Normal life was badly hit on January
2 in the interior Districts of Chhattisgarh after the CPI-Maoist
launched its 'protest week' against the conviction of Rights Activist
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed in an encounter with the Police in Erka forested area in
Seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were arrested in Bijapur District. The arrests were made from
three different forest bases of Maoists in the District.
Three female CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested from an interior forested pocket in Bijapur District.
"The women were arrested by a patrolling team comprised of
District Force (DF) and the SPOs in Potenar area. We believe they
were linked to a few attacks," said ASP B.P. Rajbhanu.
The Chhattisgarh Government has
decided to add another 2,400 SPOs to be drawn from local youths
to combat the Maoists, an official said.
One SPO was killed in an encounter
between the Chhattisgarh Police and the cadres of the CPI-Maoist
in a forested pocket of Bijapur District.
In a joint operation, the State
Police and the Paramilitary Forces neutralised a camp of the CPI-Maoist
in the Kutru region of Bijapur District.
As many as 379 Maoists lodged
in a jail in Dantewada District continued their hunger strike
for the second day demanding that they be released as they had
been arrested on 'false charges'.
Chhattisgarh Police began probe
into unclaimed cartons of CPI-Maoist literature found at Raipur
railway station's parcel go down that reportedly had vital details
about key Maoist leaders.
SFs recovered cache of arms and
ammunition from a Maoist hideout in Bhanupratappur village in
Kanker District. "We got the information that four guns were kept
somewhere in the nearby forest covered with wild grass. After
getting this information security forces along with the BSF went
there immediately and recovered the arms,' Police said.
Two self-styled 'deputy commanders'
of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Mukchi Bheemand and Kudiyam Budhram,
were killed in a gunfight with a contingent of the District Force
and SPOs during a combing operation in Gucchakonta village in
The Supreme Court said that the
anti-Naxal (LWE) operations cannot impede education and ordered
paramilitary forces to vacate school buildings and hostels within
four months in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-infested Districts. A bench
comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar wanted the
State to rehabilitate tribals uprooted from villages by the continued
Naxal-Police conflict and who were living a 'prisoned' life in
Chhattisgarh Police arrested two
CPI-Maoist sympathisers and a chemist shop owner in Mudhuvendi
village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. According to S.R.P
Kalluri, SSP, the chemist had been providing drugs and medicinal
equipments to the Maoists.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a villager, identified as Ramsu in Badhgaon under Kanker District.
The body of Ramsu was found on the outskirts of Badejharkatta
village with a poster stuck on his clothes accusing him to be
a Police informer. The Maoists also threatened villagers with
similar consequences if they supported the administration.
Five Policemen left their camp
in Narayanpur District to proceed on leave, but were abducted
enroute by a group of CPI-Maoist, Police said. An unidentified
civilian too was taken hostage.
A trooper of the ITBP, Bhoop Singh,
was killed in a CPI-Maoist attack in Rajnandgaon District. The
Maoists opened fire on a joint party of the District Police, the
Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and the ITBP near Khunera in the
Ambagad Police limits, IG R.K. Vij said. The ITBP personnel retaliated
and the exchange of fire lasted over an hour, Vij said. No other
casualty was reported.
The CPI-Maoist cadres released
the civilian, identified as Gulchand, who had been abducted along
with five Policemen of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF), while
they were on their way in a bus to Narayanpur District, in the
District on January 25.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist sent
a list of demands to the authorities in Chhattisgarh to release
five Policemen they had abducted on January 25 in Narayanpur District.
The Central Government should
meet the massive expenditure incurred on para-military troopers
deployed in Chhattisgarh, which is reeling under CPI-Maoist militancy
for about three decades, Chief Minister Raman Singh, while addressing
the Chief Ministers' conference on Internal Security in New Delhi.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot
dead Nohar Singh, a Salwa Judum leader, in a forested stretch
near Toanar village in Bijapur District. Singh was also linked
with the State's ruling BJP, D P Rajbhanu, ASP, said.
A Police team arrested eight Maoists
from the Bhairamgarh and Modakpala Police area of the District.
Rajbhanu added that all the eight Maoists were involved in several
attacks in Bijapur.
The Police discovered schools
for teaching CPI-Maoist ideology to the village children between
Abujmad, a thickly forested belt in Narayanpur District, and Indravati
in Bijapur District.
After the telephonic conversation
between Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and social activist
Swami Agnivesh, Agnivesh had been contacted by the CPI-Maoist
leaders, who expressed their willingness to set free the Policemen
on February 11, in the presence of activists only if the security
personnel stay away.
Outlining the plans for the release,
Agnivesh said he had persuaded Kavita Srivastava of PUCL, retired
Justice Rajinder Sachar, writer-activist Gautam Navlakha and two
of his colleagues, Manu Singh and Harish Dhawan, to travel with
him. "We would arrive in Raipur on the 10th, and then
proceed for Bastar. The transfer of hostages would take place
on 11th, hopefully in the presence of the family members,"
The Chhattisgarh High Court dismissed
an application of rights activist and paediatrician Binayak Sen
seeking bail and suspension of life term awarded to him. But the
court will continue to hear his appeal against the life sentence
handed down by a Raipur Additional District and Sessions Court.
The court also dismissed a similar application of co-accused Kolkata
businessman Pijush Guha. On December 24, 2010, the Raipur court
had convicted Binayak Sen, Guha, and alleged CPI-Maoist ideologue
Narayan Sanyal of conspiring to commit sedition and sentenced
them to life imprisonment.
A top leader of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Sankhu alias Biju, 'chief' of Dandakaranya
area and member of Pipragarh dalam was arrested during
a joint operations by a team of ITBP Force and SPOs from Jamree
village in Rajnandgaon District. Four kilograms of high-intensity
explosives, a gun and some Maoist literature was recovered from
him, the sources said.
After keeping five Policemen for
18 days in captivity in the forests of Bastar, the CPI-Maoist
released and handed them over to social activist Swami Agnivesh
in the forests of Dhoudai in Narayanpur District. The Policemen
were kept away from carrying out search operations as demanded
by the Maoists. Swami Agnivesh, along with rights activist Gautam
Navlakha, PUCL secretary Kavita Shrivastava, Chennai High Court
Lawyer V Suresh, PUDR member Harish Dhawan and Sarvadharma Sansad
representative Manu Singh met the Maoists in the forests of Dhoudai
in Abujmarh. The Maoists handed over the five Policemen to the
activists as promised earlier.
During a search operation in Kanker
District, Chhattisgarh Police arrested two female cadres of the
CPI-Maoist, near a forest area. The Police recovered one loaded
gun and some explosives from them. The Police are trying to establish
the identities of the arrested women, SDO Anil Soni said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
Munnalal Markam, a SPO, in Gondpalli village in Dantewada District.
He was posted at Dantewada Police Station and had gone to a relative's
house at Gondpalli when the Maoists killed him, Police said.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Sonaram Yadav, Dharma Nage, Massa Netam and Tulsiram Netam,
residents of Barda village under Badedonger Police Station area,
surrendered before the Police at Jagdalpur in Bastar District.
The surrendered Maoists have stated that they decided to join
main stream of society, SP Sundar Raj P. said.
The Chief of the Army's central
command surveyed Abujmad forests from the air and then landed
in Raipur to allay anxieties over a potential conflict escalation
in the CPI-Maoist controlled forest in Narayanpur District where
the Army plans to train its troops.
He said the training will be restricted
to manoeuvres with no firing drills and that it would be gradually
scaled up to the brigade level.
A Police patrol party neutralised
a CPI-Maoist camp and arrested two Maoist cadres after an encounter
with the Maoists in Bhejji area of Dantewada District. Police
recovered two detonators, 500-gm of explosives, a gun, a motorcycle
and Maoist literature from the camp, ASP D K Maravi said.
Another Police patrol party exchanged
fire with the Maoists in Polampalli area of the District. However,
there was no report of causality in the encounter.
The Chhattisgarh Government told
the SC that it would not be possible to shift villagers from relief
camps within a definite timeframe due to possible reprisals from
the CPI-Maoist which killed 700 tribals in the past five years.
In an affidavit submitted through
counsel Atul Jha, the State Government however, said it was taking
all steps to gradually shift the villagers back to their villages
from the relief camps set up close to Police Stations in the worst
Maoist-hit Dantewada and Bijapur Districts.
Chhattisgarh has spent INR 12.23
billion for creating road network since 2003-04 in the CPI-Maoist-affected
areas, a senior Minister told the State Assembly. PWD Minister
Brijmohan Agrawal informed the House in a written reply to Leader
of Opposition Ravindra Choubey that a little over INR 12.23 billion
was spent since 2003-04 for road infrastructure in Maoist-affected
areas. He stated that 395 road works had been completed while
construction works were underway on another 101 roads. The Minister
added that INR 10.63 billion was made available by the State Government
while the rest of the amount was provided by the Central Government.
Three armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were arrested in from Pakhanjoor area in Kanker District. Officials
at Police Headquarters said that District Force personnel arrested
the three cadres when they were holding a meeting in the forested
pocket, while several others, managed to escape. The three cadres
wanted in several Maoists attack cases in the District and its
neighbouring Narayanpur District are yet to be identified by the
The Chhattisgarh Government has
purchased 3,065 bullet-proof jackets for its Police Force in its
fight against the CPI-Maoist cadres, State Home Minister Nankiran
Kanwar told the Raipur Assembly. In April 2010, Chhattisgarh saw
one of the worst Maoists attacks on its SFs in which 75 troopers
were killed. Each jacket, weighing 6.3 kilograms and will cost
INR 56,137.50. Kanwar, in his written reply to Congress member
Shakrajit Nayak, also said that the Union Home Minister had exempted
the jacket purchase from customs and excise duty.
590 persons, including 298 SF
personnel- most of them Paramilitary troopers, have been killed
in 667 CPI-Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh since 2009. "A total
of 298 Security personnel were martyred while 292 civilians were
also killed in the State during January 2009 till January 2011,
in a total of 667 Maoist attacks," a source at the Police headquarters
in Raipur said on March 9. He said Paramilitary troopers suffered
the maximum casualty as 170 of their personnel were killed; the
State Police Force lost 86 Policemen while 42 SPOs were also killed
The IAF said it has deployed Garud
Special Forces commandos and four choppers for anti-Naxal operations
but withdrawn the UAVs operating in CPI-Maoist-affected areas
in Chhattisgarh. To protect its choppers from the Maoists attacks,
the IAF chief said Garud Commandos have been deployed on these
helicopters to retaliate whenever such a situation arises.
The Police claimed to have killed
30 CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter in Dantewada District after
an ambush by the Maoists killed three Policemen dead and nine
others injured. ADG (Naxal operations) Ram Niwas said that a Police
team of 145 troopers were on a search operation in the Chintalnaar
area, when the Maoists struck. "In the ambush by the Naxals, three
of our men were killed and nine were injured," said Ram Niwas.
He further said that the Police claim "to have killed 30 Naxals"
in retaliatory action. "Police did not collect so far a single
dead body of Maoists and it is probable that rebels have carried
away the bodies of their colleagues deep inside the jungle," Bastar
IG T.J. Longkumer added.
The Maoists also set ablaze 10
vehicles near Pakhanjoor in Kanker District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in an encounter with the Police in a forested area in Bhairamgarh
of Bijapur District. "It was a brief but fierce gun battle
between the Maoists and Police. Two rebels were killed. Their
bodies have been recovered. Some arms were found at the spot,"
a source at the Police headquarters said. However, there was no
report of any casualty or injury of the Policemen, the Police
Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
arrested from the forest area of Bastar District. The Police recovered
two loaded guns and some explosives from them. The Maoists were
holding a "meeting" in the forest area near village Hitameta and
Nardongri when they were noticed by the SFs who were patrolling
in the area, the Police said, adding the group started fleeing
after sensing the presence of the Police, and were arrested.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Sampat
Vyas (60), a local trader, accusing him of spying on them for
the Police in Kodakhori village under Manpur Police Station in
Rajnandgaon District. "Three armed Maoists walked into a house
of local trader Sampat Vyas, in Kodakhori village, and pumped
several bullets into him. He died on the spot," an official at
Police Headquarters said. The Maoists left a few leaflets after
the killing and claimed the man was a spy for local the Police
Maoists killed Mochi Ram Kureti
(57), a villager of Umarpal village in the District, the Police
officials said. Kureti was killed by the Maoists in Umarpal village
last night, Rajnandgaon ASP, S R Salam said. Pamphlets found from
near his body said Kureti was killed as he was seeking people’s
support to restart an iron ore mine, the ASP added.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a forest official at Gariaband forested area in Raipur District.
"Some 3-4 Maoists reached the house of Madhusudan Patil and despite
opposition from his wife took him away and killed him by slitting
his throat at a culvert, hardly half a kilometer from his house,"
SP Lambodar Patel, said. He said Patil tried to run away when
Maoists first hit him around the neck but he collapsed and died
on the spot.
The Police arrested eight CPI-Maoist
cadres in Narayanpur District in the last two days, SP Mayank
Srivastava said. They were wanted in criminal cases like murder,
attempt to murder, arson, robbery and sedition, he said, adding
the Maoists are being interrogated.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed in a joint operation by the Police and Paramilitary Forces
Force in the forests between Remadand and Kulanar village in Narayanpur
District. Narayanpur SP, Mayank Srivastava, said that about 50
Maoist cadres had assembled near the Kulanar village and the forests
surrounding the area. Srivastava said: "Our joint forces
of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Task Force (STF)
and the District Force (DF) had gone on a forest search operation,
during which they anticipated Maoist presence in the area." "They
surrounded the area and an exchange of fire took place between
the two sides. Later in the search operation we recovered two
bodies and a 12 bore gun, a 9 mm pistol and a bomb," he added.
The Police arrested four Maoists
in Faras village of the District. They are suspected to be senior
Maoist cadres and have several criminal cases registered against
SP Mayank Srivastava said that
two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a self- styled ‘commander’, were
arrested by the Police from Gotabenur village of the District.
Punuram is a Maoist ‘commander’ while the other was identified
as Mankuram, Srivastava said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres dragged
Kirtan Mandawi, a 50-year-old man from his home and shot him dead
near the forest in Koracha village in Rajnandgaon District. The
Maoists after killing him left behind a note reporting that he
was a Police informer hence they killed him.
The CPI-Maoist cadres condemning
the alleged Police rampage in the villages of Dantewada District
has called for a protest (virodh diwas) in Bastar region for five
days. Maoist leader and spokesperson of East Bastar Special Area
Committee, Niti, in her statement released to the journalists
in Bastar said that from April 11 - 15 the Maoists will observe
‘virodh diwas’ followed by total shut down for two days from April
16. "The functioning of health centres, schools and colleges
are exempted from this bandh. And we warn the police not to commit
such cruel and disruptive acts in future otherwise they will have
to pay heavy price", she said.
Speaking in the Vidhan Sabha,
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar admitted that 327 troopers
of the Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF conducted a five day area
domination exercise from March 11 to March 16 and raided the villages
of Morpalli, Timapuram and Tarmetla; but claimed that, in each
instance, the SFs were ambushed by the CPI-Maoist cadres who set
ablaze the villages and escaped in the ensuing confusion. According
to Mr. Kanwar’s statement, the SFs raided Morpalli village on
March 11, when they were attacked by the Maoists. The Maoists
then allegedly set ablaze to a number of homes and escaped. Citing
the testimony of one Madavi Ganga of Morpalli village in this
regard, Mr. Kanwar said a case had been registered in the Chintalnaar
The Chhattisgarh Government opposed
the petition of rights activist Binayak Sen in the apex court
seeking bail and stay on his life term for his reported links
with the Naxals (LWE). While responding to a March 11 notice on
the petition by Binayak Sen challenging the rejection of his bail
by the High Court on February 10, the State Government said Sen
was involved in providing safe hideouts and logistic support to
top cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
The Chhattisgarh Police arrested
a tailor, identified as Puranchand Meher, for reportedly supplying
uniforms to the Maoists from Indagaon area in Raipur District
along Odisha border. The Police recovered 20 trousers, five full-sleeved
shirts and 35 metres of olive green tericot cloth from his shop.
"These were Maoist uniforms, each a different size," Gariaband,
SP, Kamal Lochan Kashyap, said.
Eight cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were arrested by the Police from Anjarel and Palaksa villages
in Narayanpur District. Out of the eight Maoists, six cadres were
carrying a reward of INR 5,000 on their heads, SP Mayank Srivastava
said. On a tip off, a Police party carried out combing operation
and arrested the cadres who had been absconding for long time
and the Police recovered three loaded guns, ammunition and detonators
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh has described Naxals as the "biggest threat" to democracy
and vowed to pursue its current policies to eliminate the Maoist
menace. Naxalism and terrorism are the "biggest threat" to the
country and its democracy. If democracy is to be kept alive, the
Naxal violence has to be eliminated, he said at a function in
Raipur District. The State will remain firm on its policies while
tackling the Naxal violence, Singh said, adding the people of
Chhattisgarh are with the Government in this fight.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines
of an event at the College of Defence Management (CDM) in Hyderabad,
the Chhattisgarh Governor, Shekhar Dutt, said the Naxalites (LWE)
are obstructing development in the areas where they have a strong
presence in Chhattisgarh, but the Government is trying to sow
the seeds of growth to root out the menace. "These people have
closed a particular area from all kinds of development because
it is their interest to see that no development takes place,"
he said. "I think we have to gradually move in and the seeds of
development must go into these places. Therefore, it is not something
which can be done immediately. Immediately, it can be done. That
is by force. But we are not using that kind of force," he said.
To a query, the Chhattisgarh Governor said the anti-Naxal operation
is not like a traditional war in which the SFs will have quick
success. "This is not that kind of a thing. It is regarding a
number of people, the villagers are not allowed to do their own
business. Own business does not mean just living in the forest
areas. They must improve along with time. New technologies and
communication must come. For communication, you need towers. If
they destroy the (cell phone) towers, are they pro-people or against
people?" he asked. Dutt, in his valedictory address to the CDM
students, said the concept of security should not be confined
to the application of force by the State.
Dutt defended the necessity of
the Koya commandos in Chhattisgarh to resist Naxals. Dutt said
that the tribals in Chhattisgarh had to survive among the Naxals
who were brutally attacking them. He said that many locals had
been killed as the Naxals had suspected them to be police informants
and added that the locals thus needed to defend themselves. When
asked about the Supreme Court's concern over the Chhattisgarh
Government's Koya commandos, the Governor refused to comment.
The apex court on April 6 had expressed concern over the creation
of Koya commandos and giving them arms to deal with Communist
Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist). The court has sought a response
from the Chhattisgarh Government by April 15 following an affidavit
filed by Swami Agnivesh.
The Chhattisgarh Government has
told the Supreme Court that PUCL leader and pediatrician Binayak
Sen should not be granted bail as he had arranged for safe hideouts
to top leaders of the CPI-Maoist and helped them get employment
under concealed identity. Ahead of the April 15 hearing on Sen's
bail plea by a Bench of Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad, the
State through standing counsel Atul Jha submitted an additional
affidavit before the court terming the activities of Sen and his
wife Elina as "anti-national" as they helped the cadres of the
CPI-Maoists, which had been declared a terrorist organisation
and banned by the Centre and the State Governments.
The State Government said that
for the top Maoist leaders, he arranged safe hideouts by arranging
houses on rent, helped them open bank accounts and in getting
employment under concealed identity and provided employment by
incorporating trusts. It said the Andhra Pradesh Police announced
a cash award of INR 1.2 million for the arrest of top Maoist leader
and politburo member Narayan Sanyal on March 25, 2006, but Sen
maintained strong links with him. When Sanyal was arrested and
lodged in jail, Sen met him on the false pretext of treating him.
"Sen met Narayan Sanyal 33 times within a short span of 11 months
(from June 5, 2006 to April 30, 2007) by falsely representing
him as a brother and relative of co-accused Sanyal.
The purpose of meeting entered
in the (jail) register was 'domestic reason'," it said. The Raman
Singh Government also said that Sen's wife Elina had also helped
top Maoist Shankar Singh and Amita Srivastava in opening bank
accounts. "The petitioner also arranged job for absconding top
Maoist Amita Srivastava in a local school. To camouflage the identity
of top Maoists, Sen and his wife Elina Sen showed top Maoists
as employees of their alleged charitable organisation `Rupanter',"
the State Government said. It said that being a PUCL member did
not justify harbouring top Maoists and arranging safe hideouts
for them. "As a concerned citizen of this country, the petitioner
ought to have informed the Police about the whereabouts of hardcore
Naxalites [Left Wing Extremists]."
Around 100 to 150 Maoist cadres
set ablaze a JCB machine, two generators, two mixture machines,
two tractors, one operating machine, along with more than half
a dozen other machinery parts and motor spare parts of a road
construction firm and assaulted the labourers employed in Dolangi
Village in Ramchandrapur in Surguja District. The Maoists had
demanded INR five million as levy and along with other demands.
The cadres set ablaze instruments approximately to the worth of
INR 15 million.
Two villagers, including a former
sarpanch were killed CPI-Maoist cadres near a weekly market
under Miratpur Police Station limits in Bijapur District. About
more than a dozen Maoist cadres opened fire in which a villager,
identified as Chugadu and a former sarpanch Chandru (45),
were killed on the spot. Miratpur sarpanch Malti Kashyap
said the Security Force was present and a brief encounter with
the Maoists took place which forced the cadres to flee.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
during a gun-battle with the Police in Chinnari forest area of
Narayanpur District. SDO, Dev Narayan Patel said that the Maoists
were gathered to conduct a meeting ahead of elections in the area
in order to motivate the youth to join their ranks. The Police
also recovered a rifle, six cartridges, a Tiffin-bomb, Maoists
literature, wires, three detonators, other explosives and grocery
items from their hideout.
The Chhattisgarh Government is
planning to use UAVs of the IAF to conduct reconnaissance of Naxal
(LWE)-hit areas even as SFs are mulling entering the CPI-Maoist
stronghold of Abujhmad.
Two landmines planted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres were recovered from forested locations in restive Bastar
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres fired
at a Salwa Judum local leader identified as P. Vijay Kumar,
injuring him critically at Kunta in Dantewada District.
Citing security reasons, the EC
relocated 200 polling booths for the May 8 by-election in Bastar
Three Maoist cadres were arrested
in a raid on their forest hideout in Bhanupratappur area in Kanker
District. An officer at the Police Headquarters in Raipur said
that the arrested Maoists were wanted for two years in cases involving
attacks on Police and civilians and damaging Government property.
The SFs recovered huge quantities
of weapons and ammunition during a raid in the forests of CPI-Maoist-affected
Churia region close to the inter-state border of Maharashtra in
The Army is awaiting clearance
from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to conduct training in jungle
warfare to a brigade size Force in Chhattisgarh. The land for
setting up the training area, also called the "manoeuvre range,"
has been identified at Narayanpur District in Chhattisgarh and
approval is awaited, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the
Central Command Lt. Gen. V.K. Ahluwalia said, at a press conference
at the Command's headquarters. Lt. Gen. Ahluwalia said the objective
of setting up the training range was "only to impart training
and not anti-Naxal LWE operations."
The area under the Central Command,
which encompasses Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, and
parts of Madhya Pradesh, were affected LWE, but presently the
Army was not mandated to operate against such elements. Uttar
Pradesh and Uttarakhand were the other two States in the Command.
The Army's role in this context was advisory and providing assistance
in capacity building to the Union government. Though the Army
was not involved in anti-Naxal operations, it had imparted training
to about 50,000 Police and Paramilitary Force personnel in such
One trooper, identified as Ishwar
Lal, deployed on election duty was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres
at Khutepal near Bhusaras in Dantewada District. The Maoists also
triggered landmine blasts at three separate places in South Bastar
and tried to blow up vehicles to terrorise polling parties. Incidents
of random firing were reported at several places in Narayanpur
and Bijapur Districts, Police sources said.
The Maoists, who had given a call
to boycott elections, blew up a 33 KVA transformer, disrupting
power supply to Kuakonda, Sukma, Konta and Chintagarh Development
blocks in the District.
A special conference of the Maoists,
active in the tribal areas in Kerala, was held at an unspecified
location in Chhattisgarh from April 20 to 25. Sources said senior
leaders of the outfit, including its 'general secretary' Muppala
Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathi, spoke in the conference.
Sources said around 20 underground Maoists, including its former
'state secretary' Roopesh alias Praveen alias Mohan,
attended the conference. Roopesh, against whom there is a case
of harbouring Maoist leader Malla Raji Reddy, has been given some
assignments in the Dandakaranya region. He and his wife Shyna
have been absconding ever since the Police launched a hunt after
the arrest of Reddy in Ankamali in 2007.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up
a Police vehicle in Bastar District. "A powerful blast ripped
through the Tata-407 vehicle.
A 25-kilogram landmine laid under
a key road by the Maoists in Bastar region was detected and defused
by the Police. "A squad of the District force and the Paramilitary
troopers spotted a landmine in Kanker District. The 25-kilogram
landmine was laid to target the Police party,' Kanker SP Ajay
Five CRPF troopers, belonging
to the 2nd battalion, were killed and two others injured in a
landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Borguda
village on National Highway 221, six kilometres away from Sukma
town in Dantewada District. The CRPF convoy of three vehicles
was returning from Kerlapal to the camp at Sukma when they were
hit by landmine blast around 9:00 pm, killing five CRPF troopers
and injuring two others, IG, Bastar, T. J. Langkumer, said.
In the District, several vehicles
being used for road construction were set ablaze by the Maoists
in Peedhapal. The vehicles that were set ablaze included two tractors,
a roller, three water tanks and diesel pumps. Maoists also pasted
posters near the vehicles calling for Bharat bandh on May
21-22. The posters criticised the recent arrest of three central
committee members in Bihar. In an unsigned statement sent to a
few media outlets in Chhattisgarh, the outfit said it would enforce
the shutdown in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra
and Andhra Pradesh, besides Chhattisgarh, in protest against arrest
of its three senior leaders in Bihar.
A SPO was shot dead reportedly
by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres in the Dantewada District. About
a dozen Maoist cadres cornered SPO Koasalal Markam at a weekly
market at Chintagarh village and shot him dead, Dantewada SP Ankit
Two CRPF troopers who were injured
in the landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near
Borguda village in the District on May 17, succumbed to the injuries.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot
dead a constable, Pawan Mandavi, and abducted a SPO, Ramaiyya,
in a raid on a Salwa Judum camp in Cherpal village in Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. A Maoist was also killed in retaliatory
fire by the security personnel present there. The constable and
SPO had gone to the camp to attend the wedding of a relative.
Some weapons were recovered from the deceased Maoist.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a civilian, Kawasi Dev, mistaking him to be a Police officer in
Dantewada District, the first day of the two day bandh
called by the CPI-Maoist.
The body of Ramaiya, an SPO who
was abducted by Maoists from Cherpal village in Bijapur District
on May 18, was found thrown on the road.
Maoists set on fire a mixture
machine and a truck in Balud village in Dantewada District.
Police and para-military forces
recovered two 50-kilogramme landmines buried in a forested road
at Ponjer Nala in Bijapur District.
Normal life was affected in the
State due to the bandh. "The only passenger train that
runs in Dantewada District has been suspended for the time being,
even though goods trains are running as usual. In order to disrupt
the rail traffic, Naxals also ruptured the rail tracks at some
points, which were detected and restored," said Ankit Garg, the
SP of Dantewada District. Police officials said that while traffic
movement in urban parts of Dantewada District was smooth, disturbances
have been reported from interior areas.
In Bastar, markets remained closed
and at some places, Maoists felled trees on the roads, said the
A Maoist, identified as Ravi alias
Ganeshu, who was a 'commander' and member of the Rajnandgaon District's
Area Committee surrendered to the Police.
Chhattisgarh Planning Commission
has allotted INR one billion for the Integrated Action Plan of
Maoist-affected areas. The plan covers Bastar, Bijapur, South
Bastar (Dantewada), Jashpur, North Bastar (Kanker), Kabir Dham,
Korea, Narayanpur, Rajnandgaon and Sarguja areas in the State.
Under the plan, 18,969 projects have been approved of. Out of
these, 2,109 projects have been completed, 16,659 are in progress
while 18,768 projects have been implemented.
The Supreme Court sought the Chhattisgarh
Government's response within a week to the bail plea of Kolkata-based
businessman Piyush Guha, who was convicted and sentenced to life
imprisonment along with civil rights activist Binayak Sen in a
Chhattisgarh Police said the lone
Policeman, who had been missing since the CPI-Maoist ambush in
Sunabeda forest in Nuapada District on May 23 was apparently safe,
and he had contacted his family. Top officials said that as per
the primary investigation, 'Military' unit of Maoists, which operates
in Mainpur area of the State, as well as in the neighbouring Odisha,
was involved in the ambush.
Chhattisgarh and Odisha Police
decided to join hands against the growth of CPI-Maoist in the
area bordering the two States. State Police plan to organise a
meet with Odisha Police to discuss the course of action and mechanism
to tackle the Maoists in the region. Police administration plans
to concentrate on Amamora and Chipri plateau regions.
The CPI-Maoist-hit areas in the
State will soon have ITI and Skills Development Centres. Chief
Minister Raman Singh had demanded the seven ITIs. The Central
Government has now approved of the institutions in the State.
At least INR 309.8 million will be spent on the project of building
these centres across the State.
Shiba Sahu alias Urmila,
a CPI-Maoist woman cadre of 'deputy commander' rank surrendered
before the Police in Rajnandgaon District. Urmila joined the outfit
in 2005 and was a language trainer and paramedical expert. Urmila
was presently working with the Korchi dalam. Chhattisgarh
Police had arrested her husband Subhas alias Ayatu, arrested
in 2007, too was a 'deputy commander'. She was serving in North
Gadchiroli region before surrendering.
A week after nine Chhattisgarh
Policemen were killed in a CPI-Maoist ambush in Sunabeda forest,
just 14 kilometres away from Chhattisgarh border in Nuapada District
of Odisha, the sole missing Policeman of the 10-member team, Holaram
Sahu, surfaced safe and alive, near Dhavalpur village in Chhattisgarh,
about 35 kilometres from the ambush site.
Holaram Sahu, the Policeman who
went missing after CPI-Maoist ambush in Sunabeda forest in Odisha
and surfaced safe and alive on May 30, was held captive and tortured
by the Maoists for nearly three days before managing to escape,
The Supreme Court granted bail
to alleged Maoist sympathiser Piyush Guha wondering whether a
call for a revolution to reform society could be treated as an
offence. "A large number of material and news come to us. Similarly,
such material comes to you and this person also. If that is his
ideology and he says revolution is the only way to reform society,
can we say that is an offence?" a vacation bench of justices G
S Singhvi and C K Prasad said.
The Army has entered into the
CPI-Maoist-infested region of Chhattisgarh. This entry, however,
is not intended at any combat but for training commandos in the
jungle warfare. Around 500 troopers and officials of the Indian
Army, reached Raipur from the central command headquarters of
Lucknow. They later moved in separate teams to Bastar where the
Army is setting up a special training centre in Abujhmad. The
Chhattisgarh government has provided 750 square kilometres of
land in Abujhmad in Narayanpur District for the camp.
Five to six CPI-Maoist cadres
fired in a weekly marketplace in Tongpal village in Dantewada
District, killing Constable Budharuram Poyam of Tongpal Police
Station and severely injuring constable Rakesh Bhaskar.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were reportedly killed in a gun
battle with Police in a forest area in near Narayanpur. Police
said they also seized two 9mm pistols, .315 bore locally made
pistol, explosives and Maoist literature after the gun battle.
A 'deputy commander' of Bhopalpatnam Guerrilla Squad of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Ramesh, was killed in an encounter with the Police
at Dampaya village in Bijapur District, Police said. Inspector
General of Police of Bijapur B. P. S. Rajbhanu said the gun battle
ensued when Policemen of Madded Police Station who were going
around in the forest area were fired upon by the Maoists. The
exchange of fire went on for over an hour before other Maoists
escaped. Police also recovered a rifle and 25 live cartridges
from the encounter site.
Despite decline in CPI-Maoist
related violence in many areas of the country, situation in some
parts of Chhattisgarh remained unchanged, CRPF DG K Vijay Kumar
said. "Some parts of Chhattisgarh, particularly its southern region,
need attention," Vijay Kumar told reporters after meeting Odisha
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Stating that the Districts like
Bastar, Dantewada and some other adjoining areas witness violence,
the CRPF DG said, "things are much better than in the previous
years." "We are taking steps on how to improve situation in these
areas," he added. Replying to a question, the CRPF DG said "deployment
of force was being made keeping in view the situation and it is
dynamic." On the recent spate of surrenders by top Maoists in
Odisha and some other parts of the country, the CRPF DG said,
"It is a good sign. We do not believe only in killing. Surrenders
and arrests are also important," he said. Stating that surrender
indicated some change in the mindset of the other side (Maoists),
he said this also proved maturity of the administration.
The CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate
fire near the camp of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Narayanpur District,
killing four troopers and leaving another injured. Some troopers
of the force were involved in their regular chores near the camp
of the 16th battalion of the Force in Bharaghati village when
the Maoists started firing at them killing four troopers and leaving
another injured, Ram Niwas, ADG anti-Maoist operations said. The
Maoists also decamped with two weapons of the troopers, the senior
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up
an anti-landmine vehicle, killing 10 SF personnel - seven SPOs
and three police constables - and injuring three others at bridge
near Gatan village in Katekalyan area in Dantewada District. The
anti-landmine vehicle of the SFs was approaching a bridge near
Gatan village near Katekalyan when the Maoists triggered a powerful
blast and opened indiscriminate fire on the personnel who came
out of the badly damaged vehicle, Police said.
The Chhattisgarh Armed Force trooper
who was injured in the June 9 Maoist attack in Narayanpur District
succumbed to his injuries taking the death toll to five.
Three CRPF personnel were killed
when a group of 250 cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the CRPF
camp at Bhejji village in Dantewada District. ADGP Ram Niwas claimed
10 Maoists were killed in the encounter, but their bodies were
taken away by the Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility
for the recent attacks at Narayanpur and Dantewada Districts in
which 18 Police personnel were killed, and threatened to continue
similar attacks if the Government does not stop 'brutal repression'
of common people. The statement was issued by the CPI-Maoist Dandakaranya
Special Zonal Committee.
A gunbattle broke out at Bhejji
Police Station in Dantewada District when CPI-Maoist cadres opened
fire at the Police Station and the Policemen retaliated. However,
no casualty was reported, Police said.
A man, identified as Abul Qayyum
Khan (41) was arrested and about 80 kg ammonium nitrate and 229
detonator sticks were seized from him in Mahasamund District of
Chhattisgarh, Police said. Officials at Police headquarters here
said they were probing if the seized explosives were meant for
The Police in Chhattisgarh recovered
a 25 kilograms bomb planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist under
a culvert in a forested area, some 200 km south of Raipur in Kanker
District, to target a Police convoy scheduled to pass over it
later in the day. Officials at Police Headquarters here said that
a Police search squad detected the bomb and defused it immediately.
IB reports have claimed that Maoists
in the region are planning to attack the Army officials training
in the forests near Abujhmad.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony said
Army units near the CPI-Maoist areas of Chhattisgarh would only
be in training and not deployed for operations. "It (Chhattisgarh)
is not enemy territory," he said, when asked what role was envisaged
for the army that this month sent two units near a suspected Maoist
base in Abujhmad area. "The army is training in many States… because
they want to have a feel of all kinds of terrain - deserts, mountains
and plains. They are now establishing a new training unit there,"
The Centre will send an additional
5,000 central paramilitary personnel to Odisha and Chhattisgarh
in the next couple of weeks to carry out joint operations, specifically
along the inter-State borders. The two States expressed the need
to step up joint operations in a meeting chaired by Union Home
Minister P. Chidambaram and attended by Odisha Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in
New Delhi. The central forces will conduct operations jointly
with Police of these States. Chhattisgarh has over 12,600 paramilitary
personnel compared to over 7,200 personnel in Odisha. These personnel
are drawn from CRPF, BSF and ITBP.
After the meeting, Chidambaram
said, "We have made very clear that no operation will be conducted
without the complements of State Police. Earlier practice has
been completely discontinued since a year-and-a-half. Now, all
operations are conducted by the paramilitary forces with the complements
of state police. All operations are now joint operations." Raman
Singh too agreed. Addressing a joint press conference with Chidambaram
and Patnaik, he said, "Central forces cannot do it alone. State
Police has to be there. It is not right to say that the casualties
are only from paramilitary forces. Whoever comes under fire, they
face the casualty. So, joint operation has to be there." Asked
about the activities of Naxals along the inter-state borders,
Singh said Chhattisgarh had 4,000 kilometres borders with Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and it was practically impossible to
check the movement of Maoists in these areas. "We can't stop them
fully. Movement keeps going on. We have decided to augment our
strength and operations will be intensified," he said.
Chidambaram earlier said violence
and the number of casualties had been reduced considerably in
areas falling under 270 Police Stations in 64 Districts in eight
States. "Up to June 14, there have been 811 incidents (1,025 last
year) resulting in 270 deaths (473 last year). Of the 270 persons
who were killed, 190 were civilians (296 last year) and 80 personnel
of the security forces (177 last year)," he said. He said CPI-Maoist
and other left-wing extremist groups continued to target civilians
and kill them after branding them as 'Police informers' and of
the 190 civilians killed this year, 72 were branded as Police
informers. Chidambaram said these extremist groups also continued
to target infrastructure and businesses and this year there were
13 attacks on railway property, 18 telephone exchanges and towers
were attacked, four panchayat bhavans and 12 school buildings
were destroyed and 82 roads and culverts were also damaged. Statistics,
released by the Home Ministry, showed there were 125 encounters
between Security Forces and extremists and 78 extremists were
killed. Besides, 883 extremists were arrested, 243 surrendered
and 315 arms were recovered this year.
Some 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist
raided Chhotebedma village under Kuakonda Police Station in Dantewada
District and shot at Mudararam Sodhi (65), a worker of CPI and
the elder brother of former MLA Nandram Sodhi, alleging him to
be a Police informer.
Maoists triggered a landmine blast
between Palnar and Kuakonda seriously injuring two troopers of
CRPF's 111th battalion, when CRPF and Police personnel were returning
after an investigation on receiving information about the raid
incident in Chhotebedma village.
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted
100 tribals from Duppatota village under Dornapal Police limits
in Dantewada District. Over 150 rifle-carrying Maoists marched
villagers into the forest after threatening their family members
against following. The Andhra Pradesh Police has intensified their
combing operations on the Andhra-Chhattisgarh border.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in a 90-minute gunbattle between the search squad of the State
Police and 40 Maoist cadres in the forest region of Sitapur area
in Bijapur District. The Police said the gun battle began when
the search squad of CAF, SPOs, and District Force was attacked
by armed Maoists. The troopers returned fire and two Maoists were
killed. The bodies have also been recovered, Police officials
added. The Police have recovered some explosives, an AK-47 and
Maoist literature from the site. Bijapur SP Rajendra Narayan Das
said the Police suspected those killed to be from Andhra Pradesh.
One of the two CPI-Maoist leaders has been identified as Sridhar
alias Santosh. The 40-year-old 'commander' had been working
for Maoist Dalams for more than 20 years in Andhra Pradesh,
Odisha and Chhattisgarh. He was earlier spotted on motorcycle
along with pistol in the region.
A report said Maoists abducted
three villagers identified as Poonam Doga (55), Hemla Gudia (50)
and Semal Laxman (40) from Nayapara Relief Camp near the Raipur
District Headquarters. They also said the villagers did not report
the incident to Police and are searching on their own. "The report
about civilian's kidnapping [abduction] has not been confirmed.
I am trying to ascertain the news with local Police," the official
at the Police Headquarters said.
The Chhattisgarh Government will
set up an armed battalion of women to deal with the law and order
situation on the field and deploy it in the Naxal-infested areas
if needed. "Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has given
in-principle nod for formation of the women battalion. The battalion
will, however, not be used in anti-Naxal combat operations," said
N. K. Aswal, Chief Secretary of Home Department in Raipur.
Villagers in Senguda village in
Lorami area of Bilaspur District surrounded two CPI-Maoist cadres
and handed them over to Police on June 24. The Maoists were in
uniform and had gone to the village for the collection of levy.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up
a Police vehicle with a landmine and ambushed BSF personnel, killing
five SF troopers in two separate attacks in Dantewada and Kanker
Districts. The Maoists blew up an SUV near Kirandul in Dantewada
District, 6 kilometres from Raipur, killing three Policemen and
injuring three others, said Ramnivas, the ADG (Naxalite operations).
One Policeman is missing.
A patrolling team of the BSF and
the Police was ambushed by around 150 Maoists, Kanker SP, Rahul
Bhagat, said, adding that two BSF troopers were killed on the
spot in Kanker District. One Maoist was killed in retaliatory
firing, Bhagat added.
Chhattisgarh ADGP (Naxal Operation)
Ramniwas said that the number of victims in the landmine blast
triggered by the CPI-Maoist on June 26, in which a Police vehicle
was blown up at Kirandul and Palnar in Dantewada District, has
gone up to four. In addition to the fatalities, four persons,
including three policemen, are undergoing medical treatment at
a hospital presently, they said.
At least seven live bombs were
found by a joint search team of the BSF and the Chhattisgarh Police
in Kanker District.
Rejecting President Pratibha Patil's
call for peace talks, Maoists announced a 'protest week' from
July 4 in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra and on
the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), demanding immediate scrapping
of the Army training school being set up in the foothills of Abujmarh
in Bastar. In two separate statements issued on June 26, CPI-Maoist
central committee spokesman Abhay said the President's call to
Maoists to come forward for peace talks came at a time when a
battalion-strong Army have already been sent in with the intention
to involve them in the so-called operation green hunt. Such a
proposal for talks comes when Governments and corporates have
entered into MOUs to exploit vast mineral wealth in the region
and security forces are unleashing terror and committing atrocities
on the poor in tribal areas," he alleged, adding that Maoist leader
Azad ? who had initiated a process for peace talks with the Government
? was killed in a fake encounter. Maoists appealed to the people
to impress upon the President to call off ongoing operations and
withdraw the paramilitary forces from the tribal areas. They also
want the Army training centre scrapped, as well as all MOUs and
the land acquisition process. "If the governments accept these
demands, Maoists will stop the counter violence," the Maoist spokesman
A team of Raipur Police and STF
demolished a temporary camp of the CPI-Maoist near Raigarh District.
No Maoist could be arrested but a huge quantity of food supply,
bombs, explosives and Maoist literature were seized from the camp.
Police said around 30 to 40 Maoists had stayed in the region for
People in Naxal-affected Bastar
Region are happy over arrival of Army personnel for training,
said Lieutenant General V. K. Ahluwalia, General Officer Commanding
(Central Command). The Army will soon start welfare activities
for the local residents. They will, among other things, undertake
cleaning of lakes and help in education of children, he said.
To a question, Ahluwalia said it has already been clarified that
Army has entered into the Maoist territory only for "jungle warfare
training and not for anti-Naxal operation". An Army contingent
arrived in Bastar a few weeks ago for jungle warfare training.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was
killed and another was arrested after Maoists ambushed a joint
team of SFs near Puhimal village under Mainpur station limits
in Gariaband Police District, a senior Police officer said. The
Police recovered the body of the slain Maoist, who is yet to be
identified, and four rifles from the encounter site.
CPI-Maoist cadres damaged the
entire 23-kilometres stretch of landmine resistant road from Bijapur
to Gangalur in south Bastar, nearly a year-and-half after it was
opened to public. The road, considered a vital link in the proposed
Maoist corridor between Andhra Pradesh to south Bastar through
Bijapur District, has been re-laid by making it landmine blast
resistant after security personnel secured the route from the
Maoists nearly three-years-ago. The newly-built road was opened
to public in January 2010. "The entire stretch of road was damaged
by the rebels, who dug out the road at every 100 metre. As result
of this, the movement of security forces in the area would severely
be hit," Bijapur District SP, R.N. Das, said.
A 'protest week' called by the
CPI-Maoist, beginning on July 4 in the State hit normal life in
many Districts. No violence was reported from anywhere in the
State till late in the day, but it had massive impact on normal
life in at least 10 of the State's 18 Districts.
The Supreme Court declared illegal
and unconstitutional the deployment of tribal youth as SPOs- either
as 'Koya Commandos', Salwa Judum or any other force - in
the fight against the Maoist insurgency, and ordered their immediate
The court also directed the Centre
and the State to provide appropriate security forthwith, and undertake
such measures "as are necessary and within bounds of constitutional
permissibility, to protect the lives of those who had been employed
as SPOs previously, or who had been given any initial orders of
selection or appointment, from any and all forces, including but
not limited to Maoists/Naxalites."
Not satisfied with a probe ordered
by the Chhattisgarh Government, the Supreme Court directed the
CBI to immediately take over the investigation into the incidents
of violence that occurred in March in Morpalli, Tadmetla and Timapuram
villages in Dantewada District or its neighbouring areas.
A woman Maoist cadre was killed
in an encounter with the SF personnel in Balrampur Police District.
The Police claimed to have injured
a few Maoists in an encounter in Raigarh District. SP Rahul Sharma
said a group of around 30 Maoists attacked a Police team which
was conducting a combing operation near Pardhiyapali village.
The CPI-Maoist promised to 'rehabilitate'
and resettle all SPOs in Chhattisgarh who sever all connections
with the State machinery and return to their villages, according
to a signed press release.
Some pamphlets in broken Hindi,
scribbled in blue and red ink, were found three kilometres from
Dornapal, an area of the CPI-Maoist, in Dantewada District, naming
a dozen SPOs as "enemies" of the people, and threatening that
PLGA, military wing of the CPI-Maoist will get them.
The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist
cadre, identified as Raghunath, in Jashpur District. Raghunath
was arrested during a search operation launched by the State Police
and Crime Branch. Raghunath said he was forcibly engaged in the
group and never wanted to get involved in such kind of 'unlawful
Chief Minister Raman Singh said
his Government has decided to file a review petition on the Supreme
Court order of disbanding of SPOs. He said Chhattisgarh was not
the only State with SPOs.
DGP Vishwaranjan Singh said that
the Police would ensure security to the locals who had volunteered
to be a part of the Salwa Judum.
Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
arrested in a combing operation by the Police from Dhaudai area
in Narayanpur District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked
the house of one Mukesh Kaved, a SPO, and killed his mother in
Kalanur village in Narayanpur District. The Maoists killed Punki
Bai Kaved, the mother of Kaved while his father Rup Ji Kaved,
was hanged on a tree but somehow survived.
The newly appointed DGP, Anil
Navaney, speaking to the media persons in Raipur District said
that Naxalism is the biggest challenge before the State and that
the strategy adopted by the Police to tackle it would be reviewed
from time to time.
CPI-Maoist blew up a bridge at
Udanti near Devbhog, about 175 kilometers east of Raipur District,
killing eight Congress Party workers.
CM Raman Singh said that an Army
base coming up at Bastar in no way mean that Army man will be
deployed against the Naxals in the region. He said Army personnel
will impart training to State Police troopers. The State Government
is also working out on a proposal to train more SPO to take on
The Police arrested 16 cadres
of the CPI-Maoist during a combing operation in Dhoundai area
in Narayanpur District.
A Maoist cadre, identified as
Arun Tirkey, was arrested by the Police from Jashpur District.
In two separate incidents, the
cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons including a SPO in
The Maoists killed Subba Satyam,
a SPO in Madded village in Bijapur District. Subba had gone out
to buy things from the market, where a group of five Maoists reached
and attacked him with an axe. They ran away after the killing,
ASP BPS Rajbhanu said.
The Chhattisgarh Government lowered
the educational qualifications for Adivasi youth to recruit them
in the regular Police Force and Armed Force.
Two CPI-Maoist leaders, in the
rank of 'divisional commander', surrendered before Bijapur Police.
A Heron - an Israeli-made unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV) that looks like the water-bird heron - will
make its first flight on the first clear day between July 18-25,
over the Abujhmad forests, and will later be joined by two more.
A reported alert issued by CRPF
says that Maoists have acquired expertise to trigger IED blast
in air, posing serious challenge to Security personnel.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
Uslu Jurri, village head of Cheeka village in Bijapur District.
Reportedly, Jurri was killed when he went to deliver some commodities
to the Maoists.
The State Government is all set
to raise an auxiliary armed force of adivasis for anti-Maoist
operations in insurgency hit Districts. It has readied 'Chhattisgarh
Auxiliary Armed Police Force Ordinance 2011', which enables it
to hire those with knowledge of local area, topography and language
to 'assist security forces' in combating Maoist violence.
Accepting Chhattisgarh Government's
contention that the Supreme Court judgment on disbanding of Salwa
Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group) will adversely affect
anti-Naxal operations in the State, the Centre said it would call
a meeting of CMs of Orissa and Jharkhand and discuss the matter
with them after Chhattisgarh's move to bring in a new law to tackle
Eight CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
from Sulenga hills under the Dhaudai Police Station by the CRPF
and Police. Two bombs, a detonator and some wires were recovered
from them. They were involved in the killing of 27 troopers in
the District last year and other criminal activities.
At least two Maoists were killed
in a gun battle with the Police in Kesamundi forest of Bijapur
District. Police did not suffer any casualties. Police recovered
both bodies and two guns. The gun battle began when Maoists fired
at a joint combing team of the DF, CAF and the STF.
The Dantewada Police busted an
arms manufacturing unit and arrested four Maoists in separate
operations. While three Maoists - Dilip and Nandalal - and their
associate Ravindra Haldar were arrested from Sukma area of the
District, the fourth one, Gangaraj, was arrested in another operation
by Dantewada Police conducting a raid on an arms manufacturing
unit of Maoists in Khammam District of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
The Chhattisgarh High Court asked
lower courts to ensure that under-trials and their lawyers are
protected from Police threats. The order comes after a lawyer
filed a petition alleging that Police threatened to implicate
him in a false case or kill him in an encounter for representing
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Mahadev Mandavi (35) surrendered before the Police in the Nagari-
Sihava block of Dhamtari District.
Maoists killed three villagers
and threw their bodies on road in separate incidents in Bijapur
District in the night, suspecting them to be Police informers.
The bodies were recovered from Gangaloor, Basaguda and Bhopalpatnam
areas of the District.
An absconding Maoist, identified
as Kanwar Singh Kumethi, was arrested in Dodka village of Raipur
The State Government is working
on a comprehensive plan to tackle the Maoist menace in the State.
According to reports, the Government is planning to launch massive
anti-Maoist operation simultaneously in the dense forests of Bastar
An unidentified Maoist was killed
while two CRPF personnel were injured in an exchange of fire at
Neelavaram village under the Sukma Police Station in Dantewada
District. Police recovered a loaded pistol and a locally-made
revolver from the spot.
Acting on a SC directive, the
CBI took over the probe into the alleged acts of violence against
Swami Agnivesh and his team during their visit to Chhattisgarh
in March, and CPI-Maoist attacks at Morpalli, Tadmetla and Timmapuram
villages in Dantewada District prior to it. The CBI has registered
five cases in this connection.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed an unidentified
tribal in Bhopalpatnam area under Bijapur District, suspecting
him to be a Police informer. The middle-aged tribal was kidnapped
and hit on the head with a sharp edged weapon. His body was found
dumped on National Highway 16 in Bijapur district, officials at
Police headquarters stated. The Maoists left a letter near the
body claiming that they killed him as he was spying for the local
Villagers of Chikpal near Sukma
in Dantewada have alleged that the killing of Madkami Massa, the
sarpanch of Chikpal was picked up by CRPF personnel on
August 5 and killed in cold blood. However, both CRPF and the
District Police say Massa was a Maoist who was killed in an encounter
on August 6, in Neelavaram forest near Sukma.
Terming Naxalism as the biggest
challenge to democracy, CM Raman Singh suggested sealing of the
inter-state borders in the affected areas and deployment of Special
Forces which are properly armed there. Speaking at a discussion
on Naxalism at the Constitution Club in New Delhi, Singh, however,
stressed that the problem could only be solved through dialogue
and continuous development of the affected areas. Stating that
Naxalism has to end and there was "no way backwards" on this,
the CM cautioned that one had to be prepared for a long-drawn
battle to end the menace.
An active member of Platoon 25
of the CPI-Maoist and 'commander' of Raoghat area action team
Rajesh Potai surrendered before Police in Kanker District, said
District SP Rahul Bhagat. Potai also handed over weapons including
a 315-bore rifle, 50 live cartridges, one SLR and a magazine,
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh in his speech at State's main Independence Day function
at the Police parade ground Raipur District termed the CPI-Maoist
"inhuman" and said the State Government has launched a decisive
drive against them.
CM Singh announced creation of
nine new Districts that will come into effect from 2012.
One person identified as Beni
Ghakad was killed by the Maoist cadres in Kumakoleng village under
Tongpal Police Station in Dantewada District.
One STF head constable and four
CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter between the Maoist
cadres and the District Police along with the STF personnel at
Ghodai Marg in Tirkanar forest area under Dhaudai Police Station
in Narayanpur District.
A civilian and 11 Policeman were
killed and three sustained injuries in an ambush set by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in Metlaperu village forests under Bhadrakali Police Station
area of Bijapur District.
The Chhattisgarh Government has
informed the Supreme Court that it has disbanded and disarmed
the tribals who were deployed as SPOs in anti-Naxal operations
in the State and assured that all of them would be incorporated
in the Police force.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres killed
Bhima Ram Madkam, a Congress leader and Janpad member at his residence
in Neelavaram village under Sukma block in Dantewada District.
Madkam had come to his village to look after his agricultural
lands when the Maoists killed him.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a
grain trader and set ablaze his vehicle in Madanwada area in Rajnandgaon
District when he was on his way to a local market.
The State is to set up 35 new
Police Stations in forest areas dominated by Maoists.
The State Government has given
approval for air ambulances in the State.
The Ruias-led Essar Group denied
the allegation of Wikileaks report released in August that
it had paid 'protection money' to the CPI-Maoist to safeguard
its operations in Chhattisgarh.
The Chhattisgarh Government ordered
a judicial probe into the alleged staged shootout killing of Meena
Khalko, a tribal teenaged girl branded as a CPI-Maoist cadre,
by Policemen under Chando Police Station in Surguja District on
The CPI-Maoist cadres issued death
threats on August 25, to Lakshmi Osare, a 12th class school girl
and her family branding them as Police informer in Bhurke village
under Kodekurse Police Station in Kanker District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres
attacked a CRPF camp, 18 kilometres from the Bijapur District
headquarters, and set it ablaze.
Two months after
the Supreme Court held that the deployment of SPOs in the fight
against Naxalites was illegal, the Chhattisgarh Assembly passed
an Act authorising an "auxiliary armed force" to "assist security
forces in dealing with Maoist/Naxal violence" and legalising existing
SPOs by inducting them as members.
Police arrested two persons for allegedly channeling INR 1.5 million
from the Essar industrial group to the CPI-Maoists.
The BSF personnel recovered and
defused a powerful IED planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres by the
side of a busy road in Bhuski village in Kanker District averting
any possible mishap. "The Improvised Explosive Device was kept
in a steel container and was defused in good time before any vehicle
could pass over it," a senior BSF officer said.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village
sarpanch in Bijapur District. The body of G Surraiyya,
the sarpanch of Potampalli, about 500 kilometres from Raipur,
was found on a forest road. "Surraiyya was abducted by the Maoists
on September 13 and killed with a sharp weapon. Initial reports
say that he was killed as the Maoists suspected him of spying
for the Police and local authorities," an official at the Police
A Chhattisgarh Armed Force Constable,
P. C. Khalko, was killed when the cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened
fire at a Police camp at Pamalwaya in Bijapur District. "Maoists
carried out a flash attack at the Police camp Friday early hours.
Khalko, who was on duty just outside the camp, received bullet
injuries and died on the spot," officials at the Police headquarters
said. The officials added that the troopers retaliated from inside
the camp but the Maoists managed to escape along with Khalko's
Shivnath Mandal, a CRPF trooper,
was killed in a surprising attack by CPI-Maoist cadres on a 60-member
CRPF contingent in Bijapur District. According to the Police headquarters
in Raipur, the Maoists could have inflicted more casualties, but
the CRPF men retaliated and forced the guerrillas to retreat for
cover in the dense jungle.
CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed a Police
search team returning from its patrol in the dense forests of
Aamed, about 70 kilometres from Gariaband area in Raipur District.
Alert was sounded across the State
and extra para-military troopers deployed in forest areas as the
CPI-Maoist began its weeklong foundation anniversary celebrations
September 21 - 27, the Police said.
A Chhattisgarh Police team recovered
a 25 kilogram "tiffin bomb" planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist
by the roadside in a forested area in Raipur District.
A search team of Para-military
Forces and the Chhattisgarh Police recovered five bombs planted
by the CPI-Maoist cadres on a forest road in Kanker District.
"Tiffin bombs were kept on a jungle road in Koilibera area.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a portion
of rail tracks near Bhansi railway station in Dantewada District,
causing disruption in train services. The blasts on rail tracks
came on the last day of the weeklong foundation anniversary celebrations
The Dantewada Police arrested
D.V.C.S. Verma, Essar group's General Manager for Kirandul, as
part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of the company
routinely paying the Maoists significant sums of money to operate
in Maoist-controlled territory. "Mr. Verma was arrested on the
basis of information provided by B.K. Lala," SP Ankit Garg, said
adding, "He will be in police remand for two days."
The Police arrested a woman CPI-Maoist
cadre in Bijapur District. The woman cadre had been staying near
the District Headquarters to get information on the movements
and strategies of the administration.
The Chhattisgarh Police raided
the residence of Jaipur-based human rights activist, Kavita Srivastava,
general secretary of the PUCL, Rajasthan, in search of an absconding
CPI-Maoist cadre, Soni Sori from that State.
A local Congress leader, President
of block Congress committee Mehta Kumar Kaushik (64), was shot
dead by suspected Maoist cadres in Door Mohla town in Rajnandgaon
The Maoists assaulted an alleged
Police informer at Raoghat in Kakedar and robbed his house. According
to eyewitnesses, around 40-50 Maoists attacked the 'informer'
and intimidated the villagers to face consequences if they go
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager
branding him as an alleged Police informer and dumped his body
in a crowded market place at Bheeragaon in Bhanupratappur area
in Kanker District. The victim was abducted on October 1, five
days before he was found murdered.
Three troopers of the SSB were
killed, and another seriously injured, when a powerful IED exploded
under their vehicle near Geedam on National Highway 16 in Dantewada
CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in
an encounter near Chinari village forests in Narayanpur District.
CPI-Maoist cadres stormed into
the residence of a BJP MLA Damrudhar Pujari in Munagapdar village
in Gariaband District snatched a weapon from his security guard
and left the place without causing any harm, a Police officer
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, two of
whom carrying reward on their heads, were arrested during a routine
patrolling in the forest near Guttapal village in Narayanpur District.
The Maoists attacked a forest
guesthouse in the village and tied up the forest guards in their
quarters and also looted a ration shop, Dangi said. The Police
team had gone there to visit the incident site and was ambushed
Six Policemen were killed and
five others injured in a landmine blast and ambush by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in Bastar District. The 16-member Police team was on its
way to Netanar village, when it came under attack, ADG, Naxal
operation Ramniwas said. A large group of Maoists set off an IED
blast and opened fire on the Policemen, who were riding on eight
motorcycles, as they approached the village. Six Policemen, including
a Police Inspector, were killed on the spot and five others were
injured in the attack, Bastar SP Ratanlal Dangi said. He added
that at least three Maoists were suspected to have been killed
in retaliatory firing by the Police.
Several Police squads sneaked
into the forested parts of Bastar District in a bid to apprehend
Maoists, a day after CPI-Maoist cadres killed six Policemen in
an ambush. "Several District Force (DF) squads are combing forested
parts at Netanar village and nearby areas to arrest Maoists who
engineered the deadly ambush," said ADGP, Ramniwas.
The CPI-Maoist opposed foundation
anniversary of the State to be celebrated November 1 and asked
the people in its strongholds to stay away from the function.
Several pamphlets in this regard were found on Narayanpur-Sonpur
road in Narayanpur District.
||The Maoists shot at and
critically injured two Policemen who were on their way to guard
a Salwa Judum camp under Konta Police Station in Dantewada
After a hiatus of two months,
the Army returned to Bastar to resume its training regime in jungle
warfare. Fresh units, comprising 2500-3000 men of three battalions,
have begun proceeding southwards from the state capital Raipur,
confirmed an Army spokesperson.
SF's destroyed a Maoist memorial
in Khunera forest under Om Chowki Police Station in Rajnandgaon
District Police Stations in Chhattisgarh
may soon maintain a database of the fingerprints of every cook,
waiter and helper in every hotel, restaurant and road-side dhaba
(eateries) across the State.
In a joint operation Gadchiroli
(Maharashtra) and Rajnandgaon District Police seized a huge cache
of arms and ammunition and some other materials belonging to the
CPI-Maoist in Rajnandgaon District. The cache included three 12-bore
rifles, two carbine rifles, a total of 1,100 bullets, including
940 live cartridges of .303 rifles, six clamour mines, 11 hand-grenades,
I78 gelatine rods, 32 detonators, wireless set, walky-talky, two
charges . Apart from this, a huge stock of urea, a large number
of pittus (back packs) used by Maoists, ground sheets and
literature were recovered.
Two troopers of the CISF were
killed as CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the mining facility of NMDC
in Dantewada District. Only two troopers were present in the post
when the incident took place and the Maoists carried away their
weapons after killing them.
The Supreme Court lifted its July
5 ban on central funding of anti-naxal and anti-insurgency operations
through SPOs in all States except Chhattisgarh. On July 5, a bench
of Justices B Sudershan Reddy, since retired, and SS Nijjar had
clamped a complete ban on central funding, which accounted for
a major chunk of the budget for anti-naxalite and anti-insurgency
operations in many states on a petition filed by Nandini Sundar
alleging illegal recruitment of tribal youth as SPOs in Chhattisgarh
and large-scale illegalities committed by them.
On an application moved by the
MHA, a bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and SS Nijjar clarified
that the July 5 judgment would operate only in Chhattisgarh.
During the arguments on Nandini
Sundar's petition, the Raman Singh Government had clarified that
SPOs, whose salary budget is borne mainly by the central government
(80%), were not peculiar to Chhattisgarh. If there were 6,500
SPOs in Chhattisgarh, their number in Jharkhand was 6,400, Bihar
6,353, Orissa 4,480, Andhra Pradesh 2,130 and Maharashtra 1,500,
it had said.
As part of making adequate security
arrangement in the mines operated by NMDC, the high-rise posts
for keeping vigil in the mining site will be made bullet-proof,
an NMDC official said. The decision was taken in wake of CPI-Maoist
cadres killing two CISF troopers on November 16.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh said that guns alone cannot be the solution for the Maoist
problem. "Our geographical location is such that we are in the
centre of two major Naxal corridors -- east to west and north
to south -- which pass through our state. If we block it, the
Naxal movement will break down in all the affected states -- Odisha,
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal," Raman
The Chhattisgarh Police have registered
a case and arrested four persons following allegations of payment
of money by industrial house Essar to the CPI-Maoist, the Lok
Sabha was informed.
A division bench of the Chhattisgarh
High Court dismissed the bail petition of CPI-Maoist ideologue,
A 50 kilogram bomb planted by
the CPI-Maoist was recovered by a patrolling team of the Chhattisgarh
Police on a road in a forest pocket of Bijapur District.
Normal life was hit as vehicles
went off the roads and people remained indoors in fear as the
Maoist-called two-day shutdown to protest the killing of their
top leader Mallojula Koteshwara Rao alias Kishanji.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew
up a bridge on National Highway Number 30, that connects the Bastar
region to the State capital, by triggering a powerful landmine
An IED suspected to have been
planted by CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered by ITBP personnel in
the course of an anti-Maoist operation in Rajnandgaon District.
The IED weighing eight kilograms was found lying three feet beneath
the soil near a culvert in Hidder village in the District.
Around two dozen armed cadres
of the CPI-Maoist killed Shyamlal Netam (30), suspecting him to
be Police informer, in Paralkot area in Kanker District. Netam
worked on farmlands and used to take tuition classes for last
one year, the Police said.
The Chhattisgarh Government said
that Essar Group had handed over INR 1.5 million to a local contractor
in the State to pass on to CPI-Maoist cadres. "As per the first
information report (FIR), Rs.15 lakh amount was provided from
Essar company side to a contractor, B.K. Lala on Sep 9 to hand
over to Lingaram Kodopi at a weekly market at village Palnar in
Dantewada district," Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar told the State
assembly in a written reply. He informed the house that so far,
four people were arrested in the case and the State Government
had constituted a SIT to speed up the probe and get to the bottom
of the issue. Kanwar said that besides Lala and Kodopi who were
caught red-handed by the Police, two others -- a tribal woman
teacher, Soni Sori, and Essar general manager, D.V.C.S. Verma,
who is posted in Dantewada District -- were arrested so far.
Four tribals, including a postman, were killed
by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bastar District for allegedly refusing
to follow the Maoist diktat to blow off a school building being
used as a Police outpost.
CPI-Maoist cadres fired upon an
IAF helicopter which had been sent to help the Police-CRPF operation
in Dantewada District. As per the official information reaching
Raipur, five troopers who were inside and the pilot were safe,
though the helicopter was hit by nine rounds in the incident on
December 19. The MI-17 chopper of IAF had been sent to help the
police and CRPF forces which had undertaken a large-scale operation
against Maoists on December 18. During the operation, nine Maoists
were arrested and large cache of weapons was seized, senior Police
In an ongoing anti-Naxalite operation,
the Chhattisgarh Police attacked a CPI-Maoist camp in Dantewada
District and busted an arms manufacturing unit. The Police also
arrested nine top Maoists during the raid.
The Chhattisgarh Police is planning
to launch a major operation shortly to seize gun factories run
by the Maoists in the State, the Police sources said. The sources
said intelligence has already identified a number of weapons manufacturing
units producing various types of firearms ranging from country
made pistols to 302 rifles in dense forests of Bastar and Mahasamund
Districts. Intel reports said the units, whose number may be no
less than 500, are small in size, even run in huts and cottages
deep inside forests. The sources disclosed that existence of such
arms making units has been reported in Abujhmad, Kanker, Nagari,
Sihaba, Sitanadi, Chura, Gariabandh, Debbhog, Ammamora, Charraunda,
Rasela, Komakhana, Naram, Khati, Kasekara, and Tuhulu areas in
Bastar and Mahasamund regions. "All the weapon manufacturing units
are strategically located in liberated zones of Naxals to help
the rebels supply the arms produced in factories to their operation
areas smoothly in forest routes without attracting attention of
Security Forces," the Police sources added.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from a forested
area of Awapalli in Bijapur District. Officials at Police headquarters
here said that a contingent of DF tracked down the six Maoists
in a well coordinated operation that ended late in the evening.
The arrested Maoists had been involved in several attacks on Police
and civilians in the District since June 2005.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village sarpanch
in the Kutru area in Bijapur District. The sarpanch was reportedly
killed on charges being a Police spy.
The Maoists abducted a tribal youth from the same
area in the District.
About 50 armed Maoists blew up a two-storeyed
Police Station under-construction in Dantewada District. "Maoists
stormed into the building at Geedam town, hardly 10 km from Dantewada
town and set high-powered explosives and blew it up," Dantewada
SP Ankit Garg said.
A day after cadres of the CPI-Maoist blasted Geedam
Police Station in Dantewada District, SP of the District, Ankit
Garg, has been removed and attached with the PHQ.
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) has earmarked
INR 80 million on a publicity blitz to rid the state of the Naxal
tag, which affects its tourism prospects. Speaking to reporters
in Panaji, CTB general manager P. Sen Bhowmick said that a detailed
media plan was being worked out to counter the image of the State
which is affected by Naxal violence in several Districts.
In a joint search operation, Security Forces arrested
five Maoists from Bhanupratappur in Kanker District. One of the
arrestees is a proclaimed offender-in the Bhanupratappur area
and a top Maoist cadre, who was wanted in a string of criminal
cases, said Bhanupratappur SDPO, Tarakeshwar Patel.