Jharkhand Timeline 2009
Two Maoist cadres, identified
as Suresh Ram and Kameshwar Ram, were arrested and a rifle was
recovered from their possession at Sameli village in Garwah District.
Maoists set a crusher machine
on fire in Gagaria village in Latehar District.
During a joint operation, a special task force
(STF) team and District Police personnel shot dead a 'sub-zonal
commander' of CPI-Maoist, identified as Babulal Munda alias Marandi,
also known as Raman, and four other cadres in the Baish Resham
forest area, nearly 30 kilometres from the Hazaribagh District
headquarters. The encounter took place when the Security Forces
reached the Baish Resham forest area where the Maoists were holding
a meeting. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj confirmed
the exchange of fire and admitted recovery of the body of the
killed extremist. Few other bodies, however, were taken away by
the extremists who had escaped taking advantage of the poor visibility
condition in the evening, Kamboj said.
Mahadeo Oroan, an STF constable, sustained serious
injuries during an hour-long encounter at Kusaha forest under
Manatu Police Station of Palamau District.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Dhanai Kisku, general
secretary of Nagrik Suraksha Samiti (NSS), an anti-Maoist body
set up by the East Singbhum District Police in 2002-03, near his
house at Musabani under the Ghatsila sub-division of the East
Singhbhum District. As the two motorcycle-borne Maoists opened
indiscriminate fire, two others, including a tea stall owner,
were also injured. Subsequently, a man, suspected to be a Maoist,
was lynched by a mob while he was fleeing from a check post leaving
his motorcycle behind during a Police drive to check vehicles
at Tetla village under the Potka Police Station of the District.
The killed person was suspected to have been involved in the killing
of Dhanai Kisku.
Raju Singh, accused of killing social activist
Lalit Kumar Mehta, was shot dead by Maoists near Kelari in the
Palamau District. He was one of the five accused in Mehta's murder.
Maoists subsequently claimed responsibility for the murder and
threatened to kill the others accused in Mehta's murder.
Nearly 25 kilograms of explosives were seized
during a special drive against the CPI-Maoist at Parsokhad village
in Garwah District. The explosives were found stacked in small
containers in a house of one Gopal Yadav during a joint operation
by para-military forces and the District Police. Superintendent
of Police (SP) Saket Kumar Singh said that the house was abandoned
and Yadav had been missing for the last several months, adding
no one was arrested.
Bokaro Police decided to distribute thousands
of bags on which they have printed ways to curb the Maoist menace
in Jharkhand. Bokaro District SP Priya Dubey distributed these
bags at a public meeting at Tulbul (Gomia), about 75 kilometers
from Bokaro steel city. These bags would be distributed for free
in Maoist strongholds such as Jhumra, Gomia, Nawadih, Bokaro thermal,
Petarwar, Kasmar and other areas. The Police have also published
two phone numbers (06542-242266 and 06542-242299) to help villagers
contact the Police in times of emergency and to share vital information.
The Chatra District Police arrested one person
from a rented house at Kathotia locality in Chatra town on the
charges of extorting money for the CPI-Maoist. INR 200,000 was
seized from the house of the arrested person, identified as Vineet
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CPI-Maoists killed two villagers in the Garwah
and Latehar Districts in two separate incidents.
A group of about 40 to 50 CPI-Maoist cadres killed
two villagers, identified as Vijay Nayak and Charku Nayak, at
Anjan village, about 16 kilometres from the District headquarters
of Gumla. Both were members of Shanti Sena, an anti-Maoist body
set up three years ago with the help of Police. The Maoists also
ransacked the houses of village Shanti Sena chief Satyanarayan
Thakur and another Sena member Rampyare and set ablaze a motorcycle.
A CRPF trooper was killed and another sustained
injuries in a landmine explosion triggered by the Maoists at Gorabandha
in the East Singhbhum District. "Shivpal Singh, a havildar, was
killed in the blast at Rajabasa-Kirodari village and a constable,
Jitendra Singh, was rushed to Tata Main hospital with critical
injuries," Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum, Ravindra Agarwal,
Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Bhagirathi Hansda, Moso Tuddu and Budhan Mardi,
from Ashthi village in the East Singhbhum District, where the
insurgents had planned to kill a school teacher. A pistol and
some live cartridges were recovered from them. Superintendent
of Police Naveen Kumar Singh said the arrested Maoists are residents
of Sakragora village in Mayurbhanj District of Orissa and are
members of the Puta Munda squad active in Ghurabandha for the
past several months.
Six Policemen were killed in a
landmine blast triggered by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the
Latehar District. "The explosion took place around 1.30 pm when
the Police personnel were on patrol at Do-Pahani village,'' Inspector
General (Police) G. S. N. Pradhan said. While five Policemen died
on the spot, one constable succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Police suspect the possibility of Maoists triggering the blast
to avenge their 'zonal commander' Sashi Bhuiyan''s arrest in the
Gumla District on January 15. The explosion coincided with a bandh
(shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist in Gumla, Simdega, Latehar,
Lohardaga and Ranchi Districts in protest against Bhuiyan's arrest.
The Bokaro District Police, with help from the
Special Task Force, arrested seven senior cadres of the CPI-Maoist
along with a large quantity of arms from a passenger train and
foiled the Maoists' plan to blow up the Daniya railway Station
under Coal India Chord section of the Dhanbad railway division.
However, several extremists managed to escape after the Police
stopped the train. The arrested Maoists said they were working
under the guidance of the newly appointed 'zonal commander' of
the "Zilang zone" that comprises Hazaribagh, Bokaro, Girdih, Chatra
and Dhanbad. Bhuvneshwar Mahto of Vishnugarh (Hazaribagh) had
reportedly trained them and planned the attack.
A general shutdown call given by the CPI-Maoist
to protest against rising prices severely disrupted normal life
in the State. Factories, shops, offices and all educational institution
remained closed as news filtered in about Maoists torching vehicles
and destroying mobile phone towers in different parts of the State.
Road transportation and train services were also affected badly.
Shipment of coal and bauxite from mines was also negatively affected
as truck and lorry owners suspended their services. Life in the
neighbouring States of Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal was also
affected by the shutdown call.
Police recovered 150 kilograms of explosive powder
from the Chatra area and arrested one CPI-Maoist sympathiser.
Police raided the house of a person, Javed Khan, in Chatra District''s
Boura village and seized the explosive powder and arrested him,
Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Jha said. A separate Police
team arrested a suspected cadre of the People''s Liberation Front
of India (PLFI), identified as Asif Kumar Bhagat, from Gumla District''s
Kanduatoli village, the Police said. A locally made pistol, cartridges,
a mobile phone and PLFI literature were seized from his possession.
The CPI-Maoist hoisted black flags in Palamau,
Chatra, Chaibasa and some other parts of the State on Republic
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including an 'area commander'
identified as Kamal Kharia, were arrested from the jungle area
under Palkot Police Station in the Gumla District while they were
holding a meeting to chalk out strategy to ambush a Police party
in the District. Police seized two pistols and live cartridges,
among other things, from the arrested Maoists.
Police arrested two cadres of the PLFI, identified
as Kuldip Minz and Pradeep, from a jungle area under Basia Police
Station. Police seized a pistol, live cartridges and Maoist literature
from their possession.
The East Singhbhum Police have chosen street plays
to sensitise people about Naxalite (left-wing extremist) activity.
'Bhatke Rahi', a 45-minute play, was staged by artistes from New
Delhi, at Ghatshila sub-division.
Four villagers were shot dead by suspected cadres
of the PLFI in Chalgi village of Khuti District. "The killing
seems to be the outcome of an internal rivalry," said Khuti Superintendent
of Police Prabhat Kumar.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said in Ranchi
that there was need to "fill the vacancies" in the special branch
of the Jharkhand Police. "There is a need to fill the 1,500 vacancies
existing in the State special branch. The special branch of the
State Government will now interact with the Intelligence Bureau
(IB) officials of Ranchi to share intelligence," Chidambaram told
Chidambaram clarified that States should formulate
a surrender policy for Maoists, who would, however, be rehabilitated
by the Centre once they want to join social mainstream. "A national
policy is not the need of the hour. A policy evolved by the State,
keeping the requirements of its own geographical area in mind,
often proves more effective as it is in the case of Andhra Pradesh,"
he said. Chidambaram also said that 145 Police Stations in the
State were Naxalite (left-wing extremism) affected and over 25
blocks did not have Police Stations.
Chidambaram also said he would talk to the West
Bengal Government for an inter-State joint operation to curb ultra-Left
extremism. "West Bengal does not agree with the hot pursuit policy.
So it conducts its operation in its territory and Jharkhand conducts
operations in its own area, which cannot be called a joint operation.
But I have taken up the matter and will speak to the West Bengal
government," Chidambaram said at a press conference at Governor's
Residents of Hesalpidi village in the Ranchi District
lynched three CPI-Maoist cadres who were trying to abduct a contractor.
According to the report, the Maoists in the night of February
1 had made a failed attempt to abduct one Sanjay Mahto, a contractor
involved in constructing a panchayat (village-level self-government
institution) building from the village. Mahto however, managed
to escape and informed the villagers, a Police official said.
Later, hundreds of villagers surrounded the Maoists to prevent
them from escaping. However, the Maoists in their bid to escape
opened fire on the villagers injuring two of them. Angry villagers
then lynched three Maoists to death and later informed the Police
about the incident.
Eight cadres of the PLFI, earlier known as Jharkhand
Liberation Tigers (JLT), were arrested from Duli forest area of
Khuti District. The arrested extremists were identified as Jitan,
Vineet, Jeeran, Anthony, Palous, Sanjay, Prabhu and Anup. Police
also recovered cartridges, uniforms and Naxal (left-wing extremist)
literatures from their possession.
A group of 50 Maoist cadres blew up a transmission
tower of Airtel situated in the Garo village of Chatra District.
More than 13 such towers have been blown up by the Maoists in
the State in the last three years.
Three cadres of the PLFI, including an 'area commander'
identified as Ramorasad Yadav, were arrested from the Bachau jungle,
around 60 kilometers from capital Ranchi. The Police seized two
double-barrel rifles, one .303 rifle looted from Police, live
cartridges and left-wing extremist literature from the arrested
Authorities in the East Singhbhum District distributed
free mobile phones to villagers to provide information about left-wing
extremists. The heads of about 220 villages in the State were
provided with a mobile phone each and users was provided with
a list of Police numbers to call as part of the latest strategy
to fight the Maoist insurgency.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a 30-year-old
man in Bokaro's Jhumra hills suspecting him to be a Police informer.
About 50 Maoists surrounded the man's house, dragged him out and
slit his throat. The Police, however, said Manjhi had been giving
shelter to the Maoists and recently fell out with the insurgents.
One of the senior-most CPI-Maoist leaders hailing
from Andhra Pradesh, identified as Mohammed Hussain, was arrested
in Ranchi by the Jharkhand Police. Hussain, who went by the name
of Sudhakar in his party circles, was looking after the trade
union activities in north India for the CPI-Maoist. He was one
of the founder members of the Singareni Karmika Samakhya (Sikasa),
a trade union started by the erstwhile People's War Group. Hussain,
a native of Mandamarri in the Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh,
was a coal miner and went underground in the early 1980s to build
a militant worker's movement.
The 24-hour general shutdown call given by the
CPI-Maoist in the Palamau, Garwah, Latehar, Lohardaga, Simdega
and Gumla Districts of the State in protest against the recent
arrest of two Maoists, impacted rural areas, but did not affect
life in urban areas.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs decided to
sanction a one-time express grant of INR 200 million to the State
to beef up its intelligence network dealing with Maoist extremism
in and around the State.
Five Police personnel were injured when the CPI-Maoist
cadres detonated a landmine near a bridge situated in the Bundu
block in the Ranchi District. The injured Police personnel were
returning to the Bundu Police Station in an anti-landmine vehicle.
A letter purportedly written by the CPI-Maoist
and published in local media invited a Planning Commission team
to have an open discussion with them about the problems of the
rural people. In an open letter published in some newspapers,
the CPI-Maoist regional committee said the security of the Planning
Commission members visiting them would rest with the Maoists and
they could directly discuss with them about the problems of the
More than 100 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up
the house of one Chandrashekhar Dagi, an assistant jailer in the
Hazaribagh central jail, in the Lembugua village of Chatra District
accusing him of torturing Maoists in the jail. The Maoists asked
all the people inside to come out before blowing up the house.
No one was injured in the incident, though the house was completely
The Jharkhand Government announced a rehabilitation
package for surrendered cadres of the Maoists in the State. Addressing
the media, State Secretary P. K. Jajodia said a zonal committee
member on his surrender will get INR 500,000, a sub-zonal committee
member INR 300,000 and an area commander will be benefited by
INR 200,000. The surrendered cadres will also get insurance, medical
benefits, housing, vocational training and security-related jobs,
besides a host of other benefits, he added. Each Maoist would
get four decimal of the land and INR 50,000 separately for construction
of dwellings. Surrenders could be made before a Minister, Legislator,
Deputy Commissioner or Police in the rank of Inspector General
or Deputy Inspector General or Superintendent of Police. Those
surrendering weapons would get more benefits, he added.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Uday Sarkar alias Ujjwal, at the Chakulia-Shyamsundarpur border,
around Jamua in the East Singhbhum District. Ujjwal originally
hails from Jalpaiguri in North Bengal. A Police officer said,
"He is involved in the murder of Nagarik Suraksha Samiti (NSS)
secretary Dhanai Kisku, landmine blast at Rajbhasa Mines and several
other separatist incidents". He is also an active member of the
Ghurabanda platoon. Pistol and cartridges were recovered from
Police foiled a blast in Khuti District when it
recovered a 40-kilograms improvised explosive device planted on
a road between Barnghada and Kurkud.
A teacher, Koili Singh, was arrested in the Ranka
area of Garwah District on the charge of being a sympathiser of
the CPI-Maoist. Koili Singh's name figured in an FIR which had
been lodged after a Police encounter with the Maoists several
The State Government agreed to open 61 new Police
Stations in the State. Of the 61 Police Stations, 51 will be of
'A category', six under 'B category', and the rest under 'C category'.
The advisory committee of the Governor also approved the creation
of 4,608 posts in these Police Stations.
Three suspected Naxalites were lynched by angry
villagers at the village market in Gulu in Khunti District when
they were allegedly extorting money from shopkeepers.
A group more than 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist
blew up the Panchayat (village-level local self Government) building
in Mahdand village of the Palamau District. However, no one was
injured in the incident.
Maoists blew up a Government building in the Lathear
The 24-hour shutdown call given by the CPI-Maoist
partially affected normal life. The shutdown, which had its impact
in the rural areas of Palamau, Latehar, West and East Singhbhum,
Gumla, Hazaribag, Chatra, Ranchi rural, Lohardaga and Simdega
Districts, affected road transport as most operators withdrew
buses from the National Highway.
Four Maoists, including 'political secretary'
Sandip alias Motilal Soren alias Sujan, were arrested from Deruwan
village in West Singhbhum District. The others were identified
as Amrit Hans, Sanjay Besra and Herman Lumga. Sandip, who joined
the Maoists' ranks in 2000, was wanted by the Police in 14 Naxalite-related
cases and was an accused in the landmine blasts cases at Bitkilsoy,
Baliva and Karampada.
The dead body of a person, identified as Nayeem
Ansari, was found at a roadside near Pundra village in Chatra
District after he was abducted along with his brother Mohammad
Ansari by the TPC cadres while they were returning home in the
night of March 2.
Two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike killed
a shop owner, Anand Tiwari, at Piparwar in Chatra District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Kailash Chandra
Hembrom, a prominent member of the Nagrik Suraksha Samiti (NSS)
as well as the block president of Manjhi Pargana Mahal, at Jadugora
village in the Dumaria block of East Singhbhum District.
Three cadres of the erstwhile JLT, presently known
as the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), were killed
in an encounter with the Security Forces at Chatakpur village
under Sneha Police Station in the Lohardaga District. However,
eight others managed to escape. Two pipe guns, a locally-made
carbine and bullets were recovered from the spot.
A gang of CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead one of their
associates, Budhadev Singh, at Dahudad-Mungatoli in the Gumla
District, for not parting with extortion money. Released on bail
in 2008, Singh was arrested on the charge of murdering a village
chief in 2001.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel
and one civilian were injured in a landmine blast triggered by
the Maoists near Kanjgiro village in the Bokaro District.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Rajesh Toppo, was shot dead by the Police during an encounter
near Karkari river under Tamar block of Ranchi District. Toppo
was accused of killing former minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U)
legislator Ramesh Singh Munda in July 2008 besides a dozen Security
Force personnel. One pistol and live cartridges were seized from
the incident site.
A CPI-Maoist militia of around 60 cadres killed
a Government school teacher, Kedar Singh Bhotka, at Gurudih village
under Katkamsandi Police Station in the Hazaribag District, suspecting
him to be a Police informer and a supporter of the breakaway Maoist
outfit, the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee. Kedar Singh Bhotka and
his brother Ganesh Singh Bhotka were dragged out of their house
at around 2 am. Both were then tied to a tree and beaten up after
which Kedar was killed. Ganesh, who was later released, was undergoing
treatment at the District hospital.
A cadre of the People's Liberation Front of India
(PLFI), earlier known as the JLT, identified as Kanhu Lohra alias
Laden, was killed in an encounter with the Police at Kocha village
in Khunti District. The encounter occurred when a group of PLFI
cadres fired on a Police patrol party. One gun and a pistol were
recovered from the incident site.
The CPI-Maoist threatened villagers in the Latehar
and Chatra Districts with dire consequences if they take part
in the forthcoming general elections, which is scheduled to be
held in April.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed after a two-hour-long
gun-battle with the Police near Barijharia village under Chainpur
Police Station in the Palamau District. Acting on a tip-off, a
Police team raided a hideout of the Maoists and asked them to
surrender. The Maoists, however, opened fire at the Police and
in the retaliatory action, two insurgents were killed. However,
some more Maoists, reportedly more than 10 in number, managed
to escape along with the bodies of their slain comrades.
More than 20 members of the TPC raided Lawagarh
village in the Latehar District and abducted six people who are
relatives of two commanders of the CPI-Maoist. The abducted villagers
are relatives of Chotu, a 'sub-zonal commander' and Abhishek,
an 'area commander' of CPI-Maoist. TPC members also set ablaze
four houses and one tractor of the villagers, alleging that they
were CPI-Maoist supporters. The abducted villagers are said to
have been taken to the nearby jungles. According to Police, the
incident is a consequence of the rivalry between the two groups.
A Policeman was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist
near Bhaliaahi village in the Giridih District. The incident occurred
during a raid on a Maoist hideout by the Police on the basis of
a tip off. "When security personnel asked the rebels to surrender,
the Maoists retaliated. In the gun battle that lasted more than
two hours, one constable Surendra was killed," an unnamed Police
officer said. The Maoists later managed to escape from the incident
Four Maoists were arrested in the Bermo area of
Bokaro District. They have been identified as Mohammed Shahid,
Mohammed Alam, Mohammed Muslim and Mohammed Minhas. Three bombs,
a couple of Police uniforms, daggers and receipt books of levy
connection were recovered from them. During interrogation, they
revealed to the Police the details of their action plan for the
coming Parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in April 2009.
According to sources, the arrested told the Police that the command
to tackle the Security Forces has been handed over to area Naxalite
commander and in-charge of Jharkhand, Navin Manjhi, who has roped
in the services of the cadres from West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school
and a primary health centre at Nitar under Manatu Police Station
in Palamu District. Superintendent of Police Ravi Kant Dhan informed
the media on March 22 that the walls of both the buildings were
badly damaged, while doors, furnitures and other goods were reduced
In a raid, 15 kilograms of explosives, attached
with a timer device for landmine explosion, was found underneath
at Hussainabad-Alipur Road, Dhan said.
Normal life was affected in the State due to the
general shutdown call given by the People's Liberation Front of
India (PLFI) to protest against the killing of a 'commander' and
some other members of the group.
The Police repelled a CPI-Maoist attack on the
Dhurki Police Station in Garwah District after a two-hour gun
battle. About 50 to 100 Maoists in four groups launched a simultaneous
attack on the Police Station around 2am (IST) firing over 500
bullets, Police said. The Police counter attack forced the Maoists
to retreat at around 4am without causing any harm to the Police
Normal life was affected in the Ranchi District
due to the daylong shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist. The shutdown
was called to protest against alleged harsh Police treatment meted
out to the Maoists in prisons. Consequently, bus and train services
were badly affected in the District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Yakub Kongari,
a Jharkhand Party leader, at Domtoli under Kolebira Police Station
area in Simdega District. Pamphlets were reportedly strewn around
his body reading "Police ke mukhbiro ka yahi hashra hoga (all
Police informers will meet the same fate)."
A group of uniformed CPI-Maoist cadres armed with
sophisticated weapons blew up an Aircel telecom tower and a house
at Daihar village in the Chouparan area of Hazaribagh District.
According to the Sub-divisional Police officer (SDPO) of Barhi,
Arun Kumar Sinha, the house belonged to one Gopal Singh, who was
a member of the Shastra People's Morcha, a breakaway group of
the CPI-Maoist. No loss of life was reported from the house as
it was abandoned. Before leaving, the Maoists left pamphlets,
saying Gopal Singh's house was blown up as he and Shastra People's
Morcha were behind the killing of four members of the outfit two
months ago in Jori. They also asked the villagers to boycott the
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up four public buildings
at different places in the State. A vacant community hall was
blown up at Penk village in the Bokaro District. A separate group
of Maoists exploded two buildings housing primary schools in Ghansitola
village in the Latehar District. In the third incident, a primary
school building in the Banalat area of Gumla District was blown
up destroying a portion of the structure. However, no loss of
life was reported in any of these incidents.
Life in the Ghatshila sub-division remained paralyzed
as a CPI-Maoist-sponsored 24-hour general shutdown call evoked
a near-total response in the East Singhbhum District and adjoining
Mayurbhanj District of Orissa. State offices, as well as private
firms, remained closed in Ghatshila, Musaboni and Bahragora. Schools,
colleges and training centres across the sub-division were also
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) leader's house, a school building and a healthcare centre
in the Moktama village of Chatra District, the Police said. About
50 Maoists barged into BJP leader Mahendra Yadav's house and asked
his family members to run out, the report added. They then detonated
bombs. They also blew up a school building and an anganvadi (mother
and child centre) building in the same village. In the last three
days, Maoists have reportedly blown up six Government buildings
in the State.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle
was badly damaged in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists at
a forest area near Bareni village in Latehar District. The vehicle
was ferrying luggage of CRPF personnel who were returning to their
base after handing over charge to BSF personnel for election duty.
The Jharkhand Police spokesperson Inspector General S. N. Pradhan
said the CRPF personnel had a miraculous escape as they were walking
beside the vehicle when the Maoists triggered the landmine blast.
Left-wing extremists killed four security guards
of the Abhijeet Group at the site office of the group's proposed
power plant at Chakla village in Latehar District. While three
guards died on the spot, another succumbed to his injuries on
the way to hospital. One injured guard was admitted to a Ranchi
hospital. According to officials, the extremists had demanded
a levy of INR two million from the company. The Abhijeet Group
had apparently refused to pay the amount. "A chit was found on
the place of this incident, in which Sanyukta Krantikari Committee
(United Revolutionary Committee) is claiming responsibility for
the incident. Although we have never heard of this group earlier,
this is a serious crime committed by them," said District Superintendent
of Police Hemant Toppo.
About 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoists under the leadership
of their 'sub-zonal commander' Sanjay Yadav blew up the Project
High School at Makka village in Lohardaga District. The Project
High School is located less than a kilometre away from the village
middle school where paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) personnel
are reportedly camping these days.
Ranjan Yadav alias Dinkar, a member of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh
special area committee of the CPI-Maoist, was expelled from the
outfit for contesting in the general election from Chatra constituency
defying the group's poll boycott call, a statement issued by the
outfit said. Yadav is contesting as an independent from Chatra.
The CPI-Maoist declared Yadav as an anti-revolutionary, who had
nothing to do with the outfit.
Two PLFI cadres were killed in a gun battle lasting
over three hours with the Police near Salgi village of Gumla District.
A carbine and a 9mm pistol were recovered from the slain extremists.
According to Police, the PLFI members were holding a meeting to
chalk out their strategy for the ensuing parliamentary elections.
An armed squad of the CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
the house of a teacher at Motuda village under Chandil Police
Station in Seraikela-Kharsawan District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a make-shift
camp of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at
Ranpura in Garwah District, but failed to inflict any damage and
retreated as the Security Forces retaliated. Nearly 50 Maoists
surrounded a middle school, where the CRPF personnel were camping,
and fired about 200 rounds from all sides, Police said.
The Police recovered a huge quantity of explosive
material, sufficient to manufacture 200 bombs, from a bomb-manufacturing
unit which was unearthed during a Police raid at Virajpur village.
The Superintendent of Police, Manoj Kaushik, said the unit was
found in the house of Ambuj Pandey, a home guard personnel, and
Ranjit Pandey, a post master.
A 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Krishna Yadav,
was killed in a gun battle with cadres of the Jharkhand Prastuti
Committee (JPC), a breakaway faction of the Maoists, in the forest
area of Angarha at Simaria in Chatra District. The Deputy Superintendent
of Police, Naushad Alam, confirmed the killing and said the Krishna's
body has been recovered. Alam said one more member of Krishna's
team, Uday Ganjhu, was killed while four others sustained injuries.
Krishna was mainly active in the Chatra and Hazaribagh Districts.
One person was killed and four Security Force
(SF) Personnel were injured when a bomb exploded near Majholi
village in Palamau District. The SF personnel were trying to defuse
the bomb when it exploded.
The Police arrested two Maoists, identified as
Sita Ram Majhi and Babu Lal Mahto, from Kotaladda village in Dhanbad
District, which is considered to be a Maoist-stronghold. Both
the cadres admitted their involvement in a SLR snatching case
in Katras colliery area ten days ago.
About a dozen armed Maoists blew up the building
of the Belhra High School at Bishrampur in the Palamau District,
taking the total number of Government buildings destroyed by them
to 10 in different Districts within a week. There was no loss
of life in the incident. The Maoists left a note at the incident
site claiming responsibility for the blast.
The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel repulsed
a Maoist attack on their base camp at Furrow under the Bhandarya
Police Station in Garhwa District. The Garhwa Superintendent of
Police (SP) Saket Kumar Singh said the Maoists opened fire at
the BSF camp from a distance in a bid to make their presence felt.
However, the insurgents failed to inflict any damage as the camp
was beyond their firing range. The Maoists used AK 47, SLRs and
3.3 rifles during the 15-minute attack which was retaliated by
the BSF personnel present at the camp, the SP added.
Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel
were killed and three others injured when CPI-Maoist cadres opened
fire on them inside Jalko forests under Arki Police Station in
Khunti District. "It appears the rebels had already taken positions
on the hills of the forests," said Inspector General (provision)
and State Police spokesman S.N. Pradhan. "While the jawans were
passing through, they opened fire," he mentioned. The slain Paramilitary
personnel were identified as Hoshiyar Singh, Majhar Ali Khan,
Sunil Rai, Sahadilip Singh and N.N. Sharma. "We have recovered
a large number of bullets and empty cartridges from the venue.
We have also recovered the body of a Naxalite," Ranchi Senior
Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar Singh said over phone from
Jalko and added that the CRPF personnel had killed another cadre
of the CPI-Maoist, but his dead body was yet to be located.
Security Forces (SFs) recovered seven powerful
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Khunti District. The inter-connected
IEDs were planted near a canal on the Salgadih-Baridih path in
the District, Deputy Superintendent of Police A. K. Roy said.
While one IED weighed 60 kilograms, the other six were of 20 kilograms
each and all connected with a 200 metre wire, Roy said. Naxalites
(left-wing extremists) had planted the explosives with an aim
to target the SFs who are engaged in area domination ahead of
the April 16 elections in the Khunti parliamentary constituency.
Normal life was affected in Ranchi because of
a day-long shutdown call given by the Maoists to protest against
the killing of two commanders of the outfit during an encounter
in Chatra District recently.
The Police defused two powerful improvised explosive
devices (IEDs), each weighing 10 kilograms, planted on the Saryu-Latehar
road by Naxals (left-wing extremists) with an aim to target Security
Forces, who are engaged in area domination ahead of the first
phase polls. Acting on a tip-off, Police recovered the IEDs, from
near the road in Pataria Chatak village of Latehar District, Superintendent
of Police Hemant Toppo said, adding that both the explosives were
About 30 to 40 Maoists ransacked and set ablaze
the election offices of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and an
independent candidate at Kundari village under Lesliganj Police
Station area in Palamu District. The Maoists also fired indiscriminately
during the incident. No loss of life was reported.
Industrial activities in Chandil and Chowka (Seraikela-Kharsawan)
remained stalled as CPI-Maoist called a District-wide general
shutdown that saw complete response.
The Maoists triggered a landmine blast at Varnia
Ghati in the hilly tracts of Barwadi in Latehar District blowing
up a bus ferrying CRPF personnel leading to an exchange of fire
with the Security Forces in which two CRPF personnel, a civilian
driver and five Maoists were killed. Immediately after the blast,
80 CRPF constables, who had earlier alighted from the bus fearing
a Maoist attack since a road stretch had a sharp incline slowing
down traffic and were walking behind the vehicle, took positions
and fired on the extremists, Inspector General of Police (Provisions)
S.N. Pradhan said. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be
held in the State in two phases on April 16 and April 23.
In a bid to disrupt the parliamentary elections,
cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a paramilitary BSF bus ferrying
the BSF personnel from Ladhup to Arah at a place about 125 kilometres
from capital Ranchi in Latehar District, killing seven BSF personnel,
one helper and the civilian driver of the bus on April 16. The
BSF personnel were returning after patrolling. The Deputy Commissioner
of Police, Sarvendu Tathagat, said a helicopter was flown to the
spot for rescue operation, adding an encounter is going on.
The 26th battalion of the CRPF averted a major
disaster with the recovery of an improvised explosive device weighing
100 kilograms kept under a bridge near Gajandi Nala in Bokaro
District. "Today's recovery seems to be part of the explosives
looted from the NALCO mine. Further investigations are on in this
regard," sources said.
The Security Forces forced a group of Maoists
to retreat after heavy gun-fire near Kumudih railway Station in
One BSF trooper was killed and three others were
injured in a landmine explosion at Kone village in Latehar District.
This was the third such incident in as many days. The BSF personnel
and election staff were returning on foot in the morning when
the landmine exploded. The explosion occurred after the Security
Forces detected two other landmines and defused them.
About a dozen armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew
up a school building in Kiukra village under Pirtand Police Station
in Giridih District, days after the Security Forces (SFs) used
it as a shelter during combing operations ahead of the second
phase of parliamentary elections in Jharkhand on April 23. This
was the 15th Government structure to be destroyed by the Maoists
in five Districts for housing SF personnel, on anti-Maoist raid,
during the last one month.
Villagers spotted CPI-Maoist posters asking people
to stay away from voting in the Giridhi parliamentary constituency
area. The constituency, having a strong Maoist presence, will
go to polls along with seven other seats in the second phase of
elections on April 13.
The CPI-Maoist called for a Jharkhand-Bihar general
shutdown on April 22, a day before the second phase of parliamentary
elections, in protest against the "killing of five villagers"
by CRPF personnel at Barhania valley in Latehar District in Jharkhand
on April 15. The encounter occurred immediately after a landmine
explosion was carried out by the Maoists. The CRPF personnel claimed
that the five were Naxalites, but villagers said they were innocent.
A group of over 50 Maoists bombed the Utari Road
railway Station and also destroyed a nearby track in the Palamau
District late. Police said the militants had planned to target
the New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express, which was to pass through
the Station 30 minutes after the blast.
The Maoists blew up a school and health centre
in the Narayanpur village of Chatra District.
Security Forces escorting a group of election
officials in the West Singhbhum District recovered a powerful
bomb at Jalmary. The escort team was proceeding to the polling
centre near Porangar village on foot and spotted the explosive
planted on the road. The bomb, weighing 30 kilograms, was kept
in a drum.
Nearly 200 CPI-Maoist cadres seized the Gomo-Mughalsarai
train (number 627) carrying nearly 700 passengers near the Hehegarha
Station at 7.30 a.m. in Latehar District and later released it
around 11.50am (IST) without causing any harm to the passengers.
They later fled the spot after spotting a helicopter.
Maoists attacked a CRPF camp and blew up the Chiyanki
railway Station in Palamau District. They also bombed the outer
cabin of the railway Station. The cabin man and porter have been
missing since the attack.
In West Singhbhum District, Maoists attacked a
CRPF camp. A gun battle between the militants and Security Force
personnel was still on, officials said.
Police said the Maoists also triggered an explosion
on the road between Giridih and Dumri and cut trees to block it.
An Executive Magistrate, Rajendra Prasad, and
a Police Constable were wounded when the CPI-Maoist cadres lobbed
a bomb at their vehicle near Dadi-Srirampur village in Giridih
The Security Forces repulsed a Maoist attempt
to disrupt polling at Bansdera in the East Singhbhum District,
165 kilometres from capital Ranchi, after an hour-long gun-battle
with the insurgents, the Inspector General of Police S. N. Pradhan
said in Ranchi.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a chowkidar
(security guard) accompanying a polling party at Kathikund in
the Dumka District Four other persons, including two polling officials,
a driver and a constable, were injured.
The Maoists fled away with the Electronic Voting
Machines (EVMs) from a booth at a school at Rajavita in the Godda
The State administration ordered an inquiry into
the killing of five tribals on April 15, which the CRPF had claimed
was an encounter with Maoists. The administration also transferred
three senior officials, Latehar Deputy Commissioner Sarvendu Tathagat,
SP Hemant Toppo and DIG Nandu Prasad. Governor Syed Sibtey Razi
ordered Palamau Deputy Commissioner A K Pandey to probe the allegations.
"We've have started the inquiry," said Pandey.
Police recovered a landmine and two can bombs
near Chesaribera in Khunti District. The explosives were later
defused at a safe place, Police said.
Three suspected cadres of the PLFI, earlier known
as JLT, were lynched by villagers of Kumaria in the Gumla District.
Rajendra Sahu, Hiralal Sahu and Sanjay Sahu, who allegedly belonged
to the PLFI, went to Kumaria, over 200 kilometres from the state
capital, Ranchi, in the night and asked some villagers about the
whereabouts of a contractor, Badnu Kharia. The trio allegedly
assaulted the villagers when they pleaded ignorance. In retaliation,
the villagers managed to overpower the insurgents and lynched
them, the Police said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze three vehicles
at Kolibera in Simdega District as the 48-hour shutdown called
by them in the District and neighbouring Gumla ended. A group
of armed Maoists stopped an iron-laden truck and two other vehicles
carrying soft drinks and set them ablaze after pouring petrol.
The shutdown was called by the Maoists to protest the recent arrest
of its self-styled sub-zonal commander Pratap Hinjia.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted three
railway officials, including the Station master, of Hendegiri
Station in the Latehar District. "A group of armed Maoists raided
the Station on Tuesday night and abducted Station master Lalit
Prasad, Deputy Station Master Anil Kumar and Assistant Station
Master S. K. Tete," Divisional Railway Manager (Dhanbad division)
A. K. Gupta said. Three other employees of the railway Station
located about 140 kilometres from capital Ranchi were also abducted
but later freed, Gupta added.
The Ranchi Police issued advertisements in local
newspapers inviting youth from the left-wing extremism affected
areas of the District to enroll for a free vocational training
course. These courses will help youth get jobs in the Army, Police,
Central Paramilitary Forces and also as drivers. The Senior Superintendent
of Police, Praveen Kumar, said youths from the Maoist-affected
areas, including Bundu, Tamar, Angara, Sonahatu, Bero, Rahe, Lapung,
Khelari, Chanho, Silli and Sikidri, will have to get in touch
with officers in charge of the respective Police Stations and
submit their applications.
Three railway officials, abducted by suspected
cadres of the CPI-Maoist on May 12, were rescued after an intensive
combing operation in the forests of Amjharia in the Hazaribagh
District, 140 km from Ranchi. "Station Master Lalit Prasad, Deputy
Station Master Sushil Kumar Tete and Assistant Station Master
Anil Kumar of Hendigir railway Station of the East-Central Railways
have been rescued unharmed," Superintendent of Police (SP) Pankaj
Kamboj told journalists. During the combing operation, the kidnappers
saw the Police approaching and started firing. After retaliatory
action, all of them fled leaving the officials behind, he said.
The abductors, who claimed to be Maoists, could belong to either
the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC) or TPC, breakaway groups
of the CPI-Maoist, the SP said. Three rifles, two country-made
revolvers, six live cartridges, four cell phones and explosive
materials were recovered from the spot.
A bus conductor was killed and three CRPF personnel
injured in two landmine blasts triggered by suspected cadres of
the CPI-Maoist near Pomgir village in the West Singhbhum District.
The blasts occurred when a joint team of CRPF and Police personnel
were on long-range patrolling duty in the Saranda forest under
the Bandgaon Police Station. "The security personnel were patrolling
on foot while a Police bus moved close-by. When they reached somewhere
near Pomgir, two landmines were set off by suspected Maoists,"
an unnamed official said. The conductor of the bus died on the
spot while the three CRPF soldiers sustained injuries in the incident.
The diktat by the CPI-Maoist to tendu leaf
(leaves of diospyros melonoxylon used for rolling bidis) traders
in Ghatshila sub-divisional villages in East Singhbhum District
to pay an enhanced rate has caused economic hardship to the tribals.
As the traders are not ready to obey the diktat, tribals, who
collect tendu leaves on a daily basis during the season from April
to June, are left with no buyers since the Maoists have set ablaze
three depots of tendu leaves in the Sukhlara panchayat
(village-level local self Government institution) under MGM Police
Station, Jhanti Jharna and Karadoba panchayats in the Ghatshila
Police Station area.
Ttwo persons, identified as Paswar and Maqsood,
were beaten to death by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Banbar village
under Bhandaria Police Station in Garhwa District. According to
Garhwa Superintendent Police (SP) Saket Singh, the Maoists first
asked Paswar to provide them with a 9-mm pistol. When he pleaded
his inability to do so, he was beaten to death with lathis (batons).
Maqsood, too, was beaten to death in a similar way. A handbill
left by the Maoists at the spot stated that Maqsood used to extort
money in the name of their party organisation and that he was
also a rapist. "Maqsood was a notorious criminal. He was released
from jail about a month ago. But on what basis did the rebels
demand a 9mm pistol from Paswar is rather intriguing. Both cases
are being investigated," said the SP over phone.
A Maoist was killed and a CRPF personnel was injured
in an encounter between the SFs and the Maoists in Hazaribagh
District. Acting on a tip-off that the Maoists of Jharkhand and
Bihar were holding a meeting in the deep forest in Tetariya More
bordering Gaya District of Bihar, a security team was rushed to
the area, sources said. When the Maoists saw the Security Forces,
they opened fire in which a CRPF personnel, Raj Kumar, received
bullet injuries on his shoulder. The SFs retaliated the fire in
which a Maoist was killed, sources claimed.
In Chatra District, suspected Maoists blew up
two blocks of a middle school building in the Kaura village under
Pratapur Police Station. During the just concluded Lok Sabha elections,
the Police had put up camps in these buildings.
Peoples Liberation Front of India (PLFI) cadres
set ablaze two dumpers near Hatihar village under Bano Police
Station in Simdega District. Sources at the Police headquarters
said the incident was an outcome of a dispute over levy amounts.
Cadres of the PLFI set ablaze one earth dredging
machine of a road construction company at a construction site
in Dulsurma village of Palamu District late in the night. The
incident took place after the contractor failed to pay heed to
the extortion demands of the extremists, Police said.
SF personnel following an encounter arrested nine
CPI-Maoist cadres and recovered three rifles, can bombs, uniforms
and urea in the Ulung village under Rania Police Station area
of Khunti District. The encounter took place when a joint team
of Police and CRPF engaged in a long-range patrolling were fired
upon by the Maoists at around 9.30am. The encounter, involving
40 SF personnel and some 200 Maoists, reportedly continued for
45-minutes. According to the SP of Khunti, Prabhat Kumar, "One
out of the three rifles seized was a .303-rifle that is used by
the Jharkhand Police personnel. Rebels must have looted the gun
from a Police outpost. However, we are not sure from where," adding,
"three can bombs were recovered but we are yet to count the number
of uniforms recovered. Besides, we have also recovered empty canvas
kit bags used to carry all the equipment." He also said that "As
an exchange began, the rebels were left with little option other
than escape into the nearby village (Ulung)." After the Maoists
stopped firing, Police cordoned off the village and carried out
a search operation that carried on till 5pm in the evening. "Afterwards,
we drew out eight persons who were neither Ulung residents nor
related to the villagers. After a brief inquiry, we ascertained
that they were rebels and then mounted pressure on them to help
recover arms, ammunition and uniforms from the area. While returning
from the village, we arrested one more, a man who doubled up as
an informer," he added.
Two separate encounters took place between the
Police and CPI-Maoist cadres under Namkum and Bundu Police Stations
in Ranchi District. Police also neutralized a bunker having a
capacity of 50 people at Barahatu under Bundu Police Station and
recovered four 9-mm pistols along with few AK-47 bullets. While
no Policeman was injured in the encounters, Police claimed that
a Maoist was shot dead in the 30-minute gun battle. His body,
however, was taken away by his associates.
Police arrested 36 CPI-Maoist cadres, including
12 women, belonging to the Banspahari unit of the Police Santras
Birodhi Public Committee of West Midnapore in West Bengal while
they were taking out a rally in support of the bandh at Chakulia
in East Singbhum District in the evening.
The 24-hour nationwide bandh called by
the CPI-Maoist to protest the recent killings of their central
committee member Sudhakar Reddy and the LTTE chief Velupillai
Prabhakaran by Police and Sri Lankan Army respectively affected
train service in various parts of the State.
Police is imparting vocational training to the
unemployed youth of CPI-Maoist infested regions to enable them
earn a livelihood and join the mainstream. About 250 youths from
the insurgency-affected areas are presently being trained for
recruitment in the army, paramilitary forces and Jharkhand Police.
According to the Superintendent of Police in Ranchi, Praveen Kumar,
the initiative is sure to break the local support base of the
Maoists, who recruit a large number of local youth every year.
"Our main concentration was rural areas. Because we know that
those living in big cities will get this opportunity anytime because
of their geographical location. But those living in villages don''t
even have access to newspapers and basic information. There are
many unemployed youth who are school outs and are idle. They do
not even try or don''t have the right channel to do anything,"
Kumar said, adding, "According to my personal observation, all
this has created a furore among the Maoists because they are aware
that this initiative would lead to eradication of their local
Two separate encounters took place between the
Police and CPI-Maoist cadres under Namkum and Bundu Police Stations
in Ranchi District. Police also neutralized a bunker having a
capacity of 50 people at Barahatu under Bundu Police Station and
recovered four 9-mm pistols along with few AK-47 bullets. While
no Policeman was injured in the encounters, Police claimed that
a Maoist was shot dead in the 30-minute gun battle. His body,
however, was taken away by his associates.
The 24-hour nationwide bandh (general shut-down)
called by the CPI-Maoist on June 1 to protest the recent killings
of their central committee member Sudhakar Reddy and the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran by Police
and Sri Lankan Army respectively affected train service in various
parts of the State.
Police arrested 36 CPI-Maoist cadres, including
12 women, belonging to the Banspahari unit of the Police Santras
Birodhi Public Committee of West Midnapore in West Bengal while
they were taking out a rally in support of the bandh at Chakulia
in East Singbhum District in the evening of May 31.
Nine CPI-Maoist cadres, including five women,
were arrested by the Police at Jamshedpur. Earlier, Police had
detained 20 persons who organised a rally with a plan to declare
a State-wide shutdown on June 1. "From the people we had detained,
we have found that Geeta, a member of Dasta Maoist outfit and
other hard core Maoists who used to work as logistics and work
for strengthening the unit. We have identified nine of them and
will present them in court," said Superintendent of Police Navin
Panic gripped the residents of Chakulia village
in East Singhbhum District after the CPI-Maoist-backed People's
Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) announced that they
would not allow anyone from Jharkhand to enter Bengal. The decision,
taken by the Committee at a meeting in Jhargram in West Bengal,
close to the Jharkhand-Bengal border, is aimed at exerting pressure
on the Jharkhand Police to release the nine suspected Naxalites
(left-wing extremists) arrested on May 31. PCPA will block all
roads connecting Chakulia, Ghatshila and Dhalbhumgarh with Belpahari
in Bengal. East Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Naveen Kumar
Singh said that there was no question of releasing the nine suspected
11 Policemen, including a CRPF Inspector, were
killed and six others injured when Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist) cadres triggered a landmine explosion targeting their
vehicle in West Singhbhum District on. A joint team of the CRPF
and Jharkhand Police was returning from a two-day long-range patrolling
in Saranda forest when the explosion took place between Serengda
and Aruanga villages, Director-General of Police V. D. Ram said.
The victims also included the Officer in Charge of Goilkera Police
Station, Philips Tete, and Assistant Sub-Inspector P. C Hembram
besides CRPF inspector P. Parimal. An encounter between the Maoists
and the Police followed the blast which was still continuing,
CRPF Commandant Sanjay Singh said.
One TPC cadre was killed in a gun battle with
Security Forces near Semra village in Palamau District in the
morning. Around seven TPC cadres were present when Police raided
the village. However, the rest managed to escape. Police seized
one revolver and left-wing extremist literature, among other things,
from the slain TPC cadre.
At least 13 Security Force (SF) personnel were
killed in two separate attacks by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bokaro
District. CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a State Bank of India (SBI)
branch near Fusro market of Bokaro town in the afternoon, killing
two Jharkhand Police personnel, who foiled their attempt to loot
money from the bank. At least 10 people were injured when the
Maoists hurled bombs and opened indiscriminate fire in the market
area. An encounter took place between SFs and the Maoists in the
Bermo Police Station area of Bokaro after the attack.
The CPI-Maoist cadres detonated a landmine in
the Nawadih area of the same District, killing at least 11 SF
personnel and injuring eight, said the Director General of Police
(DGP) V.D. Ram. The slain SF personnel belonged to the Jharkhand
Armed Police and Special Armed Force, raised to fight the CPI-Maoist.
This is the second major Maoist attack in the last two days.
The Maoists organised a general shutdown on in
six States, including in Jharkhand, to protest against the killing
of Venkat Reddy, a member of the central committee of the CPI-Maoist,
in Andhra Pradesh recently.
Maoists detonated a landmine near Rania in Khunti
District injuring 10 Jharkhand Armed Police personnel, five of
them critically. The incident, the third in last four days, took
place when the Jharkhand Armed Police personnel were returning
to the Rania Police camp in a Police van after purchasing diesel.
By the time the injured Policemen took position, the Maoists opened
indiscriminate firing on them. The Policemen also fired over 100
rounds and mortars. The encounter lasted about half-an-hour following
which the Maoists retreated into the nearby jungles. "The landmine
was planted on a bridge. The vehicle, which carried diesel containers,
was coming from Torpa to the Rania Police camp," Sub-Divisional
Police Officer Ashok Kumar Rai said.
One person, identified as Balakram Soren, reportedly
a rural medical practitioner, was shot dead by suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist at Panchangora Tola in the West Singhbhum District
late in the night.
Four Policemen were killed and five others sustained
injuries in an encounter between the Police and cadres of the
CPI-Maoist at Manatu Police Station area of Palamu District. The
Police personnel were returning after a long range patrolling
when the Maoists opened fire on them.
Around 10 to 15 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew
up a panchayat (village level self-Government institution) building
in the Chahapur village of Palamau District. However, no casualty
was reported as the building was empty at the time. After blowing
up the building, Maoist shouted slogans against the Security Forces''
operation in the Lalgarh area of West Bengal.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand Police arrested three Maoists,
including a woman, from a nursing home in the Bokaro District.
Police also arrested Ratan Lal Manjhi, the owner of the nursing
Around 10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze
a truck laden with iron ore near Bhuiadih village in Khunti District.
Naxalites (Left-wing extremists) killed a villager
at Parasi village under Tamar Police Station area in Ranchi District
and left behind posters, which hinted that the victim had to pay
the price with his life for allegedly committing rape and murder.
In the same District, a criminal, who had recently
joined the PLFI, earlier known as JLT, was killed in an encounter
with the Police at Prem Nagar under the Nagari Police Outpost.
Police confirmed the death of Nand Kishore Nayak in the encounter,
saying that they had been on the lookout for the extremist for
some time. A 9-mm pistol was recovered from the possession of
the slain extremist.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Santosh Sao
and Ganesh Sao, were arrested from Lalpania near Jhumra hill in
Bokaro District and 200 kilograms of explosives and 100 pieces
of detonators were recovered from them. Police described the duo
as hard-core cadres of the CPI-Maoist. They were involved in supplying
explosives and arms to the ''red squad'' of the outfit.
11 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, who were
extorting money on the pretext of religious celebrations and warning
of a Lalgarh-type situation in the State, were arrested from of
Nimdih, about 50 kilomeres from Jamshedpur in East Singhbhum District.
Police said the men, aged between 20 and 24 years, were residents
of Koira village in the Patamda block of the District. They were
detained at the weekly haat (market) at Chaliama village
in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan's Nimdih Police Station area.
Though no arms or explosives were found from them, some Maoist
literature was recovered.
The Centre indicated that Jharkhand should fill-up
vacant posts in the Police department. "I think the state has
lot of vacancies in its own posts. And as you have seen everywhere
the Centre will give adequate forces, but the primary responsibility
lies with the state government," said Gopal Pillay, who takes
over as the new Union Home Secretary from June 30, told the media
in capital Ranchi. He was responding to a query as to whether
Jharkhand has adequate central forces to deal with the Maoist
A CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Nathuni Mistry
alias Prem alias Premnath, was sentenced by a local court to seven
years of imprisonment for attacking a Police patrol in Balurmath
in Latehar District in 2000. A resident of Mandanpur in the Aurangabad
District of Bihar, Mistry was arrested from Ranchi in June 2002.
Terming it as a major success, Jharkhand Police spokesperson and
Inspector General of Police (provisions), S. N. Pradhan, said
it was a major success for the Police in terms of prosecution,
Times of India reported. "More than 15 cases are pending against
him in Bihar and Jharkhand," said Pradhan.
A hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Somnath, was killed in an encounter with the Police at Koramba
forest in the Ramgarh block of Dumka District. Acting on a tip-off,
a Police team reached Koramba to flush out the Maoists but the
Maoists started firing at the Police party, Superintendent of
Police Arun Kumar Singh said. Somnath was killed in retaliatory
action. An SLR rifle was found from the incident site.
S.N. Pradhan, the Inspector-General of Police
(Operations), said the Jharkhand Police will soon have, among
other things, assault rifles with night vision in its armoury
to take on Maoists as part of the ongoing Police modernisation
The sub-zonal 'platoon commander' of the People's
Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), Sanjay Yadav, parted ways with
the outfit along with his trusted lieutenants. Sources claimed
that Sanjay quit the PLGA due to his growing differences with
the outfit's 'zonal commander' Nakul Yadav. However, he has not
yet announced his decision to either form a separate outfit or
join hands with any other outfit.
A dozen Maoists, who had allegedly planned to
blow up the Bishnugarh Police picket at Dudhmania in Hazaribag
District, were arrested. After a tip-off, Security Forces rushed
to the NH-100 and arrested them, District Superintendent of Police
Pankaj Kamboj said. The Maoists, who had deployed teenage villagers,
asked them to keep a watch on Police movement while the seniors
execute their plot by laying landmines near the Police picket,
he said. "To divert Police attention, the Maoists also decided
to loot the SBI [State bank of India] Banaso branch on the same
route," he said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead one CRPF trooper,
Pitambar Kumar Singh, in his house at Ninder the Latehar District.
Singh, who was posted at the Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum
District, was reportedly on leave.
Two Maoist sympathisers were arrested from the
Gandhi Nagar area of capital Ranchi following a raid conducted
by the Special Task Force (STF). The duo, identified as Sanjay
Kumar Singh alias Manoj Kumar Singh and his wife Uma Minz, stayed
in a rented house. Singh, who posed as a transporter, used to
give shelter to Maoists and his guests included sub-zonal 'commander'
Uday Ganjhu. The STF recovered a huge quantity of ammunition,
explosives, left-wing extremist literature, films, compact discs,
a computer, chargeable battery, blank audio cassettes and two
multi-utility vehicles during the raid. The seized explosives
included four kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 403 live cartridges.
Police sources said the couple admitted during interrogation that
the house in which they had been staying for the last one and
a half years was taken on rent by Ganjhu.
Kalijit Ganjhu alias SP, chief of the Jharkhand
Prastuti Committee (JPC), a breakaway Maoist faction, was arrested
at a check-post at Sila on the National Highway 100 (Hazaribagh-Chatra
Road) in Chatra District. Kalijit was sitting on the pillion of
a two wheeler en route to the jungle when he was arrested. The
outfit, mainly operating in the Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts,
had been making extortion demands to contractors engaged in the
construction of the KodermaHazaribagh-Barkakana-Ranchi railway
line of the East Central Railway.
A 13-year-old sympathiser of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Baburm Kisku, was arrested on an unspecified date from Khadimba
village in the Dumka District.
The CPI-Maoist launched a poster campaign at Chakulia
town in the Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum District
on triggering a fresh panic among residents. Posters were seen
in the heart of Chakulia town, on walls of a temple and the panchayat
office. More than issuing warnings, the posters reportedly appealed
to owners of rice mills and detergent factories to pay up a minimum
wage of INR 100 to daily-wage labourers.
A CPI-Maoist squad led by Madan Mahto, which was
active in Lalgarh in bordering West Midnapore District of West
Bengal, crossed over to Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District.
Intelligence sources revealed that the 16-member squad is operating
within 20 kilometres radius of Ghatshila town. The Maoists, mostly
hailing from Belpahari area in West Midnapore's Jhargram sub-division
are reported to have taken shelter in villages like Jhanti Jharna,
Basadera and Dainmari - all in dense forest without any motorable
road - under Ghatshila Police Station area near the Bengal border.
Three persons, identified as Babban Pandey, Yamuna
Prasad and Ashwini Kumar, were arrested from Fusro in the Bokaro
District for selling arms and explosives to the CPI-Maoist. According
to Police, Babban Pandey was arrested at Fusro railway Station
in the morning when he arrived from Kolkata, capital of West Bengal,
and 2,000 pieces of components for hand grenades were seized from
him. Acting on information revealed by him, the others were arrested
from Fusro market. Police said the three men were working for
CPI-Maoist leader Navin Majhi.
Over 40 Maoists attacked Jogibigha village under
Pratappur Police Station area in Chatra District on the Jharkhand-Bihar
border and seriously injured one Moinuddin Khan. Chatra Superintendent
of Police (SP) Narendar Kumar Singh said the Maoists surrounded
the village and pulled out Khan from his house and shot him in
the leg. According to sources, the Maoists attacked the village
and shot at Khan who was luckily saved after the villagers retaliated
with traditional weapons. No one else was injured as the Maoists
retreated after the villagers retaliated, the sources said.
The Jharkhand Government which adopted an aggressive
strategy to promote tourism has said the Maoist problem in the
State has been blown out of proportion and tourists were not harmed
by the leftwing extremists. "It has been made out as if entire
Jharkhand is infested with Maoists. Not all the tourist destinations
in the state are affected by the menace. A negative image has
been sought to be created about Jharkhand. Tourists have not been
harmed by the ultras," Jharkhand Tourism Secretary Arun Kumarr
Singh told newsmen in Kolkata.
Police seized a consignment of sophisticated communication
devices, binoculars and bullet-proof jackets which were to be
delivered to the CPI-Maoist cadres operating in Bihar and Jharkhand
was seized from Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand,. Two persons were
arrested in this connection from Daltonganj (Jharkhand) and the
national capital New Delhi. The communication gadgets were transhipped
from Delhi by Air India cargo, booked by a Jharkhand-based contractor,
Naresh Sharma, against the name of his staff. The consignment
was to be received from the Air India office at Pradhan Tower
on Mahatma Gandhi road in Ranchi. While Naresh was arrested from
Daltonganj in Palamu District, the supplier of the devices, identified
as Praveen Sharma, was arrested in Delhi by the Special Cell of
Delhi Police based on information provided by Ranchi Police. Police
also seized a bullet-proof jacket from Naresh''s possession. The
jacket along with the consignment was to be delivered to the CPI-Maoist
central committee member Sandeepji. The seized items include 60
Motorolla walkie talkie sets, 60 headphones, chargers, 3.6 volt
54 batteries, 10 Sony compact transistors, two world radio transistors,
six mini cassette recorders most of them made in Japan and China.
A hardcore cadre of the banned CPI-Maoist, identified
as Suresh Oraon, who is active in Chhattisgarh, was arrested from
Chainpur Chowk in Gumla District. In Suresh Oraon's possession,
Police found 10 mobile chargers, one mobile set, one FM radio
set, a long list of telephone numbers of 700 persons, including
those of Maoist 'commanders' and arms suppliers. He had joined
the CPI-Maoist in 2004.
A 'commander' of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee
(JPC), a breakaway faction of the banned CPI-Maoist, identified
as Raman, was arrested from Burkunda area of Ramgarh District.
Raman had come to the Burkunda area to extort money, Police said.
Incriminating documents, including Maoist literature, were recovered
from Raman, Police added. Raman was wanted in more than a dozen
Concerned over the rise in Naxalite (Left Wing
Extremism) activities in East Singhbhum District, the Police have
decided to improve the security infrastructure at six Police Stations
in the Ghatshila sub-division and Patamda. New well-equipped buildings
would come up at Patamda, Dhalbhumgarh, Ghatshila, Dumaria, Baharagora
and Jadugora Police Stations, in addition to the existing buildings
that were primitive and dilapidated. The new buildings would house
barracks, interrogation rooms, computers and wireless rooms, besides
watchtowers, a generator room and rooms for accommodating senior
Police recovered landmine, weighing 20-kilograms,
which was planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres under a bridge on the
outskirts of capital Ranchi. According to Police, a search team
was sent to the spot following an intelligence tip-off and it
found the landmine near the Ganghat railway Station, around 30
kilometres from Ranchi. The bomb disposal team later successfully
defused the landmine.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons in two
separate incidents in Giridih and Gumla Districts after branding
them as Police informers, Police said. According to Police, the
CPI-Maoist cadres killed Manoj Sao by slitting his throat. Manoj
reportedly ran a shop and hotel at Pirtand block of Giridih District.
A pamphlet branding Manoj as Police informer and a rapist was
left near his body found in the morning of July 18 near Chachondo
village of Giridih District, around 190 kilometers from capital
Ranchi. In Gumla District, the CPI-Maoist cadres killed a teacher
by crushing his head with heavy stones. He was also accused of
being a Police informer.
Police in capital Ranchi arrested Firdaus, a 40-year-old
resident of Hindpiri, in the evening of July 18 along with a 9-mm
pistol, two mobile phones, four SIM cards and INR 2,400. The Superintendent
of Police (city), A. Vijayalaxmi, said Firdaus had confessed to
his association with cadres of the CPI-Maoist and had provided
the Police vital clues on explosives stored in Giridih. "Firdaus
is an explosives supplier active in the Bundu and Tamar areas
of the District. Besides explosives, he also supplied shoes and
uniforms purchased from city stores," she added.
Suspected cadres beheaded a man and took away
his head leaving the body near Koleng Nawadih village of Gumla
District, Police said. The body was later found by the villagers.
A Special Task Force recovered a huge cache of
explosives from the storeroom of a construction firm in Giridih
District on information provided by one Firdaus. Referring to
the incident, the Giridih Superintendent of Police, A.V. Minz,
said the raid, conducted in the night of July 18 at Progressive
Construction Limited (PCL) in Bagoder, yielded 1,964 kilograms
of gelatin and 15,000 meters of fuse wire. An unnamed Bagoder
Police Station officer said the explosives were stored in more
than 50 boxes inside the room. The storekeeper, identified as
Mahesh Madela, was arrested in this connection. "PCL officials
said the explosives were to be used for making roads. But they
could furnish papers for just 450 kilograms of gelatin and 1,500
metres fuse wire. They also showed four invoices of the same date,"
Minz said. A.V. Minz added that Firduas had confessed his links
with the Kundan Pahan squad.
Eight Naxalites (left-wing extremists) were arrested
at three places in Jharkhand Police said. Four Naxalites belonging
to the PLFI, earlier known as JLT, were arrested in Ramgarh District
following a tip-off. Those arrested include two 'area commanders'
of the PLFI, using the aliases of Cobra and Tiger, who were wanted
in more than a dozen cases, Police added. Police also seized two
revolvers, live cartridges, computers, three mobile phones and
Maoist literature from the arrested cadres. In addition, three
CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from the Latehar District. In
Gumla, Police arrested Chhota Gope, an 'area commander' of the
PLFI, along with a revolver.
A gun-battle was reported between Police and cadres
of JPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in the forests
near Chirudih village of Barkagaon, some 47 kilometers from the
Hazaribagh District headquarters. Though no casualty was reported
the Police recovered a wireless set, five mobile phones, 143 cartridges
and files containing names of persons who had paid 'levy' to the
JPC. The extremists, however, reportedly managed to escape. According
to sources, the Barkagaon Police had received a tip-off regarding
JPC members holding a meeting inside the Chirudih forests after
dark. Accordingly, a team led by officer in charge of the Barkagaon
Police Station, Gopal Krishna, and assistant sub-inspectors K.K.
Pathak and J.P. Marandi, reached the spot around 12.30 am. Sources
said the extremists became aware of the Police presence and began
to fire indiscriminately. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police
Pankaj Kamboj said the Police fired 10 rounds and the insurgents
15 rounds before the encounter ended. "There were about 10 to
15 rebels at the spot. They managed to escape under the cover
of darkness. Otherwise, we would have surely managed to kill or
arrest them," Kamboj added.
The Maoists have called a 24-hour bandh (shutdown)
in Jharkhand from the midnight of July 21 in protest against price
rise. The CPI-Maoist Jharkhand State Central Committee gave the
bandh call in a faxed message to the media late in the night of
The Jharkhand unit of the outlawed CPI-Maoist
has warned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Minister of Home
Affairs P. Chidambaram and the ruling UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi
against ''dreaming to wipe out Naxalites from the country'', saying
if they don't give up on their bid, all three would be eliminated.
The threat was issued through a letter originating
in Garhwa District and is now in circulation in State capital
Ranchi. Dated July 20 and numbered 25, the letter is signed by
one Anupji "on behalf of Ghatshila sub-zonal committee." The letter-head
reads, "CPI (Maoist), Jharkhand State Central Committee" and is
not addressed to anyone in particular. "Chidambaram says Naxalites
would be wiped out... He should stop daydreaming or else he would
be given death punishment," the letter reads and dares him to
come to the "land of Jharkhand" and see that "Naxalites are not
clay toys." The letter also threatens Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan
Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, saying, "Both the PM and
Sonia Gandhi will meet a fate like former prime minister, late
Rajiv Gandhi." It asked all Congress legislators, both from the
Parliament and Assembly, to quit within a week or face "death
However, the Superintendent of Police in East
Singhbhum District, Navin Kumar Singh, said "I have not come across
such a committee as of now," when asked whether Anupji operated
in Ghatsilla sub-division which falls under East Singhbhum. "The
letter could be fictitious and was found by someone in Balumath
in Latehar District and was released in Garwah District in Jharkhand,"
he added. "The CPI (Maoist) is desperate after it was termed as
a terrorist outfit. It just wants to gain mileage by issuing such
press releases," another Police official involved in anti-Maoist
operation in Jharkhand said.
Police claimed that six CPI-Maoist cadres were
killed in an encounter with the Security Forces that led to neutralizing
of three CPI-Maoist camps in the Simdega District. The encounter
began in the morning as personnel of the newly formed Jharkhand
Jaguar Force (JJF) led by Kolibira Police Station in-charge N.
K. Sinha raided three Maoist camps near Khareganja village, about
90 kilometers from State capital Ranchi. The JJF personnel observed
six Naxalites falling to their bullets and the extremists dragging
them away, Simdega Superintendent of Police (SP), Abhishek Kumar,
told reporters. He said a Naxalite was also arrested after the
encounter, but no dead body was recovered from the incident site.
Police recovered eight guns, a pistol, nine detonators, including
one electric detonator, eight mobile handsets, seven rucksacks,
a gas cylinder and several cartridges from the camps. "The encounter
began at 1.30pm and continued till 3pm. As many as 1,000 rounds
was fired from both sides. Fortunately, no personnel were injured.
We recovered five 0.315 rifle, three double-barrel guns, one Police
pistol, 150 rounds of cartridges, a detonator, a magnetic compass,
a walkie-talkie and seven mobile phones, besides crockery and
a map of Jharkhand from the spot," the SP was quoted as saying
The bandh (shutdown) called by the CPI-Maoist
against price rise evoked mixed response in rural Jharkhand. In
the Latehar, Palamau, Khunti, East and West Singhbhum Districts,
the bandh was reported to be total while the shutdown call had
no effect in the Santhal Pargana region comprising six Districts.
Mineral transport was affected as truckers went off the road.
While life in urban areas remained normal, it came to standstill
in the Maoist-dominated rural areas of Giridih, Garhwa, Palamu,
Latehar and Chatra Districts.
The Padma Police raided the house of one Sunil
Kumar Mehta in the Chameli forest and seized a large quantity
of explosives. Briefing the media, Deputy Superintendent of Police
(Headquarters), Naushad Alam, said the seized explosives include
10 pieces of power gel, 15 pieces of electric detonator, a 100-metre
safety fuse and about 15 kilograms of ammonium nitrate. The raid
was conducted under the leadership of Padma Police Station officer
in-charge Devdas Yadav, he added. Alam said that Mehta did not
have any licence for possessing the explosives. He also said that
anti-social elements purchase explosive materials for carrying
out illegal mining in stone quarries and pass on the same to the
CPI-Maoist who are quite active in the Padma forest. Alam also
said that the Police had seized a large amount of explosives during
the 2009 parliamentary elections. These materials were supposed
to be used by the Maoists to create disturbances during the elections,
Naxalites (left-wing extremists) extort funds
meant for the development of schools in Jharkhand. According to
the report, Naxalites are demanding money from schools from the
grants received by them from the Government. In Latehar, they
demanded INR 50000 as 'levy' from a school and threatened dire
consequences in case they were not paid the demanded amount. The
Naxalites reportedly want to get a share of the INR 6.3 million
funds allocated for construction and development of the school
by the Government. The principal and members of the village education
committee have been threatened not to spend funds. "A letter ordering
closure of the school has been written to the Head, President
and Headmaster of the school. Besides they have been directed
to send INR 50,000 (to Naxalites)," said the headmistress of the
Government Secondary School, Sinjo, in Latehar.
Police and paramilitary forces have intensified
long-range patrolling (LRP) at Nimdih and Chandil after Police
found CPI-Maoist posters declaring death to those found selling
liquor and marijuana at these two places in Seraikela-Kharsawan.
Police began LRP at Chaliama and Fadengda forests that borders
the Purulia District of West Bengal, the report said, adding,
six posters were found on the walls of primary schools and post
offices in Chaliama and Fadengda while the Police were conducting
a combing operation in these two areas. The Seraikela-Kharsawan
SP Sheetal Oraon confirmed reports of the fresh poster campaign
at Chaliama and Fadenga villages. "In the posters rebels have
threatened those who sell liquor and marijuana to quit the practice
or face death. We are conducting a probe into the matter and are
trying to ensure that no harm comes to the people," she said.
She added that the LRP have been intensified at most places sensing
that Maoists must be keeping a vigil on the villagers. Three months
ago, the Maoists had killed a man in Fadengda suspecting him to
be a Police informer.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the house
of a farmer, Amiruddin Ansari, at Hriday Toli village under the
Kisko Police Station in the Lohardaga District at around 4am (IST).
Villagers, however, doused the fire which gutted fodder kept in
two rooms of the house. "No one saw who set the house on fire.
But we have reasons to suspect MCC's hand in the incident," Amiruddin
said. He said that about 15 days ago, the Maoist Communist Centre
had sent him a letter demanding a sum of INR 2 lakh and five SIM
cards. Besides, the extremists also sought a monthly payment of
INR 5000. He also received several threat calls from a number
9504097082. The caller even inquired about his son's Naushad Hussain's
arrival. He said that his son, who is in Army, had recently come
home on leave. Amiruddin said that the caller had asked him to
deposit the levy and the SIM cards in the village school. The
caller had also informed him about two fellow villagers who make
a monthly payment of INR 5000 to the outfit through the school.
Kisko Police Station in-charge Sunil Kumar Tiwari, however, said
Police is scanning the contents of the letter, adding, "It seems
that the letter has been issued either by some enemies of Amiruddin
or by the local criminals."
About a dozen armed cadres of the JPC, a breakaway
faction of CPI-Maoist abducted one Aditya Sahu (30) from Champi
village under the Kuru Police Station in the Lohardaga District
at around 8pm. Sources said the armed JPC cadres led by "commander"
Pradeep Ganjhu abducted Aditya from his grocery shop at Champi
Chowk. Sources said one Mukesh Sahu was actually the target of
the JPC men, but as he managed to escape the militants abducted
Aditya instead. This is the second incident of abduction within
six days at Champi village. On July 23, a teacher Savitri Kumari's
son Manoj Chaoudhury alias Mannu was abducted from his residence.
However he was rescued by the Police within three days.
High alert has been sounded across the State following
intelligence inputs suggesting major strikes by the Maoists during
"martyrs' week" that began on July 28. Banners and posters were
spotted in different Districts of the State, including East and
West Singhbhum, Bokaro, Latehar, Gumla and Simdega, asking the
people to observe "martyrs' week" and remember the sacrifices
of Maoist leaders. "These posters and banners have come to our
notice. They could be a trap...The Maoists can ambush Police parties
when they go to remove the them," said Jharkhand Police spokesperson
and Inspector General (provision) S. N. Pradhan. The IG said Police
have received inputs on Maoist mobilization in some areas and
their plans to carry out big attacks there. "We are trying to
thwart any major strike by the Maoists and for that, every SP
is being instructed to act accordingly," said Pradhan. Fear of
Maoist attacks during martyrs' week" has crippled mineral transportation
in the State. Every year, the rebels observe Martyrs' Week from
July 28 to August 3.
The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs,
Ajay Maken, informed the Rajya Sabha that Jharkhand alone accounts
for over one third of the Naxalite violence witnessed by the country
in 2009. In a written reply to the Upper House, Maken said as
many as 395 incidents of CPI-Maoist attacks were reported from
Jharkhand till July 23, 2009, while in 2008, the number was 484.
The country has witnessed a total of 1,217 incidents of Maoist
violence so far in 2009, claiming 508 lives, including that of
233 Security Force personnel. A total of 107 insurgents were killed
in the same period. Maken also said the state had, from time to
time, appealed to the Maoists to abjure violence and hold talks
with the administration on any issue that are of concern to them.
"However, the Centre does not have any information whether the
State is now engaged in any talks with the rebels," he added.
The Union Minister also said no proposal of holding direct talks
with the Maoists is under consideration of the Central Government.
A self-styled 'sub-zonal commander' of the little
known Jharkhand People' Liberation Elam (JPLE), a breakaway faction
of the PLFI which was earlier known as JLT, was arrested from
a village in the Burmu Police Station area. The SP, Anand T. Mathew,
said Police intercepted the Sanjay Yadav at Belwari around 7am
(IST) while he was returning with a levy of INR 5000 from a contractor,
Batu Mahto. A locally-made pistol and cartridges were also recovered
from Sanjay's possession. Mathew said Sanjay Yadav, active in
Burmu, Chanho, Mandar, Peeparwar and adjoining areas, was collecting
levy from the colliery contractors. He had also been arrested
in connection with a murder case in 2007, but released on bail
from the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi a year ago. "We had
been looking for Yadav. He had fire on contractor Batu Mahto on
July 26 and on the Police at Taranga village in Chanho the next
night," the SP said. The JPLE was formed seven months ago with
10-12 former PLFI members, the report added.
CPI-M cadres set ablaze two vegetable trucks coming
from West Bengal to mark the second and last day of their Jharkhand
bandh (general shut down), prompting Security Forces to engage
the extremists in an encounter at Bhadodih near Patamda about
15 kilometers from Jamshedpur. The encounter was on when the reports
last came in.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a senior central
committee leader of the JMM and wounded one of his associates
at Patamda off Jamshedpur in the East Singhbhum District. Doren
Singh Munda (48) was a close aide of former State land revenue
minister Dulal Bhuiyan and had an active role in the movement
for creation of Jharkhand as a separate State in 2000. Police
said four motorcycle-borne militants raided Patamda village around
8.30am (IST), saw Munda and his assistant sitting outside the
leader's house and started firing indiscriminately from their
automatic weapons. Munda died on the spot.
The CPI-Maoist has put up posters in various villages
warning people against joining the India Reserve Battalion, NDTV
reported on August 7. The handwritten poster asks young people
to boycott the recruitment. Meanwhile, the Police are trying to
assure people that adequate security arrangements have been made
to protect recruits. "The superintendent of Police has made adequate
arrangements, all those who have applied should not have any problems,"
The Hazaribag Police neutralised a gang and arrested
four CPI-M sympathisers from the Jama Masjid area, which regularly
supplied explosive materials to CPI-M "zonal commander" Navin
Manjhi who is active in Giridih, Hazaribag and Bokaro Districts
of Jharkhand. The Hazaribag Superintendent of Police, Pankaj Kamboj,
said Police surrounded the Jama Masjid area and arrested one Samsuddin
Ansari alias Guddu and seized several pieces of detonators, dynamites,
gelatin sticks from his possession. Kamboj said Ansani, during
interrogation, told Police that he had procured the explosive
materials from one Maqbool alias Uncle, a resident of Nawada District
in Bihar. Ansari, a resident of Golabar village under the Vishnugarh
Police Station in Hazaribag District, said he had been meeting
the explosive requirement of CPI-M for manufacturing various types
of bombs and also for laying mines for the last five years. Police
later raided Maqbool's residence and arrested him. A cache of
explosives including 41 detonators and dynamite caps, gelatins
sticks, grenade pins and huge quantity of cable wire, 400 kilograms
of ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulphate, four kilograms fuse wire,
a mobile phone SIM card and a motor cycle were also recovered
from his residence.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres beheaded their former comrade,
Baldeo Besra at a location between Nagi and Chano panchayats (village
level local self government institutions) of Bishnugarh Police
Station in the Hazaribag District, said Hazaribag Superintendent
of Police (SP) Pankaj Kamboj. The Maoists then escaped with his
head, which Police are yet to recover. In the note attached to
the dead body, thrown on the Nagi-Chano road, the Maoists have
accused Besra of being an informer and also warned others of meeting
with the same fate if they dared to follow Besra.
With SF personnel carrying out counter-insurgency
operations during the last one month, a decline in the number
of Maoist attacks in Jharkhand has been observed in comparison
to the same period at this time in 2008, ANI reported on
August 9. "Maoist infested State of Jharkhand has seen a fall
in number of attacks as compared to the last year. There has been
a decline in Maoist violence in Jharkhand state," said S. N. Pradhan,
the Inspector General of Police in Jharkhand. According to Police
statistics, there have been 228 Maoist attacks till the end of
July 2009, as compared to 245 incidents recorded in 2008 in the
same period. Police said that as many as 20 most-wanted Maoists
have been killed in 61 encounters besides 261 Maoists being arrested
till July 2009. "The success against the banned Communist Party
of India (Maoist) is a result of credible intelligence," he added.
"We have got some big success owing to the intelligence information.
The inputs provided to us were accurate about people and places.
Action based on the intelligence helped us to get success against
Maoists," added Pradhan. The Jharkhand Police, along with armed
constabulary and paramilitary forces, have launched operations
to flush out the Maoists flush out from their bastions. They claim
to have foiled many attacks of the 'Red Army.' "To be on the safer
side, we deploy more security personnel in places which are more
prone to Maoist attacks such as government offices, railways or
main highways. At the same time, we deploy them in remote Maoist
areas. This has helped us to understand the strategy Maoists follow
in attacking and the kind of places they target. However, we are
very careful as Maoists change their strategy frequently and we
have to adapt accordingly," the Police official stated.
Two Police personnel were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the Dhanbad District. The Policemen from Dhanbad District,
which is around 260 kilometers from State capital Ranchi, went
to the local market in the night where the extremists fired towards
them killing the duo. The victims were identified as Assistant
Sub-Inspector Nirmal Kumar and Constable Deepak Bawari.
Police arrested the PLFI 'regional commander',
Santosh Yadav, in Ranchi. Police also seized three locally-made
pistols, cartridges, five cell phones and over a dozen SIM cards
from his possession. Yadav was reportedly responsible for the
outfit's operations in Ranchi, Latehar, Chatra, Lohardaga and
parts of Hazaribag Districts. Senior Superintendent of Police
Praveen Kumar said Yadav was wanted in over two dozen cases of
extortion, murder and burning of mine vehicles, trucks and machinery
in the mining areas.
Over 700 Police personnel led by three SP have
reportedly launched a three-pronged combing operation to flush
out Maoist leaders from the hilly forests nestled between Bokaro,
Hazaribagh and Giridih. The exercise, said to be one of the largest
in recent times, is being monitored by two Inspectors-General
and the Director-General of Police V.D. Ram, with the objective
of arresting CPI-Maoist leaders like Navin Manjhi, Prabal Manjhi,
Ranvir and Kundan Pahan, all of whom were said to be hiding in
the area. Launched on August 10, the combing operation is being
led from three sides by Bokaro SP Laxman Singh, Hazaribagh SP
Pankaj Kamboj and Giridih SP Asim Vikrant Minj along with the
Central Reserve Police Force's 26th battalion Commandant V.S.
Sharma. Sources said that while the Hazaribagh Police entered
the Bokaro zone from Vishnugarh, Girdih Police entered the zone
through the Nimia Ghat route. The Bokaro Police entered the Maoist
bastion from Penk, Nawadih, Suarbasua, Chotki Kuri even as the
CRPF battalion entered the forests through Joramana. Earlier,
four persons were arrested from Nawadih after they were caught
with arms allegedly meant for Maoists. Three others were detained
for questioning in Gomia.
The Jharkhand Government, in a meeting of Advisory
Council to the Governor, decided to set up three counter-insurgency
schools. These are to be set up in the Neterhaat, Latehar and
Hazaribag Districts. The Council, in its 30th meeting, approved
an expenditure of INR 3 crore (INR 1 crore each for the three
schools). It also approved setting up ultra modern Police lines
in the Koderma and Giridih Districts. The establishment of Police
lines in the Districts would cost INR 68.94 crore to the State
exchequer. The Council also sanctioned 289 posts of Sub-Inspectors
of Police to man Police Stations across Jharkhand.
Police personnel in the morning of August 12 rescued
one of their injured colleagues, attacked by the CPI-Maoist cadres
on August 11, from a maize field. The Police also detained three
persons, including one Shibu Tudu, in front of whose house the
Policemen were attacked. The report also said that Maoists had
left two posters near the dead bodies of the Policemen, demanding
withdrawal of the 44-member Maniadih Police picket from the area
and had asked the Policemen to stop torturing villagers. As reported
earlier, two Police personnel were shot dead by Maoists in the
Dhanbad District on August 11.
The East Singhbhum District Police have decided
to distribute bicycles among students of middle schools in the
extremist's pockets of Ghatshila sub-division to guard them against
extremist influence. Initially 500 bicycles will be distributed
in 15 schools in the five Naxalite (left wing extremist)-infested
blocks of Ghatshila, Dumaria, Musaboni, Ghurabandha and Dhalbhumgarh,
said East Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Naveen Kumar Singh.
He said the bicycle gift was a means to urge students in the tribal
sub-division to study further and not leave school midway. "Only
higher studies can keep them away from rebel ideologies," he said,
adding that the drive would be launched next week. According to
a recent survey conducted by the Police, the percentage of dropouts
in high schools is around 60. Many teenagers after dropping out
of school reportedly become soft targets for the Maoist recruitment.
"Most members in rebel leader Kanhu Munda's squad are in the age
group of 15-18 years. They also hail from Ghurabandha and Dumaria,"
A transit camp of the CPI-Maoist was neutralized
by the SFs in a two-hour encounter at Lotekocha jungle in the
foothills of Dalma, 30 kilometers from Jamshedpur.
Police arrested a 'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Mahendra Singh Khirwar, along with three of his
associates from the Shahpur-Chainpur village of Palamu District.
The arrestees were identified as Anil Saw of Kerso, Rameshwar
Singh of Jamuniat and Mahendra Singh of Chinia.
The Seraikela-Kharsawan District administration
has decided to provide security in schools during Independence
Day (August 15) celebrations. "We are ready to deploy paramilitary
forces in schools located in Naxalite dominated areas," said Seraikela-Kharsawan
SP Sheetal Oraon.
Police and paramilitary forces intensified long
range patrolling in the jungles of Ghatshila sub-division and
also Chandil-Chowka-Nimdih, after Maoists threatened to observe
Independence Day as 'black day'. Maoists have resorted to poster-campaigning
at a number of villages in extremist-dominated areas of East Singhbhum
and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts. At Dampara and Karadoba villages
under the Ghatshila Police Station area and Matkumdih, Chaliama
and Farenga villages under Nimdih block, the Naxalites have out
up posters, urging villagers not to celebrate Independence Day.
The SFs aborted the three-pronged combing operation
in the hilly forests nestled between Bokaro, Hazaribagh and Giridih
in the night of August 11. The operation was launched on August
10 to arrest wanted Naxalite (left wing extremists) commanders
Navin Majhi, Prabal Manji and Ranvir who had been spotted in these
three Districts. Majhi, one of the most elusive extremist leaders,
is believed to have fled the area through the Narki foothills
of Jhumra in Bokaro soon after the Police in Ranchi called off
the flush out operation. It is learnt that soon after a posse
of 700 armed Policemen swooped on the forests, Navin Majhi sent
an SOS to his men seeking help.
The Maoists who had given a call to boycott Independence
Day (August 15) celebrations hoisted black flags at a number of
places, especially in schools, in the East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan
Districts. The targeted areas were Karadoba and Jhanti-Jharna
panchayats (village level local self Government institutions)
under Ghatshila block and Chandil, Chowka and Nimdih blocks in
the Seraikela-Kharsawan. Black flags were also reportedly hoisted
at Government buildings and market places in Chowka and Chandil.
A 10-year-old girl, identified as Gayatri Kumari,
a resident of Ulilohor village in Ranchi, was among two persons
killed in an attack by the CPI-Maoist on a passenger vehicle on
the National Highway-33 near Tamar, 70 kilometers from capital
Ranchi. Four others, including the driver of a truck caught in
the firing, sustained injuries. The Bundu Sub-Divisional Police
Officer (SDPO) Anand Joseph Tigga said around 9am (IST), a group
of six motorcycle borne Maoists, armed with self-loading rifles
(SLR) and explosives, emerged from the forests flanking the highway
and targeted a jeep carrying eight persons and a truck between
Duwarsini and Rangaon in the Tamar area.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two vehicles
and assaulted employees of the Indal Bauxite Mining Company inside
the dense forest of Tewarpat under Bishunpur Police Station in
Gumla, in the Netarhat plateau region which is rich with bauxite
Police seized 400 locally-made bombs, 30 mobile
phones, 26 chargers and INR 7800 among other things from the Garwah
District prison during a raid, officials said, adding that the
prisoners might have been planning an escape. Many hardened criminals
and about half dozen Maoists are lodged in the Garwah jail. Following
subsequent raids conducted by the Hazaribag Police, 374 bags of
ammonium nitrate concealed in two storehouses at Ichak More on
the National Highway-33 and Nagwan village under the Ichak and
Sadar Police Stations respectively were seized on an unspecified
date. Two persons were arrested in this connection. Disclosing
this on August 17, the Hazaribag Superintendent of Police (SP),
Pankaj Kamboj, said that during the last two months the Police
have arrested several persons for supplying explosives to the
extremist groups, including the CPI-Maoist.
The State Government has decided to set up an
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) that will have its units in all major
cities to tackle any emergency, said Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
during the chief ministers' conference on internal security. (Jharkhand
is presently under President's rule). ATS units will act as quick
response team (QRT) and would be equipped with latest gadgets,
dog squads and bomb detection and disposal squads. At present,
a special anti-Naxalite force of the Jharkhand Jaguar has the
responsibility of QRT from all the critical centres. Sankaranarayanan
said the ATS would function under the Crime Investigation Department.
Suspected Naxalites abducted 10 employees, including
an engineer, of the HINDALCO Industries Limited from the company's
Kujam mines area of Bishunpur block in the Gumla District. A squad
of 20-30 armed extremists descended on the bauxite reserve on
Netarhat-Kujam road and kidnapped engineer Vijay Kumar, a resident
of Jodhpur (Rajasthan), three supervisors, five contractors and
a driver. 12 hours later, around 9pm (IST), they returned to set
ablaze 12 heavy equipment and vehicles on the mine premises. The
South Chhotanagpur DIG, R.K. Mallick, said that though the CPI-Maoist
was not involved in the abduction, it could be the handiwork of
some new extremist faction which was trying to make its presence
felt in the area. The Gumla Deputy Commissioner Rahul Sharma,
too, suspected the involvement of a breakaway Maoist faction.
A major offensive to be launched in Jharkhand
under the direct supervision of the MHA in September 2009 will
be coordinated by senior officers of the Indian Army. The decision
was taken at a meeting of Chief Ministers of seven Maoist-affected
States held with the Union Minister of Home Affairs P. Chidambaram.
[Governor K. Sankaranarayanan represented Jharkhand as it is currently
under President's rule]. The State will be divided into different
sectors and the CPI-Maoist stronghold is to be attacked from all
sides. Air power will also be used to corner the insurgents incase
they take shelter in a difficult terrain. During the meeting,
it was also agreed that the Centre would provide need-based additional
CPMF during the operation. The number of CPMF companies would
be need-based as similar operations are to be launched in other
States, including West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, which
borders Jharkhand, said an unnamed officer. It is expected that
at least 50 companies (5000) will be provided to Jharkhand till
the operation is over, the official added. The Jharkhand Police
have launched limited operations in different sectors of the State
to check its preparedness before the final offensive. The operations
have been launched in parts of Bokaro and East Singhbhum. Jharkhand
Police spokesperson Inspector General of Police, S.N. Pradhan,
said the State Police launched operations at strategic locations
to flush out the Maoists.
The Bokaro Police seized more than 600 tonne of
smuggled coal during raids in the CPI-Maoist infested areas and
arrested five persons. The coal was recovered from the Maoist
hideouts of Kanjkiro in Nawadih block, Mahuatand in the Gomia
block and the Bokaro thermal zone, in raids led by the Bokaro
District SP Laxman Singh in the last 48 hours. Among those arrested
was Doman Sah, said to be a kingpin and close confidant of the
Maoists. Police also registered First Information Report against
70 people at Nawadih and Mahuatand and a search is on for them.
All 10 abducted employees of the HINDALCO Industries
Limited were released from captivity after 52 hours from the Belwari
forest under Mahuadarn Police Station in the Latehar District
in the afternoon of August 19. Gumla Superintendent of Police,
Upendra Kumar, said the SFs had intensified combing operations
in the dense forests of the region following abduction of the
employees by the Naxalites on August 17, adding, when the SFs
encircled the Belwari forest, the kidnappers opened fire which
was retaliated by the SFs. But realising that they had been encircled
in from all sides, the Naxalites let the captives off and disappeared
deep into the forest, he added. Sources said the CPI-Maoist 'zonal
commander' Sanjay Yadav, who had parted ways with the outfit along
with his trusted lieutenants and a cache of sophisticated arms
two months ago, is believed to have carried out the abduction.
The Lohardaga District Police arrested three sympathizers
of the CPI-Maoist and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
On the basis of a tip-off, the Police conducted raids in different
parts of the town and its outskirts and arrested Sandeep Yadav
of Raghunandan Lane near Gudri Bazaar, Moise Khan of Kharki Bala
Toli, and Amit Singh of Khwas Ambava. A cache of arms and ammunition,
including two Chinese and Italian-make pistols, one locally-made
revolver, six empty pistol magazines and cartridges of different
bore, were recovered from the houses of the three and the residence
of Ashok Singh, who, however, managed to escape. A cellular phone
and a car belonging to Sandeep were also seized by the Police.
A villager was shot dead while a couple of houses
were damaged by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Jamua village
in the Ghatsila sub-divison of East Singhbhum District.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres, disguised as pilgrims,
were arrested along with 1,100 SLR cartridges after a brief encounter
near Silli village on the Silli-Gola road at around 2.30am (IST)
on August 23. Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said
the breakthrough had come after someone tipped them about the
ammunition supply. "I have informed my Munger counterpart who
is conducting raids to arrest the supplier," Kumar added, saying
seven rounds of firing took place before the six persons could
be arrested. Those arrested were identified as Bholo Shaw alias
David, Pradeep Mahto, Rajesh Kumar Mahto, Prafulla Kumar Mahto,
Mandal Das and Murari Hussian. The cartridges, supposed to be
handed over to Maoist 'sub-zonal' commander Kundan Pahan were
carried from Munger in Bihar in a car escorted by a motorcycle.
Kundan Pahan's 'area commander' Budhram Lohra was arrested and
a 10 kilograms can bomb was recovered from Barigarha village under
Bundu Police Station at around 3pm.
The CPI-Maoist has called for a two-day bandh
(shutdown), beginning from the midnight of August 23, in the States
of Jharkhand, Bihar, Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh to protest
against the arrest of its politburo member Anil and central committee
member Kartik. Party leader Kishanji told media that the duo was
arrested on August 19 while they were traveling in a train from
Ranchi to Patna, the capital of Bihar. "We don't know their whereabouts
as they have not been produced in court by the Police till now,"
Kishanji said. However, denying the arrest of the extremists,
the Director General of Police (Jharkhand) V.D. Ram said, "This
is not the first time we are facing a meaningless bandh. We will
take all precautions taken during rebel-sponsored bandhs. If we
had such a big breakthrough, we would have informed everyone."
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway track
in the Latehar District. Train services were, consequently, disrupted
between the Barwadih-Barkakana route following the incident. About
20 insurgents exploded the track between Kumundi and Hehegarha
railway Stations, about 150 kilometers from capital Ranchi, the
Latehar Railway Station Master P.N. Tiwari said. The blast occurred
at 6.30am after the Rajdhani Express crossed the spot at 5.30am.
Latehar Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Diwedi, however, said
the blast was not targeted at any train.
The Maoists bombed and destroyed two towers in
the Palamau District. They blew up a mobile tower. About 50 armed
insurgents reached the site of the tower situated on Aurangabad-Medininagar
route in the District, stuffed it with explosives before blowing
it up, Deputy Superintendent of Police Brajmohan Paswan said in
Latehar. The blast left a big crater on the spot, about 200 kilometers
from Ranchi, he added.
The bandh evoked a good response in the Ghatshila
sub-division of East Singhbhum District and parts of Seraikela-Kharsawan
and West Singhbhum Districts on August 24. Though no untoward
incident was reported, life remained paralysed. Zee News adds
that while the shutdown had some impact in the Chatra, East and
West Singhbhum Districts, Simdega, Khunti, Gumla, Latehar, Hazaribagh,
Ranchi, Bokaro and Giridih were also affected in a small way,
The Union Home Ministry has asked all Maoist insurgency-affected
States to tighten security and intensify vigil against possible
strikes by the insurgents on important installations. The alert
was sounded within hours of the Maoists' attacks in Jharkhand.
There were intelligence inputs to suggest that the Maoists might
try to target some important installations like railway property,
telecom, roads and power Stations, said an unnamed home ministry
official, adding that these inputs had been shared with the concerned
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a mobile tower in
the Latehar District. The extremists went to Lali village, packed
explosives inside the tower and triggered the blast, Police said.
This is the third mobile tower to be blown up by the Maoists in
The insurgents set ablaze four trucks on the Ranchi-Jamshedpur
National Highway, Police said on August 25, adds IANS. One truck
driver was also injured. As reported earlier, the CPI-Maoist has
called for a two-day bandh (shutdown) in five States, including
Jharkhand, to protest the arrest of Anil Kumar, a CPI-Maoist politburo
member, and Kartik, a central committee member from Patna, the
capital of Bihar. The bandh began August 24.
Maoists blew up railway tracks between Goelkera
and Sonua Stations under the Chakradharpur division at around
10.30pm (IST). Though the explosion did not cause much damage,
it affected the movement of trains.
Two Policemen were injured in an encounter with
the Maoists who set ablaze four trucks near Taimara Ghati on the
Ranchi-Jamshedpur road. Senior Superintendent of Police (Ranchi)
Praveen Kumar said the trucks were attacked by a Maoist squad
that included women. An anti-landmine vehicle carrying 10 personnel
of the District Armed Police then reached the spot from Bundu.
The extremists opened fire injuring driver Satish Kumar Ohdar.
Constable Sukra Oroan returned fire, but was also injured in the
Maoists in Latehar assaulted the owner of the
land on which the Airtel tower, which the Maoists had exploded
on August 25, existed when the latter offered resistance. "The
rebels branded Santosh Thakur and his son, Sanjay, Police informers
to justify the punishment," a source said on August 26.
The CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at a make shift
CRPF camp at Bundu, killing a villager and injuring one CRPF trooper.
Armed Maoists attacked the camp located in a school, about 50
kilometres from Ranchi, at around 11pm (IST), Deputy Inspector
General of Police, R.K. Mullick, said.
Maoists set ablaze a truck at Manjhidih village
between Tamar and Khunti, 70 kilometers from Ranchi.
The CPI-Maoist launched a poster campaign in the
Sonua area of West Singhbhum District. The Maoists have demanded
an unconditional release of two of their senior leaders - Amitabh
Bagchi and Tauhid Mulla. They also demanded that atrocities on
the innocent in the name of conducting an anti-insurgency operation
in Lalgarh be stopped. Posters were found on the walls of a community
hall in Sonua and also on trees in the area.
A local court on August 26 awarded death sentence
to two Maoists in the Chatra District in connection with the killing
of two Policemen and looting their firearms in 1998. District
and Session judge Srikant Rai pronounced the verdict after convicting
Krishna Ganju and Ramdeo Mahato of attacking a Police van and
killing two Policemen on November 24, 1998 at Atampur village
under Simaria Police Station in the Chatra District. The duo had
also burnt the van and looted their rifles. A son of a night guard
was also killed in the incident.
Maoists ambushed a van carrying unarmed personnel
of the Special Security Force (SAF) to Netarhat, killing one and
injuring another in the Latehar District, Police said on August
27. Six SAF personnel had been to Commander Balvinder Singh's
house to pick him back to the camp on August 26 when Maoists fired
randomly on them on Netarhat-Mahuatand road near Charmunda Valley,
SP Kuldeep Dwiwedi said.
The joint Police team of Gumla, Ghaghra and Lohardaga's
Senha Police Station seized arms, ammunition and several other
incriminating items after an encounter with PLFI activists at
Hapamuni village situated in bordering areas of both the Districts
under Ghaghra Police Station.
Four persons, including a 12-year-old girl and
a woman, were killed and another injured by the CPI-Maoist cadres
who raided a civilian's home on the outskirts of Ranchi.
|August 31-September 1
JLT cadres abducted a Government official from
the Palamau District and demanded a ransom of INR 2000000, Police
said on September 1. About 20 JLT cadres abducted Alok Kumar at
gunpoint from the Kekargarh village, 190 kilometres from State
capital Ranchi, in the evening of August 31. Kumar, a Circle Officer
of Paki block, was abducted when he went there for selecting the
Aganwadi (Government sponsored child-care and mother-care center)
members. The extremists alleged that Kumar had already selected
the Aganwadi members after taking bribe and was just completing
formalities by visiting the village, a Police officer said. An
operation has been launched to rescue Kumar, the officer added.
Two PLFI cadres, identified as Benjamin Baghwar
(27) and Augustus Baghwar (28), were killed in an hour-long encounter
with the Police in the Surang forests of Gumla District, about
100 kilometers from the State capital Ranchi. The Superintendent
of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar said three other cadres managed to
escape. A DBBL gun and a country-made gun were recovered from
the incident site, Police sources said.
Two PLFI cadres, identified as Narayan Oroan (32)
and Bandhnu Oraon (36), were lynched by some youths of Patlo village
in the Lohardaga District for attacking the headmaster of a local
An encounter took place between the Police and
Maoists at Kalrabera forest under Ghurabandha Police Station in
the Ghatshila sub-division. The East Singhbhum However, no casualty
was reported from either side.
Alok Kumar, Circle Officer of the Paki block in
Palamau District, who was abducted by the PLFI on August 31, was
reportedly rescued, Police said on September 2. He was rescued
from the forest of Manatu block in the same District on September
1 at around 11.45pm, an unnamed Police officer said. According
to sources, the extremists had demanded a ransom of INR 20 lakh.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village guard in the
Pachmo village under the Mahuatand Police Station in Bokaro District.
Police sources said the Maoists killed Ramdhani Ganju suspecting
him to be a Police informer. The incident occurred when Ganju
was attending a function in his village on the occasion of Karma
Puja (religious worship). Approximately 100 armed Maoists held
Ganju captive and took him to a nearby community building and
later chopped off his neck. The Maoists also left behind pamphlets
at the spot which said, "Jo mukhbiri karega, uska yehi halat hoga
(Police informers would be dealt in a similar manner)." Police
later recovered Ganju's body from the incident site.
Villagers lynched a cadre of the PLFI at Konatoli
village in the Gumla District. He was a resident of Atariya village
under Gumla town Police Station. Villagers attacked Dhoni with
stone boulders and lynched him at Konatoli. No arms were found
from the incident site, Police said. The identity of the deceased
was ascertained in the afternoon of September 3 when two youths
from his village identified him as Bhikhma Oraon alias Dhoni.
The Police said his name figured in a number of cases, including
that of murder, extortion and looting, in the Gumla and Ghaghra
Police Station areas of the District.
Seven Naxalites were arrested after the Police
overpowered them following an encounter at Matoli village in the
Garwah District, Police said. "During the two-hour gun-battle
with the Naxalites of the TPC, 200 rounds were fired from both
sides. There was no casualty on either side," said Superintendent
of Police (SP) Saket Kumar Singh. Getting a tip-off that a group
of TPC activists had congregated near the village, the Police
team rushed to the spot around 4pm (IST), triggering the exchange
of firing. 11 guns were recovered from their possession, the SP
said. The TPC, a breakaway group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist), has been engaged in extortion and loot in the area,
the SP said.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the Police in the Ranchi District. A gun battle ensued between
the two sides when the Maoists opened fire towards a Police picket
at Baruhatu forest in the Bundu Police Station area around 1.30am
(IST). At least 700 rounds of bullets were fired from automatic
and semi-automatic weapons during the encounter that continued
for nearly three hours.
An armed squad of the Maoists attacked an abandoned
Police picket at Maniadih in the Tundi block (administrative unit),
some 40 kilometers from the Dhanbad District headquarters. The
insurgents planted two powerful can bombs around 1am, destroying
a major portion of the picket. They also opened fire and reportedly
shouted slogans against the Police and the administration before
leaving the spot. However, no one was injured in the incident.
Returning from Maniadih, the extremists also attacked
the Pokharia Police picket, engaging the Police in a 10-minute
encounter before disappearing into the dense forests.
Five villagers were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist
at Pundigiri under Tamar block, 45 kilometers from Ranchi, Police
said on September 7. According to the Police, the Maoists raided
Pundigiri village in the night of September 6 and abducted the
five villagers and took them to a forest where they were shot
dead. "Five people were abducted by the Maoist rebels late Sunday
night and were shot dead," Jharkhand Police spokesperson S. N.
Pradhan said. The bodies were recovered on September 7. "The killed
people had Maoist background. The activists killed them on suspicion
of passing information about their movement to Police," added
Pradhan. The victims include two students.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons, Sajjad
Khan and Dinesh Dusadh, at Chutwag village in the Latehar District.
Three extremists of the JPC were arrested after
an encounter with the Police at Churugarha, about 70 kilometers
from capital Ranchi, the Police said on September 8. The Police
reached the spot after getting a tip-off that a group of JPC cadres
had assembled at Churugarha to plot a crime in the night of September
7. The JPC cadres started firing as soon as they spotted the Police,
triggering a two-hour long gun-battle before the Naxalites tried
to flee. The Police, however, chased and arrested three of them.
Three rifles and some ammunition were seized from their possession,
Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said. "One of the
three arrested Naxalites, identified as Raj Kumar Ganju, is a
big catch for the Police," he added. Ganju was allegedly involved
in a number of cases.
The fast-track court II of Awdhesh Mal found a
CPI-Maoist leader, Shyam Sinku, guilty in an arms case and sentenced
him to five years' rigorous imprisonment. Sinku, an 'area commander'
of the Ghurabandha region in the Ghatshila sub-division of the
East Singhbhum District, was arrested from the same Police Station
area on June 26, 2006.
Intelligence sources said that a large number
of armed Naxalites have taken shelter in the Ghatshila sub-division.
The Naxalites, reportedly from West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh,
have assembled on the hills of Ghurabandha to attend a training
camp in Jamshedpur. According to intelligence inputs, about 80
armed extremists were taking shelter at Pawadapahar, which is
strategically located and is also considered a safe haven for
The Jharkhand Government will undertake a pilot
project to construct helipads at Police Stations in two Districts
worst affected by the CPI-Maoist violence. "Under the project,
helipads will be constructed at Police Stations in Palamau and
Chatra Districts. These will be used for anti-Maoist operations,"
S.N. Pradhan, Jharkhand Police spokesperson, told IANS.
A landmine weighing 30 kilograms was recovered
by the Police from Lipta village in the Chatra District. "The
landmine was recovered in a Police operation against Maoist rebels
in Chatra District. Maoist rebels had planted the landmine to
detonate Police vehicles," an unnamed Police officer said.
A CPI-Maoist 'area commander', identified as Bheem
Singh Korwa alias Dukha Korwa alias Bheem Jee (30), was arrested
from a maize field at Gasedaag under Barwadih Police Station in
the Latehar District. Two bombs of 15 kilograms each and seven
of 10 kilograms each, besides 25 live cartridges, 100 metres of
electric wire and a poster bearing slogans against recruitment
of villagers in India Reserve Battalion were recovered from his
possession. Latehar Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Nandu Ganju,
Suresh Ganju and Mukesh Paswan, were arrested by the Jharkhand
Police from the Konka forest of Mccluskieganj. Police also recovered
a single barrel locally-made rifle, a locally-made pistol, Maoist
literature, mobile phones and few live cartridges from them. The
arrestees were involved in several cases of loot, extortion and
murder at different Police Stations in the State.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres assaulted five farmers
for cultivating their land at Kada village in the Palamau District.
The extremists also destroyed paddy and pulse which the farmers
had planted. The Maoists had branded the five farmers as Police
informers two years ago and ordered them not to cultivate the
land located near the Sone river, Superintendent of Police Saket
Kumar Singh said. Since then the farmers, who together own about
10 acres of land, did not dare to visit their land for fear of
a Maoist attack, sources in the Husseinabad Police Station said.
However, they resumed ploughing following last week's rains in
the face of severe drought in Jharkhand, sources added.
Two Naxalites were lynched by villagers at Itki,
situated on the outskirts of State capital Ranchi. Amit Gope and
Aryan, PLFI cadres, had been demanding extortion from a postmaster,
the Deputy Inspector General of Police R. K. Mullick, said. When
the duo again demanded extortion money from him on September 16,
a group of villagers collected at the spot and lynched them.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was lynched when he and a colleague
went to a village to extort money and threaten residents in the
Segaisai village of West Singhbhum District. While one of them
managed to escape, the other was lynched, Police said.
2,000 detonators were recovered and three suspected
CPI-Maoist sympathisers were arrested from different places in
the Hazaribagh and Koderma Districts.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a major portion of a
community hall in the Burger Bazaar locality of Bhandaria block
in Garhwa District. However, no casualty was reported.
The house of a local Rashtriya Janata Dal party
leader was blown up at Chatra and a passenger van was set ablaze
by the extremists in Khunti District. Reports said five PLFI cadres
intercepted a jeep near Chamri village, forced the passengers
to alight and set ablaze the vehicle.
Four trucks were set ablaze by the PLFI cadres
at Aara Ghati in Khunti District. The PLFI cadres stopped the
trucks carrying coal tar and iron equipment and set them ablaze,
Superintendent of Police Jatin Narwal said. The extremists did
do for violating the outfit's 24-hour shutdown call in Palamu
Division beginning August 19-midnight demanding the release of
their 'sub-zonal commander' Laxmanji.
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the PLFI, Shankar Yadav,
who was the prime accused in the August 31 abduction of Alok Kumar,
circle officer of Panki in the Latehar District, was arrested
during a search operation in the District, Superintendent of Police
Kuldip Dwivedi told reporters. He said that Kumar was later set
free by the extremists on September 2. Dwivedi added that a semi-automatic
9-mm pistol, magazines and live cartridges, two mobile sets and
one motorcycle were seized from his possession. Yadav was wanted
in at least eight other cases, including murder and arson.
Three TPC cadres were killed and three others
arrested during an encounter between the Police and extremists
in the Kumbha Begwari village of Hazaribagh District. The arrested
were identified by Ram Kumar Ganju, Binay Munda and Rajesh Munda.
The slain extremists, however, were not identified.
Police Constable Ajay Kumar Singh was shot dead
by the PLFI on board the Jharsuguda - Ranchi passenger train at
Bakatpur Station in Khunti District.
Seven prisoners, including a CPI-Maoist 'commander',
escaped from a court lockup from Khunti District. Around 20 prisoners
were brought to the court premises for hearing in different cases
and seven broke the window panes of the lockup and managed to
escape, taking advantage of the heavy rainfall in the District.
According to a Police official, the Policemen responsible for
security were trying to shelter from the rainfall and the seven
took advantage of this to escape. The Maoist 'commander' who managed
to escape faces charges of murder and other serious crimes. Police
have launched operations to re-arrest the escaped prisoners.
A newly floated armed extremist outfit, Shashtra
Kranti Committee (SKC), raided a railway construction site in
the Chatra District and set ablaze equipment worth more than INR
10000000. A Kolkata (West Bengal)-based firm, Khazana Construction
Company, has been entrusted with the task of laying railway tracks
at Kahalari Pilara in the Simaria area of the District. Around
10pm (IST), a group of six gun-wielding men surrounded the site
and asked employees to cease work. When the manager Hem Yadav
protested, they overpowered him and tied his hands. Five workers
were held at gunpoint. The extremists then emptied the petrol
tank of a machine at the construction site and set ablaze several
other equipments worth INR 1.25 crore. Before Escaping, they issued
a warning and said no construction work should be carried on at
the site without the permission of the SKC. Villagers, meanwhile,
said that the newly formed SKC had recently launched a poster
campaign in Simaria. The messages warned local residents against
paying levy to other extremist organisations operating in the
An encounter occurred between the SFs and Naxalites
at Pandabir village in the West Singhbhum District when the SFs
were returning after attending a meeting with the Gram Raksha
Dal (village protection unit). Superintendent of Police Akhilesh
Kumar Jha said that the SFs conducted raids in the village following
a tip-off that a number of extremists had assembled there. The
Naxalites started firing at the SF personnel, who retaliated.
The extremists, however, managed to escape. The encounter lasted
for a brief period and no report of any casualty or seizure was
made, he added.
Naxalites attacked five separate locations in
Bihar and Jharkhand in a span of four hours, targeting communication
towers, Government vehicles and railway Stations in a bid to bring
the State machinery to a complete halt, Times Now reported
on September 23.
A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as
Sukarmani, was arrested by the Goilkera Police in the same District.
Seven Naxalites, including a 'zonal commander',
were arrested from the capital Ranchi and Bokaro District. Three
extremists were arrested from Tamrana forest under Tamar Police
Station area on the outskirts of Ranchi after a nightlong operation
by the SFs. They were identified as Mahadeo Munda, the chief of
Krantikari Kisan Committee, and his two aides Shanker Munda and
Umesh Munda. The three were part of an 18-member Naxalite squad
present in the forest. The other extremists reportedly manage
to escape. They are members of Ram Mohan Singh Munda squad, Police
said. Two firearms, seven rounds of live cartridges, 25 kilograms
of power gel, a high-end explosive used for preparation of land
mines and 10 detonators were recovered from the three extremists.
On their information, Police found a landmine at a point between
Lugtu and Taimara. Three more extremists were arrested from Mahuatand
village in the Gomia block, 70 kilometres from Bokaro steel city.
They were identified as Kanchan Mahto, Reva Mahto and Maanjhu
Mahto. Another extremist, identified as Manjkhu, was arrested
from Chatdiha village in the same block.
A security guard was shot dead by suspected Naxalites
at Sindri village in the Khunti District. "Chowkidar (guard) Rajendra
Mirdha was on duty near Grameen Bank when five Maoists shot him
dead and fled the spot," Superintendent of Police, Jatin Narwal
told reporters. The dead body of the victim was found on the bank
premises with a pamphlet lying next to him. In the pamphlet it
was allegedly written that Mirdha was killed as he had helped
Police in their operation against Naxalites in the Arki area.
Four PLFI cadres, including an 'area commander',
were killed in a clash with the CPI-Maoist in the Gumla District,
Police said on September 28. The four PLFI cadres were killed
in an encounter at Nawatoli village in the night of September
26, Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar said. "All the bodies
were recovered on Monday morning. One of the deceased was identified
as Jayram Gop alias Bhavaniji, a self-styled area commander of
PLFI," he said. A rifle and over hundred cartridges were recovered
from the spot. The PLFI is having a running feud with the CPI-Maoist
in the Gumla, Simdega, Khunti and a part of Ranchi District.
Maoists set ablaze a dumper and a road roller
of a construction company at Jaldega village in the Simdega District
in the night. According to Police, the Maoists set ablaze the
equipments after their levy demand was denied.
Five Naxalites, including two top leaders, were
arrested from two Districts. Four PLFI cadres were arrested in
the night of September 28 from the Semara forest, which falls
under Palkot Police Station of Gumla District, around 145 kilometers
from State capital Ranchi. The arrestees include Pahindra Gope,
'sub-zonal commander' of the group. Police also seized one double
barrel gun, two country made pistols and live cartridges from
the possession of the arrestees.
In the Lathear District, Police arrested Ajay
Ganju, 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Police Inspector
(Special Branch) Francis Induwar, posted in the Khunti District,
when he had gone to a local market at around 5.30pm (IST) to make
house-hold purchases. The Khunti District Superintendent of Police,
Jatin Marwal, who confirmed the incident, said six extremists,
some of them posing as villagers, were involved in the operation.
"We gathered from eyewitnesses that the rebels, who were carrying
no weapons, surrounded him instantaneously. They then caught hold
of him and dragged him away from the market place," Marwal said.
|September 30-October 1
Two persons were killed by the Naxalites in the
Patamda Block of East Singhbhum District over the past 24 hours.
They victims were identified as Amar Singh Sardar and Bhola Singh,
in the Koira and Kokhra villages of Patamda Block. According to
information, the Naxalites first shot dead Amar Singh in the night
of September 30 and Bhola, brother of Supal Sardar, the vegetable
vendor killed by the Naxalites months back, on October 1. The
deceased were reportedly killed by the Naxalites allegedly for
being Police informers.
Birbal Oraon, a 'Deputy Section Commander' of
the CPI-Maoist operating in Latehar, was arrested from a place
in Latehar. During interrogation, Oraon confessed to blowing up
two buildings housing a school and a health centre in April 2009.
Oraon was allegedly part of a guerrilla squad that shot dead five
Policemen on July 29. "Oraon also admitted that he had made an
abortive attempt to target a Police van when he fitted a 100-kg
bomb under a culvert at Podialana on March 19, 2009," a Police
The CPI-Maoist blew up a railway track in the
West Singhbhum District at the Jharkhand-West Bengal border. The
extremists blew up the railway track near Maharesal railway Station
under Chakradhapur railway division at around 4.30am (IST). The
Maoists have called for a nationwide strike on October 3 to protest
the arrests of senior leaders Kobad Ghandy and Chhatradhar Mahato.
Two Policemen were wounded in a two-hour encounter
with the CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest of Bundu Block, 45 kilometers
from State capital Ranchi, Police said on October 4. An encounter
took place at Madhukamdih village under Tamar Police Station in
the Ranchi District on October 3 during a search operation launched
to rescue the abducted Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar.
Over 500 rounds of fire were exchanged between the two sides.
The SFs had rushed to the village on specific information that
a Maoist squad had assembled near the native place of the CPI-Maoist
'zonal commander', Kundan Pahan. The Inspector General of Police,
S. N. Pradhan, said a combing operation was launched on specific
intelligence inputs about the presence of Maoists in the area.
"The security forces ultimately forced the Maoists to retreat,"
The Maoists have demanded release of their senior
leaders, including Kobad Ghandy, as a condition for freeing the
abducted Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar, local media
reports said. Samarji, claiming to be 'secretary' of South Chhotanagpur
Committee of Jharkhand, called local Hindi newspapers late in
the night of October 3 and said, "The abducted Police official
of the intelligence department is in our custody. He is safe.
He will be released after the arrested leaders - Kobad Ghandy,
Chhatradhar Mahto and Chandra Bhushan Yadav - are released." "Do
not torture relatives of Kundan Pahan and other people otherwise
we will abduct family members of government officials," he added.
Police suspect the role of the Kundan Pahan group - active in
the border areas of Ranchi, Khuti and Jamshedpur Districts - in
Naxalites (left-wing extremists) killed a civilian
in the East Singhbhum District. A Naxalite group led by 'area
commander' Kanhu Munda allegedly shot dead Dukhia Hembram (30)
at Harian village under Ghurabandha Police Station. A resident
of Mahespur, Dukhia was returning from his brother's house at
Ghurabandha Police Station where he is posted as a constable.
The East Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Naveen Kumar Singh
said the Naxalites killed Dukhia suspecting him to be a Police
informer like they killed villager Amar Singh Sardar at Koira
hamlet five days ago. "The rebels are in an offensive mood and
so are targeting innocent people. We have started combing operation,"
he said. Meanwhile, Police and paramilitary forces in the morning
of October 5 launched a joint combing operation in the Naxalite-infested
Ghurabandha and Dumaria blocks of the Ghatshila sub-division in
Police claimed to have arrested a woman CPI-Maoist
'commander' in capital Ranchi. The arrestee, whose identity the
Police did not disclose immediately, was arrested from a colony
situated under Sukhdeonagar Police Station. Police said a Self-Loading
Rifle and live cartridges were recovered from her possession.
The Jharkhand Police said they had found the decapitated
dead body of the abducted Police Inspector Francis Enduwar. The
Deputy Inspector General of Police, R. K. Malik, said Enduwar's
headless body was found at around 9.15am on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi
Highway with a note from the Maoists saying that they could expect
more of the same treatment if their demands were not met. They
claimed full responsibility for the killing of Enduwar. He confirmed
that the Maoists had been demanding the release of two of their
prominent leaders Kobad Ghandy and Chatrodhar Mahato, who have
been arrested by security agencies in Delhi and West Bengal respectively.
As reported earlier, the Police official was abducted on September
30. He said that the Maoists had offered to handover three of
their cadres in exchange for the release of Enduwar. Enduwar's
execution was carried out after the Government refused to release
The CPI-Maoist called for a two-day shutdown in
Bihar and Jharkhand from October 12 in protest against what it
alleged was the Centre's effort to put down its campaign using
paramilitary forces. The announcement was made through a press
release by the spokesman of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa-Chhattisgarh
Special Committee, Gopal. The outfit has also been observing a
protest-week from October 7 to 13, the release said.
The CPI-Maoist acknowledged that their cadres
carried out the beheading of Police Inspector Francis Induwar
in Jharkhand on October 6. Speaking to Times Now, the CPI-Maoist
Politburo member Kishenji admitted that his operatives on the
ground beheaded Induwar, adding, that they will behead all their
The Ranchi SSP, Praveen Kumar, said that people's
support to the Maoists in the Bundu and Tamar areas of Ranchi
District was emerging as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to
anti-Naxalite (left wing extremists) operations. "Whether it is
out of fear or otherwise, the support of villagers that the sub-zonal
commander, Kundan Pahan, enjoys in the area, has made him almost
invincible," he added. As a result, Pahan's intelligence network,
comprising villagers, had become quite strong. "Whenever Police
are about to conduct raids in the area, Pahan invariably gets
wind of it," said the SSP. "We were close to the squad two days
ago and an encounter took place in which two of their members
were shot. But the bodies were taken away by the other members
of the group," said Kumar. Pahan is the prime suspect in the killing
of Francis Indwar and Police have launched a massive hunt for
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a stretch of railway
track and set ablaze three trucks in Jharkhand. "They (Maoists)
blew up a stretch of railway track around 2.30 am at Jharandih
in the Coal belt Industrial Chord section in Dhanbad," Senior
Public Relations Officer of the Dhanbad Rail Division, Amrendra
Das, told PTI in Dhanbad. The Shaktipunj Express was held up due
to blast, he added.
About 12 armed Maoists set ablaze three trucks
at around 1am in the Isri area of Giridih District and cut down
trees to block road traffic on the Dumri-Giridih road, said the
Giridih SP Ravi Kant Dhan. They also partially damaged a road
bridge, which connects Dumri to the Grand Trunk Road, using explosives,
the SP added.
Hazaribagh SP Pankaj Kamboj said the Maoists partially
damaged a road with explosives at Sardalo, bordering Bokaro District.
The Maoists enforced the closure of hundreds of
stone mining and crusher units situated in the vast stretch under
Shikaripara block of Dumka District by putting up posters at various
places in the Pindargarhia and Haripur Chowk, They warned the
owners of the stone mine and crusher units to support the shut
down failing which they would have to face dire consequences.
As part of the Government's move to fight Maoists
on a different plank, Jharkhand - which has been under President's
rule since January - has withdrawn over one lakh petty cases slapped
on tribals under Forest Conservation Act. The move is aimed at
winning the confidence of locals who provide massive support base
for the Maoists. "The tribals are running from pillar to post
in connection with these cases. So we reviewed the issue with
the state government and advised it to withdraw the cases and
they did it accordingly," said a senior home ministry official,
adding, "We hope that by withdrawing the cases, we would be able
to win the goodwill of the tribals and they will help us in the
fight against the Naxals." He added, "… This is part of our strategy
to deal with the Naxal problem by making the presence of governance
felt at the ground level and thereby weeding out Maoist sympathisers
who were drawn towards the extremists due to non-governance in
several Naxal-affected states." Sources said that other Naxal-affected
States had also been asked to withdraw similar cases slapped against
tribals. While some of the states had done so, others appeared
to be willing to do so when the subject was broached with them
during consultation meetings, they added.
A Police Sub-Inspector, Habil Bara, allegedly
tried to commit suicide inside his Police Station while being
interrogated for his alleged links with Shyam Mahto, an 'area
commander' of the CPI-Maoist, in the Kuchai area of Seraikela-Kharsawan
District. The Police had earlier in the day arrested two Maoists,
identified as Feroj Singh Munda and Lakhan Sardar, from Kuchai.
The Police had also seized a pair of whistles, rifle springs and
Maoist literature from the two, who were on their way to hand
them over to Mahto in Kuchai. During their interrogation, the
duo had alleged that Habil Bara had links with Shyam Mahto and
he was known to the other Maoists also. Bara was also privy to
various "underhand dealings" with them, the duo added. The Seraikela-Kharsawan
District Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek said, "When we
summoned the sub-inspector to the Police Station and began interrogating
him about his (Maoist) links, he fell sick suddenly. Later, he
had to be admitted to hospital," Abhishek said, refusing to confirm
or deny that it was a suicide attempt. The SP admitted the allegation
that Bara, a resident of Roshanpur village in Sisai in Gumla,
used to help the Maoists of Kuchai was serious.
The CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in the
Chatra District. "A group of armed Maoists packed dynamites inside
the Nawadih Middle School and triggered the blast, damaging its
three rooms," SP, D. B. Sharma, told reporters in Chatra.
Two coal company officers of Amrapara in the Pakur
District were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres, while they had
gone for a morning walk.
CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on a pilgrims' bus
on G.T. Road at Isri in the Giridih District, injuring 12 passengers.
The extremists also lobbed a bomb on the bus which was on way
from Kolkata (capital of West Bengal) to Ajmer in Rajasthan.
Maoists blew up a section of the rail track between
Jogeshwar Bihar and Dania which resulted in damage to the overhead
equipment. According to railway sources, a night patrolman had
noticed a three-foot hole, presumably dug for planting explosives,
in the down track near the Karmabad Station. Further, in the afternoon,
a freight train was derailed near Mahua Milan in the Latehar District.
The State Government approved the raising of 20
additional companies of the Jharkhand Jaguar, a special force
of the Jharkhand Police constituted to tackle the Maoist insurgency.
The decision to raise additional companies was approved by the
Advisory Council to Governor K. Sankaranarayanan as the State
is under President's rule since January 19, 2009. Principal Secretary
Aditya Swaroop said the Advisory Council approved recruitment
of 22 officers each in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police,
Inspector and Sub-Inspector. Besides, the force will have 53 assistant
Sub-Inspectors, 145 junior Sub-Inspectors, 351 head Constables
and 1,258 Constables. The Advisory Council also extended the age
limit of woman Constable aspirants in the Jharkhand Police from
28 years to 30 years. As many as 20 companies of the Jharkhand
Jaguar are currently deployed in the insurgency-affected areas
of the State.
A 'commander' of the PLFI, identified as Bhaiaram
Oraon, who was undergoing treatment at the Gurunanak Hospital
in State capital Ranchi under a fake name, was arrested. "Bhaiaram
Oran was getting treatment in name of Budhua Oraon. According
to doctors, he is suffering from malaria. He was admitted on Tuesday.
His associates managed to escape, a Police official told IANS.
The CPI-Maoist put up posters claiming responsibility
for the killings of Dina Nath Saran, Executive Director of the
Panem Coal Mine Project, and Senior Manager Sital Prasad while
they were out on a walk on October 13. The posters appeared in
the Paharpur area under Amrapara and in the Gummamore and Kuscheera
hamlets in Pakur and Gopikander administrative divisions in the
Dumka District. The Pakur SP Mohammed Neehal said the posters
claimed the duo was killed because of their hostility towards
villagers and the anti-people attitude of the Panem Coal Mines
at Amrapara. The posters also asked villagers to keep away from
Two Maoists, allegedly involved in the killing
of Special Branch Inspector Francis Indwar, were arrested by the
Ranchi Police. Vikesh Das alias Vikeshji (22) and Sudhakarji (40)
of Haramlohar under Tamar Police Station were arrested on their
way home. The SSP, Praveen Kumar, said the duo has revealed the
number of Maoists and the group involved in murdering the officer.
"During interrogation, they have revealed that the group of Kishore
Munda and six Maoists had brought Indwar to Raisa More by tractor
and beheaded him at the order of their commander Kundan Pahan,"
he added. "Vital clues have been received by the arrest of the
two active members of the squad, including the list of supporters
and informers, especially those who played an important role in
the kidnapping and murder of the slain cop," the SSP further said,
adding, "Both the Maoists were named accused in the encounter
that took place during the search for the slain inspector and
the one that took place after the killing and they have even confirmed
that two of their senior comrades have been shot. They have revealed
that as Police had launched an intensive combing-cum-search operation
in the area to rescue the slain Policeman, these Maoists were
continuously getting information about the movement from their
sympathizers in each village and kept shifting their hostage from
one place to another."
A makeshift structure, once used by the state
irrigation department, was blown up by the CPI-Maoist cadres at
Bansua village near Sonua block (administrative division) in the
West Singhbhum District. Confirming the incident, West Singhbhum
SP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said the structure had been put up six years
ago, but was abandoned later. "The incident took place past midnight,
but we only got to know of it early this morning. We immediately
started long-range patrolling in Sonua and Goelkera jungles as
well as combing operations in Bansua village to apprehend the
rebels responsible," Jha added. He also said that Police or paramilitary
forces had never used the structure for anti-insurgency operations
in Saranda or Sonua. He said the extremists might have blown up
the structure anticipating its use by the Police in future. Further,
an intelligence source said, "Right from the time the Naxalites
entered Saranda forest nine years ago, they have blown up each
and every forest guesthouse in the area. They wanted to ensure
that the Police or paramilitary forces did not use forest guesthouses
or lodges to take shelter."
A self styled 'sub-zonal commander' of the JPC,
identified as Pradeep Ganju, was killed in a two-hour long clash
with the rival group TPC in Latehar District. The Latehar SP,
Kuldeep Diwedi, said Police received information about a clash
between the two groups in the forests of Bodha Viharjanga under
Chandwa Police Station. "Forces were rushed to the spot early
in the morning. The Police recovered a body from the encounter
site which the villagers identified as that of Pradeep Ganju.
Empty cartridges were also recovered from the spot," Diwedi said.
Two JPC extremists were also hurt in the incident. "We have launched
an intensive combing operation in the area and efforts are being
made to arrest the members of the two groups," Diwedi added. The
two groups possibly clashed to claim supremacy in the area for
collecting levy and extorting businessmen and contractors, he
added. Ganju, who headed a squad of around 20 armed cadres, was
active in the bordering areas of Latehar and Lohardaga Districts.
He was wanted in about 20 cases related to extortion, kidnapping
and murder under different Police Stations of the two Districts.
Three persons were killed and six others critically
injured when the CPI-Maoist cadres attacked Rajpur village in
the Chatra District. The dead, identified as Umesh Mali, head
of a SPM, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, Umesh Singh Bhokta,
a local leader of the Lokjanshakti Party, and Ranjit Rajjak, were
watching a cultural programme near Rajpur Middle School at around
2am (IST), when a group of armed Maoists fired on them, District
Superintendent of Police Deo Bihari Sharma said. The condition
of all the injured, including a Police driver, is stated to be
critical, he said. Samay Live, however, put the death toll
A joint Police team of Dumka and Pakur Districts
arrested six persons in connection with the Maoist posters put
up recently claiming the responsibility of killing two top-ranking
officials of the Panem coal mine. In the posters put up at different
places in the Amrapara and Gopikandar block (administrative division)
areas a couple of days after the incident, the Maoists had taken
the responsibility of killing the two Panem officials for their
alleged role in exploiting the displaced persons where the coal
mine is situated. The arrested persons were identified as Nandlal
Bhagat, Bablu Bhagat and Gopin Murmu of Kuschira village under
the Gopikandar Police Station of the District and Sunil Bhagat,
Ganpati Rajak and Vrindavan Pandit of Amrapara. As reported earlier,
the executive director of the Panem coal mine, D Saran, and assistant
mining manager Sheetal Prasad, shot dead by the suspected Maoists
on October 12 while they went for a morning walk.
A businessman, identified as Mahendra Prasad Mittal,
was killed by a Naxalite (left wing extremist) leader in Lohardaga
District. Police said on October 20 that the man who killed businessman
Mahendra Prasad Mittal in Lohardaga on October 19 was Manjitji,
an 'area commander' of the recently formed Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand
Simant Committee (CJSC) - a splinter group of the Communist Party
of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) - and a close aide of the CJSC chief
Sanjay Yadav. "Mittal was shot dead by Manjit at his office. His
brother Narendra said he did not have any threat to his life.
But investigation has revealed that Mittal had been threatened
a number of times by Manjit and his group," said Subodh Prasad,
Lohardaga Superintendent of Police, adding, that Mittal and his
business associates had never taken Police into confidence on
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two vehicles
of a local Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader at Kurund village in
Latehar District, Police said on October 20, according to PTI.
A group of armed Maoists reached the house of JMM's Latehar District
youth President Amrit Joi Kujur in the night of October 19 and
used inflammable substance to set ablaze his tractor. Kujur, however,
was not at home. The Maoists also took away his jeep to Gumla
where they set it ablaze, sources said.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres abducted and killed
two former cadres of a rival outfit, TPC, at Chando village of
Palamau District. Sources said that about 20 suspected Maoists
abducted Pappu Singh and Mohammad Ansari from their houses and
shot them on the outskirts of the village. The bodies were recovered
this morning, Police said, adding a note left by the killers accused
the duo of working as Police informers. Refuting the allegations,
Police said Singh and Ansari were earlier cadres of another Naxal
outfit, the TPC. The CPI-Maoist is engaged with a turf war with
A 50-years-old tribal woman, identified as Mukhi
Munda, was killed by the Naxalites at Jamua village in East Singhbhum
District, Ranchi Express reported on October 23. The Naxals had
asked the woman and family members to withdraw cases filed against
some Naxals, who killed her son, allegedly a Police informer,
some months back.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and three others
arrested during an encounter with the SFs at Jonha, about 40 kilometres
from capital Ranchi, Police said. Following a tip off about Maoists'
movement taking place towards Purulia District in the neighbouring
State of West Bengal, the SFs laid a trap by putting blockades
at various places. "We had placed blockades at six places which
were there continuously for the past 2 days. We were successful
near Jonha area where following an encounter four Maoists were
killed, though we have only found one body. The search operation
is on to find rest of the Maoists. We have found three rifles,
backpacks, their vehicle, a motorcycle and lot of ammunitions,"
said Praveen Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police (Ranchi).
Police also confirmed of having arrested three Maoists.
The prime suspect behind the beheading of Special
Intelligence branch inspector Francis Induwar, Kundan Pahan, might
be among the four CPI-Maoist, cadres injured in an encounter near
Jonha, about 35 kilometres from State capital Ranchi. "As per
our information, Kundan Pahan is among the Maoists who were injured
during the encounter that took place at Jonha near Angara yesterday,"
Senior Superintendent of Police, Praveen Kumar said on October
26. Pahan managed to escape, he said, adding he and his associates
were trying to cross over borders when they were spotted. As many
as four companies of paramilitary and Police forces are scouring
the forests of Ranchi and Khunti Districts to trace the injured
or dead Maoists, Kumar added.
Maoists blew up two schools in the Giridih District.
The Maoists packed explosives inside Upgraded Haridih School and
Upgraded Dharpahari School, damaging the structures, Police said.
There was no loss of life in the incident.
Suspected cadres of the TPC, a rival faction of
the CPI-Maoist, abducted a Government official from Hazaribgah
District. According to Police, suspected TPC cadres abducted Nirmal
Toppo, circle officer of Keredari block (administrative division)
of Hazaribgah District, when he had gone to inspect development
work in a rural area. "Keradari block circle officer Nirmal Toppo
was returning to Hazaribagh after his office hours when a group
of armed men stopped his vehicle between Keradari and Barkakana
and abducted him and his driver. The driver was later freed,"
said Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj.
Ranchi Express reported on October 27 that personnel
from Piparwar Police Station arrested two cadres of the Jharkhand
Prastuti Committee who were going to collect levy money from a
man. The Police also seized INR 70000 in cash, three mobiles and
a Bajaj CT 100 motorcycle from them.
Two Naxalites, identified as Mamta Kumari alias
Preeti and Prahalad Mahto, who were going to collect levy money
were arrested by the Namkum Police. Police also seized one pistol,
two cartridges and two mobile phones from them. Senior Superintendent
of Police Praveen Kumar told journalists that Preeti and Prahlad
were collecting levy money for 'Commando' Chand and the Marshal
An indefinite shutdown called by a pro-Communist
Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) organisation affected normal
life in five Districts of Jharkhand on October 27. The shutdown
was effective in Ranchi, Ramgarh, Gumla and Simdoga Districts.
Vehicular traffic and the rail traffic were particularly affected.
A bomb was found on the railway tracks in the
Simdega District, disrupting train services, Police said. The
five kilograms bomb was discovered near Bano railway Station in
Simdega, nearly 200 kilometres from State capital Ranchi, by railway
authorities. Consequently, two trains were halted at Bano and
two trains were cancelled.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the house of a cadre
for breaking away, the Latehar Police said on October 29. Armed
Maoists went to the house of Chetanji at Gurgu village under Latehar
Police Station and asked his family members to leave, before setting
it ablaze in the night of October 28, the Police said. Chetanji
was the 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist before joining
the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Simant Committee, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist. The Latehar District Superintendent of Police
(SP), Kuldeep Dwivedi, said that Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Seemant
Prastuti Committee was commanded by a former CPI-Maoist cadre,
adds Telegraph. "The outfit is active in the bordering area of
Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. It has been constituted by Sanjay
Yadav, who left CPI-Maoist with his supporters six months ago,"
Police arrested an 'area commander' of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, from Dugduga village under
the Basia Police Station of the Gumla District in the night of
October 28. The Police also recovered a locally-made pistol and
two cartridges of .303 bore from his possession. The Gumla District
SP, N. K. Singh, said on October 29 that a joint team of the Basia
and Kamdara Police Stations arrested the insurgent, identified
as Vijay Tete alias Vishalji, after being tipped off that he had
visited his wife's home in the same village. Tete, who belongs
to Dugduga village, had joined the outfit about three years ago
and was a confidant of the PLFI chief Dinesh Gope. Tete was elevated
to the rank of a 'sub-zonal commander' after the Basia Police
arrested his predecessor Bhaiyaram Oraon from capital Ranchi recently.
His area of operation extended up to Basia and Kamdara in Gumla,
Karra in Khunti and Lapung in Ranchi District, the SP said, adding
that Tete's squad was also active in some parts of Bihar, including
Gaya. The SP said that Tete disclosed the names of his squad members
during interrogation. Besides, the arrested PLFI cadre also gave
an account of the weapons, which include two rifles, a semi-rifle,
a gun and two pistols, possessed by his squad. The SP claimed
that the PLFI is now on the verge of extinction with many of its
top leaders already arrested.
West Singhbhum Police arrested two CPI-Maoist
involved in looting explosives from bordering Orissa's Sundergarh
District in July 2009 and defused a bomb they had planted on a
road used by the SFs combing the Saranda forest. The two extremists
were arrested in the night of October 29 from Thalkobad, around
80 kilometres from the District headquarters of Chaibasa, by the
Police and Central Reserve Police Force who were on long range
patrolling. The two later confessed they were members of the outlawed
CPI-Maoist and were in platoon No. 22 of the outfit that was active
in Saranda. The duo then took the Police to a spot on Karampada-Thalkobad
Road in Jamboiburu where they had planted a powerful can bomb.
The Police later defused the bomb.
Following the arrest, the Police also recovered
the cell-phone of sub-inspector Ajit Bardhan who was killed by
Maoists when they ambushed the Police party escorting the truck
carrying the explosives in July 2009. Confirming the arrests made
after the two were brought to Jamboiburu in Saranda's Manoharpur
Police Station area, the West Singhbhum District Superintendent
of Police (SP), Akhilesh Kumar Jha, said, "After Bardhan's mobile
phone was recovered, we interrogated the duo. They confessed to
being involved in looting the explosives-laden truck in Rourkela."
However, they could not reveal where the explosives had been taken
by the Maoists. The SP said the Police believed the two arrested
extremists, Gopal Munda and Etewa Oraon, could provide information
about Maoists hiding in Saranda and elsewhere in West Singhbhum.
Maoist leader Ajay Kanu, who was the mastermind
of 2005 Jehanabad jail break, was brought to Hazaribgah and produced
in the court of chief judicial magistrate B.N. Pandey in an arms
and ammunition case. He was forwarded to Hazaribgah Central Jail.
A villager was injured when a stray bullet hit
him during an exchange of fire between Police and the Maoists
at Daniya village situated on the foothill of Jhumra under Gomia
block of the Bokaro District. The Bokaro SP, Saket Singh, said
the Police are trying to ascertain whether Argaria is a villager
or a Maoist. He said that the victim's presence at the spot has
raised suspicion against him. The SP said that Security Force
personnel from the District Police and the Central Reserve Police
Force were conducting a search operation in the nearby forests
when Maoists suddenly opened fire on them. "In retaliation, the
security personnel opened 15 rounds of fire. The gun battle did
not last for long as the Maoists retreated in haste," he added.
Another group of the CPI-Maoist cadres went to
Sanjay Yadav's house, asked his family members to vacate the house,
doused it with inflammable substance before setting it ablaze,
reported Outlook. Yadav, who was not at home, had recently broken
away from the CPI-Maoist to join the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Simant
|October 31-November 1
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a person and set
ablaze a house in separate incidents in the Latehar District,
Police said. The Police recovered the bullet-riddled dead body
of Surendra Nagasia from Mahuadand village in the morning. The
armed insurgents forcibly took away Nagasia from his home to Bota
Chowk near the village at around 10.30pm on October 31 and fired
two shots in his head, Police said. They left a note in which
they accused Nagasia of raping a woman recently.
Police claimed to have killed several Maoists
in a five-hour encounter in the dense forests of Sarwaha in Hazaribgah
in the night of October 31. The Security Forces are tracking blood
stains to reach the fleeing Maoists, the SP Pankaj Kamboj said
on November 1.
The Police arrested five Naxalites, including
a 'sub-zonal commander' of the TPC, a rival group of the CPI-Maoist,
at Manjariyatoli village under Dumri Police Station in the Gumla
District in the night of November 1. A cache of arms and ammunition
were also seized during the raid. One of those arrested was identified
as Vishwanath Gaunjhu alias Bisheshanji, a TPC 'sub-zonal commander'
of Lohardaga and a resident of Heshawar village in Latehar District.
Gaunjhu was involved in as many as 10 criminal cases, including
six cases lodged with the Balumath Police Station. The others
were identified as armed squad members of the TPS, Mohamed Israfil
Alam, Johnson Ekka, Sanjana Minz and Abhas Ekka, the Gumla SP
Narendra Kumar Singh said on November 2. The SP said on getting
a tip-off that the TPC members had arrived at Manjariyatoli to
collect levy from someone, a Police team rushed to the village
in the night of November 1 and laid a trap. All five TPC members
were arrested without any encounter, the SP added. Police also
recovered two .315 rifles, two country made pistols, some live
cartridges, TPC letter pads, a diary containing the names of TPC
members and other vital information about the outfit, mobile sets,
pamphlets and other documents during the raid. Gaunjhu was involved
in as many as 10 criminal cases, including six cases lodged with
the Balumath Police Station, the SP said. Meanwhile, sources said
that the TPC is trying to establish its network in Latehar, particularly
in the Chainpur-Dumri area.
Maoists put up posters in the Latehar District
calling upon people to spurn the initiatives of the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram. The posters, that had CP-Maoist
written below, also asked the people to stay away from the democratic
process. "We did not see who pasted these posters. The posters
read 'push back Sonia Gandhi and other leaders'," said Virendra,
a local villager. The he first phase of the elections for the
Jharkhand Legislative Assembly is scheduled to begin from November
Maheshwar Oraon, an 'area commander' of the Peoples'
Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a rival faction of the CPI-Maoist,
who was active in the eastern zone of Gumla Sadar Police Station
was killed by villagers.
The Police of Bundu Police Station seized a car
near Nawadeh in which three persons were travelling with huge
quantity of explosive materials. The arrestees were identified
as Jubour alias Muna Singh of Khunti, Gudu and Hemant of Siwan
(Bihar). The seized explosives were reportedly for supply to the
Kundan Pahan group of the CPI-Maoist.
Adequate security deployment would be made during
the five-phase Legislative Assembly elections in Jharkhand beginning
on November 25, the Chief Election Commissioner Navin B. Chawla
said in capital Ranchi. "They (security personnel) are in adequate
number," Chawla told a press conference when asked about the security
arrangements during elections in the Maoist insurgency-affected
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead an activist of
JPC, a rival group of the CPI-Maoist, on the Panki-Balumath road
in Palamau District, the Police said on November 4. In the night
of November 3, about 30 Maoists went to the house of Bhagat Yadav,
an alleged activist of the JPC, and took him to the road before
firing two shots, killing him on the spot, the Deputy Superintendent
of Police, N. K. Lal, said. He also said that the dead body was
recovered in the morning of November 4 and the Maoists had left
a note claiming responsibility.
Police arrested three persons in Ranchi District
for supplying lethal arms and ammunition to the Maoists. During
a search operation in the jurisdiction of Namkum Police Station,
the Police personnel came to know about an inter-state gang working
with links in West Bengal. The explosives seized included ammonium
nitrate and detonators that could be used by the Maoists for attacks
on the State machinery. Praveen Kumar, Senior Superintendent of
Police, said, "A group which used to supply explosives has been
identified and the leader of the group Mohammed Zubaid and other
two arms suppliers named Mohammed Guddu and Hemant Kumar, both
of them the residents of Asansol, have also been arrested." The
arrested persons with Maoist links were involved in a series of
incidents and other acts of sabotage directed against the local
and central Government, Police said.
The CPI-Maoist expelled 10 of its cadres over
poll participation in Jharkhand. A spokesperson of the party's
Bihar Jharkhand and North Chhattisgarh Area Sub-Committee, Gopal,
said that 10 cadres have been expelled for indulging in anti-organizational
work as well as for taking a keen interest in the upcoming election,
which the Maoists have been opposing and boycotting altogether.
Sources said this is the first ever occasion when the expulsion
of as many as 10 Maoists has been announced.
The CPI-Maoist cadres rebels blew up a school
building in the Chatra District, Police said on November 6. The
extremists blew up a middle school building at Asona village of
Chatra late in the night of November 5. Around 20 to 25 Maoists
blew up the school building by using detonators and explosives,
an unnamed Police officer said. The officer said the insurgents
blew up the building to prevent stay of Security Force personnel
during the assembly polls scheduled this month and the next. The
Maoists have blown up more than 30 school buildings in Jharkhand
in the last five years, the report added.
The Lohardaga Police were engaged in three gun
battles with the Naxalites at three different places along the
District's border with Latehar under the Kisko Police Station.
The Lohardaga SP Subodh Prasad, who led the Police in taking on
cadres of the JCSC, a breakaway faction of the Communist Party
of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), said the extremists were led by
Sanjay Yadav. The SP said Police recovered three Motorola walkie-talkie
sets and a transistor-type device whose function was not known.
"After a Maoist-related incident at Navagarh village in the neighbouring
Latehar District two days back, we despatched a team of District
Armed Police and CRPF [Central Reserve Police Force] personnel
to the area led by Senha and Kisko Police Stations officer-in-charges
- Police Constable Deogam and Sunil Kumar Tiwari - respectively.
It was a preventive step to check the rebels from entering Lohardaga
District. The Police team detected rebels led by Sanjay Yadav
trying enter the District near Siram village of Kisko block which
resulted in the first encounter at Siram around noon," the SP
added. It was then the joint CRPF and Police team informed nearest
Police pickets at Makka and Richughuta and asked help of additional
forces to surround the escaping Maoists. "I requested Latehar
SP Kuldeep Dwiwedi to send his nearest forces and rushed towards
the spot. I joined the Police team from Richughuta Police picket
who had by then engaged the Maoists in the second encounter near
Makka, while the third encounter with forces from the Makka Police
picket took place at a place between Makka and Peshrar," the SP
further said. He said Police forces from both Lohardaga and Latehar
were conducting search operations in their respective areas to
arrest the Maoists who were on the run. There was no casualty
on either side, the SP added.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building
at Banbirua in the Latehar District, the SP, Kuldip Diwedi, said
on November 10. A group of armed Maoists stuffed dynamite and
triggered the blast late in the night of November 9 in the school
at Banbirua, the SP added. There is no loss of life in the incident,
he added. Maoists blew up the structure to prevent the Security
Forces from making it a make-shift camp during the ensuing 5-phase
Legislative Assembly elections starting on November 25, the Police
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building
at Kona village in the Latehar District, Police said on November
10. The school was blown up in the night of November 9 using detonators
and explosives, a Police official said. As reported earlier another
school was blown up in the Banbirua village in the same night.
The extremists left behind pamphlets saying the buildings had
been blown up to prevent the Security Forces from using them as
make-shift camps during the forthcoming Legislative Assembly elections.
The five-phase poll begins on November 25.
Bihar Police personnel seized 30,000 live cartridges
of .315 bore, two AK-47 rifles, four INSAS rifles and huge quantity
of explosives from a house in Bokaro, Bihar Additional Director
General of Police (Headquarters) U. S. Dutta said. Acting on a
tip-off, the State Police sought help from the Jharkhand Police
and raided a house in Sector 12 Bokaro and recovered the firearms
and explosive, Dutta said.
Armed Naxalites set three earth-movers on fire
at Kodaiburu forest in the West Singhbhum District. About 25 extremists
barged into the godown of a road construction department and set
ablaze the vehicles after holding the workers captive at a room
in the godown. Eyewitnesses said the insurgents shouted slogans
and left a handwritten paper on the spot before disappearing in
the Kodaiburu forest. West Singhbhum Superintendent of Police
Akhilesh Kumar Jha said the incident took place at 12.30am. He
added, "A few days ago, the rebels demanded levy from Ashok Pradhan,
the constructor of 12 kilometres road between Kedaiburu-Raghusai.
Following the incident, Pradhan lodged an FIR with Sonua Police
Station and this incident was the fallout."
Three labourers, including one Munshi, engaged
in construction of Government building were abducted by suspected
Naxalites in the night from Karuakala village in Garhwa. In this
case hand of Maoists is suspected.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Ramchandra
Singh, who was a member of the last Jharkhand Legislative Assembly,
was abducted by a group of 25 CPI-Maoist cadres at Manika in the
Latehar District, Police sources said. Singh, accompanied by six
of his supporters, was returning home after attending a function
when he was intercepted by his abductors. Police sources suspect
that Maoists from the neighbouring State of Chhattisgarh abducted
the RJD leader.
The Lohardaga District Police arrested a PLFI
activist, Santosh Pradhan, along with a locally-made pistol and
four cartridges following a gun battle with the insurgents near
Kalhepath village. The PLFI activists were led by Surendra Oraon,
charged in dozens of cases, including those of abduction and loot.
A few years back, he had fled from Lohardaga prison. The SP Subodh
Prasad said Senha Police had received a tip-off that PLFI cadres
would go to collect levy from a brick kiln owner at Kalhepath.
The PLFI activists opened fire on the cops. The Police retaliated
but in order to save civilians in the way failed to arrest at
least three insurgents, including Surendra Oraon. However, Santosh
Pradhan of Senha was arrested.
Police neutralised a base camp of the Maoists
at Sarjamurmu forest located on the border of Angara and Namkum
Police Stations in Ranchi District. The Maoists had, however,
deserted the camp two days ago. The Police recovered some camouflaged
fatigues, medicine packets, Maoist literature, books on jungle
warfare tactics and a few maps from the camp located on a hillock
about 40 metres in height. Earlier in the evening of November
13, the Police had arrested two women Maoists and a sympathizer
who supplied provisions to the insurgents at their base camp.
The supplier, Goverdhan Munda, was coming from the base camp along
with the two women cadres, Sulochana Munda and Sangeeta Munda,
when they were arrested. The three persons, who were on their
way to Angara, told the Police that about 80 Maoists stayed at
the base camp. Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Praveen
Kumar said," Sulochana Munda is the wife of Sanjay Pramanik alias
Doctorji, the third-in-command of Platoon-39 of the CPI-Maoist.
On the basis of revelations made by the arrested persons, the
Police raided the base camp on Saturday." He added that Pramanik,
who led a local guerrilla squad, a sub-group of Platoon-39, was
wanted in connection with several high-profile cases executed
by the CPI-Maoist in the past couple of years. "Pramanik earned
the sobriquet of Doctorji since he was a para-medical staff and
had been running a clinic at Bundu for the past two-and-a-half
year. Later, he became an active member of the guerrilla squad,"
the SSP said. The SSP said that the arrested women cadres have
given vital information to the Police about the whereabouts of
the members of the guerrilla squad, adding, "We hope to make more
arrests soon." Talking about the whereabouts of guerrilla squad
leader Kundan Pahan, the SSP said that he (Pahan) managed to escape
under the cover of darkness following a fierce encounter with
the Police at Angara on October 25.
The Maoists attacked a security camp at Khudisar
under Dumri Police Station, where the SFs were Stationed for election
duty. About 200 Maoists attacked the security camp and exchanged
fire with the SFs. However, no one was injured. Vehicles of two
election campaigners were also attacked and glass panes were damaged.
The tyres of the cars were also punctured.
An armed squad of the CPI-Maoist shot dead one
of their fellow cadres after calling him out from his home at
Barudih village in the Nimdih block of Seraikela-Kharsawan District.
Sources said at 1.30am, about 12 Maoists turned up at 35-year
old Shivraj Singh Sardar's house and called him outside. Subsequently,
two Maoists opened fire at him before escaping into nearby forests.
Sardar is reported to have died on the spot. According to sources,
Shivraj Singh Sardar was killed because of a dispute over levy
collection. The Seraikela-Kharsawan District Superintendent of
Police (SP), Abhishek, said the killing was carried out by the
CPI-Maoist 'area commander' Arup Mochi's squad that is active
in Dalma, Patamda and Nimdih. "It is the same squad that had killed
Naxalite leader and former MCC [Maoist Communist Centre] area
commander Bhola Singh Sardar," the SP said. A case against Mochi
and others has been filed.
Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a school
building at Taliya near Barwadda Police Station of Dhanbad District
and forced the teachers and students to leave the premises. The
school was a temporary accommodation for Security Forces (SFs)
during the forthcoming Legislative Assembly elections. According
to Police, Maoists entered Taliya Vansthali High School at 11.30pm
and assaulted the night guard and cook of the hostel. They also
assaulted a school teacher for allowing the SFs to take shelter
for the election. The Maoists later put up posters asking people
to boycott the elections and not allow the SFs to stay in the
schools and colleges. Elections are farce, the posters said.
The insurgents attacked another school building
- Kendedih Middle School at Topchanci - in Dhanbad District and
put up anti-election posters.
The Maoists have issued an election boycott call
at several places in and around the Dhanbad and Giridih Districts
despite the fact that six Maoists leaders are contesting the Legislative
Assembly elections, according to Times of India. They are also
not allowing other candidates to campaign at Rajganj and Dumri
in Dhanbad and Giridih Districts, respectively. Armed Maoists
have issued a call to boycott the elections at Tealiya, Palma,
Jatipur, Nawda, Bagaro, Harladih and Maniyadih villages of Dhanbad.
The Maoist posters have demanded punishment to the Police officers
committing atrocities on tribals and alleged that the Police provoke
violence in many parts of Jharkhand. They also talked of corruption
in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes in villages
and asked the people to boycott the election.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel deployed
on election duty in Jharkhand for tackling Maoist subversion have
been asked not to consume water from wells and ponds as it could
be laced with poison, reports Zee News. "We have specific intelligence
inputs that water bodies might be poisoned by the ultras to cause
harm to the para-military forces. Hence, we have asked our jawans
to avoid drinking water from such points and be extra cautious,"
a RPF source said. About 40 companies of the RPF and Railway Special
Protection Force personnel have been deployed for checking Maoist
activities in Jharkhand. About 25,000 para-military personnel
will be deployed for the five-phase Assembly elections in Jharkhand
which are scheduled to be held in November and December 2009.
Four suspected Maoists, one of whom is stated
be an expert in bomb-making, were arrested in the Latehar District.
"Subhas Sao of the CPI-Maoist is an expert in making can bombs.
The Police caught him at Hutar village along with two cans, pencil
batteries and two plastic jars required to make explosives," Superintendent
of Police Kuldip Dwivedi told reporters in Latehar. A separate
Police team arrested three activists of the Jharkhand Prastuti
Committee under Barwadih Police Station, he said, adding, that
two guns and cartridges were seized from their possession.
At least 20 residents of a village in West Singhbhum
District were reported missing since November 19-night, official
sources said. Block Development Officer Arvind Kumar Lal said
the residents of Durgasahi village in the Goilkera Police Station
area were all members of the Gram Raksha Samiti (village guard
committee) which guards the village from Maoist attacks. Intelligence
sources said the persons were abducted by the Maoists.
Two passengers were killed and over 47 others
injured when eight bogies of the Tata-Bilaspur passenger train
derailed after the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres blew up railway tracks in the night of November 19 in West
Singhbhum District. Railway minister Mamata Banerjee said that
the train comprised 10 coaches of which five derailed and three
toppled over as also the engine. She said two bodies were found
in a overturned bogie, while 47 passengers were injured. Six passengers
were trapped in another capsized bogie. Three passengers have
been rescued so far as rescuers were using gas cutters to gain
entry to the coaches, three of which were badly damaged, Banerjee
The blast occurred between Manohar and Posoita
railway Stations just in front of the engine of the train, some
20 minutes after a pilot engine had passed. Banerjee said, "Maoists
blew up a portion of a railway track which caused the derailment.
There were also three to four blasts nearby to deter rescuers."
Superintendent of Police (rail) A. B. Homker said
in Ranchi, "Railway staff and rescue teams have reached the spot,
and are cutting open the bogies to rescue the injured passengers."
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a ration dealer
in the Latehar District. Latehar Deputy Superintendent of Police
Ashwini Kumar said about 20 armed Maoists took the ration dealer
Kedar Baitha, whom they suspected to be a Police informer, to
Maruhao village and killed him.
Six Policemen, including the officer-in-charge
(OC) of Gurabandha Police Station, were injured in a landmine
blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist at Bhakad in East Singhbhum
District. The Policemen were returning to the Police Station on
an anti-landmine vehicle following regular patrolling in Naxal-hit
areas when the landmine exploded injuring six of them, including
Gurabandha Police Station OC Indu Bhusan Kumar, Sub-Divisional
Police Officer (Ghatsila) Anup Birtheray said.
The Maoist bandh (shut down) reportedly paralysed
rural life in the State. The shut down was called by the Maoists
in protest against the recent arrest of their leader Ashok Mahato
and upcoming assembly polls in the State. Jharkhand Police spokesperson
and Inspector General (Human Rights) V. H. Deshmukh said the bandh
was by and large peaceful except for the incidents that occurred
before the bandh began.
Following November 19 attack on a passenger train
in Ghagra, the Maoists apologised saying it was carried out by
''overzealous new recruits''. Samarji, 'secretary' of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa
regional committee of the CPI-Maoist, said on November 20, ''Why
should we kill the common man for no reason? They are our assets
as we bank on them for our movement and the movement is also meant
for them only.'' The party will ensure that common man is not
targeted in future, he added. Talking to Times of India, Samarji
said there was no plan to blow up the railway tracks initially
and it was carried out by ''overzealous'' new recruits against
whom the party would take appropriate action. As reported earlier,
two passengers were killed and over 47 others injured when eight
bogies of the Tata-Bilaspur passenger train derailed after the
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up railway tracks in the night of November
19 in West Singhbhum District.
Maoists blew up a house of their former colleague
at Charkakala village in the Chatra District, Police said on November
21. A group of Maoists went to the residence of Nehal Khan, asked
his family members to vacate the house and triggered a dynamite
blast in the night of November 20, Superintendent of Police (SP)
D. B. Sharma said. Khan was not at his house when the incident
occurred. A note left by Maoists accused Khan of running away
with their money.
Police seized a huge cache of explosives from
an area under Pratappur Police Station. The Chatra SP D. B. Sharma
said that the seizure was made when Police, during long-range
patrolling, came across three persons carrying sacks and wires
at a jungle near Kalhibar village. When the Police personnel asked
the men to stop, they escaped while leaving behind the sacks and
wires, he said. On checking the sacks, Police recovered 10 kilograms
ammonium nitrate, 110 detonators, 40-metres of fuse wire, 10 metres
of electric wire and other equipment used for making improvised
explosive devices (IEDs). Police had tip-off of that Maoists plan
to create disturbances during the poll and intensive search and
combing operations was launched in the area ahead of the polls,
the SP added.
The Lohardaga District Police arrested a Maoist,
identified as Vardan Minz (45), son of one Tiyus Minz and resident
of Narauli village under Bhandra Police Station. The Lohardaga
SP Subodh Prasad said Minz was wanted in about a dozen Maoist-related
cases in the District and adjoining areas. At least eight cases,
including the killing of a chowkidar (guard) on January 25, 2001,
have pending against him at the Bhandra Police Station. One case
each was reported to be pending against him in Lohardaga town
and Sisai Police Station of Gumla District. The SP said Minz had
shifted his base to Kolkata and was working there. "Acting on
a tip off, we managed to arrest him when he came to meet his family,"
the SP added.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken
said 27 new Police Stations will come up in the State soon at
the cost of INR 30 crore. He further said as policy matter the
Government had decided to obtain only useless land for construction
of buildings for para-military forces in the States.
Two CRPF personnel and a Police driver were killed
and six others injured in a twin landmine blast triggered by the
CPI-Maoist near Lapung village under Bishunpur Police Station
of Gumla District. Sources said the landmines, connected in series,
exploded simultaneously completely damaging the anti-landmine
vehicle in which the Security Force personnel were travelling.
While head constable Pramod Kumar Singh and Constable Arvind Sarkar
of the CRPF (D-41 Battalion) died on the spot, District Police
driver Prakash Minz, who was driving the anti-landmine vehicle,
succumbed to his injuries later. The CRPF Deputy Inspector General
Alok Raj said the blasts occurred when the CRPF personnel were
on their way from Gumla town to Jorri village under Bishunpur
Police Station following the blowing up of a primary health centre
(PHC) at the village by Maoists late the night of November 21.
"It appears that the Maoists lay in wait to ambush the security
personnel after damaging the PHC," Raj added.
A total of 14 security personnel, including the
Police driver, were travelling in the vehicle when Maoist triggered
the blasts. The intensity of the blasts were such that it threw
the CRPF vehicle 10-feet in the air and created a huge crater
at the spot. "Though security personnel were wearing protection
gear, the impact of the explosions led to the death of three securitymen,"
Jharkhand Police spokesperson and Inspector General (human rights)
V. H. Deshmukh said. "The Maoists are trying to disrupt the poll
process and even announced to boycott the polls. We have information
that Maoists could disrupt the poll process and hence intensive
anti-Maoist operations are being launched," he added. The D-41
battalion was earlier Stationed in Bhopal had been deployed in
Gumla District on November 16 for conduct of assembly elections
scheduled on December 2. Assembly polls would be held in the State
in five phases from November 27 to December 18.
Police arrested Mohammed Irshad, Jharkhand Mukti
Morcha's Bundu block president and his two associates, Sukhdeo
Swansi and Haradhan Lohra, under the Unlawful Activity (Prevention)
Act, for supply of goods to the Maoists. They were allegedly involved
in supplying explosives to the CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' Kundan
Pahan, whose area of influence lies in Bundu and Tamar block of
Ranchi District. After a tip off, a Police team intercepted a
Bolero (JH01R-4724) and took Irshad, Swansi and Lohra into custody
after the search carried out by it led to recovery of goods including
20 flash guns of camera, one bundle of wire, two soldering equipments,
more than two dozen Durocell batteries and one charger which were
used in manufacturing of the land mines. According to the report
the supplier was based in Ranchi. "We have already traced him
and hope to arrest him soon," a Police official said. "There is
a large plan by terrorists to plant landmines…They use camera
flashes, wires, switches, holders, batteries in landmines and
then exploding them. There are also a large number of woollen
clothes and shoes. An accomplice of terrorists along with his
colleagues was taking the entire material to Bundu from Ranchi,"
said Praveen Kumar, Superintendent of Police (Ranchi), adds ANI.
Assembly elections are being held in Jharkhand in five phases
beginning November 25.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up three schools
in Palamu and one in Giridih District. Maoists used dynamite to
blow up a Government middle school and an aided high school at
Dhakchha village in the Hariharganj block (administrative division)
and a Government middle school at Koo-koo Kalan village in the
Chhatarpur block of Palamu District. The Manjhladih Middle School
at Dumri in the Giridih District was also blown up.
Armed Maoists set ablaze an election vehicle of
All Jharkhand Students' Union candidate Vinod Kumar at Jashpur,
15 kilometres from Giridih town, in the morning after asking the
occupants to run away and not to come again in the area.
Four of their Maoist sympathisers were arrested
on the border of Chatra and Hazaribgah for carrying arms and ammunition
in the last 24 hours. Hazaribgah Sadar Deputy Superintendent of
Police (DSP) Naushad Alam said the insurgents, arrested from Garukhurha
village, near Itkhori, had four rifles and live cartridges in
their possession. The consignment was meant for 'sub-zonal commanders'
of the little-known Jharkhand Sanyukta Morcha, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist. The group was travelling in an SUV that had
a tampered number plate. DSP (rural) Sangeeta Kumari said Morcha
chief Rampati Ganjhu had been arrested in Ranchi two years ago
and sent to Chatra prison. Reorganising a team even from behind
bars, Ganjhu ordered his men to supply arms to 'sub-zonal commanders'
Nageshwar Ganjhu alias Nagji and Chamra Munda alias Sudhirji.
Three of the arrested insurgents - identified as Ram Nandan Prasad,
Sanjay Kumar and Awadh Kumar, all residents of Gaya - confessed
that they had supplied bullets to Nagji and Sudhirji in the past,
too. The DSP (rural) said the SUV belonged to the fourth, Santosh
Kumar, who pleaded innocent.
The CPI-Maoist cadres carried out five powerful
bomb blasts at Niro Madanpur hillocks in the Topchanchi block
under the Tundi Assembly constituency of Dhanbad District. Dhanbad
Deputy Commissioner Ajay Kumar said that no one was injured in
the blasts that occurred in a hilly area, about two kilometres
from residential areas, at around 1pm (IST). Dhanbad Superintendent
of Police Suman Gupta added that it was a desperate attempt by
the Maoists to disrupt the poll process. But they failed to do
The Maoists in the night blew up a middle school,
Anant Madhya Vidyala, at Pratappur in the Chatra District after
placing dynamite in the rooms. The school was one of a cluster
where voting was to take place on December 18 for the Assembly
polls, the Police said. This was the fourth school in three days
to have been blown up by the Maoists in Jharkhand. On November
24 they had demolished two schools in Palamau District and one
in Giridih District.
The CPI-Maoist blew up a Police jeep, killing
a Policeman and injuring four others at Jaranga village in the
Khunti District. The Inspector-General of Police, V. Deshmukh,
said the jeep overturned under the impact of the blast. He, however,
ruled out landmine causing the blast. The jeep was escorting a
bus full of Security Force personnel when the incident occurred
at around 9am (IST). The bus was on its way to Arki from Tamar
ahead of the second phase of polls in the Khunti Assembly constituency
scheduled for December 2. Khunti Superintendent of Police (SP)
A. V. Minz said the jeep was badly damaged. "The intensity of
the blast was such that the vehicle was thrown several feet into
the air and landed upside down in the jungle. The blast site is
located about four km from the Arki Police Station," he added.
Police recovered a landmine weighing 20 kilograms
from a Maoist-hit region near the Tetair-More at Lapu village
under the Bishunpur Police Station of Gumla District. The landmine
was later deactivated. The Police recovered the landmine during
a long-range patrol in a particular area where the Maoists had
triggered a landmine blast a few days ago, Gumla SP N. K. Singh
said. The landmine was recovered from a place located about 18-19
kilometres away from the Bishunpur Police Station on the Jori-Jamti
road, the SP added.
After the peaceful first phase elections in Jharkhand,
the Maoists renewed their call for poll boycott of the remaining
four phases in the State. A press release to the effect was issued
here by Gopal, the self-styled spokesman of the CPI-Maoist Jharkhand-Bihar-Chhattisgarh
area committee. Posters calling for poll boycott were also found
in Chatra's Pratappur area. The first phase of polls in Jharkhand
was held on November 25 and the subsequent phases will be held
on December 2, 8, 12 and 18. Polls for Latehar, Palamu and Chatra
will be held in the last phase as per the schedule.
The CPI-Maoist called for a 48-hour Jharkhand
bandh (shut down) from November 29 in protest against alleged
atrocities inflicted by the Government on their sympathizers.
The Chotanagpur Zonal Committee spokesman of the Maoists, Samarji,
appealed to public and private entrepreneurs to suspend business
operations for these days. The Maoist leader has also 'advised'
people not to travel and use public transport. The spokesman also
asked SAIL to either suspend all its business during the strike
period or face consequences. He warned, "Our men, including Virendra
alias Ashok, were picked up by Angaad and Salaki Police in West
Singhbhum on October 23. 33 days have passed since, but we don't
know where he is. The Government must come clean. If it doesn't,
it should be ready for trouble.
West Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Akhilesh
Kumar Jha said, "Since the bandh has been called during the elections,
we are taking extra measures to ensure safety and security of
men and material."
Hours before a 48-hour bandh (general shut down)
called by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, the Maoists blew up a panchayat
(village-level local self Government institution) hall and a school
building in the Palamau District.
The Maoists demolished two school buildings in
the Palamu District in the night.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay
Maken expressed dissatisfaction over the intelligence network
in Maoist-infested Jharkhand and renewed the Centre's call to
the Maoists to sit for a dialogue. "There are loopholes in intelligence
network in Jharkhand. It should get more strength. The Centre
will provide whatever needed to put in place a strong network,"
Maken told reporters. Stating that the Centre had directed that
Policemen posted in interior areas be given incentives, he said
the fight against the Maoists was not an overnight affair. Calling
upon the Maoists to prefer ballot to bullet, he said "ballot brings
lasting solutions while bullets only give a handful persons to
impose their ideas on others. We have asked the state governments
to initiate dialogue process if the rebels give up violence."
Three villagers were killed and six others injured
in an IED blast near Amjhore village under the Bodam Police Station
in East Singhbhum District. When villagers, engaged by paramilitary
forces to remove three trees on a road, were on the job, an IED
fitted on a tree went off, killing three persons and injuring
six. Among the injured, one lost a hand and another one a leg.
The incident occurred near a Central reserve Police Force (CRPF)
camp. The villagers complained to the Police that they were forced
to remove the trees by the CRPF personnel.
Maoists blew up a room of the Mahubuang Railway
Station in Simdega District. In addition, Maoists blew up the
railway track between the Jageswar and Dania Stations in Bokaro
In the Chatra District, the Maoists blew up the
house of RJD leader Chandrika Yadav in the Basisthnagar Police
Station area at Jodi at around 11pm. About 100 armed Maoists surrounded
the house and asked the family members to vacate the house, Superintendent
of Police Jatin Narwal told reporters. The Maoists then packed
dynamites in every room before triggering the blast, he said.
The Maoists left notes warning against participation in the ensuing
In Palamau District, the Maoists destroyed two
schools late in the night at Kharagpur and Bhavwar villages, Police
said. Maoists have blown up seven schools in the District over
the weekend. They blew up five schools, besides a panchayat bhavan
(building) on in the night of November 28. Separately, the Maoists
disrupted movement of vehicles on the Daltonganj-Aurangabad Main
Road from 10pm on November 29 to 10am on November 30 by felling
three trees at Kanda. Also, during intensive patrolling, Security
Forces recovered two landmines on November 29, each weighing 20
kilograms, planted beneath the Medininagar-Panki Road in Palamau,
On the second day of the CPI-Maoist bandh (general
shut down), Chatra Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Bhaskar
escaped unhurt even as a series of attacks rocked several other
Districts. Two among Bhaskar's four bodyguards and a Police driver
sustained injuries when the insurgents triggered a landmine blast
at Kharwanari village under Hunterganj Police Station area of
Chatra District at around 8.30am (IST). Bhaskar was on his way
to Hunterganj from Pratappur. Sources said the Maoists took advantage
of dense forest cover near the village, around 10 kilometres from
Pratappur. Bhaskar survived the attack, as he was not reportedly
in the vehicle that he usually used. "Bhaskar was sitting in an
ordinary vehicle with his two bodyguards and a driver. He also
asked the driver of the landmine-protected vehicle to follow him.
He deputed two bodyguards in the landmine-protected vehicle. His
strategy yielded result, as the extremists detonated the mines
only after the ordinary vehicle crossed the danger zone," a Police
officer said. "The anti-landmine vehicle driver, Mashi Kachhap,
and my two bodyguards, Mukesh Mishra and Vikash Paswan, sustained
injuries. They were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital
in Ranchi," Bhaskar said.
The Maoists blew up a culvert near Kasaribera
village under Arki Police Station area in Khunti District at around
1.30am. In another incident in Khunti, Maoists blew up a school
building at Sowde village under Rania Police Station area.
Maoists shot at and injured two persons, blew
up a culvert and set ablaze four vehicles at Chatra as they ended
their two-day Jharkhand shutdown in the night. The Maoists opened
fire on a truck injuring the driver and his helper at Bhuiandih
in the Chatra District a little before their shut-down ended,
Superintendent of Police, D B Sharma, said. The insurgents also
used explosives to blow up a culvert in the same village, disrupting
traffic on the Chatra-Gaya route, besides setting ablaze four
vehicles. The Maoists, who indulged in massive destruction of
public property during the shutdown, were demanding production
of their cadre Ashok Mahato before a court. The Police, however,
have denied arresting any person by that name.
A Policeman was killed in a landmine blast triggered
by the CPI-Maoist in the Giridh District. Maoists triggered the
landmine at Teliabahiar when Policemen were on a foot patrol,
Deputy Commissioner, Vandana Dadil, said.
The Maoists blew up a culvert at Matiobera in
the same District.
The Security Forces (SFs) recovered a landmine
planted beneath a culvert at Zarzari village under Bishnugarh
Police Station of Hazaribgah District. Briefing the media, Deputy
Commissioner-cum District Returning Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey
said that the SFs recovered the landmine weighing 50 kilograms
while patrolling the Bishnugarh-Gomia road. The officer said that
the SF personnel, who were patrolling the area on foot, heard
the sound of an explosion and saw smoke billowing out of the culvert.
Subsequently, they conducted a thorough search of the culvert
and found the landmine lying underneath it. A bomb squad, which
accompanied the SFs, immediately deactivated the landmine, he
added. Choubey said that the SFs also recovered a pair of shoes
and slippers from the spot which the Communist party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist) had probably left behind after planting the landmine.
"A major mishap seems to have been averted as polling personnel
were supposed to return from the same route along with electronic
voting machines (EVMs) after the commencement of polls," he added.
He said that polling personnel and SFs, who were supposed to cross
the Maoist-hit areas under the Bishnugarh Police Station of the
District, were advised to move on foot as a precautionary measure.
The Police have launched a massive combing operation in the area,
The Maoists threatened candidates with dire consequences
if they open election offices in Palamu District, Police said.
The Maoists also set ablaze the house of one of the supporters
of Chhaterpur Congress nominee Radha Krishna Kishore recently
to show their commitment to the cause. They have also pasted posters
in the District warning electorates to stay away from the polls.
Palamu Superintendent of Police Jatin Narwal, however, claimed
that the Police would foil the ulterior designs of Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blocked a street in the
Chakuliya area of East Singhbhum District in the morning bringing
the traffic movement on the street to a standstill for hours.
The local Police and the paramilitary forces removed the blockade
at around 2pm (IST) after which the normal traffic resumed on
the road. "The Maoists had blocked the Seeshakundh-Chakuliya link
road by placing a felled tree in the midst of the street at Zoram.
They had also laid some 100-odd bricks on the street," Sub Divisional
Police Officer (SDPO) of Ghatsila Anup Virtherey said. In the
morning, the Police received information that suspected Maoists
had blocked a street in Chakuliya. The Police rushed to the spot
immediately. Later, the local Police and some Central reserve
Police Force personnel removed the blockade with ease, Virtherey
said. "The motive behind the blockade appears to instil fear among
villagers so that they do not take part in the poll exercise.
This assumption gains credence since the Maoists left behind posters
warning people not to take part in polling," the SDPO said.
The Maoists set ablaze the party flags of the
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) and left behind some posters asking
villagers to boycott the polls in the Ghatsila subdivision. The
security agencies in the subdivision are trying their best to
ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the subdivision ahead of the fourth
phase polls scheduled for December 12, he added.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a guard
in the East Singhbhum District. The activists arrived at the house
of Tejlal Singh (40) in the night and dragged him out about a
kilometre away before killing him in Chotachidka village under
Bodam Police Station. The exact cause behind the killing could
not be ascertained, they said.
Maoists blew up a vacant school building in Latehar
District. About 20 Maoists went to the middle school and packed
explosives before triggering the blast at Newari village. There
was no casualty in the blast, which took place on the eve of the
third of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand on December 8.
Handwritten posters were put up by the Maoists
urging people to boycott the Assembly polls. The Maoists also
challenged the Police administrations and threatened leaders of
political parties, besides creating panic in the tribal-dominated
villages of Bhandaria block of Garhwa District in the last 24
hours. The Maoists, in fact, have threatened people and political
leaders with dire consequences if they opposed the poll boycott
Two BSF personnel were killed by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the third phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections. The
elections for 11 seats in the 81-member House registered a turnout
of 55 per cent. Maoists, who had given a call for poll boycott,
fired at a BSF patrol party near the Sarasdangal forest in Dumka
District, killing head constable Dharamvir Singh and constable
Dinesh Sharma, Inspector-General of Police V. H. Desmukh said.
The BSF personnel, on a road-opening mission for the passage of
polling personnel, returned the fire, he said. The fourth phase
is scheduled for December 12 and the fifth and final round on
December 18. The results will be announced on December 23.
Security Forces killed two CPI-Maoist cadres in
a fierce gun battle in Ranchi District. The SFs fired 500 rounds
of bullets and also lobbed grenades. A huge cache of arms and
ammunition including 200 kilograms of explosives, 100 detonators
and 30 kilograms can bombs were also recovered. However, Times
of India reported that Police busted a Maoist camp killing one
extremist and injuring three others. The incident occurred at
Anteorda village at the tri-junction of Ranchi, Seraikela and
West Singhbhum Districts. "Police fired around 500 rounds, used
four high explosives, 14 hand grenades in which one Maoist was
killed while three were reportedly injured and the camp was busted
by Police," Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar.
"Around 70 Maoists took advantage of the low visibility and managed
to flee through a small stream. But local people confirmed that
Maoists were spotted taking their injured counterparts with them,"
he added. "Police recovered two single-barrel guns, one double-barrel
gun, 200 kg ammonium nitrate, 200 kg semi-liquid explosive gel,
two landmines weighing 30 kg, 200 detonators, 50 metre codex wire,
100 Duracell batteries, 25 camera flashes," said Kumar. Among
other things recovered by Police were several kilograms of food
grain meant for nearly 70 people, cooked food, 15 rucksacks of
medicines for cerebral malaria, first aid kits and 200 soap cases
to be used for making country-made bombs and two large barbed
wire cutters. "The IAF helicopter was largely used during a recce
mission to guide the movement of security men through the thick
jungle," said Kumar, adding that a company of Security Forces
will move into the forest in the morning of December 12 (today).
"Looking at the recoveries, it appears that Maoists were planning
a major attack during the ongoing election or attack Police pickets
or a camp of security forces," he added.
A top Maoist was arrested and three landmines
were recovered from different areas of Jharkhand, Police said.
The Maoist, identified as Joseph, was arrested from a village
in Gumla District during a combing operation by the SFs, they
said, adding he was an expert in making IEDs.
SF personnel recovered three powerful landmines
from Bidir village of Latehar District, which were later defused.
In another incident, about 30 Maoists stuffed
explosives inside a primary school at Rorad in the Lohardaga District
before triggering the blast, Police said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a Policeman in the
Chatra District, Police said on December 15. The Policeman was
killed in a gruesome act by the Maoists who descended on his house
at Meral village, dragged him out and slit his throat and cut
off his left hand in front of his family members in the night
of December 14, said Chatra Superintendent of Police D. B. Sharma.
The body was found on December 15 in the village along with a
note by Maoists saying he was killed for being a Police informer,
The CPI-Maoist has announced Police Pratirodh
Divas (Police Resistance Day) on December 27 and 28 in protest
against the death of villagers in a blast that was targeted at
Security Force personnel in Amjore village, Patamda, last month.
The Maoists on December 15 launched a poster campaign at Nimdih
and Patamda in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum
Districts, accusing the Police and Central reserve Police Force
(CRPF) of forcing villagers to run errands for them. The posters
also demanded INR 10 lakh compensation for the next of kin of
the deceased, besides an unconditional public apology. As reported
earlier, on November 27, the Maoists had planted a pressure bomb
under the felled trunk of a tree in Amjore to blow up a security
convoy. But a team of CRPF personnel and Policemen - returning
to their Jamshedpur base camp after the first phase of election
in Patamda - forced a group of villagers to clear the road. As
soon as they lifted the tree trunk, the IED went off, killing
three. The same day East Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Naveen
Kumar Singh declared a compensation of INR 1 lakh and Government
job for the kin of the deceased. Cheques were handed over the
next day while Singh said job would be provided at the earliest.
Intelligence sources said that by demanding 10 times the compensation
given by the administration, the Maoists were trying to gain foothold
in pockets where it had no or little influence. The Seraikela-Kharsawan
Superintendent of Police Abhishek said
"We are keeping close watch. No rebel programme
will be allowed in Seraikela-Kharsawan."
A Maoist ideologue who has been associated with
the Maoist movement in Jharkhand for 30 long years admits there
are acute differences within the party. While the young cadres
endorse armed action, the Maoist leadership is contemplating "whether
entering the political mainstream and working in social sectors
in the villages will help draw more people" into the CPI-Maoist
fold, the leader told IANS. This is particularly so because the
Indian Government has threatened a crackdown on the Maoists, and
the Police and Army have already stepped up anti-Maoist operations.
The leader, originally from West Bengal, who spoke to IANS near
Ghatshila in the East Singhbhum District, is attached to the Communist
Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML), which gave up violence
for electoral politics in the early 1980s. "A new revolution is
not possible at this stage - neither nationally nor internationally,"
he said, adding, "This is making the young armed insurrectionists
in the state a little frustrated, impatient and restive. The dialectical
debate has also forced a section of the Maoist leaders to surrender
and join mainstream politics this time. The trend actually began
a couple of years ago."
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager in the
Angadda area, a remote area in the Simaria constituency, in the
Chatra District. One Sushil Oraon was dragged out from his home
in the night of December 16 and killed. A Maoist poster recovered
from near his dead body claimed that he had been punished for
being an informer of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), a
rival faction of the CPI-Maoist.
The Kisko Police lodged three separate First Information
Reports (FIRs) against Maoist 'zonal commander' Nakul Yadav and
300 unidentified cadres hailing from Chhattisgarh, West Bengal,
Bihar and Jharkhand. The extremists have been accused of creating
law and order problem in the Kekrang, Chandalgi and Rorad villages
in the Lohardaga District in the past three days. Two FIRs were
lodged by the owner and driver of two buses while the Police lodged
a third FIR against Maoists for killing two Policemen of the motorcycle
squad. Kisko Police Station in-charge Sunil Kumar Tiwari said
that the Police lodged an FIR (case no. 74/09) against Maoists
under the various Sections of the IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substance
Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act. On December 14, the Maoists
killed two Policemen of the motorcycle squad and later blew up
a bus and a school building. They also set two buses ablaze in
the early hours of December 15.
In the past three days, Security Forces, including
the Central Reserve Police Force, were airlifted to other places.
Even personnel manning the Peshraar Police Picket were replaced
by Jharkhand Armed Police personnel. The Superintendent of Police
(SP) Subodh Prasad said the Police are keeping vigil on Maoist
activities and even recovered landmines planted at certain places
in Kekrang area. He said the State Police headquarters have been
requested to send additional forces to combat Maoists who are
present in the area in strong numbers. Besides, the rebels have
also planted landmines at several places in the region. "The Maoists
have outnumbered Security Forces in the District. We are waiting
for additional forces to arrive from the Police headquarters in
Ranchi," the SP said. Though the District has at its disposal
one company of Indian Reserve Battalion, the Police are waiting
for more forces from the State Police headquarters before launching
any operation against Maoists, who have captured the Kekrang area.
Times Now has accessed to a Maoists training
session that promises to do all they can to disrupt the polling
process in Jharkhand. In Palamu, around 200 Maoists can be seen
at a meeting preparing for more violence. One of the Maoist leaders
who spoke to Times Now said they would target schools and hospitals
because they believe the buildings are being used as a cover for
Police camps. They also said any political leader part of the
polling process would also need to face their wrath. Prasenjit,
a CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander', said, "All leaders who are part
of the elections are our targets. We will also target schools
and hospitals. That's because those buildings are being used as
Police camps." Meanwhile, Jatin Narwal, SP, Palamu, said, "Our
Police force is equipped and well prepared to fight the Naxals."
Six cadres deserted the Tritiya Prastuti Committee
(TPC), a splinter faction of the CPI-Maoist, to re-join the CPI-
Maoist group in Jharkhand. Defying writ of local administration,
Police and paramilitary forces, hundreds of CPI-Maoist cadres
brandishing automatic rifles and villagers attended the ceremony
deep in the forests of Manatu in Palamau District.
The Maoists abducted the Nawjavan Sangharsh Morcha
candidate from Garhwa, Rajesh Kumar, from Siroikala village under
Ranka Police Station area. Eight suspected Maoists abducted Kumar
at gunpoint at 11am (IST) on December 17. The incident took place
at the same spot where the Maoists had targeted a convoy of Rashtriya
Janta Dal candidate and sitting Member of Legislative Assembly,
Girinath Singh, on December 16.
A Government high school at Tiskopi under Gomia
Police Station in Bokaro District was blown up. Though 10 rooms
of the school were damaged, there were no casualties reported.
As many as seven blasts were triggered by the Maoists to demolish
the school building. Sources said Maoists had earlier threatened
the school management to stop allowing Security Force (SF) personnel,
who used the school as camps during the anti-Maoist operations,
to stay there. Still, the SFs again camped at the school for the
third phase of the Assembly election that concluded on December
8. After they left the building a couple of days back, 50 armed
Maoists came to the school at around 11pm (IST) and detonated
the landmines. Before leaving, they put up posters on the walls
of the school, describing the explosion as revenge taken by them
against Police personnel using schools as a camp. Another school
was blown up in the Kawal village of Palamau District. Maoists
also blew up a small bridge near Kahkula and Seriyar villages
in the same District.
Two Policemen were killed and two others injured
in landmine blasts triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the West
Singhbhum and Palamau Districts. A landmine, triggered at Mahur
in the Hussainabad constituency of Palamau District, killed a
Policeman and injured two others, Superintendent of Police Jatin
In addition, a Central Reserve Police Force trooper
was killed in the blast at Titlighat in the Saranda forest, under
the Jagannathpur constituency, in West Singhbhum District.
Police claimed to have neutralised a Maoist plan
to cause disturbances during polling at Palamu and Chatra assembly
seats with the recovery of a cell phone and charger from the high-security
Hazaribagh Central Jail, where over 100 Maoists were lodged. The
devices were recovered from a cell during a search following a
tip-off that top Maoists, lodged in the jail, were conspiring
with their counterparts in Palamau and Chatra to create disturbances
during December 18 polling and to trap the SF personnel, Superintendent
of Police Pankaj Kamboj said.
A trooper of the of Bihar Military Police (BMP)
was killed and two others sustained injuries in a gunfight with
CPI-Maoist near Kanda Ghati in the Bisrampur Police Station area
of Palamu District, the Police said on December 19. The Superintendent
of Police, Jatin Narwal, said that a BMP trooper, Pultas Sharma,
was killed in the encounter that lasted for about four hours in
the night of December 18. The encounter ensued after Maoists attacked
a cluster centre at Nawa, the Police said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a community building
in Bokaro District as it was used by the Security Force personnel
in the recently concluded elections, Police said on December 21.
The Maoists attacked the building in Palamau village under Nawadih
block of Bokaro District on December 20. No one was injured in
the incident, a Police officer said. "Maoists left a pamphlet
saying that the community building was blown up as it was used
by the security forces during the polls," the officer said.
A Police team seized bombs and explosive materials
during a combing operation at the CPI-Maoist-hit Rengo forest
in the Manoharpur area near Jamshedpur. "Seventy-five gelatin
sticks, a can bomb weighing 25 kg and other bomb making explosive
materials were found during the operation," Manoharpur Police
Station officer-in-charge Ranjit Minz said. No Maoist was arrested
during the raid, he added.
Only one of the six former CPI-Maoist cadres who
contested the five-phased Jharkhand Assembly polls from November
25 to December 18 managed to pull off a victory. Polush Surin,
a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) nominee from Torpa, won the election
by defeating Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Koche Munda by over
16,000 votes. Surin, currently in jail, was a cadre of the People's
Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a break away faction of the
The five others - Ugal Pal, Satish Kumar, Masi
Charan Munda, Kuldeep Ganjhu and Ranjan Yadav - all lost their
respective electoral battles. While Kumar and Munda were formerly
associated with the PLFI, the remaining three were members of
the CPI-Maoist. All except Kumar are in jail. Pal was defeated
by Congress nominee Chandrashekhar Dubey. Kumar lost to Krishnanand
Tripathy of Congress and Munda was defeated by BJP nominee Nilkanth
Singh Munda. Ganju, an All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) nominee,
was defeated by Jai Prakash Singh Bhokta of the Jharkhand Vikas
Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P).Rashtriya Janata Dal nominee Yadav
was defeated by independent nominee Videsh Singh. Except Charan
all were on fourth or fifth positions in their respective constituencies.
Charan lost by just 600 votes.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have started threatening
gram pradhans (village heads) and chowkidars (guards)
with dire consequences if any member of the CPI-Maoist outfit
is arrested or if Police raid their hideouts. The Maoists through
posters put up at several villages under Shikaripara block (administrative
division) of Dumka District, have threatened that village heads
and chowkidars would be killed under the above-mentioned circumstances
for being Police informers. Maoist posters were seen at various
places in the three villages of Haripur, Maluti and Pinargarhia,
which are considered to be Maoist strongholds. The CP-Maoist move
to declare punitive action against the village heads and chowkidars
is being viewed here as its modus operandi to persuade them to
convince the common villagers being in regular touch to refrain
from being Police informers by holding them directly responsible
in case of an arrest or any other move by Police against it.
A couple was burnt alive by suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres in the Palamau District due to their land dispute with
a Maoist 'commander', Police said. "Divesh Singh and his wife,
Devbrati Devi were burnt alive at Saraidih village by suspected
Maoist rebels," Palamau's Superintendent of PoliceJatin Narwal
told IANS. Around 10 to 15 extremists raided the Saraidih
village, 180 kilometers from Ranchi in the night of December 26
and set Divesh's house on fire. The couple who were sleeping at
the time were burnt alive. The extremists left a pamphlet at the
spot, terming the couple "Police informers". According to Narwal,
Divesh had a land dispute with Mahendra Bhuiya, an 'area commander'
of the CPI-Maoist.
Soren told Telegraph that talks are the "only
solution" to Naxalism. "Naxalism is a big issue and, in my opinion,
talks are the only solution to this socio-economic problem. I
am in favour of initiating a dialogue with the rebels to try and
find out what they want," Soren said. Soren said his Government
would hold talks with the Maoists within six months. "I know of
several channels through which talks can be initiated with the
rebels," he said.
Making a fresh offer of talks with the CPI-Maoist,
the Jharkhand Government said that the State's Naxal (Left wing
Extremism) policy would be reviewed. "We are ready for talks.
They should shun violence and tell us what they want. Do they
want to run the government? If so, how? They should come forward
for talks," Soren told a joint press conference with cabinet ministers
Raghuvar Das and Sudesh Mahto. Mahto, who had introduced a Naxal
policy when he was the Home Minister in the Arjun Munda Government
in 2005, said the government would review it.