Chhattisgarh Timeline 2017
A DRG jawan was injured in an
exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District. The
incident occurred in evening in Basaguda Police Station area when
a joint team of SFs was out on a anti-Naxal operation. A composite
squad of DRG, STF and CoBRA had launched the operation to the
interiors of Basaguda, around 450 kilometres away from Raipur,
Police said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forested patch
close to Tarrem area, they came under heavy fire from a group
of ultras that led to the gun-battle. "A DRG jawan sustained bullet
injuries on his leg in the incident. However, ultras soon escaped
from the spot," the Police added.
A suspected Naxal was killed in an exchange of
fire with SFs in dense forest of Bijapur District. "The skirmish
took place late in afternoon in forest between Puvarti (Sukma
District) and Kondapalli villages under Basaguda Police Station
limits of Bijapur," Bijapur SP, K L Dhruv said. A joint team of
CoBRA - a CRPF specialised unit, DRG and local Police had launched
the Counter-Insurgency Operation in the jungles of Basaguda and
Awapalli, he said. While SFs were cordoning off a restive pocket
on Bijapur-Sukma border, they came under heavy fire from a group
of armed naxals leading to a heavy gun-battle, the SP added. SDG
(Anti-Naxal Operations), D M Awasthi, said that the operation
was "intelligence based" and the recovery of the INSAS LMG was
very significant for the Chhattisgarh Police".
As many as nine vehicles were set on fire by about
30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Gondahur Police Station limits
in Kanker District. SP, ML Kotwani said the Maoists set ablaze
eight tractors and one excavator. He said the Maoists had threatened
to stop the road laying work in between Maharashtra's Pendi village
to Chhattisgarh's border. After the threat, the contractors from
Maharashtra had parked their vehicles in the territory of Chhattisgarh,
Kotwani said, adding that Police force was sent to the place of
The UMHA flagged the operational efficiency of
SFs in the Naxal-affected areas as one of its biggest achievements
during a presentation before PM Narendra Modi. The Ministry informed
Modi that since the NDA Government came to power in May 2014,
there had been a 45 per cent increase in the efficiency of Central
Forces (CFs) in operations against the Naxals. In a presentation
made by Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi, Modi and other officials
were informed that the number of Naxal cadres killed in
2016 had been the highest ever in six years. Eighty-Four cadres
of the CPI-Maoist were killed in 2015 and in 2016, the number
swelled to 218, which was an increase of 160 per cent. There was
also an increase in the number of Police encounter from 237 in
2015 to 316 in 2016. UHM Rajnath Singh told in a press conference
earlier this week that demonetization had increased the problems
of CPI-Maoist and that they had weakened. The EFC has already
given the go-ahead for an ambitious road project in the 44 worst
Naxal-affected Districts. Under this project, the Government
proposes to construct 5,412 km of roads and 126 bridges and it
would cost INR 117.25 million. The Government is redrawing the
'Red Corridor' - the area affected by LWE - and may soon take
off 20 Districts from the list of Naxal-affected areas.
The 106 Districts which span 10 States - Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh - constitute the Red Corridor.
Of these, 44 Districts are said to be the worst affected. India
has a total of 683 Districts.
Three Maoists, two of them carrying cash reward
on their heads, were arrested from separate places in Dantewada
District. While a 'commander' rank cadre identified as Vetti Varsa
was arrested from Katekalyan Police Station limits, two others
were arrested from Kotwali Police Station area. Of them, Varsa
was active as Jan militia 'commander' under Katekalyan area committee
of Maoists, he said, adding that the rebel was carrying a reward
of INR 100,000 on his head. Two others arrested were identified
as Masa alias Kumma Madvi, head of Janatana Sarkar group and Panda,
a member of the same group, he added. The two were tasked with
the recruitment of fresh cadres for the banned outfit, the official
said, adding Masa was also carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including two 'commander-level'
cadres, were killed in two separate exchanges of fire during an
operation launched by Chhattisgarh Police in Narayanpur District.
Senior officials, however, said that one DRG trooper was killed
in the first exchange of fire with the Maoist cadres. Teams with
close to 400 SFs entered the jungles in an area that is home to
CPI-Maoist military company number two. D M Awasthi, Special Director
General, anti-Maoist operations, "The operation was launched on
a specific intelligence input about the presence of CPI-Maoist
cadres in the area. In the first exchange of fire in the morning
in Irpenar, four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed. One trooper was
also hurt and evacuated, but he unfortunately passed away." Intermittent
firing continued. In the second exchange of fire, this time in
the adjoining Kanker District's Koylibeda area, one CPI-Maoist
cadre was killed and an AK-47 recovered from his possession. The
CPI-Maoist cadres killed in the first exchange of fire have been
identified as Tirupati, 'Divisional Commander', East Bastar division,
Ratna Markam, 'medical in-charge', company number 6, Shyamu Yadav
of company number 6 and Mangalram Salam, a Janmilitia member from
Irpenar. The body recovered in the second encounter has been identified
as that of Roshan, 'divisional commander' of the North Bastar
division. "It is clear that there has been a big loss to the CPI-Maoist
cadres in this encounter. We have recovered the bodies, but our
personnel have narrated stories of the CPI-Maoist cadres dragging
away other members of their party under the cover of LMG fire.
This indicates that these could be senior cadre," Awasthi added.
SFs have recovered and defused as many as nine
IEDs allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist in restive Sukma District.
The explosives were planted near a culvert on a kuccha road between
Bhejji and Injram villages under Bhejji Police Station limits,
according to Sukma SP, Indira Kalyan Elesela.
A CRPF jawan and a sniffer dog were injured in
a pressure bomb blast allegedly triggered by CPI-Maoist cadres
in Bijapur District. The incident took place when a ROP of CRPF's
85th battalion was out to ensure security to a patch on Bijapur-Bhopalpattanam
road. When the party reached near Chinna Kodepal village in Mahadev
Ghat area, dog master Surendra Kumar stepped over the pressure
Two Maoists, one of them carrying cash reward
on his head, surrendered before the Police in Narayanpur District.
The cadres, identified as Kaveram Salaam and Jagnu Salaam (30),
turned themselves in at Narayanpur District headquarters, Narayanpur
ASP, Anil Soni said. They were active as members of the Bagjhar
Janatana Sarkar group of Maoists in the Benoor Police Station
area of the District. They were assigned tasks like arranging
meetings as well food for rebels, dropping Maoist pamphlets and
posters, collecting information and inputs and others local work,
he said adding that Kaveram was carrying a reward of INR 10,000
on his head.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with SFs in Kandanar forest area under Darbha Police station in
Bastar District. SFs also recovered a .303 rifle, its five live
rounds, one SMBL rifle, a couple of detonators, bags, Naxal literature
and items of daily use. The identity of the Maoist killed is yet
to be ascertained. The total number Maoists killed in separate
gun-battles in Bastar Division in January 2017 has reached to
In a bid to curb the menace of LWE, Chhattisgarh
CM Raman Singh and his Jharkhand counterpart Raghubar Das, discussed
modalities for better inter-state coordination and information
sharing in the border area of the two neighbouring States in Raipur
District. During discussions, Singh said Chhattisgarh shares a
long border with Jharkhand (in its northern part) and better coordination
between the forces of the two States would help in strengthening
the surveillance system on the inter-State border and thereby
controlling Naxal activities, an official release issued said.
Jharkhand CM reiterated commitment of his State to control Naxal
menace. "The Jharkhand CM assured Singh that State Police and
armed forces will work in better coordination with Chhattisgarh
Police to check Naxal menace," the official release said.
UHM Rajnath Singh assured Chhattisgarh Government
of greater road connectivity, new Police Stations and mobile towers
in the Naxal affected Districts while chairing a review meeting
on anti-Naxal campaign and development at the CM Raman Singh's
residence in Raipur District. UHM approved 50 new Police Stations,
installation of 35 additional mobile towers and improving the
road network. 850 kilometres will be constructed new roads in
the Naxal-affected areas. Sixteen out of the 27 Districts of Chhattisgarh
have the presence of rebels. CM Raman Singh told that the CPI-Maoist
cadre's activities in the northern region of the State like Surguja
Division were almost under control while activities were on the
decline in Bastar region in the South.
A joint team of District Police, DRG, STF and
ITBP arrested five CPI-Maoist cadres in Kondagaon District during
an anti-Naxal operation. The arrested Maoists were identified
as Ramdhar Nag (28), Jaisingh Nag (27), Neeldhar Yadav (21), Sukman
Kashyap (26) and Sahu Kashyap (25).They were active Janmilitia
members and were involved in various crimes including spreading
false information about encounter, arranging meetings for ultras
Bastar's first woman CRPF officer, Usha Kiran
had launched a special campaign to control the Maoist activities
in the Bastar Division. Kiran said she wants to neutralise Naxals,
which stops people from moving towards development. Kiran is first
woman officer to be posted in the Maoist hotbed and a potent PR
tool for the security forces battling accusations of grave excesses,
Two women and a minor girl were killed while four
others were injured when an IED, planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres,
exploded in Narayanpur District.
Maoists killed Raju Netam (40), sarpanch of Masenar
village, at his native place under Bhansi Police Station area
in Dantewada District.
A CoBRA jawan and a Naxal were injured
during an encounter in Jharamunigiya village forests under Bhairamgarh
Police Station limits in Bijapur District. Constable Rajnish Kumar,
belonging to CoBRA 204thbattalion, sustained injury in his leg
after he inadvertently stepped over spike-trap laid by the Naxalites,
during the face-off. After the encounter, the SFs found and arrested
an injured Naxalite, identified as Dasu Banjam, who had been hit
by a bullet.
A man, identified as Sukhdas Baghel was killed
by Naxals at a shop located opposite Chintagufa Police Station
in Sukma District.
A SF constable, Santosh Markam, was injured in
an exchange of fire with Naxals at Kodenar village under Orchha
Police Station in Narayanpur District. SFs were out on a counter-insurgency
operation when they spotted a CPI-Maoist camp in Kodenar. Sensing
SFs presence Naxals opened indiscriminate fire.
Six Naxals, three of them carrying cash reward,
surrendered in Kondagaon District. The CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered
citing intensified counter-insurgency operation as well as impressive
State surrender and rehabilitation policy. Sukhder alias Jangu
Potai (26) 'section commander' of Military Company Number 6 of
CPI-Maoist, Somaru- a Janmilitia 'commander' and Samlu-head of
'Janatana Sarkar' a wing of the CPI-Maoist were the key cadres
who surrendered. Other CPI-Maoist cadres were identified as Budharu,
Kodu and Ramu.
A 'Haat-Bazaar' was re-opened with the
joint initiative of SFs and Netanar village in Bastar District.
The rural 'haats' were facing closure due to Naxal violence in
Bastar for a decade. Netanar's sarpanch, Sahadev Naag told, "We
always wanted to restart the market here but fearing Naxal violence,
which breaks out at any time in the area, local traders and villagers
avoided it." It is important to note that in 2011, six SFs, including
Darbha Police SHO, were killed in an ambush of with the CPI-Maoist
cadres at the place which is very close to where the weekly market
is being held.
The SFs killed two CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter
near Padmetta village under Bedre Police Station in Bijapur District.
“Two bodies of Maoists in uniform have been recovered along with
one .303 service rifle, one .315 rifle and one Bharmar in Bijapur
district after an encounter. The encounter took place in the forest
near Padmetta village under the Bedre police station limits,”
said Bijapur District SP K.L. Dhruv.
Ranjan Bala and his son Indrajit Bala (17) were
injured in an IED blast triggered by the Naxals on an under-construction
road in Sukma District. The incident took place near Malempalli
village under Jagargunda Police Station limits while the victims
were on way to Dornapal in their motorcycle.
CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire at least 15 vehicles
and equipment deployed for road construction works in Bijapur
District. A road is being constructed between Tarlaguda and Annaram.
A combing operation is underway to trace the insurgents.
Activist Bela Bhatia was allegedly asked to vacate
her house in Pandripani village in Bastar District by the villagers
who held a protest outside it accusing her of being a ‘CPI-Maoist
sympathiser’. In a complaint to Police, villagers alleged Bhatia
had named herself as “Somari Naag or Bela Somari” (to use tribal
identity) which they feel is an insult to tribal masses, told
SP, RN Dash.
Hundreds of villagers of Malkangiri District of
Odisha gathered in an anti-CPI-Maoist rally in Jagdalpur, administrative
headquarters of Bastar District, in the bordering region of Odisha
and Chhattisgarh, and raised voice against the ‘torture’ by the
Maoists. The Jana Varjan Samabesh/Prajameli was attended by inhabitants
of at least 15 villages in the region. “In the absence of security
forces and DVF, Maoists enter some remote villages and start torturing
the villagers. Sometime they even rob the villagers their belongings,”
said a villager. “If security is tightened in these Maoist-prone
areas, then they will not dare to enter these places to trouble
the innocent villagers,” stated another villager. Meanwhile Police
said it will analyse the situation and take proper step. “Attending
a large gathering here (Jagdalpur), the villagers of Tulsi, Mahupadar,
Dundipadar and Kirmiti (Odisha) allege that a lady along with
some other Maoists is torturing them. We have intensified anti-Maoist
operation and deployed some forces in those regions. Very soon
we will neutralize the Red Rebels who are active in the area”,
said Bastar SP, RN Dash.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED blast in
Bijapur District. The blast took place when SFs were patrolling
between Timmapur and Murdanda. A sniffer dog, named ‘Pluto’ died
in the blast.
CM Raman Singh assured the IAF authorities at
Raipur District that the Chhattisgarh Government would provide
all possible assistance in conducting the ‘Indian Air Force Recruitment
Rally' in insurgency-infested Districts of the State. The CM held
a detailed discussion with Air Vice-Marshal O.P. Tiwari, VSM,
at his official residence. Notably, the Bastar Battalion of CRPF
is also being raised by recruiting 744 ST youths from four insurgency
infested Districts of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, the Central
Government has informed
A CISF trooper suffered minor injuries after he
was shot with arrow by CPI-Maoist cadres,
in an iron ore mines area of NMDC in Dantewada District. The incident
happened when a CISF patrolling team ran into a group of lower-rung
ultras who were putting up pamphlets against Republic Day celebrations.
On spotting the CISF troopers, CPI-Maoist cadres shot an arrow
and escaped into the forests.
Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon said
a wave of security and development coupled with the faith of people
in Bastar region signals that Naxalism will come to an
end soon in the State. Tandon was speaking at the 68th Republic
Day function held at the Police Line grounds in Raipur District.
He also added that demonetization has not only supported the country
in fight against terror forces but also helped in controlling
CPI –Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh.
A Naxal was killed in an exchange of fire with
SFs in a dense patch of forest under Fulbagdi Police Station limits
in Sukma District. SFs have recovered the body of a male Maoist,
clad in uniform, along with a .303 rifle and some other items
of daily use from the spot.
CPI-Maoist cadres dislodged a 1,000-year-old 4-feet
long Ganesha idol and felled it from a height of about 12,000
feet into the deep gorge at Dholkal Mountain in Dantewada District.
The Police blamed the Maoists for “deliberately planned to let
(sic)” the structure of Ganesha idol fall from the mountain top
in an “attempt to destroy” it.
CRPF jawan was killed in an explosion of a pressure
bomb allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist cadres near Kottacheru village
under Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District. The deceased,
Havaldar Parasnath Saroj, was posted with the 219th battalion
of CRPF, senior Police officials said. “A road construction work
was going on in the area and a CRPF team was patrolling when Saroj
accidentally stepped on the pressure bomb and suffered serious
injuries,” the Police officials said. Later, he succumbed to his
Two Naxals including a woman were killed
in an encounter with the SFs in Dantewada District. The
gun battle took place in Purangel forest which comes under Kirandul
Police Station limits. SFs recovered a rifle, a revolver and a
huge cache of medicines. IG, S.R.P. Kalluri said, “The identity
of the rebels is being ascertained. Prima facie, it appears that
they belong to the medical supply team of the outlawed CPI-Maoist
as a large quantity of medicines was seized from the encounter
195 lower rung Naxals, including 24 women, surrendered
in Narayanpur. The surrendered Naxals expressed a wish to join
the mainstream. The cadres belong to Janmilitia or Janatana Sarkar
wing of CPI-Maoist. The surrendered cadres were from 24 villages
of the region including Gumiyabeda, Okpaad, Mohndi, Nelnaar, Ikpaad,
Murnaar, Nirameta and Kodkanaar.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, in a public meeting
at Bhairamgarh in Naxals hit Bijapur District in Bastar
Division, urged all CPI-Maoist cadres to give up the arms and
join the mainstream, saying violence and terror cannot solve any
problem. "Peace and harmony are the only ways to prosper and develop
the society. If Maoists quit the violent path, we are ready to
embrace them", CM Singh said. "Government is building roads, bridges,
schools and hospitals, providing clean drinking water and taking
care of people. I wonder why the Maoists are opposing development
initiatives in the region," he added.
A group of 50 CPI-Maoist cadres killed Shyamo
Mandavi (25) and assaulted six villagers, including a woman in
Burdikarka of Dantewada District. The slain youth had submitted
an application form for local Police recruitment drive recently.
Assistant constable, Sukhuram Netam (33), was
killed in an exchange of fire with the Maoists in Rajnandgaon
District. A patrolling party had launched the operation from Bakarkatta
area. SFs recovered CPI-Maoist-related documents, bags and other
items from the encounter site.
A DRG, Constable Pratap Singh Markam, was injured
when a IED blast triggered by Naxals in Dantewada District.
The incident took place in the wee hours between Nayanar and Gatam
villages under Katekalyan Police Station limits when a team of
SFs was out on an anti-Naxal Operation, told SHO, Vijay
The Chhattisgarh Police killed Sukhram Lekam alias
Sukku, a Janatana Sarkar President of the CPI-Maoist, in
an exchange of fire at Pedia in Bijapur District. SFs recovered
a 12 bore rifle, 10 cells, and other CPI-Maoist material from
the encounter spot
A group of Naxals fired at the CISF troops
at Deposit No. 5, atop Bailadila Hills near Kirandul town in Dantewada
District. The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked vehicles of NMDC carrying
explosives. They looted explosives and detonators and held employees
hostage who have now been freed. They also set ablaze burnt machinery
and two vehicles. There are no reports of death or injury.
A Jagdalpur-based organisation anti-Maoist organisation
AGNI dissolved itself in Jagdalpur District. The AGNI has organised
almost 15-16 rallies during the past one year across the Bastar
region protesting against the CPI-Maoist activities and violence.
One of them, called `Lalkar' rally, was convened by the outfit
in Jagdalpur in September 2016 and attended by thousands of people.
Civil rights groups and some local journalists have dubbed the
AGNI as another version of the anti-Maoist militia Salwa Judum,
which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2011.
A former Naxal, Phulo Markam was found killed
in Jagdalpur District. Markam surrendered before Police along
with 60 other CPI-Maoist cadres in Darbha in April 2016 and had
joined Police as a 'Gopaniya Sainik. Phulo's brother Gagan alleged
Constable Dinesh Sethia for Markam's death.
A Naxalite was killed in an exchange of
fire with SFs in a dense forest under Basaguda Police Station
in Bijapur District. SFs recovered the body of a male CPI-Maoist
cadre along with weapon, grenades and Naxal-related material from
A villager, Barse Deva (32), was found killed
by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Lakhanpal village under Chintalnar
Police Station limits in Sukma District. The victim was picked
up by armed rebels from his native place Konanguda, in the night
of February 8, Police said.
A CPI-Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire
with SFs in a dense forest pocket of Bilaspur District. SFs recovered
the body of a male Maoist cadre along with weapon, grenades and
Naxal -related material from the spot.
SFs recovered arms including one AK-47 rifle,
its three magazines and 26 cartridges, one carbine, its one magazine
and 35 cartridges after an exchange of fire with the Maoists in
The newly appointed IG of Bastar Range, Sundarraj
P asserted that "aggressive" operations against the Naxals
will continue. Sundarraj said, "Security Forces are in a dominating
position. The aggressiveness (in the operation) will be continued."
Police Constable, Korsa Naga was seriously injured
in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in a dense forest
pocket of Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District. The
skirmish took place in the forest coming under Bhejji Police Station
limits when a joint team of STF and DRG was out on a counter-insurgency
operation, SP, Indira Kalyan Elesela said.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by SFs from
a forest of Narayanpur District. A team of DRG had launched a
counter-insurgency operation on February 9 towards Mohndi, Kutul
and Kodliyar villages. The Maoist cadres has been identified as
Lakhma Varda (35), medical team member Sayabi Varda (45), 'militia
commander' Maalu Varda (31) and 'militia member' Fagdu Usendi
Chhattisgarh Police has set a base camp in the
Naxals' stronghold of Bijapur District to expedite construction
of a road on a national highway that leads to the neighbouring
Telangana State. The camp was set up on February 8 near Taarud
River between Bhadrakali and Tarlaguda to particularly facilitate
the construction of bridge over the river on the under-construction
strategically important Bhopalpatnam-Bhadrakali-Tarlaguda road.
||A CPI-Maoist cadre was gunned
down in an exchange of fire between the Maoists and SFs at a village
in Bijapur District. The identity of the killed Maoist was yet to
||Two personnel of the Chhattisgarh
STF were killed in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Mardapal
in Kondagaon District. The Police claimed to have killed at least
four CPI-Maoist cadres but their bodies could not be recovered by
the SFs. The killed SFs are identified as Hitendra Chaturvedi, an
Assistant Platoon Commander from Madhya Pradesh, and constable Krishna
Tingu from Surguja in Chhattisgarh.
A CRPF Inspector, Bhim Singh, was injured in an
explosion IED planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District.
The incident took place in Mahadev Ghati area when a team of CRPF's
229th battalion was on patrolling duty.
A Naxal couple, 'commander' Punau Ram Kumeti
and his wife Sarita alias Jarina surrendered in Kanker District.
They cited disillusionment with CPI-Maoist ideology and violence.
They surrendered before BSF and Police officials at the headquarters
of BSF 165th Battalion in Durgkondal of the District.
CPI-Maoist cadres have given a call for "nationwide
shutdown" on February 27 to protest against the policies of the
Centre and the Chhattisgarh Government in Raipur District. The
Naxals claimed that the demonetization has led to inflation, unemployment
and poverty in the country. They also demanded release of seven
members of TDF jailed in Sukma jail and halting of search operations
and 'fake encounters' against the Maoists in the region.
An IED laid by CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered
by SFs from Sarkeguda Police Station limits in Bijapur District.
The IED, weighing five kilograms, detected by a team of CRPF personnel
was planted by Maoists to target SF personnel during their operation
in the area, a senior Police official said, adding it was later
CPI-Maoist cadre, Bhandari Rammurty (24), was
arrested from a place under Usoor Police Station in Bijapur District.
A joint team of CRPF and District Force launched a search operation
around Galgam, Bhusapur and Marudbaka villages in Usoor region,
and rounded up Rammurty who was trying to escape after spotting
the patrolling party, Police said. During interrogation, Rammurty
admitted to his involvement in the indiscriminate firing on SFs
in the Usoor forests on December 13, 2015, Police added.
In an exchange of fire with the SFs, two cadres
of CPI-Maoist were killed in two separate encounters in Bijapur
District and Sukma District. In Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh,
one female CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and two weapons were recovered
in a joint operation of Telangana Greyhounds and Bijapur District
Police. In Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, STF and the DRG killed
one CPI-Maoist cadre and two weapons were recovered. No injuries
were reported among the SFs.
SFs killed seven CPI-Maoist cadres in an exchange
of fire in Narayanpur District. According to AIG of Police of
the ANO, Devnath, three deceased were identified as CPI-Maoist
Bodh Ghat area committee member and LOS 'commander' Nirmala, Deputy
LOS 'commander' Somji and area committee member Nasik. All three
carried a reward of INR 500,000. Two INSAS rifles and four other
weapons were also recovered.
A CRPF jawan Ghanshyam of 212 Battalion was injured
in an IED blast in Sukma. The blast took place near Paidigudem
village under the Kistaram Police Station limits when the CRPF
team was out on a patrol.
Mangal Mara (25), a native of Timapur village
was injured in an IED blast, triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres
in Bijapur District. The incident took place between Timapur and
Murdanda villages under Basaguda Police Station limits, Bijapur
ASP, Mohit Garg said. CPI-Maoist cadres have planted the IEDs
to target SFs on this strategically important route often used
by SFs. Security personnel have set up their camps both in Timapur
Five cadres of CPI-Maoist were arrested by SFs
from the forest of Ganganpalli village under Basaguda Police Station
limits in Bijapur District. One of the arrested Maoists is Velkamrama
(25), who was active as head of DAKMS and carried a reward of
INR 100,000. The other four arrested Maoists were identified as
Podiyam Shankar (25), Karam Ramesh (20), Odiyam Hurra (25) and
Sodhi Samaiyya (30), all active as lower rung members.
The 44 ITBP recovered explosives along with empty
cans and Naxal literature recovered at Pallemadi village in Rajnandgaon
District Force and CRPF 85 Battalion arrested
a CPI-Maoist cadre from Bijapur District. SFs also demolished
a Naxal memorial during the time the search operation to find
the Naxalites were on. The identity of the Maoist is yet
to be ascertained.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a private passenger
bus in Bijapur District. Security has been stepped up across Bastar
division which comprises the Districts of Dantewada, Bijapur,
Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two vehicles, in
two separate incidents including a private passenger bus in Dantewada
District. The bus was set ablaze near Gatam village and a MUV
was set ablaze at Karcheli. Nobody was injured in the two incidents.
SFs were rushed to both the spots and a combing operation was
Two CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before Police
in Dantewada District. The identity of the CPI-Maoist cadres is
yet to be ascertained.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze trucks and damaged
a culvert on National Highway in Sukma District. Two trucks were
set ablaze by CPI-Maoist cadres in Kukanar Police Station of the
District. The CPI-Maoist cadres also blew up an under-construction
culvert near Pedakurti village under Dornapal Police Station in
the District. The Maoist cadres damaged a slurry pipeline belonging
to a private steel company in Gadiras area of the District bordering
Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
A special NIA court in Bilaspur District sentenced
five Naxal sympathisers to ten years of imprisonment for acting
as couriers of the CPI-Maoist and supplying explosives to them.
The five sympathisers are identified as Babulal Sharma, Tarak
Kundu, Katiyaram Nareti, Rajesh Dhurva and Shatrughan Vaishnav.
The court also slapped a fine of INR 500 on each of them. Chhattisgarh
has two NIA courts, one at Bilaspur District and another at Dantewada
District. This is the first case in the state in which an NIA
court has given its verdict.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by SFs near
forests of Parcheli village under Katekalyan Police Station limits
of the Dantewada District. Those arrested were identified as Hidma
Vetti (22), Pojja Vetti (22), Somaru Mandavi (20), Somdu Vetti
(20) and Fagnu Vetti (19), all natives of Parcheli village. They
were involved in setting ablaze two vehicles, including a passenger
bus, in Dantewada District on February 26.
One woman CPI-Maoist cadre killed in an encounter
with SFs at Jagdalpur in Bastar District. Arms and ammunition
were also recovered in the search operation.
A top woman CPI-Maoist cadre Budhri alias Geeta
surrendered before the Commandant of CRPF's 80th Battalion at
Jagdalpur in Bastar District. Budhri, a member of military wing
of CPI-Maoist - PLGA was absconding for several years and SFs
had announced a reward of INR 800,000 on her head. She carried
a 303 rifle with her.
The Home Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ramsewak Paikra,
informed Chhattisgarh Assembly, in Raipur District, that a total
of 3,507 Naxal incidents took place in the State between 2010
to 2016. The Minister informed that a total of 205 CRPF jawans,
43, SPO, 210 Chhattisgarh Police and 49 of other SFs were martyred
during the period. He stated, a total of 2,057 Maoists surrendered
during the period, 4,939 were arrested and 140 prosecuted. There
are 34 Maoists against whom trials are yet to start.
Two SF personnel of the CAF 10th battalion were
killed and two others sustained injuries in an exchange of fire
with the CPI-Maoist cadres near Cherli village under Mirtur Police
Station limits in Bijapur District, when a joint team of CAF and
District Police was out on a road security operation. The two
slain SFs were Hemant Kumar, constable of the CAF and Gubba Ram,
assistant constable of District Police.
A joint squad of District Force and ITBP recovered
two IEDs, allegedly planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a
search operation in the interiors of Iragaon area in Kondagaon
District. The explosives, one IED weighed 10 kilograms, another
was of around five kilograms, packed in steel tiffin boxes were
seized from a dirt track near Churegaon village under the Iragaon
Police Station limits, a District Police official said.
A BSF officer was injured, when an IED, apparently
planted by the CPI-Maoist, exploded while it was being defused
by a BDS in Kanker District. The incident took place near a BSF
camp in Korenar village under Bande Police Station limits. The
injured officer was identified as Assistant Commandant Pradeep
M, attached to the BSF's 171 Battalion. The home-made bomb was
placed beneath the ground on a dirt track between Korenar village
and the BSF camp, about 125 kilometres from Raipur, and it was
spotted during a search operation by security personnel.
A former Sarpanch, Madvi Dula (55), was
killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at in Tokanpalli forest under Chintagufa
Police station in Sukma District. Dula was abducted by Maoists,
on March 9, on suspicion of being a 'Police informer'.
Two women CPI-Maoist cadres, Tati Bheema and Kunjam
Somdi, were arrested from Usoor Police Station area in Dantewada
District. SFs recovered a .303 rifle, 41 live rounds, electronic
detonators and Maoist uniform.
Twelve personnel of the 219th battalion of the
CRPF were killed and another four injured when CPI-Maoist cadres
ambushed a road opening party in the dense forests near Kottacheru
village under Bhejji Police Station in the Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
Commenting on the attack, acting CRPF DG, Sudeep Lakhtakia stated,
"The troops were part of the road clearing party that has been
securing an under-construction road between Bhejji and Kottacheru.
They were ambushed by Naxals who set off multiple hidden IEDs
on the ground and opened fire. The squad effectively retaliated
before twelve made the supreme sacrifice." However, no casualty
among the Maoists was reported. Meanwhile, the Maoists looted
six INSAS assault rifles, four AK-47 assault rifles, a light machine
gun, at least 1,587 rounds of ammunition, an UBGL, a 51mm mortar,
and two radio sets from the slain personnel. The deceased CRPF
personnel have been identified as Inspector Jagjit Singh, Assistant
Sub-Inspectors H.B. Bhatt and Narender Kumar Singh, Head Constables
Jagdish Prasad Vishnoi and P.R. Minde and Constables Mangesh Pal
Pandey, Rampal Singh Yadav, Goraknath, Nand Kumar Patra, Satish
Kumar Verma, K Shankar and Suresh Kumar.
Assistant constable, Phagu Ram Mandavi (42) of
the CRPF was killed by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur
District. Mandavi was visiting Bodli village 'Mela' (fair) under
Bangpal Police Station.
In an address to a conference, via video conferencing
from Raipur District, on ''Counter-Terrorism'' in New Delhi, CM
Raman Singh, said that effective and good governance will spell
the death-knell of Naxalism and terrorism. He added that LWE had
been brought to an end in Surguja division. The authorities are
working on the socio-economic front in Bastar division and the
results will be known soon. Further, he told that the LWE had
destroyed education, health, roads and communications links in
the far-flung regions of Bastar division. He also elaborated that,
medical services are being expanded in Bijapur District under
the new innovative model. Five Prayas Residential schools had
been opened in Raipur, Bilaspur, Ambikapur (Surguja), Jagdalpur
(Bastar) and Durg Divisions to cater to the educational needs
of children in the Naxalites' violence affected Districts. He
also informed that additional funds of INR 2 billion for Dantewada
and INR 4 billion for Korba had been allocated under the Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's DMFP. It had created a positive environment
in the regions.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an
encounter with SFs in Narayanpur District. The skirmish took place
between a team of the DRG and CPI-Maoist cadres near Kochwahi
village under Narayanpur Police Station limits. SFs recovered
a .315 rifle, a country-made revolver, two wireless sets and Naxal
LWE related materials. Two powerful IED weighing 25 kilograms
each were also recovered. A massive combing operation has been
launched in the region to trace the attackers.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Bijja Poonem (26) and Raghu
Kadiyam (31), were arrested from Bijapur District. Two of them
were carrying a reward of INR 5,000 on their head.
Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered during 'Police
Mitra' programme at the Ongnaar village under Benoor Police Station
limits in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Of the surrendered,
Nemchand Gavde, Ramsingh Potai, Giluram Potai, Sonu Gavde, Manghal
Singh Korram, Bholu Ram Potai, Dhansingh Vadde, Ghasia Potai and
Sudu Ram Salam, were carrying low cash rewards on their heads.
Besides, warrant was pending against Jamru Ram Potai and Sumita
Chhattisgarh Police arrested Raju Korcha, a 'platoon
commander' of CPI-Maoist, carrying reward of INR 800,000 on his
head from Rengawahi area of Kanker District.
Six Maoists including a senior woman cadre and
two Policemen were killed while three SFs personnel, including
two SI were injured in a gun-battle in forests of restive Dantewada
District in Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh. An injured Maoist
cadre was also arrested from the spot. IGP in-charge Bastar Range
Sundarraj P said, "The skirmish took place at around 2 PM between
a team of state Police's DRG and the ultras in the jungles of
Burgum village under Aranpur Police station limits." During search,
five bodies of ultras, including two women, belonging to Malangir
Area Committee of Maoists, and a few weapons, including one AK
47 rifle and one INSAS rife, were recovered, the IG said, adding
one injured Maoist was arrested. However, DRG constable Nirmal
Netam and a Gopniya Sukram Gavde also killed in the exchange of
fire, he added. Of the women Maoists killed in the encounter,
one was identified as Palle, who was active as 'secretary' of
Malangir Area Committee and member of Darbha Divisional Committee
of Maoists and another as Vijje, a member of the same area committee,
he said. Palle was carrying a reward of INR 800,000 on her head
while Vijje was carrying a reward of INR 500,000, Police said.
The identity of three other Maoists was being ascertained, he
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with SFs near Burgam village in Dantewada District. SFs also recovered
an AK series rifle from the encounter site.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested, in two separate
incidents, by SFs during a search operation in Bijapur District
of Bastar Division. In the first incident, a CPI-Maoist, identified
as Uika Baru (50), was arrested from an unspecified area under
Basaguda Police Station. In other incident, four lower rank CPI-Maoist
cadres were arrested by CRPF's 199th Battalion and District Force
from an unspecified area under Mirtur Police Station. Those arrested
were identified as Bhima Telam (25), Ayatu Banjam alias Bodda
(30), Sukman Vanjam (25) and Baman Mandavi (25).
A joint squad of District Force and CRPF's 195th
Battalion arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from an area under Katekalyan
Police Station in Dantewada. The arrestees were identified as
Hando Mandavi son of Budhram Mandavi and Kosa Mandavi son of Deva,
both native of Metapal village. Maoists were carrying cash reward
of INR 100,000 each.
Two Police constables, identified as Budra and
Mansai posted at Darbha Police Station were injured in an encounter
between SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bastar District. Police
recovered some Naxal documents, uniform and other related
materials from the spot.
An encounter took place between SFs and CPI-Maoist
cadres at Kanker District. However, there were no reports of causalities.
A Policeman was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in
Bijapur District of Bastar Division. The incident took place at
Kuprel village coming under Farsegarh Police Station limits when
the Assistant Constable Tarun Sodi (29) had gone there for some
personal work, Bijapur District SP KL Dhruv said. A group of Maoists
reached into the village and shot Sodi before slitting his throat
with a sharp edged weapon, the SP further said.
The Chhattisgarh High Court at Bilaspur District
rejected the bail application of the seven activists from Telangana,
who were arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police in Sukma District
in December 2016. They were charged of carrying CPI-Maoist literature
and banned currency. They were booked under Chhattisgarh Special
Public Security Act.
SFs destroyed a solar-powered printing press installed
by the CPI-Maoist on a mountain top in a remote forest of Madopara
in Sukma District. The printing unit was reportedly used to publish
documents, statements and other publications of the banned organization.
"During a search operation, the forces found a small printing
press set up, powered by portable solar panels. Some printed documents
and other publications of the Maoists were traced at the location.
This is the first time that the police have found out such a setup
used by Maoists," said a senior Police officer. Acting on a tip-off
about the location of Maoist leaders, a joint team of District
Police Force and the DRG launched a search operation and reached
the area. "The rebels, after being cornered, had opened fire on
the troopers. There was exchange of fire following which the ultras
fled. The forces further continued their movement and found the
printing press unit, heavy batteries and solar plates on the mountain",
the Police said.
John Szlazak, a Canadian national who went missing
from Sukma District on March 27, returned safe. Szlazak, who was
on a bicycle expedition from Mumbai to Bastar, was allegedly held
by lower-rung CPI-Maoist cadres in Singamadgu village under Chintagufa
Police Station limits of Sukma District. "He is safe. He is reported
to be in Singamadgu village area with 'Sangham' (local Maoist
group) members," Sukma, SP, Abhishek Meena said. The officer said
the Canadian national hadn't been taken hostage, but it seemed
to be "a case of communication gap."
At least 33 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including
half-a-dozen middle level ranking cadres (surrendered) laid down
arms to join the mainstream in Bastar District. Significantly,
14 of these surrendered Maoists hailed from Bhudrimahu village,
considered citadel of dreaded Kanger Valley Area Committee operating
in the District. "Significance of today's surrender of Naxals
is fall of the citadel of the Kanger Valley Area Committee," Bastar
range IGP in-charge P. Sunder Raj said. Kanger Valley Area Committee,
functioning under Darbha Division of the CPI-Maoist, was considered
the most ruthless unit of the outlawed outfit.
IPS officer Vivekananda Sinha was transferred
to Bastar region as its IGP, an official statement said. Sinha,
currently the IGP of Bilaspur, is succeeded in that post by P.S.
Gautam, who was currently IG (Administration) at the Police headquarters,
while Sundarraj P. has been divested on the additional charge
of IGP, Bastar, according to an order issued by Chattisgarh Government's
An IED allegedly planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres
was recovered under a culvert near Mohpal village in Kondagaon
District. The explosive, weighing around 20 kilograms and packed
in a steel container, was planted under the culvert in the Badedongar
area of the District, ASP, Maheshwar Nag said. The explosive was
immediately destroyed on the spot; Nag said adding that it was
meant to harm the security personnel during their operations in
CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly killed a former Salwa
Judum activist in Bijapur District. Modiam Somlu (50) was
fatally attacked by the Maoists at Loharpara village in the District
early this morning, Police said. Somlu, a native of Pundri village,
had gone to Loharpara, to fetch 'sulfi' when a group of armed
rebels stormed there. The Maoists pumped bullets into him and
also stabbed him with sharp-edged weapons, he said.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly set ablaze
two poclain machines and a truck engaged in laying water pipeline
in Dantewada District. The incident took place near Muchnar village
under Barsoor Police limits where a water pipeline is being laid.
A group of rebels stormed at the work site and after threatening
the workers to leave the place, they set on fire two poclain machines
engaged in excavation work and a truck parked at the spot this
morning, he said. "No one was injured in the incident," Police
A CPI-Maoist cadre who was allegedly involved
in the murder of two sarpanchs was arrested from Dantewada
District. Laxman Bhaskar (45), active as a 'Janmilitia' member
of Maoists, was arrested from the District hospital in Dantewada
town where he had arrived for his treatment, Police said.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, allegedly involved in the
last month's attack on a CRPF patrolling team in Bhejji in South
Bastar on March 11, in which 12 troopers were killed, were arrested
from Sukma District. The cadres, identified as Padam Mukka (28)
and Kuram Guddi (27), were picked up by a joint team of the DRG
and the District Force from Konta Police Station area. While Mukka
was active as the head of 'Janatana Sarkar' squad of Maoists,
Guddi is a 'jan militia' member. They are natives of Jinetong
village in Bhejji area, Police said.
The BSF has set up two new posts in the Naxal-affected
Kanker District, to facilitate road construction projects. "Both
the COB was set up last week in the highly sensitive region of
Kanker bordering with Maharashtra," IG, Frontier Headquarters
of BSF in Bhilai, Mahendra Singh said. One BSF post has been set
up at Kanhargaon village which is on the border of Kanker and
Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) to ensure security to the Bande-Irpanar
road and the other at Charre-Marre village for the Antagarh-Amabeda
road, he said.
A 28-year-old man was allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist
cadres on suspicion of being a 'Police informer' in Kanker District.
The body of Sagau Ram Sori was found in the forests near his native
Belodi village under Amabeda Police Station limits. Prima facie
Sori was strangled, a District Police official said.
A sniffer dog of the CRPF famed as 'Crackers'
died and his handler was injured when a pressure bomb planted
by Maoists went off in Bijapur District. The incident occurred
when a ROP of CRPF's 170th battalion was returning to its camp
after a combing operation in Modakpal Police Station area, a District
Police official said. The ROP, accompanied by a sniffer dog, had
launched the operation from its camp in Chinna Kodepal village.
Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist, Maso Vekko
(30) and Madkami Nande (24), were arrested from an unspecified
place in Dantewada District. Vekko, a member of 'Military Platoon
no.16' of CPI-Maoist, was carrying a cash reward of INR 200,000
and Nande, a member of Malangir LOS, carried a reward of INR 100,000.
Police also recovered 12 bore Gun, a machine used in repairing
guns and commodities of daily.
A joint team of CRPF and District Force arrested
two CPI-Maoist cadres from Bijapur District. The arrested CPI-Maoist
cadres were identified as Ichami Boti (36) and Laxman (28). The
duo was facing charges related to murder, attempt to murder, abduction,
arson and possession of illegal arms.
Disbanded anti- CPI-Maoist front, the AGNI, regroups
in Bastar District. AGNI came into existence for the second time
during a meeting of "imminent citizens" in Jagdalpur. The former
convener of the AGNI, Anand Mohan Mishra and representatives from
some other organizations like the Bastar chamber of commerce met
at Jagdalpur. Many imminent citizens stressed on the need of the
existence of AGNI during this meeting. After this meeting, Sampat
Jha and Subba Rao have decided to announce that the AGNI has been
regrouped again," said a statement circulated by the AGNI.
Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist, Maso Vekko
and Madkami Nande, were arrested from two separate places in Dantewada
District. Vekko, a member of Military Platoon no.16 of CPI-Maoist,
was carrying a cash reward of INR 200,000 and Nande, a member
of Malangir LOS, carried a reward of INR 100,000. Police also
recovered 12 bore Gun, a machine used in repairing guns and commodities
The GoI has informed that Chhattisgarh is one
of the eight States which has requested the MHA for waiving off
cost of charges towards deployment of CAPFs in the State. As many
as 259 battalions of CAPF were deployed in Chhattisgarh's LWE-affected
regions as on 2015-16. The deployment in other States was as follows-
Andhra Pradesh (16), Telangana (12), Bihar (57), Jharkhand (144),
Madhya Pradesh (8), Maharashtra (34), Odisha (102), Uttar Pradesh
(six), and West Bengal (53). A total of 691 battalions of CAPF
were deployed across the country in LWE areas as on 2015-16, Officials
stated. A total of 106 Districts in the States are considered
as LWE-affected. Of these, Bihar has maximum 22 Districts, followed
by Jharkhand (21), Odisha (19), Chhattisgarh (16), Andhra Pradesh
and Telangana, - both eight each, West Bengal and Maharashtra,
- both four each, Uttar Pradesh- three and Madhya Pradesh, one.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal, identified
as Chaitu Uika, on suspicion of being a 'Police informer' after
holding a 'Jan adalat' in Bijapur District. As per information,
the armed CPI-Maoist cadres, on April 3, abducted Uika from his
native place Kamkanaar, located around eight kilometres away from
Gangaloor, and tortured him for a week.
A CPI-Maoist, Budhram Kunjam, allegedly involved
in the murder of a former 'Salwa Judum' worker, was arrested in
Bijapur District. 'Salwa Judum' was disbanded in 2011, after Supreme
Court declared it unconstitutional.
A 13-year-old boy, Sumrit, was killed and a minor
girl, Kavita, was injured in an IED blast suspected to have been
laid by the CPI-Maoist cadres, in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.
CPI-Maoist cadres on many occasions have planted IEDs at several
places, targeting SFs deployed in Bastar region, killing personnel
Two personnel of the STF, APC Rakesh Singh and
constable Mukesh Kunjam, were injured when a pressure bomb, laid
by the cadres of CPI-Maoist, went off in Dantewada District. The
incident took place near Gudse village under Katekalyan Police
Station limits when the SFs were returning after an anti-Naxal
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa visited
the Naxal-infested Bastar District. The aim of the visit was to
boost the morale of the IAF personnel deployed there. A statement
issued by the MoD said, "During the visit, he was briefed by the
local commanders of various paramilitary forces deployed in Bastar
area. He reviewed the operational preparedness of forces deployed
in the sector. He also interacted with personnel from various
state agencies and air warriors to boost their morale." The IAF
has been operating its helicopters in the Bastar region since
the past several years to give logistical support of CAPF and
Police personnel fighting the LWEs in the state.
A villager Sanna Markam (35) was killed and Sannu
Markami (45) was injured in a blast of a pressure bomb, which
was planted by the cadres of CPI-Maoist, in Sukma District. According
to the Police, the incident took place when the villagers of Takahwada
were heading towards the jungle area to celebrate a local festival.
Five cadres of CPI-Maoist, including a woman,
surrendered in Bijapur District. Those surrendered were identified
as Shanti alias Rambati Modiam (25), Raju Vacham (25), Munna Veladi
(28), Somaru Mandavi (25) and Manoj Bhogami (22). Of them, Shanti
was active as a member of a 'military company' of the CPI-Maoist
carrying a reward of INR 800,000 on her head. Vacham, a member
of a Local Organisation Squad (LOS), and Veladi (28), a 'deputy
commander', were carrying cash rewards of INR 300,000 and INR
200,000, respectively, on their heads.'
Hadma Madkam (30), a 'Jan militia' commander'
of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by SFs near Parcheli and Chikpal
villages in Dantewada District. He was allegedly involved in the
IED blast triggered by Naxals on April 17 near Gudse village in
which two STF jawans were injured. He was carrying a cash reward
of INR 100,000 on his head.
Chhattisgarh Police along with the CRPF arrested
a woman Naxal from Gadiras region of Dantewada District. She was
carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on her head.
At least 25 CRPF personnel and injured another
six in an ambush at Kalapattar in the Burkapal area of the Sukma
District. According to details, an estimated 200-300 Maoists attacked
the CRPF personnel who were out to provide protection for road
construction work in the area. The Maoists had also looted at
least 21 weapons, ammunition and 22 bullet proof jackets from
the possession of the slain CRPF personnel.
The brazen attack by CPI-Maoist cadres, which
left 25 CRPF personnel dead and seven injured in Sukma District
on April 24, was likely planned by a wanted CPI-Maoist 'commander'
Situ. Situ was camping in Tarmetla village, barely 7-8 kilometres
from the scene of the attack. SFs also told reporters that the
attack was led by a PLGA Battalion 1 headed by Hidma. A Class
8 dropout, Hidma belongs to Jagargunda in Sukma District and is
said to wield tremendous influence on the locals in the region.
In an audio tape broadcast by a television channel
Nikhil aka Niranjan Rout, spokesperson of DKSZC of CPI-Maoist
said the Sukma attack, was in retaliation for the slaying of nine
CPI-Maoist cadres in Odisha. In the name of democracy, a fascist
rule is being carried out, this is revenge for that. The CPI-Maoist
leader in his message appealed the SF personnel and the lower
rung of Government administration to quit their jobs.
CPI-Maoist 'commanders' Hidma, Situ and Sonu
are named in an FIR, in connection with the April 24 ambush in
Sukma District, in which 25 personnel of the CRPF were killed.
A two-member team of UHM, Senior Security Advisor,
K Vijay Kumar and acting CRPF Chief, Sudeep Lakhtakia told the
Government that there was no evidence that the bodies of the CRPF
personnel killed in a CPI-Maoist attack on April 24 were mutilated.
In a high-level meeting, senior officers decided
that the focus of counter-insurgency would be shifted to core
CPI-Maoist areas in a 1,000 Sq Km area between Dornapal-Jagargunda
in Sukma District. The meeting has decided to demand before the
Union Government to deploy additional 12,000 specialised security
personnel such as 10 battalions of CoBRA, and the Naga battalion,
famous for countering guerrilla warfare. Officers also placed
a demand of two additional battalions of DRS, comprising local
tribal's youth and surrendered Naxals.
Two tribal families were allegedly evicted by
suspected CPI-Maoist cadres from their village in Kondagaon District
of Chhattisgarh. Victims said Maoists had threatened them to leave
their homes in Tumdiwal village earlier this week after they refused
to provide them with ration and levy to the outlaws. The victims
said in their statement that a group of Maoists were recovering
20 kilograms of rice and levy from each home in the village in
Mardapal area, , Kondagaon, SP, Ashutosh Singh informed. When
they denied giving anything to the rebels, they held a 'Janadalat'
on April 27, where the victim families, comprising at least 12
members including children were accused of acting as 'police informers'
and asked to vacate the village, the official said. Besides, Maoists
also looted valuable and articles from the house of the two families,
Two CPI-Maoist cadres identified as, Baaglu Alaami
(30) and Koparam Netam, were arrested from Barsoor Police Station
area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Acting on a tip-off
that two active cadres of Indravati Area Committee of Maoists
have arrived in Barsoor to procure commodities of daily use, a
joint team of CRPF's 195th battalion and local Police raided the
site and arrested them. Alaami was active as a member of military
platoon number-16 of Maoists, the official said adding that he
was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head. Similarly, Netam
was working as a lower-rung jan militia member, he added.
A joint squad of CAF and District Force arrested
three cadres of CPI-Maoist from the forests under Pushpal Police
Station area in Sukma District. Those arrested were identified
as Kawasi Hadma (32) from Darbha area of Bastar District, and
Ramnath Nag (21) and Buchha Dhurwa (24), both natives of Malkangiri
District in Odisha.
SFs busted a Naxal transit camp in Narayanpur
District. SFs recovered Maoist uniforms, couple of detonators,
a powerful IED, gunpowder, crackers, banner, clothes, electric
wire, medicines and commodities of daily use from the camp.
||CM Raman Singh called for
a meeting of the Unified Command to chalk out a comprehensive strategy
to hit CPI-Maoist cadres this week (May 5) in Raipur District. The
top brass of Central Paramilitary Forces, the Chhattisgarh Police,
the IAF and State Government authorities responsible for the administration
in Bastar and other Naxal-hit Districts of the State will take part
in the meeting. The Unified Command was created in all the Maoist-affected
States in the aftermath of the 2010 Dantewada attack where 75 CRPF
personnel and a State Policeman, were killed in a deadly ambush
carried out by Naxals. The Command is chaired by the respective
CMs of Maoist-affected States.
A villager, Jaaglu Ram Nag (35), was killed by
CPI-Maoist cadres after branding him as a 'Police informer' in
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an exchange
of fire with SFs in Bijapur District. The identities of the deceased
CPI-Maoist is yet to be ascertained.
11 persons were being interrogated by SFs, for
their suspected links to the last week's (April 24) CPI-Maoist
attack on CRPF personnel, in Sukma District.
A joint team of CRPF and District Force arrested
four CPI-Maoist cadres from two separate places in Dantewada District.
In the first incident, CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Hadma,
Hinga Muchaki and Bhima were arrested from Aranpur Police Station
area. In second incident, a Jan Militia member- Rakesh Bhaskar
was arrested from Bandipara Kamloor village by local Police.
CM, Raman Singh emphasised on the need to win
the locals confidence and form a District-level Unified Operation
Command in Maoist-affected Districts of Chhattisgarh, at the State
secretariat in Raipur District.
Minister of State MHA, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
reviewed the Maoist problem in Sukma District where the CPI-Maoist
cadres massacred 25 security personnel last month.
||As many as 19 cadres of the
CPI-Maoist, nine of them allegedly involved in the deadly attack
on CRPF personnel on April 24, were arrested from separate places
in Sukma District. Of the nine Maoists who were allegedly involved
in the Burkapal attack, six were rounded up from Chintagufa police
station area while three others from Chintalnar police station limits,
Sukma ASP Jitendra Shukla said. 10 Jan Militia members of the Maoists
were arrested from Kukanar police station area by a composite squad
of the CRPF, the DRG and the district force, ASP Jitendra Shukla
said. The 10 were allegedly involved in torching two trucks and
opening fire at a police patrolling party in Kukanar area between
Jagdalapur and Sukma on NH 30 on February 26, 2017 he said.
The CRPF has ordered "immediate" shifting of the
command headquarters of the force's central zone from Kolkata
to Raipur. Officials said that newly appointed CRPF Director General
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar had been asked to ensure that the command
begins functioning from Raipur before the high-level meeting of
Naxal -hit states in New Delhi on May 8.
The central zone, an operational field formation,
was set up on August 7, 2009. Headquartered in Raipur District,
it was given the responsibility of deployment of CRPF troops in
the entire 'Red belt' of states hit by Naxal violence including
West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh
and Uttar Pradesh. The headquarters was moved to Kolkata in July
2010 after the Dantewada attack exposed the problem of poor rail
and air connectivity in Raipur
SFs averted a major mishap by recovering a powerful
IED, planted by CPI-Maoist cadres, in Kanker District.
To defang the CPI-Maoist cadres and their arsenal,
the CRPF will soon deploy a fresh squad of about 2,000 Commandos
from its special guerrilla warfare CoBRA battalions in and around
the Sukma District. The CoBRA is masters of guerrilla warfare
and is capable of operating in the dense jungles of southern Chhattisgarh
- the self-proclaimed headquarters of the CPI-Maoist.
Two BSF troopers were injured in an attack by
the CPI-Maoist cadres at Pakhanjore area in Kanker District. Special
DG, DM Awasthi told Indian Express, that CPI-Maoist cadres
were being chased towards the Maharashtra border.
Two personnel of the DRG were injured in an encounter
with CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District. Officials said the
encounter took place at about 10:00 a.m. near the forests of Timarpur-Basaguda
axis in the District, when a security squad led by the CoBRA commandos
of the CRPF had an exchange of fire with Maoists in the area.
SFs killed a CPI-Maoist 'commander', identified
as Vilas alias Kailash alias Aaytu, in an encounter
in Bastar District. Vilas, the secretary of the Barsoor area committee
of the CPI-Maoist, had a reward of INR 1.6 million on his head.
"We got specific intelligence that Vilas would be in the area
to collect levies on tendu leaves. We mobilised several teams.
When they reached the area, there was an exchange of fire. In
the exchange, Vilas was shot dead. We found an AK-47, a revolver
and other items at the spot," Bastar SP, Arif Sheikh, said. Vilas
was a local adivasi from Chhota Dongar in Narayanpur. His influence
stretched from Satdhar Bridge in Barsoor to the forests in Narayanpur
and Kondagaon Districts.
A STF jawan, identified as Salabh Upadhyay, succumbed
to his injuries during treatment in Bijapur District. Upadhyay
had sustained bullet injuries on his head in the exchange of fire
between SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres which took place in a restive
forest pocket of Bijapur's Basaguda Police Station area on May
14, said DIG (Dantewada region), Sundarraj P.
At least 15 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in five
days by SFs in Chhattisgarh, the CRPF said, but added not a single
body has been recovered so far. One CRPF trooper was also killed
in the operations while two others were injured, a spokesperson
of the CRPF said in Delhi. Some of the slain rebels could have
been involved in an ambush that killed 25 CRPF jawans in Sukma
on April 24, one of the biggest losses faced by the central force
engaged in anti-insurgency operations in the state, it said. The
number of Maoist casualties was based on information provided
by villagers on the borders of Sukma and Bijapur Districts besides
the ground troops, the official added.
Eight CPI-Maoist cadres, allegedly involved in
the deadly attack on CRPF personnel last month, were arrested
from two places in Sukma District. Five of them were arrested
from Chintalnar Police Station limits, while the rest from Chintagufa
Police Station area during joint search operations carried out
by CoBRA of the CRPF and District Police Force, Sukma's ASP, Jitendra
Shukla, said. Among the arrested rebels, Madkam Kesha (25), Madvi
Kosa (30) and Tati Kosa (25) were associated with the DAKMS, a
wing of CPI-Maoist, while Oyam Hadma (21) and Kunjam Vichem (25)
were members of 'Jan Militia', a special unit of the CPI-Maoist,
the senior officer said. The rest were identified as Rava Dewa
(25), Kunjam Aaytu (50) and Madkam Bheema (52), all members of
Gram Party Committee of CPI-Maoist, the ASP said.
Twenty-one CPI-Maoist cadres, including a member
of 26th number PLGA Platoon and Jan militia 'Commander' carrying
cash reward worth lakhs of rupees each on their head surrendered
in Bastar District headquarters Jagdalpur. IGP, Bastar Range Viveknand
Sinha said that out of them, 14 were from Darbha Division's Kanger
Valley and the remaining seven from Ketekalyan Area Committee.
"They include a platoon member, a LOS member, people's militia
members, a member of DAKMS area committee, four from the CNM,
and two Sangham members," he said. DIG, Sundarraj P. said that
the platoon member Lakshman hailed from Bhadrimahu village from
where 14 other Maoists had surrendered earlier, leading to the
Ketekalyan Area Committee becoming defunct. IGP, Sinha said that
Lakshman Madkami, the PLGA Platoon member carried a reward of
INR 200,000 on him. Similarly, Bharsuram Mandavi, Jan militia
'Commander' and Arjun Kashyap, Member of Kutul LOS carried a reward
of INR 100,000 each. He further said that while three surrendered
cadre are from Tulsi village of Malkangiri District in Odisha
besides the woman Maoist cadre Mangli Markam, Member of CNM -
the cultural outfit of Maoists also surrendered.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a tractor and a mixture
machine engaged in road construction work in Narayanpur District.
They warned workers against getting involved in construction works
and then fled into the forests.
The BSF busted a Maoist hideout and recovered
a cache of arms and Naxal banners from a dense forest in Kanker
District. SFs also recovered 10 SBML guns hidden inside the cavity
of two separate trees.
Chhattisgarh Police arrested three people and
recovered a large quantity of explosive materials meant for the
Maoists in the State in two different places in Bastar District
and Sukma District. Police also recovered 300 electronic detonators,
250 gelatine sticks, and four bundles of wires
The Chhattisgarh High Court ordered Bastar Police
to produce 'surrendered' CPI-Maoist Podiyam Panda next Monday
(May 22) in Raipur District. The court was hearing a habeas corpus
petition filed by Panda's wife Muiyye, who has alleged that Police
detained him illegally and did not allow her to meet him in custody.
The intelligence sources told that over 100 armed
guerrillas of CPI-Maoist from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha
have sneaked into south Bastar and were spotted in the jungles
of Bijapur-Sukma region. According to the intelligence, CPI-Maoist
cadres are planning a repeat of the April 24 Sukma attack, in
which 25 CRPF jawans were killed, by launching a major operation
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in Sukma
District. The rebels were arrested when a joint team of DRG and
STF were carrying out a search operation on the forested hills
between Kunna and Jongeras villages. Those arrested were identified
as Kawasi Erra (25), Hidma Ram Markam (25), both 'Jan Militia'
members while two others - Podiyam Hadma (26) and Devraj Markam
(23) - are members of DAKMS - a frontal wing of the Maoists. Two
electrical detonators, wires, battery were recovered from them.
Based on the statement of the arrested Maoists, a tiffin bomb,
three arrow bombs, two more detonators, a camera flash, a wireless
receiver, a solar plate, Maoist uniform, huge quantity of medicines
and stitching materials were also seized from a location.
In the wake of two major attacks by Maoists against
the CRPF in Sukma District, the State Government made operational
the joint command and control centre at Jagdalpur, the District
headquarter of Bastar District, a long-standing demand of the
SFs. The move would help SFs in conducting real-time anti-Maoist
operations with the help of UAV.
Surrendered Maoist, Podiyam Panda, informed the
Chhattisgarh High Court that he was not coerced by the Police
to surrender. Panda was produced before the High Court in Bilaspur,
in response to a habeas corpus petition filed by his wife, Muiye.
The CRPF has suspended a commander, for "leadership
failure" during a road-opening patrol in Sukma District (Chhattisgarh)
on April 24 during which 25 jawans were killed by CPI-Maoist cadres.
A senior CRPF official said a preliminary inquiry had found company
commander J. Vishwanath prima facie culpable of showing lack of
leadership that day. Sources said Vishwanath and five to six other
personnel had gone missing when the rebels ambushed the CRPF team.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a blast in Bijapur
District. No casualties or injuries were reported. The DRG arrested
a CPI-Maoist cadre, who was attempting to flee from the spot.
The Chhattisgarh Police claimed to have killed
four cadres of the CPI-Maoist in an encounter in Dantewada District.
The encounter occurred when a joint team of the STF, DRG, and
the CRPF, was out for an anti-Maoist operation at Pichchikodur
under the Barsoor Police Station limits. Constable Jhumar Mandavi,
belonging to DRG was injured in the attack. Dantewada SP, Kamlochan
Kashyap said, "We can say that at least four Maoists were killed
in today's encounter as we recovered one 12 bore gun and other
Maoist material on the spot." However, the SFs could not recover
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Gangaram
Dhurve and Naresh Porte, were arrested by District Police at Bakar
katta Police Station area in Rajnandgaon District.
||Chhattisgarh Police released
six tribal villagers, who were picked up by them three days ago
(May 21) in relation to links with CPI-Maoist.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed, Anduram Benjam,
a former colleague who had surrendered in March 2016, in Sanvel
village in Bastar District. The Maoists hacked him to death on
suspicion that he was a 'Police informer'.
Seven CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested after an
encounter with SFs in Narayanpur District. There was an exchange
of fire between the Maoists and the Police near Tekanar area of
Narayanpur. After the encounter, Police managed to catch seven
Maoist supporters, including three women.
Police arrested a businessman, identified as Kashyap
Patel and his two associates Ravindra Yashwant and Narayan Rangari
who allegedly came from Maharashtra's Gondia District to hand
over cash to the CPI-Maoist in Kanker District. The vehicle of
Patel, who is the owner of a Gondia-based MG Patel company, was
stopped by BSF personnel near their base camp and the Police for
routine check, when the cash of INR 28 lakh was traced inside
the car. During sustained interrogation they revealed that the
seized cash was to be given to Maoists as levy. Further additional
amount of Rs 50 lakhs kept by the trader in a house at Banda was
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and ace badminton
player Saina Nehwal have been threatened by Maoists in Chhattisgarh
for extending financial help to families of 12 CRPF jawans who
were killed in a Maoist ambush in Sukma District on March 16.
In a pamphlet issued by the CPI-Maoist Bastar south sub-zonal
bureau, the two have been threatened besides urging other celebrities
to stand with the poor and the revolution. "We condemn the financial
assistance given to the families of CRPF jawans killed in PLGA
attacks. We appeal to famous figures, film actors, sportspersons
and celebrities to stand with the revolution and poor people.
Stand against police atrocities and human rights violations,"
it read. Akshay and Saina had promised to provide INR 0.9 million
and INR 50,000 respectively to each family.
A group of 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze
an empty private bus travelling from Dhanora area to Orchha village
in Narayanpur District. According to reports, the Maoists set
the bus on fire after the passengers were forced to evacuate the
bus. The Maoists had been opposing the road construction work
in Jhorigaon. It is believed that a road construction is underway
on a brisk pace under the security cover provided by the ITBP
and the District Police. 45 kilometres of a total 66 kilometres
have been completed so far, the reports added.
SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres after an
exchange of fire at Hiroli village in Dantewada District. The
incident occurred when a composite squad of STF, DRG and CRPF
was conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the forested hills
of Kirandul Police Station area. The arrested CPI-Maoists were
identified as president of the JSRC of CPI-Maoist, Banjar alias
Hunga, and Lakhma Kunjam and Hidma Kunjam-both Jan militia
members. The three CPI-Maoists had INR 100,000 each on their heads.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the battery room
of a mobile tower of BSNL at Mutanpal under Burgum Police Station
in Bastar District. The Police also found pamphlets left by CPI-Maoist
cadres at the spot which protested killing of CPI-Maoist leader
'Vilas' in an encounter in Burgum area on May 14.
Kuwakonda Police also arrested a woman Jan Militia
member of the CPI-Maoist Kunjami Huray in Dantewada District.
There are eight cases registered against her, which include murder
and attempt to murder.
An exchange of fire broke out between a joint
team of STF and DRG and the CPI-Maoist cadres near Chhote Rainar
village in Narayanpur District. SFs were engaged in ensuring security
to the repairing work of the damaged road to facilitate the movement
of vehicles. No casualty has been reported from either side.
The composite squad of the DRG and District Force
arrested 13 CPI-Maoist cadres from the forests of Chintagufa and
Chintalnar in Sukma District. In first incident, 11 CPI-Maoist
cadres were arrested from Chintagufa Police Station area by the
SFs. In the other incident, two Maoists, identified as Madkam
Deva (23) and Podiyam Joga (25), members of DAKMS - a frontal
wing of CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Chintalnar. The duo was
involved in the attack on the CRPF personnel of the 74th battalion
on April 24 in Burkapal area wherein 25 troopers were killed.
SDGP, D. M. Awasthi told reporters, that 75 new
Police stations have been built in CPI-Maoist inflicted area in
Dantewada District. He added that the construction would certainly
help Police personnel in arresting the CPI-Maoist cadres easily.
SFs arrest three cadres belonging to Jan militia
members of the CPI-Maoist from Kamaloor village under Bhansi Police
limits in Dantewada District. The arrested cadres were identified
as Pandu Bhaskar, Podia Bhaskar and Raju Bhaskar.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an exchange of
fire with security personnel at a forest in Bijapur District.
The skirmish took place in the forest near Surakheda village.
Based on specific inputs, a team of District Force had launched
a search operation in the forest at Bhairamgarh, around 450 kilometers
away from Raipur. When the security men were cordoning off a forest
patch near Surakheda, the Maoists started firing on them which
led to a gun-battle. Later during a search, Police recovered the
body of a Maoist clad in 'uniform', he said. They also recovered
a muzzle loading gun, a country made .303 pistol, some detonators,
a tiffin bomb and wires from the spot. The killed Naxal was identified
as Ratan Ujji alias Hemla Ratan, a member of small action
team of the ultras. Ratan served in various key positions in the
outlawed CPI-Maoist, including as 'deputy commander' of Mirtoor
LOS and head of Matwada's Janatana Sarkar group.
An exchange of fire took place between the SFs
and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Jongeras in Sukma District. The encounter
was followed with a major search operation. P. Sundar Raj, DIG,
Dantewada range, said, "We received a tip-off that a group of
15 to 20 Maoists were present in the forest near Jongeras village
under Kukanar police station [of Sukma]. We sent a STF team led
by Inspector Salim Xaxa and they conducted a search operation
on June 4. There were Maoist casualties in the exchange of fire
last night." The STF team recovered seven backpacks, four black
uniforms, three detonators and some IED-making material from the
area. The STF team, however, could not recover any bodies or capture
any injured Maoists.
Chhattisgarh Police in Raipur District told reporters
that security in Naxal-affected areas of Bastar region
has been stepped up as the CPI-Maoist cadres are observing 'Jan
Pituri' (Revolutionary Week). Bastar division comprises
of seven Districts namely Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur,
Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker. 'Jan Pituri 'week is observed
every year in the memory of their slain leaders of CPI-Maoists.
During this period which generally coincides with the arrival
of monsoon, CPI-Maoist cadres focus on recruitment of fresh cadres
by spreading their propaganda. It will be observed from June 5
to June 11, 2017.
CPI-Maoist cadres have issued a threat to Government
employees at Basaguda region in Bijapur District. CPI-Maoist cadres
have asked the employees to hand over one month of their salary
or face dire consequences.
The CPI-Maoist has threatened to carry out more
"Sukma-like attacks" on the SFs in Chhattisgarh. Sounding out
the warning in an audio statement, spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist
DKSZC, Vikalp, accused the SFs of running a campaign of terror
in the Bastar region. In the interim, two Maoist attacks in Sukma
District, first in Kottecheru village and second in Burkapal village,
had resulted in the death of 37 CRPF personnel earlier this year.
The composite squads of DRG, District Force and
CoBRA arrested 18 cadres of the CPI-Maoist from two places in
Sukma District. In first incident, SFs arrested 10 CPI-Maoist
from Chintagufa Police Station area, while in second incident;
eight others were arrested from Chintalnar Police Station. The
arrested Maoists were identified as Podiyam Kosa (28), Jan Militia
'Commander', Kawasi Joga (28), Deputy Jan Militia' Commander',
Madvi Aaytu (23) 'Commander' of CNM- a frontal wing of CPI-Maoist,
Oyam Sukka (22), Deputy 'Commander' of CNM and 14 other CPI-Maoist
cadres associated with DAKMS, Janatana Sarkar.
The UMHA told reporters that CRPF has recruited
743 candidates, including 242 women, from the Bastar region. The
youth have been recruited for the post of constable in the CRPF
from tribal-dominated Sukma, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Bijapur
Districts and will join the "Bastariya" battalion. Once the training
of the recruits in the "Bastariya" battalion is completed, they
will be deployed in Chhattisgarh for at least five years.
Fifteen Naxalites who were killed last
month (May, 2017) in anti-Naxal operation in Sukma District were
cadres of the PLGA, the armed wing of the CPI-Maoist, said Devendra
Chouhan; IG, CRPF. Addressing a press conference in Raipur District,
Chouhan said that an audio clip released by a top Naxal
leader named Vikalp has now confirmed that 15 Maoists killed in
an anti-Naxal operation between May 12 and May 16 were
actually members of the PLGA. "The security forces launched an
anti-Naxal operation between May 12, 2017 and May 16 in Sukma
district. The operation by the CRPF's CoBRA, DRG and local Police
killed at least 15 Naxalites but their bodies were not recovered,"
said Chouhan, adding that "the security forces gauged the number
of the killed Naxalites on the basis of blood stains and intercept
of seized wireless sets". He further added that "initially the
Naxalites rebuffed the security forces' claim but now a top Maoist,
Vikalp, in an audio tape has admitted that their 15 associates
were killed between May 11 and May 16. Though, he claimed that
these encounters were fake and the killed ones were innocent adivasis".
However, the CRPF IG said that Maoists' accusation is false as
"the journalists who visited the areas where anti-Naxal
operation was launched have come to know that the security forces
didn't kill any villager".
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a passenger bus in
Narayanpur District. There was no casualty as the bus was empty
and parked. "Maoists burnt a private passenger bus at Sonpur village
last night. This place is 15 kilometer from the base camp and
35 kilometer south of Narayanpur police station," said SP, Santosh
Singh. Singh added this incident is likely to hamper the passenger
transport in the area as it was the only bus operating on this
road. "The security forces never use buses on this road. No other
smaller passenger vehicle runs except for some tractors."
Chhattisgarh Police recovered a five Kilogram
of IED planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Kanker District. CPI-Maoist
cadres planted IEDs to target SFs and stall the developmental
works in the State.
Chhattisgarh Police claimed to have arrested 34
CPI-Maoist cadres from Sukma District. The arrested people include
the Janatana Sarkar presidents, Jan Militia commanders,
DAKMS presidents and members, CNM commanders and deputy commanders.
Police recovered banners suspected to be put up
by CPI-Maoist cadres in support of agitating farmers in Madhya
Pradesh from Pakhanjoor Police station area in Kanker District.
The banners issued in the name of 'Pratappur Area Committee of
Maoists' displayed messages supporting the farmers who were protesting
in the neighbouring state for their various demands since June
1. In the messages written on banners, Naxals have protested
against alleged injustice being done to cultivators in Madhya
A 25-page document recovered from cadres of CPI-Maoist
by Chhattisgarh Police after an encounter reveals that the CPI-Maoist
leadership in the state has issued instructions to the cadre on
the use of mobile phones. The document recovered by the Police
in April 2017 reveals that cadre up to the level of 'Divisional
Commanders' have now been allowed to use mobile phones and tablets
for easy access to reading material. Under a section of the document
titled 'The spread of propaganda', the document states that propaganda
activities are to be carried out through pamphlets, banners, posters,
statements and through mobile phones and WhatsApp. The document
reveals that WhatsApp and mobile phones are to be used in the
Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Confluence zone (MMCCZ).
CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh are focussing on current
issues that impact the local population in an effort to replicate
the Bastar model in a new zone along the state's western border,
according to senior Police officers. This assessment is based
on a 25-page Maoist document recovered by SFs following an encounter
in April, which details plans to set up a MMC (Maharashtra, Madhya
Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Confluence) zone - their first expansion
in the region in eight years. The document also details their
military strategy, with a focus on amassing ammunition, including
"collecting" at least "50 kilos of gunpowder", 3,000 pieces of
metal or shrapnel, 25 pipes ready for Claymore bombs" every six
months. It advocates swift attacks on SFs, the use of ambushes
and not chases, and explosive devices as opposed to gunfire as
much as possible.
On the political strategy for the new zone, the
document, believed to have been drafted by the "MMC leading team"
in March 2017, states that the way forward is in the identification
of "people's problems". It acknowledges a lack of success on land
issues and highlights local issues to claim that the problems
were not what the Maoists had imagined. Warning cadre in the new
zone to "proceed with caution", it says, "Secrecy is not being
kept, there is hurriedness, those we taking into the organisation
are not being talked to in depth about our politics and work.
We are talking in the air and accepting them… When meeting party
leaders, caution must be exercised and they should not be met
in front of new members."
Police recovered 12 weapons in separate incidents
in Narayanpur District. Narayanpur SP, Santosh Singh said that
one Sonu Nureti, a member of Kohkameta LOS of Maoists, was arrested
from Kihkad village forest under Narayanpur Police Station limits.
He said Nureti was caught near Kihkad by a joint team of STF,
DRG and ITBP which had launched a search operation towards Kihkad,
Bechagaon and Gongal villages, around 350 km from Raipur. A muzzle-loading
gun was recovered from him. Further, when Nureti informed them
about a Maoist dump of arms and ammunitions located on a forested
hill between Bechagaon and Gongal, the SFs raided the place, the
SP said, adding the team came under indiscriminate fire by Maoists.
The encounter between the troopers and Maoists lasted for 15-20
minutes, the officer said, adding that Maoists later fled to the
core forest area. "During searching, 11 muzzle loading guns, one
pipe bomb, a Maoist uniform and daily use materials were recovered
from the spot," he said. According to the SP, Nureti was allegedly
involved in several incidents of crime, including murder, loot
and arson in the region.
A CPI-Maoist was killed and a STF trooper was
injured in an encounter between security personnel and Maoists
in Bastar District. The skirmish occurred in Raidongri-Rakasmetta
forests under Kaknar Police Station limits when a joint team of
DRG and STF was out on an anti-Maoist operation in the interiors
of Kaknar, Bastar SP, Sheikh Arif Hussain said. "While one Maoist
was killed, a jawan sustained injuries in the face-off," the SP
said. The Maoist killed was identified as Mahesh, 'section commander'
of military company no. 06 of PLGA of the CPI-Maoist, carrying
a reward of INR 1 million on his head. Security personnel had
recovered body of the Naxal in Maoist fatigue, along with
a SLR and some Naxal materials from the encounter site.
Security personnel and Maoists exchanged fire
on a forested hill between Bechagaon and Gongal villages in Narayanpur
District. However, no casualty was reported from either side,
The Chhattisgarh Police recovered a powerful
IED, allegedly planted by Maoists in Kanker District. A joint
team of the District Force and BSF was patrolling when it spotted
a connection of the IED beneath the dirt track near a culvert
on Kanker's Badgaon-Himmatwahi road, located around 200 kilometres
from the state capital (Raipur), a Police official said. Later,
the SF personnel recovered the explosive kept in a steel container.
The IED, weighing nearly eight kilograms, was immediately destroyed
by the bomb disposal squad, the official said.
About 14 Maoists, mostly lower rung cadres, allegedly
involved in the Burkapal attack on CRPF personnel in April 24,
were arrested from two places in Sukma District. The number of
Maoists arrested in connection with Burkapal attack has reached
95. DIG, Dantewada range, P Sundarraj said that they were all
allegedly involved in the attack on CRPF's 74th battalion in Burkapal
area that claimed lives of 25 personnel. While they were also
involved in incidents, including loot, murder, arson and planting
IEDs, seven of them were active as 'jan militia' members, six
as members of DAKMS- a frontal wing of CPI-Maoist and another
as 'jan militia deputy commander', he said.
An exchange of fire with the CPI-Maoist cadres
at a forest patch in Dantewada District. The Skirmish took place
near Munga village when a joint team of DRG, STF and CRPF was
out on a search operation in the interiors of Katekalyan area,
said DIG (Dantewada range), P Sundarraj. When the security personnel
were advancing to Munga, they came under fire from a group of
armed Maoists leading to the encounter between the two sides,
the DIG said. However, the Maoists soon fled from the spot. "During
a search, a 12 bore gun, an air gun, three 'pitthus' (shoulder
bags) and some daily use items were recovered from the spot,"
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, including two women were
killed in an encounter with the SFs at Aundhi in Rajnandgaon District.
The encounter took place at remote forested hilly terrain of Pendauri
about 150 kilometres west of Raipur. "We had definite inputs about
the presence of Maoists in the area. The district police team
led by the Aundhi police station in-charge Ashwin Rathore began
search operation around noon when the rebels opened an attack
on the troopers, resulting in an encounter," the Rajnandgaon SP,
Prashant Agrawal said. We have recovered bodies of three Maoists
and the forces have safely returned, he added. Three weapons-
one SLR, one INSAS assault rifle and a 303 rifle were recovered
from the encounter site. One of the women killed was Sameela Potai,
a local area committee 'secretary' who was active in the region
for over a decade and carried an award of INR 800,000 and another
Rammo, an LOS member with a reward of INR 100,000. The identity
of the third person is yet to be ascertained.
Maoists set on fire a tractor engaged in road
maintenance work in Dantewada District. No one was injured in
the incident, which took place near Malewahi village under Barsoor
Police Station limits where maintenance work of a road was underway.
Police said, around a dozen Maoists stormed the maintenance site
and threatened the workers before setting the tractor ablaze,
he said, adding, the Maoists then fled into the forest.
Chhannuram Mandavi (55), the ex-sarpanch of his
native Cholnar village, was killed allegedly by CPI-Maoist cadres
in Dantewada District, after they suspected him to be a 'police
informer'. Some armed Maoists stormed into the victim's house
in Cholnar under Kirandul Police Station limits, and slit his
throat while he was asleep, killing him on the spot. Some Maoists
pamphlets were also recovered from the spot in which Mandavi was
branded as a 'police informer'.
A wanted Maoist, who was carrying a reward of
INR 500,000, was killed by the SFs in an encounter in Kanker District.
The encounter took place in the Katgaon-Kamteda axis of Koyalibeda
village when a joint team of the STF and the DRG of Chhattisgarh
Police, the BSF, was out on a counter-insurgency operation. "After
the exchange of fire stopped, the joint forces recovered the body
of Jai Singh Kunjam, a wanted Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 5
lakh," a senior official said. Kunjam was a Maoist 'deputy commander'.
A villager identified as Maan Singh was also found lying with
bullet injuries on his waist near Kamteda village. A SLR, some
ammunition and three rifles (.315 bore) have also been recovered
from the spot, he said. The forces estimate that three more Maoists
were also killed during the encounter, however, their bodies have
not been recovered yet, he added.
Thirteen Maoists were arrested from three separate
places during combing operation within Sukma District. District
Force and DRG personnel arrested 13 Maoist cadres -- including
Jan Militia 'Deputy Commander' Tamo Budhru and LOS Member Hemla
Ayyutu -- from Jagargunda, Gadiras and Tongpal areas. Eleven of
those arrested were allegedly involved in the recent Burkapal
ambush in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed in April this year.
"While 11 cadres were apprehended from Jagargunda police station
area, one each was held from Tongpal and Gadiras police station
limits," DIG (Dantewada range), Sundarraj P said.
Police seized a powerful 25-kilogram IED, which
was packed in a big steel container, was unearthed near a culvert
on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road, suspected to have been planted
by CPI-Maoist cadres in Sukma District.
Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed
in an encounter with SFs at Narayanpur District. "On a tip-off
about the presence of Maoists, a combined team of STF and DRG
carried out a search operation. The rebels opened fire near Hasnar,
about 15 kilometres from Orcha Police Station, leading to an encounter.
In the retaliatory attack, two women Maoists were killed by the
SFs. A temporary Maoist camp in the area was also destroyed",
SP, Santosh Singh said. There was no report of any injury sustained
by the SFs, the SP said. Some ammunition, rifles, items of daily
use, a sewing machine and literature were recovered from the site.
A Maoist 'deputy commander', carrying a reward
of INR 300,000 on his head, was arrested along with explosives
in Bijapur District. The cadre identified as Rakesh Sodhi (20)
was arrested from Awapalli Police Station area when a joint team
of SFs was out on an area-domination operation. Sodhi was arrested
after a short chase and a tiffin bomb, two detonators and electric
wire were seized from his bag.
The SFs defused IEDs planted by Maoists at 11
locations on Dhanora-Orchha road in Narayanpur District, to target
Police party. Working on a tip off, the SF personnel unearthed
the explosives and ammunition which were to be used to attack
SFs and hinder the developmental work in the area. The recovered
IED's were later defused by the Bomb disposal squad.
A constable was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in
Bijapur District. Sukku Gota (30), the assistant constable posted
at Farsegarh Police Station, went to a relative's place in Ketulnar
village when a group of Maoists stormed into his relative's place
and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons, killing him on the
spot. The attackers escaped from the spot after committing the
Heavily armed Maoists stormed into an under-construction
mine of NMDC in Dantewada District, and threatened the NMDC officials.
According to reports from Bailadilla, 350 heavily armed Maoists
attacked the mine, where the rebels assembled 40 workers in the
mine and warned them not to turn out for work again. They also
threatened the NMDC officials not to return or attempt to develop
the mine. The work in the mine was immediately halted. The Maoists
also thrashed a driver and set two vehicles of survey officials
Three SF personnel and one CPI-Maoist cadre were
killed while four others injured, in two separate encounters with
Maoists in Sukma District. A composite squad of the STF, the DRG,
the CRPF and its elite unit-CoBRA was out on the operation named
'Operation Prahar' based on inputs about the location of Maoist
hideouts in the interiors of Chintagufa. When the SFs were advancing
through the forest of Dondamarka, a Maoist den, armed Maoists
opened fire on them, leading to a gun-battle. Five STF personnel
sustained bullet injuries, three of them critically, in the face-off.
Some personnel of the patrolling team were on their way back to
the base when they again came under heavy fire from the ultras
near Durma village. Two DRG jawans were killed and as many others
sustained injuries in the gun-battle. "Two DRG jawans were initially
killed and as many others injured in the incident. Later, one
of the injured succumbed while being retrieved from the forest,"
DIG (Dantewada range), Sundarraj P said. The body of a Naxalite
was also recovered from the spot along with an SLR weapon. The
Maoists also fired upon an IAF helicopter deployed to rescue injured
jawans in Tondamarka. According to reports, the Maoist killed
was a top Maoist 'commander' named Korsa Mahesh, who carried a
reward of INR 800,000 on his head.
Three Maoists, including a minor, were arrested
in Kanker District. A firearm and some explosives were recovered
from Kanna Kawasi (42), Lalu Kawachi (55) and a 17-year-old youth
who were picked up from the forests of Mad Pakhanjore village
under Bande Police Station limits by a joint team of the BSF and
the District Force during a search operation. He said while Kawasi
was a 'commander'-rank cadre wanted in at least eight cases including
murder and attempt to murder, Kawachi and the youth are the 'jan
militia' members of Maoists. A muzzle loading gun, a five-kilogram
cooker bomb, a pipe bomb, a radio set, and an electric wire were
seized from the possession of the trio.
A Maoist was killed and four SF personnel, including
three CoBRA commandos, were injured in separate incidents in Bijapur
District. "While a Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire with
police, four security personnel sustained injuries in three IED
blasts, triggered by ultras at different places," a senior Police
official said. All the incidents took place under the Basaguda
Police Station limits, he said. A joint team of SFs was carrying
out an anti-Maoist operation in the forest of Basaguda. "Body
of a Maoist was recovered after an exchange of fire between the
patrolling team and ultras this morning in the forest near Pediya
village. Yesterday, one Naxalite was killed in an encounter with
the same team of security forces in this area," Police said.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with SFs in the dense forest near Suktara village in Rajnandgaon
District. Acting on inputs about movement of `vistaar (expansion)
party of Maoists in Gandai forests for the past few days, a joint
squad of STF and District Police Force had launched an operation
in the area. The team came under fire while passing through Suktara
forest. The Maoists later escaped, while two bodies were recovered
from the spot apart from a .315 bore gun and a pistol. "Identity
of the killed rebels is being ascertained. Although prima facie
it is clear that they belonged to expansion team of ultras who
are making attempts to expand their base along the border of Chhattisgarh
and Madhya Pradesh," SP, Prashant Agrawal said.
A Maoist 'commander' was arrested in Dantewada
District. Acting on a tip-off, Baman Mandavi (25) was arrested
by a joint team of CRPF and local Police from Badegudra village
under Kuakonda Police Station limits. Mandavi, active as Badegudra
'jan militia commander' of Maoists, was allegedly involved in
Mailwada landmine attack in March, 2016, in which seven CRPF personnel
were killed. Besides, he was allegedly involved in other Naxal
incidents, including triggering blasts, loot, SP, Kamlochan Kashyap
said adding he was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head.
A Maoist couple, Dinesh Kadti (26) and his wife
Meena alias Lakho (25), surrendered in Dantewada District. Dinesh,
carrying cash reward of INR 300,000, was working as president
of DAKMS-a frontal wing of Maoists. Meena was deputed as the head
of KAMS - a Maoists' frontal outfit and INR 100,000 was announced
for her arrest. The duo was allegedly involved in firing at a
helicopter in Pedia area in Bijapur District in 2012.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Sukma
District. Podiyami Mukka (42) was arrested from an area under
Jagargunda Police Station, while Laxman Muchaki alias Lakha (20)
was arrested from Kukanar Police Station limits. Mukka, who is
the head of DKAKMS, a front organisation of Maoists, was involved
in the April 24 attack in Burkapal in which 25 CRPF personnel
were killed. Lakha is a member of jan-militia squad and was allegedly
involved in the attack on Police in Kunna-Dabba village in 2014.
The Chhattisgarh High Court granted bail to seven
TDF activists, arrested last year for their alleged links with
the CPI-Maoist in Sukma District. According to the prosecution,
the seven members of Telangana-based civil society TDF, including
two advocates Ch Prabhakar and Bala Ravinder; four social activists
Rajendra Prasad, R Lakshmaraiah, B Durgaprasad and D Prabhakar
and a research scholar Mohamed Nazeer were arrested from Dharampenta
village under Kistaram Police Station in Sukma District on December
25, 2016. Cash worth INR 100,000 in the demonetised INR 500 and
INR 1,000 currency notes and Maoist literature were claimed to
have been recovered from their possession, the counsel for jailed
TDF activists said.
An internal probe report has suggested conspiracy
in the April 24 CPI-Maoist ambush on a CRPF party at Burkapal
in Sukma District leading to massacre of 25 troopers. The BSNL
towers in the region had gone dead hours before the deadly ambush
was carried out and started functioning after the attack, an internal
probe report of the CRPF has disclosed, indicating a conspiracy
angel. Sources in CRPF stated that there should be thorough probe
into the aspect to "nail" Maoist moles, if they existed, in the
The CPI-Maoist cadres have abducted two road construction
workers from Kasaram village in Sukma District. According to the
contractor, Viranna and Veera Swami, two of his labourers, were
carrying out measurement work when some armed Maoists came to
the spot and forcibly took them away. A road is being constructed
between Kistaram and Chintalnar in Sukma District, which is around
500 kilometres from the state capital Raipur. The densely forested
region is considered to be a stronghold of Maoists.
Chhattisgarh Police claimed to have identified
seven CPI-Maoist cadres killed during anti-Maoist strike 'Operation
Prahar', carried out at Tondamarka in Sukma District in between
June 23 and 25. The Police had earlier claimed to have killed
15-20 Maoists in the operation, said to be the biggest so far
against Maoist, on June 24. Sukma SP, Abhishek Meena, citing inputs
received from locals, said the Police had ascertained the identification
of the seven killed in the encounter. "The deceased Maoists were
identified as Udka Lakhu, Sodhi Budhra, Podium Suresh, Muchaki
Jogi, Madvi Hidma, Vetti Joga and Sodhi Lakhe, all belonging to
PLGA squad of Maoists," the SP said. The Police had then also
claimed that top Maoist 'commander' Hidma had sustained bullet
injuries. On Sunday (July 2), the Bastar-based South Sub-Divisional
Bureau of CPI-Maoist 'secretary' Ganesh Uike issued a statement
claiming that their organisation had lost one cadre in an encounter
with forces and others that the Police claimed were just villagers.
Three cadres were arrested from Dantewada District.
Based on a specific tip-off, the ultras identified as Budhram
Mandavi (45), Hunga Atra (20) and Laxman Atra (26) were arrested
from Ghadi chowk area of Bacheli town in Dantewada when they arrived
there for procuring daily use material, Police said. Ration items,
including rice and oil, besides a cache of torches and batteries,
were recovered from their possession. They were allegedly involved
in the attack in Bacheli mining area of the NMDC in Dantewada
in February this year, wherein around 90 kg explosives, 1,550
meters wire, 149 detonators, two walkie-talkies were looted. The
trio had been acting as lower-rung cadres since the past five
years and tasked with supply of ration material, cutting roads
and damaging Government property.
Two Maoists - Somaru Gavde (35) and Sonaru Gavde
(26), were arrested from Bagjhar village under Benoor Police Station
limits of Narayanpur District. Somaru was active as head of Janatana
Sarkar squad of Maoist in Chhinari area, whereas Sonaru was
a CNM - a cultural outfit of Maoist, member. Based on the statement
of Sonaru, one .315 bore country-made revolver and its cartridges
were recovered near his house in Bagjhar. According to Police,
the duo was involved in various kinds of Naxal-related incidents
like damaging roads, firing on police camps, arson and similar
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian, identified
as Ghasiyaram Salaam (60), in Khadka village under Bhanupratppur
Police Station limits in Kanker District. Preliminary probe revealed
that before killing him, they accused him of being a 'police informer',
Maoists set ablaze at least 18 vehicles and machines
engaged in mining work in Kanker District. However, no one was
injured in the incident. A group of armed Maoists stormed into
the Barbaspur iron ore mining site under the limits of Korar Police
Station and after threatening the labourers, they set ablaze 18
vehicles and machines engaged in mining work. After setting the
vehicles on fire, the Maoists fled into the forest, Police said,
adding that the Maoists are reportedly opposing iron ore mining
in the area.
Assistant Constable Mankuram Kashyap was injured
in an IED blast triggered by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Kondagaon
District. The incident took place in Kilam-Kudur forest under
the Mardapal Police Station limits. A Police team which was out
on an anti-Naxal operation came under fire inside the core area
of the forest at Ranapal. After the exchange of fire between the
two sides stopped, the Naxals had triggered the IED blast near
Kudur as the SFs were leaving the area, in which Kashyap sustained
Three lower rung cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
arrested from Bijapur District. The cadres were arrested from
a forest near Potenar village when a team of local Police was
out on an area domination operation, Bijapur ASP, Mohit Garg said.
The arrested cadres were identified as Motilal Mandavi (25), Paklu
Beko (45) and Moti Beko (25). The three Maoists were allegedly
involved in setting ablaze a bus in 2015 near Bardela village
of Bijapur after asking its passengers to alight. They were also
allegedly involved in attacks on Police party and other Naxal
incidents, Garg said. Mandavi was a member of CNM, the cultural
outfit of the Maoists, he said. Paklu Beko was a member of the
Janatana Sarkar group of the Maoists, while Moti Beko was a militia
member, the ASP said.
SFs arrested two Maoists from Peddapally village
in Bijapur District. Security officials said arrested Naxals
are wanted for attacking Police forces and planting explosive
across the District and they belong to a local group affiliated
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said there has been
a considerable decline in Naxal activity in the State and believes
demonetisation has been a key factor for this. "The Naxals are
limited to a small area now. Demonetisation has broken the backbone
of the Maoists. We are also trying to control them further," Singh
said in an interview. Singh said the people of Bastar region want
peace and with integrated development, the area will soon become
peaceful. "Change has been witnessed in the situation of the region.
We have spent Rs 3,000 crore for the construction of roads which
will connect the outskirts to the city," he said.
The DIG of Police (Dantewada range) of Chhattisgarh,
Sundarraj P told reporters that IEDs planted randomly in forests
pose a big challenge in the counter-insurgency operations. According
to Police data, nearly 22 security personnel sustained injuries
in 31 IED blasts triggered by Naxals in the first six months
this year in Bastar range. SFs recovered at least 170 IEDs of
various natures (like pressure IEDs, pipe bombs) in the same period
from the region, which comprises seven Districts - Bastar, Kanker,
Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur.
The Chhattisgarh Government had announced a reward
of INR 500,000 on his head. Vital documents and Maoist literature
too were recovered from his possession, Police said. Maasa confessed
that he had joined Maoists in January 2016, and was presently
residing at Enkannagudem hamlet of Cherla Mandal in Bhadradri
Kothagudem District of Telangana. East Godavari SP, Vishal Gunni
said Maasa was trained in handling all sorts of weapons and was
a key figure in Maoist movement in Hiddumal Special Zone. He was
the 'battalion commander' of the Maoist Special Zone Committee,
SP, Gunni said.
A joint team of STF, CAF and District Force arrested
three cadres of the CPI-Maoist in two separate incidents from
Bijapur District. Acting on specific inputs, the joint team had
launched a search operation towards Tamodi and Madpal villages
under Mirtoor Police Station limits, Police said. In first incident,
when the patrolling team reached near Tamodi village, a few Maoists
triggered an IED blast and attempted to flee from the spot. Of
them, Pandru Kadti (36) and Somru Potam (20) were arrested after
a chase and wire and a battery (used in detonating explosives)
recovered from their possession. In the second incident, a lower
rung cadre Nuppo Budhra (40) was arrested by a joint team of CRPF,
CAF and District Force from jungles of Galgam village under Usoor
Police Station in the District. Budhra was allegedly involved
several Naxal incidents - murder, attempt to murder, etc.
- Police added.
A composite squad of DRG and STF recovered a
huge cache of explosives, including 13 grenade-headed arrows,
from a CPI-Maoist hideout in Sukma District. While cordoning off
the hill near Khunduspara, two muzzle loading guns, eight country-made
grenades, grenade-headed arrows, 1,200 detonators, four kilograms
of explosives, three bundle cordex wire, one bundle electric wire,
radio and camera flash were recovered from the hideout, ASP, Jitendra
Shukla said. Besides, Maoist uniform, literature, bags and other
materials were also seized, the ASP added.
CRPF personnel will be given AK series weapons
instead of indigenous INSAS to fight Naxals in the South
Bastar region. The CRPF DG, RR Bhatnagar told media, on the eve
of 78th Raising Day of the Central Armed Police Force, that more
than 2000 CRPF personnel trained in countering insurgency will
be deployed in the south Bastar region. He added that in last
year from July 20, 2016 to July 20, 2017, the force neutralized
51 CPI-Maoist cadres, apprehended 1,111, and facilitated 834 surrenders.
The force managed to recover 562 arms and 1180 IED.
Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a 'Section
Commander' carrying a reward of INR 300,000 on his head, surrendered
in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The surrendered CPI-Maoist
cadres cited disappointment with the "hollow" Maoist ideology.
The surrendered CPI-Maoist were identified as, 'Section Commander'
of Military Platoon No.13 of the CPI-Maoist, Hapka Payku (25),
Madvi Sonu (27), a LOS Member, had a reward of INR 100,000 on
his head, Kadti Bheema (25), a 'Jan militia Commander',
Vekko Aytu (27) head of the Janatana Sarkar group of CPI-Maoist
in Bhairamgarh area, Raju Ram Modiyam (22) and Podiyam Moti (27)
both CPI-Maoist cadres.
A Police Constable Laxmaih was injured when an
IED laid by the CPI-Maoist cadres exploded in Dantewada District.
A team of security personnel led by Dantewada SP, Kamlochan Kashyap
was patrolling in the area when the incident happened.
A joint team of ITBP, DRG and STF have arrested
three lower rung cadres of the CPI-Maoist during two separate
search operations in Narayanpur District. In first incident, SFs,
during a search operation, arrested CPI-Maoist cadres Sonu Netam
(40) and Shankar Hemla (20) and recovered a muzzle loading gun.
In the second incident, SFs arrested CPI-Maoist cadre Suresh Markam
(24) from Devgaon village in the Narayanpur District.
In a joint operation conducted by District Police
and Chhattisgarh Sashastra Dal (CSD) arrested four cadres of the
CPI-Maoist from Narayanpur District. The arrested cadres were
identified as Malu Netam (45), Baijuram Gawde (26), Ashiram Salam
(42) and Shivnath Yadav. Malu Netam carried a reward of INR 2,000
on his head.
Eleven cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered in
front of Sukma SP, Abhishek Meena in Sukma District. The cadres
include three women. They also surrendered two guns. Two of them
were identified as Kunjam Hadma and Madvi Hidma, were carrying
reward of INR 800,000. Similarly, Tati Sanki, a 'Deputy Commander'
rank cadre, was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on her head.
Two others -- Dirdo Deva, a member of Dornapal LOS, and Kadti
Hidme, chief of the KAMS, a front organisation of CPI-Maoist cadres
were carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on their heads.
A total 38 CRPF security personnel were martyred
in 15 incidents of attacks by cadres of the CPI-Maoist during
the past six months as on June, 30, 2017, says the Central Government.
During this period, incidents of attacks by cadres of CPI-Maoists
in other Naxal infested states are as follows- Andhra Pradesh
(1), Bihar (3), Jharkhand (4), Maharashtra (8) and Odisha (1).
A Police SI and a Constable were killed in an
encounter with CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest under Gatapar Police
limits in Rajnandgaon District. The skirmish took place when a
specialised unit of the District Force was out on an anti-Maoist
operation in the jungle near Bhave village under Gatapar Police
Station area, IGP (Durg Range), Dipanshu Kabra said. On finding
that security personnel were zeroing on them, the Maoists fled
into the core area of the forest, the IG said, adding, after being
informed about the incident, reinforcements were being rushed
to the spot. "Sub-Inspector of Police Yugal Kishore Verma and
Constable Krish Sahu were killed in the incident," Kabra said,
adding while Verma died on the spot, Sahu succumbed to injuries
while being evacuated from the forest.
ATS of Gujarat Police arrested Naxal 'ideologue',
Tusharkant Bhattacharya (62), co-accused of Tappalapur killing
with Kondapalli Seetharamaih and Mupalla Laxmana Rao aka Ganapathy
in 1976, on charges of sedition, waging war against the State
and others from Nagpur-bound Geetanjali Express at Durg Railway
Station of Chhattisgarh. Bhattacharya was returning from Kolkata
in West Bengal after meeting his sister when he was arrested.
Gujarat intelligence agency team picked up Bhattacharya from the
train at Durg in Chhattisgarh and brought him to Nagpur by road.
He was flown to Mumbai from city on way to Ahmedabad. He was wanted
in the case registered in 2010 at Kamrej Police Station in Surat,
Gujarat. Nagpur-based Bhattacharya, who was in Cherlapally jail
in Hyderabad between 2007 and 2013 after being arrested in Patna
in 2007, was booked in the present case along with Pitla Narayan
alias Arjun Madhu, his wife Rela Prashanthi alias Shweta,
Kobad Ghandy and Seema alias Manju Hirani and Anand Ambedkar.
In March 2012, Bhattacharya's elder brother Aseem was arrested
by Andhra Pradesh Police and Maharashtra ATS from Dombivli along
with three others CPI-Maoist cadres for Naxal activities.
The patrolling team of SFs cordoned off a forest
in the interiors of Gangaloor area near Modipara village in Bijapur
District and arrested four Maoist cadres. The arrested cadres
were identified as Manglu Hemla (35), Raju Tati (28), Ramu Hemla
(30) and Hemla Budhu (35), all lower rung cadres.
SFs arrested a local CPI-Maoist 'militia commander'
identified as Budhru Mandavi (23) from Kalmanar village in Narayanpur
District. SFs recovered a CPI-Maoist banner and two pamphlets
from his possession. All the arrested cadres were allegedly involved
in arranging meetings and food for the Maoists, gathering information
for them, damaging roads, spreading their propaganda and other
offences, Police said.
A total of 36 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and
651 arrested during the last four months (March 16 to July 15,
2017), in Chhattisgarh, informed the Central Government. Chhattisgarh
is among other Left Wing Extremism infested States where highest
38 CRPF troopers were killed in 15 incidents of Maoist attacks
during the past six months as on June, 30, 2017, the Central Government
added. During the period, incidents of Maoists attacks in other
insurgency infested States are as follows - Andhra Pradesh (1),
Bihar (3), Jharkhand (4), Maharashtra (8) and Odisha (1). Earlier,
the Union Cabinet had also approved raising of four 'India Reserve
Battalions' (IR Bns) for Chhattisgarh State to be deployed in
LWE pockets of the State. The Union Cabinet had announced to raise
a total of 17 India Reserve Battalions (IR Bns) for J&K and LWE
affected States, officials stated. It includes five IR Bns in
the State of J&K, three IR Bns in Jharkhand, three IR Bns in Odisha
and two IR Bns in Maharashtra including four for Chhattisgarh.
A joint squad of DRG and District Force arrested
five cadres of the CPI-Maoist from the forests of Tongpal Police
Station area in Sukma District. Those arrested were identified
as Dashru Dhruva (20), Gangaram Dhurva (32) and Hadma Madkami
(30), all hailing from Malkangiri District of Odisha, while two
others -- Madkami Somdu (32) and Vetti Sukda (35) belonged to
Bastar District. Dashru was active as 'Commander' of CNM - the
cultural wing of the CPI-Maoist cadres whereas remaining others
were members of DAKMS - a frontal organisation of CPI-Maoist.
All the arrestees were allegedly involved in the firing on a Police
party after triggering blast near Mundagadh village in Tongpal
area on August 7, SP, Abhishek Meena said.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed during
an exchange of fire between CPI-Maoist cadres and a joint team
of the DRG and the STF of the Chhattisgarh Police under Kistaram
Police Station in Sukma District. The killed CPI-Maoist cadres
were identified as Podiyam Sunna, 'Militia Platoon Deputy Commander',
and Vanjam Hunga, a member of the small action team of the CPI-Maoist'
Platoon Number 8 in Sukma District. SFs also recovered a muzzle
loading gun and a country-made pistol from the spot.
Three STF personnel were injured when cadres of
the CPI-Maoist triggered a pipe bomb blast the forests under Fulbagdi
Police Station limits in Sukma District. A constable identified
as Kattam Rama was seriously injured in the explosion. Separate
teams of SFs, comprising CRPF, STF, DRG and District Force, had
launched the operation since August 14 in the interior forests
of Sukma District.
CM, Raman Singh, said the battle against CPI-Maoist
cadres in the State has been yielding "comprehensive" results
with the guidance and cooperation from the Union Government of
India, in Raipur District. CM was addressing the Independence
Day function at the Police Parade ground in Raipur. Singh added
that the State Government has approved 1,175 new posts in Police
force after which the total sanctioned strength of the State forces
has reached to 75,000.Singh informed that, "In 2017, so far 599
CPI-Maoist cadres have been arrested and 299 surrendered."
Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist
in Narayanpur District. "A DRG party, headed by a SDPO, was sent
to Tumiradi village after receiving intelligence inputs about
the presence of some Maoists in the village. This police team
encircled the village and nabbed three Maoists," said Santosh
Singh, the SP of Narayanpur District. The arrested cadres of CPI-Maoist
were identified as Vijay Dhruva, Gore Hichami and Maniram Dhruva.
The Police also recovered a locally made firearm from Vijay Dhruva.
An encounter took place between SFs and the cadres
of the CPI-Maoist near Chotte Hirma-Gumodi Forest at Aranpur range
in Dantewada District. DIG, Dantewada range Sundarraj P, informed
that Police forces are safe and have recovered Naxal campaigning
materials from the site.
SFs recovered huge cache of explosives, from a
CPI-Maoist hideout at a forested hill in Moranga village under
Katekalyan Police Station in Dantewada District. The seized items
include 77 arrow bombs, 43 grenades, 73 detonators (53 of them
coupled with wire), cordex wire 4 bundles, a big drum packed with
explosive powder, one air gun and its pallets, 86 gelatin sticks,
10 Kilograms sulphur powder, 11 packets of explosives, three meter
fuse wire, one solar plate and three steel tiffin boxes. Dantewada
Range (DIG), Sundarraj P told that, "Prima facie, inputs revealed
that the cadres were allegedly planning a big strike on security
forces after Monsoon and had amassed these explosives for the
Seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before
senior Police and ITBP officials at District Headquarter in Narayanpur
District. The CPI-Maoist cadres cited disappointment with "hollow"
Maoist ideology and their "wrong" policies. The surrendered CPI-Maoist
cadres were identified as Manish Salaam (21), Mandar Korram (30),
Peelsai Korram (40), Roshan Padihar (41), Anulal Bhandari (37),
Sampat (27), and Chunni Lal Bhandari (38). Salam was an active
member of Maoists Dandakaranya instructor team and Antagarh LOS,
had been allegedly involved in the two attacks on Police party
this year (2017) in Narayanpur and the neighbouring Kanker District.
Salam was carrying INR 100,000 on his head.
Nine cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before
SP, Kamlochan Kashyap in Dantewada District. The CPI-Maoist cadres
cited disillusionment with the Maoist movement and constant discrimination
and exploitation by senior CPI-Maoist leaders. Among the surrendered
CPI-Maoist cadres, one Nanda aka Barse carried INR 500,000 on
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed, a civilian, indentified
as Sonu, in south Bastar near Kankerlanka in Dantewada District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres pulled Sonu out from a bus and fatally shot
him with an arrow. According to sources, Sonu had failed to return
INR 30,000 he had taken from a CPI-Maoist leader.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said that State Government
had vowed to free the State from the clutches of Naxals before
2022. CM Singh was addressing the 'Sankalp Se Siddhi' programme
held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) auditorium
in Raipur District.
An exchange of fire took place between SFs and
the cadres of the CPI-Maoist soon after the cadres triggered an
IED bomb in Bijapur District. SFs were patrolling the forest area
when the incident took place. SFs also recovered a pipe bomb from
the spot after the gun-battle. No casualties were reported on
either side during the encounter.
Two lower-rung cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested
from separate places in the Bastar division. While one Maoist,
identified as Mangtu Gavde (30), was arrested from an unspecified
area under Farasgaon Police Station in Narayanpur District, another
one, Rava Bheema (32), was arrested from the forest area under
Phulbagdi Police Station limits in Sukma District, Police said.
A carpenter, Pavan Dehari (28) was killed by the
cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Baghdongari village under Aundhi
Police Station in Rajnandgaon District. Dehari was killed in the
area where SFs had gunned down three cadres of CPI-Maoist two
months ago in an encounter. Police term killing as an 'act of
frustration' by Maoists.
The SFs managed to foil a Maoist ambush in Bijapur
District when they detected four IEDs on Bhopalpatnam-Madded road.
The IEDs were planted on the route of a ROP of the CRPF and the
Police. But SFs managed to detect and defuse the explosives near
In an encounter with CPI-Maoist cadres, Police
constable Budiya Karma was injured at Kandulnar forests in Bijapur
District. A joint team of the DRG and local Police was out on
the search operation in the Madded area of the District.
An active LOS member of the Maoists, identified
as Raju Mandavi (28), was arrested by a team of local Police from
Barsoor Police Station area in Dantewada District. Mandavi served
as the gunman of a senior Maoist 'commander', who was killed in
a Police encounter in May, and carried a reward of INR 100,000
on his head, Police said. Mandavi was allegedly involved in crimes
like Maoist attacks on Police parties and murder of local villagers.
A woman CPI-Maoist 'Commander' Shymala Sodhi
alias Pojje (27) surrendered before the SP in Dantewada
District. Sodhi was carrying a reward of INR 500,000 on her head.
She was involved in Tahakwada incident of Sukma District in which
16 Policemen were martyred.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
between joint team of the DRG, STF, and CoBRA's 204th battalion
and CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District. SFs recovered one AK-47
rifle, magazines and one wireless set, along with Maoist-related
material. The identity of the killed CPI-Maoist cadre is yet to
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian
in Rajnandgaon District. The deceased has been identified as Bajirao
Nareti. A Police officer from Rajnandgaon claimed that Nareti
was involved in supplying food grains to the Maoists.
A Police Constable, Panku Punam (35), was killed
by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist at a weekly market near Padeda
village in Bijapur District. A group of CPI-Maoist cadres, dressed
in civvies, attacked Punam with sharp-edged weapons leaving him
dead on the spot.
Kankar's DIG, Ratan Lal Dangi and SP, Santosh
Singh inaugurated the Aadka Police Station in Narayanpur District.
This is the 10th Police Station in the District, in which 14 villages
The Central Government reimbursed INR 100 Million
to Chhattisgarh Government towards raising two battalions of SIRB
during 2016-17. The UMHA has stated that Chhattisgarh Police forces
are well equipped and a Bastar package for Police was introduced
in end 2015. Previously, a Bastar Battalion has been sanctioned
recently with strength of around 750 to be recruited from the
local tribals. Similarly 10 SIRB and 56 IRB are being raised in
the LWE affected areas of the country.
The Maoists in Sukma District have released a
letter asking the villagers to boycott the meeting, which is to
be held between the Police community in the area and the villagers.
The meeting that is supposed to take place on September 14 in
Chintagufa comes as a result of the "mutual trust" between the
villagers and the Police community. The letter released by the
Maoists asked the villagers to boycott the meeting initiated by
the Police community, which was earlier supposed to take place
on September 7, as the collector scheduled to be at the meeting,
was on leave. The letter has also barred the villagers from visiting
the nearby market, threatening to kill them if they do so.
A special NIA court sentenced ten cadres of the
CPI-Maoist to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for supplying
material used for making guns and explosives to CPI-Maoist cadres
in Bastar District. The CPI-Maoist cadres were identified as Arun
Agrawal, Balram Naik, Deep Singh, Khudiram, Rajuram Bhaskar, Mohak
Garg, Tarik Umar alias Pappu Pathan, Ramesh Telam, Panchu
Bhaskar and Joga Telam. According to the Police, the accused were
involved in supplying detonators, explosives, gelatin sticks,
besides lathe and welding machines (used in making barrels of
guns) to Commander Sanjay alias Mohan Kadti, a prominent
CPI-Maoist leader of the WBDC in Dantewada District.
A group of 10-15 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set
ablaze a passenger bus at Todempara in Bijapur District. However,
no casualties were reported in the incident.
Maoists stopped a private bus belonging to Vishwanath
Travels on Bhopalpatnam (Bijapur)-Bareguda road (Adilabad District
in Telangana), asked passengers to disembark and set it on fire
in Bijapur District. However, no casualties were reported in the
One CRPF jawan was injured in an exchange
of fire with the Maoists in the forests under the Aranpur Police
Station limits in Dantewada District.
A DRG trooper sustained injuries in an IED bomb
blast, triggered by ultras, at an unspecified place in the interiors
of Aranpur under the same Police Station limits in Dantewada District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a construction
vehicle on the Bijapur-Geedam National Highway under Modakpal
Police Station limits in Bijapur District. The Maoists also left
some pamphlets on the spot accusing the Police of killing an innocent
man in a "fake encounter" on September 4.
Five Maoists were arrested following an encounter
between them and SFs at an unspecified place in Dantewada District.
After the firing stopped, five Maoists were rounded up from the
forests while they were trying to escape from the spot. Those
arrested were identified as Hemla Podia (40), Hidma Madvi (40),
Hemla Joga (45), Hemla Budhu (42) and Madvi Deva (36).
Three lower-rung cadres identified as Muchaki
Pandu (25), Podiam Hunga (26) and Podiam Gutta, were arrested
by a joint team of DRG and District Force from Chintagufa Police
Station area in Sukma District. The trio was allegedly involved
in the exchange of fire between Maoists and security personnel
in Tondamarka and Durma villages of Sukma on June 24, 2017 that
had resulted in the death of two DRG personnel and a Maoist, Police
One more Maoist cadre was arrested by the Police
in Narayanpur District. "The security forces surrounded Kachora
village in Narayanpur after a suspected activity of a person in
the village. After searching the village, Maoist leader Sukder
was found hiding inside a house and was arrested," Narayanpur
District Police said in a statement.
A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed a surrendered
cadre, identified as Karu Dugga, near his house at Barda village
under Pakhanjore Police Station limits in Kanker District. As
per the preliminary information, Dugga, who had surrendered last
year, was attacked with sharp-edged weapons by a group of five
Maoists who left him dead on the spot, Police said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres damaged an under-construction
building of a primary school and community health centre (CHC)
in Kohakameta village under Kurusnar Police Station area in Narayanpur
District. "The Maoists once again proved that they are opposed
to development … The building was being constructed painstakingly
by the authorities to provide relief to local villagers," said
Narayanpur SP, Santosh Singh. The Maoists damaged walls and plinths
of the two buildings, being built at a cost of INR 10 million,
the officer said.
Chhattisgarh CM, Raman Singh, said that the Government
is working to strengthen education in the backward and the Naxal-hit
areas of the State. Raman Singh told that they have introduced
the Porta cabin (prefabricated temporary structure) for schools
in the Naxal-affected areas, where the school building was destroyed
by the Naxals and will soon inspire them to join schools. "We
have introduced the Porta-Cabins in the Naxal-hit areas,
in place of the school that was destructed by them. We have increased
the count of schools. We have now reached the interior part of
the Naxal-hit area and will soon train them and will try to bring
to school," Raman Singh said. The CM further said that the Chhattisgarh
Government's aim is to improve the quality of the education provided
to the students and match up to the national literacy level.
A group of armed cadres of CPI-Maoist abducted
10 villagers including women Sarpanch, Podiyam Muye, and Deputy
Sarpanch of Chintagufa village in Sukma District. ASP,
Jitendra Shukla informed that woman Sarpanch's son Kosa,
brother-in-law Komal are also among the 10 abducted villagers.
Muye is the wife of Podiyam Pandu alias Panda (45), a Jan
militia 'deputy commander' of CPI-Maoist, who had surrendered
in May 2017. He added that, after his surrender, Panda had revealed
crucial details about Burkapal incident besides the "high profile"
urban network of Maoists. Preliminary investigation has revealed
that senior Maoist leaders, including Ramanna and Hidma, were
behind the incident.
Chhattisgarh Police would be using night vision
Monocular for tracking the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Naxal affected
areas of the State. The UHM has already heightened the use of
UAVs and CCTV surveillance in insurgency pockets of Chhattisgarh.
There is also enhanced co-ordination with the State Police and
undertaking intelligence based joint operations. It is important
to note that a total 259 battalions of CAPFs were deployed in
the Naxal affected region of the State. The deployment
in other States is as follows-Andhra Pradesh (16), Telangana (12),
Bihar (57), Jharkhand (144), Madhya Pradesh (8), Maharashtra (34),
Odisha (102), Uttar Pradesh (6), and West Bengal (53). Recently,
Union Cabinet approved of raising four IRBns for Chhattisgarh.
Police killed two CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter
in Sukma District. A team of the DRG was out on an anti-Maoist
operation and advancing through Rasantong area, when the Maoists
started firing on them leading to an encounter between the two
sides. After the exchange of fire stopped, bodies of two cadres
clad in 'uniform' were recovered from the spot. The identity of
the killed Maoists was yet to be established. However, preliminary
investigation suggested that they were members of the Golapalli
LOS of the Maoists, Police said. The Police recovered a 12 bore
gun, a muzzle loading gun, 13 detonators, a radio set, a wireless
set, codex wire, a couple of batteries, solar plates and some
Maoist-related material from the spot.
Two Maoists were arrested from Edka Police Station
limits in Narayanpur District. SP, Santosh Singh, said they had
warrants issued against them for murder of civilians, and damaging
BSNL towers and hostels. The identity of the Maoists was yet to
One Maoist cadre identified as Podium Mara was
arrested by SFs from Basaguda area in Bijapur District. It was
a joint operation of the Chhattisgarh Police and the CRPF's special
anti-Maoist unit CoBRA.
The 10 villagers, including women Sarpanch and
Deputy Sarpanch, who were allegedly abducted by the Maoists
on September 16, have been released in Sukma District. "All the
hostage villagers were released last night (September 20) and
they have reached to their village Chintagufa safely," Sukma SP,
Abhishek Meena said. The Maoists took them to Kasalpada and two
other villages where they held 'jan adalat' (People's court) and
warned them not to help the administration in carrying out development
activities in remote areas. Maoists have also threatened them
asking not to attend meetings held by the District administration
to address the grievances of villagers, the SP said.
One STF constable, Kailash Netam, and a tribal
woman, Muser Bai (35), were injured in an IED blast, triggered
by cadres of the CPI-Maoist, in Narayanpur District. The incident
took place when a joint team of SFs was carrying out patrolling
to ensure security to the weekly market in Orchha village, Narayanpur
SP, Santosh Singh said.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with SFs in Sukma District. The exchange of fire took place in
the forests between Pidmel and Palamdgu villages under Polampalli
Police Station limits, when a joint team of DRG and STF was out
on a counter-insurgency operation in the interiors of Polampalli,
Sukma SP, Abhishek Meena said. After the encounter, SFs recovered
the body of a Maoist along with three country-made firearms, explosives
and other Maoist-related materials from the spot, the SP said.
The slain Maoist was identified as Podiyam Bheema, an 'Area Militia
Commander' of the Maoists, who was handling operations of the
outfit in at least 10 villages of the region. Besides, several
cases related to Maoist incidents, including attacks on Police
party, were also registered against him, the SP added.
Ten cadres of the CPI-Maoist, who worked in the
Darbha Division of Bastar District, surrendered to the Police.
The Bastar Police said that the surrenders, in the presence of
Dantewada range DIG, P. Sudarraj, were a result of the community
policing campaign Amcho Bastar Amcho Police (Our Bastar, Our Police).
"They were also attracted by the surrender and rehabilitation
policy of the State Government. They were working for the CPI-Maoist
since 2014," the Bastar Police said in a statement. They included
seven Jan Militia members, two Janatana Sarkar members, and one
member of the CNM.
Police arrested a woman LOS cadre of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Santila Salaam (28), near Marda village under Koyalibeda
Police Station area in Kanker District. Salaam was involved in
the attack on a team of the BSF at Koyalibeda in June 2011, when
two of its personnel were killed, and also in the killing of a
villager in Jiramtarai in 2010.
A STF jawan, Antosh Markam, sustained injuries
during an encounter with cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Narayanpur
District. The encounter took place when a joint team of the STF
and the DRG, Chhattisgarh Police's special Anti-Maoist unit, attacked
a CPI-Maoist camp in Bhatbeda forest in Orchha area. Santosh Singh,
SP said, "There was an exchange of fire for over an hour after
which the Maoists fled from the spot. STF jawan Antosh Markam
sustained injuries during the encounter. He was immediately sent
to Raipur by a chopper for treatment." Police recovered Maoist
literature, water tanks, solar plates, Maoist uniforms, bullets
and IEDs from the encounter site.
A joint team of BSF and local Police arrested
a CPI-Maoist cadre, Gopi Gavde (42), from Koyalibeda Police Station
limits in Kanker District. SFs recovered one five Kilogram bomb
from Gavde. Gavde is a of Kasansur area in the neighbouring Gadchiroli
District of Maharashtra. He was involved in planting IEDs in Paralkot
village area in March this year to harm the SFs.
A team of security personnel detected an IED packed
in steel tiffin box between Gudabeda and Kagbaras villages in
A ward councillor identified as identified as
B Ashok Kumar, suffered critical injuries after a pressure bomb
planted by the CPI-Maoist exploded at Elarmadgu village under
Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District. The blast triggered
after Kumar inadvertently touched the IED hidden in bushes. Sukma
SP, Abhishek Meena, said, the incident occurred when he was heading
towards the anganwadi centre to pick his mother.
A CRPF constable of 195th battalion, identified
as Hemant Boro, was injured in an IED blast, triggered by of the
CPI-Maoist cadres near Chikpal village under Katekalyan Police
Station in Dantewada District. The incident took place when CRPF
and the DRG had launched the operation in the interiors of Katekalyan.
A joint team of CRPF's 85th battalion and District
Force while carrying out an area domination operation on Bijapur-Gangaloor
road spotted the connection of an IED weighing two kilograms near
a Government High School in Tondapara village in Bijapur District.
Later, the low intensity explosive, packed in a small steel container,
hidden beneath the earth on a dirt track was detected there and
A joint team of CRPF's 168th battalion and local
Police unearthed the five kilograms explosive from a dirt track
between Sarkeguda and New Tarrem in Bijapur District, where a
SFs camp is located. The explosives were defused by the bomb disposal
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed two civilians
in Aundhi area of Rajnandgaon District on the suspicion of being
'Police informers'. The victims identified as Chandan Kirsam (51)
and Vinod Salame (18) were beaten and strangulated to death by
Maoists late on Tuesday night, District SP, Prashant Agrawal said.
The Chhattisgarh Police arrested four CPI-Maoist
cadres, including a couple, in Kanker District. Acting on specific
inputs, a composite squad of personnel from the BSF and District
Force launched a search operation in the interiors of an area
under Koyalibeda Police Station limits, Kanker ASP, Jaiprakash
Badhai said. On spotting the patrolling team, the Maoists tried
to escape but were nabbed after a short chase in Panidobir village,
he said. Those arrested were identified as Ramnath Usendi (30),
Saman Singh Anchla (50), Bazaru Ram Anchla (20) and his wife Urmila
Anchla (20), the ASP said. Two muzzle loading guns, a detonator,
explosive powder, some splinters, electric wires, Maoist banners
and other items were recovered from their possession, he said.
The cadres would be interrogated to gather details about the functioning
of lower rung rebels in the region, ASP, Jaiprakash added.
One SF personnel snatched a firearm from a CPI-Maoist
cadre and fired at the Maoists, forcing them to retreat in Dantewada
District. A Police official said five Maoists masquerading as
villagers attacked Constable Bhimaram Kunjam at Hitwar village
in Maoist-hit Kuakonda. Undaunted, Kunjam snatched the pistol
and fired at them, forcing them to flee, the Police official said,
adding that the Constable had gone to the village for gathering
information. The official said the pistol belonged to sub-inspector
who was killed in a Maoist attack in Kuakonda on February 28,
SFs claim to have arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres,
including a woman during a joint search operation between Tindori
and Dhusawad under Bhairamgarh Police Station limits in Bijapur
District. A joint squad of District Force and 199th Battalion
of CRPF on October 7 engaged in search operation in Maoist-hit
areas falling under Bhairamgarh Police Station limits spotted
some suspicious persons while passing through a forest patch between
Tindori and Dhusawad, who were trying their escape sensing personnel's
presence. The personnel arrested them after a brief chase. The
arrestees were identified as Kumari Poyami, Jagra Benjami, Laxman
Benjam and Lakhma Podiyami. According to Police, these Maoists
were involved in various crimes including demolition of culvert,
which was got constructed by the District Administration in association
with the Police Department.
SFs arrested seven CPI-Maoist cadres along with
firearm and some explosives from the forest of Bechagaon village
under Narayanpur police station limits in the Narayanpur District.
The arrested were identified as Guddu Ram Hichami (28), Deuram
Hichami (25), Juru Mandavi (25), Guddu Ram Potai (21), Katia Ram
Nureti (25), Budhuram Mandavi (22) and Popendra Mandavi (24).
SFs also recovered three IEDs weighing 15 kilograms, six kilograms
and four kilograms each, one country-made gun and other arms and
ammunition from the possession of the arrested Maoists, who were
allegedly tasked with collecting ration for Maoists, arranging
meeting of villagers, spreading Maoist propaganda and planting
IEDs to harm SFs.
The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre carrying
a reward of INR 300,000 on his head in Bijapur District. Punem
Sona (30), who was active as 'Deputy Commander' of the LOS of
Maoists, was arrested from a forest near Futapalli village under
Usoor Police Station area, Police said. Acting on specific inputs
about the presence of Sona in Futapalli village, a team of local
Police had launched a search operation near the area. Sona was
wanted in four Maoist-related incidents, including attempt to
murder, arson and loot, a Police official informed.
The Police arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Nar Singh (25), Mani Ram Markam (22), Sunder Singh (30) and
Sukku Ram (35), during a search operation in Kanker District.
Three muzzle-loading guns, an IED weighing two kilograms, some
explosive powder, splinters, electric wires, Maoist pamphlets
and literature were recovered from their possession, Police said.
The cadres were arrested from Alparas village under Koyalibeda
Police Station limits, when a composite squad of personnel from
the BSF and District Force was out on a search operation, Kanker's
SP, K L Dhruv said.
At least four vehicles and a railway-track laying
machine were set ablaze allegedly by the CPI-Maoist cadres in
Dantewada District. The incident happened around 7:30 pm near
Kamaloor railway station, where track-laying work was underway
on the Kirandul-Visakhapatnam route, a Police official said. Around
two dozen armed Maoists reached the construction site and torched
the vehicles and the track-laying machine and fled after the incident.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal man, Made Babu Rao (45),
in Bijapur District. The Maoists allegedly abducted the tribal
man, suspecting him to be a 'police informer', on October 19 from
Kandulnar village, located around 450 kilometres from State capital
Raipur. Though no complaint was lodged about his abduction, the
matter came to light on October 22 when some villagers informed
the Police that Rao was allegedly murdered in the night of October
20 by the Maoists after they (Maoists) held a 'jan adalat' in
a forest near Kandulnar, Bijapur's ASP, Mohit Garg said. The Police
recovered the dead body from the forest in the evening of October
22, the ASP further said "As per preliminary reports, the Naxals
beat up Rao with sticks after tying his hands while branding him
as a police informer at the jan adalat."
Four Maoists were arrested near Badegudra village
under Kuakonda Police Station limits in Dantewada District. ASP,
Gorakhnath Baghel said the arrestees were identified as Baman
Mandavi (27), Sannu Kawasi (30), Joga Kartami (35) and Ayta Madvi
(30), all active as 'jan militia' members. They were allegedly
involved in setting ablaze vehicles engaged in bridge construction
works and transportation in the area in the past, the ASP further
SFs busted a Maoist ammunition dump located in
Ghodapath Hill under Gatapar Police Station limits in Rajnandgaon
District and recovered a cache of material used for manufacturing
and repairing firearms, the Police said on October 25, reports
New Indian Express. The seizure comprised a lathe cutting machine,
a drill machine, butts of SLR rifles, SLR trigger guards, a charger,
a vernier calliper, some iron-made weapons, Maoist literature
and camping materials. SFs reportedly have intensified their operations
since the last few months on inputs that Maoists have been trying
to expand their base in the tri-junction forests in Rajnandgaon
(Chhattisgarh), Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh, MP) and Gondia (Maharashtra).
On October 17, a base camp was set up in Malaida on Chhattisgarh-MP
border where a joint team of the ITBP, STF, Rajnandgaon Police
and the Hawk Force from Balaghat has been stationed, Rajnandgaon
SP Prashant Agrawal said. Besides carrying out extensive search
operations in the region, the SFs have also been holding meetings
with villagers on both sides of the border and asking them to
refrain from extending any kind of assistance to Maoists, he added.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, carrying cash
rewards, were killed in an encounter with the SFs in the forest
of Kopenkadka village under Khadgaon Police Station Limits in
Rajnandgaon District. The SFs had launched an anti-Maoist operation
in the interiors of Manpur, around 200 kilometres away from the
state capital, Raipur. When the patrol team was advancing through
the forests of Kopenkadka, it came under heavy fire that led to
a gunbattle between the two sides. However, the Maoists soon escaped
into the deep forest on finding security personnel zeroing on
them, said Rajnandgaon SP, Prashant Agrawal. During a search,
bodies of three Maoists along with three automatic weapons one
AK 47 rifle, one INSAS rifle and one SLR rifle were recovered
from the spot, he added. Those killed were identified as Mahesh,
an 'area committee member (ACM)', Rakesh, ACM and Pallemadi 'LOS
commander' and Ranjit, Pallemadi 'LOS deputy commander' said the
SP, adding that they were carrying rewards of INR 500,000, INR
500,000 and INR 300,000, respectively. They all hailed from Bastar
region of the state and more details are awaited, he added.
Maoists-triggered an IED blast near a weekly
market in Narayanpur District. A team of SFs was patrolling the
area to provide security at a weekly market at Manjhipara in Orchha
village when the IED went off a little distance ahead. Nobody
was injured. One of the three Maoists who fled into jungle after
detonating the IED was arrested later, Narayanpur SP Santosh Singh
said. His questioning led to recovery of another IED from the
spot, the officer said.
A DRG trooper was injured when an IED, planted
by CPI-Maoist cadres, went off in Dantewada District. The incident
took place in the forest near Telam-Tetam village under Katekalyan
Police Station limits when a joint team of state's DRG and local
Police was out on an anti-Maoist operation, a Police official
said. When the patrolling team was on a dirt track in the Letam
Tetam forest, around 400 kilometres away from State capital, Raipur,
the DRG jawan inadvertently stepped on the IED, leading to a blast.
The Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Kartam Hunga and Podiya Masa, are experts in bomb-making, within
Awapalli Police Station limits in Bijapur District. The Bijapur
Police, in a press statement, said, "The Additional Superintendent
of Police [Bijapur] Mohit Garg led a joint team of the DRG and
the CoBRA in an anti-Maoist operation in Hamrah, Murduda, Vayguda
and Chatalpalli areas of Bijapur. When the team was returning
through Chatalpalli forest road two youths were seen digging the
road." The members of the team found the behaviour of the youths
suspicious. When the SFs approached the youths, they ran away.
The team then cordoned off the area and arrested both of them.
The statement said, "One of them was carrying a tiffin bomb and
a long wire. A nylon rope, pressure mechanism and electric wire
were recovered from them along with batteries." The statement
added, "Both of them confessed that they were planting bombs to
target the police parties. They were produced before a court in
Bijapur on Thursday."
An alleged Maoist member was arrested by SFs
at Basaguda in Bijapur District. The Bijapur Police said, Midium
Kanna alias Fulla (36), was wanted in cases under the Arms Act.
He had warrants pending against him in Basaguda Police Station.
A DRG trooper, identified as Mohit Patel, was
killed in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest
of Binagunda village under Chhote Bethiya Police Station limits
in Kanker District. The incident took place when a joint team
of DRG and local Police was out on a search operation; it came
under heavy fire from a group of ultras leading to the gun-battle
between the two sides at Binagunda forest. However, Maoists soon
escaped from the spot on finding security personnel zeroing in
on them, a Police official said.
Four Maoists, including a woman, were arrested
following an encounter between SFs and Maoists in Bijapur District.
The cadres were arrested from Mirtoor Police Station area when
a joint team of SFs was out on a search operation, a local Police
official said. When the patrolling team reached between Madpal
and Tamodi it came under fire from a group of Maoists following
which the encounter broke out, and after the firing stopped, four
Maoists, including a woman, were arrested while they were trying
to flee from the spot, he said. Of them, the woman cadre was identified
as Lakkhe (26) who was active as a member of military platoon
no 13 under Bhairamgarh area committee of Maoists, the officer
said, adding, that a muzzle loading gun was also recovered from
her possession. The remaining cadres were identified as Moti Vetti
(26), a 'Jan Militia commander', Bijju Telam (19) and Gutta Madkam
(22), both Jan Militia members, he said.
The Union Government assured all assistance to
the Chhattisgarh Government to deal with Naxalism, which
continue to pose a threat to several States. UHM Rajnath Singh
gave the assurance to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh
at a meeting in New Delhi, which was attended by senior officers
of the Central and State Governments, a statement said. The two
leaders noted that the declining trend of left- wing extremism
continues across the country. Naxalism-related incidents
have dropped by 21 per cent as compared to the corresponding period
last year. Naxalites are under pressure with ever shrinking
influence, both in terms of geographical spread and public support,
they noted. Security and development-related measures required
to achieve the same were discussed, the statement said. Important
development schemes include the RRP Phase I under which Chhattisgarh
was sanctioned 1,988 kilometres of road out of which 1,351 kilometres
have been completed. Under the newly launched RRP-II, Chhattisgarh
has been sanctioned 891 kilometres of road. To improve mobile
connectivity, 519 mobile towers have been installed in Phase-I.
Another 1028 towers are being planned in Phase-II of the project.
In addition, 11 IRB and two Special IRBs have been sanctioned
to the State. The Central Government provides security-related
assistance to the State which includes provision for CAPF personnel,
helicopters, UAVs among others.
The Centre will provide INR 7 billion for the
development of CPI-Maoist-affected Districts. The funds will be
provided in the next three years under the SCA scheme. A meeting,
presided over by UHM Rajnath Singh, was held in New Delhi on November
3, to review development works and security operations in Maoist-affected
regions of the State. During the meeting, it was decided that
more emphasis should be given on finding effective ways to provide
maximum benefits of road and telephone connectivity and other
public welfare schemes to beneficiaries.
At least six cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including
a woman cadre, were killed by the SFs in two simultaneous encounters
that took place in the Abujhmadh area in Narayanpur District.
When the operations were undergoing near Dhurbeda in the morning,
the SFs came under heavy fire from a group of armed Maoists, leading
to strong retaliation by the SFs. After the encounter stopped,
the SFs recovered a body of a woman Maoist along with weapons.
Later in the afternoon, five Maoists were killed in another exchange
of fire between SFs and Maoists near Pinka village. Two .303 rifle,
five .315 bore rifles, one 12 bore gun and one pistol were recovered
by the SFs in the two encounters. ADGP, Anti-Naxal Operations,
Durgesh Madhav Awasthi said, five Maoists were gunned down during
an encounter at Pinka village, the woman Maoist was eliminated
also in another encounter at Dhurbeda forests, both under restive
Narayanpur District. Awasthi further informed the media persons
that the SFs recovered nine weapons, including two .303 rifles
and large number of Naxal materials and literatures during both
these operations. Both the operations were taken place in the
interiors of Abujhmadh area, considered Maoist hotbed, he added.
The identity of the killed Maoists were yet to be established
as the operation is sill still underway in the region and will
conclude by tomorrow, he said.
Two RPF jawans were attacked by a gang of suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres at the Bacheli Railway station in Bastar District.
According to reports, both the jawans were found with their throats
slit. While one jawan succumbed at the station, another was rushed
to a nearby hospital where his condition is said to be very critical.
Police said that they suspect the hand of Maoists behind this
A jawan of the STF was injured in an encounter
with the Maoists in Sukma District. The skirmish took place in
the morning in a forest in Regargatta village of Sukma when a
joint team of personnel from different SFs was out in an anti-Maoist
operation. The composite squad of STF, DRG and District Force
was passing through the forest in Regargatta, when the SFs came
under heavy fire from a group of Maoists, leading to an exchange
of fire between the two sides. The Maoists, however, soon escaped
into the dense forest and a constable of the STF sustained bullet
injury in the incident.
A huge cache of explosives, including detonators
and gelatin sticks, has been recovered from separate CPI-Maoist
hideouts in the forests in Sukma District, during Operation Prahaar-2.
The seizure included a tiffin bomb, 60 detonators, 50 gelatin
rods, one grenade headed arrow, 500 grams of explosive powder,
3 kg gun powder, a couple of batteries and switches, one bundle
cordex wire, splinters, three cameras flash, few live cartridges
of SLR and a 12 bore gun, besides Maoist material, medicines and
commodities of daily use. "Separate teams of security personnel
were engaged in gun battles with naxals at three places on November
7 during the operation. No harm was reported to forces in the
exchange-of-fire," DIG (Dantewada range), Sundarraj P said.
Three lower rung CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
during a joint search operation in Bijapur District. The cadres
- Uika Joga (24), Madkam Somdu (21) and Kujnam Bodda (40) - were
arrested from the forests of Bugdicheru village under Basaguda
Police Station limits, Bijapur ASP, Mohit Garg said. The three
cadres were allegedly involved in Naxal-related incidents
of attempt to murder, riots, the ASP said.
SFs arrested twelve CPI-Maoists cadres from different
districts of Bastar division in the past twenty-four hours. SFs
arrested eight Maoists in Kharagupa region from Sukma District.
SFs arrested three Maoists from the Bacheili area of Dantewada
District. Police arrested a Maoist in Bijapur District.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with the SFs in Bijapur District. Three weapons, including one
INSAS assault rifle, and IEDs were recovered from the encounter
site. The encounter took place near Mankeli village under the
Bijapur Police Station limits when a joint team of the STF and
the DRG was on an anti-Maoist operation, DIG, Dantewada range,
Sundarraj P said. After a brief exchange of fire, the Maoists
escaped into the core area of the forests. During a search operation
of the encounter site, bodies of three Maoists were recovered
and their identities are yet to be ascertained.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager, identified
as Ajit Poddar of Paralkot village, after branding him as a 'Police
informer' in the Paralkot village under Pakhanjore Tehsil
in Kanker District. At least 30 armed Maoists barged into the
victim's house late night and dragged him out of his home. Later
they took him to a village road bordering Malkangiri District
of Odisha and shot dead. Maoists also left a few posters on the
spot which read, Ajit had been cautioned against becoming police
informers on two occasions earlier-once on July 25 and then on
November 15-this year. As the deceased didn't pay heed to the
warning, he was eliminated.
Chhattisgarh Police said that two CPI-Maoist 'commanders'
were killed in an encounter with the Police in the jungles of
Kanhaiguda in Sukma District. The names of the slain Maoists are
yet to be ascertained, however, Police claimed that both the Maoists
carried a head money of INR 800,000 on them.
Ten Maoists were arrested from separate places
during search operations launched by SFs in the Bastar region.
Of them, nine were arrested from Sukma District and one from Kanker
District, a Police official from Bastar said. The Maoists arrested
in Sukma were facing criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder,
attack on Police teams and arson, in different Police Stations,
the official said. The Police seized a rifle from the 25-year-old
Maoist arrested in Kanker, they added.
Suspected Maoists put up banners and posters
in Bijapur District, threatening to kill State Forest Minister
Mahesh Gagda, local officials, and even journalists who report
"incorrectly on encounters". In a poster seemingly signed by Madvi
Hidma, South Bastar Zonal Committee 'secretary', the Maoists threatened
the Minister, as well as the patwari and tehsildar of Usur
block, accusing them of "anti-people" activities. The posters
were found at the tehsildar's office in Usur. The poster
also says that journalists who misrepresent encounters on television
or in newspapers will be killed, like Sai Reddy. Bijapur-based
journalist Sai Reddy was killed in Basaguda village in Bijapur
District on December 6, 2013. D M Awasthi, DG, Anti Naxal Operations,
said, "This is the first time in recent times that they have issued
a written threat like this… a case will be registered and the
matter investigated. Journalists report from these difficult areas
with great bravery."
A CRPF trooper was killed in an IED blast triggered
by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Sukma District. Head Constable K Venkanna
sustained splinter injuries after a joint patrol of the CRPF and
State Police were out for an operation in the Chintagufa area
of the District. The incident happened early morning around 5.30
am when the IED blast took place in which the trooper sustained
injuries and later succumbed to his injuries.
The final list of tribals selected from Sukma
District for the newly raised Bastar Battalion raised by the CRPF
for counter-insurgency operations had been released, an official
statement issued in March this year had informed. It may be recalled
that the recruitment process for all Districts of insurgency infested
Bastar region had been held earlier. The newly being raised 'Bastar
Battalion' by CRPF will have one-third women representation, officials
informed. The Bastar Battalion of CRPF is being raised by recruiting
744 ST youths from four insurgency infested Districts of Bastar
in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed. The Districts
from where the tribal youths are being recruited for the new Battalion
are -Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Sukma.
Source:Compiled from news reports and