Maharashtra Timeline 2015
Maharashtra Government is giving
a big push to infrastructure development in Naxal affected districts
and will also provide additional benefits to civil contractors
and employees working there. The State Government has lined up
INR 39.42 billion worth of projects in the LWE affected areas
to improve connectivity.
A senior woman CPI-Maoist 'deputy
commander' was arrested by the Gadchiroli District Police. Aruna
alias Punai Devsingh Naitam (24), was picked up from Kangadi
village on Gadchoroli-Rajnandgaon border in an intelligence-based
operation, a press note issued by the Police said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire
around 14 vehicles of an Andhra Pradesh-based private company
engaged in road construction in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli
District. The Maoists roughed up a few labourers and their supervisor
when the work on the Gharanji-Pustola stretch was underway for
connecting road between Edampayali and Korkoti.
Indersa Parsa (50), elder brother
of village Police warden, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres,
suspecting him to be 'Police Informer' at Ghodezhari village in
Dhanora tehsil in Gadchiroli District.
A 25-year-old man, identified
as Naresh Yerawar, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli
District. His throat was slit and the Maoists also burnt his motorcycle,
before fleeing into the forest, Police said.
The CPI-Maoist called for a bandh
in five states, including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on February
20 to protest the anti-people's activities of the State and Central
governments. In a press release, the Maoists' Central Regional
Bureau 'spokesperson' Pratap accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana
CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao as well as the CMs of Chhattisgarh, Odisha
and Maharashtra of implementing destructive and anti-people policies.
He said the bandh would be observed for 24 hours but emergency
services would be exempted.
Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil has
said that SFs are arresting only such CPI-Maoist cadres whose
names or profiles were on Police record. Police have decided to
avoid Maoist supporters in villages as a matter of policy. SP
Patil claimed Police had also decided to avoid taking Maoist's
jan militia members into custody unless their names featured
as dalam members. "The gram raksha dal or area raksha
dal members are not being arrested unlike in the past," he said.
The nine tehsils that were
removed from the list of Naxal infested areas in Chandrapur District
of Maharashtra are all set to be re-inducted into that list. CM
Devendra Fadnavis has assured finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar
that the excluded tehsils would be back into the list soon.
The nine tehsils, namely Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Gondpipri,
Rajura, Korpana, Jiwti, Mul, Saoli and Pombhurna were earlier
among the Naxal affected areas. They were removed from the list
on December 26, 2014. The decision had led to withdrawal of the
15% additional Naxal allowance given to government employees in
these tehsils. Similarly, their share in the central government
grants released for development of Naxal infested areas too was
lost following the decision.
A 23-year-old CPI-Maoist cadre,
who was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head, was arrest
by Gadchiroli District Police from Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border.
The Maoist has been identified as Vinu Madavi alias Baburao,
Police said. Madvi was responsible for procuring arms and ammunition
for the Maoists, besides being involved in other crimes, Police
A forest guard and round officer
were thrashed by senior CPI-Maoist cadres at Yedaskuhi village
in Gadchiroli District to protest alleged corruption by their
department. Senior Maoist cadre Vikas took an aggressive stance
against foresters in the village in north Gadchiroli to convey
their dissent against the department. Sources stated that the
Maoists were trying to mount pressure on foresters and also on
the local population for dominance during the forthcoming Tendu
leaves picking season in the district which is a multi-crore seasonal
industry. Maoists aim to collect substantial party funds from
foresters, tendu contractors and transporters during this
tendu season. The rebels also collect donations for the
party from the tribal population who engages in picking tendu.
To counter mounting pressure
from security forces, the Maoists are shifting focus to consolidating
their base in villages in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli, Gondia and
surrounding Districts like Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Bastar in Chhattisgarh,
which were earlier their strongholds. The rebels' vision includes
formation of Revolutionary People's Council, which will function
parallel to local civic bodies like panchayat samities
and zilla parishads, by following ideologies of the CPI-Maoist.
The Maoists want to strengthen their political base at grassroots
level and improve its strength by recruiting young cadets. The
interrogation of a senior Naxal cadre, arrested by Gadchiroli
Police last week, underlines the fact that the rebels are now
striving hard to create active supporters in at least every family
residing in their zone of operations.
Intelligence inputs coming from
CRPF and IB have suggested that the growing alienation among tribal
population in various CPI-Maoist strongholds in Odisha, Jharkhand,
Chhattisgarh and parts of Bihar and Maharashtra has forced CPI-Maoist
to order a study of socioeconomic impact of the central development
schemes. The study has been ordered by the Eastern Regional Bureau
of CPI-Maoist that supervises Maoist activities in Bihar, Jharkhand,
West Bengal, Assam, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and North Chhattisgarh,
sources said. The ERB has asked various state committees to undertake
detailed study in villages and circulated a 19 column detailed
pro-forma to be duly filled up by the surveyors. "The CPI (Maoist)
has noted that if it has to spread and further revolution in the
agrarian areas, it has to review its tactics in the light of socio-political
and economic impact of the development schemes that have been
there in the rural and tribal areas for the last two decades,"
In their internal communications,
the Maoist's have blamed these programmes for weaning away village
level activists as they got involved in various contractual works
associated with these schemes. Besides initiatives like Rs. 2
per kg rice for poor and Saranda action plan succeeded in misguiding
some of its active cadres and sowed seeds of discord among them,
the intelligence inputs note. The confiscated documents also suggest
that some Maoist leaders lament the lack of maturity on part of
some of its senior leadership for being unaware of changing ground
realities and need for a comprehensive survey from a Marxist perspective.
A youth identified as Shahrukh
Chand Khan (21), earlier questioned for alleged CPI-Maoist links,
has been arrested by the Pune Police for allegedly trying to extort
INR 200,000 from Ramesh Bagwe, the former minister of state for
home affairs. An offence in this connection has been registered
with Khadak Police Station in Pune in Maharashtra. A resident
of Kasewadi slums in Bhavani Peth, Shahrukh and his friend, both
associated with an organisation "Mass Movement" were questioned
by the state ATS following the arrest of alleged Maoist couple
Arun Bhelke and Kanchan Nanaware in September 2014. Bhelke had
allegedly developed contacts with Mass Movement members while
working as an underground operative of the golden corridor committee
of the CPI-Maoist.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, who carried
INR 200,000 reward on his head, was arrested in a joint operation
by the Police and CRPF in Gadchiroli District, Police said. Arrested
Maoist Ramesh Dhanoram Netam (43) was sent to judicial remand
till March 26, said a release by Gadchiroli Police. He was a member
of 'Tippagarh Dalam', Police said. A rifle and explosives were
also seized from him.
Two Policemen - Joge Atram and
Swaroop Kumar Amrutkar - were killed in an encounter between Gadchiroli
Police and CPI-Maoist cadres in Hekker forest under Etapalli tehsil
of Gadchiroli District. Reports that one more trooper was injured
in the gun battle could not be confirmed. Sources claimed that
search operations were underway in the forests under Jambiagutta
outpost since last five days following intelligence about Maoists
camping in the area. While the Police party was returning to the
base after the daylong search operation late in the afternoon,
they were ambushed by Maoists in Hekker forest, around 25 km from
Jambiagutta outpost. Reports suggest that a fierce gun battle
took place in which two troopers were killed and one was injured.
There were also reports of Maoists triggering a landmine blast
during the encounter, but that could not be confirmed.
A combined team of District Police
at Malewada Police post and Wadsa Desaiganj QRT arrested three
CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Ramsai Dugga alias Kalidas,
Mansaru Hidami alias Radha and Krishna Hidami alias
Tulsiram, in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, during an area
domination exercise which had stepped up vigilance in the backdrop
of the forthcoming panchayat election. The cadres had rewards
of INR 200,000 on each of their heads, and have been remanded
in Police custody after being produced before court on the same
day. While Kalidas and Radha were active for Tipagarh dalam
of the north Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat division of Maharashtra
state committee, Tulsiram was part of Naxals' company 10 formation
which operated in the northern side of the District along the
A CPI-Maoist couple, identified
as Dasru Pungati alias Vikram (35) and his wife Nirmala
(38), allegedly involved in the gun-battle at Chhote Baithiya
BSF post in Chhattisgarh's Kanker District on April 12, were arrested
from Burgi Pipili village in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
The two were active in Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border area for
the past several years and were presently handling the Naxal activities
in Bande area of Chhattisgarh, SHO of Bande Police Station Naresh
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
two civilians in Gadchiroli District. Shailesh Kainglewar and
Sinu Upasha, both resident of Dechalipetha village in Aheri division
of Gadchiroli, were killed by the Maoists on the suspicion of
being 'police informer'.
Ram Shinde, the Minister of State,
Home (rural), Maharashtra, has stated that the State Government
is contemplating to moot a proposal for polymer-made light weight
bulletproof jackets for Constables deployed in critical high risk
responsibilities like tackling Naxals.
The Maharashtra Government is
considering a special three-year package to Policemen serving
in CPI-Maoist affected areas, State Minister Ram Shinde said.
The Maharashtra ATS has arrested
a top CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Ajith alias K. Muralidharan
alias Thomas Joseph from a hospital at Talegaon Dabhade
near Pune, who has been absconding for the last 25 years. According
to ATS sources, he was arrested along with his young aide, identified
as Ismail Hamza Chiragpilli alias Pravin alias James
Mathew and produced before a special judge on May 9.
After holding an hour-long meeting
with top officers of Maharashtra State Government and the region
on anti- CPI-Maoist operations in the border districts of Gondia
and Gadchiroli in Vidarbha region, the UMH Rajnath Singh expressed
confidence that the Naxalite problem in the country would be resolved
soon. "As soon as the new government came to power at the Centre,
we offered an olive branch to the Naxalites. We are still hopeful
that talks would resolve the matter. Meanwhile, we are adopting
the two-pronged approach of development and strict security in
the affected areas," said Singh. He claimed that in the last one
decade, casualty rate of civilians and Security Forces from LWE
attacks had dropped by 20 to 25 percent. "I am satisfied with
the way the Maharashtra Police has taken up the challenge of meeting
the Naxal threat. However, I have offered any additional assistance
required from the centre," added Singh. He further said all pending
projects and requirements of the affected areas were discussed
at the meeting. Commenting on if Indian Army can be deployed to
tackle LWE problem, especially in states like Chhattisgarh, he
said several strategies were discussed at the meeting but he could
not make them public at this stage. "We are confident that the
problem would be resolved in near future," he added.
A final decision on future deployment
of CRPF in CPI-Maoist-hit areas of Maharashtra will be taken by
the Centre at end of September, 2015, said Additional Chief Secretary
(Home) K P Bakshi. "We have requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh
to let us continue using CRPF in Maoist-hit areas and not deploy
ITBP in their place. He has granted our request for now and said
that we will use CRPF until September, after which the Central
Government will take a final call," said the Additional Chief
Secretary (Home). He said that deployment of ITBP instead of CRPF
would mean that Maharashtra has a lesser number of 'companies'
patrolling Maoist areas.
The latest transfer order of the
senior Police officers issued by the Maharashtra Government has
exposed the casual approach of the State about curbing Naxal menace
in the State.
A court in Pune has extended Police
custody of CPI-Maoist leader K Muralidharan and his aide C P Ismail
till May 21.
Local tribal population of Etapalli
taluka in Gadchiroli District has decided to oppose CPI-Maoist
atrocities in the name of people's movement after some rebels
thrashed the villagers of Gattepalli. The villagers had earned
the wrath of Maoists for plucking tendu leaves, a seasonal
work for a large section of tribal population in Gadchiroli, without
seeking their prior permission. The Maoists are learnt to have
beaten up several villagers for joining the work of the tendu
contractors keeping them out of the loop.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a youth,
identified as Ravindra Shankar Sunkri (24), at Kolsegudam village
in Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli District, whom they had abducted
a few days ago. The Maoists abducted Ravindra, son of the Police
patil of the village, on the suspicion that he was a 'Police
informer' on May 16. Police said that Ravindra had been indeed
working as a SPO between 2013 and September 2014. Around 15 armed
Maoists had taken him away from his house.
Murali Kannamballi (62), a senior
leader of the CPI-Maoist, who was arrested on May 8 by the ATS,
Pune, will undergo a DNA test as part of the ongoing probe that
includes fixing his identity in view of the several fake identities
he used prior to his arrest. The court of special judge S V Mane
extended the remand of Murali and his aide, Ismail Hamja CP, in
ATS custody till May 25 to facilitate the probe, additional public
prosecutor Vikas Shah said.
Maharashtra State Government has
issued Government Resolution for the additional pay package for
policemen working in Maoist-affected areas.
The Maharashtra State Government
has now rolled out a 'unified command' mechanism to deal with
the CPI-Maoist in the eastern part of the State. The 'unified
command' will have officers from the security establishment and
the Intelligence Bureau (IB), besides civilian officers representing
the civil administration. The Chief Minister will head the command
and a committee for integration and co-ordination at state government
level will meet every two months.
To encourage Policemen to take
up posting in Maoist-dominated areas of Gadchiroli, Aheri (Police
district) and Gondia Districts, the Maharashtra State Government
has decided to give them monetary benefits, an additional 50 percent
of their salary every month.
The Gadchiroli Sessions Court
in Maharashtra rejected the bail plea of CPI-Maoist sympathizer
Assistant Professor Gokalkonda Naga Saibaba.
A senior CPI-Maoist cadre of Chhattisgarh,
who had INR 500,000 reward on him, was arrested from Kasturba
Hospital in Wardha District where the Maoist had been operated
for hernia a day earlier. Rasul alias Anil Shauri (30),
'deputy commander' of local organization squad (LOS) of Bayanar
and a local area committee member of East Bastar division in Narayanpur
District of Chhattisgarh had more than 50 offences against him.
Two of his accomplices, Raju and Mahesh, natives of Nalgonda village
in Bhamragarh tehsil (revenue unit) of Gadchiroli District, were
The Bombay High Court directed
the Nagpur Central Jail authorities to shift Delhi University
Assistant Professor GN Saibaba, who was arrested on May 9, 2014,
for alleged links with the CPI-Maoist, to a private hospital for
Giving into the demands of Maharashtra,
the NDA Government at the Centre is learnt to have decided not
to replace the CRPF with ITBP from Gadchiroli District.
The Bombay High Court held that
it was "inclined" to release G.N. Saibaba, Assistant Professor,
University of Delhi, and the rejection of his earlier bail petitions
needed to be re-examined as he was unwell. The Additional Sessions
Court and the Nagpur Bench of the High Court had rejected the
bail applications of G.N. Saibaba, who was arrested last year
for alleged links with the CPI-Maoist.
Wheelchair-bound DU Assistant
Professor G.N. Saibaba, charged under the UAPA for alleged CPI-Maoist
links, has been granted bail after over a year, as the Bombay
High Court, exercised powers to "protect" his fundamental rights.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a range
office of the forest department at Decchli village in Aheri tehsil
in Gadchiroli District, using LPG cylinders meant for distribution
among tribals under a government scheme. All official documents
were gutted in the explosion and the roof of the office blown
off. The Maoists left a written warning that no villager should
work for any forest department programme such as plantation, protection
monitoring etc. "Around 50-60 Naxals came at midnight, took two
of the cylinders in our stock to the range office and ignited
a blast. All documents were gutted in the fire," said a senior
Nine wanted CPI-Maoist cadres
surrendered before Police in Gadchiroli District. "The Maoist
movement received a big jolt today when nine Maoists, including
the 'section commander' of PLGA company No. 4, Irapa alias
Pradip Kujur, laid down their arms and decided to come to mainstream.
All of them were inspired by the surrender of senior Maoist leader
Gopi and Vijay earlier this year," said a press statement issued
by the office of SP, Gadchiroli. Apart from Irapa, his wife Sindhu,
Kasansur Dalam member Rupesh, Kasansur area committee member Durgesh,
Dalam member Kanhu, Platoon B member Raju, Korchi Dalam member
Roja, platoon 14 member Akash and dalam member Subash also surrendered.
SFs arrested a senior cadre of
the CPI-Maoist military wing PLGA, Sunil alias Chayan Singh
Hidami, in Gadchiroli District.
CRPF organized a multi-agency
police-intelligence coordination meeting attended by officials
from Maharashtra and Chhattishgarh at the paramilitary forces'
headquarters at Hingna in Nagpur District. The meeting was organized
by CRPF camp, Gadchiroli, to spruce up operational strategies
and improve coordination.
Around 30 to 40 uniformed CPI-Maoist
cadres set ablaze an office of the forest department in Malewada
village in Gadchiroli District. No one was injured in the incident,
however, the furniture and important documents of the forest department
were damaged in the fire.
17 LWEs, many of them hard core,
surrendered before Maharashtra Police in the last one month in
Gadchiroli District, a senior Police official said. Of the 17,
13 hail from Kotmi-Kasansoor which has been one of the most difficult
LWE areas for the Police for last many years. "We have opened
a new Police post at Kotmi in February and it has proved to be
very effective," said Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil. He further said
"The surrender operations may gather momentum after first week
of August, post 'Shaheed Week' observed from July 28 to August
3." Of the 17 LWES, nine carried a reward of over INR 3 million
on their heads. During SP Patil's tenure 37 LWEs surrendered in
2014 and 24 in 2015. The new LWE surrender policy also comes with
substantial cash reward and has been propagated across the district
as 'Kaun Banega Lakhpati' scheme through posters in affected areas.
Prominent LWEs, who have surrendered in past six months, are Gopi,
'commander' of Korchi 3 dalam and Vijay Dugga, 'commander'
of Chatgaon dalam. Both carried a reward of INR 1.2 million
on their head.
The Maharashtra State Police have
so far arrested 1265 Naxalites and their sympathizers in
the last one decade for perpetrating rebellion against the State.
The Government also started its surrender policy in 2005 which
was improved in January 2013. Till date, 479 LWEs have surrendered
before Police and district administration under the policy.
A former CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Madhav Warlu Padda (38), was killed by his former colleagues
with sharp weapons near Mauja-Kotmi village in Etapally region
of Gadchiroli District. An official said Padda was eliminated
by his Maoist colleagues who were against his decision to surrender.
He had surrendered in November 2014. Padda before his surrender
was with the Kasansoor Dalam of the CPI-Maoist for 10 years
Police in Gadchiroli District
have recovered a letter written by a Maoist to a top comrade expressing
concerns about the weakening of the movement. "The letter is written
by a local Naxal commander. Though it is addressed to one Comrade
Mausi, we suspect it was meant for Narmada Aaka, who is a big
Naxal leader and has been a guiding light for the Gadchiroli movement
for Maoists. Narmada Aaka is currently believed to be hiding in
the jungles of Abujhmad in Chhattisgarh," said an officer involved
in counterinsurgency operations in Gadchiroli.
Arrested Central Committee member
of the CPI-Maoist Vijay Arya has been brought to Gaya (Bihar)
from Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) in connection with criminal
cases pending against him in Gaya court. Arya was arrested from
Katihar District (Bihar) in May 2011.
Police investigation revealed
that the killing of Dhanlal Baiju Madavi, of Gajamendhi village
in Dhanora taluka of Gadchiroli District by cadres of CPI-Maoist
alleging him to be Police informer was actually an incident of
settling score with the victim by the Maoists. During investigations,
the Police found out that Dhanlal had some days ago protested
when a gang of Maoists tried to harass a village girl.
A former deputy sarpanch
of Godalwahi village in Dhanora taluka of Gadchiroli District,
identified as Deorao Kirange's (26), was allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist
cadres as they suspected him to be a Police informer.
While replying to a query by Jaywantrao
Jadhav of the NCP in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislative
Council, CM Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio,
admitted that the CPI-Maoist cadres are trying to create base
in Mumbai-Nashik-Pune belt. "It has come to light that in the
urban and industrial belts in these areas, the Maoists are trying
to clandestinely propagate their ideology and are creating an
impression that they are raising their voice on Dalit issues and
attracting Dalit youth to the Maoist movement," noted CM Fadnavis.
Critical posts dealing with anti-CPI-Maoist
operations in Maharashtra Police remain vacant for over a year.
Positions like Inspector General of Police (Anti Naxal Operations),
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Gadchiroli range) and Superintendent
of Police Special Action Group (SAG) have no full time officers
assigned. In addition, even the post of Principal of the Unconventional
Operations Training Centre (UOTC) where Maharashtra Police personnel
train before induction into insurgency-affected regions has only
been filled recently after remaining vacant for months.
Police busted a CPI-Maoist hideout
in Gadchiroli District and recovered cache of sophisticated explosives,
arms and ammunition. Gadchiroli SP Sandeep Patil said that the
Police personnel have launched a search operation to arrest the
A 'central committee' member of
the CPI-Maoist, Sridhar Srinivasan alias Vijay alias
Vishnu, died of heart attack, the CPI-Maoist said in a press statement.
Srinivasan was active in Mumbai, Pune and Vidarbha regions. In
its statement, CPI-Maoist spokesperson Abhay said Srinivasan's
death was a "major blow." The 'central committee' member carried
a cash reward of INR Six million in Chhattisgarh alone, besides
rewards in several other states.
A woman cadre of CPI-Maoist was
killed in an encounter with Gadchiroli Police near Phulbodi Gatta
in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District. Three Police
parties took on the combined strength of Pendhri and Chatgaon
dalams of the Maoists during the encounter.
Earlier, another encounter took
place around noon at Somanpalli in Sironcha tehsil, after
the Police got intelligence inputs. While there were no casualties
even as the encounter continued for about 30 minutes, the Police
recovered some Naxal literature.
The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay
High Court granted bail to JNU student Hem Mishra, who was arrested
by the Maharashtra Police in August 2013 for alleged Maoist links.
The Bombay High Court extended
by around three months the temporary bail granted to former Delhi
University Assistant Professor G.N. Saibaba, arrested for alleged
CPI-Maoist links, considering his deteriorating health condition.
The dead body of a CPI-Maoist
'section commander' belonging to Company 4, identified as Pramod
Kachlami alias Dalpat, has been found in the forest of
Kondekal near Gatta Phulbodi under Dhanora Sub-division of Gadchiroli
District. However, Dalpat was killed in an encounter with the
SFs that occurred on September 3, 2015 in which one more woman
Maoist cadre, Ranju Majji alias Kummi, was also killed.
Dalpat had a reward of INR 800000 on him and was involved in more
than 12 major encounters.
Maoists have burnt down a gram
panchayat office at Durgapur under Pendhri of Gadchiroli District.
The Maoists are believed to be upset over the Police gunning down
one of their woman cadres and a section commander during an encounter
at Kondakel forest near Phulbodi Gatta on September 3. They also
called for a one-day bandh in Dhanora on September 10.
The Maoists had put up a banner at Durgapur alleging that the
Police murdered their section-commander in a fake encounter.
CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze
the Gadchiroli Forest Department's range office and inspection
room at Perimili on the Bhamragarh-Alapalli road.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Sanjay Shankar Mangu (23) and Rukhmi Shantabai Halami (22),
were arrested in Gadchiroli District.
Two Maoists surrendered before
Gadchiroli District authorities of Maharashtra. They were identified
as Sainath Katia, a 'platoon commander' and Aruna Rukhma Narote
Branded a "senior Maoist leader"
by the Maharashtra Police, Maruti Kurwatkar was re-arrested from
the main gate of Nagpur central prison by a team of the Gadchiroli
District Police when he was walking out of the jail after acquittals
in three cases and getting bail in three others.
The anti-extortion cell in Mumbai
has arrested a dance teacher for helping her alleged Naxalite
friend extort money from a city-based businessman. The dance teacher
allegedly met the businessman to collect money on behalf of a
financier identified as Mohsin, who claimed to be a Naxal leader.
CPI-Maoist cadres set the RFO
ablaze at Jinganoor under Sironcha Division of Gadchiroli District
along with a department vehicle.
A Maharashtra Police Sub-inspector
- Tejas Mohite - was injured during an encounter with the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the forest of Naingunda between Kotmi and Kasansoor
under Etapalli taluka of Gadchiroli District. Police said
that Mohite was part of a joint operation squad of C-60 commandos.
Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court
asked the Gadchiroli Police to release a CPI-Maoist accused, who
was re-arrested earlier this month. Maruti Kurwatkar, branded
a "senior Maoist leader" by Maharashtra Police, was re-arrested
on September 12 at the main gate of the Nagpur Central Jail when
he was walking out after securing acquittals in three cases and
bail in three others. A Bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice
Prassanna Varale orally passed strictures against the Gadchiroli
Police for re-arresting Kurwatkar.
Maharashtra Government's Naxal
surrender policy has yielded positive results with 502 Maoists
giving up arms in the last 10 years and being rehabilitated. Of
these, 482 rebels have surrendered in Gadchiroli District alone,
considered as a Naxal hotbed. Maharashtra Government had launched
a Naxal surrender policy on August 29, 2005 which has been extended
time and again till date, official sources from ANO of Maharashtra
Police said. The first rebel to surrender was Madan Anna alias
Balan Ballya in 2005, they said. "Police and district authorities
motivate Naxals to give up their arms. In 2013 and 2014 around
49 and 40 Naxals surrendered respectively while 25 Maoists turned
themselves in till September this year," sources added. Among
the ultras who have surrendered are one state zonal committee
member, six divisional committee members, 16 commanders, 24 deputy
commanders and 218 dalam members besides 110 Gram rakshak, 127
Sangam members, they said. According to them, while men are given
skill training through ITI and taught motor vehicle driving, women
are trained in sewing and selling vegetables.
A 'commander' and another 'deputy
commander' of the CPI-Maoist, also a married couple, surrendered
before the Gadchiroli District Police of Maharashtra. The surrenders
took the tally to 29 so far this year. Maharu Mudiyami, alias
Sukku, former 'commander' of Platoon 18, surrendered along with
his wife Girija Jhuri, ex-deputy commander of Bhamragarh-Gatta
dalam. While Mudyami carried a reward of INR 1.2 million
on his head, Girija carried a reward of INR 600,000. The two had
served the movement together for more than a decade.
Shankar Wadde (30), working as
SPO, was shot dead outside Mallumpodur village in Bhamragarh tehsil
in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra by cadres of the CPI-Maoist
who had earlier abducted him on October 6 from his home. In the
past too, Wadde was abducted on two occasions by Maoists but was
spared. SP, Gadchiroli, Sandip Patil said Bhamragarh LOS was likely
involved in cold-blooded murder. The Maoists, after having murdered
Wadde, also ensured they left behind their pamphlets owning up
the murder and labelling the victim as 'Police informer'.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a Police
warden - Pindu Pungati - at Ghotpadi village in Bhamragarh tehsil
of Gadchiroli District. The Maoists eliminated Pindu suspecting
him to be a SPO. It is learnt that a group of Maoists dragged
the victim out of his residence before firing a shot in his head
from close quarters. A police warden gets an honorarium of INR
500 from the Government. The SPOs are paid INR 3,000 for their
services. Pungati came on Maoists' radar after his honorarium
was increased to INR 3,000 for participating in developmental
works under Government schemes.
Gadchiroli Police of Maharashtra
recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from a secret CPI-Maoist
dump in the forest of Tonder near Damrancha under Jimulgatta Sub-Division
earlier this week in South Gadchiroli. The firearms recovered
included one bharmar rifle, one country made revolver, 15 cartridges
of .303 rifle, 30 of SLR and 12 rounds of another local type.
Material used for triggering IED blasts, Maoist literature, banners
and pamphlets were also recovered.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including
three 'deputy commanders' who carried a collective reward of INR
3 million on their heads, surrendered in Gadchiroli District.
They were identified as 'deputy commander' of 'Company four' Jaanu
alias Sonu Gota (32) of Kasansur Dalam (squad), 'deputy
commander' Rajesh Kokeshwar (27), 'deputy commander' Nirmala alias
Sarita Note (30), Shamrao Usendi (45), Ratan Kolwe (22), Sushila
Sukhnake (33) and Rammi Mahananda Potavi (21). All of the Maoists
were involved in major attacks and encounters with Police in and
around Gadchiroli, a Police release said.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly
killed two persons on the suspicion of being 'Police informers'
at Venkatapur under Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli District.
The victims, identified as Mukesh Shankar Atram (35) and Anantrao
Portek (45), were reportedly helping the Police by informing them
about Naxal movement. Maoists slit their throat last night,
a release from Gadchiroli Police said.
The Maharashtra Police released
a list of senior CPI-Maoist leaders whose children are studying
in reputed institutions, and accused them of spending "extortion
money" on their families. "Senior Maoist leaders stop local tribal
people in insurgency-hit areas from getting even basic education.
The leaders are always afraid that if the tribals receive education,
the violent Maoist movement will vanish. However, they make sure
that their own children are properly educated," said a recent
press statement by the Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Maharashtra
Police. The list released by the ANO also includes the son of
commander of the Maoist Company, K.K. Muralidharan alias
Vijayanna, who works for a software company in Kochi (Kerala).
A civilian, identified as Vinay
Mistry (28), working in a grocery outlet, was killed by a group
of CPI-Maoist cadres at Murumgaon under Dhanora tehsil
in Gadchiroli District. The incident occurred shortly after the
local weekly market was over. It's learnt that the Maoists targeted
Mistry after barging into the shop owned by the victim's employer
Vyankatesh Ahirwar. The Maoists were said to be upset with Ahirwar
for not complying with their demands.
Eight CPI-Maoist cadres including
'commander' and 'deputy commanders carrying reward money of INR
3.2 million on their heads surrendered before Gadchiroli Police.
They have been identified as 'section commander' of Company No
2 Ashok Oksha alias Deepak, 'section commander' of Company
No 2, Ungi Madvi alias Manisha, 'section deputy commander'
of Company No 2, Akash Madvi alias Vishnu, 'deputy commander'
of Gatta armed squad Chaitu Kola alias Rushi, member of
platoon No 3 Suresh Kola alias Firoz, Kaansur armed squad
doctor Bali Talandi alias Sunita, LOS member Deoram Hichami
alias Tirupati, and 'commander' of Jan Militia Lakhma Pallo
In the last four years as many
as 142 Maoists have surrendered before the Police in Gadchiroli.
In 2012, some 14 Maoists surrendered, 48 Maoists left the movement
in 2013, 37 Maoists in 2014 and till November this year, 45 Maoists
have surrendered, informed Superintendent of Police (SP) Sandip
Patil. Of the surrendered Maoists, two are 'commanders', eight
'deputy commanders', 27 cadres.
A teenage girl, who had joined
the CPI-Maoist early in 2015, has surrendered before the Police
in Gadchiroli District. The 14-year-old girl, a student of Class
VIII at an 'Ashram Shala' in Lahiri village of Gadchiroli, had
run away along with two other girls in January this year (2015).
They were suspected to have joined the Maoist movement, Gadchiroli
PRO Sub-Inspector, Tejaswi Patil said. Patil further said, adding,
Police is now looking to rescue the other two girls.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the Minister
of State for Home (Rural) Ram Shinde in Gadchiroli District. Those
who surrendered have been identified as Sainu Hedi, 'deputy commander'
of Platoon 10 carrying a reward INR One million, his wife Jano
Atram alias Roshni of the same platoon, armed cadres Sandesh Mattami,
Nagesh Pada and two others. In total they carried reward money
of INR 2.6 million.
Out-of-turn promotions were also accorded to 34
C-60 commandos for outstanding contribution in battling Maoists.
The Minister also formally inaugurated a Police
outpost at Hedri that had been set up in 2015 at a strategic location
in Etapalli division.
Minister Shinde, also reviewed the law and order
situation and Maoist operations in the district, assured to take
up the issues of expediting the procurement of sophisticated bullet-proof
jackets for troopers. The Minister promised to look into the requirement
of more helicopters for Maoist operations and grievances of the
dead troopers' families and their demands.
The Nagpur bench of Bombay HC cancelled the bail
of Delhi University Assistant Professor G. N. Saibaba and asked
him surrender before the Police. He was arrested by Maharashtra
Police in May 2015 for alleged Maoist links. The court also issued
a notice to writer Arundhati Roy on an intervention plea filed
by advocate Bhandarkar, who had blamed Ms. Roy for "interference
with the administration of justice" for writing an article in
the Outlook magazine in support of Asst. Prof. Saibaba.
Source:Compiled from news reports and