Maharashtra Timeline 2017
The 'deputy commander' of Kasansur
Dalam Jyoti Gawade was killed by Gadchiroli District Police's
C-60 Commandos at Boteyjhari and Badhgaon forest in Gadchiroli
District. Jyoti is alleged to have led the arson attack at Surjagarh
on December 23, 2016. 76 trucks, 3 JCBs and 1 motorcycle were
burnt by the Naxals. Shivaji Bodkhe, IG of State ANO, said
that Jyoti was trying to break through the Police cordon when
she received bullet injuries in retaliatory fire. "Police have
also seized Jyoti's .303 rifles," he added. On January 4, the
Police had cornered Naxals at Nihalkai forest near Gyarapati
from where two .12 bore rifles were seized. After intensifying
the search operations, the Police spotted Jyoti's Dalam
following which a battled ensued. Jyoti alias Sagobai Narsingh,
was earlier 'commander' of Surjagarh LGS which was later amalgamated
with Kasansur Dalam.
A surrendered Naxalite
was allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Dhanora Tehsil of
Gadchiroli District. The victim Sukhram Lalchu Wadde (35) was
a member of Naxal militia, who had surrendered before the Police
in July 2016, a senior Police official said. The Naxals attacked
Sukhram at Kehakavi village and murdered him using an axe, he
said. "The CPI-Maoist cadres were angry as Sukhram had turned
himself in before the police," the official added. Further the
officials said last week (December 29, 2016) three villagers were
killed allegedly by Naxalites in Aheri and Korchi tehsils
in Gadchiroli on the suspicion of they being 'informers'. The
victims were identified as Laccha Bande Madavi (36) resident of
Rumalkasa, Patali Doge Atram (36), resident of Gurja, and Talwarsha
Kunjram, resident of Korchi.
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.
Two civilians, Ramesh Atala (27) and Manohar Atala
(55) were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District.
The Gadchiroli Police statement said that the Maoists shot the
victims claiming they were 'Police informers'. It added that the
victims were farmers and provided food to Maoists and travelled
with them to nearby villages. The Police claimed that CPI-Maoist
fear their influence is reducing in the District as developmental
work by the administration has earned the confidence of tribals.
A section of the Police has claimed that the latest killing was
carried out by Chatgaon LOS which is headed by 'commander' Yogesh.
The State Home Department of Maharashtra Government
has allotted two helicopters to the Naxal affected District
administration of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The election
in Gadchiroli is scheduled from February 16 and February 21. The
elections will be conducted in two phases. The aim to allot helicopters
is to ensure that the Gram Panchayat and Zilla
Parishad elections are conducted smoothly and the election staff,
Police officials and electoral machinery is transported to the
Naxal affected poll bound city safely.
Irpa Usendi, cousin of South Gadchiroli's Perimili
LGS 'commander' Sainath, was arrested in Gadchiroli District.
He was finally made co-accused in the December 2016 Surjagarh
arson case earlier this week by Etapalli Police after his involvement
behind the incident in which the Naxalites had set ablaze around
80 vehicles at mining project site came to fore. Intriguingly,
cops had intercepted new currency notes worth INR 400,000 from
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a timber depot at
a forest and blocked a road in Gadchiroli District. They (Maoists)
blocked the Sironcha-Alapalli road by placing some tree trunks,
thus disrupting the vehicular movement.
Delhi University Professor, G N Saibaba and four
others were sentenced to undergo life imprisonment by Gadchiroli
Sessions Court, for their links with CPI-Maoist cadres. The wheelchair-bound
English teacher of Ram Lal Anand College in New Delhi, Saibaba
(47), with 90 per cent disability, was arrested in May 2014 from
his home in Delhi by Maharashtra Police's ANO unit. The court
also sentenced to life JNU student Hem Mishra, former journalist
Prashant Rahi, Mahesh Tirki, Pandu Narote.
As many as 474 civilians have been killed in Naxal
violence in Gadchiroli District since 1982, Maharashtra Police
issued a statement giving the statistics. According to the statement,
the total number of civilian deaths in Naxal violence till now
stood at 474. Also, 312 citizens were injured. As many as 191
Policemen were martyred in line of duty and 511 injured in the
Naxal-affected District. Similarly, Government property worth
INR 107,030,299 was destroyed, while loss of private assets stood
at INR 185,007,016.
A tribal, Lalsu Kundi Atram, was killed by a group
of CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District. The CPI-Maoist cadres
alleged him to be a 'Police informer'. He was abducted from his
Bejur village under the Bhamragad Division. According to Police
statistics, Atram is the fifth civilian victim of Maoist violence
in 2017. The tally for 2016 was 19.
Gadchiroli District will become the first Naxal
affected tribal District to have CCTVs in around 25 villages for
surveillance on Naxalites. These cameras would make the
images of the remote places - from Kamlapur in Aheri taluka to
Hedri in Etapalli taluka - available at the local Police Station
as well as District Police control room at Gadchiroli, more than
100 kms away. In the first phase, the more sensitive south Gadchiroli
is being covered, with distant villages like Challewada, Kodselgudam,
Tarigudam and a few more already connected.
The Gadchiroli Police and Chhattisgarh Police
in a joint operation arrested three women cadres of the CPI-Maoist
near Sandra village in Gadchiroli District. They have been identified
as Maini alias Jimo unga Lati (32), Sarita alias Mule Katta
Madkam (23) and Pakli alias Kari Budhu Gade (28).
A Police operation was stopped abruptly to save
the life of a seven-year-old boy, whose father is 'deputy commander'
of Tippagarh Dalam of the CPI-Maoist, in north Gadchiroli District.
The SFs, led by SDPO, Dhanora Division, Ajit Tike, ensured that
the boy, who suffers from sickle cell, was shifted from the remote
Markegaon village near Chhattisgarh border to Gadchiroli District.
A SF Personnel was killed and 19 jawans of Gadchiroli
District Police and the 37 battalion of CRPF sustained injuries
in two separate incidents under Bhamragarh Taluka in Gadchiroli
District. In first incident, two jawans of Gadchiroli Police were
injured and one CRPF constable was killed during an exchange of
fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in the Koparshi-Pulnar jungle near
Koti in Bhamragarh. Later, one of them succumbed to injuries.
A MPV of the C-60 Commandos came under a landmine
attack by CPI-Maoist cadres near Kier village injuring at least
nine SF personnel. According to Police, the Area Rakshak Dal and
Gram Rakshak Dal of the CPI-Maoist triggered the blast by completing
the circuit of explosives planted earlier.
The C-60 squad of the Gadchiroli Police arrested
three Tendu leaves contractors (leaves which are used in making
beedis) with INR 17.6 million when they (contractors) were on
their way to hand over cash to the CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli
District. The contractors were identified as Pahadia Tulsiram
Tampla (35), Ravi Malya Tankam (45) and Nagraj Samya Putta (37).
Surrendered cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Podiam Panda,
in Gadchiroli District revealed that CPI-Maoist cadres celebrated
the killing of CRPF jawans with drums and Nagadas. He also told
that the preparation was on for a month.
A joint operation force had cornered Maoists in
the forest near Darbha village, which is also located in Bhairamgarh
tehsil in Gadchiroli District. Dhondraj Police party and
CRPF were engaged in the encounter with Maoists who had come to
Darbha village for holding a meeting. The exchange of fire took
place as the Maoists were busy addressing the villagers. The Maoists
however managed to sneak out of the place.
SOS of Gadchiroli Police raided a camp of the
CPI-Maoist in the forest of Karkewada on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh
border in Bhairamgarh tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The
Police recovered substantial literature, medical kits, materials
of daily use and such other things belonging to the Maoists. An
encounter had ensued in Karkewada where around 25 Maoists were
camping. Though there was no casualty reported from either side,
Police claimed that they found blood stains on the ground where
the Maoists had taken position. This suggested injuries to the
Maharashtra Police claimed to have recovered a
weapon and some CPI-Maoist material after an encounter with the
Maoists in Gadchiroli District. The encounter had taken place
in Karwafa forest of Jarawandi area of Gadchiroli.
Gadchiroli Police seized a cache of bomb detonators
and other items, a hidden by the cadres of CPI-Maoist, at Kurkheda,
Nadikal forests in Gadchiroli District. The explosives and other
items were kept in a plastic water tank buried in the ground.
A CPI-Maoist cadre with a reward of INR 1.6 million
on his head was arrested by Police in Gadchiroli District. Pawan
alias Soma Phoda Weladi (35), resident of Parsengdi, Chhattisgarh,
was arrested on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. A press release
by the SP, Gadchiroli, said Pawan was a member of Gariabandh divisional
committee of Maoists, and was involved in several acts of violence
in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in the last 20 years.
He had also worked as a bodyguard for senior Naxal leaders,
the release said.
Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered to the
police in Gadchiroli District. The surrendered cadres are CPI-Maoist
platoon number 14 members identified as Jairam Gawade and Deve
Pungati, 'mass team' members Sushila Pungati and Anil Gawade,
and Bhamaragad Dalam member Kamlesh Telami. The Maoists
included two married couples. "Sushila Pungati is married to Anil
Gawade and Deve Pungati is married to Jairam Gawade.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with the Police near Ranwahi village in Dhanora tehsil
of Gadchiroli District. The encounter happened when the Police
had descended on the Ranwahi forest following an intelligence
input. "During the search operation, Maoists suddenly opened fire
on the police. The police retaliated. After a while the Maoists,
feeling the pressure, decamped. A woman Naxalite was found dead
on the spot from where the police have also recovered a rifle
and a lot of other material," a press note issued by Gadchiroli
Police said. The identity of the Naxalite is yet to be established.
Two women CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during
an anti-Naxal operation in Yengao forest area in Gadchiroli District.
A Police team conducting an anti-Naxal operation in Yengao forest
came under attack from the Maoists and in the subsequent exchange
of fire that followed, two women Maoists were killed. Identity
of the slain cadres was yet to be established, Police said. Ration
items, including rice and oil, besides a cache of torches and
batteries and large amount of weapons were recovered from the
site, Police added.
Mangru Portet (48), an 'area committee member'
of Aheri Dalam of the CPI-Maoist, was killed during an
encounter with C-60 commandos in the forest of Kopewancha near
Rajaram Khanla village under Aheri taluka in Gadchiroli District.
A press release issued by the Gadchiroli Police stated, during
a heavy exchange of fire, the Police team gunned down one Naxalite,
identified as Mangru alias Ram Chinna Portet, while others
managed to flee the spot. A 12 bore gun and some Naxal
literature were also recovered from the spot, said the release.
Portet, engaged in the movement for more than two decades, having
more than 40 offences against him, had a reward of INR 600,000
on his head. Portet was shifted to Aheri a couple of years ago
by the senior brass of rebels so that he can strengthen the base
of the party in his home taluka. Gadchiroli DIG, Ankush Shinde
said the Naxalites had gathered at the forest between Rajaram
Khanla and Damrancha to hold a meeting. "It was their temporary
camping site which was raided by the C-60 commandos following
concrete information. We feel that more Naxalites could
be injured during the exchange of fire," DIG Shinde added.
The villagers of Markegaon village on Gyrapatti-Sawargaon
road in Gadchiroli District protested and even burnt the pamphlets
and banners of the CPI-Maoist. The official also said that for
the last eight years, peoples' approach towards Maoists has changed.
The Maharashtra Police busted a CPI-Maoist camp
in Gadchiroli District and recovered weapons and horses. "A special
team headed by ASP (operations), Maheshwar Reddy launched an anti-Maoist
operation in Abujhmad on the border of Gadchiroli district of
Maharashtra and Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. The encounter
near Tundewra and Kupnar village forced the Maoists to flee leaving
behind weapons and six horses. Six weapons and other material
of daily use were also recovered at the camp site," said the Gadchiroli
SP, in a release. This was the first time when horses were found
in a Maoist camp. "Senior Maoist leaders like Bhupathi operate
in Abujhmad and the horses may have been used for senior leaders,"
the release added. Senior central committee leader Sonu Bhupati
is chief of Dandakaranya range falling in areas of Chhattisgarh,
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Police also seized
three Bharmar (Muzzle loading) guns, items of daily use, and some
Naxal literature from the spot.
The interstate crime conference, discontinued
towards the end of last decade, is set to resume as Nagpur Police
are taking initiative to organize a mega one-day brainstorming
sessions on crime, terrorism and Naxalism. The meeting
is schedule to happen on August 28. Officers of the ranks of SP
and above from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, especially
Vidarbha, are expected to attend the conference.
A CPI-Maoist leader with a reward of INR 250,000
on his head surrendered before the Police in Gadchiroli District.
Gomaji aka Arsu Chaitu Jetti, surrendered before the SP,
Maharashtra Police came up with an intense counter-propaganda
campaign, in which the 'Police informers' will be rewarded from
INR 200,000 to INR 10 million for those giving credible information
leading to arrest or encounter of the CPI-Maoist leaders. Maharashtra
Police have published advertisements in newspapers to announce
the reward scheme. As per the scheme, person(s) giving credible
information leading to arrest or encounter of Ganapathy, General
Secretary of CPI-Maoist or the Supreme Commander of the Maoists
in India, will get a hefty reward of INR 10 million.
Maharashtra Government has decided to buy a new
helicopter for anti-Naxal operations. The new chopper will be
used for anti-Naxal campaign in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur
Districts and also as an air ambulance, told an official from
the Chief Minister's Office. At present, the Government has been
spending about INR 200 million annually to hire helicopters for
Naxal affected areas of Vidarbha.
One Policeman was seriously injured in a CPI-Maoist
attack in Korchi division in Gadchiroli District. The Maoists
opened fire at Police Constables Manit Harami and Ashish Madavi
who were in plain clothes and were travelling to Korchi from Kotgul
village on a motorcycle. Madavi was injured in the firing by the
The Police killed a woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist,
during an encounter in Gadchiroli District. A team of District
Police was attacked by the Maoists near Bhendikanhar forest in
Pendhari sub-division of Gadchiroli who had taken a position in
the forest and opened indiscriminate firing on the Police team.
In the ensuing encounter one woman Maoist was killed and rest
of the Maoists fled from the spot taking advantage of thick forest.
After the encounter, the Police team recovered the body of the
woman Maoist along with a weapon, ammunition and Maoist literature
from the spot. The woman cadre is yet to be identified.
Hem Mishra, who was convicted by the Gadchiroli
District court in March 2017, for his links with cadres of the
CPI-Maoist, has been shifted from Nashik jail to Kolhapur jail
due to security concerns. The move follows intelligence inputs
from the State (Maharashtra) ATS about increased `Maoist movement'
The Mumbai Police is believed to have identified
a Naxal link to a well-entrenched marijuana trafficking
operation. Officers in the Mumbai Police claimed that they have
identified a Naxal "levy manager" who uses the proceeds
from the sale of marijuana to fund Naxal activities in
Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The manager, identified as Narayan Sahu,
is still at large, but the ANC arrested his compatriots -- Indrapradhan
Laddukishor, Prashant Jena, Kalia Prakash and Narayan Dhanurjay
- from Kalyan on September 23 and seized 28 Kilogram of marijuana
in their possession. The Police said that Sahu, along with Indrapradhan,
was in charge of collection of funds, mostly from cities such
as Mumbai. He directed the movement of marijuana from the Naxal-controlled
Districts of Malkangiri, Ganjam and Gajapati, in southern Odisha,
into Mumbai. Indrapradhan, in turn, arranged for the necessary
"human resource requirements" at the delivery end. "Both Indrapradhan
and Sahu ensured the supply chain links remained intact until
the consignments reached designated targets," said a police officer.
Police officials are working out leads to establish if Sahu is
related to an active Naxal who is part of the "unofficial
administration" responsible for collection and levying of "taxes"
on the AOB. According to the Police, Naxals "supervise
the cultivation" of marijuana on the AOB.
The ninth Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Lecture to
mark 50 years of the 'Naxalbari uprising' was conducted at the
Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh in Mumbai. The public lecture series
is conducted every year in honour of Anuradha Ghandy, who died
of cerebral malaria in 2008 while working with tribal women in
Jharkhand, also one of the founders of the CPI-ML. The event features
various speakers - often intellectuals and activists from the
Left - to speak on socially relevant issues. This year, to mark
the half-centenary of the revolutionary Naxalite movement, the
lecture was attended by revolutionary poet and writer Vara Vara
Rao from Andhra Pradesh and Left-Wing leader Tilak Dasgupta from
West Bengal. "Nowhere else in the world will you find a continued
class struggle that has lasted so many years," Vara Vara Rao said,
speaking at the memorial lecture, while, writer Tilak Dasgupta
described the 50-year-old Naxal movement as one that is about
the revolutionary seizure of power by the people, and a movement
that has brought peasants, workers, Dalits and Adivasis to the
forefront of the political arena, as independent actors.
Terming it a successful weapon against the Naxalites,
the Maharashtra Government extended its policy facilitating surrender
by the Naxalites for two years. The State Home Department
recently approved extension of the 'Aatmasamarpan' (surrender)
scheme for Naxalites till August 28, 2019. Satish Mathur,
the State DGP, had submitted a proposal to this effect in June.
Following Mathur's proposal, the Home Department recently issued
a Government Resolution (GR) extending the scheme. The GR noted
that the policy has proved to be a successful weapon against Naxalites
in the Gadchiroli and Gondia Districts of the State. The Naxal
surrender scheme was introduced in 2005 with the aim of rehabilitating
and absorbing the ultras in the mainstream of society. The scheme
was re-launched with some changes in April 2013. Since then the
scheme has been very effective in curbing the influence of Naxals,
the official said.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter
with the Gadchiroli Police in Bhamragadh tehsil in the
Gadchiroli District on October 2, according to a press release
issued by the Police. "An encounter ensued between the police
and the Naxals in the forest near Kothi village in Bhamragadh
tehsil close to the border of Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh
on October 2 between 4.30 and 5,00 pm. The Naxalites fled after
the police built intense pressure through retaliatory firing.
A search of the spot after the incident revealed the body of a
Naxalite, whose identity is yet to be established," the press
note said. It also added, "The search also revealed one SLR gun,
one air gun, a mobile phone, blasting material and Naxal literature."
Source:Compiled from news reports and