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Naxal conduit providing medical aid to cadres arrested in Raipur

Continuing its drive to weaken the urban network of Maoists, Chhattisgarh police have arrested from Raipur another naxal conduit who was providing medical aid to the cadres as a registered medical practitioner. Shatrughan Manilal Vaishnav alias Bhola Doctor (40), a native of Bande police station area of Kanker district in Northarrow-10x10.png Bastar, was nabbed from Pachpedi Naka area in the state capital last evening, a senior police official said. The accused had been associated with hardcore naxals since 2000, the official added.

After his interrogation, it came to light that he has connectionarrow-10x10.png with top Maoist cadres of Bastar and Gadchiroli. According to the official, the conduit, working as a doctor, was allegedly ensuring medical facilities to Maoists, and also involved in arranging treatment facilities for the injured cadres at the hospitals in urban areas. Vaishnav was also engaged in procuring explosives, arms, medicines, uniforms and other items of daily use.

Moreover, he also played a vital role in arranging meetings of contractorsarrow-10x10.png, businessmen, transporters with Maoists in restive pockets of Bastar region. Vaishnav was also associated with Babulal Sharma and Tarak Kundu, who were arrested few months back in Raipur, and extorted money from Tendu leaves contractors for Maoists. Notably, Sharma and Kundu were arrested in Raipur’s Shankar Nagar area alongwith detonators and material used to prepare explosives in August last year. Around 17 naxal conduits had been arrested from different locations of the state in the past two months, he said.


50 kg IEDs recovered, defused in Rayagada

Two Improvised Explosivearrow-10x10.png Devices (IEDs) weighing 25 kg each, 32 gelatin sticks, as many electric detonators and other bomb making items were recovered from a Naxal hideout in the Tikarhamsa-Seshkal area of Rayagada district during combing operations by CRPF forces and state police personnel in the early hours today, the sources said.


Splinter group kills Latehar Maoist commander

RANCHI: A Maoist subzonal commander was killed on the border of Latehar and Garhwa district, around 194km from here late on Friday. The body of Kameshwar Singh alias Brajeshji, 35, was found from a forest under Chiniya police station area of Garhwa on Saturday. He had several bullet injuries in his chest. Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad, a Maoist splinter group has claimed responsibility for the murder. Villagers spotted the body and informed police immediately.

Garhwa SP Sudhir Kumar Jha said, “Villagers informed us about the body followingarrow-10x10.png which we sent our patrolling parties to the site. The victim is reportedly a subzonal-level Maoist commander, who was active in the areas bordering Latehar. It appears to be a case of gang rivalry,” said Jha. Police have recovered a note from the pocket of the deceased. “In the note, JJMP claimed that the man was killed because he was trying to create trouble for them,” said Jha.

No weapons were found from the site, which indicates that they could have been snatched away by the assailants. “Our sources from Latehar identified him as Kameshwar Singh,” added Jha. Maoists, JJMP and Tritiya Prastuti Committee are locked in a war of supremacy in areas bordering Garhwa and Latehar. They collect money from tendu leaf dealers, contractors and businessmen in the area. A police officer said the body was found in Chiniya area, which is dominated by JJMP. “It is likely that the JJMP rebels kidnapped him from Latehar (where Maoists enjoy a dominance) and dragged him across thearrow-10x10.png border before killing him,” he said. Jha said, “An investigation has been launched into the incident.”




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Security forces get special trainingarrow-10x10.png to keep Maoists in checkarrow-10x10.png

Jharkhand Police started special training sessions for security forces to handle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) after Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) warned the state police regarding the nefarious plans of the CPI-Maoists to disrupt Lok Sabha elections. According to the guidelines provided by the MHA, the training is being provided to all security personnelarrow-10x10.png. In the first phase of training session, the security forces will be trained to maintain law and order during elections. “I have a deadline to completearrow-10x10.png the training before the election process is initiated,” said Anurag Gupta, inspector general of police and Jharkhand Police spokesperson.

Before the beginning training session, state police have also imparted training to the appointed trainers. Under the supervision of IG training Umesh Kumar Singh, the trainers were taught on IED safety protocols. The elite anti-Naxal force Jharkhand Jaguar (JJ) is being provided special training to detect and defuse IEDs. MHA wrote to the state police and informed that the banned outfit was ready to disrupt the peaceful elections in the state and they named their mission ‘Chunao Bahiskar’. Maoists were planning to ambush security forces, polling centres, police stations and polling parties in the state, the letter said. MHA has directed the state police to sensitise security forces and polling parties to strictly comply with the security drill and standard operation procedure. It also instructed road opening parties to remain alert to avoid any untoward incident.

Since 14 years, around 450 security personnel have lost their lives in various anti-insurgency operations. Maximum of them were killed in IED balsts.


Centre tells forces to remain alert in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand

The Centre has directed security forces deployed in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to tighten vigil in the three states in view of intelligence reports which suggested that Naxals would try to carry out subversive attacks in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. Worried over the plans of Maoists who may target political rallies and prominent political personalities, the Home Ministry has asked the paramilitary forces deployed in the three states to take maximum precautions and work inclosearrow-10x10.png coordination with the state police to foil any attempt by the rebels to disturb peace, official sources said today.

The intelligence inputs suggested that the Naxals may carry out spectacular attacks similar to the strike on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh before the state assembly polls in May 2013 which eliminated several top state leaders of the party. Nearly 30 people, including Chhattisgarh PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel and former Union Minister V C Shukla, were killed in that attack. Besides, in 2013, there were 383 incidents of violence in Jharkhand in which 150 civilians and security personnel were killed and there were 353 such cases in Chhattisgarh where 110 people lost their lives. In Bihar, 69 people, including security personnel, lost their lives in 176 incidents of violence in 2013.

The Home Ministry has already identified 13 worst Naxal- affected districts in Jharkhand as highly sensitive. There are eight highly sensitive districts in Chhattisgarh and five highly sensitive districts in Bihar. Concerned over high incidents of violence by Naxals, the government has asked the Election Commission to conduct the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in these 26 districts, besides seven other districts, in the first phase to ensure maximum security and minimum casualties. However, it is the EC which will take a final call on the poll schedule. Morearrow-10x10.png than 1.20 lakh central paramilitary personnel, in addition to state police forces, are expected to be deployed for the multi-phased Lok Sabha polls which are likely to be held in April-May.



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Undertrial Naxal serving life sentence escapes from court

Two prisoners, including a hardcore Maoist serving life sentence, escaped from court premises at Ghatsila, around 45 km from Jamshedpur on Monday, a senior police officer said.
CPI (Maoist)'s Phogra Munda, serving life sentence in a murder case as well as facing trial in several other cases in Ghorabandha, Shyamsunderpur and other police stations in Maoist-affected Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum, managed to escape soon after production in court, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Shailendra Kumar Sinha said.
An undertrial Hopna Baske also managed to hoodwink the guards, he said. Sinha said that the duo escaped from the court cell. The adjoining police stations have been alerted and patrolling was intensified, he said.


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Six phase polling in Bihar for better force availability

With an aim to guardarrow-10x10.png Naxal-hit areas, Bihar’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ajay V Nayak said on Wednesday that polling will be spread over six phases so that the central paramilitary forces could be made available on “d-day” in these areas. “The number of phases had to be increased to six in Bihar because we do not have adequate Central Paramilitary Forces as demanded and this could be made available from other areas for smooth conduct of elections particularly in the Maoists infested areas,” Nayak told reporters.

“Naxal-affected areas of Bihar contiguous to Jharkhand will have polls together on April 10 to facilitate better security availability,” he said explaining the reasons for expanding polling to six days in Bihar.


Cache of explosives recovered in MP

Balaghat (MP), Mar 5 (PTI) A cache of explosives was recovered from Mandai forest area in naxal-infested Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, policearrow-10x10.png said today. Acting on a tip-off, police searched Mandai forest area on Chilpi road bordering Chhattisgarh yesterday and recovered an iron container, two batteries (12 volt), an electronic detonator, TNT 18.700 kg, 1 kg glass pieces, six kg urea, 22 feet electric wire and naxal pamphlets, Balaghat Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Tiwari told reporters here.


Odisha seeks morearrow-10x10.png forces for LS, assembly polls on April 10, 17

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has sought additional security forces to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha and Assembly elections on April 10 and April 17, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said on Wednesday. “We have already 89 companies of central para-military force in the state. We have sought additional force to conduct free and fair elections in both the Naxal hit areas and other parts of the state,” Mona Sharma, the CEO, Odisha, told reporters.


RPF/PLA cadrearrow-10x10.png nabbed, explosives seized

Imphal, March 04 2014 : A team of Imphal West District Police commandos arrested one active member of RPF/PLA identified as Huimi Ningshen (38) s/o Dickson Ningshen of Kangpat Khunou, Ukhrul district but presently staying in a rented house of Tabitha Ningshen of Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai on March 2, said a press release issued by SP/NAB, Manipur cum PRO, Police Department. Followingarrow-10x10.png his revelation, one IED weighing about 1.5 kg, seven battery sets, five detonators, one receiver and one remote control device were seized from the rented house of Sukumaya Chithung (46) w/o Ngayaomi Cithung of Tangkhul Avenue.




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Lookout circular for ‘Maoists’

Cases registered against them in various police stations in Wayanad

Wayanad police chief Putta Vimaladitya on Saturday issued a lookout circular (LOC) against 10 suspected Maoists in connection with cases registered against them in various police stations in the district. The police identified the Maoists as Vikram Gowda; Latha; Kanya, alias Kanyakumari; Sundari; Roopesh; Sinoj; Jayanna; Ravi alias Raveendra; Jagadeesha; and Velmurugan. The first sighting of the Maoists was reported at Karimkanni Kattunayakka colony in the Padinharethara police station limits on August 14, 2013. The tribespeople of the colony reported that Maoist activists under the Western Ghat special zone committee had disbursed pamphlets, and organised a class for them nearly three days ago.

Though nearly seven such instances were reported at various places under the Vythiri, Meppadi, Padinharethara, and Vellamunda police station limits in seven months, the police were yet to find any evidence of the Maoists presence. The last incident in the series was at Kodampara colony at Kunhome in the Vellamunda police station limits on February 5 this year. Mr. Vimaladitya said the Maoists were wanted in many cases registered in police stations in the district. They had been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and Section 25 of the Arms Act.


Tight security in Malkangiri before polls

Following the recent release of an audio tape by top Maoist leader Poonam Chand urging the people to boycott the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in April, security has been beefed up in the entire Malkangiri district. According to Malkangiri SP Akhileswar Singh, the District Voluntary Force (DVF), Special Operation Group (SOG), Armed Police Reserve (APR) units and the district police have been kept on high alert. Besides, four BSF battalions have been deployed at the sensitive areas of Gobindapalli, Mathili, Katameta, Pandripani, Malkangiri Sadar, MV-79, Padia, Chitrakonda and Motu where they have set up camps, the SP said, adding the security personnel have also kept a tight vigil in the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.


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Indian Maoists kill 16 police in ambush
Maoist rebels have killed at least 16 policemen in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, police say.
The patrol was on its way to provide security to workers building a road in Sukma district when rebels fired at them, officials say.
Twenty-five policemen were injured in the attack, senior police officer Mukesh Gupta told BBC Hindi.
Chhattisgarh is a stronghold of the rebels who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor.
The Maoists are active in more than a third of India’s 600 districts and control large areas of several states in a “red corridor” stretching from north-east to central India.
Tuesday’s ambush happened in the Tongpal area of Sukma.
It is not clear whether the rebels suffered any casualties.
Last May, rebels attacked a convoy carrying state Congress leaders and party workers in Sukma, killing 27 people, including some top state politicians.
And in April 2012, rebels kidnapped a senior government official in the district, which is part of the Maoist-dominated Bastar region. Alex Paul Menon was freed after 12 days in captivity.
The Maoist insurgency began in West Bengal state in the late 1960s and has become, according to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the country’s “greatest internal security challenge”.
Major military and police offensives in recent years have pushed the rebels back to their forest strongholds and levels of violence have fallen.
But hit-and-run attacks are still common, killing hundreds of people every year.


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Media Report: Experts warn government of increased Maoist activities before elections

Ahead of upcoming elections, experts on Saturday warned the government of increased Maoist activities in the east. Reportedly, hotbed areas of Maoist activities like Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Sasaram- which share their borders with eastern Jharkhand- are on the hitlist of Maoists who have through posters send clear messages of disrupting the upcoming polls. “Before the previous parliamentary elections also, the Maoists have launched what is known as TCOC (tactical counter offensive campaign) and during the electoral period the security forces are spread thinly because they are on election duty also, so they become easy targets and when the Maoists launch a TCOC, the objective is to bleed the state wide, decrease the morale of the security forces and a general sense that they are enjoying an upper hand,”said P V Ramana, research fellow at Institute For Defence Studies And Analysis (IDSA) on Maoists.

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Peoples War in India Clippings 21/3/2014




Manipur Maoist boycotts Lok Sabha election

IMPHAL, March 15: Election in India is a big lie; it is to deceive the international community that India is a democratic country. This kind of election will not bring any substantial change in the life of the people. The chasm between the rich and the poor will increase even after hundreds of elections, said a statement signed by Nonglen Meitei, Secretary, Publicity and Propaganda of the proscribed, Maoist Communist Party of Manipur. The statement further said that election is a kind of carnival where burglars struggle to get power and position. It is unfortunate that people takes it seriously. There will be no change of direction as long as the driver remains the same though the vehicle may be new. Oppression and corruption will remained unchanged in the imperialist regime. The only fate for the Manipuries in India is that of a handmaiden servant.

There is no political future for Manipur in India. A Manipuri becoming an Indian Prime Minister is just impossible. Denouncing the election, the statement declared that the party will boycott the upcoming Indian Parliamentary election. The party therefore appealed the people of Manipur to boycott the said election. The party will not be responsible for any untoward incident. The statement has specifically mentioned that all-out effort will be made from the party to boycott the election. On the other hand, the party warns any individual or group who are using the name of the party for monetary demands through phone calls. To check such practices the party will halt monetary demands from the public.


Jailed Maoist, ML leader to sit on fast unto death

PATNA: A top Maoist and a CPI (ML) leader lodged in Beur model jail have threatened to go on fast unto death in their cells from March 23. The two undertrial prisoners said their demand for capital punishment has not been conceded by the President, PM and Chief Justice of India. Both had sent ‘death petitions’ in January last. “We are not seeking mercy but death,” said Pramod Mishra, a CPI (Maoist) leader, and Sudama Paswan of CPI (ML).

Lashing out at the police, bureaucracy, legislature and judiciary in which they claimed to have no faith, the two alleged that their detention was being extended on ‘false’ premises, imposition of new cases and production warrants. “We waited for a response from the authorities concerned but failed to get even acknowledgement. So, we decided to sit on fast unto death from the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh,” they said in a statement on Thursday.

Languishing in jail for six to nine years, both pleaded that there was no precise case against them and they have been either acquitted or no evidence was found against them in most of the cases in which they had been made accused. But their detention is being extended by lodging new cases and new production warrants even from outside the state. IG (prisons) Prem Singh Meena admitted that he was aware of their threat. “I have sought report from the jail superintendent and will take necessary steps,” he told TOI.

Mishra was arrested by Jharkhand police on May 9, 2008, and was kept in jails of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. Stating that he has no faith in ‘non-productive’ institutions like police, military, jail and legislature, Mishra asserted, “PM Manmohan Singh has declared that Naxalism is the biggest threat to the country’s security whereas I believe in Naxal ideology and have taken a pledge to shed my last drop of blood for the struggle.”

Paswan of Masaurhi, who had been arrested from his home on September 7, 2005, said four cases had been lodged against him and he got bail in three while one case was in the trial stage in the court of ADJ since 2009 but no witness has been produced so far. He alleged that a number of scams were reported but no action was taken against the scamsters because “the money earned through scandals is used on crushing the people’s movement.”


Kerala to seek 25 companies of policemen

Thiruvananthapuram: The state police will seek about 25 companies of police force from the centre and other states for security arrangements during the Lok Sabha polls. The police have already stepped up vigil across the state. Already, about 2,000 polling booths in the state have been identified as sensitive. A final list of sensitive booths will be decided after consultation with the Election Commission. DGP Mr. K.S. Balasubramanian held a video conferencing with top police officers from the rank of district police chief and above on Wednesday to review the security arrangements. Similar meetings will be held in the coming days to finalise the security plans. Top police sources said that one of the prime concerns of the police would be the security of Naxal-prone areas.


Maoists call for favourable atmosphere for talks

Speaking exclusively to HT at a training camp on Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border, top leaders of CPI Maoist Bihar-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee said they were ready for talks with the government provided a favourable atmosphere was created. “We have burnt our fingers many times in the past. We lost our top central committee leader Cherikuri Rajkumar alias Azad and politburo member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji who went that extra mile to broker peace and were instead killed in cold blood,” said the committee secretary Deenbandhu. He asked the governments to immediately release all prisoners of war (Maoists) lodged in various jails and then initiate the peace process.

While Azad was killed on July 2, 2010 in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, Kishenji was killed on November 24, 2011 in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Maoists allege both their top leaders were killed in fake encounters. Days before his killing, they said, Azad had begun process for dialogue with the Centre. The leaders conceded that the organisation was going through an acute leadership crisis, but quickly asserted that they were used to these ups and downs and would soon bounce back with a vengeance. “You may kill us but you cannot kill our ideology,” said zonal commander Sanjayji, 50, elucidating the increasing police atrocities on people who supported them.

“We have not budged from our ideology. We are pro poor people. Allow us to work in a peaceful manner with the farmers and working class. We do not believe in gun power. Guns are not our political weapons. It is for self-defence. We are fighting a political battle,” he added. Maoists are distributing pamphlets among villagers urging them to raise their voices to secure the release of “revolutionaries, who have been arrested unarmed from bus stops, railway stations, markets, hospitals, homes, marriage functions, even temples and are languishing in jails for years”. Some of them, the rebels alleged, were in their seventies and battling old-age related diseases behind bars.

“Look at the paradox, actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted for terror charges, gets successive paroles but 63-year-old Kobad Ghandy, without a single conviction and battling cancer along with heart conditions, fails to get bail,” he said. Sanjayji also thanked the Doon School Old Boys’ Society for supporting Ghandy’s release. “If Ghandy is anti-national, why haven’t such charges been leveled against the MPs who threw chairs and sprayed pepper in Parliament, bringing disrepute to the country, globally,” asked another rebel leader, Deenbandhu.


More Security Forces in Maoist Hit Areas

Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra accompanied by senior police officers on Thursday reviewed security arrangements of western range police at its headquarters in Rourkela for the elections on April 10 and 17. Mishra said police stations along border and the areas hit by Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) would be given special attention during elections. In remaining areas, adequate police deployment would be made to maintain law and order.

The Maoist infested border areas of Rourkela police district and those of Jharkhand, where six companies of CRPF are deployed, would get additional three companies of Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) on poll duty on April 10. The border pockets of Sundargarh police district would be provided two additional companies of Central Armed Police Force(CAPF) and Keonjhar police district, which already has four companies of CRPF, would get two more companies of CAPF for second phase polls on April 17, Mishra informed. The DGP also said vulnerable polling booths in LWE-hit areas would be additionally equipped with mobile patrol parties, static surveillance squads and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel.

Mishra was flanked by Special DGP (Headquarters) Sanjeev Mareek, Additional DG (Law and Order) Bijayanand Jha, IGP (Modernisation) Sanjeev Panda, IGP (Operation) Soumendra Priyadarshi and IGP (Western Range) RK Sharma at the meeting. Rourkela SP Amitendra Nath Sinha and his Sundargarh and Keonjhar counterparts also attended the review meeting. Later in the day, the DGP left for similar exercises in Sambalpur and Talcher. Sambalpur:

Addressing mediapersons here after reviewing poll preparedness in police districts under northern and north central ranges, Mishra said their prime objective was to provide security to voters and contesting candidates. He informed that 50 companies of additional security forces will join the existing forces in the State for the conduct of free and fair elections. After deployment in different areas during the first phase of elections, the forces will be moved to areas where the second phase poll will be held.


Police destroy Maoist camp, seize arms and ammunitions in Odisha

Gajapati, March 21 (ANI): Following tip offs from rebels under police custody, the police in Gajapati district of Odisha destroyed a Maoist camp and seized a huge cache of arms, ammunitions and explosives. The police initiated a raid in Maoist hideouts in the forests of Salimagochha and Therubadi in Gajapati district after receiving primary information from three female Maoists under custody, Nikita, Anita and Susan who were arrested from a camp on February 28. Police seized three rifles, a tiffin bomb, two magazines and more than 160 rounds of live cartridges.


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Peoples War in India Clippings 22/3/2014




Maoists’ open fire at function, 2 hurt in stampede

Khunti (Jharkhand), Mar 22 (PTI) Maoists opened fire in air at a function causing injury to two villagers during the stampede and set ablaze a vehicle at Marangdih in Naxal-hit Khunti district, police today said. A group of 20 Maoists arrived in the village and inquired about the SPOs when a function was in progress at the village last night, Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta told reporters.


Maoists shoot at two, blast building in Jharkhand

Ranchi, March 22: Maoist guerrillas shot at two people, torched a vehicle and blasted a school building at two places in Jharkhand, police said on Saturday. Police said the Maoists injured two people by shooting at them in Khuti district’s Marangdih village Friday night. They also set a vehicle on fire in the same village. In another incident, Maoists blasted a school building at Khukra village of Giridih district, 160 Km from Ranchi, late Friday. Police recovered Maoist pamphlets from the spot, while the ultras said the security forces may have used the school building for living in during the Lok Sabha polls.


Naxal killed in police encounter

Raipur, Mar 22 (PTI) A naxal carrying reward of Rs 5,000 on his head was killed in an encounter with police in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today. The incident occurred in forest area of Gundipur village under Bijapur police station limits when a patrolling party of police came under fire from Maoist insurgents, police said. A police official said other ultras fled from the spot after police retaliated.





48,000 security personnel for six Maoist-hit LS constituencies

PATNA: Over 48,000 security personnel would adopt ‘shock and awe’ tactics to thwart any disruptive plan by Maoists during polling in six Parliamentary constituencies in Maoist-hit areas of Bihar on April 10. “The forces comprising 165 companies of central paramilitary forces of 108 combatants each, and over 30,000 policemen will resort to shock and awe tactics to prevent disruption of polls in Sasaram, Karakat, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Jamui,” Inspector General of police (Operations) ..


Experts warn government of increased Maoist activities before elections

Ahead of upcoming elections, experts on Saturday warned the government of increased Maoist activities in the east. Reportedly, hotbed areas of Maoist activities like Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Sasaram- which share their borders with eastern Jharkhand- are on the hitlist of Maoists who have through posters send clear messages of disrupting the upcoming polls. “Before the previous parliamentary elections also, the Maoists have launched what is known as TCOC (tactical counter offensive campaign) and during the electoral period the security forces are spread thinly because they are on election duty also, so they become easy targets and when the Maoists launch a TCOC, the objective is to bleed the state wide, decrease the morale of the security forces and a general sense that they are enjoying an upper hand,”said P V Ramana, research fellow at Institute For Defence Studies And Analysis (IDSA) on Maoists.

State government agencies have been organising campaigns to ensure that voters turnout in huge numbers to participate in the election procedure. But politicians, too, who have been actively campaigning, are on the hit list of the red rebels. “Ahead of elections politicians become easy prey because they move around freely in the villages canvassing and are therefore easy to get targeted,” said Ramana.





Explosives found in Hazaribag forest

HAZARIBAG: Chouparan police of Hazaribag recovered huge cache of detonators and explosives, including five can bombs, five cooker bombs, two cylinder bombs and gelatin sticks from Dooragarha forest, which is a Maoist-dominated belt bordering Chatra and Hazaribag district on Friday, said SP Manoj Kaushik. The SP said, “These explosives must have been kept there to target security forces, who have launched a massive drive against the rebels for peaceful election in the region.” It has also been learnt that owing to the Maoist threat, no votes were polled at Dooragarah during last election.


No armoured vehicle for security forces in Jharkhand

RANCHI: Security personnel deployed in the Maoist-affected districts of Jharkhand for election will have to work without armoured vehicles, most of which are lying defunct at district police headquarters. Over 300 company forces will move to the remotest areas in the state to ensure peaceful polls. But there would not be any armoured vehicle for their protection because several such vehicles allotted to different district police departments are lying defunct for months. Jharkhand Police Association (JPA) said it amounts to playing with the lives of security personnel because they would not be able to use the vehicles unless they are repaired or replaced.


CPRF makes aerial surveillance of Gaya, Aurangabad in Bihar

PATNA: In an effort to thwart Maoist threat during elections, CRPF officials on Friday made preliminary aerial surveillance of Gaya and Aurangabad areas. The Red army has recently threatened to unsettle the poll process by attacking politicians and police personnel. Sources said IG P Mohane and DIG Chiranjeev made the surveillance and even landed at the notorious Chakarbanda forest on Gaya-Aurangabad border. The forest has been in news in recent times for many encounters between security forces and Maoists, causing casualties from both sides. The area, however, is now being dominated by security forces with the presence of a large number of CRPF and STF men.


Landmine recovered near bridge

A landmine was recovered today at a place near a small bridge on state highway at Jambani in West Midnapore district. Locals informed the police after spotting the crude landmine at Bansipole on Jhargram-Belpahari state highway. This area was a Maoist stronghold four years ago. The explosives were stuffed in a tiffin can and electric wires were seen wrapped around it. The experts of bomb squad later defused it. A country-made gun and cartridges were also recovered in a sack lying nearby. The police and joint forces cordoned off the area until the landmine was defused. Two more landmines were found in Ranja forest at Salbani and Jhitka jungle in Lalgarh of the district yesterday.


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Peoples War in India Clippings 23/3/2014

Naxals ban use of mobiles till polls

Raipur: Maoists have imposed a ban on use of cell phones in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-wracked Bastar to “disable” the intelligence network of security forces in the region, police sour-ces said on Saturday. Inte-lligence sources said the rebels have also launched a drive in remote areas in Bastar to seize cell phones from the local tribals. Sources said Naxals have issued a directive to tribals to deposit their cell phones with the local rebel leaders and warned of serious consequences if they defied the diktat.

“We have received reports of Naxals enforcing ban on use of cell phones in remote villages. The ultras have also been forcing the local tribals to part with their cell phones or face serious consequences,” Rajendra Narayan Das, SP of Kanker said. The drive apparently was aimed at “disabling” intelligence network of security forces in Naxal-stronghold areas by identifying the police informers. “Naxals are scrutinising the cell phones of villagers to check if phone numbers of police personnel have been stored in them. The rebels punish those whose cell phones have such numbers saved, suspecting them as police informers,” Mr Das said.

A senior police officer posted in south Bastar disclosed that several innocent tribals who were found to have stored mobile numbers of their kin serving in police department were executed after being branded police spies by the ultras. “The other motive was to prevent security forces from locating their movements during the Lok Sabha polls in Bastar on April 10,” he said.


Maoist held with a weapon

A Maoist was arrested today with a weapon from a locality at Khaira in Bihar’s Jamui district, sources said. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a hideout in Garhi Bazar locality and nabbed the ultra, identified as Kedar Yadav, the sources said. A country-made pistol was recovered from Yadav’s possession, they said. A native of Ghuthiya village, the Maoist was wanted in several cases of naxal violence in the district, the sources added.


Maoists blow up two school buildings in Giridih area

Maoists cadres blew up two school buildings in Navakaniya village of Giridih district in Jharkhand on Friday night as the banned outfit stepped up its violent campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The village targeted by cadres of the CPI-Maoists is around 35km from the district headquarters and 230km from capital Ranchi. The banned outfit is opposed to the elections and has asked people of the state to stay away from the democratic process.

Security personnel had no knowledge of the incident till they reached the village on Saturday afternoon. The nearest Pirtand police station is just 12km from the village. The heavily-armed Maoist cadres also terrorised the villagers and held two of them captive while the others planted dynamite on the school buildings before blowing them up. The Maoists distributed pamphlets dictating villagers to boycott polling activities. Terrorised villagers remained tightlipped before the media. However, an eyewitness, on condition of anonymity, said, “At around 7:.30pm, a group of 50 to 60 armed Maoists arrived here and assembled near the Navakaniya upgraded middle school. Later, they called upon two of the villagers and assaulted them.”


Police arrest Maoist in Jharkhand

Lohardaga /Jhargram, Mar 23 (ANI): Acting on a tip-off Police arrested a Maoist and recovered money in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.


Maoist Posters Found Again

Fresh anti-poll posters by Maoists have surfaced in Rayagada, leaving local leaders worried over the conduct of peaceful Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the Maoist-hit region. Maoist posters and banners were found at Parsali panchayat office of Kalyansingpur block on Saturday where the ultras urged upon Dongria Kondhs residing in Niyamgiri hill to boycott the elections. Police said they have recovered few posters and suspect it to be the handiwork of the local Maoist supports.

Few days back, similar posters were found in interior Majhiguda and Dasmantpur panchayats of Koraput where ultras had asked the locals not to exercise their franchise on April 10 and accused all political parties of being anti-poor. The posters also asked the people not to let politicians enter villages for campaigning.


Maoists fire at SPO’s family

The villagers said the police had not even visited Hembrom, but district police officials said investigations were on A squad of the CPI(Maoist) on Friday night opened fire at a social gathering at Khunti, 30 km from Ranchi, injuring two villagers and set fire to a jeep. The tribal villagers said they suspected the rebels targeted the family and friends of Raila Dhingra Munda for his work as a special police officer (SPO) gathering intelligence for the Khunti district police.

On Saturday, Mara Munda, Raila’s younger brother who had been shot in the right thigh and had fractured a bone, lay in Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Institute’s orthopaedic intensive care ward. “We had invited more than 400 villagers to celebrate the ear-piercing ceremonies of both my sisters. At 8.30 p.m., I stepped out of our courtyard and heard a gunshot. The next moment, I fell,” Mr. Munda said. “There was panic as everyone tried to flee. I cried out for my friends to pull me inside the house or I would have died,” recounted the 20-year-old with some effort as his father, Sande Munda, who can speak only Mundari, looked on.

The Maoists had killed his eldest brother, Rupu Munda, who also worked as an SPO, in a market at Adki in 2010. Mr. Mara’s elder brother, Raila, who the family suspects was the Maoists’ target, was away in Khunti town when the incident happened. The villagers first rushed both to Khunti’s Sadar Hospital, and to Ranchi in the morning. While the villagers in Hembrom in Adki block said the police had not even visited the village since Friday night, district police officials said investigations were on. “Our search operations are on for the Maoists,” said Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta. Mr. Raila Munda said he started working as an SPO in 2008.


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Indian Maoists Pledge Support for Renewed Tamil Eelam Struggle
Indian Maoists pledge support for armed Eelam struggle
Indian Maoists have pledged support for another armed struggle by the Sri Lankan Tamils for an independent Eelam.
Indian website thatstamil.oneindia.in has quoted Maoist general secretary Muppala Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathi as having told a pro-naxalite website in an interview that the Eelam struggle has not died down with the passing of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. “It is still alive and we shall support it with arms”.
Apparently keeping in mind the Indian experience where naxal groups like Maoist Communist Centre, the People’s War and others have come together and are controlling vast areas in Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal, he said: “The battle for Tamil Eelam is not lost yet. Eelam will blossom one day if all the (Tamil) groups come together and, with changed strategies, resume the struggle”
Mr Ganapathi said: “We shall smuggle in sophisticated arms in ultra-modern boats to the rebels to revive the armed struggle in Sri Lanka and nobody can stop us. We are formed groups for this”.
Admitting that the Eelam struggle has suffered a big setback, maybe a virtual defeat with the elimination of the LTTE, Mr Ganapathi has said, ” the Eelam movement has now become rudderless, but the thirst for freedom has not died down among the Eelam Tamils”.
He said, “there is no change in the situation” which led to the armed struggle for an independent Eelam” in the early 1980s. The “celebration of Prabhakaran’s death by Sinhala chauvinists in Colombo and the encouragement given to them by the fascist Sinhala Government show the Sinhalese’ hatred for Tamils and the Tamil nation”.
He also expressed the fear that there would be another State-sponsored colonisation of Tamil areas by the Sinhalese, leading to a change in the demographic pattern in the “Tamil homeland” of northern and eastern provinces.
Mr Ganapathi accused the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government of having carried out a “genocide” of Tamils. He expressed anguish over the confinement of displaced Tamils in “internment” camps fenced off by barbed wires and said,”whoever tortures people like this deserve to be punished and no one can stop us from arming these people”.
The Maoist leader said “we are not only willing to extend all help the Eelam Tamils achieve their independence but also guide leaders of resistance movements on how to achieve the goal of a Democratic People’s Republic of Tamil Eelam”.
Answering questions, Mr Ganapathi said the Maoists had consistently denied having received any arms training from the Tamil Tigers and added, “but we always supported their struggle”. He said “we did receive training from the renegades of the LTTE in the early 1980s, but not in recent times”.
Defence experts have from time to time spoken about links between the LTTE and the Maoists and the interview confirms this.
Speaking in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in early 1991, the then Home Minister M V Mysoora Reddy said the Maoists (in their then avatar as People’s War) had acquired 60 AK-47s and 20 Sten guns from the LTTE. This was reiterated in the Lok Sabha, on Dec 10, 1991, by Bandaru Dattatreya, then an opposition MP who later became Minister of State for Railways.
In 1995, Mallojula Venugopal, the then secretary of the Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee, claimed that some ex-LTTE cadres had initially trained them in fabricating landmines.
Maintaining the same line, Ganapathi himself said in an interview in 1998: “They were not LTTE. They were ex-LTTE. What happened was that these people came to India after leaving their organisation and formed Communist groups. (We) had relations with these groups. As part of that, they held training camps for us”.
Further proof of the Maoists’ LTTE links surfaced, once again, when two video cassettes containing LTTE’s training modules were recovered in December 2001 from an arms dump of the rebels in Nelimaliga village of Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh.
In the aftermath of the failed Oct 1, 2003 assassination attempt on the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the then Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani said that the rebels had received expertise in using improvised explosive devices (IED) from the LTTE.
Speaking to mediapersons in a village in Madhuban block in Supaul district of Bihar, CPI-Maoist spokesman Azad said on Dec 14, 2005 that they had learnt “new warfare tactics from the on-the-run and purged LTTE military commanders in 1986-87″. He added that the LTTE commanders gave them training in making and laying landmines.


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Essay by Anundhati Roy 2015:


May 9, 2015, marks one year since Dr G.N. Saibaba, lecturer of English at Ramlal Anand College, Delhi University, was abducted by unknown men on his way home from work. When her husband went missing and his cellphone did not respond, Vasantha, Dr Saibaba’s wife, filed a missing person’s complaint in the local police station. Subsequently the unknown men identified themselves as the Maharashtra Police and described the abduction as an arrest.


Why did they abduct him in this way when they could easily have arrested him formally, this professor who happens to be wheelchair-bound and paralysed from his waist downwards since he was five years old? There were two reasons: First, because they knew from their previous visits to his house that if they picked him up from his home on the Delhi University campus they would have to deal with a crowd of angry people—professors, activists and students who loved and admired Professor Saibaba not just because he was a dedicated teacher but also because of his fearless political worldview. Second, because abducting him made it look as though they, armed only with their wit and daring, had tracked down and captured a dangerous terrorist. The truth is more prosaic. Many of us had known for a long time that Professor Saibaba was likely to be arrested. It had been the subject of open discussion for months. Never in all those months, right up to the day of his abduction, did it ever occur to him or to anybody else that he should do anything else but face up to it fair and square. In fact, during that period, he put in extra hours and finished his PhD on the Politics of the Discipline of Indian English Writing. Why did we think he would be arrested? What was his crime?



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