Orissa Timeline 2009
Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of
the Vansadhara Committee of the CPI-Maoist, in a statement said
there was no splinter group in their party called M-2 as there
had been no split in the organisation. The statement was received
by some media organisations in an audio-tape.
Two threat letters supposedly
written by Maoists were received by seven persons, including the
village assembly president of Patarpada village in the Dhenkanal
Normal life was paralysed in
Kandhamal, Gajapati and Ganjam Districts due to a 12-hour general
shutdown call given by 'M2', described as a splinter group of
the Maoists. While Gajapati District was partially affected, the
shutdown call had little effect in Ganjam, official sources said.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a trader, identified
as Kalivarapa Kanta Rao, at Almonda village under Narayanpatna
Police Station in the Koraput District suspecting him to be a
Kui Samiti, an association of tribals of Kandhamal
District, came out in support of the M2. "The M2 has pledged to
oppose those who are exploiting tribals while Maoists like Sabyasachi
Panda have sided with a section of the minorities," said Samiti
leader Lambodar Kanhar. "We welcome all those who stand by the
tribals," he added. On the other hand Maoists issued posters in
Rayagada District declaring that M2 was not a splinter of their
organisation and that those who support or join M2 will be taken
to task. The Maoist posters also demanded release of two persons
arrested by Rayagada Police for carrying INR 1.2 millions ostensibly
meant to pay Maoist groups as protection money.
A left-wing extremist group called 'Jharkhand
Badshah' entered a brick kiln at Raichhapala in Sundargarh District
on Orissa-Jharkhand border and asked the manager to pay INR One
million within 24 hours. The group, which had about eight members
armed with pistols, also threatened the manager with dire consequences
if its demand was not met or the Police was informed.
17 out of the 30 Districts of Orissa are affected
by left-wing extremist violence at present, Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik said at a meeting of the Chief Ministers of seven Maoist-affected
States at New Delhi. While Patnaik claimed that his Government
had taken a series of measures to contain the insurgency, he said
that there was an upsurge in Maoist violence during 2008. The
Chief Minister requested the Centre to provide a dedicated helicopter
to Orissa for aerial reconnaissance of Maoist-affected areas and
for evacuation of injured troops and quick movement of the Security
Forces. He also requested the Centre for deployment of six more
battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force in the Maoist-affected
Districts to effectively control the problem.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a businessman,
identified as Bhogi Ramesh, at Ketalpeta in the Koraput District
suspecting him to be a Police informer.
The State Government received 7000 AK-47 rifles
and more than 100,000 live bullets under the Police modernisation
plan. These weapons will reportedly be given to the Special Operation
Group and various Police battalions. A senior Police official
said that if need arises some Police Stations in the left-wing
extremist-affected area will also be provided with the weapons.
He added that the State is expecting to receive INSAS rifles,
bullet proof jackets and helmets shortly.
A faxed message from the Central Committee of
the CPI-Maoist received by sections of the media in Orissa claimed
to have expelled Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of the Vansadhara
Committee of the CPI-Maoist, from the party for anti-party activities.
The faxed message that contains detailed explanation for the action
includes the killing of Laxmanananda Saraswati which ignited a
communal strife in the Kandhamal District as one of the reasons.
One person, identified as Sudam Paikray alias
Bulu, a resident of Sanashialimal under Daitari Police Station
in the Keonjhar District, was injured when the CPI-Maoist cadres
attacked him. The Maoists had earlier threatened him of dire consequence
through many posters.
Seeking doubling of Central force
deployment in extremist-infested areas of the State during the
consultation meeting of the Commission on Centre State Relationship
(CCSR) in Bhubaneswar, the Orissa Government described the left-wing
extremist problem to be "much bigger" than cross-border terrorism.
As the problem was serious, it was unjustified to leave the responsibility
of tackling the menace on the State Government alone, Orissa Panchayati
Raj Minister Raghuath Mohanty said, while presenting the State's
case favouring a two-fold increase in deployment of Central forces
in the CPI-Maoist infested areas. He said, "In many ways, Naxal
(left-wing extremist) problem is much bigger than cross border
terrorism...Therefore, the nation should tackle it with the same
degree of seriousness as in case of terrorism. It was shocking
to find that the Centre reduced the funds meant for modernisation
of Police in Orissa." The Minister also said that the amount had
come down to INR 350 million from previous year's allocation of
INR 600 million. He added that it has become difficult to arrange
executing agencies and contractors to implement road connectivity
works in Maoist affected Districts. He also mentioned that the
Maoists try to ensure that no connectivity programme was implemented
in tribal areas which have turned into havens for the outlawed
outfits. "Executing agencies and contractors are unwilling to
work in Naxal-infested Districts", he said, adding, efforts to
provide road connectivity to all such areas had failed.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a village guard,
identified as Mangala Khilla, at Karkatpali village under Kalimela
Police Station area in the Malkangiri District suspecting him
to be a Police informer. Two armed Maoists dragged Khilla out
of his home and took him to the nearby forest where they shot
him dead. A Police official said Khilla was on the Maoists' hit
Two Naxalites (left-wing extremists), identified
as Chakradhar Haiburu (junior) and one of his associates Paresh
Mahanto, wanted in many crimes, were arrested from the residence
of a functionary of the Janashakti faction of the CPI-ML-Janashakti
in capital Bhubaneswar by the Jajpur District Police. Haiburu
is a close associate of the CPI-Maoist leader Anna Reddy.
Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested during
a joint combing operation by a team of the Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) and Orissa State Armed Police at Srirampur village
in the Rayagada District. The Maoists, believed to be from neighbouring
Andhra Pradesh, were identified as Kudingi Ganapathi, P. Venkataraman,
P. Chiranjivi, P. Gouri and Beda Chalapati. They were wanted in
connection with a number of offences, including a landmine blast,
at Gunupur area of Rayagada District in 2002 in which six CRPF
personnel were killed, the Police said.
A preliminary chargesheet was filed at a court
in Kandhamal in the case relating to the killing of the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, Swami Laxmananda Saraswati. In the
chargesheet, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) reiterated
its claim that a group of CPI-Maoist cadres were involved in the
murder. According to the chargesheet, a group of assailants, armed
with AK-47 and INSAS rifles, attacked the Jalespeta ashram (hermitage)
during Janmasthami (a Hindu festival) celebrations on August 23,
2008, and shot dead the 82-year-old monk. They also killed Kishore
Baba (45), Amritananda Baba (62), Mata Bhaktimayee (40), all of
them ashram inmates, and Puranjan Ganthi (28), brother of one
of the girl inmates of the tribal residential school. However,
the conspiracy to kill Swami had been hatched in December 2007,
said CID sources. "We are looking for 150 more people. Investigations
will continue and we may file a final chargesheet," said a senior
CID official. Superintendent of Police of the Crime Branch, Yatindra
Koyal, said that the Maoist hand was clear from the evidence.
He said "This is a preliminary chargesheet. The case is open.
More facts will come out in the course of further investigation
Two counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism schools
would be set up in Orissa to train Police personnel to fight the
growing threat of terrorism. "One of the proposed counter-insurgency
schools would be set up in Koraput, while the location of the
other is yet to be decided," State Home Secretary Aditya Padhi
told reporters in Bhubaneswar. A proposal of the State Government
for establishment of the schools has been approved by the Centre,
a senior officer said.
CPI-Maoist cadres severely assaulted the Sarpanch
(chief) of the Malavaram Gram Panchayat (village level self-government
institution), Gjendra Bandara, for taking up repairing work of
village roads under Kalimela Block in the Malkangiri District.
The Maoists also pasted posters at different places in Telarai,
MPV-77, Manyabkunda, Rajaikund, MV-79 and Motu areas in the way
from Kalimela to Motu threatening contractors not to take up road
repairing work. Through these posters, Maoists also threatened
all those who are eligible to join Special Operation Group (SOG)
and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) not to join these forces
unless one of the family members also joins the Maoist camp.
An unspecified number of CPI-Maoist cadres destroyed
over 60 percent of the Panchayat (village level self-government
institution) office building of Badigata village in the Malkangiri
The Orissa Government officials admitted before
a visiting Central Government team that nearly half of the Plan
expenditure in the left-wing extremism-affected Districts is cornered
by the Maoists.
Local residents of Nayagarh captured one person
and handed him over to the Police suspecting him to be a CPI-Maoist
cadre. However, two of his associates escaped, Superintendent
of Police J. N. Pankaj said.
13 Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel were
injured in a CPI-Maoist-triggered landmine blast at Andhari Ghati
near Adaba Police Station in the Gajapati District. The SOG personnel
were travelling to Katama village in a minibus where they had
organised a health camp to increase their relationship with the
A group of 40 CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a beat
house of the forest department at Barda of Phulbani forest division
in the Kandhamal District. They ransacked the forest beat house
and looted two guns, one pistol and INR 100,000 in cash.
A Maoist, identified as Sunil Tirkey of Alighati
village in the Sambalpur District, surrendered before the Police
in Sambalpur. Tirkey had joined the CPI-Maoist in 2006 and was
wanted in various criminal cases, including abduction of four
forest department personnel, from Redhakhol area of the District.
The State Government asked the Forest and Excise
Departments to surrender their arms in the wake of intelligence
revelation that Maoists were targeting them.
The Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist has revoked
the expulsion of Sabyasachi Panda, a member of the state organisation
committee of the outfit. It is believed that the decision was
taken to successfully execute 'Plan Kandhamal', the plan to 'take
over' Kandhamal District along with intensifying activities in
the Malkanigiri, Gajapati and Rayagada Districts when the State
becomes 'busy' in general election. However, Panda has been reportedly
warned not to take 'interest' in the upcoming general elections.
A group of approximately 70 CPI-Maoist cadres
attacked the house of a contractor, B.K. Swain, at Govindpali
village in the Malkangiri District and shot him dead. The Maoists
also blew up his house besides setting ablaze four vehicles. Later,
the Maoists set ablaze a Police outpost and blew up a mobile phone
tower of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in the same village.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two railway Stations
on the Howrah-Mumbai and Rourkela-Barasuan section in the Sundergarh
District. While one group of around 70 Maoists, including some
women, blew up the Bhalulata railway Station, another group of
Maoists attacked the railway Station at Chandiposh on Rourkela-Barasuan
section. Maoists also abducted two railway officials from Chandiposh.
A group of around 50 Maoists attacked a construction
site at Jingiriguda village under Bamunigaon Police Station in
the Kandhamal District and took away personal belongings and a
motorcycle from a contractor and his staff.
The two railway officials abducted by Maoists
from Chandiposh railway Station on February 28 were released.
Two top CPI-Maoist cadres, including an alleged
mastermind in the killing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader
Laxmanananda Saraswati, were arrested near Rourkela in the Sundergarh
District. The duo was identified as Atul and Ashutosh. Police
said Atul was allegedly involved in the killing of the VHP leader
and four of his associates on August 23, 2008 in the Kandhamal
District. Ashutosh is a member of the central military commission
of the CPI-Maoist and is alleged to have masterminded the attack
on the Nayagarh armoury on February 15, 2008, in which at least
14 Policemen and a civilian were killed. He is also allegedly
involved in hundreds of crimes in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Debanath Mandal
alias Anil, was arrested in a joint operation by the Orissa and
Jharkhand Police. Debanath is a resident of Dattapara village
in the Nadia District of West Bengal. Debanath reportedly confessed
to his involvement in many cases of murder, loot, landmine blast,
etc. in the East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
Through a large number of posters and pamphlets
displayed at Chitapari-III and near Balimela Telephone Exchange
under Orkel Police limits in Malkangiri District, the CPI-Maoist
threatened leaders of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and those from
the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress with death
penalty if they campaign for their parties in the forthcoming
general elections in April in the two constituencies of the District.
The Maoists have also threatened the people to boycott the election.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Prabhat Panigrahi,
an activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - a Hindu
right-wing organisation, at Rudiguma village in Kandhamal District.
Panigrahi was among 14 persons on a hit-list prepared by the Maoists
after last year's communal violence in Kandhamal. He was staying
at the house of another RSS activist when he was shot dead. According
to sources, 15 armed men reached the house and shot Panigrahi
from close range. The assailants left a poster saying anybody
trying to follow in the footsteps of Lakshamanananda Saraswati,
the slain leader of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, another right-wing
Hindu organisation, would face death. Panigrahi, who was booked
in some cases pertaining to the communal violence in 2008, had
come out of the Baliguda prison on bail on March 14.
The beheaded body of Ravi Oram, a Centre of Indian
Trade Unions (CITU) leader, also slain by the Maoists, was found
at Renjada on the Orissa-Jharkhand border near Rourkela in Sundergarh
District. Police sources said they suspected that Oram was beheaded
on March 17 but the news reached them late as people were afraid
of the Maoists. Through a poster, the Maoists alleged that Oram
was a Police informer.
Three cadres of the JLT were arrested in Sundergarh
District on an unspecified date. A locally-made pistol, a live
bullet and two knives were also recovered from them. They were
involved in a number of loot and extortion cases in Hatibari,
Nuangaon, Bishra and Biramitrapur area of the District.
Maoists had begun an anti-election poster campaign
in different parts of Rayagada District. Alleged Maoist posters
were sighted in remote areas of three extremist-affected blocks
of the District. They were seen in Kutragada area of Bisamkatak
block, Dhelapada of Chandrapur block and Asada area of Gudari
block. The posters, which were printed in Oriya, urged the voters
to boycott the elections.
Two persons, identified as Bulu Topo and Mangara
Topo, were injured after being shot at by four suspected left-wing
extremists at Bijabahal Chowk under Biramitrapur Police Station
in Sundergarh District. The attackers also hurled a crude bomb
before leaving the place on two motorbikes. Police later seized
particles of the bomb and a note with a letter-head of the Jharkhand
Badshah (Radhamohan Group) claiming responsibility stating that
one of the injured, Bulu, was a Police informer and did not abide
by the group's instructions despite several warnings.
Around 100 armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the
Police outpost and a nearby rest house at Padia in Malkangiri
District and partially damaged the two buildings using a bulldozer
they had forcibly taken from a road construction site. They also
set ablaze the battery room of a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd telecom
tower and assaulted the watchman and another person when they
protested. The District Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi
is reported to have confirmed the incident. After destroying the
buildings, the Maoists put up posters in the area asking people
to boycott the general elections scheduled to be held in April
2009. They also warned that those taking part in the elections
would be punished.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Nanda Kumar
Kartani, a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Zilla
Parishad (District Council) president, near Sikpali Chowck under
Kalimela Police Station area in Malkangiri District. His dead
body was recovered by villagers on March 29. According to Police,
Kartani was on way to his village Uskelbada from Malkangiri riding
a motorcycle when the incident happened. The assailants also set
ablaze his motorcycle.
One forest employee was injured and four others
went missing after Maoists, in a simultaneous attack, blew up
three forest range offices, looted tourists, damaged communication
system and torched two vehicles in the Similipal Tiger Project
(STP) in Mayurbhanj District. The Maoists decamped with eight
rifles and VHF communication sets from forest range offices. "Using
explosives, they razed the range offices at Barahakamuda, Chahala
and Dhuduruchampa located in the core areas of the tiger reserve
in a four-hour-long attack that ended around 2.30 a.m.," Field
Director of the STP N. Nagaraj Reddy said. However, it was not
clear whether the missing employees had fled or were abducted
by the ultras, the Police sources said.
The woman Maoist who was killed by Police during
an encounter in Kandhamal on March 24 was identified as Rinki
Pal, an 'area commander' of the Maoists. She originally hailed
A high alert was sounded in the Sundergarh, Keonjhar
and Mayurbhanj Districts in view of the April 1 general shutdown
call given by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand. The shutdown call was
given by the Maoists to protest the re-arrest of their leader
Bharat Mundari and his wife Premalata by the Jharkhand Police
from their residence at Panchapoya village in the night of March
28 after their release from Bonai jail in Sundergarh. Mundari,
who was commander of platoon number 22 of the CPI-Maoist, was
in Bonai jail along with his wife after their arrest on September
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Bedanath Singh,
a village leader, in Langalakanta village under K. Balang Police
Station in Sundergarh District. Sources said Singh did not attend
a meeting called by the Maoists on March 29, which led to his
Maoists ransacked the forest rest house at Gudgudia
and set ablaze the four-tent accommodation at Joranda in the Similipal
Tiger Reserve (STR) in Mayurbhanj District.
A CPI-Maoist militia of about 100 cadres set ablaze
two telecom towers of the Aircel business group in Malkangiri
Village-24 and Malkangiri Village-22 under Padia Bock in Malkangiri
Police recovered 21 sacks containing Ammonium
Nitrate explosives from an abandoned house in Jakar village under
Kabisurya Nagar Police Station in Ganjam District. Police arrested
one person, Chitrasen Jena, for his alleged involvement in the
A group of 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including eight women, looted INR 9.9 million from a vehicle transporting
cash from State Bank of India's (SBI) Malkangiri branch to the
Chitrakonda branch in Malkangiri District, about 60 kilometres
away from Chitrakonda. The vehicle, which was accompanied by two
armed guards and a bank official, had covered around 40 kilometres
when the incident took place.
The Maoists looted and ransacked a forest rest
house and a tourist complex at Jamuani in the Simlipal Tiger Reserve's
Manda Range in Mayurbhanj District. This is the third time in
a week that the Maoist attacked the tiger reserve.
Police said around 200 rounds of gun-fire were
exchanged between the Police and CPI-Maoist cadres in the Bodigeta
forest of Kalimela area in Malkangiri District. However, no arrests
or casualty were reported so far.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Somnath Madkami,
a candidate of the Samruddha Odisha party for the Legislative
Assembly election scheduled to be held on April 16, near Arshaguda
village in Malkangiri District. Somnath, who was to contest from
the Malkangiri constituency, was a close relative of Nanda Kumar
Kartami, the former Zilla Parishad (District Council) president
of Malkangiri, who was killed by the Maoists on March 29. The
incident coincided with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's visit
to the District to attend rallies at Chitrakonda and Malkangiri.
The body of Somnath was found near Arshaguda. His hands were tied
and throat was cut with a sharp weapon. Talking to The Hindu,
his son Lalit Madkami said that around 1 p.m. some persons, carrying
a letter, came to their house at Kalimela. They called Somnath
for a meeting with the Maoists inside the jungles near Arshaguda.
While Lalit alleged that the murders of his father and uncle were
part of a political conspiracy, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer
of Malkangiri, Anup Sahu, said evidence pointed to the Maoists.
The Maoists called for election boycott in the
District, besides holding out threats to politicians not to take
part in the electoral process.
Hand-written posters in red ink suspected to be
put up by cadres of the CPI-Maoist appeared on boundary walls
of the Talsara Police Station, Balisankara block and Subdega block
offices in Sundargarh District warning of death penalty to those
allegedly involved in exploiting and harassing poor tribals. Pamphlets
and posters also appeared in the Mohona block of Gajapati District
by suspected left wing extremists. The posters, computer-typed
in fonts of Oriya language, questioned the new political alliances
that have developed just before the elections scheduled to be
held on April 16 and 23.
Three Maoists were arrested in Raygada District.
11 paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force
(CISF) personnel and four Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres were killed in a gunfight following an attack on an armoury
and bauxite mine of public sector National Aluminium Company Ltd.
(NALCO) at Panchpatmali near Damanjodi in Koraput District. Over
a hundred armed Maoists laid siege to the state-run National Aluminium
Company Ltd (NALCO) bauxite mine at Panchpatmali near Damanjodi
in Koraput District targeting the magazine depot, where explosives
used for blasting purposes were stored. They also attacked a CISF
camp nearby. Police sources said the 22 CISF personnel guarding
the depot were outnumbered as firing ensued between the CISF personnel
and the Maoists. They added that the Maoists also looted CISF
weapons and disrupted the telecommunication network in the area
by blowing up a mobile tower.
Fresh gun battle broke out in Koraput in the evening
when Security Forces closed in on the fleeing Maoists. One more
cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and four others were arrested
in the combing operations against fleeing Maoists, even as the
Security Forces recovered a substantial quantity of explosives
and arms looted by the Maoists in the attack of April 12 on the
NALCO bauxite mine at Panchpatmali near Damanjodi in Koraput District.
The number of Maoists killed has risen to five. "Eleven CISF jawans
posted at mines in Damanjodi were killed and 15 others injured
in a five hour gunbattle after the ultras struck last night,"
Director General of Police M M Praharaj said. Bodies of four Maoists,
including a woman, along with a light machine gun and a rifle
were found at the spot, he said.
The Maoists fired four rounds targeting a Police
van at Chaghati under Jashipur Police Station in the Mayurbjanj
District on April 15. The vehicle was returning from Naana area
inside the Similipal National Park to Jashipur Police Station.
However, the Police personnel in the vehicle escaped unhurt.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze at least three
polling booths, electronic voting machines and other poll material
in Malkangiri District, disrupting voting in the area. The Maoists,
who have given a call for poll boycott, struck at Andrahal in
the Chitrakonda area setting ablaze a vehicle on election duty
and two Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) after tying the hands
of poll officials, the Malkangiri District Collector Nitin Bhanudas
Jawle said. Consequently, polling could not be held in the booth.
Maoists also disrupted polling with violence in seven booths in
the same District. All these booths are located in the Kalimela
Police Station area under Malkangiri Assembly segment except the
Andrahal booth of Chitrakonda segment. Almost no polling was reported
from booths in remote areas like Manyamkonda, Kurmanur, Poplur,
Tangurkonda, Bodigeta and Karkatpalli.
The Maoists blocked roads in the Mathili area
of the District by felling trees and placing boulders preventing
movement of polling officials and voters. Parliamentary elections
are scheduled to be held in the State in two phases on April 16
(today) and April 23.
Maoists destroyed EVMs and vehicles used by polling
parties at Salimarikonda, MV 73, Bapanpalli, Vejangwada and Jagarkota
booths. Consequently, polling could not be held in these booths.
The Maoists reportedly attacked the polling party while it was
returning after conducting elections at MPV 73 village. While
they destroyed the EVM, the insurgents did not harm any polling
In the Narayanpatna block of Koraput District,
a polling party returning from Bikrampur village narrowly escaped
a landmine explosion. The blast occurred a few minutes after the
vehicle of the polling party crossed the area. However, two CRPF
Central Reserve Police Force personnel following the polling party
on a motorbike sustained minor injuries. Two persons were detained
from the location under suspicion.
In Koraput subdivision, the poll boycott call
by Maoists and local reasons had an impact on 40 booths.
Maoists attacked the CRPF camp at Mahupada near
Banki Police Station in the Sundergarh District. The Maoists attacked
the camp of the paramilitary force from two sides and consequently
there was a heavy exchange of fire, which lasted for more than
an hour. "Once we got wind of their action we immediately took
position and retaliated with full firepower and this caught them
off-guard as they were not expecting an early response. But the
guards were on high alert. And experience has shown that once
they face stiff resistance they simply withdraw to save their
bullets and cadres", said an unnamed CRPF official posted at Rourkela.
The first phase polling for the parliamentary
and assembly seats in the State witnessed 52.6 per cent voter
turnout despite the warning issued by Maoists in many parts of
southern and western Orissa to boycott the elections.
The Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) committee of the
CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for the attack on the National
Aluminium Company Limited's (NALCO) Panchpatmali bauxite mines
at Damanjodi in Koraput District on April 12. The Maoists conveyed
this message to the local media in Koraput through a letter in
Telugu. "Nalco has never worked for development of tribals in
the area. Tribals of the area are still languishing. The PSU has
deliberately neglected the area. Few local youths have been employed
by the company. Our aim was not only to loot arms and explosives
from Nalco but development of the area. Our fight against Nalco
will continue," the letter stated.
Orissa Police claimed to have arrested a CPI-Maoist
'commander', identified as Udaya alias P. Rama Rao, along with
his three associates after a raid on their hideout in the Gudari
forest of Rayagada District. "Udaya is the third in the rank in
the Vansadhra division and a link between (the Maoists') Andhra
committee and the Orissa unit," District Superintendent of Police
Ashish Kumar Singh said. Two of the associates arrested, Surendra
and Jadu, are "hardcore cadre", Singh said, adding Padmana is
an area committee member who provided logistics support to Udaya
and others. Udaya was one of the masterminds behind the murder
of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, a Hindu right-wing leader, and
four of his associates in Kandhamal on August 23, 2008, Singh
said. Since being sent to Orissa in 2001 to expand the Maoist
network, Udaya was involved in over 20 cases of murder, rioting
and looting of Government armouries in the Udaygiri and Nayagarh
Districts, Singh added. Some of the weapons seized from Udaya
and others bore marks of the Nayagarh District armoury. Udaya,
who has been with the CPI-Maoist for 18 years, originally belonged
to the insurgents' Srikakulam division in neighbouring Andhra
Pradesh. The Maoists refer to Kandhamal, Rayagada and Gajapati
as the Vansadhra Division.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village chief in
Malkangiri District. Kasa Madhi was the chief of Palkhonda village
under Malkangiri Police Station limits. His body was located in
the morning near Talkonda village, about 15 km from Malkangiri
town. The Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Malkangiri, Anup Sahu,
said Madhi was beaten to death by his assailants. According to
him, initial findings hint that it could be the handiwork of the
Maoists. The insurgents had reportedly conducted a meeting in
the village a few hours before his murder.
A group of around 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist
blew up the panchayat (village level self-government institution)
building at Telarai village under the Kalimela Police Station
in Malkangiri District using landmines. The incident occurred
when the administration and Police were busy planning the re-polling
exercise in 17 booths of the District scheduled to be held on
May 3. Maoist violence disrupted polling in these booths during
the first phase of elections on April 16.
The CPI-Maoist apologised for assaulting Election
Commission (EC) officials during the first phase elections in
Malkangiri District on April 16. In a letter handed over to the
Kalimela Block Development Officer (BDO) Duryodhan Naik by a messenger
the CPI-Maoist's Malkangiri Divisional Committee Secretary stated
that the attack on EC personnel of three booths like Potteru,
Tagarkota and Manamkonda by their frontal organization activists
on April 16 was quite unfortunate and claimed such incidents will
not be repeated in the future. According to the BDO, the Maoists
also handed over a cash amount of INR 6,954, four mobile handsets
and one mobile charger to him which they had snatched away from
the EC officials on the polling day.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) acquired
land in Chhattisgarh and Orissa for setting up operational headquarters
of its anti-Maoist force Combat Battalion for Resolute Action
(COBRA). The land has been acquired at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh
and Koraput in Orissa for setting up operational headquarters
of the newly created COBRA, CRPF officials said. The headquarters
of COBRA are located in Delhi.
Seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested following
a raid at their hideouts in different parts of the Rayagada District.
"At least seven Maoist cadres were arrested today," Superintendent
of Police A. K. Singh said, adding, three of them were involved
in the attack on armouries and Police Stations in Nayagarh in
2008. The arrests were made acting on the information received
during interrogation of Udaya, a Maoist 'Commander' who was earlier
arrested on April 20, he added. Three of those arrested were identified
as Madhab Tukuruka, Jara Tukuruka and D.Tukuruka. Of the four
others, Dasarathi Hikabadika and Asu Mamalka, were acting as key
informers of Maoists. They were members of area committees of
Maoists and were organising 'praja courts' (people's courts)
in remote areas. The other two persons were identified as K. M.
Prasad and Dama Sambutika. These two persons were contractors
who according to Police had helped Maoists in different incidents.
All these persons were arrested from different places during combing
operations in the Maoist-affected areas of Gunupur, Chandrapur,
Gudari in the Rayagada District.
In fresh violence aimed at disrupting re-polling,
the CPI-Maoist cadres exchanged fire with SFs at about 0900 hours
near Bhejanwada polling Station in Malkangiri District. The Maoists
retreated after the SFs retaliated and there was no report of
any injury among the SFs. The Malkangiri District Collector N.
B. Jawale said that besides the shootout, polling was peaceful.
Re-polling in 17 polling Stations in Malkangiri and Chitrakonda
areas in the State was being held as elections in these areas
on April 16 had been disrupted due to the Maoist attacks.
Nearly a dozen armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
dragged a liquor seller, K.B. Patra, out of his home at Kaspanga
village under Brahmanigaon Police Station area in Kandhamal District
and killed him with sharp-edged weapons.
A group of Maoists attacked the CRPF personnel
in Malkangiri District. The CRPF personnel also diffused a bomb
just before the ambush, the Police said. Four companies of CRPF
personnel were returning after election duty when they came across
obstructions placed by Maoists by felling trees on Malkangiri-Jeypore
state highway near Gobindpalli in Mathili Police Station area.
While trying to remove the hurdles from the road, the CRPF personnel
noticed a bomb beneath a tree and it was immediately defused.
When the CRPF personnel were busy removing the obstacles, the
Maoists fired on them and the CRPF personnel retaliated. However,
nobody was injured in the shootout that continued for a few minutes.
Pravakar Patra alias Bhaskar, the man who
led a series of Maoists attacks in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR)
during March and April was arrested in Keonjhar. Bhaskar is a
member of Kalinga Nagar Area Committee (KNAC) of CPI-Maoist and
responsible for the growing Maoist activities in Jajpur, Keonjhar,
Dhenkanal and some parts of Mayurbhanj Districts. ''Bhaskar had
mobilised armed platoons from Kalinga Nagar to carry out the series
of attacks.'' sources said. He was also wanted in the recent murder
at Keshaduarapal in border areas of Keonjhar and Jajpur.
Two hardcore cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Madhav Sabar and Simanchal Kutruka, were arrested from two
different places in Rayagada District, Superintendent of Police
(SP) Asis Kumar Singh said. The duo was held on the basis of the
information given by Udaya, who was arrested on April 20 on the
charge of killing of the Hindu right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad
leader Laxmanananda Saraswati. While Sabar was arrested from his
house at Mendapai under Bisam-Cuttack Police Station, Kutruka
was arrested from his residence at Dimiriguda village under Gudari
Police Station. The arrested Maoists were reportedly involved
in the attacks on R. Udayagiri Police Station in 2004 and Dangasorada
Police Outpost about eight months back. A number of Maoist literature
and materials like banners, posters and maps being used by the
insurgents were seized from their possession.
Cadres of the Jharkhand Badshah, a left-wing extremist
group led by Radha Mahali, set ablaze construction equipment and
threatened the workers of two construction companies in the Bonaigarh
area of Sundergarh District on. Sub-Divisional Police Officer
(SDPO) Sudarsan Sethi said at around 10pm, 10 to 12 armed insurgents
stormed into the camp of contractor Yogesh Lath at Suarpali and
assaulted the employees present and told them to ask the owner
to pay INR 1000000. They also snatched seven mobile phones from
the workers and left a letter at the spot. Subsequently, they
went to the Kalaiposh camp of BMP Construction Company and set
ablaze some construction equipment and vehicles. They also demanded
a ransom of INR 1000000 from the BMP Company.
A brother and sister duo, reportedly providing
logistics and other help to the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from
Gudari area of Rayagada District. The duo was identified as Santosh
Mohanty and his sister Rina Mohanty, both residents of Gudari.
They were arrested while waiting to provide supplies to the Maoists.
Apart from providing supplies they were also involved in extortion
in the name of the Maoists, Police sources said.
Uday, the secretary of Bansadhara divisional committee,
revealed during interrogations after being arrested from Gudari
jungles in Rayagada District on April 21 that the Oriya-Telugu
feeling has created rift among the CPI-Maoist cadres operating
in Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border. While hardcore Maoists Basant,
Ajad and Uday belong to Telugu community, Sabyasachi Panda is
the lone Oriya and his ascendancy in the hierarchy has not gone
down well among the cadres. Speaking to media persons Superintendent
of Police A.K. Singh said because of this rift, the Orissa cadres
have no stability and are working under duress. He hoped that
more Maoists would surrender as the State has one of the best
Vehicular traffic between Boipariguda in Koraput
District and the headquarters of Malkangiri District was blocked
for more than 10 hours by cadres of the CPI-Maoist by felling
trees near Tanginiguda in Boipariguda block. The Maoists had cut
at least five trees near the village in the early hours of the
day and had placed posters demanding compensation of INR 500,000
to the people on whom the paramilitary Central Reserve Police
Force personnel had opened fire near the village a few days ago.
Normal life was disrupted on the first of the
two-day general shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist in Malkangiri,
headquarters of the Malkangiri District. No vehicle could reportedly
be seen beyond Malkangiri town and the nearly 100-kilometres forest
road at Motu along the Andhra Pradesh border was deserted. There
was no vehicular movement on the roads connecting Malkangiri with
Chitrakonda and Balimela. A red alert has been sounded in the
region. The Maoists blocked all roads connecting Malkangiri town
by felling trees and road communication from Chitrakonda and Balimela
with Malkangiri town was completely paralyzed as the Maoists had
blocked the roads at three places. The Andhra-Orissa Border Zonal
Committee of the CPI-Maoist had called the shutdown demanding
release of some of their cadres lodged in different jails in the
State, withdrawal of central para-military forces from Malkangiri,
an end to Police atrocities on villagers on the pretext of operations
against the Maoists and some development issues related to tribals.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a peasant, identified
as Kunja Mandingi, at Patingi village in the Narayanpatna block
of Koraput District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. His
dead body was found at a place about two kilometres from Narayanpatna.
A letter in the name of CPI-Maoist found nearby stated that the
victim had been punished for his 'anti-people act'. The letter
also threatened that anyone who would emulate Mandingi was to
face his fate.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly involved in
the Nayagarh and Similipal attacks were arrested from Kaliapani
area in the Jajpur District. The Jajpur SP, D.S. Kutey, identified
the arrested Maoists as 23-year-old Mita alias Gundua,
21-year-old Hati alias Sanjaya Gagarai and 25-year-old
Silu Champia. They were arrested during a joint operation by Special
Operation Group personnel and Jajpur Police in the Kaliapani jungle
under Kaliapani Police limits. Weapons, Maoist posters, banners
and pamphlets were seized from their possession.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze five vehicles
that were being used for laying a road in the Lakshmipuram Panchayat
in Munchingput mandal of the District.
A construction contractor and president of the
traders' association of Chitrakonda town, identified as Badri
Narayan Patro, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres near Mantriput
in Malkangiri District. It is suspected that the Maoists resorted
to this murder to dissuade contractors from taking up construction
works in the insurgency-affected remote areas.
The Planning Commission accepted in principle
the State Government's proposal for an INR 3 billion livelihood
intervention programme in the four worst insurgency-affected Districts
of Deogarh, Gajapati, Malkangiri and Sambalpur over five years.
Since the four Districts are covered under the Centrally-sponsored
Backward Region Grant Fund, the new scheme will run concurrently
with the existing programme, the main focus of which is infrastructure
development. A task force of the Planning Commission headed by
Secretary in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, A.N.P Sinha, has
identified 33 Districts of the country, including four from Orissa,
as the worst insurgency-affected Districts.
A group of 15 armed CPI-Maoist cadres led by around
100 Maoist sympathizers blew up a Police outpost by detonating
a landmine at Mahupadar under Mathili Police Station limits in
the Malkangiri District. The Maoists also set ablaze three motorcycles,
documents and furniture of the Police outpost during their attack.
However, the three Police constables posted at the outpost escaped
unhurt. Before leaving the area, the Maoists looted rice stored
in the Forest Department storehouse at the village and also damaged
the tower of a private mobile service provider.
The CPI-Maoist cadres exploded an iron ore pipeline
of the Essar Company at Rollagedda in the Chitrakonda area of
the same District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted and subsequently
killed a young man, identified as Sibaram Hareka, after branding
him as a Police informer in the outskirts of Kambivalasa in Narayanpatna
block of Koraput District. The Koraput Area Committee of the CPI-Maoist
claimed responsibility for the killing.
The State Government plans to deploy 11,000 armed
Policemen to combat the insurgency. At least half of these forces
would reportedly be ready for on-field operations in the next
two years. "The situation is extremely bad. In many interior pockets
even Police Stations are closed after dusk and Government officials
are avoiding to go to office. Travelling in Malkangiri, Koraput,
Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal Districts in particular are shunned
by people unless there is emergency," said an unnamed senior Koraput
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that training
of all the newly appointed Police personnel would be completed
by November 2009 in view of the growing Maoist insurgency in the
State. The State Government had provided INR 433.1 million for
recruitment of 4,822 Security Force personnel in the vote-on account
presented in the Assembly on February 12. Besides, INR 94.1 million
was earmarked for appointment of 2,100 tribal youths as Special
Police Officers in the Maoist affected Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput,
Malkangiri and Kandhamal Districts. Patnaik also directed Police
officials to expedite fortification work of the Police Stations
and jails in the areas infested by Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze five vehicles,
including a truck, a tipper, an excavator and two Sports Utility
Vehicles of the Essar Steel Limited near Chitrakonda in Malkangiri
CPI-Maoist posters threatening to kill a State
Legislator Manoj Pradhan of G. Udayagiri were found pasted at
Raikia in the Kandhamal District. "We have got information about
such posters and are verifying it," said Kandhamal Superintendent
of Police Praveen Kumar.
A contractor, identified as Tukuna Sahu, was killed
by CPI-Maoist cadres after being branded as a Police informer
in Keonjhar District. The dead body of Sahu was found near a pond
in Harichandanpur village. The Maoists also left a handwritten
note near his body saying they had been looking for Sahu for a
long time as "he was a Police informer".
The three day bandh (general shut-down)
called by the Maoists from June 3 in Malkangiri District paralysed
traffic movement as the insurgents felled hundreds of trees on
both sides of the Malkangiri-Koraput road, blocking all movement
While unveiling the draft of special action plan
sent by the Union Government to combat the Maoist insurgency,
the Director General of Police (DGP), Manmohan Praharaj, said
that fighting Maoists in 17 of the 30 Districts in Orissa has
become tough due to a lack of infrastructure. "We are facing difficulties
in training security men to fight Maoists in jungles and difficult
terrains of Malkangiri and other places," said the DGP. While
rejecting suggestions that Maoists rule over entire Malkangiri,
he admitted that "a small part of Malkangiri" close to Andhra
Pradesh and Chhattisgarh borders in high altitude remained difficult
for the security personnel. "Some places in Malkangiri remain
under control of the ultras," he added, saying, "Besides constructing
helipads and other facilities, the Police are planning to set
up security hubs and mobile camps in the region." Of the 17 Maoist
affected Districts, Malkangiri and Rayagada would be covered under
the special plan, fund for which would be provided by the Union
He further said that for tackling the spurt in
violence in Malkangiri, one battalion (nearly 1,000 personnel)
of Central forces, deployed in northern part of the State, would
be mobilised to the southern region mostly in undivided Koraput
District. Commenting on a long term solution to the insurgency,
Praharaj said besides recruiting about 400 local tribal youths,
the State Government was also considering special steps to improve
the socio-economic condition of local residents. The DGP also
said, "Once the capacity building is complete in Orissa, things
will be easy for the security personnel to contain violence in
Malkangiri and other places," adding, "No Police informer is killed.
They kill innocent people and name the victim as Police informer.
We have no informer from among the public."
Around 70 cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the
Police Station in Baipariguda village in Koraput District and
blew it up after forcing Policemen out of the premises. They also
set ablaze several vehicles. Five Policemen were on duty when
Maoists attacked the Police Station. "The rebels overpowered the
Policemen, forced them out and blew up the building," Deputy Inspector
General of Police Sanjeev Panda told. "They also blew up a Police
outpost near by, ransacked the local forest office and set fire
to nearly seven vehicles, including two Police Jeeps," he added.
However, no one was killed or injured in the attack. The Maoists
later escaped to the nearby forest. The Maoists left leaflets
and posters at the site that claimed the attack was carried out
to protest the killing of one of their leaders by the Police in
the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh.
The State Government started the process of forming
a State Industrial Security Force (SISF) on the line of the Central
Industrial Security Force (CISF), official sources said. The process
of having a specialised force was expedited after Maoists recently
attacked the NALCO bauxite mines at Damonjodi and a steel company
pipeline in Malkangiri. "An official of the rank of Inspector
General of Police will be commandant of the proposed SISF," said
Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj.
A 'divisional commander' of the CPI-Maoist and
his wife surrendered before the Orissa Police. The Ghumusur 'divisional
commander' Akash alias Dora alias Ghasiram Majhi and his wife
Jharana, who is also a Maoist, surrendered before the Raygada
District Superintendent of Police. "He was a very senior member
in the Maoist hierarchy of Orissa, next only to Sabyasachi Panda,
the chief of the rebels in Orissa," said Sudhanshu Sarangi, Inspector
General of Police (anti-Naxal operations). Akash, a resident of
Kharikapadar village in Rayagada District, joined the Maoist ranks
seven years ago and rose to become the outfit's Ghumusar division
commander a few years ago. "He was involved in over 12 Maoist
attacks in the State including several high-profile attacks but
of late he had grown disillusioned with the Maoists. We were in
touch with and had been trying to persuade him to surrender,"
said a senior Police official. Akash will reportedly get homestead
land and other benefits as per the Orissa Government's surrender
policy for the insurgents.
The State Government has requested the Centre
to send four battalions of the para-military Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) to the State, in the wake of recent Maoist attacks
in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts. Presiding over a review meeting,
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed to rush more Special Operation
Group (SOG), CRPF and other forces to the affected areas to be
engaged in an ongoing combing operation. Of the 28 companies of
CRPF presently deployed at various places in Orissa, six companies
(600 personnel) have already been sent to the troubled region.
Patnaik also stressed on training and modernization of the force
as part of a long-term action plan to curb the Maoist activities.
"The Police Stations and outposts, which have borne the brunt
of ultras recently, will start functioning normally soon," he
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accused the Centre
of not co-operating with his Government in combating the Maoists.
"We are trying our best to tackle Maoist extremism. But the Centre
is not cooperating," Patnaik said replying to an adjournment motion
moved by the opposition Congress party on attacks by the CPI-Maoist,
including the blowing up of two Police Stations and an out-post
in Koraput District in the night of June 7. "Instead of providing
more force to tackle the Maoist violence, the Centre has withdrawn
48 (about 4800 personnel) of the 76 CRPF companies deployed in
the state," he said. The Chief Minister claimed that the Government
had been successful in utilising funds provided by the Centre
for security related expenditure and Police modernisation.
Three employees of an NGO were taken hostage by
suspected Maoists in the night but set free the next morning,
Three persons reportedly belonging to an unidentified
left-wing extremist outfit were arrested on charges of extortion
and other criminal activities in Bonai area of Sundergarh District
from Rourkela. They were identified as Lal Khan from Gaya in Bihar,
Kanti Bhoumik and Doctor Bhoumik of Bonai area of Sundargarh District,
the Superintendent of Police, Rourkela, Santosh Bala, told newspersons.
Police also seized one carbine machine gun, five pistols and 30
rounds of ammunition, 60 detonators, two stolen motor cycles and
INR 40,000 from their possession.
A tribal was shot dead by a group of eight armed
cadres of CPI-Maoist on the suspicion of being a Police informer
in Dakadihi village in Mayurbhanj District bordering Jharkhand.
Maoists blew up railway track near Chandiposh
railway Station, some 30 km from the steel city of Rourkela in
Sundergarh District, R.K. Bal, the District Superintendent of
Police (Railway), told. The blast occurred minutes after a goods
train crossed the area, he said, adding that no body was injured.
An exchange of fire took place between Maoists
and Security Force personnel in a dense forest near Tamparsingha
village in Sambalpur District, about 60 kilometres from Sambalpur.
However, no one was injured in the gun-battle. A patrolling team
consisting of Orissa State Armed Police and CRPF were on a routine
patrolling duty, when they came face to face with the Maoists.
"Combing operation is on at Jujumara and nearby Kisinda," Sambalpur
Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar said adding a landmine has
been seized from the spot.
A Police Sub-Inspector, Narasingha Mahakuda, was
killed in a gunbattle between Security Forces and the CPI-Maoist
cadres at Tampargarh in a forest area of Sambalpur District, Police
said. The exchange of fire continued for over four hours before
the Maoists managed to escape. It was immediately not known whether
the Maoists suffered any casualty. The gunbattle followed an encounter
in the area between Maoists and the Police on June 14.
A nursery with 86,000 saplings and more than 50
trees was destroyed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Jogipaluru
village near Narayanpatna in Koraput District. The Maoists displayed
banners in the nursery protesting against the killing of two top
ranking Maoists in the forests of Warangal in the neighbouring
State of Andhra Pradesh.
Nine Policemen, including eight belonging to the
Orissa Special Security Force and one belonging to the Orissa
State Armed Police, were killed when a landmine triggered by cadres
of the CPI-Maoist struck their convoy near Palur village in Koraput
District. The Policemen were meant to cover the Orissa Disaster
Rapid Action Force personnel proceeding towards Palur to clear
trees felled on the roads by the Maoists.
Four persons, including the husbands of two elected
members of panchayat samiti (block level self-Government institution)
and panchayat (village level self-Government institution),
were abducted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Sonepur panchayat
in the Kandhmal District. The missing persons included husband
of panchayat Samiti member of Kudura village Tirisingh Pradhan,
ward member from Tahangia village Agadu Nayak, husband of sarpanch
(president of a Panchayat) Sonepur panchayat, Manmohan Pradhan
and Suresh Pradhan of Tutungia village. Villagers say these persons
were abducted by a group of 15 Maoists from Kudura village. These
four persons were among the list of persons who had been threatened
by Maoists through posters pasted in Daringbadi area in the past.
In May 2009, Manohar had also been attacked by the Maoists. They
had also reportedly set ablaze his bike.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a gun battle
with the Police in Malkangiri District. The Maoists were spotted
carrying a hand grenade in a bag during a security check in the
evening of June 21 on the outskirts of Malkangiri. The Deputy
Inspector General of Police, Sanjeeb Kumar Panda, told IANS
that the two Maoists escaped into a nearby forest where they were
later shot dead. He said two 9-mm pistols were also seized from
The State Government airlifted food and other
essential commodities for the Police and paramilitary forces who
are confined to Narayanpatna in Koraput District owing to a closure
of roads by the Maoists. Since June 15, the roads to Narayanpatna
are closed as the Government has failed to remove trees felled
by the Maoists to block them. On June 18, nine Security Force
personnel and a driver were killed when the insurgents blew off
their jeep with a landmine near Narayanpatna.
Armed Maoists attacked the forest offices at Sunabeda
sanctuary in Nuapada District and set them ablaze. Around 40 Maoists,
including women cadres, targeted the rest shed, ranger and forester's
offices of Sunabeda Wildlife Division at Sunabeda village. They
tied up watchman Amar Majhi before setting all documents on fire.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged the control rooms
of two mobile phone towers at Kakiriguma village in Koraput District
and a signal panel of a railway Station near the same village.
The attacks occurred in the back of the Union Home Minister P.
Chidambaram's visit to the region later in the evening to review
the Police preparedness in combating the Maoists.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Suvendu
Mallick, was arrested by the Raghunathpur Police at Ambadarda
village in Jagatsinghpur District.
The Centre would consider the Orissa Government's
plan to combat the Maoist (also known as Naxalite) problem in
the State, said the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the
end of his two-day visit to the State. "We will examine the suggestions
and demands to extend support as much as we can," he said after
holding discussions with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and senior
Government officials about plans to combat the Left-wing extremism.
He emphasised that combating Naxalites was the primary duty of
the State Police and the Government should commit more forces
to fight Left-wing extremism. The Centre would extend support
on the basis of 1:1 ratio, he stated. "For every company of the
state Police, I will commit one. I had told the Bengal government
'You commit one, I will give one'," Chidambaram said. On whether
to use the Army to fight the Maoists, he said "This requires a
Police action, who are competent to handle it" Chidambaram said,
adding choppers would be provided to Orissa "whenever required".
"There is a standard operation procedure for Police to move in
Naxal-affected areas. If they follow these, such things will not
happen." "Please do not violate the standard procedure," he said
citing recent incidents in different parts of the country including
the killings of Policemen in Orissa's Koraput District.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram asked Police
forces in the Maoist-affected areas to adhere to the standard
operation procedures (SOP). Referring to a series of setbacks
the forces have faced in the Maoist-affected belt, he said.
The Security Forces moved into Narayanpatna area
of Koraput District after clearing the Laxmipur-Narayanpatna road
blocked by Maoists for the past 12 days. Official sources said
the Orissa Police were accompanied by the Central Reserve Police
Force, the anti-Naxalite Special Operation Group, bomb disposal
squad and others and entered Narayanpatna after the Laxmipur-Narayanpatna
road was cleared of large trees felled to block it.
Four petty contractors abducted by the Maoists
on June 21 managed to escape and return to Daringbadi in the Kandhamal
District. Though no formal Police complaint has been lodged in
this connection, Daringbadi Police officers have reportedly confirmed
A group of around 25 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
made an attempt to blast the half-constructed building of a sub-jail
at MV-79 village in Malkangiri District. However, the under construction
building did not suffer any damage. The Malkangiri District Superintendent
of Police, Satyabrata Bhoi, said the Maoists had also planted
a booby trap for the Police at the spot.
Six left-wing extremists belonging to the Jharkhand
Badshah group were arrested from several remote villages in Sundargarh
District during raids on their hideouts. The extremists were operating
in Raibaga, Biramitrapur, Hatibari and Rajgangpur Police limits.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist identified as Mata
Tiria and Abhiram Adeya, involved in the attack on the Similipal
sanctuary about three months ago, were arrested from Lambugada
under Jashipur Police Station in Mayurbhanj District by the Special
Operation Group of the Orissa Police.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the
Deputy Inspector General of Police (South West), Sanjeev Panda,
at the Rayagada District Police office. They were identified as
Trinath Srambhutika alias Murali alias Raju (25)
and A. Prakash Kimbaka alias Bata Kimbaka (25), both from
Khandikapadar village under Gudari Police limits, and Krishna
Kudkaka (25) of Jigdibhota village under Gudari Police limits
in the District. Police said the three were active area committee
members of Bansadhara division since 2001 and Trinath was also
the 'commander' of Chandrapuram Dalam since 2006. Sanjeev Panda
said the three were involved in a number of incidents.
The Sambalpur District Police arrested a hardcore
Maoist, identified as David, from Jarang village under Jujumura
Police limits and seized a licensed 12 bore rifle on an unspecified
date. The rifle is believed to be that of the Sarpanch (village
council chief) of Tampergarh who was hacked to death by the Maoists
in January 2003. While the District Superintendent of Police Sanjay
Kumar Singh confirmed the arrest he refused to divulge further
A large number of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including women, blew up the forest beat office in Paniganda in
Adaba area of Gajapati District after dragging out the guard and
tying him. A villager who arrived at the spot out of curiosity
after hearing the noise sustained minor injuries. The Maoists
had called for a State-wide shut down on July 10. Inspector-in-Charge
of Adaba Police Station N. Kero said that the Maoists blew up
the building using powerful explosives. The shut down had little
impact in urban centres and evoked mixed response in rural areas
amid closure of shops and thin traffic.
Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Orissa,
said that he has no hesitation in having a dialogue with the Maoists
if they eschew violence and agree for talks within the ambit of
the Constitution. Replying to question in the Legislative Assembly,
Patnaik said the ongoing activities of the CPI-Maoist are not
conducive for talks. The State Government had announced its readiness
for talks with them in the past, but there was no response, he
said. Answering another question, the Chief Minister said INR
4.2808 billion had been spent under the modernisation of State
Police forces scheme during 2000-01 and 2008-09. He added that
the balance amount of INR 131.5 million will be spent.
Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist looted an explosive-laden
vehicle and abducted a Sub-Inspector of Police by firing at a
Police van at Champajharan under Koida Police Station in Sundergarh
District. Diptesh Patnaik, the District Superintendent of Police,
said that over 80 Maoists looted the private vehicle on its way
to Koida from Rourkela with the explosives meant for mining activities
after firing at its driver. The Maoists then fired indiscriminately
at a Police van which was escorting it and abducted Ajit Bardhan,
Sub-Inspector of Koida Police Station. Koida is a Maoist-prone
area near Jharkhand. The driver of the private vehicle is reported
to have sustained bullet injuries.
The body of Sub-Inspector of Police, Ajit Bardhan,
who was abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres on July 16, was recovered
during combing operations at Jharbeda in a dense forest of Chandiposh
In Sundergarh District.
CRPF trooper Abdul Rafiq was killed in a landmine
explosion during the combing operations to rescue Sub-Inspector
Ajit Bardhan at a place between Chandiposh and Jharbeda.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the Police outpost
at Katingia in the Kandhamal District. The Maoists set ablaze
documents and furniture kept at the Police outpost, a bike and
also destroyed the VHF set kept there. In addition, they also
exploded a landmine to destroy a newly constructed building in
the premises of the Police outpost. However, the three Policemen
on duty during the attack were not harmed though they were overpowered.
Around 50 Maoists took part in this attack. The report added that
most of the Maoists rounded up the Katingia village not to let
anyone go out to pass on message about the attack. Around 10 armed
Maoists reached the outpost to overpower the Policemen and to
trigger the explosion. Before escaping, the Maoists also blocked
the Jhinjiriguda-Katingia road by cutting down trees.
Police in Gajapati District arrested three persons,
identified as N. Narayan Rao, Dasima Gamang and Sinia Raita, from
the Minigam village under Kasinagar Police Station for illegal
possession of explosives. According to Gajapati Superintendent
of Police, Sanjiv Arora, 200 electronic detonators, 12 packets
of detonator caps, three bundles of fuse wire and 10 kilograms
of urea was seized from them. These persons are suspected to have
kept the explosives illegally for use in a stone quarry near their
village. But investigation and interrogation of arrested persons
was on to ascertain whether they had any links with Maoists or
The CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for the
killing of an abducted Police officer in the Sundergarh District
of Orissa, arguing they were forced to commit the act to protest
the Centre's decision to ban the organisation. In a message to
the branch office of an Oriya daily in Rourkela, the Chhotanagpur
''zonal commander'' of the Maoists, Samar, claimed responsibility
for the killing of Sub-Inspector Ajit Bardhan after abducting
him from Champajharan in the District on July 16.
Replying to an adjournment motion on Naxalite
(left-wing extremist) activities in the State Assembly, the Orissa
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik blamed the Union Government for
the State not being able to contain the Maoist insurgency. "As
I have said earlier, there is not enough central assistance to
counter Naxalites in the state effectively. Among the various
requests, which I have made to the ministry of home affairs, I
would like to mention our need for four battalions of central
paramilitary forces on a long-term basis and three more for short-term
engagement to control the menace. Our request for dedicated helicopter
also has not been acceded to. Central forces have been withdrawn
from the communally sensitive District of Kandhamal against my
repeated requests to retain them. Kandhamal also has Naxal problems,"
Describing the insurgency as pan-India, the Chief
Minister said, "As the nature of Naxal incidents would indicate,
Naxalism is not an isolated problem. Since it is a menace of national
magnitude and has inter-state ramifications, development in one
state has an impact on development in neighboring states. It has
to be addressed only through a coordinated approach of the central
and State Governments". On the State Government's action, Patnaik
disclosed that some 59 cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist), including top cadres, have been captured and eight
Maoists have been killed in different encounters. Responding to
some Congress legislators concern over media reports of the warning
by the Orissa Police Association of non-cooperation, Patnaik clarified
that some suggestions to effectively combat the Maoists given
by the association like fortification of Police Stations, provision
of barrack facilities and also imparting suitable training to
the Policemen have been implemented to a large extent.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Surendra
Vekwara (19) and his wife Ruby (18), surrendered before the Rayagada
Police expressing a desire to return to the mainstream, Police
said. The couple who hail from Gudari area of Rayagada District
admitted their involvement in several incidents, including the
killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati (August 2008), Nayagarh
armoury raid (February 2008) and many other incidents, Superintendent
of Police A. K. Singh told reporters. They were active in Rayagada.
The couple decided to give up the path of violence and return
to the mainstream as they were disenchanted with the Maoist activities,
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Trinath
Brekwada and Purna Brekwada, were arrested from Uradi village
of Bisamkatak block of Rayagada District. The duo joined the outfit
in 2004 and was active members of the Bansadhara Division. They
were involved in several cases of Maoist violence in Rayagada
District, including the attack on the Dengasorada Police Outpost
in 2006. They were also in-charge of the Chasi Mulia Samity, the
frontal organization of the CPI-Maoist in Rayagada District. They
were close to Uday and Azad, two top leaders of the Basadara Division.
According to the report, Uday has been arrested earlier by Police
in the Rayagada District.
During a debate on budgetary demand for the Home
department in the Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik informed that the State Government would recruit 3000
Special Police Officers (SPOs) and 4000 home guards in coming
days. The Government has also increased the salary of home guards
from INR 90 to INR 110 per day. As per the new guidelines, the
home guards would work for 300 days in a year. Earlier the timeframe
stood at 220 days.
At least 18 people from Bhatiguda, Nagiaguda,
Podapadar and Bankuli in the Boipariguda block were detained by
the Koraput District Police. According to sources, the Police
was interrogating them suspecting their involvement in the June
7, 2009 Boipariguda Police Station blast by the CPI-Maoist cadres.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik came up with a proposal
to promote games like volleyball, football, hockey and cricket
in all the CPI-Maoist-affected Districts to wean the youth away
from Maoists. "INR 200,000 would be given to every tribal dominated
District to distribute sports kits and organise sports events,"
Security Forces in the State are on a high alert
in the Maoist-infested Districts in the wake of the outfit observing
a 'martyrs' week' starting from July 28. Posters and banners of
the Maoists calling locals to take part in the 'martyrs' week'
have come up in remote areas of Kalimela and MV 79 areas of Malkangiri
District. In the Rayagada District, CPI-Maoist posters and banners
for the 'martyrs' week' were found in the Gudari and Chadrapur
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up two mobile phone
towers of different private operators at Padmagiri and Tandapali
in the Malkangiri District even as security was tightened in the
State in view of 'martyrs week' being observed by the Maoists
from July 28, the Police said. Normal life was affected in Kalimela,
Motu, MV-79 and Padia areas of the District where shops and business
establishments remained closed and vehicular movement came to
a halt as the ''martyrs week'' called by Maoists began.
Suspected Maoists killed two Policemen, Assistant
Sub-Inspector of Police Muralidhar Bastia and home guard Hadibandhu
Mahanta, near Brahmanipal Police outpost in the Keonjhar District.
The bullet-ridden dead bodies of the slain Policemen were found
in the evening five kilometres away from the Police outpost. "We
suspect the hand of Maoists in the crime," an unnamed senior District
Police official said.
Three Maoists reached the house of L. Satyanarayana,
the nephew of Gudari Notified Area Council (NAC) chairman, in
Gudari and opened fire injuring L. Laxmi, wife of Satyanarayana.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed one villager, identified
as Gopinath Lima, at Burukudu village under Gudari Police Station
in the Rayagada District. Four armed extremists reached the house
of Lima and dragged him out of the house. He was taken to the
middle of the village and assaulted ruthlessly in front of the
villagers. Then the victim was dragged into the near by agricultural
field and was shot dead. It is suspected that Maoists murdered
him alleging him to be a Police informer. Burukudu village is
situated at a distance of one kilometre from the Gudari Police
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze battery rooms
of two cellular telephone towers belonging to the Reliance and
Airtel companies in Dangabadi and Ramgiri village respectively
in Koraput District. The Maoists have caused damage to more than
a dozen such towers in three southern Districts of Koraput, Malkangiri
and Rayagada in the past month, Police said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist separately raided the
remote Gakdibali and Godarguda villages in the Rayagada District
and shot dead two civilians, Siba Sabar and Bibhisan Behera, suspecting
them to be Police informers. According to sources, Siba had past
links with the Maoists. He was involved in preparing posters,
pamphlets and banners for the insurgents.
The State Government has decided to fill up all
the 12,000 vacant posts at all levels of the Orissa Police by
October 2009. This includes 3,500 posts in the Maoist-affected
Districts. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level
meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Besides
fresh recruitment, vacancies will also be filled up through promotions.
It was decided that the sixth India Reserve Battalion (IRB) would
be set up soon. About 1,000 personnel will be recruited for the
IRB. Necessary training arrangements will be made for the newly-recruited
force to make them capable of fighting the Maoists.
Three woman cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed
in an exchange of fire between a group of about 10 to 15 Maoists
and a joint team of the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa Police near
Ramannaguda in the Rayagada District, about 30 to 40 kilometres
from the State border. According to information received by the
Vizianagaram Police (Andhra Pradesh), the dead included Potanapalli
Subhdara alias Swarna (30), wife of the Maoist party's Srikakulam
divisional committee secretary Daya (Chamala Krishnamurthy) and
Landa Rajeswari alias Sarada (26), wife of Gora Vallabha Rao alias
Murali - Srikakulam divisional committee member. The third deceased
was reportedly identified as one Jeevani, aged around 20, of Rayagada,
Vizianagaram District Superintendent of Police (SP) Y. Gangadhar
said. The Maoists were reportedly on their way back to the Andhra
Pradesh side of the border when they encountered a combing party
around 7am (IST). An INSAS rifle, two .303 rifles, a carbine and
more than 100 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the
incident site. However, Modem Balakrishna alias Bhaskar, who is
a member of the Maoists' Andhra Orissa Border State Committee,
and one Daya, reportedly managed to escape during the exchange
Mahadev Tarai of the Kesipur village of Ganjam
District was arrested along with explosive material by the personnel
of the Gurandi Police Station in the Gajapati District near Jubarajpur
village. Detonators, gun powder and other electronic equipment
were seized from him. While Tarai claimed that these materials
were to be used by a stone quarry, investigation is on whether
he had any links with the Maoists.
Security was beefed up at National Aluminium Co.
Ltd (NALCO) mine in the Koraput District following a Maoist threat.
"We have beefed up security after we recently received a letter
allegedly sent by Communist Party of India-Maoist," said P.K.
Mohapatra, the head of the Damanjodi refinery and mine. "We have
already informed the District Police and administrative authorities
about it," he added.
The State Government has assessed that about 50
prisons in the State need immediate fortification in view of the
increasing activities of the Maoists. The State Government has
sought INR 1.8 billion from the Finance Commission for upgradation
of jail security and other measures.
Police arrested the 'deputy commander' of the
Kalimela Dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist, Somnath Padiami
from the Badigata jungles in Malkangiri District. Malkangiri Superintendent
of Police (SP) Satyabrata Sahu said during interrogation the arrested
Maoist had revealed their plans to blast the Poteru Police Station
during Independence Day celebrations. Following this revelation,
security and logistics to protect Police Stations in the District
is being revamped. Somnath was involved in major Maoist attacks
in the District like the sinking of the motor launch in Chitrakonda
reservoir in June 29, 2008, which killed 38 Security Force (SF)
personnel, including 36 belonging to the elite anti-Maoist Greyhounds
from Andhra Pradesh, the landmine blast on July 16, 2008 near
MV-126 (Malkangiri Village-126) that killed 17 Special Operation
Group (SOG) personnel of Orissa and looting of INR 9.9 million
from a vehicle of State Bank of India near Chitrakonda in April
Describing the Maoist insurgency as the biggest
challenge facing the State and the country, Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik, in his Independence Day speech, urged the Maoists to
shun violence and return to the mainstream. "We are taking strong
steps to combat Naxalism. I am appealing to them to return to
the mainstream," Patnaik said. Terming the Maoists as the biggest
problem for the State, Patnaik said his Government has taken all
necessary steps to counter violence, adding, "We are appointing
tribal youths as special Police officers."
The CPI-Maoist in a press release threatened that
its cadres would kill some Police officials posted in Rayagada
District, including the District Superintendent of Police Ashish
Kumar Singh. The four-page press release was sent to journalists
at the District headquarter of Rayagada. The note was allegedly
sent by Dona Kesaba Rao alias Azad, who claims to be the Maoist
'commander' of the Vansadhara division that operates in the region.
The Police, however, maintained that the threat was routine. "They
are frustrated after we arrested more than 27 Maoists, including
a ''commander'' of their division, in the past two months. Besides
some Maoists, including a commander, have also surrendered before
the Police during that period," the Deputy Inspector General of
Police, Sanjeeb Panda said.
Thousands of tribal men and women from Kanti,
Talagumandi, Bija Ghati, Kotia, Tentulipadar, Dumuripadar and
Dudhari panchayats (village-level local self-Government
institution) of Koraput District equipped with traditional arms
took out a huge rally at Dudhari. The members, under the leadership
of Alam Tading, president of the regional unit of the Chasi Mulia
Adivasi at Kanti, had blocked the roads leading to the village
by felling trees to prevent anyone from entering the village during
The State demanded deployment of central paramilitary
forces in the national sanctuaries and parks in the State, in
view of the growing threat from the CPI-Maoist. "The red extremism
is growing in national parks and Sanctuaries in the state. Extensive
damage has been reported from Similipal Tiger Reserve," Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik said at the day-long conference of all
the state forest and environment ministers in New Delhi. He demanded
deployment of central paramilitary forces in Badrama, Khalasuni,
Lakhary Valley sanctuary, Sunabeda and Kotgarh. Patnaik also demanded
additional funds for Orissa to strengthen the infrastructure in
the Maoist-infested areas where extensive damage has been reported.
A woman, whose identity is yet to be ascertained,
was found killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist near MV-90 village
under Kalimela Police Station in the Malkangiri District on. The
murder is suspected to have occurred in the early hours of August
17. As per the handwritten pamphlet in Oriya language left by
the Maoists near her body, the name of the deceased was Kamala.
However, the Maoists had not mentioned the place from where she
hailed. They threatened that anyone who helped the Police would
face similar consequences. The Malkangiri SP Satyabrata Bhoi said,
"How can this woman be a Police informer when no one in the area
is able to identify her?" The SP said the age of the slain woman
hinted that she may be a CPI-Maoist cadre who had got disenchanted
and escaped from their camp. "Suspecting that she may surrender
and spill vital information about the Maoist activities, the leftist
ultras may have killed her," he added.
Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up at least
two forest department office buildings at Tamada, located barely
20 to 35 kilometres from Rourkela in the Sundergarh District.
"After boarding a bus at Karuabahal, around 40 Maoist cadres blew
up the forest range office at Tamada using powerful explosives.
The employees were driven away before destroying the office,"
Sudarsan Sethi, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer said. Maoists
then reached Birida under Brahmanitaranga Police Station and similarly
destroyed the forest beat house there. Sethi said this is for
the first time that Maoists blew up forest department offices
in Sundergarh District.
The District administration in Koraput set about
clearing roads to Narayanpatna blocked by Maoists by felling trees
since August 17. "We have started clearing the roads. We hope
that vehicles will roll into Narayanpatna cut off since August
17. At first, the Narayanpatna-Laxmipur Road will be cleared,"
said District Collector Gadadhar Parida. The administration has
pressed two teams from the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force,
a bomb disposal squad and a large number of Security Forces, including
the Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group personnel,
into service to clear the Laxmipur-Narayanpanta Road.
Four Naxalites from Tamil Nadu are on an indefinite
hunger in the District jail in Koraput, demanding early disposal
of their cases and shifting to Periyakulam in Tamil Nadu. Muthu
Selvam, M. Karthik alias Kannan alias Gobi, Palanivel and Velmurugan
were lodged at the jail along with Sundar Murty, another hardcore
Naxalite, on January 15, 2008 for their involvement in the attack
on the Police headquarters at Koraput in 2004. As Sundar Murty
was shifted to Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, in August 2008
for appearing before a TADA court, the court could not give a
final verdict on the case as he was the prime accused, according
to Niranjan Das, the Jailor.
More than 20 heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
attacked the Roxy railway Station, located in a remote place under
K. Bolang Police Station area in Sundergarh District, and blew
it up after asking the employees to move out. The Maoists also
abducted three persons, including the Station Master, besides
setting ablaze around 15 vehicles parked near the small railway
Station used primarily for iron ore transportation, Police said.
The Station is used for transporting iron ore to the Rourkela
Steel Plant. Later the three railways employees, who were held
captive by the Maoists for over three hours, were released with
a warning not to run trains during a shutdown.
A group of 15 armed Maoists attacked Bhalulata
Railway Station, 25 kilometres from Rourkela, but could not blow
up the building as the explosive device did not go off.
The four under trial Naxalites from Tamil Nadu
who were on a hunger strike in the District jail at Koraput ended
their fast after getting an assurance from the District Collector
Four suspected Maoists, caught by Hundula villagers
in the Joda area of Keonjhar District, were freed after being
detained for more than five hours, as Police failed to reach the
area until then. "We had received information. But all our teams
were already posted at Joda Municipality for bypoll duty. So we
were unable to send forces," Inspector-in-Charge, Joda, M Naik
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the camp of
a construction company and destroyed machinery near Mahupadar
village under Mathili Police Station in the Malkangiri District.
The Maoists set ablaze three tippers, one excavator and one machine
used to melt and mix coal tar at the worksite. The construction
company was laying a road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak
Yojana (PMGSY) in the area. According to sources, around 20
armed Maoists along with more than 50 supporters reached the camp
of the construction company. They threatened the labourers sleeping
in the camp not to oppose their activities or try to contact anyone.
The panicked labourers were kept under the watch of armed cadres
while others got involved in the arson.
Three persons were abducted by the CPI-Maoist-backed
Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) from Laxmipur in Koraput District
demanding release of two of their companions. Earlier, on August
26, Laxmipur Police had arrested two CMAS activists, identified
as Jaga Hikaka and Tuku Subudhi for their involvement in damaging
a foreign liquor shop at Laxmipur. In that incident about 15 CMAS
activists raided a liquor shop and destroyed stocked liquor worth
several thousand rupees. They also looted more than INR 50,000
from the shop. Around 3pm (IST) over 400 CMAS activists armed
with their traditional weapons, agitated in front of the Laxmipur
Police Station, demanding the release of their companions. Later,
the mob proceeded towards the distillery and took three persons
as hostages, said sources.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted one Jiten Patel,
a contractor, from Simdega in the Sundergarh District. Superintendent
of Police Narasingh Bhoi said Jiten Patel was taken away from
his work site at Simdega by six motor cycle-borne men, suspected
to be Maoists, who then disappeared into neighbouring Chhattisgarh
forest. Though the cause was yet to be ascertained, extortion
and levy collection might be the reasons behind the abduction.
Police said search operation is on.
A day after being abducted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist
in Sundargarh District, contractor Jatin Patel was released by
his abductors, Police said. Although Jatin has been released,
he was, however, yet to reach his home at Sibdega, the official
said, adding that further details about the incident would be
known only after he arrives. Extortion was believed to be the
reason behind the abduction.
30 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist were
arrested during the night-long combing operations in four places
of Sundergarh District. The Maoists were arrested during joint
combing operations by Police and Central Reserve Police Force
at Silipunji, Mundatala, Chandiposh and Champajharan areas in
the District, Bonai Sub-Divisional Police Officer Sudarsan Sethi
said, adding that arms, ammunition and posters were seized from
them. Police claimed that during preliminary interrogation, the
Maoists have confessed to involvement in the recent killing of
Ajit Bardhan, officer-in-charge of Koida Police Station, looting
an explosive-laden van from Champajharan on July 16 and blasting
three forest department buildings at Tamada and Birida areas in
the District two months back.
The State Government asked Collectors of all the
Maoist insurgency-affected Districts to verify allegations regarding
the Maoists eating foodstuff meant for students of several State-run
schools and hostels for tribal girls located in remote areas,
official sources said. "Letters have been sent to all the collectors
to verify allegations that Maoists forcibly eat food meant for
school children living in hostels," the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled
Caste Development Department Secretary Ashok Tripathy told.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist threatened to blow up
block offices in the Sundergarh District if the authorities failed
to pay compensation to families in the Subdega and Balishankara
area who had lost lives and properties in elephant attacks. Two
letters written with red ink in English, Oriya and Sadri (local
tribal language) received by the block development officers of
Subdega and Balishankara threatened the officials to pay compensation
within September 5 to families in the blocks which lost their
members, properties and crop in elephant attacks since 2006. The
Maoists demanded INR 300,000 to families who lost their members
in pachyderm attacks, INR 200,000 for those whose houses were
completely damaged and INR 50,000 for half damaged and INR 30,000
for partially damaged houses.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged a mobile phone
communication tower in MV 74 village and cut down trees to block
some major roads in Malkangiri District. According to sources,
some armed CPI-Maoist cadres accompanied by their supporters attacked
the communication tower. They also damaged the control room and
generator room of the communication tower by a blast. The CPI-Maoist
cadres did not injure any one during the attack, Police sources
said. The CPI-Maoists and their supporters cut down trees at several
places to block the Chitrakonda-Balimela road and the Chitrakonda-Sileru
For the first time through banners and posters,
CPI-Maoist threatened the teachers working in schools in remote
areas of Malkangiri District. They intimidated the teachers to
face their wrath if the Paramilitary Forces involved in anti-Naxal
operations camped in their schools. Through their posters, the
CPI-Maoist cadres also opposed the establishment of Cobra Battalion
in Koraput District. To create a support base in remote areas
of the District, Maoists also expressed their support to the demand
of Konda Reddy community to be included in the Scheduled Tribe
(ST) list of Orissa.
Two persons from the Bandhugaon faction Chasi
Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) sustained injuries when two factions
of the CMAS - CMAS-Bandhugaon and CMAS-Narayanpatna blocks of
Koraput District - attacked each other on the road between Baunsput
and Dasini in the Bandhugaon block.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, involved in two
murder cases and other violence, were arrested at Topadihi village
under K Balang Police Station in Sundergarh District. The Maoists
were captured by Security Force personnel when they were hiding
in a forest near the village, the Police said, adding that all
the three belonged to the village. They were reportedly involved
in the killing of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions leader Rabi
Oram and businessman Deonath Singh, sources said.
Two hardcore Maoists involved in the rampage in
the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) were arrested from an unspecified
location and two locally-made guns were seized from them. They
were identified as Sushil Sanya of Jharkhand and based in Keonjhar
District's Kailadapada village and Paoles Hembrom of Mayurbhanj
District's Golamunda village. Sanya masterminded the rampages
in Meghasan, Chahala UBK (Upper-Barha-Kamuda) range and Dhudruchampa.
The duo was involved in at least 16 other cases. Sanya, believed
to be a hardcore Maoist, was active in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur,
Dhenkanal and Angul Districts. Sanya and Tunu were arrested by
one platoon of SOG, a group of District voluntary force and a
team of 10 Police officers.
One person, identified as Suresh Pindi, who was
wounded in a clash between the Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon groups
of the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in Koraput
District on September 7, succumbed to injuries.
Supporters of the Narayanpatna group of the CMAS
called off their rally at Laxmipur to avoid any untoward situation.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered about a dozen
explosions blowing up railway tracks and at least four Government
buildings in the Sundargarh District in the early morning. The
Maoists had called for a 24-hour shutdown in the District to demand
the release of 30 people who were arrested on August 29 on the
suspicion that they were Maoists. The extremists blasted railway
tracks at around seven places between Bimlagarh and Patangi, Police
said. They also blew up an abandoned Police Station building at
Kalta, another building where a CRPF camp was functioning earlier,
a community centre and office building of the CITU, Police said,
adding they also set ablaze a truck. The Maoists also abducted
five railway employees, including the Stationmaster, from the
Topadiha Station in the District during the raid.
Speaking at the passing out parade ceremony of
first batch of Sub-Inspectors who undergone training at the Biju
Patnaik State Police Academy Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed
that the State Government will soon come up with a new Police
Training Institute where one thousand personnel will be able to
under go training every year. The Chief Minister said five new
India Reserve Battalions, four special security battalions are
being established to take on Maoists.
The five railway employees who were abducted by
the CPI-Maoist from Topadihi railway Station in Sundergarh District
on September 10 were released. After being abducted during a series
of attacks by the Maoists in the Bonai area, they were believed
to have been taken to a hideout in the dense Saranda forest in
the neighbouring State of Jharkhand, Police said.
A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist slashed his
throat with a shaving blade while in Police custody in Keonjhar
District. Police said the man, Anandi Juanga (32), tried to commit
suicide around noon while he was lodged with four other accused
at the Police reserve in Keonjhar. Police, however, refused to
divulge the reason behind the attempted suicide.
The State Government alleged that the Centre had
never provided it with adequate Central Para-Military Force (CPMF)
and other logistics to fight insurgency. The State Government's
requests for more Central Force to tackle Maoist violence and
other problems were never met, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told
media persons in capital Bhubaneswar while reacting to allegations
of inaction in meaningfully tackling the Maoist insurgency.
Ananta Nayak, the former Member of Parliament
from Keonjhar constituency, received a threat letter from a left-wing
Four hardcore cadres of the CPI-Maoist were forwarded
to the court. Earlier, they were arrested from Harichandanpur
and Daitary areas of Keonjhar District, Police said. The arrested
Maoists, identified as Aswini Juang (24), Sugrib Juang (19), Pathani
Munda (35) and Anadi Juang (28), were forwarded to the court.
They were involved in many criminal incidents in Jajpur, Keonjhar,
Angul and Dhenkanal Districts, he added.
Thousands of people took out a rally at Dasmantpur
in Koraput District, submitting a memorandum to the District Administration
with a demand to take action against the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh
(CMAS, the Peasants, Labourers and Tribals Association) for their
alleged violent activities in the region.
A rural reporter of a local media, Laxman Choudhury,
was arrested by the Police in Gajapati District on September 20
for his suspected links with the CPI-Maoist. Subsequently, members
of the Berhampur Press Club blocked the road on September 21,
in protest against Laxman's arrest. They also handed over a memorandum
to the Deputy Inspector General of Police demanding his unconditional
release. Meanwhile, the District Superintendent of Police (SP),
Sanjeev Arora, defending the Police action said, "According to
a preliminary probe, report there was enough evidence against
Chowdhury about his nexus with Maoists."
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, involved in the
attack on forest rest houses and beat office in Similipal Tiger
Reserve area, were arrested in Mayurbhanj District. The duo, identified
as Chotrai Dhirua (42) and Bindira Samath (35), were arrested
in separate operations in the Gudgudia range of Similipal forests,
the Additional Superintendent of Police Chintamani Panda said.
Dhirua, who was involved in attacks on an inspection bungle and
forest buildings, was arrested from Soharapata village, Panda
said, adding the Maoist had also given shelter to another Maoist
leader Sushil Sayaan, who was arrested recently from the District.
Some Maoist literature, leaflets and other publicity materials
were seized from Dhirua. Samath was involved in several offences
including attacks on Meghasuni wireless centre, a forest range
office and a forest beat house inside Similipal early this year,
The State Government urged the Central Government
for more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and a dedicated
chopper to tackle the Maoist menace. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi to press the
demand. He asked for seven battalions of the CRPF and a helicopter
for tackling the extremists in the state. He also said that the
amount sanctioned for hiring the helicopter was not adequate.
He demanded increase in grant under security related expenses
from INR 240 million to INR 640 million.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Katam
Jaga (28), was arrested during an anti-Maoist operation in the
Malkangiri District in the evening. "We were tipped off regarding
Jaga's movement and he was arrested near Sudhakonda forests. We
recovered a grenade from his possession," said Superintendent
of Police (SP), Malkangiri, Satyabrata Bhoi. According to Bhoi,
Jaga was on the Police wanted list since long for his involvement
in a series of Maoist-related acts of violence, including the
murder of Somnath Madkami, the Samdrudha Odisha candidate from
Malkangiri Assembly seat, across Malkangiri over the last few
months. "During interrogation, Jaga admitted to his involvement
in the killing of Madkami. He has also confessed to the killing
of a civilian on the suspicion of Police informer at MV 79 in
June. This apart, he was involved in several Naxal-related incidents
in the District," the SP said. Police said Jaga belongs to the
Motu Dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist.
The State Government said it was contemplating
to launch a joint offensive along with Central para-military forces
against the CPI-Maoist in southern and western Districts of the
State. "Our Special Operations Group personnel have plans to launch
a joint combing operation along with central forces against Maoists,"
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters in Bhubaneswar on
his return from Delhi.
In view of the growing Maoist threat in the State,
the Government advised the companies using explosives for mining
purposes to reduce the stock to a level sufficient for only 3-4
Police recovered firearms, including one SLR and
three AK-47 rifles, from the Nandagiri rehabilitation centre in
Kandhamal District during a raid following the death of an inmate
during illegal manufacturing of crude bombs there. The arms were
looted from the Nayagarh Police armoury during a raid by the CPI-Maoist
in February 2008. Nandagiri rehabilitation centre was opened for
giving shelter to riot-hit Christians in the aftermath of the
killing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmananand
Saraswati on August 23, 2008.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a former ward
member, Irma Salwan (50) of Tekalguda, after accusing him of being
a Police informer in Malkangiri District. "Salwan's throat had
been slit and he bled to death. Out of fear, the villagers had
buried the body in the woods. We were able to recover it only
on Sunday [October 4]," Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP)
Satya Brata Bhoi said.
About 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up
the Katingia Police outpost in the Kandhamal District in the night.
However, no one was hurt. The Maoists also set ablaze documents
there. Additional Police force could not reach the spot due to
felling of tress on the road connecting Brahmanigaon area, official
Traffic resumed on the Malkangiri-Bhubaneswar
road that had been blocked by the Maoists near Govindpally Ghat
road on October 3 to enforce their bandh (shut down) call.
"All road blockades put up by the Maoists have been lifted and
road connectivity has been normalized in the District," the SP
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed three Police personnel,
including the security guard of senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
(JMM) leader Sudam Marandi, after a football match at Bandap village
under Chandua Police Station in the Mayurbhanj District. Sudam
Marandi, a former Member of Parliament, however, escaped unhurt,
Police said. The Maoists attacked the Security Force personnel
accompanying Marandi when they were leaving the tournament venue
after distribution of prizes, Police said, adding that Assistant
Sub-Inspector of Police Narayan Pradhan and two other Policemen
were shot dead.
11 CPI-Maoist sympathisers were arrested from
Jakalkundi village under Kalimela Police Station in the Malkangiri
District. According to Malkangiri SP Satyabrata Bhoi, Police raided
the village, situated at a distance of eight kilometres from Kalimela,
to arrest a top Maoist who was hiding there. But a group of 11
tribals had allegedly accosted the Police with traditional arms
like bows and arrows. Taking advantage of it, the Maoist leader
allegedly managed to escape. Later, Police arrested the 11 sympathisers
who had prevented the arrest.
Two persons were arrested from Berhampur railway
Station by a Police team from Gajapati District for their alleged
links with the CPI-Maoist. A motorcycle with Andhra Pradesh registration
number was seized from them. The arrestees were identified as
Sumant Majhi and Andreo Majhi of Lamdang village under Adaba Police
Station in Gajapati District.
Two top cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as
Subhas Mambalaka (22) and Narasingha Mambalaka (25), were arrested
from the dense forests of Bisamkatak area near the Halma village
in Rayagada District during combing operations. The Rayagada Superintendent
of Police A. K. Singh said both of them were involved in the attack
on the Dangasorada Police outpost in Rayagada District in 2007.
The Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ruled
out any talks with the CPI-Maoist in the prevailing condition,
saying that he is not hopeful of any positive outcome from such
a dialogue. The Maoists are following the path of violence not
only in Orissa but also in other States, he noted. "Until they
shun violence and follow law of the land, I cannot see how talks
can take place," he told journalists after returning from a four-day
visit to the national capital New Delhi. Naveen said that his
Government was open to talks with the Maoists for the last several
years "but they never came forward." "Not only in our State, now
they are indulging in crime, murder and terrible acts in other
parts of the country also," Patnaik said.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist involved in many
crimes including murder were arrested from forest areas under
Gudari Police Station in Rayagada District during a combing operation
by the Police, Superintendent of Police A. K. Singh told reporters
in Rayagada. The trio belonging to Bansadhara committee of the
Maoists was involved in a number of criminal offences, including
murder, arson, violent attacks and loot and extortion, he said.
Swami Arupananda, a Hindu cleric, claimed he received
a letter from the Maoists, threatening to kill him like they killed
the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, allegedly involved
in the killing of 10 CISF personnel at the NALCO plant in Damanjodi
in Koraput District in April 2009, were arrested from Rayagada
District late in the night. The Maoists, identified as Tuda Jagaranka
and Gahi Jagaranka, aged between 25 and 30 years, were arrested
during combing operations by the elite anti-Naxal force Special
Operation Group at Seriguda in the Gudari area, the Rayagada District
Superintendent of Police A. K. Singh said.
A day after the holding up of the Delhi-bound
Rajdhani Express train by the People's Committee against Police
Atrocities (PCPA) and CPI-Maoist in West Bengal, the Orissa Government
identified at least seven rail routes "vulnerable" to attacks
by the insurgents, official sources said. The routes identified
as "prone" to a Maoist attack are located mostly in the Koraput,
Rayagada, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Sundergarh Districts.
These routes are Rourkela-Bimalagah-Kiribur, Rourkela-Jariekela,
Boinda-Jujumara, Tamka-Keonjhar, Rayagada-Koraput, Koraput-Gorapur
and Rayagada-Jhimiripeta lines. The respective District Superintendent
of Police has been directed to make adequate arrangements for
passenger safety in consultation with the Railways, official sources
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by
Security Forces during combing operation in Gudari area of Rayagada
Over 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including women,
raided the house of Sunaram Tudu (35) at Rebana village under
Daitary Police Station in Keonjhar District in the night and lynched
him suspecting him to be a Police informer. The Maoists later
assaulted another villager, identified as Trinath Mahanto, and
abducted him. There is no trace of Mahanto as yet, the villagers
A top CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Balabhadra
Madhi (30), was arrested in the Malkangiri District. The Superintendent
of Police Satyabrata Bhoi said Madhi was arrested during a combing
operation by the CRPF and SOG in Salimarikuanda forest in Kalimela
area while moving in a suspicious manner. During interrogation,
it was found that Madhi is an 'area commander' of the Maoists.
The Balimela-Chitrakonda road which connects Andhra
Pradesh with Orissa was blocked by the Maoists putting boulders
and felling trees near Chidrakonda Ghat in protest against the
planned anti-Maoist operation of the Government. As a result,
Chitrakonda remained cut off from the District headquarter town,
Several rounds of ammunition were fired in a two-hour-long
encounter between Police and Maoists at a forest near Kondajam
village in Rayagada District. There was no report of casualties.
"Quite a few rebels were injured during the encounter," said a
Police officer. The encounter took place when a special action
team of the Maoists, who included cadres from Andhra Pradesh and
Chhattisgarh, came face to face with a team of the SOG and CRPF.
About 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked
the guest house of a steel company at Gajiagoda in the Chitrakonda
area of Malkangiri District around midnight and set it ablaze,
the District Superintendent of Police (SP), Satyabrata Bhoi, said.
The Maoists assaulted the guard of the guest house and stormed
the building. The insurgents also assaulted two engineers of the
company and locked them up in a nearby house, he said, adding
that the two were later rescued.
Normal life was affected in the Malkangiri, Koraput,
Rayagada and Gajapati Districts on the first day of the shutdown
called by the Maoists to protest against the Centre's decision
to launch counter-insurgency operations against them and alleged
Police excesses, Police sources said.
The Maoists threatened to kill the SP of Koraput,
Deepak Kumar Chauhan, in a letter addressed to the officer. The
insurgents have asked him to stop all ongoing anti-Maoist operations
or face the consequences. "Stop all anti-Maoist exercises in the
District and withdraw SOG and CRPF personnel from such operations.
If you do not obey us, you will be killed," the SP said quoting
the letter. According to the SP, the Maoists have named a couple
of other Police officers in their letter and warned them to refrain
from anti-Maoist operations.
Normal life was affected in southern parts of
Orissa following the shut down call of the Communist Party of
India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) who set ablaze two trucks in Sundargarh
District. About 15 Maoists stopped two trucks in Anandpur village
on old Ranchi road near Orissa-Jharkhand border and asked the
driver and helper to step out and set the two vehicles ablaze,
Former Inspector in-Charge of Kotgarh Police Station
in Kandhamal District H. K. Pradhan told Justice S. C. Mohapatra,
probing the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Laxamananda
Saraswati and the violence thereafter that "Maoists might have
killed Saraswati to get the support of Christians."
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Purna
Murmu, involved in several criminal cases including murder was
arrested from Ghasisahi under Ghasipura Police Station in Keonjhar
District. The Maoist was spotted by the Police at a function for
distribution of land "pattas" to tribals, Police said.
Villagers began an indefinite blockade of a national
highway at Silipunji near Rourkela in Sundergarh District demanding
release of 30 people, who were arrested for allegedly having links
with Maoists. About 500 villagers of Chandiposh, Mundatola and
Silipunji under Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh District, led
by Birmitrapur MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) George Tirkey,
sat on a dharna (sit-in) claiming that the Police had arrested
innocent villagers branding them as Maoists. They blocked NH-23
linking Rourkela and Bhubaneswar via Talcher by felling trees
leaving hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, stranded. Thirty
people from three villages were arrested on August 27 on charges
of having links with the Maoists, who had abducted Ajit Bardhan,
sub-inspector of Koida Police Station, on July 16.
Sources in Orissa Police said that Maoists are
now engaged in building a new corridor from Andhra Pradesh to
Chhattisgarh via southern Orissa Districts of Koraput and Malkangiri.
The planned corridor starts in Andhra Pradesh, crosses the Orissa
border at Narayanpatna in Koraput District, passes through Pottangi
and Machkund in the same District before meeting Mudulipada and
Mathili in Malkangiri District along the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border.
"Maoists have almost through with their job. We have also reports
of the rebels organising camps near Mudulipada, but are unable
to confirm it,'' a top Police officer involved in anti-insurgency
operations said on condition of anonymity.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Muda
Kabasi, a key suspect in the murder of a village head, was arrested
by the personnel of CRPF and SOG from Lachhipuram village forest
in Malkangiri District. Kabasi (35), who was suspected to be involved
in the killing of the head of Binayakpur, Banda Reddy, seven months
ago, confessed to having been associated with the CPI-Maoist for
the past four years, District Superintendent of Police (SP) Satyabrata
Bhoi said. The Police also seized some pamphlets from the extremist.
Police unearthed a landmine and detonator, planted
on the BG-Kashidihi road close to Orissa-Jharkhand border in Mayurbhanj
District. The landmine was unearthed by Police after being tipped
off by locals, a senior Police officer said. "About 20 kg explosives,
detonators and wire used for triggering the blast were recovered,"
the officer said. The Maoists had put up posters and leaflets
in the area some days ago.
The body of a forest guard, Kirish Rout (35),
who was shot dead by Maoists in Kutrabeda inside Sunabeda wildlife
sanctuary on November 15, was recovered by the Komna Police in
the night of November 16. He belonged to Dhekunpani village in
Sunabeda gram panchayat. The poster left behind by the Maoists
claiming responsibility for the murder was also seized. The Naupada
Superintendent of Police, Bibek Rath, confirmed the involvement
of Maoists in the murder. He said that preliminary investigation
revealed that 20 to 25 Maoists had descended on the place before
committing the crime. However, senior forest officials said that
Kirish may have been killed for being a suspected Police informer.
A former ward member of the Sunabeda Panchayat
(village level local self Government institution), Chandar Singh
Barge (60), was shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist inside the
Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada District. The Maoists left
behind a poster which stated that Barge was punished for refusing
to toe their line. It is suspected that Chhattisgarh-based Maoists
are involved in the killing as the sanctuary is located along
the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border. Barge was reportedly close to
forest officials and was a member of the forest committee at the
panchayat level. He was reportedly targeted by the Maoists for
his role in facilitating development projects inside the sanctuary
and his proximity with forest officials.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS were
killed when Police opened fire on them to prevent arms loot at
the Narayanpatna Police Station of Koraput District. Inspector
in charge of the Narayanpatna Police Station, Jagabandhu Sahu,
also received a bullet while trying to save the fire arms from
the activists of CMAS. One of the two CMAS cadres killed in the
Police firing was identified as K. Singhana. The identity of the
other was yet to be ascertained. Koraput District Collector Gadadhar
Parida said the firing occurred around 2.45 pm (IST). Some 300
CMAS cadres had gheraoed the Police Station demanding removal
of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from the area.
They were opposed to the combing operation of Security Force personnel
against the Maoists.
It was alleged that they also entered into a scuffle
with the CRPF personnel posted near the Police Station. Some CMAS
members broke open the lock of the main gate of the Police Station
and rushed inside. They tried to snatch an AK47 and an SLR rifle
held by the sentries of the Police Station and run away. During
this tussle to snatch the firearm, one rifle went off and the
bullet hit the inspector in charge of the Police Station in his
leg. The sentries posted on the rooftop of the Police Station
fired at the persons who were trying to escape snatching the firearms.
As per initial reports more than 20 rounds were fired. Two of
the CMAS activists died on the spot.
Before this incident, insurgents had cut down
trees to block the Bandhugaon-Narayanpatna road since morning.
Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said that Orissa
would be provided additional battalions of Central forces to fight
Maoists after the Assembly polls in neighbouring Jharkhand. He
added that there had been delay in sending Central forces to the
State due to holding of elections in several States in the recent
months. The State has four battalions of Central forces for anti-Maoist
operations, and it has sought another seven battalions for the
The SFs continued to make further inroads into
Narayanpatna Block of Koraput District, bastion of the CPI-Maoist-backed
CMAS, and in the process, arrested some key leaders of the outfit.
The leader of women's wing of CMAS, Kumudini Behera, and legal
advisor Sahadev Parida, were among the nine arrested by the SFs,
who took control of the area where the tribal outfit enjoyed full
authority till a few weeks back. With November 22 arrest, the
total number of those arrested has gone up to 12. Police have
booked some of its members on charges of murder, arson and rioting
in the last few months. During November 19 operation, a vehicle
of the CMAS was seized by the Police. Sources said search operation
is still on in the villages.
Kumudini led women's wing took the lead in the
outfit's offensive in the Block (administrative division). With
'military commander' Wadeka Singana is dead, the CMAS seems to
be cornered as their leader Nachika Linga has gone into hiding,
the report added. In fact, top leaders of a number of organisations
sympathetic to CMAS are believed to have gone underground after
10 persons, who had reportedly received bullet
injuries in November 21 incident, are yet to be traced. Police
suspect they are not seeking medical treatment fearing arrest.
Policemen conducting a search operation in the
Maoist insurgency-affected area exchanged fire with activists
of the CPI-Maoist backed CMAS outfit in Koraput District. "Some
persons opened fire on a Police team, which was conducting search
operation in Narayanpatna area," Superintendent of Police of Koraput
District, Deepak Kumar, said. The Police retaliated but none was
injured in the firing, he added. The incident occurred three days
after two members of the CMAS were killed when Police opened fire
to prevent them from looting arms from a Police Station in Narayanpatna
on November 20.
Policemen conducting a search operation in the
Maoist insurgency-affected area exchanged fire with activists
of the CPI-Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) in
Koraput District. "Some persons opened fire on a Police team,
which was conducting search operation in Narayanpatna area," Superintendent
of Police of Koraput District, Deepak Kumar, said. The Police
retaliated but none was injured in the firing, he added. The incident
occurred three days after two members of the CMAS were killed
when Police opened fire to prevent them from looting arms from
a Police Station in Narayanpatna on November 20.
Security has been tightened in three Districts
of South Orissa following the appearance of posters put up by
the CPI-Maoist, warning the Police against alleged atrocities
committed by them. The Police said additional armed Police force
was deployed in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal Districts as the
posters were found in public places like the panchayat
(village level local self government institution) office and the
bazaar (market), besides being pasted on passenger buses.
All posters and leaflets have been seized and their genuineness
is being verified, Police said. They speak about alleged atrocities
committed by the Police on tribals in the past in places like
Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur District and Maikancha and Mandrabaju
areas of Kandhamal District. The posters were found in large numbers
in Baragada, situated near dense forests, in Ganjam District.
The CPI-Maoist in the night damaged an excavator
used for laying a village road under Pradhan Mantri Gramya Sadak
Yojna (PMGSY) near Daringbadi in the Kandhamal District. According
to sources, some 15 armed Maoists tried to set ablaze the excavator
near Danekbadi village at a distance of 15 kilometres from Daringbadi.
The excavator was being used for construction of the Danekbadi-Padenketa
road under PMGSY. Maoists are opposed to construction of roads
to interior areas.
Maoists in the Malkangiri District threatened
the youths to refrain from joining the Police force and to resist
combing operations by the Security Forces (SFs). These posters
are seen in Kalimela, Bhejangwada, MV-79, Motu, Chitrakonda and
Govindpalli areas. Maoists called upon the people to cooperate
to make their PLGA week celebration a success. The posters and
leaflets also demanded removal of personnel of the CRPF and CoBRA
battalion from Maoist-infested areas. According to citizens of
Malkangiri, usually the District gets gripped by panic of possible
violence by Maoists during the PLGA week starting December 2.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Kumar Chouhan
said out of the 15 persons arrested from a house in Jangdibalsa
of Bandhugaon block bordering Narayanpatna on November 28 five
were suspected to be hardcore Maoist cadres. Chouhan said that
while most of the arrested persons were localites, two of them
-- Tapan Mishra and Padmanav Sahu -- were from outside the District.
According to him, the duo was staying at the Maoist camp that
was raided. The SFs had acted on specific intelligence to conduct
the raid. While most persons related to the camp had escaped,
Police had managed to detain some, he said. Police had released
the innocent villagers after preliminary enquiry and interrogation.
15 persons with Maoist links were arrested. The SP also displayed
the articles and arms of Maoists seized during the raid. During
the raid, 68 pairs of Maoist uniforms, six SMC guns, five SBBL
guns, approximately six kilograms of gun powder, 10 electrical
detonators, camera flash, wire, a wireless communication set,
four rounds of ball ammunitions, banners, posters and literatures
were seized. The SP said the evidences found from the spot linked
Chasi Mulai Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) with the Maoists. Some of the
arrested persons were also part of the CMAS. The seizure of SMC
guns from the Maoist camp was a cause of concern as these guns
are used for mass destruction, Chouhan added.
Four Maoists from neighbouring State of West Bengal,
allegedly involved in a recent attack on JMM leader Sudama Marandi,
were arrested from Mayurbhanj District. "The ultras were picked
up during a combing operation in Bisusola forest in Suliapada
Police Station area near West Bengal border," Superintendent of
Police, Mayurbhanj, Dayal Gangwar said. The arrestees identified
as Jagat Soren (20), Rohia Soren (20), Bhujaram soren (20) and
Tharahari Soren (25), were residents of Patharneta village in
Gopiballabhpur Police Station area of West Bengal, he said. "Preliminary
investigation and interrogation showed they were involved in several
incidents of violence including the attack on JMM leader Sudama
Marandi on October 13 near here," he added. Though Marandi escaped
unhurt, an assistant sub-inspector of Police and two personnel
of Special Operation Group (SOG) were killed in the attack, the
Hundreds of tribals associated with the Maoist
backed outfit 'Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh' (CMAS), after being
fed up of the violence, surrendered before the Police in the Narayanpatna
region on an unspecified date. The tribals were involved in agitations,
and had forcibly occupied lands belonging to non-tribals across
Narayanpatna, causing unrest in the region. But disillusioned
with the life of violence and bloodshed, the tribals, who claim
that they were forced into joining CMAS by the outfit's leaders,
gave up arms in order to join mainstream.
The CPI-Maoist has come out in support of CMAS
and called for bandh (shut down) on December 8 in protest
against Police firing on CMAS activists at Narayanpatna in Koraput
Police put up posters of Nachika Linga, president
of CMAS, in different parts of the District to arrest him. Linga
heads the Maoist-backed CMAS Narayanpatna unit and is involved
in several cases, including the attack on Narayanpatna Police
The Orissa Police urged the State Government to
ban the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh CMAS which is active in Koraput
District for its violent activities as well as links with the
CPI-Maoists. The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, south-west
range, Sanjeev Panda, said they have recommended the State Government
to ban the CMAS for maintenance of law and order in Koraput especially
in the violence-prone Naraynpatna block of the District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up an under-construction
Police outpost in the Malkanagiri District of Orissa. "It was
an under-construction Police outpost. CPI-Maoist blew up part
of the building. We had planned this outpost to increase our presence
by Stationing more armed personnel there," Malkanagiri Sub Divisional
Police Officer Anup Sahu said. According to Police, about 40 CPI-Maoist
were involved in the attack.
The SF personnel recovered 10 landmines and huge
quantity of detonators in the Sundargarh District, reports Orissadailry.com.
The seizures were made during a joint combing operation by the
SFs in different Naxal (left wing extremisms)-infested villages
under K Balang Police Station, they said. During the search, nine
landmines, one claymore mine, 10 tension batteries, 150 metres
wire and some Maoist literature were recovered.
The villagers' assured that henceforth they would
not allow the entry of Maoists into their villages, said District
Superintendent of Police Diptesh Patnaik, adding, that the area
was infested with Maoists. Even though it is not possible to provide
security to each and every individual, the villagers' cooperation
will ensure a sense of security and safety. If the villagers do
not cooperate with the Maoists, the insurgents have to retreat,
Earlier several residents belonging to Mahupada,
Langalakata, Jharbeda, Sanbalijore and Rehlatur villages had taken
shelter in K Balang since December 10 after Maoists had issued
whip to either support them or face death penalty. The threat
came after the villagers demanded security following an attack
on a man by Maoists, suspecting him to be a Police informer, in
Mahupada village on December 10. The locals who were fed up with
the Maoists activities and went to the Police, the report added.
Four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, including three
from neighbouring State of Jharkhand, were arrested during combing
operation at Taiburu forest in the Sundargarh District bordering
Orissa-Jharkhand, Police said. The extremists, arrested on December
16, were allegedly involved in the killing of Koida Police Sub-Inspector
Ajit Bardhan on July 16, 2009 at Jharbeda under Banki, they said.
One of the arrestee was identified as Guru Charan Singh of Mahupada
village in K. Balang area and the rest three hails from Nuagam
village in Jharkhand. A joint combing operation by the SF was
on in Maoist-infested villages bordering Jharkhand after Maoists
assaulted one Harekrushna Singh of Mahupada on December 10, suspecting
him to be Police informer. During the combing, the SF personnel
had recovered nine can bombs, a claymore mine and a huge quantity
of materials used to prepare explosive devices, Police said.
Many residents of five villages affected by Maoist
menace had deserted their villages and staged dharna (protest)
near K. Balang Police Station and its adjoining NH-23 on December
11 demanding security. They returned only after security camps
were opened at Jharbeda and Mahupada villages. The villagers of
Relhatura, Sanbalijore and Nanglakata have been demanding similar
security camps at their villages. The villagers numbering about
400 have left their homes on December 16 and taken shelter at
K Balang town.
The Maoists reportedly had damaged three Government
buildings, including the local panchayat (village level
local self Government situation) office, at Relhatur. Around 100
armed Maoists stormed into Relhatur village and blew up the panchayat
office and its adjoining panchayat store building. An eyewitness
said the Maoists were shouting anti-Government slogans, daring
villagers to call the Police. The extremists also pasted hand
written posters at nearby villages of Rengeda and Topadih. The
people of Mahupada, Jharbeda, Relhatur, Sanbalijore and Nangalkata
village had earlier left their houses out of fear and staged a
dharna (protest) before K Balang Police Station and NH No 215
demanding security. The villagers had returned only three days
ago, after security camps were opened in their villages. The District
administration had held a "civil action" programme at Relhatur
on December 17 and announced several development programmes and
appealed to villagers to cooperate with Police to tackle the menace
in their area. Superintendent of Police (Rourkela) Diptesh Patnaik
said additional Police force with senior officers will be rushed
to Relhatur and joint combing operation will be intensified.
Power generation at the Balimela hydroelectricity
project in the Malkangiri District was disrupted following an
attack by Maoists on the infrastructure of the unit during the
early hours of December 19. Power Hindu, Malkangiri had not resumed
at the unit till evening. Speaking to The Superintendent of Police
Satyabrata Bhoi said about a dozen armed Maoists launched the
attack at around 12.30am. The project is located in a remote area
around 60 kilometres from Malkangiri. The Maoists were targeting
the areas of the unit that had low security. When the Maoists
reached the tunnel camp of the project, it was deserted. Then
the attack took place.
A Police van carrying two platoons of the CRPF
personnel had a narrow escape when a landmine, triggered by the
CPI-Maoist, exploded in the Sundargarh District, Police said.
There was no report of injury to the vehicle or any personnel,
they said. The blast took place at Kamarposh on NH-215 under K.
Balang Police Station, about 80 kilometres from Rourkela. The
explosion occurred as soon as the Police van passed the culvert
at around 11am (IST) and under its impact the small bridge was
partially damaged, the sources said. The extremists were believed
to have planted the landmine beneath a culvert to restrict the
force movement on combing operation, continuing for two days following
Maoists attack at Relhatur, a nearby village, on December 19.
A landmine, triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres,
blew up the parapets of a culvert on NH 215 in the Bonai sub-division
of Sundargarh District. The blast appeared to be another attempt
by the Maoists to make their presence felt amid mounting pressure
from the Security Forces combing the area with the help of local
tribals. The blast took place around noon and was targeted at
a location close to a forested hilly terrain. The explosion was
not powerful and it left only the parapets damaged. The expressway
is a key link between Rajamunda and Panikoili. Normal vehicular
traffic, however, continued. Rourkela Superintendent of Police
Diptesh Patnaik played down the incident, by saying that the Security
Forces are working overtime to sanities the areas.
The Union Government has released INR 23.79 crore
during the current financial year for modernisation of Police
forces. Sources said that INR 49.18 crore has been sanctioned
by the Union Government for 2009-10 under the scheme. While the
State Government had fully utilised INR 38 crore released by the
Union Government for modernisation of the forces in 2006-07, during
the 2007-08, it had utilised INR 42.52 crore out of the INR 45.8
crore released by the Centre. The central allocation under the
scheme in 2008-09 was INR 42.54 crore. The utilisation certificates
from the states for the central funds released in 2008-09 will
become due on April 1, 2010. The utilisation certificates for
the funds released in 2009-10 will be due on April 1, 2011. A
high powered committee under the chairmanship of additional secretary
in the Ministry of Home Affairs has been constituted to approve
the annual action plans under the scheme and monitor the progress
of the implementation of the action plans. At the State level,
an empowered committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary
of the states concerned exists for monitoring the implementation.
In addition, a system of concurrent audit of central funds has
been introduced from the last quarter of the financial year 2008-09
to oversee the utilisation.
In a series of attacks, the Maoists on December
23 blew up four school buildings and one healthcare centre in
the areas bordering Jharkhand. The villages fall under Banki and
K. Balang Police Stations in the Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh
District. Four massive explosions, triggered between 9am (IST)
and 1.15pm, saw Mahupada primary school, B. Jharbera upper primary
and high schools and B. Jharbera primary health centre being razed
to the ground. The residential school at Sanbalijodi was blown
up in the night of December 22.
The Maoists blew up a mobile tower at Kiang in
the Malkangiri District. The mobile tower of a private telecom
company was badly damaged in the landmine blast, Police said.
Communication was disrupted in the highly forested Malkangiri
District due to damage to the mobile tower, Superintendent of
Police Satyabrat Bhoi said.
There has been mass exodus of villagers from B.
Jharbera, Langalkata, Karampada, Mahupada, Sanbalijodi and Relhatu
located on the hilly terrains since the evening of December 23
following the Maoist attacks. Panic-stricken tribals, including
women and children, accompanied by the Security Forces, trudged
miles to reach K. Balang. They were shifted from their temporary
camps at B Jharbera and Mahupada. Inspector General of Police
(WR) Prana Bindu Acharya told Express Buzz that the situation
was being assessed and that normalcy would be restored soon. The
armed Maoists are believed to have formed groups and fanned out
to different locations. At B. Jharbera, over 50 Maoists, including
gun-wielding women cadre, were spotted. Altogether, 13 explosions
were reported but there was no official confirmation.
13 persons, arrested on the charge of being involved
in the Maoist attack on R. Udaygiri town in Gajapati District,
were acquitted by a court in Paralakhemundi. The Maoist attack
on R. Udaygiri occurred in March 2006.
A woman CPI-Maoist was killed and three security
force personnel injured in an exchange of fire between the two
sides at Pallur in the Koraput District. The exchange of fire
took place when personnel of the Special Operation Group, the
State's elite anti-Maoist force, were going on a combing operation
in the Pallur area under Narayanpatna Police Station, said Sub
Divisional Police Officer (Narayanapatna) Y. J. Rao. The gun battle,
which began near the place where 10 personnel were killed in a
landmine blast on June 18, was continuing till the report last
came in, he added.
A trooper of the SOG, elite anti-Naxalite (left
wing extremism) force, was also killed during a combing operation
at Pallur in the Koraput District, nearly 500 km from here. As
reported earlier, a woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and three
SF personnel were injured in an exchange of fire between the two
sides at Pallur in the Koraput District. Police suspects that
at least two more Maoists might have been killed in the gun battle.
"We recovered the body of the lady Maoist from the scene of the
battle. An INSAS rifle was found near here. We believe there might
be more casualties among the rebels and search operation is on
to find dead bodies," Koraput Superintendent of Police Deepak
According to the report, a fierce gun battle between
the SFs and the Maoists ensued when a group of around 30 Maoists
ambushed a combing party inside forest at Pallur. The Maoists
first detonated claymore mines targeting the combing party in
which four SOG personnel were injured. Then they fired at them
from their hideout provoking return fire from the SFs. While one
SOG trooper died on the spot in the landmine explosion, three
others sustained bullet injuries.
A 60-year-old man and a teen-aged boy, suspected
to be Maoists, were arrested on December 24 for allegedly launching
an attack on the Similipal National Park in March 2009.. Police
sources said the man, Laxminarayan Isa, who belonged to Kanshpada
village of West Bengal's Burdwan District and the 15-year-old
Kanhu Barik, a resident of Badauski village within the national
park, were arrested for their alleged role in the attack and suspected
links with the Maoists.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, allegedly involved in
the assassination of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Laxamananda
Saraswati, were arrested in the Rayagada District, Police said
on December 26. The arrests were made by Security Force (SF) personnel
engaged in anti-Maoist operation in the dense forests of Tembaguda,
about 120 kilometres from Rayagada on December 25, Nilakantha
Patra, inspector-in-charge of the Police Station, said. The Maoists
identified as Suna Gandalaka, Dhobai Kadraka, Bhapei Praska and
Gopala Pidikaka of nearby villages were allegedly involved in
a number of crimes, including the killing of the VHP leader in
2008 and Nayagarh attack in 2007. The SF personnel had seized
a land mine, explosive substances, Maoists literature and banners
from the extremists, Patra added.
Alert was sounded in three southern Orissa Districts
in view of December 28 bandh (shut down) call by Maoists
in protest against alleged Police excess against tribals in the
Districts. "We have alerted Security Forces in vulnerable areas
of Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal Districts in view of the bandh
call given by the Naxalites", Deputy Inspector General of Police
(Southern range) R. K. Sharma said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze four buses, a
mobile tower and blew up a forest department beat house in Gajapati
and Malkangiri Districts, Police said. "Maoists have set ablaze
four Government buses in the night. They set them on fire after
forcing the passengers to get down around midnight. They have
also set ablaze a mobile tower there. About 40 Maoists are involved
in the incidents. We have rushed armed Policemen to the spot,"
said Superintendent of Police (Gajapati) Sanjeev Arora.
The Maoists blew up a forest department beat house
and a mobile tower in Malkangiri District also. "Maoists have
blown up a forest beat house at Orkel and a mobile tower in Chitrakonda
chawk," said Anup Sahu, the sub-divisional Police officer of Malkangiri.
The Maoists reportedly blocked roads at different
places in south Orissa by felling trees on to the roads. Passenger
services were also hit on the Adaba-Rayagada and Brahmani Gaon-Rayagada
routes and in Ajapati, Berhampur, Rayagada and Malkangiri too.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a shop and an auto
rickshaw in the Raisuan village of Keonjhar District, Police said
on December 29. "Maoists torched a shop last night [December 28].
About 20 armed Maoists had come and torched a shop and an auto,"
said Dhruba Charan Puhan, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO)
of Keonjhar. According to Police, the extremists set ablaze the
shop by pouring petrol after asking the shop owner and his family
members to leave. The Maoists have also left some literature,
threatening the Police and some other individuals of the village.
Police said that six suspected Maoists were arrested
during a joint combing operation by Security Force personnel in
Sundargarh District. The arrests were made at Rubuda forests under
K. Balang Police Station in the night of December 29, Sudarsan
Sethi, SDPO of Bonai, said. The arrestees included Jagmohan Tarkode
of neighbouring Jharkhand while the other five belonged to Relahatur
village in Sundargarh District where the Maoists had triggered
blasts damaging four school buildings and a hospital building
last week. All the six were booked under five cases, including
murder of Ajit Bardhan, sub-inspector of Koida Police Station
in Sundargarh District and the recent blasting of school and hospital
One 18-year-old woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Laxmi Pidkaka alias Sunita, surrendered before the Police in
the Rayagada District to escape from a forced marriage to a cadre
from Chhattisgarh. Her disclosures after surrender revealed that
the Maoists in south Orissa had started using force to marry off
their women activists to cadres from Chhattisgarh deputed to Orissa.
It is part of their effort not to let the disillusioned women
cadres get away from the clutches of their violent outfit.
Speaking to The Hindu, the Superintendent
of Police (Rayagada) Ashis Kumar Singh said recently the Maoist
leaders in Orissa were not letting their women cadres from Orissa
to marry any other cadre from the State. "The Maoists have the
fear that such marriages lead to surrenders, which has happened
in the past. This year two married Maoist couples had surrendered
in Rayagada District," he said. In recent times Maoists from Chhattisgarh
are being deputed to work in south Orissa by the Naxal outfit.
According to the confession of Laxmi, the Maoist leaders have
started to compel women cadres of marriageable age to marry these
Maoists from Chhattisgarh. As both would be from separate States
the man from Chhattisgarh would not agree to surrender in Orissa
and it would be hard for the poor woman to escape from the clutches
of Maoists and her hardcore Maoist husband from Chhattisgarh.