the same time. However, resistance
put up by the Police made the Maoists retreat after blasting a
portion of the BDO's office. The Maoists had called for a 24-hour
bandh in five East Bihar Districts - Jamui, Munger, Bhagalpur,
Lakhisarai and Banka - to protest the arrest and alleged custodial
torture of an 'area commander' of the outfit, Kamlesh alias
Deepak, on July 6.
Six Policemen, two CPI-Maoist cadres and a civilian
were killed in an exchange of fire after Maoists carried out an
attack on the Policemen who had come for a routine inspection
of a branch of the Punjab National Bank at the Raniganj village
in the Gaya District. The Maoists, numbering nearly 12, also looted
five self-loading rifles of the Policemen. Five of the slain Policemen
belonged to the Special Auxiliary Police, a special force comprising
ex-Army personnel created by the Bihar Government to combat the
left-wing extremists.. Magadh range Deputy Inspector General of
Police Praveen Bashist said the extremists had positioned themselves
at strategic points near the bank and opened fire on the Policemen
the moment they got down from the jeep, giving them little time
to react. The Maoists left behind one of the motorcycles used
in the operation. They also left behind a handwritten leaflet,
saying the operation was aimed at Police to avenge atrocities
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead two persons at Enma
village in the Jehanabad District. A dozen Maoist rebels came
to the village and killed Lala Yadav and his uncle-in-law Lallu
Yadav. The exact reason behind the killing was not known.
Police arrested three cadres of the Democratic
Revolutionary Front (DRF) following a raid in the Kadam Kuan area
of capital Patna. Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar,
during a press conference, identified the arrested as R. C. Prasad
of Samastipur, Ashok Yadav of Gaya, and Dharmendra Kumar of Khagaria.
A doctor R. S. Gupta and his three assistants
were arrested in the Aurangabad District after they were found
treating a Maoist leader Binay Kumar Prajapati. Superintendent
of Police of Aurangabad, Ganesh Kumar, said Gupta was arrested
following a raid on his nursing home in Aurangabad town. Another
Maoist, Lav Kumar, was also arrested during the raid.
A CRPF personnel was killed and three others were
injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Patthar
Lautia village in the Gaya District. The report said that CRPF
Havildar B P Singh was abducted and later shot dead during an
encounter close to the Jharkhand border. Another CRPF sub-inspector
is reported to be missing. The Maoists managed to decamp with
the rifle of an injured Police personnel belonging to the Special
Task Force of the Bihar Police.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager and
abducted another at Itwachapachrukhi village in the Munger District.
According to Police sources, more than 40 Maoists wearing Police
uniform carried out a raid on the village, killed Fantoosh Yadav
and abducted Kamleshwari Yadav. Both Fantoosh and Kameshwari had
close links with a criminal gang headed by Vinodi Yadav operating
in the District. The Vinodi Yadav gang was responsible for the
killing of Kabir Koda, the village headman of Bangalwa panchayat,
who was a Maoist sympathiser.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in an encounter
with the Police on Kaimur hills at Soli village under the Nauhatta
Police station of Rohtas District. The encounter occurred after
Police came to know of a medical camp being organised by the Maoists
in a residential Adivasi high school at Soli. A suspected Maoist,
identified as Mandey Urawn, of nearby Nagatoli village was arrested
from the area following the encounter. The Police also recovered
two rifles looted earlier from the Police personnel, 60 live cartridges,
walkie talkie sets and medicine in huge quantity from the area.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons
and seriously injured two others in Ghoswar village of Vaishali
District of Bihar. Police sources said that a group of Maoists
killed Subodh Kumar Singh and his brother Sudhanshu Kumar Singh
and their relatives Pinki Devi and Anil Kumar.
A Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) trooper was killed
and three others were injured in an ambush by suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres in the Rohtas District. The Maoists exploded a landmine
near Koriarighat in Kaimur Hills when the SAP contingent comprising
ex-servicemen was returning after an encounter with the Maoists.
The blast badly damaged the vehicle carrying the personnel. Before
the security personnel could take position, the Maoists opened
fire on the security forces killing constable Kanhaiya Singh on
Police recovered a huge quantity of explosives,
including a powerful landmine and several detonators, following
after an encounter with the Maoists in the Budhua village of Rohtas
District. Acting on an intelligence tip-off that hundreds of Maoists
had assembled at Budhua village on the occasion of the foundation
day of the outfit, a patrol party raided the village, leading
to the exchange of fire between the two sides. After a five-hour-long
battle, the Maoists managed to escape and the Police recovered
a 75-kilogram powerful landmine and several detonators from the
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blasted two towers
of Reliance Communications at Bishunpur and Manjhaulia villages
in the Gaya District. Another communication tower belonging to
Airtel was also blasted at Chaugain village under Roshanganj Police
station limits in the same District.
Separately, armed Maoists set on fire a generator
set at a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) tower at Maigra village
under Dumaria Police station in the Gaya District. Deputy Inspector
General (Magadh range) Pravin Vashisht told "The mobile phone
network is proving to be a great headache for the naxalites as
these give away vital information about their location and movements.
Their action is apparently aimed at destructing this network to
facilitate smooth conduct of their nefarious operations."
A self-styled zonal commander of the Revolutionary
Communist Centre (RCC), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist
was arrested in Gaya District. Superintendent of Police R Malar
Viji said that the naxalite, Rajendra Mahto was arrested following
tip off of his presence at Bhusanda village under Gaya Mufassil
Police station. No firearm was found in his possession. Mahto
was wanted in connection with eight cases related to extremist
violence, including one of a bomb attack on a bus on GT Road near
Gaya in 2006.
CPI-Maoist cadres detonated explosions targeting
two towers of Cellular Phone Service Operators at Erauri and Ketki
areas of in Aurangabad District. Superintendent of Police Ganesh
Kumar told over 75 armed Maoists detonated cane and petrol bombs
to blow up one tower each of Reliance and Airtel at both the places.
Fifteen villagers were injured in clash with the Maoists when
they resisted their attempt to blow up the towers.
A Policeman was killed and six others were injured
by the CPI-Maoist cadres during an encounter at Karma village
under Sahibganj Police station area in the Muazaffarpur District.
Police foiled a plan by the CPI-Maoist to hold
a training camp on the border of Rohtas and Kaimur Districts.
A special operation, Operation 'Vidhwansha', in which six CRPF
companies, three STF units and Police personnel of the two Districts
were engaged in resulted in the destruction of the training camp.
No encounter took place as the Maoists escaped into nearby forest
areas. Three landmines were recovered from encounter site. The
raiding team destroyed bunker-like structures and some other temporary
structures, constructed for imparting training in gun battle.
Police sources said that around 400 CPI-Maoist cadres had gathered
in villages falling under Nauhatta and Sasaram blocks of Rohtas
District and Adhaura block of Kaimur District to take part in
the training programme. Subsequently, Police arrested two Maoists.
A former Army officer who had been recruited into
the SAP, created to tackle left-wing extremists was killed in
an encounter with the extremists near Jhatpahri village under
the Dumaria Police station area in Gaya District. SP Mallar Vizhi
said that the encounter took place after a combined team of SAP,
STF, CRPF, the District Police and the BMP raided a hideout of
the CPI-Maoist on information of a meeting of the sub-zonal committee
of the outfit. Three country-made revolvers were recovered from
the encounter site.
Police recovered a huge cache of arms hidden by
the suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the Bhalua forest area
of Gaya District. The arms cache which included 200 detonators,
126 tiffin bombs, timers and few wires was hidden inside a 250-litres
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the mobile tower of
a private telecom company at Mungia village in the Aurangabad
District. Police sources said that a group of 100 Maoists used
a landmine to blow up the tower and also assaulted the security
guard manning the tower.
Police arrested three naxalites, identified as
Chhotu Oraon, Vipesh Yadav and Madhusudan Kumar, from the Nawada
bus stand of Bihar's Nawada District. One of the arrested, Oraon
was wanted in a land mine blast case in 2002 in which nine Policemen
were killed. A foreign make pistol and half-a-dozen live cartridges
were recovered from the arrested extremists.
A CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Dayanand Malakar,
carrying INR 50,000 on his head, was arrested from Lakhanpatti
village under Khodawanpur Police station in the Begusarai District.
Police sources said that the arrested extremist functioned as
the zonal committee secretary of the CPI-Maoist. Four mobile phones
and INR 8000 in cash were recovered from his possession. Police
sources further said that the extremist used four pseudo names,
Chhotu, Kulbir, Akash and Suman. He was wanted by the Begusarai
District Police in seven murder cases.
Over 100 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked
a bridge construction site at Mallipokharbhinda in the Sheohar
District and destroyed machinery worth over INR one million. The
bridge is being constructed over the Bagmati river. Police sources
did not rule out the possibility of the contractor's refusal to
pay extortion money as the reason behind the attack.
Jehanabad District Police arrested a CPI-Maoist
cadre from Lakhisarai village under Ghosi Police station. The
arrested Maoist Rajan Ravidas was wanted by the District Police
since 1999 in several cases of murder, arson, Maoist activities
and cases under Arms Act.
Media reports indicate that the CPI-Maoist last
week issued a diktat asking several villages under Deo block of
Aurangabad District to refrain from switching on lights outside
their houses after nightfall. Even the solar lamps installed by
the State government to keep those villages illuminated where
power supply is low have been destroyed and their batteries looted
by the Maoists. "Don't switch on light outside your houses or
be ready to face dire consequences", the local villagers of Pachaukhar
and Bedani villages quoted the Maoists as having told them. Villagers
said the Maoists even pasted hand-written posters in their areas
to convey their message to every villager in the areas. The report
said that the Maoists complained of the lights disturbing their
movements and affecting their operations. Local Police sources
have confirmed the development.
The Police in Hazaribagh have mooted a plan to
prevent the CPI-Maoist from expanding its network by targeting
young men from the Manjhi, Munda, Ganju and Turi communities.
Superintendent of Police, Praveen Kumar Singh, said "The Police
have decided to engage young boys and girls belonging to these
communities to prevent them from joining any banned extremist
organisation in the extremist-dominated areas under Lehak, Keredari
and Bishnugarh Police stations of Hazaribagh District." As part
of the community policing, a total of 75 young men have been selected
to make up three groups of 25 each from each of the villages.
According to the report, those young men with educational background
will be put in the first category and be given employment in private
Police recovered 60 kilograms of ammonium nitrate,
90 detonators and arrested two persons during a raid at Akbarpur
village under Makhdumpur Police station in the Jehanabad District
in connection with the recovery. Manu Maharaja, Jahanabad's Superintendent
of Police told ANI, "The investigation is going on to find out
for what reasons these explosives were to be used."
Railway construction camp was attacked and machines
were set afire in a location between Jharna and Saren village
in Bihar's Gaya District. According to the Superintendent of Police
R Malar Vizzi, "Around 100 Maoists attacked the camp of Rajgir-Kodarma
rail section of Eastern Central Railway. They chased away the
labourers, staff and burnt one Pokelin machine, four dumpers,
two tractors and one motorbike."
70 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 52 detonators
and 15 pieces of power gel sticks were recovered by the Police
during a raid at Bodhchak village in Gaya. According to the sources,
the Police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police of Wazirganj
Saurabh Kumar had raided the house of Ashok Singh and seized the
explosives meant for supply to the Naxalites.
Three villagers, identified as Madan Singh, Chhote
Lal Singh and Mahesh Singh, were abducted and subsequently killed
by Naxalites for refusing to pay levy at Kharik Maheshwari village
under the Sono Police station of Jamui District. 50-odd armed
Naxalites had entered the houses of those villagers, woke them
up and took them away towards the forest area. The bodies of the
three villagers, with their throats slit, were later found from
Charka Patthal Bazar, some 300-metres from Kharik Maheshwari on
November 16-morning. The extremists had demanded rangdari (levy)
from them three months ago, but the trio had refused to oblige
them. Handwritten leaflets found at the spot said others who do
not comply with the demand of Reds would meet the same fate. The
report also added that the Naxalites had threatened the family
members with dire consequences if they reported the matter to
Police before sunrise.
Four members of a family were shot dead by a group
of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Kohbarba Rasulpur village
in the East Champaran District. According to Bihar Police sources,
"armed Maoists first surrounded the village, attacked the house
of an affluent farmer, and exploded it with dynamites. Later,
they set ablaze a tractor and motorcycles. They killed four people."
As reported earlier, the CPI-Maoist had killed three farmers at
Maheshwari village in the Jamui District.
The Police and Special Task Force in a joint search
operation neutralised a gang of inter-state arms dealers following
the arrest of 10 suspects, including two potential buyers, from
near Gandhi Maidan Police station in capital Patna. According
to sources, these suspects purchased arms from Punjab and the
India-Pakistan border and sold them to Maoists in Bihar and Jharkhand.
INR 520000 in cash, two .315 and one semi-automatic rifle was
recovered from possession of the suspects
The Deputy Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janta
Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi told The Indian Express
in an interview that the State hadn't seen a major incident of
Naxalite violence in their tenure despite 19 of the State's 38
Districts falling in the high-risk zone. According to Modi, "Their
Government holds that Naxals are not criminals and, hence, must
not be treated like ones... Naxalism has political content. Now,
Naxals are not seen in fetters in jails."
A construction site was attacked and one machine
was set ablaze by a group of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoists in
an unspecified place between Imamganj and Baluara of Gaya District.
According to sources, the Maoists set ablaze the machine of the
contractor as he failed to pay the extortion money to them.
The house of a former CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Vikas Yadav, was attacked by an unspecified number of Maoists
in the Gaya District. The house was subsequently demolished by
the Maoists. According to sources, Vikas, who is currently imprisoned
in the divisional jail in Gaya, had parted ways with the Maoists
and had fled with their weapons before founding a little known
left-wing extremist outfit, Sashatra People's Morcha, along with
a few other disgruntled elements from the CPI-Maoist.
Apart from the allotment of INR Five billion to
each of the States affected by activities of the CPI-Maoist, the
Union Government has allotted INR 13 billion for the creation
of Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) units of the para-military
CRPF to man the international border with Nepal and Bihar's border
with Jharkhand. The Union Minister of State for Home, Shakeel
Ahmed, reportedly said that two bases for the COBRA units would
be set up at Muzaffarpur and Gaya in Bihar.
The Patna Police seized a big cache of ammunition
of various calibre and arrested five persons engaged in clandestine
supply of these to Naxalites. Senior Superintendent of Police
Amit Kumar said that the Police intercepted three vehicles at
the Zero Mile near Mahatma Gandhi bridge over the Ganga and seized
500 cartridges of .315 calibre rifles, 400 of .32 pistols and
11 rounds of 12 bore shotgun, besides one 9 mm pistol with an
additional magazine. The inter-State gang was involved in supplying
weapons and ammunition to various Naxalite outfits, including
CPI-Maoist, and Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC).
Media reports indicated that Rajiv Kumar, the
Block Development Officer (BDO) of Dumaria in Gaya District, has
not been able to attend office for more than three months due
to the fear of an attack by the CPI-Maoist. Kumar, who had survived
an ambush on August 9, has been functioning from the divisional
Around 50 to 60 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
raided Sewai village in the Gaya District and abducted two cadres
of the rival Sashashtra People's Morcha.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Jailal Manjhi
and Rudal Manjhi, residents of Rampur village in the East Champaran
District, surrendered before the the Superintendent of Police,
N. H. Khan.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres abducted two brothers,
identified as Rajesh and Sunil Yadav, at gun point from their
house in the Sevai village under Barachatti Police station of
Gaya District. Some villagers told Police officials both brothers
were abducted on suspicion of belonging to a rival Maoist outfit.
A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Suresh
Paswan, was arrested by the Police during a search operation at
Raghunath village in the Gaya District. A cache of arms, including
five detonators, two carbines and a locally-made rifle was recovered
from his possession. Other members of the Maoist squad led by
sub-zonal commander Surindra Ravidas had managed to escape before
the Police arrived.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ramashish
Yadav, was arrested by the Police during a search operation at
Kumarubigha village of Jehanabad District. Yadav was wanted for
his involvement in several cases of murder and kidnapping, including
the killing of four dalits (backward caste) at Barmachak
village under Kalpa Police station in 2000.
One Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel,
identified as Ganesh Singh, was shot dead while a woman passenger
and other GRP personnel were injured when at least 30 suspected
cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a coach of the Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur
Inter-City Express between Abhoypur and Kajra stations in the
Munger District. The assailants also snatched away four assault
rifles, a carbine and several rounds of ammunition by overpowering
the GRP personnel.
The Bihar Director General of Police, D. N. Gautam,
said that in 75 cases of CPI-Maoist attacks, 42 civilians were
killed during 2008. 14 Maoists and 20 Policemen were also killed
in encounters between Police and Maoists. The Bihar Police have
also arrested 442 Maoists, including 43 area/zonal commanders.
The Police also recovered 132 firearms, of which 18 were looted
earlier, and 17,098 cartridges from the extremists.
The GRP launched a massive manhunt for cadres
of the CPI-Maoist in the forest areas of Munger District in the
wake of the attack on the Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur Jansewa Express
near Abhaipur station on December 25 in which two GRP constables
were killed (one Security personnel succumbed to his injury).
As reported earlier, one GRP personnel was killed in the incident.
A senior 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Chimat Rai alias Kishan Rai, who was wanted in over 24 cases
of murder, dacoity, loot and extremist violence in Bihar and Jharkhand,
was arrested by the Police during a search operation at Gauradih
village under Ishipur Police Station of Bhagalpur District. A
resident of Dighi village in Mehrama Police Station limits of
Godda District of Jharkhand, Chimat is also a member of the Shantipal
group and in-charge of the underground outfit for Godda and Sahebganj
Districts. Rai''s wife has also been detained by the Police.
Police neutralized a CPI-Maoist
camp following an encounter with the Maoists near Kotrapal village
under Bhairamgarh Police station limits in the Bijapur District.
No causality was reported. Police recovered explosives, detonators,
radio, Maoist literature and daily use material from the camp.
The Chhattisgarh government has
sought nine more battalions of central para-military forces (CPMFs)
immediately to deal with the increasing Maoist activity in the
State. Chief Secretary Shivraj Singh and the Director General
of Police (DGP), Vishwa Ranjan, made this demand during a meeting
with the Union Cabinet Secretary, K.M. Chandrasekhar, in New Delhi.
Vishwa Ranjan said the State would require 15 battalions of CPMFs
to check Maoist violence and an equal number to ensure the safe
return of the displaced people to their villages. At present,
the State had 12 CRPF battalions and one Mizo battalion.
According to Chhattisgarh Police
records, Police fatalities in the Maoist-related violence increased
in 2007 compared to the previous year. Girdhari Nayak, the Inspector
General of Police (Maoist Operations), told, "Chhattisgarh recorded
436 deaths in Maoist-related violence in 2007, as against 458
casualties reported in 2006. But the deaths of Policemen and special
Police officers (SPOs) shot up to 200 last year, while that number
was 74 in 2006." He, however, said the State has witnessed a substantial
drop in civilian casualties in 2007 with 165 deaths, as against
306 deaths in 2006 and 126 the previous year. According to official
data, 67 Maoists were killed in the State in 2007, while the figure
was 73 in 2006 and 27 in 2005. Nayak said that the Police have
recovered large caches of arms and ammunition from the Maoists
in 2007, including 96 weapons, 175 landmines, 208 detonators,
49 gelatine sticks, five wireless sets, five magazines and seven
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked Police personnel
engaged in a combing operation near Cherpal in the Bijapur District.
Another group of Maoists attacked Police personnel near Kotrapal.
No casualty was reported in either of these incidents.
Police in the Kanker District claimed to have
killed seven hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres following a raid on a
camp of the outfit in a forested area under Koyalibera Police
station. Pawan Deo, Deputy Iinspector General of Police (Kanker
range) told, "We found heavy blood stains at the encounter site
and enough evidence that rebels' bodies have been carried deep
inside the forest during the 90-minute fierce gun battle." The
Police recovered three rifles, 36 detonators, four bundles of
wires used for landmine blasts, pipe bombs, tiffin bombs, Maoist
uniform and literature.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked two vehicles of
Police personnel near Narsampuram in the Dantewada District. However,
no causality was reported.
Police arrest a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as
Kumada, near Hadeli village under Mardapal Police station limits
of Bastar District. The Maoist, carrying head money of INR 3000,
was involved in several incidents in the Bastar region.
One CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Bako Maso,
was killed during an exchange of fire between Police personnel
and the extremists in the forest near Dalmer village under Bhairamgarh
Police station limits of Bijapur District. The Maoists attacked
the Police personnel who were combing the area and fled as Police
opened fire. Police subsequently recovered the dead body of the
Maoist along with a 12.bore rifle, one tiffin bomb and explosives
from the encounter site.
A CPI-Maoist cadre of the Dhoudai dalam,
identified as Mahettar alias Murali, was arrested by Police
from Kondagaon town in the Bastar District. The Maoist who was
involved in several cases of violence in the District was in the
town to buy some daily use materials for Maoists. Police recovered
some Maoists banner and other daily use materials from a bag carried
by the arrested Maoist.
Mahendra Karma, leader of the Opposition in State
Assembly and a Congress legislator of Dantewada, led a rally of
about 5,000 Salwa Judum members at Bijapur District headquarter.
Karma said that the Salwa Judum movement, launched in June
2005 by tribals of Bastar region, had demolished the Maoists'
terror network and their intelligence gathering set-up as well.
Five CRPF personnel were wounded in an ambush
by armed Maoists in a forest in the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.
About 150 Maoists attacked a joint Police party of the CRPF and
District forces when the security force personnel were on a de-mining
and area dominance operation in the Jharghati jungle, about 350
kilometers from State capital Raipur, the District Superintendent
of Police Ajay Yadav said.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Bhagat and
Kosa, were killed during an encounter between Police personnel
and the Maoists in the forest area in the Konta village of Dantewada
District along the Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh border. Police
recovered one rifle, one 12 bore rifle and a cartridge from the
The STF and the CRPF personnel raided a Maoist
hideout in Dantewada's Kirandul area and subsequent to an encounter
recovered a huge cache of explosives. The Inspector General of
Police Girdhari Nayak said, "STF and CRPF fought a fierce battle
with the Leftist insurgents for at least 30 minutes in a forest
bastion of the ultras. The rebels fled, leaving a stock of explosives,
literature and uniforms."
Police recovered eight bags containing 91 locally-made
pistols and 26 wireless sets from a busy square in the State capital
Raipur. Inspector General of Police Girdhari Nayak said, "Two
car-borne people, including a woman, dropped eight weapons laden
bags at a busy square in Dangania area of Raipur Monday night.
We have seized the weapons and the state's border has been sealed
off." "These are travelling bags and it seems like the arms were
dropped for a certain person for the purpose of terrorism, but
Police recovered the arms before they were taken away", he added.
Malti, a top 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist and
wife of the spokesman of the outfit Gudsa Usendi, was arrested
from Farid Nagar locality in the Supela area of Durg District
along with two of her associates. Nine pistols, five locally made
firearms, one wireless set, INR 600,000 in currency notes and
11 mobile phones were recovered from the house, in which she was
reportedly staying for the past two years. Police have also detained
a freelance journalist from the Bhilai area for his alleged connection
with the arrested Maoists.
A Kolkata-based publisher Asit Sengupta was arrested
in Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh, for his alleged links with
the CPI-Maoist. A senior Police official told, "A publisher from
Kolkata, Asit Sen Gupta was arrested after huge amount of literature
related to the banned Naxal organisation CPI-Maoist and other
things were recovered from his house from Tikrapara area of Raipur."
Indian Express reported that Bastar in
Chhattisgarh is emerging as the new training ground for CPI-Maoist
cadres from across the country. The People's Liberation Guerrilla
Army (PLGA) is running four camps in the forests of the region
where cadres from several states are being given "on the job"
training in carrying out attacks and planting explosives. Intelligence
reports and documents seized by the Chhattisgarh Police indicate
that Bastar is the new epicentre for Maoist extremism and officials
suspect that 1,500-2,000 cadres are present in these camps at
any given time.
Chhattisgarh Director General of Police Vishwaranjan
stated that while three of the camps were located in the jungles
of Bijapur and Dantewara Districts, one camp is believed to be
located in the Abujhmarh forests. "According to intelligence inputs
received by us, apart from locally recruited cadres, Maoist extremists
from other states, including Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh,
Bihar and West Bengal, are also being given training," he said.
Apart from 8,000-10,000 armed PLGA and Jan militia in the region,
there are also 25,000-35,000 Maoist sympathisers or Sangham members.
At least nine villagers were abducted by a group
of CPI-Maoist cadres in the Bijapur District, Police sources said.
About 70 Maoists, including armed rebels, stopped a jeep carrying
the villagers near Bhogamguda village and asked for each one's
identity. Subsequently, nine villagers were taken away to a forest
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted four Special Police
Officers (SPOs) and five villagers while they were travelling
in a jeep from Bijapur to Gangaloor in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
Inspector General of Police (Bastar) R K Vij told, "The Maoists
stopped the jeep by felling a tree on the road. The SPOs and villagers
were taken into nearby jungles."
Police recovered 23 high-frequency wireless sets,
four bundles of fuse wires and five wireless chargers near Chingri
nullah at Bhatagaon village in Raipur.
Chhattisgarh Police arrested 15 CPI-Maoist cadres
from Kanker District and recovered explosive material and firearms
from them. The Maoists were holding a meeting with villagers at
Jamdi when Police raided the place. Further details on the recovery
were not available.
Four CRPF personnel, including a Sub-Inspector,
were killed by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in an ambush in the
The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) of the MHA has
identified two Districts in Chhattisgarh - Dantewada and Bijapur
- for fast-track implementation of the centrally sponsored development
schemes to deal with the left-wing insurgency. The IMG, which
was established by the MHA to deal with various aspects of the
Maoist problem, met in New Delhi last week to review the pace
of development in the affected Districts of various States. It
decided to pick these two Districts for speedier implementation
of the developmental schemes. The Central schemes to be implemented
at a faster pace include Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Indira
Awas Yojana, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Scheme, Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan and the Integrated Child Development Scheme. The
meeting also decided to expedite the clearance process for the
Security force personnel averted an attempt by
the CPI-Maoist cadres to ambush the Leader of Opposition in the
State Legislative Assembly, Mahendra Karma, in the Dantewada District.
Karma, who tops the hit-list of the CPI-Maoist, was reportedly
returning to Dantewada from Aranpur when his convoy came under
attack near Potali. Retaliation by the SFs forced the Maoists
to flee. Subsequently, SF personnel recovered and later defused
a landmine, packed with about three kilograms of explosive, planted
on the road.
A combined team of the Bijapur District Police
and CRPF Force personnel raided a CPI-Maoist camp in the forest
area of Bansaguda Police station and killed two Maoists, identified
as Modyami and Awalam Dalla. Police also recovered some bombs,
detonators, medicines and daily use material from the incident
A Unified Command Structure comprising officials
of the Centre and the State governments would be in charge of
tacking the problem of left-wing extremism in Chhattisgarh. An
announcement to this effect was made by Union Home Minister Shivraj
Patil who visited the State. The Chief Minister will head the
Unified Command Structure which would co-ordinate the activities
of the State and Central forces.
13 cadres of the CPI-Maoist and six CRPF personnel
were killed in two separate encounters in the Bijapur District.
In the first encounter, the STF personnel shot dead 10 Maoists
inside Adesmetta forest under Gangalur Police station in the District
after they came were attacked by the Maoists who used landmines
and automatic gunfire. Three CRPF head constables and an equal
number of constables were killed in an encounter with the Maoists
in Tadkel hill of Mirtur Police station area, Inspector General
of Police (Bastar range), Rajinder Kumar Vij, said. Three Maoists
were also killed during the encounter, which began when a group
of 60 CRPF personnel on a search mission were attacked by the
Maoists with landmine blasts and machinegun fire in the area.
"There were about 300 ultras," Vij said. Maoists escaped with
the guns of the slain CRPF soldiers, he added.
The Centre sanctioned four more India Reserve
Battalions (IRBs) to be raised by the State in 2008 to boost Chhattisgarh's
fight against the Maoists. The State is already raising four IRBs.
Within days of announcing the setting up of a Unified Command
Structure, headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh, the Union Home
Ministry placed five more battalions of CPMFs at the disposal
of the State. Currently, 13 battalions of Central forces are engaged
in anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh.
One CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Lakhmu alias
Surjuram, was arrested by Police along with a rifle at Banskot
village under Badhgaon Police station limits of the Kanker District.
He was wanted in four incidents in the Pakhanjur and Badhgaon
Police station area. Another Maoist, identified as Mangruram,
was arrested along with a rifle during a raid conducted by Aamaguda
Police at Matla village in the same District.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the a
combined team of Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
personnel in the Dantewada District. The arrested cadres were
accused of destroying school buildings in the Sameli, Burgum and
Potali villages. They are also accused in an attack on the Leader
of Opposition in the State Legislative Assembly, Mahendra Karma,
on February 12.
The Narayanpur District Police arrested three
Maoists from the forest area of Uchacoat. They were reportedly
involved in the setting ablaze of a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
(BSNL) vehicle in Bharanda road in between Narayanpur and Antagarh.
Police recovered a 10 kilogram pipe bomb from
the encounter site after an exchange of fire with the Maoists
near Kristaram Police station in the Dantewada District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the convoy of the
Collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) of Narayanpur District
near Rainar village. "One of the bullets hit the third vehicle
from the car of the SP and the Collector and broke its window
pane," a Police official said, adding that no one was injured
in the incident. Both the officials were returning to the District
headquarter Narayanpur after attending a grievance redressal meeting
in Rainar village when the incident occurred.
Around 10-12 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a civilian, identified as Samsai, in the Sode village of Kanker
District. The Maoists have alleged that the victim was a Police
Police arrested three Maoists, identified as Isha
alias Yusuf Ansari, Amjad alias Aazad and Anmol Tirkey, from a
forest area near Nagara village in the Balrampur Police District
during a search operation. The Police also recovered one .9-mm
automatic machinegun, one country made firearm and two cartridges
from their possession. They were reportedly involved in setting
ablaze six tractors and abducting three workers of a contractor
in Nagara village on February 1-night.
Police arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres in separate
incidents in the Koriya District. In the first incident one Maoist,
identified as Chhotu alias Laxaman, was arrested in the Sonhat
Police station area along with one .315 rifle and five cartridges.
Separately, two more Maoists, identified as Shiva Pratap Singh
alias Chhotkan (carrying head money of INR 2000) and Rajpati Singh
alias Lalla alias Rashtrapati (carrying head money of INR 3000),
were arrested from the Kotadol Police station area. Both the Maoists
are wanted in several criminal activities in the Koriya and Surajpur
Around 50-60 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked
the Bande Police station in the Kanker District. However, the
attack was foiled by the security force personnel and no causality
Police arrested two Maoists, identified as Mangal
and Mansaram, from Patkalbeda village under Antagarh Police station
in the Kanker District along with two rifles.
Police during a search operation arrested five
CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, identified as Mehattar Ram,
Baisakhuram Daro, Ganguram, Anand Sore and Nirgo Bai alias Hirgobai
alias Kavita, from Petargudam forest area under Badgaon Police
station of Kanker District.
Four Sangham (a group of hardcore over-ground
cadres) member of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by a combined team
of forest guards and the Special Police Officers near Chinka village
under Bhairamgarh Police station in the Bijapur District .
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian, identified
as Sodhi Darra, in the Chintalnar Police station area of Dantewada
District. A pamphlet recovered from the incident site allegedly
branded the victim as a Police informer.
Maoists set ablaze two tractors engaged in road
construction work near Kakerbeda under Chhote Dongar Police station
in the Narayanpur District and warned workers to stop the ongoing
road construction work.
An attack by a group of heavily armed CPI-Maoist
cadres on a Special Police Officer (SPO) camp in the Dantewada
District was repulsed by alert SPOs. Superintendent of Police
Rahul Sharma said a group of around 24 Maoists opened indiscriminate
fire on the Chitalanka camp, but had to retreat when the SPOs
retaliated. The camp housing about 20-25 SPOs is located two kilometres
from District headquarters Dantewada town and is very close to
the official residence of the District Collector and Superintendent
Joint security forces of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
killed 17 CPI-Maoist cadres, including seven women inside the
Darelli forest under Pamedu Police station in the Bijapur District.
The encounter followed an aerial survey that revealed an ongoing
plenum of the Maoists attended by 60 cadres. Khammam Superintendent
of Police D.S. Chauhan confirmed that those killed in the encounter
were mostly from Khammam District. Weapons including an AK-47,
three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs), landmines and many single shot
weapons were recovered following two spells of the ambushes by
the SFs. Police sources said more than 500 shots were fired by
both sides in two spells - one at 9 AM and another four hours
later. While 13 Maoists were killed in the first spell of encounter,
four others were killed during the second assault.
Three Salwa Judum activists were killed
by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a forested stretch in southern Chhattisgarh.
Maoists reportedly abducted the deceased from a relief camp at
Mathwara village in the Bijapur District and three days later
killed them by slitting their throats.
The District Collector (DC) and Superintendent
of Police (SP) of Kanker in the Bastar District escaped unhurt
even as two Policemen were wounded when Maoists triggered landmine
blast targeting their vehicle. The incident occurred when the
DC, K. R. Pisda, and SP, Ratan Lal Dangi, were returning to the
District headquarters Kanker. Although both the senior officials
escaped, the tail vehicle, carrying Policemen to provide security
to them, were hit by the explosion.
A day-long general strike called by the CPI-Maoist
to protest against killings of 17 of their colleagues last week
in southern Chhattisgarh affected normal life. The transport operators
kept passenger vehicles off the road. Shops and business establishment
in the forested areas of Bastar remained closed and passenger
buses did not ply on the National Highway 221 in Dantewada District
and on National Highway 16 in Bijapur District.
A group of 55 armed CPI-Maoist cadres raided the
Mahamaya iron ore plant of the Steel Authority of India Limited
(SAIL) in Gajurao village of Durg District. They fled with 200
bags of pottassium nitrate explosive after loading them onto six
trucks parked at the plant. The Maoists also abducted the manager
of the unit and seven other staff members.
A Policeman and five personnel of the bomb disposal
squad of Chhattisgarh Police were injured in a land mine blast
triggered by CPI-Maoist near Sendhawadi village in Rajnandgaon
CPI-Maoist cadres on March 28 released all the
eight officials and employees they had abducted from Durg District
on March 27. Durg District Superintendent of Police Dinapshu Kabra
said that all the released persons were unharmed.
CPI-Maoist cadres damaged five electricity polls
in the Bastar District disrupting power supply to over 150 villages.
"The entire Usur block and some areas of Bhopalpatnam block are
facing a blackout since Friday night. We fear the rebels may use
the opportunity to attack either Police or civilians installations,"
said Ankit Garg, the Bastar District Superintendent of Police.
The supply of electricity remained disrupted till April 1.
CPI-Maoist called for a bandh in the Dandakaranya
region to protest killing of 17 of their cadres in Bastar area
on March 18 by the Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Police in a
The bandh halted iron ore mining and transport
services in the state. The transport of iron ore from the National
Mineral Development Corp's (NMDC) mines at Bailadila in the Dantewada
District was severely affected as no trains plied on the Jagdalpur-Kirandul
route during the strike. In Kirandul areas, mining workers did
not turn up for work fearing the Maoists.
The Supreme Court examining two petitions alleging
that the Chattisgarh government was allegedly arming civilians
involved in Salwa Judum movement to fight the naxalites
remarked, "It is a question of law and order. You (state government)
cannot give arms to somebody (a civilian) and allow him to kill.
You will be an abettor of the offence under section 302 of the
Indian Penal Code". The Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan
and Justice Aftab Alam said a neutral agency should inquire and
assess whether people had joined Salwa Judum camps on their
own. The state government had earlier denied that Salwa Judum
was a state-sponsored movement and said that action shall be taken
if any Salwa Judum activist transgresses the confines of the law.
The Union Government defended the Salwa Judum
campaign. Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramanian, appearing
for the Union Government, supported the Chhattisgarh Government
and said the petitioners' claims of excesses during Salwa Judum
were exaggerated. "The perception put forth by the petitioners
is subject to much moderation," he said. He further argued, "When
hundreds of people are killed by Naxalites [Maoists], the state
has to do something to protect them." Separately, the Chhattisgarh
Government counsel Manish Singhvi said that many of the allegations
of excesses by Salwa Judum activists were found to be false upon
IANS reports that the paramilitary Sashastra
Seema Bal (SSB) has begun taking over from the CRPF the security
of 23 Government-run relief camps for villagers of the Maoist-affected
areas in Chhattisgarh. Girdhari Nayak, the Inspector General of
Police heading the anti-Maoist operations, said that a SSB battalion
which reached capital Raipur on April 8 is en route to the southern
Bastar region to join another SSB battalion that has taken over
from the CRPF. "About 2,000 SSB personnel have begun taking over
security of 23 Government-run makeshift relief camps from the
CRPF in extreme southern Districts of Bijapur and Dantewada to
protect about 48,000 camp settlers", Nayak said.
Economic Times reported that the Chhattisgarh
Government has told the Supreme Court that the left-wing extremist
problem has reached alarming proportions in the State and it is
not possible to end the Salwa Judum, a people's resistance movement
to counter the Maoists. An affidavit filed by the State Government
in the apex court said, "They (Naxals) destroyed 55 primary school
buildings, eight panchayat bhawans (buildings of village
level self-government institutions), nine ashram bhawans (buildings
of religious institutions), nine hostels, eight anganwadi centres,
18 other buildings in the last three years. There were also cases
of destruction of electric towers resulting in blackouts in many
parts of the Naxal-affected regions". The affidavit said that
the people of Chhattisgarh, due to the fear of the Maoists, were
living in the camps. "The state cannot stifle any people's initiative
to resist a patently illegal organisation and its activities",
the affidavit said.
The Union Government in a statement in the Supreme
Court strongly opposed the disbanding of the Salwa Judum movement
in Chhattisgarh. The Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramanium
told the apex court, "To assume that the Salwa Judum was an army
of people with weapons and asking for it to be disbanded will
be no more than asking for these people to be pushed out to be
killed (by the Naxalites)." "Salwa Judum, activists of which are
designated as special Police officers, is consciously funded by
the Centre to save the tribals, who were displaced from the jungles
by Naxalites, and protect people from being killed by Naxalites",
Subramaniam added. He further said, "Situation is of considerable
concern both to the Centre and state. Policemen are not ready
to step into the forests. Though 17,000 posts are sanctioned for
anti-naxal force, the state government is finding it very difficult
to fill them. That is why the self-defence force was organised
to save people from becoming sitting ducks for the Naxals." He,
however, said that the Government has no objection to the National
Human Rights Commission examining individual human rights violation
cases by the Salwa Judum activists.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed two Salwa Judum members
in the Gayatapara village of Bijapur District. Ankit Garg, District
Superintendent of Police (Bijapur), said that both the victims,
settlers of the Gangloor relief camp, had gone back to their village
for personal work when they were attacked by a group of 20 armed
CPI-Maoist cadres set fire to 47 vehicles of a
private company, Essar Steels at Korandul in the Dantewada District.
The vehicles burnt included 33 dumpers, four earth moving equipment,
two diesel tankers and one bus. Some 400 Maoists including over
100 women stormed into the company premises at Kadampal locality
in the town around 11.30 p.m, doused the vehicles with diesel
and set them afire by keeping the guards and drivers away at gun
point. Maoists subsequently fled the scene leaving behind a pamphlet
issued in the name of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal committee
of the outfit. The pamphlet warned the Essar Steels and another
private company against continuing their operations in the Bastar
region of Chhattisgarh.
IANS reported that the CPI-Maoist extremists
are forcibly recruiting minors from the large forested areas of
Chhattisgarh. Inspector General of Police Girdhari Nayak said,
"Rebels are conducting a massive drive for child soldiers in their
forested hideouts in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, which is close
to Andhra Pradesh." "It's a forced recruitment. Rebels are carrying
away children without their parents' consent and are training
them to handle even sophisticated weapons and use them for attacks
on civilians and Police installations," he added. He further said,
"We have reports that insurgents have been forcibly taking away
tribal boys and girls from schools in poverty-stricken hamlets
of the Bastar region." Police officials further said that the
recruitment is intended for filling up a child unit - Krantikari
Adivasi Balak Sangh - a banned frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoist
in Chhattisgarh. The extremists are targeting children in the
age group of 12-18 years and are focussing on school dropouts.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed three tribal youths.
Four youths were abducted from Yampuram tribal village near Charla
under Pamedu Police station in the Bijapur District. While three
of them were killed by the Maoists and their bodies abandoned
on the village outskirts, the whereabouts of the fourth one is
not known. The Maoists reportedly held the youths responsible
for the Pamedu encounter in which 17 Maoists had been killed in
a joint operation by the Chhattisgarh Police and Greyhounds personnel
from Andhra Pradesh in March.
Maoists set ablaze 39 deserted huts belonging
to the members of the Salwa Judum at the remote Tetrai village
in the Dantewada District.
Three Policemen were killed when the CPI-Maoist
cadres triggered a landmine blast and opened fire at a Police
party near Chhindpal village in the Kanker District. The slain
Police personnel were identified as platoon commander Sangram
Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector Shayamlal Ambali and Constable
Mahulal. Police sources said that the attack by an estimated 150
Maoists occurred when a Police party comprising 26 personnel were
visiting the site to clear a tree felled by the Maoists to block
CPI-Maoist cadres killed two special Police officers
in the Narayanpur District. Pawan Deo, Deputy Inspector General
of Police (Kanker range), said, "Two bodies were found at a roadside
in a forested stretch in Narayanpur District Wednesday (May 21)
morning. Maoists probably killed them overnight and dumped their
bodies early morning".
A tribal woman was killed and another injured
when a bomb planted by the Maoists exploded in a forested area
on Narayanpur-Orchha road in the Narayanpur District.
A truck loaded with about nine tonnes of gelatine
explosives was seized by the Police on the outskirts of capital
Raipur near the national highway. The truck reportedly was found
abandoned at the site. The explosives, Police said, were ordered
by a Nagpur-based coal mine company. The vehicle carrying the
consignment to Nagpur from Jharkhand, was stolen in Chhattisgarh's
Janjgir District. Police is carrying out investigation to ascertain
the role of the left-wing extremists in the theft.
The Hindu reports that Maoists have imposed
a ban on the use of mobile phones in the tribal habitations of
the Bastar region.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two private buses
on the Nerli ghat road and torched four tippers at Bachali area
in the Dantewada District. Dantewada Superintendent of Police
Rahul Sharma said that 50 armed Maoists stopped the buses travelling
on the Raipur- Kirandul route, asked the passengers to alight
and then torched the vehicles. Before fleeing under the cover
of darkness, the Maoists also fired upon the Police, who had rushed
to the area. At Bachali, 25-kilometres from Dantewada, a group
of 40 Maoists burnt down the tippers engaged in civil works. Maoists
have also pasted posters and distributed pamphlets in the tribal
villages asking them to leave their places.
CPI-Maoist cadres pulled down 14 electricity poles
in the southern Bastar region affecting supply of the electricity
to at least 50 villages of Narayanpur District. Pawan Deo, Deputy
Inspector General of Police (Kanker range), said, "The Police
presence has been boosted in and around Government installations
located in villages where there is a blackout. Patrolling has
been intensified with Police and para-military troopers being
put on high alert."
CPI-Maoist cadres killed three tribals and set
ablaze six vehicles in the Dantewada District as part of their
Jana Chaitanyam (Public Awareness) campaign. The killed persons
include, businessman N. Ramakrishna and his associates T. Laxmaiah
and S. Nagaraju, all residents of Chintakunta village in the Charla
mandal, had left for Kondapalli on a two-wheeler on June 2. Their
dead bodies were dug out near the Basavagu area.
CPI-Maoist cadres blasted a high tension 220-KV
power supply tower in the forested Bastar region. Security forces
who scanned the forests from helicopters located the tower. Hundreds
of villages in the Jagdalpur, Bijapur, Dantewada and Narayanpur
Districts in the southern Districts of the state have plunged
into darkness as a result. A senior Police officer said, "It would
take at least one week to restore power supply".
The power disruption has brought to a halt mining
in Bailadilla, which has India's largest iron ore deposits, thereby
affecting the operations of the National Mineral Development Corporation
(NMDC) and mining facilities of the Essar Steel plant. "The total
loss to NMDC could be INR 10-11 crore (100-110 millions) a day,"
a senior official of the corporation said. "The pumping operations
have come to a standstill," an Essar spokesman said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, were
killed during a gunfight with the Police in the Bijapur District.
The incident took place near the forests of Bhairamgarh, about
480-km south of Raipur. "A team of District Force backed by Special
Police Officers fought a gun battle with armed rebels and the
45-minute fight ended with three ultras, including a female commander,
being killed," Girdhari Nayak, Inspector General of Police. Nayak
also said that two Maoists surrendered before the Police with
12 bore guns and a claymore mine in the Surguja District on the
Three Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
personnel, including a sub-inspector, were killed and two others
injured in an attack by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Durg District.
Police sources said that a group of Maoists blew up a jeep of
CISF personnel using an IED near Mahamaya mines area under Dallirajehra
Police station of the District, leading to the killings and the
injuries. The Maoists were reported to have decamped with the
arms of the killed and injured personnel.
CPI-Maoist cadres set 22 tipper trucks of Essar
Steel plant and removed a stretch of the Kirandole rail line in
the Dantewada District, resulting in the derailment of two engines.
A group of 200 armed Maoists stormed the industrial pocket at
Bacheli village near Kirandole and burnt the trucks meant for
transporting iron-ore. The attack continued till late in the night
and the loss was said to be quite extensive. Maoists were observing
an anti-oppression week in response to the call given by the Dandakaranya
special zonal committee and the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border zonal
committee of the outfit to protest against the Salwa Judum.
The Maoists reportedly had been holding meetings since a week
and distributing pamphlets and publicity material in the forest
villages on the Konta-Dantewada highway urging the local people
to support their cause.
An attack by the CPI-Maoist cadres on a visiting
team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was repulsed
in the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Officials at state
Police headquarters in Raipur said their personnel escorting the
NHRC probe team fought an hour-long gun battle with the extremists
following which the Maoists fled. The NHRC team was on its way
to Konta area from Dantewada town.
Security forces raided a Maoist hideout near Uppelmeta
under Errabore Police station in the Dantewada District. A woman
Maoist was killed during an encounter that followed the raid.
Maoists abducted three traders when they were
on their way to Badgaon from a weekly market in the Kanker District.
The Maoists initially held 30 traders captive, but later released
27 of them. The rebels also set ablaze a truck owned by the traders.
One of the traders was later killed and other two let off.
The CPI-Maoist cadres stormed a marriage function
and killed the bridegroom by slitting his throat before the guests
at Koder village in the Bijapur District. The Maoists fled from
the scene after killing Laxman Parlipal, who used to assist security
forces at the Cherpal relief camp.
A CRPF trooper was killed and three other troopers
were seriously injured in a remote forested stretch of Kanker
District when the CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a combing team. Pawan
Deo, Deputy Inspector General of Police in Kanker said that the
48-member combing team of the CRPF and the District Force came
under attack by the Maoists who used grenades and guns. Following
an hour-long gun battle, the CRPF troopers found abandoned shoes
and blood marks at the site suggesting that the Maoists too had
The CRPF personnel and the Maoists were engaged
in a two-hour long encounter near Kondagaon in the Kanker District.
The encounter followed after two CRPF platoons, on their way to
a nearby village following information that the Maoists had killed
a trader, came under attacks by the extremists. CRPF head constable
Devidas was killed in the encounter while another head constable
Shatrughan Singh Yadav and constable Grijashankar sustained serious
A constable was killed and eight SPOs went missing
after armed Maoists attacked them at a forested stretch near village
Murligura, close to the Andhra Pradesh border, in the Dantewada
District. "Armed insurgents, who were waiting for the eight-member
SPO team led by a Police constable, opened indiscriminate fire
at the team. The constable was killed on the spot," Dantewada
District Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma told.
Maoists set ablaze an earth moving machine engaged
in road construction at Lakshmipura under Pakhanjur Police station
in the Kanker District.
Three SPOs were killed by CPI-Maoist in Banda
Police station limits of Dantewada District. The SPOs were abducted
by the Maoists along with five other civilian Police following
an encounter in the forests, seven kilometers away from Konta
town on June 18. The SPOs were taken to a Maoist camp in the forests
blind-folded where they were asked to distance themselves from
the Salwa Judum and the Police. Five of them were then
let off and three others - Gopal, Bhadru and Lakshmaiah, were
shot dead and their bodies abandoned near Banda village.
A constable of the Mizo battalion was critically
injured when CPI-Maoist cadres chopped off his hand, injured another
security personnel and looted two AK-47 assault rifles from both
of them at Gadiras weekly market in the Dantewada District. District
Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma said the incident took place
in the morning when two constables got separated from other security
personnel during patrol duty at the weekly market. Soon, the Maoists
attacked them with an axe, chopping off a hand of constable Piyang.
The extremists then fled with their weapons.
Three Policemen were killed in a CPI-Maoist ambush
in Narayanpur District on June 25. Those killed included two Chhattisgarh
Armed Forces' men and another from the District force of the state
Police. "Heavily armed insurgents, who were waiting on a hilly
point in Narayanpur District, triggered a blast and then opened
indiscriminate firing Wednesday night that killed three cops,"
Pawan Deo, Deputy Inspector General of Police. The Maoists also
took away the weapons of the slain Policemen.
Security force personnel and the Maoists engaged
in an encounter near Belgaon village, 12 kilometres from Bairamgarh
in the Bijapur District. A Maoist was killed during the encounter.
Tiffin bombs weighing 10 kilograms and four hand grenades were
recovered from the encounter site.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed three activists
of the Salwa Judum in the Bijapur District. The killed included
two elected Panchayat members. The dead bodies were recovered
near a village on the Amapalli-Ilmchi road. The three killed men
had left for District headquarter Jagdalpur three days ago and
but had not reached the destination.
11 wagons of an iron-ore laden goods train were
derailed at a stretch between Dantewada and Kamaloor railway stations
in the Dantewada District after suspected CPI-Maoist cadres uprooted
the rail tracks. The wagons of the train bound for Visakhapatnam
in Andhra Pradesh came down from a small bridge. The derailment
has totally stooped iron ore transportation from Dantewada's Kirandul
base to the Andhra Pradesh port city.
Home Minister Ramvichar Netam announced in the
Legislative Assembly that 34 Maoists were killed and 119 arrested
in the State in the first six months of 2008.
Two persons who were abducted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres one week back for acting as Police informers, were found
dead in a forest in the Bastar region. Police said both men were
killed two days ago and their bodies were found in separate places
in a thick forest while Police teams were conducting a combing
operation. While 55-year-year-old Patri Baloji's body was found
in a forest in Bijapur, the body of Barsa Buddu, 50, was recovered
from Dantewada. Police confirmed that both victims were Police
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam informed
the Legislative Assembly that the fatalities toll in left-wing
insurgency related activities have been 1,093 in 2,784 incidents
between January 1, 2004 and June 20, 2008. In a written reply
to a question by Congress legislator and leader of the opposition,
Mahendra Karma, Netam said that the fatalities include 726 civilians,
243 Police personnel and 124 special Police officers. More than
90 percent of the incidents and fatalities were reported from
the State's southern Bastar region that comprises five Districts
- Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar - spread out
in about 40,000 square kilometre area.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a leader of the ruling
BJP, who was also a sarpanch at Bastnar, 40 kilometres from the
Bastar District headquarter in Jagdalpur, reports Indian Express.
Maoists stormed into the house of Ganguram Kashyap, set ablaze
his tractor, looted cash and food grains from the house and walked
away with his cattle after shooting him dead. This was the first
incident of a Maoist attack in this area. It is believed that
the extremists are a part of the newly formed Bastnar division
of the CPI-Maoist which is trying to spread their base into this
Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee member
Avdesh Kumar Gautam had a narrow escape near Nakulnar weekly market
in the Dantewada District when Maoists opened fire on him but
missed their target. Gautam, who is on the hit list of Maoists
because of his close association with Salwa Judum leaders.
Maoists killed a former village chief in Mainpur
on the Chhattisgarh-Orissa border, accusing him of working as
a Police informer. "Former sarpanch Niram Singh Dhruv was forcefully
taken away from his house by Maoists on Sunday and tied to an
electricity pole in village square at Amagaon, about 225 km from
the State capital [Raipur], and was shot in the chest," Mainpur
Police station sources said. A Maoist commander Gopanna was reportedly
arrested from Dhruv's house on May 4, 2007 and the insurgents
had subsequently accused Dhruv of informing the Police about the
commander's presence. However, the Superintendent of Police in
Raipur, Amit Kumar, said "But Dhruv was not our informer and Maoists
wrongly killed him."
CPI-Maoist cadres killed four people in two separate
attacks in Chhattisgarh. While two persons were killed in the
Sitagaon village of Rajnandgaon District, two more were killed
in Kotapalli village of Bijapur District. Senior officials at
the Police headquarters in capital Raipur said all the four were
killed on charges of spying for the Police.
Security forces searching for a missing helicopter
came under fire from the naxalites in the Gangalur area of the
Bastar forest region. A two hour encounter did not result in any
casualty on either side. The private helicopter which took off
from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh on August 3-afternoon, was to
stop at Jagdalpur for refuelling before heading for Raipur, state
capital of Chhattisgarh. But it disappeared while flying over
the Bastar forest.
The Chhattisgarh Police raided a training camp
of the CPI-Maoist at Awapalli forest area in the Dantewada District
and killed three insurgents. Girdhari Nayak, the Additional Director
General of Police, claimed that the Maoists suffered more casualties
but only three bodies were recovered. Awapalli, some 500 kilometres
south of capital Raipur near the Andhra Pradesh border, is considered
a Maoist stronghold.
The Chhattisgarh Police killed a CPI-Maoist cadre
during an encounter near Jagargunda area of Dantewada District.
A Member of the Parliament (MP) from the Bastar
region belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Baliram
Kashyap, escaped a landmine attack triggered by the CPI-Maoist,
Police sources told. Giridhari Nayak, the Additional Director
General of Police, said, "Insurgents exploded a landmine to hit
Kashyap's vehicle in a forested stretch of Narayanpur District
but he escaped unhurt while the blast hit a jeep following his
convoy." A Policeman and an assistant sub-inspector were injured
in the attack while the rear portion of the jeep was severely
Asian Age quoting Police sources in Chhattisgarh
reported that serious difference of opinion has arisen among the
central and state committees of the CPI-Maoist over forming suicide
squads for use in future attacks. A senior Chhattisgarh Police
official said that during interrogations of arrested Maoists it
was found that a section of both the central and state committees
felt since they were not a 'fundamentalist' outfit and forming
suicide squads would not be "ideologically correct". At the same
time, another section felt that the outfit could not ignore the
"lethal success of suicide squads and (their) fearsome impact
on the psyche of the Indian State and security forces".
Economic Times reports the National Human
Rights Commission (NHRC), which had been mandated by the Supreme
Court to probe the alleged excesses committed by the Salwa Judum
activists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, has reportedly favoured
the continuation of the movement. The Commission, which held detailed
and on-the-spot investigation of the activities of the Salwa Judum
members found that, barring a few stray cases of violence, there
was nothing to suggest their direct involvement in atrocities
on the civilian population. The NHRC further observed that the
Chhattisgarh state government's role is limited to providing security
cover for the processions and meetings of the Salwa Judum and
also to inhabitants of the temporary relief camps dotting the
area. The Commission further said that many of the allegations
against the Salwa Judum members are based on rumours and hearsay,
and devoid of facts.
Six CRPF personnel, including an inspector identified
as R S Kang, were killed in a landmine explosion triggered by
suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the Narayanpur District. The incident
occurred on a state highway when the CRPF team was proceeding
on an anti-Maoist operation from Konda to Narayanpur at around
11 AM, CRPF spokesman Ajay Chaturvedi said. The vehicle carrying
the team was blown up in the explosion.
A CPI-Maoist cadre managed to decamp with one
assault rifle and two grenades from the Durgkondal Police station
in the Kanker District. The 27-year old Maoist Guddu alias Gadwa
had come to the Police station two weeks ago and claimed that
he had broken ranks with the outfit and hence, faced a threat
to his life from his former colleagues. The Police officers kept
him in 'protective custody' on the condition that he would disclose
information about the outfit. Abhisek Pathak, Kanker District
superintendent of Police, said, "We will probe the matter and
action will surely be taken against the Police officers of the
Durgkondal Police station because now it looks like the rebel
had a staged drama of having broken ranks with the terror outfit
to fool the Police."
Five security force personnel, including three
CRPF soldiers, were killed and five others injured in an attack
by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the forests near village Chunchuna
Pundagh of Sarguja District. The area is close to the inter-state
border with Jharkhand. Director General of Police Vishwaranjan
said the extremists ambushed the SF personnel, who were patrolling
the area and started firing indiscriminately at them.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed two of the eight villagers
whom they had abducted on September 4 from Palamargu village in
the Dantewada District. Dornapal sub-divisional Police officer
O P Sharma said, "Police had killed three rebels in an encounter
last month. The Maoists killed the two villagers suspecting that
they were Police informers." He said a group of about 50-60 armed
Maoists had abducted eight persons from the village and had released
six of them. Mutilated bodies of two villagers, Panjam Podia and
Hemla Nanda were subsequently recovered by the Police.
At least two CRPF personnel were injured in an
ambush by the suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in a forested area of
Bijapur District. Pawan Deo, Deputy Inspector General said that
Maoists opened fire on a road opening party consisting of the
The Supreme Court asked the Chhattisgarh government
to implement some of the recommendations of the National Human
Rights Commission (NHRC), which went into the activities of the
Salwa Judum. The NHRC had been asked by the Supreme Court to probe
the allegations that the Salwa Judum was committing atrocities
on innocent people. A Bench comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan
and Justices P. Sathasivam and J.M. Panchal told senior counsel
K.K. Venugopal, appearing for Chhattisgarh, that the commission
"has done a meticulous work. It has given a series of recommendations.
It is very painful to read the report. It says there is arson
and looting, people are armed and they [Salwa Judum] are committing
serious offences. It says people who are subjected to serious
problems are still afraid of coming out." The Chief Justice observed,
"When somebody [Salwa Judum] is given arms, he claims to be a
pseudo Police. Once he is given arms, he will commit an offence
though he has no right to do any such act. Some remedial measures
have been suggested in the report and the State may consider implementing
them. Whatever is urgently required to be done, do it." Mr. Venugopal
assured the court that the government would implement the recommendations
"which are of immediate concern."
Four CRPF personnel including a deputy commandant
were killed in a landmine explosion on a road leading to Chitrakoot
in the Bastar region. The blast is suspected to have been triggered
by the CPI-Maoist. Official sources said that the blast took place
when two jeeps of a road opening party carrying 12 CRPF personnel
were heading towards Chitrakoot. While Diwakar Mahapatra, a deputy
commandant of the CRPF, and the driver of the vehicle died on
the spot, two of the injured personnel succumbed to injuries in
the government hospital in Bastar. The condition of the three
others was reported to be critical. President Pratibha Patil was
visiting the Bastar region at the time of the incident.
The Supreme Court-appointed NHRC investigation
into Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh has justified the movement as
a "spontaneous revolt of the tribals against years of atrocities
and harassment suffered by them at the hands of Naxalites. The
NHRC report, submitted to the apex court also dismisses most of
the allegations of human rights abuses made by the petitioners
in the apex court, including widely reported use of minors by
Salwa Judum. The report blames the Naxalites for human rights
abuses and sees action by Salwa Judum activists from the prism
of necessary retaliation. The report further says that 15 years
after Jan Jagran Abhiyan, an earlier attempt to deal with Naxalites,
"local tribals once again mustered courage to stand up to the
Naxalites, which only goes to show their sense of desperation."
A CPI-Maoist commander was killed by a joint team
of the Chhattisgarh Police and the paramilitary CRPF in a forest
area in the Bijapur District. District Superintendent of Police
Ankit Garg informed that the encounter took place after a security
force combing team was fired upon by the Maoists. A dozen of the
Maoists managed to escape after security forces retaliated. The
security forces later recovered the body of the slain Maoist along
with four 12-bore guns and a tiffin bomb.
CPI-Maoist cadres fired a few rounds at the Maraiguda
Police station in the Dantewada District. Superintendent of Police
Rahul Sharma said that the Maoists fled after Police opened retaliatory
fire. This Police station located on the interstate border with
Andhra Pradesh had previously been attacked by the Maoists in
Chhattisgarh government suspended 13 Policemen,
including six inspectors and seven sub-inspectors, for refusing
to accept transfers to the left-wing insurgency affected Bastar
region. R K Vij, inspector-general (administration), said, "We
had no option left but to crack the whip on 13 Policemen who defied
the government transfer order and refused to join duty in Bastar
region, despite repeated reminders." The officers were transferred
in July-August to the interior areas of Bastar.
Four Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) were
suspended by the Chhattisgarh government after they refused to
serve in the Maoist infested areas of the state. "Four DSPs have
been suspended with immediate effect for refusing to accept postings
in state's Maoist insurgency hit areas," R.K. Vij, Inspector General
(Administration). The suspended officers were identified as Rajesh
Kukreja, D.S. Negi, R.D. Mourya and S.L. Marawi. They were issued
transfer orders in August along with other Police officials.
12 Para-military personnel belonging to the CRPF
were killed and six others injured in an ambush by the CPI-Maoist
extremists near a forest village between Modupal and Kompalli
in the Bijapur District. Bijapur SP Ankit Garg said the incident
took place around 1.30 pm when CRPF men patrolling the area were
moving towards the Modupal base camp. They were attacked by large
number of Maoists who first set off an explosion and then opened
fire. Police sources said three security personnel were killed
in the blast while nine others were killed in the firing that
followed. A Maoist was killed when the CRPF personnel returned
fire. Maoists also escaped with weapons of the dead and injured
personnel, including an Ak-47 assault rifle, two SLRs, a light
machine gun and INSAS rifles.
The Election Commission sought a detailed report
from the Chhattisgarh government regarding security arrangement
in Maoist-hit pockets for conducting free and fair election. The
action came against the backdrop of the CPI-Maoist attack on the
para-military CRPF personnel in the Bijapur District on October
20 that killed 12 personnel. A senior Police officer said, "The
EC has taken a serious note on the incident as it happened on
the day when the first phase of election process started with
the filing of nomination papers yesterday."
The CRPF said conducting Assembly elections in
Chhattisgarh would be a "big challenge" for the force which has
suffered numerous casualties in the recent times. CRPF Director
General V K Joshi told reporters, "Conducting elections in the
state would be a big challenge for the force. We will do whatever
is needed." Out of the 90 Assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh,
the elections on 39 seats would be held on November 14. The rest
51 constituencies will go to polls on November 20.
17 SF personnel of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force
and District Police were injured in a powerful landmine blast
triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Gudumkodo village in the
Narayanpur District of the southern Bastar region. Police sources
said that the nature of the injury was minor. Inspector General
of Police (Bastar range) A N Upadhyaya said the SF personnel were
returning from Benur after night patrolling to the District headquarters
at Narayanpur when the Maoists made an attempt to blow up their
vehicle. The blast missed the target, as the explosion took place
10 feet away from the vehicle. He added that the SF personnel
have been admitted to the District hospital.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres fired three shots
targeting a chopper in which a parliamentarian of the ruling BJP
was travelling for an election campaign, the Chhattisgarh Police
said. However, the extremists missed the intended target. The
incident took place in Kanker District's thick forested Koilibera
area in Antagarh assembly constituency, some 250 kilometres south
of the capital Raipur. Maoists fired three shots when the chopper
took off from a stadium at Kolibera. The chopper was carrying
three persons - all BJP leaders, including party MP Sohan Potai.
Two leaders of the ruling BJP were killed by suspected
cadres of the CPI-Maoist when they were attending an election
meeting at Badre Gudra village in Dantewada District. The killed
leaders have been identified as Dantewada BJP District Vice-President
Ramesh Rathore and BJP Kuakunda Block Divisional President Surya
Prakash. The vehicles in which the BJP leaders had travelled to
the meeting was also torched by the Maoists.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire
on the car carrying Sarguja IG of Police B.S. Maravi under Balrampur
Police District near Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border. Deputy Inspector-General
of Police (Intelligence) Pawan Deo said, "Two bullets passed through
abrading the back portion of IG's head". The IG had visited the
Tijla area on the Jharkhand border, where the security force personnel
had an encounter with the Maoists earlier in the morning and was
returning to Balrampur when the ambush occurred. A group of Maoists
crossing over from Jharkhand targeted the Police patrolling party
this morning. The IG was rushed to a hospital in the District
headquarters Ambikapur hospital and he is reported to be out of
Police killed three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
during an encounter at the thickly forested hamlet of Kharka in
the Narayanpur District of the Bastar region. Pawan Deo, DIG-
Police Headquarters, told IANS, "The gun battle began when
a combing squad of the District force was challenged by armed
Maoists. Three rebels were killed on the spot."
Police claimed to have killed two CPI-Maoist cadres
at Uchsava village under Ramachandrapur Police station in the
Sarguja District. Sources said that the dead were part of a group
of Maoists had entered the region crossing the inter-state border
between Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Their dead bodies could not
be recovered as these have been taken away by the colleagues.
Congress leader, identified as Trinath Singh Thakur,
was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Kadapal village in the
Dantewada District. According to the sources, Thakur, the Congress
President of Kuakonda block had to the village for party work
and was killed by the Maoists who slit his throat.
One CRPF personnel was killed after being hit
by a sniper bullet at Antagarh in Kanker District. The bullet
is suspected to have been fired by the CPI-Maoist cadres. The
CRPF trooper was accompanying poll officials at the end of voting
at Antagarh in the Kanker District.
A non-commissioned officer of the IAF, identified
as Sergeant Mustafa Ali, was killed and a Squadron Leader identified
as, T.K. Chaudhury, was injured in the CPI-Maoist's attack on
their helicopter. According to the sources, the helicopter was
airlifting EVMs and polling staff when it was attacked with light
machine gun fire. A volley of bullets had hit the wings and some
had hit those inside. Showing presence of mind, the crew had flown
the helicopter to Jagdalpur, District headquarters of the Bastar.
The casualties had come to light only after the helicopter landed
Two SPO and District Police personnel were injured
in a landmine blast near Gorkha in the Dantewada District. One
CRPF personnel was also wounded in another blast near Chintalnar
in the same District.
As many as 25 encounters took place between the
security personnel and the CPI-Maoist and all of which were repulsed.
The report added that six polling booths were attacked and 21
EVMs were looted.
55 per cent of the 63,90,000 voters exercised
their franchise during the voting for 39 constituencies in the
first phase of polls in Chhattisgarh.
In the backdrop of the attack on the Indian Air
Force (IAF) helicopter by the CPI-Maoists, the IAF asked the State
Government to provide security for unhindered flying to all the
helipads in the State.
Two unidentified cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed in the counter attack after a Police convoy was blown up
at Ramchandrapur in the Sarguja District.
The former Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi, escaped
unhurt when his vehicle was attacked by unidentified persons in
the Bilaspur District during the second and final phase of voting
of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. According to the sources,
68 per cent of polling was recorded in the 2nd phase of the election.
A Policeman, Tikeshwar Sandilya, was killed and
another injured in a landmine blast triggered by cadres of the
CPI-Maoist during the re-polling near Bintaghati in the Bastar
Maoists fired at a polling booth at Pordem under
Konta Assembly constituency of the same District, but had to retreat
as SFs retaliated. According to the Police, Maoists also tried
to disrupt the polling process at several other places but their
attempts were foiled by the SF personnel.
Moderate to high voting was recorded at most of
the 33 booths spread over five Districts. Three polling booths
in the Dantewada District registered more than 70 percent voting.
The average polling for 13 booths in the District were little
above 50 percent.
Seven Policemen were killed when suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist blew up a bridge near Mardapal, about 100 kilometres
from the District headquarter Jagdalpur in Bastar. A contingent
of over 150 Policemen carrying Electronic Voting Machines were
trekking their way back to Jagdalpur when the Maoists blew up
the 30 metre-long bridge. The Policemen were walking in a single
file maintaining safe distance from each other, said Additional
Deputy General of Police Giridhari Nayak, adding, "that was the
reason why there were fewer casualties." Two more SF personnel
were injured. The SF personnel were reportedly returning from
election duty at polling booths in Tumdibala, Kudhur and Nahakanar
in Narayanpur assembly constituency where re-polling was held
on November 24.
15 people, including a company commander of the
CRPF, were booked for faking polls fearing violence by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in Dantewada District. According to sources, the polling
party was supposed to go to Gogunda polling booth under the Konta
Assembly constituency for re-polling on November 24. Instead of
going to the polling booth, the personnel faked voting on the
mid-way due to fear of Maoist violence at the polling booth, sources
Eight vehicles were set on fire in two separate
incidents by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Dantewada and
Bijapur Districts. Maoists stopped the road construction work
between Kamalur and Kundeli in Dantewada District and set three
tippers, two dozers, a Porcelain machine and a trailer on fire.
In another incident, a group of about 35 Maoists led by Ursa Bodhra
set a vehicle on fire for allegedly carrying supplies meant for
Security Forces at Gangalur region of Bijapur on the same night.
Media reports indicated that more than 1200 SPOs,
part of the Salwa Judum (the anti-Maoist vigilante movement) have
been removed from their services in the CPI-Maoist affected south
Bastar region in the last six months. The SPOs were reportedly
involved in intelligence collection, guarding Government-maintained
relief camps and assist Security Forces during operations in remote
forested hilly regions. "While some of the SPOs were removed on
the charges of indiscipline, many left their jobs as they got
employment as shiksha karmis (educational volunteers),"
said Rahul Sharma, Superintendent of Police in Dantewada.
About 68 percent polling was reported in the eight
polling booths across the four assembly constituencies, including
the Maoist affected Keshkal and Antagarh constituencies that went
for re-polling. As reported earlier, re-polling in these eight
booths had been ordered after they had recorded "excess voting".
Bail pleas of the People's Union for Civil Liberties'
(PUCL) national Vice-President, Vinayak Sen, and another member
of the organisation, Piyush Guha, who were arrested on charges
of aiding the CPI-Maoist cadres, were rejected by the Chhattisgarh
High Court. As reported earlier, Sen and Guha were arrested under
the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Chhattisgarh
Special Public Security Act, 2006, for their alleged links with
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the Police near Pamalvaia village in the Bijapur area of
Dantewada District. The encounter took place when the Maoists
were trying to attack the Chhattisgarh Armed Police Force camp.
Two unidentified cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed in an encounter during a search operation by the Police
in the Kandulnar-Adhed forest areas of Bijapur District. A cache
of arms and ammunition, including two loaded pistols, two hand
grenades was recovered from the slain Maoists.
The MHA says that the CPI-Maoist have forcibly
recruited children into their ranks and created a special squad
of minors in Chhattisgarh. "As per the information available,
in Chhattisgarh, Maoists have constituted special squad of minors,"
Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said in a written
reply to the Rajya Sabha. "The State Government has banned
'Krantikari Adivasi Balak Sang', an organisation of minor child
soldiers created by the Maoists," he added. Separately, he also
said the Maoists are trying to expand their activities to northern
States like Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and
The Hindu reported that the CPI-Maoists
have formed specialised small fighting units comprising children
in the age group of eight to 13 years and many of whom have been
"kidnapped or forcibly recruited", said Chhattisgarh Police. "Maoists
adopted this strategy after the tribal population started resisting
them since they were attacking their way of life and culture,"
told Vishwaranjan, the Director General of Police. He said the
recruitment of children by Maoists has been proved from the pictures
distributed by the outfit apart from intelligence inputs.
A telecom exchange of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Ltd (BSNL) and a communication tower belonging to the Reliance
Communications were destroyed by armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
at Kapsi in the Kanker District. More than 100 heavily-armed Maoists
kept the villagers at Kapsi hostage at gun-point for three hours
and later set the telecom exchange and the communication tower
on fire. The fire severely damaged the BSNL exchange and heavy
equipments of Reliance Communications. Before leaving the village,
Maoists felled two trees which disconnected the 33 KV main power
supply line plunging 300 villages into darkness.
There was a mixed response to the general shut-down
call given by the Maoists at Pakhanjoor in the Kanker District.
The call was given in protest against the killing of two CPI-Maoist
cadres in an encounter by the Police in the hills of Hulmeta of
the same District on December 11. Maoists have described the slain
cadres as civilians.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were shot dead in
a forested stretch of Narayanpur District in the Bastar region
after a brief gun battle with Security Forces. Police sources
also said several other injured Maoists managed to escape into
the nearby forested area. A hand grenade and a loaded gun were
recovered from the slain Maoists.
Three pamphlets, containing a threat to kill senior
management officials if wages of the employees are not revised,
were put up by the CPI-Maoist cadres at the Bhillai Steel Plant
premises of the Steel Authority of India Limited in Durg District.
The pamphlets read, "Do justice with the employees this time or
two-four senior officials would be killed."
12 bombs, two each in six containers, were recovered
from an iron ore laden goods train in the premises of a steel
plant in capital Raipur. According to the I G, Y. K. S. Thakur,
the ore was brought from Orissa. "We are also looking into the
possible Maoist and terrorist angle and are working on all leads
available so far," he added. According to the Additional Director
General of Police, Girdhari Nayak, "These bombs are 105-mm in
size and experts from the ordnance factory in Jabalpur in Madhya
Pradesh have been called to examine and defuse them."
Two constables of the CRPF were injured when unidentified
CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on a combined force of the CRPF
and the Narayanpur District Police engaged in a joint search operation
near Chameli hills under Chotedonger Police Station.
A school teacher, a villager and one Special Police
Officer were killed and five persons injured when about 50 armed
cadres, including some women, of the CPI-Maoist opened indiscriminate
fire at a weekly market in Kokrapara of Bijapur District.
Two unidentified cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed during an encounter with the Police in a thickly forested
area of Santoshpur in the Bijapur District. Later, the Police
recovered a hand grenade and two bombs from the encounter site.
A head constable of the Bijapur District Police
was killed when Maoists attacked a Police team in the Gangloor
With the CPI-Maoist making their presence felt
in more than half of the 18 Districts in Chhattisgarh, year 2008
saw large scale CPI-Maoist related violence. Out of a total of
212 people killed, 131 were civilians. 63 Police Personnel, 14
SPOs and one secret Policeman were also killed by the CPI-Maoist.
The Maoists also lost 52 of their cadres.
The DGP, Vishawa Ranjan said that about 15,000
armed women Maoists operate in Chhattisgarh and they form a significant
chunk of the insurgents engaged in a bitter battle with the State
machinery. According to the DGP, "Some 30 percent of the total
50,000 armed rebels, or 15,000, are female insurgents, who actively
participate in carrying out major strikes against civilians and
Police forces," adding, "Roughly 10,000 highly militarised insurgents
are present in Chhattisgarh, backed by another at least armed
35,000-40,000 cadre who carry multiple weapons." The group of
women rebels also known as Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh is
a frontal unit of the outlawed CPI-Maoist and plays a key role
in all major strikes, he said, adding, Police officials and experts
say hundreds of thousands of minor girls have been forcibly recruited
to Maoist ranks as combatants. "Earlier, the militants were taking
away one boy or girl from each family when they had total command
in the interiors but now their recruitment efforts are facing
resistance as people are not rallying behind them," said the Police
chief, claiming, "… Maoists had just stepped in and were trying
to win over local tribal population by taking up their issues
and beating up forest guards but at that time, there were not
many killings. Police made serious attempts after 2004 to counter
Maoists and have now pushed them on the back foot."
A Policeman was injured when
the CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a Police outpost at Baunsajhar
in the Biramitrapur Police station area of Sundergarh District.
A group of 20 Maoists, including
two women, attacked a forest range office at Badrama in the Sambalpur
District, assaulted six forest guards and locked them up in a
room before ransacking the premises and setting it ablaze. Seven
jeeps and four motorbikes parked in the premises were also set
ablaze. Files and documents of the range office were destroyed
in the fire. The Maoists also attacked the residence of a forest
official, K C Nath, and took away cash, ornaments and mobile handsets.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Raj and Kalia
Mirdha, were killed during an encounter between Police personnel
and the extremists in the forests near Badibahal village under
Jamankira Police Station of Sambalpur District. Police recovered
their dead bodies on January 6-morning from the encounter site.
However, several other Maoists injured in the encounter managed
to escape. The Police claimed to recovered three SLRs that the
Maoists had looted from the Police in the past and one .315 rifle
that the Maoists had taken away when they attacked the Forest
Range Office at the nearby Badrama Ghat on January 4-night.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Madi Soma
and Madkami Simha, were arrested by Police during a raid near
Mangipalli village in the Malkangiri District. Malkangiri Superintendent
of Police, S.K. Gajbhiye, said that the SOG commandoes raided
the forest adjacent to Mangipalli near MV 79 village on the information
that a group of Maoists were camping in the area. The SOG team
arrested the two, while the rest of the cadres escaped. The duo
were members of the Motu dalam and were involved in several
cases of murder, landmine explosion, extortion and looting in
the District. Explosives including gelatine sticks, detonators,
wires, switching devices and grenades, and Maoist posters were
recovered from their possession.
One local trader, Bijay Kumar Degul, was stabbed
to death by a group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres in front of his
father, Dinabandhu, at Sanpalmanda village in the Bandhugaon block
of Koraput District.
Five Maoist sympathisers were arrested from different
places in the Sambalpur District. The sympathisers, Prashant Rout
of Kusupur village under Balikuda Police limits in Jagatsinghpur,
Ramesh Bag of Pathargarh village, Phuljain Soren of Gadpati village,
Buthi Mirdha and Tarani Mirdha of Basupali village under Sambalpur
Police limits had helped in shifting a Maoist who was injured
in the January 5 encounter in Gadpati forest range under Jamankira
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from a forest
area in Motu in the Malkangiri District. Police sources said that
the arrested extremists were planning a major attack in the District
ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. The Maoists
were identified as Salbam Mukta of Konta Naxal dalam in
Chhattisgarh and Kotam Malla and Modumu Rama of Motu Naxal dalam
in Malkangiri. Superintendent of Police, S. K. Gajbhiye, said
that Mukta, a hardcore extremist wanted in many cases including
several killings, was mobilising the cadres in the area. A locally-made
gun, landmines, explosive materials, 50 gelatin sticks and two
detonators, publicity material including CDs were recovered from
the arrested Maoists.
Maoists used landmines to blast newly built houses
for Police officials in the Malkangiri District. CPI-Maoist cadres
exploded landmines at the empty houses which are part of a jail
complex being built in MV 79 village. A District Police official
said the Maoists ran into a nearby forest after destroying the
Maoists triggered a bomb blast at a new jail building
which was under construction at MV-79 village in the Malkangiri
District, causing substantial damage to it. There was no injury
due to the explosion as the building was still under construction,
Superintendent of Police S. K. Gajbhiye said. There was nobody
inside the structure when the blast occurred in the early hours.
Ashok, 'commander' of the Motu People's Liberation
Guerrilla Army (PLGA), was injured in an exchange of fire with
the Police near Kondapali forests under Motu Police station in
the Malkangiri District. Police stated that 20 other Maoists sustained
injuries during the two-hour encounter. All of the injured, however,
managed to escape.
The CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to Koraput area
committee killed Nalla Markanda Choudhury, a former sarpanch
(village head), with an axe at Nangalbeda in the Koraput District,
reports Statesman. A 40-member Maoist squad had rounded up the
village and assaulted five businessmen before killing the former
Sarpanch. The Maoists also asked the businessmen not to sell liquor
to the tribals in the region and to hand over the land which they
had acquired from them. Before leaving the village, the Maoists
pasted posters and also cut down trees to delay the movement of
The Jajpur District Police arrested three suspected
Maoists in capital Bhubaneswar while they were attending on a
21-year-old girl at a private hospital. The girl has been identified
as Nanika Jamda, said to be a companion of Anna Reddy, the suspected
Orissa chief of the Janashakthi faction of the Communist Party
of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML). Police is yet to reveal the
identity of the arrested Maoists although one of the arrested
is suspected to be Anna Reddy.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres including Dhanu Dehuri
and Bimba Kuanr were arrested from Dhama in the Sambalpur District.
Dhanu is reportedly one of the founder members of the outfit in
Sundargarh, Sambalpur and Deogarh Districts. Sambalpur Superintendent
of Police Sanjay Kumar, however, confirmed the arrest of only
one Maoist and said that his identity is yet to be established.
Orissa Police has confirmed the arrest of Bommai
Narasimha Goud alias Anna Reddy, chief of the Janasakthi faction
of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) in Orissa.
A native of Ankireddygudam village of Andhra Pradesh's Nalagonda
District, Reddy was arrested on January 30 from a private hospital
in Orissa'a capital Bhubaneswar. He had joined CPI-ML-Janashakti
in 1992 and in 2004 headed the outfit's Orissa unit.
Eight Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel
escaped unhurt when landmines planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist
exploded just after their vehicles passed the spot at Jamapani
in the Mayurbhanj District. The explosion took place soon after
the SOG personnel on four motor-cycles travelled along the place
where the Maoists had planted the landmines on the hilly road
at Gorumahisani, Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar said.
The insurgents present in the surrounding areas opened fire at
the SOG personnel, after which the security men retaliated, triggering
a gun battle which continued for over half-an-hour, he added.
However, no casualties were reported.
The District voluntary force, a wing of the Malkangiri
District Police, arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Kondapalli
forest area under the Motu Police station limits. The arrested
include a Maoist doctor and an expert in writing Maoist literature.
The arrested have been identified as Marian Mukta Madiam, Sariam
Rama, Rama Prasad Sana, Dr Sujay Dafatar, Ranjit Sarkar and Karam
Sita. Police recovered six detonators, 26 gelatin sticks, 100
meter wire, gun powder and some life-saving drugs from the arrested
Maoists. Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye said that
the arrested Maoists were acting as couriers for Maoist leaders
like Ashok and Jaga, attended Maoist meetings and extended logistics
support to the movement.
An encounter was reported between cadres of the
CPI-Maoist and SOG personnel inside the Khichilingi forest in
the Gajapati District. Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi
told that a group of ten to 15 Maoists attacked about 20 SOG members
who were returning home from duty. The SOG personnel retaliated
and following a half-an-hour long encounter, the Maoists fled
to the forest. No injuries were reported in the incident. Subsequently,
Police seized a locally made gun from the spot.
An encounter was reported between the CRPF personnel
and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Kutub under Jamankira Police station
limits in the Sambalpur District. The encounter occurred as a
small group of Maoists attacked the CRPF camp located in the Badibahal
Forest under Badrama Reserve Forest area. The Maoists later fled
as the CRPF soldiers opened retaliatory fire. There was no report
of any casualty in the incident.
14 Police personnel and a civilian were killed
and four Policemen were wounded when around 500 heavily armed
cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a Police Training School (PTS),
the District armoury and District Police station in co-ordinated
attacks near Daspalla in the Nayagarh District at around 10.45pm
(IST). They also took away a cache of arms and ammunition in a
bus they had hijacked in the District, about 100-km from State
capital Bhubaneswar. Police sources claimed that three Maoists
were also killed in the incident. However, their bodies have not
been recovered and it is suspected that the Maoists before fleeing
took away the bodies of their slain comrades. Before launching
the attack, the Maoists, speaking in Hindi and Telugu, and suspected
to be from neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, announced
that they would not harm the public as their target was the Police.
The Police suspect it to be the handy work of Sabyasachi Panda,
the CPI-Maoist Andhra-Orissa 'secretary'. Meanwhile, a red alert
has been sounded in the State and the Police have started combing
operations in the neighbouring Districts of Phulbani, Gajapati,
Rayagada and Malkangiri in Orissa. The attack was the first of
its kind in coastal Orissa. The District armoury and PTS were
virtually emptied by the Maoists, the Police said.
At least 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including
some women cadres, were killed during the ongoing combing operation
by security forces in the border area of Nayagarh-Ganjam-Kandhamal
Districts. SFs, however, lost three of their personnel in the
combing operation launched on a massive scale in different sensitive
pockets in Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada
Districts. The combing operations were started on February 16
after hundreds of Maoists raided the Police establishments in
Nayagarh District, killing 15 persons, including 13 Policemen,
and decamping with huge quantities of arms and ammunition on February
15-night. "We have information about killing of 20 Maoists and
three SOG jawans during the combing operation," Home Secretary
T. K. Mishra said. Without disclosing the exact location where
the Maoists were killed by security forces, he said "reports are
received from different places including the Gansar Hills". Mishra
said sophisticated equipment like night (vision) binoculars, global
positioning system (GPS) and other gadgets were being used to
monitor movement of the extremists inside the dense forests. Two
choppers were being used for movement of personnel in order to
coordinate the operation, Mishra added.
A Central team, including Special Secretary in
the Union Home Ministry, M K Kumawat, also chief of the task force
against Maoists, visited Nayagarh town to assess the situation
there. "All possible assistance will be provided for tackling
the Maoist problem," Kumawat told reporters at Nayagarh after
inspecting the looted armouries.
Security force personnel with the help of Indian
Air Forces choppers searched the hills and dense forests of the
Nayagarh and Ganjam Districts and recovered a truckload of arms
and ammunition lying abandoned in the Gosama hills of Ganjam District.
The abandoned objects included around 400 rifles and more than
60,000 cartridges. However, most of the sophisticated AK-47 assault
rifles looted during the Nayagarh attack on February 15-night
was not part of the recovered items. The recovery is nearly 40
percent of the weaponry that the Maoists looted in the attack,
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed the State legislative assembly.
"There are three IAF helicopters helping us intercept the ultras
on the run. We are pursuing them inside the jungle, along the
hills and in the villages in 10 to 12 different operation zones
from Kalingaghati to Bhanjanagar and Gallery to Chakapada "said
an unnamed Police officer."
Naveen Patnaik announced a series of measures
that his government had decided to take up to counter extremism,.
Patnaik announced in the State Legislative Assembly that all Police
stations and armouries will be fortified and vacancies filled
up expeditiously at the earliest. About 1300 posts of Constables
and Sepoys and 300 other ranks will be created for the OSAP (Special
Security) Battalions for guarding of the newly fortified Police
stations. The strength of the Special Operation Group will be
increased by sanctioning 1000 additional posts. Five India Reserve
Battalions (IRBs) will be created after obtaining sanction from
the Government of India. The Special Intelligence Wing for Naxalite
(left-wing extremism) activities will be strengthened by suitably
augmenting it. One post of Superintendent of Police (Technical)
will be created for this Wing. The Director General of Police
will be authorised to give appointment to the next of kin of the
deceased Police personnel in the anti-Naxalite operations and
attacks commensurate with their qualifications and eligibility.
And, more Districts will be covered under the scheme of Security
Related Expenditure with the approval of the Central government.
A powerful landmine weighing about 20 kilograms
was recovered by the CRPF personnel during a combing operation
in the Gajapati District. The landmine had been planted by the
CPI-Maoist cadres recently with an intention to target the CRPF
personnel who regularly patrol the roads on the isolated stretch.
CRPF commandant A. K. Das said, "The mine was detected near the
Adagan village on the Paniganda to Jhumurigada road about 15 km
from Adava village in the Mohona Block". "This road links to the
Brahmanigam village of the Kandhamala District, and is now regularly
used to transport the security men who are moving towards the
Kandhamala District for the anti naxalite operations."
Four companies of the Central Reserve Police Force
joined the anti-Maoist operations to track down the Maoists who
looted a large cache of arms and ammunition in the Nayagarh District
on February 15-night. The operation was continuing in the Districts
of Nayagarh, Ganjam and Kandhamal, Police said. Dog squads of
the Orissa Police were pressed into service to track down the
insurgents and the explosives that they might have been hidden
inside the forests in Ganjam District. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
reviewed the progress of the operation at the State Secretariat
with the Director-General of Police and other top officials and
said the operations would continue.
A red alert has been sounded in the tribal Districts
of Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada following a general strike
called by the CPI-Maoist to protest against the disappearance
of a senior CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Sudhir, from Police
custody. Sudhir, who had been deputed as 'area commander' of the
newly formed Koraput dalam a few weeks ago, was reported missing
and the Maoists alleged that Police had either killed or arrested
him. The Maoists alleged that Sudhir was missing ever since he
was on his way to Bhubaneswar from Jeypore in the Koraput District
a few days back. Police officials, however, denied the charges
and said that the strike called is pre-planned and aimed at diverting
Police attention from the Nayagarh incident.
One more Orissa Police personnel wounded during
the February 15 attack by the CPI-Maoist in Nayagarh, succumbed
to his injuries, taking the death toll in the attack to 16.
Security forces arrested two Maoists, identified
as Reena alias Manjulata Muduli and Pratap Kambata, during the
ongoing combing operations in forest areas along the borders of
the Kandhmal and Ganjam Districts. A 9 mm pistol, looted from
the Nayagarh District armoury, was recovered from their possession.
Police sources said Reena joined the extremist movement six years
ago and was an active member of the Sambalpur-Deogarh committee
of the CPI-Maoist. She was also involved in at least ten murders
and the looting of the Deogarh armoury.
The Special Operating Group (SOG) personnel recovered
leaflets, banners and Tother material of the CPI-Maoist in the
forest area of Mayurbhanj District. Recently, villagers of Sergoda,
Kangkadabadh, Paktia and Chadahipahadi under Gorumohisani Police
station jurisdiction had reported to the District Police about
the movement of some uniformed people in the surrounding forest
While replying to an adjournment motion on the
law and order situation moved by the Opposition in the wake of
the Maoist attack and arms loot in Nayagarh on February 15-night,
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik claimed that the Maoist violence
in Orissa was much less when compared to the neighbouring States.
"The naxal violence profile in the State remains much less compared
to the neighbouring naxal affected States like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,
Andhra Pradesh and Bihar," Patnaik said in the State Legislative
Assembly. "Whenever we discuss Nayagarh, are naturally reminded
of horrifying incidents of neighbouring States such as the Dantewada
incident of July 2007 in Chhattisgarh in which 23 persons were
killed, the Ranibodli incident of Chhattisgarh on March 15, 2007
where 54 Police personnel were killed, the incident of Chilkhari
in Jharkhand on October 27, 2007 where the son of Babulal Marandi,
former Chief Minister of Jharkhand was killed," Patnaik said in
his statement. "While 52 incidents involving 15 deaths (13 civilians
and two security personnel) took place in our State during the
year 2007, 538 incidents involving 350 deaths (180 security personnel
and 170 civilians) took place in Chhattisgarh, 421 incidents involving
150 deaths (11 security personnel and 139 civilians) took place
in Jharkhand," Patnaik added.
The Orissa Police during the on going anti-Maoist
operations, recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunitions
looted by Maoists from two armouries in Nayagarh District last
week. The arms and ammunition were found in Gosma forest, located
on the border of Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts. In a statement
in the State Assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said one
hundred and fifty .303 rifles, six INSAS rifles, one short machine
gun and some quantities of ammunition were recovered. Earlier,
security personnel seized a huge dump of arms and ammunitions
left behind by the naxalites near Gosma forest on February 18.
"Together, the seizure on both occasions' accounts for more than
60 per cent of the weapons and more than 70 per cent of the ammunition
looted," Mr. Patnaik said. The anti-naxalites operations were
going on in Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal
Districts, he said.
The Orissa Police recovered more arms and ammunition
that were looted by the CPI-Maoist cadres from Nayagarh District.
The recovery included 30 INSAS rifles, 17 revolvers and pistols,
two SLRs and 40 .303 rifles, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told
the Assembly. This is the third round of seizure of the looted
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres set ablaze a vehicle at Maijariguda in the Narayanapatna
block of Koraput District. Before setting ablaze the vehicle,
Maoists who were in civil dress had asked the passengers to alight
from the vehicle. They also accused the driver of carrying Central
Reserve Police Force personnel to Borgi from Narayanpatna on a
Suspected Maoists looted the houses of Narasingh
Choudhury of Ullu Badi in Langalabeda panchayat (local
self-government body) and Giridhar Sahu of Maijariguda in Borgi
panchayat in the Koraput District after causing damage
to the buildings.
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reiterated
that the Government is ready for a dialogue with the CPI-Maoist
provided they give up arms and shun the path of violence. After
a high level meeting to review the progress in the anti-Maoist
operations in the State, Patnaik informed that the Police had
been able to recover 80 percent of arms and 70 per cent of ammunition
that the Maoists had looted from two armouries in the Nayagarh
District on February 15, adding that some of the seized weapons
were the ones the Maoists were using before they looted the armouries
A group of CPI-Maoist laid siege to a camp of
a contractor engaged in road construction activities under the
Prime Minister's Gram Sadak Yojna (village road construction project)
and demanded an extortion amount of INR 200,000 from him. According
to the report, a group of armed Maoists seized the camp for four
hours at Bhuka under Harichandanpur Police station in the Keonjhar
District and threatened the supervisor and contractor.
A group of eight to ten armed Maoists threatened
a group of construction workers within the Ravenshaw College campus
in Cuttack and asked them to join the rank of the Maoists. Subsequent
search operation by the city Police, however, did not lead to
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to consider the State government's
proposal for long term deployment of two CRPF battalions in the
State to deal with the left-wing extremism. Patnaik, who met Patil
in New Delhi, also sought the Central Government's assistance
in raising an additional five India Reserve Battalions (IRB) in
the State. The Home Minister has reportedly agreed to the demand
of giving adequate CRPF force and five IR Battalions. Patnaik
further asked Patil to provide services of experienced para-military
personnel of different categories on deputation basis from Assam
Rifles, Indo-Tibetan Border Protection Force, Border security
Force (BSF) or CRPF for interim deployment and training of the
newly recruited personnel. The Chief Minister urged the Centre
to include six more Districts namely, Deogarh, Kandhamal, Jajpur,
Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, and Nayagarh under the Security Related
Expenditure Scheme and requested the Centre to increase the scale
of allocation of funds to at least INR 20 crore per annum. Patil
was also requested to increase allocation under the Police Modernisation
Scheme for Orissa from INR 27 crore to INR 60 crore and sanction
at least INR 10 crore for the Commissionerate of Police set up
for the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The Home Minister
agreed to provide necessary support for training of the Police
personnel and increase the allocation of funds.
Six villagers, including a Sarpanch (village head),
were abducted by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres from Janatapai village
in the Malkangiri District suspecting them to be Police informers.
A cangaroo court (people's court) was conducted by the
extremists and all the six were found guilty, sources said adding
that the villagers were assaulted and released on March 3 with
a warning that the incident should not be informed to the Police.
The Sambalpur District Police arrested two CPI-Maoist
cadres, identified as Bhagaban Jhankar and Govind Jal, who were
involved in several incidents of murder and kidnapping besides
setting ablaze government properties. Superintendent of Police
Sanjay Kumar said that the arrest occurred a few days earlier,
adding that the duo had also carried out a surveillance for a
possible attack on the Bargarh District armoury.
A Policeman of the Special Operation Group (SOG),
identified as Rabindra Patra, sustained injuries during a gunfight
with the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Malkangiri District. The Maoists
attacked SOG personnel when they were combing the forests near
Biliguda, Urbelguda and Kandapali villages of MV 79 area. During
a subsequent search operation, the SOG personnel recovered Maoist
uniforms and literature as well as food items from the encounter
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as
Madhi Desa alias Rama alias Damodar, Madhi Lachha alias Nagraj
and Madhi Dula alias Durga and one sangham (a group of
hardcore over-ground cadres) member of the outfit, identified
as Madhi Kanta alias Kosa, were arrested by Police at Sankelguda
village under Motu Police station in the Malkangiri District,.
Superintendent of Police, Satish Kumar Gajbhiye informed that
Madhi Desa was involved in the killing of former Motu Police station
in-charge, D Mishra. A large number of Maoist posters, literature,
and a manual displaying operation of rocket launcher, bomb and
landmine, an attendance register with daily routine work of Maoists
were seized from their possession. Some primary school text books
were also recovered from the incident site.
Pushpita Tirkey, a female naxalite cadre surrendered
in the Deogarh District. Pushpita, haling from Mendiakani village
under Laimura Police outpost of Deogarh Police Station deposited
a rifle. She worked as a daily wager and joined the naxalites
after being promised a job and good money. She had been taken
to Jharkhand where she underwent training.
Some Naxalite posters appeared on the walls of
Utkalmani Sishu Sikhya Mandir, PCL Computer Academy and at some
houses in the Nizigarh gram panchayat (local self-government
body) in the Baramba-Narasinghpur region of Cuttack District.
The posters were hand written in Oriya language with red ink.
Locals informed that along with writings such as Jivan Prati
Bipada Achhi (danger for life), Khub Sighra Akramana
(there will be an attack soon), Satarka Ruhantu (be watchful),
Lal Salam (red salute), pictures of guns, arrows and flambeau
were drawn on the posters. The Police later seized the posters.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that 15 of
the total 30 Districts of the State have been identified as Maoist-affected
Districts so far. In reply to a question raised by the ruling
Biju Janata Dal legislator Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak on the issue,
Patnaik said 14 revenue Districts such as Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri,
Nawarangpur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Sambalpur, Sundargarh,
Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal and Jajpur had been declared
identified as Maoist-affected. The Chief Minister said that the
District of Nayagarh had also been included in the category after
the Maoist attack and arms loot incident on the night of February
15, 2008. He further said that 63 Maoists have been arrested from
different parts of Orissa between September 2007 and February
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres burnt a youth alive
after tying him to a tree with an iron chain in Nuasahi village
of Angul District. The identity of the youth, apparently in his
late 20s, was not known.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager in the Ragadpali
village of Malkangiri District accusing him of being a Police
informer. The victim was attending a wedding when four Maoists
accosted him and shot him dead.
Home Secretary T. K. Mishra said that 50 Police
stations in the Maoist-affected areas of Orissa will be fortified
within the next six months. He said that the Government has sanctioned
INR four million for each of the Police stations which will be
fortified and strengthened with the posting of additional Police
personnel specially trained to counter the Maoists. He added that
specially trained Police personnel will be posted in sensitive
and important installations including hydro-electric project dam
at Hirakud in view of threats from the CPI-Maoist. The State Government
has also decided to recruit ex-army personnel at the Special Operation
Group (SOG) training centre, Chandaka and two of its satellite
centres at Malkangiri and Rourkela to provide training to the
SOG members on anti-Maoist operation.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village head at
Peta village under Motu Police station area in the Malkangiri
District. The Sub-Divisional Police Officer Sanjiv Arora said
Madkami Kanha was dragged out of his house in dense forest by
a group of armed Maoists and shot four bullets from behind as
he tried to escape. Kanha died on the way to a local hospital.
This was the 10th incident in the last two years where Maoists
had killed village chiefs.
Two Maoists surrendered along with their locally-made
guns in the Dhenkanal District. Superintendent of Police Sanjay
Kumar Kaushal said 14-year-old Bajaye Hembram and 12-year-old
Babuli Tarai surrendered before the District Collector Jameel
Ahmad Khan in the presence of their fathers. The boys had joined
the Maoist fold group led by Anna Reddy in January 2006, and had
confessed to witnessing the killing of forest guards at Kankadahad
forest on January 31, 2007, he said. The boys did menial jobs
and were used as informers by the Maoists.
New Indian Express reported that the Orissa
Government has decided to launch a pilot project in the Malkangiri
and Rayagada Districts to contain the Maoist activity. As per
the plan, civic action programme has been taken up in the Maoist-affected
areas of the Districts by organising public relations and health
camps, sports tournaments and tribal festivals. Publicity material
highlighting the futility of extremist activities and its negative
impact on the development of the region are being produced and
these would be distributed in the tribal dominated areas. The
modalities and framework of the inter-State joint task force for
Orissa-Andhra Pradesh has been worked out and a number of joint
anti-Maoist operations have been conducted. Similarly, modalities
for inter-State anti-Maoist operations in the Orissa-Jharkhand
border have also been worked out. Official sources said that the
scheme will be implemented in other Maoist-affected Districts
A CPI-Maoist cadre, Kandara Darai, surrendered
before the Superintendent of Police Sanjaya Kumar Kausal and District
Collector Jamil Ahmed Khan at Kamakhyanagar in the Dhenkanal District.
At least five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
from Goshma forest located on the border of the Kandhamal and
Pioneer reported that the CPI-Maoist is targeting
teenaged tribal youths for recruitment in the Malkangiri, Koraput,
Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal and Sundargarh
Districts. The Maoists' over-ground supporters are luring the
youths for jobs with a monthly payment of INR 3,000. The job of
the preliminary recruits is to carry leaflets and distribute them
among the innocent public.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed the village head of Urubali,
30 year old Raba Suba under Motu Police station limits in the
Malkangiri District, for his close proximity with the District
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian
accusing him of being a Police informer in the Telrai village
of Malkangiri District. Police sources said that the victim is
yet to be identified.
Three Maoists were arrested during a combing operation
by the Police in the MV-79 area of Malkangiri District. Orissa
Police sources said that the arrests followed a brief exchange
of fire. A gun, some Maoist posters, banners and an unspecified
quantity of explosives were recovered from the arrested extremists.
A civilian, identified as Bhaskar from the Warangal
District in Andhra Pradesh, was killed by the Maoists near MV70
village under Kalimela Police station in the Malkangiri District.
A letter left near the dead body described the victim as a Police
informer. Meanwhile, one Central Reserve Police Force personnel,
travelling to the area where the dead body was found, was injured
after his motorbike hit a landmine at Badijhata village.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a liquor trader
by slitting his throat in the Koraput District. Villagers found
the body of the trader, Nala Brundaban in his liquor shop at Karli
village on May 2. A hand written letter recovered near the body
said that the Maoists had killed the trader suspecting him to
be a Police informer. Brundaban had been earlier been asked by
the Maoists not to carry on with his liquor trade as it was affecting
the tribal population. This was the third incident in two months
in which a liquor trader was killed by the Maoists in Orissa.
A CPI-Maoist woman cadre was killed during an
encounter in the Alamanda forest area on Andhra-Orissa border
of Koraput District. Superintendent of Police Vikram Singh Mann
said that the killed Maoist is yet to be identified.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
between the Maoists and Police at Bompet forests near Motu in
the Malkangiri District. Acting on a tip-off, Police raided the
Maoist training camp in the forest where about 30 Maoists were
present at that time. Police said that "Most of the cadres were
speaking in Telegu and probably belonged to Andhra Pradesh," adding
that, Motu Dalam Commandant, Ashok, was present in the
camp but managed to escape. Police also recovered four SLR bullets,
one grenade, one AK-47 bullet cartridge and two double barrel
guns from the camp.
Maoists shot dead a contractor, Rajendra Sahu,
of Gothalpadar village under Gunupur block in the Rayagada District
on May 15-night alleging him to be a Police informer.
The Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel arrested
a senior leader of the CPI-Maoist KK Sethi alias Mantu
from inside the jungles of Gudari in the Rayagada District. The
arrested Maoist, who is believed to be a close associate of the
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda functioned as the 'deputy commander'
of the Meenajhola dalam. Police also arrested a female
Maoist cadre, Sujata alias Chandra Kukuruka. She was active
in Ganguri dalam under Vamsadhara Division.
Prasant Rout of Erasama, who had joined Maoist
ranks in Jharkhand surrendered to the Police in Jagatsinghpur
on May 19. This is the first instance of a Maoist surrender in
a coastal Orissa District. Police sources said that the Maoist
sympathisers in areas such as Balikuda and Erasama have been used
as informers, translators and at times for the purpose of distributing
leaflets and other such literature by the Maoists. Police has
a list of 40 to 50 young girls and boys who are suspected to be
Maoist sympathisers in the area.
The CPI-Maoist warned the Orissa Government not
to deploy Greyhounds personnel of Andhra Pradesh for anti-Maoist
operation in any part of the State. An unofficial communication
was sent in this regard by the Malkangiri Divisional Committee
of CPI-Maoist to Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Satish
K Gajbhiye. "They have also demanded to stop Police action, withdraw
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and strongly opposed Police
encounter of their two comrades", the SP said.
CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine explosion
on the last day of their four-day general strike in the Malkangiri
District against alleged Police excesses. Police sources said
that no injury was reported in the explosion that occurred at
Kosalkkonda on the state highway in Kalimela area. The Maoists
also resorted to road blockades in several places in the Malkangiri
District in a bid to enforce the strike by digging roads, cutting
trees and placing boulders, affecting movement of vehicles and
public transport on important routes. Banners and posters put
up by the Maoists were found at some places.
Jogarao Mandinga, a 28-year-old Naxalite was arrested
by the Orissa Police near Laxmipur in the Koraput District. The
District Superintendent of Police, Deepak Kumar, said that Jogarao
was in the wanted list in the Police records and was involved
in supplying articles of daily need to the Naxalites, pasting
posters and planting landmines in the region for the last three
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a local leader of the
ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the Malkangiri District. The killed
politician BJD District president Prabir Kumar Mohanty had been
abducted by the Maoists from MV-79 village when he was on his
way to the market on May 26 night.
Police arrested a Maoist sympathiser from MV-79
area of the Malkangiri District for his alleged involvement in
the May 26 murder of a local lawyer and local BJD leader Prabir
Mohanty. Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye said that
the arrested person Raghunath Majhi is a native of Kalahandi District
who had been living in Malkangiri District for nearly two decades
and has strong links with the extremists.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a leader of the ruling
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader in Sorupali village under Bandhugaon
block in the Koraput District. The victim, Jana Bidika, was the
president of Bandhugaon Block unit of the BJD.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three road-laying
machines engaged in the Union Government's road connectivity programme
- Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna -- in the Malkangiri District.
Police sources said that the incident took place at Kongulkunda
village under Kalimela Police station area when a road to MPV-22
village was being laid under the scheme.
The CPI-Maoist issued a threat to attack the Bhanjanagar
Police station of Berhampur District. In a letter, addressed to
the officer-in-charge (OIC) that reached the Police station by
post, Maoists said that attack would be carried out within 10
days targeting all important offices and Police stations in the
District. The authenticity of the letter could not be ascertained.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the office of Viswagrama
Chetana Samaj, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) at Anlapada
village under Ghasipura block in the Keonjhar District. More than
10 persons were injured in the attack that occurred at midnight.
A group of 20 extremist who participated in the attack set the
official records of the organisation on fire and asked those present
to wind up their operation and leave the place. The voluntary
organisation has been working for protection of environment in
the area for nearly two decades. Police sources, however, said
the attackers might not be Maoists, but locals masquerading as
Maoists in their effort to oppose the NGO's operations.
One trader, Mohan Jaiswal, was killed by suspected
Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) cadres at Raibaga near Biramitrapur
in the Sundergarh District. Jaiswal was also an activist of the
ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Party.
35 security force (SF) personnel belonging to
the Greyhounds from Andhra Pradesh were killed in an attack carried
out by the CPI-Maoist cadres on a 68-member Andhra Pradesh-Orissa
Police party in the Chitrakonda reservoir of Malkangiri District,
close to the Andhra Pradesh border. The SF personnel were returning
after conducting combing operations, after getting information
that the Maoists were holding a conclave there. Maoists opened
fire using sophisticated weapons at the motorised boat in which
the SF personnel were travelling. The boat capsized drowning most
SF personnel. Others who swam ashore were reportedly ambushed
by the Maoists.
Life in the southern Districts of Orissa was affected
during the 24-hour general strike call given by the CPI-Maoist,
on the last day of their 'anti-repression week'. Vehicular traffic
was disrupted on the State high way connecting Berhampur, Rayagada
and Koraput. Maoists had cut down trees at several places in Rayagada
and Gajapati Districts to block the road. Several large trees
had been felled near Birikote in the Gajapati District near the
Rayagada District border and on the stretch of the road between
Rayagada and Gumuda. In the Koraput District the Maoists targeted
the mobile tower of a private telecom company and damaged the
maintenance room of the mobile tower at remote Jaguguda village
of Bandhugaon block. Maoists burnt down files at forest and commercial
check gates at Sidibalsa on the Andhra-Orissa border in Koraput
In the Malkangiri District the Maoists burnt down
an excavator used for digging ponds at MV-70 village under Kalimela
Police station. They also disrupted road traffic between Malkangiri
and Motu by felling trees at many places. Due to fear of landmines
passenger vehicles remained off the road in Malkangiri District.
A CPI-Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire
with Police personnel near MV 81 village in the Malkangiri District.
The encounter occurred inside dense forests when Police personnel
were conducting a routine combing operation. Superintendent of
Police S K Gajbhiye said that Maoists might have suffered more
casualties and a search was continuing in the area.
Around 100 armed Maoists along with 500 supporters
had carried out an attack on the house of a contractor and local
BJP leader at the MV-41 village of Malkangiri District. They had
also blocked the roads leading to the village by felling trees
at MV-126 and MV-96 villages. The contractor's house was ransacked,
his relatives assaulted and a jeep, a tractor and two bikes owned
by him were set ablaze. The contractor was saved as he was away
and could not return back due to the road blockade by Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed 17 personnel of the Special
Operations Group (SOG) of the Orissa Police in a landmine blast
in the Malkangiri District. The blast occurred at 4 pm (IST) in
the MV-126 area when an anti-landmine van carrying the Police
team was returning to the District headquarters town of Malkangiri.
The personnel had gone to MPV-41 village, where a contractor's
house was attacked by Maoists on July 15-night. A majority of
the SOG personnel were in the anti-landmine vehicle and the remaining
were on motorcycles. Soon after the blast, the Maoists, hiding
in the nearby forest, opened fire on the Policemen.
The Orissa Government decided to recruit 2,000
Special Police Force personnel to combat the Maoist insurgency.
A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired
by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar, which was attended
by Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy, Home Secretary T. K. Mishra,
Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Bijoy Kumar Patnaik,
and the Director General of Police Gopal Chandra Nanda. The Government
has further decided to appoint 1,500 retired defence personnel
in the various posts that were lying vacant. Besides, it was also
decided that more than 5,000 Constables and other staff would
be appointed by way of conducting special recruitment drives.
The Maoists issued death warrants against Police
informers and those who try to sell and purchase land cultivated
by tribals in the region in general and specifically between Pandratala
and Mukundapur under Kolnora block in the Rayagada District. While
asking for recognizing the land captured by the tribals in the
Praja movement of 2002 in the region, the Srikakulam divisional
committee of the CPI- Maoist, through leaflets distributed in
Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of Koraput District, warned
non-tribals against trying to take their possession. Further,
while justifying the killing of Kondagiri Anant, the village chief
of Rekhapadar in April 2008, the Maoists said in the leaflet that
he was given warning not to harass common people by joining hands
with the Police. The Maoists also asked the Police informers to
come out in public and apologise for their links with the Police
or else face death sentence. They have also asked the Police to
release all the innocent people from their custody.
The Maoists targeted a cellular phone tower of
the Reliance Telecom at Narayanpatna in the Koraput District.
According to sources, around 25 armed insurgents reached the mobile
tower at block headquarter town, Narayanpatna, at around 11 pm
and subsequently burnt down the battery room. But they could not
cause any damage to the tower. Maoists left some posters and banners
which claimed that this action was taken to protest against alleged
inhuman action of the Police.
The Orissa Government demanded four additional
battalions of paramilitary forces and at least one chopper to
be deployed in operations against the left-wing extremists in
the State. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to the Union
Home Minister Shivraj Patil, said that though Orissa, Chhattisgarh
and Andhra Pradesh were facing similar problems, the Union Government
had adopted different yardsticks towards each State. Patnaik said
that while only four battalions (about 4,000 personnel) of the
CRPF were deployed in Orissa to combat the Maoists, as many as
16 battalions each were provided to neighbouring Chhattisgarh
and Andhra Pradesh. "Dantewada District alone in Chhattisgarh
got six CRPF battalions", he said.
The Orissa Government announced a package for
Police personnel and ex-servicemen working in left-wing extremism-affected
areas. Under the new scheme that will come into effect from January
1, 2008, the compensation for those killed during anti-Maoist
operations will be doubled. Earlier, the families of the Policemen
up to the rank of Sub-Inspector, killed in anti-Maoist operation,
were getting an ex-gratia of INR 400,000. Similarly, families
of Police officers of the rank of inspector and above will be
paid INR One Million as ex-gratia instead of INR 500,000. Those
rendered completely handicapped while fighting the Maoists will
be paid INR 400,000 instead of the INR 200,000 that was being
given in the past. The cost of treatment of those sustaining injuries
will be borne by the Government. Further, the Government said
one member of the family of any Policeman killed in anti-Maoist
operations will be provided a Government job up to Group-B level
as per his qualifications. Besides, the Government announced that
INR 1,000 each will be paid for the education of up to two children
of the Policemen killed in anti-Maoist operations. The benefit
will be available till they complete their graduation. The Government
further announced that a recruitment drive would be launched soon
to raise a special Police force by recruiting 2,000 tribal youths
from the Maoist-affected Districts.
Orissa Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres including
a member of Orissa State Committee of the outfit. Prasanna Pal
of Ersama area in the Jagatsinghpur District, is believed to be
one of the 12 core committee members of "Ropeway Operation", the
mobile attack on Nayagarh District headquarter Police in February
2008. Police sources said four members of the Orissa State committee
had been arrested so far. The other arrested Maoist was identified
as Ranjan Rout from Jagatsinghpur District, the deputy commander
of Deogarh-Samabalpur-Sundargarh region of the CPI-Maoist.
Police arrested a woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Pratima Das alias Prachi, from the Kalinga Nagar area of Jajpur
District. She was being accompanied by an US national David Pheug
who was later released after he claimed to be a research scholar
working on displacement issues. Since there was no case pending
against Pratima Das in Jajapur District, she was handed over to
Police of Jagatsinghpur District where a case pertaining to waging
war against State was registered in her name.
Police in Jajpur arrested a suspected CPI-Maoist
cadre, identified as Shantilata Hansdah from city-based Hitech
Medical College Hospital. Hansdah was admitted in the hospital
following kidney related complicacies.
Orissa Police arrested six suspected MCC cadres,
including two group leaders, from Rourkela in the Sundergarh District.
Acting on a tip off, Police arrested four suspected Maoists when
they were negotiating a ransom payment with a prominent businessman
of Sundergarh District in a temple at the civil township area
of Rourkela city. Following their interrogation, two Maoist group
leaders, identified as Om Ahya alias Raju of Singhbhum in Jharkhand
and Rohit Das of Keonjhar District in Orissa, were arrested near
the railway station. The Maoists had earlier collected a token
amount of INR 100,000 from the businessman. Four bombs, some explosives,
two country-made pistols, four rounds of ammunition, two jeeps,
some cash and five mobile phones were seized from the arrested
Maoists. Police sources said that the arrested Maoists were operating
since 2003 in the Keonjhar, Badbil and Sundergarh areas, extorting
money from businessmen, contractors and stone crusher owners.
Five persons including Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)
leader Swami Lakshmanananda and four disciples, including a woman,
were killed in an attack by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres on an
ashram at Jalespata in the Kandhamal District. The armed extremists
opened fire and hurled bombs after entering the ashram
(hermitage) run by Swami Lakshmanananda at 8.30 p.m during a religious
celebration. Orissa Director-General of Police Gopal Chandra Nanda
told, "We suspect that the assailants could be Maoists."
The Hindu reports that the Orissa Government
is planning to carry out a house-to-house survey to assess unemployment
among tribal families in the Maoist dominated Districts including
Sundergarh, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati and Kandhamal. Amidst
reports that a large number of tribals in the State are embracing
left-wing extremism, Orissa Chief Secretary, Ajit Kumar Tripathy,
said that the end of isolation among the tribal youth would bring
down the Maoist insurgency. He also said that of the State's eight
million families, a little over 22 per cent were tribals who remained
a strong support base for the Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for the
killing of the VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in the
Kandhamal District. Azad, spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist, in an
interview to an Oriya daily, said, "We killed Swami Laxmanananda
Saraswati to avenge his villainous role in Kandhmal". Azad said
ever since the December 2007 riots in Kandhmal, Laxmanananda and
VHP Secretary General Pravin Togadia portrayed Christians as Maoists
and attempted to defeat the revolutionary movement. "Laxmanananda
was taking the lead in Hindu fascist activities", Azad said.
The CPI-Maoist warned the VHP of more punishment
"if it continued violence against religious minorities in the
country". A press release by the outfit said that it had killed
the VHP leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati as he was "anti-people
and fanatical" and was engaged in "endless persecution" of religious
minorities. The release said, Saraswati was a "rabid anti-Christian
ideologue and persecutor of innocent Christians and was responsible
for the burning down of over 400 churches in Khandamal."
The CPI-Maoist claimed the responsibility for
killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati. In a letter signed
by Sunil of CPI-Maoist circulated amongst select journalists staked
claim to the brutal killing of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati. In
that letter the Maoist told that "PLGA has carried out the death
sentence it had passed against Swami Laxmanananda on 23 August
for inflicting torture and misery on a large number of tribal
and dalit people in the name of Hinduism".
The Chief Minister's Office in Bhubaneswar received
a threat letter from suspected left-wing extremists. Confirming
the news, home secretary T.K. Mishra said the name of the sender
was written as "Maoist Association, Western Orissa". He, however,
refused to divulge the detailed content of the letter.
A left-wing extremist Sayun Bilung alias Sambit
was arrested from Lankeswari village in the Sambalpur District.
He had joined the CPI-Maoist as a sleeper cell member in 2006
and had undergone training in Saranda forest in neighbouring Jharkhand.
Four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
and 170 rounds of live cartridges were seized from them at Biramitrapur,
30 kilometres from Rourkela. According to the report, the arrested
Maoists, identified as Ajit Rai of Maharashtra, S Kuma Uke of
Chhattisgarh, Rajbahadur Singh and Ramesh Kumar Singh of Bihar
of were travelling in a vehicle bearing Chhatisgarh registration
number which was detained by the Police.
Police recovered three landmines from the Handiakacha
forest area under Jahrapokharia Police station limits in the Mayurbhanj
Mayurbhanj District Police arrested three suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres, involved in a spate of crimes in Orissa and
Jharkhand. The three - Ranjan Majhi, Sanjay Gop and Uday Majhi
- were part of a bank robbery at Seragada in January 2007. Three
pistols, including one of Italian make, were recovered from their
possession. Their role is also suspected in the killing of a forester
in the Mayurbhanj District.
The Orissa State committee of the CPI-Maoist claimed
responsibility for the killing of VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda
Saraswati in the Kandhamal District on August 23. Speaking to
a team of journalists from Bhubaneswar in a forest in Kandhamal,
the spokesperson of the outfit's Orissa unit, Sabyasachi Panda
alias Sunil, said it became necessary to eliminate the Swami as
he was forcing tribals and Dalit Christians in Kandhamal to convert
to Hinduism. "After the December 2007 communal violence in Kandhamal,
we threatened to kill him if he and his supporters did not refrain
from harassing tribals and Dalit Christians to change their religion",
Panda said. Panda claimed that the members of the People's Liberation
Guerilla Army (PLGA) who took part in killing them Swami had left
two letters at the spot at Jalaspata ashram, claiming responsibility
for the killing. "The government, however, suppressed the letters
to help rioters continue with their attacks on the minority community,"
Two suspected Naxalites including one minor were
arrested by the Mayurbhanj District Police from the border area
of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar District.
Three members of a CPI-Maoist-trained "militia"
group, two of them Christians, were arrested from Baliguda Police
station area on October 6 in connection with the killing of VHP
leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati in Kandhamal District. Two guns
were recovered from the arrested persons identified as Duryodhan
Sunamajhi, Mundabeda Majhi and Sanatan Majhi of Kotgarh area.
Police also seized two black masks and four black shirts used
during the crime. Police sources said that the arrested have confessed
to their crime. Inspector General (IG) of Police, Crime Branch,
Arun Ray said that the arrested trio belonged to the 150-strong
militia group formed by Maoists to execute the killing.
Orissa Police killed two CPI-Maoist cadres including
a hardcore woman cadre, in the forested region of Koraput District.
A joint team of the Andhra Pradesh Police's STF and the Orissa
Police carrying out a combing operation in the Almonda area of
the District under Narayanpatna Police station on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa
border killed the two Maoists, part of a three-member team. The
woman, identified as Jyoti (25) was a member of the Koraput Divisional
Committee (KDC) of the PLGA. A native of Srikakulam District in
Andhra Pradesh, Jyoti took part in several high-profile attacks
including the one on the Nayagarh Police training school in February
this year. The identity of the other deceased Maoist is not known.
The third member of the group, Raju, the area commander of the
KDC, however, escaped with some injury.
The Crime Branch of Orissa Police confirmed that
the CPI-Maoist had killed VHP leader Lakshmanananda Saraswati
in the Kandhamal District on August 23 by involving some local
armed groups. the decision to eliminate the VHP leader was taken
by the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist about seven months
ago, and a group of about six hardcore extremists killed the VHP
leader at the Jalespata ashram (hermitage) in Kandhamal. The extremists
who committed the crime were armed with automatic weapons, including
AK-47 rifles, Police sources said. The local youths also took
part in the crime and stood guard around the ashram when the Maoists
executed their plan. The youths belonged to about four different
groups from nearby villages. Three youths belonging to the local
groups have been arrested so far. They were produced before a
court at Baliguda in Kandhamal. The court remanded them to judicial
11 Maoist posters appeared at different places
of Gudari under Gunupur subdivision of Rayagada District. The
posters asked Congress party leader Raghunath Patro to restore
the adivasi (tribal) lands he is alleged to have possessed and
return INR 700,000 he is said to have amassed during elections.
The Maoists threatened to punish him with death unless he complies
with directives. Some posters also asked the newly-elected NAC
chairman Ladi Someswar Rao to resign from his post and return
lands to adivasis. Posters indicated that unless he complies with
the demand, he would be "meted with the same punishment they gave
to Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati." Four posters appeared at NAC
office, four at block office, two at daily market and one at a
Posters were also put up by the PLFI and the JLT
in Biramitrapur and Barelipata villages, the Jahaditoli, Hatibari
Hospital and Olhani Chhak areas of Purunapani in Sundergarh District
threatening the Police administration.
Police arrested Birendra alias Japa Joboranga,
a Naxalite from Galamguda village in Chandrapur block of Rayagada
District on October 25. A.K. Singh, SP Rayagada, said Birendra
was involved in many cases in Gajapati and Kandhamal Districts
and was on his way to attend a meeting when he was arrested.
Media reports indicate that Orissa Government
has initiated steps to start a scheme of deploying 2,000 armed
tribal youths as special Police officers (SPOs) in five Maoist-infested
Districts to fight the extremists. An Orissa Home Department resolution
(No 47958 dated October 25, 2008) indicates that tribal men and
women in the age group of 18-25 years from Maoist-infested Districts
of Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts
would be appointed on a contractual basis for the first three
years. Required to pass at least Standard VIII, they would undergo
training in arms and ammunition like a regular Policeman. As SPOs,
they would be paid INR 4,000 in the first two years and INR 4,500
in the third year after which they might be absorbed as sepoys
or constables in the regular Police vacancies. A senior home department
official said, "It's just like Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist civilian
vigilante movement in Chhattisgarh). They will be doing the same
things that the SPOs in Chhattisgarh are doing. The aim is to
let the tribals defend themselves against the onslaught of Maoists."
The Sundergarh District Police arrested three
left-wing extremists, believed to be connected with the Jharkhand
Badshah group. The extremists were holding a meeting inside the
house of a civilian at Jampani village under Theteidang Police
station along the Orissa-Jharkhand border. Two of their colleagues,
however, managed to escape. The arrested extremists include Bisu
Bhagat and Lugei Soreng. Police sources said that the Jharkhand
Badshah is a breakaway faction of the MCC and is mainly involved
with extortion and looting. Its members were involved in a spate
of crimes like the murder of the son of businessman Basu Jaiswal,
looting of his brother's shop, attack on a missionary and others.
Suspected Maoists threatened two traders from
Andhra Pradesh, engaged in cotton and tobacco business and who
have been residing in Suludi-Katiki village under Ramanaguda block
of Rayagada District. According to the report, a group of persons
in black uniform dragged two traders, identified as D.Surya Rao
and C.Laxmi, from their houses and threatened them to leave for
their native place. On the charge of exploiting innocent tribals,
the extremists in 2001 had ransacked their godowns and warned
them to refrain from such activities.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Gosaninuagaon
area of the Berhampur city reportedly by Andhra Pradesh Police.
Acting on information provided by an arrested Maoist, Soma Reddy
in Andhra Pradesh, a special Police team raided a house and reportedly
arrested five Maoists. Guns, sketch maps, booklets of Operation
Ropeway, pamphlets and books in Oriya and Telugu were seized from
them. According to sources, Maoists had been residing in the rented
house for past four months. Andhra Police claimed that the networks
of the Maoists were planning to raid a large armoury in Berhampur.
The arrested Maoists have been taken to Bhubaneswar for further
interrogation by the special investigation wing.
A top left-wing extremist belonging to the Malkangiri
dalam was arrested by the Police in Jeypore town in the
Koraput District, a couple of hours before the arrival of Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik. Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar
said that the extremist was moving suspiciously in the town to
assess the CM's visit. He was shifted to Malkangiri District for
The Koraput Police arrested a CPI-Maoist, Khemu
Mandal, from Renga village in the Langalabeda gram panchayat
area under Narayanpatna block in the Koraput District. Mandal
hailed from MV 123 village near Balimela in Malkangiri District
and was working as a quack while being involved in Maoist activities.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal RSS
activist, Dhanu Pradhan, in his village at Kumbharigaon under
the Bramhanigaon Police station in Kandhamal District. The Police
could not provide more details about the killing, but family members
of Pradhan alleged that Pano (Scheduled Caste) Christians
were behind the incident and discounted the Police claim of Maoists
being behind the murder.
Malkangiri Police arrested four hardcore Naxalites
including three women cadre belonging to Andhra Pradesh when they
were holding a meeting in Jakalkonda forests under MV 79 Police
limits in Malkangiri District. The arrested extreme left elements
were identified as Kumari alias Anjali of Galikonda dalam,
Damayanti alias Aruna alias Parbati of Korukonda
dalam, Padma alias Vijaya of Nallamalla dalam
and the lone male member Krishna alias Jana Durga who happens
to be the son of Damayanti. The seizures made from them included
an IPod, INR 10,000, several other electronic devices, land mines
and maps of R Udayagiri area in the Malkangiri District. The four
were involved in the June 29 attack on the Greyhounds personnel
from Andhra Pradesh in the Chitrakonda reservoir which led to
the death of nearly 39 personnel. The arrested Maoists had also
carried out a land mine explosion near the same area killing 17
Naxal posters were found pasted in the Tureikela
block office in Bolangir District warning 'corrupt' officials
and elected representatives of dire consequences. Similar posters
were found on November 6 also. The matter is under investigation.
Posters by suspected members of the CPI-Maoist
threatening to kill four persons for their alleged links with
the Sangh Parivar were located at Paburia under Sarangagada Police
station of Tikabali block of Kandhamal District. As per the posters,
the four persons would be murdered like the killing of Dhanurjaya
Pradhani. This poster has come up five days after the killing
of a Sangh Parivar activist Dhanurjaya Pradhani at Kumbharigaon
under Brahmanigaon Police station of the District. Pradhani was
in the hit list of Maoists, which they had posted earlier. 14
persons who worked for frontal organisations of the Sangh Parivar
in Kandhamal District were threatened to be killed by the Maoists
after the killing of the VHP leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.
Pradhani's name was also in the list.
Koraput District Police recovered a landmine weighing
20 kilograms, buried under the road connecting Hanuman Temple
on the national highway between Koraput and Jeypore to Kolab Nagar,.
The landmine is believed to be one of the two landmines that were
planted by naxalites in 2004 while attacking the armoury of Police
Headquarters at Koraput.
Police arrested one alleged sympathiser of CPI-Maoist
from Tentulibellari village under Balikuda Police limits in Jagatsighpur
District. Sources said that Jogesh Rout alias Jogendra was allegedly
giving shelter to the Ultras and abetted in their smooth movement
throughout the District and other places of the state.
Media reports indicate that Sabyasachi Panda will
soon take over as head of the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of the Maoists
held recently on the Andhra-Orissa border. He would replace the
present supremo Muppala Laxmana Rao. Sabyasachi is believed to
have masterminded the February 15, 2008-attack on the Nayagarh
District armoury. He also claimed responsibility for the killing
of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on August 23.
Cadres of the CPN-Maoist shot dead Ponda Reddy,
village head of Peta under Motu Police station in Malkangiri District,
suspecting him to be a Police informer. They left behind a handbill
staking claim for the murder. He is the sixth person killed by
Maoists on grounds of being a Police informer. Police sources
said that he had a feud with the Maoists since the last two years.
The Maoists also looted the house of another person.
A senior Orissa Police official said that they
have begun a process to recruit about 2,000 tribals in the five
CPI-Maoist-affected Districts of the State. "We have already placed
advertisements in newspapers seeking applications from those interested",
the official told. He added that the process would be completed
by the end of December 2008.
Acting on a tip-off that cadres of the CPI-Maoist
had converged at a training camp on the Gajapati-Kandhamal border,
a Central Reserve Police Force team rushed to the spot and shot
dead a Maoist and injured another in an encounter.
Two Naxalites (left-wing extremists), including
a woman cadre, were arrested by Police from Bisamkatak in the
Rayagada District. They were identified as Surendra and Nirmala,
both aged around 20. They had come to the Bisamkatak hospital
Around 50 to 60 hand-written posters of the CPI-Maoist
were pasted at three places, Rebanapalspal, Bareiguda and Brahmanipal
in Keonjhar District, threatening death sentence to the Police
A Policeman was killed during a raid on a CPI-Maoist
camp in the Malkangiri District. The shootout took place when
a Police party comprising dozens of paramilitary forces and personnel
of the special operations group raided a Maoist camp in the forest
under Kalimela Police station.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Asirama (35)
of Kotanpalli village under MV-96 area of Malkangiri District,
suspecting him to be a Police informer.
One cadre of CPI-Maoist, identified as Bhagawan
Murmu, was arrested during a combing operation in Ghodabandha
area near Jharkhand boarder . Murmu belongs to Jharkhand and was
actively involved in Maoist activity in Kendujhar and Mayurbhanj
A Naxalite identified as Kendruka Adanna was arrested
and a rifle seized from him in the Bandhugaon area of Koraput
District. Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar Chauhan said that
Adanna is a member of a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist and
the Police suspect his involvement in the killing of one person
in Narayanpatna block in the recent past.
The Commercial Tax Department at the Jamsola integrated
check gate on Mayurbhanj border has received a letter threatening
them of dire consequences if the corrupt personnel do not mend
their ways. The sender of the letter claimed to be a CPI-Maoist
cadre. The threatening letter was posted from Bahudagoda in Jharkhand
and was received by the Assistant Commercial Taxes Officer, Jamsola
An anonymous letter in the name of CPI-Maoist
was received by former the Minister of State for Railways Bhakta
Charan Das threatening to kill him at a public meeting. Das lodged
a first information report at Bhawanipatna Town Police station
to this effect on November 30.
Posters by the CPI-Maoist were detected on walls
and culverts in Rental Colony, Jagannath Vihar and Khandagiri
area of Bhubaneswar, the State capital. These posters threatened
supporters of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a Hindu extremist group,
with dire consequences.
The residents of Rental Colony in Bhubaneswar,
capital of Orissa, informed the Police that they spotted a group
of around 12 suspected cadres of Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist) cadres in black dress with masks on their faces moving
around in the area in the previous night. After the tip-off, the
city Police along with Special Operation Group commandoes conducted
a combing operation in Chandaka- Dampada Reserve Forest and detained
some people. The Police were also probing the appearance of some
Maoist posters in the area.
Normal life was affected in several blocks of
Malkangiri District with the beginning of CPI-Maoist People's
Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week. Maoists have reportedly
put up banners and posters in several localities in the District
urging people to join their movement to fight corruption and exploitation.
Areas under three Police stations- Kalimela, MV-79 and Motu- have
been most affected.
The Maoists gave general shutdown call on December
5 and 6 in the Gajapati District, protesting against Police firing
in the tribal-dominated village of Kutuniganda on November 23.
Another poster by the CPI-Maoist saying 'we are
in the city' appeared in Acharya Vihar under Sahid Nagar Police
station in the capital Bhubaneswar, even as combing operations
in the Chandka- Damapada Reserve Forest and the adjacent villages
50 detonators and other explosive material were
seized by Police from a passenger bus at Mohana in the Gajapati
District during search of a passenger bus.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that a Counter-Insurgency
Battalion for Resolute Action battalion of the para-military Central
Reserve Police Force would be stationed in the District headquarters
of Koraput for anti-Maoist operations.
The Chandpur Police outpost in Nayagarh District
received a phone call in the wee hours threatening to blow up
the outpost and the Ranpur Police station in 72 hours. The caller
reportedly identified himself to be Sabyasachi Panda. Some locals
claimed to have seen Sabyasachi Panda, who is expected to take
over as head of the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, travelling
in a vehicle in Ostapara-Jangia road.
Normal life was affected in the Kandhamal, Gajapati
and Rayagada Districts of south Orissa, in the first day of the
two-day shutdown call given by the CPI-Maoist in protest against
the killing of a civilian of Kutuniganda village in Gajapati District
by the Central Reserve Police Force personnel on November 22.
Threat posters by Maoists have been found at different
places in the State. One such poster pasted in Chaudwar in Cuttack
District threatens to blow up the IMFA group unless INR 2 million
is paid. Similarly, a poster pasted in a Government school in
Kalimela in Malkangiri District threatens to blow it up.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist released four abducted
personnel of the Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) after holding
them hostage for about 18 hours. Maoists had abducted them from
Chitrakonda area in the state's southern District of Malkangiri
in the evening of December 5.
The District Superintendent of Police Satyabrata
Bhoi said that the Policemen were returning from Chitrakonda market
to their camp at Janbai under Papermetla Police station area,
about 80 km from Malkangiri when the Maoists abducted them. Following
the incident, combing operation and patrolling by security forces
have been intensified in the entire area, which border Andhra
Pradesh, to track down the Maoists, Police said.
Police in the State capital Bhubaneswar arrested
four persons, including Lenin Kumar, editor of an Oriya magazine,
for their alleged links with the CPI-Maoist. Police authorities,
however, did not explain the charges brought against the detainees.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres conducted a raid
on the house of a landlord Vantala Lohit at Rattaguda under the
Chitrakonda Police station in the Malkangiri District, bordering
Andhra Pradesh. They took away some gold ornaments and cash from
A large number of posters threatening the mafia,
Police, forest officials and the State appeared in most of the
villages along the Orissa-Jharkhand border. The posters carry
the name of Krantikari Kisan Committee. One such poster was reportedly
found pasted on a wall of Bisra Police station in the Sundergarh
Maoists stopped a bus traveling from Sorada in
the Ganajm District to Katingia near Salimagochha and wrote slogans
on the bus threatening to kill anyone supporting the Sangh Parivar
(a Hindu right-wing group) in the area. Some of the slogans were
also against the State Government. They did not harm the passengers
and allowed the bus to travel to its destination.
A trooper of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB)
was injured in a landmine blast at the Dangasorada Police outpost
in Rayagada District. A 200-strong militia of the CPI-Maoist attacked
the outpost under Muniguda Police station, 100 kilometres from
District headquarters Rayagada, in the night of December 10. The
Policeman, who rushed to the spot from Muniguda next morning,
stepped on the landmine planted by the Maoists.
A landmine exploded near Pandrakhal on Dangasorada-Chandrapur
road at a spot where Maoists had blocked the road by felling trees.
No one was injured in the blast.
The Orissa Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly involved in the murder
of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a leader of the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (a Hindu right-wing group), and four others, from Kotagarh
block of Kandhamal District.
At least 500 youths are being trained by the CPI-Maoist
at four training camps located in the dense forests of Kalimela
and Motu area of Malkangiri District, in the border area of Bhanjanagar
in Ganjam District and Raikia in Kandhamal District, in the Mohna-Adaba
area of Gajapati District and Bishra area of Sundargarh District.
It is believed that trainers are from Chhattisgarh.
A split occurred in the People's Liberation Guerrilla
Army (PLGA) of the CPI-Maoist in Orissa. A parallel Maoist organisation,
identified as IDGA, would be formed on January 3, 2009. Some cadres
of the PLGA belonging to the Hindu community have defected in
protest against the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. The
rebel group is led by 'M-2' (a secret name). 'M-2' has reportedly
emerged as the principal rival of Sabyasachi Panda, the Orissa
chief of CPI-Maoist. Some posters released by 'M-2' in the Raikia
area of Kandhamal District claims that the CPI-Maoist under Panda's
leadership has deviated from 'class struggle' towards communal
fight in lure of money from the Christian missionaries.
Some CPI-ML cadres allegedly took away standing
crops from the ceiling surplus lands of Bisamcuttack block of
the Rayagada District, creating a tense situation between the
party cadres and the landowners.
The India Reserve Battalion (IRB) trooper injured
in a landmine blast on December 11 at the Dangasorada Police outpost
in Rayagada District succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in
Encounters were reported between Orissa Police
personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres in two separate places along
the Orissa-Jharkhand border area. However, no casualty was reported
from either side. Subsequently, a high alert was declared in the
The report of a commission of inquiry instituted
by the Orissa Government establishes the fact that frontal organisations
of the Maoists support extensive cultivation of ganja (marijuana)
in the remote inaccessible hilly terrains of the State. Apana
Naidu, a native of Andhra Pradesh, is said to be the kingpin of
the trade. The illegal ganja is transported from Chitrakonda-Gobindpali-Ramgiri
area to Raipur in Chhattisgarh. The second route for such consignments
is via Kalimela-Malkangiri-Jeypore, Kalahandi, Bargarh to Raipur
of Chhattisgarh while the third route is from Koraput to Bhawanipatna
Local residents caught hold of four persons demanding
money and paddy in the name of CPI-Maoist in Belangiwada area
under Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District and later
handed them over to the Maoists.
A group of about 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist entered
the house of one Saluka Hembram (65), a former Sarpanch (president
of village level local self-government institution) at Salkodihi
village in the Keonjhar District and killed him. Police have reportedly
seized some Maoist leaflets from the incident site.
Three statues and a martyrs' memorial pillar were
inaugurated at Mandimera village in the Gajapati District by supporters
of left-wing extremism from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a record-keeper of a
Self Help Group federation, Pobitra Khosla, at Bagam village under
Narayanpatna Police Station in the Koraput District. Khosla was
coordinating with different women's groups of Narayanpatna and
was on the CPI-Maoist hit list for his liaison with Government
Police at Raghunathpur in the Jagatsinghpur District
submitted charge sheets against 18 Maoists. Of them, six have
been arrested and 12 are still at large. Of the six arrested,
Raghunathpur Police had arrested five and Riamal Police of Deogarh
District had arrested another Maoist from Erasama area few months
Police arrested two officials of the Gandhi Institute
of Engineering and Technology of Gunapur in the Rayagada District
while they were going to pay a 'donation' of INR 1.2 million to
the CPI-Maoist. The Police have seized the cash. Later, the bail
applications of the arrested persons were cancelled.
The Chandrapur District Police
arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Manoj Maroti Sonule
and Vinayak Sonule, from Ramnagar. Police said that both are suspected
to be members of the 'Chandrapur Area Committee' of the outfit.
A hi-tech Chinese carbine gun, ammunition magazines and 135 live
cartridges (9-mm) along with a large quantity of Maoist literature
were recovered from the arrested Maoists.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were
arrested from Ballarpur. Police also neutralized a firearms production
factory and a printing press, operating in Ballarpur in the Chandra
District by the Maoists during the last few days. Maoist literature,
sensitive diaries and CDs have been seized along with sophisticated
firearms and electronic devices during the raids conducted in
various towns in the District.
According to Hitavada,
a CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested from Ballarpur in the same District.
Some Maoist literature and two guns has been reportedly recovered
form the house. The raids were conducted on the basis of the information
obtained from the recently arrested Maoist duo, Manoj and Vinayak
At least five Naxalites were injured in an encounter
with a team of Gadchiroli District Police in the forest area of
Kotni under Kasansur sub-Police station in Etapalli tehsil
(revenue division). A small cache of arms including a rifle, three
Bharmars (manually loading guns), three kilograms of explosives,
a hand grenade, 41 live cartridges, 300 feet long wire, along
with pittus (backpacks), uniforms, literature and medicines
were recovered from the site.
At least four Maoists were injured in an encounter
with the Special Anti-Naxal Squad of Gadchiroli District Police
in the forest area near Potegaon village. The encounter started
when the Maoists opened fire towards the Police conducting combing
operations in the area. During subsequent search operation, the
Police recovered a 410 musket rifle, two locally-made rifles,
one grenade, four backpacks, three water bags, one live cartridge
and other material from the incident site.
Three Naxalites, including platoon dalam
'commander' Chaitu were killed in Sironch area of the Gadchiroli
District during an exchange of fire between the extremists and
the Police party. Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police, Rajesh
Pradhan had claimed that the body of Chaitu was recovered while
the Naxalites managed to carry away the remaining bodies.
Four Naxalites and a Police constable,
identified as Shrinivas Yeliga Dandigwar, from the C-60 District
Police team, were killed in an exchange of fire between extremists
and Police in the Gadchiroli District. "We have recovered all
the four bodies and the identification of the deceased is on,"
Additional Director General of Police (Anti-Naxalites operation)
Pankaj Gupta told. The encounter took place at Tophar near Bhamragarh
area. Police also recovered three .303 rifles and one self-loading
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two surrendered
extremists from Kondawahi village under the Jaravandi Police station
in the Gadchiroli District.
Daily News and Analysis reported that 56 non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) in Maharashtra are raising funds for the
Maoists. "We have concrete information that these 56 NGOs work
for naxalites [Maoists] and are raising funds and recruiting
people at various levels. The funds so raised are channelled through
various conduits that they have created over a period of time",
a senior Police official said. According to the report, NGOs based
in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur have been under the scanner for quite
some time now. All of them work under the umbrella of the Tactical
United Front (TUF) and the All India People's Resistance Forum
(AIPRF) - a conglomerate of groups sympathising with the Maoist
cause. The officer added, "Run by educated people, these NGOs
are instrumental in conducting brainwash sessions of the new recruits,
who are primarily locals and tribals from Gadchiroli, Chandrapur,
Bhandara, and Yavatmal Districts."
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a surrendered extremist
in the Jaravandi Police station area of Gadchiroli District.
Two surrendered Naxalites, who were assisting
the Police by working as guides, escaped with two AK-47 rifles,
seven magazines of ammunition and a hand grenade from the Deori
sub-divisional office of Gondia District. The duo has been identified
as Arjun Kumbre and Babulal alias Shamlal Korcha, belonging
to the Platoon unit dalam and Sangam unit of the Maoists.
Central Committee member and secretary in-charge
of the CPI-ML-Janasakthi, Kura Devendar alias Amar alias Shravan,
was arrested by a Police from his hideout in Pune. Police sources
told that with this arrest the outfit has been almost wiped out
in the Karimnagar District of Andhra Pradesh. Devender was the
party's representative at the peace talks held with the Andhra
Pradesh Government in 2004. He is the younger brother of the arrested
Janashakthi Central Committee secretary Kura Rajanna.
Police recovered arms and ammunition stolen by
two surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres who were working as informers
for the Police. Working on a tip-off, a joint search team of the
Gadchiroli and Gondia District Police recovered two AK-47 rifles,
a hand-grenade and seven magazines dumped under a paddy stack
in Gadchiroli District's Khursipar village.
A Naxalite, Madnayya alias Karpa Shankar
Atram - 'dalam commander' of Permili dalam and Permili
Area Committee member - was arrested from his hideout in the Tondela
village under Permili sub-Police station jurisdiction of Gadchiroli
District. He was active since 2001 and was wanted in cases of
murder and arson.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from village
Kosmi in the Gadchiroli District. A cache of arms and explosives
was recovered from their possession. Police public relations officer
T.G. Deshmukh said, "Based on intelligence that Maoists were camping
in the village, the Police laid siege around it and challenged
them to come out." Following an exchange of fire, "When the Maoists,
some of them injured, tried to flee, the Police gave chase and
nabbed five of them," she said. Previously on May 18, the Maoists
had attacked a Police constable's house in village Hiranje and
also looted some food grain.
The anti-Naxalite squad of the Maharashtra Police
has said that several Naxalite groups are recruiting cadres from
colleges in the State. Pankaj Gupta, Inspector General of Police
(Anti-Naxal Operations) told, "We have clear proof of such activities
in Chandrapur and Nagpur. Many of these students change their
names, procure fake certificates and get admitted on many occasions
even if they are graduates, they readmit in colleges to further
Left-wing extremists killed a surrendered extremist
at Murgaon village in Dhanora tehsil in the Gadchiroli District.
As per the report, around 50 extremists dragged Anandrao Koram
from his house, tied him to a tree and slit his throat in full
public view. Additional Superintendent of Police Anant Rokde said,
"Koram and his wife Vanita Narote used to operate in the Potegaon
Dalam (squad) before they gave up arms". They had surrendered
on April 24 and had returned to their village after spending sometime
at the Dhanora Police post. With this killing the total number
of surrendered extremists killed this year by their former colleagues
has risen to four. Earlier in March, extremists had killed two
surrendered cadres from Kondawahi village in Etapalli tehsil.
They had also killed another surrendered extremist Raju Netam
of Kandli village of the same tehsil. Netam was instrumental in
making 54 extremists surrender.
Police arrested two Maoists from Machli Toal
village in the Chamorshi Tehsil (revenue division) of Gadchiroli
District. The arrested extremists were identified as Santosh alias
Namdeo Chaitu Atram (22) and his wife Vimla Zure (20), residents
of Modugudam in Aheri Tehsil. They were active in the Maoist dalams
for the last two years.
Maharashtra Government approved an INR 51.6 million
proposal to grant incentives to those villages in the Gadchiroli
and Gondia Districts that deny entry to Naxalites. According to
the proposal, 170 villages in Gadchiroli and two villages in Gondia
Districts will receive INR 300,000 each for undertaking developmental
works. A senior official said that the special scheme has also
been extended to all the Naxalite-dominated Districts - Nanded,
Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur. The funds will be
at the disposal of the local gram panchayat.
Three Maoists were arrested from Wadsa Desaiganj
in the Gadchiroli District. The three, initially mistaken as burglars,
had recently shifted from Nagpur where they worked at a hotel.
Suresh alias Suron Bairagi, charge sheeted towards the end of
2007 for his Maoist activities, was among the three arrested from
a bus stand in Wadsa. Police seized some Maoist literature and
pamphlets, apart from some explosive materials and nickel rods
from his possession. The others were identified as Rajkumar Bihari
and Sagar Thakur.
A divisional committee member of the CPI-Maoist,
Suresh alias Jairam Harami, surrendered before the Gadchiroli
District Police along with a dalam commander, a deputy
dalam commander and two dalam members. The surrendered
divisional committee member had joined the extremist movement
in the early '90s. Additional Director General of Police Pankaj
Gupta said, "We will present their case for surrender benefits
before the District Collector's panel after due verification of
further details." "We are expecting more surrenders in future,"
he added. With this, 287 left-wing extremists have so far surrendered
in Gadchiroli District and 11 in Gondia District.
Security force personnel of the special operation
squad (C-60) of Gadchiroli District recovered a steel box filled
with seven kilograms of explosives buried near the Allapalli-Sironcha
road near village Mosam under Aheri Police station. The device
was connected to a 20-foot long wire leading to a detonator. Police
sources said that naxalites had planned to detonate the explosives
targeting the security forces.
A brief exchange of fire took place between a
group of Naxalites and Police near Gondia. The encounter started
early morning when a group of 20 Naxalites opened fire on a Police
search party. The exchange of fire lasted for about half an hour
after which the extremists managed to escape into the nearby forests.
No injury on either side was reported. A 303 rifle, one live bullet
and Naxal literature among other things were recovered from the
Armed naxalites damaged a church in Yenasar village
in the Gadchiroli District. The armed naxalites first locked the
doors of houses from outside and then damaged the place of worship,
breaking its chairs and tables, Police sources said. They also
shouted pro-Naxal movement slogans before fleeing.
CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed a Police party and
killed four personnel near Korepalli village under Rajaram Khanla
Police station in Aheri tehsil (revenue division) in the Gadchiroli
District, reports Indian Express. The 23-member Police party,
a C-60 commando unit with four officers, was on a routine patrol
in the area. The killed Policemen have been identified as provisional
sub-inspector S R Parekar and constables Vinod Uike, Ajay Maste
and Vasant Madavi.
A woman commander of the CPI-Maoist was arrested
in a joint operation by Gadchiroli Police and Special Action Group
(SAG), Nagpur from Indaram in Aheri Taluka (revenue division)
in Gadchiroli District. The arrested Maoist has been identified
as Saroja Akka. She is a member of area committee and commander
of Jimalgatta dalam (squad) of Gadchiroli. She was moving
with maoist platoon number seven in the area and was about to
sneak into Andhra Pradesh border when Police rounded her up. Her
husband Lachanna alias Lanka Papi Reddy is a central committee
member of the outfit and had already surrendered before Andhra
Pradesh government in February 2008. Police had launched a combing
operation in the area after the maoist ambush on October 26 in
which four Policemen including a sub-inspector were killed.
The Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) cell of the Maharashtra
Police asked the city Commissioner of Police to remain on guard
for possible CPI-Maoist plans to disrupt the winter session of
State legislature, beginning from December 1. According to the
report, the ANO pointed out that the beginning of the assembly
session also coincides with the People's Liberation of Guerrilla
Army week that the Maoists observe each year from December 2.
Media reports indicated that a sizeable number
of CPI-Maoist cadres with arms and ammunition have crossed over
from Chhattisgarh to Maharashtra. This is intended at strengthening
the depleted Maharashtra dalams (squads), which are facing acute
manpower crisis. "At present, they have no strength of manpower
after two mass surrenders, encounters and arrests to conduct any
major operation targeting Police stations or other establishments.
Maoists have no other option but to attack soft targets in remote
villages. In fact, the local dalams have come under threat of
existence due to drying up of manpower pool and other resources",
said Rajesh Pradhan, Superintendent of Police of Gadchiroli District
in Maharashtra. A week-long intelligence-based joint anti-Maoist
combing operation by the Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh Police had
been conducted recently in the inter-State border areas.
Intelligence agencies report that the CPI-Maoist
is trying to abduct some politicians during the winter session
of the State Legislative Assembly, starting from December 15.
Intelligence inputs received indicate that the abduction of ministers
or influential Members of Legislative Assembly could be made to
ensure release of arrested senior Maoists.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
shot dead a local level leader of the ruling Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) at Besra village in the Purulia District.
The headless body of Sisir Chatterjee,
a zonal committee member of ruling CPI-M, was recovered from the
Mangalkot area of Burdwan District. Police claimed that the Maoists
are involved in the killing.
A group of 20 Maoists raided the
house of Abinash Kumar, a ration dealer at Jugidihi village in
the Purulia District, and took away a double-barrel gun, a motorbike
and a cell phone. The Maoists then raided two more houses before
setting ablaze the house of a local committee member of the ruling
CPI-M in an adjoining village.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Ramprasad
Mondal, a CPI-M local committee member and a primary teacher,
in Madhabpur village under Chapra Police station of Nadia District.
"The murder is the handiwork of Maoists. Police movement is difficult
in the area because of poor road links. The Maoists are taking
advantage of that to strengthen their base in Chapra," Nadia District
Superintendent of Police, H.K. Kusumakar, said. Around 50 printed
leaflets found at the incident site warned villagers against testifying
in cases pending against the Maoists. Some posters also warned
the villagers against co-operating with the Police.
A suspected Naxalite was arrested from Sonachura
in the Nandigram area of West Midnapore District. Mithu Ghosh
was reportedly arrested from the house of Sudhangshu Das, who
is an organizer of the Bhumi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee that
has been protesting the State government's decision to acquire
land in Nandigram for a chemical hub. Ghosh is a member of the
Shramik Sangram Committee (SSC) - a Naxalite organization
that has no links with the CPI-Maoist, Police sources said. A
copy of the SSC party organ, Shramik Istehar, and a copy of Krishak
Path, the mouthpiece of its peasant wing, was recovered from Ghosh.
A group of three CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead
one of their colleagues, identified as Mangal Mahato, in the West
Midnapore District. The killing was reportedly the result of the
slain cadre "betraying" the organisation.
Maoists opened fire at a Police patrol party
in the Belpaharai area of the same District. However, no causality
was reported in the incident.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three trucks,
two laden with potatoes and carrying rice, at Bhimpur in the Kotwali
area of Nadia District.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead
a teacher while he was conducting classes in Majkadna village
under Belpahari area of the West Midnapore District. The victim,
Karam Chand Singh was also a Communist Party of India-Marxist
(CPI-M) local committee member. Maoists alleged that he had earlier
left the outfit and had joined CPI-M.
The 'secretary' of the West Bengal State committee
of the CPI-Maoist, Somen, and one of his associates was arrested
by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Hridaypur
railway station in the North 24-Parganas District. "His arrest
is a major breakthrough in our fight against the Maoists," said
Bhupinder Singh, Additional Director-General of Police (CID).
Somen is suspected to have masterminded Maoists operations in
the State and also involved in subversive activities in Jharkhand,
Orissa and Chhattisgarh. One of the charges levelled against him
is "waging war against the State." The Police are also investigating
whether he was linked to the February 15 Maoist attack in Orissa's
The first day of the CPI-Maoist sponsored four-day
bandh in Purulia District passed off peacefully without
any untoward incident.
The CPI-Maoist has called for a bandh in
the Nadia and Murshidabad Districts on February 28 protesting
against the arrest of the CPI-Maoist's State Secretary Himadri
Sen Roy alias Somen on February 24. Some Maoist leaflets
informing about the bandh in the two Districts read.
"Under the leadership of Rajiv Kumar, a Police
officer and an eminent follower of the CPI-M party, Tathagata,
Pallab, Koushik, Arijit and Joy have formed a special anti-naxalite
force to demolish our party. They are spending a lot of money
to know our whereabouts and then are attacking our party members.
We strongly oppose these activities of the administration." The
leaflets found in Nadia also read.
"The CPI-M government does not have the courage
to ban our party in this state. They have arrested our leader
and have harassed him both physically and mentally. We strongly
protest against these tarnished activities of the Police and CPI-M
government." Few posters were also found in Purulia town.
Police claimed that the structure and fund-raising
process of the CPI-Maoist was revealed during the interrogation
of its West Bengal 'secretary' Somen. Somen alias Himadri Sen
Roy, who was arrested on February 24, revealed during interrogation
that INR Six millions was budgeted annually by the party for salary
and daily expenditure, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) (Special Operation Group), Rajiv
Kumar said, and added, arms were mainly bought and supplied by
its Central Military Commission. During interrogation the Maoist
leader also responsible for operations in West Bengal, Orissa
and Jharkhand confessed that he used to get a salary of INR 3000
and the other arrested along with him, Deba, got INR 1500.
The CPI-Maoist cadres put up some posters on the
boundary wall of the residence of Superintendent of Police at
Barasat, the District headquarter of North-24 Parganas, demanding
the release of their leader Somen, who was arrested in the District
on February 24.
Police sources claimed that some Maoist hideouts
exist in and around Barasat in North-24 Parganas District. "We
are keeping a close watch and have requested people to inform
us if they spot anyone moving suspiciously in the area," an unnamed
Police officer said.
An activist of the ruling Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M), identified as Subhas Mahato, was shot dead
by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Chhurimari in the Belpahari block
of Midnapore West District.
Buddhadeb Pathak, a local leader of the Democratic
Youth Federation of India (DYFI), youth wing of the ruling Communist
Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres
at Gosaidanga village in Lalgarh block of West Midnapore District.
The victim was called out of his residence by a group of Maoists
and taken away to a nearby field where he was shot dead. The dead
body was recovered the next day, Police said.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead
Gandhi Mahato, leader of the Democratic Youth Federation of India,
youth wing of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M),
at Angarkuria in the West Midnapore District. Police sources said
that Mahato was killed on suspicion of being a Police informer.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, replying
to the Governor's address in the State Legislative Assembly, blamed
Jharkhand for the Maoist insurgency in his State. "Our problem
is that the Maoists are well entrenched in our neighbouring state
of Jharkhand and they undergo training there. Unfortunately, the
Jharkhand government is not doing much to check the menace. The
Maoists strike here and later flee to that State" he stated. "In
fact, had there been no involvement of the Maoists, the situation
in Nandigram would not have flared up as it had been last year",
Four civilians, including a child, were injured
as CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on a group of villagers on a
night patrol at Tehatta village in the Murshidabad District. The
villagers then chased the Maoists and caught one of them. The
captured Maoist Swapan Sutradhar is wanted by Police in connection
with at least five criminal cases, including murder. Later, two
more Maoists involved in the incident were arrested.
Five women CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested when
pasting posters seeking the release of arrested Maoist leader
Somen at the Bagha Jatin railway station in capital Kolkata. Inspector
General of Police Raj Kanojia told "The arrests will help in curbing
the recent spurt in Maoist activities in West Bengal."
Four Naxalite factions of the Communist Party
of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) Liberation, New Democracy,
Janashakti and Provisional Central Committee, collectively organised
a law violation programme in Siliguri against the continuing price
hike of essential commodities, especially food items. Announcing
the programme, CPI-ML (Liberation) leader Abhijit Majumder said
on March 26, "We intend to court arrest to make a point."
14 suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman,
were arrested in the Nadia District. Inspector General of Police
(Law and Order), Raj Kanojia, said, "This is the most important
arrest after that of Somen [State secretary of the CPI-Maoist]."
Police sources added that the arrest of a 'commander' of the outfit's
'action squad' led to the arrest of 13 more cadres from the Kotwali
area of Nadia District. Some arms believed to have been earlier
snatched from the Police were seized from those arrested.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed three CPI-M
activists in the Salboni area of West Midnapore District. The
CPI-M zonal committee later said that one of the slain persons
was the party's local leader and the other two were supporters
of the party. The killed persons were among the eight persons
supervising earth-digging work under the rural employment programme
when they were abducted by the Maoists. While five persons were
later released, bodies of the three persons were recovered from
a nearby forest.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a leader of
the ruling CPI-M in the Rajnagar area of Birbhum District. The
victim, Sridam Das, was a school teacher by profession and was
a former secretary of the CPI-M local committee. He was on his
way to school when he was shot by a group of three Maoists.
A CPI-M activist was killed by suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist in the Midnapore District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a leader of
the ruling CPI-M and injured another in the Bhomaragarh area of
the Purulia District. The slain member of the CPI-M zonal committee,
Ganapati Bhadra, was shot several times in the stomach with a
pistol, while travelling on a motorcycle. Rampada Mandi who was
riding pillion on Ganapati's motorcycle, was also shot, but he
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a leader of the ruling
CPI-M, identified as Dubraj Hembram, in the Hitinglohar village
area of Purulia District.
CPI-Maoist cadres called for a general strike
in the Purulia District on May 8 and asked people to boycott the
forthcoming panchayat polls. The report further said that
the Maoists have also stepped up their activities in Bankura,
West Midnapore and Birbhum Districts ahead of the polls.
The CPI-Maoist cadres detonated a landmine targeting
a BSF vehicle escorting panchayat polling personnel on
the road between Gangarampur and Sirka in the Bandwan District,
killing a BSF trooper and injuring 11 others. The Purulia District
Magistrate, Dipak Ranjan Kar, said that an encounter was continuing
with the Maoists, believed to have come into the area from neighbouring
Jharkhand's East Singhbhum District, till last reports came in.
The Maoists had earlier asked villagers to boycott the panchayat
poll in the West Midnapore and Purulia Districts.
CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed a security patrol
team on the outskirts of Jhargram town in the West Midnapore District
killing a personnel of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR). Two
others, including a Police officer, were also injured in the attack.
The extremists decamped with the rifle of the killed EFR personnel,
Diltosh Kharka and service revolver of the injured Police officer.
District Police sources said that the Maoists who had come in
three motorcycles probably had entered the state from neighbouring
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
ruled out a ban on the CPI-Maoist saying that the government would
prefer to tackle them "administratively and politically". "We
have decided not to ban the Maoists. I had made that clear a few
months ago during a meeting of chief ministers at the Prime Minister's
residence," Bhattacharjee said. Pointing out that mere bans were
not enough to isolate the Maoists from common people, he added,
"Not a single Naxalite can be spotted today in the Naxalbari area
of the Siliguri sub-division because of our concerted political
campaign against them." The chief minister said the Maoist strongholds
were in Bengal bordering Jharkhand, which provided them a safe
haven. "After committing crimes in our state, they flee to Jharkhand,
making it difficult for us to arrest them", he said. He further
said that co-ordinating with Jharkhand in dealing with the Maoists
has not yielded "much results".
Telegraph quoting an intelligence report
said that the Naxalites have started operating in the Singur area
of West Bengal and are persuading villagers to resist Tata Motors'
bid to resume work at the Nano plant. The report prepared by the
Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) and submitted to the MHA
says the extremists working under the cover of social welfare
organisations in Singur could instigate villagers to launch a
violent movement to scare away the plant workers. More than 100
youths from Maoists-infested West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia
Districts are said to be present in the Singur area in addition
to some students of the Jadavpur University known to be Naxalite
The CPIML (L), a political outfit with leanings
towards the left-wing extremists is organising the landless agricultural
labourers and sharecroppers of Singur of Hooghly District to demand
compensation from the state government for the land they lost
to the Tata Motors factory. On September 17, over 1,000 agricultural
labourers and 1,200 sharecroppers of Singur are scheduled to participate
in a rally to be held in the Barohatkalitala area of Singur. The
rally will be addressed by senior state committee members of CPIML
A left-wing extremist belonging to the TPC, identified
as Rabindranath Dasgupta was arrested from Changrabandha in Mekhliganj
of Cooch Behar District. A country-made pistol, seven rounds of
ammunition and fake notes with face value of INR 3,000 were recovered
from the arrested extremist. Cooch Behar District Superintendent
of Police Devendra Prakash Singh said, "Dasgupta is a high-ranking
Maoist leader and we are interrogating him." The Sub-divisional
judicial magistrate of Mekhliganj subsequently remanded him in
Police custody for 10 days.
Police sources said that till 1989, Dasgupta was
the Calcutta committee secretary of the MCC, which he had joined
in 1974. He had joined Third Prastuti Committee in 2004 and was
in charge of the outfit's operations and organisation in Calcutta,
Howrah and Hooghly Districts.
A CPI-M zonal committee member, Nandalal Mistri
was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Rajnagar in the Birbhum
District. Mistri, the headmaster of Agayabandh Primary School,
was on his way to school when three youths fired three rounds
at him from close range near Mohisapuri forests, killing him on
the spot. Police recovered a few Maoist posters, printed at Burdwan,
strewn around the body. Laxmi Narayan Meena, Superintendent of
Police (SP) Birbhum aid, "Following the incident, the Police have
sealed the District's border with Jharkhand. A relative of the
deceased has lodged a complaint at the local Police station. Investigations
are on but no one has been arrested so far."
Three persons, including a doctor of the West
Bengal Health Department, were killed in a landmine blast set
off by suspected CPI-Maoist in the West Midnapore District. The
health department team was returning to Belpahari after conducting
a health camp in a remote area. State Home Secretary Asoke Mohan
Chakrabarti said four landmines exploded at Chaukisol, about two
kilometres from Jharkhand border. Dhoni Ram Mandi, a doctor, Bharati
Maji, a nurse, and Bapi Mishir, the driver of the vehicle, were
killed on the spot. Villagers claimed that they had informed the
Police in the morning that "wires were lying on the road and that
a landmine could have been planted, but no action was taken.
Two persons were arrested in connection with the
explosion. West Midnapore District Police Superintendent Rajesh
Singh told "We have arrested two suspects from the Jharkhand border,
about 2 km from the explosion site near the forested area of Belpahari
village." He added, "They are not directly involved with the blast
but have connections with Maoists, who are responsible for the
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
and Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Pawan had a narrow escape when
a powerful IED, suspected to be planted by the left-wing extremists
went off moments near a culvert on the Salboni-Medinipur road
after their convoys passed through Kalaichandi in West Medinipur
District. The explosive device was attached to a wire that stretched
nearly two km across an adjoining paddy field. The blast damaged
a pilot vehicle, which was following the convoy. Six Police personnel
in the pilot vehicle were injured, two of them seriously. The
leaders were returning from Salboni after attending the foundation
laying ceremony of Jindal Steel Works' mega steel plant. Police
suspect CPI-Maoist to be behind the incident.
Three of the seven people arrested in connection
with November 2 blast in West Midnapore District are school-going
teenagers. Six were arrested on November 3, and the seventh was
arrested from West Midnapore's Lalgarh area. Five of the seven
accused are from CPI-Maoist hub of Lalgarh while two, Sahadeb
Mahato and Laxmiram Murmu are from Salboni. Sahadeb and Laxmiram
had been earlier arrested in 2006 in connection with another Maoist
blast and were out on bail.
Acting on a tip off, West Midnapore Police arrested
two "hardcore Maoists" and an alleged informer from Salboni and
Lalgarh area in connection with the Salboni blast (November 2).
A 7.65mm Bulgaria-made pistol, a 9mm pistol of Italian make, 43
bullets and Maoist literature have been seized from Sunil Hansda
alias Rimil, 25, and Sunil Mandi, 30, and Bhagabat Hansda, 40.
"The Police have come to know that Sunil Mandi and Sunil Hansda
have been carrying on operations in several places and they are
hardcore Maoists. Bhagabat Hansda is a Jharkhand Party activist,"
home secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti said after a meeting with
inspector-general of Police (law and order) Raj Kanojia.
The three students who were arrested early on
November 3 on charges of being involved in the Salboni blast in
West Bengal were released by the chief judicial magistrate of
Midnapore West, N.N. Dasgupta, after each of them submitted a
personal bond of INR 300 as Police could not furnish any evidence
in support of the charges framed against them.
Police recovered a cache of firearms and ammunition
and arrested four people in connection with stockpiling of weapons
in a water purification factory at Mangalpur More in Balurghat.
The seizure includes one 9 mm pistol, five improvised firearms
and seven rounds of live cartridge. Though the Assistant Superintendent
of Police ruled out the possibility of any terrorist group's involvement
in the incident, other sources indicated the possible involvement
of the Kamtapuri militant outfits, who have intensified their
activity in the District after the October 30 serial bomb blasts
in Assam. The outfits reportedly held meetings at Tapan and Kumarganj
in the District recently.
The tribals' agitation in West Midnapore District
has spread to neighbouring Bankura with armed villagers blocking
the highway connecting the two Districts in the Maoist-affected
Sarenga. The Santhal organisation Bharat Jakat Majhi Marwa placed
trees on the road to express solidarity with the agitation against
alleged Police atrocities in Lalgarh, 45km away. Leading a rally
at Khoer Pahari, Sibaprasad Murmu alleged that the Police often
arrest innocent villagers after branding them Maoists, adding,
"so we have decided to paralyse the administration here, as in
The CPI-Maoist has endorsed its direct involvement
in the agitations at Lalgarh in the West Midnapore District. It
has also vowed to start a similar movement in Bankura. In a press
statement circulated among a section of the media, state secretary
of the CPI-Maoist, Kanchan, admitted they were directly involved
in supporting the Lalgarh agitation "The Maoists had been agitating
in large parts of Junglemahal (Lalgarh) and will continue to do
so. We are supporting the agitation in order to convert the same
into a bigger mass agitation," Kanchan said.
A West Bengal District court sent two cadres of
the CPI-Maoist suspected of targeting Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee to 10-day Police custody. According to the verdict
of Berhampur Chief Judicial Magistrate court, Tajuddin alias Chandan
and Achintya Das are members of a Maoist action squad in the state.
The duo was arrested on November 22 with firearms from the State's
ruling Left Front constituent Revolutionary Socialist Party leader
Harman Sheikh's house in Kodalkati village of Murshidabad District.
They were carrying 25 handbills that declared Bhattacharjee and
leaders of Communist Party of India-Marxist as their targets.
Tribals launched a fresh round of agitation in
Lalgarh. Roads were dug up again at Penchapara in Salboni, 27-kolometre
from Lalgarh, and many other places like Chilgeria and some villages
between Chandra and Dherua. The CPI-Maoist leaders held meetings
at Patharkumkumi jungle near Lalgarh with the locals to decide
what the tribals would do if the administration sits with the
Polici Santrash Birodhi Janaganer Committee by November 28.
Bowing to pressure from the People's Committee
against Police Atrocities, the Midnapore West District Police
withdrew all nine Police camps from Ramgarh and Lalgarh. The Committee
had sent a deputation to the Ramgarh Police the day before and
demanded that the Police camps be withdrawn within 24 hours or
they would confine Police officers in the camps. However, the
Superintendent of Police Rajesh Singh said the decision to withdraw
the camps was taken earlier by the Government to ensure school
children could continue their studies (there were three Police
camps at schools) and also for their posting in Jhargram municipality
for the civic poll on November 30.
West Midnapore Police superintendent R. K. Singh
said that a large number of people, mostly supporters of the People's
Committee against Police Atrocities, ransacked the office of the
ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist at Belatikri in Lalgarh
and then set it ablaze. However, no one was injured in the incident.
The Midnapore West District Police released four
activists of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities,
arrested earlier for digging up the State Highway 9 at Kalaboni
in Jhargram in exchange for two top West Midnapore District officials
who were taken hostage by the Committee after its activists were
arrested. The day before, a Police party assaulted the activists
of the Committee who were digging up the highway and were dumping
tree trunks in the area.
The tribal population of Lalgarh area suspended
their agitation after signing an agreement with the administration.
The decision by the People's Committee against Police Atrocities
followed a three-hour meeting with the administration. Officials
at the meeting said the committee had agreed to call off the agitation
after an agreement on 10 issues. Meanwhile, Committee leader Chhatradhar
Mahato said, "The administration did not meet our main demand
the SP will have to visit our area and apologise for the Police
excesses on the tribals of Lalgarh after the Salboni blast (on
November 2). We are giving the administration time till December
14 to meet that demand."
Thousands of people gathered at tribal-dominated
Belpahari area of West Bengal to protest against the activities
of the CPI-Maoist in the region. West Midnapore District Police
Superintendent R.K. Singh said "Nearly 10,000 people, mostly tribals,
gathered at Bhulabheda area of Belpahari to protest against the
growing Maoist terror in the District. They held a public meeting
where many tribal representatives said they would not give any
food and shelter to the Maoist rebels."
Sudhir Mandi, a tribal leader who had played a
leading role in an anti-CPI-Maoist protest in Belpahari on December
9, was shot dead at Jordanga in the West Midnapore District. "A
week ago, Maoists had asked Mandi to dissociate himself from the
Bharat Jakat Majhi Marwa, which organised Tuesday (December 9)'s
meeting. Mandi refused to do so," said a District leader of the
Jharkhand Janmukti Morcha.
Two Police constables, identified as Totan Seth
and Chinmoiy Mondal, were killed and another constable was injured
when around 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a Police
camp at Berada in the Purulia District. The Maoists managed to
escape with three rifles.
Announcing that Gour Chakrabarty (70) would be
the spokesperson of the outfit, the CPI-Maoist said it would openly
hold meetings under the outfit's own banner instead of clandestinely
issuing press releases and pamphlets to media representatives.
Although not banned in West Bengal, the CPI-Maoist has so far
been operating as an underground outfit for fear of its members
The People's March magazine,
which is suspected to be the unofficial mouthpiece of the CPI-Maoist,
has been banned by the Ernakulam District administration in Kerala.
The District Collector banned People's March following
a report given by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Thrikkakara)
in this regard. The Additional District Magistrate has reportedly
also written to the Registrar of Newspapers (India) requesting
for an all-India ban on the magazine.
The Union Government has cleared
a special package amounting to INR 524.40 crore for strengthening
communication links and infrastructure in the four Maoist-affected
Districts. The Union Ministry of Rural Development cleared the
special package to contain Maoist activities and accelerate economic
development in the villages of the Malnad region. The package
will cover eight sub-divisions of the four Districts, namely Chikmagalur,
Shimoga, Udupi and the drought-prone Tumkur. The State Home Department
has declared these Districts as Maoist infested. Senior Police
officials have identified villages which have no roads and where
Maoists have spread their activities. "This is the only way that
we can considerably weaken the movement in Malnad areas," an unnamed
In an attempt to counter the Maoist insurgency
in some of the Districts in the Malnad region, the Union Government
will provide better road connectivity to habitations that have
a population of less than 500. Some of these habitations have
been identified as "special pockets" and are reportedly visited
by the Maoists to attract people to their movement. Acting on
a proposal of the Karnataka Government, the Union Government has
reportedly agreed to provide INR 5.37 billion as a special financial
package to build motorable roads connecting the habitations with
the main roads in a radius of around 25 kilometres. The Districts
which will benefit from the scheme include Uttara Kannada, Dakshina
Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Chikmagalur and Hassan. The Karnataka
Government has also sought inclusion of Shimoga as the topography
of the District is identical with the neighbouring Chikmagalur.
Eight naxalite supporters were arrested during
a joint operation by Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and Udupi District
Police from the Hebri-Kudlu forest area. Police sources said that
the arrested persons were waiting for the arrival of naxalites
to hand over various goods. A single barrel gun, 30 detonators,
two gelatin sticks, one motorcycle, naxal literature and a naxal
flag were recovered from the arrested persons. During interrogation,
the arrested persons admitted they were regularly supplying food
and other materials to the naxalites.
Naxalites pasted handbills in Karkala of Udupi
District asking people to boycott the polls to the state legislative
assembly. The handbills pasted on the bus stand, on the walls
of shops and water tanks said that the polls would not bring relief
to people's miseries since all the political parties involved
in the polls are only after their gain. "Only the Naxals can assure
support to the peasants in their struggle against Special Economic
Zones and eviction of forest dwellers," the posters stated. A
six-member naxal team also roamed through the area with banners
seeking support of the farmers for their ideology.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead two civilians near
Hebri in the Udupi District on. A six-member gang of Maoists intruded
into the house of a school teacher, Bhoja Shetty, and fired indiscriminately,
killing him on the spot. Maoists also shot his brother-in-law,
Suresh Shetty, who succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Home Minister Dr V S Acharya clarified that the
State government would not hold any negotiations with Naxalites
who do not believe in democratic principles. He further said that
rooting out Naxalism is the sole intention of the State Government.
"Stringent actions will be taken against the organisations indulging
in anti-social activities. The government has plans to ban certain
organisations, which are suspected to be encouraging terrorism,"
A group of 12 Naxalites led by B.G. Krishnamurthy
and Mundagar Lata raided the house of a merchant located near
Kerekatte in the Sringeri taluk (revenue division) of Chikamagalur
District and looted a single barrel gun, INR 27,000 in cash, mobile
phone and essential commodities.
Media reports indicate that the Naxal groups operating
in the four Districts of coastal and Malnad Karnataka are facing
major setbacks owing to internal differences. These groups consisting
of 50-53 people operating under the names Varahi, Malnad, Karavali
and Netravati, are led by B G Krishnamurti, Mundagaru Lata, Mandegadde
Prabha and Hebri Vikram Gowda. There is disillusionment amongst
the leaders on issues like surrendering to the government. While
the first three seem to have lost interest in the Naxal movement
and have decided to surrender to the government, the group headed
by Hebri Vikram Gowda opposes such an idea.
Three suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist and a
Police constable were killed while a suspected woman cadre escaped
following an encounter in a forest area near Mavinahola in the
Mudigere taluk (revenue division) of Chikmagalur District.
The slain Maoists were identified as G. Manohar from Shimoga District,
Naveen from Raichur District and Abhishek from Banakal in Mudigere
taluk in Chikmagalur District while the Police constable was identified
as Guruprasad, attached to the Karnataka State Reserve Police
in Madikeri. A grenade and a revolver were also recovered by the
Police from the incident site.
The Karnataka Government said that the drive against
Maoists would continue but at the same time it was ready for talks
if the insurgents lay down their weapons. The Home Minister V.
S. Acharya said, "We will continue with the exercise against Naxals.
However, the Government is ready for talks, provided they give
up arms." He also alleged that certain vested interests were behind
the growth of Naxalite movement in the State in an attempt to
disturb the investment climate.
Secretary of the Kodagu District Democratic Youth
Federation of India (DYFI), P.R. Bharat, condemned the recent
statements issued by a few organisations against it and denied
that the DYFI had links with Maoists or the Karnataka Forum for
Dignity. Bharat denied the statements of the Cauvery Sene and
a few other organisations saying that the DYFI was acting as the
mouthpiece of Kerala and was responsible for bringing a divide
between the plantation holders and workers.
Naxalites left behind a warning message on a hand
bill pasted on the wall of a shop at Nuralbettu village in the
Udupi District. The message warned informers of dire consequences
and said they would meet the fate of Sitanadi Bhoja Shetty who
was recently shot dead by the Naxalites despite being provided
with a licensed gun by the Police.
The Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya said
that the Government is competent enough to combat Naxalite activities
in the State and an Anti-Naxal Force has already been formed for
this purpose. Acharya said that Naxalite activities were limited
to Chikmagalur, Mangalore, Udupi and Shimoga Districts.
A group five armed Naxalites visited Kabbinale
village in the Udupi District. The group reportedly woke up a
fair price shop owner and asked him to provide them with three
quintals of rice. The shop owner was also threatened if the demand
is not fulfilled.
A civilian, identified as Keshav Yadiyal, brother
of the general secretary of the District unit of the Janata Dal
(Secular) Jagadish Yadiyal, was shot dead and his jeep was burnt
by a group of suspected Naxalites at Yedageri near Hallihole village
in the Udupi District. Yadiyal's wife and son were also assaulted
by the Naxalites at their house in this village. The Naxalites
had previously asked the family to give them huge amount of food
grains and money, which was denied.
The Udupi District Police and ANF personnel intensified
combing operations following the killing of Keshav Yadiyal, a
resident of Yedageri on December 7.
Suspected Maoist activities have been reported
from Melusunka village of Hosanagar taluk in the Shimoga
District. The extremists reportedly looted food grain of the villagers
and threatened them not to inform the Police about the incident.
Later, the Anti-Naxal Force personnel carried out a combing operation
in the area.
According to Indian Express,
the Delhi Police has identified 16 Police stations as prone to
"Maoist infiltration". 12 of these stations reportedly fall in
the north-west Police District. The threat has forced the security
apparatus to plan for an anti-Naxalite cell in the city, said
Intelligence sources. Sources in Delhi Police said senior officers
are in touch with their counterparts in the Maoist -affected States
such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal.
"The arrangement is essentially for intelligence sharing to check
the spread of ultra-Left extremism in Delhi," a Police source
said. About the proposed anti-Naxalite cell, sources said it has
been planned on the lines of the anti-terror unit of Special Cell.
Sources stated that "Unlike the Special Cell, which attempts to
thwart terrorist activities in general, the focus of this cell
would entirely be on containing Maoist extremism." Delhi Police
Commissioner Y S Dadwal neither confirmed nor denied the proposal
of forming an anti-Naxalite cell but said that the city Police
are looking into Naxalite menace with "seriousness".
The Jharkhand Police along with their counterparts
in Delhi arrested a CPI-Maoist leader from his hideout in the
national capital New Delhi. The arrested leader, identified as
Alokji, is one of the founder members of left-wing extremism movement
in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Police sources
said that the Maoist leader was taking shelter at the residence
of an acquaintance when he was arrested in a joint operation of
the Jharkhand and Delhi Police. Alokji is believed to be behind
the planning and execution of the Jehanabad jailbreak in Bihar
and the Giridih arms loot in Jharkhand.
A CPI-Maoist leader, identified
as Satendra Kushwaha, was arrested in the Sonebhadra District.
He is one of the prime accused in an attack on a Police station
in the Rohtas District of Bihar recently and figured prominently
in the wanted list of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh Police.
The report further said that the arrest followed Intelligence
inputs regarding left-wing extremists using Uttar Pradesh's cities
and Bundelkhand forests as save havens after executing attacks
on Police stations in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Munnoo Pal,
carrying a head money of INR 20,000, was arrested from his hideout
at Chopan area in the Sonebhadra District. The arrested Maoist
was active in the area for many years and involved in several
criminal acts. Some arms and explosives were also recovered from
Babita, the Uttar Pradesh unit chief of the Women
Guerrilla Squad of the CPI-Maoist carrying a head money of INR
20,000, was arrested from Mau village near the Vijaygarh Fort
by the Sonebhadra District Police. A .9 mm pistol of American
make and six cartridges were recovered from her possession. With
the arrest, Police claimed to have exposed some Maoist plans,
including the one to blow up the Sasaram Jail in Bihar. Ram Kumar,
the District Superintendent of Police, said, "Babita, who joined
the extremist movement five years ago, was wanted for murder,
dacoity and robbery. The cash reward on her head was announced
from Lucknow in 2006."
Uttar Pradesh Police arrested seven persons in
the Etah District for allegedly running a fake arms licence racket
that could have helped Naxalites procure guns from Uttar Pradesh.
The District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), S.K. Singh,
said that arms had been purchased using the fake licenses made
by the arrested persons. Police also sealed a gun dealers' shop
that allegedly sold firearms against fake licences. The SSP said,
"We have sealed one arms shop, the Raj Gun House, from where at
least 48 firearms were sold against fake licences in the last
three years. When we got in touch with the CID of Bihar Police,
we learnt that some of the weapons seized from Naxalites there
were bought from shops in Etah." "We suspect some of these weapons,
purchased using dubious gun licences, have gone to the Naxalites",
3100 electronic detonators were seized by the
Police on Platform No. 3 of Mughalsarai station. Two persons carrying
the consignment managed to flee after dropping the bag. These
detonators were also made in the Nalgonda explosive manufacturing
factory. Police sources said that the seizures indicate the possibility
of a strike planned by the left-wing extremists in the region.
In both the cases, the detonators were being taken to Mirzapur
which along with Chandauli and Sonebhadra Districts bordering
Jharkhand and Bihar has been the base of extremist activities
in Uttar Pradesh.
2,400 detonators were seized from two civilians,
identified as Ravikant Kumar and Shrawan Kumar belonging to Rohtas
District, at Mughalsarai railway station. Police sources said
that both persons were intercepted by the Police when they alighted
from the Gaya-Mughalsarai Passenger train at around 12-30 pm (IST).
While Ravikant, who was carrying 1,400 detonators in a bag, was
arrested by the Police, the other person managed to escape leaving
behind a consignment of 1,000 detonators. The detonators were
manufactured by AP Explosive Private Limited, Nalgonda in Andhra
Pradesh and Haryana Explosive Private Limited. Interrogation revealed
that the two persons were carriers who had been given the consignment
by an unidentified person at Dehri in Rohtas District. Ravikant
told the Police that twice before in May he had delivered two
separate consignments of 1,000 and 700 detonators in Mirzapur.
Indian Express reported that recent activities
by left-wing extremists have been noticed in Ghazipur, Ballia,
Deoria areas where Maoists have tried to influence locals to join
their fold with the help of several supporting organisations.
Maoists reportedly have formed squads in Allahabad's Sahankargarh
area and the Chitrakoot District.
Two persons were arrested for alleged possession
of 1100 detonators and 100 kilograms of commercial explosive Ammonium
Nitrate. Police officer L.R. Bhasker said, "Jitendra Kumar alias
Babloo and Amresh Patel were arrested from the Ahrohra in Mirzapur
District, about 300 km from Lucknow… We cannot rule out the possibility
of their involvement with Naxalites."
Police arrested Bitni alias Nirmala, a woman cadre
of the MCC, in the Sonebhadra District. Sonebhadra Superintendent
of Police Ramkumar said, "We received information about the movement
of a Maoist group and laid a trap. About a dozen Maoists fled
but the woman wing commander was arrested on Tuesday night." Bitni's
husband Ramvrikhsa Kol is an 'area commander' of the outfit. Nirmala
carried a cash reward of INR 25000 and was wanted in connection
with over 20 criminal cases.
In a joint operation, the Sonebhadra District
Police and the CRPF personnel arrested a suspected naxalite near
Anjani village in the jungles of Machi. The arrested cadre was
identified as Mahendra Kharwar, who was carrying a bounty of INR
5,000. His accomplice, however, managed to escape. A self-loading
rifle (SLR) and 80 cartridges were recovered from the slain extremist's
possession. The weapon was part of the 15 SLRs stolen by naxalites
from a Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) camp in Ahiraura area
of Mirzapur District in 2001.
A Police team carrying out a combing operation
near village Ranideeh under Kon Police circle in the Sonebhadra
District recovered 10 kilograms of crude bombs and gelatin sticks
in a container. A First Information Report (FIR) against unnamed
left-wing extremists was registered in this connection.
Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested
along with 40 detonators and two country-made pistols in Maidhi
village of Chandauli District, 270 kilometres from state capital
Lucknow. Police officials told that the arrested Maoists belong
to Bihar and were planning explosions in Uttar Pradesh. Documents
about forthcoming Maoist meetings in Uttar Pradesh were recovered
Sudama Uraon, a Naxalite wanted in connection
with the murder of a divisional forest officer (DFO) was arrested
following an encounter at Mankala village in Uttar Pradesh's Sonebhadra
District.. Police sources said that a gun and 30 cartridges were
recovered from his possession. A native of Bhabhua District in
Bihar, Uraon had been absconding since 2002 after the murder of
DFO Sanaj Singh in Rohtash. Uraon carried a cash reward of over
INR 100,000 on his head.
A senior Naxalite 'area commander', identified
as Shatrughan, was killed in an encounter with the Police personnel
at Belach village in the Sonbhadra District. Some of his associates,
however, managed to escape. Shatrughan was carrying a reward of
INR 20,000 on his head. A cache of arms, including a revolver,
a double barrel gun and cartridges were recovered from the slain
According to the sources in Uttar Pradesh Home
Ministry, explosives meant for mining activities in the State
are being diverted to Naxalites to carry out strikes in the other
States. "A large number of recoveries of explosives from the Naxalite-infested
Districts of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra and other parts
of the State have revealed that the Naxalites are exploiting their
links with the people involved in mining activities to carry out
strikes in other States," a senior Home Ministry official told.
This year till November, 34348 detonators, 3226
electric detonators, 700 kilograms of explosive, 43 gelatin rods,
1,883 safety fuses, 32.76 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and 200 explosive
rods were recovered from different parts of the State. Most of
the recoveries were from the Naxalite-affected Chandauli, Mirzapur
and Sonebhadra Districts, which are also known for mining activities.
While 30,000 detonators and 3,100 electric detonators were recovered
from Chandauli, over 32 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 54 detonators
and 20 electronic detonators were recovered from Sonebhadra. From
Mirzapur 2.6 quintal of ammonium nitrate, 1373 detonators, 100
electric detonators were recovered.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, belonging to Jharkhand
and Bihar, were arrested by the Police at Gharauli of Kotwali
Police station in the Sonebhadra District. Two locally-made guns
and cartridges along with Maoist literature were recovered from
the possession of the arrested extremists.
Police arrested a suspected person from village
Batau in the CPI-Maoist affected Chandauli District. A cache of
arms and ammunition, including 500 detonators and 50 kg ammonium
nitrate, was recovered from his possession.
A team of Tamil Nadu Special
Task Force (STF) killed a Maoist, identified as Ravin Prasad,
in the Kodaikanal forest area of Teni District. Three other Maoists,
however, managed to escape. Police sources said that the slain
Maoist had received arms training at Dharmapuri and was an expert
in handling various sophisticated arms.
A team of Police personnel, including those from
the Naxal Special Duty wing and the Special Task Force, conducted
combing operations in the Hogenakkal forest area of Dharmapuri
District to check infiltration of Naxalites from the neighbouring
States. The Hindu reports that the operations were carried out
in Akkamalaimaduvu, Natrampalayam, Chinnar, Ottarmalai and Hogenakkal.
However, no one was arrested.
Two separate joint combing operations were carried
out by the Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri District Police, including
the anti-Naxalite Special Division and the Forests Department,
to check the movement of Naxalites in the forests and adjoining
villages in both the Districts. Combing operations were conducted
since the Naxalites were reportedly distributing pamphlets and
books in the Peddamugilalam area of Denkanikottai block recently.
Media reports indicated that CPI-Maoist from Andhra
Pradesh are entering Tamil Nadu and are spreading out to various
Districts to engage in sabotage activities. The Maoists also had
entered Virudhunagar District and were luring students to join
their movement. They were also offering financial assistance to
poor students. Some Maoists were reportedly roaming at the Virudhunagar
railway station and were questioned by the Police. The Police,
meanwhile, have set up check posts at Virudhunagar, Varamanagunda,
Doddamanju, Peddamugalalam in a bid to prevent the Maoists from
entering the State.
The Tamil Nadu DGP, K. P. Jain, said that the
Police have identified Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Dindigul and Theni
Districts as the possible CPI-Maoist affected areas. However,
the Police has successfully foiled their attempts to get a foothold
in Tamil Nadu, the DGP added, saying, "We are aware that CPI-Maoist
are making attempts to sneak into these Districts. But we are
proactive and would prevent any such move."
Manohar Parrikar, leader of opposition
in the Goa legislative assembly said that the naxalite activities
are spreading to the state. "In the last two or three years there
have been Naxal activities in the state. There are Naxals from
the tribal areas of Jharkhand who have links with CPI (ML), a
banned organisation operating in the state", he said while chairing
the Goa Legislative Assembly ad hoc committee on home affairs.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kishan Kumar said, "We are fully
aware of the sensitivity of the issue." A top Police official
confirmed that the Goa Police have prepared a report on naxal
activity in the state that would be soon submitted to the government.
The report clearly states that at the present time the group may
not be an apparent cause of concern, but if not checked it could
quickly turn into a serious law and order problem. According to
the report, a group of about seven persons, three of them from
Goa, having Naxal links are operating in the mining areas under
the guise of uplifting the underprivileged. Targeting the mining
areas of Bicholim, Quepem and Sanguem, the group has often spoken
briefly, yet powerfully against mining activities, Police harassment
and people's rights.
The Goa government ruled out any naxal activities
in the state. "We have kept a watch but as of now there are no
such activities happening in Goa," Director General of Police
(DGP) B S Brar told reporters at state capital Panaji.
A naxalite woman cadre, wanted
in several cases and carrying a reward of INR 30,000, was arrested
on September 21 from Kodhapar forest area in the Balaghat District.
Identified as Kamla, the extremist is an active member of Tanda
dalam and has been involved in various incidents including
murders and gun battles with the Police. Balaghat Superintendent
of Police Harinarayanchari Mishra said that the arrest would help
Police bust the network of Maoists in the region.
Last month, Police had arrested
Kamla's sister Nirmala, who was an active member of the Malajkhand
dalam and carried a reward of INR 20,000, from Mate village in
Balaghat. Both had joined the banned outfit about a decade ago.