Incidents involving Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) 2010
January 6: A woman cadre of the Communist party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Ravva Sathamma alias Bandi and four others – all members of a village-level committee floated by the outfit – surrendered before M. Raghuram Reddy, Additional Superintendent of Police (Khammam), Bhadrachalam.
January 8: Andhra Pradesh Police arrested Tushar Kant Bhattacharya alias Srikant (50), a top leader of the CPI-Maoist, from Warangal on an unspecified date and was produced in a Warangal court.
Two area committee members of CPI-Maoist, Puvvala Mohana Rao alias Kumar of Vanakabadi village in G.L.Puram mandal (administrative unit) and Ariki Chinnammi alias Sarada of Dibbaguda in Sitampeta mandal in Srikakulam District surrendered before Superintendent of Police Y. Gangadhar and OSD (Vizianagaram), Navin Gulati.
Karimnagar First Additional Sessions Judge S.M. Rafi remanded CPI-Maoist’s Maharashtra State committee member Ogge Chandramouli alias Mahender alias‘CM’ in judicial custody till January 19.
January 13: Taking advantage of the prevailing volatile political situation in Andhra Pradesh, the CPI-Maoist may try to strengthen their base, Police officials have warned.
January 17: A former Naxalite was hacked to death by his rivals near the Ngarajunasagar Project Guest house in the Khammam town. The Police said that Nallamothu Venkateswarlu, 38, had earlier been associated with the Praja Pratighatana group of the CPI-Maoist.
February 7: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a Congress party leader and a former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) panchayat ward member in Koyyuru mandal (administrative division).
February 12: The CPI-Maoist 'general secretary' Ganapathy admitted that the group has suffered a setback in Andhra Pradesh.
February 14: The CPI-Maoist gave a call for boycott of Justice B. N. Srikrishna Committee, entrusted by the Centre to look into formation of separate Telangana State from Andhra Pradesh issue, describing the terms of reference of the panel as "betrayal of people".
February 17: A group of nearly 40 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist destroyed household property of one Vijay Kumar, who was reportedly helping bauxite mining agencies, and computer and furniture in the office of the AP Coffee Development Corporation at R.V. Nagaram in the Visakha Agency area in Visakhapatnam District.
The CPI-Maoist politburo member Malla Raji Reddy jumped the bail and rejoined the movement. Reddy was arrested at Angamali on December 17, 2007, along with his wife Suguna by the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) of the State Police.
February 22: 25 persons belonging to G. Madugula and Pedabayalu mandals of CPI-Maoist surrendered at the G. Madugula Police Station. They were among the 75 villages identified by the Police for helping the Maoists.
February 23: About 25 cadres of the CPI-Maoist accompanied by around 30 militia members set ablaze a mobile phone tower room at Pedabayalu, the mandal (administrative unit) headquarters in Visakhapatnam District.
Mudupu Bal Reddy alias Balanna (37), Maddimalla Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS) ‘deputy commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before Karimnagar District Superintendent of Police (SP) N. Shivashankar Reddy.
March 10: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, Ipuri Yeshodamma (36), surrendered before Police in Guntur District due to ill health. She was the area committee member of the outfit for 15 years.
March 12: Two top leaders of the CPI-Maoist were killed in separate gun battles in Prakasam and Warangal Districts. Party central committee leader and former chief of the military commission in Nallamala forests, Sakhamuri Appa Rao alias Ravi alias Venkanna (55), was killed in exchange of fire near Nettikonda forests in Pullalacheruvu mandal (administrative unit) in Prakasam District. Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana (48) was shot dead in Bandala Kodishala forest village in Tadwai mandal in Warangal District.
March 15: Andhra Pradesh Police displayed a huge cache of arms and ammunition that was recovered from a CPI-Maoist hideout at Paidiparru near Tanuku in the West Godavari District on March 13.
March 16: Four leaders of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in near Jaggaram village in Thatilanka reserve forest of Bhadrachalam division in Khammam District.
March 18: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a grocery shop owner, identified as Shaik Khaja, at his shop under Venkatapuram Police Station in Khammam District suspecting him to be a Police informer.
A Maoist couple, Mallesh alias Vinod and his wife Chaya alias Kavitha, who were active in Maharashtra, surrendered before Warangal District SP. Mallesh was Gadchiroli ‘district division committee’ member while his wife Chaya was ‘mahila dalam commander’ (women squad commander) of Devuru dalam in Maharashtra.
March 19: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, suspected to be members of Sukhdev dalam (squad), were killed in an encounter with Police near Tadapala village in Venkatapuram forests in Khammam District.
April 22: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, who were active in Chhattisgarh, surrendered in Adilabad District.
April 24: The CPI-Maoist cadres damaged two vehicles including one belonging to State Police and blocked roads by chopping down trees in Visakhapatnam District during their general shutdown.
May 5: A former activist of Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group), Ravva Chaitanya (23), was shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Chatti village under the Chinturu Police station limits in Khammam District. The Maoists who came from Banda area of Chhattisgarh, fired one round from a country weapon and slit his throat before fleeing. Chaitanya, who had been associated with the Salwa Judum in the Kunta division of Chhattisgarh, was reportedly cautioned by some of his relatives working for the Maoists in Bastar region.
Kusuma Kattaiah alias Umesh (45), a member of 'Regional committee' of North Maharashtra and South Gujarat State of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Police at Warangal. Kattaiah, a native of Suripally in Warangal District allegedly had close links with Maoist leader Kobad Gandhy.
May 6: Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested while moving along with firearms in a forest between Danavaipeta and Chintaguppa in the Charla Police station limits in Khammam District by a special Police party. They were identified as Kattam Ramaiah, Dirda Jogaiah and Musika Ingaiah.
May 7: CPI-Maoist Central Committee (CC) member Mohammed Hussain alias Sagar was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Adilabad Excise Court Judicial First Class Magistrate G. Venu in a 1988 jail break case. The accused had escaped from Adilabad sub-jail along with other Maoists - Nalla Adi Reddy, Bandi Prakash and Munje Ratnaiah. While Nalla Adi Reddy, another CC member was killed in an encounter in Karimnagar District later, Bandi Prakash was convicted in the case, while Ratnaiah is still absconding.
May 13: CPI-Maoist cadres assaulted a construction contractor Raju and set ablaze the road-laying equipment near Nimmapadu village under Kudumulapalem Panchayat (village level local self Government institution) in Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam District.
Maoists organised a meeting at Nimmapadu village and warned that the Legislators and all other elected representatives down to Panchayat ward member level must resign from their posts and from their respective political parties by May 20. Twenty women and around six men conducted the meeting while the women cadre spoke to the people.
May 14: According to intelligence inputs, the CPI-Maoist is planning to launch a major offensive in north-coastal Andhra Pradesh in the coming days and hit squads have already fanned out under orders from central regional committee commander Ch. Narayana Rao to target peoples' representatives.
May 24: B. Srinivas alias Manganna (23), a CPI-ML-Janashakti Manthani Dalam (squad) 'commander' of Karimnagar District, was arrested by the Police from the State capital Hyderabad. A locally made revolver with two live rounds was seized from him.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed B. Madhukar (25), upa sarpanch (deputy head) of Uppanapalli gram panchayat (village level local self Government institution) in Eturunagaram circle of Warangal District.
May 25: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a road-roller near Pilligedda village in the Visakha Agency area in G.K. Veedhi mandal (circle) in Visakhapatnam District.
May 26: A CPI-ML-Janashakti cadre, Kammari Tirupathi (30), surrendered at Sircilla in Karimnagar District.
May 27: Seven persons were arrested by Police at Nandigama in Krishna District on the charge of resorting to threats by claiming themselves as cadres of the CPI-Maoist. They were identified as Bezawada Nageswara Rao, Kalangi Kumar, Udaya Babu, Gangolu Ravi, Velpula Vidyasagar, Sk. Mastan and Pandi Swami.
June 4: Police arrested 13 suspected sympathisers of the CPI-Maoist in East Godavari District.
June 6: Arava Guravaiah, a suspected sympathiser of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in a road accident at Remecharla in Bollapalli mandal (administrative unit) in Guntur District while Policemen were chasing him. Two Police Constables were also injured.
A Maoist arms dump was unearthed from the forest area abutting Akkapalem village in Pullalacheruvu mandal in Prakasam District within the Nallamalla forest range. The Police recovered 22 pipe cups, eight spare parts of rocket launcher, six aluminium pipes, 14 springs and a photo film.
June 13: Chandrasekhar Gorebale alias Sudhakara alias Tippanna alias Nantappa, a cadre of the Karnataka State Committee of the CPI-Maoist was arrested at Aija village of Mahabubnagar District. Gorebale, who was in charge of North Karnataka Districts, was reportedly arrested while moving along with two others who managed to escape. Police suspect that the two who escaped could be Takkallapalli Vasudeva Rao alias Ashanna and Kanumukkula Ramesh alias Raju, known to be members of an Action Committee formed by the Maoist Central Committee. All the three cadres are members of the Maoist Military Commission and the Central Action Team.
June 16: A local court granted bail to CPI-Maoist leader Kobad Gandhy, as Police failed to file a charge sheet against him even after six months of his arrest in a conspiracy case. Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate P. Rajendra Reddy granted bail to Gandhy on condition that he shall appear before the Karimnagar rural Police once a month for a period of six months. The Karimnagar Police brought Gandhy from New Delhi in November 2009, on a production warrant, in connection with a case of conspiracy on a confession made by another Maoist leader Malla Raji Reddy.
June 23: A settler from Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh, identified as Babu Rao, was shot dead by a group of 15 CPI-Maoist cadres in Ringala village in Chintur mandal (administrative unit) of Khammam District. The Maoists dragged him out of his house and shot him dead accusing him of being a Police informer. Ringala is about three kilometres from the Chattisgarh border. The Andhra Pradesh Police had arrested him six months ago on charges of assisting the Maosits and working as a militant.
June 28: A militia member of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Raju (35), was arrested by the G. Madugula Police on the charge of possessing a grenade. He was returning after attending a meeting of the Maoists at Gorle Panuku village under Killamkota panchayat (village level self government institution) in Visakhapatnam District when he was intercepted by the Police.
July 2: A member of the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, was killed in a gunfight with the Police near Jogapur in the Adilabad District, Police claimed. Another Maoist cadre, who is yet to be identified, was also killed. Police also recovered an AK-47, a 9mm pistol and two kit bags from the site of the encounter. Azad, who carried a head money of INR 1.2 million, was also the spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist. Hailing from Krishna District, he was associated with the Maoist movement for four decades.
Azad was given charge of the proposed guerrilla zone to be set up comprising areas coming under Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist had decided to carve out a new special zonal committee (guerrilla zone) in South India along the lines of the Dandakaranya and the Andhra-Orissa Special Zonal Committees at a meeting held at Sringeri in Karnataka a few months ago.
July 3: A couple belonging to the CPI-Maoist who entered Andhra Pradesh from neighbouring Chhattishgarh was arrested from Khammam District. The couple was identified as Deva alias Devanna, an area committee member of Kunta in Chhattisgarh and his wife Jogi.
Four Naxalites (Left Wing Extremists) belonging to different groups surrendered before Police in Warrangal. Among the quartet who surrendered was CPI-Maoist Dandakaranya special zonal committee of East Bastar Mahila team commander Bejjala Komala alias Vijayakka alias Susheela, resident of Mogilicherla village of Geesukonda mandal. She carried a reward of INR 200,000 on her head. Her husband Bejjala Raju alias Jagadeesh, had surrendered in March 2010.
The CPI-Maoist in its official statement, acknowledged that the person killed along with Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in Andhra Pradesh on July 2 was Hem Pandey who was one of the party’s zonal committee members.
July 4: Maoists called for a 48-hour 'Bharat bandh' from July 7 to protest against the killing of their senior politburo member Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad at Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh by the Police, top Maoist leader Kishan said.
July 5: The Andhra Pradesh government agreed to probe the death of Hemchandra Pandey, the freelance journalist who was killed along with top Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in an encounter on July 2.
July 7: A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Vanthala Chinnari, surrendered before the Narsipatnam Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Visakhapatnam District. Chinnari (20), of Boyapalem village of Lakkavarapupeta panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal (administrative unit), said that she was attracted towards the movement after attending meeting held by the Maoists in her village. Though she was not interested in joining the movement, the Maoists forcibly took her away and enrolled her in the movement in March 2008. She participated in the Gunukurai and Balimela ambush and the famine raid on the house of Setti Ramanujulu at Ummada village and in the murder of former naxalite Eetangi Sankara Rao in 2009.
The South Central Railway announced partial cancellation on July 8 of several express trains on the Mudkhed-Adilabad section on account of the ‘Bharat bandh' (all India shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist.
July 8: The Andhra Pradesh Government requested the Centre for troop-carrier helicopters to be stationed in the State for use in anti-Maoist operations along the borders with Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
July 11: A couple, allegedly active in activities of the CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh but who had severed ties with the outfit two years ago and shifted base to Andhra Pradesh were arrested from Khammam District. The arrested Maoists were identified as M. Vedama alias Chalapathi Rao, former commander of Guttikoya platoon in Kunta region of Chhattisgarh and his wife Gangotri alias Manjula, who was with another group of the Maoists. The duo was arrested at Cherukupalli village near Sathupalli town.
July 13: In Visakhapatnam, Maoists damaged the equipment of a BSNL mobile tower at Dumbriguda in the Visakha Agency. They destroyed the panel board and set ablaze the furniture.
July 15: Senior CPI-Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, killed on July 2, was in Delhi for four months, said sources. Azad was reportedly in touch with academics in Delhi who were helping him with logistics.
Sources said that Maoists went to Yunan in China and possibly were trained there as well. However, there's no evidence to suggest the involvement of the Chinese establishment in this, it could have been the mafia. Security Forces are now pursuing the angle for further information.
The Maoists have tied up with RPF (Manipur), the political wing of the PLA, which is helping Maoists with training and logistics.
July 20: Maoists blew up a Mobile phone tower equipment room in Dumbriguda mandal (administrative unit) in Visakha agency on the first day of their 48-hours bandh (shut down) in protest against the killing of top leader Azad. All establishments including schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed in the agency areas like Chintapalli, Paderu, Koyyuru, GK Veedhi, Munchingput, Pedabayalu and G Madugula.
July 27: CPI-Maoist cadres attempted to blow up a tower carrying high-tension power lines near Lankapaakala village in G.K. Veedhi Mandal (Administrative Unit) in the Visakha Agency of the Visakhapatnam District. Only one of the two landmines the Maoists fixed at the base of the tower blew up but there was no damage to the towers or disruption in power supply.
August 2: During the ongoing ‘martyr’s week’, some cadres of the CPI-Maoist reportedly dug up a narrow road near Ebluam village in G.K. Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam. They also pasted posters near the road.
August 29: A youth, identified as K. Pullaiah (30), of Kurnapally village in Cherla Mandal, was killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the forest area near Nimmalagudem on Khammam-Chhattisgarh borders. Unconfirmed reports said that Pullaiah, a Maoist sympathiser, was reportedly assaulted to death by the Maoists in a praja court (People’s Court), suspecting him as an informer. Two other youths were also assaulted, but let off, on the same charges.
September 3: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Manda Yasobu alias Jaipal and Mangaraju alias Jangu, were arrested by the Visakhapatnam District Police during a routine vehicle check at Yebulam village under G.K. Veedhi Police Station. A 9-mm semi-automatic pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. Presenting them before the media, Superintendent of Police Vinit Brijlal said that while Manda Yasobu had a reward of INR 300,000 on his head, Mangaraju had a reward of INR 200,000. He said that Jaipal was demoted from the rank of Koraput Division in-charge in 2008 after a woman dalam member Jyothi complained that he had misbehaved with her. The SP said that this incident was an example of how women dalam members were being exploited by men.
September 18: `Tech Jagan' alias `Tech Raju' alias Mallojula Srinivasa Chary (33), a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before the DCP, D. Nagendra, Kumar at L. B. Nagar Police Station. Tech Jagan had a reward of INR 200,000 on his head. Yacharam Inspector B Srinivas Rao said 'Tech Jagan' joined the Rachakonda Dalam in 2004 attracted by the Maoist ideology. Later, he was transferred to the Nallamalla area and then shifted to the Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) during 2008. Srinivas Rao said 'Tech Jagan' was involved in an encounter with Police in Mannanur in Mahbubnagar District in 2004-05 and another assault in Nallamalla forest range in Prakasam District. He used to look after the repair work of weapons of the Maoists and was hence given the name `Tech Jagan'. Srinivasa Chary was unhappy with the shift in the policies of the Maoists and thus decided to join the mainstream, the Inspector claimed.
September 20: The State Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah extended the ban on the CPI-Maoist and its six front organisations for a further period of one year under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act. The earlier ban lapsed on August 16. State Information Minister J. Geeta Reddy told after the Cabinet meet that the frontal organisations of the outfit that are banned are: Radical Youth League, Rythu Coolie Sangham, Radical Students Union, Singareni Karmika Samakhya, Viplava Karmika Samakhya and All India Revolutionary Students Federation.
September 22: Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist including one Beemanna killed a person, identified as M. Komaraiah (55), in Allipur village under Raikal Police Stations of Karimnagar District. They left a note stating that they killed Komaraiah as he informed to Police about the movement of a Maoist leader Sathaiah in 1997. Based on the information, Police reportedly killed Sathaiah in an encounter. Sathaiah was a brother of Beemanna.
September 26: A group of 100 CPI-Maoist cadres and supporters killed two persons, identified as Pangi Prasad (28) and Pangi Srikanth (27), of Kotagunnalu village under Annavaram Police Station in Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam Agency. They accused them of being Police informers and killed them. Police suspect that the armed Maoists of Andhra-Orissa border might have carried out the killings.
October 3: The Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Musiki Somulu (50), a native of Bijapur District, and K. Pojja (22), a native of Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh, at Pujarigudem village in Charla mandal. Sub Inspector K. Nagaraju said that Somulu and Pojja were arrested while moving under suspicious circumstances during a culvert checking operation on the outskirts of Pujarigudem in the early hours of the day.
October 4: Police exchanged fire with a group of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the forests of Moddulamada village in Ashwaraopet mandal in Khammam District. While the Maoists managed to escape, the Police recovered one claymore mine, 20 kit bags, one hand-held communication device and Maoist literature, among other material, from the encounter site. The group belonged to the Sabari dalam.
A Maoist dalam member, identified as Irpa Puttiah alias Venkanna (45), who reportedly operated in Chhattisgarh, surrendered before the Police at Kothagudem in Khammam District. Venkanna, a native of Vennelabilu village of Gundala mandal, worked as Kothagudem-Narsampet dalam member in North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) of the CPI-Maoist ever since he joined the Maoist dalam led by Sudhakar during the fag-end of 2009.
October 6: Police exchanged fire with a group of CPI-Maoist cadres near Gundlamadugu village in Khammam District during a combing operation. However, no casualty was reported from either side. The Maoists escaped from the scene leaving behind literature, cooking vessels, a calculator and some kitbags.
October 8: A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist identified as Midiam Rangi (32), was arrested by the Police near Kunavaram cross roads in Chintoor mandal in Khammam District. Rangi, a native of Dornapal in Chhattisgarh, was arrested while trying to paste wall posters of the outfit.
October 9: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Nupa Babu Rao (55), a head of the local tribals, at Tippapuram village in Cherla mandal in Khammam District suspecting him to be a Police informer.
Vanthala Bhaskara Rao (30), a daily wage labourer of Digududpalli village in Chintapalli mandal was taken by Maoists to a place near Surimetta and was shot dead. A note issued in the name of the 'Area Commander' of Korukonda Dalam calling Bhaskara Rao as a Police informer was found at the spot.
October 13: The Koyyuru Police arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Pangi Suribabu, Gemmeli Konda Babu and Muvvala Nageswara Rao, from Donkarayi and Parkil villages under Antada Panchayat in Koyyuru mandal of Visakhapatnam District. The three were among the 69 identified as offenders in the case of Chintalamma ghat incident in 2009, when a RTC bus was set ablaze by the Maoists. Earlier, 25 persons had voluntarily surrendered and the Police had issued notices to the rest.
October 18: In a bid to stage a comeback in Andhra Pradesh, especially in North Telangana, the CPI-Maoist have chalked out a plan to ignite the anti-Polavaram dam sentiments and the unrest over Telangana, which was revealed from the diaries, letters and literature recovered from two Maoist camps in Khammam District. This is the first time that conclusive proof has been found about the Maoists’ strategy in Andhra Pradesh.
October 24: Addressing a press conference at Warangal, the Andhra Pradesh DGP K. Aravinda Rao said that Maoists are regrouping. "We have information that Maoists were staying for a longer time in Khammam District and staying for two to three days in Warangal District frequently. They are trying to activate their old cadres and form new groups again," the DGP said. The Police have confirmed that Maoists from Chhattisgarh and Orissa were crossing over into Khammam and Warangal Districts to regroup into a formidable force.
October 29: A local court in Tirupati sentenced CPI-Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar and three traders of gelatine sticks, identified as Ramaswamy Reddy, Nagarjuna and Gangi Reddy, to seven years imprisonment, after a seven-year-long trial in Alipiri blast case of 2003. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, his ministerial colleague B. Gopalakrishna Reddy and two legislators were injured as the Maoists triggered a landmine blast at Alipiri on October 1, 2003 when they were on their way to Tirumala. Patel Sudhakar Reddy, believed to be the mastermind behind the attack on Naidu, was killed by Police in an encounter in Warangal District in 2009.
November 2: Vizianagaram District Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah handed over passbooks and title deeds for two acres of land each to five of the seven surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres in addition to cheques for INR 1, 76, 240 (subsidy amount) to them along with two other cadres under the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Tribes Cooperative Finance Corporation Limited, Hyderabad (TRICOR) for units such as sheep, grocery items, etc in the presence of Superintendent of Police Navin Gulati.
November 3: The Police unearthed a major arms dump, believed to be that of CPI-Maoist, in the Nallamala forest close to Sidhapuram tank near Atmakur in Kurnool District. The arms recovered included a rocket launcher, four guns, 300 rounds of ammunition, eight grenades, gas cylinders, drilling machines and other tools used in making of guns.
November 6: Sindree Kondamma alias Nirmala, an 18-year-old female Maoist cadre of the Korukonda Area Committee, surrendered before Visakha Rural SP Vineet Brijlal. An illiterate girl belonging to the primitive tribal group Kondu, Nirmala said she was forcibly inducted into the Maoist outfit when she was 14 years old. She said she had participated in three raids and three encounter incidents. Apparently, she came over ground a month ago and got married to a former militia member Marri Ranju. After knowing about the Government schemes, she decided to surrender before the Police due to health problems. According to the SP Brijlal, there are another 10 minor girls in the Maoist squads in the Visakha forests.
November 11: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Vetti Deva alias Deva (28), a native of neighbouring Chhattisgarh, was arrested from Paloncha in Khammam District. Deva worked as a Maoist dalam (squad) member from 2006 to 2008 in Kunta area of Chhattisgarh. He was reportedly involved in the killing of three persons who were targeted on suspicion of being Police informers, Circle Inspector Ravindranath Bandi said.
A 39-year-old woman Maoist cadre, identified as Bade Sulochana, and her son Bade Vikas (20), who reportedly worked as couriers to the Maoists, and another woman Maoist cadre, Budiha Anuradha alias Jyothi, were arrested from a bus stand at Eturnagaram town in Warangal District. They were arrested while they were trying to sneak into Chhattisgarh, a Police officer said. Some Maoist literature was recovered from them. Jyothi is wanted in over 20 Maoist-related cases in Mahbubnagar, Medak, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Kurnool Districts, he added.
November 19: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an exchange of fire with a Police team near Ullivalasa village in Koyyuru mandal in Vishakhapatnam District. The bodies were yet to be identified. An SLR, a .303 riffle, a pistol, a camera flash and a CD were recovered from the encounter site where the bodies were found. Police said since a SLR was found, one of the dead could be secretary of the 'area committee' of Galikonda as a weapon of such nature is given to area committee secretaries.
A group about 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist led by Korukonda area committee secretary Narendra and his sympathisers woke up every one in a village and held a meeting at Lothugedda junction near Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam agency. In the meeting they warned that Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju and his supporters would be dealt with severely. They also wanted the people to make the tenth anniversary of PLGA commencing on December 2 - 8, a success and advised them not to allow sale of liquor in their villages. "If any problem arises, we advise you (villagers) to approach us," the Maoists said in the posters. Then the Maoists blocked entry into Lothugedda by cutting trees and placing them on either side of the road. They went to the house of Bosetti Durga Rao, a trader, brought out his furniture and other articles and set them ablaze along with a motorcycle and a van. The Maoists whisked away 16 rice bags and other food material and a TV set from the house of Durga. They later smashed a belt shop, set ablaze the bike of a Forest Ranger and partially destroyed a Forest check-post.
November 21: A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ganti Prasad, was arrested by Odisha Police at Vishakhapatnam District. Ganti Prasad worked as an over ground worker for the Maoists. He was wanted for arranging meeting of former cadre Padma and her husband Ramakrishna, Superintendent of Police Anup Kumar Sahoo said. Padma and three others were arrested when they were on the way to meet Ramakrishna near Dudhari in Semiliguda area on November 13, he added.
November 22: Five top cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Korra Bhimanna, Korra Rama Rao, Korra Sonia of Kannavaram in Koyyuru mandal, Pangi Ramanna of Annavaram and Pangi Satyanarayana of Gorlemetta, were arrested from Kannavaram village of Koyyuru mandal in Vishakhapatnam District. Narsipatnam OSD Trivikram Varma said seven kit bags, five weapons, two landmines, key documents pertaining to the Maoist and a list of Maoist cadres, sympathizers and followers were recovered from them. All the five hail from Odisha and had settled down near Andhra-Odisha border. They were involved in as many as 13 offences besides aiding the Maoists in their underground activities for the past three years. They were also involved in felling of trees, road blockings and looting of houses.
November 23: Three persons travelling in a van were killed in a landmine blast triggered by cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Choppalanka village between Rallagedda and Balapam in Chintapalli mandal in Vishakhapatnam District. The information was confirmed on November 25 by Additional Superintendent of Police of Chintapalli A. Ravikrishna. The victims were identified as the driver of the van, Nagaraju, cleaner Aasi and Nookaraju, who was travelling in the van. Nagaraju and Aasi were from Visakhapatnam and Narsipatnam respectively while Nookaraju was from Raavulapalli.
November 26: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Moranchapalle village in Bhupalapalle mandal in Warangal District. Fourteen country-made rifles were recovered from them, Police said.
Taking a tough stand against Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), immediately in the wake of series of suicides by women, the Maoists have asked MFI managements to close their operations in villages in Warangal. The CPI-Maoists Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal ‘secretary’ Sudhakar warned MFIs of dire consequences if they do not call it quits. In a statement, he said agents and representatives of MFIs are humiliating rural women and insulting their family members because of which several villagers have committed suicide. Sudhakar also warned former cadres of the Maoists against acting as informers of Police. "If you do not change your attitude, we will teach you a fitting lesson," he warned.
November 28: 10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including some women, surrendered before Police in Narsipatnam town of Visakhapatnam District. The surrendered Maoists were facing 10 offences against them including three cases of attacks on village sarpanch, cutting down of trees on roads during Maoists bandh call besides pasting pro-Maoists posters. They belonged to Kannavaram village of Koyyuru mandal in the District and were led by G Chinakka group, Deputy Superintendent of Police, N Narasimha Kishore said.
December 2: A group of 15 to 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Shaik Majeed, a tailor by profession, branding him as a Police informer in Laxmipuram village of Eturunagaram mandal in Warangal District.
About eight Maoist cadres shot dead Kommu Satyam (40), a former Left Wing Extremist belonging to the Praja Pratighatana faction of the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana in Palmela village of Mahadevpur mandal in Karimnagar District. The Maoists branded him as a Police informer.
The same Maoist group barged into the house of another CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana cadre, identified as D. Tirupathi and abducted him and locking his wife and father in the house in the same village. They did not reveal the reasons for the abduction, Police said.
Two villagers, identified as P Chiranjeevi and K Samaiah were abducted by the Maoists cadres in Laxmipuram village of Eturunagaram mandal in Warangal District, Police said.
In the adjoining Sarvaipeta village, Maoists went to the house of a former Maoist J. Ganapathi and inquired about his whereabouts. When they found that he was not staying in the house, they took his wife Bhagyalaxmi, father Sammaiah and his brother Rammurthy to the village and thrashed them near the martyr's memorial and warned that they would eliminate Ganapathi for acting as Police informer.
A group of five Maoists set ablaze an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APARTC) bus after breaking the diesel tank and pouring fuel on the vehicle in the wee hours in Tupakulagudem village in Eturunagaram mandal of Warangal District, Police said.
December 5: Police raided the house of Chandramouli, a former cadre of the CPI-Maoist and arrested him at Tirumalapur village in Chityala mandal of Warangal District. A tapancha, some crude bombs and gelatine sticks were found from his residence, Police said.
December 7: A 15-member armed dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a cell phone tower of a private telecom firm causing extensive damage to its equipment at R. Kothagudem village in Charla mandal of Khammam District.
The Maoists destroyed four quarters of coffee plantation workers in Korukonda area in Chintapalli mandal in Visakha District. The quarters belong to AP Forest Development Corporation.
Maoists are planning major strategies to increase their influence and strength. An important task the Maoists have set for themselves is to create a liberated zone, in Bihar, Jharkhand and Dandakaranya (Chattisgarh). Towards this end, the party's strike force -PLGA- is being developed. This was stated by Prasad, party's Andhra-Orissa Border State 'committee member' during an interview at a remote place on the Andhra-Orissa border. Prasad said the PLGA should be transformed into the people's liberation army for which a liberated zone was necessary. PLGA formations were being developed to achieve this target and it had also carried out "mobile" war by carrying out raids on targets at faraway places, by mobilising its armed cadre from different parts and taking assistance from the people along the way. "The creation of a liberated zone and beefing up PLGA for this purpose is in its early stages. The process is being commenced by forming village-level committees which will be expanded to mandal (taluk) and District levels. Already, the Janatana Sarcars, Revolutionary People's Councils (RPCs) have been formed in Dandakaranya," Prasad said. The PLGA, which has grown to the strength of creating companies, is also planning battalions. "We have already reached this stage in Dandakaranya. We don't have a timeframe for other areas but the process will be completed early if the conditions suit us, that is until people take up armed struggle", Prasad added.
December 9: The Police arrested a surrendered cadre of the CPI-Maoist and four sympathisers from Nawabupeta village in Chityal mandal in Warangal District. They were identified as Chinna Chandramouli alias Arun, P. Rajender, E. Swami, A. Rayamallu, and G. Kumara Swamy. They were planning to blast cell phone towers to commemorate conclusion of the anniversary celebrations of PLGA. Chandramouli was injured in an exchange of fire in 2002 at Narsingapur village in Bhupalpalli mandal. He later surrendered but continued to maintain links with Maoist leaders.
December 16: Cadres of the Korukonda Dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist blew up a cell tower of BSNL at Lambasingi under Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam District. They left behind pamphlets denouncing what they called 'illegal arrests' and suspension of combing operations.
December 17: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist including three women were killed in an encounter with the Greyhounds, the elite anti-Maoist force, at a place between Cheruvuru and Yegajanaba villages under Balapam panchayat in Chintapalli mandal of Visakhapatnam District. Police recovered an INSAS rifle, 40 kitbags and three weapons from the encounter site. Sub-Inspector of Police Mohan Reddy was injured in the encounter.
December 18: A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter between the Police and the Maoists in Chatrai in Visakhapatnam District. The Police, however, refused to divulge the name of the dead.
December 20: The CPI-Maoist called upon the people to observe a bandh in Andhra-Orissa border (AOB) area on December 22, protesting against the killing of five of their comrades by the Greyhounds personnel in an encounter at Cheruvuru near Korukonda in Chintapalli mandal on December 17, East Division Secretary Ganesh in a press release said in Vishakhapatnam District.
December 21: A top CPI-Maoist leader and three other cadres have surrendered before the State Police in Hyderabad city. ADG M. Ratan said Maddela Adellu alias Anand (45), a 'State Committee' member, accused of nine offences, including two murders, carrying a head money of INR 1million surrendered along with his wife Kurma Rambai alias Saritha (40), a 'divisional committee' member of the north Gadchiroli and Gonda joint divisional committee in Maharashtra, Killo Raju alias Krishna (25), the 'commander' of Konnavaram area and Seendri Subba Rao alias Srikanth (18), Raju's deputy. Maddela later said, "As the Maoist movement was not progressing, we have decided to surrender. We had conveyed our decision to our group members around three months ago. We want to lead the rest of our lives with our family."
December 25: CPI-Maoist cadres and the Police exchanged fire near Kurnapalli village in the Charla mandal of Khammam District, close to the Chhattisgarh border. Police sources said the Maoists, reportedly belonging to the Venkatapuram area committee, escaped into the jungles towards Chhattisgarh after an exchange of fire that lasted a few minutes in a forest area. Though the Police maintained that no casualties were reported, it is suspected that two Maoists were either injured or killed, the sources added.
In protest of the anti-Maoist operations in the District, about 10 cadres' sprinkled diesel and set ablaze a poclain hydraulic in a stone crushing unit, stationed near Chatti village in Chintoor mandal. The equipment belonged to a contractor engaged in road works. A letter, believed to have been left behind by the Maoists, stated that the Sabari dalam in Bhadrachalam division was responsible for the act.
December 30: Although LWE in Andhra Pradesh was under effective check during the year, has again showed an upward trend this year with a slight increase in its level with the CPI-Maoist continued to remain active in Visakhapatnam and Khammam Districts bordering Chhattisgarh and Odisha. "Of the 54 Maoist-related incidents in 2010, the maximum were reported from Visakhapatnam and Khammam," according to the data released by DGP K Aravinda Rao at the Annual Press Conference of the State Police in Hyderabad city. Against 17 persons killed by Maoists last year, 2009, the deaths went up to 21 this year, 2010.
However, the number of Maoists killed in encounters with Police came down from 16 to 13. The SFs achieved notable success in anti-Naxal operations by arresting 220 LWE, Rao said adding they were involved in 14 incidents of exchange of fire, resulting in death of 13 Maoists. The statement said the number of Maoist-related incidents went up from 50 to 54 and the number of encounters from 13 to 14. 117 LWE surrendered and the Police seized 81 weapons, while 21 civilians lost their lives in the Maoists violence. There were, however, no casualties on the Police side, Rao added. Notable among Maoist leaders killed this year were politburo members Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, State committee members Shakamuri Apparao and Solipeta Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana. A particular tribal group, which has migrated to Visakhapatnam District in large numbers, was providing food and shelter to the Maoists on the AP-Odisha border, Rao said. The Police were keeping a close watch on the activities of Maoists which is trying to regroup in North Telangana Districts, Rao added.
January 3: After receiving intelligence reports that cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) are planning to blow up railway installations, security has been tightened in Bihar.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) activist at Manfar village in the Gaya District.
January 5: Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres after an encounter in the Kachwar village of Rohtas District.
January 10: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a Bihar Military Police (BMP) camp in the Bhagalpur District and injured four BMP personnel before looting arms and ammunition.
January 11-12: The CPI-Maoist set ablaze several bridges construction machines at Chamotola in the East Champaran District.
January 13: Two CPI-Maoist cadres suspected to have been involved in an attack on a BMP camp were arrested from Munger District.
January 13-14: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested and as many bunkers demolished during an encounter between the extremists and Police in a forest under Belhar Police Station of Banka District.
January 15: The special operations group of the STF arrested a top Maoist and member of the CPI-Maoist zonal committee Subodh Singh alias Anandji alias Divendu Kumar Singh from a house in the Kankerbagh area of Patna.
January 17: The Maoists carried out attacks at four places in Gaya and Aurangabad Districts in the night of January 17. Besides setting ablaze a truck on Grand Trunk Road, near Amas, they set ablaze railway property at Rafiganj and blew cell phone towers under Gaya's Gurua and Guraru Police Stations. The extremists also fired several dozen rounds on the national highway. According to reports, heavily armed Maoists raided the PWI store of the railways near Rafiganj station and set ablaze wooden sleepers.
Two top Maoists were arrested from Belhar in Banka District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Ram Chatur Manjhi and Shankar Manjhi, were arrested based on information revealed by the CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' of Darbhanga and Madhubani Districts, Rajendra Sadai, who was arrested in the night of January 16.
January 18: Over 100 CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway track near Nadaul railway station in the Jehanabad District. The Maoists were enforcing a one-day strike on January 18 in their strongholds to protest the arrest of their senior leader Subodhji alias Anand, police said.
February 2: Huge cache of explosives and firearms, including 33 bags of high quality explosive materials, 10 grenades, equal number of magazines of Insas rifles, the CPI-Maoist literature and Police uniform and equipment used for making landmine, were recovered by the Police during a combing operation from a hideout at Kandini village in Munger District.
February 7: The CPI-Maoist blew up railway tracks to enforce their 72-hour bandh (general shut down) near Rajla station on Jhaja-Jasidih section of East Central Railway in Jamui District. The blast damaged railway tracks up to a stretch of about four metres on the down line and two metres on the up line. The train movement was consequently paralyzed completely for about 10-12 hours.
February 9: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the Howrah-Delhi railway track at Narganjo railway station in Jamui. The Maoists blew up a track in the same area just two days ago.
February 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres set two vehicles ablaze, to enforce its call for north Bihar bandh (shutdown) but none was injured. The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a jeep at Samhouti village and a sand laden truck at Aaatkali village during the bandh, which was called to protest the rape of a woman. The woman is said to be a CPI-Maoist supporter and was allegedly raped in East Champaran District recently.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested at Bagwans in Banka District. A looted Police rifle, 30 rounds of cartridge and eight mobile chargers were recovered from their possession.
February 12: The STF and local Police recovered firearms and ammunition from hideouts of the CPI-Maoist at Chormara village in Bheembandh forest area of Munger and Jamui Districts.
Two Maoist sisters, Geeta Murmu and Anju Murmu, arrested earlier in Banka, said they were sexually exploited in the Maoist camps.
February 13: Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist and a Police officer were killed in an encounter at Manjhiawan village under the Konch Police station of Gaya District. The killed Police officer, Mithilesh Prasad, was the officer-in-charge of Tekari Police Station.
February 15: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from two separate places. While three Maoists were arrested from Mahuar village under Haspura Police station in Aurangabad District, the fourth Maoist, a 'zonal commander', was arrested from a village under Bikram Police station in Patna District.
February 16: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while commenting on the Maoist attack at Shilda in West Bengal said, "Maoists cannot be countered by force. All round development and launching of welfare measures can bring the ultras back to the mainstream."
February 17: At least 12 villagers, including three women and one child, were killed when nearly 150 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked Phulwariya village in Jamui District. Four of a family was charred to death while others were shot dead. Those killed were Kora tribals and the attack was in retaliation of the alleged killing of eight Maoists by the Koras on January 31 at the instigation of one Lakhan Kora, suspected by the Maoists of being a Police informer. The Maoists triggered explosions and also set 30 houses ablaze. The whereabouts of Lakhan are not known. While the Police say he survived the attack, this could not be confirmed from local sources.
February 21: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a state-run school building at Maheshwari village in Jamui District.
February 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Basudeo Singh (55), a farmer of Hasanpur village under Rajepur Police station in Motihari District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. Police recovered four posters, 12 empty cartridges of 9 mm pistol, two live cartridges and one live cartridge of a Self Loading Rifle (SLR) from the spot.
Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two vehicles and equipment of two private construction companies engaged in road construction at Mauar Khaira and Hawai villages in Aurangabad District, apparently for not meeting extortion demand.
March 1: Maoists slit the throat of one Rajo Hansda at Bagdhasba village under Belhar block (administrative division) in the Banka District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
March 2: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a village guard and a villager, identified as Kameswar Mandal and Kailash Pundit respectively, at Goghaldiha village in Kharagpur Police Station of Munger District, suspecting them to be Police informers.
Maoists attacked a brick kiln in Bheldi Police Station area of Saran District and set two tractors ablaze.
March 5: The State Minister for Water Resources Development Brijendra Prasad Yadav told the State assembly that Bihar Government will provide INR 150, 000 as compensation to the family of the 11 villagers killed by the Communist Party of India- Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres at Phulwari- Korsai village in Jamui District on February 18.
March 6: The Security Forces (SFs) neutralised a CPI-Maoist bunker at Birma area in Banka District. However, the CPI-Maoist cadres managed to escape. But they left behind two rifles which they had looted from the Police, one 9-mm foreign made regular pistol, 100 cartridges of different bores, three country-made pistols and ammunition, one cane-bomb weighing 20 kilograms and Maoist literature.
March 8: Altogether 160 civilians and 77 Police personnel were killed in 338 Naxal (left wing extremist) strikes during the past four years in Bihar, the State Government informed the Assembly. Replying to a query, Minister in charge of Home Affairs Brijendra Prasad Yadav said out of the 40 Districts in the State, 33 are Naxal-affected and a total of 160 civilians and 77 Policemen were killed in 338 Maoist attacks during the past four years.
March 13: Suspected cadres the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a JCB machine and one tractor of a road construction company at Dumraon in Buxar District.
March 14: Heavily-armed personnel of the Revolutionary Communist Centre (RCC), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, raided the office of a private road construction firm, burnt a machine and kidnapped an engineer, Sudip Ghosh, from Banahi village of Gaya District. The engineer was released in Sherghati forest in the morning of March 15.
March 15: An official of the State Government said that the number of people killed in Maoist violence in Bihar declined in 2006-09 as compared to previous years.
March 17: Intensifying anti-Naxal operations, Bihar Government raised cash rewards for those providing information leading to arrests of CPI-Maoist leaders who have been evading arrest for long.
March 22: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered an explosion on the railway tracks between Kasta and Paraiya stations in Gaya District during 48-hour bandh (shutdown). This resulted into derailing of seven coaches and engine of the 2445 up Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. There was no casualty or serious injury.
March 23: Around 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a Government toll plaza at Mahapur in Gaya District and shot dead a private security guard, identified as Wakil Singh, and a truck driver identified as Krishna Kant. They also looted 25 weapons including rifles, carbines and ammunition.
Six Policemen including five Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) constables and Station House Officer (SHO) Virendra Yadav, were injured when the Maoists exchanged fire with the Police at a market in Belsand of Sitamarhi District. Superintendent of Police (SP) Anwar Hussain said that 500 armed Maoists arrived at Belsand Bazaar and asked shopkeepers to pull down shutters. The Police rushed to the spot, and in the exchange of fire, six Policemen were injured while the Maoists managed to escape.
Around 80 Maoists attacked Jamunia village in Nawada District and injured two persons with gun shots.
The Maoists ransacked the LPG godown of a Parliamentarian, Anwarul Haque, at Belsand in Sitamarhi District and looted INR 172,000. Belsand Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nawal Kishore Singh said the Maoists also fired on the Police party and the Police returned 10 rounds of fire. Police arrested one Suresh Ram and detained Mohd Ali Sher in this connection.
A Police jeep was set ablaze by the Maoists in Sheohar District.
Sahdeo Das, a leader of the TPC, a Maoist splinter group, was arrested from Menka village under Imamganj Police station of Gaya District. Earlier associated with the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre, he remained an active cadre of the CPI-Maoist till 2006.
March 24: Over 50 armed Maoists destroyed an under construction Police station building by triggering dynamite blast at Bhelbi in Saran District. The Maoists also opened fire indiscriminately and left behind a handbill demanding the State Government to immediately halt 'Operation Green Hunt' and release its top leaders lodged in jails. No casualty was reported in the incident.
March 25: Badri Yadav, a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested and six others were detained from Paraiya Police station area in Gaya District for interrogation in connection with blast leading to the derailment of Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express near Gaya Railway station on March 22.
March 26: Over 100 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a newly constructed Police station building and a block office with dynamites and later on burnt 12 trucks at Tilauthar in Rohtas District. They also looted cash and mobiles from the truck drivers.
Police demolished a bunker of Maoists and recovered 67 detonators, 300 rounds of ammunition of self-loading rifles, timer devices and 700 uniforms of the Maoists at Dhakpahari village in Gaya District.
A Maoist, who was injured during an encounter with the Police at Charpokhari village, was arrested in Jamui District. A rifle was recovered from the encounter-site.
March 28: ADG (headquarters) P. K. Thakur said Police busted a Maoist camp at Dhakanchua forest in Gaya District near the State's border with Jharkhand and seized 50 kilograms of explosives, one rifle, one pistol, 10 detonators, 250 bullets of SLRs, besides explosives and fuse wire.
March 29: Over 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up two school buildings at Duddha village in Kaimur District.
Director General of Police (DGP) Neelmani informed that Bihar Government will raise the insurance cover of Policemen and Home Guard personnel posted in 15 Maoist-affected Districts from INR 1,200,000 now to INR 1,375,000. The Districts identified are Patna, Nalanda, Gaya, Nawada, Jehanabad, Arwal, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Kaimur, Bhagalpur, Sitamarhi, East and West Champaran, Munger and Jamui.
March 30: 13 cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested and three cane bombs and several Police uniforms were recovered during two separate raids in Jamui District.
March 30-31: The East Central Railway (ECR) cancelled four trains, changed the routes of two trains and imposed a speed restriction for Rajdhani Express trains, due to the CPI-Maoist shutdown to protest the Operation Green Hunt.
April 1: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a doctor, Dinesh Prasad, at Nauhatta in Sasaram, the headquarter town of Rohtas District.
April 2: Over 100 heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a base camp of CRPF 47 Battalion and its Special Armed Force (SAF) inside Lootwa forest in Gaya District. No casualties were reported.
April 4: Around six heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the office of Jagdamba Construction, confined the labourers in a room and set ablaze a road construction machine near Paharpura village in Aurangabad District.
April 7: Around 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted Sitaram Rai, headman of Usri village in Darbhanga District.
Cadres of the Rautia Communist Centre (RCC), a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, set ablaze a road construction machine hired by a sub-contractor's sub-contractor under Tekari Police station in Gaya District shortly before midnight.
April 8: About 100 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a person, identified as Badan Singh, and his son Visambhar in Kenar-Khurd village under Chenari Police Station in Rohtas District.
Eleven suspected Maoists, including an ‘area-commander’, identified as Sheotahal Sahni, were arrested in separate raids from Belsand area of Sitamarhi District.
April 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school, a community hall and two health centres at Sarodag village in Kaimur District.
April 12: Five suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested and a huge quantity of explosive was seized by the Police from Fatehpurmore in Nawada District.
Suspected Maoists threatened to kill a former army officer, Umesh Sharma and his family at Madhu Chapra village in Muzaffarpur District village if he failed to pay them INR 1.5 million.
April 13: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted and hacked to death two persons at Rajaun village in Jamui District. They were identified as panchayat samiti (block level local self Government institution) member Arjun Paswan, and Rajaun village chief of Poorest Areas Civil Society programme Vishnudeo Yadav.
April 15: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze several trucks and machines of two road construction companies in Vaishali and Aurangabad Districts. Two earth moving machines, a tractor, truck and dumpers were set ablaze at Madarna in Vaishali District while three trucks of a construction company were burnt at Seema village in Aurangabad District.
April 17: Two Special Auxiliary Police commandos were injured in an ambush on a Police patrol by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Azad Bigha village in Gaya District.
April 22: A father-son duo, identified as Rajiv Mahto and his son Pawan, suspected to be involved in supplying arms to CPI-Maoist, were arrested and ten bombs and 275 grams of heroin were recovered from them at Batauna in Madhubani District.
April 24: Over 50-60 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up with dynamite two buildings housing the additional health sub-centre and the training centre for blanket and carpet industries at Bangalwa in Munger District.
April 29: An arms supplier to the CPI-Maoist, identified as Shrawan Das, was arrested from Madhaul village in Muzaffarpur District. A Special Task Force (STF) team seized one regular double barrel gun, one rifle, nine live cartridges and one kilogram of explosive materials from his possession.
May 6: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two buses near a village under Maker Police station in Saran District. No casualty was reported in the incident.
The CPI-Maoist cadres damaged railway tracks in Muzaffarpur District to enforce their 48-hour north Bihar bandh (shutdown). Two sleepers were damaged and at least 25 clippers removed between Kurahni and Turki stations on Muzaffarpur- Hajipur section of the East Central Railway affecting rail traffic.
Chandan, an ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from a place under Paroo Police station in Muzaffarpur District. Maoist literature, 243 detonators and fuse wire were seized from the place. The documents recovered from him revealed that Maoists had a definite plan to blast the house of BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Chhapra shortly.
May 7: The CPI-Maoist cadres caused derailment of four bogies of Sealdah-Balia Express (3105) near Chaksikandar on the Hajipur-Barauni section in Samastipur District.
May 8: Five suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Police in Sitamarhi District.
May 14: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two dumpers and as many rollers of a road construction company near Sherghati in Gaya District.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, Dwarika Prasad, was arrested by the CRPF from Barachatti in Gaya District. 25 live cartridges, some explosive material and INR 10,000 in cash were recovered from his possession.
May 17: An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist Rajgrihi Ram, was arrested by Police from Pithiao village in Rohtas District.
May 18: Around 50 armed Maoists set ablaze five tractors at Jogiya village of Khairabind panchayat (village level self governing body) under Muffassil Police station in Aurangabad District.
Villagers repulsed the attacked of the Maoists on a brick kiln at Jagdishpur village in Saran District.
More than 12 heavily armed Maoists planted two can bombs weighing more than 5 kilograms each on the railway tracks at level crossing between Guraru and Ismailpur stations in Gaya. Subsequently, they assaulted Basu Deo Yadav, the gangman present there, and also put up posters nearby. Undeterred by the assault, the gangman alerted senior officials and the bombs were removed.
May 20: Around 200 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the railway line with dynamites at Chintamani village between Dighwara and Pipra stations in West Champaran District causing derailment and burning of fourteen oil tankers of the goods train.
May 21: Over 200 cadres of the CPI-Maoist laid a siege on Ramban village and killed five villagers in Sheohar District. While Siya Ram Rai (55), Bhagwan Rai (50), Bhola Rai (21) and Manohar Thakur (20) were shot dead, 25-year-old Visheshwar Thakur's throat was slit. Another villager, Subodh Kumar Rao, was injured.
The Police arrested Bablu Kumar Rai and Pintu Kumar for supplying arms to the Maoists and seized 40 quintals Ammonium Nitrate, packed in 80 sacks, and 300 detonators from Amartalab hill area of Rohtas District.
May 22: About 60 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist cadres killed Mukesh Yadav (30) and his mother at Pachpan village in Masaudhi region in Patna District.
May 23: Three Maoists, identified as Santosh, Bhagirath and Ungar Ram, were arrested by the Police from Khurja Toja village in Sheohar District.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashish Chandra got injured after a suspected Left Wing Extremist woman attacked him with chair at her house at Sobhana Chak area in Munger District when Chandra had gone to the house to investigate a case.
May 30: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was allegedly killed by his associates for working against the outfit near Banvarsha village in Munger District.
June 3: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed during an encounter with the Police and CRPF at Baghail forest under Bhim sanctuary in Munger District. The encounter that lasted for seven hours took place after the Security Forces (SFs) combed the area on receiving a tip-off that about 50 Maoists were hiding there and had planned to sabotage Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's proposed June 5 visit to Kaira in the District.
June 6: Sunil Thakur, alleged to have supplied arms and ammunitions to the CPI-Maoist, surrendered at Sanghwara Police station in Darbhanga District. One locally-made pistol, two rifles and 22 rounds of ammunition were recovered from him.
June 7: The Bihar Police arrested Rajendra Paswan alias Paras, zonal commander of the CPI-Maoist from Alpa village under the Konch Police Station in Gaya District.
June 11: Three top leaders of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in the State capital Patna by Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police. They were identified as Subodhji alias Lambuji, Arjun Kumar and Sonu Kumar. They were top leaders of the Bihar-Jharkhand 'Special Area Committee' of the CPI-Maoist. Six mobile sets, four chargers, Maoist literature and INR 771,000 in cash were recovered from them.
June 14: Over 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked Islampur railway station in Gaya District and abducted the station master and two other railway employees.
About 200 armed CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at a Police Station in Rohtas District. The Special Forces deployed in the area countered the gunfire.
The Maoists called a 48-hour bandh (shut down) in Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.
Acting on a specific intelligence input, Security Forces neutralised a suspected Maoist hideout in the Lohwar area of Gaya District and found a cache of bombs and explosive material. The recoveries included nine can bombs of five kilograms each, two bags containing 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate explosive, electric wires, 28 electronic detonators and a country-made pistol.
June 15: Over 50 armed Maoists blew up Khadi Gram branch of State Bank of India (SBI) with dynamite and looted INR 92,000 from it in Jamui District.
Two Maoists were arrested and explosives recovered after an encounter in the Bhalua forest area of Gaya District. The seizure included nine can bombs.
The interrogation of a senior Maoist leader, Shambhu, a member of the Maoist 'Central Military Commission', arrested by the Security Forces in Bihar revealed a link between them and insurgent groups in the Northeast. Shambhu is believed to have been active in Bihar and Jharkhand.
June 18: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the office of a private road construction firm and set ablaze several machines at Dulhin Bazaar locality, under the Paliganj subdivision in Patna District.
June 25: Four suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist carrying 300 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in manufacturing explosives, were arrested from Chakai in Jamui District. The chemical was probably being taken to Charka Pathar in Jharkhand for the Maoists, sources said. Of the four, Nageswar Das and Bideshi Paswan were known Maoists while others could be their associates, the sources said.
June 28: Two cadres of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), identified as Chenari Yadav and Kailash Yadav, were arrested from Jogia village in Gaya District.
June 29: Police seized 200 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 120 detonators and five packets of gelatine, besides four pistols and live cartridges in Munger District. Police said it raided a house in Sakarpur village following a tip-off and found the explosives, possibly stockpiled there for the CPI-Maoist.
June 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres on Munger-Jamui Road stopped a jeep, abducted the driver and chopped off his head for daring to defy their bandh call and carry a wedding party. As reported earlier, the Maoists have called for a 48-hour-bandh (shut down) in five States — Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
Dukhit Ram, an accused in the case of Jehanabad jail break by the Maoists in November 13, 2005, was arrested from Arwal District, Police said. Acting on a tip-off, Police raided a house at Baljory Bigha village and arrested Ram.
Maoists-sponsored bandh has become a regular feature in Bihar with as many as 19 bandhs called by the Maoists in the State in 2010 alone. These exclude the 48-hour bandh called by them from June 29-midnight against "anti-people policies of the Central government".
July 1: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a mobile telephone tower at Chiraiya in East Champaran District. Around 50 Maoists raided Mirpur village, sprayed petrol and burnt the generator room adjacent to the tower. The tower was partially damaged.
Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by Special Task Force of Bihar Police from Gaya railway station. The arrested Maoists were identified as Vijay Ram alias Varun, a self-styled ‘zonal commander’ of Rajgir sub-zone, Alakhdeo Rajbansi alias Saddam, Vinod alias Bablu kumar, self-styled ‘area commanders’ and Naresh Das, Magadh zone member of the outfit.
July 2: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Pradyuman Sharma, known for his ruthless methods of fund-raising for the organisation through extortion, was arrested from his native village Rustampur under the Hulasganj Police station in Jehanabad District. Sharma is believed to be a zonal rank functionary of the CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a former colleague, identified as Umesh Mehta (20), a native of Burma village under Kutumba Police station in Aurangabad District for extracting money in the name of their organisation.
July 11: A group of 60 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted 11 villagers from Loda village in Kaimur District and also took away their licensed weapons.
July 13: Raghubir Tanti, secretary of the north-central committee of the CPI-Maoist was arrested at Bakhatpur in Begusarai District. Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar said Tanti was an arms and ammunition supplier to the Maoists and organised the ‘red army' gatherings in the District.
The Maoists released nine of the 11 villagers, whom they had abducted from Kaimur District.
July 14: The Maoists freed the remaining two of the 11 villagers abducted by them from Kaimur District.
July 15: Bihar will get two Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17 helicopters exclusively for keeping a tab on the activities of the CPI-Maoist in the State. A decision to the effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai in New Delhi. One chopper will be deployed in Gaya and Rohtas Districts while the other one will be used in Jamui, Munger and Lakhisarai Districts.
The DGP said a counter-insurgency training centre has become functional at Bodh Gaya while two others at Dehri and Dumraon are likely to start functioning from next month. Hundred personnel of Bihar Military Police and another 100 of District armed Police would be trained at each of these centres in each batch. They would be trained in fighting Maoists by Armymen, including Colonel-rank officials, Neelmani said.
July 22: Over 40 armed cadres of CPI-Maoist raided Tendua village in Rohtas District and abducted four villagers at gunpoint over a land dispute. They released one person later.
July 25: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Noor Alam and Nake Mohammed, were arrested by a Special Task Force of the Bihar Police in East Champaran District.
July 30: Two cadres of CPI-Maoist, identified as Suresh Yadav and Ram Vilas Yadav, were arrested in a Police raid at Ramkeriya village in Gaya District. Three country-made carbines, a country-made rifle, two country-made pistols and five bullets were also recovered from them.
August 3: Railway authorities cancelled five train services and diverted the routes of six others as a precautionary measure in view of the shut down called by the CPI-Maoist in Bihar and four other States.
August 30: The death toll of Security Forces (SFs) in the August 29 fierce encounter between SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres in the forests of Kajra Hills of Lakhisarai District was confirmed as seven. Four SF personnel were still missing.
August 31: The Maoists freed Tariyani Block Development Officer Manoj Kumar Singh two days after he was abducted from Sheohar District where he had gone for an official visit, according to the Police.
September 1: The CPI-Maoist reportedly demanded the release of their eight cadres lodged in various jails of Bihar by the evening failing which they would kill the four policemen ‘abducted’ during the Lakhisarai encounter on August 29 in which seven Policemen were killed. The Maoists also want the State Government to immediately remove Police deployment from Kodasi hills. One Avinash, who claimed to be the Maoist spokesperson for Lakhisarai-Munger-Jamui, called up local news channels over the last 24 hours and demanded immediate release of their eight commanders, including Jaipaswan, Vijay Chourasia, Prem Bhuiyan and Pramod Barnwal, by 4pm. Avinash also confirmed the death of one of their ‘commanders’, Ratan Yadav, in the encounter, and claimed to have taken away 35 Police weapons. Avinash, also said, "Sunday's [August 29] action was a fitting reply to the Operation Green Hunt launched by the Union Government in neighbouring States." He warned of more such actions, if "Police continue to hunt us''. Avinash said the CPI-Maoists have fixed a deadline of 36 hours for the Government to stop the combing operation in Lakhisarai. "We do not want to kill the hostages but...,'' he said and also appealed to the hostages' family members to exert pressure on the Government to concede their demands.
September 4: The Bihar Police arrested the two senior Maoist leaders in an encounter in a combing operation near the forests of Lakhisarai in the morning and claimed that one of them is the mastermind behind the abduction of four Bihar Policemen. The alleged mastermind was identified as Pramod. The other leader’s identity is yet to be established.
September 6: The three Policemen - Abhay Prasad Yadav, Rupesh Kumar Sinha and Ehshan Khan, who were taken hostage on August 29, were released by the CPI-Maoist in Lakhisarai District in the morning 6.30 am [IST]. The Policemen were found in a Tata Safari and reported to have reached the Lakhisarai Police Station.
August 30: The Police lodged an FIR in connection with the August 29 Lakhisarai encounter in the Kajra Police Station. While 17 accused have been named, 150 others are unidentified accused. The FIR names Subhash Sah, Rambali Manjhi, Rigan Manjhi, Sridas, Babulal Paswan, Pappu Ram, Bechan Das, Uttam Mandal, Bijay Koda, Rameshwar Koda, Baleshwar Bharti, Sitaram Koda, Bhattu Koda, Bhagwan Da, Paresh Da, Lallan Da and Kaira Manjhi as the accused.
September 6: There was no deal with the CPI-Maoist to secure the release of three Policemen abducted over a week ago (August 29), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, and asserted that the Government has been "firm on unconditional talks" with the Maoists. Nitish Kumar said he regretted the killing of Lucas Tete, who belonged to Jharkhand. The chief minister, however, said he could not guarantee that such incidents would not occur again.
Nitish Kumar invited Maoists to give up violence and contest the Assembly polls, even as he asked for central forces "at every booth" to pre-empt election-time attacks.
Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai talking to reporters in Kollam in Kerala said that the ongoing operations against the Maoists in Bihar will continue.
September 9: About 400 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze several houses, including that of Dhanraj Sharma, a BJP District Vice-President, and looted jewellery and other valuables worth INR 5 million in Imamganj area of Gaya District. Police said the Maoists held a ‘kangaroo court’ that passed an order for "attachment of properties" of Dhanraj Sharma and a close aide of Bihar Assembly Speaker U. N. Choudhury, and eight others in Kotiya village for working against them.
September 17: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist had planned to replicate the 2005 Jehanabad jailbreak in Jamui District in August to free their 51 cadres lodged in the jail, Police said. Arrested Maoist Baro Koda, suspected of killing Civil Jamadar Lucas Tete, revealed the Police during interrogation that Maoists had decided to replicate Jehanabad jailbreak by raiding Jamui jail to free their cadres. A Police Official said Baro Koda disclosed that lack of sophisticated arms and ammunition like mortars, hand grenades and rocket launchers delayed the plan by three days that led to a surprise six-hour gunfight in Lakhisarai District August 29, in which seven Policemen were killed and 10 injured. Koda told Police that about 150 heavily armed Maoists and hundreds of men from the PLGA assembled in forest area in Lakhisarai and were ready for the attack on Jamui jail.
Three Maoists were shifted to Bhagalpur jail from the Motihari central jail following reports that their escape might be orchestrated by their cadres. The three Maoists are Musafir Sahni, secretary of Maoist's north Bihar zonal committee, Jai Mangal Thakur and Ram Parvesh Baitha.
Two villagers were killed in a gun battle between 150 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist and the residents of Dugha and Bandha villages in the nearby forest area in Kaimur District. "Village head Satyanarayan Singh and another villager were killed in the encounter and the casualty on the part of the Maoists was not immediately known," Superintendent of Police P. K. Srivastava said. The expelled BSP MLA Ram Chandra Singh Yadav claimed that 26 villagers were surrounded by the Maoists.
September 21: Police found the dead bodies of Kundan Ravidas and Bahadur Yadav, both cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Kharik village in Jamui District. The two Maoists were killed by their colleagues. Ravidas is said to be a former 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, while Yadav is believed to be a hardcore member of the outfit.
September 22: Intelligence sources said that Sanjeev Yadav alias Vijay, a top Maoist leader and regional committee member having considerable influence in the Magadh region, is trying to get a ticket for his wife, "preferably from Janata Dal-United (JD-U) because of the bigger winning potential" from Gurua (Gaya) assembly seat to contest in the forthcoming state general election.
September 23: The Bhagalpur Police arrested Amlesh Singh alias Amlesh Rana, an 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist of Bhimbandh area in Munger District, from a private nursing home at Patal Babu road in Bhagalpur. Amlesh was later handed over to the Lakhisarai Police as he was wanted there for his alleged involvement in the Lakhisarai encounter on August 29. His wife Nilam Devi and Bikram Koda (14), a member of Bal Dasta (children squad) of the CPI-Maoist, were also arrested along with him.
Two more Maoist cadres, identified as Gopal Hembrom and Rajesh Murmu, were arrested by the Lakhisarai Police, from Kajra area in the District.
October 1: About 60 armed Maoists ‘attached’ the moveable property of four farmers for supporting Shanti Sena, a private army formed by a former bandit king Ram Bachan Yadav, allegedly to take on the Maoists at Dhansa village in Rohtas District.
October 3: DGP Neelmani said that a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Bechan Das, one of the suspects in the encounter with Police near Ramtalnagar village in Lakhisarai District on August 29, was arrested.
SSP Amit Lodha said that the chief of Revolutionary Communist Centre (RCC), a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, Rajendra Mahto and his associate Vikas, were arrested from under Amas Police Station area of Gaya District.
October 7: The Police on intelligence inputs raided the Motihari Central jail in East Champaran District and seized a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card, five Mobile chargers, several daggers and other sharp edged weapons. There was information that the cadres of the CPI-Maoist were planning a jail break, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Town) S. K. Saroj said. Security of the jail premises had been augmented after receiving the information as several hardened criminals and Maoists were lodged there. Altogether 28 Maoists were lodged here out of which 8 hard core ones were shifted to Bhagalpur and other central jails due to security reasons recently, Saroj said.
October 9: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Mohammad Nehaluddin was abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres from Laltenganj village in Aurangabad District and was released at Ketki in neighbouring Gaya District after three hours. The MLA was abducted while campaigning in the Madanpur block, along with his four supporters. Bihar DGP Neelmani, who initially said the Maoists abducted the MLA and his men and took them to the nearby hills, later, told reporters that the Maoists detained the MLA for a few hours. They also damaged windowpanes of three vehicles, which were part of the RJD legislator's convoy.
October 15: Four persons, including two CPI-Maoist cadres, were arrested from Lakhisarai District. The two Maoists were identified as Nandu Thakur, a resident of Khudiban, and Gaurav Raj, from Ghatwari village under Dharhara Police Station in Munger District. The two other persons are suspected to be Maoists but their identities are yet to be ascertained. They were putting up a poster at a polling station at Khudiban village calling for boycott of the coming assembly polls due on November 9, 2010.
October 14: Police arrested three cadres of the UCPN-M, identified as Bali Ram Tharu, Jit Bahadur Chaudhary and Kabindra Chaudhary of Prasauni-3 of Nawalparasi District were arrested in Bihar, suspecting that they were supporting the CPI-Maoist. Sources said that they were carrying leaflets of the CPI-Maoist.
October 20: CPI-Maoist posters calling for boycott of the coming Bihar assembly polls scheduled to be held from October 21 to November 20 were found pasted at several places in Munger District.
October 22: Five Police personnel were killed on the spot and another injured when the cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast at Jhitkahi Bridge under Shyampur Bhataha Police Station in Sheohar District at around 8.45pm [IST]. The victims include the SHO of Shyampur Bhataha Police Station, Praveen Kumar Singh and four SAP troopers. The incident occurred only 36 hours prior to Sheohar going to the polls in the second round of the Bihar Assembly Elections on October 24.
The dead body of one Govardhan Yadav was found in Gobaria forest at Barachatti area in Gaya District. Maoist cadres had abducted Govardhan Yadav from Chando village along with Mohamed Kaiser from Jaigir village in the night of October 21. Where-abouts of Kaiser is not known.
October 24: More than 60 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the house of a sarpanch, Guddu Sharma, using dynamite at Mahipalpur village under Maker Police Station in Saran District. Saran SP A. K. Satyarthi said that there was no report of any casualty, adding, "Only a portion of Sharma's house was blown up." Later, a fierce gun battle broke out between the Maoists and Police. According to reports, over 100 Maoists were present at the location and engaged with the Police personnel.
Heavily-armed Maoists raided booth No. 166 in Runnisyedpur Assembly constituency in Sitamarhi District and set ablaze an electronic voting machine and other poll material, SP Rakesh Kumar Rathi said. Three poll personnel were reportedly went missing after the incident, but the SP ruled out their abduction by the Maoists.
In Muzaffarpur District, vehicles of State Minister and JD-U leader Dinesh Prasad Kushawaha and BJP nominee Veena Devi were attacked by Maoists at two different places in their constituencies, Minapur and Gayghat respectively. While the minister escaped unhurt, his bodyguard suffered injuries in the attack.
Defying Maoist boycott call, Bihar recorded 52.55% voter turnout — about 9% more than 2009 Parliamentary elections — in the second round of the Bihar assembly polls for 45 constituencies.
October 25: Mohammad Salim Hasan, an Assistant Sub-Inspector, posted as a reader in the confidential section of the Munger District SP M Sunil Naik’s residential office, was arrested for leaking his superior's movements to the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Munger District. Salim was supplying information about the actions and movements of the SP to Maoists for long, Naik said. "Hasan also gave information about the then SP K C Surendra Babu who was killed in a landmine blast by Maoists in 2005," Naik added.
October 26: Over 45 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze three campaign vehicles at Badakihathiya in Munger District. The Maoists stopped the vehicles belonging to RJD, Congress and Janvadi Samajwadi Party in a forest area, pulled the occupants out and assaulted them before setting ablaze the vehicles. The vehicles were used for campaigning by party candidates for Tarapur Assembly constituency in Bihar, which would go to poll in the fourth phase on November 1.
The Maoists have issued new threat with dire consequences to the people of Gaya District to boycott the six-phase on-going Assembly polls in the State.
October 28: An IED exploded while it was being defused near the Jordi school building under Madanpur Police Station in Aurangabad District. One Police constable was injured in the explosion. The bomb disposal squad had been called in after four bombs were found planted in the school by cadres of the CPI-Maoist. The other three bombs were defused.
November 1: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a blast near a bridge on the Chakai-Jamui main road in Betia forest in Jamui District. However, none was injured in the incident.
November 3: Four containers, earlier suspected to be bombs planted by the CPI-Maoist at a proposed polling station in a school under Kutumba Assembly constituency in Aurangabad District, had no explosives in them, Police said. "After a seven-hour-long effort, the bomb disposal squad could open the containers recovered from Ketaki High School in the wee hours. However, those were filled with cow dung," Director General of Police Neelmani told reporters at Patna.
Eighteen Maoists have been made named accused along with another around two dozen unnamed Maoists in the FIR lodged in connection with planting of a bomb at a middle school at Madanpur in Aurangabad District on October 28. A Bihar Military Police (BMP) trooper was injured while assisting in diffusing the bomb. The Maoists had also placed three landmines on the road leading to the village.
November 5: Over 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked Baratand village in Banka District and fired several rounds killing two villagers on the spot and injuring two others.
November 7: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed abducted JD-U party worker Amrendra Prasad in Barwadih village under Dumaria Police Station in Gaya District. Heavily-armed Maoists had abducted Amrendra Prasad along with Uday Prasad, the Dumaria Block JD-U president, during an election campaign in the night of November 5. Earlier, the Maoists had freed Uday Prasad on November 6.
November 8: Ten wagons of a goods train got derailed when a group of over 50 Maoists triggered a dynamite blast blowing up the railway track near Kurhani railway station in Hajipur-Muzaffarpur section of East-Central Railway in Muzaffarpur District.
November 7-8: The Maoists attacked a Central forces camp in Magra village, which falls under Dumaria police station of the District. The encounter began on late night of November 7 and continued for several hours. Police sources said that while there was heavy retaliation from both sides, there were no reports of any casualties.
November 8: Two Security personnel from a bomb disposal squad, identified as Vijay Kumar and Jai Chand Prasad were killed while defusing a powerful can bomb planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist on the premises of Banke bazaar block in Gaya District. Terming the incident as "highly unfortunate," Bihar DGP Neelmani said the bomb went off accidentally while it was being defused. Two SAP personnel and two members of a local television news channel were also injured in the incident.
A 15 kilogram cane bomb was recovered from Deochand Dih village in the Dumaria Police Station area in the District. DGP Neelmani said acting on an intelligence input, CRPF personnel raided a place and recovered the cane bomb kept by suspected Maoists in a garbage pile-up, Neelmani said.
The Maoists set ablaze four trucks in the early hours of the day in the District.
The Maoists blew up two mobile towers at Madanpur and Rafiganj in Aurangabad District.
November 9: Over 50 heavily armed CPI-Maoist cadres surrounded a bus, pulled out the driver and helper from the bus and set it ablaze at Nagma village in Gaya District.
Over 50 armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked and set ablaze a makeshift party office of RJD under Tekari Assembly constituency at Mathurapur under Guraru Police Station in Gaya District. No casualty was reported. Some Maoist leaflets asking the people to stay away from voting on that day were also found from the incident site. Tekari will go to polls on November 20, the sixth and final phase of Assembly Elections in the State.
November 10: Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested Umesh alias Radheshyam Yadav and Laldas Mochi alias Mukesh, both cadres of the CPI-Maoist during a raid in Chandpur Bela locality from their hideout in Patna District. Acting on the revelations made by the arrested Maoists, the Police team carried out a fresh raid and seized INR 165, 000, six cell phones, three carbines, five remote control triggers, 5,420 cartridges of different makes including those of AK-47, 25,000 detonators, 38 INSAS magazines, four magazines of .303 make, one SLR magazine, 200 flash lights for landmines, two bundles of fuse wire, nine carbine magazines, Police clothes and four walkie- talkies, 11 timer circuit devices, 11 landmine batteries, one pipe-fitting landmine, 50 springs, one pressure device, one tonne explosive powder, 500 rifle ceilings, 20 revolver holsters, 10 timer devices, 10 boxes of Maoist literature and two fake driving licenses, among other things. Senior Superintendent of Police Bachchu Singh Meena said the arrested Maoists were wanted in connection with the Jehanabad jailbreak in 2005, Mauri (Paliganj) massacre and other Maoist violence cases.
November 11: Suspected cadres of the Maoists set ablaze the campaign vehicle of Anil Kumar, a Janata Dal-United candidate from Tekari Assembly seat, in Laxman Bigha village under Konch Police Station area in Gaya District.
About ten Maoists intercepted Rajendra Singh, an independent candidate from Guruwa Assembly seat, in a location between Vishunpur and Dhanauti village in the District and poured kerosene before setting ablaze his campaign vehicle, SSP Amit Lodha said. However, the Maoists left six supporters of Singh unharmed by allowing them to get out of the vehicle before setting it ablaze, Lodha said. Tekari and Guruwa are two of the 26 seats that will go to polls on November 20 in the sixth and final phase of Bihar Assembly Elections. Police recovered leaflets and posters from the incident site asking people to boycott the polls.
November 12: The personnel of the BSF escaped a landmine blast that was triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres, at Saliya village in Gaya District. The landmine exploded barely a couple of minutes before the BSF personnel passed over it. The driver of the BSF vehicle had stopped the vehicle before the blast suspecting the presence of the landmine, Police said. Saliya village is in Imamganj Assembly constituency, which goes to the polls in the sixth and final phase in Bihar on November 20.
November 14: One person, suspected to be a CPI-Maoist cadre, was killed as Maoists blasted a culvert at Boulia under Nauhatta police station in Rohtas District of Bihar. Over 75 CPI-Maoist cadres gathered at the spot and triggered a landmine blast in which the culvert was blown up. The blast site is under Chenari assembly constituency going to polls in the sixth and final phase of assembly election on November 20.
November 16: Four top cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Dharo, resident of Lakhisarai, Sunna and Sunial alias Sanjay, residents of Munger and Anil Yadav, a resident of Jamui were arrested by the Police in Gobra hills in Munger District. The arrested Maoists were reportedly involved in the August 29 operation in Kajra forest in Lakhisarai District and also involved in Sangrampur block blast, setting ablaze of election campaign vehicle in Kharagpur recently besides several others cases.
A fast track court, sentenced a Maoist leader, identified as Arvind Kumar Yadav alias Raju Da Yadav to 10 years imprisonment and also slapped a fine of INR 50, 000 for looting four rifles and ten cartridges from Policemen Turki More in Banka District on November 23, 2007. The looted arms were later recovered from Chirauta village under Belhar Police Station area, according to the prosecution.
November 17: Police arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sudarshan Yadav alias Fidayak, resident of Roshanganj block and Parshuram, during a Police raid in Gaya District. Sudarshan belonged to the Maoist group headed by Sheetal Yadav. Police recovered a country made sten gun from Parshuram.
November 19: Six Maoist cadres, who are yet to be identified, were arrested from Nauhatta-Yadunathpur Road in Sasaram in Rohtas District. Some landmine-making equipment, two pistols and as many motorcycles were seized from them.
November 20: A BMP constable and a home guard were killed and nine others, including three journalists of private TV channels, injured when a landmine went off while it was being defused near Londa village in Imamganj Assembly constituency in Gaya District.
Security Forces recovered some fake bombs planted at three booths in Kasma Police Station area in Aurangabad District and at Ghatera booth under Guraru Police Station in Gaya District, Director General of Police, Neelmani said.
November 21: Eight persons, including five children, were killed and 11 others injured when a bomb planted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded in Pachokhar village in Aurangabad District. The bomb planted by the Maoists during the sixth and final phase of assembly elections was found on November 20 by a Police team, which left it in a field for follow up action in the absence of a bomb disposal squad. However, when the villagers went to the field in the morning, the bomb suddenly exploded.
November 25: Four armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two employees of Narayanpur princely estate, identified as Ranjit Sah and Arun Sah, in East Champaran District. The Maoists left a note at the site taking responsibility for the murder, Superintendent of Police Paras Nath said.
Over 50 armed Maoists raided the construction site of a proposed plant and set ablaze several equipment including four dumpers, three hydra cranes and mixer machine at Nabinagar in Aurangabad District. Superintendent of Police Vivek Raj Singh said the railway and NTPC are jointly setting up the proposed 2000 MW power plant at Surar village in Nabinagar. A combing operation has been launched to track down the Maoists, Singh added.
November 27: Two top cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Tetaria village in Aurangabad District. The Maoists, who are yet to be identified, were involved in a blast at Pachokhar in the District on November 21 in which eight persons, mostly children, were killed, the Police said.
November 30: 10 CPI-Maoist cadres and two villagers were killed in a fierce exchange of fire between a group of criminals and Maoists near the confluence of river Ganga-Gandak in Hiranman diara (riverine) area in Munger District, Superintendent of Police (SP) M Sunil Naik said on December 1. Four bodies - one of Murari Bind, a villager, and his nephew, besides two of the Maoists - were recovered so far, the SP said. He said the bodies of the Maoists who were killed during the fire were later cut into pieces and dumped in river Gandak by the criminals, he said, adding divers were engaged to trace rest of the bodies. According to intelligence inputs, the locals were fed up with the "rude and violent" behaviour of the Maoists in the area, Naik said. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll in the clash at around 25. Earlier it was reported that three Maoists were killed in the incident.
December 2: More than 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the office of a private road construction firm and set ablaze construction equipments, a mixer machine and a water tanker at Salempur Lodi Road under the Pali Police Station in Jehanabad District. The Maoists left behind leaflets, threatening the contractor with a fresh attack if extortion money was not paid, Superintendent of Police Ganesh Kumar said.
December 3: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist blasted three feet of railway track using dynamite near Tilrath railway station in Begusarai District. The Rail traffic was disrupted in the Barauni-Katihar section of the East Central Railway (ECR) for over six hours, ECR's Chief Public Relation Officer Dilip Kumar told PTI. After the blast, they gave a leaflet to the gang man Ram Naresh Yadav posted at railway crossing no 53 claiming responsibility, Kumar said.
The Maoists triggered a bomb blast on a railway line near Kursela station in Khagaria District. Fortunately, the explosion did not damage the lines, Kumar said. Leaflets left behind by the Maoists claimed that the blasts were in retaliation for the death of ten colleagues in a gun battle with criminals near the confluence of river Ganga-Gandak in Hiranman diara area in Munger District on November 29-30.
December 5: Four Maoist cadres, including a woman, were arrested in a search operation in the Belhar forest area of Banka District conducted jointly by State Police and CRPF. One of the arrested Maoists, Taro Mandal alias Tarkeshwar Mandal, is an 'area commander' was wanted in over two- dozen cases of violence in various Districts of Bihar. He was reportedly involved in former Munger Superintendent of Police (SP) KC Surendra Babu's killing (January 2005), Jhajha railway station attack, attack on Akbarnagar Police camp, blast in several Government buildings and nearly 35 incidents of Maoist violence, Police said. "A notorious Maoist Taro Mandal alias Tarkeshwar Mandal alias Shankar Rai, a resident of Chilki Khand village in Charka Pathar District has been arrested. Along with him Ranjeet Rai alias Suresh Rai from Kharagpur District has been arrested. Taro Mandal has been a wanted in more than two dozen cases," Banka SP, Shyam Kumar said. Two firearms, 45 live cartridges of bullets, cash a motorcycle and pamphlets related to Maoist activities were seized from them, Police said. However, no information was available about the other two arrestees.
December 7: Two top cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Munil Kumar Rai and Sunil Kumar Patel, were arrested during a raid conducted by the Police at a hideout in Badhichak Baghakol village in Saran District. The arrested Maoists have confessed their involvement in the landmine blast of a vehicle of a block pramukh (block chief) Guddu Sharma in which two persons were killed recently, Superintendent of Police AK Satyarthi said.
December 7-8: Around 20-25 armed cadres of TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, set ablaze a bus near Mathurapur under Mali Police Station in Aurangabad District. The Maoists asked the passengers to get down the bus before setting it ablaze.
December 8: Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist wanted in connection with setting ablaze a helicopter, used by the then BJP national president Venkaiah Naidu for campaigning in November 2005 Bihar Assembly polls, were arrested from the Barachatti Police Station area of Gaya District. They were identified as Paras Yadav, Dashrath Yadav, Bhola Yadav, Mahesh Yadav, Kedar Yadav and Kailash Yadav. A computer, a printer, a CPU and Maoist literature were seized from them.
December 10: Bihar Police searched a vehicle and arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Dharamvir Mahta alias Badalji, Bigan Mochi, Mahesh Kumar and Nirbhay Kumar near Mangila area of Patna District. At least 30 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 24 detonators, one bomb and a few kilograms of other explosive material was seized from them.
December 11: A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Munna Pandey, a close associate of the Maoist 'commander' Punit Sharma, was arrested by Police from Mokar village in Jehanabad District. One pistol, a rifle, a country-made rifle and 14 live cartridges were seized from him, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramnihora Thakur said.
December 18: Four CPI-Maoist cadres, Shivam, Sudhir, Vikas and Khuglesh, were arrested from Pirmukam village in Katihar District of Bihar. Some Maoist literature, banners and posters were also recovered from the possession of the arrested cadres. The four were wanted in connection with a blast.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a village guard at Tilokhar village in Rohtas District. The village guard was abducted by a group of about 10 Maoists from neighbouring Panduka village in the night of December 16, DIG (Sahabad range) S. K. Khopade said. A dispute over a piece of land was believed to be the reason behind the incident, the Police added.
December 21: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a self-styled 'zonal commander', identified as Chandradeo Paswan alias Roshan were arrested by the Police from Orwa village under Barachatti Police Station in Gaya District. Confirming the arrests, Sherghati SDPO Mahindra Prasad said one of the arrestees, identified as Satya Dev Yadav is said to be an expert in the art of laying landmines and three more persons, yet to be identified have been detained for their suspected involvement in Maoist activities in the District. The Maoists were wanted in connection with several criminal offences, Police said. One cylinder bomb and Maoist literature was also recovered from the possession of the arrested Maoists, the SDPO said.
December 22: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a farmer at Itwa village in Aurangabad District. Over 10 cadres caught hold of Ramaslok Sharma when he was working in a field and shot him dead, Police said.
December 23: The Bihar Police HQ has drawn up a comprehensive strategy to strengthen its hitherto depleted Police force in the next five years. The focus of the Bihar State Police HQ is to augment Police personnel in Police Stations in CPI-Maoist-affected Districts along the 735-kilometres long Indo-Nepal border and river Police Stations. Additional Police personnel will be recruited for patrolling the National and State Highways crossing through the State. Moreover, three new companies will be created in each battalion of BMP for controlling riots, Maoist activities and protecting vital installations in the State. Giving exhaustive statistics regarding the expansion of the Police Force in the State, State DGP Neelmani said as per the State Government's thrust on recruiting additional Police Forces to put Bihar on a par with the National average, 10,000 Policemen are to be recruited, including 1,000 inspectors each year for the next five years. This recruitment process, in a time-bound manner, will increase the current strength of 85,167 Policemen. The State Police HQ has already sent the proposal for the recruitment of additional forces to the State Government. Neelmani said that the State Police HQ has sought a sanction for augmenting Police personnel for the existing 372 Police Stations in the 16 Maoist-hit Districts, for the 52 Police Stations along Indo-Nepal border, besides 148 urban Police Stations and 274 rural or mufassil Police Stations across the State, Neelmani said. The DGP said even the 227 outposts in rural areas and the 371 town out-posts were to get Additional Police personnel. Aspects like traffic policing, monitoring tourist inflow, National and State Highway policing are to receive additional attention in the next five years.
December 24: A self-styled CPI-Maoist commander was arrested from Aurangabad District. Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested Janeswar Yadav wanted in several cases while he was standing near a shop, SP Vivek Raj Singh said. One pistol and half-a-dozen cartridges were seized from Janeswar, the SP said.
The Bihar Police are planning to introduce pre-fabricated underground bunkers in the State to intensify its counter-offensive against the CPI-Maoist. "The Jharkhand Police is also planning such bunkers. We will introduce bullet-proof bunkers to counter the Maoists as well as to protect our own Policemen," Bihar DGP Neelmani said. The DGP added that apart from having the adequate number of STF, SAP, home guards and other troopers positioned in the Maoist-affected regions, these bullet-proof underground bunkers will be pre-fabricated huts which can be piled onto trucks and moved as and when the need arises. Bihar, incidentally, has 16 Maoist-affected Districts including Patna. The other Maoist-hit Districts are Nalanda, Nawada, Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Kaimur, Bhojpur, Sitamarhi, East Champaran, West Champaran, Munger, Jamui and Bhagalpur.
December 25: On getting information that cadres of the CPI-Maoist have planned to attack the divisional jail, the State Police raided several places and arrested six Maoists from Rampur area in Gaya District. The six cadres were identified as 'zonal commander' Bhushan Sharma, 'regional commander' Suresh Yadav alias Chandan ji, 'area commanders' Jainandan Paswan, Jitendra Singh and Arjun Paswan and secretary of the outfit's 'zonal sub-committee' Yugal Yadav. The arrested Maoist leaders were involved in the killing of a station house officer Mithilesh Prasad in the District and 45 other Maoist related incidents in the State and Jharkhand, Police said. One AK-56 rifle, two regular carbines looted from Police, two country-made pistols, 249 live cartridges besides INR 59, 000 in cash and seven mobile phones were seized from them, Police added.
December 30: Altogether 51 senior cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) have been arrested by Bihar Police up to November 2010, according to official sources. These included seven 'zonal commanders', 10 'sub-zonal commanders' and 13 'area commanders'. The Police also seized 17,995 kilograms of explosive, 1.96 lakh detonators, 83 landmines and several bombs besides INR.3.525 million in cash during operations against the Maoists, officials sources added. Security men also recovered 130 weapons, 12 of them looted from Policemen, and over 8,200 different kinds of ammunition from the cadres. Altogether 166 Maoist-related incidents occurred in Bihar up to November, 2010 and the Police were engaged in encounters with Maoists at 21 places. Eight Maoist bunkers were also neutralised. A total of 14 Maoists surrendered before the Security personnel during the encounter. Maoists have also blasted 15 government buildings including Police posts, community centres, schools and block offices in 2010, the sources added.
CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead one, Ram Karan Mahto, at Maida Babhangama village under Birpur Police Station in Begusarai District. The CPI-Maoist called Mahto outside his house and as soon as he got out, they opened fire killing him on the spot.
January 2: Chhattisgarh Police said that it has devised a new strategy to combat the CPI-Maoist by packing a small area with adequate security personnel to force the Maoists to flee and develop it later.
January 4: The National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) has cut down iron ore transportation by 35 percent daily since January 1 as railway authorities have cancelled movement of goods trains during the night due to a shutdown call by the CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh.
January 5-6: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal civilian on suspicion of him acting as a Police informer in the Dantewada District.
January 6: At a forested village Gorkha under Bhejji Police Station, G. S. Marawi, the Additional Superintendent of Police (Dantewada) and a Special Police Officer, Bhunesh, sustained serious injuries when they stepped on a pressure-mine planted by the Maoists.
Two people were arrested and marijuana plants over a 10-acre uprooted in Bijapur District, a senior Police officer said adding that the plants were being grown by Maoists.
Four Maoists were arrested from Dantewada District, Police said. They arrestees were identified as Dashalram, Sonuram, Gunjam Somal and Barla Node. The extremists were arrested from forests near Kamakut village, Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra told PTI. Police suspect the arrested to be behind the torching of trucks belonging to a construction company in December 2009.
January 9: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with a Police party comprising the CoBRA and the Koya Commandos at Surpanaguda area near Jagurugondo in Dantewada District.
January 11: The SFs shot dead three CPI-Maoist cadres during an encounter in the Bijapur District.
Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist, wanted in several cases including arson, were arrested in the Dantewada District.
January 15: Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a gun battle in the Dantewada District.
January 19: 13 CPI-Maoist cadres and one Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group) activist were killed in a firing between Maoists and the Police in the dense Pareshgadh forest area, near Andhra Pradesh border, of Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh.
January 26: The CPI-Maoist cadres blocked roads in the Narayanpur District during their three-day shutdown, which began on January 25.
January 27: The CPI-Maoist cadres set 19 vehicles ablaze including trucks and excavators in Dantewada District. All the four-wheeler vehicles were a part of a project of the National Mineral Development Corporation in Kirandul area.
January 29: Chhattisgarh Government could consider changing the State's tendu patta (leaves of Diospyros melonoxylon) policy in a move to choke the income line of the CPI-Maoist.
January 29: A CRPF trooper was killed in a CPI-Maoist-triggered pressure bomb blast at Ettegata village on Injaram-Bheji road in the Dantewada District.
Head Constable Ajay Bhagat of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force was injured in a gun battle with the Maoists near Karkeli in Bijapur District.
The Police raided a Maoist hideout in the forests near Hatkara village in Kanker District in the early morning of January 29 and arrested a woman Maoist leader Renu Mandavi.
January 31: The CRPF has adopted two villages in Chhattisgarh - Jakba and Lokhandi. "CRPF has started two types of operations. The first one is Operation Green Hunt which is to arrest Maoists by raiding certain areas, and the second is, to adopt villages which are often affected by Maoist attacks," said Subhas Khunte, CRPF officer.
February 3: Eight CPI-Maoist cadres were shot dead by the Police in two gun-battles in Bijapur District. Seven Maoists were killed in forest under Bhairamgarh Police Station when SPOs raided a hideout. Another cadre was gunned down under Bijapur Police Station area.
February 6: As SFs intensified their efforts to push into the CPI-Maoist controlled Abuz Maad area in the Bastar forests of southern Chhattisgarh; the Maoist leadership moved the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) fighters into neighbouring Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Intelligence officers believe that there are five companies (each with strength of 100) of the PLGA, which has a strong presence in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Sources said two companies were moved to Orissa, one to Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, one to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and another to Jharkhand.
February 7: Five CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a Police encounter in Narayanpur District. The encounter took place at the forest area of Honganar in the District.
February 9: A contingent of Police Force along with 300 SPOs was trapped in a landmine and then ambushed by CPI-Maoist cadres at a village in Dantewada District where they were going to find the whereabouts of 12 missing tribals in pursuance of the Supreme Court's February 8 order.
February 12: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, were shot dead by the Police during a combing operation at Gangloor area in Bijapur District. One rifle and some explosives were recovered from the incident site.
February 17: A group of 50 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist dragged two villagers out of their house and killed them in Kanker District suspecting them to be Police informers.
One person, identified as Charan Singh was arrested for allegedly assisting Maoists after some explosives and Maoist literature were seized from his house in Dhamtari District.
February 20: Police arrested 11 cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Durgkondal area in Kanker District and seized explosives and guns from them.
February 21: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a state-run school building at Maheshwari village in Jamui District.
February 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Basudeo Singh (55), a farmer of Hasanpur village under Rajepur Police station in Motihari District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. Police recovered four posters, 12 empty cartridges of 9 mm pistol, two live cartridges and one live cartridge of a Self Loading Rifle (SLR) from the spot.
Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two vehicles and equipment of two private construction companies engaged in road construction at Mauar Khaira and Hawai villages in Aurangabad District, apparently for not meeting extortion demand.
March 2: Security Forces seized a huge cache of arms, ammunition and communication equipment from a hideout of the CPI-Maoist in the Narayanpur forest of Chhattisgarh. Police recovered pipe bombs, rifles and Maoist uniforms.
March 3: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested along with loaded guns and Maoist literature from Murarpani village in Rajnandgaon District.
March 5: The Chhattisgarh Police arrested five cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Rowghat Forest area in Kanker District. The arrested Maoists were identified as Lakhmu, Jai Singh, Santu, Hannu and Kohlu. Lakhmu was presiding over the Gardha Area Committee of the Maoists.
March 7: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted a security personnel posted with the DRDO unit in Bastar from Gorli area in Dantewada District. Police said 26-year-old Vinay Kumar Chouhan, who was on leave, belonged to Kukanar village.
March 10: A ‘deputy commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, Madhu Markam (25), was arrested by the Police from a thickly forested stretch in Kanker District. Markam, who hails from Bijapur in Bastar was carrying a reward of INR 150,000 on his head. The Police recovered explosives and Maoist literature from Markam.
March 12: Chhattisgarh State’s Panchayatraj (local level self-Government) Minister Ramvichar Netam said in the State Legislative Assembly that the CPI-Maoist cadres have stopped work of 300 roads which were to be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in the Bastar region.
March 18: Two CRPF personnel, head constable B. Haribhai and constable Balbir Singh were killed and three others were injured in an IED blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres on Awapalli-Basaguda road, about 500 kilometres south of the State capital Raipur.
March 19: CPI-Maoist terror threats have held up road laying work under a central Government scheme (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) in Dantewada District, with only one road of the 50 sanctioned being completed, Panchayat Minister Ramvichar Netam said in the assembly.
March 22: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist fought gun battles with the Police at three separate locations in Bastar region. A gun battle broke out in Bastar District's Mardum area when armed Maoists opened fire on a joint-contingent of the District Force (DF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Two other gun battles between the Police and the Maoists were reported from forested stretches of Narayanpur and Bijapur Districts. Bastar District Superintendent of Police, P. Sundaraj, claimed that four Maoists were killed in the gun battle but sources at the Police headquarters said Police failed to recover any dead body but three Maoists were arrested with some arms and ammunition.
Official sources said five battalions (over 5,000 personnel) of the BSF have been asked to move to Orissa border with Chhattisgarh. They said the deployment would be completed by month-end and the anti-Maoist operations in the strategic area are likely to begin around the same time.
March 25: Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said in the State Legislative Assembly that, "As many as 90 Maoists were killed and 12 of their terror camps were destroyed till Feb 27 this year in state's Bastar region under Operation Green Hunt."
March 26: Nine cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Koilibera area of Kanker District in Bastar region. Kanker Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav said that six guns and explosives were recovered from them.
April 6: 75 CRPF personnel and a State Policeman were killed in an attack by about 1000 CPI-Maoist cadres in Dantewada District.
April 7: A little over 36 hours after the Maoists ambushed a CRPF party in the Tarmetola forest near Chintalnar in Dantewada, the Maoists launched another audacious attack on the SFs in the night.
A joint team of the Border Security Force (BSF) and State Police arrested 12 suspected Maoists and seized their weapons from Koilibeda area of Kanker District.
April 8: The Dandakaranya special zonal committee of CPI-Maoist admitted that they also lost eight of their cadres in the Dantewada attack that killed 76 Security Force personnel. The attack was to mark the centenary of the Bhumkal adivasi rebellion and was to send a message to Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram to stop Operation Green Hunt.
The CRPF said it was conducting anti-Maoist operations in close consultation with Chhattisgarh Police and a joint offensive would be carried out.
April 14: One local leader of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with the Police and the BSF and 11 others were arrested in separate incidents from Narayanpur District of Bastar region.
April 14 and 15: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were successfully tested over the dense forests of Bastar in the first trial run for operations targeting the CPI-Maoist.
April 16: According to Ramanna, ‘secretary’ of the ‘south Bastar regional committee’ of the Maoists, media reports that Maoists used 1,000 fighters and three light machine guns and booby-trapped all trees on April 6 to attack CRPF men in Dantewada District were exaggerated. He also claimed to have set the ambush in 40 minutes.
April 20: Vinay Kodium, postman and also a local businessman, was shot dead by around 25 cadres of the CPI-Maoist at a weekly market in Matwada village in Bijapur District. The Maoists suspected him to be a supporter of their opponents.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist carried out near-simultaneous attacks on five camps of the CRPF in Dantewada District, triggering gunbattles.
April 23: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sundarlal, Sukalu, Narayan and Kamlesh, were arrested from a forested hamlet at Durgkondal in Kanker District.
Three Maoists, including a couple, surrendered before the Police in Bijapur District. The Maoists are identified as Dilip and his wife Sadhna and Sannu. Dilip, a 'commander' among the Maoists was associated with the movement for the last six years while his wife and Sannu were with the group for the last two years.
April 26: Former Chief of the BSF, E.N. Rammohan, submitted his report to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the April 6 Maoist ambush killing 76 Security Force personnel in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
April 27: In a bid to inspire its cadres, the CPI-Maoist is showing its cadres a CD of the April 6 massacre in Chhattisgarh in which 76 Security Force personnel were killed.
April 28: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a pressure bomb blast in Bijapur District, which caused serious injuries to two engineers of the public sector telecommunications undertaking Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
Suspected Maoists attacked family of Prem Singh at Panidobri village in Kanker District and looted household items worth INR 6,000.
April 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres opened random firing near a camp of the paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at Errabore in Dantewada District.
May 2: CPI-Maoist cadres killed Rajkumar Nayak, an activist of the 'Salwa Judum', (anti-Maoist vigilante group), under Mirtur Police station in Bijapur District.
Thirteen Maoists were arrested by the Police from Bijapur District. Eight Maoists were arrested from Ponjer village while five others were apprehended from jungles near the village.
May 4: Three armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in two separate gunfights with Security Force personnel in Bastar region. Two Maoists were killed in Narayanpur District in Benur’s forested stretch while third one was killed in Bijapur District. The Maoist killed in Bijapur was later identified as Rattu Ram Korsa.
May 5: Dilip, a ‘commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested along with his six associates by a team of Chhattisgarh Armed Forces in a forested pocket of Bastar region’s Narayanpur District. Dilip carried a reward of INR 50,000 for his capture. Explosives such as detonators and tiffin-box bomb besides Maoist literature were seized from them.
May 8: Eight CRPF personnel were killed when CPI-Maoist cadres blew up their bullet-proof vehicle near Pedakodepal village on National Highway 16 in Bijapur District and then fired at the security personnel.
May 9: Director General of Chhattisgarh Police Vishwa Ranjan said, "The big problem is we have no technology and resources to de-mine the massive forested pockets. Without taking out landmines it's literally impossible to go after them freely in thickly forested areas where Maoists are always ready with a booby trap." Bastar region is spread over nearly 40,000 square kilometres area of which up to 25,000 square kilometres is intensively mined, Ranjan added.
May 12: A group of the CPI-Maoist cadres fired at a CRPF post at Chintalnar village in Dantewada District.
May 14: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Jagdev, brother of a Special Police Officer (SPO) in Partapu village in Kanker District.
Maoists abducted five persons from Sarandi village in Kanker District.
May 15: Maoists killed Kumar Bhuare, one of the five abducted villagers, suspecting him to be a Police informer and released other hostages. Maoists had abducted five villagers from Sarandi Police station area in Kanker District on May 14.
May 16: Six villagers, including a sarpanch (village head), were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Teregaon in Rajnandgaon District.
Two Maoists were killed in an encounter near Gumiyapal village under the Kirandul station area in Dantewada District. Police also recovered arms and ammunition from the place.
May 17: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed 44 persons, including 28 civilians and 16 Special Police Officers (SPOs), when they blew up a bus by triggering an improvised explosive device (IED) on a black-top road at Chingavaram near Sukma in Dantewada District. Four civilians and two SPOs were also injured. There were around 32 civilians and 18 SPOs in the bus.
May 18: South Bastar regional committee secretary of the CPI-Maoist Ravula Srinivas alias Ramanna said that their attack on May 17 in Dantewada District was a calculated attack targeted at the Koya Commando wing of Special Police Officers (SPOs). Ramanna added that the CPI-Maoist deeply regretted the loss of civilian lives. The attack was a revenge for the raping and killing of tribals of Goomiyapal, Gompad, Palodi and Singaram villages by the Koya Commandos.
May 19: A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Midiyam Bandi, was shot dead by the Police when he tried to escape from their custody in Sukma Police station in Dantewada District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres looted ammonium nitrate from a truck in a jungle near Dhamteri District.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the CPI-Maoist may have forged links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Raman Singh also stated that Maoists are the biggest terrorists.
May 20: Ten cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested while planning to lay land mines at various places in the forest of Narayanpur District by a joint team of the District Police force, STF and Koya Commandos. Five detonators, 400 meter long electricity wire and battery etc. was recovered from them.
May 23: The Police arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including Maoist commander Barsa Lakhma, from Morpali in Dantewada District. They were allegedly involved in the killing of 76 troopers at Chintalnar in Dantewada District on April 6, 2010. The others were identified as Oyam Hidma, Podiyami Hidma, Kawasi Budra, Oya Ganga and Dura Joga.
May 25: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a commander, were arrested by Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from the jungles of Kongera village in Narayanpur District. They were identified as Lehar Singh (the commander), Bir Singh, Juglu, Manku and Mahesh Baghel. One rifle, a pipe bomb, electric wire and some explosives were seized from them.
Maoists set ablaze road construction equipment including several trucks and earthmoving machinery near Barabsapur village in Kanker District.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, dropped hints that his Government may ignore the Union Government's directive to take two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, posted in Dantewada District, to task in connection with the April 6, 2010 massacre of 76 Security Force personnel at Chintalnar by Maoists.
May 26: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed BJP local leader Budhara Sodi at Keralapal village in Dantewada District.
May 28: The secretary of the South Bastar Regional Committee of the CPI-Maoist, Ravula Srinivas alias Ramana has taken responsibility for the assassination of Budhra Sodi, former BJP District president of Dantewada on May 26. "He has been a target of ours for a long time," said Ramana.
May 29: A bus carrying about 70 passengers managed to dodge the landmine blast triggered by the suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Bijapur District.
May 30: the CRPF constituted a Court of Inquiry (CoI) against three of its officers and a retired Inspector General, shunted out of Chhattisgarh, following a report on the April 6, 2010 Dantewada massacre by Maoists, to look into the "specific acts of omission and commission" by them.
May 31: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted three tribal girls from a village in Bijapur District.
June 3: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and another arrested in an encounter with the Security Force personnel at a forest near Warla village in Kanker District of Bastar region. Five loaded pistols were seized from the arrested Maoist.
June 4: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed during an encounter with SFs at Murgunda village in Bijapur District.
Maoists damaged the Bijapur-Gangloor road near Ponjer village in Bijapur District by digging ditches at 12 locations within a one kilometre area.
The Government has withdrawn nearly 100 civilian staff working in Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh after a Maoist attack on May 17, 2010 at Chingavaram near Sukma in Dantewada District killing 44 persons.
June 6: Around 50 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a forest rest house in the Mader range in Bijapur District.
June 7: Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by Police in Traoki village of Kanker District. Police seized two tiffin bombs, each weighing 10 kilograms from them.
June 10: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in a gun battle with Security Forces after the Maoists executed a landmine blast in Dantewada District.
June 12: Four armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed assistant sub-inspector of Police Shivkumar Mandawi (40), at a weekly market in full public view in an interior pocket of Kanker District.
June 13: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two villagers, identified as Podium Dhaniram (19) and Telam Santu (18), in a village market of Bijapur District.
June 19: At least two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were shot dead in an encounter with Security Forces in the Kohkameta Forest in Narayanpur District. Apart from ammunitions, like fully loaded magazines of AK-47, rifles, battery and detonators, the Police also recovered medicines and literature from their possession.
June 23: Three personnel of the Chhattisgarh Police were killed when cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a blast and later opened indiscriminate fire just about 100 metres away from Gollappalli Police station in Konta block in Dantewada District. The killed Policemen were head constable Ramesh Kujur and constables Santosh Yadav and Ashok Markam.
The Maoists killed two civilians in neighbouring Bijapur District.
June 24: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a former Police official Venkaiya Anganpalli (40) and his cousin Ramesh Anganpalli in Bijapur District. The bodies of the victims were found by the locals on the outskirts of the Kandulnar village.
Chhattisgarh Government decided that it would spend INR 1.7 billion to build roads in the Maoist-infested areas of Bastar region. The decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of Bastar Development Authority (BDA) that prepared an action plan of development in the insurgency-hit areas of the region. Chief Minister Raman Singh chaired the meeting.
June 27: Three civilians were shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Bastar District on charges of being informers, Police said. Maoists stormed into Pattegaon village in Bastar late in the night and took away four people. The bullet-ridden bodies of three of them were found in a forest next morning. The fourth person, Parsuram, was found alive with gunshot wounds and he was been admitted to a local hospital.
June 29: 27 personnel of the 39 Battalion of the CRPF including Assistant Commandant Jatin Gulati were killed in a CPI-Maoist ambush in Narayanpur District. The attack took place near a hilly stretch known as the Jhadha Ghati, three kilometres from Dhudhai base camp.
June 30: Seven CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine blast in the Bijapur District. The landmine was suspected to have been planted by Maoist. CRPF troopers were trying to diffuse the landmine before it triggered.
Four Maoists suspected to be behind the murder of a village head and five others in Rajnandgaon District in April were arrested. A joint team of local Police and special task force arrested the extremists-Baishakhu, Prabhuram, Naru and Hajju-from Unchapur Teregaon area. Petrol bombs and Naxal literature, among other things, were seized from the arrested Maoists.
Union Home minister P. Chidambaram said the Union Government wanted Chhattisgarh to "revisit some of the deployment" of paramilitary forces in view of the frequent Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) attacks in the State. "The deployments of the Security Forces in the State were made in the past three years when the State Police resources were inadequate," Chidambaram said.
Chidambaram further said the Maoists have been continuing their violence in June, killing 53 civilians and branding many of them Police informers. 18 Maoists have also been killed in retaliatory strikes by the Security Forces, he added.
July 1: The Maoists admitted that they lost three men of the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) – ‘platoon commanders’ Bandu and Shankar, and ‘section commander’ Ramesh. However, they claimed to have carried away eight AK47s, eight INSAS rifles, three SLRs, two two-inch mortars and 2 LMGs.
Three civilians were reportedly killed by Maoists in Narayanpur District. However, suspecting it to be a trap laid by Maoists, the Police initiated a probe into the authenticity of information.
July 3: Two ‘commanders’ of Dandakaranya division of the CPI-Maoist, Pandu and Eitu, led the ambush on the CRPF contingent at Dhudhai in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur District on June 29. Pandu (50) is a resident of Yapral in Ranga Reddy District. He is in-charge of North Bureau of CPI-Maoist (in Dandakaranya of Chattisgarh)
July 4: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed three people, a village panchayat (village level self Government institution) secretary, a Kotwar (village Chowkidar) and a village patel, and threw their bodies near a remote village Dardali, under Bhopalpattanam Police station area in Bijapur District.
The Maoists blew up a culvert on NH 221 at Jeeram, about 40 kilometres from Bastar divisional headquarters of Jagdalpur, disrupting traffic for many hours on the National Highway.
The Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai arrived in Chhattisgarh late in the night to review the security situation in the wake of frequent Maoists attacks in Bastar division.
July 8: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked Kuakonda Police station and consequently the house of Congress leader Avdesh Gautam in Dantewada District, killing two of his relatives and leaving two others injured, including his son.
Armed Maoists struck at the Kuakonda Police Station in the District in the morning, drawing retaliation from the Police personnel. Police claimed that six Maoists were killed in the attack. However, their bodies were yet to be recovered.
The Maoists fired at three CRPF camps in the State simultaneously, prompting the troops to retaliate, but no casualty was reported. The firing which started at around 2130 hours (local time) at the CRPF camps at Narayanpur, Dantewada and Bijapur Districts, went on for an hour, senior CRPF officials said.
A policeman, Harnarayan Thakur was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Erraguda village of Bijapur District.
The Police arrested two Maoists, Madvi Lakkhu and Ramdhar, who were hiding in the Pallevaya village of the District.
Leem Chand Patel, vice-president of the local agricultural market, was arrested by Narayanpur Police for helping the Maoists prior to the attack on CRPF personnel in Narayanpur District, which resulted in the death of 27 CRPF on June 29.
Vishwa Ranjan (DGP) told over phone that at least three Maoists were killed when security guards at the Nakulnar house of the Congress leader Avdhesh Singh Gautam in Dantewada District retaliated while another Maoist was shot dead by forces at Kuakonda Police Station in retaliatory firing.
July 9: A Police team survived a landmine attack by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Parleda village in Bijapur District. There was no damage as the vehicle carrying the Police team had just passed the site when the landmine was triggered.
The Union Government plans to build durable concrete roads in Maoist-affected areas so that they do not have to be repaired frequently under security cover. Chhattisgarh bagged about half of the INR 14.37 billion worth contracts for roads awarded so far, said a release from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
July 10: Armed Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at a Police Station at Pamed, located in a remote area in Bijapur District, leading to an encounter with the Security Forces. However, there are no reports of casualties so far.
Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Narayanpur District. District Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat said Gadvaram, Mainuram, Som Singh and Bachhuram Dhruv, who also allegedly killed three villagers on June 30, were arrested in the Edka forest. The Police seized explosives and Maoist literature from them.
July 11: Six suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Dantewada District for attacking Congress party leader Avdesh Gautam’s house and Kuakonda Police Station during the July 7-8 Maoist bandh. The arrested Maoists were identified as Channu Ram Mandavi, Annu Futane alias Anil Kumar, Sudru Ram Kunjam, Aanda, Harish Podiyami, and Ramu Bhaskar. They were arrested from Cholnar, Gidam, Kadampal, Potali, and Kuper villages, Dantewada Police said. Four jeeps and a motorcycle used during the attacks were also seized. According to Police, nearly 150 Maoists were involved in the attack. Maoists belonging to the Malangir area committee and Bhansi, which fall under the Darbhanga division, were involved in the attack, they said.
July 11: Around 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a complex of State-owned National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) at Kirandul in Dantewada District, which is said to house large quantities of explosives, triggering a gun battle with the CISF personnel guarding the complex. There was, however, no immediate report of any casualty on either side. The Maoists set ablaze some vehicles.
The Maoists damaged rail tracks up to 30 metres between Bhansi and Bacheli railway stations in the Waltair division of the East Coast Railway.
One more Maoist was arrested in connection with the attack on Congress party leader Avdesh Gautam’s house and a Koukanda Police Station. The arrested person was identified as Lala Ram Kunjam with this the total number of persons held in this case has gone up to seven.
July 13: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire on Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group) activists located near camps of CRPF and Police, triggering a gunbattle in Dantewada District. However, there was no immediate report of casualty on either side. The Maoists targeted the Salwa Judum camps, which are located near camps of CRPF and Police, at six places-Injaram, Bhejji, Arrabore, Gorkha, Gonta and Maruiguda- from a distance, drawing immediate retaliation from the security personnel. The Maoist resorted to heaving firing in Injaram and Arrabore, said the sources.
A joint Police team raided a forested area in Kanker District and arrested three Maoists identified as Chamraram, Anil and Dayawati, Inspector General of Police (Bastar) T.J. Longkumer said. A crude bomb, some detonators and Maoist literature were recovered from the three, he added.
July 14: According to intelligence reports of the State machinery, he said, the Dandakarnaya special zonal committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) had seven divisions and 32 area committees, under which 50,000 Naxal and Jan-militia cadres were engaged in waging a war against the country's democratic set-up.
More than 40 per cent of the encounters in the country with Maoists took place in Bastar. "Naxalites are trying to make Bastar their base area. They have formed a battalion and now they are working to form a brigade.'' The Chief Minister said the State Government was recruiting 3,000 to 4,000 Police personnel every year. In 2009, about 6,700 personnel were recruited and the number of recruitments would be 4,000 in 2010.
The Police in Chhattisgarh have compiled a list of media personnel allegedly linked to Maoists and whom they are "keeping track of". The names of dozens of journalists were found in a diary recovered from Maoist leader Azad who was killed by Police on July 2 in Andhra Pradesh, according to a top official in the State Intelligence Bureau. The official said the scribes, some of whom are associated with national media, are now under the scanner.
July 15: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist felled trees and dug up roads in Bijapur District in protest against the alleged fake encounter killing of their leader, Cherukuri Rajkumar, alias Azad. The Maoists left a red banner condemning the killing of Azad by the security forces. Road traffic was affected in the region as the main highway through the Bijapur was dug up at many places.
July 17: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a tribal, identified as Sodhi Hunga (40), in the Kankerlanka village of Dantewada District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
July 19: Nearly 100 Maoists damaged a school building at Puspal village of Dantewada District.
July 20: The CPI-Maoist selected comrade Abhay as the successor to Cherukuri Rajkumar, alias Azad, who served as the spokesperson of the Central Committee until he was killed. "As per my information, comrade Azad's role shall now be taken over by comrade Abhay," Dandakaranya special zonal committee spokesperson Gudsa Usendi said. Usendi clarified that while he had received information from "one line of communication from Bastar," he was still awaiting confirmation of Abhay's appointment from the rest of the party. 'Gudsa Usendi' is a pseudonym adopted by Maoist spokespersons while speaking to the press.
July 21: The Chhattisgarh Police arrested 18 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist during a routine Police patrol in Bijapur District. "These people were arrested today. Belonging to the Maoist group, these persons perpetrated several murders of Police personnel, kidnappings and had even planted bombs and explosives in various parts of the region," said Rajendra Das, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bijapur.
The State Police busted a Maoists hideout in Kanker District and seized a large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives.
July 22: The cadres of CPI-Maoist shot dead Raghu Singh (55), a prominent leader of Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group), in Bhopalpatnam area of Bijapur District. Raghu Singh was leading the Salwa Judum movement in the Bhopalpatnam area. He was a close aide of Mahendra Karma, the man credited for launch of the Salwa Judum movement in June 2005. He had a few weeks ago sought police protection, saying he feared for his life. However, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Avinash Mohanty denied knowledge of Singh seeking Police cover.
July 23: A group of the CPI-Maoist cadres intercepted a private bus belonging to Tomar Travels at a place 15 kilometres away from Mardadand village under Basaguda Police limits in Bijapur District and fled with the vehicle after evacuating all 22 passengers on board. Later the vehicle was found abandoned near the village.
July 29: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze five trucks of the Essar Group at Kirandul in Bailadila hills, an iron ore rich location, in Dantewada District, during the second day of the week-long 'martyr's week' called by the outfit.
July 30: A fast track court sentenced two Maoists, including the wife of Maoist spokesman Gudsa Usendi, to 10 years imprisonment, for distributing Naxal literature and CDs among Chhattisgarh Legislators in the Member of Legislative Assembly Rest House in Raipur four years ago. Additional Sessions Judge B. P. Pandey convicted K. S. Priya alias Malti (40) and Surendra Kosaria (40), both residents of Durg under various sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
August 4: The Police suffered no casualty in the reported gunfight with the CPI-Maoist in the forest between Kutrem and Gumiapal near Kirandul in Dantewada District. For several hours during the day, it appeared that Security Forces (SFs) in Dantewada might have been ambushed and suffered heavy casualties. ‘‘The encounter with the Maoists began around 11 am and lasted for two hours with intermittent exchange of fire,’’ said Longkumer, Inspector General (IG) Police (Bastar). He could not confirm who fired first. It was also unclear if any Maoist had been killed. ‘‘We searched the area, but did not find any bodies,’’ he said. However, the Police later claimed to have recovered the body of one Maoist.
August 5: At least 16 cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Mader area of Bijapur District of Bastar region. The Maoists were involved in attacks on Government properties in recent months in Bijapur and in the recent killing of member of the Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist vigilante group), in Bhopalpatnam locality in the same District.
August 6: The CPI-Maoist cadres had a brief exchange of fire with the Police who were going around a forest under the Koilibeda area. The Police recovered six loaded guns from the incident site after the Maoists managed to escape.
Police arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres from a forest at Manahkal village in Kanker District in connection with some old cases registered against them.
August 8: To prevent the threat of the CPI-Maoist getting closer to the State capital and rein-in their activities, the Chhattisgarh Government has created a new Police District at Gariyaband, about 75 km from Raipur. Gariyaband has six Police Stations and another five have been sanctioned.
September 2: SFs arrested six armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Kosekodi village in Kanker District. Police officials said the arrest was the result of a joint operation by the BSF, District Police and SPOs who had received information about the movement of Maoists in the area. After a brief exchange of fire, the SFs arrested the Maoists and they are yet to be identified. Eight loaded pistols and some explosives were recovered from those arrested, Police said.
September 3: A Policeman, identified as Nobel Khalko, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at a weekly market under Katekalyan Police Station in Dantewada District.
September 8: Seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist including six women were arrested by a joint team of the BSF and Police force from Panchangi and Aalor forests under Pakhanjoor Police limits of Kanker District in connection with the Durg Kondal Maoist attack (August 29) in which five Security personnel lost their lives. Six loaded guns and explosives were also recovered from them.
September 10: The BSF troopers arrested 10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Kanker District. According to the Kanker Police, the arrested Maoists are suspected to be behind the August 27 attack in the Durgkondal Police area in which five Security personnel were killed. Weapons and Maoist literature were seized from the spot.
September 16: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze seven iron ore-laden trucks near Nareli village in Dantewada District. The trucks were transporting iron ore from mines of Bailadila in the District to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The attackers warned truck drivers not to venture into the area.
September 17: A Maoist couple, identified as Kamlesh (25) alias Rajendra and his wife Varsha (23), was arrested from the forest area falling under Churia Police Station in Rajnandgaon District. The couple carried a reward of INR 60,000 on their head which was declared by the Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Police. The couple worked in different Maoist Dalams in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
September 18: The Police arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist during a search operation in Bastar District. "We successfully arrested four Maoists identified as Baman, Pardesi, Sukhman and Sukhram. Out of these Baman and Pardesi carried INR 5,000 reward. The other two, Sukhman and Sukhram, were involved in murder case in which they beheaded a person named Bomra Ram on August 24," said Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Surjeet Singh.
September 20: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed three Policemen including an officer, in Bijapur District, while three other members of a Police team were missing. Bodies of Assistant Police Inspector Sablu Bhagat, a Policeman Vidhan Tirkey and Constable B. Topo were recovered from the forests near Dipla village under Bhopalpatnam Police Station area, ADG Ramnivas said. Constables Subhash Patre, Nandlal Kaushik and Narendra Bhosle are missing. All six were part of a Police team that had left for Bhadrakali Police Station from Bhopalpatnam on September 19, he added. Police suspect that Maoists were behind the killings.
A group of around 20 armed Maoists stormed Bangapal village under Kodali Police Station and dragged one Mirna Munda (25), a former SPO, from his house and beat him till he breathed his last. Munda had resigned from his post some days ago following a Maoist threat.
Kanderam Gondi (34) a sarpanch was lynched by the Maoists at Madnwada, suspecting him to be a Police informer. Gondi, who was abducted by a group of Maoists on September 18. His bodywas found dead by villagers in Karketta forest.
Bijapur District Police Officials said a Policeman, identified as Dularam Sodhi of Bhadrakali Police Station, went missing on September 16. A search has been launched to trace him, they added.
September 21: A SPO was killed and eight others, including an assistant Sub-Inspector and three civilians were injured when armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire at them at the site of the construction of a culvert between Usoor and Awapalli in Bijapur District.
A close aide of Maoist leader and spokesperson Gudsa Usendi, identified as Radheshyam Giri, was arrested from Pulgaon Police limits in Durg District. Some Maoist literature was seized from him. Giri, who was living in a rented flat in Raipur since last three years posing as a salesman and a social worker, was allegedly assisting Maoists, Police said. He served as a communicator in the Naxal link by handing over letters to operatives besides helping them out with weapons, finances and medical aid in case of injuries, Police added.
September 26: The CPI-Maoist set a 48-hour deadline in the evening for accepting their demands for releasing the four Policemen they claim to have abducted on September 19. There were a few handwritten leaflets found in Bijapur District's Bhopalpatanam area in which Maoists threatened to kill the abducted Policemen within 48 hours if their demand is not met. The demands are scrapping the anti-Maoist drive Green Hunt, releasing a few people of four villages, stopping alleged Police atrocities and starting peace talks. Police said those 'villagers' whose release the Maoists had demanded were actually village-level cadres of Maoists arrested on charges of involvement in unlawful activities. Maoists had abducted seven Policemen on September 19 from Bhopalpatnam area of Bijapur District close to Andhra Pradesh border and had killed three of them a day later. Officials at the Police headquarters said that an Assistant Sub-Inspector, S. Bhagat, and three Constables are in the Maoists' captivity.
September 26: The CPI-Maoist set a 48-hour deadline in the evening for accepting their demands for releasing the four Policemen they claim to have abducted on September 19. "There were a few handwritten leaflets found in Bijapur District's Bhopalpatanam area Sunday [September 26] in which Maoists have stated their demands included scrapping the anti-Maoist drive otherwise they will eliminate the policemen within 48 hours," State DGP Vishwa Ranjan said. Maoists had abducted seven Policemen on September 19 from Bhopalpatnam area of Bijapur District close to Andhra Pradesh border and had killed three of them a day later. Officials at the Police headquarters said that an Assistant Sub-Inspector, S. Bhagat, and three Constables are in the Maoists’ captivity and the Maoists have probably been shuttling them from one densely forested location to another between Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. "The letter has stated demands for scrapping the anti-Maoist drive Green Hunt, releasing a few people of four villages, stopping alleged police atrocities and starting peace talks," the DGP said. He said those 'villagers' whose release the Maoists had demanded were actually village-level cadres of Maoists arrested on charges of involvement in unlawful activities.
September 30: The four Policemen abducted by the CPI-Maoist were released late in the night.
October 2: A CRPF trooper and a Police official were injured in a CPI-Maoist attack which was carried out in Sukma block of Dantewada District. Maoists attacked Anil Tondon and Ashok Yadav when the two had gone to the market to buy vegetables.
October 7: Two senior cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Lohandiguda area in Bastar District. "The two youths in their late 20s were active in Bastar District for years. They had been involved in a few attacks in the past two years," SP P. Sundarraj said.
October 9: Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist and two civilians were killed in a gun battle between Maoists and SFs near Padki Pali village in Mahasamund District along Chhattisgarh-Orissa boarder. The villagers were killed in the cross-fire. "The gun battle broke out when a contingent of Special Task Force (STF) and State Police encircled armed Maoists, who were camping in the region. The Police have also recovered weapons from the site", said IG (Durg Range) R. K. Vij. "The rebels also tried to use local villagers as shields by pushing them to the front during the encounter," he claimed.
October 12: Two Police Constables, Rajesh Prasad and Ritesh Jha, were killed by about 40 to 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Bijapur District. Bijapur Superintendent of Police R.N. Das said they were shot dead just one kilometre from the Pamed Police Station as they were returning from the market after offering prayers to Goddess Durga at a roadside pandal.
Chhattisgarh Government decided to step up the offensive against CPI-Maoist that had slackened since July 2010 as the Security Forces found it difficult to operate in the thick forests that serve as Maoist hideouts.
October 14: Police exchanged fire with the CPI-Maoist cadres during a search operation somewhere between Baghbar and Kakori Bara in Bijapur District. The cross-firing lasted for over an hour but the Maoists managed to escape. The Police recovered backpacks, bombs, detonators and some Maoist literature from the encounter site.
Elsewhere in the same District, the Police arrested four Maoists, identified as Oyami Chinmaya, Mudium Supari, Phontru and Sukhram during another search operation. The Police also recovered some arms, ammunition and literature from their hideout.
October 15: Nagesh, a CPI-Maoist cadre, operating in north Bastar area, and his wife Tarabai were killed in an encounter with the Police near Shivpur village in Durg District. Nagesh arrived in Durg to procure cartridges, when a Police team spotted him and his wife. However, another Maoist managed to flee from the spot. Two pistols and INR 49,000 in cash, among other things, were recovered from the duo. Nagesh was involved in the ambush on Security Force personnel on August 29, in which three BSF personnel and two Policemen were killed in Kanker District and also facing several murder, attempt to murder and abduction cases. His wife also faced similar charges.
Meanwhile, the Police arrested six Maoists, including a ‘deputy commander’ identified as Kunjami Hunga, during a raid in Phoolpahad forest of Dantewada District after receiving a tip-off about the movement of Maoists. The Maoists were engaged in a meeting. However, some of them managed to escape from the incident site.
Three Government officials taken hostage by the CPI-Maoist cadres from a passenger bus were released in the night after 24 hours of abduction in a forested pocket of Bijapur District. The officials were taken hostage from a passenger bus from the same area while they were on way to Bhopalpatnam in Bijapur District.
October 17: Maoists stormed into a mine that is owned by public sector NMDC in Bailadila hills and assaulted at least four CISF personnel deployed at the site. The four CISF personnel were briefly held hostage by the Maoists before being released, Police said. The Maoists also took away hand grenades of the CISF personnel, added the Police.
October 18: Dozens of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze vehicles engaged in road construction work on national highway 221 in Dantewada District.
October 19: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter with a joint contingent of the District Force (DF) and SPOs in the forests near Kotapalli village in Bijapur District. One rifle, Maoist literature and some documents, among other things, were recovered from the spot, Police spokesman, Inspector General Rajesh Mishra said.
Maoists fired at a passenger bus at Awapalli while it was on way to Usur from the District headquarter town of Bijapur. There was no injury or casualty among the passengers, who included a few Policemen though the gun shots smashed the window panes of the bus.
October 21: Gulab Singh, a former village head, was killed by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in front of villagers in a ‘jan adalat’ charging him of financial irregularities in Narayanpur District. He was abducted on October 19.
The CPI-Maoists called for a 48-hour bandh across the Dandakaranya region on October 22 and 23 to protest against the formation of the Dandakaranya Shanti Sangarshan Samiti (DKSSS) on October 2, 2010. The CPI-Maoist stated that while businesses in the region were expected to stay shut for the 48-hour period, the bandh would not affect schools or hospitals. While the leaders of the DKSSS describe their organisation as a Gandhian pressure group fighting for peace in the conflict-ridden State of Chhattisgarh, the Maoists has termed it a "fascist avatar of the Salwa Judum" and has called for its immediate dissolution. ‘Dandakaranya' is an archaic geographical term referring to Bastar District, Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, and parts of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, and is frequently used to describe the central Indian region currently controlled by the banned CPI-Maoist.
October 22: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with the troopers of the BSF assisted by State Police personnel in Rowghat area in Kanker District. Police recovered some arms and explosives from the encounter site, Kanker Superintendent of Police, Ajay Yadav said.
October 23: Five youths who planned to become SPOs were abducted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Awapalli in Bijapur District, 500 kilometres south of Raipur.
October 24: Eight abducted persons continued to be under CPI-Maoist captivity in Bijapur District. The Maoists had abducted five members of a SPO’s family on October 22, from a bus in the District. Maoists abducted five more youths from Awapalli area of the same District on October 23. The Maoists also abducted one person from Usur locality of the same District on October 24, taking the total number of people abducted to 11. However, the Maoists released three persons of the SPO's family late on October 24. Officials at the Police Headquarters say that Police and paramilitary personnel have launched a drive to trace the abducted civilians.
October 25: A group of 30 CPI-Maoist cadres killed a person, identified as Dhansai Kovasi (65), in Karaki village in Kanker District. The Maoists were apparently angry over the victim Kovasi, as his two daughters had joined the Police Force and he had refused to budge under the Maoists pressure asking him to force his daughters to quit the force, Police said. Kovasi's daughters, Uma and Nirmala, had joined the Police Force in 2006 and are posted in Narayanpur and Kanker Districts respectively, SP Ajay Yadav said.
Four Maoists were arrested by a team of the District Force and SPOs from Hallur village under Bhairamgarh area.
October 27: The Chhattisgarh Government has told the Supreme Court that due to administrative exigencies and lack of infrastructure it was housing Security Forces involved in anti-Maoist operations in 31 schools, ashrams (residential schools) and hostels. The Government said it has made alternate arrangements to ensure that the presence of troopers in these premises did not affect the education of children. The State Government said this in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.
October 31: An abducted Special Police Officer (SPO), Irpa Dinesh, was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Basaguda Busti in Bijapur District. He was abducted by the Maoists on October 22.
Five Maoists were arrested and sharp-edged weapons seized in the same District. Police arrested them after they started to flee after noticing the Police personnel in the forest at Bhatwar and Dhinduri villages. The Maoists were identified as Kunjam Paku, Paklu Parsa, Budru Marsa, Guddi Oyyam and Sudhru Warse. The first three were involved in the killing of an SPO on October 29 while Oyyam and Warse were wanted in the recent murder of a villager.
November 4: CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons, Gopiram Koreti and Rajendra Koreti, in Khargaon village in Rajnandgaon District. The victims were abducted from their village earlier this week.
Police recovered the body of Bhotraj Sodhi, a member of Janpad Panchayat from Usur village in Bijapur District. He was abducted by Maoists from a local church in the village where he had gone to attend a programme on October 24.
November 9-10: In a rare public protest, residents of Bijapur town and Bhairamgarh areas on November 10 observed shutdown, staged a blockade and downed shutters of shops in protest against the killing of a Special Police Officer's (SPO) mother, identified as Kalawati, by the CPI-Maoist cadres. The woman abducted a week ago was found murdered at a forested area. Police said the Maoists left a few leaflets at the site where her body was found. The leaflets said that Kalawati was killed as she failed to honour a dictate to persuade her son to give up the SPO's job. The leaflet also accused the woman of acting as a police informer.
November 10: Two operatives of the Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT attended a meeting of the CPI-Maoist near Bastar region of Chhattisgarh early 2010, DGP Vishwa Ranjan said. "Two LeT operatives attended a CPI-Maoist central committee meeting as observers, held sometime in April-May this year. They met in a jungle inside Orissa, close to Bastar," said the DGP. "This information is based on a single source, and needs to be cross-checked," he added. The DGP, a former Additional Director of IB, took charge as the State's Police Chief in July 2007.
November 15: Ramesh, 'commander' of the Keshkal Dalam of the CPI-Maoist sent messages to local media in Kanker District claiming that two security personnel, identified as Khemchand Sahu and Jitendra Patel, are in their custody. Khemchand and Jitendra went missing on November 8.
November 18: Chhattisgarh Police arrested three Maoists, including two women cadres, from Tulsi Dongri hillside in Dantewada District. "The arrested Maoists had been actively involved in several attacks in Dantewada and Bijapur Districts of restive Bastar region and Police were looking for them for the past three years," said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) S.R.P. Kalluri. Though the identity of the two women cadres is yet to be ascertained, the third Maoist was identified as Arjun.
The Supreme Court did not approve Chhattisgarh Government's idea to run schools at alternative sites without disturbing para-military personnel stationed in them in Maoist-hit Districts of the State. "We are not going to buy this argument. You have to vacate the schools," a bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S.S. Nijjar said. The remarks by the bench came during the hearing of petitions against the Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group). The bench fixed the next date of hearing on December 15.
November 21: Nandu Karma, a key leader of the Salwa Judum was killed by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in a forested area of Bhairamgarh locality in Bijapur District. Nandu was the closest ally of former Member of Parliament Mahendra Karma, the key man behind Salwa Judum, which was launched in 2005 and grew under Government patronage.
The security of dozens of Salwa Judum men was stepped up in Dantewada and Bijapur Districts after the killing of Nandu by Maoists, Police said.
November 23: 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in a fierce encounter with the CRPF 111 Battalion and State Police personnel near Aasrampura village of Jagargunda area in Dantewada District. A CRPF press release said, "More than 15 Naxals were injured. The bodies of nine Naxals and arms and ammunitions have been recovered. More than 150 Naxals opened fire on a CRPF party, which was conducting the area-domination operation. In the ensuing encounter, around 20 Maoists were killed. No casualty has been reported from the CRPF’s side. The appearance and combat fatigues of the dead Maoists showed that they were well trained." The SFs also recovered nine weapons and explosives from the encounter site and a search operation has been launched in adjoining areas, the officer said.
Two CRPF troopers were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists near Murtanda village in Bijapur District. According to Additional Superintendent of Police BPS Rajbhanu, a bullet-proof vehicle was on its way back from Awapalli after ferrying troopers of Timanpur-based of CRPF (168 battalion) when the Maoists blew up the vehicle by setting off a landmine resulting in the death.
Two Maoists were arrested from Paratpur village in Kanker District. Police seized many guns from them. Both were wanted in connection with murder and attempt to murder cases.
November 25: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by a team of the BSF and the District Force from a forested belt of Koilibeda in Kanker District. The arrested Maoists were wanted in over nine cases relating to attack on civilians and forces, Police said.
Chhattisgarh Government has begun vacating dozens of schools occupied by SFs who are stationed in Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker and Dantewada Districts for anti-Maoist offensives after the Supreme Court asked them to vacate the schools.
November 26: About 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist intercepted a truck loaded with coconuts and set it ablaze on a national highway near Sukma in Dantewada District. The truck was on its way to Korea in Chhattisgarh from Andhra Pradesh, Police said.
December 1: The CPI-Maoist gave a call for a three-week-long bandh in Bastar region in Chhattisgarh. The bandh is to start from December 2 and people were asked to stock up essential commodities and refrain from travelling outside their villages.
Maoist's posters have surfaced at many remote villages in Dantewada and Bijapur Districts in South Bastar regarding Maoists call for a bandh from December 2 to 21 to observe "PLGA month". PLGA is the military wing of the Maoists.
December 13: Six suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were arrested by a joint team of the BSF and State Police in the forest area near Nivra and Gotia villages in Kanker District. They were identified as Shaniram, Nohru, Tunsingh, Maniram, Ramlal and Sitaibai, SP Ajay Yadav said. Many cases, including those of firing at Police personnel and attempts to murder, have earlier been registered against the accused, Yadav added.
December 21: A group of 10 CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager, identified as Sudhru Ram (40), on suspicion that he was a Police informer in Gufa para village in Dantewada District. Sudhru worked as a cook in the village school.
December 23: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up three bridges in Kirandul area in Dantewada District. "Two of the bridges were under construction while the third one had been recently constructed. The Maoists placed explosives under the bridges and triggered the blast," an official at Police Headquarters in Raipur said.
December 26: Constable Manveer Shah of the 2nd battalion of the CRPF was killed in an exchange of fire between CRPF troopers and the CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest of Konta area in Dantewada District. 'When a CRPF contingent was on a search drive, a bullet fired from a forest base hit the trooper in the neck,' DGP Vishwaranjan said. Two CRPF troopers received minor injuries.
December 24: Chhattisgarh-based rights activist Binayak Sen was convicted of colluding with CPI-Maoist to fight the State and handed a life term. The Raipur court also awarded life sentences to co-accused Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal (80) and Calcutta-based businessmen Piyush Guha (30) declaring all three guilty of sedition and conspiracy.
December 30: The CPI-Maoist called for weeklong 'protest' starting January 2 against the sentencing civil rights activist Binayak Sen, Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal and two others for sedition in Raipur. "These judgments are the latest additions to the huge cache of anti-people, fascist repressive measures of the Indian ruling classes," said the outfit in a statement. It said the sentencing was "the most shameless thing for the rulers to do even while boasting that this is the biggest democracy in the world".
February 19: Delhi Police filed charge sheet against arrested CPI-Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy, accusing him of anti-national activities. Police claims that Ghandy had the ''knowledge'' about the abduction and killing of Jharkhand Police Francis Induwar. He had also met Nepal's Maoist leader Prachanda ''to discuss the differences that have arisen with the organization''. Police also informed the court about his foreign trips to countries like Germany, Belgium and Nepal to discuss the activities of CPI-Maoist.
June 21: Abdul Shakeel alias Pasha, the alleged Naxalite (Left Wing Extremist) who was arrested in Delhi on June 18, reportedly told the Surat Police that during his stay in Surat he had organised training camps for Naxalites and had been part of other disruptive activities.
July 15: Senior CPI-Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, killed on July 2, was in Delhi for four months. Azad was reportedly in touch with academics in Delhi who were helping him with logistics.
August 6: A Delhi court extended the judicial custody of arrested CPI-Maoist cadres, Gopal Mishra and his wife Kanchan Bhalla, by 14 days. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja said a probe report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory on the notebooks, CDs/DVDs, laptop, pen drive and other incriminating articles recovered from them is awaited from Chandigarh. Gopal Mishra (48), from Malda in West Bengal, and his wife were arrested by the Delhi Police from Shahdara on April 27. Mishra is said to be a close aide of Maoist Polit bureau member Kobad Ghandy, who was arrested in September 2009 from Delhi.
January 1: The CPI-Maoist has not taken Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren's offer to initiate dialogue seriously and his appeal to them to surrender and join the mainstream has been dismissed.
Hundreds of students in Latehar District took to the streets in protest against frequent attacks on school buildings by Maoists in the State.
January 1-2: Two Maoist leaders were arrested from Gumla District in the night of January 1, Police said on January 2.
January 2: The CPI-Maoist-sponsored Jharkhand bandh (general shut down) evoked partial response with no untoward incident being reported from anywhere in the State.
January 2-3: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said that his Government is ready to hold peace talks with the Maoists and prompt them to be integrated with the mainstream of society.
January 4-5: Two valuable utility vehicles belonging to a contractor were set ablaze suspectedly by cadres of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in the Khunti District of Jharkhand in the night of January 4.
January 5: The Maoists blew up railway tracks near Mohammadpur station in Palamu District disrupting train services between Garhwa Road and Sone Nagar stations.
Two Maoists were arrested from Tirilpiri village under Bundu Police Station area, about 40 kilometres from Ranchi.
January 6: The CPI-Maoist cadres fired on a long range patrolling team at Dumarjhar village under Bhelwaghati Police Station areas of Giridih District.
January 15: Six Police personnel and a civilian were killed and one Policeman went missing when the CPI-Maoist cadres blew up their vehicle in the Gumla District.
January 17: The CPI-Maoist cadres in Palamu District have threatened villagers not to hold weekly markets so as to prevent any kind of supply to SFs.
January 15-17: January 17: Mining in the bauxite-rich Netarhat plateau came to a standstill on January 17 after Maoists triggered landmine blasts and set ablaze trucks on January 15 and 16 respectively. The Maoists set ablaze a truckload of bauxite near Pakripat in the night of January 16 and triggered a mine blast near Ambakona adjacent to the Gurdari mine. The Maoists had attacked a Police picket on January 15, killing seven persons, including six Policemen and a driver of the bauxite truck in which they were travelling. Reports later said that one more Policeman was killed in the incident.
January 18: Maoist's poster messages issued by the outfit in Shikaripara block (administrative division) headquarters in Dumka indicate that they are now willing to have a pie from 'corrupt' Government officials and employees. The rate fixed by Maoists for payment of levy against income through corrupt practices ranges from INR 3 lakh to INR 1 lakh on the basis of ranks respectively held by them.
January 18: The CPI-Maoist cadres and its splinter group Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Simant Committee (JCSC) were reported to have exchanged fire for more than half an hour.
Four cadres of Tritiya Prastuti Committee, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested in Chatra District. Self-styled 'zonal commander' Lamxan Ganju and 'regional commander' Mukesh Ganju, were among those arrested from Tandua area in the District.
January 19: Villagers of the Patamda and Chandil blocks (administrative division) of the adjoining East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts took out a protest march against the Maoist bandh (general shout down) called for the second consecutive day on January 19 to exhort people not to give in to Maoist's diktat on one or the other pretext.
January 19-: A college student was shot dead by CPI-Maoist cadres at Bodam in the East Singhbhum District.
January 21: A group of around 50 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist poured petroleum products in machine rooms of three telecommunication towers belonging to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), Airtel and Idea and set them ablaze in Konwai village in Palamu District.
January 22: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said he was not against the special anti-Maoist operation Green Hunt, but has also asked the Maoists to come forward for a dialogue.
January 27: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed one person and injured two others, including a woman, at Guhnandi village of Koira panchayat under Bodam Police Station of Patamda block in East Singhbhum District.
Over two dozen armed Maoists fired several rounds in the Narasingh Ispat Limited (NIL) premises, a sponge iron company, at Chowka, around 40 kilometers from Jamshedpur in Saraikela-Kharswan District sparking panic among the staff.
January 28: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and ruled out any difference with the Centre on the issue of controlling Maoist violence and expressed his resolve in checking the menace. He said his Government was not opposed to any offensive against Maoists.
January 30: The CPI-Maoist accepted the Jharkhand Government's offer to come to the negotiating table. Putting forth an eight-point 'wish list', the CPI-Maoist spokesman said the list included immediate end to proposed war on its own people and "de-paramilitarisation" of Jharkhand's rural parts. Gopal said all political prisoners, including Central committee leaders — Sushil Roy, Amitabh Bagchi, Mohit and women leader Shila — must be released unconditionally. He also demanded lifting the ban on the outfit and punishment for the police and intelligence officers responsible for "fake encounters".
Inspector General of Police (Ranchi Zone) Rezi Dungdung said that a major anti-Maoist operation will be launched in Palamau, Latehar, Garwah and Lohardaga Districts of Jharkhand.
February 3: A CRPF trooper was killed and two others were injured after CPI-Maoist extremists detonated a powerful landmine in the Saraikela-Kharsawan District.
Gobardhan Munda, a CPI-Maoist activist, wanted for the murder of Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar, was arrested following a joint operation by Khunti and Ranchi police. He was arrested along with four others, including two women CPI-Maoist cadres, in Munda's house at Surakocha in Khunti District.
Three persons were arrested in Palamau District of Jharkhand for allegedly supplying arms to Maoists. The arrested men were identified as Mohammad Ismail alias Mintu, Bablu Ansari, and Muzahir Alma, all residents of Latehar District.
February 4: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead three persons in Gumla District of Jharkhand.
The Jharkhand Police is gearing up to deploy the Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent in a major anti-Maoist offensive that is to be launched in the State very soon.
February 5: The Police detected a 10-kilogram landmine planted under a bridge and had defused it, foiling a Maoist bid to blow up Police vehicles passing that way in Giridih District.
February 6: Two CPI-Maoist training camps were neutralised by the Police after a fierce encounter at Nawagaon in West Singhbhum District. The Police seized important documents from the camps.
February 9: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a stretch of railway track under Nimiaghat Police station in Giridih District during their 72-hour shutdown, affecting train services.
February 13: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) Prashant Kumar Leyak, from Dalbhumgarh village in East Jharkhand.
February 14: Sanjiv alias Somen Munda, a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was killed during an encounter with the Security Force (SF) personnel at Jiyan in Ghatsila sub-division.
The Maoists refused to release BDO Prashant Kumar Leyak, who was abducted from Dalbhumgarh village in East Jharkhand on February 13. The Maoists said that if their demands are not met the officer will be killed in seven days. They want Maoists in jail released and villagers who worked under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme be paid immediately.
February 15: The CPI-Maoist East Singhbhum-Mayurbhanj zonal committee demanded the release of 14 of its members for the safe release of Block Development Officer (BDO) Prashant Kumar Layak, who was abducted by them on February 13.
February 17: Accepting a demand of the CPI-Maoist for releasing abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) Prasant Kumar Layek Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said that the legal process had begun to free some of the jailed persons whom the Maoists claimed to be innocent. Later in the day the Jharkhand Police admitted that two of the 14 charge-sheeted Maoists were innocent and falsely implicated.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a doctor, Chandra Mohan Soren, and looted the house of a ration dealer, Ramdas Soren, at Kalapathar village in Chakulia block of East Singhbhum District, suspecting them to be Police informers.
February 18: One PLFI cadre was injured and four Maoists were arrested at Ramgarh, Gumla and Lohardaga Districts. The PLFI cadre was injured in a gunfight with SFs at Jamtakemtoli village in Gumla. The injured extremist, however, managed to escape along with his accomplices into the forests.
Lohardaga SP Subodh Prasad said SFs arrested a self-styled Maoist 'deputy commander' Bimal Nagesia from Kisko. Nagesia was reportedly plotting to blow up a rest house at Netarhat, the SP claimed.
The Centre gave its nod to Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren for swapping some prisoners other than hardcore Maoists for the release of the BDO Prashant Kumar Layak abducted by the Maoists.
February 19: The CPI-Maoist set free abducted Block Development Officer of Dalbhumgarh, Prashant Kumar Layek, in the presence of just two journalists in Dumaria block of Ghatshila in East Singbhum.
February 20: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and another injured when a bomb, they were handling, exploded at Goriadih village in Palamau District. The deceased was identified as Satyendra Yadav, brother of CPI-Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ Anirudih Yadav, who had been killed in Palamau in 2009. The injured Maoist was identified as Upendra Yadav. Nine other suspected Maoists, who were accompanying the injured Maoist to a hospital, were arrested by the Police.
Meanwhile, the State Government freed two of the 14 arrested persons whose release the Maoists set as a precondition to free the abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) of Dalbhumgarh Prashant Kumar Layek. Jasmi Mardi and her father Bahadur Mardi were granted bail by a court in Ghatsila, a day after the Police submitted case diaries before the court, coinciding with the release of the BDO.
February 24: Some cadres of the CPI-Maoist, led by ‘zonal commander’ Nakul Yadav engaged in a gunfight with Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Simant Committee, a Maoist splinter group, led by Sanjay Yadav in the dense forests between Makka and Ambapawa under Jobang Police station in Lohardaga District. According to Police, there were no casualties on either side.
February 25: Cadres of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) first shot and later set ablaze a truck driver’s assistant and set three trucks ablaze laden with bauxite near Amaradhalan village on Visunpur and Ghaghra national highway in Gumla District. The drivers of the trucks managed to escape. Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh said, "People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a Maoist [Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)] organisation, has taken responsibility for the incident by leaving a pamphlet."
March 7: One person, identified as Bitu Banra (56), was killed and five others were injured in an attack by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Dainmari village under Ghatshila block of East Singhbhum District. They also threatened villagers with dire consequences if found guilty of sympathizing with the Nagrik Suraksha Samity (NSS) or assisting Police to track down Maoists.
Six Maoists are suspected of having been killed by Police in an encounter near Tilaiya Damar village in the Latehar District.
March 8: Chief Minister Shibu Soren said the State is capable of handling Maoist menace.
March 9: Pandu Manjhi, a sub-zonal ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a forested area in Bokaro District. A 9 mm pistol and INR 10,000 in cash were seized from him.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a 22 year-old youth in Garhwa District after abducting him for his alleged involvement in an illicit relationship with a married woman.
Birsa Badaik, Block President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party was shot dead by a 15-member Maoist squad led by its self-styled 'commander' Jageshwar alias Debu near his residence at Nava village under Bano Police station of Simdega District.
A Maoist training camp was destroyed and 10 landmines seized following a gunfight between Maoists and Security Force personnel using Indian Air Force helicopters at West Singhbhum District of the State.
March 12: The SFs neutralised two major CPI-Maoist training camps in Jharkhand and arrested a top ‘area commander’ and 20 cadres during the joint operations that were launched on March 7 against Left Wing Extremist (LWE) hideouts along the Jharkhand-Orissa-West Bengal tri-junction. The CRPF and Jharkhand Police arrested a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, Bhubaneswar Mahato, along the Bokaro-Hazaribagh border. His aide and suspected arms supplier, Quttubudin, is also in Police custody. Earlier, another Maoist ‘area commander’, Pandu Majhi, was arrested near Bokaro.
March 13: Dalma Gramin Suraksha Samity (DGSS), a group formed to take on the Maoists, has sought arms training for its members.
March 16: Marshal Topno, a close aide of top CPI-Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan, was arrested in West Singhbhum District during a combing operation in Maoist-hit Posaita area.
March 18: 10 to 15 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up an electricity tower of the Damodar Valley Corp at Dhanbhumghar block in East Singhbhum District.
March 19: As the anti-Maoist operations cover new Districts in Jharkhand, the Maoists urged the Government to stop hounding them as they were "patriots" fighting against the capitalists.
March 21: A villager, identified as M Ansari (40), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Basua village in Gumla District. In 2009, two other members of the same family were killed by the Maoists.
March 22: A Policeman, Kalicharan Bodra, was killed when CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire on a Police patrolling team near Chouka Police station in Sareikela in Sareikela-Kharsawan District.
Suspected Maoists blew up railway tracks between Kokpara and Dalbhumgarh railway stations in East Singhbhum District disrupting railway traffic in Kharagpur section, as part of their 48-hour bandh (shutdown) in seven States.
In Bokaro District, four villagers were abducted by the Maoists from near Petarwar Police station on March 22. They were identified as Sushil Sao, Satan Sao, Santosh Lohar and Sidam Thakur. While Thakur was released later, the rest remained untraceable.
March 23: A villager, Rampati Gorain (65), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist) cadres in Dumka District suspecting him to be a Police informer.
In Latehar District, the Maoists blew up a metre of track between Chhipa Dohar and Hehegarha railway stations.
March 25: Yamuna Yadav, a local worker of the CPI-ML-Liberation, was shot dead by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Dohnadrup village in Latehar District, after pronouncing him death sentence in a Kangaroo Court (people’s court) accusing him to be a Police informer. His bullet riddled dead body was found on March 25. He was abducted on March 24.
March 26: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Chotu Majhi, a security guard by slitting his throat at Telia Bahiar village in Giridih District.
Arun Yadav, a Maoist, was arrested from Tarwadih village in Latehar District. He was among the three Maoists who fired at Anju Kumari (17) at the Navrang Chowk near Latehar railway station on March 4 as the girl had lodged an FIR against Arun Yadav and Maoist sub-zonal ‘commander’ Pappu Lohra on January 20, for abduction and gang rape.
March 27: Naxalites (Left Wing Extremist) killed a civilian in Bingada village in Latehar District. The bullet-riddled body of Puleshwar Yadav was found in the morning with a note left by the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Simant Committee, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, claiming responsibility for the killing, the Police said.
March 29: Prabodh Singh Sadar, a leader of CPI-Maoist, was killed in an encounter with the Police at Baguidih village in Bodam Police station of East Singhbhum District.
Another Maoist was injured following a gunbattle at Merom Junga Pahari in Saraikela-Kharswan District. Police recovered explosives, Maoist literature, empty cartridges of Insas rifle and carbine from the incident site.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building at Sohar village in Chatra District.
March 31: Gobardhan Mahali (43), Dalbhumgarh block president of Congress party, was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Majbhandar village in East Singhbhum District.
April 2: Police arrested a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Jaleswar Mahto, from Bokaro and four sympathisers of wanted Maoist 'commander' Kundan Pahan from Ranchi.
Jharkhand Police recommended to the State Government to place a cash reward of INR 1.2 million on information leading up to the arrest of top Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan.
April 3: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Amar Singh, was killed in an encounter with Patamda Police, along with their counterparts from Bodam and Kamalpur and in coordination with the paramilitary forces, at Bantoriya village in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
April 3: Around a dozen armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a rest house with dynamites at Matlong in Latehar District.
April 4: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school run by an NGO, Alternative for India Development (AID), at Chapee under Panki Police station in Palamu District. The Maoists had damaged the same school in 2009 as well.
April 12: Ajay Kumar, a resident of Jhalda in Purulia District of West Bengal was branded as a Police informer as well as an impostor by a CPI-Maoist kangaroo court and was beheaded at Khairachatar, a marketplace 42 kilometres from Bokaro steel city, in Bokaro District.
April 13: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested and arms and ammunition seized in a joint operation by the Police and CRPF from the forests Hazaribagh, Bokaro and Giridih Districts.
April 16: A six-member fact-finding team from Delhi was detained by Shyamsunderpur Police in Chakuliya block for "interviewing local people and moving around in Maoist-hit area of East Singhbhum District", where Operation Green Hunt was launched in March 2010.
April 19: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two pump houses at Karrampada area in West Singbhum District affecting water supply to the area. One pump house belonged to Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and the other to the Railways.
April 22: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two persons at Lanjo village in West Singhbhum District.
About 20 armed Maoists raided the house of a man at Chapiyamadgadh village in Garhwa District and took him to a nearby place before shooting him dead, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
April 23: A Maoist was killed and four men, including two CRPF personnel, were injured in a fierce gunbattle between Security Forces and Maoists at Bandu village in West Singhbhum District.
Five SF personnel were injured when they were fired upon by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in West Singbhum District. The attack on the SFs came when they went to rescue two abducted villagers from Maoists' clutches.
SFs recovered 50 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a Maoists' hideout at a village under Angara Police station in Ranchi District.
A civil surgeon in Hazaribagh District alleged that a Maoist posing as Vinod Ganjhu, an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, gave him an extortion call demanding INR 500,000.
SFs arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, from separate places in Hazaribag District. The woman cadre was arrested from a place under the Bishungarh Police station. The other Maoist was arrested from a place under the Churchu Police station.
April 24: A Maoist-turned-businessman, Praveen Jha, surrendered in the Tenughat Court of Bokaro District. At present, he is a resident of Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Jha ran a cell phone showroom and became a leader of the Lok Janshakti Party. He had several aliases like Sachidanand Jha, Praveen Khan, Shankarnath Jha, S. N. Jha and Shankar Jha.
April 27: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces and a village woman also died in cross-fire at Ladi village under Barwadih Police station in Latehar District. A rifle was recovered from the dead Maoist.
April 30: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist-backed Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad killed two employees of a private transport company in Chatra District.
Additional District and Session Judge, Ghatsila, M. M. Singh sentenced six Maoists to life imprisonment for waging war against the State and other cases lodged in 2007.
May 2: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoists shot dead a registered medical practitioner, Subhash Mahto, when he was on his way to Jamshedpur from Bota village in East Singhbhum District.
People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) cadres shot dead one Sudama Singh near Bhelburu forest under Bano Police Station when he was returning home at Badkaduil village in Simdega District. Singh was a close relative of the CPI-Maoist's self styled ‘zonal commander’ Debu.
May 9: Two suspected cadres of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested near Mandal Jail in Chatra District. The Police seized INR 100,000 from them.
May 17: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Hemant Bage, a local Congress party leader, inside his vehicle and set it ablaze in the Lumbatoli village of Simdega District.
May 19: Baleshwar Yadav, supplier of arms and ammunition to the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police from Armau village of Bokaro District. Police seized 40 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 1,040 metres length of wires, 280 detonators, cash of over INR 300,000 and other devices used in making landmines from him. On a tip-off by Yadav, the house of Kisko Ghashi, another arms supplier, was also raided. Fifteen kilograms of ammonium nitrate, wires, detonators and other things were seized. Ghashi, however, managed to escape.
May 22: Four suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, one of them injured, were arrested on following an encounter with Security Force personnel at Dumri in Giridih District.
May 28: Upendra Singh, a Police commando, was killed and two others identified as Ashok Sao and Shyam Bihari, were injured in landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Chak village in Palamau District.
June 6: The decomposed body of Sisir Munda abducted allegedly by cadres of the CPI-Maoist was recovered from Sunsunia forest at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum District. He was abducted by Maoists from his house at Jamua village in Ghatsila sub-division on May 25.
June 8: A villager, Hyuka Munda, was killed and his wife was injured when a group of suspected CPI-Maoist cadres led by Khogra Munda attacked them at Jamua village in East Singhbhum District. Khogra also reportedly suffered some injury when Hyuka's wife retaliated with an axe but managed to escape. But he left behind his 9-mm pistol, magazine and a cellular phone.
Five Left Wing Extremists were arrested by the Police from Gumla District. Four cadres belonging to the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were arrested from Silamkot jungle area while a Maoist 'commander' was arrested from Visunpur village of the District. Two rifles, live cartridges, Maoist literature, among other things were seized from their possession.
June 9: Following the imposition of the President's Rule in Jharkhand the Maoists have started shifting their operational base from Jharkhand to parts of neighbouring West Bengal.
June 13: Jharkhand Police arrested, Laxmi Munda, one of the abductors of the slain Police officer Francis Induwar from Taimara in Ranchi District. Police also seized four-and-a-half kilograms explosives during the raids. Police said during interrogation, Munda confessed that Induwar was abducted and beheaded at the direction of CPI-Maoist leader Kundan Pahan. Pahan is still at large. Munda was among one of the three abductors who had abducted Induwar in October 2009. The beheaded dead body of the Police office was found later.
June 14: About 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Kajru Thakur, accusing him of being a Police informer, at Tilaiya village on the foothills of Luggu hill under Mahuataad Police station of Bokaro District.
Himmat Singh, a commando of the 203 battalion of the Special Action Force of the CRPF, was killed during an encounter with the Maoists near Chaibasa in West Singhbhum District.
Over 10 prisoners, mostly Maoists, were injured in a clash with other inmates inside Sadar jail in Garhwa District. Trouble erupted at the jail's sick room when both the parties asked the compounder to attend them first.
Sunena Devi, wife of the self-styled Maoist 'zonal commander' Binay alias Nepal, was arrested at Bhandaria in the Garwah District. Sunena was allegedly involved in two cases related to Maoist activity. Binay is already in jail.
June 15: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two pay loaders belonging to two industrial groups at Gua in the West Singhbhum District. The Maoists first set ablaze the pay loader of Adhunik Industry and later set ablaze to another belonging to the Runta Group of Industries late in the night. The Maoists also assaulted some employees of the industries before escaping from the spot.
June 17: A woman and her son were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at a village in the Simdega District. The Maoists went to their house at Dumaria in the night and dragged out the 28-year-old son. When his mother tried to intervene, the Maoists shot her dead. They also shot dead the son after taking him away from his house.
June 19: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Bosko Singh (36) in Jiyan village and Lakhiram Mardi in Bakrakocha village under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. The Maoists alleged that Mardi and Singh were Police informers.
The Maoists also shot at and injured Ramchandra Mardi alias Hopan Mardi, the president of Public Distribution System (PDS) dealers in Kasiabeda.
June 20: The Police arrested Bapi Mahato, one of the main accused in the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment case, from Rai Guest House in Jamshedpur. This is the fifth arrest in the case. Mahato, who is a member of the Maoist-backed Police People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) is one of the three main accused along with Umakanta Mahato and Asit Mahato.
June 18: A hard-core Maoist, Dashrath Mahto, was arrested from Chalania forest located on the boundaries of Hazaribag and Giridih Districts. Dashrath is the brother of Baijnath Mahto, an 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, and son-in-law of Nago Mahato alias Ranvir, a 'sub-zonal commander' of CPI-Maoist. He operated in Giridih and Hazaribag Districts. The Police also seized a regular .303 rifle and 26 cartridges which were stolen from the barracks of homeguards in Giridih in 2005. Some incriminating documents and Naxal literature were also recovered from his possession.
June 20: A hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Pati Ram Manjhi (40), a key associate of self-styled Maoist zonal commander Navin Manjhi was arrested by Security Forces in the night from Bishnugarh area of Hazaribagh District. Two firearms were recovered from him. He used to motivate the rural youth to join the group and involved in imparting guerilla training to them. He has at least 30 criminal cases pending against him.
Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging to suspected Maoists near Arani village in Simdega District.
June 23: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot at Binod Singh, the employee of a contractor engaged in road construction and critically wounded him at Itkhori in Chatra District.
June 26: Two 'sub-zonal commanders' of the CPI-Maoist, allegedly involved in the murder of the former Jharkhand Minister, Ramesh Singh Munda, and the abduction and beheading of police inspector Francis Induwar, were arrested in Khuti District. "Two Maoist rebels, Santosh Munda and Vipul Lohra, have been arrested from Musanga jungle under Arki police station of Khuti district. Both were wanted in the killing of ex-Minister Ramesh Singh Munda, abduction of Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar who was later beheaded, and hijacking of an ICICI Bank delivery van and looting Rs.5 crore". The Police seized a rifle, live cartridges, INR 50,000, two landmines, 285 gelatine sticks and other materials from them.
June 28: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two villagers in Simdega District. Police officials found a letter in which it was written that the victims were members of the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), and were Police informers.
June 29: The CPI-Maoist killed a local tribal Congress leader, 45-year-old Bardhan Kachhu, in the Garhwa District. He was abducted from Barkol village hours before the 48-hour bandh (shutdown), called by the Maoists, began at midnight of June 29, and subsequently shot dead.
June 30: The Maoists killed a contractor, Kedar Munda, in the Khuti District after abducting him from his Salehatu village in the morning. His dead body was recovered from nearby forest.
July 1: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged the middle school Charai village in Palamu District. The Maoists hurled two bombs at the school. While one bomb flattened a room of the school, another did not explode.
Security Forces arrested a Maoist 'area commander', Mithilesh Mandal and two of his associates in Giridih. Mandal was allegedly involved in the killing of a Special Police Officer in June and several robberies. Two rifles and 193 bullets were recovered from him.
Another top Maoist cadre, Brajesh Yadav, who was a member of the Maoist firing squad, was arrested from Gumla.
July 6: The Police neutralised an arms supply racket with the arrest of nine persons from in and around the Jamshedpur Steel City and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition. Thirteen pieces of 7.65 mm pistols, 13 magazines, a revolver of six rounds, 443 assprted cartridges including 36 of AK-47 and 31 of INSAS were seized from the arrested men. Three motorcycles, nine cellphones and INR 230,000 in cash were also recovered from them. The Police arrested three of them during a transaction of the arms on a highway. The three - Pradip Kumar Pandey and Rohit Karmakar of Dalbhumgarh in East Singhbhum, and Baidhnath Mardi of West Midnapore District of West Bengal - were stated to be the main link between the Maoists and armed suppliers.
Seven trains were cancelled and the routes of five trains have been diverted in view of the Maoist shut down in the State.
July 7: The CPI-Maoist blew up the station building and relay room at Hehegarha railway station. Two cabinmen were kidnapped but released later. Police engaged the Maoists in a gunbattle in Hehegarha. At least one Policeman was killed in the crossfire.
The Police arrested a member of the Jharkhand Jan Sangharsh Mukti Morcha, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, from a place near the Shankh river Police outpost in Lohardaga District. The arrested cadre was identified as Guddu Baitha (23) of Salagi Mahto Toli village.
Normal life was thrown out of gear in Jharkhand on the first day of the 48-hour Maoist bandh with a number of trains either cancelled or diverted and vehicular traffic remaining off the roads.
July 10: Cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed two persons in Simdega District. According to the Police, five PLFI cadres arrived on two motorcycles and shot dead Gopal when he was in his shop. His employee Govind was also killed in the firing. Gopal was a relative of Tileshwar Sahu, former chairman of the Jharkhand Pollution Control Board.
July 12: A cadre of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was arrested with 90 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from Jhumra hill in Bokaro District.
A top Maoist, Baron Manjhi alias Uttam, a self-styled area commander of Kasmar-Piparwar in the Bokaro District carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head surrendered before the Police. Manjhi also led the Police to a spot where they recovered four rifles, 410 bullets, a large amount of ammonium nitrate and Naxal literature.
July 16: Five Police personnel were killed and five others injured when cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast blowing up a patrol van carrying Jharkhand Jaguar Force personnel at Kutmu More in Latehar District. The patrol van was following the car of the Superintendent of Police (SP) who was returning after leading a long range patrolling in Maoist-affected areas. The SP had a providential escape as his vehicle had just passed the blast site few moments earlier.
A powerful bomb, planted by Maoists under a road, was recovered just one kilometer away from a CRPF camp at Bhawnradih, at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum District. The explosive was defused.
July 18: Some suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze six vehicles engaged in road construction at Ghatsila in Jharkhand. The vehicles belonging to a Ranchi-based construction company was engaged constructing roads in the village. Demand for extortion by Maoists was suspected to be the cause of arson, Superintendent of Police (Rural) S. K. Kujjur said.
July 19: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the site office of a contractor and set ablaze equipment and machinery used in executing the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana near Bhaduwa village in Ghatsila subdivision of East Singhbhum District.
Five cadres of CPI-Maoist involved in blowing up a railway station building earlier this month were arrested from Amradiha village under Barwadih Police Station in Latehar District. According to Police, one of the arrested Maoists is Arun Yadav, who had spread terror in the District. The Police also seized Maoist literature, maps and other incriminating documents from them.
July 21: The CRPF personnel recovered as much as 70-80 kilograms of explosives in a drain in the forest region surrounding Tamad village and Bundu village near Sate capital Ranchi city during a combing operation against the CPI-Maoist. "These are high explosives. If ten boxes of these explosives are used, then it can blow up a very huge vehicle. And we have recovered thousands of such boxes. The Maoists had hidden these explosives," said Nihal Singh, Assistant Commander, CRPF. "This is about 70-80 kilograms of explosives. There are thousands of explosive boxes. It has RDX as well," said Singh.
July 24: Suspected Maoists set ablaze a coal mine in Latehar District.
July 25: An encounter took place between the forces from the State Police, CRPF and the anti-Naxal Jaguar Force against and cadres of the CPI-Maoist in forests near Bundu, about 40 kilometres from Ranchi in Khunti District.
July 26: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were shot dead by Security Forces (SFs) in a 20-hour-long encounter near Korba and Rabo villages in Khunti District. The slain Maoists were identified as Mashi Munda and Chotki Munda. According to Police, Chotki is a relative of Kundan Pahan, South Chhotanagpur zonal committee commander of the CPI-Maoist. Two suspected women cadres were also arrested from the encounter site. "We suspect both of them are female cadres of the outlawed outfit,'' Khunti Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said. The SFs also recovered 40 detonators, electrical wires, medicines and bags from the encounter site.
July 27: A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Lilmuni (18) from Babuhan Tola of Sangrampur village under Gola Police Station, surrendered before the Police. Ramgarh Superintendent of Police Hemant Toppo said she had joined the Maoists with whom she spent two years in Ramgarh-Hazaribagh area and had taken part in two Maoist operations.
July 28: Villagers lynched a person and injured two others on suspicion of being cadres of CPI-Maoist at Gumadi in East Singhbhum District. The two injured persons told the Police that they were not Maoists and they were attacked while returning to their village. In East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum Districts, people guard their villages as Maoists on regular basis enter and demand food and extort money.
The CPI-Maoist zonal commander, Rajdeo Yadav, surrendered before Inspector General of Police (IG) Rezi Dundung of Palamu District. Yadav, also known as Koonan Yadav, Devnarain Yadav and Sagar, was wanted in 14 criminal cases. He was active in Chatra, Latehar and Palamu Districts of the State.
July 30: Not satisfied with the prevailing situation in the Naxal-affected areas in the eastern region, the Railways have decided to extend suspension of night movement of trains in parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand till August 3.The decision comes in the backdrop of CPI-Maoist observing a week-long 'martyrs week'.
July 31: The Jharkhand Government announced a new scheme for the Naxal (Left Wing Extremist)-affected areas in the State. As per the scheme 'Operation Nai Disha', Maoists who surrendered with rocket launchers or machine guns would get INR 100,000 and those who surrendered with AK-series rifle would get INR 75,000, Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Neyaz Ahmed told reporters. Similarly, between INR 15,000 and INR 2,000 would be paid for IED or explosive material, wireless sets, remote control, grenades, pistols, revolvers and rifles, he said. Surrendered Maoists would be provided security and their families relocated to a safe place while employment could also be provided, he said.
August 1: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Rajesh Kumar Munda (26), was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) near Heso village, about 13 kilometres from Ranchi. The SFs recovered a carbine and cartridge from the encounter site.
Giridih Superintendent of Police A.B. Homker said a hardcore Maoist, identified as Lakhan Singh, active in Jamtara and Giridih Districts, was arrested at a village in Giridih District. A pistol and two bullets were seized from the possession of Singh.
A District Development Officer, Sudhansu Bhusan Ram was taken hostage by Maoists for an hour, who complained to him about corruption before setting him free without any harm in Doki village of Latehar District.
August 3: The Hindu reports that five persons of a private security agency travelling by a car were killed when Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) blew up a culvert with a landmine near Pirtand in Giridih District.
August 4: Around 15 to 20 cadres of the TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, shot dead Munna Gupta, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader a few kilometres from the Balumath Police Station in Latehar District. He was going to Balumath from Hehegara along with four persons on two bikes. His supporters were assaulted. TPC left pamphlets accusing the BJP leader of extorting money in the name of the organisation were found on the incident site.
Rajesh alias Uday, a top Maoist leader operating in both Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was arrested from an apartment in Ranchi. A reward of INR 500,000 was on his head. A woman and a man who were along with him at the time of his arrest were also interrogated to ascertain whether they too belonged to the CPI-Maoist.
Police arrested Lalan Singh Kharwar, an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, from Betha village of Garwah District.
Maoists set ablaze three trucks carrying bauxite mineral in Lohardaga District during the ongoing five-state-shutdown.
August 5: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Lakhai Soren, a casual employee of Bagjata mine of State-run Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), suspecting him to be a Police informer at Vikrampur village in Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. A Police team went to the spot and recovered the dead body.
Jharkhand Police arrested eight Left Wing Extremists [LWEs] along with their group commander. "We have arrested eight Maoists including Raghu Singh, who is the chief of a group. We have also seized arms and ammunition which include guns, pistols, mobile, notepads of Jharkhand Army (a Maoist outfit) and identity cards from them," said Narendra Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police of Gumla District.
Irked by the people's non-compliance with the two-day shutdown call on August 3 and 4 in Simdega District, Maoists circulated letters in the area warning extension of markets shutdown to one week. Posters were stuck all over the marketplace in Kersai block of the District.
Two Maoists, identified as Marshal Tuti and Suresh Munda, surrendered before the Jharkhand Police Chief Neyaz Ahmad. They also surrendered one carbine and one rifle. Marshal Tuti was the ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist while Suresh Munda was arms squad member of the outfit. Both faced more than 13 criminal cases.
August 8: Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in Kanda village in Palamau District in the night.
Police arrested top Maoist leader of Andhra Pradesh Narsimha Reddy from Upper Ghat area of Bokaro District, and a 9 mm pistol, a laptop and Naxal literature were recovered from him.
August 30: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a villager, identified as Joseph Kandulana (50), suspecting him as a Police informer in Khunti District. The dead body was recovered near Ulung forest under Rania Police Station in the District, the Police said.
A Maoist was killed and a training camp of the CPI-Maoists was destroyed during a fierce encounter between the Maoists and the SF personnel at Marangpur in Khunti District. Personnel of the CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar Force (JJF) and State Police were involved in the operation. Two IEDs each weighing 40-kilogrammes and detonators were recovered from the Maoist camp after the encounter. Four UPS and inverters used in operating computer sets, wireless sets, flash lights and other materials were also recovered.
Two persons identified as Sohail Ansari and Islam Ansari suspected to be supplying weapons to the Maoists were arrested by the Police from Sector-9 of Bokaro Steel Plant at Madhudih village in Bokaro District. A pistol, two country-made guns and 14 cartridges were recovered from their possession.
August 31: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist assaulted a fair price shop dealer, Mukesh Prasad, to death in Turudih village of Latehar District.
September 1: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze three vehicles and assaulted a relative of a former RJD party legislator in Latehar District, Police said. About 20 Maoists raided Barihatu village and set three cars on fire by sprinkling patrol on them. They later beat up an uncle of Prakash Ram, a former RJD legislator, a Police officer said.
September 5: SFs recovered seven can bombs from different parts of the State during raids in Maoist-hit areas. While five IEDs weighing five kilograms were found planted on a road in Mankeri in Latehar Police Station in Latehar District, two can-bombs weighing 30 kilograms each were found planted on Sarjamdih-Barigala Road in Ranchi District.
September 3: Buddheswar Oraon, a person belonging to tribal community, and his son, Anil, were shot dead by cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist over a land dispute in Adar village under Gumla District.
September 8: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Ajay Yadav of Nimiadih Tola village in Garhwa District suspecting him to be a Police informer.
September 10: A Police Sub-Inspector, identified as Satanand Singh of Ara, was killed and seven Policemen injured in an encounter between the Jharkhand Police and the CPI-Maoist cadres in the dense Talpahadi forest of Jama Block in Dumka District. Police sources said there are about 200 Maoists in the forest. Figures of casualties on the Maoist side were not available. The Police meanwhile detained two men and three women for alleged links with the Maoists.
September 16: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist released an official of the State Government whom they had abducted from Latehar District a day earlier. According to Police, the Maoists had abducted seven officials from Pagar village on September 15. Six were released in the evening but an official of the food and supply department, M.O. Kesar Murmu, was taken to a forest and was freed next day from Kurund forest.
September 17: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was shot dead by another faction of the outfit led by 'Jhangru-group' during a turf war in a forest near Duarseni village in Gumla District.
Two cadres of the TPC were arrested from Nauka village in Garwah District. Police recovered four rifles and live cartridges from them.
September 21: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons, suspecting them to be Police informers, in Adaki Police Station of Khunti District. The bodies were found near Gumharia. The Maoists left a letter warning villagers not to inform the Police about their activities.
Kashinath Singh Munda (40), an associate of Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, was arrested by the Ranchi Police from Silli Police Station. A resident of Kadambeda, he was involved in a number of criminal cases and the Police were on the lookout for him. According to Official Sources, he joined the Maoists in 2002.
Jharkhand Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh was reportedly threatened by a Maoist cadre as he forwarded to the authorities a complaint against an official of the State.
September 22: Ramesh Mandal alias Shakin Da, a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head, was arrested from Tilayia village under Lalpania Police Station in Bokaro. Ramesh is a key accused in the killing of CPI-ML legislator Mahendra Yadav who was killed in 2005. Ramesh was staying in the village for the last two years in name of Deepak Soren.
September 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on the SFs at Ratnag village near Jaigra under Pandu Police Station in Palamu District forcing the SFs to retaliate. Though the Maoists managed to escape to the nearby forest, the SFs later recovered one rifle, 30 detonators, wires, bags, ten sets of Maoists uniform and Maoists literature from the hideout.
September 24: Around 25 cadres of the CPI-Maoist went to Satparaghata village in Gumla District and shot dead gangster Vimal Oraon and a member of the Jharkhand Sangharsh Janmukti Morcha.
Three Maoists surrendered before the Jharkhand DGP Neyaz Ahmad. They laid down rifles, pistol and live cartridges. The surrendered Maoists were identified as Ringa Munda, Mantu Sahu and Ajay Kandula.
September 25-26: A CRPF trooper, two State Armed Police personnel and three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in the ongoing encounter between SFs and the Maoists that started on September 25 at Tirilposhi forest in West Singhbhum District. A CRPF trooper and two Maoists were killed in the encounter on September 26 while two Policemen and a Maoist were killed while an Assistant Commandant of CRPF injured on September 25. The encounter took place after the SF personnel, comprising CRPF and SAF, State Armed Police and District Police, were pursuing the Maoists following the neutralisation of a training camp in Nurda. The Police also recovered two weapons including a rifle, five hand grenades, among other articles. The SFs were still engaged in the operation to demolish the extremist base in the Saranda forest.
September 26: A top Maoist, identified as Prakash alias Neman Ganju wanted by the Police of four States of Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was arrested from Debu village in Simdega District. The Police also recovered ten detonators, five gelatine sticks, a revolver and four bullets, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Vinod Kumar Gupta said. Prakash is a self-styled 'sub-zonal commander' and came as the head of a firing squad of the CPI-Maoist, which had planned to perpetrate a crime in the District. Prakash had joined the MCC in 1986, and was also arrested in 2007 and was released on July 8, 2010.
September 27: With the killing of seven more cadres of the CPI-Maoist, the death toll increased to 13 in the ongoing anti-Maoist operation in the Saranda forest of West Singhbhum District that started on September 25. The operation was launched jointly by the Security Forces (SFs) of Jharkhand and Orissa. More than 4,000 SF personnel and two helicopters have been deployed. Director-General of Police Neyaz Ahmad said the bodies of some of the Maoists were recovered.
The Maoists blew up the Panchayat Bhawan and a hostel in Anandpur.
September 28: The fourth day of the anti-Maoist operations, SFs recovered four more landmines from the buffer zone of Saranda forest, namely Tirulposi, Digha, Thalkobad and Jaraikela in the West Singhbhum District. With this, the landmines count has gone up to 20.
The ongoing operations and telephone intercepts established that CPI-Maoist formed a company of 100-odd armed cadres who moved in a single group carrying sophisticated weapons and explosives aimed at SFs scouring the forests of Saranda. Telephone intercepts of Maoist conversations also indicated that they had designated Tirulposi in Manoharpur in West Singhbhum, about 50 kilometres from Rourkela in Orissa, as a ‘capital’ where they would gather from Orissa and Bihar regularly to chalk out strategy. Four Maoist cadres were arrested from Tirulposi village. It further reports that the Maoists were planning a Dantewada like attack against SFs in Jharkhand.
September 30: A 24-hour shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist in Ranchi hit transport services.
October 2: A cadre of Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JMP), a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested. The extremist was identified as Firoz Ansari, son of Kaleem Ansari of Rubed village under Jobang Police Station in the bordering area of Lohardaga and Latehar Districts.
October 4: Ranchi Police arrested a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Deshbandhu Munda, from an unspecified location.
Three Maoists surrendered before Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Praveen Singh, reports IANS. "They were associated with CPI-Maoist zonal commander Kunda Pahana since 2006. They were provided INR 50, 000 each and would be rehabilitated as per the surrender and rehabilitation policy," Singh said.
Intelligence reports suggest that Maoists have started hiring primitive Paharia tribes, which have a presence in the Santhal Pargana region.
October 5: SFs recovered 534 IED boosters containing TNT, a highly explosive substance, hidden in a CPI-Maoist natural bunker at Barida forest under Bundu Police Station of Ranchi District. The recovery was made on the tip-off by a Maoist, Bhola Pal, who surrendered on October 4. "Each booster weighed 125 gram and contained nearly 120 gram of TNT which takes total weight of explosive materials to around 64 kg in 534 units of boosters capable of bringing down a 10-storied building within minutes," said ASP (operation) Apoorva. The boosters were made on orders at an explosive material making factory at Rourkela in Orissa for quarries but somehow fell in the hands of Maoists, who were using it in IEDs to target security forces operating in the state," said SP (Rural) Michal S. Raj.
After a long search operation, the Jamshedpur Police arrested three Maoist cadres, identified as Shukdev Munda alias Ranjit Munda, Santhosh Murmu, and Indro Munda. While Shukdev was arrested from the Tasrisol forest, Murmu and Ranjit were arrested from forest in Ghatshila area of East Singhbhum District.
October 8: Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were killed in internecine clash at Hessadih in Khunti District. The slain extremists were identified as Bitoo and Viki.
On a tip-off that a huge quantity of explosives belonging to the CPI-Moist, were stashed away at Serangidih in the same District a Police team raided it and recovered 345 pieces of explosive gel and 114 bombs.
Maoists blew up the vacant house of contractor Pramod Singh, who was killed on October 4, in Tulgul village of Bokaro District and left behind a poster alleging that he had been killed and his house blown up as he collected levy in their name.
Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were killed in internecine clash at Hessadih in Khunti District. The slain extremists were identified as Bitoo and Viki. On a tip-off that a huge quantity of explosives belonging to the CPI-Moist, were stashed away at Serangidih in the same District a Police team raided it and recovered 345 pieces of explosive gel and 114 bombs. Maoists blew up the vacant house of contractor Pramod Singh, who was killed on October 4, in Tulgul village of Bokaro District and left behind a poster alleging that he had been killed and his house blown up as he collected levy in their name. Maoists abducted Kamruddin and Bilal Ansari, employees of a road construction company and set ablaze a machine at Chinia village in Garwah District.
October 9: The CRPF and the West Singhbhum Police arrested Nulla Bhikshapati (47), a member of the central technical committee of the CPI-Maoist, from Bandgaon in West Singhbhum District. Bhikshapati belongs to Andhra Pradesh's Warangal District. He became associated with Naxal activities in 1991 and trained activists in explosive devices. Inspector-General (Operations) R.K. Malik said: "A police team raided the Madra village and came to know that Bhikshapati was living there for the last one year. During that year, he held training camps in number of places in Jharkhand." Bhikshapati had also conducted training camps in Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.
October 11: An ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ravindra Oraon, was arrested from Barwadih area of Latehar District on October 11. A locally-made pistol and Maoist letter-pads were seized from Ravindra. He was wanted by the Police in a landmine blast and encounter case at Tonga in the District.
Four LWEs belonging to Jharkhand Sanyukta Jan Morcha (JSJM), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested by Police during an anti-Naxal (LWE) operation in the dense forests of Katkumsandi in Hazaribagh District. Arms and ammunition were also seized from them. The JSJM cadres had allegedly killed several employees engaged in construction work of the ongoing Koderma-Hazaribagh Barkakana-Ranchi Broad-gauge railway line of the East Central Zone for "not paying extortion".
October 13: A Special Squad of Jharkhand Police arrested a left wing extremist, identified as Ashok alias Oliver Khadiya, and his aide Munna Urav from the forest area near Jamapani village in Simdega District. Ashok was a former ‘zonal commander’ of a left wing extremist outfit and was currently running his own guerrilla force in the CPI-Maoist-infested regions of the State. The Police also recovered arms and ammunitions from them including a regular carbine, 9-mm pistol, 27 bullets, around INR 26,000, mobile sets and Subscriber Identity Module cards.
Meanwhile, a time-bomb was found at a canteen at Kumardugi railway station in Dhanbad. The Police suspect a Maoist hand in it.
October 17: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a former cadre of the outfit, identified as Raj Kumar Sao, at Phulwar village under Dandai Police Station in Garhwa District. A note left by the Maoists accused Sao of informing the Police about their movements. Sao had severed links with the Maoists some time back.
Maoists killed a youth identified as Puna Khadia, a resident of Chhapartoli under Murkunda panchayat in Gumla District and threw his body on the road at Bartoli village under Gumla Police Station. Maoist ‘area commander’ Jogi Bhagat claimed responsibility for Puna's killing. He alleged Puna was killed as he was the ‘right hand’ man of Patrick Toppo who heads the PLFI gang engaged in extortion and road robbery activities in the area.
SFs recovered a huge cache of explosives hidden by Maoist from the forests in two different locations under Bundu Police Station of Ranchi District. Acting on tip-off that explosives being hidden in the forests of Pachakam and Churki forests, two companies of SFs launched massive search operations and recovered 257 high explosive gelatine bars, more then 100 pieces of detonators, 50 meter fuse wire, two 9mm pistols, a locally-made pistol, three claymore mines and Maoist uniforms and bags. "The explosives were hidden by Maoists to make IEDs to for use against security forces," said SSP Praveen Kumar Singh terming the recovery as a "major achievement".
October 20: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in a four-hour-long encounter in a forest near Raghunathpur in Raidih Police Station area of Gumla District. The encounter started when a team of Security personnel was on its way to Chainpur on a regular patrol and a group of around 150 Maoist cadres opened fire on them. Two Police personnel are also said to be missing.
Two Maoists, identified as Sainath Munda and Budhudeo Terome, were arrested in Khunti District. Khunti Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said Munda was involved in the murder of special branch inspector Francis Indwar and the killing of havildar Narendra Pandey. Terome, he said, was involved in the murder of two villagers who were shot dead in September, 2010 at Koya village under Arki Police Station. Kaushik said based on tip-offs given by Munda, Police recovered 62 packets of power gel, 12 boosters and three boxes belonging to ICICI Bank, which were looted along with INR 50 million about three years ago.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and discussed the State Government's preparedness for panchayat elections and demanded INR three billion as one-time grant for Police modernization. Munda also requested the Home Minister to bear the INR five billion expenditure incurred by the State on CRPF deployed in Jharkhand. He argued that since Maoist problem is a national one, the State Government should not be asked to bear the expenditure.
October 21: The body of one of two missing Policemen, identified as Falendra Mishra, was found near Uchdih-Ragunathpur village under Raidih Police Station, 10 kilometres from the District headquarters of Gumla. Falendra Mishra along with Nageshwar Mishtri had gone missing on October 20 after a four-hour-long encounter in Gumla District. Mishra hailed from Pupri village under Sitamarhi District of Bihar and was posted at Raidih Police Station of the District. Nageshwar Mishtri returned to Police headquarters.
October 22: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Roopnath Bhengra, at Saiko village in Khunti District suspecting him to be a Police informer.
October 26: Acting on a specific tip-off about a squad led by CPI-Maoist, ‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan in the forests of Getalbeda and Gamharia villages under Arki Police Station in Khunti District, a Police party led by SP Manoj Kaushik raided the forests and neutralised a Maoist camp. Around 25 to 30 Maoists were camping for last couple of days in the camp. On seeing the Police party coming so close to the squad, Maoists opened fire and engaged the Security Forces in a fierce encounter. However, no one was injured in the encounter, said Kaushik. Police recovered some tarpaulin, Maoist literature and mobile charges from the encounter site.
Police arrested Cecelia Guriya alias Rupa aka Monica Dang (22), in a shuttle taxi ferrying passengers at Satranji 15 kilometers away from the State capital Ranchi. Cecelia is said to be the girlfriend of Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan. "She hailed from Pinding in Khunti and joined the Maoist fold seven years ago. She trained at Saranda and then worked with Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ Prasad in Rania. When Pahan met and fell in love with her, she was sent to work in Bundu-Tamar in January. He then sent her for computer training at an institute in Khunti to make her a cadre of the Maoists’ technical cell," SSP Praveen Kumar said. Cecelia, who had been living in a rented house at Bahu Bazar for the last three months, was assigned the task of helping Maoists get proper medical treatment in city hospitals. She was also responsible for receiving Maoist leaders coming from different parts of the country for organisational work in the State, Kumar added. Further, Police recovered 30 rounds of ammunition which Cecelia was taking them to Pahan for test-firing and a letter from arrested CPI-Maoist politburo member Amitabh Bagchi.
October 28: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter at Jaspur village in Chatra District. The encounter took place when a team of CRPF and State Police personnel came under fire from the Maoists during an operation. A rifle, cartridges and Maoist literature were recovered from the incident site.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the coal warehouse of the State-owned Central Coalfield Ltd (CCL), assaulted a staff member, and set ablaze two vehicles in Dakra in Ranchi District.
October 30: Four Maoists, including three women, were arrested after a brief encounter with Security Forces in the forests of Khunti. The gun-fight broke out during an anti-Naxal operation between Iti and Pangura forests with both the sides exchanging about 180 rounds of fire. The Security Forces seized 28 pieces of explosive gel and INSAS rifle ammunition.
October 31: Police arrested Sushila Munda (21), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, from Khunti District for facilitating recruitment and supplying Maoist literature to like-minded fellow students. Sushila is a student of first-year Intermediate of Science (ISc) at PPK College, Bundu. Sushila belongs to Mahuatand village in the District. Some recruitment forms were also found in her possession. "Sushila Munda had even served in the armed squad of zonal commander Kundan Pahan and it was with his help she got admission in the college," said SSP Praveen Kumar Singh.
November 1: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot at a man identified as Chedi Singh in Lohardaga District for donating land to the Police to set up a picket at Chatti village in the District. The condition of Singh was stated to be critical.
November 4: Three landmines were recovered from the outskirts of Ranchi during anti-CPI-Maoist operations. The landmines, including one remote-controlled claymore landmine, were recovered from the forest areas of Bundu. The weight of the landmines varies from 20 kilograms to 40 kilograms. It was a joint search operation of the State Police and the CRPF. In the last three months, more than 50 landmines were recovered from the State during such operations.
November 7: Basu Matari, a trooper of 26th Battalion in the CRPF, was killed when a bomb planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded in Bokaro District. "During a search operation on Jhumra hills in the District, which was predominantly an operational belt for the Maoists, the CRPF troop spotted a Maoist flag. Matari went up to remove the flag, which triggered the bomb, killing him on the spot," CRPF Commandant M.I. Mallik said. The police had found posters by the Maoists call for a boycott of rural polls in Lohardaga and Gumla Districts earlier this week.
Maoists triggered a blast at Satbahani railway station in Palamau District, some 170 kilometres from Ranchi and abducted the station manager, a Police official said.
The Maoists triggered blasts using dynamites at panchayat buildings in Rajhara village of Vishrampur block and Basna village of Nava block in the District. No one was injured in both the blasts.
The CPI-Maoist called for a 24-hour shutdown from November 7 midnight till November 8, midnight to protest US President Barack Obama's four-day India visit.
November 10: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist reportedly poisoned a pond atop Jhumra hills close to a CRPF camp. Around 200 CRPF troopers and hundreds of villagers around Jhumra hills depend on the pond for drinking water. CRPF, under its civic action plan, has used the pond to provide drinking water to the people. Water from the pond goes to a filtration plant from where it is supplied through two separate pipelines to the village and CRPF camp. ''CRPF troopers were alert and that saved life of many. This is the first time when Maoists have used such an inhuman method,'' said Bokaro Superintendent of Police Saket Singh.
November 11: Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Umesh Paswan, from Muhamadgang area in Palamu District. Police recovered six rifles, one carbine and a number of pistols from him.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist severed the head and legs of a man who was given "death sentence" by a "kangaroo court" at Beluaghati in Giridih District. The Maoists claimed responsibility for the killing and pasted a poster on the distorted body stating that the man was killed after being branded as a supporter of the "reactionary forces at a jan adalat" staged by the Maoists.
Police arrested two Maoists, identified as Shankar Pradhan, an 'area commander' and a cadre, identified as Ram Narayan Gope from Gumla District. Two-country made knifes, four bullets and one mobile phone set was recovered from them.
One more Maoist cadre was arrested near Palkot thane in the same District.
November 12: Three CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in Jhumra hills in Bokaro District. According to the Police, the CRPF personnel were patrolling the Jhumra hills when the Maoists triggered the landmine blast.
November 15: 14-year-old Barun Munda, a cadre of the CPI-Maoist who surrendered before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghatsila on November 8 has pleaded before the Jharkhand Police to help him pursue studies claiming that he had been 'trapped' by the Ghurabandha squad of the Maoists.
November 16: Police arrested a Maoist cadre, identified as Direndra Singh, during routine check in Dhanbad District and took him for interrogation in Barbadda Police Station. The Maoist was found dead in the custody in the morning of November 17.
November 18: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead four persons, identified as Pradip Munda, his 8-year-old daughter and two friends, Sanjay Mahto and Soram Munda, charging them of helping the Police in their anti-Maoist operations at Baruhatu village of Bundu area in Ranchi District.
November 21: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with Security Forces (SFs) at Borha village in Jharkhand. An INSAS rifle, four magazines, eight wireless sets, a cane bomb of 20 kg, 26 rounds of ammunition, one walkman and six audio cassettes were recovered from the encounter site.
Some Maoists ran away leaving behind a laptop and INR 300,000 in cash when the SFs raided a hideout at Kumari village in Gumla District.
November 22: Two associates of Arup Mochi alias Arun, Dalma squad ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Maheshwar Mahto and Ganesh Chandra Tudu, were arrested after an encounter with the Police at Borha village of East Singhbhum District. "We have detained one more person for interrogation. We have also recovered two Police rifles, one 9 mm pistol and one 7.65 mm pistol along with a large quantity of live cartridges and cash," Deputy Inspector General of Police Navin Kumar Singh said.
November 26: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sunita Kumari and Trilochan Munda, surrendered before Ranchi SSP Praveen Singh in Ranchi. The duo was wanted in more than 13 criminal cases. Sunita is the first woman Maoist to surrender in the State. They will be rehabilitated under the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the State. Jharkhand Police has reportedly started the Nai Disha (New Direction) scheme to encourage Maoists to surrender.
Extending a call for a complete boycott of panchayat elections in the District, the Maoists have asked villagers to abstain from voting and contesting the polls. Central Zonal Committee of the CPI-Maoist spokesperson Paramjeet said that Maoists have a wide base in rural areas and the panchayat election is nothing but a conspiracy of the ruling class to create a divide among the cadres. "We have appealed to our sympathisers and villagers to keep away from the polls but action could be harsh if someone from within the party decides to contest the election," Paramjeet said.
November 27: In Khunti District, one suspected Maoist, Soma alias Marshal, was arrested during a search operation. A 50 kilograms bomb, 105 pieces of detonators, 30 kilograms of potassium nitrate and 10 kilograms of mixed explosive powder were also recovered.
Police recovered two landmines from Khapia village of Latehar District.
November 28: Two CPI-Maoist cadres were shot at in a gun battle, which began during a search operation, at Gamahria under Adki Police Station area in Khunti District. One of them might have died "as per our information", Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said. The two were, however, taken away by their associates. About hundred bullets were exchanged in the one-hour gun-battle, he said adding an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing about 50 kilograms was later recovered from under a culvert.
About 15 to 20 Maoists raided Khura village and blew up a Panchayat building in Latehar District. No one was injured in the incident.
December 1: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead and then beheaded a farmer, identified as Pradeep Singh, in Doodhapani region in Jamtara District. The Maoists suspected Pradeep as a Police informer, Superintendent of Police (SP) M P Lakda said.
December 2: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist carried out a poster campaign asking people not to participate in the village council polls in Simdega District.
December 4: Nunulal Marandi, the younger brother of former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, survived a CPI-Maoist attack at Chatro Bazar under Deori Police Station area of Giridih District. His Personal Security Officer, Prabhu Soren, is reported missing after the Maoists attacked Nunulal's vehicle.
December 6: Suspected cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, killed a villager, identified as Mohan Sahu (28) on the border between Gumla and Raidih Police Stations. The Police recovered the body on the bank of a rivulet under Silam panchayat of Raidih Police Station in the morning of December 7. The deceased was a resident of Jorag village under Gumla Police Station, a local contractor by profession.
December 8: A self-styled 'sub-zonal commander' of CPI-Maoist, identified as Surendra Ram alias Prasant was arrested from Makri village in Garhwa District. Prasant, 'Koel-Sankh zone commander', was arrested while he was urging people to vote for his wife, Seema Devi, in the ongoing panchayat polls. He was involved in nine criminal cases including murder, Police said. One pistol and live cartridges were recovered from him. The five-phase panchayat polls in Jharkhand began from November 27.
December 11: Seven cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Khelari and Budmu Police Stations of Ranchi District. The arrestees were operative in Khelari, Ranchi and Budmu and were largely involved in kidnapping, arson and extortion in the group of 'area commanders' Alok Yadav and Meenu Yadav. Among the arrested include Arun Dome, Suraj Ram alias Chatta, Anil Ram, Sunil Ram, Ramie Ram and Surendra Paswan who were arrested under Khelari Police Station and Balkeshwar Sahu under Budmu Police Station. Police recovered three .315 bore pistols and one regular pistol, five live bullets and four cell phones from their possession. Arun Dome was earlier involved in several incidents and has been to jail in 2005 in an extortion case under Lower Bazaar Police Station. Suraj Ram was also a wanted criminal and has been associated with PLFI since 2002 and involved in several incidents. Similarly, Balkeshwar Sahu acted as courier for PLFI leaders and commanders and used to pass letters and other equipments to them.
December 13: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired at voters in Parangir village under Bandhgaon block in West Singhbhum District during the third phase of the panchayat elections. The Maoists fled after the Police and para-military forces retaliated, SP A. K. Singh said. There were no casualties and the polling went on smoothly, Singh added. The earlier two phases were held peacefully on November 17 and December 2. The panchayat elections, being held after a gap of 32 years, will have two more phases on December 20 and December 24.
The Maoists triggered a landmine blast in Rajpur village, minutes after a polling party crossed the area in Chatra District, SP Prabhat Kumar said.
The 133rd Battalion of the CRPF and the District Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, from Tamar-Arki road in Ranchi District. Four quintals of explosives and a large number of gelatine sticks were recovered from the Maoists, Police said, adding that they suspected the Maoists intended to disrupt the ongoing panchayat polls. The arrestees are yet to be identified by the Police.
December 14: A woman Maoist 'commander' was arrested from Gurabandha of East Singhbhum District. Police are yet to identify her. Police recovered Maoist literature and some other incriminating materials from her.
December 16: Cadres of the PLFI killed two persons and injured two others for sympathising the CPI-Maoist in Soya village, 110 kilometres from State capital Ranchi in Simdega District. The victims are yet to be identified by the Police.
December 18: Mukund Singh, a contractor and a former block Congress Party president, was shot dead by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Urmal village under Chowka Police Station in Seraikela-Kharsawan District. The motive behind the killing could not be ascertained as yet, Police said.
A Maoist was killed in a gun battle with the Police in Moranburu forest of Khuti District. A Maoist camp was also neutralised during the operation.
Four cadres of the JPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Lesliganj area in Palamau District. A revolver and live cartridges were seized from the arrested Maoists. Police is yet to identify them.
December 20: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist tried to disrupt the fourth and penultimate phase of the panchayat polls in some places in Jharkhand. According to Police, Maoists opened fire from the hilly terrain in Baridih Kanpur panchayat (booth No. 17) in Chakulia block in the early hours to terrorize the voters but the SFs compelled the Maoists to retreat. SFs recovered six cylinder bombs buried under a road in Hunterganj in Chatra District. About 1.3 million voters, 66 percent of the electorate voted in the panchayat polls.
December 21: A joint team of the CRPF and Bokaro Police raided a well-equipped chemical laboratory run by CPI-Maoist in Chandrapur industrial area in Bokaro District. The team arrested three top cadres of the Maoists, identified as Ram Kumar Pandit alias Langra alias Sanjay, the Maoist 'R&D wing' in-charge and a 'zonal commander' of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC), Devendu Singh (54) alias Anandji alias Subodhji, a special 'area committee' member and Jai Prakash Singh (53) alias Dinesh alias Shiv Shankar, a sympathiser. In the raid the team recovered three kilograms of RDX and 10 kilograms of chemicals, including two litres each of sulphuric acid and acetone, 1 kilogram nitric acid (70 per cent concentrated) and five kilograms of sulphur powder. Most of the chemicals were kept in sealed bottles and neatly packed in vegetable oil cartons while the sulphur powder and RDX were kept in plastic wrappers. According to Police, the quantity of chemicals hauled is potent enough to blow up an entire township. The packets have been sent for forensic tests. Besides chemicals, 14 wireless sets made in China, one big dry battery and six amplifiers and Maoist literature were seized from the lab.
SP Saket Kumar said that the lab prepared and ferried consignments of explosives to Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, besides Maoist-hit Palamau and Kolhan Commissionerate in Jharkhand. The explosives lab was being run for at least two years in private quarters, which sources claimed belongs to DVC, rented by Langra in Chandrapura. Senior member of the Maoists central military committee Dev Kumar Singh alias Arvindji was a frequent visitor to the lab, the SP said.
A powerful landmine probably targeting SFs carrying ballot boxes after panchayat election was found planted on a road connecting Manatu and Padma under Manatu Police Station in Palamu District. SP Anup T Mathew told newspersons that the Maoists planted the landmine to target the SFs returning with the ballot boxes after completion of the 4th phase of the panchayat election on December 20. However, the SFs combing the area in view of the election detected the explosive timely and defused it in a nearby jungle, Mathew said.
December 22: Police arrested Karan Kumar Gupta alias Guptajee, a top cadre of PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist from Ita-Barhi village under Bhandra block in Lohardaga District. The Police were tipped off about Gupta's bid to sell his rifle. Police recovered four cartridges from him. "Gupta had shifted to Tainsera in Chakradharpur and Ranchi, where the PLFI has a presence but had returned to Lohardaga recently", SP Aseem Vikrant Minz said.
December 23: Police arrested a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sanjay Marandi alias Kajan Marandi (25) from Talpahadi in Kathikund block in Dumka District. Marandi was involved an ambush on a Police search party, killing an officer, on September 10, SP Hemant Toppo said. Marandi led an armed squad of the outfit comprising 30 cadres and was a resident of Pirtand in Giridih District. "He was involved in almost all ambushes on Security Forces in the District," Toppo added.
CPI-Maoist politburo member Amitabh Bagchi (53) was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court. Bagchi had moved the High Court against an order of a fast-track court, which had awarded him life sentence. However, he will not be released from jail because he has been remanded in a criminal case pending in Andhra Pradesh. A native of West Bengal, Bagchi was arrested from Ranchi railway station on August 24, 2009.
December 24: Two CRPF troopers were killed in an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Godda District during the fifth and final phase of the panchayat elections. Later the Maoists set ablaze three vehicles in the District, Police officials said.
A CRPF trooper was killed when an IED exploded on a culvert during anti-Maoist patrolling in Nagratonagra village near Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District. Stating that it was not related to last phase of panchayat polls, IG (Operation) RK Malik said the incident took place during patrolling of the SFs. Three others were also injured and the Police vehicle too was destroyed in the explosion.
The Maoists and the SFs exchanged fire in which two Policemen were injured during the encounter in Chirkinala village in Pirtanda in Giridih District, DCP Vandana Dadil said.
Maoists set ablaze three vehicles and disrupted balloting at a polling booth in Garhwa District, Jharkhand Police spokesperson said.
Two cadres of JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Harhan village under McCluskieganj Police Station in Ranchi District. The extremists identified as Dasai Ganju and Dhurwa Ganju, wanted for the abduction of a CCL employee, identified as Shyam Kishore Prasad from his Baseria village under Khelari Police Station. Dasai and Dhurwa were working under a squad led by 'area commander' Nandu Ganju. Prasad, brother of wing commander R K Prasad posted in Delhi, was released after two days of his abduction, reportedly after a ransom payment of INR 1 million to the extremists.
December 25: Jharkhand Police launched a mass awareness campaign in Gumla District, to enlighten the villagers about the misconceived objectives of the Maoists so that they do not get influenced by the ideology of the Maoists. The local Police tried to portray the real picture in front of the villagers through a street play. "We have done this programme to aware the people of this area. We were quite successful in it and good message has reached to the people. We wanted to give this message through street play that how people who have joined terrorist group can come back to the society. We have rehabilitation center in our State. Any terrorist can surrender with weapons," Inspector of Police Aamsi Hussain said.
December 27: A LWE belonging to Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JJP), a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in a gun battle with the Bharatiya Communist Party (BCP), another Maoist splinter group, in Palamu District. After the gun battle was over, another two JJP cadres were 'captured' and taken away by the BCP. Senior members of BCP to punish the two captured cadres organised a kangaroo court and in a 'rare judgment' gave 'freedom' to the two cadres during the weekend and threatened them of dire consequences if they did not leave JJP permanently. "The people's court has been organised by the BCP. We have been given a chance this time to change our mindset. They have threatened us that if we do not change then next time they would not allow us to walk away us freely," said, Kamesh Parhia, one of the freed cadres.
February 3: Inspector-General of Police (North-eastern Range) K.V. Gagandeep has asserted that the CPI-Maoist presence is on the wane in Raichur and Gulbarga Districts and there are practically no reports of Maoist activities in the previously affected areas of these Districts.
March 3: Sadashiva Gowda, an alleged sympathiser of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police near Hebri in Udupi District. A resident of Mairoli in Andar village, he was arrested on the charge of providing logistic support to the Maoists.
June 13: Andhra Pradesh Police raided a CPI-Maoist hideout at Shapur village near Gulbarga in Karnataka and seized Police uniforms, an AK-47 assault rifle loaded with 20 rounds and three spare magazines, a carbine machine gun with 70 bullets and three magazines, meant for use by a Naxal action team, five ICOMs and a GPS tracker set. The raid was carried out on the information provided by Chandrasekhar Gorebale alias Sudhakara alias Tippanna alias Nantappa, a cadre of the Karnataka State Committee of the CPI-Maoist, who was arrested at Aija village of Mahabubnagar District in Andhra Pradesh in the morning of June 13.
Gorebale was guarding the hideout which was to be used by an Action Committee detailed to carry out an attack on a politician or a Police officer either in Hyderabad or in the Telangana Districts. Sources said the weapons and the Police uniforms were supplied to Gorebale between February and April  and were to be picked by an action committee constituted by the Maoist Central Committee to carry out an assassination in Hyderabad.
The seizure of Police uniforms indicated the Maoist plot to carry out a major assassination in Hyderabad or possibly in one of the Telangana Districts, a senior officer said. There have been two instances of Maoist cadres wearing Police uniforms carrying out assassinations in Andhra Pradesh. Two former legislators, S. Chinna Reddy (Anantapur) and Budda Vengal Redy (Kurnool), were killed by Maoists in late 90s.
Police arrested senior Maoist leader Nilaguli Padmanabh in Shimoga District. Karnataka Police had announced an award of INR 500,000 for information on Padmanabh.
October 16: Three women Maoist cadres, identified as Komala (21), Jaya (25) and Mallika (24), all three belonging to Koppa Taluk town in Chikmagalur District, surrendered before the District Deputy Commissioner Chennappa Gowda, at his office. All the surrendered, who had undergone training in guerrilla warfare and use of sophisticated weapons, have been acquitted by courts in various cases they faced, Gowda said.
December 1: The Anti-Naxal Squad of the Udupi Police arrested a suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Shekhar (25) alias Ranjith alias Ravi alias Prem, in the Basavapalu forests in Yedammoge village of Udupi District. Shekhar, a resident of Kumaramangalam, Pallipattu, in Tiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu is the Madurai 'area commander', of the CPI-Maoist, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) Alok Mohan said. He had in his possession five gelatine sticks, 10 detonators, wicks, a prescription for medicines and banned literature of the Maoists. He had come to the District about one-and-a-half months back specifically to impart field-craft training, provide medical assistance to the Maoists, propagate Maoist ideology and act as a courier between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu members of the outfit, the Police said. Shekhar, involved in two cases in Tamil Nadu, - one of sedition and the other under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The Tamil Nadu Police had announced a reward of INR 100, 000 on his head. Police arrested Shekhar, when he was planning to return to Tamil Nadu.
July 23: A person, suspected of having links with the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a rented house at Kavalamukkatta, near Nilambur in Malapuram District. The arrestee was identified as Zinic (56), from Thrikkakara near Kochi. The Police said Zinic had come to Nilambur with the intention of exploring the possibility of making Maoist inroads into the tribal groups there. Pamphlets exhorting people to take up arms against the Government were seized from the house. The Police Zinic had retired from the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) as an assistant depot engineer in March. He had ITI training. He had reportedly worked at different depots of the KSRTC, including Edappal. The Police said he was a former member of a rationalist organisation and the radical group Porattam. He parted ways with the Porattam, claiming that the organisation was not radical enough to bring about a change in the country.
September 6: Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai arriving at the Neendakara coastal Police Station in Kollam said that according to reports reaching the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the activities of the CPI-Maoist are gaining strength in Kerala. Talking to the media after inspecting the coastal Police Station at Neendakara, he said a Maoist camp was operating in Wayanad District. The Maoists were trying to experiment a joint action with like-minded groups in the State and, if ignored, it could pose serious problems.
March 16: The Surat Rural Police arrested a former freelance journalist of Orissa, identified as Niranjan Mahapatra (37), from Pandesara in Surat District for his alleged involvement in Maoist movement in Surat city and different tribal areas of south Gujarat. Niranjan Mahapatra was produced before a local court on March 17, which sent him to the Police remand for 10 days. The Police claimed to have found several incriminating documents and books in Oriya related to Maoist movements from his rented accommodation at Jagannath Nagar. He is believed to be residing in Surat for the last five years.
June 11: Police filed 1800 page charge sheet against 11 suspected Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) in a local court at Kosad village near Surat city. They include Niranjan Mohapatra, K. N. Singh, Maka Chaudhary, Avinash Kulkarni, Ramu Puwar, Bharat Puwar, Sulat Puwar, Jayram Goswami, Satyam Rao, Vishwanath Iyer and Surya Dewra Prabhakar. They are allegedly linked with mainly the CPI-Maoist and CPI-ML-Janashakti. All the accused have been booked under various sections of the (Indian Penal Code) IPC including criminal conspiracy (120B), waging war against government (121A), Sedition (124A) and promoting enmity between different groups (153A), according to the chargesheet. They have also been booked under the section of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act since February 2010.
October 1: The Surat Crime Branch arrested a person, suspected to be a bomb-maker for the CPI-Maoist, from the Udhna area. The Police said accused Uttam Pradhan alias Khandi Prasanna Pradhan (22) of Ganjam District of Orissa was involved in Maoist activities in Orissa and has seven cases related to explosives and arms, and a non-bailable warrant registered against him. He was also involved in a bank robbery in Khansa in Orissa a few months ago.
September 22: Harish Rahgdale (27), a trooper of the Madhya Pradesh Police's Hawk Force (HF), was killed and Kamlesh, another trooper, injured in an ambush by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Sitapala in Balaghat District. Six troopers of the HF, along with Platoon Commander, were heading to Sitapala on motorbikes when the armed Maoists opened fire at the troopers, killing Harish. The HF team retaliated and an exchange of fire ensued during which more than 80 rounds were fired from both sides. However, there was no report of any casualty from the Maoists side. The surviving troopers later entered a village in a nearby forest in search of the extremists. A scuffle broke out between them and the locals, who set ablaze a Police vehicle that had reached the spot after the incident, sources said. Balaghat Inspector General of Police C. B. Muniraju denied the Policemen were assaulted, but admitted that the villagers had set ablaze a Police vehicle.
November 7: The Madhya Pradesh Government demanded before the Union Government to declare five more Districts of the State as Naxal-affected in view of increased CPI-Maoist activities witnessed in these areas. "At present Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori are treated as Naxal-affected Districts by the Centre. But in view of the recent Naxal activities noticed in various other Districts of the State, we have demanded that the Centre declare Sidhi, Singrauli, Shahdol, Umaria and Anuppur too as Naxal-affected," Madhya Pradesh State Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said. He said he recently raised the issue of Naxal movement being noticed in these Districts in the Zonal Council Meeting in New Delhi, however, the Centre had not yet accepted the demand.
January 9-10: Two top CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested along with arms and explosives in a joint operation by Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Gadchiroli District.
January 14: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal in the Gadchiroli District.
January 24: Around 50 Maoists stopped six trucks on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh highway on the midnight of January 24 by damaging the road. Superintendent of Police S. Jayakumar told over the phone that the Maoists did not attack the drivers.
January 26:Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist allegedly involved in the killing of 16 Police personnel in Gadchiroli District in 2009, surrendered before State Home Minster R. R. Patil at Gadchiroli.
January 29: Maharashtra home department has proposed compulsory two years’ services of the Government officials in CPI-Maoist-infested areas, taking serious cognizance of their reluctant attitude to work there. "
February 16: According to the official sources, as many as 319 cadres of the CPI-Maoist have laid down their arms before authorities in the Gadchiroli District since August 29, 2005 as response to the surrender policy of the State.
February 21: Anti-Naxal Operation Squad arrested Bandu Meshram alias Bhanu, a member of the Maharashtra 'state committee' of the CPI-Maoist at Gaddigodam in Nagpur.
February 23: A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, Ramkumar Akkapalli alias Masram, was arrested by Chandrapur District Police from Yogi Nagar at Ajni in Nagpur.
State Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare announced a quadruple hike, from just INR 173 million in financial year 2009-10 to INR 700.3 million for 2010-11, in the development allocation for Maoist affected Gadchiroli District.
March 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres hijacked a truck which was transporting ammonium nitrate, raw material for manufacturing explosives, between Dhanora and Yerkad village in Gadchiroli District and stole 16 metric tonnes of raw materials worth nearly INR 275,000.
March 23: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a rest house of the British era in Kopela area of Sironcha taluka (administrative division) of Gadchiroli District. Property worth INR 200,000 was destroyed in the fire, Police said.
A group of Maoists opened fire twice on a Police party at Laheri weekly market in Bhamragarh taluka and fled from the scene but no one was injured, Police added.
March 26: Pocham Buchayya Kulmethe (40), a former cadre of the CPI-Maoist who had surrendered in 2001, was beheaded by the Maoists at village Pusukapalli village in Gadchiroli District.
April 4: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed during an encounter with joint Security Forces (SFs) of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in Tipagarh area in northern part of Gadchiroli District. A 12-bore gun, three cartridges and two bags were recovered from the slain Maoist.
April 11: A group of about 20 to 25 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed the former Sarpanch (head of village level local self-Government institution), Malliya Gawde, at Kurupalli village in Sironcha taluka of Gadchiroli District after branding him to a Police informer.
May 15: Kumusur Hedo, a 30-year-old tribal, was allegedly killed by a group of five to seven armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Parpalguda village in Etapalli taluka (administrative unit) of Gadchiroli District.
May 27: Two Police constables, Tushar Bandewar and Balaji Bhosale, were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres outside Delanguda village near Jambia Gatta in Gadchiroli District.
June 18: The Gadchiroli District Police raided Botezari village in the morning and arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres. Three of the arrestees were identified as Sadaram Narasimha Gawde, Gajru Dular Boga alias Naresh, Sundersinha Narasimha Helami alias Rakesh. The fourth one was yet to be unidentified. The Police believe the unidentified Maoist, who is ailing, is from neighbouring State of Chhattisgarh.
June 23: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons, identified as Jorana Gatti Halami (32) and Ramdas Phulgame (33), in Bhamragarh taluka (administrative division) of Gadchiroli District. The deceased, were killed by some sharp weapons, Police said.
July 5: A group of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set afire a state transport corporation bus plying between Malewada and Gadchiroli during the bandh (shut down) called by them to protest the killing of Maoist leder Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in Andhra Pradesh. Before setting the bus ablaze the Maoists asked the bus passengers to get down.
Elsewhere in the District, a 20-year-old Maoist, identified as Monu Deva Miccha, was arrested in Paddur forest area at Bhamragarah after a brief encounter with Security Forces. He was a member of the Bhamragarah 'dalam' (squad) and had worked with Maoist leader Tarrakka, Police said.
July 7: A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in Police firing in Gadchiroli District.
Home Minister R. R. Patil said that there was no impact of the bandh (shut down) called by the Maoists in the State. "Only tehsils like Dhanora in Gadchiroli witnessed some support for the bandh. We had made fool-proof arrangements to tackle it," Patil told PTI.
July 21: The Security Forces arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Chinna Navdi (45), Baju Navdi (45), Somji Kudyeti (35) and Manohar Lekami (25), after brief exchange of fire in Borkuta forest in Etapalli division of Gadchiroli District. The arrested Maoists are residents of Gilanguda village in Etapalli tehsil. Four manually loading rifles were seized from them. Half a dozen used cartridges were also recovered from the spot.
July 26: Nagpur appears to be emerging as a new hub for the CPI-Maoists with security agencies suspecting that it is being used for transit, treatment and regrouping. With its proximity to Naxalite [Left Wing Extremists] hotbeds like Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, sources also indicated that Nagpur was being used not just as a transit point but also for medical treatment. As per sources in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), there are credible bits of information available to suggest that Naxalites from Naxal-affected States like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in particular, are increasingly using Nagpur as a transit point.
August 2: CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a former supporter in Salekasa village in Bhandara District in the afternoon. The victim, identified as Kejulal Amarsingh Markam (45), a resident of village Murkudoha, had been a Maoist supporter, but had distanced himself from the Maoist dalam operating in the area since 2007. He had moved to village Salekasa at that time and started a tea shop to support his family.
September 17: Police sources said that a group of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist on September 17 abducted and subsequently killed two youths, identified as Vilas Kolhe (22) and Mansaram Parchaki (23), from Pannemara and Kanghadi villages in Gadchiroli District, suspecting them to be Police informers.
October 1: Four Naxalites, including two women, were arrested from Gadchiroli District of Maharastra. They were remanded to Police custody for six days.
October 2: Cadres of CPI-Maoist dragged Mayabai Dugga (40) out of her house at Saitola village in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District and slit her throat.
Armed Maoists took Murlidhar Mahadole (50), a Government employee, from Mendhatola village in the same District with them into the near by forest where they slit his throat, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
October 3: Acting on a tip-off, the Police arrested about 20 Maoists, including a woman, from Dhanora taluka in Gadchiroli District. The woman Maoist belonged to Militia dalam (squad) and was reportedly involved in Hattigota violence in May 2009 in which 16 security personnel, including five Policewomen, were killed by the Maoists.
October 4: A land mine blast triggered by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed CRPF Inspector Nevrutti Yadav (50), two Sub-Inspectors of District Police Shashikant More (31), and Mahendra Kumar Nalkul (35), and two Constables, Anand Gazge of CRPF and Motiram Sangar of the District Police at Perimili in Gadchiroli. The Maoists managed to decamp with their weapons. One Constable is reportedly missing.
October 5: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast in Talewada jungle in Gadchiroli, leaving eight SF personnel injured. The SFs were part of the rescue team, led by Commander Ramesh Dalai, travelling in an anti-mine vehicle from Pranhita headquarters at Aheri to Perimili, to retrieve the body of one of the slain cops killed on October 4.
October 8: Seven persons, including two schoolchildren and three ITBP personnel, were killed in two encounters with the CPI-Maoist in the forests along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. Twelve children were critically wounded in the crossfire. In the morning, a jeep carrying ITBP personnel was blown up by the Maoists in the Sawargaon forest in Gadchiroli killing three personnel instantly. These were the first casualties suffered by the ITBP. The patrolling company of ITBP, which had started from Kohke village in the adjoining Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh, was on its way back after cutting through a dense forest patch. Encounter started after the blast.
A few hours later, as encounter shifted to the outskirts of the Sawargaon village one of the hand grenades hurled - it couldn't be confirmed which side threw it - landed in a school premises. It killed four people on the spot and left 12 others injured. The victims were identified as class I student Sunil Halami (7), class VI student Manglushai Hidko (11), D.G. Gawande, the cook of the school, and Manglarama Madavi, a villager. The gun battle did not last long after this. No Maoist deaths were reported.
October 21: A group of around 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze four vehicles deployed on road construction works at village Jhagadwahi in Korchi tehsil of Gadchiroli District. Reiterating their stand that Security Forces were responsible for the six civilian deaths in the Savargaon blast on October 8, the Maoists have given a fresh bandh call on October 22–23, in the District.
November 20: A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and a few of his aides injured when a land mine they were planting under a road went off accidentally near Eragatta in Sironcha tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The Maoists were planting the mine under the road connecting Alapalli to Sironcha.
November 23: CPI-Maoist cadres killed a person, identified as Bajirao Chandriya Soyam (55), in Tonder village in Gadchiroli District suspecting him to be a Police informer. The Maoists severed Soyam's head, Police said.
November 28: A civilian, identified as Vilas Kombre (30) and a Police Constable, identified as Chanu Fakira Peala (29), were killed by a group of CPI-Maoist in Jarawandi area of Gadchiroli District.
December 5: Police seized CPI-Maoist literature issued by the North Gadchiroli-Gondia border committee of the Maharashtra unit of the organisation from a roadside bench in Ganeshpeth area in Nagpur.
December 7: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed their former colleague, identified as Rakesh Chandu Veladi (25) at village Kedmara under Tadgaon sub-Police Station in Bhamragad tehsil of Gadchiroli District. Rakesh, a former Maoist cadre had surrendered before the Government in 2008.
December 11: Chichgarh Police raided a meeting of the CPI-Maoist in Piperkhari village in Deori tehsil of Gondia District. However, around 25 Maoists, including women, managed to escape. From the material recovered on the spot, the Police have registered offences against 17 persons.
December 21: Four Policemen were killed and seven other injured in a powerful landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Umanoor hill on Alapalli-Sironcha in Gadchiroli District. According to reports, the Policemen were on their way to Sironcha in a Police jeep which was exploded by the Maoists.
A group of Maoists attacked seven forest guards and set ablaze a Tata Sumo and boat belonging to the forest department near Lankachen village in Chhinnavatra forest, 30kilometres from Jimalgatta range in the District.
December 22: CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to the Gadchiroli-Gondia-Deori Dalam pasted posters and circulated pamphlets in Deori municipal council of Gondia District. The Maoists Posters denounced the anti-people activities of the Government to mark the 10th anniversary of its Janmukti Chhapamar Sena (JCS) wing from December 02-31. The Police said that the posters have been pasted to strengthen the Dandakaranya-based Jansatta and Janashakti organisations and were issued by Maharashtra-Gondia commander Dipak/ Sameer/ Milind Teltumde of Wani squad and his comrades.
December 24: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed a person from Gatta village in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District on suspicion of being Police informer. The victim has been identified as Dayaram Madavi (50). Sources said Madavi was sleeping with his family at his residence, when a group of armed Maoists reached the village at around 9 pm [IST]. They reportedly dragged Madavi out of his house and took him with them into jungle. After thrashing him brutally, they shot him dead. His body was recovered in the morning of December 25.
December 25: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Deori village in Gondia District. The arrestees were identified as Bhimrao alias Bhanu Bhaskar Bhovate (42), his wife Sunanda (36), Gangaram Poreti (32), Chindramani Valade (37) and Sanjay Thauram Banjara (30). While the couple, reportedly state-level members of the Maoists, hails from Amravati District, the others are native of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. Poreti is a sarpanch, Police said, adding arms and Maoist literature were also recovered from their possession.
December 26: One Maoist cadre, identified as Shailesh Baburao Wakde (42) was arrested from Babupeth locality in Chandrapur District.
December 27: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed a person, identified as Gowardhan Shedmake (32), from Bhimpur village in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District on suspicion of being a Police informer. Police sources said Shedmake was sleeping with his family in his residence when the group of armed Maoists reached the village, dragged Shedmake out of the house and took him with them into the nearby forest, assaulted him brutally and shot him dead.
December 29: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze the house of a local NCP leader, identified as Preeti Godshelwar, in Halewara village in Gadchiroli District. A group of around 100 armed Maoists stormed the village, about 350 kilometres from Nagpur, entered the house of Preeti and set it ablaze. Preeti is the chairperson of health committee of Gadchiroli zilla parishad. Both Preeti and her husband Srinivas were not present at the house during the incident, Police said.
A joint team of Gondia and Chandrapur Police raided Mul and Pathri villages in Chandrapur District and arrested two suspected Maoist cadres. The Police are yet to identify them. The Police team also recovered INR 350, 000 and Maoist pamphlets from the duo, Police sources added.
December 30: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the Gram Panchayat building of Marda village in Chamorshi tehsil of Gadchiroli District. Sources said that the Maoists group reached the village during the midnight hours and set ablaze the Gram Panchayat building in which all the furniture and records were gutted.
January 1: Seven persons were arrested for having alleged links with the CPI-Maoist and planning to abduct a Government official in Keonjhar.
A top Maoist, identified as K.Trimurty alias Singanna, surrendered in Malkangiri District.
January 2: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a gram panchayat (village level self-Government institution) office building and a go down in Malkangiri District during a bandh (general shut down) called by the outfit against alleged Police excesses.
January 5: The State Government had demanded deployment of seven battalions of para-military forces in the State in view of the recent spurt in the attacks by the CPI-Maoist in the Districts adjoining Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Besides, it had also demanded a special grant of INR 1,000 crore.
January 6: A number of villagers are compelled to migrate to different places for safety following threats from CPI-Maoist cadres in Sundergarh District.
January 7: A woman CPI-Maoist recently surrendered to the Police in the Rayagada District to escape a forced marriage with a fellow extremist.
While infrastructure programme like the rural connectivity is not making headway in the hinterland due to direct opposition from the Maoists, rural electrification programme is not facing any problem from the Maoists.
January 8: With officials reluctant to work in Maoist-hit backward Districts of Orissa, the State Government said it was formulating a policy to provide financial and other incentives to non-Police employees too.
January 11: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two local traders in the Katulpeta village under Bandhugaon Police Station area of Koraput District.
January 14: The Orissa Police claimed to have arrested Saswati Das, wife of CPI-Maoist ‘State Committee Secretary’ Sabyasachi Panda on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
January 17: One Ladi Dharma Rao was arrested from Paralakhemundi in the Gajapati District by a police Team from Rayagada District on the charges that he was supplying explosive materials to the CPI-Maoist.
Two area committee members of the Srikakulam-Koraput division of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman cadre, surrendered in Rayagada District.
Following the January 15 arrest of Saswati Das alias Mili Panda, wife of Sabyasachi Panda, state ‘secretary’ of the CPI-Maoist, the extremists resorted to literature campaign to defuse panic among the armed cadres.
January 17: A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed a paddy trader Rama Gouda in the Malkangiri District for not acceding to their demands.
The Maoists ransacked and set ablaze a house and looted the grocery shop of a businessman at Janbai under Chitrakonda Police Station of the same district. He was reportedly killed for failing to pay the 'levy' demanded by the Maoists.
January 20: CPI-Maoist cadres exploded a mobile communication tower and its control room at Kaliatola village under Baipariguda Police Station limits in Koraput District.
A group of Maoists assaulted a liquor trader and ransacked his liquor outlet at Biribeda village. Maoists had earlier threatened liquor traders to stop sale of liquor in the area.
A group of 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist along with around 100 supporters damaged one mobile communication tower each of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Airtel at Kudumulguma village in Malkangiri District. The Maoists also destroyed a licensed India Made Foreign Liquor Shop (IMFL) shop in the same village.
January 21-22: Cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist blocked the road near Gadargudi village in Chandrapur block in Rayagada District by felling trees in the night of January 21. The road blockade was removed on January 22.
January 22: CPI Maoist cadres ransacked the tehsil (revenue division) office and set ablaze records at Machkund area in the same District.
The Union Government has promised the State five more battalions of Central Paramilitary Forces and two helicopters for anti-Maoist operations.
January 23: Four civilians, including two women, were killed in a landmine blast triggered by CPI-Maoist in the Narayanpatna block in Koraput District. Nine personnel of the Special Operations Group and two civilians were also injured in the landmine blast.
The Maoists abducted three persons, including a local Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-Marxist) leader and Zilla Parishad (District Council) member Anand Masihari in Sundergarh District.
January 24: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast at a culvert between Baunsaput and Katharagada villages on the Narayanpatna-Bandhugaon road in Koraput District targeting the Security Force (SF) personnel. Two personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) received minor injuries in the incident.
Abducted Anand Masi Horo (35), Sundargarh zilla parishad (District level local self Government institution) member belonging to CPI-Marxist from Koira B constituency, remained untraced. The report adds that two other local Left party members abducted along with Horo returned safe from the captivity of the Maoists.
Maoists have warned of 'death sentence' to the teachers who would dare to go to the schools on Republic Day (January 26) in Raikia block of Kandhamal District.
January 25: Over 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze four vehicles and ransacked the office of a private construction company at Remal in Daitary Police Station of Keonjhar District on.
Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik received an e-mail threat by one Babuli Behera. Behera had threatened to kill the CM if he did not release Subhasree Das, wife of Maoist leader, who is under Police custody.
Barely hours after the release of CPI-Marxist leader Anand Masi Horo, the Maoists abducted Kalta mines leader Thomas Munda (38) of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). As reported earlier, Horo was abducted by the Maoists on January 24.
January 28: Senior Police officials have interrogated senior CPI-Maoist intellectual and advisor of Koraput based CMAS, Gananath Patra.
January 29: The dead body of the CITU leader Thomas Munda, who was abducted on January 25 by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a raid at SAIL-owned Kalta mines in Sundergarh District, was found in the Renjeda forest in the District.
January 30: Johan Munda, a contract worker from Banke village in Sundergarh District was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres. He was abducted by the Maoists when he was on his way to a church January 29.
February 2: Purna alias Ramesh Mambalika, a top Maoist, an explosive expert and a master in making landmines, was arrested from his native village at Tubuni in the Gudari Police Station area of Rayagada District. Five landmines and an equal number of guns, ammunition including gelatins and 15 kilograms of splinters used in the making of landmines were recovered.
The Anti-Naxalite Task Force has decided to seal the Orissa boarder so that the Maoists hiding in the State forests cannot escape, Economic Times reported on February 2. The decision is also to stop Maoists from other States to enter Orissa. Some five battalions of Central Para-military Forces have been sent to the State for the purpose.
CM Naveen Patnaik said, "It is not possible to have discussion with them (Maoists) till they give up the path of violence."
February 6: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed one person, Sukura Oram, branding him as a Police informer in Sundargarh District. His dead body was found with the throat slit.
February 7: The 72-hour strike called by the CPI-Maoists in protest against proposed 'Operation Green Hunt' evoked little response in Orissa. There was no impact of the strike in any of the Maoist hit Districts, including Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam, Police said.
February 9: Police arrested two youths near Majhi Ghariyani temple in Rayagada on charges of threatening a weigh-bridge owner in the guise of Maoists. One of the arrestee was identified as Duryodhan Janta, a former sarpanch (village head) of Jhimidipeta under Seshkal Police Station area.
The Police in Rayagada District arrested two Maoist supporters. Police said though they were not in the outfit's armed squad, but were active sympathizers and had been providing logistic support to the Maoists.
February 10: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a portion of railway tracks between Bisra and Bhalulata railway stations at around 2 am causing derailment of a goods train and disrupting train services on the Howrah-Mumbai route.
Srikakulam-Koraput 'division' of the CPI-Maoist accused the State Government of arresting Gananath Patra, an advisor of Maoist-frontal outfit Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha to suppress land movement by tribals in Koraput District and demanded his early release in a letter to some media persons. Patra was arrested in Bhubaneswar on January 27 for his involvement in six cases in Koraput.
February 11: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Sundergarh District. One of the arrestees was identified as Marshal Munda, allegedly involved in the killing of a trade union leader, Thomas Munda, in the Sundergarh District two weeks ago.
The decision to reduce load shedding and start electrification work in rural areas, where contractors are reluctant to do so for fear of Maoists, was taken at a high-level meeting in Bhubaneswar presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
February 11: Two CPI-Maoist area committee members of Harichandanpur squad of Kalinga Nagar division surrendered before Keonjhar Superintendent of Police Ashis Singh.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by Sambalpur District.
February 12: Three criminals suspected to have Maoist link were arrested by Rourkela Police from a lodge located near the railway station.
February 13: Three Maoists, including a woman, involved in several attacks on Security Force personnel were arrested in Gajapati District.
Two Maoists were arrested in Mayurbhanj District during a search operation.
A Maoist cadre, Sabita Munda (24), surrendered before Police in Keonjhar District on February 11, alleged sexual exploitation by her Maoist seniors.
February 14: About 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including three women, set the battery house and the rest shed of a mobile telephone tower ablaze at Padarguda near Ramgiri in Boipariguda block (administrative division) of Koraput District.
February 15: In a bid to prevent the tribal youth from getting lured by the Maoists, the Indian Army launched a recruitment drive in Orissa.
February 17: A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Babula Behera Dalai (29), was arrested from Adaba area of Gajapati District during a combing operation. Babula was a member of Bansadara Dalam (squad) of the Maoists which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts.
February 18: CPI-Maoist posters, threatening some Police officials to leave Police force or to depart from the area, were found in Kashipur area of Rayagada District.
February 20: Jayadev Barik (26), a village guard, was hacked to death by CPI-Maoist cadres in a forest near Salim village in Malkangiri District. He was missing since February 16. The Maoists had earlier issued warning to home guards, village guards and also Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the District asking them to quit their jobs.
February 21: The bullet-riddled body of a driver of Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC), suspected to have been killed by Maoists, was found near Kolapulia in Sundargarh District. However, the OMC vehicle remained untraced.
February 25: Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Rasol village in Keonjhar District. They were identified as Rengal Munda, Daitari Munda and Jhula Munda.
Two women Maoists surrendered before the Police in Keonjhar District. They were identified as Malini Hosa alias Muni (20) and 17-year-old Bela Munda alias Lili. Alleging the Maoists no more operate on any ideology, the women cadres said they were physically abused in the organisation.
March 2: Mamina Munda (18) of Jambahali village and Mataram Munda (20) of Rebana, a Maoist couple, involved in many incidents of violence in Daitary area surrendered in Keonjhar District.
March 3: Jayob Majhi alias Bulu, a CPI-Maoist cadre, surrendered before Police at Paralakhemundi in Gajapati District. He hailed from Raiganda village under Adaba Police station in Rayagada District and was part of the Bansadhara division of the CPI-Maoist which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts of south Orissa.
March 5: A salesman of a licensed country liquor shop, Anuj Gupta, was shot dead by a group of five suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Balishankar in Sundargarh District. The suspected Maoists left behind a poster claiming themselves to be members of 'Mazdoor Trishul Manch', a newly formed group of Maoists in the District.
March 6: A Maoist, identified as Deba Padiami (32), was arrested from the forest near Chitrangapalli in Malkangiri District during a joint combing operation, conducted by Special Operation Group (SOG) and the District Police. Padiami is a leader of Padia Naxal Dalam (squad) operating in his native Durmaguda village in the District.
March 8: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist caused extensive damage to a panchayat (village level local self-government institution) office in Andrahal village under Khairput block of Malkangiri District.
March 9: Two cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), identified as Salim Barla and Jablin Munda, were arrested from Sundargarh District. Two landmines were recovered from them. Meanwhile, a Maoist ‘area commander’, identified as Suresh Sundhi, surrendered before Police in Keonjhar District.
March 10: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a trader, identified as Mandia Sahu Loknath (45), outside his residence at Nimlabadi area in Koraput District. The trader was believed to have been targeted as he had opposed activities of Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in several areas of the District.
March 12: A 13-year-old boy, Jatia Siddhu, forcibly taken away by the CPI-Maoist from Gadasahi in Keonjhar District and recruited to the party rank two years ago, managed to escape from the clutches of the Maoists and surrendered in Mayurbhanj District. He was renamed as Bipin, trained in jungle warfare and made the ‘area committee member’ in Similipal.
March 13: 16 cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered in Gajapati District. Eight of them were trained militia while the others were members providing strategic help to the CPI-Maoist outfit. Except one who was from adjoining Kandhamal District, all others were from seven villages of Maoist infested Adaba block of Gajapati District. They were between the ages of 18 to 35 years.
March 14: Four landmines were seized during a combing operation by Security Forces (SFs) from the CPI-Maoist affected Saranda forest area in Sundargarh District.
March 18: One battalion of the BSF personnel arrived in Koraput District ahead of the special joint operation against CPI-Maoist to be launched soon, official sources said.
March 19: About 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set blaze machines and other vehicles of a private contractor being used in canal digging work at Chintalwada in Malkangiri District.
March 20: Maoists killed Nityanand Nag of Buduguda village under Kalimela block of Malkangiri District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
March 21: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a 30-year-old Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS), Gokul Pandu of Balipeta village under Naryanpatna block of Koraput District.
The Maoists also blew up two culverts and destroyed communication optical fibre cables in Narayanapatna and Bandugaon blocks.
March 22: The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered two blasts between Birsa and Bongomunda stations near Rourkela resulting in the derailment of a goods train and disrupting train services on the Mumbai-Howrah route.
Police recovered a bomb planted on the single track near the Roxy level-crossing in the morning. Maoist posters were also traced on the rail tracks at Roxy and Sunumura on the expressway.
The Police arrested two Maoists, identified as Pintu Panda (60) and Sabir Hussain (28), during a combing operation inside Karada forest in Sundargarh District. Another Maoist, Binod Munda, was arrested from Topadiha in the same District.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the anti-Maoist joint operation would be launched as per plans, despite a two-day bandh (shutdown) called by the Maoists began in seven States including Orissa.
March 23: Three Policemen, including two Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel, were shot dead and four others critically injured at Ambajiri forest in Guma block of Gajapati District when cadres of the CPI-Maoist launched a sudden attack on a 30-member strong Police combing party. Among the dead are Sanjit Tirkey of District Voluntary Force, Deepak Sanbhoi and Balram Pradhan of SOG. The Police party had gone to raid a Maoist camp in the Ambajiri forest following a tip-off at about 12 in the night.
Maoists killed a Special Police Officer (SPO), Bhimsena Khila, and critically injured another person of the village who happened to be uncle of another SPO at Maribeda village under Kalimela Police station in Malkangiri District.
The Maoists also blew up three mobile towers in Birikot village in Mohana block of Gajapati District.
The Maoists also attacked and ransacked the guest house of the Essar Steel in Malkangiri District of south Orissa. According to local Police, a group of 200 Maoist supporters attacked the guest house at Chitrakonda which was meant for official of the company monitoring the ‘iron ore slurry booster pumping station’ in the area. They also set ablaze two vehicles of the company.
March 25: An unidentified youth was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Malkangiri District March 25, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The bullet-ridden dead body was found along with some Maoist posters on the Kalimela-Moutu road near MV-82 village under Moutu Police station area.
March 26: Suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist put up road blocks with the help of huge logs of trees on National Highway- 217 near Ashurabandha in Berhampur District leading to disruption of the traffic.
March 30: A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and a Police constable was injured in a gunbattle at Kinjirikela in Sundergarh District.
April 1: Cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a mobile tower of a private service provider, which got partially damaged but remained functional, in Kalinga Nagar area of Jajpur District.
April 4: Eleven personnel of the anti-Maoist Special Operation Group (SOG) were killed and eight others were seriously injured when cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast targeting a mini bus carrying the SOG personnel at Tanginiguda on the Govindpalli ghat road in Koraput District.
April 6: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, in another e-mail to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, threatened a Dantewada-type bloodbath in the State.
April 8: Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna block in Koraput District, a frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoist has started making efforts to regroup.
April 10: The CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert on Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road near the Karki ghat and put up posters opposing ‘Operation Green Hunt' in the Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. They also put up posters near Roxy area of the K.Balanga block of Sundargarh District.
April 12: Goutam Hapoi (50), a timber merchant at Kathasirisi in Suliapada area in Mayurbhanj District was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres. The Maoists left behind posters in ‘Bengali’ and 'Oriya' languages threatening that "dalals" (middlemen) would be punished in a similar way.
April 19: The CPI-Maoist called a seven-day bandh (general shutdown) from April 24 in Koraput District in protest against joint operation against them.
April 22: Some armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a cellular phone tower of the Airtel service provider at Kudmuluguda in Malkangiri District.
A Maoist cadre, identified as Laba Kimbaka, was arrested by Security Forces near Dangasorada under Chandrapur block in Rayagada District.
April 24: CPI-Maoist started their week-long general shut-down call in south Orissa through acts of violence in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts.
The PI-Maoist cadres blew up a culvert on a road near Bandhugaon by triggering a landmine blast during their shutdown which paralysed vehicular movement between Koraput and places in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
April 27: The Police arrested two suspected Maoists, Saga Guru and Mena Hembram, from Unit-5 area Hanuman Temple of Bhubaneswar.
April 28: About 30-40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a forest guard, Sangram Swain, at the check gate inside the Bharuamunda forest area in Nuapada District.
Maoists blew up a culvert near Laxmipur in Koraput District.
April 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a road contractor, Chitta Rai, suspecting him to be a Police informer, at MV-69 village in Kalimela area of Malkangiri District.
May 1: About 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed the girls’ school premises at Dhepaguda under Narayapatna area in Koraput District and triggered at least three bomb blasts. The school was partially damaged in the attack. No one was injured in the attack.
Manika Kumbruka alias Kumari (19), a ‘deputy commander’ in the team of Maoist ‘commander’ Azad, surrendered in Rayagada District. Earlier, she used to be the ‘commander’ of Jangudi Dalam (squad) of the Maoists.
May 2: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested and substantial amount of explosives and arms seized from them by Security Forces in separate operations.
May 7: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up house of a boat operator, Rama Rao, at Boleru in Malkanagiri District.
A group of 50 Maoists attacked the Integrated Child Development Scheme office building at Kudumuluguma under Orkel Police station area in Malkanagiri District. They ransacked furniture and set documents and files afire.
May 8: The combined forces of Orissa Police’s Special Operations Group, Andhra Pradesh’s Greyhound and the BSF killed at least 10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the Gumandi forest near Podapadar village under Narayanpatna Police Station area in Koraput District.
May 12: More than 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist hacked two villagers to death at Katama village in Gajapati District after accusing them of being Police informers. The Maoists also pasted posters and left leaflets asking people not to help the Police or join the Police force.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and five of his associates were injured in a gun battle with Security Force personnel at Tirubeda in Sundargarh District.
May 13: Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the Police in separate operations in Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj Districts. Adma Madkami (32) was arrested during a joint combing operation by the BSF, CRPF and Orissa's elite anti-Naxal Special Operation Group at Teakguda forest in Kalimela area of Malkangiri. Two other Maoists - Rupai Tudu (28) and Ruhia Hembram (21) - were arrested from Suliapada area in Mayurbhanj District.
May 14: Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the office building and godown of Telarai Panchayat (Village level local self Government Institution) under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri.
May 16: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Ramachandra Rao, a Police constable at Padia in Malkangiri District.
May 18: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up an unused Government warehouse at Bodigata in Malkangiri District during their two-day shutdown.
May 20: A high alert was sounded by the Police in southern Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada Districts in the wake of a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) call given by the CPI-Maoist on May 21 to protest Police action in Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur District and Balitutha near the POSCO plant's proposed project site at Paradip in Jagatsinghpur District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a Government building and a mobile communication tower at Chandrapur in Rayagada District.
May 21: The cadres of CPI-Maoist shot a few rounds bullets at the Chandrapur Police Station in Rayagada District.
May 24: Around 80 bags of illicit ganja (marijuana) suspected to be smuggled by the CPI-Maoist was seized by the Police from a deserted truck in remote forest near Chitrakonda in Malkangiri District.
May 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up buildings of a panchayat (village level local self Government institution) office and a warehouse attached to it at Kangurkonda village under Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District.
June 1: Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Police at Bonai in Sundargarh District. While Debendra Samal was arrested in Jamudih village in K. Balang Police Station area, Belen Barla was arrested at Topadih village in Koida Police Station area.
June 3: Pidira Kadesika (35), a suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist, arrested during a search operation on June 1, died in Police custody in Rayagada District.
Four Maoists were arrested in the forest of Pala under Suliapada Police station area in Mayurbhanj District. They were identified as Laxman Baske (23), Ramdas Soren (22), Dhiren Mahato (35) and Prabir Mahato (19). They hailed from West Midnapore District of West Bengal.
June 7: Police arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist from two different places.
Two active supporters of the CPI-Maoist including a woman cadre were arrested from Gudari area in Rayagada District. They were identified as Parjan Muturanga (45) of Lidingpadar village and Sashi Gondolaka (30- female cadre) of Parukupada village.
Four Maoists were arrested from a bus near Rourkela in Sundargarh District.
June 9: Eight suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist detained were arrested after two days of intensive interrogation at Bonai in Sundargarh District. They were identified as Harinath Singh, Sankar Singh, Asanku Singh, Sabinder Singh, Krishna Chandra Saha, Debunath Singh, Dudha Oram, and Rade Singh, all natives of Karda village in Bonai sub-division.
June 12: Remains of Jagmohan, a village guard, abducted by the CPI-Maoist about six months ago, were recovered by Police from Dhumusil village in Koraput District. On January 3, 2010, Jagmohan's family had lodged a complaint saying that Maoists and the Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh, were responsible for his abduction.
June 15: A village head was arrested in Malkangiri District for helping CPI-Maoist by playing the role of an informer. Hari Hentala, sarpanch (village head) of Chintanwada in the Kalimela block of the tribal dominated District, was arrested by the Special Operation Group (SOG) after keeping a close watch on his activities, Inspector in-charge of Kalimela Police Station, S. Mishra said.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a tribal leader in Keonjhar District. Biswanth Chatar, a former Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) District president, was shot dead in the night by suspected Maoists. Biswanth was attacked when he was returning home with a friend. While he died on the spot, his friend sustained bullet wounds, the police said. "Biswanath was killed for allegedly being a Police informer," an unnamed senior District Police officer said. The Police recovered a few Maoist posters from near the dead body.
Intelligence sources said that Maoists and their frontal organisations have allegedly come up with a new strategy to use children and women as their shields in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. Koraput Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu this saying, "It may be their plan to put children and women on the front during their violent mischief so that police force would find it hard to reach out to the real miscreants."
June 16: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a trooper of the Shasastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Malkangiri District in the night. The trooper, identified as Manoram Durua, had returned to his native village Markapalli under Mathili Police Station area a few days ago.
Three Maoists were arrested from the Chintalwada forests in Malkangiri District. The arrestees were identified as Budura Padiami, Irma Kabasi and Sarat Behera. They were allegedly involved in the attack on the Balimela hydro-electricity project and the attack on a Special Police Officer in the District.
June 19: The Orissa Government held the confiscation of over INR 400,000 from the wife of CPI-Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda during her arrest as valid.
June 20: Pratap Patianga (20), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist wanted in several criminal cases, was arrested from Chandrapur Police station area in Rayagada District. He was a resident of Kangadima village of the District. Patianga was closely associated with Azad and Nikhil, prominent Maoist leaders operating in the State.
June 21: Several trains running on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section continued to be diverted, re-scheduled or regulated as Indian Railways decided to persist on its decision to suspend of night-time movement of passenger and goods trains in Maoist-affected areas. In view of security reasons, running of the passenger trains on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section would continue to remain suspended up to June 26 during the night hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., said an East Coast Railway statement.
June 22: The former sarpanch (head of village level local self government institution) of Balrampur in Sorada block of Ganjam District, Dilip Swain (45), was shot dead by some unidentified persons in the night. They also hacked him with sharp weapons and tried to crush his head with a large boulder before escaping. It was suspected that it was handiwork of CPI-Maoist cadres as he had received threats from them in recent past.
June 23: Four members of the Maoist-backed CMAS were arrested and produced in the Koraput District court. One of the four arrestees was identified as a Maoist militia member Ahari Kendruka and happens to be a key leader of the CMAS. The other three arrested CMAS members were Ramesh Nachika, Santosh Nachika and Rupari Sirika. As per reports, interrogation of Kendruka has revealed the links between Maoists with CMAS and its underground leader Nachika Linga.
Maoists blocked the road between Boipariguda in Koraput District and Gobindpali in Malkangiri District by felling trees on the road near the Saptadhara River in the morning. According to the posters appeared at the site, the Maoists have demanded withdrawal of BSF and CRPF from the region. The trees were cleared by the BSF personnel in the afternoon.
In Malkangiri District, a member of the bomb disposal squad of Orissa Police was injured while defusing landmines. The anti-Maoist force, comprising Special Operation Group (SOG) and Orissa Police, found seven live landmines near Gobindpalli ghat under Mathili Police station.
June 26: For the first time, cadres Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) struck in Nabarangpur District, killing two persons, identified as Baisakhu Bhatra of Umerkote block and Pradip Mujherjee of Telpani village in Jharigam block, at Timanpur village under Raighar block in the night. The Maoists left handwritten posters stating that the duo extorted money in their name. The killing was executed by Maoist cadres of Narayanpur Division (Chhattisgarh).
June 28: A bandh (general shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist evoked a lukework response in Orissa. Official sources said shops, business establishments, banks and offices were open in all Maoist-affected areas and schools, colleges and other educational institutions also functioned as usual. However, Government buses remained off the roads in several parts of Naxal-affected districts like Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput and Kandhamal, leaving passengers stranded in some areas, the sources said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in the State Assembly that a total 24 and 28 civilians were killed by Maoists in 2008 and 2009, respectively and the State Government provided INR 200,000 each to the families of the victims in the State.
June 29: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired at the CRPF team that raided a meeting place of the Maoists at Hanumanthpur Modiguda near Chandrapur of Rayagada District.
July 1: To counter Maoist propaganda of the State's failure to carry out development works in certain areas, Orissa Government has submitted an INR 24 billion action plan to the Centre for socio-economic development of five worst Naxal-hit Districts. The five Districts are Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati in southern region and Deogarh and Sambalpur in western region.
The CPI-Maoist is spreading their base in Dhenkanal District’s Kankadahada and Parjang blocks. Police said suspected Maoists were sighted at Dhulighotha village on May 28. School teachers of the area informed that a group of Maoists took shelter inside a Government residential school during incessant rains recently.
July 2: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two villagers in Keonjhar District, accusing them of being Police informers. At least 20-30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist dragged Kailash Mohanta and Tuna Behera out of their homes at Palaspala village and killed them. The Maoists also torched their houses.
A landmine planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist on the Raikia-Nuagaon road near Pirigada village in Kandhamal District was unearthed and defused.
Taking into count the rising Maoist activities, the State Government has raised a special security battalion to provide extra cover to vital institutions and important personalities in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Equipped with modern arms, the security personnel would be deployed in and around important places, including the Governor House, the residence of the Chief Minister and the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar, and the High Court in Cuttack. The first batch of 507 personnel would be recruited from July 3.
July 5: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blasted the newly constructed office building and warehouse of Mandapalli panchayat of Korkunda block in Malkangiri District. A group of more than 30 armed Maoists reached the village around midnight. They woke up the villagers and forced them to congregate for a meeting. The Maoist leaders asked the villagers not to support the Security Forces and help the Maoists instead. Then they planted landmines inside the office and warehouse buildings of the panchayat and triggered the blasts.
Government officials, who went to implement Forest Rights Act (FRA) in three Gram Panchayats of Malkangiri District, were chased away by the Maoists.
July 6: About 100 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in MV-21 village under Kalimela Police station area in Malkangiri District.
Orissa Police asked its personnel to abide by the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) during the two-day 'Bharat bandh' called by the Maoists.
July 7: Around 80 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the Police station in Daitari town of Keonjahr District and set it ablaze in the night. The seven Policemen, who were on duty at the Police station at the time of the incident, retaliated triggering a brief exchange of fire with the Maoists. Assistant Sub Inspector Umesh Chandra Marandi went missing after the incident and is feared to have been abducted by the Maoists.
The Maoists attacked the nearby forest office and set it afire. The incident came on the first day of the two-day shut down called by Maoists across the country.
Reports in Bhubaneswar said both Government and private buses discontinued their services in Koraput, Gajapati, Kandhamal and parts of Ganjam Districts where suspected Maoists set ablaze a number of vehicles. Malkangiri was the worst-hit with roads deserted and shops closed. Though schools and offices were open, but there was no attendance.
July 9: About 10-12 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a road construction camp and killed contractor A.S. Chawla near Chikalmari village under Semiliguda Police Station in Koraput District. The Maoists also set ablaze a machine used for lifting sand and a tipper truck. The contractor was doing local road work in the area.
The Maoists set afire a Hitachi and a Mixture machine of a contractor engaged in construction of Road near Sorada in the District and abducted four labourers.
The Orissa Police is yet to trace Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Umesh Chandra Marandi who was taken hostage by Maoists during an attack on Daitari Police Station on July 7 in Keonjhar District, reports Hindustan Times. The missing ASI's family have appealed to the Maoists to free the ASI, while the Maoists have demanded release of 68 of their cadres and stopping of Police action in Kalinga Nagar industrial complex in return of Marandi's freedom.
July 10: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a mobile tower and a panchayat building in Malkangiri District in the night. Fifty heavily armed Maoists stormed into Nilakamberu, on the outskirts of Balimela, and triggered a landmine blast that destroyed the tower, Police said.
The Maoists also blew up a panchayat building at Chintalwada.
Two Maoists, identified as Arabinda Patra (42) of Chabispragana District and Jogeswar Betra (27) of Gopiballavpur District of West Bengal, allegedly involved in an attack on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sudama Marandi on October 13, 2009, were arrested at Suliapada in Mayurbhanj District. A pistol with ammunition was seized from them.
July 14: A joint team of the Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Police rescued a contractor, Ashish Agarwal of Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi District of Orissa and his driver from Keradih village under Raidih Police Station area in the Gumla District. The Police also arrested one of the kidnappers, identified as Nilodhar Nayak of Thuwamula village in Kalahandi District (Orissa) and seized a Bolero which was used by the abductors. According to the Gumla Superintendent of Police, the abduction was executed by a PLFI squad led by one Gudu Oraon. The PLFI is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist.
About 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed Handibhanga village at Suliapada in Mayurbhanj District and killed Sukanta Murmu (22), suspecting him to be a Police informer.
The Maoists attacked the house of home guard Ramachandra Marandi, assaulted his elderly parents and looted INR 40,000 in cash.
July 15: About 30 heavily armed Maoists, including women, stormed into Kundei village under Raighar block in Nabarangpur District and triggered a powerful explosion to blow up the Police Station. No casualties or injuries were, however, reported in the attack. The Maoists snapped electricity supply in the area before launching their attack. Telecom, including mobile network, was affected in the area. Located near Chhattisgarh border, the Police Station was upgraded from an outpost about six months ago, officials said adding that the police station remains closed after sunset in view of its high vulnerability to Maoist attack.
Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), a Maoist front organization, condemned the Police firing on protestors that killed two persons at Sompeta in Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh.
Sushil, the ‘area commander’ of the Kalinga Nagar division of the CPI-Maoist in a telephonic conversation with Times of India claimed that Umesh Marandi, the Assistant sub-inspector (ASI), who was abducted by them from Daitari Police Station on July 7, is alive and would be released soon. He, however, did not specify the date when Marandi would be released.
July 17: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, yet to be identified, branding him to be a Police informer at the Gompakunda square, seven kilometres from the Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District. The body was draped in a red banner which claimed that all Police informers would face a similar fate.
In the same District, more than 50 gun-wielding Maoists accompanied by hundreds of tribal supporters stormed into Tentuliguda village, some 15 km from Orkel Police limits and triggered a landmine blast at the school building there. The next target of the Maoists was an under construction building of a hostel of the school located at Vejangwada. No one was injured by the Maoists at the schools targeted by them. The same group of Maoists was believed to have committed the killing in Gompakunda square.
Abducted ASI, Umesh Marandi, was released by the Maoists in the afternoon.
Train services between Rourkela-Bimlagarh sections in Orissa's Sundargarh District were affected for about eight hours following Maoist threat, official sources said. About 12 Maoists stormed into Bimalagarh railway station, about 160 kilometres from Rourkela and threatened station manager, Santosh Kumar and other staff members to suspend train services or face the consequences.
July 19: Jacob Majhi (40), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist wanted in at least 11 cases related to Maoist violence was arrested from his native village Ludingi in Gajapati District. He is one of the key members of the Orissa unit of the CPI-Maoist. He was involved in the killing of two village guards at Katamaha village in Gajapati in May this year, said Police Inspector P. Mallik.
Replying to a question in the assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that at least 48 civilians were killed in Maoist-related violence in Orissa while 302 Maoists were arrested in 2009 and 2010 (upto July 7, 2010). While highest number of 87 Maoists were arrested in Sundargarh District during the period, it was followed by 48 in Mayurbhanj District, 46 in Rayagada, 33 in Keojhar, 30 each in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts, 14 in Gajapati District, 6 in Sambalpur, three each in Khurda and Jajpur Districts and one each in Kandhamal and Jagatsinghpur Districts. However, no Maoists were arrested in Nayagarh, Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Deogarh Districts even as the four Districts were identified as Naxal (Left Wing Extremism)-infested.
July 23: A gun battle broke out between cadres of the CPI-Maoist and personnel of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh Police at Dejangwada and Tekwada forests of Malkangiri District. "The area is inaccessible and we are waiting for the team to return. Then only, the casualties or injured from both the sides could be ascertained," Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri, Anirudh Singh said.
July 24: In a joint operation Greyhound Force of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa's Special Operation Group neutralised several camps belonging to the cadres of CPI-Maoist in Paplur and Teakwada forests in Malkangiri District and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition.
July 28: Buses and commercial vehicles went off the roads in parts of Orissa as the CPI-Maoist cadres began observing 'Martyrs' Week' in memory of rebel leaders killed by Security Forces.
July 29: Police arrested four cadres of CPI-Maoist identified as Jhinjada Purti, Majara Pingua, Singa Purti and Duka Hembram from Khajuria Pancham village under Daitari Police Station in Keonjhar District. The Maoists were arrested in course of investigation into the killing of one Durga Devgan (50) of the same village on June 22.
Replying to the budgetary demand in the Assembly for the Home portfolio, Orissa Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik said incidents of Naxal [Left Wing Extremism] violence declined by 30 per cent in the first six months of 2010 compared to the period of 2009. "68 incidents were reported between January and June this year as against 98 recorded during the same period last year." Top ranking Maoist leaders, Asutosh Tudu alias Motilal Soren, a central committee member, head of eastern politburo P. Ramarao alias Uday, who is also the secretary of Bansadhara divisional committee and Bhaskar alias Pravakar Patra, platoon commander of Kalinga Nagar area committee were among 302 Maoists arrested during 2009 and till July 7, 2010, the CM said. The arrest of Manik Mahato, a prime suspect in the attack on the Jnaneswari Express in West Bengal and Aurobindo Cachhad alias Chandrasekhar, who was the mastermind of the attack on former Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP Sudam Marandi, were considered as major successes in recent months.
"Security Forces have engaged the Maoists on 29 occasions during 2009 and 2010 (till date) and neutralised 23 of them," the CM said, adding, that firearms and large quantities of explosives were also seized during the period. Making a comparison with neighbouring States, Patnaik pointed out that till June 2010, 68 incidents involving 42 deaths were reported in the State compared to 312 incidents involving 220 deaths in Chhattisgarh, 254 incidents involving 76 deaths in Jharkhand, 193 incidents involving 140 deaths in West Bengal and 164 incidents causing 44 deaths in Bihar. The Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh zonal committee of Maoists, which was causing a problem for the State, was contained to a significant extent due to effective security measures, he claimed. The activities of the Maoist-backed CMAS were also contained effectively, the CM added.
July 31: Two cadres of CPI-Maoist, reportedly involved in the killing of Durga Devgan (50) on June 22 suspecting him to be a Police informer, were arrested by the Police in Keonjhar District. The Maoist duo, identified as Bhadra Pingua and Kanderam Purty, belonged to Khajuria Pancham village in the District.
August 2: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the State Government has requested the Centre to send extra forces to help tackle the CPI-Maoist as it lacks adequate number of forces to deal with them. "It is a fact that adequate police force is not available in the state," Patnaik said in the assembly while replying to a written question. The State Government had requested the Centre to provide additional forces to curb the menace of Naxalism [Left Wing Extremism], he said, adding the State has been waiting for arrival of more than 1500 central additional para-military personnel. Pointing out that nine battalions of central para-military force comprising BSF (5 battalions) and CRPF were deployed in the State, Patnaik said that about 201 platoons of State Police were engaged in anti-naxalite operations. The State Government had been imparting anti-extremist training to newly-recruited Orissa police personnel and specialised anti-extremist training was given to police personnel engaged in anti-Naxalite duties, he said.
August 3: Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Kalta area of the Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh District. The Police also recovered two unexploded landmines fitted under two separate culverts in the District during a combing operation.
August 4: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert near Mahipani village between Bhalulata and Jaraikela village in Sundargarh District. No one was injured in the incident.
August 5: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Keonjhar District. One of the Maoists was secretary of the local Pathargarh area committee of the CPI-Maoist and the other its president, District Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh said. "We nabbed them during combing operation in a forested area near Pathargarh village," he said, adding that both were involved in several crimes including in the attack on a Police Post in the mining town of Daitari last month.
The State Government constituted a state-level Unified Command (UC) to deal with Left Wing Extremism. The decision to set up the Unified Command was taken at a recent meeting in Delhi. The eight-member command would be headed by the Chief Secretary with representatives from security organisations and civil service. While development commissioner (DC) was taken as a member of the UC, home department secretary would function as member convenor. The Director General of Police (DGP), Inspector General (IG) of Police (operation), Inspector Genera of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF, operation), Representatives of Intelligence Bureau and State Intelligence would also work as members of the UC. While security and intelligence officials would plan security operations, civil service officers would execute socio-economic activities in Maoist-hit regions, sources said.
August 6: Around 200 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert on National Highway 215 on Roxy-Jamudihi road near Sonambur under K Balang Police Station of Sundergarh District.
Armed Maoists attacked a vehicle carrying three bank staff of Lahunipara State Bank of India (SBI) branch, who were carrying INR 4.9 million to Barsuan branch near Tinko Ghati in Sundargarh District, and looted the money, the vehicle and a gun.
The East Coast Railway announced that the restrictions on the movement of passenger trains during night in Maoist-affected areas of Orissa and West Bengal will continue till August 11.
August 31: Police neutralized a camp of the CPI-Maoist near Telkoi village in Keonjhar District and arrested four Maoists. Those arrested include 25-year-old Birsa alias Raghu, a Maoist ‘area commander’. "He [Birsa] joined the Maoists four years ago and committed several crimes in the District. The other three are his associates. All of them are between 25 to 30 years of age. They too were involved in Maoist activities," a Police officer said. "Police have seized four country-made guns, other weapons, five global positioning system devices, Maoist literature, utensils and food material from the camp," he added.
September 1: The Police said that a close aide of slain CPI-Maoist politburo member, Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, identified as Patra Majhi, was arrested from Adaba area of Gajapati District. Majhi, secretary of a Maoist backed farmers' body for Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts, was reportedly involved in about a dozen cases including the killing of two village guards in Adaba area recently, Gajapati district Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Arora said. He was also involved in several landmine explosions, blasting of mobile phone towers and destruction of a forest office, Arora said, adding a gun and some explosives were recovered from Majhi.
September 2: A Maoist cadre, identified as Deb Kumar, a native of Bano area in Jharkhand was arrested from Jalada locality of Rourkela in Sundargarh District. Deb admitted that he was working as ‘area commander’ of Sundargarh District in Orissa and Simdega in Jharkhand and was involved in various offences in the two areas.
September 8: Two persons abducted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist on September 6 were released unharmed in Sundargarh District. Bular Tirkey (28) and Suman Gudia (18) of B. Jharbeda village in K. Balang Police Station were abducted when they were returning home by a motor bike. After getting the information, villagers of Jharbeda went to neighbouring Karda village en masse where the Maoists were having a meeting and appealed to them to release the two. The Police said they received the information about the incident but there was no formal complaint.
September 9: Nearly 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist planted landmines and blew up the building of a panchayat office at Materu in the Padia block of Malkangiri District. The Maoists did not injure or attack any villager. After the blast the Maoists also ransacked some portions of the building that had not been damaged and set ablaze to the official records and furniture while raising slogans against the Government and the proposed anti-Naxal operation in the area. They left a poster at the spot stating that they blew up the building to protest against the camp of BSF at Sikhapalli near Materu.
September 16: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up several forest buildings including a range office and inspection bungalow inside Sunabeda sanctuary in Nuapada District. The buildings had been lying defunct and unoccupied for a long time due to Maoist menace.
11 battalions of central paramilitary forces have already arrived in the State for joint anti-naxal operation. Five battalions of BSF and four battalions of CRPF have been deployed at the Maoist affected areas while the State Government has decided to station two battalions of CRPF at North Orissa.
September 18: A 45-year-old village guard, Lalit Hantala, of Rajabandha village in Chitrakonda of Malkangiri District was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Khadikajodi area of the District. Hentala was believed to have been on the hit list of the Maoists who had demanded that he quit his job, Police sources said. Several Maoist posters and pamphlets were recovered from the spot.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Kapur Khara and his son Dhisa Khara in Lachhmani village of Laxmipur Block of Koraput District in the night. A group of around 20 armed Maoists reached the remote village and forced the villagers to attend a meeting. At around 8.30 p.m. [IST] all other villagers were ordered to return home, while Kapur and his son were asked to stay back. After some time the Maoists slit their throats killing them on the spot.
September 20: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Rabi Khara, a sarpanch of Bijay Ghati and his associate Puri Sirka, near Kudumul village of Damanjodi in Koraput District. Another associate of the sarpanch identified as Suresh Sirka was seriously injured in the incident. The trio was travelling from Damanjodi to Bijay Ghati. Maoists left a letter written in Telugu near the spot claiming that they had killed these persons as they were acting as Police Informers and were also involved in exploitation of local tribals. Maoists also alleged that they were key elements behind the disruption of a rally planned by CMAS at Koraput on September 13, 2009.
September 21: Three persons were arrested for helping the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Sorada area of Ganjam District. Although they were not Maoists, they worked with them and transported material for them, Superintendent of Police Nitinjit Singh said. The three were identified as Satya Mandal and Laxman Mandal of Dhaugaon village and Rajesh Mallick alias Rahas of Pipalapanka village. Satya and Laxman allegedly assisted Maoists in an attack on a liquor vender about two months ago, while Mallick acted as an informer for the Maoists, Police Sources said. However, the CPI-M claimed that Satya and Laxman were active members of the party and demanded their unconditional release.
The State Government decided to expedite patrolling by the BSF in Koraput District. While three battalions of BSF troopers were deployed in Malkangiri, two other battalions had been put into service in Koraput. Stating that steps were being taken in accordance with the decision of the Unified Command formed to guide anti-Maoist operation, the State Home Secretary said Orissa was expecting a helicopter soon to track movement of rebels in dense forests of Southern Districts. Though five BSF battalions were camping in Koraput and another Southern Maoist-affected District Malkangiri for about six months, the CPMF was yet to take on the Maoists. CRPF personnel were also engaged in anti-Maoist operations with the state closely monitoring the Maoist activities in certain pockets.
Restrictions on the movement of passenger trains during night in Maoist-affected areas of Orissa and West Bengal will continue till September 27, a statement issued by the East Coast Railway said.
September 25: CPI-Maoist cadres killed Nrusimha Panda alias Babuli Panda, a leader of the ruling BJD, at Ramgiri village in Baipariguda Block of Koraput District. Babuli Panda was the former president of the Baipariguda Block Unit of the BJD and a civil contractor by profession. According to sources, the Maoists also left a letter at the spot claiming their hands in the killing. Maoists alleged that Babuli Panda was a supporter of 'Shanti Committee' which is opposed to CPI-Maoist and CMAS and he was also involved in corruption for which he had to face their wrath.
September 26: Four CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Chingu Jani, the sarpanch of Dumuripadar panchayat in Koraput District. He was standing near a tea stall with other people in Mathiliput village when he was abducted.
September 28: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two stationary trucks parked along the NH-215 in Roxi area under K. Balang Police Station and left several posters in Sundargarh District.
September 29: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a 60-year-old person at Mahupada village in K. Balang Police Station in Sundargarh District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The villagers said the victim came to their village 2-3 days back was seen begging for food and staying in the village.
September 30: The Orissa Government discussed better coordination between Central Paramilitary Forces and the Police for anti-Maoist operations, official sources said.
Around 25 to 30 armed Maoists set ablaze a liquor joint at Bansapal in Keonjhar District.
October 2: Around 15 heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed into the forest office at Ramgiri under Boipariguda Police Station in Koraput District and set off a landmine blowing up a portion of the building. The Maoists shouted slogans against the Government before leaving.
The Police arrested three top Maoists, identified as Buas Munda, Paulas Munda and Shiv Singh, during a combing operation at Chandiposh and Silipunji forest areas in Sundargarh District. Police also recovered two landmines weighing 30 and 15 kilograms respectively from them.
The Maoists called for two days Malkangiri District bandh on October 5 and 6 protesting operation Green Hunt.
October 4: A large number of heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including women, stormed into Padia block headquarter town under Kalimela Police Station area in Malkangiri District, and ransacked a liquor shop. The Maoists also destroyed almost the entire stock in the liquor outlet. However, no injury or casualty was reported in the incident.
October 11: The Orissa Government launched a combing operation in the areas bordering Mahasamund District of Chhattisgarh where six cadres of the CPI-Maoist and two civilians were killed on October 9.
October 14: More than 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist entered Markapadar village under Khairput Block in Malkangiri District and blew up a Panchayat building and a godown using powerful landmine. After blowing the buildings the Maoists disappeared into the nearby forest shouting slogans against the Government and Security Forces.
October 17: The CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS-Narayanpatna ploughed land, which they had forcibly taken over from non-tribals about a year ago, for the third consecutive day at Narayanpatna area in the Koraput District. A large number of activists belonging to CMAS ploughed hundreds of acres of land, which was lying unused, on the outskirts of Narayanpatna and planted red flags, local people at Narayanpatna said.
October 18: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast on a road at Sikhapalli near a BSF camp in Malkangiri District. However, no one was injured as there was no movement near the site when the landmine exploded about 250 metres from the temporary BSF camp.
Maoists put up a large number of posters and banners in Govindpalli in the same District, threatening the local youths to refrain from joining the Police Force as SPOs. The existing village guards and SPOs were asked to quit their jobs, sources said.
October 23: Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Jakhyamutha Majhi, Aphira Badamajhi and Ajit Badamajhi were arrested from Baligudi and Sapalaguda villages under Adbaba Police Station in Gajapati District. Ajit and Aphira were residents of Sapalaguda, while Jakhyamutha was from Baligudi. Police recovered three locally-made guns and Maoist literature from them.
October 24: Four traders were arrested from Bisra town in Sundergarh District on charges of supplying explosives and other materials to Maoists. Several gelatine sticks, detonators, fuse wires and other materials were seized from them.
October 23: A group of 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a panchayat office in Nulliguda of Podia block under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. The Maoists set ablaze the plastic pipes and looted iron rods and other articles stored in the godown. They left some leaflets at the spot, demanding the Government to stop killing their cadres in the name of Operation Green Hunt and withdraw the BSF from the District.
October 25: A group of four armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Gadadhar Singh Rajput of Sambalpur village, in the Kundei Police Station area of Raighar Block in Nabarangpur District suspecting him as a Police informer. Rajput was supervising construction work taken up by a contractor from adjoining Chhattisgarh, Superintendent of Police Prafulla Chandra Barik said, suspecting extortion to be the reason behind the killing.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pabitra Madhi, of Lachipeta village under MV-79 Police Station was arrested from Lachipeta forests by the Security Force personnel in a combing operation in Malkangiri District. Madhi, a ‘deputy commander’ of Motu Naxal dalam, confessed his involvement in a series of attacks, including the planting of a landmine in the newly-constructed jail at MV-79 and blasting of panchayat buildings at Malabaram and Malyamunda under Motu Police Station in the District.
October 28: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Rajesh Topo alias Rajesh Munda, surrendered in the presence of District Collector Shalini Pandit in Sundargarh District. He was involved in at least 15 cases, including murder, attack on Police establishments, bank loot, extortion and explosions, DIG of Police Y K Jethwa said. He apparently decided to return to the mainstream as he was disillusioned with the style of functioning of the Maoists and deviation from ideology.
November 4: Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in a gun battle with the Police in a forested area near Karlakuta village of Malkangiri District. District Superintendent of Police Anirudha Kumar Singh said that after a tip-off that Maoists were hiding in the area, Police raided the place. 'Some Police personals sustained minor injuries in the gun battle that lasted for about 10-15 minutes,' Singh said. Some weapons and Maoist banners were seized from the spot, he added.
November 5: Security Forces arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist after an hour long exchange of fire at Gopinathpur in Gajapati District. All of the four arrested Maoists, in the age group of 30-35 years, belonged to the Bansadhara division of the outfit. A raid was conducted following a tip off regarding a Maoist camp at Gopinathpur. About 500 rounds were fired from Police side and no security person was injured in the incident. A pistol and some ammunition besides some dress were recovered from them.
November 7: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Arjun Dora and Laxman Pangi were arrested by the SOG troopers from Govindpalli forest in Malkangiri District. According to Police, Dora and Pangi were reportedly involved in Maoist activities for the past four years.
November 8: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons near Timanpur village in Raighar block of Nabarangpur District. The bullet ridden bodies of the victims were found on the Timanpur-Binaypur road a few kilometres away from Chhattisgarh border. The Menpur Division of Maoists outfit, which is active in Chhattisgarh, claimed its hand in the killing through handwritten Hindi posters left with the bodies. Maoists also set ablaze two bikes near the spot of killing.
A group of around 40 armed Maoists blew up a Residential High School building managed by the Tribal Welfare department at Gompakunda under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. They asked around 60 students present in the hostel to stand back and not interfere in their violent act. Through posters left at the spot the Maoists claimed that it was their mark of protest against the visit of US president Barack Obama to India. It may be noted that Maoists had given call for nationwide bandh on November 8 to protest against US president's visit. The Maoists also claimed that they had blasted the school building as it was to be used as camping site for security forces during anti-naxal operations.
Maoists cut down trees at Govindpalli ghat road to snap road communication between Malkangiri and Koraput District. They also put up posters against President Obama's visit near the fallen trees.
Large quantity of explosives being transported to Maoist hideout was seized by Security personnel in Semiliguda block of Koraput District.
Police arrested four Maoists cadres, identified as Daulas Munda, Nikhelas Munda, Robert Munda and Suran from Saranda Forest at the time of joint cumbing by the SOG Jawans and CRPF in Sundergarh District and recovered explosives from them.
Police arrested two Maoists cadres, identified as Arjun Majhi and Bihari Majhi from Keonjhar District.
Police arrested two Maoists cadres, identified as identified as Raheman Sisa (16) a student of class IX of Renga School and Suraj Disari (25), resident of Tenda village under Semiliguda Police Station near Dudhari Ueida office in Koraput District. They disclosed that they had been engaged in Maoist activities by the direction of the Maoist leader Ghasi. Police seized 200 stick gelatines, two bundles of wire, One quintal Ammonium Nitrate and an ATM card of Damanjodi Allahabad Bank from them.
November 9: Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Dillip Munda and Srikanta Purty, from Rebana Pallaspalli area in Keonjhar District during a joint combing operation by the SOG and CRPF troopers. The Police recovered explosives, one pistol and bullets from them.
Two 'Central Regional Commanders' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Murla Nelam Reddy alias Raju alias Arjun alias Sukdev (24) of Galkonda village in East Godavari District and his wife Sita Pangi alias Sumita alias Sunita alias Bisakha (21) of Peddapaddu village in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh, were arrested during joint combing operation by the personnel of the Odisha Police and Central Paramilitary Forces at Narayanpatna in Koraput District. They carried a reward of INR 100,000 each. "Their arrest has proved the active involvement of Andhra-based hardcore Maoist cadres in the recent rise in the violent activities of Maoists and controversial CMAS in Koraput District," Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu said. They had been associated with the outfit for more than seven years. Interrogation revealed that both of them were involved in the attack on Nayagarh town and the Police armoury there in 2008 as well as attack on bauxite mines of NALCO on Panchpatmali hill top near Damanjodi in 2009.
November 11: Two women CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Sabita Munda alias Kuni (19) and Jamuna Munda alias Kranti (22), surrendered before the Police in Keonjhar District. Sabita was an 'area commander' of Kalinga Nagar division and was involved in about a dozen crimes, SP A. K. Singh said. A pistol and two rounds of ammunition were recovered from her. Jamuna too was involved in several cases, including attacks on Police Stations, murders and extortion. The surrendered women said the Maoists had distanced themselves from their ideology and were now killing innocent tribals, whom they were supposed to serve, Jamuna said. "Jamuna also said that they were physically, mentally and sexually harassed by senior cadres a number of times," Singh said.
The Maoists gave a call for a 24-hour general strike on November 15 in Malkangiri District and Laxmiput and Baipariguda blocks of neighbouring Koraput District, protesting against the killing of four Maoists in a gun battle during combing operation with Police near Karlakuta village in Malkangiri District on November 4.
November 13: Padma alias Sirisa alias Nirmala (40), wife of the CPI-Maoist Central Committee member Ramakrishna alias RK, was arrested along with two other woman cadres, identified as Esori Anduluru (18) and Runi Maningi alias Sarita (20) from Dudhari in Semiliguda block of Koraput District, while they were on their way to Narayanpatna in a jeep. Interrogation revealed that Esori, a native of Visakhapatnam District has been working as a militia member of the Maoists for the past few years. Recently, she had been selected for promotion. Padma was on her way to Narayanpatna to meet her husband and was escorting Esori to be trained under her husband. Runi, a resident of Bandhugaon area in Koraput District had links with Maoists and was involved in their activities in the area. The jeep driver, Gokul Kuldeep, was also arrested. Maps of different townships, including that of Nayagarh and Jehanabad, Maoist literature, and a large number of letters in Telugu were seized from them.
November 15: A group of around 25 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a class IV Government employee, identified as Dama Madkami (26) of Salimalikonda village under Kalimela Police Station, in MV-73 village of Malkangiri District. Maoists killed Dama during their 24-hour bandh (general shut down) call in Koraput District to protest against killing of four of their militia in a Police encounter in Orkel Police Station area of the District on November 4.
A team from Andhra Pradesh's elite anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds, is in Koraput, to gather information about the whereabouts of Ramakrishna alias RK, the CPI-Maoist Central Committee member and Andhra-Orissa-Border (AOB) special zonal committee general secretary, and his son Prithvi alias Munna, said to be a section commander in the CPI-Maoist Central Regional Committee (CRC). The CRC is the third such unit of AOB and includes Srikakulam and Koraput divisions. Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu said RK had traveled to Narayanpatna several times in the past to monitor and plan the activities of the Maoists and the Maoist-backed CMAS. "As per the directive of Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, they want to declare Naraynpatna a 'liberated zone' on the lines of Lalgarh in West Bengal. So, RK was taking extra interest in this area and continues to camp several days in a row," Sahu said.
November 16: Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up an unfortified Police Station at Kakiriguma in Koraput District. A single unarmed guard was at the Police Station when the attack occurred. Maoists allowed him to escape before they blew it up. The Maoists also set ablaze a Police jeep parked on the premises of the Police Station. They shouted slogans against the Government and Security Forces before escaping into the jungles.
A top Maoist cadre, identified as Naresh Muthamajhi (30), of Adaba area of Gajapati District surrendered before the SP. Naresh was reportedly involved in the killing of two village guards at Katamma in the District about three months ago and was active in Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts. He was also involved in several other incidents including the blowing up of a Police outpost at Chandrapur, Chandrapur Mobile Tower in Rayagada District and setting ablaze the Paniganda Forest Beat House in Adaba in Gajapati District in December 2009.
November 17: A group of around 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a person, identified as Ganga Madkani (23), near Katakunda village under MV-79 Police Station limits in Malkangiri District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The Maoists escaped into nearby forest after the killing shouting slogans against the Security Forces and the Government.
Police arrested three Maoists identified as Irma Padiami, Era Padiami and Ganga Padiami from Badigata forest area under Kalimela Police Limits. The Maoists were arrested during a joint operation by the Special Operation Group (SOG) and BSF.
November 18: Two top CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Nahu Majhi alias Ranjit (20) and Mausa Majhi alias Terena (26) of Purunapani village under Adaba Police Station, surrendered before the District Police Headquarters of Gajapati District. A pistol and five bullets were deposited by them. Nou and Mausa were active cadres of the Basadara division of Maoist outfit, which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts. Nou confessed that he was involved in the attack on Nayagarh town and Police armoury there in 2008. Both of them had joined the Maoists in 2006 and had undergone arms training. They were involved in blasting of three mobile communication towers at Birikote in the District in March 2010. They were also involved in the landmine attack targeted at a Police vehicle at Andhari Ghat near Adaba on February 16, 2009. After surrender they alleged that activities of Maoist leaders had no links with their high sounding rhetoric and they were devoid of any ideology.
The Unified Command Meeting was held in the Odisha Secretariat under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Bijaya Patnaik. Concerned over the lack of coordination with Orissa Police in fight against Maoists in the state, BSF decided to put Additional Director General of BSF Arabinda Ranjan as an officer in the rank of IG to deal with the situation. It was mentioned that five battalions of BSF troopers is to be deployed in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts to help the State Police to fight against the Maoists.
The Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) Special Zonal Committee General Secretary, Ramakrishna alias RK, a top leader of the CPI-Maoist escaped from the Police net after six days of manhunt by the Special Operations Group (SOG), Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), and CRPF and BSF from Narayanpatna. RK carries a reward of INR 1.2 million on his head in Andhra Pradesh.
November 20: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Police at the District head quarters of Rayagada. 'They were active members of Kondabaredi dalam of the Srikakulam-Koraput joint division of the CPI-Maoist. One of them was a 'commander' of the dalam,' District Superintendent of Police Anoop Krishna told IANS. The surrendered Maoists were wanted in various Maoist violence cases including in the land mine blast of 2002 in Gothilapadar area of the District in which six Paramilitary personals and a driver were killed.
Another Maoist cadre facing more than nine criminal cases including five murders surrendered at the District head quarters of Jajpur District. The surrendered Maoist told Police there are some more of the cadres who wanted to return to the mainstream after they realized the Maoists have moved away from their ideology.
November 23: In a show of strength the CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS took out a large protest rally at Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Around 5,000 of its cadres took part in it demanding release of the arrested CMAS members. It was first major demonstration by the organisation during past one year.
November 25: Maoists shot dead a local contractor identified as Manoj Sahu in the Brahmanigaon market in Kandhamal District.
November 27: Five persons, including two women and a three-year-old child, were killed when cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up an ambulance by triggering a landmine blast near Dukulpadu in Brahmanigaon in Kandhamal District. The victims from Sikarma village near Brahmanigaon and were identified as Simon Mallick, the ambulance's driver, Sushanti Pradhan, Inosi Digal (a pregnant woman), her daughter Subhashree (3) and husband Guna Digal.
Six Maoist sympathizers were arrested from Daringbadi area of the District. Incriminating materials, including Maoist literature, were seized from them, Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.
November 29: Replying to a written question in the State Assembly, Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik said that at least 78 cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were killed and 1,433 were arrested in the last 10 years in Odisha. Patnaik said, "78 Maoists have died in Police action in the State during the period from 2001 to 2010 (till November 15)." Of the 78 dead, the highest number of cases came from Malkangiri District followed by 15 in Koraput District and 10 in Rayagada District, he said. The CM also informed that the State Government has spent total of INR 585.7 million for security related causes. In last two years up to November 15, 2010, a total of 387 Maoists have been arrested, 28 killed and 51 have surrendered before the Police, Patnaik added. The CM, who is also the Home Minister, said that 15 of the State's 30 revenue Districts have been accepted as Maoist-affected under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme of the Central Government. Patnaik said the State had no proposal under consideration for establishment of special jail for Maoist prisoners.
November 30: Unlike previous year's week-long PLGA Week celebration, the CPI-Maoist cadres this time have given the call for a month long celebration beginning from December 2, 2010 to January 2, 2011 to mark the 10th formation day of the PLGA. More than 50 top Maoist Commandos have reportedly arrived to take part in Malkangiri-Andhra Pradesh border ahead of the month long PLGA celebration. Unconfirmed report says that the Maoists have recruited more tribal youths into the party ahead of the celebration.
December 1: Two top cadres of the CPI-Maoist active in several areas including West Bengal were arrested during an operation by Police at Jamsola village in Mayurbhanj District. "A pistol and several live cartridges were seized from the duo, identified as Sunaram Murmu (26) of Pondusar village of West Midnapore District and Hapna Tudu (34) of Pallo village under Suliapada Police Station in Odisha," Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sudhakar Jena said. "The Maoists claimed they were working in Lalgarh division and Nayagram division of the outfit under area commander Kishen Ji," he added. "The arrested Maoists were active in Gopiballavpur and Nayagram Police Station areas of West Bengal and Suliapada and Chandua areas of Mayurbhanj District," the Police said.
December 2: About 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked on the abandoned Bansapani Police out post and blew it up using a landmine at Banspal village in Keonjhar District. 'It was a one-room house and the front portion of it has been damaged, and no casualty is reported,' Inspector General of Police (operation) Sanjeev Marik said.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted Hadi Badanaik, a SPO of Andahal village under Mudulipada Police Station in Malkangiri District. The Maoists had threatened him to resign from the SPO. But he did not pay hid to the threatening of the Maoists for which the Maoists abducted his Father, Mother and Wife on December 1 and later released them.
Public transport was paralyzed for the fourth day today in Malkangiri District and certain areas of Koraput District as the Maoists has been celebrating the 10th formation year of its PLGA from December 2-8. The traffic also was hit in Bandhugaon, Machkund, Onkadeli and Lamataput areas of Koraput District.
December 6: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist hacked three villagers to death at Topadihi near Rourkela under K Balang Police Station in Sundargarh District suspecting them to be Police informer. The victims, including a ward member, identified as Nuana Munda, a teacher, Nanjan Munda and Daudh Munda, a villager, were abducted by the Maoists before they were killed. The villagers found the bodies with the throats slit near rail tracks hardly 500 metres away from Topadihi railway station.
December 8-9: On the last day of the week-long observation of 10th anniversary of PLGA, a group of around 60 armed Maoists killed a tribal youth, identified as Sambharu Huika, in Odiapentha village in Koraput District. According to Koraput SP Anup Sahu it was suspected that the tribal youth had been murdered on the last day of PLGA week to use terror tactics to compel tribal youths of remote areas join the violent fold. Huika had refrained from joining the controversial CMAS in Naryanpatna area. Huika had even allegedly refused to take part in meetings and rallies of CMAS. "So, the only reason behind the murder was to create a reign of terror in the area," Sahu said.
December 9: The CPI-Maoist killed two villagers by slitting their throats in Langalkata village, under K. Balang Police station in Sundargarh District. According to sources in Rourkela Police, about 200 armed Maoists barged into the village in the wee hours and abducted six villagers at gun point. All the hostages were taken to a nearby school building where villagers had reportedly a heated exchange of words. Subsequently, four villagers were let off while two were killed. The two victims were identified as Anup Singh and Bisra Singh, whom the Maoists suspected to be Police informers. The Maoists and the cadres of erstwhile MCC threw the bodies along with a few posters warning the villagers not to support the Police.
December 10: More than 10 to 12 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a mobile tower at Kaliatal in Baipariguda in Koraput District. The situation has become such that the service providers are planning to erect towers in the Police Station to prevent damage to them. Meanwhile, reports said that the Maoists were also opposing the Integrated Action Plan of the Centre to develop the Insurgency-affected Districts.
December 11: Five Maoists were arrested by SFs from Nuagaon village under K Balang Police limits in Sundargarh District. The SFs spoiled the abduction bid by the Maoists of three persons of Mahupada village under the same Police Station limit. The villagers along with CRPF and SOG force chased the Maoists and rescued all the three. SFs had seized two rifles and some explosive materials from the arrested Maoists identified as Bagana Tarkot, Kande Tarkot, Nancy Tarkot (woman), Mangara Tarkot and Matara Tarkot. Mangara and Matara were top Maoists of Jharkhand and relatives of most wanted Maoist Madhusudan Tarkot while Kande and Nancy are siblings - brother sisters.
December 12: Three Maoists were arrested from Raidihi forested area in Sundargarh District. The Maoists, identified as Illajdar Lakra (35), Nima Xalxo (30), Pawal Kerketa (45) of neighbouring Jharkhand, were arrested during combing operation by CRPF, SOG and Police. All the three Maoists were involved in the killing of five persons in Topadihi and Langalkata villages during last week.
December 14: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested during combing operation in Niyamgiri hills under Kalyansinghpur Police Station limits Rayagada District. The arrested Maoists were identified as Adyas Mandangi alias Raju (25) from Piplapadar village in Lakshmipur block of Koraput District, Sunil Gagaranga alias Jagdish (20) from Muniguda Police Station area in Rayagada District, a woman cadre Sabita Jodia (22) from Dobasil village under Kalyansinghpur Police Station limits of the District. Two minor girls who were allegedly serving as Maoist cadres are yet to be identified. The two minor girls were sent to juvenile home in Berhampur, while the rest three were lodged in the Rayagada jail. They were armed cadres of Kashipur team of Basadara division of the Maoists, Superintendent of Police Anup Krishna said. A large quantity of arms and ammunition including a 9-mm Pistol, one magazine, live ammunition, country-made hand grenade, 20 detonators, two landmines, ten large polythene sheets used to erect tents, incriminating documents, three Maoist backpacks that contained Maoist uniform, articles of daily use articles, training notebooks, Maoist related literature were seized from their possession. According to Police sources the arrested persons were involved in a series of acts of violence in Rayagada and Kalahandi Districts.
December 18: At least two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter between the Maoists and Security Forces at Chirubeda in Saranda forest under Bisra Police Station area in Sundargarh District. A SOG constable, Laxman Kisan (28) went missing and another constable Bhabagrahi Nayak (28), sustained a bullet injury, ASP Ramachandra Panda said. A rifle and a motor-cycle were recovered from the incident site, the ASP added. Meanwhile, the Maoists handed over the dead body of the missing SOG trooper Laxman to his family at Bansanala in Orissa-Jharkhand border on December 19.
December 19: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert at Podapodar of Narayanpatna Block in Koraput District. The Maoists blew up the culvert to obstruct the BSF troopers deployed in the area on 14th December.
December 20: Three Maoists belonging to West Bengal, identified as Umakanta Bera of Pachurakhuara and Subash Badhuka of Badatanga villages under Nayagram Police Station and Rupaka Mahanta of Ramchandrapur village under Jhargram Police Station, were arrested from Suliapada area in Mayurbhanj District. Three rifles, 14 live cartridges and 21 gelatine sticks were seized from their possession. The arrested Maoists were involved in several crimes, including two murders in the District and five murders in Jhargram area of neighbouring West Bengal, Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, replying to a question by Congress member Mamata Madhi, in the State Assembly, said that at least 91 civilians had been killed by Maoists in Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Nawrangpur Districts since 2000. However, Patnaik said information regarding the compensation provided to the families of the deceased civilians was under collection.
December 21: A group of about 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including women cadres, raided the make-shift camp of the ARSS Infrastructure Limited, a private construction company, and set ablaze 14 vehicles of the construction company at Pindiki under Mohana Police Station area in Gajapati District. Seven tippers, two road-rollers, two mixers, a water tanker, a grader, and an excavator were damaged in the attack. No one was injured as vehicle drivers and the watchman fled fearing for their lives. The cadres of the Basadhara division left a poster at the spot in which the Maoists have expressed that they have opposed the construction of the roads in the area, SP Sarthak Sarangi said. The ARSS has taken up the construction of 102.9-kilometres stretch of road of the State Highway number 134 between Paralakhemundi and Mohana under Mohana Police Station area.
The Maoists set ablaze a mobile communication tower. Before escaping, they cut down trees to block the Paralakhemundi-Mohana road to stop the movement of Security Forces, DIG, Southern Range R K. Sharma, said.
December 24: At least three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter with elite anti-Maoist SOG in Bijayghati at Turli hillock in Narayanpatna area in Koraput District. DIG Soumendra Priyadarshi said, the joint Police team of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh raided a hideout in the District, considered to be a Maoist stronghold and the encounter took place, which lasted about an hour and resulted in killing three of them. A gun and 25 Maoist kit bags were recovered from the encounter site, Priyadarshi added.
December 26: A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Pradip Majhi (26) reportedly attempted suicide at Adaba Police Station in Gajapati District and later succumbed to the injuries on way to MKCG Medical College Hospital. Majhi attempted suicide by hanging from the ceiling of his room, SP Sarthak Sarangi, claimed. Majhi was a native of Londagia village. Majhi along with three cadres were arrested from Londagia during combing operation on December 24. The other three cadres are identified as Somanath Majhi, Bulu Majhi and Bijay Majhi. They all were reportedly involved in Maoist activities including explosion in Raipanka village in the District, Sarangi added. State IG Sanjeev Marik said "The Maoists have weakened. They are not getting support. They are not able to increase their strength as people are refusing to join them".
December 27: At least two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter between the Maoists and the Police in Paikamal area of Bargarh District. Acting on a tip off, the Police and the SOG started a joint combing operation in the area and killed the two Maoists while others managed to escape. Police suspected that more than 50 Maoists have remained in the area. The combing operation has been intensified. The dead body of the Maoists along with rice, shoes, potato and some clothes have been recovered from the encounter site. The Maoists are yet to be identified.
December 29: A CPI-Maoist woman cadre, identified as Arati Motamajhi (22), was arrested by SFs from Chandrapur area in Rayagada District. Arati is a resident of Ghatiguda village under Adaba Police Station limits in Gajapati District. She had joined the Maoist about a year back, SP, Anup Krishna said.
A Bal Vahini (child volunteer) cadre of the Maoist, identified as Rajani Motamajhi (12), surrendered before the Police in the District. Rajani confessed that she had joined Maoists around four months back. According to her, Maoists had come to their village and asked four minor girls like her to bring food for them into the forest. After scrutinising the four girls the Maoists had chosen Rajani. She was not allowed to go back home. According to her she was working under Azad, leader of Bamsadara division of the outfit. She used to wake up at 4am and took up different training and work provided to her by the Maoist leaders. It included cleaning of guns, exercises and handling of small arms.
December 30: A CRPF trooper, identified as Tek Chand, was shot dead and a Police constable of the OSAP, identified as Ramesh Kandhapani was seriously injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist at Hanumantpur village under Chandrapur block in Rayagada District. The encounter took place when the Maoists opened fire on Security men on routine surveillance duty at the Hanumantpur weekly market, the Police said. The troopers retaliated, but the Maoists escaped.
December 31: The SOG and the CRPF team combing the forests near Paikamal area of Bargarh District reportedly faced firing On December 27, and an encounter took place between the Maoists and the SFs in which two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed. The deceased were identified as Madhav Singh Thakur, the area block president of BJP, and Ramesh Sahu, a businessman. Thakur's body was identified by his family members. The family members of the victims refuted the claim that they were Maoists on December 30. Madhav was the president of BJP's Paikamal block unit. He was in no way linked to Maoist activities, his brother Gunakar Thakur said. 'Ramesh was a businessman and everybody in the area knew him. He was never involved in Maoist activities,' Sahu's uncle Hrusikesh said. However, Bargarh SP Soorya Thankappan said, "Our forces had definite information that a Maoist camp was running there. When we raided the camp we were fired at. In the crossfire, two Maoists were killed". IG (Operation) Sanjeev Marik said the gun battle took place after Police raided the Maoists camp. Both were linked to the Maoists. A government inquiry has been ordered.
A jailed CPI-Maoist 'commander', identified as Ashok Narayan Bhukta alias Damadeo, who worked for strengthening the base of the Maoists in Sundergarh District has died of illness, jail sources of Sambalpur District said. Damadeo, convicted by a Rourkela court under the Arms Act after his arrest in December 2007 and facing trial in many other cases, died at the VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla, the sources added. A native of Baruatand village in the jurisdiction of Keredi Police Station in Jharkhand, Damadeo was involved in over 10 cases including murder, massacre and violence in Sambalpur District.
November 6: Police arrested a Left Wing Extremist, identified as Natham Jeeva, in Tiruvallur District. Jeeva was reportedly involved in a murder case. He remained underground for many years and was arrested near Thiruninravur by a special team following a tip-off. "Jeeva is a very important Maoist cadre who was wanted by the Tamil Nadu Police for about 35 years," Inspector-General of Police (intelligence) M.S. Jaffar Sait said.
January 17: A Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoist) cadre carrying a head money of INR 50,000 arrested along with his accomplice following an encounter in the Sonbhadra District.
February 6: Three persons, a couple from Allahabad and a woman from Gorakhpur were arrested by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police for suspected Maoist links. The arrests followed "information from various agencies that senior and active members of the banned CPI-Maoist were trying to establish their base in Uttar Pradesh".
February 8: Eight cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including two members of its Central Committee and Polit Bureau, were arrested by the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh Police in Kanpur. Among the arrested was Balraj alias B.R. alias Arvind, 'head of the northern regional bureau' of the Maoists and Central Committee member and associate of Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy.
February 14: The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a Maoist cadre near the Shani temple situated next to the Cantonment Railway Halt in Gorakhpur. Rajendra was to meet his sister Asha, the member in charge of Central Mahila Sub Committee (SMSC) of the Maoists, presently lodged at Gorakhpur jail.
April 5: Ram Sajivan Kushwaha alias Guruji, a sub-zonal ‘commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested following an encounter with the Police in Kon area of Sonbhadra District.
May 2: Two more suspects, Dinesh and Shanker, were arrested by the Police from Jagdishpur village in Mau District in case of reported arms supply to the CPI-Maoist.
May 7: The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Raju (35), from a forest area in Sonbhadra District.
May 11: Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Police from Dubahar town in Ballia District. They were identified as Kishun Rajbhar and Rajju. Several locally made pistols, live cartridges and Police uniforms were recovered from their possession.
May 13: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Virendra Mallah and Lal Bahadur, were arrested by the Police in Ballia District. Six pistols, eight crude bombs and several live cartridges were recovered from them.
Four more Policemen from the Provincial Armed Constabulary were arrested from Gonda, Faizabad and Gorakhpur Districts of Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of being involved in a racket to smuggle arms and ammunition for Maoists. The four are Sushil Kumar, armourer with the PAC's 30th battalion in Gonda, Jitendra Singh and Amar Singh, both deployed as armourers in Faizabad, and Rajesh Shahi, an armourer with the Gorakhpur Police.
May 19: A massive 20-tonne consignment of ammunition from the US has been seized at Loni in Gaziabad by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The consignment is suspected to be bound for the CPI-Maoist.
May 20: Ashok Kumar, arms supplier to the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by Police from Langdra area in Sonbhadra District. Over 50-kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 25 detonators and 25 gelatin rods were seized from Kumar.
May 28: Murlidhar Sharma, a native of Bihar's Rohtas District, was arrested by the Police from Telibagh area of Varanasi District in Uttar Pradesh on charges of supplying arms and ammunition to the CPI-Maoist. Around 125 live cartridges of INSAS rifle and a fake arms licence were recovered from his possession.
June 2: Two persons suspected to be supplying arms to the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Security Forces at Jakhaura in Jhansi District. Around 1,500 detonators, fuse wires and gelatine rods were recovered from their possession.
June 14: Police recovered a large quantity of explosives and detonators hidden by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a jungle in Deva Nata Khoh area Sonebhadra District. Police recovered 20 kilograms of can bomb (improvised device), 150 gelatine rods, six pencil cells, one bundle wire and 10 detonators.
July 30: Police in Uttar Pradesh arrested Constable Lok Nath, posted at the Churk Police Lines in Sonbhadra District, for reportedly smuggling cartridges from Government Armouries and selling them to cadres of the CPI-Maoist. According to Police reports, Nath had close links with a retired Sub-Inspector Yashodanandan Singh, who was arrested from Rampur District in April 2010 on charges of smuggling arms and ammunition from Government Armouries to Maoists.
October 6: A group 40-50 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist held a lineman, Kharpattu, hostage for hours and damaged the railway tracks by removing fish plates and sleeper clips between Churk and Agorikhas railway stations in deep forests in Sonebhadra District. However, a major tragedy was averted as a number of important trains were stopped at the Agorikhas station after an alert raised by the lineman who was later released by the Maoists.
December 17: A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ramesh Lohra alias Rupesh Gurwa (32), was arrested at Alapur in Ambedkar Nagar District. Acting on a tip-off that a Maoist from Jharkhand was hiding in a brick kiln at Alapur under the guise of a labourer, Police raided the area and arrested him. A pistol, a rifle and several live cartridges were recovered from his possession, Inspector Jai Shankar Singh said. According to Police, around 25 criminal cases are pending against Lohra, who worked for Kundan Pahan, a 'zonal commander' of Maoists in Jharkhand.
December 25: Acting on a tip, the STF of Uttar Pradesh in a raid intercepted a car and seized arms, meant for the CPI-Maoist cadres in West Bengal, in Lucknow. During the operation, one accomplice of the arms dealers managed to escape, while the Police chased and arrested the other two. The STF was for some time getting information that from western part of the State an organised gang, with the help of arms dealers of Himachal Pradesh are smuggling a large quantity of rifles and other ammunitions to anti-national elements in West Bengal State, IG A. P. Maheshwari said. Four rifles with 1,000 live bullets, a pistol, 400 live rounds of other guns, 15 ATM cards, and four mobile phones along with a car were seized.
January 1: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Bhagbat Singh (52), a local leader of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), in a village in the West Midnapore District, about 15 kilometers from the Orissa border.
Two persons, suspected to be Maoists, were arrested from a village in Birbhum District in connection with recent landmine blasts in neighbouring West Midnapore District.
Maoists denied responsibility for removing clips from railway track near Gidni station in West Bengal early December 30 which might have led to a major train disaster had the sabotage not been detected by alert railway men.
January 1-2: A school teacher, also a CPI-Marxist supporter, was allegedly tricked by an acquaintance who took him inside a forest where a waiting group of armed Maoists shot at him but he managed to escape by feigning dead, Police said on January 2.
January 2: Three CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA cadres were killed at Joynagar near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District after Security Forces opened fire on a PCPA rally.
The Maoists shot dead two CPI-Marxist members at Belapahari after trying them in a 'kangaroo' court on charges of providing information to the Police
At least two suspected Maoists were killed and one was injured in a gun battle with Police in Lalgarh.
Maoists and cadres of the PCPA set ablaze three trucks at Goaltore in the West Midnapore District.
The Maoists have called for a bandh on January 3 in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to protest alleged Police atrocities and violation of human rights and price rise.
January 2-3: Two brothers were among three persons killed by suspected Maoists in the West Midnapore District. With these cases, the total number of killings in the District has now gone up to 65 since December.
January 3: The CPI-Maoist cadres who had killed one Bhagbat Singh (52), a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, in a village in the West Midnapore District, about 15 kilometres from the Orissa border on January 1 also ransacked a liquor shop in the area and looted INR two lakh , a senior Police officer said.
Nearly 100 people have been killed by Maoists in Lalgarh-Jhargram area in the last three months of 2009, raising serious concerns in the Home Ministry.
January 3-4: A supporter of the CPI-Marxist was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the Lalgarh area of West Midnapore District.
January 4: The dead body of a CPI-Marxist supporter Shankar was recovered from Burishol. Illegal firearms were recovered from a BSNL telephone exchange in Tiljala on the eastern fringe of Kolkata. The West Bengal Police is set to strike at the Maoists once again.
January 6: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres raided the forest beat office at Gapiballavpur block (administrative division) in the West Midnapore District and looted cash from the employees.
January 6-7: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a CPI-Marxist member in the Bankura District.
January 7: A joint operation against Maoists was launched in West Bengal with Police forces of West Bengal and Orissa launching a major ground offensive against the Maoists at Gapiballavpur in West Midnapore District.
January 7-8: Two persons were killed in Lalgarh in West Midnapore District on January 7 by cadres of the CPI-Maoist. With this, the total number of killings attributed to Maoists in the region in 2010 reached 12.
January 8: Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the PCPA and 151 inmates at the Midnapore Central Correctional Home began a fast-unto-death on January 8, demanding withdrawal of all cases on charges of their links with the Maoists and those under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The West Bengal Government said the Police and intelligence agencies have got information about Maoist leader Kishan hiding in the State and he is likely to be arrested soon.
January 10: West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said that CPI-Maoist politburo member leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan, who is operating in Junglemahal; comprising Districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia would be captured soon.
January 10-11: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a CPI-Marxist leader in the Simlapal area of Bankura District.
January 11: The West Bengal Government will ask for additional Central Para Military Forces (CPMFs) for combating the CPI-Maoist menace in the State, Chief Secretary A.M. Chakraborti said.
January 13: Determined to spoil the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s rally at Jhargram in West Midnapore District on January 15, the leadership of the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA is not ruling out the possibility of violence during the meeting.
January 14: The CID also said it has unearthed a major arms racket involved in acquiring illegal firearms through private security agencies using forged licences and then selling them off to several militant groups in North Bengaland CPI-Maoist in the Left Wing Extremism-affected Districts of the State.
January 19: The CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA has called for a 12-hour bandh (general shut down) in three Maoist-affected Districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore to protest against the alleged killing of two of their supporters by joint-security forces.
January 20: A laptop and a large cache of arms were recovered in a raid on a CPI-Maoist camp in a forest area near Lalgarh in the West Midnapore District. Meanwhile, the SFs are trying to ascertain whether the laptop belonged to Kishan.
January 25: A supporter of the Communist Party of India–Marxist was shot dead by suspected Maoists in the Salboni region of West Midnapore District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres raided a Police camp at Satnala in the Barikul region of Bankura District, abducting two Policemen and snatching firearms from the camp.
January 27: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a CPI-Marxist leader Ranjit Hembram in Bankura District on January 27.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a Trinamool Congress worker near Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was killed by the Police in an encounter in the hilly terrain of Belpahari in West Midnapore District.
Separately, the Maoists set ablaze Chandabila gram panchayat (village level local self Government institution) office and one Police outpost.
Ajoy Pande, one of the two Indian Reserve Battalion constables, who were suspected to have been abducted by the Maoists during the attack on the Police camp at Shatnala-Majgeria on January 25, returned to Barikul Police Station near the camp on January 27.
January 29: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a CPI-Marxist cadre at Salboni in the West Midnapore District while injuring two others.
January 31: 10 Police personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, were injured during an exchange of fire between the SFs and the CPI-Maoist in Purulia District.
February 1: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Patul Singh Sardar, a CPI-Marxist worker, from his house at Girighati village and subsequently killed him in the West Midnapore District. Some posters left behind by the Maoists claimed Sardar to be a Police spy, Police said.
Around 2,000 CPI-Maoist and the PCPA cadres with men marching behind women attacked a Police Station triggering an exchange of fire with the Security Force personnel in the Bankura District. Six women were hit in the Police firing. Two died on way to hospital. Six Policemen were also injured from spears and other sharp weapons. Urmila Singh Sardar, a Maoist women's squad leader and wife of Maoist leader Rajaram Sardar, was arrested after she tripped and fell. Three more Maoists were arrested later.
Maoist politburo member leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan sent a four-page 'open letter' to Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, confirming his willingness to conditional talks.
The State officials are preparing a blueprint that stresses the need for hi-tech surveillance to keep track of the Maoists.
February 6: A CPI-Marxist supporter Basu Das was shot dead by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in a Birbhum village.
February 8: Gurucharan Kisku alias Marshal, a prominent deputy of top CPI-Maoist leader Kishen has quit the party with several of his followers, accusing the Maoist outfit of harming tribal interests.
February 9: The CPI-Maoist backed PCPA offered to hold unconditional talks with the Centre as well as the West Bengal Government.
PCPA supporters held black-flag processions in several areas of the three Maoist-affected Districts -West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia - on the day in protest against the meeting between the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and the Chief Ministers.
February 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres opened fired on the helicopter carrying the West Bengal Director General of Police when he was conducting an aerial surveillance of Lalgarh and other Maoist-controlled areas.
February 11: A CPI-Marxist worker, Baren Singh (45), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Belpahari area of West Midnapore District. Maoists raided Baren's house at Gohalbera village at about 7.30 PM, dragged him out and shot him dead.
February 12: Maoist-backed PCPA has offered to discuss peace and development with the Trinamool Congress party in West Bengal. But the PCPA wants to talk to Trinamool Member of Parliament (MP) Kabir Suman only.
February 13: Accusing the CPI-Maoist leader Kishan of failing to address the grievances of the tribals, his long term aide Gurucharan Kisku alias Marshal has formed his own squad. He said Kishan is an "outsider" who did not understand tribal sentiments.
February 15: At least 24 SF personnel, mostly belonging to the Eastern Frontier Rifles, were killed and several others injured when a large group of CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a SF camp at Silda in West Midnapore. The Maoists triggered several blasts before opening fire on the SF personnel. Before leaving, the Maoists looted firearms and set the camp ablaze.
Maoist politburo member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan claimed that several sophisticated weapons, including AK-47 and SLR rifles, were looted by the Maoists and threatened that they would henceforth act in a similar manner unless the security operations were stopped. He said, "Chidambaram [the Union Home Minister] has been constantly asking us to abjure violence and saying that the Centre is ready to speak, but this will not happen. Once the joint forces stop operation, we will also stop violence within 24 hours." "In the last two months, several persons were killed in various States in the name of 'Operation Green Hunt'. This was a counter-offensive in response to the Centre's offensive," Kishan was quoted as saying by a local news channel.
February 16: The death toll in the CPI-Maoist attack on EFR camp in the hamlet of Silda in West Midnapore District increased to 25. A civilian, identified as Gurupada Hasda, died from a splinter injury in a landmine blast at about two kilometres away from the incident site. As reported earlier, 24 EFR troopers were killed in the incident.
Jagari Baskey, one of the most top members of the CPI-Maoist, led the Maoist attack on Silda EFR camp under the supervision of Koteswar Rao alias Kishan. Though Madan Mahato, who leads a squad in the Belpahari-Banspahari belt and Kundan Pahan, who operates along the Bengal-Jharkhand border, were also present, sources said it was Jagari, who led the charge. According to intelligence sources, two Maoist squads - Dalma and Ayodhya - were used in the attack .The Dalma squad primarily operates in the East Singhbhum region of Jharkhand. Though a tribal squad, most of the leaders and cadres are Bengali. On the other hand, the Ayodhya squad active in the Belpahari region of West Bengal, is a Bengali squad with tribal language speaking locals.
February 17: The West Bengal Government admitted a lapse in security and ordered an inquiry into the Police role in the turn of events that led to February 15 Maoist attack at the EFR security camp at Silda in West Midnapore District.
February 18: The State Government decided to raise a battalion of special combat forces to deal with Maoists. The State Government also decided to recruit 1,500 persons of the rank of constable in Kolkata Police to raise another special combat force. Another 3,500 constables would be recruited to strengthen the State Police.
Suspected Maoists went on the rampage at a busy market in Phulkusma town in Bankura District as they looted people, damaged houses, set ablaze shops and decamped with nearly INR 300,000 in cash.
February 20: Susen Mahato, a close confidant of CPI-Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan, died after he sustained serious injuries during the attack on the EFR camp at Sildah, said Director General of Police (DGP) Bhupinder Singh. According to him, Susen, who managed to escape after suffering serious injury during the encounter on February 15, succumbed to his injuries on February 17. "Three to five Maoist attackers, including Susen, were killed in the encounter as per information available with us," he said.
According to new intelligence input, a 300-400 strong Maoist attack force, fleeing a crackdown in Chhattisgarh, has sneaked into West Bengal and is preparing to launch more brutal attacks than the one in Silda on February 15.
February 21: The CPI-Maoist politbureau member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan admitted that five Maoists were killed during the attack on the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp at Silda in West Midnapur District on February 15. He identified those killed as Sushen Mahato, Ujjal, Vijay, Chandan and Sujit
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two local leaders of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), identified as Karali Mahato and Baneshwar Mahato, in Dulukti village in the Bandwan region of Purulia District. Maoists claimed responsibility for the twin murders, accusing the victims of being Police informers.
February 22: Lalmohan Tudu, the president of CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA and at least two other PCPA cadres who had taken part in the Shilda EFR camp massacre were killed in Lalgarh in the West Midnapore District. However, the dead body of only Lalmohan Tudu was recovered by the Police.
February 24: A Police officer, Rabi Lochan Mitra, and a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Dule, were killed and two others injured in a gunfight between the SFs and the Maoists at Sarenga in the Bankura District.
Three persons, identified as Asish Mahato, Manas Mahato and Sukhlal Soren, were arrested in connection with the Maoist attack on EFR camp in Sildha. Asish and Manas had purchased a jeep and a pick-up van on February 5 from Kharagapur in West Midnapore which were used in the attack.
It was revealed that the Vodafone cell phone number 9734695789 of Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan actually belongs to Sisir Nag, a Police constable. The cell phone was snatched away from him when he was abducted by supporters of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) on September 27, 2009. However, Union Home Ministry made no calls on this number to contact Kishan.
March 2: Venkateswar Reddy alias Telugu Dipak (40), a top leader of the CPI-Maoist and suspected mastermind behind the February 15 attack on Eastern Frontier Rifles personnel in Silda in West Midnapore District was arrested by the West Bengal Police from Sarshuna on the southern fringes of Kolkata, the State capital.
March 4: Arrested CPI-Maoist leader Venkatesh Reddy alias Telugu Deepak, admitted that he was tasked with setting up a safe corridor between the forested areas of West Bengal's south-western Districts (known as Jangalmahal) and Nandigram and said the Trinamool Congress party had provided Maoists with arms and that they, in turn, gave supporters of the party arms training during the movement in Nandigram.
The West Bengal Government declined to comment on Maoist Politburo member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan's offer to hold talks with the Centre, provided Maoist leader Deepak is released unconditionally.
About 250 kilograms of explosive materials, suspected to be stockpiled by the CPI-Maoist was recovered by Security Forces (SFs) after a gunfight with the Maoists at Shirshi in the Lalgarh region of West Medinipur District. Among the cache was 200 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 50 kilograms of sulphur and a gas cylinder.
March 5: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted headmaster of Shibram Satpathy School and CPI-M member Ranjit Duley from Sarulia in Bankura District. Police suspect that Ranjit’s abduction has a revenge motive.
March 7: The cadres of CPI-Maoist killed a daily labourer, identified as Shibshankar Das, in West Midnapore District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The bullet-riddled body of Shibshankar Das was found near Chotokalsibhanga village under the Salboni Police station area. Maoist-backed Sidhu Kanhu Gana Militia, the armed wing of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, claimed responsibility for the killing.
A Maoist, identified as Gurcharan Hembram, was killed in an encounter when Security Force personnel, who went to rescue a teacher abducted from Bankura District, were fired upon by Maoists at the Bhalukbasa forest near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District. Five Maoists were injured in the encounter.
Four Maoist posters were found pasted on the walls of the Midnapore bus stand in Midnapore town near the residence of the District Superintendent of Police and the District Police headquarters.
A worker of the ruling CPI-M was shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Golbandhi in West Midnapore District.
March 8: Police claimed that five Maoists were killed in a series of explosions set off by them to mark International Women’s Day in Gadra village of West Midnapore. The claim of deaths could not be verified as the Security Forces did not go to the village where the blasts were triggered.
March 9: School teacher and CPI-M leader Ranjit Duley, abducted by Maoists from a school in Bankura District on March 4, was released unharmed at a remote place between Goaltore and Pingboni in West Midnapore District.
March 10: The CPI-Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan threatened that the Maoist cadres could "blow up Writers' Buildings [Secretariat of West Bengal] any day".
March 11: The West Bengal Government is set to press charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against 10 persons arrested for alleged Maoist activities over the last few months. State Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said, "Charges under the UAPA are proposed to be pressed against 10 persons arrested for engaging in Left-wing extremist activities."
March 15: In day-long operations over vast areas of Jangalmahal in the West Midnapore District, the joint Security Forces (SFs) arrested 14 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a ‘squad leader’ Parameswar Mahato, known to be active in the West Midnapore belt.
During a combing operation from Arsha village on Ayodhya Hills in Purulia District, Police intercepted two persons named Gobinda Besra and Ramesh Mahato and recovered a huge quantity of explosives. However, it was not clear if they had any link with Maoists.
March 16: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Tapan Dolui, a local leader of ruling CPI-M, near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
March 17: A group of 25 to 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist ransacked the party office of the ruling CPI-Marxist in Jhargram town’s ward 6 and set it ablaze.
The Police arrested 11 suspected Maoists, including Nanigopal Goswami, an important leader of the Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia, the militant wing of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, in the Goaltore region during several raids since March 15.
March 18: Maoist politburo member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan threatened a counter attack against the ongoing Operation Green Hunt against Maoists. Kishan called a 48-hour strike from March 22 in seven States — West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and in three Districts of Maharashtra.
March 20: Asit Mahato, spokesperson of the PCPA, escaped from the joint forces when they raided Bhulageria in Lalgarh in West Midnapore District. Maoists and PCPA's mass militia squad blasted two landmines and entered into a gun battle with the Security Forces. A Police officer said five Maoists had been arrested from Lalgarh, Salboni and Jhargram including senior Maoist Biru Soren. Around 30 villagers of Bhulageria have been detained for interrogation.
March 21: The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked Security Forces who were trying to reconstruct a camp at Bhalukchira in the Sarenga Police station area in Bankura District. There were no casualties. There were reports that the firing was preceded by landmine explosions.
March 21: Santosh Murmu, a supporter of the Maoist-backed PCPA, was shot dead at Belpahari in West Midnapore District. The PCPA leadership accused the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-backed Gana Pratirodh Committee for the killing.
Suspected Maoists set ablaze an office of the ruling CPI-M and the homes of three CPI-M supporters at Bagjhappa in Jhargram District.
March 22: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Hemanta Pradhan (45), secretary of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) local committee, at Dhanghori, Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a stretch of the railway track between Midnapore and Godapiasal stations in West Midnapore District affecting the services in the Adra-Midnapore section of the South Eastern Railway (SER) during their two-day shutdown.
The Maoists also triggered landmine blasts on railway tracks between Jhargram and Gidhni in West Midnapore District.
March 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted and killed Basir Khan, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, at Joynagar village in Lalgarh area of West Midnapore District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
A schoolbag packed with dynamite sticks and Maoist posters was recovered in Howrah District from the toilet of a general compartment of the DN 210 Joynagar Express coming from Bihar to Howrah.
March 24: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two persons, identified as Shibu Mondal and Hemu Dey, at Adharia village in West Midnapore District, suspecting them to be Police informers.
March 25: A trooper of the Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) suffered bullet injuries in a gun battle with Maoists that lasted more than seven hours in the Lakhanpur forest in West Midnapore District. Two Maoists are suspected to have been either seriously injured or killed in the incident. Several persons were arrested and some landmines recovered from the incident site. Director-General of Police (DGP) Bhupinder Singh said that the Police suspected that a top Maoist leader was present during the exchange of fire.
The Maoists triggered five landmine explosions, targeting the Security Forces near Dharampur early in the day. A Police Constable suffered a minor injury in the explosion.
The Maoists set ablaze an office of the ruling CPI-M at Silda and triggered a low intensity explosion inside the office.
A 100-strong squad of armed Maoists attacked a forest beat office at Etela and set it ablaze. The Maoists then damaged the staff quarters, broke down walls of a quarter under construction and set ablaze the entire complex.
A top squad leader of the CPI-Maoist, Bikram alias Abhisek Mukherjee, a former Jadavpur University student, was killed along with three other Maoists in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) at Lakhanpur in Hathilot forest of Jangalmahal in West Midnaporer District. Bikram’s senior comrade, ‘field commander’ Bikash, who has been overseeing the expansion of Maoist base in Jangalmahal, was seriously injured in his first ever encounter with the forces in the forests spread over 48 square kilometres.
The body of Sambhu Mahato — a Maoist squad leader in charge of Goaltore — was found in Bhalukbhasa jungle.
Maoist politburo member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan is suspected to have been seriously injured during the seven-hour-long gun-battle between security forces and the Maoists. The Police also suspect that the insurgents suffered heavy casualties during the exchange of fire and are pegging the casualty figure at around 10, although none of the dead bodies could be recovered on March 26. Though West Bengal Director-General of Police Bhupinder Singh declined to comment on whether Kishan was injured, he said: "It is suspected that several of those rebels injured in the firing have succumbed to their injuries." There was also a report that a student of the city-based Jadavpur University was one of the Maoists killed in the exchange of fire, but Singh said there was no confirmation on the matter.
March 26: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a supporter of ruling CPI-M, identified as Tarani Kumbhakar, at Bandwan in Purulia District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
March 27: The Security Forces (SFs) conducted another operation looking for bodies of Maoists suspected to have been killed during the encounter on March 25. "Acting on a tip-off, our forces is advancing towards the Chhotokalshibhanga forest when a landmine blast was triggered by the Maoists and forces were also fired upon. They retaliated leading to a brief gunfight before the rebels retreated," Manoj Kumar Verma, West Midnapore Superintendent of Police (SP), said. He added that a bullet-riddled body of a man was discovered inside an abandoned well in the vicinity immediately after the firing subsided.
SFs recovered two dead bodies at Chhotokalshibhanga village and it is suspected that the bodies belonged to Maoists who were killed during the seven-hour-long exchange of fire between the SFs and the insurgents on March 25.
March 30: Binod Mahato, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M was abducted from his house at Kalshibhanga village in the Lalgarh region of West Midnapore District and later on shot dead by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
April 2: West Bengal DGP Bhupinder Singh said that the Police have arrested a quack who reportedly treated injured CPI-Maoist politbureau member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan.
April 2: CPI-Maoist politburo member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan confirmed that Abhisek Mukherjee alias Bikram, a former International Relations student of Jadavpur University, was killed in the gun battle with Security Forces in the Hatilot forests of West Midnapore on March 25 and squad leader Bikash had sustained "minor injuries". However, the senior Bikram, a CPI-Maoist central committee member, is alive.
April 3: A day before Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's proposed visit to Lalgarh in West Bengal's West Midnapore District to review the progress of the anti-Maoist operation, suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine explosion, targeting security personnel at Bamal village. Police said no one was injured in the blast.
April 4: Partha Biswas (26), Secretary of Students' Federation of India (SFI), Belpahari Zonal Committee, was shot dead by six suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Malabati village nearby Binpur in West Midnapore District. SFI is student wing of the ruling CPI-M.
April 7: Security Forces seized the largest ever cache of arms, ammunition and explosives, since they began operations on June 18 in West Bengal, at Jharnadiha village in Binpur area in West Midnapore District and arrested a top local Maoist leader.
Jawaharlal Mahato, a quack, was arrested by Police for treating injured Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan. He was detained by Police three days go in Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
April 10: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two supporters of the ruling CPI-M in West Midnapore District.
April 14: The dead bodies of two persons, suspected to have been killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Lalgarh area in West Midnapore District late on April 12, were found. Both victims, Ranjit Mal and Goutam Mal, residents of Dhula village and CPI-M supporters, "fled from the area last year  when Maoist violence reached its peak. They returned home only a few days ago", West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma informed.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted and killed Tapan Das, Domohini village branch-committee secretary of the ruling CPI-M at Dharampur near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District. His bullet riddled dead body was found in neighbouring Baghjhnaapi village on April 15.
April 15: Manasha Ram, a CPI-Maoist cadre, was killed by unidentified persons in a village at Bandwan block in Purulia District. His bullet-ridden body was recovered from Dulukdi village.
April 17: At the end of a long-drawn encounter between Security Forces (SFs) and suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Bhalukbasha forest in West Midnapore District, the body of a Maoist was recovered.
Decoded information from captured laptop of Maoist politburo member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan has revealed that the Maoists operating in the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa region have been allocated INR 12.20 crore for the year 2010, of which 75 per cent is meant for expanding roots in West Bengal.
April 18: 10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested and a large cache of arms and ammunition were seized from Lalgarh and adjoining areas of West Midnapore District, informed Police.
April 19: The CPI-Maoist politburo member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan’s brother Venugopal Rao alias Bhupati, will be the new Maoist in-charge of Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
Police raided the residence of a doctor, Samir Biswas, in Asansol's Bajghoria area, for allegedly treating Maoists. As Biswas was not in the residence, two caretakers of the house — Susanta Das and Rajesh Marandi, were detained. Police found a large number of Maoists posters and leaflets from his residence.
April 21: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Sailen Mahato, a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, in the Lalgarh region of West Midnapore District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. Mahato was abducted from his house at Purnapani village.
Maoist-backed PCPA called an indefinite bandh (general shutdown) in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia Districts to protest the alleged ‘illegal’ arrest of some tribals. Ten persons were arrested during raids in Brindabanpur and Sirshi villages in Jhargram sub-division and Bhalukbasa in West Midnapore District in the past three days.
April 23: Ashok Sinha, a timber merchant and a worker of the ruling CPI-M from Baro Negui village in Nayagram in West Midnapore District, was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres.
April 25: Two supporters of the ruling CPI-M were killed in separate incidents in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal area in West Midnapore and Bankura Districts.
April 26: A supporter of the ruling CPI-M was killed and another seriously injured by CPI-Maoist cadres at Bammal village in Lalgarh area of West Midnapore District.
The ruling CPI-M in West Bengal has organised a Salwa Judum-type anti-Maoist civilian force. A CPI-M supported private militia has already started operating in Bankura District without a formal name.
April 27: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway track at Puturia between Midnapore and Bhadutala stations near Midnapore town in West Midnapore District during their general shutdown.
Maoists reportedly entered into an arms-exchange agreement with an underground extremist organisation in Assam, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
April 28: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Nihar Mahato (35), an active member of the ruling CPI-M, at Kamariya village in Lalgarh region of West Midnapore District.
April 29: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed three villagers, including two activists of the Maoist-backed PCPA, in separate attacks at Lalgarh and Salboni in West Midnapore District. Another unidentified body was found in Salboni with its throat slit.
West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said five PCPA activists have been murdered since April 19. "It appears that the Maoists have fallen out with the People’s Committee. During our investigations, we have found that Maoists have not got the money they have been demanding from the People’s Committee. The murders could be a result of this," Verma said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED explosion at an abandoned office of the ruling CPI-M at Bhimpur near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District. The explosion occurred within one-kilometre radius of a CRPF camp.
April 30: An inquiry committee probing the CPI-Maoist attack on EFR camp at Silda in West Midnapore District, which left 24 EFR troopers dead, submitted its report to the West Bengal Government.
May 1: Dayal Mahato, Bandhgora branch committee member of the ruling CPI-M, was abducted from Jamberia village and subsequently shot dead by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Jangalmahal region of West Midnapore District.
Security Forces recovered a skeleton and five landmines from Bhalukbasa forest in West Midnapore District. The body is suspected to be of a Maoist operative.
May 4: Three persons were shot dead by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in separate incidents at Lalgarh in West Midnapore District. The victims were Bikash Mahato, a local Congress party leader, Shankar Pal, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, and Haripada Mahato, a Jharkhand Party worker.
May 7: DGP Bhupinder Singh said West Bengal Government is planning to train women Police personnel for posting in Maoist-affected areas. He said they would receive the same training as the counter-insurgency force to be raised in two to three months for tackling the Maoists in the West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura Districts.
May 8: Sudhanshu Maiti (53), Lodhasoli local committee member of the ruling CPI-M, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Nahoria village in Jhargram area of West Midnapore District.
West Bengal Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen, during his trip to Midnapore town, said that additional Central forces for Maoist-affected areas were expected this month.
May 9: Maoist squad member Sushil Hembram, who was arrested from Bankura on May 7, was produced in Khatra sub-divisional court and given seven days in Police custody.
May 12: The CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA called for yet another bandh (shutdown) in the Districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia to protest against alleged atrocities inflicted on villagers by the ruling CPI-M supporters.
Maoists are recruiting and training teenagers to carry out guerrilla attacks, make landmines and handle firearms, including AK-47 assault rifles in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia Districts.
A landmine exploded at Bhat More area under Salbani Police station in West Midnapore District and damaged a culvert on the road connecting Midnapore town to Lalgarh during the bandh (shutdown) called by CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA. Security Forces recovered similar explosives at Kalaboni forest in West Midnapore District.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot at and seriously injured Alok Mahali (50), a local committee member of the ruling CPI-M, at Gidhni in West Midnapore District.
Meanwhile, Director General of West Bengal Police Bhupinder Singh said, "We have learnt that the February 15 attack was planned and coordinated by Bikash, an associate of Kishenji [CPI-Maoist politbureau member]." The attack at Silda in West Midnapore District had killed 24 troopers of the Eastern Frontier Rifles.
May 13: One supporter of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Srikanta Mahato, was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Pathardihi village near Arsha in Purulia District.
May 14: Four supporters of the CPI-M were killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist during their bandh (shutdown). Bullet riddled dead bodies of Ashok Ahir, Swapan Ahir, Sanatan Ahir and Nazrul Mir were found on Silda-Bankura State highway at Belpahari near Anthela village in West Midnapore District.
May 15: Maoists called for a 48-hour bandh (shutdown) in five States of Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
May 16: Paltu Bag, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Nayagram in West Midnapore.
May 18: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast on a railway track at Khatkhura halt station near Jhargram in West Midnapore District, injuring two drivers of a goods train and leaving the engine of the freight train damaged.
May 19: Four troopers of the CRPF and a deputy commandant were killed while another trooper was critically injured when the CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine explosion targeting the car they were travelling in near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
May 20: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Gurucharan Mahato (65), a retired primary school teacher and a worker of the ruling CPI-M at Kaliam village in West Midnapore District. He was abducted on May 19.
May 21: Three dead bodies of the ruling CPI-M activists, suspected to have been killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist, were found from Sarenga area in Bankura District.
According to a joint report by the Intelligence Bureau and West Bengal intelligence, CPI-Maoist has set up an eight-member special coordination committee to improve coordination between different units in Maoist affected States. Lalgarh in West Midnapore District would house the headquarters of this Maoist committee.
May 22: The cadres of CPI-Maoist fired at the Steel Express, which runs between Howrah and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), while it was passing through Banstala station near Jhargram in West Medinapur District. One passenger who was standing near the train's door reportedly suffered a bullet injury. There were also reports of Security Personnel getting injured.
May 23: Two unidentified dead bodies were found in a village near Jhargram in West Midnapore District with bullet injuries to their heads and throats. They are suspected of being killed by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres as the Police found Maoist posters near the dead bodies that accused the duo of being hired goons of the ruling CPI-M.
May 25: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Debashis Banerjee, a newspaper agent and social worker, in the Manikpara market near Jhargram town in West Midnapore District. His cousin Prasanta got injured after being shot at when he came to the rescue of Debashis.
May 26: Santosh Mal, a teenager, died on the spot when the CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire indiscriminately into a village near Pingboni in West Midnapore District.
May 27: Two local leaders of the ruling CPI-M were killed by the Maoists in Lalgarh region of West Midnapore District. Dipak Mondal was killed in the middle of the Bhulaveda market near Belpahari. Shatrughna Ghosh was abducted from Gopiballavpur near Nayagram on May 26 and his dead body was found near Patina on May 27.
May 28: At least 65 passengers were killed after suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a blast on railway track causing derailment of 13 coaches of the Howrah-Kurla (Kolkata to Mumbai) Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express between Khemasoli and Sardiya stations near Jhargram in West Midnapore District. About 150 others injured.
The Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) has claimed responsibility for the derailment through the posters left at the site.
May 29: The death toll increased to 141 in the May 28 Howrah-Mumbai Gyaneshwari Express derailment after landmine blast allegedly triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres between Khemashuli and Sardiha stations near Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
The FIR filed by the driver of the express, B.K. Das, made no mention of CPI-Maoist cadres as being behind the incident.
Director-General of Police Bhupinder Singh said the Maoists and some cadres of the Maoist-backed PCPA were behind the incident and some of them were arrested. He said investigations by the Crime Investigation Department's (CID) forensic team did not find any sign of an explosion on the track. The PCPA, however, denied any in behind the incident.
May 30: The death toll in May 28 attack on the Kolkata to Mumbai Gnaneswari Express carried out by the CPI-Maoist in West Midnapore District increased to 148.
May 30: The CID claimed of having "definite evidence" that the CPI-Maoist were involved in derailing of the Gyaneshwari Express in West Midnapore District from intercepts of conversations of several Maoist leaders' mobiles.
May 31: Amulya Mandal (30), an activist of the ruling CPI-M died in a private hospital at Jamshedpur in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. He was injured after suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot at him at Kherua village in Purulia District on West Bengal-Jharkhand border on May 30.
June 3: The CPI-Maoist backed PCPA called a sudden 12-hour-bandh (shutdown) in the Jhargram block of West Midnapore District in protest against the alleged random detention of villagers by the Police in connection with the derailment of the Jnaneswari Express on May 28.
June 4: Khagen Mahato, a resident of Chanapara village near Manikpara, was arrested by the CID from Kharagpur in West Midnapore District. He is the owner of a pickup van allegedly used to ferry men who sabotaged the railway tracks leading to the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment in which 148 persons were killed. Khagen is a member of the CPI-Maoist backed PCPA. Khagen told interrogators that the plan to sabotage the tracks was drawn up by a PCPA supporter Bapi Mahato and an anti-social Manik Mahato at Muramoni in the night of May 27.
The Maoists have cracked the communication codes of the Security Forces with the help of Chinese walkie-talkies.
June 5: Nirmal Singh, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Raipur in Bankura District.
June 6: Suspected Maoists killed Asit Raut, a meat shop owner at Chandra in West Midnapore District whose outlet was frequented by the personnel of joint Security Forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations.
June 8: the CID arrested the CPI-Maoist backed PCPA leader Sameer Mahato in connection with May 28 Jnaneswari Express attack in West Midnapore District.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons in West Midnapore District. The bullet riddled dead bodies of the two unidentified persons were found on a road crossing near Ghangh forest in Jamboni area of Jhargram sub-division.
June 10: The CPI-Maoist leader of the West Bengal unit Akash said in statement that South Eastern Railway (SER) authorities should directly contact the Maoists to ensure the smooth running of trains in Maoist-affected areas.
June 12: The dead body of Mantu Mahato, a member of the CPI-Maoist backed PCPA, missing for some days, was found shot dead in Bundwan area of Purulia District.
June 14: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons in different incidents. An unidentified man was shot dead at Nayagram in West Midnapore District. Dead body of another victim, Sunil Karmakar, was found by the Police at Bhursadanga near Barikul Police station in Bankura District. Karmakar was a supporter of the ruling CPI-M and a resident of Belpahari in West Midnapore District. He was allegedly abducted by the Maoists a few days ago.
June 15: Suspected Maoists killed two brothers in West Midnapore District, Police said. The bodies of Sambhu Singh and Sunil Singh were recovered from Chakadoma in Belpahari area. The Singh brothers were supporters of the Jharkhand Party (Aditya) but they later joined the PCPA, which is considered the frontal organisation of the Maoists. "The killings were a result of the internal rivalry within the PCPA," an unnamed senior Police officer said.
13 people, including two Kolkata-based professors, were arrested for their alleged links with Maoists in West Midnapore District, Police said. Two city-based professors - Nisha Biswas and Kanishka Chowdhury, a teacher identified as Modhusudan and an editor of a local magazine Manik Mondal - were arrested along with other villagers from Kantapahari area under Lalgarh Police Station, said Manoj Verma.
The West Bengal Government announced a financial package for Maoists who surrender, on the lines of Central Government guidelines. Maoists who surrender will get a one-off payment of INR 150,000, vocational training for three months, INR 2,000 monthly, and extra amount if they surrender their arms. "For an AK-47 rifle they will get INR 15,000, and for a machine gun INR 25,000. If it's a pistol or revolver, it will be INR 3,000," State Home Secretary Samar Ghosh said. While heinous crimes like murder against a surrendered Naxal will continue, in case of smaller crimes, the State Government can think of a respite.
June 16: At least 10 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and several others injured in an encounter between the Maoist and joint forces in the West Midnapore District. The exchange of fire at Ranja forest near Lalgarh, around 30 kilometres from District headquarter Midnapore town. The Security Forces also seized a cache of arms that include an AK 47 assault rifle, an SLR, some pistols and ammunition. Police believe the arms and ammunition were among those looted from Police armoury in the past.
Police had information that a large number of Maoists had gathered in the Ranja forest. They received more specific information about their movement after interrogating 13 persons from a nearby village on June 15. Apart from 10 members of the PCPA, a Maoist front organisation, three persons from Kolkata - a scientist, a college teacher and a writer - were also arrested. All of them have been labelled as Maoist sympathisers.
June 17: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named three cadres of the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA as key accused in the May 28 Gyaneshwari Express derailment case. The CBI named Bapi Mahato, Umakanta Mahato and Asit Mahato - all members of the PCPA. It also declared a cash reward of INR one lakh for providing information on the whereabouts of the three main accused.
The CPI-Maoist released a communiqué which read, "The party leadership is so far not aware of the involvement of its cadres in the Gyaneshwari accident. If it is found that anyone close to our party is guilty of the sabotage, we shall take stringent action and admit the lapses on our part. We shall investigate the incident and come out with the facts soon. We assure the people of our country there will be no attacks on trains in future."
Security Forces in West Bengal say they are on "high alert" as Maoists began a four-day protest against a security force operation in West Midnapore District in which 12 Maoists were killed. DGP Bhupinder Singh told BBC that Police and paramilitary forces in the affected areas have been put on "red alert". "We anticipate retaliatory attacks and explosions by the rebels over the weekend," he said. Earlier, the Maoist leader Khokan had said that the Maoists would observe a two-day protest over the weekend [June 19-20]. Later, he said the protest would continue until Monday [June 21] in the Junglemahal area. A local militia has also called for a separate strike in the area on June 18 in protest against "police atrocities on innocent villagers".
Superintendent of Police (West Midnapore) Manoj Verma said hat Maoist leader Kishan is currently been hiding somewhere in a forest in West Midnapore District. "Kishenji is hiding in the forests of Midnapore District. All steps have been taken in order to prevent him from escaping," Verma said. Kishan is a politburo member of CPI-Maoist and in charge of the region comprising West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.
June 18: Normal life was disrupted in tribal areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia Districts due to the two-day [June 18-19] bandh (general shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA on the first anniversary of the launch of joint forces' operation against Maoists in the area.
West Bengal Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters about 400 to 500 persons in the Maoist zone, comprising Districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, had been arrested in the last one year.
Police received indications that many Maoists in the Maoists-affected areas in West Bengal are willing to surrender and return to the mainstream of life. The DGP told The Hindu, "We have received feelers that a number of people are willing to surrender. However, I can give you neither any numbers nor other details at this juncture." In addition to a grant of INR 150,000, the surrendered Naxal would get a stipend of INR 2,000 for three years during which he might be imparted training in a trade or vocation. There would be a separate package for laying down arms, ranging from INR 25,000 for a sniper rifle to INR 1,000 for every kilogram of explosive, he added.
June 19: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two people in Jhargram area of West Midnapore District after accusing them of being "police informers". The Maoists abducted the two men late in the night of June 18. Maoist posters, found near the bodies, claimed both of them were Police informers, Police said.
June 20: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Sachchidananda Karmakar, a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, at Ranibandh in Bankura District.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set a State transport bus on fire after forcing its passengers to get down even as Security Forces unearthed explosives from another area in Jangalmahal region of Bankura District.
Refuting charges that lack of development led to increase in naxal (Left-Wing Extremism) activities in the tribal belt of Jungle Mahal in West Bengal, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said the Left Wing Extremists have chosen the difficult terrain to have a "strategic advantage". "A section of people has attributed lack of development as the main reason for rise of Maoist problems in Jungle Mahal. But this is not correct. Rather they have identified the area since it is a difficult terrain from where they can operate safely as they have done in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Jharkhand," Bhattacharjee said.
June 21: Several trains running on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section continued to be diverted, re-scheduled or regulated as Indian Railways decided to persist on its decision to suspend of night-time movement of passenger and goods trains in Maoist-affected areas. In view of security reasons, running of the passenger trains on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section would continue to remain suspended up to June 26 during the night hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., said an East Coast Railway statement.
June 22: One of the main accused in the Jnaneswari Express derailment case, Maoist-backed PCPA member Bapi Mahato, was produced in court at Jhargram in West Midnapore District of West Bengal and remanded to custody with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for 10 days.
The CPI-Maoist issued a statement disowning Bapi Mahato. The statement, purportedly from Maoist potitburo member Kishan claimed that Bapi was never a part of their organization and denied the hand of Maoists in the Jnaneswari sabotage. The team interrogating Bapi, however, said that he had divulged important leads in the case. "Till now, most of his statements corroborate with the our reconstruction of the crime and the inferences drawn from the phone conversations we intercepted before and after the accident," said an investigator.
June 23: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist burnt Kamala Hembram (71) along with her daughter Saraswati Hembram (51) alive in her hut at Bagdubi village in Barikul area of Bankura District in the night. Police suspect the Maoists had targeted Kamala's three sons, who are known supporters of the ruling CPI-M. Her elder son Kalipada, a member of the Ranibandh zonal committee of the CPI-M, was killed in December 2008. Ever since, the other two brothers - Gobin and Nabin - have been living in Khatra along with their mother and sister. Kamala and Saraswati had returned to their hut to supervise the farming of their land in the morning of June 23.
In a matter unrelated to the Jnaneswari sabotage, police in West Midnapore claimed to have arrested a CPI-Maoist squad member, Mangal Garai, from Belpahari.
Mritunjay Bhaskar, an arms supplier from Munger, has also been intercepted at Pirakata near Lalgarh. Bhaskar had reportedly arrived in Lalgarh to supply arms and ammunition to Maoists.
Police have also arrested four members of Maoist-backed PCPA who were allegedly trying to send medicines to Maoists hiding at Ranjha forest.
June 24: A primary school teacher, Ranjit Dey, was abducted from his house and shot dead by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in West Midnapore District. His body was recovered from Goaltore area of the District. Dey was formerly a member of the ruling CPI-M.
Maoists abducted Srimanta Tudu, the son of a former CPI-M supporter, from near his house at Mohanpur in the Binpur region in West Midnapore and demanded the release of Durga Mandi, a Maoist squad member, for setting the boy free.
Another person identified as Abid Ali, a resident of Manikpara in Jhargram subdivision, was arrested by Police from Kaliakunda in the night in connection with the Jnaneswari Express derailment case. Ali's link with Maoists was being ascertained.
On May 29, a day after derailment of Jnaneswari Express that killed 148 people, prime accused pro-Maoist PCPA member Bapi Mahato organised a party in a village in Manikpara in West Bengal to celebrate the "successful operation". Telegraph adds that Bapi Mahato, has confessed to his involvement in 12 murders apart from his role in the train tragedy, Police claimed.
The State Government has submitted an INR 2.66 billion plan for the development of West Midnapore District to the Planning Commission, reports Indian Express. West Midnapore is one of the 34 Districts in the country the Planning Commission identified as most ravaged by the Maoist menace.
The Maoists have confiscated the cellphones of dozens of people living near the Jnaneswari Express sabotage site, alarmed by the seven arrests made in the case, villagers and Police said. They said the Maoists suspected that the tip-offs for the arrests had come from the villagers, a claim virtually admitted by a leader of the Maoist-backed PCPA.
June 25: The night running of passenger trains on Maoist-hit Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra routes in West Midnapore will remain suspended till June 30 because of security reasons, South Eastern Railway officials said.
June 26: The Police arrested Binod Mishra, a constable posted at Howrah Police lines, from a lodge in Burdwan town in the night for links with the Maoists. When he was caught in, he had a large quantity of explosives hidden in milk cans.
June 27: A trooper of the Armed Police, Mohammed Ishad, and three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in a gun battle between Security Forces (SFs) and Maoists in Ghritakham village of West Midnapore District. The encounter began as the SFs raided the village on receiving a tip-off about the presence of Maoists. The SFs recovered only one body of the slain Maoists. However, Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said, "The forces saw the bodies of two others being taken away by them." The Police recovered arms and ammunition from the Maoists.
Surjya Kanta Banerjee (45) a Forward Bloc party leader from Purulia District's Baghmundi was killed, allegedly by Maoists, while he was sitting at the party office around 9 pm. Before fleeing on their bikes, the attackers shouted pro-Maoist slogans, locals told Police.
The Police arrested Hajari Hembram, a Maoist squad member, from Urmahat in Purulia, close to the Jharkhand.
June 28: A member of the Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia, the militant wing of the Maoist-backed PCPA, identified as Kiriti Duley (40) was found killed in the Sarenga area of Bankura District. ‘Maoists are the suspects,' Bankura Superintendent Police Vishal Garg said. Duley was a former activist of the ruling CPI-M.
The body of a CPI-M activist Santosh Giri (46) was recovered from a village under Lalgarh Police station of West Midnapore District. Giri was a resident of Amulia village. 'Maoists are the prime suspects,' said a senior Police officer.
Three persons, identified as Buddhaeshwar Mirdha, Tarini Ahir and Sita Ram Murmu, were arrested from Ghrita village during an operation in the Jitushole forest area under Jhargram sub-division of the West Midnapore District for suspected links with Maoists.
Over 5,000 rounds of .315 cartridges, possibly meant for the Maoists, were found in a car after it was intercepted by Police for violating traffic rules near Shovabazar Metro Railway station in Kolkata. However, the occupants of the car managed to flee.
The West Bengal Government has decided to raise its own industrial security force to be headed by a commandant, for better protection of industrial units in view of the Maoist threat. He said that security had been heightened in view of spurt in Maoist activities at Santaldih thermal power plant and the 900-MW Purulia Pump Storage power projects which fall in the Maoist zone.
June 29: A 10th class student, Phulchand Mahato was killed by cadres of the Maoists at Jamirdiha village in West Midnapore District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. Police said the bullet-riddled body of Phulchand was found on the side of Kasmar canal.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the West Bengal Police arrested five CPI-Maoist cadres from Kolkata’s southern suburban region. Among those arrested, Madhusudan Mondal alias Narayan alias Madhu alias Salim is a member of the Maoist's State Committee as well as the secretary of the outfit's zonal committee at Nandigram in the East Midnapore District.
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police arrested four persons in connection with the seizure of 5000 rounds of ammunition from a vehicle on June 28. Police sources suspect that the cartridges, manufactured at the Indian Ordnance Factory at Khirka in Pune in March 2010, could be meant for the Maoists. "The STF has arrested Mukesh Singh, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Ram Pravesh Prasad and Dilip Mishra in connection with the incident," STF chief Rajiv Kumar said. The consignment was to be delivered to Mishra by the other three.
June 30: A trooper of the joint forces was injured when the CPI-Maoist cadres fired at a patrol party which was on a routine combing operation in the Birihari forest area of West Midnapore District during their 48-hour bandh (shutdown) call.
Life was affected by the 48-hour bandh (shutdown) called by the Maoists in the Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore Districts. Though trains were plying, surface transport came to a grinding halt in the area. Security has been tightened at all Central Reserve Police Force camps and posts in the Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore Districts.
June 30: Five CPI-Maoist cadres who were arrested by the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on June 29 were remanded to Police custody till July 11 by a Kolkata court.
The CID lodged an FIR against two women, both former Jadavpur University students, for their alleged links with the Maoists. Debolina Chakraborty and Joyita Sarkar have been booked under the UAPA. The names of Debolina and Joyita cropped up while the CID was interrogating the five Maoist leaders who were arrested from the southern fringes of the Kolkata city on June 29.
July 1: 49 Security Force personnel - 29 Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) personnel and 20 Police personnel - were killed by Maoists in West Bengal between January 1, 2008 and February 15, 2010, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee informed the State Assembly.
July 4: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Ganesh Murmu (31), a local leader of the ruling CPI-M near Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
July 6: Two security guards, identified as Saidul Sheikh (38) and Mohar Sheikh (45), were killed in a jute field in the Naoda Police station of Murshidabad District of by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist. Both were residents of Dudhsar village in the Naoda Police station area. "Witnesses told us that the duo was dragged inside of the jute fields by a group of seven-eight armed Maoist cadres at around 8.30 am. Their faces were covered. They started firing to keep the villagers at bay. After a couple of hours, some of the villagers went inside the jute fields and spotted the bodies," said a Police official.
The CRPF arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as, Santo Singh, from Salboni area of West Midnapore District wanted for the attack on the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express in March. An AK-47 rifle was seized from him. Singh is also accused of killing six CRPF personnel in Lalgarh in April
July 8: The 48-hour nationwide-bandh called by the CPI-Maoist had a partial effect in the three Districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia in the southwest of West Bengal that have been affected by extremist activity. While the bandh had almost no impact in the urban centres, areas lying on the forest fringes witnessed a complete shutdown on the first day of the bandh.
July 8: Lankeswar Mahato (60), a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, was killed by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Laksmanpur village near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District in the afternoon. He was dragged out of his home and shot from close range. His body was dumped on the road connecting Lalgarh and Midnapore town. The Maoists branded Mahato as Police informer.
A group of more than 50 Maoists entered Pathuri village area and set ablaze many houses.
A report submitted by security agencies to the State Government says that with Maoist Politburo member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan no longer mobile, the CPI -Maoist has set up new jurisdictional units with additional responsibility to Jharkhand-based Dwijen Hembram. Hembram alias Anantada is from Binpur in Jhargram. A regional and State Committee member, Hembram is prime accused in the November 2008 Salboni attack. The report indicates that frequent encounters with Security Forces and tighter Police surveillance have forced Maoists to shift their core operational base from the Lalgarh-Belpahari area in West Midnapore to the Ayodhya hills of Purulia. This area is currently not covered by the Security Forces.
July 10: Two members of the Maoist-backed PCPA, Sujit Mahato and Sujoy Mahato, who were arrested for having direct link with the Maoists, were produced in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate at Jhargram. They were residents of Jarulia.
July 11: The dead body of a person, suspected to have been shot dead by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist, was recovered from the highway near Pirakata in West Midnapore. The victim was identified as Umakant Mahato who worked for the Forest Department on a temporary basis. Posters claiming that he was a Police informer were found near his body.
Four suspected Maoists were also produced in a court in the Maoist-affected Bankura District. They were arrested for attacking the home of a CPI-Marxist local leader, Nabin Hemram and set it ablaze where Hemram's sister and mother were killed.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead two villagers, including a gram panchayat (village level local self Government institution) pradhan (head) in West Midnapore District. The bullet-riddled dead bodies of Soumen Bhakat (33), the chief of Kenddangri gram panchayat, and Kamal Mahato (56), were found four kilometres away from their home in Jamboni’s Balidiha village. A villager said the Maoists had demanded INR 500,000 from Soumen recently but the panchayat chief had told the Maoists he could not pay more than INR 50,000.
July 12: A local leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Srikanta Hansda, was shot dead by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Bandwan in Purulia District. His body was recovered from the Maa Kapali forest in the area the next day.
July 13: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead one person near Sankrail in West Midnapore District. Though the Police are yet to establish the identity of the person, locals identified him as Churamani Mahato, a resident of the Murakati village.
July 14: A group of 10 to 12 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted a woman, identified as Neelmani Tudu, from her residence at Kundagari village in the Gopiballavpur region of West Midnapore District and then killed, suspecting her to be a Police informer. Her body was recovered from Dhanshole — about six kilometers from her village next morning. She was a local leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and former panchayat (village level local self Government institution) member.
July 15: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed three persons, in separate incidents across the State. The victims Nirmol Soren, zonal committee member of the ruling CPI-M, was shot dead at Nemaipur village near Simlipal in Bankura District while local businessman Kartik Chalak was hacked to death at Bandhgora near Jhargram in West Midnapore District. Another CPI-M supporter Pijus Kanti Mahato was shot dead in Pukuria village near Jhargram.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said in the State Assembly that Maoists in West Bengal were marking their presence beyond West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, the three Districts currently identified as Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas.
July 16: Shayan Pal (50), a former worker of the ruling CPI-M, was dragged out of his house in Niguria in West Midnapore District and shot dead by the Maoists. Niguria village is located only half a kilometre from the nearest CRPF camp.
Bukai Murmu (22), a labourer of Bhandardaha village, was also killed by suspected Maoists. His body was recovered 2 kilometres away from his village. Bukai’s head had been smashed and Maoist posters were found near the body.
A Maoist, identified as Bikram Mahato (40) was killed and two arrested after Police raided Jaybandhi village near Jhargram where Umakanto Mahato, one of the Jnaneswari Express sabotage masterminds, was supposedly holding a meeting with his aides. The arrested Maoists were identified as Nepal Patra and Ranjit Rana. Earlier, it was reported that one Maoist was seriously injured following the gun battle who was subsequently arrested. A single barrel gun and several rounds of cartridges were recovered from the arrested Maoist.
A group of about 12 armed Maoists entered the house of Samir Pal, a JMM leader as well as a member of the Shyamsunderpur Gram Panchayat (village level local self government institution) in Bankura District, on July 17 and forcibly took him away. His bullet-ridden body was later found on the outskirts of his Nachod Pachad village.
July 19: Train services in the Kharagpur-Tatnagar section of the South Eastern Railway were suspended for four hours after the driver of a goods train noticed some posters lying next to the railway tracks between Jhargram and Khatkura in the Maoist-affected area of West Midnapore District.
July 20: A group of about 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two activists of the ruling CPI-M at Sindurpur village in Purulia District, suspecting them to be Police informers. The victims identified were Hrishikesh Kumar (58) and his son Kashinath (30).
July 21: Some suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast in a culvert on Lodhasuli-Jhargram road in Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District, cutting off traffic to the main town. No one was injured in the incident. The sub-divisional town of Jhargram remained cut off on all three sides. The two other roads to the town from Dherua and Silda sides remain blocked by large trees felled by tribal members of the PCPA. PCPA members have been observing the blockade of Jhargram sub-division since July 19 to protest against the alleged torture of villagers by joint Security Forces.
July 22: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead one person at Lodhashuli near Jhargram in West Midnapore District. The body was recovered by the Police from State Highway 9. The identity of the victim could not be established. Several posters written in red ink were found lying scattered near the body in which the Maoists claimed that the person was a Police informer.
Rajesh Munda, a close aide of Maoist Polit Bureau member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan and the main accused in the murder of JMM party MP Sunil Kumar Mahato was arrested by the Police from a hideout of the Maoists at Ranja forest in the Salboni area in West Midnapore District. Three Maoist squad members, identified as Rajesh Hansda, Gopinath Mandi and Mangal Soren were also arrested. Rajesh Munda, who hails from Ranchi (Jharkhand), is a member of the Gurpana squad in Jharkhand. Munda is also suspected to have played an integral role in the Maoist attacks on Sankrail Police Station in October 2009 and the massacre of 24 Eastern Frontier Rifles jawans at Silda in February. Police sources said Munda functioned as a courier of Kishan and used to deliver letters and documents from him to the Central Committee members in Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
Villagers of Radhanagar near Jhargram beat back a gang of Maoist-backed PCPA that had entered the village to force people to join a gherao (picketing) of the SDO office. When the villagers resisted, a few were beaten up. In turn, villagers charged the gang of 20 with sticks, forcing them to flee. They hurled bombs at the villagers on their way out. Later in the evening, a Police team from Jhargram went to the village.
July 23: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Rabindranath Mahato (45), the headmaster of Indrabani Primary School, in West Midnapore District for not allowing his students to take part in a rally in the District. The Maoists had asked Mahato a day before to send the students to the rally, but he refused. In a show of dissent, some villagers of Radhanagar, five km from Jhargram, refused to take part in a rally held by the Maoists the day before. Rabindranath was a former panchayat (village level local self Government institution) head. He was also the Manikpara circle president of All Bengal Primary Teachers Association, the primary teachers wing of the ruling CPI-M.
The Maoist dragged Madhu Mondal, a CPI-M supporter, out of his house at Balarampur in Purulia District and shot him dead.
Disgruntled over regular bandhs and blockades called by the Maoists in Jangalmahal (forested south-western part of West Bengal), thousands of villagers from more than 10 villages in Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District took out a rally in the area. They were protesting against the atrocities perpetrated on them by the Maoists and supporters of the Maoist-backed PCPA. A group of Maoists and PCPA members had gone to Radhanagar village in the area in the night of July 21 and asked the residents to participate in a protest rally against alleged Police torture on women members of the Maoist-backed Nari Izzat Bachao Committee on July 20. Most of the villagers, however, refused to listen to the group and chased them away. The Maoists returned to the village on July 22 and allegedly beat up residents for daring to defy their order.
July 25: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Hemanta Mahato, suspecting him to be Police informer, in the Sankrail area of West Midnapore District.
A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA, Sushil Mahato, was detained by angry residents in a village and handed over to the Police. He was later "taken away" from Police custody. While admitting Police lapse, Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said two cases were registered against those who helped in Mahato's escape.
July 26: Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman cadre, and a CRPF trooper were killed in an encounter in the dense forests under Golatore Police Station in West Midnapore District. 12 weapons, including SLRs and INSAS rifles, were also recovered from the site of the encounter.
July 27: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert, cutting off the road link between Midnapore and Jhargram, at Malbandhi in West Midnapore District. Police suspect that the explosion was in protest of the encounter at Metala forest in which PCPA leader Sidhu Soren and five PLGA cadres were killed. PLGA 'area commander' said, "Ask the Police and CPM to prepare themselves for more shocking attacks."
The Maoist-backed PCPA announced a State-wide 48-hour bandh (shut down) from August 3, The Hindu reports. This is part of a week-long mourning programme to be held in protest against the killing of the outfit's general secretary Sidhu Soren by the Security Forces on July 26.
July 28: Underscoring the Maoists' weakening grip over the people of Jangalmahal, a large number of women and school children took out a rally at Kanko village under Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District in protest against violence perpetrated by the Maoists and the Maoist-backed PCPA.
The West Bengal State Government issued a notification for the formal roll-out of the amnesty scheme for Maoists willing to surrender. It would be applicable to Maoists who want to surrender, with or without arms, in the Naxal-affected Districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh said: "The open-ended scheme is for a hard-core Maoist or any member of a squad. However, over-ground members or sympathisers may also be considered in exceptional cases." The notification came a month after the Government announced its decision to accept the guidelines framed by the Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) for surrender and rehabilitation of Naxalites. The scheme will now be publicised in two languages - Santhali (Al Chiki) and Bengali - for it to reach the targeted audience.
July 29: The CPI-Maoists cadres shot dead Rajen Mahato, a Trinamool Congress Party Panchayat (village level local self government institution) chief at Kumardihi in the Balarampur area of Purulia District. Maoist 'area commander' Pravat took the onus of the killing and branded him as corrupt.
About 30-armed Maoists raided the house of CPI-M's Belpahari local secretary and Binpur panchayat samity sabhapati (chairman of Block level local self-government institution) Hariram Singh at Gajapathar village and set ablaze his motorbike and tractor.
Sheikh Jumer Ali (50) went missing since July 27 evening from Jhargram. Ali's wife Soidesha suspects that the Maoists have abducted her husband. A teacher, Ajit Giri, had also been missing from Jhargram for over a month. He was reportedly abducted by Maoists while he was coming out of the classroom.
The Railways have decided to extend suspension of night movement of trains in parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand till August 3.The decision came in the backdrop of CPI-Maoist observing a week-long 'martyrs week'.
A day after the State Government issued a notification on its surrender policy for Left Wing Extremists, Chief Minister (CM) Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that quite a few Maoists had surrendered and many more want to do so. CM Bhattacharjee also said Maoists were forcibly closing many schools in these areas and forcing students to participate in their programmes. Claiming that the influence of Maoists was waning, he said earlier they would not allow Police to organise football matches but the recent soccer tournament organised by the Police at Lalgarh was watched by over 3,000 villagers. In all 12 teams participated in the tournament. Such tournaments would be organized in Purulia and Bankura, two other Districts affected by Maoists, the CM said. The CM said that the Central Forces engaged in security operations to flush out Maoists from Jangalmahal would stay on in the region till their task was over. Bhattacharjee, replying to questions in the State Assembly on the situation in the Maoist-affected areas said, "The work for restoration of law and order and normality in the Maoist-affected areas has to continue. Thirty-five companies of joint forces are operating in Lalgarh and its adjoining areas. They will stay there till the time they are required to," adding, that he had discussed the matter with the Centre which had the same view.
In an apparent bid to terrorise disgruntled locals at Radhanagar near Jhargram, suspected CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly attacked the villagers. One of the villagers, Golam Mostafa, said the Maoists opened fire on him when he tried to raise an alarm. The Maoists then reportedly opened fire again, injuring three more villagers Shambhu Mahato, Madhusudan Karan and Mohan Soi. Police claimed that the attackers were members of PCPA or a Maoist squad. "They probably went there to terrorise the villagers, who recently refused to obey the PCPA diktat," said a senior Police Officer.
July 30: CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead ruling CPI-M supporter Bidyadhar Ghosh of Kakotpal village near Binpur in Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore District while he was working in his agricultural field.
July 31: Maoist-backed PCPA declared the name of the new commander in chief. PCPA spokesperson Asit Mahato said that Tota Hembram will replace Sidhu Soren as new commander in chief. Hembram hails from the Baita area. The outfit has named Monoj Mahato as the new secretary. Sidhu Soren was the founder secretary of PCPA.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs warned that hemmed in by Security Forces and repulsed by villagers fed up with violence, Maoists in Jangalmahal are preparing to strike back. The warning came in the wake of the killing of Sidhu Soren and five other Maoists in the forests of Goaltore. The latest warning has also indicated that apart from their tribal stronghold, the Maoists were also looking to strengthen their network in Kolkata which is evident from Maoist posters found a few days back near Raj Bhavan.
August 1: A person's dead body with bullet marks was recovered in the Maoist-dominated Salboni area of West Midnapore District. "The body was found by locals at Gormal village," Police said. Maoist posters were found beside the body, which had bullet wounds.
August 2: The Police arrested Kartyk Dutta, a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, from Sardiha railway station in West Midnapore District in connection with the killing of a primary school teacher named Rabindranath Mahato on July 23 in Manikpara. According to Police sources, Dutta had two cases against him, including a robbery case at Indraboni village.
The Police arrested five members of the Trinamool Congress (TC) party on charge of having links with the CPI-Maoist in Bankura District. The arrested persons were identified as Somnath Duley, Arun Duley, Uttam Chatterjee, Madhusudan Chatterjee and Uttam Ahir. According to Police, the five accused were involved in the violence at Tantidanga under Sarenga police station. They had allegedly led an attack on a bus, robbed the passengers off their cell phones and other belongings, made them get off the bus and set it on fire. Bankura Superintendent of Police Pranav Kumar said the Police detained a total of nine persons in this connection. Of them, five admitted that they were involved in the incident.
August 3: The 48-hour-bandh (shut down) called by the Maoist-backed PCPA disrupted normal life in the West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia Districts.
August 4: Shedding their initial opposition to the Trinamool Congress party rally at Lalgarh in West Midnapore District, the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA decided to take part in the August 9 rally after Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee set aside political banners and gave it a broader shape. "We are always against terror and violence. We are ready to cooperate with the Santras Birodhi Mancha to help bring peace in Jangalmahal," PCPA secretary Manoj Mahato said.
While 340 civilians have since June 2009 lost their lives to Maoist violence in West Midnapore – the worst affected District in West Bengal – the District administration has so far been able to send only 21 names of Maoist victims to the Union Home Ministry for payment of compensation.
August 5: A supporter of the ruling CPI-M, Nirmal Routh, abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in West Midnapore District, managed to escape from captivity despite being shot twice. Routh was abducted in the night of August 4 by a gang of 12 armed Maoists from his residence at Nayagram in Gopiballavpur block in the District and taken to a deep forest.
A Maoist, identified as Phatik Mahato, involved in the killing of Rabindranath Mahato, the headmaster of Indraboni primary school in West Midnapore District, was arrested from Sardhia railway station in Jhargram.
Maoist Polit bureau member Koteswar Rao alias Kishan called upon the people of Jangalmahal to join the August 9 rally convened by Trinamool Congress party chief Mamata Banerjee. "We support the meeting that is being held under the anti-terror forum. The Maoists too are against state-sponsored and CPM-sponsored terror," Kishan said.
The CPI-Maoist is planning to launch an offensive on the Security Forces after the Lalgarh rally on August 9. A secret meeting headed by Maoist leader Manasharam Hembram alias Bikas was held on August 3 at Pidrakhuli to fine-tune the action plan, according to an intelligence report sent to the State Home Department. Some top level Maoist leaders are expected to enter West Bengal on August 8 or 9 to spearhead the operation, intelligence sources said. The report further claims that apart from Bikas, Jnaneswari derailment accused Asit Mahato and Umakanta Mahato were also present in the meeting. Bikas who is believed to be hiding at Kalsibhanga had organised the meeting at Pidrakhuli near Pirakata "phari". The report hints that some "outsiders" have already sneaked into the West Bengal periphery. However, big Maoist leaders are expected to come not before August 8 or 9.
A recent intelligence report, which reached Writers’ Buildings (the secretariat of West Bengal), suggested that some key members of the Maoist-backed PCPA are in talks with Trinamool Congress party leaders in West and East Midnapore Districts to reach an electoral pact with the principal opposition party, which is still organisationally weak in Maoist-infested Lalgarh and Jangalmahal. The PCPA has given a clear indication of its intention of contesting the next assembly polls with the support from Trinamool Congress. The organisation has announced it will join Mamata Banerjee’s meeting in Lalgarh on August 9.
August 6: Sunil Mahato, a CPI-Maoist squad member, who was arrested from the house of a person identified as Anil Mahato in Dhanbhori village near Barikul Police Station in Bankura late on August 5 was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Khatra and remanded to five days Police custody. Anil was also arrested for providing shelter to Sunil and produced in court. Bankura Police Superintendent Pranav Kumar said, "Anil was also arrested for providing shelter to Sunil, who is wanted in many cases including the killing of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporter Samir Pal two months back. Later, after investigation it was found that Anil was also a Maoist linkman, who used to provide information to the rebels," he added. A firearm and several rounds of cartridges were recovered from Sunil, said Kumar. During investigations, it was found that Anil is the husband of Sulekha Mahato, Trinamool Congress leader and head of Samshundarpur gram panchayat (village level local self-Government institution), a senior Police officer said.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the Urma railway station in Purulia District and took railway staff including the station master as hostage and released after some time and warned them of returning to the station in the night. Train services in the Purulia-Chandil section of South Eastern Railway were affected from that night.
The State Government received the Centre's approval for deployment of paramilitary forces at the rally to be held in Lalgarh on August 9 by Trinamool Congress party chief and Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. On the participation of the Maoist-backed PCPA at the meeting, Inspector-General (Law and Order) S. Purakayastha said that apart from banned organisations, anyone could attend the meeting. However, if a case is pending against anyone of them, then they would face arrest.
The Police intercepted seven vanloads of school children at Dahijuri who were on their way to Jhargram town to participate in a rally organised by the Maoists. According to Jhargram Superintendent of Police Pravin Tripathi, the students who belonged to Ranarani School at Andharia alleged that some unidentified persons forced them to attend the rally and had also arranged for the vehicles.
August 7: A local leader of the ruling CPI-M, Datakarna Mahato was shot at and injured by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, near Jhargram town in West Midnapore District. Pravin Tripathi, Superintendent of Police of Jhargram Police District, said, "Mr. Mahato is a former pradhan (president) of the Bandhgora Panchayat (village level local self government institution). He was attacked in broad daylight by a helmet-wearing person. He suffered bullet injury on his back but is out of danger."
Maoists threw a grenade and blew up a high tension pillar of Purulia pump storage project at Bagmundi. Maoist posters demanding supply of power to Bagmundi, was found near the spot, the Police added.
The CPI-Maoist announced an "amnesty package" to ruling CPI-M cadres who are willing to "surrender" and "return to the mainstream." According to a statement issued by Maoist leader Akash, when "surrendered", an AK-47 or SLR rifle would fetch INR 100,000, other rifles would fetch INR 50,000, revolvers, pistols would fetch INR 8,000, and bullets would fetch their market price.
August 8: Two persons identified as Tapan Mahato and Altaf Mian were arrested from the Indrabani and Jaljali forest area of Jhargram in West Midnapore District for their reported involvement in the May 28 derailment of Jnaneswari Express near Sardhia that claimed 150 lives. Both the persons belong to the Maoist-backed PCPA.
August 30: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Jawahar Chalak, in Balichera village under Lalgarh Police Station of West Midnapore District in the midnight. Chalak was a brick kiln worker.
August 31: A Maoist squad member, Bibhuti Mahato, surrendered before the Police. According to District Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma, Bibhuti Mahato was a member of the Belpahari squad operating under the leadership of Madan Mahato, and had been charged in more than 15 cases of murder, abduction, arson and sedition since 2009. Bibhuti Mahato also surrendered a single-barrel rifle.
September 1: Two local leaders of the ruling CPI-M were killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District. One of the victims, Abinash Mahato, was a Jhargram zonal committee member. According to the Police, Mahato and Nirmal Bagh — both residents of Kharbandi village were abducted by a group of 10 to 12 armed Maoists from their homes late in the night. "Their bullet-riddled bodies were found on a metalled road at Nandageria, about two km from their village, early on Wednesday [September 2]. It appears that both the men were severely beaten up before being shot at," Mukesh Kumar, Additional Superintendent of Police of Jhargram said.
Two persons, identified as Asit Mahato and Girija Mahato, were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Aguiboni in West Midnapore District. According to the Police, the two duo was essentially Maoist sympathisers who used to provide information about the SF’s movement in the region to the Maoists so that they could escape before forces raided their hideouts. "Both were residents of Bankshol village which was also the native place of slain People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Umakanto Mahato, who was killed during an encounter in the early hours of August 26 in Mohanpur forest", Police said. Additional Superintendent of Police of Jhargram District, Mukesh Kumar said the Maoists suspected that Asit Mahato and Girija Mahato had turned into Police Informers and killed them. "A poster was found near the bodies that claimed that both were Police Informers. A landmine was also detected near the bodies but was later defused by the SFs," he added.
The Police arrested three suspected Maoist cadres from Bankura District in connection with the killing of a Police officer. Bankura Superintendent of Police Pranev Kumar said: "The arrested have been identified as Laksmikanta Borat, Thakurdas Duley and Ananda Tudu. The three are Maoist squad members and active in the Sarenga and Ranibandh Police Station areas of the District. They are accused of killing Inspector-in-charge of Sarenga Police Station Rabi Lochan Mitra." Mitra was killed by the Maoists while he was returning to the Police Station after a gun battle with the Maoists on February 25.
September 2: The Maoists observed a 24-hour-bandh in West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura Districts demanding withdrawal of the SFs from the region, seizure of weapons from the ruling CPI-Marxist cadres and arrest of certain CPI-M leaders.
Residents of Pachakhali village handed over Kalu Mahato, an action squad member of the Maoists led by Samiran Hansda in Jharkhand to the Police. A group of six Maoists had gone to Jhargram town to extort money from a contractor but could not enter the town because the joint forces were patrolling the area. The Maoists took a road through Pachakhali on their way back to Jharkhand and came across the villagers who caught Kalu Mahato while others managed to escape.
September 4: Dibakar Mahato, a teacher of Salboni Primary school, who was also a member of the ruling CPI-M, was shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist during school hours in West Midnapore District. According to locals, a group of five-six armed Maoists came to Salboni School on motorbikes and dragged Dibakar out of the classroom, took him to the highway number 9 and shot him dead.
Manoj Mahato, general secretary of Maoist-backed PCPA, was arrested along with a Maoist Nabakumar Mahato from Katapahari in the District. A 9 mm pistol and six rounds were seized from his possession. Manoj was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court on September 5.
September 5: A group of four suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot at Bidyut Pandey, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, near his home at his village Bhairabkundu, near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
Three suspected Maoists were arrested by SFs from Barikul area of Bankura District.
September 6: In a recorded audio statement, CPI-Maoist polit bureau member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan announced death sentence to five leaders of the ruling CPI-M. Western Region Development Minister Sushanta Ghosh, considered to be a strongman in the Maoist-hit West Midnapore District is one among the five threatened CPI-M leaders. The four others are Deepak Sarkar, Dahareswar Sen, Anuj Pandey and Prashanta Das. "These leaders are masterminding the armed operations of the CPI (M) and the people have given them death sentence. We'll execute the order at any cost," said Kishan. He claimed though the CPI-M had set up a number of camps to house armed cadres in and around Lalgarh, the people would retaliate. "The people would not show mercy to those who keep any link with the CPI-M," he added.
Kishan called for ensuring the defeat of the CPI-M candidates in the Jungalmahal areas of West Bengal in 2011 assembly polls.
The Maoist-backed PCPA called a 24-hour-bandh on September 10 in the West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura Districts in protest against the arrest of the outfit's general secretary, Manoj Mahato, by the West Midnapore District police on September 3.
September 8: Trinamool Congress party supporter Jithen Soren was shot dead in front of his house in Siromoni illage under Kotawli Police Station of West Midnapore District in the night. "Though the modus operandi suggests that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) are behind the murder, his family members lodged a complaint against local CPI-M [Communist Party of India-Marxist] supporters," said a Kotwali Police Station Official.
The Police searched the forests near Jhargram in West Midnapore District for the three youths who have been missing since September 6. The Police said Alok Bera, Parthasarathi Maity and Alok Sit, all residents of Jamboni, could have been abducted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
September 9: Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Dilip Hembram and Bullet Mahato, were arrested by SFs from West Midnapore and Bankura Districts. Dilip Hembram, a resident of Keshiara in Goaltore area of West Midnapore District was arrested from Koyena village in Sarenga of Bankura District in the night. A firearm and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. Dilip was accused in several cases including murder, sedition and robbery. Bullet Mahato was arrested by CRPF and Police during a joint operation from Buripala area of Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
September 20: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Ananta Mukherjee, a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, and critically injured his security guard, identified as Amarendra Mondal, at Silda near Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
Suspected Maoists ransacked an abandoned CPI-M office at Dakshinsol in the Jhargram sub-division even as the CPI-M observed a 12-hour-bandh in the sub-division.
Maoist-backed PCPA spokesperson Asit Mahato announced that Ajit Mahato would be the new secretary of the outfit. The post had been lying vacant since the arrest of Manoj Mahato on September 4. Sources said his selection was aimed at strengthening the organization in the Goaltore-Sarenga area as he belonged to the Goaltore area.
September 21: Three squad members of CPI-Maoist and one PCPA member were arrested by the Police from Kirapura area near Assansol in Burdwan District. The three squad members were identified as Sombhu Hembram, Somay Hembram and Topan Soren. They are active members of a squad led by slain Sidhu Soren, the founder president of PCPA's militant wing Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia. They were active in Bankura and Goaltore area of West Midnapore District. The fourth accused was identified as Khogen Hembram. He was an active PCPA member, Police said. All the accused are residents of West Midnapore.
September 23: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Srikanta Mondal, a clerk at a girls' school in Sebayatan village in West Midnapore District and injured his elderly parents. Police said Mondal had organised people from Radhanagar and its neighbouring villages to resist Maoists in the past few months.
After the attack, around 1,500 Radhanagar residents armed with swords raided neighbouring villages. They set ablaze the houses of 15 supporters of the Maoist-backed PCPA.
September 24: A large group of the CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a building housing the office of the Krishak Sabha, a farmers' organisation, in Bandhgora village under Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District.
The same Maoist group then attacked the neighbouring village of Radhanagar where they set ablaze a community hall, triggering panic among the villagers.
Two Maoist squad members, identified as Sukh Chand Soren alias Tepa and Yubaraj Soren alias Kapil, were arrested from Kantapahari area of Lalgarh and 20 kilograms of potassium, six firearms and ammunition were recovered from their hideout in Tantshole village. Sukh Chand was a 'commandant' of the Maoist squad and he used to recruit fresh cadres while Yubaraj was an expert in explosives, said Verma.
In another operation, the SFs recovered 803 gelatin sticks from Tapoban forest in Nayagram area.
September 25: A CRPF trooper and a CPI-Maoist cadre were killed following an encounter between the SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Binpur region of West Midnapore District in West Bengal. Police sources said that on receiving a tip-off that CPI-Maoist 'commander' Sasadhar Mahato and his wife Suchitra Mahato, along with 14 other cadres, were camping in the Bandarboni forest, an operation was launched by the joint forces around September 24-midnight.
September 26: Four Maoists were arrested from from Jhalda in Purulia District. They are identified as Gunda Singh Murmu, Lakshi Kanta Murmu, Abhiram Das and Choton Khotowal. 'They were active in the Ayodhya Hill area.
Birsha Soren (25), a cadre of the Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia, the militant wing of the pro-Maoist People's PCPA was arrested from Goaltore area of West Midnapore District.
September 27: Six CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Bhulabheda village of Belpahari area under Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore District. They are identified as Baneshwar Pramanik, Bhagirath alias Putul, Biren Mordhanno, Patel Murmu, Sashadhar Karmakar and Amit Mahato. "All were cadres of Madan Mahato's squad, which was active in Belpahari area. Among the arrested Baneshwar was a prime catch as he was wanted in at least 10 cases including sedition, loot and damaging government properties," said Jhargram Police District Superintendent Praveen Tripathi. The Police also recovered one fire arm, two landmines and ammunition and Maoist posters from them.
The members of the Maoist-backed PCPA, observing a shutdown in the District put up banner on the railway tracks at Banstola Station near Jhargram in the afternoon, following which train services along the Kharagpur-Tatanagar and Kharagpur-Rourkela routes of South Eastern Railway (SER) were disrupted. Train services again resumed after five hours. The PCPA members were observing last day of their 48-hours shut down demanding withdrawal of joint forces from the Junglemahal (forested areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia District).
October 3: A group of about 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, armed with sophisticated weapons, raided Chirogora village in Purulia District and shot dead three activists of the Forward Bloc party after dragging them out of their houses. The deceased were identified as Leru Majhi, Dasrath Majhi, and Choto Majhi. The attackers left some leaflets in the area claiming that they were killed as they were ‘Police spies’.
October 5: The joint Security Forces conducted a raid in Baro (12) Mile forest in Ranibandh Police Station area of Bankura District and arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist. Among the three arrested, Basanta Murmu and Sibuprasad Kisku were squad members and Kamol Murmu was a linkman. All were resident of Ranibandh area.
The railways extended the restrictions on movement of passenger trains during the night in Maoist-affected areas of Orissa and West Bengal to Oct 11 due to security reasons. "The passenger trains on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section will continue to remain suspended during night hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. up to 11th October," the railways said in a statement.
October 6: Five suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA were arrested in connection with the murder of Baren Singh, a youth wing leader of the ruling CPI-M, from Belpahari area in West Midnapore District. The accused were identified as Padmalachan Hembram and Joy Kisku of Aguibil area and Nependra Mura, Jharlal Mura and Kalipada Hansda of Barighati area of the District.
Trinamool Congress party chief Mamata Banerjee threatened to take to the streets from October 7 to press for immediate withdrawal of joint forces from Maoist-hit areas in West Bengal. However, sources in the Union Home Ministry said, "Right now we have no plans to withdraw the forces. They are doing their jobs and the anti-Naxal [Left Wing Extremism] operations will continue."
October 7: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a teacher near Jhargram in West Midnapore District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. "Gurucharan Mahato was a teacher at the Bagmari Primary School at Sankrail who resided at Bankshol village near Jhargram. A group of assailants abducted him from his house on Wednesday [October 6] night and his bullet-riddled body was found nearby early on Thursday [October 7]," District Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma said.
Suspected Maoists opened fire on Security Forces in the Lakhanpur forest in the District's Salboni region. Four landmines, one 8-mm pistol, two AK-47 magazines, 22 rounds of AK-47 rifle cartridges and some explosives were recovered from the incident site.
October 8: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Ranjit Duley, the branch committee secretary of the ruling CPI-M for Silda area in Jhargram of West Midnapore District near Orbonda village of the area. Duley was returning home in the evening when a gang of two-three Maoists riding on a motorbike shot him from point-blank range.
October 10: Kalipada Chakrabarty and his brother Sukumar Chakrabarty, both supporters of the ruling CPI-M, were dragged out of their home and shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Tilia village near Balarampur in Purulia District. The attackers are believed to be members of the Ayodhya Hills squad of Maoists. Maoist posters, claiming that the brothers were Police informers, were recovered from the spot.
Maoist posters were also put up in several parts of Jhargram town in West Midnapore, targeting the District's two SPs - Manoj Kumar Verma and Praveen Tripathi.
Vikram, spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist's Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Border Regional Committee, threatened to loot ration shops and Government food godowns in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia if subsidized rice, at the rate of INR 2 a kilogrammes, is not distributed by October 17.
October 12: The CPI-Maoist in West Bengal have shifted their operational base to the hilly terrain of Purulia District that include the Ayodhya and Dalma ranges, to stop the ruling CPI-M advance in Jangalmahal and for easy access to Bihar. The Police believe the Maoists had three strong squads in Purulia Gurbandha, Dalma and Ayodhya. Now, they have increased the number of squads and platoons there and at least 500 elite PLGA cadres are camping the area.
October 13: Tapan Dolui, a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, was shot dead by four cadres of the CPI-Maoist while he was working in his field in the Belatikri area near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District.
Two more persons were found dead with bullet injuries in Jhargram sub-division, though the Police could not confirm whether they were victims of Maoist violence.
October 14: Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee described the Maoists as terrorists who had no connecting with the ideology of Mao Zhedong. Further, he said that there has been definite progress in the fight against the "politics of terror" of the Maoists in the State.
October 15: The Police and local administrations of Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad Districts submitted a report to the State Home Department requesting that some Police Stations in their Districts should be brought under the ambit of Left Wing Extremism-affected area considering the increased activities of the CPI-Maoist there. According to the reports submitted by the State Police to State home department, eight Police Stations in Nadia, six Police Stations in Birbhum and three Police Stations in Murshidabad Districts have seen increased Maoist activities in recent months. Police sources said Dubrajpur and Khairashol Police Stations in Birbhum District, which have been mentioned as Maoist-affected areas, had always been a safe haven for the Maoists. "Several senior Maoists leaders, including Kalpana Ruidas, were arrested from the area," said a senior Police officer. The report further states that the Maoists have formed a regional committee in Nadia and an area committee in Jalangi. There are over 30 members in the area committee. "The Maoists started setting up their base in the area after forming an outfit called Mazdoor Krishak Sangram Samity, which works like a frontal organisation of the Maoists much akin to the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) in West Midnapore," said a senior Police officer. "As per the information we have gathered till now, the area committee is led by Prasanta Das alias Raja, a resident of Kotwali," the officer added. "Das is the key person in the area who is strengthening the cadre’s base in Murshidabad and Nadia Districts. They have started spreading their influence in the colleges of the District," the officer said.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a villager and dumped his body in a well in Patharnala, 4 kilometres from Bhimpur near Pirakata under Salboni Police Station in West Midnapore District. The body was spotted in the well. The victim could not be identified.
October 18: Restrictions on the running of passenger trains at night in the CPI-Maoist-affected areas of West Bengal would continue till the State Government provided proper security, Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said. "Lives of passengers were more precious than running of trains. Unless the State Government provides Security, trains will not run at night in the Maoist-hit areas," she told reporters in Kolkata. Banerjee said that Security has to be provided by the State Government. The Railways had decided to halt running of passenger trains at night in certain sections following the Jnaneswari Express derailment on May 28, 2010 which was suspected to be an act of sabotage by the Maoists.
Police arrested Subhas Mudi, a member of Maoist leader Sashadhar Mahato's squad from Bachhurdoba in West Midnapore District. Mudi had seven murder cases pending against his name. "He led the team that killed Shrikanta, a clerical employee at Jhargram's Sebayatan Balika Vidyalaya. He used to organize movements and rallies in Jhargram for the PCPA," said Pravin Tripathy, Jhargram SP.
October 19: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two local leaders of the ruling CPI-M at Balarampur in Purulia District. The victims were identified as Yudhisthir Mondal, vice-president of the Balarampur panchayat samiti and Sitanath Singh Sardar, a secretary of the Darda local committee of the CPI-M in Balarampur.
The DG of the CRPF K Vijay Kumar ruled out recalling the forces, which had been assisting the State Police in combating Maoists, from Jangalmahal.
October 21: Fresh operations against the CPI-Maoist were launched by joint forces in the Ayodhya Hill region of Purulia District. "Operations have been continuing in the entire Maoist-affected belt for a long time now. The fresh offensive is just a part of it," said State Inspector-General (Western Range) Zulfikar Hasan.
Maoist posters were found from various areas of Jhargram town in West Midnapore District. The posters appealed to the lower rank Police personnel and the central paramilitary troopers not to follow the diktats of the ruling CPI-Marxist, a Police officer said.
Basanta Maji, a member of Ayodhya squad of the CPI-Maoist and two linkmen, identified as Kanu Majhi and Sasthi Charan Mahato were arrested from Ayodhya hills area of Purulia District.
October 22: A senior leader of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Phoren Singh Sardar, who has been active in West Bengal and Jharkhand for more than 15 years was arrested in a joint operation by the Bankura and Jhargram Police in West Midnapore District. Sardar was wanted in connection with murder of Bandwan Police Station officer-in-charge Nilmadhab Das in November 2003. He was a part of the Maoist group that killed 14 Policemen at Saranda forest in Jharkhand in December 2003. He was also involved in the killing and burning alive the then ruling party leader of the CPI-M, Rabindranath Kar and his wife Anandomoyee Kar in January 2006. Hailing from Kesmar village in Belpahari Police Station of West Midnapore District, Sardar has nine murder cases pending against him in the District alone. Sardar had joined the PLGA around 12 years ago. Later, he switched over to the CPI-Maoist as a senior member of the squad headed by Madan Mahato that operates in the West Bengal-Jharkhand border areas. He was subsequently put in charge of the Belpahari and Barikul areas. A single-shotter gun, 3 cartridges, a 50-foot-long wire, detonators and Maoist posters were recovered from him.
Two linkmen of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Gurupada Pathoria and Samar Majhi were arrested from Ayodhya hills area of Purulia District.
October 23: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two members of the PCPA backed by it in West Midnapore District. The bodies of PCPA members Biswanath Mahato and Pradip Mahato were found beside a pond at Nandalalpur in Jhargram, Additional SP (Operation) Mukesh Kumar said. Top District Police sources said the two were killed over differences with Maoists on division of money extorted from local businessmen.
The Maoists abducted an intelligence branch inspector, Partha Biswas, and an NGO worker, Samarjit Basu, from a place four kilometres west of Barabhum in Ayodhya area of Purulia District. He was on leave and had gone there for work in connection with an NGO he ran there. Maoist sources said that the two were in their custody, but did not state any condition for their release.
October 24: A Class 10 student, identified as Kartik Mahato, was shot at and injured by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Chandra village in West Midnapore District.
November 1: The Centre is yet to take a decision on Trinamool Congress’ demand for withdrawal of the central paramilitary forces, engaged in anti-CPI-Maoist operations in West Bengal. "Yes, there is a demand or request from the Trinamool Congress that the Central government should withdraw the paramilitary forces from West Bengal. But no decision has been taken," Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters when asked about the Trinamool Congress’ demand.
November 2: Police arrested Maoist linkman 'Shyamal Mudi alias Uday from Nayagram area in Jhargram sub-division in connection with the triggering of landmine in a community hall.
November 3: A group of suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a supporter of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Bimal Das of Lalitashole village in Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District while he was standing in front of a bank. According to eyewitnesses, a group of armed Maoists riding on motorbikes fired at Bimal twice and fled towards Indraboti forest. Bimal, a money lender, was threatened earlier by the Maoists and he stayed away from home for several months. Only recently he returned home and resumed his business, a villager said.
November 4: A villager was killed and 17 policemen were critically injured after a clash broke out between PCPA supporters at Chunapara village in West Midnapore District. The incident happened when a Police team that raided a Maoist meeting at Chunapara area of Sankrail in Jhargram sub-division was attacked by the PCPA supporters with bricks and batons. "Keeping women and children in the forefront as shield, the Maoists attacked the security personnel, resulting in injuries to 13 policemen, including Uttam Kumar Debnath, the officer-in-charge of the Sankrail police station," said Additional Superintendent of Police (Operation) Mukesh Kumar. The Maoists also looted a few firearms, including the AK-47 of Debnath and ammunitions.
Police arrested four Maoist linkmen - Ranjan Ali, Sisir Pal, Sattya Ranjan and Samir Singh – during a joint operation in connection with cases of murder and damaging Government property.
The CPI-Maoist denied responsibility in the abduction of Partha Biswas, an officer of the Intelligence Branch and Soumyajit Basu, an NGO worker.
November 7: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two villagers, identified as Sukhchand Mandi (55) and his son Nepal Mandi (32), in Bandhgora village of Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore District. Sources said that Sukhchand was a local leader of the ruling CPI-M and was working as a forest department worker in Jhargram Mini Zoo. He was threatened several times by Maoists for working with CPI-M and as a Police informer.
November 7: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked Ganakkata village in Jhargram sub-division and killed three persons, identified as Sandhyarani Mahato, Rashbihari Mahato, Owahed Ali, in West Midnapore District.
November 8: Five motorbike-borne Maoists shot dead Kanai Rai, a former member of Patashimul panchayat belonging to the ruling CPI-M at his residence, Jhargram Police District Superintendent Praveen Tripathi said. "The Maoists dragged Rai out and shot him at point-blank range. His wife Basanti Rai tried to prevent the attack, and sustained a bullet injury on her left hand," Tripathi added.
The Security Forces busted a Maoist camp in Bankura District.
November 9: A suspected CPI-Maoist action squad member, identified as Kanchan Debsingha, a resident of Madhupur in Salboni block was arrested from the car of a Trinamool Congress leader, Nepal Singha, soon after a Trinamool Congress rally demanding the Joint Forces' withdrawal at Garbeta in West Midnapore District. District Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said there were at least 15 cases against Kanchan, including half-a-dozen related to murder. Kanchan's younger brother Hemanta was killed in an encounter with the Joint Forces almost a year ago.
November 11: Four villagers, identified as Biru Sardar, Banamali Sardar, Kalicharan Muro and Ratan Muro of Arsa's Bhuda village in Purulia District were suspected to have been abducted by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres. Seven villagers had gone out grazing goats near a neighbouring Dhanchatani village. Around 2.30pm (IST), a group of 25-30 Maoists carrying arms and bags abducted them. However, three of them returned to the village late in the evening but four others were still untraced.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Amol Mahato, was arrested from Mohanpur area of Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District, for extorting money from local school teachers and businessmen. A firearm and INR 43,000 were recovered from him.
November 12: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were shot dead by the Security Forces at Bamni village in Ayodhya Hills in Purulia District. Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Zulfikar Hassan said: 'We have recovered two bodies of the Maoists cadres from the camp. A huge cache of arms and ammunition including improvised guns, detonators and gelatine sticks were recovered from the encounter site.'
A leader of the Maoist-backed PCPA, identified as Anadi Bhuniya was arrested and 54 others were detained in West Midnapore District and a huge quantity of gelatine sticks and explosives were recovered from them. Anadi was wanted in six cases, including murder, loot and damaging Government property.
Replying to a question while giving an interview to a private Bengali news channel, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that he is not ruling out the possibility of the alleged nexus between the Maoists and Kashmiri separatists but added that the Government needs more information on this matter.
November 14: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded three landmines and opened fire at joint forces in Bibihari-Madhupur and Keodesole forest areas of West Midnapore District during a raid. Jhargram Additional Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar said the raids were launched by eight companies of CRPF, SAF and State Armed Police following a tip off that two squads of Maoists had gathered in the forests with explosives to perpetrate acts of sabotage. The joint forces retaliated and forced the Maoists to retreat, he said adding none was injured in the exchange.
During searches the joint forces seized about 120 kilograms of explosives stacked in two plastic drums and stored under the ground near a water body in the Madhupur forest near Jamboni, which provides easy access to Jharkhand. The explosives included detonators and three landmines, a large number of cartridges besides a single barrel gun, he said.
November 15: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist poured hooch on the head of a wine-seller and then slammed him with sticks at Lalgarh village in West Midnapore District. Residents alleged that the victim abused villagers after drinking liquor and sold it in the locality.
The Maoist-backed PCPA called a 48-hour bandh in West Midnapore District from November 16, in protest against the killing of two of its supporters, identified as Sushen Mahato and Nibaran Singh near Lalgarh late on November 14.
November 16: Rumpa Mahato alias Sujata alias Ashtami (21), a self-styled CPI-Maoist 'deputy area commander' in the Nayagram area of West Midnapore District, surrendered before the Police at the Bankura District Police lines. "She was fairly high up in the local guerrilla squad and active in the Lalgarh area. She had links with Maoist leaders like Kishanji and Bikash," Superintendent of Police Pranav Kumar said. She laid down a 9 mm pistol, 11 cartridges and plenty of Maoist literature during her surrender. According to the Police, Rumpa had confessed that she was "fed up with the meaningless violence being committed by the Maoists and had been a victim of torture, both physical and mental".
Life in the tribal Jangalmahal Districts was paralysed on the first day of a 48-hour bandh called by Maoist front organisation PCPA. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia Districts, that comprise Jangalmahal.
November 17: A CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Idrish Sheikh, was arrested during a raid in Dudhsagar village in Murshidabad District. Acting on a tip-off, the Police conducted a raid in the village and arrested Idrish. He was wanted in several cases, including murder, and is responsible for strengthening the Maoist base in the District.
November 18: The CPI-Maoist called for a 48-hour bandh (general shutdown) in Purulia District from November 21. In a letter to the media, Maoist spokesman Sumon said: "Two of our comrades, Biplab Bandopadhyay and Dhiren Murmu were killed by the joint forces during their operation in Ayodhya Hills in the District on November 12. Biplab was one of our most trusted leaders and spent his whole life for the development of the tribals, and Dhiren was one of our supporters."
November 19: 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze Dhanghori gram panchayat office at Sankrail in West Midnapore District. The Maoists hurled bombs and subsequently broke into the building and ransacked the office - damaged furniture and computers, burnt files. They also raised slogans and left posters claiming responsibility for the incident. The posters recovered from the incident side said the attack was in retaliation for the 'atrocities' by the ruling CPI-M cadres on villagers at Chunapara area on November 4.
Suspected Maoists blew up a CPI-M office at Bhimpur with a landmine.
The State Government has recently set up a Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) to combat Maoists, but the force is yet to start functioning because it lacks enough intelligence-gathering manpower. The CIF is being groomed on the lines of the Greyhound force of Hyderabad to counter Maoists. The force is now operating from Bhavani Bhavan, but will soon have its head office at Garia. The CIF Inspector General (IG), Vivek Sahay, had written to Home Secretary of the State, G D Gautama, about the problem he was facing in starting the special intelligence group and it was discussed at the meeting.
Maoists abducted Debendranath Singh, a primary school teacher of Kajla primary School in Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore District.
The Maoists abducted a woman employee of the ICDS, identified as Sampriti Mahato in West Midnapore District. Mahato is a resident of Jamda village near Lalgarh, a Police officer said.
Security personnel detected four landmines from Indraboni forest area near Jhargram during routine patrolling. The landmines were later safely defused, SP Praveen Tripathi said.
November 20: Maoists abducted Ganesh Ahir, a resident of Rashidpur village under Lalgarh Police Station from his home and later shot him and beheaded him. His beheaded was found by villagers near Binpur on State Highway 9 in the morning. Ahir was working with local CPI-M camps which had been set up to fight the Maoists.
Maoist leader Kinkar Pal was arrested from Huangana forest near Hijli village in Barikul region of Bankura District by Security Forces. A single-barrel gun and 10 rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. Pal was a member of Madan Mahato's squad and also the president of Maoist-backed PCPA in the District.
A suspected Maoist linkman, identified as Sudhir Hemram was arrested from Purulia town in Purulia District. 'Sudhir Hemram was involved in a murder case. He will be produced before the court,' SP Sunil Chowdhury said.
November 21: Two supporters of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Rahim Patar (42) and Pashupati Singh (35) were killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, at Ovkharikasuli village under Salboni Police Station in West Midnapore District. Rahim Patar was a CPI-M zonal committee member while Pashupati Singh was pradhan of Garmal gram panchayat. Both were returning from a political rally in Kalsibhanga area and were going to their Bhadutala party office at Salboni block when the Maoists surrounded and abducted them and later their bullet-ridden bodies were found at a distance from the spot a few hours later.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two supporters of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Sushil Mahato and Paresh Rana, in Murakati village in Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District. Their dead bodies were found in Dhangori village next morning.
Two Maoists cadres, identified as Somnath Mandi and Thakurdas Karmakar, were arrested from Dhanchatani village in Purulia District. Somnath and Thakurdas were involved in several cases, including murder, extortion and damaging Government properties, Superintendent of Police Sunil Chowdhury said.
November 22: A 13-year-old girl, identified as Sukurmoni Soren alias Lakshmi was detained by the Police after it raided a CPI-Maoist hideout at Baghdubi village in the Barikul Police station area in Bankura District. Lakshmi was lured away from her village by a man, identified as Chhotu to join Ranibandh squad of the Maoists earlier in 2010.
November 25: A CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Babulal Tudu of Koima village, was arrested from his hideout in Baro Garia forest of Simlipal Police Station in Bankura District. "Acting on a specific input, we conducted raids and arrested Tudu, who was the key accused in the February 25 murder of Rabi Lochan Mitra, officer-in-charge of Sarenga Police Station. Tudu was also wanted in eight other cases, including murder and arson," Superintendent of Police Pranav Kumar said. Firearms and ammunition were recovered from him, Kumar added. Tudu was a very close associate of Sidhu Soren, the slain founder president of the pro-Maoist Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia.
The West Bengal Government was hopeful of covering the State's Maoists-affected Jangalmahal area in the second phase of the census.
November 30: Maoists set ablaze the house of one Harish Mahato, a local leader of ruling CPI-M in Jhargram in the same District. However, no one was injured in the incident as everyone was asked to leave before Maoists set ablaze the house.
December 1: Four suspected cadres of CPI-Maoist shot dead a ruling CPI-M supporter, identified as Bikas Mondal (22) at Kumardi village in Purulia District.
The dead body of Arun Mahato, a local leader of ruling CPI-M, was found in a well in the Jamidardanga forest area in West Midnapore District. According to local media reports, Mahato went missing since November 25, and was killed by Maoists cadres as he campaigned against their violent actions in the region.
December 3: The STF of Kolkata Police arrested the State Secretary of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Kanchan alias Sudip Chongdar alias Batash alias Gautam (48) along with two other State Committee members in Kolkata. According to Police officials, STF personnel were tracking the movement of Kanchan and his associates over the past few months. Kanchan, a science graduate, hailed from Garbeta of West Midnapore and his wife Rita alias Rina Sarkar is also a Maoist squad member. Important documents pertaining to communication with each other were seized from their possession. Kanchan is wanted in several cases of sedition, among which some are related specifically with Lalgarh. Kanchan is among the Maoist think tank that functioned as the architect of Lalgarh movement in November 2008.
A Maoist supporter, identified as Bimal Ghosh alias Shankar was arrested from Maidan area in Kolkata. According to sources, the Maoists leaders were scheduled to hold a meeting in the outskirts of the city for discussing the Rajarhat land issue and the strategy to gain momentum out of it.
Another Maoist cadre Kajol Mahato was arrested from Pathar Kumkumi village in Salboni area of the District. He was involved in the gun battle between the Joint Forces and the Maoists in Pidrakhuli area on November 2.
December 4: Police arrested a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Anu alias Kalpana Maity, State Committee member and wife of Ashim Mondal alias Akash, also said to be one of the closest aides of Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan from Howrah railway station in Kolkata. Police have seized several documents, electronic gadgets, improvised rocket launchers and sophisticated foreign made communication devices including wireless sets, voice control operating systems and antennas from her possession.
Asit Shit, commandant of the Maoists Jamboni squad, was arrested from a bus stand in Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore. SP Praveen Tripathi said, 'He was involved in several murder cases, including killing of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Soumen Bhagat in May and abduction of three agents of an insurance company from Chichigra in Jhargram.'
During interrogation, Sudip Chongdar alias Kanchan, the State Committee secretary of the Maoists and other State committee members arrested on December 3, revealed that Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan, the chief of party's military wing - Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) is alive and fit, said Police's Special Task Force (STF) chief Rajeev Kumar.
December 5: The Maoists have called a 48-hour bandh in West Bengal, starting from December 8 to protest against the arrest of four State Committee members, including State Secretary Kanchan. CPI-Maoist State Committee member Ashim Mondal alias Akash said: 'State secretary Kanchan da (elder brother) and other State Committee members - Ajoy da, Bidyut da and my wife, Anu, and party supporter Shankar have been arrested by city Police.' 'We will observe a shutdown on Dec 8-9 to protest against the arrests,' he said. 'By arresting the political leaders the State Government is closing the doors for talks with the Maoists,' he said.
December 5: A supporter of the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA was killed by suspected Maoist cadres in West Midnapore District. The victim identified as Ajit Bera, a resident of Bachurkhayar village near Nayagram, was dragged out of his home by armed cadres. They searched his mobile phone to check if any numbers of Police officers were stored in it.
December 6: A high-level meeting was convened by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, to review the ongoing joint operations by Security Forces in the State's Maoist-affected areas. Besides the Maoist-affected Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore Districts, the West Bengal Government wants that three other Districts - Birbhum, Murshidabad and Nadia - should also be declared affected by LWE. The State Government has sent a proposal to the Union Government to declare the three Districts Maoist-affected and the matter is under consideration by the Centre, said Surajit Kar Purakayastha, Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order). While Birbhum is north of Bankura and borders Jharkhand, Murshidabad and Nadia share the border with Bangladesh.
December 7: A huge cache of ammunition and communication devices were recovered from the CPI-Maoist hideouts during raids conducted by STF at the Districts of Hooghly, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas. More than 200 man pack and static wireless system, nearly 50 static sets, antennas, 50 remote-operated timers and VHF (very high frequency) static sets and High Frequency sets, 150 bullets mainly of AK-47, explosives and different kinds of circuits have been recovered.
December 8: The West Midnapore District Police arrested five Maoists, identified as Dilip Mahato, Lakshmikanta Hemram, Babulal Tudu alias Babulal Kisku alias Jhapu, Baidyanath Murmu and Raju Hembram alias Rajib from Lakhanpur forest in Salboni. Two rifles, two double barrel guns and some other weapons were recovered from them, Police said. Dilip Mahato is one of the prime suspects in the case of the abduction of the Officer-in-charge of Sankrail Police Station, Atindranath Dutta, and two Police constables Kanchan Garai and Sabbir Mollah in 2009.
A Maoist, identified as Uttam Mandi, was arrested from Kako village near the Dharampur forest areas in Binpur in West Midnapore District. Uttam was wanted in several cases of murder of local leaders of CPI-M, Jhargram SP Praveen Tripathi said.
In a raid, a Maoist, Ashok Singh, was arrested from his hideout in Goghat area of Hooghly District. Singh's arrest has proved a number of intelligence agencies inputs that Maoists have also managed to sneak into some pockets of the District which are adjacent to Bankura District where Maoists have established their stronghold.
December 9: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Shasthi Bawri, inside the party office at Khairasol in Birbhum District. Sasti was shot at by armed Maoists who fled on motorbikes, Superintendent of Police (SP) Humayun Kabir said.
December 10: At least 150 prisoners who were arrested for being cadres of the CPI-Maoist and lodged in correctional homes in West Midnapore District, launched an indefinite hunger strike demanding their immediate release and pressing for a 32-point charter of demands. 'The prisoners, including Chhatradhar Mahato, convenor of the Maoist-backed Peoples' Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), Manoj Mahato and other social activists and sympathisers, have started the hunger strike.
Some suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two supporters of the ruling CPI-M, identified as Mahesh Soren (70) and his brother Narayan (62) in the Jangalmahal region near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District. The bodies were found on the outskirts of their village, Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Verma, said.
A plot to blow up the railway station in Purulia District by suspected Maoists was foiled with the seizure of high-intensity explosives, with train services being suspended immediately. "The sack, which had wires protruding from it, was packed with 20 gelatine sticks, 18 power gels and a huge quantity of bomb splinters and was detected by RPF personnel on patrol," Police said. A Maoist poster was found in the bag which read "Withdraw joint forces from Junglemahal" and "Stop atrocities on innocent villagers", the Police added.
December 11: Four Maoists were arrested by the Paramilitary CRPF and West Bengal Police from Maoist infested Jhargram area in West Midnapore District. They are yet to be identified. A huge cache of arms and explosives including two SVBL guns, one Bulgarian 8 mm pistol, a country made pistol and a large number of explosives were seized during the operation, said Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Rashid Malik Khan.
In an operation conducted in Ramchandrapur town by Central Paramilitary troops and State Police personnel two suspected Maoists were arrested with a large cache of arms and ammunition in Jhargram area. Police are yet to identify them. "Two people have been arrested. We have also recovered fire arms and several rounds of bullets." Several others were detained and are being questioned, SP Pravin Tripathi said.
December 12: The Police arrested a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Kalpana Doloi from Satui village in Behrampore in Murshidabad District. Some Maoist posters were also recovered from her, Police said. Kalpana's husband Sambhu Doloi had been arrested on August 31, 2009 from Fatehpur near NH-34 after an IED blast in the area that left one dead.
December 15: CPI-Maoist posters were found in Writers Building, the State Secretariat, calling for the withdrawal of joint forces from Junglemahal. The posters advertised a cultural programme, which is going to be held in the city on December 18, to be chaired by author-activist Mahasweta Devi. Police said that the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) had printed the posters.
December 16: The Police moved an application in a court in Kolkata, for enforcing the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, against Sudip Chongdar alias Kanchan, State Secretary of the CPI-Maoist and his four associates who were arrested in the city on December 3, and were produced in the court on December 14 and remanded to Police custody until December 18.
December 17: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed seven AIFB party workers, identified as Chapala Garai, Tapan Singh Sardar, Kinkar Singh, Rajesh Singh, Gopeswar Mahato, Gobardhan Singh and Arjun Singh Mura at Baghbinda village of Jhalda in Purulia District. A group of 10 to 12 Maoists first raided the house of Chandicharan Singh Sardar, president of the Gitalaya village panchayat samiti. Upon not finding him there, the Maoists abducted his brother and local Forward Bloc leader Tapan Singh Sardar and killed him near the house. Chapala Garai was the sarpanch of Darda gram panchayat. Kinkar Singh was the Bloc secretary of the AIFB while Gobardhan Singh was a Bloc member for 15 years. The victims were picked up from their homes at about 2 AM [IST] and shot at from close range in a field in the hilly village bordering Jharkhand, Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Chaudhuri said. Maoists left posters at the spot claiming that the seven villagers had been spying for the Security personnel. "Protest against those with 'Operation Green Hunt' and Left Front and Congress leaders," one of the posters said. In another poster it was written: "Police torture of the public has to stop otherwise, extreme punishment will be given to Left Front leaders."
Two Maoists identified as Sambari Hansda alias Sambari Tudu alias Seema alias Sama and Hapna Murmu were arrested from Lakhanpur forest in West Midnapore District. Some detonators, land mines and Maoist literature were also recovered from them. Tudu was wanted in several cases including the attack on an Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp at Silda on February 15, in which 24 EFR troopers were killed. According to the Police, Tudu had entered the camp along with two other dancers the day the killings took place. "She made a reconnaissance of the camp and the preparedness of the Security personnel while dancing and collecting money," SP Manoj Verma said. Murmu was accused in several cases in Dharampur area,' the SP added.
A joint operation of the CRPF and the State Police seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition after an anti- CPI-Maoist operation in Birihari village in Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District. "We recovered four small arms, 70 rounds different type of ammunition, detonators, flashguns, used articles of the Maoists. The Maoists left the things and escaped. Maoists gathered to provide training and had changed their training camp time to time for their privacy," SP of Jhargram Police District Praveen Tripathi said.
December 18: A Maoist leader and a woman cadre were arrested by the State Police officials from Laxmanpur area under Salboni Police Station in West Midnapore. One directional mine loaded with explosive substance, Maoist leaflet and two books of Bengali print has been recovered from their possessions.
The Maoist-backed PCPA called for a 24-hour bandh (general shutdown) on December 20 in three Maoists-dominated Districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore. "The shutdown has been called in the three Districts as the common tribal people living in the areas were facing torture and harassment from the joint forces and armed cadres of the CPI-M," a PCPA spokesman told IANS on phone from Lalgarh area of West Midnapore. "We demand that the Government and Administration should stop atrocities on our people and urge people to support the shutdown," the spokesperson added.
December 19: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a primary school teacher, identified as Kalicharan Mahato, also a local ruling CPI-M leader in Chhotokhakri village near Nayagram in West Midnapore District. According to Jhargram SP Pravin Tripathi, a group of 20 armed Maoists raided the house of Kalicharan, pulled him out from his house and killed him and left posters branding him a Police informer.
Maoists killed a railway worker, identified as Srikant Saren and set ablaze a bulldozer near Nunnungeria village in Jhargram area of the District. Srikant had brought a bulldozer in the village to dig a pond. The Maoists wanted unemployed villagers be given the task under the NREGA, instead of using machines for the purpose.
December 22: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered an IED explosion on a metalled road in the Belpahari area of West Midnapore District. Luckily no one was killed or injured in the incident as the explosion took place within minutes of a civilian vehicle passing through the spot, though there was panic spread amongst local people about the possibility of the Maoists targeting common people.
Another landmine weighing five kilograms laid by the Maoists was defused by Security Forces in Salboni block of the District.
The PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato and 124 suspected Maoists of Midnapore jail ended their 13-day hunger strike after a delegation of the APDR met them.
December 23: Replying to Congress Legislature party leader Manas Bhunia in the State Assembly, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee refuted Mamata Banerjee's charge that paramilitary forces are being used to meet the partisan ends of the ruling CPI-M. The presence of paramilitary troopers has improved the situation in Maoist-hit areas, the CM said. "Because of sustained joint operations by 35 companies of CRPF, six companies of Nagaland Police and 51 companies of State Police, the situation in Goaltore, Salboni and Midnapore Sadar blocks of West Midnapore and that in Bankura and Purulia has greatly improved," he claimed, though 79 people were killed in Jangalmahal between July and October this year. "The situation has changed in the past three months. Some of the blocks are terror free." But, there are still problems in Nayagram, Gopiballabhpur and Binpur in West Midnapore. In Purulia, Maoist activities are confined to the Ayodhya Hills. Bhattacharjee said that after the murder of seven AIFB supporters in the Ayodhya Hills recently, he contemplated some tough measures to curb Maoist activities in the area in consultation with local MLAs and MPs. It is not advisable to withdraw paramilitary forces from Jangalmahal because Maoist activity is spread over a wide area, from Andhra Pradesh to Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, the CM said. "Till the situation improves in Jharkhand and Odisha, it would be difficult to keep West Bengal unaffected. Till such a time, the paramilitary forces should be there." The State Government has taken several measures to win the confidence of the people in Jangalmahal, like distributing patta on homestead land in forest areas and giving everyone rice for Rs 2 per kilogram.
December 24: Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two ruling CPI-M workers, identified as Manorajan Mahto (45) and Rathindranath Gope (34) at Birmadal and Odolchua villages respectively in the Jhargram sub-division of West Midnapore District. Gope was a hostel Superintendent of a tribal High school in Odolchua village.
Raghunath Murmu (30), a Jharkhand Party worker was killed by the Maoists at Chirogora village, Police said. He was once the upa-pradhan of Shimulpal gram panchayat.
Hikim Murmu (50), a Trinamool Congress activist, was hacked to death at Kalaberia village under Beliabera Police Station. However, claiming that Hikim was killed by the (CPI-M) goons, a mob, believed to be supporters of PCPA, obstructed the Police to collect the body demanding the immediate arrest of the killers, Police said. Local (CPI-M) leaders, however, said the party was not responsible for the killing.
Two suspected Maoists, identified as Sushil Sardar (23) and Buddheswar Mahato (24) were arrested during a raid by joint forces from Phuljhora jungle at Barikul in Bankura District. SP Pranab Kumar said Sardar is a resident of Belpahari in the nearby District of West Midnapore and Mahato is a local resident. They were arrested for their involvement in Maoist activities, Kumar added.
December 25: One trooper of the elite CoBRA unit of the CRPF, identified as Bishram Kumar was killed and eight of his colleagues were injured when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED blast on the outskirts of Jambani village near Dekai Pahar area in the Jhalda region of Purulia District. "The SFs were out on a combing operation in the early hours after receiving a tip-off that a group of Maoists had gathered to hold a meeting in the Jambani area. The rebels appeared to have got a whiff of the forces trying to surround them and triggered an IED explosion," IG (Western Range), Zulfiqar Hasan said.
A group of around 30 suspected cadres of CPI-Maoist and the Maoist-backed PCPA set ablaze three houses of ruling CPI-M supporters at Nayagram area in West Midnapore District. According to the Police, the group of Maoists ransacked the house of Ranjit Adhikary at Nosai village and later set it ablaze. "The same group then went to neighbouring Bachurkhayar village and set ablaze the houses of Naren Mahato and Anam Bera. By the time fire service personnel reached the spot, the houses were burnt to ashes," SP Pravin Tripathi, of Jhargram Police District, said. No one was injured in the incident, since all three families had fled the area five months back due to the threat posed by the Maoists.
December 26: Suspected Maoists stopped a bus and tried to set it ablaze after asking the passengers to get down on State Highway 9 inside Malabati forest in Binpur sub-division. The Maoists, however, managed to escape by using the passengers as cover when SFs suddenly arrived at the spot. No one was injured in the incident.