A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Ganesh Lohra, a member of Guddu Singh squad of the outfit,
and three of his aides were arrested from a rented house in Pandra
under Sukhdevnagar Police Station on the outskirts of Ranchi District.
Two additional CRPF battalions,
earmarked for the Saranda forest area that was freed from over
10 years of Maoist dominance in a month-long offensive last August,
will take guard in February. At present, three battalions of Paramilitary
troopers are already stationed in Saranda.
The CPI-Maoist cadres beheaded
one youth, identified as Sukhram Munda, at Gamaria Raja Bazaar
under Adki Police Station limits in Khunti District after branding
him as a 'Police informer'.
A joint operation of the Khunti
Police and CRPF led to the recovery of 40 kilograms of IED planted
by suspected Maoists on a non-tarred road between Bhandra- Jilenga
forests in the District, the Police said. The Police unearthed
the IED and recovered around 200 meters of wire connected to it.
CPI-Maoist cadre, Balram Sahu
alias David (30), who was arrested near Jamui Railway Station
in Bihar on January 3 was brought back to the jail in Ranchi District.
The Jharkhand Government appealed
to CPI-Maoist cadres to make a fresh beginning in the New Year
by surrendering to the rule of law, as it responded to feelers
from a section of cadres, but did not promise any let-up in ongoing
Several posters written in red,
blue and green ink were pasted by the CPI-Maoist cadres at public
places and Government offices in Dandai and Chinia areas of Garhwa
District asking the villagers, Government officials and newly
elected panchayat representatives to change their modus
BJP MLA Gurusaran Nayak escaped
a bid on his life when CPI-Maoist cadres fired indiscriminately
a few metres away from his car near Harta village in West Singhbhum
According to Palamu SP A T Mathew,
Forces will not be withdrawn from Palamu for the Uttar Pradesh
polls, which will have no impact on the ongoing operations against
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked
an excavation site owned by Panem Coal Mines Limited at Katahaldih
in Amrapara in Pakur District and killed a security guard.
During a special operation carried
out by the CRPF and District Police at Hunterganj locality in
Chatra District, a CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', identified
as Madanji alias Tiwariji alias Basudeb Bhuyan, was arrested.
Chatra SP Anup Birtheray said Madanji was wanted in about ten
cases. A rifle, a pistol and 20 detonators were recovered from
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead
Makheran Ganju, a former 'area commander' of the outfit, in Chatra
District, for quitting the outfit. The bullet-riddled body was
recovered at Roshan village of the District along with a Maoist
A group of 15 railway employees
cleaning railway tracks found a can bomb weighing 20 kilogram
on the line at Banaso between Jarangdih and Bokaro Thermal stations
in Bokaro District.
A CRPF team arrested Gambhir Singh
Bhumij (38), an armed Maoist and active Maoist propagandist from
Indurbati village in Patamda Police Station area in East Singhbhum
Two close accomplices of sub-zonal
'commander' Kundan Pahan were arrested from Tamar area in Ranchi
District, during a raid.
A close associate of top Maoist
'commander' Kundan Pahan, identified as Chattan Singh, was arrested
along with his girl friend Aitwari alias Shanuntala from Ruragdih
village under Tamar Police Station in Ranchi District. Giving
the information SSP of Ranchi S.K. Singh said that Chattan Singh
is involved in the killing of a former MLA, the bank van loot
and many other criminal incidents.
An injured CPI-Maoist cadre died
in a hospital in Jamshedpur a few hours after his arrest from
an area under Gurabandha Police Station in West Singhbhum. Gulach
Munda, an accused in the abduction of a block development officer
in 2010 besides 15 other offences, died in the M G M Hospital.
Munda sustained injury while he was trying to escape from the
clutches of the Police.
The SFs arrested two CPI-Maoist
cadres from separate places during anti-Maoist operations in Latehar
and Bokaro Districts.
One person was killed and another
got injured when SFs allegedly fired at their car after they ignored
a warning to stop for checking during a CPI-Maoist State-wide
bandh in Palamu District.
An armed group of CPI-Maoist,
shot dead a cadre of the TPC, identified as Avdhesh Yadav (45),
in Palamu District. The slain TPC cadre was a resident of Jhargada
village under Hussainabad subdivision of the District.
Amidst speculations about the
possible dates and venues of the tenth Congress of the CPI-Maoist,
sources said the Maoists have begun their secret conclave at a
place in Saraikela District, bordering the State's capital Ranchi.
East Singhbhum Police launched
a massive combing operation at Ghurabandha in Ghatshila following
intelligence inputs on infiltration of armed Maoists from West
Work on setting up as many as
21 CRPF camps, as a part of the Saranda Action Plan, a development
initiative in West Singhbhum, is yet to start, awaiting clearance
from the forest department, while the state is yet to form a Saranda
Development Authority as advocated by Union Rural Development
Minister Jairam Ramesh after visiting the forest early December,
The teaching fraternity in Latehar
District held a sit-in rally to protest the frequent abductions
of teachers in the State. Interacting with media persons, teachers
said that often abducted teachers are tortured and threatened
by Maoists which has created a fear in the mind of the entire
teaching fraternity in the region.
Security arrangement has been
beefed up in view of the 24-hour bandh in Ghatshila sub-division
in East Singhbhum District called by the Maoists from midnight
of January 18, the first bandh after night train services resumed
in the Tata-Kharagpur-Rourkela section of South Eastern Railway.
A day after seven unidentified
bodies were recovered in the afternoon of January 18 from near
Gagra village in Khunti District, the Police identified the victims
and ruled out Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) involvement.
The daylong Maoist bandh
in Ghatshila subdivision in East Singhbhum District evoked mixed
As many as 50 - 60 armed CPI-Maoist
cadres triggered a landmine blast and blew up an armoured vehicle,
killing 13 Police personnel on board in a forest of Garhwa District.
The CPI-Maoist have listed, the
immediate halt to the security offensive and withdrawal of Security
Forces from Saryu, Kone, Oraiya and other areas in Latehar, Palamu
and Garhwa Districts, as pre-conditions for the release of hostages.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered
an explosion in the forest area along the Jharkhand- Chhattisgarh
border in Garhwa District. The explosion took place somewhere
in the forests at Chatia-Matgari, 20 Kilometres away from Bariganwa
forest. Search operation by the SFs continued in the forests in
the District, according to sources in Bhandaria Police Station
of the District.
The Police arrested two persons,
including a village sarpanch for their alleged involvement
in the landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist on January 21
that claimed 13 lives, in Garhwa District. "Bargarh village sarpanch
Ramdas Minz and his aide Fida Hussain were arrested after we got
evidence against them. They are charged under various Sections,
like murder and criminal conspiracy," SP Michael S. Raj said.
The Garhwa District committee
of the CPI-ML called for a bandh to protest the Police
failure to trace zilla parishad chairperson Sushma Mehta,
and three others, 48 hours after they were abducted from Lalmatia
by Maoists. Later on the day, one Sudhir, who claimed to be the
Maoist spokesperson, informed over telephone in Latehar that the
Maoists had released zilla parishad chairperson Sushma Mehta and
two other abducted persons. He said they would reach Garhwa by
In a letter written to the Chief
Minister Arjun Munda, the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram expressed
his dissatisfaction with the performance of Jharkhand Government
in combating Maoists. The letter, according to sources, also contained
an advisory pointing to the possibility of Maoist-engineered attacks
on Police vehicles. The State Government played down the importance
and timing of the letter, saying such communications was being
sent to States regularly. Chidambaram pointed out Jharkhand had
not been able to prevent rampant extortion by, and violence among,
Maoist splinter groups.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
their former cadre at Jangi-giri in Giridih District. The cadre,
identified as Khublal Mandal, recently released from jail after
completion of his two-year jail term, was taken away to Jaridih
and shot dead by the Maoists. His dead body was recovered in the
morning of January 26, the Police said.
The Police averted a possible
CPI-Maoist attack in the State on the Republic Day with the recovery
of 32 landmines from a forest in Latehar District. The landmines,
each weighing five kilograms, were planted in a row in Laap forest
in the District, some 130 kilometres from State capital Ranchi.
An unnamed Police officer said the landmines were planted beneath
an unpaved road used by Police vehicles.
Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte
Razi urged CPI-Maoist to shut violence. Taking part in the 63rd
Republic Day celebrations in Ranchi, the Governor hoisted the
national flag and asked the CPI-Maoist to join the mainstream
of the society. CM Arjun Munda hoisted the tricolour in the State's
second capital Dumka.
A Policeman, Constable Amitabh
Barla, was killed and his friend was seriously injured after suspected
cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist opened
fire on them at a marriage party in a Ranchi village in Ranchi
District. Constable Amitabh Barla died on the spot after being
shot from close range. SP (rural) Asim Vikrant Minj said that
it was because of "personal rivalry" that Barla was attacked by
suspected PLFI cadres. Barla is known to have links with the Jitendra
Nayak gang active in the region before joining the Police Force
in 2009. "He was a member of the nexus led by Nayak and worked
against the Jainath Sahu gang," Minj said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres fired at
a make-shift camp of the SFs, triggering a gun battle at Barwadih
in Latehar District. However, there was no report of any loss
of life, Latehar SP Kranti Kumar said, adding the two sides were
exchanging fire intermittently. The encounter followed a special
drive launched by the District Police and the CRPF in the stronghold
areas of the Maoists in Maoist-infested parts of the District,
Maoist splinter group, the JPC,
hoisted an inverted national flag in Palamu District to mark their
protest as the country celebrated the 63rd Republic Day. Cadres
of the JPC chose the occasion to raise protest against Government
apathy by hoisting two national flags, one of which was inverted.
"We would have had jobs had we reaped the benefits of freedom.
We would not have been compelled to choose the path of violence.
Maoists are hoisting black flags. So we are respecting the tricolour
flag and rejecting the black flag, all children in the area are
hoisting the tricolour," said Avinash, a JPC leader.
Anti-CPI-Maoist operations were
halted for a day in the hope that the Maoists would release abducted
Policeman Suresh Ram, who has not returned home after the January
22, 2012 landmine blast in Jharkhand's Garhwa District. The operations
were halted for a day after Ram's family made a request on the
basis of media reports that he would be released if they were
halted, Garhwa SP Michael S Raj told the reporters in Garhwa.
The Ranchi Police arrested six
PLFI cadres, including PLFI 'leader' Aditya Kumar Gope from Pandra
Bazar in the District. Gope was wanted in a number of cases registered
with the Gumla Police; antecedents of his aides are yet to be
verified. "We suspect all five members of his group - Mantu Kumar
Singh, Kundan Kumar Chandravanshi, Rahul Dayal, Vishal Kumar and
Nadim Ansari -to have links with the PLFI," said city SP Ranjit
Prasad. Gope was identified as a wanted criminal who was released
on bail recently," Prasad said. The Police recovered one SUV and
one stolen motorcycle from their possession.
Five Maoists surrendered before
the Khunti Police in Khunti District. Khunti SDPO Ashwini Kumar
said that Maoist Ranjit Bodra and PLFI cadre Sundar Pahan alias
Nageshwar were in contact with Khunti SP Tamil Vanan and were
convinced to surrender with two Maoists - Rohit Oraon and Narua
Tirky of Nagri - whereas PLFI activist Arjun Singh surrendered
with Pahan who was accused in many cases of arson, abduction and
killing. Pahan was designated as area commander of the banned
PLFI. The Naxalites also surrendered four single barrel guns,
one 9mm pistol, live cartridges and five landmines weighing between
The SFs recovered a landmine under
the road from Manoharpur to Digha in West Singhbhum District,
the venue of Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's
visit. The landmine weighing around 15 kilograms was placed at
the centre of the road, around 3.5 kilometres away from the venue
in Salai village.
Union Rural Development Minister
Ramesh released funds of INR 2.5 billion rupees for 'Saranda Action
Plan' (SAP). The Action Plan which was prepared after recovering
the area from the CPI-Maoist in 2011, targets 900 square kilometres
of the Saranda forest range in West Singhbhum District of the
State. Speaking to the media, Ramesh said that Maoists will be
defeated with development, security and political participations
of the people.
The SFs neutralised a CPI-Maoist
bunker and a training camp in Latehar District. Latehar SP Kranti
Kumar said the bunker and the training camp were neutralised during
search operation by CRPF and the Police near Lawarnuri village
under Barwadih Police Station. The SFs recovered explosives and
other materials from there, SP Kranti Kumar added.
The Police recovered 150 double
detonator boosters, which are used in exploding landmine blasts,
near Koradag-Tolsandih village under Bundu Police Station in Ranchi
District. The Police also recovered two country-made revolvers,
one pistol, a gun and one 15 kilogrammes can bomb from there,
the Police said.
Three Policemen, including an
ASI, were killed and five others got injured when CPI-Maoist cadres
triggered a landmine blast near an under-construction diversion
on National Highway-99 close to Balumath Police Station in Latehar
District. The Policemen were going in two jeeps from Chandwa to
Balumath, around 75 kilometres from Ranchi. Since it was dark
and the Maoists continued to fire at regular intervals it was
difficult for the SFs to launch a rescue operation. The condition
of one of the injured is said to be serious.
The SFs neutralised a Maoist training
camp and four bunkers at different places in the Saniya forest
in Latehar District and recovered a huge cache of explosives,
Maoist literature, uniform, slings, detonators, ready-to-eat-food
and food grain from the training camp and bunkers. The recoveries
include 12 Chinese grenades and 36 IED, 100 kilograms of gun powder
kept in two bags, a couple of country-made pistols and equal number
of rifles. Around 1,400-metre wire, a detonating cord generally
used in mining, electric wire and detonators were also recovered
during the operation. "The amount of ready-to-eat-food and food
grain seized from the training camp and bunkers show that at least
50 rebels used to stay there," said a source.
The bodyguard of the Garhwa zilla
parishad chairperson, Suresh Ram, was released after being
held captive by the CPI-Maoist cadres since January 21. The Maoists
handed Ram over to human rights activist Shashi Bhushan Pathak
who was requested to mediate in the matter.
The Jharkhand Police found the
CPI-Maoist making profits from illegal coal trade through private
coal companies when they conducted raids on companies in Bokaro
District. "After watching their work for 12 days, Police conducted
raids on three private coal companies and seized 2000 tonne of
illegally dumped coal," DIG LP Singh said. Stating that the companies
were situated near Maoist-affected areas near Lugu Pahar at Jhumra
Hills, he said the Maoists were indulged in illegal coal trade
allegedly through these companies. However, there were no arrests
yet as the Police is still trying find the owners of the company.
The CRPF personnel recovered two
IEDs during search operation planted by the CPI-Maoist in East
Singhbhum District The IEDs were strategically planted at separate
places at Chaukila and Mushabani with an aim to target the Police,
SDPO Naresh Kumar said.
The CRPF personnel in the CPI-Maoist-hit
area of Bundu District organized a community-policing programme
to win the confidence of local people. The strategy has been adopted
to bridge the gap between SFs and the public, especially youths,
who are easily lured by the Maoist cadres. Residents from eight
villages of the area were provided agricultural equipment, fogging
machine, anti-malaria medicine, medicated mosquito nets, water
filter and sports items as part of the civic action programme.
The Bokaro Police launched a massive
hunt in an effort to check monetary flow to the Maoists from illegal
coal-miners. In the past few days, the Police have seized around
2,200 tons of illegal coal from different places in Chandankyari
and Nawadih areas of Bokaro District. The Police sources said
a large part of the earnings from illegal coal mining went to
Maoists. In case the miners defy the diktat of the Maoists,
their business operations stopped. "Every year, at least INR 20-30
million goes to the Maoists and other Maoist groups from illegal
mining in the area," said a source.
A fresh offensive against Maoists
has been launched in Latehar District and it is being led by zonal
IG Rezi Dungdung. As many as 15 to 20 companies (about 1500 to
2,000 personnel) of CRPF and State Police are taking part in the
operations, Police sources said. The operation follows intelligence
input about a large Maoists presence in the area. According to
sources, the SF personnel had moved deep into the forests in and
around Balumath and Manika Police Stations areas. Simultaneous
operations are on in Saryu, Kone and Oreya area.
About 25 suspected cadres of the
TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, stalled the ongoing
construction work of Tahley diversion on the Garhwa-Daltonganj
road and shut down a brick kiln located near the Tahley river
in Garhwa District. At both places, the TPC cadres assaulted the
persons engaged in work. They also robbed of six cell phones from
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
said that despite alarming escalation in CPI-Maoist violence in
Jharkhand, no serious effort has been made by the State Government
to deal with the LWE. In a letter to Chief Minister Arjun Munda,
Chidambaram said Jharkhand became the most affected State in Naxal
violence in 2011 and the situation there was a "major cause for
concern". He asked Munda to galvanise the State Police leadership
to take more pro-active steps. "Anti-Naxal operations in 2011
have been unfortunately ineffective. No serious efforts appear
to have been made to launch a counter offensive when security
forces personnel were killed by the CPI (Maoist)," Chidambaram
said in the recent letter. Further, Jharkhand is the only LWE-affected
State which has reported more snatching of arms in 2011 compared
to the previous year. "Two top CPI (Maoist) leaders - Prashanto
Bose alias Kishan da and Mihir Besra - are very active in the
State, according to intelligence reports," the letter said. Chidambaram
told Munda that the increase in Maoist activities were manifested
by the alarming increase in the number of 'Jan Adalats' (so called
people's courts) - 53 in 2011 compared to 25 in 2010. Through
these Jan Adalats, the extremists have created a wave of terror
amongst the people by publicly punishing those who 'disobey' their
'writ' in the State, he said.
An exchange of fire took place
between the SF personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Patung in
West Singhbhum District. The incident took place after the Maoists
opened fire on SF personnel, who were on long-range patrolling
in the Maoist-dominated pockets. However, no casualties were reported
from either side.
Three cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, including an 'area commander', were
arrested from Dhodhtritoli under Raidih Police Station in Gumla
District. Gumla SP Jatin Narwal said the arrested PLFI cadres
have been identified as 'area commander' Durjan Singh, Surendra
Pal Singh and Bandhan Oraon - all residents of the same Police
Station areas of the District. "Police recovered a country-made
pistol, eight sim cards, a cell phone and four live bullets besides
a dairy containing names of the persons from whom PLFI activists
extorted levy," said the SP.
The SFs arrested five LWEs and
recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in separate operations
from across Gumla District. "We have arrested Durjan Singh, who
is an agent of the banned outfit PLFI and was dreaded in several
areas. In another incident, we have also taken into custody two
criminals who had come here to kill a witness. We have also seized
arms from them. We arrested them after they fired at us following
a chase," Gumla SP Jatin Narwal said.
The two-day joint operation against
the CPI-Maoist by the CRPF and District Police in the Pipra area,
close to Bihar border, ended forcing the Maoists to escape.
Around 50 cadres of the JJSM,
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, attacked the Tori railway
siding of the CCL in Latehar District.
Garhwa District Police arrested
five cadres of the JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, and
recovered a country-made gun, seven cell phones, 12 sim cards
and hand-written pamphlets from them. The arrested JPC cadres
are identified as Ravi Kumar, Sanoj Kumar and Kamlesh Kumar, residents
of Majhigawan village, and Bimlesh Yadav and Lal Chand Yadav,
both from Honhey village of Ranka.
Anup Bhuyan, an alleged cadre
of JJP, a LWE group, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Latehar
District. Bhuyan was picked up by the Maoists from his house at
Kurungkhata village under Manika Police Station and shot dead,
the Police said.
Maoists exchanged fire with cadres
of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, for about two
hours at Karamtoli in Gumla District. However, there was no report
of any casualty.
CPI-Maoist reportedly called a
state-wide bandh in protest against the alleged killing of a deaf
and mute youth by a CRPF troopers engaged in anti-Naxalite operations
in Latehar forests.
Jharkhand Governor, Syed Ahmed
expressed concern over LWE in the State and stressed the importance
of curbing it.
The armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist
abducted six labourers engaged in construction of a road under
the PMGSY at Bengabad, under Bengawar Police Station near Baghmara
in Giridih District. Rampati Kushwaha, the contractor of the Parditand-Sariya
road project, said that a group of about 100 armed Maoists reached
the makeshift camp shortly before midnight where the labourers
were resting with their families and set ablaze four vehicles
of the project and later, the Maoists abducted the six workers
- identified as Nirmal Singh, Congress Das, Pravin Verma, Umesh
Singh, Alam Ansari and Siraj Ansari - all from neighbouring Bihar
The TPC, a splinter group of the
CPI-Maoist pasted posters in Balumath area of Latehar District,
warning the upcoming power plants of dire consequences if they
did not stop felling trees and give adequate compensation to the
displaced families. The rebels pasted posters at Balumath to send
a message to the displaced families to come forward for help from
The CPI-Maoist cadres released
all the six labourers they had abducted in the night of February
18, the Giridih Police said. Giridih SP Arun G Onkar denied any
ransom paid to the Maoists.
A total of 1300 powerful detonators
were seized from a truck at Padma area on the NH-33 in Hazaribagh
District. The driver and cleaner of the truck were arrested. The
Police were investigating whether the consignment was meant for
The UMHA asked the State Government
to identify top-five CPI-Maoist leaders active in the State and
intensify operations in Saranda forests in West Singhbhum District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired
indiscriminately at Balumath Police Station and a nearby camp
of SF personnel in Latehar, leaving a man dead. The man was sleeping
on the roadside when he was hit by a bullet fired by attacking
Maoists. The Maoists were forced to retreat after retaliatory
action by the SF personnel. No casualties have been reported from
The Maoists blew up the vacant
house of panchayat member, Rajendra Sahu in Latehar District.
The cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed a schoolboy and his grandfather
in Khunti District. According to Police, the PLFI cadres attacked
the house of B.Y. Toppo, situated in Thunku village in the District,
around 45 kilometres from Ranchi. The PLFI cadres killed the two
of them and set their house on fire.
The one-day bandh called
by the CPI-Maoist in all the 24 Districts of the State was largely
peaceful. The bandh was called by the Maoists who are not in favour
of changes in the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT).
Five top cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including four accused in the January 21 Bariganwa landmine blast
that killed 13 Policemen, were arrested from Chatania and Parswar
villages during a three-day anti-naxal operation in Garhwa District.
The arrestees were identified as Arjun Yadav alias Arjan,
Mohan Yadav, Surendra Prasad, Manish Prasad Gupta and Deb Sagar
Yadav. All of them belong to Garhwa District and are wanted in
murder and kidnapping incidents in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh,
SP Michael S Raj said.
Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including a woman, were arrested from a forest in Arki in Khunti
District during a joint operation by the Police and the Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers. Four firearms, including
a rifle, along with ammunition and some Maoist literature, including
books on Maoist ideology and posters and a map of CRPF camp were
recovered from them.
Two top Maoists, active in Jhumra
since last 10 years, were arrested in another joint operation
near Konar dam at Jamnijara village in Gomia block in Bokaro District.
The arrested Maoists have been identified as Jatu Manjhi alias
Nilamber and Naresh Manjhi alias Suresh. They both are
residents of Simrabeda village of Gomia and close to Maoist leaders
Navin Manjhi and Mithilesh Singh and are members of armed squad
of the outfit.
The 197 battalion of CRPF recovered
an Improvised Explosive Device hidden in a tiffin box and wires
near an iron-ore loading point of Kiriburu railway station in
West Singhbhum District.
12 villagers who were abducted
by a group of 30-40 Maoists on March 2, were freed after holding
them captive for more than 12 hours, at Keri Piprahi forest of
Chouparan block in Hazaribagh District.
Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed and a CISF officer was injured in an encounter in
the Central Coal Fields' Ashok project, close to the Pipawar Police
Station in Chatra District. Police identified the dead as Tapeswar
Ganju and Anil Ram. Two rifles, two hand grenades, two IEDs, two
walkie-talkies and cartridges were recovered from the spot.
Bishnu Munda, a cadre of the PLFI,
a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from Dwarseni
village in Gumla District. A country-made pistol and Naxal-literature
were recovered from him, he added.
The house of a 'zonal commander'
of the CPI-Maoist was set ablaze at Kusmai village in Chatra District.
A group of armed men went to the house of the Maoist, Dharmendra
Yadav, asked the members to vacate their house before setting
it on fire, the Police said. The arsonists also looted some property
before setting ablaze the house, the sources said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered
two simultaneous land-mine blasts, targeting the vehicle carrying
troopers of the IRB, at Tailyadeeh Mor in Chhatarpur block of
Palamu District. ASP operations, Ronald Hansda, said the blasts
at 12.24pm badly damaged the front portion of the vehicle, in
which more than six IRB personnel were on their way to Devnar
where an encounter had taken place between SFs and the Maoists
at 9.45am. The IRB troopers, who were part of the reinforcement
team, escaped unhurt.
A joint team of District Police
and CRPF arrested CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' Phoolchand
Soren alias Praveel Da, who was wanted in over 32 cases
and carried a reward of INR 300, 000 on his head, along with his
accomplice Bahdur Turi in a raid at Jamania village in Nawadih
District. The joint team recovered one country-made revolver,
cartridges, mobile handset, dairy and INR 2,300 cash from them.
The SF personnel recovered an
IED, weighing five kilograms, hidden in milk can near Hutar village
on Barwadih-Morbai road in Latehar District. Latehar SP G. Kranti
Kumar confirming the recovery said, "It was defused within minutes
and with that an attempt by Maoists to target security personnel
Cadres of the JJP, a splinter
group of CPI-Maoist, reportedly attacked a railway construction
site camp near Dhodhorha Pool at Dubang village in Lohardaga District,
injuring more than four workers and technicians.
Two Maoist top cadres who had
masterminded the killing of Bihar Policeman Lucas Tete (September
3, 2010) were arrested from Tisri forests under Belatand Police
Station in Giridih District during a joint operation of the Police
The Police in Gumla District arrested
three men with large quantities of explosives, detonators, arms
and ammunition which were to be sold to the CPI-Maoist cadres
in the State.
A Koderma Police team foiled an
attempt made by the CPI-Maoist cadres to enter the Hazaribagh
District through Rajwar forest under Satgawan Police Station.
The Jharkhand and West Bengal
Police launched a combing operation in East Singhbhum District
on the border between two States on information that a Maoist
squad was in the area.
Pradeep Oraon (35), a former CPI-Maoist
cadre was gunned down by cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist, in Duko village under Ghaghra Police Station
in Gumla District. According to Police, Pradeep, formerly with
CPI-Maoist, who later joined PLFI, had formed his own group after
parting ways with PLFI some time ago which did not go along with
'area commander' Sukra Oraon and was killed.
A top CPI-Maoist and self-proclaimed
'area commander' of Jamui-Banka zone, Heera Yadav (40) surrendered
before the Police in Giridih District. Yadav surrendered with
a rifle, ten cartridges and some money in cash.
M Sanjeev Singh, a CRPF trooper
of the CRPF's 26th Battalion, was injured during an encounter
between the SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Bouwa Pahari in Dongapani
village under Tundi Police Station in Dhanbad District. The SFs
had gone to the spot early in the morning after getting a tip-off
about Maoists presence.
The armed cadres of the JPC, a
splinter group of CPI-Maoist, set ablaze two bauxite trucks on
fire at Modsirwa on Kisko-Richughuta road in Lohardaga District.
One of the drivers was also assaulted. In a handwritten pamphlet,
one Samir of JPC has claimed responsibility for setting the trucks
A constable of CoBRA, Satya Prakash
Deswal, succumbed to bullet injuries and Jharkhand Jaguar havildar
Sanjay Paswan was injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist
deep inside the forest in Labhar picket under Burwadih Police
Station in Latehar District.
The SFs recovered four IEDs, including
three cylinder bombs, during search operations in Latehar District.
The operation was launched in the District's Barwadih and Sarju
area following an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres on April
5 in which one SF personnel was killed and another was injured.
Suspected cadres of the PLFI,
a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, attacked the project site
of the PGCIL at Jargaon village under Bero Police Station in Ranchi
District and set ablaze three heavy machines, including an earthmover,
after assaulting the workers on duty. The cause of the attack
was explained in a letter written by one Jetha of Rajdhani zonal
committee of the PLFI, allegedly left at the site, saying that
work there was started without the permission of the PLFI.
Seven SF personnel, engaged in
anti-CPI-Maoist operations, sustained bullet injuries at Chemo
Sanya forest under the Bhandaria Police Station in Garhwa District.
Palamu IG Deepak K Verma said
that the anti-Maoist operation, code named 'Operation Octopus',
launched since April 4 in Latehar District would continue. He
refused to divulge any detail about the duration and the areas
that would be covered under Operation 'Octopus'.
Suspected cadres of the PLFI,
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, set ablaze three vehicles,
including two passenger jeeps and one tractor, near Binda village
under Murhu Police Station of Khunti District.
The BSF Helicopter which was fired
upon by the CPI-Maoist cadres on April 5 has been grounded now
as it was damaged in the firing.
The East Singhbhum District Police
recovered posters and banners, allegedly put up by the CPI-Maoist,
demanding hike in tendu leaves procurement rate and support to
the two-day bandh call given by CPI-Maoist in the bordering areas
of three States, Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand from April
Police arrested Jetha Lorenz Toppo,
a 'self-styled zonal commander' of PLFI, a splinter group of the
CPI-Maoist, in Ranchi District. The Police recovered a carbine
from his possession.
The two-day bandh called
by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha affected
the State's public transport. The bandh was called to demand
20 per cent increase in the rate of kendu leaves.
Speaking at the Chief Minister's
meeting on internal security chaired by Prime Minister in New
Delhi CM Arjun Munda asked the Central Government to bear a portion
of the cost of modernization of Jharkhand Police to help it effectively
tackle Naxalism in the state.
Speaking at the meeting of Chief
Ministers in New Delhi, Chief Minister Arjun Munda demanded a
special development package for CPI-Maoist-hit Latehar and Garhwa
Districts in the line of ongoing Centre-sponsored Saranda Development
The two-day CPI-Maoist bandh
called to raise procurement price of kendu leaves - used to make
beedi - affected life in rural areas Jharkhand, especially in
bordering areas of West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The Maoists
had called a two-day bandh that ended at April 16 midnight
in the three States - Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres involved
in the killing of a SPO were arrested from Badraiya forest in
West Singhbhum District. The SF personnel also recovered a 30
kilogram claymore mine planted beneath a kutcha road in the forest.
All the three cadres were involved in the killing of SPO Sushil
Aian in Chotanagra in February 2012.
The SFs arrested Maoist leader
Bitka Marandi alias Bitka Manjhi from Harli forest in Churchu
tehsil in Hazaribagh District. Manjhi was wanted by Police
for killing 13 SF personnel including 11 CRPF troopers in 2001.
An armed group of the CPI-Maoist
cadres set ablaze 10 vehicles belonging to a private construction
company and held 14 of its employees hostage for sometime in Bandguda
in Giridih District.
CM Arjun Munda laid the foundation
stone for a building to house the 40th Battalion of ITBP at Sukuruhutu,
on the outskirts of Ranchi. The new location of ITBP would help
providing logistic and administrative support to units/formations
of the ITBP in North-East and Maoist-affected states, an ITBP
A dozen inter-state buses plying
from Rourkela to Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh remained suspended
in the wake of the CPI-Maoist-48-hour bandh. There was,
however, little or no impact at the vulnerable areas of Sundargarh
District, close to Saranda forest in Jharkhand.
A Police team of the Bishnugarh
Police Station arrested a top Maoist cadre, identified as Shiv
Charan Manjhi, along with arms in Hazaribag District during raids
in the dense forests near Konar Dam. Maoist literature, posters
and arms, including revolver, six live cartridges, was recovered
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the
CPI-Maoist, identified as Mohit alias Manoj Yadav, was
arrested from Matauli village in Palamu District. The Police recovered
105 live cartridges and a landmine weighing 10 kilograms.
A former 'squad commander' of
the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sandeep Mishra, was arrested by
the Police from Nagfeni on NH-23 in Gumla District. Mishra joined
the outfit in 2001 and remained a part of it till 2009. Despite
parting with the organization he was in regular touch with Maoist
leaders Buddheshwar Oraon and Vishwanath.
Deputy inspector general (DIG)
of coal belt region, Laxman Prasad Singh, and his CRPF counterpart,
Rajeev Ranjan, conducted aerial surveillance of CPI-Maoist-hit
Jhumra hills where SF personnel have recently launched Operation
Thunder in search of Maoists. This was the third day of the anti-Maoist
search operation in the area led by Bokaro Superintendent of Police
Kuldeep Dwivedi under Gomia block. More than 1,000 district police
personnel, Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) and CRPF personnel have
been pressed into action to carry out the operation.
In a joint anti-Maoist drive the
SF personnel of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were engaged in an
encounter with the Maoists near Latu village in Latehar District,
bordering Chhattisgarh and the state's Garhwa District.
Maoists beheaded a villager, Ramlal
Kayam, at Kudaburu under Sonua Police Station in West Singhbhum
District dubbing him a Police informer.
Palamu District Police and CRPF
arrested Satender Paswan, a 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist
at a house in Polpol village in Palamu District. The SFs recovered
a country-made revolver of 315 bore from him.
Maoists detained Tata-Bilaspur
passenger train at Posaita station in West Singhbhum District
for nearly 20 minutes with a one-kilogram bomb hung from the front
of its engine, ahead of the Bharat bandh on May 16. The
train travelled for another 15 kilometres with the bomb dangling
from the engine to Manoharpur station where it was removed and
Normal life in the urban areas
remained unaffected in East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan
Districts during the Bharat bandh call given by the Maoists.
A principal aide of late CPI-Maoist
leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji was arrested
from Ranchi railway station. The arrested Maoist has been identified
as Nanduji alias Ramdas, who has worked as a secretary
in Jammui zone and as a member of Bihar-Jharkhand-Odisha-North-Chhatisgrah
special area committee. He was working as a member of sub-committee
on political education. Police said Nanduji was engaged in training
new recruits in various parts of Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and
Jharkhand Police recovered a cache
of arms, including two guns, 32 bullets, four cell phones and
14 SIM cards of various networks from PLFI cadres after a shootout.
PLFI is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist. The shootout started
when Police personnel raided a meeting place of the outfit near
Karra village in Khunti District.
Two LWEs were arrested by the
Police from two different places in Garhwa District. Sanjit Singh
alias Sujit Singh alias Jamuna Singh, an 'area commander'
of TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from
Nagar Untari in Garhwa District.
A Maoist cadre, identified as
Santosh Vishwakarma, of Tali village was arrested by the Police
from an area under Bhawnathpur Police Station in the Garhwa District.
Vishwakarma was the right hand of Maoist 'zonal commander' Munna
The Maoists had stopped the construction
works of the road on Rukki valley in Ghaghra block of Gumla District
for over two months, despite the project having the backing of
25 villages located in the area.
Launching an anti-Naxal operation
in the mining belt of Jharkhand, Security Forces, arrested seven
suspected cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist,
in Ranchi. The Police said the arrested PLFI cadres operated in
and around the open cast mines of the Central Coalfields in Khelari
near Ranchi and were wanted in more than half a dozen cases of
murder, arson, illegal possession of arms. The arrested cadres
include Kargil Yadav, identified as 'zonal commander' of the outfit,
who was out on bail.
A powerful IED suspected to have
been planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered by SFs in
Jaranga village in Khunti District. The IED, weighing 25 kilograms,
was found hidden during routine search at a spot falling under
Adki Police Station.
Ranvidar Bhuinya, 'zonal commander'
of the PLFI, and his associate were arrested from Daltonganj in
Palamu District. Bhuinya had earlier worked with the CPI-Maoist
and later joined the PLFI. Two country made pistols were also
seized from them.
A joint team of CRPF and Bishnugarh
Police team CPI-Maoist 'Zonal Commander' Navin Manjhi alias
Banshi in the dense Gidhania forest under Bishnugarh Police Station
in Hazaribagh District. Manjhi carried a reward of INR 500, 000
on his head and was involved in more than 100 Maoist related violence
in the state.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda approved
the proposal of the State Home Department to announce reward on
10 Maoist leaders operating in the State. The reward money ranges
from INR 300, 000 to INR 500, 000 on each Maoist depending on
his involvement in illegal activities. The 10 Maoists on whom
the Government announced the reward include two 'zonal commanders'
and three 'sub-zonal commanders'. The 'zonal commanders' carrying
a reward of INR 500, 000 each are Sushil Bhuiyan and Indel Yadav.
The three 'sub-zonal commanders' with INR 300, 000 reward each
are Satyendra Paswan, Pramod Paswan and Vinod Yadav.
Cadres of the TPC-1 set ablaze
65 sacks of kendu leaves worth INR 100,000 in Hetla village in
Latehar District. TPC-1 is a breakaway group of TPC, which in
turn is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist. Sources said the
consignment belonged to a contractor, who refused to pay extortion.
Police arrested a Maoist sympathizer,
Janeshwar Yadav, and recovered INR 878,000 from his possession
in Chiniya Police Station limits in Garhwa District. He had collected
the money from tendu leaf contractors. Garhwa Superintendent of
Police Michael Raj S said that Police also recovered 10 detonators
and a good number of Maoist literature from him.
During a joint operation against
Maoists in Gumla District, Police and Paramilitary Forces arrested
a Maoist identified as Gauri Shankar Pandey. Police officials
also seized large quantities of arms, ammunitions and ration from
Sitaram Manjhi alias Sitaram
Soren (40), the president of Jharkhand Mukti Manch, a frontal
organization of CPI-Maoist and his close aide Mehboob Ansari alias
Karu Ansari (38) were arrested by a joint team of CRPF and Police
from a roadside hotel at Goniyato village in Gomia tehsil
in Bokaro District. Sources said Manjhi and Ansari were residents
of Barsabeda and Kacho villages in Nawadih Police Station area.
Both were in the Maoist fold for over 10 years. The rebels were
involved in over two dozen cases of violence in Bokaro and Hazaribagh,
including a landmine blast that killed eight Special Task Force
troopers at Sarubeda, five kilometres from Nawadih, on June 12,
Police intercepted a consignment
and recovered cash worth INR 1.48 million at Panki in Palamu District
of Jharkhand in the evening. The money was to be handed over to
a CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Manoj Ganjhu. Sources said two
persons identified as Ram Jatan Yadav and Shailender Singh have
been arrested and one pistol of 7.65 bore was recovered from one
of them. Police also seized a white car.
An action-squad member of the
CPI-Maoist identified as Kamlesh alias Indrajit Yadav was
arrested from a place at Damaran under Ranka Police Station in
Garhwa District. Yadav was one of the Maoists involved in the
two attacks that had killed 23 Policemen in Garhwa and Latehar
Districts in December 3, 2011 and January 21, 2012, Superintendent
of Police (SP) Michael S Raj said. A 9mm pistol, which he had
looted after killing Police official Rajbali Choudhary on January
21, was recovered from him, the SP added.
Fogra Munda (37), a 'commander'
of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by Police from Ghatshila in East
Singhbhum. Munda was wanted in over 12 cases including eight murder
cases and he carried a cash reward of INR 40,000 on his head.
Police also recovered firearms and explosives from him. Munda
is said to be the close aide of another top Maoist leader Kanu
Munda, the squad leader of the Gurabanda area.
Maoists killed Bhuneshwar Yadav,
a contractor, in Latehar District for refusing to give extortion
21 landmines, planted serially
on the Kurung-Ganeshpur path in Latehar District, were recovered
during an anti-Maoist operation. The landmines, weighed between
one kg to 10 kg.
SFs arrested two top Maoists,
a 'sub-zonal commander' and an 'area commander' from Goindi village
in Latehar District. While the former was identified as Pramod
Kumar, the later was identified as Akul Singh. Pramod carrying
INR 300, 000 on his head, faces 24 Maoist-related cases in Palamau
division. A 9mm pistol and seven bullets were recovered from them.
DGP G S Rath said 308 newly selected
Sub-Inspectors (SIs) would start receiving training from June
10 at the Police Academy set up recently in Hazaribag. In the
newly constructed police academy, the SIs would be given training
in the most scientific ways using all the latest equipment, he
said. The training is designed especially to combat terrorists,
Two suspected Maoists were arrested
after a failed attempt to abduct Pitabasa Mahto (75), a former
sarpanch of Bansa village in Kandra in Seraikela-Kharsawan
District. The arrestees have been identified as Rakesh Lohar and
Sushen Mahto alias Naren, both residents of Kandra.
The Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) has set up camps in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-infested
villages of Jharkhand to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and
bridge the gap between villagers and Security Force (SF) personnel,
reports newstrackindia.com quoting ANI. The CRPF and Jharkhand
Police have launched joint operations in Sarju village of Jharkhand's
Latehar District to flush out rebels operating in the area. Inspector
General of Police, Palamu Range, Deepak Verma, said the presence
of the SFs in the village would increase employment opportunities
for locals. Villagers expressed happiness over the presence of
paramilitary camps and said the situation would improve with the
presence of SFs in the area.
Maoists set ablaze machines that
were being used at an under construction railway expansion project
site, and stalled development projects undertaken by the state
government in Lohardaga District.
Maoists killed two persons at
Kuitopa village under the Keraikela Police Station area in the
West Singhbhum District, suspecting them to be Police informers.
Sources said a group of about 15 armed Maoists raided the house
of village head Yugal Kishore Tanti and Jeevlal Swansi, dragged
out of their houses and took them to the Kuitopa culvert before
they were shot dead. While Tanti was the traditional village head
of Kuitopa, Swansi was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha
president of Bandgaon block.
Director General of the CRPF K
Vijay Kumar asked his personnel to launch inter-state operations
on the borders of Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh besides the core
areas of Maoists in Jharkhand.
A PLFI cadre was killed in an
encounter with Police at Parswa village under Panki Police Station
in Palamu District. The identity of the extremist is yet to be
Five Naxalites, including the
one identified as Laka Pahan, an 'area commander' of the PLFI,
were arrested from Anidih village in Khunti District of Jharkhand.
Laka Pahan is wanted in over 20 naxal-related cases in Khunti
and Ranchi Districts. Three guns, bullets, six mobile phones,
ten sim cards and INR 7,000 were seized from their possession.
A mini gun factory was unearthed
from Pinjani village under Kunda Police Station in Chatra District.
Police arrested two persons, identified as Ramdhani Mistry (45)
and Ram Chandra Mistry (30), repairing guns in the factory. Chatra
Superintendent of Police (SP) Anup Birthary said five country-made
guns, one pistol, three mobile phones, two cameras, firing pins
and other machines were recovered from the spot. "Those arrested
are not Naxalites but they provide support to the rebels. The
arrested are being interrogated," said the SP.
The District Police arrested five
cadres of the TPC-1 from Daltonganj in Palamu District. TPC-1
is a breakaway group of TPC, which in turn is a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist. SP Anoop T Mathew said Rang Bahadur Singh,
the TPC-1 leader, had been arrested and along with four other
A top cadre of the 'Hooghly Zonal
Committee' of the CPI-Maoist was arrested while collecting INR
400,000 as levy from an accomplice at Narga in East Singhbhum
District of Jharkhand. The Maoist accomplice was also arrested
by the Police.
The Jharkhand Government approved
the new industrial policy, giving a plethora of incentives to
investors, including those setting up industries in Maoist-affected
A Maoist, identified as Pragti
Da, fell prey to a tiger in Bundu forest, around 35 kilometres
from Ranchi District. This was confirmed by Maoist 'zonal commander'
Kundan Pahan in his letter to the fellow comrades.
Ram Mohan Singh Munda, a close
aide of Pahan was arrested from Tamar block in Ranchi District.
The Bokaro District administration
have initiated mega development action plan concentrating specially
on Jhumra and Upper ghat areas, the two most sensitive Maoist
zones of the state, in Gomia and Nawadih blocks of Bokaro District.
Two suspected Naxals were arrested
in Gumla District. One of them was a Maoist, identified as Ibrahim
Mian who was arrested at Chenpur. The other extremist belonged
to PLFI and was identified as Kuleshwar Sahu. He arrested from
Lawakera village under Palkot Police Station. One locally-make
gun was seized from each of the extremists, besides some bullets.
Charges were framed by a local
court against CPI-Maoist Politburo member Narayan Sanyal for looting
arms from a home guard camp in Giridih District. Giridih District
and Sessions Court judge A K Singh framed the charges in Sanyal's
presence. 193 weapons were looted from the camp under Nagar Police
Station in 2005.
Jharkhand Police announced a cash
reward of upto INR 1.2 million on the heads of hardcore CPI-Maoist
cadres. "The upper limit is Rs 12 lakh and the lowest is Rs 30,
000," Inspector General of Police S N Pradhan said. Out of 150
hardcore Maoists in the State, a list of 111 Maoists, including
30 from other State, was released by the Police headquarters,
After successful operations against
the Maoists in West Singhbhum and Latehar Districts, Jharkhand
Police said they would mount pressure on the Maoists despite the
monsoons. "Operation will continue even during the monsoon. The
Security Forces had carried out the successful Saranda operation
(in West Singhbhum) by flushing out the Maoists in July last year.
If we can do it in Saranda in monsoon, we can do it anywhere,"
Inspector General of Police (Operation) S N Bhagat said.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by the SF personnel during the ongoing anti-Maoist operation from
Ranka forest in Seraikela-Kharsawan District of Jharkhand. The
arrested Maoists were identified as Thumba Paharia, a hardcore
Maoist and his accomplices John Purty and Bhudu Munda. The Police
recovered three country-made pistols, two magazines, wire and
In a change of strategy, the CPI-Maoist
has decided to call off violence against armed outfits, including
their splinter groups, for three months. The Maoists have invited
leaders of other groups to come together on one platform and fight
against the unified command of the Centre and the State Governments
carrying out Operation Green Hunt. Bihar Jharkhand North
Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) spokesman Gopal
in a statement issued on June 24 said the decision of unilateral
ceasefire was taken to invite the other armed groups working in
individual capacity for the common people to work from a unified
and stronger front. "We can set aside our personal differences
in ideology for the betterment of common people and when the government
is harassing villagers and trying to suppress their movement for
neo-democracy, all the groups must understand the need of the
hour and join hands," the release reads. The appeal has been issued
in the name of the People Liberation Front of India (PLFI), Jharkhand
Liberation Tigers (JLT), Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JJMP), Tritiya
Prastuti Committee (TPC), Shashtra People's Morcha (SPM) and any
other such armed group working for people's cause.
Maoists in Hazaribagh and Giridih
are distributing pamphlets among rural youths for a week asking
them to refrain from applying for jobs in the Police. The pamphlet,
which has been distributed widely in Pirtanda area of Giridih
and Vishnugarh, Hazaribagh, has urged people to prevent their
sons from joining the Police Force, claiming security personnel
were killing innocent lives.
A PLFI 'sub-zonal commander' who
was involved in at least 20 cases of extortion and killing was
arrested from Kutasi village on the Koel river in Gumla District
by a Police team. The arrested extremist has been identified as
Gobardhan Singh alias Rajendra, a resident of Kedli village
in Basia, in Gumla.
of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar gave out kits containing a bow, 10
arrows, shoes, socks and a torch to around 100 members of rural
vigilante group Dalma Anchalik Suraksha Samiti (DASS).
The Police seized over 13,000
detonators and one ton of explosive material in Ranchi District
ahead of the bandh called by Maoists on June 27. Three
suspected Maoists and four arms suppliers were arrested in the
case. Acting on a tip-off, the Police raided some places at Tupudana
on the outskirts of Ranchi and recovered the explosives. A total
of 3,795 electronic detonators, about 9,800 ordinary detonators,
one ton explosives, including nine quintal ammonium nitrate, 1,900
metre fuse wire, six gelatin pieces, INR 20,000 in cash, four
mobile phones and a motorcycle were seized during the search operation.
Police said, "The arrested persons were preparing to hand over
the explosives to Kundan Pahan, the most wanted Maoist."
One policeman was killed and 12
other were injured when CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed their mini-bus
near Topchachi Police Station in Dhanbad District. Two of the
injured are said to be in critical condition.
Maoists blew up railway tracks
between Taitulmuri and Nisitpur railway stations under Dhanbad
Maoists also blasted a bridge
near Chhatapur village of Giridih District that connects Giridih
The Maoists observed bandh
(shutdown strike) in five States to protest the conviction of
five Maoists by a court in Uttar Pradesh.
Three civilians were injured as
cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) fired
on passengers of an auto-rickshaw that was passing through Nathbalwa
village in Manika area of Latehar District in the night.
The Maoists, then, struck again,
blowing up the Pochara Panchayat (village level local self-government
institution) building. According to sources, a group of 20-25
armed Maoists orchestrated the blast, but since the building was
empty, no one was injured.
Policemen posing as farmers arrested
Ravi Ghodai (20), an armed cadre of the CPI-Maoist Ghurabandha
squad, while he was crossing a bridge over the Subernarekha at
Dalbhumgarh in Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District.
He was part of a two member squad heading for Dalbhumgarh to carry
out a poster campaign and a recce for planting explosives. The
other Maoist managed to escape. The Police seized a loaded pistol
and an empty cartridge from Ghodai's possession. Ghodai divulged
that he belonged to the 15-member squad led by Maoist 'zonal commander'
Kanhu Munda, which is active in Ghurabandha.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
three civilians, including an elderly woman, and injured another
woman over a land dispute between two families in Sehal-Tetartoli
village under the Ghaghra Police Station in Gumla District. The
victims have been identified as Jaipal Yadav (50), his brother
and retired army man Jagdish Yadav (48) and his mother-in-law
Batti Devi while, the injured woman has been identified as Jaipal's
wife Sumitra Devi.
The Maoists set ablaze a drilling
machine of a coal survey team in Latehar District. The Maoists
had also picked up a munshi engaged to oversee construction of
a panchayat building before letting him off during the
Suspected cadres of Jhangur faction
of the Jharkhand Sangharsha Jan Mukti Morcha (JSJMM), an LWE outfit,
abducted and killed one of their members at Arangloya village
under Bishunpur Police Station in Gumla District. Police recovered
the body of the deceased and identified as Rajendra Oraon who
was with Ramdeo Oraon-led Jhangur faction of JSJMM.
Police recovered two kilograms
of ammonium nitrate and five detonators which were being supplied
to Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' Budheswar Oraon and arrested one
person, identified as Mohammad Imitiaz, at Toto village in Gumla
The CPI-Maoist is losing its base
in North Chhotanagpur zone of Jharkhand, comprising seven Districts
of Dhanbad, Bokaro, Koderma, Giridih, Chatra, Hazaribagh and Ramgarh,
said Inspector General of Police of North Chhotanagpur zone, M
L Meena. Meena said that the Maoists at present have confined
their presence and movement to Jhumra and Upperghat in Bokaro,
Pirtanda, Parasnath and Tundi belt in Giridih and Dhanbad beside
Gaya-Palamu border areas in Chatra.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were injured
and two arrested in a five-hour long encounter between Police
and Maoists at Jamdaha in Pirtanda of Giridih District, on the
The driver of a construction company,
identified as Md Ismail Ansari (34), was shot dead by the PLFI
cadres in Bandgaon Police Station area in West Singhbhum District.
Ansari was engaged in the construction of a road between Bandgaon
and Lyangi village under PMGSY. The extremists shot Ansari only
because the company did not intimate the outfit about the road
construction to it, Police said referring leaflets recovered from
the spot. The leaflets were issued by Munna ji, the 'area commander'
of PLFI Chotanagpur Region Committee.
The Police arrested a suspect,
Manoj Kumar Sinha of Patamda in the East Singhbhum District, for
carrying 200 pieces of detonators and 50 kilograms of ammonium
nitrate on his car a during surprise checking on National Highway-33
in Seraikela-Kharsawan District.
Vaisakhi Munda, a CPI-Maoist sympathiser
and wife of hardcore Maoist leader Kanu Munda, was arrested from
Dalbhumgarh in Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum District
Getting input of a huge gathering
of armed guerrillas of the CPI-Maoist in forests of Palamu and
Latehar in Jharkhand, the Centre asked the State Police and Paramilitary
forces to urgently induct additional troops and carry out sustained
search for "either engaging them in operations or disintegrate
Meanwhile, SFs have launched a
major operation in the forests bordering Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh
after it was reported that a large group of Maoist commanders
have been spotted in the area.
Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, were lynched by residents of Siyang
village under Sisai Police Station in Gumla District of Jharkhand.
The slain cadres have been identified as Indrajeet Oraon of Dahutoli
and Rama Oraon from Shivnathpur village.
Ajay Ganjhu alias Parasji
(45), a top CPI-Maoist leader, was killed in a joint operation
by the Jharkhand Police and the CRPF in Kunda forest in Chatra
District of Jharkhand. Ganjhu, who had been heading the Bihar-Jharkhand
regional committee of the CPI-Maoist, carried INR 1.7 million
on his head.
The Police engaged in an encounter
with the Maoists after raiding a Maoist hideout in Asandera forest
area of Simdega District. Four can bombs, three cylinder bombs,
25 rounds of ammunition, Maoist literature and household utensils
were recovered from the spot.
Bamboo plantation work at Temrai
in Palamu District's Chainpur forest range has come to a standstill
since July 16 following resistance from TPC, a breakaway faction
of the CPI-Maoist, over collection of ransom.
Children are migrating from Jharkhand's
Lohardaga region to avoid being abducted and coercively recruited
by Maoists. "Maoists ask us to get involve with them and force
us to take up arms," Dinesh Nageshiya, a student, claimed. SDPO
Ram Gulam Sharma said that social policing has helped them to
keep a track of Maoists who forcibly recruit children for armed
Armed Maoist cadres ambushed SFs
in Khunti Districts, killing two CRPF personnel and leaving an
officer and four others injured. A 100-strong squad of Maoist
'sub-zonal commander' Matiyas targeted a troop of 80 CRPF personnel
- culled from the elite CoBRA force and the 94th and 60th battalions
near a government school in Bokob village in Khunti District while
the personnel were preparing to cordon off the village following
a tip-off on Maoist presence.
In a Maoist attack two labourers
were killed and some buildings were damaged in Giridih District.
Maoist opened attack on an under-construction building of Police
line and destroyed the roof under which the labourers were on
duty. The two labourers who died were part of other labourers
working under the roof. An unexploded IED weighing 30 kilograms
was also recovered and defused.
SFs and Maoists were involved
in an encounter in a forest in Chowka, in Seraikela-Kharsawan
District. "No casualty was reported in the operation but we have
collected empty cartridges that were fired by the rebels," said
ASP, operation, Deepak Kumar Sinha.
Jharkhand has made negligible
progress in construction of roads under a three-year-old central
plan meant for LWE-affected areas, with neighbouring Odisha faring
a tad better. The State has so far built 35km of the 753km approved
in 2009. Odisha, on the other hand, boasts 93km as against the
To take minor away from the CPI-Maoist
way, Jharkhand Government has decided to provide conditional free
education in private institutions to Maoists, who surrender, and
to their children in addition to the existing surrender policy.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister
An encounter between SFs and CPI-Maoist
cadres took place at Bandu forest in West Singhbhum District of
Jharkhand. According to Police, the Maoists may have suffered
injuries in the encounter as bloodstains were found on the side
from where they were firing. No casualty was reported from the
The Hazaribag District Police
arrested three cadres of the JLT, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Hazaribag SP Manoj Kaushik said the gang was responsible for stalling
coal production at Tapin South opencast coal mining project of
the CCL under the Charhi Police Station of the District recently.
Those arrested include the hotel owner Rajeev Vishwakarma, kingpin
Anuj Vishwakarma alias Badalji alias Pintu of Navraga
village under the Lesliganj Police Station of Palamu District.
The others arrested are Mannu Kumar Singh of Charhi. Police said
it was Mannu's plan to demand INR 15 million as extortion from
the coal company.
Tribal students are migrating
from villages of Simdega, Lohardaga and Gumla Districts to towns
fearing forceful induction by the CPI-Maoist and the PLFI, a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist. Police sources said around 100 students
had already migrated from villages of these Districts in the past
one year fearing the Maoists and PLFI.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
arrested while allegedly planting landmines underneath a road
bridge at Revet village in Latehar District to target SFs, Police
sources said. Ten more persons have also been detained by SFs
during the anti-Maoist operation for interrogation.
Two CPI-Maoist camps were busted
by the SFs and five Maoist cadres arrested during the three-day
operation 'Rain Storm' against the CPI-Maoist in Garhwa District
on Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh borders. Twelve landmines, two hand
grenades and Maoist literature were recovered from the two camps,
which were destroyed during the joint operation carried out between
July 27 and 30.
The CPI-Maoist cadres began a
poster campaign at Chowka in Seraikela-Kharsawan District of Jharkhand,
amid their ongoing martyrs' week [July 28-August 3]. The posters,
bearing anti-CRPF messages in red ink, were pasted on the boundary
walls of school buildings and at marketplaces as well as in Chaulibasa
and Ghagri villages in the interiors of Chowka, known to be an
industrial hub and also a Maoist stronghold. According to intelligence
sources, the Maoists were also holding small meetings at a number
of places in West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts.
The bullet-ridden body of a youth
identified as Maqbool, a resident of Girda village in Bano Police
Station area in Simdega District of Jharkhand was found near his
village. While, it was not sure who killed Maqbool, a Police source
said cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist,
with whom he had some links, might have killed the victim, possibly
over levy collection.
A CRPF trooper was injured in
a gun battle between joint Forces and Maoists in Telipati forest
in Panki Police Station area in Palamau District. The Police claimed
that several Maoists were killed in the encounter, though not
a single body has been recovered yet. The Police seized five powerful
landmines and over 1,000 metres of electric wires from the encounter
SFs recovered 130 can bombs planted
on a 500 meter stretch at Raka under Chowka Police Station area
in Seraikela-Kharsawan District, suspected to be planted by the
Maoists. Each bomb weighed about one kilogram. It took more than
six hours to pull out the landmines from beneath the earth.
SFs launched an operation on the
Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border to flush out CPI-Maoist cadres.
The operation has been dubbed 'Operation Marangdeo'. The offensive,
which would also be carried out at night, was launched to prevent
Maoists from entering Jharkhand particularly through the border
of Palamu and Garhwa Districts, said Anil Minz, Commandant of
the 34 battalion, CRPF. The CRPF would be assisted by the Police
in the operation, he said.
A CPI-Maoist cadre identified
as Vikash, allegedly involved in an attack on Police party that
had killed two personnel in Dhanbad during Maoist bandh
a few weeks ago was arrested at a place under Muffasil Police
Station in Giridih District of Jharkhand.
A special Police team from Rajasthan
launched joint operations with the Palamu District Police and
arrested two persons, including a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Vinay Ram in connection with a dacoity incident in Jaipur [Rajasthan,
in July] and recovered jewellery worth INR 7 million, Police said.
Jitendra Singh, Union Minister
of State of Home Affairs, in a written reply informed Rajya
Sabha that at present, 105 companies of CRPF, 36 companies
of BSF, 15 companies of ITBP and 50 Teams of CoBRA in Chhattisgarh
and 96 companies of CRPF and 36 Teams of CoBRA in Jharkhand have
been deployed for anti-naxal operations.
Chander Ganjhu alias Johnson,
'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist was arrested along with his
wife, Anita alias Budhni, about a kilometer away from the
Posaita railway station near Rongo village from Manoharpur Police
Station area of West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Johnson
a mastermind of several Maoist-related incidents hails from Keredari
area in Hazaribag District and was wanted in over 30 cases, including
the Manoharpur rail track blast case, 2009 while his wife Anita,
a resident of Ranchi District, also a hardcore Maoist, too is
co-accused in several criminal incidents. A country-made revolver,
two live cartridges and a cash of INR 17,100 was recovered from
the arrested Maoists.
The Sonuwa Police arrested suspected
Maoist sympathizers Tooti Barjo and Bidrai Soy; both are active
members of the Krantikari Kisan Committee (KKC).
At least three Naxalites are reported
to have been killed in a gun battle between CPI-Maoist cadres
and the JPC in Arabhusai forest of Katkamsandi, Hazaribagh District
of Jharkhand. Unconfirmed sources said that among those killed
in the turf war was JPC supremo Kaljit. The gun battle might have
been spurred by the death of a Maoist cadre who was killed by
JPC in an encounter in Panki forest area of Palamau District in
the night of August 9, Police said.
The INR 4 billion 'Sarju Development
Plan' aiming to develop the 'guerilla zone' of Sarju in Latehar
District on the border of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh with a special
focus on skill and infrastructure development, will be formally
submitted to the Union Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh,
during his visit two-day visit to the State.
JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist,
pasted posters warning the Maoists that they would be rooted out
from Jharkhand and the country. Police sources said the posters
appeared in Katkamsandi, Ichak and Barkagaon Police Station areas
in Hazaribagh District, which were later removed, read 'Jharkhand
ke nav nirman liye maowadion ko khatam karo, maowadi desh ka dushman
hai, maowadi ko Jar se khatam karo (Maoists will be rooted out
as they are the enemies of Jharkhand and the country)'.
Two cadres of the TPC, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Mohit Mahto and Kamlesh
Mahto, were arrested during joint operation conducted by the SF
personnel of Giddi and Urimari Police Stations in Hazaribag District
of Jharkhand. The Police recovered two single barrel rifles, four
8 mm live cartridges, two cell phones and six set of brand new
olive green uniforms with names of members inscribed on them.
Charku Pahan alias Budhu
Munda, 'area commander' of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist,
surrendered with a 9mm pistol and three bullets before SP M Tamilvanan
in Khunti District.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested,
one of whom was wanted for attack on the convoy of former chief
minister Babulal Marandi, and explosives were seized at separate
places in Jharkhand's Bokaro and Giridih Districts. Jailal Mahato
and Mahendra Mahato were arrested in Bokaro's Patharwa village
and explosives were seized from their possession. The other two
Maoists, Ravi Marandi and Deep Chand Kisku were arrested at a
place under Dumri police station of Giridih District.
SFs recovered one can-bomb and
one pipe bomb suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres
between Ramatandi and Namolepo villages under Ghorabandha Police
Station in Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. SFs
also seized 200 meters of wire from the spot.
Director General of Police G S
Rath praised Policemen saying that seized documents from Naxalites
revealed that the outfit has suffered maximum loss in Jharkhand.
Rath pointed out that for the
first time in past 18 years appointment of SIs in the state has
taken place. But still there is a need of more officers. State
Police requires 1000-1200 sub-inspectors of which few hundred
vacancies have been filled up but still 700 more officers are
yet to be recruited. There is also shortage of officials in direct
PLFI cadres killed an unmarried
couple for maintaining a live-in relationship in Atheldih village
in Khunti District. The victims were identified as Sanjay Purty
and Itwari Oriya.
The PLFI cadres also allegedly
killed one of their colleagues who apparently opposed this sort
of moral policing. A body, suspected to be that of the killed
PLFI cadre, was recovered from a nearby jungle.
Police arrested Shyamlal Yadav
alias Dhananjayji, a 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoists,
and one of his aides, identified as Prem Sahu. Dhananjayji carried
a reward of INR 300,000 on his head. A 7.65 bore country-made
pistol, a country-made firearm, several bullets and three mobile
phones were recovered from Dhananjayji's possession.
Anil Yadav, the head of the CPI-Maoist
'armoury' section in Bihar and Jharkhand, and a arms supplier
Prafulla Malakar alias Pankaj were arrested form Silodar
forests on the border of Chouparan tehsil in Hazaribagh
District Jharkhand and Barachatti in Gaya District of Bihar. On
a tip-off, a special task force first arrested Malakar and seized
arms from him and later arrested Yadav when he arrived at the
spot with INR 800,000 to purchase the weapons, Hazaribagh SP Manoj
Kaushik said. The seizure included a US-made rifle inscribed Colt
M-16 and 14 ammunition of 5.56 mm cartridges, used by the US Army,
a 9-mm Italian-made pistol, one bullet-proof jacket worth INR
400,000, manufactured by a company of Manchester in the United
Kingdom. Malakar informed the interrogators that he had recently
supplied four AK-47 rifles, two AK-56 rifles and three other Self
Loading Rifles to Yadav.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Tribhuvan Singh Munda and Ganesh Singh of the Ramu alias
Machchar group in Kolad village under Bundu Police Station, were
arrested by the Ranchi Police along with a 20kg can-bomb and several
detonators in Ranchi District. The police also recovered a 9mm
pistol from their possession.
It came to light that children
in Maoist-affected areas of East Singhbhum District carry bows
and arrows to school, fearing attacks from the Maoists.
A three-member team of NIA from
Delhi visited Silodar forest located on the border of Barachatti
Police Station of Gaya District (Bihar) and Chouparan Police Station
in Hazaribag District (Jharkhand) from where foreign made weapons
were recovered on August 29.
ITwo women CPI-Maoist cadres,
wanted in connection with the ambush of six Policemen in 2009,
were arrested in Latehar District. The arrested Maoists, identified
as Somanti and Sunita, were part of the firing squad led by Maoist
'sub-zonal commander' Lokesh.
IThree Naxals, associated with
two different organizations, were arrested from Khunti District.
One of them belonging to Village Republican Guard of India was
arrested with one rifle, around 55 pieces of live ammunition,
three mobile phones and some cash. The two other arrested extremists
belonging to PLFI were identified as Harduban Hansoi and Mansid
As part of its drive against the
CPI-Maoist, the Jharkhand Police has replaced all the .303 rifles
with INSAS for its combat forces. Informing that the State Police
were being equipped with modern gadgets every month, ADGP (Training
& Modernisation) Bibhuti Bhusan Pradhan said recently a few new
anti-landmine vehicles were added to the already over 100 such
vehicles to scourge into the deep forests during anti-Maoist operations.
Development work would be expedited
in Saranda, Asia's largest saal forest, after it was freed from
Naxal activities, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh
said. Addressing a public meeting at Digha in West Singhbhum District
of Jharkhand, Ramesh also apologized to the people for the tardy
pace of development work due to the Naxal activities.
Three extremists, who escaped
from the TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested
in Ganjhar under Giddi PS of Hazaribag District.
The State Police are now working
on the modalities to start using CRPF in operations against the
PLFI, a banned LWE outfit, as they have been doing in case of
The Police foiled a major plot
by the CPI-Maoist cadres to target SFs by recovering 125 inter-connected
IEDs in Khunti District in Jharkhand. The IEDs were recovered
after inputs were provided by Sunil Kerketa, a Maoist arrested
in the morning of the same day at Bano in the neighbouring Simdega
Police arrested two hardcore Maoist
cadres in Hazaribagh District.
Jeetendra, a CPI-Maoist cadre
was killed and three SF personnel were injured during a gun battle
at a forest in Judigaon village under Pratappur Police Station
area in Chatra District of Jharkhand. On a tip off that a 30-member
Maoist squad of Banarasi Yadav alias Raghuvanshi had taken
shelter in the area, a joint team of JAP personnel and CoBRA troopers
rushed to the spot, where the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire
and in the ensuing encounter, deputy commandant of CoBRA battalion
P.R. Mishra, trooper Mukesh Bunker and a Policeman, Sanjay Yadav
suffered injuries while the Maoist was killed. Chatra SP Anup
Birtheray said his team later recovered an AK-47 rifle, two country
made rifles, one pistol, 200 live cartridges, INR 40,000 in cash,
Maoist literature and four cell phones.
The interrogation of four PLFI
cadres, who were recently arrested in Simdega District, revealed
that PLFI used to manufacture arms in the jungles. SP Prabhat
Kumar of Simdega District, said: "PLFI cadres bring weapon manufacturing
experts from outside and produce weapons by setting up small camps
in forests. Police revealed that the names of Naxal leaders Gujju
Gope and Dinesh Gope were inscribed on the weapons recovered by
The Police claimed to have shot
dead four CPI-Maoist cadres during an hour-long encounter near
Gurdag village in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Acting on a tip-off
that some extremists had assembled near the village, CRPF personnel
and the District Police cornered them and in the ensuring encounter
four of them were killed. Three rifles, 33 cartridges, INR 2,500
and some other materials were recovered from the encounter spot.
Prabil Ganjhu alias Prabilda
alias Palamau Da, a CPI-Maoist 'area commander' was arrested
in a joint operation by Hazaribagh and Ranchi Police in Ranchi
District. On a tip-off that Ganjhu had opened a ration shop at
Ladgaon under Sikidri Police Station of Ranchi District, the Police
of the two Districts arrested him. Ganjhu was wanted in 35 cases,
including killing over a dozen villagers and Police personnel
in Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts since 2005 and carrying a reward
of INR 50,000 on his head.
Two persons identified as Enu
Ohdar (16) and Rajendra Singh (18), were killed allegedly by the
cadres of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Khunti
District in Jharkhand. The PLFI cadres reportedly dragged out
the duo from their homes at gunpoint and killed them at the village
chowk in Gadsitam in the District.
Kalawati Devi (39), zilla parishad
member and vice-president of the District BJP's women's wing was
abducted from her home apparently for refusing to pay levy, and
was subsequently killed by the cadres of the PLFI, a break away
faction of the CPI-Maoist in Gumla District.
The Police recovered a bag with
20 to 25 kilograms of explosives from a tunnel in Bokaro District
Manoj Mahto (24), a youth with
links to several LWE factions was picked by a group of unidentified
men from his home at Kedli around 30km from Ranchi and shot dead.
Jharkhand DGP G S Rath addressing
at a press conference, in Hazaribagh District said, "Though Maoist
activities are contained, more has to be done as they are waiting
to strike if there is any negligence. He also asked all the District
Police Chiefs to remain on vigil and thwart the CPI-Maoist from
indulging in any violence.
DGP Rath said that the Maoists
arrested with US-made weapon, Colt M-16 in Hazaribagh District
on August 29, got it from the Myanmar route.
Five persons, including an area
commander of PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, were
arrested and their arms and ammunition seized from in two Police
Station areas in Gumla District. The arrested 'area commander'
was identified as Devpal Gope and two other associates of him
are Basant Gope of Satpara Ghatta village and Bali Gope, a resident
of Dhangaon Karamtoli village in town Police Station. Two country-made
pistols, six cartridges and two pamphlets of PLFI were seized
from their possession. Two persons Chhote Singh and Narayan Gope,
both residents of Nathpur village, were arrested under Palkot
Police Station in Gumla District. Both were involved in the killing
of Kalawati Devi (39), zilla parishad member of the same
village, led by 'area commander' Parmeshwar Gope on September
The Jharkhand Government is planning
to launch an all-out-war against PLFI, a break away faction of
the CPI-Maoist, before Durga Puja in October. The operation against
PLFI has been approved at a high level meet.
Three persons were abducted by
suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Laved village under Arki Police
Station area in Khunti District. The Maoists have demanded that
the Police hand over informers to them in return for freeing Surendra
Munda (20), Kishore Munda (43) and Hind Munda (53).
Three Maoists started an indefinite
hunger strike inside the Hazaribagh Central Jail to press for
their two demands - shifting an ailing inmate to a Ranchi hospital
and shifting back Maoist Rahul Munda, who was at Chaibasa Jail
before being shifted to Hazaribagh, be sent back to the Chaibasa
jail. Later on they called off their hunger strike when their
demands were met.
Bhokta Neeraj Ganjhu, a 'zonal
commander' of TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, was
arrested from Pelawal area in Hazaribagh District. Bhokta, a resident
of Hurnali village in Chatra, was in charge of collecting levy
in the Districts of Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra and Ranchi.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed P.C.
Sharma (83), manager of a Jain trust in Giridih District, for
sacking a married woman labourer of the trust indulging in an
In Latehar District, in villages,
including Garu, Mahuadanr and Netarhat, people are registering
Police complaints against the Maoists in large numbers. "People
were scared of Maoists and were hesitant to file a police complaint.
But, now we have police support and other security support which
has strengthened our faith in the policing system. This is why
people are going to the police stations without any hesitation
to register complaints," Suraj Dev Gupta, a villager, said.
Bhawnathpur Police arrested Naxal
leader, identified as Sevak Ram alias Amarnath, a former
'area commander' the CPI-Maoist and the present member of underground
squad of CPI-ML, during a raid at the Kaylan forest in Garhwa
District. Police recovered a country-made rifle and 15 cartridges
The Jharkhand Government launched
an offensive against PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist
in Khunti, Simdega, and Gumla District. Battalions of CRPF, Jharkhand
Jaguar and JAP reached Khunti, Simdega, and Gumla, the strongholds
of the PLFI.
Three mobile handsets, five SIM
cards, a transistor and a numbers of diaries containing contact
numbers were recovered during a surprise raid by the Hazaribagh
District and Police administration at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan
Central Jail. Sources said the team recovered two mobile phones-
one from CPI-Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal (82) and the other from
former sub-zonal commander of the outfit Sunil Ganjhu - both of
who are lodged at high-security wards.
Suspected Naxalites set ablaze
a bus in Gumla District. The driver and the helper, who were sleeping
inside the vehicle, managed to escape.
Eight cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
headed by politburo members Narayan Sanyal and Ravi Sharma, went
on an indefinite strike to protest against the raid in the Lok
Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribagh District
on October 9.
Police arrested a Maoist sub-zonal
'commander' from his residence in Palamau District of Jharkhand.
Bhuiyan had also been named main accused in the December 8, 2011
attack on Chatra MP Inder Singh Namdhari in which a number of
CRPF had been killed.
Four cadres of the PLFI, a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested during a joint operation
by the District Police and CRPF's CoBRA in Ranchi District. Three
rifles and two pistols were recovered when a Maoist training camp
was busted atop Soparan hill under Namkum Police Station area.
The Jharkhand Government plans
to recruit surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres in the State Police.
Jharkhand IG and Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said the Government
is working on the amendment to ensure better rehabilitation of
The State Police and CRPF launched
a fresh offensive against the CPI-Maoist in Chatra and Palamau
Districts of Jharkhand, after calls from Bihar to fight the Maoists
together following landmine blast in Gaya District on October
18, that claimed six CRPF troopers. Sources said 10 companies
of the joint forces have been deployed in the operation in Chatra
and Palamau, which share borders with Gaya.
Two persons identified as Rajdev
Kherwar and Lakshan Lohra were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres
in a Maoist Jan Adalat held in Gumla District of Jharkhand, on
being found to have stolen goats. Maoists went to Jori, Banalat
Jaritaand and Kaththokwa villages and held Jan Adalats
to deliver justice. They brutally assaulted 13 persons who were
accused of being Police informers, of whom two of them sustained
A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, Tulsi
Mahto, was arrested from Chakulia area of Ghatsila sub-division
in East Singhbhum District.
The CPI-Maoist issue diktats saying
those who do not heed them get either their hands chopped off,
or limbs amputated or even have their throats slit. The Maoists
are calling all the villagers of the state, hold public meetings
or kangaroo court and are announcing the punishment.
The woman, Sanjhali Devi alias
Churki, wife of one Sirka Majhi of Jobhitola Taratand area under
Nimiyaghat Police Station in Giridih District was arrested for
her involvement in the killing P.C. Sharma (83), manager of a
Jain trust on October 7.
The Police arrested 'sub zonal
commander' Surya Don and 'area commander' Seyan Topno of the People's
Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a break away faction of the
CPI-Maoist, after an encounter at Orga under Jaldega Police Station
in Simdega District. 12 rifles, including an US make, were recovered
from their possession.
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the
CPI-Maoist, identified as Biren Munda alias Maheshji, was
arrested from Angara area under Bundu Police Station in Ranchi
District. The Police also recovered landmines and other explosives
during the raids.
The Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist couriers, identified
as Mumtaz Ansari (26) and Samuel Oriya (20), carrying explosives,
on the road between Rankadih and Podakocha under Chowka Police
Station area in Seraikela-Kharswan District of Jharkhand. As many
as 70 black uniforms, 40 detonators, 15m-long wire meant for Improvised
Explosive Device (IED), a 12 volt battery, a DVD player and five
mobile phones were recovered from the spot.
The SF personnel recovered posters pasted by the Maoists appealing
to the people to unite against the "pro-corporate government"
and anti-naxal Operation Green Hunt. The posters were pasted at
Nakti, Kankua, Pongra, Kansra villages under Karaikela Police
Station and Anandpur in West Singhbhum District, said Police.
Two workers of a contractor were
assaulted by about 50-60 Maoists at Kurun village in Bhandaria
area in Garhwa District of Jharkhand, for not complying the Maoists'
diktat to stop construction of a bridge over the Saphi River.
Maoists have resorted to poster
campaign in Bandgaon and Anandpur blocks in West Singhbhum District
warning the top leaders of the State Government including Chief
Minister Arjun Munda to take immediate steps administrative corruption.
The Police fired 90 rounds during
an hour-long encounter in the forests of Prem Nagar located at
Bishrampur village under Ranka Police Station in Garhwa District
and recovered a five kilogram IED and 20 detonators. The recovery
also included Maoist literature, documents, pittu (back pack),
used cartridges, cooking utensils and a letter addressed to the
Jharkhand legislators demanding an end to all the operations in
the state against the Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist criticized its
breakaway faction TPC for violating 'ceasefire' norms and for
frequently attacking its cadres and their family members. 'Spokesperson'
for the Bihar-Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh frontier regional committee
of the CPI-Maoist, Manas, said despite responding to their call
for "unilateral ceasefire", the TPC has been attacking their cadres
and their family members almost regularly. The Maoists had extended
a call for unilateral ceasefire with the splinter groups on June
26 for three months. The call was responded by the TPC. A woman
was sexually tortured by a Maoist 'zonal commander' for more than
five years and she allowed it in order to save her husband. The
victim's husband is a Police officer. Salomi approached Police
with her son and said that she was staying with the Maoists to
save her husband and his brothers who are Policemen.
The Maoists have launched recruitment
drive in bordering areas of Garhwa and Latehar Districts. They
have launched the drive in Bargarh, Madhgarhi, Marda, Tiharo,
Binda villages in Bhandaria block in Garhwa District. Their activities
have also been reported from Baligarh, Birajpur and Tetardih villages
of the adjacent Ramkanda Police Station area. The recruitment
drive has been launched under the leadership of Vikasji, a senior
Maoist leader to counter Operation Green Hunt against them.
Cadres of the PLFI, a break away
faction of the CPI-Maoist killed Ranjit Dungdung, deputy sarpanch
in the Rampur village in Gumla District of Jharkhand.
An encounter broke out between
SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Sirinya village under Hariharganj
Police Station in Palamu District, following a tip-off that about
25 Maoists, including three 'sub-zonal commanders' had assembled
near the village. A Maoist identified as Raj Kumar (35) of Japla
village surrendered with his weapon. An American gun, carbine,
a 303 bore rifle, a pistol and two 315 bore guns with 250 live
cartridges, cell phones and other objects were recovered after
Two villagers were killed by the
CPI-Maoist cadres in separate incidents in Gumla District. Zuber
Ansari was shot dead by the Maoists at Jairagi village in the
District while Florence Tirkey was killed at Poretoli village.
The Maoists targeted and killed
a farmer, identified as Sitaram Khaiya, in Raidih village in Gumla
A cadre of CPI-Maoist, identified
as Birendra Singh Kharwar, was arrested and four guns were recovered
during anti-naxal operation in the Baharaha forests in Garhwa
District. Four guns and 31 bullets were seized during the operation.
Police investigations in the recent
seizure of foreign-made weapons, including the American M16 rifles
and Pakistani cartridges, have revealed that the arms and ammunition
are coming to the State through dealers in Bihar. All the weapons
and ammunition recovered from Maoists in Palamu, Hazaribagh and
Simdega reached the State via Bihar. Jharkhand Police spokesman,
IG, S N Pradhan said, these weapons were once used by militants
active in Northeastern States, and with the violence now receding,
the insurgents do not want to keep these weapons with them anymore.
The militants are only keeping the most advanced weapons as they
have no use of these arms anymore. Pradhan said that according
to information with the Police, the rebels are buying these M16
rifles for around INR 150,000 to INR 200,000 per piece. Against
this, an AK47 costs around INR 400,000 to INR 500,000.
The day-long Ranchi District bandh,
called by PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, in support
of tribals who have been opposing forceful acquisition of agricultural
land in Nagri, got mixed response. Suspected PLFI rebels tried
to set ablaze a truck in Lalgutuwa locality in the evening. No
effect of the bandh was witnessed in urban Ranchi.
Three Policemen and a prisoner
were killed when about 100 armed CPI-Maoist cadres, including
women cadres, attacked a Police van carrying 32 prisoners from
Giridih court to the divisional jail at Mahadev Chauk in Giridih
District. The Maoists succeeded in freeing eight of their comrades
from the prison van. One prisoner, Sanjay Mahto, who refused to
alight from the van, was gunned down by the Maoists. DGP, G S
Rath confirmed that three Policemen including ASI Prabhu Nath
Singh, Constable Raj Kumar Das, driver Sadanand Gagarai, lost
their lives while six Policemen and three prisoners were injured
in the attack. The Maoists triggered blasts on a truck to disrupt
traffic and hurled bombs on the Police van. The eight Maoists
who escaped after the attack have been identified as Baijnath
Tiwari, Mithilesh Mandal, Nemchand Mahto, Sahdeo Soren, Chotaka
Marandi, Bipin Mandal, Pantosh Hembrom and Rampravesh alias
Ramesh Mandal. Four prisoners Ramesh Mandal, Surendra Hajra, Arjun
Yadav and Babloo alias Sanjay Verma returned to the jail
on their own.
Two of the eight CPI-Maoist cadres,
who fled while being taken from court to jail after the Maoists
fired on a transit van in Giridih town on November 9, have been
found. While one of the Maoists returned on his own, another was
found admitted to a nursing home. Three of the ten weapons looted
during the attack which left three policemen and a prisoner dead,
were also recovered.
DGP G S Rath admitted that most
of the planning of the attack was done at Jamui in Bihar. The
DGP said one Sahdeo Majhi who hails from Bishungarh area of Hazaribagh
District may have played important role in collecting information
about the movement of prisoner vehicle. At present, Majhi is a
member of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee.
Cadres of PLFI shot dead one of
their own cadres, identified as Etwa Munda, at Nachal Dag under
Namkum Police Station area of Ranchi District.
The PLFI cadres killed another
person, identified as James Kullu, in Kolebira area of Simdega
Saryu Yadav, president of BJP's
Simdega block committee, was shot dead by suspected cadres of
the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, at his house
in Banihara village under sadar Police Station. Wife of the BJP
leader Kamla Devi also sustained bullet injuries when she tried
to come to his rescue.
Suspected Maoists dragged out
one Narayan Munda from his house at Barihada under Arki Police
Station of Khunti District and killed him, charging him of acting
as a Police informer.
At Seramdih village under Khunti
Police Station, para-teacher Wiliam Nag was killed in an identical
Suspected PLFI cadres killed a
villager, identified as Laldhari Ohdar, at Kurum fair under Kamdara
Police Station, around 60 km from Gumla District headquarters.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres beat
up two women and put a lock on their house after they failed to
find a male member of their family, identified as Rampyare Sao,
a local BJP worker, at Bhaugadi-Patratu in Latehar District of
Jharkhand, police said.
A PLFI cadre, wanted in several
cases in Khunti District, identified as Saroj Guria alias
Anmol, was arrested from Ranchi Sadar area.
| November 18
Six fugitive CPI-Maoist cadres
who had escaped on November 11 following an attack on the transit
van claiming the lives of four Policemen in Giridih town of Jharkhand,
if surrender would not be charged with hatching the plot, a top
police official said.
It has been learnt that two persons
arrested for allegedly killing a 65-year-old man in Lapung area
in Ranchi District in Jharkhand had links with PLFI Ďarea commanderí
Suber Singh alias Surya.
The Seraikela-Kharswan District
Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as
Parakshit Mahato (31) and Sadaquat Ali alias Abdul Gaffar
(34), from Gurma village under Ichagarh Police Station area of
| November 20
Para-military Forces arrested
a 23-year-old "Sub-zonal Commander" of CPI-Maoist, identified
as Prabhu Yadav, at Madhya village of Palamau District in Jharkhand,
when he came to meet his family. Later Yadav guided the Police
to two places under Manatu Police Station where the SFs found
a five kg IED, seven gelatin sticks, 25 detonators and a 100-mt
wire. A country-made pistol and Maoist literature was also seized
from the extremist. Commenting on the arrest District Police official
said "Yadav had killed three persons of rival extremist factions
this year - two members of the JLT on April 16 and one JPC member
on May 22."
Pawan Gope, a cadre of PLFI was
arrested from Doranda in Ranchi city of Jharkhand. A pistol and
live cartridges were seized from Gope.
| November 21
Two and a half years after the
Jnaneswari Express tragedy, superfast trains will once again ply
at their normal speed between Kharagpur and Rourkela on the Howrah-Mumbai
mainline at night, bringing down travelling time by 45 minutes
on the stretch.
With CPI-Maoist cadres regrouping
in Saranda forest region of West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand,
as they used to do every winter, the SFs personnel this time are
taking the help of an UAV "Netra" to track their movements.
CPI-Maoist politburo member Sushil
Roy was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court as† Roy's kin had
met UMHA Sushil Kumar Shinde around a fortnight ago, seeking amnesty
on his behalf on account of his terminal illness and old age.
Maoist posters were found pasted
at Birbandha village under the Sadar Police Station area in Garhwa
District. The Maoist's posters which were in the form of letter
containing three paragraphs and released by Chhattisgarh, Bihar,
Jharkhand Special Area Committee appealed to all state legislators
to extend cooperation to end the ongoing Operation Green Hunt
against the outfit.
| November 23
A Maoist Ďarea commanderí identified
as Mukhlal Yadav, was arrested in Garhwa District.
JAP will gradually replace CAPF
deployed in various CPI-Maoist-prone areas in the State. K S Meena,
ADG, JAP, said JAP personnel are being provided special training
so that they can replace CRPF and assist State Police in anti-Maoist
operation and other tasks related to maintenance of law and order.
| November 24
Two persons, identified as Krishna
Sahu (35) and Arun Sahu (20), both marginal farmers, were killed
by cadres of PLFI at Hulsu village under Lapung Police Station
in Ranchi District.
| November 25
Maoists set ablaze six heavy vehicles,
including a road-roller and dumper, involved in the road construction
work under Saranda Action Plan (SAP) in Chota Nagra Police Station
area in West Singhbhum District.
| November† 26
†A villager, identified as Dasrath
Malhar, was killed in crossfire between the CPI-Maoist and SFs
in Bhalmara forest of Upperghat area under Nawadih Police Station
in Bokaro District.†
Pelawal Police arrested three
persons identified as Arun Ganjhu alias Ramavtar Ganjhu
from Chordaha forest of Simaria, Jasgdish Ganjhu of Siladag and
Gyan Kumar Bhogta of Jehra village of Pathalgada in Chatra and
recovered three revolvers and 10 cartridges from them in Hazaribagh
During a combing operation, Police
seized a cache of arms, including two rocket launchers, more than
a dozen grenades and 5,000 bullets and live cartridges, of the
CPI-Maoist from a forest in Ramgarh District.
Cadres of CPI-Maoist killed three
members of the JPC, a breakaway faction of CPI-Maoist, in a gun-battle
in Palamau District. The dead bodies of the trio identified as
Babulal Bhuiyan alias Avinash, the local JPC 'zonal commander',
and 'area commanders' Pradip Bhuiyan alias Prashant and
Butan alias Vikram, were recovered the next day, from a dense
forest near Tal village under Panki Police Station in the District.
The State Government has come
up with a mega development action plan concentrating on two Red
Zones of Bokaro District, 80 villages of Jhumra and 39 villages
of Upperghat, with a budget of INR 5.5 billion.
The cadres of PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed a woman identified as Jiten
Devi (48), and manhandled her two daughters, accusing them of
being Police informers at Kombakera Devatoli under Koelibera Police
Station in Simdega District.
30 to 35 Maoist cadres attacked
the office of a private company involved in road construction
work and set ablaze eight vehicles including dumpers and tractors
of the company near Jamni village in Dumka District.
Top Maoist Shivnandan Sahu and
his three associates, including a woman cadre identified as Seema
Kumari, were arrested from the Senha forest area in Lohardaga
Police recovered banners put up
by Maoists on the roadside of Pilpilo forest under Bokaro Thermal
Police Station in Bermo sub-division in Bokaro District.
Cadres of the PLFI, a break-away
faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed two villagers identified as
Samnichar Khadia (35) and his nephew Chaitu Khadia (30) at Kulbir-Ambatoli
Village in Gumla District. The Sanjay Tiger group of PLFI is suspected
to be involved in the killing, a Police officer added.
Huge quantities of explosives
were recovered from the premises of an ancient building in Musaboni
block of Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District.
Chowka Police recovered anti-Maoist
operation posters from the market area in Seraikela-Kharswan District.
The CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, through
posters put up in two districts, Ranchi and Khunti, during Martyrs'
Week, has urged the youth not to support the Police and join their
ranks. They warned the youth to either support them or else incur
Suspected cadres of the PLFI,
a break-away faction of the CPI-Maoist killed Sambal Pradhan (52),
the secretary of BJP's Khunti District committee, near a weekly
market in Sondari village under Torpa police station. The PLFI
cadres also set ablaze two vehicles parked in the vicinity.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Dinesh Rai alias Babu, Shashi Murmu and Deewan Marandi
alias Yadav, involved in setting ablaze about a dozen vehicles
belonging to a road construction company were arrested in Dumka
With the success of the anti-Naxal
operation 'Anaconda 1' [which began on July 31, 2011 and continued
till September 2011] in the dense Saranda forest areas of West
Singhbhum District, the SF have launched a fresh offensive titled
'Anaconda 2' in the Saranda forest areas.
Four cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested during a raid in Koelibera
and Bano Police Station areas under Koelibera Block in Simdega
in Jharkhand are on the target list of Maoists as a number of
them are alleged sympathisers of different rebel outfits or involved
The Ranchi District Police of
Jharkhand along with CRPF and other SF arrested 59 Naxals so far
A cadre of the PLFI, a breakaway
faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Alwan Murmu, was arrested
after an encounter with SF personnel at Katinkel forest under
Murhu Police Station in Khunti District.
Maoists set ablaze about a dozen
of vehicles belonging to a construction company at Deruwan village
in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
Maoists, set ablaze portions of
an under-construction house of a fellow zonal 'commander', identified
as Phoolchand Soren alias Prabeel Majhi, currently in Police
custody in Bokaro District of Jharkhand.
Jharkhand Police acquired advanced
3D mapping software which would help them track and chase the
Police arrested two LWEs belonging
to JSJM, from Patratu town of Ramgarh District, and recovered
two 9mm bullets and a pistol from them.
A CPI-Maoist squad killed one
of their former comrades at Chhipadohar market under Barwadih
Police Station in Latehar District, after branding him as Police
The Jharkhand Government decided
to give INR 1,500 allowance to surrendered LWEs till they get
a plot to construct house as per the State's 2010 surrender policy.
Barring incidents of set ablaze
of vehicles, Maoist activities have been contained to a large
extent in Jharkhand, DGP G S Rath said in Jamshedpur.
The CPI-Maoist cadres and the Police exchanged
fire at Ghurabandha in Ghatshila Sub-Division of East Singhbhum
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager in Gumla
A suspected 'area commander' of the PLFI, identified
as Ajit Sahu, was killed by a mob when he had gone to collect
'levy' at Renghari Mundatoli under Thetaitanger Police Station
in Simdega District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two earthmovers
at Chapalsi village under Bhandaria Police Station in Garhwa District.
The Paramilitary Forces are contemplating to install
CCTV cameras in West Singhbhum forest area to strengthen their
offensive against the CPI-Maoist in Saranda forest.
The Railway Authorities announced precautionary
measures to prevent any untoward incident which may arise because
of the 24-hour bandh, with effect from December 3, called
by the CPI-Maoist in the Saranda forests of West Singhbhum District.
Despite securing bail, Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal
(82), who has been lodged in the Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail
in Hazaribag for the past three years, will have to remain in
custody for an indefinite period because the Government has booked
him under the National Security Act (NSA) on the recommendations
of the Hazaribag District administration.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre who was allegedly raped
and sexually exploited by her party cadres was rescued by Police
in Latehar District. The rescued woman belongs to Bihar's Chhapra
District, and many cases are registered against her. Latehar Superintendent
of Police (SP) said the woman was abducted by the Maoists and
was forced to be a part of their group for the last six months.
The arrested woman cadre said that two to three more women cadres
have been forced to stay with the Maoists.