Jharkhand Timeline 2016
CRPF and District Armed Force
personnel conducted a raid in Beyand village under Manika Police
Station limits in Latehar District and arrested an 'area commander'
of CPI-Maoist, identified as Kunwar Yadav alias Baleshwar
Yadav. According to SP Anup Birtheray, Kunwar worked under Sub-Zonal
commander Shravan Yadav before becoming area commander.
Jharkhand Police killed two cadres
including 'one top commander' of PLFI in an operation at Mahabuang
in Simdega District. The Police claimed possession of the extremists'
bodies. "They are yet to be identified. An AK-47 and one .315
rifle were recovered from them," DIG South Chhotanagpur zone Arun
Kumar Singh said.
Two persons having suspected links
with PLFI were abducted and killed by PLFI cadres in Khunti District.
They abducted the two from Sondari village under Torpa Police
Station limits on the intervening night of January 4 and 5 and
shot them dead. According to the villagers the victims had links
with PLFI and were suspected to have been killed for snapping
ties with it.
Five additional SPs will likely
be deployed in CPI-Maoist-hit districts to tackle the threat posed
by the extremist activities, said sources. The officers may enjoy
the status of ASP (operations) in Districts and lead the anti-Maoist
operations planned to target the rebels. Jharkhand Police Spokesperson
S.N. Pradhan said the officers would help in prompt and smooth
conduct of operations against Maoists. "I have interviewed five
of them and found them suitable for deployment in anti-Maoist
operations. They have also expressed willingness to join," said
CPI-Maoist 'area commander' Uday
Ganjhu was arrested from Niri forests of Keredari block in Hazaribagh
District. Ganjhu, who had a reward of INR 300, 000 on head, was
wanted in many cases in Keredari and Barkagaon in Hazaribagh District,
and also in Chatra District.
SFs exchanged fire with cadres
of the CPI-Maoist at Kurunga forests under Arki Police Station
area in Khunti District. After the encounter, the SFs recovered
36 IEDs from the encounter site. "Four 14kg gas cylinders, four
5kg gas cylinders, two pressure cookers and 24 milk cans of 250ml
capacity were used to prepare the IEDs. Apart from the IEDs, 20kg
of cordex wire, which is used to connect the IEDs with exploders,
were also recovered. There were 600 rounds of live cartridges
besides one INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifles, one .303
rifle and one .315 rifle," SP Anish Kumar Gupta said.
A CPI-Maoist training camp was
busted by a joint team of CRPF and Khunti District Police in Arki
block of the District following a brief encounter with the Maoists
in the afternoon. "The team had busted the camp on Friday evening,
but by the time we collected all the recovered items it was late
night," Khunti SP Anish Gupta said. ASP (Operations) PR Mishra
said "Targeting the advancing party, Maoists opened fire. None
of the bullets, however, hit our men." After the Maoists left,
Police searched the area and found a 1,000m codex wire, many electric
wires, 25 can bombs, one tiffin bomb, two pressure cooker bombs
and four LGP cylinders. Two of the LPG cylinders were wrapped
in codex wire. "The Maoists use LPG cylinders to make powerful
bombs. One bomb is enough to blow up a police vehicle," said Police.
A suspected Naxal identified
as Baleshwar Soren, was arrested from an abandoned airport at
Chakulia in Ghatsila Sub-division of East Singhbhum District.
The OIC of Chakulia Police Station Dilip Paswan said a country-made
pistol and LWE literature were recovered from his possession.
Soren was having links with Kanu Munda-led squad of the CPI-Maoist,
said the Police official.
Jharkhand Police seized around
INR 15 million cash from four Naxals in Chatra District.
The four LWEs have been arrested.
An encounter took place between
SFs personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres in Danglapahar forest
area of Ghatshila Sub-division in East Singhbhum District. The
SFs on receiving information about the presence of Maoist Kanu
Munda in the jungle area raided the Danglapahar spot but failed
to arrest any suspected Maoist. The team comprising District Police
and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel found towel,
torch and clothes among other things from the site.
A CPI-Maoist 'area committee
member' identified as Vikas Parahiya who had actively worked for
the Maoists for the past six years or so and was involved in several
ambushes, was arrested from Chhipadohar area of Latehar District.
A rifle and cartridges were recovered from Vikas.
A CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander',
carrying a reward of INR 500,000 on his head, identified as Jagnarayan
Yadav alias Vishal ji, was arrested during a special operation
from Thekhi village in Palamau District. SP Mayur Patel said a
self-loaded pistol and three rounds of ammunition were recovered
from the possession of Yadav.
A self-styled 'zonal Commander'
of the PLFI identified as Baidhyanath Yadav alias Sudhirji
was arrested by the Police from Kasmar village under Panki area
in Palamau District. DySP Prabhat Ranjan Burward said that six
country-made rifles of .315 bore, 62 rounds live cartridges, 18
letter pads of the organisation, 20 receipts, a diary containing
name and number of prominent persons, three mobile phones and
a sim, among others were seized from his possession.
SF personnel exchanged heavy gunfire
with the 'dasta' (firing squad) of CPI-Maoist 'commander' Arvind
at Budha Pahad under Garu Police Station in Latehar District of
Jharkhand. After the firing stopped, Police carried out a search
operation and found a Maoist camp. Four landmines, 500 metres
of wire, nine detonators, one small Honda generator, 19 blankets,
Maoist literature, kitchen utensils, medicines and also tent materials
were recovered from the encounter site.
Four persons, identified as Ghanshyam
Mehta, Mukesh Kumar, Pankaj Mehta and Neeraj Thakur, were arrested
with explosives by the SFs from Ichak area in Hazaribagh District
Four Naxalites were arrested
with a cache of firearms from Gaya District in Bihar and adjoining
Chatra District in Jharkhand. SP (City) Raviranjan Kumar told
webindia123.com in Gaya that two dreaded Naxalites
of PLFI, a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested at
Raniganj village under Imamganj Police Station area in the District.
On their interrogation, Police conducted raids at Jori village
in Chatra District of Jharkhand and arrested two Maoist cadres.
A pistol, three mobile phones and other incriminating objects
were recovered from their possession. The arrested cadres were
identified as Upendra Vishwakarma, Sanjeet Yadav, Dilip Singh
and Pravin Kumar.
Two cadres of the PLFI-a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Amit alias Birsa
and Julius Lugun alias Julu, were arrested during a search
operation at Rania in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Khunti SP
Anish Gupta was tipped off that PLFI 'zonal commander' Jeedan
Gudia and his associates had assembled in a forest on the outskirts
of Khudbir village in Rania to work out future course of actions.
"When our boys reached the forest around 3.30pm and asked them
to surrender, they abused them and started fleeing towards northern
end of the woods. Amit and Julius were caught after a hot chase.
However, Jeedan and his fourteen other associates managed to escape.
We have launched an intensive search operation in that area,"
SP Gupta said. Police recovered a rifle, many cartridges, 10 cell
phones, a backpack and military fatigues from them.
In a search operation, Maoist
literature, items of daily use, ammonium nitrate and battery connectors,
used for explosions, were recovered by Police in Kathikund in
Dumka District of Jharkhand. SP Vipul Shukla said they were carrying
out search operations in different parts of the District for the
last four days.
The CPI-Maoist has given a call
for 24-hour Bihar-Jharkhand bandh on Republic Day (from January
25 midnight) to protest killing of their colleagues in an encounter
with SF personnel at Band Goreya village under Dhibra Police Station
in Aurangabad District of Bihar on January 8. CPI-Maoist spokesperson
Mannas said the bandh will start from January 25 midnight and
will continue for the next 24 hours. He said emergency services
have been exempted from the bandh. Mannas said Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar led-Grand Alliance government in Bihar has extended
full support to 'Operation Greenhunt'.
Two cadres of Jharkhand Jan Mukti
Parishad were killed by a rival group in Palamau District. Police
recovered the bodies of the two JJMP cadres from Chando-Basriya
village under Chainpur Police Station area of the District. The
bodies have been identified as that of JJMP 'area commander' Chanchal
Paswan and his associate Kamlesh Paswan.
A group of suspected Maoists
set ablaze a portion of an under construction mobile tower at
Chhatarpur area in Palamu District. Palamu DIG Saket Kumar Singh
said that three suspected Maoists on a two-wheeler also damaged
a solar panel used for powering the mobile tower.
Two can bombs, weighing one kilogram
each, planted by the Maoists was found near a school at Kurum
village under Bhandariya Police Station limits in Garhwa District.
A 'section commander' of TPC identified
as Narendra Singh alias Dara Singh was arrested by Pipra
Tarn Police team in Palamu District.
A 'sub-zonal commander' of TPC
identified as Munna Singh alias Munna Ganjhu alias
Ganjhu was arrested in Manatu block of Palamu District.
Seven Policemen were killed while
eight others were injured in a landmine blast by the CPI-Maoist
at Chattarpur Block in Palamu District. The SF personnel were
going towards the Kalapahari area in a convoy when their vehicle
came under attack. The Jharkhand Police had corned a group of
Maoists around Kalapahari area in Chattarpur Block of the District
two days ago. The Police and Maoists have since been engaged in
encounter. "This afternoon, at around 2 pm, there was heavy exchange
of fire between the forces and Maoists and we were rushing in
reinforcements, when they were attacked," said an unnamed Jharkhand
Admitting that critical Police
lapses during the combing operation caused a 13-member contingent
driving through dense Kalapahari forests to fall in the CPI-Maoist
trap, State DGP D.K. Pandey, who flew to Palamau headquarters
in Daltonganj, to pay his tributes to slain troopers at Chhatarpur
Block in Palamu District, said, "While carrying out operations
in a remote area, the police should have used an anti-landmine
vehicle instead of moving around in a Tata 407 mini truck. Adequate
backup for unprecedented eventualities was also not taken care
Two days after the landmine blast
at Hussainabad in Palamu District, Maoists, claimed the incident
took place to avenge the Bandh Gorya encounter under the Dhibra
Police Station area in Aurangabad District of Bihar, in which
four Maoists were killed. A statement released on behalf of CPI-Maoist
central zone spokesman Pramjeet claimed that the organization
would launch 'Operation Break' against SF personnel and
engage them in encounters to give them a befitting reply. He added
the Police were cheating the people in the name of 'Operation
Vishwas' launched to generate a sense of security among them.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, who had
apparently come to intimidate workers and contractors engaged
in the widening of NH-23, were arrested from Beltand in Bokaro
District. A gun, a pistol and seven cartridges were found from
One civilian was killed in a cross
firing between CPI-Maoist and PLFI cadres, at Pondegar under Bandgaon
Police Station area in West Singhbhum District.
Suspected Naxals set ablaze eight
vehicles engaged in road construction work at Ghatkuri and adjacent
Pipri Sai Village under Gua Police Station area in West Singhbhum
Four PLFI supporters were arrested
following a fierce encounter with the Police at Selundi village
under Anandpur Police Station limits in West Singhbhum District.
The Police also claimed to have injured at least one cadre during
A former mukhiya of Murumguttu
village in West Singhbhum District was killed by unidentified
assailants near his house. SP Michael S. Raj said that PLFI cadres
were suspected to have killed Rajendra Hapathgara (45) who was
associated with the outfit.
A Maoist 'area commander' and
a sympathiser of the outfit were arrested from different parts
of Latehar District. Ravi Mochi, 'area commander' was arrested
with a rifle, cartridges and Maoist literature from Palhaiya village
in Manika block of the District while sympathiser Rahmatullah
was arrested from Mahudanad village of the same District.
A PLFI cadre was killed in an
encounter with Police in Topra block of Khunti District. Police
said that following a tip-off a raid was carried out at an unspecified
village of the block. A rifle, live cartridges and other things
were seized from the encounter spot.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
and many others injured by Bokaro Police during an encounter at
Dandra village forest area under Chatrochati Police Station limits
in Bokaro District. The Police have recovered the body. Commenting
on the encounter Bokaro DIG, Shambhu Thakur said one woman Maoist
was also arrested. The SF personnel also recovered arms and ammunition
including two 315 bore riffle, 7 live cartridges, large quantity
of Maoist literature and others domestic use materials from the
A powerful landmine was recovered
by the security personnel during a search operation on Pratappur-Gajwa
main road under Pratappur Police Station area in Chatra District.
SF personnel found two country-made
guns and CPI-Maoist literature after an exchange of fire with
Maoists in the forest of Serengdag in Lohardaga District.
Two STF personnel posing as suppliers
of AK-47 assault rifles have succeeded in arresting a CPI-Maoist
self-styled 'sub-zonal commander', identified as Jitendra alias
Tiger, in Simdega District. He belonged to the Aurangabad-Bhojpur
sub-zone of the CPI-Maoist. Giving details, STF SP Shivdeep Lande
said "A team of special intelligence group (SIG) of STF went to
Simdega posing as suppliers of AK-47 and managed to trap Jitendra
alias Tiger. The STF has handed him over to the local Police Station
and Bihar Police will take him on transit remand."
The first day of the 48-hour CPI-Maoist
bandh had no impact in Ranchi District. However, it had a partial
impact on rural areas of the State. However, the bandh called
by the CPI-Maoist Bihar State Committee resulted in the postponement
of the matriculation and intermediate examinations, conducted
by Jharkhand Academic Council, scheduled for February 16. Most
business establishments in Gomia, Nawadih, Bermo and other areas
remained close throughout. Commercial vehicles also remained off
the roads, including long-distance buses. The bandh also disrupted
transportation of coal, said sources.
Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed following a nine-hour encounter with SFs in Taimara
valley on NH-33 in Ranchi District and four firearms were seized,
CRPF IG Rakesh Kumar Mishra confirmed. The Police have recovered
four dead bodies and a process to identify them is on. All the
four dead Maoists were in Maoist fatigue. Two CRPF troopers were
injured in the initial hours of encounter.
Jharkhand Police identified the
four Maoists who were killed in an encounter with SF personnel
in Ranchi District. The male cadres were identified as Boida Pahan,
a 'sub-zonal commander,' Hemant, a 'cadre' and Roshan. The woman
cadre was identified as Alisha alias Sunita.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the
Newadi Panchayat building at Dihi village in Latehar District
and later on set ablaze a tower of a private telecom company at
Chope village in the same District. The Maoists also pasted posters
at the two villages.
An armed gang of the CPI-Maoist
blew up a panchayat building at Balu under Balumath Police
Station limits in Latehar District. Palamu DIG Saket K. Singh
said the building did not suffer extensive damage. DIG Singh added
that the Maoists also set ablaze a generator set of a private
telecom company called Reliance on the same day in Latehar District.
Police busted a Maoist camp under
Peshrar block of Lohardaga District during a joint operation with
the CRPF. The Maoists were reportedly attending a meeting at Khadujharia
village under Bagru Police Station limits. A few Maoists, positioned
at a higher altitude, spotted the security personnel from a distance
and alerted the others. All of them managed to flee. "We raided
the place and found two IEDs, a loaded rifle, utility items, water
bottles, and utensils. The Maoists took off with most of the items,"
said Lohardaga SP Kartik S.
Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar, who
was among the six Police personnel killed in the 2013 CPI-Maoist
blast, was not the real target of the Maoists but was in the wrong
place at the wrong time, showed documents seized by Police from
the possession of the slain Maoists after the Taimar Ghati encounter.
"Maoists were keeping a watch on the movement of Security Forces
on the Dumka-Pakur border. They had intelligence inputs that forces
were likely to travel by the road in the afternoon following which
an ambush was laid. The rebels sent a man in the area who would
signal them if the patrol van was spotted," the document said.
A team of Police and CRPF personnel
killed a 'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist identified as Sanjay
Yadav alias Mantri ji alias Yatin ji in Kodebera
village forest under Palkot block in Gumla District. The Maoist
was carrying a bounty of INR One Million on his head. The SF personnel
recovered the dead body from the encounter site and also recovered
arms reportedly carried by the Maoist 'zonal commander'.
Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested after a brief exchange of fire between the SFs and
the Maoists in Khunti District.
Four powerful landmines were
recovered in Latehar District. The explosives, each weighing 30
kilograms, were planted near the Tubed River under Sadar Police
Station, SP Anup Birtheray said. They were planted with an aim
to target the SFs during anti-Naxal operations, he said.
An IED was recovered by the SFs
near Satbahini River under Pratappur Police Station in Chatra
SF personnel exchanged fire with
PLFI squad at Bansjore in Simdega District. Security personnel
launched a combing operation inside a forest in Bansjore area
around 10 am following a tip-off on the movement of a group of
PLFI cadres. "The encounter continued for a couple of hours. But
our boys are still combing deep inside the forest. So far we have
recovered five motorcycles, a rifle, some cartridges and items
of daily use. Detailed reports are awaited," said Simdega SP Rajeev
Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' Munnu
Yadav alias Mutur Yadav and 'area commander' Sanjay Paswan
alias Chhotu surrendered along with arms before STF Inspector-General
Pravin Kumar Singh at the Police line in Chatra District. Yadav
was carrying a 9mm pistol and Paswan came with a rifle. Yadav
carried a reward of INR 500,000 on his head while Paswan carried
head money of INR 200,000 reward.
A senior CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as 'commander' Chandmuni Hansda (42), was arrested near Giridih
District bus stand. Hansda has been a member of the Maoists' armed
squad for more than 16 years. She held the post of 'secretary'
of the Nari Mukti Sangh (NMS), the women's wing of the CPI-Maoist,
Santhal Paragana. She is the wife of Maoist leader Sitaram Murmu
alias Nandlal Murmu alias Vijay Da, who is a Jharkhand
Special Area Committee member of the CPI-Maoist.
Police arrested two CPI-Maoist
cadres, identified as Sanju Oraon and Sandeep Sahu in Lohardaga
The CRPF has "destroyed" the Naxals'
efforts to create a "red corridor" in the country and was able
to restrict them to a few states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
and Bihar, said the outgoing Chief of CRPF Prakash Mishra in Gurgaon.
"CRPF has destroyed the dream of Maoists to establish a red corridor
from Pashupati (in Nepal) to Tirupati (in south India) and mainly
restricted them to some areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar,"
Mishra was quoted as saying by a CRPF spokesperson. Mishra said
this while addressing the troops during his farewell parade at
the forces' camp in Kadarpur area here, the spokesman said.
The Maoists have called 24-hour
bandh to protest the killing of their 'zonal commander'
Sanjay Yadav alias Mantriji alias Atinji during
an encounter with the Police in Palkot area in Gumla District.
Jharkhand Police held two minors,
who allegedly belonged to the CPI-Maoist bal dasta, following
an encounter at Luggu Hill under Lalpania Police Station limits
in Bokaro District.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
by members of his rival group in Lohardaga District. According
to Police, the body of Maoist 'commander' Muslim Ansari was found
at Sgahighat area of the District. A pistol and other incriminating
documents were seized from him, the Police said, adding he might
have been killed by the rival Maoist group.
Acting on a tip off, a joint team
of CRPF and Jharkhand Police under 'Operation Finish' arrested
a hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Binod Yadav, at Kulhi
village under Bhandariya Police Station limit in Garwah District.
A self-styled 'zonal commander'
of the PLFI, identified as Amrit Yadav, was killed in an encounter
with the district armed Police force in Palamau District. The
encounter took place when the PLFI cadres, who were preparing
meals, opened fire at the Police force approaching them in course
of its special drive in the Naxal affected areas, ASP, Kanhaiya
Singh, said. The Police said three rifles, some live cartridges
and Maoist literature were recovered from the spot.
The 'chief' of Jharkhand Jan Mukti
Morcha, identified as Mustaq alias Langra (35), was arrested
from Bariyatu locality in Ranchi District. Mustaq was travelling
in an SUV so that his movement did not invite suspicion. Police
seized the SUV, five mobile phones and papers with extortion list
from his possession.
A Maoist, identified as Beerbal
Parhaiya (45), hurt in an accidental IED blast was arrested and
jailed in Palamu District. Sources said Parhaiya was handling
the Maoists' IEDs and was injured in an accidental blast.
The 'chief' of Jharkhand Sangharsh
Jan Mukti Morcha, Diwalee Ganjhu, was killed in an encounter between
Chandwa Police team and JSJMM cadres at Keeta village under Chandwa
Police Station in Latehar District. Latehar SP Anoop Birtharey
said Chandwa Police got a tip-off about the presence of three
extremists of JSJMM at Keeta and carried out this operation which
yielded the body of Ganjhu in the retaliatory shots.
Fifty-three people were executed
by the CPI-Maoist after 'kangaroo courts' found them 'guilty'
in the five worst Naxal-hit states of the country in the
last three years. According to UMHA statistics, 18 civilians were
killed following the directives of 'kangaroo courts' or 'Jan Adalats'
in 2015 for being alleged 'Police informers' or "for not believing
in Maoist ideology". During 2015, 41 'Jan Adalats' were held by
Naxal cadres in five LWE affected states, Andhra Pradesh (1),
Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (14), Jharkhand (14) and Odisha (6). Altogether
15 civilians were executed in 2014 following orders of 54 'Jan
Adalats' and 20 civilians were killed in 2013 under the directives
of 63 'Jan Adalats'
In 2016, till February 15, two
'Jan Adalats' have been held in Chhattisgarh. While nearly one
lakh paramilitary personnel continued to be deployed in LWE-affected
areas, the 10 Naxal-hit states; Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West
Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, saw 226 deaths in 1,088 incidents of
violence perpetrated by Maoists in 2015. In 2015, of the 226 deaths,
168 were civilians and 58 were SF personnel. As many as 89 Maoists
were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered
before authorities during the year.
A bodyguard of top CPI-Maoist
leader Arvindji, identified as Sohan Yadav, has been arrested
and remanded in jail in Latehar District.
17 people were abducted by the
Naxals in the first two months of this year (2016) and they killed
five of them, the UMHA informed the Lok Sabha. Of this,
Jharkhand has the highest number of abductions and killings. While
there were eight abductions in Jharkhand, two of them lost their
lives at the hands of the CPI-Maoist. Chhattisgarh followed with
four abductions and two killings. Last year (2015), there were
115 incidents of abduction by Maoists in which 62 people lost
their lives. Chhattisgarh had the highest number of incidents
at 39 followed by Jharkhand at 30.
53 people were executed by the
Maoists after Jan Adalats found them "guilty" in the five
worst LWE-hit States of the country in the last three years. Even
as security agencies claim that the LWE spread in the country
is shrinking, as per UMHA statistics, 18 people were killed following
the directives of "kangaroo courts" in 2015 for being alleged
Police informers or "for not believing in Maoist ideology." During
2015, 41 "Jan Adalats" were held by LWES in five LWE-affected
States of Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (14), Jharkhand
(14) and Orissa (6). In 2014, Government statistics show that
15 people were executed following orders of 54 "Jan Adalats" and
20 people were killed in 2013 under the directives of 63 "Jan
Security personnel during an anti-Maoist
operation found firearms at Maluki village under Ghatsila Police
Station limits in East Singhbhum District.
Two Maoists were arrested from
a short distance from Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das's
official residence in Ranchi District. The Maoists, identified
as Devendra Kujur (32) and Bhawani Oraon (25) were working for
Bihar-Jharkhand-North-Chhattisgarh 'special area committee' member
Vinay alias Bada Vikas alias Balkeshwar Oraon. INR
1.7 million in cash, two American Tourister backpacks, a pair
of shoes, over 5kg of dry fruits, and snacks was found from the
At least four persons working
on a road construction site were killed allegedly by PLFI cadres
in a village under Basia Police Station limits of Gumla District.
More than a dozen PLFI cadres reportedly reached Guram Dato Tola
village around 11.30 am and opened indiscriminate firing. The
deceases have been identified as Rampati Kumar, Ajay Topno, Lalit
Sahu and Ravi Shankar Sahu.
The Hazaribagh District Police
arrested six JPC cadres for running an extortion racket. The group
used to threaten businessmen in and around Hazaribagh and seek
levy even from NTPC, a federal government undertaking.
Three PLFI cadres were arrested
from Jharkhand State capital Ranchi while they were on recce of
a road construction site at NH 33.
The CPI-Maoist is recruiting children through
lucky draw in Jharkhand where names are written down in small
bits of paper and randomly picked. This is being dubbed as a new
strategy adopted by the Maoists as with dwindling forces and unwilling
parents, they have found a new recruitment strategy for child
soldiers. Though they previously claimed that it does not recruit
children below 16, the outfit however has boasted its 'bal dastas'
or child soldiers, whom it claims have been 'gifted' by parents
after being motivated by the organisation's friendly approach.
In the past, the recruited children were mostly occupied in non-combat
roles and were trained in computer and imparted other technical
skills. But falling numbers of the armed group has forced them
to introduce children in more risky situations, following which
parents have become sceptical in 'gifting' their children to the
insurgents. Elaborating on his daughter's plight who was forcibly
taken away when she was 11, 38-year-old Fandu Munda said, "Six
years later when she abandoned the rebel outfit to start life
afresh, they accused her of being a Police informer and killed
SF personnel busted a PLFI camp inside a forest
in Bano of Simdega District following an encounter with a PLFI
squad apparently led by the outfit's 'chief' Dinesh Gope, which
led to the recovery of a huge cache of arms, ammunition and items
of daily use. Police said around 100 rounds of bullets were exchanged
between the two sides during the encounter that broke out around
9.30 am atop a hillock in Marikel forests.
Police got at least 23 children out of Jamti village
in Gumla District to a safe place after CPI-Maoist randomly picked
them through lottery to swell the fighters' ranks with child soldiers.
The Police operation came after The Hindustan Times highlighted
on March 21 how Maoists were enlisting children for combat through
public lotteries in select villages. The children, including 13
girls, were saved at the nick of time before the Maoists could
take them away from their families.
Naxal activities continue to be a matter
of concern with 35 Districts in seven states being badly-hit,
according to the annual report of the UMHA for 2015-16. "Left
Wing Extremism (LWE) remains an area of concern for internal security
of the country," the report submitted to Parliament said. While
106 Districts in 10 States are affected by CPI-Maoist activities
in varying degrees, 35 Districts in seven states are the most
affected. "CPI (Maoist) continues to be the most potent among
the various LWE outfits in the country and accounts for more than
80 per cent of total LWE violence incidents and resultant deaths,"
the report said.
A self-styled 'area commander' of the TPC, identified
as Sawan Gounjhu alias Bhola Gounjhu (28), was arrested
from McCluskieganj area in Ranchi District. Police recovered a
country-made pistol, two live cartridges, two mobile phones, a
two-wheeler and INR 5,000 in cash from him.
A CPI-Maoist 'area commander' identified as Bhanu
Singh and his associate Chhotu Korwa alias Mister thrashed
and shot a PACS 'President' - Banwari Prasad (40) - of Beta panchayat
of Chinia block in Garwah District of Jharkhand, after the latter
denied them levy.
A CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' Ram Mohan Munda,
one of Jharkhand's top Maoists who carries INR One Million cash
reward, was arrested with two aides after a brief encounter with
the SF personnel on the outskirts of Ranchi District of Jharkhand.
Ram Mohan's career in LWE spans more than a decade. He also led
a special armed guerrilla group known as 'Ram Mohan dasta'. In
2008, Ram Mohan with Kundan Pahan, another top Maoist 'commander',
looted INR 50 million from ICICI Bank cash van and also murdered
Tamar MLA Ramesh Singh Munda and a DSP besides several other acts
of violence in past. The names of the two aides have not been
disclosed. They are dasta members whose profile record is not
available with Police.
On the inputs of arrested CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander'
Ram Mohan Munda, a series of 25 IEDs were found from Angara area
of Ranchi District of Jharkhand.
One Maoist was injured in an encounter between
the CPI-Maoist and the SF personnel at Chapla village in Garhwa
District of Jharkhand. The encounter took place when a team of
CRPF personnel and District armed personnel rushed to the village
following a tip-off that a squad led by 'area commander' Bhanu
had assembled there, sources said. The SF personnel were conducting
raids in the village when the Maoists started firing at them forcing
them to retaliate in self-defence, sources said, adding that one
Maoist sustained bullet injury. Bhanu and his two aides managed
to escape, SP Priyadarshi Alok said.
Six CRPF personnel were injured when the CPI-Maoist
cadres, ambushed a LRP party of the CRPF triggering IED blast
at Topchanchi in Dhanbad District of Jharkhand. The incident took
place when a team of CRPF was on LRP on motorcycles at Bodra village
under Topchanchi Police Station in Dhanbad. The CRPF personnel
were riding motorcycles, when the extremists set off the blast
through an IED, Police said. After triggering the blast, ultras
fired indiscriminately at the convoy, prompting the LRP personnel
to return fire .The exchange lasted a little over half an hour,"
said a senior Police official.
Police launched 'operation Mahadev' against Naxals
and arrested seven cadres in and around capital Ranchi of Jharkhand.
The arrests include three Naxal 'commanders' of the PLFI faction.
Police also recovered nine rifles, three small arms and large
amounts of ammunition from them. Police got tip-off about presence
of Naxals in Ranchi, after which the operation was planned. Police
has also detained a contractor on suspicion of having links with
Five senior PLFI leaders and two members of its
armed squad have been arrested during 'Operation Mahadev' from
various parts of Ranchi District of Jharkhand. The arrested PLFI
leaders have been identified as Ranchi 'zonal commander' Tulsi
Pahan, Bundu-Tamar 'area commander' Bheem Mahto alias Mangal
Pandey, Jonha (south) 'area commander' Sunil Kachchap, Jonha (north)
'area commander' Dev Singh Munda and Nagri-Tupudana 'area commander'
Birsa Mahto. These apart, Raja Patar and Mukesh Mahto, both members
of the outfit's armed squad, have been arrested during two separate
raids carried in Jonha and Nagri area. Nine fire weapons, including
two double-barrel guns, four country-made rifles and three pistols,
around 50 live cartridges, note books, backpacks, levy receipts
and 12 mobile phones were recovered from them. PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
An encounter was reported between Police and CPI-Maoist
cadres in Denga Pahari section of the forests located on the borders
of the Giridih and Dhanbad District of Jharkhand. A joint team
of Giridih Police and 124th battalion of CRPF unit raided the
Denga Pahari forest area under the Parasnath Police Station and
had an hour -long encounter with Maoists. However, the Maoists
fled towards forest side, sources said.
Three troopers of the CoBRA unit were injured,
when CPI-Maoist cadres detonated an IED in Parasnath Hills in
Giridih District of Jharkhand to target a contingent of forces
chasing them. ADG (operations) and Police spokesperson S N Pradhan
said the troopers were hurt by splinters after the blast. An anti-Maoist
operation was launched in the area on April 6, after authorities
received inputs that 25-odd rebels, led by CPI-Maoist Jharkhand
Regional Committee 'secretary' Ajay Mahto and his aide Nunu Chand
Mahto, are holed up in an area within the limits of Madhuban Police
Station of Parasnath Hill.
The armed squad of the CPI-Maoist killed one youth
for allegedly being 'Police informer' and also collecting levy
in favour of Maoists at Pipradih village under Gomia Police Station
in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. The deceased has been identified
as Satendra Mandal (26) of Pipradih village. According to reports
about 15 to 20 armed Maoists raided his village and took him in
the forest area of Chutte-Kharna, when Satendra was coming back
on his motorcycle at home in the evening. The villagers saw his
body with throat slit on Chutte-Kharna forest way, one kilometre
from his house. The Police recovered "parchas" (leaflet/pamphlet)
from the spot stating that Satendra, was 'Police informer' and
collecting "chanda" (levy) in favor of original Maoists group.
Mandal also joined rival Uday Mahto group. Police sources said
the deceased had a close nexus with the Maoists in the past. The
incident could be a result of his (Maoists) internal conflicts,
further Police added.
Around 10 armed cadres of JPC set ablaze three
dumpers, damaged an SUV and beat up a guard at a mine of CCL at
Charhi in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand, the second such attack
in the area within a week. Workers and officials of a mining company
BGR, engaged at the CCL site in Ulahara of Tapin North to dig
coal, told the Police about threats for levy they got from alleged
JPC cadres. JPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. SP Akhilesh
Kumar Jha agreed the company did not inform the Police about levy
demands of the JPC, led by a member who identified himself as
Ranjeet. "The culprits will be identified and nabbed soon," the
SP said. He added BGR workers in another site in Tapin North area
were assaulted last week. "We have stationed forces for security,"
Explosives hidden by the Maoists were recovered
during "area domination campaign" by the SFs near Gundijora in
the Saranda jungles in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Getting
information, the CRPF (197 Battalion) and District Police personnel,
headed by Commandant T.H. Khan and Assistant Commandant Pundarik
Mishra searched the areas as part of the 'area domination campaign'
and recovered 39 pieces of .303 ammunition and 12 electronic detonators,
a CRPF release said. Following a tip-off sniffer dogs were pressed
into service to unearth the explosives hidden for use against
the SF personnel, it said. The release claimed that LWE was on
the decline in the Saranda forests.
SF personnel from at least five major forces have
launched 'Operation Hill Vijay' to root out LWE from the Parasnath
Hills in Giridih District. "Personnel from the CRPF, Jharkhand
Jaguar, CoBRA, JAP and District Police from Dhanbad and Giridih
are involved in the 'Operation Hill Vijay' to drive Maoists out
of the hills," DIG, Hazaribagh Upendra Kumar said. Launched a
few days ago, Kumar said, the anti-Maoist operation would continue
till the rebels were rooted out of the hills, as had been done
in Saranda forests in West Singhbhum District.
An encounter took place between a joint team of
District Police Jharkhand Jaguar CoBRA 209 battalion and CPI-Maoist
cadres at Latu in Latehar District. Sources said the joint team
of SFs was after the Maoists following a tip off of their presence
in Latu. SP, Anoop Birtharay confirmed the encounter between the
SFs and the Maoists at Latu. The contingent of Maoists was led
by Bara Vikas a highly esteemed confidant of top gun of the Maoists
Arvindji, SP Latehar said. SFs have recovered pithoos, bullet
pouches, blankets and medicines. There is no word on any recovery
of any abandoned weapon of the Maoists.
Maoist 'zonal commander' Ram Mohan Singh Munda,
who was sent to judicial custody on April 2, has been taken in
a three-day Police remand for interrogation in as many as 49 cases
registered against him. SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi said Mohan's interrogation
would help collect information about Maoists in Ranchi of Jharkhand.
Three PLFI cadres were arrested after an encounter
between SFs and the PLFI cadres near Katingkel village in Khunti
District. The encounter lasted for more than three hours after
which the Police succeeded in arresting three PLFI cadres. The
Police recovered one rifle, live cartridges and incriminating
documents from the arrested cadres. PLFI is a splinter group of
One Maoist leader carrying a reward of INR 2.5
million on his head surrendered in Latehar District. Maoists Dinesh
Yadav (40), with several aliases - Chasma, Satyendra Yadav,
Chota Vikas and Umesh - was in civil dress when he surrendered
before Palamau DIG Saket Kumar and Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay.
He wasn't carrying any arms. "It is a big achievement for the
police. It took six months to convince the Maoist leader... we
took the help of several agencies and family members. He was associated
with the rebel organization for the last 20 years and has groomed
several Maoists who are now operating in various parts of the
country. We expect many more of his protégés to surrender," Birtharay
said, after he had presented him to the local media in Latehar.
Police arrested PLFI cadre Paras Ram (30) from
Charka Tanger villager under Basia Police Station area in Gumla
District. Two rifles and several rounds of ammunition were recovered
A Lohardaga court awarded life imprisonment to
five Maoists for killing 11 SF personnel in a 2011 ambush in Senha
block in Lohardaga District. In the series of 300 landmine blasts,
58 jawans were also injured. 'Sub-zonal commander' Pooran Ganjhu,
'area commander' Akshay Kherwar and cadres Sudhwa Asur, Sunna
Kherwar and Vishnu Asur were brought in the court of Additional
District Judge Anil Kumar amid tight security. Additional public
prosecutor A K Pandey said the Maoists have been given rigorous
imprisonment. A fine of INR 10,000 has been imposed on each of
A computer operator and a Constable were injured
in an explosion on the premises of Pakuria Police Station in Pakur
District. Constable Pradip Kumar and computer operator Ramesh
Singh were trying to remove a gunny bag, which was lying below
a table for long, when the sudden explosion took place. SP Ajay
Linda said illegal mining was rampant in the area. "Explosives
are being seized every now and then. Some seized explosives might
have been kept in the gunny bag under the table. We have begun
an inquiry," said the SP.
One resident of West Bengal was detained with
990 pieces of gelatin sticks from Malpahari area in Pakur District.
He was carrying the explosives, stuffed in two gunny bags, to
some undisclosed place on a motorcycle, which was intercepted
by the Police near Chengadanga village.
Three PLFI cadres including an 'area commander'
of Tebo were arrested from Jeraikel village in West Singhbhum
District, along with four country-made bombs. SP Michael Raj said
'area commander' Charu Bodra was wanted for firing at a passenger
bus three months ago while Nicolas Kandulna and Soma Barjo were
booked for murder of one Rajendra Hapathgara two months ago. All
of them are residents of Tebo.
Around 175 kilograms of ammonium nitrate stuffed
in four plastic bags were seized from Saudag village in Tupudana
in Ranchi District. The explosives were recovered from the shop
of one Birsa Bakhla (28), who has been arrested.
Barkagaon Police arrested Ramchandra Ganjhu alias
Ramu Ganjhu alias Dayanandjee, a wanted TPC 'area commander',
based on a tip-off in Hazaribagh District. Police recovered a
loaded pistol and two cartridges from Chandaul forest under Barkagaon
Police Station area. SP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said Ganjhu first joined
the CPI-Maoist when it was led by 'area commander' Krishna Yadav
more than 12 years ago. Ganjhu was wanted in 13 Naxal related
cases, including murder, extortion in various Districts.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a bomb blast
at an under-construction Constable Training Centre, beside a CRPF
camp, under Jadugora Police Station limits in East Singhbhum District.
Eleven low intensity bombs were placed on the under-constructed
boundary wall of the training centre but six of them exploded.
A CPI-Maoist hit squad of around 30 armed guerillas
killed a suspected member of a rival group - TPC -, minutes before
his two daughters were to complete their wedding rituals in Palamu
District. Witnesses said the Maoists barged into Pokhari village
when the two sisters were readied for the final pheras, the customary
walk around a fire by the bride and the groom that signals the
end of the ceremony. They fired several times at the father of
the brides, Mahendra Choudhary, and escaped before the guests
and the family could react or raise the alarm.
A former CPI-Maoist cadre, who had surrendered
before Rourkela District Police four years back, was killed by
suspected Maoists at Kulatoppo village under Kiriburu Police limits
in West Singhbhum District. The deceased is identified as Jaduram
Soi alias Jadu Munda (45). Five armed Maoists arrived at the house
of Jadu and fired five bullets at him. Villagers claimed that
the Maoists killed Jadu in revenge attack as they believed he
was working as a 'Police informer'.
A CPI-Maoist 'area commander', identified as Sarvesh
Ganjhu alias Sarveshji, surrendered himself before Lohardaga
SP Karthik S in Lohardaga District. The Maoist laid down his arms
during a volleyball tournament.
40 pieces of detonators and six IEDs were recovered
during an anti-CPI-Maoist drive in the foothills of Parasnath
forest in Giridih District. SP, Akhilesh B Verior, said the recovery
was made during the operation when the security personnel and
the Maoists exchanged fire.
Three consecutive encounters between the SFs and
the LWEs were witnessed during anti-LWE operations across Jharkhand,
which started 24 hour ahead of the Maoist bandh call on May 1
and ended on May 2 morning.
The Maoists triggered a blast in Parasnath forest
area in Giridih District but it did not harm anyone, SP Akhilesh
B Verior said.
A joint team of Railway Police and CRPF personnel
found and defused a one-kilogram landmine close to the railway
track near Tupadih Railway Station in West Singhbhum District
under Chakradharpur (CKP) Railway Division. Movement of trains
on the Jharkhand-Odisha route were affected for close to seven
The two-day bandh called by the CPI-Maoist
in protest against the State Government's "anti-people" policies,
especially with regard to people engaged in the collection and
sale of kendu leafs and lac cultivation, evoked mixed response.
The Maoist bandh, effective in four states, Bihar, Odisha and
West Bengal and Jharkhand, wanted to draw attention to a wage
hike for farmers engaged in lac cultivation and sale of kendu
leafs. Jharkhand Police Spokesperson S.N. Pradhan said the bandh
affected normal life in most parts of the state.
A Maoist diktat in several blocks of Gumla District
has prompted the administration to bar students of two residential
schools from visiting their parents during summer vacation. A
source in the District Administration office said Maoists had
asked villagers to send "at least one child from each family for
induction". The rebel outfit recruits children in its bal dasta.
The District Police had earlier saved 24 children, including 14
girls, in March from the clutches of Maoists after their parents
sought protection. Gumla District Collector Shrawan Sai said,
84 children in the two residential schools in Bishunpur and Ghaghra
blocks would stay in hostels. The schools are run by the Welfare
Department. Most of the students are from villages in Bishunpur,
Ghaghra and Nirasi blocks, which are tribal-dominated. Sai said
200-odd children, 50 percent of whom are girls, from Maoist-affected
villages have enrolled and all of them would be shifted to the
two newly constructed buildings. The District Collector made it
clear that only those children "staying in the two hostels" would
not be permitted to go home for summer holidays.
The last day of the CPI-Maoist sponsored bandh
call in four States went without violence. But the impact of the
bandh was felt in rural areas as people preferred to stay indoors
despite tight security. Commenting on the ground situation S.N.
Pradhan, Jharkhand Police Spokesperson said "Highways remain mostly
deserted. In some pockets which are considered vulnerable buses
did not ply." The bandh, however, had little impact on cities.
In Giridih, all modes of transport, including long distance buses
and other vehicles on the highways, remained as usual across the
region. The Maoists have called the bandh in West Bengal, Odisha,
Jharkhand and Bihar in support of a better life of farmers.
Five PLFI cadres, including 'area commander' Vinod
Sanga alias Jhublu Sanga, have been arrested from Kadal
forest under Karra Police Station area of Khunti District.
A sympathiser of the TPC was killed allegedly
by members of rival group in Palamau District. Suspected armed
CPI-Maoist cadres arrived at village Ghasidag under Bisrampur
Police Station area in Palamau District in the early hours and
dragged the sympathiser of TPC, Guddu Singh, from his house before
shooting him dead, DSP Hiralal Ravi said.
A powerful cylinder bomb planted by Maoists was
recovered in West Singhbhum District.
SFs recovered 25 kilograms ammonium nitrate and
30 kilograms of liquid explosive material during a search operation
at Herhenj in Latehar District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested and arms and
ammunition recovered from them in East Singhbhum District. Acting
on a tip-off, the District Police conducted raid and arrested
Rawna Pahadia and Madhusudan Pahadia from Patamda and Bodam of
the District, a senior police officer said. Both the Maoists were
active members of the squad headed by Rahul and Sameer, he added.
Based on the leads provided by them, Police recovered a country-made
revolver and two live cartridge hidden under stones from near
a canal in Patamda under Patamda Police Station and a country-made
pistol and two live cartridge from a forest in Bodam under Bodam
Police Station on May 10.
The Palamu District Administration lodged a FIR
against Congress candidate Devender Singh alias Bittu Singh, who
is in the by-poll fray from Panki Assembly Constituency on the
basis of information that the Congress candidate was seeking assistance
from a CPI-Maoist leader Manohar for the upcoming poll. Palamu
SP Patel Mayur K Lal said the FIR was drawn by the Tarhassi Police
Station. Sources said the Special Branch officials intercepted
the conversation of Bittu Singh seeking help from the Maoist leader.
A Chatra-based journalist Akhilesh Pratap Singh
was killed by TPC cadres over a payment dispute in Chatra District.
Police stepped up vigil on areas in Palamu bordering
'Maoist-hit' Latehar and Chatra Districts ahead of teh Panki by-poll
on May 16. Panki is in the southern part of Palamu District. ADG
operations and Police spokesperson SN Pradhan said intelligence
reports suggested a possibility of Maoist attack. "We have deployed
extra bomb disposal squads in the border region," he added. Eight
CRPF battalions have been deployed in the assembly segment.
A Chatra-based journalist Akhilesh Pratap Singh
was killed by TPC cadres over a payment dispute in Chatra District.
The Jharkhand Police also said Singh, a part-time contractor,
was killed after he allegedly failed to pay a 'levy' to the TPC
which controls Chatra District.
Latehar District Police found a large consignment
of ammunition from a CPI-Maoist hideout in Sasang forest area.
DIG Saket Kumar Singh said a joint team of Police and CRPF found
live rounds totalling 701 of AK-47, 80 rounds of 9 mm weapon 02
(two) walkie talkies, 22 Maoist caps with belt, one black uniform,
one electric motor, Maoist literature and two computer keyboards.
Security personnel raided the hideout based on a tip-off.
Jharkhand will strike off several 'armed groups'
from the official list of LWE organisations and declare them rogues,
Chief Minister Raghubar Das said, unveiling plans to tackle outfits
involved in extortion, abductions and killings. At least 17 armed
groups are active in Jharkhand but Police say that most of them
are just running extortion rackets targeting businessmen and the
salaried. Besides, some of these gangs are also accused of raping
women and trafficking girls. Sources said the trigger for the
decision was the murder of a television journalist in Chatra District,
allegedly by a splinter Maoist outfit for his refusal to pay 'tax'
to the outfit. "Unlike the Maoists, the various other armed groups
operating from our jungles like People's Liberation Front of India
(PLFI) and Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) have no ideology.
They extort money and indulge in violence. They do not deserve
mercy and needs tough treatment," Das said. Police said delisting
groups from the LWE list will enable security forces to go after
them as ordinary criminals.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres fired on the Dhanbad-Jhargram
passenger train at Kokpara Station in East Singhbhum District.
At least four-five unidentified assailants attacked the train
at about 10 pm and fired several rounds before fleeing with three
walkie-talkie sets from the train driver, guard and Station Master
of Kokpara, about 80 km south east from Jamshedpur on Howrah-Mumbai
main line. Kokpara falls under Kharagpur Division of South Eastern
Railway. "Train movement has normalised as we escorted out the
passenger train from Kokpara. There's no casualty but they have
looted three wireless sets. It's still not clear who these miscreants
were but we're investigating the incident," Anoop T Matthew, Jamshedpur's
Ranka Police of Garwah District arrested a CPI-Maoist
informer from Joon village under Ranka Police Station area following
a tip-off. Police also seized arms and ammunition, including a
country-made pistol and two cartridges. Ranka Police Station officer
in-charge Narendra Kumar Sinha said Arun Kumar Singh, a resident
of Joon village, was a supporter of Maoist 'area commander' Bhanuji.
Singh used to convey information to Bhanu's squad.
A CPI-Maoist bunker was destroyed in Palamu District
and large quantities of explosives seized. The Police and para
military forces, in a joint operation, destroyed the bunker in
the Abun forest area. The Police seized a plastic tank filled
with 50 kg of codex wire and other explosive materials from the
Maoists torched three vehicles of a stone crusher
unit in Dumka District because they were not paid the levy money
The 40-kg IED was found from Jerko Musanga area
of Khunti District during a search operation.
The security personnel recovered 59 'can' bombs
from Latehar District. The 'can' bombs, each weighing half-a-kg,
were recovered from Serendaag jungles in Latehar District, by
personnel of the CRPF and the District Armed Police Force. TPC
said it did not kill television journalist Indradeo Yadav alias
Akhilesh Singh. In a press communique released, TPC 'commander'
Nawal blamed Police for misleading the people. Yadav was shot
dead by unidentified men in Chatra District on May 12. On May
17, Police said the murder was executed on TPC 'commander' Mukesh
Ganjhu's order after Yadav, who was a local contractor, failed
to cough up INR 700, 000. Ganjhu is absconding. "We condemn the
murder. We have sympathies for the family. The police investigation
is not fair and police are trying to hide facts from people,"
the communique read and claimed that a probe by the outfit found
that "no TPC comrade was involved".
The CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze 35 vehicles
in the past five months in Jharkhand. Between January 19 and May
24, a total of 35 vehicles involved in construction work have
been torched in the State. The vehicles were set ablaze in Ranchi,
Dumka, Lohardaga, Gumla, Chaibasa, Ramgarh and other Districts
of the State. "Maoists main source of earning is extortion and
levy from the development and construction work. In the past,
police cracked down on many companies involved in road construction
that were giving levy to Maoists. This dented Maoists source of
earning in a big way. The denial of levy led them to torch vehicles,"
said a Police official involved in anti-Maoist operations.
The Jharkhand Police with the help of paramilitary
forces have destroyed many bunkers and recovered more than 2,000
A 'zonal commander' of the TPC was arrested when
he allegedly came to offer bribe to a 'Policeman' to the tune
of INR One Million for removing the name of his 'commander', Mukesh
Ganjhu, from the list of accused in the murder of a local Television
journalist Akhilesh Pratap in Chatra District on May 12. The person,
who posed as a Police officer, and three of his associates, were
also arrested. The Police have recovered cash along with fire
arms and two motorcycles from the accused. Those arrested have
been identified as - Yogendra Yadav, 'zonal commander' of TPC,
Anoop Yadav, a former member of the PLFI, Amarjeet Kumar Yadav
and Prabhu Mistry. Both TPC and PLFI are splinter group of the
Tribal villagers in Khunti District have come
together to stop CPI-Maoist atrocities. Hundreds of villagers
participated in the state government's civil defence meeting at
Korba in Khunti. Khunti SP Anish Gupta said one person who has
links with the CPI-Maoist surrendered during the meeting. His
decision was hailed by other participants. The villagers, mostly
from the tribal belt of Arki, came to the meeting 'Shanti Sabha'
with traditional weapons, but the district Police reportedly asked
them to abstain from violence while resisting LWE. SP Gupta said
in the last two months, five such meetings were organized.
||Large quantities of explosives,
hand grenades and live cartridges were recovered during a search
operation in Latehar District. In a joint operation of the State
Police and para-military forces, 250 hand grenades, 183 live cartridges,
300 gelatin sticks, other explosives and 577 pieces of iron pipes
were recovered from Dori Pundara jungle of Latehar.
Suspected cadres of PLFI gunned down two youths
in the forests of Basia area in Gumla District of Jharkhand. Six
rebels on bikes abducted Ajay Kumar Singh (30) and Raju Kerketta
(19) at gunpoint from Bondekera village while they were returning
from a local market. The suspected PLFI cadres then took them
away into the deep forests and shot them from point blank range.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the assailants used a
.315 bore rifle to pump as many as three bullets into each of
them. According to local villagers, Singh was a small time Mahua
seller and Kerketta used to work for him. A month ago, Singh had
a clash with some people, who were suspected to be associated
with the PLFI. "The murders are probably the fallout of that clash,"
said a local villager. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
The State Police would speed up operations against
CPI-Maoist in certain identified areas in the State to ensure
that extremist capability is significantly curbed. In several
parts of Maoist-hit state the extremists have received a huge
blow since 2010, but they continue to be powerful in certain pockets
where the Police now plan to hit them. In a meeting at Police
headquarters with SP, DIGs and senior Police officers, DGP D K
Pandey discussed the anti-Maoist strategies and passed instructions
to the SPs. IG (operations) and Police spokesperson M S Bhatia
said the SPs have been given specific operational targets which
have to be achieved within a certain time frame.
Jharkhand DGP D.K. Pandey, appealed to the LWEs
to surrender or be ready to face bullets. Pandey made this announcement
while addressing villagers during inauguration of Jageshwar Vihar
Police Station at a hypersensitive zone in Gomia block in Bokaro
District. He took the name of dreaded CPI-Maoist 'commander' Duryodhan
Mahto alias Mithlesh Singh and appealed to him to surrender or
else Police would target him. "It is better for Duryodhan Mahto
to surrender soon. We are taking strong steps to eliminate extremism
from state," said DGP.
A Police constable of the Special Branch was allegedly
abducted and shot dead by the CPI-Maoist in Gumla District. The
Police Constable, Badrinath Tiwari, was last night (May 31) taken
away from his house in Malam village by the Maoists who later
shot him dead, OIC of Chainpur Police Station, Shyam Bihari Manjhi
A Police constable of the Special Branch was allegedly
abducted and shot dead by the CPI-Maoist in Gumla District. The
Police Constable, Badrinath Tiwari, was last night (May 31) taken
away from his house in Malam village by the Maoists who later
shot him dead, OIC of Chainpur Police Station, Shyam Bihari Manjhi
Two persons were arrested during a raid at Duli
village in Khelari in Ranchi District. DSP Pramod Kumar Keshrai
said that the arrested duos were part of a six-member rebel gang,
which was wanted in a levy demand and assault case in McCluskieganj.
Ramesh Turi and Akhilesh alias Chotu, both in their mid-twenties,
were forwarded to Birsa Munda Central Jail. According to Keshari,
Police are now searching for the four others, including Alok Yadav,
'area commander' of JJMP, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
||A joint team of Police
and CRPF arrested Shankar Thakur, a top CPI-Maoist cadre, from Karihari
village in Bhelwaghati Police Station area in Giridih District.
Two minors, who were forcibly employed in the
children's squad of the CPI-Maoist, were rescued by a joint team
of the District Police and CRPF from Gumla forests near Jamti
village in Gumla District. The SF personnel, who have been combing
Bishunpur block since May 29, found a boy and a girl cowering
in the forests near Jamti village. Asked, the boy, who was aged
15, and the girl, 11, said they were from Gumla but had been forcibly
picked up for Nakul Yadav's bal dasta (child soldiers) some five
months ago. Yadav happens to be a Bihar-Jharkhand regional coordination
committee member of CPI-Maoist and one of the most dreaded Maoists
of this region.
A joint security team of CRPF and District Police
recovered two pressure cooker bombs, each weighting five kilograms,
from a forest near Abun village in Panki in Palamu District.
A PLFI 'area commander' was arrested from Demotand
under Hazaribagh Sadar Police Station in Hazaribagh District.
Police said Gobind Sao had come to extort a brick kiln owner.
A TPC cadre, Diwakar Ganjhu, was arrested from
Patratu area in Ramgarh District. A pistol, cartridges, mobile
phone and a bike were found from him.
A group of six-seven PLFI cadres set a vehicle
on fire at a road construction site near Tirku village in Kharsawan
Police Station area, around 70 kilometres from Jamshedpur in East
Police and CRPF personnel recovered six can bombs
from a culvert in Pokharia, Tundi in Dhanbad District.
10-day-long anti-CPI-Maoist operations came to
an end after troopers found explosive materials and fire arms
used by the Maoists in Bulbul forests under Bagru Police Station
limits of Peshrar block in Lohardaga District. Lohardaga SP Kartik
S said that during the operations the SF busted a Maoist camp.
However, the Maoists managed to escape taking advantage of the
thick forest cover. "Three black dresses used by Maoists, carbon
papers, three steel containers, seal makers, 100 m electric wire
and other items used for making bombs were found," SP said. The
exercise book and a book on Indian Constitution suggest that the
Maoists were imparting education to their cadre in the camp.
At least 76 Naxals were killed and 665
arrested by SF personnel in the LWE-hit areas in the first four
months of 2016, Home Ministry officials said. SF have achieved
greater success in tackling LWEs in recent times and there was
30 per cent decline in violence perpetrated by the Maoists this
year (2016). Altogether, 76 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed between
January and April this year in comparison to 15 killed in the
corresponding period of 2015. As many as 665 Maoists were arrested
and 639 surrendered in the first four months of 2016 whereas 435
LWEs were arrested and 134 surrendered in the corresponding period
of 2015, a Home Ministry official said. In 2015, 226 people died
in 1,088 incidents of violence perpetrated by the LWEs. Of the
226 deaths, 168 were civilians and 58 security personnel. As many
as 89 Maoists were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570
cadres surrendered before authorities last year. "The decline
in violence can be attributed to many reasons such as greater
presence of security forces across the Left Wing Extremism-affected
states, loss of cadres and leaders on account of killing, arrests,
surrender and desertions, better monitoring of development schemes
in affected areas and insurgency fatigue among the Maoist cadres,"
the official said. While 106 districts in 10 states are affected
by Maoist activities in varying degrees, 35 districts in seven
states are considered to be worst hit. According to a recent Parliamentary
Standing Committee report, Naxal activities continue to be a matter
of concern with 35 districts in seven states being badly-hit.
"CPI (Maoist) continues to be the most potent among the various
LWE outfits in the country and accounts for more than 80 per cent
of total LWE violence incidents and resultant deaths," the report
As many as five BDOs in Jharkhand have received
letters bearing CPI-Maoist letter-head asking them to quit their
jobs within 15 days or see their respective office buildings getting
blown up by dynamite. They would be responsible for the resultant
loss of life and property, the letters added. The BDO of Kolebira
in Simdega District received the threat letter on June 9 by ordinary
post while his counterparts in Murhu, Khunti; Mandar, Ranchi;
and Saria in Giridih Districts received them two days ago. A few
days earlier, Giridih's Birni BDO had also received a similar
letter. Interestingly, Khunti SP Anish Gupta went on to add that
involvement of any rebel outfit was unlikely. "It seems that these
are jobs of some mischievous elements. All the wings of the police
are working in tandem with each other and the case will be solved
soon," he added.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set a house
on fire in Mudakati village in Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum
District. The Maoists targeted the house suspecting the owner's
two sons to be behind the increased security operation in the
sub-division. The owner, Pradhan Hembram's sons are Police staff
and Maoists suspect that the two are Police informers who are
responsible for the sudden spurt in anti-Maoist drive. The suspected
Maoists ransacked the house before setting it on fire. They also
put up posters in the premises asking the house owner to leave
the village. Sources said Pradhan's sons had links with the Nagrik
Suraksha Samiti (NSS) before they joined the Police ranks. The
NSS was formed by a group of villagers to counter Maoist activities
in 2003 with the tacit support of the Police.
The BDO of Nawadih in Bermo Sub-Division of Bokaro
District, Arun Oraon, was threatened by suspected Maoists to leave
his job and the District within 15 days or his office will be
blown up. Oraon received the letter when he was in his office.
"It was about 5 pm when my peon gave me the letter. I immediately
informed the Nawadih police station," said Oraon. However, Police
are verifying the authenticity of the letter that was sent through
post bearing a receipt stamp of Giridih. A Police officer said
that a few more BDOs deployed in Giridih received similar threat
letters. Three months ago, Petarwar BDO of the District had also
received threat messages from the Maoists, report said.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres torched at least 10
heavy vehicles engaged in a road construction project in McCluskieganj
in Ranchi District. Dozens of armed extremists raided the construction
site in Dulli-Konka forests near Ranchi-Latehar border around
1.30 pm and thrashed workers of Spica Projects and Infrastructures
Pvt. Ltd. The firm, owned by Santosh Kumar Singh, is building
McCluskieganj-Chama Main Road. The Maoists set on fire a 10-wheeler
truck, five tractors, two JCBs and two dumpers.
Two JPC cadres were arrested by SFs. While 'area
commander' Lokesh Yadav was arrested by SFs at Panki in Daltonganj,
another JPC cadre identified as Md Javed was arrested from Pundaul
forests at Barkagaon in Hazaribagh District. Police have seized
a country-made stengun, a pistol, three live bullets and a mobile
phone from Javed. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhimsen
Tuti said that they had got a tip off about the presence of extremists
in the forests.
A Maoist who was wanted in an ambush case of June
2000 was arrested in Giridih District. The Maoist, identified
as Hussain Miyan, a resident of Teliya Bahiyar village of Giridih
District, was with the outfit for more than 16 years, police said.
"Hussain and 50-60 Maoists had attacked a patrolling party and
brutally killed two police personnel in 2000. They also looted
their arms and fled from the spot," said Giridih (SP) A.B. Variar.
In a bid to check Maoist activities in certain
pockets of Jharkhand, State Police have identified 13 focus areas
where several security measures and developmental initiatives
have been taken, an official said. "We have identified 13 focus
areas. These areas are being secured, cleared and developmental
initiatives like bridges, fair price shops, electricity are being
taken up besides efforts to generate employment," DGP D.K. Pandey
said. The 13 focus areas are in the districts of Garhwa, Palamau,
Chatra, Latehar, Gumla, Lohardaga, Bokaro, Giridih and the Santhal
Acting on a tip-off by villagers, a joint team
of State Police and CRPF unearthed nine IEDs, each weighing 1-1.5kg,
planted in a series, during a search operation in Sardamdag forests
of Manika, about 45 km from Latehar District headquarters.
A CRPF trooper was killed in an encounter with
CPI-Maoist cadres in Patharchhapra jungles of Giridih District.
IGP Sanjay Anand Lathkar said the trooper's body was being brought
to Pirtand in Giridih.
CPI-Maoist 'central committee' has given a call
for celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari armed
uprising, centenary of the Russian revolution and the bicentenary
of the birth of Karl Marx. In a 10-page statement, the 'general
secretary' of the CPI-Maoist, Muppala Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi,
said that all the party units should make "preparations, put maximum
efforts and issue calls to the vast masses to actively and energetically
participate in these celebrations". He called upon his party cadre
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising from
May 23 to 29, 2017, the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution
from November 7 to 13, 2017 and Karl Marx birth bicentenary from
May 5 to 11, 2018. If, for any reason, it was not feasible to
conduct these events on the above mentioned dates, Ganapathi said,
they could be organised in other time of the years of the anniversaries.
"It is to be expected that the enemy will try to create all kinds
of hurdles everywhere to prevent us from organising these anniversaries,
be it in the urban or rural areas. We should be prepared for this
and make realistic and practicable plans to conduct these programmes
successfully in spite of disruptionist efforts", the statement
said. The Maoist party also said that efforts should be made to
organise at least one international programme in any of the Indian
cities on a date agreeable to all participants. As part of these
celebrations, the party has also sought publication of books,
booklets and collection of articles for enhancing the understanding
The CPI-Maoist top leadership has sent its 'chief
commander' and senior leader Sudhakaran to Jharkhand from Andhra
Pradesh to rebuild the extremist organization which has lost its
strength in the state. A source in the State Intelligence said
that Sudhakaran has reached Jharkhand and he is engaged in reviving
the party and motivating the armed squads. IG operations and Police
Spokesperson M.S. Bhatia said the Police intelligence gathered
over a period of time in the recent past has confirmed the movement
and activity of Sudhakaran. The police are however clueless about
Security personnel seized a large quantity of
arms and ammunition following the arrest of a PLFI cadre, identified
as Barjo, from Bandgaon of West Singhbhum District. SP Michael
Raj S said the security personnel, comprising of district armed
police and CRPF personnel arrested the PLFI cadre. Police seized
eight rifles of .315 bore, four double barrel guns, two carbines,
four carbine magazines and 200 pieces of gelatin.
Two CRPF camps were opened in Saranda forest,
one kilometer from Odisha, to prevent cross-border movement of
the Naxalites and strengthen anti-LWE operation. The camps at
Nuagaon and Tirilposhi areas of Saranda in West Singhbhum District
will fill up the security 'vacuum' in the vulnerable forest pockets
used by the LWEs to operate on both sides of the border. Rourkela-based
IGP, Western Range, R.K. Sharma said the presence of security
personnel in Saranda forest and the existing camps at Lathikata
and Chandiposh in Sundargarh District would provide strategic
advantage to SFs of both States in containing LWE activities.
Tribals armed with traditional weapons lynched
two PLFI cadres, identified as Tene Bhengra and Deepak Bhengra,
in Torpa block of Khunti District. Wielding guns the PLFI cadres
visited Pandaria village to collect levies from a local when they
were confronted by the villagers. "The villagers who confronted
the extremists became violent when the extremists threatened to
kill them. The extremists were thrashed with sticks and other
traditional weapons," Khunti SP Anish Gupta said.
Officials of NIA, who are probing arms smuggling
in north-eastern states, have come across evidence that suggests
the CPI-Maoist cadres operating in Jharkhand have been supplied
with sophisticated M-16 rifles. Official sources said that the
sophisticated weapons are sourced from Nagaland and get transported
to Maoists in Jharkhand by arm syndicates. The NIA is now in talks
with ATS and STF of Nagaland, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and
Jharkhand to chalk out a strategy from stopping the highly-sophisticated
weaponry from reaching the Maoists in Jharkhand. According to
official sources, NIA sleuths have managed to identify individuals
allegedly involved in the smuggling of M-16 rifle.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a guest house of the
Jharkhand Forest Department and set afire eight vehicles of a
construction company at Hurungda in Seraikela-Kharswan District.
A group of Maoists came to the spot in the wee hours and blew
up a forest department's guest house lying abandoned for years
till renovation began ten months ago, before setting ablaze eight
vehicles of a construction company working in nearby area, SP
Inderjeet Mahatha said. Some leaflets of the Maoists were found
on the spot.
The CPI-Maoist exchanged heavy fire with SFs at
Jharha forest area under Pirtand Police Station in Giridih District.
SP Giridih, Akhlesh V Verier said the incident occurred at Jharha
forest area. on when the Jharkhand Police (Pirtand, Dumari and
Muffasil) along with CRPF 154 battalion and Maoist came face to
face during a routine combing operation. During the operation,
a section of SFs led by Giridih SP Akhlesh V Verier came across
Maoists training camp at Jharha forest area and on seeing the
SF personnel, the Maoist squad guarding the camp opened fire.
The gunshot that lasted for one hour has reportedly left some
Maoists cadres dead, Police sources said.
Huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered
from different parts of Latehar District during combing operations
by the joint forces of Police and CRPF. One carbine, 1,145 rounds
of .22 calibre bullets, an empty INSAS magazine, eight magazines
of SLR rifles, nine 309 bullets, as many as 27 naphthalene packets,
two 35-litre cans filled with hydrogen peroxide, two IEDs, some
Naxalite literature and some rucksacks were recovered from Dori
jungles in Herhanj area, around 65 kilometres from the District
SF personnel found two 5 kilograms pressure cooker
bombs and some 50 detonators, besides Naxalite literature, at
Bishnuband in Manika forests, around 60 kilometres from Latehar
town and some 10 kilometres from Dori jungles in neighbouring
block of Herhanj. "We have defused the IEDs, recovered from Dori,
on the spot. These combing operations are part of our ongoing
anti-Naxalite drive and are likely to continue," Latehar SP Anoop
Birtharay said. According to the SP, the forces recovered more
than 500 IEDs and over 7,000 bullets of various natures, along
with dangerous chemicals used for preparing explosives, since
April. This apart, about one quintal of Naxalite poster, which
they use for demanding levy, were recovered and destroyed.
Following a tip-off, a Maoist cadre identified
as Surendra Lohra (20) was arrested from Kudu-Chandwa road in
Lohardaga District. Lohardaga SP Kartik S. said Lohra was wanted
in as many as 17 cases under CLA, besides several incidents of
rebel activities. "He was active in Kisko area of the district,"
the SP added.
The Jharkhand State Government has sought five
additional CRPF battalions from the Centre to fight the LWEs,
besides seeking exemptions from forest clearance for certain categories
of development projects. The demands were put forward by Chief
Secretary Rajbala Verma in a review meeting in New Delhi. The
review meeting, chaired by the UMH Rajnath Singh, pertained to
security and development programmes going in the LWE-affected
areas in the country. Officials said that there are currently
20 battalions of the CPRF and two battalions of the SSB deployed
in the state in the operation against the LWEs. The demand for
additional battalions has been made to consolidate the operations
going on in 13 'focus areas' - which includes places like Banalat
(Gumla), Pesrar (Lohardaga), Parasnath (Giridih) and Balumath
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres damaged a solar panel
and battery powering a BSNL mobile tower located at Hetha Toli
under Garu Police Station area in Latehar District. SP Latehar
Anoop Birtharey said that Maoists who attacked the site were led
by Chhotu Kharwar and Perdeep Yadav.
The UMH Rajnath Singh in Ranchi District said
the Maoists have emerged as a potent threat to locals living across
10 Maoist-hit States in the country, affecting development in
these areas. "We want to do something for the poor. There are
plans to develop areas where Maoists are creating obstacles in
development," Singh said after inaugurating the Jharkhand Jaguar
headquarters and paying tribute to JJ martyrs. He further said
"There has been a sharp decline in Maoist activity and influence
in the past few months. We should target the splinter groups who
have occupied areas once dominated by rebels in Jharkhand," added
Singh. Of the 24 districts, 22 are Maoist-dominated. An officer
said splinter groups continue to pose threat to SFs. The Minister
urged the State Government to launch a "perception management"
campaign against Maoists. "We need to reach out to people who
live in rural areas through community radio," added Singh. He
also advocated inter-state coordination among Maoist-hit states.
The UMH Rajnath Singh in Ranchi District said
the Maoists have emerged as a potent threat to locals living across
10 Maoist-hit States in the country, affecting development in
these areas. "We want to do something for the poor. There are
plans to develop areas where Maoists are creating obstacles in
development," Singh said after inaugurating the Jharkhand Jaguar
headquarters and paying tribute to JJ martyrs. He further said
"There has been a sharp decline in Maoist activity and influence
in the past few months. We should target the splinter groups who
have occupied areas once dominated by rebels in Jharkhand," added
Singh. Of the 24 districts, 22 are Maoist-dominated. An officer
said splinter groups continue to pose threat to SFs. The Minister
urged the State Government to launch a "perception management"
campaign against Maoists. "We need to reach out to people who
live in rural areas through community radio," added Singh. He
also advocated inter-state coordination among Maoist-hit states.
The Centre asked four Naxal-hit States-Bihar,
Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal-to frequently hold Unified Command
meetings for formulating a strategy to tackle the issue effectively.
The UMH Rajnath Singh conveyed this at the Eastern Zonal Council
meeting held in Ranchi, official sources said. Singh also cited
the example of Jharkhand where splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist
have been active and tackling them required coordination among
forces and better strategy. The Zonal Council meeting took stock
of various development schemes carried out in LWE-affected areas
and found that Bihar lagged in construction of fortified Police
Stations. Out of the 45 sanctioned fortified Police Stations in
Bihar, 40 are yet to be constructed. In Jharkhand, out of 73 sanctioned
fortified Police Stations, only two are yet to be completed, in
Odisha, out of 52 sanctioned fortified Police Stations, 18 are
yet to be constructed and in West Bengal, out of the 17 fortified
Police Stations, one is yet to be completed. In 2011, the Centre
had announced that it would fund construction of 400 fortified
Police Stations in 83 worst Maoist-hit Districts in the country
at a cost of INR 20 million each.
A PLFI 'area commander' identified as Badal Lohra
was arrested during a search operation in Bano area of Simdega
District. Arms and ammunition were recovered from him.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed during an encounter
with the Police in Simdega District. SP Rajiv Ranjan said following
a tip off, a search operation was launched during which three
motorcycle-borne men fired on the Policemen near Mudia jungle
under Sadar Police Station. In the retaliatory action, one of
them, Turia Oraon, was killed on the spot, the SP said, adding
the two others managed to flee into the deep jungle. Oraon, who
was a former 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, faced four cases
in the District.
An encounter took place between the security personnel
and the Maoists inside a forest at Gorabandha in Ghatsila Sub-Division
of East Singhbhum District. East Singhbhum SP, (Rural), Md Arshi
said the encounter took place when security personnel from CRPF
and District Armed Police were on an anti-Maoist operation in
the area. They had launched a search operation at Dangra Pahar
on being informed about a Maoist camp there. The encounter lasted
for an hour. Later, the security personnel demolished the Maoist
camp and recovered two can bombs and 15 detonators. A binocular,
a walkie-talkie charger, a flash gun, two radios, nine plastic
tents, five Maoist uniforms, 15 empty cartridges, a printer cartridge,
utensils and other items of daily use were also found.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two civilians, accusing
them of being 'Police informers', in Giridih District. According
to Police, the Maoists abducted the two men from their home and
killed both by slitting their throat. The bodies were recovered
from Kolharia village.
Premnath Oraon alias Premji (30), an 'area
commander' of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before Jharkhand DGP
D.K. Pandey. He surrendered at the newly-inaugurated Police Station
in Dassam at Bundu of Ranchi District.
Cadres of the TPC held a 'kangaroo court' in Latehar
District, just 15 kilometers away from Latehar District Headquarters.
In the 'kangaroo court' dozens of villagers took part. A group
of heavily armed TPC cadres led by Latehar 'area commander' Alok
Yadav organized the court. A man, who seems to be a local, was
punished in the court for reasons so far unknown to the Police.
Latehar SP Anoop Birthary said "It was not a Jan Adalat
because the gathering was called by the TPC members to punish
a man who was working against the interests of the TPC by being
close to another Maoist splinter group." The Latehar Police claimed
that the TPC Jan Adalat was in response to a similar Jan
Adalat organized by members of JJMP. In the JJMP held 'kangaroo
court' a supporter of TPC was beaten up recently.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a person on
the suspicion of being a JJMP supporter in Reheldag village under
Bishunpur Police Station limits in Gumla District. The deceased
has been identified as Ranjit Oraon, said Bishunpur Police Station
A three-hour gun battle took place between two
LWE groups - TPC and JJMP, at Manchi village in Lohardaga District,
where the groups are engaged in an ongoing struggle for supremacy.
A CoBRA trooper - Ajai Kumar - died after being
injured in a fierce encounter between SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres
under Baresan Police Station area of Latehar District.
Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
and 15 IEDs were seized in two Districts of Jharkhand. The three
Maoists, including a woman, were arrested from Shikaripara in
Dumka District while SFs seized the 15 IEDs from Budwa Pahad in
a search operation in Latehar District following a gunfight on
A dreaded CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Balkeshwar
Oraon alias Vinay Oraon alias Bada Vikas (38), who carried
a reward of INR 2.5 million on his head announced by the Jharkhand
Government, surrendered with a .315 rifle before DGP D.K. Pandey
at the State Police Headquarters in Ranchi District, drawing an
end to all speculations that had been doing the rounds about his
hush-hush surrender since last week. A member of the Bihar-Jharkhand-North
Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee of the CPI-Maoist, Vikas was
wanted in over 70 cases of violence. DGP Pandey handed over three
cheques to the Maoist under 'Nayi Dishayen' - a bloodless operation
to bring Maoists to mainstream of society and give them an opportunity
to lead a normal life. The first cheque was of INR 2.5 million,
the second one was of INR 50,000 and the third was of INR 15,000.
Commenting on the surrender ADGP, Operations, S.N. Pradhan said
that "It is a historic moment... one of top-most tribal members
of the Maoist special area committee surrendered today. Total
74 cases are pending against him at various police stations of
Latehar, Garhwa and Balrampur district (Chhattisgarh). He was
the third in command after Maoist central committee member Deo
Kumar Singh, alias Arvind ji, and Sudharkar Reddy. Now, it is
expected that several others trained by Vikas will also follow
suit and surrender." Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay said that "All
cases against him will be withdrawn and he will be provided vocational
training. He will also get an opportunity to get a job in the
Two persons were arrested with a truck-load of
explosives from Kathikund area of Koderma District. A large number
of explosives - 41,200 power gel and 37,500 pieces of detonators
- were recovered from the truck at Koderma. The vehicle was on
its way to Kharsawan under Pakuria Police Station of Pakur District
on July 19, DySP Ashok Kumar Singh said. Truck driver Arvind Kumar
and helper Ganesh Kumar were arrested.
Admitting that the Naxal movement has
received serious setbacks in recent times in the form of encounter
deaths and surrender of leaders, East Division 'secretary' Pratap
Reddy alias Ram Chandra Reddy alias Appa Rao alias
Chalapati said SFs personnel have made quite a few strikes but
claimed that the 'people's movement' has not been suppressed and
will bounce back. While giving an interview in the interiors of
the AOB on the eve of the Martyr's Week Chalapati said like their
comrades elsewhere in the country, the LWEs of the East Division
too need to change the strategy to match the changing socio-economic,
political and global scenario.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Mangal Tudu
(22) and a 17 year old girl, surrendered before Kolhan DIG Sambhu
Thakur at Police lines in Golmuri of East Singhbhum District.
Police said Tuddu and the girl were members of the Gorabandha
squad of the CPI-Maoist headed by Kanu Munda.
Two PLFI cadres were arrested from Rania block
in Khunti District. The arrested cadres Rajkumar and Amar Munda
were PLFI foot soldiers and have been involved in multiple cases
of encounters and 'anti-state' activities. Khunti SP Anish Gupta
said the arrested rebels were active in the Torpa and Murhu areas
SFs unearthed 25 IEDs each weighing 1.5 kg during
a routine search operation in Herhunj area in Latehar District.
These IEDs were laid in small tiffin boxes recently and have been
defused by the bomb disposal squad, SP Latehar Anoop Birtharey
The Government at the Centre is set to reduce
the number of CPI-Maoist affected Districts in the country by
about a fifth. A senior UMHA official has said that approximately
20 of the 106 Districts which have been described as being Maoist-affected
and are part of the 'Red Corridor' may soon no longer be part
of the list. This exercise, under way now for two years, is being
done for the first time since 2006, when the Maoist-affected Districts
were identified and graded on the basis of their violence profile.
The names of the Districts and the reasons for being considered
to be taken off the list have been communicated to the States
and a response is awaited. Of these, 44 Districts are said to
be the worst-affected. India has a total of 683 districts.
The CCS, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
has approved 12 IRB for LWE-affected States. While four of these
IRB will be raised in Chhattisgarh, three each will be raised
in Jharkhand and Odisha, and two in Maharashtra. The CCS has also
decided that 75 per cent of the Constabulary level posts will
be drawn from the 27 Districts that are worst affected by the
LWE. To recruit local youths, the government will relax age and
educational criteria. The CCS has also allowed the CRPF to raise
a 'Bastariya' battalion by recruiting youths from undivided Bastar
District. Moreover, two already sanctioned India Reserve battalions
will be converted into auxiliary battalions through recruitment
of youths from 15 severely Maoist-hit districts of Jharkhand,
Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Odisha.
CPI-Maoist cadres have killed three civilians
including two sons of a surrendered Maoist cadre in Barkol forest
range of Latehar District. A pamphlet found from the spot alleged
that the victims were 'Police informers'. According to information
after Rampreet Yadav's surrender, the Maoists had been suspecting
his two sons Shravan Yadav (32) and Hiralal Yadav (20) along with
Shivlal Yadav (22) to be working as 'Police informers'. On July
24, Maoists came to know about Shravan and Hiralal's presence
in Barkol area. A team of Maoists went to their houses and took
them away to Barkol forest area and gunned them down. The Maoists
also went to Shivlal Yadav's house and strangulated him to death
by a rope.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres have killed a 60-year-old
farmer, identified as Rakhan Sahu, when he was sitting in a roadside
eatery under Sadar Police Station area of Gumla District. Two
others, Pawan Oraon and one Bharat Tiwari, also sustained gunshot
injuries. Sahu died on the spot. "We have recovered a leaflet
left at the spot by Maoist operatives taking responsibility for
the incident. Initially, we felt that they might have come looking
for somebody else and shot the old man by mistake. However, investigations
so far have not revealed any such thing. We are investigating
further," said Gumla SP Chandan Kumar Jha.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including a wanted Maoist
involved in the killing of Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and several
other Policemen in 2014, were arrested from different areas in
Dumka District. Initially Etwari Hembram alias Nareshda
was arrested and acting on his information six other Maoists including
two women cadres were caught, SP Prabhat Kumar said.
'Zonal Commander' of Madhya zone of the CPI-Maoist
identified as Abhay alias Abhay Yadav alias Gobind
(38) was arrested, along with Naxal book and literature, in Chhaterpur
region of Palamu District. Abhay is said to be the biggest confidante
of the top Maoist Sandip ji and was a part of the team of the
Maoists in all its decisions taking session.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist was arrested
with arms from Ranka Police Station area in Garhwa District. Lalan
Singh Kharwar alias Shrawan was arrested from Karri forest
of the District. Police have also found a 315 pistol, 4 live cartridges
and Naxalite literature, said Ranka Police Station officer
in-charge Narendra Kumar Sinha.
Three PLFI cadres were arrested following an encounter
in Kolebira area of Simdega District. Simdega District Police
also arrested several top PLFI cadres during the past one month
including 'sub-zonal commanders' Mukesh Singh and Rana Ganjhu
and 'area commanders' Parmeshwar Ganjhu and Badal Lohra. Earlier,
two PLFI cadres, identified as Ramprit Yadav and Rajdeo Singh
Police recovered a landmine weighing 24 kilograms
suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres, from Goniato
forests in Penk village in Nawadih of Bokaro District.
Simdega District Police have worked out a 'special
strategy' to nab PLFI 'supremo' Dinesh Gope. Gope carries INR
2.5 million cash reward on his head. On August 4, Simdega SP Rajeev
Ranjan Singh held a meeting with senior Police officials in the
District to review the outcome of anti-PLFI operations carried
out in the past one month or so. He also discussed the future
plan of action to completely flush out the PLFI from his domain
within a month. "Dinesh Gope and his associates Jageshwar and
Vijay Dang should either surrender or stay prepared to face the
music. Enough is enough. We are committed to make Simdega a PLFI-free
district within a month. Maoists have fled; Pahari Cheetah has
been driven out. But, PLFI's presence is often being reported
from different parts of the district," Singh said.
Security personnel recovered explosives hidden
by CPI-Maoist cadres at Taledih village on Maneka-Serendag Road
in Latehar District. SP Anup Birtherary said security personnel
comprising District Armed Police and CRPF recovered a cylinder
bomb weighing 7.5 kg, three hand grenades, one country-made pistol
and 60 pieces of iron.
Jharkhand Police seized four landmines and four
weapons from a hideout of CPI-Maoist in Dhanbad District. According
to Police, four landmines, two pistols, two rifles and live cartridges
were seized during search operation at Madaidih forest situated
under Topchanchi Police Station in the District.
Security personnel recovered a 5 kg IED planted
by the CPI-Maoist cadres from Kala Pahar-Mahudand road under Chatarpur
Police Station limits in Palamau District.
A huge cache of explosives was recovered from
a house, during a raid at Jeetpur area under Gopikandar, in Dumka
District. Acting on a tip-off, Police recovered 1,990 pieces of
electric detonators, 716 pieces of power neogel, one exploder
and 160 kilograms of urea from the house of Rameshwar Kisku in
the raid conducted last evening, SP Prabhat Kumar said. He said
both Kisku and his son were arrested after the recovery.
SFs intensified combing operations in Bakrakocha
forest under Gurabanda Police Station area of Ghatshila in East
Singhbhum District following an encounter with the Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a former Maoist turned
"Police informer" at Murkundo village under Dumri Police Station
of Giridih District. Maoists also alleged that the victim, Dinesh
Hembram, would collect levy across the region in their name. The
victim, a shopkeeper, was earlier associated with the Maoists
and had been jailed for his involvement in several Maoist-related
incidents in Dumri areas a few years ago.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in two separate
incidents in Latehar District. They were identified as Lavlesh
Ganjhu, Birendra Prahiya alias Ramdas, Ramdhani Kharwar and Lalmohan
Lohra. A pistol, cartridges, three mobile phones and a Maoist
poster was recovered from Lavlesh Ganjhu while three loaded guns,
gunpowder and different types of chemicals used for making explosives
were recovered from Ramdas and his aides.
Latehar District Police also arrested three JSJMP
cadres identified as Sandip Oraon alias Kaila, Sunil Munda
and Samarjit Ganjhu alias Samrita Ganjhu from Chandwa.
A semi-automatic pistol, different types of cartridges, three
mobile phones and posters were found from them.
A TPC cadre, identified as Ramesh Mahto, was
arrested from Saria in Giridih District.
A PLFI cadre identified as Milton Kandulna was
arrested from Rania, Jharkhand. A country made gun, cartridges
and three mobile phones were found from him.
Denying any CPI-Maoist presence in Jharkhand,
Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that "only some goons" in the
name of Maoists were indulging in extortion and they will be dealt
with as per law. Das was in Kolkata (West Bengal) for a road show
to promote the two-day long Jharkhand Global Investor' Summit
2017, which will take off in early 2017. "There are no Maoists
in Jharkhand. Only some goons in some isolated pockets of the
State and they are indulging in extortion to scuttle the development
of the State. We will deal with such criminals accordingly," said
Das. He also said that in the last 20 months, there has been no
major Maoist-related incident in Jharkhand, adding that the State
Government has initiated several surrender policies and received
good response so far.
Police arrested two TPC cadres from Ranka, including
an 'area commander', and seized arms and ammunition from their
possession, including a country-made pistol and cartridges, said
Garhwa ASP Sadan Kumar. The TPC cadres have been identified as
Arjun Singh Kharwar, the area commander, and Jitendra Singh, brother-in-law
of TPC 'zonal commander' Nitantji.
In a joint anti-CPI-Maoist operation, Police and
CRPF personnel busted a Maoist hideout located in the forest near
Chorpania on Luggu Hill under Gomia block of Bokaro District.
SF personnel also found explosives, ammunition and Maoist literature
from the hideout. Bokaro SP Y.S. Ramesh said, "While searching
the bunker, we found a pressure cooker bomb, a can bomb, detonator,
cartridges, codex wire, posters, banners and Naxal literature
and other items."
CPI-Maoist cadre Hopna Hembrom was arrested from
Shikaripara in Dumka District. Police said Hopna was wanted in
four cases of Maoist violence.
One Maoist cadre, identified as Vijay Murmu alias
Ratan, was arrested along with an IED weighing over five kilograms,
from Pirtand block in Giridih District.
One Maoist 'zonal commander' Dipak Sahu alias
Tilakman alias Tilak Main, who headed the rebel outfit's
operations in Simdega and Gumla Districts as well as bordering
areas in Chhattisgarh, surrendered before DGP D.K. Pandey at Police
headquarters in Dhurwa in Ranchi District. Tilakman was involved
in 34 cases of Maoist violence in Simdega and Gumla, including
an attack on Bansjore Thana in Simdega on December 31, 2007, in
which a Policeman was killed. Welcoming him to the mainstream,
DGP Pandey gave Tilakman INR 50,000 ex-gratia apart from INR 500,000
reward that he carried on his head. The DGP also said the Police
would take care of Tilakman's family's safety during the tenure
the surrendered rebel would be behind bars, a provision present
in Jharkhand's rebel surrender policy.
DGP Pandey said the Police had identified 786
remote villages across Jharkhand where the men in uniform would
facilitate the execution of 10 welfare schemes in their fight
against Naxalism. "Seven hundred and fifty villages will
be lit up by solar lamps in a month. Our villages need development,"
the DGP underlined.
Maoist cadres set ablaze the generator and battery
panel of the Airtel tower in Pandu block in Palamu District. The
tower has stopped functioning. Sources said about half a dozen
people reached this tower, took out fuel from the generator set
and set ablaze the generator set and the battery panel. SP Patel
Mayur K Lal has confirmed this arson saying the Maoists have done
this just to make their presence felt. Palamu remained bandh on
August 31 in the wake of Maoists call. Buses for Ranchi from Daltonganj
did not roll out.
One 47-year-old dhaba owner, Umesh Sahu, was killed
by suspected JJMP cadres at Bishunpur in Gumla District, triggering
a massive roadblock by villagers for over five hours, who demanded
better Policing. The blockade was removed after SP Chandan Jha
pacified protesters. JJMP is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A combined team of CRPF, CoBRA of 209th battalion
and District Police exchanged heavy firing with CPI-Maoist top
cadre Sudhakaran alias Sudhakar who sneaked into Garu after coming
down from Andhra Pradesh in Latehar District. Sources said Sudhakar's
team was no less in strength as it had around 150 cadres, all
armed heavily. Nakul and Chhotu Kharwar were also there with Sudhakar.
Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay confirmed the encounter with the Maoists
led by Sudhakar and his cadres, including Nakul and Chhotu Kharwar.
Birtharay said the SFs had to lob bombs to scatter the Maoists.
The SP said the fighting was most severe for two hours and then
it slid down to intermittent firing from the Maoists' side which
was adequately retaliated by the SF personnels.
Three cadres of LWE, Samrat Giroh, were
killed in a fratricidal war with cadres of PLFI in Kashira village
under Karra Police Station limits of Khunti District. The bodies
of the three were found by locals on the next day morning, all
had multiple bullet injuries. The Samrat Giroh and PLFI
share regions of dominance in Karra and Lapung and often indulge
in fratricidal war to establish supremacy. The slain extremists
were identified as Rahul Swashi, Anil Kumar and Mukesh Singh.
"Four persons were targeted by armed men in the intervening night
of Saturday and Sunday. The fourth man possibly managed to escape,"
said Khunti SP Anish Gupta. PLFI is a breakaway faction of CPI-Maoist.
Two persons who killed dhaba owner Umesh Sahu
(47) in Gumla District on August 31, were arrested, from different
locations of Bishunpur block of the District. Jagannath Lohra
and Babloo Lohra, during interrogations, confessed to have executed
the crime at the behest JJMP 'area commander' Pankaj alias
Anuj. After being produced before the judicial magistrate on September
4, the duos were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days, following
which they were sent to Gumla divisional jail. On the fateful
day, the duo had come on a bike, which they parked at a distance
before Jagannath shot Sahu dead near his home. One of the bullets
hit his head, killing him on the spot. Gumla SP Chandan Jha said
the duo abandoned the bike, which gave the Police vital clues
to lead to the arrests. JJMP is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Five cadres of the PLFI were arrested from Anandpur
thana area in West Singhbhum District. Three loaded countrymade
pistols were seized from Rinku Sahu, Satyanarayan Napit, Shankar
Tanti, Amarnath Kujur and Rohit Jojo. All the accused, except
Napit (30), are in their early twenties and intermediate students.
PLFI is a breakaway faction of CPI-Maoist.
Two TPC cadres were killed in a rival war in Palamu
District. The Police recovered two bodies of the TPC cadres from
Bhelwahi village of the District. According to a Police official,
both TPC cadres were gunned down by a rival group. TPC is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
SF personnel recovered a bludgeoned body of one
person killed by suspected PLFI cadres in Kudasud village under
Murhu tehsil in Khunti District. Khunti, which is about 35 kilometres
from Ranchi, witnessed a spate of killings perpetrated by PLFI
and other CPI-Maoist-linked groups in 2011-12. History seems to
have repeated itself. Last year, 108 persons were killed in the
District - which is three times higher than the total number of
murders reported in Koderma, a District more populous than Khunti.
"The district was largely peaceful about two decades ago," said
Khunti MP, Kadiya Munda. Many of these killings have been linked
to domestic disputes. About 112 people were killed in 2011, 126
in 2012, 109 in 2013 and 99 in 2014. In the past four years, Koderma,
Latehar, Simdega, Jamtara and other Districts that are more populous
than Khunti reported more than half of the combined murders reported
in Khunti. Gang violence has also led to a spike in crime. On
September 3, three persons were killed in a "turf war". ASP, (operations)
P R Mishra said Naxal-violence has dipped. "In 2015, only 13 people
were killed by ultras," said Mishra. PLFI is a breakaway faction
Police recovered three posters and one banner
of the CPI-Maoist put up in Hurdanga panchayat under Karaikela
Police Station area close to the border of West Singhbhum and
Khunti Districts, condemning the policies of CM Raghubar Das.
A team of CRPF personnel removed the posters. The posters have
created panic ahead of Maoist bandh on September 9. The bandh
has been called against the attempts of the State Government to
change land laws. "Burn murderer Raghubar Das and police officers
in the fire of Maoism," one poster read. A police officer said
other posters talked about intensifying the people's war against
the state and establishing the government of the peasants and
the laborers. Chaibasa SP, Michael Raj said the posters were common
posters Maoists usually put up to elicit people's support which
they have lost in the past few years. "The posters were removed
by security personnel. It was close to the national highway passing
through the district," Raj said.
The Police arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist
and recovered arms and ammunition from Gumla District. Acting
on a tip-off, the Police raided a hideout where the Maoists were
staying out of sight. SP, Chandan Jha said the extremists had
been trained in and sent from neighbouring Odisha to set up a
trusted network in Gumla. "I hope that peace will prevail in the
area after their arrest. We have recovered four bullets, three
pistols and some pamphlets from the six arrested Maoists," Jha
A top CPI-Maoist leader Ashish Yadav alias Ashish
Da was killed in an encounter with Police and Central Paramilitary
Forces at Borodih village under Palkot Police Station area in
the Gumla District. He carried a bounty of INR 2.5 million. A
SLR, with two other rifles including one American Springfield
rifle was recovered from the jungle along with his body. A member
of CPI-Maoist powerful BJSAC - one of the topmost Maoist units
in Bihar and Jharkhand - Ashish da was the brain behind many big
Maoist strikes in both the states. IG operations and Police spokesperson
M S Bhatia said the operation was launched on specific inputs.
"The jawans on his trail engaged him in the encounter when he
started fleeing from the spot with other Maoists. The encounter
continued for over 30 minutes," Bhatia said. A source said Ashish
was moving to a secured place in the jungle before he was engaged
in the encounter. BJSAC members - who often work to support the
rebels at the ideological level and devise plans - generally move
into the forests with enough troops for strike.
The first day of the statewide CPI-Maoist bandh
had a mixed impact. Hundreds of passengers and commuters were
left stranded in Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Gumla, West Singhbhum
and other Maoist-hit Districts. The inter-District buses remained
off the roads and passengers in trouble. Police spokesperson IGP
M S Bhatia said no untoward incident was reported during the bandh,
called against the State Government's move to amend land laws
in the state. "The market places were closed in some areas in
the countryside. The bandh was peaceful," he said. In Giridih,
Maoists put up banners and posters on the wall of Hatiya maidan
at Madhuban, close to the Jain shrine, under Pirtand Police Station
of Giridih District. The banners created fear in the people despite
increased movements of the forces after the banners were spotted.
"The CPI (Maoists) vehemently protested the bills regarding changes
and amendments in the CNT and SPT Acts by the Raghubar Das government,"
the banner read.
Two CPI-Maoist 'area commanders' Rajesh Kharwar
and Nirmal Singh Kharwar were arrested from different parts of
Chhipadohar in Latehar District.
PLFI supporter Nirbahan Baraik was arrested from
Simdega District. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
The State Police has launched operations in Simdega
and Gumla Districts to trace 30-odd Maoists who managed to escape
an encounter on September 11, in which Maoist top leader Ashish
alias Ashish Yadav, was killed. Ashish, member of Maoists' powerful
BJSAC, was moving through the forests with 30-odd Maoists when
the CRPF and Gumla Police engaged them in an encounter in Palkot
on the border of Gumla and Simdega Districts. "We will not allow
the Maoists to take shelter in Simdega," said IG operations and
Police spokesperson M S Bhatia.
Two PLFI cadres were arrested from a house in
Bero on the outskirts of Ranchi District. Police have recovered
a pistol and one round of ammunition from Pancham Oraon (22) and
Vivek Oraon (19).
Six PLFI cadres, who were celebrating Karma with
locals in Simdega District, escaped after a brief encounter with
Police. As they had mingled with the crowd, Police had to restrain
firing. The PLFI cadres, who came to the spot on two-wheelers,
managed to flee taking advantage of this situation. SP of Simdega,
Rajiv Ranjan Singh said a team of Policemen was mobilized on the
basis of specific information that some extremists are coming
to the area to celebrate the festival. "We wanted to catch them
and a trap was laid," he added. "A few rounds were fired," said
a Police officer. He added that there was a top PLFI leader among
them as they rode expensive two-wheelers. The SP said operations
against PLFI, which has a strong presence in Simdega, will continue.
The top PLFI leader was 'chief' Dinesh Gope and some of his men
who fled. Police pasted notices on their homes, declaring them
absconders, announcing a reward of INR 2.5 million on Gope's head.
PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A meeting of senior Police and CRPF officials
took place in the camp headquarter of CRPF 190 battalion situated
in Chatra District of Jharkhand headed by SP, Chatra, Anjani Kumar
Jha. In this meeting the officers of Jharkhand-Bihar Police and
CRPF and CoBRA Battalions discussed on various points regarding
their new venture named 'Operation Safaya' going to be launched
for complete eradication of Naxal groups operating in the border
areas of both States. In this joint meeting the officials finalised
the action plan to be executed during this operation. As per sources
this operation will start in both sides of the border at a time
so that the Naxal groups cannot feel safe in any of these two
States. "This time the white collared people of the society who
had been identified as the supporters of the Naxal groups will
also be at the target. The aim of this operation is not only to
eradicate the Naxal groups out of the states but also to seize
the money they have made through their act of terror," said an
A 30-year-old suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested
from Kharsawan in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan District.
Police recovered a country-made pistol and Maoist literature from
Karam Singh Munda.
A 30-year-old youth was reportedly beaten to death
by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Bishunpur block in Gumla District.
A powerful can-bomb was defused by a joint team
of CRPF jawans and Bokaro Police at Barai Penk in Jhumra in Bokaro
District. Police said the 20 kilogram can-bomb, which had the
capacity to blow away a big building, was hidden in bushes. It
was found during a morning operation.
A 40-year-old tribal Bindeshwar Oraon was beaten
up by CPI-Maoist cadres, branding him as 'Police informer' in
Hatbal village in Hesag panchayat under Siringdag Police Station
area Lohardaga District. The injured tribal succumbed to his injuries
at a hospital in the District. SP of Lohardaga, Kartik S said,
Oraon was a medical practitioner and also worked for the Maoists.
"Maoists used to seek his service when they fell sick. He had
treated many Maoist leaders. The Maoists have killed him because
they suspected his honesty," said Kartik. Lohardaga SP said that
Oraon did not work for the Police. "The Maoists allegations are
false. The case is being investigated. A team has been asked to
find out the names of Maoists involved in his murder," he said.
There are unconfirmed reports that Maoists held a jan adalat before
beating him, but Lohardaga SP ruled it out. A Police officer said
that Maoist leader Nakul Yadav is behind the killing.
The 30-year-old youth who was reportedly beaten
to death by suspected Maoists in Vishunpur block in Gumla District
on September 16, was identified as Karma Oraon, a ward committee
member. The Maoists first dragged him to a kangaroo court at Kath
Thokwa and then pumped bullets into his body. SP of Gumla, Chandan
Jha maintained that deceased Karma never extended any direct or
indirect support to the Police. "Personal feud might have been
a reason behind the killing. Probe is on and search operations
have been intensified," he added. No one has been arrested in
this case so far.
District Police have launched a new offensive,
using posters as weapon, to offset PLFI influence in remote areas
of Simdega District. The Police have put up posters on the walls
across rebel-hit villages, carrying pictures of notorious PLFI
rebels with rewards on their heads. Also, the posters put up at
key junctions and along important thoroughfares, warn villagers
of dire consequences if they provide any kind of help to the rebels.
Sources said the poster drive, launched on September 13, had already
slammed the brakes on the movement of PLFI, a Maoist splinter
group, in the area to an extent. "They can no more move about
freely in the guise of villagers. The posters carry their photographs
and thus, anyone can recognise them," said Police.
Three LWEs were arrested from different parts
of Latehar District. Nishant Choubey and Bhupesh Yadav from the
TPC outfit were arrested from a place under Manika Police Station
limits in the District, while JJMP cadre Gopal Singh was arrested
from Town area in the District. Two countrymade pistols, live
cartridges and mobile phones were found on them. TPC and JJMP
are both splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist.
The LWE outfit, JSJMM 'area commander' Rajeshwar
Singh alias Tej Lal was arrested at Chetar by a team from Chandwa
Police Station in Latehar District. SP of Latehar, Anoop Birtharey,
said the Police have recovered a 9mm countrymade pistol, eight
cartridges and a cell phone from his possession. Tej Lal was wanted
in ten cases and Police of three Stations Chandwa Balumath and
Latehar were zeroing in on him since long.
The CPI-Maoist kicked off a week-long campaign
to mark its 'foundation day', urging people through posters to
support them and denouncing the Government. Some of these posters,
which appeared at prominent points in remote areas of Palamau
District, ask the commoners to strengthen the hands of "their
united front with the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army", the
military wing of CPI-Maoist. The extremist group also lambasted
the Government's surrender policy and advocated overthrowing the
Narendra Modi Government at the Centre, where BJP president Amit
Shah and UHM Rajnath Singh play important roles. The posters further
say that splinter groups like TPC, PLFI, JJMP and JPC were armed
criminal gangs enjoying Police patronage and they needed to be
taught lesson. The Maoists vowed to eliminate SPOs in the villages.
A Maoist banner was also found at Rampur panchayat Bhavan in Chainpur
area of Gumla District. Following recovering of the posters, search
operations have been intensified. "Presence of these posters does
not confirm presence of armed Maoist squads in the area. Such
posters are usually pasted by their supporters at secluded places
late at night. Nonetheless, we are vigilant. Our search operations
are in full swing. Everything is under control," said Palamau
range DIG Vipul Shukla.
The caretaker of Chaibasa circuit house was arrested
for his links with a CPI-Maoist leader and for passing on information
about VIP visits to the rebel outfit. SP of West Singhbhum, Michael
Raj, said, caretaker Birendra Das (35), a resident of Bhuni village
in Bodam block of Patamda, was arrested after his cellphone call
details record suggested he had had frequent conversations with
a Maoist leader identified as Shankar Sirka, a native of neighbouring
Vowing to ruin "Operation Green hunt", an ongoing
anti-Naxalites operation in Jhumra Hills of Bermo sub-division
in Bokaro District, the CPI-Maoist has urged the masses to observe
its 12th 'martyrdom week' from September 21 to 27 to price rise,
corporate loot, and conspiracy by Raghubar Government against
jal, zamin aur jangal in Jharkhand. Posters regarding this were
being seen in Dania and Lugu-pahari areas in Gomia, Police sources
said. A senior Police officer, monitoring the anti-Naxalites operations,
said that these posters clearly exposed Maoist presence in different
parts of the State. "As these posters were mainly found in the
mining areas, transportation were likely to be affected during
the week. The truck drivers may not dare venture off the highways.
The dreaded rebels also take advantage and shift to safer places
during the period. The Bermo police and CRPF too have great challenges
ahead," SDPO of Bermo, Raj Kumar Mehta, said.
Five persons have been abducted allegedly by the
CPI-Maoist cadres from three different villages of Garu area in
Latehar District. Sources said that the Maoists, who are observing
the 'foundation week' that kicked off on September 21, raided
the area last night and abducted the five villagers. "We have
learnt about these abductions from different sources and begun
investigations. But, no one has come forward to lodge a complaint
with the police so far," said ASP (Operations) Manish Bharti.
The Police unearthed an IED apparently planted
by the Maoists to trap SFs in Kumhari forests of Vishunpur area
in Gumla District. OIC of Vishunpur, Manilal Rana, said, a bomb
disposal squad was expected to arrive very soon and the IED will
Three PLFI cadres, including an 'area commander',
were arrested in Khunti District. PLFI 'area commander' Ganpat
Gope alias Ghora, and his seven-eight associates had assembled
on the outskirts of Palankir village in Rania, some 50 kilometres
from Khunti District headquarters. Acting on a tip-off, the Police
raided the village and seeing the Police the rebels opened fire.
The Police retaliated and fired around 12 rounds. The rebels tried
to flee taking advantage of the darkness but Ghora was caught
following a hot chase. His associates, however, managed to give
Police the slip. Later, during a search operation, the Police
finally arrested Dhaneshwar Nag and Suresh Mahto. A 9mm pistol,
cartridges, 11 mobile phones, six Sim cards, two magazines, a
tablet, two backpacks and two motorcycles were found during this
raid. "Ghora figures as a named accused in over a dozen criminal
cases of serious nature. The criminal antecedents of the other
two rebels are being verified," SP of Khunti, Anish Gupta said.
PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
The Police arrested a PLFI cadre from Jaldega
area in Simdega District. He is being interrogated, SP, Rajeev
Ranjan Singh, maintained. Two country-made pistols, cartridges,
a mobile phone and a motorcycle were found on him.
A TPC 'area commander', Arvind Hebrom, was arrested
near Budhwa Mahadev temple in Hazaribagh District, allegedly for
abducting Sudhir Tiwary, the owner of computer institute Data
Pro, last month. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
CRPF, IG, Sanjay Latekar, directed his men to
start fresh operations against the Maoists in Jhumra, Parasnath
hills and nearby zones to deliver the ultimate blow to rebels.
"Within the next few months, Naxalism will come to an end in these
areas," Latekar said after a meeting with the commandant of the
26th Battalion, Akhilesh Singh, in Bokaro.
Three persons were killed and four others were
injured when a band of LWE group, PLFI, opened random fire at
a gathering in a village in Khunti District. Following the incident,
the Police and the CPRF have launched a massive manhunt in the
Naxal-dominated region. The Police said that the PLFI targeted
people on the suspicion that they were holding a 'peace meeting'.
Villagers in Naxal-hit Districts of Khunti, Ranchi and West Singhbhum
(Chaibasa) have been holding peace meetings for over a year, in
which they urge people to shun violence and return to the mainstream.
Officials said that, although the meeting was not a peace meeting,
the attack on hapless villagers was among the biggest incidents
by the LWE groups against such initiatives. Police sources said
that peace meetings are usually attended by people from more than
a couple of villages. The dead have been identified as Deet Munda
(45), Raukan Purti (62), and Sukhram Munda (50). The four injured
persons - Vikram Purti, Paku Purti, Toto Purti and Sinu Munda.
SP of Khunti, Anish Gupta said: "This is clearly to spread terror.
The extremist groups are losing their hold on the region and this
appears to be an act of panic on their part. The villagers, prima
facie, were not holding any peace meeting. We have launched a
manhunt and combing operations are on." The incident came to light
when villagers of Raitorang brought the dead and the injured to
the Sadar Hospital in Khunti. PLFI is a splinter group of the
A combine team of CRPF and District Police arrested
two Maoists from a dense jungle of Kapi village near Choremariya
pahar under Bishrampur Police Station in Palamu District. While
confirming this DSP, Heera Lal Ravi, said that the two arrested
are Krishna Yadav and Brij Lal Sharma. Yadav is the brother-in-law
of a hard core 'area commander' of Maoists outfit Ajay Yadav.
DSP Ravi said CRPF and Police recovered 9 sets of black colour
uniform and two back pouches. The arrests of the two were made
in the anti-Naxal operation following September 25, bandh called
by the Maoists in the District.
District Police arrested a Maoist who was in SBI
branch at Bishrampur in Palamu District, for withdrawal of money.
Confirming this DSP Ravi said this Maoist in SBI branch has been
identified as Ajesh Yadav alias Baba. Ravi said this Baba was
one among the Maoists who had put up locks in five houses at Koriya
village. The Maoists had locked the houses forcing the inmates
of the houses to flee as the Maoists believed them to be of TPC
supporter. Ravi said the Maoists' locks were just thrown out and
the inmates were again facilitated to live in peace in their houses.
He said this Baba had taken a big lead in this locking of houses
of the five. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A TPC cadre was arrested in Mandu in Ramgarh District.
TPC posters and a motorcycle were found on Mahtab Alam. TPC is
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist spokesperson of Bihar-Jharkhand regional
committee Gopalji has announced state-wide a 24-hour bandh from
today's midnight in protest against the killing of top Maoist
leader Ashish-da on September 10 in Gumla District. In a statement
the Maoist leader said that the SFs killed Ashish-da in "cold
blood" after they detained him during an operation. After the
bandh call SFs were put on alert and Police spokesperson M S Bhatia
said, "The Maoists usually target vulnerable locations of the
police and government. All important and vulnerable locations
have been put under high protection."
Six suspected PLFI cadres were detained from Arki
Police Station area in Khunti District in the last two days, SP
of Khunti, Anish Gupta said. The crackdown took place after 25
PLFI operatives fired indiscriminately on unarmed civilians during
a meeting on September 26, killing three and leaving four persons
injured. The PLFI men suspected it was not a Gram Sabha, but a
peace meeting where people held discussions against PLFI and Maoists.
"A manhunt is on in Arki and adjoining areas in search of the
PLFI squad which carried out the firing. Six people are being
interrogated for more information," said Gupta. Police said they
would disclose the identities of the men only after their links
with PLFI is established. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Joint forces arrested four PLFI cadres from forests
under Murhu Police Station in Khunti District. Police believe
that the five would certainly lead them to the main accused involved
in the killings of innocent villagers at Raiturang in Arki area
in the District on September 26. The arrested cadres have been
identified as Etwa Odeya, Porso Purti, Ritai Nag and Hemant Purti.
Police recovered two rifles, four bullets, six mobile phones and
several PLFI pamphlets from their possessions. Murhu Police Station
OIC Bambam Kumar said joint forces had launched an operation in
Pangura-Kewra forests post September 30 midnight. PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
A top CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested from Pilpilo
More, around 60 kilometres from Bokaro steel city. Police said
the rebel, identified as Shivlal Manjhi alias Pawan Murmu,
had been keeping tabs on the movement of the forces as a part
of the Maoist design to ambush security men in the jungles of
Nawadih zone sometime soon. On the basis of information provided
by Manjhi during interrogation, Bokaro thermal Police later recovered
five gelatine sticks, one kilogram of explosives, five detonators,
codex wire, Naxalite posters and literature, among others, hidden
in deep jungles of Pilpilo.
CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' Bharat Lal Singh
alias Bhanu, who carried a reward of INR 500,000 on his
head, surrendered in front of DGP, D.K. Pandey at the State Police
headquarters in Ranchi. Sources said recent "trysts with near-death
situations", counselling by senior Police officers and positive
changes in the life of his friend Bada Vikas, a surrendered rebel,
apparently had an impact on Bhanu and prompted him to shun the
path of extremism. A native of Chinia area in Garhwa District,
Bhanu, also known as Bhanu Singh Kharwar, had several close shaves
during encounters with the Police in the recent times. SP of Garhwa,
Priyadarshi Alok said lately natives of China area were disillusioned
with Bhanu due to various reasons and had decided to either kill
him or get him arrested. "During community policing, I had told
his parents that their son would be killed either by us or by
local natives if did not surrender. About two months ago, Bhanu
contacted me over telephone and said that he wanted to surrender,"
Alok elaborated. Bhanu was a member of Maoists' BJSAC and figured
as a named accused in 18 cases of Maoist violence registered at
different Police Stations of Garhwa alone. Also, several cases
are pending against him at different Police Stations of Balrampur
District in Chhattisgarh.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres - Hari Singh Munda, Lakhan
Munda and Surjit Munda - surrendered before the Jharkhand Police
in Khunti District. A 19-year-old female Maoist Sonia Munda inspired
three hardcore active Maoists to quit war against the State and
join the mainstream. The motivated Maoists surrendered before
Jharkhand, DGP, D K Pandey. Sonia's husband is a 'sub-zonal commander'
of the CPI-Maoist. Her attempts to convince him to surrender proved
futile. "A resident of Arki block of Khunti district, Sonia expressed
her desire to surrender,'' said SP of Khunti, Anish Gupta, adding,
"our assurance of financial and social support after surrender
(according to the surrender policy) made them confident about
their decision to surrender." Speaking to media persons, Sonia,
said, "I knew them personally because all three of them belong
to the Arki block. They shared the same disillusionment. Money
drives senior leaders more than ideology. The money-minded leaders
have made life difficult for us". The surrender of Hari is a big
loss to the Red group because he was an expert in fixing broken
guns. Sukhram and Shivshankar Munda were involved in an encounter
with former SSP Ranchi Prabhat Kumar in August 2015, in which
one policeman was killed, and the SSP with one of his bodyguards
sustained bullet injuries.
A full-fledged company of CRPF's women battalion
will be deployed in Jharkhand in the next ten days to carry out
anti-Maoist operations, CRPF, DG, K Durga Prasad said. Currently,
a women battalion of the CRPF is undergoing training at Salboni
in West Bengal and one company of this battalion will be deployed
in Ranchi in the next ten days, said Prasad, who laid the foundation
of a barrack and 317 quarters for jawans of Rapid Action Force
of the 106 battalion at Sundernagar on the outskirt of Jamshedpur.
The CRPF Company will be engaged in operations against LWE as
well as anti-national forces in Jharkhand, Prasad said.
A TPC cadre was arrested on the outskirts of Latehar
District. Cash worth INR150,000 was recovered from Shankar Prasad.
TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres set fire to the diesel
engine of a coal-loaded train near Dumri Vihar station in Bokaro
District, disrupting rail services for hours in the CIC section
of Dhanbad division. Sources said over a dozen Maoists, who are
observing a 'protest week' from October 5 to October 11 across
the nation against the Centre's anti-people and pro-capitalists
policies, initially tried to blow up the tracks near the station
around 12.50am. But, only two concrete sleepers placed under the
rail tracks were damaged in the blast. According to a rail staff
at Dumri Vihar, the armed Naxalites, in the "uniform of security
forces", planted a few electronic devices below the sleepers and
triggered a blast. "But, a few minutes later a goods train, coming
from the Gomoh side, managed to pass through the stretch without
any hassle. The Naxalites, who were standing nearby, then rushed
towards another goods train, carrying coal from Barkakana to Tenughat
Thermal power plant in Bokaro, which was waiting for signal about
100 metres away. The rebels dragged driver Vijay Kumar out of
the cabin and set the engine on fire," he added. The Maoists also
snatched away a walkie-talkie and a mobile phone from the driver,
but allowed him to flee the spot. Lone guard Kundan Kumar also
managed to escape.
Suspected PLFI cadres set a truck on fire in Kisko
in Lohardaga District. The truck with bauxite was parked outside
its owner's house. The rebels also fired some gunshots; however,
no casualty took place. SP Kartik S. said involvement of any local
gang couldn't be ruled out. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Three PLFI supporters, Achu Munda, Sukhram Odeya
and Charku were arrested in Murhu and Rania in Khunti District.
PLFI posters and mobile phones were found on them. PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
District Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including a 'zonal commander' in Dumka District, and also recovered
huge quantity of explosive materials after clues were provided
by the arrested rebels. Briefing the media, SP of Dumka, Prabhat
Kumar said the 'zonal commander' Kanchan Yadav, belonging to Ahardih
village under Narayanpur Police Station of Jamtara District, carried
a reward of INR one million. Kumar had constituted three separate
teams to arrest Yadav following a tip off about his activities
in the rebel-hit Masalia Police Station area and was finally arrested
from Jhandapahad locality near Basmatta village on October 7.
Based on information provided by Yadav, Police later arrested
two other rebels. A total of 64 packets of gelatine, 164 detonators
INR 35,000 in cash and Naxal literatures have been recovered by
A Maoist, accused of killing Amarjeet Balihar,
SP of Pakur District, has been arrested along with two of his
associates in Dumka District. A senior Police officer said the
ultra, identified as Kanchan da alias Kanchan Yadav, was
carrying INR one million cash reward on his head. He was suspected
of killing Balihar and five other Policemen in Pakur District
in June 2013. Kanchan and his associates were arrested in Dumka
District, a Jharkhand Police press release said.
State Police sounded general alert in the wake
of a CPI-Maoist 48-hour countrywide bandh call from October
9. Reports from Giridih District suggest search operations in
areas bordering Bihar have been intensified. State Police were
prepared to thwart any untoward incident, spokesman M.S. Bhatia
CPI-Maoist cadres protesting against "Police atrocities"
blew up a section of railway track in Bokaro District. The incident
occurred between Jogeshwar Bihar and Tilaya stations, around 140
kilometres from Ranchi.
Narayan Yadav (24), actively associated with
the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from Lawadag in Palamau District.
Yadav, who was entrusted with the task of collecting information
about the movement of SFs in Kalapahar where seven Policemen were
killed in a landmine blast in January, was arrested when he was
trying to put up posters of a two-day state-wide Maoist bandh
beginning on October 10. Police have recovered Maoist literature
and posters from him. Chhatarpur Police Station, OIC, Law Kumar
Singh said that Narayan had been closely associated with Maoist
commanders Nitesh and Ajay Yadav. "About four days ago, we had
spotted him pasting bandh posters at Chhatarpur bus stand. But,
he somehow escaped. He was long been on our radar," he said. The
officer said that two cases, including one related to violation
of Arms Act, were pending against him. "He was actively associated
with CPI (Maoist) since the last four years. His elder brother
Vishwanath Yadav was an active cadre of CPI (Maoist) who died
during an encounter in 2010," said Singh. During interrogation,
Narayan said that he had passed on details about the movement
of SFs in Kalapahar to the Maoists. "Yadav was in regular touch
with Maoist commander Ajay who along with Nitesh and another accomplice
Mithilesh was involved in carrying out the attack," said Chhatarpur,
SDPO Sanjay Kumar. The SDPO added that few days before the blast,
Maoists had blown up a BSNL tower in Kalapahar. "In that incident
too, Narayan had passed on vital information about police movement
to Maoists," he said.
The ED has started the process of freezing bank
accounts of Parmeshwar Ganjhu, a wanted TPC leader operating in
Chatra District, in a concentrated effort to squeeze financial
resources of the rebel outfit that has been minting money through
extortion and proxy contracts. Highly placed sources in the directorate
revealed that the freeze order was issued to the bank concerned
in that District on October 7. Parmeshwar, his wife Yashoda Devi
and brother Arjun individually hold as many as eight accounts.
While the rebel leader has three accounts with the Tandwa branch
of Bank of India, Yashoda has two and Arjun, like his brother,
three. The ED has directed the bank to provide transaction details
of all these eight accounts, the source said. In addition, the
directorate has rushed letters to other banks in Chatra, seeking
account details of 13 other notorious TPC members, including Gopal
Singh Bhokta alias Brajesh Ganjhu, Mukesh Ganjhu, Kohram,
Akraman, Bindeshwar alias Bindu Ganjhu, Binod Ganjhu and
Bhikhan Ganjhu. "Of these 13, we have received bank account details
of some. We need the rest to choke the outfit's all financial
arteries," said a senior official of the directorate. It is the
first time in Jharkhand that the ED is investigating a money laundering
case against a Naxalite outfit. TPC is a splinter group of the
Khunti Police, during a combing operation arrested
PLFI 'area commander' Kishan Kandulna alias Bangali, and
his four aides from Banbira forests in Khunti District. SP, Anish
Gupta said Bangali was a native of Alipurduar in north Bengal
who was recently asked to lead the PLFI in the Rania-Kamdara belt
and neighbouring areas of Khunti and Simdega Districts after the
arrest of Ganpat Bhuiyan. "The arrests were made around 3.30am
following a tip-off. Police recovered a 315-bore rifle, a double-barrel
gun, an 8mm pistol and a .32 pistol, besides nine live cartridges
and six mobile phones," SP Gupta added. Bangali's other associates
have been identified as Dukhiya Topno of Simdega District, and
Sagen Topno, Robin Topno and Kamal Lohra who are from Rania in
Khunti. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A PLFI cadre using multiple aliases and facing
at least two murder cases was arrested from Kolebira in Simdega
District, with Police recovering a pistol, cartridges and several
posters and pamphlets from him. Iliyas Surin alias Bachhru
alias Viscal (21), is an accused in two sensational murders
reported in Kolebira in 2014. He was closely associated with several
senior PLFI gunmen, including 'zonal commander' Jeedan Gudia,
Barud Gope, Gujju Gope and Vijay Dang alias Tiger. Iliyas
joined PLFI at the age of 15 that earned him the tag of "Bachhru".
As his chiefs had either changed areas of operation or were caught
by Police, he fled to Delhi about a year ago. He returned six
months ago and joined hands with the new PLFI chief, Vijay Dang.
Simdega SP, Rajeev Ranjan Singh received a tip-off about him last
evening. He then formed a special team led by Kolebira OIC, Manohar
Kumar, who was able to arrest him. "We have sent him to Simdega
divisional jail under judicial custody. Our operations are in
full swing. I sincerely urge absconder rebels to surrender and
avail of the benefits of the state government's surrender policy.
Or else, they would be either caught or killed," he added. PLFI
is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up railway tracks near
Dumri Vihar of Gomia block in Bokaro District on two consecutive
days of October 10 and October 11. The pamphlets found from the
blast site contain a message where they condemned the State Government
for amendment of the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act and for favouring
capitalists. The incidents were the second and third ones in the
last five days. Maoists blew up three points on the same railway
track on Gomia-Barkakhana route under Dhanbad railway division
of ECR. Unlike the previous two blasts, on October 11, Maoists
blew up the tracks near Dumri Vihar. Apart from goods trains,
short distance passenger trains like Gomoh-Choupan passenger and
Barkakhana-Asansol passenger were affected due to the incident.
The traffic on the route was disrupted for nearly 10 hours till
a railway team reached the site and reinstalled the broken railway
lines. "Maoists are targeting the rail tracks as they are public
property. Mostly passenger trains ply on this route. The incident
caused inconvenience to local passengers who were traveling on
this route during the festive season," said Manoj Krishna Akhouri,
DRM, Dhanbad railway division.
The first incident occurred on October 6, when
Maoists set a railway engine on fire and blew up a railway track
near Dumri Vihar railway station. On October 7, DGP, RPF, S K
Bhagat along with senior Police officers had visited the site
to assess the situation and a search operation was launched by
the State Police. Three days later, the Maoists blew up the railway
tracks again. Sources said that the blast was triggered by a Maoist
squad that came from outside the District. Local Maoist 'commander'
Santosh Da was also with them. DIG, Koylanchal, Saket Singh said
a massive anti-Maoist search operation is being conducted in the
jungles near Dumri Vihar. Necessary directions have been given
to Police officers to avoid repetition of such incidents. The
restoration work was completed by the railways in the presence
of Police. Maoists who have almost lost their ground in jungles
of Gomia block are trying to register their presence through such
attacks, Police said.
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist party
Santosh Kumar Singh alias Santosh Bhokta surrendered before
the Police in Ranchi District. Santosh who looked after party
affairs in Simdega-Gumla area, surrendered before DGP, DK Pandey
in the Police headquarters under Nai Disha - the rehabilitation
programme run by the Police for bringing Maoist cadres into mainstream.
Singh, a resident of Tutikel village under Kolebira Police Station
of Thetaitangar block of Simdega District, was active for close
to nine years and carried a cash reward of INR 500,000 on him.
He also had 14 criminal charges against him in various Police
Stations, Police said. In his statement, Singh said he was influenced
by Manoj Nageshia squad in 2008 and joined the party under then
'sub-zonal commander' Debu Ji. "They (top leaders) took the money
of the organization and spent it on their families," Singh said.
Suspected PLFI cadres blew up two concrete sleepers
of tracks detonating IED between Khelari and McCluskieganj stations
in Ranchi District. The tracks fall on the CIC section of Dhanbad
division, which suffered three blasts in Bokaro District between
October 6 - 11, during the CPI-Maoist 'protest week'. A gangman
on patrol noticed the damaged sleepers, around 8.30am. Dhanbad
RPF commandant, A.N. Jha said there was no major damage to railway
property. "No passenger train was affected though a goods train
had to be detained for some time," he said. The Police recovered
from the spot batteries and connecting wires used to trigger the
explosion. "Preliminary probe suggests PLFI involvement though
the area is known as a Maoist stronghold. The Ranchi Police are
probing the case," Jha added. PLFI is a splinter group of the
A self-styled 'area commander' of TPC was arrested
in Ranchi District. Dharmendra Jee alias Munilal Mahto
of Hazaribagh District, a hardcore Maoist leader functioning as
self-styled 'area commander' in Ramgarh, Hazaribagh and Ranchi,
was wanted in as many as 15 cases lodged in various Police Stations
of three Districts, SP, Ramgarh, M Tamilvanan said. The arrested
rebel, suffering from some ailments, was waiting for a doctor
at a private clinic in Ranchi when he was arrested by Ramgarh
Police with the help of STF, Ranchi, Tamilvanan said. He said
Mahto was active in Mandu of Ramgarh, Charhi of Hazaribagh and
Ormanjhi and Sikidiri of Ranchi District and working under leadership
of self-styled top 'commander' of TPC Kabir Jee and Dayanand Jee.
TPC is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.
A PLFI 'area commander' and eight cadres of his
squad surrendered with their arms before the Police in Ranchi
District. The 'area commander' Lal Bihari Singh alias Lalu, who
carried a reward of INR 200,000 on his head, and his trusted lieutenant
Jirga Lugun also handed over their .315 rifles and cartridges
to the DGP, D.K. Pandey in the presence of IG (operations), M.S.
Bhatia during the event at the State Police headquarters. The
other seven cadres have been identified as Ganju Lugun, Birsa
Lugun, Goma Lugun, Samu Lugun, Mitu Lugun, Sado Lugun and Achu
Herenj - each carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head and
native of West Singhbhum District. Police said Lalu and seven
of his aides were aged between 18 and 22 years while Achu Herenj
was only 15. "You can see all of them are poor tribals. They were
forced to take up arms at an age when they were unable to differentiate
right and wrong," Pandey stressed. Most of them had joined the
outfit three years ago under various compulsions. "I was a Class
V student in 2013, when PLFI area commander Amar Gudia had come
to my village in Bandgaon. He threatened to eliminate my entire
family if I did not join his fold," Herenj, youngest among the
nine, the DGP said. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Addressing the media, DGP D.K. Pandey said the
Police department would hire 15,000 personnel next year. The recruitment
will be carried out to raise two women battalions, three IRB battalions
and two PVTG battalions. Also, 2,500 ASIs and equal number of
associate constables will be hired. Total 33 per cent of the jobs
will be reserved for women. According to the DGP, the department
has worked out extensive plans to improve basic amenities in remote
areas, paving the way for mobile phone connectivity, banking services,
apart from education and power supply. "We have facilitated installation
of 786 mobile phone towers in remote areas across the state. 125
such towers will soon provide 4G services, which will facilitate
e-banking and ATM services in remote villages," he added.
SFs unearthed a huge cache of gelatine sticks
used to trigger IEDs from jungles of Narki in Gomia block in Bokaro
District. Police sources said the gelatine sticks, weighing around
45 kilograms, were neatly wrapped in plastic and hidden behind
bushes near Konar river. A diary and a receipt book of the CPI-Maoist's
NCZC were also recovered from the spot. The Police sources said
the counter-files of the receipts carried names of several persons
who had been paying levy to the Maoists on a regular basis. "We
had received specific intelligence on these explosive items hidden
in the forests. The gelatine sticks were ferried to Narki apparently
by a few villagers, who worked for the rebel out. Accordingly,
a search operation was planned and executed successfully," Bokaro
SP, Y.S. Ramesh said.+
Two cadres belonging to TPC-II, a splinter group
of TPC, were arrested from Ranka in Garhwa District. A pistol,
cartridges and mobile phones were found on Akash Gupta and Surendra
Yadav. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A Maoist leader, who carried a reward of INR 500,000
on his head, was arrested from Jargo village in Tamar Block in
Ranchi District. SSP, Kuldeep Dwivedi said Krish Munda (23), secretary
of CPI-Maoist Bundu-Chandil sub-zonal area committee, was wanted
in at least 11 cases registered at various thanas of Ranchi, Khunti,
Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum Districts. A resident of
Baredih in Tamar, Munda is the husband of Sonia Munda (19), also
a Maoist who surrendered 10 days ago.
Ramchandra Singh alias Ramu Ganjhu (30), one top
leader of PLFI, a breakaway faction of CPI-Maoist, surrendered
in a public function organized by the District Police in Simdega
District. "He was among the key PLFI leaders responsible for the
strength of the outfit in the district," said SP Rajeev Ranjan
Singh. Ganjhu was motivated to join JLT, one of the 18 so-called
LWE outfits in Jharkhand, by its local leaders who visited his
village (Barkatoli in Bano Police Station area) for shelter and
food in 2004. Later, he shifted his allegiance and joined PLFI
where he served for the last six years. "After a recent mahapanchyat
in the district where common people appealed to the extremists
to surrender, Ganjhu decided to give up arms," said SP Singh.
The family members of Ganjhu had attended the mahapanchyat and
decided to encourage Ganjhu to surrender.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a road roller machine
and assaulted three persons including two employees at Banchatra
village under Gomia Police Station in Bokaro District. SP, Y S
Ramesh said that around six Maoists, flaunting firearms and in
Police uniform, arrived at the village and assaulted three persons
including two employees of the company and set ablaze a road roller
machine. Ramesh said a search operation was launched but the rebels
managed to elude so far. The company was carrying out road construction
work of 21 kilometres road between Banchatra to Baya Kapsassthan
Jharna under Gomia block. The incident was believed to exert pressure
on the contractor for payment of levy.
Police recovered explosives from trucks that were
seized in Gaychanda under Jaridih Police Station in Bokaro District.
The containers were opened in the presence of a magistrate deputed
by the administration. The drivers of the trucks, bearing registration
number of West Bengal, managed to flee from the spot. The incident
came to light when the chowkidar of Gaychanda, Suresh Singh, was
stabbed by Kalewar Singh, who was extorting money from the truck
drivers. Later villagers informed Police about the incident and
the two trucks carrying explosives. DSP, Ajay Kumar said that
the Police though lodged FIR on complaint of Suresh and arrested
Kalewar, they waited for magistrate deployment for opening the
containers. "Today the containers were opened. Of the two trucks,
explosives were recovered in one of the containers". There were
four boxes inside the container, each of which had nine packets
of explosives. These explosives were manufactured in Black Diamond
Explosives Private Limited, situated in Burdwan in West Bengal.
DSP said that investigation is being carried to identify the person
who was transporting the explosives.
Food supplies for contingent of CPI-Maoist led
by Polit Bureau member Arvind was seized by Police in Baresarn
area in Latehar District. Latehar SP, Anoop Birtharey said the
food supplies were bought from Mahuadarnd market and were being
sent to Pipal Dhaab in Chhattisgarh, located at the foothill of
Burha Pahar, and which falls in two states- Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
Three people were arrested in connection with the case.
In a joint search operation, Police and CRPF personnel
recovered 16 IEDs together weighing around 50 kilograms besides
one regular 303 rifle, two country made guns, 327 rounds of ammunition
and bullets of AK-47 in Serendag area in Latehar District. SP
of Latehar, Anoop Birtharey said SFs also recovered a ten meter
red banner of the CPI-Maoist. The recovered articles, which were
kept in steel containers were dug out, said the SP.
A CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', who carried
a reward of INR 500,000 on his head, surrendered before DGP, D.K.
Pandey at the state Police headquarters in Ranchi District. A
native of Balumath area of Latehar District, Baleshwar Oraon was
a close aide of former Maoist 'zonal commander' Bada Vikas, who
gave up arms on July 14, and figured as a named accused in at
least 10 cases of Naxalite violence. Pandey welcomed Oraon into
social mainstream and handed him an INR 500,000 cheque and INR
50,000 in cash. "The Maoists have lost the support of their cadres
as well as common people. This is the 109th surrender under Operation
Nai Disha. I sincerely urge other rebels to give up arms and avail
the benefits of this policy. We will show them a new direction,"
Pandey said in his address at the event.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Amjhari
Mode in Dumka District, with INR 400,000 in cash which they had
collected as 'levy'. The arrested Maoists have been identified
as Dinesh Kumar Mandal and his associate Ravindra Kumar Mandal.
According to the Police the duos had collected the levy for Maoist
'commander' Jagdish Da alias Mota alias Mochu but were arrested
before they could deliver the money.
Three commanders of PLFI, a breakaway faction
of CPI-Maoist, surrendered in Simdega District. The surrendered
cadres are identified as 'zonal commander' Maheshwar Singh alias
Mahesh Singh (32), from Bano area of the District led his aides
- 'area commander' Siyon Topno alias Yadav (18), and dasta member
Pooran Yadav alias Babu (20). "They surrendered in a function
attended by dozens of locals. The way they laid down arms in the
public was a strong message, having great impact, to the people
and the extremists," said Simdega, SP, Rajeev Ranjan Singh.
Mahesh Singh (23), Tarop gram pradhan, was arrested
for having links with PLFI chief Dinesh Gope, from Simdega District.
Live 5.5mm INSAS rifle cartridges, belonging to PLFI chief Gope
was recovered from the house of Mahesh. SP off Simdega, Rajeev
Ranjan Singh said Mahesh confessed to have close association with
Gope, who carries a reward of INR 2.5 million on his head. PLFI
is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a farmer associated
with the Youth Congress at Punjo Sona Toli under Ghaghra Police
Station area in Gumla District. The victim was identified as Sugambar
Oraon (42). His bullet-riddled body was found half a kilometre
from his residence. While his wife Birso Devi lodged an FIR against
unknown persons, Police recovered a pamphlet near his body, where
the deceased was labelled an informer of splinter Naxalite
group and CPI-Maoist's rival JJMP. "Around eight to nine armed
men, suspected to be operatives of CPI (Maoist), abducted Oraon
from his residence, took him about half a kilometre away and rained
bullets on his head and ribs. According to reports, some local
residents had rushed to his rescue, but stepped back when the
rebels threatened them," said Ghaghra OIC Rajendra Rajak.
Rebels, identifying themselves as belonging to
JPC, shot dead two villagers busy in gambling at Kusumba village
in Katkamdag block in Hazaribagh District. Around 20 villagers
were gambling under a tree when they found themselves surrounded
by around 25 uniformed men with guns. The men identified themselves
as JPC rebels and asked the villagers to hand over their mobile
phones. They also beat up a few with lathis. "The men called out
the names of Rupesh Yadav (36) and Degan Tuti (40), asking them
to step forward out. Both were beaten up and shot dead," said
Harinath Yadav, brother of Rupesh, who was at the scene. Katkamdag
OIC Samir Tirkey visited the spot. "The reasons behind the murders
are still not clear. JPC was involved in the crime," he said.
JPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blasted the house of a former
Maoist Uday Mahto of Pirtand block in Giridih District, and also
set a rest room on fire in the same locality under the Pirtand
Police Station in the District. According to reports, suspected
Maoists numbering 120 cadres raided the house of ex-Maoist Mahto
near Bhirangi Mor in Madhubhan area and triggered a dynamite blast
blowing up the house of Mahto, who recently surrendered before
the Police. They also set the rest house on fire in the same locality,
the Police said, adding, nobody was present in the two houses
during the incident. Both the families were residing elsewhere
following threats from Naxalites. No person has been injured
in the blast. Giridih, SP, Akhilesh B. Varrier, who confirmed
no casualty took place, said Maoists tried to terrorise their
colleagues mulling the surrender option and harmed the Parasnath
Action Plan by blowing up the under-construction shed meant for
Maoist cadres set on fire four equipments engaged
in road construction at Hesakocha village in Seraikela-Kharsawan
District. Chandil SDPO, Sandeep Bhagat said the cadres have set
on fire a tractor, a water tank, a mixture machine and a road
roller last evening and the Maoist squad led by Maharaj Pramanik,
which is active in the area, is suspected to be behind it. The
demand of levy by the rebels was suspected to be reason behind
the incident, he said adding a massive search has been launched
in Hesakocha jungle by SF personnel.
Suspected Naxalites set ablaze four road construction
machineries in Khunti District. PLFI cadres assaulted labourers
and set on fire one excavator, one dumper, one tipping kit and
a truck after chasing away the labourers at Bamahni village in
Khunti District today afternoon, SP, Anish Gupta said. PLFI is
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Four PLFI cadres, who were arrested from near
Lohajmi village in Khunti District on November 6, were remanded
in judicial custody even as Police continued search for one of
their associates who managed to flee during the last night raid.
Sources said a joint team of CRPF and District Police personnel
rounded up the four during a search operation launched following
a tip-off on movement of suspected rebels in forests along the
bank of Karo river in Tapkara area. After a hot chase, the security
men arrested Prasanna Gudia, Ruben Gudia, Manoj Gudia and Susrihit
Bodra from the village, some 40 kilometres from Khunti District
headquarters. A gun, cartridges, mobile phones and PLFI literature
were found on them. Another rebel Sanjeevan Topno alias Disco,
however, gave the Police the slip in the darkness of the night.
"The police have intensified search to nab Sanjeevan," Khunti
SP, Anish Gupta said. He added the four had revealed some information
about the outfit and the Police were verifying their claims.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the ancestral house
of their former comrade Uday Mahto in Pirtand block in Giridih
District. They accused Mahto of swindling their organisational
A petrol pump owner in Ranchi District has landed
in the Police net, while trying to deposit INR 2.538 million,
allegedly belonging to a PLFI leader, in his account at the Bero
branch of SBI. Chandrashekhar Kumar (25), owner of Rekha Petrol
Pump in Bero on Ranchi's outskirts, was arrested along with his
father Nand Kumar Mahto (52), brother-in-law Vinod Kumar (32)
and friend Mohan Kumar alias Rajesh. A team, led by DSP, Bero,
Ajit Kumar Sinha, made the arrests on the basis of a tip-off received
by SSP, Kuldeep Dwivedi. "The cash belonged to PLFI supremo Dinesh
Gope. He had given it to Chandrashekhar, who, along with the other
three, was depositing the cash in his account (number 35650233071)
when they were caught. Apart from the Rs 25.38 lakh, all in Rs
1,000 notes, we also seized seven mobile phones, one four-wheeler
used to carry the money and filled deposit slips from them," SSP,
Dwivedi said. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Armed Forces comprising of the State Police and
Para-Military Forces have been deployed in forest areas and villages
along the Parasnath foothills, a day after CPI-Maoist cadres blew
up 'Doli shade' and house of former Maoist at Madhuban in Giridih
District. "Friday's Maoist attack was a result of their frustration
after they realized they were losing ground in the region. Unlike
previous instances, this time, they targeted government buildings
which were constructed for the 'Doli bearers'. Since most of the
'Doli bearers' are natives here, and were directly or indirectly
related to rebels in the past, rebels are now trying to terrorize
them," DIG, Hazaribagh, Upendra Kumar, said. "At a time when police
were regularly interacting with villagers for all-round development,
rebels expressed their disapproval over the same by blowing up
the shade", SP, AB Variar, said, adding that Security Forces would
continue to instill confidence among rural citizens. Meanwhile,
Madhuban Police lodged an FIR against 40-50 armed activists of
the Maoists on November 5, including top Maoist leaders and others,
allegedly involved in Friday's (November 4) attack.
Giridih Police arrested senior CPI-Maoist 'commander'
Ramesh Mandal from Motileda village under Bengabad Police Station
in Giridih District. Mandal, who carried an award of INR 500,000
on his head, was associated with the Maoists' organization for
about two decades. He was allegedly involved in dozens of big
incidents in Giridih and the suburban area including Chilkhari
massacre in 2007, in which the son of the former State Chief Minister
Babulal Marandi was killed, Mahendra Singh murder case, Giridih
home guard camp attack, Giridih Jail Van attack 2012 and others.
"In 2011, Mandal was arrested from Lalpaniya in and Bokaro and
later shifted to Giridih divisional Jail. But he was released
by his close aides during a jail break in December 2011. The government
had declared an award of Rs 5 lakh on his head," Police said.
A company of women CRPF has been designated to
fight against LWE in State. The women will also conduct search
operations in CPI-Maoist dominated areas. The women company under
CRPF's 135 Bn carried out a search operation against Maoists at
Karra and other Maoist-stronghold areas in Khunti District on
November 12. The company engaged in a mock drill through the hour-long
search operation. A CRPF official said that women forces of CRPF
are well-trained to handle all kinds of weapons such as INSAS,
AK-47, hand grenade. He said that female forces have undergone
rigorous training to face any battle against the rebels. IGP,
MS Bhatia, said that the unit will be deployed at all Maoist dominated
Districts of the State. IGP, Bhatia, said that since a large number
of female cadres have joined the LWEs, it will be easier for the
women CRPF to gauge the operations in such cases. He said that
the State has adequate male Para Military Forces. When asked about
the deployment of female constables, Bhatia said that it would
be decided as per the requirement of the Red zones.
Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das announced that 10,000
Police personnel and 2,500 Assistant Police would be recruited
next year. He further stated that the Assistant Police personnel
would be deployed in LWE-hit areas and they would get INR 10,000
per month and their services would be confirmed after three years.
He also mentioned that INR 240 billion already exists to provide
employment to the youth and investment for the infrastructure.
He added that for investments peace was necessary and investments
increased following prevailing of peace in Jharkhand.
A businessman, Yogesh Mishra (40) who owns a Nursing
Home, was killed and his vehicle set ablaze, by Naxals
near Raisilli Pahar under Kuchai Police Station of Seraikela-Kharsawan
District. Apparently, Naxals were asking Mishra to convert
their black money into white in the wake of banning of INR 500
and INR 1000 currency notes. Mishra, refused to abide by Naxals
citing example of Nand Kishore from Bero who was arrested on November
10 for carrying INR 2.5 million that belonged to PLFI supremo
Dinesh Gope. Earlier, Mishra was involved in providing treatment
to two Naxals injured in last year's firing at the SSP,
Ranchi. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
CRPF has deployed a team of women commandos for
anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand. 135 women commandos belonging
to the 232 battalion's Delta Company are currently undertaking
operations under the close supervision of CRPF's 133 battalion
in Naxal-infested forests on the outskirts of Ranchi District
near Khoonti area.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including a self-styled
'area commander', were arrested when they assembled in a house
at Dharampur locality on the way to a bank for exchanging/depositing
extortion money in Latehar District. The three arrested Maoists
with one lakh cash each are identified as Ravinder Yadav alias
Rahul, Anil Yadav and Ramjeet Yadav. Ravinder is the 'area commander'
of the CPI-Maoist and works for top Maoist Nakul Yadav and Subhash
Yadav. Ramjeet Yadav another supporter of Nakul Yadav and Subhash
Yadav had dodged the Police on November 18 when he succeeded in
depositing INR 100,000 with PNB branch in Latehar. DSP, Latehar,
Purshottam Kumar Singh, said Police recovered three cell phones
from their possession.
The Jharkhand Police have started a poster campaign
in Naxal-hit areas of the state asking people not to deposit or
exchange the demonetised currency notes belonging to the LWEs
or their organisations. The IGP (operation), M.S. Bhatia told
that the villagers should not deposit the illegal money of CPI-Maoist
in Jan Dhan accounts, otherwise they will be held responsible
for such transactions. He added that Jharkhand Police is putting
up pamphlets in remote rural areas where hardcore Maoists have
dumped their cash. The Police have launched a poster and pamphlet
campaign in more than 16 Districts like Lohardaga, Latehar, Garwah,
Chatra, Khunti and Chaibasa. In Jharkhand, LWE collect INR 1.5
billion to INR 2 billion a year in the form of 'levy' or protection
fee they slap on villagers, businesses and contractors.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the CoBRA commandos of the CRPF and the Jharkhand Police
in Latehar District. CRPF, IG, Sanjay Lathkar confirmed the deaths
in the encounter that took place in a remote location on the forested
banks of the Koel River in area under Chhipadohar Police Station.
Six bodies of the rebels in black uniform were recovered. The
bodies are yet to be identified, but Police officials said the
uniforms worn by the rebels and the weapons found with them indicate
they were Maoists of senior rank. "An INSAS rifle, a SLR, a carbine
and three other firearms have been recovered from the encounter
site. The other members of the Maoist squad fled the spot during
the gunbattle," said Latehar SP, Anup Birtharey.
The Jharkhand Police and IT Department officials
began a probe in Chatra District of Jharkhand following reports
that state's banned LWE group, TPC, had deposited around INR 10
crore in the accounts of villagers reports .According to sources,
TPC Chief Brajesh Ganjhu held a meeting with around 200 villagers
on November 11, where he asked them to deposit their money in
their Jan Dhan Yojna accounts, old age pension, scholarship scheme,
MNREGS and other savings accounts. TPC is a splinter group of
The CRPF got a new battalion, the 232 Women's
Battalion, fourth women's unit in the force but the first to be
deployed in active combat in Jharkhand and West Bengal. The 232
Women's Battalion have been trained for 44 weeks in jungle warfare,
unarmed combat and smart weapons firing. They have been trained
to negotiate dense forests and rivers so that they are capable
of tackling every obstacle that they may face while fighting Maoists.
They have been deployed in the 'company formation' style, which
means about 100 personnel at one time. "We did not compromise
on the training standards. The benchmarks were as stringent. We
had to keep them ready for combat in these areas. So, I think
they are geared up. Both psychologically and physically," Sudeep
Lakhtakia, ADP (Operations), said.
The Police CPI-Maoist cadre at Pavda Pahad in
Nutadih village under Ghorabandha Police Station in East Singhbhum
District. The arrested Maoist was identified as Sanatan Munda;
a resident of LWE infested area. Sanatan belonged to a 15-member
Ghorabandha squad. The Maoists was arrested during a search operation
being carried by District Police and CRPF. The drive was led by
rural SP, Mohammad Arshi. Senior SSP, Anup Mathew, said that acting
on a tip-off they acted and have recovered a lap top along with
six live cartilages, magazines, and carbine.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from different
areas of Dumka District. One of the arrested Maoists, Mithilesh
Mandal, had escaped during transit while returning from a court
in Giridih in 2012. He faced several Naxal-related cases under
different Police Stations and was the self-styled 'area commander'
of the banned outfit, SP, Prabhat Kumar said. Two country-made
pistols, two four wheelers, five ATM cards, five cheque books,
seven mobiles, naxal literature, five passbooks of different banks
were recovered from the possession of those arrested. The seized
INR 3.153 million in cash included four new INR 2,000 notes while
the rest are the defunct INR 500 and INR 1,000 currency notes.
In order to boost its internal security, the Cabinet
has decided to constitute three new battalions of IRB each carrying
1007 forces. In total, the battalions would get 3021 men in uniform
as paramilitary, 25 per cent of that would necessarily be deployed
in anti-Naxal operations in the State. Informing about this, Additional
Chief Secretary (Home) NN Pandey said that the battalions would
be forced as per the standards of the (MoH). "The Cabinet has
decided to raise three new IRB battalions in the State as per
the standards of the GoI. It has also been decided that 25 per
cent of the 3021 personnel would be designated as special task
force for the disturbed areas," told reporters. This apart, the
Cabinet on the special instructions of Chief Minister Raghubar
Das has approved formation of Civil Defense Volunteers in 19 more
districts along with Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Bokaro. 100 volunteers
would be roped in every district and would be given five sessions
of training for six days each. "The volunteers would be trained
in such a manner that they can handle law and order issues arising
at local level. They would be paid Rs 250 for each training day
and the same amount would be paid for each day of service," said
Pandey. Districts such as Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Ramgarh, Giridih,
Koderma, Chatra, Dumka, Deoghar, Pakur, Palamu, Latehar, Garhwa,
Gumla, Lohardaga, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Khunti, Saraikela,
Jamtara would be covered.
Simdega Police claimed that founder and chief
of PLFI, Dinesh Gope, was injured during an encounter on Pangur-Bintuka
road in Simdega District on November 29. Acting on information
that Gope was likely to sneak into Odisha through the forests
in Bano block, District Police came across five men on two motorcycles
near Bintuka School. SP, Rajiv Ranjan Singh said, "A police team
intercepted those men on the bikes and asked them to stop, following
which they resorted to firing. An exchange of fire broke out between
the two groups and the encounter reportedly lasted for over an
hour. Reinforcements from nearby police stations and district
headquarters reached the spot later," Singh said. The Police also
claimed that Dinesh Gope was injured in the encounter, however,
his aides managed to take him and escaped. Police recovered one
Royal Enfield Himalayan bike with four-five bullet marks, Hero
Charizma motor bike, 36 pieces of unfired INSAS bullets, 10 pieces
of empty cartridges of INSAS, three empty cartridges of AK-47,
mobile chargers and an extension board. Singh said that the recovery
of the Himalayan bike confirmed the presence of Gope, since he
is known to be moving around in the area on that particular two-wheeler.
"The recovery of empty cartridges of AK-47 indicates the presence
of top leaders of the outfit. We are sharing the appearance and
details of the person, who led the encounter for the rebels, with
local intelligence," Singh said. "PLFI is one among the last LWE
groups active in the region and the Tuesday encounter comes as
a huge blow to their morale here," Singh said. PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist, engaged in organised extortion from contractors
and traders in Simdega.
The Jharkhand Government will set up a security
camp atop Burha Pahar in Latehar District, which has become a
bastion of the CPI-Maoist with its top leaders, such as Arvindji
and Sudhakaran. Dev Kumar Singh alias Arvindji carries
a reward of INR 10 million. Sudhakaran came to Jharkhand from
Andhra Pradesh early this year to help Maoists regain control
over the bases smashed by SFs, Police said. "Burha Pahar that
has become a synonym for LWE will soon be under police control.
Security forces will set up a camp there," State's Chief Secretary
Rajabala Verma, praising the forces for their offensives against
the Maoists in the region CPI-Maoist cadres pasted a poster, at
former MLA Laxman Swarnkar Gandey's house in Ahilyapur village
in Giridih District, warning him of dire consequences if he did
not part his ways with JVM Chief Babu Lal Marandi.
Suspected Naxalites apparently belonging
to a newly formed outfit raided a road construction site, thrashed
workers and set ablaze four SUVs in Keredari in Hazaribagh District.
Police said the attack was aimed at intimidating and extorting
money from the management of ECI Company, which has been engaged
by the State Highways Authority for the renovation of 117 kilometres-long
Hazaribagh-Bijupada road at a cost of INR 4.41 billion. Sources
said around 15 armed Naxalites of newly formed JKRD stormed
into the ECI camp at Damhabagi village in Keredari block, some
52 kilometres from Hazaribagh District headquarters, around 2am.
The extremists took three workers at gunpoint and then beat them
up badly. They warned them against working on the project and
set four vehicles on fire. The suspected extremists left behind
a pamphlet, wherein one Amit ji claimed responsibility for the
attack, and disappeared into Keredari forests. Local sources said
of late, CPI-Maoist cadres and their breakaway factions had been
on the back foot in the face of sustained Police patrol in the
area. There hadn't been any big crime here in recent past, they
claimed. So, the raid was basically a handiwork of a local gang,
which wanted to terrorise the agency officials in the garb of
a new rebel outfit. Hazaribagh, SP, Bhimsen Tuti visited the spot
to take stock of the situation and spoke to the workers. "Preliminary
probe hints at involvement of a criminal gang, and police have
identified some of its members. Raids are on and all of them will
be arrested soon," the SP added.
Ravindra Kumar, a BJP member in Koderma District,
arrested for having links with LWEs. Following completion of a
probe into the cases related to supplying explosives to the outlawed,
the DC office of the District has initiated stern action against
Ravindra Kumar and ordered to shut down his firm 'Sarang Explosive'.
Ravindra Kumar alias Raju Mehta, is the proprietor of 'Sarang
Explosive' and said to be an active member of the BJP at Phulwaria
of Domchanch in Koderma District. As per a detailed report of
the Koderma, SP, dated September 11, 2016, Sarang Explosive's
hand was found in a Naxal incident having taken place three
days before at Barachatti of Gaya District in neighbouring Bihar.
Chatra District Police claimed to have arrested
an 'area commander' of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Mukesh Yadav, a resident of Lesligunj in Palamu, was arrested
from Shabano village under Simaria Police Station in the District,
by a joint team of local Police and a CRPF unit. Yadav carries
a cash reward of INR 200,000 on him as announced by the State
Home Department. Chatra, SP, Anjani Kumar Jha said Yadav, who
is in his mid-twenties, was hiding in a house when he was arrested
with a loaded country-made pistol. "Yadav tried to escape the
house from the rear but was chased down. He did not offer any
resistance and no-gunshots were fired from our end as well," Jha
claimed. Chatra Police added that Yadav, 'area commander' of Lesligunj
and Satbarwah Zone, was sent to Chatra few months ago, by PLFI's
'second-in-command' Santosh Yadav, to strengthen the outfit's
organizational set up. Yadav had joined the PLFI fold as early
as 1999 and operated mostly in Palamu and Latehar Districts. He
has six registered cases against him, comprising attempt to murders,
kidnappings and extortion.
The District Police recovered 14 IEDs from an
unspecified location in Latehar District.
The DC of Palamu District, Ameet Kumar said that
Naxals require 'counselling' for making them detached from
violence and gun culture. Addressing in a Janta Darbar
at heavily Naxal infested Chak Village of Manatu Block
of Palamu District; the DC admitted that area has serious problem
in hands. Moreover locals were of view that counselling to Naxals
is a good idea and in this job civil society activist should come
forward but asking Naxals to shun violence and stop using
'bandook' (gun) to gain 'haque' (right) on their
naxal hit soil is no easy thing to do. DC made this appeal to
the naxals when his district Agricultural Officer had offered
300 farmers each 10 kilograms of free wheat seed. Farmers had
to assure that they had three times 'patwan' (irrigating)
facility with them. The farmers on hearing these freebies in the
shape of seed of wheat at once dashed towards the stall of the
A 'sub-zonal commander' of CPI-Maoist, identified
as Sanjay Korwa, carrying a bounty of INR 500,000, surrendered
before Palamu, DIG of Police, Vipul Shukla and Latehar, SP, Anup
Birtharey in Latehar District. Sanjay surrendered without any
weapon. The Maoist was accompanied by his wife and wore his Maoist
uniform. Birtharey said Sanjay had five cases against him and
he was operative in Bareysarn, Mahuadarn and Mandal. Inducted
in the Maoist outfit around seven years ago, Sanjay reached the
position of 'sub-zonal commander' for his ferocity in ambushing
the SFs. He is learnt to have remained in regular touch with Arvindji,
Bada Vikas and also cadres of Chhattisgarh Maoist outfit.
A hardcore Maoist wanted in dozen cases was arrested
by Bermo Police in Bokaro District. The arrested rebel has been
identified as Kalimullah Ansari alias Kamruddin Ansari
alias Karu Miya, belonging to Lodhi village under the Gomia
Police Station. The Bermo SDPO, Rajkumar Mahto said that the arrested
Naxal Karu Miya has admitted his involvement in dozen cases
related to Naxal activities in and around Bokaro and Hazaribagh
Districts. Police claimed that it was a major breakthrough for
the District Police he was evading arrest from Bokaro and Hazaribagh
Police last 20 years. Giving details of the arrested Maoist's
modus operandi, Mehta said, he came to Lodhi panchayat
for solving some land dispute.
The mukhiya of Jargo panchayat in
Tamar block in Ranchi District, Jeevan Singh Munda (38), was dragged
out of his home by unidentified assailants, masquerading as Police,
and shot dead. CPI-Maoist posters found near his body read that
Munda was being "punished for being a Police informer" and others
should learn a lesson from his death. The forested spot where
the mukhiya's body was found is 25 kilometres from Tamar
thana and around 80 kilometres from the State capital, Ranchi.
An unnamed local resident claimed that Munda was once a Maoist
sympathizer, adding, "But, he parted ways with the rebels three
years ago and entered mainstream politics. Currently, he did not
have any political affiliation and facilitated construction of
rural roads to help Police movement in the area." Rural SP, Raj
Kumar Lakra said, "Four Maoist posters found near his body said
he had paid the price for being a police informer. But, there
is nothing on record to prove that the deceased was an informer.
We are also not aware of his past Maoist links."
Acting on a tip-off by local residents, Police
recovered a huge cache of 120 IEDs, two cylinder bombs, weighing
five kilograms each, and 200 metres of codex wire, used in landmine
blasts, from a Maoist hideout in Barwaiya forests of Manika in
Latehar District. The explosives were found hidden underneath
rocks atop a hillock in the dense forests. Latehar, SP, Anoop
Birtharay said the explosives belonged to the Maoist squad of
'sub-zonal commander' Shravan Yadav who carried a reward of INR
500,000 on his head. "At present, he has been located in Gaya
district of neighbouring Bihar. Almost all Maoist squads have
fled the district following recent search operations but they
have sympathisers who extend them logistic support," said SP,
Birtharay. Sharing the credit of the recovery with the villagers,
he said it was an outcome of community policing. "I regularly
visit the remote villages and introduce community policing there,"
added SP, Birtharay. Police sources said Maoist squads of 'sub-zonal
commanders' Ugreshwar Yadav and Virendra Yadav, who too carried
INR 500,000 rewards each on their heads, also used to operate
in Latehar. Following recent operations, they have hidden their
arms and ammunition and fled to safer havens.
A person was arrested from Khunti District, for
pasting a PLFI poster. The poster, issuing a warning to tribal
MLAs and MPs, was found in Murhu area of Khunti, prompting Police
to arrest one Surendra Swansi alias Bhotha alias
Guerrilla. Further, the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist,
called a 24-hour bandh on December 14, in the PLFI strongholds
in the State (outskirts of Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga,
Latehar, Giridih and mining areas of Santhal Pargana). The bandh
is in protest against the amendments in tenancy laws.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that
the State Government was planning to start a programme of inducting
youngsters in the Naxal-affected areas as Auxiliary Police, who
will be later absorbed as regular Police. He also said that demonetisation
has hit the Naxals and other extremist elements hard. Speaking
at the inaugural three-day workshop of Police officials from 10
LWE-affected States conducted by the CRPF in Ranchi, Das said
that development and peace were complementary to each other. The
programme, said Das, envisaged inducting the youngsters from these
areas as Auxiliary and absorbing them as regular Police after
three years of training. Das also stressed on the need for better
coordination and sharing of intelligence between the States. During
the workshop, the officials from 10 States - Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh,
Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Madhya
Pradesh and West Bengal - discussed ways to share intelligence
and make coordinated efforts in curbing naxal movements. They
also discussed use of media and social media, besides technology
in dealing with naxals.
CRPF, DG, Durga Prasad claimed that Naxalism
will end from Jharkhand by 2017. He addressed the media after
attending the video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary in
Building Project. He pressed that in Jharkhand, greater coordination
among CRPF, SSB, BSF and State Police is required to eradicate
the Naxal campaign by 2017.
UMoSHA Hansraj Gangaram Ahir blamed the CPI-Maoist
for underdevelopment of tribals in the country while addressing
media in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. He was attending the concluding
part of three-day workshop on "LWE Theatre - Interstate operations
and coordination' hosted by the CRPF, Ahir said that the living
standard of tribals in most parts of the country is around 150
years behind that of our modern cities. "The Maoists have not
allowed development work to penetrate to the far flung hamlets,"
he accused reiterating his government's commitment to wipe out
Naxalism of all forms from the country with full might."We don't
want to use bullets against our own people and its better if they
understand our language (Hum chahte hain ki goli nahi boli
se baat bane) and get prepared to shun violence," he said.
Ahir expressed disappointment over use of CAPF for controlling
LWE in different states. "If we are not compelled to use our forces
within the mainland they can be engaged at the borders," he said.
He took a stock of the situation prevailing in all ten states
which includes Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and parts of Madhya Pradesh
and Uttar Pradesh considered to be red corridor region of the
country. "Our Central Minister Rajnath Singh has agreed to extend
full cooperation in terms of financial support and assistance
of the security forces in these states to ensure that the development
work is not affected," he said. Ahir pointed finger to the fact
that most of the Central Welfare schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas
Yojna, extending loans under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna and Skill
Development Programmes have failed to reach the tribal hamlets
because of CPI- Maoist presence. "Construction of schools, health
centres, railway, industry, irrigation projects and roads have
also suffered because of presence of Maoists which has not just
retarded government's effort for development but has deprived
the tribals of facilities that they should enjoy as citizens of
an independent nation," he said underlining the fact that everyone
in the country has equal right to life and opportunities.
A hardcore CPI-Maoist Devilal Marandi, who carried
a reward of INR 200,000, was arrested from his home at Haldipahari
in Dumka District. He was involved in the killing of Police personnel
including a SP. Acting on a tip-off that Marandi alias
Joseph Marandi was visiting his home, SFs led by ASP (Operations),
Emanuel Baski raided the village and arrested him, SP, Prabhat
Kumar said. Marandi was involved in several criminal cases, including
killing of Pakur SP, Amarjeet Balihar, in an ambush in Shikaripara
Police Station in 2013 and the officer-in-charge of Shikaripara
Police Station Satanand Singh in September 2010 under the same
Police Station limits, he said. A case was also pending against
him in Pakur District in connection with Simaldhav encounter in
2013, the SP said, adding Marandi was an active member of Santal
Paragana North sub-zone of CPI -Maoists.
Police arrested two cadres of the TPC, a CPI-Maoist
splinter group, after a fierce gunbattle in a dense forest area
of Herhanj in Latehar District, seizing, among others, an AK-
47 and an INSAS rifle, two 3.3 and .315 guns and over 600 cartridges.
Preliminary inquiries suggest that the weapons had possibly been
stolen from Police. Latehar SP, Anoop Birtharay received a tip-off
about a TPC squad moving around in the dense forests of Herhanj,
about 75 kilometres from the District headquarters. After verification,
he formed special teams comprising the State Police and CRPF to
take them on from multiple directions. Police sources said the
rebels were cooking a meal, when Police zeroed in on them. The
rebels were the first to open fire after which the Police retaliated.
Finally, the rebels started to flee, leaving behind some of their
weapons and essentials. "The arrested rebels, Chhotu Thakur and
Manoj Ganju, both around 25 years of age, are being brought to
Latehar district headquarters. They are being interrogated. Around
35 rebels were present when the encounter began. No policeman
has been injured in the operation," SP, Birtharay said.
A PLFI 'sub-zonal commander' Lalit Baraik (30),
wanted in 13 murder cases, surrendered before DSP, Kotwali, Bhola
Prasad Singh in Khunti District. In Khunti, a PLFI poster, asking
people to protest against the amendments in tenancy laws was seized
from the outskirts. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
SFs arrested two LWEs in Latehar District. In
a joint operation, Police of Latehar District and paramilitary
CRPF personnel arrested the Naxals belonging to TPC, and seized
a cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. TPC is a
splinter group of the CPI-Maoist which was formed in 2002. They
routinely call strikes, attack Government property and target
politicians and Police.
PLFI 'area commander' Lalit Kumar Badaik of Bano
surrendered before Kotwali Police in Simdega District. An inter
pass student from +2 Navodaya Vidyalaya in Gumla, Badaik joined
the PLFI cadre in the year 2006 after he was sent to jail in a
murder case. "After remaining there from 2006 to 2010, I decided
to get into the mainstream again and was underground till now.
During these years, I kept on moving from one place to another
with my family and finally contacted a journalist who helped me
to surrender before the Police today," said Badaik. Badaik, who
used to carry AK-47 along with him, has more than 13 cases registered
against him in various Police Stations in Simdega.
District Police of Bokaro along with the CRPF
found a haul of explosives stocked by the CPI-Maoist cadres in
Goniyato in Jhumra foothills under Pek Police Station of Gomia
Block in Bokaro District. SP, Y S Ramesh said that search operations
were conducted following leads of Maoist movement in the jungle
near Goniyato village, where they found a sack behind the bushes.
The sack contained 101 gelatin gel packs and 10 electric detonators.
Latehar Police seized INR 1.5 million in the
banned currency notes, including INR 300,000 belonging to a self-styled
'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist in Latehar District. The Latehar
Police also arrested a bank manager in a raid at a bank in Balumath
area. SP, Anoop Birtharay said the raid was conducted based on
tip-off that the CPI-Maoist front-ranking leader Chotu Kherwar
had deposited the old currency notes in his wife Lalitha Dev's
account, allegedly in connivance with Branch Manager Chandan Kumar.
Birtharay said Chandan had allegedly received INR 1.5 million
in old from Chotu Kherwar alias Sujit Kherwar and had already
deposited INR 12,000,000 in 64 installments in Devi's account
while INR 300,000 cash was yet to be deposited. The entire amount
has been seized, the SP said, adding that Chandan has been arrested.
PLFI cadres gunned down one Pravin Kandulna (24)
after accusing him of sexually abusing village girls in Kolebira
of Simdega District. Armed rebels led by one Vijay Dang, who claimed
to be the new PLFI 'area commander', forced the youth to come
out of his home at Tutikel village. They took him half a kilometre
away and killed him. "Our preliminary inquiries suggest the PLFI
executed this killing to regain their foothold in the area. No
one has so far complained that Kandulna used to sexually exploit
girls. However, our investigations are on. Search operations too
have been intensified," said Simdega SP, Rajeev Ranjan Singh.
PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A PLFI cadre was killed during an encounter with
Police at Murhu in Khunti District. A carbine, a .315 rifle, three
9mm pistols, several rounds of live cartridges, three mobile phones,
two bikes and INR 4,500 cash were also recovered. Khunti SP, Ashwini
Kumar Sinha said they got a tip-off that a PLFI squad, comprising
'sub-zonal commander's Prabhu Sahay and Pattu Nag, was moving
in the forests in Murhu and Arki. After verifying the information,
the SP formed special teams to corner the rebels from all sides.
The rebel, Mahadeo Munda, was killed in exchange of fire. His
body was recovered from the spot, which is located 40 kilometres
from Khunti District headquarters. The other PLFI members managed
to escape. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Giridih Police arrested two JPC cadres, including
its Chief Nageshwar Ganju, from a forest under Sariya Police Station
in Giridih District. The other person arrested has been identified
as Purushottam Ganju, who was the 'sub-zonal commander' and a
close aide of Ganju. SFs also recovered three land mines (each
weighing between 2-2.5 Kilograms), a JPC letter pad and CPI-Maoist
literature from the cadres. Police said the duo was involved in
at least 17 cases of levy collection, loot, dacoity and murders
in Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts. Ganju carried a reward of
INR 500,000 on his head, Police added. "Based on inputs that the
two accused were planning to meet some local youths in Dhawaiya
forests area, we arrested them," SP, Abhishek B Variar said. "The
duo was nabbed while they were delivering a speech to lure villagers
in their group. At least 25-30 youths managed to escape in the
dark", Sariya-Bagodar SDPO, Deepak Kumar Sharma said. "During
investigation, Ganju, said they were planning to expand their
base in Giridih. Apart from local traders, their main target for
levy collections and other criminal acts were contractors," Sharma
added. JPC is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.
Two cadres belonging to JPC were arrested and
arms and ammunition seized from Paharia forests of Katkamdag block,
during a joint search by District Police and paramilitary forces
in Hazaribagh District. DIG (Hazaribagh range), Upendra Kumar,
said that it was one of the biggest arms haul involving any extremist
outfit in the District. The recovered arms were one AK-47, two
self-loading rifles, one semi-automatic gun, one .315 rifle, 143
rounds of rifle bullets, 24 rounds of AK-47 bullets, nine magazines,
three small bags, seven mobile phones and a few caps. The arrested
duos have been identified as Prakash Yadav and Bablu Yadav. Sources
said after the arrest of JPC supremo Nageshwar Ganjhu alias
Nagji, and outfit 'commander' Purushottam Ganjhu from Giridih
on December 25, Police came to know about the huge cache of arms
in Paharia forests. The DIG said that the search was undertaken
after CRPF personnel and Police team, led by officers from Hazaribagh,
Giridih and Chatra Districts, reached the spot yesterday evening.
"They noticed suspicious movement inside the forests. When police
gave a chase, many rebels - Dasrath Yadav, Baljeet, Ishwar Yadav,
Khanan Yadav, Arun Yadav, Rewa Ganjhu and Suraj Ganjhu - managed
to escape. But their associates, Prakash and Bablu, were caught,"
Kumar said. JPC pamphlets, mobile phones and two walkie-talkies
were found on them. The duo admitted that they were hiding in
the forest and kept the arms, wrapped in polythene, under the
ground. "They led us to the spot," the DIG added. JPC is a splinter
of the CPI-Maoist.
A petrol bunk owner was threatened to pay INR
300,000 as levy through a PLFI poster in Palkot area of Gumla
District. The poster was pasted on the boundary wall of the bunk.
PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Source:Compiled from news reports and