Saturday, May 30, 2020

Chhattisgarh: Wanted deputy Maoist commander carrying cash reward of Rs 8 lakh surrenders

Rashmi Drolia | TNN | May 28, 2020, 20:49 IST


Maoist commander

 carrying cash rewad of Rs 8 lakh on his head surrendered on Thursday in Dantewada district of 


. He was deputy commander of platoon number 24 and was involved in deadly ambush laid against security forces including Burkapal attack that killed 25 CRPF jawans in 2016.

According to Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said that Pradeep alias Bhima Kunjam, deputy commander of platoon number 24 surrendered on Thursday before the police expressing that he was extremely disappointed with hollow ideologies of Maoists and wished to surrender. Kunjam was carrying 

cash reward of Rs 8 lakh

 on his head and was involved in several attacks on security forces."

A team of police officials have been working on ground level to persuade Maoists to surrender and join the mainstream. Cops have

been in touch with villagers and sending out messages to Maoists about better life after surrender and secured job in police.

Kunjam, a resident of Aranpur region told police that he was inspired by the state's surrender policy, thus decided to surrender.

Records show that Kunjam was involved in triggering IED and killing three police personnel in Kirandul region on June 26, 2011 when a police party was out on patrolling.

In 2012, he was involved in blowing up an anti-landmine vehicle at Mandeda canal. He was also involved in triggering bomb blast blowing up a patrolling vehicle of CISF in May 2012 in Kirandul. The blast killed one civilian and five CISF jawans. Kunjam played one of the key roles in Burkapal ambush in April 2016 that killed 25 CRPF jawans.

Kunjam had joined Maoist ranks in 2008 as Malangir LOS member and later underwent training for mobile interception, repairing of radio, wireless sets etc. He was also close to senior Maoist leaders like Ganesh Uikey and has worked for them. Later in 2017, he was posted as deputy commander in Malangir Area platoon number 24. He was carrying cash reward of Rs 8 lakh

Maoist supply team member surrenders


    A key member of the supply team of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has surrendered in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district after being disenchanted with Maoist ideology, police said here on Friday.

    Aytu Sodhi alias Ramesh (25), who was a member of the Maoist area committee supply team in Pamed/Usur region in the district, gave up arms, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said.

    According to police, Ramesh became a Maoist cadre in 2011 as a militia member and was active there till 2017. 

    Ramesh told the police that in 2019 he had supplied wireless sets, clothes, electrical items and explosive worth Rs 10 lakh to Maoists.

    In January this year, he supplied medicines, wireless sets, wire, clothes and items of daily use worth Rs 5 lakh to the Maoists.

    After he surrendered, an immediate financial assistance of Rs 10,000 was provided to Ramesh and he will be rehabilitated as per the policies of the Chhattisgarh government, the police said

    Police on their toes over reports of Maoist activity

    VISAKHAPATNAM 30 MAY 2020 00:07 IST
    UPDATED: 30 MAY 2020 00:07 IST

    Some ‘action teams’ of the banned outfit are learnt to be camping in LWE-affected mandals

    Reports of Maoist action teams led by senior cadres camping in interior areas of LWE-affected mandals in Visakha Agency such as GK Veedhi and G. Madugula have put the district police in a state of high alert.

    Senior police officers from sensitive police stations such as GK Veedhi, G. Madugula and Koyyuru have asked villagers living in these areas to be extra cautious and have advised them to come down to the plains if possible

    Speaking to The Hindu, a senior police officer engaged in anti-Maoist operations said that combing operations in the sensitive and hyper-sensitive pockets in the Agency areas have been scaled up. “We are taking all precautions to avoid any untoward incidents, in spite of the fact that the Maoists have been pushed back to a small area in the the cut-off region in the Andhra-Odisha Border area,” he said.

    However, sources in the LWE-affected areas say that the Maoists are trying to recruit young villagers, by leveraging the recent Supreme Court order removing 100% reservation for tribal people in Schedule V areas and the fresh inflow of migrant labourers post the relaxation of the lockdown.

    The SC verdict quashing the 100% reservation for tribal people in teacher posts in Schedule V areas had not gone down well with the trial bals, and the Maoists are learnt to be raking up the issue to drum up support. The outlaws are also reportedly trying to cash in on the large influx of migrant labourers, and are scouting for those interested in joining their fold.

    Over 1,.500 migrant labourers have now returned home from other States and are currently unemployed and penniless. The outlaws are trying to recruit them into their fold, it is learnt.

    Action teams of the Maoists comprise three to five cadres and are normally used to carry out a quick action, such as the killing of a prominent individual or someone on the hit-list of the Maoists.

    Since it is now not possible to move in large numbers due to heavy combing, as well as due to the practice of villagers not allowing entry to outsiders in the wake of COVID-19, there is a possibility of the outlaws moving in small groups in select interior locations, it is learnt

    Friday, May 29, 2020

    Kothagudem: Three including FBO arrested for carrying money for Maoists

    Police seized a car, a motorcycle, mobile phones and Rs 6 lakh cash from the accused

    By Author  |  Published: 28th May 2020  6:37 pmUpdated: 28th May 2020  6:38 pm

    Kothagudem: Police have arrested three persons, including a forest beat officer, for allegedly carrying money for outlawed CPI(Maoist) Party and seized a car, a motorcycle, mobile phones and Rs 6 lakh cash from the accused in .

    Dummugudem Inspector of Police (CI) N Venkateshwarlu told the press on Thursday that the accused were identified as forest beat officer (FBO), Madakam Virender of Bhadrachalam, a manager of KRK Constructions, Bandi Venkateshwar Rao and a cable operator Alapati Prasad of Paloncha in the district.

    The accused were taken into custody when they were found moving suspiciously during vehicle inspections at Pedda Nallabelli in Dummugudem mandal on Wednesday by Sub-Inspector of Police E Rathish and his team. During questioning they revealed their identity and confessed to the crime.

    The CI further informed that the accused have collected money from civil contractors and were going to Taliperu project area to handover the money and revolutionary literature to the naxals. The accused were produced before the court

    Darbha valley attack: AK-47 looted from Congress leader Mahendra Karma’s security officer recovered

    Karma and 26 others, including 12 Congress leaders and workers and eight policemen, were killed in the attack in Darbha valley seven years ago.

    Updated: May 29, 2020 14:25 IST

    By Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times Raipur

    A file photo of Mahendra Karma centre
    A file photo of Mahendra Karma (centre) (PTI)

    An AK-47 assault rifle looted from late Congress leader Mahendra Karma’s personal bodyguard during a Maoist attack in 2013 was recovered from Rajandgaon district on May 8, police said on Friday.

    Karma and 26 others, including 12 Congress leaders and workers and eight policemen, were killed in the attack in Darbha valley seven years ago.

    On May 8, a sub-inspector of police and four Maoists, including a divisional committee member of the CPI-Maoist, were killed during a gun battle in the jungles of Rajnandgaon district.

    “Police recovered two automatic rifles from the spot – an AK-47 and a SLR (self-loading rifle). We seized the weapons and started investigating where they had got these weapons,” Rajnandgaon’s superintendent of police Jitendra Shukla said.

    “As per the number inscribed on the AK-47, the gun was allotted to Karma’s personal security guard Siyaram Singh. The SLR was looted in 2006 in Kirandul area of Dantewada.”

    Siyaram Singh, who was severely injured in the 2013 attack, had died of multiple organ failure in Raipur hospital a few days later.

    A charge-sheet filed by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in 2014 regarding the attack had said the Maoists looted nine AK-47 rifles, seven INSAS rifles, two SLRs, four 9mm pistols, magazines and ammunitions from dead and injured police personnel.

    Shukla said that police had gunned down Ashok, the divisional committee member who used to carry Siyaram Singh’s AK-47, and Krishna, the area committee member of CPI-Maoist, who was using the SLR, during the May 8 gun battle.

    Rajnandgaon comes under a newly formed zone of Maoists. The insurgents have built a so-called “red corridor” at the tri-junction of the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (MMC).

    Many documents recovered by security agencies suggest the Maoists are constantly moving in this area to strengthen the new zone and recruiting new members.

    Senior officers of Chhattisgarh believe there are about 180 armed Maoists in Vistaar Dalam of this new zone, who are trying to establish their grip on the area. The new zone is said to be a refuge for hardcore Maoists of Bastar and other regions, and most cadres in this region were recruited from South Bastar.

    “ The looted weapons are always sent to the places where it is needed. It could be possible that the weapons are distributed in other states and zones. Since MMC is a new zone, Maoists are definitely concentrating on it,” said Badranna, a surrendered Maoist commander while speaking to HT

    AK-47 looted during 2013 Jhiram Valley Naxal attack recovered

    PTI | Published: 29th May 2020 03:48 PM
    AK 47

    RAIPUR: Seven year after the Jhiram valley Naxal attack, the police in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district have recovered an AK-47 rifle that was looted by ultras from security officer of Congress leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in the ambush, an official said on Friday.

    The police have also found an SLR rifle, which was stolen by Naxals from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel who were attacked in the NMDC mining area in Dantewada district in 2006, he said.

    "These two rifles were among four weapons recovered by the police following an encounter with ultras on May 8 on the outskirts of Pardhoni village under the Manpur police station area," Rajnandgaon superintendent of police Jitendra Shukla told PTI.

    Four hardcore Naxals and a police sub-inspector were killed in the gunfight, he said.

    An AK-47 rifle, an SLR rifle and two 315 bore guns were recovered from the scene of the encounter, the senior official said.

    "To verify the source of recovered weapons, we sent their butts and body numbers to the police headquarters (anti-naxal operations) Raipur and also to the police in Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh) and Gadchiroli (Maharashtra)," he said.

    In Raipur, the serial numbers of the AK-47 rifle matched with one of the weapons looted by Maoists during the 2013 Jhiram valley attack in Bastar district, one of the deadliest in Chhattisgarh's history, he said.

    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 the then party state chief Nand Kumar Patel, former leader of opposition Mahendra Karma and former Union Minister Vidyacharan Shukla.

    "The AK-47 rifle was the service weapon of Assistant Platoon Commander Siyaram Singh, who was Karma's personal security officer," Shukla said, adding Singh was also martyred in the attack.

    Similarly, the serial number of the SLR rifle matched with one of the weapons seized by Maoists after they attacked National Mineral Development Cor (NMDC)'s explosives depot in the Kirandul police station area of Dantewada in February 2006.

    Seven CISF personnel were killed in the attack, while Naxals had decamped with 14 SLR rifles, one 9mm pistol and a huge cache of explosives, he said.

    CRPF men donate blood to Naxal injured in encounter in Jharkhand

    Image for representation (iStock Photo)

    Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel deployed in Jharkhand have donated blood to save the life of a Maoist, apprehended in an injured condition after an encounter with the force, on "humanitarian" grounds, officials said on Friday.

    A team led by the paramilitary forces' 60th battalion and state police killed three Naxals and apprehended two on Thursday after a gunbattle in the forests of the Manmaru-Tebo area in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district.

    No security forces personnel was injured.

    CRPF constables Om Prakash Yadav and Sandeep Kumar volunteered to donate blood on Thursday evening to one of the injured Maoists, Manoj Hessa, after the doctors at a Tatanagar hospital informed their commanders that the injured person whom they had got admitted had lost a lot of blood.

    "I know they train guns at us...we also undertake combat missions against them...but above everything else is humanity. I just did my part as a human being," Yadav told PTI over the phone from Jharkhand.

    The 36-year-old jawan, who joined the country's largest paramilitary force, which has about 3.25 lakh personnel in its ranks, in 2006, said he had donated blood in the past as well as he believes it is the most precious life-saving gift one can give to another person.

    Yadav hails from Dhanbad district of Jharkhand.

    His colleague, 30-year-old Sandeep Kumar, is the carpenter of the unit and shares the same thought.

    "We enter into combat to shoot, kill the adversary as part of our duty for the nation. But saving a life is also our duty," he said.

    A native of Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district, Kumar joined the CRPF in 2010.

    Officials said the injured Naxal is stable now.

    "The personnel did what they have been trained for and that is dedication to duty and protection of human lives.

    "We are proud of the two jawans who donated blood to an injured Naxal in Jharkhand," CRPF spokesperson Deputy Inspector General Moses Dhinakaran said in Delhi.

    Three Naxals, including a female, were killed in the operation and an AK-47 and a .303-calibre rifle seized

    Top cop who never reported sick lays down the baton

    Nagpur: Joint CP Ravindra Kadam, an officer of the rank of special inspector general of police (IGP), who completed 60 years of age this month, would be among those rare officers in Maharashtra to retire without ever availing any sick leave in his career spanning 37 years and four months.

    Kadam, a gold medalist in Entomology (toxicology), had joined the police force in 1983 at the age of 22 as a deputy superintendent of police. Son of a labour court judge, Kadam’s career was tough from start as his first posting as sub-divisional police officer was at highly sensitive Malegaon.

    Considered as one of cuntry’s most insightful officers as far as Maoist insurgency goes, Kadam has spent at least two decades in tackling the problem in Maharashtra. After his stint as addl deputy commissioner in intelligence in Gadchiroli region, he had returned as Addl SP in the Maoist-affected district in 1993.

    In 2013, Kadam hit the headlines as DIG Gadchiroli after picking up Delhi University professor GN Saibaba for his Maoist links from latter’s Delhi home triggering a storm. An amicable Kadam, also an amateur tabla player, is known for his powerful presentations on Maoist insurgency and possible solutions for which he has been repeatedly appreciated by the central government.

    In 2018, Kadam gave Indian security forces and intelligence agency a new concept of ‘Urban Naxals’ by targeting Maoists’ major city-based front networks. He arrested some top intellectuals across the country including RTM Nagpur university’s ex-professor Soma Sen, activist lawyer Surendra Gadling and hordes of others during his probe of Bhima Koregaon unrest as Joint CP Pune

    Even the first major encounter of the state in Gadchiroli was led by Kadam in October 1989 where he neutralized Chamorshi dalam commander Santosh Anna from whom an AK-47 was seized. It was the first seizure of AK-47 from Maoists. The uniqueness of the encounter of Santosh Anna was that Kadam had accomplished it as an addl deputy commissioner for intelligence for Gadchiroli.

    “A traffic constable had arrested a Maoist while he was getting off from a bus in civil dress in Gadchiroli. We had traced out Santosh Anna following his interrogation,” said Kadam. “We were following some footprints near a lake where Santosh was supposed to come. As we spotted each other from close range, some sound and hot air just zoomed past my ear even before I realized what Santosh was upto. I could not even move my head when the bullet went past,” said Kadam. “We too had to fire. Even after getting hit, Santosh had fled inside the forests. He was with AK-47 and had to be neutralized or else some of us would have got martyred,” he said.

    Challenging situations and confrontations with critical issues were never new in Kadam’s career whether it was arresting former Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackarey while being posted as Zonal DCP in Mumbai in 1999 or the ugly stampede episode of 1994 where 115 people of Gowari community were killed. During Gowari episode, Kadam was Zonal DCP in Nagpur.

    In 2010, Kadam was promoted as DIG in the State Anti-Terrorist Squad during which he also led the probe of the German Bakery blast in which the mastermind Himayat Baig was later arrested.

    Deputy Commander of Naxalite Organization surrendered in Dantewada

    May 29 2020

    Amid lockdown, Pradeep alias Bhima Kunjam, deputy commander of Platoon 24 of the Naxalite organization operating in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, surrendered to the police on Thursday. A reward of eight lakh rupees is declared on him. He was involved in an ambush at Burkapal in Sukma district and killed 25 CRPF personnel.

    While surrendering to DIG CRPF DN Lal and SP Dr Abhishek Pallav in SP office, Pradeep quit Naxalism. He told that he has been working in the Naxalite organization since 2008. In addition to Sukma's incident, he was involved in attacking the force on Patrolling in Kirandul's Patelpara on 26 June 2011. Three constables including TI DN Nagvanshi were martyred in that attack.

    Apart from this, in May 2012, CISF's vehicle was blown up by a bomb blast along with colleagues near Madenda Nala. Five soldiers were killed and one civilian was killed in it. Maoist leader Gopi Modiam alias Mangal, who was active in the Gangalur Area Committee of Naxalites in Bijapur district, surrendered to the police recently for the love of female Maoist deputy commander Bharti alias Rame. Also, Gopi Modiyam had served in various positions in the Gangalore Area Committee. He was expelled from the Naxalite organization several times due to the love affair. Now for the sake of love, he decided to abandon the path of Maoist ideology and violence

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Kothagudem: Three including FBO arrested for carrying money for Maoists

    Police seized a car, a motorcycle, mobile phones and Rs 6 lakh cash from the accused

    By Author  |  Published: 28th May 2020  6:37 pmUpdated: 28th May 2020  6:38 pm

    Kothagudem: Police have arrested three persons, including a forest beat officer, for allegedly carrying money for outlawed CPI(Maoist) Party and seized a car, a motorcycle, mobile phones and Rs 6 lakh cash from the accused in .

    Dummugudem Inspector of Police (CI) N Venkateshwarlu told the press on Thursday that the accused were identified as forest beat officer (FBO), Madakam Virender of Bhadrachalam, a manager of KRK Constructions, Bandi Venkateshwar Rao and a cable operator Alapati Prasad of Paloncha in the district.

    The accused were taken into custody when they were found moving suspiciously during vehicle inspections at Pedda Nallabelli in Dummugudem mandal on Wednesday by Sub-Inspector of Police E Rathish and his team. During questioning they revealed their identity and confessed to the crime.

    The CI further informed that the accused have collected money from civil contractors and were going to Taliperu project area to handover the money and revolutionary literature to the naxals. The accused were produced before the court

    Three hardcore naxalites killed in a police encounter in Jharkhand

    In Jharkhand, three hardcore naxals of Peoples Liberation Front of India, PLFI have been killed today in an ongoing encounter with police forces in Manmaru forest and Kentai hills of Podeyahaat area coming under Tabo police station of West Singhbhum district. The encounter operation with the police forces is still ongoing in the forest area.

    Earlier, yesterday two maoists including Zonal Commander of PLFI Sachit Singh were arrested by Simdega police in a planned operation by the security forces. SP Simdega Sanjeev Kumar informed in a press conference about the arrest of PLFI commander with INSAS weapon and arms. Jaladega and Kolebira police station in-charges had conducted raids based on information and were successful in arresting the alleged Maoists.

    SP Simdega informed that there was reward of Rs Two lakhs announced on the arrested PLFI Maoist. Around 31 cases under Arms Act and several cases of murder, levy and extortion have been registered in various police stations on his name.

    Three Naxals killed, one injured in Jharkhand encounter; huge cache of weapons recovered

    Updated May 28, 2020 | 13:20 IST

    The security team was led by the 60th battalion of the CRPF along with state police and the first exchange of fire took place at about 4 am.

    Naxals killed in Jharkhand encounter
    Representational Image
    Photo Credit: PTI

    Ranchi: Three Naxals were killed and one injured in a fierce gun battle with the security forces in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum on Thursday. The security team was led by the 60th battalion of the CRPF along with state police and the first exchange of fire took place at about 4 am.

    Police have launched a massive search operation. A huge amount of weapons, including AK-47, have been recovered, said IG Operations, Saket Kumar Singh.

    According to the officials, the encounter, followed by an ambush on a reinforcement party of the Central Reserve Police Force, took place in the Manmaru-Tebo area of West Singhbhum district. Three Naxals, including a female, have been killed while two Maoist cadres have been apprehended, they said.

    Earlier on May 17, one Naxal was killed and another had injured in an encounter that took place between the police and Maoists in Jharkhand's Simdega district.

    "An encounter between police and Naxals took place in Simdega district today morning. In exchange of fire, one Naxal was killed while another is seriously injured. Police have launched a search operation in the area," Saket Kumar Singh, Inspector General (Operations) Jharkhand had said.

    The incident of exchange of first between the Naxals and the security forces have increased in the last couple of days when the state is reeling under the threat of the virus spread.

    Jharkhand corona cases rise to 458

    The total number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Jharkhand has risen to 458, after 32 new infections detected in the state,  according to a bulletin issued by the state government.

    There are 258 active cases in the state at present, while 175 people have been discharged after recovering from the disease, it said, The recovery rate in the state is 41.70 per cent, while the mortality rate is 0.87 per cent, the bulletin said.

    Of the total cases, 279 were detected among migrant workers who returned from outside the state

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Chhattisgarh: Fresh FIR lodged in Jhiram Maoist attack, Bastar police to probe conspiracy angle

    Rashmi Drolia | TNN | May 27, 2020, 22:55 IST

    RAIPUR: Seven years after the 

    deadly Maoist attack

     in Jhiram Valley, 


     police have registered a fresh FIR in connection with the massacre of 27 people that killed frontline Congress leaders of state. The FIR has been filed against unknown persons on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.


     range inspector general of police P Sundarraj told TOI, “A case was registered against unknown persons on Tuesday night under Sections 302 and 120 (B) of the IPC based on complaint of Jitendra Mudaliyar, the son of slain Congress leader Uday Mudaliyar who died in the attack. The complaint was filed on May 25 following which, the FIR was lodged.”

    Jitendra Mudaliyar in his complaint has alleged of criminal conspiracy in the deadly Maoist attack that killed his father among other Congress leaders including Mahendra Karma, Nand Kumar Patel and VC Shukla.

    Speaking to TOI, Mudaliyar said, “The massacre was part of a grave conspiracy and I demand thorough investigation that reveals names of those behind the attack. Everyone including the bereaved families and victims are waiting to know the truth of the fateful day. National Investigation Agency has claimed that the case is close but there has been no closure report submitted to government that can be accessed.”

    Mudaliyar continued, “It’s strange that NIA didn’t record statement of victims who survived the attack. Chhattisgarh Congress government soon after coming into power had constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident but couldn’t initiate the probe because it wasn’t given the probe report by NIA.”

    With the initial investigations, it was clear that the then government had intelligence input about movement of Maoists in large number in Jhiram valley and despite knowing that the convoy of Congress workers will cross the valley as part of Parivartan Yatra, there was no security alert nor the road opening party, Mudaliyar alleged.

    “Jhiram attack wasn’t an incident, it was a conspiracy. I demand police to crack the conspiracy. How come there has been no officer or any other person held responsible for security breech or killings of innocent? No one knows what the Maoists stated after being arrested. After the fresh FIR, I am sure that the probe will reach its conclusion, Mudaliyar said.

    Recently, on the seventh anniversary of Jhiram Valley attack on May 25, chief minister 

    Bhupesh Baghel

     had accused the Centre of blocking the state government probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the conspiracy and other angles of the incident.

    Soon after coming to power Congress government in December 2018 had announced of setting up the SIT to probe conspiracy angle in the incident and Baghel had pointed out that NIA probe did not cover all the aspects of the massacre which had wiped out state’s Congress leadership.

    “The NIA had already submitted its interim report after its probe. Congress cannot fathom why the centre is blocking the state government from conducting its own probe into the conspiracy angle. NIA must handover all relevant documents to the state for its SIT probe”, demanded state Congress.

    Nearly six months before the 2013 assembly polls, Maoist had unleashed a major attack on a Congress convoy when its leaders were on a ‘ Parivartan yatra’ at Jheeram Valley in 

    Bastar district

    . The then state Congress president Nandkumar Patel, his son Dinesh, senior tribal leader and former leader of the opposition Mahendra Karma, former union minister V C Shukla and former legislator Uday Mudaliyar were among the Congress leaders and security personnel who were killed in the deadly Maoist attack.

    After the incident, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi flew to Raipur and later the centre decided to handover the investigations to the NIA. Even during the BJP rule, the then opposition Congress continued to press for a probe into the conspiracy angle and the Raman Singh government had even announced on the floor of the assembly to handover investigation into the conspiracy angle to the CBI. However, CBI later refused to take up the probe.

    Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, during the last one and a half years, had repeatedly urged the centre to transfer the case and share the investigation reports of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which had charged 39 people, but closed the probe “prematurely”. The state Congress and its government has been maintaining throughout that the case has been botched by the previous government and vital proof has been lost over the last six years but still it want to conduct a probe into the conspiracy angle and unearth the truths behind the killing of state’s Congress leadership.

    According to an NIA charge sheet filed in 2014, the conspiracy of the ambush was hatched in the meeting of CPI (Maoists) held in February 2013 in 



    Chhattisgarh: Naxals release Minpa encounter video, show weapons looted from jawans

    deccan chronicle | Rabindra Nath Choudhury

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    The March 21 attack was one of the deadliest by Maoists on security personnel in recent times.

    A screengrab of the video.
    A screengrab of the video.

    Bhopal: Naxals on Tuesday released a chilling video of the March 21 encounter with security personnel in Minpa jungle in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar district of Sukma in which 17 jawans were killed.

    The 12.15 minute-video showed the armed ultras opening fire on the jawans taking trees in the forest as covers, turning a patch of jungle into ‘war zone’.

    Some of them were also seen perching themselves treetops to target the security personnel.

    The Maoists, including women, were seen encircling a particular area while mounting attack on the security personnel who were not visible in the video clip.

    Bodies of two jawans were seen strewn around in the video clip as the rebels marched forward.

    The ultras were seen converging in one area to take cooked food, after the encounter. The ultras also displayed bodies of three Naxals killed in the encounter.

    The encounter appeared to have taken place on the outskirt of a village as the Maoists were seen coming out of thatched houses to attack the security personnel.

    The Maoists also showcased 14 assault rifles and large quantities of ammunitions looted by them from the slain jawans, in the video.

    The Dandakaranya zonal committee of Maoists has claimed to have made the video during the encounter.

    When contacted, Bastar range inspector general of police P Sunderraj said, “Police was probing into the video. We have identified Maoists who had taken part in the encounter in the video. Maoists usually release such videos to keep morale of their shrinking cadres high”.

    Seventeen personnel of district reserve group  (DRG) were killed in the ambush by Naxals on security forces in Minpa forest in Sukma district on March 21. This was one of the deadliest attacks by Maoists on security personnel in recent time in Bastar.

    C''garh: Fresh FIR registered in 2013 Jhiram valley attack

    Jagdalpur, May 27 (PTI) Seven years after the Naxal attack at Jhiram valley in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, in which 29 people, including senior Congress leaders, were killed, police have registered a fresh FIR in connection with the incident, an official said on Wednesday.

    Talking to PTI, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said that the fresh case was registered on May 25 under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) against unidentified persons at Darbha police station based on a complaint lodged by Jitendra Mudaliyar.

    Mudaliyar is a son of Congress leader Uday Mudaliyar, who was among those killed in the attack.

    An FIR was already lodged in connection with the incident soon after it had taken place, he said.

    "We will look at how the investigation will be taken up in the fresh case," he said.

    Mudaliyar, the complainant, claimed that the "conspirators of the attack are still roaming freely and the conspiracy was not covered in the NIA''s probe".

    The agency is yet to hand over the case report to the state even as the state authorities have repeatedly demanded it from them.

    "It is also strange that the NIA did not take statements from any of the victims'' families. Besides, we came to know through the Right to Information (RTI) that police had enough inputs about the movement of Naxals on that day. But despite that they did not act on time. Therefore we want the case to be re-investigated," Mudaliyar said.

    On May 25, 2013, Naxals had attacked a convoy of Congress leaders during the party''s ''Parivartan Rally'' in Jhiram valley. Twenty-nine people, including the then state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, former leader of opposition Mahendra Karma and former union minister Vidyacharan Shukla, were killed in the incident.

    It had taken place ahead of the Assembly elections in 2013.

    The then Raman Singh-led BJP government had faced criticism over the incident which is considered as the biggest ever Naxal attack on political class in the country.

    The case was then handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for probe. The NIA arrested nine suspected Naxals in this connection and submitted a chargesheet against them in 2014.

    The agency had filed a supplementary chargesheet against 30 accused in this connection in 2015, another police official said.

    The newly-formed Congress government in the state set up a 10-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) in January last year to probe the Jhiram valley attack and sought the case report from NIA.

    The ruling Congress had claimed that the NIA did not probeconspiracy angle in its investigation and there is a need for a fresh probe into the incident.

    However, the NIA is yet to hand over the details to the state government, the official said

    Gadchiroli health team takes Covid-19 awareness to Maoist den at Abujhmadh

    Soumitra Bose | TNN | May 27, 2020, 04:32 IST

    Nagpur: A team of health officials under District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Shashikant Shambharkar defied acute hardship and potential threat to reach the farthest corner of the state, at Binagunda in Maoist-affected south Gadchiroli, to spread awareness about Covid-19 as part of a pre-monsoon survey among Madia tribe.

    The health team had to drive through forested stretches, cross riverine nullahs and also trudge kilometres to reach the villages in inhospitable terrain on hillocks. It was a five-km ordeal for the team under Dr Shambharkar and taluka health official Dr Milind Meshram.

    This area, around 250km away from 

    Gadchiroli district headquarters

    , is also considered one of Asia’s most lethal belt for malaria. The tribal villages of Binagunda remain mostly cut-off during the monsoon.

    These hamlets are a part of 


    , spread across the 

    Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border

    , which is considered the Maoist headquarters. Dr Shambharkar is likely the first officer of his rank to visit these villages of Fodewada, Turaimarka and Binagunda, whose total population is less than 500.

    Under collector Deepak Singla, the district health team has been visiting different remote hamlets, especially the 450 that remain disconnected for four months during the monsoon, for anti-malarial check-ups, surveys and stocking medicines. This year, creating Covid awareness was an added agenda. “Since there had been a case of Covid in Bhamragarh, we felt taking the awareness as far and as deep would be helpful,” he said.

    Considered as highly sensitive area for security forces, these areas are a threat to other government officials also, as Maoists might kidnap them to force release of their comrades from jail. So, these villages are mostly avoided by senior officials. Possibility of blasts and firing at any point of time in these localities cannot be ruled out as Maoists fiercely guard their dens, where several top cadres camp in hideouts.

    Dr Shambharkar said three teams were working in different directions from Binagunda. “Three teams were formed. One went towards Kuwakori, Perimilbhatti and Pongasur while we had gone to Fodewada, Turaimarka and Beengagonda. One team was already camping there,” he said.

    Under Shambharkar, the medical check-ups were conducted of the ashramshala children, women and senior citizens. “Due to the involvement of our ASHA workers, the villagers already knew about corona. We explained more aspects of Covid to them in their language,” he said

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Kozhikode Maoist case: Three accused planned meeting at public library, says NIA

    Kozhikode Maoist case: Three accused planned meeting at public library, says NIA

    By Toby Antony| Express News Service | Published: 26th May 2020 06:26 PM
    The office of the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi. (File | AFP)

    KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the Kozhikode Maoist case has revealed that the three accused had planned a meeting at a public library in Kozhikode. As per the chargesheet in the case, the NIA claimed that they were members of the Kozhikode Maoist cell.

    ✔The national agency had filed a chargesheet against Allan Shuhaib, Thwaha Fazal and C P Usman last month. Allan and Thwaha were arrested by the police while Usman is still absconding. According to NIA, Usman is the area committee member of CPI (Maoist) and is involved in cases registered at Thrissur, Kasaragod, Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur. Usman was a professional underground cadre while Allan and Thwaha were semi-underground cadre.

    The probe by the national agency claimed that the trio had conducted several meetings in Kozhikode and Kannur districts. "Usually, the meeting is held as per Appointments of Place and Time (APT) which is fixed ahead and informed to respective members. There will be an optional APT, in case the fixed APT doesn't take place. On November 1, 2019, the APT fixed was at Pothujana Vayanasala (Public Library) in Poovathuparambu, Kozhikode. Allan and Thwaha reached the place in the bike with registration number KL 10 AL 5691. Usman arrived at the place in a public transport bus. However, as there was a large crowd in the library, they decided to move to Kottayi Thazam, Perumanna, around 2.5 km from Poovathuparambu,"  the NIA chargesheet said.

    It was at Perumanna that a police team intercepted the trio and Usman managed to escape. The national agency claims that Allan and Thwaha nurtured Maoist ideology since 2015-2016. Both have also contributed money as membership fees. Allan had collected money from his acquaintances and handed it over to Usman during APTs.

    Similarly, forensic examination of digital devices seized from the accused led to several documents and audio clips. "This included copies of ‘Kattuthee,' a news magazine released by Kabani Dalam of CPI, a division of People Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) under Western Ghats Special Committee Zone of CPI (Maoist)," sources said.

    ✔ The NIA has listed 93 persons as witnesses in the case. Of these, six are protected witnesses from whom the details about Maoist activities in Kerala were obtained. As part of the probe, the NIA had interrogated three persons who are suspected to be familiar with the accused. The investigation against them is still on. Their statements have been recorded, which will be vital in the case. The case registered at Panthirankavu police station was taken over by the NIA in December 2019

    Hardcore Naxalite arrested in Dantewada

     |  | DANTEWADA

    A hardcore Naxalite carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head was arrested by security forces from Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said here on Tuesday.

    Motiram Vetti (30), a resident of Bedma village which falls in Barsur police station limits, was caught from Barsur town based on intelligence inputs, said Chandrakant Garvana, the Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Dantewada.

    A team from Barsur police station caught him in Atal Chowk, he said.

    Vetti is said to have worked as a Maoist LOS (Local Organizing Squad) member in Handawada region and was also a Maoist Janmilita Commander.

    He was wanted for incidents like attacking police, distributing Naxalite pamphlets, setting fire to construction vehicles, planting IEDs and looting villagers.

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Lockdown hinders construction of road to Chhattisgarh's Maoist hot spot

    The authorities have not given up and have resumed the work with limited manpower at the command.
    The lockdown had slowed down the work of road construction in Maoist-infested pockets of Chhattisgarh.

    The state government had taken up a number of projects in the area, of which the road between Koleng and Netanaar was strategically most important. This is because the road would lead to the core of Tulsi Dongri village that happens to be Maoists’ liberated zone.

    The once strong influence in Koleng that Maoists had gradually subsided following the movement of security forces. But Tulsi Dongri remains a challenge for security personnel. It is still a stronghold of Maoists and has been their operational centre.

    Security forces had taken up the 35-km road project on a war footing, expediting it on top priority. At least three camps of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had been set up on the stretch to facilitate a thick security blanket to the workers engaged in its construction.

    Despite that, the Maoists had been trying to create hurdles to stop the project. They had burnt the vehicles engaged in the work. Ironically, what the rebels failed to do, the lockdown had done.

    Following the lockdown, the contractor could not get labourers, who failed to return from their native villages, which they had visited during the Holi festival. The authorities have not given up and have resumed the work with limited manpower at the command.

    “We lost two crucial months during the lockdown,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar) P Sunderraj told Business Standard. "But we would try to cover up the construction work during the forthcoming season." 

    Over 50 per cent of the work had been completed and the target was to complete the project by the end of the year