Madhya Pradesh Timeline 2011
A woman CPI-Maoist
‘commander’, identified as Jhinia Pusam (32), was arrested from
Lanji area in Balaghat District, close to the Chhattisgarh border.
Two live hand-grenades, 23 used
cartridges, fatigues and other materials used to trigger explosions
along with three bags of Naxal (LWE) literature were seized in
the Lanji tehsil in Balaghat District, Police said. The
Naxals had buried the materials in some places at the villages
of Chouriya, Pithkona, Chilkona and Bhaya in Lanji tehsil.
Lanji is close to Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.
300 personnel of
the CoBRA, a special anti-Naxal force, have been deployed in Balaghat
District to combat the growing presence of the CPI-Maoist cadres.
Four leaders of the CPI-Maoist
were arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police from an arms dump in the
State capital Bhopal. The arrested leaders have been identified
as Divakar Patil, Sunitha, Pentaiah and Ramesh. "A Police Officer
from Guntur was summoned to confirm the identities of the rebel
leaders," a source said. While Divakar is a native of Bapatla
town, the other three were residents of Ponnur and Amruthalur
towns in Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. They had joined the
Naxal (LWE) movement a decade ago and worked in Bollapalli, Veldurthy
and Pullalacheruvu dalams for more than six years. "They shifted
their base to MP following the aggressive Police hunt in the Nallamala
region in the last four years," sources said. The antecedents
of the arrested Maoists are yet to be known, police believe they
might have been working in coordination with the armed dalams
in the forests. "They initially worked as weapon carriers in Guntur
District and subsequently promoted," a Police official said.
The Police recovered over one
quintal of highly inflammable explosives and five kilogram gun-powder
from the Muchurda Valley forest in the Naxal -infested Balaghat
Security was tightened in Balaghat
District following intelligence inputs that around 60-80 cadres
of the CPI-Maoist have sneaked in from Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
"Some Naxal movement has been reported in the district and we
have intensified night vigil and patrolling in the forested area,"
IG of Police for Naxal-affected Districts, C B Muniraju said.
Explosives used in claymore mine
and supplementary material that weighed 70 kilograms were recovered
by the Police from near the Tanda River in Balaghat District,
close to Chhattisgarh border. "Based on a tip-off, we recovered
seven steel plates, fuses, switches, wires, flashes, detonators
and explosives used in claymore mine from village Dhiri close
to Tanda river yesterday," IGP C B Muniraju said. The Police are
yet to ascertain the links with the CPI-Maoist.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by the Madhya Pradesh Police. Singrauli District SP, Irshad Wali
said, "The members belonged to the Renga Yadav dalam. One of them
had killed Renga in June and was trying to regroup the dalam."
The arrested duo was mainly running extortion rackets in Singrauli
and bordering Chhattisgarh, the Police claimed. "We also seized
some weapons, along with some live ammunition from them," said
State Home Minister Uma Shankar
Gupta informed the State legislative assembly that the CPI-Maoist
has its presence in eight Districts of Madhya Pradesh as of now.
Union Minister for Rural Development
Jairam Ramesh was forced to cancel his visit to Madhya Pradesh
in the wake of inputs of CPI-Maoist's threat. Ramesh was to have
gone to Balaghat on December 9-evening and reached the airport
to take a BSF plane to Nagpur en route to his destination.
Five Naxals, including a couple, were sentenced
to life imprisonment by a local court for running an illegal manufacturing
unit on the fringe of Bhopal city, apparently to supply firearms
to their cadres.
Amid civil authorities finding it difficult to
carryout development initiatives in the LWE affected District
of Balaghat, State Police says its own wing could be pressed into
service for taking up activities such as construction of roads
in the disturbed tribal areas. "Madhya Pradesh already has a separate
wing of 7th battalion, known as Pioneer, which is capable to handle
such development initiatives. If the Government entrusts the task
to us, this agency can be expanded and deployed for taking up
works in the Naxalite affected areas of Balaghat district", DGP
S K Raut said.
Note:Compiled from news reports and