Chhattisgarh Timeline 2009
Five tribals were killed in separate
attacks by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the forested stretches of
Bijapur District. The dead bodies were found dumped on roadsides
along the national highways connecting Bijapur-Bhopalpattanam
and Bijapur-Geedam in the Dantewada District. "All the deceased
are male and tribals. They were killed with sharp edged weapons,"
said Ankit Garg, Bijapur District Superintendent of Police (SP).
The Director General of Police
(DGP), Vishwa Ranjan said that the State Government has planned
to raise an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) by training 1,000 Policemen
to tackle terrorists. "We have decided to convert State Police's
third battalion into an ATS that will be purely used to tackle
terror attacks," he said, adding, "The ATS commandos will be kept
ready purely for anti-terror operations and to be employed in
operations against Maoists only in emergency cases." The DGP also
said that the ATS commandos, selected from Policemen below 30
years, will be given "tough training in a phased manner in the
State, and then the central Government will be requested to arrange
their highly specialised commando training".
The Para-military personnel of the Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF) along with the District Police force and Special
Police Officers (SPOs) launched a combing operation in the District
to track down the extremists.
The Chhattisgarh Governor, E. S. L. Narasimhan,
said that the State Government would set up an ATS and also take
a slew of other measures to strengthen the Security apparatus
to effectively fight terror and the Maoist threat. Addressing
the first session of the newly-elected State Legislative Assembly,
he termed terrorism and left-wing extremism as the worst internal
Security problems being faced by the country today. He also said
the proposed ATS, which would consist of highly trained commandos,
would be deployed at the State as well as the District headquarters.
He also said the State Government had decided to convert a Chhattisgarh
Armed Forces battalion into a Commando unit. Narasimhan said the
Government would also establish Anti-Terrorist Control Rooms and
Analysis Group at the State and District headquarters to compile,
analyse and share information relating to terror elements with
the Security Forces (SFs) of neighbouring States and Central agencies.
Reviewing the progress of the Pradhanmantri Gram
Sadak Yojana (PMGSY, Prime Minister's Village Road Construction
Scheme), the Minister for Panchayat (village-level self-Government
institution) and Rural Development, Ram Vichar Netam, said in
capital Raipur the State Government is facing difficulties in
implementing the PMGSY in the CPI-Maoist affected areas, leading
to delay in taking up construction of 441 roads in the State.
"Construction of roads in remote Naxalite (left-wing extremist)
areas has to be taken up on a priority basis. We will seek the
help of Police and para-military personnel to provide Security
cover, wherever necessary," Netam said. More than INR 3.09 billion
has been earmarked for the construction of these 441 roads under
the PMGSY in the Maoist affected areas but the work either did
not begin, or had to be abandoned at some places following threat
from the insurgents.
A passenger bus was set ablaze by cadres of the
CPI-Maoist in Maddedu forests of Dantewada District. Maoists stopped
the bus by barricading the road some 100 km away from the Chhattisgarh
and Andhra Pradesh border and forced the passengers to get down
before setting it on fire. Maoists had earlier warned against
operation of the inter-State bus service along the forest route.
Speaking in favour of the Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist
vigilante movement) campaign, Chief Minister Raman Singh said
the State Government would continue giving protection to tribals
who were involved in the "anti-Maoist" movement in the State.
In two separate incidents, four persons, including
three SPOs, were killed by the Maoists in Bijapur District. SP
J.S. Watti said suspected left-wing extremists had killed three
persons, including two SPOs, in Aramangi village and one SPO in
the Belchar village. According to him, the CPI-Maoist cadres are
increasingly targeting Policemen and SPOs in Bijapur District
"out of desperation." He added "They are selectively killing Police
and SPOs to create a reign of terror in the District as we have
eliminated 11 hardcore Naxalites in recent months."
15 cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed and three
SPOs were injured during an encounter in the forest areas of Gollapalli
of Dantewada District. The encounter took place when the SFs opened
fire on a group of armed Maoists during a search operation. "It's
a big success. The Police are trying to capture several rebels
alive who received bullet wounds in the gun battle and are attempting
to run away under the cover of darkness," said Rahul Sharma, the
District SP. The Police also recovered a large cache of arms and
ammunition from the encounter site.
Another Maoist was shot dead by the Police in
the Mankedi forest area of Bijapur District.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh, speaking
on the vote of thanks on the Governor's speech in the State Legislative
Assembly, said that Salwa Judum is the answer to get rid
of the CPI-Maoist menace in the State. He further said that Salwa
Judum began as the people of Bastar region wanted to stop
Maoist atrocities and this movement would continue till the menace
A cadre belonging to the Jan Militia of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Nanda, committed suicide by hanging himself in the
CRPF custody in Aranpur village of Dantewada District.
A Legislator of the opposition Congress party
from the Konta constituency, Kawasi Lakhma, said that "since early
2005, neither Police nor Government officials nor I myself have
dared to visit the 60 villages where insurgents have total monopoly.
People's life in my segment is like hell they have nothing to
eat. About 50,000 innocent tribals in my constituency alone have
migrated to neighbouring Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh since
June 2005 when the fight between Salwa Judum cadres and Maoists
began. Due to fights between Salwa Judum cadres and the
rebels, the local weekly market system, which was a lifeline for
the entire Dantewada District, has almost become non-existent."
The DGP of Chhattisgarh, Vishawa Ranjan, said
that commandos of the ATS of Chhattisgarh, which came into existence
on January 10, will not only tackle terrorist attacks like those
witnessed in Mumbai, but will also be employed for anti-Maoist
insurgency operations during any emergency. He said, "ATS came
into existence January 10. The ATS commandos are now ready to
respond to any terror challenge at very short notice," adding,
"tough training" will be provided by the State Government to the
commandos in a phased manner. In addition, the central Government
will be requested to provide their "highly specialised commando
training". Commandos up to the age of 30 years will be employed
in the ATS. "Anti-terrorist control rooms have also been set up
in all the 18 Districts to deal with possible terror attacks and
Maoists," said home department officials.
The CPI-Maoist has decided to strengthen the Maoist's
influence in Maharashtra by merging of its Maharashtra operations
with that of the larger and stronger Dandkarenya committee, active
in Chhattisgarh, at a recent meeting in the jungles of Gadhchiroli
District in Maharashtra. As of now, left-wing extremism in Maharashtra
is confined to only 4-5 Districts, comprising of Chandrapur, Bhandara,
Gondia and Gadhchiroli, and the Maoists did not pose much of a
challenge to the State Police due to their limited operational
capabilities. By the merger of Maharashtra operations with the
more powerful Dandkaranya committee - which is successfully engaging
counter-Naxal forces in south Chhattisgarh, including the Special
Task Force, Central Reserve Police Force and the Commando Battalions
for Resolute Action battalion - the CPI-Maoist cadres hoped to
carry over the operational successes in Dandkarenya to the adjoining
Districts of Maharashtra. This would also further facilitate the
inter-State operations of the Maoists.
The Chhattisgarh Police has discovered documents
exposing the CPI-Maoist's latest strategy to identify and target
Police informers in the villages and also hit at soft targets
in a bid to lay traps for the Police.
Two Policemen were killed and a woman Police constable
went missing after the CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate
fire on a Police team in a thickly forested area of Pakhanjoor
in the Kanker District. According to Police sources, the Maoists
opened fire on six Policemen riding motorcycles in a hilly stretch
killing a Policeman on the spot, while another succumbed to his
injuries in the hospital. One woman Police constable went missing
following the incident. Three other Policemen returned to a Police
Station. The attack occurred almost an hour before the Forest
Minister Vikram Usendi was scheduled to cross the area.
The Chhattisgarh Police has said the CPI-Maoist
cadres are recruiting minor girls as part of a stepped-up drive
to get members for the Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh, a women's
wing of the CPI-Maoist. "Maoist militants are now on a stepped-up
drive to recruit minors, mainly female adolescents, because it's
easier to brainwash them. The forced recruitment drive in the
Bastar hinterland is now basically to fill up hundreds of slots
vacated due to mass desertion of the CPI-Maoist cadres due to
relentless Police pressure and exposure of the myth of Maoist
ideology," Pawan Deo, a senior Special Intelligence Branch officer
said. The Director General of Police, Vishwa Ranjan, stated that,
"some 30 percent or 15,000 of a total of 50,000 armed rebels are
female insurgents who actively participate in carrying out major
strikes against civilians and Police forces."
Meanwhile, taking in view of the Government official's
reluctance to join posting in the CPI-Maoist affected areas, the
Chhattisgarh Government is considering a proposal to divide the
State into three administrative zones for transfer and posting
purposes and make three-year posting in each of them mandatory
for all officers and employees. "Either you work in one zone now
or three years later but you cannot escape transfer from one region
to another after three-year period. People who have been posted
in various places of the affected regions for long have grown
weary of working in the tense situation and therefore their replacement
and new posting in their place is a must for among other things
the implementation of the scheme in a time-bound manner in Bastar
region," said an unnamed Government source. The move is aimed
at accelerating the development work in areas known for a strong
Maoist presence like Bastar, Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur and
other Districts, the report added.
More than 150 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set
ablaze a bus after looting the passengers on board at Manikanta
village in Dantewada District. "The Naxals asked the passengers
to disembark the bus and looted valuables from them," said Rahul
Sharma, the District SP. Before leaving, the Maoists broke the
fuel tank of the vehicle and set it on fire. The Maoists also
left a note saying the incident was in retaliation to the Police
action against them in Singavaram on January 8, he added.
The Andhra Pradesh Police with the help of the
Army and the Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested two commandants,
who had deserted the Kondabaridi area committee of the Srikakulam
Division of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Biddika Paintho and
his wife Biddika Parvathi, from the Yankiyang area of Arunachal
Pradesh on January 22. Paintho and Parvathi carried a head money
of INR 300,000 and INR 200,000 respectively. Paintho was an offender
in a series of 17 cases.
At least five CPI-Maoist cadres were shot dead
by the Police during an encounter in the Bijapur District under
Bastar Division. According to Police sources, a huge cache of
arms and explosives was also recovered from the encounter site.
An abducted woman constable, identified as Kiran
Usendi, was set free by the CPI-Maoist in the Pakhanjoor forest
stretch of Kanker District. She went missing when the Maoists
attacked a Police team in which two Policemen were killed on January
More than 400 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist barged
into a vehicle garage of a contractor, K.A. Papachand, and set
ablaze 24 vehicles after threatening the workers of dire consequences
if they raised any alarm at Kirandul in the Dantewada District.
More than 30 armed Maoists set ablaze four machines
of a construction company engaged in road work between Bhanupratappur
and Antagarh in the Kanker District. They also abducted the vehicle
drivers but released them later.
Three abducted Policemen, identified as Lakhan
Netam, Chandrasekhar Thakur and Ramprakahs Tiwari of Amabeda Police
Station, were released by the CPI-Maoist in the Kanker District.
The released Policemen said they were abducted when they had gone
to Sode village under Amabeda Police Station to make telephone
calls to their homes. The extremists also took their mobile handsets
and two motor cycles. According to the Police, the Maoists had
taken them deep into the forest, tied them to trees and threatened
them to quit the Police service.
Over 4,500 kilograms of marijuana worth nearly
INR 10 million and INR 46,000 were recovered from three people
during a search operation conducted by the CRPF personnel in the
Maoist infested Khammam District.
The chief of Badgaon village, identified as Lakhmaram
Gaode, was abducted and later killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist
as they suspected him of being a Police informer in the Kanker
District. Gaode, who was abducted on January 26, was found dead
near Bhanupratappur Road, about seven kilometres from Badgaon.
The CPI-Maoist killed 241 people, including Policemen,
in Chhattisgarh between January 1, 2008 and January 12, 2009,
said the Home Minister of Chhattisgarh, Nankiram Kanwar, in a
written reply to the State Legislative Assembly. Kanwar also said
the Police killed 82 Maoists during the same period and arrested
164 insurgents besides 431 village level cadres called `Sangham
While perusing the Action Taken Report filed by
the Chhattisgarh Government, the Supreme Court said that the Government
cannot arm common men or those associated with the Salwa Judum
to curb violence perpetrated by the CPI-Maoist. "We do not underestimate
the enormity of the problem (Naxalism). But State should not encourage
the common man by arming them to fight Naxalites," a Bench comprising
Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam observed.
The Bench said, "...arming common men will create a dangerous
situation... unless legal powers are vested, you can't arm people.
Common men are under dilemma whether to support the Government
or Naxalites." The Bench was of the view that instead of arming
common men, the State Governments should properly utilise the
funds granted to them under schemes sponsored by the Centre for
the economic upliftment of the villagers and tribals.
As many as 400 COBRA personnel have reached a
camp of the CRPF in the Masgaon of Bastar District on February
5 to join the anti-Naxalite operations. The rest of 657 personnel
of the battalion are expected to be in Bastar by April 2009, official
sources said. The Centre has agreed to provide two COBRA battalions
to tackle the growing Maoist threat.
The State Government allocated INR 9.41 billion,
a hike of 22 percent from the 2008 allocation, for the modernization
of the Police force to tackle the threat posed by the CPI-Maoist.
"The Government is committed to combat Maoist or Naxalite violence.
The steep budgetary hike of 22 percent for the Police is made
with special focus on security related infrastructure needs in
the worst affected District of Bijapur and Dantewada," said Chef
Minister Raman Singh after presenting the budget in the State
Legislative Assembly. "Now the cops strength at each Police outpost
will go up to 27 as against the earlier figure of just eight and
at Police Stations the number will touch 65 as against the existing
set up of 32," he added.
Addressing the State Legislative Assembly the
State Home Minister, Nankuram Kanwar, said that about 480 people
have been killed in 1,190 incidents of violence involving the
CPI-Maoist between April 2007 and January 15, 2009 in Chhattisgarh.
"277 civilians, 49 SPOs and 154 Policemen were killed in incidents
of CPI-Maoist violence during the period," Kanwar said. During
the current financial year till January 15, 2009, there had been
556 Maoist related violence in the State, in which 54 Policemen
have been killed, he added. In a written reply to a question,
he said there had been 450 incidents in Bijapur, 72 in Bastar,
174 in Narayanpur, 262 in Dantewada, 160 in Kanker, 29 in Rajnandgaon,
22 in Balrampur, six each in Raipur and Durg Districts, four in
Surajpur, two in Koriya and one in Jashpur District.
A woman 'section commander' belonging to the Milita
dalam of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Rame alias Ranjita, was
arrested by the Police near a bus stop in the Dhanmtari District.
She is wanted in several cases, including the attack on the Rani
Bodli camp on March 15, 2007, in which 55 SF personnel were killed,
besides the killing of SF personnel in Gadchairoli in Maharashtra
and Kanker, Dantewada and Narayapur in the past. The Superintendent
of Police of Dhanmtari, Neha Champawat, said. "Rame, who is the
wife of Bandu Mandavi of Dornapal village in Dantewada District,
had come for some medical treatment to Dhamtari.'' The Police
also recovered a diary containing vital information about Maoist
incidents and INR 1000 from her possession.
Chief Minister Raman Singh has asked the Maoists
to shun the path of violence and come forward for talks. "The
channel of talks was never shut. We have been asking Naxalites
to shun the path of violence and come forward for talks. Now,
as there was a reported talk offer by them, the Government is
ready to reciprocate," Singh said, adding, "I have no objection
to anybody mediating in the talks. It will be the Government officials,
may be the Director General of Police who could represent the
Government at the initial level of talk, if at all it happens,
so that we could measure the real intention of the Naxalites.
If anything positive comes out from this, then the political class
would be involved in the talk."
Around 20 armed CPI-Maoist cadres in an attempt
to block communication between villagers and Police looted the
BSNL cellular and WLL phones from residents of Churhatpat village
under Samri Police Station in the Balrampur District. Two villagers,
identified as Sagar Yadav and Bandhan Ram, were assaulted for
having given land to the BSNL to erect mobile towers. The land
owners were asked to take their land back from the BSNL, Police
said. Subsequently, the Maoists set ablaze the BSNL generator
by using the diesel in its fuel tank at Sabagh village nearby.
The Police arrested two persons, identified as
Bhola Bagh and his wife Ruchi alias Sunita, for their involvement
in the CPI-Maoist related activities from Bhilai in the Durg District.
According to Police sources, the couple was involved in several
Maoist related activities in the State, including providing shelter
to Maoists in their residence at Maroda in Bhilai. The Police
were searching for them ever since an arrested CPI-Maoist cadre,
Rama, had given vital information about the logistic support she
had got in Bhilai.
Three CRPF personnel were killed and nine others
injured in an ambush carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres when
the CRPF team was patrolling at village Mankapal under Koilibeda
Police Station in the Kanker District. The Maoists first detonated
a powerful landmine targeting the Security Forces who narrowly
managed to escape the blast. Subsequently, the Maoists opened
indiscriminate fire targeting the CRPF personnel killing three
of them while injuring nine others.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the Security
Force personnel when they were on their way to the famous local
festival Mauli Mela in the Narayanpur District. "During
the interrogation, they admitted to their involvement in several
encounters and bombing incidents in the District, following which
they were formally arrested today," said Superintendent of Police
of Narayanpur District Amresh Mishra.
In two separate incidents, the Police arrested
seven CPI-Maoist cadres in the Kanker District. While four Maoists,
carrying a head money of INR 5000 each, identified as Kanglu,
Sukalu, Satte and Kunjuram, were arrested at Koylibeda, three
others, Sadhuram, Binsar and Khemraj, were arrested from Antagad.
In the wake of Maoists attacking a railway Station
in the neighboring Orissa and the 24-hour general shutdown call
by the CPI-Maoist in five States, the Chhattisgarh Government
has stepped up security arrangements within the State. Security
at Chhattisgarh's borders with Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Jharkhand
has been tightened while additional forces have been deployed
in railway lines, border and railway Police Stations, said the
Deputy Inspector General Pavan Dev.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist 'area commander',
identified as Krishna Singh Khairwar, while many others managed
to escape during a search operation in the Balrampur District.
The arrested extremist was involved in several cases, including
an attempt to kill an Inspector General of Police of Sarguja range,
B. S. Maravi, in which he was seriously injured. Two locally made
pistols and cartridges were also recovered from the arrested Maoist.
Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed
and another was arrested by the Police during an encounter at
Badgai village in the Bastar District. Police also recovered some
unspecified number of arms and ammunition from the encounter site.
One person, identified as Pradeep Amla, a Government
school teacher, was killed when cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened
indiscriminate fire on a passenger bus in the Bijapur District.
Two others persons were injured in the incident.
A Special Police Officer, identified as Ramaram
Mincham, who was living in a Salwa Judum camp along with
his family members for safety reasons, was stabbed to death by
CPI-Maoist cadres at a weekly market in Chindawar village in the
Five tons of explosives and ammunition, including
17,500 rounds of rifle ammunition and 1550 bullets, was recovered
by the Police from a truck during a search operation at a check
post on the Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand border in Jashpur District.
The Police suspect the explosives were meant for the CPI-Maoist
which is planning to disrupt the Parliament elections in the State.
A class nine student, identified as Surju Nareti,
son of a Special Police Officer who was killed in 2008, was shot
at and then stabbed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the presence of
teachers and fellow students in the forested interiors of Koyalibeda
in the Kanker District. The Maoists suspected him to be a Police
informer. "Nareti was surrounded by three Maoists clad in civil
dress when he completed his exam and came out of the school complex.
Fearing for his life, he ran back into the school and the Maoists
chased him and shot him dead," said Ajay Yadav, the District Superintendent
Police identified 33 villages on the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh
border as being highly Maoist-affected and consequently needing
special attention during the forthcoming election. The decision
was taken in a co-ordination meeting of the Superintendent of
Police of the Maoist affected Districts of Andhra Pradesh and
Chhattisgarh at Kothagudem in the Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh.
While, 20 of the villages were identified in Khammam District,
13 others were in the Dantewada and Bijapur Districts of Chhattisgarh.
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted and later killed
four tribals, suspecting them as Police informers, in the Bijapur
District. "The rebels had abducted four men, all aged around 30,
late Sunday from Tarlaguda village. Their bodies were recovered
on Monday from a hilly area," said Superintendent of Police Ankit
A constable, identified as Ashwani Kumar, was
killed and two other Policemen were injured in an hour-long encounter
which followed a bomb blast by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a
combing operation in a forested stretch of Narayanpur District.
According to Police sources, the encounter occurred in the early
morning when a 75-member Police squad was on its way to neutralise
a Maoist hideout. "Armed guerrillas carried out a flash attack,
but the search squad retaliated immediately. The guerrillas had
to run for cover in the nearby forests," said Pawan Deo, the Deputy
Inspector General of Police.
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted four persons from
Bhupalapatnam village in the East Godavari District of Andhra
Pradesh, took them into the forest between Dharma Tallagudem and
Bhupalapatnam, and subsequently crossed the inter-State border
to enter Chhattisgarh, where, after branding them as Police informers,
the Maoists killed them. The victims were identified as Jangam
Jagdish, A. Srinu, Kurasam Sudhakar and P. Rajasekhar of Dharma
Tallagudem in the Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh. According
to Police sources, the youth had gone to Bhupalapatnam, close
to the border of Chhattisgarh, and were captured by the Maoists
on their way back late in the evening.
An encounter took place between the CRPF personnel
and the CPI-Maoist cadres when the Maoists attacked a CRPF convoy
on the National Highway 221 in Dantewada District. "Militants
opened fire on the convoy and CRPF personnel retaliated. No casualty
was reported from any side," said the DIG of Police Pawan Deo.
The District Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma said that the
CRPF DIG Sahi, who was leading the convoy, and some 40 of his
colleagues escaped unhurt in the attack.
The CPI-Maoist cadres are planning to target important
political figures during the coming Parliamentary election in
Chhattisgarh in April, media reports indicated.
Police recovered a 70-kilogram landmine buried
in between the Chintagufa and Pollampalli forested stretch in
Dantewada District, just before a contingent of the para-military
Central Reserve Police Force and the Chhattisgarh Police was to
cross the area.
Three motorcycle-borne CPI-Maoist cadres shot
dead a Salwa Judum activist, Chhannu Karma, outside Dantewada
town. He was the nephew of senior Congress party leader Mahendra
Karma, who launched the Salwa Judum movement. Chhannu was
attacked when he was on his way to the town riding a motorcycle.
A woman commander of the CPI-Maoist was killed
in an encounter when a joint party of the CRPF and the Police
neutralized a Maoist hideout during a search operation in the
Narayanpur District. An unspecified number of arms and ammunition
were also recovered from the hideout.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a bullet-proof Police
van by detonating a landmine, killing two Policemen and injuring
five others in the Bijapur District. However, the District Superintendent
of Police, Ankit Garg, escaped unhurt as his vehicle crossed the
site minutes before the blast. "Rebels had targeted the District
Police chief, but missed," said Pawan Deo, the Deputy Inspector
General of Police. According to Deo, Police personnel led by Garg
were on en route to Bhopalapatnam in the Bastar District for a
search operation when they were ambushed while passing through
a mountain pass, some five kilometres from the Bijapur District
headquarters. While a constable Nand Kishore Sori died on the
spot, another constable, Nohruram Netam, succumbed to injuries
on the way to a hospital in Bijapur.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an exchange of
fire with the Police in the Narayanpur District. The incident
occurred in the Kodenar jungle area after Maoists opened fire
targeting a Police patrol party, the Deputy Inspector General
of Police, Pavan Dev, told. Three 'tiffin bombs', a hand grenade,
a detonator and a pistol was recovered from the incident site,
the District Superintendent of Police Amresh Kumar said.
10 CRPF personnel, including a Deputy Commandant,
and three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during an encounter
near Minta village under Chintagufa Police Station in Dantewada
District. Deputy Commandant Diwakar Tiwari, a sub-inspector, four
head constables and four constables were killed in the encounter,
while 11 others, including an Assistant Commandant, were injured,
an unnamed CRPF officer said in New Delhi. The incident occurred
in the forests of Kotampalli when troops of the 55th battalion
of the CRPF, who were on a patrol in the area, walked into an
ambush set by the CPI-Maoist leading to a gun battle. One AK-47
rifle and a few wireless sets were also recovered from the encounter
site. Times of India adds that the two-hour encounter started
around 1 pm when the CRPF personnel were returning to their camps
in two batches after a routine patrol, said Deputy Inspector General
of Police (anti-Naxalite operations) Pawan Deo.
10 persons, including six CPI-Maoist cadres and
two SF personnel, were killed in three separate incidents. Four
people, including one CRPF personnel and one Police personnel,
were killed and another injured in a landmine explosion triggered
by the CPI-Maoist when a joint patrolling team of CRPF and local
Police was on clearance duty for the elections near the National
Highway-16 at Gorla Nala area of Bijapur District. The patrolling
team was on its way from Maded Police Station to Bhopalpatnam
in the District when the incident occurred. The victims were identified
as Mohammad Hussain, a constable belonging to the 170th battalion
of the CRPF, Dontay Nag of the local Police and a civilian Kurtam
Shankar. However, the identity of the fourth victim has not been
Three Maoists were killed in an encounter during
a search operation by the Police in the forests of Hiroli in the
Dantewada District. The encounter occurred when the CPI-Maoist
cadres started firing at the Police team.
The 65th battalion of the CRPF personnel
killed three Maoists in a two hour long encounter in the Sarandi
area of Kanker District. 11 weapons, including assault guns, were
recovered from their possession.
CRPF claimed to have killed nearly 30 CPI-Maoist
cadres during the April 10 encounter in which 10 CRPF personnel
were killed in the Dantewada District. According to the CRPF official
sources, the assessment on the CPI-Maoist cadres killed based
on what the personnel saw during the operation and the drag marks
in the forests. "Our team on the ground in Dantewada informed
the Director General A S Gill that more than 30 Naxals were killed
in the encounter that took place on Friday. Though only three
bodies were recovered, the rest were dragged back into the forests
by the Naxals," said CRPF spokesperson Ajay Chaturvedi in NewDelhi.
Five SF personnel were injured when the CPI-Maoist
cadres triggered a landmine blast targeting the bus on which the
SF personnel were traveling on a poll duty near Bhusa Ghati under
Gadiras Police Station in Dantewada District. The Maoists fled
from the spot when the SFs opened retaliatory fire, said Deputy
Inspector General (Naxal) Pawan Dev.
Five poll officials, including a zonal officer
identified as A.K. Acharya, were killed and many others injured
when CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a van ferrying election officials
by triggering a landmine blast at Phulwera village in the Rajnandgaon
District, said Additional Director General Police Girdhari Nayak.
Two CRPF personnel were killed and five others
injured when the Maoists attacked a polling Station in the Marocci
area of Bastar District.
In two separate incidents, armed CPI-Maoist cadres
attacked polling booths by triggering improvised explosive device
(IED) blasts and exchanging fire with the Security Forces in the
Dantewada and Narainpur Districts. The attacks took place at Maroki,
Mangnar and Jangampal in Dantewada District and in Nernar, Sonapal
and Karmari in the Narainpur District. The Superintendent of Police
in Dantewada, Rahul Sharma, said the CPI-Maoist cadres opened
fire at two polling booths - Marokhi and Mangnar in Maoist-hit
Dantewada Parliamentary constituency. In Narainpur District, the
Maoists exploded IEDs in Sonapal and Kokaneta regions but there
was no danger to the polling officials, said Narainpur Superintendent
of Police Ambresh Mishra. Parliamentary elections are being held
in the State.
Maoist also attacked polling Stations in Nernar,
Sonapal and Karmari areas of Narainpur District. However, no casualties
were reported. Girdhari Nayak said the Maoists carried out blasts
at nearly a dozen places while 12 landmines were recovered by
the Security Forces.
Around 51 percent of the electorate in Chhattisgarh
exercised their franchise for the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament)
elections on April 16 despite widespread Maoist violence. There
are 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in Chhattisgarh. Electoral Officer
S. K. Kujur said Durg, Korba and Raigarh recorded the highest
average of 55% each, followed by Bilaspur (53%), Rajnandgaon (52%),
Mahasamund (51%) and Jangir (50%). Bastar, the worst hit by Maoists,
recorded 46%. Surguja, which too faces Red threat, recorded the
lowest turnout at 45%. Only 47% voters turned up in capital Raipur.
The Chhattisgarh Government announced the extension
of a ban on the CPI-Maoist and its six frontal organisations for
one more year, under sub-section one of section three of the Chhattisgarh
Special Public Security Act, 2005. In a notification issued by
the Home Department, the ban on the CPI-Maoist and its six affiliates
- the Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, Krantikari Adivasi
Mahila Sangh, Krantikari Adivasi Balak Sangh, Krantikari Kisan
Committee, Mahila Mukti Manch and Janathana Sarkar - was extended
till April 12, 2010. The CPI-Maoist was first banned in the State
in April 2006.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up an electricity supply
tower at Bodli village in the Bijapur District, 550 kilometres
south of State capital Raipur. As the supply was disrupted after
the tower collapsed, more than 700 villages in the area were plunged
into darkness. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg said,
"The damage was not serious and hence, the power company officials
managed to erect it in the day."
Two CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine
explosion carried out by CPI-Maoist in the Dantewada District.
The CRPF personnel were travelling from Palner village towards
Kuwangkoda in a Police convoy when the blast occurred. The Maoists
subsequently opened fire on the convoy. Police managed to arrest
four Maoists while they were escaping in the nearby forest areas.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed Darbar Singh
Mandawi, a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party
at an unspecified location in Rajnandgaon District.
11 persons, including four civilians and seven
SF personnel, were killed in an ambush by the suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist on a special Police party. The incident occurred
three kilometres from the Vinjaram base camp in the Dantewada
District. The killed SF personnel included five SPOs and two CRPF
personnel. The Maoists managed to flee with the weapons of the
dead SF personnel. The Police party was on its way back after
delivering a consignment of monthly ration at a Police camp at
Bhejji, when the Maoists triggered a land mine blast.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a Police officer at Pharsgaon
village in Narayanpur District of the southern Bastar region.
The Police officer Abdul Wahid Khan, in charge of the Pharasgaon
Police Station had gone to the weekly market when the Maoists
hit him with a heavy stick from behind and then slit his throat,
Police sources said.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed four persons,
including two SPO, at a forested hamlet near Pharsegarh in the
Bijapur District. According to the report, the extremists opened
fire on workers engaged in constructing a road and the Police
team that was escorting them. Two other SPOs were injured in the
attack. Maoists set ablaze four vehicles engaged for the construction
work before leaving.
A Policeman was killed and two others, including
a SPO, were injured in a landmine explosion near Kandhari village
in the Narayanpur District. The Policemen were on a regular patrol
in the area when the explosion took place killing Special Task
Force trooper Alam Dharmaiya.
The Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar
has ruled out negotiations with the left-wing extremists. Speaking
to Press Trust of India in State capital Raipur, he said, "When
Naxals had offered to hold a dialogue with the State Government,
we had said that if they stop the attacks we can think about having
the parleys. But the Naxals continued with their attacks. Violence
and talks cannot go hand-in-hand." "Naxalism is not just troubling
Chhattisgarh but it is a national problem and the rebels should
hold talks with the Centre", he added.
12 Policemen and a civilian were killed and six
persons sustained injuries after 150 heavily armed cadres of the
CPI-Maoist ambushed a 41-member Police force in hillside Risgaon
village of Dhamtari District. The Policemen were part of the Kanker
District Force search convoy and were travelling in three vehicles.
Girdhari Nayak, the Additional Director General of Police, said,
"The heavily armed rebels first triggered multiple (landmine)
blasts and then opened indiscriminate fire from hilltops on SF
personnel. Ten constables, one hawaldar, one SPO and a civilian,
who was the driver of one of the vehicles, were killed." He further
said local Police authorities were unsure whether the Maoists
had walked away with arms of the slain Policemen. This was the
first ever attack by the Maoists in Dhamtari District.
A Police constable, identified as Laxmi Narayan
Dhurv, was killed and another injured when Maoists opened fire
at a helicopter and at the Security Forces who were guarding the
helipad at Kistaram village in Dantewada District. However, the
pilot managed to take off the helicopter from the incident site.
11 persons, including eight CPI-Maoist cadres
and three SPOs, were killed in an encounter during a search operation
at Neelamdagu village in the Kistaram forest area of Dantewada
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres abducted an unarmed
CRPF trooper who was travelling in a bus along with six other
colleagues near Manikonta in Dantewada District. Although some
sources in Chhattisgarh said three CRPF personnel had been kidnapped,
CRPF officials have denied this. "It isn't correct that three
of them have been abducted. Only one jawan was kidnapped.
We are trying to secure his release," said the CRPF Director General
The two day bandh called by the CPI-Maoist
affected normal life in the interiors and brought transportation
of iron ore to a halt in the Bastar region on May 20, Police said.
Maoists have reportedly put heavy wooden logs on the National
Highway 221 in Dantewada District and National Highway 16 in Bijapur
District and the various State highways. The railway authorities
have cancelled for three days the goods train that transports
iron ore from the National Mineral Development Corporation's Bailadilla
mines in Dantewada District to Visakhapatnam in the State of Andhra
Pradesh. "Security in all vulnerable areas, mostly the Government
facilities, and Police posts in forests have been beefed up,'
said Pawan Deo, DIG, adding, "We are taking all precautionary
measures to deal with the strike but it has affected life in Bastar
and road and rail traffic are the worst-hit."
A CRPF constable belonging to the 85th battalion,
identified as T. Rajendra, who was abducted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres from Dantewada on May 16, was set free.
Chhattisgarh Government has asked for a financial
assistance of nearly INR 160 billion from the Finance Commission
to fight the insurgency and work for the development of the State.
The demand was made by Chief Minister Raman Singh at a meeting
with the Chairman of the 13th Finance Commission, Dr Vijay Kelkar.
Raising the issue of Maoist insurgency prevalent across the State,
the Chief Minister said there is a need for more Police Stations
in the affected areas. More barracks are needed for the safety
of Police personnel on duty, Singh said and demanded grants for
fighting the insurgency.
Mahesh Gagda, a Member of Legislative Assembly
from the Maoist-affected Bijapur constituency, has alleged that
Maoists are forcibly taking away children from villages and using
them as human shields against Security Forces. "Maoists are forcibly
picking up boys and girls from their houses and schools in the
interiors to use them as shields in the war against (security)
forces," said Gagda. He also said "Maoists have completely halted
development in about 100 villages out of 272 villages that form
Bijapur constituency. Kids in Bijapur are carrying arms, even
AK-47s. Maoists deliberately put arms on children's body and then
cover these with a school dress or other simple clothes to dodge
Police security and frisking. Maoist leaders always keep armed
kids around themselves and whenever they want to kill anyone,
they use the weapon being carried by the kid," adding "The Maoist
menace has reached its flashpoint in Bijapur. They are forcibly
recruiting boys and girls in their rank and file and generally
girls are also sexually exploited."
The Supreme Court granted bail to Binayak Sen,
vice-president of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, who
has been in detention since May 2007 under the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act for his reported association with the left-wing
extremist movement in Chhattisgarh. A vacation Bench consisting
of Justices Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma ordered Sen's release
on bail on his furnishing a personal bond to the satisfaction
of the court.
Police arrested 10 suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
at village Risgaon in Dhamtari District for their alleged role
in an ambush on a Police team on May 10, in which 12 Policemen
and a civilian were killed. "The insurgents, mostly active members
of the village committee of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist), were arrested for their role in killing of Policemen
early this month," said District SP Neha Champawat. She also said
that Police recovered Maoist literature from the suspects' houses
during the search operation.
A 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as
Mukesh alias Ramesh Baruar, was killed in an encounter during
a search operation by the Police at Traka village in Sarguja District.
Mukesh, who was carrying a head money of INR 25,000, was wanted
in over 20 criminal cases. Police recovered a 315 bore rifle and
17 live cartridges from the encounter site. Police said three
associates of Mukesh, however, managed to escape into the forest.
To provide specialised training to Security Forces
to check the CPI-Maoist violence, the Union Government planned
to set up two counter-insurgency and jungle warfare training institutes
in the State. "I have discussed with the Home Minister the issue
of setting up of two jungle warfare training institutes in our
State," Raman Singh told reporters after a meeting with the Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi. The State already has
one such institute at Kanker which imparts specialised training
to personnel of the State Police forces as well as paramilitary
forces dealing with the Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a father and son
duo, identified as Kamruddin and his son, who were abducted on
June 1 suspecting them of being Police informers in Basaguda area
in Bijapur District.
Maoists killed a former headman of Hirapur village
of the same District, identified as Punem Hunga, who was abducted
on June 2. Meanwhile, whereabouts of another individual, identified
as Jhari Nagesh, a panchayat (village level local self-Government
institution) secretary of Mallepalli village who was abducted
along with Hunga, has not been ascertained.
A civilian, identified as Kunjam Balram, was killed
by Maoists in Garel village in the same District.
CPI-Maoist cadres, in the guise of locals, attacked
the villagers who had gathered at the weekly market in Benur in
Naryanpur District and killed Sub-Inspector J. L. Lakhda deployed
A group of 12 Maoists killed a Special Police
Officer, identified as Rajman, in Madpnar village in the same
District by slitting his throat.
The State Government plans to use cultural programmes,
i.e. songs, street plays and other media, to make villagers aware
of the development works being undertaken by the State and the
role of the left-wing extremists in derailing such projects. The
Social Welfare Department personnel will travel from village to
village and make the people aware of the Government's projects
and also about "who are proving as obstacles to development,"
unnamed officials said.
Around a dozen armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
picked up two brothers, identified as Sundru and Mangauram, from
Padbeda village in Kanker District in the night of June 7 and
beat them to death suspecting them to be Police informers. The
Police recovered their dead bodies in the night of June 8.
A constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF)
was killed and seven Policemen, including an Assistant Commandant
of the CRPF, were injured in two separate attacks by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the Bastar region. Constable Santosh Verma was killed
early in the morning when Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at
the CAF camp at Dhanora in Narayanpur District. CRPF Assistant
Commander P Singh, two head constables and three Special Police
Officers were injured when Maoists ambushed a CRPF party at Pavnar
village in Bijapur District at around 10 am, leading to an encounter
between the two sides.
Nine CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine
explosion triggered by the Maoists in Bijapur District. The incident
took place when the Maoists blew up a Police vehicle carrying
the CRPF personnel near Bijapur valley, 450 kilometres from the
State capital Bijapur, the District Superintendent of Police Ankit
An Assistant Commandant of the CRPF, Rajpal Singh,
was killed and five other CRPF personnel were injured when the
CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a Police patrolling team in the forests
of Karchuli village of Bijapur District. Rajpal Singh succumbed
to injuries en route to the hospital, Deputy Director General
(Naxal operations) Pawan Dev said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in separate
encounters with Security Forces in the Bastar region, Police said.
Officials at the Police headquarters said that two Maoists were
killed in a brief gun-battle in Dantewada District's Jagargunda
forested stretch, while another Maoist was shot dead in Bijapur
District's Jungla locality.
CPI-Maoist cadres, who had abducted two personnel
of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF), Ram Bhuwan Patel and Dhanjay
Verma, from a hilly stretch in Bijapur District on June 17, killed
them and dumped the bodies on a roadside in a forested area. Police
said the victims' throats were slit with sharp edged weapons.
Maoists killed a man, Vimal Meshram, in a busy
weekly market near Lohandiguda village in Bastar District for
his support of a mega Tata Steel project. Meshram, an influential
tribal leader, was the president of Lohandiguda janpad panchayat
12 CRPF personnel were killed in the landmine
blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Tonagapal in Dantewada
District in the evening. About a dozen CRPF troopers sustained
multiple injuries in the incident. The attack was meticulously
planned, as the CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a few trucks of a
private contractor in Tongpal village, about 100 kilometers from
Dantewada in the same morning. The CRPF personnel along with State
Police personnel left for Tongpal. After patrolling the area,
the Security Force (SF) personnel were returning to Dantewada
when they were trapped into the Maoist ambush near Kokanara village
in the evening. The Maoists allowed jeeps to pass and targeted
the mini-truck, carrying 20 SF personnel, which was last on the
row to inflict maximum casualty. The Maoists also opened fire
at the ambushed patrol, but the troopers instantly retaliated,
killing seven insurgents. The bodies of seven insurgents were
The Maoists shot dead a senior divisional officer
of the State Government in Bijapur District after he was abducted,
an official statement said. The bullet-ridden body of M.D. Gandhi,
a sub-divisional officer with the water resource department, was
found in a forested area in the District, the statement said.
Gandhi was adducted at gun point by the Maoists on June 20 when
he was en route to Bhopalpatnam area on a motorcycle.
The State Police recovered about 270 cartridges
from a pond in the Charoda village of Durg District. "The cartridges
are of 12 and 315 bore rifles, which are largely used by Maoists,"
the Durg District Superintendent of Police Deepanshu Kabra said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a Salwa Judam
(an anti-Maoist vigilante group) activist, identified as Somulu,
when he was on his way home from a CRPF camp near Pinkoda village
in Bijapur District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Pando Bhima, an
activist of the Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group), in
Dantewada District. Pando Bhima, who lived at a relief camp in
Dornapal village, was killed while he was going to his village
in the forest interiors, some 4 kilometers away from the camp,
Six Maoists were arrested from a forested stretch
in Narayanpur District when a joint team of the District Police
and the Special Task Force encircled a meeting venue of the Maoists,
Deputy Inspector General of Police Pawan Deo said. Police recovered
two guns, six detonators, a huge stock of wires being used in
making landmines and some Maoist uniforms.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were shot dead in
an encounter with the Police in Narayanpur District. "Two Naxalites
including their commander Jairam were killed in an encounter near
Chinari village of Narayanpur District," the Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Pawan Dev, said. He added that pipe bombs,
weapons, and detonators were recovered from the slain Maoists.
A 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as
Rajdev alias Chattan Singh, committed suicide by consuming poison
in his house at his native village Manpur in the Surguja District.
Two persons, including a serving Special Police
Officer (SPO), were killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Bijapur
District. "Mukesh Kudiyam, serving Special Police Officer and
former SPO Suresh Chapdi were killed by the Naxals with a sharp-edged
weapon at Usoor village in the District," the Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Pawan Dev, said. Kudiyam of Usoor Police Station
went to Chapdi''s house when the extremists attacked them and
slit their throat with a sharp-edged weapon, Dev added.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed 30 Police personnel,
including a Superintendent of Police (SP), in two incidents in
the Rajnandgaon District. An encounter in a third place, Sitagaon,
was still going on. While the bodies of 36 Police personnel, including
that of SP Vinod Kumar Chaubey have been found, the Security Forces'
toll could rise once search operations resume. ''There was heavy
firing on the Police party,'' said Inspector General of Police
Mukesh Gupta. ''The firing occurred in two phases. First, they
killed Policemen in a senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
camp in Kerkatta village and then, they targeted the SP when he
arrived with reinforcements. We are finding bodies everywhere.
The more we look, the more bodies we see." Rajnandgaon (Kawardha),
which happens to be Chief Minister Raman Singh's Legislative Assembly
constituency, is 68 kilometers from Raipur, the State capital.
The Union Government is reported to have rushed
additional troops to Rajnandgaon. "A battalion strength (around
1,000 men) of the force is being sent to the spot to begin combing
operations and sanitise the area. Six companies (comprising 600
men) have been sent initially," a senior CRPF officer said.
In a bid to counter Left-wing extremism in an
effective manner, the Chhattisgarh Government has appointed senior
Police officer Ramnivas as the Additional Inspector General of
Police (Naxal Operations), official sources said. The Government
created this new post after the Maoist attack in Rajnandgaon.
29 Policemen have been suspended in Chhattisgarh
for refusing jungle warfare training, an official said. The suspended
Policemen - all constables - were posted in Janjgir-Champa District
and had been ordered to go for training at the Counter Terrorism
and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker District.
Five CRPF personnel, including a SI, were killed
and three others injured in a landmine explosion triggered by
the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Dantewada District, Police said.
"The incident occurred when the CRPF jawans were returning to
Barsur village from routine patrolling during the weekly market
at Geedam village," the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Pawan
Dev, told PTI. The Maoists blew up the Police van in which the
troopers were travelling, he added. Of the five killed, one is
a Sub-Inspector (SI) and the rest are Constables. While two of
the victims were identified as SI Naresh Kumar Yadav and Constable
Jayant Rai, the remaining constables are yet to be identified,
Over 26 Policemen escaped any untoward incident
when they got off a truck carrying their belongings and weekly
ration before the CPI-Maoist cadres intercepted it at Polampalli
village near Konta in the Dantewada District.
The Maoists were reportedly felling trees in some
areas of Bastar and digging up roads in the Rajnandgaon District.
Indian Express reports that the death toll in
the July 26 landmine attack triggered by the CPI-Maoist in the
Dantewada District has risen to six with one more constable succumbing
to injuries on July 27, Police said.
Heavily armed CPI-Maoist cadres fired several
rounds on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) post in the Bastar
region in the night of July 29, Police sources said. The Maoists
fired several rounds twice at the checkpost at Keshkutul village
under Bhairamgarh locality in the Bijapur District at around 9pm.
The CRPF personnel returned fire. However, no casualty was reported
in the incident.
Two persons, including a Special Police Officer
(SPO), were killed in attacks by the CPI-Maoist in Bijapur District,
Police said on July 31. The Maoists killed SPO Padam Sarju and
a villager, Varge Munna, using sharp weapons in separate incidents
on July 30, the DIG of Police Pavan Dev said. Sarju, who was visiting
Muchler village under Farsegadh Station area, was attacked by
a group of 10 armed Maoists after they learnt about his whereabouts.
In another incident, the insurgents hacked Munna to death when
he went to his village Koter for some personal work, the DIG added.
Munna was reportedly living in the Cherpal rescue camp.
In the wake of a spate of Maoist attacks in the
recent months, the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said
that new Police Stations and check posts will be created at several
places and personnel will be given modern arms and equipment.
Special attention will be given on the modernisation of the Police
with the help of information and technology, the Chief Minister
said. Apart from raising the confidence level among the SF personnel,
they will be provided with additional night vision binoculars,
bulletproof jackets and other equipment, Raman Singh told reporters
after a meeting with the State's Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar
and senior officials at the Police headquarters in Raipur. Announcing
more recruitment of Police officers in the ranks of Sub Divisional
Police Officer and Station House Officer, the Chief Minister said
officials have been instructed to work with better coordination
with those SF personnel deployed in the insurgency-affected areas.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested along with
explosive material from the Dantewada District, Police said. The
District Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra told that acting
on a tip-off a Police team raided a hideout in the Kuakonda area
where the insurgents were holding a meeting. The arrested Maoists
were identified as Khorami Mulla, Sodhi Masa, Miryami Mahesh,
Miryami Deva and Sodhi Joga. Detonators and wires besides Maoist
banners and posters were recovered from the incident site, he
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two civilians in
the Manpur area of Rajnandgaon District, some 175 kilometers from
State capital Raipur, Police said. Maoists killed a local contractor
named Deepak and a civilian, Ramswaroop, on suspicion that they
were Police informers, F.J. Tigga, a Police official from Manpur
Six heavily armed CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
after a 20-hour encounter with the SFs in the Dantewada District.
Police and paramilitary teams from the Dantewada and Bijapur Districts
shot dead the insurgents in the Kirandul area of Dantewada, 400
kilometers south of capital Raipur. "We basically hit a Maoist
camp, our heavily armed Policemen assisted by Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF) put the militants under heavy fire throughout
Monday and early morning on Tuesday. We finally killed six militants
and recovered their arms," Superintendent of Police (Dantewada)
Amresh Mishra told IANS.
The Chhattisgarh Government is reportedly moving
heavy contingents of Security Forces into Kanker District to investigate
the report that eight members of a family- including two children
aged two and four- were assaulted to death and their dead bodies
burnt following failed negotiations over a property dispute, according
to The Hindu. "The place has a very high presence of Maoists
as it is near Abuz Maad. Our forces are moving very cautiously
anticipating Maoist attacks", Director General of Police (DGP)
Vishwa Ranjan said.
The reported massacre of eight members of a family,
including two minor girls, over a property dispute in the remote
Koilibeda area of Kanker District was a fake complaint, intended
to lure SFs into a CPI-Maoist ambush, Police said. "None of the
eight people of a family was killed, we confirmed earlier. A man
narrated a pathetic story about how and where Maoists wiped out
his entire family Tuesday in an interior village of Kanker District
and then also cremated their bodies," the DGP Vishwa Rranjan told
reporters. He said Police reached the village on August 14 and
found four members of the family and took two of them to a local
Police Station, where they were interrogated. It was found that
the whole massacre story was fabricated to make Policemen rush
to the crime scene so that Maoists could ambush them. Ajay Yadav,
the Kanker District Superintendent of Police, said Police would
have suffered heavy casualties if they had reacted to massacre
complaint urgently, as it was intended to take the troops to forests
where Maoists were probably waiting to ambush them. The incident
was reported on August 12 by one Ramain Vishwakarma who claimed
that eight of his family members were killed by the Maoists as
he defied their diktat to settle a family land dispute. Vishwakarma,
whom the Police are now suspecting to be a Maoist informer, belongs
to Kesikodi village that comes under the Maoist-controlled Abujhmad
region, known as headquarters of the CPI-Maoist.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from the Kanker
District, Police said. Acting on a tip-off, a Police team arrested
Ramsai and Rateram from Koilebeda area, District Superintendent
of Police Ajay Yadav said. The two, hailing from Narayanpur District,
have been accused of indulging in violent activities during the
recently parliamentary elections, he said.
Chhattisgarh has been put on high alert after
the Maoists asked people to stay away from Independence Day celebrations
on August 15. The Director General of Police (DGP) Vishwaranjan
told IANS, "The entire state has been put on high alert
in wake of possible Maoist attacks and their call for a boycott
of Independence Day." He said security has been tightened at all
Government installations in 18 Districts of the State and patrolling
has been intensified in sensitive areas like the 40,000-sq kilometres
of Bastar region.
About 15 Policemen were suspended in Chhattisgarh
after they refused to take part in anti-Maoist operations, DGP
Vishwaranjan told IANS. "We have made groups of 100 Policemen
in insurgency-hit areas to launch anti-Maoist operations but 15
constables were reluctant to join the drive and were thus suspended.
I can't tolerate indiscipline," he said. The suspended Policemen
were posted in Rajnandgaon District. On July 15, 29 constables
were suspended in Janjgir-Champa District after they refused to
go for a 15-day orientation course at the Counter Terrorism and
Jungle Warfare College in Kanker District before being deployed
for four-month long postings in areas affected by Maoist insurgency.
Chief Minister Raman Singh asked the people to
take a pledge to free the State from the Maoists and announced
an INR 2060-crore plan to create jobs through the rural employment
generation scheme. He said, "I salute the brave tribal brothers
and sisters who created a movement against Maoist terrorism through
Salwa Judum. I also salute the common people and security personnel
who laid down their lives in the fight against Maoists. I appeal
to you all people to take a pledge to free the state from Naxalites
(Maoists)." "Naxalism has become a threat to the country's security
and sovereignty. They are maintaining a hold in inaccessible areas
on the strength of violence and suppression," said the Chief Minister.
Accusing a "section of media" of "eulogising naxalism
(left wing extremism)," the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh asked the Centre to evolve a multi-pronged media strategy
to counter such propaganda at the national and international level.
In his speech at the Chief Ministers' conference on internal security,
he said that "some people from Delhi and abroad come to Raipur
and stage protests against our anti-Naxal operations." He also
said the local media in Chhattisgarh have been "far more sensitive
to this issue and have done objective reporting" but others "eulogise
naxalism without knowing [the] true character and nature of [the]
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in the Dantewada
District. Acting on a tip-off about Maoist activities at Musaras
village, Police raided the area and arrested Barse Manjhi, Sodhi
Hunga, Kudami Ganga and Kavasi Deva and seized some arms from
them, the Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra said.
The recovered items also included Maoist literature, a locally-made
revolver and five cartridges. Several cases of murder and attempt
to murder are lodged against them in various Police Stations of
the Dantewada District, Mishra added.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, surrendered
in the Bastar District. "Deputy Naxal Commander (Baarda Dalam)
Mukesh (25) and a woman Naxal, Jasaun (16) surrendered before
the Police last evening," Inspector General of Police R.K. Vij
told PTI. Both the extremists took the decision to join
the mainstream after being dissatisfied with the Maoist ideology,
he said. According to Mukesh, he was forcibly picked up Maoists
from his village in the Kadakda area in 2005 and given weapons
training at the Maoist camps. The teenager girl was also pushed
into the Maoist stream and was trained in carrying out blasts
and other criminal and destructive activities, Mukesh said.
The Chhattisgarh Government dismissed 13 Policemen
for refusing to fight the Maoists. "We can't tolerate indiscipline,
the 13 cops had openly refused to go to Madanwara in Rajnandgaon
District where Maoists killed 29 Policemen in coordinated attacks
on July 12 in which we lost a brave SP (Superintendent of Police)
V.K. Choubey as well," R.K. Vij told IANS. The 13 Policemen of
constable rank had recently completed a specialised training course
at the Counter-Insurgency Training and Jungle Warfare College
(CTJWC) in the Bastar region's Kanker town. The college had been
set up by the State Government in 2005 to provide training to
Policemen. In July 2009, 29 constables were suspended in the Janjgir-Champa
District after they refused to go for a 15-day orientation course
at the CTJWC.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a person in the
Rajnandgaon District for extorting money from traders in their
name, Police said. "Maoists raided the house of 35-year-old Jailal
Kanwar and took him to an open ground and shot him dead," Bharat
Notyia, Station in-charge of Baghnadi, where the incident took
place, told IANS. "As per preliminary investigations, the
rebels killed Kanwar for extorting money from small traders by
posing as a Maoist leader," he added.
Two villagers were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres
in the Rajnandgaon District, accusing them of being Police informers,
Police said. Some 50 extremists, including several women, came
to Bijepar village and killed the two villagers, in their late
20s, in front of the other people, Superintendent of Police Praveer
Das said. Some villagers who tried to intervene were assaulted,
he said, adding that Police have launched a drive in the forested
stretches around the village to arrest the Maoists.
The Chhattisgarh Government placed a demand for
grant of INR 94.22 crore from the Central Government to develop
educational facilities in the CPI-Maoist-affected areas. According
to State Government sources, Chief Minister Raman Singh put the
demand before the Union Tribal Affairs Minister Kantilal Bhuria.
He also submitted details of assistance anticipated by the State
Government to Bhuria, sources added. Singh informed Bhuria that
Chhattisgarh needed central assistance mainly for construction
of some 218 ashram schools (residential schools where all needs
of the students will be looked after by the State Government),
sources further added. Maoists have reportedly attacked many of
the ashram schools in the Bastar region in the past claiming that
they blow up the school complexes because they provided shelter
to the forces involved in anti-Maoist operations. State Government
is also reportedly looking for assistance to the programmes of
job-oriented training to the unemployed tribal youths and constructing
houses for the tribals.
Bodies of four villagers killed by the Communist
Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were recovered from
a forest in the Aaded village of Bijapur District. The extremists
had attacked Kandulnar, Gudipal and Aaded villages in the District
on September 2 and had abducted four villagers, Anganpally Lakshmayya,
Vasamchandru, Anganpally Buccha and Anganpally Jeetu, the Superintendent
of Police Avinash Mohanty said. Villagers found their bodies in
the forest and later reportedly informed the Police. While Buccha
and Jeetu were shot dead, other bodies were found with throats
slit. "Police had arrested two top Maoists from this area two
months ago. The rebels suspected that the four were responsible
for tipping the Police off which led to the arrests," said Avinash
Mohanty, adds Times of India.
Raju, the 'deputy commander' of the Bhansi guerilla
squad, was killed by the Police during an operation near Raja
Bangla village in Dantewada District, Superintendent of Police
Amresh Mishra said. Four other Maoists, including a school student,
were arrested during the operation. Police arrested Deva, Bheema,
Radhe and Vinod. According to Mishra, Vinod is a school student,
who was allegedly abducted from Jangla village by the Maoists.
Two CRPF personnel were injured when they walked
over a bomb planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a thickly forested
area of Jagargunda in the Bijapur District, about 450 kilometers
south of capital Raipur.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, were
killed in an encounter with the Police in Dantewada District.
SFs shot dead the insurgents during an encounter in the forests
of Banjepalli village, the Dantewada District Superintendent of
Police Amresh Mishra said.
A youth was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in
the Tunder village after he refused to go along with them. "Maoists
went to Tunder village and forced the village boys to go with
them. They could take two boys with them but the third one, Manglu,
resisted. He did not want to go with them. In retaliation, the
Maoists punished him by shooting at him. They took the rest of
the boys for training," said Bastar District Superintendent of
Police P. Sundar Raj. "We appeal to villagers that if Maoists
forcefully take their boys with them, the villagers must resist
this collectively. We are starting a campaign to create awareness
on this," Raj added.
Two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in
an overnight encounter with the SFs in the dense forest of Bijapur
District. Acting on a tip off, the CRPF personnel in the night
of September 16 launched a search operation in the forest under
Dharampur Police Station area where some Maoists were scheduled
to meet. "Seeing the CRPF jawans (personnel), they started firing
which was retaliated by the security personnel. In the ensuing
gun battle, which lasted till this morning (September 17), two
Naxalites have been killed," an unnamed senior CRPF official said.
In its maiden offensive operation, the elite anti-Maoist
force CoBRA neutralised a Maoist arms factory besides shooting
down an armed activist in the Dantewada District. Nine guns which
were under production in the makeshift arms factory were recovered.
The Bijapur District Police arrested a female
CPI-Maoist cadre who is wanted for several attacks on the Police
in recent months.
A combined team of CoBRA and the Chhattisgarh
Police killed at least 24 CPI-Maoist cadres in the Dantewada District
on September 18. An Assistant Commandant of CoBRA, Manoranjan
Singh, was also killed in the attack launched by the SFs on September
17-night. 10 dead bodies of the Maoists were recovered. While
four SF personnel sustained injuries, five others were said to
be missing. The SF personnel later on September 19 recovered the
bodies of five of its missing personnel, including Assistant Commandant
Rakesh Chaurasia. The Operation Green Hunt lasted for 48
At least 12 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during
an encounter between the Chhattisgarh Police and insurgents in
the Bijapur District. Though the Police could not locate the dead
bodies of the slain extremists as they were carried away by their
fellow cadres, they arrested two Maoists.
Chhattisgarh Police sources told Express Buzz
that 600 Police personnel from Dantewada set off for the Maoist
stronghold of Isulnar village in Bijapur two days ago on specific
information about the presence of at least 200 Maoists (a company
of the Maoists besides local militia). "We fired around 2,000
rounds in reply to an almost equal number of rounds fired by the
enemy," Police sources said. "We saw nine bodies being carried
away but the number of deaths on their side could be more," sources
added. The Police suspect that among those killed could be a 'section
commander'. The report added that the Maoists used two-inch mortars
which are normally available with the Police or paramilitary forces.
Two Maoists, identified as Kursam Budru (35) and Kursum Mura (30),
were arrested from the encounter site. PTI quoted the Additional
Director General of Police Ram Nivas as saying that there is possibility
that nearly 12 Maoists were killed in the four-hour long encounter
near Isulnar village.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at the
two sons of the BJP Member of Parliament and tribal leader Baliram
Kashyap from Bastar District, leaving one of them dead. The victim's
brother sustained injuries in the shoulder when the Maoists fired
at them in their ancestral village where the two siblings had
gone to celebrate Durga Puja (religious festival). While Tansen
succumbed to head injuries sustained in the attack in Pairaguda
village, his bother Dinesh was wounded in the shoulder, said Inspector-General
of Police R. K. Vij.
Chhattisgarh Police shot dead two CPI-Maoist cadres
in the Nalkathong forest area of Dantewada District. "The dead
bodies of both the guerrillas were recovered from the encounter
site along with 12 bore guns," Amresh Mishra, Superintendent of
Police (Dantewada), told IANS. He also said that nine people
were detained from the area.
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh reiterated
the commitment of his Government to neutralise the Maoists and
informed that a fresh operation against them would be launched
from November 1 after successful completion of Operation Green
Hunt. However, he stressed the need to launch a co-ordinated
offensive against the insurgents by the affected States, including
Orissa, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. He said the matter has been
taken up with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a strategy
would be worked out soon.
Nine CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from the
Bastar District, Police said on October 16. The arrests were made
late in the night of October 15 at Babri Kokaobhata and Chamai
villages of Bastar. "The arrested people were active members of
the banned CPI-Maoist. We have recovered four pistols and Maoist
literature from them," the Superintendent of Police (Bastar),
P. Sundaraj, told reporters. He said the Police were interrogating
them for their alleged role in several killings and robberies
in the area. Police claim that the forested Bastar region spanning
about 40,000 square kilometers is home to nearly 10,000 Maoist
insurgents, who have access to rocket launchers and mortars apart
from smaller firearms.
The CPI-Maoist have held up construction work
at more than 350 road sites in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh,
an official said. "At least 350 road construction projects under
Prime Minister's Rural Roads Scheme were held up in Maoist violence-hit
Bastar region, mainly in Dantewada, Bijapur and Kanker Districts.
It is difficult to continue the work due to violence," an official
in the panchayat (village-level local self Government institution)
and rural development department told IANS. The projects amounted
to INR 10 billion. The contractors had told District Police authorities
that they were finding it difficult to carry on construction work
due to Maoist intervention. According to Police, the Maoists have
set ablaze at least 65 vehicles in 2009 alone in Bastar that were
engaged in road construction projects. Several officials and workers
who were carrying out construction work were abducted by the extremists
and set free only after they guaranteed not to return to work.
In a bid to strengthen the intelligence network
in the insurgency-affected regions of the State, the Chhattisgarh
Government has decided to include Gram Chowkidars (village guards)
as informers. The Gram Chowkidars in each village will be given
a register wherein they would be required to note details of people
coming from outside the State and incidents happening in the region,
including theft and fraud. The Chowkidars will be required to
submit the register to the nearest Police Station on a weekly
Suspected Maoists have damaged scores of school
buildings in Narayanpur. "Under Narayanpur District around 77
concrete buildings were either damaged or demolished. We are continuing
schools in alternative buildings made of tin-shades," said H.
R. Gourela, Deputy Commissioner of the Scheduled Tribe Welfare
and Development Department of Narayanpur District. Maoists frequently
made demand on the education department authorities to put with
a percentage of resources given to them to improve the infrastructure
of the schools, the report added.
Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two
vehicles in a forested hamlet of Korchatola in Rajnandgaon District
bordering Maharashtra, Police said. The vehicles belonged to a
private contractor who was building a road under the Prime Minister's
Rural Roads Scheme.
The CPI-Maoist is forcibly conscripting children
in southern Chhattisgarh and exhorting villagers to provide five
boys or girls from every village to be recruited into their ranks,
the MHA said. "The information reveals the real face of Naxals
(Maoists), who not only kill children but also put them in great
danger by recruiting them in their armed squads to carry out their
violent activities," a ministry statement said, adding, "The government
condemns this despicable act on the part of Naxals and reiterates
its commitment to control their diabolical activities."
Police arrested five Naxalites from the Bijapur
District. "Acting on a tip off, we have arrested Naxalites from
Maddeed, Bhopalpatnam and Jangla villages in the District," Superintendent
of Police, Avinash Mohanty, said in Raipur. He added that ammunition
and landmines were also recovered from the possession of the arrestees.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres and four Security Force
personnel were killed in separate attacks in three Districts of
the Bastar region in southern Chhattisgarh.
Four CISF personnel were killed and two critically
injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in a hilly
terrain in the Dantewada District. The Dantewada Police officials
said the CISF personnel were travelling in a jeep when the insurgents
detonated a landmine killing a sub-inspector, two head constables
and a constable on the spot. The CISF personnel were deployed
in Dantewada to guard a public sector unit and premier mining
company, the National Mineral Development Corporation, from Maoist
In two separate encounters in the forested terrain
of Bijapur District, about 400 kilometres south of State capital
Raipur, the Police shot dead at least four Maoists. The Bijapur
Superintendent of Police, Avinash Mohanty, told Hindustan Times
that a fierce gun-battle continued till the evening and the casualties
suffered by the Maoists would be high. "We have recovered four
bodies of Maoists so far. Two bullet-riddled bodies were dragged
out from Basaguda and two from the Usoor area. There is no report
of any casualty or injury inflicted on the cops," Mohanty said,
adding, "It was due to the timely retaliation by the cops that
we succeeded in killing the rebels." The Police also recovered
some firearms and explosives.
In Kanker District, a woman Maoist was killed
by the Police.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a local trader in
the interiors of Chhattisgarh, accusing him of being a Police
informer, officials said on October 27. The incident took place
in the Bhopalpattanam area, more than 500 kilometers from State
capital Raipur, in Bijapur District late in the night of October
26. A local hosiery shop owner, Sheikh Ahmed, 44, was abducted
early this month and his dead body was recovered alongside a road
in Bhopalpattanam area, Police officials told IANS. Police found
some pamphlets at the incident site where the body was dumped
which stated the trader was acting as a Police informer for several
years. The deceased originally belonged to Sironcha locality in
Maharashtra that shares a border with Bhopalpattanam. Police claim
that cases of civilians being killed by Maoists on charges of
being Police informers have been on the rise in Chhattisgarh in
the recent months.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a senior Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office-bearer Jaisingh Manjhi, 40, and
his two relatives in Dantewada District. According to the Police,
approximately 60 heavily-armed extremists entered Manjhi's home
in the Chindgarh village at midnight. The extremists allegedly
took Manjhi, his brother and nephew to a nearby field. "The rebels,
it seems, slit the throats of Manji, his brother, Pileshwar, 37,
and nephew Livir," said an unnamed Police officer in Dantewada.
The villagers discovered the bodies in the field early in the
morning of October 30. Pileshwar was a panchayat (village level
local self Government institution) secretary in Kirkirpal village
panchayat. Manji's wife Jamuna is the vice-chairperson of Janpad
panchayat and was in New Delhi for official work. "Guerrillas
stormed into a village in Kikirpal under Sukma block (administrative
division) and butchered three middle-aged people with sharp edged
weapons,' S. L. Baghel, Additional Superintendent of Police (Dantewada)
A Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed by cadres
of the CPI-Maoist in the Rajnandgaon District, Police said. The
SPO, Bisru Ram, was shot dead near a shop in Khadgaon. The shopkeeper
was also injured in the incident, the Police added.
Two tribals were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres
in the Bastar region after branding them as Police informers.
The Police on November 4 found the dead bodies of Marvi Bheema
and Marvi Chhanna along a roadside in a forested area of Dantewada
District. "The civilians were killed Tuesday night with sharp
edged weapons and their bodies were dumped on the roadside," the
Superintendent of Police (SP, Dantewada) Amresh Mishra told IANS.
Around 20 Maoists reached Puswada village and attacked the duo,
the SP said, adds PTI. The Maoists then took both of them to a
village crossroad and slit their throats using sharp weapons,
Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres following
an encounter in the Bijapur District. The insurgents opened fire
at a patrol party in the forested area near Kamkanar village,
Avinash Mohanty, Superintendent of Police (Bijapur) told PTI.
With the Police retaliating, the extremists escaped from the incident
site and were subsequently arrested. Some Naxal literature was
also recovered, the Police added.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school
building in the Dantewada District, Police said. Some 80-100 Maoists
set explosives inside a primary school building in Phulpar village
in the night of November 6 and destroyed a major portion, officials
at the Police headquarters in Raipur said. Education department
officials said that Maoists over the past two years had set ablaze
80 school buildings in Dantewada and Bijapur Districts. Police
said they have recovered leaflets from Maoist dominated areas
in recent months in which the insurgents said they are targeting
school and hospital buildings in Bastar region as these provide
shelter to Security Force personnel for anti-Maoist operations.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and a Policeman
was seriously injured in an encounter in the forests of Tetemdagu,
about 18 kilometers from Kistaram in the Dantewada District. The
Dantewada Superintendent of Police, Amresh Kumar Mishra, told
Telegraph that the encounter took place at around 9am (IST) He
added, "The jawans (personnel) of District Police and special
Police officers were on a regular patrol and search operation
in and around the area when the rebels camping in the thickly-forested
pocket opened fire. The number of rebels is not known," adding,
the SF personnel retaliated killing seven insurgents. The slain
extremists who were in uniform were not identified yet, the officer
added. Two rifles, locally-made pistols, Maoist uniforms and a
large quantity of explosives and detonators were recovered from
the incident site. The SF personnel were returning after a three-day
anti-Maoist operation in the area.
As many as 16 suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were
arrested in the Narayanpur District Police said. The village level
cadres, who are bracketed as 'Sangham members', were picked up
from two different locations in Narayanpur District, officials
at the Police headquarters said.
The Chhattisgarh Police killed a CPI-Maoist cadre
and arrested eight others. The Maoist was killed in the Markanar
village of Kanker District in an encounter, Superintendent of
Police Ajay Yadav said, adding that some Maoist literature was
recovered from the incident site.
Police arrested eight Maoists from Gadamalli forests
in the Bijapur District. The arrested Maoists had allegedly set
ablaze five trucks engaged in development work in the District,
Superintendent of Police Avinash Mohanty said.
At least 30 kilograms of improvised explosive
devices buried by suspected Maoists were recovered from Madanwara
forest in the Rajnandgaon District, Police said. "We suspect that
more such bombs are buried in the area with a purpose to hit Policemen.
Our search parties are combing the area with the help of experts
to recover such bombs," Praveer Das, the Rajnandgaon District
Superintendent of Police, told IANS.
Chief Minister Raman Singh criticised the CPI-Maoist
for spreading rumours in the Bastar region that the Police would
target all those who failed to produce photo-identity cards. "I
appeal to people not to fall prey to such Maoist tactics and no
one needs to panic about photo I-cards," he stated. The Chief
Minister was reacting to reports that panic-stricken tribals in
the Bastar region have been frantically reaching photo studios
as they believe they will be branded as Maoists and killed by
the Security Forces unless they produce photo-identity cards.
Three persons were killed and two others injured
in a bomb blast at a village in the Rajnandgaon District. A group
of five villagers were going to a paddy field when they found
a container on the way. As they tried to open it, the explosion
took place, leaving three of them dead, the Deputy Inspector General
of Police (Rajnandgaon range), A. D. Gautam, told PTI over phone.
Gautam did not rule out the possibility of the Communist Party
of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) behind the blast.
Chhattisgarh Police is not prepared to face the
guerrilla war waged by the CPI-Maoist, Chief Minister Raman Singh
said and emphasized the need for two-pronged integrated action
plan to tackle the menace in the country. The Chhattisgarh Government
has started a training college for the State Police, he added.
"The integrated action plan should be formulated jointly by the
Centre and the Maoist-hit states and besides combing operations,
it should include all-round development including improvement
of infrastructure in the areas badly hit by the menace", he further
said. The Government should provide land to villagers, develop
it for agriculture and provide facilities, he said, adding a surrender
policy should also be formed to bring the Maoists back into the
mainstream of the society.
A search team of CRPF and Special Police Officers
killed a CPI-Maoist cadre in the Bijapur District. Police recovered
some ammunition and Maoist literature from the hideout where the
insurgent was killed.
A CRPF trooper was critically injured in a bomb
blast in the Dantewada District. The trooper, who was member of
a Police combing team, was injured when he stepped on a pressure
bomb planted in a thickly forested pocket, some 500 kilometers
south of State capital Raipur.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and seven others
arrested after a gun battle with the Security Forces in the Dantewada
District. A team of paramilitary CRPF and State Police exchanged
gunfire with Maoists at Hiroli in which one extremist was killed
and seven arrested Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra
said. Police also recovered one 12 bore gun, three landmines and
Maoist literature from the arrested insurgents.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a deputy forest ranger
after abducting him in the night from Deobhog in Raipur District.
According to Police sources, the victim had been identified as
Gokul Tandi, who was posted in Indagaon forest range of Deobhog
development block. Around 11.30pm (IST), he received a phone call
that a group was illegally cutting trees in the forests. Tandi,
along with four forest guards, started for the spot. "As they
entered the forests, about 12-15 armed Maoists intercepted them
and took them into custody," Deobhog Police Officer T.R. Nagwanshi
said. They released the guards after threatening not to inform
the Police and took the official into dense forest. Local villagers,
Nagwanshi said, in the morning of November 28 discovered the body
in the forest and informed the Police. Since the Police feared
ambush, a team of forest employees and villagers were sent to
the spot to bring the body. The body bore severe assault mark,
as the insurgents brutally bashed the forest official with guns
and lathis till he succumbed to his injuries. No bullet mark was
found, he added.
A day-long shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist in
Dhamtari and Raipur Districts hit normal life as people preferred
to stay at home fearing violence, officials said. The strike was
called to protest arrest of two Maoist leaders in the State November
8. The insurgents put wooden logs on roads in forested areas of
Mainpur, Gariaband, Devbhog in Raipur District and Nagri and Sihaba
areas in Dhamtari District to block vehicles. All schools, banks,
hospitals and Government offices in the interiors of these two
Districts were shut, officials added.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two of their cadre,
accusing them of spying for Police. The incident took place in
Gangloor area in Bijapur District of the Bastar region. The youths
- Ramu and Ramesh - whom Police had arrested last week but later
managed to escape from custody, were killed by Maoists in a forested
area, officials at Police headquarters said.
A CRPF trooper was critically injured in a bomb
blast in the Dantewada District. The trooper, who was member of
a Police combing team, was injured when he stepped on a pressure
bomb planted in a thickly forested pocket, some 500 kilometers
south of State capital Raipur.
A villager was assaulted to death and another
hanged by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Bijapur District. Anil
was hanged in the Daglipura village by the extremists in front
of the residents, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Avinash Mohanty
said. He was abducted by the extremists on November 23 and was
subsequently hanged by the Maoists, who accused him of being a
Police informer, Mohanty said. Anil, who was earlier working with
the Police department, had later joined the Maoists, the Police
official said. He, however, returned to the mainstream recently
which infuriated the Maoists leading to his brutal killing, Mohanty
A villager was assaulted to death by Maoists using
lathis and rods in Pidiya village, Police said.
Another person was killed and an under-construction
Police barrack was destroyed allegedly by Maoists in two separate
incidents in the Kanker District, Police said. Accusing one Najuk
Ram Koracha of being a Police informer, the Maoists dragged him
out of his home in Thudhud village in the night of November 29,
Inspector General of Police R. K. Vij said. His body was recovered
by villagers the next day with his throat slit, he added.
The Maoists destroyed a Police barrack in PV-34
village after learning about its construction, Vij said.
Normal life was hit hard in the interiors of Chhattisgarh,
the first day of the weeklong anniversary celebrations of the
PLGA the military wing of the CPI-Maoist. Passenger buses were
off the road and shops were shut in Rajnandgaon District bordering
Maharashtra State and in the entire Bastar region comprising of
five Districts - Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker, Dantewada and Bastar
- due to the fear of Maoist attack. The State Government has already
sounded a high alert after Police recovered a number of leaflets
from Bastar, in which the insurgents had asked people to observe
the ninth anniversary of the PLGA between December 2-8. In the
leaflets in Gondi language, the Maoists have also appealed to
people to become members of the CPI-Maoist and get recruited as
The Government launched a major offensive codenamed
Operation Green Hunt against the CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh.
The assault Green Hunt was launched against insurgents
in Chhattisgarh--the epicentre of violence between Maoist fighters,
Security Forces and pro-government militias since 2005. Officials
said there was least resistance from some of the Maoist strongholds,
which could be a ploy. "We are handling the Operation Green
Hunt in a more decisive way. And as on today the operation
is on in Districts like Bijapur and Dantewada. According to the
information that we have, the Police are not facing any resistance
in the interior areas of the Maoist strongholds. It maybe an operational
tactics of Maoists; we are still discussing this issue with our
officers," said S. R. P. Killuri, Deputy Inspector General (Police).
Four civilians were killed when suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres blew up a truck in a landmine blast in the Dantewada District,
Police said. The Maoist blew up the truck near Keralapal village
in the District, killing all the four persons travelling in the
vehicle on the spot, Superintendent of Police (Dantewada) Amresh
Singh said. The truck had left Doranapal village in the District
for Sukama with truck's owner Surya Narayan Raju and three labourers.
As it reached near Keralapal village on NH-221, the Maoists triggered
landmine blast, he added, saying, Police was trying to ascertain
the identity of victims.
About 50 armed CPI-Maoist cadres raided Thema
village in the Kanker District of Bastar region and shot dead
two brothers allegedly on charges of spying, Police said on December
9. The incident took place in the night of December 8. "Guerrillas
raided the village and took away two brothers- Rakesh, 30, and
Rajuram, 25, into a nearby forested area and shot them dead on
charges of being Police informers," Vishwa Ranjan, Director General
of Police told IANS over the phone. He said the extremists
shot at another civilian of the same village, Chabilal Markam.
The villagers said Markam was taken to a Government hospital and
was in a critical condition.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a senior official
of the Small Forest Produce Cooperative Committee in the Raigarh
District, Police said on December 11. Brijlal Yadav, manager of
the committee, was stabbed to death in village Kindhra, Special
Divisional Police Officer G. N. Baghel said. The assailants, who
had come in a jeep, abducted Yadav from his residence in the village
in the night of December 9 and his dead body was found in the
evening of December 10 in a nearby forest, he said.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an exchange
of fire with the Police in the Dantewada District, the Police
said on December 11. The operation led by the District Police
force took place in the Aranpur forests of Jangargunda area on
December 11, Inspector General (Bastar range) R. K. Vij said.
Weapons, including .303 rifles, grenades and IEDs were recovered
from the possession of the slain Maoists, he added.
Two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres were killed in a gun battle with the Security Forces in
a thickly forested village of Surakhera in the Bijapur District.
The Maoists opened fire on a Police team and the Policemen returned
fire and killed two Maoists. The gun battle continued for about
90 minutes. Some Maoists were reported to have received bullet
injuries but they were dragged inside the forest by other cadres,
the Police added. Police also recovered a loaded gun, some tiffin
bombs and Maoist literature from the site of the gun battle.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a local businessman
in the Bastar region, Police said. "Rammanohar, a small businessman
based in Bijapur District was killed by Maoists with a sharp edged
weapon late Wednesday [December 15] in Bijapur District," said
Inspector General of Police T.J. Longkumer. Police recovered the
disfigured dead body and his charred motor-cycle from the interiors
of Bijapur District. Local Police officials said they suspect
the businessman was killed because he was allegedly a Police informer.
The over 2,000 Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel
protecting State Government-run Salwa Judum camps in Chhattisgarh
are likely to be replaced by the Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) personnel for better coordination of operations ahead of
the all out offensive against Naxals (left wing extremists) in
the country. The two SSB battalions will be shifted to Assam for
counter-insurgency and internal security duties. The SSB already
has five companies (about 500 men) deployed in the State, official
sources said. The SSB personnel have been protecting around ten
Salwa Judum camps, comprising 2,000 people in the two Districts
of Bijapur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh since April 2008. The
force which will replace SSB could be the CRPF, they said. The
Home Ministry had ordered the replacement and the movement of
the troops will take place now as it was held back for sometime
due to elections in few States. The move has been initiated to
achieve a streamlined and focused output of operations and administration,
sources said. The SSB has spent an approximately INR 16 lakh for
civic action works in 2008 in these camps, an SSB officer said.
A Police officer was killed and another critically
injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist in the Bijapur District.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Baldev Patel died and Constable Jairam
Nag was seriously injured in the encounter at Tumnar village under
Bangapal Police Station, Bijapur Police Superintendent Avinash
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a gun battle
with the Security Force personnel, while an equal number of extremists
were arrested in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh, Police officials
said on December 23. The Maoists killed in Bijapur District on
December 22 were part of a group that had killed Assistant Sub-Inspector
(ASI) Baldev Patel during a gunfight on December 19.
Three Maoists, including a woman, were arrested
from the Dantewada District after a brief exchange of fire with
the Police, the officials said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blocked a National Highway
in the Dantewada region in protest against the Operation 'Green
Hunt' launched by the Security Forces. The extremists felled down
trees and dug up the roads at several places on the NH-221. The
road blockade crippled traffic, leaving several trucks and buses
stranded. The Maoists also pasted several bills warning the Police.
As per the figures by Police department 235 persons
fell victim to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
violence between January and November 2009. They include 99 Policemen,
two under cover Police, 11 Government officials, 21 Special Police
Officers and 102 commoners.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed by the Police,
while three others were arrested in separate incidents in Bijapur
District, officials said. Police department spokesman Inspector
General R. K. Vij told PTI that two Maoists were killed
in an exchange of fire with the Police in jungles near Bechapal
village, while others managed to escape taking advantage of the
thick forest cover. Arms and explosives were also seized from
the spot, he added.
In the other incident, three extremists were arrested
after a chase by the Police near Tumnar village, Vij said. The
arrested Maoists are facing several criminal cases, including
that of murder and attempt to murder, the Police officer said.