Police ops hampered by rains, Naxals tour villages to regroup
Taking advantage of curtailed police movements during the rainy season, Naxals in Gadchiroli have been quietly rebuilding their bases that were earlier weakened by police operations. Sources said Naxals were holding big meetings in many villages in areas where they had faced severe setbacks due to aggressive combat and patrol and outreach activities by Gadchiroli police. These villages include Lenguda, Halewara, Kotmi, Ankepalli, Vedampalli, Nelgonda, Repanpalli, Bhatpaar, Jounde, Middapalli, Kothi, Aldandi, Punnur, Gadder, Chokenada, etc. “Naxals have been holding meetings with the villagers and re-building their bases here,” sources said.
“Braving heavy rains, Naxals managed to visit many these villages, even staying there for two days at a stretch without encountering any problem,” sources said. At Lenguda in Kasansur area, Naxals reportedly stayed for two days. The police did have information and even moved in, but couldn’t go deeper, it is learnt. Most of these villages were earlier covered by police under Operation Nav Jeevan, in which they reached out to villagers and even kin of active Naxals to enlist their help in appealing to Naxals to quit insurgency and join mainstream. Superintendent of Police Suvez Haq confirmed that police operations were hampered by heavy rains but said it had done the same to Naxals as well.
“It’s not that we did not have encounters. Two days ago, we had one in Jaravandi area, a week ago in Bhamragarh and last month, we seized Naxal material in Dhanora.” Asked if the police were geared up to face any surprise attacks by Naxals, Haq said, “Absolutely. We are expecting major movements across the Chhattisgarh border in view of forthcoming elections there. Naxals might even try to attack our smaller parties. But unlike in the past, our smaller parties are now better equipped with arms and ammunition and can withstand and repulse any attack. Now that the rains are on way out, we will launch major operations against them.”
Naxalites blast former mukhiya’s house in Muzaffarpur
MUZAFFARPUR: After a prolonged lull, about 70 Maoists including some women blasted an abandoned house of a former mukhiya Suresh Prasad Singh at about 2 am at village Chakki Sohagpur under Paroo police station in Muzaffarpur district on Thursday. The village is on the borders of Muzaffarpur-Saran district. It is completely under Maoist influence for the last one decade. The Maoists used some low powerful dynamite or nitrate in the explosion. Senior SP Saurabh Kumar said three-room abandoned house of ex- mukhiya besides the adjacent building of primary health centre (PHC) were partially damaged in the explosion.
The ceiling of all the houses are intact, the SSP said after visiting the blast site. The house owner had abandoned the house four years back after facing threats from Maoists and others belonging to some other castes. The mother of the house owner had reached the house only on Wednesday but had shifted to some neighbouring house in the evening, a few hours before the blast. The adjacent PHC building was vacant at the time of blast
Dreaded Maoist Held
Dreaded Maoist leader Bhaskar Patra alias Pravakar, who was involved in explosion, extortion and arson, was arrested from Odisha’s Keonjhar district, police said here today. Considered a senior member of the Kalinganagar Maoist Division, Bhaskar, active in Keonjhar and Jajpur districts, was arrested from Baraigoda village under Daitari police station yesterday, superintendent of police Kabita Jalan said. After being arrested for his involvement in Maoist activities, Bhaskar had served a four year jail term from 2009 to 2013 as an under trial prisoner.
However, after his release, Bhaskar in association with leaders including Shekar, Mantu, Bikar and others had conspired to blow up the railway line near Tangiriapal railway station in Keonjhar district, she said. Besides, he was involved in instigating tribals against the government and collecting huge funds for Maoist activity, Jalan said. He was arrested under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Indian Railways Act and Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act, she said. At the time of arrest, electric wire, detonators, gelatin sticks, pencils and batteries were seized from his possession.
Maoists get miniscule collection from North Telangana region
BANGALORE: From having excess funds at the peak of their movement during 2001-03, the North Telangana region has become a place of miniscule collection point for Maoists, even as the Centre remains apprehensive about the Naxalites becoming more powerful. According to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) documents, North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) had an expenditure of Rs 4,42,51,256 between 2001-2003, while the income generated was Rs 6,20,48,500. NTSZC, is a special area committee Maoists formed like Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, West Bengal State Committee and others to decentralize.
“They had a surplus budget with an excess of Rs 1,79,27,926 besides 562 gold biscuits valuing lakhs of rupees,” a document said. The data is from a paper the MHA had commissioned to external researchers, who have been closely studying the Maoist movement. But a senior Delhi-based researcher monitoring the movement for more than a decade, insisting anonymity, said: “…Right now, their annual collection is miniscule. It barely comes up to Rs 5-crore, and there seems to be no excess budget.”
The researcher allayed apprehensions about a possibility of a stronger Maoist group in the region. “As long as political parties do not have unholy alliances with the Maoists, effective policing should not be a problem, as the security agencies already have domain knowledge required for operations to curb the rise of Maoists.” The document points out to a well-conceived and efficient system, which allows Maoist cadres across the country to collect over Rs 140 crore annually.
It added they have a meticulous system of accounting, and are very good at book-keeping. A lot of money is got through extortion and the document reveals the target for such acts range from government servants, infrastructure and telecom companies, educational institutions, illegal miners, opium traders, et al. Other than this, money is also collected “as membership fees, from supporters and sympathizers, political leaders, etc”. There are apprehension that the Telangana creation would strengthen Maoists. “If there is a separate state, one should understand that the strength of the police force diminishes. With the basic problems plaguing the region remaining unchanged, there are all the indications that the movement will grow in strength,” said Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy, Naxal patriarch Kondapalli Seetharamaiah’s former chief courier. Reddy was part of the first batch top Naxal leader Mollajulla Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, who was killed in an encounter in 2011, had trained. He had conducted operations in Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and Madras.
Naxals readying to organise boycott of Chhattisgarh polls
Raipur: Naxals were gearing up to organise a boycott of the coming Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh and chalking out strategies for this, police said. Security forces recently recovered some documents from Maoist-hit Bijapur district after an encounter with ultras, which revealed that the Gangalur Area Committee of Communist Party of India (Maoist) had organised a meeting in this connection. Also, a Naxal who was arrested during the operation claimed that pamphlets and posters against polls had been prepared in large number. Chhattisgarh will see two-phased polling in November for its 90 constituencies.
The joint party of STF (special task force) and a team of local police arrested a Naxal cadre after a gun-battle with ultras in the hills of Hiroli village last week, a senior police officer said. The arrested Naxal, Sukhram Punem (19), revealed during interrogation that they had prepared pamphlets and posters to spread their propaganda against government and urge people not to take part in polling, the officer said. Punem was allegedly active as a member of Kurvish Militia Platoon since 2008-09 in the region, he added. The officer also said that security forces were fully prepared to tackle Naxal threat during the polls. “We are working on every measure to conduct the first phase of poll in 18 Naxal-affected constituencies of southern region on November 11 peacefully,” he added. The rest of the 72 constituencies will go to polls in the second phase on November 19.
Jharkhand’s Maoists paste posters inviting police constables to join ‘revolution’
BOKARO: After imploring every family in rural hinterland to send one child or youth to join CPM’s outfit, rebels are now inviting police to join their cadre. Local police have recovered several such posters appealing constables to join their outfit and desert the police organization from Gomia railway station, Gomia chowk, Bank Moad and other places. Maoists have also put up these posters in Upperghat areas under Nawadih Block, said sources. The Naxalites, in past few years, have lost their dominance in Gomia after many of their leaders and cadres were arrested. As a consequence, residents have started reposing their faith in the government.
Apparently through these posters, they want to once again register their presence in the area. SP, Kuldeep Dwivedi has alerted all nearby police stations falling in Maoist prone areas of the district to avert any untoward incident in view of the festive season. The police officials have been instructed to adopt preventive measures before going for raids and be on the guard against any Maoist menace. Dwivedi has asked police officials to strengthen their intelligence network apart from fortifying police stations.
The posters read, “Policemen keep away from the green hunt and try to be friends of poor. Police jawan, do not obey orders of the senior officials, instead join the people’s army.” Maoists also threatened them mentioning that the people’s army will also keep targeting them if they continue to obey the orders of their seniors. They asked policemen to support the downtrodden in a war between rich and poor. Officer in charge of Gomia police station, Laxmikant said police have recovered posters from Gomia Chowk and few other places under Indian Explosives Ltd police station.