Odisha Timeline 2012
The CRPF, BSF and the State Police
have decided to step up operations against the CPI-Maoist in Southern
One person was killed in a landmine
blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Kandhamal District.
The Maoists set ablaze three mobile
communication towers in Baragada area of Ganjam District on the
first day of the two-day bandh called by the Maoists in
the State from January 4.
Three constables of the Orissa
Police were killed and as many injured when CPI-Maoist cadres
triggered a landmine blast at Badarpanga village in the Kotagarh
area in Kandhamal District.
Kandhamal District observed a
bandh to register its protest against CPI-Maoist violence and
as a mark of homage to the three Policemen, who died in the landmine
blast on January 5. Several towns of Kandhamal, including Raikia,
G Udayagiri, Khajuripada and Baliguda joined the bandh,
with traders downing their shutters. Schools and colleges were
closed for the day as well.
As the filing of nominations for
the panchayat elections began on January 7, CPI-Maoist
posters were found in Nuapada District where the Maoists claimed
that they would participate in the polls.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
villager, identified as Enkana Kadranga (35), at Tolopalesu village
under Bandhugaon Police Station in Koraput District.
Junesh Pradhan, panchayat samiti
chairman of Daringbadi block in Kandhamal District, was arrested
by the Police for his alleged involvement in the Maoist triggered
landmine blast that killed three Policemen near Badarpanga village
on Kotagarh-Srirampur road on January 5.
The Police arrested another Maoist
cadre, identified as Sukadev Digal, from Sipazu in Raikia Police
Station area in Kandhamal District. At least six Maoist posters
were recovered from him, the Police said.
A 45-year-old CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Somanath Pradhan of Janabadi village under Daringibadi
Police Station, was arrested on charges of being involved in the
landmine blast at Srirampur under Kotagarh Police Station in Kandhamal
During combing operation, SF personnel
recovered two more landmines near Srirampur, the same place where
the blast happened on January 5.
State Authorities in Gajapati
District, in association with private companies, decided to undertaken
a vocational training programme in Maoist-inflicted Districts
to provide employment to tribal youth to bring them into the mainstream.
Kandhamal Police arrested Manmohan
Pradhan, the husband of the sarpanch of Sonepur panchayat
in Daringibadi block and two others identified as Suneswar Baladamajhi
and Petaguluduka for their reported involvement in CPI-Maoist
violence in various places in Kandhamal District.
Security was intensified in the
Maoist-affected areas in Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada
Districts after intelligence inputs on Maoists pitching camps
Suspected Maoist, Andharu Gadaseth,
had been arrested in Kandhamal District in relation to the same
double murder case.
With just a few weeks to go before
panchayat elections, Maoists have started campaigning against
the polls in Koraput District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Ruman Baliarsingh, was arrested from a lodge in Baliguda in
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
civilian on charges of being a Police informer in Malkangiri District.
A Maoist letter written by Malkangiri
Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist found at the spot mentioned
Khillo was 'punished' for passing information to the Police about
them. The letter also warned of similar consequences for anyone
who tries to act as a Police informer.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Dhoba Digal (36) of Gajalabadi village under Sorada Police
Station, was arrested in Ganjam District. He was involved in setting
ablaze of at least five mobile towers of private operators, three
at his village and two at nearby Asurabandh on December 16.
Two more Maoists were arrested
in Kaudi forest bordering Keonjhar-Sundargarh-Angul and Deogarh
Districts during combing operation and as many country made guns
were seized from their possession.
Biramitrapur Police in Sundargarh
District arrested Jaspal Singh, a resident of Rajgangpur, for
illegal trafficking of detonators. The Police found 450 detonators
in his sports utility vehicle. Singh did not have any license
to carry the explosives, said SDPO Suman Dutta.
As part of anti-Maoist measures,
Koraput District is set to get at least seven model Police Stations,
the first of its kind in the State, very soon.
The Odisha High Court rejected
the bail plea of Subhashree Panda, alias Mili Panda, the
wife of Maoist leader Sabysachi Panda, in the Gudari Police Station
case in Koraput District. Justice S C Parija, while rejecting
the bail of Mili Panda, now in Police custody, asked the lower
court to complete the trial of the case, filed in 2003, as soon
During raids at different places
in MV-79, SFs arrested four Maoists. The arrestees were identified
as Sambam Era, Bandami Suba, Bikram Bhumiya and Talem Naga, all
from MV-79. "We were tipped off about their presence in MV-79.
The Odisha Police killed a senior
CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Subash alias Satish (45),
from Chhattisgarh, wanted in several cases in an encounter in
Mukhiguda-Majhiguda forest under Chandrapur Police limits in Rayagada
The SF personnel, arrested an
armed Maoist cadre, identified as Mani Purty alias Munda,
from the Roxy reserve forest under K Balang Police Station in
Sundargarh District during a combing operation that ensued following
a tip-off that he was moving along with five to six other Maoist
cadres in the forest.
In an attempt to intensify Maoist
operation in Odisha, the MHA has sanctioned one more battalion
of CPMF to State.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
civilian on charges of being a Police informer in Narayanpatna
in Koraput District. Local villagers spotted the dead body of
Bidyut Bisoi (33) near a temple in the outskirts of Narayanpatna.
Sources said that a group of Maoists waylaid Bisoi, returning
from the temple, around 9 am and attacked him with a sharp-edged
weapon in broad daylight.
The Police recovered the body
of a Maoist cadre hanging from a tree at Suliapada forest in Mayurbhanj
District. The dead Maoist was identified as Bhagabat Marandi of
Palo village in Suliapada Police Station and a close associate
of Maoist leader Kishore, the Police said.
The Police arrested Girish Mahato
alias Mangru Mahto alias Uttam alias Dhiren
alias Dhirendra (45), a State organising committee member
of the CPI-Maoist, along with one of his close associate, identified
as Shankar Munda, from Kharmunda village near canal road area
under Attabira Police Station in Bargarh District.
A woman cadre of CPI-Maoist, allegedly
involved in several criminal activities, surrendered before the
Police in Gajapati District. "The Maoist cadre Tabita Mallick
of Gangamunda village in Adaba Police Station area of the District
was active in Maoist activities since 2009," SP Sarthak Sarangi
CM Naveen Patnaik reiterated Odisha's
demand for inclusion of Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir and Kalahandi
Districts in the centrally sponsored SRE scheme. In a letter to
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Naveen pointed out that there
has been a significant rise in Naxal violence in parts of Chhattisgarh
bordering Odisha as well as Nuapada, Bolangir and Bargarh Districts.
"Maoists are building up a base in Sunabeda reserve forest of
Nuapada and its adjoining areas. They are also trying to spread
their network along the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border by creating
and consolidating bases in Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir and Kalahandi
Districts of western Odisha," he said. Naveen said there was an
urgent need to include the four Districts under the purview of
the SRE scheme to strengthen security infrastructure so as to
effectively curtail and contain the spread of the LWE.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including
a woman cadre, were killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in
Koraput District. Acting on an intelligence input, troopers of
DVF conducted a combing operation in the Bandhugaon area where
a group of Maoists were spotted. As the Maoists and SF personnel
came face to face, an encounter erupted in which two Maoists were
killed and their bodies recovered, DIG, south-west, Soumendra
Priyadarshi said. One of the slain Maoists, was identified as
Chitrakam Reddy alias Sitru (30), an 'area commander' of Jhanjabati
division of CPI-Maoist while the other one was his wife, a woman
cadre whose identity was yet to be ascertained, he said. Some
arms and ammunition were also recovered from the spot.
The SFs arrested two suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres from a forest area in Malkangiri District. The
duos, identified as Pabitra Nayak alias Pati and Bhagaban
Bhumiya alias Deba, were arrested during a combing operation
in Rajgiri forest based on intelligence input. The SFs also recovered
some arms and ammunition from their possession.
SFs arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres
from the Saranda forest, under Rourkela Police Station in Sundargarh
District. The arrested Maoists, identified as Birbal Gudia (23)
and Chandradeb Tirkey alias Charo (24), both members of
the bomb squad under the Dakshin Chhota Nagpur Zonal Committee
(DCNZC), were reportedly engaged in several Maoist activities
in Odisha-Jharkhand border area and were involved in at least
three Maoist-triggered incidents which had occurred on January
A CPI-Maoist cadre, serving as
the bodyguard of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, surrendered
before Police in Chhatarpur in Ganjam District. The Maoist, identified
as Rajendra Kumar Ratia alias Suraj alias Sangram
(23), from Kutuniganda village in Adaba Police Station area, was
reportedly involved in several major Maoist offensives in Ganjam,
Gajapati and Rayagada Districts in the last two years, including
the firing incident at Kerubadi. Sources said Ratia was an active
member of the Ghumusara division of the CPI-Maoist. He also imparted
training to new cadres about the Maoist ideology and the party's
social and political views.
The SF personnel recovered huge
quantities of explosives dumped by CPI-Maoist during a combing
operation from a forest in Koraput District. According to Police,
at least 282 gelatin sticks each weighing 125 grams, 10 bundles
of live wires, 28 tiffin boxes used to make landmines, among other
Maoist belongings, were found in a forest under Macchkund Police
limits. The explosives were dumped in the forest in a plastic
Maoist threat is reportedly affecting
poll campaign in Bolangir District. Sources said except the poll
candidates, no star campaigner of any political party is venturing
into the area. In the Patnagarh subdivision, most part of which
is under Maoist threat, party workers are facing a tough time
with their political bosses insisting them to stay in touch with
people since they are not able to visit the area themselves.
Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising
BSF and SOG troopers conducted a combing operation in Tekguda
forest in Kalimela area in Malkangiri District and recovered a
huge CPI-Maoist explosive dump. The recoveries include 12 electronic
detonators, seven gelatine sticks, more than 30 metres of codex
wire and electric wires used in landmine blast. Maoist literature,
posters, banners and leaflets were also recovered from the spot.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Sitaram Durua, Jagannath Durua and Lukuna Durua, were arrested
by the DVF from Malipadar village under Baipariguda Police Station
limits in Koraput District. Three SBML guns and huge quantity
of material of day-to-day use meant for supply to the Maoists
were recovered from their possession. Apart from it 10 bundles
of wires used to detonate landmines were also recovered from them.
One Prashant Meher (18), a student
of Bindhyabasini Junior College at Paikmal, was arrested for intimidating
and trying to extort money from his college principal in the name
of Maoists in Paikmal area in Bargarh District.
Four personnel of the BSF including
a commandant were killed in an ambush by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist
in Malkangiri District. Two other BSF personnel and two officials
of the Irrigation Department were also injured in the attack,
which came a day before the first phase polls of the panchayat
elections. According to the District Police, the BSF personnel
were on their way to Chitrakonda from the BSF camp at Balimela.
They were travelling in a SUV to oversee security arrangements
for the polls. At 1 p.m., their vehicle overturned in a landmine
blast about nine kilometres from Balimela. No one was seriously
injured or killed, but the personnel fell victim to indiscriminate
firing by Maoists hiding in the nearby dense forest.
Three women cadres of CPI-Maoist
- one from Odisha and two from Chhattisgarh - were arrested by
Police near Soroda area in Ganjam District. The Odia Maoist, identified
as Malati Majhi alias Lata (28) of Bujuli village under
Daringbadi Police Station in Kandhamal District, was in charge
of personal security of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. The other
two Maoists, identified as Kadame Bulu (19) and Telam Soni alias
Ratna (22), are from Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The latter
two were originally part of Gangalur Area Division of West Bastar
Division under Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee.
Around 20 suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres snatched away ballot papers and polling boxes from officials
at two booths in Trilochanpur village in Kalahandi District. The
Maoists also took away mobile phones from the polling personnel.
Protesting against recent arrest
of three cadres, the CPI-Maoist called a two-day bandh
on February 16-17 in Ganjam and Kandhamal Districts. Vehicular
traffic was disrupted in Maoist-hit areas in Kandhamal. However,
it evoked little response in Ganjam.
The MHA has told the State Government
to look for all possible legal "solutions" to avoid a situation
in which Maoist groups end up seizing Government funds meant for
development works, since a large part of these funds are routed
through panchayat bodies. According to initial MHA estimates,
at least 14 or 15 of 33 sarpanchs who have been elected
unopposed in Maoist-affected blocks are known supporters of Maoist
groups. The MHA has asked the State Government to look into the
election of others as well. The elections are likely to be completed
by the end of February.
Addressing to the State Assembly,
Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare said the Government had
taken strong steps to intensify anti-Naxal operations, with addition
of 1,066 posts in the SOG. The number of deaths of SF personnel
has come down from 22 in 2010 to 15 in 2011, Bhandare said and
added that there had been considerable success with regard to
surrender of Maoist leaders in 2011. The number of incidents of
Naxal violence too has dropped significantly from 130 in 2010
to 100 in 2011.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot
dead a woman near the weekly market at Sunabeda in Nuapada District.
The woman was identified as Rita Das (25), the daughter of Subal
Das, who is a Maoist.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
a civilian, identified as Salu Prusta (50), in Laxmipur area of
Koraput District. The deceased Prusta had gone into the Perijhola
forest area along with his wife Salme Praska to brew liquor, when
a group of around 20 armed Maoists caught and killed him.
A CPI-Maoist cadre identified
as Roshan Munda of Chaibasa area in Jharkhand and involved in
many violent incidents was arrested during a joint combing operation
by CRPF and SOG from Gariakhaman forest in Kisinda area of Sambalpur
Toffan Sahu alias Akash
alias Bangara (19), a close associate of the top associate
of Sabyasachi Panda, the top leader of the CPI-Maoist surrendered
to Ganjam SP in Chhatrapur in Ganjam District.
A critically injured youth, identified
as Srikrishna Mahato (26) of Panchpia village under Jareikela
Police Station in Jharkhand, succumbed to bullet injuries at the
Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela in Sundargarh District during
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked
a stone-crushing unit of a private-builder and set ablaze 15 of
its vehicles in Nuapada District. Over 40 cadres from Bargarh-Mahasamund
division of the CPI-Maoist came to Baleshbahali village of Nuapada
District where building firm DB is working on a canal extension
project. The Maoists set ablaze eight dumpers, five tractors,
a trawler and a van. Khariar SDPO, S.B Satpathy said.
A suspected Maoists belonging
to JLT shot at and injured a truck driver and set ablaze the rice-loaded
vehicle in Sorada area under Bisra Police Station limits in Sundargarh
District bordering Jharkhand. A group of armed cadres attacked
the truck injuring its driver, Mohammad Bablu.
The DVF during a routine combing
operation arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Chhattisgarh-Odisha
bordering Mahupadar village under Mathili Police limits in Malkangiri
District. The duo was identified as Anda Majhi (27), a resident
of Guruguda village and Mangaraj Durua (25), a resident of Mahupadar
village. Both the cadres were active members of Darava division
of the CPI-Maoist operating in Odisha-Chhattisgarh Border.
The Police arrested a Maoist sympathizer,
identified as Ram Khillo, from Haldikund under Boipariguda Police
limits in the District. The arrested Maoist sympathizer was providing
logistical support to the Maoists and used to make necessary arrangements
to hide weapons and other explosive material of the Maoists at
A telephone exchange and a mobile
communication tower of BSNL were set ablaze by a group of around
six to seven armed CPI-Maoist cadres at Onakadelli under Macchkund
Police Station limits in Koraput District.
The SFs unearthed
an explosive dump of the CPI-Maoist at Mattamput on Matchkund-Lamataput
main road in Koraput District. The dump included 20 kilograms
of explosives, detonators and gelatine sticks.
After the Maoist
violence [setting ablaze of mobile towers] at Onkadelli on March
11, SFs of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh launched a massive combing
operations by deploying two choppers.
Two Italian tourists,
identified as Bosusco Paolo, functioning as a tour operator in
Puri, and Claudio Colangelo, who were on a trekking tour on the
Ganjam-Kandhamal border, were reportedly abducted by the Maoists.
There are reports that the Italians may have been abducted on
March 14 itself. A driver and cook who were accompanying them
and their vehicle were released by the Maoists subsequently.
Two constables, identified
as Sasikanth Rout and Sunil Singh, of OSF, who were part of a
bomb disposal squad, were killed and two others critically injured
in an explosion while defusing a landmine at Alangapada near Lamataput
in Koraput District. According to the Police, the incident took
place around 9.30am at Alangapada near Ongelguda Ghat Road in
the District's Macchkund Police Station area.
The Maoists killed
a contractor, identified as Mohd Itar Mahamad in Bargarh District.
Mahamad - was entrusted with the construction of a check dam at
Patrapali, under Paikmal block in the District. Itar hailed from
a neighbouring Badtunda village.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered
a blast at an under-construction godown of a panchayat
building in Malkangiri District.
Odisha Police registered cases
at Daringibadi Police Station in Kandhamal District against Maoist
leaders, Sunil and Manoj, along with 24 others on March 20 in
connection with the abduction of the two Italian nationals and
two Odia youths, Santosh Kumar Moharana and Kartika Parida, on
March 14 from a jungle on Ganjam-Kandhamal border.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed)
a SI, Krushna Chandra Rath (55), at Khairaput under Mudulipada
Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. At around 6.15pm
when he went to a roadside kiosk in the nearby market to have
tea, the Maoists waiting there, who are suspected to be three
or four in number, shot him dead.
More than 50 armed cadres of the
CPI-Maoist abducted Jhina Hikaka (34), a MLA from Laxmipur belonging
to the ruling BJD from a hilly area between Koraput and Laxmipur
in Koraput District.
The abduction of two Italians,
the murder of a SI in Malkangiri and the abduction of a MLA, is
being seen in security circles as the outcome of a tussle between
the Andhra and Orissa factions of CPI-Maoist operating in the
A group of 10 armed CPI-Maoist
cadres set ablaze a country liquor manufacturing unit at Jamki
village under Tureikela block in Bolangir District. However,
no one has been injured in the incident.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist released
Claudio Colangelo, one of the two Italians abducted in Kandhamal
District on March 14. The hostage crisis, however, remained unresolved
as the other Italian national, Bosusco Paolo, and Biju Janata
Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka were still in the clutches Maoists.
Speaking to the visiting newspersons
while releasing Colangelo top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda admitted
that there was lack of unity among the division that he was heading
and divisions that were at work in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts
in the southern parts of the State.
Two days after Laxmipur MLA Jhina
Hikaka was abducted, the CPI-Maoist cadres of Koraput sent a wish-list
that included immediate halting of combing operations and release
of CMAS activists lodged in jails.
Abducted ruling BJD MLA, Jhina
Hikaka, was 'produced' before a kangaroo court organised by the
CPI-Maoist at an undisclosed site at Narayanpatna in Koraput District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by SFs during combing operation inside Tekpadar forest in Malkangiri
District. According to Police sources the arrested duo was Tapan
Saha (28) and Ghasi Pangi (30).
The State Police organisation
did not procure adequate number of modern weapons while issued
only a fraction of procured weapons to operational forces, said
Comptroller and Auditor General, report of which was tabled in
the State Legislative Assembly.
The mediators threatened to pull
out of the talks if the Government did not give its response to
the Maoists' demands by the evening of March 30.
A group of about 25 CPI-Maoist
cadres set ablaze a jeep and a motorcycle near Kattulapeta village
under Bandhugaon block limits in Koraput District.
The Police arrested four Maoists
identified as identified as Lala Nag (52), Birendra Nag (20),
Lesua Tenwa (26), and Obey Dhanwar (24) near Kaliaposh area under
Bisra Police Station in Sundargarh District, during a combing
operation on the Jharkhand-Odisha border.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
invited the CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS for talks to secure the release
of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. "As the demands by the abductors seem
related to the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha, the State Government
is open to dialogue with the Sangh members.
Divya alias Santhi alias
Wallasi (26), a CPI-Maoist 'commander' was arrested by BSF troopers
from near Chitrakonda in Janbai area of Malkangiri District.
The State Government and Maoist-nominated
mediators resumed negotiations after the CPI-Maoist released an
audio-tape saying hostage Italian national Paolo Bosusco would
not be released till their demands are met. Earlier in the day,
the new audio-tape released by Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of
the CPI-Maoist Odisha State Organising Committee, demanded that
the 36 people whose names have been given to the Government should
be released forthwith. There was uproar in the State Legislative
Assembly over the safety of abducted MLA Jhina Hikaka as MLA Amar
Satpathy alleged that he was ill.
The Maoist-affected tribal Districts
of Koraput and Rayagada have imposed a ban on the entry of foreign
nationals into the Districts.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
in an encounter during a joint operation by Central Reserve Police
Force, Special Operations Group, Keonjhar and Angul Police near
Mundatopa village within Kanjipani Police limits in Keonjhar District.
Police have recovered three guns, three kitbags, tiffin box, posters
and leaflets from his possession.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Sanyasi Pujari alias Pravin, surrendered
before the Police in Malkangiri District.
The Maoists fixed April 5 as the
deadline for the Naveen Patnaik Government to fulfil their demands
to secure the release of ruling Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina
Hikaka who was abducted on March 24.
The AOBSZC 'secretary' Chandra
Mauli issued an audio tape declaring April 5 as deadline for release
of the CMAS leaders and members incarcerated in jails under fabricated
charges in lieu of Hikaka's safe release.
The negotiation for the release
of Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo was scheduled to continue
on April 4 (today). Paolo has been in the hands of a different
group of Maoists since March 14.
A top CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Pandu Panki Ray (22), was arrested from Sundergarh District.
The Police recovered a landmine weighing about 15 kilograms along
with wires from the site.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
said his Government had decided to facilitate the release of as
many as 27 persons to secure the freedom of BJD legislator Jhina
Hikaka and Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco from the CPI-Maoist.
Making a statement in the State Legislative Assembly, Patnaik
said that in the case of Hikaka, the Government had decided to
facilitate the release of 15 members of the CMAS and also eight
Maoists from Koraput and Malkangiri jails. Four other Maoists
are to be released in lieu of Paolo Bosusco. While the Maoist
group headed by Sabyasachi Panda, the CPI-Maoist OSOC secretary,
abducted Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco along with Claudio
Colangelo on March 14, another faction of the Maoists abducted
Jhina Hikaka on March 24. As reported earlier, Colangelo was released
on March 25.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced
the names of 27 persons whose release the Government will facilitate
through legal steps to ensure the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka
and Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo from the hands of the
CPI-Maoist. The four persons who would be released for securing
Paolo's freedom include Subhashree Das alias Mili Panda,
wife of Sabyasachi Panda, 'secretary' of the Odisha State Organising
Committee of CPI-Maoist.
The Maoists have extended the
deadline for the Odisha Government to meet their demands till
April 7 for the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Earlier, the
deadline was April 5.
Tipila Hesa (17), a woman Maoist
cadre, surrendered before the Police in Jajpur District.
Sabyasachi Panda, the 'secretary'
of OSOC of the CPI-Maoist rejected the Odisha Government's swap
offer for the release of Italian national Paolo Bosusco. The other
group of Maoists who had taken the BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage
also did not respond to the Government's offer to facilitate release
of 23 persons to secure his release.
Sabyasachi Panda, 'secretary'
of the OSOC of CPI-Maoist, asked the State Government to clarify
the names of his followers to be released in exchange for abducted
Italian tour operator Paolo Basusco. The fresh audio tape by Panda
followed a day after the Government claimed to have reached a
pact over Basusco, agreeing to free five of the six whose release
had been sought by the Maoists.
CM Naveen Patnaik had announced
the release of 15 activists of CMAS and eight Maoists (including
two hardcore Andhra Maoist) in exchange for BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka,
the AOBSZC, which holds Hikaka hostage, has demanded the release
of five more Maoists and their sympathisers, including Chenda
Bhushanam alias Ghasi.
AOBSZC spokesperson Jagabandhu
sent a letter to the Government demanding that all Maoists in
the list in exchange for the MLA's freedom should be released
in Balipeta village of Koraput District by April 10. "There should
not be any police or intelligence personnel present," the letter
The AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist,
which has kept BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage, wrote a letter to
his wife to reach Balipeta village in Narayanpatna block of Koraput
District on April 10 along with 30 prisoners to pave the way for
The OPA has threatened to go on
strike if any hardcore Maoists are released in a swap deal.
More than 1,000 tribals of Narayanpatna
block organised a rally under the banner of CMAS demanding that
all CMAS activists lodged in Koraput jail be released forthwith.
A Maoist, identified as Bhagirathi
alias Nagesh, was arrested by Police in Adaba Police Station
area under Rayagada District during a combing operation, when
a passenger vehicle was being searched.
Subhashree Panda, wife of CPI-Maoist
leader Sabyasachi Panda who is holding an Italian tourist as hostage,
got acquitted by a Fast Track Court in Rayagada District in the
case of 2003 Kutinguda encounter between police and Maoists in
Gudari block of Rayagada District.
CM Naveen Patnaik appealed to
the abductors to release Italian citizen Bosusco Paolo and legislator
Jhina Hikaka unharmed and without delay. Patnaik said certain
legal procedures had to be followed to facilitate the release
of 27 prisoners demanded by the Maoists.
A group of family members of Maoist-backed
CMAS activists who are in jail gathered at Balipeta in Narayanpatna
block of Koraput District to sit on indefinite dharna demanding
the release of the latter. The agitators, mostly women, said they
came to the place with the hope that their jailed relatives would
get released at the spot.
The OSOC of the CPI-Maoist has
finally released Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco who was in their
captivity since March 14. The Maoists released Paolo in Mohona
village in Gajapati District.
The fate of BJD legislator Jhina
Hikaka who has been in the captivity of AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist
since March 24 remains uncertain as the Maoists refused to release
him unless their demands were met.
The CPI-Maoist in Odisha set April
18 as the date for the State Government to meet their demands
for the release of abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Hikaka was abducted
from Koraput on March 24. The CPI-Maoist has demanded the release
of 29 prisoners.
Paolo Bosusco, who was held hostage
by OSOC of the CPI-Maoist, is said to have revealed vital information
about Sabyasachi Panda, the secretary of OSOC. Paolo estimated
Panda has just about 20 cadres, including 10 women, each armed
with a gun.
Nikhil, spokesman of Bansadhara
Division Committee of CPI-Maoist in his letters to the media said,
"They [Telugu cadres] torture Oriya cadres. They give poor food,
torn uniforms and damaged shoes to Oriya cadres." bringing factionalism
among Maoists to the fore.
The Centre has accepted Odisha's
demand to include four more CPI-Maoist-affected Districts under
the SRE scheme, official sources said. The State Government had
demanded inclusion of Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh and Kalahandi
Districts under SRE scheme.
A group of about 20 CPI-Maoist
cadres held a meeting at Kanimohuli village in Suliapada tehsil
in Mayurbhanj District of Odisha, located at the West Bengal-Jharkhand
border, a few days back to reorganise themselves.
The Odisha Government agreed to
withdraw cases against as many as 13 persons, including a few
CPI-Maoist cadres, to secure the release of abducted legislator
Major-General (retd.) Gagandeep
Bakshi, a retired Army officer approached the Supreme Court to
restrain the Odisha Government from meeting the Maoists' demand
of releasing the Naxals as they had been captured by SFs while
putting their lives at stake.
Two CISF troopers were injured
when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at a CISF vehicle
at the Panchpatmali bauxite mining hills in Damanjodi in Koraput
The 13 names the State Government
announced against whom cases would be withdrawn in exchange of
the MLA's release didn't have the names of Linga and Gananath
Patra, adviser of CMAS who is now in jail.
The Maoists began their praja
court to decide whether or not to release abducted BJD MLA
Jhina Hikaka. Sources said the court was held at a place about
2 kilometres from Balipeta in Narayanpatna area in the District.
The Maoists may delay Hikaka's release by a few days.
The ADJ (Fast track) Dilip Kumar
Mishra of Jeypore granted bail to Rabi Tadangi arrested for his
involvement in a 2009 loot case in Narayanpatna Police Station
area, taking the total number of CMAS activists released (since
April 17, 2012) on bail to five.
The Gajapati District and session's
court rejected the fresh bail petition filed by Maoist leader
Arati Majhi. Arati was one of the Maoists whose release was demanded
in exchange of abducted (now released) Italian Paolo Bosusco.
Arati was arrested on February 10, 2010.
The SC wanted to know "what was
happening" in the Odisha Maoist hostage crisis. The Centre told
the SC it had "no idea", while the Odisha Government, the primary
respondent in a public interest petition seeking to prevent it
from succumbing to the "blackmail tactics" of Maoists, was not
The Maoists had blocked several
roads connecting Narayanpatna block with the outside world. The
roads had not been cleared till evening. The Narayanpatna-Laxmipur
road was blocked at several places by the Maoists by felling trees
and digging up the road.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked
a site where works were being undertaken under PMGSY near Pendajam
under Semiliguda Police Station limits in Koraput District. According
to sources, the Maoists set ablaze and damaged two road rollers,
one tipper, one excavator and a motorcycle.
The AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist who
have been holding Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka hostage since
March 24, said they would organise a 'people's court' on April
25 to take a final decision on his release.
The Gajapati District and Session
Court in Paralakhemundi granted bail to eight CPI-Maoist cadres,
including Arati Majhi (22), in the two cases related to burning
of OSRTC bus and damaging a mobile communication tower at Raipanka
in Gajapati District in 2009.
The CPI-Maoist cadres released
BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka in the forests of Narayanpatna in Koraput
District. Hikaka was abducted by the Maoists on March 24 near
Toyapet in Koraput District, while he was returning home to Laxmipur
The State Police raided a camp
belonging to Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of the OSOC of CPI-Maoist,
in Sorada area in Ganjam District. An exchange of fire took place
between the Police and Maoists. The Police seized the generator
and some other items after the encounter.
Nirmala alias Nande Sodi
(30), 'deputy Commander' of Paplur and Kalimela dalam,
surrendered before the DIG (South-Western Range), Sunabeda, Soumendra
Priyadarshi at Malkangiri District.
Maoists killed two villagers,
identified as Gobardhan Pande (20) and Kailash Agrawal (31), at
Luhasingha village near Patnagarh in Bolangir. Police said Kailash
was the owner of a Mahua flower godown where Gobardhan was working
as a night watchman.
A group of armed Maoists abducted
and killed Balaram Naik (35), a marginal farmer, at Tentuligumma
under Boipariguda block (administrative division) in Koraput District,
suspecting him to be a Police informer.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
contractor in Malkangiri Village-55 (MV-55) area within Kalimela
Police limits in Malkangiri District. Villagers found the dead
body of Subalo Sil (48), on the canal embankment near Saplur Chowk,
a few metres from MV-55. Sil, who was undertaking repair work
of canal embankments and village roads, belonged to nearby MV
55 village was earlier warned by the Maoists through posters pasted
on the canal embankment asking him not to undertake repair works
without their permission.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Sini Sai (50), who happens to be a former Sarpanch (head
of Gram Panchayat, village level local self-Government
institution) of Gobaraghati Gram Panchayat under Kalinga Nagar
Police Station in Jajpur District, allegedly involved in the killing
of security men and many crimes, was arrested from the dense forest
bordering Jajpur and Keonjhar areas. Sini was involved in the
attack on Daitari Police Station, abduction of a Police officer
Umesh Marandi and other crimes and violence in Jajpur and Keonjhar
Prasant Majhi alias Susanta
(22), the personal bodyguard of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda
alias Sunil, since 2007, surrendered before the local Police
in Gajapati District. Susanta, a school dropout from Guluba village
in the District, joined the Maoists in 2005, in his teens. Initially,
he worked as a courier and later went on to become one of the
most trusted members of the outfit, eventually getting the job
of Panda's bodyguard. Susanta underwent training in at least six
camps in Gajapati and Kandhamal District in jungle warfare and
handling of weapons like INSAS rifle, AK-47, sten gun and 9mm
Police took custody of five German
tourists from Khaprakhol block in Bolangir District. Officials
warned them to never to venture into the Maoist-affected area
again. "The new guidelines don't allow foreigners to visit tourist
spots without prior permission. The entry of five Germans amounts
to flouting of rules," District Tourist Officer Goutam Nag said.
A 'deputy commander' of central
regional committee of AOBSZC, Section 1 of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Ramesh alias Raiman Pangi (28), surrendered before Police
in Malkangiri District. Ramesh was wanted in several cases, including
attack on Police Stations and explosions.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Krupa
Ram Majhi, an ASI of Police, and shot him dead in Nuapada District.
Majhi, posted in Dharmabandha Police outpost, was escorting a
water tanker to a CRPF camp at Goudha near Sunabeda sanctuary
when the incident took place. The Maoists, however, did not harm
Constable Debnarayan Sahoo who was accompanying Majhi. Police
suspect that the incident was the handiwork of the Maoists' Mainpur
division, headed by one Sujatha, which operates in Nuapada and
bordering Districts of Chhattisgarh.
The Government Railway Police
(GRP) arrested a man from Link express along with a consignment
of 700 detonators. The man was arrested in Katabhanji, while one
of his accomplices ran away in the ruckus that was created during
the regular search operation. It is being believed that the detonators
were meant for the CPI-Maoist.
The Centre blamed the Odisha Government
for an "alarming" rise in the activities of Maoists and accused
the Naveen Patnaik Government of failing to take any counter measure."It
is pertinent to mention that Odisha is the only state of India
where activities of the CPI-Maoist are spreading to new areas
at an alarming rate without requisite counter-measures by the
state government," the Home Ministry said in a message sent to
Director General of Police and Principal Secretary (Home) of Odisha
A contractor, Jami Rajendra Prasad
(40), from Narayanpatna block in Koraput District was killed by
CPI-Maoist cadres at Gechela under Laxmipur Police Station on
Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road. The Maoists also left some posters
at the spot owning up to the murder. Maoists suspected him to
be a Police informer.
A hardcore Maoist, Narendra Bridika
(32), was arrested in Muniguda Police Station area in Rayagada
District during a raid by a joint team of Police and CRPF on a
meeting spot of Maoists at Belundi village. Two country-made SBML
guns and some posters opposing anti-Maoist operations were seized.
Bridika is an active member of Bansadhara division of the Odisha
State Organising Committee of the CPI-Maoist. He used to be personal
bodyguard of D. Keshav Rao alias Azad, a Maoist leader
who has surrendered. According to Police sources, at present he
was working as an associate of Maoist 'commander' Nikhil.
Police claimed to have arrested
a suspected woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Rebati
Nayak, from a forest in Naktideula area in Sambalpur District.
Police sources said Rebati is an active cadre of Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh
Zonal committee of CPI-Maoist.
The Koraput-Srikakulam divisional
committee of the CPI-Maoist gave a bandh (shut down strike)
call in Koraput District on May 16. The Maoist division functions
under the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC).
Through a letter written in Telugu, Daya alias Chemmala
Krishnamurthi, 'secretary' of Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee,
informed newsmen that the bandh call is given to protest against
NCTC and anti-Maoist operations like Operation Green Hunt.
He also demanded withdrawal of BSF personnel from Narayanpatna
area of Koraput District.
Responding to media queries, chief
minister Naveen Patnaik sought to underplay the Centre's observation
on spread of Maoist activity in the State. "The allegations are
not correct. We will give a reply to the Union government on Monday
[May 14]," he said.
The State Government refuted the
Centre's charge that it had failed to check the growth of CPI-Maoist
activities in the State saying that it had been successful in
bringing improvement in the situation.
A trooper of the DVF, Ajay Kumar
Sahoo, was killed by Maoists during a joint combing operation
by the CRPF, SOG and DVF at Birikala reserve forest under Nayakote
Police Station in Keonjhar District. The area is on the Keonjhar-Angul
border, sources said.
The Bharat bandh call given
by the CPI-Maoist had its impact in some pockets of south Odisha.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
appealed to the extremists to give up arms and join the mainstream.
In a carefully worded statement aimed at reconciliation with the
LWEs, Naveen did not use the word 'Maoist', referring to the ultras
as 'brothers and sisters' instead. "Today when bandh (was being
observed) in India, including some parts of Odisha, I appeal my
young brothers and sisters to return to the mainstream," Naveen
told mediapersons, a day after state home secretary U N Behera
warned the LWEs that "all attempts to disrupt public order and
unlawful activities have to be firmly dealt with".
Three powerful tiffin bombs, each
weighing six kilograms, buried on the road between Bharuamunda
and Lodra in Nuapada District by Maoists were detected.
The Gajapati District and Sessions
Court in Paralakhemundi acquitted woman Maoist Arati Majhi (22)
in the case related to burning of Odisha State Road Transport
Corporation (OSRTC) buses at Raipanka in Gajapati District on
December 28, 2009. Five others identified as Babula Behera Dalai,
Lazor Majhi, Shyam Majhi, Manas Majhi, and Jacob Majhi were also
acquitted in the same case.
Three motorcycle-borne Maoists
of the AOBSZC shot a contractor dead at Khairaput in the Mudulipada
Police Station limits of Malkangiri District. The deceased was
identified as Budra Dhangada Majhi (38). Maoists suspected him
to be a Police informer.
Sabyasachi Panda, the secretary
of the OSOC of the CPI-Maoist, threatened of "revolutionary violence"
if the State Government continues to attack the Maoists. In a
fresh audio tape circulated to media houses, Panda alleged the
State Government has not fulfilled its promises to secure the
release of Italian nationals Claudio Colangelo (on March 25) and
Bosusco Paolo (on April 12), who he had abducted from Kandhamal-Ganjam
region on March 14.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
reiterated his appeal to the Left wing extremists to shun the
path of violence and return to the social mainstream. Patnaik
said the misguided youths who had taken the path of violence should
surrender and take benefit of the new rehabilitation policy. Patnaik's
appeal came a day after Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of the OSOC
of the CPI-Maoist warned of revolutionary violence.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Mita Paltasingh alias Sunita, was arrested during a
joint combing operation by personnel of the CRPF and SOG from
Kutiguda village under Kotagarh Police Station in Kandhamal District.
Some Maoist literature was seized from her possession.
A group of about 25 armed Maoists
killed Deba Bagaranga (40), the husband of sitting sarpanch of
Hanumanthpur Panchayat, at Hanumanthpur village in Chandrapur
block of Rayagada District. Deba was also a former panchayat
samiti member of the area. Maoists left the spot leaving behind
a hand-written poster alleging that Deba was a Police informer.
The killing was carried out by Bansadhara Division of CPI-Maoist
headed by Nikhil alias Niranjan Rout.
The CPI-Maoist called for a bandh
in Andhra-Odisha border on May 30 protesting implementation of
globalization policies of Central and State Governments.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including
two women of the Kalinga Nagar division of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered
in Keonjhar District. The arrestees have been identified as Sambari
Munda (18) of Rebana village under Daitari Police limits, Rambati
Hembram (20) of Asanbahali village under Ghasipura Police limits,
Aiban Tiu (20) of Panga village under Telkoi Police limits and
Dharani (22) of Tungurubahali village under Telkoi Police limits.
Sambari surrendered with a gun and 18 rounds of bullets in the
presence of Deputy Inspector General of Police (western range)
Y K Jethwa and Superintendent of Police (Keonjhar) Ashish Kumar
A day ahead of the scheduled visit
of the Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to Malkangiri
District, three SOG personnel were injured in a landmine blast
by CPI-Maoist cadres at Kanaguda under Kalimela Police Station
in the District. An exchange of fire also occurred at the spot
between the Security Forces and Maoists after the landmine blast.
Ahead of their proposed 24-hour
bandh on May 30, Maoist supporters held a meeting at Gumphakonda
in Kalimela Police Station limits in the District. Tribal people
armed with their traditional weapons attended the meeting.
A team of National Investigating
Agency (NIA) arrested Asem Ibotombi Singh alias Angou,
external affairs wing 'secretary' of Manipur-based People's Liberation
Army (PLA), from Gopalpur in Ganjam District. The NIA suspects
that Angou was camping there to resurrect PLA's ties with Maoists
in Odisha's tribal areas after the arrest of the outfit's important
leaders. An NIA official said, "Angou had replaced N Dilip Singh
alias Wangba, in the PLA hierarchy after his arrest from
Delhi last year. We suspect in his absence, Angou was trying to
rebuild the broken partnership between PLA and Maoists." Angou
was produced before Berhampur court and was taken on five-day
remand by the NIA, Police sources said.
Maoist cadres, suspected to be
of Bargarh-Bolangir and Mahasamund division of the outfit, set
ablaze two collection centres (Paharighars) of 'kendu' leaf in
Khariar kendu leaf division in Nuapada District. They demanded
upward revision of wages to kendu leaf pluckers.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
three tractors being used in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
(PMGSY) road work from Lathore to Dholmandal at Halanbhata village
in Tureikela block in Bolangir District in the night. The
Maoists left behind posters where they claimed to be members of
Bolangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund divisional committee and directed
the contractors to stop works on various roads and bridges.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Kesab Bhimadika, wanted for murder and other crime was arrested
during an operation on the outskirts of Narayanpatna in Koraput
Police arrested PLFI's Odisha
chapter head, Dhananjaya Bhuyan, from Kuanrmunda in Sundergarh
Police arrested Arjun Thakur (50)
and two of his associates Guddu alias Jayaram Prasad and
Jaggu alias Bijay in Roulkela District. The trio on May
20 demanded Rs 2 crores from Rajalaxmi Construction which is engaged
in work on Jhirpani Bridge in the name of PLFI.
A person, identified as Nabaghan
Wadeka is suspected to have been abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres
in Bissamkatak block of Rayagada District. According to sources,
Wadeka is suspected to have faced wrath of Maoists as he was involved
in the construction of a school building in the area, which was
sponsored by the Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL). Maoists are also
opposing the mining and refinery projects of VAL.
Maoists also targeted a kendu
leaf godown in Chandupalla village near Khariar under Nuapada
District in the night.
Maoists killed a 50 year-old tribal
person at a remote village in Koraput District, suspecting him
to be a Police informer. The dead body of the person was found
today with his throat slit and a letter left near it saying that
he was killed after being identified to be a Police informer,
said Y J Rao, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Laxmipur.
However, Rao rejected the Maoist allegation that the person was
a Police informer. The victim, identified as a resident of Manasdapadar
village, was also accused of extorting money from people by posing
to be a Maoist agent.
Maoists set ablaze nearly a dozen
of kendu leaf godowns in 12 villages situated over 20-km-long
stretch in Khaparakhol block in Bolangir District. The villages
included Khairpani, Rengali, Chaulbanji, and Jamunabadi.
A tribal labourer, identified
as Subra Huika (30) of Odia Pentha village in Narayanpatna block,
was killed in cold blood by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Koraput District
in the night. Huika's body was found on Narayanpatna-Laxmipur
road at distance of two km from Narayanpatna. The assailants had
slit open the throat of the victim with some sharp weapon. A letter
left on the spot by Koraput-Srikakulam Division of CPI-Maoist,
signed by Daya, alleged that Huika was a Police informer.
Continuing their operations in
Balangir District for the second and third consecutive day, the
Maoists set afire five more kendu leaf godowns - three
in June 10 and two in June 11 - in Khaprakhol area. Balangir District
earns INR 700 million revenue by selling Kendu leaves every year.
After the third day of arson, the State Government sustained a
loss of INR 2.56 million as 17 godowns had already been burnt.
Divisional forest officer (DFO) Rohit Singh said in the latest
arson, the Police camp was near the godowns. He said the two villages,
Beherapani and Turla, where Maoists burnt down the godowns on
June 11 are not very remote.
CMAS advisor Gananath Patra was
released from Choudwar circle jail after his release orders reached
the jail authorities from a court in Koraput District. The 73-year-old
leader is suffering from acute diabetes with vision and cardiac
ailments. Facing as many as six criminal cases, the CMAS leader
had been in custody for past 30 months. Although, he was acquitted
in four of the cases and had got bail in the remaining two cases,
he was refusing to come out of the jail on bail. Speaking to The
Hindu, he said he had changed his idea of leaving the jail
following advice of his friends.
Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres,
identified as Arjun Meleka and Musuri Wateka, allegedly involved
in about eight cases, were arrested by SF personnel during a special
operation, from Kanchanpadu village under Narayanpatna area in
Koraput District. The arrested duo, active in the area for quite
a long time, was involved in about eight criminal cases including
murder, landmine explosion, extortion and attack on attach on
SFs in the area, Koraput Superintendent of Police Awinash Kumar
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, who had
been planning a big operation, were arrested early in the morning
from Lungra Ghati in the K. Balang Police Station limits on Sundargarh-Jharkhand
border. The duo, Sudhir Bhuiyan (24) alias Bishram, and
Habil Horo (23), both from West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand,
were arrested by a joint team of CRPF and local Police. They also
recovered a double barrel gun and some live ammunition from the
Maoists, who were involved in a number of cases, including killing
of Police Sub-Inspector Ajit Bardhan in 2009.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by the SOG troopers in Koraput District after an encounter at
a place on a forested road near Chinakhemu within Bandhugaon Police
limits. The arrested Maoists are identified as Puala Sargu, Puala
Lachayya, Puala Ashu and Huika Sulaya. The SOG troopers also seized
three guns, one soap case bomb, a gun barrel and huge quantities
of Maoists literature and belongings from them.
Members of the Maoist-backed Chasi
Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna block took over
some 25 to 30 acres of land in possession of non-tribal people
near Kumbhariput in adjoining Bandhugaon block. This is seen as
a move of the Narayanpatna-based CMAS led by Nachika Linga to
extend activities of their outfit outside Narayanpatna.
The SFs claimed to have killed
a suspected woman CPI-Maoist cadre and busted a Maoist training
camp in Saranda forest in Sundargarh District. SFs rushed to Langalakanta
village in the deep forests of Saranda under K Balang Police limits
after getting a tip-off that over 30 Maoists, which included top
cadre Anmol, had gathered nearby. However, by the time they reached
the spot, the Maoists had retreated into the forests. The SFs
followed their trail, but met with heavy fire from the Maoists
at Mundatola. The SFs said they saw a woman cadre fall to the
bullets. But, they could not retrieve the body as her comrades
took it away, leaving bloodstains at the spot. During the operation,
the SFs recovered a sten gun and a 303 rifle from the camp. "They
have also found a few drums full of diesel, raw food material
and prepared food, uniform, large amounts of medicine, posters,
leaflets and magazines and Maoist literature from the camp," said
Sub-Divisional Police Officer S.S. Sethy.
Two Maoists identified as Janaki
Saya alias Tulasi (35) and her younger brother Admond Saya
alias Sadhu (30) of Totasahi village under Harichandanpur
Police limits, surrendered before the District Police in Keonjhar
District. Janaki was the commander of the women's military wing
of the local Kalinga Nagar division, while Admond was actively
working for the expansion of the Maoist activities in the region.
Janaki was accused of several crimes, including the ransacking
and burning of liquor shops, and firing at a Police patrol in
SOG personnel engaged in anti-Naxal
operation in Koraput District found Maoist dump in the District.
According to Police, one telescope, one digital camera, one country-made
gun, three mobile phone sets, Maoist literature, letters, medicines,
electric wires and switches, power sockets, two bags, biscuits,
bidis, and batteries were dumped in a forested road near Kumbikhari
village under Boipariguda Police Station area.
A landmine planted by the Maoists
was defused by Security Force personnel in Nabarangpur District.
Following a tip off, Police rushed to the spot near Jodenga village
in Raighar block and defused it.
A primary school teacher was arrested
in Ganjam District for his alleged links with Maoist leaders,
including Sabyasachi Panda. The arrestee was identified as Jhikania
Sabara of Jharakona village under Badagada Police Station area
in the District. Police have seized a Maoist poster, two photo
identity cards of his with different father's names, a VHF set,
charger, mobile set, several other papers and a new motorcycle
from him. Sabara was working as a teacher in Barada, near his
village, since the past seven years, the Police said. He was working
as an over-ground worker and transporter for the Maoists in Ganjam,
Gajapati and Kandhamal Districts and was a courier to top Maoist
leader Sabyasachi, the Police said. Sabara was working for Maoists,
including supplying grocery items and medicines to them, for the
past three years, the Police added.
The CPI-Maoist cadres damaged
a telephone tower by blasting it under Khaparakhol block
in Bolangir District, during their 24-hour bandh. The Chhattisgarh-Odisha
State Committee of the CPI-Maoist on June 25 called a 24-hour
bandh call demanding halt to Operation Green Hunt. The bandh affected
normal life in Bolangir, Bargarh, Nuapada and other western Odisha
The Maoists also set ablaze Kendu
leaf godown in Khaparakhol block during the bandh.
A former ward member, Pidika Sarbo
(55), was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Gumudaguoda
village under Bandhugaon Police limits in Koraput District. A
Maoist letter left at the spot reads that Pidika was punished
as he was cheating people in the area by working as a Police informer
and being involved in liquor trade.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
two tendu leaf godowns in Kantabanji forest range in Bolangir
District. Earlier, they had burnt down 20 godowns within Khaparakhol
range in the month of June causing the state exchequer a loss
of INR 2.8 million.
Allegedly pressurised by the CPI-Maoist,
elected panchayat body members of Kalimela block in Malkangiri
District stated that they would resign if some long-standing demands
of their area were not fulfilled. According to sources Maoists
had called up a meeting inside Gomphagunda forest which was attended
by a large number of elected members of panchayat bodies
of Kalimela block. Around 1,000 Maoist sympathisers were said
to be present at the meeting. One Zilla Parishad (ZP) member,
18 sarpanches and 15 panchayat samiti members
were present at this meeting. According to a sarpanch around seven
Maoist cadres were present there. But they were in plain dresses
without any arms. The Maoists ordered the elected panchayat body
members to resign if administration and Government did not take
steps to fulfil a promise related to extension of an irrigation
canal. The elected panchayat body members eventually provided
a statement to the local media claiming that they would resign
if the demand related to the canal did not show any positive sign
within 15 days.
The day-long bandh called
by Maoists in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area to protest against
the recent encounter in Chhattisgarh failed to evoke any response.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
Gangadhar Chalan, former deputy Sarpanch of Madulipada
panchayat in Malkangiri District in the night, suspecting
him to be a Police Informer. His bullet ridden body was found
in a forest near Atalaguda under Mudulipada Police Station limits.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Setu Kendruka of Dandabadi village and Naga Kendruka
of Chintaguda village, were arrested by SOG personnel in Maoist-affected
Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. According to Police, the
arrested Maoists have more than eight major cases related to murder,
attempted murder and other incidents of Maoist violence pending
against them. They were allegedly involved in the attack on Narayanpatna
Police Station in November 2009.
Asking top Maoist leader Sabyasachi
Panda alias Sunil to surrender, Odisha's new DGP Prakash
Mishra said he would try to segregate the local cadre from the
Maoists hailing from neighbouring Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
Earlier in the day, Mishra took over as DGP of the State.
A local Biju Janata Dal (BJD)
leader and businessman, Hardeep Singh, was shot dead by cadres
of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist in Rajgangpur
area of Sundargarh District. His bullet-riddled body was found
near Bilegarh. PLFI left a poster claiming responsibility of the
Police shot dead a cadre of the
PLFI in Sundargarh District. Acting on a tip-off, a special Police
squad raided the PLFI hideout at Udugaon village. While one PLFI
cadre was killed, four others of the group, including their leader,
Dilip Singh, were injured. Another cadre was detained for interrogation.
Police recovered several weapons, including an AK-47, one self-loading
rifle and pistol and about 126 bullets.
The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly
abducted two persons in Bandhugaon block in Koraput District,
for being Police informers, following the arrest of one of their
sympathizers. The arrested Maoist sympathizer is Kadraka Puala
of Elangawalsa village and the two abducted fellow villagers are
Kadraka Lachana and Kadraka Mali. The Maoists had abducted five
villagers but freed three of them sometime later. However, no
Police complaint was lodged by the family of the abducted duo
and Police are gathering intelligence inputs about it.
The CPI-Maoist set ablaze five
vehicles, including a JCB proclainer and a tractor, at Nakamamudi
village under Chitrakonda Police Station limits in Malkangiri
District of Odisha. The vehicles belonging to a Pune-based construction
company were being used in laying a road from Balimela junction
to Malkangiri. Malkangiri division committee of the CPI-Maoist
led by Gajarla Ravi alleged that the road-widening works were
being taken up as part of Operation Green Hunt to target
them. The Maoists opposing road works in interiors are now targeting
major road works from Balimela to Malkangiri, which could provide
road link to 40 villages, Police said.
The Maoists killed the son of
a ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader at Sana Gunjibhata in Khaparakhol
Block of Bolangir District. The Police said about 30 armed Maoists
went to the house of BJD leader Ganeshram Bhoi, forced his son
Sashiram (42) to accompany them, tied him to a pole and assaulted
him before killing him with a bayonet, as his family, including
his father, watched helplessly. Sashiram had worked as a contractor
in neighbouring Nuapada District.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were arrested by Security Force personnel during a joint combing
operation in Barigaon under Laxmipur Police limits in Koraput
District. They were identified as Dasaratha, Kamburu and Chintamani,
in the age group of 30 to 40 years. Dasarath has about 13 criminal
cases were pending against him. Though no specific charges were
pending against Kamburu and Chintamani, both were close associates
Alleging harassment from Andhra
Pradesh (AP) leaders and cadres, a CPI-Maoist 'area commander',
identified as Deba Padiami (30), surrendered before Malkangiri
District. Padiami served as 'area commander' of Kalimela-Motu
dalam (squad) and has several cases pending against him.
Subhasree Das, wife of top Maoist
leader Sabyasachi Panda, said that her husband could surrender
if the State Government withdraws cases against him.
Around 40 Maoists set ablaze a
vehicle engaged in road construction and assaulted the site supervisor
and driver at Badacheka village within Rayagada Police limits
in Rayagada District.
Strongly protesting the Odisha
Government's plan of launching night operation against Maoists,
the CPI-Maoist alleged that the State has failed to keep its promises
made during the abduction of Laxmipur Member of Legislative Assembly
(MLA) Jhina Hikaka.
Rajgangpur Police laimed that
the two persons arrested in the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Hardeep
Singh murder case are active cadres of the Jharkhand-based PLFI.
The arrested PLFI cadres have been identified as Bhibisan Barua
(25) and Baldeb Kumar Narang (21).
During a joint operation, personnel
of SOG and CRPF seized a CPI-Maoist dump of 20 kilograms of ammonium
nitrate from a remote location near Ganjam-Kandhamal border. Four
barrels were also seized from the area.
A woman Maoist cadre of OSOC of
the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sabita Mallick alias Peti
(22), known as Sukanti in the rebel camp, surrendered before SP
Pandit in Ganjam District. Sukanti hailed from Mankadakhari village
under Sorada Police Station limits in the District.
The SFs unearthed a CPI-Maoist
arms and explosives dump during a raid on a Maoist hideout in
the forested area in Rayagada District of Odisha. The dump was
located, following information given by 'deputy commander' of
CPI-Maoist, Ramesh Tama alias Dasarath, who was arrested
along with two other Maoists in Koraput District on July 11.
A group of around 25 to 30 Maoists
swooped down on the construction site near MPV-13 (Malkangiri
Pottery Village) under Kalimela Police Station and set ablaze
a road construction project vehicle in Malkangiri District. No
assault or casualty was reported in the incident.
Top CPI-Maoist leader and main
accused in VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati's murder, Sabyasachi
Panda, said he won't surrender as is being speculated.
Meena Palka, a Maoist and Laxmi
(19) and Saraswati Palka (17), his two daughters, who had surrendered
in Rayagada District on August 10, 2011, have alleged that the
State Government has failed to rehabilitate them as per the package
promised for surrendered Maoists.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by the SF personnel in Koraput District of Odisha. Police said
while BSF troopers arrested two Maoists identified as Allaya Musika
and Kumbha Mandangi, SOG personnel arrested another Maoist identified
as Mangra Sirika. A country-made gun was seized from Mangra.
The Maoists have stepped up their
poster campaign ahead of the observance of martyrs' week from
July 28 to August 3. Posters were found at Lamataput, Onakadelli,
Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon, Laxmipur and Pottangi areas in Koraput
District. Sources from Malkangiri said this time the Maoists have
constructed nine martyrs' pillars at Tentulipadar and Kalimela
areas and have conducted a massive poster campaign.
The CPI-Maoist has launched a
poster campaign in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts to seek support
for the Martyrs' Week from July 28 to August 3. "We appeal to
everyone to observe Martyrs' Week by paying homage to the deceased
Maoist leaders at your respective villages," read a Maoist poster
pasted at Kalimela in Malkangiri.
A SPO was killed and another injured
in a CPI-Maoist attack in Malkangiri District. Police said a group
of Maoists fired at the two SPOs while they were on patrolling
duty at a local market at Padia under Kalimela Police Station
on the second of the Martyrs' Week [July 28-August 3] being observed
by the Maoists.
Police arrested 11 cadres of the
PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, operating both in Jharkhand
and Odisha, from Rourkela in Sundergarh District.
On the second day of Martyrs'
Week, movement of vehicles was disrupted in different parts of
southern and western Odisha. Long and short-distance passenger
buses did not run for security reasons. The worst affected District
were Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Kandhamal.
In Koraput District, Maoists assembled
at the 'martyrs' pillar' erected at Borgi in Narayanpatna Police
Station area to pay homage to their deceased leaders. According
to sources, a large number of villagers also attended the meeting
which continued for a couple of hours. Revolutionary songs were
sung by Maoist cadres and the Maoist leaders urged villagers to
join the Maoist movement to get their legitimate rights over land,
forest and water.
In a CPI-Maoist poster found pasted
in Hanumanthpur area of Rayagada District, one Pradeep, who has
got the backing of Odia Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, claiming
to be the secretary of Bansadhara division of the CPI-Maoist has
alleged that Nikhil, who earlier claimed to be leader of Bansadhara
Division, was involved in extortion, exploitation of women and
activities contrary to principles of Maoist organisation. As per
the posters fate of Nikhil would be decided in a praja court.
Bansadhara division of the CPI-Maoist is active in Rayagada, Gajapati,
Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts of south Odisha. Earlier, on July
28, Nikhil had come up with a statement in which he had openly
criticised Odia Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda and Pradeep. In
his statement sent through audio tape, Nikhil had claimed that
while he was away on some organisational work, Sabyasachi had
whimsically declared Pradeep as the secretary of Bansadhara Division.
Hundreds of posters prepared by
the Union Home Ministry have been put up in Rayagada District
of Odisha to wean youths away from the CPI-Maoist. The posters
were spotted in villages of Muniguda block and focus on the sufferings
of those involved with the Maoists. "Maoists target rural youths
because they can be easily lured into the extremist movement.
So to make the rural youths aware about the evils of the Maoist
organization, the posters have been put up," said a senior Police
officer posted in Rayagada District.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, involved in
stopping SFs from launching a search for abducted Laxmipur MLA
Jhina Hikaka in March was arrested in Koraput District. Bhima
Huija of Maudivalasa village within Bandhugaon Police limits was
involved in road blockades in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks
during that time.
According to a report, Maoists
are setting up parallel governments, janata sarkars, in
the interior pockets of AOB, buoyed by the success of a similar
exercise in the Dandakaranya region of Chhattisgarh. The Gumma
area committee in Malkangiri District set up a janata sarkar in
the interior villages of AOB when the Maoists distributed rice
to 800 tribal families.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition,
purportedly stocked by the CPI-Maoist, were seized during a special
operation by Police in Aradapal forest that spreads over Jajpur
and Keonjhar Districts. Two rifles, a pistol, 146 rounds of ammunition,
seven boosters, 100 aluminium detonators, a screwdriver set and
explosive materials were seized during the operation by the Police.
A 17-year old girl, who had joined
the Maoists two years ago, surrendered before Angul Police after
being disillusioned at the camp. "Life is quite boring in the
Maoist camp," said Budhuni Munda alias Shanti, who used to carry
luggage of other members.
Odisha Government decided to link
all the 133 Police Stations in LWE-hit areas and 80 locations
in difficult terrains with VSAT facility under CCNS. The decision
was taken at the meeting of a committee on CCNS chaired by Chief
Secretary which resolved to cover all the 581 Police Stations
along with other District Police offices and high Police officers
through specially-devised software to facilitate and expedite
The SF personnel found three landmines
near Sikhapalli weekly market within Malkangiri Police limits
in Malkangiri District.
Security has also been tightened
in Malkangiri District for Kranti Diwas that the Maoists
celebrate in memory leader Kranti Ranveer, who was killed in Police
firing while attacking Motu Police Station on August 9, 2001.
An anti-Maoist cell was inaugurated
at the Ganjam District Police headquarters.
DG of CRPF K Vijay Kumar said
extreme measures were not resorted to unless it was unavoidable
in dealing with the CPI-Maoist. "We have told our people, number
one try to get surrender, number two, try to get arrest. Only
when you are about to be shot, then you resort to firearms," Kumar
told reporters here on the sideline of a function in Bhubaneswar.
The latest situation report on
the CPI-Maoist prepared by the State Government indicates that
the Maoists are importing cadres from neighbouring Chhattisgarh
and Jharkhand to the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh (SDS) Division
to revive the SDS Division.
The CPI-Maoist has expelled its
top Odisha leader, Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, saying
he betrayed the group and the "great cause of the toiling masses".
The 43-year-old Panda, who has a bounty of INR 2 million on his
head, was the secretary of the OSOC of the CPI-Maoist and operated
in Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts.
Sources said a Telugu cadre may
replace Panda to bring cohesion in the Maoist rank and file in
Odisha. Police sources said Panda, however, may have already severed
his ties by forming the Odisha Maovadi Party.
Gopu Gopikrishna alias
Sandesh alias Suryam, a CPI-Maoist leader, was arrested
by the Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) rural Police from Malkangiri
District in Odisha. According to sources, Suryam was the division
committee member (DCM) of Malkangiri District. Sources also reported
that Suryam is being taken to Visakhapatnam District.
Two days after the CPI-Maoist said it had expelled
him from the party, Sabyasachi Panda, former secretary of the
OSOC of the CPI-Maoist said the party should "review its actions,
admit mistakes and mend itself". "The party will be doomed if
it doesn't do so," he warned. In an audio tape circulated to media
persons, Panda said he had no ties with the CPI-Maoist since last
seven months and had formed a new outfit, Odisha Maoist Party.
"We don't believe in violent confrontation with adversaries,"
he said, condemning the "mindless violence" being perpetrated
by the CPI-Maoist.
Fear of the Maoists is keeping contractors away
from the repairing work of an 18-km road between the block headquarters
of Lamataput and Macchkund in Koraput District. Further, the Maoists
have stalled three other vital road projects in Koraput District.
Narayan Suna (46), a Police home guard, was shot dead by the
CPI-Maoist cadres at Majhipalli village in Paikamal area in Bargarh
District of Odisha.
Odisha Police will request their Jharkhand counterparts to hand
over Maoist 'area commander' Johnson Munda for interrogation in
connection with certain cases in the state.
||The Security Force personnel destroyed
a CPI-Maoist camp in Daringibadi area in Kandhamal District and
seized some belongings of the Maoist. The items seized from the
camp include blankets, jackets, woollen caps, sweaters, T-shirts,
hand gloves, a plastic drum, around 50-metre wire, a stabilizer,
jars of petrol and kerosene, polythene sheets and a camera, Police
Maoists unfurled black flags in some remote pockets of Koraput
and Malkangiri Districts on Independence Day. According to reports,
Maoists hoisted black flags in many remote areas of Narayanpatna
and Bandhugaon blocks of Koraput District. They also reported
to have put up banners against Independence Day and black flags
in remote areas of Kalimela block in Malkangiri District.
Odisha Maoist Party (OMP), the new Maoist outfit formed by Sabyasachi
Panda in the State after his expulsion from the central Maoist
organization, also tried to show up its presence in the areas
under AOBSZC through posters and banners against Independence
Day in the remote areas of Koraput and Malkangiri Districts.
The members of the Maoist-backed CMAS boycotted the Independence
Day celebration by singing revolutionary songs, organizing a rally
holding black Flags as well as hosting black flag at their meeting
place at Tentulipadar village in Koraput District.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik demanded
deployment of additional battalions of CAF and more helicopters
for the State to tackle the Naxal threat. "Our requirement of
two more battalions of central armed force for the state should
be urgently met and deployed in some Districts of Odisha," Patnaik
said after meeting Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in
New Delhi. He said the State has also demanded "two more helicopters"
for operation in Naxal hit areas. Patnaik also demanded release
of the pending claims of INR 1.26 billion for reimbursement for
security related expenditure quickly besides seeking enhancement
of funds under the integrated action plan programme.
Teli Kadraka alias Rajendra,
the 'commander' of Jhanjabati area committee of CPI Maoist, was
killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in Bada Mathur forest under
Bandhugaon Police station limits in Koraput District. Rajendra
was a resident of Tala Pottesh Village of Bandhugaon Block. However,
some other Maoists escaped from the spot taking advantage of the
dense forest. A 303 rifle and kitbags were recovered from the
encounter site, where the Maoist group had set up a temporary
camp, Police sources said.
A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Maran Piyusika, was arrested by the Police in Gunupur area
of Rayagada District of Odisha. Maran hailed from Bakaguda village
of Hanumanthpur panchayat under Chandrapur Police Station
limits. Several non-bailable warrants related to Maoist activity
were pending against him in different Police Stations of Rayagada
A former Gram Panchayat
member was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Padia area
in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The body of Sukra Khurami (45),
who had been missing since August 20 evening after he went to
the village market, was found with his throat slit near Modiguda
More than 3000 activists and supporters
of Maoist-backed CMAS protested in Bandhugaon block of Koraput
District against the killing of Maoist 'commander' Rajendra alias
Teli Kadraka in police encounter on August 19. They alleged
that the District Police killed Rajendra in a fake encounter.
They also maintained that Rajendra was an innocent and had no
connection with any Maoists activities.
Odisha Government sanctioned 6,384
new posts for appointment of Gram Panchayat Development Officers
(GPDO) and Gram Panchayat Technical Assistants (GPTA) in 18 Maoist-infested
districts where the centrally assisted IAP is being implemented.
Eight persons were convicted for
their involvement in CPI-Maoist activities by a court in Paralakhemundi
tehsil in Gajapati District of Odisha. Each person was
awarded seven years of rigorous imprisonment and fined INR 500
by S K Behera, chief judicial magistrate-cum-assistant sessions
Around 60 BSF personnel returning
from a combing operation in Bejangwada to their base camp at Kalimela,
narrowly escaped when a landmine planted by CPI-Maoist exploded
on a forest road near Gumphakonda in Malkangiri District.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
and two others were seriously injured when a landmine they were
trying to plant exploded on a road near Tekguda in Kalimela area
in Malkangiri. According to reports the victim was Muka Madkami.
But the Police are yet to confirm his identity.
Parvati Majhi (25), a 'deputy
commander' of the Paplur Dalam (armed squad) of the CPI-Maoist
surrendered before Malkangiri SP Akhilesh Singh. Parvati hailed
from Bodinga village under Chitrakonda Police Station limits in
the District. She was involved in exchange of fire in Sudha Kunda
forest on November 24, 2008, in which a trooper of SOG K. Anand
Patnaik had been killed by Maoist bullets.
Gananath Patra, adviser of the
Maoist-backed CMAS, and an alleged Maoist sympathiser was acquitted
in a murder case pending against him by the fast track court of
Koraput District. The case was regarding the killing of Piniti
Suresh, a supporter of Bandhugaon based CMAS, at Basnaput under
Bandhugaon Police Station limits of Koraput District on September
Three home guards of the State
Police have recently resigned from their job following the brutal
murder of a fellow home guard by Maoists in Bargarh District's
Padmapur sub-division on August 13. The three home guards are
Gajendra Bagh, Subash Sahu and Kishore Deep. They resigned on
August 22, 24 and 28, respectively.
A BSF trooper, J Kundu, was killed
and another, Dhiren Sahu, injured when a landmine planted by the
CPI-Maoist cadres exploded on a forest road in Koraput District.
The two troopers were members of a unit of the BSF stationed at
Palur in Koraput.
In a written reply in the Assembly,
Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik said that 99 Left-wing extremists
had been killed in a duration of six-and-half years. Rejecting
criticism from opposition parties, he also claimed to have spent
35 nights in Left-wing extremism (LWE)-hit areas during the last
12 years. The CM added 959 rebels had been arrested till August
this year from 2006. Apart from this, 134 Maoists have surrendered
before the Police, he said. On the allegation of failing to control
Maoist violence, Patnaik claimed that LWE activities had considerably
reduced in nine of the 19 Maoist-hit Districts. The Districts
are - Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Keonjhar,
Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Deogarh.
Odisha Government made it clear
that SPOs appointed by it are not being used in anti-Naxal operational
duties nor are they deployed in any Security activities. SPOs
appointed by Odisha Police under SRE Scheme are used for collection
of intelligence only on security situation. About 1900 SPOs were
engaged in 2011-12.
Seven Maoists, including three
women were arrested from forest near Kamalapada in Koraput District.
Two guns, 20 kg of gelatine sticks, three pairs of Maoist uniform
and a large quantity of leaflets were also seized by the SFs.
The arrested women cadre were Rupayi Mandangi, Singali Tadingi,
and Juroka Huika. The arrested male cadres were Sigro Mandangi,
Kenda Chakra, Rajarao Waleka, and Ramesh Sidaripu.
The Maoists told media in Malkangiri
about their decision not to oppose the road construction works
in Malkangiri District.
A powerful landmine planted on
a road by CPI-Maoist cadres was seized by SF personnel in Kandhamal
District. The explosive device was found between Kotagada and
Srirampur. Altogether nine explosive devices including landmines
and tiffin bombs were seized from Baliguda sub-division from the
Maoist-affected District in the last one year.
A Maoist was arrested during anti-Maoist
operations in Koraput District. The arrested Maoist, Karna Minsal,
is a member of AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist and was arrested from
his village Kumbhariput within Bandhugaon Police limits. No arms
or Maoist belongings were recovered from his possession.
In an assessment of armed cadres
of the CPI-Maoist in the State, the Odisha Police has found that
between 70 and 80 per cent of them do not belong to the State.
Around 50 per cent of the total armed cadres belong to the AOBSZC
operating in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts, a senior paramilitary
officer said. The study also put the total number of armed Maoist
cadre in Odisha at a little over 500. While many of them joined
the outfit as recently as six months ago, some have been members
for 30 years. The firearms they use range from single barrel muzzle
loader to AK-47 and 9 mm pistol. The AOBSZC is the biggest, with
an estimated 240-250 cadres. The second biggest committee is Dandakaranya
Zonal Committee, which has around 100 armed cadres, mostly from
Chhattisgarh. The third biggest zonal committee is the Orissa
State Organising Committee, which has around 80 armed cadres.
Officials said Odisha Maovadi Party formed by the recently expelled
Sabyasachi Panda may not have more than 20 armed cadres.
SFs seized a huge cache of weapons
and explosive materials stocked by the CPI-Maoist in a forest
near Matikeda in Kotagada area in Kandhamal District. The articles
recovered from the hidden dump included 79 detonators, five gelatin
sticks, three wire bundles, four electric switches and several
other devices used to make landmines. Eight rifles, one air gun,
knives and other sharp weapons were also seized from the site
besides volumes of Maoist literature including leaflets, pamphlets,
posters, audio cassettes and Naxal flags.
SFs unearthed secret explosive
dumps of the CPI- Maoist in Kandhamal and Malkangiri Districts
of Odisha. In Kandhamal District the Maoist dump was located inside
the forest near Targabali village under Gadapur Panchayat
near Brahmanigaon Police Station limits. The seized items included
three powerful landmines as well as electric wires, electrical
switches and batteries used to detonate landmines. A digital multi-meter
was seized from the spot, which was suspected to be used by Maoists
for making the wiring of landmines. A generator set was also unearthed
from the spot.
The other seizure of Maoist explosive
materials occurred inside forest near Porkel under Orkel Police
Station limits in Malkangiri District. The seized items included
gelatine sticks, liquid and semi-liquid explosive chemicals, nitrates,
wires etc used by Maoists to manufacture IED. Other items seized
from the spot included air mattresses, Maoist literature and equipments
like cameras used by Maoists for logistic support.
A hardcore Maoist, Jihuda Patamajhi
(27) was arrested in Kandhamal District. Patamajhi, was bodyguard
of Nikhil, top leader of the Maoist group of OSOC now active in
Kandhamal after expulsion of Sabyasachi Panda from the Maoist
At least eight employees of a
Hyderabad-based private construction company were arrested after
a huge cache of explosive materials were seized in Malkangiri
Two powerful landmines, weighing
about 25 kilograms each, planted by CPI-Maoist were seized by
SFs from a road in a forest area near Tanginiguda near Boipariguda
Police station in Koraput District of Odisha.
A CPI-Maoist poster pasted at
a high school at Badbanki village in Tureikela block in Bolangir
District in Odisha, has caused panic and led to the school's closure.
The institution has remained closed for the past 12 days, as teachers,
parents and officials did not dare to open the school, for fear
that the Maoists would attack.
The Maoists killed a local trader,
identified as Sattar Khan, by hacking him to death at Nangalbaoard
in Sinapali area in Nuapada District, suspecting him to be a Police
informer. According to the Police, a group of about 25 Maoists,
including women, barged into the house of Sattar Khan and attacked
him with sharp weapons and rifle bayonet. A note left by the Maoists
stated that Sattar Khan was passing on information about Maoist
activities to the Police.
Odisha Police arrested five persons
and seized around 6,000 detonators which was being transported
in a private bus at Lanji palli bypass road on the national highway
in the AOB region. The detonators were packed in two containers
consisting of 120 bundles. Each bundle had 50 detonators.
Rohidas Gond, an elected tribal
ward member of a Panchayat was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres
at Rajpur village in Nabarangpur District of Odisha. In a note
left at the scene, the Maoists branded him a Police informer.
Mainpur division of adjoining Chhattisgarh carried out the killing.
Former Sarpanch Mistu Khara
and a Naib Sarpanch Raju Khara were abducted in Malkangiri District.
A landmine manufacturing unit
of the CPI-Maoist was unearthed by SFs near the remote Jhumuka
village under Bandhugaon Police Station limits in Koraput District.
Around 18 kg of explosive material in gel form, 28 large steel
pots called 'gara' and wires with plugs, a camera flash to detonate
explosive devices and a Maoist uniform were seized from the spot.
Acting on a tip off, Police arrested
a woman Maoist, Munguli Purti, during an anti-Maoist operation
in forest area of Topadihi in Sundargarh District.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
two vehicles of Mohd Rice, a contractor in Badtunga village under
Paikamal Police limits in Bargarh District and threatened him
with dire consequences.
Seven village guards launched
a search for Former Sarpanch Mistu Khara and a Naib Sarpanch
Raju Khara but they were also taken hostage in Malkangiri District.
Five of the village guards were later set free.
Two Maoists identified as Rout
Wadeda and Braja Sirika of Podapadar village under Narayanpatna
Police Limits surrendered in Koraput District.
Two suspected Maoists, identified
as Mochi Lugun alias Mochi Munda (32) of Murusuan village
and the woman cadre Munikshi Munda alias Muni (30) of Jhirpani
in Sundargarh District, surrendered to the Police in Keonjhar
District. The duos were operating in the Chhota Nagpur division
of the CPI-Maoist.
Two village guards identified
as Manik Khilo and Jagabandhu Khilo were killed by the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the cut-off area of the Chitrakonda reservoir in Malkangiri
A CPI-Maoist 'commander' Srinath
Brekbada alias Raju (21) was arrested during a joint raid
by the Rayagada District Police and the CRPF. One landmine and
an SBML rifle were seized from the possession of the arrested
Maoist. He used to be the bodyguard of Maoist leader Azad.
The Koraput District Police and
the BSF arrested nine Maoist militia members in Bandhugaon block
of the Koraput District. Of the nine arrested militia members,
eight were arrested from Elangvalasa village while one was arrested
from Potesu village.
Maoists released a former Sarpanch
and a Naib Sarpanch who were abducted from the Chitrakonda
area of the Malkangiri District September 20.
The Odisha Government has decided
to create an Auxiliary Police Force (APF) to regularise the services
of SPOs. "The government has decided to create an Auxiliary Police
Force to accommodate SPOs who have completed three years in service,"
chief secretary B K Patnaik said. Of the 4,000 SPOs, 1,791 have
completed three years in service.
Three persons, identified as Badadural
Gram Panchayat Sarpanch Vikram Krishani alias Bhikari,
Laxman Sisa and Sonu Pangi were arrested from Mathili in Malkangiri
District of Odisha, for their alleged links with CPI-Maoist. Two
landmines and one pistol were seized from the trio who were allegedly
involved in murder, encounter with SF personnel and other violence
activities in the area.
Gananath Patra, adviser of the
Maoist-backed CMAS of Narayanpatna block, was acquitted in a case
pending against him in Koraput District. The case was related
to the attack on the Narayanpatna Police Station on September
20, 2009 in which two cadres of CMAS Kendruka Singanna and Andrew
Nachika died in Police firing.
SF personnel arrested six CPI-Maoist
cadres belonging to different Maoist outfits in Nabarangpur and
Ganjam Districts of Odisha. While the Police in Nabarangpur District
arrested Prafulla Kumar Chetti (32) of Hatabharandi, K Suresh
Patnaik (26) and Manoj Dakua (26), of Raighar area, the Police
of Ganjam District arrested Sanjiv Nayak, Debendra Nayak and his
younger brother Madan of Balinala village under Badagada Police
Station limits. The Police also seized 6.3 kg of explosive, cash
of INR 63,000, five mobile phones, Maoist literatures and banners
from the three arrested Maoists in Nabarangpur District. The three
Maoists arrested by Ganjam Police were putting the posters in
market area of Badagada in the District.
Expelled Maoist leader Sabyasachi
Panda who has gone on to form his own outfit, Odisha Maoist Party
(OMP) has ruled out any possibility of his giving up violence
and returning to the mainstream in the near future. In a seven-minute
audio tape he released to the media, the former CPI-Maoist leader
said he would consider returning to mainstream life once the Government
stopped adopting "violent methods to exploit and harass innocent
Two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested during a combing operation by CRPF and Police personnel
inside the forest near Chhadakia village in Daringbadi area in
Kandhamal District of Odisha. Seven country-made guns, two soap
case bombs, some IEDs; two detonators and a bundle of wire were
seized from the arrested Maoists. Some other materials including
Maoist uniform, caps and bags were also recovered from the site.
Rajesh Mallick (30), a suspected
CPI-Maoist supporter, who was arrested by Police on July 6, 2010
and was out on bail recently, was allegedly beaten to death by
two of his relatives and the body was thrown into the turbulent
Padma river near Pipalapanka in Ganjam District's Sorada Police
Station limit. Though Rajesh was killed on September 24, the incident
came to light, after Police arrested Bansi Mallick, uncle of the
deceased who is one of the two accused.
18 gram rakshis or village
guards of remote villages in Kudumulu Gumma block in Malkangiri
District are reported to have expressed their desire to resign
due to threat from Maoists. Copies of a common letter in which
these guards have expressed their desire to resign have reached
media personnel in the District. All of them are posted in villages
of Panasput, Andrapali, and Jodamba Gram Panchayats of
the cut off area of Chitrakonda reservoir under Chitrakonda Police
A group of over 10 Maoists disrupted
a Palli Sabha (hamlet level body) meeting and detained
officials for several hours before freeing them in Kankurukonda
panchayat within Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri
District. Before leaving the meeting spot, the Maoists handed
over a list of their demands to officials and freed them on a
warning not to hold palli sabha meetings again. The State Government
is conducting Palli Sabha meetings as a part of its state-wide
campaign titled "gram sabha shashaktikaran karyakram".
A petrol refill station manager
was arrested for providing logistic support to Maoists at Raighar
in Nabarangpur District. A Police team raided his house and also
seized eight made in China walkie-talkie sets and a few mobile
sim cards meant for Maoist cadres.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Budda Gumitanga (25) of Dangasorada panchayat under
Chandrapur Police Station limits, was arrested along with an IED,
from Rupakana square under Chandrapur Police Station in Rayagada
District. Along with the IED two detonators were also seized from
his possession. Gumitanga was an associate of Maoist leader Nikhil.
A 23-year-old third year B.Tech
student allegedly posed as a CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested in
Odisha's Mayurbhanj District for allegedly making extortion calls
demanding INR 1 million from a Lok Sabha member Laxman Tudu who
represents Mayurbhanj constituency.
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted
three persons identified as Padiami Lachha and Kunjami Singh and
a student, identified as Ramesh Salda from Budaguda village under
Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District.
Gram sabhas could not be
held in four panchayats of Malkangiri District due to threat
A joint team of DVF and CRPF arrested
a Maoist, identified as Sanatan Deep (30), during a combing operation
in Arhwal reserve forest range of Paikamal in Bargarh District.
All the three persons abducted
by Maoists under Kalimela Police Station area in Malkangiri District,
were released. The trio had been abducted from Budaguda village
in the District in the night of October 16.
A group of around 20 cadres of
the CPI-Maoist killed Bhagaban Naik (40) a gramrakhi of Girliput
village under Boipariguda Police Station in Koraput District of
Odisha, two days after the Maoists had abducted him from his village.
The Macchkund dalam of the CPI-Maoist, which claimed responsibility
for the offensive, said in a letter left at the crime spot the
gramrakhi was slain for acting as a Police informer.
The CPI-Maoist cadres were suspected
to have abducted four persons, including a gramrakhi, in
separate incidents in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts of Odisha.
A tribal civilian, identified
as Gumpha Kadraka (50), was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres under
Bandhugaon Police Station area in Koraput District of Odisha.
Maoist Posters left on the spot claimed that the deceased had
been killed as he was a Police informer.
Maoists are reported to have launched
a massive recruitment drive in Malkangiri and Koraput District
where sustained Police operations had depleted their cadre strength.
After keeping three persons as
hostage for three days, the CPI-Maoist cadres freed them near
Patraput in Koraput District. Those released are, gramrakhi
(village guard) Lachhman Pangi, a former Maoist cadre Daya Challan
and L S Jagan. While Pangi and Challan were abducted by the Maoists
from Mudulipada Police limits in Malkangiri District, the Maoists
had abducted Jagan from Onakadelli in Koraput District on October
Commercial vehicles in Narayanpatna
area of Koraput District and Kalyansinghpur area of Rayagada District
stayed off the roads, due to a state wide shutdown called by the
CPI-Maoist against the Union Government's economic policy, particularly
hiking diesel prices and putting a cap on subsidised cooking gas
A CPI-Maoist poster, found in
Lakhna area in Nuapada District, threatened to kill SP of Bolangir,
Nuapada and Bargarh Districts. The poster, while dissuading people
not to help Police launch combing operations in the area, said
the SPs of the three Districts deserve death punishment. Sources
said the Maoists have planned to call a bandh in the three Districts
on November 5 for which they have sought help from locals.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village head by slitting his throat
for not heeding to their diktats in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
Around 50 Maoists lifted Pandu Madkami (50) of Parsanpalli under
Padia Police Station when he was sleeping in his house and slit
his throat at a nearby place.
Around 40 Maoists swooped down on the worksite of a contractor
at MPV-22, near Kangrukonda and set ablaze a vehicle engaged in
bridge construction work of Rural Development Department in Malkangiri
The CPI-Maoist have formed a new unit, Chhattisgarh-Odisha Border
Committee (COBC), to strengthen their operation across the border
areas of the two States and counter the expelled Maoist leader
Sabyasachi Panda's new party. According to sources, the newly
formed Maoist unit has prepared its blueprint to counter Panda
in the areas of Kandhamal, Gajapati, Rayagada and Ganjam District.
Around 60 persons have been engaged in the mission.
About 40 BSF troopers and Policemen
had a narrow escape when a landmine planted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres exploded during the clearance of a road blockade at Erakonda
in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
Bipin Kumar Sahani alias Lambu,
'area commander' of Bhalulata-Digha region of the CPI-Maoist was
arrested by the Rourkela Police during a combing operation in
Tala Ginia area in Sundargarh District of Odisha. A German-made
revolver and three rounds of bullets were recovered from him.
The State Government absorbed
as many as 1,698 tribal youth, who were recruited as SPOs, in
the newly-created Odisha Auxiliary Police Force (OAPF).
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Abraham Singh alias Siladitya, was arrested during a joint
operation by the personnel of CRPF and the personnel of Badagada
Police Station near his village Balinala in Ganjam District of
Odisha. Some Maoist posters were recovered from his possession.
Police arrested four suspected
Maoists for their links with the CPI-Maoist in Bolangir District.
The suspects were identified as Ram Singh Bariha, a panchayat
samiti member in Tureikela block, and his two sons, Debraj and
Ganesh. The fourth, Tulsiram Jagat, was a social worker in Khaparakhol
block. Police recovered INR 150,000 from them.
Maoist posters were found pasted
in several villages of Nuapada District. Police said the posters
were put up by Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, urging
villagers not to support Telugu Maoists. The posters alleged that
Telugu cadres were exploiting Odia villagers. Every poster was
signed by Sunil of Odisha Maobadi Party.
A group of 30 armed CPI-Maoist
cadres barged into the house of one Murali Meher of Rengali village
in Khaparakhol block in Bolangir District of Odisha and gunned
him down. The Maoists left a leaflet at the spot, saying that
the deceased was a liquor trader and Police informer.
Following the incident, the Police
began a combing operation in the nearby forest of San Banjipali
village in the District and spotted a Maoist camp. After a brief
exchange of fire, the Maoists fled. The Police recovered two tiffin
bombs, gelatine packets, detonators, live wires, two tents, medicines,
clothes and utensils from the spot.
Maoists set ablaze five tractors,
one JCB and a mixture machine at Palli Munda village in the Paikmal
Police Station in Bargarh District.
DGP Dinesh Reddy while speaking
to media after inaugurating the CRPF barracks at Kailasagiri in
Visakhapatnam District said, 15 helicopters would be deployed
soon to track and flush out Maoists from the dense forests of
AOB which is one of their strongholds in the country after the
Dandakaranya region in Chhattisgarh. The DGP said the UAV would
be available for full-fledged operations within three-four months.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,
approved the proposal to raise two specialised India Reserve Battalions
(IRBs) having engineering wings. According to official sources,
the Chief Minister also sanctioned posts of 1,042 Constables for
recruitment in the proposed specialised IRBs, which would be raised
during the current financial year. The specialised IRBs with engineering
wings would be commissioned in the State Police to take up construction
activities in the Maoist-affected areas. This will facilitate
improving the much-needed infrastructure facilities in the Maoist
The State Government, in a unique
initiative, has also started the process to set up an Odisha Industrial
Security Force (OISF) to provide security to industrial undertakings,
vital installations and establishments. This would create additional
opportunities of large-scale recruitment in the Police Force,
the sources said.
Eight Districts in Odisha have
been freed from the menace of CPI-Maoist due to aggressive operations
and now the focus would be on the western Districts, DGP Prakash
Mishra said. "We have achieved major successes against Naxals.
About 8 of the 17 Maoist-affected Districts are now free from
the menace following aggressive drives," he told reporters during
a visit to Rourkela in Sundergarh District. The eight Districts
are Nayagarh, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Sambalpur,
Mayurbhanj and Deogarh, he said. The Police would now concentrate
on Bolangir, Bargarh and Nabarangpur in western Odisha along with
Gajapati and Rayagada Districts to demolish Naxal bases, he said.
"Our other main thrust would be on Koraput and Malkangiri. We
have special aggressive plans for those areas and in the coming
days you will find defining results there for the forces," Mishra
added. On Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, the DGP said, "He has
set up bases in Gajapati, Ganjam and Kandhamal. Panda's base is
weakening. Besides, the situation has changed after he left the
CPI-Maoist and formed Odisha Maoist Party."
Three months after he was expelled
from the CPI-Maoist, renegade Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda,
who has formed Odisha Maovadi Party following his expulsion, has
hit back at his former comrades asking whether the party has not
taken to indiscriminate killings on the Andhra-Orissa border and
West Bengal. Panda, who wrote a stringing letter to Maoist chief
Ganapathi in June complaining about lack of internal democracy,
last month shot off a letter to party mouthpiece People's March
editor P Govindan Kutty reiterating how the party has lost its
Three months after Sabyasachi
Panda was expelled from the CPI-Maoist, five cadres of the Panda-led
OMP were killed and a few others were injured during an encounter
at Bhaliagada forest in Gobindpur Panchayat area under
Mohana Police Station limits in Gajapati District. One person
was arrested following the encounter.
Ganjam District, SP, Ashish Singh
said Police seized four country-made guns, two 9 mm pistols, around
80 kg of explosives and 35 rounds of live cartridges from the
SFs unearthed explosive materials
belonging to CPI-Maoists in Kandhamal and Koraput Districts of
Odisha during separate combing operations. The items seized from
Samna village under Narayanpatna Block, Koraput District, included
129 gelatine sticks, 15 metres of codex wire and 20 metres of
flexible wire, one tiffin bomb, maps, a steel container used to
prepare IED, materials of day to day use, Maoist uniforms, leaflets
and literature. Kandhamal District SP Jayanarayan Pankaj said
that they seized three land mines, of the size of 20, 15 and five
kg respectively, in a forest near Singaranga village.
Odisha Police intensified operation
to nab expelled CPI-Maoist leader and OMP Chief, Sabyasachi Panda,
two days after killing five of his associates in Gajapati District.
Commenting on the operation a Senior State Police Official said
the operation has been intensified in the Southern Districts of
Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada.
Odisha Police released sketches
of six of Panda's close associates. The posters of the six Maoists
-- Aruna, Krishna, Andrew Majhi, Pramod Majhi, Pratap Nayak and
Prami Majhi were put up at public places in Gajapati, Ganjam and
some other districts.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, Sushila
alias Toda alias Sumita Mallick, working for the
Ghumusar Division of the extremists, surrendered before the SP
of Ganjam District, Asish Singh.
A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Raja Rao Hontal (35) of Phulpadar village within Chitrakonda
Police limits, surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District
Cadres of CPI-Maoist killed a
tribal civilian, Bhima Sisha (35), at Sishaput village under Mudulipada
Police Station in Malkangiri District at midnight.
Security was tightened across
Odisha in view of the bandh call given by CPI-Maoist and
Sabyasachi Panda-led OMP, protesting against the recent encounter
of five Maoists at Bhaliaguda in Gajapati District. While Panda
called for state-wide bandh, the Bansadhara Division of
the CPI-Maoist called for bandh in four Southern Districts
of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada to protest against
the November 14 encounter.
The four Maoists, who were arrested
in the Bhaliaguda jungles on the Ganjam-Gajapati District border,
confirmed injuries to the expelled Maoist Sabyasachi Panda and
some other members of his group in the exchange of fire with SF
personnel on November 14.
The bandh call given by
OMP and CPI-Maoist in Odisha had partial response. Some commercial
vehicle remained off the road in some places of Gajapati, Rayagada,
Ganjam, Koraput and Kandhamal Districts fearing attacks.
Two aides of Sabyasachi Panda,
Chief of OMP, identified as Dedy alias Samasan Mallick
(25) and his associate Aruan Sonamaji (22) of Kandahamal Distrct,
surrendered before SP, Asish Kumar Singh, at Chhatrapur, in Ganjam
DGP, Odisha, Prakash Mishra said
Maoist activities have been contained in the State and the menace
was now confined only to five Districts.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed
a gram rakhi, identified as Goura Chandra, in Koraput District,
suspecting him to be a Police Informer.
Six gram rakhis (village
guards) working in Boipariguda region of Koraput District have
resigned in the last three days. While three village guards of
Boipariguda put in their papers on November 24, three from Batriput,
Kathopoda and Koraput resigned on November 25.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Lingama Habika (35), a top leader, and Kameya Habika (30),
allegedly involved in the abduction of Laxmipur Member of Legislative
Assembly (MLA), Jhina Hikaka, were arrested in Narayanpatna Block
of Koraput District.
OMP Chief and expelled CPI-Maoist
leader Sabyasachi Panda through an audio statement condemned the
hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and further said that
he has kept open the door for talks with the government.
CPI-Maoist cadres stopped 'vulgar'
dance performance and assaulted the organisers of the show in
Malkangiri District of Odisha. The Police said dancers from Andhra
Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were dancing 'semi-nude' at "Jagadhatri
Puja" (local deity) celebrations at MPV-12 village when about
20 Maoists stormed the show and assaulted 15 persons including
the organisers who were Bangladeshi settlers.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Dalu Mandingi (32), was arrested by BSF personnel during a
combing operation in Narayanpatna block in Koraput District.
Three Maoists, identified as Laxman
Raita alias Patu of Tudukapanka village in Gajapati District,
and two women cadres, Mamita Gamang alias Manjula and Ester
Raita alias Mamata of Patasala village in the same district,
associated with Sabyasachi Panda led OMP, surrendered before the
Ganjam, SP, Ashis Kumar Singh at Chhatrapur.
In Odisha 780 Gram Rakhis
working across Koraput District threatened to resign en masse
if the Government doesn't act on their three-point charter of
demands like provision of payment `10,000 for cremation and `10
lakh as ex-gratia and employment to any of the family members
in case of death.
SF personnel recovered a secret
dump belonging to CPI-Maoist cadres during a Joint Combing Operation
by the District Police, SOG and CRPF in Badabanga forest near
Kerubadi in Daringbadi Police Station area of Kandhamal District.
The CPI-Maoist put up posters
in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts ahead of the PLGA week starting
Vehicular movement was badly hit
in the CPI-Maoist dominated areas of Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur
and Rayagada Districts on the first day of PLGA week.
The Koraput District Police have
started awareness-building measures to allay fears of village
guards or 'gram rakshis'. In the past one week, several village
guards from Baipariguda block of Koraput District have expressed
their desire to resign due to fear of Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the
battery rooms of two mobile towers at Boipariguda in Koraput District.
During the PLGA week, the Maoists
have also launched a publicity campaign by plastering the walls
of towns and villages in Malkangiri, Koraput and Gajapati Districts
with "revolutionary" posters. The posters urged the people to
support Maoists' war against Odisha. One of the posters said the
PLGA would soon be renamed as PLA (Peoples Liberation Army).
The State Government has spent
close to INR 3 billion on for taking both long term and short
term actions to fight Maoists during past three years, according
to reply furnished by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the State
Assembly in Bhubaneswar. Patnaik also replied that situation was
improving in Naxal-afflicted Districts due to strong actions taken
by Security Forces. "Districts such as Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh,
Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Gajapati Districts have not
witnessed any Maoist violence this year while ultras were active
in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi
and Nabarangpur District," he informed. Patnaik said as many as
10 LWEs were killed while 137 Maoists and their supporters were
arrested by the Police this year.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Jadu Rai Soi alias Chamara (36) and Bijay Honhaga alias
Rakesh (30) of Jharkhand, and close aides of senior Maoist leader
Samarji, surrendered before the Rourkela Police in Sundargarh
SF personnel arrested three Maoists,
including two women cadres, identified as Tulsa Praska alias Sunita
(23), Relini Mandingi (24) and Uje Sirika (35), all residents
of Narayanpatna Block, following a raid on a camp in dense forests
of Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Police seized huge materials
used by Maoists including a county made gun and musical instruments
of Jana Natya Mandali.
Representatives of gramrakshis
from Maoist-infested areas of undivided Koraput District deferred
their mass resignation after holding discussion with DIG, South-West
range S. Devadutta Singh on November 04. Around 150 gramrakshis
met at Nisanimunda which was also attended by the General Secretary
of Nikhila Utkala Gram Rakkhi Sangh, Fakir Mohan Mallik.
SF personnel intensified anti-Maoist
combing operation in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas of Koraput
District since November 3, with the extremists observing the PLGA
week from December 2.
Gajapati Police in Odisha arrested
Kailash Mandal and Sangram Mohanty, son of Maoist sympathiser
and Jan Adhikar Manch convener Dandapani Mohanty, with
weapons and Maoist literature apart from some cash near Kamlapur
Square in Mohana in Gajapati District. The arms seized from Sangram
included two US-made revolvers, 95 rounds of 7.62 ball ammunition
and 500 gram explosive materials.
The CPI-Maoist cadres pasted posters
at various places within Boipariguda Police limits asking the
locals of Boipariguda tehsil in Koraput District, working
in Odisha Police and Central Forces, to resign from their jobs.
The traffic movement in several
LWE-affected pockets of Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri Districts
was hit following the PLGA week [December 2 - 8].
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Hira Pangi of Palankarai village, involved in many violent
activities, was arrested by the BSF troopers and SOG personnel
in a joint raid conducted at his house, along with huge quantity
of arms and ammunition at Paparmetela in Malkangiri District.
The arms and ammunition recovered included, two tiffin bombs,
one pipe bomb, five electronic detonators, four gas cylinders,
12 sets of bows and arrows, explosive materials and some fuse
wire used to blast the landmines.
Maoist interlocutor Dandapani
Mohanty's son, Sangram Mohanty went on hunger strike in R Udaygiri
Sub-jail in Gajapati District, protesting his arrest by the Police.
Police arrested Basanta Ram, an
'area commander' of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist,
from Rourkela in Sundargarh District.
At least 47 IAS and 82 IPS officers'
posts are lying vacant in the State against the sanctioned strength
of 226 IAS and 188 IPS posts respectively, Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik informed the State Assembly.
An activist of the Maoist-backed
CMAS of Narayanpatna block of Koraput District, identified as
Dumuri Miniaka (35), was arrested during a joint operation by
the District Police and CRPF from Bajragada area under Rayagada
Police Station in Rayagada District.
The CPI-Maoist Central leadership
handed over the responsibilities of AOBSZC to the senior-most
commander among the present lot, Gajarla Ravi alias Uday
alias Ganesh alias Charcharla Ganesh, giving much
needed rest to Central Committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias
Ramakrishna alias RK.
SF personnel engaged in anti-CPI-Maoist
operations recovered a huge arms dump in Musilimunda forest in
Narayanpatna block of Koraput District.
BSF personnel recovered four big
iron pipes used to make claymore mines, about 40 kilograms of
gun powder and a few metres of wires belonging to CPI-Maoist,
during a combing operation inside Sapalguda forest in Narayanpatna
block of Koraput District.
Four powerful landmines were recovered
by SF personnel from an abandoned CPI-Maoist camp at Nipapidi
forest in Ganjam District.
BSF jawans recovered seven landmines
and explosives materials during a combing operation from Mankindi
forest in Narayanpatna Block.
The CPI-Maoist reacted strongly
to the media statement of Jana Adhikar Manch convener Dandapani
Mohanty that the government had paid INR 60 million to Maoists
for the release of Laxmipur MLA, Jhina Hikaka, and former Malkangiri
DM R. Vineel Krishna from their captivity.
To avert a possible clash between
tribals and non-tribals, Koraput District Administration clamped
prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 at Podapadar and its peripheral
areas under Maoist-hit Narayanpatna block.
One personnel of SOG was injured when a landmine
planted by CPI-Maoist cadres exploded, at Sanadengli village under
Kalyansinghpur Police Station in Rayagada District.
The SF personnel unearthed a CPI-Maoist arms dump
between Kumbari and Narikeluva village of Narayanapatna block
in Koraput District.
Basudev Bhoi, a Left Wing Extremist (LWE) and
an aide of Sabyasachi Panda, the leader of the Odisha Maobadi
Party (OMP) surrendered before Police in Kandhamal District. Bhoi
from Kandhamal's Kambanaju village had joined the OMP about eight
months ago and received gun training in a Maoist camp. But he
escaped from a Maoist camp just two days before the encounter
at Bhaliaguda on November 14.
Prakash Mishra, the Director General of Police
(DGP), dismissed rumours that any top Maoist leader was still
present in the State, and claimed that Maoist problem in the State
would be under control in the next two years. The DGP said in
Rourkela (Sundergarh District), "All the Maoist leaders are from
outside Odisha. Sabyasachi Panda (is) not a big leader as such.
His position in the Maoist set up is known to all." The DGP claimed
that out of the 17 Maoist-affected Districts in Odisha, eight
have been freed from Maoist activities and now the focus would
be on the rest. In the coming days the forces would concentrate
on Districts including Bolangir, Bargarh, Nabrangpur, Gajapati
and Rayagada, however the main thrust would be on Koraput and
Malkanagiri. Mishra further said, "Efforts are on to enhance the
staff by inducting more constable level personnel." Present strength
of Odisha Police is 60,000 which was doubled from 30,000 a few
years back but main thrust is to create more armed personnel keeping
in view Maoists problem.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Shrabana
Gardanaka and Picha Gagaranda, were arrested while planting landmines
on Siriguda-Gumi road in Rayagada District during a combing operation.
They were close to Maoist leaders Gobind and Nikhil. Police recovered
two landmines weighing around eight kilograms each, 50 metres
of live wire and two electronic detonators from them.
Suspected Maoists attempted to set ablaze two
towers of private telecom companies at Ganjam's Ashurabandh village.
Police recovered two hand-written posters from the spot. However,
the towers have not been damaged.
Source:Compiled from news reports and