Odisha Timeline 2015
At least five CPI-Maoist cadres
are suspected to have been killed in an anti-Maoist operation,
involving Greyhound personnel of Andhra Pradesh Police, Odisha's
SOG and Odisha State Police in Malkangiri District. IG of Police,
South-Western Range Yashwant Jethwa however said officially the
deaths cannot be confirmed as the teams have not recovered anybody.
Maoists killed two tribals, identified
as Jaga Kabasi and Jaga Sodhi, at Keriaguda under Kalimela Police
Station limits in Malkangiri District. After conducting a 'praja
court' in the village, they tied up the two villagers to a tree
and beat them to death.
A former Naxal 'commander'
identified as Pramod Majhi alias Sagar (26) who was second
in command in the OMP surrendered in Berhampur town of Ganjam
The exchange of fire between the
CPI-Maoist and SFs and the suspected killing of five Maoists belonging
to the AOBSZC at Bejingi forest in Malkangiri District is turning
out to be a mysterious affair. Even a day after the exchange of
fire, the Police were neither able to confirm the actual number
of casualties nor recover any of the bodies to substantiate their
An Odisha State Government audit
has found a total of INR 12.8 million worth projects in Narayanpatna
block of Koraput District has been embezzled.
The combing operation to arrest
RK, in the Andhra Pradesh Odisha border region, will continue,
said Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra. Maoist literatures, 500
bags of rice and grenades have been recovered from the encounter
A red alert has been sounded
in the Visakhapatnam agency of Andhra Pradesh and along the Andhra-Odisha
Border following a massive exchange of fire between the Maoists
and Armed Forces near Mukundapalli village in Malkangiri District.
Krishna Kumari Panda, mother of
OMP Chief Sabyasachi Panda, alleged that her son was being framed
in the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. Deposing before
Justice AS Naidu Commission of Enquiry into the 2008 killing of
the seer and the riots that gripped Kandhamal District in the
aftermath, Krishna said the person who had owned up to the murder
in a TV interview was not her son.
Condemning the arrest of tribals
in Odisha by BSF as Maoists, a top Maoist leader, identified as
'secretary' of Malkangiri Divisional Committee Poonam Chand, has
asked the Odisha Government to stop 'Operation Greenhunt' with
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
complimented the Odisha Police for achieving 'zero casualties'
in 2014 while dealing with Left Wing Extremism violence.
IGP of south-west range of Odisha
Yashwant Jethwa, IG of BSF AK Sharma and Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu
Mohapatra visited the cut off area of Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri
Four armed Maoist cadres, including
three women, surrendered in Malkangiri District.
A day after IGP of south-west
range, Odisha, Yashwant Jethwa claimed that at least seven CPI-Maoist
cadres have been killed in the ongoing 'Operation All Out' jointly
launched by the Greyhound unit of Andhra Pradesh Police and the
SOG and DVF forces of the Odisha Police, a Maoist leader rebutted
the claims of any casualty on their side during the operation.
Malkangiri Koraput Border Committee Secretary Ghenu, in an audio
message, claimed that two security personnel were injured during
a pre-dawn exchange of fire on January 5 at Tumbei-Dejing area
near Balimela reservoir in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri District.
However, there was zero casualty or injury on the Maoist side,
The CRPF DG Prakash Mishra will
review Maoist situation in the State.
The CRPF DG Prakash Mishra reviewed
operation of the paramilitary forces in Naxal-hit southern
Districts of Odisha. DG Mishra reached the CRPF camp at Chandrapur
in Rayagada District and met some of the personnel engaged in
the anti-CPI-Maoist operation. He said there would be a change
of strategies to counter the Maoist threat in Odisha.
A primary charge-sheet was filed
in Berhampur Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate court in Ganjam
District by the Police against OMP leader Sabyasachi Panda after
almost six months of his arrest in the city.
The NHRC has dubbed the 'praja
court' of CPI-Maoist a 'drama' and slammed the Odisha Police for
failing to protect a home guard who was 'convicted' in one such
'kangaroo court' before being lynched to death in Malkangiri District
on September 5, 2014.
Suspense over the death toll of
CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter with Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh
Police and Odisha Special Operations Group (SOG) in Koraput District
on January 5 continues. Bodies were not recovered and the death
toll varies from five to seven.
Apprehending threat to lives from
CPI-Maoist, four ex-Maoists surrendered before Police at Bonai
in Sundargarh District.
Odisha's DGP Sanjeev Marik said
BSF troopers engaged in CPI-Maoist prone areas in the State will
be redeployed keeping in view the intelligence inputs.
A group of men, suspected to be
CPI-Maoist cadres, torched a vehicle carrying mid-day meal for
school children and ate the food before taking away the containers
at Ijurupa under Lanjigarh Police Station limits in Kalahandi
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered
an explosion on the Visakhapatnam-Raipur railway line at Munikhol
near Muniguda Railway Station in Rayagada District injuring one
railway staff and blowing up a portion of the track that led to
disruption of train services on the route.
Police recovered three arms cache
belonging to the Maoists in Khadisaru forest under Sorada Police
limits in Ganjam District of Odisha. The seized items included
three Self-Loading Rifles (SLRs), 793 rounds of ammunition (318
rounds of SLR, 240 rounds of .303 and 206 rounds of 9 mm, 19 rounds
of INSAS and 10 rounds of .22 rifles), 30 magazines (19 for INSAS,
nine SLR and two for .303), 20 charge clips, two batteries, two
battery stands, two steel containers and belts. The locations
of the arms dumps were identified by former OMP leader Pramod
Majhi alias Sagar. "We suspect these arms were looted from Nayagarh
armoury of when the rebels attacked the district in 2008," said
Ganjam SP Narasingha Bhol.
The Maoists blasted a railway
track at Muniguda in Rayagada District of Odisha, leaving movement
of trains affected for several hours along the route. The blast
spot was a few hundred metres away from a CRPF camp. Though the
track suffered damage, no casualty was reported from the incident.
CPI-Maoist had given a bandh call in five Districts of
the State protesting the visit of US President Barack Obama.
The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly
killed a civilian, identified as Vanthala Bhaskara Rao, in Malkangiri
District of Odisha, alleging him to be a Police informer.
The Maoists hoisted black flags
near Rollagedda in Malkangiri District of Odisha and the 'east
division committee' of the CPI-Maoist gave a bandh on January
26 along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border.
The Maoists also cut a pipeline
of Essar company near Rollagedda in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Joseph Munda (35), Sipren Munda (31) and Panalal Bhakta (17),
surrendered before Police in Rourkela in Sundargarh District of
Odisha. Joseph was involved in a murder case and landmine blast
while Sipren and Panalal were also involved in many acts of violence.
Panalal also cooked food for party members.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has written
to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, urging him to provide two
additional battalions of CRPF to contain CPI-Maoist in Nuapada
and Malkangiri Districts of the State.
Villagers rounded up 16 of the
40 armed persons who had allegedly posed as CPI-Maoist supporters
and attacked Tangapalli village of Odupa gram panchayat
in Sadar block of Malkangiri District. They were detained in the
local school building by angry inhabitants of Tangapalli. Rest
of the members of the group are said to have escaped. Villagers
seized several traditional weapons from the attackers. Three attackers
and a villager sustained injuries during the scuffle between the
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
contractor, identified as Laxmi Patnaik (23), at a weekly market
in Trilochanpur under Lanjigarh Police Station in Kalahandi District.
Some posters left by the killers claimed that Patnaik was a 'Police
Koraput District has failed to
utilize funds under IAP for developing infrastructure critical
to fighting the CPI-Maoist. Only 13 per cent of INR 300 million,
sanctioned by the Centre for 2014-15, was put to use till December
31, 2014 official sources said. During the ongoing financial year,
the administration took up 555 projects, including construction
of roads, culverts, electrification, supply of drinking water
and education, in the Maoist-affected blocks of the District.
Till December-end, only 51 projects worth INR 30.88 million were
completed. The remaining projects are in different stages of construction,
according to data available with the District Planning And Monitoring
The Supreme Court ordered immediate
release of Sangram Mohanty, son of Jana Adhikar Manch convenor
Dandapani Mohanty and member of Odisha Jan Morcha. He was in jail
since December 5, 2012, for his alleged links with the CPI-Maoist.
Sangram's counsel Suresh Tripathy said a bench of Justices V Gopalgowda
and R Banumathi also asked the chief secretary to file an affidavit,
within four weeks, as why Sangram's case should not be transferred
to the CBI.
||Around 40 armed Maoist
cadres torched two vehicles and one vibrator machine of a contractor,
engaged in road construction, near Badakendu along Turekali-Makhan
road in Bolangir District. The Maoists also warned the administration
to facilitate drinking water and medical facility to the people
of the area through some posters.
Security personnel and the CPI-Maoist
cadres exchanged fire in Lanjigarh area of Kalahandi District.
A joint team of DVF and CRPF was on a combing operation when the
Maoist opened fire at them. Cache of arms and ammunition has been
recovered from the encounter site.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
urged the UHM Rajnath Singh to waive off INR 14.5 billion charged
for the deployment of Central Forces in Maoist-affected areas
of Odisha. The claim of Union Government towards deployment of
Central Forces appears to be unreasonable, the Chief Minister
said in his letter to UHM Rajnath Singh. The Chief Minister pointed
out that it is the responsibility of both the Union Government
and the States to fight the Maoists.
A CPI-Maoist camp was destroyed
and explosives seized from Semlabhata village under Lanjigarh
Police limits of Kalahandi District. The seizure followed an encounter
between Police and the Maoists.
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.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres hacked
a villager to death in Pallahara of Angul District suspecting
him to be a 'police informer'. The villagers said a group of armed
Maoists stormed into Pattamundai village and took away Samuel
Bhadra after locking his family members in a room. They then hacked
Bhadra to death and fled to nearby forest. The Maoists left behind
eight posters which stated that Bhadra was eliminated as he was
a police informer. They claimed that one of their leaders was
killed by police on information provided by Bhadra. Angul Superintendent
of Police Rajesh Pandit Uttam Rao confirmed that Bhadra was not
a police informer.
A trooper of SOG was seriously
injured in a landmine explosion triggered by Maoists in Turekala
area of Balangir District. "The jawan was engaged in combing operation
in a forest area near Kameimunda village yesterday when the landmine
went off," SDPO Titilagarh, Dillip Purohit said.
Four Maoists, including three
women, with rewards on their heads, surrendered before IGP Yashwant
Jethwa in Malkangiri District. The Maoists have been identified
as Mangala Podiami (25) alias Arjun, Rame Madhi (25) alias
Anita, Ganga Kurmi (20) alias Sangita and Kunjame Rajje
(25) alias Gita. Podiami, Madhi, Kurmi and Rajje carried
reward of INR 400000, INR 400000, INR 100000 and INR 100000 on
their head respectively.
The court of ADJ in Koraput District
of Odisha, acquitted Nachika Linga, leader of CMAS, of charges
framed against him by the Police on May 15, 2011. It may be mentioned
that the Narayanpatna Police, during the anti-Maoist operation,
had seized a huge cache of arms and explosives from Kanchanpadu
village on May 15, 2011 and registered cases against 35 persons,
including Nachika on treason charges and the Arms Act. Terming
the cases registered against the accused as baseless, Nachika's
counsel Manoranjan Routray had moved the court. After hearing
the petition of the counsel, ADJ Pradip Kumar Mohanta acquitted
Nachika of the charges.
Personnel of the Odisha's elite
anti-Naxalite force, the SOG, claimed to have busted two camps
running inside Tekguda and Kurupa jungles under Kalimela Police
Station limits in Malkangiri District and seized huge quantity
of CPI-Maoist materials. The seized materials included pipe gun,
pistols (two) magazines, explosives, gun and bomb making materials,
Maoists dress, books, medicines and other essentials, Malkangiri
SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.
The DVF and SOG personnel of Odisha
busted six CPI-Maoist camps in a forest near Tekaguda village
of Kalimela block in Malkangiri District. Huge quantity of explosives
and Maoist materials were seized from the spot. Materials seized
from the busted camps included pipe gun, pistols, magazines, explosives,
gun and bomb making materials, Maoists dress, books, medicines
and other essentials, said Malkangiri Superintendent of Police
Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. However, the SOG personnel failed to capture
any of the Maoists as they had already fled from the camps.
A group of suspected CPI-Maoist
armed cadres stormed into a country liquor making unit at Jamki
village under Turekela Police Station limit in Sundargarh District
of Odisha and set it ablaze after asking the security guard and
other staff to go out. Some posters were found near the site with
name of the CPI-Maoist, Police said adding the posters attacked
both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Naveen Patnaik accusing
them of working against the poor.
A huge cache of explosives allegedly
belonging to the CPI-Maoist was seized during a combing exercise
by CoBRA personnel from Pon Dungri nullah near Gatibeda village
inside Sunabeda sanctuary of Nuapada District, Odisha. The seizure
included 120 detonators, 37 gelatin sticks and 20 pencil batteries.
Five Maoists were arrested during
a joint operation by personnel of SOG and BSF from Peda Tekguda
village under Kalimela Police Station area of Malkangiri District
of Odisha. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said the arrested
Maoists included Irma Kabasi (35), who had a reward of INR 100000
on his head. Kabasi was an armed cadre and 'member' of Kalimela
'area committee' of the CPI-Maoist. Another prize catch was Bandi
Madhi (30), who was involved in the Alampaka ambush in Balimela
reservoir on June 29, 2008, in which 38 security personnel, including
36 greyhound commandos from Andhra Pradesh, had been killed. The
other arrested Maoists were Madhi Ganga (26), Bhima Madkami (30),
militia member Anda Madi (21).
The CPI-Maoist would continue
its armed fight against Police for the rights of poor in tribal
areas, stated 'secretary' of Koraput-Srikakulam Divisional Committee
of CPI-Maoist in a press release. "Maoist outfits in Narayanpatna
have been working since long for tribal rights and have been successful
in ending the harassment by landlords. The liquor trade has been
stopped and the land of tribals returned to them through revolutionary
means," it stated. Opposing the Green Hunt operation of Police
in the region, Daya stated in the release that the efforts of
the State and the Centre to stop Maoist movement in Narayanpatna
would fail as they would continue their revolution. "The police
operation has motivated the landlords to exploit the tribals again.
Our fight is for saving the tribal land, forest and ensuring that
the tribals have their share of all round development," it stated.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
flagged off a fleet of 32 new buses for LWE-affected areas of
the State. "The State government has launched Biju Gaon Gadi
Yojna for improvement in transportation in left wing extremists
affected districts. Twenty-five small buses are already in service
in these areas. In the second phase, 32 more buses would start
operating in undivided Koraput, Ganjam and Kandhamal districts,"
said Patnaik. Bus services will certainly be a great help for
people of these areas, he maintained. Under Biju Gaon Gadi
Yojna, the State Government had announced to operate 100 buses
in 71 identified routes in LWE-affected districts. Speaking on
the occasion, State Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said: "The
government has already launched 57 buses. We will very soon purchase
rest 43 buses in 2015-16 financial year."
Three women CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested in Malkangiri District during two joint operations
by the SOG and the BSF. Two of them were arrested from Kamarpalli
village under Mathili Police Station and another from Marigeta
area of Kalimela Police Station. All of them were active members
of Malkangiri division of CPI-Maoist. According to Malkangiri
anti-naxalite cell, those arrested at Kamarpalli were Sambari
Madkami (26) and Parvati Padiami (21). Sambari was providing logistic
support to the Maoists, and Parvati was part of the local organizing
squad in Mohupadar area. Debe Urmami (28), arrested from Marigeta,
was the president of local unit of Mahila Sangham, a frontal organization
of the Maoists in Kalimela Police Station area.
Odisha Government urged the Centre
to provide two MI-17 or equivalent helicopters to the State for
undertaking anti-CPI-Maoist operations. "I would request you to
consider deploying two MI-17 or equivalent helicopters in the
state at the earliest for effectively undertaking anti-naxalite
operations," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a letter to
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Chief Minister Patnaik said
he had earlier requested the then Home Minister in a letter on
October 29, 2010 for stationing two dedicated MI-17 Helicopters
at Koraput and Bhubaneswar for anti-Maoist operations in Odisha.
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.
Nine naxalites including two women
cadre of CPI-Maoist surrendered before Police in Koraput District.
Police stated that all the surrendered Maoists belong to Narayanpatna
in Koraput District and were working for the Koraput division
of the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee of CPI-Maoist.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
in a fierce exchange of fire with the Police during an anti-Naxal
operation inside Churadangar forest near Godlajharan village of
Golamunda block in Kalahandi District. The exchange of fire with
the Maoists ensued when personnel of district Police and the elite
SOG were carrying out anti-LWE operation, said Kalahandi SP Brijesh
Kumar Ray. The Police also seized a sophisticated weapon and other
materials from the spot.
| March 11
With Odisha figuring low among
the States in the Police-population ratio, the Assembly Standing
Committee on Home Department has recommended a five-year plan
to augment the strength of civil Police. Currently, the sanctioned
civil Police strength ratio stands at 81.05 per 100,000 populations
against the national average of 145.02. Interestingly, if the
vacancy is taken into account, then State deploys just 71 civil
policemen for 100,000 population. The panel, in its report, observed
that the disparity could be attributed to a low civil police strength
which needs to be raised. As per the NCRB, the civil police strength
in the State stands at 30,850 in 2013. The panel has suggested
a five-year plan to scale up the civil police strength so that
the police-population ratio reached 100 per one lakh population.
This can be done by creation of posts across the ranks and by
putting in place required infrastructure both in urban and rural
areas at a cost of INR 1.88 billion per annum. This can also address
the growing law and order concerns, the panel observed. The House
panel has suggested that a separate medical fund be created to
provide emergency financial assistance for meeting the treatment
cost of security personnel injured during anti-Maoist operations.
Security personnel had a narrow
escape as a landmine planted by CPI-Maoist cadres in a forest
road in Gochhapada area of Kandhamal District was detected and
defused by them. The landmine weighing about 7 kilogram was kept
in an aluminium container. The landmine was detected when CRPF
personnel and District Policemen were carrying out a combing operation
in the Maoist-hit forest area.
Protesting alleged Police fake
encounters, the CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire to construction
equipment and vehicles at the Lower Indra Irrigation Project site
under Boden Police limits in Nuapada District. After setting fire
to an excavator, two trucks and a tractor, the Maoists left behind
a banner which mentioned that the Police were killing Maoists
in fake encounters. They also called upon the people to ensure
success of the bandh called by them in Nuapada, Kalahandi
and Nabarangpur Districts in Odisha besides Dhamtari and Gariabandh
Districts in Chhattisgarh. About 40 armed Maoists arrived at the
site, took away the mobile phones of the people present before
setting the equipment and vehicles on fire, said Nuapada SP Sunil
Two female CPI-Maoist cadres,
identified as Phulbati (30) alias Mithila and Rukmati (28)
alias Ramshila, from Chhattisgarh surrendered before IGP
Yashwant Jethwa in Kalahandi District. They had joined the Maoist
party in 2006 and were members of Koilibhitar 'area committee'
at Mainpur under Nuapada Division.
The CPI-Maoist outfit is planning
to form a new corridor to connect Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh
through the districts of Sambalpur and Deogarh, said DG of CRPF,
Prakash Mishra. He further said "The CRPF is ready to foil any
such attempt by the banned outfit." Sambalpur and Deogarh districts
are pivotal because of their strategic location and all efforts
will be made to ensure that the Maoists cannot realise their plan
of a corridor, added Mishra, who arrived in Sambalpur later in
the day after reviewing anti-Maoist operations at Sunabeda wildlife
sanctuary in Nuapada, which has become a hotbed of Maoists. "It
will be easy to rein in the Maoists if they are denied setting
up the corridor," Mishra said, adding that there has been a reduction
in the Maoist movement in Sundargarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur whereas
it has increased in Boudh, Kandhamal and Angul districts. He said
the CRPF personnel have succeeded in containing Maoist activity
in Sunabeda sanctuary and are now concentrating on the border
areas of Nuapada and Chhattisgarh, where the ultras are currently
active. On CRPF deployment in the State, the CRPF DG said it would
be rationalised and the personnel stationed in areas which have
marked subdued Maoist activities would be moved to places where
ultras are active. He said the CRPF was working in tandem with
the State Police. During his visit to the Sunabeda sanctuary,
Mishra attended a function organised by CRPF in Sunabeda village
as a part of their Civic Action Programme.
DG of CRPF Prakash Mishra told
the media that if required more CRPF units would be deployed in
Nuapada District of Odisha to free the area from CPI-Maoist. He
added that he would take steps to ensure that tourists are able
to visit Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada District without
the fear of Maoists. Mishra, who went to Sunabeda village in a
chopper, admitted that tourism was hit in the area due to increase
in extremist activities in the past five years. The Maoists reportedly
started spreading their base in Sunabeda in 2009. Since Chhattisgarh
is close to Sunabeda, it became an added advantage for the Maoists.
At present, the CRPF and CoBRA personnel have been deployed at
Barkot, Jamgaon, Sunabeda and Soseng villages. Sources in the
forest department also said the number of visitors has gone down
owing to Maoist menace. The department recorded 22,000 footfalls
between 2001 and 2005. The figure dipped to 2009 between 2006
and 2009. In 2010 and 2011, only 815 tourists visited the place.
No tourist has visited the area since 2012.
Seven hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres
including the dreaded Donna Keshav Rao alias 'Azad', accused in
the murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in August
2008, launched a fast-unto-death at the Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar
demanding speedy disposal of their cases. However, Jharpada Jail
Superintendent Rabindranath Swain did not reveal the names of
the Maoists leaders who were on fast inside the jail. "The Maoist
leaders had earlier submitted a written report with the jail authorities
stating that they would sit on a fast unto death till justice
was done to them," Swain said. Azad, an accused in the VHP leader
murder case, had surrendered before Andhra Pradesh DGP K Aravinda
Rao on May 18, 2011. He had carried a reward of INR one million
on his head at that time.
The Odisha Government said as
many as 300 LWEs have returned to the mainstream in the past five
years. Furnishing a written reply to a query in the State Assembly,
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said "During the last five years,
more than 300 persons have joined the mainstream in Odisha by
shunning violence. Out of them, more than 170 persons have benefitted
in accordance with the 'Surrender and Rehabilitation' scheme."
Under 'Surrender and Rehabilitation' scheme, surrendered LWEs
are entitled to financial assistance up to INR 2,50,000, payment
up to INR 25,000 for surrender with weapons and cash at the rate
of 0.4 decimal of homestead land. The Odisha Government also provides
house building grant at the rate of Indira Awas Yojna to LWEs
who give up arms. A screening committee after careful scrutiny
of each case recommends rehabilitation of LWEs, the Chief Minister
said. He, however, declined to reveal the names of LWEs rehabilitated
under the scheme citing security reasons. The Odisha Government
has claimed that the LWEs situation has been gradually improving
in the State. Not a single security personnel involved in counter-Maoism
operations was killed in 2014. In the last three years, there
was relatively low level of violence in Odisha. During this period,
66 civilians and 26 security persons lost their lives in 254 Maoist
incidents. In comparison to this, 2009, 2010 and 2011 witnessed
377 LWE-related violent incidents in which 109 general public
and 71 security personnel were killed by the extremists. Commenting
on civilian killings, he said "The Odisha Government has created
specialised forces and upgraded intelligence and security infrastructure
in naxal-affected areas to effectively deal with naxal activities
and secure the safety and security of people." "Preventive area
domination operations and anti-naxal operations are regularly
done in the naxal-affected areas in co-ordination with Central
Armed Police Forces deployed in Odisha as well as security agencies
of the bordering LWE affected States," the Chief Minister pointed
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Debe Madkami and Muda Sodi, surrendered before the Police in
Malkangiri District. SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said the two Maoists,
working in the District as active members of AOBSZC since 2007,
were involved in more than 15 violent incidents, including anti-landmine
blast in Telerai and attack on BSF camp at Madhusudan Pally MPV-21
village in the District. Debe Madkami said he and his associate
had decided to surrender in protest against their top cadres,
who, in gross violation of Maoist ideology, started torturing
and killing innocent tribals.
Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik
described the law and order situation in the state last year as
peaceful even as he raised concern over LWE which he said was
still a "sensitive" issue in five Districts. "The LWE situation
remains sensitive in the Districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Nuapada,
Kalahandi and Bolangir," Patnaik said during the debate relating
to expenditure of Home Department. Further, the CM said 253 mobile
towers would be set up in the Maoist-prone areas of Odisha this
year, added Odisha Sun Times. Talking about anti-Maoist
operations in the state, the CM said the Police had arrested 71
Maoist, including top cadres like Sabyasachi Panda and T Anil
Kumar, in 2014. During the operation against the red rebels, Police
had seized 34 state-of-the-art weapons and 143 other arms and
Donna Keshav Rao alias
Azad, the dreaded Maoist accused in the killing of Swami Laxmanananda
Saraswati in Kandhamal District in 2008, called off his fast-unto-death
inside the Jharpada Special jail in Bhubaneswar in Khordha District
after an assurance from the District administration that steps
would be taken to expedite his trial. The dreaded Maoist, along
with six others, had begun a fast-unto-death on March 24, demanding
a speedy trial.
CPI-Maoist activities are on the
wane in the State, CM Naveen Patnaik informed the Odisha Assembly
even as a white paper tabled in the House said the Maoists killed
20 people last year (2014). Taking part in the discussion on expenditure
of Home Department, the CM said, "There has been substantial improvement
in the overall containment of Maoist situation in State. The intensity
of Maoist activity is on the decline." He added there was improvement
in the situation in Districts such as Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar,
Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Deogarh,
Sundargarh and Nayagarh in 2014. He said 99 rebels surrendered
in the State in 2014 while Police arrested 71. CMAS leader Nachika
Linga surrendered last year (2014) while most-wanted Sabyasachi
Panda was arrested. A record 143 weapons, including 34 advanced
weapons, were recovered from the rebels. He further said situation
still remains sensitive in Malkangiri, Koraput, Nuapada, Kalahandi
and Balangir. Stating that connectivity plays an important role
in restricting LWE, he said the government is planning to install
253 mobile towers in the LWE-affected Districts. The white paper
said six Maoists were killed in 76 Maoist-related incidents last
year (2014). However, Opposition political parties contested the
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik informed
the State Assembly that three years (2009, 2010 and 2011) witnessed
a total 377 Maoist violence cases in which 109 general public
and 71 security personnel were killed by the extremists. Similarly,
during 2012, 2013 and 2014, the State suffered loss of lives of
66 civilians and 26 security persons.
Five years after announcing to
provide homestead land to next-of-kin of the State Police personnel
killed in anti-Maoist operations, the Odisha Government finally
spelt out modalities of transferring such land. In 2010, the State
Government had declared that next-of-kin of the State Police personnel
who die while discharging their duties in anti-Maoist operations
would be allotted up to 0.04 acre of government land in an urban
area or 0.10 acre of government land in a rural area free of premium
for homestead purpose under the provisions of the Government Grants
LWE continues to be a challenge
for the Police in Odisha, said DGP Sanjeev Marik briefing newsmen
on the occasion of 80th foundation day of the Odisha Police. "Naxalism
remains a challenge for us. We have not been able to completely
wipe it out from the state. Therefore we will be laying special
emphasis on it in the days ahead," said Marik.
After over six-month delay, two
new advanced military choppers have landed in India to be inducted
into the elite air wing of the BSF, which is tasked to carry air
support missions for troops along the borders and in the hinterland
for anti-Naxal operations. The Russian-made Mi-17 V5 choppers
will boost the flying capability of CPMF that are deployed for
a variety of internal security tasks in some of the most arduous
and inhospitable conditions at numerous locations. The official
said the choppers have been initially based at the BSF hangar
at Safdarjung airport in New Delhi, and are expected to be formally
inducted into the fleet by UHM Rajnath Singh on April 9. The new
pair, sources said, is expected to be tasked for anti-Naxal operations
and with their new bases in Chhattisgarh (Jagdalpur) and Odisha
The CRPF personnel seized a tiffin
bomb and 10 kg of explosives, along with a fuse wire, two tin
boxes and plastic bags from a CPI-Maoist camp in Gandhamardan
Hill adjoining Marjyadapali village in Sambalpur District of Odisha.
Senior Police officers of nine
LEW-hit states gathered at Bhubaneswar in Odisha to discuss ways
to tackle Maoist-related problems. The workshop, organised by
the UHM, was chaired by Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik and attended
by intelligence heads Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Bihar. The
MHA had directed the Maoist-affected states to replicate the strategy
used by the Odisha Police to deal with the Red rebels. The focus
of the meeting was on Intelligence sharing among the Naxal affected
Alleging that the Naveen Patnaik
government in Odisha is working for the interests of multinational
companies like Sterlite instead of poor tribals, the CPI-Maoist
has threatened to kill BJD MLA from Lanjigarh and chairman and
vice-chairman of local panchayat samiti.
A CPI Maoist cadre, identified
as Shankar Munda alias Johan Barla (27), involved in series of
violent incidents in Odisha and neighbouring Jharkhand, surrendered
before Police in the presence of Bonai ASP R.B. Panigrahi and
CRPF Assistant commandant Rakesh Sharma in Bonai subdivision in
Sundargarh District of Odisha. He was active as an armed cadre
in the Saranda forest area from 2007 to 2012, and was involved
in a series of incidents of Maoist violence in Tholkabad and Dhiga
area of Jharkhand and bordering villages under Saranda village
area of Odisha.
CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly abducted
seven tribals, including a former panchayat samiti chairperson,
from two remote villages under Mathili Police Station in Malkangiri
District of Odisha. According to sources, six persons from Kartanpalli
including Trinath Bhumia, the former panchayat samiti chairperson
of Mathili block and another from adjoining Bara village were
abducted by the Maoists.
A day after the abduction of eight
villagers by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Malkangiri District,
the Odisha Police has adopted caution instead of mounting a search
operation in a hurry. "Of the eight persons who are allegedly
abducted, we have information that three were former militia members.
But the rest have no links either with Police or administration
for which they could be targeted. Besides, all of them are tribals
and if harmed, it will only make a dent in the credibility of
Maoists," said a senior officer. State Police sources said so
far, no complaint has been lodged by family members of the eight
on the abduction. "We are conducting inquiry at our end but would
not violate any SOP in a hurry," the officer said.
The Malkangiri Adivasi Sangha
raised a voice of protest against the Maoists for abducting eight
villagers in Kartanpalli in Malkangiri District of Odisha. After
a meeting in Malkangiri, the tribal body said it would resort
to retaliation against the Maoists if the eight villagers are
not freed immediately and unconditionally.
CPI-Maoist cadres from Chhattisgarh,
who had reportedly abducted 11 people including a former chairman
of a panchayat samiti in Malkangiri District of Odisha
in the night of April 14, released all of them. Though initial
reports said only 7 people were abducted, later it was found 4
more people too were picked up by Maoists. Over 20 Maoists from
Darbha ghati led by their leader Vinod Kashyap had abducted people
from Kartanpalli, Barha and a few other villages under Mathili
panchayat samiti of Malkangiri District on Orissa-Chhattisgarh
border. Among those abducted included former chairman of panchayat
samiti Trinath Bhumia. Neither any of family members of the abducted
persons nor any other villager had lodged a complaint with the
Police. The villages from where Maoists abducted the people are
very near to Darbha ghati of Sukma District (Chhattisgarh). While
Bhumia of Kartanpalli and Bonduku Golar of Barha village were
released a little earlier, the rest 9 were let off after the Maoists
held a Praja court where they thrashed three including
the local sarpanch for 'helping the Police'. The villagers were
warned of the dire consequences of helping the Police.
Odisha DGP Sanjiv Marik said all
the 11 people have been released. "But it's hard to say if these
people were abducted as they are Maoist sympathisers. A few of
them are former militias of the Maoists. We would interrogate
the 11 to find out the truth," said Marik.
Strategies have been drawn to
rein in the CPI-Maoist in Kandhamal and its neighbouring Districts,
said Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik. Inaugurating the Town Police Station
in Phulbani in Kandhamal District, Marik said Maoist groups are
aiding the villagers in cultivation of ganja in rural pockets
of the District with an aim to increase their hold over the area.
Since the contraband is cultivated in large areas, it is not possible
to destroy it manually. It has been decided to uproot the illegally
cultivated ganja with the help of machines, said Marik.
Maoist posters were found near
Kurli panchayat office under Bisamcuttack Police Station
limits in Rayagada District of Odisha. In the posters, Maoists
protested the aggressive operation of the CRPF against them and
the plan to establish new CRPF camps in Niyamgiri. The posters
and banners were found a day after the IG of CRPF, Piyush Anand,
took stock of the steps taken to curtail Maoist menace in the
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including a woman cadre, surrendered in Malkangiri District of
Odisha. The rebels, identified as Irma Kabasi, Era Madkami and
Radhika, were carrying a reward of INR 100,000 each on their heads.
They are allegedly involved in over 29 cases related to murder,
landmine blasts, attacks on Police and other offences. Kabasi
was allegedly involved in the attack on a convoy of Congress leaders
at Darbha Valley in Chhattisgarh in 2013, while the other two
were active in Kalimela area of Malkangiri.
The Odisha Government has brought
huge relief to the 347 SPOs by appointing them as Constables in
the OAFP. This is in recognition to their satisfactory performance
over the last three years. These SPOs, mostly tribal and women,
will help the special forces in combating Maoists in various areas
of the State. Their appointment as Constables was approved by
CM Naveen Patnaik. Out of these 347 personnel, 196 are from Rayagada,
followed by Koraput (67), Deogarh (35), Jajpur (20), Ganjam (12),
Keonjhar (8), Rourkela (6), Sundargarh (2) and Nuapada (1).
CPI-Maoist posters were found
at various places across Narayanpatna block in Koraput District.
In the posters, the Maoists demanded end to the anti-Maoist 'Operation
Green Hunt', exploitation of tribals by landlords and withdrawal
of Police deployment from different tribal pockets. Sources said
the Maoist outfits working in Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and bordering
pockets of Odisha-Andhra Pradesh had started putting up the posters
after the recent public meetings held by the Police in the area.
In an attempt to stop doctors
from leaving Government hospitals and community health centres
in poverty zones of Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput (KBK) as well
as CPI-Maoist-affected areas, the Odisha Government has decided
to double their salary. The state Cabinet decided the state would
be divided into four zones depending on accessibility and vulnerability
to Maoist violence, with V1 being the least vulnerable and highly
accessible and V4, being most vulnerable and least accessible.
As per the Cabinet decision, a non-specialist doctor in a V4 zone
like Malkangiri and Koraput would get INR 80,000 a month, including
INR 40,000 as incentive. Even inaccessible areas in coastal Districts
would also be put under V4 zone. A specialist doctor in the same
zone would get anything between INR 150,000 and INR 180,000. Those
working in the remotest areas will get 100 per cent hike in their
salary while the doctors working in the remote and far-off tribal
areas will get additional INR 40,000 apart from their salary.
SFs seized weapons hidden by the
CPI-Maoist cadres inside a forest in Sundargarh District of Odisha.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of CRPF and DVF launched operation
in Silkuta Reserve Forest near Langalkanta and seized four guns,
three small bore rifles and a pistol, ASP R Panigrahi said.
The Odisha State government is
actively considering funding of MPF Scheme. "The Centre has decided
to stop financial support to states for modernization of police
forces, including augmentation of infrastructure and procurement
of modern equipment and vehicles," DGP Sanjeev Marik told the
media after the state-level empowerment committee meeting, which
was presided over by Chief Secretary G C Pati, in Bhubaneswar.
According to official sources, the chief secretary has asked the
Home Department to calculate the expenditure in a year. "The scheme
is necessary to augment infrastructure of police forces to meet
new challenges," said an officer. The State used to receive INR
1.27 billion every year from different central sources.
In 2013-14, the expenditure under
MPF Scheme was ammunition (INR 26 million), equipment (INR 57
million), purchase of vehicles (INR 78 million), procurement of
intelligence equipment (INR 7.7 million), Police training (INR
7.4 million), communication (INR 10 million), investigation (INR
3.7 million), forensic (INR 29 million), solar power for Crime
and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) project (INR 28.4
million) and modernization of home guard (INR 8.3 million). Similarly,
a huge amount was spent on fortification of Police Stations in
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) zone, and construction
of staff quarters and office buildings of home guards and vigilance,
the sources said.
Jailed OMP leader Sabyasachi Panda
and former mediator during abductions Dandapani Mohanty ended
their hunger strike in Berhampur of Ganjam District. Both called
off their hunger strike following a joint appeal by a group of
civil rights activists of Odisha. OMP is a splinter group of the
Construction of the bridge on
River Gurupriya in Malkangiri District has finally got underway
amid tight security provided by BSF personnel. The area is considered
a den of the CPI-Maoist. Former Chief Minister of Odisha JB Patnaik
had laid the foundation stone for the construction of the bridge
way back in 1982.
The Odisha State Government requested
the Centre to provide INR 30 billion to continue implementation
of several key programmes which will face shortage of funds in
the coming days due to reduction in Central assistance. Besides,
it has also asked the Centre to continue funding of ASD plans
which are being implemented in backward and Maoist-affected areas
of the State. The ASD plans include special scheme for KBK (undivided
Koraput, Balangir and Kalahandi districts) region, BRGF and IAP.
The Centre's decision to delink eight schemes from Central support
and change the sharing pattern of 33 Centrally-sponsored schemes
will substantially reduce the quantum of Central assistance in
2015-16. The State Government will have to provide funds from
its own resources for sector specific and State specific programmes
which were recommended by the TFC. However, the FFC has not recommended
any grants for sector and State specific programmes. In a letter
to PM Narendra Modi, CM Naveen Patnaik has said delinking area
development programmes like KBK, BRGF and IAP from Central assistance
will severely affect development programmes taken up in Maoist-affected
districts. The loss on account of reduction in Central assistance
will be about INR 8,037.26 crore. The State Government will receive
an additional INR 5,883.43 crore on account of the 10 per cent
more devolution of funds recommended by the FFC. The additional
liability of the State Government will be INR 2148.83 crore in
An exchange of fire took place
between SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres at a remote location near a
hill in Gochhapada area in Kandhamal District. According to Kandhamal
SP Kunwar Vishal Singh, since May 3, a troupe of DVF had launched
an anti-Maoist operation in the area following intelligence reports
that some Maoist cadres from Chhattisgarh were moving around in
the region to recruit new cadres and increase support base.
An IED suspected to be planted
by CPI-Maoist cadres exploded due to some reason in Kalimela Police
Station area of Malkangiri District. According to Malkangiri SP
Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, this blast occurred on Borigeta-MV32 road.
It is suspected that the IED was planted to target SFs including
the BSF. Although no SF personnel were travelling on this road
when the blast occurred, some civilians had a narrow escape.
Seeking speedy trial of their
cases, 11 under trials, including three women inmates, held a
fast at special sub jail, Bhanjanagar in Ganjam District. All
the 11, jailed in LWE related cases, demanded that they be granted
bail. They had earlier pleaded to the local court that their cases
be taken up early.
Three wanted woman CPI-Maoist
cadres, identified as Sapai Miniaka alias Tulsi, Talas
Wateka alias Geeta and Laxmi Prasska, of Koraput Divisional
Committee under AOBSZC surrendered before the Koraput District
Police. The three woman cadres were involved in several cases
of loot, murder, attack and arson in the bordering areas of Odisha
and Andhra Pradesh for past several years. They were in the wanted
list of several Police Stations in the District and the State
Government had announced a reward of INR 100,000 on each of them.
Odisha DGP Sanjiv Marik visited
Malkangiri and Koraput Districts to review the CPI-Maoist situation.
The DGP felt there was need of deployment of two more battalions
of BSF in this region to increase area dominance of SFs. Before
reaching Koraput, DGP Marik visited Malkangiri District. According
to the DGP, construction of Gurupriya bridge, which had been till
date stalled by Maoists, would be a major catalyst of improved
communication and development of 151 villages in this cut off
area. The construction work of the INR 173 crore project is now
on since September, 2014 by Kolkata based Royal Infra Construction
with active Police protection. The project is expected to be completed
in two years.
BSF personnel engaged in anti-
CPI-Maoist operations escaped unhurt after a landmine exploded
off a forested road near Balipeta under Narayanpatna Police Station
limits in Koraput District. "Few minutes after a vehicle carrying
our forces passed the crime spot, the explosive went-off. There
is no report of any injury or casualty," said IGP, South-Western
Range, YK Jethwa.
The Maoists through an audio tape
released charged both the Centre and State Government of favouring
Vedanta and Utkal Aluminium International Limited in Rayagada
District by using security personnel against tribals. "Both the
governments are working as agents of these two companies. The
state government is trying to handover Niyamgiri hill to Vedanta
for bauxite mining and torturing tribals of the area," stated
the voice in the audio tape. The voice identified as that of Sukdev,
'secretary' of Kashipur-Niyamgiri division of CPI-Maoist, urged
the government to provide basic facilities to people living in
Niyamgiri hill and withdraw security Forces.
Fearing CPI-Maoist, around 60
tribal families of cut-off region of Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri
District left their village and sought security from the District
administration. The tribal families of Andrapalli and Panasput
villages under Kudumuluguma block met Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu
Mohapatra and requested him to provide them adequate protection
against the Maoists. The panic-stricken villagers said the Maoists
had killed two villagers a few days ago suspecting them to be
Police informers and set several houses on fire. They also said
they have been forced to leave their village as the Maoists have
been torturing innocent tribals and threatening to kill them.
The Odisha State Government has
decided to extend Gopabandhu Grameen Yojana to all 30 Districts
after the Centre stopped funding of BRGF and IAP schemes. BRGF
and IAP were being executed in backward and CPI-Maoist affected
Districts of the State. However, the Centre de-linked these two
schemes from assistance in the 2015-16 budget. Now the State Government
has decided to provide INR 6.5 billion to the GGY after its extension
to all Districts.
A village guard, identified as
Jaga Khilo, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Petru village under
Pottangi Police Station limits in Koraput District. The Maoists
left a handwritten letter near the body of the deceased in which
they alleged he was a 'Police informer'. Koraput SP, C.S. Meena
said as a village guard Jaga surely had contacts with the Police.
"But this unarmed village guard living in a remote village was
nothing but a soft target for the Maoists, who owing to frustration
of their declining base in Koraput District resorted to this heinous
murder as part of their terror tactics," the SP added. It was
suspected that this murder was the handiwork of Maoist cadres
of Srikakulam-Koraput division of AOBSC of the CPI-Maoist.
CRPF is planning to procure new
type of drones for use in anti-CPI-Maoist operations, said DG,
CRPF, Prakash Mishra in Koraput District. But he added that the
drones used till now have not brought in remarkable results, so
they are planning to procure new type of drones that would be
fruitful for anti-Maoist operations.
CRPF DG Prakash Mishra has further
said CPI-Maoist has planned to rebuild their old bases in some
core areas of Odisha in order to strengthen their organisation.
DG Mishra, who visited Sunabeda in Koraput District of Odisha
to review the progress of training institute of the 202 CoBRA
of the CRPF, said the Odisha Police should remain alert over the
movements and plans of the Maoists who are planning to rebuild
their old bases in the State.
60 families from the cut-off area
in Malkangiri District left the Chitrakonda camp where they had
been housed by the administration reportedly over Maoist fear.
They were staying in the camp since June 5, 2015 after deserting
their village for being allegedly harassed by Maoists on charges
of being 'Police informers'.
CPI-Maoist cadres attacked and
ransacked a camp site of a construction firm involved in widening
of a public road at Ganjeipadar village under Pottangi block of
Koraput District. The owner of the construction firm Pradip Padhi
claimed that the Maoists torched an excavator, a tractor and a
concrete mixture machine at the worksite camp. The Maoists also
damaged 15 other machines used for construction work.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik demanded
that the Central Government should release funds for construction
of roads in nine districts dominated by the CPI-Maoist. The CM,
who is on a five-day visit of New Delhi, raised the issue during
his meeting with UMH Rajnath Singh. Odisha Government has submitted
a proposal with a list of 47 road projects totaling 864.22 km
in nine Maoist-dominated districts estimated to cost INR 1620.10
A country liquor manufacturing
unit was raided by a group of 20 armed CPI-Maoist cadres at Telenpali
village under Khaparakhol block in Bolangir District. Although
no casualty was reported in the Maoist attack, the Maoists set
ablaze the liquor-making unit and fled with cash. Country liquor
worth over INR three million were stated to be damaged in attack.
||Odisha reiterated its
demand for waiver of deployment cost of CAPF in the State even as
the UMHA has not responded to several of its requests in this regard.
The Centre has asked the State Government to pay INR 14.5 billion
towards the cost of deployment of CAPF, engaged in fighting the
LWEs. The State Government is, however, of the opinion that combating
the LWEs is the joint responsibility of the Centre and the State.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik raised the issue during his meeting
with UHM Rajnath Singh. The State Government has trained and deployed
over 30,000 Police personnel, with own resources to contain the
CPI-Maoist menace. At present, 18 Battalions of CRPF and BSF troopers
are deployed in Odisha.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
Christian pastor, Ramesh Majhi (42), of Puijhari village under
the M Rampur Police Station limits in Kalahandi District suspecting
him to be a Police informer. Locals found Majhi's body in the
Telen Reserve Forest near the village.
CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze
a kendu leaf godown under Lathore Police Station limits in Bolangir
District. Police said this is the sixth godown to be set on fire
by the Maoists in the area in 2015.
With Maoists on active mode, the
Odisha State Police is contemplating to redeploy Forces in certain
areas of western and northern regions from where SF personnel
had been withdrawn in the past. "We will redeploy forces at those
places from where they were withdrawn months back. As the situation
has changed, we have decided to take proactive measures," DGP
Sanjeev Marik told media persons. Marik claimed that strength
of the State police has increased manifold, and State forces'
dependence on Central forces to tackle CPI-Maoist menace has declined.
"State forces like District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special
Operation Group (SOG) are fighting against Maoists along with
Central forces. The strength of SOG has now increased to 3,000
from 1,500," DGP said. He, however, said that Maoists activities
have declined in K Balang, Koira, Bonai and Lathikata areas which
were earlier considered their stranglehold.
The DGP added though Maoist activities
have come down drastically, forces would be redeployed along the
borders of Sambalpur, Sundargarh and Deogarh Districts to tackle
the small Maoist groups. "Jharkhand-based splinter Maoist outfit
People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and another Jharkhand-based
criminal outfit Pahadi Cheetah have been neutralised on Sundargarh
side of the border in Odisha," he said. He further said Odisha
Police are gaining self-sufficiency in containing the Maoist menace
due to increase in manpower to 65,000 from 40,000 in the last
Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres,
identified as Adama Kawasi (21) and Rama Madkami (20), carrying
reward money of INR 100,000 each on their head, surrendered in
Malkangiri District. Both were active members of Malkangiri Koraput
Border Division. "Kawasi was the personal bodyguard of Uday, secretary
of MKBD of Maoists," said Inspector General of Police (IGP), south
west range of Odisha, Yashwant Jethwa.
The Naveen Patnaik Government
said the State was set to lose funds to the tune of INR 21.48
billion following reduction in central allocations for States
on the basis of the 14th Finance Commission report. The reason
behind the huge drop in central share could be attributed to the
change in pattern of some central welfare schemes and discontinuation
of a few other schemes, Chief Minister was informed in a review
meeting held on June 26. Patnaik expressed concerns over the sudden
cut in fund provisions for Backward Region Grant Fund, police
modernisation, Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan, model
schools in blocks, tourism infrastructure development, national
mission for food processing and some tribal development projects.
The meeting resolved to continue some welfare schemes by utilising
State's own resources. The Chief Minister said the Centre would
be requested to reconsider a cut in funding for tribal development
and police modernisation in naxal affected Districts.
The slow pace of PMGSY in IAP
districts has marred the objective of providing all weather connectivity
to all rural and remote areas in the State. According to data
of rural development department, 7422 road projects had been sanctioned
under the PMGSY till May 2015, out of which 2178 projects are
going at a snail's pace. The projects had been sanctioned for
18 IAP Districts.
The CPI-Maoist is believed to
have formed a 'new committee' called the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput
Divisional Committee with an experienced leader at the helm to
strengthen the rank and file and regain their past glory.
Security has been tightened in
southern Odisha Districts as CPI-Maoist has given a call for observation
of 'protest week' from July 1. Through a release, Venu, 'secretary'
of Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput divisional committee of CPI-Maoist
earlier said that this protest week was against setting up of
Police camps and outposts in remote areas and 'illegal' arrests
and 'fake surrenders'.
With the Maoists kicking off their
'protest week', BSF IG P.S. Sandhu conducted an aerial survey
of the border areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts
of Andhra Pradesh as well as Malkangiri District of Odisha. Sources
in the Police Department said Maoists put up banners at Busiputtu
area in Munchingput mandal and Police observed some suspicious
movement of unidentified persons at Kumkumpudi village in GK Veedhi
mandal in Vishakhapatnam District on June 30. Some movement
of Maoists in small groups was also noticed at the interiors in
the Agency area, sources said.
OMP leader Sabyasachi Panda and
two others were acquitted by the SDJM Court of Berhampur in Ganjam
District in an illegal arms seizure case. OMP is a splinter group
of the CPI-Maoist.
The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly
killed a tribal civilian, identified as Raman Tamarabi (40), in
the cut off area of Balimela reservoir near Chintamchilika village
in Malkangiri District. It is alleged that a group of armed Maoists
had abducted Tamarabi from Chintamchilika village on June 1, suspecting
him to be a 'Police informer'. His body was found in the forest
near the village. The throat of the victim had been slit open.
Some locals claimed that the body also had bullet marks.
A tribal man, identified as Lalit
Dora (50), was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Dhuliput village
in Paparmatla area under Chitrakonda Police Station area in Malkangiri
District suspecting him to be a Police informer. Maoists stormed
in to his house in the night, dragged Dora out and thrashed him
to death as the rebels are observing 'protest week' demanding
halt to anti-Maoists operations by SFs.
An exchange of fire took place
between SF personnel and the Maoists in the forests of Mara and
Atul under the Barkote Police Station limits in Deogarh District.
Deogarh SP Sarah Sharma said the exchange of fire took place at
around 11 am while joint Forces, consisting of personnel from
Deogarh Police, CRPF and DVF, were conducting combing operations
in Mara, Atula and Khunta forests in the District.
The State Government asked the
Police to act tough on the CPI-Maoist, especially along the Odisha-Chhattisgarh
border. Chief Secretary G.C. Pati issued the direction while reviewing
the overall law and order situation in the State.
People from as many as 30 villages
have reportedly attended a meeting conducted by the CPI-Maoist
on the Andhra-Odisha border region, the first day of the two-day
bandh call. The meeting was conducted by the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput
division committee of the CPI-Maoist and the committee's 'secretary'
Venu had renewed the party's warning to the five families that
the party accused of involving in the killing of two Maoists near
Korukonda in Visakha Agency during October last. The party would
not spare the five families but the rest of Girijans living
on the Andhra-Odisha border need not fear the Maoists and could
stay in their villages.
Protest week observation by the
CPI-Maoist in south Odisha during the first week of July led to
loss of around INR 6.3 million for the OSRTC. The OSRTC incurs
losses at least around INR 20.7 million in south Odisha because
of its disruption of service due to bandhs and protest observation
calls by the Maoists.
A hardcore woman CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Nirmala, was arrested by Balangir District Police
from Titilagarh Railway Station in Balangir District. The Police
had also arrested another Maoist, Goutam Bag, along with her.
But Bag allegedly committed suicide.
SFs intensified combing operation
in CPI-Maoist-affected Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Laxmipur areas
of Koraput District, after five tiffin bombs, three bundles of
live wire, Maoist uniforms, literature and medicines were found
by BSF troopers in Kunjeru forest under Bandhugaon Police limits.
Two Maoist banners purportedly
put up by the Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund Divisional Committee
of the CPI-Maoist were found in Tilenpali village under Khaprakhol
block of Balangir District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres released
all the abducted villagers of Mahupadar under the Mathili Police
Station in Malkangiri District. According to reports, the Maoists
released all 11 abducted villagers after hearing their pleas in
a 'kangaroo court' deep inside the Dandipadar forest in the District.
While most of the abducted villagers were found innocent, a few
were issued warning for committing mistakes, sources said.
The ADJ Court of Berhampur quashed
imposition of UAPA on arrested OMP 'chief' Sabyasachi Panda and
Dandapani Mohanty by the prosecution.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have thrashed
11 people on the charges of being 'Police informers' in a 'people's
court' in Malkangiri District.
Arrested OMP 'chief' Sabyasachi
Panda, who had started hunger strike in Berhampur circle jail
in Ganjam District on July 15, was shifted to MKCG medical college
and hospital as his condition deteriorated.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres including
three females surrendered in Malkangiri District. Odisha Government
had declared INR 100,000 reward on heads of each of two male cadres
Subba Madkami (22) and Soma Padiami (35) who surrendered. The
three surrendered female Maoists were Debe Madkami (30), Laka
Kawasi (25) and Bhime Madhi (25).
Exchange of fire took place between
the cadres of the CPI-Maoist and SF personnel in Kalahandi District.
Maoist 'central committee member''
Jampanna, who is carrying a cash award of INR 2.5 million on his
head, gave SFs the slip during an encounter that lasted half an
hour at Pongabaju reserve forest in Kalahandi District. Brijesh
Kumar Rai, SP, Malkangiri District, said Jampanna along with 50
to 60 Maoists fled the spot when the SFs tried to cordon them.
CRPF personnel stationed at Boden
in Nuapada District seized local made guns from the house of one
Jarman Majhi, a villager of Sial Lati village of Boden block in
the District. The CRPF personnel while conducting a search operation
found two barrels, a country-made pistol and bullets from the
house of Jarman.
Maoist posters were found in
several places of Bargarh District. Ahead of their Martyrs' Week
from July 28 to August 3, the Maoists sought support from people
for their movement. Posters and red flags were found at Jharmunda
Chhack on Padampur-Paikmal road. Similarly, handbills printed
in Hindi were found scattered in the area.
An exchange of fire took place
between SF personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres in Madagurha forest
under Tumudibandha Police limits in Kandhamal District. The exchange
of fire started when Maoists opened fire at a joint team of the
SOG and of DVF personnel who were patrolling the forest.
Odisha Police recovered two bodies
of CPI-Maoist cadres including a woman from Madaguda reserve forest
in Kandhamal District. The duo might have been killed in the exchange
of fire between the SFs and the Maoists, Police said. SFs also
recovered three rifles, including a SLR, two tiffin bombs with
wires, three rounds of ammunition, several empty cartridges and
medicines from the dense forest.
A poster, purportedly written
by the Maoists, seized from Malkangiri District bus stand has
put Police in spot. It has appealed to the public not to hold
up public transportation during the Martyrs' Week, beginning July
28. "We doubt the authenticity of the poster," said Mitrabhanu
Mohapatra, SP, Malkangiri District.
In a bid to instill confidence
among the people and ensure all-round development, the Koraput
District administration is all set to launch a special programme,
'Operation Blue Moon', in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks.
'Operation Blue Moon' would be launched on August 4, a day after
the July 28-August 3 protest by Maoists for its slain activists,
and will span over eight weeks, Collector of Koraput District
Jaya Kumar V said. During the period, people's grievances will
be addressed, surprise inspection of government offices carried
out, villagers' demands for various projects will be listed and
infrastructure development work expedited.
Security has been beefed up in
Maoist infested blocks of Koraput District in view of the Martyrs'
Week from July 28. Maoist banners and posters found in Narayanpatna
called upon the youths to join the Maoists to fight for justice.
Balangir District SP Deepak Kumar
received a letter from the CPI-Maoist warning him of dire consequences,
during the on-going Martyrs' Week since July 28. According to
reports, the Maoists have held him responsible for death of a
cadre Goutam Bag and have threatened the SP to punish him.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including two female cadres, were killed in an encounter with
the Police in remote Burudi forest near Tandki village of Malkangiri
District. Odisha DGP Sanjiv Marik confirmed the encounter.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered
before SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra in Malkangiri District. The surrendered
Maoists were identified as Arun Kumar Madhi alias Erra
(35), Sina Madhi alias Dula (24) and Irma Madkamai (20).
Arun and Sina, carried INR 100,000 reward each on their heads
while Irma Madkami was a Maoist militia.
DG, CRPF, Prakash Mishra, who
visited Sambalpur District reaffirmed that local Police and CRPF
will work with full coordination to combat CPI-Maoist problem
in the State and also in Sundargarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur corridor.
He also admitted the growing activities of the Maoists in the
region. "But we are ready to face any challenge," he said. "Very
strong operation against them will be initiated to stop their
new venture here," the DG added. Prior to visiting Sambalpur,
DG Mishra visited the Gandhamardan hill area spread across Bargarh
and Balangir Districts. "My intention was to see the forces deployed
in this area in hospitable situation and morally boost them up,"
DG Mishra said. More forces from Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj Districts
will be mobilized to Gandhamardan area to meet the requirement
here, he informed.
A group centre of CRPF would
be established at Basantpur on the outskirts of Sambalpur city,
DG Mishra said. He said this will be the second CRPF group centre
in the State after Bhubaneswar.
The Rayagada District administration
has decided to continue with development works in villages where
the Dongria Kondhs, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG),
reside even though the CPI-Maoist has alleged that the officials
are working as agents of Vedanta Aluminium Limited (Sesa Sterlite
A tribal woman sustained bullet
injury during a gunbattle between CPI-Maoist cadres and security
personnel at Kadambo forest in Koraput District. "The woman was
passing through the forest at the time of the gunbattle and got
caught in the crossfire on Friday evening. Her condition is now
stable. She is under treatment at Koraput hospital," Koraput SP
Charan Singh Meena said.
CPI-Maoist East Division Committee
called for bandh on Independence Day, August 15. They also
urged the people to boycott I-Day celebrations and instead hoist
black flags on the day. In a press note issued to the media, the
East Division Committee alleged that in the past 68 years after
independence, the poor had continued to remain poor and it was
only the rich that prospered in the country.
The CPI-Maoist urged the people
of Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri Districts to observe the upcoming
Independence Day on August 15 as a 'Black Day'.
Bullet-riddled body of a tribal
allegedly killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered from a
village road near Telarai under Motu Police Station limits in
Malkangiri District. According to Police sources, the deceased
was identified as Gurumurthy Madhi, a resident of Telarai village.
The Maoists had left behind handwritten posters near the body
stating that Gurumurthy was a 'Police informer' and was involved
in motivating Maoist supporters of his area to renounce violence
and return to mainstream.
Two militia members of CPI-Maoist
surrendered before SP K. Siva Subramani in Rayagada District.
The surrendered Maoists are identified as Rahul Gagaranga (25)
and Sunil Gagaranga (26), belonging to Tangadappa village under
Chandragiri block of Rayagada District. They have been providing
shelter, protection, food and logistics to the Maoists operating
in Chandragiri area apart from getting involved in acts of violence.
Security personnel and CPI-Maoist
cadres exchanged fire at Surupazu under Gocchapada Police Station
limits in Kandhamal District. Kandhamal SP Kanwar Vishal Singh
said that there has been no loss of life during the exchange of
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Sunita Wonchemi, Kushi Kuthami, Iti Kunjami and Ganga Karatapi,
surrendered before SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, in Malkangiri District.
According to Police, all four were armed cadres of the Padia dalam
(squad) of the CPI-Maoist, and were involved in many incidents
of violence reported from the State.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said
LWE continues to be a challenge in the districts of Malkangiri,
Koraput and Nuapada. CM Patnaik said this while replying to a
debate in the Assembly and claimed CPI-Maoist activities have
gone down in the 11 districts of Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Gajapati,
Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Deogarh,
Sundergarh and Nayagarh, despite the CPI-Maoist efforts to re-group
in these areas. "The position continues to remain challenging
in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput and Nuapada," he added.
Three BSF personnel and a civilian
were killed in a CPI-Maoist ambush in Malkangiri District. Six
BSF personnel were also seriously injured in the incident that
occurred in the cut-off area of Balimela reservoir near Palangarai
ghat under Chitrakonda Police Station limits at around 6.30 a.m.
The patrol party that faced the Maoist ambush was part of the
104th battalion of BSF that has a base camp near Janabai. According
to Inspector-in-Charge of Chitrakonda Police Station P. Durua,
this team was returning by boat after area domination and patrolling
in the cut-off area of the reservoir. While they were alighting
from the boat, a landmine planted by the Maoists went off. It
was followed by firing by the Maoists who were hiding nearby.
CM Naveen Patnaik condemned the
Maoist attack on BSF troopers in Malkangiri District. "The ambush
was targeted at BSF with an intention to stall the construction
of Gurupriya bridge, which will link the cut-off areas with the
mainstream," the CM said while making a statement in the State
Assembly in Bhubaneswar.
A Maoist camp was busted by SFs
following an exchange of fire for over an hour under Baipariguda
Police Station area of Koraput District. This exchange of fire
occurred at around 10.30 a.m. inside Majhiguda forest. Tents,
kitbags and other items of daily use of Maoists were seized.
SFs recovered two powerful tiffin
bombs at Telengapadara in Gajapati District. "The bombs, weighing
27 kg and 25 kg, were defused by the bomb disposal squad," said
SP Satyajit Nayak.
Personnel of the CRPF and the
SOG busted a CPI-Maoist camp and recovered two guns and cartridges
under Khaprakhol Police limits in Balangir District. The security
personnel also found food, tiffin boxes, batteries, bags and medicines.
Hand-written 'Maoist' posters
were found pasted at different places under Adava Police Station
limits in Gajapati District have warned the BDO and the JE of
Mohana block against indulging in corruption.
A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Mesha Muschaski, who was carrying INR 100000 reward on his
head, surrendered before Malkangiri District Collector D. Prasantkumar
Reddy and SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra in Malkangiri District. Along
with him, around 125 Maoist 'supporters' also promised to part
ways with the Maoists and lead normal life. Mesha was associated
with Podia 'dalam.'
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead the
son of the Sarpanch of Madkapadar panchayat under
Khairput Police Station limits in Malkangiri District suspecting
him to be a Police informer. Sources said a group of about 20
armed Maoists and their supporters stormed Madkapadar village
around midnight and took away Dambru Sisha (35), son of Sarpanch
Sukhdei Sisha, from his house at gun-point to nearby forest.
Three Maoists, including two carrying
rewards on them, surrendered before Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
The surrendered Maoists were Muka Kunjami (35), Mukund Sodi (30)
and Budra Kunjami (32). The Government of Odisha had declared
a reward of INR 100,000 each for capture of Muka and Mukund. All
these surrendered Maoists were members of Podia LOS of Malkangiri
division under AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist.
Four CPI-Maoist militia members
and 40 supporters of them from Mathili Police Station area surrendered
before Police in Malkangiri District. The surrendered Maoist supporters
were from remote Gumkaguda and Intekguda villages of the region.
The four Maoist militias, who surrendered were identified as Budra
Sodhi, Soma Madhi, Adma Beti and Mangudu Kartami. Two village
committee members of Maoists named Ganga Madhi and Tula Kartami
were among them. Eighteen women Maoist supporters were also among
A female CP-Maoist cadre, identified
as Sapna alias Niharika (19), surrendered before Rourkela
Police of Sundergarh District and CRPF's 19th Battalion. A former
'section commander' of the CPI-Maoist, she was associated with
its Saranda Sub-Zonal Committee.
The CPI-Maoist has failed to recruit
localites of Odisha into its violent fold, claimed State DGP Sanjiv
Marik. He said this while on a visit to Berhampur in Ganjam District
to review the Maoist problem. According to him, majority of Maoists
active in Odisha as well as their leaders in the State was from
DGP, Odisha, Sanjeev Marik further
said that less than 100 Odia Maoist cadres are currently operating
in the State. He said "About 400 active Maoist cadres are present
in Odisha of which the Odia cadres would be less than 100. Most
of the rebels are from Andhra Pradesh. We have brought Maoist
activities under control in the past two-three years."
129 CPI-Maoist supporters including
35 women, 18 militia members and six village committee members
of Terubai village under Podia Police limits in Malkangiri District
surrendered before Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra and 202
CoBRA Deputy Commandant Anand Panwar at the District Police office.
53 persons belonging to 15 households
of Andrapalli panchayat in the cut-off region on the other
side of Chitrakonda reservoir in Malkangiri District fled their
homes after the Maoists threatened them. Police said the villagers
have taken shelter at Upetkut village under Khairput Police limits
after Maoists threatened to eliminate them if they do not support
Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres and their
50 supporters surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri District.
Those who surrendered were from remote Entaguda, Gumkaguda and
Orelguda villages of Kalimela Police Station area.
Fifty-eight more CPI-Maoist cadres
surrendered in Malkangiri District. They surrendered before Malkangiri
SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. They included 12 Maoist cadres and two
village committee members of Maoist organisation. All of them
were from Eralguda village under Kalimela Police Station. A total
of 377 Maoist cadres, militias and supporters from different remote
villages of Maoist-infested Police Station areas like Podia and
Kalimela have surrendered before the Police since August 31.
With LEW receding considerably
in Odisha barring three districts, the State Government decided
to prepare a separate strategy to deal with the changed situation.
This was decided at the Unified Command meeting presided over
by Chief Secretary G.C. Pati in Bhubaneswar which was also attended
by the Development Commissioner, Secretaries of the Home and Finance
Department, Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik besides IG of BSF and CRPF.
The meeting resolved to undertake socio-development works in the
worst-hit regions including the cut-off area in Malkangiri District
while intensifying anti-Maoist operations at the same time, a
senior government official said. He added adequate stress is being
given on intelligence gathering network and proper coordination
between local Police and Central Para-Military Force. Endorsing
the view, DGP Sanjeev Marik also said though Maoist situation
remained grim in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput and Nuapada,
their activities have been reduced to a great extent in other
parts of the state. However, what has posed a new challenge for
security personnel here is the Maoists' bid to create a new corridor
passing through Boudh, Kandhamal and Nayagarh district.
The CPI-Maoist has called a bandh
in Malkangiri District on September 25 in protest against the
recent surrender of villagers in the District before Police. Over
500 people in four villages surrendered to Police in less than
three weeks. In a letter to media persons, 'secretary' of the
Maoists' Malkangiri division committee Poonam Chandra urged the
locals to cooperate with them on the bandh.
The State Government emphasized
early completion of development projects in the LWE-affected districts.
The decision was taken at the state-level unified command meeting
headed by chief secretary G C Pati. Though details of the meeting
were not revealed, timely completion of 910-meter long Gurupriya
bridge in Malkangiri District was the focus of the discussion.
"The chief secretary asked the director general of police to provide
security cover to ensure uninterrupted construction of the project,"
said an officer, who attended the meeting.
A joint team of SOG and DVF busted
a gun-making factory of the CPI-Maoist at Dulagunda under Kalimela
Police limits in Malkangiri District. The total haul included
seven live grenades, four single barrel muzzle loading rifles,
motor, weighing machine, recoil springs for use in manufacturing
of guns, huge quantity of tools for use in manufacturing of guns,
explosives and splinter, gelatine, cortex and electric wire, explosive
powder, detonators, tiffin cases and batteries were seized. Besides,
four tiffin bombs each weighing 5 kg, four pressure mines and
Maoist uniforms and literature were also recovered. Sources said
that the unit was being run by the technical unit of the AOBSZC,
led by Ram Krishna alias RK. The technical team of AOBSZC and
Kalimela area committee was being led by Damodar alias
Bellam Narayan Swamy, a Special Zonal Committee member and Mettur
Joga Rao, alias Tech Shankar. Shankar is a Divisional Committee
381 CPI-Maoist supporters surrendered
before Malkangiri Police in Malkangiri District. The Maoist supporters
were from seven remote villages of Materu panchayat under
Podia block of the District. The supporters marched to the Malkangiri
District Police Headquarters in a group to surrender before Malkangiri
SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. Since August 31, there has been a rise
in the number of surrenders by Maoist elements in Malkangiri District.
Till now around 758 Maoist supporters including militias from
remote Maoist-prone regions of the District have surrendered.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including
a 'divisional committee member' from Chhattisgarh - identified
as Sunadhar - were killed in an encounter with SFs near Bhejaguda
forest under Malkangiri Police Station limits in Malkangiri District.
Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said Sunadhar carried a reward
of INR 500, 000 on his head. Identity of the other two Maoists
killed in the encounter has not been ascertained. The SP added
the encounter took place between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. when a troupe
of DVF of Malkangiri District had stumbled upon a secret camp
of Maoists at the encounter spot. When the Maoists opened fire
the SFs retaliated. Exchange of fire continued for around 15 minutes.
Unable to face the fire power of security personnel, three Maoists
in the camp died at the spot while the rest managed to escape.
The Maoists have opposed 'Operation
Bluemoon' launched by the Koraput District administration in Narayanpatna
and Bandhugaon blocks recently. Maoist leader and 'secretary'
of the Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee Daya through letters
sent to media persons in Koraput District demanded a stop to the
operation accusing the administration of trying to construct roads
for establishment of BSF camps in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna
blocks to suppress the Maoist movement.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian,
identified as Trinath Madhi, under Mathili Police Station limits
in Malkangiri District, suspecting him to be a 'Police informer.'
The body of the villager was found in a pool of blood on the outskirts
of the village. Sources said about 20 armed Maoists reached Tembrupalli
village around midnight and dragged Madhi from his house at gun-point
to a nearby forest. They reportedly held a Jan Adalat before
The Maoists have given a bandh
call in Malkangiri District on September 25 to protest against
recent surrenders of Maoist supporters and militias.
Eighty-eight CPI-Maoist supporters
surrendered in Malkangiri District while the Maoists observed
a dawn-to-dusk bandh in the District to protest against
continuing surrender of rural Maoist elements in the District.
The supporters included dozen militias and one village committee
member of Maoists. They all belonged to Badaliguda village under
Kalimela Police Station limits.
Police recovered around three
quintals of explosive in semi-liquid form in Koraput District
and arrested a person for transporting them in an SUV. The arrested
has been identified as Subala Choudhury, a resident of Chhattisgarh,
Large quantity of explosive materials
hidden by CPI-Maoist was seized by BSF personnel in Malkangiri
District. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said the seized explosives
included 930 gelatine sticks. They were unearthed from a secret
dump of Maoists inside the Rajalkonda forest under Kalimela Police
Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangh
pasted posters at various places of Kalimela, Mathili, Podia,
Korukonda and Balimela urging the tribal community to get united
against the CPI-Maoist.
Maoists have denied terrorizing
villagers in the cut-off area of Malkangiri District and accused
Police of trying to defame the outfit by spreading rumours. In
a letter to media persons, 'secretary' of Malkangiri-Vishaka Division,
Benu said "We have neither harmed anyone nor asked people to leave
their villages. Police are luring people with false promises of
jobs, houses and training at Chitrakonda and Malkangiri and spreading
rumours that they are leaving villages due to Maoist fear." The
Maoist leader appealed to the villagers to return to their respective
villages and live without any fear. "We work for the development
of the tribals," the letter said.
A tribal, Arjun Khara (50), was
killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Kandhabuda village under Mathili
Police Station of Malkangiri District. His bullet ridden body
was located in the forest near Kandhabuda in the morning. A handwritten
letter in the name of CPI-Maoist was found near the body. Through
the letter Maoists alleged that the victim was a police informer
for which he had been punished. The Maoist letter also alleged
that Arjun was behind encounter between security forces and Maoist
near Madkapadar panchayat in the past in which a Maoist cadre
had been killed. According to sources this encounter had occurred
around a year back. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra reiterated
that Arjun was a commoner having no links with Police.
There was an exchange of fire
between the SOG troopers and CPI-Maoist cadres during a combing
operation inside the Jugsaipatna Reserve Forest area in the Kalahandi
District of Odisha. It was learnt that a Maoist team led by Odisha
State Committee 'secretary' of CPI-Maoist, Modem Balkrishnan alias
Manoj, managed to escape from the operation site inside the jungle.
Police recovered large quantities of various items including kits,
medicine stock, 24 detonators, one tiffin bomb and Maoist literature
from the abandoned Maoist camp.
With reports of at least 50 CPI-Maoist
cadres including 15 women holding a meeting in Khrusnachakragarh
village within the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary limits in Angul
District of Odisha, the combing operation continues in the area
to flush out the Maoists. Locals said Maoists interacted with
them and inquired about the problems they were facing in the village,
which is located 30 km away from Angul town. The Maoists had dinner
in the village and escaped into the forest late in the night.
Similar reports were received from the villages of Kulsore, Pukunda
and Manikjodi. Police have been carrying out combing for the last
seven days following reports of Maoist presence in the sanctuary.
Also, more SF has been deployed in Satkosia to take on the Maoists.
In addition to IRB and SOG personnel, contingents of CRPF have
been sent to the sanctuary for intensifying combing.
A CPI-Maoist woman cadre, identified
as Sarada Sabar (38) alias Sukumari, who had gone underground
since 2012 surrendered in Rayagada District of Odisha before the
SP K. Siva Subramani. Earlier, she was a key armed cadre of Bansadhara
Division of the CPI-Maoist while it was being led by Sabyasachi
Panda, Uday and Azad. Several cases related to Maoist violence
were pending against her who hailed from Pataguda village under
Padmapur Police Station in Rayagada District.
An exchange of fire between SF
personnel belonging to CoBRA battalion and CPI-Maoist cadres took
place in a forest under Balimela Police limits in Malkangiri District
of Odisha. No injury or casualty was reported from either side,
said Police. "Our men spotted around 10 Maoists in Tumbapadar
forest. They fired on seeing our men and we retaliated. The exchange
of fire which started around 3 am continued for next 20 to 30
minutes," said deputy commandant S Kumar of the CoBRA unit stationed
at Govindpally. "Unable to face our heavy firing the Maoists fled
from the spot," he added. The SF personnel recovered a gun, three
tiffin bombs, at least five pairs of uniforms, live wires, Maoist
banners, poster and literature from the spot.
An 18 year old woman Maoist surrendered
before of the Police in Jajpur District of Odisha. "The surrendered
Maoist Namasi alias Sasmita Gundia (18) daughter of Madan
Gundia of village Gokhata under Kalinganagar Police Station in
Jajpur District . She was working under the leadership of another
Maoist leader Sushil", said SP, Anup Sahoo.
A woman Maoist from Chhattisgarh,
Jyoti Madkami alias Susmita, who had INR 400,000 reward
on her head in Odisha surrendered before Police in Boudh District
of Odisha. She was an ACM rank member of KKBN division of the
37 persons, suspected to be Maoist
elements, from Ralegada village of cut off area of Balimela reservoir
under Chitrakonda Police Station in Malkangiri District of Odisha
were rounded up by personnel of SOG. They were located inside
the forest, while the SOG personnel were continuing combing operation
basing on intelligence reports regarding a Maoist camp operating
in the region.
Personnel of BSF unearthed a secret
CPI-Maoist dump of arms and ammunition in Malkangiri District
of Odisha. Acting on a tip off regarding presence of Maoists,
BSF personnel had started a search operation in Pitakonda forest
under Kalimela Police Station and seized the Maoist dump which
included three SBML guns, two spare barrels of guns, one hand
grenade, one magazine of AK-47 rifle, 18 rounds of AK-47 ammunition,
five detonators, other things of Maoist use like their propaganda
materials, clothes, medicines etc.
One hundred-and-fifty-six CPI-Maoist
supporters including 25 militia members surrendered before the
Police in Malkangiri District. They reached the Malkangiri District
Police Headquarters to express their desire before Malkangiri
Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. They were from
remote Darvaguda and Bodliguda villages under Kalimela Police
Station limits. There were 48 women and 28 children in this group.
Eleven Maoists from Bodliguda, 14 from Darvaguda and one village
committee member of CPI-Maoist from Darvaguda were part of this
group of surrendering Maoist supporters.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed two villagers,
identified as Suma Madakami and Rama Madhi, at Kanagoda area under
Kalimela Police limits in Malkangiri District. According to sources,
a group of Maoists raided the village and took them away in the
night of October 14. Their bodies were found near the village
next morning. The Maoists killed the duo suspecting them to be
'Police informers', the sources added.
SFs recovered two powerful tiffin
bombs from Adava in Gajapati District. "The explosives, suspected
to have been planted by the Maoists, were recovered from the Kattama-Baliganda
route during a combing operation carried out jointly by the CRPF,
the district voluntary force and police," said SP Satyajit Nayak.
The two tiffins contained IEDs weighing 47 kg each.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted two
tribals from Mundaguda village under Mathili Police Station limits
in Malkangiri District accusing them to be Police informers. According
to Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, one of these abducted persons
has returned on October 17. "After he reaches his home we would
try to find out the reason behind his abduction," said the SP.
Search is on to trace the other abducted person, he added.
Four Andhra Pradesh-based Maoists,
allegedly involved in a number of crimes including abduction of
IAS officer R. Vineel Krishna four years ago, were arrested by
the Police from a forest in Malkangiri District. They were identified
as Kera Shriramulu, K. Nageswar Rao, Banda Prasad and Jayasingh
The leader of the Malkangiri,
Visakhapatnam and Koraput border division committee of the CPI-Maoist,
Venu, lashed out at Malkangiri District SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra
for carrying out a false propaganda against the Maoists. He alleged
that cops have been keeping arms and explosives in dumps only
to take them out later and announce that they have unearthed Maoist
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
one of the two abducted villagers in Malkangiri District, who
were reportedly abducted from Mundaguda village under Mathili
Police Station limits on October 16 night. Body of Dambaru Sagadia,
one of two abducted villagers, was found with throat slit near
the Kansariputa Chhak in the District.
CPI-Maoist cadres have yet again
abducted another person in Malkangiri District. The victim, Bhima
Podiami was a militia with the CPI-Maoist but had surrendered
before Police in 2013. A group of 30 armed Maoists arrived at
Gandhipadar village at around 11 pm and dragged Bhima out of his
house at gun-point. Later, they took him to the nearby forest,
A tribal abducted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres, was killed by the Maoists, under Mathili Police Station
area of Malkangiri District of Odisha. The body of Bhima Padiami
of Dandipadar village was located in the forest near the village.
Bhima along with another tribal had been abducted from their homes
by a group of around 25 armed Maoists from Dandipadar village
on October 16. Maoists had accused Bhima to be a 'Police informer'.
Bhima was a militia of Maoists in the past but had parted ways
with the organisation and surrendered before the Police in 2013,
Acting on a tip-off, BSF personnel
neutralised a gun factory of CPI-Maoist and seized huge amount
of ammunition during the raid at Turukpadu-Motawalesa reserve
forest in Pottangi of Koraput District. The seized ammunition
included five country-made rifles, heat blower machine, drilling
machine, live bullets and many more instruments.
At least 40 families of Kanaguda
village under Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District are
alleged to have left their village, due to threat and harassment
by the cadres of CPI-Maoist. According to sources, during the
past few weeks they were being terrorised by Maoists.
Fifteen CPI-Maoist supporters,
including three militias, surrendered in Malkangiri District.
All of them belong to remote Sangel village under Kalimela Police
To strengthen road infrastructure
in CPI-Maoist-infested Districts, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, sought
Centre's help for early sanction of 24 road projects in Koraput
and Malkangiri Districts. In a letter to UHM Rajnath Singh, the
CM said lack of road connectivity has been identified as one of
the major infrastructural deficiencies in the LWE Districts. "Improvement
in connectivity will greatly help in reaching out to the remote
areas and making various services available to the people living
there," he noted in the letter. On August 19, the state government
had submitted the plan with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
for development of the road projects under phase-II of Road Requirement
Plan (RRP), a scheme under MHA to boost connectivity to Maoist-hit
Districts. "These roads are badly required for having proper access
to the LWE areas," Naveen added. Of the 14 road projects sanctioned
by the Centre under phase-I, six projects have already been completed
while five projects are nearing completion. "The work on the bridge
at Janbai that will connect 151 cut-off villages of Balimela reservoir
is in full swing and will be completed within a year.
Police arrested two wanted CPI-Maoist
cadres from Pagharpani jungle under Raighar Police Station in
Nabarangpur District. The arrested Maoists were identified as
Pundit Gond and Subedar Gond.
Residents of Kamnaguda village
in Malkangiri District sought protection from the State Government,
claiming that they felt harassed by Maoists and Police questioning.
The members of about 40 tribal families met Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu
Mohapatra and apprised him about their miseries.
Noting that Maoist menace was
already subdued in Odisha, the state's new DGP, K.B. Singh said
it would be further contained by stepping up development in affected
areas and keeping youths from joining rebel outfits. "We have
to work against Left Wing Extremism (LWE). In Odisha, Maoist activities
are already subdued... put under check," Singh said. Maoist activities
would be further checked by accelerating development activities
in the affected areas and motivating youths against joining the
red rebels. Efforts could also be taken for providing employment
to youths in Maoist-hit areas, Singh said. Steps would be taken
to make the force more responsive to the public, society and community,
The SFs recovered huge volume
of explosive materials from the CPI-Maoist stronghold at Narayanpatna
and its neighbouring areas in Koraput District of Odisha during
a search and combing operation.
Another team from the 120 Battalion
of the BSF deployed at Podapadar came across a CPI-Maoist hideout
in Mangalpur area where one claymore mine weighing six kg was
A unit of the 118 Battalion of
the BSF carried out search operation in Badakarali and Sanakarali
villages under Bandhugaon Police limits where they recovered 150
detonators, 51 gelatin sticks, raw materials for splinters and
barrels for SBML guns.
Recovery of these explosive materials
has foiled the plans of Maoists to attack the State forces and
damage Government property, DIG, Intelligence of BSF JC Nayak
said. "We have almost wiped out the Maoist base in the areas and
those trying to regroup will not be allowed at any cost," Nayak
A Maoist was killed by SFs in
Chandiposh forest near Rourkela in Sundargarh District of Odisha.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
in a gun battle with SFs in the ongoing combing operation in Chandiposh
forest near Rourkela in Sundargarh District of Odisha. Acting
on intelligence inputs, the SFs comprising of State Police, SOG
and CRPF had started combing operations five days ago.
SFs recovered a huge cache of
explosives from a Maoist camp in a forest within Sunabeda wildlife
sanctuary in Nuapada District of Odisha. It includes 689 detonators,
10 tiffin bombs and a gun. This is the largest recovery of explosive
materials in the past two years in Nuapada. The explosives were
seized during a joint combing operation by the CRPF, SOG and DVF
personnel in Patadahara forest.
Three villagers, including a village
ward member, were allegedly killed in firing by SFs during a combing
operation against LWEs in Karlapat forest in Odisha's Kalahandi
District. The SF personnel fired upon villagers near Nishanguda
village under the Bhawanipatna Sadar Police Station in the afternoon.
Three persons died on the spot while two others were rushed to
the District Headquarters Hospital, Bhawanipatna. Three victims
have been identified as Jayashankar Nayak, a ward member, Sukru
Majhi and Jaya Majhi. Two injured were teenagers - Arjun Majhi
and Jaya Majhi. "Personnel of the district police and the Special
Operations Group began the anti-Maoist operation in the forest
last Friday [November 13].
On November 15, Maoist rebels
fired at the forces, who retaliated. In the meantime, villagers
were caught in the cross-firing," Brijesh Kumar Rai, Kalahandi
SP said. Rai said the villagers had gone to forest for hunting
and they had unlicensed country-made guns.
The CPI-Maoist has called for
a shutdown in three blocks of Kalahandi District on November 23
in protest against the police encounter in Karlapat forest on
November 15 in which three villagers were killed and two minors
were critically injured. The shutdown call was given by Umakant,
'secretary' of Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali committee of the CPI-Maoist
in an audio clip released to the media.
A cache of explosives used by
the CPI-Maoist was recovered by the BSF personnel during combing
operations from Mediguda forest near Motu in Malkangiri District.
The BSF personnel seized a three kilo tiffin bomb, six gelatin
sticks, plastic bags, two detonators and other articles used by
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
and explosive material seized when their camp was busted in Tekguda
forest area of Malkangiri District. The arrested cadres were identified
as Ramnath Madkami, Jaga Madhi, Waga Madkami and Suma. These four
were members of the Kalimela armed squad of the CPI-Maoist. Apart
from destroying the camp, the SFs also recovered 825 pieces of
gelatin sticks weighing around 100 kg, Maoist uniforms, literature
and other materials of Maoists' use from the spot.
A dawn-to-dusk bandh called
by the Maoists had its effect in three blocks of Kalahandi District.
The Maoists had called the bandh to protest the killing
of three civilians in a Police encounter in Karlapat forest region
of Kalahandi District on November 15. The bandh had its
impact in Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Kalahandi Sadar blocks
of the District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have killed
a Naib Sarpanch of Bagdor panchayat under Belpara
block in Balangir District. A leaflet left behind by the Maoists
at the spot termed the Naib Sarpanch Alekh Majhi as a 'police
informer'. Around six Maoists, including two women cadres, descended
on Dhourakhaman village under Bagdor panchayat at night when the
Naib Sarpanch along with his brother-in-law Kanjita Majhi
was returning from their brick kiln located about 100 metres away.
The Maoists took both to the outskirts of the village and assaulted
them. Later, the Maoists dragged the duo to the centre of the
village and held a Kangaroo court. They accused the Naib Sarpanch
of being a 'Police informer', resorting to irregularities in distribution
of PDS rice and demanding bribe from beneficiaries for houses
under Indira Awas Yojna. After the hearing was over, the
Maoists pronounced death for Majhi. They tied Majhi's hands and
took him to the outskirts of the village where he was shot twice,
leaving him dead.
A bandh call given by the
CPI-Maoist in Dandakaranya region on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border
disrupted normal life in Mathili block of Malkangiri District.
The bandh was called by the Darbha division of the CPI-Maoist.
This division also operates in parts of Malkangiri District bordering
Chhattisgarh. According to Maoist posters put up in remote areas
of Mathili block, the bandh was in protest against anti-Maoist
operation and use of helicopters and drones for air strikes against
the Maoists in Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas. As per reports,
the Maoists dug roads and cut down trees to block roads in interior
pockets of Mahupadar, Salim, Kumarpalli areas of Mathili block.
Vehicular traffic was affected as passenger vehicles remained
off the roads due to fear of Maoist violence. Shops also remained
closed in interior pockets.
Reviewing anti-CPI-Maoist operations
at Rourkela, CRPF DG Prakash Mishra said Maoist activities have
increased in Kalahandi and Kandhamal Districts of Odisha as well
as the Saranda forest areas of Odisha-Jharkhand border. He hinted
that the situation has further aggravated. Talking to media after
the review meeting, the CRPF DG said that more battalions of the
CRPF to Odisha are not possible to allocate, but assured that
the CRPF would provide all necessary helps to the State Government
in a bid to curb the Maoist menace.
Posters, purportedly circulated
by the CPI-Maoist, were found at Char Chhak near Maleikhaman village
in Sohela block of Bargarh District. Police have seized all five
posters written in Odia.
A large number of CPI-Maoist posters
were found at different places in Gorumahisani and Jharpokharia
areas in Mayurbhanj District of Odisha. Receiving information,
Police seized posters from bus stands, waiting halls, anganwadi
centres, panchayat offices besides, road culverts, electric
poles and under-constructed buildings in 15 villages. The posters
urged the youths to join the Maoist organisation.
The UMHA has prodded the Odisha
Government to declare its anti-Maoist Special Intelligence Wing
as a Police Station that would have powers to arrest and investigate.
The UMHA also cited the example of the Andhra Pradesh anti-Maoist
SIB which was declared a Police Station 2-3 years ago.
Ahead of the celebration of the
PLGA Week by the CPI-Maoist, beginning December 2, Maoist banners
and posters re-appeared in different parts of Balangir District
The Odisha HC granted conditional
bail to Dandapani Mohanty, who was arrested on charges of having
Six cadres of CPI-Maoist were
arrested from Rajalkonda forest in Malkangiri District of Odisha
during a joint operation by the Odisha Police and BSF. Arrested
Maoists were members of Malkangiri division of the CPI-Maoist.
They were mostly active in Kalimela area of Malkangiri District
for past eight to nine years.
CPI-Maoist posters were found
in Phakeri, Nirgundi and Pasrshali villages under Kalyansinghpur
Police station limits in Rayagada District. Through the posters,
issued by Rayagada 'area committee' of the CPI-Maoist, Maoists
urged people not to believe in promises of development of the
region by the local Collector and SP. The Maoists also threatened
villagers of dire consequences if they worked as 'police informers'.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik while
speaking in the State Assembly has said that the CPI-Maoist situation
is improving in Odisha as compared to some of its immediate neighbours.
As of September, 2015 there have been 51 Maoist related incidents
with 18 deaths of civilian and security personnel in the State,
whereas there have been 346 incidents with 75 deaths in Chhattisgarh.
He said Maoist activity and violence has substantially declined
in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam,
Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Nayagarh Districts.
He also said 63 Maoist cadres/militias have surrendered in the
state this year. Further, 1034 villagers, including many active
militias and Village Committee Members of Malkangiri District
have withdrawn their support to Maoists. To improve the law and
order situation further, the State Government has created 1572
number of posts across various Police ranks.
The BSF personnel posted in CPI-Maoist
infested Koraput District destroyed two Maoist camps in the last
three days and arrested three supporters. BSF personnel started
combing operations in the forests of Pottangi, Narayanpatna, Bandhugram
and Sunki simultaneously and found two Maoist camps in Mangalpur
forest under Narayanpatna block and Pilikabitra forest under Pottangi
block. A large number of arms and ammunition seized from the camps
include gun, pistol, claymore mines, live wires, gelatin sticks
and Maoist literature. The Maoists camping in the two camps fled
before BSF reached the spot.
Two of the three Maoist supporters
were arrested in Tangini village of Pottangi block and one at
Talabitra village in Koraput District.
The Maoists set ablaze a mobile
tower at Kathargada village under Ramgiri Police Station limits
in Koraput District. According to sources, over 20 armed Maoists
came to the village at night, damaged the electrical gadgets of
the mobile power station and later torched the tower. They also
left a poster at the spot stating that their act was a mark of
protest against the private company's efforts to spread mobile
network in the area.
An encounter took place between
the SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres when the SFs raided a Maoist
camp at Chutkei under Purunakote Police Station limits in Satkosia
wildlife sanctuary of Angul District. "Following the exchange
of fire, the Maoists fled. Wireless sets and other materials were
seized from the camp. Combing operation has been intensified in
the area under Purunakote Police Station," said Angul SP Rajesh
263 civilians were killed in CPI-Maoist
violence in Odisha since 1990 till December 8, 2015, CM Naveen
Patnaik informed the State Assembly. In a written reply, the CM
said there were allegations of 272 persons getting killed by the
Maoists during this period. However, nine deaths turned out not
by the LWEs, he added. The Government had provided compensation
to 235 families as per the ex-gratia scheme of the government.
Total 28 families did not get assistance due to want of required
documents from the beneficiaries, he added. The CM further said
895 persons from Malkangiri, Koraput, Nuapada and Keonjhar Districts
had left their villages due to Maoist activities. Of them, 287
returned to their villages in Koraput. He also said total five
innocent persons were killed in the crossfire between SFs and
Maoists in the State in 2015.
The AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist has
urged the local people to observe December 21 to 27 as a protest
week against the proposed bauxite mining in the Visakha Agency.
The committee has also announced that the AOB bandh will
be observed on December 26. AOBSZC official 'spokesperson' Jagabandhu
released a press note urging the people to form the Revolutionary
People's Committees to "gain total ownership on jal (water), jangal
(forest) and jameen (land), besides getting empowerment and a
proper financial system for better livelihood".
The BSF seized huge cache of arms
and explosives from a CPI-Maoist hideout in Bandhugaon area of
Koraput District. The seized items included two SBML rifles, 14
kg of potash, electric detonator, 75 metre flex wire, 7 meter
cordex wire, 24 cordex caps, a big knife, a big torch, batteries,
steel and iron containers, medicines and a first aid box, apart
from lots of explosive materials.
In a bid to bring youths in the
CPI-Maoist affected districts to the mainstream, CM Naveen Patnaik
demanded that the Centre should sanction one ITI and two SDCs
in 14 Maoists affected Districts in the State. The institutes
should be set up in Koraput, Nabarangpur, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Sundargarh,
Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Kalahandi,
Nuapada, Balangir and Bargarh districts for making the youths
a productive workforce through skill training, the CM stated in
a letter to Union Minister of State for Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have blown
up a private company mobile tower at Kalia Atali village under
Baipariguda area of Koraput District. Maoist literature has been
found from the spot.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a
mobile tower at Chipakur village under Boipariguda block in Koraput
District, a day after the rebels damaged a mobile tower at Kalia
Atal village in the block. Sources said, around 20 Maoists reached
the mobile tower at Chipakur around midnight and poured kerosene
before setting it on fire.
Without dwelling much into his
report that was submitted to the State Government retired judge
of Orissa HC Justice A. S. Naidu, heading the one-man panel to
probe into the 2008-Kandhamal riots, has indicated the role of
the CPI-Maoist in the murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati.
Even as Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik's Government takes pride in pushing the CPI-Maoist on
the backfoot in the State, the CPI-Maoist says it is former DGP
Prakash Mishra who was instrumental in 'finishing off' the outfit
in Odisha. The 'central committee' of the CPI-Maoist, which takes
stock of progress of its movement across States, has recorded
it in its proceedings during the October meeting. The 'central
committee' report states that CPI-Maoist was weakened substantially
after Sabyasachi Panda parted ways and created his own outfit
in the State. The apex body described Panda as a 'fugitive' but
acknowledged that his departure made a difference to party's organisation
in the State. "However, it was DGP Prakash Mishra who finished
the Maoist party in Odisha," it added. The Maoists said there
has been an increasing presence of SFs in the area which is under
the jurisdiction of AOB Special Zonal Committee. More area domination
exercises are being carried out and the cut-off areas are being
zeroed in on. The SFs are also striking the places where area
commanders are leading the movement. In the last seven months,
there has been 29 such raids by the SFs in the AOB zone of which
12 were in the cut-off areas which are hurting them, it added.
In Narayanpatna, arrest of CMAS leader Nachika Linga also impacted
the Maoist party's strength in the region and taking advantage
of the situation, political leaders of the district, who preferred
to stay in urban areas, are beginning to return. In some places,
the lands which were taken away by the Maoists are again being
grabbed by landlords. But the fight against them will start again,
the party said in its meeting.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
civilian, identified as S. Badnayak, brother of a former Sarpanch
in Kudumulgumma Raba village area of Malkangiri District. The
Maoists took him away from his residence and his body was found
on December 26 morning with throat slit, a Police officer said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
Sarpanch in Malkangiri District. A group of Maoists came
to Badapada under Kuduguluguma block and forcibly took away Jayaram
Khara on December 25. But villagers found the body of Khara near
the village on Saturday morning with his throat slit. It is suspected
that Maoists killed the Sarpanch branding him as a 'Police informer'.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Manoj Dehury
alias Madhab, of Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh Division
of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before Angul SP Rajesh Pandit. Police
claimed Dehury said the Maoists recently chalked out a plan to
create a corridor along the border of Angul, Boudh and Kandhamal
up to Kalahandi District. He also told the Police that Maoists
from Jharkhand are meting out step-motherly treatment to cadres
from Odisha. They also sexually exploit local women cadres, he
added. He said Purunakote, Bantala, Thakurgarh and Handapa in
Angul District are safe haven for them.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik flagged off 30 more buses
which will ply in the remote routes in four CPI-Maoist affected
Districts under the Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana. The buses were rolled
out at a function at OSRTC office in Bhubaneswar. The CM said
the buses will ease communication on 28 routes in Nuapada, Deogarh,
Sundargarh and Gajapati Districts. This is the third phase of
the BGGY. In the first two phases, 57 buses were provided to Maoist-hit
districts. CMD of OSRTC Sanjiv Marik said the buses have been
launched especially in Maoist-affected for which the Government
has allocated INR 210 million to the Corporation.
Source:Compiled from news reports and