The State Police's recruitment
drive in CPI-Maoist-affected Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore
Districts has received a strong response. The Government has fast
forwarded the process of recruitment of constables and home guards
in the wake of the killing of Maoist politburo member Mallojula
Koteswara Rao on November 24, 2011.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered
before CM Mamata Banerjee in Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
The four surrendered cadres are identified as Lambodar Majhi,
Bhajohari Mahato and Karan Kaibarta and Sukhdev Mahato.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
announced that her Government would prepare an employment bank
for the youth in Junglemahal comprising three Maoist-hit districts
of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.
From paying off an ailing father's
medical bills and eliminating sworn enemies to death threats -
the CPI-Maoist resorts to every tactics to rope in new recruits.
One of the main accused in the
derailment of the Jnaneswari Express that claimed 148 lives on
May 28, 2010, identified as Joydeb Mahato, was arrested from West
The CPI-Maoist has for the first
time admitted that the death of its politburo member Mallojula
Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji has dealt a heavy blow to
the outfit and called upon the youth to join the outfit.
The Police claimed to have uncovered
a CPI-Maoist plot to target the Nimpura Police Camp near the Indian
Air Force base at Kalaikunda in West Midnapore District as "revenge"
for Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji's death.
Md Khaleque alias Bablu,
reportedly a close aide of State secretary Akash of the CPI-Maoist
of West Bengal and Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji,
was arrested from village Khokra near Harishchandrapur in Maldah
District. Bablu was reportedly the prime suspect in the killing
of CPI-M supporter Sridam Das (49), of Dubrajpur on April 22 of
2008 and Primary school teacher and CPI-M leader Nandalal Mistri
(53), of Rajnagar village of Birbhum District on September 22,
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
a worker of the TMC party in Jhargram area in West Midnapore District.
The worker was picked up by the Maoists late in the night from
his home and was shot dead. Namita Mahato, a local woman, said
that the body of the TMC worker was found near the railway tracks.
The STF of Kolkata Police arrested
a senior member of the RPF, the political front of the Manipur-based
PLA; from the Maidan area in Kolkata, for his alleged links with
the CPI-Maoist in West Bengal. Dhiren Singh alias Raghu
alias Macha (37), was living in South Kolkata posing as
a medical representative, an unnamed senior STF officer said.
The Police recovered 30 rounds of live cartridges of 7.62 bore
from him. "He was supplying arms and sophisticated communication
sets to Maoists for the past two years," the officer said. "Dhiren
is the self-styled captain of the PLA. He had been travelling
across West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh for the past three
years, with Kolkata as his base, for fixing deals with the Maoists,"
an STF source said.
A CPI-Maoist 'squad leader', Yudhistir
Mahato alias Arjun, was killed during an encounter with joint
SFs in Jamtal forest in West Midnapore District. Yudhistir Mahato
was killed when SFs purportedly opened retaliatory fire after
Maoists attacked them during the combing operation in the area.
A CPI-Maoist couple, identified
as Chiranjit Mahato alias Nirmal Mahato alias Lambu
and his wife Anima Mahato alias Usha, surrendered to the
West Midnapore District Police. Chiranjit primarily operated in
Madhupur and Kanta Pahari area of Lalgarh. Anima was part of the
armed group led by Badal.
After getting information from
two surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres Chiranjit Mahato and his wife
Anima Mahato, the Police recovered 11 landmines, 10 kilograms
of explosives, several detonators, Maoist posters and leaflets
and other material needed to make landmines from Kanyabali forest
at Salboni in West Midnapore District.
Phulmani alias Bela, a
female squad member of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by the joint
SFs from Jangalmahal region under the Lalgarh Police Thana area
in West Midnapore District.
The joint SFs launched an operation
against CPI-Maoist in the forest belt near Jharkhand border in
West Midnapore District. Combined forces of CRPF, SAP, and CoBRA
troopers began inching towards Kanaisol Hills, 15-20 kilometres
from Belpahari Police Station, close to the inter-state boundary,
Police sources said. The operation was launched after the administration
put up posters in several parts of the belt with pictures of seven
'area commanders' of CPI-Maoist, urging them to come forward and
lay down arms.
One person identified as Sahadeb
Hansda (28), an alleged Maoist linkman, was arrested from Bikrampur
village under Simlapal Police Station in Bankura District.
In an attempt to persuade members
of the CPI-Maoist to lay down arms and prevent their movement
in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal region of West Bengal, the
State Police have put up posters with the photographs of seven
prominent Maoist leaders in the Jhargram area in West Midnapore
District. Each poster has the name and photograph of an important
Maoist leader, including the party's State secretary Akash, squad
'commander' Bikash, Suchitra Mahato, Tara and Jayanto, with a
message urging them to join the mainstream.
An encounter took place between
SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres in a forest in West Midnapore District.
Following intelligence input that a group of Maoists from Bandwan
and Odisha had come to Gopiballavpur to hold a meeting, a team
of SFs raided the area. There was no report of any injury or casualty
during the 20-minute-long encounter, said Jhargram SP Gaurav Sharma.
"After the initial firing, the Maoists seemed to have fled away
to Odisha. We found a bag and a polythene sheet," he added.
Speaking at the inauguration of
the Regional Hub of National Security Guard at Badu in the State's
North 24 Parganas District, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
lauded the efforts of the newly elected State Government for bringing
Maoist activity under considerable control.
Two persons seated on the roof
of a bus were hit by bullets fired by the CPI-Maoist cadres at
Purnapani in West Midnapore District. Later, the Maoists abducted
one of them.
Sadanala Ramakrishna alias
RK, stated to be the head of the Central Technical Committee of
the CPI-Maoist, was arrested in Kolkata. Four other Maoist cadres
were also arrested. A city court remanded all the five in Police
custody till March 13. Ramakrishna had been arrested along with
associate Dipak Kumar, a resident of Chhattisgarh, from the College
Street area. The three others - Sukumar Mondal, Bapi Mudi and
Sambhu Charan Pal, all said to be residents of the State - were
arrested from the Beniapukur area and seized materials used in
making rocket launchers and other explosives from a workshop in
the same area. The accused were involved in acquisition and manufacture
of firearms, rocket launchers and grenades. They supplied firearms
to Maoist outfits across the country. "Subversive documents",
Maoist literature, drawings of machine parts and INR 500, 000
in cash were seized from the accused. Twenty-five pieces of six-holed
metal sockets used in making rocket launchers were recovered from
the Beniapukur workshop.
Mumbai Police arrested Aswin Kumar
Bhattacharya from Mumbai. Bhattacharya, a senior member of the
CPI-Maoist, is also a part of the arms supply chain, said Police
Based on the information provided
by five CPI-Maoist cadres who were arrested on February 29 in
a joint operation of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh Police, STF
officers of Kolkata Police raided an apartment in Birati, located
in the eastern fringe of the city, and seized INR 3.5 million
in cash, instruments used for manufacturing rocket-launchers,
and some Maoist documents.
In a surprising revelation, the
STF and IB officers interrogating five arrested CPI-Maoist learnt
that the Maoist movement in Chhattisgarh is mainly controlled
from various parts of the city. "Kolkata not only provides the
logistics, financial and other support to their counterparts in
Chhattisgarh but it also arranges for a safe hideout for important
national level leaders. As per our information, at least three
to four Central Committee members live in the city throughout
the year," a top STF officer said.
Senior female CPI-Maoist action
squad 'commander' Suchitra Mahato (35), a close aide of killed
CPI-Maoist Politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias
Kishanji, surrendered in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee, along with her newly married husband Prabir Gorai at
the State Secretariat in Kolkata.
The Kolkata Police approached
a Court in Kolkata to frame charges against Sadanala Ramakrishna
alias RK, the head of the Central Technical Committee of
the CPI-Maoist, and four other members of the outfit, arrested
on March 1, under the UAPA.
Joint SF's found a laptop and
a printer, believed to be used by the CPI-Maoist leader Mallojula
Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji just hours before his death. Six
powerful IEDs and more than 150 kilogram of explosives, detonators
and some ammunition were also seized from the hideout in Kushaboni
forest of Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
The Jharkhand and West Bengal
Police launched a combing operation in East Singhbhum District
on the border between two States on information that a Maoist
squad was in the area.
Mangal Mahato, a leader of the
PCPA, a frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoist, was shot dead
by unidentified assailants in the West Midnapore District. The
bullet- ridden body of Mahato was found in the morning near Banstala
railway station in the Jhargram sub-division of the District.
A hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist,
who supplied arms to other extremists, has been arrested by the
Special Task Force of Kolkata Police, sources said. Ajay Chanda,
known as Jhulan in Maoist circles, was caught from Esplanade bus
stand a few days ago, after which a city court remanded him to
police custody for 14 days. During interrogation, Ajay who hails
from Burdwan District admitted that he had links with the People's
Liberation Army (PLA) and was a key man in bringing arms for Maoist
activities from outside. STF sources said based on leads from
his statement, they have raided many places in the city and adjoining
areas to seize laptops, hard disks, documents and cash worth INR
One landmine was recovered by
SFs from the side of a road in a forest near Barabari village
in Jhargram area of West Midnapore District. The landmine was
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
claimed that her Government has been able to restore peace in
Jungle Mahal area with not a single death reported so far this
The Maoists blew up the main railway
tracks between New Delhi-Howrah route near Gurap Railway station
in Hooghly District during wee hours.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including
those who were part of the security ring around the slain Politburo
member Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji, laid down their arms
before senior officials of the State Police at Jhargram in West
Midnapore District. According to senior police officers, the Maoists
who surrendered were all close to Kishanji and had remained active
in the Jhargram area even after the Maoist leader was killed in
an encounter with security forces in the Burisole forest of Jhargram
on November 24. Jagannath Soren alias Hero who served as
bodyguard to Kishanji was the first to lay down his arms, followed
by six others who were part of various Maoist squads in the District.
Among the arms surrendered were a 5.56 Insas Rifle and .315 and
.303 rifles and country-made firearms with more than a hundred
rounds of ammunition. Over the past year, since the Trinamool
Congress-led government came to power in the State, 23 Maoists
A hardcore CPI-Maoist squad leader,
identified as Tota Hembram, was arrested from his hideout near
Lalgarh area under the Jhargram subdivision of West Midnapore
District in the evening. Hembram, belonged to the Bikash squad,
was wanted in several cases of murder, abduction and landmine
attacks. Hembram was hiding in Jhatiyara village in Lalgarh's
Dharampur when Police raided the house on specific intelligence.
SFs recovered a cache of arms
and explosive from Bagjhapa village in Kolaboni area in Jhargram
sub-division in West Midnapore District. Acting on a tip off,
the Forces raided the village, and dug out from a field 17 landmines,
12 detonators, 33 kilogrammes explosives, 9 socket bombs, two
pistols and 30 live cartridges, suspected to be hidden by the
SFs arrested a Maoist, identified
as Ranjan Tudu (30), from the Jamboni Police Station area of Jhargram
region in West Midnapore District. Senior police officials said
Tudu was a trusted and close aide of slain CPI-Maoist politburo
member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji.
According to Police, the CPI-Maoist
have come back to the villages taking advantage of the monsoon
rains, holding meetings and threatening leaders of rival political
parties. "Maoists are trying to launch recruitment and training
programmes, as movement of security forces inside the forests
during monsoon is restricted and there is lesser vigilance. However,
we are working on counter strategies," IG, Western zone, Gangeshwar
The CPI-Maoist is said to be spreading
its influence across the industrial zone, specifically collieries,
where they are wooing young workers and sending them for arms
training, Police said. "We have got some reports, which tell us
that Maoists are trying to spread their wings in this area through
some frontal organisations. Sometimes, the area is also used as
a transit point. However, we are keeping a close eye on the situation,"
Commissioner of the newly formed Asansol-Durgapur police Commissionerate
After a detailed search a total
of 90,000 detonators were seized from a car, intercepted in East
Midnapore District. Police managed to arrest driver Guddu Singh
and his accomplice Suvo Singh and produced both in court. Police
said a possible Maoist link is being probed too.
There was a significant improvement
in law and order in the three Maoist-affected Districts of West
Bengal with the number of violent incidents and killings of civilians
declining, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. She said 235 Left
wing extremists have been arrested while 20 of them surrendered
to the Police since the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Government came
to power last year. Presenting the budget for the home department,
Banerjee asserted that there was a significant improvement in
law and order in the Jungle Mahal - forested stretches of three
western Districts West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia where Maoists
have a base. She said Police recovered 86 firearms, 1,491 pieces
of ammunition, 386 kg of explosives and 39 improvised explosive
devices (IEDs) from the affected areas. The figures are based
on the data available in the first ten months of the Trinamool
regime which has been in office since May 20, 2011.
A CPI-Maoist cadre suspected to
be involved in several incidents of violence was arrested from
his house in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. The Maoist
cadre identified as Bashishtha Mahato alias Bullet was
arrested from his home in Talpal under Binpur Police Station of
Dumaria, in the District, an officer of the Binpur Police Station
A Maoist couple, identified as
Raju Murmu and Sujata Kumar, was arrested from Onda forest located
in the border of Purulia and Bankura Districts. The Maoist couple
was accused of killing of Trinamool workers Jeetu Singh Sardar
and Baku Singh Sardar at Bersa village in Balarampur area in Purulia
District in 2011.
West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan
said that the Mamata Banerjee Government had been able to contain
the threat from Maoist forces in West Bengal.
Senior CPI-Maoist leader Arnab
Dam alias Bikram was arrested at the Biramdih railway station
in Purulia District. An AK-47 rifle, some rounds of ammunition
and some Maoist literature were recovered from him. Bikram, a
State Committee member and secretary of the Bihar Jharkhand Odisha
Border Regional Committee of the CPI-Maoist, was the biggest achievement
of the joint SFs after the elimination of Polit Bureau member
Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji in a November 2011 encounter
in West Midnapore District.
Sleuths dealing with the CPI-Maoist
in West Bengal fear that the Maoists in Jungle Mahal are trying
to regroup again. In order to prevent their regrouping, the state
is planning another phase of joint operations. Senior officers
of State Police and CRPF held a coordination meeting with their
Keshore Mani Hansda, a woman sarpanch
of Kapgari gram panchayat and member of the Jharkhand Party
(Naren) from the Jomsoro village in West Midnapore District was
arrested by the CID for providing shelter to cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
Aduri Murmu alias Deepa,
a woman CPI-Maoist leader was arrested during a raid at Prakendu
village in Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore District of West Bengal.
Murmu was the 'deputy commandant' of a squad of Maoist guerrilla
led by Ranjan Munda and had fought a pitched gun-battle with SFs
in the forests of Burishole and Mohulbani in West Midnapore District
Mohan Vishwakarma (60), a senior
member of the TRAM unit of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by the
STF personnel of Kolkata Police from Watgunge Police Station area
in south Kolkata. Huge quantities of grenade manufacturing materials,
including 83 pieces of spare parts of grenade, were seized from
The City Police arrested CPI-Maoist
leader Arjun Ganju from Jharkhand in Kolkata. Arjun was allegedly
involved in procuring arms from the city and smuggling them to
different armed squads in Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Based on intelligence inputs the
West Bengal Police have warned CM Mamata Banerjee and some of
her party colleagues against moving in the CPI-Maoist areas, particularly
at night, anticipating that they might become soft targets for
Two women CPI-Maoist cadres of
the Ayodhya squad surrendered before DGP Naparajit Mukherjee at
the State Secretariat in Kolkata of West Bengal. According to
Police, Sikha Hansda and Champa Hembram were active in the State's
Purulia District, along the West Bengal-Jharkhand border for nearly
four years. Both Hansda and Hembram laid down two firearms and
a few rounds of ammunition at the time of surrender.
The joint SFs arrested two wanted
CPI-Maoist leaders identified as Ranjan Munda and Baneshwar Murmu
along with an SLR and a rifle, from Gopiballpur in West Midnapore
District. Munda, an 'area commander' in-charge of the Nayagram
squad, was arrested from Chilkathi village in Jhargram during
an operation led by ASP (operations) Alok Rajoria. Involved in
the abduction of OIC of the Sankrail Police Station, Atindranath
Nath Dutta in October 2009, Munda had carried out subversive activities
in Jharkhand and Odisha apart from Jangalmahal. Murmu, an action
squad leader of Jhargram, had accompanied Munda during the operation.
SFs arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre
from Sarenga area of Bankura District. Biswajit Hansda, against
whom several cases of murder and extortion were pending, was caught
after SFs got information about his movement in the area.
Chandi Sarkar, alleged to be a
Maoist leader arrested from Kathgara village under Chapra Police
Station in Nadia District on 23 September, 2005, was released
from jail after being granted bail in all the cases against him.
There had been six cases against Sarkar who had been slapped with
sedition and other charges including under the Arms Act.
The Calcutta High Court granted
the status of political prisoners to seven CPI-Maoist cadres,
including senior leader of the outfit, Venkateswar Reddy alias
Telugu Dipak and Chhatradhar Mahato, convenor of the Maoist-backed
PCPA. Subhashish Roy, counsel for the Maoists said that under
the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, these prisoners
were entitled to the status of political prisoner. Besides Reddy
and Mahato, others who were granted the status are Gaur Chakrabarty,
former spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist and the first person to
be arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA),
Sukhshanti Baskey, Shambhu Soren, Sogun Murmu and Prasun Chatterjee.
Cautioning the Maoists that her
Government will not tolerate any violence, CM Mamata Banerjee
said that West Bengal had outperformed all other States in ensuring
development of areas where Maoists are present. She was addressing
a rally at Belpahari in West Midnapore District, once the hotbed
of Maoist activities. Banerjee, who became the first Chief Minister
to visit the area in four decades, handed over cheques to family
members of people killed by Maoists, even as a Maoist cadre, Rabi
Murmu, publicly surrendered before her. He is the 37th Maoist
to surrender before the Trinamool-led administration. Only eight
Maoists had surrendered during the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee regime.
Banerjee said that cadres were
being brought over from Jharkhand and Odisha to foment trouble
in the Jungle Mahal region of the State.
She promised a Government job
for one family member of all the people killed in Maoist violence,
adding that those who stand up to the Maoists should register
their names with local authorities so that they could be provided
jobs in the future. She also announced that surrendered Maoists
will be given government jobs - home guards at that.
Tribals in the CPI-Maoist-infested
Jungle Mahal region (Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore Districts)
of West Bengal are planning a "peaceful agitation" to wrest autonomy
from the state, much like what the Gorkhas have in the Darjeeling
hills. "Our main demand will be autonomy in the form of a Jangalmahal
Territorial Administration," Ashok Jiban Ghosh, who was a secretary
of the Maoist-backed PCPA, said.
The West Bengal Government is
contemplating joint operations with neighbouring states against
the CPI-Maoist in Jungle Mahal. "Yes, we have a plan for joint
operations in Jungle Mahal," DGP Naparajit Mukherjee told reporters
when asked if joint operations were being planned with Odisha
and Jharkhand against Maoists.
The Police recovered arms hidden
by the CPI-Maoist in the forests of West Midnapore District in
West Bengal. Jhargram SP Bharati Ghosh said based on leads provided
by arrested Maoist Ranjan Munda, they searched a forest area near
Nayagram village along the Odisha border and found the arms and
ammunition hidden inside a plastic bag. The arms include a number
of cartridges, an AK-47 rifle, 18 detonators and other ammunition.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested
by joint forces from Sarenga area in Bankura District of West
Bengal. Abhiram Tudu (31) is an accused in the killing of a CPI-Marxist
leader in January 2010.
CRPF authorities have appealed
to the West Bengal home department to ensure that the CRPF personnel
get the monetary incentive which was announced for catching or
killing top Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji.
A reward of INR 3.1 million was announced for Kishanji's head
by Odisha (INR 700,000) and Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh (1.2
million each). Home Ministry sources said even though the cash
reward was announced by Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha,
it was the duty of the West Bengal government to coordinate the
reward-giving procedure for Kishanji's death took place on its
A CPI-Maoist cadre in Jamshedpur
Jail, when interrogated by Jharkhand Police, confessed to handing
over INR 200,000 to Choton Das, a human rights activist who was
named by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as one of
six interlocutors in July 2011 and whose job in Kolkata Municipal
Corporation (KMC) was also restored by her order. Das is also
state secretary of the Bandi Mukti Committee in West Bengal, and
the money Pradip Gayen handed over to him was extorted from a
contractor working on a project on Subarnarekha River. Police
maintain that Gayen alias Benoy Das was formerly a member of Bandi
Mukti Committee. However, Das denied having taken any money from
Gayen, whom he denied knowing, or any Maoist whatsoever.
The STF of Kolkata Police arrested
three cadres of the CPI-Maoist including the secretary of the
Kolkata City Committee of the outfit, Abhishek Mukherjee on the
northern fringes of the city. The others arrested along with him
have been identified as Sunil Mondol and Subhas Roy. Maoist literature,
two improvised fire arms including a semi-automatic gun and several
rounds of ammunition were recovered from their possession.
Maoist Kantiran Murmu was arrested
from the Barikul Police Station area of Bankura District. Murmu
was wanted in connection with a murder case in January 2011.
Sushil Roy, ideologue and politburo
member of the CPI-Maoist who is in jail since 2005 and is currently
undergoing treatment in Delhi's AIIMS hospital, told Times
of India that ahead of 2011 assembly polls in West Bengal,
Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji had reached
out to the TMC keeping the CPI-Maoist leadership in the dark.
Roy said, "He (Kishanji) did not obey party line. He thought he
was next to Mao." "The party did not know about his (Kishanji's)
meeting with Mamata (Banerjee) before the polls. It was not the
party's decision," said Roy.
CPI-Maoist Politburo member Sushil
Roy has said Mamata Banerjee first "posed as a supporter of the
Maoists' cause but did a quick somersault after becoming Chief
Minister" of West Bengal. Roy, 76, arrested in 2005, is undergoing
treatment for a kidney ailment at AIIMS.
The latest report of the CAG has
slammed the West Bengal Police and the State Government for buying
two troop carriers for anti-CPI-Maoist operation at a cost of
over INR 9 million "without considering their suitability". In
its report that was tabled in the Assembly, the CAG states the
two troop carriers have been lying idle for the past three years
as they were found unsuitable for use. The West Bengal Police
had made the procurement in 2009 "without considering their suitability
resulting in the vehicles not being used in anti-terrorist operations
for more than two years and consequent blockage of funds," it
Girish Sahis (42), a TMC supporter
from Kismat Jambera village was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres at Jhargram in West Midnapore District of Jungle Mahal
area of West Bengal. Handwritten posters demanding withdrawal
of joint SFs from Jungle Mahal and warnings to the TMC-led Government
were strewn near the body.
The Police arrested two top Maoist
cadres, identified as Dinu Chalak and Toofan Mahato, during an
anti Maoist drive in Jhargram area in West Midnapore District.
The Maoists had been booked in heinous crimes, including murder.
Two CRPF troopers, R L Reddy and
Bijoy Mahalakshmi, were seriously injured after being shot at
by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a combing operation in Goaltore
area's Metla forest in West Midnapore District of West Bengal.
A CPI-Maoist cadre identified
as Mansingh Murmu alias Sujoy, wanted in a number of murders
in West Bengal and Odisha was arrested by the joint forces from
Kandasole forest in West Midnapore District.
Acting on an IB missive that warned
of CPI-Maoist launching attacks ahead of Kishanji's first death
anniversary on November 24, joint Security Forces raided Jhitka
and Helibiha forests in Jangalmahal in West Midnapore District
and seized a huge cache of ammunition and explosives. Some 1,019
cartridges, including those of AK-47, INSAS rifles, 9-mm and single-barrel
guns, along with seven flash guns and 84 detonators were dug out
of a pit.
The UHM has advised the West Bengal
Government to challenge the Calcutta HC judgment that granted
political prisoner status to arrested CPI-Maoist cadres. The high
court's judgment is feared to have opened a possibility for the
Maoists to exploit a State specific act to justify even the act
of waging war against the nation.
Sanatan Sardar, suspected to be
an important local leader of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the
Police in the Binpur Police limits in West Midnapore District
of West Bengal. Sanatan is believed to be the landmine and explosives
expert of the Madan Mahato squad of the CPI-Maoist and was active
in the Belpahari area of Jangalmahal.
The West Bengal DGP Naparajit
Mukherjee warned that the CPI-Maoist have links with Pakistan
spy agency ISI. He said that the ISI was supporting Maoists in
the State. He also said that the Students Islamic Movement of
India (SIMI), groups had also joined hands with the Maoists.
A CPI-Maoist leader identified
as Saheb Ram Soren was arrested from his village at Shingpur under
Binpur Police Station in West Midnapore District of West Bengal.
The SFs recovered 18 challenger
mines from a forest near Chotojharia in Gopiballavpur in West
Midnapore District. The raid was conducted after specific information
about two Maoist groups having entered from neighbouring Jharkhand,
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Chiranjeet Saha and Sukhdeb Mahato, were detained by the Police
under Kalighat Police Station in Kolkata of West Bengal, who came
to complain that they are yet to get the entire rehabilitation
package they are entitled to on surrendering. The CM Mamata Banerjee
after meeting the duo assured that they will get all the rehabilitation
benefits as soon as possible.
Mangal Mura (49), a CPI-Maoist
cadre was arrested by the Joint Forces from Bindra village in
Belpahari in Jangalmahal area in West Midnapore District of West
Bengal. Mura is said to be an important member of Maoist leader
Madan Mahato's guerrilla squad.
During another search operation,
Joint Forces recovered 69 socket bombs and 136 caps of similar
bombs in West Midnapore District.
About 50 CPI-Maoist sympathisers
gathered at a community hall in Kolkata to observe the first death
anniversary of politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias
Ahead of their call for bandh
in the region, a group of CPI-Maoist cadres attacked and disrupted
a function at Jamuna village in Jhargram block of West Midnapore
District in West Bengal. They left after injuring a couple of
people while the locals managed to nab one of the Maoists and
handed him over to the Police. The incident took place when villagers
were engaged in offering prayers to the deity of their goddess
and the Maoists attacked them.
A Naxalite, belonging to Bikash
Squad of Lalgarh, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, was arrested
by the Police from his residence at Dangrasole village in Taldangra
region in Bankura District.
Police conducted raid on the Secretary
of CPM's Aguibani local committee in West Bengal, Prashanta Das,
on November 26, suspecting him to be having links with CPI-Maoist.
The West Bengal State Government
promised to the Central Government to amend a State law in the
upcoming Assembly Session to disallow the terrorists and the Maoists
from claiming political prisoner status.
The CRPF personnel recovered a
landmine and a computer belonging to CPI-Maoist cadres in Jhargram
area in West Midnapore District.
CPI-Maoist inmates, including
those who have political prisoner status, have gone on an indefinite
hunger strike at Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata, demanding
immediate release of ailing Maoist inmates Gour Chakraborty and
The CRPF launched a 'Community
Interactive Programme' in Naxal-afflicted Lalgarh region in West
Midnapore District to inculcate a sense of security by developing
cordial relations and harnessing co-operation with the villagers
living in the CPI-Maoist dominated region.
The Central Government said that
front organisations of CPI-Maoist have developed close nexus with
certain fundamentalist Islamic groups in West Bengal and forged
common platform on certain issues. The Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs R P N Singh said in Rajya Sabha that the
Government was closely monitoring the situation. He, however,
said no concrete inputs are available to indicate that the LWE
have forged direct ties with ISI of Pakistan.
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit
Mitra, said the State has successfully tackled the problem of
Maoist insurgency and that not a single civilian death has been
reported so far this year from the LWE-affected Districts. "A
year before we came to power (2010) there were 143 civilian deaths
(by Maoists) reported from different areas of Junglemahal [West
Midnapore, Purulia and some areas of Bankura Districts]. This
came down to 12 last year. So far this year, there has been no
incidents of civilian killings by the Maoists," Mitra said during
a seminar at the PanIIT, a global conference of IIT alumni.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Manasi Baske alias Sita, was arrested from Jhasuli village
under Salboni Police Station in West Midnapore District.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee has said that the State will not oppose the bail petition
of ailing senior Maoist leader Sushil Roy.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
announced in Kolkata that the State would deploy "village police"
in every village of the State's Maoist-affected Jangalmahal region.
Charges were framed against 20
accused in the Jnaneswari Express derailment case in which 148
passengers were killed on May 28, 2010.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the Purulia
District Police in West Bengal.
West Bengal State Government will utilise the
services of surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres for snooping on their
The NIA filed a supplementary chargesheet against
four CPI-Maoist cadres in Kolkata for trying to manufacture rockets,
rocket-propelled grenades and 51 mm mortars.