Friday, May 22, 2020

Delhi High Court seeks NIA’s reply on Gautam Navlakha’s interim bail plea

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Bhima Koregaon Case, Maharashtra Government, Bombay High Court, Supreme Court, Gautam Navlakha,

Gautam Navlakha (File Photo: AFP)


The Delhi High Court on Friday sought National Investigation Agency’s response to activist Gautam Navlakha’s interim bail plea in Bhima Koregaon violence case on medical grounds.

Navlakha, 67, has sought bail saying he is aged and particularly vulnerable to catching any infections/virus, especially in a crowded environment like prison. He has been kept in prison at Tihar jail. The petition also claimed that he was diagnosed with high blood pressure during NIA custody by the doctor at Safdarjung Hospital, which increases the risk of his morbidity.

Amidst the coronavirus scare, the NIA had also arrested Bhimrao Ambbedkar’s granddaughter’s husband Anand Teltumbde on April 14 for alleged Maoist links.



Teltumbde has been accused of organising the Elgar Parishad, a Dalit platform that the police claims was a Maoist front and responsible for Bhima Koregaon violence in 2018. The event which gave birth to the term ‘Urban Naxal’ and now is used to target scholars who express dissent.

Navlakha and nine activists including Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj were arrested by the Pune police from different parts of India, for their role in Pune’s December 31, 2017 Elgar Parishad gathering that allegedly served as a trigger for the caste riots in Bhima-Koregaon the next day, where one person died in the violence.

The activists are accused of having alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist and hatching a conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as to overthrow the elected government and booked under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

2 Maoists gunned down in Dantewada

TNN | Updated: May 22, 2020, 05:56 IST

RAPIUR: Security forces gunned down two hardcore Maoists in an encounter in the forests of Dantewada of Bastar on Thursday. A 5kg IED was found at the encounter site.

The two were identified as Rishu Istam, deputy commander of PLGA platoon 16, and Maata, commander of Pidiyakot Jan Militia. While Istam carried a bounty of Rs 8 lakh, Maata had a reward of Rs 1 lakh.

Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said a team of 

District Reserve Guards

 set off on an operation on specific input that 20 Maoists, led by Mallesh, commander of platoon 16 and Istam, was on the move, and area committee members Ajay and Murli were with them.

A few key local-level Maoist leaders have been gunned down in the past month. On April 29, a woman Maoist named Ranai, who headed the area committee of East Bastar division supply team, was shot. On May 9, Maoist divisional committee member Ashok and three others were killed in Rajnandgaon in which a police officer, SI Shyam Kishore Sharma, also died

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Community library, only ray of sunshine for tribal kids in Gadchiroli village

Abhishek Choudhari | TNN | May 21, 2020, 04:20 IST
With school closed since lockdown in March, and no smartphones or OTT platforms, kids from Koyanguda village daily visit the Devrai Gram Granthalaya (village library) after its locks were opened

Nagpur: Graduate student Shashi Madawi hastens to unlock the Devrai Gram Granthalaya (village library) door because she knows the dozen-odd kids standing behind, are getting restless. Small heads in the queue keeping bobbing up and sideways trying to check the progress she’s made, getting their feet ready like launch pads, since grabbing the prized story book depends on who gets to it first. This is Koyanguda, a blink-and-you-miss-it village located a few kilometres off the main road in Naxalite-infested Gadchiroli district.

With school closed since lockdown in March, and no smartphones or OTT platforms, the village’s library is the only ‘happening’ place for these kids from poor tribal families. The library was started in an abandoned Gotul (village community hall constructed by government) this March, but its glory was cut short quickly due to the lockdown. But by then the children had been exposed to a world they had never known. With no end in sight to the lockdown, parents reached out to principal Vinit Padmawar, currently in his native village, asking for the locks to be opened. He consented after varsity student Madawi volunteered to handle everything.

The library now daily hosts all 23 students of the only zilla parishad school in the village plus half a dozen university students who are now back due to lockdown. Over 800 books of varying topics ensure that there’s something for all age groups.

The school’s principal Vinit Padmawar, who helped start the library said, “This proves that children’s zeal to learn and gain knowledge does not need online teaching and hi-tech gadgets. For every book they read, kids prepare a one-page synopsis. This way, it just won’t be about turning pages but also about comprehending the treasure that lies within them,” said Padmawar.

The library too, is truly a labour of love. The Gotul was cleaned up, painted, fitted with electric appliances all through community contributions plus efforts of social worker Dr Aniket Prakash Amte.

“A businessman from Satara donated hundreds of books. Many others came through similar route and finally our dream of building a library became a reality,” said Padmawar. And with young children queuing up everyday to make the most of it, Padmawar knows all the efforts were worth it

Hardcore Naxalite involved in Nilawaya ambush held


A hardcore Naxalite who was reportedly involved in Nilawaya ambush in which a Doordarshan cameraman and three police personnel were killed in 2018 has been arrested, police said on Wednesday.

Madvi Sukka (38) was arrested from Aranpur by a joint team of the DRG and Aranpur police station. He was a Maoist Janmilita commander and     carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, Dantwada Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Abhishek Pallav said.

Saha was also involved in incidents like looting villagers, triggering IEDs and cutting roads, the SP said.

A group of Maoists had attacked a police patrol       accompanying a three-member team of national broadcaster Doordarshan for election    related coverage near Nilawaya village in Dantewada district on October 30, 2018.

Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap Singh, Assistant Constable Manglu and the cameraman, Achyutanand Sahu, were killed on the spot. Two policemen were injured in the attack and Assistant Constable Rakesh Kaushal later died the next day.

Maoists set four trucks on fire near Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border

Soumittra S Bose | TNN | May 20, 2020, 13:27 IST
The site where the incident took place

NAGPUR: The Maoists of north Gadchiroli division set the mood of 'bandh' called by them early on Wednesday by setting four sand trucks on fire near Kulbhatti-Gajamendha T-Point, close to Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, in Dhanora taluka in north Gadchiroli.

The reds had called 'bandh' to protest the encounter death of their senior cadre Sujanakka, a divisional committee member, on May 2 in the forest of Sinbhatti in Etapalli taluka. Sujanakka's killing was questioned by the Maoists who had labelled it as 'murder' while the slain cadre was engaged in creating awareness regarding Covid-19 among the villagers.

Trees were felled and banners put up across the roads praising the 'martyrdom' of Sujanakka by the Maoists in north Gadchiroli division committee. The security forces are now engaged in trying to normalize the traffic between two states, said a source from the district. "The trucks belonged to a sand contractor in Gadchiroli. There is tension in the locality with security forces moving into the forested stretches and also patrolling the roads with anti-mine vehicles," said the source.

The Maoists had inflicted a setback on Gadchiroli police immediately after Sujanakka's death by gunning down an officer and another C60 jawan at Poyarkothi-Koparshi forest near their Abhujamadh stronghold, also straddling across the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, on May 18.

Apart from the 'bandh' call, the ongoing period is also the time when the Maoists step up violence under their tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC) till May end. Due to the ongoing Tendu season, the Maoists also increase their activities in central India for extortion

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Maoists blame US for Covid-19, police say they are frustrated as supply network is hit

In its open letter, CPI(Maoist) also calls PM Modi ‘puppet’ of US President Donald Trump and says lockdown has upended lives of 10 cr migrants and daily wagers.

File picture of Naxals at a jungle in Bastar
File picture of Naxals at a jungle in Bastar (representational image) | By special arrangement

Raipur: The Maoists in Chhattisgarh have said the root cause of the highly infectious Covid-19 disease, which has so far claimed the lives of over 1.7 lakh people, is not China, but the “imperialist” America.

In an open letter dated 13 April, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has also called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “puppet” of US President Donald Trump.

The letter criticised the central government’s move to impose the nationwide lockdown, saying it has upended the lives of at least 10 crore migrant workers and daily wagers.

Police officers, however, said Maoists are “frustrated” as they are not getting their supplies of food and medicines due to the lockdown.

Also read: Intelligence reports show Maoists are using lockdown time to regroup in Bastar

‘Destroy America to eliminate coronavirus’

In the open letter, the CPI(Maoist) said the “imperialist” US is responsible for the spread of Covid-19 worldwide, and that “destroying” America is the “only way” to eliminate the virus.

“Coronavirus has been created by imperialist countries like America. Destroying the imperialists is the only way to eliminate coronavirus,” it said.

“The US had used a nuclear bomb during the Second World War. Since then, it has continued to wage an unending war against humanity. The entire world knows that these imperialist forces are behind the creation of this super destructive weapon (coronavirus),” the CPI(Maoist) said.

They also condemned the Modi government’s decision to allow the export of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug used in some cases to treat Covid-19 patients, to the US.

“To fulfill the obligations under the US’ subjugation, India is not giving much attention to its own health status. Hydroxychloroquine drug that is being used as medicine for coronavirus is being sent to the US by the Modi government after an explicit threat by President Trump.”

Earlier this month, Trump had said if India didn’t allow the export of hydroxychloroquine to the US, as requested, there may be “retaliation”.

Ploy to keep up morale of cadres, says police

Asked about the CPI(M)’s open letter, a police officer engaged in anti-Maoist operations told ThePrint the Naxalites’ diminishing credibility and influence among the people are the main factors behind issuing the letter.

“It is well known that the grip and hold of the Naxal outfits has become very weak among the rural people of the Bastar region. The letter is nothing but a ploy to keep up the morale of their remaining armed cadres. Condemning the government has always been a part of their policy,” said Inspector General (IG), Bastar range, Sundarraj P. 

The police officer, who is heading the anti-Naxal operations in the entire Bastar region, said had the Naxalites been genuinely benevolent towards the poor and the proletariat society, they would have never committed reckless killings of villagers.

Lockdown has hit food supply to Maoists

The police also said the nationwide lockdown has dealt a blow to the Maoists as they are not able to get their food and medicines as all inter-state borders are sealed.

The IG said the Maoists are suffering a lot due to increased security and vigilance in the urban areas, markets and on inter-state borders due to the lockdown. This has also made them frustrated, he said.

“Due to the nationwide lockdown, the Naxalites are not being able to ensure the supply of essential items. The Naxals ensure supply of their uniforms, medicines and about 50 per cent of their food items either from the local markets or from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.”

“But due to the lockdown, their access to these markets and efforts to procure the essential items from neighbouring states are completely blocked,” he added.

The IG said Maoists are not starving, but their “supply network has weakened due to the lockdown”. 

“At present, they are fully dependent on food grains collected from the villagers. Supply of other items is almost zero,” he added

Brooms from Maoist hinterland to clean national capital

By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 20th May 2020 03:30 AM

RAIPUR: A lesser known tribal hinterland of Abujhmaad  has shot into prominence with its local product (broom) to be supplied to the national capital.In a boost to the livelihood of tribal gatherers inhabiting the Maoist-affected Abujhmad in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur, the women who live in remote countryside and traditionally make brooms received a bulk order for supplying brooms to Delhi.

The forested terrain in Bastar is known for its rich presence of minor forest produce. The collection and sale of these produce have been the source of income for tribal villagers inhabiting the region.But for decades the adivasis engaged in collecting MFP didn’t get the fair and equitable deal on it — a fact the state government also acknowledges.

Realising the potential of the MFP, the Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce (Trading & Development) Co-operative Federation intervened to facilitate them for marketing of the produces and their products.  The federation chose the self-help groups (SHG), engaged in making of brooms and linked them to National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) in Delhi.   

CM Bhupesh Baghel has instructed to ensure the forests including MFP should be the source of income for the local tribal inhabitants. Through NAFED a demand of 35 thousand brooms were received for Delhi at the price of Rs `11.90 lakh. The SHG were enthusiastic having earned `5.79 lakh. The tribal women who so far have made around 87,000 brooms  and are eagerly look forward to get more marketing options,” said Taran Prakash Sinha, Commissioner, Public Relations Department.  “The state will facilitate value addition training and capacity building for MFP gatherers and improve their income level,” said Sinha

लॉकडाउनने उधळले धनंजयच्या वैवाहिक जीवनाचे स्वप्न

महेश जगताप 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020


पुणे : काही दिवसांवर येऊन ठेपलेले त्याचे लग्न, आई-वडिल त्याची घरी येण्याची आतुरतेने वाट पाहत होते. ठरल्यानुसार मार्चमध्ये तो गावी येणारही होता. मात्र, कोरोनाचा संसर्ग रोखण्यासाठी सरकारकडून लॉकडाउन घोषित करण्यात आले. त्यामुळे त्याचे गावी येणे लांबणीवर पडले आणि काल त्याच्या वडिलांना फोन आला, "तुमचा मुलगा भामरागड येथे नक्षलवाद्यांशी लढताना हुतात्मा झाला' आणि कुटुंबांसह संपूर्ण पुळुज (ता. पंढरपूर, जि. सोलापूर) गावावर शोककळा पसरते. 

ही ह्‌दयद्रावक कहाणी आहे, भामरागड येथे नक्षलवाद्यांशी लढताना हुतात्मा झालेल्या पंढरपूर तालुक्‍यातील लिंगेश्वर नगरी पुळुज येथील पोलिस उपनिरीक्षक धनंजय तानाजी व्होनमाने या तरुणाची. 

तानाजी व्होनमाने हे शेतकरी, त्यांना विकास आणि धनंजय हे दोन मुलगे. धनंजय हा लहानपणापासून हुशार होता. पोलिस खात्यात भरती होऊन देशसेवा करण्याची त्याची इच्छा होती. त्यानुसार तो तीन वर्षांपूर्वी क्‍यूआरटी पथकात पोलिस उपनिरीक्षकपदी भरती झाला. थोरला भाऊ विकास हा उच्चशिक्षण घेत आहे. वडील तानाजी व्होनमाने आणि आई पुळुज येथे शेती करतात. 

अत्यंत हालाखीच्या परिस्थितीत धनंजयने प्राथमिक शिक्षण पुळुज येथे, तर महाविद्यालयीन शिक्षण पुण्यात घेतले. त्यानंतर तो पोलिस खात्यामध्ये भरती झाला. घरात अठराविश्व दारिद्रय. त्या परिस्थितीवर मात केली पाहिजे, या जिद्दीने अभ्यास करून वेळप्रसंगी फावल्या वेळेत काम करून त्याने आपले शिक्षण पूर्ण केले. कष्ट आणि जिद्दीच्या जोरावर त्याने पोलिस उपनिरीक्षकपदास गवसणी घातली. तो गडचिरोली-भामरागड परिसरात तो कर्तव्य बजावत होता. 

धनंजय हा मार्चमध्ये गावी येणार होता. पण कोरोनामुळे अचानक लॉकडाउन घोषित झाले. त्यामुळे त्याचे गावी येणे पुढे ढकलले. तरीही तो आगामी चार दिवसांत येणार होता. पण, नियतीच्या मनात वेगळेच होते. नेहमीप्रमाणे भामरागड भागात पेट्रोलिंगला जात असताना नक्षलवाद्यांनी डाव साधून सकाळी सहाच्या सुमारास धनंजय व्होनमाने याचा समावेश असलेल्या तुकडीवर अचानक गोळीबार केला. त्याच वेळी फ्रंटवर असणारा धनंजय धैर्याने लढत होता. पण एका गोळीने त्याच्या छातीचा वेध घेतला आणि तो खाली कोसळला. 

काही दिवसांपूर्वीच त्याचा साखरपुडा मोठ्या थाटामाटात पार पडला होता. लॉकडाउन उठल्यानंतर त्याची पोस्टिंग होणार होती. शिवाय, थाटामाटात लग्न करण्याचा मनसुबा भावी वधू-वरांसोबत आई-वडिलांचा होता. मात्र विधात्याच्या मनात वेगळेच होते. अतिशय मनमिळाऊ स्वभावाचा असणारा आमचा पाठीराखा गेला, अशी भावना त्यांचे मित्र इंद्रजीत बाबर यांनी व्यक्त केली

Cops distribute essentials to surrendered Maoists in Tiryani

Rebbena Inspector Akula Ashok said that the groceries include 10 kilo grams of fine rice, lentils, cooking oil, onions, all worth Rs 1,000 each, were distributed to the surrendered Maoists and their sympathisers as per instructions of Additional Superintendent of Police Y V S Sudheendhra

By Author  |  Published: 19th May 2020  10:16 pmUpdated: 19th May 2020  10:17 pm

Cops distribute essentials to surrendered Maoists in Tiryani

Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Tiryani cops distributed essential commodities to former extremists and sympathisers of naxalites belonging to several parts, in the premises of police station in Tiryani mandal centre on Tuesday. Rebbena Inspector Akula Ashok said that the groceries include 10 kilo grams of fine rice, lentils, cooking oil, onions, all worth Rs 1,000 each, were distributed to the surrendered Maoists and their sympathisers as per instructions of Additional Superintendent of Police Y V S Sudheendhra. He stated that the gesture was aimed at avoiding inconvenience to the ex-Naxalites and their supporters in the wake of lockdown.

The inspector suggested the recipients of the essentials to focus on development and to extend their support in clamping down the banned left wing extremists. He opined that ideologies of Maoists were outdated and requested the public not to get attracted to such extreme ideologies

Two Naxalites held in Sukma

A police officer identified them as Madvi Dula (40) and Doim alias Deva (35).

Madvi Dula, a resident of Kolaiguda village in Bhejji police station limits, was arrested by a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) from a forested patch near Veerabhatti jungle.

He was wanted for targeting security forces by triggering an improvised explosive device (IED) last year in the Bhejji-Elaramguda village, an officer said.

Likewise, a team from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), STF, DRG and police caught Deva after launching an operation from the Gadiras police station. He was nabbed from Gadempara in Maroki village.

Deva was a member of the Maoist outfit DKAMS (Dandakaranya Kisan Adivasi Majdur Sangh) and was wanted for looting election material during the 2015 Panchayat election, police said.

From the Jaws of Death: How a Group of Journalists Rescued a Cop from Naxals in Jungles of Bastar

It was not the first time that Bastar's journalists had put their lives in danger for the safety of people taken hostage by Maoists.

Representative Image.
From the Jaws of Death: How a Group of Journalists Rescued a Cop from Naxals in Jungles of Bastar

With a blindfold on and hands tied behind his back, Santosh Kattam was made to walk through the jungles of Bijapur for six days. At any moment, the police constable expected his abductors — a group of Naxals — to rain lathis on him and finish him off just like they had done to many security personnel, government officials, alleged informers and journalists before him.

On the morning of May 11, a Jan Adaalat — a kangaroo court in which Naxals decide the fate of their captives — was held for him, in the jungles of Bijapur's Gangaloor village. Present at the spot, apart from the armed Naxals and over 1,500 local villagers, were Santosh's wife and daughter, and three local journalists. The journalists hadn't come to report the news. After learning about Santosh's abduction, his wife and children had approached local reporters for help. Many journalists, risking their own lives, had spread across the jungles of Bastar, looking for Santosh. These three had succeeded in establishing contact with the Naxals and pleading for his release.


After two hours of the Jan Adaalat, which started at 8 in the morning, the Naxals let the villagers decide the fate of Santosh. The villagers wanted his life to be spared. The Naxal commanders held a meeting and decided to let him walk free, on the condition that he resign from his job at the police force. It was an uncommon rescue operation that did not make it to the front pages of newspapers or television prime-time shows. And it was not the first time that Bastar's journalists had put their lives in danger for the safety of people taken hostage by Naxals.

Santosh Kattam was posted as an electrician at Bhopalpatnam. After taking leave from office, he had come to Bijapur to spend time with his family — wife and three daughters. On May 4 he went to see a festival that is held every year in Gorna, Bijapur. In the evening, after visiting a temple, Santosh was waiting for a friend when a group of people approached him. They frisked him and, on finding his police identification, took him away as their hostage

On May 7, Santosh's wife approached local journalists, pleading her husband's case. The media persons split themselves into several teams. Some left for jungles near Maharashtra, others for forests near the Andhra Pradesh border. It was the team of three reporters headed by Ganesh Mishra, a local journalist, that was able to establish contact with the group of Naxals which had abducted Santosh Kattam.

"We had spent three days looking for him. Then on May 10 we got a call informing us that a Jan Adaalat was being held at a certain place to decide Santosh's fate. If we wished, the caller said, we could be present there and bring Santosh's family members as well," Ganesh Mishra said.

Ganesh and his colleagues, Ranjan Das and Chetan Khaparwar, travelled 40 kilometres to reach the spot. "They grilled him for two hours. At the end of this, they asked the local villagers whether Santosh should be spared or killed. The villagers unanimously voted for him to be spared. He was let go. We brought him to the local deputy superintendent of police," said Ganesh.


"I didn't believe I would make it," said Santosh. "All the time I was with them, I expected them to beat me to death or shoot me at any time. Although I was never beaten or abused, I knew they spared very few people," he added. From the evening of May 4 till the morning of May 11 he was made to walk over so many hills and jungles with a blindfold on, says Santosh, that he had absolutely no idea how far from home he had come.

"They did not take a break in any village. Every night we spent in the jungles. For food I was given birds and dried fish. Even when Naxal commanders interrogated me they did not take the blindfold off," Santosh said. According to inspector general (IG) of Bastar range, P Sundarraj, "We don't think Santosh was in the cross hairs of the Naxals. He is right now with us. We are talking to him and finding out the details of his abduction."

In November 2010, seven policemen including a sub-inspector were abducted in Bastar's Tarlaguda area by Naxals. All the policemen were going home on leave when they were snatched. For 11 days, the Naxals roamed the jungles with their captives, while rumours were floating around of the policemen being murdered. It was after the intervention of two journalists who searched the jungles for seven days that the captives were finally let go.

In April 2012, Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon was abducted by Maoists and released after two weeks of captivity. It is believed that local journalists had a big role to play in establishing a channel of communication between the government and the captors and ensuring the collector's safety.

A local reporter Suresh Mahapatra said, "In Bastar, we're always working on a razor edge. There is the threat of being killed on one side and of being imprisoned on the other. Often there are routine assignments which need us to stake a lot

Monday, May 18, 2020

Probe whether Anjana's mysterious death had any connection with urban Naxalites or terror organisations: Hindu Aikya Vedi

Monday 18 May 2020 5:33 PM IST

KANHANGAD: Hindu Aikya Vedi State secretary K Shainu has demanded a probe into the mystery behind the death of Anjana Hareesh.

Brennen college student Anjana Hareesh aka Chinnu Sulfikar, hailing from Neeleswaram in Kasargod, was found dead in Goa the other day.

It is suspected that the life of Anjana, who went on to become Chinnu Sulfikkar after coming into contact with some activists, has some connection with her death.

“It should be probed whether Anjana had any connection with urban Naxals or terror organisations. It would be easy to find out the persons responsible for Chinnu’s death by examining her travel documents and financial dealing. The real culprit should be brought in front of the law through a detailed probe,” K Shainu demanded.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Officer among two killed in Maoist ambush

Soumitra Bose | TNN | May 18, 2020, 04:40 IST

Nagpur: Police sub-inspector Dhanaji Honmane, in-charge of Bhamragarh Quick Response Team (QRT), and C-60 commando Kishor Atram were killed during a gun-battle with the Maoists in the forest of Poyerkothi-Koparshi in Bhamragarh tehsil of south Gadchiroli on Sunday morning. Three more jawans, including one identified as Dasru Kurchami, were injured.

Police claimed that few Maoists too were hit but there is no confirmation yet. SP Shailesh Balkawade was not available for comment.

The incident, now being analysed as a ‘call ambush’, took place at the gateway of Maoist bastion of Abhujmadh on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. A failure of standard operation procedure (SOP) cannot be ruled out as the combined party of QRT and C-60 commandos had made a night halt at the sensitive location and the Maoist managed to trap the jawans returning through the forest on foot.

Honmane and Atram were piloting the squad through the forested trail when they were targeted by the Company 10 formations of the Maoists along with Bhamragarh and Gatta Local guerrilla squads (LGS).

The latest incident marked the comeback of Maoists in the district where police had sent them on back foot after last year’s Jambhulkheda blast where 15 QRT jawans and one civilian were killed.

Honmane had received the director general of police insignia for his outstanding work in Gadchiroli on April 30 this year. Son of a farmer, Honmane had come from a struggling family in Solapur. He was engaged but marriage had to be deferred due to lockdown. Honmane was posted in Gadchiroli since August 2017 and taken part in several encounters.

Constable Atram, a local tribal from Arewada of Gadchiroli, is married with a four-year-old son.

Maoists had to wait for almost 11 years to hit an officer of Gadchiroli police after the martyrdom of sub-inspector of Chandrashekhar Deshmukh at Laheri encounter in 2009. In 2013, the Maoists had managed to eliminate an officer of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) in a blast.

It’s learnt, the combined force of QRT and C-60 commandos had left their police base on Saturday and entered deep forests following information about Maoist presence along the border. The cops had learnt that the Maoists were visiting and conducting meetings at villages to send messages to tendu leaves contractor for extortion.

Sources in the district said the police patrolling party was lured by the Maoists who had set up a fake camping site with empty tents and some utensils and such material around.

The jawans, who had halted on the hillock in the forest, were informed by the villagers about this camp. The jawans searched the place and halted in the night. They became easy target for Maoists who had laid an ambush in the forest along the single path which the jawans used for their return.

The Maoists opened fire after the police party led by PSI Honmane and Atram reached within their firing range.

It’s learnt, DGP Subodh Jaiswal and Addl DG (Operations) Rajender Singh are in the district

Two C-60commando was killed

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In a setback to Gadchiroli police, two policemen were killed when Naxalites allegedly ambushed a C60 commando party in Poyarkoti-Koparshi area in Bhamragad tehsil on Sunday morning. Three cops were injured and are being treated, a press note by Gadchiroli police

The press note said, ” Police Sub-inspector Dhanaji Honmane, around 30 years of age,and constable Kishore Atram, about 32-year-old, became martyrs in the encounter between 6 am and 6.30 am on Sunday.

NAGPUR: One C C-60commando was killed

 and three, including an officer, were injured during an encounter between with Maoists at Poyerkothi in Bhamragarh tehsil in south Gadchiroli in the early hours of Sunday.

The encounter took place during an operation near Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border which is also considered as a getaway to Abhujmadh, a Maoist den, where the top guerilla leaders are known to be hiding in the inhospitable and densely forested terrain.

The operation was led by sub-inspector Kadam into the deep forested zone following input of heavy presence of Maoists. Sources said at least two senior cadre Maoists leaders had led the operation from their side. The involvement of Bhamragarh Local guerrilla squad (LGS) was likely along with other formations.

The injured were in the process of being flown to Orange city hospital and research Institute in Nagpur.

Though there was no official confirmation from SP Shailedh Balkawade regarding the numbers of injured, a top official confirmed the development

Maoist gunned down by Jharkhand Special Task Force, six held

Maoist gunned down by Jharkhand Special Task Force, six held

Express News Service | Published: 17th May 2020 01:29 PM
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RANCHI: In an early morning gun-battle on Sunday, the Special Task Force (STF), formed to take on Maoists in Jharkhand, gunned down one People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) Maoist and injured another in Simdega.

Senior police officials informed that five Maoists have also been arrested by the STF while huge caches of arms and ammunition have also been recovered from them. Simdega SP confirmed that combing operation was still on to find out the Maoists who escaped deep into the jungles after the encounter.

One Maoist belonging to PLFI has been gunned down by the STF while another member of the group, who claims himself as Area Commander of Bano area in Simdega, Praveen Kandulna, has received serious bullet injuries and has been rushed to the hospital,” said Simdega SP Sanjeev Kumar.

Five other members of the squad have also been arrested and are being interrogated by the police, he added. The SP further added that huge cache of arms and ammunitions, including one AK-47, four rifles, one county made pistol along with a huge number of live cartridges have also been recovered from them.

The encounter took place at 6 am in the morning when the STF was on a search operation following an input that a group of Maoists have been spotted in the area. “The encounter took place deep into the jungles near Benduchuan village under Jaldega Police Station at around 6 am which lasted for over one a half hour,” said the SP. Identity of the Maoist killed in the encounter, however, is yet to be ascertained, he added