Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Maoists on rampage, 12 villagers killed in a month


Rashmi Drolia | TNN | Sep 23, 2020, 14:22 IST

RAIPUR: After lying low for a few months, Maoists are unleashing terror in Bastar by targeting individual policemen and villagers with crude but gruesome methods of killing.


A villager was branded a police informer and bludgeoned to death with a borewell rod on Monday night, hours after a former cop was riddled with arrows at his home. To add to it, police are investigating reports of four villagers being murdered at a Maoist kangaroo court.


If true, it’d mean Maoists have murdered six people in a span of 24 hours — and 16 in four weeks, four of them policemen. The Maoist Gangaloor Area Committee is said to be behind nearly all these killings.


The modus operandi is brutally simpleunleash death squads to target individuals and kill them when they are alone on the village outskirts. Many such incidents in remote forest areas go unreported as villagers fear Maoist retaliation if they report it to police.


The blood-smeared body of Dasar Ramanna, 34, was found near his house in Futkel village of 

Basaguda

, about 480km from 

Raipur

, late Monday night. Villagers and even his own family were too scared to call police, but news eventually trickled out and police recovered the body on Tuesday afternoon.


A leaflet found on the spot said the Gangaloor area committee was behind the murder. Police found that 15 Maoists barged in, branded him a police informer, and killed him in front of the villagers. He was battered with a borewell rod, stabbed and hacked to death. Officers deny he had anything to do with police.


Earlier on Monday, a former assistant constable of police, Bajji Attami, was shot to death with bows and arrows in his native village, Chikka. “Attami was posted at 

Bedre

 police station when he was discharged from service on disciplinary grounds,” an officer said. Futkel and 

Chikka

 villages are about 95km apart

Earlier on Monday, a former assistant constable of police, Bajji Attami, was shot to death with bows and arrows in his native village, Chikka. “Attami was posted at 

Bedre

 police station when he was discharged from service on disciplinary grounds,” an officer said. Futkel and 

Chikka

 villages are about 95km apart.


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On Tuesday, reports surfaced of Maoists killing four villagers at a ‘jan adalat’ at Sawnaar and Kurcholi in Gangaloor, but police are yet to confirm it. “No one has reported the incident yet. We are verifying the authenticity of the reports,” said Sunderraj.


“It has been the modus operandi of Maoists to kill people to keep them terrified,” the IG said, adding that there is a combination of theories to explain the spurt in Maoist attacks on villagers and individual security personnel.


“There’s an input that Gangaloor area committee commander Dinesh Madiyami has been transferred and he doesn’t want to leave his base. With a show of power, he supposedly wants to prove his clout in the region. He has also carried out several rallies in villages to please senior commanders,” the IG told TOI.


Senior Maoist cadres give ‘targets’ to local militia members, provoking them to kill them as ‘police informers’, say cops.


On recent reports that more than 50 Maoists have sneaked into the forests of Bijapur from neighbouring 

Telangana

, IG Sundarraj said, “Telangana cadres are mostly located on the inter-state tri-junction of Pamed-Basaguda-Usoor. It doesn’t seem they have swelled in numbers because their regular formations are spotted where they are expected. Moreover, security forces are alert to track any such movement.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/maoists-on-rampage-12-villagers-killed-in-a-month/articleshow/78272875.cms


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