Bihar Timeline 2016
TPC cadres assaulted two persons
identified as Ramvilas Ram and Ramdeep Ram in Aurangabad District.
The fear of TPC backlash is such that it forced the panchayat
mukhiya Ramji Ram not to lodge a police complaint with
Tandawa Police Station after his 70-year-old father and brother
were assaulted. The mukhiya said TPC cadres demanded 20
per cent of the grant sanctioned by the government for welfare
schemes in his panchayat.
Two powerful cane bombs were recovered by SFs
from a forest in Chando village in Gaya District. During a combing
operation against CPI-Maoist, the CoBRA unit and the District
Police recovered two powerful cane bombs, weighing five kilograms
each, from the forest area.
A team of STF and Saran District Police of Bihar
arrested nine cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman 'area
commander' from Doriganj in Saran District. All of the arrested
cadres were accused in the case for planting of explosives at
the Ara-Chhapra Bridge on January 1. They had blasted the generator
set used by the construction company engaged in the bridge construction
work. Police have recovered three pamphlets of the Maoists from
the construction site and three cane bombs were found fixed to
three pillars of the under construction bridge.
A grant of INR 10 billion was approved by the
UMHA for 35 worst Naxal affected districts spread across seven
States to carry out development work and augmenting facilities
to fight the CPI-Maoist. The affected areas include 16 districts
in Jharkhand, eight in Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar, two in Odisha
and one each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The
Ministry allocated fund at the rate of INR 280.57 million per
Aurangabad District Police launched a combing
operation against the Maoists in different parts of the District
to instill confidence among the people.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed while one trooper
of the CoBRA received bullet injury in an encounter between SFs
and Maoists at village Bandh Gorya under Dhibra Police Station
area in Aurangabad District. SFs also recovered four weapons including
one AK-47, one carbine and two pistols from possession of the
Armed Maoists set ablaze two tractors of a contractor
in a village in Lakhisarai District. of Bihar.
CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze four road construction
equipments machines engaged in the construction of State Highway
69 linking the State capital Patna with Dumaria, Araria District,
in Gaya District.
Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres identified as
Amresh Kumar Sinha alias Kavi Ji alias K.V. and
Sanjay Tiwari surrendered before Patna SSP Manu Maharaj in Patna
CPI-Maoist central zonal spokesman Pramjeet threatened
to take revenge of the killing of the Maoists in Bihar in the
encounter on January 8. He alleged that their four colleagues
were arrested by security personnel, who killed them in fake encounter.
Pramjeet said dedication of the comrades will never go in vain
and they would take revenge from the cops.
The anti-CPI-Maoist operations in Bihar are set
to be augmented with the State Police planning to purchase a chopper
for the use of security personnel. ADGP, (law and order), Alok
Raj said that modalities for purchase of the chopper were being
finalised. He further said that "Technical issues like recruitment
of pilot, hangar, maintenance and budget are being discussed before
the purchase of the chopper. It will be stationed at Gaya hangar.
The helicopter will also be helpful for Police personnel on law
and order duty."
Police arrested a Maoist 'zonal commander' along
with huge cache of arms and ammunition during a combing operation
in Gaya District. Acting on the tip-off, Police and CRPF personnel
conducted a combing operation in Gaya District. Police had recovered
an AK-56 rifle, 102 live cartridges and other items from the arrested
Ten days after the killing of four CPI-Maoist
cadres on January 8 during an encounter with Police at Bandh Goryea
forest under Dhibra Police Station limits in Aurangabad District
of Bihar, Maoists pasted pamphlets in Deo and Dhibra localities
threatening to take revenge of the killings of their colleagues
in the encounter. Some of the pamphlets were pasted at small culverts
in aforesaid localities. The pamphlets carried the message, "Char
ka badla chalis se lenge, Operation Green Hunt band karo, comrade
Bihari Yadav, Ratan Yadav, Devki Bhuiyan and Birendra Singh
ko sat sat salaam."
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested with arms
and ammunitions in a joint operation by CRPF troopers and District
Police in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Aurangabad SP Babu Ram
said, "The Maoists, identified as Awadhesh Yadav, Sanjay Yadav
and Dukhi Singh Bhokta, were involved in several cases of Naxal
violence and extortion. Two country-made pistols and six live
cartridges were recovered from their possession," and added raids
were being carried out at several places to arrest other Maoists
in the 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.
Maoists killed one villager, identified as Nanhu
Singh Bhokta in Gulab Bigha village under Madanpur Police station
in Aurangabad District of Bihar suspecting him to be a Police
informer. The Maoists also left a pamphlet at the spot threatening
to eliminate SFs engaged in anti-Maoist operations. However, Police
claimed that the victim never worked as their informer. "Police
are probing the incident from different angles. Four special police
teams have been formed to carry out raids and arrest those involved
in the killing," the SDPO P N Sahu said.
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
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a junior Police, identified
as Girija Paswan, in Aurangabad District. The Maoists claimed
that the 35-year-old was killed as he was suspected to have told
his superiors about the whereabouts of Rajiv alias Bihari,
a Maoist leader. Rajiv and his accomplices were killed by the
Aurangabad Police earlier this month (January 2016).
A top CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Ram Chandra
Mahto aka Pramod aka Chirag Da, was killed in an
exchange of fire during a joint operation conducted by Bihar Police,
CRPF, CoBRA and SSB at Charkapaththar area in Jamui District.
Mahto was a 'member' of the East Bihar North-West Jharkhand 'special
area committee' and was wanted in 20 cases in Bihar and over three
dozen cases in Jharkhand. He carried a head money of INR 2.5 million
in Jharkhand and INR 500,000 in Bihar. Mahto's body was recovered
along with one Police rifle, one 303 regular weapon, one 8mm pistol
and one country made pistol.
A Police official was killed in an encounter with
alleged CPI-Maoist sympathisers in Munger District.
Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University proctor Prof.
Bilakshan Ravidas and two others were detained by the Bhagalpur
District Police for their suspected CPI-Maoist links. The other
two detained were part-time teacher at Murarka College (a constituent
unit of TMBU) in Sultanganj block, Kapildev Mandal, and a Grade
IV employee of Welfare Hostel number-II of the TMBU, Arjun Paswan.
However, after their interrogation for over three hours, they
were released with the rider that they would cooperate with the
Police in further interrogation. Police raided Ravidas's residence
at Sarai in Bhagalpur after a youth from Belhar in Banka District,
Ghanshyam alias Ghoghan Da, was arrested for alleged Maoist
links on February 7 morning. A pistol, mobile phone and Maoist
literature were allegedly seized from Ghanshyam's possession.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze a tractor
in Gaya District. At least five Maoists barged into a brick kiln
and torched a tractor after its owner failed to pay INR 100,000
as "levy". The kiln owner said that INR 25, 000 was paid monthly
to the Maoists until last two months when they started demanding
A team of STF arrested one self-styled 'zonal
commander' of the CPI-Maoist from Samastipur District and two
women cadres from a place on Muzaffarpur-Sheohar border. Sushil
M Khopde, IG, Operations and STF, said the 'zonal commander',
Lalbabu Sahni alias Bhaskarji, was arrested from his hideout
in Samastipur District and on the basis of his tip-off, woman
cadres - Soni Kumari and Chitra Lekha - were arrested. Bhaskarji
was a Maoist 'zonal commander'.
The Maoists abducted two railway staff in during
the bandh Jamui District of Bihar.
Maoists partially damaged the building of Barhat
block office in Jamui District by exploding a cane bomb. The main
door, gate and a pillar of the block office building were damaged
while cracks appeared on some of the walls.
A group of CoBRA troopers had a miraculous escape
when a bomb, planted by the Maoists exploded at Dhabi village
under Dhibra Police Station limits in Aurangabad District.
A mobile phone tower of a private telecom operator
was set ablaze by the Maoists at village Marwaro under Khaira
Police Station area in Jamui District.
The two-day Bihar bandh called by the CPI-Maoist
passed off peacefully in Bihar. The bandh was called in protest
against the killing of Maoist 'commander' Chirag Da.
At Dighi Bazar area under Lakshmipur Police Station
in Jamui District the Maoists left posters and pasted a few of
them on the walls of a Durga temple and some abandoned shops in
the market area.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a mobile tower in
Jamui District, the second day of a two-day state-wide bandh.
Nearly 40 armed cadres attacked the BSNL mobile tower at Mudwaro
village and set it ablaze. The shutdown affected normal life in
rural areas in Jamui, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai and other neighbouring
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested along with
weapons from Jehanabad District. Acting on a tip off, the Police
raided Timbalpur village and arrested the four Maoists and seized
two country-made carbines, a country-made pistol, six live ammunition,
two mobile phones and a haul of Maoist literature, SDPO Ashfaq
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 District Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres
from Belaganj Police Station area in Gaya District and recovered
two country made weapons and live cartridges from their possession.
"The arrested men, identified as Munarik Yadav and Chandradip
Yadav, hail from the Makhdumpur Police Station area of the neighbouring
Jehanabad District. The duo has been charged with extorting money
from local brick kiln owners," said Gaya SSP Garima Malik.
Bihar and Jharkhand Police have decided in Patna
to launch joint anti-Naxal operations in Kaimur, Rohtas,
Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui in Bihar and Palamu, Chatra,
Hazaribagh, Koderma, Giridih and Deoghar in Jharkhand. This was
decided during a meeting of top brass of Bihar and Jharkhand Police.
The meeting was attended by Jharkhand DGP D.K. Pandey, ADGP (Operations)
S.N. Pradhan, Bihar DGP P.K. Thakur, ADG (Law and Order) Alok
Raj, ADG (Headquarters) Sunil Kumar, IGP CRPF Shailendra Kumar
along with officers from Special Branch, CID and SPs of bordering
Districts. Commenting on the activities of PLFI in Bihar ADG Headquarters
said "Looking at the increasing activities of the PLFI, a splinter
group of CPI (Maoist) in Bihar, the officials of both the states
have decided to share information. Earlier, PLFI was more active
in Jharkhand. So, their input will be valuable for us." PLFI is
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
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.
Hit by intensive combat operations and encounters
by the SF personnel, Naxalites are trying to rebuild their
base, says an input sent by the UMHA to the Principal Secretaries
(Home) of all the States affected by LWEs. "The MHA input was
based on the interrogation of Gajrala Ashok alias Prasad by Chhattisgarh
Police. Prasad was former member of Dandakaranya special zonal
committee and in-charge of western regional unified command of
CPI (Maoist). Gajrala revealed that the renegade groups have been
preventing the Maoists from expanding their base in Bihar and
Jharkhand despite major losses in recent encounters," a Police
The Police source said after the recent casualty
and arrests in Aurangabad, Jamui, Gaya, Jehanabad, Saran and other
Districts, the Maoists have been on the defensive. "The outfit
is now keen on protecting its senior leaders/central committee
members. It has decided to keep only its state, regional and special
committee members informed about its cadres' movement. It has
also decided to set up camps away from water body in the forests
while holding Jan Militia and arms training," said the source
quoting the MHA input. The Maoists have decided not to get involved
in small or medium encounters with the security forces as they
are short of ammunition. Only if there is no way out then Maoists
will get engaged in encounters. According to Police, the Naxalites
have been holding meetings in deep forest areas since the announcement
of 10-phase panchayat election in Bihar.
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
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 Adalats."
The Bihar STF arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres
with weapons from a village under Baruraj Police Station area
in Muzaffarpur District. Acting on a tip off, a STF team raided
Andaul village and arrested three Maoists, identified as Md Wasim
Akram, Umesh Mahto and Raja Babu, all said to be members of the
CPI-Maoist, while they were taking part in a closed-door meeting
with fellow ultras, said SSP Ranjeet Kumar Mishra. About a dozen
other Maoists managed to escape, he added. Four country-made pistols,
12 live cartridges, three mobile phones, besides a haul of Maoist
literature have been seized from the spot.
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.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze 14 vehicles and
equipment of a construction company engaged in a track-doubling
project near Turki railway station in Muzaffarpur District. A
group of about 50 Maoists stormed into the project office of M/S
Hari Construction Company around 2 a.m., SSP Ranjeet Kumar Mishra
said. The Maoists also assaulted three security guards. The arson
was allegedly due to non-payment of 'levy' by the company, SSP
The Police recovered six landmines from a village
under Madanpur Police Station area in Aurangabad District of Bihar.
Acting on a tip off, the Police detected six landmines planted
by the CPI-Maoist cadres underneath Madanpur Ajan road in Purnadih
village and safely recovered all of them. The landmines were connected
to six bombs weighing five kilograms each, which were later on
defused by the bomb disposal squad.
Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres in two separate
incidents from Saran and Muzaffarpur Districts of Bihar. SP Pankaj
Kumar Raj said a person from the CPI-Maoist - had demanded a levy
of INR 2.5 million from Govardhan Sah, a goldsmith in Parsa, on
March 27. Sah had informed the Police and a special team was formed
which arrested Mukesh Sahni from Dadanpur and Sanjay Sahni from
Sahila village in Muzaffarpur.
CPI-Maoist cadres in the hinterlands of east Bihar
are not boycotting the coming Panchayat elections in a
break from "tradition", instead the Maoists, usually referred
to as "partymen" in the interiors of the Districts, have propped
up candidates of their choice across Panchayats in Banka, Lakhisarai
and Munger Districts of Bihar. Candidates who are contesting those
handpicked by the Maoists have been threatened as well. The 10-phase
Panchayat polls begin April 24 and end on May 30. Bhim
Singh, who is contesting for Basmatta Panchayat mukhiya
in Belhar, Banka, was among the candidates threatened. Former
Banka SP Satya Prakash said fighting against Bhim was Kamli Devi,
mother of Maoist Balgovind Yadav. "After being threatened by the
"partymen", I decided to withdraw from the polls," said Bhim.
"But then Police officers in the District assured me of security
and assigned men for me so I will contest." Prakash, who recently
handed over charge to Rajeev Ranjan, added: "We have intelligence
information that several candidates in Basmatta were frightened
after Kamli Devi jumped into the poll fray. Some of them filed
their nominations after the police assured them of security."
Police sources said at least five rebels' close relatives are
contesting the polls from the region.
Police arrested suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, Sanjay
Yadav from Sheikhbigha village under Khizersarai Police Station
in Gaya District. Sanjay is accused of attacking Police in 2005.
Three women, wives/widow of prominent Maoist leaders
are contesting Bihar Panchayat elections to make their Maoist
husbands Mukhiya Pati (MP) (Husband of the village
head) as they are called by the villagers.
Aurangabad Police of Bihar arrested three wanted
CPI-Maoist cadres from different localities under Daudnagar Sub-Division
of the same district. Daudnagar SDPO Sanjay Kumar said on the
basis of intelligence inputs, a Police team from Goh, Khudowa
and Uphara Police Stations carried out raids at several hideouts
and arrested three Maoists who have been identified as Sambhu
Yadav, Dharmdeo Yadav and Raja Uadav.
The Gaya Airport Director has received a letter
asking him to quit his job and leave Gaya within a fortnight failing
which the Airport would be blown off and the Director will be
responsible for the damage to life and property caused by the
threatened blast. The handwritten threat purportedly issued by
the Jharkhand unit of the CPI-Maoist was posted from Giridih District
of Jharkhand on April 18 and delivered the next day at the Gaya
airport through an ordinary post. Confirming the receipt of the
threat, Gaya Airport Director Dilip Kumar said that it carried
names of three Giridih residents as senders of the letter. The
Police have been informed and a case has been registered in this
connection in the Magadh Medical College Police Station.
The Naxalites have threatened to blow up
Gaya Junction railway station in Bihar. As per a report, LWEs
have sent a letter to the authorities threatening to blast the
busy railway station.
Naxals blew up part of a school in Jamui
District where voting for the panchayat elections was scheduled
to take place on April 24.
The STF constituted by Saran District Police arrested
four CPI-Maoist cadres from Baarhichak Dihee village under Maker
Police Station. The Police also seized arms and explosives from
the possession of the arrested Maoists. The arrested Maoists have
been identified as Anil Sahney, 'area commander' of the outfit,
Ambika Mahto, Dipak Ram and Shambhu Singh. The Police also seized
two rifles, a double barrel gun, a country-made rifle, 205 pieces
of cartridges of 7.62 bore SLR with charge clip, two pressure
cooker bombs with explosive materials, six pieces of magazine
of SLR rifle, 22 pieces of charger, two detonators, handbills
asking people not to participate in panchayat election and INR
250000 in cash.
In Gaya District, a self-styled 'supreme commander'
of an LWE outfit - Revolutionary Communist Centre - Vinod Marandi
alias Babulal, who was wanted in Jharkhand and Bihar, was arrested
from Uperdih locality under Vishnupad Police Station limits. SSP
Garima Malik confirmed the arrest of Vinod Marandi who is a resident
of Diha village under Gurua Police Station of the District. Marandi
was earlier a 'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist but he later
formed his own outfit, RCC, a decade ago, Police said.
Achchutanand, former BJP MLA, from Mahnar, was
attacked, allegedly by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, near Ishopur
village in Vaishali District. The former MLA was returning to
his native place from a marriage ceremony when he was attacked.
LWEs owing allegiance to the RCC, a splinter group
of the CPI-Maoist, raided the camp office of a private road construction
company located in Belaganj Police Station area of Gaya District.
The Maoists numbering more than a dozen made the company staff
captive at gun-point. The Maoists, according to sources, torched
several machines including four heavy duty material carriers,
two pay loaders, a diesel tanker and three bikes. "The rebels
demanded Rs 5 crore as protection money from the company engaged
in road construction in the region. Refusal of the company to
pay protection money to the Maoists apparently angered them,"
said sources. However, the captive employees were released after
the equipment set ablaze.
The STF has arrested two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres
from Bhanekhaf village in Nawada District. Two of them have been
identified as Mansoor and Vinod Manjhi.
The STF in a joint operation with the local Police
arrested two more Maoists from Karnaul Chandi village under Charpokhri
Police Station area in Bhojpur District, the DGP control room
said in a press release. The arrested Maoists have been identified
as Ramkumar Ram and Ram Brajesh Paswan. Five weapons including
.303 rifle, .315 regular rifle and DBBL gun and two country-made
pistols beside eleven ammunition have been seized from them.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed three villagers in
Jamui District, bordering Jharkhand, claiming the men were 'Police
informers' who facilitated the encounter of Maoist leader Chirag
in January, 2016. The victims were killed at Gadi village in Chakai
area of the District. Their bodies were recovered by the Police
on May 22. While one of the victims - Tipan Mandal (30) - was
picked up from his house in Gadi, one Mukesh Kumar Rai (25) was
from Chowki, and another Yogendra Turi (35) was brought from Garanga,
both villages located in Giridih District of Jharkhand. According
to sources, a group of armed men reached Gadi village around midnight
and carried out the executions. Police found Maoist posters at
the crime scene which stated that the information provided by
the victims led to the killing of a front ranking Maoist leader,
Chirag, in a Police encounter this January. The Maoists also claimed
two of the men killed were SPOs. Meanwhile, Police rejected their
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons,
including Sudesh Paswan, Dumaria LJP block President and husband
of Maya Devi, the outgoing mukhiya of Kachar panchayat under Dumaria
Police Station area in Gaya District. The other killed man has
been identified as Sunil Paswan, cousin of the slain LJP leader.
Paswan was killed during campaigning in favour of his wife Maya,
who is seeking re-election to the post. The election is scheduled
on May 30. Sunil, too, was a candidate for the post of panchayat
samiti member, a block-level position in the panchayati raj system.
The marauders also torched at least two campaign vehicles. According
to sources, bike-borne killers stopped the two during campaigning
and pumped bullets in the bodies of Paswan cousins. The two died
on the spot. Confirming the twin killings, Gaya SSP Garima Malik
said that prima facie it appeared to be the handiwork of Maoists,
but nothing could be said with finality at this stage. Though
on record the Maoists stand for poll boycott, spouses of several
front-ranking Maoists, including Vinod Marandi, 'chief' of the
RCC, a splinter group of Maoists, are contesting the ongoing panchayat
Two close supporters of CPI-Maoist were arrested
by Police in Aurangabad District. Police also seized Maoist pamphlets,
posters and two cell phones from the arrested persons. Police
sources said that a joint team of CRPF and District Armed Police
arrested two persons during raids at separate places of Madanpur
area on charge of providing cylinders to Maoists for use as cylinder
bombs. They have been identified as Lal Babu Paswan and Surendra
Bhuiya, both residents of village Azad Bigha under Madanpur Police
CPI-Maoist cadres attacked five employees of Ramiya
constructions - run by suspended Janata Dal (United) Member of
Legislative Council Manorama's husband Bindi Yadav - a Gaya strongman
who had ties with the RJD and demanded INR 1.5 million as levy
from them for a construction work that the firm is carrying out
Police arrested three LWEs, including state in
charge of PLFI and recovered a cache of firearms from Patulka
jungle under Barachatti Police Station area in Gaya District.
Gaya SSP Garima Mallik said a joint team of SSB, CRPF and local
Police arrested the cadres of PLFI from their hideout in Patulka
jungle. The arrested cadres were identified as PLFI Bihar in charge
Arun Yadav alias Singham, Santosh Yadav and Jeetu Yadav alias
Jitendra Yadav. Two pistols, mobile phones and motorcycles each
and live cartridges were recovered from the spot. The PLFI cadres
were involved in a large number of unlawful activities in Bihar
Claiming responsibility for the killing of LJP
leader Sudesh Paswan in Dumaria Block Headquarters in Gaya District
last month, Maoists have justified their dastardly act by holding
him responsible for the 'killing of the banned outfit's revolutionaries'
and have gone on to describe him as 'ring leader of Police informers'.
A hand-written pamphlet, which appeared in Imamganj area of Gaya,
warned those colluding with the Police and being their informers.
It also lashed out at LJP leader Chirag Paswan and former Chief
Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for shedding 'crocodile tears' over
the incident. The LJP had earlier condemned the killing of Sudesh
and demanded President's Rule in the state in view of rising crime.
Chirag had also slammed the ruling 'grand alliance' for prevailing
lawlessness in the state, and said those raising their voices
are being murdered. Sudesh was campaigning for panchayat (village
level local self government institution) elections near Dumaria
when he was shot dead.
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
A villager, identified as Awadhesh Singh Bhokta,
a resident of Chilmi village in Aurangabad District, was shot
dead by suspected Maoists at close to canal in Dalelbigha village
under Madanpur Police Station in Aurangabad District. According
to Police sources, Maoists caught Bhokta on June 8 night from
Panchrukhiya village, took him near the canal and killed him by
opening fire on him by an AK-47. The deceased's wife, Kranti Devi,
said two top Maoists, Prasadji and Nawalji used to sexually abuse
her on gunpoint for the past few months, which her husband always
resisted. "Maoists had threatened my husband with dire consequences,"
Aurangabad Police claimed to have averted a major
tragedy in the District by recovering huge cache of explosives
from Bhura hills under Deo Police Station of the District. According
to Police sources, a joint team of DAP and CRPF headed by SP Babu
Ram had gone for a search operation in dense hilly area under
Deo Police Station, when they came across the cane bombs and other
explosives stored. The SP said, during the search operation, 25
cane bombs, one cylinder bomb and key parts of rocket launcher
were recovered from the same hill. He said it cannot be denied
that explosives were stocked targeting security personnel engaged
in anti-Maoist operation in the District.
SF personnel arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres and recovered arms and over 100 rounds of ammunition in
Banka District. Officials said the two Maoists, identified as
Sikander K. and Arjun K., were arrested around 3 AM during an
anti-Maoist operation at Pilua-Suiya area of the District. The
security personnel also recovered an INSAS rifle with two magazines,
120 rounds of bullet and a hand grenade.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Jitendra
Rikiyasan alias Gora and Raju Nut, were arrested over their alleged
involvement in the Tandwa blast in which eight policemen were
killed. While Jitendra was arrested from Sahiyar village in Aurangabad
District on June 16, the Aurangabad Police arrested Raju from
Chandigarh a few days ago with the help of Punjab Police.
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
CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire and exploded bombs
at a brick kiln near Mahishaur village under Jandaha Police Station
area in Vaishali District after the owner refused to pay extortion
money. Police said around 15 CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the brick
kiln, fired in the air and exploded bombs to create fear among
those present at the spot. They also thrashed the employees and
labourers and set aflame three tractors to protest refusal of
brick kiln owner Bindeshwar Rai to pay extortion money to them.
Before fleeing, the Maoists left behind some pamphlets at the
spot threatening the kiln owner with dire consequences if he did
not cough up the money immediately.
A CRPF Commando, identified as A. Deka was killed
and his two other colleagues, A.K. Yadav and K. Kakoti were injured
in an IED blast carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest
area of Aurangabad District. The Maoists triggered the blast near
Bandhu Bigaha village when three Commandos of CRPF's elite 205th
CoBRA unit were riding on two bikes on way to their camp from
Bali Pahari locality, DySP P.N. Sahu said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres claimed responsibility for
the June 19, 2016, blast at Khadiha canal under Deo Police Station
area of Aurangabad District. A CRPF 'commando' was killed and
two others were injured in the attack. In a statement, central
zone committee 'spokesman' of the CPI-Maoist Pranjeet said the
blast was a revenge of Bandh-Goreya "fake encounter" in which
four of their colleagues were killed by the security personnel.
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.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, who were involved in a
recent landmine blast in Aurangabad, were arrested from different
villages in Aurangabad District. The arrested Maoists have been
identified as Krishna Yadav, Indrajit Yadav, Guruji alias Rajbali
Bhuia, Inder Yadav alias Maruti, Aurangabad SP Babu Ram said.
He said seven mobile phones, 400 metre wire, wire tester and pieces
of cylinder were recovered from the possession of these Maoists.
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.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested with an
AK-56 rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition from a village under Saraiya
Police Station area of Muzaffarpur District. Acting on a tip-off,
the Police raided Gorigawan village and arrested three Maoists,
SSP Vinay Kumar said. One of the arrested Maoists was identified
as Amit Sahni alias Kamleshji. The identity of the other two was
yet to be ascertained.
Police arrested Madan Paswan (32), self-styled
'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist for Muzaffarpur and Vaishali
Districts, from Repura Rampur village under Saraiya Police Station
limits in Muzaffarpur District. Live cartridges of AK-47 and self-loading
rifles, a country-made pistol and several money receipts were
recovered from the possession of the arrested Maoists. Police
also arrested one Shankar Paswan on the charge of helping Madan
collect levy from several brick kilns of the District.
SF personnel arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre with
arms and ammunition from Besratand forest near Dulampur village
in Jamui District after an encounter with them, Police said. Following
a tip-off about the presence of some Maoists in the forest, the
CRPF 215th battalion troopers reached the spot in wee hours and
started sealing the area before they came under fire from the
Maoists, SP Jayant Kant said. The troopers fired 20 rounds to
quell the Maoists, most of whom escaped from the spot, he said,
adding the security personnel, arrested an Maoist Sanjay Marandi
alias Motilal Marandi, said to be a former 'area commander' of
the CPI-Maoist. Two rifles with 67 ammunition and a pistol with
one ammunition, police uniform, Maoist literature, papers related
to levy collection, and levy receipts among other things were
seized from him.
The Jamui District Police claimed to have busted
a CPI-Maoist den and recovered a huge cache of arms in an operation
by SF personnel, close to the Jharkhand border. Two Maoists have
SF personnel arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre with
arms and ammunition from Besratand forest near Dulampur village
in Jamui District after an encounter with the Maoists.
At least 10 CRPF Commandos - belonging to the
CoBRA battalion - were killed and five others injured in a CPI-Maoist
orchestrated IED blast in the forests of Aurangabad District.
Initially, the troopers of the CoBRA unit were ambushed in an
IED blast after which an encounter started between the two sides
resulting in the killing of three Maoists. The incident was reported
from Chakarbanda-Dumarinala forests of Aurangabad District. Some
arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, INSAS rifle and
UBGL were also recovered from the encounter site.
The CPI-Maoist owned up responsibility for the
Aurangabad blast and encounter on July 18 at Dumaria Nala forest
area in Aurangabad District, in which 10 CRPF personnel and three
Maoists were killed. Paramjeet, spokesperson of the 'central zonal
committee' of the outfit, in a press statement admitted three
members of the organization lost their lives. He said "The three
cadres who died in the encounter are Prince alias Jitender,
Harinder alias Uday and Bipin alias Kisan. Our brave
cadres killed 10 CoBRA jawans of the CRPF. We laid the trap by
giving them misleading information over the telephone which was
under their surveillance. The fourth body is of a villager, not
of our cadre." He said the operation was carried out to shake
the confidence of the SF.
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.
The CPI-Maoist cadres raided a solar power plant
site and torched 14 vehicles including tractors and JCB machines
in Aurangabad District. Police said the Maoists also set a mixing
plant on fire and raised anti-Police slogans at Bakshi Bigha village
under Kasma Police Station limits of the District. "About 50-60
members of the outlawed outfit raided the solar power plant site
at around midnight. They torched eight tractors, two JCB machines
and some other vehicles parked there. The Maoists then set ablaze
the main mixing plant by throwing fireballs. The fire soon spread
to other installations," a Police officer said. Police said the
Maoists had earlier demanded a huge amount as "levy" from contractors
engaged in setting up the solar power plant and threatened them
with dire consequences if they did not meet the demand. The site
of the incident is just 30 km away from Saundaha forests on Aurangabad-Gaya
border where CoBRA troopers were killed in an IED blast triggered
by the Maoists.
Police arrested two Maoists - Nagendra Yadav and
Upendra - in connection with the July 18 Aurangabad encounter.
Nagendra Yadav alias Virendra, was the 'platoon commander'
of the CPI-Maoist in Aurangabad District. He was arrested from
a village on the outskirts of Aurangabad town during a combing
operation against the rebels. Upendra, on the other hand, was
arrested from Gaya.
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.
Bihar State Government raised the reward for arrest
of wanted LWEs, including CPI-Maoist cadres and chief of PLFI.
The highest reward of INR 500, 000 was announced on the head of
Ganesh Shanker, who is allegedly the PLFI chief in Bihar. DGP
P K Thakur had recommended to the home department to increase
the reward on the heads of some wanted LWEs. The reward on CPI-Maoist
cadres Nageshwar Koda, Gopal Das and Suresh Koda of Munger District
was INR 50,000 each. Now, it has been increased to INR 100, 000
each. Another CPI-Maoist cadre Arvind Yadav alias Avinash da alias
Ashok Yadav, who was wanted in Jamui District and carried a reward
of INR 50,000 on his head, will now have INR 100, 000 reward for
CPI-Maoist exhorted former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi
to acknowledge his class/caste interest and review ties with organizations
like BJP, RSS and VHP. Handwritten wall posters in this regard
were found pasted in the Imamganj area of Gaya District, Bihar.
Accusing the saffron brigade of perpetuating atrocities on dalits
and minorities across the country, the Maoists alleged that instead
of being true to his own oppressed identity, the HAM-S leader
has developed a typically feudal mentality akin to those of the
oppressors. The Maoists have sought an answer from Manjhi for
the perceived betrayal of the dalit cause. It advises him not
to be misled by people like former MLC Anuj Singh and acknowledge
his own class interest and work for the furtherance of this very
Following posters pasted on August 3 in his constituency
by the CPI-Maoist which threatened him for undermining them, former
Bihar CM and leader of HAM-S, Jitan Ram Manjhi, called Maoists
"protectors of poor." He also supported Maoists in taking levies
from contractors. "I supported Maoists as they have been protecting
poor people from being exploited by the rich and affluent… in
1984, when I was a minister, there were allegations levelled against
me that I was a supporter of Naxals…I've often been saying that
to save the honour of women and daughters belonging to poor [sections
of] society, and to protect them from various kinds of atrocities,
if someone supports them and is called a Naxalite, then yes, I
am the first Naxalite," said Manjhi. He also added that Maoists,
whether in Bihar or any other part of the country, were fighting
for the cause of the poor and, "if they use force to protect the
poor, there is nothing wrong in this". He also defended the Maoist
act of extorting levies from contractors engaged in the construction
of roads and buildings in Maoist-affected areas. "The contractors
make lot of money by over-estimating the project cost and there
is no harm if the Maoists take levy from them, former Chief Minister
Manjhi said while speaking to journalists in Patna. "We all know
that an estimate scam is going on in the State and a work that
can be done for Rs. 1 crore is being done at Rs. 5 crore. Contractors
are not doing their work honestly and say that they have to pay
money to public representatives and officers. If Naxals extort
levy from such contractors, what wrong do they do?" asked the
former Bihar CM. He also said that the July 19, 2016 encounter
in which 10 CRPF CoBRA commandos were killed was not the handiwork
of the Maoists but criminals.
Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a self-styled
'commander', were arrested from different places in Aurangabad
District. Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested self-styled 'commander'
Veera Das and another Maoist from Kasma Police Station area, SP
Babu Ram said, adding that Das was wanted in several other cases.
During their interrogation, they admitted their involvement in
the attack on the base camp of a private company after it failed
to pay them 'levy' a few days ago, he said. On their information,
Police arrested four others.
An STF trooper was killed during an encounter
with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Kanimoi hill located under Kajra
Police Station area in Lakhisarai District. Lakhisarai SP Ashok
Kumar Sinha confirmed the casualty and said when the SFs, comprising
the STF, CRPF and District Police, were proceeding towards a Maoist
hideout in the hilly area, the Maoists started indiscriminate
firing. The STF trooper, Ajay Kumar Mandal (32), belonged to Naugachhia
village in Bhagalpur District.
The Aurangabad District Police arrested a suspected
cadre of the CPI-Maoist for his involvement in blowing up a small
bridge near Ketaki village under Deo Police Station seven years
back. The Maoist identified as Kamat Yadav was arrested from Kusaha
village under the same Police Station in Aurangabad District.
CPI-Maoist cadres in Bihar have given a call for
one day Magadh Bandh on August 31, to protest the killing
of six of their cadres in an encounter with the SFs in July this
year. The bandh would begin 12 am on the intervening night
of 30th and 31st August. Five Districts including Gaya, Aurangabad,
Jehanabad, Nawada and Arwal are likely to be affected by the bandh
call. Encounter between SFs and Maoists took place in Dumaria
Nala forest area in Aurangabad District on July 18. In this encounter,
10 commandos of the elite CoBRA battalion of CRPF were killed.
Maoists had triggered a series of IED explosions during the encounter
in which the 10 commandos lost their lives. The SFs also eliminated
six Maoist cadres in the encounter. The SFs had also seized weapons
like AK-47, INSAS rifle.
A heavily armed squad of the CPI-Maoist numbering
between 30-35, attacked the construction site of a private company
engaged in construction of Rail Bridge near Paimar River on Kiul-Gaya
section of the Eastern railways in the Gaya District. The attackers
set ablaze seven vehicles including one crane, one mixer and two
pay loaders belonging to the construction company. The Maoist
made nearly a dozen employees captive and snatched all their mobile
phones. The workers were also robbed of their cash, which was
around INR 30,000. Huddled together, the employees were dumped
in a corner of the construction site. Two drum diesel stocked
at the construction site were also used in the arson. Before leaving,
the attackers asked the captives not to take the diktats of the
organisation lightly. Confirming the incident, Magadh range, DIG,
Saurabh Kumar disclosed, "I had visited the arson site. The Maoists
have also left behind a hand written note attributing the attack
to non-payment of 'levy' (extortion)."
Two CPI-Maoist cadres of Tumahawa Matiaria village
under Matiaria Police Station area in the West Champaran District
were arrested in Gaunaha Block in the District. SHO, Anil Kumar
disclosed, Sheonarain Mahato and Manager Thakur were wanted in
several cases of murder, loot and firing and had been evading
arrest for almost a decade. They have been sent to the Bettiah
Maoist cadres have put up a poster with threat
messages at Dadhpa village under Kutumba Police Station in Aurangabad
District, which came to the notice of the villagers. The poster,
carrying messages of Jitendra alias Prince and Haridwar reads,
"Martyrdom of our brave members will not go futile and the organization
will take up their unfinished task." In the message, the Maoists
have even threatened SP Babu Ram and CAPF personnel for their
participation in the ongoing anti-Maoist operation in the District.
They have also threatened to avenge the Dumrinala encounter in
July between SFs and rebels, in which four Maoists were killed.
Targeting the SP, the Maoists have alleged that Police Forces
are committing atrocities under his leadership and the organization
will punish him in at 'jan adalat'. However, the SP said the Maoists
are mainly engaged in extortion and have nothing to do with welfare
Police seized a huge consignment of explosives
being smuggled from Jharkhand under Barachatti Police Station
area in the Gaya District. SSP, Gaya Garima Mallik said that one
person was arrested from the spot while two others from Koderma
District in Jharkhand. She said that 10,350 detonators and 6500
gelatin sticks were recovered from their possession. An intensive
interrogation of arrested rebels is on to find out whether they
had any links with extremists of the CPI-Maoist.
Police seized huge cache of arms and ammunition,
including three magazines of AK-47 rifle, and arrested one person
near Kurkuri Bridge under Beur Police Station in Patna District.
The arrested person has been identified as Sanjay Kumar Rai, a
resident of Beur. Police said the cache, which also included 214
pieces of 7.62mm bullets and 320 bullets of 8mm bore, was probably
meant for supply either to CPI-Maoist or criminals. ASP Rakesh
Kumar said Sanjay was carrying the ammunition in a shoulder bag
and the bullets were packed in small packets. "He told us that
the consignment was being brought to Patna from Gaya. It is not
immediately known the consignment was meant for whom. Cartridges
of AK-47 are usually not sold in the open market. It means that
the consignment was meant either for Maoists or criminals," Kumar
said, adding that ATS and STF officials would also interrogate
the arrested arms smuggler.
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
At least six CPI-Maoist cadres were suspected
to be injured in a clash with Police in Hardiya Padariya jungles
under Anandpur Police outpost in Banka District. The injured Maoists
managed to escape but bloodstains found at several places indicated
that they were injured during the encounter, SP, Rajiv Ranjan
said. Around a hundred rounds were fired from both sides during
the encounter, the SP said, adding that Police destroyed a bunker
of the rebels. The Police seized half a dozen detonators, 100
cartridges, 12 mobile phone sets and Naxal literature from the
The Police in a joint operation with SSB arrested
two hardcore Naxalites from Phulwaria reservoir under Rajauli
Police Station in Nawada District. The two, identified as Ajay
Paswan and Jitendra Yadav, were cadres of the MCC, SSB Commandant
Prashant Gautam said. Acting on a tip off, the joint team of police
and SSB raided Phulwaria reservoir and arrested the duo. A number
of cases have been lodged against the two in Koch Police Station
of Gaya District for their alleged involvement in various Naxal
incidents, he said.
Police lunched massive combing operations in Banka
and Jamui Districts, after an hour-long gun battle between the
Policemen and Maoists on September 18. Sushil M. Singh Khopde,
IGP, Bhagalpur range, claimed that active Policing had managed
to ward off the rebel attack in Banka on September 18. "On the
basis of some information a police team led by Banka SP Rajiv
Ranjan along with special task force and paramilitary forces like
Sashastra Seema Bal, conducted raids in the forests at Hardiya-Parariya
falling under the rebel-hit Anandpur police outpost in Banka when
the Maoists started firing on the police," IG Khopde said. "No
one could be arrested. The most-wanted rebel leader Mantu Khaira,
who was present during the encounter, too managed to escape but
bloodstains suggested the rebels suffered heavy injuries in the
One Anil Sharma, son of Damodar Sharma of village
Dhamna under Jhajha Police Station in Munger District, was shot
dead by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres. His body, with both hands
tied with a red towel, was found near a culvert. "Police found
two empty cartridges near his body," said a source. Jhajha, SHO,
Niraj Kumar Thakur said, some pamphlets written by the suspected
Maoists were also found near the body. The killers alleged that
the deceased was collecting levy in the name of Maoists and he
was 'sentenced to death' for defaming the organization. "There
were injury marks on his head and leg," he said. Sources said
Anil was spying for police against the Maoists. "The Maoists suspected
him of spying on them and killed him. To confuse the police, they
wrote pamphlets accusing him of collecting levy in their name,"
a Police source said.
The 'zonal commander' of a CPI-Maoist outfit was
arrested by the Police from a remote village under Jhajha Police
Station in Jamui District. SP of Jamui, Jayant Kant said the Maoist
'commander', Dhaneshwar Yadav, had gone to his native village
Rajla under Jhajha Police Station a week ago after he met with
an accident. On a tip-off that Dhaneshwar was admitted to a private
clinic for the treatment of his injuries, a raid was conducted
at the doctor's clinic by Jhajha, SDPO, BK Raut. The raiding team
arrested the Maoist and also recovered three gun nozzles, three
detonators, four mobile sets, four SIMS, his Suzuki bike and a
LPG cylinder, said the SP and added that he used to supply explosives
to his group in Jhajha from Jharkhand.
Train services on Raxaul-Sitamarhi route halted
for over 12 hours following recovery of an IED on the railway
track near Ghorasahan railway station of the East Central Railway's
Raxaul-Darbhanga section in East Champaran District. Superintendent
of Raxaul station BNP Srivastav said the IED was probably planted
by the CPI-Maoist. "An alert was sounded and movement of trains
suspended soon after recovery of the IED," Srivastav said. In
2010, two bogies of a goods train were blown up in an IED blast
triggered by Maoists on the same track. According to railway sources,
RPF officials from Raxaul rushed to the spot along with Police
and BDS. The bomb was finally defused and train services resumed
after thorough checking of tracks. SP of Raxaul, Jitendra Rana
said a probe had been ordered into the recovery of the IED.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead the OIC
of a Police Station in Gaya District. DIG of Police Saurabh Kumar
said three motorcycle-borne suspected Maoists fired four bullets
at the OIC of Kotchi Police Station Quuam Ansari killing him on
the spot. The OIC was on a morning walk when the assailants attacked
him, the DIG said.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with SFs in Chakarbandha forest in Gaya District, amid a state-wide
bandh called by the CPI-Maoist outfit to protest what it
called Police atrocities. Senior CRPF officers said in Patna that
the Maoist guerrilla was gunned down during an exchange of fire
at Sagarpur village close to Chakarbandha forest in Gaya District,
during a combing operation in the area. One country-made rifle,
live cartridges and a radio were recovered. The identity of the
guerrilla, who was in black uniform, is yet to be ascertained.
CRPF officers said the Police found bloodstains, which suggested
that some more guerrillas may have been killed. The combing operation
was launched in the wake of a state-wide bandh called by
the CPI-Maoist to protest the killing of a top guerrilla leader,
Ashish Ranjan alias Asheeshan, in what the CPI-Maoist outfit
called a "fake" encounter in Jharkhand's Gumla District on September
11, 2016. Ashish, considered a tech-savvy explosives expert, had
a reward of INR 2.5 million on his head and was a member of the
special area committee, which forms the third layer in the organisation's
hierarchy after the politburo and the central committee. A senior
officer associated with anti-Maoist operations said an alert had
been sounded across the state overt the bandh call on October
9. "We have put the police officers of Gaya, Jamui and Aurangabad
in south and central Bihar on high alert," he added.
Altogether 18 CPI-Maoist, including a woman, surrendered
before Sheohar administration in the presence of 15,000 civilians
at Belwa Ghat on the banks of the Bagmati in Sheohar District.
Sheohar SP, Prakash Nath Mishra said the surrendered Maoists were
hardcore members of the rebel group from the times of MCC, which
has now merged with CPI-Maoist. All of them surrendered without
any firearms. "The Maoists were not arrested as they were already
granted bail by local courts. They furnished the bail papers at
the time of surrender. They would, however, be under our surveillance,"
Mishra said. Sheohar, around 250 kilometres north of Patna, has
been badly affected by Maoism. The SP said most of the Maoists,
who surrendered on Saturday, were accused in multiple cases. "We
have been pursuing all Maoists in Sheohar to come to the mainstream
for the past six months. It is due to our efforts that crime figures
in Sheohar have come down by almost 60%. Today's surrender programme
is one of the milestones of the district administration," Mishra
Anil Das, a CPI-Maoist cadre with a reward of
INR 25,000 on his head, was arrested from Ati Police Station area
in Gaya District.
The UP-ATS claimed to have arrested two more CPI-Maoist
cadres from Bihar, following the interrogation of four Maoists
who are in its custody in Noida. Last week, the UP-ATS had busted
two hideouts of Maoists in Noida and arrested nine suspected Maoists.
Later they arrested one more from Chandauli District of Varanasi
Division. According to UP-ATS officials, they received credible
information from the accused about their associates and raided
a hideout in Darigaon village in Rohtas District in Bihar. They
arrested Dharamveer Singh (36) and Sipahi Ram (37). The Police
said they got evidences like phone call records as proof of their
involvement in Maoist activities. Anoop Singh, DSP, ATS (Western
UP) said that Dharamveer Singh had been involved in Maoist activities
for several years. "Dharamveer had met Pawan Jha, an arrested
Maoist suspect, during the wedding of his sister in Rohtas district.
Dharamveer introduced Pawan Jha to other Maoist leaders and members,"
said the officer. Dharamveer had promised to organise the gang
in Bihar while Pawan would make a base in Noida, said sources.
According to Police, Dharamveer had actively been involved in
Maoist activities in his region and had also brought a few others
to the network. He was also planning to visit Noida. However,
the UP-ATS crackdown foiled his plan. Several criminal cases are
registered against him in his hometown. Sipahi Ram had also been
involved in Maoist actives for several years. UP-ATS sources said
that Sipahi Ram knew Krishna Kumar for nearly 20 years. Sipahi
Ram was given the responsibility to arrange explosives and weapons
and to transport them to the gang members hideouts in NCR, Delhi.
He is the 'area commander' of the newly formed outfit, TSPC in
Bihar. TSPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including a 'sub-zonal
commander' of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before Police in Gaya
District. SSP, Garima Malik, said that self-proclaimed 'sub-zonal
commander' of CPI-Maoist, Lobhi Paswan aka Jyoti Ji and two other
Naxalites surrendered before the Police. Lobhi Paswan, wanted
in number of subversive activities, is a resident of Mangraur
village under Konch Police Station area in the District. The two
other cadres were identified as self-proclaimed 'area commander's
of the CPI-Maoist, Nand Kishore Ram aka Nand Ram and Brijbhushan
Ravidas aka Bhushan Ji. They surrendered before the Police with
a country-made pistol, other firearms and a few live cartridges.
A group of 200 CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a construction
company site at Kharaundha station in Nawada District, and set
ablaze four vehicles including two SUVs. The Maoists abducted
four persons, which included three contractors named Vinod Yadav,
Kailash Yadav and Sanjay Singh, and a driver, Shamshad. They were
released after they ensured a payment of 10 per cent of the project
A joint force of SSB, STF and District Police
arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre from Gidha village in Munger District.
SP, Ashish Bharti, said the arrested cadre has been identified
as Ravi Ram alias Bhagna, who is an 'area commander' of Haveli
Kharagpur area of the District. Ravi has been booked in 11 cases
under Arms Act and murders, Bharti said adding five of the cases
have been lodged in Munger and rest in Lakhisarai District.
Police uncovered two mini gun factories and recovered a country-made
revolver and a large number of arms-making hand-driven machines
and barrels at Gorho village under Asarganj Police Station in
The Jehanabad District Court pronounced capital
punishment to 10 of the 16 accused in the 1999 carnage in Senari
village of Jehanabad District, in which 34 people were killed
by the erstwhile MCC, presently merged with the CPI-Maoist. A
total 38 people had been accused in the case, of which 16 were
convicted. The 16 accused were charged with killing 34 people
in Sensari village on the night of March 18, 1999. It is to be
noted that, special court in April 2010 handed out capital punishment
to 16 accused and life imprisonment to 10 but the High Court in
October 2013, acquitted all the convicts. It is worthwhile to
mention that it was the Senari massacre which provoked the Ranveer
Sena to take retaliatory action at Bathe in Arwal in which the
landlords reportedly killed 62 persons, mostly Dalits, on December
A Jehanabad court awarded capital punishment to
one more convict for his involvement in the massacre of 34 villagers
at Senari in Jehanabad District in 1999. The court of additional
District and sessions judge Ranjeet Kumar Singh, which also imposed
a fine of INR 100,000 on convict Dukhan Ram Kahar on November
18, had on November 15, awarded death sentence to ten and life
imprisonment to three other convicts for the carnage. The court
had also slapped a fine of INR 100,000 on each of them. At least
34 persons belonging to an upper caste were dragged out of their
homes and their throats slit by 1,000-odd members of MCC, an outlawed
LWE outfit, at Senari under the Karpi Police Station area of Arwal
District on March 18, 1999. Arwal was then part of Jehanabad District.
Banka Police with support from a CoBRA battalion
recovered arms and ammunition from CPI-Maoist cadres after an
hour long raid and exchange of fire in the Karmakar forest area
under Suia Police Station of Banka District. SP, Banka, Rajiv
Ranjan said more than 50 rounds of fire was exchanged, and the
blood stains found suggest that rebels may have been injured,
though no casualties have been reported. Police recovered one
9mm pistol, three country made pistols, 169 self loading rifle
cartridges and magazines, hand grenades, clothes, medicines, blankets
and food. SP, Ranjan added that there are no more bunkers or training
camps in the region as Banka Police and Paramilitary Forces such
as the CoBRA and CRPF have accelerated combing operations in areas
sharing a border with Jamui District. The region was under the
'command' of Maoists Mantu Khaira and Prahallad Mandal, said Sushil
M. Singh Khopde, IGP, Bhagalpur range.
Two armed CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from
the jungles of Chalho in Aurangabad District. SP, Satya Prakash
said a rifle was also seized from the two, who were identified
as Ram Pravesh Yadav, a 'zonal commander' of Chalho jungle, and
'sub-zonal commander' Sunny Mistry alias Brahmdeo. Yadav, who
has been absconding for the past 11 years, carried a cash reward
of INR 50,000 on his head, the SP said, adding that around two
dozens of criminal cases have been lodged against the two rebels
in various Police Stations of the District.
SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres including
the founder of JJMP, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, during
a raid at a place under NTPC Khaira Police Station in Aurangabad
District. SP, Satya Prakash said after getting a tip off that
three Maoists were intimidating local people, especially farmers,
to get their personal work done, Police raided Khadaha-Sonedila
area under NTPC Khaira Police Station area from where the three
Maoists were arrested along with arms and ammunition. The arrested
trio included Arvind Ram, the founder of Maoist outfit JJMP and
a resident of Kathkur Village of Kutumba Police Station of the
District. Arvind Ram formed JJMP after splitting from the CPI-Maoist.
The other two arrested were identified as Shankar Ram alias
Alam ji, a resident of Aurangabad District and Mukesh Kumar Mehta,
a resident of Palamu District of Jharkhand, the SP said. The Police
seized three country made pistols, 15 live cartridges and an empty
cartridge from their possession, he added. Arvind Ram was a mastermind
of the Jaipur jewellery shop loot case in which he had served
three years of jail, Prakash said adding, and Ram was involved
in various Maoist related incidents in Mali and Nabinagar Police
Station areas of the District.
SFs, in two separate incidents, arrested CPI-Maoist
Puran Murmu in Jamui District and CPI-Maoist Gopal Das in Munger
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from a forest
under Rajauli Police Station in Nawada District during a combing
operation. SP, Vikas Barman said Police were conducting search
for arms and ammunition on the basis of information provided by
the four. The Maoists had planned to strike vital public installations
taking advantage of the cold weather and extreme foggy conditions
prevailing throughout the District. The ultras led by Praduman
Sharma had set several railway equipment and vehicles at the newly-constructed
Kharond railway station under Rajauli sub-division on fire on
October 3 besides furling black flags on Independence Day, added
the SP. The four cadres have been identified as Manoj Yadav, Akhilesh
Kumar, Surendra Yadav and Ramchandra Yadav. Acting on a tip- off,
the four were arrested while trying to escape in a boat from Phulwaria
dam under Hardiya panchayat under Rajauli Police Station
in a joint operation involving the SSB personnel and local Police.
SSB and District Police have arrested two hardcore
Naxalites during a raid in Bhaluka Jungles of Jamui District.
The Naxalites arrested are Pankaj Yadav, self-styled 'area
commander' of the outfit, and another hardcore Naxalite
Bhola Yadav, SP, Jayant Kant and SSB Commandant, M S Yadav told
reporters during a joint press conference. Pankaj Yadav is the
resident of Abhaypur village under Piri Bazar Police Station area
of Munger District while Bhola Yadav is the resident of Amarakh
village under Jamui Police Station area of Jamui District, Jayant
Kant said, adding that these Naxalites were arrested during
a joint operation carried out by SSB and District Police. The
Police seized two rifles, one automatic pistol, 305 shells of
cartridge, two hand grenades, two mobile phones, one motorcycle
and seven live bombs from their possession, the SP said. The two
naxalites were sent to Jamui Jail on December 18 after
A woman in northern Bihar was allegedly gang-raped
by six Maoists as a punishment for refusing to join the outfit
as a cadre in West Champaran District. The married woman, a resident
of West Champaran District was approached by six armed Maoists
and asked her to join their outfit, said Police. When she refused
to join the Maoist group she was allegedly gang-raped. "An FIR
has been registered against six unidentified men. We are conducting
raids to nab the culprits based on the victim's allegations. The
report of her medical examination is awaited," said Umashankar
Prasad, a sub-inspector at Kangli Police Station. Although it
is not clear which Maoist outfit the culprits belonged to, Prasad
said it appears that they were from what is known in the area
as Democracy Party.
Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from their
hideout with a huge cache of firearms in Jhajha-Narganjo jungle
under Jhajha Police Station area in Jamui District. Police said
that the arrested Naxals of outlawed CPI-Maoist were identified
as Solo Yadav and Karu Marandi. Two sophisticated firearms, 100
Kilograms of explosives and other incriminating objects were recovered
from their possession. An intensive interrogation of Naxalites
is on to arrest other members of the organisation.
Bihar Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre in Patna
District. He was involved in attack on Security personnel and
other unlawful activities from a bus stand under Jakkanpur Police
Station area. Patna SSP, Manu Maharaj said that the Police personnel
cordoned off the bus stand on the information that a cadre of
the CPI-Maoist, Mohammed Abdul aka Azad was loitering around the
area. He said Police took the Maoist, attached with the ultra
Left outfit`s MZCC into custody before he could make good his
escape. Maharaj said Maoists under the leadership of Azad had
attacked a Police team near Paliganj in the Patna District in
1996 and also strangulated a person identified as Rajdeo Yadav
to death same year.
Around two-dozen CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a
brick kiln in Marvapakar village under Saraiya Police Station
in Muzaffarpur District and set off two cylinder bombs, destroying
the kiln before fleeing. The Maoists, equipped with sophisticated
firearms, raided the Sundaram brick kiln owned by Tuntun Singh
and caught hold of the kiln's caretaker, Jaggo Singh. They assaulted
Jaggo at gunpoint. Other workers at the kiln fled sensing trouble.
After setting off the cylinder bombs, the rebels fired in the
air to intimidate residents. Fearing an influx of rebels, the
residents too opened fire but the rebels left under cover of darkness.
Police sources said the Maoists had demanded levy from kiln owner
Tuntun. But Tuntun neither informed the Police nor paid the extortion
A team of the SSB's 27th battalion arrested three
Naxalites, who were allegedly involved in raiding the Sundaram
brick kiln at Marvapakar village on December 27, from Reva village
in Muzaffarpur District.
The SSB and Police, in a joint operation arrested
CPI-Maoist cadre Subedar Mistry alias Toofani (45), after
a raid in Korkati in Gaya District. Subedar was wanted in various
Raja Rai (50), a CPI-Maoist cadre, surrendered
to the District Police in Muzaffarpur District. Rai was involved
in loot and attack cases lodged with Sahebganj and Saraiya Police
Stations in the District.
Source:Compiled from news reports and