Incidents involving Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) 2012
January 5: DGP V. Dinesh Reddy said heavy security cover would be provided to facilitate expeditious completion of various road works taken up under the IAP for the areas affected by CPI-Maoist.
January 7: Around 50 Maoists belonging to the Korukonda Dalam and their sympathisers of the CPI-Maoist blasted the Forest Department Office and check-post at Lothugedda in Vishakhapatnam District to make their presence felt in the region. The Maoists have demanded that the APFDC hand over the coffee plantations to tribals and wanted lifting of cases against tribals of Balapalam village. They appealed to the tribals to oppose bauxite mining in the Agency.
January 11: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist pasted posters at Chowdupalli in Chintapalli mandal of Visakhapatnam District demanding the people's representatives to pass a resolution against mining of bauxite in the Agency. The posters appeared as the officials and the Police were preparing to receive Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at G.K. Veedhi mandal to call on Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju, whose mother passed away four days ago. The Maoists also warned the informers to mend their ways.
January 13: A former Maoist female cadre, Veeramalla Pushpa (35), was found dead at her residence in Ramanthapur in Hyderabad under the Uppal Police limits. Pushpa's husband Ganesh Babu, who was said to be a Maoist sympathiser, had been killed around three years ago. Pushpa was an accused in the case and investigators believe her murder now could be connected to her husband's death.
January 17: Nune Narasimha Reddy alias Ganganna, a key CPI-Maoist leader and State Committee member, was reportedly arrested by special party Police teams at Old Guntur. Ganganna, who has been in judicial remand for the last one-and-a-half years in the District jail, was released on January 17.
January 19: The Centre sanctioned INR 1.8 billion for six more Districts in Andhra Pradesh under the IAP for selected tribal and backward Districts to cope with the Maoist menace. The member-secretary of the Planning Commission, Sudha Pillai, in a message to the chief secretary informed that Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Warangal, Karimnagar, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram have been included under the IAP with INR 1.80 billion (INR 300 million per District ) to be released for the year 2011-12.
January 27: The honeymoon between the CPI-Maoist and TRS party has come to an end with the failure of month long general strike by Telangana employees headed by K. Chandrashekhar Rao and Prof. Kodhandaram. TDP has alleged that they have pledged the Telangana agitation to the Union Government to bag Polavaram tenders. The North Telangana wing CPI-Maoist leader Jagan has heavily comes down on KCR and Prof. Kodhandaram for the same reasons.
February 1: Seendri Bathro alias Badri (35), from Kannavaram under Mampa Police Station in Koyyuru mandal of Visakhapatnam District was found killed with his neck strangulated. A letter left at the spot reportedly by some CPI-Maoist cadres said he was killed for being a 'police informer'.
February 5: An UAV or drone is likely to be pressed into service in the Visakhapatnam and other border Districts of Andhra Pradesh to help in intelligence gathering on a real-time basis.
A magisterial inquiry will be held on February 13 at 11 a.m. in Nalgonda District mandal revenue office into the death of an unidentified CPI-Maoist cadre following an exchange of fire with Police at Narayanpur village on January 17, 1998.
February 9: The recent surrender of 15-year-old tribal, Kursinge Divya alias Bharatakka, a CPI-Maoist cadre in Adilabad District has made anti-Maoist SF's suspicious of Maoists activating 'sleepers' in order to build an alternative communication network. According to sources, the Maoists used to stage cultural programmes with revolutionary overtones in ashram schools located in remote villages in the Mangi forests. Apparently, the aim was to mentally prepare tribal children to join the underground stream when required to do so in future.
Tension gripped the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border following the reported death of three SF personnel in a land-mine blast allegedly triggered off by CPI-Maoist cadres in the Polampalli forest area of Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh.
February 12: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the Charla Police near Timmirigudem village in Khammam District during patrolling. According to Police, the arrested Maoists - Madivi Lakma, Vetti Adama, Kovasi Inga, and Podium Joga- all in the age group of 20 to 25 years, were residents of Yerrampadu, a tribal hamlet of the Gutti Koyas tribe. They were involved in the burning of a hydraulic excavator near Gisarelli village.
February 15: The Nizamabad Police (rural) arrested a fake Maoist, Eligeti Ravi Prakash, who demanded money from a businessman, G. Subash Reddy.
February 18: Three hydraulic excavators allegedly set ablaze by a group of cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Modingedda in GK Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam District. The Maoists left posters saying that any move to start bauxite mining would result in such reaction from the CPI-Maoist and that the Government must immediately stop the Green Hunt Operation against Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a blast at the coffee-seeds godown of the APFDC at Lankapaakala village in G.K Veedhi Mandal of Visakhapatnam District, demanding distribution of its coffee plantations to the Girijans.
Contradicting the claims of the Central Government which blames the loss of forest cover to the CPI-Maoist, the Andhra Pradesh forest department says that the loss of forest cover is due to encroachments.
February 20: A dalam 'commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Sutari Papa Rao (42) alias Singanna, was killed in an exchange of fire with a Police party near Sayannapalli village in Gundala mandal of Khammam District. It was initially believed that two Maoist cadres were killed, but Police later said that only one Maoist died in the encounter. Sources said a Police constable was also injured. Police recovered live ammunition and INR 19,000 from the scene of encounter.
In a renewed bid to flush out Maoists from the AOB, the Government is hurrying with the setting up of paramilitary and Special Forces bases in north coastal Districts. BSF is already setting up a base in Srikakulam with IRB having selected Anandapuram in Viskhapatnam for its camp. Now, the CRPF is planning to set up a regional base at Vizianagaram district's Kottavalasa mandal.
March 1: The G. K. Veedhi Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Pangi Gopala Rao of Kampumanipaakalu in Visakhapatnam District. A member of the Korukonda dalam of the CPI-Maoist, he was reportedly picked up by the Police during a combing operation recently and was kept in the G.K. Veedhi Police Station.
The State Government is likely to increase the reward to between INR 100,000 and INR 2.5 million. The State Police have proposed INR 2.5 million as reward for the capture or surrender of high-ranking central committee members such as Ganapati and Mallojula Venugopal. The proposal is awaiting the Government's approval.
March 10: A joint combing operation, codenamed 'Sarvanash', begun on March 7 by CRPF, Jamui and Banka Police against CPI-Maoists in the border area of the two Districts ended with the arrest of Babulal Yadav, a Maoist and the prime accused in the killing of Prayag Yadav, a former head of Chilkari Panchayat in Banka in March 2010.
March 11: Ravi Kumar (22), an engineering student from Ranchi was injured by a stray bullet when alleged CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at Habbipur village under Rajpur Police Station in Rohtas District. Rajesh Sharma, an active member of the now disbanded MCC, had land dispute with a fellow villager, Lalan Singh which was intervened by Rajpur block pramukh Rajendra Singh. About six members of an armed squad of the Maoists attacked the relatives of Rajendra Singh while they were on their way to the local market where Ravi, who had gone to the market to buy vegetables, was hit by a stray bullet which was fired by the Maoists. Police seized 15 cartridges of .315 bore and an empty cartridge during a search at Rajesh's house.
March 12: G K Veedhi Police in Visakhapatnam District arrested a cadre of Galikonda area committee of CPI-Maoist, Gemmeli Balaraju, at G Addaraveedhi. Balaraju of Boddamanupakalu was involved in the two murder cases - killing of Majji Madhava Rao, a forest ranger, at Lankapakalu and Pangi Das, a Police informer, at GK Veedhi.
The Maoists has issued a warning to an IAS officer for 'discriminating against tribals'. Maoist east division 'secretary' Ganesh warned in a news release in Paderu in Visakhapatnam District that the people would teach a lesson to Paderu sub-collector Kartikeya Misra if he did not mend his arrogant ways.
March 14: A Naxal belonging to CPI-ML-New Democracy, identified as Gujjula Karunakar Reddy (23) alias Bharath, surrendered before the Police in the presence of Circle Inspector V Suresh at Gudur mandal in Warangal District. Bharath hails from Nalgonda District and worked with Suryam dalam and Soma Bhaskar dalam.
March 16: Two civilians were injured in the crossfire between a Police team and the CPI-Maoist cadres in of Allubaka and Thippapuram forest area in Khammam District. The exchange of fire took place when a Police team combing the forest areas came under fire from Maoists at around 2 AM to 2:30 AM, which was retaliated by the Police team.
The Maoists set ablaze equipment in the BSNL telephone exchange at G. Madugula in Viskhapatnam District late in the evening. A group of five Maoists of the Korukonda area committee entered the exchange and poured petrol on the panel board and other equipment and set them on fire.
March 18: A CPI-Maoist leader, Tupakula Ramanjaneyamma alias Santhi, a leader of the AOB carrying a head money of INR 500,000, was arrested near Kondramutla village in Ipur mandal in Guntur District.
March 20: A LWE, Grandhi Vikanna, was shot at by his comrades over a dispute on sharing of booty in the forests near Nagarjunasagar reservoir in Guntur District. He was rushed to nearby Government hospital in a serious condition.
March 21: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a culvert in GK Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam District, protesting against the Government's move to permit bauxite mining in the Agency. Around 50 Maoists stopped an APSRTC bus going to Chintapalli from Narsipatnam at the culvert and after taking away mobile phones from the passengers blew up the culvert. They allowed the passengers to leave after distributing pamphlets urging locals to continue their fight against bauxite mining and to chase away Ras Al Khaima Company.
Another group of Maoists felled trees near Lothugedda junction and placed them across the road in Visakha Agency in the District. The Maoists put up many banners on the road demanding the Central and State Tribal Welfare Ministers, who represent the Agency, to come out with a clear statement that bauxite mining would not be taken up in the Agency.
March 22: A CPI-Maoist 'commander' of Indervelli dalam in Adilabad, Gundarapu Kistakka alias Lalitha, surrendered herself to the District Police.
March 24: The nation-wide bandh called by the CPI-Maoist evoked good response in Visakhapatnam District while response was mixed in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam Districts.
March 28: The Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Gollari Kondababu of Gadapari village and Lake Mohana Rao of Nallabilli, from an unspecified place under GK Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam District.
March 31: Guntur Police arrested the CPI-ML-Janashakti 'state secretary' Subhash alias Narayanalingam Tyagaraju alias Prakash in Guntur District. Police also arrested three of his associates and recovered four 12 bore SSB guns, a country-made pistol, 20 SLR live rounds and four thapanchas from their possession.
75 CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to the Korukonda Area Committee of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Police in Visakhapatnam District.
April 4: The Gurazala Police arrested three LWEs, identified as Mohan alias Prakash, Jathavatu Krishna Naik and Challa Ramalingeswara Rao, belonging to the CPI-ML-Janashakti, from a place in Karampudi mandal in Guntur District. The Police recovered a tapancha and a live cartridge from their possession.
April 10: Nakka Vijay alias Jeevan (29), a top cadre of the CPI-ML-Janashakti of Odisha surrendered before the Karimnagar District Police in Karimnagar on April 10 along with four weapons, ammunition and INR 311, 000 in cash. Jeevan, a native of Baddenapalli village of Sircilla mandal in Karimnagar District, joined the party in 2004.
April 16: Seeking to highlight the efficacy of the policies pursued by the Congress Government since 2004 to end the problem of LWE, Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy claimed that the number of CPI-Maoist cadres in the State had dwindled to mere 150 from 1,100 eight years ago.
April 18: Cadres of the Venkatapuram area committee of the CPI-Maoist allegedly killed one U. Guravaiah (23), branding him a Police informer, near Pedamidisileru village in Charla mandal of Khammam District.
April 19: Police in Neelampalli village of Mahadevpur mandal in Karimnagar District arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres during a regular vehicle checking. The arrestees were identified as V. Shekhar (30) and K. Shyamsundar (27), a former deputy dalam ‘commander’ and now working as active militant and native of Bhoorgudem.
April 23: Three Naxalites, including two belonging to the CPI-Maoist, surrendered in Warangal District. The surrendered Maoist cadres include ‘deputy commander’ of Sironcha dalam (South Gadchiroli division of Maharashtra), Pasham Swaroopa (22), and Agaboina Sambaiah (24), member of Singanna dalam that operates in Narasampet and Kothaguda areas. The third member, Gosula Raju, belongs to CPI-ML-New Democracy had been underground since 2009. He worked with the Suryam dalam in Kothaguda area.
All the 32 detained Adivasis of Chhattisgarh were produced before the executive magistrate in Kusumanchi mandal in Khammam District by the local Police and later let off. Kusumanchi Police took the 32 Adivasis, including seven women and five girls, into preventive custody while they were travelling in a bus from Bhadrachalam to Hyderabad to participate in the RDF meeting on April 22.
April 26: A constable of SIB of Andhra Police, Pangi Appanna, was shot dead by CPI-Maoist cadres at Paderu in Visakhapatnam District. Reportedly, the Maoists had also made an attempt on his life four years ago.
April 29: Normal life was partially hit in Vizianagaram District the first day of two-day bandh, April 29-30, called by the Korukonda area committee of the CPI-Maoist in the AOBSZC area. The committee had given a call for the bandh demanding suspension of the Operation Green Hunt.
April 30: The CPI-Maoist has ‘blamed’ SIB Head Constable K. Appanna, who was shot dead at Paderu on April 26 for converting Girijan youths into informers with inducement of money and undermining the revolution.
May 2: Some CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly destroyed country-made liquor and warned tribal people against brewing illicit liquor at the weekly shandy at Busiputtu village of Pedabayalu mandal in Visakhapatnam.
May 5: A CPI -Maoist leader, Gadi Rambabu, ‘deputy commander’ of Peddapalli Area Committee was arrested from the outskirts of Chinnaboyanpalli village in Eturunagaram area of Warangal District, Additional Senior Superintendent of Police (ASSP) Senthil Kumar said. 20 rounds of ammunition were also seized from his possession. He was carrying an award of INR 50,000 on his head and was also allegedly involved in the killing of AP Rayons Factory Deputy Manager Ramakrishna in May 2011, Police said.
May 10: Two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire in the Luvasingi forest area in G. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam District. The exchange of fire lasted three to four hours, according to unconfirmed reports. Later, the Police found bodies of two youths aged around 25 years. A tapancha and a bucketful of grenades were found near the bodies. They could be members of the armed militia of the Maoist outfit or members of the Korukonda area committee which is active in that area, Police said. Fifteen kit bags were recovered from the area where the exchange of fire took place.
The Maoists held a people's court in Mukkunur village of Mahadevpur forest area in Karimnagar District, fired at former Sarpanch Venkatswamy, beat up former block member Chinnappa and abducted a surrendered Maoist Narender.
A ‘deputy commander’ of the Galikonda dalam of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Aasu (32) of Mandapalli village of Koyyuru mandal in Visakhapatnam District, surrendered before the Police in East Godavari District. He carried a cash reward of INR 50,000 on head.
Police recovered a huge dump from Dadalikawada hamlet of Ramachandrapuram.
May 14: The Maoists partially blew up the quarters a forest section officer, Kurasam Rajulu, at Sitanagaram in Dummugudem mandal of Khammam District. Accusing him of harassing Adivasis (tribals), Maoists assaulted him with rifle butts also.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres fired at Mothugudem Sub Inspector, Srinivas, and two constables near Kothur village in Chintur mandal in Khammam District adjoining Konta block in Chhattisgarh while the Policemen were proceeding to Edugurallapalli in an autorickshaw. While Srinivas had a narrow escape, Ramesh, a constable of the Mothugudem Police Station, sustained a bullet wound. The Maoists were digging up the Boddugudem-Pothuru main road near Kothur (for the Bharat bandh on May 16) when the incident occurred. A case was registered against the members of the Sabari Dalam (squad), said Police.
May 16: Adilabad Police recovered a huge arms dump belonging to the CPI-Maoist from the Mangi-Dongapalli forest in Adilabad District.
The Maoists blocked vehicular movement on the Charla-Bhadrachalam main road near Devarapalli village in Charla mandal and on the Venkatapuram-Charla highway near Alubaka village in Khammam District as part of the nation-wide bandh called by the outfit.
May 20: Suspected Maoists shot dead a former Naxalite suspecting him to be a police informer at Bojjiguppa village in Bhadrachalam rural mandal in Khammam District.
May 21: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly whisked away two youths from the interior village of Dongala Jaggaram in Chintur mandal in Khammam District in the midnight for questioning in connection with the whereabouts of one of their "targets". According to sources, the suspected Maoists let them off after questioning late in the evening of May 22.
May 27: An auto rickshaw driver was injured when a group of armed extremists opened fire on a siren-fitted auto rickshaw heading for night patrolling near a paddy field in Charla town in Bhadrachalam division in Khammam District around midnight. P Nagendra (22) sustained bullet wounds. However, no policeman was present in the auto rickshaw.
May 29: Police arrested three Maoist sympathisers from an area under Mahadevpur Police Station in Karimnagar District. The arrestees identified as V. Shekhar (30) of Neelampalli village and A. Satyanarayana (20) and T. Prasada Rao (37) of Mukunuru village of Mahadevpur mandal (administrative unit) were directly, involved in the attack on former Congress elected representatives in Mukunuru village of the mandal in the District on May 9. The trio were also charged for aiding the Maoists and working as cover organisation members of the party.
June 4: Police arrested five Maoists from Gorellametta village under Koyyuru mandal in Vishakhapatnam District. The arrestees are identified as Tambelu Chinna Rao alias Buggu, Marri Chinna alias Vishnu, Pangi Appa Rao alias Judunga, Senderi Benny Babu alias Benny, Marri Nani alias Polu. Police recovered a landmine, wire bundles, batteries, detonators and other explosive materials from the arrested cadres. Buggu admitted that the Maoist leaders had asked them to store the landmine in the house. A Police official said the arrested were involved in attack on Police at Balapam and bus looting in Pedavalasa, GK Veedhi mandal.
June 6: Police unearthed a dump belonging to the CPI-Maoist from Venkatapur forests in Asifabad mandal in Adilabad District. The dump consisting of electric wires, torches, audio-video cassettes, nut-bolts, red flags, soap boxes, tea and green caps was found buried in the ground on the outskirts of Samitilagundam village.
June 10:The slain CPI-Maoist Central Committee leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad's wife Koliparthy Padma alias Seetakka and six others were arrested at Khanapur village in Narsampet division of Warangal District. Padma is a member of Maoist party Nallamala division committee. Sources said Padma, four members of a family, all of whom are hardcore Maoists and two others were heading to the forests for a 'contact' with Chhattisgarh Maoist leaders along with courier Kiran. Police also recovered INR 40,000 from them. Athmakur Ramanaiah, wife Annapoorna, son Sunil and daughter Bujjamma were among the four other arrested Maoists belonging to the same family.
June 21: M. Chandram, a Naxalite active during the 90s and who worked in Girayipalli dalam in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh, surrendered before N. Koti Reddy, ASP at Siddipet. According to Reddy, Chandram was underground and took shelter in Mumbai for the past 15 years.
June 25: The special party Police unearthed a major CPI-Maoist arms dump, including rocket launchers and its spare parts, at Palagedda in Y Ramavaram mandal in East Godavari District. The Police unearthed six to eight main parts of a rocket launcher, iron rods used as barrels of double and single barrel guns, bolts and nuts. They also recovered iron rods intended to be made into barrels for guns, besides other explosive material. According to sources, the rocket launchers were believed to have been procured from Chennai where the outfit's technical committee member Madhu established a manufacturing unit.
Two top CPI-Maoist cadres, Vijay Kumar Arya and V Subramaniam, who were lodged in a high security cell in Bhagalpur central jail, were taken to Hyderabad by Andhra Pradesh Police after obtaining their transit remand from a court in Katihar District of Bihar.
June 27: Protesting against bauxite mining and the Operation Green Hunt, Maoists set ablaze an excavator being used for laying a 10 kilometres road between Chatrapalle and Galikonda in GK Veedhi mandal, which is near to the area where bauxite deposits are present in Visakhapatnam District. The Maoists are opposing the Government’s plans to exploit the huge bauxite reserve in the Visakha Agency. About 15 armed Maoists of the Galikonda area committee, including women, were involved in the incident.
June 28: A landmine weighing 15 kg concealed under a culvert on Laxminagaram-Maraigudem road in Dummugudem mandal in Khammam District, in an alleged bid to kill Policemen was recovered by the Police during a combing operation.
June 29: The Dummugudem Police registered cases against the CPI-Maoist Khammam District secretary Kiran and other Maoists on the charges of planting a landmine under a culvert on Laxminagaram-Maraigudem road in Dummugudem mandal that was recovered by Police on June 28.
July 1: Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by police at Rallagedda in GK Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam District. Sources said that the Maoists were armed and gathered at a house for a meeting. They were surrounded and with the Police party far outnumbering the Maoists the latter had to give in. The Maoist cadres have among them at least one woman member and are carrying rifles and double barrel guns. Along with the Maoists about 30 villagers were also brought to Narsipatnam. However, a top Police official here did not go beyond confirming the arrest of the six Maoists. The arrested cadres were yet to be identified, he added.
July 9: The SFs unearthed a major Maoist dump in the faraway Duggeru forest area in Makkuva mandal of Vizianagaram District. The dump contained more than 40 kilograms of explosive material and other weapons.
The Alwal Police arrested four persons, including three former Naxalites, for their alleged involvement in extortion cases in Medak District. Police seized a 6 mm pistol, five live rounds and two bikes from their possession. The arrestees are identified as P Anjaiah (32), of Lakdaram village, Ramesh Reddy (34), of Rudraram, Harikrishna Reddy (35), of Dukampur and Srinivas (31), of Jakkampet of the District.
July 14: Special task force and CRPF personnel unearthed a Maoist dump containing 50 country made empty grenades and its parts, eight empty pressure mines, seventy-one 12 bore cartridges, one transistor, tape recorder, man pack and dry batteries in the forest area of YSR Palli in Komarada mandal of Vizianagaram. Police suspect AOBSZC and Srikakulam-Koraput Joint Division Committee of the CPI-Maoist have planted the dump with an intention to target combing parties. This was the second incident in the last couple of days. Recently, the combing parties chanced upon two landmines planted beneath a road at Duggeru in Makkuva mandal.
July 16: The Police arrested seven members of CNM, a CPI-Maoist cultural outfit, and two APCLC leaders from platform No 53 of Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in Hyderabad city. The 18-member CNM team arrived in the city on the invitation of APCLC to perform cultural programmes for creating awareness among people about the recent encounter killings of civilians by anti-Maoist forces at Basaguda in Chhattisgarh. The six minor girls and five minor boys of CNM who have also been taken into custody were sent to juvenile home and later they were to be handed over to the family members.
July 17: A former LWE cadre B. Venkanna (30) belonging to the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana, and his wife Sunitha, who allegedly made telephone calls to a top official of the Heavy Water Plant at Manuguru seeking to extort money, were arrested by the Police in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh. The Police seized ten gelatine sticks and some detonators from Venkanna.
July 20: The Bhadrachalam rural Police have claimed that they have arrested Bandi Kiran, a B.Tech student, and the son of the CPI-Maoist leader Bandi Prakash, and two “couriers” of the outfit under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act in Khammam District. ASP Gajarao Bhupal said Kiran and two Maoist couriers N. Venkat and Kamesh were detained along with revolutionary literature.
Meanwhile, the first day of the two-day bandh of the AOB to protest against Operation Green Hunt failed to evoke any response in Visakhapatnam District. There were no untoward incidents reported in any of the 11 mandals in the agency area.
July 22: A suspected woman CPI-Maoist squad commander of Chhattisgarh was reportedly detained by the Police in Charla mandal in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh.
July 24: As many as 148 members of the CPI-Maoist militia and frontal organisations of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered en masse before the Police at Bhadrachalam in Khammam District.
The Police arrested nine members of a ten-member gang of pseudo-Maoists who committed offences claiming themselves as members of Sambashivudu dalam and Thummala Bhagavanthu dalam from VLN Poultry farm situated on the outskirts of Arkepally village of Madgul mandal in Mahbubnagar District.
August 3: Police arrested five dalam members of the CPI-Maoist during a combing operation in Chelamalla forest area of the Charla mandal of Bhadrachalam division in Khammam District. Two guns, ammunition and sharp weapons were also seized from them. After interrogation, it was revealed that the five Maoists worked in the Venkatapuram area committee and were members of the Sukhadev and Sunil dalams.
August 8: Kodapa Ganesh, a deserter Police constable, who later got to the status of one of the most wanted Naxalites, surrendered himself to Adilabad District Police. According to the Police files, the Naxalite is known as a member of Mangi dalam and carried a reward of INR 20,000. He is believed to have operated in Chhattisgarh’s Dandakaranya area and Odisha before coming back.
August 9: The Andhra Pradesh Government extended by one year the ban on the CPI-Maoist and six of its affiliates while declaring the Revolutionary Democratic Front as an "unlawful association". The ban on CPI-Maoist has been extended as per the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act, 1992 and would come into effect from August 17, the order said.
August 17: The Venkatapuram area committee of the CPI-Maoist has given a bandh call for Khammam District in protest against the alleged oppression of tribals by the Government. The Maoists pasted wall posters near Dosillapalli and the nearby villages in Charla mandal of the District on August 15 midnight as a prelude to the District bandh, sources said.
The Police arrested three alleged Naxalites belonging to the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana on the charge of extortion in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh. The alleged Naxals were identified as M Sreenu, Nageshwar Rao and Pittala Ilaiah (all from Warangal District). Police seized two SBML guns from them. The three were a part of armed squad under Gampala Raghupathi alias Mohananna alias Damodar.
August 20: T. Anil Kumar, member of the technical wing of CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police at Veluru area in Chilakaluripet mandal in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. Kumar is a member of the Maoists' Dandakaranya committee which is active in some pockets of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Maharashtra.
August 27: Pothuru Raja Rao alias Bhupati (32), a top leader of the east division committee of the CPI-Maoist carrying a reward of INR 300,000 on his head, surrendered before the Police in Vishakhapatnam District. Bhupati was allegedly involved in the attack on the Chodavaram Police Station in August 2002, the Balimela incident of June 2008, exchange of fire at Gunukurai and Rasarai and killing of five tribals. “East division and the party have been weakened. Arrogance on the part of some leaders and the decisions taken by them are the reasons. The party ideology is also getting diluted. I opposed the killing of Majji Madhava Rao (AP Forest Development Corporation’s employee) but they went ahead,” Bhupati said.
August 30: Suspected Maoists set ablaze a BSNL cell tower and damaged a cable box by dousing it with oil procured from a generator at Yerrasamanthula Valasa village in Makkuva mandal in Vizianagaram District in protest against the fake encounter death of Maoist Rajendra at Kommuguda village in Bandhugaon block in Koraput District (Odisha) on August 18.
About 30 armed Maoists went to the village and pasted posters on walls and tied banners announcing Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) bandh on August 31.
September 6: Six cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrendered before the Additional Superintendent of Police A.R. Damodar at Paderu in the Agency area of the Visakhapatnam District on September 5, reports The Hindu. The surrendered Maoists were members of the Galikonda, Korukonda and Pedabayalu Dalams (squads) who were involved in major incidents such as the Balimela, Gunukurai and Pedavalasa. Some of them said they were disillusioned with the Maoist party while others claimed they were leaving it on health grounds. The surrendered Maoists were Pangi Shakeela alias Chinni (21), Madatakonda Sujata (23), Pangi Anjali (21), Gemmili Lokesh (26), Korra Radhakrishna alias Ramesh (24) and Korra Kameswara Rao alias Balti (25).
September 10: Police arrested seven persons including five on charge of acting as couriers for the CPI-Maoist and two armed militia members of the outfit for allegedly firing on a Police official in Khammam District. Police recovered 50 gelatin sticks, INR 40,000 in cash, some medicines, snake anti-venom, besides five cell-phones from the possession of the couriers.
Police also arrested two armed militia members identified as M Chukka and Makkammudda, who were part of a 150-member militia group from Chhattisgarh which fired on a Police official belonging to Mothugudem in May.
September 22: A CPI-Maoist leader of Maharashtra State Committee identified as K. Ashok Reddy alias Murali and three alleged Maoist couriers identified as Chintapalli Venkateshwarlu alias Srinu, a native of Chinturu, S.K. Bhikku Bhai alias Basha of Kurnool District and A. Venkataramana of Kadapa District were arrested by the Police during a vehicle-checking operation in Charla mandal in Khammam District. Ashok Reddy was proceeding along with three Maoist couriers to meet some of the top leaders of the CPI-Maoist with an objective to strengthen the outfit in the north Telangana area.
September 24: The STF personnel unearthed a landmine weighing three kilograms placed under the road between Kolleguda and Balesu villages in G.L. Puram mandal in Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh. The landmine, concealed in a steel carrier, has one kilogram of explosive material, two detonators, and 80 crude iron particles.
October 8: Addressing tribal farmers of Paderu Agency area at Konthili village in Hukumpeta mandal in Visakhapatnam District, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said the Government should be spending more time in development works than deploying paramilitary forces in the Agency areas of the District, and called upon the tribal people to participate in developmental activities and not support the CPI-Maoist.
October 9: Jangu alias Pawan, commander in-charge of platoon number 23 and his wife Laxmi Aundhi, who belonged to local operation squads, surrendered before the Adilabad District Police in Andhra Pradesh. The couple was active in Maoist-hit Mohla-Manpur and Aundhi area in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh, Vij said. Jangu was active in Chhattisgarh since 2006.
October 11: CPI-Maoist east division’s official spokesperson Vijayalakshmi in a press release sent to reporters in Visakha Agency area has alleged that some statements are being issued in the name of its leader Azad and a group of persons are extorting money from people in the Agency and the plain areas, including Visakhapatnam city, in the name of Maoist party.
October 16: Four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed K. Venkat Reddy (45), a Congress leader at Reddygudem in Palvancha mandal in Khammam District. The Maoists left behind a letter at the incidents site in the name of the Badru dalam of the Kothaguda-Narsampet area.
October 26: Two vehicles comprising a Bolero jeep and a truck of Essar Company engaged in repair work of the Essar Kirandul--Vizag pipeline at Digajenaba hamlet were set ablaze allegedly by the CPI-Maoist cadres under GK Veedhi Mandal limits in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.
October 29: Punem Saraiah, CPI-Maoist 'militia commander-in-chief' of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, was arrested by the Bhadrachalam Sub-Divisional Police during a joint combing operation with CRPF personnel in the Kurnapalli forest area in Charla mandal in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh. The Police recovered a stengun, ten bullets, a claymore mine and other explosive material from his possession.
November 3: DGP Dinesh Reddy while speaking to media after inaugurating the CRPF barracks at Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam District said, 15 helicopters would be deployed soon to track and flush out Maoists from the dense forests of AOB which is one of their strongholds in the country after the Dandakaranya region in Chhattisgarh. The DGP said the UAV would be available for full-fledged operations within three-four months.
November 5: Kovasi Eduma (22), and Madakam Jyothi (20), both Maoist dalam members of Konta area in Chhattisgarh, were arrested by the Police near Aswapurampadu under Karakagudem Police Station in Pinapaka mandal in Khammam District. Maoist banners and pamphlets were recovered from their possession.
November 8: The Fourth Additional District and Sessions Court in Tirupati in Chittoor District acquitted Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar and another accused Gangi Reddy in Alipiri bomb blast case allegedly targeting former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in 2003, on the ground that the prosecution reportedly failed to prove the charges against them beyond doubt. The court, however, upheld the seven-year sentence awarded to two other accused Ramaswamy Reddy and Nagarjuna, both gelatin stick traders.
November 9: Kammella Raghavaiah (38), a Congress leader in Mahadevpur mandal was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Pankena village in Karimnagar District. The Maoists were suspecting that Raghavaiah was a Police informer.
Bandarapu Mallaiah alias Chandranna, heading South division of the CPI Maoist in Gadchiroli of Maharashtra and his wife Gadhagoni Balavva alias Vijaya, reportedly surrendered to the Andhra Pradesh Police in Khammam District.
November 10: A group of six former Naxalites demanded that justice be given to them in the shape of rehabilitation as promised when they had surrendered themselves to the law.
November 11: The NTSZC of CPI-Maoist pasted wall posters in Borlagudem, Sthambampalli and Kotharegulagudem villages of Mahamutharam mandal in Karimnagar District appealing the people to observe north Telangana bandh on November 15 and 16 in protest against the anti-people policies of the State and the Central Governments.
November 15: Despite stepped up surveillance by the Police, CPI-Maoist cadres felled trees at K Kondapuram in Venkatapuram mandal of Khammam District in broad daylight and disrupted vehicular movement on Venkatapuram-Bhadrachalam road on the first day of the two-day north Telangana bandh called by NTSZC of the CPI-Maoist.
November 19 : A top CPI-Maoist leader, Bandarapu Mallaiah alias Chandranna, who operated in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra and was allegedly involved in several attacks including the ambush at Lahiri in 2009 in which 15 Police personnel were killed, surrendered before the Khammam District Police.
November 20: CPI-Maoist cadres stopped APSRTC bus plying between Deverapalli and Narsipatnam at Lingavaram in G.K. Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam District and hung banners and pasted posters on it asking people to observe and make success the weeklong 12th anniversary of the PLGA week being observed from December 2 to 8.
CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire a road-roller at Deverapalli in GK Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam District.
November 21: A former Sarpanch of Vanchela Panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam District managed to escape from the clutches of CPI-Maoist cadres.
Six CPI-Maoist sympathisers were arrested by a Special Combing Party near Deekshakunta forest area in Warangal District.
December 1: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal man, identified as Madakam Adamal (45), accusing him of being a Police informer at a habitation of Gutti Koyas near Thatilanka village in Chintur mandal in Khammam District.
The CPI-Maoist urged the people to join PLGA, the military wing of the Maoists, to protect the natural resources of the forests, through posters and leaflets pasted at Sapparla in GK Veedhi mandal in the name of Galikonda Area Committee in Vishakhapatnam District.
December 2: The PLGA Week celebrations began on December 2 and went on smoothly with no major incident being reported from the region.
December 6: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres of the Sabari Dalam allegedly poured kerosene on a parked road roller and set it ablaze at Burkankota village in Chintur mandal in Khammam District. The Maoists left behind a letter, at the incident site, demanding stoppage of the road works.
December 11: The Andhra Pradesh State Government has permitted the intelligence department to hire a Mi-172 helicopter for anti-Maoist operation, at a cost of INR 150 million per year.
December 17: The CPI-Maoist Central leadership handed over the responsibilities of AOBSZC to the senior-most commander among the present lot, Gajarla Ravi alias Uday alias Ganesh alias Charcharla Ganesh, giving rest to Central Committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK.
December 24: The MHA has advised LWE affected States to set up joint task forces while choppers are being provided for anti-Maoist operations, said V. Dinesh Reddy, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.
December 26: Andhra Pradesh Government has announced cash rewards ranging from INR 1 to INR 2.5 million to encourage the CPI-Maoist cadres to surrender in the State.
December 27: To eliminate the CPI-Maoist influence in Visakha Agency and to facilitate the safe transit of VVIPs, the Andhra Pradesh State Government sanctioned INR 2.4 million to construct six helipads in the District.
January 2: Three top CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and another got injured in an encounter with STF personnel assisted by CoBRA near Matiyaon village under Chutia Police Station in Rohtas District. The recovered dead bodies of the slain Maoists were identified as ‘area commander’ Kashi Kaul (28) of Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Guddu Singh alias Prasadji (30) of Chandauli District in UP and Santosh Yadav (28) of Garhwa District in Jharkhand. The injured Maoist, identified as Sushil Choudhury, a resident of Madhukutia village under the Nauhatta Police Station area in Rohtas District, was arrested during the encounter. Police recovered one SLR, one looted Police rifle, one automatic semi-rifle, one 315 bore rifle, one walkie-talkie, several detonators and live cartridges from the encounter site.
January 5: A CPI-Maoist cadre, suspected to have been involved in a massacre in 2010, was arrested from Kathaura village in Munger District. SP P Kannan said Sanjay Yadav was arrested during an anti-Maoist operation in the village under Dharhara Police Station. Yadav was believed to be having been involved in a massacre of five tribals at Karaili in the District in 2010, he added.
January 6: Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested during search operations in Gaya District. Acting on a tip-off, a Police team assisted by the STF of Bihar Police raided three places in the District and arrested the Maoists and recovered five drums (500 quintals) explosives, besides three country-made pistols and cash worth INR 475, 000 from their possession, City SP Satyavir Singh said. The Police started combing operation in the area and raids were being conducted in some areas of the adjoining areas in Jehanabad District, Singh added.
January 7: Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including two women, were arrested from Sheohar District. Acting on a tip-off, the Police raided Sultanpur village and arrested the four Maoists, SP Natasha Guria said. The Police recovered two country-made pistols and eleven live cartridges from them, the SP said. Those arrested were involved in several Maoist operations in the District during the past four years, the SP said.
Shyam Nandan Sharma alias Lota Singh, a ‘zonal secretary’ of the CPI-Maoist was arrested in Begusarai District. SP Chhatranil Singh said acting on a tip-off, the Police raided a place and arrested Sharma, near Bagha rail outpost. The Police recovered some explosives and a landmine along with a mobile phone from him.
A top Maoist, identified as Kashi Chaudhary, was arrested from Suarwa Manava village in Rohtas District, Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj said. Acting on a tip-off, the Police raided the area and arrested Kashi, SP Maharaj said. Chaudhary was wanted in connection with several Maoist operations, he said. The Police recovered a stolen Police rifle and 40 cartridges from him.
January 9: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the camp office of a road construction firm and set ablaze four vehicles on national highway no.77 in Sitamarhi District. DSP Alok Kumar said, the Maoists after the operation pasted a pamphlet asking the private firm to stop construction of the road. A combing operation was launched in the area to arrest the Maoists.
January 10: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres abducted three labourers of a private construction company after setting ablaze five earthmoving machines at two places in Sitamarhi District. The Police said about 25 armed cadres raided the construction site of Rajendra Singh and Brothers Construction (Private) Ltd Company at Maniari on Sitamarhi-Riga Road around 10.30pm [local time] and held the labourers captive. The Maoists also fired in the air and hurled bombs to terrorise the residents, who could not muster courage to challenge them. The Maoists later escaped from the area abducting three labourers. They also left pamphlets demanding money from the owner of the company.
Another group of Maoists attacked the camp office of the same company at Kataujha under Runnisaidpur Police Station. The Maoists assaulted the company's driver, Sitaram, and set ablaze a JCB machine. They threatened the proprietor of the firm with dire consequences if he did not fulfil their extortion demand.
January 11: The Police officers gathered at the hilly range under the Maoist-hit Tilauthu Police Station area in Rohtas District to hold a first-of-its-kind review meeting to check the Maoist menace. SHOs, Inspectors and Deputy DSPs had assembled to chalk out strategies to curb Maoist activities in the District.
January 13: An alert has been sounded in Sonepur Railway Division of ECR in the wake of intelligence reports, that the CPI-Maoist might target railway stations on Republic Day. According to intelligence inputs received by the RPF in Samastipur, Maoists might target railway stations on Republic Day, particularly Karpoorigram railway station under Sonepur division in Samastipur District. The RPF had received threats from 'sub-zonal commander' Kamleshwari Thakur alias Ranjit, 'area commander' Rakesh alias Bihari and Women squad 'commander' Shila, the sources said.
January 17: Around 100 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up one mobile tower in Sanda village under the Kutumba Police Station in Aurangabad District. The Maoists also assaulted Radhe Singh, the guard, before leaving the spot. The Maoists then moved to Sonarkhap village, around 1.5 kilometres from Sanda village, and set ablaze another mobile tower. Later, they left the place shouting anti-government slogans. The incidents happened during the 24-hour bandh call given by the Maoists in protest against the killing of their cadres in an encounter on January 2 with the Police in Rohtas District, sources said.
January 18: The Police official said a Maoist identified as Dinesh Pandit was arrested from Chiraiya village in Sheohar District. Acting on a tip off, the Police raided and arrested Pandit and recovered a semi-automatic pistol from him. SP, Natasha Guriya said the Maoist was suspected to be involved in several criminal activities in Sheohar and Sitamarhi Districts.
The Maoists have put a village headman under house arrest and locked up another’s residence in the Gaya District amid a bandh call in protest against the killing of Maoist leader Sushil alias Naresh Bhuian by Police in Rohtas District on December 27. Darogi Singh Bhokta, the mukhiya of Chakarbandha panchayat, cannot come out of his house, while Mahuri mukhiya Manoj Paswan cannot enter his house for the past couple of days. Both the panchayats fall under Dumaria block in Sherghati sub-division of Gaya District. According to sources, Bhokta and Paswan have faced the Maoists’ wrath for defying their diktat not to contest the panchayat elections in the Dumaria block in May and June in 2011.
January 20: Six Maoists were arrested from two villages under Minapur Police Station in Muzaffarpur District after a group of 15 Maoists tried to kill a Police informant in Belahi-Lachchi village. Three Maoists, identified as Vijay Paswan, Mahesh Patel and Roshan Kumar, were caught by villagers and handed over to the Police in the early hours. Three others were arrested from a nearby village. SSP Rajesh Kumar said the Police also recovered a pistol, a crude bomb, seven cartridges and four cell phones from their possession. Around 6pm, three more Maoists from the group, identified as Mohammed Ishraful, Prabhu Sahni and Munna Rai were arrested during a raid at Feni Chhapra village also under Minapur Police Station, about 7 kilometres from Belahi-Lachchi. Eight pistols, a gun, an AK-47 rifle and 300 rounds of cartridge were recovered from them.
January 21: The Bihar Police neutralised six CPI-Maoist bunkers and recovered about one quintal of explosives and detonators at Harpetta village under the Nauhatta Police Station during a combing operation code named ‘Operation Vishwas’ in Kaimur Hills in Rohtas District. The operation was carried out by a joint team of the CRPF’s CoBRA battalion troopers, the State Armed Police and District Policemen. Rohtas SP Manu Maharaj said the SFs came across the six bunkers at the village which were immediately destroyed. A search, thereafter, led to the recovery of a large cache of ammunition comprising 80 detonators, 12 powerful can bombs and a huge quantity of explosives, besides Maoist uniforms.
The Police arrested five criminals including a Maoist ‘area commander’ identified as Chandan Kumar at Ramlakh village under the Natawar Police Station, in the District. The Police said the arrests were made following a tip off that some criminals moving around in a suspicious manner near Ramlakh village to commit a major crime. A special Police team was immediately formed and rushed to the village to foil the plan. The Police team recovered one carbine, one rifle, two pistols and a dozen live cartridges.
Arms licence was issued to 61 tribal people for self defence against Maoists in Rohtas District. "They were issued arms licence to instill confidence and enable them to defend themselves in the event of being attacked by Maoists," DM Anupam Kumar said. SP Manu Maharaj told the tribal people against the misuse of the guns else the licences will be cancelled. More than 500 tribal people left their villages in Rohtas, Nauhatta and Chenari blocks and took shelter at a base camp at Chenari after a series of attacks in July last year in Kaimur forest range. Now they have returned to their villages so arms licence were issued after thorough assessment of the threats from Maoists, the sources said.
Spiritual leader Sri Ravishankar appealed to the Maoists to renounce violence and join the mainstream for their own well being and that of the society. "There can be no solution to problems through violence ... an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood can indeed help change the society for the better," he said at a discourse at Madanpur village in Aurangabad District.
January 24: A Police official was injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Maigara village in Gaya District. Dinesh Mahto, the SHO of Roshanganj Police Station, while heading an operation against the CPI-Maoist received a bullet injury in his thigh. Earlier, the CoBRA battalion, the STF and the local Police received a tip off about the movement of about 200 Maoists in the area and launched the operation.
January 25: The SFs neutralised a bunker and recovered a cache explosives and other materials from a CPI-Maoist hide-out after an encounter in Sugarmanwa forest in Rohtas District. Acting on information, SFs launched a combing operation against a group of armed Maoists hiding in Sugarmanwa forest where a brief encounter took place, the SP Manu Maharaj said. After forcing the Maoists to retreat, the SFs neutralised a bunker and recovered a cache of cane bombs, detonators, Maoists literature and Police dresses from the forest.
January 29: Three CPI-Maoist cadres wanted in connection with several incidents of Maoist violence and criminal cases were arrested from Rohtas, Sheohar and Munger Districts. Maoists 'area commander', identified as Arvind Ram alias Kaushalji was arrested by the Police from Chutia village in Rohtas District, SP Manu Maharaj said. Ram, a native of Navadih village, was said to be the 'area commander' of Tilouthu-Nauhatta region of the Maoist-infested District, Maharaj said.
Maoist 'area commander' Sunil Raut was arrested from Bashi Jagdishpur village in Sheohar District, SP Natash Gudia said, adding a country-made pistol and two live ammunitions were recovered from his possession. Raut was wanted in connection with several cases of Maoist violence in Sheohar, East Champaran and Sitamarhi District, SP Natash Gudia added.
Maoist cadre Anil Manjhi was arrested from Bhangalwa village in Munger District, DSP, Jamalpur, Ranjan Kumar said. Manjhi was wanted in connection with several cases of Maoist violence including, the DSP said.
February 4: The Rohtas Police arrested a Maoist cadre, identified as Babulal Yadav, belonging to Babhantalao village under Nauhatta Police Station area, and recovered three can bombs meant for ambushing Police vehicles from him in Taradih village of the Kaimur Hills in Rohtas District.
The Police detected and seized standing opium crops on a 10-acre plot in Hasadi village under the Nauhatta Police Station area in the Kaimur Hills in the District during a combing operation.
February 5: The beheaded body of a villager, identified as Md Jabbar (45), who was abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres a week ago, was recovered from Garhi More in Jamui District. On January 30, the villager had been abducted and two others killed by armed Maoists at Milantaand village in the District.
The STF arrested Dhudhnath Yadav alias Birin, a 'sub-zonal commander' of the Barabar Committee of the CPI-Maoist, near Shahpur under Shahpur Police Station in Patna District.
February 6: A joint team of Bihar Police and CRPF raided a CPI-Maoist training camp in Bheem Bandh forest in Jamui District and neutralised two bunkers. Several Maoist literature and some daily use items were seized during the operation, the Police said adding the Maoists, however, managed to escape.
February 7: The Police arrested four CPI-Maoist cadres, involved in the abduction of a businessman Vijay Nayak, when he was returning from Konch area on February 01, in Gaya District. The arrested Maoists are identified as Raja Yadav, Taniklal Yadav, Budhan Yadav and Katlu Sav who are involved in Maoist related activities like weapon loot and abductions.
February 7-8: In a massive joint combing operation in Jamui Hills area, the CRPF, STF and DAP personnel neutralised three CPI-Maoist bunkers, recovered nearly two tonnes of explosives and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from Narkol village and adjoining areas under Barhat Police Station in Jamui District. DIG, CRPF, Umesh Kumar said though Maoist had left the area after coming to know of Police advancing towards their hideout, 13 rifles, 500 detonators, hundreds of Improvised Explosive Devices, 13 magazines of INSAS rifles, ladies garments, 700 woollen blankets, over 100 plastic sheets used for making makeshift homes, a large number of condoms, Sintex water tank, sewing machine, beer bottles, utensils and ration were recovered by the Force.
February 9: Acting on a tip-off, the Police raided Khejuri village and arrested Satyendra Das alias Vidhyak, a self-styled 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist in Gaya District. Vidhyak was wanted in the 2005 Jehanabad jail break, and in connection with several Maoist operations carried out in Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya Districts.
February 21: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a cadre of the TPC, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, at Baratetrai village under Nabinagar block of Aurangabad District. The slain TPC cadre was identified as Anil Ram. Police said Ram belonged to Rambigha village under the Japla Police Station in Jharkhand.
February 24: The UMHA has approved construction of 85 anti-Naxalite Police Stations in Bihar. Bihar had sought 100 Police Stations under the scheme in which UMHA had approved construction of 400 fortified Police Stations in nine Maoist-affected states.
February 25: A CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested from Bangalwa village in Munger District. Acting on a tip-off Police raided the village and arrested Saheb Manjhi. He was allegedly involved in the killing of six tribals at Kareli village in Munger District in 2010.
February 28: About 40 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the office of a private road construction company and set ablaze a JCB and a hot mixing plant for not complying with their extortion demand at Bakhra in Muzaffarpur District. The Maoists also assaulted company employees when they tried to put up a resistance, Police said adding that they also snatched two mobile phones from the labourers.
March 2: In a suspected CPI-Maoist attack, two Government officials were killed while another was seriously injured, in Sitamarhi District, Police sources said. The victims were identified as officials from the Bihar State Bridge Construction Corporation. Project manager G.B. Singh and engineer Vikas Mishra died on the spot while site in-charge Ramadeen Pandey, was injured.
March 4: 23 CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the Police with arms and ammunitions in Bihar's Muzaffarpur District in the presence of a large number of local people. The Maoists handed over 14 rifles, six country-made pistols and 100 rounds of ammunition to the Police.
March 10: A joint combing operation, codenamed 'Sarvanash', begun on March 7 by CRPF, Jamui and Banka Police against CPI-Maoists in the border area of the two Districts ended with the arrest of Babulal Yadav, a Maoist and the prime accused in the killing of Prayag Yadav, a former head of Chilkari Panchayat in Banka in March 2010.
March 11: Ravi Kumar (22), an engineering student from Ranchi was injured by a stray bullet when alleged CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at Habbipur village under Rajpur Police Station in Rohtas District. Rajesh Sharma, an active member of the now disbanded MCC, had land dispute with a fellow villager, Lalan Singh which was intervened by Rajpur block pramukh Rajendra Singh. About six members of an armed squad of the Maoists attacked the relatives of Rajendra Singh while they were on their way to the local market where Ravi, who had gone to the market to buy vegetables, was hit by a stray bullet which was fired by the Maoists. Police seized 15 cartridges of .315 bore and an empty cartridge during a search at Rajesh's house.
The Police arrested Amarnath Sahni, a CPI-Maoist cadre from a private nursing home in Tajpur area in Samastipur District. Sahni, a native of Vaishali District, was wanted in several incidents of Maoist insurgency in the District, SP Varun Kumar Sinha said.
March 13: The CRPF and the Bihar Police personnel seized a haul of arms and ammunition from a CPI-Maoist hideout in Kumbhi forest of Gaya District. The recovery included three country-made bombs, four drum-bombs, 17 cartridges and a haul of explosives, SSP, Vinay Kumar, said.
March 18: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze three JCB machines of a private construction firm at Bahadurpur village under Rafiganj Police Station in Aurangabad District. Sources said, around 50 heavily armed Maoists raided the office of the private construction firm, Shakti Constructions, and set ablaze three JCB machines engaged in road construction in the area. The Maoists also assaulted the munshi of the firm before setting the machines on fire.
March 21: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a blast at a railway track and set afire two mobile phone towers and a tractor in Jamui District, Police said. A group of heavily armed Maoists triggered a blast at the railway track near Narganju rail station, disrupting train services. In Sanowar area, the Maoists set ablaze two mobile phone towers and a tractor.
March 22: Over 50 heavily armed CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a dynamite blast to blow up the Khaira Block office, and later set on fire the official files in Jamui District.
The Maoists set ablaze 12 sand-laden trucks at Gidheshwar Ghat under the Khaira Police Station area in the District, during their two-day East Bihar and Jharkhand bandh agitation to protest the arrest of their five leaders from various places in Bihar and Jharkhand, Police sources said. No casualties were reported in these incidents, the sources added.
March 25: A group of heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two JCB machines of a road construction company at Kutidih in Aurangabad District. The refusal of the company to pay money to the Maoists was stated to be the motive for the attack, the Police said.
March 26: The Bihar Police busted a hideout of CPI-Maoist leader Dev Kumar Singh alias Arvind in Aurangabad District and arrested five Maoists and recovered arms and ammunition. The arrested Maoists were in charge of procuring arms and ammunition for the Maoists in Bihar and Jharkhand, the Police claimed.
Two Maoists, identified as identified as Rakesh alias Manoj alias Akhilesh Singh and Udit Kumar Singh alias Tulsi alias Toofan, were arrested from a building near Town School in Gandhi Nagar area under Town Police Station in the District, with a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The Police recovered 3600 cartridges, 1,000 ml of Trio nitrate methane explosive, one packet of sodium bicarbonate, five packets of naphthalene, two rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), one rocket launcher, three magazines and 20 litres of other chemicals. The Police also recovered INR 334,000, 17 cell phones, a Bolero jeep and 100 gloves, besides Maoist literature from the incident site.
The SFs arrested two LWEs from Lutuwa village in Gaya District. The SFs also recovered 17 wireless handsets, two walkie talkies, 12 chargers, three mobile SIM cards, 100 Police caps, 12 whistles, 12 belts and 22 mobile set adapters from them.
March 30: Around 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the Lutwa village under Imamganj Police Station in Gaya District and killed Ajay Yadav, a Public Distribution System dealer.
April 1: A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist identified as Dinesh Yadav was arrested from Belduria village of Rohtas District.
April 2: A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Arjun Chandravanshi was arrested from a hideout in Bishunpur village in Nauhatta in Rohtas District. Chandravanshi was wanted in about 18 cases, including a landmine blast near Dabua crossing in 2002 in which several Policemen were killed.
April 3: A top CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Mohan Rai was arrested from Khatwari village under Khaira Police Station area in Jamui District. Wires used for landmine explosion, INR 25,000 in cash and several other incriminating articles were recovered from his possession.
April 4: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a forest guard and three others from Amjhari village under Sono Police Station in Jamui District. The incident came to light on April 6 when the Maoists called up the forest guard Naresh Singh's son for ransom of INR one million.
April 7: Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including Bihari Sao, a 'self-styled commander' were arrested during a search operation following a tip-off from a forested area in Gaya District. Three country-made pistol and five live cartridges were recovered from their possession.
April 10: Four persons including Naresh Singh, a forest guard who were abducted by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres from near Batia forest under Sono Police Station on April 4, have been released. Singh and the labourers - Abul Ansari, Chotu Ansari and Mumtaz Ansari - were released in Chhabadi forest in Jamui District in the wee hours of the day.
April 12: In a joint operation, the CRPF and local Police, arrested a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Naresh Paswan, with arms and ammunition from near Jhanda chowk in East Champaran District. A pistol, two magazines and five ammunitions were seized from his possession.
April 15: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze five vehicles of a private road construction company at Dumri Buzurg village under Nayagaon Police Station in Saran District. Around 15 armed Maoists raided the office of the private road construction firm and set ablaze four dumpers and another vehicle parked there. Non-payment of levy demanded by the Maoists from the owner of the firm was probably the reason behind the incident.
April 19: The Saran District Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Vijay Ram and Dhaneshwar Manjhi, from Dariyapur village in connection with setting ablaze of five vehicles including four dumpers of a private construction firm, Madukan Construction Private Limited, at Dumri Buzurg village under Nayagaon Police Station in the District in the night of April 13. According to Police sources in Chapra, a pistol and 18 live cartridges were recovered from them.
April 22: Around 25 armed CPI-Maoist cadres raided a brick kiln and assaulted the labourers and set ablaze three tractors at a brick kiln at Sahajadpur village in Vaishali District.
The Bihar Government will install satellite phones at 85 places in Maoist and flood-affected Districts for better communication in times of emergency. An official of BSNL said satellite phones will be installed soon after equipment arrives in Patna.
April 23: Ten French tourists, detained in Nawada District for violating visa rules, were deported from Bihar. The Police suspected the tourists had been working for a Maoist-sympathiser voluntary group, claiming to be working for rights of the landless people. They were sent to New Delhi from where they will have to catch the first flight home.
April 29: SFs recovered six can bombs from Kanani forest in Kharagpur Police Station area of Munger District. The SFs also detained three persons on suspicion of being CPI-Maoist cadres.
Acting on a tip off, a Police team from adjoining Purnia District raided a hideout and arrested Mahesh Yadav, a CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ in Katihar District.
Six SPs in the State are facing Maoist threat. While two SPs have been threatened for not attending the Maoists' (Kangaroo) courts, the other four are on the hit list for launching operation against the CPI-Maoist. The SPs who are facing Maoist threat are: Jamui SP Upendra Sharma, Banka SP Vikas Barman, Gaya SP Vinay Kumar, Gopalganj SP Nitasha Guria, East Champaran SP Ganesh Kumar and Rohtas SP Manu Maharaj.
April 30: Twenty-seven suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested during a joint combing operation by the STF of Bihar Police and CRPF personnel besides DAP personnel at Bhim Bandh forest in Munger District.
May 3: The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Sudarshan Bhuian alias Gupta, during a combing operation in Karbandaria forests in Rohtas District. Gupta was wanted in several cases including the firing on Policemen in Taradih village during 2010 assembly polls and attack on the BSF camp in Dansha village in 2009.
May 5: The SFs arrested Chhabila Sahni alias Mushar Sahni, an ‘area commander’ of the CPI -Maoist, from a hideout under Mufassil Police Station area in East Champaran District.
May 6: A Maoist, identified as Nathuni Sah, was arrested by the SFs from Sishani village in East Champaran District. Acting on a tip off, the Police and the CRPF in a joint operation arrested Sah along with a sophisticated pistol and nine rounds of ammunition. Sah was wanted in connection with 11 cases of bank loot, murder, dacoity and Maoist-related violence in East Champaran and neighbouring Sitamarhi Districts.
May 7: A ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from Golpatthar in Gaya District. Acting on a tip off, the Police raided a hide out and arrested Amrit alias Ajay and seized a country-made pistol from his possession. Ajay was wanted in over 36 cases of Maoist violence in Bihar and Jharkhand.
A Maoist, identified as Inderadeo Prasad, was arrested by the Police from Ujhilpur village in Rajepur Police Station in East Champaran District. Inderadeo was wanted in connection with several murder cases in the District.
May 9: The Police recovered one kg RDX, 45 grenades, two rifles and two can bombs from a CPI-Maoist hideout in a forest area near Bagadhsawa village under the Belhar Police Station in Banka District.
May 11: Twenty-five CPI-Maoist cadres, including an ‘area commander’, surrendered before the Police in Munger District. The cadres gave up themselves before the Commissioner of Munger SM Raju among other officials.
May 18: Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre and seized a pistol from him from Srirampur village in Saran District. Acting on a tip off, the Police arrested the Maoist when he was going to deliver a letter demanding levy of INR 800,000, Deputy Superintendent of Police Dilnawaz Ahmed said. Besides a pistol, Maoist literature were seized from the Maoist who is wanted in four cases in Muzaffarpur, Saran and East Champaran Districts.
May 21: Five suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Turkwalia village in Rohtas District, Police said. Acting on a tip off, the Police raided the village and captured the associates of Rajesh Sharma alias Toofanji, superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said.Two country-made pistols, five cartridges and three mobile phones were seized from them, he said.
May 26: Seven can bombs and a cylinder bomb were seized by the Police from Bakhshudi hill during an anti-Maoist operation in Gaya District. A day earlier, Police had recovered 56 detonators and two regular pistols from the place, they said.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sunil Sonar, was arrested from Bhadoa village under Rajiganj Police Station in Aurangabad District. His aide Madan Barahi was also taken into the custody. One country made carbine and 29 live cartridges were seized from them.
The CPI-Maoist cadres demanded INR five million from the manager of the rail factory project Sanjay Kumar Singh under Dariyapur Police Station in Saran District. According to DIG of Police (Saran range) Alok Kumar said the project manager had lodged a complaint with Dariyapur Police Station in this regard. Singh claimed to have received two letters from the outfit on May 7 and a telephone call on May 23 threatening to kill him if he did not pay the money.
May 28: A CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', identified as Tej Bahadur alias Tejwa, surrendered with arms to Police at Sasaram in Rohtas District. Tejwa operated in Sone-Ganga and Vindhyachal area. He also surrendered one INSAS rifle, 124 cartridges and nine magazines.
May 29: A TPC cadre, identified as Ram Pravesh Yadav alias Vikas Yadav, was arrested in Gaya District.
June 2: Two persons were killed by armed CPI-Maoist at Basudeopur village of Haveli Kharagpur sub-division headquarters of Munger District. The Maoists stormed the village and slit the throat of Bajrangi Paswan (43) and Madan Das (45). The Maoists claimed in some pamphlets found near the bodies that the duos were punished for pocketing levy meant for the organisation. Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) suspect the team of Maoist ‘area commander’ Birbal of killing the duo to settle some old scores over collection of levy.
June 3: Police arrested Ram Pravesh Yadav alias Radheshayam, a Maoist leader and Prabha Devi, wife of the CPI-Maoist central committee member Arvind and seized an amount of INR 127, 000 from them from near the railway station in Jehanabad District. A pen drive, five mobile phones and designs of bomb manufacturing were also seized from their possession, Superintendent of Police Harpreet Kaur said. Yadav was wanted in the three cases of naxal activities, including the 2005 Jehanabad jail break case.
June3: The Maoists had abducted two persons, residents of Bokhra and Madhuban villages, suspecting them to be Police informants from Munger District.
June 4: Three abducted villagers were killed by Maoists at Rampur village under Haveli-Kharagpur subdivision of Munger District in the night. Sources said a group of armed Maoists had abducted five villagers near Basudeopur village on June 2 and soon after, killed two of them by slitting their throats on the same day.
SFs destroyed a Maoist bunker at Bajarmarwa village located on Kaimur hills in Rohtas District and seized a haul of arms and explosives. The seizure includes 25 detonators, one quintal explosive, a pistol, five uniforms, besides Maoist literature. Some applications by villagers to the Maoists to be taken up at their kangaroo courts were also recovered, the SP added.
June 6: The Police arrested Madan Ji alias Dinesh alias Sonu, a CPI-Maoist ‘sub zonal commander’ from the Jogia village in Aurangabad District. Madan, a resident of the village Kulaya, has 16 Maoist related cases and was involved in Bihar Police Station attack and murder of a military soldier, Superintendent of Police Sidharth Mohan said.
June 9: The STF troopers arrested Birbal Murmu, a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC), of the CPI-Maoist, in Munger District of Bihar. Birbal was carrying an award of INR 50,000 on his head as he was wanted in 20 cases of crime, including the killing of six persons in Dharhara in Munger District about five-six months back. Birbal used to operate in Banka, Munger and Jamui Districts, and was in the decision-making body of the outfit.
June 10: A CRPF trooper of the 159th battalion and two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and nine SF personnel were injured in an encounter between the SFs and armed Maoists in Balthar forests in Gaya District.
The Police arrested three Maoists and a dacoit and seized arms and ammunition from them in Muzaffarpur and Sheohar Districts.
June 10: CRPF trooper Shachindra Sharma died in the landmine blast while another died due to heart attack during an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres in Chakarbandha forest under the Dumaria Police Station in Gaya District. Six CRPF troopers also received injuries. All of them were out of danger. The Policemen recovered the body of the two Maoists and overpowered an injured Maoist. The two killed Maoists have been identified as Kailu Manjhi and Phoolchand Manjhi, both residents of the area.
June 11: Maoists blew up one mobile phone tower and set another ablaze of a private company in Aurangabad District. The Maoists blew up the mobile tower at Jaihind Tandua village and set ablaze one more at Jantua village during the Bihar bandh (total shutdown strike) called to protest the death of Madan Yadav, a Maoist, in Police custody, Superintendent of Police SM Jain said.
June 12: The Security Forces seized 20 kilograms gelatin sticks from a CPI-Maoist bunker in Bhimbandh forest in Munger District. CRPF, CoBRA and District Police carried out a combing operation in the forests and seized the explosives from Kanani area. The Maoists, however, escaped ahead of the search.
June 13: Two Maoists were arrested in Gaya District. One of the Maoists, Krisha Vallahbh alias Amaresh Kumar alias Chunnuji, an 'area commander' of Vazirganj area, was arrested from Maher village in the night. A 'sub-zonal commander' Surendra Ram alias Maheshji alias Avadhji was arrested from Pali village. Ram was wanted in connection with several cases of Maoist violence, including killing of six Policemen at Paraiya Police Station in 2003.
June 14: The CPI-Maoist organized a kangaroo court in an unspecified location in. The Maoists along with a group of locals brought two 'arrested' men and presented them for 'trial' at the kangaroo court. In a rare 'judgment', the Maoists pardoned the two men for becoming Police informers, however, threatening them with dire consequences if the mistake was repeated again. Separately, Maoist cadre Sanjay Sav surrendered to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 159th battalion on June 14, SP Baburam said.
June 17: The Sitamarhi District administration prevailed upon Union Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh and persuaded him not to go to Maoist-affected Giddha gram panchayat under Runnisaidpur block, 35km from the District headquarters, fearing landmine attack. The minister wanted to visit the village for verification of rural development work there.
June 17: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze machines and equipment of a private road construction company in Teosa village in Gaya District for non-payment of levy. The Maoists had demanded levy of seven per cent cost of the road project.
June 19: A CPI-Maoist cadre, carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on his head, was arrested from Katudandh village in Rohtas District. He was identified as Mangal Chero. A self-loading rifle (SLR) and a dozen ammunition were seized from the Maoist.
June 20: In a broad daylight operation, suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted 19 railway employees, including a station master, in Jamui District. They later released all of them. The armed Maoists, numbering about 20, took the railway employees hostage when they were repairing railway tracks, three kilometres from Ghorparan station located between Jasidih and Simultala stations on Jhajha-Jasidih section, Simultala station master R N P Yadav said.
Police arrested a Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' from Ranjita hills area in Gaya District. Acting on a tip off, Police arrested Vinod Paswan alias Mukaddarji alias Baban Paswan from a hideout near Ranjita hills.
June 21: A 'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from Barkuria village in Rohtas District. Acting on a tip off, the Police arrested Paswan, the 'zonal commander' from near a brick kiln. Paswan was said to the 'zonal commander' of Kaimuranchal-Rohtas CPI-Maoist. Paswan, a native of Yadunathpur village under Chutia Police Station area was wanted in 36 cases of violence, including encounter with Police in Rohtas District, he added.
June 23: Police arrested two Maoists from Tandwa and Kasma Police Station areas in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Acting on a tip off, Police raided Beni village and arrested 'sub-zonal commander' Kamal Kishore alias Satishji. Another Maoist identified as Tapeshwar Bhuian was arrested from Bigaha Tola village. The two Maoists were wanted in over a dozen cases of violence in Aurangabad District.
June 24: Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested at Samhauta village in Rohtas District. Acting on a tip off, the Police raided a hideout and arrested the five Maoists, identified as Rajesh Sharma alias Tufani, Mahendra Ram, Birendra Ram, Narendra Sharma and Amar Kumar. A rifle, a pistol, ammunition, Police uniform and a haul of Maoist literature were recovered from their possession.
June 25: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres attacked three trucks and set them ablaze after pouring petrol on them on New Delhi - Kolkata NH-28 near Dumaria ghat under Dumaria Police Station in East Champaran District in the wee hours during the one-day Tirhut and Saran division bandh call given by the north Bihar Maoist Zonal committee. The bandh call evoked mixed response in East Champaran District while there was little impact of bandh in western parts of the District.
The Maoists set ablaze three more vehicles at two different places in Vaishali District. A bus and a truck were set ablaze at village Asatpur Satpura on NH-77 under Bhagwanganj Police Station. The third vehicle, a dumper, was set ablaze at Parmanandpur under Lalganj Police Station in the District. The Maoists left three pamphlets on the spot demanding that Sitamarhi jail superintendent should be hanged for his alleged atrocity against a woman Maoist in jail. He said the pamphlets also demanded political prisoner status to the arrested Maoists in jails.
Four persons, including three hardcore Maoists, were arrested from various places in Rohtas District. Acting on a tip-off, the Police raided a hideout near Gouraila hills area and arrested three state committee members of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Phulendra Sah alias Navinji, Alok Mehta and Dharmendra Mahto. The fourth arrested person was an ex-Maoist cadre-turned-criminal Vindhyachal Kumar.
June 28: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Santosh Bhagat and Bhola Rai, were arrested from Rampur Barahi village under Riga Police Station in Sitamarhi District. A country-made pistol, materials used for processing bombs and Maoist literature were recovered from them. Interrogation of the two arrestees led to the arrest of a third Maoist cadre, identified as Laxmi Das from Sunaul Subba village under Majorganj Police Station area in the District, the Police said. The Maoists also confessed their complicity in damaging circle officer Anil Panjiar's vehicle on Sheohar-Sitamarhi road during the Maoist bandh (shutdown strike) on June 25, the Police said.
June 29: The SFs destroyed a CPI-Maoist camp in Paisra hills of Bhimbandh sanctuary in Munger District. Two hardcore Maoists, identified as B Koda and Chamru Koda, were arrested and a musket, four ammunition, blankets, utensils, tarred canvas and Maoist literature were seized from the camp.
June 30: Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed at Milki village in Begusarai District. A Maoist, identified as Sikandar Tanti shot dead a fellow Maoist Paltan Tanti in the village, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Kshatraneel Singh said. Upon hearing a gunshot, the villagers gathered on the spot and chased down a fleeing Sikandar Tanti and beat him to death, Singh said. The SP said that the two Maoists had been feuding for a long time over tilling of a 12-bigha plot of a farmer.
July 1: 71 'waste' cartridges and some items looking like bombs and half portions of five rocket launchers were found stacked on the pillar no 2 on rail bridge across river Kosi at Kursela under East Central Railway (ECR) in Katihar District.
A hardcore Maoist was arrested from Kaimur hills under Chutia Police Station area in Rohtas District. The Security Forces arrested Maoist cadre Suresh Paswan during a combing operation. A printer and scanner were seized from the possession of the Maoist, who was said to be the ‘sub-zonal commander’ of Rohtas and Sonebhadra region. A native of Nawadih village, Paswan was wanted in at least 18 cases of violence and related activities in the District and adjoining area across Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Adhaura and Chainpur Police Station areas in Kaimur District. The CRPF's CoBRA battalion and the District Police raided Bahadag and Sirbit villages under Adhaura and Chainpur Police Station areas respectively and arrested the three. Nine firearms and eight rounds of ammunition were seized from them.
July 4: The CPI-Maoist put up posters in several villages in Munger District announcing 'death sentence' for four persons, including a mukhiya (headman) and their eviction from the villages apparently for their failure to abide by the Maoist' diktats. The Maoists pasted posters at Bangalwa, Jat Kutia and Sakhaul villages under Dharhara Police Station announcing 'death sentence' to the mukhiya of Ladaiyatand panchayat Anil Yadav and three others. Similar posters were also found pasted on the walls of an empty Government house at Masudan Railway Station, a nearby bridge and the walls of a rural bank building in neighbouring Lakhisarai District. The four had played an active role in convincing about 25 Maoists to surrender before the authorities last month.
July 6: Police arrested Shravan Manjhi, a CPI-Maoist 'area commander' from Maqsoodpur village under Khikarsarai Police Station area in Gaya District. An amount of INR 500,000, a country-made pistol, ammunition and a mobile phone were seized from his possession.
Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres and another Maoist's wife from Aurangabad District. Acting on a tip off, the Police arrested a Maoist from a hideout at Hulasganj Police Station area and seized a Bolero jeep displaying the board of District agriculture officer. INR 70,000 in cash and a diary with details of collection through extortion were seized. The jeep driver was also arrested. Police arrested another, the wife of another Maoist and seized a country-made carbine and three live ammunitions. It was not clear immediately whether she was also a Maoist cadre. The Police arrested another Maoist from Bira village and seized Maoist literature from his possession.
July 8: Police arrested a Maoist, identified as Dhapat Yadav, with a weapon from Mahrana village in Munger District.
July 10: Two Maoists, identified as Jyoti Paswan alias Lodhi and Kamlesh Yadav alias Umesh Yadav, were arrested from a hideout in a forest area in Gaya District. A notebook, two letters, 14 kilograms sulphur power, 800 grams aluminium power, 2.4 kilograms potassium dichromate, solar plate for charging mobile phones and six mobile sets were recovered from the possession of the two Maoists. The Maoist duo was wanted in connection with a dozen cases of Maoist violence, including the killing of the then Konch Police Station's Station House Officer (SHO) Mithilesh Prasad in February 2010.
July 17: As part of the exercise to go in for area domination in CPI-Maoist-hit Districts, the CRPF is going to set up a Group Centre in Patna, which will comprise of five battalions spread over different Districts. The five battalions would be strategically located at Gaya, Jamui, Rohtas, East Champaran and Patna, all Maoist-affected Districts.
July 22: Eight CPI-Maoist cadres, including one ‘area commander’ of the outfit, were arrested from Gaya and Rohtas Districts of Bihar. SSP, Gaya, Binay Kumar said that acting on a tip-off, raided a house at English village under Mou Police outpost in Gaya District and arrested three Maoists including its ‘commanders’ Mangal Singh alias Jitender Singh, Shravan Yadav and Shiv Prakash Singh. An American-made semi-automatic rifle, a regular rifle and a pistol besides 46 rounds of cartridge were recovered from them.
The Police also raided a place at Makhdumpur tola in Gaya District and arrested four Maoists identified as Sanjay Paswan, Butai Paswan alias Rampravesh Paswan, Kavindra Mahto and Munariktai. The Police seized a looted Police rifle, a country-made rifle, a gun and a hand grenade, and live ammunition from them.
A hardcore Maoist, identified as Ram Dayal Yadav, was arrested from Taradih village under Rohtas Police Station in Rohtas District.
July 24: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze eight vehicles, including one of a Circle Officer, in Sitamarhi, East Champaran and Vaishali Districts of Bihar, during their protest on the alleged rape of a woman cadre in a prison in Sitamarhi District allegedly by its Superintendent last week.
In Sitamarhi District, about six Maoists intercepted the Circle Officer Anil Panjiar's vehicle on Singarahia Bridge near Basantpur-Riga State Highway on Sheohar- Sitamarhi border and set it on fire.
Around 20 armed Maoists, set ablaze two tankers and a coal-laden truck on NH-28 near Dumaria Ghat Bridge on river Gandak in East Champaran District.
About a dozen armed Maoists set ablaze a bus and a truck on NH-77 in Ashadpur-Satpura village in Vaishali District.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Pipra village under Darpa Police Station in East Champaran District. Three country made pistols and 17 cartridges were seized from them.
July 27: The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Subodh Singh near Kumhrar railway crossing in Patna District. Subodh was in jail for three years and was recently released.
July 28-29: Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including a ‘zonal commander’, were arrested in Jehanabad District. Acting on a tip-off, a special Police team laid a trap and arrested Kundan Sharma alias Pradyuman Singh near Rustampur on July 28. On the basis of information provided by Kundan Sharma, Police arrested four other Maoists in Hulasganj Police Station area on July 29. Two pistols, two live cartridges, four cell phones a diary and INR 69,000 were seized from their possession.
July 31: Acting on a tip off, special squad of Police in Bihar arrested a hardcore CPI-Maoist ‘commander’, identified as Sudhrir Sharma, and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from his hideout in Gaya.
August 1: Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres who were allegedly passing on information about assistant commandant of the 131st battalion of CRPF, Sadaram Singh, to the Maoists in Jamui District. Jagannath Yadav was arrested at Kathbazra village, while Pankaj Singh was arrested from Maheshwari village.
August 9: A joint team of Jamui Police and CRPF arrested two Maoists identified as Bramhodev Yadav and Madan Sah from Charkapathar in Jamui District. The Police also recovered a 135-bore musket and five live cartridges from Yadav. The SFs also destroyed a bunker, he added.
SFs recovered a large quantity of detonators from a Maoist hideout in Barha Chakarbandha forests between Dumaria and Imamganj Police Station areas in Gaya District. The detonators were recovered after half-an hour long encounter with the Maoists in the area, SSP Vinay Kumar said.
August 10: CRPF troopers and CPI-Maoist cadres clashed in Kharaun forest under Dumaria block in Gaya District of Bihar. The encounter started when CRPF 159 Battalion troopers were out on an area domination exercise. No casualty or injury was reported from either side.
August 14: Maoist cadres halted trains at Ismailpur railway station near Gaya District. "Maoists attacked the railway station and forced the station master to turn the signal red and stopped all trains including the Rajdhani Express," a railway official said.
August 15: The CPI-Maoist hoisted black flags in eight Districts of Bihar to protest Independence Day. The black flags were seen atop schools and some buildings in Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur District.
The CPI-Maoist hoisted a black flag instead of the Tricolour in the campus of the Government Middle School in Barmasia of Jhajha Township in Jamui District of Bihar.
August 20: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a person near a primary school in Shakarpur village in Gaya District of Bihar. Perceiving him to be a Police informer, the Maoists shot dead the man, identified as Pahjan Bharati, a native of Nagowar village and dropped leaflet on the spot claiming responsibility for the killing, SP Baburam said, adding that a used cartridge was recovered from the spot.
The SFs detained 29 persons, including at least six suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, from Sidhwalia village in East Champaran District of Bihar. Acting on a tip off, the SFs raided the village and detained the 29 persons attending a closed-door meeting convened under the banner of Left Wing outfits like Janwadi Kisan Sangh and Janwadi Vikas Mazdoor Sangh to discuss problems of the local people. Naxal literature, mobile phones and several vehicles were seized from the spot.
August 24: A powerful cane bomb and a haul of claymore and landmines suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist were seized by SFs from Chakarbandha forest in Gaya District of Bihar.
August 27: A Fast track court-IV in East Champaran District of Bihar sentenced three CPI-Maoist cadres to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of INR one million on each of them in an Arms Act case. The three had assembled at Chheni Chapra village in East Champaran District on January 20 to plan the killing of a person when Muzaffarpur and East Champaran Police raided and arrested them along with an AK-56 rifle, a .9mm pistol, a country-made pistol and a haul of ammunitions.
August 28: The Patna Police, acting on a tip-off, arrested three arms dealers from Patna and Nalanda District of Bihar. They allegedly used to sell arms to CPI-Maoist. One AK-56, one foreign-made pistol and two .30 bore pistols along with some cartridges were recovered from their possession. The arrested arms dealers are Mantu Sharma alias Sanjay Singh alias Gendu Sharma (36), Rakesh Singh (27) and Bablu Kumar (21).
September 8: A CPRF trooper was killed and five others were wounded in an armed encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres near Panchrukhia forests on the borders of Gaya and Aurangabad Districts. The encounter took place during a joint combing operation against the Maoists.
September 10: Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed and 70 landmines destroyed in an encounter with SFs in Panchrukhiya forests bordering Gaya and Aurangabad Districts of Bihar, CRPF DIG Umesh Kumar said.
The CPI-Maoist and illegal miners have access to Government explosives factories, two suppliers arrested by Rohtas District Police with a large quantity of electric detonators. Acting on inputs provided by the arrested suppliers, the Police raided their godown at Takia Muhalla and recovered 40,000 aluminium short delay detonators.
September 12: A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Kamal Paswan alias Kamalji alias Vishnuji, was arrested from Giddha village under Dawath Police Station area in Rohtas District. A register, three envelops, letters to the brick kiln owners demanding levy of INR 35,000 each, name and mobile number of 85 persons, besides Naxal literature, were seized from his possession.
The Kaimur ‘sub-zonal command’ of the CPI-Maoist, Sitaram Chauhan alias Gabbar was arrested in the Goraila Pahari forest area under Chutia Police Station in Rohtas District. Police recovered a .303 bore looted police rifle and 20 live rounds from Gabbar during a special operation led by SP, Manu Maharaj.
September 13: SFs seized 40 detonators, besides other materials and defused three cane bombs from a CPI-Maoist hideout at Hasanbar village in Bihar's Aurangabad District during a search operation. The articles seized were 200 m wire, five batteries, glass and iron rods from the spot.
September 15: Seven powerful cane bombs each weighing 15 kilograms and 60 kilograms of explosives were seized from a Naxal hideout at Tikua hills in Gaya District of Bihar.
September 16: The CRPF and State Police officials reviewed the anti-naxal operations in Gaya and Aurangabad Districts of Bihar and expressed satisfaction in containing CPI-Maoist activities in the Districts.
September 17: The STF and local Police in a joint operation arrested two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres identified as Shrawan Kumar alias Kapil alias Sudhirji, ‘sub-zonal commander’ of central Bihar, and Ramesh Paswan alias Jogendraji, Maoist ‘commander’ of Ismailpur region, from Mahmat village in Gaya District in Bihar. Police seized a country-made rifle from their possession.
September 18: Three hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres identified as Pankaj Yadav, Buchru Paswan and Ramashish Ram, were arrested during a raid in Tiurakhurd village in Rohtas District of Bihar. They were wanted in the murder case of a farmer Satinder Yadav two days ago whom they had shot dead after the latter refused to meet extortion demand.
September 19: SI J K Singh was killed and three other Police personnel identified as identified as SI Kamlesh Singh and two SAP troopers were injured after they were fired upon by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Sidheshwar temple in Jamui District of Bihar. The Maoists, hiding in the forest, fired at random at the four Police personnel who were travelling in a jeep on way to Garhi village to investigate a crime case.
Police seized around 90 quintals of ammonium nitrate and 3,000 detonators supposed to be delivered to the mining mafia and the Maoists in the Kaimur plateau at a rice mill at Amara Talab village in the Sasaram Mufassil area in Rohtas District. Seven persons were also arrested. Of the seven arrested persons, Indal Singh alias Indrajeet Singh, Kanhaiya Singh and Munna Tiwary are suspected to be involved in illegal mining. The four others arrested were identified as Guddu Kumar, Sandip Prasad Gupta, Vijay Rai and Rajpati Choudhary. During interrogation the arrested persons admitted to their involvement in supplying explosives to the Naxalites and the mining mafia in Rohtas and Kaimur Districts.
September 22: CPI-Maoist cadres killed Manoj Yadav, a villager by beheading him in Karhara in Jamui District of Bihar for non-payment of extortion. The Maoists left a leaflet on the spot to specify reasons for killing the villager, Police said.
The STF arrested two persons, including a Maoist central zone committee member, in Gaya District. Acting on a tip off, the STF raided Nagaryawan village and arrested the Maoists' central zone committee member Shashi Shekhar Singh and Vinay Das for sheltering the Maoist in his house. Singh, a native of Malhat village under Goh Police Station area in Aurangabad District, was carrying a reward of INR 25,000 on his head.
September 28: Forty heavily armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed Umesh Singh (35), a deputy village head and his son Kunal (12), and abducted three other persons at Sukki village in Vaishali district of Bihar.
October 2: Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Fantus Rai from Pokharia village under Kharagpur Police Station area in Munger District of Bihar while he has gone to village head Kedar Yadav to collect levy from him.
October 4: Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, three of whom were identified as Pramod Mahto, Laxman Mahto and Shiv Sahni, were arrested during a combing operation in Subhaigarh village in Sitamarhi District. A rifle, one carbine, 12 ammunition, two mobile phones, INR 57,000 cash collected through levy and a haul of naxal literature were seized from the house of an absconding Maoist Nawal Sahni on the basis of revelation by the arrested Maoists.
October 7: A CPI-Maoist base camp located on Gandak River embankment at Basaiya village in Saran District of Bihar was unearthed by the Police.
Maoists have dropped handbills in Bajidpur village in Patepur area in Vaishali District and threatened four villagers with dire consequences. The Police have seized the Maoists' handwritten pamphlets and investigating the matter.
October 12: Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested with arms and ammunition from Kowahi village in Sitamarhi District of Bihar. A sophisticated pistol of US make, eight magazines, two dozen ammunition and some sharp objects were seized from their possession.
October 14: A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Mithilesh Yadav, was arrested from Chilmi village in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Yadav was wanted in connection with cases lodged in connection with blowing up a school building in Judahi village twice in 2009 and 2010.
October 16: During a combing-cum-search operation, the SFs recovered two powerful cane bombs weighting three kilograms each, 15 detonators, five liquid explosive gel and 15 helmets from a CPI-Maoist hideout in Hurmeth forest in Rohtas District of Bihar.
October 18: Six troopers of the 159 battalion of the CRPF were reportedly killed and eight CRPF personnel, including a deputy commandant were injured, when CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED blast blowing an anti-landmine vehicle near Chakarbandha forests in Barha village under the Dumaria Police Station in Gaya District of Bihar. The CRPF troopers were reportedly returning after conducting a raid on a Maoist hideout.
October 19: The SFs seized nine "pressure cooker bombs" and six IED from a CPI-Maoist hideout in the Chakarbandha forest area in Gaya District of Bihar.
October 26: More than 400 village heads, including 300 in CPI-Maoist-hit Districts and 100 in flood-prone north Bihar Districts, have demanded security as they are facing threats from Maoists, gangsters, rivals and others. His demand was supported by Manish Pathak, Anil Yadav and Guddu Singh, heads of their respective areas in Aurangabad. Leaders in Gaya, Aurangabad, Jamui, Munger, Sitamarhi, Rohtas, Nawada, Sheohar and Arwal districts are afraid of threats by Maoists and others. Heads in Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Ara, Saran and Siwan have also demanded bodyguards.
October 28: The Police arrested four hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Mritunjaya Mishra, 'area Commander' of Goh-Rafiganj and his associates Shambhu Yadav, Dinanath Yadav and Chandrabhushan Sharma, in Aurangabad District of Bihar. A country-made rifle, ammunition, mobile SIM cards and memory cards were seized from their possession.
November 6: Around 20 Maoists attacked the site of Ranjan Construction and set ablaze the office and three vehicles at Raghopur village in Muzaffarpur District. The proprietors of the company had apparently failed to pay the levy demanded by the Maoists, he added.
November 15: Seven policemen were injured in a landmine attack on a Police vehicle by cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Banua crossing in the border of Dev and Dhibara Police Station areas in Aurangabad District of Bihar.
November 17: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Bihar in connection with the November 9 attack on a prison transit van to free their cadres in Giridih town in Jharkhand.
November 22: The arrested inter-state cheat, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, admitted that he supplied firearms in CPI-Maoist infested areas of Rajepur under Sheohar District and Minapur Police Station area of Muzaffarpur District besides Chanpatia in East Champaran and Narkatiaganj under West Champaran District.
November 27: Around 15 armed cadres of RCC, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, set ablaze two JCB machines of a private company involved in road construction work near Banke Bazaar road in Manjari village under Raushanganj Police limits in Gaya District.
November 29: Dhananjay Kumar Singh, ‘area commander’ of Koyal-Sone zone of the Maoists, was arrested from Gosaidih village in Aurangabad District.
December 1: Two arms smugglers who supplied arms and ammunition to CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by a joint team of Police and STF during a raid at Makshash Mohalla under Kashim Bazar Police Station in Munger District. The Police seized 70 detonators, one revolver and a few live cartridges of AK-47 from them.
December 4: About 19 CPI-Maoist cadres assaulted two employees of Madhucon, a private road construction company, and set ablaze a number of their equipment and vehicles, which includes a road roller, a generator set, a welding machine and four motorcycles, at Shivharia village under Garkha Police Station in Saran District. The Maoists left behind pamphlets on the spot before escaping.
December 10: A Maoist cadre, identified as Md. Naushad, was allegedly killed by his associates at Babhangama village in Munger District, suspecting him to be a traitor.
December 13: A group of 26 Maoist cadres surrendered before the Muzaffarpur Zone, ADGP, Gupteshwar Pandey, at the Zilla School campus in Muzaffarpur District.
December 17: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres pasted coloured posters and distributed several handbills in Panapur market area in Chhapra of Saran District, inviting people to attend a rally in Muzaffarpur on December 21.
December 18: Police recovered huge cache of explosives from a forest area in Bihar's CPI-Maoist infested Gaya District, following a two-day combat operation.
December 20: Civil rights activists and CPI-Maoist sympathisers condemned the Bihar Government’s withdrawal of permission for a rally in Muzaffarpur District, scheduled for December 21.
January 1: Two bombs of 40 kilograms each were recovered from Bastar region. Officials at Police headquarters said the bombs were placed on a forested road in Awapalli area of Bijapur District, 500 kilometres from State capital Raipur. The Police suspect that CPI-Maoist cadres placed the bombs to target a convoy of the Police and Paramilitary Forces which was expected to cross the road.
Nine more Districts came into existence in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number to 27, Chief Minister Raman Singh said. The new Districts, were carved out to speed up the pace of development, Singh said while talking to reporters in Raipur. The new Districts are Sukma, Kondagaon, Balod, Bemetara, Baloda Bazar, Gariaband, Mungeli, Surajpur and Balrampur. Sukma District has been carved out of Dantewada District and Kondagaon from Bastar District.
January 4: A Dantewada District court has granted bail to the Essar general manager, who is one of the accused in the alleged payouts of the protection money by the multinational to the CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh. Observing that the case of the accused DVCS Verma is different from that of the other accused, the district and sessions court judge A K Beck granted him bail saying the Police have failed to produce enough evidence against him even three months after his arrest, defence counsel K K Dubey said. The court ordered Verma's release on two bonds of INR 200,000 each, he said.
January 5: In a joint operation, four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the CRPF and the State Police near Madhonar village in Narayanpur District. The arrested four Maoists are identified as Madhonar, Gangaram Korram, Mayaram and Dasamu Korram. The Police also recovered a cache of explosives, arms and weapons. They also seized Maoist literature and posters.
January 12: Top CPI-Maoist leader Deepak Khalko was arrested by the Raipur Police from the forest areas in Jashpur District. The Police had received information that Khalko was in his Lokhandi house and a special team reached the place. After a short round of cross-firing, the Maoist was arrested by Raipur Police. ACP of Jashpur District, Sanjiv Shukla, said Deepak had been placed on a wanted list for his involvement in several crimes. A country-made pistol, two live cartridges and two empty cartridges were recovered from him.
January 13: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the heavy machinery engaged in construction of a road between Maraiagudem and Chintalnar, near Lingalapalli village in Dantewada District. According to sources, heavily armed Maoists descended on Lingalapalli village and set ablaze four hydraulic excavators, two road rollers, and a tipper and an earthmover, in the afternoon. Following the incident, Bhadrachalam Divisional Police in Khammam District intensified vigil in the far-flung areas across the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh.
A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Pudiyami Mada, reportedly committed suicide at the Sukma Police Station in Sukma District (recently carved out from Dantewada District). According to the Sukma Police Station diary, Mada was arrested by a CRPF team "headed by Assistant Commandant, 2nd Battalion, Ashish Kumar on January 13 morning and handed over to the Police at around 8:30 am. He hanged himself in the lock-up at around 9:30 pm. The Police blamed the CRPF of torturing that led the Maoist to commit suicide.
January 15: Four Policemen posted were suspended, after suspected Maoist cadre, Pudiyami Mada, reportedly committed suicide at the Sukma Police Station in Sukma District, officials at the Police headquarters in Raipur said.
January 16: Chief Minister Raman Singh said that providing all facilities to CPI-Maoist-infested Districts in the State and bringing back Maoists to the mainstream is on the topmost agenda of his Government. He was addressing a public gathering to mark the creation of Sukma District, carved out of Maoist-affected Dantewada.
January 22: Four CRPF personnel, including Deputy Commandant Diwakar Mahapatra, were killed and two others injured in a landmine blast suspected to have been triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bastar District. They were on their way to Chitrakoot where President Pratibha Patil was to pay a visit, a CRPF spokesman said.
January 26: Calling CPI-Maoist anti-national, Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt urged people on the occasion of Republic Day to help the authorities to crush them. "We have to stamp out anti-national Maoists to protect our glorious democracy," he said. The State Government is giving priority to increase morale of the SFs by increasing their strength, and recruiting local youths from tribal areas, he said. "On one hand the State is touching new highs in development, on the other the Maoists have made the life of forested residents worse," he said. CM Raman Singh hoisted the national flag at Jagdalpur, headquarters of the Bastar region.
January 27: One top CPI-Maoist leader, suspected to be the commander of Mahasamund-Bargarh division, was killed during an exchange of fire in Karramal and Paridhapali forest under Baramkela Police Station in Raigarh District. According to State DGP Anil M Navaney, after getting a tip-off that a group of 50 Maoists were holding a meeting with the local villagers in Karramal forest, a joint squad of Police Force and STF was sent to the location. After spotting the SFs, the Maoists opened fire and during the Police retaliation, one of the Maoists was gunned down, while other escaped from the spot, DGP Navaney said. "Among other things, an AK 47 was recovered from the deceased Maoist, who was in Maoist uniform. Besides, a diary, seized from him, has identified him as DVCM, Ajhade. However, we are yet to identify the body. But the recovery of AK 47 from him clearly indicates that he was a high-ranking Maoist leader", Navaney said. Apart from the AK 47 rifle, three magazines, two detonators, a tiffin bomb and other material was recovered from the location, he added.
January 29: One personnel of the newly-created CAAF was injured when he was attacked with sharp weapons by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres at his native village of Kondru under Jangla Police Station in Bijapur District. The CAAF has been established recently to absorb the SPOs - tribal youths recruited by the Chhattisgarh Police to fight Naxals - following a directive from the Supreme Court to disband SPOs.
January 29: The Police arrested a Maoist 'area commander', identified as Suresh, from the Pankhajur area. Suresh, a native of Bhairamgarh, was an active cadre of the outfit for several years. The Police have recovered self loading rifle from his possession.
January 30: CPI-Maoist cadres abducted the station master of Bhansi railway station in Dantewada District and released him unharmed after about an hour, an unnamed senior Police Officer said.
Seven cadres of the Bastar Divisional Committee of CPI-Maoist, including four women, surrendered before the IG Bastar range, TJ Longkumer and SP Rahul Bhagat in Kanker District. "The surrendered Maoists carry a cash reward of varying amounts from INR 5, 000 to INR 300, 000 cash. This is the first time that the members of the divisional committee have surrendered before the Police," Longkumer said. Among those surrendered include 'platoon commander' of the East Bastar Divisional Committee, Sunil Kumar Matlam alias Rajesh Kumar and his wife Jenni alias Jayanti Kutari, who is a 'commander' of the Maoist cultural division called Chetna Natya Mandali; Jan Militia 'commander' of Pratappur range Ramdas and his wife Panidobir, Koelibera 'deputy commander' Susheela, Sitapur Local Organising Squad 'commander' Jaylal and his wife Asmani alias Sanay, besides Samo Mandvi, cadre of the 'platoon number 25' being operational in the Raoghat area of Kanker.
January 31: The CPI-Maoist are planning to hold their crucial 10th congress in the Maoist-controlled Abujhmad, a 6,000-Square kilometres densely forested region extending from south Bastar in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, reports received by the State Police said in Raipur.
February 5: The CRPF is set to intensify its operations in the CPI-Maoist corridor with the creation of two new bases for the NTRO and helicopters in South Chhattisgarh, close to the Maoist hotbed of Dantewada District. CRPF, which has deployed more than 70,000 troops for anti-Naxal operations in various states, is now planning a large offensive in the dense forests of Abujhmad, a region extending from South Bastar (Dantewada) in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.
February 9: Two Policemen were killed in a landmine blast, allegedly carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres, in Polampalli area in Sukma District, recently carved out of Dantewada District. The Policemen were returning to Dornapal in a Sumo which became the target of the blast. While Constable Surya Kartam (30) and Police driver Suryaprakash Sonvani were killed, two others Nanda Sinha and Rajaram were injured, when the Maoists fired on Police after the blast, and Police retaliated.
February 11: The ITBP recovered 60 kilograms of explosives from Rajnandgaon District. The explosives were recovered when an ITBP patrolling party deployed in the region to counter CPI-Maoist noticed a patch of asphalt in the middle of the Kohka-Manpur road varying in colour. "There were two IEDs hidden three feet below the road -- one weighing 20 kg stacked above another weighing 40 kg," ITBP's public relations officer, Deepak Pandey said. According to Pandey, it is for the first time that explosives have been found in the middle of a busy road and the Maoists may be starting a new dangerous trend.
February 17: A joint team of BSF, STF and Kanker District Police busted a bomb-making unit of the CPI-Maoist and seized around 300 kilograms of explosives and equipment used for assembling IEDs. The seized items included Ammonium Nitrate, TNT, a huge stock of detonators, Codex Wire measuring 200 meters, live cartridges, a large number of pipes, tiffins, besides other items used by the Naxals in making bombs.
February 25: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two Home Guards of the Chhattisgarh Police at a "jan adalat" (people's court) in a forest pocket in Cherpal area under Bijapur District for defying their diktat. The dead bodies of Moriyam Mangu and Anand Jasba were found on the roadside forest pocket in Cherpal area. Both the Home Guards were missing since January 31 this year. Few leaflets left by the Maoists said the Home Guards were killed at a "jan adalat" on charges of teaming up with authorities for anti-Maoist drives and also committing offences against the public. In one of the leaflets, the Maoists have asked youths of the 40,000 square kilometre conflict zone of Bastar region to stay away from joining the Police Force.
The Maoists buried alive a sarpanch at Kosnar under Gangalur Police limits in Bijapur District for guiding a team of State Government officials to his village for enumeration of farmers. The Kosnar sarpanch Kutem Siku (58), and his wife Gudri Bai (51), were abducted from their village early on February 25 and later produced before a people's court set up by the Maoists in the nearby forest. The court indicted them for helping the officials and ordered execution of the sarpanch and assaulting of his wife.
About 150 cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided a stone-mine in Bastar region for explosives. However, when they could not find any explosive, they set ablaze eight stone crusher machines at Partha and Darbha areas of the region.
February 26: Maoists allegedly set ablaze seven vehicles used for construction of road in Sukma District, the Police said.
March 4-5: The Raipur and Kolkata Police raided the premises of two transporters in Raipur after getting inputs that they were involved in transporting goods for the CPI-Maoist. The SF personnel seized a huge quantity of materials reportedly meant for manufacturing rocket launchers and grenades. The preliminary investigation suggested that the materials seized had the use in making sophisticated weapons like rocket launchers and grenades, he added. The police recovered 75 wooden boxes containing bolts and pipes from the premises of Pal Transport company while small motors used for assembling parts were recovered from on Monday's raid.
March 7: Fourteen vehicles including four JCB machines belonging to Patil Construction Company engaged in road construction work in Chhattisgarh's Kanker District were set afire by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres who have also threatened to stop further work, Police said.
Three suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the CRPF personnel and the local Police in a joint operation in Keelam region in Narayanpur District. Police recovered tiffin bomb, bow and arrow, wires and a detonator from them.
March 14: At least three BSF troopers were killed and four others injured when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the vehicle they were travelling in Kanker District. The Maoists triggered the landmine explosion near Erikbuta village under Pakhanjur Police Station limits when the mini truck carrying the troopers of the 87th battalion of the BSF was passing.
March 18: A senior most CPI-Maoist leader Gundeti Shankar, popularly known as Seshanna and Maheshanna, died of a snake bite in Dantewada District. Shankar was believed to be taking shelter in the forest areas of Chhattisgarh on the borders of Telangana Districts of Andhra Pradesh. He was a member of NTSZC and was also appointed as the secretary of the Adilabad District committee.
March 19: The CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire in Bijapur District, killing Lachhuram Kashyap, a prominent Salwa Judum leader of Mirtur. The killing took place in the District when Kashyap was returning to his village from a Police Station.
Two CRPF troopers were injured during a joint operation of Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF in and around in Abujmaadh region in Bastar District for about two weeks, Chhattisgarh DGP Anil M Navaney said.
March 22: A CRPF head constable, Om Prakash, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at a weekly market in Sukma District. Head Constable Om Prakash, of the 150th Battalion deployed in Chintagufa, was surrounded by about half-a-dozen Maoists who snatched his AK-47 assault rifle and slit his throat.
March 24: The CPI-Maoist alleged atrocities by SFs on tribals during the last week's anti-Naxal operations in Abujhmad area, a densely forested area extending from south Bastar in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.
March 26: A CRPF trooper was killed and another injured in an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Sukma District. The gunfight broke out between the Maoists and the CRPF personnel in Alpal Metta village in Sukma District when a CRPF team along with Chhattisgarh Police force went to the region for area domination.
March 27: Suspected CPI-Maoist abducted Palku Ram Mandavi (16), a student of Class 10, along with his classmate Lalu Tarasi, from their school in Orcha in Narayanpur District. The Maoists held Palku hostage accusing him of spying for the Police.
March 29: The Maoists released Lalu Tarasi, who was abducted along with his friend Palku Ram Mandavi on March 27 from Orcha in Narayanpur District.
March 31: Pakluram Mandavi (16), who was abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres on charges of acting as a Police informer, managed to flee from the Maoist captivity in Narayanpur District and reached safety after a night-long walk through the forest, the Police said.
April 1: An anti-Naxal operation, codenamed "Maad", "Kilam" and "Podku," was carried on in the Abujhmad forests, considered to be the CPI-Maoist headquarters, during March 5-20. IG (Operations) in Chhattisgarh, Pankaj Singh said that 33 Maoist cadres were arrested during the operation. The operation began on March 5 and continued till March 20.
Chief Minister Raman Singh, addressing a function in Raipur District said, there is an international conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India, and adds that the motive is to destabilise and weaken the country economically.
April 2: Several CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in an encounter with Paramilitary Forces in Bhanupratappur area in Kanker District. However, the Police source said no BSF personnel were injured in the attack.
April 5: Aadesh Pal, a STF trooper was killed in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Gandharpada forest area in Sukma District. Police suspect that at least five Maoists were also killed in the encounter, however, have not recovered a single body of Maoists from the spot.
The CRPF has successfully used UAVs to pick up ground conversation and movement of Maoist cadres in terrains of Chhattisgarh.
April 9: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a tribal youth from his native Toropi village in Kanker District and shot him dead. The Maoists shot dead the youth on charges of spying for local Police.
A contingent of DF and the STF arrested four Maoists in Sukma District during a combing operation in a forest area.
April 11: Two women, T Koteswari (55), and her daughter Subba Rao (30), both construction labourers of Tekulaboru village in Kunavaram mandal in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh, were reportedly killed in a CPI-Maoist-Police cross-fire near Timilwada under Chintaguppa Police Station limits in Sukma District. Sources said that a group of heavily armed Maoists launched an attack on the base camp of Police personnel in the early hours of the day. The women were reported killed in the cross-fire.
Maoists reportedly blew up a bridge at a forested stretch between Amabeda and Ghanora in Kanker District in Chhattisgarh, just before State Forest Minister Vikram Usendi's convoy was scheduled to go to Amabeda. The incident took place around 10am under Amabeda Police Station area, in which no causalities were reported.
As many as 11 occupants of an ambulance, including six children among others, had a providential escape when cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire at the vehicle in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The ambulance carrying the children was going from Chintaguppa to Dornapal village for urgent medical treatment.
April 14: The Rajnandgaon District Police arrested four persons, including a city-based arms dealer-cum-petty contractor, near Farhad chowk in Manpur for their alleged act of procuring arms and ammunitions for the CPI-Maoist. A US-made sophisticated pistol and INR 400,000 in cash were among the materials seized. Mohammed Irfan Mohammed Samad, a resident of Rose Colony in city, was arrested along with Mohammed Ahmad Qureshi, Tilak Goyal, and Deepak Talukdar.
April 16: Nearly a dozen persons were injured when around 60-70 CPI-Maoist cadres wreaked their vengeance on the Dorla tribe population of Maraiguda village in Sukma District, bordering Andhra Pradesh, by allegedly molesting women, assaulting elders, and setting ablaze houses for not handing over to them Haka Mara, a local sarpanch and Salwa Judum leader.
April 20: Three persons, including two BJP local leaders, were killed when CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a powerful landmine blast on the convoy of BJP MLA Mahesh Gagda in Bijapur District. The Maoists blew up one of the eight vehicles of the convoy in a forested area in Pegrapalli in the District resulting in the killing of Purshottam Thakur, the BJP District unit vice president, Mahesh Pujari, another key local BJP leader and Ashwani Sharma, the vehicle driver. One person is also reported to be seriously injured in the attack.
April 21: The cadres of CPI-Maoist abducted the collector of Sukma District in Chhattisgarh before killing two of his bodyguards. The collector, Alex Paul Menon, was meeting a group of villagers for a Government outreach programme. It is suspected that the rebels have taken the collector deep inside the forests of Kerlapal (Dantewada District), some of which are suspected to be heavily mined by the CPI-Maoist.
April 22: The South Bastar Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist released an audio tape, demanding the release of their eight top Maoists: Markam Gopanna alias Satyam Reddy, Nirmal Akka alias Vijay Laxmi, Devpal Chandrashekhar Reddy, Shantipriya Reddy, Meena Choudhari, Korsa Sunny, Markam Sunny and Asit Kumar Sen within 72 hours to secure the release of Alex Menon, District Magistrate of Sukma District. The Maoists also want anti-Naxal Operation Green Hunt to be cancelled, SFs to be withdrawn from the region and individuals falsely implicated in Maoist cases should be released from jails. The Maoists have put up a deadline of April 25 before the Government, after which, they would take a decision about the abducted Collector in a Jan Adalat, the Police said. As reported earlier, Menon was abducted on April 21, 2012.
April 23: An all-party meeting held in Raipur to discuss proposals to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Magistrate, Alex P. Menon, concluded with the Chhattisgarh Government calling off SF operations in Bastar and agreeing to negotiate with the CPI-Maoist. As reported earlier, Menon was abducted on April 21, 2012.
Maoists named three mediators – Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, former National SC/ST Commission chairperson B D Sharma and President of All India Adivasi Mahasabha Manish Kunjam - for negotiations.
April 24: Abducted Sukma District collector Alex Paul Menon is "safe" but being an asthma patient, he needs medicines, the CPI-Maoist cadres said and proposed the name of human rights activist and academic Professor Hargopal as another mediator for talks with the Chhattisgarh Government. The Maoists also stuck to their April 25 deadline set to the Government to meet their demands in exchange for the freedom of Menon, a 2006-batch IAS officer, who was abducted on April 21.
April 28: A three-member CPI-Maoist group led by ‘South Bastar Regional Committee secretary’ Ramana, alias Ravulu Srinivas, reportedly held talks with their two interlocutors in Tadmetla forest, in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada District to decide the fate of Sukma District collector Alex Paul Menon, in Naxal captivity. Alex Paul Menon is in CPI-Maoist custody since April 21.
April 29: Cadres of the Palle Madi dalam of the Maoists shot dead a villager in Rajnandgaon District.
April 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed three villagers whom they had abducted a week back from Tadkoli village in Bijapur District. The Maoists accused them of being Salwa Judum members.
The Chhattisgarh Government and interlocutors for the CPI-Maoist came to an agreement to constitute a high-power official committee to examine the cases of all prisoners (with a focus on tribals) in the State and to expedite the release the abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.
Around 12 armed Maoists set ablaze four vehicles under Khandgaon Police Station in Rajnandgaon District. The Maoists set ablaze one JCB Machine, one Faber Machine, one water tanker and one tractor working under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana by the RK Construction. The Maoists left pamphlets to oppose the Government and appealed the people to observe May Day [May 1].
May 2: Two Policemen were killed and four others injured when a group of CPI -Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate firing on a Police team patrolling the weekly market in Bacheli area in Dantewada District.
May 3:12-day hostage crisis ended after CPI-Maoist released Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. The Maoists handed him over to their interlocutors G. Haragopal and B.D. Sarma deep inside Bastar forests.
As per the agreement, the Government set up a high-power standing committee to ‘regularly review all cases of undertrials. These include Maoist-related cases too.
A bail petition was moved in a Raipur court for the release of Maoist leaders Santipriya Reddy, wife of Gudsa Usendi, a member of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) and Malati Chowdary. These two were among the eight whose release was demanded by the Maoists in exchange for the abducted Collector.
May 4:Two CPI-Maoist mediators virtually contested Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s denial of any swap deal with Maoists to secure Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon’s release from Maoist custody, saying that “there was an understanding to release 3 Maoists” in exchange of Menon’s freedom.
A Chhattisgarh court rejected the bail application of two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist who the Maoists wanted to be released in exchange for Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon. Rejecting the bail pleas of Meena Choudhary and Malti alias Shantipriya Reddy, Additional Sessions Judge B P Varma said since their crime appears to be serious in nature, they could not be granted bail. Their lawyer, however, said that they would now move the high court.
May 13: Six CISF troopers and a civilian driver were killed near the NMDC iron ore mine at Kirandul town in Dantewada District when Maoists attacked their vehicle. The Maoists decamped with five INSAS rifles and a Kalashnikov.
May 13: A contractor, identified as Suklal Sarkar, was injured when suspected Maoists shot at him in Pankhajur area in Kanker District.
Tunesh Lakda, a CPI-Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’, carrying a reward of INR 25,000 on his head, was arrested by Police from Chandan Nagar village in Balrampur District.
May 14: Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Dilip Kumar Sinha, posted at Bande Police Station, was shot dead by Maoists in Kanker District.
Sukma District BJP Secretary, Mochaki Joga, was abducted when he was returning home by a private bus in the evening.
In another incident in Dornapal area in the same District, Maoists abducted Mochaki Kacche, a trader.
May 16: Maoists killed two villagers in Bijapur District suspecting them to be Police informers.
Six Policemen were injured, two of them critically, in an encounter with the Maoists at Chindgarh in Sukma District. The Maoists detonated couple of landmine blasts and opened fire on the force which was on a search operation.
Normal life was affected in interior parts of Bastar region due to the Bharat bandh call given by the Maoists.
May 17: Ratanlal Netam (25), a Policeman standing guard at the house of Chhattisgarh Women and Child Welfare Minister Lata Usendi house in Sargipalpara in the District headquarters town of Kondagaon, was killed when two motorcycle-borne Maoists fired at him from close range. The Maoists then snatched the INSAS rifle and sped away.
May 22: A constable, Dhan Singh Thakur, was killed on the spot and his colleague, Hemla Dhasru, sustained serious injuries as a "pressure bomb", planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres went off near the helipad in Bijapur District headquarters.
Demanding 32 per cent reservation for tribals in Government jobs and unemployment allowance, Maoists appealed to youths to boycott the Army recruitment rally to be held in Kanker District from May 28 to June 2. In an SMS to The Indian Express, Uday, secretary of North Regional Committee of the CPI-Maoist said: "CPI (Maoist) calls upon all unemployed youths of Bastar and Chhattisgarh to boycott the Army recruitment rally. I also appeal the youths not to join the police, the paramilitary forces and the military."
May 25: Police busted a CPI-Maoist hideout under Manpur tehsil in Rajnandgaon District and seized a cache of illegal arms including crude rockets, capable of launching high-intensity attacks. The Police also recovered several guns, bullets, cell phones and 14 calling cards of various networks.
June 2: Two hardcore women CPI-Maoist cadres were killed by SFs in a shootout in Dhamtari District. The Maoists are yet to be identified by the SFs.
A Policeman was killed and his five colleagues were injured, along with 19 prisoners, when a blast triggered by the Maoists ripped through their vehicle on a bridge on National Highway No.30 near Joba village in Kondagaon District. The victims were returning after a court appearance at Kondagaon when the Maoists targeted the vehicle in which they were travelling.
June 3: In reaction to the “protest week” called by the Maoists, the Chhattisgarh Government set up special investigation teams of the Police to keep vigil on top Maoist leaders. Official sources said that the State Government has tightened security throughout the ‘Red Corridor’ and put the Paramilitary Forces deployed in the interior areas of Bastar region on maximum alert. The Maoists’ protest week began on June 1 against Operation Green Hunt, the deployment of the army and allocation of iron ore mines to business houses.
Elsewhere in the zone, the Maoists obstructed vehicular traffic by digging up roads or blocking them with felled trees. In the interior areas, they distributed pamphlets asking tribals to protest against “deployment of army in Bastar in the name of training them in jungle warfare”. Due to the protests, vehicular traffic remained completely off the road.
June 3: An encounter was reported between CISF personnel and suspected Maoists near the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) mines in Kirandul town of Dantewada District in the night. Officials said no one was injured in the incident and that they managed to abort a possible strike attempt by the Maoists who were all dressed in “black uniforms”.
June 5: Maoists killed Chika Mazi, a Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist vigilante group) leader, outside his house at Gangapur village in Bijapur District. Mazi was taking a walk outside his house located near a crowded market when some armed Maoists fired at him, killing him on the spot, Additional Superintendent of Police BPS Rajbhanu said. "Mazi had actively participated in Salwa Judum movement in Naxal stronghold of Bastar and had built a good rapport with the villagers," Rajbhanu said.
Maoists are observing a "protest week" to stop training given to Army in the Bastar region, and have also announced a bandh (shutdown strike) in Dandkaranya region on June 7. The Maoists felled trees and dug up roads as part of their ongoing protests in Dantewada District, the Police said.
Maoists “expressed regret” over the recent attack on a vehicle carrying prisoners, saying it was an “intelligence failure”. They also apologised to the families of those injured and assured to “set up an inquiry and take necessary action”. Earlier, it was reported that six Policemen and 19 prisoners were injured when Maoists blew up their vehicle near Joba village in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh on June 2.
June 6: CPI-Maoist cadres fired on a CRPF base in Kosnar forest, triggering an exchange of fire with the Security Force personnel in Narayanpur District. However, no causalities were reported.
June 8: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a labourer, identified as Ramesh Markam of Masuri village, while he was erecting the boundary of a CRPF camp at Golaband post in Kondagaon District. The Maoists mistook him as a Policeman.
The Maoists triggered a powerful blast on a key highway between Ramaram village and Borguda, six kilometres from Sukma District headquarters. The explosion took place just a few hours ahead of the weekly market held at Ramaram, the Police said. No loss of life or property was reported in the incident.
In Konta block of the District, the Maoists pasted pamphlets on the house adjacent to the house of Maraiguda sarpanch, Hapsa Masa, threatening to kill the village heads of the areas, who were earlier leaders of Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist vigilante group). The Maoists also put up a banner on Narayanpur-Antagarh road, near Raoghat, demanding that the SFs be sent back to their barracks. They also demanded jobs for the unemployed.
June 10: One CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with the BSF at Pamulbaya in Bijapur District. The encounter started as group of armed Maoists opened fire targeting the BSF camp at Pamulbaya in the morning. The BSF troopers later recovered body of a Maoist in uniform at the encounter site. The Police officer said Maoists also opened fire on other BSF camps at Cherpal, Gangalur, Reddy and Kendulnar in the District during the day. But the SFs in the camps successfully repulsed the attacks.
SF personnel recovered substantial quantities of arms and ammunition following an encounter with the Maoists at Mohala village in Rajnandgaon District. The recoveries included two rifles, wireless set, detonator, blasting cable, equipment required to manufacture tiffin bombs, naxal outfits, four tents, utensils, ration and Naxal literature. However, the Maoists managed to escape.
June 10: A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly blew up portion of a railway track on Kirandul-Visakhapatnam section near Bhansi railway station in Dantewada District, affecting the transportation of iron ore from the mines in Chhattisgarh. According to Police, the Maoists held the rail staff captive and then damaged a railway engine parked at the Station and later on blew up a portion of the track.
June 11: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, were arrested from two different areas in Raipur District, with arms and ammunition including nearly 300 live cartridges. The Maoists, identified as Anjali Chauhan (35) and Mujeeb (45), were arrested after a tip off that arms were being brought to the city from Bastar region, Raipur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Deepanshu Kabra said. An AK-47, a SLR and 270 cartridges were seized from the duo, SSP Kabra said. While Mujeeb was arrested from Ravanbhata area under Tikarapara Police limits, Anjali was arrested from Sarona railway station. Also, some Maoist literature and letters detailing the arms exchange, was recovered from them. Both Maoists are members of the DKSZC, Kabra added.
June 13: Three Maoists were arrested from Badeshetty village in Sukma District. "Kalmu Sanna, Ravan Sanna and Kalmu Bundi are wanted in many cases of murder, attempt to murder. Their names also cropped up during the investigations in connection with the recent encounter between police and the ultras under Gadiras police station limits," Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Shandilya said.
June 14: The Chhattisgarh Police arrested an alleged Maoist and a journalist and seized 160 rounds of SLR rifle and pistol in Raipur District. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Deepanshu Kabra said that a Maoist identified as Bablu was arrested and ammunition along with a pistol was recovered from him. Besides, a journalist identified as Sheikh Anwar who had allegedly procured weapons and ammunition for the Maoists was also arrested. Kabra said that Anwar works as a journalist in the Maoist-affected Kota area. He along with one Ishaq Khan from Andhra Pradesh had procured the rounds either from Police or the Paramilitary Forces for supply to the Maoists and Police are on the lookout for Ishaq, the SSP said.
June 15: A CPI-Maoist camp was busted and a cache of ammunition and explosive material recovered from the forests of Katulbharora in Rajnandgaon District. Beside ammunition and explosive SFs seized some school uniforms.
June 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian in Sukma District. Local Police say that roughly 20 Maoists stormed into the house of Marvijoga, a tribal in Arlampalli village and took him away in a nearby forested area where they beat him to death on charges of spying for Police and revealing vital information about activities of local Maoists.
Maoists hacked to death a newly recruited Police constable in Manpur area in Rajnandgaon District in western parts of the State, Police said.
The Police arrested five Maoists in the Bastar region, including two hardcore Maoists carrying cash reward of INR 25,000 each on their heads. According to the report, of the five arrested Maoists, three Maoists whose identity is yet to be ascertained were in charge of the city network and were arrested following a precise tip off from separate location. The other two Maoists, allegedly involved in killing of Tansen Kashyap, brother of Tribal Welfare Minister Kedar Kashyap, were identified as Dasharam and Janglu Korram.
June 25: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that there was no move to release any of the hard-core CPI-Maoist cadre, involved in any serious crimes such as murder, through the high-powered committee reviewing the cases of all under-trials languishing in prisons of the State.
June 28: The Chhattisgarh Police and the CRPF claimed to have killed 20 Maoists in two separate incidents in Bijapur and Sukma Districts in the night. The bodies of 17 men and a woman were recovered after the encounter in Kotaguda panchayat (village level local self-government institution) in Bijapur District, while the bodies of two men were found after a fire-fight near Jagargunda in Sukma District. “One body was in military green dungarees, the rest were in civilian clothes,” said Bijapur’s Superintendent of Police, Prashant Agarwal, adding the several improvised explosive devices, 303 rifles and muzzle-loading shotguns were retrieved from the encounter site. “We received specific information that senior Maoist cadres were going to hold a big meeting in the dense forests between Chintalnar, Jagargunda and Basaguda,” said Agarwal, “Our teams were sent to the spot, where they were fired upon by the Maoist Jan militia members. Six troopers were injured and fired back in retaliation.”
Among the Maoists killed in Bijapur District are ‘platoon commander’ Irpa Samlu and two members of the outfit's guerrilla army PLGA — Markam Suresh, wanted in a jail break in Dantewada and Kose Bija, claimed a CRPF officer in Delhi. Further, according to Ajay Yadav, acting Police chief of Sukma District, the two Maoists who were killed in the District have been identified as ‘platoon commander’ Sodi Dulla and Markam Lachha, a member of their armed squad.
There was a third encounter near Irpanar village close to Abujmaad in Narayanpur District. However, there no was casualty.
July 3: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a 25-year-old trainee Police constable in a crowded market place at Bhansi town in Dantewada District. Jaikumar Mandavi was shot in the back by suspected Maoists, dressed as locals, in the village when he was returning home after buying grocery with his father.
Contractors are too scared to bid for road development projects in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Road Transport secretary AK Upadhyay said: "There are issues in Bastar region. Despite our best efforts, the State Government is unable to award projects of 800 kilometres in the region. We have decided to go to the ground level, interact with District-level officers and sort out the issue. The main problem is that contractors are not coming forward to bid for these projects. We will see if we can break up the bigger projects and engage local contractors to complete these missing links."
July 4: The Maoists shot at a Policeman and his son, injuring both critically, in Bastar District. Assistant Sub-inspector of Police (ASI) Prakash Shukla (52) and his son Punit (21) were riding a motorbike to Mardum when they were attacked.
Police discovered a 15-kilogram tiffin bomb suspected to be planted by the Maoists along the roadside between Badhgaon Police Station and Metagaon area in Kanker District.
July 5: The CRPF engaged in an encounter with suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at the same spot in Sarkeguda village where 20 people were killed on June 28. Around 100 CRPF personnel who were on patrolling duty ahead of the day-long bandh called by the Maoists in the area to protest against the killings, engaged in the gunbattle.
July 6: SFs said they had recovered an operational Global Positioning System (GPS), advanced direction-finder devices, from a CPI-Maoist hideout in the forest of Barnara and Khursipar in Rajnandgaon District during a raid in previous week. The other recoveries included 10 memory cards, two pen drives (each of 4GB and 2GB storage space), a BSNL SIM card, medicine packets, printers, scanners, fax machines and few 12-volt photo voltaic cells.
The CPI-Maoist cadres have banished six families from their village in Bijapur District after finding them guilty of having one member each in the Police force. The Maoists branded 47 members of the families in Kantulnar village as Police informers at a "jan adalat" [a kangaroo court] and passed their verdict.
July 17: NIA and Central intelligence agencies have information that Naxals have set up weapons testing laboratories in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh. “We did get some leads during Techie Anna’s [RK] interrogation but then more intelligence was developed following which we got concrete information that Naxals were developing dangerous weapons through R&D at these laboratories. Now we trying to trace their exact location,” a senior investigating official said.
July 18: A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Sonu Netam (21) and Kamla Markam (19), who had decamped with weapons from a Police Station in Dhamtari District, were shot dead near Chameda in a Police encounter. One INSAS rifle, 3 SLRs and some cartridges were recovered from the spot.
The CPI-Maoist has issued a warning to Policemen - “Quit or face the bullet,” - in Chhattisgarh threatening that the ‘’entire village will be targeted if the Police personnel or their relatives continued to reside there’’. The threat comes days after the controversial killing of 19 people in an encounter with security forces in the Maoist-affected State.
August 1: The Chhattisgarh Government has finally pushed ahead with its stalled peace agreement with CPI-Maoist reached after the abduction of collector Alex Paul Menon, clearing the way for the release of suspected Maoists from jails, a top official said. “As per the directive of the state government, the district administration will not oppose the bail application of the suspected Maoists incarcerated in Raipur Central Jail,” Raipur Collector Pardeshi Siddharth Komal said.
A constable was hacked to death in a weekly market in Orchha in Narayanpur District.
August 3: A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an exchange of fire with Para-military troopers assisted by Chhattisgarh Police in Edanar forest at Tadoki area in Kanker District. The Police arrested two Maoist cadres and recovered live bombs, arms, detonators and wires from the encounter site. Also reported that the Police destroyed the temporary Maoist camp set up there.
August 5: Three months after they abducted and released Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, the CPI-Maoist cadres in Chhattisgarh have accused their own mediators of deceiving them by not ensuring the release of their jailed cadres in exchange. “The mediators deceived us. They did not tell us anything about the agreement and the committee. They told us the government has assured them that some of our men will be released, so release the collector. But nothing happened,” Keralapal Area Committee Secretary of CPI-Maoist, Madkam Bhima alias Akash said. Akash led the abduction of Menon on April 21. However, the mediators - B D Sharma and Prof G Haragopal - refuted Akash’s allegations. “Now I don’t remember exactly. Everything was well-settled then, I do not know from where these things are emerging,” Sharma said.
August 6: Maoists blew up a Mine Protected Vehicle killing a CRPF trooper and injuring five others in Dantewada District. The blast that injured four CRPF and one State Police personnel occurred when 80-personnel strong contingent of SFs were out on patrol at a place under Aranpur Police Station of the District.
August 7: Two CRPF commandos were killed in a landmine blast carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Sarkeguda in Bijapur District. The commandos, identified as constable KP Singh and Mukul Burman, were carrying rations for a CRPF camp nearby when the vehicle (a TATA 407) in which they were travelling was blown up.
August 12: Narayanpur District Superintendent of Police Mayank Srivastava issued orders prohibiting carrying of weapons by people especially 'tangia' (axe) in public places after a constable was hacked to death by Maoists in the 'haat' (market), official sources said.
August 14: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a primary school teacher identified as Rahman Singh Dhrub (42) at Jholaraw forest under Sobha Police Station in Gariabandh District, allegedly for being a Police informer. Local sources said Dhrub serving as a teacher in Gorgaon primary school in the District, was abducted by a group of armed Maoists from his home on August 7 for allowing SFs to spend a night in his school last month.
August 20: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Ramdai, surrendered before Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Ramdai had joined the Maoists three years ago and was working with platoon no. 17 across the District. She was involved in several incidents of violence including a recent encounter with SFs.
August 23: Chhotu Padha, a self-styled 'platoon commander' and his wife Karuna Usendi, a deputy section commander of a dalam surrendered before the Police in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. The Maoist couples were actively involved in 2009 Markegaon, Hatti Gota and Laheri encounters and blasts which had claimed the lives of as many as 48 Policemen.
August 24: The SF personnel killed two CPI-Maoist cadres and arrested four woman Maoists during a joint operation of District Police and 39 Battalion of CRPF in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the bodies of the two slain Maoists, 'Bharmar' guns, ammunition and Maoist literature from the site. No casualty or injury was reported among the SF personnel.
Dozens of technical and explosives 'experts' among the CPI-Maoist ranks have sneaked into Bastar region of Chhattisgarh from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh with a view to step up attacks against the police and paramilitary. Bastar IG TJ Longkumer said, "Security forces have been put on high alert in view of the Central investigative agencies inputs. Andhra Pradesh-based top Maoists are now sneaking into Bijapur district with a purpose to carry out attacks on police and paramilitary forces."
August 28: A joint team of District Police and CRPF destroyed a CPI-Maoist hideout located in the dense forest of Mardakalan in Gariaband District of Chhattisgarh after an encounter and recovered arms and ammunition. CRPF claimed that at least three insurgents were grievously injured in the encounter.
August 29: Markam Somaru, secretary of Gollapalli Gram Panchayat, was killed and four others were injured when Maoists attacked the jeep in which the Gram Panchayat secretary was travelling, along with four others in Sukma District under Konta Police Station limits. Meanwhile, sources said the attack was a case of mistaken identity. They said the Maoists thought that the jeep was carrying Security Forces.
Police sources said a large number of technical and explosive experts among the CPI-Maoist in Andhra Pradesh have entered Chhattisgarh with a plan to attack the Security Forces (SFs).
September 10: CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze seven vehicles engaged in road construction work in Temri village under Gatapar Police Station area in Rajnandgaon District. The vehicles, including a tractor, a tipper truck and a JCB machine, had been parked at the construction site where no work was taking place due to heavy rains.
September 17: The Chhattisgarh Government has decided to employ five-to-eight-feet-high robots to detect and defuse explosive devices, to minimise the loss of lives of SF personnel in the CPI-Maoist stronghold of Bastar. The device has been developed by the DRDO.
September 19: CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire at a helipad in remote Gorkha village in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, killing CRPF constable Mahadev Minj and injuring two others, head constable Praveen Kumar and constable V Suresh.
September 20: In a major joint operation, SFs destroyed an arms manufacturing unit of the CPI-Maoist and seized huge quantity of explosives from a forest area near Neelamdagu at Pharsegarh in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. About 100 kilograms of explosives, 150 detonators, and materials to be used for manufacturing of country made weapons, China torch, 300 metres of wires, 12 bore and muzzle loaded guns and Maoist literature were seized during the raids.
September 21: The Bijapur Police arrested Maoist ‘military platoon commander’ Markami Devi alias Lucky (27) from Cherla village in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh while a joint team of the District Police and STF arrested Mitku Ram, a hardcore Maoist in Kondagaon District. Markami Devi is wanted in a dozen cases of heinous crimes and five standing warrants are pending against her and Police had also announced INR 10,000 reward for her arrest. Mitku Ram, a resident of Mungwal village, under Bayanar Police Station carried a reward of INR 5,000 on his head and five permanent warrants were issued against him.
September 24: An alleged CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with the Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place when District Police and STF came under fire during an anti-Naxal operation in the forest near Enmeta village in the District. The killed Maoist is yet to be identified.
Paramilitary troopers and Police housed in at least 36 schools and hostels would be shifted out to solve the problems being faced by students in the insurgency-hit Bastar division of Chhattisgarh, an official said.
September 25: CPI-Maoist cadres shot and injured a Police constable, identified as Pritam Singh Rajput, at a bus stand in Sukma town in Sukma District.
September 26: Maoists have issued a diktat asking the tribal Policemen serving in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar region to pay one third of their salary or quit their job, Police sources said.
Madkami Devi, ‘commander’ of platoon number eight of CPI-Maoist, active in Pamed, Basaguda and Usur areas in Bijapur District, who was arrested on September 21, at Cherla in Andhra Pradesh’s Khammam District has revealed that the Maoists have started engaging children aged 12-16 years in combat action with SFs.
September 27: Maoist cadre, identified Pander Rachla, was arrested from a jungle near Bajrangi village in Kanker District and a tiffin bomb was seized from him. "During interrogation, Rachla said Naxals had planned to plant the tiffin bomb in a police station and he had gone to recce the area when the police team nabbed him," said Police.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in a joint operation by the Police and CRPF near Modakpal weekly market in Bijapur District of Chattisgarh. The arrestees are identified as Erma Bhima (19), Kudium Sudru (18), Satyam (25), Hemla Rahu (24), Telam Badru (25) and one minor.
September 29: Two Policemen were injured when heavily-armed CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on the CAF camp located at Timmalwada village under Chintangufa Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
September 29: The battle against CPI-Maoist is being won “slowly but steadily”, with SFs having gained control over more than 5,000 sq km area in the last two years, the outgoing chief of the CRPF K Vijay Kumar said. However, another 6,000 square km of area, mostly in south Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, continue to remain almost completely out of bounds for the SFs.
October 2: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed by SFs during a gunfight at Outapalli village under Basaguda Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
The Maoists fired a rocket launcher at Gollapalli Police Station in Sukma District, which missed the target and failed to explode. Sukma SP Abhishek Shandilya said since the rocket launcher missed the target, there were no damage as well as casualties in the incident.
The Chhattisgarh Police raided a CPI-Maoist hideout in the forests of Keejing hills and seized huge quantity of explosives, an EVM, bombs and other materials used for laying landmines in Kondagaon District. The SF personnel also recovered 20 pipe bombs, Chinese and Indian made grenades, booby traps, 50 liters of petrol, wires, batteries, explosives and medicines along with school uniforms and huge quantity of Maoist literature from the hideout. The recovered items also included four rocket launchers, two pressure bombs and four packets of hand grenades.
October 3: A senior Maoist leader and a Maoist couple surrendered before the Police in Rajnandgaon District. The surrendered Maoists are identified as Murli alias Budkar Hidami, commander of local operating squad (LOS), Shantilal and his wife Deema Salami, an active member of Chetna Natya Manch, the cultural wing of the CPI-Maoist.
"Maoist insurgents have stepped up their recruitment drive in Abujhmaad region forcing minor boys and girls, mostly in their early teens, to join the rebel ranks," Bastar SP RL Meena said. The rebels are conducting recruitment drives through posters. The posters put up at Koyalibeda say that the first phase of the recruitment is expected to commence from October 25 and last till November 15. In the posters, the rebels have also demanded shutdown of Rawghat and Chargaon iron ore mining projects strongly opposing displacement of the villagers in these areas.
October 5: The Union Government has floated global tenders to procure about 4,000 specialised "human detecting" night vision devices in the wake of the recent controversial encounter in Chhattisgarh where allegations of killing civilians were levelled against the CRPF.
October 9: The SFs foiled a major bid of the CPI-Maoist by recovering a 10-kilogram tiffin bomb hidden beneath the soil on a road near Dornapal in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
Bijapur Police arrested four hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres involved in half-a-dozen cases of heinous crimes, from two different places in the District. Three Maoists, identified as Pudiyami Paso, Kawasi Sukhram and Podiyami Budhram, all residents of Kachraram village under Toyanar Police limit, were arrested from Nemed weekly market while they were on a recce. The fourth Maoist identified as Jebe Lachchu, of Rawapalli village under Madded Police limit in the District was arrested from Bijapur bus stand.
October 10: A temporary CPI-Maoist camp in the forest area between Jatwar and Karkabeda villages in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh was busted by a joint team of District Police and STF. Four loaded guns, a country made pistol, live cartridges, explosives and other items were recovered from the camp.
Police pulled down two memorials built by Maoists in honour of their slain associates in Kondagaon District. The first memorial, around 15 feet high, was found in forest near Toyanar and Madanar villages, while the second memorial, around 20 feet high, was spotted in jungles of Cherang village in the District.
October 14: The CPI-Maoist cadres intercepted four trucks involved in road construction work and set ablaze in Surokhi village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. A CRPF and Police team was rushed to the area but as it neared the village, the Maoists triggered a landmine blast and attacked them, injuring four Police personnel.
The SFs recovered a powerful pressure bomb during a search at the encounter spot in Surokhi village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
October 17: Saket alias Rajesh Pudo (23), an 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist from Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra surrendered before the Police at Mohla Police Station in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. Saket also handed over 54 live rounds, three Self-Loaded Rifle (SLR) magazines and a walkie-talkie to Police. Acting on his information the Police also recovered a SLR from the forest area bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
October 19: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three tractors, one JCB, a road-roller and a matador engaged in road construction between Antagad and Amabeda in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.
October 20: Intelligence officials sounded an alert that CPI-Maoist were working on a strategy to open a new corridor between the states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in the coming winter by taking advantage of freezing cold and foggy situation in the forested border region.
October 22: A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Gote Wanga (30) was arrested by a joint team of District Police and CRPF during a combing operation from a forest area near Timirguda village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
Road construction works to the tune of an estimated INR 3.5 billion are at a standstill in Sukma District, located on the state's southernmost tip and the tri-junction of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, due to Maoists threat.
October 26: The Police arrested two CPI-Maoist sympathisers and seized a huge stock of medicines from their possession in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
October 28: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Malesh (25), a youth of Modakpal village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, in suspicion of being a Police informer and threw his body on National Highway. A letter found near the body also warned people not to cooperate with the Police.
A joint team of District Police and CoBRA troopers recovered two tiffin bombs of five kilograms each, suspected to be hidden by the Maoists, during a search operation in a forested location near village Markam in Sukma District. Later, the bomb disposal squad diffused the bombs.
Two Maoists of 'section commander' rank, identified as Punnem Sanna of Godampalli village and Bodu Ramesh of Gaganpalli village of Konta block in Sukma District, had been active in Malkangiri District of Odisha, for the past five years, surrendered in Sukma District.
Maoists of the Dandakaranya Committee pasted several posters and pamphlets at many locations in Sukma District, and announced to boycott Rajyotsav in protest against the Sarkeguda encounter and asked people to observe as black day on November 1.
October 29: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed Swayam Inka (50), father of Assistant Constable Swayam Naraiyya (20), under the Errabor Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. A note was recovered from the site, in which it was written that in 2006 Inka had allegedly committed atrocities against local tribals.
November 1: Five Maoists suspected to have been involved in operations against Police forces were arrested from two locations in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Potam Shankar (28), Araiya Dinesh (19) and Araiya Ganpat (19) were arrested from Gauraram village under Maded area of the District by a joint patrolling team of District Police, Chhattisgarh Sashastra Dal and CRPF. Another joint team arrested Pinnapalli Rajesha (22) and Gavdi Nagaiya (20) from Sairkonta village under Cherpally Police limits.
A Maoist 'commander', identified as Pandu Ram Aanchala, wanted in 43 cases and carrying a reward of INR 67,000 on his head, was arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Police and BSF troopers in Krugalmaspi village in Kanker District.
The Maoists have dropped pamphlets in the areas surrounding Dhaudai in Narayanpur District, opposing President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Ramkrishna Mission Ashram on November 7.
November 2: The dead body of an unidentified CPI-Maoist cadre who was killed in an encounter on October 31, 2012 was recovered from a forest near Murkinar in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
The Union Government has decided to ignore threats from Maoists and go ahead with developing an iron ore mine in the LWE-affected Districts of Kanker and Narayanpur in the State that would supply raw material to the iconic Bhilai steel plant.
November 3: Five Maoists, identified as Tati Sarita (22), Erma Suklu (25), Michhya Banga (20), Michhya Suklu (30) and Punem Ramesh (30), were arrested during a joint-search operation conducted by Police and BSF troopers at Modakpal in Bijapur District.
November 4: Two CISF personnel were killed when heavily-armed CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at an iron ore mining area in Baliadila hills of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The Maoists, estimated to be up to two dozen in number, also took away an AK-47 and a self-loading rifle (SLR) which belonged to the killed personnel.
The Chhattisgarh Police booked three Maoists for allegedly subjecting two minor girls to repeated sexual assaults after abducting them from their villages in Bijapur District. A case has been registered against Kudiam Gujja, Nagesh and Shivaji on the complaint of two girls who were allegedly raped by them in Muded area in the District.
November 6: ASI Nilesh Pandey (27), was abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres and subsequently killed near Chinger Nala under Kutru Police Station in Raipur District.
A CPI-Maoist leader was killed in a Police encounter in a forested area in Pusnar village under Gangalur Police Station in Bijapur District. A loaded gun and other items were recovered from the encounter site.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including two women cadres, surrendered before the Police in Bijapur District. The surrenderees are identified as Punem Sanu (20), Subhash Mandvi (25), Paklu Akali (27), Chaiti Veti (24) and Munni Tati (27).
Chhattisgarh Police arrested three Maoists, identified as Sarjuram Mandavi (23), Mahesh Usendi (20) and Jhaduram (30), from the forest of Koilibeda area in Kanker District.
A joint team of the District Police and CRPF troopers recovered a five kilogram tiffin bomb from a road in Kanker District.
November 8: Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma (62), who led the Salwa Judum movement in south Chhattisgarh in 2005, had a miraculous escape when a powerful landmine attack triggered by the CPI-Maoist hit his convoy in Kamalnar, a forested area in Dantewada District. Karma and the driver, Sukeshwar Jhole and two security guards were injured.
Five Maoists, including one reportedly involved in abduction and rape of a two minor girls, were arrested in Bijapur District in separate operations.
Five active ‘commanders’ of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before SP Prashant Agrawal in Bijapur District.
A Sessions Court in Kanker District, sentenced four CPI-Maoist cadres to life imprisonment for killing Kheluram Darro, a suspected Police informer from Nedgaon village on October 3, 2009.
November 10: SFs repulsed an attack launched on them by CPI-Maoist inside Chintalnar forest at Morpalli under Dornapal block in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada District and arrested a member of the ambush party following an encounter.
November 12: Four Maoists were killed in the Tarlaguda forest in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh in a Joint Operation by Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh Police.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Anila Dhurve, was arrested during a Joint Operation by District Police and ITBP in Khadgaon area of Rajnandgaon District in Chhattisgarh.
November 18: Cadres of CPI-Maoist attacked a combing party of Police and killed head constable Afzal Khan at Malnar village in Kondagaon District in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
SF personnel arrested a Maoist, identified as Rohit Gond, in Mohela area in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh during a Search Operation, said ASP Vijay Agrawal.
November 19: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed a Police party by opening indiscriminate firing near Maragaon in Gariyabandh District of Chhattisgarh but failed to inflict any casualty.
November 20: A gunfight with CPI-Maoist cadres in Gariyabandh District of Chhattisgarh led the State Police to seize large quantity of ammunition and explosive materials from a forested hideout of the extremists. The SFs confronted the Maoists who were holding a meeting in the forest of Maragaon village, some 125 km from Raipur.
November 22: Chhattisgarh Police have been put in ‘alert mode’ as a massive operation is under way in Odisha to nab Sabyasachi Panda, Chief of OMP.
November 24: A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Hungaram and his wife Mase, wanted in a number of cases including murder and attempt-to-murder, were arrested from Rengabeda village in Narayanpur District, in a joint operation by the District Police, Chhattisgarh Sashastra Bal and Special Task Force.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Hidmu Kohrami (22), Lakhmu Benjam (28), Vacham Raju (26), Madvi Baman (24) and Padam Muio (23), were arrested from Tungeli village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
November 25: A joint team of Bijapur Police and Chhattisgarh Armed Forces arrested a Maoist cadre, identified as Kalmumi Minoo alias Manoj, near Ghudsakal village.
Four Maoists, identified as Chapa Naraiyya, Vacham Ramaiyya, Talandi Pavarao and Matti Sukhram, were arrested from Kottaguda and Kamlapalli forests in Bijapur District.
Police arrested three more Maoists identified as Santosh Kumar Anchala (25), Birsingh Anchala (38) and Baisakhu Ram (35) in Etebalka village of Kanker District.
Ramniwas, a 1982 batch IPS officer, has been appointed as the new DGP of Chhattisgarh succeeding DGP Anil M. Navaney, an official statement said. He will take charge on December 1.
November 28: SFs have seized fresh pictures of Prashant Bose alias Kishenda — the No. 2 in the CPI-Maoist hierarchy — during a raid in Chhattisgarh; officials engaged in anti-Maoist operations believe the pictures, found in a CD, will help hunt down Bose, who carries a reward of INR 700,000 on his head announced by the Chhattisgarh and West Bengal Governments.
November 30: Chhattisgarh’s newly appointed DGP Ramniwas has said in Raipur that the State Police is keen to contain Naxalism with the cooperation of the people and conduct policing with sensitivity and professionalism, ensuring protection of Human Rights.
December 4: A group of around 60 armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two tipper trucks used in road construction work in Tongpal area in Sukma District.
Sanghuram alias Nagesh Korram, a Jan militia ‘deputy commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a densely forested region of Usari village in Kondagaon District during a search operation conducted by a joint team of Bayanar Police and CAF. Police recovered Maoist banner of PLGA week from December 2 to 8, along with posters, battery and wire from his possession.
December 6: CPI-Maoist cadres killed Maniram Baghel (26), a resident of Kumharras village under Kukanar Police Station in Sukma District, on suspicion that he was a Police informer.
December 7: CPI-Maoist cadres killed Chhinnaram Gota, a former Salwa Judum leader and one of his body guards at Kuprel village under Farsegarh Police Station in Bijapur District. The other body guard, Budhram Toke, who was also seriously injured in the attack, was later taken to the District hospital. Before fleeing from the spot, the Maoists set ablaze the vehicle of Chhinnaram and also took away three rifles.
Maoists killed a peon, working in a local school, by slitting his throat at Amapani village in Kanker District. The Maoists also left a pamphlet, stating that the person was being punished for being a Police informer.
December 9: Chhattisgarh's new DGP Ramniwas said the law and order situation in his State has improved and the Naxalite problem was very much under control. The assistance from the Union Government, good work done by the Chhattisgarh Government and cooperation from various quarters are the factors responsible for improvement in law and order and Naxal scenario in the tribal-dominated State, he added. There was a need to bring people who have taken recourse to violence into the national mainstream with the help of all those who believe in democracy, the DGP said.
December 10: Aiming to further boost the anti-Naxal operations particularly in Chhattisgarh, CRPF Director General Pranay Sahay has taken up the issue of non-construction of vital roads in operational areas with the State Chief Minister Raman Singh.
Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire from a distance when a joint team of CRPF and CoBRA troopers were on a routine patrolling in Chintalnar area in Sukma District.
A group of six Maoist cadres, in the guise of local villagers, set ablaze a tractor engaged in road construction work near Meharbada locality, in Narayanpur District.
Police arrested a dalam 'commander' of the Maoists from Chotedonger area in Narayanpur District.
December 11: A wanted Maoist cadre, identified as Sita Ram Salaam (20), was arrested from Nariya village forest area in Kondagaon District, during a joint search operation conducted by District Police and CAF.
December 14: Eight Maoist cadres were killed by SFs in a gun battle during a raid on a Maoists' training camp in Bande forest area of Kanker District.
SFs recovered explosives from a dump in Bimagunda forests in Kanker District.
The 170th battalion of CRPF killed a Maoist cadre, identified as Kawasi Budhram, and recovered 23 detonators, tiffin-bomb, and ammunition of 315 bore rifle, muzzle gun, daily used items and 'pitthu' from Kachlaram area of Bijapur District.
December 16: The teachers’ strike in Chhattisgarh is snowballing into a major concern for the State Government as well as the local intelligence officials as the CPI-Maoist supported the strike.
December 19: Chhattisgarh Government claimed that concerted efforts put in by various security agencies in the State substantially brought down the number of Naxal related incidents in 2012.
State Police and paramilitary forces deployed in Bastar region are planning to launch a big operation against Maoists in the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra.
December 27: Four CPI-Maoist cadres killed Mudiyam Naga (45), Sarpanch of Hirapur village, in Basaguda area, at a weekly market of Awapalli village in Bijapur District.
December 30: SF personnel busted CPI-Maoist training camp, following an encounter with the Maoists during a search operation conducted, in Jappemarka forests in Bijapur District.
May 10: A top CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Pradeep Kumar Singh, was arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch in Rohini. The Police claim to have recovered a loaded 7.65 mm pistol, and two live cartridges, from his possession. Pradeep, a resident of Latehar in Jharkhand, was wanted in connection with an attack on a Police team in Lohardaga in 2000, in which the then Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Singh was shot dead. He then fled to Punjab, and remained in hiding for more than five years. At present, he held the position of an ideologue and recruiter to preach Maoist ideology, and motivate the youngsters for the Maoist cause, the Police said.
June 6: Police arrested Shiv Kumar alias Shiva, a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre from Rohini in New Delhi. Delhi Police said he was involved in several cases of murder and attacks on Police and Paramilitary personnel. A 9mm pistol was seized along with two live rounds. Shiva belongs to Narkopi near Ranchi, Jharkhand. He was the ‘area commander’ of the Lohardaga CPI-Maoist guerrilla squad. He was putting up with his brother-in-law in the city since December after escaping a CRPF-Jharkhand Police encounter in the forests of Sarayu.
August 8: While there has been no incident of violence by the CPI-Maoist in Delhi, the Union Home Ministry has admitted that this year they have assessed influence of front organisations of Maoists in its six districts. "The influence of Maoists in areas is assessed on the basis of both overground activities by front organisations and violent activities by underground cadres," Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The Home Ministry has also said the CPI-Maoist operates in Delhi through the city committee of the outfit and that Left-wing extremist groups, such as CPI (ML) New Democracy and CPI (ML) Liberation, are active in the Capital.
August 9: The Union Government ruled out involvement of CPI-Maoist in July 18, violence in Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in Gurgaon. A top official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said this conclusion has come after a probe looked into all angles, including the possibility of a Maoist link to the violence.
November 12: Various terror charges were framed by a Delhi Court against Yogender Singh Bhokta alias Soren, a self-styled commander of CPI-Maoist, involved in several attacks on Police teams and rival Naxal groups in Jharkhand.
October 3: SOG of Navsari Police arrested Rajesh alias Pavan Dhanraj Rai, a sub-zonal 'area commander' of CPI-Maoist from Chikhli village in Navsari District of Gujarat. Rajesh was arrested following a tip-off by Bihar Police along with two of his accomplices identified as Dhanaikumar Sahani of Muzaffarpur District and Sanoj Sahani of Chhapra city in Saran District of Bihar, for providing local help to him in Gujarat.
October 5: Suhag Paswan (23), an alleged CPI-Maoist leader hailing from Muzaffarpur District of Bihar, who wanted to set up the organisation's base in Gujarat, was arrested in Ahmedabad District.
January 1: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Ganesh Lohra, a member of Guddu Singh squad of the outfit, and three of his aides were arrested from a rented house in Pandra under Sukhdevnagar Police Station on the outskirts of Ranchi District. The three aides were identified as Mukeshan Soni, Satyendra Kumar and Abhishek Anand. The Police recovered a bike, a four-wheeler and a mobile phone from their possession.
Two additional CRPF battalions, earmarked for the Saranda forest area that was freed from over 10 years of Maoist dominance in a month-long offensive last August, will take guard in February. At present, three battalions of Paramilitary troopers are already stationed in Saranda. DIG, CRPF, Bhanu Pratap Singh said, “Though the basic idea behind deployment of more CRPF jawans in Saranda is to bolster the security apparatus in the area that had been home to Maoists for about a decade, the troopers will also have to perform a major role. They will have to provide full security cover to official machinery that will be stationed in the forest under the Centre’s integrated action plan (IAP),” Singh said.
January 3: The CPI-Maoist cadres beheaded one youth, identified as Sukhram Munda, at Gamaria Raja Bazaar under Adki Police Station limits in Khunti District after branding him as a ‘Police informer’. "The headless body was recovered near a river bridge at Gamaria Raja Bazaar and the victim's head was found after a search of the area during the day," SDPO AK Sinha said. A leaflet left by the Maoists read that similar would be the fate of Police "informers", SDPO Sinha said.
A joint operation of the Khunti Police and CRPF led to the recovery of 40 kilograms of IED planted by suspected Maoists on a non-tarred road between Bhandra- Jilenga forests in the District, the Police said. The Police unearthed the IED and recovered around 200 meters of wire connected to it.
January 5: CPI-Maoist cadre, Balram Sahu alias David (30), who was arrested near Jamui Railway Station in Bihar on January 3, was brought back to the jail in Ranchi District. Sahu, one of the six under trials who had escaped from a prison in Saraikela District in 2011, is an accused in half-a-dozen cases, including robbery of INR 50 million and two kilogram gold from an ICICI van and murder of two State Government functionaries, DSP Pramod Kumar and Minister Ramesh Singh Munda. David has reportedly told the Police that he had paid INR 700, 000 as bribe to the jail staff to escape from the prison. He is also learnt to have told the Police that after the jailbreak, he had been shuttling between Jamui and Moktama in Bihar.
The Jharkhand Government appealed to CPI-Maoist cadres to make a fresh beginning in the New Year by surrendering to the rule of law, as it responded to feelers from a section of cadres, but did not promise any let-up in ongoing anti-Maoist operations. The Government gave a month’s time to active members of CPI-Maoist to return to the mainstream, through an advertisement in local dailies on December 31. The notice also had on display the rehabilitation package a rebel was entitled if they gave themselves up under the state’s surrender policy approved in February 2009. Explaining the reasons behind the renewed appeal, home secretary J.B. Tubid said the State had received feelers that a large number of Maoists wanted to surrender, particularly in Ranchi and Khunti, but they were being threatened by their leaders. “So, we gave them a month to avail the opportunity and join the mainstream,” he reasoned.
January 6: Several posters written in red, blue and green ink were pasted by the CPI-Maoist cadres at public places and Government offices in Dandai and Chinia areas of Garhwa District asking the villagers, Government officials and newly elected panchayat representatives to change their modus operandi. A day before [January 5], the Maoists also posted similar posters on the walls of Ranka and Ramkanda block offices, Ranka market, passenger shed, pramukh office and Udaypur bazaar of Ramkanda block. The posters also warned the TPC to stop its activities. However, Police removed all the posters. Garhwa Superintendent of Police Michael Raj S said, "We have information that Maoists have been active in some parts of the district in a bid to consolidate their support base." Police are aware of the recent activities of the Maoists.
January 9: BJP MLA Gurusaran Nayak escaped a bid on his life when CPI-Maoist cadres fired indiscriminately a few metres away from his car near Harta village in West Singhbhum District. The legislator was returning after inaugurating the chief minister's Kanyadan Yojana at Harta Middle School in the District when the incident took place. "I was the target of the Maoists, but I am safe," Nayak said when contacted.
According to Palamu SP A T Mathew, Forces will not be withdrawn from Palamu for the Uttar Pradesh polls, which will have no impact on the ongoing operations against the Maoists. "We expect some forces of JAP to be taken out from here for UP polls, but this will not come in the way of anti-Maoist operations here," he said. However, JAP personnel have been moved out of Jharkhand to Manipur for assembly election in the north-eastern states slated to be held in February. "Palamu division shares its borders with Chandauli and Sonebhadra in UP, where there is a heavy presence of Maoists," said the CRPF DIG adding that extremism in these places was on the wane.
January 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked an excavation site owned by Panem Coal Mines Limited at Katahaldih in Amrapara in Pakur District and killed a security guard. Over two dozen Maoists armed with sophisticated firearms and traditional weapons stormed the coal excavation site and fired indiscriminately on security guards posted there. One of the guards, Pramod Yadav, was killed in the firing while at least four others sustained bullet injuries. Before leaving, the Maoists set ablaze an earthmover, though company sources said three vehicles had been burnt.
During a special operation carried out by the CRPF and District Police at Hunterganj locality in Chatra District, a CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', identified as Madanji alias Tiwariji alias Basudeb Bhuyan, was arrested. Chatra SP Anup Birtheray said Madanji was wanted in about ten cases. A rifle, a pistol and 20 detonators were recovered from him.
January 11: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead Makheran Ganju, a former 'area commander' of the outfit, in Chatra District, for quitting the outfit. The bullet-riddled body was recovered at Roshan village of the District along with a Maoist note.
A group of 15 railway employees cleaning railway tracks found a can bomb weighing 20 kilogram on the line at Banaso between Jarangdih and Bokaro Thermal stations in Bokaro District. Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi said, "The bomb weighed 20 kilogram. We have launched a search in the area after the recovery of the bomb. No other bomb was found." The place where the bomb was found falls under the Coal India Cord section in Dhanbad division through which many passenger and goods trains pass everyday. Fortunately, the bomb was old and did not explode. "The bomb was possibly planted by the Naxalites in 2009 at the spot where a landmine blast was triggered by the Maoists during the Red bandh. The wires attached to the bomb were damaged. However, we have defused the bomb," a Police officer said.
A CRPF team arrested Gambhir Singh Bhumij (38), an armed Maoist and active Maoist propagandist from Indurbati village in Patamda Police Station area in East Singhbhum District. The Police recovered his katta, a country-made pistol from his possession, East Singhbhum SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said. "We nabbed one of them, who turned out to be Bhumij. Interrogation revealed that he was a resident of Amjore village in Patamda and was attached to the Ayodhya Pahad squad in Balrampur block in Purulia District of West Bengal," CRPF's Battalion VII commanding officer Sanjay Kumar Singh said, adding rebels operated simultaneously in Dalma-Patamda, Ayodhya Pahad and Dampara.
January 12: Two close accomplices of sub-zonal 'commander' Kundan Pahan were arrested from Tamar area in Ranchi District, during an raid. The two Maoists have been identified as Sukhlal Munda alias Suresh Munda alias Badaku alias Chattan and Etwari alias Vidramani alias Shakuntala alias Suku from Hurugdih village. During interrogation the duo it came to light that Pahan was injured in the encounter in Saranda forest of West Singhbhum District on December 21, 2011.
A close associate of top Maoist 'commander' Kundan Pahan, identified as Chattan Singh, was arrested along with his girl friend Aitwari alias Shanuntala from Ruragdih village under Tamar Police Station in Ranchi District. Giving the information SSP of Ranchi S.K. Singh said that Chattan Singh is involved in the killing of a former MLA, the bank van loot and many other criminal incidents.
January 15: An injured CPI-Maoist cadre died in a hospital in Jamshedpur a few hours after his arrest from an area under Gurabandha Police Station in West Singhbhum. Gulach Munda, an accused in the abduction of a block development officer in 2010 besides 15 other offences, died in the M G M Hospital. Munda sustained injury while he was trying to escape from the clutches of the Police.
January 15-16: The SFs arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from separate places during anti-Maoist operations in Latehar and Bokaro Districts. The two arrestees are identified as ‘area commander' Janaki Mahato and Maoist cadre Moti Mahato from villages situated near Jhumra foothills, ASP Prasant Karn said. As many as seven IEDs were recovered at Barwadih in Latehar District during search operation. Besides four IEDS, the SFs recovered 500 grams of gun powder, 15 metre black wire, 20 kg ammonium nitrate, a double barrel gun and one country-made gun, the ASP said.
January 16: One person was killed and another got injured when SFs allegedly fired at their car after they ignored a warning to stop for checking during a CPI-Maoist State-wide bandh in Palamu District. "The CRPF and the District Police who were patrolling after the Maoists called a state wide shutdown last night [January 16] opened fire on the car after the occupants ignored their call to stop for checking at Sultani Ghati," SP Anup T Mathew said. "Dara Singh alias Devendra Singh, who was driving the car, died in the car while Ajit Singh suffered bullet wounds and was referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi," the SP said. The duo hailed from Jangop village in Aurangabad District in Bihar, Mathew said and added they were returning home when the incident happened.
An armed group of CPI-Maoist, shot dead a cadre of the TPC, identified as Avdhesh Yadav (45), in Palamu District. The slain TPC cadre was a resident of Jhargada village under Hussainabad subdivision of the District.
January 17: Amidst speculations about the possible dates and venues of the tenth Congress of the CPI-Maoist, sources said the Maoists have begun their secret conclave at a place in Saraikela District, bordering the State’s capital Ranchi. There have been various reports about the meeting scheduled to be held this month. While earlier reports said it would be held in Jharkhand, some reports said it was scheduled to take place in their Abujhmad stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Sources said “the meet began in Saraikela District from January 12.” The ninth CPI-Maoist Congress was also held in Jharkhand.
East Singhbhum Police launched a massive combing operation at Ghurabandha in Ghatshila following intelligence inputs on infiltration of armed Maoists from West Bengal. According to intelligence sources, an armed squad of Maoists from West Midnapore District in West Bengal had taken shelter at Kudian and Hariyan pahads, in Ghurabandha. During the combing operation at the hillocks in Ghurabandha, Police and CRPF troopers rounded up a suspected Maoist from Gian village. The Police refused to disclose the name of the villager. A senior officer said the armed Maoists, reportedly hiding in the hilly terrain, might have given Police the slip and sneaked into Odisha while the combing operation was on. Five companies of CRPF, besides two of JAP, took part in the operation that began at around 6am and lasted for over 12 hours. East Singhbhum Senior Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Jha said that though the intelligence network had recently alerted the forces on the movement of Maoist ‘area commander’ (Ghurabandha) Kanhu Singh Munda and his assistant Puttu Singh Munda, information on the fresh infiltration of the rebels prompted them to launch the operation.
Work on setting up as many as 21 CRPF camps, as a part of the Saranda Action Plan, a development initiative in West Singhbhum, is yet to start, awaiting clearance from the forest department, while the state is yet to form a Saranda Development Authority as advocated by Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh after visiting the forest early December, 2011. Moreover, two additional CRPF battalions that came from Jammu & Kashmir have not been deployed in Saranda for lack of infrastructure support. Currently, these battalions are undergoing training at a jungle warfare school in Netarhat (Latehar) and at Hazaribagh Districts.
The teaching fraternity in Latehar District held a sit-in rally to protest the frequent abductions of teachers in the State. Interacting with media persons, teachers said that often abducted teachers are tortured and threatened by Maoists which has created a fear in the mind of the entire teaching fraternity in the region. "Teachers are often abducted by Maoists in forest areas and brutally beaten, tortured and threatened. Maoists also say that if we tell anything to media or state authorities, they would kill us. We are scared about our existence," said Ramesh Kumar, a primary teacher.
January 18: Security arrangement has been beefed up in view of the 24-hour bandh in Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District called by the Maoists from midnight of January 18, the first bandh after night train services resumed in the Tata-Kharagpur-Rourkela section of South Eastern Railway. The bandh call has been given in protest against the killing of a Maoist, Gulach Munda, on January 15. The services resumed on January 12, which had remain suspended since the Jnaneswari Express derailment incident near Jhargram, in West Bengal on May 28 2010.
January 19: A day after seven unidentified bodies were recovered in the afternoon of January 18 from near Gagra village in Khunti District, the Police identified the victims and ruled out Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) involvement. The dead are identified as Akash Hassa (20), Puno Hassa (21), Fudu Hassa (20), Kande Munda (22), Redan Munda (50), Teknath Munda (38), and Fagu Munda (20). Khunti Superintendent of Police M. Tamil Vanan said “After primary investigations, we are 99 per cent sure that the rebels did not orchestrate the killings. Personal rivalry appears to be the main motive.”
The daylong Maoist bandh in Ghatshila subdivision in East Singhbhum District evoked mixed response. Amid heightened security arrangements in six blocks of the subdivision, the bandh witnessed mixed response with commercial establishments and markets in Ghatshila, Musabani, Gorabandha and Dhalbhumgarh blocks, which remained closed for a large part of the day. However, in Baharagora and Chakuliya, the effect of bandh was relatively less with markets reporting brisk business. Transportation was largely affected with passenger buses scheduled for Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Musabani, Seraikela, among other routes, remaining off the road for the day.
January 21: As many as 50 – 60 armed CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast and blew up an armoured vehicle, killing 13 Police personnel on board in a forest of Garhwa District. Led by OIC of Bhandaria Police Station Rajbali Chowdhary, troopers of VII battalion of JAP were accompanying local BDO Vasudev Prasad and Garhwa zilla parishad chairperson Shushma Mehta, who were on way to Bargarh village in separate cars to resolve a dispute over a health centre due to which villagers were observing a shutdown. Vasudev, whose vehicle was ahead of the armoured van carrying the Policemen, survived the attack. “Thirteen Policemen, including Officer-in Charge of Bhandaria Police Station, have died. The rebels took away 11 INSAS rifles, one SLR and two AK 47 rifles from the Security Forces,” said State Police spokesperson and IG (Provision) RK Mallick. According to information as many as 50 – 60 armed Maoists were involved in the attack that lasted for nearly 30 minutes. CM Arjun Munda, who was in Gumla, said the Maoists attack was an act of cowardice. “They killed innocent Policemen by planning an ambush. So far reports of 13 deaths have been confirmed,” he said.
January 22: The CPI-Maoist have listed, the immediate halt to the security offensive and withdrawal of Security Forces from Saryu, Kone, Oraiya and other areas in Latehar, Palamu and Garhwa Districts, as pre-conditions for the release of hostages. Garhwa zilla parishad chairperson Sushma Mehta, Akhtar Ansari [State (CPI-ML) Liberation member], her bodyguard Suresh Ram and driver Mehboob Ansari were abducted on January 21 after a landmine blast that killed 13 Policemen. “First stop harassing the poor in the name of a security offensive against us and remove security build-up in these areas. We will consider their release only after that,” said Maoist spokesperson Sudhir. “We are in touch with our Chhattisgarh counterparts. Borders have been sealed. We are working on specific intelligence input to trace these four who are being held captive by the Maoists,” said DGP GS Rath. Further, local journalist Satish Kumar Sinha was also abducted. However, they released Sinha after two hours of captivity and after holding a press conference in his presence.
January 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an explosion in the forest area along the Jharkhand- Chhattisgarh border in Garhwa District. The explosion took place somewhere in the forests at Chatia-Matgari, 20 Kilometres away from Bariganwa forest. Search operation by the SFs continued in the forests in the District, according to sources in Bhandaria Police Station of the District.
January 24: The Police arrested two persons, including a village sarpanch for their alleged involvement in the landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist on January 21 that claimed 13 lives, in Garhwa District. "Bargarh village sarpanch Ramdas Minz and his aide Fida Hussain were arrested after we got evidence against them. They are charged under various Sections, like murder and criminal conspiracy," SP Michael S. Raj said.
The Garhwa District committee of the CPI-ML called for a bandh to protest the Police failure to trace zilla parishad chairperson Sushma Mehta, and three others, 48 hours after they were abducted from Lalmatia by Maoists. Later on the day, one Sudhir, who claimed to be the Maoist spokesperson, informed over telephone in Latehar that the Maoists had released zilla parishad chairperson Sushma Mehta and two other abducted persons. He said they would reach Garhwa by the evening.
In a letter written to the Chief Minister Arjun Munda, the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram expressed his dissatisfaction with the performance of Jharkhand Government in combating Maoists. The letter, according to sources, also contained an advisory pointing to the possibility of Maoist-engineered attacks on Police vehicles. The State Government played down the importance and timing of the letter, saying such communications was being sent to States regularly. Chidambaram pointed out Jharkhand had not been able to prevent rampant extortion by, and violence among, Maoist splinter groups.
January 25: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed their former cadre at Jangi-giri in Giridih District. The cadre, identified as Khublal Mandal, recently released from jail after completion of his two-year jail term, was taken away to Jaridih and shot dead by the Maoists. His dead body was recovered in the morning of January 26, the Police said.
January 26: The Police averted a possible CPI-Maoist attack in the State on the Republic Day with the recovery of 32 landmines from a forest in Latehar District. The landmines, each weighing five kilograms, were planted in a row in Laap forest in the District, some 130 kilometres from State capital Ranchi. An unnamed Police officer said the landmines were planted beneath an unpaved road used by Police vehicles.
Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi urged CPI-Maoist to shut violence. Taking part in the 63rd Republic Day celebrations in Ranchi, the Governor hoisted the national flag and asked the CPI-Maoist to join the mainstream of the society. CM Arjun Munda hoisted the tricolour in the State's second capital Dumka.
January 27: A Policeman, Constable Amitabh Barla, was killed and his friend was seriously injured after suspected cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist opened fire on them at a marriage party in a Ranchi village in Ranchi District. Constable Amitabh Barla died on the spot after being shot from close range. SP (rural) Asim Vikrant Minj said that it was because of "personal rivalry" that Barla was attacked by suspected PLFI cadres. Barla is known to have links with the Jitendra Nayak gang active in the region before joining the Police Force in 2009. "He was a member of the nexus led by Nayak and worked against the Jainath Sahu gang," Minj said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres fired at a make-shift camp of the SFs, triggering a gun battle at Barwadih in Latehar District. However, there was no report of any loss of life, Latehar SP Kranti Kumar said, adding the two sides were exchanging fire intermittently. The encounter followed a special drive launched by the District Police and the CRPF in the stronghold areas of the Maoists in Maoist-infested parts of the District, Kumar said.
Maoist splinter group, the JPC, hoisted an inverted national flag in Palamu District to mark their protest as the country celebrated the 63rd Republic Day. Cadres of the JPC chose the occasion to raise protest against Government apathy by hoisting two national flags, one of which was inverted. "We would have had jobs had we reaped the benefits of freedom. We would not have been compelled to choose the path of violence. Maoists are hoisting black flags. So we are respecting the tricolour flag and rejecting the black flag, all children in the area are hoisting the tricolour," said Avinash, a JPC leader.
January 28: Anti-CPI-Maoist operations were halted for a day in the hope that the Maoists would release abducted Policeman Suresh Ram, who has not returned home after the January 22, 2012 landmine blast in Jharkhand's Garhwa District. The operations were halted for a day after Ram's family made a request on the basis of media reports that he would be released if they were halted, Garhwa SP Michael S Raj told the reporters in Garhwa.
The Ranchi Police arrested six PLFI cadres, including PLFI 'leader' Aditya Kumar Gope from Pandra Bazar in the District. Gope was wanted in a number of cases registered with the Gumla Police; antecedents of his aides are yet to be verified. "We suspect all five members of his group - Mantu Kumar Singh, Kundan Kumar Chandravanshi, Rahul Dayal, Vishal Kumar and Nadim Ansari -to have links with the PLFI," said city SP Ranjit Prasad. Gope was identified as a wanted criminal who was released on bail recently," Prasad said. The Police recovered one SUV and one stolen motorcycle from their possession.
Five Maoists surrendered before the Khunti Police in Khunti District. Khunti SDPO Ashwini Kumar said that Maoist Ranjit Bodra and PLFI cadre Sundar Pahan alias Nageshwar were in contact with Khunti SP Tamil Vanan and were convinced to surrender with two Maoists - Rohit Oraon and Narua Tirky of Nagri - whereas PLFI activist Arjun Singh surrendered with Pahan who was accused in many cases of arson, abduction and killing. Pahan was designated as area commander of the banned PLFI. The Naxalites also surrendered four single barrel guns, one 9mm pistol, live cartridges and five landmines weighing between 15-20 kilogrammes.
January 30: The SFs recovered a landmine under the road from Manoharpur to Digha in West Singhbhum District, the venue of Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's visit. The landmine weighing around 15 kilograms was placed at the centre of the road, around 3.5 kilometres away from the venue in Salai village.
Union Rural Development Minister Ramesh released funds of INR 2.5 billion rupees for 'Saranda Action Plan' (SAP). The Action Plan which was prepared after recovering the area from the CPI-Maoist in 2011, targets 900 square kilometres of the Saranda forest range in West Singhbhum District of the State. Speaking to the media, Ramesh said that Maoists will be defeated with development, security and political participations of the people.
January 31: The SFs neutralised a CPI-Maoist bunker and a training camp in Latehar District. Latehar SP Kranti Kumar said the bunker and the training camp were neutralised during search operation by CRPF and the Police near Lawarnuri village under Barwadih Police Station. The SFs recovered explosives and other materials from there, SP Kranti Kumar added.
The Police recovered 150 double detonator boosters, which are used in exploding landmine blasts, near Koradag-Tolsandih village under Bundu Police Station in Ranchi District. The Police also recovered two country-made revolvers, one pistol, a gun and one 15 kilogrammes can bomb from there, the Police said.
February 1: Three Policemen, including an ASI, were killed and five others got injured when CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast near an under-construction diversion on National Highway-99 close to Balumath Police Station in Latehar District. The Policemen were going in two jeeps from Chandwa to Balumath, around 75 kilometres from Ranchi. Since it was dark and the Maoists continued to fire at regular intervals it was difficult for the SFs to launch a rescue operation. The condition of one of the injured is said to be serious.
The SFs neutralised a Maoist training camp and four bunkers at different places in the Saniya forest in Latehar District and recovered a huge cache of explosives, Maoist literature, uniform, slings, detonators, ready-to-eat-food and food grain from the training camp and bunkers. The recoveries include 12 Chinese grenades and 36 IED, 100 kilograms of gun powder kept in two bags, a couple of country-made pistols and equal number of rifles. Around 1,400-metre wire, a detonating cord generally used in mining, electric wire and detonators were also recovered during the operation. "The amount of ready-to-eat-food and food grain seized from the training camp and bunkers show that at least 50 rebels used to stay there," said a source.
February 2: The bodyguard of the Garhwa zilla parishad chairperson, Suresh Ram, was released after being held captive by the CPI-Maoist cadres since January 21. The Maoists handed Ram over to human rights activist Shashi Bhushan Pathak who was requested to mediate in the matter.
February 3: The Jharkhand Police found the CPI-Maoist making profits from illegal coal trade through private coal companies when they conducted raids on companies in Bokaro District. "After watching their work for 12 days, Police conducted raids on three private coal companies and seized 2000 tonne of illegally dumped coal," DIG LP Singh said. Stating that the companies were situated near Maoist-affected areas near Lugu Pahar at Jhumra Hills, he said the Maoists were indulged in illegal coal trade allegedly through these companies. However, there were no arrests yet as the Police is still trying find the owners of the company.
February 4: The CRPF personnel recovered two IEDs during search operation planted by the CPI-Maoist in East Singhbhum District The IEDs were strategically planted at separate places at Chaukila and Mushabani with an aim to target the Police, SDPO Naresh Kumar said.
February 5: The CRPF personnel in the CPI-Maoist-hit area of Bundu District organized a community-policing programme to win the confidence of local people. The strategy has been adopted to bridge the gap between SFs and the public, especially youths, who are easily lured by the Maoist cadres. Residents from eight villages of the area were provided agricultural equipment, fogging machine, anti-malaria medicine, medicated mosquito nets, water filter and sports items as part of the civic action programme.
The Bokaro Police launched a massive hunt in an effort to check monetary flow to the Maoists from illegal coal-miners. In the past few days, the Police have seized around 2,200 tons of illegal coal from different places in Chandankyari and Nawadih areas of Bokaro District. The Police sources said a large part of the earnings from illegal coal mining went to Maoists. In case the miners defy the diktat of the Maoists, their business operations stopped. "Every year, at least INR 20-30 million goes to the Maoists and other Maoist groups from illegal mining in the area," said a source.
February 6: A fresh offensive against Maoists has been launched in Latehar District and it is being led by zonal IG Rezi Dungdung. As many as 15 to 20 companies (about 1500 to 2,000 personnel) of CRPF and State Police are taking part in the operations, Police sources said. The operation follows intelligence input about a large Maoists presence in the area. According to sources, the SF personnel had moved deep into the forests in and around Balumath and Manika Police Stations areas. Simultaneous operations are on in Saryu, Kone and Oreya area.
February 7: About 25 suspected cadres of the TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, stalled the ongoing construction work of Tahley diversion on the Garhwa-Daltonganj road and shut down a brick kiln located near the Tahley river in Garhwa District. At both places, the TPC cadres assaulted the persons engaged in work. They also robbed of six cell phones from the labourers.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said that despite alarming escalation in CPI-Maoist violence in Jharkhand, no serious effort has been made by the State Government to deal with the LWE. In a letter to Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Chidambaram said Jharkhand became the most affected State in Naxal violence in 2011 and the situation there was a "major cause for concern". He asked Munda to galvanise the State Police leadership to take more pro-active steps. "Anti-Naxal operations in 2011 have been unfortunately ineffective. No serious efforts appear to have been made to launch a counter offensive when security forces personnel were killed by the CPI (Maoist)," Chidambaram said in the recent letter. Further, Jharkhand is the only LWE-affected State which has reported more snatching of arms in 2011 compared to the previous year. "Two top CPI (Maoist) leaders - Prashanto Bose alias Kishan da and Mihir Besra - are very active in the State, according to intelligence reports," the letter said. Chidambaram told Munda that the increase in Maoist activities were manifested by the alarming increase in the number of 'Jan Adalats' (so called people's courts) - 53 in 2011 compared to 25 in 2010. Through these Jan Adalats, the extremists have created a wave of terror amongst the people by publicly punishing those who 'disobey' their 'writ' in the State, he said.
February 10: An exchange of fire took place between the SF personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Patung in West Singhbhum District. The incident took place after the Maoists opened fire on SF personnel, who were on long-range patrolling in the Maoist-dominated pockets. However, no casualties were reported from either side.
Three cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, including an 'area commander', were arrested from Dhodhtritoli under Raidih Police Station in Gumla District. Gumla SP Jatin Narwal said the arrested PLFI cadres have been identified as 'area commander' Durjan Singh, Surendra Pal Singh and Bandhan Oraon - all residents of the same Police Station areas of the District. "Police recovered a country-made pistol, eight sim cards, a cell phone and four live bullets besides a dairy containing names of the persons from whom PLFI activists extorted levy," said the SP.
February 11: The SFs arrested five LWEs and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in separate operations from across Gumla District. "We have arrested Durjan Singh, who is an agent of the banned outfit PLFI and was dreaded in several areas. In another incident, we have also taken into custody two criminals who had come here to kill a witness. We have also seized arms from them. We arrested them after they fired at us following a chase," Gumla SP Jatin Narwal said.
February 13: The two-day joint operation against the CPI-Maoist by the CRPF and District Police in the Pipra area, close to Bihar border, ended forcing the Maoists to escape.
February 16: Around 50 cadres of the JJSM, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, attacked the Tori railway siding of the CCL in Latehar District.
Garhwa District Police arrested five cadres of the JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, and recovered a country-made gun, seven cell phones, 12 sim cards and hand-written pamphlets from them. The arrested JPC cadres are identified as Ravi Kumar, Sanoj Kumar and Kamlesh Kumar, residents of Majhigawan village, and Bimlesh Yadav and Lal Chand Yadav, both from Honhey village of Ranka.
February 17: Anup Bhuyan, an alleged cadre of JJP, a LWE group, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Latehar District. Bhuyan was picked up by the Maoists from his house at Kurungkhata village under Manika Police Station and shot dead, the Police said.
Maoists exchanged fire with cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, for about two hours at Karamtoli in Gumla District. However, there was no report of any casualty.
CPI-Maoist reportedly called a state-wide bandh in protest against the alleged killing of a deaf and mute youth by a CRPF troopers engaged in anti-Naxalite operations in Latehar forests.
Jharkhand Governor, Syed Ahmed expressed concern over LWE in the State and stressed the importance of curbing it.
February 18: The armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted six labourers engaged in construction of a road under the PMGSY at Bengabad, under Bengawar Police Station near Baghmara in Giridih District. Rampati Kushwaha, the contractor of the Parditand-Sariya road project, said that a group of about 100 armed Maoists reached the makeshift camp shortly before midnight where the labourers were resting with their families and set ablaze four vehicles of the project and later, the Maoists abducted the six workers - identified as Nirmal Singh, Congress Das, Pravin Verma, Umesh Singh, Alam Ansari and Siraj Ansari - all from neighbouring Bihar at gunpoint.
February 20: The TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist pasted posters in Balumath area of Latehar District, warning the upcoming power plants of dire consequences if they did not stop felling trees and give adequate compensation to the displaced families. The rebels pasted posters at Balumath to send a message to the displaced families to come forward for help from the organization.
February 21: The CPI-Maoist cadres released all the six labourers they had abducted in the night of February 18, the Giridih Police said. Giridih SP Arun G Onkar denied any ransom paid to the Maoists.
February 22: A total of 1300 powerful detonators were seized from a truck at Padma area on the NH-33 in Hazaribagh District. The driver and cleaner of the truck were arrested. The Police were investigating whether the consignment was meant for the Maoists.
The UMHA asked the State Government to identify top-five CPI-Maoist leaders active in the State and intensify operations in Saranda forests in West Singhbhum District. The directives were issued by UHM P. Chidambaram during a meeting of Chief Secretaries and Directors- General of Police of the Naxal-affected States in New Delhi.
February 23: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired indiscriminately at Balumath Police Station and a nearby camp of SF personnel in Latehar, leaving a man dead. The man was sleeping on the roadside when he was hit by a bullet fired by attacking Maoists. The Maoists were forced to retreat after retaliatory action by the SF personnel. No casualties have been reported from either side.
The Maoists blew up the vacant house of panchayat member, Rajendra Sahu in Latehar District.
February 25: The cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed a schoolboy and his grandfather in Khunti District. According to Police, the PLFI cadres attacked the house of B.Y. Toppo, situated in Thunku village in the District, around 45 kilometres from Ranchi. The PLFI cadres killed the two of them and set their house on fire.
February 27: The one-day bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in all the 24 Districts of the State was largely peaceful. The bandh was called by the Maoists who are not in favour of changes in the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT).
February 28: Five top cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including four accused in the January 21 Bariganwa landmine blast that killed 13 Policemen, were arrested from Chatania and Parswar villages during a three-day anti-naxal operation in Garhwa District. The arrestees were identified as Arjun Yadav alias Arjan, Mohan Yadav, Surendra Prasad, Manish Prasad Gupta and Deb Sagar Yadav. All of them belong to Garhwa District and are wanted in murder and kidnapping incidents in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, SP Michael S Raj said.
March 3: Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were arrested from a forest in Arki in Khunti District during a joint operation by the Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers. Four firearms, including a rifle, along with ammunition and some Maoist literature, including books on Maoist ideology and posters and a map of CRPF camp were recovered from them.
Two top Maoists, active in Jhumra since last 10 years, were arrested in another joint operation near Konar dam at Jamnijara village in Gomia block in Bokaro District. The arrested Maoists have been identified as Jatu Manjhi alias Nilamber and Naresh Manjhi alias Suresh. They both are residents of Simrabeda village of Gomia and close to Maoist leaders Navin Manjhi and Mithilesh Singh and are members of armed squad of the outfit.
The 197 battalion of CRPF recovered an Improvised Explosive Device hidden in a tiffin box and wires near an iron-ore loading point of Kiriburu railway station in West Singhbhum District.
12 villagers who were abducted by a group of 30-40 Maoists on March 2, were freed after holding them captive for more than 12 hours, at Keri Piprahi forest of Chouparan block in Hazaribagh District.
March 5: Four suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed and a CISF officer was injured in an encounter in the Central Coal Fields' Ashok project, close to the Pipawar Police Station in Chatra District. Police identified the dead as Tapeswar Ganju and Anil Ram. Two rifles, two hand grenades, two IEDs, two walkie-talkies and cartridges were recovered from the spot.
Bishnu Munda, a cadre of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from Dwarseni village in Gumla District. A country-made pistol and Naxal-literature were recovered from him, he added.
March 9: The house of a 'zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist was set ablaze at Kusmai village in Chatra District. A group of armed men went to the house of the Maoist, Dharmendra Yadav, asked the members to vacate their house before setting it on fire, the Police said. The arsonists also looted some property before setting ablaze the house, the sources said.
March 13: The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered two simultaneous land-mine blasts, targeting the vehicle carrying troopers of the IRB, at Tailyadeeh Mor in Chhatarpur block of Palamu District. ASP operations, Ronald Hansda, said the blasts at 12.24pm badly damaged the front portion of the vehicle, in which more than six IRB personnel were on their way to Devnar where an encounter had taken place between SFs and the Maoists at 9.45am. The IRB troopers, who were part of the reinforcement team, escaped unhurt.
March 17: A joint team of District Police and CRPF arrested CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' Phoolchand Soren alias Praveel Da, who was wanted in over 32 cases and carried a reward of INR 300, 000 on his head, along with his accomplice Bahdur Turi in a raid at Jamania village in Nawadih District. The joint team recovered one country-made revolver, cartridges, mobile handset, dairy and INR 2,300 cash from them.
March 19: The SF personnel recovered an IED, weighing five kilograms, hidden in milk can near Hutar village on Barwadih-Morbai road in Latehar District. Latehar SP G. Kranti Kumar confirming the recovery said, "It was defused within minutes and with that an attempt by Maoists to target security personnel was averted."
March 22: Cadres of the JJP, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, reportedly attacked a railway construction site camp near Dhodhorha Pool at Dubang village in Lohardaga District, injuring more than four workers and technicians.
Two Maoist top cadres who had masterminded the killing of Bihar Policeman Lucas Tete (September 3, 2010) were arrested from Tisri forests under Belatand Police Station in Giridih District during a joint operation of the Police and CRPF.
March 23: The Police in Gumla District arrested three men with large quantities of explosives, detonators, arms and ammunition which were to be sold to the CPI-Maoist cadres in the State. Gumla District SP Jatin Narwal said: "We have recovered four weapons from these three accused. We have also recovered ammunition, 30 gelatin sticks, 100 kilograms ammonium nitrate and 130 detonators. This way we have recovered quite a good amount of explosives and arms and ammunitions".
March 30: A Koderma Police team foiled an attempt made by the CPI-Maoist cadres to enter the Hazaribagh District through Rajwar forest under Satgawan Police Station. The Police later arrested a Maoist, identified as Ranjit Razak alias Pramod hailing from the Lakhisarai District of Bihar, after a massive exchange of fire between the Maoists and the Police. The Police recovered two rifles, 175 live cartridges, three cell phone and several military uniforms from him.
March 31: The Jharkhand and West Bengal Police launched a combing operation in East Singhbhum District on the border between two States on information that a Maoist squad was in the area. "We have launched a massive combing operation jointly with the CRPF at Amdapahari under Naxal-hit Patamda Police Station bordering West Bengal for the Maoist squad," SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said. The Jharkhand Police was engaged in the operation in the State and the West Bengal Police was combing in the bordering area of Bandwan in Purulia District.
April 2: Pradeep Oraon (35), a former CPI-Maoist cadre was gunned down by cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in Duko village under Ghaghra Police Station in Gumla District. According to Police, Pradeep, formerly with CPI-Maoist, who later joined PLFI, had formed his own group after parting ways with PLFI some time ago which did not go along with 'area commander' Sukra Oraon and was killed.
April 3: A top CPI-Maoist and self-proclaimed 'area commander' of Jamui-Banka zone, Heera Yadav (40) surrendered before the Police in Giridih District. Yadav surrendered with a rifle, ten cartridges and some money in cash.
April 4: M Sanjeev Singh, a CRPF trooper of the CRPF's 26th Battalion, was injured during an encounter between the SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Bouwa Pahari in Dongapani village under Tundi Police Station in Dhanbad District. The SFs had gone to the spot early in the morning after getting a tip-off about Maoists presence.
The armed cadres of the JPC, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, set ablaze two bauxite trucks on fire at Modsirwa on Kisko-Richughuta road in Lohardaga District. One of the drivers was also assaulted. In a handwritten pamphlet, one Samir of JPC has claimed responsibility for setting the trucks on fire.
April 5: A constable of CoBRA, Satya Prakash Deswal, succumbed to bullet injuries and Jharkhand Jaguar havildar Sanjay Paswan was injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist deep inside the forest in Labhar picket under Burwadih Police Station in Latehar District.
April 6: The SFs recovered four IEDs, including three cylinder bombs, during search operations in Latehar District. The operation was launched in the District's Barwadih and Sarju area following an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres on April 5 in which one SF personnel was killed and another was injured.
April 8: Suspected cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, attacked the project site of the PGCIL at Jargaon village under Bero Police Station in Ranchi District and set ablaze three heavy machines, including an earthmover, after assaulting the workers on duty. The cause of the attack was explained in a letter written by one Jetha of Rajdhani zonal committee of the PLFI, allegedly left at the site, saying that work there was started without the permission of the PLFI.
April 9: Seven SF personnel, engaged in anti-CPI-Maoist operations, sustained bullet injuries at Chemo Sanya forest under the Bhandaria Police Station in Garhwa District.
Palamu IG Deepak K Verma said that the anti-Maoist operation, code named 'Operation Octopus', launched since April 4 in Latehar District would continue. He refused to divulge any detail about the duration and the areas that would be covered under Operation 'Octopus'.
April 11: Suspected cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, set ablaze three vehicles, including two passenger jeeps and one tractor, near Binda village under Murhu Police Station of Khunti District. The extremists led by 'area commander' Munna stopped two passenger jeeps in the morning and ordered the passengers to alight and set the vehicles afire.
The BSF Helicopter which was fired upon by the CPI-Maoist cadres on April 5 has been grounded now as it was damaged in the firing. The advance light helicopter - Dhruv - used by the CRPF in anti-Maoist operations, which was flying from Latehar to Ranchi with two injured SF personnel, had landed safely though. As reported earlier, an encounter had taken place between Maoists and the SFs in Latehar District on April 5.
April 13: The East Singhbhum District Police recovered posters and banners, allegedly put up by the CPI-Maoist, demanding hike in tendu leaves procurement rate and support to the two-day bandh call given by CPI-Maoist in the bordering areas of three States, Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand from April 14 midnight. The posters and banners were found in two different Police Station areas of Ghatshila Sub-Division - Chakulia and Dhalbhumgarh.
Police arrested Jetha Lorenz Toppo, a 'self-styled zonal commander' of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Ranchi District. The Police recovered a carbine from his possession.
April 15: The two-day bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha affected the State's public transport. The bandh was called to demand 20 per cent increase in the rate of kendu leaves.
April 16: Speaking at the Chief Minister’s meeting on internal security chaired by Prime Minister in New Delhi CM Arjun Munda asked the Central Government to bear a portion of the cost of modernization of Jharkhand Police to help it effectively tackle Naxalism in the state. UHM P. Chidambaram has agreed to give Jharkhand two Indian Air Force choppers to combat LWE in Jharkhand.
Speaking at the meeting of Chief Ministers in New Delhi, Chief Minister Arjun Munda demanded a special development package for CPI-Maoist-hit Latehar and Garhwa Districts in the line of ongoing Centre-sponsored Saranda Development Plan.
April 17: The two-day CPI-Maoist bandh called to raise procurement price of kendu leaves - used to make beedi - affected life in rural areas Jharkhand, especially in bordering areas of West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The Maoists had called a two-day bandh that ended at April 16 midnight in the three States – Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.
April 19: Three CPI-Maoist cadres involved in the killing of a SPO were arrested from Badraiya forest in West Singhbhum District. The SF personnel also recovered a 30 kilogram claymore mine planted beneath a kutcha road in the forest. All the three cadres were involved in the killing of SPO Sushil Aian in Chotanagra in February 2012.
April 20: The SFs arrested Maoist leader Bitka Marandi alias Bitka Manjhi from Harli forest in Churchu tehsil in Hazaribagh District. Manjhi was wanted by Police for killing 13 SF personnel including 11 CRPF troopers in 2001.
April 21: An armed group of the CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze 10 vehicles belonging to a private construction company and held 14 of its employees hostage for sometime in Bandguda in Giridih District.
April 22: CM Arjun Munda laid the foundation stone for a building to house the 40th Battalion of ITBP at Sukuruhutu, on the outskirts of Ranchi. The new location of ITBP would help providing logistic and administrative support to units/formations of the ITBP in North-East and Maoist-affected states, an ITBP release said.
April 28: A dozen inter-state buses plying from Rourkela to Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh remained suspended in the wake of the CPI-Maoist-48-hour bandh. There was, however, little or no impact at the vulnerable areas of Sundargarh District, close to Saranda forest in Jharkhand.
April 29: A Police team of the Bishnugarh Police Station arrested a top Maoist cadre, identified as Shiv Charan Manjhi, along with arms in Hazaribag District during raids in the dense forests near Konar Dam. Maoist literature, posters and arms, including revolver, six live cartridges, was recovered from him.
April 30: A ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Mohit alias Manoj Yadav, was arrested from Matauli village in Palamu District. The Police recovered 105 live cartridges and a landmine weighing 10 kilograms.
May 3: A former ‘squad commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sandeep Mishra, was arrested by the Police from Nagfeni on NH-23 in Gumla District. Mishra joined the outfit in 2001 and remained a part of it till 2009. Despite parting with the organization he was in regular touch with Maoist leaders Buddheshwar Oraon and Vishwanath.
May 6: Deputy inspector general (DIG) of coal belt region, Laxman Prasad Singh, and his CRPF counterpart, Rajeev Ranjan, conducted aerial surveillance of CPI-Maoist-hit Jhumra hills where SF personnel have recently launched Operation Thunder in search of Maoists. This was the third day of the anti-Maoist search operation in the area led by Bokaro Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi under Gomia block. More than 1,000 district police personnel, Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) and CRPF personnel have been pressed into action to carry out the operation.
May 8: In a joint anti-Maoist drive the SF personnel of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were engaged in an encounter with the Maoists near Latu village in Latehar District, bordering Chhattisgarh and the state's Garhwa District.
May 14: Maoists beheaded a villager, Ramlal Kayam, at Kudaburu under Sonua Police Station in West Singhbhum District dubbing him a Police informer.
Palamu District Police and CRPF arrested Satender Paswan, a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist at a house in Polpol village in Palamu District. The SFs recovered a country-made revolver of 315 bore from him.
May 15: Maoists detained Tata-Bilaspur passenger train at Posaita station in West Singhbhum District for nearly 20 minutes with a one-kilogram bomb hung from the front of its engine, ahead of the Bharat bandh on May 16. The train travelled for another 15 kilometres with the bomb dangling from the engine to Manoharpur station where it was removed and defused.
May 16: Normal life in the urban areas remained unaffected in East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts during the Bharat bandh call given by the Maoists.
May 20: A principal aide of late CPI-Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji was arrested from Ranchi railway station. The arrested Maoist has been identified as Nanduji alias Ramdas, who has worked as a secretary in Jammui zone and as a member of Bihar-Jharkhand-Odisha-North-Chhatisgrah special area committee. He was working as a member of sub-committee on political education. Police said Nanduji was engaged in training new recruits in various parts of Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgrah.
May 21: Jharkhand Police recovered a cache of arms, including two guns, 32 bullets, four cell phones and 14 SIM cards of various networks from PLFI cadres after a shootout. PLFI is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist. The shootout started when Police personnel raided a meeting place of the outfit near Karra village in Khunti District.
May 22: Two LWEs were arrested by the Police from two different places in Garhwa District. Sanjit Singh alias Sujit Singh alias Jamuna Singh, an 'area commander' of TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from Nagar Untari in Garhwa District.
A Maoist cadre, identified as Santosh Vishwakarma, of Tali village was arrested by the Police from an area under Bhawnathpur Police Station in the Garhwa District. Vishwakarma was the right hand of Maoist 'zonal commander' Munna Vishwakarma.
The Maoists had stopped the construction works of the road on Rukki valley in Ghaghra block of Gumla District for over two months, despite the project having the backing of 25 villages located in the area.
May 26: Launching an anti-Naxal operation in the mining belt of Jharkhand, Security Forces, arrested seven suspected cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in Ranchi. The Police said the arrested PLFI cadres operated in and around the open cast mines of the Central Coalfields in Khelari near Ranchi and were wanted in more than half a dozen cases of murder, arson, illegal possession of arms. The arrested cadres include Kargil Yadav, identified as 'zonal commander' of the outfit, who was out on bail.
May 27: A powerful IED suspected to have been planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered by SFs in Jaranga village in Khunti District. The IED, weighing 25 kilograms, was found hidden during routine search at a spot falling under Adki Police Station.
May 29: Ranvidar Bhuinya, ‘zonal commander’ of the PLFI, and his associate were arrested from Daltonganj in Palamu District. Bhuinya had earlier worked with the CPI-Maoist and later joined the PLFI. Two country made pistols were also seized from them.
A joint team of CRPF and Bishnugarh Police team CPI-Maoist ‘Zonal Commander’ Navin Manjhi alias Banshi in the dense Gidhania forest under Bishnugarh Police Station in Hazaribagh District. Manjhi carried a reward of INR 500, 000 on his head and was involved in more than 100 Maoist related violence in the state.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda approved the proposal of the State Home Department to announce reward on 10 Maoist leaders operating in the State. The reward money ranges from INR 300, 000 to INR 500, 000 on each Maoist depending on his involvement in illegal activities. The 10 Maoists on whom the Government announced the reward include two ‘zonal commanders’ and three ‘sub-zonal commanders’. The ‘zonal commanders’ carrying a reward of INR 500, 000 each are Sushil Bhuiyan and Indel Yadav. The three ‘sub-zonal commanders’ with INR 300, 000 reward each are Satyendra Paswan, Pramod Paswan and Vinod Yadav.
May 30: Cadres of the TPC-1 set ablaze 65 sacks of kendu leaves worth INR 100,000 in Hetla village in Latehar District. TPC-1 is a breakaway group of TPC, which in turn is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist. Sources said the consignment belonged to a contractor, who refused to pay extortion.
Police arrested a Maoist sympathizer, Janeshwar Yadav, and recovered INR 878,000 from his possession in Chiniya Police Station limits in Garhwa District. He had collected the money from tendu leaf contractors. Garhwa Superintendent of Police Michael Raj S said that Police also recovered 10 detonators and a good number of Maoist literature from him.
During a joint operation against Maoists in Gumla District, Police and Paramilitary Forces arrested a Maoist identified as Gauri Shankar Pandey. Police officials also seized large quantities of arms, ammunitions and ration from his possession.
May 31: Sitaram Manjhi alias Sitaram Soren (40), the president of Jharkhand Mukti Manch, a frontal organization of CPI-Maoist and his close aide Mehboob Ansari alias Karu Ansari (38) were arrested by a joint team of CRPF and Police from a roadside hotel at Goniyato village in Gomia tehsil in Bokaro District. Sources said Manjhi and Ansari were residents of Barsabeda and Kacho villages in Nawadih Police Station area. Both were in the Maoist fold for over 10 years. The rebels were involved in over two dozen cases of violence in Bokaro and Hazaribagh, including a landmine blast that killed eight Special Task Force troopers at Sarubeda, five kilometres from Nawadih, on June 12, 2009.
Police intercepted a consignment and recovered cash worth INR 1.48 million at Panki in Palamu District of Jharkhand in the evening. The money was to be handed over to a CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Manoj Ganjhu. Sources said two persons identified as Ram Jatan Yadav and Shailender Singh have been arrested and one pistol of 7.65 bore was recovered from one of them. Police also seized a white car.
An action-squad member of the CPI-Maoist identified as Kamlesh alias Indrajit Yadav was arrested from a place at Damaran under Ranka Police Station in Garhwa District. Yadav was one of the Maoists involved in the two attacks that had killed 23 Policemen in Garhwa and Latehar Districts in December 3, 2011 and January 21, 2012, Superintendent of Police (SP) Michael S Raj said. A 9mm pistol, which he had looted after killing Police official Rajbali Choudhary on January 21, was recovered from him, the SP added.
June 1: Fogra Munda (37), a ‘commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by Police from Ghatshila in East Singhbhum. Munda was wanted in over 12 cases including eight murder cases and he carried a cash reward of INR 40,000 on his head. Police also recovered firearms and explosives from him. Munda is said to be the close aide of another top Maoist leader Kanu Munda, the squad leader of the Gurabanda area.
June 2: Maoists killed Bhuneshwar Yadav, a contractor, in Latehar District for refusing to give extortion money.
21 landmines, planted serially on the Kurung-Ganeshpur path in Latehar District, were recovered during an anti-Maoist operation. The landmines, weighed between one kg to 10 kg.
SFs arrested two top Maoists, a ‘sub-zonal commander’ and an ‘area commander’ from Goindi village in Latehar District. While the former was identified as Pramod Kumar, the later was identified as Akul Singh. Pramod carrying INR 300, 000 on his head, faces 24 Maoist-related cases in Palamau division. A 9mm pistol and seven bullets were recovered from them.
DGP G S Rath said 308 newly selected Sub-Inspectors (SIs) would start receiving training from June 10 at the Police Academy set up recently in Hazaribag. In the newly constructed police academy, the SIs would be given training in the most scientific ways using all the latest equipment, he said. The training is designed especially to combat terrorists, Maoists.
June 3: Two suspected Maoists were arrested after a failed attempt to abduct Pitabasa Mahto (75), a former sarpanch of Bansa village in Kandra in Seraikela-Kharsawan District. The arrestees have been identified as Rakesh Lohar and Sushen Mahto alias Naren, both residents of Kandra.
June 5: Maoists set ablaze machines that were being used at an under construction railway expansion project site, and stalled development projects undertaken by the state government in Lohardaga District.
June 6: Maoists killed two persons at Kuitopa village under the Keraikela Police Station area in the West Singhbhum District, suspecting them to be Police informers. Sources said a group of about 15 armed Maoists raided the house of village head Yugal Kishore Tanti and Jeevlal Swansi, dragged out of their houses and took them to the Kuitopa culvert before they were shot dead. While Tanti was the traditional village head of Kuitopa, Swansi was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha president of Bandgaon block.
June 8: A mini gun factory was unearthed from Pinjani village under Kunda Police Station in Chatra District. Police arrested two persons, identified as Ramdhani Mistry (45) and Ram Chandra Mistry (30), repairing guns in the factory. Chatra Superintendent of Police (SP) Anup Birthary said five country-made guns, one pistol, three mobile phones, two cameras, firing pins and other machines were recovered from the spot. "Those arrested are not Naxalites but they provide support to the rebels. The arrested are being interrogated," said the SP.
June 11: The District Police arrested five cadres of the TPC-1 from Daltonganj in Palamu District. TPC-1 is a breakaway group of TPC, which in turn is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist. SP Anoop T Mathew said Rang Bahadur Singh, the TPC-1 leader, had been arrested and along with four other cadres.
June 15: A top cadre of the 'Hooghly Zonal Committee' of the CPI-Maoist was arrested while collecting INR 400,000 as levy from an accomplice at Narga in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The Maoist accomplice was also arrested by the Police.
June 16: A Maoist, identified as Pragti Da, fell prey to a tiger in Bundu forest, around 35 kilometres from Ranchi District. This was confirmed by Maoist 'zonal commander' Kundan Pahan in his letter to the fellow comrades.
Ram Mohan Singh Munda, a close aide of Pahan was arrested from Tamar block in Ranchi District.
June 18: Two suspected Naxals were arrested in Gumla District. One of them was a Maoist, identified as Ibrahim Mian who was arrested at Chenpur. The other extremist belonged to PLFI and was identified as Kuleshwar Sahu. He arrested from Lawakera village under Palkot Police Station. One locally-make gun was seized from each of the extremists, besides some bullets.
Charges were framed by a local court against CPI-Maoist Politburo member Narayan Sanyal for looting arms from a home guard camp in Giridih District. Giridih District and Sessions Court judge A K Singh framed the charges in Sanyal's presence. 193 weapons were looted from the camp under Nagar Police Station in 2005.
June 19: Jharkhand Police announced a cash reward of upto INR 1.2 million on the heads of hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres. "The upper limit is Rs 12 lakh and the lowest is Rs 30, 000," Inspector General of Police S N Pradhan said. Out of 150 hardcore Maoists in the State, a list of 111 Maoists, including 30 from other State, was released by the Police headquarters, Pradhan said.
After successful operations against the Maoists in West Singhbhum and Latehar Districts, Jharkhand Police said they would mount pressure on the Maoists despite the monsoons. "Operation will continue even during the monsoon. The Security Forces had carried out the successful Saranda operation (in West Singhbhum) by flushing out the Maoists in July last year. If we can do it in Saranda in monsoon, we can do it anywhere," Inspector General of Police (Operation) S N Bhagat said.
June 23: Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the SF personnel during the ongoing anti-Maoist operation from Ranka forest in Seraikela-Kharsawan District of Jharkhand. The arrested Maoists were identified as Thumba Paharia, a hardcore Maoist and his accomplices John Purty and Bhudu Munda. The Police recovered three country-made pistols, two magazines, wire and explosives.
June 24: In a change of strategy, the CPI-Maoist has decided to call off violence against armed outfits, including their splinter groups, for three months. The Maoists have invited leaders of other groups to come together on one platform and fight against the unified command of the Centre and the State Governments carrying out Operation Green Hunt. Bihar Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) spokesman Gopal in a statement issued on June 24 said the decision of unilateral ceasefire was taken to invite the other armed groups working in individual capacity for the common people to work from a unified and stronger front. "We can set aside our personal differences in ideology for the betterment of common people and when the government is harassing villagers and trying to suppress their movement for neo-democracy, all the groups must understand the need of the hour and join hands," the release reads. The appeal has been issued in the name of the People Liberation Front of India (PLFI), Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JJMP), Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), Shashtra People's Morcha (SPM) and any other such armed group working for people's cause.
Maoists in Hazaribagh and Giridih are distributing pamphlets among rural youths for a week asking them to refrain from applying for jobs in the Police. The pamphlet, which has been distributed widely in Pirtanda area of Giridih and Vishnugarh, Hazaribagh, has urged people to prevent their sons from joining the Police Force, claiming security personnel were killing innocent lives.
June 24: A PLFI ‘sub-zonal commander’ who was involved in at least 20 cases of extortion and killing was arrested from Kutasi village on the Koel river in Gumla District by a Police team. The arrested extremist has been identified as Gobardhan Singh alias Rajendra, a resident of Kedli village in Basia, in Gumla.
June 25: Seraikela-Kharsawan Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar gave out kits containing a bow, 10 arrows, shoes, socks and a torch to around 100 members of rural vigilante group Dalma Anchalik Suraksha Samiti (DASS).
The Police seized over 13,000 detonators and one ton of explosive material in Ranchi District ahead of the bandh called by Maoists on June 27. Three suspected Maoists and four arms suppliers were arrested in the case. Acting on a tip-off, the Police raided some places at Tupudana on the outskirts of Ranchi and recovered the explosives. A total of 3,795 electronic detonators, about 9,800 ordinary detonators, one ton explosives, including nine quintal ammonium nitrate, 1,900 metre fuse wire, six gelatin pieces, INR 20,000 in cash, four mobile phones and a motorcycle were seized during the search operation. Police said, “The arrested persons were preparing to hand over the explosives to Kundan Pahan, the most wanted Maoist.”
June 26: One policeman was killed and 12 other were injured when CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed their mini-bus near Topchachi Police Station in Dhanbad District. Two of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
June 27: Maoists blew up railway tracks between Taitulmuri and Nisitpur railway stations under Dhanbad railway division.
Maoists also blasted a bridge near Chhatapur village of Giridih District that connects Giridih with Dhanbad.
The Maoists observed bandh (shutdown strike) in five States to protest the conviction of five Maoists by a court in Uttar Pradesh.
Three civilians were injured as cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) fired on passengers of an auto-rickshaw that was passing through Nathbalwa village in Manika area of Latehar District in the night.
The Maoists, then, struck again, blowing up the Pochara Panchayat (village level local self-government institution) building. According to sources, a group of 20-25 armed Maoists orchestrated the blast, but since the building was empty, no one was injured.
Policemen posing as farmers arrested Ravi Ghodai (20), an armed cadre of the CPI-Maoist Ghurabandha squad, while he was crossing a bridge over the Subernarekha at Dalbhumgarh in Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District. He was part of a two member squad heading for Dalbhumgarh to carry out a poster campaign and a recce for planting explosives. The other Maoist managed to escape. The Police seized a loaded pistol and an empty cartridge from Ghodai’s possession. Ghodai divulged that he belonged to the 15-member squad led by Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Kanhu Munda, which is active in Ghurabandha.
June 30: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed three civilians, including an elderly woman, and injured another woman over a land dispute between two families in Sehal-Tetartoli village under the Ghaghra Police Station in Gumla District. The victims have been identified as Jaipal Yadav (50), his brother and retired army man Jagdish Yadav (48) and his mother-in-law Batti Devi while, the injured woman has been identified as Jaipal's wife Sumitra Devi.
The Maoists set ablaze a drilling machine of a coal survey team in Latehar District. The Maoists had also picked up a munshi engaged to oversee construction of a panchayat building before letting him off during the day.
July 4: Police recovered two kilograms of ammonium nitrate and five detonators which were being supplied to Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' Budheswar Oraon and arrested one person, identified as Mohammad Imitiaz, at Toto village in Gumla District.
July 12: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were injured and two arrested in a five-hour long encounter between Police and Maoists at Jamdaha in Pirtanda of Giridih District, on the Dhanbad-Giridih border.
July 15: The Police arrested a suspect, Manoj Kumar Sinha of Patamda in the East Singhbhum District, for carrying 200 pieces of detonators and 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate on his car a during surprise checking on National Highway-33 in Seraikela-Kharsawan District. Sinha tried to escape while seeing Police, claimed to be the owner of a stone crusher machine and was ferrying the explosives on industrial purpose. Police suspecting Sinha to be in nexus with the CPI-Maoist and that he might have been ferrying explosives either to Dalma or Chilku forest cover arrested him.
July 17: Vaisakhi Munda, a CPI-Maoist sympathiser and wife of hardcore Maoist leader Kanu Munda, was arrested from Dalbhumgarh in Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
July 18: Getting input of a huge gathering of armed guerrillas of the CPI-Maoist in forests of Palamu and Latehar in Jharkhand, the Centre asked the State Police and Paramilitary forces to urgently induct additional troops and carry out sustained search for “either engaging them in operations or disintegrate them".
SFs have launched a major operation in the forests bordering Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh after it was reported that a large group of Maoist commanders have been spotted in the area.
July 19: Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were lynched by residents of Siyang village under Sisai Police Station in Gumla District of Jharkhand. The slain cadres have been identified as Indrajeet Oraon of Dahutoli and Rama Oraon from Shivnathpur village.
Ajay Ganjhu alias Parasji (45), a top CPI-Maoist leader, was killed in a joint operation by the Jharkhand Police and the CRPF in Kunda forest in Chatra District of Jharkhand. Ganjhu, who had been heading the Bihar-Jharkhand regional committee of the CPI-Maoist, carried INR 1.7 million on his head. Apart from the body of the Maoist, a 9mm pistol and two hand grenades were also recovered from the spot.
The Police engaged in an encounter with the Maoists after raiding a Maoist hideout in Asandera forest area of Simdega District. Four can bombs, three cylinder bombs, 25 rounds of ammunition, Maoist literature and household utensils were recovered from the spot.
Bamboo plantation work at Temrai in Palamu District’s Chainpur forest range has come to a standstill since July 16 following resistance from TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, over collection of ransom.
July 20: Children are migrating from Jharkhand's Lohardaga region to avoid being abducted and coercively recruited by Maoists. "Maoists ask us to get involve with them and force us to take up arms," Dinesh Nageshiya, a student, claimed. SDPO Ram Gulam Sharma said that social policing has helped them to keep a track of Maoists who forcibly recruit children for armed conflict.
July 23: Armed Maoist cadres ambushed SFs in Khunti Districts, killing two CRPF personnel and leaving an officer and four others injured. A 100-strong squad of Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ Matiyas targeted a troop of 80 CRPF personnel — culled from the elite CoBRA force and the 94th and 60th battalions near a government school in Bokob village in Khunti District while the personnel were preparing to cordon off the village following a tip-off on Maoist presence.
In a Maoist attack two labourers were killed and some buildings were damaged in Giridih District. Maoist opened attack on an under-construction building of Police line and destroyed the roof under which the labourers were on duty. The two labourers who died were part of other labourers working under the roof. An unexploded IED weighing 30 kilograms was also recovered and defused.
SFs and Maoists were involved in an encounter in a forest in Chowka, in Seraikela-Kharsawan District. "No casualty was reported in the operation but we have collected empty cartridges that were fired by the rebels," said ASP, operation, Deepak Kumar Sinha.
July 25: To take minor away from the CPI-Maoist way, Jharkhand Government has decided to provide conditional free education in private institutions to Maoists, who surrender, and to their children in addition to the existing surrender policy. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arjun Munda.
July 26: An encounter between SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres took place at Bandu forest in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. According to Police, the Maoists may have suffered injuries in the encounter as bloodstains were found on the side from where they were firing. No casualty was reported from the Paramilitary Forces.
July 30: The Hazaribag District Police arrested three cadres of the JLT, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. Hazaribag SP Manoj Kaushik said the gang was responsible for stalling coal production at Tapin South opencast coal mining project of the CCL under the Charhi Police Station of the District recently. Those arrested include the hotel owner Rajeev Vishwakarma, kingpin Anuj Vishwakarma alias Badalji alias Pintu of Navraga village under the Lesliganj Police Station of Palamu District. The others arrested are Mannu Kumar Singh of Charhi. Police said it was Mannu's plan to demand INR 15 million as extortion from the coal company.
Tribal students are migrating from villages of Simdega, Lohardaga and Gumla Districts to towns fearing forceful induction by the CPI-Maoist and the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. Police sources said around 100 students had already migrated from villages of these Districts in the past one year fearing the Maoists and PLFI.
July 31: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested while allegedly planting landmines underneath a road bridge at Revet village in Latehar District to target SFs, Police sources said. Ten more persons have also been detained by SFs during the anti-Maoist operation for interrogation.
August 1: Two CPI-Maoist camps were busted by the SFs and five Maoist cadres arrested during the three-day operation 'Rain Storm' against the CPI-Maoist in Garhwa District on Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh borders. Twelve landmines, two hand grenades and Maoist literature were recovered from the two camps, which were destroyed during the joint operation carried out between July 27 and 30.
August 2: The CPI-Maoist cadres began a poster campaign at Chowka in Seraikela-Kharsawan District of Jharkhand, amid their ongoing martyrs’ week [July 28-August 3]. The posters, bearing anti-CRPF messages in red ink, were pasted on the boundary walls of school buildings and at marketplaces as well as in Chaulibasa and Ghagri villages in the interiors of Chowka, known to be an industrial hub and also a Maoist stronghold. According to intelligence sources, the Maoists were also holding small meetings at a number of places in West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts.
August 3: The bullet-ridden body of a youth identified as Maqbool, a resident of Girda village in Bano Police Station area in Simdega District of Jharkhand was found near his village. While, it was not sure who killed Maqbool, a Police source said cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, with whom he had some links, might have killed the victim, possibly over levy collection.
A CRPF trooper was injured in a gun battle between joint Forces and Maoists in Telipati forest in Panki Police Station area in Palamau District. The Police claimed that several Maoists were killed in the encounter, though not a single body has been recovered yet. The Police seized five powerful landmines and over 1,000 metres of electric wires from the encounter site.
August 4: SFs recovered 130 can bombs planted on a 500 meter stretch at Raka under Chowka Police Station area in Seraikela-Kharsawan District, suspected to be planted by the Maoists. Each bomb weighed about one kilogram. It took more than six hours to pull out the landmines from beneath the earth.
SFs launched an operation on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border to flush out CPI-Maoist cadres. The operation has been dubbed 'Operation Marangdeo'. The offensive, which would also be carried out at night, was launched to prevent Maoists from entering Jharkhand particularly through the border of Palamu and Garhwa Districts, said Anil Minz, Commandant of the 34 battalion, CRPF. The CRPF would be assisted by the Police in the operation, he said.
August 7: A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Vikash, allegedly involved in an attack on Police party that had killed two personnel in Dhanbad during Maoist bandh a few weeks ago was arrested at a place under Muffasil Police Station in Giridih District of Jharkhand.
August 8: A special Police team from Rajasthan launched joint operations with the Palamu District Police and arrested two persons, including a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Vinay Ram in connection with a dacoity incident in Jaipur [Rajasthan, in July] and recovered jewellery worth INR 7 million, Police said.
August 9: Chander Ganjhu alias Johnson, ‘zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist was arrested along with his wife, Anita alias Budhni, about a kilometer away from the Posaita railway station near Rongo village from Manoharpur Police Station area of West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Johnson a mastermind of several Maoist-related incidents hails from Keredari area in Hazaribag District and was wanted in over 30 cases, including the Manoharpur rail track blast case, 2009 while his wife Anita, a resident of Ranchi District, also a hardcore Maoist, too is co-accused in several criminal incidents. A country-made revolver, two live cartridges and a cash of INR 17,100 was recovered from the arrested Maoists.
The Sonuwa Police arrested suspected Maoist sympathizers Tooti Barjo and Bidrai Soy; both are active members of the Krantikari Kisan Committee (KKC).
August 10: At least three Naxalites are reported to have been killed in a gun battle between CPI-Maoist cadres and the JPC in Arabhusai forest of Katkamsandi, Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand. Unconfirmed sources said that among those killed in the turf war was JPC supremo Kaljit. The gun battle might have been spurred by the death of a Maoist cadre who was killed by JPC in an encounter in Panki forest area of Palamau District in the night of August 9, Police said.
August 17: JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, pasted posters warning the Maoists that they would be rooted out from Jharkhand and the country. Police sources said the posters appeared in Katkamsandi, Ichak and Barkagaon Police Station areas in Hazaribagh District, which were later removed, read 'Jharkhand ke nav nirman liye maowadion ko khatam karo, maowadi desh ka dushman hai, maowadi ko Jar se khatam karo (Maoists will be rooted out as they are the enemies of Jharkhand and the country)'.
August 21: Two cadres of the TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Mohit Mahto and Kamlesh Mahto, were arrested during joint operation conducted by the SF personnel of Giddi and Urimari Police Stations in Hazaribag District of Jharkhand. The Police recovered two single barrel rifles, four 8 mm live cartridges, two cell phones and six set of brand new olive green uniforms with names of members inscribed on them.
August 22: Charku Pahan alias Budhu Munda, 'area commander' of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered with a 9mm pistol and three bullets before SP M Tamilvanan in Khunti District.
August 24: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested, one of whom was wanted for attack on the convoy of former chief minister Babulal Marandi, and explosives were seized at separate places in Jharkhand's Bokaro and Giridih Districts. Jailal Mahato and Mahendra Mahato were arrested in Bokaro's Patharwa village and explosives were seized from their possession. The other two Maoists, Ravi Marandi and Deep Chand Kisku were arrested at a place under Dumri police station of Giridih District.
August 25: SFs recovered one can-bomb and one pipe bomb suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres between Ramatandi and Namolepo villages under Ghorabandha Police Station in Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. SFs also seized 200 meters of wire from the spot.
August 24: Director General of Police G S Rath praised Policemen saying that seized documents from Naxalites revealed that the outfit has suffered maximum loss in Jharkhand.
August 25: PLFI cadres killed an unmarried couple for maintaining a live-in relationship in Atheldih village in Khunti District. The victims were identified as Sanjay Purty and Itwari Oriya.
The PLFI cadres also allegedly killed one of their colleagues who apparently opposed this sort of moral policing. A body, suspected to be that of the killed PLFI cadre, was recovered from a nearby jungle.
August 26: Police arrested Shyamlal Yadav alias Dhananjayji, a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoists, and one of his aides, identified as Prem Sahu. Dhananjayji carried a reward of INR 300,000 on his head. A 7.65 bore country-made pistol, a country-made firearm, several bullets and three mobile phones were recovered from Dhananjayji’s possession.
August 29: Anil Yadav, the head of the CPI-Maoist 'armoury' section in Bihar and Jharkhand, and a arms supplier Prafulla Malakar alias Pankaj were arrested form Silodar forests on the border of Chouparan tehsil in Hazaribagh District Jharkhand and Barachatti in Gaya District of Bihar. On a tip-off, a special task force first arrested Malakar and seized arms from him and later arrested Yadav when he arrived at the spot with INR 800,000 to purchase the weapons, Hazaribagh SP Manoj Kaushik said. The seizure included a US-made rifle inscribed Colt M-16 and 14 ammunition of 5.56 mm cartridges, used by the US Army, a 9-mm Italian-made pistol, one bullet-proof jacket worth INR 400,000, manufactured by a company of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Malakar informed the interrogators that he had recently supplied four AK-47 rifles, two AK-56 rifles and three other Self Loading Rifles to Yadav.
August 30: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Tribhuvan Singh Munda and Ganesh Singh of the Ramu alias Machchar group in Kolad village under Bundu Police Station, were arrested by the Ranchi Police along with a 20kg can-bomb and several detonators in Ranchi District. The police also recovered a 9mm pistol from their possession.
It came to light that children in Maoist-affected areas of East Singhbhum District carry bows and arrows to school, fearing attacks from the Maoists.
September 2: A three-member team of NIA from Delhi visited Silodar forest located on the border of Barachatti Police Station of Gaya District (Bihar) and Chouparan Police Station in Hazaribag District (Jharkhand) from where foreign made weapons were recovered on August 29.
September 4: Two women CPI-Maoist cadres, wanted in connection with the ambush of six Policemen in 2009, were arrested in Latehar District. The arrested Maoists, identified as Somanti and Sunita, were part of the firing squad led by Maoist 'sub-zonal commander' Lokesh.
September 5: Three Naxals, associated with two different organizations, were arrested from Khunti District. One of them belonging to Village Republican Guard of India was arrested with one rifle, around 55 pieces of live ammunition, three mobile phones and some cash. The two other arrested extremists belonging to PLFI were identified as Harduban Hansoi and Mansid Hansoi.
September 12: As part of its drive against the CPI-Maoist, the Jharkhand Police has replaced all the .303 rifles with INSAS for its combat forces. Informing that the State Police were being equipped with modern gadgets every month, ADGP (Training & Modernisation) Bibhuti Bhusan Pradhan said recently a few new anti-landmine vehicles were added to the already over 100 such vehicles to scourge into the deep forests during anti-Maoist operations.
Development work would be expedited in Saranda, Asia's largest saal forest, after it was freed from Naxal activities, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said. Addressing a public meeting at Digha in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand, Ramesh also apologized to the people for the tardy pace of development work due to the Naxal activities.
Three extremists, who escaped from the TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested in Ganjhar under Giddi PS of Hazaribag District.
The State Police are now working on the modalities to start using CRPF in operations against the PLFI, a banned LWE outfit, as they have been doing in case of the CPI-Maoist.
September 17: The Police foiled a major plot by the CPI-Maoist cadres to target SFs by recovering 125 inter-connected IEDs in Khunti District in Jharkhand. The IEDs were recovered after inputs were provided by Sunil Kerketa, a Maoist arrested in the morning of the same day at Bano in the neighbouring Simdega District.
Police arrested two hardcore Maoist cadres in Hazaribagh District.
September 18: Jeetendra, a CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and three SF personnel were injured during a gun battle at a forest in Judigaon village under Pratappur Police Station area in Chatra District of Jharkhand. On a tip off that a 30-member Maoist squad of Banarasi Yadav alias Raghuvanshi had taken shelter in the area, a joint team of JAP personnel and CoBRA troopers rushed to the spot, where the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire and in the ensuing encounter, deputy commandant of CoBRA battalion P.R. Mishra, trooper Mukesh Bunker and a Policeman, Sanjay Yadav suffered injuries while the Maoist was killed. Chatra SP Anup Birtheray said his team later recovered an AK-47 rifle, two country made rifles, one pistol, 200 live cartridges, INR 40,000 in cash, Maoist literature and four cell phones.
September 20: The interrogation of four PLFI cadres, who were recently arrested in Simdega District, revealed that PLFI used to manufacture arms in the jungles. SP Prabhat Kumar of Simdega District, said: "PLFI cadres bring weapon manufacturing experts from outside and produce weapons by setting up small camps in forests. Police revealed that the names of Naxal leaders Gujju Gope and Dinesh Gope were inscribed on the weapons recovered by them.
September 22: The Police claimed to have shot dead four CPI-Maoist cadres during an hour-long encounter near Gurdag village in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Acting on a tip-off that some extremists had assembled near the village, CRPF personnel and the District Police cornered them and in the ensuring encounter four of them were killed. Three rifles, 33 cartridges, INR 2,500 and some other materials were recovered from the encounter spot.
September 23: Prabil Ganjhu alias Prabilda alias Palamau Da, a CPI-Maoist ‘area commander' was arrested in a joint operation by Hazaribagh and Ranchi Police in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. On a tip-off that Ganjhu had opened a ration shop at Ladgaon under Sikidri Police Station of Ranchi District, the Police of the two Districts arrested him. Ganjhu was wanted in 35 cases, including killing over a dozen villagers and Police personnel in Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts since 2005 and carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on his head.
September 26: Two persons identified as Enu Ohdar (16) and Rajendra Singh (18), were killed allegedly by the cadres of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Khunti District in Jharkhand. The PLFI cadres reportedly dragged out the duo from their homes at gunpoint and killed them at the village chowk in Gadsitam in the District.
September 29: Kalawati Devi (39), zilla parishad member and vice-president of the District BJP’s women’s wing was abducted from her home apparently for refusing to pay levy, and was subsequently killed by the cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist in Gumla District of Jharkhand.
September 30: The Police recovered a bag with 20 to 25 kilograms of explosives from a tunnel in Bokaro District of Jharkhand.
October 2: Manoj Mahto (24), a youth with links to several LWE factions was picked by a group of unidentified men from his home at Kedli around 30km from Ranchi and shot dead.
October 3: Jharkhand DGP G S Rath addressing at a press conference, in Hazaribagh District said, "Though Maoist activities are contained, more has to be done as they are waiting to strike if there is any negligence. He also asked all the District Police Chiefs to remain on vigil and thwart the CPI-Maoist from indulging in any violence.
DGP Rath said that the Maoists arrested with US-made weapon, Colt M-16 in Hazaribagh District on August 29, got it from the Myanmar route.
October 5: Five persons, including an area commander of PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested and their arms and ammunition seized from in two Police Station areas in Gumla District. The arrested ‘area commander’ was identified as Devpal Gope and two other associates of him are Basant Gope of Satpara Ghatta village and Bali Gope, a resident of Dhangaon Karamtoli village in town Police Station. Two country-made pistols, six cartridges and two pamphlets of PLFI were seized from their possession. Two persons Chhote Singh and Narayan Gope, both residents of Nathpur village, were arrested under Palkot Police Station in Gumla District. Both were involved in the killing of Kalawati Devi (39), zilla parishad member of the same village, led by ‘area commander’ Parmeshwar Gope on September 29.
The Jharkhand Government is planning to launch an all-out-war against PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, before Durga Puja in October. The operation against PLFI has been approved at a high level meet.
October 6: Three persons were abducted by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Laved village under Arki Police Station area in Khunti District. The Maoists have demanded that the Police hand over informers to them in return for freeing Surendra Munda (20), Kishore Munda (43) and Hind Munda (53).
Three Maoists started an indefinite hunger strike inside the Hazaribagh Central Jail to press for their two demands - shifting an ailing inmate to a Ranchi hospital and shifting back Maoist Rahul Munda, who was at Chaibasa Jail before being shifted to Hazaribagh, be sent back to the Chaibasa jail. Later on they called off their hunger strike when their demands were met.
October 7: Bhokta Neeraj Ganjhu, a ‘zonal commander’ of TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from Pelawal area in Hazaribagh District. Bhokta, a resident of Hurnali village in Chatra, was in charge of collecting levy in the Districts of Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra and Ranchi.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed P.C. Sharma (83), manager of a Jain trust in Giridih District of Jharkhand, for sacking a married woman labourer of the trust indulging in an illicit relationship.
October 8: In Latehar District, in villages, including Garu, Mahuadanr and Netarhat, people are registering Police complaints against the Maoists in large numbers. "People were scared of Maoists and were hesitant to file a police complaint. But, now we have police support and other security support which has strengthened our faith in the policing system. This is why people are going to the police stations without any hesitation to register complaints," Suraj Dev Gupta, a villager, said.
Bhawnathpur Police arrested Naxal leader, identified as Sevak Ram alias Amarnath, a former ‘area commander’ the CPI-Maoist and the present member of underground squad of CPI-ML, during a raid at the Kaylan forest in Garhwa District. Police recovered a country-made rifle and 15 cartridges from him.
The Jharkhand Government launched an offensive against PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist in Khunti, Simdega, and Gumla District. Battalions of CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar and JAP reached Khunti, Simdega, and Gumla, the strongholds of the PLFI.
October 9: Three mobile handsets, five SIM cards, a transistor and a numbers of diaries containing contact numbers were recovered during a surprise raid by the Hazaribagh District and Police administration at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail. Sources said the team recovered two mobile phones— one from CPI-Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal (82) and the other from former sub-zonal commander of the outfit Sunil Ganjhu — both of who are lodged at high-security wards.
October 11: Suspected Naxalites set ablaze a bus in Gumla District. The driver and the helper, who were sleeping inside the vehicle, managed to escape.
Eight cadres of the CPI-Maoist, headed by politburo members Narayan Sanyal and Ravi Sharma, went on an indefinite strike to protest against the raid in the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribagh District on October 9.
October 13: Police arrested a Maoist sub-zonal ‘commander’ from his residence in Palamau District of Jharkhand. Bhuiyan had also been named main accused in the December 8, 2011 attack on Chatra MP Inder Singh Namdhari in which a number of CRPF had been killed.
October 15: Four cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested during a joint operation by the District Police and CRPF's CoBRA in Ranchi District. Three rifles and two pistols were recovered when a Maoist training camp was busted atop Soparan hill under Namkum Police Station area.
October 17: The Jharkhand Government plans to recruit surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres in the State Police. Jharkhand IG and Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said the Government is working on the amendment to ensure better rehabilitation of surrendered rebels.
October 19: The State Police and CRPF launched a fresh offensive against the CPI-Maoist in Chatra and Palamau Districts of Jharkhand, after calls from Bihar to fight the Maoists together following landmine blast in Gaya District on October 18, that claimed six CRPF troopers. Sources said 10 companies of the joint forces have been deployed in the operation in Chatra and Palamau, which share borders with Gaya.
October 20: Two persons identified as Rajdev Kherwar and Lakshan Lohra were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a Maoist Jan Adalat held in Gumla District of Jharkhand, on being found to have stolen goats. Maoists went to Jori, Banalat Jaritaand and Kaththokwa villages and held Jan Adalats to deliver justice. They brutally assaulted 13 persons who were accused of being Police informers, of whom two of them sustained serious injuries.
October 23: A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, Tulsi Mahto, was arrested from Chakulia area of Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum District.
The CPI-Maoist issue diktats saying those who do not heed them get either their hands chopped off, or limbs amputated or even have their throats slit. The Maoists are calling all the villagers of the state, hold public meetings or kangaroo court and are announcing the punishment.
October 24: The woman, Sanjhali Devi alias Churki, wife of one Sirka Majhi of Jobhitola Taratand area under Nimiyaghat Police Station in Giridih District was arrested for her involvement in the killing P.C. Sharma (83), manager of a Jain trust on October 7, along with the Maoists.
October 26: The Police arrested 'sub zonal commander' Surya Don and 'area commander' Seyan Topno of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, after an encounter at Orga under Jaldega Police Station in Simdega District. 12 rifles, including an US make, were recovered from their possession.
A 'sub-zonal commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Biren Munda alias Maheshji, was arrested from Angara area under Bundu Police Station in Ranchi District. The Police also recovered landmines and other explosives during the raids.
October 28: The Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist couriers, identified as Mumtaz Ansari (26) and Samuel Oriya (20), carrying explosives, on the road between Rankadih and Podakocha under Chowka Police Station area in Seraikela-Kharswan District of Jharkhand. As many as 70 black uniforms, 40 detonators, 15m-long wire meant for Improvised Explosive Device (IED), a 12 volt battery, a DVD player and five mobile phones were recovered from the spot.
The SF personnel recovered posters pasted by the Maoists appealing to the people to unite against the "pro-corporate government" and anti-naxal Operation Green Hunt. The posters were pasted at Nakti, Kankua, Pongra, Kansra villages under Karaikela Police Station and Anandpur in West Singhbhum District, said Police.
October 29: Two workers of a contractor were assaulted by about 50-60 Maoists at Kurun village in Bhandaria area in Garhwa District of Jharkhand, for not complying the Maoists' diktat to stop construction of a bridge over the Saphi River.
Maoists have resorted to poster campaign in Bandgaon and Anandpur blocks in West Singhbhum District warning the top leaders of the State Government including Chief Minister Arjun Munda to take immediate steps administrative corruption.
November 1: The Police fired 90 rounds during an hour-long encounter in the forests of Prem Nagar located at Bishrampur village under Ranka Police Station in Garhwa District and recovered a five kilogram IED and 20 detonators. The recovery also included Maoist literature, documents, pittu (back pack), used cartridges, cooking utensils and a letter addressed to the Jharkhand legislators demanding an end to all the operations in the state against the Maoists.
The CPI-Maoist criticized its breakaway faction TPC for violating 'ceasefire' norms and for frequently attacking its cadres and their family members. 'Spokesperson' for the Bihar-Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh frontier regional committee of the CPI-Maoist, Manas, said despite responding to their call for "unilateral ceasefire", the TPC has been attacking their cadres and their family members almost regularly. The Maoists had extended a call for unilateral ceasefire with the splinter groups on June 26 for three months. The call was responded by the TPC.
A woman was sexually tortured by a Maoist 'zonal commander' for more than five years and she allowed it in order to save her husband. The victim's husband is a Police officer. Salomi approached Police with her son and said that she was staying with the Maoists to save her husband and his brothers who are Policemen.
The Maoists have launched recruitment drive in bordering areas of Garhwa and Latehar Districts. They have launched the drive in Bargarh, Madhgarhi, Marda, Tiharo, Binda villages in Bhandaria block in Garhwa District. Their activities have also been reported from Baligarh, Birajpur and Tetardih villages of the adjacent Ramkanda Police Station area. The recruitment drive has been launched under the leadership of Vikasji, a senior Maoist leader to counter Operation Green Hunt against them.
November 2: Cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist killed Ranjit Dungdung, deputy sarpanch in the Rampur village in Gumla District of Jharkhand.
November 4: An encounter broke out between SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Sirinya village under Hariharganj Police Station in Palamu District, following a tip-off that about 25 Maoists, including three 'sub-zonal commanders' had assembled near the village. A Maoist identified as Raj Kumar (35) of Japla village surrendered with his weapon. An American gun, carbine, a 303 bore rifle, a pistol and two 315 bore guns with 250 live cartridges, cell phones and other objects were recovered after the encounter.
November 6: Two villagers were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in separate incidents in Gumla District. Zuber Ansari was shot dead by the Maoists at Jairagi village in the District while Florence Tirkey was killed at Poretoli village.
The Maoists targeted and killed a farmer, identified as Sitaram Khaiya, in Raidih village in Gumla District.
November 7: A cadre of CPI-Maoist, identified as Birendra Singh Kharwar, was arrested and four guns were recovered during anti-naxal operation in the Baharaha forests in Garhwa District. Four guns and 31 bullets were seized during the operation.
November 9: Three Policemen and a prisoner were killed when about 100 armed CPI-Maoist cadres, including women cadres, attacked a Police van carrying 32 prisoners from Giridih court to the divisional jail at Mahadev Chauk in Giridih District. The Maoists succeeded in freeing eight of their comrades from the prison van. One prisoner, Sanjay Mahto, who refused to alight from the van, was gunned down by the Maoists. DGP, G S Rath confirmed that three Policemen including ASI Prabhu Nath Singh, Constable Raj Kumar Das, driver Sadanand Gagarai, lost their lives while six Policemen and three prisoners were injured in the attack. The Maoists triggered blasts on a truck to disrupt traffic and hurled bombs on the Police van. The eight Maoists who escaped after the attack have been identified as Baijnath Tiwari, Mithilesh Mandal, Nemchand Mahto, Sahdeo Soren, Chotaka Marandi, Bipin Mandal, Pantosh Hembrom and Rampravesh alias Ramesh Mandal. Four prisoners Ramesh Mandal, Surendra Hajra, Arjun Yadav and Babloo alias Sanjay Verma returned to the jail on their own.
November 10: Two of the eight CPI-Maoist cadres, who fled while being taken from court to jail after the Maoists fired on a transit van in Giridih town on November 9, have been found. While one of the Maoists returned on his own, another was found admitted to a nursing home. Three of the ten weapons looted during the attack were also recovered.
November 15: Suspected Maoists dragged out one Narayan Munda from his house at Barihada under Arki Police Station of Khunti District and killed him, charging him of acting as a Police informer.
At Seramdih village under Khunti Police Station, para-teacher Wiliam Nag was killed in an identical manner.
November 16: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres beat up two women and put a lock on their house after they failed to find a male member of their family, identified as Rampyare Sao, a local BJP worker, at Bhaugadi-Patratu in Latehar District of Jharkhand, police said.
November 18: Six fugitive CPI-Maoist cadres who had escaped on November 11 following an attack on the transit van claiming the lives of four Policemen in Giridih town of Jharkhand, if surrender would not be charged with hatching the plot, a top police official said.
It has been learnt that two persons arrested for allegedly killing a 65-year-old man in Lapung area in Ranchi District in Jharkhand had links with PLFI ‘area commander’ Suber Singh alias Surya.
The Seraikela-Kharswan District Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Parakshit Mahato (31) and Sadaquat Ali alias Abdul Gaffar (34), from Gurma village under Ichagarh Police Station area of Jharkhand.
November 20: Para-military Forces arrested a 23-year-old "Sub-zonal Commander" of CPI-Maoist, identified as Prabhu Yadav, at Madhya village of Palamau District in Jharkhand, when he came to meet his family. Later Yadav guided the Police to two places under Manatu Police Station where the SFs found a five kg IED, seven gelatin sticks, 25 detonators and a 100-mt wire. A country-made pistol and Maoist literature was also seized from the extremist. Commenting on the arrest District Police official said "Yadav had killed three persons of rival extremist factions this year - two members of the JLT on April 16 and one JPC member on May 22."
Pawan Gope, a cadre of PLFI was arrested from Doranda in Ranchi city of Jharkhand. A pistol and live cartridges were seized from Gope.
November 21: Two and a half years after the Jnaneswari Express tragedy, superfast trains will once again ply at their normal speed between Kharagpur and Rourkela on the Howrah-Mumbai mainline at night, bringing down travelling time by 45 minutes on the stretch.
With CPI-Maoist cadres regrouping in Saranda forest region of West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand, as they used to do every winter, the SFs personnel this time are taking the help of an UAV "Netra" to track their movements.
CPI-Maoist politburo member Sushil Roy was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court as Roy's kin had met UMHA Sushil Kumar Shinde around a fortnight ago, seeking amnesty on his behalf on account of his terminal illness and old age.
Maoist posters were found pasted at Birbandha village under the Sadar Police Station area in Garhwa District. The Maoist's posters which were in the form of letter containing three paragraphs and released by Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand Special Area Committee appealed to all state legislators to extend cooperation to end the ongoing Operation Green Hunt against the outfit.
November 23: A Maoist ‘area commander’ identified as Mukhlal Yadav, was arrested in Garhwa District.
JAP will gradually replace CAPF deployed in various CPI-Maoist-prone areas in the State. K S Meena, ADG, JAP, said JAP personnel are being provided special training so that they can replace CRPF and assist State Police in anti-Maoist operation and other tasks related to maintenance of law and order.
November 24: Two persons, identified as Krishna Sahu (35) and Arun Sahu (20), both marginal farmers, were killed by cadres of PLFI at Hulsu village under Lapung Police Station in Ranchi District.
November 25: Maoists set ablaze six heavy vehicles, including a road-roller and dumper, involved in the road construction work under Saranda Action Plan (SAP) in Chota Nagra Police Station area in West Singhbhum District.
November 26: A villager, identified as Dasrath Malhar, was killed in crossfire between the CPI-Maoist and SFs in Bhalmara forest of Upperghat area under Nawadih Police Station in Bokaro District.
Pelawal Police arrested three persons identified as Arun Ganjhu alias Ramavtar Ganjhu from Chordaha forest of Simaria, Jasgdish Ganjhu of Siladag and Gyan Kumar Bhogta of Jehra village of Pathalgada in Chatra and recovered three revolvers and 10 cartridges from them in Hazaribagh District.
November 27: During a combing operation, Police seized a cache of arms, including two rocket launchers, more than a dozen grenades and 5,000 bullets and live cartridges, of the CPI-Maoist from a forest in Ramgarh District.
November 28: Cadres of CPI-Maoist killed three members of the JPC, a breakaway faction of CPI-Maoist, in a gun-battle in Palamau District. The dead bodies of the trio identified as Babulal Bhuiyan alias Avinash, the local JPC ‘zonal commander’, and ‘area commanders’ Pradip Bhuiyan alias Prashant and Butan alias Vikram, were recovered the next day, from a dense forest near Tal village under Panki Police Station in the District.
The State Government has come up with a mega development action plan concentrating on two Red Zones of Bokaro District, 80 villages of Jhumra and 39 villages of Upperghat, with a budget of INR 5.5 billion.
November 29: The cadres of PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed a woman identified as Jiten Devi (48), and manhandled her two daughters, accusing them of being Police informers at Kombakera Devatoli under Koelibera Police Station in Simdega District.
30 to 35 Maoist cadres attacked the office of a private company involved in road construction work and set ablaze eight vehicles including dumpers and tractors of the company near Jamni village in Dumka District.
Top Maoist Shivnandan Sahu and his three associates, including a woman cadre identified as Seema Kumari, were arrested from the Senha forest area in Lohardaga District.
November 30: Police recovered banners put up by Maoists on the roadside of Pilpilo forest under Bokaro Thermal Police Station in Bermo sub-division in Bokaro District.
December 1: Cadres of the PLFI, a break-away faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed two villagers identified as Samnichar Khadia (35) and his nephew Chaitu Khadia (30) at Kulbir-Ambatoli Village in Gumla District. The Sanjay Tiger group of PLFI is suspected to be involved in the killing, a Police officer added.
Huge quantities of explosives were recovered from the premises of an ancient building in Musaboni block of Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District.
Chowka Police recovered anti-Maoist operation posters from the market area in Seraikela-Kharswan District.
December 2: The CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, through posters put up in two districts, Ranchi and Khunti, during Martyrs' Week, has urged the youth not to support the Police and join their ranks. They warned the youth to either support them or else incur their wrath.
December 5: Suspected cadres of the PLFI, a break-away faction of the CPI-Maoist killed Sambal Pradhan (52), the secretary of BJP's Khunti District committee, near a weekly market in Sondari village under Torpa police station. The PLFI cadres also set ablaze two vehicles parked in the vicinity.
December 7: Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Dinesh Rai alias Babu, Shashi Murmu and Deewan Marandi alias Yadav, involved in setting ablaze about a dozen vehicles belonging to a road construction company were arrested in Dumka District.
December 9: With the success of the anti-Naxal operation 'Anaconda 1' [which began on July 31, 2011 and continued till September 2011] in the dense Saranda forest areas of West Singhbhum District, the SF have launched a fresh offensive titled 'Anaconda 2' in the Saranda forest areas.
December 12: Four cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested during a raid in Koelibera and Bano Police Station areas under Koelibera Block in Simdega District.
Panchayat representatives in Jharkhand are on the target list of Maoists as a number of them are alleged sympathisers of different rebel outfits or involved in liasoning.
December 13: The Ranchi District Police of Jharkhand along with CRPF and other SF arrested 59 Naxals so far in 2012.
A cadre of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Alwan Murmu, was arrested after an encounter with SF personnel at Katinkel forest under Murhu Police Station in Khunti District.
December 16: Maoists set ablaze about a dozen of vehicles belonging to a construction company at Deruwan village in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
Maoists, set ablaze portions of an under-construction house of a fellow zonal 'commander', identified as Phoolchand Soren alias Prabeel Majhi, currently in Police custody in Bokaro District of Jharkhand.
December 16: Maoists set ablaze about a dozen of vehicles belonging to a construction company at Deruwan village in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
Maoists, set ablaze portions of an under-construction house of a fellow zonal 'commander', identified as Phoolchand Soren alias Prabeel Majhi, currently in Police custody in Bokaro District of Jharkhand.
December 17: Jharkhand Police acquired advanced 3D mapping software which would help them track and chase the CPI-Maoist cadres.
Police arrested two LWEs belonging to JSJM, from Patratu town of Ramgarh District, and recovered two 9mm bullets and a pistol from them.
December 20: A CPI-Maoist squad killed one of their former comrades at Chhipadohar market under Barwadih Police Station in Latehar District, after branding him as Police informer.
The Jharkhand Government decided to give INR 1,500 allowance to surrendered LWEs till they get a plot to construct house as per the State’s 2010 surrender policy.
Barring incidents of setting ablaze of vehicles, Maoist activities have been contained to a large extent in Jharkhand, DGP G S Rath said in Jamshedpur.
December 24: The CPI-Maoist cadres and the Police exchanged fire at Ghurabandha in Ghatshila Sub-Division of East Singhbhum District.
December 25: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager in Gumla District.
A suspected ‘area commander’ of the PLFI, identified as Ajit Sahu, was killed by a mob when he had gone to collect ‘levy’ at Renghari Mundatoli under Thetaitanger Police Station in Simdega District.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two earthmovers at Chapalsi village under Bhandaria Police Station in Garhwa District.
The Paramilitary Forces are contemplating to install CCTV cameras in West Singhbhum forest area to strengthen their offensive against the CPI-Maoist in Saranda forest.
December 27: The Railway Authorities announced precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incident which may arise because of the 24-hour bandh, with effect from December 3, called by the CPI-Maoist in the Saranda forests of West Singhbhum District.
Despite securing bail, Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal (82), who has been lodged in the Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribag for the past three years, will have to remain in custody for an indefinite period because the Government has booked him under the National Security Act (NSA) on the recommendations of the Hazaribag District administration.
December 30: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre who was allegedly raped and sexually exploited by her party cadres was rescued by Police in Latehar District. The rescued woman belongs to Bihar's Chhapra District, and many cases are registered against her. Latehar Superintendent of Police (SP) said the woman was abducted by the Maoists and was forced to be a part of their group for the last six months. The arrested woman cadre said that two to three more women cadres have been forced to stay with the Maoists.
January 5: The Karnataka DGP Shankar Bidari said that as many as 100 youth, mostly tribals, from Karkala, Sringeri, Tirthahalli and Beltangadi regions would be recruited into the Police to combat CPI-Maoist cadres in the Western Ghats. Nearly 30 youth from Karkala, Tirthahalli and Sringeri region and around 10 from Beltangadi region would be recruited by March 2012. Priority would be given to tribals in recruitment as they had knowledge of the forests.
The Karnataka Government offered INR 300,000 solatium to the family of Sadashiva Gowda, who was allegedly gunned down by the CPI-Maoist in Hebri forests on December 28.
January 6: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist engaged the ANF personnel in an exchange of fire in Barkana Falls region near Agumbe in Shimoga District. No casualties were reported from either side. The suspected Maoists fled the spot after the firing. Following the incident, the Police have intensified the combing operations in the forest around Agumbe and Mastikatte. The Police had tip-off on the movement of the armed group in the forest around Agumbe and Malandur. A team of ANF personnel from Agumbe camp had stayed in Malandur in the previous night anticipating the visit of Maoists to the village. During combing operations in the surrounding forest on Friday, ANF personnel had noticed suspected Maoists camping near Barkana Falls.
January 9: In a letter received by certain local dailies in Udupi District, a person who claimed himself to be Vishwa representing the CPI-Maoist, confirmed that they were involved in the killing of Sadashiva Gowda (50) near Kabbinale Tingalamatti in Karkala. The letter however, claims that they had not tortured Gowda as reported by the media.
At the Karnataka State Senior Police Officers' Annual Meeting, chaired by chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, DGP, Shankar M. Bidari said that only 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist are operating in the State. "We will ensure that Karnataka is free of naxals by 2012-end," he said. He also added that the intelligence network in Maoist- affected areas had been strengthened and would show results soon.
Speaking at the Karnataka State Senior Police Officers' Annual Meeting held at the Police chief's office, Karnataka CM, D.V Sadanand Gowda observed that there was no co-ordination between the Anti-Maoist Force and the local Police. "If they work together, better results can be expected. We have plans to depute young and energetic staff to the ANF," he added. Home Minister, R. Ashok said that the Maoist activities in the State were curbed and there was information that supari killers from Tamil Nadu were operating with the CPI-Maoist.
January 12: A gang of CPI-Maoist cadres visited Nadpal village near Hebri in Udupi District and collected food- stuffs, grains etc from some houses there. The gang had nine members including two women.
January 13: The Karnataka Government decided to hire qualified locals on contract basis to fill vacancies in nine taluks, where there is "Naxal activity", as "fearful" Government servants transferred there have refused to join. Briefing reporters after a Cabinet meeting, chaired by CM, D V Sadananda Gowda. Law Minister, S Suresh Kumar said there are vacant posts in different Government departments (in these nine taluks) as officials transferred there are hesitating to report. "This has resulted in adverse impact on administration and development," he said. The nine taluks in the three Districts of Tumkur, Chikmagalur and Udupi are: Karkala, Kundapura, Sringeri, Mudigere, Koppa, Hosanagara, Tirthahalli, Beltangadi and Pavagada, where 107 villages and 709 sub-villages have been "identified" for Naxal activity. He said the nine taluks have not been declared as Maoist affected and Government employees willing to go those places on transfer would be given first priority.
January 27: The CPI-Maoist cadres from Tamil Nadu have reportedly infiltrated Karnataka and are strengthening the hands of their comrades in Agumbe region of Udupi District, according to a recent intelligence report. According to Police sources, there has been no new recruitment of local people in the CPI-Maoist in Karnataka. "We have been keeping track of villagers in the Naxal-affected districts and no one in the last two years has gone missing or has been abducted by the Maoists," said an officer from Udupi. On January 6, in a fire exchange between the ANF and the Maoists in Barkana Falls region near Agumbe in Udupi District, the ANF for the first time found Maoist literature in Tamil from the site where the Maoist cadres were camping in the forest. Till then, the Police believed that a majority of the Maoist cadres in Karnataka were from the Malekudiya tribe from the Kudremukh National Park area.
January 28: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist should give up their guns as the State Government is ready to rehabilitate and provide employment to them, said State Home Minister R Ashok at a function in Mangalore. He remarked, "As guns will not yield anything, naxals should bid goodbye to arms. The government has been providing packages to the naxal-affected areas. Considering this, naxals should surrender." Compared to other states, Maoist activity is less in Karnataka. Only in some places such as Chikmagalur and Udupi Districts, are they in operation, he clarified, when reporters sought to know why the Union Government has not marked Karnataka as a Maoist affected State.
February 6: State Home Minister R Ashoka said that those CPI-Maoist cadres who want to surrender would be given a compensation of INR 100,000 and a loan of INR 100,000 from a co-operative society to ensure they are self-employed. If the Maoists surrender their weapons, the government will pay the worth of the weapons to them.
State Home minister R Ashoka said that there are 15-20 cadres of CPI-Maoist in Karnataka and a survey had been taken up to identify their antecedents. The Home minister added that the State has a unit of 500 Police constables and 80 commandos to combat them. He added that another team of commandos was undergoing training. Further, he informed that the office of the head of ANF would be shifted to Karkala from Bangalore.
February 10: The Maoists from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and other States often use the Karnataka a hideout. Karnataka, which claimed to have ended the menace of CPI-Maoist, has a fresh problem on its hands. CPI-Maoist cadres from Tamil Nadu have reportedly infiltrated the jungles of the Western Ghats since January 2012. The ANF, during its routine combing operations, came across Maoist literature in Tamil Nadu at an abandoned Maoist camp in Udupi District recently. The Maoists were first spotted in the State in 1998 in Kudremukh National Park.
February 29: The second JMFC court, through a judgment delivered, absolved six youth, who had been arrested by Policemen of Doddapet Police Station in Shimoga District in 2009, on charges of being involved with the CPI-Maoist activities. Anita, Jagannath, Devendrappa, Asha, Gangamma, and Mallesh, had been arrested on the allegation of being suspected Maoists, and getting involved with illegal activities.
March 9: The Karnataka Rajya ABSS State convener, P Bharath demanded that journalism student Vittal Malekudiya and Linganna, who were recently arrested on the charges of abetting CPI-Maoist, should be released immediately as "the duo did not support Naxalism."
March 10: The ANF and DP reportedly exchanged fire with 20 to 25 CPI-Maoist cadres at Mittabagilu in Bolle forest in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District during a combing operation. One Police constable Sadashiva Choudhary (25) of Jamkhandi taluk in Bagalkot District got injured in the exchange of fire. The ANF also found 10 separate camps set up by Maoists, spread over a large uneven patch of land. With the exception of one or two camps, one camp could not be sighted from the other. Each camp also contained ammunition and weapons, including 140 rounds of SLR ammunition, 30 grenades, a U.S. made auto pistol and a double-barrel rifle.
March 11: The ANF recovered literature in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The recovered items also included training manuals, bags, clothes, rations such as rice and sugar, audio recorder, laptop bag, radio and clothes.
March 14: Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda warned stringent action against CPI-Maoist cadres operating in the Malnad region of the State. Steps would also be taken to provide basic amenities to people in the Maoist affected areas, Gowda added.
March 16: The Police took into custody a person named Vijay Kadamane from Kolli village in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District for questioning. They suspect that Vijay had extended support to CPI-Maoist cadres in holding programme at Malavantige village.
March 26: State Home Minister R. Ashok told the Karnataka Legislative Council that some Sri Lankans have joined the CPI-Maoist cadres operating in the five Districts of the State. The Minister said there are an estimated 25 to 30 Maoists in Karnataka. "Most of them are those who have come from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Sri Lanka," he noted.
April 12: As a part of its carrot-and-stick policy in the fight against the CPI-Maoist cadres in Karnataka, DGP, A R Infant said the that the Maoist surrender package would be made more attractive to enable misguided youths rejoin social mainstream.
April 16: LWE is steadily increasing in the five Districts of Karnataka, Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said demanding support from the Centre in training and provision of infrastructure to tackle it.
April 20: The ANF and cadres of the CPI-Maoist exchanged fire in Panjalbetta of Kuthlur village in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District during routine combing operations by the ANF. The Maoist group allegedly opened fire on the ANF team, who retaliated. The Maoist group then escaped, he said. No one was injured.
June 11: The Karnataka High Court rejected the interim bail plea of Vittala Malekudiya, a student of Mass Communication of Mangalore University, who has been arrested for his alleged links with the CPI-Maoist.
June 21: Intelligence agencies have warned Karnataka that the CPI-Maoist cadres are attempting to regroup in Malnad area benefiting from Police's reluctance to initiate action against them and growing discontent among the villagers living close to the thick jungles of the Western Ghat over their land ownership. The Maoists are giving high priority to increasing their footfalls in the about 100-kilometre stretch of Malnad area - comprising seven Districts of Chikmagalur, Shimoga, parts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Kodagu - and have deputed central committee member Kuppu Swami to establish a base and recruit cadres.
Swami, who hails from Bangalore, has been tasked with supervising the expansion plan as he is familiar with the territory and knows the local dialect. Masquerading under assumed identities such as Kuppu Devaraj, Ramesh, Rayanna, Balaji, Jogesh and Yogesh, Kuppu Swami carries a reward of INR 700,000 and INR 1 million announced by Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Governments respectively. Intelligence inputs with the SF suggest that the cadres from neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala are camping in the Western Ghats along with local Maoists belonging to groups led by Vikram Gowda, Latha, Mahesh and Sundari.
July 10: A team of suspected Maoists were spotted near Sisila in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District.
July 15: Following the visit of some Maoists to a home at Sudegundi in Shishila village in the District, DIG, ANF, Alok Kumar and other officials visited the region. “Though the team tried to collect information on the Naxal movement, they drew a blank,” sources said.
July 16: A poster seeking support for the CPI-Maoist was found pasted at a bus stop in a busy place in Karyatadka near Nidle village in Uppinangady Police Station limits of Dakshin Kannada District.
July 18-19: A team of Naxals were spotted in the villages of Shiradi region in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada District. A team of five cadres including four men and one woman visited a house in Addahole in Shiradi Ghat, requested for food and borrowed two kilograms of rice, sugar and onions from the house owner.
News of Naxals’ visit to Honnakoppala and other villages in Kabbinale in Karkala taluk of Udupi District on June 16 came to light on July 19. Sources said, when the ANF and the District Police focused their combing operation in Belthangady taluk, the Naxals seem to have fled from the taluk and have moved to Karkala taluk. It was suspected that Kodlu resident Naxal leader Vikram Gowda leading the team.
August 16: Letters were addressed to media houses in Chikmagalur purportedly by one CPI-Maoist state committee secretary Gangadhar. The letters justified the Naxal team's visit to Shishila in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District on July 10 and said that that they held discussions with the locals about politics and problems faced by the locals.
August 18: A CPI-Maoist camp was found by the Police at Talavanthakudige near Sringeri in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. However, the Maoists managed to escape from the camp. At the camp site, prepared food, utensils, soup and vegetables were found. Also, a bag containing Maoist pamphlets were seized.
September 2: Police are yet to get any conclusive evidence about the reported sighting of CPI-Maoist cadres at Kulkunda near Kukke Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada District on August 31. A Gram Panchayat member informed the Police on August 31 that five people, who identified themselves as Maoists, visited a house in the village. However, when the Police visited the village, the residents said only some of their relatives had come over.
September 2: Anti-Naxal Police fired at a group of CPI-Maoist cadres at Palligadde in Dakshina Kannada District but they managed to escape. The Police team was maintaining vigil on an information that a group of Naxals visited some houses in the village on August 30 and August 31, a fact confirmed by locals. It was not known whether any Naxal was injured or whether they returned the fire.
September 5: A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter in the forests around Kulkunda, near Kukke Subramanya, in Dakshina Kannada District. The slain Maoist was yet to be identified.
After the brief encounter, the ANF intensified combing operations and unearthed a camp. Though only a country-made rifle was found at the camp - and a weapon seized from the slain person - the forces also found pamphlets about Maoist ideology in Tamil and Kannada.
September 7: The Police identified the suspected Maoist, who was killed in an exchange of fire in Cheru Forest in the Dakshina Kannada-Hassan Border on September 4, as Yellappa alias Dinakar, an area committee member of the CPI-Maoist. Yellappa, a native of Raichur, had been associated with the Maoist organisation since 2004. Materials recovered from the place of encounter showed Yellappa had knowledge of making improved explosive devices. He might have come to the region in a capacity of trainer, he said.
September 14: ANF personnel and suspected cadres of the CPI- Maoist reportedly exchanged fire near Kinkeri-Balehalla in the Kaginahare forests in Sakaleshpur taluk in Hassan District. The ANF personnel recovered a 20-kg rice bag that was being carried by the suspected Maoists.
September 15: Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar announced a week-long ceasefire from September 17 in anti-Naxal operations to facilitate surrender of the CPI-Maoist cadres.
September 21: The State Cabinet approved a proposal to sanction INR 450 million for taking up development works in nine Naxalite-infested taluks— Pavagada, Tirthahalli, Hosanagara, Sringeri, Mudigere, Koppa, Karkala, Kundapura and Belthangady in Karnataka. Each taluk would get INR 50 million. INR 1790 million project for providing 514 houses to State government officers in the B and C groups and 171 houses for those in the D group at the NGEF Factory at Byappanahalli on Old Madras Road has been approved. Similarly, the Cabinet approved INR 180 million project to build six-storeyed quarters for providing 60 houses C and D employees at Kumara Krupa on Crescent Road.
October 1: Inaugurating a Police Station in Amasebailu in Udupi District, Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar said, "No more extension of the ceasefire, which has already expired. Naxals have failed to utilise the opportunity given by the government. The Government had announced a ceasefire of its anti- naxal operations from September 17 to 23 in the backdrop of reports that some naxals wanted to surrender. The Government would soon release funds for implementing the special package announced for Naxal-affected areas in parts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga.
October 16: Eluru Range DIG G. Suryaprakasa Rao during his visit to the District Police Office in the town said, there is no Naxalite activity in East and West Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh.
November 27: The Anti-Naxal Force of Karnataka raided a CPI-Maoist camp at Charmadi-Somanakadu forest area in Mangalore District and arrested an extremist.
December 18:Dy. CM R Ashok, who also holds the Home portfolio, said the Naxal problem in the State is on the wane.
December 29: Five persons were arrested on suspected CPI-Maoist links from a lodge in Mavelikara taluka in Alapuzzha District.
January 22: The Police recovered detonators, grenade and explosive material from the CPI-Maoist-affected forest area near Balaghat District. Acting on a tip-off, a Police team reached the forest area under Sulsuli Police Post and recovered two hand-grenades, two detonators, four pencil cell and 2.5 kg high grade explosive hidden inside a pit, IG UR Netam and Sachin Atulkar told media persons. It appears the Maoists were planning to execute a blast in the District, he said, adding the Police have intensified search operation in the area.
February 1: An exchange of fire took place between the CPI-Maoist cadres and the Police at Ghagra village in Balaghat District. Acting on a tip off that a meeting of Maoists of Davari Dalam of Gadchiroli District, was taking place at Lodhiwara village, close to Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra border, the Hawk Force personnel rushed to Ghagra village - a transit route to Chhattisgarh and waited the whole night in the thick of the forest to ambush Maoist dalam, Balaghat IG UR Netam said. However, the Maoists got wind of the ambush plan of the Police as a trained country dog accompanying the Maoists barked at the hiding Police. Alerted, the Maoists escaped to Chhattisgarh even as they kept firing at the Police.
April 24: A group of 20 to 25 CPI-Maoist cadres, including four women, allegedly set ablaze a JCB machine in a bid to stop the construction of a 13 kilometres road stretch under the Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojna at Gaighat under Hatta Police Station in Balaghat District. The Maoists left behind a pamphlet stating that Ganpath Patel, the contractor hired for the construction of road, was a Police mole and had betrayed people. The leaflet stated that the cutting of trees for road construction was prohibited as the Maoists were against development works in forest.
April 27: The Madhya Pradesh Police Headquarters deployed two teams of SAF to the CPI-Maoist-infested Balaghat District in view of increased Maoist activities in the region. IG Anvesh Mangalam will deal with the situation.
May 16: A labourer, Sunil Bawre, working at a road construction site was nailed to a bridge allegedly by Maoists at Kundekata village in Balaghat District. The Maoists threatened labourers working at the site of dire consequences if they work for construction of the road and the bridge.
May 18: Police arrested a person, identified as Amar Singh Bhalavi, associate of Dilip alias Guha, ‘Commander’ of Guerrilla Dalam (armed squad) of the CPI-Maoist, from Borki forest area under Roopjhar Police Station in Balaghat District. According to Police Sources, they had received a tip-off that Dilip was going to visit Borki forest last night, following which Police raided the area. However, instead of Dilip, Police arrested Bhalavi from the forest along with items like food grains, edible oil, bathing soap and a Maoist banner. During the interrogation, Bhalavi revealed that Dilip had already paid him to buy these items and had asked him to come to the forest, Police said.
May 26: SFs killed a hardcore woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist after seven hours of gun battle near Bamni village under Roopjar Police Station area in Balaghat District. The body of the slain Maoist was recovered with a .315 bore rifle and 45 cartridges. Police have also recovered a computer hard disc, explosives, medicine, rifle cleaning equipment, rice, torch, paper cutting, FM radio and other stuff from the encounter site left behind by the fleeing Maoists. The deceased was accompanied by around 49 reds, who had melted into the forest.
May 26: SFs killed a hardcore woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist after seven hours of gun battle near Bamni village under Roopjar Police Station area in Balaghat District. The body of the slain Maoist was recovered with a .315 bore rifle and 45 cartridges. Police have also recovered a computer hard disc, explosives, medicine, rifle cleaning equipment, rice, torch, paper cutting, FM radio and other stuff from the encounter site left behind by the fleeing Maoists. The deceased was accompanied by around 49 reds, who had melted into the forest.
June 25: Police recovered CPI-Maoist pamphlets which talk about the killing of their woman comrade in a Police encounter in Balaghat District. The pamphlets, both hand-written and printed, were found in the forest near Songudda Police Station under Baihar sub-division of the District. Issued by the Maoist Malajkhand Dalam (squad), the pamphlets say “the sacrifice of Sugna will not go in vain”. Balaghat Superintendent of Police Sachin Atulkar confirmed the recovery of pamphlets but said the identity of the deceased could not be verified.
August 7: Admitting to presence of LWEs in Balaghat and Singrauli Districts of Madhya Pradesh, the state DGP Nandan Dube said the Naxal movement in that region is far from being significant. "There is definitely a Naxal movement in Balaghat and Singrauli districts but it is not very effective," Dube told reporters.
December 10: In a bid to reassert their presence in central India, the CPI-Maoist has carved out a new zone for their operations comprising Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat areas in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Maoists have also appointed a separate leader, Pahad Singh, to look after the unit.
January 7: CPI-Maoist cadres killed a 47-year-old civilian, Suresh Erra Alam, in Nandigaon village in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. “Suresh Erra Alam was picked up by Naxals from his house in the night and was taken to a place near the village, where he was stabbed in the chest with a sharp weapon,” ASP Sudhir Hire math said.
January 11: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on a Police team in Gadchiroli District, Police said. The team, consisting of personnel from C-60, a special anti-Naxal unit, came under fire while patrolling near Kosni village in Etepalli taluka, they said. The police promptly returned the fire and the encounter lasted for 15 to 20 minutes, but there was no report of any casualty on either side, they said. The entire area has been cordoned off and a search launched to arrest the Maoists, the Police added.
January 12: An alleged CPI-Maoist cadre was killed during an encounter with the Police in Bezarpalli area in Sironcha taluka of Gadchiroli District. The shoot-out between a group of Maoists and a Police platoon lasted about 45 minutes before the Maoists fled, said the Police. A body of a Maoist was recovered from the site. The Police also claimed that at least four to five Maoists must have been wounded seriously. The Police also recovered a 303 rifle, a country-made pistol and 29 rounds besides a grenade.
January 17: The SFs have claimed that the CPI-Maoist cadre shot dead on January 12 in an encounter near Beijurpalli in Gadchiroli District was Mangru Michcha, alias Linga (22), 'sectional commander' of Platoon 14. The slain Maoist allegedly led the military wing in the Aheri-Sironcha division of the CPI-Maoist. Miccha was earlier with Bhamragarh local guerrilla squad and worked for platoon 7. Police said that there were around 20 offences against Miccha.
January 28: CPI-Maoist struck a blow to the Zilla Parishad polls in Gadchiroli District by killing the Bhamragarh Panchayat Samiti Chairman and Bhamragarh tehsil Congress Unit Chief Bahadurshah Alam. Three members of Maoists' Quick Action Team came to a tea stall in the town square where Alam was having his morning tea and shot him dead from close range, said the Police. They ran away shouting, "Alam Murdabad, Lal Salaam Zindabad". "He was reportedly warned by the Naxals not to contest. We had also recovered pamphlets that called him as a traitor," said SP Veeresh Prabhu.
A high ranking Naxal leader, Maruti Kurwatkar (31), was arrested from Talodhi in Chandrapur District by a Special Team. Kurwatkar was a member of the CPI-Maoist State Committee and Secretary of Chandrapur Committee of CPI-Maoist.
February 1: The Police recovered a small cache of arms and ammunition along with electronic equipments, which on assembling could help make explosive devices, in two separate raids in villages Talodhi-Balapur and Bolegaon. The first raid was carried out at the residence of one Mithun Surpam in Talodhi-Balapur village on the basis of information given by CPI-Maoist cadre Maruti Kurwatkar (31), who was arrested on January 28. The recoveries included a small laptop, a USB pen drive, a computer hard disc, electronic fuses, transistor divot, rechargeable batteries, two magnetic compass, Maoist' literature along with a book detailing how to handle the explosives. In the second raid, the Police recovered two loaded 9mm pistols from the house of one Prakash Sayam at Bolegaon.
The plans of Maoists to form a dalam in forests of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) seem to have failed due to lack of people's support and patches of villages in the jungles around the area, according to Police sources. Strong evidence of Maoist' plans to constitute a dalam for villages in and around TATR to regain their lost foothold in Chandrapur had surfaced after the arrest of state committee member of CPI-Maoist Bhimrao alias Bhanu alias Bhaskar Bhowate by Gondia Police in December 2010.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Ramamurty Kishtya Boing (38), suspected to be involved in an encounter with Police in Gadchiroli District was arrested from his hideout in Sironcha town of the District. Boing was allegedly engaged in the skirmish with Police on January 12 in Bezarpalli area in which one Maoist was killed. Some Maoist literature was also recovered from his possession, the Police said.
February 7: State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan said in a press release, "A total of 65 per cent voting was recorded in the State. Naxal-affected Gadchiroli District recorded 67 per cent voting." Polling was being conducted in Maharashtra for 27 Zilla Parishads and 305 Panchayat Samitis.
February 12: Two separate incidents of exchange of fire between the cadres of the CPI-Maoist and Police took place in Gadchiroli District. However, no one was injured. According to Police, Maoists opened fire on a polling party near Repanpalli village when it was returning to its base camp. However, security personnel accompanying the polling staff retaliated following which the Maoists fled away, they said, adding the polling staff reached its base-camp safely.
An exchange of fire between the Maoists and Police took place near Ghotsur village in Etapalli Taluka of the District, but no one was injured. The second phase polling in Aheri, Etapalli, Bhamragad and Sironcha Taluka for 16 Zilla Parishad and 32 Panchayat Samiti seats was held on February 12. Maoists had appealed people in the region to boycott the polls and had dropped posters in this regard at various places.
February 14: Around 40 armed CPI-Maoist cadres threatened 20 truck drivers in Piparkhari village in Gondia District with dire consequences if they transport wood from the forest to the depots.
February 18: Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Police in Gadchiroli District. The Police identified them as Somi alias Nirmala Lalu Kulmethe (25) and Jagat alias Sukhram Sonu Madavi (19). According to the Police, Somi became a Maoist cadre in 2000, and worked with Aheri, Bhamragarh, Kohkaneta (Chhattisgarh) dalams over the last decade. Jagat was an active Maoist since 2000, and worked in Chhattisgarh. Both of them were involved in a number of crimes and taught in schools run by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Police said.
February 20: The Police and the CRPF arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, at Etapalli in Gadchiroli District. While Prakash alias Devidas alias Adve Mura Gawde (30) hails from Mardahur in Gadchiroli, Rammi alias Janni Narsu Kovase (25) is from Neltola in Pankhajur, Kanker (Chhattisgarh).
February 21: In a joint operation, the anti-Naxal branch of Gondia Police, C-60 commandos, the bomb detection and disposal squad and Gadchiroli Police unearthed 45 kilograms of gelatin and four detonators, packed in a plastic drum and buried about four feet underground in Baswi ghat, about 4 kilometres from Chichgarh Police Station in Gondia District.
February 28: The CPI-Maoist threat is looming large on the rescheduled polls for the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti in Korchi taluka of the highly sensitive Gadchiroli District. Some candidates have reportedly got threatening letters from Maoists asking them not to contest the polls.
March 1: The Police seized several castings, believed to be used by CPI-Maoist cadres for making hand grenades, rockets and other materials used for fabricating rocket launchers, during raids on their weapon fabrication units, being run in the guise of workshops, in Mumbai. The Mumbai Police, who conducted the raids following information furnished by the Andhra Pradesh Police, took into custody four Maoist cadres including two women. The arrestees were identified as Arka Paru Bai alias Laxmi, wife of Chekka Sivaramakrishna (arrested during raids on a Maoist workshop in Bhopal in 2007); Dinesh Wankhede, a Maoist District Committee member of Maharashtra; his wife Kalam Sumanta, and Asim Kumar Bhattacharya. While Arka Parun Bai is a native of Beersaipet of Adilabad district in Andhra Pradesh, Dinesh hails from Nagpur and Sumanta from Gadchiroli, Police sources said.
March 10: The Gadchiroli Police busted a CPI-Maoist arms and ammunition factory at Neral in Raigad District. Parts of rocket launchers, guns and magazines were also found besides some damaged pieces and samples.
March 12: State Home Minister R R Patil said that intelligence activity was being beefed up across the State to monitor suspected Maoist movements. He also expressed the need for a special board that would undertake recruitment of Police personnel and provide employment opportunities in Maoist areas as well as deprived areas in the State.
March 15: The CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to Deori Dalam killed a farmer, identified as Jagdish Walwe, in Kawalewada area of Sadak-Arjuni tehsil in Gondia District. SP Chandrakishore Meena said that the deceased had no Maoist links.
March 16: Two constables were injured in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in the Jimalgatta forest in Gadchiroli District. "Around 11 a.m., during the 'area domination exercise,' which we normally do by frequenting hideouts in jungle areas…the constables were shot at unexpectedly in the Jimalgatta jungle. Suresh Gawde, 32, and Kankaiya Durgam, 30, were injured. SP Viresh Prabhu confirmed that a firearm, bullets, detonators and wire along with bulk of clothes, shoes, pittus (back packs), water bottles and Naxal literature were found. "It suggests that Naxals might have been camping at the site," Prabhu said.
March 24: Stressing the need for political parties to mobilise masses into joining them, Union Urban Development Minister Jairam Ramesh urged villagers of Gadchiroli District to bar Naxals from entering their villages "since peace is necessary for development."
March 27: Twelve CRPF troopers belonging to the CRPF's 192nd Battalion were killed and 28 injured when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast at Pushtola village under Dhanora Police Station in Gadchiroli District. A total of 40 troops were travelling in a bus from Pushtola to Gatta, for an operational duty when the blast took place, killing 12 of them, Gadchiroli SP Viresh Prabhu said.
Ramesh Parteti, an aide of CPI-Maoist sympathizer Dilip Nagpure of Pangaon village in Salekasa tehsil, was arrested by the Police in Gondia District. Parteti hails from Marartola village in the District.
March 28: The State Government vowed to give a "befitting reply" to the CPI-Maoist and said the SFs will be equipped with best landmine detection technology. "The best available anti-landmine technology in the world will be brought in," State Home Minister R R Patil told the media.
Roshan Tekam, an aide of CPI-Maoist sympathizer Dilip Nagpure of Pangaon village in Salekasa tehsil, was arrested by the Police in Gondia District. Tekam hails from Murdoli village in the District.
April 2: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons identified as deputy sarpanch Bapu Yenka (60) and Arjana Talandi (55), in Joganguda village under Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli District, on suspicion of being Police informers. Maoists had reportedly warned them to refrain being close to the Police.
The Gadchiroli Police said that the Naxal dalam 'commanders' manage to raise around INR 50 million to INR 70 million every year by means of extortion and other such activities.
April 3: The death toll in the landmine blast triggered by CPI-Maoist cadres at Pushtola village under Dhanora Police Station in Gadchiroli District on March 27 went up to 13 after a CRPF trooper died in a private hospital in Nagpur. SP Viresh Prabhu said that the Police have so far arrested five persons in connection with the blast case. They hail from Pushtola and Bhapda villages in Gadchiroli District.
April 9: The Maharashtra Police arrested a villager from Pakenjur near Kanker in Chhattisgarh, suspected to be the supplier of the battery that was used in the landmine that killed 13 CRPF personnel in Gadchiroli District on March 26.
April 11: Six suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in connection with the landmine blast near Gadchiroli District which had claimed the lives of 13 CRPF personnel on March 27. Those arrested were identified as Motiram Naitam, Suresh Atla, Shalik Naitam, Parimal Mistry and Kamal Biswas. One of the six was a minor.
April 12: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze four tractors and three trolleys in Keshori tehsil of Gondia District. Around 50 Maoists intercepted four tractors and three trolleys in the forest patch between Rajoli and Keshori and set them afire.
April 13: A CPI-Maoist action squad killed Raju alias Kewalrao Atkamwar (42), a prominent NCP leader, and injured Prashant Kukkalwar, also an NCP worker, barely 300 metres from the Police Station of Etapalli town in Gadchiroli District. According to sources, said Atkamwar, former member of Gadchiroli Zilla Parishad and former Chairman of Etapalli Panchayat Samiti, was on the Maoist hit-list for his proximity to Police.
April 15: A pro-Maoist poster was found pasted on the rear side of the board of Samasta Solapur Bazaar Rickshaw Stand in Pune District. The poster of CPI-Maoist Maharashtra State Committee demanded the release of its Maoist cadres unconditionally. It also called for a bandh in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
April 19: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a SRPF trooper in Gadchiroli District. Ramkobal Ramdavar Pandey (50) of the SRPF group IV, Nagpur, was on escort duty and accompanying an ailing colleague to a local health centre at Fulbodi Gatta village in Dhanora tehsil when a group of Maoists opened fired at him, killing him on the spot.
April 20: The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a former dalam ‘commander’ of the outfit at Arewada village in Bhamragarh tehsil in Gadchiroli District. Pawan Bhalavi (50) was going to his field when the Maoists shot him dead.
April 3rd week: SG Kawadgade, the tehsildar of Bhamragarh tehsil was abducted and was released after one day by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District.
April 22: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed sarpanch Chamru Kulle Joi (40) of NCP, in Gardewada village under Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli District. Sources claimed that the Maoists abducted Joi and shot him dead.
April 23: Maoists set ablaze a forest vehicle and assaulted the forest labourers in Talwada village on Bhamragarh-Allapalli road in Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The Maoists also left a pamphlet at the site urging the forest employees and the labourers to discontinue their work of clearing and cutting the jungle or face dreadful consequences.
April 24: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Rainu Juru Kowse (40), deputy sarpanch of Wangeturi gram panchayat in Todgatta village under Gatta Police outpost in Gadchiroli District. The Maoists dragged Kowse out of his house and killed him in the village square.
Raju Gedam, a C-60 commando was injured in an encounter with Maoists inside Nalgonda forests along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, under Bhamragad tehsil, in Gadchiroli District. On receiving a tip-off about a Maoist camp, C-60 commandos launched a combing operation in the area. The Maoists triggered a mine blast in which Raju Gedam was injured. Two claymore mines, a pipe-bomb, wire, detonator and other material used by the Maoists were recovered from the encounter site.
April 25: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two of their former cadres who had surrendered in 2006, in Dhanora tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The victims have been identified as Devrao Usendi (37) and Ramsai Narote (45).
The Maoists have abducted at least 12 villagers. However, SP S Veeresh Prabhu denied any abduction.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said that the repeated abductions and killings by the CPI-Maoist is part of the TCOC launched by the outfit in March.
April 29: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a private carrier on the Allapalli-Etapalli road near Tondel village in Aheri taluka of Gadchiroli District. The vehicle was carrying teakwood and was engaged in the forest department's work. The Maoists have been ‘asking’ the forest department to stop felling trees.
May 1: A zilla parishad member and five panchayat samiti members in the Maoist affected Bhamragarh tehsil of Gadchiroli District submitted their resignations, citing threats from the CPI-Maoist. The panchayat members who resigned are Gangaram Bhandekar, Vijay Kudyani, Subrato Haldar, Khushal Madavi and Bharat Zhade. The Congress’ zilla parishad member from Nelgunda Arewada sector of the Bhamragarh area Madni Bogami also resigned from her post.
May 4: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two persons, identified as Madhukar Kapgate (40) and Vinayak Lombare (45), in Kurkheda tehsil (administrative unit) in Gadchiroli District. Sources in Gadchiroli claimed that Kapgate, native of Kurkheda, was an insurance agent, while Lombare from Jambhulghat village worked for him. Maoist pamphlets alleging them of being police informers were recovered from the spot.
Two Gadchiroli zilla parishad (ZP) (district level local self-Government institution) members from Etapalli tehsil - Karu Rapanji and Geeta Hichami - submitted their resignations in wake of ultimatum by the Maoists to every elected representative of civic bodies and office bearers of the political parties. Sources said that Hichami was also taken away into the forest by the Maoists but later released.
May 7: Maoists abducted Ghanashyam Koreti, the head of the Istari village in Deori tehsil in Gondia District, from his residence.
May 9: Subhash Walke, a self-styled ‘deputy commander’ of Potegaon dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist, suspected to be involved in the Pushtola blast, was arrested in Gadchiroli District by Security Forces during an operation.
May 10: The body of Ghanshyam Koreti, sarpanch of Istari village in Deori tehsil of Gondia District, who was abducted from his residence on May 7 by the Maoists, was found near the tank of village Dhamni Tola.
The Mumbai city Police formed a special intelligence unit to tackle the Maoist menace in the city. Till now, the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and the anti-Maoist operation wing of the State Police were dealing with the menace. However, this new unit will report to the Police commissioner and provide information to other agencies. The unit will be part of the special branch which is supposed to collect intelligence for the city Police.
May 11: Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Chaitu Naitam, in Gadchiroli District. Naitam had earlier worked in Kurkheda, Korchi and Khobramendha dalam.
May 13: Gondia Police unearthed 20 kilograms of explosives stacked in two stainless steel vessels between Dhamni tola and Istari villages under Chichgarh Police Station in Gondia District.
May 14: Three persons, including two politicians, were allegedly abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres from two different villages in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli District. The abducted politicians are ex-zilla parishad member Ramanayya Yadawar and ex-sarpanch Pullayya Veladi from Jimalgatta village. The other person is Bapu Durgam from Malagudam village. Official spokesperson of Police in Gadchiroli, however, denied of having such reports.
Around 150 Maoists set ablaze the forest depot near Jimalgatta village. They set 1,075 pieces of chopped wood on fire.
May 16: Observing ‘Bharat bandh', the Maoists set ablaze a mobile tower (BSNL) at Jamakado and vandalised a gram panchayat office at Toyagondi in Gondia District. They blocked roads near Malewada road and put up banners and posters at various places in Gadchiroli District.
May 18: In a thick forest near Jimulgatta in Aheri tehsil (revenue unit), around 160 kilometres from Gadchiroli town, the CPI-Maoist organized a massive Jan adalat. The Jan adalat's location was within 10 kilometres of Jimulgatta sub-police station. It was learnt that Aheri-Jimulgatta area committee 'commander' Shankar Anna, South Gadchiroli division committee Bhaskar Hichami alias Prabhakar, and 'platoon commander' and divisional committee member Laxman led the proceedings, comprising 250-300 Maoists.
The Maoists released two of the three public representatives, whom they had abducted on May 19 in Gadchiroli District. The village sarpanch (head of village level local self-Government institution) Jawaharlal Ledhiya from Murumgaon and Murari Halami from Pannemara were set free on Murumgaon-Sawargaon road in the District, villagers said. However, the whereabouts of the third hostage Meatarsing Usendi, former Deputy Chairman of Dhanora panchayat samiti (block level local self-Government institution) who too was abducted by the Maoists were still not known.
May 23: The SFs killed a Maoist and arrested two women Maoists during an encounter near Pourvel village in Gadchiroli District. The slain Maoist, Rahul Dhurve alias Dinesh, was part of the Maoist's Potegaon Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS). The two arrested women Maoists have been identified as Vanita Dhurve alias Shushila, and Lacchi Gawde alias Nimmi. According to Police information, Vanita was a member of the Chatgaon LGS and Lacchi belonged to Company no. 4. One .315 rifle and 41 live rounds were recovered from Rahul while the women cadres had 12-bore rifles with them. Around 32 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the women cadres.
May 26: A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a JCB machine and a tipper at Yermanar village in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli District late in the night. These vehicles were deployed on construction work of Government ashram school.
June 5: The Maoists stormed the residence of a bootlegger and damaged his vehicle at Perimili under Aheri taluka in Gadchiroli District.
The Gadchiroli Police made more than 100 preventive arrests of CPI-Maoist sympathisers in the wake of the Jan Fituri Saptah (the week for elimination of enemies within) bandh, which is called by the CPI-Maoist in the Dandakaranya area from June 5 to 12 in protest against the Police deployment and a training centre coming up in Chhattisgarh.
June 5-6: Two different teams of SFs carrying out anti-Naxalite operations in Mayalghat jungles in Korchi tehsil and Padaboriya jungle in Dhanora tehsil were ambushed in Gadchiroli in intervening night of June 5 and 6. SFs sustained no casualty, but in one instance SFs have claimed of injuring a few Naxalites in encounter.
June 7: The bandh (shutdown strike) called by the CPI-Maoist in Gadchiroli District received a partial response. The response was visible in places like Korchi, Kurkheda and Dhanora in north Gadchiroli. The southern part of the District remained quite peaceful.
June 11: A civil contractor was allegedly killed by a group of Maoists at Pendhari village in Dhanora taluka in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra in the night. Police said that the Maoists picked up Sanjay Mandal (37), the civil contractor, from his house and fired three bullets at him from close range killing him on the spot.
June 12: Maoists in Gadchiroli District have struck fear in the hearts of 68 elected representatives of civic bodies, forcing them to give resignation. Eighteen of the 68 Panchayati Raj institutions' representatives are heads of villages, 44 are panchayat samiti (block level local self-Government institution) members and one is from the zilla parishad (district level local self-Government institution) at Bhamragarh. The State administration is reportedly trying to convince them to take back their resignations.
June 12-13: Maoists killed one person, identified as Rama Madavi (35), at Pattigaon village under Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli District in the night. His body was recovered on June 13 by Jimalgatta Police. It is allegedly said that Madavi was extorting money from contractors in the name of Maoists.
June 16: The Central Paramilitary Forces and District Police arrested an alleged CPI-Maoist 'action squad' member from the outskirts of Pendhari village in Dhanora tehsil in Gadchiroli District. The arrested Maoist, identified as Anil Minje alias Sidhu, a member of the Kasansur local area squad, was part of the team that killed civil contractor Sanjay Mandal on June 11. Minje, active in Maoist movement since 2009, confessed of participating in several offences in the last couple of years. Apart from Maharashtra, Minje also took part in Maoist offences in Chhattisgarh too.
June 20: Talking to reporters in the evening, CEO of Gadchiroli Zilla Parishad (District level local self-Government institution) Sumant Bhange said 71 elected representatives in Gadchiroli District have resigned in the last one month. Of these representatives, one is ZP member, four Panchayat Samiti (block level local self-Government institution) members and 66 village Panchayat (village level local self government institution) members, he said.
June 22: No nomination has been filed in 132 out of 139 gram panchayats going for polls on June 24 in Maoist-affected Gadchiroli District. Only candidates in five wards in four gram panchayats (GPs) have dared to contest the elections in entire District. Three other gram panchayats have elected their members unopposed. By-elections were announced in 139 GPs in eight tehsils (revenue units) of Gadchiroli recently. Nominations were called for 19 GPs in Gadchiroli tehsil, 34 in Dhanora, 2 in Korchi, 6 in Kurkheda, 20 in Bhamragad, 19 in Etapalli, 17 in Sironcha and 22 in Aheri. Aspiring candidates were asked to file their nominations between June 5 and 9. However, nominations came in two GPs in Aheri and one each in Sironcha and Kurkheda tehsil. Apart from this, members in Anglekheda and Chikli GPs in Kurkheda and Vitthalpeth GPs in Sironcha tehsil have been declared unopposed winner for lack of contest.
June 24: The CPI-Maoist gave a call for bandh in Gadchiroli District on June 25 to protest against Operation Green Hunt launched by the Police. The Maoists dropped leaflets at some places in the District appealing people to make the bandh a success. The leaflets were circulated by the North Gadchiroli-Gondia Divisional Committee of CPI-Maoist.
June 25: The CPI-Maoist slammed Maharashtra Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam for the plan to expand Navegaon national park. The Maoists issued a pamphlet through the North Gadchiroli-Gondia division committee of the CPI-Maoist, which is controlled by the Maharashtra state committee. They claimed that the ambitious project of extending the periphery of the national park would displace 30 hamlets in Deori tehsil (revenue unit) of Gondia District. Apart from opposing the national park expansion plan, the Maoists have also urged the elected representatives to resign from their posts as they have so far played an indifferent role in addressing the grievances of people who voted them to power.
Concerned over mass resignations of panchayat members in Gadchiroli District, the Centre has asked the Maharashtra Government to ensure safety and security of elected representatives from CPI-Maoist threats in the Naxal hotbed. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram spoke to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan recently and asked him to do the needful to protect the elected civic body members in Gadchiroli, many of who have put in papers after the Maoist intimidation.
Official sources said during last one month, two Gadchiroli zilla parishad (district level local self-Government institution) members from Etapalli tehsil (revenue unit) quit their posts following Naxal ultimatum. Four panchayat and one zilla parishad member in Bhamragarh in the District had also resigned from their respective posts. The sources said of late Maoists have abducted many panchayat or zilla parishad members in Gadchiroli and released them only after they agreed to abide by the Naxal diktats. The Maoists, they said, do not want any development in rural areas of Gadchiroli as under-development and lack of connectivity give them free run in these remote areas.
The bandh call given by CPI-Maoist received partial response in Gadchiroli District. The markets in Dhanora and Korchi, both Maoist-affected talukas, remained closed. Vehicular traffic was missing and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) did not ply buses in these talukas, causing inconvenience to people. However, no any untoward incident was reported during the bandh, Police sources said. The bandh was, however, not effective in south Gadchiroli. The bandh was called by Maoists to protest the anti-Maoist offensive "Operation Green Hunt" and "police excesses" on tribals.
June 29: Some CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in an encounter with the joint forces of CRPF and Police in Fulbodi forest in Korchi tehsil in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Official sources said the CRPF and Gadchiroli Police were carrying out joint operations in the forest when they were ambushed by Maoists. The Police recovered a detonator, a pittu (back pack), medicines and Maoist material from the spot. Blood stains were found at the site suggesting some Maoists were injured in the gun battle.
July 5: The day-long bandh called by the CPI-Maoist remained by and large peaceful in Gadchiroli and Gondia Districts. The Maoists had called the bandh to protest two encounters of South Chhattisgarh in June 28-29, where the Maoists have accused Security Forces (SFs) of gunning down villagers in the name of action against armed guerrillas.
The Maoists used the opportunity of the bandh to appeal to the tribal population to make their 'Shaheed Saptah' or martyr's week between July 28 and August 3 successful.
July 18: The Sarpanch association of Korchi tehsil in Gadchiroli District decided to observe a day-long hunger strike protesting District administration's alleged neglect of developmental issues. On July 25, the village headmen association and other organizations are to observe 'chakka jaam' in a follow up action.
As many as 25 Sarpanches and 135 members of Gram Panchayats from Korchi area of Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra, who had resigned in protest against non-implementation of developmental works and Police excesses, withdrew their resignations.
July 20: An encounter broke out between CRPF personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres in Kaneri forest in Dhanora taluka of the Gadchiroli District. The firing between the two sides began at around 7.30am when CRPF personnel raided the forest area, acting on a tip-off.
The Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre identified as, Anil Raju Gawde alias Suraj alias Sampat (22) from Morawahi village under Etapalli taluka in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
July 21: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a farmer in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Maoists suspected Kishor Bhimrao Atram of Kamalapur village in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli to be a Police informer had abducted him three days ago and subsequently killed him.
The Maoists will be observing martyr’s week from July 28-August 3.
July 27: The CPI-Maoist have appealed to the masses to observe martyr's week from July 28 to August 3 in memory of 150 colleagues who lost their lives, including around 40 in Central India's Dandakaranya, in the fight against Government forces. The Maoists have also called a bandh during the period. The Maoists have urged people to erect memorials in villages across areas dominated by them to remember the sacrifices of martyred comrades.
In another press release by the Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI-Maoist, the Maoists have launched a strong attack on Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, who had visited the District earlier this year. The Maoists have called Ramesh's attempt to help tribals of Menda Lekha village a farce and demanded suspension of existing forest rights.
A Maoist press release of Korchi area committee of the CPI-Maoist condemns the withdrawal of resignations on July 18 by the village headmen and elected representatives. The Maoists also claimed that the elected representatives and Police patils tried to mislead the masses, but have been exposed. They have also warned against starting any Government sponsored works in villages.
July 29: The Police and CRPF personnel came under fire from CPI-Maoist in Gadchiroli District. Police said the incident occurred in the Kumarganda forests near Bhamragad during a joint search operation by a team of the Gadchiroli Police and the CRPF. On searching the spot, Police found a country gun, a magazine and 12 live rounds of an AK-47 rifle, a detonator, a wire bundle and a flashlight.
July 31: The Police and the civil officials have practically stopped from visiting villages to implement development and welfare schemes, as well as attending to people's grievances in Gadchiroli District due to fear of the CPI-Maoist. Panchayat Samiti officials frankly admitted that there is always a threat to their lives due to Maoists presence, while Police officers said that they cannot move in Maoist-affected areas without following the SOP.
Speaking on the sideline of a function in Mumbai, CM Prithviraj Chavan stated that the 'spread of Maoist and terrorism' is a concern in the country. Terming the situation in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli as 'serious', CM Chavan has said that the State Government and the Centre have been taking a number of steps to curb the menace of Naxalism from the State.
August 1: A joint team of anti-Naxal cell and C-60 squad, on July 30, arrested Chandrapur in-charge of the CPI-Maoist Pramod Godghate (30). Godghate was arrested from the court premises adjacent to district collectorate in Chandrapur.
The Maoists in State have banned locally manufactured liquor 'Gudumba', prepared from jaggery or 'gud'. A banner of the Maoists, found at Jimulgatta in Aheri taluka in Gadchiroli District on the occasion of their July 28-August 3 Martyrs' week, warned the local tribal against making or trading the brew.
August 2: Gadchiroli SP Mohammed Suvez Haque has called upon the people to come forward and take the initiative to eliminate the Naxalite problem from Gadchiroli District. Haque was addressing an anti-Naxalite peace rally at Armori tehsil; he said that Gadchiroli District has been plagued by Naxalism. "Several innocent people are being killed by them unnecessarily and the development of the district has also been stalled. To end this problem, citizens should come forward," he said.
August 3: The CPI-Maoist has asked members of the SHGs, village committees and forest management committees in Gadchiroli District to step down. The Maoists have given them a deadline of August 15 to step down, warning them of severe consequences if they did not follow the diktat, sources said. The Maoists also called some of the members in the forest somewhere in Aheri taluka and pronounced their diktat, sources said.
August 9: The CPI-Maoist in Gadchiroli District hit out strongly at leaders who have been using the “Gandhian” ideal of non-violence in spearheading the CFR movement in tribal areas. They charged Mohan Hirabai Hiralal, who pioneered the model in Mendha-Lekha village, with “waylaying the tribals from the path of conflict”. “Hiralal is a follower of Vinoba Bhave, who had sought land from the rich. He is trying to cover up the violence by capitalists against the poor by professing non-violence,” says a press note released by the Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI-Maoist.
August 12: With two panchayat samiti members from Etapalli having withdrawn their resignations, senior officials felt that the democratic machineries would soon return to normalcy.
August 15: The Kasansur Police foiled an ambush bid by the CPI-Maoist by unearthing explosives hidden under an anti-Independence Day banner in the village market adjacent to Kasansur Gram Panchayat in Etapalli tehsil in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Police deactivated the booby trap and recovered two steel boxes full of IEDs along with a detonator and electric wire.
Maoists hoisted a black flag on Independence Day at Sawargaon village in the District, one kilometer from an ITBP camp on the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border.
Maoists built a 'martyr statue' at Nadekal village under Korchi tehsil in the District during the martyrs' week observed by Maoists from July 28 to August 3.
August 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a father-son duo in Tambada village in Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, on suspicion of being Police informers. Sources claimed that over 50 Maoists barged into the house of Baju Gota (52), reportedly shot his son Raju Gota (35) in front of family members and took Baju with them and shot him dead from close range near a poultry market of the village.
August 24: Seven Naxals including two Dalam 'commanders' had surrendered before the Gadchiroli Police of Maharashtra this year so far, the Police said. The two 'commanders' are Nirmala Lalu Kulmethe (25) and Platoon 'commander' Damji Dugga (23). The others who surrendered this year are Sonu Madavi, Mangesh Atram, Kisan Madavi, Chandu Vilas and Renuka Jagan, according to a release issued by Gadchiroli Police. The Maharashtra Police also appealed to CPI-Maoist cadres to surrender and assured them of all possible help.
August 27: The Security agencies engaged in anti-Naxal operations seem to be viewing the audio-visual propaganda of Naxals, presently making the rounds in the form of clippings on mobile phones in the Maoist stronghold of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, as nothing different than regular party activities. The clippings highlight the Maoists’ dream to capture power in the country and also see their red flag fluttering atop the Red Fort.
August 28: Nine alleged CPI-Maoist cadres, including a few senior leaders, were produced before the District Judge in Gadchiroli District and charges under sections of Indian Penal Code, Indian Arms Act and Damage to Public Property Act were framed against them. Prabhakar Suryadeora, Arun Parera, Anjela Sontakke, Anuradha Sonule, Mayuri Bhagat, Jyoti Chorghe, Bhimrao Bhowate, Sushma Ramteke and Siddhartha Bhosale are accused of murder, attempt to murder, damage to public property and arson in connection with various incidents in the District. Next date of hearing is September 13, prosecution sources said. All the accused were arrested in the last one year.
August 31: A Police team exchanged fire with alleged Naxals in the forest near village Gangin and Betkathi under the Korchi Police Station limits in Gadchiroli District. There were no reports of casualties.
September 3: An IED weighing 20 kilograms, two detonators, and a booster were recovered by the Police from a canal near the Kumarguda forest on the Bhamragad-Lahiri road in Maoist-affected Gadchiroli District. The haul came when Gadchiroli Collector Abhishekh Krishana, Superintendent of Police Suvez Huque and Additional SP of Naxal operations Rahul Seth were visiting Bhamaragad, according to informed sources.
September 6: A team of CRPF and District Police officers were stranded in a remote village for four days due to heavy rains and floods. The team, which included Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Mohd Suvez Haque, set out on a tour of Naxal-affected Bhamragad village on September 3. They had to stay put in the village till September 6 due to floods in Perlkota river flowing adjoining Bhamragad and heavy downpour.
September 15: The Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal met with senior officials engaged in anti-Naxal operations and discussed on the rebels' issue and law and order situation in the Naxal-affected Districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia.
September 21: Mahadev Mangaruji Waghade, an officer of the BDDS was injured when a detonator exploded while defusing land mine explosives planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Maoists had put up a red banner on the main road to Kamalapur village in Rennaplli sub-division in front of Bhagvantrao School. “Peoples War Group (PWG) and NCCI unity day Jindabad by CPI (Maoist)” was written on the banner.
The CPI-Maoist call for bandh to observe the foundation day of their organisation, evoked good response at Korchi taluka and some remote parts in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Sources said the Maoists had not publicised the bandh call across the District and pamphlets were distributed only at select places.
September 20: Maoists abducted two villagers identified as Ramaji Madavi of Kumarganda village and Kopa Durva of Tekala village in Bhamragad division in Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra.
September 21: Nagpur University officials received a letter from a Naxal organization called 'Lal Salaam' allegedly threatening to take action against colleges and universities for unnecessarily harassing the students, NU sources disclosed. Though the letter was addressed to State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, it was sent to vice chancellor Vilas Sapkal at his office address.
September 25: A 12-bore gun and live cartridges were recovered from a spot where suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist had gathered for a meeting near tribal village of Ramayyapetha in Aheri taluka in Gadchiroli District.
September 27: A few CPI-Maoist cadres were reportedly injured and huge quantity of explosives was seized after firing between the Police and the Maoists near Darrekasa in Salekasa tehsil in Gondia District of Maharashtra. Police found huge quantity of explosives in a buried plastic drum containing two steel boxes in which explosive rods were hidden along with polythene sheets.
Gadchiroli Police arrested Meera alias Sarita Devaji Kolha (20), a member of platoon number three of the CPI-Maoist from a forest near Gandepalli village in Etapalli division of the District.
October 8: A team of Gondia District Police had a brief encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Kemul village in the District, after a team went to the village on a tip-off that Maoists were holding a secret meeting there. Three rifles and 25 live rounds were among other things recovered from the spot.
Two teenage girls identified as Anjali alias Rani Zaduram Kumbre (19) and Divya alias Baiji Ilani, a minor girl (17), both residents of Lavari village under Purada Police Station were arrested in Lavari village in Gadchiroli District. The girls are allegedly active Maoist members in Korchi Dalam.
October 9: Two teenage girls identified as Laxmi alias Radhika Halani, an 18-year-old and Kasari alias Sunita Tawade, a 15-year-old, were arrested from their home in Lavari village in Gadchiroli District. The girls are allegedly active Maoist members in Korchi Dalam.
October 12: The Gadchiroli Police arrested a hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Karan alias Umesh Wadde (19), in Kasansur forest, under Etapalli division of Gadchiroli District. He was involved in multiple encounters and blasts. A resident from Jhuri village, Umesh was inducted to the Kasansur local operating squad (LOS) in 2010.
October 16: At least four CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in an encounter with Police near Lankachen village in Gadchiroli District. The Police recovered twenty SLR rounds, ten detonators, 20 pistols, utensils and Naxal literature in Telugu language from the spot. The cache of ammunition included a rifle bearing the Indian Ordnance Factory mark on it.
At least 4-5 CPI-Maoist cadres were reported injured in an exchange of fire with the Police in the mountains between Venkatapur and Reguntha outpost, south of Aheri in Gadchiroli District. A loaded rifle, SLR rounds, Pittu, utensils, and Naxal literature were seized from the encounter site.
A buried dead body of a Maoist cadre was recovered from the Devgad Jangal area of Gadchiroli. The body supposedly covered in a red flag is believed to be that of a Maoist who was killed in the Khobramendha encounter which took place on an unspecified date.
A Police team from Gondia District found twenty kilogram of gelatine explosives from Piparkhari village and 20 kilogram from Parsodi Dhamditola forests, with some detonators as well, in Gadchiroli District.
October 20: The SFs arrested Somli Potem alias Vasanti alias Savita (25), a former ‘commander’ of Gangloor Dalam of the CPI-Maoist, during an anti-Naxal operation in Koindur forest of Bhamragarh in Gadchiroli District.
October 31: Around 30 CPI-Maoist cadres and the anti-Maoist squad of Gadchiroli Police reportedly exchanged fire in Kospundi forest area in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Police later conducted a search in the area and recovered two bicycles, a Chinese pistol with 6 live cartridges, a magazine, 100 grams of gun powder and other material from the spot.
November 7: Three women CPI-Maoist cadres including a dalam ‘commander’ have been arrested from Charvidand village in Gadchiroli District. The three arrested Maoists have been identified as Khobramendha dalam ‘commander’ Rajita alias Sukri Weladi (35), Suman alias Sumitra Lekhami (23) and Tunge Hedo (22).
November 11: Three CRPF troopers were injured in an encounter with CPI-Maoist cadres in Jarawandi jungles near village Ropi under Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra.
November 18: CPI-Maoist cadres killed a 70-year-old farmer and dumped his body in a field at Devgaon village in Aurangabad District.
November 20: CPI-Maoist cadres killed an ex-Sarpanch, identified as Narayan Srirangi (33) suspecting him to be a Police informer, in Motala-Tekdi village under Sironcha Taluqa of Gadchiroli District, bordering Andhra Pradesh.
November 23: The DG of CRPF, Pranay Sahay, visited an interior location, Pendhari, a tribal village in Dhanora taluka, in the Naxal affected Gadchiroli District to review anti-Naxal operations along the state's border with Chhattisgarh.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Bamu alias Monu Dewa Miccha (20), accused of his involvement in an attack on a Police team in Bhamragarh tehsil on July 4, 2010, has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment by the Gadchiroli District Court.
November 25: The Gadchiroli Police killed a woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Riki alias Rakhi alias Lakhsmi Likami (25), in an encounter in Ambapur forest under Chamorshi tehsil in Gadchiroli District.
November 29: Unidentified CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three vehicles deployed on road construction site near Watra village in Aheri tehsil of Gadchiroli District.
December 4: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter near the Hikker forests in the Etapalli division of Gadchiroli District. Police have recovered one rifle, two pittus (back packs) and some Naxal literature from the encounter spot.
December 7: An encounter took place between SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres in the forests near Kakadyeli village under Dhanora taluka in Gadchiroli District. The Police recovered a rifle and some Maoist literature from the spot.
December 9: Anti-Naxal cell and C-60 squad arrested a top Maoist cadre, identified as Sanjay alias Bandu Bawne (34), in a joint operation, from his residence in Bhatala village under Shegaon Police Station in Warora tehsil in Chandrapur District.
December 10: In a bid to reassert their presence in central India, the CPI-Maoist has carved out a new zone for their operations comprising Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat areas in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Maoists have also appointed a separate leader, Pahad Singh, to look after the unit.
The Ministry of Home Affair has taken a serious note of the resignations of 127 Gram Panchayat leaders and other public representatives under threat from the Maoists. “The Maoists are coalescing smaller rebel groups with bigger ones and carrying out fresh recruitment in Gadchiroli area. In the last couple of months we have had good contacts with the Maoists and are giving them a tough fight,” said CRPF DG Pranay Sahay. In the last three months, the CRPF had 10 encounters with the Maoists. The CRPF has deployed around 6,000 men in the state, including a battalion of the CoBRA commandos.
Deepak alias Milind Teltumbde, the Secretary of the Maharashtra State Committee of the Maoists, is believed to have had a narrow escape, when Police swooped down on a camp in North Gadchiroli near Gondia border.
Police recovered 573 live musket rifle cartridges and 14 rounds of .22 airgun from Lekurbodi village forest under Bedgaon AOP of the Kurkheda Police Station in Gadchiroli District.
A Maoist cadre, identified as Vivek Bhoyar alias Bandu (34), surrendered before the Yavatmal District SP.
December 13: Following a severe reprimand by Bombay HC, the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra, J.S. Banthia, issued a circular directing all government departments to fill up vacancies in tribal-dominated and LWE affected talukas of Melghat, Chikhaldara and Dharni in Amravati District, within two weeks.
December 16: CRPF personnel and the Naxals had a brief encounter in the forest of Kucher under Dhondraj armed outpost in Bhamragarh tehsil of Gadchiroli District.
December 22: The Pranhita-Chevella Irrigation Project, a joint venture of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, came under the scanner of SF personnel following the arrest of a manager of one of the private companies engaged in the work for close links with CPI-Maoist.
December 24: State Home Minister RR Patil assured to upgrade the Maoist surrender policy of the State to encourage Maoist cadres to surrender in Maharashtra.
December 26: A senior CPI-Maoist leader and lone female member of the Maoist Central Committee, Narmadakka, is believed to have been killed in an encounter, near Hiker village, in South Gadchiroli.
December 28: Two Policemen and a woman were injured in firing by CPI-Maoist cadres at the main square of Gatta (Jambhiya) village in Etapalli taluka in Gadchiroli District.
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Bandu alias Tukaram Pungati, from Mangota village in Aheri taluka of Gadchiroli District.
January 1: The CRPF, BSF and the State Police have decided to step up operations against the CPI-Maoist in Southern Odisha soon. The CRPF DG K. Vijay Kumar accompanied by his Odisha Police counterpart Manmohan Praharaj and DIG Soumendra Priyadarshi arrived at Sunabeda in Nuapada District and visited CRPF camp and under construction 202 CoBRA battalion training camp there. Later, they went to Koraput and held an hour long close door meeting at BSF camp with BSF DIG S. K. Baruah, Koraput SP Anup Kumar Sahu, Malkangiri SP Anirudha Singh, CoBRA battalion commandant M. L. Rabindra and IRB commandant to chalk out the strategy for a massive anti-Maoist operation in Koraput and other Districts bordering Andhra Pradesh.
January 4: One person was killed in a landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Kandhamal District.
The Maoists set ablaze three mobile communication towers in Baragada area of Ganjam District on the first day of the two-day bandh called by the Maoists in the State from January 4. According to SDPO Binay Kamila, the Maoists set ablaze two mobile communication towers at Goudagotha village and another at Barada village, located near Ganjam-Gajapati-Kandhamal border where Maoists are trying to increase their hold. The Maoists also pasted posters asking people to make the bandh a success and to protest anti-Maoist operations. The Maoists also threatened the company officials and staff of the Vedanta Alumina Refinery to immediately give up their jobs and leave the area.
January 5: Three constables of the Odisha Police were killed and as many injured when CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast at Badarpanga village in the Kotagarh area in Kandhamal District. The landmine went off when the team with two trained dogs was proceeding in a vehicle on Kotagarh-Srirampur road to the site of the blast that had taken place on January 4 in the area, State Home Secretary UN Behera said. The blast came on the second day of the two-day bandh called by the Maoists to protest the recent Police arrests and attacks on Maoists during Operation Saranda to flush them out of the forests on the Odisha-Jharkhand border. The deceased are identified as Sunasir Mohanty, Umakant Jani and Sangram Lenka. The three injured were identified as Noha Panda, Basanta Behera and Padmanav Dehuri.
January 6: Kandhamal District observed a bandh to register its protest against CPI-Maoist violence and as a mark of homage to the three Policemen, who died in the landmine blast on January 5. Several towns of Kandhamal, including Raikia, G Udayagiri, Khajuripada and Baliguda joined the bandh, with traders downing their shutters. Schools and colleges were closed for the day as well.
January 7: As the filing of nominations for the panchayat elections began on January 7, CPI-Maoist posters were found in Nuapada District where the Maoists claimed that they would participate in the polls. The posters, written both in Hindi and Odia, were found in Nuapada and Komna blocks. However, in both the areas, the posters carried different messages. Posters written in Odia - issued by CPI-Maoist Chhattisgarh-Odisha division - were found in gram panchayats of Komna block, Bhainsadani gram panchayat of Boden block and Nangelbeda and Ghatmal gram panchayats of Sinapali block asking aspirants to take their consent for contesting in the polls. The Maoists also stated that those daring to contest the polls without intimating the outfit, would face dire consequences. In the posters written in Hindi - issued by CPI-Maoist Mainpur division and found in Dharambandha and Bharuamunda gram panchayats of Nuapada block - the Maoists have asked people to stay alert for the polls. The Maoists stated that those willing to contest ‘should be poor, committed for the cause of the poor, be truthful and honest’.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a villager, identified as Enkana Kadranga (35), at Tolopalesu village under Bandhugaon Police Station in Koraput District. Maoists suspected him to be a 'Police informer'. According to sources a group of armed Maoists waylaid Kadranga, who along with three other villagers, was returning to Tolopalesu from Elgawalsa, within Bandhugaon Police limits, and killed Kadranga by slitting his throat with a sharp-edged weapon. The two companions of Kadranga were assaulted before being freed. Sources said the Maoists belonged to the Jhanjabati Committee of the outfit.
January 9: Junesh Pradhan, panchayat samiti chairman of Daringbadi block in Kandhamal District, was arrested by the Police for his alleged involvement in the Maoist triggered landmine blast that killed three Policemen near Badarpanga village on Kotagarh-Srirampur road on January 5. DIG, southern range, R. K. Sharma said during interrogation Junesh has confessed of his links with Maoists and involvement in the landmine blast.
January 10: The Police arrested another Maoist cadre, identified as Sukadev Digal, from Sipazu in Raikia Police Station area in Kandhamal District. At least six Maoist posters were recovered from him, the Police said.
January 11: A 45-year-old CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Somanath Pradhan of Janabadi village under Daringibadi Police Station, was arrested on charges of being involved in the landmine blast at Srirampur under Kotagarh Police Station in Kandhamal District. Somanath was the second person arrested in connection with the January 5 Maoist attack, which killed three Policemen and injured as many. Kandhamal Superintendent of Police J N Pankaj said both he and Junes Pradhan, the chairman of the Daringibadi panchayat samiti, were involved in the landmine blast.
During combing operation, SF personnel recovered two more landmines near Srirampur, the same place where the blast happened on January 5.
January 13: State Authorities in Gajapati District, in association with private companies, decided to undertaken a vocational training programme in Maoist-inflicted Districts to provide employment to tribal youth to bring them into the mainstream. The authorities set-up training centres to provide vocational training, in order to aid the rural youth to become self-sufficient and earn a livelihood.
January 16: Kandhamal Police arrested Manmohan Pradhan, the husband of the sarpanch of Sonepur panchayat in Daringibadi block and two others identified as Suneswar Baladamajhi and Petaguluduka for their reported involvement in CPI-Maoist violence in various places in Kandhamal District. Pradhan was arrested from his home. The two other accused were arrested during anti-Maoist combing operations. While Baladamajhi is a resident of Malliguda near Kotagarh, Petaguluduka hailed from Dembaguda in Chandrapur area in Rayagada District.
Security was intensified in the Maoist-affected areas in Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada Districts after intelligence inputs on Maoists pitching camps there.
Suspected Maoist, Andharu Gadaseth, had been arrested in Kandhamal District in relation to the same double murder case. Andharu was a student of Netaji Subhash College at Tumudibandh in the District. According to Police sources, he had escaped to Kerala after the double murder. CRPF, CoBRA, SOG and District Police are conducting joint anti-Maoist operations in Srirampur, Kotagarh, Daringibadi and Brahmanigaon areas in the District.
With just a few weeks to go before panchayat elections, Maoists have started campaigning against the polls in Koraput District. The Maoists have put up posters and banners in various parts of the District, urging voters not to participate in the poll process. A number of such posters were spotted at Dandabadi and Ramagiri areas under Boipariguda Police limits and at several areas under Narayanpatna Police limits. Maoist fear in Narayanpatna is evident given that single candidates have filed nominations in six out of nine panchayats in the block for the post of sarpanch. Similarly, seven out of nine posts of samiti members are uncontested in the block. Sources said people preferred not to file nominations in the Maoist-dominated panchayats in Narayanpatna. "It is quite possible that the rebels might have selected the candidates where single nominations have been filed and no other candidate dares to contest the election against the candidate chosen by the Maoists," said a block level official, engaged in the election process at Narayanpatna.
January 17: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Ruman Baliarsingh, was arrested from a lodge in Baliguda in Kandhamal District. Ruman is alleged to be involved in the murder of two civilians by Maoists at Jubagada village under Kotagarh Police Station limits in the night of August 4, 2011. The murdered persons were Sitaram Uthansingh (48), a panchayat member and Peter Mallik (30), a social activist.
January 18: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian on charges of being a Police informer in Malkangiri District. The victim was, identified as Guru Khillo (48), of Tonkoguda village under Mudulipada Police limits of the same District. According to sources, a group of armed Maoists reached Tonkoguda and forcibly took Khillo away from his house. Villagers later spotted the dead body of Khillo in Bododural village. "The deceased was shot at. Maoists had tied his hands prior to pumping bullets into him. We are trying to retrieve the body," said an unnamed senior Police officer in Malkangiri.
A Maoist letter written by Malkangiri Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist found at the spot mentioned Khillo was 'punished' for passing information to the Police about them. The letter also warned of similar consequences for anyone who tries to act as a Police informer.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Dhoba Digal (36) of Gajalabadi village under Sorada Police Station, was arrested in Ganjam District. He was involved in setting ablaze of at least five mobile towers of private operators, three at his village and two at nearby Asurabandha on December 16.
Two more Maoists were arrested in Kaudi forest bordering Keonjhar-Sundargarh-Angul and Deogarh Districts during combing operation and as many country made guns were seized from their possession. The arrested Maoist duo was identified as George Kamal and Hanukjiban Hangs who belonged to Silukana in Angul District, Police said at Keonjhar. However, the duo claimed before newsmen that they were not involved in any Maoist activities and had been to the forests for carrying out poaching.
Biramitrapur Police in Sundargarh District arrested Jaspal Singh, a resident of Rajgangpur, for illegal trafficking of detonators. The Police found 450 detonators in his sports utility vehicle. Singh did not have any license to carry the explosives, said SDPO Suman Dutta.
As part of anti-Maoist measures, Koraput District is set to get at least seven model Police Stations, the first of its kind in the State, very soon. The new Police Stations, likely to come up in the next couple of months, would help the ongoing anti-Maoist operations in the region, officials said. Funded by the Centre, the three-storey buildings would be constructed at a cost of Rs two crore at Semiliguda, Laxmipur, Kakirgumma, Sunabeda, Boipariguda, Kotpad and Pawda. "Site selection for the new police stations is complete and the work will begin soon. We hope that the police stations will be operational within a few months", Koraput SP Anup Kumar Sahoo said.
The Odisha High Court rejected the bail plea of Subhashree Panda, alias Mili Panda, the wife of Maoist leader Sabysachi Panda, in the Gudari Police Station case in Koraput District. Justice S C Parija, while rejecting the bail of Mili Panda, now in Police custody, asked the lower court to complete the trial of the case, filed in 2003, as soon as possible.
January 19: During raids at different places in MV-79, SFs arrested four Maoists. The arrestees were identified as Sambam Era, Bandami Suba, Bikram Bhumiya and Talem Naga, all from MV-79. "We were tipped off about their presence in MV-79. We subsequently raided the area and arrest them. No arms were found in their possession at the time of the arrest," said IIC Malkangiri Police Station R K Pati. "The quartet had joined the Maoist organization four years ago. They were presently members of the armed squad of Motu Dalam," the officer said. "At least seven cases, including two murders, are pending against them. Inquiry is on to find out their involvement in other Maoist offensives in the district," he added.
January 21: The Odisha Police killed a senior CPI-Maoist leader, identified as Subash alias Satish (45), from Chhattisgarh, wanted in several cases in an encounter in Mukhiguda-Majhiguda forest under Chandrapur Police limits in Rayagada District. Satish was the second in command of the Bansadhara Committee of the CPI-Maoist, headed by Nikhil. The bullet-ridden dead body of Satish was recovered from the encounter site along with his AK-47 rifle. However, no Policeman was injured in the incident. The Police recovered a SLR, Maoist literature and country-made guns from the spot.
The SF personnel, arrested an armed Maoist cadre, identified as Mani Purty alias Munda, from the Roxy reserve forest under K Balang Police Station in Sundargarh District during a combing operation that ensued following a tip-off that he was moving along with five to six other Maoist cadres in the forest. While Purty was arrested, others managed to flee, the Police said. Purty was involved in seven murder cases including that of a Police constable. He was also involved in four other cases. Purty was the mastermind behind the ARSS camp burning case in Sambalpur. The group was making plans to create disturbance during the Panchayat polls, the Police said.
In an attempt to intensify Maoist operation in Odisha, the MHA has sanctioned one more battalion of CPMF to State. After attending the meeting of Home Secretaries of five Maoist- affected States- Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Maharashtra, the State Home Secretary UN Behera said the MHA had agreed to provide one more BSF battalion. The new battalion would be deployed soon, he added.
January 23: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian on charges of being a Police informer in Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Local villagers spotted the dead body of Bidyut Bisoi (33) near a temple in the outskirts of Narayanpatna. Sources said that a group of Maoists waylaid Bisoi, returning from the temple, around 9 am and attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon in broad daylight.
The Police recovered the body of a Maoist cadre hanging from a tree at Suliapada forest in Mayurbhanj District. The dead Maoist was identified as Bhagabat Marandi of Palo village in Suliapada Police Station and a close associate of Maoist leader Kishore, the Police said.
January 24: The Police arrested Girish Mahato alias Mangru Mahto alias Uttam alias Dhiren alias Dhirendra (45), a State organising committee member of the CPI-Maoist, along with one of his close associate, identified as Shankar Munda, from Kharmunda village near canal road area under Attabira Police Station in Bargarh District.
January 25: A woman cadre of CPI-Maoist, allegedly involved in several criminal activities, surrendered before the Police in Gajapati District. "The Maoist cadre Tabita Mallick of Gangamunda village in Adaba Police Station area of the District was active in Maoist activities since 2009," SP Sarthak Sarangi said.
CM Naveen Patnaik reiterated Odisha's demand for inclusion of Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir and Kalahandi Districts in the centrally sponsored SRE scheme. In a letter to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Naveen pointed out that there has been a significant rise in Naxal violence in parts of Chhattisgarh bordering Odisha as well as Nuapada, Bolangir and Bargarh Districts. "Maoists are building up a base in Sunabeda reserve forest of Nuapada and its adjoining areas. They are also trying to spread their network along the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border by creating and consolidating bases in Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir and Kalahandi Districts of western Odisha," he said. Naveen said there was an urgent need to include the four Districts under the purview of the SRE scheme to strengthen security infrastructure so as to effectively curtail and contain the spread of the LWE.
January 26: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman cadre, were killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in Koraput District. Acting on an intelligence input, troopers of DVF conducted a combing operation in the Bandhugaon area where a group of Maoists were spotted. As the Maoists and SF personnel came face to face, an encounter erupted in which two Maoists were killed and their bodies recovered, DIG, south-west, Soumendra Priyadarshi said. One of the slain Maoists, was identified as Chitrakam Reddy alias Sitru (30), an 'area commander' of Jhanjabati division of CPI-Maoist while the other one was his wife, a woman cadre whose identity was yet to be ascertained, he said. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the spot.
January 29: The SFs arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres from a forest area in Malkangiri District. The duos, identified as Pabitra Nayak alias Pati and Bhagaban Bhumiya alias Deba, were arrested during a combing operation in Rajgiri forest based on intelligence input. The SFs also recovered some arms and ammunition from their possession.
January 31: SFs arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from the Saranda forest, under Rourkela Police Station in Sundargarh District. The arrested Maoists, identified as Birbal Gudia (23) and Chandradeb Tirkey alias Charo (24), both members of the bomb squad under the Dakshin Chhota Nagpur Zonal Committee (DCNZC), were reportedly engaged in several Maoist activities in Odisha-Jharkhand border area and were involved in at least three Maoist-triggered incidents which had occurred on January 9, 2011.
February 3: A CPI-Maoist cadre, serving as the bodyguard of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, surrendered before Police in Chhatarpur in Ganjam District. The Maoist, identified as Rajendra Kumar Ratia alias Suraj alias Sangram (23), from Kutuniganda village in Adaba Police Station area, was reportedly involved in several major Maoist offensives in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada Districts in the last two years, including the firing incident at Kerubadi. Sources said Ratia was an active member of the Ghumusara division of the CPI-Maoist. He also imparted training to new cadres about the Maoist ideology and the party's social and political views.
February 4: The SF personnel recovered huge quantities of explosives dumped by CPI-Maoist during a combing operation from a forest in Koraput District. According to Police, at least 282 gelatin sticks each weighing 125 grams, 10 bundles of live wires, 28 tiffin boxes used to make landmines, among other Maoist belongings, were found in a forest under Macchkund Police limits. The explosives were dumped in the forest in a plastic drum.
Maoist threat is reportedly affecting poll campaign in Bolangir District. Sources said except the poll candidates, no star campaigner of any political party is venturing into the area. In the Patnagarh subdivision, most part of which is under Maoist threat, party workers are facing a tough time with their political bosses insisting them to stay in touch with people since they are not able to visit the area themselves.
February 7: Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising BSF and SOG troopers conducted a combing operation in Tekguda forest in Kalimela area in Malkangiri District and recovered a huge CPI-Maoist explosive dump. The recoveries include 12 electronic detonators, seven gelatine sticks, more than 30 metres of codex wire and electric wires used in landmine blast. Maoist literature, posters, banners and leaflets were also recovered from the spot.
February 9: Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Sitaram Durua, Jagannath Durua and Lukuna Durua, were arrested by the DVF from Malipadar village under Baipariguda Police Station limits in Koraput District. Three SBML guns and huge quantity of material of day-to-day use meant for supply to the Maoists were recovered from their possession. Apart from it 10 bundles of wires used to detonate landmines were also recovered from them.
One Prashant Meher (18), a student of Bindhyabasini Junior College at Paikmal, was arrested for intimidating and trying to extort money from his college principal in the name of Maoists in Paikmal area in Bargarh District.
February 10: Four personnel of the BSF including a commandant were killed in an ambush by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Malkangiri District. Two other BSF personnel and two officials of the Irrigation Department were also injured in the attack, which came a day before the first phase polls of the panchayat elections. According to the District Police, the BSF personnel were on their way to Chitrakonda from the BSF camp at Balimela. They were travelling in a SUV to oversee security arrangements for the polls. At 1 p.m., their vehicle overturned in a landmine blast about nine kilometres from Balimela. No one was seriously injured or killed, but the personnel fell victim to indiscriminate firing by Maoists hiding in the nearby dense forest.
February 13: Three women cadres of CPI-Maoist - one from Odisha and two from Chhattisgarh - were arrested by Police near Soroda area in Ganjam District. The Odia Maoist, identified as Malati Majhi alias Lata (28) of Bujuli village under Daringbadi Police Station in Kandhamal District, was in charge of personal security of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. The other two Maoists, identified as Kadame Bulu (19) and Telam Soni alias Ratna (22), are from Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The latter two were originally part of Gangalur Area Division of West Bastar Division under Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee.
February 14: Around 20 suspected CPI-Maoist cadres snatched away ballot papers and polling boxes from officials at two booths in Trilochanpur village in Kalahandi District. The Maoists also took away mobile phones from the polling personnel.
February 16: Protesting against recent arrest of three cadres, the CPI-Maoist called a two-day bandh on February 16-17 in Ganjam and Kandhamal Districts. Vehicular traffic was disrupted in Maoist-hit areas in Kandhamal. However, it evoked little response in Ganjam.
The MHA has told the State Government to look for all possible legal "solutions" to avoid a situation in which Maoist groups end up seizing Government funds meant for development works, since a large part of these funds are routed through panchayat bodies. According to initial MHA estimates, at least 14 or 15 of 33 sarpanchs who have been elected unopposed in Maoist-affected blocks are known supporters of Maoist groups. The MHA has asked the State Government to look into the election of others as well. The elections are likely to be completed by the end of February.
February 21: Addressing to the State Assembly, Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare said the Government had taken strong steps to intensify anti-Naxal operations, with addition of 1,066 posts in the SOG. The number of deaths of SF personnel has come down from 22 in 2010 to 15 in 2011, Bhandare said and added that there had been considerable success with regard to surrender of Maoist leaders in 2011. The number of incidents of Naxal violence too has dropped significantly from 130 in 2010 to 100 in 2011.
70 Police Stations with an investment of INR 1.4 billion, INR 200 million per Police Station, are under construction in the Naxal-affected areas, Bhandare said and added that two engineering battalions will be commissioned in Odisha Police to take up construction activities in these areas. The Governor said 1,384 constables, 3,127 sepoys and 99 group-D personnel were recruited to strengthen the Police force. Recruitment of 511 sub-inspectors/deputy subedars and sergeants, 20 fire station officers and 12 assistant jailors is under process. Besides three Police training institutes at Bayree, Sambalpur and Koraput are being established, he added.
February 24: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a woman near the weekly market at Sunabeda in Nuapada District. The woman was identified as Rita Das (25), the daughter of Subal Das, who is a Maoist.
February 25: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian, identified as Salu Prusta (50), in Laxmipur area of Koraput District. The deceased Prusta had gone into the Perijhola forest area along with his wife Salme Praska to brew liquor, when a group of around 20 armed Maoists caught and killed him. The Maoists destroyed the material the couple left behind and left two handwritten letters at the spot.
February 28: A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Roshan Munda of Chaibasa area in Jharkhand and involved in many violent incidents was arrested during a joint combing operation by CRPF and SOG from Gariakhaman forest in Kisinda area of Sambalpur District.
March 1: Toffan Sahu alias Akash alias Bangara (19), a close associate of the top associate of Sabyasachi Panda, the top leader of the CPI-Maoist surrendered to Ganjam SP in Chhatrapur in Ganjam District.
March 2: A critically injured youth, identified as Srikrishna Mahato (26) of Panchpia village under Jareikela Police Station in Jharkhand, succumbed to bullet injuries at the Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela in Sundargarh District during treatment.
March 3: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a stone-crushing unit of a private-builder and set ablaze 15 of its vehicles in Nuapada District. Over 40 cadres from Bargarh-Mahasamund division of the CPI-Maoist came to Baleshbahali village of Nuapada District where building firm DB is working on a canal extension project. The Maoists set ablaze eight dumpers, five tractors, a trawler and a van. Khariar SDPO, S.B Satpathy said.
A suspected Maoists belonging to JLT shot at and injured a truck driver and set ablaze the rice-loaded vehicle in Sorada area under Bisra Police Station limits in Sundargarh District bordering Jharkhand. A group of armed cadres attacked the truck injuring its driver, Mohammad Bablu.
March 7: The DVF during a routine combing operation arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Chhattisgarh-Odisha bordering Mahupadar village under Mathili Police limits in Malkangiri District. The duo was identified as Anda Majhi (27), a resident of Guruguda village and Mangaraj Durua (25), a resident of Mahupadar village. Both the cadres were active members of Darava division of the CPI-Maoist operating in Odisha-Chhattisgarh Border.
March 10: The Police arrested a Maoist sympathizer, identified as Ram Khillo, from Haldikund under Boipariguda Police limits in the District. The arrested Maoist sympathizer was providing logistical support to the Maoists and used to make necessary arrangements to hide weapons and other explosive material of the Maoists at villages.
March 11: A telephone exchange and a mobile communication tower of BSNL were set ablaze by a group of around six to seven armed CPI-Maoist cadres at Onakadelli under Macchkund Police Station limits in Koraput District.
March 12: The SFs unearthed an explosive dump of the CPI-Maoist at Mattamput on Matchkund-Lamataput main road in Koraput District. The dump included 20 kilograms of explosives, detonators and gelatine sticks.
March 13: After the Maoist violence [setting ablaze of mobile towers] at Onkadelli on March 11, SFs of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh launched a massive combing operations by deploying two choppers.
March 17: Two Italian tourists, identified as Bosusco Paolo, functioning as a tour operator in Puri, and Claudio Colangelo, who were on a trekking tour on the Ganjam-Kandhamal border, were reportedly abducted by the Maoists. There are reports that the Italians may have been abducted on March 14 itself. A driver and cook who were accompanying them and their vehicle were released by the Maoists subsequently.
March 18: Two constables, identified as Sasikanth Rout and Sunil Singh, of OSF, who were part of a bomb disposal squad, were killed and two others critically injured in an explosion while defusing a landmine at Alangapada near Lamataput in Koraput District. According to the Police, the incident took place around 9.30am at Alangapada near Ongelguda Ghat Road in the District's Macchkund Police Station area.
The Maoists killed a contractor, identified as Mohd Itar Mahamad in Bargarh District. Mahamad - was entrusted with the construction of a check dam at Patrapali, under Paikmal block in the District. Itar hailed from a neighbouring Badtunda village.
March 19: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a blast at an under-construction godown of a panchayat building in Malkangiri District. According to sources, a group of around 50 Maoists accompanied by local supporters swooped down on the building on Bonda hills and planted explosives to destroy the building. Though no injury or casualty was reported, the attack completely damaged the godown of Mudulipada panchayat, under Khairput block.
March 20: Odisha Police registered cases at Daringibadi Police Station in Kandhamal District against Maoist leaders, Sunil and Manoj, along with 24 others on March 20 in connection with the abduction of the two Italian nationals and two Odia youths, Santosh Kumar Moharana and Kartika Parida, on March 14 from a jungle on Ganjam-Kandhamal border.
March 22: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed) a SI, Krushna Chandra Rath (55), at Khairaput under Mudulipada Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. At around 6.15pm when he went to a roadside kiosk in the nearby market to have tea, the Maoists waiting there, who are suspected to be three or four in number, shot him dead.
March 24: More than 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted Jhina Hikaka (34), a MLA from Laxmipur belonging to the ruling BJD from a hilly area between Koraput and Laxmipur in Koraput District. While the PSO and driver of the MLA were allowed to leave, Hikaka was taken away into the nearby forest, by the Maoists at gunpoint.
The abduction of two Italians, the murder of a SI in Malkangiri and the abduction of a MLA, is being seen in security circles as the outcome of a tussle between the Andhra and Orissa factions of CPI-Maoist operating in the state. The Orissa State Organizing Committee had claimed responsibility for the abduction of the Italians while the AOBSZC said they had kidnapped MLA Jhina Hikaka.
A group of 10 armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a country liquor manufacturing unit at Jamki village under Tureikela block in Bolangir District. However, no one has been injured in the incident.
March 25: The cadres of the CPI-Maoist released Claudio Colangelo, one of the two Italians abducted in Kandhamal District on March 14. The hostage crisis, however, remained unresolved as the other Italian national, Bosusco Paolo, and Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka were still in the clutches Maoists.
Speaking to the visiting newspersons while releasing Colangelo top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda admitted that there was lack of unity among the division that he was heading and divisions that were at work in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts in the southern parts of the State.
March 26: Two days after Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka was abducted, the CPI-Maoist cadres of Koraput sent a wish-list that included immediate halting of combing operations and release of CMAS activists lodged in jails. The letter on the CPI-Maoist letterhead, signed by 'secretary of Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee' Daya alias Chemmala Krishnamurthi and one Jagabandhu, a representative of AOBZSC, demanded that the Government stop Operation Green Hunt immediately.
March 27: Abducted ruling BJD MLA, Jhina Hikaka, was 'produced' before a kangaroo court organised by the CPI-Maoist at an undisclosed site at Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Hikaka answered questions at the kangaroo court put at him by the tribals who attended the court at the Maoists' invitation.
March 29: Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by SFs during combing operation inside Tekpadar forest in Malkangiri District. According to Police sources the arrested duo was Tapan Saha (28) and Ghasi Pangi (30). Both of them are residents of Malkangiri District. A country made gun, four detonators, a tiffin-bomb and Maoist materials were seized from them.
March 29: The State Police organisation did not procure adequate number of modern weapons while issued only a fraction of procured weapons to operational forces, said Comptroller and Auditor General, report of which was tabled in the State Legislative Assembly.
The mediators threatened to pull out of the talks if the Government did not give its response to the Maoists' demands by the evening of March 30. The mediators claimed that the Maoists were now ready to release Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo if the State Government agreed to fulfil three of the 13 demands raised by the abductors.
A group of about 25 CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a jeep and a motorcycle near Kattulapeta village under Bandhugaon block limits in Koraput District. Sources said one Prakash Debarpulli, an illicit liquor vendor, was transporting a huge quantity of country liquor by plastic jerkins to Bandhugaon by a Commander jeep when the Maoist intercepted and set ablaze the Jeep.
March 30: The Police arrested four Maoists identified as identified as Lala Nag (52), Birendra Nag (20), Lesua Tenwa (26), and Obey Dhanwar (24) near Kaliaposh area under Bisra Police Station in Sundargarh District, during a combing operation on the Jharkhand-Odisha border. "We have recovered one land mine, weighing about 15kg, kept in a steel container, two dry cell battery, 100 meters of wire, one crowbar and one mobile phone from their possession," said Rourkela SP Himanshu Lal.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik invited the CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS for talks to secure the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. "As the demands by the abductors seem related to the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha, the State Government is open to dialogue with the Sangh members. Therefore, we invite the Sangh to nominate their representatives for talks," Patnaik informed the State Assembly in the evening. Hikaka was abducted by the Maoists on March 24, 2012.
April 1: Divya alias Santhi alias Wallasi (26), a CPI-Maoist 'commander' was arrested by BSF troopers from near Chitrakonda in Janbai area of Malkangiri District. A laptop, believed to contain information on the movements of Maoists, a diary containing phone numbers of various leaders and a 9mm pistol were recovered from Divya who was a member of the women's organisational team, later serving as a member of the local organisation squad (LOS).
April 2: The State Government and Maoist-nominated mediators resumed negotiations after the CPI-Maoist released an audio-tape saying hostage Italian national Paolo Bosusco would not be released till their demands are met. Earlier in the day, the new audio-tape released by Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of the CPI-Maoist Odisha State Organising Committee, demanded that the 36 people whose names have been given to the Government should be released forthwith. There was uproar in the State Legislative Assembly over the safety of abducted MLA Jhina Hikaka as MLA Amar Satpathy alleged that he was ill.
The Maoist-affected tribal Districts of Koraput and Rayagada have imposed a ban on the entry of foreign nationals into the Districts.
April 3: A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter during a joint operation by Central Reserve Police Force, Special Operations Group, Keonjhar and Angul Police near Mundatopa village within Kanjipani Police limits in Keonjhar District. Police have recovered three guns, three kitbags, tiffin box, posters and leaflets from his possession.
An 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sanyasi Pujari alias Pravin, surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri District.
The Maoists fixed April 5 as the deadline for the Naveen Patnaik Government to fulfil their demands to secure the release of ruling Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka who was abducted on March 24.
The AOBSZC 'secretary' Chandra Mauli issued an audio tape declaring April 5 as deadline for release of the CMAS leaders and members incarcerated in jails under fabricated charges in lieu of Hikaka's safe release.
The negotiation for the release of Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo was scheduled to continue on April 4 (today). Paolo has been in the hands of a different group of Maoists since March 14.
April 4: A top CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Pandu Panki Ray (22), was arrested from Sundergarh District. The Police recovered a landmine weighing about 15 kilograms along with wires from the site.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said his Government had decided to facilitate the release of as many as 27 persons to secure the freedom of BJD legislator Jhina Hikaka and Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco from the CPI-Maoist. Making a statement in the State Legislative Assembly, Patnaik said that in the case of Hikaka, the Government had decided to facilitate the release of 15 members of the CMAS and also eight Maoists from Koraput and Malkangiri jails. Four other Maoists are to be released in lieu of Paolo Bosusco. While the Maoist group headed by Sabyasachi Panda, the CPI-Maoist OSOC secretary, abducted Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco along with Claudio Colangelo on March 14, another faction of the Maoists abducted Jhina Hikaka on March 24. As reported earlier, Colangelo was released on March 25.
April 5: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced the names of 27 persons whose release the Government will facilitate through legal steps to ensure the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka and Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo from the hands of the CPI-Maoist. The four persons who would be released for securing Paolo's freedom include Subhashree Das alias Mili Panda, wife of Sabyasachi Panda, 'secretary' of the Odisha State Organising Committee of CPI-Maoist.
The Maoists have extended the deadline for the Odisha Government to meet their demands till April 7 for the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Earlier, the deadline was April 5.
Tipila Hesa (17), a woman Maoist cadre, surrendered before the Police in Jajpur District.
April 6: Sabyasachi Panda, the 'secretary' of OSOC of the CPI-Maoist rejected the Odisha Government's swap offer for the release of Italian national Paolo Bosusco. The other group of Maoists who had taken the BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage also did not respond to the Government's offer to facilitate release of 23 persons to secure his release.
April 8: Sabyasachi Panda, 'secretary' of the OSOC of CPI-Maoist, asked the State Government to clarify the names of his followers to be released in exchange for abducted Italian tour operator Paolo Basusco. The fresh audio tape by Panda followed a day after the Government claimed to have reached a pact over Basusco, agreeing to free five of the six whose release had been sought by the Maoists.
CM Naveen Patnaik had announced the release of 15 activists of CMAS and eight Maoists (including two hardcore Andhra Maoist) in exchange for BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka, the AOBSZC, which holds Hikaka hostage, has demanded the release of five more Maoists and their sympathisers, including Chenda Bhushanam alias Ghasi.
AOBSZC spokesperson Jagabandhu sent a letter to the Government demanding that all Maoists in the list in exchange for the MLA's freedom should be released in Balipeta village of Koraput District by April 10. "There should not be any police or intelligence personnel present," the letter says.
April 9: The AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist, which has kept BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage, wrote a letter to his wife to reach Balipeta village in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District on April 10 along with 30 prisoners to pave the way for his release.
The OPA has threatened to go on strike if any hardcore Maoists are released in a swap deal.
More than 1,000 tribals of Narayanpatna block organised a rally under the banner of CMAS demanding that all CMAS activists lodged in Koraput jail be released forthwith.
A Maoist, identified as Bhagirathi alias Nagesh, was arrested by Police in Adaba Police Station area under Rayagada District during a combing operation, when a passenger vehicle was being searched.
April 10: Subhashree Panda, wife of CPI-Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda who is holding an Italian tourist as hostage, got acquitted by a Fast Track Court in Rayagada District in the case of 2003 Kutinguda encounter between police and Maoists in Gudari block of Rayagada District.
CM Naveen Patnaik appealed to the abductors to release Italian citizen Bosusco Paolo and legislator Jhina Hikaka unharmed and without delay. Patnaik said certain legal procedures had to be followed to facilitate the release of 27 prisoners demanded by the Maoists.
April 11: A group of family members of Maoist-backed CMAS activists who are in jail gathered at Balipeta in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District to sit on indefinite dharna demanding the release of the latter. The agitators, mostly women, said they came to the place with the hope that their jailed relatives would get released at the spot.
April 12: The OSOC of the CPI-Maoist has finally released Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco who was in their captivity since March 14. The Maoists released Paolo in Mohona village in Gajapati District.
The fate of BJD legislator Jhina Hikaka who has been in the captivity of AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist since March 24 remains uncertain as the Maoists refused to release him unless their demands were met.
April 15: The CPI-Maoist in Odisha set April 18 as the date for the State Government to meet their demands for the release of abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Hikaka was abducted from Koraput on March 24. The CPI-Maoist has demanded the release of 29 prisoners.
Paolo Bosusco, who was held hostage by OSOC of the CPI-Maoist, is said to have revealed vital information about Sabyasachi Panda, the secretary of OSOC. Paolo estimated Panda has just about 20 cadres, including 10 women, each armed with a gun. The unit has one VHF set, one walky-talky, two tiffin bombs, one laptop with data card and one generator. He described the OSOC leader as "sick".
Nikhil, spokesman of Bansadhara Division Committee of CPI-Maoist in his letters to the media said, "They [Telugu cadres] torture Oriya cadres. They give poor food, torn uniforms and damaged shoes to Oriya cadres." bringing factionalism among Maoists to the fore.
April 15: The Centre has accepted Odisha's demand to include four more CPI-Maoist-affected Districts under the SRE scheme, official sources said. The State Government had demanded inclusion of Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh and Kalahandi Districts under SRE scheme. With the latest inclusion, 19 out of 30 Districts in Odisha would benefit under the SRE scheme, official sources said.
April 17: A group of about 20 CPI-Maoist cadres held a meeting at Kanimohuli village in Suliapada tehsil in Mayurbhanj District of Odisha, located at the West Bengal-Jharkhand border, a few days back to reorganise themselves. Sources said Maoist leaders like Akash and Bikash had attended the meeting along with some local leaders of the CPI-Maoist.
April 18: The Odisha Government agreed to withdraw cases against as many as 13 persons, including a few CPI-Maoist cadres, to secure the release of abducted legislator Jhina Hikaka.
Major-General (retd.) Gagandeep Bakshi, a retired Army officer approached the Supreme Court to restrain the Odisha Government from meeting the Maoists' demand of releasing the Naxals as they had been captured by SFs while putting their lives at stake.
Two CISF troopers were injured when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at a CISF vehicle at the Panchpatmali bauxite mining hills in Damanjodi in Koraput District. "We recovered at least seven empty bullet cases from the spot. The bullets were fired from either an AK 47 or a 303 gun. Two bullets hit two CISF personnel present in the vehicle," DIG Soumendra Priyadarshi said.
The 13 names the State Government announced against whom cases would be withdrawn in exchange of the MLA's release didn't have the names of Linga and Gananath Patra, adviser of CMAS who is now in jail.
April 19: The Maoists began their praja court to decide whether or not to release abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Sources said the court was held at a place about 2 kilometres from Balipeta in Narayanpatna area in the District. The Maoists may delay Hikaka's release by a few days.
The ADJ (Fast track) Dilip Kumar Mishra of Jeypore granted bail to Rabi Tadangi arrested for his involvement in a 2009 loot case in Narayanpatna Police Station area, taking the total number of CMAS activists released (since April 17, 2012) on bail to five. Earlier on April 17 and April 18, the court had granted bail to Argu Sirika, Dora Hontal, Dhana Hontal and Wadeka Walsi.
The Gajapati District and session’s court rejected the fresh bail petition filed by Maoist leader Arati Majhi. Arati was one of the Maoists whose release was demanded in exchange of abducted (now released) Italian Paolo Bosusco. Arati was arrested on February 10, 2010.
The SC wanted to know “what was happening” in the Odisha Maoist hostage crisis. The Centre told the SC it had “no idea”, while the Odisha Government, the primary respondent in a public interest petition seeking to prevent it from succumbing to the “blackmail tactics” of Maoists, was not represented.
The Maoists had blocked several roads connecting Narayanpatna block with the outside world. The roads had not been cleared till evening. The Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road was blocked at several places by the Maoists by felling trees and digging up the road. The Narayanpatna-Bandhugaon-Parvathipuram road was blocked near Bagam square. The Narayanpatna-Podapadar road was blocked near Podapadar.
April 20: The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a site where works were being undertaken under PMGSY near Pendajam under Semiliguda Police Station limits in Koraput District. According to sources, the Maoists set ablaze and damaged two road rollers, one tipper, one excavator and a motorcycle.
The AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist who have been holding Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka hostage since March 24, said they would organise a ‘people's court' on April 25 to take a final decision on his release.
April 23: The Gajapati District and Session Court in Paralakhemundi granted bail to eight CPI-Maoist cadres, including Arati Majhi (22), in the two cases related to burning of OSRTC bus and damaging a mobile communication tower at Raipanka in Gajapati District in 2009.
April 26: The CPI-Maoist cadres released BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka in the forests of Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Hikaka was abducted by the Maoists on March 24 near Toyapet in Koraput District, while he was returning home to Laxmipur from Semiliguda.
April 27: The State Police raided a camp belonging to Sabyasachi Panda, secretary of the OSOC of CPI-Maoist, in Sorada area in Ganjam District. An exchange of fire took place between the Police and Maoists. The Police seized the generator and some other items after the encounter.
Nirmala alias Nande Sodi (30), ‘deputy Commander’ of Paplur and Kalimela dalam, surrendered before the DIG (South-Western Range), Sunabeda, Soumendra Priyadarshi at Malkangiri District. Nirmala, native of Kurup village in the District, reportedly worked for nearly 10 years for the CPI-Maoist. Nirmala also handed over her country-made pistol and a .303 rifle to the Police.
May 2: Maoists killed two villagers, identified as Gobardhan Pande (20) and Kailash Agrawal (31), at Luhasingha village near Patnagarh in Bolangir. Police said Kailash was the owner of a Mahua flower godown where Gobardhan was working as a night watchman.
A group of armed Maoists abducted and killed Balaram Naik (35), a marginal farmer, at Tentuligumma under Boipariguda block (administrative division) in Koraput District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.
May 5: Police took custody of five German tourists from Khaprakhol block in Bolangir District. Officials warned them to never to venture into the Maoist-affected area again. "The new guidelines don''t allow foreigners to visit tourist spots without prior permission. The entry of five Germans amounts to flouting of rules," District Tourist Officer Goutam Nag said.
May 4: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Sini Sai (50), who happens to be a former Sarpanch (head of Gram Panchayat, village level local self-Government institution) of Gobaraghati Gram Panchayat under Kalinga Nagar Police Station in Jajpur District, allegedly involved in the killing of security men and many crimes, was arrested from the dense forest bordering Jajpur and Keonjhar areas. Sini was involved in the attack on Daitari Police Station, abduction of a Police officer Umesh Marandi and other crimes and violence in Jajpur and Keonjhar Districts.
May 4: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a contractor in Malkangiri Village-55 (MV-55) area within Kalimela Police limits in Malkangiri District. Villagers found the dead body of Subalo Sil (48), on the canal embankment near Saplur Chowk, a few metres from MV-55. Sil, who was undertaking repair work of canal embankments and village roads, belonged to nearby MV 55 village was earlier warned by the Maoists through posters pasted on the canal embankment asking him not to undertake repair works without their permission.
Prasant Majhi alias Susanta (22), the personal bodyguard of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, since 2007, surrendered before the local Police in Gajapati District. Susanta, a school dropout from Guluba village in the District, joined the Maoists in 2005, in his teens. Initially, he worked as a courier and later went on to become one of the most trusted members of the outfit, eventually getting the job of Panda's bodyguard. Susanta underwent training in at least six camps in Gajapati and Kandhamal District in jungle warfare and handling of weapons like INSAS rifle, AK-47, sten gun and 9mm pistol.
May 7: A ‘deputy commander’ of central regional committee of AOBSZC, Section 1 of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ramesh alias Raiman Pangi (28), surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District. Ramesh was wanted in several cases, including attack on Police Stations and explosions.
May 8: CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Krupa Ram Majhi, an ASI of Police, and shot him dead in Nuapada District. Majhi, posted in Dharmabandha Police outpost, was escorting a water tanker to a CRPF camp at Goudha near Sunabeda sanctuary when the incident took place. The Maoists, however, did not harm Constable Debnarayan Sahoo who was accompanying Majhi. Police suspect that the incident was the handiwork of the Maoists' Mainpur division, headed by one Sujatha, which operates in Nuapada and bordering Districts of Chhattisgarh.
May 11: A contractor, Jami Rajendra Prasad (40), from Narayanpatna block in Koraput District was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Gechela under Laxmipur Police Station on Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road. The Maoists also left some posters at the spot owning up to the murder. Maoists suspected him to be a Police informer.
A hardcore Maoist, Narendra Bridika (32), was arrested in Muniguda Police Station area in Rayagada District during a raid by a joint team of Police and CRPF on a meeting spot of Maoists at Belundi village. Two country-made SBML guns and some posters opposing anti-Maoist operations were seized. Bridika is an active member of Bansadhara division of the Odisha State Organising Committee of the CPI-Maoist. He used to be personal bodyguard of D. Keshav Rao alias Azad, a Maoist leader who has surrendered. According to Police sources, at present he was working as an associate of Maoist ‘commander’ Nikhil.
May 12: Police claimed to have arrested a suspected woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Rebati Nayak, from a forest in Naktideula area in Sambalpur District. Police sources said Rebati is an active cadre of Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh Zonal committee of CPI-Maoist.
The Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee of the CPI-Maoist gave a bandh (shut down strike) call in Koraput District on May 16. The Maoist division functions under the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC). Through a letter written in Telugu, Daya alias Chemmala Krishnamurthi, ‘secretary’ of Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee, informed newsmen that the bandh call is given to protest against NCTC and anti-Maoist operations like Operation Green Hunt. He also demanded withdrawal of BSF personnel from Narayanpatna area of Koraput District.
May 15: A trooper of the DVF, Ajay Kumar Sahoo, was killed by Maoists during a joint combing operation by the CRPF, SOG and DVF at Birikala reserve forest under Nayakote Police Station in Keonjhar District. The area is on the Keonjhar-Angul border, sources said.
May 16: The Bharat bandh call given by the CPI-Maoist had its impact in some pockets of south Odisha.
May 17: Three powerful tiffin bombs, each weighing six kilograms, buried on the road between Bharuamunda and Lodra in Nuapada District by Maoists were detected.
The Gajapati District and Sessions Court in Paralakhemundi acquitted woman Maoist Arati Majhi (22) in the case related to burning of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) buses at Raipanka in Gajapati District on December 28, 2009. Five others identified as Babula Behera Dalai, Lazor Majhi, Shyam Majhi, Manas Majhi, and Jacob Majhi were also acquitted in the same case.
May 19: Three motorcycle-borne Maoists of the AOBSZC shot a contractor dead at Khairaput in the Mudulipada Police Station limits of Malkangiri District. The deceased was identified as Budra Dhangada Majhi (38). Maoists suspected him to be a Police informer.
May 20: Sabyasachi Panda, the secretary of the OSOC of the CPI-Maoist, threatened of "revolutionary violence" if the State Government continues to attack the Maoists. In a fresh audio tape circulated to media houses, Panda alleged the State Government has not fulfilled its promises to secure the release of Italian nationals Claudio Colangelo (on March 25) and Bosusco Paolo (on April 12), who he had abducted from Kandhamal-Ganjam region on March 14.
May 22: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Mita Paltasingh alias Sunita, was arrested during a joint combing operation by personnel of the CRPF and SOG from Kutiguda village under Kotagarh Police Station in Kandhamal District. Some Maoist literature was seized from her possession.
May 23: A group of about 25 armed Maoists killed Deba Bagaranga (40), the husband of sitting sarpanch of Hanumanthpur Panchayat, at Hanumanthpur village in Chandrapur block of Rayagada District. Deba was also a former panchayat samiti member of the area. Maoists left the spot leaving behind a hand-written poster alleging that Deba was a Police informer. The killing was carried out by Bansadhara Division of CPI-Maoist headed by Nikhil alias Niranjan Rout.
May 24: The CPI-Maoist called for a bandh in Andhra-Odisha border on May 30 protesting implementation of globalization policies of Central and State Governments.
May 25: Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including two women of the Kalinga Nagar division of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered in Keonjhar District. The arrestees have been identified as Sambari Munda (18) of Rebana village under Daitari Police limits, Rambati Hembram (20) of Asanbahali village under Ghasipura Police limits, Aiban Tiu (20) of Panga village under Telkoi Police limits and Dharani (22) of Tungurubahali village under Telkoi Police limits. Sambari surrendered with a gun and 18 rounds of bullets in the presence of Deputy Inspector General of Police (western range) Y K Jethwa and Superintendent of Police (Keonjhar) Ashish Kumar Singh.
May 27: A day ahead of the scheduled visit of the Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to Malkangiri District, three SOG personnel were injured in a landmine blast by CPI-Maoist cadres at Kanaguda under Kalimela Police Station in the District. An exchange of fire also occurred at the spot between the Security Forces and Maoists after the landmine blast.
Ahead of their proposed 24-hour bandh on May 30, Maoist supporters held a meeting at Gumphakonda in Kalimela Police Station limits in the District. Tribal people armed with their traditional weapons attended the meeting.
May 27: A team of National Investigating Agency (NIA) arrested Asem Ibotombi Singh alias Angou, external affairs wing ‘secretary’ of Manipur-based People's Liberation Army (PLA), from Gopalpur in Ganjam District. The NIA suspects that Angou was camping there to resurrect PLA's ties with Maoists in Odisha's tribal areas after the arrest of the outfit's important leaders. An NIA official said, "Angou had replaced N Dilip Singh alias Wangba, in the PLA hierarchy after his arrest from Delhi last year. We suspect in his absence, Angou was trying to rebuild the broken partnership between PLA and Maoists." Angou was produced before Berhampur court and was taken on five-day remand by the NIA, Police sources said.
May 28: Maoist cadres, suspected to be of Bargarh-Bolangir and Mahasamund division of the outfit, set ablaze two collection centres (Paharighars) of 'kendu' leaf in Khariar kendu leaf division in Nuapada District. They demanded upward revision of wages to kendu leaf pluckers.
May 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three tractors being used in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) road work from Lathore to Dholmandal at Halanbhata village in Tureikela block in Bolangir District in the night. The Maoists left behind posters where they claimed to be members of Bolangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund divisional committee and directed the contractors to stop works on various roads and bridges.
May 31: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Kesab Bhimadika, wanted for murder and other crime was arrested during an operation on the outskirts of Narayanpatna in Koraput District.
June 3: Police arrested PLFI’s Odisha chapter head, Dhananjaya Bhuyan, from Kuanrmunda in Sundergarh District.
Police arrested Arjun Thakur (50) and two of his associates Guddu alias Jayaram Prasad and Jaggu alias Bijay in Roulkela District. The trio on May 20 demanded Rs 2 crores from Rajalaxmi Construction which is engaged in work on Jhirpani Bridge in the name of PLFI.
June 8: A person, identified as Nabaghan Wadeka is suspected to have been abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres in Bissamkatak block of Rayagada District. According to sources, Wadeka is suspected to have faced wrath of Maoists as he was involved in the construction of a school building in the area, which was sponsored by the Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL). Maoists are also opposing the mining and refinery projects of VAL.
Maoists also targeted a kendu leaf godown in Chandupalla village near Khariar under Nuapada District in the night.
June 9: Maoists killed a 50 year-old tribal person at a remote village in Koraput District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The dead body of the person was found today with his throat slit and a letter left near it saying that he was killed after being identified to be a Police informer, said Y J Rao, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Laxmipur. However, Rao rejected the Maoist allegation that the person was a Police informer. The victim, identified as a resident of Manasdapadar village, was also accused of extorting money from people by posing to be a Maoist agent.
Maoists set ablaze nearly a dozen of kendu leaf godowns in 12 villages situated over 20-km-long stretch in Khaparakhol block in Bolangir District. The villages included Khairpani, Rengali, Chaulbanji, and Jamunabadi.
June 11: A tribal labourer, identified as Subra Huika (30) of Odia Pentha village in Narayanpatna block, was killed in cold blood by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Koraput District in the night. Huika's body was found on Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road at distance of two km from Narayanpatna. The assailants had slit open the throat of the victim with some sharp weapon. A letter left on the spot by Koraput-Srikakulam Division of CPI-Maoist, signed by Daya, alleged that Huika was a Police informer.
Continuing their operations in Balangir District for the second and third consecutive day, the Maoists set afire five more kendu leaf godowns - three in June 10 and two in June 11 - in Khaprakhol area. Balangir District earns INR 700 million revenue by selling Kendu leaves every year. After the third day of arson, the State Government sustained a loss of INR 2.56 million as 17 godowns had already been burnt. Divisional forest officer (DFO) Rohit Singh said in the latest arson, the Police camp was near the godowns. He said the two villages, Beherapani and Turla, where Maoists burnt down the godowns on June 11 are not very remote.
June 12: CMAS advisor Gananath Patra was released from Choudwar circle jail after his release orders reached the jail authorities from a court in Koraput District. The 73-year-old leader is suffering from acute diabetes with vision and cardiac ailments. Facing as many as six criminal cases, the CMAS leader had been in custody for past 30 months. Although, he was acquitted in four of the cases and had got bail in the remaining two cases, he was refusing to come out of the jail on bail. Speaking to The Hindu, he said he had changed his idea of leaving the jail following advice of his friends.
June 13: Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Arjun Meleka and Musuri Wateka, allegedly involved in about eight cases, were arrested by SF personnel during a special operation, from Kanchanpadu village under Narayanpatna area in Koraput District. The arrested duo, active in the area for quite a long time, was involved in about eight criminal cases including murder, landmine explosion, extortion and attack on attach on SFs in the area, Koraput Superintendent of Police Awinash Kumar said.
June 14: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, who had been planning a big operation, were arrested early in the morning from Lungra Ghati in the K. Balang Police Station limits on Sundargarh-Jharkhand border. The duo, Sudhir Bhuiyan (24) alias Bishram, and Habil Horo (23), both from West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand, were arrested by a joint team of CRPF and local Police. They also recovered a double barrel gun and some live ammunition from the Maoists, who were involved in a number of cases, including killing of Police Sub-Inspector Ajit Bardhan in 2009.
June 15: Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the SOG troopers in Koraput District after an encounter at a place on a forested road near Chinakhemu within Bandhugaon Police limits. The arrested Maoists are identified as Puala Sargu, Puala Lachayya, Puala Ashu and Huika Sulaya. The SOG troopers also seized three guns, one soap case bomb, a gun barrel and huge quantities of Maoists literature and belongings from them.
Members of the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna block took over some 25 to 30 acres of land in possession of non-tribal people near Kumbhariput in adjoining Bandhugaon block. This is seen as a move of the Narayanpatna-based CMAS led by Nachika Linga to extend activities of their outfit outside Narayanpatna.
June 18: The SFs claimed to have killed a suspected woman CPI-Maoist cadre and busted a Maoist training camp in Saranda forest in Sundargarh District. SFs rushed to Langalakanta village in the deep forests of Saranda under K Balang Police limits after getting a tip-off that over 30 Maoists, which included top cadre Anmol, had gathered nearby. However, by the time they reached the spot, the Maoists had retreated into the forests. The SFs followed their trail, but met with heavy fire from the Maoists at Mundatola. The SFs said they saw a woman cadre fall to the bullets. But, they could not retrieve the body as her comrades took it away, leaving bloodstains at the spot. During the operation, the SFs recovered a sten gun and a 303 rifle from the camp. "They have also found a few drums full of diesel, raw food material and prepared food, uniform, large amounts of medicine, posters, leaflets and magazines and Maoist literature from the camp," said Sub-Divisional Police Officer S.S. Sethy.
Two Maoists identified as Janaki Saya alias Tulasi (35) and her younger brother Admond Saya alias Sadhu (30) of Totasahi village under Harichandanpur Police limits, surrendered before the District Police in Keonjhar District. Janaki was the commander of the women's military wing of the local Kalinga Nagar division, while Admond was actively working for the expansion of the Maoist activities in the region. Janaki was accused of several crimes, including the ransacking and burning of liquor shops, and firing at a Police patrol in the District.
June 23: SOG personnel engaged in anti-Naxal operation in Koraput District found Maoist dump in the District. According to Police, one telescope, one digital camera, one country-made gun, three mobile phone sets, Maoist literature, letters, medicines, electric wires and switches, power sockets, two bags, biscuits, bidis, and batteries were dumped in a forested road near Kumbikhari village under Boipariguda Police Station area.
A landmine planted by the Maoists was defused by Security Force personnel in Nabarangpur District. Following a tip off, Police rushed to the spot near Jodenga village in Raighar block and defused it.
A primary school teacher was arrested in Ganjam District for his alleged links with Maoist leaders, including Sabyasachi Panda. The arrestee was identified as Jhikania Sabara of Jharakona village under Badagada Police Station area in the District. Police have seized a Maoist poster, two photo identity cards of his with different father's names, a VHF set, charger, mobile set, several other papers and a new motorcycle from him. Sabara was working as a teacher in Barada, near his village, since the past seven years, the Police said. He was working as an over-ground worker and transporter for the Maoists in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal Districts and was a courier to top Maoist leader Sabyasachi, the Police said. Sabara was working for Maoists, including supplying grocery items and medicines to them, for the past three years, the Police added.
June 25: The CPI-Maoist cadres damaged a telephone tower by blasting it under Khaparakhol block in Bolangir District, during their 24-hour bandh. The Chhattisgarh-Odisha State Committee of the CPI-Maoist on June 25 called a 24-hour bandh call demanding halt to Operation Green Hunt. The bandh affected normal life in Bolangir, Bargarh, Nuapada and other western Odisha Districts.
The Maoists also set ablaze Kendu leaf godown in Khaparakhol block during the bandh.
June 25: A former ward member, Pidika Sarbo (55), was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Gumudaguoda village under Bandhugaon Police limits in Koraput District. A Maoist letter left at the spot reads that Pidika was punished as he was cheating people in the area by working as a Police informer and being involved in liquor trade.
June 26: The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two tendu leaf godowns in Kantabanji forest range in Bolangir District. Earlier, they had burnt down 20 godowns within Khaparakhol range in the month of June causing the state exchequer a loss of INR 2.8 million.
July 4: Allegedly pressurised by the CPI-Maoist, elected panchayat body members of Kalimela block in Malkangiri District stated that they would resign if some long-standing demands of their area were not fulfilled. According to sources Maoists had called up a meeting inside Gomphagunda forest which was attended by a large number of elected members of panchayat bodies of Kalimela block. Around 1,000 Maoist sympathisers were said to be present at the meeting. One Zilla Parishad (ZP) member, 18 sarpanches and 15 panchayat samiti members were present at this meeting. According to a sarpanch around seven Maoist cadres were present there. But they were in plain dresses without any arms. The Maoists ordered the elected panchayat body members to resign if administration and Government did not take steps to fulfil a promise related to extension of an irrigation canal. The elected panchayat body members eventually provided a statement to the local media claiming that they would resign if the demand related to the canal did not show any positive sign within 15 days.
July 5: The day-long bandh called by Maoists in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area to protest against the recent encounter in Chhattisgarh failed to evoke any response.
July 6: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Gangadhar Chalan, former deputy Sarpanch of Madulipada panchayat in Malkangiri District in the night, suspecting him to be a Police Informer. His bullet ridden body was found in a forest near Atalaguda under Mudulipada Police Station limits.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Setu Kendruka of Dandabadi village and Naga Kendruka of Chintaguda village, were arrested by SOG personnel in Maoist-affected Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. According to Police, the arrested Maoists have more than eight major cases related to murder, attempted murder and other incidents of Maoist violence pending against them. They were allegedly involved in the attack on Narayanpatna Police Station in November 2009.
July 8: The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly abducted two persons in Bandhugaon block in Koraput District, for being Police informers, following the arrest of one of their sympathizers. The arrested Maoist sympathizer is Kadraka Puala of Elangawalsa village and the two abducted fellow villagers are Kadraka Lachana and Kadraka Mali. The Maoists had abducted five villagers but freed three of them sometime later. However, no Police complaint was lodged by the family of the abducted duo and Police are gathering intelligence inputs about it.
July 10: The CPI-Maoist set ablaze five vehicles, including a JCB proclainer and a tractor, at Nakamamudi village under Chitrakonda Police Station limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The vehicles belonging to a Pune-based construction company were being used in laying a road from Balimela junction to Malkangiri. Malkangiri division committee of the CPI-Maoist led by Gajarla Ravi alleged that the road-widening works were being taken up as part of Operation Green Hunt to target them. The Maoists opposing road works in interiors are now targeting major road works from Balimela to Malkangiri, which could provide road link to 40 villages, Police said.
July 11: The Maoists killed the son of a ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader at Sana Gunjibhata in Khaparakhol Block of Bolangir District. The Police said about 30 armed Maoists went to the house of BJD leader Ganeshram Bhoi, forced his son Sashiram (42) to accompany them, tied him to a pole and assaulted him before killing him with a bayonet, as his family, including his father, watched helplessly. Sashiram had worked as a contractor in neighbouring Nuapada District.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by Security Force personnel during a joint combing operation in Barigaon under Laxmipur Police limits in Koraput District. They were identified as Dasaratha, Kamburu and Chintamani, in the age group of 30 to 40 years. Dasarath has about 13 criminal cases were pending against him. Though no specific charges were pending against Kamburu and Chintamani, both were close associates of Dasaratha.
Alleging harassment from Andhra Pradesh (AP) leaders and cadres, a CPI-Maoist 'area commander', identified as Deba Padiami (30), surrendered before Malkangiri District. Padiami served as 'area commander' of Kalimela-Motu dalam (squad) and has several cases pending against him.
July 13: Around 40 Maoists set ablaze a vehicle engaged in road construction and assaulted the site supervisor and driver at Badacheka village within Rayagada Police limits in Rayagada District.
Strongly protesting the Odisha Government's plan of launching night operation against Maoists, the CPI-Maoist alleged that the State has failed to keep its promises made during the abduction of Laxmipur Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jhina Hikaka.
July 16: During a joint operation, personnel of SOG and CRPF seized a CPI-Maoist dump of 20 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from a remote location near Ganjam-Kandhamal border. Four barrels were also seized from the area.
A woman Maoist cadre of OSOC of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sabita Mallick alias Peti (22), known as Sukanti in the rebel camp, surrendered before SP Pandit in Ganjam District. Sukanti hailed from Mankadakhari village under Sorada Police Station limits in the District.
July 17: The SFs unearthed a CPI-Maoist arm and explosives dump during a raid on a Maoist hideout in the forested area in Rayagada District of Odisha. The dump was located, following information given by ‘deputy commander’ of CPI-Maoist, Ramesh Tama alias Dasarath, who was arrested along with two other Maoists in Koraput District on July 11. The arms and explosives seized from the spot included six landmines, one country made revolver, 10 rounds of 8mm ammunitions, and electronic detonators.
July 20: A group of around 25 to 30 Maoists swooped down on the construction site near MPV-13 (Malkangiri Pottery Village) under Kalimela Police Station and set ablaze a road construction project vehicle in Malkangiri District. No assault or casualty was reported in the incident.
July 21: Top CPI-Maoist leader and main accused in VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati’s murder, Sabyasachi Panda, said he won’t surrender as is being speculated.
Meena Palka, a Maoist and Laxmi (19) and Saraswati Palka (17), his two daughters, who had surrendered in Rayagada District on August 10, 2011, have alleged that the State Government has failed to rehabilitate them as per the package promised for surrendered Maoists.
July 26: Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the SF personnel in Koraput District of Odisha. Police said while BSF troopers arrested two Maoists identified as Allaya Musika and Kumbha Mandangi, SOG personnel arrested another Maoist identified as Mangra Sirika. A country-made gun was seized from Mangra.
The Maoists have stepped up their poster campaign ahead of the observance of martyrs' week from July 28 to August 3. Posters were found at Lamataput, Onakadelli, Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon, Laxmipur and Pottangi areas in Koraput District. Sources from Malkangiri said this time the Maoists have constructed nine martyrs' pillars at Tentulipadar and Kalimela areas and have conducted a massive poster campaign.
July 27: The CPI-Maoist has launched a poster campaign in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts to seek support for the Martyrs’ Week from July 28 to August 3. "We appeal to everyone to observe Martyrs' Week by paying homage to the deceased Maoist leaders at your respective villages," read a Maoist poster pasted at Kalimela in Malkangiri.
July 29: A SPO was killed and another injured in a CPI-Maoist attack in Malkangiri District. Police said a group of Maoists fired at the two SPOs while they were on patrolling duty at a local market at Padia under Kalimela Police Station on the second of the Martyrs’ Week [July 28-August 3] being observed by the Maoists.
Police arrested 11 cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, operating both in Jharkhand and Odisha, from Rourkela in Sundergarh District.
On the second day of Martyrs’ Week, movement of vehicles was disrupted in different parts of southern and western Odisha. Long and short-distance passenger buses did not run for security reasons. The worst affected District were Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Kandhamal.
In Koraput District, Maoists assembled at the ‘martyrs' pillar’ erected at Borgi in Narayanpatna Police Station area to pay homage to their deceased leaders. According to sources, a large number of villagers also attended the meeting which continued for a couple of hours. Revolutionary songs were sung by Maoist cadres and the Maoist leaders urged villagers to join the Maoist movement to get their legitimate rights over land, forest and water.
July 30: In a CPI-Maoist poster found pasted in Hanumanthpur area of Rayagada District, one Pradeep, who has got the backing of Odia Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, claiming to be the secretary of Bansadhara division of the CPI-Maoist has alleged that Nikhil, who earlier claimed to be leader of Bansadhara Division, was involved in extortion, exploitation of women and activities contrary to principles of Maoist organisation. As per the posters fate of Nikhil would be decided in a praja court. Bansadhara division of the CPI-Maoist is active in Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts of south Odisha. Earlier, on July 28, Nikhil had come up with a statement in which he had openly criticised Odia Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda and Pradeep. In his statement sent through audio tape, Nikhil had claimed that while he was away on some organisational work, Sabyasachi had whimsically declared Pradeep as the secretary of Bansadhara Division.
August 1: Hundreds of posters prepared by the Union Home Ministry have been put up in Rayagada District of Odisha to wean youths away from the CPI-Maoist. The posters were spotted in villages of Muniguda block and focus on the sufferings of those involved with the Maoists. "Maoists target rural youths because they can be easily lured into the extremist movement. So to make the rural youths aware about the evils of the Maoist organization, the posters have been put up," said a senior Police officer posted in Rayagada District.
August 5: A CPI-Maoist cadre, involved in stopping SFs from launching a search for abducted Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka in March was arrested in Koraput District. Bhima Huija of Maudivalasa village within Bandhugaon Police limits was involved in road blockades in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks during that time.
According to a report, Maoists are setting up parallel governments, janata sarkars, in the interior pockets of AOB, buoyed by the success of a similar exercise in the Dandakaranya region of Chhattisgarh. The Gumma area committee in Malkangiri District set up a janata sarkar in the interior villages of AOB when the Maoists distributed rice to 800 tribal families.
August 7: A huge cache of arms and ammunition, purportedly stocked by the CPI-Maoist, were seized during a special operation by Police in Aradapal forest that spreads over Jajpur and Keonjhar Districts. Two rifles, a pistol, 146 rounds of ammunition, seven boosters, 100 aluminium detonators, a screwdriver set and explosive materials were seized during the operation by the Police.
A 17-year old girl, who had joined the Maoists two years ago, surrendered before Angul Police after being disillusioned at the camp. "Life is quite boring in the Maoist camp," said Budhuni Munda alias Shanti, who used to carry luggage of other members.
August 8: The SF personnel found three landmines near Sikhapalli weekly market within Malkangiri Police limits in Malkangiri District.
Security was tightened in Malkangiri District for Kranti Diwas that the Maoists celebrate in memory leader Kranti Ranveer, who was killed in Police firing while attacking Motu Police Station on August 9, 2001.
An anti-Maoist cell was inaugurated at the Ganjam District Police headquarters.
August 9: DG of CRPF K Vijay Kumar said extreme measures were not resorted to unless it was unavoidable in dealing with the CPI-Maoist. "We have told our people, number one try to get surrender, number two, try to get arrest. Only when you are about to be shot, then you resort to firearms," Kumar told reporters here on the sideline of a function in Bhubaneswar.
August 10: The latest situation report on the CPI-Maoist prepared by the State Government indicates that the Maoists are importing cadres from neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh (SDS) Division to revive the SDS Division.
August 11: The CPI-Maoist expelled its top Odisha leader, Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, saying he betrayed the group and the “great cause of the toiling masses”. The 43-year-old Panda, who has a bounty of INR 2 million on his head, was the secretary of the OSOC of the CPI-Maoist and operated in Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts.
Sources said a Telugu cadre may replace Panda to bring cohesion in the Maoist rank and file in Odisha. Police sources said Panda, however, may have already severed his ties by forming the Odisha Maovadi Party.
August 12: Gopu Gopikrishna alias Sandesh alias Suryam, a CPI-Maoist leader, was arrested by the Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) rural Police from Malkangiri District in Odisha. According to sources, Suryam was the division committee member (DCM) of Malkangiri District. Sources also reported that Suryam is being taken to Visakhapatnam District.
August 12: Two days after the CPI-Maoist said it had expelled him from the party, Sabyasachi Panda, former secretary of the OSOC of the CPI-Maoist said the party should "review its actions, admit mistakes and mend itself". "The party will be doomed if it doesn't do so," he warned. In an audio tape circulated to media persons, Panda said he had no ties with the CPI-Maoist since last seven months and had formed a new outfit, Odisha Maoist Party. "We don't believe in violent confrontation with adversaries," he said, condemning the "mindless violence" being perpetrated by the CPI-Maoist.
Fear of the Maoists is keeping contractors away from the repairing work of an 18-km road between the block headquarters of Lamataput and Macchkund in Koraput District. Further, the Maoists have stalled three other vital road projects in Koraput District.
August 13: Narayan Suna (46), a Police home guard, was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Majhipalli village in Paikamal area in Bargarh District of Odisha.
Odisha Police will request their Jharkhand counterparts to hand over Maoist 'area commander' Johnson Munda for interrogation in connection with certain cases in the state.
August 14: The SF personnel destroyed a CPI-Maoist camp in Daringibadi area in Kandhamal District and seized some belongings of the Maoist. The items seized from the camp include blankets, jackets, woollen caps, sweaters, T-shirts, hand gloves, a plastic drum, around 50-metre wire, a stabilizer, jars of petrol and kerosene, polythene sheets and a camera, Police said.
August 15: Maoists unfurled black flags in some remote pockets of Koraput and Malkangiri Districts on Independence Day. According to reports, Maoists hoisted black flags in many remote areas of Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of Koraput District. They also reported to have put up banners against Independence Day and black flags in remote areas of Kalimela block in Malkangiri District.
Odisha Maoist Party (OMP), the new Maoist outfit formed by Sabyasachi Panda in the State after his expulsion from the central Maoist organization, also tried to show up its presence in the areas under AOBSZC through posters and banners against Independence Day in the remote areas of Koraput and Malkangiri Districts.
The members of the Maoist-backed CMAS boycotted the Independence Day celebration by singing revolutionary songs, organizing a rally holding black Flags as well as hosting black flag at their meeting place at Tentulipadar village in Koraput District.
August 17: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik demanded deployment of additional battalions of CAF and more helicopters for the State to tackle the Naxal threat. "Our requirement of two more battalions of central armed force for the state should be urgently met and deployed in some Districts of Odisha," Patnaik said after meeting Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in New Delhi. He said the State has also demanded "two more helicopters" for operation in Naxal hit areas. Patnaik also demanded release of the pending claims of INR 1.26 billion for reimbursement for security related expenditure quickly besides seeking enhancement of funds under the integrated action plan programme.
August 19: Teli Kadraka alias Rajendra, the 'commander' of Jhanjabati area committee of CPI Maoist, was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in Bada Mathur forest under Bandhugaon Police station limits in Koraput District. Rajendra was a resident of Tala Pottesh Village of Bandhugaon Block. However, some other Maoists escaped from the spot taking advantage of the dense forest. A 303 rifle and kitbags were recovered from the encounter site, where the Maoist group had set up a temporary camp, Police sources said.
August 19: A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Maran Piyusika, was arrested by the Police in Gunupur area of Rayagada District of Odisha. Maran hailed from Bakaguda village of Hanumanthpur panchayat under Chandrapur Police Station limits. Several non-bailable warrants related to Maoist activity were pending against him in different Police Stations of Rayagada District.
August 21: A former Gram Panchayat member was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Padia area in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The body of Sukra Khurami (45), who had been missing since August 20 evening after he went to the village market, was found with his throat slit near Modiguda village.
More than 3000 activists and supporters of Maoist-backed CMAS protested in Bandhugaon block of Koraput District against the killing of Maoist 'commander' Rajendra alias Teli Kadraka in police encounter on August 19. They alleged that the District Police killed Rajendra in a fake encounter. They also maintained that Rajendra was an innocent and had no connection with any Maoists activities.
Odisha Government sanctioned 6,384 new posts for appointment of Gram Panchayat Development Officers (GPDO) and Gram Panchayat Technical Assistants (GPTA) in 18 Maoist-infested districts where the centrally assisted IAP is being implemented.
August 22: Eight persons were convicted for their involvement in CPI-Maoist activities by a court in Paralakhemundi tehsil in Gajapati District of Odisha. Each person was awarded seven years of rigorous imprisonment and fined INR 500 by S K Behera, chief judicial magistrate-cum-assistant sessions judge, Gajapati.
August 24: Around 60 BSF personnel returning from a combing operation in Bejangwada to their base camp at Kalimela, narrowly escaped when a landmine planted by CPI-Maoist exploded on a forest road near Gumphakonda in Malkangiri District.
August 29: A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and two others were seriously injured when a landmine they were trying to plant exploded on a road near Tekguda in Kalimela area in Malkangiri. According to reports the victim was Muka Madkami. But the Police are yet to confirm his identity.
Parvati Majhi (25), a ‘deputy commander’ of the Paplur Dalam (armed squad) of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before Malkangiri SP Akhilesh Singh. Parvati hailed from Bodinga village under Chitrakonda Police Station limits in the District. She was involved in exchange of fire in Sudha Kunda forest on November 24, 2008, in which a trooper of SOG K. Anand Patnaik had been killed by Maoist bullets.
Gananath Patra, adviser of the Maoist-backed CMAS, and an alleged Maoist sympathiser was acquitted in a murder case pending against him by the fast track court of Koraput District. The case was regarding the killing of Piniti Suresh, a supporter of Bandhugaon based CMAS, at Basnaput under Bandhugaon Police Station limits of Koraput District on September 7, 2009.
Three home guards of the State Police have recently resigned from their job following the brutal murder of a fellow home guard by Maoists in Bargarh District's Padmapur sub-division on August 13. The three home guards are Gajendra Bagh, Subash Sahu and Kishore Deep. They resigned on August 22, 24 and 28, respectively.
September 1: A BSF trooper, J Kundu, was killed and another, Dhiren Sahu, injured when a landmine planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres exploded on a forest road in Koraput District. The two troopers were members of a unit of the BSF stationed at Palur in Koraput.
September 3: In a written reply in the Assembly, Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik said that 99 Left-wing extremists had been killed in a duration of six-and-half years. Rejecting criticism from opposition parties, he also claimed to have spent 35 nights in Left-wing extremism (LWE)-hit areas during the last 12 years. The CM added 959 rebels had been arrested till August this year from 2006. Apart from this, 134 Maoists have surrendered before the Police, he said. On the allegation of failing to control Maoist violence, Patnaik claimed that LWE activities had considerably reduced in nine of the 19 Maoist-hit Districts. The Districts are - Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Deogarh.
September 5: Seven Maoists, including three women were arrested from forest near Kamalapada in Koraput District. Two guns, 20 kg of gelatine sticks, three pairs of Maoist uniform and a large quantity of leaflets were also seized by the SFs. The arrested women cadre were Rupayi Mandangi, Singali Tadingi, and Juroka Huika. The arrested male cadres were Sigro Mandangi, Kenda Chakra, Rajarao Waleka, and Ramesh Sidaripu.
The Maoists told media in Malkangiri about their decision not to oppose the road construction works in Malkangiri District.
September 7: A powerful landmine planted on a road by CPI-Maoist cadres was seized by SF personnel in Kandhamal District. The explosive device was found between Kotagada and Srirampur. Altogether nine explosive devices including landmines and tiffin bombs were seized from Baliguda sub-division from the Maoist-affected District in the last one year.
A Maoist was arrested during anti-Maoist operations in Koraput District. The arrested Maoist, Karna Minsal, is a member of AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist and was arrested from his village Kumbhariput within Bandhugaon Police limits. No arms or Maoist belongings were recovered from his possession.
September 11: In an assessment of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the State, the Odisha Police has found that between 70 and 80 per cent of them do not belong to the State. Around 50 per cent of the total armed cadres belong to the AOBSZC operating in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts, a senior paramilitary officer said. The study also put the total number of armed Maoist cadre in Odisha at a little over 500. While many of them joined the outfit as recently as six months ago, some have been members for 30 years. The firearms they use range from single barrel muzzle loader to AK-47 and 9 mm pistol. The AOBSZC is the biggest, with an estimated 240-250 cadre. The second biggest committee is Dandakaranya Zonal Committee, which has around 100 armed cadres, mostly from Chhattisgarh. The third biggest zonal committee is the Orissa State Organising Committee, which has around 80 armed cadres. Officials said Odisha Maovadi Party formed by the recently expelled Sabyasachi Panda may not have more than 20 armed cadres.
SFs seized a huge cache of weapons and explosive materials stocked by the CPI-Maoist in a forest near Matikeda in Kotaguda area in Kandhamal District. The articles recovered from the hidden dump included 79 detonators, five gelatin sticks, three wire bundles, four electric switches and several other devices used to make landmines. Eight rifles, one air gun, knives and other sharp weapons were also seized from the site besides volumes of Maoist literature including leaflets, pamphlets, posters, audio cassettes and Naxal flags.
September 14: SFs unearthed secret explosive dumps of the CPI- Maoist in Kandhamal and Malkangiri Districts of Odisha. In Kandhamal District the Maoist dump was located inside the forest near Targabali village under Gadapur Panchayat near Brahmanigaon Police Station limits. The seized items included three powerful landmines as well as electric wires, electrical switches and batteries used to detonate landmines. A digital multi-meter was seized from the spot, which was suspected to be used by Maoists for making the wiring of landmines. A generator set was also unearthed from the spot.
The other seizure of Maoist explosive materials occurred inside forest near Porkel under Orkel Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. The seized items included gelatine sticks, liquid and semi-liquid explosive chemicals, nitrates, wires etc used by Maoists to manufacture IED. Other items seized from the spot included air mattresses, Maoist literature and equipments like cameras used by Maoists for logistic support.
A hardcore Maoist, Jihuda Patamajhi (27) was arrested in Kandhamal District. Patamajhi, was bodyguard of Nikhil, top leader of the Maoist group of OSOC now active in Kandhamal after expulsion of Sabyasachi Panda from the Maoist organisation.
At least eight employees of a Hyderabad-based private construction company were arrested after a huge cache of explosive materials were seized in Malkangiri District.
September 18: Two powerful landmines, weighing about 25 kilograms each, planted by CPI-Maoist were seized by SFs from a road in a forest area near Tanginiguda near Boipariguda Police station in Koraput District of Odisha.
A CPI-Maoist poster pasted at a high school at Badbanki village in Tureikela block in Bolangir District in Odisha, has caused panic and led to the school’s closure. The institution has remained closed for the past 12 days, as teachers, parents and officials did not dare to open the school, for fear that the Maoists would attack.
September 19: The Maoists killed a local trader, identified as Sattar Khan, by hacking him to death at Nangalbaoard in Sinapali area in Nuapada District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. According to the Police, a group of about 25 Maoists, including women, barged into the house of Sattar Khan and attacked him with sharp weapons and rifle bayonet. A note left by the Maoists stated that Sattar Khan was passing on information about Maoist activities to the Police.
Odisha Police arrested five persons and seized around 6,000 detonators which was being transported in a private bus at Lanji palli bypass road on the national highway in the AOB region. The detonators were packed in two containers consisting of 120 bundles. Each bundle had 50 detonators.
September 20: Rohidas Gond, an elected tribal ward member of a Panchayat was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at Rajpur village in Nabarangpur District of Odisha. In a note left at the scene, the Maoists branded him a Police informer. Mainpur division of adjoining Chhattisgarh carried out the killing.
September 23: A landmine manufacturing unit of the CPI-Maoist was unearthed by SFs near the remote Jhumuka village under Bandhugaon Police Station limits in Koraput District. Around 18 kg of explosive material in gel form, 28 large steel pots called ‘gara’ and wires with plugs, a camera flash to detonate explosive devices and a Maoist uniform were seized from the spot.
Acting on a tip off, Police arrested a woman Maoist, Munguli Purti, during an anti-Maoist operation in forest area of Topadihi in Sundargarh District.
September 20: Former Sarpanch Mistu Khara and a Naib Sarpanch Raju Khara were abducted in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
September 23: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two vehicles of Mohd Rice, a contractor in Badtunga village under Paikamal Police limits in Bargarh District of Odisha and threatened him with dire consequences.
Seven village guards launched a search for Former Sarpanch Mistu Khara and a Naib Sarpanch Raju Khara but they were also taken hostage in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Five of the village guards were later set free.
September 24: Two Maoists identified as Rout Wadeda and Braja Sirika of Podapadar village under Narayanpatna Police Limits surrendered in Koraput District of Odisha.
Two suspected Maoists, identified as Mochi Lugun alias Mochi Munda (32) of Murusuan village and the woman cadre Munikshi Munda alias Muni (30) of Jhirpani in Sundargarh District, surrendered to the Police in Keonjhar District of Odisha. The duos were operating in the Chhota Nagpur division of the CPI-Maoist of Jharkhand.
September 25: Two village guards identified as Manik Khilo and Jagabandhu Khilo were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the cut-off area of the Chitrakonda reservoir in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
September 26: A CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ Srinath Brekbada alias Raju (21) was arrested during a joint raid by the Rayagada District Police of Odisha and the CRPF. One landmine and an SBML rifle were seized from the possession of the arrested Maoist. He used to be the bodyguard of Maoist leader Azad.
The Koraput District Police and the BSF arrested nine Maoist militia members in Bandhugaon block of the Koraput District of Odisha. Of the nine arrested militia members, eight were arrested from Elangvalasa village while one was arrested from Potesu village.
Maoists released a former Sarpanch and a Naib Sarpanch who were abducted from the Chitrakonda area of the Malkangiri District of Odisha on September 20.
The Odisha Government has decided to create an Auxiliary Police Force (APF) to regularise the services of SPOs. “The government has decided to create an Auxiliary Police Force to accommodate SPOs who have completed three years in service,” chief secretary B K Patnaik said. Of the 4,000 SPOs, 1,791 have completed three years in service.
September 27: Three persons, identified as Badadural Gram Panchayat Sarpanch Vikram Krishani alias Bhikari, Laxman Sisa and Sonu Pangi were arrested from Mathili in Malkangiri District of Odisha, for their alleged links with CPI-Maoist. Two landmines and one pistol were seized from the trio who were allegedly involved in murder, encounter with SF personnel and other violence activities in the area.
Gananath Patra, adviser of the Maoist-backed CMAS of Narayanpatna block, was acquitted in a case pending against him in Koraput District of Odisha. The case was related to the attack on the Narayanpatna Police Station on September 20, 2009 in which two cadres of CMAS Kendruka Singanna and Andrew Nachika died in Police firing.
September 28: SF personnel arrested six CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to different Maoist outfits in Nabarangpur and Ganjam Districts of Odisha. While the Police in Nabarangpur District arrested Prafulla Kumar Chetti (32) of Hatabharandi, K Suresh Patnaik (26) and Manoj Dakua (26), of Raighar area, the Police of Ganjam District arrested Sanjiv Nayak, Debendra Nayak and his younger brother Madan of Balinala village under Badagada Police Station limits. The Police also seized 6.3 kg of explosive, cash of INR 63,000, five mobile phones, Maoist literatures and banners from the three arrested Maoists in Nabarangpur District. The three Maoists arrested by Ganjam Police were putting the posters in market area of Badagada in the District.
Expelled Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda who has gone on to form his own outfit, Odisha Maoist Party (OMP) has ruled out any possibility of his giving up violence and returning to the mainstream in the near future. In a seven-minute audio tape he released to the media, the former CPI-Maoist leader said he would consider returning to mainstream life once the Government stopped adopting "violent methods to exploit and harass innocent poor people".
October 1: Two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested during a combing operation by CRPF and Police personnel inside the forest near Chhadakia village in Daringbadi area in Kandhamal District of Odisha. Seven country-made guns, two soap case bombs, some IEDs; two detonators and a bundle of wire were seized from the arrested Maoists. Some other materials including Maoist uniform, caps and bags were also recovered from the site.
October 4: Rajesh Mallick (30), a suspected CPI-Maoist supporter, who was arrested by Police on July 6, 2010 and was out on bail recently, was allegedly beaten to death by two of his relatives and the body was thrown into the turbulent Padma river near Pipalapanka in Ganjam District's Sorada Police Station limit. Though Rajesh was killed on September 24, the incident came to light, after Police arrested Bansi Mallick, uncle of the deceased who is one of the two accused.
18 gram rakshis or village guards of remote villages in Kudumulu Gumma block in Malkangiri District are reported to have expressed their desire to resign due to threat from Maoists. Copies of a common letter in which these guards have expressed their desire to resign have reached media personnel in the District. All of them are posted in villages of Panasput, Andrapali, and Jodamba Gram Panchayats of the cut off area of Chitrakonda reservoir under Chitrakonda Police Station limits.
October 8: A group of over 10 Maoists disrupted a Palli Sabha (hamlet level body) meeting and detained officials for several hours before freeing them in Kankurukonda panchayat within Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. Before leaving the meeting spot, the Maoists handed over a list of their demands to officials and freed them on a warning not to hold palli sabha meetings again. The State Government is conducting Palli Sabha meetings as a part of its state-wide campaign titled "gram sabha shashaktikaran karyakram".
A petrol refill station manager was arrested for providing logistic support to Maoists at Raighar in Nabarangpur District. A Police team raided his house and also seized eight made in China walkie-talkie sets and a few mobile sim cards meant for Maoist cadres.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Budda Gumitanga (25) of Dangasorada panchayat under Chandrapur Police Station limits, was arrested along with an IED, from Rupakana square under Chandrapur Police Station in Rayagada District. Along with the IED two detonators were also seized from his possession. Gumitanga was an associate of Maoist leader Nikhil.
October 12: A 23-year-old third year B.Tech student allegedly posed as a CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested in Odisha's Mayurbhanj District for allegedly making extortion calls demanding INR 1 million from a Lok Sabha member Laxman Tudu who represents Mayurbhanj constituency.
October 16: The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted three persons identified as Padiami Lachha and Kunjami Singh and a student, identified as Ramesh Salda from Budaguda village under Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District.
October 17: Gram sabhas could not be held in four panchayats of Malkangiri District due to threat of Maoists.
A joint team of DVF and CRPF arrested a Maoist, identified as Sanatan Deep (30), during a combing operation in Arhwal reserve forest range of Paikamal in Bargarh District.
All the three persons abducted by Maoists under Kalimela Police Station area in Malkangiri District, were released. The trio had been abducted from Budaguda village in the District in the night of October 16.
October 18: A group of around 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Bhagaban Naik (40) a gramrakhi of Girliput village under Boipariguda Police Station in Koraput District of Odisha, two days after the Maoists had abducted him from his village. The Macchkund dalam of the CPI-Maoist, which claimed responsibility for the offensive, said in a letter left at the crime spot the gramrakhi was slain for acting as a Police informer.
October 20: The CPI-Maoist cadres were suspected to have abducted four persons, including a gramrakhi, in separate incidents in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts of Odisha.
October 21: A tribal civilian, identified as Gumpha Kadraka (50), was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres under Bandhugaon Police Station area in Koraput District of Odisha. Maoist Posters left on the spot claimed that the deceased had been killed as he was a Police informer.
Maoists are reported to have launched a massive recruitment drive in Malkangiri and Koraput District where sustained Police operations had depleted their cadre strength.
October 23: After keeping three persons as hostage for three days, the CPI-Maoist cadres freed them near Patraput in Koraput District. Those released are, gramrakhi (village guard) Lachhman Pangi, a former Maoist cadre Daya Challan and L S Jagan. While Pangi and Challan were abducted by the Maoists from Mudulipada Police limits in Malkangiri District, the Maoists had abducted Jagan from Onakadelli in Koraput District on October 20.
October 25: Commercial vehicles in Narayanpatna area of Koraput District and Kalyansinghpur area of Rayagada District stayed off the roads, due to a state wide shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist against the Union Government's economic policy, particularly hiking diesel prices and putting a cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders.
A CPI-Maoist poster, found in Lakhna area in Nuapada District, threatened to kill SP of Bolangir, Nuapada and Bargarh Districts. The poster, while dissuading people not to help Police launch combing operations in the area, said the SPs of the three Districts deserve death punishment. Sources said the Maoists have planned to call a bandh in the three Districts on November 5 for which they have sought help from locals.
October 27: The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a village head by slitting his throat for not heeding to their diktats in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Around 50 Maoists lifted Pandu Madkami (50) of Parsanpalli under Padia Police Station when he was sleeping in his house and slit his throat at a nearby place.
Around 40 Maoists swooped down on the worksite of a contractor at MPV-22, near Kangrukonda and set ablaze a vehicle engaged in bridge construction work of Rural Development Department in Malkangiri District.
The CPI-Maoist have formed a new unit, Chhattisgarh-Odisha Border Committee (COBC), to strengthen their operation across the border areas of the two States and counter the expelled Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda's new party. According to sources, the newly formed Maoist unit has prepared its blueprint to counter Panda in the areas of Kandhamal, Gajapati, Rayagada and Ganjam District. Around 60 persons have been engaged in the mission.
October 29: About 40 BSF troopers and Policemen had a narrow escape when a landmine planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres exploded during the clearance of a road blockade at Erakonda in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
October 30: Bipin Kumar Sahani alias Lambu, 'area commander' of Bhalulata-Digha region of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by the Rourkela Police during a combing operation in Tala Ginia area in Sundargarh District of Odisha. A German-made revolver and three rounds of bullets were recovered from him.
November 1: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Abraham Singh alias Siladitya, was arrested during a joint operation by the personnel of CRPF and the personnel of Badagada Police Station near his village Balinala in Ganjam District of Odisha. Some Maoist posters were recovered from his possession.
November 2: Police arrested four suspected Maoists for their links with the CPI-Maoist in Bolangir District. The suspects were identified as Ram Singh Bariha, a panchayat samiti member in Tureikela block, and his two sons, Debraj and Ganesh. The fourth, Tulsiram Jagat, was a social worker in Khaparakhol block. Police recovered INR 150,000 from them.
Maoist posters were found pasted in several villages of Nuapada District. Police said the posters were put up by Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, urging villagers not to support Telugu Maoists. The posters alleged that Telugu cadres were exploiting Odia villagers. Every poster was signed by Sunil of Odisha Maobadi Party.
November 3: A group of 30 armed CPI-Maoist cadres barged into the house of one Murali Meher of Rengali village in Khaparakhol block in Bolangir District of Odisha and gunned him down. The Maoists left a leaflet at the spot, saying that the deceased was a liquor trader and Police informer.
Following the incident, the Police began a combing operation in the nearby forest of San Banjipali village in the District and spotted a Maoist camp. After a brief exchange of fire, the Maoists fled. The Police recovered two tiffin bombs, gelatine packets, detonators, live wires, two tents, medicines, clothes and utensils from the spot.
Maoists set ablaze five tractors, one JCB and a mixture machine at Palli Munda village in the Paikmal Police Station in Bargarh District.
DGP Dinesh Reddy while speaking to media after inaugurating the CRPF barracks at Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam District said, 15 helicopters would be deployed soon to track and flush out Maoists from the dense forests of AOB which is one of their strongholds in the country after the Dandakaranya region in Chhattisgarh. The DGP said the UAV would be available for full-fledged operations within three-four months.
November 14: Three months after Sabyasachi Panda was expelled from the CPI-Maoist, five cadres of the Panda-led OMP were killed and a few others were injured during an encounter at Bhaliagada forest in Gobindpur Panchayat area under Mohana Police Station limits in Gajapati District. One person was arrested following the encounter.
Ganjam District, SP, Ashish Singh said Police seized four country-made guns, two 9 mm pistols, around 80 kg of explosives and 35 rounds of live cartridges from the spot.
SFs unearthed explosive materials belonging to CPI-Maoists in Kandhamal and Koraput Districts of Odisha during separate combing operations. The items seized from Samna village under Narayanpatna Block, Koraput District, included 129 gelatine sticks, 15 metres of codex wire and 20 metres of flexible wire, one tiffin bomb, maps, a steel container used to prepare IED, materials of day to day use, Maoist uniforms, leaflets and literature. Kandhamal District SP Jayanarayan Pankaj said that they seized three land mines, of the size of 20, 15 and five kg respectively, in a forest near Singaranga village.
November 16: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, Sushila alias Toda alias Sumita Mallick, working for the Ghumusar Division of the extremists, surrendered before the SP of Ganjam District, Asish Singh.
November 17: A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Raja Rao Hontal (35) of Phulpadar village within Chitrakonda Police limits, surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha.
November 19: Cadres of CPI-Maoist killed a tribal civilian, Bhima Sisha (35), at Sishaput village under Mudulipada Police Station in Malkangiri District at midnight.
November 20: Security was tightened across Odisha in view of the bandh call given by CPI-Maoist and Sabyasachi Panda-led OMP, protesting against the recent encounter of five Maoists at Bhaliaguda in Gajapati District. While Panda called for state-wide bandh, the Bansadhara Division of the CPI-Maoist called for bandh in four Southern Districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada to protest against the November 14 encounter.
The four Maoists, who were arrested in the Bhaliaguda jungles on the Ganjam-Gajapati District border, confirmed injuries to the expelled Maoist Sabyasachi Panda and some other members of his group in the exchange of fire with SF personnel on November 14.
The bandh call given by OMP and CPI-Maoist in Odisha had partial response. Some commercial vehicle remained off the road in some places of Gajapati, Rayagada, Ganjam, Koraput and Kandhamal Districts fearing attacks.
November 22: Two aides of Sabyasachi Panda, Chief of OMP, identified as Dedy alias Samasan Mallick (25) and his associate Aruan Sonamaji (22) of Kandahamal Distrct, surrendered before SP, Asish Kumar Singh, at Chhatrapur, in Ganjam District.
DGP, Odisha, Prakash Mishra said Maoist activities have been contained in the State and the menace was now confined only to five Districts.
November 24: A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed a gram rakhi, identified as Goura Chandra, in Koraput District, suspecting him to be a Police Informer.
Six gram rakhis (village guards) working in Boipariguda region of Koraput District have resigned in the last three days. While three village guards of Boipariguda put in their papers on November 24, three from Batriput, Kathopoda and Koraput resigned on November 25.
November 25: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Lingama Habika (35), a top leader, and Kameya Habika (30), allegedly involved in the abduction of Laxmipur Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Jhina Hikaka, were arrested in Narayanpatna Block of Koraput District.
OMP Chief and expelled CPI-Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda through an audio statement condemned the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and further said that he has kept open the door for talks with the government.
CPI-Maoist cadres stopped 'vulgar' dance performance and assaulted the organisers of the show in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The Police said dancers from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were dancing 'semi-nude' at "Jagadhatri Puja" (local deity) celebrations at MPV-12 village when about 20 Maoists stormed the show and assaulted 15 persons including the organisers who were Bangladeshi settlers.
November 27: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Dalu Mandingi (32), was arrested by BSF personnel during a combing operation in Narayanpatna block in Koraput District.
Three Maoists, identified as Laxman Raita alias Patu of Tudukapanka village in Gajapati District, and two women cadres, Mamita Gamang alias Manjula and Ester Raita alias Mamata of Patasala village in the same district, associated with Sabyasachi Panda led OMP, surrendered before the Ganjam, SP, Ashis Kumar Singh at Chhatrapur.
In Odisha 780 Gram Rakhis working across Koraput District threatened to resign en masse if the Government doesn’t act on their three-point charter of demands like provision of payment `10,000 for cremation and `10 lakh as ex-gratia and employment to any of the family members in case of death.
November 29: SF personnel recovered a secret dump belonging to CPI-Maoist cadres during a Joint Combing Operation by the District Police, SOG and CRPF in Badabanga forest near Kerubadi in Daringbadi Police Station area of Kandhamal District.
November 30: The CPI-Maoist put up posters in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts ahead of the PLGA week starting December 2.
December 2: Vehicular movement was badly hit in the CPI-Maoist dominated areas of Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Rayagada Districts on the first day of PLGA week.
The Koraput District Police have started awareness-building measures to allay fears of village guards or ‘gram rakshis’. In the past one week, several village guards from Baipariguda block of Koraput District have expressed their desire to resign due to fear of Maoists.
December 3: CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the battery rooms of two mobile towers at Boipariguda in Koraput District.
During the PLGA week, the Maoists have also launched a publicity campaign by plastering the walls of towns and villages in Malkangiri, Koraput and Gajapati Districts with “revolutionary” posters. The posters urged the people to support Maoists’ war against Odisha. One of the posters said the PLGA would soon be renamed as PLA (Peoples Liberation Army).
The State Government has spent close to INR 3 billion on for taking both long term and short term actions to fight Maoists during past three years, according to reply furnished by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the State Assembly in Bhubaneswar. Patnaik also replied that situation was improving in Naxal-afflicted Districts due to strong actions taken by Security Forces. “Districts such as Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Gajapati Districts have not witnessed any Maoist violence this year while ultras were active in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur District,” he informed. Patnaik said as many as 10 LWEs were killed while 137 Maoists and their supporters were arrested by the Police this year.
December 4: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Jadu Rai Soi alias Chamara (36) and Bijay Honhaga alias Rakesh (30) of Jharkhand, and close aides of senior Maoist leader Samarji, surrendered before the Rourkela Police in Sundargarh District.
SF personnel arrested three Maoists, including two women cadres, identified as Tulsa Praska alias Sunita (23), Relini Mandingi (24) and Uje Sirika (35), all residents of Narayanpatna Block, following a raid on a camp in dense forests of Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Police seized huge materials used by Maoists including a county made gun and musical instruments of Jana Natya Mandali.
Representatives of gramrakshis from Maoist-infested areas of undivided Koraput District deferred their mass resignation after holding discussion with DIG, South-West range S. Devadutta Singh on November 04. Around 150 gramrakshis met at Nisanimunda which was also attended by the General Secretary of Nikhila Utkala Gram Rakkhi Sangh, Fakir Mohan Mallik.
SF personnel intensified anti-Maoist combing operation in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas of Koraput District since November 3, with the extremists observing the PLGA week from December 2.
December 5: Gajapati Police in Odisha arrested Kailash Mandal and Sangram Mohanty, son of Maoist sympathiser and Jan Adhikar Manch convener Dandapani Mohanty, with weapons and Maoist literature apart from some cash near Kamlapur Square in Mohana in Gajapati District. The arms seized from Sangram included two US-made revolvers, 95 rounds of 7.62 ball ammunition and 500 gram explosive materials.
December 6: The CPI-Maoist cadres pasted posters at various places within Boipariguda Police limits asking the locals of Boipariguda tehsil in Koraput District, working in Odisha Police and Central Forces, to resign from their jobs.
The traffic movement in several LWE-affected pockets of Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri Districts was hit following the PLGA week [December 2 – 8].
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Hira Pangi of Palankarai village, involved in many violent activities, was arrested by the BSF troopers and SOG personnel in a joint raid conducted at his house, along with huge quantity of arms and ammunition at Paparmetela in Malkangiri District. The arms and ammunition recovered included two tiffin bombs, one pipe bomb, five electronic detonators, four gas cylinders, 12 sets of bows and arrows, explosive materials and some fuse wire used to blast the landmines.
Maoist interlocutor Dandapani Mohanty’s son, Sangram Mohanty went on hunger strike in R Udaygiri Sub-jail in Gajapati District, protesting his arrest by the Police.
December 10: Police arrested Basanta Ram, an 'area commander' of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, from Rourkela in Sundargarh District.
At least 47 IAS and 82 IPS officers' posts are lying vacant in the State against the sanctioned strength of 226 IAS and 188 IPS posts respectively, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed the State Assembly.
December 12: An activist of the Maoist-backed CMAS of Narayanpatna block of Koraput District, identified as Dumuri Miniaka (35), was arrested during a joint operation by the District Police and CRPF from Bajragada area under Rayagada Police Station in Rayagada District.
December 17: The CPI-Maoist Central leadership handed over the responsibilities of AOBSZC to the senior-most commander among the present lot, Gajarla Ravi alias Uday alias Ganesh alias Charcharla Ganesh, giving much needed rest to Central Committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK.
SF personnel engaged in anti-CPI-Maoist operations recovered a huge arms dump in Musilimunda forest in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District.
December 19: BSF personnel recovered four big iron pipes used to make claymore mines, about 40 kilograms of gun powder and a few metres of wires belonging to CPI-Maoist, during a combing operation inside Sapalguda forest in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District.
December 20: Four powerful landmines were recovered by SF personnel from an abandoned CPI-Maoist camp at Nipapidi forest in Ganjam District.
December 22: BSF jawans recovered seven landmines and explosives materials during a combing operation from Mankindi forest in Narayanpatna Block.
December 23: The CPI-Maoist reacted strongly to the media statement of Jana Adhikar Manch convener Dandapani Mohanty that the government had paid INR 60 million to Maoists for the release of Laxmipur MLA, Jhina Hikaka, and former Malkangiri DM R. Vineel Krishna from their captivity.
To avert a possible clash between tribals and non-tribals, Koraput District Administration clamped prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 at Podapadar and its peripheral areas under Maoist-hit Narayanpatna block.
December 27: One personnel of SOG was injured when a landmine planted by CPI-Maoist cadres exploded, at Sanadengli village under Kalyansinghpur Police Station in Rayagada District.
December 28: The SF personnel unearthed a CPI-Maoist arms dump between Kumbari and Narikeluva village of Narayanapatna block in Koraput District.
December 29: Basudev Bhoi, a Left Wing Extremist (LWE) and an aide of Sabyasachi Panda, the leader of the Odisha Maobadi Party (OMP) surrendered before Police in Kandhamal District. Bhoi from Kandhamal's Kambanaju village had joined the OMP about eight months ago and received gun training in a Maoist camp. But he escaped from a Maoist camp just two days before the encounter at Bhaliaguda on November 14.
December 30: Prakash Mishra, the Director General of Police (DGP), dismissed rumours that any top Maoist leader was still present in the State, and claimed that Maoist problem in the State would be under control in the next two years. The DGP said in Rourkela (Sundergarh District), “All the Maoist leaders are from outside Odisha. Sabyasachi Panda (is) not a big leader as such. His position in the Maoist set up is known to all." The DGP claimed that out of the 17 Maoist-affected Districts in Odisha, eight have been freed from Maoist activities and now the focus would be on the rest. In the coming days the forces would concentrate on Districts including Bolangir, Bargarh, Nabrangpur, Gajapati and Rayagada, however the main thrust would be on Koraput and Malkanagiri. Mishra further said, "Efforts are on to enhance the staff by inducting more constable level personnel." Present strength of Odisha Police is 60,000 which was doubled from 30,000 a few years back but main thrust is to create more armed personnel keeping in view Maoists problem.
December 31: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Shrabana Gardanaka and Picha Gagaranda, were arrested while planting landmines on Siriguda-Gumi road in Rayagada District during a combing operation. They were close to Maoist leaders Gobind and Nikhil. Police recovered two landmines weighing around eight kilograms each, 50 metres of live wire and two electronic detonators from them.
Suspected Maoists attempted to set ablaze two towers of private telecom companies at Ganjam's Ashurabandh village. Police recovered two hand-written posters from the spot. However, the towers have not been damaged.
August 19: Punjab Police confirmed the arrest of Manvir Singh alias Kedi alias Lajpat Rai, a Maoist working with top leader Jaiprakash Dubey, and was absconding since 2009, from Muktsar in Phillaur in Jalandhar District of Punjab.
September 25: The remand of Daljit Singh Bittu, Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) leader, was produced in the court for having connections with the CPI-Maoist cadres of Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and for being regularly in touch with them over phone. The court extended his Police remand by two days.
July 28: An ASI of the intelligence department of Rajasthan Police sent his resignation letter to authorities citing threat to his life by the CPI-Maoist. According to the ASI, his reports about activities of the Maoists in villages adjoining Chhattisgarh, was leaked by certain Police officials to Maoists elements even before it reached the Police Headquarters in Jaipur following which he began receiving threats from the Maoists. An inquiry into the whole episode has been ordered.
January 23: A top CPI-Maoist cadre, Samjhawan Chero, carrying a cash reward of INR 112,000 on his head, has been arrested in Harriya under Robertsganj Police Station area in Sonebhadra District following an encounter in which three Policemen were also injured. The SFs arrested Samjhawan Chero after a two-hour-long encounter. Some other Maoists, Munna Vishkarma, Lalbrat Kol, Ajit Kol and Mangal Chero among others, managed to escape under the cover of darkness. One hand-grenade, one Government rifle, one DBBL gun, a country-made revolver, 146 empty cartridges and 50 live cartridges were recovered from the arrested Maoist.
February 13: In 2010-11, several bunds and check-dams were built in Jugail gram panchayat with INR 13.I million from MGNREGS funds. Since then, most of these have been washed away or developed large cracks. And many of those who worked on the construction are still waiting for their wages.
February 15: Around 57.25 per cent voters cast their votes in the third phase of polling held in 56 Assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh. Significantly, maximum polling was reported from the CPI-Maoist affected Districts of Chandauli (62.5 per cent) and Mirzapur (62.4 per cent). Another Maoist affected District Sonbhadra polled 58.25 per cent votes.
April 3: A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Ram Kewal alias Guddu Oraon, was arrested following an encounter near Patwadh village under Chopan Police Station limits in Sonbhadra District. Guddu who had taken shelter in this village tried to escape and was arrested along with a country-made revolver and live cartridges. Police said that Guddu belonged to Bhabhua District in Bihar and was operating with 'commander' Munna Vishwakarma.
May 8: Acting on a tip-off that CPI-Maoist cadres were purchasing bulk SIM cards from a gang of miscreants on fake identification proofs, crime branch of Lucknow Police busted a SIM supplying racket, arresting two persons. The crime branch sleuths also recovered over three-dozen activated SIM cards and 82 customer application forms from their possession. The arrested persons were identified as Ram Kumar Kannaujia, a resident of Bazaarkhala Police Station area and Kapil Dixit, a resident of Alambagh Police Station area.
May 24: Munna Vishwakarma, a self-styled 'zonal commander' of Sone Ganga Vindhyachal Zonal Committee (SGVZC) of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police and the CRPF following a gunbattle after receiving a tip-off about his presence in the Kanch forest area of Sonebhadra District. Another Maoist leader, identified as Ajit Kole alias Harishankar alias Abhishek, was also arrested, Sonebhadra Superintendent of Police Sri Krishna said. A large quantity of arms and ammunition including, four rifles, two pistols and a walkie-talkie set, has been recovered, Police said.
Vishwakarma was wanted in about 24 cases registered against him in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and carried a cash reward of INR 300,000 on his head. Kole carrying a reward of INR 50, 000 has about 20 cases registered against him, Police said.
May 29: The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a Maoist leader after ambushing a group of Maoists in a forest in Chopan area of Sonebhadra District. The Maoist leader identified as Lalvrat Kol alias Kamalji carried an award of INR 100, 000 on his head. A carbine and ammunition were seized from his possession.
December 19: Charges were framed against 20 accused in the Jnaneswari Express derailment case in which 148 passengers were killed on May 28, 2010.
February 20: The Q branch of Tamil Nadu Police arrested a CPI-Maoist State committee member, Manivasakam, near Thanjavur. Manivasakam had been absconding since 2008.
April 9: Following the finding of suspected training centres of CPI-Maoist in Karnataka in March 2012, the Tamil Nadu Police, including STF, Q branch and District Police, have launched a combing operation in the Western Ghats. Police teams from 12 Districts are involved in the combing operation in the hilly terrain.
April 23: Tamil Nadu is free of any extremist menace, especially Naxalism, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said in the State Assembly. She stated, “We have no fear of Naxals or extremists at all here and we are head and shoulders above all other States in the country in this regard”.
May 19: The ‘Q' branch of Tamil Nadu Police arrested J. Vivek alias Balan (46), State secretary of the CPI-Maoist, from Shenoy Nagar. However, Padma alias Sathyamary (37), who belongs to the women's empowerment wing of the CPI-Maoist managed to escape. Padma was last apprehended by police in 2008. “Padma was on her way to West Bengal as part of a fact finding team. She was nabbed by police then. After that incident, there has been no news about her,” added the police source. Vivek was allegedly involved in arms training organised by the Maoists in Periyakulam, Theni District in 2007.
June 7: J. Vivek alias Balan (46), State secretary of the CPI-Maoist, has embarked on a hunger strike since June 6 inside Cuddalore Central Prison in support of his demands. Vivek, allegedly involved in arms training at Periyakulam in Theni District in 2007, was nabbed by the ‘Q' branch sleuths at Shenoy Nagar in Chennai on May 19. He was lodged in a Madurai jail and, on May 21, shifted to Cuddalore Central Prison. Ever since he was brought to Cuddalore, he has been complaining to the jail authorities about the lack of freedom to move around in the prison and “inadequate” breakfast.
October 6: Chennai City Police arrested 13 persons including a woman who are suspected to be part of a banned outfit, Makkal Jananayaga Kudiyarasu Katchi. Police sources said the group including prime suspects Palani alias Manickam (48), Duraisingavel (51), both from Kundrathur and Baskar (40) from Minjur along with a woman member Ragini (40) and nine other men gathered in the building of a private school in Neelakandan Salai in Kundrathur on the day.
December 11: The Andhra Pradesh Police arrested a Naxalite, identified as Peda Mallu Swami, a former dalam 'commander' of a Local Guerrilla Squad of the erstwhile PWG, in Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
January 2: The State Police’s recruitment drive in CPI-Maoist-affected Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore Districts has received a strong response. The Government has fast forwarded the process of recruitment of constables and home guards in the wake of the killing of Maoist politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao on November 24, 2011. According to official records, in 28 Police Stations across Bankura, West Midnapore and Purulia districts, 93,285 tribal men and women have submitted forms for the post of special Police Constable. The government in its notification issued in September announced that 5,000 youths will be recruited as special police constables while another 5,000 to be recruited as national volunteer force.
January 12: Four CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before CM Mamata Banerjee in Jhargram in West Midnapore District. The four surrendered cadres are identified as Lambodar Majhi, Bhajohari Mahato and Karan Kaibarta and Sukhdev Mahato. While was involved in Maoist activities in the West Midnapore District, the other three were active in Purulia District. The Maoists surrendered at an event marking the culmination of a two-day youth festival organised by the State Government on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
January 14: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced that her Government would prepare an employment bank for the youth in Junglemahal comprising three Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. She promised that development would help her gain political and administrative control in the Maoist-hit regions. Mamata, who recently went to Jhargram to join the 'Junglemahal Festival', coughed up INR.25, 000 each for 710 football clubs that participated in the yearlong football tournament in the troubled forest belt. More than INR.4 crore was used from Government coffers to wean the people away from extremism.
January 17: From paying off an ailing father's medical bills and eliminating sworn enemies to death threats - the CPI-Maoist resorts to every tactics to rope in new recruits. And if the accounts of four surrendered Maoists are any indication, it's everything but ideology that forced them to take up arms against their own people. Squad members Lombodar Majhi, Bhojohari Mahato, Karan Koiborto and Sukdeb Mahato had surrendered before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jhargram on January 12 and were allowed by police to speak to the media in Midnapore on January 16. They said they were quickly disillusioned with the Maoists.
One of the main accused in the derailment of the Jnaneswari Express that claimed 148 lives on May 28, 2010, identified as Joydeb Mahato, was arrested from West Midnapore District. A District Police officer said the leader of CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA was arrested near Midnapore town by a joint team of West Bengal Police and CID. The CBI had announced a reward of INR 100, 000 for any information to capture Mahato alive. Joydeb is the fourth top functionary of the organisation.
January 19: The CPI-Maoist has for the first time admitted that the death of its politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji has dealt a heavy blow to the outfit and called upon the youth to join the outfit. Kishanji was killed in an armed encounter with the Joint Forces in Jungle Mahal in West Bengal on November 24, 2011. In a release circulated among some TV channels, the CPI-Maoist central committee said that Kishanji's killing in Jungle Mahal had come as ''a great blow'' to the organisation and appealed to the youth to join the outfit ''to fulfill Kishenji's cherished dream''. The central committee asked its State unit in West Bengal to initiate efforts to draw more youth to the organisation.
January 21: The Police claimed to have uncovered a CPI-Maoist plot to target the Nimpura Police Camp near the Indian Air Force base at Kalaikunda in West Midnapore District as “revenge” for Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji’s death. According to sources, some documents including the “blueprint” of the plot were recovered when the Police, acting on a specific tip-off, raided a Maoist shelter at Akrashol village in Jhargram in the night of January 20. Nobody has been arrested so far.
January 24: Md Khaleque alias Bablu, reportedly a close aide of State secretary Akash of the CPI-Maoist of West Bengal and Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji, was arrested from village Khokra near Harishchandrapur in Maldah District. Bablu was reportedly the prime suspect in the killing of CPI-M supporter Sridam Das (49), of Dubrajpur on April 22 of 2008 and Primary school teacher and CPI-M leader Nandalal Mistri (53), of Rajnagar village of Birbhum District on September 22, 2011.
January 29: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a worker of the TMC party in Jhargram area in West Midnapore District. The worker was picked up by the Maoists late in the night from his home and was shot dead. Namita Mahato, a local woman, said that the body of the TMC worker was found near the railway tracks.
February 4: The STF of Kolkata Police arrested a senior member of the RPF, the political front of the Manipur-based PLA; from the Maidan area in Kolkata, for his alleged links with the CPI-Maoist in West Bengal. Dhiren Singh alias Raghu alias Macha (37), was living in South Kolkata posing as a medical representative, an unnamed senior STF officer said. The Police recovered 30 rounds of live cartridges of 7.62 bore from him. "He was supplying arms and sophisticated communication sets to Maoists for the past two years," the officer said. "Dhiren is the self-styled captain of the PLA. He had been travelling across West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh for the past three years, with Kolkata as his base, for fixing deals with the Maoists," an STF source said.
February 5: A CPI-Maoist 'squad leader', Yudhistir Mahato alias Arjun, was killed during an encounter with joint SFs in Jamtal forest in West Midnapore District. Yudhistir Mahato was killed when SFs purportedly opened retaliatory fire after Maoists attacked them during the combing operation in the area.
February 7: A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Chiranjit Mahato alias Nirmal Mahato alias Lambu and his wife Anima Mahato alias Usha, surrendered to the West Midnapore District Police. Chiranjit primarily operated in Madhupur and Kanta Pahari area of Lalgarh. Anima was part of the armed group led by Badal.
February 8: After getting information from two surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres Chiranjit Mahato and his wife Anima Mahato, the Police recovered 11 landmines, 10 kilograms of explosives, several detonators, Maoist posters and leaflets and other material needed to make landmines from Kanyabali forest at Salboni in West Midnapore District.
February 9: Phulmani alias Bela, a female squad member of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by the joint SFs from Jangalmahal region under the Lalgarh Police Thana area in West Midnapore District.
February 11: The joint SFs launched an operation against CPI-Maoist in the forest belt near Jharkhand border in West Midnapore District. Combined forces of CRPF, SAP, and CoBRA troopers began inching towards Kanaisol Hills, 15-20 kilometres from Belpahari Police Station, close to the inter-state boundary, Police sources said. The operation was launched after the administration put up posters in several parts of the belt with pictures of seven 'area commanders' of CPI-Maoist, urging them to come forward and lay down arms.
One person identified as Sahadeb Hansda (28), an alleged Maoist linkman, was arrested from Bikrampur village under Simlapal Police Station in Bankura District.
In an attempt to persuade members of the CPI-Maoist to lay down arms and prevent their movement in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal region of West Bengal, the State Police have put up posters with the photographs of seven prominent Maoist leaders in the Jhargram area in West Midnapore District. Each poster has the name and photograph of an important Maoist leader, including the party's State secretary Akash, squad 'commander' Bikash, Suchitra Mahato, Tara and Jayanto, with a message urging them to join the mainstream.
February 12: An encounter took place between SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres in a forest in West Midnapore District. Following intelligence input that a group of Maoists from Bandwan and Odisha had come to Gopiballavpur to hold a meeting, a team of SFs raided the area. There was no report of any injury or casualty during the 20-minute-long encounter, said Jhargram SP Gaurav Sharma. "After the initial firing, the Maoists seemed to have fled away to Odisha. We found a bag and a polythene sheet," he added.
February 18: Speaking at the inauguration of the Regional Hub of National Security Guard at Badu in the State's North 24 Parganas District, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram lauded the efforts of the newly elected State Government for bringing Maoist activity under considerable control.
February 26: Two persons seated on the roof of a bus were hit by bullets fired by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Purnapani in West Midnapore District. Later, the Maoists abducted one of them.
February 29: Sadanala Ramakrishna alias RK, stated to be the head of the Central Technical Committee of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested in Kolkata. Four other Maoist cadres were also arrested. A city court remanded all the five in Police custody till March 13. Ramakrishna had been arrested along with associate Dipak Kumar, a resident of Chhattisgarh, from the College Street area. The three others - Sukumar Mondal, Bapi Mudi and Sambhu Charan Pal, all said to be residents of the State - were arrested from the Beniapukur area and seized materials used in making rocket launchers and other explosives from a workshop in the same area. The accused were involved in acquisition and manufacture of firearms, rocket launchers and grenades. They supplied firearms to Maoist outfits across the country. "Subversive documents", Maoist literature, drawings of machine parts and INR 500, 000 in cash were seized from the accused. Twenty-five pieces of six-holed metal sockets used in making rocket launchers were recovered from the Beniapukur workshop.
Mumbai Police arrested Aswin Kumar Bhattacharya from Mumbai. Bhattacharya, a senior member of the CPI-Maoist, is also a part of the arms supply chain, said Police sources.
March 4: Based on the information provided by five CPI-Maoist cadres who were arrested on February 29 in a joint operation of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh Police, STF officers of Kolkata Police raided an apartment in Birati, located in the eastern fringe of the city, and seized INR 3.5 million in cash, instruments used for manufacturing rocket-launchers, and some Maoist documents.
March 8: In a surprising revelation, the STF and IB officers interrogating five arrested CPI-Maoist learnt that the Maoist movement in Chhattisgarh is mainly controlled from various parts of the city. "Kolkata not only provides the logistics, financial and other support to their counterparts in Chhattisgarh but it also arranges for a safe hideout for important national level leaders. As per our information, at least three to four Central Committee members live in the city throughout the year," a top STF officer said.
March 9: Senior female CPI-Maoist action squad 'commander' Suchitra Mahato (35), a close aide of killed CPI-Maoist Politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji, surrendered in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with her newly married husband Prabir Gorai at the State Secretariat in Kolkata.
March 13: The Kolkata Police approached a Court in Kolkata to frame charges against Sadanala Ramakrishna alias RK, the head of the Central Technical Committee of the CPI-Maoist, and four other members of the outfit, arrested on March 1, under the UAPA.
March 20: Joint SF's found a laptop and a printer, believed to be used by the CPI-Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji just hours before his death. Six powerful IEDs and more than 150 kilogram of explosives, detonators and some ammunition were also seized from the hideout in Kushaboni forest of Jhargram in West Midnapore District.
March 31: The Jharkhand and West Bengal Police launched a combing operation in East Singhbhum District on the border between two States on information that a Maoist squad was in the area. "We have launched a massive combing operation jointly with the CRPF at Amdapahari under Naxal-hit Patamda Police Station bordering West Bengal for the Maoist squad," SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said. The Jharkhand Police was engaged in the operation in the State and the West Bengal Police was combing in the bordering area of Bandwan in Purulia District.
April 23: Mangal Mahato, a leader of the PCPA, a frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoist, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the West Midnapore District. The bullet- ridden body of Mahato was found in the morning near Banstala railway station in the Jhargram sub-division of the District.
May 4: A hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, who supplied arms to other extremists, has been arrested by the Special Task Force of Kolkata Police, sources said. Ajay Chanda, known as Jhulan in Maoist circles, was caught from Esplanade bus stand a few days ago, after which a city court remanded him to police custody for 14 days. During interrogation, Ajay who hails from Burdwan District admitted that he had links with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and was a key man in bringing arms for Maoist activities from outside. STF sources said based on leads from his statement, they have raided many places in the city and adjoining areas to seize laptops, hard disks, documents and cash worth INR 53,000.
May 15: One landmine was recovered by SFs from the side of a road in a forest near Barabari village in Jhargram area of West Midnapore District. The landmine was diffused later.
May 17: The Maoists blew up the main railway tracks between New Delhi-Howrah route near Gurap Railway station in Hooghly District during wee hours.
May 23: Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including those who were part of the security ring around the slain Politburo member Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji, laid down their arms before senior officials of the State Police at Jhargram in West Midnapore District. According to senior police officers, the Maoists who surrendered were all close to Kishanji and had remained active in the Jhargram area even after the Maoist leader was killed in an encounter with security forces in the Burisole forest of Jhargram on November 24. Jagannath Soren alias Hero who served as bodyguard to Kishanji was the first to lay down his arms, followed by six others who were part of various Maoist squads in the District. Among the arms surrendered were a 5.56 Insas Rifle and .315 and .303 rifles and country-made firearms with more than a hundred rounds of ammunition. Over the past year, since the Trinamool Congress-led government came to power in the State, 23 Maoists have surrendered.
May 26: A hardcore CPI-Maoist squad leader, identified as Tota Hembram, was arrested from his hideout near Lalgarh area under the Jhargram subdivision of West Midnapore District in the evening. Hembram, belonged to the Bikash squad, was wanted in several cases of murder, abduction and landmine attacks. Hembram was hiding in Jhatiyara village in Lalgarh's Dharampur when Police raided the house on specific intelligence.
May 31: SFs recovered a cache of arms and explosive from Bagjhapa village in Kolaboni area in Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore District. Acting on a tip off, the Forces raided the village, and dug out from a field 17 landmines, 12 detonators, 33 kilogrammes explosives, 9 socket bombs, two pistols and 30 live cartridges, suspected to be hidden by the CPI-Maoist.
June 9: SFs arrested a Maoist, identified as Ranjan Tudu (30), from the Jamboni Police Station area of Jhargram region in West Midnapore District. Senior police officials said Tudu was a trusted and close aide of slain CPI-Maoist politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji.
June 25:According to Police, the CPI-Maoist have come back to the villages taking advantage of the monsoon rains, holding meetings and threatening leaders of rival political parties. “Maoists are trying to launch recruitment and training programmes, as movement of security forces inside the forests during monsoon is restricted and there is lesser vigilance. However, we are working on counter strategies,” IG, Western zone, Gangeshwar Singh.
June 26: The CPI-Maoist is said to be spreading its influence across the industrial zone, specifically collieries, where they are wooing young workers and sending them for arms training, Police said. “We have got some reports, which tell us that Maoists are trying to spread their wings in this area through some frontal organisations. Sometimes, the area is also used as a transit point. However, we are keeping a close eye on the situation,” Commissioner of the newly formed Asansol-Durgapur police Commissionerate Ajay Nanda.
June 27: After a detailed search a total of 90,000 detonators were seized from a car, intercepted in East Midnapore District. Police managed to arrest driver Guddu Singh and his accomplice Suvo Singh and produced both in court. Police said a possible Maoist link is being probed too.
June 29: There was a significant improvement in law and order in the three Maoist-affected Districts of West Bengal with the number of violent incidents and killings of civilians declining, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. She said 235 Left wing extremists have been arrested while 20 of them surrendered to the Police since the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Government came to power last year. Presenting the budget for the home department, Banerjee asserted that there was a significant improvement in law and order in the Jungle Mahal - forested stretches of three western Districts West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia where Maoists have a base. She said Police recovered 86 firearms, 1,491 pieces of ammunition, 386 kg of explosives and 39 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the affected areas. The figures are based on the data available in the first ten months of the Trinamool regime which has been in office since May 20, 2011.
July 4: A CPI-Maoist cadre suspected to be involved in several incidents of violence was arrested from his house in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. The Maoist cadre identified as Bashishtha Mahato alias Bullet was arrested from his home in Talpal under Binpur Police Station of Dumaria, in the District, an officer of the Binpur Police Station said.
July 13: A Maoist couple, identified as Raju Murmu and Sujata Kumar, was arrested from Onda forest located in the border of Purulia and Bankura Districts. The Maoist couple was accused of killing of Trinamool workers Jeetu Singh Sardar and Baku Singh Sardar at Bersa village in Balarampur area in Purulia District in 2011.
West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan said that the Mamata Banerjee Government had been able to contain the threat from Maoist forces in West Bengal.
July 16: Senior CPI-Maoist leader Arnab Dam alias Bikram was arrested at the Biramdih railway station in Purulia District. An AK-47 rifle, some rounds of ammunition and some Maoist literature were recovered from him. Bikram, a State Committee member and secretary of the Bihar Jharkhand Odisha Border Regional Committee of the CPI-Maoist, was the biggest achievement of the joint SFs after the elimination of Polit Bureau member Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji in a November 2011 encounter in West Midnapore District.
July 18: Sleuths dealing with the CPI-Maoist in West Bengal fear that the Maoists in Jungle Mahal are trying to regroup again. In order to prevent their regrouping, the state is planning another phase of joint operations. Senior officers of State Police and CRPF held a coordination meeting with their Jharkhand counterparts.
Keshore Mani Hansda, a woman sarpanch of Kapgari gram panchayat and member of the Jharkhand Party (Naren) from the Jomsoro village in West Midnapore District was arrested by the CID for providing shelter to cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
July 22: Aduri Murmu alias Deepa, a woman CPI-Maoist leader was arrested during a raid at Prakendu village in Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. Murmu was the ‘deputy commandant’ of a squad of Maoist guerrilla led by Ranjan Munda and had fought a pitched gun-battle with SFs in the forests of Burishole and Mohulbani in West Midnapore District in February.
July 26: Mohan Vishwakarma (60), a senior member of the TRAM unit of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by the STF personnel of Kolkata Police from Watgunge Police Station area in south Kolkata. Huge quantities of grenade manufacturing materials, including 83 pieces of spare parts of grenade, were seized from him.
July 27: The City Police arrested CPI-Maoist leader Arjun Ganju from Jharkhand in Kolkata. Arjun was allegedly involved in procuring arms from the city and smuggling them to different armed squads in Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
July 29: Based on intelligence inputs the West Bengal Police have warned CM Mamata Banerjee and some of her party colleagues against moving in the CPI-Maoist areas, particularly at night, anticipating that they might become soft targets for Maoists.
July 30: Two women CPI-Maoist cadres of the Ayodhya squad surrendered before DGP Naparajit Mukherjee at the State Secretariat in Kolkata of West Bengal. According to Police, Sikha Hansda and Champa Hembram were active in the State’s Purulia District, along the West Bengal-Jharkhand border for nearly four years. Both Hansda and Hembram laid down two firearms and a few rounds of ammunition at the time of surrender.
August 3: The joint SFs arrested two wanted CPI-Maoist leaders identified as Ranjan Munda and Baneshwar Murmu along with an SLR and a rifle, from Gopiballpur in West Midnapore District. Munda, an ‘area commander’ in-charge of the Nayagram squad, was arrested from Chilkathi village in Jhargram during an operation led by ASP (operations) Alok Rajoria. Involved in the abduction of OIC of the Sankrail Police Station, Atindranath Nath Dutta in October 2009, Munda had carried out subversive activities in Jharkhand and Odisha apart from Jangalmahal. Murmu, an action squad leader of Jhargram, had accompanied Munda during the operation.
August 4: SFs arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre from Sarenga area of Bankura District. Biswajit Hansda, against whom several cases of murder and extortion were pending, was caught after SFs got information about his movement in the area.
Chandi Sarkar, alleged to be a Maoist leader arrested from Kathgara village under Chapra Police Station in Nadia District on 23 September, 2005, was released from jail after being granted bail in all the cases against him. There had been six cases against Sarkar who had been slapped with sedition and other charges including under the Arms Act.
August 8: The Calcutta High Court granted the status of political prisoners to seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including senior leader of the outfit, Venkateswar Reddy alias Telugu Dipak and Chhatradhar Mahato, convenor of the Maoist-backed PCPA. Subhashish Roy, counsel for the Maoists said that under the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, these prisoners were entitled to the status of political prisoner. Besides Reddy and Mahato, others who were granted the status are Gaur Chakrabarty, former spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist and the first person to be arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Sukhshanti Baskey, Shambhu Soren, Sogun Murmu and Prasun Chatterjee.
Cautioning the Maoists that her Government will not tolerate any violence, CM Mamata Banerjee said that West Bengal had outperformed all other States in ensuring development of areas where Maoists are present. She was addressing a rally at Belpahari in West Midnapore District, once the hotbed of Maoist activities. Banerjee, who became the first Chief Minister to visit the area in four decades, handed over cheques to family members of people killed by Maoists, even as a Maoist cadre, Rabi Murmu, publicly surrendered before her. He is the 37th Maoist to surrender before the Trinamool-led administration. Only eight Maoists had surrendered during the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee regime.
Banerjee said that cadres were being brought over from Jharkhand and Odisha to foment trouble in the Jungle Mahal region of the State.
She promised a Government job for one family member of all the people killed in Maoist violence, adding that those who stand up to the Maoists should register their names with local authorities so that they could be provided jobs in the future. She also announced that surrendered Maoists will be given government jobs — home guards at that.
August 9: Tribals in the CPI-Maoist-infested Jungle Mahal region (Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore Districts) of West Bengal are planning a “peaceful agitation” to wrest autonomy from the state, much like what the Gorkhas have in the Darjeeling hills. “Our main demand will be autonomy in the form of a Jangalmahal Territorial Administration,” Ashok Jiban Ghosh, who was a secretary of the Maoist-backed PCPA, said.
August 11: The West Bengal Government is contemplating joint operations with neighbouring states against the CPI-Maoist in Jungle Mahal. "Yes, we have a plan for joint operations in Jungle Mahal," DGP Naparajit Mukherjee told reporters when asked if joint operations were being planned with Odisha and Jharkhand against Maoists.
August 17: The Police recovered arms hidden by the CPI-Maoist in the forests of West Midnapore District in West Bengal. Jhargram SP Bharati Ghosh said based on leads provided by arrested Maoist Ranjan Munda, they searched a forest area near Nayagram village along the Odisha border and found the arms and ammunition hidden inside a plastic bag. The arms include a number of cartridges, an AK-47 rifle, 18 detonators and other ammunition.
August 20: A CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested by joint forces from Sarenga area in Bankura District of West Bengal. Abhiram Tudu (31) is an accused in the killing of a CPI-Marxist leader in January 2010.
August 28: CRPF authorities have appealed to the West Bengal home department to ensure that the CRPF personnel get the monetary incentive which was announced for catching or killing top Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji. A reward of INR 3.1 million was announced for Kishanji's head by Odisha (INR 700,000) and Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh (1.2 million each). Home Ministry sources said even though the cash reward was announced by Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, it was the duty of the West Bengal government to coordinate the reward-giving procedure for Kishanji's death took place on its soil.
September 3: A CPI-Maoist cadre in Jamshedpur Jail, when interrogated by Jharkhand Police, confessed to handing over INR 200,000 to Choton Das, a human rights activist who was named by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as one of six interlocutors in July 2011 and whose job in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was also restored by her order. Das is also state secretary of the Bandi Mukti Committee in West Bengal, and the money Pradip Gayen handed over to him was extorted from a contractor working on a project on Subarnarekha River. Police maintain that Gayen alias Benoy Das was formerly a member of Bandi Mukti Committee. However, Das denied having taken any money from Gayen, whom he denied knowing, or any Maoist whatsoever.
September 11: The STF of Kolkata Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist including the secretary of the Kolkata City Committee of the outfit, Abhishek Mukherjee on the northern fringes of the city. The others arrested along with him have been identified as Sunil Mondol and Subhas Roy. Maoist literature, two improvised fire arms including a semi-automatic gun and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from their possession.
Maoist Kantiran Murmu was arrested from the Barikul Police Station area of Bankura District. Murmu was wanted in connection with a murder case in January 2011.
September 17: Sushil Roy, ideologue and politburo member of the CPI-Maoist who is in jail since 2005 and is currently undergoing treatment in Delhi's AIIMS hospital, told Times of India that ahead of 2011 assembly polls in West Bengal, Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji had reached out to the TMC keeping the CPI-Maoist leadership in the dark. Roy said, "He (Kishanji) did not obey party line. He thought he was next to Mao." "The party did not know about his (Kishanji's) meeting with Mamata (Banerjee) before the polls. It was not the party's decision," said Roy.
September 25: CPI-Maoist Politburo member Sushil Roy has said Mamata Banerjee first “posed as a supporter of the Maoists’ cause but did a quick somersault after becoming Chief Minister” of West Bengal. Roy, 76, arrested in 2005, is undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment at AIIMS.
September 26: The latest report of the CAG has slammed the West Bengal Police and the State Government for buying two troop carriers for anti-CPI-Maoist operation at a cost of over INR 9 million “without considering their suitability”. In its report that was tabled in the Assembly, the CAG states the two troop carriers have been lying idle for the past three years as they were found unsuitable for use. The West Bengal Police had made the procurement in 2009 “without considering their suitability resulting in the vehicles not being used in anti-terrorist operations for more than two years and consequent blockage of funds,” it stated.
September 28: Girish Sahis (42), a TMC supporter from Kismat Jambera village was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Jhargram in West Midnapore District of Jungle Mahal area of West Bengal. Handwritten posters demanding withdrawal of joint SFs from Jungle Mahal and warnings to the TMC-led Government were strewn near the body.
September 30: The Police arrested two top Maoist cadres, identified as Dinu Chalak and Toofan Mahato, during an anti Maoist drive in Jhargram area in West Midnapore District. Both the Maoists had been booked in heinous crimes, including murder.
October 1: Two CRPF troopers were seriously injured after being shot at by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a combing operation in the forests of West Midnapore District.
October 6: A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Mansingh Murmu alias Sujoy, wanted in a number of murders in West Bengal and Odisha was arrested by the joint forces from Kandasole forest in West Midnapore District.
October 9: Acting on an IB missive that warned of CPI-Maoist launching attacks ahead of Kishanji's first death anniversary on November 24, joint Security Forces raided Jhitka and Helibiha forests in Jangalmahal in West Midnapore District and seized a huge cache of ammunition and explosives. Some 1,019 cartridges, including those of AK-47, INSAS rifles, 9-mm and single-barrel guns, along with seven flash guns and 84 detonators were dug out of a pit.
October 13: The UHM has advised the West Bengal Government to challenge the Calcutta HC judgment that granted political prisoner status to arrested CPI-Maoist cadres. The high court’s judgment is feared to have opened a possibility for the Maoists to exploit a State specific act to justify even the act of waging war against the nation.
October 18: Sanatan Sardar, suspected to be an important local leader of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police in the Binpur Police limits in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. Sanatan is believed to be the landmine and explosives expert of the Madan Mahato squad of the CPI-Maoist and was active in the Belpahari area of Jangalmahal.
The West Bengal DGP Naparajit Mukherjee warned that the CPI-Maoist have links with Pakistan spy agency ISI. He said that the ISI was supporting Maoists in the State. He also said that the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), groups had also joined hands with the Maoists.
October 28: A CPI-Maoist leader identified as Saheb Ram Soren was arrested from his village at Shingpur under Binpur Police Station in West Midnapore District of West Bengal.
The SFs recovered 18 challenger mines from a forest near Chotojharia in Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore District. The raid was conducted after specific information about two Maoist groups having entered from neighbouring Jharkhand, Police said.
November 3: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Chiranjeet Saha and Sukhdeb Mahato, were detained by the Police under Kalighat Police Station in Kolkata of West Bengal, who came to complain that they are yet to get the entire rehabilitation package they are entitled to on surrendering. The CM Mamata Banerjee after meeting the duo assured that they will get all the rehabilitation benefits as soon as possible.
November 5: Mangal Mura (49), a CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested by the Joint Forces from Bindra village in Belpahari in Jangalmahal area in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. Mura is said to be an important member of Maoist leader Madan Mahato's guerrilla squad.
During another search operation, Joint Forces recovered 69 socket bombs and 136 caps of similar bombs in West Midnapore District.
November 24: About 50 CPI-Maoist sympathisers gathered at a community hall in Kolkata to observe the first death anniversary of politburo member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji.
November 26: Ahead of their call for bandh in the region, a group of CPI-Maoist cadres attacked and disrupted a function at Jamuna village in Jhargram block of West Midnapore District in West Bengal. They left after injuring a couple of people while the locals managed to nab one of the Maoists and handed him over to the Police. The incident took place when villagers were engaged in offering prayers to the deity of their goddess and the Maoists attacked them.
A Naxalite, belonging to Bikash Squad of Lalgarh, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police from his residence at Dangrasole village in Taldangra region in Bankura District.
Police conducted raid on the Secretary of CPM’s Aguibani local committee in West Bengal, Prashanta Das, on November 26, suspecting him to be having links with CPI-Maoist.
November 27: The West Bengal State Government promised to the Central Government to amend a State law in the upcoming Assembly Session to disallow the terrorists and the Maoists from claiming political prisoner status.
November 30: The CRPF personnel recovered a landmine and a computer belonging to CPI-Maoist cadres in Jhargram area in West Midnapore District.
December 2: CPI-Maoist inmates, including those who have political prisoner status, have gone on an indefinite hunger strike at Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata, demanding immediate release of ailing Maoist inmates Gour Chakraborty and Sushil Roy.
December 3: The CRPF launched a 'Community Interactive Programme' in Naxal-afflicted Lalgarh region in West Midnapore District to inculcate a sense of security by developing cordial relations and harnessing co-operation with the villagers living in the CPI-Maoist dominated region.
December 5: The Central Government said that front organisations of CPI-Maoist have developed close nexus with certain fundamentalist Islamic groups in West Bengal and forged common platform on certain issues. The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs R P N Singh said in Rajya Sabha that the Government was closely monitoring the situation. He, however, said no concrete inputs are available to indicate that the LWE have forged direct ties with ISI of Pakistan.
December 8: West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, said the State has successfully tackled the problem of Maoist insurgency and that not a single civilian death has been reported so far this year from the LWE-affected Districts. “A year before we came to power (2010) there were 143 civilian deaths (by Maoists) reported from different areas of Junglemahal [West Midnapore, Purulia and some areas of Bankura Districts]. This came down to 12 last year. So far this year, there has been no incidents of civilian killings by the Maoists,” Mitra said during a seminar at the PanIIT, a global conference of IIT alumni.
December 9: A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Manasi Baske alias Sita, was arrested from Jhasuli village under Salboni Police Station in West Midnapore District.
December 10: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that the State will not oppose the bail petition of ailing senior Maoist leader Sushil Roy.
December 12: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced in Kolkata that the State would deploy "village police" in every village of the State's Maoist-affected Jangalmahal region.
December 24: Two CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the Purulia District Police in West Bengal.
December 26: West Bengal State Government will utilise the services of surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres for snooping on their former comrades.
December 29: The NIA filed a supplementary chargesheet against four CPI-Maoist cadres in Kolkata for trying to manufacture rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and 51 mm mortars.