CPI-Maoist cadres killed a 47-year-old
civilian, Suresh Erra Alam, in Nandigaon village in Aheri tehsil
of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. "Suresh Erra Alam was picked
up by Naxals from his house in the night and was taken to a place
near the village, where he was stabbed in the chest with a sharp
weapon," ASP Sudhir Hire math said.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres opened
fire on a Police team in Gadchiroli District, Police said.
An alleged CPI-Maoist cadre was
killed during an encounter with the Police in Bezarpalli area
in Sironcha taluka of Gadchiroli District.
The SFs have claimed that the
CPI-Maoist cadre shot dead on January 12 in an encounter near
Beijurpalli in Gadchiroli District was Mangru Michcha, alias
Linga (22), 'sectional commander' of Platoon 14. The slain Maoist
allegedly led the military wing in the Aheri-Sironcha division
of the CPI-Maoist. Miccha was earlier with Bhamragarh local guerrilla
squad and worked for platoon 7. Police said that there were around
20 offences against Miccha.
CPI-Maoist struck a blow to the
Zilla Parishad polls in Gadchiroli District by killing the Bhamragarh
Panchayat Samiti Chairman and Bhamragarh tehsil Congress
Unit Chief Bahadurshah Alam. Three members of Maoists' Quick Action
Team came to a tea stall in the town square where Alam was having
his morning tea and shot him dead from close range, said the Police.
They ran away shouting, "Alam Murdabad, Lal Salaam Zindabad".
"He was reportedly warned by the Naxals not to contest. We had
also recovered pamphlets that called him as a traitor," said SP
A high ranking Naxal leader, Maruti
Kurwatkar (31), was arrested from Talodhi in Chandrapur District
by a Special Team. Kurwatkar was a member of the CPI-Maoist State
Committee and Secretary of Chandrapur Committee of CPI-Maoist.
The Police recovered a small cache
of arms and ammunition along with electronic equipments, which
on assembling could help make explosive devices, in two separate
raids in villages Talodhi-Balapur and Bolegaon. The first raid
was carried out at the residence of one Mithun Surpam in Talodhi-Balapur
village on the basis of information given by CPI-Maoist cadre
Maruti Kurwatkar (31), who was arrested on January 28. The recoveries
included a small laptop, a USB pen drive, a computer hard disc,
electronic fuses, transistor divot, rechargeable batteries, two
magnetic compass, Maoist' literature along with a book detailing
how to handle the explosives. In the second raid, the Police recovered
two loaded 9mm pistols from the house of one Prakash Sayam at
The plans of Maoists to form a
dalam in forests of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve seem to
have failed due to lack of people's support and patches of villages
in the jungles around the area, according to Police sources. Strong
evidence of Maoist' plans to constitute a dalam for villages in
and around TATR to regain their lost foothold in Chandrapur had
surfaced after the arrest of state committee member of CPI-Maoist
Bhimrao alias Bhanu alias Bhaskar Bhowate by Gondia
Police in December 2010.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Ramamurty Kishtya Boing (38), suspected to be involved in an
encounter with Police in Gadchiroli District was arrested from
his hideout in Sironcha town of the District. Boing was allegedly
engaged in the skirmish with Police on January 12 in Bezarpalli
area in which one Maoist was killed. Some Maoist literature was
also recovered from his possession, the Police said.
State Election Commissioner Neela
Satyanarayan said in a press release, "A total of 65 per cent
voting was recorded in the State. Naxal-affected Gadchiroli District
recorded 67 per cent voting." Polling was being conducted in Maharashtra
for 27 Zilla Parishads and 305 Panchayat Samitis.
Two separate incidents of exchange
of fire between the cadres of the CPI-Maoist and Police took place
in Gadchiroli District. However, no one was injured. According
to Police, Maoists opened fire on a polling party near Repanpalli
village when it was returning to its base camp. However, security
personnel accompanying the polling staff retaliated following
which the Maoists fled away, they said, adding the polling staff
reached its base-camp safely.
An exchange of fire between the
Maoists and Police took place near Ghotsur village in Etapalli
Taluka of the District, but no one was injured. The second
phase polling in Aheri, Etapalli, Bhamragad and Sironcha Taluka
for 16 Zilla Parishad and 32 Panchayat Samiti seats
was held on February 12. Maoists had appealed people in the region
to boycott the polls and had dropped posters in this regard at
Around 40 armed CPI-Maoist cadres
threatened 20 truck drivers in Piparkhari village in Gondia District
with dire consequences if they transport wood from the forest
to the depots.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered
before the Police in Gadchiroli District. The Police identified
them as Somi alias Nirmala Lalu Kulmethe (25) and Jagat
alias Sukhram Sonu Madavi (19). According to the Police,
Somi became a Maoist cadre in 2000, and worked with Aheri, Bhamragarh,
Kohkaneta (Chhattisgarh) dalams over the last decade. Jagat was
an active Maoist since 2000, and worked in Chhattisgarh. Both
of them were involved in a number of crimes and taught in schools
run by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Police said.
The Police and the CRPF arrested
two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, at Etapalli in
Gadchiroli District. While Prakash alias Devidas alias
Adve Mura Gawde (30) hails from Mardahur in Gadchiroli, Rammi
alias Janni Narsu Kovase (25) is from Neltola in Pankhajur,
In a joint operation, the anti-Naxal
branch of Gondia Police, C-60 commandos, the bomb detection and
disposal squad and Gadchiroli Police unearthed 45 kilograms of
gelatin and four detonators, packed in a plastic drum and buried
about four feet underground in Baswi ghat, about 4 kilometres
from Chichgarh Police Station in Gondia District.
The CPI-Maoist threat is looming
large on the rescheduled polls for the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat
Samiti in Korchi taluka of the highly sensitive Gadchiroli District.
Some candidates have reportedly got threatening letters from Maoists
asking them not to contest the polls.
The Police seized several castings,
believed to be used by CPI-Maoist cadres for making hand grenades,
rockets and other materials used for fabricating rocket launchers,
during raids on their weapon fabrication units, being run in the
guise of workshops, in Mumbai. The Mumbai Police, who conducted
the raids following information furnished by the Andhra Pradesh
Police, took into custody four Maoist cadres including two women.
The arrestees were identified as Arka Paru Bai alias Laxmi,
wife of Chekka Sivaramakrishna (arrested during raids on a Maoist
workshop in Bhopal in 2007); Dinesh Wankhede, a Maoist District
Committee member of Maharashtra; his wife Kalam Sumanta, and Asim
Kumar Bhattacharya. While Arka Parun Bai is a native of Beersaipet
of Adilabad district in Andhra Pradesh, Dinesh hails from Nagpur
and Sumanta from Gadchiroli, Police sources said.
The Gadchiroli Police busted a
CPI-Maoist arms and ammunition factory at Neral in Raigad District.
Parts of rocket launchers, guns and magazines were also found
besides some damaged pieces and samples.
State Home Minister R R Patil
said that intelligence activity was being beefed up across the
State to monitor suspected Maoist movements. He also expressed
the need for a special board that would undertake recruitment
of Police personnel and provide employment opportunities in Maoist
areas as well as deprived areas in the State.
The CPI-Maoist cadres belonging
to Deori Dalam killed a farmer, identified as Jagdish Walwe,
in Kawalewada area of Sadak-Arjuni tehsil in Gondia District.
SP Chandrakishore Meena said that the deceased had no Maoist links.
Two constables were injured in
an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in the Jimalgatta forest
in Gadchiroli District. "Around 11 a.m., during the 'area domination
exercise,' which we normally do by frequenting hideouts in jungle
areas…the constables were shot at unexpectedly in the Jimalgatta
jungle. Suresh Gawde, 32, and Kankaiya Durgam, 30, were injured.
SP Viresh Prabhu confirmed that a firearm, bullets, detonators
and wire along with bulk of clothes, shoes, pittus (back packs),
water bottles and Naxal literature were found. "It suggests that
Naxals might have been camping at the site," Prabhu said.
Stressing the need for political
parties to mobilise masses into joining them, Union Urban Development
Minister Jairam Ramesh urged villagers of Gadchiroli District
to bar Naxals from entering their villages "since peace is necessary
Twelve CRPF troopers belonging
to the CRPF's 192nd Battalion were killed and 28 injured when
suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast at Pushtola
village under Dhanora Police Station in Gadchiroli District.
Ramesh Parteti, an aide of CPI-Maoist
sympathizer Dilip Nagpure of Pangaon village in Salekasa tehsil,
was arrested by the Police in Gondia District. Parteti hails from
Marartola village in the District.
The State Government vowed to
give a "befitting reply" to the CPI-Maoist and said the SFs will
be equipped with best landmine detection technology. "The best
available anti-landmine technology in the world will be brought
in," State Home Minister R R Patil told the media.
Roshan Tekam, an aide of CPI-Maoist
sympathizer Dilip Nagpure of Pangaon village in Salekasa tehsil,
was arrested by the Police in Gondia District. Tekam hails from
Murdoli village in the District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
two persons identified as deputy sarpanch Bapu Yenka (60)
and Arjana Talandi (55), in Joganguda village under Aheri tehsil
in Gadchiroli District, on suspicion of being Police informers.
Maoists had reportedly warned them to refrain being close to the
The Gadchiroli Police said that
the Naxal dalam 'commanders' manage to raise around INR
50 million to INR 70 million every year by means of extortion
and other such activities.
The death toll in the landmine
blast triggered by CPI-Maoist cadres at Pushtola village under
Dhanora Police Station in Gadchiroli District on March 27 went
up to 13 after a CRPF trooper died in a private hospital in Nagpur.
SP Viresh Prabhu said that the Police have so far arrested five
persons in connection with the blast case. They hail from Pushtola
and Bhapda villages in Gadchiroli District.
The Maharashtra Police arrested
a villager from Pakenjur near Kanker in Chhattisgarh, suspected
to be the supplier of the battery that was used in the landmine
that killed 13 CRPF personnel in Gadchiroli District on March
Six suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested in connection with the landmine blast near Gadchiroli
District which had claimed the lives of 13 CRPF personnel on March
27. Those arrested were identified as Motiram Naitam, Suresh Atla,
Shalik Naitam, Parimal Mistry and Kamal Biswas. One of the six
was a minor.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
four tractors and three trolleys in Keshori tehsil of Gondia
District. Around 50 Maoists intercepted four tractors and three
trolleys in the forest patch between Rajoli and Keshori and set
A CPI-Maoist action squad killed
Raju alias Kewalrao Atkamwar (42), a prominent NCP leader,
and injured Prashant Kukkalwar, also an NCP worker, barely 300
metres from the Police Station of Etapalli town in Gadchiroli
A pro-Maoist poster was found
pasted on the rear side of the board of Samasta Solapur Bazaar
Rickshaw Stand in Pune District. The poster of CPI-Maoist Maharashtra
State Committee demanded the release of its Maoist cadres unconditionally.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead
a SRPF trooper in Gadchiroli District. Ramkobal Ramdavar Pandey
(50) of the SRPF group IV, Nagpur, was on escort duty and accompanying
an ailing colleague to a local health centre at Fulbodi Gatta
village in Dhanora tehsil when a group of Maoists opened fired
at him, killing him on the spot.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead
a former dalam 'commander' of the outfit at Arewada village
in Bhamragarh tehsil in Gadchiroli District. Pawan Bhalavi (50)
was going to his field when the Maoists shot him dead.
|April 3rd week
SG Kawadgade, the tehsildar
of Bhamragarh tehsil was abducted and was released after
one day by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed sarpanch
Chamru Kulle Joi (40) of NCP, in Gardewada village under Etapalli
tehsil of Gadchiroli District. Sources claimed that the
Maoists abducted Joi and shot him dead.
Maoists set ablaze a forest vehicle
and assaulted the forest labourers in Talwada village on Bhamragarh-Allapalli
road in Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The Maoists
also left a pamphlet at the site urging the forest employees and
the labourers to discontinue their work of clearing and cutting
the jungle or face dreadful consequences.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Rainu
Juru Kowse (40), deputy sarpanch of Wangeturi gram panchayat
in Todgatta village under Gatta Police outpost in Gadchiroli District.
The Maoists dragged Kowse out of his house and killed him in the
Raju Gedam, a C-60 commando was
injured in an encounter with Maoists inside Nalgonda forests along
the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, under Bhamragad tehsil,
in Gadchiroli District. On receiving a tip-off about a Maoist
camp, C-60 commandos launched a combing operation in the area.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two
of their former cadres who had surrendered in 2006, in Dhanora
tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The victims have been identified
as Devrao Usendi (37) and Ramsai Narote (45).
The Maoists have abducted at least
12 villagers. However, SP S Veeresh Prabhu denied any abduction.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh
said that the repeated abductions and killings by the CPI-Maoist
is part of the TCOC launched by the outfit in March.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
a private carrier on the Allapalli-Etapalli road near Tondel village
in Aheri taluka of Gadchiroli District. The vehicle was
carrying teakwood and was engaged in the forest department's work.
The Maoists have been 'asking' the forest department to stop felling
A zilla parishad member and five
panchayat samiti members in the Maoist affected Bhamragarh
tehsil of Gadchiroli District submitted their resignations,
citing threats from the CPI-Maoist. The panchayat members who
resigned are Gangaram Bhandekar, Vijay Kudyani, Subrato Haldar,
Khushal Madavi and Bharat Zhade. The Congress' zilla parishad
member from Nelgunda Arewada sector of the Bhamragarh area Madni
Bogami also resigned from her post.
R.R. Patil said the State Government
in collaboration with the Central Security Forces will launch
a joint operation against Maoist insurgents in the Maoist-infested
District. "The central and state security forces will start the
joint action against the Naxals and the outlaws will be given
a befitting reply. We will also seek cooperation of the neighbouring
states in the task," he said without assigning any deadline to
the proposed plan.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two
persons, identified as Madhukar Kapgate (40) and Vinayak Lombare
(45), in Kurkheda tehsil (administrative unit) in Gadchiroli
District. Sources in Gadchiroli claimed that Kapgate, native of
Kurkheda, was an insurance agent, while Lombare from Jambhulghat
village worked for him. Maoist pamphlets alleging them of being
police informers were recovered from the spot.
Two Gadchiroli zilla parishad
(ZP) (district level local self-Government institution) members
from Etapalli tehsil - Karu Rapanji and Geeta Hichami -
submitted their resignations in wake of ultimatum by the Maoists
to every elected representative of civic bodies and office bearers
of the political parties. Sources said that Hichami was also taken
away into the forest by the Maoists but later released.
Maoists abducted Ghanashyam Koreti,
the head of the Istari village in Deori tehsil in Gondia
District, from his residence.
Subhash Walke, a self-styled 'deputy
commander' of Potegaon dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist,
suspected to be involved in the Pushtola blast, was arrested in
Gadchiroli District by Security Forces during an operation.
The body of Ghanshyam Koreti,
sarpanch of Istari village in Deori tehsil of Gondia
District, who was abducted from his residence on May 7 by the
Maoists, was found near the tank of village Dhamni Tola.
The Mumbai city Police formed
a special intelligence unit to tackle the Maoist menace in the
city. Till now, the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and the anti-Maoist
operation wing of the State Police were dealing with the menace.
However, this new unit will report to the Police commissioner
and provide information to other agencies. The unit will be part
of the special branch which is supposed to collect intelligence
for the city Police.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Chaitu Naitam, in Gadchiroli District. Naitam had
earlier worked in Kurkheda, Korchi and Khobramendha dalam.
Gondia Police unearthed 20 kilograms
of explosives stacked in two stainless steel vessels between Dhamni
tola and Istari villages under Chichgarh Police Station in Gondia
Three persons, including two politicians,
were allegedly abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres from two different
villages in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli District. The abducted
politicians are ex-zilla parishad member Ramanayya Yadawar
and ex-sarpanch Pullayya Veladi from Jimalgatta village.
The other person is Bapu Durgam from Malagudam village. Official
spokesperson of Police in Gadchiroli, however, denied of having
Around 150 Maoists set ablaze
the forest depot near Jimalgatta village. They set 1,075 pieces
of chopped wood on fire.
Observing 'Bharat bandh',
the Maoists set ablaze a mobile tower (BSNL) at Jamakado and vandalised
a gram panchayat office at Toyagondi in Gondia District.
They blocked roads near Malewada road and put up banners and posters
at various places in Gadchiroli District.
In a thick forest near Jimulgatta
in Aheri tehsil, around 160 kilometres from Gadchiroli town, the
CPI-Maoist organized a massive jan adalat (kangaroo court). The
jan adalat's location was within 10 kilometres of Jimulgatta sub-police
station. It was learnt that Aheri-Jimulgatta area committee 'commander'
Shankar Anna, South Gadchiroli division committee Bhaskar Hichami
alias Prabhakar, and 'platoon commander' and divisional committee
member Laxman led the proceedings, comprising 250-300 Maoists.
The STF troopers arrested a hardcore
'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ram Dahin Sao,
from Virar area in Mumbai. He was carrying a reward of INR 25,000
on his head. According to sources, Ram Dahin used to operate in
Tekari and Konch (both in Gaya District) and Uphara in Aurangabad
The Maoists released two of the
three public representatives, whom they had abducted on May 19
in Gadchiroli District. The village sarpanch Jawaharlal Ledhiya
from Murumgaon and Murari Halami from Pannemara were set free
on Murumgaon-Sawargaon road in the District, villagers said. However,
the whereabouts of the third hostage Meatarsing Usendi, former
Deputy Chairman of Dhanora panchayat samiti who too was
abducted by the Maoists were still not known.
The SFs killed a Maoist and arrested
two women Maoists during an encounter near Pourvel village in
Gadchiroli District. The slain Maoist, Rahul Dhurve alias
Dinesh, was part of the Maoist's Potegaon LGS. The two arrested
women Maoists have been identified as Vanita Dhurve alias
Shushila, and Lacchi Gawde alias Nimmi. According to Police information,
Vanita was a member of the Chatgaon LGS and Lacchi belonged to
Company no. 4. One .315 rifle and 41 live rounds were recovered
from Rahul while the women cadres had 12-bore rifles with them.
Around 32 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the women
A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres
set ablaze a JCB machine and a tipper at Yermanar village in Aheri
tehsil of Gadchiroli District late in the night. These vehicles
were deployed on construction work of Government ashram school.
The Maoists stormed the residence
of a bootlegger and damaged his vehicle at Perimili under Aheri
taluka in Gadchiroli District.
The Gadchiroli Police made more
than 100 preventive arrests of CPI-Maoist sympathisers in the
wake of the Jan Fituri Saptah (the week for elimination
of enemies within) bandh, which is called by the CPI-Maoist
in the Dandakaranya area from June 5 to 12 in protest against
the Police deployment and a training centre coming up in Chhattisgarh.
To deal with the situation, Police
plans to deploy five battalions of the CRPF, CoBRA units and C-60
commandos, besides our District Police.
Two different teams of SFs carrying
out anti-Naxalite operations in Mayalghat jungles in Korchi tehsil
and Padaboriya jungle in Dhanora tehsil were ambushed in
Gadchiroli in intervening night of June 5 and 6. SFs sustained
no casualty, but in one instance SFs have claimed of injuring
a few Naxalites in encounter.
The bandh (shutdown strike)
called by the CPI-Maoist in Gadchiroli District received a partial
response. The response was visible in places like Korchi, Kurkheda
and Dhanora in north Gadchiroli. The southern part of the District
remained quite peaceful.
There was no information of any
untoward incident from any corner of the District on the last
day of the Maoists' protest week which was also observed as a
strike. The DKSZC had appealed to the people of Gadchiroli to
observe the days between June 1 and 7 as 'protest week'. They
were raising their voice against the central government's decision
to station the army at Bastar in Chhattisgarh and also start a
training institute there.
| June 11
A civil contractor was allegedly killed by a group of Maoists
at Pendhari village in Dhanora taluka in Gadchiroli District
of Maharashtra in the night. Police said that the Maoists picked
up Sanjay Mandal (37), the civil contractor, from his house and
fired three bullets at him from close range killing him on the
The Maharashtra Government is opening a regional Public Works
Department (PWD) office at Sironcha in the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli
District to expedite inter-state bridge and road works in the
area, PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal said.
| June 12
Maoists in Gadchiroli District
have struck fear in the hearts of 68 elected representatives of
civic bodies, forcing them to give resignation. Eighteen of the
68 Panchayati Raj institutions' representatives are heads of villages,
44 are panchayat samiti (block level local self-Government
institution) members and one is from the zilla parishad
(district level local self-Government institution) at Bhamragarh.
The State administration is reportedly trying to convince them
to take back their resignations.
| June 12-13
Maoists killed one person, identified
as Rama Madavi (35), at Pattigaon village under Aheri tehsil
in Gadchiroli District in the night. His body was recovered on
June 13 by Jimalgatta Police. It is allegedly said that Madavi
was extorting money from contractors in the name of Maoists.
| June 16
The Central Paramilitary Forces
and District Police arrested an alleged CPI-Maoist 'action squad'
member from the outskirts of Pendhari village in Dhanora tehsil
in Gadchiroli District. The arrested Maoist, identified as
Anil Minje alias Sidhu, a member of the Kasansur local
area squad, was part of the team that killed civil contractor
Sanjay Mandal on June 11. Minje, active in Maoist movement since
2009, confessed of participating in several offences in the last
couple of years. Apart from Maharashtra, Minje also took part
in Maoist offences in Chhattisgarh too.
Talking to reporters in in the
evening, CEO of Gadchiroli Zilla Parishad (District level
local self-Government institution) Sumant Bhange said 71 elected
representatives in Gadchiroli District have resigned in the last
one month. Of these representatives, one is ZP member, four Panchayat
Samiti (block level local self-Government institution) members
and 66 village Panchayat (village level local self government
institution) members, he said.
No nomination has been filed in
132 out of 139 gram panchayats going for polls on June 24 in Maoist-affected
Gadchiroli District. Only candidates in five wards in four gram
panchayats (GPs) have dared to contest the elections in entire
District. Three other gram panchayats have elected their
members unopposed. By-elections were announced in 139 GPs in eight
tehsils (revenue units) of Gadchiroli recently. Nominations
were called for 19 GPs in Gadchiroli tehsil, 34 in Dhanora,
2 in Korchi, 6 in Kurkheda, 20 in Bhamragad, 19 in Etapalli, 17
in Sironcha and 22 in Aheri. Aspiring candidates were asked to
file their nominations between June 5 and 9. However, nominations
came in two GPs in Aheri and one each in Sironcha and Kurkheda
tehsil. Apart from this, members in Anglekheda and Chikli
GPs in Kurkheda and Vitthalpeth GPs in Sironcha tehsil have
been declared unopposed winner for lack of contest.
The CPI-Maoist gave a call for
bandh in Gadchiroli District on June 25 to protest against
Operation Green Hunt launched by the Police. The Maoists
dropped leaflets at some places in the District appealing people
to make the bandh a success. The leaflets were circulated by the
North Gadchiroli-Gondia Divisional Committee of CPI-Maoist.
The CPI-Maoist slammed Maharashtra
Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam for the plan to expand Navegaon
national park. The Maoists issued a pamphlet through the North
Gadchiroli-Gondia division committee of the CPI-Maoist, which
is controlled by the Maharashtra state committee. They claimed
that the ambitious project of extending the periphery of the national
park would displace 30 hamlets in Deori tehsil (revenue
unit) of Gondia District. Apart from opposing the national park
expansion plan, the Maoists have also urged the elected representatives
to resign from their posts as they have so far played an indifferent
role in addressing the grievances of people who voted them to
Separately, concerned over mass
resignations of panchayat members in Gadchiroli District,
the Centre has asked the Maharashtra Government to ensure safety
and security of elected representatives from CPI-Maoist threats
in the Naxal hotbed. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram spoke
to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan recently and asked him to
do the needful to protect the elected civic body members in Gadchiroli,
many of who have put in papers after the Maoist intimidation.
Official sources said during last
one month, two Gadchiroli zilla parishad (district level
local self-Government institution) members from Etapalli tehsil
(revenue unit) quit their posts following Naxal ultimatum. Four
panchayat and one zilla parishad member in Bhamragarh
in the District had also resigned from their respective posts.
The sources said of late Maoists have abducted many panchayat
or zilla parishad members in Gadchiroli and released them
only after they agreed to abide by the Naxal diktats. The Maoists,
they said, do not want any development in rural areas of Gadchiroli
as under-development and lack of connectivity give them free run
in these remote areas.
The bandh call given by
CPI-Maoist received partial response in Gadchiroli District. The
markets in Dhanora and Korchi, both Maoist-affected talukas,
remained closed. Vehicular traffic was missing and Maharashtra
State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) did not ply buses in
these talukas, causing inconvenience to people. However,
no any untoward incident was reported during the bandh,
Police sources said. The bandh was, however, not effective
in south Gadchiroli. The bandh was called by Maoists to protest
the anti-Maoist offensive "Operation Green Hunt" and "police excesses"
Some CPI-Maoist cadres were injured
in an encounter with the joint forces of CRPF and Police in Fulbodi
forest in Korchi tehsil in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
Official sources said the CRPF and Gadchiroli Police were carrying
out joint operations in the forest when they were ambushed by
Maoists. The Police recovered a detonator, a pittu (back pack),
medicines and Maoist material from the spot. Blood stains were
found at the site suggesting some Maoists were injured in the
The day-long bandh called
by the CPI-Maoist remained by and large peaceful in Gadchiroli
and Gondia Districts. The Maoists had called the bandh to protest
two encounters of South Chhattisgarh in June 28-29, where the
Maoists have accused Security Forces (SFs) of gunning down villagers
in the name of action against armed guerrillas. The Maoists tried
to stop traffic by tying banners and creating small obstacles
across roads with stones at several places in Gadchiroli like
Dhanora, Kasansur, Jarawandi, Pendri and Korchi, and some other
places in southern parts of the District. Attempts to paralyse
traffic by blocking roads in some parts of Maoist-dominated Gadchiroli
and Gondia Districts were thwarted by SFs, who had begun their
preventive action on the eve of the strike.
The Maoists used the opportunity
of the bandh to appeal to the tribal population to make their
'Shaheed Saptah' or martyr's week between July 28 and August 3
As many as 24 Sarpanchs
en-masse tendered their resignations to the local administration
in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, citing harassment of people
by Police and non-fulfilment of their long-pending demands, official
sources said. As many as 114 Panchayat members from these 24 village
panchayats had resigned on July 9, they said. In Korchi,
Zilla Parishad (district level local self-Government institution)
elections had to be postponed in February last as no candidate
came forward to file nominations apparently due to Maoist threat.
Around 30 Police patils
(volunteers working as department's representatives in villages)
of Korchi taluka (revenue division) in Gadchiroli District,
submitted their resignation to the sub-divisional magistrate alleging
torture by C-60 commandos of the District Police.
Their action follows over 100
Gram Panchayat (village level local self-government) members,
including 23 Sarpanchs (presidents of Panchayats) who had
resigned on July 10. It is learnt the local Police had slapped
preventive action against Buddhram Hedami, Police patil
of Phulgondi village in Korchi, for alleged role in helping the
In Gadchiroli, more than 200 elected
representatives and office-bearers have so far resigned under
some pretext or another in the ongoing year. Earlier in the day,
two more Gram Panchayat members are learnt to have resigned. It
is learnt the village headmen federation decided to ask members
to vacate their posts protesting the unfulfilled promises of the
local administration. "There is scope to believe that these resignations
have come due to threat of Naxals as some of the demands we have
received are demands about non-existent issues like (not to give)
licence for coal mining. No licence even for prospecting activity
for coal or any other mineral has been given in the area," said
Abhishek Krishna, district collector of Gadchiroli.
Maharashtra Home Minister R.R.
Patil admitted in the legislative Assembly that Naxal violence
in the State has not witnessed a drop, despite heavy presence
of Security Forces.
Fifty-two more local body representatives
have resigned protesting 'police atrocities and lack of development
of the region,' in the Korchi tehsil (revenue unit) of
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The total number of resignations
now stands at 218 in Korchi. "The list includes 27 sarpanchs [heads
of gram panchayats, village level local self-government
institution], 27 deputy sarpanchs, 31 police patils and 133 gram
panchayat members," Nandkishor Vairagade, secretary of the Sarpanch
Union of Korchi told The Hindu.
With these 218 resignations, the
total number of resignations of local body representatives in
Gadchiroli district has now shot up to 355. Gadchiroli zilla parishad
CEO Sumant Bhange said that apart from the mass resignations from
Korchi, his office had received 137 resignations from the elected
representatives from different parts of Gadchiroli.
The Sarpanch association
of Korchi tehsil in Gadchiroli District decided to observe
a day-long hunger strike protesting District administration's
alleged neglect of developmental issues. On July 25, the village
headmen association and other organizations are to observe 'chakka
jaam' in a follow up action.
As many as 25 Sarpanches and 135
members of Gram Panchayats from Korchi area of Gadchiroli
District in Maharashtra, who had resigned in protest against non-implementation
of developmental works and Police excesses, withdrew their resignations.
An encounter broke out between
CRPF personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres in Kaneri forest in Dhanora
taluka of the Gadchiroli District. The firing between the
two sides began at around 7.30am when CRPF personnel raided the
forest area, acting on a tip-off.
The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist
cadre identified as, Anil Raju Gawde alias Suraj alias
Sampat (22) from Morawahi village under Etapalli taluka
in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
farmer in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Maoists suspected
Kishor Bhimrao Atram of Kamalapur village in Aheri tehsil
of Gadchiroli to be a Police informer had abducted him three days
ago and subsequently killed him.
The Maoists will be observing
martyr's week from July 28-August 3.
The CPI-Maoist have appealed to
the masses to observe martyr's week from July 28 to August 3 in
memory of 150 colleagues who lost their lives, including around
40 in Central India's Dandakaranya, in the fight against Government
forces. The Maoists have also called a bandh during the
period. The Maoists have urged people to erect memorials in villages
across areas dominated by them to remember the sacrifices of martyred
In another press release by the
Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI-Maoist, the Maoists have
launched a strong attack on Union Minister for Rural Development
Jairam Ramesh, who had visited the District earlier this year.
The Maoists have called Ramesh's attempt to help tribals of Menda
Lekha village a farce and demanded suspension of existing forest
A Maoist press release of Korchi
area committee of the CPI-Maoist condemns the withdrawal of resignations
on July 18 by the village headmen and elected representatives.
The Maoists also claimed that the elected representatives and
Police patils tried to mislead the masses, but have been
exposed. They have also warned against starting any Government
sponsored works in villages.
The Police and CRPF personnel
came under fire from CPI-Maoist in Gadchiroli District. Police
said the incident occurred in the Kumarganda forests near Bhamragad
during a joint search operation by a team of the Gadchiroli Police
and the CRPF. On searching the spot, Police found a country gun,
a magazine and 12 live rounds of an AK-47 rifle, a detonator,
a wire bundle and a flashlight.
The Police and the civil officials
have practically stopped from visiting villages to implement development
and welfare schemes, as well as attending to people's grievances
in Gadchiroli District due to fear of the CPI-Maoist. Panchayat
Samiti officials frankly admitted that there is always a threat
to their lives due to Maoists presence, while Police officers
said that they cannot move in Maoist-affected areas without following
Speaking on the sideline of a
function in Mumbai, CM Prithviraj Chavan stated that the 'spread
of Maoist and terrorism' is a concern in the country. Terming
the situation in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli as 'serious', CM Chavan
has said that the State Government and the Centre have been taking
a number of steps to curb the menace of Naxalism from the State.
A joint team of anti-Naxal cell
and C-60 squad, on July 30, arrested Chandrapur in-charge of the
CPI-Maoist Pramod Godghate (30). Godghate was arrested from the
court premises adjacent to district collectorate in Chandrapur.
The Maoists in State have banned
locally manufactured liquor 'Gudumba', prepared from jaggery or
'gud'. A banner of the Maoists, found at Jimulgatta in Aheri taluka
in Gadchiroli District on the occasion of their July 28-August
3 Martyrs' week, warned the local tribal against making or trading
Gadchiroli SP Mohammed Suvez Haque
has called upon the people to come forward and take the initiative
to eliminate the Naxalite problem from Gadchiroli District. Haque
was addressing an anti-Naxalite peace rally at Armori tehsil;
he said that Gadchiroli District has been plagued by Naxalism.
"Several innocent people are being killed by them unnecessarily
and the development of the district has also been stalled. To
end this problem, citizens should come forward," he said.
The CPI-Maoist has asked members
of the SHGs, village committees and forest management committees
in Gadchiroli District to step down. The Maoists have given them
a deadline of August 15 to step down, warning them of severe consequences
if they did not follow the diktat, sources said. The Maoists also
called some of the members in the forest somewhere in Aheri taluka
and pronounced their diktat, sources said.
The CPI-Maoist in Gadchiroli District
hit out strongly at leaders who have been using the "Gandhian"
ideal of non-violence in spearheading the CFR movement in tribal
areas. They have charged Mohan Hirabai Hiralal, who pioneered
the model in Mendha-Lekha village, with "waylaying the tribals
from the path of conflict". "Hiralal is a follower of Vinoba Bhave,
who had sought land from the rich. He is trying to cover up the
violence by capitalists against the poor by professing non-violence,"
says a press note released by the Gadchiroli divisional committee
With two panchayat samiti
members from Etapalli having withdrawn their resignations, senior
officials felt that the democratic machineries would soon return
Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil
said that there was no dearth of funds for development projects
in Gadchiroli District but the CPI-Maoist were putting up hurdles.
The local people themselves should now raise their voice against
the Naxal movement and there was no point in blaming the administration,
The Kasansur Police foiled an
ambush bid by the CPI-Maoist by unearthing explosives hidden under
an anti-Independence Day banner in the village market adjacent
to Kasansur Gram Panchayat in Etapalli tehsil in
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Police deactivated the booby
trap and recovered two steel boxes full of IEDs along with a detonator
and electric wire.
Maoists hoisted a black flag on
Independence Day at Sawargaon village in the District, one kilometer
from an ITBP camp on the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border.
Maoists built a 'martyr statue'
at Nadekal village under Korchi tehsil in the District
during the martyrs' week observed by Maoists from July 28 to August
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
father-son duo in Tambada village in Etapalli tehsil of
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, on suspicion of being Police
informers. Sources claimed that over 50 Maoists barged into the
house of Baju Gota (52), reportedly shot his son Raju Gota (35)
in front of family members and took Baju with them and shot him
dead from close range near a poultry market of the village.
Seven Naxals including two Dalam
'commanders' had surrendered before the Gadchiroli Police of Maharashtra
this year so far, the Police said. The two 'commanders' are Nirmala
Lalu Kulmethe (25) and Platoon 'commander' Damji Dugga (23). The
others who surrendered this year are Sonu Madavi, Mangesh Atram,
Kisan Madavi, Chandu Vilas and Renuka Jagan, according to a release
issued by Gadchiroli Police. The Maharashtra Police also appealed
to CPI-Maoist cadres to surrender and assured them of all possible
The Security agencies engaged
in anti-Naxal operations seem to be viewing the audio-visual propaganda
of Naxals, presently making the rounds in the form of clippings
on mobile phones in the Maoist stronghold of Gadchiroli District
of Maharashtra, as nothing different than regular party activities.
The clippings highlight the Maoists' dream to capture power in
the country and also see their red flag fluttering atop the Red
Nine alleged CPI-Maoist cadres,
including a few senior leaders, were produced before the District
Judge in Gadchiroli District and charges under sections of Indian
Penal Code, Indian Arms Act and Damage to Public Property Act
were framed against them. Prabhakar Suryadeora, Arun Parera, Anjela
Sontakke, Anuradha Sonule, Mayuri Bhagat, Jyoti Chorghe, Bhimrao
Bhowate, Sushma Ramteke and Siddhartha Bhosale are accused of
murder, attempt to murder, damage to public property and arson
in connection with various incidents in the District. Next date
of hearing is September 13, prosecution sources said. All the
accused were arrested in the last one year.
A Police team exchanged fire with
alleged Naxals in the forest near village Gangin and Betkathi
under the Korchi Police Station limits in Gadchiroli District.
There were no reports of casualties.
An IED weighing 20 kilograms,
two detonators, and a booster were recovered by the Police from
a canal near the Kumarguda forest on the Bhamragad-Lahiri road
in Maoist-affected Gadchiroli District. The haul came when Gadchiroli
Collector Abhishekh Krishana, Superintendent of Police Suvez Huque
and Additional SP of Naxal operations Rahul Seth were visiting
Bhamaragad, according to informed sources.
A team of CRPF and District Police
officers were stranded in a remote village for four days due to
heavy rains and floods. The team, which included Gadchiroli Superintendent
of Police Mohd Suvez Haque, set out on a tour of Naxal-affected
Bhamragad village on September 3. They had to stay put in the
village till September 6 due to floods in Perlkota river flowing
adjoining Bhamragad and heavy downpour.
The Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal
met with senior officials engaged in anti-Naxal operations and
discussed on the rebels' issue and law and order situation in
the Naxal-affected Districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia.
Maoists abducted two villagers
identified as Ramaji Madavi of Kumarganda village and Kopa Durva
of Tekala village in Bhamragad division in Gadchiroli District.
Mahadev Mangaruji Waghade, an
officer of the BDDS was injured when a detonator exploded while
defusing land mine explosives planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres
in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Maoists had put up
a red banner on the main road to Kamalapur village in Rennaplli
sub-division in front of Bhagvantrao School. "Peoples War Group
(PWG) and NCCI unity day Jindabad by CPI (Maoist)" was written
on the banner.
The CPI-Maoist call for bandh
to observe the foundation day of their organisation, evoked good
response at Korchi taluka and some remote parts in Gadchiroli
District of Maharashtra. Sources said the Maoists had not publicised
the bandh call across the District and pamphlets were distributed
only at select places.
Nagpur University officials received
a letter from a Naxal organization called 'Lal Salaam' allegedly
threatening to take action against colleges and universities for
unnecessarily harassing the students, NU sources disclosed. Though
the letter was addressed to State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,
it was sent to vice chancellor Vilas Sapkal at his office address.
A 12-bore gun and live cartridges
were recovered from a spot where suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
had gathered for a meeting near tribal village of Ramayyapetha
in Aheri taluka in Gadchiroli District.
A few CPI-Maoist cadres were reportedly
injured and huge quantity of explosives was seized after firing
between the Police and the Maoists near Darrekasa in Salekasa
tehsil in Gondia District of Maharashtra. Police found
huge quantity of explosives in a buried plastic drum containing
two steel boxes in which explosive rods were hidden along with
Gadchiroli Police arrested Meera
alias Sarita Devaji Kolha (20), a member of platoon number
three of the CPI-Maoist from a forest near Gandepalli village
in Etapalli division of the District.
A team of Gondia District Police
had a brief encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Kemul village
in the District, after a team went to the village on a tip-off
that Maoists were holding a secret meeting there. Three rifles
and 25 live rounds were among other things recovered from the
Two teenage girls identified as
Anjali alias Rani Zaduram Kumbre (19) and Divya alias
Baiji Ilani, a minor girl (17), both residents of Lavari village
under Purada Police Station were arrested in Lavari village in
Gadchiroli District. The girls are allegedly active Maoist members
in Korchi Dalam.
Two teenage girls identified as
Laxmi alias Radhika Halani, an 18-year-old and Kasari alias
Sunita Tawade, a 15-year-old, were arrested from their home in
Lavari village in Gadchiroli District. The girls are allegedly
active Maoist members in Korchi Dalam.
The Gadchiroli Police arrested
a hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Karan alias
Umesh Wadde (19), in Kasansur forest, under Etapalli division
of Gadchiroli District. He was involved in multiple encounters
and blasts. A resident from Jhuri village, Umesh was inducted
to the Kasansur local operating squad (LOS) in 2010.
At least four CPI-Maoist cadres
were injured in an encounter with Police near Lankachen village
in Gadchiroli District. The Police recovered twenty SLR rounds,
ten detonators, 20 pistols, utensils and Naxal literature in Telugu
language from the spot. The cache of ammunition included a rifle
bearing the Indian Ordnance Factory mark on it.
At least 4-5 CPI-Maoist cadres
were reported injured in an exchange of fire with the Police in
the mountains between Venkatapur and Reguntha outpost, south of
Aheri in Gadchiroli District. A loaded rifle, SLR rounds, Pittu,
utensils, and Naxal literature were seized from the encounter
A buried dead body of a Maoist
cadre was recovered from the Devgad Jangal area of Gadchiroli.
The body supposedly covered in a red flag is believed to be that
of a Maoist who was killed in the Khobramendha encounter which
took place on an unspecified date.
A Police team from Gondia District
found twenty kilogram of gelatine explosives from Piparkhari village
and 20 kilogram from Parsodi Dhamditola forests, with some detonators
as well, in Gadchiroli District.
The SFs arrested Somli Potem alias
Vasanti alias Savita (25), a former 'commander' of Gangloor
Dalam of the CPI-Maoist, during an anti-Naxal operation in Koindur
forest of Bhamragarh in Gadchiroli District.
Around 30 CPI-Maoist cadres and
the anti-Maoist squad of Gadchiroli Police reportedly exchanged
fire in Kospundi forest area in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
Police later conducted a search in the area and recovered two
bicycles, a Chinese pistol with 6 live cartridges, a magazine,
100 grams of gun powder and other material from the spot.
Three women CPI-Maoist cadres
including a dalam 'commander' have been arrested from Charvidand
village in Gadchiroli District. The three arrested Maoists have
been identified as Khobramendha dalam 'commander' Rajita alias
Sukri Weladi (35), Suman alias Sumitra Lekhami (23) and
Tunge Hedo (22).
Three CRPF troopers were injured
in an encounter with CPI-Maoist cadres in Jarawandi jungles near
village Ropi under Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli District
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a 70-year-old
farmer and dumped his body in a field at Devgaon village in Aurangabad
CPI-Maoist cadres killed an ex-Sarpanch,
identified as Narayan Srirangi (33) suspecting him to be a Police
informer, in Motala-Tekdi village under Sironcha Taluqa
of Gadchiroli District, bordering Andhra Pradesh.
The DG of CRPF, Pranay Sahay,
visited an interior location, Pendhari, a tribal village in Dhanora
taluka, in the Naxal affected Gadchiroli District
to review anti-Naxal operations along the state's border with
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Bamu alias Monu Dewa Miccha (20), accused of his involvement
in an attack on a Police team in Bhamragarh tehsil on July 4,
2010, has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment by the
Gadchiroli District Court.
The Gadchiroli Police killed a
woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Riki alias Rakhi
alias Lakhsmi Likami (25), in an encounter in Ambapur forest
under Chamorshi tehsil in Gadchiroli District.
Unidentified CPI-Maoist cadres
set ablaze three vehicles deployed on road construction site near
Watra village in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli District.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
in an encounter near the Hikker forests in the Etapalli division
of Gadchiroli District. Police have recovered one rifle, two pittus
(back packs) and some Naxal literature from the encounter spot.
An encounter took place between
SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres in the forests near Kakadyeli village
under Dhanora taluka in Gadchiroli District. The Police
recovered a rifle and some Maoist literature from the spot.
Anti-Naxal cell and C-60 squad
arrested a top Maoist cadre, identified as Sanjay alias
Bandu Bawne (34), in a joint operation, from his residence in
Bhatala village under Shegaon Police Station in Warora tehsil
in Chandrapur District.
In a bid to reassert their presence
in central India, the CPI-Maoist has carved out a new zone for
their operations comprising Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat areas
in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Maoists have also appointed
a separate leader, Pahad Singh, to look after the unit.
The Ministry of Home Affair has
taken a serious note of the resignations of 127 Gram Panchayat
leaders and other public representatives under threat from the
Maoists. "The Maoists are coalescing smaller rebel groups with
bigger ones and carrying out fresh recruitment in Gadchiroli area.
In the last couple of months we have had good contacts with the
Maoists and are giving them a tough fight," said CRPF DG Pranay
Sahay. In the last three months, the CRPF had 10 encounters with
the Maoists. The CRPF has deployed around 6,000 men in the state,
including a battalion of the CoBRA commandos.
Deepak alias Milind Teltumbde,
the Secretary of the Maharashtra State Committee of the Maoists,
is believed to have had a narrow escape, when Police swooped down
on a camp in North Gadchiroli near Gondia border.
Police recovered 573 live musket
rifle cartridges and 14 rounds of .22 airgun from Lekurbodi village
forest under Bedgaon AOP of the Kurkheda Police Station in Gadchiroli
A Maoist cadre, identified as
Vivek Bhoyar alias Bandu (34), surrendered before the Yavatmal
Following a severe reprimand by
Bombay HC, the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra, J.S. Banthia, issued
a circular directing all government departments to fill up vacancies
in tribal-dominated and LWE affected talukas of Melghat,
Chikhaldara and Dharni in Amravati District, within two weeks.
CRPF personnel and the Naxals
had a brief encounter in the forest of Kucher under Dhondraj armed
outpost in Bhamragarh tehsil of Gadchiroli District.
The Pranhita-Chevella Irrigation
Project, a joint venture of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, came
under the scanner of SF personnel following the arrest of a manager
of one of the private companies engaged in the work for close
links with CPI-Maoist.
State Home Minister RR Patil assured
to upgrade the Maoist surrender policy of the State to encourage
Maoist cadres to surrender in Maharashtra.
Two Policemen and a woman were
injured in firing by CPI-Maoist cadres at the main square of Gatta
(Jambhiya) village in Etapalli taluka in Gadchiroli District.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Bandu alias Tukaram Pungati, from Mangota
village in Aheri taluka of Gadchiroli District.