Jharkhand Timeline 2011
A ‘zonal commander’ of TPC, a
break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Devendra Ganju,
was arrested from Simeria area in Chatra District. According to
Police, the ‘zonal commander’ was wanted in more than 17 criminal
cases and some incriminating documents were also recovered from
him. The TPC is active in seven Districts of Jharkhand.
Averting a major tragedy, Police
recovered 50 kilograms of IED during anti- CPI-Maoist operations
in Latehar District. The IED bomb, planted beneath the road, was
found near Hotwag village situated on the Ranchi-Daltonganj National
Highway during a search operation. A 500 metre-long wire connected
to the IED was also found. A bomb disposal squad reached the spot
to defuse the IED.
A Maoist ‘commander’, identified
as Birendra Yadav, was arrested from Garwah District.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted
and killed a sarpanch in Khunti District, accusing him
of being a Police informer. According to Police, Karam Singh Munda,
was abducted by the Maoists from Arki market. He was first assaulted
and later shot dead. Maoists left a pamphlet besides the body
charging him being a Police informer.
The cadre of PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed a youth by slitting his throat
in Gumla District. The victim is identified as Surendra Sao, a
resident of Bakre village in the District, Police said.
Two extremists of the JJMM were
arrested from their hideout in Kanke in Ranchi District. The extremists
were identified as Rajesh Baitha alias Abhay Singh and
Tara Sahu. Baitha was wanted in the abduction of one doctor at
Lohardaga in 2008 and for giving extortion calls to businessmen.
Police recovered a country made pistol and two bullets from his
One top Maoist identified as Basudev
Swansi of Kocha Sindri from Arki was arrested by the SFs during
a patrol in the forest of Hindridih. Initially, Swansi tried to
fool the SFs with his false identity but on verification from
the local people, he was identified and arrested.
SFs recovered two claymore mines
weighing 50 Kilograms at Hindridih in Tamar. SSP Ranchi, Praveen
Kumar Singh said claymore mines were hidden by the Maoists to
target SFs in anti-Maoists operation.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in an encounter with SFs at Hurlum forests in Hazaribagh
Jharkhand Police arrested five
cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a former ‘area commander’
identified as Turiya Arao, in Simdega District. Arao was associated
with the CPI-Maoist in the Thethainagar area for the past three
to four years, Police said.
Devki Nandan Gautam, a former
DGP of Bihar, is appointed the security advisor to the Jharkhand
Government. Gautam will advise the State Government on strategy
to tackle Maoist menace and matters of general law and order.
Six suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested in Gumla District. The arrestees were involved in
the killing of nine persons, including four women and three children,
in Taisera and Mahua Brindatoli villages of the District on January
6, Police said. The killings, according to Police sources, were
the direct outcome of the murder of Bhushan Lakra's brother-in-law
in 2010. Lakra is the ‘zonal commander’ of PLFI, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist.
The Communist CPI-Maoist cadres
killed a person identified as Bhusan Marandi in Jhakia village
in Bokaro District. The Maoists slit the throat of Marandi after
branding him as a Police informer and claimed that Bhusan had
reportedly tipped off the Police about the Maoists movements,
the sources added.
The State Government approved
73 posts for the proposed four jungle warfare schools that will
provide training to Security officials to combat the Maoists in
the State. Two schools have been proposed in Latehar while one
each in Jamshedpur and Hazaribagh respectively.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
arrested from Jamunia village under Navadih Police Station of
Bokaro District. INR 475, 000 cash was found at their home, Police
said. They are yet to be identified by the Police.
Two more Maoists were arrested
from Chakulia of East Singhbhum District. The Police seized 150
gelatine sticks, 100 detonators, 23 metres of fuse wire from them.
Police also recovered three landmines
planted on the roadside at Chakulia.
The State Police in the year 2010
had arrested 569 hardcore Maoists including 47 Maoists above the
rank of area commanders across the State.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked
road construction workers in Lohardaga District. Ram Gulab Sharma,
SDPO, said that the Maoists were trying to extort money from the
factory and in that process set ablaze the bulldozer kept outside.
"They asked for kerosene oil and I gave them. They were around
18-20 of them," said Pancho Devi, one of the eye witnesses.
The Jharkhand Police has adopted
the latest technology of 3D mapping to take on the Maoists in
the State. "The 3D mapping is helping us in getting familiar with
the terrain, forests, hills and other places. It helps the Security
Forces involved in anti-Maoist operations," SP of anti-Maoist
operation Apoorva said.
Police working in the Maoist-hit
areas have been asked to sharpen their personal observation instinct
rather relying completely on the modern sophisticated gadgets
to detect and uproot landmines as part of its renewed exercise
to flush out the LWE from the State. "Yes, we want the officers
(engaged in the anti-Maoist operations) to specialize on the personal
observation front as far as detecting landmines is concerned,"
said DGP Neyaz Ahmed.
A dawn-to-dusk bandh called
by Maoists to protest price rise and corruption went peaceful
in Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Palamu, Latehar and Chatra Districts.
Two people were shot dead by cadres
of the CPI-Maoist in a janta durbar held in Latehar District.
According to Police, cadres of the TPC, a break away faction of
the CPI-Maoist, forcibly picked up Hawaldar Singh and Awadesh
Singh from their homes and were produced on the same night in
the 'court', where they were held guilty of extorting money in
the name of the outfit. Their bodies were later found in Banduwa
village of the District.
Kishore Singh, a newly elected
member of Taal Panchayat, was abducted by Maoists from
his house in Panki Police Station limits in Palamu District. "His
whereabouts are still untraced," SP A T Mathew said.
Two cadres of the PLFI, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from an area close
to Palkot road in Gumla District. Police seized a pistol, live
cartridges and other incriminating materials from the cadres.
Three top Maoists, identified
as Dhirendra, Sandeep and Nirbhay, involved in killing more than
three dozen SF personnel, escaped from a jail by breaking the
ceiling of their cell in West Singhbhum District, an unnamed official
of Chaibasa jail said. Sandeep and Dhirenra were allegedly involved
in two incidents of ambush in Saranda forest in 2002 and 2003
where more than 40 SF personnel were killed.
Two supporters of a LWE, identified
as Hiralal Singh and Avdesh Singh, were killed by the cadres of
the CPI-Maoist in Manika block in Latehar District. Both were
residents of Kerwajharan and Bankheta villages. "The deceased
were branded as supporters of another Naxalite outfit and killed
by the Maoists," SP Kuldip Dwivedi said.
The Gumla District Police identified
the two arrested cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the
CPI-Maoist, as Chandar Lohra, an 'area commander' and Sitaram
Baraik, an active member of the outfit.
A Maoist cadre, involved in blowing
up a community centre at Palamu village in Nawadih block in 2009,
was arrested in a raid in Bokaro District. Bokaro SP Saket Singh
said Budhan Mahato was arrested when he reached near Sarubeda
village in Nawadih where a Police patrol was checking vehicles
on the road. Mahato was wanted in many cases lodged in different
Police Stations of the District.
Under trial CPI-Maoist leaders
were found to be in possession of cash and mobile phones in Gumla
jail. In a surprise check, the Police found about INR 1, 200 from
one identified as Joseph Ekka, a self-styled 'sub-zonal commander'
and INR 1, 020 from another identified as Babi Munda, a self-styled
'area commander' of the Maoists, SDPO Madhusudhan said.
The Police recovered 13 mobile
phones, 17 phone chargers, a knife and other incriminating materials
from the jail in Garhwa District during surprise raids, said an
unnamed Police official.
Five top ranking CPI-Maoist cadres,
including a 'sub-zonal commander' of the outfit, were arrested
from Diwan Bigha village in Palamu District.
Additional SFs have been deployed
to guard a jail in Hazaribagh District, where many top Maoist
leaders are lodged, official sources said. The step was taken
as a large number of top Maoists leaders from Bihar, Jharkhand,
Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are kept in the Jai Prakash Narayan
Central jail of the District.
Jharkhand Police arrested a top
ranking Maoist leader, identified as Niranjan Oraon alias
Neeraj, 'area commander' and 'sub-zonal member' of the outfit
from Budhapahar in Simdega District.
Four 'zonal commanders' of the
CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Porahat forest in West Singhbhum
District of Jharkhand. Marshal Bhuiyan was wanted for the killing
of the SFs personnel in Goilkera Police Station area and a villager
identified as Rasika Bhuiyan, in 2008.
Four villagers were abducted by
the cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Khiritand village under Rajpur
Police Station in Chatra District.
Police arrested a Maoist, identified
as Sanju Ganju, in a raid at his house at Purnapani village, near
Jhumra Hills under Mahuataad Police Station in Bokaro District.
The newly appointed Security Advisor
to Chief Minister Arjun Munda, former Bihar DGP DN Gautam, speaking
in a programme of the State Bar Council said that Naxalism (LWE)
is a water tight problem and it will be dealt with in a broader
Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Bhonda village of
Khunti District while a ‘commander’ identified as Pawan Gope,
of the outfit was arrested from Tupudana situated on outskirts
of Ranchi District.
A Maoist, identified as Michael
Kharia, was arrested from the Mokra forest in Gumla District.
Getting a tip-off that Kharia was in the forest, a Police team
surrounded the area and arrested him.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew
up a middle school at Chadara village in Palamau District. About
50 to 60 cadres reached the village in the early hours of the
day and blew up the school using dynamite. No one was in the school
when the explosion took place, SP Anup T. Mathew said.
In Latehar, Maoists hoisted a
black flag on the terrace of a school and stuck a poster with
anti-government slogans and threats. The school children did not
hoist the national flag following the Maoist threat. Teachers
also said that they did not want to take the risk by hoisting
the national flag.
Jharkhand Governor M.O.H. Farook
said on Republic Day that the State Government has launched a
multi-pronged strategy to combat LWE. "The Jharkhand Government
has a multi-pronged strategy comprising security measures, developmental
action, political initiatives and perception management to tackle
the menace." He appealed to the Maoists to shun the path
of violence, join the mainstream and contribute to the State's
A 40 kilograms cylinder bomb,
four landmines and other explosives were recovered by the SFs
in Chatra District. The bomb was planted on the roadside to target
vehicles of the SFs, while the landmines, 90 meter wire, and four
detonators were found during an anti-Maoist operation of the State
Police and CRPF in Kothari forest under Lawalong Police Station.
Nine cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in an encounter with SFs at Luhur forest in Latehar
SPs of Latehar, Garhwa and Palamu
Districts are recruiting troopers, A T Mathew, SP Palamu, member
of the recruitment board said. The recruitment drive will continue
up to the end of March. About 850 troopers are to be recruited
during the drive. Palamu DIG Laxman Prasad Singh has directed
the SPs to maintain a high level of transparency in the recruitment.
The CPI-Maoist is also recruiting
rural youths in the remote areas of Palamu District where the
Maoists are only testing the physical prowess of the youth. A
Maoists supporter in Chainpur block of the District said
the recruitment of the Maoists is slow this year because of the
Suman alias Triveni (33)
an ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from Daltanganj
railway station of Palamau District. Three carbines, one automatic
pistol, one revolver and 21 cartridges were recovered from him,
the Police said.
Acting on a tip-off that nine
Maoist cadres were taking shelter at a house in Lengwa village
under Hunterganj Police Station limits in Chatra District, the
CRPF and the District Police Force (DPF) personnel launched search
operations and arrested one cadre, identified as Ravindra Yadav.
The around 10 to 15 cadres of
the PLFI, earlier known as the JLT and a breakaway faction of
the CPI-Maoist, abducted three youths identified as Alok Sahu,
Mahabali Sahu and Bhola Sahu and subsequently killed them by slitting
their throats in Hulsu village on the outskirts of Ranchi District.
The Maoists killed a quarry owner,
identified as Baburam Kisku, in Chitragadia village in Dumka District.
SP Hemant Toppo said more than 15 cadres attacked Kisku's house
and shot him dead. Kisku's sister-in-law was also injured in the
firing, Toppo added. They also set ablaze two vehicles, a jeep
and an earth digging machine, parked near his house.
The Maoists blew up a water tank,
a pump and a generator meant to supply water to the CRPF paratroopers
at Jhumra hill in Bokaro District.
The cadres of the PLFI set ablaze
a bus in Gumla District. The bus coming from Ambikapur of Chhattisgarh
and on way to Ranchi was stopped by the cadres near Khatkor village,
the passengers were asked to disembark, and the bus was later
set ablaze by the PLFI cadres, Police said.
The PLFI had called for a bandh
in five Districts of the State.
The SFs recovered three landmines
during a combing operation at Purnapani village in Bokaro District.
Each landmine weighed 50-kilograms and was planted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres with an aim to target the Police during anti-naxal LWE
operation, SP, S K Singh, said.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a contractor by slitting his throat in Chatra District. The victim,
identified as Asraf Mian, was abducted from his house in Giddhor
area and his dead body was found from Mahuatand area. The Maoists
left a pamphlet terming the contractor as "pimp" of the Government,
a Police Official said.
The Jharkhand Police arrested
a CPI-Maoist cadre suspected to be involved in the blowing up
of a school on January 26 was arrested from Chacharia village
in Palamau District. Getting a tip-off that the Maoist, Ram Bali
Mehra, was hiding at a place in the village under Bishrampur Police
Station, a Police team raided the place and arrested him, the
DSP Girish Pandey, said in Medininagar. A loaded pistol was recovered
from him, the DSP said.
Ranchi Police arrested four cadres
of the PLFI, including 'sub-zonal commander' Manna Yadav from
Aara jungles of Chanho block in Ranchi District. PLFI is a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist. The Police recovered one locally-made
rifle, pistol, five bullets and four mobile handsets from the
arrested extremists. The three other arrested extremists are Jamuna
Yadav aka Chotu, Sunil Thakur and Sideshwar Mishra aka
Police recovered two half-made
landmines following a raid at Jhumra Hill under Gomia Block in
Bokaro District. This is for the first time when the Police recovered
fire extinguishers, which Maoists use in making landmines by filling
explosives inside it.
Police seized 55 bags of ammonium
nitrate, used in making IED, from a transport company at Jalan
Road of Upper Bazaar and a mining firm at Chutupalu in Ramgarh
District. Police suspect the substance is used by Maoists.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew
up railway tracks at two different places in Jharkhand, as they
began a day-long strike in three States (Jharkhand, Bihar and
Orissa) to protest price rise and corruption.
A forest guard, his driver and
three other persons were abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres from
Dodia village of Hazaribagh District. About 20 Maoists went to
the village and abducted forest guard Sheo Bachan Lal, his driver
and three others for refusing to pay extortion for launching a
road work under the MGNREGA project. The Maoists took them towards
Gaya in Bihar but later they released them, Superintendent of
Police Pankaj Kamboj said.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres abducted
two contractors, Bisawajit Bhattacharya and Rajkumar, from Chandawa
Police Station area in Latehar District. "It seems that Maoists
might have abducted them. We are still investigating the case.
The role of criminals cannot be ruled out," a Police officer said.
Three LWE of Jharkhand Sangharsh
Janmukti Morcha (JSJM), a splinter group of CPI-Maoist were arrested
from Mandru village under Oremanjhi Police Station in Ranchi District.
The arrestees were, identified as Naresh Mahato, Naresh Karmali
and Basant Karmali. The Police also recovered two country made
rifles, two country made pistols and 10 live bullets from their
possession. All the three hail from Basal village under Ramgarh
Police Station and had demanded extortion money from a contractor
engaged in building of ring road near Pithoria and a firm MG Construction.
Police also recovered some Maoist literature and hand written
pamphlets of extortion and threats to contractors. On the basis
of recent extortion threats given by the outfits to the contractors
and firms engaged in road construction, Police tracked down the
Three persons, including a woman,
were killed in an explosion at Manatu in Palamu District. "The
explosion took place at Sarguja village when the victims were
producing landmine and can-bombs in the house of Birju Turi, an
alleged sympathiser of the CPI-Maoist," DSP Surdarshan Mandal
said. The three persons, including Birju's wife, were killed on
the spot, he said, adding that the identity of the two victims
was yet to be established. He said the roof and walls of the house
were blown up by the impact of the blast.
Odisha Police arrested three cadres
of the CPI-Maoist during a combing operation by the SOG troopers
from Jareikela area in Jharkhand. The arrestees are identified
as Aditya, Ajaya and Fingraj. The Police recovered explosives
of huge quantity and Maoists leaflets from them.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
abducted four members of a family from Garhwa District late. According
to Police sources, about 50 to 60 Maoists, who came on a bus,
raided Cheharia village in Bhawnathpur block in the District and
attacked Makhan Yadav's house and abducted the four of the family,
leaving the female members.
CPI-Maoists cadres abducted a
station master from the Kechki station in Palamau District. More
than 150 armed Maoists attacked the station and abducted the station
master and a porter. While the porter has been released there
has been no information on the abducted official as yet. The porter
claims that the Maoists demanded for ransom for releasing the
A joint team of CRPF, Jharkhand
Armed Force (JAP) and District Police busted a Maoist camp in
a forest near Baltharwa on Jhumra Hill in Gomia in Bokaro District
and recovered an IED and other explosive materials. They also
destroyed a firing range set up by the Maoists at the spot.
The SAP of Jharkhand organised
a special camp in Latehar District to train cadets of the JAP
to combat CPI-Maoist in the State.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist set
ablaze two tractors of brick kiln near Masihatu in Balumath of
Latehar District. Nearly 30 armed Maoists stopped the two tractors
loaded with bricks on way to an industrial project coming up at
Chandawa. Maoists asked the drivers of the tractors to alight
from the vehicles, poured fuel on both the tractors and set them
on fire. After the incident, Maoists disappeared into the forests.
Latehar SP Kuldeep Dwivedi said prima facie it appeared that the
Maoists set the vehicles on fire for want of levy, but Police
are investigating the case.
A ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the
PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Guddu
Oraon alias Karam Chand Oraon, was killed in an encounter with
SFs in Gumla District. The encounter took place when Oraon and
his accomplices opened fire on a patrolling party of SFs’ in Keredih
forest, Singh said, adding he was killed in the exchange of fire
while his associates managed to escape.
Oraon was carrying a reward of
INR 200, 000 on his head in Jharkhand, while Chhattisgarh had
announced a reward of INR 10,000 for catching him in connection
with 24 cases of Maoist violence, Gumla SP N. K. Singh said. Oraon
was active on the borders of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand.
Security Forces in Nawadih introduced
Community-Policing programme to tackle the Maoists in the region.
Locals were given food and clothing as incentives, as part of
the programme. Anoop T. Mathew, SP of Palamu, said that such programmes
help bridge gaps between the Police and locals, and also protects
them from recruiting by the Maoists.
Three Policemen, including an
Assistant Sub Inspector, a Head Constable and a Home Guard, were
killed and four others injured in a landmine blast triggered by
the CPI-Maoist cadres in Chatra District. The explosion occurred
when a jeep carrying seven Policemen, who were returning after
a search operation, drove over the landmine at Lakrai More in
Tandua area. The Maoists also seized the weapons from the Policemen
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres abducted
and killed Neyamat Ansari (40), a functionary attached to a local
organisation campaigning for the right of labourers, working under
the MNREGS, at Jerua village in Latehar District. Ansari was a
close associate of eminent economist Jean Dreze, a member of the
National Advisory Council, and was also instrumental in bringing
the Lok Adalat on the MGNREGS to Latehar in 2009. The victim’s
sister has lodged a complaint with the local Police Station accusing
a Maoist squad of having a hand in this. However, DGP G S Rath
said, "Ansari had a tainted past, and reportedly Maoist links."
He added that the killers were yet to be identified and "we
Men and women of Khunti and adjoining
Districts came for various physical tests, like racing, long jump
and high jump, as part of the Police recruitment process. Police
officers at the recruitment camp said they had expected a good
number of applicants, but were surprised by the number of women
who also appeared for the test.
One person was seriously injured
when suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired at a bus carrying
members of a marriage party in Palamu District. "One Shiv Ratan
suffered bullet wounds when rebels fired at the bus on Chatra-Tandua
road last night," DIG (Palamu Range) L P Singh, said. The wedding
guests were going to Panki in the District from Tandua in Chatra
Palamu SP, Anoop T Mathew has
claimed to have recovered a looted Police rifle of .303 bore and
Maoist literature following a 40-minute joint Police and the CRPF
and the Maoist encounter at Jitamatee on the border of Pandu and
Hussainabad in Palamu District. However, there was no casualty,
said Mathew, although the Police fired 40 rounds. About 30 Maoists,
including women, led by ‘sub-zonal commander’ Govind were at Jitamatee
when the encounter took place. The Security Force was led by additional
The 133 Battalion of CRPF under
its civic action programme has lit up Maoist-affected Sarjamdih
village with 18 solar lights under Bundu Police Station of Ranchi
District. "Villagers often complained that they have no lights
and they, especially women, face problems at night," said Deputy
Commandant Pawan Kumar Singh of the 133 Battalion. Further, two
doctors of CRPF organized a health check-up camp at the village
and treated around 100 villagers from Sarjamdih, Barahatu and
Barigadha and other adjoining villages, added Singh.
The Jharkhand Government proposes
to set up a new force called SISF to provide security to industry
and banks in the CPI-Maoist-infested areas, in the State Budget
presented in the Assembly by Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
The battalion of SISF, comprising ex-servicemen, planned to be
raised will be recruited and their training will be completed
by the end of fiscal year 2011-12. To deal with the Maoists, the
Budget proposes to open 92 Police Stations and strengthen the
Special Branch of the Police by setting up Cyber Security and
Surveillance System and Intelligence Training School for its staff.
Soren, presented a deficit budget of INR 38.6577 billion, said
18,000 Police posts were vacant. Of these, 11,000 posts of constables
and 850 posts of Sub-Inspectors would be filled up in the coming
financial year. "In order to overcome the problem of the Naxalites
[Left Wing Extremism], the administrative officers were sensitized.
The effort was also being made to help improve institutional system,"
The Police have recovered 50 bags
of ammonium nitrate along with a vehicle at Demotand under Hazaribagh
Sadar Police Station in Hazaribagh District. Binod Kumar Singh,
the officer-in-charge of Hazaribagh Sadar Police Station, said
that acting on a tip-off that huge quantity of explosives was
dispatched by one Mukesh Modi, the Police tried to stop the vehicle
for checking. But the driver broke the Police barrier and sped
away with the vehicle. "We chased the vehicle and ultimately succeeded
in overpowering the driver at Demotand, about 10 kilometres away
from Hazaribagh town," Singh said. On interrogation, driver Md
Irfan told the Police that they were asked to hand over the explosives
to a person in Gumla.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Ganesh Ganju, involved in over 13 crimes was arrested from
Paras forested area at Bundu in Ranchi District. The Police recovered
320 explosive boosters, 12 gelatine bombs and other explosives
from his possession.
The Police arrested two women
who went to meet CPI-Maoist leader Ajay Purti in Chaibasa jail
in West Singhbhum District. One of the women arrestees was identified
as Binodi Surin while the other is yet to be identified. Surin
was carrying INR 8, 000 when arrested near the jail.
A top ranking CPI-Maoist cadre
identified as Sukra Oraon alias Jogeshwar Oraon, son of
Gondura Ganjhu of Pali village under Senha Police Station, was
arrested from Ita-Barhi village under Bhandra block in the District.
Oraon is a top cadre in zonal ‘commander’ Ravindhra Ganjhu's group.
Several CPI-Maoist posters were seized from his possession," SP
A combined team of local quick
response team, CRPF and Bundu's SOG led by SP Aseem Vikrant Minz
neutralised a CPI-Maoist bunker at Putrar village near Bhudu-Pahad
under Peshrar Police picket in Lohardaga District. The team also
recovered 18 bundles of highly explosive codex wire (around 7000m)
hidden in a in a 500-litre overhead tank in the bunker during
the ‘Operation Basant', as christened by the Police. The SP said
the Police are investigating the possibilities of more hidden
stocks of arms and ammunition of the Maoists. "The codex (V cord
10 gram detonating fuse) is made of Andhra Explosive Company in
Andhra Pradesh and the manufacturing date mentioned is August
2010. The Police will find out how it reached to Maoists," said
A school student was killed during
an encounter between the CPI-Maoist cadres and the cadres of the
TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist at Bara village in
Palamu District. A group of Maoists, on getting information that
a TPC squad had taken shelter in the village, attacked them. During
the encounter a stray bullet hit Ajay Yadav (9), a class IV student,
who was standing at the doorsteps of his house and he died on
the spot, DIG Laxman Prasad Singh, said. A rifle was also recovered
from the spot, Singh added.
Jharkhand DGP Gauri Shanker Rath
expressed concern over poor utilization of Paramilitary Forces
in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Ranchi Districts. He was
reviewing the law and order in the State after assuming his office
early this month.
Two CRPF troopers were injured
in an encounter between SF personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres
at Jorabeda forest under Arki Police Station area in Khunti District.
Around 6.45am, the CPI-Maoist led by Kundan Pahan of ‘Platoon
39’ saw the SFs trekking the hills and opened fired at the troopers.
After nearly two hours of encounter, the CPI-Maoist escaped into
the forests towards nearby Mosanga village. The SFs led by Ranchi
(ASP, operation) Apoorva neutralised the Maoist camp on top of
the Jorabeda hill and recovered a 15kg cylinder bomb, Maoists
literature and other logistics.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in a gunfight with SFs in Khunti District. "Five guerrillas have
been killed in a gun battle. Our men saw that Maoists took away
the dead bodies of their comrades," a Police Officer said.
The Maoists set ablaze ten vehicles,
including three trucks and one bus in Chauparan in Hazaribagh
District. The Maoists fired at a truck and injured its driver.
The Police recovered one landmine
and two detonators near Hutar colliery of Latehar District.
Police arrested an arms supplier
Kaju alias Ajaj Quraisi son of the late Jamal Quraisi of
Rahat Nagar with a country-made semi-automatic carbine in his
possession at Kisko More area in Lohardaga District. The arrested
arms supplier, a wanted criminal, used to supply arms to the Maoists
and criminals for the last several years.
Cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, set ablaze a passenger bus at Taal
under Panki Police Station in Palamu District. Confirming the
incident, SP Anoop T Mathew said the passenger bus was coming
from Ranchi to Daltonganj. The incident occurred on Balumath-Panki
route. The passengers were asked to get down. PLFI cadres took
out the diesel container from the bus and set it ablaze. Police
suspected that it was the handiwork of Dwarika, ‘commander’ of
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up
a water pump in Mogahataburu village in West Singhbhum District.
According to the Police, the Maoists blasted the water pump, to
protest the ongoing operation against them in Saranda forest.
The Jharkhand Police have launched an operation against the Maoists
in Saranda forest, where some six companies of Paramilitary Forces
are assisting the State Police.
Announcing to set up 18 more STF
units and one more IRB to take on the Maoists, Jharkhand Government
informed the Assembly that the Police had started dominating various
extremists groups, reports PTI. "These STFs will be set up in
2011/12 while the IRB this year. In the beginning it was said
that extremists had been dominating the Police but now the Police
have been dominating the CPI-Maoists and other Left Wing Extremist
(LWE) outfits," State HRD Minister Baijnath Ram said in reply
to the Home Departments budgetary demand for grant. Jharkhand
has already 22 STF and five IRBs, he added.
Informing the house that in all
547 extremists had been killed and 4,084 Maoists were arrested
since the States creation on November 15, 2000, Ram said Maoist
presence was felt in hitherto untouched Santhal Pargana region
where six Districts are located. Stating that 18 of the 24 Districts
were affected by LWEs, Ram said SFs personnel were doubled in
118 Police Stations in LWE-hit areas. To reduce dependence on
central forces, he added, the State had created 14 additional
companies of Jharkhand Armed Police.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two
engineers in Latehar District. The engineers, identified as Jitendra
Kumar Singh and Mukesh Yadav of Calcutta-based Simplex Infrastructures,
were abducted by Maoists while they were returning after inspecting
civil work at an upcoming 540MW thermal power plant being set
up by Abhijeet Group at Chandwa on March 17.
Rajesh Prasad Shaw
(24), a Police constable was killed and two others were injured
in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists who were targeting
Ghatshila ASP Anish Kumar Gupta in Ghatshila
in East Singhbhum District.
The incident occurred when a joint team of District Police and
CRPF, comprising 300 troopers, was on its way to Dainmari and
Makuli bordering Belpahari Police Station in West Bengal, to conduct
long-range patrolling after receiving information that the Maoists
Dampara squad was holed up in the forests. The men were negotiating
a turn when the landmine exploded around 7.30am. Shaw died on
the spot. Two CRPF troopers- Ganesh Gaur and Vinod Kumar were
A top ranking CPI-Maoist cadre
wanted in a dozen cases was arrested from the Sonahatu Police
Station area in Ranchi District along with 25 kilograms of explosive
gel. A team of Ranchi Police raided Kala Mahdeo village, and arrested
Surendra Swansi. The Maoist cadre was to transport the explosive
gel to the cadres in Bundu-Tamar when Police raided the village.
"The explosive was earlier hidden underground. It was recently
dug out for giving to the Maoist squad active in the area," said
SSP Praveen Kumar Singh. Recently, Swansi had gone into hiding
in the Chowka area of Saraikela-Kharsawan District but had come
to deliver the explosive gel to Sonahatu where he was arrested.
"This is a major breakthrough for Police as Swansi was wanted
in a number of cases and was a hardcore Maoist," said Singh.
Maoist Hari Pad Mahto surrendered
before the Police in Ranchi District. Mahto was active during
the formative years of Naxalism [LWE] in Ranchi and its surrounding
areas and had left the outfit for the past two years. He had worked
extensively to spread Naxalism in the Bundu, Tamar and Arki areas
since 2003-04. He was wanted in over a dozen of cases of murder,
extortion, abduction, arson and Police encounters. "He had joined
the Maoist ranks before the notorious rebel commander Kundan Pahan
and had several warrant of arrests pending against him," said
SSP. "He is a resident of Bucha Dih village in Tamar and his surrender
has been implemented under the surrender and rehabilitation policy
of the State."
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a labourer when he refused to pay extortion money at Dungri village
in Palamu District. Raj Dev Turi (42) was dragged out from his
house by a dozen of Maoist cadres and shot him dead last night
after he refused to pay them 'levy' (extortion), DSP, Sudarshan
A CPI-Maoist cadre wanted for
the killing of three Policemen was arrested in Giridih District.
Following a tip-off, Jawar Murmur alias Talo'da was arrested
from Kuar More of the District, SP A. B. Homker said. Murmur was
wanted in connection with the killing of Jama Police Station in-Charge
Sadanand Singh and two other Policemen during an encounter in
Dumka District in 2010 and another gun-battle at Ramgarh in the
same District in 2008, he said. Murmur confessed during interrogation
that he was heading the Maoist ‘firing squad’ in the encounters
and that the Maoists had asked him to expand its network in Jharkhand's
Santhal Pargana and border.
Suspected cadres of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two excavators
and a motorcycle of a construction company constructing a bridge
over the Koel river at Jologhat, causing a loss of about INR 10
million to the builder in Gumla District. Basia Police Station
OIC Shivchandra Prasad Singh said some 10-12 cadres of the PLFI
reached the construction site and assaulted cashier Dilu Lohra,
masons and labourers Kartik, Chhotu and others. They then took
out diesel stored to run machines and set ablaze the excavators
and the motorcycle parked there. The cadres then looted four mobile
sets from Lohra and others, OIC Shivchandra Prasad Singh added.
Three bags carrying 5,000 detonators
were recovered by the Police from Jamtara District. According
to the Police, three youths were spotted carrying the bags at
Jamtara railway station, some 450 kilometres from Ranchi. Suspecting
something amiss, the Police personnel approached the youths, but
they fled, leaving their bags behind. The three had deboarded
the Patliputra Express train. "It appears the explosives
were meant to be supplied to CPI-Maoist. Off late, Jamtara has
emerged as a hub for the Maoists," a Police Officer said.
The Police has clarified that
the two engineers identified as Jitendra Kumar Singh and Mukesh
Yadav killed in Latehar District on March 24 was the handiwork
of the workers at the Abhijeet Group power plant site in the State
and not of the Maoists. "The case has been solved and it is apparent
that it was the conspiracy of some workers at the Abhijeet Group
site itself. The gang has been arrested and the role of Maoists
has been ruled out," said Latehar SP, Kuldeep Dehvli. "It seems
that the miscreants wanted to extract ransom from their families,"
he said. Dehvli said that the Maoists took advantage of the entire
incident and ambushed the Police party sent to rescue the victims.
Manoj Ojha (40), General Manager
(GM) of Reliance Power, was killed and seven other company officials
were injured in an attack by the cadres of the TPC, a break away
faction of the CPI-Maoist, near Hesatu village in Chatra District,
around 100 kilometres from Ranchi. The team from the Anil Dhirubhai
Ambani Group Company had arrived at Sidppa village in Tandwa tehsil
in the District, at 10am to survey land for a project, the Police
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist set
ablaze a porcelain machine and five water pumps and looted two
mobile sets from workers at a bridge construction site near Mariumtoli
under Raidih Police Station in Gumla District. The Maoists left
a pamphlet at the site forbidding use of machines and construction
of big projects while suggesting initiation of irrigation projects
and wage hike for labourers. "Over 25 armed cadres of (CPI-Maoist)
reached the site of a big bridge construction across Sankh River
and set a porcelain machine and five water pumps on fire," said
Officer-in-Charge of Raidih Police Station Digvijay Singh.
A teacher and four villagers were
suspected to have been abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres at Dalia
village in Medininagar in Palamu District. "We suspect abduction
of a teacher, Ismail Ansari and four other villagers by Maoists
last night though their family members have not informed the Police
yet", SP, Anup T Mathew, said. Ansari is a teacher of Chhatarpur
Middle School at Dalia.
A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist
identified as Mangal Singh Munda (28) was arrested from Humta
village under Bundu Police Station in Ranchi District. Mangal,
a resident of Edeldih village under Tamar Police Station had been
to jail in 2006, for killing his wife and after coming out he
joined the Maoists. The Police also recovered two loaded magazines
of the gun, a carbine and 18 bullets from his possession. He was
arrested from the residence of Madhu Munda, another top Maoist
who managed to escape taking advantage of darkness. "They are
not senior-rank Maoists but recently three-four former Maoists
have united to form a group to extort levy from contractors,"
said SSP Praveen Kumar Singh.
The Police arrested a self-styled
'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist near Thariamahua Bridge in
Giridih District. The 'area commander' identified as Shiva Turi
was operating at Dhanbad's Tundi area, was arrested during joint
raids by Dhanbad and Giridih Police and his arrest would provide
vital information on the rebel outfit, Superintendent of Police
A V Homker said. "Turi was involved in the Maoist attack on Maniadih
Police picket in which a Policeman was killed in 2009, besides
the murder of a chowkidar in 2008 and blowing up of two
school buildings during Maoist-called shut-downs," he said. Turi
was a resident of Kudko village in the District.
Two villagers were killed by the
cadres of the CPI-Maoist at a Kangaroo Court in Latehar District.
The bodies of Harbar Singh and Chetu Singh were recovered at Baresand
village, DSP Ashwini Sinha said. The Maoists claimed responsibility
of their killing through a note left near the bodies. They accused
the duo on charges of collecting levy in the name of the Maoists,
the DSP said. Quoting villagers, Sinha said Harbar Singh and Chetu
Singh were taken away from their homes by the Maoists on April
A Police team recovered three
can bombs each weighing over 20 kilograms from the Bendi forest
near the Hazaribagh-Chatra Road in Hazaribagh District. The Maoists
planted the bombs with an aim to target the Police who were deployed
to maintain law and order during Ramnavami processions, scheduled
to be taken out in the evening. The personnel of bomb disposal
squad defused the bombs and the Police Stations of Keredari, Barkagaon,
Kadkumsandi and adjoining Chatra District's Simaria and Tandwa
were alerted and patrolling were stepped up.
Union Junior Home Minister Gurudas
Kamat is scheduled to visit the State. According to sources, he
will visit CRPF camp and will meet Governor M O H Farook and Chief
Minister Arjun Munda to discuss the steps taken by the Government
to tackle law and order problem, Maoist problem and inter-State
Two former cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were shot dead by the Maoist cadres at Atikheta village in Latehar
District. The bullet-riddled bodies of Nirmal Singh and Birendra
Singh Kharwar were recovered during the day with the Maoists claiming
responsibility, SP Kuldip Diwedi said. The Maoists' note accused
the duo of rape and robbery after quitting their ranks to float
JJP, a CPI-Maoist splinter group. Singh and Kharwar had been in
the Maoists' firing squad till 2008, the Police said.
The Maoists killed Jaleshwar Prajapati
(38), a councillor of ward VI of Tilaiya panchayat under
Mahuataad Police Station in Bokaro District. Prajapati was abducted
at around 10 pm in the night of April 12 by a gang of around 48
Maoists and later, sentenced to death in a kangaroo court.
ASP Bermo Tamil Banan confirmed the killing, but refused to comment
on speculation that the body hadn't been removed till late evening
as the Police feared Maoists might have planted explosives near
it. A pamphlet left by the Maoists near the body warned that "Supporters
of Police will meet this fate".
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs, Gurudas Kamat, praised CRPF troopers fighting the Maoists
in Jharkhand and assured that the Centre would look into their
requirements. "The nation salutes CRPF jawans (troopers)
who are fighting Naxalites (LWE) in the forests. The Government
will address their problems and requirements," Kamat said while
meeting the CRPF personnel at the Zilla School ground in Chaibasa
in West Singhbhum District to mark a function of the 197th battalion
of the CRPF. Condemning the killing of two villagers by the Maoists
in Latehar on April 12, Kamat asked what the Maoists want to prove
by indulging in violence. To a query whether the Union Government
would sanction setting up of more camps in the dense Saranda forest
in West Singhbhum, Kamat said the Government would consider it
after recruitment of more personnel in the CRPF. On another query
as to when the night service of the railways would start, Kamat
said he would speak to the railway ministry, adding if Jharkhand
provided security trains, services could restart in the areas
bordering Jharkhand and West Bengal. Train services were cancelled
after the Gyaneshwari Express mishap in 2010.
Five LWE cadres were arrested
from different parts of Ranchi District. Three cadres of the PLFI,
a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Bajra
Bridge, about 15 kilometres from the District Headquarters in
Itki, while two Maoist cadres identified as Basudev Hazam and
Istomani alias Basanti, were arrested from near Rocky Cinema
in the Bundu Police Station area in the District. The three PLFI
cadres are identified as Raj Kamal Gope (30), Manjula Kumari (20)
and Shahnawaz (21). Raj Kamal Gope is the 'zonal commander' of
the PLFI, while Manjula and Shahnawaz were his trusted lieutenants.
"Gope is wanted in more than 20 cases of murder and extortion,"
SSP Praveen Kumar Singh said. According to the Police, Basudev
and Basanti were actively associated with Maoist 'zonal commander'
Kundan Pahan, known as the Veerapan of Jharkhand. "The Maoist
duo was associated with the Kundan Pahan squad for a year and
a half. But when the rebels sexually exploited the girl, both
decided to stay away. To protect themselves from the wrath of
Maoists, they preferred working as suppliers," SSP Singh said.
"I joined the organisation three months ago, but had remained
in the squad for only six days. During my very brief association,
Budhwa Pahan, an aide of Kundan Pahan, raped me four times," Basanti
said. "One foreign made pistol, 40 gelatine sticks, more than
50 live cartridges and one vehicle has been recovered," SSP Singh
The Jharkhand Government must
improve law and order conditions as the coal production in the
State, which has the largest coal reserves in India, has been
hit by the Maoist problem, Union Coal Minister Prakash Jaiswal
said. "Coal production has been hit by the Maoist problem in the
State. Law and order in Jharkhand is not satisfactory and the
State Government should do the needful to improve it," Jaiswal
told reporters in Ranchi.
Intelligence sources said Maoists
prefer to recruit criminals who are wanted in several criminal
cases. "There is advantage to both: criminals get protection and
can earn money, while Maoists get a criminal who in fear of Police
action dedicatedly engage in rebel activities," said the intelligence
official. SSP Singh said due to intensive Police pressure, several
top Maoists have either surrendered or are being killed and thus
criminal options have become most suitable for the Maoists. "The
cadre recruitment drives of rebels, have recently suffered a huge
setback due to Police pressure and presence of security men in
Naxalite-affected areas. Thus they are looking for criminals,"
said Singh. He added there are cases when Maoists themselves call
on the criminals who have been evading arrests and ask them to
join their ranks and in many cases criminals themselves contact
the Maoists. According to intelligence inputs, the South Chhotanagpur
zonal committee, which has 'zonal commander' Kundan Pahan, having
lost his cadres in Police encounter has surrendered to Police
and is now looking for criminals, who could consolidate his eroding
base in Bundu, Tamar and Arki areas and strengthen his squad.
The Jharkhand Government is facing
serious trust deficit with investors since the killing of a Reliance
executive on April 6 by the cadres of the TPC, a break away faction
of the CPI-Maoist. While Chief Minister Arjun Munda is busy trying
to bring investment to the mineral-rich State, conglomerates already
in business in Jharkhand are worried about crime and insurgency
levels in the State. "We don't feel safe here anymore,'' said
a senior official of a big corporate house. A source said employees
of another company were considering withdrawing altogether from
the State fearing further violence by Maoists. "The government
needs to work hard to make Jharkhand investor-friendly,'' said
Sanjay Srivastava, DGM, corp.com, Abhijeet Group. The Police are
in a bind because of increasing numbers of Maoist splinter groups.
At least seven rebel factions are involved in turf wars in the
State with abductions of industrialists becoming increasingly
common. "These groups terrorise each other if they tread into
one another's territory,'' said a Senior Police Officer.
Cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from the Silam area in
Gumla District. Acting on a tip-off, the Police team led by Raidih
Police Station OC Digvijay Singh carried out the raid. Self-styled
'area commander' Sandeep Tirkey along with one of his associates
had planned to kill a contractor in the town, according to Police
reports. Gumla SP N K Singh said that "Sandeep is an 'area commander'
of PLFI and has been taken into custody along with one of his
associates. A 9 mm pistol, five bullets, a motorcycle and mobile
sets have been confiscated from the arrested persons."
The SFs killed 550 CPI-Maoist
cadres and arrested 4,090 others in the past one decade in the
State, Chief Minister Arjun Munda said in the State capital Ranchi.
He said after the creation of the new State, Maoist activities
in the form of killing and abducting for extortion and holding
of kangaroo courts' went up, which is a matter of concern
and the State Police was being revamped to deal with the situation.
Of the 18 Maoist-affected Districts of the State 14 are seriously
affected but the Planning Commission-sponsored Integrated Development
Programme is being executed to isolate the militants, he said.
Asked about Jharkhand's preparations for tackling the menace,
Munda said, "the Government has chalked out an integrated programme
under which State Police, CPMF, Central and State intelligence
agencies are working in tandem." "To tackle Maoist menace, the
manpower in all the 118 Police Stations of the Naxalite LWE-affected
areas has been doubled," he said and added under the scheme 13,000
additional personnel have been appointed in the Police Stations.
The Jharkhand Police and the CRPF
chalked out a joint strategy for an operation against the Maoists
in the mineral-rich Districts.
The firing squad of the Maoists
also abducted and killed Biswajit Yadav (30) and Ajay Thakur (32)
in Lawadi village in Palamu District, the Police said in Medininagar.
The victims were supporters of the TPC, a break away faction of
the CPI-Maoist. Latehar SP Kuldeep Dwivedi, also in-charge of
Palamu, confirmed the incident. He said that "A poster recovered
from the site of the killing prima facie suggests that Maoists
killed Yadav and Thakur as the duo were supporters of TPC."
Two villagers were abducted and
subsequently killed by cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction
of the CPI-Maoist in Khunti District. The deceased duo identified
as Sukra Pahan (25) and Balram Singh (27) were abducted from their
houses in Bandra village in the District in the night of April
17 and fired 13 bullets at them, killing them on the spot, SP
Manoj Kaushik said.
Reports indicate that a second
battalion of the CRPF will keep extra vigil in the Maoist infested
Jhumra area of Bokaro District, while Dumka in Santhal Pargana,
will get its first Paramilitary troopers. Announcing the two new
battalions of the force, CRPF IG Alok Raj said reinforcement had
become necessary because the troopers were not just fighting the
Maoists in these places, but also splinter outfits like the PLFI,
TPC and JPC. Currently, the CRPF has 13 battalions and two CoBRA
units in the State. "Even six years ago, the Police did not dare
to enter the Saranda forests in fear of Maoists. But in the past
year, the CRPF entered the zone four times. The continued presence
of Paramilitary Forces in Jhumra, which was once the training
hub of Maoists, has dealt a severe blow to the Maoist outfit,"
Raj said. "While we have strengthened our base, the same has been
done by Maoists in Chatra, Latehar, Palamu, Khunti and Dumka.
So, the need to raise more battalions," he added.
An encounter was reported between
the SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres at a transit camp of the Maoists
in the Rajabasa village under Gurabanda Police Station in Ghatshila
sub-division in East Singhbhum District. The SFs neutralised the
transit camp of the Maoists and recovered fire arms and explosives.
According to the SSP Akhilesh Jha, 100 rounds of fire were exchanged
with the Maoists during the course of operation that lasted 15
minutes. Though there was no casualty, report indicated that the
Maoists retreated to the West Bengal. "We have recovered country-made
pistol, detonator, pipe bomb wireless set, Maoist literature,
half-baked food items, dry ration, Army uniforms and polythene
sheet from the site," said the SSP.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, reported
to be aides of 'zonal commander' Kundan Pahan, surrendered before
SSP Praveen Kumar in Ranchi District. The surrendered Maoists
are identified as Arjun Mirdha (32) Ram Lohra (19) and Sukhram
Singh Munda (18). Mirdha is a resident of Ramdera village while
both Lohra and Munda were residents of Huanghatu village. Mirdha
is said to have joined the Maoist organisation in 2001, after
being influenced by Maoist leader Nitin da. "Arjun Mirdha was
also a member of the squad which had abducted and killed trader
Mahesh Mahto and his brother at Sataki in Angara Police Station
area in 2009," SSP Kumar said. Prodded about the reasons to surrender,
Mirdha said that he was disillusioned with the Maoist ideology.
Further, the SSP added that of the other two, Ram Lohra joined
the rebel faction in 2007 and was actively involved in organising
guerrilla meetings in villages. "Lohra received arms training
in Porahat and used to carry an SLR rifle with him. He is accused
of attacking a Police team in Arki in 2009 and ambushing a Police
camp in Baruhatu," Kumar said. Sukhram Singh Munda, on the other
hand, joined the Maoists in 2007 and was mainly engaged in arranging
food for the squad members. Each of the surrendered Maoists were
provided INR 50, 000 under the State Government's surrender policy.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have called
for bandh in the State on today [April 23], to protest
against the ongoing demolition drive in the State. In the last
one-and-half months, more than 4,600 illegal structures have been
demolished in the State, affecting more than 100,000 people. In
the next two to three weeks, the ongoing drive, on the directive
of the Jharkhand High Court, could render more than 500,000 people
homeless. The Maoists have termed the demolition drive as against
the poor people, alleging that it is going to help the capitalist
class. "All the District Police Chiefs have been alerted in light
of the Maoist shutdown called on Saturday [April 23]," a Police
spokesman said. Security of railway tracks, important Government
buildings and other key installations has also been beefed up.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were arrested during a search operation by SFs from Bhushudih
village under Tamar Police Station area in Ranchi District. The
Police also recovered two claymore landmines from them. The three
Maoist cadres, identified as Nandlal Lohra and Manoj Lohra of
Sosokutti village and Bablu Munda of Nembo village, are associated
with 'Zonal commander' Kundan Pahan, who is known as the 'Veerapan
The bandh called by the
Maoists to protest the anti-encroachment drive, evoked a mixed
response in Bokaro. While it failed in and around the steel city,
including Chas, Chandankyari, Chandrapura and Jaina More, the
bandh had impacted Bermo sub-division, especially Nawadih and
Gomia blocks. Posters supporting the Maoists were found on walls
in Jarangdih, 55 kilometres from Bokaro steel city, which were
later removed by SFs.
The Jharkhand State Police have
come up with a new strategy to fight Naxalism (LWE) in the State.
The decision was taken at a high level meeting headed by DGP GS
Rath at the Police Headquarters in Ranchi. The Police would strengthen
its intelligence resources and extend its reach among the rural
masses to take stock of the Naxal outfits. It would make new pickets
in the sensitive areas and curb the CPI-Maoist menace in the rural
belt of the State.
Bokaro Police arrested Rameshwar
Manjhi alias Mangra (39), a Maoist sub-zonal 'commander',
from Bhavani forests in Nawadih block in Bokaro District.
A Maoists squad assaulted the
employees of Patil Construction Company of Maharashtra, and threatened
them with dire consequences, if work continued at the extension
of National Highway 75 from Padwa More in Palamu District to Murisemar
in Garhwa District.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
three persons, including a woman, in two separate incidents in
Khunti District. According to the Police, two slained bodies,
including that of a woman were recovered from Riva village.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Ranjan
Kumar (23), a mining engineer at Chama village under Maneka Police
Station in Latehar District. Kumar was working as a mining engineer
at one of the collieries in North Karnapura (Dakra) area of the
Central Coalfields Limited, situated at Khelari in Ranchi District,
Police sources said.
Times of India reports
that cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist
killed a shopkeeper, identified as Bindeshwar Sahu, at Brinda-Bahuartoli
village around 10 kilometres away from Gumla District.
DSP Anand Joseph Tigga was injured
in crossfire during a search operation in the Sataki forest area
near Silli in Ranchi District. According to the Police sources,
the DSP along with his bodyguards and some CRPF troopers was out
on a search operation in the area, acting upon information about
movement of a few suspected Maoists carrying automatic weapons.
11 SF personnel were killed and
nearly 40 injured when CPI-Maoist cadres set off landmines in
an ambush in Lohardaga District. After a tip off about Maoists
having assembled there, the CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar, JAP and DAP
personnel went to Urumuru village, but returned after not finding
anyone. While the SFs were returning from Urumuru the Maoists
ambushed them at Dhardhariya hills under Senha Police Station
in the District.
An encounter occurred between
a CRPF patrol team and the Maoists in Jhumra, about 113 kilometres
from Bokaro. More than 1,100 rounds were exchanged between the
troopers and some 50 Maoists for over three hours. However, no
casualties were reported.
Four cadres of the TPC, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sukhdev Bhagat,
Indradev Ganju, Khusihal Lohra of Harehanj village and Sanjay
Oram of Chandawa village were arrested by the Police during a
raid in Monger village under Sadar Police Station limits in Latehar
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
from a forest area situated under Gomia Police Station Bokaro
District. Acting on a tip off, the three Maoist cadres, including
Vakil Mahto, sub-zonal 'commander' of the Maoists were arrested
from the forest area situated around 130 kilometres from Ranchi.
The identity of the other two is yet to be ascertained, the Police
said. 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate used in the making of explosives
and incriminating documents were recovered from their possession,
the Police added.
The cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist killed a 32-year-old villager in Jharkhandi
village under Bandugaon Police Station in West Singhbhum District.
The deceased identified as Christopi Horo was chatting with some
other villagers near a church when four PLFI cadres in motorcycles
shot him dead. Police suspect Hora was killed for being a sympathiser
of the rival group CPI-Maoists.
A Maoist bunker was neutralised
by the SFs during search operation in Latehar District. The SFs
comprising the CRPF and the District Police came across the bunker
situated between two hills at Pathalkudwa forest, SP, Kuldip Diwedi
said. In all 60 detonators, three cylinder bombs, four grenades,
three rifles, two bundles of wire and five walkie-talkies were
recovered, he added. Later, the SFs neutralised the bunker, Diwedi
The CPI-Maoist cadres have called
for a 24-hour nationwide bandh, to protest against the
arrest of three of their central committee members, Pulendu Mukherjee
alias Saheb, Umesh Yadav alias Abhimanyu, and Nokhe
Lal Choudhury alias Suraj Shyamji from Katihar in Bihar
on April 29.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
five tractors in their bid to enforce a one-day bandh to
protest the arrest of three of their leaders in Bihar, at Sohdag
village in Palamau District. SP A. T. Mathew said that around
20 to 25 Maoists set ablaze five tractors and assaulted some labourers
involved in the road construction work near Itki, around 140 kilometres
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up
the vacant ancestral house of JMM MP Kameshwar Baitha, a former
Maoist zonal 'commander' who was released on bail on May 7, in
Palamau District. "A group of Maoists stuffed dynamite in the
vacant house of Baitha before triggering the blast at Danchabar
village in Bishrampur, about 55 kilometres from Medininagar,"
SP Anup Mathew said.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew
up a rail track in Bokaro District. "On Thursday, while enforcing
a daylong shutdown, Maoists blasted a railway track between the
Gomia and Dumri railway stations in Bokaro District.
About 250 to 300 Maoist cadres
including women cadres, raided the camp office of M/s ILFS & GR
Infra Projects Limited at Morandih under the Hazaribagh Mufassil
Police Station in Hazaribagh District, and set ablaze 30 vehicles
and equipments including five Miller machines, eight Hiwas
(used in road construction) and eight tankers, one Batching Plant,
a DG Set, besides other equipment, SP Pankaj Kamboj, said.
Five cadres of the PLFI, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist were shot dead reportedly by Maoist
cadres at a wedding ceremony in Loki village at Raidih in Gumla
Two persons, identified as Haradhan Baske (35) and Vinay Shaw,
were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres, thinking them to be Police
informers at Jhujhaka village, close to West Bengal border in
Patamda, about 60 kilometres from Jamshedpur District. The victims
were returning home riding on the motorcycle from Kuchai.
The four persons of a family were
killed by the cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist,
at Dakeya village in Okba panchayat under Basia Police
Station in Gumla District. The PLFI cadres tied their hands and
took to Karisokra forest where their throats were slit. They also
fired five rounds at the incident site. The Maoists were led by
Rajendra, Arjun Mahli, Gobardhan and Bale, ASP Shanni Tigga, SDPO
C K Sinha, said.
The victims were identified as
Jitu Badai (45), Mahesh Badai (40), Basant Badai and Shit Badai,
all brothers. "About 30-35 uniform-clad assailants raided Jitu's
house at 10 pm and knocked on the door. When he refused to open
it, a local rebel identifying himself as Arjun Mahli asked for
water. As Jitu opened the door, PLFI men caught him and took him
to his younger brother Mahesh's house where two others Basant
and Shit were also captured," said Alta Devi, the sister of the
deceased. Alta said PLFI cadres had demanded money from her brothers.
An encounter broke out between
the Maoists and SF personnel at Rairda forest in Saraikela-Kharsawan
District. DIG, Kolhan, Navin Kumar Singh said the Maoists fired
at the patrolling SF contingent, which included the District Police,
at Burudih village. As the SF personnel returned the fire, the
Maoists retreated, he added.
Three Maoists were arrested in
Hazaribagh District. The arrestees, identified as Dhruva Hembram,
Bhattu Manjhi and Jablu Manjhi, were arrested on a tip-off from
near Konar Dam as they were meeting to discuss an attack on the
Huge quantities of ammonium nitrate
were recovered and one person was arrested at Dumraon village
in Hazaribagh District. Acting on a tip-off, a Police team raided
the house of one Kedar Bhuyan and recovered several bags of ammonium
nitrate, DSP Sangeeta Kumari said. She said Bhuyan was being interrogated
to ascertain whether the explosives were meant to be supplied
to the CPI-Maoist to make landmines and if the arrested man had
permit to store explosive materials.
Four Maoists, including a woman,
were arrested by the Police from Chanduagarh village under Sena
Police Station area in Lohardaga District, in connection with
the Dhardhariya ambush that had killed 11 SF personnel on May
3. The arrestees are identified as Suna Kharva, Bishnu Asur, Sudhua
Asur and Rehena Khatun (20), SP A V Minz said. "After interrogation
they confessed involvement in the incident. It was Suna who had
called up the Police that ten Maoists had congregated at Dhardhariya
and a series of landmines were blasted no sooner had the team
reached there," Minz said.
Three cadres of the PLFI, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were arrested
from Tupudana area in Ranchi District. The arrested extremists
were identified as Sonam, Victor and Manoj. A pistol, Maoist literature
and some incriminating documents were recovered from them.
Two women Maoists identified as
Gita Ganju and Reshmi Mahli surrendered before SSP Praven Kumar.
They were given INR 50,000 cash each under the rehabilitation
policy. Both were active Maoists and were working under 'zonal
commander' Kundan Pahan, also known as the 'Veerapan' of Jharkhand.
Maoist leader Tilku Singh was arrested along
with arms and ammunition by a Police team, said Gumla SDPO Chandan
A CRPF trooper, Gulam Hussain,
sustained bullet injuries when a squad of 50 CPI-Maoist cadres
ambushed a paramilitary and Police team on a combing operation
at Duragarha, 70 kilometres from Hazaribagh District headquarters.
Barhi SDPO Arun Kumar Sinha said the search mission was launched
to nab Maoist zonal commander Indal, alias Uma Bhokta. "The search
party was attacked by Maoists around 8.30am. SFs retaliated. We
suspect at least three rebels were also injured. However, we have
not recovered any arms and ammunition from the spot," he said.
Two top cadres of the CPI-Maoist
surrendered in Jharkhand, Police said. The two - one of them Viswanath
Singh, the Kharwar 'zonal commander' - surrendered before Jharkhand
DGP G.S. Rath. They handed over a rifle and live cartridges to
Police. Singh was wanted in more than 17 cases by the police.
Under the state's rehabilitation policy, Rath gave INR 50,000
cash to each of them.
An attempt by the TPC to extort
money from two companies, engaged by the ONGC to carry out a survey
on availability of gas in its two plants at Taleswar village in
Barkagaon, was foiled by an IRB trooper.
The Gumla Police arrested Gobardhan
Gope, a 'commander' of Jai-Jharkhand Tiger, a new splinter group
of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, during a special
operation from Basia and Kamdara Police Station area in Gumla
District. Gope became the kingpin of the gang after its leader
Tilku Singh was arrested by a Police team, said Gumla SDPO Chandan
Six vehicles, including three
food grain-laden trucks, were set ablaze by the cadres of the
CPI-Maoist on a busy State highway near Daltonganj in Palamu District.
Around 40 Maoists laced with fire-arms intercepted the vehicles,
asked the drivers, cleaners and passengers to get down before
setting them ablaze on Medininagar-Aurangabad Road under Chhatarpur
The Police arrested a senior Maoist
leader identified as Drikdeo Paswan alias Guerrilla, 'zonal
commander' from Japla railway station in the Palamu District,
when he was about to catch a train for Varanasi.
Intelligence inputs report that
the Maoists under the leadership of central committee member Misir
Besra alias Sunirmal alias Bhaskarji is planning
attacks on Security Forces in Arki, Tamar, Bundu or Chowka blocks
of the State.
The SER authorities issued a bulletin,
extending the ban on movement of night trains on Kharagpur-Tata,
Chakradharpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra sections till June 2.
A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was
arrested with a bomb packed with 20 kilograms of explosives in
Khunti District. The bomb was later defused, the Police said.
The Police recovered an IED from
bushes near the Mosanga forest in the District. It was also defused.
After a search, the Police arrested Vipin Sahu, a suspected cadre
of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the Maoists, from Moranga
village in the District.
Suspected cadres of the TPC, a
break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, set ablaze a truck, laden
with tendu leaf, at Kitatsoti village in Garhwa District. According
to the Police, the LWE stopped the truck and assaulted the driver
before setting ablaze the vehicle.
Several highway repair projects,
meant for key road links between the State capital and vulnerable
Districts housing CPI-Maoist camps, are running slow because of
Maoist threat, with authorities having all but given up hope about
their future. Among the revamp projects worst hit are the ones
on NH-75 (Ranchi-Daltonganj road), NH-99 (Chandwa-Chatra road)
and NH-75E (Ranchi-Chaibasa road.
DGP G.S. Rath chose to paint a
grim picture of the overall security scenario of Jharkhand and
called the situation "war-like" while referring to the recent
spate of Maoist attacks that targeted construction companies and
their equipment as well as men in uniform. Speaking about the
Maoist ambush in Lohardaga on May 3 in which 11 policemen were
killed, the DGP said, "Despite being lured into a Maoist trap
my boys valiantly repulsed the Naxalites and no weapons were lost."
He added that though there were no trophies of victory yet, his
forces had been venturing into previously inaccessible areas.
"A war-like scenario is prevailing. We win some, we lose some.
We are having encounters in interior areas with Naxalites," he
In Chatra District, another group
of Maoists went to three adjoining villages and set ablaze ten
tractors and five other machineries at the villages, Chatra SP
Prabhat Kumar said. Denial of extortion by the contractors could
be the motive behind the arson in Chatra, Kumar said.
The SFs were put on high alert
after the intelligence wing reported about the diktat given
by CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' Kundan Pahan to his men, indicating
a Maoist operation in the forests of Ranchi and Khunti Districts
during the monsoons. "Ab samay aa gaya hai kuchh karne ka
(the time has come to do something)," was the diktat from Pahan
to his cadres over phone.
A woman was killed in crossfire
and three CPI-Maoist cadres were injured when the Maoists engaged
SF personnel in a brief gun battle at Bareda forest, about 70
kilometres from Ranchi. Additional Superintendent of Police Apoorva,
who led the combing team comprising Central Reserve Police Force,
Jharkhand Jaguar and District Police personnel, said they were
cordoning off the forest in Tamar Police Station area around 6.10
am when a squad of 15 Maoists opened fire. The victim was identified
as Neelmani Mahto (55), a local villager. A 9mm pistol with four
rounds, three mobile handsets and four SIM cards were recovered
from the encounter site.
Maoists set ablaze a Bolero, three
trucks and two costly machinery in Lohardaga District, the Police
said. "Suspected Maoists torched a Bolero, three trucks and two
costly machinery engaged at Pakhar Bauxite Mining in Lohardaga
District this morning [June 1]," Lohardaga Superintendent of Police
(SP) Asim Vikrant Minz said. The vehicles and equipment belonged
to Atul Agarwal, who had taken a contract from HINDALCO, he said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
and as many Policemen were injured in a gunfight at Murhu in Khunti
District. The gunfight ensued when a group of Maoists attacked
a Police escort party at Murhu to snatch rifles from them near
a bank, IGP S. N. Pradhan said. Pradhan did not rule out the possibility
of Maoists' plan to loot the SBI branch. Police inspector P. K.
Mishra told newsmen at Khunti, that about 30 Maoists were involved
in the attack and managed to take away three rifles of the injured
policemen before fleeing the spot.
SSP Praveen Kumar Singh confirmed
that Police have information to suggest that Maoists are eyeing
urban youths from the people displaced in the recent eviction
drives across the State as prospective recruits.
Six Maoists, including a woman,
who were arrested for their foiled attempt to the loot SBI branch
at Murhu in Khunti District on June 2, were forwarded to jail
on June 4.
Jharkhand Police spokesperson
S. N. Pradhan said a brief encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist
took place near Kochang village under Arki Police Station of Khunti
District earlier in the evening. Pradhan said Maoists had gathered
near Kochang village after which an anti-Maoist operation was
launched. However, no casualty was reported from either side despite
more than 200 rounds were fired from each side.
CRPF DG K. Vijay Kumar, spent
an impromptu night with troopers at the remote Labhor camp in
Maoist-infested Garu jungles of Latehar District while making
a surprise visit.
A group of cadres of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, lead by it 'sub-zonal commander'
Mangal Nagesia shot dead three persons, said to be Maoist supporters,
at Jamgai village of Gumla District, Police said. The victims
were identified as Gandura Oraon, Sukra Oraon and Somnath Oraon.
The incident is suspected to be a revenge killing as five of PLFI
cadres were killed by Maoists during a marriage reception function
at Loki village, about half a kilometre from Jamgai on May 15.
Three handmade missiles and one
manual missile launcher were recovered by the Police from a Maoist
hideout at Oraien village in Latehar District.
The CPI-Maoist issued fresh warnings
to youths at the villages of Huntergunj block in Chatra District,
threatening them with dire consequences if they work as Police
informers. The posters that were stuck on boundary walls of houses
and at market places in the villages of Nawadih, Punari, Bhojpur,
Julia and Khutikewal asked young men to banish even the thought
of working as SPOs. DSP in Chatra Amber Lakra admitted that the
department had engaged village youths to work for them as SPOs,
but refused to divulge their numbers.
The CPI-Maoist cadres used earthmovers
to destroy a school building in Chatra District. According to
eyewitnesses, around 150 Maoists, clad in guerrilla fatigue and
armed with semi-automatic weapons, led three bulldozers, which
were being used to dig a pond in a nearby cluster, into Kaura
village in Pratappur block around 6.30 pm. They held around 40
people in the Kaura market at gunpoint and directed them to turn
off mobile phones if any. While the villagers watched, the Maoists
commanded the drivers of the earthmovers to pull down every brick
of the 10-room Kaura Government High School building. SDPO S.A.
Rizwi confirmed the Maoist attack, saying 'area commander' Ajay
Ganjhu led the operation. However, no one was injured in the incident.
Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Sunkunda village
under Basia Police Station of Gumla District. Those arrested were
identified as Kuleshwar Singh and Somri Devi. Three rifles and
28 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Ramcharan Singh, carrying a reward of INR 50,000
on his head was shot dead by some unidentified armed assailants
in Kedli forest under Burmu Police Station in Ranchi District.
According to reports he had an ongoing conflict with TPC regarding
'levy collection' and had escaped many attempts on his life. However,
no outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres including
a women, identified as 'sub-zonal commander' Prakash Rana, alias
Samardeep and Anjali Hembram, surrendered with a pistol and a
rifle before Police in Giridih District. The surrendered Maoists
also handed over INR one million that they collected as "levy".
While Rana is a resident of Chandmundi in Jamui District of Bihar,
Hembram hailed from Tilaya under Giridih District. Rana, who was
involved in recent blowing up a Police jeep in Jamui, was wanted
in connection with nine cases in Jharkhand and Bihar, Police said.
Eight labourers of brick kiln
at Badaki Chanpi village under Kuru Police Station in Lohardaga
District who were abducted by Jharkhand Sangharsh Jan Mukti Morcha
(JSJMM), a purported Left Wing Extremist group, on June 8 were
rescued in combing operation launched by Police. Sources said
10 JSJMM armed men under command of one Laudha Ganjhu had attacked
the kiln after they failed to get the 'levy' from the owner.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist exchanged
fire with the CRPF for about an hour in Alipa village under Pratappur
Police Station of Chatra District.
A 23-year-old CPI-Maoist cadre,
wanted in four cases of possession of illegal firearms and attack
on Police officers, surrendered before the officer-in-charge of
Bundu Police Station.
DGP Gauri Shankar Rath claimed
that the Naxalite [Left-Wing Extremist] movement had weakened
in Jharkhand in the recent times. Surrender of a large number
of extremists bore testimony to this, he added. Speaking to the
media Rath said the surrender policy of the Jharkhand Government
was a huge success.
The Police recovered 46 rounds
of ammunition, two letter pads and 50 metres of fuse wire used
in landmine explosions by CPI-Maoist cadres from under a hay stack
at Anandpur Toroa Toli about 70 kilometres from Ranchi in the
Kisku Police Station area in Lohardaga District. SP Asim Vikrant
Minz said they had acted on a tip-off. "Out of 46 rounds of ammunition,
43 is of 306mm bore used in single-shot rifle while three are
of 9mm bore used in pistols," the SP said. OIC of Kisku Police
Station Munu Tudu agreed, saying the letter pad bore the old name
of the banned outfit. "The letter pad is printed in Hindi. Maovadi
Community Centre is written on it," the OIC said.
Around 15 to 20 CPI-Maoist cadres
stopped three coal-laden trucks near Kalyanpur Kata village of
Chatra District and set ablaze the trucks. The drivers were brutally
beaten up by the Maoists. The refusal of coal businessmen to meet
the extortion demands can be the reason behind the incident, Police
High alert has been sounded in
the State ahead of 24-hour bandh called by Maoist to protest
the arrest of their erstwhile politburo leader Jagdish Master
in Gaya District of Bihar on June 12.
The CPI-Maoist cadres in a bid
to blow up the railway tracks were able to damage only two slabs
near the Mohammadganj Railway Station in Palamau District, during
the 24-hour bandh called in Jharkhand, Bihar and north
The Maoists set ablaze a generator
set of a mobile tower of a private telecom company in the District,
SP Anup T Mathew said.
About 40 to 50 armed CPI-Maoist
cadres blew up Lohiya Samta High School building at Ketar village
under the Bhawnathpur Police Station area of Garhwa District.
"The incident was carried out under the leadership of the Maoist
inter-state zonal head Munna Vishwakarma," sources said, adding
that the Maoists had arrived at Bhawnathpur from Bihar's Navhata-Chutia
Police Station area after crossing river Sone. "The Maoists used
three can bombs containing ammonium nitrate," said Garhwa SP Richar
Lakra. Sources also said that construction of a Police Station
at Ketar was under process. When the Maoists came to know that
the action plan to set up a Police Station, they blew up the school
building to register their presence in the area.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
two vehicles and machinery of a drilling company in Latehar District.
About 50 Maoists went to Parsahi village in the wee hours and
set ablaze to a truck, a jeep and two drilling machines of the
R K Drilling company engaged in survey of mines, the Police said.
Non-payment of extortion was said to be the reason behind the
On condition of anonymity, a senior
Police officer claimed that the State Government is not concerned
about the Security of surrendered Maoists and is not implementing
welfare schemes meant for their families.
An armed squad of over 70 CPI-Maoist
blew up railway tracks and trapped a pilot engine with two RPF
Policemen, killing one of them in a bid to loot weapons, between
Dumri-Bihar and Dania railway stations near Jhumra Hills in Bokaro
District. According to senior public relations officer of the
Dhanbad Rail Division, Amrendra Das, the RPF Policeman killed
was identified as Anil Kumar Rai. His colleague, B. Chand, along
with engine driver S. Mahto and his assistant N. Mehta were injured.
Later the Maoists set ablaze the engine, he said.
A local court sentenced four CPI-Maoist
cadres to death, for the Chilkari massacre in which former Jharkhand
Chief Minister Babulal Marandi's son was among 19 people killed.
The four Maoists were identified as Chhatrapati Mandal, Manoj
Rajwar, Jitan Marandi and Anil Ram.
The CPI-Maoist posters appealing
to boycott the by-election scheduled for July 1, for the Jamshedpur
Lok Sabha seat, were found in Ghorabandha area of Ghatshila tehsil
in East Singhbhum District.
SF personnel detected and defused
four landmines suspected to be planted by CPI-Maoist cadres at
Hatnaburu in West Singhbhum District. The landmines, weighing
an average 15 kilograms each, were planted in four different places
under a kutcha road deep inside Saranda forest targeting the SF,
SP A. K. Singh said.
Three CPI-Maoist camps were neutralized
during the three-day operation that was launched in Saranda forest
in West Singhbhum District. 17 suspected Naxalites, including
four women, were detained and over 200 kilograms of explosives
seized in the operation. The operation team engaged the Maoists
in an encounter near Chadra village in the evening of June 28.
The offensive was launched on June 26 midnight after arrested
Maoist Nirmal Jharia on June 18 tipped the SFs off about Maoist
training camps being run in the forest.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
set ablaze to a tanker and another vehicle of a Kolkata-based
construction company at Dhabatand in Giridih District for allegedly
refusing to pay extortion, Police said. The construction company,
which has been laying road between Giridih-Dumri, had refused
to pay extortion, sources said.
Maoists have threatened to kill
40 people to take revenge for the death penalty awarded last week
to four of their comrades by a Giridih court, Police said.
Director General of Police G.
S. Rath said that opium cultivation in the State is being done
under the patronage of Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a
former top-ranked cadre for snapping ties with the outfit in Giridih
District, Police said. Munda had moved away from the CPI-Maoist
following a dispute over distribution of extortion money in the
ranks of the Maoists, he added.
The CoBRA of the CRPF destroyed
two Maoist camps in a combing operation at the Saranda forest
in West Singhbhum District.
Through posters put up in Latehar
District, Maoists have invited displaced people to join their
cadre, Police said. The posters invited people to join the CPI-Maoist's
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
an 'area commander' of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist,
at Kolambi-Dipatoli village in Gumla District. The slain 'area
commander' was identified as Chhotka Gop.
Coinciding with the Lok Sabha
by-election in Jamshedpur, the Maoists have declared a 24-hour
state-wide bandh from midnight of June 30 to protest against the
death penalty awarded to four Maoists for the 2007 Chilkhari massacre.
At least three CPI-Maoist cadres
were killed when SFs, including CoBRA personnel, attacked Maoist
'zonal commander' Ajay Mahto's 35 cadre-strong squad at a place
between rugged hills and dense forests near Telaiya village in
Hazaribagh District. After the Maoists fled, a combing operation
in the area yielded INR 6.90 lakh in cash, a large numbers of
uniforms, utensils, food grain, medicines, a 9-mm pistol, four
live cartridges and 14 empty cartridges of AK-47.
Over 100 Maoists set ablaze five
dumpers and an earthmover belonging to a private contractor engaged
in excavation of bauxite for Hindalco Industries Limited, an aluminium
manufacturing company at Pakhar mines under Kisko Police Station
in Lohardaga District, the Police said.
Polling in Maheshpur in Ghatsila
sub-divison was disrupted for a while after CPI-Maoist cadres
fired in the air to scare away voters during the Jamshedpur Parliamentary
On the direction of the Election
Commission, an FIR was filed with the Sakshi Police Station in
Jamshedpur against Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) [JVM-P]
party candidate Ajay Kumar after a rival candidate complained
of having an audio CD where Kumar is purportedly "conversing with
a Maoist leader" to garner votes for Jamshedpur Lok Sabha by poll.
The CPI-Maoist regional committee
secretary Samarji called for a bandh on July 4, the day
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram is to arrive in Ranchi to talk
about anti-Naxal operations. "The bandh has been called to protest
against the ongoing operations against the poor and marginalized
tribals, especially in the Saranda forests, both by Jharkhand
and Orissa governments," Samarji Said. He even warned Chidambaram
to pull out the security forces from the jungles in Jharkhand,
Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Four former cadres of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, who broke away to form
their own group, were arrested after a brief gun-fight at Turiamba
village in Gumla District.
The Police arrested a Maoist,
identified as Gobardhan Rai, who carried a head money of INR 30,000
and was wanted in several cases in Dumka District, SP, Hemant
Toppo said. Following a tip-off, Rai was arrested from Kulkanth
forest under Kathikund Police Station in the District. Rai had
joined the Maoists in 2004.
DG of CRPF K. Vijay Kumar endorsed
deploying of four additional paramilitary battalions to fight
the CPI-Maoist and other LWE outfits in Jharkhand.
The SF during an encounter in
the Sarju-Gotag hills axis under Latehar Police Station neutralised
a training camp of the CPI-Maoist in Koel Sank Zone and recovered
IED and indigenous arms factories spread over an area of two square
The camp, considered the backbone
of Naxalism in Bihar and Jharkhand, often remained guarded with
over 100 Maoists and more than 500 IED were planted on the routes
to the camp.
A Maoist leader in the Panchparganiya
area, identified as Heera Singh Munda (50), and Etwa Mahali, a
15-year-old Maoist courier, were arrested from a forest area under
Bundu Police Station in Ranchi District.
A Maoist, identified as Sanjay
Singh Munda (21), surrendered before the Police at Bundu Police
Station in the District.
The CPI-Maoist dubbed the State
Government's move of amending the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT)
and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SPT) as a "conspiracy against
the poor" and appealed to all the tribals to oppose the move.
Lalpur Police arrested a PLFI
cadre identified as Vijay Sahu, who hails from Marchu village
under Murhu Police Station area, from Burdwan compound area in
the District. The Police were trying to verify the cases lodged
against him under Khunti Police Station.
The cadres of the PLFI, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist killed two civilians identified
as Dileep Singh and Bittu Singh by slitting their throats in Chatra
District, charging them with being Police informers.
Ranchi Police arrested two PLFI
cadres with arms and ammunition from Lapung Police Station area
in Ranchi District.
The Union Home Ministry decided
to deploy two MI-17 helicopters in Jharkhand by next month.
Four battalions of the CRPF, approved
by Union home minister P Chidambaram during his meeting with the
DGP on July 4, is also likely to be deployed in the state very
A local contractor-cum-trader
was killed by cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the
CPI-Maoist, at his shop in Patratoli village of Raidih Police
Station in Gumla District.
The Maoist cadres dug deep trenches
at seven different locations along two major roads connecting
two villages Sidki Satvahini and Kaura-Ghorighat under Pratappur
Police Station area in Chatra District.
During a three-day tour, CRPF
DG K Vijay Kumar visited frontal CRPF camps in the State at Lodhai
village in the dense Saranda forest of West Singhbhum and Churchu
in Hazaribagh District.
CPI-Maoist cadres carried out
a blast at the house of one of the dissenters, their 'commander',
Upendra Rai, in Pilpra village in Palamu District, in order to
keep away several Maoists who had decided to move out and start
their own outfits or join another group.
Four suspected Maoists were arrested
from separate places in Garhwa District.
The Police on a tip-off arrested
Sanjay Khalko, a cadre of the TPC, the break-away faction of the
CPI-Maoist from the roadside hotel at the Birhu check post in
A Maoist cadre identified as Sukhram
Lohra (35) wanted in eight cases of Maoist violence, surrendered
before SSP Praveen Kumar at his office in Ranchi District.
In a joint operation by the Bermo
Police and the CRPF, recovered one can bomb, three local-made
bombs, 36 cartridges, one gun, one tarpaulin, one uniform and
six bags which the CPI-Maoist had hidden in a bunker just 4 kilometres
away from Jhumra hill near Lalgarh village in Bokaro District.
A cadre of the TPC, a break-away
faction of the CPI-Maoist, was reportedly killed by CPI-Maoist
cadres at Etko village in Palamu District.
Three JPC, a splinter group of
the CPI-Maoist, cadres, identified as Kalam Ansari, Asfar Ansari
and Ravindra Bhuiyan, were arrested and six weapons, including
three rifles, were recovered from them during raids in Palamu
Separately, the SF arrested two
suspected Maoists in the forest on the Palamu-Chatra border touching
Bihar during an operation code named as 'Blue Moon' in Ranchi
A person, identified as Karma
Sahu, was killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Simdega
District. The dead body of Sahu was recovered in Genmer-Chandsai
village in the morning, the SP Anup Birthare said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Anil
Oraon (24), a resident of Lai village in Garu, and Arun Yadav
(35) of Kone village under Sadar Police Station, branding them
as Police informers in a kangaroo court held at Sarju forests
in Latehar District.
Intelligence reports claim that
nine of members of the firing squad of Jharkhand's 'most wanted'
Maoist Kundan Pahan have deserted him. Tulsidas alias Vishal,
the main cadre of Pahan's squad, went away along with eight other
associates and said to be hiding somewhere under Tamar Police
Station, the reports said.
Acting on a tip off those CPI-Maoist
cadres were camped at a forest and designing plans for an attack,
the CRPF and the Jharkhand Police launched a combing operation
in Tamar and Bundu areas, about 70 kilometres from State capital
The Police have registered a case
against Gulach Munda, a Maoist squad leader of Ghorabandha for
raping a 30-year-old physically challenged woman nine months ago
in East Singhbhum District.
The Jharkhand Police are planning
to change strategy to arrest Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, the alleged
killer of Ramesh Singh Munda, a Janata Dal United MLA and two
Police officers, including Special Branch Inspector Francis Indwar,
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre identified
as Sunita Kumari alias Shanti surrendered before the Police
in Lohardaga District.
The DGP, G S Rath claimed that
the response to 'Operation Nai Disha' to lure back LWE
into the mainstream has been very successful and many more extremists
are in the pipeline to surrender.
Jharkhand DGP Gauri Shankar Rath
claimed that the left Wing Extremism situation in the State is
under control. Rath said that there has been a substantial decrease
in Left Wing Extremism incidents in Jharkhand. Rath said, "Naxal
incidents have decreased by 5.26 per cent while Naxal-related
rail incidents and landmine explosions have decreased by 12.5
per cent and 89.17 per cent, respectively, relative to last year."
A group of TPC cadres stormed
Central Coalfields Limited's (CCL's) Potanga project in Urimari
in Hazaribagh District, setting ablaze machinery belonging to
a private contractor before escaping amid a blaze of gunfire.
Police arrested an 'area commander'
of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Dilip Oraon, and four of his
squad members from Kotam village in Gumla District.
A suspected woman cadre of the
CPI-Maoist, believed to be close aide of Maoist leader Kundan
Pahan, was arrested in Khunti District. Rupa alias Silisiya
was arrested from Kamanta basti under Khunti Police Station of
The CPI-Maoist forcefully acquired
over 100 acres of land in Latehar District and threatened to kill
those who dare to carry out any sort of activity on the land.
The Maoists put up the posters throughout the nearby village debarring
villages from carrying out any kind of activity on the acquired
Some surrendered Maoists cadres
would be accommodated in the newly constructed Open Air Jail in
Hazaribagh, the first such jail in Jharkhand to lodge hundred
good conduct prisoners. The open jail would start in August.
In a major crackdown launched
by Ranchi Police in the suburban areas under Namkum and Tatisilwai
Police Station, five PLFI cadres were arrested. The five arrestees
were identified as Kranti Hazam, Jai Munda, Roshan Horro, Birsa
Hazam and Parsa Munda. Police recovered four locally-made pistols
and four live bullets, two bikes and four cell phones from their
Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in an encounter with SFs in Garu Police Station area
of Latehar District. One trooper of the CoBRA was also injured
in the encounter. A joint team of CRPF and State Police, led by
IG Ranchi, Rezi Dungdung, raided the area and made huge recoveries
including weapons and ammunitions.
A 'zonal commander' of the Kauleshwari
zone of the, identified as Rajdeo Yadav alias Akela, was arrested
from the forest in Rajpur-Kanhachatti region of Chatra District
during an operation. Police seized arms and documents from him.
Details about several Maoist cases in Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts
and parts of Bihar in Gaya District were also found on his possession.
Two CRPF personnel were injured
in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Thalkobad in West
Singhbhum District. The encounter took place during regular patrolling
in the Maoist-hit areas of the District. Superintendent of Police
A. K. Singh claimed that some Maoists also sustained injuries
in the encounter.
The process of further recruitment
of SPOs for rural areas for assisting the Police forces of the
State was stalled as a result of recent SC judgment on SPOs in
Chhattisgarh. The Jharkhand Government has adopted a wait-and-watch
policy in the recruitment drive. A senior Police officer said
that Jharkhand had no problem in recruiting SPOs as the SC's judgment
was restricted only to Chhattisgarh where SPOs were armed and
engaged in anti-Naxal operations. SPOs in Jharkhand are not deputed
in any kind of anti-insurgency operation.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist and its
breakaway faction TPC exchanged fire near Pokri village in Palamau
District. Blood stains found later on the spot indicated bullet
injuries to both sides. However, SP Anup T. Mathew denied having
heard any report of Maoist 'zonal-commander' Abhayji being killed
in the turf war.
An armed squad of the CPI-Maoist
comprising nine to 10 cadres raided a railway construction site
at Posaita near Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum District and set
ablaze seven construction equipments between 1am and 2am (local
time). The vehicles - three dumpers, three earthmovers and a vibrator
roller - were engaged on a project to widen railway tracks between
Chakradharpur and Manoharpur. Police described the incident as
a Maoist ploy to distract Security Forces engaged in operations
in neighbouring Saranda forests.
Maoists set on fire two buses
at Kedeg village of Gumla District. The buses were unoccupied
when they were set ablaze.
The Patna Police had a brief exchanged
fire with Maoists near Matachak village at Naukhaup under Imamganj
Police Station in Gaya District when the Police team that had
gone to the village to arrest a criminal chanced upon a Maoist
squad. Both sides exchanged 12 to 15 rounds. However, no one was
injured in the incident.
After keeping low for months,
the CPI-Maoist cadres have begun to make their presence felt along
the forested Odisha-Jharkhand border even as SFs of both States
are carrying out joint combing operation for better area domination.
Sources said the recent appearances of the Maoists in the border
areas are manifestations of the fact that the Chhota Nagpur Zonal
Committee (CNZC) of the CPI-Maoist has managed to regroup.
A CPI-Maoist 'area commander',
identified as James Murmu, who was arrested on August 4 in Jharkhand,
revealed that the Maoists are planning to target Mohammad Bazar
station in the bordering Birbhum District of West Bengal and SFs
guarding coal-laden trucks in neighbouring Pakur.
A joint team of CRPF and Police
unearthed two bunkers of the CPI-Maoist and recovered 17 landmines
and 30 kilograms of explosives hidden in them in Checharia forest
in Giridih District. Maoist posters and other material were also
recovered from the bunkers which were later dismantled.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as, Satish alias Shankar Oraon and Mahesh, were arrested
during a raid in Simdega. A total of 25 gelatine sticks, a locally-made
pistol, bullets, six electronic detonators, a motorcycle, three
mobile sets, INR 2,400 and 25 sheets of Maoist notes were recovered
A Maoist, who was accused of an
attack on Babulal Marandi when the latter was the CM in 2002,
surrendered before the Giridih SP. "Babumani, who hails from Gaganpur
village in Bihar's Jamui District, has surrendered. He deposited
a gun and a bullet," Giridih SP A. V. Homkar said.
The 24-hour bandh called
by the CPI-Maoist against the ongoing operations by SFs in the
Maoist-hit zones badly hit mining operations and lives of people
in the rural areas. However, it had a partial impact in urban
areas. The Maoists have even threatened to call an indefinite
economic blockade across the State if the SFs continue their operation.
Sources from the mining industry revealed that operations were
crippled owing to the bandh, especially in West Singhbhum and
some parts of Lohardaga, Gumla and Ramgarh.
The BSF pilots flying choppers
for anti-Maoist operations in Jharkhand have complained about
the poor condition of helipads in remote areas, citing serious
safety issues during landing and take-off. According to sources,
most of the helipads did not conform to CAR standards.
Seven PLFI cadres were arrested
with arms and ammunition from Jamuari Masu Hesal Majila Toli in
Angara in Ranchi District. The arrested PLFI cadres were identified
as Tulsi Pahan, Kishore Munda, Shivnarayan Mahto, Subhas Ram,
Brij Mahto, Naseem Ansari and Marwari Pahan. All are in the age
group of 25 to 30. Arms and ammunition recovered from them include
a locally-made rifle, a 9mm pistol and 25 rounds of ammunition
in five magazines. "We also found posters, uniform and letter
heads," Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh said at a news conference.
He added that this PLFI squad was new. It was constituted by one
Kunwar two months ago. "The group's leader is Tulsi Pahan. They
were planning to commit murders to spread terror among those from
who they can collect levy," Singh said.
At least four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were shot at in an encounter with the CRPF personnel when their
camp was attacked by the Maoist cadres at Rania in Khunti District.
"At least four Maoists were shot at during the strong retaliatory
action by the security forces, beating down the Maoists attack
on CRPF camp immediately after the flag hoisting ceremony at Rania,"
SP Manoj Kaushik said. He said the Security men saw blood stains
at several places during search operation and found out that at
least four Maoists were hit by bullets and were dragged away by
their retreating associates. About 200 bullets were exchanged
during the encounter before Maoists retreated into the forests,
the official said. However, there was no casualty on the CRPF
side, he added.
SFs recovered Vitamins, health
drinks, tea bags, condoms and uniforms in huge quantities as they
busted sixth CPI-Maoist camp inside Saranda forest in West Singhbhum
District. SFs have been carrying out anti-Maoist operations inside
Saranda forest for more than a fortnight now. Kolhan DIG, Naveen
Kumar Singh conceded that they had begun fine-tooth combing in
Saranda since July 31, but refused to divulge any further. "Operations
are going on in Saranda. Nothing more can be said at the moment".
He added that the Maoist cadres too had a strong intelligence
network and would have hoodwinked the raiding party if the operation
had been made public earlier.
Addressing the Independence Day
gathering at Police Line grounds, the Governor of Jharkhand, M.O.H.
Farook termed Left-wing Extremism as the biggest challenge for
the State. He said that the Police Force was being modernised
and provided with manpower, equipment and training to curb the
Two CPI-Maoist cadres and four
other under trials pulled a gun on an assistant jailer, Rama Shankar
Prasad to flee from Seraikela divisional prison in Seraikela-Kharsawan
District. The incident took place around 5.30 pm, soon after the
prisoners were escorted back to jail after being produced in Seraikela
court. According to sources in the jail, one of the two Maoists,
Balram Sahu alias David, managed to procure a pistol from
his associate, Somra Hansda while being produced in court. David
and the other rebel, Hansda, had been arrested from Chowka Police
Station area two years ago.
The SFs had come across a Maoist
training camp. "The camp was spread on around five acres and had
more than 50 watch towers and huge caches of explosives were found,"
said SP Singh.
CPI-Maoist leader Balram Sahu
alias David (28) escaped from Saraikela jail in Jharkhand
to consolidate the crumbling fortress of Jharkhand's most wanted
Maoist 'commander', Kundan Pahan. David is considered as one of
the trusted lieutenants of Kundan.
SFs recovered three IED from Nuagaon
village in the West Singhbhum District, on the Jharkhand-Odisha
border. SFs also recovered around 100 metres of wire used in triggering
blasts and one iron box containing literature and other books.
"The forces are scanning the whole forest and are trying to flush
out the Maoists. Every day we are getting some success or other,"
said West Singhbhum SP Arun Kumar Singh.
The Jharkhand Police are planning
to take CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' Shiv Munda alias Prashant
on their remand for interrogation. Prashant alias Lambu
was considered the second in command in the CPI-Maoist hierarchy
controlling the Saranda forest and was responsible for collection
of most of the money as well as training programmes. He was arrested
by Rourkela (Odisha) Police along with two women Maoists, Kiran
and Badera of Platoon 22 on august 11. Police had also recovered
INR 7.5 million collected as ransom and a pistol from him.
Suspected Maoist cadres shot dead
a Headmaster of a Government school at Chandni Chowk in Saraikela-Kharswan
District. The victim, Indra Kumar Sao, who had a grocery shop
on Chowka-Kandra Road, was at his shop when three motor-cycle
borne youths arrived and one of them pumped in three bullets,
the sources said. Confirming the incident, SP Abhisekh Kumar said
the possibility of Maoists involvement behind the incident could
not be ruled out.
A major disaster was averted when
the SFs detected 20 IEDs in the Gaganpur area in Latehar District.
Three PLFI, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist, cadres were arrested by the Police in Gumla.
A woman Maoist cadre was arrested
along with cash, arms and ammunition at Manoharpur in Maoist-hit
West Singhbhum District. "Acting on a tip-off, she was apprehended
with INR 400,000, a 9 mm pistol and 12 rounds of cartridges,"
SP, A K Singh said.
Around 50 prisoners, including
12 Maoist cadres, sat on a dharna from 10am to 5pm at the
Birsa Munda Central Jail on August 20 and skipped their lunch,
showing solidarity with Anna Hazare. The Maoist cadre, Jeeten
Marandi, who has been sentenced to death for the Chilkhari massacre
led the protest.
After the Union and State Governments
jointly launched the Operation Green Hunt against the Maoist cadres
in Jharkhand, SFs have been facing different problems including
the deadly malaria. Spread across a swathe of 700 hills in Jharkhand
and Odisha, Saranda forests are considered a 'malaria zone'. Singh
added, "All the troopers deployed at Saranda have been provided
with a PF (Plasmodium Falciparum) kit. The basic problem is that
we are scanning the area on foot and not by car. This is why the
jawans are more vulnerable to the diseases found in the area.
Ghatshila Police arrested a suspected
woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Gauri, in the East Singhbhum
District. She is reportedly an accused in two murder cases in
Dianmari village and suspected to be a key member of the local
squad active in this area.
A probe by State Prison authorities
on the August 17 Seraikela divisional jail breakout revealed that
two hi-tech devices installed to block cell-phone signals failed
to sieve transmissions due to which taking advantage six criminals,
including Maoist leader, Balaram Sahu, alias David escaped
from the Chaibasa divisional jail in West Singhbhum District.
The SFs shot dead a CPI-Maoist
cadre as they neutralised a training camp near Baliba village
inside the Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a man
in Nagahong village of Ranchi District on an unspecified date,
bordering Sareikela-Kharsawan District, after branding him as
a 'Police informer'. Three Maoists fired on Tinku Mehta at the
weekly market in the village which led to his death, SP, Sareikela
District, Akhilesh Jha said.
The campaign launched by the Police
and the CRPF against the CPI-Maoist and other LWE continued for
the third week from the densely forested tracts of Saranda in
West Singhbhum District.
Defence Land Systems India, a
joint venture between Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra and
Mahindra and British defence Major, British Aerospace and Defence
Systems handed over the first mine-protection vehicle to Jharkhand
Police. The vehicle combines ballistic and blast protection capabilities
and found capable of protecting passengers even when subjected
to a blast from 21 kilograms of Tri- Nitro- Toulene (TNT).
CPI-Maoist cadres have sent extortion
letters demanding huge sums of money to a poor household in Chakulia
area of East Singhbhum District, threatening of dire consequences
in case of non-compliance. A local health worker, Reena Rani,
informed Police of receiving a letter from the Maoists demanding
INR 100,000 as 'protection money'.
During a search operation, Police
recovered five powerful landmines planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres
under a culvert on a road near Pilpilo More under Navadih Police
Station in Bokaro District. The landmines weighing about 20 kilograms
were in active position. A bomb disposal squad later destroyed
In a joint operation with Hazaribagh
Police and CRPF, Bokaro Police arrested a hardcore Maoist, Ram
Kishen Kisku alias Udit, an explosive expert, following
a raid in the forests of Banaso and Jamnijara of Jhumra hills
under Mahuataad Police Station in Bokaro District. Police also
recovered a huge stock of live cartridges and wire which the rebels
had hidden in artificial bunkers and caves in the Jhumra hills.
An SLR was also recovered from Udit's possession.
Two persons, allegedly having
links with the CPI-Maoist were arrested on charge of extorting
money from villagers from Patamda in East Singhbhum District of
Three close associates of JPC
leader Rampati Ganjhu, who is currently lodged at Chatra jail,
were arrested by Charhi Police in Hazaribagh District from two
The SFs claimed to have gained
control of the near 700 hills in the dense forests of Saranda,
in the longest ever anti-Naxal operation called 'Operation Monsoon'.
The Indian Railways is all set
to construct a 97-kilometer long railway-line in Chatra District.
The project, coming up at a cost of INR 5.5 billion, is being
seen as a challenging task due to a strong presence of LWE in
SPOs, who are either former Maoists
or unemployed youths from villages and who were recruited for
providing information about the Maoist cadres or assisting the
anti-Maoist operation, are not being paid any honorarium for the
past two months.
The State sports department has
decided to handpick 100 Under-19 players each for football and
hockey from all 260 blocks of the State through an elaborate screening
process and then training them for four years in residential cradles.
DGP G.S. Rath said that the joint
SFs from the State, Odisha Police and the CRPF had successfully
completed the operation against CPI-Maoist in Saranda forests
in West Singhbhum District.
Activists of the Jharkhand Janadhikar
Morcha, led by Bandhu Tirkey, sat on a day-long dharna
with human-rights activists against incidents of Police atrocities
during the operation in Saranda forest.
The Jharkhand Chief Minister,
Arjun Munda met Union rural development minister, Jairam Ramesh
and requested him to widen the ambit of Centre's development plans
for 14 Maoist-hit Districts of Jharkhand to the entire State.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in an exchange of fire with the SFs in the Ranga area under Manoharpur
Police limits of Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District.
CPI-Maoist cadres fired at SF
personnel who retaliated the firing at Rongo village in West Singhbhum
The dead bodies of
two youths hailing from the Panki Police Station area of Palamu
District were found thrown near Baresand bus-stand along the Garu-Mahuatand
road in the District.
A joint team of Ranchi
and Khunti Police conducted an operation at the Arki-Tamar forests
under Tamar Police Station limits of Khunti District.
The Police arrested
four persons, including a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre Ramvilas
Lohra from the Chandil-Chowka block of Seraikela-Kharsawan District.
Police also recovered a sophisticated firearm and few live cartridges
from him, said sources.
Police arrested five suspected Maoists, including a former 'area
commander' of the outfit, identified as Ramvilas Lohra, who used
to operate in the Chandil-Chowka area. Subsequent to their arrest,
the Police revealed their identity claiming the four suspected
Maoists to be the henchmen of Lohra.
SFs arrested two
'sub-zonal commanders' of the CPI-Maoist and recovered a huge
cache of ammunition, explosive devices and wireless sets along
with Maoist literature in a 10-day operation against the outfit
in Gumla, Lohardaga and Latehar Districts.
According to Dung
Dung, nine companies of the CRPF, seven units of CoBRA, eight
units of Jharkhand Jaguar, two units of Jharkhand Armed Police
and District armed Police were involved in the operation.
Terming the operation
very successful, Dung Dung said at a press conference on September
6, "We formed three teams which simultaneously launched the operations
and recovered a large cache of explosives."
The Police recovered
a cache of arms and ammunition, suspected to have been left behind
by the cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist
from under a culvert on Mandar-Narkopi road at Tanagarbasli village
under Mandar block of Ranchi District.
The Centre set a
January 2012 deadline for the State Government to utilise a whopping
INR 7.7 billion which was allocated for building infrastructure
in the 14 Naxal affected Districts of Jharkhand under the IAP.
Two troopers of the
'Jharkhand Jaguar' STF were seriously injured as an anti-landmine
vehicle carrying five troopers from Ranchi to Khunti turned turtle
on the Ranchi-Khunti Road in Khunti District of Jharkhand.
80 bags of ammonium-nitrate
and 80 detonators, suspected to be meant for CPI-Maoist cadres
for making land-mines, were seized in two separate incidents in
The Raidih Police arrested a cadre
of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Mahto Oran, in the border area of Jharkhand in Gumla District.
The Raidih Police had inputs that the Naxals had assembled near
the forest area adjoining to Kothatoli village. Oran was the associate
of Mangal Nagesia, sub-zonal commander of the PLFI. The Police
recovered a .12 bore country-made pistol along with associated
cartridges from his possession.
In view of the ongoing fertilizer
crisis being faced by the peasants of the State the PLFI gave
a call for bandh in the three bordering Districts of Simdega,
Gumla and Lohardaga. As a result of this, all Intra-State bus
movements towards Ranchi and Inter-State movements across the
border came to a stand-still.
Bokaro District administration
is taking concrete steps to begin the construction of roads in
and around the CPI-Maoist bastion by 2012. The road construction
department has already sanctioned INR 110 million, the final cost
estimate of constructing roads from the foothills of Rahawan till
Hundreds of students and teachers
of a school in Jharkhand's Lohardaga District held a peaceful
rally against Maoist insurgency.
The DC's of Jharkhand's 14 LWE
affected Districts have welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's
call to minimise corruption and adopt a development-oriented strategy
to counter the clout enjoyed by the CPI-Maoist and other groups,
Principal secretary in the rural works department, S.K. Satpathy
said. The day before, the Prime Minister had asked the DCs to
win the trust of the people and make them part of the development
The judicial remand of six CPI-Maoist
cadres arrested has prompted the Ghaghidih Central Jail authorities
in East Singhbhum to tighten security measures in the jail. As
reported earlier, the six Maoists arrested from Chakulia block
in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum District were sent
to the central jail after being produced before the chief Judicial
Magistrate on September 18.
Six suspected Maoists were arrested
from Jobhi and Jamira village in Ghatsila sub-division of East
Singhbhum District in. Among the arrested, Jamuna Singh alias
Ila alias Jayanti, a resident of Patharchakri village under
Belpahari Police Station of West Bengal, was allegedly involved
in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP (Sunil Mahto) murder case
in Baguria in March 2007. Police also seized arms and ammunition
Ranchi Deputy Commissioner K K
Soan on visited six Naxalite LWE-affected villages in Bundu block
of Ranchi District and reviewed implementation of the Government
schemes while interacting with the villagers reports. Soan became
one of the first Government officers to visit some of the villages
in the last one decade. He walked over 20 kilometres with other
The Police arrested a suspected
woman Maoist and recovered a substantial quantity of explosives
from her house at Katra village in Garhwa District. "Based on
intelligence input that Maoist, Rukshana Khatun alias Soni
Kumari alias Gudia had returned home, Police raided her
house and arrested her," SP, S. Michael Raj said. The Police recovered
31 detonators, one kilogram of explosive material, two powerful
batteries, a country-made pistol, three mobile sets and Maoist
literature from her, he said.
A modernized Mine Protected Vehicle
for India (MPV-I) was handed over to Jharkhand Police. ADGP, BB
Pradhan received the anti-landmine vehicle of behalf of the State
Police. The vehicle is the first out of six to be handed over
to the State police. The vehicle is much better than the current
anti-landmine vehicle being used by the Police.
The CPI-Maoist leadership "apologized"
for the killing of Neyamat Ansari. The party's Bihar-Jharkhand-North
Chhattisgarh-UP territory regional committee blamed the outfit's
"lower-level committee" that served the death penalty order on
Ansari, who hailed from Jerua village in Latehar district. Ansari
and one Bhukhan Singh, who managed to escape, were working with
development economist Jean Dreze and the Gram Swaraj Sanstha.
A huge cache of explosives and
ammunition was seized from different hideouts of the CPI-Maoist
in Lohardaga District. The recovery included an explosive weighing
about 50 kilograms, two bombs weighing 30 and 20 kilograms, wiring
for laying out mines and materials used for making bombs. A Maoist
cadre was also arrested from one such hideout. The Police have
been conducting operations for the past few days in the forest
areas of the District.
The adviser to the Planning Commission,
Indrani Chandrasekharan, visited various development projects,
which had been initiated in CPI-Maoist-hit villages of Gumla District
under the IAP. She later said, "We are happy to see various IAP
and other projects in the District. If there is development, Maoist
impact will diminish and people will be benefited."
The SFs in an operation codenamed
Operation Up Hills neutralised a CPI-Maoist camp and seized
two improvised explosive devices and two country-made rifles in
Lohardaga and Gumla Districts.
A Naxal was killed and two others
were injured in a gun-battle between two Naxal groups near Lopo
village of Chatra District, Police said. The dead Naxal was identified
as Mamta Ganju, Jharkhand Police spokesperson, R.K. Mallik said.
The LWE outfits involved in the gunfight were TPC, and Nag group
- a splinter group of JPC.
The Union Home Ministry has promised
Jharkhand two Mi-17 helicopters and an additional CRPF battalion
by mid-October. At present, the State has 15 battalions of CRPF,
including two battalions of its special strike force, CoBRA.
CPI-Maoist cadres had never actually
left Dalma hills despite the huge presence of Policemen and Paramilitary
troopers there and aim to turn it into another Lalgarh.
Two CoBRA troopers were killed
and four others were seriously injured in a CPI-Maoist ambush
in Jhumra hills in Gomia block of Bokaro District. The dead have
been identified as Praveen Kumar and Ram Singh, while the injured
are Anish, Batajeet Mandal and Asit Mallick.
The Jharkhand security establishment
is relieved at West Bengal Government's decision to intensify
operations against Maoists. DGP, G. S. Rath, said it would lead
to active participation of the Security Forces and better flow
of intelligence in the fight against Maoists.
CoBRA and CRPF troopers escaped
a landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist near 'Dania' at Jhumra
hillocks region in Gomia Police Station area in Bokaro District.
DGP, GS Rath visited Mosabani
in East Singhbhum District to review the progress of the work
of the proposed anti-terrorist training centre. Source said that
the standard of proposed anti-terrorist training centre will be
at par with that of the paramilitary training centre in Hyderabad
and Haryana, where the Police personnel are trained how to cope
up with the guerrilla war. About 500 police personnel will be
given training in a batch.
CM, Arjun Munda ordered forming
of a Primitive Tribal Battalion which will be sixth among the
Indian Reserve Battalions formed by the State Government in the
The Police recovered 12 kilograms
of explosive powder and other material during a search operation
in a forest at Jalmandih under Rania Police Station area of Khunti
District. Besides the explosive powder, 90 pieces of 9-volt batteries,
90 steel cans, two bundles of electric wire, 34 bullets and other
items were recovered from, SP, Manoj Kaushik said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were
arrested at Sonua in West Singhbhum District. The Maoist cadres,
identified as Kisan Diggi, Karam Singh Diggi and Behra Diggi,
were produced before the court of Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate
before being sent to jail, they said.
The Jhumra hills of Gomia block
of Bokaro District continued to remain tense with SF launching
a hunt for the bodies of Maoist cadres, suspected to have been
killed in the gun-battle of September 27. SFs had claimed that
at least six Maoists had been killed or injured in the counter-firing.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
a village headman in the interior Jojoda area, between Porahat
and Saranda forests, under the Goeilkera Police Station limits
of West Singhbhum District.
A Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantric
(JVM-P) leader was shot dead by Maoists in Khunti District. A
group of Maoists dragged Naomi Mirdha out of his house at Gamaria
village and took him to a distance before shooting him dead, SP
Manoj Kaushik told reporters.
A civilian, Santosh Yadav was
killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Latehar District suspecting him
to be an 'informer' of the TPC, the Police said.
The IAF will dispatch two of
its Mi-17iv helicopters to the Jharkhand Government for logistic
support in anti-Maoist operations being jointly conducted by Police
and the CAPF. The Centre had promised to provide as many as 23
choppers to these States.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Rajendra
Singh Bhokta and Lalji Yadav, were arrested by a Police team from
Hazaribagh District following tip-off. Two firearms with cartridges,
Maoist literature and medicines were recovered from them.
The 24-hour-long bandh
called by the CPI-Maoist passed off peacefully in the State. The
bandh was called in wake of alleged atrocities of Police on residents
of Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District.
An 'area commander' of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by Gumla District
Police at his house in Salgi-Bhuriyatoli village of the District.
The rural development ministry
has decided bridge the development deficit in 56 villages in the
heart of the dense Saranda forest where SFs had conducted an operation
to flush out Maoists.
The Maoist cadres have shown
their opposition to any double-storey building being constructed
in Palamu District, as it considers such a building can house
a picket of SF to keep eyes on them.
Two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested and INR 180,000 seized from them in Garhwa District.
Dead bodies of a panchayat
ward member and his wife, identified as Naresh Musi and Sarita
Devi, were found near Korma village of Latehar District. Both
were abducted by Maoists in the previous night. The Maoists had
slit their throats.
killed a person accusing him of being a 'Police informer' and
disposed of the body at the adjacent Karampada in West Singhbhum
District. Jharkhand Police recovered the body near a railway cabin,
about 150 kilometers from Rourkela. Chaibasa SP Arun Kumar Singh
said they are verifying the identity of the deceased. He is thought
to be Suresh, a native of Karampada in West Singhbhum who had
settled at Bandamunda near Rourkela in Odisha.
Three Maoist cadres
were arrested and arms and ammunition recovered during a three-day
'Operation Thunder' against Maoists in Garhwa District by the
Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh SF's. The Maoists were identified as
Malluh Korva, Babita Devi and Milan Killah. "There was no encounter
during the operation," Garhwa SP, Michael Raj and CRPF Commandant,
R. K. Dagar told a news conference in Garhwa. A total of 6 kilograms
of potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate, three hand-grenades,
54 detonators, a gun, 126 cartridges, 625 rucksacks, 24 blankets,
17 gas cylinders, 10-metre wire and a trunk full of tracksuits
and Maoist literature were recovered from the three rooms located
in the forest.
Kundan Pahan's girl-friend and the 'second-in-command' of the
Maoist squad was arrested from Pithoria in Kanke tehsil of Ranchi
District and a pistol and four bullets were seized from her. The
arrest of Sushila alias Anju alias Kulwati alias
Kulai Munda is considered crucial in recent times as it will unfold
the mystery behind the loot of INR 55 million on May 21, 2008
from NH-33 under Tamar Police Station of Ranchi District and the
killing of special branch inspector, Francis Induwar in 2009.
Sushila was actively associated with CPI-Maoist for the past six
years and was heading Bundu-Chandil sub-zone committee. She was
looking after the four area committees in Ranchi, Saraikela and
Khunti Districts and had reportedly confessed that she had participated
in the loot of INR 55 million and the abduction and killing of
Ranchi Police arrested
three cadres of PLFI-a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Pankaj Yadav, Vikash Yadav and Ram Dayal Yadav- at Khelari
in Ranchi District and recovered two country-made pistols. During
interrogation, Police found that Ram Dayal Yadav was also wanted
in the killing of two engineers of proposed Abhijeet Power Plant
at Latehar in March 2011. In Khunti, Police busted a PLFI camp
at Bakashpur forest at Karra and arrested one John Tilmi and Falendra
Badaik at Kamdara. Police recovered country-made rifle, 17 cartridges
and other articles from the camp.
The State Government
convinced the Union ministry for rural development to fund construction
of around 6,500 kilometers of rural roads especially in Maoist-hit
Districts. According to Sudesh Kumar Mahato, the Deputy Chief
Minister, the State Government had proposal for construction of
connecting roads for around 1,840 villages that don't have all-season
roads under IAP.
The JSJMM 'chief',
'commander' Jahir Ansari alias Tufan, was arrested along
with two of his associates, Seraj Ansari and Anis Ansari, by a
joint Police team of Lohardaga, Kisko and Kuru blocks. Police
seized cell-phones, CPI-Maoist literature, including receipts
of levy collection, INR 8,000 in cash collected as levy, from
the possession of the JSJMM. The SP, Jitendra Kumar Singh, presented
the trio before forwarding them to judicial custody on October
Police will drive
out the cadres of the CPI-Maoist from the Jhumra hills range in
Bokaro and Hazaribagh Districts after flushing them out from the
Saranda forests in West Singhbhum, said DGP G S Rath. "After their
successful operation in Saranda, Police will soon launch a similar
drive in Jhumra Pahar region of Bokaro and Hazaribagh Districts,
but for that Police requires the cooperation of local people,"
the Police chief said.
||SFs have 'liberated' 56
villages having population over 36,000 from the clutches of Maoists
in Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District, where a new developmental
action plan will be implemented soon. Describing it as a major success,
Union Home Ministry officials said the villages under six 'Gram
Sabha' had been under the dominance of the CPI-Maoist for a long
period and as a result no development has taken place there. Under
the 'Saranda Action Plan', prepared by the Rural Development Ministry,
the Government will immediately distribute solar-lanterns and bicycles,
help construction of pre-fabricated houses for BPL families under
the IAY and bridges with the help of Army and distribute hand-pumps
for drinking water. The Centre will also help the Jharkhand Government
to raise one battalion (approximately 1,000 personnel) of IRP force
by recruiting local tribal youth. The Home Ministry will provide
the funds to raise the Indian Reserve force battalion. This force
will be deployed to provide security to the local population and
help authorities to carry out the development activities, officials
||The Police arrested a
CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Vinod Manjhi, who was also a coal
smuggler following a raid at Nawadih Bazaar in Nawadih District.
Police said Manjhi, a resident of Chotkikudi village of Nawadih,
is a close associate of Maoist 'commander' Navin Manjhi. Manjhi
was wanted in three cases related to Maoist activities and coal
smuggling cases. Police in August 2011, had busted an illegal mine
in Sotapani area of Nawadih run by Manjhi. He was involved in illegal
business of coal smuggling. He was also involved in planting landmines
in Government schools at Degagada and on Kosi-Budgadda road, which
were recovered by the Police in 2006, said a Police official.
An elderly tribal
man and his son, who went missing from home last week and may
have been abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres, were found dead in
the Maoist-affected forests of Kuchai in Seraikela-Kharsawan District,
80 kilometres from Jamshedpur.
Three days after
a Dhruv helicopter carrying BSF personnel crashed near Ranchi
killing all three on board, the CPI-Maoist have claimed to have
shot it down. In an SMS sent to the media, undersigned by the
head of its South Chhotanagpur zonal committee head, Kundan Pahan,
the Maoists have claimed responsibility for the incident. The
message read: "Helicopter ko Maowadi Jan Mukti Chapamaar Sena
ke veer jawanon ne maar giraya - Kundan Pahan [The helicopter
was shot down by the brave soldiers of the People's Liberation
Teams of Bokaro Police and the
CRPF succeeded in flushing out three hard-core Maoists from their
hideout at village Narra in Nawadih block.
CRPF commandant, R K Dagar said
that the Maoists had raised a special battalion called 'Jan Militia'.
Sanya village under Bhandarya block is one such place in the Palamu
District where the Maoists have Jan Militia. Dagar said three
such Jan Militia were arrested and jailed when very recently the
CRPF and the local Police there raided the village and made huge
recoveries including 10 land-mines.
||A man from Bihar, identified
as Rana Singh alias Pappu Singh, was arrested from Charhi
block of the Hazaribagh District for supplying arms to the Maoists
operating in Hazaribagh, Ramgarh and Chatra Districts of Jharkhand.
A youth was beheaded by suspected PLFI cadres near Gindra More
after he was abducted from Gindra village, 10 kilometers from
the District headquarters of Gumla on October 25. The deceased
was identified as Dhondha Mahto.
The Maoists organized a 'Jan Adalat' (Kangaroo court) in Palamu
District and cut-off the right arm of a person accused of rape.
The Maoist claimed they organized the 'Jan Adalat' on villager's
In a joint raid conducted by the
Hazaribagh and the Chatra Police, a Maoist 'zonal commander',
Ranjan Paswan alias Ajayjee was arrested from the dense
forests of Jordag bordering Keredari (Hazaribag) and Tandwa (Chatra)
with two firearms and about dozen live cartridges.
Four naxals were arrested with
country-made pistol and cartridges by a special Police team, while
collecting extortion money in Patratu in Ramgarh District. They
belonged to Jharkhand Jan Mukti Sangharsh Morcha (JMSM), which
is a faction of the TPC.
Akshaya, alias Vinod Singh,
a sub-zonal 'commander' of CPI-Maoist who had masterminded the
May 3 landmine blast that killed 11 Policemen, was arrested in
Maoists beheaded Sukharam Munda,
a middle-aged man, in full public glare at Kamaria Village in
Khunti District. Maoists claimed he was guilty of committing rape.
SF personnel recovered two IEDs
near Gayjara and Tolsadih villages during a joint operation launched
on the bordering areas of Ranchi and Khunti Districts.
The State forest department decided
to survey the road network of Saranda forests in West Singhbhum
District to lay the groundwork for a massive repair project in
the uncharted territory that was under Maoist rule until recently.
Maoists killed three persons in
separate incidents - beheading one, crushing another's head with
a stone, and shooting dead a 'Police informer' - in Khunti District.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda said,
a permanent solution to the Maoist problem was not possible without
eliciting the tribals participation and bestowing them with economic
share-holding in the use of mineral resources.
Jharkhand and the Centre gave
final shape to a plan that aims to improve the lives of 36,000
people living in the Saranda forest of West Singhbhum District.
Police seized more than a thousand
detonators and 10 bags of ammonium nitrate during raids in Hazaribagh
District. Three persons were arrested in this connection.
A total of 65 bags of power gel
used in making landmines were seized by SFs in Hazaribagh District.
The explosives were in addition to more than 1000 detonators and
ten bags of ammonium nitrate seized the previous night.
Maoists killed two villagers -
Vijay Dhanwar (35) and Mahavir Mahto (38) - who used to collect
levy on their behalf at Lailore village in Jeraikela Police Station
area of Manoharpur block in West Singhbhum District. The Maoists
suspected the duo of misappropriating money collected from villagers.
Director General of Police GS
Rath said, "With anti-Naxal operations suspended in West Bengal,
Maoists are taking refuge in the neighbouring State, as a result
low quality arrests figures have come up compared to other quarters."
According to the third quarterly crime figures released by Jharkhand
Police for the period from July, 2011 to September 2011, five
'sub-zonal commander'-rank and three 'area commander'-rank Maoists
have been arrested.
The Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram
will visit the State on November 9 to make assessment of ongoing
operations against Maoists.
Three Policemen were injured when
CPI-Maoist cadres attacked their make-shift camp at Cone village
in Latehar District.
Seven Security Force personnel,
five of Jharkhand Jaguar and two of District Police, were injured
when a school-turned-camp collapsed by a series of land-mine explosions
triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Kone village in Latehar
The Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
termed some of the major anti-Maoist operations conducted in Jharkhand
between June and October, 2011 as successful but expressed his
concern over the "unacceptably high rate of casualty of SF's and
civilians, which needed to be reduced".
Police arrested four cadres of
the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Burmu Police
Station area in Ranchi District. The arrested cadres were identified
as Mohar Ram alias Machhar, Maonj Mahto alias Prem,
Harish Chandra Pahad and Kaleshwar Pahan. Police seized a .303
regular rifle, three 7.62 country-made rifles, a country-made
katta (pistol), a country made 7.62 pistol, 56 rounds of
.303 cartridges, 49 rounds of 7.62 cartridges and four 315 cartridges
from their possession.
SFs arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres
belonging to 'Madhya Zone', from Khemdra village under Chhatarpur
Police Station in Palamu District. The four include two sub-zonal
rank 'commanders' - Balkesh Yadav and Madan Ram - and 'area commanders'
Heera Ram and Vishwanath. SFs also recovered two country-made
rifles and over dozen cartridges from them. Ram is a veteran Maoist
earlier associated with the MCC.
In a joint operation, SFs recovered
around 403 powerful detonators from Bundu District. The explosives
were placed in four sacks by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
At least half a dozen Maoist cadres
from Kerala have been sent to Jharkhand for military training,
raising security concern in the State. According to the sources,
the cadres from Kerala will be inducted into the PLGA after undergoing
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the
CPI-Maoist, Chandanji, was shot dead at Uchhila More under Barwadih
Police Station of Latehar District. In the note found at the incident
site, Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP), a splinter group of
the CPI-Maoist, claimed responsibility for the killing, the Police
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered
a land-mine blast damaging a tractor carrying a generator set
and water tank for CRPF personnel in Latehar. The tractor driver,
Vinod Oraon, sustained injuries, sources said. Police spokesperson
R. K. Mallick said, "The tractor was closely followed by a company
of CRPF personnel. After the explosion, the personnel were engaged
in an encounter with the rebels, who escaped taking advantage
of the nearby dense forests. There was no casualty on either side.
The driver is also safe."
The IG of North Chhotanagpur,
Murari Lal Meena asked his subordinates to start combing operations
in their respective zones to flush out Maoists ahead of the Mandu
by-election on November 30.
SF personnel found explosives
in Saranda forest before a survey in CPI-Maoist-hit villages to
implement development schemes in West Singhbhum District. "Two
boxes of gelatin sticks and boosters were found from Tirilposhi
and two landmines weighing 20 kg each were found from Tirilposhi-Digha
in Saranda forest in Maoist-hit Manoharpur police station," DIG
Bhanu Pratap Singh said.
The Police arrested seven people
for the killing of nun, Sister John Valsa at Pachuara village
under Amrapara Police Station jurisdiction in Pakur District.
The arrested persons were identified as Advin Murmu, Ranjan Marandi,
Pradhan Hembram, Rakesh Turi, all hailing from Aloobera village,
and Paisal Hembram, Prem Turi, Tala Hembram, all from Pachura
village. Though they were responsible for thrashing and hacking
Sister Valsa to death, the villagers claimed that the cadres of
the CPI-Maoist were the main conspirators in the incident. A total
of 30 armed Maoists escorted 15 villagers of Meral Tola, Aloobera
and Pachuara villages to the house of Sonaram Hembram at Pachuara
village on November 15 to kill Sister Valsa, where she was staying
on rent. Among those arrested is Ranjan Marandi, with known links
to Maoists. "The Maoists are trying to make inroads into Pakur
to extort money from a mining company. The rebels, however, did
not use firearms to kill her. They let the villagers do that so
that they could convey a message that even an influential person
like Valsa could be killed if Maoists did not approve of that
person," said Dumka IG Arun Oraon.
A Maoist sympathiser, Raj Mohan
Mahto was arrested from the Maoist-affected Chowka Police Station
area in Saraikela-Kharswan District. He was arrested while conspiring
to blow up a patrolling Police team of Chowka, said the officer-in-charge
of the Police Station, Ram Awadh Singh.
Yogendra Oraon, a former CPI-Maoist
leader who carried a reward of INR 300,000 on his head, was killed
by the Police at Raidih in Gumla District. Oraon was a former
'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Gulshan
Ganjhu alias Govind and Choti Thakur, were arrested along
with arms and Maoist literature in Churchu and Bishnugarh areas
of Hazaribagh District.
Police arrested a former cadre
of the JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, who had opened
an illegal factory to manufacture country-made revolvers and firearms,
from his hideout at Kariyatpur in Hazaribagh District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two
brothers, Kodai Kera and Kot Kera, in West Singhbhum District,
suspecting them to be Police informers. Their bodies were found
on the main street connecting Chakradharpur to Sonua block. The
two were residents of Chakradharpur village.
The Police Officers in Jharkhand
see senior CPI-Maoist leader, Kishanji's death as an opportunity
for Jharkhand to launch an immediate operation to seize control
of areas in East Singhbhum District bordering Bengal. State Police
spokesman, R.K. Mallick said, "Prashant Bose, alias Kishan
Da, who happens to be the No 2 in the organisation continues to
be our main challenge."
Following the death of top CPI-Maoist
Politburo member, Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji in West
Bengal, more than 500 Police and CRPF personnel along with the
District Police have launched an anti-Maoist operation with an
aim of flushing out the Maoists hiding in Gomia, Jhumra, Nawadih,
Parasnath, Madhuban and Vishnugarh areas of the State.
The CPI-Maoist set ablaze the
machinery of a contractor at Sarnadih of Latehar District, as
he refused to pay money to the banned outfit.
A total of 5000 detonators were
recovered and four persons were arrested in this connection from
Jogia Pahari in Giridih District. Police suspect the four persons
of supplying detonators to the CPI-Maoist.
The 24-hour State-wide bandh
called by JRC of CPI-Maoist in protest against the killing of
Maoist leader Mallujola Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji evoked
mixed response in the State. Markets and normal life in rural
areas was disrupted while coal loading work was disrupted in Latehar,
Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Chatra and bauxite loading work was
hampered in Lohardaga District. Rural markets in Khunti, Gumla,
Simdega, Palamu, Ranchi, Bokaro, Giridih and other District remained
Three permanent joint camps have
been set up by the CRPF and Police in the CPI-Maoist strong-holds
of Koney, Orya and Saryu in Latehar District.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed Partho
Mishra (30), a PLFI supporter at Kenbanki village in the Karkel
area of Khunti District. Khunti SP M. Tamilvanan said preliminary
investigations suggested the killing was a result of rivalry between
Five cadres, including two 'area
commanders' of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist,
were arrested from a couple of places of Gumla District.
It has been sixteen days since,
Adheen Prajapati, a villager of Semari village in Palamu District
got abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres. The Prajapati's wife told
the media persons that a group of about 20-25 Maoists arrived
in their village around midnight and barged into their house and
took away her husband. She also added the Maoists made a monetary
demand of INR 3 million.
Visiting Chotanagra panchayat
in West Singhbhum District, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam
Ramesh admitted lapses of the past but made it clear that the
implementation of the development plan in Saranda forest area
would be keenly monitored by the Centre so that it could be a
model for other forest regions that had turned CPI-Maoist hubs
in Jharkhand and States like Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal
and Andhra Pradesh.
11 persons, including 10 Policemen,
were killed when CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the convoy of MP and
former Jharkhand Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari, in Latehar District.
The Maoists claimed the responsibility
of ambushing the convoy of Namdhari. Spokesperson for the Koyal-Shankh
Zonal Committee of the CPI-Maoist Sudhir told reporters from an
undisclosed location that the attack was intentional but they
had no plans to target Namdhari.
The Maoists began their two-day
Bharat bandh by blowing up railway tracks in two Districts.
In the first incident, a group of Maoists used an IED to blow
up a stretch of tracks between Gomia and Dumri railway stations
of the East Central Railway in Bokaro District. In the second
incident, another group of Maoists blasted tracks between Hehegara
and Chhipadohar railway stations in Latehar District.
The Maoists attacked Saradih Police
picket in Nawadih Police Station in Palamu District, triggering
a gun battle that lasted for about 30 minutes before the attackers
retreated under heavy retaliation by the SF. However, there was
no loss of life on any side in the attack.
A joint team of Police and paramilitary
forces stumbled upon a 7.5kilogram IED that had been planted under
a bridge near Kewat Tola on the Panem Link Road during a search
operation in Amrapara Police Station area in Pakur District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered
a landmine blast inside the Block Development Office at Harhargunj
in Palamu District, during the two-day Bharat bandh called
to protest against the killing of Maoist leader Mallujola Koteswara
Rao alias Kishanji by the Security Forces in West Bengal. Although
there was no casualty, the single-storey building housing the
BDO's office was destroyed.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked
and fired indiscriminately at the Hariharganj Police Station in
Palamau District, around 170 kilometres from State capital Ranchi.
Around 400 Maoists had attacked the Police Station and a gun battle
ensued that lasted for over two hours, the Police said. There
were no casualties from either side.
The Maoists blew up a school building
at Bhardaria village in Garhwa District, the second day of the
Bharat bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in the State. A group
of armed Maoists stuffed IED inside a room of a middle school
in the village and triggered the blast, damaging a large portion
of the structure, SP Michael S Raj said.
Two mobile towers belonging to
a private company was blown up in Haidar Nagar and Hussainabad
blocks in Palamu District. Only after a guitar bomb was triggered
by the Police, the situation could be brought under control. No
casualties were reported in the incident.
The Police found posters calling
for mass support to the bandh suspected to be put up by
Maoists in Galudih in East Singhbhum District. The posters urging
the people to support the bandh were found pasted in the
Subash Chowk area in Galudih.
Two cadres of the PLFI, a break
away faction of the CPI-Maoist, were lynched by the people of
Ludgo village in the District. The villagers snatched the rifle
and pistol from the PLFI cadres and handed them over to the Police.
The PLFI cadres had reportedly gone to extort money from the villagers.
A group of 15 suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres attacked workers at a road construction site and set ablaze
their cycles at Bataloka village under Patamda Police Station
in East Singhbhum District. At least three workers were severely
injured in the Maoist attack. Work on the road project, being
conducted under PMGSY, has been suspended after the attack.
One person was arrested on charges
of plotting to attack the convoy of Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun
Munda during his visit to Lohardaga. "Lal Guddunath Sahadeo was
arrested, and interrogation was on," SP Jitendra Kumar Singh said.
Indian cricket captain Mahendra
Singh Dhoni has been given extra Police security following suspected
threats to the cricketer from Maoists and terrorists. According
to an unnamed Police official, the security has been beefed up
following intelligence inputs. The department is taking appropriate
measures to protect the cricketer, the official said.
A woman, Akli Devi, and a seven-year-old
boy Kisna Bhora were killed in cross fire when a contractor, Udasan
Nag, opened retaliatory fire at CPI-Maoist cadres who fired at
him near a petrol pump at Tirra village in Gumla District.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda admitted
a rise in LWE violence in Palamu division but added that the Garu
incident in which 10 Policemen and a boy were killed should not
The death toll in the December
3 CPI-Maoist attack on independent MP Inder Singh Namdhari in
Latehar District increased to 12 as another critically injured
trooper, identified as Prem Toppo, succumbed to his injuries.
The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist
cadre, identified as Manoj Lohra (22), wanted in six cases of
attacks, from Sindri village under Karra Police Station area of
In a joint operation with the
CRPF's CoBRA, the State Police arrested two cadres of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in Banrago village in Karra
in the District. The arrestees were identified as 'area commander'
Barnawas Bakhla (28) and his aide Tahsulang Munda (19). The Police
also recovered two 9-mm pistols along with nine rounds from the
A group of 50-odd CPI-Maoist cadres
blew up an under-construction bridge at Patna village under Manika
Police Station area of Latehar District, around 8pm. Sources said
INR 10 million had been sanctioned for building the 50 metre bridge.
Local residents of Chandwa claimed
that Maoists took away two firearms and 42 rounds of ammunition
from security guards posted at the gate of the 2,000MW power plant
under-construction power plant in the District. "The rebels took
away two double-barrel guns. We heard that around 25 rebels struck
in the wee hours of Wednesday and abducted three security guards.
The guards, who were taken to a nearby forest, were released this
morning only after they surrendered their arms," a resident said.
In Manika, local residents discovered
Maoists posters, which threatened Abhijeet and Essar groups with
dire consequences if the interest of locals was overlooked while
hiring staff in the District. The Maoists posters were found in
two places. "While one poster was noticed on a wall at Dharampur
Chowk, about 200m from the town police station, another poster
was found near Panchpheri Chowk, about 100m from Manika police
station. However, other reports that the posters were that of
TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist.
Jharkhand High Court acquitted
the death sentence of four alleged CPI-Maoist cadres for opening
fire on spectators of football match in Giridih on October 2007
in which former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi's son and 18 others
were killed. A division bench of justices R K Merathia and P P
Bhatt heard the appeals filed by the accused and gave them the
"benefit of doubt", citing "lack of evidence" on the part of the
prosecution to confirm the death sentence awarded by Giridih sessions
judge on June 22.
Five landmines -- four landmines
of five kilograms each and one weighing 10 kilogram -- suspected
to be kept in two sacks by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist were recovered
from Ramgarh District. According to the Police, the two sacks
were found by villagers on a farm at Bhadgao village of Ramgarh,
around 60 kilometres from Ranchi.
A large number of armed Maoists
from three States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand are reported
to be camping in forests bordering Nagar Untari, Bhawnathpur and
Manjhiaon areas in Garhwa District for the past 10 days. The Maoists
numbering over 150 are planning a major offensive. Garhwa SP Michael
Raj S said that SFs were trying to ascertain the presence of the
Maoists in suspected areas and were keeping a watch on their activities.
The SFs arrested seven cadres
of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, from Booth village
in Khunti District. During interrogation, three of them even admitted
to their involvement in the murder of businessman Munir Ansari
(40), Khunti SP Venu Tamilvanan said. All the seven PLFI cadres
were trusted lieutenants of Lakhan Pahan, the Police said. The
Police recovered four motorcycles, six cartridges, one revolver
and a pistol from their possession.
The CPI-Maoist cadres and CRPF
personnel were engaged in an hour-long encounter at Porahat forest
in Bandhgaon in West Singhbhum District. The gun battle ensued
when the Maoists opened fire on a 300-strong paramilitary unit
combing the forest. No CRPF casualty was reported, but it could
not be confirmed if any Maoists were killed in the operation.
According to West Singhbhum SP Arun Kumar Singh, the anti-insurgency
operation had begun from Tuesday morning [December 20].
Suspected Maoists set ablaze equipment
used for road construction work at Chitra in Palamu District.
The Police said a group of Maoists arrived at the road construction
site and set ablaze heavy machinery, used in road construction
work, DSP Girish Pandey said. He said the equipment belonged to
a contractor's firm engaged in the work.
A CoBRA trooper was killed and
another was injured in a gun battle with the CPI-Maoist cadres
at Porahat forest under Sonua Police Station area in West Singhbhum
District. The deceased trooper, Sukhdev Singh (32), who sustained
a bullet injury in his waist, succumbed to his injuries as he
could not be airlifted for treatment because of darkness. The
counter-insurgency operation, being conducted jointly with the
CRPF, between Bandu and Pandua villages in the bordering Sonua
and Khuti areas of Porahat block in West Singhbhum also left about
six Maoists seriously injured in the gun battle, the Police said.
A young boy was killed by the
CPI-Maoist cadres in Palamu District. The young boy was shot dead
by the Maoists while travelling to his grandparent's village with
his grandfather in a local bus.
Following assurances of tighter
security for trains passing through Maoist affected areas in States
like Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal, Indian Railways lifted
the ban on night travel in two out of three sections. Sources
said the two sections where the night ban on movement of trains,
imposed May 2010, has been lifted are Kharagpur-Adra and Chakradharpur-Rourkela.
However, the ban continues in the Kharagpur-Tata section and is
likely to be lifted soon, Railways sources said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
valuable equipment engaged in road construction work and assaulted
two employees of the contractor before setting them free with
a warning at Tehla village in Garwah District. A group of the
Maoists arrived at the spot in the wee hours and assaulted two
assistants of the contractor's firm before they poured petroleum
product on a JCB machines and set it on fire, the Police sources
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a postmaster
in Giridih District. Two-motorcycle borne gunmen fired three shots
at Lal Bihari Yadav, the post master of Boria Dak Ghar, at Deori
killing him on the spot, the Police said.
The Maoists pasted posters warning villagers to
abide by their (Maoist's) law in Ramgarh District. According to
the villagers, a group of Maoists entered the village and pasted
posters on houses and buildings.
Constant pressure from CPI-Maoist and "frequent
humiliation" by Police have driven as many as 40 women of Jhumra
villages, including some elderly, to the door of Gomia MLA Madhowlal
Singh with the plea to resettle them along with their families
elsewhere. The women belonged to the hamlets of Beltharwa, Aman,
Suarkatwa and Simrabera - located within a 5sqkm periphery of
Jhumra hillocks in Bokaro District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a social activist
named Pradeep Prasad while he was on his way back home in Latehar
District. The Maoists took full responsibility of the killing
as they suspected him of being a Police informer. "We don't have
full knowledge about the incident but we have received a letter
which is written by Maoists. He used to do farming and was a social
activist," said Raju Prasad, a relative of the victim.
Note:Compiled from news reports and