The CPI-Maoist has
not taken Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren's offer to initiate
dialogue seriously and his appeal to them to surrender and join
the mainstream has been dismissed.
Hundreds of students
in Latehar District took to the streets in protest against frequent
attacks on school buildings by Maoists in the State.
Two Maoist leaders
were arrested from Gumla District in the night of January 1, Police
said on January 2.
Jharkhand bandh (general shut down) evoked partial response
with no untoward incident being reported from anywhere in the
Jharkhand Chief Minister
Shibu Soren said that his Government is ready to hold peace talks
with the Maoists and prompt them to be integrated with the mainstream
Two valuable utility
vehicles belonging to a contractor were set ablaze suspectedly
by cadres of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a
breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in the Khunti District of
Jharkhand in the night of January 4.
The Maoists blew
up railway tracks near Mohammadpur station in Palamu District
disrupting train services between Garhwa Road and Sone Nagar stations.
Two Maoists were
arrested from Tirilpiri village under Bundu Police Station area,
about 40 kilometres from Ranchi.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
fired on a long range patrolling team at Dumarjhar village under
Bhelwaghati Police Station areas of Giridih District.
Six Police personnel
and a civilian were killed and one Policeman went missing when
the CPI-Maoist cadres blew up their vehicle in the Gumla District.
Fake AK series assault
rifles were recovered when around 100 Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) personnel neutralised an illegal arms unit in forests close
to Gobardaha village in the Chatra District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
in Palamu District have threatened villagers not to hold weekly
markets so as to prevent any kind of supply to SFs.
Mining in the bauxite-rich
Netarhat plateau came to a standstill on January 17 after Maoists
triggered landmine blasts and set ablaze trucks on January 15
and 16 respectively. The Maoists set ablaze a truckload of bauxite
near Pakripat in the night of January 16 and triggered a mine
blast near Ambakona adjacent to the Gurdari mine. The Maoists
had attacked a Police picket on January 15, killing seven persons,
including six Policemen and a driver of the bauxite truck in which
they were travelling. Reports later said that one more Policeman
was killed in the incident.
Maoist's poster messages
issued by the outfit in Shikaripara block (administrative division)
headquarters in Dumka indicate that they are now willing to have
a pie from 'corrupt' Government officials and employees. The rate
fixed by Maoists for payment of levy against income through corrupt
practices ranges from INR 3 lakh to INR 1 lakh on the basis of
ranks respectively held by them.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
and its splinter group Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Simant Committee
(JCSC) were reported to have exchanged fire for more than half
Four cadres of Tritiya
Prastuti Committee, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were
arrested in Chatra District. Self-styled 'zonal commander' Lamxan
Ganju and 'regional commander' Mukesh Ganju, were among those
arrested from Tandua area in the District.
Jharkhand Chief Minister
Shibu Soren said he was not against using force to curb Maoism,
but maintained that if the solution lay in talks then there was
no need for a "confrontation."
Villagers of the
Patamda and Chandil blocks (administrative division) of the adjoining
East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts took out a protest
march against the Maoist bandh (general shout down) called
for the second consecutive day on January 19 to exhort people
not to give in to Maoist's diktat on one or the other pretext.
The Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram said he hoped the State Government would give "clear
directions" to the Police and local administration to "resolutely
face the challenge of Naxalism".
A college student
was shot dead by CPI-Maoist cadres at Bodam in the East Singhbhum
A group of around
50 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist poured petroleum products
in machine rooms of three telecommunication towers belonging to
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), Airtel and Idea and set them
ablaze in Konwai village in Palamu District.
of Police V. Deshmukh dismissed some media reports which said
the anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand have been stopped.
Jharkhand Chief Minister
Shibu Soren said he was not against the special anti-Maoist operation
Green Hunt, but has also asked the Maoists to come forward for
The CPI-Maoist cadres
killed one person and injured two others, including a woman, at
Guhnandi village of Koira panchayat under Bodam Police
Station of Patamda block in East Singhbhum District.
Over two dozen armed
Maoists fired several rounds in the Narasingh Ispat Limited (NIL)
premises, a sponge iron company, at Chowka, around 40 kilometers
from Jamshedpur in Saraikela-Kharswan District sparking panic
among the staff.
Jharkhand Chief Minister
Shibu Soren met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and ruled out
any difference with the Centre on the issue of controlling Maoist
violence and expressed his resolve in checking the menace. He
said his Government was not opposed to any offensive against Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist accepted
the Jharkhand Government's offer to come to the negotiating table.
Putting forth an eight-point 'wish list', the CPI-Maoist spokesman
said the list included immediate end to proposed war on its own
people and "de-paramilitarisation" of Jharkhand's rural parts.
Gopal said all political prisoners, including Central committee
leaders — Sushil Roy, Amitabh Bagchi, Mohit and women leader Shila
— must be released unconditionally. He also demanded lifting the
ban on the outfit and punishment for the police and intelligence
officers responsible for "fake encounters".
of Police (Ranchi Zone) Rezi Dungdung said that a major anti-Maoist
operation will be launched in Palamau, Latehar, Garwah and Lohardaga
Districts of Jharkhand.
A CRPF trooper was
killed and two others were injured after CPI-Maoist extremists
detonated a powerful landmine in the Saraikela-Kharsawan District.
a CPI-Maoist activist, wanted for the murder of Special Branch
Inspector Francis Induwar, was arrested following a joint operation
by Khunti and Ranchi police. He was arrested along with four others,
including two women CPI-Maoist cadres, in Munda's house at Surakocha
in Khunti District.
Three persons were
arrested in Palamau District of Jharkhand for allegedly supplying
arms to Maoists. The arrested men were identified as Mohammad
Ismail alias Mintu, Bablu Ansari, and Muzahir Alma, all
residents of Latehar District.
cadres shot dead three persons in Gumla District of Jharkhand.
The Jharkhand Police
is gearing up to deploy the Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent
in a major anti-Maoist offensive that is to be launched in the
State very soon.
The Police detected
a 10-kilogram landmine planted under a bridge and had defused
it, foiling a Maoist bid to blow up Police vehicles passing that
way in Giridih District.
Two CPI-Maoist training
camps were neutralised by the Police after a fierce encounter
at Nawagaon in West Singhbhum District. The Police seized important
documents from the camps.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
blew up a stretch of railway track under Nimiaghat Police station
in Giridih District during their 72-hour shutdown, affecting train
Prastuti Committee (TPC) cadres shot dead Paramanand Ojha, local
leader of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), at Plandu village when
he was returning home at Taresa village in Hazaribagh District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) Prashant Kumar Leyak,
from Dalbhumgarh village in East Jharkhand.
Somen Munda, a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was killed during an
encounter with the Security Force (SF) personnel at Jiyan in Ghatsila
The Maoists refused
to release BDO Prashant Kumar Leyak, who was abducted from Dalbhumgarh
village in East Jharkhand on February 13. The Maoists said that
if their demands are not met the officer will be killed in seven
days. They want Maoists in jail released and villagers who worked
under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme
be paid immediately.
The CPI-Maoist East
Singhbhum-Mayurbhanj zonal committee demanded the release of 14
of its members for the safe release of Block Development Officer
(BDO) Prashant Kumar Layak, who was abducted by them on February
Accepting a demand
of the CPI-Maoist for releasing abducted Block Development Officer
(BDO) Prasant Kumar Layek Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren
said that the legal process had begun to free some of the jailed
persons whom the Maoists claimed to be innocent. Later in the
day the Jharkhand Police admitted that two of the 14 charge-sheeted
Maoists were innocent and falsely implicated.
killed a doctor, Chandra Mohan Soren, and looted the house of
a ration dealer, Ramdas Soren, at Kalapathar village in Chakulia
block of East Singhbhum District, suspecting them to be Police
One PLFI cadre was
injured and four Maoists were arrested at Ramgarh, Gumla and Lohardaga
Districts. The PLFI cadre was injured in a gunfight with SFs at
Jamtakemtoli village in Gumla. The injured extremist, however,
managed to escape along with his accomplices into the forests.
Lohardaga SP Subodh
Prasad said SFs arrested a self-styled Maoist 'deputy commander'
Bimal Nagesia from Kisko. Nagesia was reportedly plotting to blow
up a rest house at Netarhat, the SP claimed.
Ramgarh SP Anup T
Mathew said that three extremists of JPC were arrested from Bhurkunda
a 10-kilogram can bomb from near a road through which they were
returning after patrolling some areas under Nawadih Police Station
in Bokaro District.
The Centre gave its
nod to Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren for swapping some
prisoners other than hardcore Maoists for the release of the BDO
Prashant Kumar Layak abducted by the Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist set
free abducted Block Development Officer of Dalbhumgarh, Prashant
Kumar Layek, in the presence of just two journalists in Dumaria
block of Ghatshila in East Singbhum.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist
was killed and another injured when a bomb, they were handling,
exploded at Goriadih village in Palamau District. The deceased
was identified as Satyendra Yadav, brother of CPI-Maoist ‘sub-zonal
commander’ Anirudih Yadav, who had been killed in Palamau in 2009.
The injured Maoist was identified as Upendra Yadav. Nine other
suspected Maoists, who were accompanying the injured Maoist to
a hospital, were arrested by the Police.
Meanwhile, the State
Government freed two of the 14 arrested persons whose release
the Maoists set as a precondition to free the abducted Block Development
Officer (BDO) of Dalbhumgarh Prashant Kumar Layek. Jasmi Mardi
and her father Bahadur Mardi were granted bail by a court in Ghatsila,
a day after the Police submitted case diaries before the court,
coinciding with the release of the BDO.
Some cadres of the
CPI-Maoist, led by ‘zonal commander’ Nakul Yadav engaged in a
gunfight with Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Simant Committee, a Maoist
splinter group, led by Sanjay Yadav in the dense forests between
Makka and Ambapawa under Jobang Police station in Lohardaga District.
According to Police, there were no casualties on either side.
Two landmines, each
weighing 25 kilograms, planted near Pilpillo roundabout in Bokaro
District, were recovered by the Police and paramilitary forces.
Jharkhand Chief Minister
Shibu Soren met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and told him
that his Government did not have any difference with the Centre
on the issue of tackling the Naxalites. Soren said the State would
"jointly" fight the Naxalites.
Cadres of the People’s
Liberation Front of India (PLFI) first shot and later set ablaze
a truck driver’s assistant and set three trucks ablaze laden with
bauxite near Amaradhalan village on Visunpur and Ghaghra national
highway in Gumla District. The drivers of the trucks managed to
escape. Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh said, "People’s
Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a Maoist [Communist Party of
India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)] organisation, has taken responsibility
for the incident by leaving a pamphlet."
Hundreds of tribals
in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan Districts
took to streets demanding a halt to 'Operation Green Hunt' in
the State fearing loss of life and property of innocent people.
Security Forces seized
a can bomb weighing 20 kilograms and four gelatin sticks each
weighing two kilograms from a spot near Leyangi Pahar under Bandgaon
Police station in West Singhbhum District.
A 19-year-old girl,
Anju Kumari from Latehar District, was shot at and wounded by
Naxals (Left Wing Extremists) because she filed a Police case
against their leader Pappu Lohra alleging rape and assault.
One person, identified
as Bitu Banra (56), was killed and five others were injured in
an attack by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Dainmari village under
Ghatshila block of East Singhbhum District. They also threatened
villagers with dire consequences if found guilty of sympathizing
with the Nagrik Suraksha Samity (NSS) or assisting Police to track
Six Maoists are suspected
of having been killed by Police in an encounter near Tilaiya Damar
village in the Latehar District.
Chief Minister Shibu
Soren said the State is capable of handling Maoist menace.
Pandu Manjhi, a sub-zonal
‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a forested
area in Bokaro District. A 9 mm pistol and INR 10,000 in cash
were seized from him.
launched a joint inter-State operation against the Left Wing Extremists
(LWEs) from two strategic locations in the State’s East Singhbhum
and West Singhbhum Districts, bordering Purulia and West Midnapore
Districts of West Bengal.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
shot dead a 22 year-old youth in Garhwa District after abducting
him for his alleged involvement in an illicit relationship with
a married woman.
Birsa Badaik, Block
President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party was shot dead
by a 15-member Maoist squad led by its self-styled 'commander'
Jageshwar alias Debu near his residence at Nava village
under Bano Police station of Simdega District.
A Maoist training
camp was destroyed and 10 landmines seized following a gunfight
between Maoists and Security Force personnel using Indian Air
Force helicopters at West Singhbhum District of the State.
The SFs neutralised
two major CPI-Maoist training camps in Jharkhand and arrested
a top ‘area commander’ and 20 cadres during the joint operations
that were launched on March 7 against Left Wing Extremist (LWE)
hideouts along the Jharkhand-Orissa-West Bengal tri-junction.
The CRPF and Jharkhand Police arrested a ‘sub-zonal commander’
of the CPI-Maoist, Bhubaneswar Mahato, along the Bokaro-Hazaribagh
border. His aide and suspected arms supplier, Quttubudin, is also
in Police custody. Earlier, another Maoist ‘area commander’, Pandu
Majhi, was arrested near Bokaro.
The SFs decided to
extend Operation Green Hunt against the Left Wing Extremists (LWEs)
to four new Districts of the Jharkhand bordering West Bengal and
Dalma Gramin Suraksha
Samity (DGSS), a group formed to take on the Maoists, has sought
arms training for its members.
Marshal Topno, a
close aide of top CPI-Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias
Kishan, was arrested in West Singhbhum District during a combing
operation in Maoist-hit Posaita area.
10 to 15 cadres of
the CPI-Maoist blew up an electricity tower of the Damodar Valley
Corp at Dhanbhumghar block in East Singhbhum District.
As the anti-Maoist
operations cover new Districts in Jharkhand, the Maoists urged
the Government to stop hounding them as they were "patriots" fighting
against the capitalists.
Police decided to
extend the operations in three more Districts-with one platoon
of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) being deployed on the borders
of Hazaribagh-Chatra of Jharkhand.
Four Government officials,
including an Additional Collector, went to Palahia area in Latehar
District to supervise works done under the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme when they were abducted by suspected Naxalites
but released hours after.
In a similar incident,
a supervisor and three labourers were set free near Bansdih village
in Gumla District, a day after they were abducted by Naxalites
in neighbouring Simdega District.
A villager, identified
as M Ansari (40), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Basua
village in Gumla District. In 2009, two other members of the same
family were killed by the Maoists.
A Policeman, Kalicharan
Bodra, was killed when CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate
fire on a Police patrolling team near Chouka Police station in
Sareikela in Sareikela-Kharsawan District.
blew up railway tracks between Kokpara and Dalbhumgarh railway
stations in East Singhbhum District disrupting railway traffic
in Kharagpur section, as part of their 48-hour bandh (shutdown)
in seven States.
In Bokaro District,
four villagers were abducted by the Maoists from near Petarwar
Police station on March 22. They were identified as Sushil Sao,
Satan Sao, Santosh Lohar and Sidam Thakur. While Thakur was released
later, the rest remained untraceable.
A villager, Rampati
Gorain (65), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist) cadres in Dumka
District suspecting him to be a Police informer.
In Latehar District,
the Maoists blew up a metre of track between Chhipa Dohar and
Hehegarha railway stations.
Yamuna Yadav, a local
worker of the CPI-ML-Liberation, was shot dead by the cadres of
the CPI-Maoist near Dohnadrup village in Latehar District, after
pronouncing him death sentence in a Kangaroo Court (people’s court)
accusing him to be a Police informer. His bullet riddled dead
body was found on March 25. He was abducted on March 24.
of the CPI-Maoist killed Chotu Majhi, a security guard by slitting
his throat at Telia Bahiar village in Giridih District.
Arun Yadav, a Maoist,
was arrested from Tarwadih village in Latehar District. He was
among the three Maoists who fired at Anju Kumari (17) at the Navrang
Chowk near Latehar railway station on March 4 as the girl had
lodged an FIR against Arun Yadav and Maoist sub-zonal ‘commander’
Pappu Lohra on January 20, for abduction and gang rape.
The CRPF launched
a Civic Action Programme (CAP) as a tool to get close to the villagers
and recognize them individually. Sanjay Kumar Singh, commandant
of CRPF's 7th Battalion said, "The primary purpose of the CAP
is to get close to the villagers and erase doubts about the paramilitary
forces. Secondly, it provides a platform to recognize every villager
in presence of the village head (gram pradhan/ mukhiya) and others."
Jharkhand Chief Minister
Shibu Soren said that the State plans to raise dog squads in all
the Districts to strengthen the Police department in detecting
crime and launching anti-Naxal operations.
Naxalites (Left Wing
Extremist) killed a civilian in Bingada village in Latehar District.
The bullet-riddled body of Puleshwar Yadav was found in the morning
with a note left by the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Simant Committee,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, claiming responsibility
for the killing, the Police said.
The people of Mahuadand
village in Latehar District lodged a case with the Police against
the Naxal violence and observed a shutdown in protest. The Naxals
had killed deserter Jamuna Prasad on March 25.
Prabodh Singh Sadar,
a leader of CPI-Maoist, was killed in an encounter with the Police
at Baguidih village in Bodam Police station of East Singhbhum
Another Maoist was
injured following a gunbattle at Merom Junga Pahari in Saraikela-Kharswan
District. Police recovered explosives, Maoist literature, empty
cartridges of Insas rifle and carbine from the incident site.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
blew up a school building at Sohar village in Chatra District.
Around 25 armed cadres
of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) attacked the
coal-mining complex of Central Coal Field Limited in Piparwar
in Chatra District and set ablaze four trucks.
(43), Dalbhumgarh block president of Congress party, was killed
by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Majbhandar village in East Singhbhum
Police arrested a
top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Jaleswar Mahto, from
Bokaro and four sympathisers of wanted Maoist 'commander' Kundan
Pahan from Ranchi.
recommended to the State Government to place a cash reward of
INR 1.2 million on information leading up to the arrest of top
Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan.
A CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Amar Singh, was killed in an encounter with Patamda
Police, along with their counterparts from Bodam and Kamalpur
and in coordination with the paramilitary forces, at Bantoriya
village in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
Around a dozen armed
cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a rest house with dynamites at
Matlong in Latehar District.
blew up a school run by an NGO, Alternative for India Development
(AID), at Chapee under Panki Police station in Palamu District.
The Maoists had damaged the same school in 2009 as well.
Ajay Kumar, a resident
of Jhalda in Purulia District of West Bengal was branded as a
Police informer as well as an impostor by a CPI-Maoist kangaroo
court and was beheaded at Khairachatar, a marketplace 42 kilometres
from Bokaro steel city, in Bokaro District.
Four cadres of the
CPI-Maoist were arrested and arms and ammunition seized in a joint
operation by the Police and CRPF from the forests Hazaribagh,
Bokaro and Giridih Districts.
Security Forces (SFs)
detected three landmines underneath a road at Balivia in the Saranda
forest of West Singhbhum District.
A six-member fact-finding
team from Delhi was detained by Shyamsunderpur Police in Chakuliya
block for "interviewing local people and moving around in Maoist-hit
area of East Singhbhum District", where Operation Green Hunt was
launched in March 2010.
Police arrested a
PLFI cadre from Suguttoli village in Gumla District. The arrested
Left Wing Extremist was identified as Shivnath Oraon, a resident
of Mariytoli under Sisai Police station of the District. He is
believed to be the next in command to PLFI sub-zonal commander
Jogi Oraon, alias Jogiji. Besides arms and ammunition,
a motorcycle and cash were seized from him.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
blew up two pump houses at Karrampada area in West Singbhum District
affecting water supply to the area. One pump house belonged to
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and the other to the Railways.
The cadres of the
CPI-Maoist shot dead two persons at Lanjo village in West Singhbhum
About 20 armed Maoists
raided the house of a man at Chapiyamadgadh village in Garhwa
District and took him to a nearby place before shooting him dead,
suspecting him to be a Police informer.
A Maoist was killed
and four men, including two CRPF personnel, were injured in a
fierce gunbattle between Security Forces and Maoists at Bandu
village in West Singhbhum District.
Five SF personnel
were injured when they were fired upon by cadres of the CPI-Maoist
in West Singbhum District. The attack on the SFs came when they
went to rescue two abducted villagers from Maoists' clutches.
SFs recovered 50
kilograms of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a Maoists'
hideout at a village under Angara Police station in Ranchi District.
A civil surgeon in
Hazaribagh District alleged that a Maoist posing as Vinod Ganjhu,
an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, gave him an extortion call
demanding INR 500,000.
SFs arrested two
cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, from separate places
in Hazaribag District. The woman cadre was arrested from a place
under the Bishungarh Police station. The other Maoist was arrested
from a place under the Churchu Police station.
Praveen Jha, surrendered in the Tenughat Court of Bokaro District.
At present, he is a resident of Silvassa, the capital of Dadra
and Nagar Haveli. Jha ran a cell phone showroom and became a leader
of the Lok Janshakti Party. He had several aliases like
Sachidanand Jha, Praveen Khan, Shankarnath Jha, S. N. Jha and
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist
was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces and a village
woman also died in cross-fire at Ladi village under Barwadih Police
station in Latehar District. A rifle was recovered from the dead
of the CPI-Maoist-backed Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad killed two
employees of a private transport company in Chatra District.
and Session Judge, Ghatsila, M. M. Singh sentenced six Maoists
to life imprisonment for waging war against the State and other
cases lodged in 2007.
A 16-year-old girl
affiliated to a Naxalite outfit was allegedly raped by other members
for fleeing the camp in Latehar District.
of the CPI-Maoists shot dead a registered medical practitioner,
Subhash Mahto, when he was on his way to Jamshedpur from Bota
village in East Singhbhum District.
Front of India (PLFI) cadres shot dead one Sudama Singh near Bhelburu
forest under Bano Police Station when he was returning home at
Badkaduil village in Simdega District. Singh was a close relative
of the CPI-Maoist's self styled ‘zonal commander’ Debu.
Two suspected cadres
of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), a breakaway group of
the CPI-Maoist, were arrested near Mandal Jail in Chatra District.
The Police seized INR 100,000 from them.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
killed Hemant Bage, a local Congress party leader, inside his
vehicle and set it ablaze in the Lumbatoli village of Simdega
supplier of arms and ammunition to the CPI-Maoist, was arrested
by the Police from Armau village of Bokaro District. Police seized
40 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 1,040 metres length of wires,
280 detonators, cash of over INR 300,000 and other devices used
in making landmines from him. On a tip-off by Yadav, the house
of Kisko Ghashi, another arms supplier, was also raided. Fifteen
kilograms of ammonium nitrate, wires, detonators and other things
were seized. Ghashi, however, managed to escape.
Four suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist, one of them injured, were arrested on following
an encounter with Security Force personnel at Dumri in Giridih
A suspected woman
Naxal (Left Wing Extremist), identified as Urmilla (25), was arrested
by CRPF from Aman village in Bokaro District. A locally-made gun,
50 grams of gun powder and 700 sticks of aluminium were recovered
from her possession.
Upendra Singh, a
Police commando, was killed and two others identified as Ashok
Sao and Shyam Bihari, were injured in landmine blast triggered
by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Chak village in Palamau District.
CRPF recovered an
IED weighing 40 kilograms in Bhelki village near a bridge in Ranchi,
the capital of Jharkhand.
At least 750 live
INSAS rifle cartridges suspected to be hidden by Naxals (Left
Wing Extremists) were found in a polythene bag from a pond at
Changi Pahari village in Dhanbad District.
M. O. H. Farook said there will be no laxity in anti-Naxal operations
and they will continue.
The SFs recovered
four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), each weighing about
70 kilograms, and one can bomb weighing 25kg from Dungri Pahadi
near Serangtoli village under Namkum Police Station, barely 20km
from Ranchi, the Capital of Jharkhand.
The decomposed body
of Sisir Munda abducted allegedly by cadres of the CPI-Maoist
was recovered from Sunsunia forest at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum
District. He was abducted by Maoists from his house at Jamua village
in Ghatsila sub-division on May 25.
Police personnel recovered 281 pieces of gelatin sticks and 10
pieces of detonators from the platform of the Hazaribagh Road
railway station on the Howrah-New Delhi main line in Giridih District.
A villager, Hyuka
Munda, was killed and his wife was injured when a group of suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres led by Khogra Munda attacked them at Jamua village
in East Singhbhum District. Khogra also reportedly suffered some
injury when Hyuka's wife retaliated with an axe but managed to
escape. But he left behind his 9-mm pistol, magazine and a cellular
Five Left Wing Extremists
were arrested by the Police from Gumla District. Four cadres belonging
to the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were arrested
from Silamkot jungle area while a Maoist 'commander' was arrested
from Visunpur village of the District. Two rifles, live cartridges,
Maoist literature, among other things were seized from their possession.
Three can bombs,
weighing about six, four and two kilograms respectively, were
recovered by the Police from an auto rickshaw near the District
passport office under Jagannathpur Police station in the State
Two former bureaucrats
were appointed as advisors for Jharkhand which was placed under
President's rule in June 2010. Wilfred Lakara, a retired 1973-batch
IAS officer of Chhattisgarh Cadre and former State Director General
of Police Rajiv Ranjan Prasad have been appointed as advisor.
Following the imposition
of the President's Rule in Jharkhand the Maoists have started
shifting their operational base from Jharkhand to parts of neighbouring
Two Naxals, identified
as Chaitan Munda alias Langra and Budhram Lohra, were arrested
by the Police in Khunti District. Besides 100 detonators, a pistol
and four rounds of cartridge were also found during the raid.
At least 10 Left
Wing Extremists were killed and eight camps were destroyed in
Operation Green Hawk which was jointly carried out by the Police,
CRPF and Special Task Force near Bandgaon in West Singhbhum District.
Six Security Force personnel were injured in the encounter.
Two Left Wing Extremists,
identified as Laxmi Munda and Tritiya Prasturi Committee leader
Ashok Ganju, were arrested near Taimara in Ranchi District.
arrested, Laxmi Munda, one of the abductors of the slain Police
officer Francis Induwar from Taimara in Ranchi District. Police
also seized four-and-a-half kilograms explosives during the raids.
Police said during interrogation, Munda confessed that Induwar
was abducted and beheaded at the direction of CPI-Maoist leader
Kundan Pahan. Pahan is still at large. Munda was among one of
the three abductors who had abducted Induwar in October 2009.
The beheaded dead body of the Police office was found later.
About 30 armed cadres
of the CPI-Maoist killed Kajru Thakur, accusing him of being a
Police informer, at Tilaiya village on the foothills of Luggu
hill under Mahuataad Police station of Bokaro District.
Himmat Singh, a commando
of the 203 battalion of the Special Action Force of the CRPF,
was killed during an encounter with the Maoists near Chaibasa
in West Singhbhum District.
Over 10 prisoners,
mostly Maoists, were injured in a clash with other inmates inside
Sadar jail in Garhwa District. Trouble erupted at the jail's sick
room when both the parties asked the compounder to attend them
Sunena Devi, wife
of the self-styled Maoist 'zonal commander' Binay alias
Nepal, was arrested at Bhandaria in the Garwah District. Sunena
was allegedly involved in two cases related to Maoist activity.
Binay is already in jail.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
set ablaze two pay loaders belonging to two industrial groups
at Gua in the West Singhbhum District. The Maoists first set ablaze
the pay loader of Adhunik Industry and later set ablaze to another
belonging to the Runta Group of Industries late in the night.
The Maoists also assaulted some employees of the industries before
escaping from the spot.
A woman and her son
were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at a village in the Simdega
District. The Maoists went to their house at Dumaria in the night
and dragged out the 28-year-old son. When his mother tried to
intervene, the Maoists shot her dead. They also shot dead the
son after taking him away from his house.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
shot dead Bosko Singh (36) in Jiyan village and Lakhiram Mardi
in Bakrakocha village under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum
District. The Maoists alleged that Mardi and Singh were Police
The Maoists also
shot at and injured Ramchandra Mardi alias Hopan Mardi,
the president of Public Distribution System (PDS) dealers in Kasiabeda.
The Police arrested
Bapi Mahato, one of the main accused in the May 28 Jnaneswari
Express derailment case, from Rai Guest House in Jamshedpur. This
is the fifth arrest in the case. Mahato, who is a member of the
Maoist-backed Police People's Committee against Police Atrocities
(PCPA) is one of the three main accused along with Umakanta Mahato
and Asit Mahato.
A hard-core Maoist,
Dashrath Mahto, was arrested from Chalania forest located on the
boundaries of Hazaribag and Giridih Districts. Dashrath is the
brother of Baijnath Mahto, an 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist,
and son-in-law of Nago Mahato alias Ranvir, a 'sub-zonal
commander' of CPI-Maoist. He operated in Giridih and Hazaribag
Districts. The Police also seized a regular .303 rifle and 26
cartridges which were stolen from the barracks of homeguards in
Giridih in 2005. Some incriminating documents and Naxal literature
were also recovered from his possession.
A hardcore cadre
of the CPI-Maoist, Pati Ram Manjhi (40), a key associate of self-styled
Maoist zonal commander Navin Manjhi was arrested by Security Forces
in the night from Bishnugarh area of Hazaribagh District. Two
firearms were recovered from him. He used to motivate the rural
youth to join the group and involved in imparting guerilla training
to them. He has at least 30 criminal cases pending against him.
a huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging to suspected Maoists
near Arani village in Simdega District.
of the CPI-Maoist shot at Binod Singh, the employee of a contractor
engaged in road construction and critically wounded him at Itkhori
in Chatra District.
A Government Amin
(a person appointed by the Government to measure land) was also
abducted from the District during the day. The Police were checking
which naxal group was behind the abduction.
Two 'sub-zonal commanders'
of the CPI-Maoist, allegedly involved in the murder of the former
Jharkhand Minister, Ramesh Singh Munda, and the abduction and
beheading of police inspector Francis Induwar, were arrested in
Khuti District. "Two Maoist rebels, Santosh Munda and Vipul Lohra,
have been arrested from Musanga jungle under Arki police station
of Khuti district. Both were wanted in the killing of ex-Minister
Ramesh Singh Munda, abduction of Special Branch Inspector Francis
Induwar who was later beheaded, and hijacking of an ICICI Bank
delivery van and looting Rs.5 crore". The Police seized a rifle,
live cartridges, INR 50,000, two landmines, 285 gelatine sticks
and other materials from them.
Pradeep Mahto, an
'area commander' of TPC, was arrested in Salga village of Hazaribagh
District. He was wanted by the Police in more than 14 cases.
of the CPI-Maoist killed two villagers in Simdega District. Police
officials found a letter in which it was written that the victims
were members of the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), and were
The CPI-Maoist killed
a local tribal Congress leader, 45-year-old Bardhan Kachhu, in
the Garhwa District. He was abducted from Barkol village hours
before the 48-hour bandh (shutdown), called by the Maoists,
began at midnight of June 29, and subsequently shot dead.
The Maoists killed
a contractor, Kedar Munda, in the Khuti District after abducting
him from his Salehatu village in the morning. His dead body was
recovered from nearby forest.
In Jharkhand, this
was the fifth 48-hours bandh being observed in 2010 affecting
life in the mineral rich State. On June 30, for instance, around
60,000 trucks and 7,000 buses ground to a halt. Mining of iron
ore in West Singhbhum and coal in Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh
and Dhanbad was affected during the day.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
damaged the middle school Charai village in Palamu District. The
Maoists hurled two bombs at the school. While one bomb flattened
a room of the school, another did not explode.
Security Forces arrested
a Maoist 'area commander', Mithilesh Mandal and two of his associates
in Giridih. Mandal was allegedly involved in the killing of a
Special Police Officer in June and several robberies. Two rifles
and 193 bullets were recovered from him.
Another top Maoist
cadre, Brajesh Yadav, who was a member of the Maoist firing squad,
was arrested from Gumla.
Three more Left Wing
Extremists were arrested in Latehar District. The extremists were
arrested from a forest near Chandawa of Latehar. Among those arrested
is Dewakar, an ‘area commander’ of the PLFI. Three pistols, two
rifles, 12 cartridges, 18 SIM cards, eight mobile phones, one
motorbike and one hundred thousand rupees in cash, collected as
levy through extortion, were recovered from them.
The Police neutralised
an arms supply racket with the arrest of nine persons from in
and around the Jamshedpur Steel City and seized a large cache
of arms and ammunition. Thirteen pieces of 7.65 mm pistols, 13
magazines, a revolver of six rounds, 443 assprted cartridges including
36 of AK-47 and 31 of INSAS were seized from the arrested men.
Three motorcycles, nine cellphones and INR 230,000 in cash were
also recovered from them. The Police arrested three of them during
a transaction of the arms on a highway. The three - Pradip Kumar
Pandey and Rohit Karmakar of Dalbhumgarh in East Singhbhum, and
Baidhnath Mardi of West Midnapore District of West Bengal - were
stated to be the main link between the Maoists and armed suppliers.
Seven trains were
cancelled and the routes of five trains have been diverted in
view of the Maoist shut down in the State.
Four Left Wing Extremists
(LWEs) were killed in a gun battle between cadres of the TPC and
a newly formed extremist group headed by one Pramod Yadav in the
vicinity of a forest in Rabda in the Palamu District. It was also
mentioned that Pramod Yadav was a former associate of TPC before
setting up his own faction. "Yesterday night a gun battle took
place between two rebel groups in the jungles near Rabda. Four
rebels including Pramod Yadav died in the shoot out," said T Mathews,
Superintendent of Police of Palamu.
The CPI-Maoist blew
up the station building and relay room at Hehegarha railway station.
Two cabinmen were kidnapped but released later. Police engaged
the Maoists in a gunbattle in Hehegarha. At least one Policeman
was killed in the crossfire.
The Police arrested
a member of the Jharkhand Jan Sangharsh Mukti Morcha, a splinter
group of CPI-Maoist, from a place near the Shankh river Police
outpost in Lohardaga District. The arrested cadre was identified
as Guddu Baitha (23) of Salagi Mahto Toli village.
Normal life was thrown
out of gear in Jharkhand on the first day of the 48-hour Maoist
bandh with a number of trains either cancelled or diverted
and vehicular traffic remaining off the roads.
Cadres of the PLFI,
a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed two persons in
Simdega District. According to the Police, five PLFI cadres arrived
on two motorcycles and shot dead Gopal when he was in his shop.
His employee Govind was also killed in the firing. Gopal was a
relative of Tileshwar Sahu, former chairman of the Jharkhand Pollution
A cadre of the Communist
Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was arrested with 90 kilograms
of ammonium nitrate from Jhumra hill in Bokaro District.
A top Maoist, Baron
Manjhi alias Uttam, a self-styled area commander of Kasmar-Piparwar
in the Bokaro District carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his
head surrendered before the Police. Manjhi also led the Police
to a spot where they recovered four rifles, 410 bullets, a large
amount of ammonium nitrate and Naxal literature.
Five Police personnel
were killed and five others injured when cadres of the CPI-Maoist
triggered a landmine blast blowing up a patrol van carrying Jharkhand
Jaguar Force personnel at Kutmu More in Latehar District. The
patrol van was following the car of the Superintendent of Police
(SP) who was returning after leading a long range patrolling in
Maoist-affected areas. The SP had a providential escape as his
vehicle had just passed the blast site few moments earlier.
A powerful bomb,
planted by Maoists under a road, was recovered just one kilometer
away from a CRPF camp at Bhawnradih, at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum
District. The explosive was defused.
Some suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze six vehicles engaged in road construction
at Ghatsila in Jharkhand. The vehicles belonging to a Ranchi-based
construction company was engaged constructing roads in the village.
Demand for extortion by Maoists was suspected to be the cause
of arson, Superintendent of Police (Rural) S. K. Kujjur said.
of the CPI-Maoist attacked the site office of a contractor and
set ablaze equipment and machinery used in executing the Pradhan
Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana near Bhaduwa village in Ghatsila subdivision
of East Singhbhum District.
Five cadres of CPI-Maoist
involved in blowing up a railway station building earlier this
month were arrested from Amradiha village under Barwadih Police
Station in Latehar District. According to Police, one of the arrested
Maoists is Arun Yadav, who had spread terror in the District.
The Police also seized Maoist literature, maps and other incriminating
documents from them.
The CRPF personnel
recovered as much as 70-80 kilograms of explosives in a drain
in the forest region surrounding Tamad village and Bundu village
near Sate capital Ranchi city during a combing operation against
the CPI-Maoist. "These are high explosives. If ten boxes of these
explosives are used, then it can blow up a very huge vehicle.
And we have recovered thousands of such boxes. The Maoists had
hidden these explosives," said Nihal Singh, Assistant Commander,
CRPF. "This is about 70-80 kilograms of explosives. There are
thousands of explosive boxes. It has RDX as well," said Singh.
of Police Niyaz Ahmed announced that recruitment of Policemen
would begin from August 20. Ahmed said 900 sub-inspectors and
6,700 constables would be recruited over the next three months.
set ablaze a coal mine in Latehar District.
An encounter took
place between the forces from the State Police, CRPF and the anti-Naxal
Jaguar Force against and cadres of the CPI-Maoist in forests near
Bundu, about 40 kilometres from Ranchi in Khunti District.
Two cadres of the
CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were shot dead by Security Forces
(SFs) in a 20-hour-long encounter near Korba and Rabo villages
in Khunti District. The slain Maoists were identified as Mashi
Munda and Chotki Munda. According to Police, Chotki is a relative
of Kundan Pahan, South Chhotanagpur zonal committee commander
of the CPI-Maoist. Two suspected women cadres were also arrested
from the encounter site. "We suspect both of them are female cadres
of the outlawed outfit,'' Khunti Superintendent of Police Manoj
Kaushik said. The SFs also recovered 40 detonators, electrical
wires, medicines and bags from the encounter site.
A woman cadre of
the CPI-Maoist, identified as Lilmuni (18) from Babuhan Tola of
Sangrampur village under Gola Police Station, surrendered before
the Police. Ramgarh Superintendent of Police Hemant Toppo said
she had joined the Maoists with whom she spent two years in Ramgarh-Hazaribagh
area and had taken part in two Maoist operations.
a person and injured two others on suspicion of being cadres of
CPI-Maoist at Gumadi in East Singhbhum District. The two injured
persons told the Police that they were not Maoists and they were
attacked while returning to their village. In East Singhbhum and
West Singhbhum Districts, people guard their villages as Maoists
on regular basis enter and demand food and extort money.
The CPI-Maoist zonal
commander, Rajdeo Yadav, surrendered before Inspector General
of Police (IG) Rezi Dundung of Palamu District. Yadav, also known
as Koonan Yadav, Devnarain Yadav and Sagar, was wanted in 14 criminal
cases. He was active in Chatra, Latehar and Palamu Districts of
Not satisfied with
the prevailing situation in the Naxal-affected areas in the eastern
region, the Railways have decided to extend suspension of night
movement of trains in parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand till
August 3.The decision comes in the backdrop of CPI-Maoist observing
a week-long 'martyrs week'.
The Jharkhand Government
announced a new scheme for the Naxal (Left Wing Extremist)-affected
areas in the State. As per the scheme 'Operation Nai Disha', Maoists
who surrendered with rocket launchers or machine guns would get
INR 100,000 and those who surrendered with AK-series rifle would
get INR 75,000, Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Neyaz
Ahmed told reporters. Similarly, between INR 15,000 and INR 2,000
would be paid for IED or explosive material, wireless sets, remote
control, grenades, pistols, revolvers and rifles, he said. Surrendered
Maoists would be provided security and their families relocated
to a safe place while employment could also be provided, he said.
A CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Rajesh Kumar Munda (26), was killed in an encounter
with the Security Forces (SFs) near Heso village, about 13 kilometres
from Ranchi. The SFs recovered a carbine and cartridge from the
of Police A.B. Homker said a hardcore Maoist, identified as Lakhan
Singh, active in Jamtara and Giridih Districts, was arrested at
a village in Giridih District. A pistol and two bullets were seized
from the possession of Singh.
A District Development
Officer, Sudhansu Bhusan Ram was taken hostage by Maoists for
an hour, who complained to him about corruption before setting
him free without any harm in Doki village of Latehar District.
The Hindu reports
that five persons of a private security agency travelling by a
car were killed when Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
blew up a culvert with a landmine near Pirtand in Giridih District.
Around 15 to 20 cadres
of the TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, shot dead
Munna Gupta, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader a few kilometres
from the Balumath Police Station in Latehar District. He was going
to Balumath from Hehegara along with four persons on two bikes.
His supporters were assaulted. TPC left pamphlets accusing the
BJP leader of extorting money in the name of the organisation
were found on the incident site.
Uday, a top Maoist leader operating in both Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh,
was arrested from an apartment in Ranchi. A reward of INR 500,000
was on his head. A woman and a man who were along with him at
the time of his arrest were also interrogated to ascertain whether
they too belonged to the CPI-Maoist.
Police arrested Lalan
Singh Kharwar, an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, from Betha village
of Garwah District.
Maoists set ablaze
three trucks carrying bauxite mineral in Lohardaga District during
the ongoing five-state-shutdown.
of the CPI-Maoist killed Lakhai Soren, a casual employee of Bagjata
mine of State-run Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL),
suspecting him to be a Police informer at Vikrampur village in
Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. A Police team
went to the spot and recovered the dead body.
arrested eight Left Wing Extremists [LWEs] along with their group
commander. "We have arrested eight Maoists including Raghu Singh,
who is the chief of a group. We have also seized arms and ammunition
which include guns, pistols, mobile, notepads of Jharkhand Army
(a Maoist outfit) and identity cards from them," said Narendra
Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police of Gumla District.
Irked by the people's
non-compliance with the two-day shutdown call on August 3 and
4 in Simdega District, Maoists circulated letters in the area
warning extension of markets shutdown to one week. Posters were
stuck all over the marketplace in Kersai block of the District.
Two Maoists, identified
as Marshal Tuti and Suresh Munda, surrendered before the Jharkhand
Police Chief Neyaz Ahmad. They also surrendered one carbine and
one rifle. Marshal Tuti was the ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist
while Suresh Munda was arms squad member of the outfit. Both faced
more than 13 criminal cases.
Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist
blew up a school building in Kanda village in Palamau District
in the night.
Police arrested top
Maoist leader of Andhra Pradesh Narsimha Reddy from Upper Ghat
area of Bokaro District, and a 9 mm pistol, a laptop and Naxal
literature were recovered from him.
The SFs arrested
Ulas Majhi with weapons at Harsha village in Hazaribagh District.
a hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered to Inspector General
of Police (Ranchi zone) Rezi Dundung. Parmanik, who faces more
than 11 criminal cases, is a close associate of CPI-Maoist leader,
The Police recovered
five IEDs weighing between 25 kilograms and 35 kilograms near
Jaranga village in Khuti District.
Damodar Singh, member
of a Left Wing Extremist outfit, was arrested in Gumla District.
A cache of arms and ammunition was also seized during the raid
at his residence, said Police officials. Besides currency notes,
several arms, including a double barrel gun, revolvers and bullets
were recovered from him, said N.K. Singh, Superintendent of Police.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
shot dead contractor D. Pal in Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District
suspecting him a Police informer, Jharkhand Police said.
Maoists blew up a
school building with explosives and detonators in Ziyan village
in the East Singhbhum District. The Maoists left a pamphlet saying
the school building was being used by security personnel.
A hardcore cadre
of the CPI-Maoist, Sudama alias Chand Mahto (22), surrendered
before Sampat Meena, DIG of Police in Ranchi. At a press conference
Sampat Meena said some more Maoists are going to surrender. Mahto
joined the CPI-Maoists in June 2007 and was deputed as ‘area commander’
of Chandil in 2009.
The Police arrested
Ramchandra Thakur from a forest adjoining Barkatha and Bagodar
area in Hazaribagh District. Thakur was the chief of Kishan Krantikari
Committee (KKC), a front organisation of the Maoists, SP Pankaj
Kamboj said. Seven of his supporters who were with Thakur during
the arrest were also taken into custody but were later released
when they said they would stay away from the KKC, Kamboj said.
The arrested Maoist had been campaigning among the villagers to
join the KKC, he said, adding the Police seized from him a bag
containing the party's mouthpiece ‘Lal Chingari’, some leaflets,
posters and other documents. The SP said after interrogating Thakur,
the Police got some vital information about the KCC.
A top leader of the
CPI-Maoist, identified as Alok alias Ashok, was arrested
from a hotel in Birsa area in Ranchi city. He carried a reward
of INR 500, 000 on his head and was a special area committee member
of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, Police said.
An audit report,
released in Ranchi by the State's principal accountant general
(PAG), revealed that five Naxal-affected Districts - Palamu, Ranchi,
East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Hazaribagh - have shortfalls
of main strike weapons ranging between 29 to 64 per cent. While
Ranchi, one of the worst hit Districts by CPI-Maoist activities,
has shortfall of 64 per cent, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum
have shortfalls of 42 and 47 percent respectively. In Ranchi District,
the total strength of Police manpower is 4,895 whereas only 1,773
main strike weapons and area weapons are available, causing shortfall
of 3,122 weapons (64 per cent). Similarly, East Singhbhum and
West Singhbhum Districts have shortfall of 969 and 1016 weapons,
which constitute 42 and 47 per cent less that the sanctioned strength
of Police manpower. Palamu and Hazaribag that always remain in
news for Naxal attacks on Police and civilians, have shortfall
of 29 and 45 percent weapons, respectively. "Though two units
of Jharkhand Armed Police, JAP-one and JAP-five, were found to
be over armed by 77 and 81 per cent respectively; the newly formed
and centrally-funded India Reserve Battalion (IRB-2), one of the
main combat force of the state Police, was found to be under-armed
to the extent of 49 per cent," the audit report reads. The IRB-2
has shortfall of 463 such weapons. Similarly, only 12 per cent
Police personnel deployed in these Naxal-hit Districts have bulletproof
jackets and bullet proof helmets. As per convention, each personnel
should have one set of bulletproof jacket and helmets. "The shortfall
in strike weapons and their irrational distribution could lead
to under-performance and casualties in anti-insurgency operations,
especially in Naxal-affected Districts," the PAG, Jharkhand, Rakesh
Kumar Verma said. The State Director General of Police (DGP),
Neyaz Ahmad said, "Efforts are underway to purchase more strike
weapons and bullet proof jackets for the State's constabulary.
We have already placed orders for supply of such gadgets under
the Police modernization programme."
Villagers of Salgi
lynched a cadre of the TPC, a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist,
in Ramgarh District. TPC cadres had been to the village to collect
extortion money. The villagers confronted them and killed one
of them and drove the rest of them, the Police said.
Ramendra Singh alias
Guruji, a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered
before Inspector General of Police Manoj Mishra in Bokaro District.
He surrendered with a pistol and live cartridges. Ramendra, a
resident of Kaimur in Bihar, faces more than 17 criminal cases.
He joined the left wing extremism in 1986, Manoj Mishra added.
SFs had an encounter
with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in a forest near Basadera village
in Ghatsila of East Singhbhum District. Two landmines, electric
wires were recovered from the incident site after the encounter,
the Police said. The encounter started as SFs retaliated when
Maoists shot at them during a patrol in the village.
decided to mobilise special Police forces in the Naxal [Left Wing
Extremism]-infested areas where the railway projects were stalled
because of the extremists.
Armed cadres of the
CPI-Maoist fired indiscriminately at Pirtand Police Station in
Giridih District, blew up a Government building nearby and set
ablaze some trucks on the Grand Trunk road on the Dhanbad-Giridih
border early in the morning to protest the arrest of their two
associates. Police said the Maoists were protesting the arrests
of two of their associates, Muktar Ansari alias Jalaad
and his associate Dasrath Manjhi from Kendua village in Giridih
on August 25. Ansari was carrying head-money INR 200,000 and was
wanted in 30 cases.
Aditay Swaroop, the
cabinet secretary of the State told the media that the Jharkhand
Police would purchase bullet-proof jackets and helmets worth INR
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Shahdeo Munda, surrendered before the office-in-charge
of Shyamsunderpur Police Station in Ghatshila sub-division in
East Singhbhum District. Munda helped the Police to recover three
landmines planted by the Maoists in Ghatshila sub-division after
his surrender, Jha added.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
attacked Sohban village in Chatra District, killing TPC ‘area
commander’ Mohan Ganju and his associate Ramdeo Ganju. Another
TPC commander, Brajesh Ganju, managed to escape from the village.
TPC is a break away group of the CPI-Maoist. After killing the
two, the Maoists blew up the house in which they were staying.
TPC cadres killed
the brother of CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ Charleji in Latehar District,
in retaliation against the killing of Mohan Ganju and his associate
Seven Left Wing Extremists
belonging to Swatantra Jan Sangharsh India Morcha (SJSIM) were
arrested from Tetriyatand village in Latehar District.
Two Maoists, identified
as Satyader Thakur and Ravi Munda were arrested in Logabura forest
in Khunti District. Thakur was the ‘second commander’ of Janmanesia,
a wing of the CPI-Maoist. Munda, a landmine expert, was involved
in the destruction of the Jaranga mobile tower in 2008 and setting
ablaze a truck in 2009. Police recovered a landmine, 10 empty
cans, a pair of binoculars and equipment for making explosives.
The cadres of the
CPI-Maoist killed a villager, identified as Joseph Kandulana (50),
suspecting him as a Police informer in Khunti District. The dead
body was recovered near Ulung forest under Rania Police Station
in the District, the Police said.
A Maoist was killed
and a training camp of the CPI-Maoists was destroyed during a
fierce encounter between the Maoists and the SF personnel at Marangpur
in Khunti District. Personnel of the CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar Force
(JJF) and State Police were involved in the operation. Two IEDs
each weighing 40-kilogrammes and detonators were recovered from
the Maoist camp after the encounter. Four UPS and inverters used
in operating computer sets, wireless sets, flash lights and other
materials were also recovered.
Two persons identified
as Sohail Ansari and Islam Ansari suspected to be supplying weapons
to the Maoists were arrested by the Police from Sector-9 of Bokaro
Steel Plant at Madhudih village in Bokaro District. A pistol,
two country-made guns and 14 cartridges were recovered from their
of the CPI-Maoist assaulted a fair price shop dealer, Mukesh Prasad,
to death in Turudih village of Latehar District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
set ablaze three vehicles and assaulted a relative of a former
RJD party legislator in Latehar District, Police said. About 20
Maoists raided Barihatu village and set three cars on fire by
sprinkling patrol on them. They later beat up an uncle of Prakash
Ram, a former RJD legislator, a Police officer said.
SFs recovered seven
can bombs from different parts of the State during raids in Maoist-hit
areas. While five IEDs weighing five kilograms were found planted
on a road in Mankeri in Latehar Police Station in Latehar District,
two can-bombs weighing 30 kilograms each were found planted on
Sarjamdih-Barigala Road in Ranchi District.
a person belonging to tribal community, and his son, Anil, were
shot dead by cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist
over a land dispute in Adar village under Gumla District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist
killed Ajay Yadav of Nimiadih Tola village in Garhwa District
suspecting him to be a Police informer.
A Police Sub-Inspector,
identified as Satanand Singh of Ara, was killed and seven Policemen
injured in an encounter between the Jharkhand Police and the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the dense Talpahadi forest of Jama Block in Dumka District.
Police sources said there are about 200 Maoists in the forest.
Figures of casualties on the Maoist side were not available. The
Police meanwhile detained two men and three women for alleged
links with the Maoists.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist released
an official of the State Government whom they had abducted from
Latehar District a day earlier. According to Police, the Maoists
had abducted seven officials from Pagar village on September 15.
Six were released in the evening but an official of the food and
supply department, M.O. Kesar Murmu, was taken to a forest and
was freed next day from Kurund forest.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was
shot dead by another faction of the outfit led by 'Jhangru-group'
during a turf war in a forest near Duarseni village in Gumla District.
Two cadres of the TPC were arrested
from Nauka village in Garwah District. Police recovered four rifles
and live cartridges from them.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
two persons, suspecting them to be Police informers, in Adaki
Police Station of Khunti District. The bodies were found near
Gumharia. The Maoists left a letter warning villagers not to inform
the Police about their activities.
Kashinath Singh Munda (40), an
associate of Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, was arrested by the Ranchi
Police from Silli Police Station. A resident of Kadambeda, he
was involved in a number of criminal cases and the Police were
on the lookout for him. According to Official Sources, he joined
the Maoists in 2002.
Jharkhand Assembly Speaker C.P.
Singh was reportedly threatened by a Maoist cadre as he forwarded
to the authorities a complaint against an official of the State.
Ramesh Mandal alias Shakin
Da, a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, carrying a reward of INR 200,000
on his head, was arrested from Tilayia village under Lalpania
Police Station in Bokaro. Ramesh is a key accused in the killing
of CPI-ML legislator Mahendra Yadav who was killed in 2005. Ramesh
was staying in the village for the last two years in name of Deepak
The CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire
on the SFs at Ratnag village near Jaigra under Pandu Police Station
in Palamu District forcing the SFs to retaliate. Though the Maoists
managed to escape to the nearby forest, the SFs later recovered
one rifle, 30 detonators, wires, bags, ten sets of Maoists uniform
and Maoists literature from the hideout.
Around 25 cadres of the CPI-Maoist
went to Satparaghata village in Gumla District and shot dead gangster
Vimal Oraon and a member of the Jharkhand Sangharsh Janmukti Morcha.
Three Maoists surrendered before
the Jharkhand DGP Neyaz Ahmad. They laid down rifles, pistol and
live cartridges. The surrendered Maoists were identified as Ringa
Munda, Mantu Sahu and Ajay Kandula.
A CRPF trooper, two State Armed
Police personnel and three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed
in the ongoing encounter between SFs and the Maoists that started
on September 25 at Tirilposhi forest in West Singhbhum District.
A CRPF trooper and two Maoists were killed in the encounter on
September 26 while two Policemen and a Maoist were killed while
an Assistant Commandant of CRPF injured on September 25. The encounter
took place after the SF personnel, comprising CRPF and SAF, State
Armed Police and District Police, were pursuing the Maoists following
the neutralisation of a training camp in Nurda. The Police also
recovered two weapons including a rifle, five hand grenades, among
other articles. The SFs were still engaged in the operation to
demolish the extremist base in the Saranda forest.
A top Maoist, identified as Prakash
alias Neman Ganju wanted by the Police of four States of
Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was arrested from Debu
village in Simdega District. The Police also recovered ten detonators,
five gelatine sticks, a revolver and four bullets, Sub-Divisional
Police Officer Vinod Kumar Gupta said. Prakash is a self-styled
'sub-zonal commander' and came as the head of a firing squad of
the CPI-Maoist, which had planned to perpetrate a crime in the
District. Prakash had joined the MCC in 1986, and was also arrested
in 2007 and was released on July 8, 2010.
With the killing
of seven more cadres of the CPI-Maoist, the death toll increased
to 13 in the ongoing anti-Maoist operation in the Saranda forest
of West Singhbhum District that started on September 25. The operation
was launched jointly by the Security Forces (SFs) of Jharkhand
and Orissa. More than 4,000 SF personnel and two helicopters have
been deployed. Director-General of Police Neyaz Ahmad said the
bodies of some of the Maoists were recovered.
The Maoists blew
up the Panchayat Bhawan and a hostel in Anandpur.
day of the anti-Maoist operations, SFs recovered four more landmines
from the buffer zone of Saranda forest, namely Tirulposi, Digha,
Thalkobad and Jeraikela in the West Singhbhum District. With this,
the landmines count has gone up to 20.
operations and telephone intercepts established that CPI-Maoist
formed a company of 100-odd armed cadres who moved in a single
group carrying sophisticated weapons and explosives aimed at SFs
scouring the forests of Saranda. Telephone intercepts of Maoist
conversations also indicated that they had designated Tirulposi
in Manoharpur in West Singhbhum, about 50 kilometres from Rourkela
in Orissa, as a ‘capital’ where they would gather from Orissa
and Bihar regularly to chalk out strategy. Four Maoist cadres
were arrested from Tirulposi village. It further reports that
the Maoists were planning a Dantewada like attack against SFs
A 24-hour shutdown
called by the CPI-Maoist in Ranchi hit transport services.
A cadre of Jharkhand Janmukti
Parishad (JMP), a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested.
The extremist was identified as Firoz Ansari, son of Kaleem Ansari
of Rubed village under Jobang Police Station in the bordering
area of Lohardaga and Latehar Districts.
Ranchi Police arrested a cadre
of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Deshbandhu Munda, from an unspecified
Three Maoists surrendered before
Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Praveen Singh, reports
IANS. "They were associated with CPI-Maoist zonal commander
Kunda Pahana since 2006. They were provided INR 50, 000 each and
would be rehabilitated as per the surrender and rehabilitation
policy," Singh said.
Intelligence reports suggest that
Maoists have started hiring primitive Paharia tribes, which have
a presence in the Santhal Pargana region.
SFs recovered 534 IED boosters
containing TNT, a highly explosive substance, hidden in a CPI-Maoist
natural bunker at Barida forest under Bundu Police Station of
Ranchi District. The recovery was made on the tip-off by a Maoist,
Bhola Pal, who surrendered on October 4. "Each booster weighed
125 gram and contained nearly 120 gram of TNT which takes total
weight of explosive materials to around 64 kg in 534 units of
boosters capable of bringing down a 10-storied building within
minutes," said ASP (operation) Apoorva. The boosters were made
on orders at an explosive material making factory at Rourkela
in Orissa for quarries but somehow fell in the hands of Maoists,
who were using it in IEDs to target security forces operating
in the state," said SP (Rural) Michal S. Raj.
After a long search operation,
the Jamshedpur Police arrested three Maoist cadres, identified
as Shukdev Munda alias Ranjit Munda, Santhosh Murmu, and
Indro Munda. While Shukdev was arrested from the Tasrisol forest,
Murmu and Ranjit were arrested from forest in Ghatshila area of
East Singhbhum District.
Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, were killed in internecine clash at
Hessadih in Khunti District. The slain extremists were identified
as Bitoo and Viki.
On a tip-off that a huge quantity
of explosives belonging to the CPI-Moist, were stashed away at
Serangidih in the same District a Police team raided it and recovered
345 pieces of explosive gel and 114 bombs.
Maoists blew up the vacant house
of contractor Pramod Singh, who was killed on October 4, in Tulgul
village of Bokaro District and left behind a poster alleging that
he had been killed and his house blown up as he collected levy
in their name.
Maoists abducted Kamruddin and
Bilal Ansari, employees of a road construction company and set
ablaze a machine at Chinia village in Garwah District.
The CRPF and the West Singhbhum
Police arrested Nulla Bhikshapati (47), a member of the central
technical committee of the CPI-Maoist, from Bandgaon in West Singhbhum
District. Bhikshapati belongs to Andhra Pradesh's Warangal District.
He became associated with Naxal activities in 1991 and trained
activists in explosive devices. Inspector-General (Operations)
R.K. Malik said: "A police team raided the Madra village and came
to know that Bhikshapati was living there for the last one year.
During that year, he held training camps in number of places in
Jharkhand." Bhikshapati had also conducted training camps in Andhra,
Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.
An ‘area commander’
of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ravindra Oraon, was arrested
from Barwadih area of Latehar District on October 11. A locally-made
pistol and Maoist letter-pads were seized from Ravindra. He was
wanted by the Police in a landmine blast and encounter case at
Tonga in the District.
Four LWEs belonging
to Jharkhand Sanyukta Jan Morcha (JSJM), a breakaway faction of
the CPI-Maoist, were arrested by Police during an anti-Naxal (LWE)
operation in the dense forests of Katkumsandi in Hazaribagh District.
Arms and ammunition were also seized from them. The JSJM cadres
had allegedly killed several employees engaged in construction
work of the ongoing Koderma-Hazaribagh Barkakana-Ranchi Broad-gauge
railway line of the East Central Zone for "not paying extortion".
A Special Squad
of Jharkhand Police arrested a left wing extremist, identified
as Ashok alias Oliver Khadiya, and his aide Munna Urav
from the forest area near Jamapani village in Simdega District.
Ashok was a former ‘zonal commander’ of a left wing extremist
outfit and was currently running his own guerrilla force in the
CPI-Maoist-infested regions of the State. The Police also recovered
arms and ammunitions from them including a regular carbine, 9-mm
pistol, 27 bullets, around INR 26,000, mobile sets and Subscriber
Identity Module cards.
a time-bomb was found at a canteen at Kumardugi railway station
in Dhanbad. The Police suspect a Maoist hand in it.
The cadres of
the CPI-Maoist killed a former cadre of the outfit, identified
as Raj Kumar Sao, at Phulwar village under Dandai Police Station
in Garhwa District. A note left by the Maoists accused Sao of
informing the Police about their movements. Sao had severed links
with the Maoists some time back.
a youth identified as Puna Khadia, a resident of Chhapartoli under
Murkunda panchayat in Gumla District and threw his body
on the road at Bartoli village under Gumla Police Station. Maoist
‘area commander’ Jogi Bhagat claimed responsibility for Puna's
killing. He alleged Puna was killed as he was the ‘right hand’
man of Patrick Toppo who heads the PLFI gang engaged in extortion
and road robbery activities in the area.
a huge cache of explosives hidden by Maoist from the forests in
two different locations under Bundu Police Station of Ranchi District.
Acting on tip-off that explosives being hidden in the forests
of Pachakam and Churki forests, two companies of SFs launched
massive search operations and recovered 257 high explosive gelatine
bars, more then 100 pieces of detonators, 50 meter fuse wire,
two 9mm pistols, a locally-made pistol, three claymore mines and
Maoist uniforms and bags. "The explosives were hidden by Maoists
to make IEDs to for use against security forces," said SSP Praveen
Kumar Singh terming the recovery as a "major achievement".
Following a tip-off,
the Police conducted a search operation near the Chenpur area
and arrested Girivar Chaudhary, an ‘area commander’ of JPC and
his associate Vijay Chaudhary alias Rajender from Palamau
after a fierce exchange of fire. However, there was no report
of any casualty. Eight regular guns, two pistols, 30 bullets and
heavy explosive material were recovered from the encounter site.
The two were once associated with the TPC.
Two TPC cadres
were arrested on from Jameri village under Keredari Police Station
area of Hazaribagh District. One of them was identified as ‘sub
zonal commander’ Irfan Mia. Police recovered one rifle and live
cartridges from them.
Two cadres of
the CPI-Maoist were killed in a four-hour-long encounter in a
forest near Raghunathpur in Raidih Police Station area of Gumla
District. The encounter started when a team of Security personnel
was on its way to Chainpur on a regular patrol and a group of
around 150 Maoist cadres opened fire on them. Two Police personnel
are also said to be missing.
Two Maoists, identified
as Sainath Munda and Budhudeo Terome, were arrested in Khunti
District. Khunti Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said Munda
was involved in the murder of special branch inspector Francis
Indwar and the killing of havildar Narendra Pandey. Terome, he
said, was involved in the murder of two villagers who were shot
dead in September, 2010 at Koya village under Arki Police Station.
Kaushik said based on tip-offs given by Munda, Police recovered
62 packets of power gel, 12 boosters and three boxes belonging
to ICICI Bank, which were looted along with INR 50 million about
three years ago.
A PLFI cadre,
identified as Pratap Singh, surrendered with his locally-made
pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition before the Police at Khunti.
Pratap operated in the area of Siladon to Namkum and was wanted
in three cases of murder and one case of setting ablaze a vehicle
Arjun Munda met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and discussed
the State Government's preparedness for panchayat elections
and demanded INR three billion as one-time grant for Police modernization.
Munda also requested the Home Minister to bear the INR five billion
expenditure incurred by the State on CRPF deployed in Jharkhand.
He argued that since Maoist problem is a national one, the State
Government should not be asked to bear the expenditure.
The body of one
of two missing Policemen, identified as Falendra Mishra, was found
near Uchdih-Ragunathpur village under Raidih Police Station, 10
kilometres from the District headquarters of Gumla. Falendra Mishra
along with Nageshwar Mishtri had gone missing on October 20 after
a four-hour-long encounter in Gumla District. Mishra hailed from
Pupri village under Sitamarhi District of Bihar and was posted
at Raidih Police Station of the District. Nageshwar Mishtri returned
to Police headquarters.
of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Roopnath Bhengra,
at Saiko village in Khunti District suspecting him to be a Police
Acting on a specific tip-off about
a squad led by CPI-Maoist, ‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan in the
forests of Getalbeda and Gamharia villages under Arki Police Station
in Khunti District, a Police party led by SP Manoj Kaushik raided
the forests and neutralised a Maoist camp. Around 25 to 30 Maoists
were camping for last couple of days in the camp. On seeing the
Police party coming so close to the squad, Maoists opened fire
and engaged the Security Forces in a fierce encounter. However,
no one was injured in the encounter, said Kaushik. Police recovered
some tarpaulin, Maoist literature and mobile charges from the
Police arrested Cecelia Guriya
alias Rupa aka Monica Dang (22), in a shuttle taxi
ferrying passengers at Satranji 15 kilometers away from the State
capital Ranchi. Cecelia is said to be the girlfriend of Maoist
‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan. "She hailed from Pinding in Khunti
and joined the Maoist fold seven years ago. She trained at Saranda
and then worked with Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ Prasad in Rania.
When Pahan met and fell in love with her, she was sent to work
in Bundu-Tamar in January. He then sent her for computer training
at an institute in Khunti to make her a cadre of the Maoists’
technical cell," SSP Praveen Kumar said. Cecelia, who had been
living in a rented house at Bahu Bazar for the last three months,
was assigned the task of helping Maoists get proper medical treatment
in city hospitals. She was also responsible for receiving Maoist
leaders coming from different parts of the country for organisational
work in the State, Kumar added. Further, Police recovered 30 rounds
of ammunition which Cecelia was taking them to Pahan for test-firing
and a letter from arrested CPI-Maoist politburo member Amitabh
An ‘area commander’ of TPC, identified
as Anand Ganju, was arrested from Giddi area of Ramgarh District,
around 60 kilometers from Ranchi. A pistol and live cartridges
were recovered from him, Police said.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed in an encounter at Jaspur village in Chatra District. The
encounter took place when a team of CRPF and State Police personnel
came under fire from the Maoists during an operation. A rifle,
cartridges and Maoist literature were recovered from the incident
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided
the coal warehouse of the State-owned Central Coalfield Ltd (CCL),
assaulted a staff member, and set ablaze two vehicles in Dakra
in Ranchi District.
Four Maoists, including three
women, were arrested after a brief encounter with Security Forces
in the forests of Khunti. The gun-fight broke out during an anti-Naxal
operation between Iti and Pangura forests with both the sides
exchanging about 180 rounds of fire. The Security Forces seized
28 pieces of explosive gel and INSAS rifle ammunition.
Cadres of the TPC numbering over
50 raided Bundu village in Hazaribagh District and damaged the
houses of six villagers with a JCB machine in protest against
the arrest of Mohammad Irfan, the zonal ‘commander’ of the outfit,
from Bundu region on October 19.
Police arrested Sushila Munda
(21), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, from Khunti District for facilitating
recruitment and supplying Maoist literature to like-minded fellow
students. Sushila is a student of first-year Intermediate of Science
(ISc) at PPK College, Bundu. Sushila belongs to Mahuatand village
in the District. Some recruitment forms were also found in her
possession. "Sushila Munda had even served in the armed squad
of zonal commander Kundan Pahan and it was with his help she got
admission in the college," said SSP Praveen Kumar Singh.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot
at a man identified as Chedi Singh in Lohardaga District for donating
land to the Police to set up a picket at Chatti village in the
District. The condition of Singh was stated to be critical.
Three landmines were recovered
from the outskirts of Ranchi during anti-CPI-Maoist operations.
The landmines, including one remote-controlled claymore landmine,
were recovered from the forest areas of Bundu. The weight of the
landmines varies from 20 kilograms to 40 kilograms. It was a joint
search operation of the State Police and the CRPF. In the last
three months, more than 50 landmines were recovered from the State
during such operations.
Basu Matari, a trooper of 26th
Battalion in the CRPF, was killed when a bomb planted by the cadres
of the CPI-Maoist exploded in Bokaro District. "During a
search operation on Jhumra hills in the District, which was predominantly
an operational belt for the Maoists, the CRPF troop spotted a
Maoist flag. Matari went up to remove the flag, which triggered
the bomb, killing him on the spot," CRPF Commandant M.I.
Mallik said. The police had found posters by the Maoists call
for a boycott of rural polls in Lohardaga and Gumla Districts
earlier this week.
Maoists triggered a blast at Satbahani
railway station in Palamau District, some 170 kilometres from
Ranchi and abducted the station manager, a Police official said.
The Maoists triggered blasts using
dynamites at panchayat buildings in Rajhara village of Vishrampur
block and Basna village of Nava block in the District. No one
was injured in both the blasts.
The CPI-Maoist called for a 24-hour
shutdown from November 7 midnight till November 8, midnight to
protest US President Barack Obama's four-day India visit.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist reportedly
poisoned a pond atop Jhumra hills close to a CRPF camp. Around
200 CRPF troopers and hundreds of villagers around Jhumra hills
depend on the pond for drinking water. CRPF, under its civic action
plan, has used the pond to provide drinking water to the people.
Water from the pond goes to a filtration plant from where it is
supplied through two separate pipelines to the village and CRPF
camp. ''CRPF troopers were alert and that saved life of many.
This is the first time when Maoists have used such an inhuman
method,'' said Bokaro Superintendent of Police Saket Singh.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist severed
the head and legs of a man who was given "death sentence" by a
"kangaroo court" at Beluaghati in Giridih District. The Maoists
claimed responsibility for the killing and pasted a poster on
the distorted body stating that the man was killed after being
branded as a supporter of the "reactionary forces at a jan adalat"
staged by the Maoists.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Umesh Paswan, from Muhamadgang area in Palamu District.
Police recovered six rifles, one carbine and a number of pistols
Police arrested two Maoists, identified
as Shankar Pradhan, an 'area commander' and a cadre, identified
as Ram Narayan Gope from Gumla District. Two-country made knifes,
four bullets and one mobile phone set was recovered from them.
One more Maoist cadre was arrested
near Palkot thane in the same District.
Three CRPF personnel were injured
in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in Jhumra hills in
Bokaro District. According to the Police, the CRPF personnel were
patrolling the Jhumra hills when the Maoists triggered the landmine
14-year-old Barun Munda, a cadre
of the CPI-Maoist who surrendered before the court of Additional
Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghatsila on November 8 has pleaded
before the Jharkhand Police to help him pursue studies claiming
that he had been 'trapped' by the Ghurabandha squad of the Maoists.
Police arrested a Maoist cadre,
identified as Direndra Singh, during routine check in Dhanbad
District and took him for interrogation in Barbadda Police Station.
The Maoist was found dead in the custody in the morning of November
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot
dead four persons, identified as Pradip Munda, his 8-year-old
daughter and two friends, Sanjay Mahto and Soram Munda, charging
them of helping the Police in their anti-Maoist operations at
Baruhatu village of Bundu area in Ranchi District.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was
killed in an encounter with Security Forces (SFs) at Borha village
in Jharkhand. An INSAS rifle, four magazines, eight wireless sets,
a cane bomb of 20 kg, 26 rounds of ammunition, one walkman and
six audio cassettes were recovered from the encounter site.
Some Maoists ran away leaving
behind a laptop and INR 300,000 in cash when the SFs raided a
hideout at Kumari village in Gumla District.
Two associates of Arup Mochi alias
Arun, Dalma squad ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Maheshwar Mahto and Ganesh Chandra Tudu, were arrested after
an encounter with the Police at Borha village of East Singhbhum
District. "We have detained one more person for interrogation.
We have also recovered two Police rifles, one 9 mm pistol and
one 7.65 mm pistol along with a large quantity of live cartridges
and cash," Deputy Inspector General of Police Navin Kumar
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Sunita Kumari and Trilochan Munda, surrendered before
Ranchi SSP Praveen Singh in Ranchi. The duo was wanted in more
than 13 criminal cases. Sunita is the first woman Maoist to surrender
in the State. They will be rehabilitated under the surrender and
rehabilitation policy of the State. Jharkhand Police has reportedly
started the Nai Disha (New Direction) scheme to encourage Maoists
Extending a call for a complete
boycott of panchayat elections in the District, the Maoists have
asked villagers to abstain from voting and contesting the polls.
Central Zonal Committee of the CPI-Maoist spokesperson Paramjeet
said that Maoists have a wide base in rural areas and the panchayat
election is nothing but a conspiracy of the ruling class to create
a divide among the cadres. "We have appealed to our sympathisers
and villagers to keep away from the polls but action could be
harsh if someone from within the party decides to contest the
election," Paramjeet said.
In Khunti District, one suspected
Maoist, Soma alias Marshal, was arrested during a search
operation. A 50 kilograms bomb, 105 pieces of detonators, 30 kilograms
of potassium nitrate and 10 kilograms of mixed explosive powder
were also recovered.
Police recovered two landmines
from Khapia village of Latehar District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were shot
at in a gun battle, which began during a search operation, at
Gamahria under Adki Police Station area in Khunti District. One
of them might have died "as per our information", Superintendent
of Police Manoj Kaushik said. The two were, however, taken away
by their associates. About hundred bullets were exchanged in the
one-hour gun-battle, he said adding an Improvised Explosive Device
(IED) weighing about 50 kilograms was later recovered from under
About 15 to 20 Maoists raided
Khura village and blew up a Panchayat building in Latehar District.
No one was injured in the incident.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres shot
dead and then beheaded a farmer, identified as Pradeep Singh,
in Doodhapani region in Jamtara District. The Maoists suspected
Pradeep as a Police informer, Superintendent of Police (SP) M
P Lakda said.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist carried
out a poster campaign asking people not to participate in the
village council polls in Simdega District.
Nunulal Marandi, the younger brother
of former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, survived a CPI-Maoist
attack at Chatro Bazar under Deori Police Station area of Giridih
District. His Personal Security Officer, Prabhu Soren, is reported
missing after the Maoists attacked Nunulal's vehicle.
Suspected cadres of the PLFI,
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, killed a villager, identified
as Mohan Sahu (28) on the border between Gumla and Raidih Police
Stations. The Police recovered the body on the bank of a rivulet
under Silam panchayat of Raidih Police Station in the morning
of December 7. The deceased was a resident of Jorag village under
Gumla Police Station and a local contractor by profession.
A self-styled ‘sub-zonal commander’
of CPI-Maoist, identified as Surendra Ram alias Prasant
was arrested from Makri village in Garhwa District. Prasant, ‘Koel-Sankh
zone commander’, was arrested while he was urging people to vote
for his wife, Seema Devi, in the ongoing panchayat polls.
He was involved in nine criminal cases including murder, Police
said. One pistol and live cartridges were recovered from him.
The five-phase panchayat polls in Jharkhand began from
Seven cadres of the PLFI, a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Khelari and Budmu Police
Stations of Ranchi District. The arrestees were operative in Khelari,
Ranchi and Budmu and were largely involved in kidnapping, arson
and extortion in the group of ‘area commanders’ Alok Yadav and
Meenu Yadav. Among the arrested include Arun Dome, Suraj Ram alias
Chatta, Anil Ram, Sunil Ram, Ramie Ram and Surendra Paswan who
were arrested under Khelari Police Station and Balkeshwar Sahu
under Budmu Police Station. Police recovered three .315 bore pistols
and one regular pistol, five live bullets and four cell phones
from their possession. Arun Dome was earlier involved in several
incidents and has been to jail in 2005 in an extortion case under
Lower Bazaar Police Station. Suraj Ram was also a wanted criminal
and has been associated with PLFI since 2002 and involved in several
incidents. Similarly, Balkeshwar Sahu acted as courier for PLFI
leaders and commanders and used to pass letters and other equipments
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired
at voters in Parangir village under Bandhgaon block in
West Singhbhum District during the third phase of the panchayat
elections. The Maoists fled after the Police and para-military
forces retaliated, SP A. K. Singh said. There were no casualties
and the polling went on smoothly, Singh added. The earlier two
phases were held peacefully on November 17 and December 2. The
panchayat elections, being held after a gap of 32 years,
will have two more phases on December 20 and December 24.
The Maoists triggered a landmine
blast in Rajpur village, minutes after a polling party crossed
the area in Chatra District, SP Prabhat Kumar said.
The 133rd Battalion of the CRPF
and the District Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including a woman, from Tamar-Arki road in Ranchi District. Four
quintals of explosives and a large number of gelatine sticks were
recovered from the Maoists, Police said, adding that they suspected
the Maoists intended to disrupt the ongoing panchayat polls.
The arrestees are yet to be identified by the Police.
A woman Maoist 'commander' was
arrested from Gurabandha of East Singhbhum District. Police are
yet to identify her. Police recovered Maoist literature and some
other incriminating materials from her.
Cadres of the PLFI killed two
persons and injured two others for sympathising the CPI-Maoist
in Soya village, 110 kilometres from State capital Ranchi in Simdega
District. The victims are yet to be identified by the Police.
Mukund Singh, a contractor and
a former block Congress Party president, was shot dead
by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Urmal village under Chowka Police
Station in Seraikela-Kharsawan District. The motive behind the
killing could not be ascertained as yet, Police said.
A Maoist was killed in a gun battle
with the Police in Moranburu forest of Khuti District. A Maoist
camp was also neutralised during the operation.
Four cadres of the JPC, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Lesliganj area
in Palamau District. A revolver and live cartridges were seized
from the arrested Maoists. Police is yet to identify them.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist tried
to disrupt the fourth and penultimate phase of the panchayat
polls in some places in Jharkhand. According to Police, Maoists
opened fire from the hilly terrain in Baridih Kanpur panchayat
(booth No. 17) in Chakulia block in the early hours to terrorize
the voters but the SFs compelled the Maoists to retreat. SFs recovered
six cylinder bombs buried under a road in Hunterganj in Chatra
District. About 1.3 million voters, 66 percent of the electorate
voted in the panchayat polls.
A joint team of the CRPF and Bokaro Police raided
a well-equipped chemical laboratory run by CPI-Maoist in Chandrapur
industrial area in Bokaro District. The team arrested three top
cadres of the Maoists, identified as Ram Kumar Pandit alias
Langra alias Sanjay, the Maoist ‘R&D wing’ in-charge
and a ‘zonal commander’ of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee
(BJSAC), Devendu Singh (54) alias Anandji alias
Subodhji, a special ‘area committee’ member and Jai Prakash Singh
(53) alias Dinesh alias Shiv Shankar, a sympathiser.
A powerful landmine probably targeting
SFs carrying ballot boxes after panchayat election was
found planted on a road connecting Manatu and Padma under Manatu
Police Station in Palamu District. SP Anup T Mathew told newspersons
that the Maoists planted the landmine to target the SFs returning
with the ballot boxes after completion of the 4th phase
of the panchayat election on December 20. However, the
SFs combing the area in view of the election detected the explosive
timely and defused it in a nearby jungle, Mathew said.
Police arrested Karan Kumar Gupta
alias Guptajee, a top cadre of PLFI, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist from Ita-Barhi village under Bhandra block in
Lohardaga District. The Police were tipped off about Gupta's bid
to sell his rifle. Police recovered four cartridges from him.
"Gupta had shifted to Tainsera in Chakradharpur and Ranchi, where
the PLFI has a presence but had returned to Lohardaga recently",
SP Aseem Vikrant Minz said.
Police arrested a top cadre of
the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sanjay Marandi alias Kajan
Marandi (25) from Talpahadi in Kathikund block in Dumka District.
Marandi was involved an ambush on a Police search party, killing
an officer, on September 10, SP Hemant Toppo said. Marandi led
an armed squad of the outfit comprising 30 cadres and was a resident
of Pirtand in Giridih District. "He was involved in almost
all ambushes on Security Forces in the District," Toppo added.
CPI-Maoist politburo member Amitabh
Bagchi (53) was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court. Bagchi had
moved the High Court against an order of a fast-track court, which
had awarded him life sentence. However, he will not be released
from jail because he has been remanded in a criminal case pending
in Andhra Pradesh. A native of West Bengal, Bagchi was arrested
from Ranchi railway station on August 24, 2009.
Two CRPF troopers were killed
in an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Godda District
during the fifth and final phase of the panchayat elections.
Later the Maoists set ablaze three vehicles in the District, Police
A CRPF trooper was killed when
an IED exploded on a culvert during anti-Maoist patrolling in
Nagratonagra village near Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District.
Stating that it was not related to last phase of panchayat
polls, IG (Operation) RK Malik said the incident took place during
patrolling of the SFs. Three others were also injured and the
Police vehicle too was destroyed in the explosion.
The Maoists and the SFs exchanged
fire in which two Policemen were injured during the encounter
in Chirkinala village in Pirtanda in Giridih District, DCP Vandana
Maoists set ablaze three vehicles
and disrupted balloting at a polling booth in Garhwa District,
Jharkhand Police spokesperson said.
The highest of 71 percent polling
was recorded in Ranchi and the lowest was recorded in West Singhbhum
District with 58 percent. The final phase began amid tight security
arrangements at 7 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. Voting took place for
242 panchayats spread over 14 blocks of five districts. A total
10,262 candidates are in the fray. The five-phase panchayat elections
began on November 27 and ended on December 24.
Two cadres of JPC, a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Harhan village under
McCluskieganj Police Station in Ranchi District. The extremists
identified as Dasai Ganju and Dhurwa Ganju, wanted for the abduction
of a CCL employee, identified as Shyam Kishore Prasad from his
Baseria village under Khelari Police Station. Dasai and Dhurwa
were working under a squad led by ‘area commander’ Nandu Ganju.
Prasad, brother of wing commander R K Prasad posted in Delhi,
was released after two days of his abduction, reportedly after
a ransom payment of INR 1 million to the extremists.
Jharkhand Police launched a mass
awareness campaign in Gumla District, to enlighten the villagers
about the misconceived objectives of the Maoists so that they
do not get influenced by the ideology of the Maoists. The local
Police tried to portray the real picture in front of the villagers
through a street play. "We have done this programme to aware the
people of this area. We were quite successful in it and good message
has reached to the people. We wanted to give this message through
street play that how people who have joined terrorist group can
come back to the society. We have rehabilitation center in our
State. Any terrorist can surrender with weapons," Inspector of
Police Aamsi Hussain said.
A LWE belonging to Jharkhand Janmukti
Parishad (JJP), a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was killed
in a gun battle with the Bharatiya Communist Party (BCP), another
Maoist splinter group, in Palamu District. After the gun battle
was over, another two JJP cadres were 'captured' and taken away
by the BCP. Senior members of BCP to punish the two captured cadres
organised a kangaroo court and in a 'rare judgment' gave
'freedom' to the two cadres during the weekend and threatened
them of dire consequences if they did not leave JJP permanently.
"The people's court has been organised by the BCP. We have been
given a chance this time to change our mindset. They have threatened
us that if we do not change then next time they would not allow
us to walk away us freely," said, Kamesh Parhia, one of the freed