Bihar Timeline 2017
Members of NOJ, left a note threatening
to kill Pipra (Supaul District), MLA, Shyam Babu Prasad Yadav
if he did not quit the BJP by February. NOJ is a splinter group
of the CPI-Maoist. The group has sought an extortion of INR 500,000
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.
The Police arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist
along with arms and ammunition during a raid at Karmpur Bhataulia
village under Paroo Police Station in Muzaffarpur District. The
Police have also seized two country made pistols, six detonators,
four cartridges of .315 bore, 17 cartridges of 7.62 bore, hand-written
six leaflets meant to threaten people to realise levy and two
motorcycles. The arrestees were identified as Dashrath Ram, Santosh
Sahni, Baidyanath Paswan, Mukesh Paswan, Rajesh Paswan and Sanjay
A CPI-Maoist cadre demanded an extortion of INR
1 million from BDO, Satish Kumar, of Jhajha in Jamui District.
The sender in the letter identified himself as Umesh Yadav, and
claimed himself a native of Jhajha Police Station area. BDO lodged
an FIR at Jhajha Police Station.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has commuted
death sentences of four cadres of the MCC, now known as the CPI-Maoist,
to life imprisonment setting aside a recommendation from the UHM.
The Four men identified as Krishna Mochi, Nanhe Lal Mochi, Bir
Kuer Paswan and Dharmendra Singh were convicted of killing 34
upper-caste Bhumihars in Bihar 25 years ago.
A Patna Police team stumbled upon a diary in Beur
Central Jail in Patna District, which has names of people who
paid levy to jailed CPI-Maoist leader Ajay Kandu. Kandu, the alleged
mastermind behind the November 2005 Jehanabad jail break, is in
the Beur jail that was raided by a Police team headed by Patna
SSP, Manu Maharaj. Acting on a tip-off, the SSP with a SDPO and
officials from the District administration reached the jail around
2.50am and conducted the raid. The Police also seized six mobile
phones, four chargers, a few packets of marijuana, four knives,
packets of khaini and earphones during the search.
The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre and his
associate while receiving "levy" of INR 10,000 from a private
company staff near Indrapuri Barrage in Rohtas District. SDPO,
Mohammad Anwar Javed Ansari said that the two arrested had been
identified as Arun Kumar alias Birbal and Dhiraj Kumar.
Arun Kumar is an accused in a murder case in Aurangabad District
Sanjay Pandey, a 'munshi' with Raj Kumar Constructions,
was beheaded for not paying extortion money to the Naxals in Jamui
District. Jamui Police claimed to have recovered the CPI-Maoist
literature from the scene of the crime. One such leaflet said
those executing Government plans with the help of Police, and
without obtaining CPI-Maoist permission, would meet similar fate.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the camp office
of Ramie Construction Company and set ablaze a mixer machine and
a roller near Barachatti town in Gaya. Locals said the Maoists
had earlier demanded 'levy' from Ramie Construction Company, engaged
in various road construction projects near Barachatti.
Police arrested Vinod Marandi, Chief of the RCC,
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Gaya District. Police also
recovered 7 Kilogram of Ganja. The arrested Maoist was
involved in a parcel bomb explosion in which a close aide of Tekari,
MLA Abhay Kushwaha was killed at Kujapi village in 2015.
The Police destroyed five illegal mini-gun factories
in Rishikund jungle in Munger District. Police also seized four
automatic pistols and equipment used for manufacturing illegal
guns. According to Police illegal mini-gun factories was being
operated under CPI-Maoist cadres protection. Police arrested a
person called Shrimant Kumar who was in constant touch with Maoists.
Five of his associates managed to escape from the spot during
The 'zonal commander' Anil Kushwaha aka Sandesh
and cadres of the TSPC set ablaze a JCB machine and two tractors
in Kaimur District. Maoists attack on a makeshift forest department
camp housing construction equipment has led to cessation of work
on a 55 kilometres stretch of the all weather Adhaura-Akbarpur
Road spread over Rohtas and Kaimur districts of western Bihar.
Forest officials fear for their lives after the TSPC 'zonal commander'
threatened Forester Manoj Kumar of dire consequences if they dared
to resume the work on the project. TSPC is a splinter group of
CPI-Maoist cadres killed Sunil Yadav, husband
of a deputy mukhiya, at Champapur village in Lakhisarai District.
Mantu Khaira, 'zonal-commander' of CPI-Maoist,
was killed in an anti-Maoist operation, led by SP, Rajeev Ranjan,
in Dahibara forests under Anandpur in Banka. The SFs, comprising
personnel from the STF of Bihar Police and Sashastra Seema Bal
SSB, recovered two SLRs, an AK-47 rifle and some grenades at the
encounter site. No SFs were injured during the encounter.
The TPC 'zonal commander' Anil Kushwaha alias
Rakesh Mishra and 10 cadres killed Jitendra Kharwar (18) over
delay in serving them food in Rohtas District. TPC is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
A self-proclaimed CPI-Maoist leader Vijay Kharbar
was arrested from Adhaura in Kaimur District. SP, Harpreet Kaur
said a rifle and 47 live cartridges were seized from his possession.
Kharbar was wanted by Kaimur and Rohtas Police for his involvement
in Naxal related incidents.
The CPI-Maoist cadres demanded INR 800,000 'levy',
from Nutan Construction Company in East Champaran District. Nutan
Construction Company employee Sonu Singh registered an FIR at
Pakridayal Police Station in the District, saying some motorcycle-borne
persons had visited the site of the construction firm and threatened
to blow up its equipment if INR 850,000 was not paid as 'levy'
to the CPI-Maoist. "One of them identified himself as CPI-Maoist
'area commander' Mithu Ram", Sonu said. Nutan Construction Company
is engaged in construction of approach road to a bridge on Patahi-Shikargunj
road in the District.
A man identified as Kaushal Paswan (30) was shot
dead by CPI-Maoist cadres near Mahuraushan village in Gaya District.
Paswan was a member of an anti-Maoist outfit - Bhakt Sangharsh
Samiti - formed last year by some Dalits as a vigilante group
against Maoists after they had killed some members of Bhuian and
Paswan communities during Assembly polls in 2015.
Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, wanted
in about a dozen cases in Rohtas District. Police also recovered
two country-made rifles, detonators and live cartridges from their
A CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested in a joint operation
of Bihar Police, SSB and CRPF, from Manikkhtan village of Jamui
District. The Police recovered heavy arms and ammunition including
1 AK-56 rifle, 5 AK-56 magazines, 108 rounds of AK ammunition,
1 pistol, 2 grenades and three detonators.
CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested from Lausinha village
in Gaya District. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of CRPF's
CoBRA unit arrested the Maoist in connection with setting on fire
an under-construction railway station at Kharaundh in Nawada District
in October 2016.
The hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre arrested from Jamui
District, with an AK-56 assault rifle and hand grenades, was identified
as Shyam Marandi alias Manoj Da alias Umesh Marandi.
Jamui SP, Jayant Kant, said Marandi was arrested from his hideout
on the Jamui-Banka border where the rebels had assembled to carry
out a major operation, during a raid jointly conducted by the
Jamui Police, STF, SSB and CRPF. According to Jamui SP, Kant,
106 live cartridges, three country-made pistols, three detonators
and two hand grenades were also recovered from Manoj's hideout.
CRPF sources said Umesh hailed from Kuchugaon in Kokrajhar District
of Assam. Fluent in English, Hindi, Assamese, Santhali and Bengali,
he frequently changed his name as he operated in Bihar, Jharkhand
and Assam. "It's a major achievement... Manoj was involved in
several criminal cases in the district and adjoining areas," the
SP said, adding he was being interrogated.
CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Ram Pati Ram alias
Awadhesh Ram was arrested along with an associate from Dumarpokhar
village in Kaimur District. Police said Ram, a native Chandauli
District of Uttar Pradesh, was wanted in several Naxal-related
incidents in the neighbouring State and had been hiding in Kaimur.
The identity of Ram's associate is yet to be ascertained.
||The bandh call
given by CPI-Maoist in Gaya District evoked partial response. While
the bandh was near total in Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj
areas of Sherghati sub-division, life remained normal elsewhere
in the District. The bandh call was given by the CPI-Maoist to register
protest against the recent encounter in which four Maoists were
killed in the Fatehpur Police Station area of the District on March
8. Calling the encounter as fake, the Maoists alleged that the killing
was done in cold blood.
Suspected cadres of the TPC, a splinter group
of the CPI-Maoist, on April 9 night raided the construction site
of GAIL, the agency engaged in laying gas pipeline passing through
Gurua Police Station area of Gaya District of Bihar and "ordered"
stoppage of work for the company's failure to pay the 'levy' demanded
by the outfit. City SP, Awakash Kumar said a case has been registered
and work will resume. "Full Police protection would be provided
to those engaged in gas pipeline laying work," said the City SP.
Two hand grenades suspected to be of the LWEs
were recovered from a maize field in Kapasia village of the Samastipur
District of Bihar, following a tip-off by a mukhiya.
Suspected CPI-Maoist militants killed an unidentified
JCB driver and set ablaze six vehicles at Gangatia ghat on the
bank of Kiul River at Badaspur village under Chanan Police Station
area of Lakhisarai. Lakhisarai SP, Ashok Kumar said five trucks,
a tractor, a JCB machine and a motorbike were torched.
Police arrested three cadres of CPI-Maoist engaged
in manufacturing illegal firearms from the Bariarpur and Gangta
Police Station in Munger District. The arrested CPI-Maoists were
identified as Anil Yadav of village Dhanmani Patam under Naya
Ramnagar Police Station, Chanchal Yadav of Nista under Surajgarha
Police Station in Lakhisarai District of Bihar and Kesho Yadav
of Kajichak under Bariarpur Police Station. SFs recovered two
unfinished pistols, two unfinished regular guns, one base machine,
one drilling machine and 13 magazines besides a large number of
tools used in manufacturing firearms.
Two employees of a road construction contractor,
Kampani Sao and Amar Kumar, were arrested with INR 100,000 cash
meant for payment to a CPI-Maoist operative in Bihar's Munger
District. Police seized three mobile phones and a diary from the
Bihar IG, operation, Kundan Krishnan ordered review
of security measures at all CAPF camps and other vital installations
in Naxal-affected areas of the State at Patna District.
In Bihar, SSB and CRPF battalions are responsible for anti-Naxal.
Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar, announced INR 500,000
ex gratia to family of each of the six jawans of CRPF who died
in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Sukma District in
Chhattisgarh on April 24.
Bihar ranked third among the ten states hit by
LWEs violence in 2016, according to the data available on the
UMHA website. Besides Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh
and West Bengal are the other states affected by LWE. The MHA
figures say altogether 1,048 incidents of LWE violence took place
in these 10 states in 2016. Bihar was third with 129 incidents.
Chhattisgarh with 395 incidents was on top followed by Jharkhand
SFs arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist from
Lutua Police Station area in Gaya District. The arrested cadres
were identified as Visheshwar Bharti, Chhotu Bharti and Ashok
Kumar. SFs also recovered five cartridges of different weapons,
Naxal literature and wires from their possession.
The 27th battalion of SSB with District Police
and STF of Bihar Police arrested a 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist
Musafir Sahni alias Alok Ji and four other cadres in Muzaffarpur
District. The four other Maoists were identified as Rambali Paswan,
'area commander' of Saraiyya area in Muzaffarpur, Anil Sahni,
Ganesh Rai and Shiv Kumar Ram. Security Forces recovered 18 live
cartridges of assault rifle, eight live cartridges of pistols,
two country made pistols, 14 detonators and Maoist literature
Around 70 Naxalites escaped after a fierce
encounter with combined Police and Paramilitary team in Nawada
District. According to SP, Vikas Burman, around 70 Naxalites
were spotted in Gaighat locality under Kawakol block. Immediately,
assisted by CRPF and STF besides local Policemen, the Naxalites
believed to have been led by notorious Nepali Yadav, who was operating
a training camp in the District a couple of years ago, were challenged
resulting in an encounter. The Naxalites left behind several
items such as knapsacks, uniforms, solar plates, cooking material
and Naxal literature.
SFs arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Charkapathar
in Jamui District of Bihar. The arrested CPI-Maoists have been
identified as Suresh Sao and Anwar Mian. SFs recovered two bombs
weighing 2.5 Kilograms.
Musafir Sahni, a self-styled 'zonal commander'
of CPI-Maoist, confessed during interrogation that one north Bihar
MLA, had recently paid INR 500,000 to CPI-Maoist in Muzaffarpur
District. Sahni further added that at least 25 elected people
representatives, including three legislators, had been paying
'levy' to Maoists operating in north Bihar. Sahni was arrested
along with two other CPI-Maoist cadres from Ramnagar village in
Sakra Police Station area of the District on May 11.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a private company's
security guard and a labourer from its base camp at Kapasia village
under Paraiya Police Station in Gaya District, after the company
management refused to pay them extortion money.
IG, Bihar sector of CRPF, M S Bhatia, while addressing
a press conference in Patna District, said that the CRPF is working
on a plan to create a strong intelligence network in the state
to carry out anti-CPI-Maoist strikes. IG, Bhatia also added that
two more battalions are required in Bihar to tackle CPI-Maoist
menace. "The issue was raised at the May 8 meeting between Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and chief ministers of Maoist-hit
states in New Delhi," he said, adding five regular and two CoBRA
battalions are already deployed in the state to fight the Maoists.
The long pending plan for positioning of a chopper either in Patna
or Gaya for anti-Maoist operations was also discussed with the
state Government officials at a meeting held in Patna last month
(April 2017). At present, four choppers are stationed in Ranchi
District of Jharkhand for anti-Maoist operations in Bihar.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested during a
joint operation of the STF and Saran Police in Saran District
Sasaram Police seized 1,950 Kilogram ammonium
nitrate, 18,000 detonators and hundreds of country liquor pouches
at Kharbandi in Rohtas District. The material was meant to be
supplied to CPI-Maoist cadres.
A CPI-Maoist cadre named in an attack on an under-construction
railway station in Nawada District on November 3, 2016, was arrested
in Gaya District. Anuj Yadav, a resident of Jehanabad District,
was arrested from Bodh Gaya following a tip off to the STF and
handed over to Nawada Police.
The ADJ of Munger Court, Jyoti Swaroop Shrivastava,
awarded capital punishment to five CPI-Maoist cadres in Munger
District. Maoists identified as Bipin Mandal, Adhiklal Pandit,
Ratu Koda, Banu Koda and Manu Koda are convicted with the killing
of two CRPF personnel, Sone Gauda and Ravindra Rai, during the
last parliamentary elections in April 2014.
The Munger judge who awarded capital punishment
to five Maoists on May 25 received a threat message on his WhatsApp
number in Munger District. The threat message reads, "Hamare
Jan Adalat Nein Apko Phansi Ki Saja Sunayi Hai". ADJ Jyoti
Swaroop Srivastava had sentenced to death five Maoists for ambushing
and killing two CRPF jawans and injuring at least 12 others on
the Gangta-Lakshmipur road under Haveli Kharagapur subdivision
during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Maoists have called a two-day Bihar bandh
on May 28 and 29 in Bhagalpur, Munger, Lakhisarai, Jamui and Banka
Districts to protest against the Munger court order, according
to Laljeet Koda, spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist's Eastern Bihar-Jharkhand
regional zonal committee.
At least 30 to 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set
ablaze a mobile tower, three kilometres away from a CRPF camp
in Anandpur village under Laxmipur Police Station in Jamui District.
According to reports, tower, generator set and other instruments
were damaged completely in the attack.
Nine CPI-Maoist cadres involved in the attack
on security personnel in Sukma District forest of Chhattisgarh
on April 24, were arrested in Jamui District. Jamui SP, Jayant
Kant said after receiving a tip-off that some CPI-Maoist cadres
were planning major attacks in Naini Pathar and Asarkho forest
areas under Charkapathar Police Station in the District, a team
of CRPF, SSB, STF and Bihar Police rushed to the jungle and arrested
nine of them. The arrested Maoists were identified as Ramdeo Kora,
Gopal Bhulla, Madan Bhulla, Sunil Marandi, Shyam Soren, Jhanki
Murmu, Sonam Hansda, Chamru Ram and Arjun Kora. Twelve pipe bombs
weighing 5 Kilograms each, one can bomb weighing 10 Kilograms,
40 metres of electric wire and two batteries were also recovered
from their possession.
Bihar Police arrested former leader of the CPI-Maoist
Bachchan Kahar and his associate Bharat Paswan Rampur from Sarauti
village in Arwal District. During search at Kahar's house, the
Police seized a stolen rifle, five ammunition and Naxal
The CRPF, IG, (Bihar) M.S. Bhatia convened a meeting
with CRPF officials at Koilwar in Bhojpur District, to weed out
the CPI-Maoist cadres from Naxal pockets in Bihar.
In meeting held at the 205th CoBRA Battalion headquarters
of the CRPF in Gaya District and a second one at IG (operations)
Kundan Krishnan's office in Patna District, SFs decided to intensify
operations in the State against the CPI-Maoist. The meeting assumes
importance, as according to CRPF sources three pockets - the Jamui/Nawada/Giridih
(triangular section), Gaya Aurangabad section and Lakhisarai/
Munger/Banka/Jamui section - are still under CPI-Maoist influence.
Total seven battalions of the CRPF are deputed in Bihar. Five
of those battalions do general duty and two are posted as CoBRA
battalions. There are around 1,000 security personnel in a battalion.
CPI-Maoist cadres beheaded a man alleging he was
a 'police informer' in Jamui District of Bihar. Police said the
Maoists abducted Vijay Barnawal, a resident of Bhelwaghati of
Giridih District, who was earlier an active member of a Maoist
group, when he had gone to neighbouring Bihar for some work. His
decapitated body was found in Sijuwa village of Jamui District.
Police traced Barnawal's identity from his Aadhaar card, as the
Maoists slit his head. Barnawal, who was lodged in Giridih District
jail for three years, worked as a stone trader after his release.
SFs killed two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in
an encounter in the Barmasia forest area under Barhat Police Station
in Lakhisarai District. A joint team of the CRPF's specialised
unit for jungle warfare CoBRA, the State Police's STF and the
District Armed Police conducted the operation based on a tip-off
of Maoist movement in the forest under Barhat Police Station in
the District. The SFs were combing the area when, the troops spotted
some heavily armed Maoists between Barmuha and Barmasia villages
and two Maoists were killed in the encounter that followed. ASP
(operations), Pawan Kumar, said some other of the rebels also
suffered bullet injuries in the five-hour-long operation but managed
to escape. Blood stains were found on the trail the Maoists fled.
Two bodies were recovered and two .303 bore assault rifles were
seized from the site. The identity of the killed rebels is yet
to be ascertained, but they were suspected to be Maoist cadres
from Chhattisgarh. "Two rifles, a magazine and liquor pouches
were recovered from the spot where the Maoists had gathered,"
said Jamui ASP, D.N. Pandey.
The Bihar Government has announced cash rewards
ranging from INR 25,000 to INR 500,000, for anyone giving information
about at least 43 top CPI-Maoist leaders active in the State.
The cash awards will be on offer for anyone who gets hold of the
Maoist leaders -- living or dead -- or assists the Police in facilitating
the arrest of the Maoists. "Anyone cooperating with the police
in getting hold of the Maoists will be rewarded with cash, as
announced by the Bihar government for each of the ultras falling
in the rewards category," ADG (headquarters), Sanjiv Kumar Singhal
said. The Maoists leaders on whose heads a cash reward of INR
500,000 has been put include Arvind Kumar Singh alias Dev alias
Arvind Kumar of Jehanabad, Sandip Ji alias Vijay Yadav of Gaya,
Ram Babu Ram alias Rajan of Madhuban and Parvesh Da alias Anuj
Da alias Amlesh Da of Hazaribagh (Jharkhand). Of these, Arvindji
(53), is a topmost Maoist leader at the national level. A politburo
member of CPI-Maoist, he carries a reward of INR 10 million in
Jharkhand, where he is wanted in around 13 cases. He also carries
a cash reward of INR 4 million each in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
In addition to these top four, a reward of INR 50,000 each has
been announced on 33 Maoists and of INR 25,000 each against four
Maoists. Interestingly, 21 out of 43 Maoists on the heads of which
reward has been put belong to one District - Jamui in south-eastern
A special court in Sasaram (western Bihar), constituted
for trial of cases under the POTA, pronounced five CPI-Maoist
cadres guilty of killing DFO Sanjay Kumar Singh in the Rehal forests
under Nauhatta Police Station area in Rohtas District on?February
15, 2002. The court pronounced former CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander'
Nirala Yadav and his associates, Ram Bachan Yadav, Nitish Yadav
and Lalan Singh Kharwar, guilty under sections 302/149, 148 and
353/149 of IPC, section 27 of Arms Act and 3(2) (1) and 22 (5)
of POTA. Another member of CPI-Maoist, Sudama Yadav was found
guilty under section 20 of POTA, for being a member and supporter
of a terrorist organization.
Two jewelers in Sarai at Vaishali District have
complained to the Police that they apprehend a threat to their
lives from Maoists who have demanded INR 2.5 million from them.
A Munger District court convicted a CPI-Maoist
cadre to seven-year rigorous imprisonment for possession of explosive
substances. Additional District Judge - II Purushottam Mishra
passed the order convicting Birbal Murmu after finding him guilty
under provisions of the Explosive Substance Act, 1884 and Rules,
2008. Murmu, a CPI-Maoist 'area commander' of Kharagur region
of Munger District, was found guilty of concealing 93 gelatin
sticks in Kandani forests. Earlier, he was arrested in June 2012
from Pakur District.
A 26-year-old woman was beheaded by CPI-Maoist
cadres in Nawada District. "She was a police informer and worked
against the spirit of people's revolution. The local Police Station
in-charge will meet the same fate," read a note which was found
near her dead body. Victim Jaya Devi was a native of Baragad village
which is situated near Kauakol jungle bordering the Maoist-affected
State of Jharkhand.
Gaya Police and the CRPF during a joint combing
operation recovered 10 cylinder bombs, suspected to be planted
by CPI-Maoist cadres to target SFs, from the jungles of Ashani
village under Guraru Police Station area in Gaya District.
A local court in Bihar acquitted 14 CPI-Maoist
cadres in connection with an attack on the base camp of a private
road construction company at Goh in Aurangabad District in July
2013 for lack of evidence.
Five Naxals were convicted by a special
court in Sasaram District for the murder of then DFO, Sanjay Kumar
Singh, in the Rehal forests under Nauhatta Police Station area
in Rohtas District on?February 15, 2002. The four accused, namely
Nirala Yadav, Ram Bachan, Lalan Singh and Nitish Kumar Oraon,
all were sentenced life imprisonment while the fifth accused Sudama
Uraon will have to undergo 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.
CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said that the agency had registered
a case on March 22, 2002, on the request of the Bihar Government.
A group of suspected CPI-Maoist cadres have threatened
to kill ADSJ, Prabhunath Singh over his sentencing, on July 5,
four Maoists to life term for the 2002 killing of then Rohtas
DFO, Sanjay Kumar Singh. The employees of Sasaram civil court
in Rohtas District found a pamphlet pasted on the wall of the
court building. The pamphlet has warned the judge of "punishment"
in a kangaroo court. Singh on July 5 sentenced self-proclaimed
'area commander' Nirala Yadav and three more Maoists to life imprisonment
for the forest official's murder in February 2002, and the fifth
accused Sudama Oraon to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment.
SFs arrested 16 CPI-Maoist cadres from their hideout
in Jamui District. The Maoists had assembled at Kalyanpur village.
CPI-Maoist cadres abducted three members of a
family, suspecting them to be 'police informers', and subsequently
killed them in Jamui District. A group of Maoists descended on
the house of Shiv Koda at Tari village in the early hours of Friday
and held three members of the family hostage at gunpoint. Thereafter,
they took them to the nearby Kukarjhap dam near Barhat and killed
them. The Police identified the deceased as Shiv Koda, Bajrangi
Koda and Meena Devi. The bodies bore multiple injuries which suggested
that the killers had used heavy stones and blunt objects to kill
them. Jamui SP, Jayant Kant said, "We found the bodies near Kukurjhap
dam near Barhat. A red slip found at the spot claimed responsibility
for the killings," he said adding that the Police had started
combing operations in the Maoist-hit area.
The ED has initiated the process to attach properties
of two top CPI-Maoist leaders following a letter received from
Bihar Police in this regard. Sources said the ED has initiated
action against Pradyuman Sharma and Sandeep Yadav, who are most
wanted in Bihar and Jharkhand. Sandeep carries INR 500,000 reward
on his head in Bihar and INR 2.5 million in Jharkhand. The Bihar
Government has announced INR 50,000 on Pradyuman while he carries
a reward of INR 500,000 in Jharkhand. IG (operation) Kundan Krishnan
said four more Maoist leaders are on the list of those whose property
details have been collected to be sent to the ED for attachment
very soon while work was on against several other leaders. "Most
of these properties were in the name of their relatives. This
proves that the Maoists are not revolutionaries but like other
criminals who lead a lavish life with money extorted from businessmen
and villagers," Krishnan said.
Residents of four villages in Jamui District have
taken shelter on the premises of Barhat Police Station, fearing
threat to their lives from the CPI-Maoist cadres. The SHO of Barhat
Police Station Amit Kumar told reporters that Police is trying
to instill confidence among the villagers to go back to their
respective houses. The SHO added that CPI-Maoist cadres have lost
their domain in the region. That is why they carried out the incident
on July 14, 2017 killing three members of family suspecting them
to be 'police informers'. Sources in the Police headquarters said
requisition for the deployment of 12 additional companies of the
CRPF in Bihar have been made to UMHA. At present, 29 companies
of the central force are engaged in anti-Naxal operations in the
UMHA has asked CRPF (Bihar Sector) to submit a
fact-finding inquiry report for the feasibility and use of the
two additional battalions in the State. At present, three battalions
of SSB and five regular and two CoBRA battalions of CRPF are deployed
Samastipur Police arrested five suspected cadres
of the CPI-Maoist with illegal weapons during a vehicle-checking
drive in Samastipur District. The Police intercepted a SUV on
National Highway-28 near Bangra and on searching found one of
the five occupants to be in possession of two country-made pistols
and two live cartridges. The suspect was later identified as Basant
Kumar, a resident of Chhajan village in neighbouring Muazaffarpur
District. Basant happened to be an active member of a CPI-Maoist
outfit led by Musafir Sahni. The arrested CPI-Maoist cadres were
identified as Ajit Kumar, Ashok Kumar Singh, Rahul Yadav, Ashok
Yadav and Shashikant Mehta.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, Naulakh Singh,
from Thathan village in Vaishali District. Police said Naulakh
was involved in several Maoists related incidents in Muzaffarpur
and Vaishali Districts.
A joint team of CRPF and Police arrested three
cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Aurangabad District. Acting on a tip
off that Naxalites are pasting posters in different areas
to terrorise people to make their proposed August 3, 2017, Bihar
bandh a success, a joint team of CRPF and local Police
raided Sahajpur and Kalidi villages of the District and arrested
three Maoists who had come to paste posters. The arrested CPI-Maoist
cadres have been identified as Ramlagan Singh Bhokta, Kamlesh
Singh Bhokta and Mahesh Bhuiya. These CPI-Maoist cadres were also
trying to influence and motivate local youths to join CPI-Maoist
A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Sushant Ram,
resident of Shivdih village under Lakhisarai District, was arrested
by Munger Police near Amarasni river under Larayatan Police Station
in Munger District. Police said Sushant was a named accused in
a number of cases and was also associated with Naxalite leaders
like Pramod Koda and Kare Lal Koda, who were arrested recently.
He was also working as an 'informer' for the Maoists and used
to report the activities of Police and Police movements to them,
said SDPO (sadar), Harishankar Kumar.
Around 100 CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly blew up
a mobile tower, abducted three gatemen from different railway
level-crossings and also laid siege to the Danapur Durg Express
train for a few hours, abducting the cabin man, in the Lakhisarai
District. "Around 100 rebels were involved in the abductions from
the level crossings, located in a 10-km radius," IGP, Bhagalpur
Zone, S.M. Khopde disclosed. They then hijacked the train. A statement
by the CRPF noted, "Train no-13288 Danapur Durg Express train
was hijacked near the Bhalui station [in Bhimbandh area of Lakhisarai]
around 2:30 am (on Thursday). The cabin man who was on duty was
also abducted." The siege ended after an exchange of fire took
place between personnel of the CoBRA, a specialised unit of CRPF
proficient in guerrilla tactics and jungle warfare, and the hijackers.
However, no casualty was reported from either side. The gatemen
and the cabin man were subsequently released.
Bihar Police arrested a cadre of the CPI-Maoist,
Suresh Baitha, from Nonfarva village in East Champaran District.
Baitha was carrying INR 25,000 on his head. Baitha was wanted
in 14 cases of violence and related crimes in the District.
The CRPF has proposed creation of special platoons
comprising young and highly trained commandoes in each company
of the elite force to tackle the CPI-Maoist problem in Bihar.
The proposal was finalised at a meeting of CRPF officials chaired
by IG, CRPF, Bihar sector, M.S. Bhatia, in Gaya on August 5. The
special platoons, as per the proposal, would be engaged in special
drives against the Maoists in the worst-Naxalite affected Districts
of the State. Each platoon would comprise 30-35 young and highly
trained commandoes. A company consists of three platoons. Bhatia
said the strategy had been changed to take on the Maoists more
effectively in Bihar. "The personnel of the newly formed platoons
will be given specific task to hit the target more effectively,"
he said on August 6. The members of the special platoons will
be equipped with latest weapons and modern electronic gadgets
to help them in the operation. Bhatia said apart from the young
commandoes, newly recruited jawans will be inducted in the special
platoons. "The idea is to add more teeth to the force, which has
been assigned to curb Maoist-related violence across the country.
The same strategy will be adopted in other Naxalite-hit States
later," the IG said. The CoBRA was carved out of the CRPF to deal
with rebels in an effective manner. "The purpose is to make the
force sharper in their operation to flush out the Naxals," IG,
Bhatia said. At present, 30 battalions of the CPRF are deployed
in Bihar to deal with the Maoists.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a blast
in an under-construction community hall at Jamgai village in Gaya
District. The CPI-Maoist cadres left leaflets claiming responsibility
for the incident. The community hall was being constructed to
serve as a Police picket in the Maoist-affected area.
DIG Vikas Vaibhav, informed that Bihar Police
will extend its Lok Samvad (Public Interface Initiative)
to the Naxal affected Jamui and Lakhisarai Districts. DIG
Vaibhav added, "Building confidence of people in policing, apart
from ensuring their involvement in mainstream activities, will
be our objective in extending the programme to Maoist strongholds
in Banka, Jamui, Munger and Lakhisarai Districts under the two
Police ranges of eastern Bihar." The programme was launched in
Munger last Saturday (August 5) after DIG Vaibhav was given additional
charge of the range. The Munger range comprises six districts
- Munger, Lakhisarai, Jamui, Sheikhpura, Begusarai and Khagaria.
Meanwhile, sources said the Police had also initiated sports activities;
involve common man, at select places in Bhagalpur District to
make the programme more popular.
The STF of Bihar Police seized a huge consignment
of explosives, including detonators and gelatin, from Rajauli
Police Station area in Nawada District. The explosives were meant
for the cadres of CPI-Maoist. The Police have launched combing
operations in Naxal-hit areas of the district close to the Bihar-Jharkhand
Bihar Police arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
with explosives from Jhajha Police Station area in Jamui District.
Police recovered 73 detonators 60 Kilograms of explosives and
others related materials from them. The identity of the cadres
is yet to be ascertained.
Four members of a family were allegedly abducted
by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Lahsorba village under Piri
Bazar Police Station in Lakhisarai District. The abductees were
identified as Bhuna Yadav, his sons Vikas and Babloo and his nephew,
Two persons, Sudhir and Shankar Pandey, were lynched
allegedly for having connections with the CPI-Maoist in Gaya District.
Their bodies were dumped on the banks of river Morhar under Gurua
Police Station limits. A Police officer told that Sudhir had no
direct links with CPI-Maoist cadres; however, he did use to provide
shelter to some active cadres of the outfit at his ancestral village.
The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a 30-year-old
youth identified as Sunny Ram, suspecting him to be a 'police
informer', in Lakhisarai District. Police said a group of 10 Maoists
intercepted Sunny near Ramtaliganj Mor under Kajra Police Station
when he was returning to his ancestral village Shivdih from the
local market. They tied his hands with a rope and shot him dead.
The SHO of Kajra Police Station, Sujeet Warsi, said a handwritten
pamphlet and four empty cartridges of 7.62 bore were seized from
the site of occurrence. The residents told the Police that the
Maoists had earlier warned the inhabitants of the village to punish
them for leaking information to the Police about their activities.
The bandh call given by the cadres of the
CPI-Maoist in Magadh region passed off peacefully. The bandh was
called o protest the arrest of CPI-Maoist leader Rajesh Bhokta
and a former mukhiya Manu Yadav. Police sources said the
bandh was called in Magadh division which includes Gaya,
Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Nawada Districts.
The District Police arrested a self-styled 'area
commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Satyendra Paswan, from Pachmo village
under Barem Police outpost in Aurangabad District. Paswan, a resident
of Nimdih village under Dhibra Police Station in the District,
carried a reward of INR 50,000 on his head.
Three schoolteachers and two panchayat secretaries
have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing
of Karpi BEO, Shalik Ram Sharma, in Arwal District of Bihar. The
arrested have been identified as Virendra Kumar, husband of panchayat
schoolteacher Sudha Devi, teachers Suraj Kumar and Umesh Kumar
Madhukar, besides panchayat secretaries Ayub Ansari and Dina Nath
Singh. The five persons have been arrested for hiring a Maoist
to kill the BEO, pursuing a case of fraud in appointment of panchayat
teachers. Suspected Maoists had shot at Karpi's BEO Shalik Ram
in Arwal District on August 30. He succumbed to his injuries the
next day. Arwal SP, Dilip Kumar Mishra, said the accused had hired
Vicky Paswan, a Maoist and an accused in the 2005 Jehanabad jail
break case, to kill the BEO. Paswan later engaged three others
to execute the job. The deal was struck for Rs 60,000, of which
they paid Rs 28,000, he added.
Police unearthed five powerful bombs and several
explosives, planted in the path of a team of SF personnel on the
Pathra-Jharna road under Dhibra area in Aurangabad District. Notably,
the CPI-Maoist cadres plant the explosives to target the SFs.
Bihar Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Sanjay Sahni, at Parsauni Kapoor village in East Champaran
District. Sahni, a native of Parsauni Kapoor village was wanted
in a case lodged at Chakia Police Station against some Maoists'
for an abortive bid to blow up railway track three years ago.
SP, Upendra Kumar Sharma said that Police was interrogating him
to find out his role in other Naxal activities in the District.
One Maoist, identified as Satyendra Paswan, was
arrested near a canal at Pachmo village under Badhem Police outpost
area in Aurangabad District. Police said Satyendra was involved
in various Naxal activities and was at large since long.
A joint team of CRPF, STF and District Police
arrested a Maoist from Kajra Police Station area in Lakhisarai
District. Police said that the Maoist, identified as Vrihaspati
Koda, was arrested from Kajra forest during a combing operation
against Maoists. Koda was involved in various unlawful activities
in Lakhisarai and neighbouring Jamui Districts.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the office
of a private solar power plant in Gaya District. However, there
was no report of casualty in the incident. ASP (anti-Naxal operations),
Arun Kumar said about 25 Maoists, including women, raided the
premises of Wellson Energy Company Private Limited at Saun village
in Aamas Police Station area, held hostage two guards of a security
agency deployed there and triggered a dynamite blast. The explosion
blew up the control room and the administrative building on the
125-acre premises of the solar power company. The Maoists also
set on fire other buildings adjacent to the control room. Non-payment
of 'levy', demanded by the Maoists, is believed to be the reason
for the attack. Sources said the Maoists had earlier demanded
a levy of INR 10 million from the company, but its executives
refused to make the payment.
One woman CPI-Maoist leader was arrested during
a Police operation against the Maoists in Banka District. Police
said a joint team of the CRPF, SSB and the District Police conducted
a raid in the Pararia forest under Katoria Police Station of the
District and arrested Parwatia Devi alias Kewali Devi, wife of
slain Maoist leader Mantu Khaira. Banka superintendent of police
Chandan Kushwaha said the operation was launched on a tip off
that Parwatia was scheduled to come to Pararia to meet her associates.
The police had to face mild protest from local residents when
they took Parwatia into custody. Later, a Police team led by ASP,
operation, Vimlesh Chandra Jha carried out a raid and seized around
30 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from her hideout under Chanan
Police Station of the District. Mantu Khaira, a self-styled 'zonal
commander' of the outfit, was killed in an encounter with the
Police in Dahibra forest in Banka District in February 2017. Khaira
was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head and the Police
had launched a special operation to arrest him.
Personnel of the CRPF seized a huge cache of arms
during a special operation against the CPI-Maoist in Gaya District.
Acting on a tip off, a CRPF team headed by Commandant Ankit Kumar
launched an operation in Chakarbandha forest in Gaya, during which,
the team detected a tunnel near Tartua village, which the Maoists
used for storing arms and ammunition. Three semi-automatic rifles
each of .12 bore, a country-made rifle, a country-made pistol,
seven cartridges, hand grenades and explosives were recovered
from the tunnel. A walkie-talkie and wires in large quaintly were
also seized. The arms were stored in the forest to carry out an
attack by the Maoists on the SFs. Though some armed squad members
of the banned outfit were present in the forest, they preferred
to disperse from the spot after leaving behind their weapons.
Former CPI-Maoist cadre Tarkeshwar Paswan (46)
was injured when three Maoists attacked him at Thathan Bujurg
village in Vaishali District. Tarkeshwar, once considered close
to self-proclaimed 'zonal commander' of the Maoist, Musafir Paswan,
was attacked when he was sitting at a tea stall at Hanuman Chowk,
close to the National Highway-77 stretch connecting Hajipur with
Muzaffarpur, around 7.30am. Three assailants in a motorbike reached
the spot and sprayed bullets from a sophisticated weapon on Tarkeshwar
inflicting three bullet injuries. Agitated over the incident,
a group of Tarkeshwar's supporters blocked the road and paralysed
traffic for over four hours. Tarkeshwar was involved in Maoist-related
incidents since 1990. Several villages such as Thathan, Thathan
Bujurg and Asadharpur were his areas of operation. Sources, however,
said Tarkeshwar had developed good relations with the Police in
the region, which angered senior members of the outfit. "He was
being touted as an informer of the police."
The PLFI cadres shot dead a contractor after he
refused to pay them extortion money at Diha village under Guraru
Police Station area in Gaya District. Police said contractor Ramadhar
Singh was allegedly shot dead by armed squad of the outlawed,
after he refused to pay the "levy" demanded by them. The Police
said Singh on way to the construction site from his house when
three suspected PLFI cadres intercepted him near Diha village
and shot him dead. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A local court in Sheohar District awarded life
imprisonment to two CPI-Maoist cadres in connection with the killing
of a youth over five years ago. Additional District and Sessions
Judge, Rajesh Kumar also slapped a fine of INR 50,000 on each
of the two convicts, Lalu Sahni and Brahmadeo Ram. The court also
held both the Maoists guilty under the Arms Act and awarded them
seven years imprisonment, besides imposing fine of INR 10,000
each. The two had shot dead Sunil Kumar in January 2012, as he
was vocal against Maoists and their activities.
Road construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav
said the Centre has approved construction of 49 roads in five
Maoist-hit Districts. "The total length of roads will be 835 km
and the estimated cost will be Rs 1,584 crore," Nand Kishore said,
adding, "The Centre will give Rs 821 crore while the state will
provide the rest." After the construction of these roads commuting
would become safer in Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Aurangabad, Jamui and
Banka. The Minister said six roads will be constructed in Aurangabad,
5 in Banka, 9 in Gaya, 6 in Jamui and 23 in Muzaffarpur. The department
has been asked to complete tender process in two months and complete
the roads within a year.
Sixteen former CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before
senior officials of the Police and SSB in Sheohar District. Fourteen
of them were earlier active in the areas falling under the jurisdiction
of Sheohar District while the other two were residents of neighbouring
Sitamarhi District. They all faced charges of involvement in attacks
on security personnel and for inciting people against the Police.
None of them deposited any firearms.
Maheshi Yadav, a Maoist and self-proclaimed former
'zonal commander' of Morhar Nilanjan sub-zone who carried a reward
of INR 50,000 on his head, surrendered in Barachatti area in Gaya
District. He was wanted in 12 cases.
A STF team seized 260 live cartridges of SLR meant
for supply to SFs from NH-31 near Srichandrapur village under
Sahebpur Kamal Police Station area in Begusarai District. Three
arms smugglers, Manchan Yadav (42), Arvind Mandal (45) and his
son Bhrigu Mandal (22), were arrested with the ammunition, a bike,
three cell phones and INR 5000. However, Shushil Singh, who had
handed over the cartridges to the trio, managed to escape. SHO
of the Sahebpur Kamal Police Station, Rajesh Kumar Yadav said
the cartridges were manufactured at Indian Ordinance Factory and
are supplied only to SFs. "Shushil had brought them from Odisha.
It will be known only after his arrest that how he got the cartridges,"
Yadav said adding that the consignment might have been sold to
the CPI-Maoist. He further said Manchan used to purchase the smuggled
cartridges at INR 300 per piece and later sold it to Arvind for
INR 350. "Arvind used to sell them to Maoists for INR 400 per
piece," the SHO said and added that in 2015, Shushil and Manchan
were arrested from Begusarai with more than 250 cartridges of
INSAS assault rifle.
The Police arrested four CPI-Maoist imposters,
including a businessman, on the charge of carrying out extortion
in Sheohar District. Acting on a tip off, a Police team led by
Sheohar SDPO, Pritish Kumar raided a garments shop at Babali Chowk
in the District headquarters town and arrested Devendra Ram alias
Dev. They also seized copies of extortion letters sent to businessmen,
brick kiln owners and other professionals. Devendra, Police said,
was the kingpin of the group that operated in the garb of Maoists.
During interrogation, Devendra admitted he had sent threat letters
to three businessmen - Pintu Tiwary, Reza Ahmad and Bechan Kumar
- demanding extortion. Four of his associates are residents of
East Champaran and the others to Sheohar and Sitamarhi Districts.
Source:Compiled from news reports and