Maoist unleash poster campaign in Koraput
KORAPUT: The CPI (Maoist) has put up large number of posters in
Koraput district, demanding a halt to counter-insurgency operations and
condemning alleged police excesses against tribals. Police seized a few
hand-written posters pasted by Srikakulam-Koraput divisional committee
of the outlawed organization from Damanjodi on Saturday. “We condemn
police action against innocent tribals in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon.
Innocent people are being harassed in the name of combing operations,”
one of the Maoist posters read.
The poster further said to villagers, “Fearing action don’t
surrender, fight against police excesses. We ask administration to put a
stop to Operation Green Hunt.” The Maoists have urged people to observe
political prisoners’ week from September 13 to 19. “This is the
handiwork of local agents of ultras. We are trying to trace out the
people involved in pasting posters,” said SDPO (Sunabeda) V R Rao. He
said adequate security arrangements have been made in sensitive areas.
In a separate incident, BSF personnel recovered three live landmines,
weighing around 10 kg each, from Boipariguda-Gupteswar road in the
district on Friday. Police said the security personnel spotted the
landmines during regular combing operation.
Maoist landmine blast in Yerkad village injures five policemen
As many as five policemen were injured, two of them seriously, in a
landmine blast triggered off by Maoists in Yerkad village in Dhanora
taluka this afternoon, police said here today. A police patrol was
returning to its post at around 5 pm today when the Maoists triggered
off a landmine blast near the police post situated on the
Yerkad-Murumgaon road, which injured at least five policemen, the police
said. Two policemen namely Chetan Salve and Nitesh Bhandekar received
serious injuries after which they were shifted to Nagpur for medical
treatment. The police post is situated merely about 100 metres away from
Maoists hold large public gathering in Odisha forest, issue warning to govt
Thousands of tribals led by Vijay Laxmi, commander of the Korukonda
(Andhra) Dalam gathered inside the inaccessible and dense Ralegada
forest in the cut-off region of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district on
the Andhra-Odisha border this weekend, reports said. Senior Maoist
leaders from outside the state participated in the ‘prajameli’, the
reports added. Maoists are observing ‘prisoners of state sympathy week’
in the Ralegada forest.
The week-long observation, which began on September 13 will be
continuing till September 19, sources said. Organizers of the ‘sympathy
week’ said the programme is being organized to express sympathy towards
the hundreds of innocent tribals and their family members in districts
like Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati and Rayagada, who are rotting in
various jails after being implicated in false cases and branded as
Maoists by the police.
Maoist leaders at the huge congregation explained to the people
Maoist ideology and its aims and objectives. Maoist cultural troupes
also staged plays and dances to explain the Maoist ideology to the
gathering. Speakers at the convention said the government has blissfully
forgotten the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of release of
the then Malkangiri collector Vineel Krishna and warned that the
government will have to pay a heavy price for this in the future. Some
family members of tribals arrested by the police on ‘false charges’ also
attended the convention.