Odisha Timeline 2016
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
eight pieces of machinery used in road construction work at Sirigidi
in Nuapada District. The contracting company that has undertaken
the project had parked the machinery at the construction site.
Around 15 armed cadres came to the site and asked the labourers
to leave the camp. They also snatched their mobile phones.
Odisha State Committee of the
CPI-Maoist called for Odisha and Chhattisgarh bandh on
January 8. One Budhuram, the spokesperson of the Sunabeda and
Menpur division of the CPI-Maoist, in the video tape appealed
to the denizens of Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Gariabandh,
Mahasamund, Dhamtari and Kanker to support the bandh.
Maoists had posted several posters
on the walls and doors of houses in Sarajanga village in Nuapada
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Kalamdei Majhi (24), surrendered before the Kalahandi District
SP, as she was "disgusted" with the Maoists' activities.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
a businessman, identified as Bapi Samanta, at Dandabadi village
under Boipariguda Police Limits in Koraput District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze
construction equipment at Nuadihi village near Dublabahal under
Melchamunda Police Station limits in Bargarh District. According
to reports, 25 armed cadres arrived at the office of a contractor,
who is laying road under Biju Expressway on Sohela-Nuapada stretch
in Nuadihi village, woke up the labourers who were sleeping in
the camp and sought petrol after identifying themselves as Maoists.
Maoists have called a two-day
bandh starting today, in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Malkangiri Districts
to protest against 'Operation Green Hunt.' The protesting
Maoists belong to the Mainpur-Nuapada divisional committee and
have put up posters and banners announcing the bandh at
some places in these Districts.
Maoist posters were found in
Lanjigarh and Muniguda area in Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts
respectively. In the posters the Maoists said the Police had killed
some tribals in Kalahandi, Nuapada and Rayagada Districts recently
in fake encounters.
Two BSF personnel were killed
and another sustained injuries in landmine blast triggered by
the CPI-Maoist in an area near Kaliajhula forests under Boipariguda
Police limits in Koraput District. Sources said the Maoists, who
had killed a local trader, Bapi Samant (37), late on January 7,
had planted landmines anticipating movement of the SFs. When the
news of the killing was reported, the BSF sent in a team to comb
the area. A 30-member team was combing the forests when the Maoists
triggered the landmines.
CM Naveen Patnaik expressed concern
over inroads made by the LWE in four central Odisha Districts
and asked senior Police officers to pay special attention to curb
their influence. Addressing the valedictory function of senior
Police officers' conference in Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik said, "The
Left wing extremism continues to be a major concern for the State.
Though we have been able to contain the menace to the areas bordering
our neighbouring States, the recent movement and activities of
the Maoist cadre in the districts of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal
and Boudh is worrisome." "We should handle this new development
effectively. We have already created adequate resources in terms
of manpower, equipment and other logistics supplemented by the
deployment of central armed police forces. There is no reason
why the police leadership cannot counter the inroads made by the
Maoist into the central Odisha," the Chief Minister pointed out.
A powerful IED, suspected to be
planted by the CPI-Maoist, was recovered from Adava Police Station
limits in Gajapati District. The bomb in a tiffin box was located
near Paniganda forest beat house when the security personnel involved
in combing operation in the region came across a suspicious-looking
wire protruding from below the ground. Gajapati SP Satyajit Nayak
said this IED contained around 10 kg explosive materials. However,
initial evidences hint that the IED may have been planted by the
Maoists in 2009.
A CPI-Maoist camp was busted by
the SFs following an exchange of fire in Kholibhitar inside Sunabeda
Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada District. There was no casualty
on either side. Nuapada Superintendent of Police (SP) Pinak Mishra
said there was a group of 20 to 25 Maoists in the camp and it
managed to escape under the cover of darkness.
Maoist posters were found at several
places in Rayagada District. In the posters, the Maoists have
warned of stringent punishment to people who are buying lands
from the poor local people for various companies and other business
purposes. The posters were found at Sikarpai, Kumbharguda, Krushapatraguda
and Kalisundar Mandir Chhak under Sadar block.
The CPI-Maoist have reportedly
set up another division in the Andhra Odisha Border to regain
their hold in the Srikakulam region in Andhra Pradesh, and Gunupur
and Gudari forest areas and Rayagada in Odisha. The new division
has been christened the Odisha-Srikakulam division, sources claimed.
The Odisha State Government has
decided to chalk out a 'new strategy' to check LWE in the State,
particularly Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh Districts
at the unified command meeting. Earlier, CM Naveen Patnaik said
LWE continues to be a major concern for the State at the senior
police officers' conference. "To tackle the Maoist menace in the
State, the meeting focused on two crucial issues - strengthening
intelligence gathering network and proper coordination between
local Police and central paramilitary force," a senior police
officer, who attended the meeting, said requesting anonymity.
A powerful IED planted by the
CPI-Maoist in the past was recovered from the Adava Police Station
limits of Gajapati District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres of
Koraput-Srikakulam Division hacked a trader to death in Bargi
village under Narayanpatna Police Station limits in Koraput District.
The deceased has been identified as Rohini Nachika (40). According
to Police reports, at least 20 armed Maoists entered the village
late in the night and asked Nachika to come out of his house.
Accusing him of being a 'police informer', they killed him. They
left behind a poster at his house in which they claimed that Nachika
was punished as he helped Police with information about the cadres.
Police denied the Maoist claim.
CPI-Maoist cadres have killed
a former Naib Sarpanch - Krishna Miniaka - in Kandho
Tikarapada village under Bandhugaon Police Station limits in Koraput
District. He was killed on the suspicion of being a 'police informer'.
In a letter written in Telugu, Srikakulam Koraput Divisional Committee
of the CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for the killing. Sources
said about 20 armed Maoists entered the village and called Miniaka
out of his house.
An exchange of fire between the
Police and the Maoists was reported in Tapdole forest under Takaurgarh
Police Station limits in Angul District.
The Odisha Police killed two senior
CPI-Maoist cadres - the secretary of Kalinga Nagar Divisional
Committee, P. Kumarswami alias Sushil, and his wife Sundari
Lingo alias Suni, in an encounter at Pacharipani in Deogarh
District of Odisha. Sushil, a resident of Warangal in Andhra Pradesh,
was allegedly involved in 78 cases, including 30 murders, in Angul,
Deogarh, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Rayagada and Gajapati Districts of
the Odisha. "When the SOG jawans approached the rebels' hideouts,
Sushil and his aides fired at them prompting the jawans to retaliate.
Sushil and his wife were neutralised on the spot while other cadres
managed to escape. Efforts are on to nab them," said DGP K. B.
Singh. Sushil was carrying reward of INR two million on his head
while Suni carried INR 500,000 on her head. The DGP said Sushil
was actively involved in the murder of ASI Umesh Marandi of Daitary
Police Station in Keonjhar District in July 2010 and executed
several mine blasts. The DGP said Sushil was trying to establish
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a
JCB machine and a tractor engaged in road construction work at
Dalianuji village under Muniguda Police Station limits in Rayagada
CPI-Maoist cadres threatening
people to boycott Republic Day celebrations, hoisted black flags
in several places in Bolangir District. The Maoists unfurled black
flags on school premises in Chaulabngi in Khaparakhol block in
the District leaving Mao posters and pamphlets appealing public
to boycott the Republic Day, said sources.
CPI-Maoist cadres thrashed to
death a villager of Kuaghar in Kandhamal District after branding
him as a 'Police informer'. The victim, Biswambhar Kanhar was
dragged out of his house in the late night and beaten to death.
The Maoists accused Biswambhar of passing on information to Kandhamal
SP Kanwar Vishal Singh about their movements. The Maoists accused
Biswambhar of taking INR 50,000 from the Police for providing
Two IEDs, weighing around 10-12
kilograms, planted by the Maoists to target SF personnel or civilians
during the Republic Day celebrations were defused within the Muniguda
Police Station limit near Pusuguda square at Hatamuniguda in Rayagada
Centre approved the raising of
three IRBs in Odisha. At present, there are eight IRBs in Odisha.
While Odisha got three along with neighbouring Jharkhand, five
in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Chhattisgarh and two in Maharashtra
were approved by Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. Union Cabinet also approved seventy five percent of the
vacancies of constables to be filled up from 27 core Districts
in the four LWE affected states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
and Maharashtra under SRE scheme.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three
camps and eight construction vehicles in Pottangi area of Koraput
District. Reports said more than 100 Maoists arrived at three
contractors' camps at Taupadar, Barabandha and Kasuguda under
the Pottangi Police Station limits and attacked the labourers
while they were asleep. Later, they set fire to the three camps
and eight road construction vehicles including a tractor, a JCB
machine and five Poclain machines.
A tribal organisation called Naxal
Hinsa Prapidita Manch has raised its voice against the Maoist
killing of innocent civilians in Koraput District. They lodged
their protest in a huge rally against the Maoists in Narayanpatna
block of the District. The forum consisting of more than 2,000
tribals took out the rally and appealed to the Maoists to refrain
CPI-Maoist cadres orchestrated
a landmine blast near Lakhpadar village under Kalyansinghpur Police
Station limits in Rayagada District. An exchange of fire for over
45 minutes ensued between the Maoists and the security personnel
at the spot. No Policeman was injured in the encounter.
During the search operation in
the region, one IED, five rounds of live ammunition, two Maoist
kitbags containing articles of their day-to-day use, medicines,
Maoist uniform and literature were also recovered. Books on how
to learn Odia were also recovered hinting that the Maoists were
from outside Odisha and trying to learn the local language.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a Dangoria
Kondh youth identified as Shyamo Kadraka (22) of Nirgundi
village under Kalyansinghpur Police limits in Rayagada District
after trial in a kangaroo court. Maoists killed Shyamo suspecting
him to be a 'police informer'. His body was found hanging from
a tree, on the outskirts of the village. Villagers retrieved the
body and cremated it. Shyamo had been warned of dire consequence
by Maoists in December, 2015.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres exchanged
fire with SF personnel near Dongarjoda village under Gochhapada
Police Station limits of Kandhamal District. Kandhamal SP Kunwar
Vishal Singh said when the SOG, DVF and CRPF personnel involved
in a joint anti-Maoist operation in the area asked the Maoists
hiding in the forest to surrender they opened fire at the security
More than 200 Dongria Kondhs
under the banner of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti locked Munikhol
gram panchayat office in Muniguda block of Koraput District
protesting Police action against them. They submitted a memorandum
to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through Muniguda BDO Rajib Behera.
SF personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres
exchanged fire in Gundia Reserve Forest area of Kalahandi District
leading to the recovery of Maoist literature and some other items
from their camp. However, Odisha State Committee 'secretary' of
the CPI-Maoist Balakrishna alias Modem alias Manoj,
who was leading nearly 25 cadres and operating a camp in the area,
managed to escape. He carries a reward of INR 2.5 million on his
head, said Kalahandi SP Brijesh Ray. The SP further said after
getting intelligence input about armed Maoists moving in Manaska,
Panchkul, Kankaruan and Baghnakhi villages in the reserve forest
under Bhawanipatna Sadar blocks, three groups of SOG were engaged
in combing operation in the area from February 6. When the Maoists
opened fire, the SOG troopers retaliated following which the Maoists
escaped into the forest.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
during an exchange of fire between the SF personnel and the Maoists
in a forest in Kalahandi District. The combing team comprising
SOG and DVF also recovered arms from the spot. Kalahandi SP Brijesh
Rai said on receiving intelligence information about movement
of Maoists in Kanamanjur Reserve Forest, an intense combing operation
was launched. The encounter, that took place near Supel on the
bank of river Sagada between 3.30 pm and 4 pm, lasted for about
25 minutes. The Maoists fled into the forest leaving behind the
body of the woman cadre, who is yet to be identified, the SP added.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres involved
in several offensives surrendered in Malkangiri District. "We
joined the CPI (Maoist) being motivated by the Red revolution.
When we realised that the Maoists did nothing for the poor and
tribals, we decided to return to the mainstream," said a surrendered
Maoist. Police said the surrendered Maoists were working for the
Kalimela 'area committee' of the Malkangiri division. The surrendered
Maoist cadres have been identified as Bhima Kunjami, Malla Kunjami,
Mukra Madhi, Sukra Sodi and Muka Madkami.
Security personnel seized several
CPI-Maoist articles during a two-day joint combing operation at
Udul under Handapa Police limits in Angul District.
CRPF DG Prakash Mishra has said
Maoist menace is coming back again in Odisha and Telangana after
lying low for some time with the overall situation in LWE-affected
States remaining "fluid". The DG said while LWE activity in Odisha
had by-and-large cleared up, it is now "coming back" in Narayanpatna
area of Koraput District. He added "There could be many reasons
(for this) -- non-application of Standard Operating Procedures
or lax Policing. The inherent danger is always there...even in
Telangana and some places in Andhra Pradesh." "As of now, I would
say the situation is fluid but if the drive (operations and development
together) continues as it is at the present, then I think it (Naxal
violence) is going to take a turn for the better only. There shouldn't
be any let down (in operations and development works) in affected
areas," he said when asked to give his assessment of the Left
Wing Extremism situation in the country.
Two CPI-Maoist militias, who reportedly
triggered the landmine blast on January 8 that killed two BSF
personnel, including a Deputy Commandant, were arrested in Koraput
District. They were identified as Basudev Pradhani (37) and Bhagaban
Minarbalia (28). According to Police sources, both were part of
Boipariguda 'area committee' under Malkangiri-Koraput border division
of the CPI-Maoist.
The Centre is ready to talk to
Maoists if they lay down arms without any conditions, UMH Rajnath
Singh said in Bhubaneswar. Expressing satisfaction over the success
in anti-Maoist operations in the region, the Minister said "I
have reviewed the security scenario in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
There has been improvement in curbing Maoist violence." Asked
about the status of the IAP, a special development scheme for
Maoist-affected areas, the Minister said "Implementation of the
IAP has been discussed in detail. We will revive the programme."
In Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appealed to the
Home Minister to sanction two companies of Central Forces for
A village headman, identified
as Penta Madkami, was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres under
Podia Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. Three Maoists
arrived at Madkami's house and introduced themselves as Police
officers. They entered his house and then killed him with an axe.
Later, they asked some villagers to accompany them to an area
nearby. However, suspecting foul play, the villagers caught hold
of the three and handed them over to the Police.
A hardcore Maoist, carrying INR
100,000 reward on his head, and two 'militia members, surrendered
before the SF personnel during an anti-Maoist operation in Kalahandi
District. The surrendered Maoist was identified as Suka Majhi
(20) of Chhattisgarh. Along with him, two other local militia
members also surrendered. Their identity was not disclosed on
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Laxmi
alias Ratna (20), carrying reward money of INR 200,000
on her head, surrendered before security personnel in Kalahandi
District. She belonged to Palgurha village of Chhattisgarh. After
undergoing training, she was working as an armed cadre for Modem
Balakrishna alias Manoj of Odisha State Committee of the
The current security situation in Naxal violence
affected States is "good" and may improve further while parts
of Odisha and adjoining areas are witnessing an increased activity
of these cadres, said CRPF DG Prakash Mishra. Asserting that the
violent activities and incidents of LWE attacks have "come down"
in the last one year, he further said the situation still remains
dynamic and sustained Police action along with development activities
have to go in tandem to keep the LWEs under check. "If you go
by the overall activities in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected
states, I would say the situation is good. Their (Naxals) activity
has come down," Mishra, who will be retiring at the end of this
month (February), said while interacting with reporters. The DG
added while States like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar have
been the focus areas of anti-LWE operations largely led by CRPF,
some hinterland areas of Odisha and its border with Andhra Pradesh
have recently seen a rise in LWE activities. "While situation
on the LWE front has drastically improved, these new developments
(along Andhra-Odisha border) need to be checked," DG Mishra added.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and two others were
injured in an encounter with SF personnel in a forest near Dangamati
village under Kalyansinghpur Police Station limits around Niyamgiri
hills of Rayagada District. The identity of the deceased is yet
to be ascertained. A huge cache of arms, ammunition and Maoist
literature were recovered.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal identified as
Biswanath Khila (25) of Handikhal village in Chitrakonda area
in Malkangiri District. Khila, who had gone to attend a marriage
function, was taken away by a group of Maoists late night and
his body with throat slit was found at Khajuribahal village this
morning, Inspector In-Charge of Chitrakonda Police Station, Pitabas
Dharua said adding the Maoists apparently suspected that Khila
operated as a 'Police informer'.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted two Dongria Kondh
youths in Rayagada District suspecting them to be 'Police informers.'
The abducted persons were identified as Syama Sikaka (24) and
Ludu Wadeka (25).
DVF personnel and Police teams, led by the Rayagada
SP, recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from a camp near
Dangamati village in Niyamgiri hills during a combing operation.
This is being considered the first successful operation in the
region in the last three years and a major success for Odisha
Police as Maoists are trying to create a corridor through Rayagada-Kandhamal-Kalahandi
districts to connect Chhattisgarh. About 40 members were present
in the camp and in the exchange of fire, a middle-aged cadre was
killed. Sources said the group was being commanded by Bauri Bandhu
Sethi alias Sukhdev alias Bunty who was present
at the camp. Bunty heads Bansdhara-Ghumsar Division of CPI-Maoist
and operates a group of about 46 cadres.
Six days after Police claimed to have killed a
CPI-Maoist cadre during an exchange of fire in Rayagada District
the brother of the deceased charged security personnel of killing
his sibling in a fake encounter and said the latter had no links
with the extremists. "Police have killed my 20 year-old brother
Mondo Kadraka and are falsely implicating him as a Maoist," Drika
Kadraka, brother of the deceased said in Rayagada. On February
27, a team of security personnel claimed to have killed a Maoist
during an exchange of fire in a forested area near Dangamati village
under Kalyansinghpur police limits.
Odisha Human Rights Commission sought report from
DIG (South-Western range) and RDC (Southern range) on the death
of a Dongria Kandha (tribal) identified as Mondo Kadraka in an
encounter on February 27.
About 150 CPI-Maoist supporters, including 13
militia members, 12 village committee members and two Gana Natya
members of the outfit from Temrupalli, Pujariguda and Kukurkunda
villages under Mathili Police Station limits in Malkangiri District,
surrendered before the Police. The Maoist supporters went to Mathili
Police Station and surrendered before SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra,
SDPO M Sandeep Sampad and 202 CoBRA Battalion Deputy Commandant
The Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavalli 'divisional
committee' of the CPI-Maoist called for a bandh on March 15 protesting
the Police encounter on February 27 that claimed the life of a
40 CPI-Maoist sympathisers of Kirmiti village
under Mathili Police Station limits in Malkangiri District withdrew
their support to the Maoists and announced to support the administration
in development activities. This came two days after 225 Maoist
supporters surrendered before Police in the District. "After they
realized that they got nothing by supporting the ultras they are
now approaching the administration to speed up development works
at their village," said Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
The Niyamgiri 'area committee' of the CPI-Maoist
has called for a bandh in Rayagada District on March 15
in protest against death of a Dongria Kondh, identified
as Mondo Kadraka, in an alleged fake encounter on February 27.
Secretary of the NAC identifying himself as Sukdev through messages
sent to a few media persons in Rayagada alleged that Mondo was
not a Maoist and the security personnel killed him in a fake encounter
to create panic among the tribals. He said the extremists will
observe bandh at Rayagada, Kalyansinghpur, Bissamkatak
and Muniguda blocks of Rayagada District and Lanjigarh block of
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the
Centre to sanction critical road projects in the LWE-affected
districts and unconnected habitations in the State. The State
Government proposal to construct 24 projects under the Road Requirement
Plan Phase-II, covering a length of 375 km at a cost of INR 6.57
billion, may be sanctioned at the earliest, the Chief Minister
said during a meeting with Union Rural Development and Panchayati
Raj Minister Birender Singh in New Delhi.
A 30-year-old woman CPI-Maoist cadre who was considered
as an explosive expert surrendered before the Police at Bonai
in Sundergarh District. Muli Munda alias Susanti had left
the Maoist outfit months ago but was hiding from both Maoists
and Police fearing threat to her life. She was part of the Anmol
alias Samarjee group operating in Saranda Division of Jharkhand.
"She was involved in several activities in Saranda jungle area
between2010-15, particularly the Kolan area," ASP R. Panigrahi
19 supporters, who announced their willingness
to give up arms, officially surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri
District. The Maoist supporters reached District Police office
en masse and surrendered their arms before SDPO M Sandeep Sampad,
202 CoBRA Battalion commandants Sudhendra Singh and Babu Singh.
They were active members of Darbha Division of Maoists and were
operating in areas under Mathili and Boipariguda Police limits
in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts respectively. Among those
who laid down arms, five were militia, three Village Committee
members and two were members of Jana Natya Mandali.
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.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a former Sarpanch
identified as Gobardhan Bhuiyan (38) of Tentuligumma panchayat
under Boipariguda block in Koraput District. The incident took
place near a forested road on NH-326 near Tanginiguda when the
former elected panchayat member was on way to his village on a
motorcycle, Police said.
57 Maoist sympathisers, including 11 militia
and two village committee members, surrendered before the Police
in Malkangiri District. The supporters of Maoists' Kalimela and
Padia Dalam units surrendered before the Police with a
pledge to join the mainstream, SDPO, Madkar Sandeep Sampad said.
Those who surrendered were members of Andhra Odisha Zonal Committee
Division of the CPI-Maoist, he said, adding they were all residents
of Tangguda village under Chitrangapalli Panchayat. "We
welcome the 57 persons. The government will make arrangements
for them under the surrender and rehabilitation policy," the SDPO
DGP, Kanwar Brajesh Singh reviewed the law and
order situation, particularly the Maoist activities in four Districts
of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Nabarangpur, and expressed
confidence of having put the Maoists on the defensive. There are
hardly 15 to 20 per cent of the Maoists in these areas while the
rest often infiltrate from across Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand,
he said. Singh lauded the efforts of the SFs and also noted that
several Maoists had surrendered in recent months.
Odisha DGP Kanwar Brajesh Singh reviewed the law
and order situation, particularly the Maoist activities in four
districts of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Nabarangpur, and
expressed confidence of having put the Maoists on the defensive.
There are hardly 15 to 20 per cent of the LWE here (in Odisha)
while the rest often infiltrate from across Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand,
he said. Out of 13 blocks of Kalahandi Maoist movement is reported
from 10 blocks. However, it is more acute in tribal pockets of
Thuamul Rampur and Lanjigarh blocks, he added.
117 persons with CPI-Maoist links, including 36
militias, surrendered before Malkangiri SP in Malkangiri District.
Those who surrendered included Maoist 'militia commander' Madhab
Durua and village committee 'President' Moga Sodi. Total number
of surrenders of Maoist elements in the District has risen over
400 during past 10 days.
More than 500 Dongria Kondhs under the
banner of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti took out a protest rally with
traditional weapons and gheraoed Kalyansinghpur Police Station
in Rayagada District of Odisha. They were protesting the killing
of a tribal youth, Manda Kadraka, in an encounter on February
27 and branding him as a Maoist by the police.
The bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in four
blocks of Rayagada District of Odisha and one block of Kalahandi
District in Odisha did not evoke much response except in Kalyansinghpur
block of Rayagada District. The Maoists had called this dawn-to-dusk
bandh to protest against their encounter with SF personnel near
Dangamati village under Kalyansinghpur Police Station limits in
Niyamgiri hills region on February 27.
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
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 body of a CPI-Maoist 'area committee member',
killed during accidental blast of a landmine, was recovered in
Pottangi Police Station area of Koraput District. It was suspected
that he had died because of a blast that occurred while the Maoists
were trying to plant an IED at this remote place to target Security
Force personnel. The mutilated body was recovered from a place
near Ralegada on Rajakuda-Kodeipadu road. Koraput Superintendent
of Police (SP) C.S. Meena said some surrendered Maoists identified
the deceased to be an active Maoist of ACM rank of AOBSZC. Evidences
hinted that the man had died while planting the landmine.
An 'area committee' member of the CPI-Maoist who
was killed while planting an IED in Koraput District targetting
SF personnel has been identified as Jayaram (27). Though the incident
took place on March 19 night Police came to know about it on March
20 evening after the body of the deceased was found near Kurailpadu
village during a combing operation.
Around 270 CPI-Maoist "sympathisers" took a pledge
before the Police not to render any help to the Maoists in Malkangiri
District. The "sympathisers" belonged to several villages under
Mathili Police Station jurisdiction, Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu
As many as 19 revenue districts of Odisha are
considered as Maoist-affected districts in varying degrees, CM
Naveen Patnaik told the Odisha State Assembly.
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.
Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds with assistance from
Malkangiri District Police of Odisha from the other side of the
border have launched a sudden and massive combing operation on
the Andhra-Odisha border. Police sources claimed movement of Naxals-
was spotted on the AOB and that the elite force has ventured deep
to nab them.
A hardcore woman CPI-Maoist cadre from Andhra
Pradesh, identified as Puwala Achhama alias Laxmi (27),
carrying INR 400,000 award on her head in Odisha, surrendered
in Koraput District. Laxmi also helped the Police in seizure of
large quantity of materials of Maoist use including mines detonators,
remote sensors and arsenal for IEDs and INR 144,000 in cash. Laxmi
was the 'area committee member', third Central Regional Company.
An exchange of fire occurred between the CPI-Maoist
and SF personnel inside the forest near Ladapadar under Gochhapada
Police Station limits of Kandhamal District of Odisha. It occurred
while personnel of SOG were involved in an anti-Maoist operation
in the area. The Maoists managed to escape from the spot and no
injury was reported from either side. The SF personnel seized
goods of day-to-day use of Maoists from the spot.
Kiang based 202 CoBRA, which has been making efforts
to bring CPI-Maoist supporters to the mainstream, 281 aides gave
up arms before Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Natives
of Sanguma and Barha villages of Kartanpalli gram panchayat
under Mathili Police Station limits reached the District Police
office en masse and announced their decision to join the mainstream
before SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra. They used to work for the Darbha
Division of the CPI-Maoist in the remote and dense forest areas
under Mathili Police Station limits, bordering Chhattisgarh, Mahapatra
As many as 184 SF personnel and 259 civilians
were killed by CPI-Maoist in Odisha from 2005 till date (March
28, 2016) CM Naveen Patnaik informed the Odisha Assembly. In a
written reply to a question from Duryodhan Majhi, BJP, the CM
said the killed SF personnel included 36 from Andhra Pradesh and
nine from Chhattisgarh. He said 152 Maoists were killed in Police
encounters during the period. As many as 919 Maoist-related violent
cases occurred in the State since 2005, he added.
The CM Naveen Patnaik added that annual incidents
of violence related to CPI-Maoist have remained below 100 during
the last four consecutive years in Odisha. Since 2013, the number
of LWE violence reported from different districts has come down
below 80 per year in sharp contrast over 100 incidents of violence
each in preceding four years, said CM Patnaik. The year 2009 was
the worst year in terms of numbers of violence. In that year,
148 such cases were reported while the following year (2010) too
witnessed large incidents of violence. But in last three years,
2015, 2014 and 2013, numbers of violence in each year remained
between 70 and 80. Till February 29, 2016, there has been report
of 26 such cases. Security Forces have managed to neutralise over
20 Maoists in a year on four occasions. The CM said since 2014
as many as 171 Maoists had surrendered before the State Government.
But out of 171, only 68 Maoists surrendered and joined the rehabilitation
policy. Two of these surrendered Maoists were members of Central
Committee and State Committee. At present, 19 Districts of Odisha
are affected by the Maoist violence while there are recent reports
of Maoist activities in Boudh and Angul Districts. To combat the
Maoists, 17 battalions (9 CRPF and 8 BSF battalions) of Central
Armed Police Force are supporting the State police. Odisha has
received INR 2,955.79 crore under the Integrated Action Plan,
Security Related Expenditure Scheme, Special Infrastructure Scheme,
Construction and Strengthening of Fortified Police Scheme and
Modernisation of Police Forces Scheme.
A CPI-Maoist camp was demolished and huge cache
of arms and ammunition seized by SF personnel in Patdarah reserve
forest area under Boden block in Nuapada District of Odisha. SP
Pinak Mishra said the SF personnel seized five tiffin bombs of
2 to 3 kg each, 20 detonators, 30 metres of safety fuse wires,
live bullets, medicines, Maoist uniforms and food materials.
A CPI-Maoist cadre is suspected to have sustained
bullet injuries following an exchange of fire between SOG personnel
at Pokhari bandh reserve forest in Kandhamal District of Odisha.
"Our jawans found bloodstains in the forest after the ultras escaped
from the spot," SP K.V. Singh said.
71 Maoist aides, including 18-militia members
and six village committee members, surrendered before Malkangiri
SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra at District Police Office in Malkangiri
District of Odisha.
About 167 CPI-Maoist supporters from the Mathili
area of Malkangiri District of Odisha, surrendered before SP Mitrabhanu
Mohapatra. According to the SP Mitrabhanu, those who surrendered
were from Maoist-infested Daldali and Gurupadar villages. They
included 56 women, nine Maoist militias, five village committee
members of Maoists and four members of CNM, a frontal organisation
of the CPI-Maoist.
The OMP 'chief', Sabyasachi Panda appeared before
the District & Sessions Judge Court in Phulbani District of Odisha,
in connection with three cases filed under Daringibadi Police
Station limits. OMP is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. All
the three cases were registered in 2011 when Panda was active
in Daringibadi area.
Four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed trader
Jayaram Pangi near Jalaput village in Nandapur Tehsil in
Koraput District of Odisha and left behind a letter near the body
which read that he was punished for his involvement in ganja smuggling
and other anti-social activities. Police recovered the body and
said that Pangi belonged to Singrai village under Chitrakonda
Police limits and was involved in ganja smuggling.
Police arrested hardcore Maoist Dasru Kadraka
(25), son of Majji Kadraka of Gorata village under Muniguda Police
limits in Rayagada District of Odisha. Dasru was working as a
'militia commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Niyamgiri and involved
in a number of crimes, informed the Rayagada SP.
Landmines planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres were
found near Kudumuluguma block office in Malkangiri District of
Odisha. The landmines were neutralised by a bomb defuse team of
the BSF. A letter was too found from the spot in which Maoists
wanted that the BSF personnel should leave the District at the
189 CPI-Maoist cadres and their sympathizers surrendered
in front of SFs in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The Maoists
surrendered in presence of officers of 202nd CoBRA unit of CRPF
and Police. Those who surrendered include 25 Maoist cadres, 10
village committee members and 154 Maoist sympathizers, said officials.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly killed
a villager, identified as Manju Guntha (32), belonged to Semageda
village of Kotiya panchayat under Pottangi Police limits
in Koraput District, by slitting his throat. ASP BV Rao said,
the Maoists reached Manju's house and asked him to come out. They
later took him to a nearby forest and killed him, he added.
The Maoists set on fire an empty 'phadi', where
dried kendu leaves are stored, at Gaurpali village of Lakhanpur
panchayat under Ambabhona block in Bargarh District. There
was no loss of life or property and only the roof of the shed
has been gutted. Maoists have left behind two banners, in Hindi
and Odia, claiming responsibility for the fire and accusing some
Government officials of exploiting poor people.
Three persons were critically injured in a bomb
blast at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal District. All the injured
persons have been admitted to hospital.
SF personnel busted a Maoist camp in a forested
area near Chitrakonda in Malkangiri District. BSF jawans
during combing operations in Khaipadar forested area near Chitrakonda
busted the camp of Maoists and seized four guns and explosives
from the camp, Police said. No arrests were made since the Maoists
had vacated the camp by the time BSF personnel reached there.
Police recovered six crude bombs from Shanti Nagar
at Chhatrapur in Ganjam District. Probe is on in the incident.
One Maoist leader named Benu, claiming to be 'secretary'
of Malkangiri District committee of the CPI-Maoist, sent an audio
clip to the media, through which, he criticised the surrender
of hundreds of Maoist sympathisers and militias from the Mathili
area of Malkangiri District. He termed these surrenders to be
an outcome of use of force by the Police. He added that the Police
were falsely implicating innocent persons as Maoists. He threatened
to take revenge on leaders of the ruling BJD if these did not
Demanding release of Dasru Kadraka (25), who was
arrested on charges of being a Militia Commander in Rayagada District
on April 6, more than 300 Dongria Kondhs took out a rally
from Munikhol panchayat office and staged a demonstration before
Muniguda Police Station in Rayagada District. They have threatened
to resort to rail roko at Muniguda if their demands are not met
at the earliest.
Maoist posters threatening to blow up the residence
of Nuapada SP created a flutter in five gram panchayat headquarters
in Nuapada District. The posters were found in Dharambandha, Chulabhat,
Bharuanmunda, Motanuapada and Aamanara besides Torra village under
Nuapada block where the Maoists had called a bandh on the day.
The posters demanded cancellation of a proposal to construct Police
Station in Dharambandha and threatened that anybody defying their
dictates would be tried in Kangaroo Court. During the bandh the
villagers preferred to remain indoors and all the business and
commercial establishments remained shut. Even vehicles and public
transport remained off the road.
Seven families of Sanyasiguda village under Andrapalli
panchayat from the cut-off region deserted their homes
out of fear of the Maoists and sought shelter at the Kudumulugumma
Police Station in Malkangiri District.
CPI-Maoist cadres have killed a civilian, identified
as Gajapati Majhi, branding him as a 'Police informer' in Nuapada
District. Maoists killed Gajapati in a forest nearby his village.
Odisha DGP K. B. Singh while speaking to media
persons during his visit to Ganjam and Berhampur said that Maoists
from outside the State are planning for something inside Odisha.
He further said Odisha Police were prepared to thwart any plans
of the Maoists. The Times of India adds the DGP as saying
that nine out of 30 districts in the State have been identified
as Maoist-affected and the movement of the Maoists is largely
felt in Kandhamal, Boudh and Kalahandi Districts.
A CPI-Maoist woman cadre, identified as Arjunamma,
has died due to poisoning at Similipodar in Jodam panchayat of
Kudumula Gumma block in Malkangiri District. This has raised doubts
on whether the Maoists are losing ground in Malkangiri District
of Odisha or just becoming victims of conspiracy. The woman Maoist
and four others had fallen ill after consuming poison that villagers
are said to have mixed in their juice. According to sources, the
incident took place when a large number of Maoists were passing
through the area and demanded food from the villagers, who were
waiting for the chance to take revenge. The Maoists had killed
two persons in the village a couple of years ago. Sources said
the Maoists had collected food from various houses in the village.
But they suspect that the poisonous food came from the house belonging
to one Chandra as the five victims had consumed it. However, the
entire village has gone underground due to fear of Maoist attack
and are believed to have taken refuge in a BSF base camp at Jodam.
A tribal couple of CPI-Maoist-hit Bandhugaon block
in Koraput District accused a SI of Bandhugaon Police Station
of allegedly assaulting them. The couple sent a memorandum to
the State Human Rights Commission and State Home Secretary on
April 29, demanding immediate inquiry and necessary action against
the officer. The complainant alleged that the SI called them to
the Police Station in connection with a FIR lodged by his daughter-in-law
over a family dispute and allegedly kicked his wife several times
following which she fell unconscious. His son was put in the lock-up
and assaulted. Some personnel of the Paramilitary Forces posted
at the Police Station rescued the mother-son duo and got them
admitted to Bandhugaon hospital. He further alleged that the SI
demanded INR 10,000 from the couple to settle the case.
At least three suspected women cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed by the anti-Maoist SOG in an encounter in the Sahajkhaol
Reserve Forest in Kalahandi District. The SP, Kalahandi, Brijesh
Rai said that an exchange of fire ensued between SOG jawans
and the Maoists around 5 pm near Kutra village under Ampani police
outpost of Kalahandi, when the security personnel were undertaking
combing operations in the area. "Our operation team is yet to
reach the headquarters. We will reveal identity of the Maoists
after their return," Rai said. The Police said a few .303 rifles
and a 9-mm pistol were also recovered.
CPI-Maoist cadres operating in Chhattisgarh are
now entering Odisha as they have lost support from the Odia people
to carry out their operations, a top Police official said. "They
don't have local support and operate with Chhattisgarh cadres
mostly," Odisha's DGP K.B. Singh said. Following a spurt in Maoist
activities in areas bordering Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and
Jharkhand, operations would be intensified in these areas very
soon, he added. He further said Police this year (2016) have been
involved in eight encounters with Maoists. Special Director and
ADGP (Intelligence) Arun Kumar Sarangi said that among the listed
Maoist cadres, 15 per cent were in Odisha, 55 per cent in Chhattisgarh,
15 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and the remaining 15 percent in
Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
At least 59 CPI-Maoist supporters, including three
militia and three village committee members, surrendered at Mundaguda
police outpost in Kiang in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Villagers
of Katepalli under Mathili Police limits, the rebels and their
supporters arrived en masse at Kiang and surrendered before IIC
Pramod Kumar Mallick and 202 CoBRA battalion officials. The surrendered
militia members have been identified as Surya Bhumia, Trinnath
Bhumia and Mangada Padiami. The trio village committee members
are Mani Kunjami, Chanchai Bhumia and Rama Bhumia, the IIC said.
The Maoist supporters, who surrendered, include 36 men and 23
women, Mallick said.
A former Jharkhand-based cadre of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as James Purty alias Sanjay (21), surrendered before
the Rourkela Police in Sundergarh District and CRPF authorities
at Rourkela District Police Headquarters. Purty had left the outfit
quietly in 2013 after getting disillusioned with Maoist ideology,
violence and difficult forest life. To evade Police and the Maoists,
he went to Haryana, Chennai and Kolkata. He had recently returned
from Kolkata to his native place in Khunti District of Jharkhand
and decided to surrender on learning about the lucrative surrender
policy of Odisha Government. The ASP said Purty was involved in
two encounters with Jharkhand Police in Khunti District.
SFs busted a CPI-Maoist camp at Kandenjharia under
Ghatmal gram panchayat under Sinapali Police Station limits in
Nuapada District of Odisha. Earlier in the day, SF personnel exchanged
fire with Maoists at Kandenjharia. However, no casualties were
reported in the exchange of fire, SFs busted the Maoist camp at
Two forest guards were attacked by suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres in the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha. While Police
are yet to confirm involvement of Maoists, locals said there has
been movement of Maoists, who frequent villages for quenching
thirst, in recent times. The forest guards, Arun Dash and Pratap
Bhoi, who are still in a state of shock, have not been able to
give the details of the incident. Sources said while patrolling
the forest, the forest guards came across the Maoists who attacked
them. The incident took place near Asanbahal area of Pampasar
range, about 35 km away from Angul District headquarters. Villagers
added that at least 40 cadres are present in the sanctuary area.
About 5,000 tribals alleging atrocities by the
Police on the common man participated in a 'praja court' organized
by the CPI-Maoist held at an undisclosed location in the cut-off
area in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Local sources said tribals
alleging atrocities by the Police on innocent citizens demanded
the immediate removal of Police camps set up at various locations
in the area. Maoists at the gathering warned of strong retaliation
if atrocities by the Police on innocent tribals did not stop,
the sources added. The conclave organized by Benu, 'secretary'
of the CPI-Maoist, was attended by about 5,000 villagers hailing
from Panasput, Andrapalli, and Jodamba villages, local sources
Despite Odisha State Government's claim of improvement
in LWE situation in the State, it is still a challenge in a number
of Districts. The situation is grim in parts of Malkangiri, Koraput,
Nuapada, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nayagarh, Rourkela
and Bargarh Police districts, said the White Paper released by
the State Government in the State Assembly. There is, however,
improvement in the situation in districts like Jajpur, Dhenkanal,
Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur,
Deogarh and Sundargarh. The report said in 2015, total 72 LWE-related
incidents were reported in the State involving death of 26 civilians,
four security personnel and nine hardcore LWE cadres. During the
period, total 53 LWE cadres were arrested and 255 weapons, 168
IEDs and large quantities of explosives recovered. Total 64 LWE
cadres/militias surrendered in the State in 2015. The robust security
response resulted in total marginalization of OMP of Sabyasachi
Panda and significant containment of activities of CMAS in Narayanpatna
and Bandhugaon blocks in Koraput district, the report said. Due
to a well-calibrated counter-LWE response of the State Government,
1,039 Maoist sympathizers, including many active members of revolutionary
people's committees and village committee members, of Kalimela
and Podia of Malkangiri District withdrew their support to the
extremists. Apart from State Police, the Centre has deployed 17
battalions of Central Armed Police Forces - eight battalions each
of CRPF and BSF and one battalion of CoBRA, a specialized unit
of the CRPF - in the state. The Central Forces are largely deployed
in Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj,
Nuapada and Kandhamal Districts.
The State Government is continuously monitoring
construction work of 910-metre-long Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri
that would provide direct connectivity to 151 villages of the
cut-off area in Malkangiri District with the mainland. To strengthen
road connectivity in the Maoist-infested districts, the government
also urged the Centre to sanction 24 new road projects under Road
After a brief lull, the Maoists belonging to Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund
Division of the CPI-Maoist are once again trying to assert its
presence in Balangir District of Odisha. They pasted posters in
Chancherbhata of Khprakhol block and in Khuntpali in Balangir
Sadar block, demanding a halt to construction of Lower Suktel
dam project in Balangir District and Pujaripali dam project in
Personnel of DVF found a powerful IED in a forest
near Nalaghata in Gajapati District of Odisha during a combing
operation. "The bomb disposal squad from Paralakhemundi safely
defused the IED, weighing 20 kg," said SP, Gajapati, Satyajit
Nayak. The IED is suspected to have been planted by the Maoists
about three to four years ago.
Police in collaboration with the Malkangiri District
administration and the BSF organized a mega community policing
programme at Badpada village, situated in the worst CPI-Maoist-hit
cut-off area to create a friendly environment between the law-enforcing
agencies and people. This comes days after the Maoists warned
security personnel of retaliation alleging police excesses in
the cut-off area. The programme comprised rural sports and games,
entertainment, folk dance, awareness drive and medical camp with
a message against the Maoists apart from addressing the grievances
of the villagers. Over 5,000 tribals from 20 nearby villages attended
the programme. "The villagers were made aware of the anti-tribal
and anti-development attitude of the rebels and urged to join
hands with administration for their all-round development," said
DIG (South-West Range) S. Shyni, who interacted with the villagers
at the programme. The villagers complained about lack of irrigation
facilities, drinking water, education and road network, said Malkangiri
SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
The CPI-Maoist is back in Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary,
barely five months after they were flushed out of the forest following
an encounter in December last year (2015). After the encounter
in December 2015 with the SF personnel, the members of the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh
Division of the CPI-Maoist had deserted the sanctuary and fled
towards Nayagarh District. If sources are to be believed, the
sanctuary is virtually turning into a den of the Maoists with
armed cadres, between 40 and 100, reportedly camping in the forest.
According to sources, their movements have been noticed particularly
at Majhipara, Tarava, Kataranga, Bankadhara and Gillinda. They
mingle with locals and try to garner their support by taking advantage
of the latter's resentment against forest authorities following
certain restrictions in sanctuary areas. Sources said the Maoists
were earlier using Bipradiha border area of the sanctuary as their
transit route to Kalahandi and Jharkhand. Later, they intruded
deep into the sanctuary and made it one of their hideouts.
In an indication of improvement in the LWE situation
in Odisha, 170 cadres of the CPI-Maoist have surrendered in past
two years, said the Odisha Government. Furnishing a reply in the
State Assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said highest 65
LWEs had laid down their arms in Koraput while 42 surrendered
in Malkangiri District during 2014-15 and 2015-16. As many as
42 LWEs returned to mainstream in Sundargarh District during the
period. According to the Chief Minister, the State Government
had come out with first surrender policy in June 2006 and the
same had been made attractive in 2014.
With the recent combing operations and encounters
by the SF personnel breaking into the CPI-Maoist strongholds,
members of the AOBSZC as well as the CPI-Maoist are reportedly
initiating efforts to strengthen their rank and file. According
to sources, the CPI-Maoist 'central committee' wants to give a
new lease of life to the movement in the AOB areas by deploying
leaders from their Telangana committee as well as armed platoons
from Chhattisgarh. "Those likely to take charge in AOB include
Jalandhra Reddy alias Krishna from Chhattisgarh and Bakuru
Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh from Odisha. East Godavari
and Visakha borders are important to the naxals as they border
Chhattisgarh and Malkangiri district of Odisha," a senior official
involved in anti-Maoist operations said, adding "They need link
with Odisha to safeguard their teams and also receive guidance
from top rank naxals." New leaders are expected to take charge
from 'secretary' of the East Division Pratapareddy Ramachandra
Reddy alias Chalapati.
In major setbacks in the recent past, the Maoists
lost one of their key leaders and People's PLGA top leader Kudumula
Venkata Rao to illness, while three Maoists including Galikonda
area committee 'secretary' Azad died in a recent encounter with
SF. Following these developments, the Maoists in the AOB areas
reportedly sent a message to their central leadership seeking
urgent reinforcements, the sources said, adding that their central
committee member Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand may visit
the AOB soon to meet the leaders. The East Division has only two
area committees - Galikonda and Korukonda. Maoist 'commander'
Sarath's death in the hands of the local people one and a half
year ago in Korukonda, and the recent construction of the Rallagedda
outpost weakened the Maoist movement in the area.
A huge cache of explosives and CPI-Maoist items
were seized by BSF personnel at Parbeda-Pangiput forest near Lamtaput
in Koraput District. During combing operation, the SFs recovered
a bag which was buried underground, sources said. As many as 43
electric detonators, 19 gelatin sticks and 200 grams of gun powder
were recovered from the bag, sources added. This apart, Maoist
dresses were found from the bag.
The State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) on
Police Modernization finalised the action plan worth Rs 29 crore
for 2016-17 fiscal. Presiding over the SLEC meeting, Chief Secretary
A.P. Padhi directed the State Home Department to procure robust
and compatible equipment with the existing data base. Chief Secretary
also advised the Police to make use of the equipment that have
been supplied to ODRAF units so as to keep them in good condition.
The Action Plan focused on modernization of anti-terrorist and
anti-Naxalite operation systems.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre and another person were
sentenced to life imprisonment by a district court for the abduction
of the then District Collector R. Vineel Krishna five years ago.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Bamashankar Mishra convicted
Tapan Sha and M Divya alias Shanti and awarded life term for the
abduction of the IAS officer on February 16, 2011. While Sha was
a former government employee and had worked as a Gram Rozgar Sevak,
Divya was a Maoist. The court, however, acquitted another accused
Ghasiram Pangi due to lack of evidence.
A Police outpost in Kalahandi District of Odisha
is locked for the last four years due to the fear of the CPI-Maoist.
The outpost was set up in Balandapada area under Firingia block
of the District in 2012. "Though the outpost was set up in 2012
in order to provide protection to us and maintain law and order
in the area, the police personnel posted at the outpost didn't
dare to remain present there and have locked it for four years,"
a resident of the area said. Around 12, 000 people reside in that
region. Recently the people have demanded that the district administration
and Police should come forward and ensure law and order in the
area in order to pave way for developmental activities in the
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres stormed a construction
camp site at Lakrish under Kashipur Police limits in Rayagada
District and set ablaze nine vehicles. Sources said around 70
Maoists, under the banner of Ghumusur, Bansadhara, Nagavalli division
of Maoists, reached the construction camp, Rajesh Buildtech, at
about 1.40 am and pelted stones at the camp. When some of the
construction company staff came out, seven armed Maoists, including
two women cadres, barged into the camp. They asked the staff to
stop construction work on the 10-kilometres stretch from Kashipur
to Sunger Road which comes under the PWD. The Maoists also asked
the staff to shut the camp and leave the area. They set ablaze
four tractors, one JCB, water tank, roller and two 10-tyre tippers.
The Maoists, however, did not harm any staff. After about two
hours, they fled into a nearby forest under the cover of darkness.
In more than 10 handwritten posters found at the
site, the Maoists stated that the attack was in protest against
anti-Maoist operation and demanded withdrawal of armed forces
from the region. Through posters, the Maoists also threatened
companies like Vedanta, Hindalco and Utkal Alumina which have
their units in both Rayagada and Kalahandi Districts. The Maoists
also demanded implementation of welfare schemes like old-age pension,
distribution of ration card, and jobs for all eligible persons
under MGNREGA. They flayed the Central and State governments for
acting as agents of multinational companies and preparing the
blueprints for destruction of natural resources by leasing out
mines to big companies.
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
Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres carrying rewards
on their heads and six other armed activists surrendered before
the Police in Malkangiri District. The eight, mostly from Kalimela
area of the district, were involved in Maoist activities for last
few years and named in several cases, SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra
said. The two Maoists were identified as Unga Madkami and Adma
Kartami. They carried INR 100, 000 rewards on their head each.
The Malkangiri Police is of the view that the
CPI-Maoist orchestrated violence in the District is on the wane
and the Maoists are on the backfoot in 2016. "It can be certainly
said that Maoists are on the backfoot in Malkangiri. The organisation
is on wane. There has been drastic decline in Maoists' organisational
strength and violence in the district in the past six months.
Their leadership is disillusioned and demoralised. However, we
can't be complacent," said Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
He further said that "At present, 50 to 55 armed Maoists cadre
comprising some of their leaders are active in the district but
their movement has been restricted to cut-off areas and border
areas. They are fast loosing tribal support base due to intensive
community engagement programmes that we conduct and are unable
to enter the villages."
The Commissionerate of Police of Bhubaneswar was
sent into a tizzy after the Raj Bhavan received a threat letter
from an alleged CPI-Maoist cadre in Jharkhand, asking Governor
S.C. Jamir to relinquish office within 15 days or face dire consequences.
Police sources said the letter could be a hoax as similar threat
letters were sent in Jharkhand too. They said the senders identified
themselves as Ravindra Verma and Mantu. The letter was sent in
a sealed envelope from Giridih District in Jharkhand. The senders
described themselves as cadres of CPI-Maoist.
Nine tractors and an excavator of a construction
firm engaged in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, road construction
work, were set ablaze allegedly by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Kalahandi
District. According to the Police sources, the arson took place
in Miangpadar village under Bhawanipatna Sadar Police Station
limits. The construction firm was involved in laying the PMGSY
road connecting Titijhula and Miangpadar. Local people said a
group of armed Maoists along with some supporters reached the
camp and forced the staff to leave the spot. Then they used fuel
in the vehicles parked at the camp to torch nine tractors and
an excavator belonging to the firm. They left behind a handwritten
poster in Odia, opposing the proposal for mining in Baphlimali
hill region alleging that the government machinery was working
as stooge of corporate houses.
A landmine planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres was
discovered by BSF personnel in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District.
A team of BSF personnel involved in combing operation found the
landmine under a culvert near Anchalpur village on Narayanpatna-Podapadar
road. As per reports, the landmine was safely recovered and defused.
The landmine was around 10 kilogram in weight was planted targeting
security personnel involved in anti-Maoist operations in the area.
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 has reportedly held a review meeting
headed by the AOBSZC members at the AOB a couple of days ago.
Senior AOBSZC members like Dubasi Sankar alias Mahender and Narayana
Swamy alias Damodar reportedly attended the meeting that assessed
the present situation in the East Division and alleged differences
among the cadres and leaders, sources said. The meeting was held
in the wake of severe blows in the form of arrests, surrenders
and encounters. As per information available, the Maoist leadership
is planning to bring Kakuri Pandanna alias Jagan, a tribal leader,
as the 'chief' of East Division. Pandanna was the security head
of central committee member Ramakrishna alias RK.
The Odisha Government said it would ask for two
more battalions of Central Forces to tackle the LWEs in the State.
"We would like to seek two more battalions of any central armed
forces like Boarder Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police
Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and Indo Tibetan Border Police," Chief
Secretary A.P. Padhi said after presiding over a meeting. The
State presently deploys a total of 17 battalions of CAPF including
eight battalions of CRPF and BSF each and one battalion of CoBRA.
Police busted a CPI-Maoist camp at Selfi hill
of Rampuri Reserve Forest in Gurundia block of Sundergarh District
after a brief exchange of fire. Sources said acting on intelligence
input, Police raided Selfi hill. But the Maoists managed to flee
under the cover of darkness. IGP (Western Range) R.K. Sharma said
the raid was carried out by Special Operation Group and local
Police. Sensing presence of Police, the Maoists opened fire and
Police retaliated and the gun battle lasted for about 30 minutes.
While the Maoists managed to escape, Police busted the camp where
about 25 to 30 Maoists had holed up. The seizures include negligible
amount of live ammunition and empty cartridges along with 30 pairs
of Maoist uniforms, travel kits, literature, three solar panels,
food grains and medicines.
Security personnel during combing operations recovered
cache of explosives under a culvert in Koraput District.. The
explosives were recovered by troopers of the 143 Battalion of
the BSF on the Tanginiguda-Dasmantpur road near Baipariguda. The
recovered materials include two tiffin bombs, 22 electric detonators,
25 gelatin sticks, a 12 volt battery and 45 metres of flexible
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.
Two live landmines suspected to be planted by
the CPI-Maoist and electronic detonators were recovered by the
BSF personnel from Lamtaput area of Koraput District. According
to Police sources, a troupe of paramilitary forces of 143 Battalion
of the BSF were involved in combing operation when they stumbled
upon these two landmines, planted under a culvert on Jeypore-Lamtaput
road near Kadama village. Apart from it security personnel also
recovered a pack of 22 electronic detonators and a bundle of flexible
wire used to detonate landmines as well as a country made gun
from the spot.
Rourkela Police dismantled a CPI-Maoist camp at
Saplata forest in Sundargarh District, following a brief exchange
of fire. Police confirmed that the camp was housing about 50 members
of the CPI-Maoist, including 'central committee' members Prashant
Bose and Misir Besra alias Sagar alias Bibek alias Sunil. Bose
was 'chief' of the now defunct Saranda-based Eastern Regional
Bureau of the outfit. During the raid, at least 13 empty cartridges,
Maoist uniforms, documents, medicines and other items were seized.
Three women CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before
the Police in Jajpur District. The three women Maoists have been
identified as Basanti Champia, Shanti Badra and Suturi Paleya.
Jajpur SP Anup Kumar Sahu said the three women Maoists were active
members of the CPI-Maoist Kalinga Nagar Division. He also added
that Basanti and the other Maoists carried a cash reward of INR
400,000 and INR 100,000 each on their head respectively.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman surrendered
before Police in Sundergarh District. Police said the two, identified
as Sunita Mundari (20) and Sanjay Munda alias Somra (20),
had INR 100,000 reward each on their head. Both the armed cadres
were carrying .303 rifles.
Suspected Maoists destroyed a forest camp at Jhoti
Sahi near Barthilinga in Nayagarh District. They also set a jeep
of forest department on fire. The camp was set up by the Mahanadi
Wildlife Division. At least three masked persons came to the camp
and went on the rampage. They also detonated a bomb near the camp.
Five villagers, including three women were reportedly
killed in an exchange of fire between Police and the cadres of
the CPI-Maoist at Malapanga forest in Kurtamagarh in Kandhamal
District. Sources said the villagers were returning to their village
after receiving their MGNREGA wages from a nearby village under
Tunudibandh Police Station. Sources said the mishap occurred when
the CRPF personnel were busy in exchange of fire with Maoists.
The identity of the deceased and circumstances which led to firing
is yet to be ascertained.
Disenchanted by the Maoist ideology, a female
cadre surrendered before the Police in Kalahandi District.
CPI-Maoist posters allegedly written by the Maobadi
Lal Salam of Chhattisgarh were found in front of the Rengali panchayat
office in Khaparakhol block of Balangir District. The posters
criticised the action of the CRPF and the CoBRA Battalion. It
also warned a few nearby villagers of dire consequences terming
them as 'Police informers'.
Eleven CPI-Maoist 'supporters' including two women
surrendered before the Police at Mathili Police Station in Malkangiri
District. Of the 11 sympathisers, three are militia members of
the CPI-Maoist while the rest are members of Chetana Jana
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.
A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Sukhdev and
wife Rukmini, involved in around 150 cases, surrendered before
the Police in Malkangiri District. They were active for over a
decade and decided to give up arms after they realised that Maoists
were harassing tribals and poor people, said Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu
Mohapatra. While the State Government had announced a reward of
INR 500, 000 on the head of Sukhdev, Rukmini was carrying a reward
of INR 400, 000.
Three Maoists, including the Darbha division 'area
commander' Raju Sodhi, surrendered before the South Western Range
DIG S. Saini in Malkangiri District. Sodhi was carrying a cash
reward of INR 400,000 on his head. Besides, Laxman Madkami and
Debe Beti laid down arms before the DIG.
CPI-Maoist threatened to intensify their fight
against the government for the rights of tribals, following the
killing of five persons at Gumudumaha village in Kandhamal District.
The Malkangiri-Koraput Vishakha Border Division Committee of the
CPI-Maoist has stated this through letters sent to a few media
persons in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
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.
A two-day bandh call in Kandhamal and Rayagada
Districts by the CPI-Maoist which started from July 25, 2016 had
little impact on day to day life except in few pockets. The Maoists
have given this bandh call to protest against killing of
five innocents during an anti-Maoist operation of Police in Kandhamal
District on July 8. According to sources, effect of this bandh
call was noticed to some extent in Tumudibandh, Kotagarh and Daringbadi
blocks of Kandhamal District and Kalyansinghpur block of Rayagada
District. At all other places of these two districts life remained
In a major success for the Odisha Police, a CPI-Maoist
cadre, identified as Radha, surrendered before the Malkangiri
District SP. Radha was a member of the Kalimela dalam and
was working with the group for the past 14 years. There are over
50 cases pending against her. According to sources, Radha was
carrying a cash reward of INR 400000 on her head.
Two years after the arrest of OMP leader Sabyasachi
Panda, a man who had allegedly given shelter to the former CPI-Maoist
'cadre' in his house near Bada Bazar in Berhampur of Ganjam District
has been arrested. A Chandra Rao (55), who remained untraced since
Panda's arrest from his house at Mangalavarampeta Street near
Bada Bazar on July 18, 2014, was caught by a special police team,
ASP, Berhampur, Tirnath Patel said.
CPI-Maoist cadres have allegedly started disrupting
agrarian activities of poor tribals, who do not support their
violent activity, in Malkangiri District. According to sources,
the Maoists started adopting this new strategy in Mathili block
of Malkangiri District ahead of their 'Martyrs' week' observation
from July 28 to August 3. They have till now targeted tribals
at remote villages and hamlets in three panchayats of Mathili
block, namely Salimi, Temurupalli and Kartanpalli. Malkangiri
SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra confirmed these recent developments. To
strengthen their threats, the Maoists are abducting tribals from
their farms and releasing them after threatening them. Two tribals
from Jandaraguda village under Mathili block, Suka Kabasi and
Nilaram Madhi, were abducted by Maoists on July 17 and later released.
Both had earlier received threats from the Naxalites to stop their
agricultural activity and leave the village. Some other former
Maoist supporters of the village also were threatened. According
to sources, on July 19, Sama Madhi was taken away by the Maoists
from Kukurkund village of Temurupalli panchayat and later
Security personnel in Visakha Agency heaved a
sigh of relief as 'Martyrs Week' observed by CPI-Maoist passed
off incident free. "This year, Maoists did not indulge in any
violent or destructive activity during the Martyr's Week. They
were aware of the combing parties and kept low," a senior Police
official said in Visakha Agency. However, in East Godavari District,
the Maoists killed a priest in a church after branding him as
'Police informer' during the week. But Police could not prevent
the Maoists from holding meetings. In fact, Maoist 'central committee'
member Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK alias Saketh resurfaced at
Sanyasiguda cut-off area in neighbouring Malkangiri District of
Odisha to participate in the activities along with Malkangiri-Koraput
border division 'secretary' Gajarla Ravi alias Uday during the
'Martyrs Week'. Pappuluru area committee also observed 'Martyrs'
Week' at Pappluru forest in Malkangiri District.
The Maoists also paid tributes to their 'martyrs'
at Injari panchayat in Pedabayalu mandal where 'commander' Kiran
alias Manganna inaugurated a pylon. Some cadres including 'commander'
Naveen and division committee leader Kakuri Pandanna were present
at Garimanda village in Koyyuru mandal. Commenting on these incidents
an officer involved in the anti-Maoist operations said "Maybe
they are protecting their members as they do not wish to lose
their cadres in another encounter. We have clear information about
their movement in the Visakha agency." The Police were anticipating
retaliation to the encounter at Marripakalu-Palasamaudram area
near Puttakota in Koyyuru mandal on May 4, 2016 in which three
senior cadres including Galikonda area committee 'secretary' Azad
The week-long 'Martyrs' Week' observed by the
CPI-Maoist concluded with no incidents of violence reported from
anywhere in Malkangiri District. A series of functions were organised
by the Maoists in remote revenue villages under Kalimela, Motu,
Podia, MV-79, Chitrakonda, Mathili, Khairput and Orkel Police
Station limits, sources said. Reports said the Maoists unveiled
at least 50 temporary 'Martyr domes' which were erected during
the week with the support of local tribals. They have also reportedly
recruited some cadres during the week. Vehicular traffic was badly
affected in the district with most buses between Malkangiri and
Jeypore (Koraput) remaining off the road, while OSRTC authority
cancelled plying of State-owned buses on the route as a preventive
measure to avert any untoward incident. Attendance at Government
offices in Kalimela, Motu, Chitrakonda, Govindapalli, Podia and
MV-79 was thin. Postal services too were affected.
CPI-Maoist posters demanding suspension of three
Ministers of Odisha Government having links with the chit fund
scam were found at Manamunda Veterinary centre in Boudh District
and under Saintala Police Station limits in Balangir District.
The Maoists have demanded suspension of Law Minister Arun Sahoo,
Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo and
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma within
10 days. The posters were addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian, identified
as Sundar Hantal (25), at Godaput under Chitrakonda Police Station
limits in Malkangiri District. Sources said the Maoists killed
him by slashing his throat, suspecting him to be a 'Police informer'.
According to reports, a group of 15-20 Maoists had abducted Sundar
from his village about three days ago (August 3). His family members
and villagers had been searching for him without success. The
Maoists held a Praja (People's) Court at Simidipadar village where
they branded him as a Police informer and slashed his throat.
The Maoists also threatened the villagers of facing such fate
if they act as Police informers.
A powerful IED, suspected to be planted by the
Maoists, was recovered from Telengapada forest near Paiganda in
Gajapati District. "The IED, packed in a lunch box, and weighing
around 40 kg was found during the area domination operation carried
out by the district voluntary force. The bomb disposal squad from
Paralakhemundi rushed to the spot and defused the IED," said Gajapati
SP Sushil Panigrahi.
CMAS leader, Nachika Linga, who is currently lodged
in Koraput Circle Jail, began indefinite hunger strike demanding
fulfilment of his nine-point charter of demands that he had submitted
to CM Naveen Patnaik in April, 2016. The CPI-Maoist leader Cheda
Bhushan alias Ghasi and another 14 members of CMAS also joined
Linga in his agitation, supporting his demands that included speedy
disposal of cases against him. His other demands are release of
CMAS supporters who were arrested on false charges, construction
of roads and canals in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna blocks, handing
over of tribal lands occupied by non-tribals, distribution of
land to the landless, appointment of teachers in schools and other
developmental activities in the two blocks.
Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were caught
by villagers Deogharandi village and handed them to Police in
Nabarangpur District. According information, villagers saw the
unidentified youths moving in the village in suspiciously. When
they wanted to know their identities, the youths avoided and tried
to threaten them. Villagers soon gheraoed them and kept them in
captivity and informed Raigarh Police. The villagers later handed
over the suspected Maoists to the Police.
Police recovered several posters put up by the
CPI-Maoist in Jagdalpur village under Ambadala Police limits in
Rayagada District, exhorting public to oppose MNCs and protect
their water, forest, and land. Maoists in the posters have opposed
the establishment of proposed medical college in Kalahandi District
with the aid of MNC VAL, reports added. The posters claimed to
have been affixed by Vamsadhara-Ghumusara-Nagabali Divisional
Committee of the CPI-Maoist.
Two cadres of the PLFI were killed by Rourkela
Police following an exchange of fire in remote Jarda forest under
Gurundia Police limits in Sundargarh District. Rourkela-based
IGP (Western Range) Radha Krishna Sharma said acting on intelligence
inputs about presence of a small PLFI group in the forest, Police
teams were sent to the area. Watching the Police advance, the
PLFI cadres started firing and Police retaliated. Two cadres died
on the spot, while others managed to escape, he said, adding that
two carbines, two magazines, other ammunition, INR 50,000 cash
and mobile phones were seized from the bodies. Though efforts
are on to ascertain the identities of the dead cadres, Police
suspect the two to be Shankar Munda and Bhima Munda. Shankar,
a criminal, had recently brought weapons from PLFI groups led
by Akash and Mahesh and was involved in extortion and criminal
activities in the interior areas of Rajgangpur, Gurundia and Brahmani
Tarang Police limits in the District. Shankar was also suspected
to be involved in the loot of about INR 370,000 from Malidihi
branch of Utkal Gramya Bank under Rajgangpur Police limits three
days ago. PLFI is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist.
A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Sanika Topno
and Sunita Hansdah, carrying a cash reward of INR 200,000 surrendered
before Rourkela Police in Sundargarh District. The couple was
the members of a group led by senior Maoist leader Samarjee alias
Anmol Hembram operating in Saranda Division of neighbouring Jharkhand,
sources said. Notably, the 25-year-old Sanika Topno alias Sangel
Munda alias Susil hails from Langalkanta under K Balang Police
Station in the District and had married 20-year-old Sunita Hansdah
alias Sushari alias Mariam from West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand.
A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist was reportedly
killed in an encounter with the Police in the Niyamgiri forests
in Kalahandi District. According to reports, the Maoist was killed
during a combing operation at a location in the Niyamgiri hills
under the Lanjigarh Police Station. Police recovered an INSAS
rifle, a SLR rifle and two other rifles during the operation,
reports said. The killed Maoist was a member of the Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali
division of the CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist leader Nikhil alias Niranjan Rout,
who leads the Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali Division of the CPI-Maoist,
was present during the exchange of fire between the Maoists and
SFs in Kalahandi District. This was stated by DIG, south-west
range, S Saini. The DIG and Kalahandi, SP, Brijesh Rai said, the
SOG team and District Police were combing the Phulbari forest
near Katland village under Bijepur Police limits when the exchange
of fire took place in which, one woman Maoist cadre was killed.
Her identity is yet to be established. Nikhil managed to escape
from the Maoist camp during the gun-battle, Saini said, adding
that two SLR rifles, one INSAS rifle, two .303 rifles and live
cartridges, 20 detonators, a tiffin bomb, electrical wires and
Maoist literature were seized from the camp. Other logistic materials
were also recovered from the spot. The DIG said so far seven Maoists
have been killed in Kalahandi and among them, six are women cadres.
So far, six Maoists have surrendered. Saini said Maoists are deploying
women cadres in the first line of defence and in sentry duty and
thus, the casualty of women cadres is high. While the women cadres
provide cover to the Maoist group, the male cadres escape.
Maoist posters with mentions of six demands were
found at different places at Gudighat village under Muribahal
block in Balangir District. According to information, the posters
mentioned about six various demands made by Maoists of Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund
division. The Maoist rebels have demanded that Government should
give drought assistance to tribal people soon.
At least three members of a family involved in
harbouring PLFI cadres were arrested with arms and ammunition
from Khukundubahal village under Biramitrapur Police limits in
Sundargarh District. However, a group of about 10 PLFI cadres
present at Khukundubahal, about 25 kilometres from Rourkela, managed
to give Police the slip. SP of Sundargarh, Nikhil Kanodia said
eight single barrel rifles, 41 rounds of live ammunition and 11.3
kilograms of high-end explosive in semi-solid form were recovered
from the house of those arrested. He identified them as Surendra
Nanda, a gram rakhi, his son Afindra and nephew Tureswar Nanda.
They were providing logistic support to the PLFI group. PLFI is
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Top Maoist leader Daya of AOBZC escaped from the
clutches of SOG troopers in Panasput village under Padua Police
limits in Koraput District. According to sources, an exchange
of fire took place between Police and CPI-Maoist cadres for several
hours in the forest. On a tip off that Daya and some Maoists of
Chhattisgarh were camping in the forest, Police launched an extensive
combing operation. During this time, the Maoists opened fire and
the SOG troopers retaliated. The exchange of fire continued for
hours after which the rebels fled from the spot leaving behind
some Maoist materials, arms and ammunition. Police recovered detonators,
IED bombs, gun making materials, Maoist literature and uniforms,
among other things.
SF personnel destroyed a camp of the CPI-Maoist,
during combing operations in the forested area between Dumuriguda-Panasput-Kandra
in Hatibari panchayat under Padwa Police limits of Nandapur block
in Koraput District. Acting on intelligence inputs that armed
Maoists were hiding in the nearby forested area, personnel of
SOG and DVF, conducted a combing operation in Panasput forest
under Hatibari panchayat and have seized two walkie-talkie sets,
huge quantities of explosives including detonators, medicines
and Maoist literature, informed SP of Koraput, Charan Singh Meena.
The rebels belonged to AOBSZC's Koraput division of the CPI-Maoist,
Police busted an illegally country-made gun manufacturing
unit at Pangapaju village in Kandhamal District. Acting on a tip-off,
Police raided the unit at Bindhani Sahi in Pangapaju village and
arrested the two persons allegedly involved in manufacturing of
firearms. The arrested persons were identified as Banchhanidhi
Bindhani (45), and Rohit Bindhani (40). The manufacturing tools
seized from duo included wooden butts (6) iron barrel (8), trigger
(3), trigger guard (1), cutter and polish machine (1), driller
(3) and several other items, said Police. "During the interrogation,
we came to know they were supplying most of the country-made firearms
to Nayagarh district though middlemen," said SP of Kandhamal,
Pinak Mishra. On an average, they were manufacturing seven to
eight country-made guns a month and supplied them to various buyers,
said, OIC, Gochhapada Police Station, Mrutunjaya Pradhan. Police
said they would investigate whether they have any link with the
Maoists. Banchhanidhi was arrested by Police for manufacturing
firearms about nine years ago and lodged in the jail for some
Three days after reviewing CPI-Maoist menace at
the unified command meeting in Bhubaneswar, DGP K B Singh said,
the LWEs are trying to regroup in Odisha. "We still face challenge
from ultras even though situation has improved a lot. Recent seizure
of explosives from their hideouts in different districts indicates
the Red rebels are trying to spread their activities again," Singh
More than a week after a woman CPI-Maoist cadre
was killed in an encounter in the forests of Lanjigarh block in
Kalahandi District; the Maoists identified her as Sangita and
called a bandh in two Districts in protest against the killing.
In a two-minute audio tape released by Ghumusar-Nagavalli-Bansadhara
division 'secretary' Nikhil alias Niranjan Rout to a local news
channel in Bhawanipatna, the Maoists declared that the woman Maoist
was Sangita from Adikanda village of Mohana block in Gajapati
District. Sangita was killed on September 15, during an exchange
of fire between SOG and Maoists in Phulbari forest near Katlang
village under Bijepur Police limits. Through the tape Nikhil informed
that the division has called a bandh in Rayagada and Kalahandi
Districts on September 29, protesting the encounter. He stated
that Sangita was active in the division for the last seven years.
The tape also disagreed with the statement of DIG of (South Western),
S Shiny and Kalahandi SP, Brijesh Rai that Maoists were pushing
woman cadres to the front to let them die.
Six Maoist aides surrendered before BSF Commandant
KD Yadav at (MV)-79 in Malkangiri District. They are four Village
Committee Members, Soma Podiami, Soma Kabasi, Rama Podiami and
Podia Madkami and two militia members Jaga Kabasi and Deba Kabasi,
said Yadav. They are natives of Rajulkonda village under MV-79
Police limits and were providing logistic support to the rebels,
he added. Later, the surrendered rebels were handed over to MV-79
Protesting the death of a woman CPI-Maoist in
an encounter with the SOG personnel, the Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali
division of the CPI-Maoist, observed bandh in Rayagada and Kalahandi
Districts. However, the bandh passed off peacefully. ASP, Patitapaban
Choudhury, said, normally Kalyansinghpur block market remains
closed on Thursday and besides that, the Private Bus Owners' Association
also observed strike so there was no impact of bandh called by
the outfit. But due to the Maoist bandh, even Government buses
remained off the road, he added. In Bhawanipatna, the bandh had
no impact. Even in the sensitive pockets like Lanjigarh, Thuamul
Rampur and M Rampur where Maoists are active, there was no impact
and life was normal. Police had intensified patrolling in the
sensitive pockets. SP of Kalahandi, Brijesh Rai, said there was
no report of any untoward incident in the District. Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali
Division secretary Nikhil alias Niranjan Rout had announced bandh
through an audio tape released by him to a private news channel
on September 24. He had identified the woman Maoist as Sangita
of Gajapati District.
The Maoists, in a desperate bid to reassert their
supremacy in the cut-off areas of Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri
District, have urged the people of six panchayats to boycott the
ensuing panchayat elections and strengthen the militia by joining
their outfit. The LWEs had organised a large meeting at Jantri
village of Andrapalli panchayat of Chitrakonda block, reports
said. Asked about the incident, Subala Charan Behera, driver of
a government motor launch, told OTV that he was about to finish
his duty at about 5.30 PM on September 30 after anchoring the
launch at Jantri when the Maoists through their messengers asked
him to bring the people of five panchayats to attend their meeting.
SP of Malkangiri, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said a group of Maoist
cadre of AOBSZC had organised a meeting at Jantri village of Andrapalli
panchayat under Chitrakonda block. Naming the meeting as anti-Police
meeting, the Red Rebels had forcibly brought the villagers of
six panchayats to the meeting with the help of two Government
motor launches and four country boats provided by the District
Administration to these six panchayats. The SP said the Maoists,
who have forcibly detained the boats which are the only source
of communication for the tribals in the cut-off areas, claim that
they are fighting for the welfare of the poor tribals. "All these
activities speak volume of their double standards", he pointed
out. The most-wanted Maoist leader Ramakrishna alias RK addressed
the gathering of more than 3000 people from six panchayats of
Jodamba, Badapadar, Janbai, Ralegada, Panasput and Jantri at Palaspadar
village under Jantri panchayat. RK alleged that the Government
has failed to ensure development on the other side of Chitrakonda
reservoir even after 70 years of Independence. Other top Maoist
leaders from Andhra Pradesh addressed the gathering.
One villager was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres,
suspecting him to be a 'Police informer', at Katapali village
under Maithili Police Station in Malkangiri District. The deceased
was identified as Budara Khilamali. The Maoists had slit his throat
and dumped the dead body. According to sources, Maoists had taken
away Budara on October 1 night to attend a Sabha. But later, his
dead body was recovered by villagers from a forest. Handwritten
Maoist-posters were found from the spot.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a villager and
severely injured another in Malkangiri District. According to
reports, the Maoists fired at two villagers of Jantri village
in the afternoon today, killing one and seriously injuring another.
Notably, the duo was abducted by the Maoists two days back on
About 25 armed CPI-Maoist cadres organised a meeting
of youths at Bhurukundi village under the Purunakot Police limits
in the Satkosia wildlife sanctuary in Angul District, exhorting
the youths to join their cadre. Reports said the Maoists, who
came from dense forests, held a 20-minute-long meeting on the
village road. They persuaded the youths to join them and offered
to pay them a monthly salary INR 10,000 each. About 40 young men
and women participated in the meeting out of fear of the Maoists,
according to sources. The Maoists threatened to blast the village
if the youths do not join their organisation. They (Maoists) retreated
to the dense forests after the meeting. Earlier also, the Maoists
had held a meeting in the village on October 4.
Three CPI-Maoist posters were found in Ghamari
village of Bolangir District. In these posters, the CPI-Maoist
local divisional committee has urged the people to support some
demands of the Maoist rebels. In these posters Maoists have opposed
the Green Hunt Operation and demanded proper irrigation
to crop fields in tribal areas by constructing check dams and
canals. Earlier on September 16, 2016, Maoist posters were also
found at Muribahal in Titlagarh area of Bolangir District in which
the Maoists have demanded ration cards for all Dalit and tribal
families and closure of liquor shops in the area.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly set ablaze
a licensed country liquor manufacturing unit in Dengsu Tipidi
village under Barabandha panchayat of Madanpur Rampur Police
limits in Kalahandi District. According to information, around
32 Maoists came and put the liquor-making unit and two motorbikes
on fire using kerosene. They too beat up owner and employees of
the unit and threatened him to stop the unit for ever.
An exchange of fire took place between SF personnel
and CPI-Maoist cadres at Niyamgiri forest area in Kalahandi District.
Following this, SOG and CRPF jawans launched a massive combing
operation against Maoists. Earlier, the SF personnel had got intelligence
inputs about presence of Ghumusar- Bansadhara-Nagavali division
of CPI-Maoist members in the forest areas under Muniguda Police
limits. During a combing operation, the SF personnel exchanged
fire with the Maoists near Golgola and Naringbadi village area
of Munikhol panchayat. Muniguda SDPO, Anant Prasad Mallick said
a group of Maoists led by Bunty alias Bauri Bandhu Sethy opened
fire on the SFs during combing operation. In retaliation, the
SFs opened fire. However, no casualties have been reported.
Eighteen CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with a combined team of AP and Odisha Police near Jantri in Malkangiri
District, in the AOB area. According to AP Police, two constables
of Greyhounds, an elite anti-Maoist force, were injured in the
encounter that occurred during a routine combing operation being
jointly carried out by Police of both the States at Ramgurha in
Malkangiri District of Odisha. "The operation spot comes under
Chitrakonda police limits of Malkangiri. The joint operation was
carried out in cut-off areas of Chitrakonda close to Andhra Pradesh
border. We seized some weapons from the Maoists," ADG, (intelligence)
of Odisha Arun Sarangi said. Sarangi said the blueprint of the
operation was finalized two days ago. "We had tip-off about movement
of the Maoists in the cut-off area. We informed the Andhra Pradesh
police for assistance," Sarangi said, adding "The bodies will
be brought to Chitrakonda for identification and post-mortem."
The face-off between the SF personnel and the Maoists lasted for
about an hour. The rebels were said to be resting after a meeting
when the encounter took place. Police have recovered four AK-47
rifles from the scene of the encounter. AP Director General of
Andhra Police Nanduri Sambasiva Rao said combing operation was
still continuing as there was information that there were some
more Maoists roaming in the region. Sources said that top Maoist
leaders like Gajarla Ravi alias Uday, Bengal Sudhir, Anil, RK
alias Saketh's son Munna, Bakuri Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh and
others were in the area at the time of the encounter.
SF personnel recovered bodies of four more Maoists
killed during a joint operation by AP-Odisha Police in Bejing
jungle between Ramgarh and Panasput in Malkangiri District on
October 24. The total number Maoists killed in the joint Police
operation rose to 28. One AP Greyhound commando Mohammed Abu Bakar
was also killed in the exchange of fire while one more commando
was also injured.
The Police had seized 20 firearms, which includes
four AK47 rifles, 10 numbers of .303 rifles, three SLR rifles,
two INSAS rifle, four SBBL guns, one laptop and INR 216,000 from
the spot. By late evening, the police party recovered about 50
kit bags and a large quantity of Maoist literature. The Maoists
were reportedly holding a plenary session, which was to be attended
by 'central committee member' Akkiraju Haragopal aka Ramakrishna
aka RK. There were between 50 to 60 Maoists, when the encounter
Among those killed were Bakuri Venkata Ramana
Murthy alias Ganesh alias Prasad alias Ramireddy, 'official spokesman'
of AOBSZC and 'secretary' of east division unit of the party;
Chemella Krishnaiah alias Bhaskar alias Daya, 'secretary' of the
Koraput-Srikakulam 'joint division' of the AOBSZC; Gamelli Kesava
Rao alias Birsu, 'area commander' of First CRC and 'divisional
committee secretary' of the Koraput-Srikakulam 'division'; Anna
Parthi Dasu alias Madhu (50), member of the inner protection team
around Bakuri Venkata Ramana Murthy and 'divisional committee
member' (DCM), technical team of West Godavari; Geddam Suvarnaraju
alias Kiran (38), brother-in-law of Madhu; Prabhakar Kapukka alias
PKM alias Devendra, DCM; Latha alias Jyothi alias Padma, DCM and
wife of Dubashi Shankar alias Mahendra, SZCM, of the Hyderabad
area; Rajesh alias Bimal, 'area commander' of First CRC and DCM
from Chhattisgarh; Mamata alias Banajalas Nirmala alias Boddu
Kundanalu Maru (DCM of Third CRC of the party and wife of Suresh,
SZCM of the Srikakulam area); Yamalapalli Simhachalam alias Murali
alias Krishna alias Hari, key member of Central Committee member
RK's protection team and DCM of the Vizianagaram District; Kameswari
alias Swarna alias Swaroopa alias Ricky, part of cadre supply
team and DCM of Pedabayalu; Kilo Sita alias Swetha, part of cadre
supply team and ACM of Pedabayalu; Budri, woman bodyguard of RK's
inner protection team and ACM from Chhattisgarh; and key members
in RK's security cordon, Munna alias Akkiraju Prithvi alias Shivaji
(27), an ACM of Malkangiri's cut-off area LGS, and Raino alias
Sunil alias Jalmuri Srinu Babu, DCM of Third CRC of the party.
Ganesh and Daya carried a reward of INR two million each.
The CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly abducted a group
of villagers from Kalahandi District in connection with an encounter
that had taken place last month. Police later recovered one body.
Police sources said the Maoists had forcibly taken eight villagers,
including five from Katlang village under Bijepur Police limits,
two from Salpang village and one from Karli village under Bhawanipatna
Sadar Police limits. One body has been recovered, and the deceased
has been identified as Chena Harijan of Katlang. Harijan's throat
was found to have been slit by a sharp weapon. The fate of the
other abducted persons is yet to be ascertained. Suspecting the
role of villagers in tipping off Police about their movements
last month which led to an encounter at Bijapur area on September
15, Maoists abducted a few of them, including a village guard
of Salpang, the Police claimed. Kalahandi, SP, Brijesh Rai said
anti-Maoist forces have rushed to the spot but there has been
no further information.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have allegedly killed another
villager by slitting his throat in Salapanga village under Sadar
block in Kalahandi District. The Maoists reportedly killed Lalu
Harijan, suspecting him to be a 'Police informer'. This is the
second incident in the District when a villager has been allegedly
killed by Maoists on suspicion of being a 'Police informer'.
Two more CPI-Maoist were shot dead in the Chitrakonda
forest area of Malkangiri District, taking the rebel toll to 30
in the third encounter in as many days. The SF personnel ran into
a group of Maoists in the dense forest of Chitrakonda during the
ongoing combing operations and warned the latter to surrender.
However, the rebels opened fire in a bid to escape, Visakhapatnam
(rural) SP, Rahul Dev Sharma said. The exchange of fire continued
for about 20 minutes. When the guns fell silent, the Police found
two bodies. "Their photos would be released shortly. The police
are willing to help injured Maoists get medical treatment if they
are willing to surrender," Sharma said.
If completed on time, the under construction bridge
over river Gurupriya would to a good extent solve connectivity
and by extension LWE problems in the cut-off area in Malkangiri
District. The work for the 910-metre bridge connecting Janbai
North with Janbai South, which was started in 2015 at an estimated
cost of INR 172.58 crore is expected to be completed by 2018.
"Around Rs 71 crores has already been spent on the project and
we are hopeful of completing it within the scheduled time," said
Arun Kumar Sahu, executive engineer of PWD, Malkangiri.
In an audio tape released to the media in Odisha,
the CPI-Maoist claimed that Ramakrishna alias RK is missing since
the October 24 encounter at Malkangiri, where 28 of their cadres
were gunned down, and he could be in Police custody. "Top Maoist
cadre Ramakrishna is missing and he could be in police custody,"
CPI-Maoist, East Division Committee, 'secretary' Kailash said
in the audio tape. In the audio tape the Chief Ministers of Odisha
and Andhra Pradesh were blamed for the killing of the 28 Maoists.
Kailas said the Maoists haven't weakened and will continue to
fight. He also alleged that Operation Green Hunt is being conducted
for the benefit of industrialists and mining mafias. RK, a central
committee member of the outfit, who was last sighted at Jantri
in the cut-off area of Malkangiri District on October 1. He had
addressed a public meeting, and asked people to boycott the ensuing
three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha.
The CPI-Maoist has called for bandh in Odisha,
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra on November
3 to protest against the Malkangiri encounter in which 30 Maoists
were killed. In a statement issued by Maoist's Central Committee,
Pratap, a self-styled spokesperson, has given the bandh call in
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
The Maoist organisation also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi-led Central Government, along with Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
Government's, were favouring Bauxite mining in the tribal area
against the will of the locals. Yesterday, in an audio tape, CPI-Maoist
East Division Committee 'secretary' Kailash held the Chief Ministers
of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh responsible for the encounter.
As many as 12 unclaimed bodies of Maoists who
died during October 24 - 27, 2016, Chitrakonda anti-Naxal operations
were buried by Police. While the rest 16 bodies have been handed
over to their kin after verification, it said. It is to be noted
that 30 LWEs lost their lives during a joint operation by some
200 SF personnel including Andhra Pradesh's Greyhounds, Odisha
Police, SOGs, DVF, in the cut off area of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri
District of Odisha along the AOB.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre surrendered before the
Rourkela Police and 19 Batallion of CRPF in Sundargarh District.
She was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on her head. According
to sources, Palo Honhanga alias Bharati (42), a resident
of Baliba village in West Singbhum District of Jharkhand, had
been inducted in the cadre by a woman Maoist, Rekha, forcibly
in 2012. She was working in the Kolhan area of Chaibasa, Jharkhand.
She left the outfit after getting disillusioned with the Maoist
ideology as the ultras exploit women, minors and innocent tribal
people in their activities and force them to join the outfit.
Her daughter Sapna alias Muni had earlier surrendered before
the Rourkela Police in September 2015.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Jayant Majhi, a former
Sarpanch, by slitting his throat near Sapachanchala under the
Bijepur Police limits in Kalahandi District. According to sources,
Jayant was the former Sarpanch of Trilochanpur Panchayat.
Security has been tightened in southern Odisha
Districts, including Kandhamal, Boudh and Gajapati for the 24-hour
bandh called by the Maoists in five States, Andhra Pradesh,
Telangana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra on November 3,
to protest against the Malkangiri encounter in which 30 Maoists
were killed. Anti-Maoist camps, security establishments in Maoists-affected
Districts have been alerted while combing operations and patrolling
have been intensified. The State Police Intelligence wing has
been directed to keep a strict vigil on the situation to avert
any violence by Maoists as reliable sources said the rebels from
neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh are trying to enter
Kandhamal and Malkangiri Districts.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered two landmines
blast near Hatamuniguda in Rayagada District. Being informed,
the Muniguda Police with the sniffer dog rushed the spot to diffuse
the explosives. However, when the dog detected the landmine, it
exploded injuring the animal. Maoist posters were found pasted
on trees near the spot. Protesting the anti-Maoist operation near
the AOB in cut-off Chitrakonda area, in which 30 Maoists were
killed, the CPI-Maoist Central Committee observed the bandh
in five States, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
and Odisha. While bus service came to a grinding halt in Malkangiri,
plying of Government-run buses in Koraput and Rayagada remained
off. The situation was similar in Kandhamal District. The Maoists
blocked the Baliguda-Muniguda route by dumping felled trees on
the road near Kurtamagarh in G Udayagiri, sources said.
Our primary goal is to free the entire state from
the grip of the CPI-Maoist, says Odisha, DGP, K B Singh. In an
interview with the Telegraph, he said, "We have been successful
to some extent. We have the required manpower, but we need more
forces to intensify our operations. At present, we have 18 battalions
of paramilitary forces. We have urged the central government to
send two more battalions." Further, answering to the question
on cannabis cultivation turning into a major source of funding
for the Maoists, he replied, "The area under cannabis cultivation
has been reduced to a great extent. Crime branch has undertaken
a number of drives with the help of satellite imageries and local
inputs. Now, ganja cultivation is confined to Angul, Boudh, Kandhamal
and some parts of Ganjam district."
Malkangiri Police in Odisha took a 20-year-old
woman CPI-Maoist, identified as Dhanumati belonging to the cut
off area committee, into their custody from her native village
Dabbaguda in Andrapalli panchayat in Malkangiri District. Dhanumati
had received bullet injuries on her leg during the Bejjangi encounter
on October 24. According to sources, Dhanumati had managed to
escape the encounter site and was later helped by cut off 'area
committee commander' Sudhir to reach her native village. On receiving
the information, Dhanumati was taken into custody by the cops
for interrogation. Sources said the cops would confirm in a couple
of days whether it was an arrest or surrender.
As many as 94 CPI-Maoist supporters and 52 militia
members surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District. Those
who have surrendered were from Sudhakonda and Radulkonda villages
under Kalimela Block and included five women and nine village
committee members, Police said, adding that they surrendered before
Malkangiri, SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. They have pledged to dissociate
themselves from Maoist activities and to remain in the social
mainstream for the development of the backward region, the SP
A week after calling for Malkangiri bandh
in Odisha, condemning the alleged October 24 encounter in which
30 CPI-Maoist cadres were ambushed, Malkangiri division committee
of the CPI-Maoist organisation has released fresh posters and
protested surrender of their cadres. The poster bearing name of
Poonam Chandra, 'secretary' of the committee said they decry 'corruption'
by Government officials in the region. "We have come to know that
the surrender of some of our cadres, following the encounter by
security personnel is stage-managed. It is an act by the police
only to weaken the Maoist movement," the letter read. The Maoists
also alleged that Police were misleading the priests, traditional
healers and quacks against the Maoist movement. The letter claimed
that police was misleading gullible villagers with false promises
while Maoist organisation is fighting for legitimate rights of
the poor and tribals. The letter said they wanted to stop corruption
by Government officers in the region. "We work for the people
and the society, and will continue to do that," it noted. It is
said that recent surrenders have increased intelligence gathering
scope of Security Forces and reduced logistic and other support
Maoists were getting in the area.
CPI-Maoist posters were found at Dhepguda forest
reserve under Biswanathpur Police Station in Kalahandi District.
More than 20 Maoist posters are pasted at various places. Messages
against State and Central Government are mentioned in the posters.
The Maoists have called upon general public for support. It may
be mentioned that the Maoists are in anger after 30 of their cadres
were killed in an encounter by a joint team of Odisha and Andhra
Pradesh SFs in a forest in Malkangiri District near the AOB on
October 24. They have started seeking public support mentioning
that innocent people are killed in the name of Maoists in such
The CPI-Maoist Central Committee has reportedly
appointed Kakarala Madhavi as the AOB 'secretary', according to
Intelligence sources. Madhavi replaces Bakuri Venkataramana alias
Ganesh who was killed in the encounter at AOB between October
24 and 26. A native of Rajamahendravaram in East Godavari District
of Andhra Pradesh, Madhavi served the party in different roles
for about 10 years in Telangana, Odisha, Dandakaranya in Chhattisgarh
and other areas. The Central Committee at a high-level meeting
reportedly announced the appointment after the party suffered
a major blow with the Police gunning down about 30 Naxalites in
the encounter in Malkangiri District of Odisha between October
24 and 26. She is the daughter of a veteran Telugu film actor.
Another senior Maoist leader Pothula Kalpana has been appointed
in-charge of military operations in the area. Kalpana has been
in the outfit for about 10 years. However, it is not clear whether
Madhavi has been appointed for Malkangiri or East (Visakhapatnam
and East Godavari) divisions.
The Malkangiri sub-collector is set to conduct
a magisterial inquiry into the deaths of 30 CPI-Maoist cadres,
who were killed in an exchange of fire during a joint operation
conducted by the SFs belonging to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh near
Bejingi forest inside the cut-off area under Chitrakonda Police
limits in Malkangiri District on October 24. Officials said the
NHRC has ordered a magisterial inquiry and directed them to submit
the inquiry report within 60 days of receiving the order. The
Malkangiri administration received the inquiry order on November
7. Sub-collector (Malkangiri) Birendra Korkora said he will personally
visit the encounter site to gather information. Also, the administration
appeals people interested or having information about the incident
can attend the inquiry and provide evidence. While, Police had
claimed that they had retaliated to the Maoists firing, there
have been allegations that the firing was one sided and the Police
allegedly fired on the Naxals in cold blood.
Five families of Dabuguda village in the Chitrakonda
cut-off area in Malkangiri District, left village in fear of CPI-Maoist
cadres. The tribals trekked the hilly terrain of around 40 kilometers
to reach Kudumulugumma early in the morning. It is to be noted
that in April, around 33 tribal people of seven families had left
Sanyasiguda village under Andrapalli panchayat in the cut-off
region of the District due to threats of the Maoists.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gases
Dharmendra Pradhan defied advice of local Police administration
not to tour CPI-Maoist-infested areas and visited encephalitis-affected
Palkonda village in Malkangiri District. Pradhan was leading a
BJP team to make on the spot enquiry about outbreak of Japanese
Encephalitis (JE) and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Malkangiri
District. Pradhan is under Z-category security cover and his earlier
proposed visit to the District on November 4 had been cancelled
for security reasons. At Palkonda, he met Umesh Madhi (10), the
class IV student, who had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
seeking his help in eradication JE.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a contractor supervisor
by slitting his throat and set ablaze construction instruments
at Bhitarakota village under Patangi Police limits in Koraput
District. The deceased was identified as Jayaram Khila, supervisor
at the camp. The Maoist rebels also set on fire two Hiwa trucks,
a Hitachi machine, a tractor and a tipper. According to reports,
around 50 Maoists opposed the construction of road to Bhitarakota
village last evening. They also held a meeting in the presence
of around 200 villagers in which the latter too opposed the road
work. Khila supported the construction of road following which
the irate Maoists killed him by slitting his throat. The Maoists
also abducted ten workers of the camp before fleeing the spot.
However, they released the workers after taking away their mobile
phones, data machines and documents from them.
A Maoist cadre, identified as Sanyasi Sagria
(18), surrendered before SP, Ashish Singh in Balangir District.
Sanyasi is a resident of Nagfena village under Baddokala panchayat
under Turekela Police limits in the District. Sanyasi had joined
the Maoist organisation last year and was working for Bargarh-Balangir-Mahasamund
division of the CPI-Maoist outfit. He was active in Chhatardandi,
Patpani, Dandel, Raju, Chanmdili and Gandhamardan reserve forest
areas. Sanyasi told Police that he was entrusted with the work
of collecting information regarding contractors, labour sardars,
and movement of SFs in Khaparakhol, Turekela and Lathore areas.
He was also directed to motivate youths of the village and neighbouring
areas to join the outfit. He was trained in Gandhamardan area
for 15 days on handling weapons. During his stay in the organisation,
he met a number of senior Maoist cadres. However, he decided to
quit the organisation after being physically tortured by some
of the local cadres.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik while addressing a meeting
at Lamtaput in Koraput District of Odisha said the State Government
has been pumping crores of rupees through different schemes for
poor people in the region and they should draw benefits from the
schemes. It is to be noted that, combing operation was intensified
in Machkund, Ankedeli, Nandapur, Narayanpatna and Laxmipur, bordering
villages in Koraput District, by security personnel and several
check posts were erected to check the infiltration of Maoists
from neighbouring Malkangiri District and Andhra Pradesh few days
At least 145 CPI-Maoist sympathisers including
33 women surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri District.
Malkangiri, SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said of the 145 people who
surrendered before the Police, 82 are from Kuruba village and
63 from Marigeta village of which 33 are the militia. "All of
them were working for Kalimela Dalam," he said, adding these Maoist
sympathisers have said they decided to surrender as the Maoist
rebels have deviated from the Mao ideology and are indulged in
the brutal torture of innocent tribals. He also said the Police
will take lenient view of the cases registered against those who
have surrendered. "Besides, efforts will be made to rehabilitate
them under the surrender rehabilitation policy of the state government,"
the SP informed.
The Gajapati District and Sessions Court in Paralakhemundi
exonerated three suspected Maoists in the murder case of two village
guards for lack of evidence. The Adaba Police had registered a
case against the trio in connection with the murder of two village
guards on May 13, 2010, under the Adaba Police Station of the
District. District and Sessions Judge Durga Shankar Mishra, who
was hearing the case, released suspected Maoists Nikita Majhi,
Sarat Majhi and Siman Majhi.
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who was arrested
in 2014 and is lodged in Berhampur Circle Jail in Ganjam District
of Odisha, has moved court for exchange of the demonetised currency
notes of INR 500 and INR 1,000 currency notes that was seized
from him at the time of his arrest. Sabyasachi has filed a petition
in the court of the Additional District Judge-II, Berhampur, Biswajit
Mohanty, to direct Police to take necessary steps to exchange
the demonetised currency notes before December 30. His advocate
Deepak Patnaik said INR 211,000 in cash, including 175 demonetised
notes of INR 1,000 and 72 demonetised notes of INR 500, was lying
in the Police treasury. "The notes would become useless if not
exchanged in time. That's why we have requested the court to direct
the police to convert it into valid currency of the same value,"
Nearly 101 CPI-Maoist sympathisers, including
24 militia members surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District.
The Maoist aides, belonging to Badigata and Gandiguda villages
under Kalimela Police limits, accompanied by villagers reached
the District Police office en masse and surrendered before SP,
Mitrabhanu Mahapatra. Addressing media persons SP, Mahapatra said,
"Out of the 101 people, 70 are from Badigata village and 31 from
Gandiguda village. All of them were working for Kalimela Dalam."
They decided to join the mainstream after realising the atrocities
of the Red rebels towards innocent villagers, he added. Police
have decided to maintain leniency towards the cases registered
against those who have surrendered. "Besides, efforts will be
made to rehabilitate them under the surrender and rehabilitation
policy of the government," the SP informed.
As many as 222 CPI-Maoist sympathisers surrendered
before the Police in Malkangiri District. According to reports,
222 Maoist supporters, including 19 militia and 72 women, from
Telkunda village under the Kalimela Police Station surrendered
before SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra at the District headquarters.
It may be recalled that as many as 101 Maoist supporters, including
24 militia and 26 women, had surrendered before the Police in
the District on November 21. The villagers hailed from Badigata
and Gandiguda villages under Kalimela Police limits.
The NSD teams from Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tirupur,
Erode, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri Districts have been asked to
stop CPI-Maoist infiltration in Western Tamil Nadu. The state
internal security officials told the team leaders that Andhra
Pradesh and Odisha Police encountered 30 CPI-Maoist cadres in
October 24-27 in AOB region. The DIG (Internal Security), C Eswaramoorthy,
told that CPI-Maoist members should not enter Tamil Nadu forest
areas and we should not allow them to create their base in the
State. He also advised the NSD teams to create good rapport with
the tribals in Western Tamil Nadu so that they could pass on information
about suspicious movements in forest areas.
Police of SIB and other intelligence wings are
trying to decode a 40-page document recovered from the encounter
site in Ramaguda near Bejjangi in Malkangiri District on October
24, in the AOB that contains information in code language. According
to sources, the document was prepared after the AOBSZC conference
was held in August this year. Apparently, CPI-Maoist broached
on several issues including handing over responsibilities to various
wings. The documents also reveal that the LWE wanted to induct
'Comrade G' into the AOBSZC organisational set up, who sources
said may have been Prabhakar alias Gangadhar. However, he was
killed in the October 24 encounter. The documents also revealed
that, the CPI-Maoist also organised political classes for the
cadres by AR, SU and other Naxals. AR can be Akkiraju Ramakrishna
and SU may be Uday of Malkangiri-Koraput Border Division. The
documents need to be decoded to understand the Maoist movement.
They were planning to strengthen their formations, but the encounter
dealt a severe blow to their plans a told a senior officer from
the Anti-Naxal Wing. The CPI-Maoist also wrote about their movement
in Division 15, Division 16 and Division 17 in Koraput. Police
are taking help from former Naxals to decode the papers. The documents
revealed that Padmakka would succeed Ramakrishna alias RK as AOBSZC
Five minor girls, who were forcibly abducted and
were being sexually exploited by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
managed to escape in Malkangiri District. According to reports,
few months ago Maoist guerrillas had abducted over ten minor girls
from their houses in cut-off area of Chitrakonda in the District.
Fortunately, five of the abductees managed to give a slip to the
Maoists after the Panasput Police encounter as the militants ran
helter-skelter. These five girls are now staying at a rehabilitation
slum. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra condemning the incident
said, "A case will be registered against Maoists on the basis
of the girl's statement and stringent action will be taken".
A CPI-Maoist cadre of MVKB, carrying a cash reward
of INR 100,000 on his head, surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri
District. Rama Podiami alias Rahul, a native of Marigeta village
under Kalimela Police limits was working as a party member for
the MVKB of AOBSZC. He surrendered with 9 mm pistol and 13 bullets
before SP, Mitrabhanu Mahapatra, in District Police office. Addressing
mediapersons Mahapatra said, Rahul was active in the cut-off region
and working with LGS in Malkangiri and Andhra Pradesh forests.
He was involved in a series of crimes like killing of Deba Sodi
and Irma Wanjami of Silakota in 2014, Kasa Madhi of Sungel in
2013, Dasa Madhi of Jantri in 2015 and exchange of fire at Silakota
in 2013, the SP informed.
A CPI-Maoist cadre of MVKB, carrying a cash reward
of INR 100,000 on his head, surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri
District. Rama Podiami alias Rahul, a native of Marigeta
village under Kalimela Police limits was working as a party member
for the MVKB of AOBSZC. He surrendered with 9 mm pistol and 13
bullets before SP, Mitrabhanu Mahapatra, in District Police office.
Mahapatra said, Rahul was active in the cut-off region and working
with LGS in Malkangiri and Andhra Pradesh forests. He was involved
in a series of crimes like killing of Deba Sodi and Irma Wanjami
of Silakota in 2014, Kasa Madhi of Sungel in 2013, Dasa Madhi
of Jantri in 2015 and exchange of fire at Silakota in 2013, the
Malkangiri SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, urged top
CPI-Maoist leader Ramakrishna alias RK to lay down arms.
RK was critically injured in the October 24 encounter between
the SFs and Maoists at the Panasput forest in the cut-off region
of Malkangiri District. SP Mohapatra said RK has sustained injuries
on his leg during the encounter, and presently, he is undergoing
treatment at some rebel camp on the AOB. Sources said the Police
of the States, Odisha as well as Andhra Pradesh have alerted all
the hospitals as they suspect that the wounded rebel leader might
go there for treatment.
In spite of the support of CPI-Maoist, the 12-hour
bandh called by various opposition parties in protest of
the Government's demonetisation move received no response in the
Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada Districts. Poonam Chandra, spokesperson
of the Malkangiri division of the CPI-Maoist party, sent letters
to various members of the media in the District. Through them,
Chandra asked for vehicles to be kept off the road and business
establishments to be shut down. However, Government and private
offices, the public transport system, and a majority of business
establishments remained functional through the day, even in Maoist-dominated
areas like Chitrakonda, Kalimela, Bhijengiwada and Podia in Malkangiri,
and Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Lamtaput in Koraput.
The CPI-Maoist Central Committee it was the biggest
loss to the party in the history of Indian revolution. It has
alleged that the Jantri encounter (Ramaguda near Bejjangi) in
Malkangiri District on October 24 was a covert action, which has
to be examined. Committee official spokesman Abhay said it would
take a long time to recuperate its strength. However, the losses
and failure would not stop the communists from their goal, the
committee said. The Central Committee has asked military formations
PLGAs, party cadres, organisations, Janatana Sarkar and
people to transform the sorrow into a fight against the enemy.
At the same time, it has asked the people and guerilla forces
to be on the alert in the future. The press note released on Abhay's
name demanded a judicial inquiry into the encounter. He elaborated
the names of the deceased persons, which were the same as released
by the AOBSZC official spokesman Jagabandhu in October. Abhay
said the enemy (read government) has been trying to eliminate
the revolutionaries by turning a few into informers. "We have
identified 12 coverts at Darbha area in Chhattisgarh last year.
We killed two persons after holding a praja court," he said. Abhay
claimed that revolutionary activists were murdered through covert
actions at the Pavuralagutta, Manala, Kanchala and Bottemtong
incidents in Chhattisgarh and the recent Jantri incident. According
to him, Operation All Out, Operation Blue Moon and Operation Viswas
in the AOB areas, Bastar Mission-2016, Operation Monsoon and Operation
Maha Abhiyan in Dandakaranya are some of the brutal attacks on
the people's movement.
Around 103 CPI-Maoist supporters surrendered before
the SP in Malkangiri District. All those who surrendered were
identified as residents of Idikonda village under Kalimela block
in the District. Among them, 29 were active members of the militia.
An exchange of fire took place between SOG jawans
and the CPI-Maoist cadres near Lankagarh gram panchayat
under Belaghar Police limits in Kandhamal District. Police said
the gunbattle took place while SOG jawans were conducting a raid
at a Maoist camp. IG, Amitabh Thakur said acting on a tip off
about the Maoist camp at Lankagarh panchayat, SOG jawans
conducted the operation. On seeing the security personnel, around
20-25 Maoists, who were present there, started firing. In retaliation,
SOG personnel also fired. The SOG jawans seized explosives, arms
and ammunition and old currency notes from the Maoist camp.
Some Maoist posters, asking people to observe
PLGA week from December 2 to 8, were found at Parlimal and Tanla
Villages of Belpara block in Balangir District. The Maoist group
urged the people to join their ranks in large numbers and extend
cooperation to the outfit. According to reports, the posters have
been put up by members of Balangir-Bargarh Mahasamund division
protesting various developmental policies of the Centre.
The 16th PLGA week is expected to be different
this year, especially in the cut-off region of AOB area. Both
the Police and LWE are in the preparatory mode to show their strength,
and what makes the week different this year from the earlier ones,
is that it is taking place after the recent string of encounters
from October 24 to 27, in the cut-off region of AOB region, which
left 30 Maoists dead, including top leaders such as Bakuri Venkata
Ramana alias Ganesh and Samala Kistayya alias Daya. Both
were of the rank of 'State Secretary' of the CPI-Maoist.
A day after an exchange of fire between CPI-Maoist
cadres and SOG personnel near Lankagarh village under the Belaghar
Police limits in Kandhamal District, SP, Pinak Mishra, informed
that demonetized currency notes worth INR 32,000 were seized from
a camp of the Maoists. A total of 48 scrapped notes in denominations
of INR 500 and eight notes in denominations of INR 1000 were seized
from the spot, the SP said. This apart, two tiffin bombs, two
country-made guns, live bullets, 15 detonators, Maoist uniforms,
cooking items and medicines were also seized, he said. "SOG jawans
started an operation after getting information from the intelligence
department regarding presence of Maoists on the hills near Lankagarh.
The Maoists ran helter-skelter after an exchange of fire. There
were 20 to 25 Maoists present at the camp," Southern Range IG,
The DVF personnel of Odisha have intensified their
hunt to track down top the CPI-Maoist leader Ramkrishna alias
RK dead or alive in Malkangiri District, following a tip-off that
the mastermind of the banned outfit, injured in the encounter,
is hiding somewhere inside the dense forest cover along AOB. The
DVF personnel are thoroughly scanning possible hideouts of the
Naxals. "The state government has provided us with sophisticated
guns with a killing range of 300 metres. We have imparted advance
training to the Malkangiri DVF to counter Maoists. With the modern
weapons and training, we hope that we will make the district free
from Maoists within some days," said Dambaru Hananga, DVF Leader.
"Acting on the directive of the District SP, we have intensified
Operation RK in the district. Our motto is to track down the Maoists
and provide security to the people," Radhakrushna Nayak, a DVF
jawan on duty said. Talking to the media about the Operation RK,
Malkangiri, SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said as per the information,
RK has sustained bullet injuries on his leg during the encounter
in Panasput area in Chitrakonda block on October 24. The top Maoist
leader is undergoing treatment in a Maoist camp somewhere on Odisha-Andhra
Pradesh border. "We are collecting more information on this,"
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik informed the Assembly
that 19 of the 30 Districts of Odisha are Naxal prone.
In a written reply to a question from Kailash Kulesika (Congress),
the CM said 45 CPI-Maoist cadres have been killed and 80 arrested
in 55 encounters since 2015 till November this year. Besides,
five BSF jawans among seven security personnel have been killed
during encounter with Maoists during the period, he said. Naveen
said during the period, 94 Maoists have surrendered of which 44
were rehabilitated under the surrender rehabilitation policy.
In a written reply to a question from Tara Prasad Bahinipati (Congress),
the CM, however, said there has been a progressive decline in
the overall LWE in Odisha. During the year till November 15, 2016,
57 cases of LWE-related violence have taken place in Odisha in
which 17 innocent people died. As many as 39 Maoists have been
killed in police action during the period, he said and added that
adequate and effective steps are being taken to combat LWE in
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said that at least 48
CPI-Maoist cadres including some of their leaders have been neutralised
during 2015 and in 2016. "There is significant reduction in the
strength of Maoists in the state. 48 Maoists including state committee
members have been neutralised, 88 LWE members have been arrested
and 95 have surrendered in the state during 2015 and in 2016 till
November 30," he informed the Legislative Assembly of Odisha.
Large number of pro-Maoist militia and sympathisers has publicly
announced withdrawal of their support from the Maoists in Malkangiri
District, which was an encouraging development, the Chief Minister
added."Attempts by Maoists to intensify their activities in Kalahandi,
Kandhamal, Boudh and Nayagarh districts have been contained due
to pro-active police action," he said. In order to increase mobile
telephone connectivity in Naxal-affected areas, Patnaik said 248
towers have been operationalised and proposal for installation
of 518 more towers covering naxal -affected districts has
been sent to the Centre for approval.
District Police recovered the body of T Anil Kumar
alias Chandu, a former CPI-Maoist cadre of KSSZC of CPI-Maoist,
from Kanti Village under Semiliguda Police limits in Koraput District.
He was also the head of the Intelligence Wing of the committee.
Chandu's body bore injuries on his back which indicates that he
was attacked from behind. According to ASP, BR Rao, Chandu, who
belonged to Chirala Village in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested from
Talapaniki village under Narayanpatna Block in the District in
2014. He was granted conditional bail and later rehabilitated
in Koraput. His wife Sandhya Padiyami, another CPI-Maoist cadre
hailing from Malkangiri District, had also surrendered before
the District Police during that period. They were both working
in the intelligence wing of KSSZC of the CPI-Maoist. Sources said
Chandu had received a warning letter from the Maoist party suspecting
him to be 'police informer'.
A discussion on development and security of CPI-Maoist
prone areas was held between the Odisha Government and Central
Cabinet Secretary via video conferencing. After the meeting State
Home Secretary Asit Tripathy said additional requirement of two
battalions of forces and balance budget of Gurupriya Bridge was
demanded to centre. Further construction of 518 new mobile towers,
more banks and ATMs were also demanded, added Tripathy. DGP, KB
Singh said discussion on re-starting Andhra-Odisha Green Hunt
Operation was discussed on the meeting. Joint discussions on new
strategies for dealing with Maoists, place of posting of the trained
security officers and their ranks were held, added Singh.
A person identified as G. Apparao, husband of
Talagoluru Gram Panchayat's Naib Sarpanch, was shot
dead by the Naxals at Munuguluwalsa village under Pottangi Police
limits in Koraput District. According to reports, a group of 10-15
Naxals called Apparao out of his home and had an exchange
of words with him following which they fired at him killing him
on the spot. The Naxals also torched
two tractors and one van of Apparao before leaving the spot.
Five persons were arrested for their alleged involvement
in the murder of former CPI-Maoist cadre T Anil Kumar alias
Chandu at Upper Kanti village under Semiliguda Police limits of
Koraput District on December 14. The arrested are President of
Sunabeda Tippers & Truck Owners Association Narendra Macha alias
Mitu Kalia, his wife Jayanti Macha, son Amir Macha and his aides
Madhu Tadangi and Biswanath Padhi.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager by slitting
his throat, beaten up four others severely and taken another villager
into their custody in Malkangiri District. According to information,
about 40 Maoists entered Chandanguda village under the Kudumulugumma
block and committed the acts. The deceased was identified as Rabi
Pujari and the abducted as Nanda Goliri of Andrapalli village
in the cut-off area. Meanwhile, villagers of Chandanguda have
strongly protested the Police inaction and blocked the Balimela-Jeypore
route keeping the dead body on the road.
A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a
villager of Sanyasiguda in Malkangiri District. According to reports,
the Maoists came to Sanyasiguda village of Andrapalli panchayat
in Chitrakonda block in the early morning hours with Nanda Golari
whom they had kept as hostage for two days. Later, they shot him
dead in front of his house and fled the area. It may be mentioned
that the Maoists had brutally killed Rabi Pujari of Chandanpur
village under Kudumulugumma block on December 27 by beating him
to death. Later, they went to Sanyasiguda village and abducted
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres assaulted a panchayat
samiti member of Kudumuluguma in Malkangiri District and left
him inside a forest. A group of 20 armed CPI-Maoist cadres thronged
Nakamamudi village and forcibly took away the samiti member, Madhav
Sisa from his house to a nearby forest. They assaulted him severely
and left Sisa in the forest in a critical condition. Some villagers
rescued the samiti member and admitted him to the District Headquarters
Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment now. His condition
is stated to be critical.
Source:Compiled from news reports and