Saturday, August 01, 2020

Naxal sympathiser arrested, medicines seized in Kothagudem


They spotted a youth carrying two carton boxes coming that way and on seeing the police he tried to run away. But the police chased and caught him. On questioning the youth revealed his identity as Kaka Veeraswamy of Mulkalpalli village and was sympathiser of the Maoist party.  

By Author  |  Published: 1st Aug 2020  3:54 pm
Naxal sympathiser arrested, medicines seized in Kothagudem

Kothagudem: The police have arrested a Maoist sympathiser and seized medical kits and tablets from his possession at Dummugudem in the district. Iinspector of Police Venkateswarlu informed here on Saturday that following a tip off, the CRPF 39-G company Inspector of Police M Polinaidu and team was engaged in search operations in Parnasala, Peddabandirevu and Seetanagaram villages in Dummagudem mandal.

They spotted a youth carrying two carton boxes coming that way and on seeing the police he tried to run away. But the police chased and caught him. On questioning the youth revealed his identity as Kaka Veeraswamy of Mulkalpalli village and was sympathiser of the Maoist party.

He confessed to the police that he has been supplying material to the CPI ( Maoist) Party for the past several years. Following directions from the party leaders he purchased  he purchased the medicines and medical kits at Bhadrachalam and was going to handover them to a Maoist dalam. Sub-Inspector of Police Rathish seized the material and arrested Veeraswamy. A against the naxal sympathiser was booked at Dummugudem police station, Venkateswarlu said


https://telanganatoday.com/naxal-sympathiser-arrested-medicines-seized-in-kothagudem

How A Call Centre Is Ensuring Institutional Deliveries In Naxal Affected Dantewada


The District Collector Sh. Deepak Soni, an IAS of 2011 batch has always emphasized that Access to Health, Nutrition and Education is a right of every citizen and the Govt is duty bound to provide these services with quality.

Update: 2020-08-01 04:12 GMT
Writer : Basant Kumar | Editor : Prateek Gautam | Creatives : Abhishek M
How A Call Centre Is Ensuring Institutional Deliveries In Naxal Affected Dantewada


Dantewada district situated in the Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh is bestowed with rich natural resources and cultural diversity. It is always in news for all the wrong reasons be it the causalities due to Left Wing Extremism or the poor coverage of education and health care services in the remotest part of the district. While access to the dark zones is an issue, the District Administration has put numerous efforts to mainstream development efforts in these areas especially health care services.

Challenges like high degree of Anemia, Malnutrition among children and pregnant women and poor access of emergency Maternal and child health services has been a concern for the district.

The District Collector Sh. Deepak Soni, an IAS of 2011 batch has always emphasized that Access to Health, Nutrition and Education is a right of every citizen and the Govt is duty bound to provide these services with quality. Improving quality and access to the services will happen only when the frontline workers and district administration work with unity and a single goal.
IAS Officer Deepak Soni

Sh. Soni along with the Health Department officials and Mr. Basant Kumar, Aspirational District Fellow deputed by Tata Trusts, has made concerted efforts towards access and quality of maternal health services in the district. Regular conduct of Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Day, Health clinics and camps during Haat Bazar, Health facility upgradation, deployment of trained resources for birth attendance, maternal and child health checkup in PHC and CHC, Sugam Swasthya Dantewada Pogramme for emergency referral transportation to nearby health facilities are few initiatives worth mentioning.

The team experienced that, there are challenges in awareness and sensitization of community on maternal health especially on importance of health check-ups, nutritious diet, Consumption of IFA Tablets etc. With celebration of VHSND, the ANC registration has increased.

However, more efforts were needed to sensitise community on the importance of minimum 4 ANC health check-ups. Missing ANC sometimes kept the mother unaware about the due date, the risk of C section, complications of pre and post child birth etc. The core challenge is in bridging the communication gap by regular engagement with the pregnant women, making them aware on the safe motherhood.

Officer Soni addressing the functionaries.

Yuva BPO; a critical means for Information Dissemination

A Yuva BPO functioning in the district where local youths fully conversant with local dialect were engaged to provided information dissemination of various Govt schemes. Realising the potential, the BPO has to reach out to the beneficiaries, the Health Department planned to create a dedicated cell by engaging few executives from the BPO.

Five executives were identified and provided 3 days training on Maternal Health services. All relevant guidelines, info graphics and communication material on Maternal Health, Motherhood etc were provided to the team. The cell was operationalised using the Innovation Fund under National Health Mission. The core objective was to improve the institutional delivery in the district, reduce maternal and infant death by way of timely dissemination of information and communication and awareness building.

From Antenatal Care to Immunization; End to end engagement for service delivery:

The trained call centre executives have internalised the role of communication in the entire motherhood cycle starting from ANC registration to Immunization of the infant. The list of pregnant women are made available to the Call Centre Executives. The team prepares a call roster to reach out to the pregnant women for sensitising them on healthy dietary practice, health check-ups, precautions etc. On an average 50 calls are made every day to the Pregnant women. In addition, calls are made to the Mitanin, Anganwadi Worker, ANM, PRI representatives to check for any challenges.

The pregnant women are advised to reach the nearest Health centre with institutional delivery facility at least 5days before the expected date of delivery. The High Risk cases are given special attention. The centre coordinates with respective health functionaries for institutional delivery. Pregnant women are provided necessary counselling on delivery and early child care, breast feeding etc.

In cases where emergency referral transportation is required, the call centre also coordinates with Ambulance services. Maleria is prone in the district and hence, the centre also provides precautionary message on Maleria prevention. Availability of beds and shelter for Pregnant women has remained a challenge. The district has created 5 pre-birth waiting rooms as part of facility augmentation to provide shelter to all the women reaching the health facility prior to delivery.

In the time of COVID-19 pandemic, the Call Centre has also helped the District in the "Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme". The Call Centre based out reach and communication has started yielding results. It is planned to expand the work in Information, Education and Communication outreach in other health service domains


https://thelogicalindian.com/story-feed/get-inspired/call-centre-ensures-institutional-deliveries-naxal-affected-district-22704

Friday, July 31, 2020

Bird squad to thwart Maoist drones


TNN | Aug 1, 2020, 04:43 IST

Hyderabad: Worried that 

Maoists

 or terror groups could use drones to keep tabs on movements of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao or VVIPs, the Intelligence wing of Telangana police is in the process of training birds — said to be eagles — to destroy the drones during VVIP movement.

Towards this end, the Intelligence wing is planning to engage experts to train the birds, which will be pressed into aerial security services during VVIP movement. This bird squad, which will be part of VVIP security, is likely to be called ‘Garuda squad’. The birds will be trained at the Integrated Intelligence Training Academy (IITA), Moinabad.

Sources said the department of home has given permission for police to raise the Garuda squad to neutralise drones during VVIP visits and CM’s programmes across the state. KCR enjoys a high security cover during his travels and also at his camp house.


Use of drone across Hyderabad is prohibited and one has to take prior permission from the respective police stations to use a drone. For the last several years, police have banned deployment of drones in public places, fearing reprisals by Maoists and other extremist groups

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/bird-squad-to-thwart-maoist-drones/articleshow/77292889.cms


Chhattisgarh’s anti-Naxal fight is hit as Modi govt has cut 65% funds, says minister


Chhattisgarh minister Tamradhwaj Sahu says state is India’s worst-hit by Naxalism, but Modi govt has cut police modernisation budget to Rs 20 cr in 2020-21 from Rs 56 cr 7 years ago.

PRITHVIRAJ SINGH
Representational image. A file photo of security personnel in Sukma. | Photo: ANI
Representational image. A file photo of security personnel in Sukma. | Photo: ANI

Raipur: Chhattisgarh is receiving “step-motherly treatment” from the Narendra Modi government over the budgetary allocation for police modernisation under a central scheme, state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu has said.

The minister said the Modi government has slashed Chhattisgarh’s police modernisation budget by 65 per cent after it assumed power in 2014 even though the state is India’s worst-affected by Naxalism.

Sahu said the problem of Naxalism is negligible in states like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra compared to Chhattisgarh, but they get the best deal in budgetary allocation for police modernisation.


According to him, this is adversely affecting the state in its fight against Naxals. The modernisation budget is mainly used for arms purchases and development of infrastructure.

Delivery of state-of-the-art weapons to the state police is also pending for almost two-three years due to the budgetary shortfall and late release of funds from the Union government. Moreover, the purchase of communication and forensic equipment, vehicles, and recruitment of forces to combat Naxals, and development of other infrastructural facilities like administrative and residential buildings are also affected, he said.

“A large portion of the Central-funded police modernisation budget is earmarked for the fight against Naxalism,” said Sahu.

In 2013-14, the budget for state’s police modernisation was Rs 56 crore, which was reduced to Rs 20 crore in 2020-21,” said Sahu.

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He said the Centre approved a sum of Rs 20 crore in the last fiscal but allocated only Rs 9.7 crore. “On the other hand, Bihar got Rs 27.6 crore (in 2019-20). Allocation for Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were Rs 15.6 crore, Rs 63.19 and Rs 47 crore, respectively,” he said.

“The problem of Maoism in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra is negligible compared to ours but the budgetary allocation made to them was the highest. The Modi government is treating Chhattisgarh in a step-motherly manner,” he said.

The state was under the BJP until December 2018 when the Bhupesh Baghel-led Congress government came to power.

Under the police modernisation scheme, the Naxal-hit states get allocation from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, primarily for dealing with Left-Wing Extremism.

ThePrint reached the home ministry for a comment through calls and text messages but there was no response until the time of publishing this report.


Also read: Varavara Rao, Sharjeel are not isolated Covid cases as jails become the new hotspots


Increase allocation – letter to Centre

Sahu’s comments came over a week after he wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, demanding an increase in the budget allocation under the scheme.

“The amount being received under the Police Force Modernization Scheme has been steadily decreasing for the last few years. The amount being allocated under this scheme should be increased to make the fight against Naxalism more effective and to increase and modernize the resources of the state police force,” he said in the letter dated 22 July.

Highlighting the need for the raise, Sahu told the Centre that at the time of Chhattisgarh’s formation in 2000, the strength of police personnel in the state was 22,520. This has now grown to 75,678. In this period, 11 new revenue districts have been created, resulting in the demand for substantial increase in security forces as well.

The number of police stations has also gone up from 293 to 467 and police outposts have risen from 57 to 115. Some Special Task Force units, and 22 Chhattisgarh Armed Force battalions were raised.

Sahu hasn’t received any response from the Union ministry so far.

Release of fund

The police officers in the Chhattisgarh home ministry said orders to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for purchase of arms are continuously getting pushed due to delays in release of funds by the central government.

A top police officer said that the delivery of around 200 Trichy Assault Rifles (TRO) and INSAS rifles — ordered in 2017 mainly for anti-Naxal operations — is still pending.

A sizeable chunk of Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) with short range firepower was also ordered by the state Home Department in 2018, but its delivery is also pending, said the officer.

These three rifles are provided by the DRDO to the state police department. According to the arrangement, the state places its order to the defence manufacturer and gets its delivery once the Centre reimburses the budgetary amount directly to the maker.

“Not only the funds received under the Centrally Funded Police Modernization Scheme have decreased significantly in the last few years, but the amount being actually received is also getting extremely delayed,” said R.K. Vij, Chhattisgarh Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Planning and Management.

“Although, the Police Modernization Fund for arms procurement is directly released to the DRDO after submission of proposal by the state government, there is a lot of delay in this process too,” he added

https://theprint.in/india/chhattisgarhs-anti-naxal-fight-is-hit-as-modi-govt-has-cut-65-funds-says-minister/471234/


Is Charu Majumdar’s ideology relevant today?



Charu MajumdarCharu Majumdar
Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 31 JULY 2020 07:43 IST
UPDATED: 31 JULY 2020 07:43 IST

‘Maoists seem to focus more on arms than on garnering people’s support’

The Martyrs Week being observed from July 28 by the banned CPI (Maoist) entered the third day on Thursday, and the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam were incident-free so far.

The week is observed to commemorate the death anniversary of Charu Majumdar, the founder and architect of the Naxalite movement that had begun at Naxalbari, a village in the Siliguri district of West Bengal, in 1967.

Charu Majumdar had died in police custody on July 28, 1972, at the age of 53 in Kolkata. His body was not handed over to the family members. Instead, the security forces took the body to the cremation ground, where it was consigned to flames in the presence of his family members.

During the week, the Maoists hold meetings to revisit Charu Majumdar’s ideology, build memorials and try to hog the limelight.

Visit to Vizag

Few know that Charu Majumdar had visited Visakhapatnam in 1969 when the Srikakulam peasant uprising was in full swing. Peasant leaders in the North Andhra district such as Vempatapu Satyanarayana, Adibhatla Kailasam, Subbarao Panigrahi and Panchadi Krishnamurthy drew inspiration from his ideology.

Charu Majumdar, who was leading an underground movement then, had stayed in Visakhapatnam for a few days. His comrades such as K.G. Satyamurthi and Mahadev had reportedly stopped the train in which Majumdar was travelling from West Bengal a few kilometres before the Visakhapatnam Railway Station, then called Waltair station, by pulling the chain, and whisked him away to a secret hideout. His son Abhijit Majumdar, in a number of interviews later, had said that as a small boy he had accompanied his mother Lila and his two sisters to meet Charu in the hideout as he was then one of the most wanted men in the country.

“He was here to resolve the dispute with the rival faction led by Nagi Reddy. He had also constituted the new Andhra State Coordination Committee,” said Ajay Kumar of the CPI (ML), a party formed by Charu Majumdar.

The CPI(ML), which was then outlawed and banned, is now recognised as one of the mainstream political parties fighting the elections democratically. But is his ideology, which had attracted thousands of youth and intellectuals, relevant today?

Land reforms

The movement that Charu Majumdar had started was seen as an offshoot of the Tebhaga peasant movement of 1946, which was similar to the Telangana peasant movement. “The crux of the movement was implementation of land reforms and ‘land rights to the tiller’. But it had withered and lost its relevance after the liberalisation policy,” said a former Naxalite, who was drawn towards Charu’s ideology and who had worked with the People’s War Group (PWG) founded by Kondapalli Seetharamaiah.

The Maoists still believe in the 1938 Mao Zedong’s doctrine that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” “This is irrelevant today, as oppression may lead to an armed political struggle. But, as Charu had once said, arms are necessary, but they cannot control the movement and we cannot lose sight on mobilising people,” he said. “But today, the Maoists seem to focus more on arms, and have lost focus on mobilising popular support,” he added.

Another aspect that haunts the Maoists is the Mao Zedong’s strategy of creation of liberated zones.

This was possible in the 1970s in Srikakulam, Naxalbari, or for that matter in Karimnagar or Warangal (now in Telangana). But post liberalisation, things had changed, he said. “Today, we have moved towards an ‘aspirational society’, where this doctrine does not hold water. The dynamics have changed and the Maoists have not visualised the change and innovated as per the changes. That is why their ideology, which once attracted the masses, turned irrelevant,” said Mr. Ajay Kumar.


https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/is-charu-majumdars-ideology-relevant-today/article32236475.ece

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Number of violent incidents and resultant deaths have reduced by 43.4% in last five years

The LWE scenario in the country has been consistently improving over the years both in terms of violence and geographical spread. The last five years has seen a significant improvement in the LWE scenario across the country. The number of violent incidents and resultant deaths have reduced by 43.4% and 60.4% respectively during last 05 years (2014-18) compared to the preceding 05 years(2009-13). The details are as under :

Maoist Violence 2017 - 2019

The data relating to Left Wing Extremism (LWE) violence

Maoists threat to public representatives and journalist in Dantewada: Police


Maoists are fast losing grip over the villagers in the area and as a result, there is growing frustration among them, Abhishek Pallava, Superintendent of Police, Dantewada, said.

Updated: Jul 30, 2020 14:25 IST

By Ritesh Mishra and S Kareemuddin | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Hindustan Times Raipur/Bastar

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Image for representation. (AP file photo)

Dantewada police claimed there is a threat from Maoists to a few public representatives and a journalist . “Through our sources and interrogation of arrested and surrendered Maoists, there is credible intelligence regarding a threat to a few contractors and a media personnel of Kirandul area. Maoists are holding them responsible for supporting new private mining parties in the area,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallava told HT.


“I have been informed by the senior police officials about the threat from the Maoists... I have always reported facts..” said the journalist who preferred not to be named.

Also read: NIA arrests 3 in murder of Chhattisgarh MLA Bhima Mandavi

Maoists have incurred severe casualties in the past few years in Kirandul area and many local boys and girls have been recruited from the region in the police. Therefore, Maoists are fast losing grip over the villagers in the area and as a result, there is growing frustration across all ranks of Maoists. Thus, senior Maoists are trying to find scapegoats, turning blame to them for their failures,” the SP added.

Meanwhile, Prabhat Singh, a journalist based in Dantewada district alleged that police launched a surveillance against him and his family for unknown reasons.


“For last one week, the police and surrendered Maoists of Barsoor police station are collecting information about my family from other family members and neighbours. The police are asking for the bank account number and information related to my seven-year-old daughter’s education,” said Singh.

Also read: Chhattisgarh registers 314 more Covid-19 cases, state tally mounts to 8,600

He further claimed that he has written a letter to the chief minister and provided all the details about his assets.

“I urge the chief minister to stop this surveillance because my family is in fear,” said Singh. Reacting to the allegation, SP Dantewada said that Prabhat’s allegations are baseless.


“Neither Prabhat Singh nor his family members have been questioned by police officers. No discomfort has ever been caused to him. Barsoor is a hypersensitive Maoists affected area, police, therefore, keeps collecting sensitive information to strengthen human intelligence. Allegations of keeping Singh and his family members under surveillance is wrong and without substance,” Pallava said.

In 2016, four journalists — Santosh Yadav, Somaru Nag, Prabhat Singh and Deepak Jaiswal — were arrested on politically motivated charges by Bastar Police


https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/maoists-threat-to-public-representatives-and-journalist-in-dantewada-police/story-9XJPh8fyVFokcpEpn2QJeO.html

3 Naxals surrender at CRPF camp in Bihar's Gaya


DNA | Updated: Jul 30, 2020, 12:00 PM IST
Three Naxals surrendered themselves at 159 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Bihar's Gaya on July 29. Maoists surrendered in a ceremony held at the CRPF 159 Battalion Camp. Naxalites who surrendered told that they had come under the influence and joined the Naxalite organisation. Cases have been registered against these people in various police stations of Gaya and Aurangabad district

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/video-3-naxals-surrender-at-crpf-camp-in-bihar-s-gaya-2834902

Female Naxalite arrested from Dantewada, companions absconding


 
Jul 30 2020 06:05 PM

News Track

Dantewada: A female Naxalites have been arrested in Dantewada, Naxal-affected district of Chhattisgarh. This Naxalite woman has been arrested from Aranpur Bandipara. Along with the Aranpur police, DRG and CRPF personnel have also played an important role in the arrest of a Naxalite named Podia Mandavi.

While giving information in this case, the police have told that the informers had given information about this Naxalite named Podia Mandavi. These days the martyrdom of Naxalites continues. The Naxalites were celebrating the martyr week in Bandipara meanwhile the police reached there. Seeing the police coming, the remaining Naxals escaped by taking advantage of the forest area. However, Podia came under the grip of the police during this period.

In Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on July 27, Naxalites killed a soldier of the 22nd Battalion. According to the information, the police was leaving for patrolling from Kariameta police camp in Naxal-affected area of the district. Meanwhile, the Naxals, who were ambushed at some distance from the camp, started indiscriminate firing. In which CAF soldier Jitendra Bagade of the 22nd Battalion was shot in the head and died on the spot.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mangi forests safe haven for naxals since 40 years


This area contains unknown caves and hillocks that become hideouts for the extremists

By Author  |  Published: 19th Jul 2020  12:38 am
https://telanganatoday.com/mangi-forests-safe-haven-for-naxals-since-40-years

Mangi forests safe haven for naxals since 40 years

Kumram Bheem Asifabad: The calm dry deciduous forests of the district attract tigers of neighbouring Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh due to rich prey base and drinking water sources in the form of natural springs. Certain parts of this vast region earned popularity by becoming the most favourite shelter for Maoists due to their hostile geographic conditions for armed forces of Police Department since 1980s.

The district’s forests contain many secret locations where the extremists used to take shelter and dump their ammunition and hide cash for future needs as well. Some of them include Kadamba in Kagaznagar mandal, Shivapalli in Chintalamanepalli, Cheelapalli in Sirpur (T), Agarguda in Penchikalpet, Lovva in Dahegaon, Jodeghat in Kerameri and Mangi in Tiryani. Except for Mangi forests, the rest are no more zones of naxals, who vanished in the last two decades.

Mangi, a hilly forest terrain in Tiryani mandal, has been a safe haven for various squads locally known as ‘dalams’ of the banned outfit for four decades. This inhospitable domain continues to be a much preferred destination of the extremists. It drew headlines again when five members of a band of red brigade, led by Mailarepu Adellu alias Bhaskar, had a close shave with police parties recently.

Caves turn hideouts

It is not the name of a village, but it is an area consisting of hills, dense forests and valleys which shelters around 20 hamlets of aboriginal tribes. The place offers a slew of features for Maoists. It contains unknown caves and hillocks that become hideouts for the extremists. It allows them to easily escape from being caught by security forces.

The terrain used to be a safe home for the red brigade till 2010. It is inaccessible to parties of Greyhounds and forces of elite commando even as the district’s communication system has undergone a revolutionary change over a period of time. Maoists turn invincible once they reach this region. They become indomitable here when compared to any other havens.

Tribal hospitality

The Maoists invariably enjoy hospitality of tribals dwelling in the valleys. They rely upon the ethnic tribes for food and shelter on some occasions. They are helped by some Adivasis in avoiding confrontation with the armed forces. They can effortlessly disappear in the woods and cannot be traced by policemen.

In the latest instance, the head of Thokkuguda in Tiryani mandal was arrested for allegedly supplying food and providing shelter to the extremists and for helping them escape from being arrested. The naxals managed to vanish in the dark within no time. They still remain untraceable.

As many as 25 special police parties, including Greyhounds, have been formed for tracking down the ultras. In addition, 15 parties are carrying out vehicle checks in urban parts and 25 parties are patrolling rural parts and keeping vigil on movement of strangers. About 500 personnel have been deployed to nab the extremists.

Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy, who reviewed anti-extremists operations in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district headquarters on Friday, exuded confidence that they would be able to achieve a ‘positive result’ in their daunting mission. It has to be seen whether the security forces get a breakthrough or not in their mission to trace Maoists in their bastion, Mangi forests

Delhi Professor Arrested Over "Maoist Ideology" In Connection With Bhima Koregaon Case


During investigation, it was found that Hany Babu was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology and was a "co-conspirator", the NIA said.

Update: 2020-07-29 06:20 GMT
Writer : Navya Singh | Editor : Prateek Gautam | Creatives : Abhishek M
Delhi Professor Arrested Over "Maoist Ideology" In Connection With Bhima Koregaon Case

Image Credit: OneIndia




The National Investigation Agency on July 28, arrested a 54-year-old associate professor of Delhi University in connection with the 2018 violence in Maharashtra's Koregaon Bhima.

Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, a resident of Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, is an associate professor in the Department of English. This is the 12th arrest made by the NIA in the case that has put many prominent activists, scholars and lawyers behind the bars. 

The case relates to an event of December 31, 2017 in Pune which was followed by extreme violence and arson in Maharashtra that claimed one person's life.  


The investigators have alleged that the activists at the Elgar Parishad meet had incited violence with their inflammatory and provocative statements. The investigation also claimed to have revealed a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During investigation, the NIA stated that senior leaders of the CPI (Maoist), a banned organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were in contact with the organisers of the Elgar Parishad meet to propagate the Maoist and Naxal ideology and also encourage unlawful activities.

The Pune Police filed a chargesheet pertaining to the case on November 15, 2018 and a supplementary charge sheet on February 21, 2019.


The case was transferred to the NIA on January 24, early this year and arrested activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha on April 14.

During investigation, it was found that Hany Babu was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology and was a "co-conspirator", the NIA said. The arrested professor will be produced before a special NIA court in Mumbai on July 29.

Maoist Martyrs Week: Intensive combing operations in Kothagudem forests


Special party police and Greyhounds forces are engaged in search operations for the naxals and to prevent any untoward incidents in view of the recent movements of naxal teams in Manugur and surrounding forests

By Author  |  Published: 29th Jul 2020  6:57 pm
Maoist Martyrs Week: Intensive combing operations in Kothagudem forests

Kothagudem: The police have intensified combing operations in the forests of the district in the wake of Maoists Martyrs Week being observed by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Party from July 28 to August 3.

Special party police and Greyhounds forces are engaged in search operations for the naxals and to prevent any untoward incidents in view of the recent movements of naxal teams in Manugur and surrounding forests.

Security was increased at key projects in the district and political leaders were asked not to venture into remote areas without informing the local police as they were facing threat from the naxals.

Naxal pamphlets have appeared at a few agency villages such as Dummugudem in the district. In a  pamphlet released by Bhadradri-Kothagudem-East Godavari Divisional Committee secretary Azad, the Maoist leaders called upon the public to observe the Martyrs Week in every village.

The common public, tribals and the poorer sections were being exploited by the corporate forces, capitalists and feudal minded leaders, the Maoists said. There was a need for the public to oppose ‘Operation Samadhan’ that aimed at eliminating naxals and to loot mineral wealth in the forests, Azad said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been suppressing public movements.

Similar pamphlets and banners have also appeared in Dantewada, Bijapur and other districts in neighbouring Chhattisgarh urging the people to take part in guerilla war against the “oppressive and fascist minded governments.”

Meanwhile, a District Reserve Guard jawan suffered a bullet injury on his leg in an exchange of fire with the naxals in Avutapalli forests under Basaguda police station limits in Bijapur district on Wednesday.

The injured jawan was identified as Laxman Badeja who was brought out from the forests safely and shifted to government hospital for treatment, the police said


https://telanganatoday.com/maoist-martyrs-week-intensive-combing-operations-in-kothagudem-forests

DRG jawan injured in exchange of fire with Naxals in Chhattisgarh


The exchange of fire took place in the forest of Aautpalli village under Basaguda police station area when a team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said.

By Author  |  Published: 29th Jul 2020  6:06 pm

Bijapur: A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan was injured in an encounter with Naxals in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, police said.

The exchange of fire took place in the forest of Aautpalli village under Basaguda police station area when a team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said.

When the patrolling team was cordoning off the forest near the village, a gunfight broke out between the two sides, he said.

“DRG jawan Laxman Bedja sustained bullet injuries on his leg in the incident,” he said.
After a brief exchange of fire, the ultras escaped into dense forest, he said.

The injured jawan was being shifted to a local hospital, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the area.

In view of ‘martyrs week’ being observed by Maoists from July 28 till August 3, the security forces have intensified patrolling in the interiors of Bastar division comprising seven districts- Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada

https://telanganatoday.com/drg-jawan-injured-in-exchange-of-fire-with-naxals-in-chhattisgarh


With Lon Varratu Campaign, Dantewada Authorities Want Naxals to Surrender and Start Over



Officials say pamphlets containing information about Naxals, with an appeal to lay down their arms, are being put up in villages at prominent places including sites of weekly markets. However, some human rights activists have expressed reservations about the legality of this campaign.

The 'Lon Verratu' campaign in Bastar district.
With Lon Varratu Campaign, Dantewada Authorities Want Naxals to Surrender and Start Over

Lon Varratu. This is the name of a new campaign that has been launched in Bastar’s Dantewada district to affect the surrender of Naxals. 'Lon Varratu' means 'Return Home' in Gondi, the language spoken by the tribals in the region. While this is not the first drive to get the extremists to surrender their weapons— many such campaigns have been run in the past with mixed successes— this time the administration also has some other objectives in mind.

“Whether it was the judiciary or the inquiry commissions, nobody had a clear idea of exactly how many Naxals are there in Dantewada. This is the first district in which we have clearly identified close to 1,600 Naxals from 40 villages. This was the first objective of Lon Varratu,” said Abhishek Pallava, a 2012-batch IPS officer, and the superintendent of police in Dantewada.

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Pallava then explains the second objective of this campaign. Whenever police took stringent steps against the red extremists, it was accused of violating the human rights of innocent villagers.

“After the death of Naxals, many large-scale protests would take place. All this used to be terribly embarrassing for us…But now information about the identity of the Naxals has been shared with the villagers. Pamphlets containing information about Naxals, with an appeal to lay down their arms, are being pasted outside the homes of the extremists and receipts are being taken from their family members. So now whenever we take any action against Naxals, we cannot be blamed for hurting innocent villagers,” Pallava added

These pamphlets contain the name of the alleged Naxals, the bounty on them, the weapons they are alleged to be handling and information on the person who should be contacted if the extremists wish to lay down their weapons, in which case the Naxals get the bounty put on them as their reward. Of the “identified” 1,600 Naxals, the police has set itself the task of getting at least 500 to surrender by the end of the year. The local administration says 68 Naxals have already surrendered since this campaign was started.

“The primary objective of this campaign is to encourage people who are foot soldiers or sympathisers of Naxals in the LWE [Left Wing Extremism affected] areas to get into the mainstream. The district administration is doing all that it can within its remit. To help them begin a new life, we are running skill-development programmes for them. We are making efforts to get them enrolled into schemes such as MGNREGA and creating self-help groups (SHGs) for them,” Deepak Soni, Dantewada district collector, told News18.

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Some human rights activists who have seen the conflict in the area unfold closely over the past nearly 15 years express reservations about the legality of the Lon Varratu campaign.

“The police’s job is only to catch the criminals and hand them over to the honourable court to pronounce the verdict on them. Who is a Maoist and who isn’t is the question before the honourable courts. I don’t know if the administration has taken clearance from the judiciary for the campaign,” said Himanshu Kumar, a well-known human rights activist.

He even expressed fears about the possibility of the lives of people being put under threat because of Lon Varratu.

“The people who are surrendering, and we don’t really know about their claims yet, will now be in the cross hairs of the Maoists. Not only will their 'surrender' cause a social upheaval for such families, this campaign has the potential of causing a great deal of distress among people in the coming days. The honourable courts should take cognisance of this,” Kumar added.

Meanwhile, pamphlets with names of “Naxals” are being put up in villages, at prominent places including sites of weekly markets. Police officials say that the 266-page list of the 1,600 alleged Naxals has been compiled over time based on interrogation reports of captured red extremists.

“Still, to eliminate the chance of a person with no Naxal background featuring in this list, we have made a mechanism in which such people can get in touch with their local representatives, who in turn could send us the names. After verification, if we find that the person has no criminal antecedents, we will make the necessary changes to the list,” Pallava said.

Of the 68 Naxals who have surrendered, police officials say many used to be high-ranking commanders. Jagdish, who used to have a Rs 3 lakh bounty on his head, was one of them.

“I saw a Lon Varratu pamphlet in a village and decided to lay down my arms. I was thinking of finding a way out of the life of violence and this campaign gave me that chance. I wish an Aanganwadi health centre is set up in my village because people here face a lot of troubles for the want of basic health facilities,” said Jagdish, who used to live and operate around the Abujhmaad area.

Health centres and schools were the first institutions in Bastar to be destroyed in the crossfire between Naxals and security forces. Many Naxals who have surrendered before the administration claim to have been involved in instances of destroying health facilities and schools, essential institutions which they are now in the process of putting back together. Santu is one of them, who upon receiving orders from his superior, blew up a school in Bhansi village. He is right now working to construct that very school, earning a daily wage of Rs 200.

The administration has also promised a tractor to a village where 10 or more youths, whose names feature on the list, surrender. Around a week ago, nearly a dozen youths, all surrendered Naxals, from Badeguda village had posed with photos of one such tractor.

Hidma Sodhi, father of surrendered Naxal fighter Budhra, is one of the people who is using one such tractor on his fields. He told News18 that he has already tilled 4 acres of his 7-acre farm, but now that he’s received a tractor, he is planning to till the rest of the land with it.


https://www.news18.com/news/india/with-lon-varratu-campaign-dantewada-authorities-want-naxals-to-surrender-and-start-over-2742215.html

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Delhi Professor Arrested In Bhima Koregaon Case Over "Maoist Ideology"


The case relates to an event of December 31, 2017 in Pune which was followed by violence and arson in Maharashtra that left one person dead.

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Delhi Professor Arrested In Bhima Koregaon Case Over "Maoist Ideology"

Hany Babu will be produced before a special NIA court in Mumbai on Wednesday.

New Delhi: 

A 54-year-old associate professor of Delhi University was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on Tuesday in connection with the probe into the 2018 violence in Maharashtra's Koregaon Bhima.

Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, a resident of Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, is an associate professor in the Department of English, a spokesperson of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said.

This is the 12th arrest in the case that has seen several prominent activists, scholars and lawyers jailed for over two years while they await trial.


The case relates to an event of December 31, 2017 in Pune which was followed by violence and arson in Maharashtra that left one person dead.

Investigators have alleged the activists at the Elgar Parishad meet had made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements, which it said triggered violence the next day.


The investigation also claimed to have uncovered a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During investigation, the NIA said, it was revealed that senior leaders of the CPI (Maoist), a banned organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were in contact with the organisers of the Elgar Parishad event as well as the accused arrested in the case to spread the Maoist and Naxal ideology and encourage unlawful activities.

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The Pune Police filed a chargesheet and a supplementary charge sheet in the case on November 15, 2018 and February 21, 2019 respectively.

The NIA took up the investigation of the case on January 24 this year and arrested activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha on April 14, the official said.

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During investigation, it was revealed that Hany Babu was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology and was a "co-conspirator" with the other arrested accused, the NIA said.

He will be produced before a special NIA court in Mumbai on Wednesday and his officers will ask permission to question him in custody, the NIA said

High-tech surveillance in Visakha Agency


Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 28 JULY 2020 22:57 IST
UPDATED: 28 JULY 2020 22:57 IST

A Maoist died in exchange of fire on July 25

The Maiost Martyrs’ Week being observed by the banned CPI (Maoist) began on a sober note in Visakha Agency on Tuesday. Even as no untoward incident was reported on the first day, security forces are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the week passes of peacefully in the agency, where the left wing extremists have presence.

Combing has been intensified along the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) region and high-tech drones have been deployed for surveillance.

“Security has been strengthened at all vital installations and all vehicles are being checked,” said Visakhapatnam Rural Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao.

During this period they try to create some disturbances by triggering a few landmines or torching a cell tower. They also try to conduct meetings, recruit fresh blood and construct memorials,” he said.

The reported presence of Maoist leaders such as Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK, Chalapathi, Aruna, Gajarla Ravi alias Uday, in AOB region, has made the week more significant. Martyrs’ Week is observed by the Maoists in remembrance of the lock-up death of Charu Majumdar on July 28, 1972, in West Bengal. He is considered to be the founder of Maoist or Naxal movement in India.

AOB tense

In the last few days, the AOB region has been tense with two exchanges of fire between the security forces and Maoists. In the EoF near Kilamkota in Pedabayalu mandal, a Maoist leader is said to have been injured and in the second near Digijanaba in Chintapalli mandal on July 25, Maoist Pangi Daya was killed. The police are not ruling out the presence of senior Maoist leaders during the exchanges of fire


https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/high-tech-surveillance-in-visakha-agency/article32215754.ece

Pandemic likely to hit Maoist Martyrs’ Week


Officials have put up barricades at Lakkavaram, a tribal village in West Godavari district after several residents were tested positive for COVID-19.Officials have put up barricades at Lakkavaram, a tribal village in West Godavari district after several residents were tested positive for COVID-19.
Rajulapudi SrinivasVIJAYAWADA 28 JULY 2020 22:50 IST
UPDATED: 28 JULY 2020 22:50 IST

Around 100 tribal hamlets have been declared containment zones

The Martyrs’ Week being observed by the banned CPI (Maoists), which began on Tuesday, appears to remain a low-key affair this time as the tribal pockets in the State, the major hotbeds of the left wing extremism, have been reeling under the fear of COVID-19 pandemic.

With hundreds of positive cases being reported in the Agency areas, curbs have been imposed on the public movement and the officials have put up barricades in many hamlets which have been declared them as containment zones.


Public movement curbed

During the Martyr’s Week, the Maoist leaders usually meet the tribal residents and organise meeting in villages. They also organise many events to pay tributes to the slain Maoist leaders.

Many tribal hamlets have also declared voluntary lockdown. The restrictions imposed in the wake of pandemic appear to play spoilsport in Martyrs’ Week this year.

“About 48 residents have been tested positive for coronavirus at Velerupadu mandals, followed by 38 in Buttaigudem, 20 in Polavaram and 14 in Jeelugumilli mandals in West Godavari district. All the containment zones are being sanitized and public movement have been restricted to check the spread of the disease,” an official said.

Combing intensified

Furthermore, Greyhounds and anti-naxal squads have been deployed in the Agency areas and combing have been intensified in the areas sharing inter-State borders with Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in view of the Martyrs’ Week, which will continue till August 3.

“Additional forces have been deployed in West Godavari, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. Joint combing operations have been undertaken with our counterparts in the neighbouring States. A strict vigil is being maintained on the movements of RMPs, doctors as Maoists are expected to visit clinics amid the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases,” said a police officer

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/pandemic-likely-to-hit-maoist-martyrs-week/article32215705.ece