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Uttar Pradesh Timeline 2009



February 2

Police arrested three persons and recovered about 800 detonators from the Chandauli District. According to the sources, the arrested persons travelling on a private bus were to supply the detonators to the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Sonbhadra District.

March 17

Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Vinod Yadav, Vinod Thakur and Shyamlal, were arrested by the Police during a search operation near the bank of Sone river, under Kone Police Station in the Sonebhadra District. The three hail from Gadhwa District in the State of Jharkhand. Police also recovered some gelatin rods and detonators from their possession.

April 11

Two persons aboard a truck were arrested along with 8.50 quintal ammonium nitrate in the Mahoba District.

April 12

According to the State Home Department sources, Police recovered 'tiffin bombs' tied with bolts, detonators and a 10 metre-long fuse wire from Sonbhadra. A case was lodged in this connection against Munna Vishwakarma and 10 other unidentified Maoists.

Explosive material weighing around 81 kilogram was recovered from a general merchant shop in the Ghosi Police circle area in Mau. Both theses consignments wire reportedly meant for the CPI-Maoist.

April 16

An estimated 48 per cent of polling was recorded in 16 Parliamentary constituencies, which included the CPI-Maoist affected areas of the State. "Approximately 48 per cent votes were polled in the first phase of the elections. As compared to 47 per cent polling in 2004, the poll percentage has gone up roughly by one per cent," said Chief Electoral Officer Anuj Kumar Bishoi in Lucknow.

June 20 - 21

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged three border pillars and hoisted a red flag on a tree on in an area under Sirsiya Police Station in Shravasti District. The Home Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Government, Mahesh Gupta, said on June 25 that a report on the incident is being sent to the Centre. Gupta said the incident was reported from a no-man's land on the border and occurred about eight kilometres from the paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) post located in Bhauvanaka.

August 31

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist carrying a cash reward of INR 5000 was arrested from Darya forest under Raipur Police circle in the Sonbhadra District, Police said. Fagu Kharwar was arrested during an encounter with the Police following a tip off, Police said, adding that a carbine and a number of cartridges were recovered from his possession. Other associates of Kharwar, however, managed to escape from the spot during exchange of fire, they added. Kharwar was wanted in a number of criminal cases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

September 6

A suspected Naxalite (left wing extremist), identified as Raju alias Raj Mohan, who was operating in the State and in adjoining Bihar, was arrested near Bewdar village in Sonbhadra District with 20 gelatin sticks, 10 detonators, a locally-made revolver and cartridges. Police claimed that he confessed to have been an active member of Munna Vishwakarma group. Vishwakarma is a wanted Naxalite. Raju was allegedly going to meet the leader of his group at the time of his arrest.

September 29

In a bid to check infiltration of Nepal-based Maoists along the India-Nepal border, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) had started shifting its border outposts deep inside the dense forest areas of Shravasti and Balrampur Districts. The move comes in the wake of the June 21 incident when Maoists damaged some border pillars and hoisted their flags atop trees on the side of the Indian territory. "The decision was taken after a group of Nepal-based Maoists intruded into the Indian territory," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) (Lucknow Frontier SSB Headquarters) Anil Agarwal told.

The State Government has decided to deploy 203 Police officers of special rank in the Naxal (left wing extremist)-infested Districts of Mirzapur and Sonebhadra. "As many as 203 officers of special rank would be deployed in the Naxal belt of Mirzapur and Sonebhadra Districts. Besides, six companies of CRPF, 14 of PAC and about 2,500 Police personnel would also be deployed in the Maoist-hit areas," Additional Director General (ADG) (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters.

October 1

The Sonebhadra District Police arrested an 'area commander' of CPI-Maoist, identified as Anil Thakur alias Baikunth in Maikaha area under Kone Police Station after a brief gun battle. Other Maoist cadres, however, managed to escape. The Police recovered two container bombs, connecting wire, flash battery, a revolver, live cartridges and Maoist literature from the possession of Baikunth. Baikunth was mainly active in Bhavnathpur and Kharaundi area. According to Sonebhadra Superintendent of Police (SP) Pritindar Singh, Baikunth belonged to Raji village under Bhavnathpur Police Station in Garhwa District of Jharkhand. He was working under the 'zonal commander' Lalvrat Kole. The Police of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh were searching him for his involvement in eight terrorist attacks.

October 23

Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (law and order) Brij Lal informed that the State Government has decided to construct special Police Stations in the Naxal (left wing extremism)-affected Districts of Uttar Pradesh along the lines of those existing in Andhra Pradesh. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of a review meeting of Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi and Fatehpur Districts, the ADG informed that since safety of personnel deployed at Police Stations in Naxal areas is a priority of the Government, special constructions would be put in place so that Station staff can seek cover in the event of attack on the Police force by Naxalites.

October 30

Police arrested two persons for supplying arms and ammunition to CPI-Maoist from Bahraich District. '"One of the arrested, Arvind Mandal, is a native of Bihar and the other, Mohammad Shoaib, is from Shrawasti District. The duo was caught with six high-quality country-made pistols and revolvers which they were going to supply to someone on the India-Nepal border," Bahraich's Additional Superintendent of Police V. P. Srivastava told IANS over phone. During interrogation, the two confessed to supplying illegal arms and ammunition to Maoists in India and Nepal, he added. "They also revealed that earlier this month, they delivered an assignment to a Nepalese Maoist area commander, Bheem," Srivastava said.

November 3

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Naeem Ahmad, was arrested from Ghosada village in the Manchi area of Sonebhadra District along with 20 gelatin rods, eight electronic detonators and a locally-made fire-arm. Police claimed that during interrogation, Naeem admitted that he had supplied explosives to various Maoist groups in the area.

In a bid to integrate people in the Maoist insurgency-affected area of the State with the mainstream, Police in Sonebhadra District launched community policing. The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Brij Lal, said that in order to provide employment to 20 youngsters, a 15-day driving learning camp is being organised in Sonebhadra Police lines from October 31.

November 9

A Naxalite, identified as Kamlesh Chowdhury, was killed in an encounter with the Police in Kanach village under Chopan Police circle in Sonbhadra District, a senior Government officer said in State capital Lucknow. Chowdhury, a resident of Bihar, was wanted in 32 different cases, including that of murder in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He was carrying a reward of INR 150,000.

December 3

Ram Briksha Kol, a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, carrying a head money of INR 50,000 was found dead in the in Kon forest area of Sonebhadra District. Two other Maoists, identified as Rakesh Mishra and Amarnath Khushwaha, who allegedly killed Ram Briksha Kol, were arrested by the Police team after an encounter in Kon area, Additional Director General (Law and Order) A. K. Jain told reporters in Lucknow. A self-loading rifle, a walkie-talkie and a number of cartridges of different bores were recovered from their possession, Jain added.

December 7

A CPI-Maoist cadre, wanted for carrying out landmine blasts and attacks on Security Force personnel, was arrested from Sonbhadra District, Police said. Vishundev, wanted by the Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand Police, was arrested following a joint operation conducted by the Police and Paramilitary Forces. "Though Vishundev was nabbed Saturday (December 5), an official confirmation about his arrest was made late Sunday (December 6) evening as we were busy interrogating him," Police Inspector A. N. Yadav told reporters. "Vishundev is a resident of Jharkhand. Acting on a tip-off, we caught him while he was trying to enter Sonbhadra District through the Jharkhand border," Yadav said. According to the Police, Vishundev has given vital clues about the hideouts of his aides who have managed to enter Sonbhadra District. "A revolver and several live cartridges were recovered from Vishundev's possession. During interrogation, he admitted that he works as an active member for a group headed by hardcore, wanted Naxalite Munna Vishwakarma," the officer said. Vishundev has some 10 criminal cases pending against him, including attacks on a Police outpost and carrying out landmine blasts in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, Police added.

December 9

Three persons were arrested along with 150 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 95 detonators and 2,500 feet length of fuse wires in Uttar Pradesh, Police said. The persons were arrested from Shankergarh area of the Allahabad District that borders Madhya Pradesh. "People are given license in Shankergarh area to procure and use explosives for blasting purpose but there are a number of criminals involved in illegal smuggling of huge quantities of explosives from Madhya Pradesh. The three are being interrogated to ascertain from where they brought the explosives," Police Inspector D.K. Soni told reporters in Allahabad. Police suspect the three persons were smuggling the explosives to the State's Mirzapur District. "The three arrested are giving contradictory statements. There may be a possibility that they were transporting explosives for the Naxalites (Maoists)," said Soni.

December 11

The CPI-Maoist cadres beheaded a 25-year-old man after branding him a Police informer in the Sonbhadra District, Police said. A group of nearly 10 armed Maoists on December 10 beheaded Shiv Prakash, a resident of Pannuganj village in Sonbhadra, after holding a panchayat (village level local self Government institution) meeting in the village, they added. "They (Maoists) carried out the gruesome act just to create terror amongst the locals," Police Inspector Raveendra Singh told reporters in Sonbhadra. After killing Prakash, the Maoists apparently directed the villagers to inform the Police and fired a few rounds in the air before fleeing from the spot, the official said. "After the incident, security in the village has been strengthened and we have assured the locals that those involved in the killing would be arrested," said Raveendra Singh.

The Maoists were disgruntled over the arrest of two of their aides on December 3 and the killing of their leader Ramvriksh Kol, who died in a gang war among the Maoists.

December 16

A joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force, Provincial Armed Constabulary and anti-Naxal (Left Wing Extremism) unit of Police began combing operations in Kaimur forest around Kon area in the Sonbhadra District following a tip-off that the 'sub-zonal commander' of the Naxals, Munna Vishwakarma, was hiding in the area. The State Government had earlier announced a reward of INR 50,000 for Vishwakarma's capture. According to the Police, Vishwakarma, who is in-charge of Naxal's operations in the tri-junction of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, was injured in the firing with a rival Naxal group led by Ram Vriksha Kol on November 9 and was hiding in the Kaimur forest. It is to be mentioned that Kol was killed in the firing incident. After the incident, Vishwakarma had sneaked into Rohtas District in Bihar where he received medical treatment at a private hospital. Nearly a week ago, he had returned to his hideout in the forest. According to the information with the Police, the Naxal leader has not fully recovered and can't move freely. "The Police force deployed in the area is getting inputs and we are trying to catch Munna Vishwakarma," said Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra Preetinder Singh.

Songanga Vindhyachal Committee (SVC), a group affiliated to the People's War Group, confirmed that Vishwakarma was injured but was not currently in Uttar Pradesh. Jamuna, the secretary of the group, said that contrary to the reports, Vishwakarma had not attacked Kol. Instead, a member of a group from Varanasi who had joined Kol about nine months ago had fired indiscriminately in which Kol was killed. "The assailant had attacked both Vishwakarma and Kol after he was quizzed about a levy amount of INR 1 lakh, which he had not handed over to either of them," said Jamuna.





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