Friday, June 05, 2020

Naxal funding module busted by Gadchiroli police, Rs 2.20 crore seized


The seized cash was reportedly meant for funding Naxal operations in Maharashtra's Aheri to carry out attacks on security forces and government establishments.



The seized cash was reportedly meant for funding Naxal operations in Maharashtras Aheri to carry out attacks on security forces and government establishments.(Photos: Vyenkatesh Dudhamwar)
The seized cash was reportedly meant for funding Naxal operations in Maharashtra's Aheri to carry out attacks on security forces and government establishments.(Photos: Vyenkatesh Dudhamwar)

In a major operation, the Gadchiroli police this week busted a Naxal funding module and seized Rs 2.20 crore from two vehicles coming from Telangana to Maharashtra. The seized cash was reportedly meant for funding Naxal operations in Maharashtra's Aheri to carry out attacks on security forces and government establishments.

The operation was carried out acting on an intelligence input regarding a large amount of cash meant for Naxal funding being brought from Telangana to Maharashtra and was being moved into vehicles. The input stated that the cash would be moved into SUVs coming from Telangana to Maharashtra and the cross over would happen over bridges over the Godavari and Pranhita river coming from Telangana to Maharashtra.

On Tuesday, the Gadchiroli police placed nakabandi at the bridges over the Godavari and Pranhita rivers from where the vehicles were to enter into Maharashtra from Telangana.

"The Sironcha police party was checking all suspected vehicles and based on the input we had recieved a SUV was checked while it crossed from Telangana to Maharashtra on the Godavari river bridge and Rs 1.19 crore cash was found hidden in the vehicle. The driver couldn't provide any satisfactory answers and was taken into custody," said Shailesh Balkavade, Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli.

The second vehicle was apprehended over the bridge on Pranhita river as it crossed on the Maharashtra side from Telangana. In this vehicle, around Rs 99.30 lakh were found. The driver couldn't provide any satisfactory explanation for the cash being ferried in the vehicle so he was also taken into custody.


Additional SP Ajay Bansal from Gadchiroli with the Sironcha police interrogated the drivers. Based on the details provided by the drivers during interrogation, Gadchiroli police on Thursday arrested two contractors of Tendu leaves from Telangana on whose directions the money was being ferried.

The Tendu leaves season has started and many contractors from Telangana buy rights for plucking of Tendu leaves from Gadchiroli every year. This is when the Naxal cadres extort a large amount of money or contractors pay protection money to Naxals to operate in the jungles. This is the period when Naxals raise funds from the contractors to fund their operations which would be carried out throughout the year.

"The money was being sent to Naxal cadres operating in Aheri subdivision of the district and could be used for attacks on security forces and government establishments. This operation has helped choke the funding of Naxal cadres who have suffered a major jolt after the arrest of top Naxal commander Narmadakka, death of Divisonal Committee Member Srujanakka in the recent encounter in the first week of May and surrender of some top commanders like Bhaskar and few others," said a senior officer privy to the development.

The Gadchiroli police have booked the contractors and two drivers under various sections of UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).

Last month on May 17, two police commandoes of Gadchiroli police died in an encounter with Naxals while three others were left injured in the jungles of Poyarkoti Koparshi in Bhamragad taluka of the district

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Maoist carrying reward surrenders along with lover in Jharkhand

Maoist carrying reward surrenders along with lover in Jharkhand


Ranchi, June 4 (IANS) Driven by love, a Maoist ''commander'' carrying Rs 2 lakh reward surrendered before the police along with his lover in Jharkhand''s Saraikela district on Thursday.

Rakesh Munda alias Sukra Munda carrying Rs 2 lakh reward on Thursday surrendered before the district Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Arsi along with his lover Chandani alias Budhani.

Both were part of the banned Maoist group (CPI-Maoist). They were working under Maoist leader carrying Rs 50 lakh reward Mahraja Parmanik.

Rakesh Munda was in love with Chandani. They decided to get married and lead a family life. They escaped from Maoist group and surrendered before police, sources said.

According to police, the surrendered Maoist will be given benefits under the surrender policy and will also be encouraged to lead a happy married life in the mainstream society.

The Saraikela police handed over Rs 1 lakh cheque to each of the surrendered Maoists. In coming days, they will get additional Rs 2 lakh and some land.

--IANS

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/maoist-carrying-reward-surrenders-along-with-lover-in-jharkhand/1855955

Maoist funds intercepted, four including two from Warangal held in Maharashtra


By Author  |  Published: 4th Jun 2020  8:18 pm
https://telanganatoday.com/maoist-funds-intercepted-four-including-two-from-warangal-held-in-maharashtra

Hyderabad: Two natives of Warangal and two Maharashtrians who were allegedly trying to transport huge amounts of money to be handed over the Maoist rebels in Gadchiroli forest areas were arrested by the Maharahtra police two days ago, according to reports reaching here on Thursday. Police have seized Rs 1.2 crore in cash from their possession.

Reports said Sironcha police officials manning a check post arrested four persons, who were identified as Sanjay Awathare and Sudhir Raut both hailing from Maharashtra, Mohammad Basu Mia and Mohammad Alliudin, both hailing from Warangal. Cases were registered against the four persons under provisions of the Unlawful Activity ( Prevention) Act 1967, sources said.

In another instance, the Gadchiroli police seized Rs 99.30 Lakh from a vehicle, which was registered in Telangana at Sironcha Police check post from a Mancherial-based beedi leaves contractor. It was suspected that the money was meant for Maoists in Gadchiroli forest area, but the contractor told the police that it was meant for payment of wages to beedi leaf collection workers. He also told the police that he had withdrawn the money from a bank, following which the police handed over the seized money to the Income Tax department for further enquiry

NIA conducts search in terror-funding case of banned CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand; incriminating documents seized


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Updated Jun 04, 2020 | 18:11 IST

Ram Kripal Singh was apprehended while he was going to make levy payment of Rs 6 lakh to the operatives of the banned outfit.

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New Delhi: The NIA has conducted a search operation in a terror-funding case of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) group in Jharkhand, an official said on Wednesday. The search was conducted in the office premises of Ram Kripal Singh Construction Private Limited Company in the state capital Ranchi on Tuesday, he said.

During the search, several incriminating documents, including cash books and bank account details, were seized by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the official said.

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The case was registered under the relevant sections of the IPC, UAPA and CLA Act with the arrest of Manoj Kumar, aged about 38 years, of Jharkhand's Giridih district and the recovery of Rs six lakh in cash and other incriminating documents from his possession, he added.

Kumar had collected levy from contractors on the instructions of absconding accused Krishna Da, a Jharkhand Regional Committee member of the CPI (Maoist), the official of the premier investigation agency said. The NIA re-registered the case in July 2018 against Kumar and Da under sections of the IPC, UAPA and CLA Act, he added.

Kumar, an employee of the RKS Construction Private Limited Company, was acting as a conduit between the construction firm and the Maoists in Giridih, the official said. He was arrested while he was going to make a levy payment of Rs six lakh to CPI (Maoist) operatives, the NIA official said.

The levy amount collected by the CPI (Maoist) was being used for the purchase of arms and ammunition, explosives, recruitment of new cadres to expand the influence of the organisation (Maoist) and further committing disruptive activities, which threatened the security, sovereignty and integrity of the country, he said. Further investigation in the case is on, the official added

Naxals ruin road worth six crore from 16 places


 
Jun 04 2020 12:50 PM
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A road has been cut from 16 places in Dantewada area of Chhattisgarh, which is considered to be the stronghold of the Naxalites, between lockdown and corona infection. About six crore rupees were spent on the construction of this road connecting Aranpur to Potali. Now the situation is such that even the way to reach the ambulance in the village has been closed. According to the CRPF, the damage to the road reflects the increasing frustration of the Naxalites. 111 battalions of CRPF and Anti-Naxal Unit of District Chhattisgarh Police ie District Reserve Guard 'DRG' are deployed in this area. It is said that more than 150 Naxalites had reached Patali village to cut the road. They severely damaged the road with an IED blast.


After 13 years, the movement of vehicles started on this road connecting Aranpur to Potali. In 2007, Naxalites had dug up this road from 40 places by making a big attack here. For this work, the help of IED blast was taken, according to a CRPF official, the Naxalites want to keep their grip on this area. They know that the development work being done here is a message of their farewell, so they continue to do such activities every day.


It is being speculated that the motive of Naxalites is that no development work should be done here. A police camp has also been established near Potali village. Now the road was also started here. The life of the tribals started changing. New business activities were also being started in the village. Health and other basic services were also reaching the people. Now the Naxalites have cut the same road once again. Due to this, people will have to travel on foot again to Aranpur, Potali, Burgum, Kakadi, Nahari and Gonderas village of Sukma district

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Jharkhand: Maoists torch 11 vehicles engaged in bauxite mining in Lohardaga


The torched vehicles belonged to two private companies, who are engaged in bauxite mining in the area, he added.

Updated: Jun 03, 2020 14:09 IST

By Sanjoy Dey, Ranchi Jharkhand

Suspected members of the outlawed outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist) torched 11 vehicles engaged in bauxite mining under Kisko police station in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district, located around 90-km from the state capital Ranchi, on Tuesday night, police said.

“Suspected Maoist rebels set on fire nine excavators, a compressor machine, and a JCB machine at night on Tuesday,” said Jitendra Singh, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Lohardaga.

Singh said the incident occurred at Pakhar bauxite mines between 9 pm and 10 pm on Tuesday.

The torched vehicles belonged to two private companies, who are engaged in bauxite mining in the area, he added.

Maoist leader Ravindra Ganjhu, who is active in the area, is suspected to be behind the attack. An investigation is on. Locals are being interrogated to gather more information about the incident,” the SDPO said.

Ganjhu is wanted in several cases and carries a Rs 2 lakh reward on his head, according to Jharkhand Police.

Maoist violence has risen in Jharkhand amid the nationwide lockdown restrictions, which were imposed from March 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.


Last Sunday, a policeman and a chowkidar was killed, when the Maoists ambushed a joint patrol party of Jharkhand Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in West Singhhum district.

This was the first setback for the police and CRPF in West Singhbhum district after they killed six left-wing extremists in April and May in two separate operations

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/jharkhand-maoists-torch-11-vehicles-engaged-in-bauxite-mining-in-lohardaga/story-sQRrx5dfRlUN1GXOyDeVpN.html

Maoist terror funding case: NIA conducts raids in Jharkhand


Maoist terror funding case: NIA conducts raids in Jharkhand

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has carried out searches in a two-year-old Maoist terror funding case in Jharkhand, the agency said on Wednesday. The agency conducted a search at the office of Ram Kripal Singh Construction Pvt Ltd located in Ranchi in Jharkhand on Tuesday. It recovered various incriminating documents and cash during the search, and seized several bank accounts papers. "Further investigation in the case continues," the NIA said.

The NIA took over the case on July 9, 2018. The case was originally registered at Dumri Police station in Giridih district of Jharkhand on January 22, 2018 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act after the arrest of one Manoj Kumar with Rs 6 lakh in cash and incriminating documents.

It was alleged that Kumar had collected levy from contractors on the instructions of an absconding accused Krishna Da alias Krishna Hasda, a Jharkhand Regional Committee member of CPI (Maoist) organization, the NIA said.

The NIA re-registered the case against Kumar and Krishna Da. During investigation, the NIA said, it was revealed that Kumar was an employee of RKS Construction Private Limited Company and was acting as a conduit between the construction firm and the Maoists in Giridih area. "While going to make a levy payment of Rs 6 lakhs to the operatives of CPI(Maoist), Manoj was apprehended.

It is well known that the levy collected by the CPI (Maoist) is being used for the purchase of arms and ammunition, explosives, recruitment of new cadres to expand the influence of the CPI (Maoist) and carrying out disruptive activities which threaten the security, sovereignty and integrity of India.

--IANS

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/maoist-terror-funding-case-nia-conducts-raids-in-jharkhand/1854878

Mulugu man held for bid to rejoin Maoists


Venakatapur police nabbed him when he was going to join the banned outfit again on Monday evening.

By Author  |  Published: 2nd Jun 2020  9:13 pm
https://telanganatoday.com/mulugu-man-held-for-bid-to-rejoin-maoists

Mulugu: The Venkatapur (Nugur) police arrested a former member of the outlawed Maoist party when he was going to rejoin the outfit on Monday. The arrested was Mussaki Ungaiah of Chelimela village in Mulugu.

Addressing the press meet at Eturungaram on Tuesday, ASP Sharathchandra Pawar said: “Ungaiah joined the CPI Maoist as a dalam member in 2016 and worked as a guard to Khammam DCS Koyyada Sambaiah alias Gopanna. He was involved in several unlawful activities.” The ASP added that Ungaiah, however, left the party in 2017 and worked as the labourer in Hyderabad for two years.

Later, he went to Bhadrachalam area and married a woman. “However, the Venakatapur police nabbed him when he was going to join the banned outfit again on Monday evening. He was moving suspiciously during the vehicle a check-up taken up by the police,” the ASP said and added that he would be produced before a court on Tuesday.

Trainee IPS officer Gaush Alam, CRPF commander Sithamma, Venkatapur CI Shivaprasad and SI G Tirupathi were present at the press meet.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

People who call each other Modi bhakt or urban Naxal are equally intolerant: Justice Kaul


SC Justice S.K. Kaul says criticism of a judgment is not a problem, but 'imputations' are damaging the institution, also calls out ‘misinformation pandemic’.

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File image of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul | YouTube screengrab

New Delhi: Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Supreme Court Sunday called out the “imputations” being made against the judiciary, saying that it would “damage” the institution.

He also said people holding opposing views call each other ‘Modi bhakt’ or ‘urban Naxal’, adding both are equally intolerant.

“Criticism of a viewpoint or a judgment is not a problem, but when imputations and grading start being made, I think we damage the very institution,” Justice Kaul said in an online lecture on ‘Freedom of speech in times of Covid-19 — fake news and misinformation’, organised by the Madras Bar Association.

Justice Kaul’s comments came just three days after retired Supreme Court judge Madan B. Lokur wrote an article titled ‘Supreme Court deserves an F grade for its handling of migrants’, which was published two days after the Supreme Court took suo motu cognisance of the migrant crisis. Justice Kaul is also a part of the bench hearing the suo motu case.

In fact, during the hearing Thursday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had also submitted: “Some individuals have started giving grades that this would be a ‘B’ grade court, a ‘C’ grade court or an ‘F’ grade court. Unfortunately, people from our profession and that too certain learned people have started to do so.”

To this, the bench had remarked: “People who have been a part of this institution, if they think they can run down the institution, it is unfortunate.”

Justice Kaul said it was “unfortunate” that those who have been a part of the judiciary are now giving in to the old adage, “after me, the deluge”, which implies “since we (retired judges) are gone, everything is going wrong”.

“I will say that itself is a danger,” Justice Kaul said. “People in the past, who speak about it, also have committed many mistakes and blunders.”

Justice Kaul also said institutions should not be unnecessarily vilified, and a boundary needs to be maintained, “otherwise it becomes part of a disinformation which causes doubts on institutions and I don’t think that’s good for any system because if you mistrust every system then you don’t have a system, you have anarchy”.


Also read: Criticising govt not going to bring back the dead, don’t ‘politicise’ pandemic: Gujarat HC


‘Misinformation pandemic’

Asserting that the problem of fake news “is more dangerous than the coronavirus itself”, Justice Kaul said even prior to the Covid-19 crisis, “we had become intolerant of opinions that do not match with ours”.

“What is perceived as the middle path becomes the casualty. There are various shades of grey, it is not always black and white,” he said. “People who hold opposing views call each other as a ‘Modi bhakt’ or ‘urban Naxal’ etc… Often the section calling another as intolerant is itself also getting intolerant.”

Calling it a “misinformation pandemic”, Justice Kaul also called out the “mindless and incessant” forwarding of WhatsApp messages without verifying their correctness, and noted that a lot of times, such messages assume racial and religious overtones.

He, however, added that regulating social media to counter fake news may violate the freedom of speech and expression and the right to privacy, calling for people to take responsibility for any content that they send out.

https://theprint.in/judiciary/people-who-call-each-other-modi-bhakt-or-urban-naxal-are-equally-intolerant-justice-kaul/433043/


Naxal with bounty on his head killed in encounter with police in Chhattisgarh

Naxal with bounty on his head killed in encounter with police in Chhattisgarh

ANI | Published: 02nd June 2020 12:19 PM
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BIJAPUR: A Naxal with a bounty of Rs 8 lakh on his head was gunned down in an encounter with the security personnel in Bijapur district on Tuesday, informed Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava.

The gun-battle took place in a forest between Hurrepal and Bechapal hills early in the morning today under Mirtur Police station limit, Bijapur district.

The operation was jointly conducted by District Reserve Guard and the Special Task Force of both Dantewada and Bijapur districts.

"During the search operation, a body of a male was recovered in uniform, " added Pallava.

The deceased has been identified as Dasru Punem, member of the military platoon no.2 of Naxals.

A search operation is still underway.


After a brief exchange of fire, when the security personnel tried to zero-in on the ultras, they escaped into the dense forest, located about 400 km from here, he said. During a search of the encounter spot, the body of a male rebel clad in ‘uniform’ was found, Pallava said.

The deceased was identified as Dasru Punem, member of the military platoon no.2 of Maoists, the official said, adding that he was carrying Rs 8 lakh reward on his head. Search operation is still underway in the area, he added. (PTI)


Monday, June 01, 2020

CRPF constantly fighting with naxalites and terrorists


 
Jun 01 2020 09:24 AM
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Regarding this matter, officials said that 80 Maruti Gypsies have been provided to CRPF. Safety measures have been enhanced within them by re-fabricating. These vehicles can withstand a range of bullets and grenade attacks and stones. A senior official said that a total of 176 medium bulletproof vehicles have been provided, which have a seating capacity of 5-6 people. These vehicles will be provided to CRPF units of terror affected and Naxalite affected areas.

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In the course of carrying forward the work of modernization of CRPF, the government has approved 42,000 light bulletproof jackets. These jackets also provide protection to other important parts of the body besides the chest and neck. Their weight is also 40 percent less than the old jacket. The old jackets were of 7-8 kg. Significantly, 70 battalions of CRPF with a capacity of 3.25 lakh are currently deployed in Kashmir Valley and 90 units in Naxalite affected states. A battalion consists of about 1,000 soldiers. In addition, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has constituted a committee of its senior officers to suggest measures to maintain physical distance in toilets and barracks to prevent the spread of corona infection in the force.

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Wanted Maoist Rakesh Marandi held in Giridih

Giridih police today arrested most wanted CPI (Maoist) leader Rakesh Marandi, accused of over dozens cases, after a hot chase from Kulmungri village of Bhelwaghati police station area near north forest area.

They confiscated several sophisticated documents from the possession of the rebel leader.

Khorimahua SDPO Navin Kumar Singh said Marandi was arrested from the forest close to Khorimahua where he was hiding during holding a meeting with Maoist members by the joint anti-Naxalite combing team of state police and 7th CRPF battalion.

Police and paramilitary jawans were carrying out search operation in the area after getting a tip-off about a squad of 20-25 armed Naxalites holding meeting in Kulmungri forest. “When cops reached the place, the Naxalites opened fire on them. In retaliation, the combing team returned fire. The Naxalites soon dispersed and ran towards the forest. During the pursuit, Rakesh Marandi was arrested by the combing team officers,” said the SDPO.

The SDPO said the arrested Naxalite was a resident of Rajadumar village under Bhelwaghati police station area of Giridih.

Marandi worked as a member of the Santhal Pargana zonal committee of CPI (Maoist) and was a member of the technical team of the rebel organization.

Kumar said that the arrested naxal has admitted his involvement in several cases related to naxal activities in and around Giridih and Dhanbad.

Police claimed that it was a major breakthrough for the district police. The naxal was evading arrest from Giridih and other district police for last several years. Police also recovered inportant documents from him.

The SDPO said Marandi was wanted in several cases including involved in the incident of assault on levy at Karmungari bridge construction and other villages, loot and extortion in the name of Naxalite organization.

He was active in Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Giridih and Ranchi. He also given vital information regarding naxal activities in the region

Maoist guerrillas set four vehicles used in road construction work on fire in Jharkhand





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In Jharkhand’s Gumla district, Maoist guerrillas on Monday set on fire four vehicles used in road construction work, police said.

As per the reports, they poured petrol on the four vehicles parked there and set them on fire.

According to police, the guerrillas, numbering 10 to 12 and carrying weapons, raided a camp office of the road construction company situated in Maoist-infested Lawkhamaan toli of Gumla district early on Monday. They poured petrol on the four vehicles parked there and set them on fire

The denial of levy is said to be the reason for the arson.

At the spot of the incidence, the police reached after six hours.

In Jharkhand, maoists on regular basis target road and bridge construction firms in the state and torch vehicles involved in the work. Around 50 to 60 vehicles are torched every year in the state.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Meet the man who was abducted by Maoists and pledged to give back to society


Vamsi Vardhan, 31, has come a long way since he was abducted by Maoists in 2014. He cleared the civil services exam, and launched an NGO focused on educating underprivileged children in his village in Andhra Pradesh.

https://yourstory.com/socialstory/2020/05/maoist-abduction-vamsi-civil-services-education-underprivileged-children



The forest floor was thick with outgrown roots, dead leaves, and knobby bushes, so much so that the path seemed almost impenetrable. Vamsi Vardhan and three other panchayati workers were made to walk through this maze with their eyes blindfolded. There was an eerie stillness in the air as the Maoists kept a close eye on them. 

The Giridih district of Jharkhand is not only known for its plateaus, mines, and dense hilly terrains, but also for its communist activity. And, 31-year-old Vamsi was caught in the crossfire while organising a welfare camp in 2014 as part of the Prime Minister Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) in one of the remote areas of the village of Nakania.


Vamsi Vardhan

Vamsi Vardhan.

“Lying there, listening to the sound of bullets entering rifles made my blood run cold. I was surrounded by at least 12 to 15 Maoists, going by the sound of bullets being loaded. I was held in the middle of a jungle, given plastic sheets to sleep on, and provided with food twice a day. There were several junctures where I thought that my life would end,” Vamsi Vardhan tells SocialStory

After three days of being held captive in the jungles of Parasnath Hills, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) executed a successful rescue mission. 

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Vamsi teaching children in Thimmanayunipeta.

The encounter with the Maoists left Vamsi flustered, but heightened his resolve to enter public service. So, he continued serving as a PRMD fellow, began preparing for UPSC examinations, and established Akanksha, a non-governmental organisation near his hometown in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. 

Today, Vamsi has completed his Indian Revenue Service (IRS) training and is waiting to be placed. That’s not all; he has been sponsoring the education of over 75 underprivileged students and helping many children in his village by conducting after-school classes under Akanksha.



The initial days 

Born in the tranquil village of Thimmanayunipeta in Kurnool, Vamsi initially studied in a private school in the vicinity. After Class 6, he moved to the district of Anantapur to live with his grandparents.

“I had a very tough childhood. My parents could not afford to pay for my education, and I was sent to my grandparents’ house. They paid my school fees for a few years, and some relatives offered financial assistance later. These events had a huge impact on me. They made me understand the value of education and the significance of people in need,” Vamsi says. 

PMRDF

Vamsi working on assignments as part of the PMRDF.

In 2006, Vamsi began pursuing a degree in computer engineering from Sree Vidyaniketan Engineering College in Tirupati. During this time, he was involved in several efforts to initiate political and social reform for the betterment of the community. 

The Right to Information Act (RTI) had been introduced, and Vamsi started using it to ensure transparency and accountability regarding government developmental schemes. The powerful tool of RTI enabled him to secure electricity, water supply, and road connectivity to Thimmanayunipeta . 

After graduation, Vamsi bagged a job at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as an Assistant Systems Engineer. However, just when he was about to join, the then 22-year-old was allegedly assaulted by the local MLA. 

Vamsi

Vamsi interacting with students.

“In four years, I had initiated 30 to 40 RTI applications. But, things went downhill when I raised an RTI request on the performance of my MLA in the Assembly. His men attacked my house in Thimmanayunipeta, and later beat me up with sticks at the village square,” he says. 

He recalls that his relatives and friends turned against him, and that he was on the verge of sinking into depression.

“That was when I took a firm resolve to quit activism and get involved in activities where I could work on ground to make a difference to society,” Vamsi says. 

He took up the TCS job after the incident, but kept deliberating on initiatives that could benefit people and society. After over a year, he quit, joined the PMRDF, and later set up Akanksha along with his friend, Rajesh Bathula.



Adding value to lives 

Vamsi strongly believed in the potential and power of education. He knew that it could transform people’s lives and that of generations to come. 

Akanksha

Some of the students who are getting benefited as part of Akanksha.

He pooled in his personal savings to sponsor the education of some economically backward children in his village. In 2015, while preparing for UPSC, he founded Akanksha to expand his efforts and set the ball rolling by establishing a learning centre in Thimmanayunipeta. 

The Akanksha team initially worked to identify families struggling to afford quality education for their children. And then, with the help of a few trainers, the organisation began offering free tuition to those children. 

“The year 2016 stands out as one of the best in my life. I secured an All India Rank of 220 in civil services, and got a chance to enter IRS. I also managed to secure volunteers and trainers not only for academics, but for extra-curricular sessions such as sports, theatre, art, music, and dance. This was done to enable students to develop their overall personality,” Vamsi says. 
Akanksha

So far, Akanksha has sponsored the education of over 75 students.

Akanksha also implemented an initiative called Digital Aasha, an endeavour to install digital labs in government-run schools in and around the village.

With the aid of donations and crowdsourced funds, the NGO has started three computer labs in and around the village, and sponsored the education of more than 75 children in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Telangana. 

“Making a difference in the lives of others has always given me a sense of gratification. Hence, I intend to continue my efforts in the direction. In the coming days, I wish to extend the sponsorship to as many as 500 students. I also aim to set up a residential gurukul and a sports academy near my village,” Vamsi says.

(Edited by Teja Lele Desai)

Kothagudem villagers force Maoists to surrender before police


The surrender took place in the presence of Bhadrachalam Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rajesh Chandra at Cherla police station

By Author  |  Published: 31st May 2020  7:39 pm
Kothagudem villagers force Maoists to surrender before police

Kothagudem: In an unprecedented incident at Kurnavalli village of Cherla mandal in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, villagers forced six activists of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Party to surrender before the police on Sunday.

The surrender took place in the presence of Bhadrachalam Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rajesh Chandra at Cherla police station. The villagers also passed an unanimous resolution not to extend cooperation to naxals.

The surrendered Maoists were identified as Koram Nageswar Rao, Komaram Ramesh, Sonde Ramesh, Koram Sathyam, Irpa Venkateshwarlu and Vage Kanna Rao. Sources said that two years ago, the Maoists beat up a few villagers for not supporting them. One villager, Irpa Venkateshwarlu, died in the incident. At that time, the Maoists selected a few villagers to set up the village committee and of them Irpa Rama Rao and Irpa Sathibabu were arrested by police.

The naxals who surrendered to the police on Sunday were the remaining members of the committee. Nearly 200 villagers, one person from each household, attended the surrender event endorsing the resolution they passed not to extend cooperation to the naxals, the police said.

Speaking on the occasion, ASP Chandra appealed to the underground cadre of Maoists to give up violence and join mainstream society. Those who surrender will be given assistance to lead a normal life as per the guidelines of the State government


https://telanganatoday.com/kothagudem-villagers-force-maoists-to-surrender-before-police

One constable, civilian killed as naxals open fire at police team in Jharkhand's Chaibasa


ANI | Updated: May 31, 2020 18:20 IST

Chaibasa (Jharkhand) [India], May 31 (ANI): A police constable and a civilian were killed as Naxals opened fire at a police team in Karaikella police station area on Sunday, police said.
Naxals were hiding in a civilian house along the roadside, said Indrajit Mahatha, Superintendent of Police (SP), Chaibasa.
Acting on information about the Naxals, police launched a massive search.
"When the police party passed the encounter site, Naxals suddenly started firing. Since it was a civilian area, police had to take extreme precautions," said Mahatha.
"The Naxals managed to escape. Search operation is underway. The deceased constable was the bodyguard of an ASP who was also the part of search teams. This was the first time when they took shelter in a civilian house and fired upon police in the area," he added. (ANI)

Maoist mayhem under new leadership

Sunday, 31 May 2020 | Anshuman Behera

    Maoist mayhem under new leadership

    Basavaraj’s prime strategy, it seems, is to scotch the growing understanding that the Maoist movement is on its last legs

    The March 21, 2020, horrific Naxal attack on the security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, killing 17 personnel and injuring 15 others, after a long time highlights a critical shift in the ideological moorings of the CPI-Maoist. Arguably, a critical factor leading to such a tactical change in the Maoists’ approach can be attributed to the new leadership under Namballa Keshava Rao, alias Basavaraj.

    Considering the involvement of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and the elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a joint operation against the Maoists, the Maoists carried out the brutal attack with surgical precision. It is important to mention that Sukma district continues to be a hotbed of Maoist activities as it accounts for 25 Maoist-related deaths so far in 2020.  At a time when the State has been claiming the Maoist violent movement is on a terminal decline in terms of its diminishing activities and reducing number of recruits, the Sukma attack, the audacious acts against the elite security forces, warrants revisiting the Maoist movement. Also, as the Maoists are continuously losing their support base substantially and are limited to a few pockets, the high-level attack confirms a tactical shift in the Maoist strategy.

    In the last two years, especially since Basavaraj took over as CPI-Maoist general secretary following the resignation of Muppala Lakshmana Rao, alias Ganapathy, as Maoist chief in September 2018, there has been a major tactical shift in the Maoist activities. Under the leadership of Basavaraj, who was also the chief of Maoists’ Central Military Commission (CMC) prior to his elevation as chief, the Maoists are carrying out “spectacular” attacks, choosing elite commandos and high-profile political leaders, to scotch the growing understanding that the Maoist movement is on its last legs. Ever since Basavaraj has taken over the leadership, the Maoists have carried out four major attacks in the last two years. On May 1, 2019, the Maoists killed 15 personnel belonging to the commandos of the C-60 force of the Maharashtra Police and a civilian with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Gadchiroli district. Preceding the incident, the ultras had torched 26 vehicles used for construction work at the National Highway-136 site to lure the security forces in their trap. Earlier on April 9, 2019, the Maoists attacked the convoy of Chhattisgarh BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, killing the MLA and two others just before the first phase of the general election. A critical commonality among all the above-mentioned attacks is the surgical precision in which they were carried out.

    The surgical precision of these attacks is stressed as the Maoists are believed to be in a Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) under the new leadership of Basavaraj. As the Maoist activities have been largely contained, the new leadership aims to revive the strength and reclaim the areas through militant activities. Considering his experience as the chief of the Central Military Commission of the CPI-Maoist, Basavaraj believes in instilling fear through the attacks, especially against the state machinery and leaders. This is a critical shift in the ideological framework that instils new tactics into the new recruits and legitimise the “revolutionary causes” via violent activities. Such a tactical shift also highlights the shrinking space of the Maoists which have caused the state wholesome measures — security, development, surrender, and rehabilitation and ensuring rights and entitlements of the local communities. These state measures have prevented the Maoists to garner local support and recruit trusted cadre.

    Ganapathy was held responsible for not being able to spread to the new areas and for losing the areas of influence. This was a major factor for Ganapathy to step down. However, as the ideology takes a backseat under the new leadership and selective violent activities take prominence, the Maoists seem to expose their vulnerability like never.

    When it comes to carrying out guerrilla attacks, the Maoists seem to have an edge over the security forces which have been a major drawback that the later must overcome sooner. In more than five decades of their existence in multiple forms and shades, the Maoists have never been so delegitimised before in terms of popular support. As the romanticising of “revolutionary” ideas doesn’t have many takers, the Maoists under this new leadership would continue to resort to such attacks now and then. The important motives of the Maoists behind killing the security personnel in large numbers are to highlight the vulnerability of the state and to boost the morale of its cadre so that they could plan a possible revival of the movement.

    (The writer is Associate Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru)

    Arrested Naxalite helps uncover gun factory in Malkangiri

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    https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/arrested-naxalite-helps-uncover-gun-factory-in-malkangiri.html

    An illegal factory which made country-made guns in Malkangiri in Odisha for Maoists has been busted on the basis of information provided by a Naxalite caught in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, police said on Saturday.

    Police received an intelligence input that Madvi Joga (40), a wanted Naxalite, had been spotted in the Gadiras police station area in Sukma district, Station House Officer of Gadiras Umashankar Rathod said.

    A team dispatched from Gadiras nabbed Joga from a forested patch near Rasavaya village, Rahod said. 

    The Chhattisgarh government had declared a cash reward of Rs 8 lakh on the head of Joga, who was a member of Maoist Katekalyan Area Committee, the SHO said. Joga was arrested with a muzzle loading gun.

    According to police, Joga was associated with the Maoists for the past 7-8 years and used to supply county-made guns to the guerrillas.

    “During interrogation, he informed about a home-run country-made gun factory in Bhasriguda village in Malkangiri police station limits of Odisha,” the SHO said.

    Alerted, the police in Malkangiri raided the house and busted the factory.

    Police found two muzzle loading guns, gun butts and tools used for making guns. The house owner, Jagannath Barnai, too has been arrested, police said