Saturday, June 27, 2020

Maoist courier held in Telangana, Rs 17.4 lakh cash seized


On Friday, the naxal courier, who was riding a bike tried to flee after noticing a police team which was carrying out vehicle checks and was subsequently caught and the bag containing the cash was found with him, they said. During interrogation, he told police that he hailed from Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh and was working for CPI (Maoist) since 2006 and admitted to supplying money to Maoist leaders, police said.

PTI| Hyderabad | India

Updated: 27-06-2020 20:15 IST | Created: 27-06-2020 20:15 IST
Maoist courier held in Telangana, Rs 17.4 lakh cash seized

Hyderabad, Jun 27 (PTI): Two people including a 30- year old man, who allegedly worked as a naxal courier, were arrested by police in Telangana's Mulugu district and Rs 17.40 lakh cash was seized from them, police said on Saturday. On Friday, the naxal courier, who was riding a bike tried to flee after noticing a police team which was carrying out vehicle checks and was subsequently caught and the bag containing the cash was found with him, they said.

During interrogation, he told police that he hailed from Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh and was working for CPI (Maoist) since 2006 and admitted to supplying money to Maoist leaders, police said. He also revealed that he had collected Rs 17.4 lakh cash from a person, employed with a contractor and was on his way to hand over the money to maoists, police added.PTI


https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/1108420-maoist-courier-held-in-telangana-rs-174-lakh-cash-seized

Naxal attack on CISF jawans, snatched walkie-talkie


 
Jun 27 2020 05:20 PM

News Track
In Chhattisgarh, a group of suspected Naxals attacked the CISF jawans and snatched the walkie-talkie. In Dantewada district, Naxalites attacked the soldiers with stones and snatched the walkie-talkie mobile. The police gave information about this on Saturday. Not only this, but Naxalites also took away the mobile phone of him and his associate.

Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told the media that the incident occurred in the morning when two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel went out on regular patrol in the Development Corporation (NMDC) district in Kirandul and Bacheli areas. During this time more than 100 jawans were patrolling different groups from Nebuchely towards Akash Nagar mining area. During the Naxalites reached there like citizens. When the jawan refused to give his mobile, the Naxalites attacked the soldiers with a stone and snatched the mobile.

While fleeing from the spot, Naxalites snatched the mobile phones of two soldiers. Only after this, all the people became alert and the jawans ran away. The injured ASI was rushed to the hospital, where his condition was stated to be out of danger.

https://english.newstracklive.com/news/naxals-attack-cis-fjawansnatch-walkitalkie-phone-in-chhattisgarh-mc23-nu870-ta870-ta277-1102777-1.html


According to the police, the personnel were patrolling the National Mineral Development Corporation’s (NMDC) mining area at Kirandul and Bacheli areas under Bacheli police station limits in the district.

Around 12 naxals, dressed in civilian clothes, at first demanded the jawans to give their walkie-talkies to them. When the jawans denied the naxals attacked them with stones and then took away their walkie-talkies and mobile phones and ran into the forests.

Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told press persons that Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) M L Chouhan suffered a head injury and constable Vijay Kumar suffered bruises. Chouhan was shifted to Raipur for better treatment after first aid.

Congress is deceiving families of its leaders killed in 2013 Naxal attack: Chhattisgarh BJP



The BJP also questioned formation of an SIT by the ruling Congress to probe the attack, but the latter said NIA, which was probing the case, couldn’t be trusted.

PRITHVIRAJ SINGH
Jheeram Ghati in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, where the 2013 Naxal attack took place | By special arrangement
Jheeram Ghati in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, where the 2013 Naxal attack took place | By special arrangement

Raipur: The 2013 Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, which wiped out almost the state’s entire Congress leadership, has again become the flashpoint between the ruling Congress and opposition BJP.

The Congress has accused the then BJP government of being involved in the incident, while the opposition leaders said the former is “deceiving” the family members of its party leaders killed in the attack and trying to “exploit” the issue politically.

The Naxal attack that took place in Bastar’s Jheeram Ghati had killed as many as 29 people, including the then state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, senior party leader Mahendra Karma and former Union minister V.C. Shukla.

The Congress leaders were returning from the party’s Parivartan Rally when their convoy was ambushed by around 250 Naxals. Several security personnel were among those killed.

The case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) the same year and the agency had filed the first charge sheet in the case in 2014 against 34 Naxals.

But after coming to power in the state in 2018, the Congress government had formed a 10-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the attack.

The Congress has been maintaining that the probe by the NIA had failed to unearth the conspiracy behind the attack.

On Monday, state urban development minister Shiv Kumar Dahariya alleged the Jheeram Ghati attack was a BJP “conspiracy” and that the party had given a contract for the killing of Congress leaders.

Several BJP leaders, including former chief minister Raman Singh, dismissed the allegations and questioned the formation of the SIT to probe the attack.

The Congress, however, said the NIA isn’t trust-worthy as the agency is functioning under the BJP-led central government.


Also read: BJP attacks Chhattisgarh govt for ‘hiding’ Covid data, Congress says it’s all loose talk


‘Is SIT above NIA?’

According to Raman Singh, the formation of an SIT to investigate the Naxal attack is “beyond my comprehension”. “Is the state’s SIT above the country’s highest investigating agency, NIA,” asked Singh.

“The NIA Act was brought in by the UPA government. It is an agency specially created to investigate incidents of terrorism, Naxalism and extremism in the country,” he said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Singh further said the BJP government had formed a judicial commission, headed by a sitting judge, to investigate the attack. The panel had even issued advertisements in newspapers on several occasions, asking for information and evidence from people, he said.


“Despite this, it is beyond understanding about the formation of an SIT to investigate the incident after more than 7 years,” Singh said.

Talking to ThePrint, BJP state president Vishnudev Sai said the ruling party is “politically exploiting” the Naxal attack.

“The chief minister (Bhupesh Baghel) as well as several of his party leaders have been saying that they have evidence and information related to the Naxal attack, but neither have they presented it before the people, nor have they showed any kind of seriousness to present it before the NIA.

“It is quite clear that either they have nothing to present and they are just politically exploiting the Naxal attack…  The Congress government has been ruling the state for more than 18 months. Why is it that they have still not submitted the evidence to the investigating agency,” Sai asked.

The BJP chief further said the Congress is “deceiving” the family members of its party’s slain leaders. “Had the chief minister been serious, then he should have helped in the investigation by presenting all the documents to the NIA. But it seems the Congress wants to keep the issue simmering only to indulge in more politics.”


Also read: Chhattisgarh Congress trends ‘ChaukidarChineseHai’ hashtag in new bid to slam Modi on China


‘NIA can’t be trusted’

Former BJP state president Vikram Usandi also targeted the Congress for setting up an SIT to probe the attack.

NIA was constituted by their UPA-led government and the then CM of state, Raman Singh, had granted permission for the NIA investigation…,” he said.

The ruling Congress, meanwhile, said the NIA couldn’t be trusted as it is functioning under the BJP-led central government.

There are apprehensions regarding results of any investigation by the NIA working under the Centre. We cannot confidently say that the families of our leaders killed in the attack will get justice (by such a probe). This is the reason why the current state government has formed the SIT,” said Congress MLA Vinay Bhagat.

“A serious doubt on the NIA’s investigation comes from the fact that despite the SIT’s repeated requests, they have not shared any documents (related to the attack) so far,” he claimed.


https://theprint.in/politics/congress-is-deceiving-families-of-its-leaders-killed-in-2013-naxal-attack-chhattisgarh-bjp/449755/

Friday, June 26, 2020

Controversy over names of 3 varsities in event on Maoism



Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Jun 26, 2020, 05:50 IST

Nagpur: A big controversy over mentioning of Nagpur, Amravati and Gondwana universities names in the brochure of an event related to Maoism in the country has led to its cancellation.


The online faculty development programme (FDP) titled ‘Understanding contemporary Maoism (Naxalism) in India’ was scheduled on Thursday and was slated to continue till July 10 from 10.30am to 12.30pm daily. However, the organizers, Bhumkal Sanghatan, have declared that the event would be rescheduled in next month.


The controversy erupted after the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took a strong objection on mentioning of NU’s name as one of the organizers in the event. In a letter to Nagpur and Amravati vice-chancellor Murlidhar Chandekar, who was a keynote speaker in the programme, the BJP’s youth wing sought explanation on whether permission to use NU’s name was granted to the organizers and under which rules.


“If permission wasn’t given, then NU should launch a probe into the entire incident and punish the guilty officials. The universities’ name shouldn’t be misused for such event and officials must pay attention to such mischiefs,” a letter by ABVP activist Amit Patle on Tuesday stated.


Rattled over ABVP’s demand, deputy registrar in VC’s office immediately wrote a letter to Bhumkal secretary on the same day to straightaway remove names of NU and AU from the brochure.


“The organizers’ move to mention universities’ names in the brochure as co-organizers is incorrect. The VC has expressed displeasure over it,” the NU letter said, adding that Chandekar wouldn’t be able to deliver the keynote address..


Next day, Bhumkal secretary Arvind Bhowate came out with a detailed explanation while rubbishing ABVP’s accusations stating that “some elements were trying to mislead NU officials”.


“The event is organized in collaboration with seven colleges of three universities. There’s a tradition of mentioning the universities to which they’re affiliated to. There’s no mention of these universities as organizers, co-organizers or sponsors. Therefore, the ABVP’s claims are baseless,” he said in the letter.


Bhumkal president Arvind Sovani told TOI that trouble started much before the ABVP’s letter to the VC when some teachers related to the programme objected to the use of universities’ names. “There are absolutely no vested interests. It’s a well-known fact that we’re working against the Maoist ideology since the last many years. Some lecturers from NU, who were with us in a political group, had first raised objection. But we told them that university’s name is not mentioned as organizer, but only added as colleges working under it are co-organizers.”



He added that after VC’s refusal to attend the event, even organizing colleges were being pressurised to withdraw. “It was organized basically to create awareness on Maoism and related activities. A host of intellectuals from the police and other government departments had registered for it. Now, we’re planning to reschedule it by July 1,” Sovani said.


How the events unfolded


Bhumkal Sanghatan organizes programme ‘Understanding contemporary Maoism (Naxalism) in India’


It was to be held in collaboration with seven colleges from Nagpur, Amravati & Gondwana varsities


It was actually faculty development programme to be conducted online on social media platforms


ABVP sends letter to VC objecting to use of NU’s name in brochure, calls for inquiry & action


VC’s office rushed letter to organizers asking to drop NU & AU names from organizerss list


Says VC expressed displeasure over it and informs that he wouldn’t be able to deliver keynote address


Later, even organizing colleges expressed inability to jointly host the event


Subsequently, organizers forced to defer event


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/controversy-over-names-of-3-varsities-in-event-on-maoism/articleshow/76632930.cms

Maoists organise meeting in Chhattisgarh, 10,000 people attend


Police say that about 300 armed Maoists were deployed to protect the area where the meeting was held. Experts believe that the Maoists organise these gatherings to show their strength to the people.

Updated: Jun 26, 2020 15:41 IST

By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times Raipur

The meeting was part of threeday programme held by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh
The meeting was part of three-day programme held by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, (Representative Photo)

In a show of strength, the Maoists held a programme in the core area of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh. A meeting of around 10,000 people was also held in the three-day programme. A discussion on successor of Rammana, the special secretary of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC), who died in December 2019 was also held.

The programme was held in villages at the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts from June 18-20.

Sources said that top Maoist leaders including new general secretary of CPI (Maoist) Nambala Keshav Rao, alias Basavaraju, head of battalion number of 1, Mandavi Hidma, Kosa, Devji and Sujata also attended the meeting.

“The information about this three-day meeting has reached me. We are looking into it,” said Director General of Police (DGP), Chhattisgarh, DM Awasthi told Hindustan Times.




The senior police officers in Bastar believe that for the first time in last five years such big gathering of civil population has been organised by the Maoists.

Such big gathering was last called by Maoists in Potumpalli village of Sukma in 2015. This year’s gathering was mainly attended by villagers of Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewada districts. Some people of Narayanpur were also present in this gathering,” said a police officer posted in Bastar region.

The total population of these three districts is about 5.5 lakh.


Another police officer informed that about 300 armed Maoists and more than 500 jan militias (who back the Maoists) were deployed to protect the area for three days. “Sujatha, wife of senior Maoist leader Ganpathy was in-charge of security. We don’t have pictures because people were not allowed to carry mobile phones in the gathering,” said the officer.

“A woman who attended the gathering told us that the Maoist leaders made stage in the jungle and were giving speeches about the history of Maoism and Bastar. They have also shown the looted weapons and paid tribute to the Maoists who died in recent past. Sports, dance and other cultural activities took place in the gathering,” said a police officer.

Experts believe that the Maoists organise these gatherings to show their strength to the people.

“I attended one similar meet in Abujhmad in Naryanpur district in 2004 before Salwa Judum in which 10,000 people participated for few days. If they are again doing such meeting after a gap of five years, it is a proof enough that Maoists may be weak but to say that they will be finished soon is day dreaming. People are still with the Maoists in deep jungles in Central India,” said Shubhrashu Chaudhary, Chhattisgarh-based peace activist, who have written extensively on Maoisim.

Sources said that the Maoists are supposed to release a video and press release of the gathering in next few days.

Just before the meeting, a senior-level discussion took place over the successor of Maoist leader Ravula Srinivas alias Ramanna (56), who died in December 2019 and was incharge of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC). A review meeting of tactical counter offensive campaign or TCOC, in which Maoists carry out attacks between April and July every year also took place,” said another IPS officer, preferring anonymity.


The officer further said that there were three main objectives behind the meeting.

Firstly, to emphasise that Maoists would still rule the jungles of Bastar in spite of death of Ramanna and would carry forward his legacy. Secondly to show of strength that villagers are with them and thirdly to discuss over the successor of Ramanna. The Maoists have also displayed the arms, which they have looted in Minpa attack (Sukma district) in which 17 jawans were killed in March this year,” said the officer.

Bela Bhatia, a human rights activist based in Bastar in Chhattisgarh said, “This gathering of thousands of emphasised the need of public education, measures specially education and health.”


Total size of Bastar division is 39,117 square kilometre and population is 15 lakh.

There are seven districts in Bastar division which include Kanker, Kondagaon, Jagdalpur, Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur and Narayanpur.

As per police estimate, about 4,500 Maoist cadre (from its political and military wings) live in the jungles of Bastar. More than 2,00,000 people including women and children in Bastar are Sangham Sadasya (members) of CPI (Maoist).

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/maoists-organise-meeting-in-chhattisgarh-10-000-people-attend/story-tNVdUFoXhFYwQ6YdguPEyM.html


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Maoist couple surrenders in Chhattisgarh s Bijapur district


PTI

Bijapur, Jun 25 (PTI) A Maoist couple, collectively carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on their heads, on Thursday surrendered in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district, police said.

The ultras, identified as Manglu Veka (26) and his wife Raje Hemla alias Vanoja (23), who were active in the MMC (Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh) Maoist zone, turned themselves in before senior police officials, they said.

Hemla had joined the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in 2013, while her husband became part of the organisation in 2014, an official said.


They got married last year while working as members of 'vistaar' (expansion) platoon no.3 under the MMC zone, he said.

They were part of Maoist teams that had attacked security personnel in Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh) and Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh), he said, adding they were carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh each on their heads.

In their statement, the two cadres said they were disillusioned with the hollow Maoist ideology and exploitation and atrocities being committed by ultras on villagers, he said.

They were provided on the spot Rs 10,000 each as encouragement money and will also get benefits stipulated under the rehabilitation policy of the state government for surrendered Naxals, he added. PTI


https://in.news.yahoo.com/maoist-couple-surrenders-chhattisgarh-bijapur-163620604.html

Naxalites set fire to many vehicles, know full report


 
Jun 25 2020 12:16 PM
https://english.newstracklive.com/news/naxalites-set-fire-to-6-vehicles-engaged-in-road-construction-in-sukma-mc23-nu870-ta272-1102139-1.html
In Sukma district of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Naxalites again set fire to vehicles engaged in road construction work. According to the information, this incident is from Dhanikorta village in the district, where they set fire to 6 vehicles parked after construction of the road.

According to media reports, vehicles were parked in the village in the evening after the road work in the day. More than a dozen Naxalites entered the village late at around 11 pm on Wednesday and, after getting an opportunity, set fire to the vehicles engaged in road construction and these vehicles were burnt to death. At the same time, other vehicles including JCB, Pokellen, Tector Tipper were engaged in road construction. The Naxalites burnt 2 JCBs, 3 tippers and a Pokemon out of it. They first boiled their diesel tanks and then set them on fire with the same diesel. According to SP Shalabh Sinha, the Naxalites came to the village at around 11 am and set fire to the vehicles parked there. The police is investigating the whole matter.

For your information, tell us you that the Naxalites had murdered the villagers in Amabeda area by accusing them of being whistleblowers. After executing this incident, leaving the dead body near the village, they escaped from the spot. On receipt of the incident information on Tuesday, the police reached the spot. 10 to 12 uniformed Naxalites arrived in Duwal village of Amabeda area at around 7 pm on Sunday. He took Singarai Coroti (35) out of the house with him and collected people. Naxalites tied a bandage in the hands and eyes of the man and beat him with sticks and strangled him to death, accusing him of whistleblowing. At the same time, he threatened the people that this will be the result of those who are flabbergasted.

Chhattisgarh: Naxals set ablaze 6 vehicles, including two JCB machines, in Sukma district


Naxals set ablaze 6 vehicles in Sukma district
Updated Jun 25, 2020 | 11:37 IST

SP Shalabh Sinha confirmed the incident which happened in the Kunna village at 11 am on Wednesday.

Naxals set ablaze 6 vehicles in Sukma district
Naxals set ablaze 6 vehicles in Sukma district
Photo Credit: ANI

Sukma, Chhattisgarh: Naxals set ablaze six vehicles, including two JCB machines, engaged in road construction in Kukanar area of Sukma district, yesterday.

SP Shalabh Sinha confirmed the incident which happened in the Kunna village at 11 am on Wednesday.

More information is awaited.

On Tuesday, a Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) personnel was injured in a remote-controlled IED blast followed by firing from Naxals in Narayanpur district

Police makes 'Naxal Dossier' public to name and shame Naxalites and frontal organisations



Updated Jun 26, 2020 | 09:40 IST

https://www.timesnownews.com/amp/india/article/police-makes-naxal-dossier-public-to-name-and-shame-naxalites-and-frontal-organisations/612181

This is a unique initiative take by Dantewada police force to provide details of Naxals, their area committees, frontal organisations, area of operations and weapons used by them.

(FILE PIC)
(FILE PIC)
Photo Credit: PTI

Key Highlights

  • Naxals are well armed with sophisticated weapons like AK 47, rocket launchers , INSAS rifles, SLRs.
  • This 'Dossier' mentions names, photos, details of their companies and platoon, and weapons of more than four hundred dreaded armed Naxals from Basaavar Raju to Hidma to Ganpathy.

Raipur: Dantewada district police Force prepares a Naxal 'Dossier' not for the internal consumption but to be distributed amongst Villagers and common people. This is a unique and a first initiative take by the district police force to provide details of Naxals, their area committees, frontal organisations working in the area, area of operations, weapons used by them and entire profile available with police have been made public for a common villager.

The 'Dossier' consists of full details with photographs of 400 possible active Naxals and 600 members of six frontal organisations working in the district and nearby districts.


This is mainly to name and shame those organisations and Naxalites in the area and if they want to prove before the police that they are innocent, they can come to police and prove their innocence and their names will be cut from the list.

Mostly after various ambushes and operations, if a Naxalite gets killed, villagers complain that police has shot down an innocent villager. To avoid any such complaints in future, cops have handed over complete details to the villagers making them aware of the names and profile of Naxals in the police record. Sometimes if a Naxalite is active from a family, his family members are also not aware of his involvements so when he is shot dead by forces, they lodge a protest with police.

Loading ...

"We have prepared a dossier of all Naxal formations in Dantewada and areas adjoining Dantewada. The main aim of this dossier is that all police personnel, especially members of our commando group DRG know their opponents. This dossier will help them to know which Naxalites has how much reward on them. It will help to discriminate between soft Naxals ( members of frontal organisation) and hard dreaded Naxals (members of armed formations)," says Abhishek Pallav, Superintendent of Police, Dantewada District.

'Dossier' also gives details of weapons being used by dreaded Naxals in a fight against security forces. Naxals are well armed with sophisticated weapons like AK 47, Rocket Launchers, INSAS Rifles, SLR.

This dossier mentions names, photos, details of their companies and platoon, and weapons of more than four hundred dreaded armed Naxals from Basaavar Raju to Hidma to Ganpathy.

This document also gives details of Naxal formations in a district and adjoining districts. Naxal Formation/Structure have been made public to spread awareness about how Naxals work in formations and which Naxal belongs to the highest central committee carrying biggest reward, which belongs to the divisional committee and area committee.

Central committee (highest core group of Naxals consists of 18-20 top commanders headed by Basaavar Raju). Then there is 'Dandakarniy' special state committee for North, South, West, East of Bastar and Gadhchiroli. This is followed by divisional committees. 'Dantewada' falls under the jurisdiction of 'Darbha Divisional' committee of Naxals.

It also gives details of one Batallion of 'Hidma' currently active in adjoining district if Sukma has 150 members. Company of Naxals usually has 50-60 members and approximately 9-10 companies are active in the region. Platoons consist of 25-30 armed Naxalites.


Making it public will help Naxalites who has left the Naxal organization a few years back and staying in villages to surrender and get their names removed from profiles. It will help villagers to know and identify naxalites who are roaming in their villages, will lead to increased intelligence inflow and will add credibility to the anti-Naxal operations.

The huge numbers of both armed and unarmed Naxalites in the profile shows that the war is still far from getting finished" says a senior officer posted in the area.

Picture of maps has also been given in the dossier for a better understanding of those areas where Naxal are infested and which are the places where ambushes can take place.

Dantewada is a first district to start such unique 'Dossier' distribution amongst the villagers. Many more districts in Naxal affected areas can follow the same method to Name and shame those working for Naxal groups and to make villagers know who are the Naxals roaming around in their villages.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Maoists torch earthmover in Bihar

 PTIJune 24, 2020 15:54 IST

    Gaya (Bihar), Jun 24 (PTI) Maoists have torched an
earthmover engaged in road construction in Bihar's Gaya
district, police said on Wednesday.
    An armed squad of the banned outfit CPI(Maoist)
torched the vehicle near Chhatihar More late on Tuesday night
after the contractor failed to pay them a levy, Konch police
station SHO Sri Kumar said.
    The vehicle was engaged in the construction of the
Pradhana-Islampur Road, he said.
    An FIR has been lodged and search is on to nab the
Maoists, the officer added. PTI CORR AR

Naxalite camp busted, weapons seized in huge quantity


 |  | NARAYANPUR

Security forces busted a Naxalite transit camp  following a gun battle with Maoists in a forested patch of Chhattisgarh's            insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said on Wednesday.

The fighting between police forces and Maoists happened in a dense forested patch of Dengalputti in Orcha region on Tuesday morning. After intense firing, the Naxalites ran into the jungle and police busted the camp,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar) Sundarraj. P said.

Police found 51 mm mortars, 2 mortars, 12 bore guns, air gun, pipe gun, electric detonators, and other explosive materials in huge quantity.

A Naxalite transit camp was busted on Tuesday too in the same forest and a large quantity of explosives, including IEDs, were seized.

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/naxalite-camp-busted--weapons-seized-in-huge-quantity.html


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CAF personnel injured in IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh


ANI | Updated: Jun 23, 2020 21:14 IST

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], June 23 (ANI): A Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) personnel was injured in a remote-controlled IED blast followed by firing from Naxals in Narayanpur district on Tuesday.
The blast and exchange of fire occurred at around 3 pm between Orchha and Dhanora.
The exchange of fire between Naxals and forces lasted for around 10 minutes, following which the Naxals fled.
The condition of the CAF jawan who belongs to the 16 Battalion is said to be stable and he is being referred to Raipur for further treatment. (ANI)

Naxalite transit camp busted; IEDs, rocket launchers seized


 |  | NARAYANPUR

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/naxalite-transit-camp-busted--ieds--rocket-launchers-seized.html

A Naxalite transit camp was busted on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district and a large quantity of explosives, including IEDs and rocket launchers, were seized, police said.

The recovery was made from Dengalputti forest in Orchha police station limits by a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG), Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj. P said.

The operation is a huge success as it was after a long time that security forces managed to bust a camp in Abhujmad, he said.

Acting on specific inputs about the presence of ultras in Ghattekal-Dengalputti-Paiveyar forests in Abhujmad, a Maoist stronghold, the security forces launched a search operation on Sunday and came upon the transit camp, he said.

While the security forces were encircling the area, Naxalites sensed their presence and escaped, leaving behind their belongings, he added.

"Explosives and materials of daily use were recovered from there. Further search of nearby areas led to seizure of arms, improvised explosive devices, rocket launchers and materials for triggering blasts," the officer said.

Further details of the recovery are expected to be known once the security team returns to base

Congress pushes for SIT probe into Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Jheerum Valley


The Congress government in Chhattisgarh questioned why the NIA is keen to take over a new case about the 2013 attack that was registered last month.

Updated: Jun 23, 2020 00:37 IST

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times Raipur

https://www.hindustantimes.com/


The Jheerum valley attack in Chhattisgarh in 2013 was one of the biggest hits on politicians
The Jheerum valley attack in Chhattisgarh in 2013 was one of the biggest hits on politicians. (File Photo)

Amid a tug-of-war between the Centre and Chhattisgarh government over a fresh case registered by the state police last month in connection with the Jheerum valley ambush by Maoists in 2013, the ruling Congress party in the state asked why the BJP “was afraid of an SIT probe” into the attack.

It also alleged a nexus between the opposition BJP and left wing extremists and asked why the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is trying to take over the probe into a fresh FIR lodged last month by Jitendra Mudliyar, son of Uday Mudliyar who was killed in the Jheerum attack.

In one of the biggest hits on politicians, Maoists had attacked a convoy of Congress leaders during the party’s ‘Parivartan Rally’ in Jheerum valley on May 25, 2013, killing 27 people. Among the victims were the then state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, former leader of opposition Mahendra Karma and former union minister Vidya Charan Shukla who died of injuries a few days later.

“Several incidents have come to light in the past that indicate BJP had been working hand-in-glove with the Maoists”, state’s Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey and Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar alleged in a joint press conference.




Recently a BJP leader was arrested in Dantewada on charges of helping Maoists, Choubey said citing other similar instances.

The ministers asked why the BJP was scared of a probe into a “conspiracy angle” into the Jhiram incident.

“The BJP does not want the conspiracy angle into the Jhiram attack to be probed. After the NIA took over the probe, they declared Maoist leaders Ganpati and Ramanna as absconders in March 2014 and released information about confiscating their properties in the media. But surprisingly, the names of the two leaders were not mentioned in the charge sheet filed by the NIA in September that year. The NIA investigation into the case derailed after the NDA government came to power in 2014,” they claimed.

The conspiracy angle was not even in the terms of reference of the probe Commission set up by the previous BJP government into the incident. The previous government in the state also ignored the demand for a CBI enquiry into the incident, the ministers claimed.

After the Congress came to power, it constituted a special investigation team to probe the incident and sought the final report of the case from the NIA so that conspiracy angle can be investigated. But the NIA refused to share any documents with the SIT claiming that the probe was incomplete even as the status of the case on its website showed the probe was completed, Akbar said.

Last month, Jitendra Mudliyar lodged a fresh case at Darbha police station seeking to probe the conspiracy angle into the incident. Subsequently, the NIA which works under the Union government, filed an application before the special court (Jagdalpur) on June 16 seeking to take over the probe into the fresh case, he said.

The two ministers alleged that the Jheerum attack was a contract killing and asked why the NIA is trying to take over the probe into the new case.

Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik rubbished the allegations and asked the Congress to submit any evidence it had.

“When the Jhiram valley incident had taken place, UPA was in power at the Centre. NIA conducted its investigation according to the points of investigation fixed by the then UPA rule. Hence, the Congress should have faith on the investigation conducted by the NIA”, Kahusik said.


He asked the Congress to be patient and have faith in the investigation.

Hardcore Maoist arrested with bomb


 |  | SUKMA

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/hardcore-maoist-arrested-with-bomb.html

A hardcore Maoist who    carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head was arrested along with a bomb during a search operation by security forces in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said on Monday.

The Maoist, Dirdo Masa, a resident of Mulethi village in Kuknar police station limits, was nabbed from a forested patch near his village Mulethi, police officer Kuknar Shambhu Singh said.

He was arrested by a joint team of CRFP personnel from Kunna camp, 241 Bastaria battalion and police from Kuknar police station.

Dirdo was a Maoist militia commander who was involved in the murder of a police intelligence agent in March this year. He was also part of a Naxalite team that ambushed a police party in the forests of Jangampal in August 2017, police said

Why is BJP afraid of SIT probe in Jhiram naxal attack? Cong


Alleging a nexus between the BJP and Maoists in Chhattisgarh, the ruling Congress on Monday asked why the opposition is afraid of the SIT probe into the Jhiram valley naxal attack that took place in 2013.

Press Trust Of India
Updated On: 
image

Alleging a nexus between the BJP and Maoists in Chhattisgarh, the ruling Congress on Monday asked why the opposition is afraid of the SIT probe into the Jhiram valley naxal attack that took place in 2013. The Congress also asked why the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is trying to take over the probe into a fresh FIR lodged last month by Jitendra Mudliyar, son of Congress leader Uday Mudliyar, who was killed in the Jhiram attack, in connection with the seven-year-old incident.

The BJP's rejected Congress charges and said the ruling party should have faith in the NIA. On May 25, 2013, naxals had attacked a convoy of Congress leaders during the party's Parivartan Rally in Jhiram valley, killing 29 people, including then state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, former leader of opposition Mahendra Karma and former Union minister Vidyacharan Shukla.

Several incidents have come to light in the past that indicate the BJP had been working hand-in-glove with the Naxals," Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey and Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar alleged at a press conference here. Recently, a BJP leader was arrested in Dantewada on charges of helping naxals, Choubey said citing other similar instances of the past. The two Congress ministers further asked why the BJP is scared of a probe into conspiracy angle of the Jhiram assault.

"The BJP does not want the conspiracy angle into the Jhiram attack to be probed. After the Jhiram incident, the NIA took over the probe.

"The NIA declared Naxal leaders Ganpati and Ramanna as absconders in March 2014 and released information about confiscating their properties in the media.

"But surprisingly, the names of the two leaders were not mentioned in the chargesheet filed by the NIA in September same year," the ministers said.

The NIA investigation into the case derailed after the NDA government came to power in 2014 at the Centre, they claimed. The judicial commission set up by the previous BJP government to probe the attack didnt even have inquiry of conspiracy angle in its terms of reference, Choubey and Akbar said. The previous BJP government in the state also ignored the demand for a CBI inquiry, they claimed.


After the Congress came to power in the state in late 2018, it constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident and sought the final report of the case from the NIA so that conspiracy angle can be investigated. However, the NIA refused to share any documents with the SIT, citing incomplete probe whereas their website showed the probe was completed, Akbar said.

Jitendra Mudliyar last month lodged a fresh case at the Darbha police station, seeking a probe into the conspiracy angle. Subsequently, the NIA filed an application before the special court (Jagdalpur) on June 16, seeking that the fresh case be handed over to the central agency for probe, Akbar said.

Claiming that the Jhiram attack was a 'supari' killing (contract killing), the two ministers asked why the NIA is trying to take over the probe into the new case. Refuting the charges, Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik of the BJP asked the Congress to produce evidence they have instead of leveling false allegations.

"When the Jhiram valley incident took place, the UPA was in power at the Centre. The NIA conducted its investigation according to terms fixed by the then UPA government.

"Hence, the Congress should have faith in the NIA's investigation," Kahusik said.

We also want that justice should prevail and those found guilty should be severely punished. The Congress should have patience and faith in the investigation," the BJP leader said.