Friday, June 19, 2020

Man arrested for supplying walkie-talkie sets to Maoists

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TNN | Updated: Jun 19, 2020, 14:08 

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh police on Wednesday arrested a man in Rajnandgaon for his alleged links with Maoists and other members of urban network. According to police, the accused had supplied 


 sets to the ultras and operated from 



Bastar police

 have been actively probing the urban connection of Maoist for the past two months and have arrested 12 persons so far, this being the 13th arrest. The alleged accused Hitesh Agrawal was arrested in Rajnandgaon by Kanker police and his computer shop was raided on Thursday.

During interrogation it was found that the case is linked with the arrests of Tapas Palit who was nabbed in March with two walkie talkie sets. The police probe has pointed out that the sets are linked with the private company of Agrawal, who also procured walkie talkie sets to sell them to construction company owners Ajay Jain and 

Dayashankar Mishra

, who were arrested in April from Rajnandgaon.

Agrawal knew that the sets were being supplied to Maoists, yet he continued to sell them at high prices and didn't bother to inform police.

Bastar range IG P Sundarraj said that Agrawal has supplied over walkie talkie sets to urban network of Maoists in the past two years

Earlier on May 14, Bastar police had arrested a construction company contractor Nishant Jain from Bilaspur for supplying food, ration, uniforms,shoes and other essential materials to the Naxals for the past three years. A special investigation team is already probing the urban support network that works for Maoists in north Bastar.

There have been incidents in the past in which contractors were found working as middlemen for Maoists to provide them regular supplies and in exchange getting free hand to continue their construction work without any problem.

On March 24, Tapas Palit was nabbed and an SIT led by Kanker additional superintendent of police Kirtan Rathore arrested ten more persons, including Rajnandgaon-based contractors Ajay Jain and Komal Prasad Verma. Police said that these contractors are all linked to each other in some or the other way.

Those arrested so far include Dayashankar Mishra, Ajay Jain, Komal Verma, Shilendra Bhadoriya and Hitesh Agrawal from Rajnandgaon, while Rohit Nag, 

Mukesh Salam

, Arun Thakur and 

Rajendra Salam

 have been nabbed from Koyelibeda, Sushil Sharma from Antagarh, Suresh Sharnagat from Balaghat and Nishant Jain from Bilaspur

Maoist suffering from Covid symptoms arrested in Chhattisgarh

It was said that the female naxal was asked by Maoist leaders to leave the forests and go for treatment as she suffered from fever, cold and cough

By Author  |  Published: 19th Jun 2020  9:04 pm

Kothagudem: The police in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh State have taken a woman naxal into custody, who returned to her village from naxal camp after she showed covid-19 symptoms.

It was said that the female naxal was asked by Maoist leaders to leave the forests and go for treatment as she suffered from fever, cold and cough fearing that others in the naxal groups might be infected.

Following the directions she returned home and was arrested by a police team in Modakpal forests a couple of days ago. Later she was sent to a government quarantine centre where she was now being interrogated by the police. Her samples were sent for a coronavirus test, sources said.

Bastar Inspector General of Police, Sunderraj P told the press that they took a 32 year Maoist, Sumitra Chepa into custody. She was an active member of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) party’s PLGA battalion No. 1 headed by Madvi Hidma.

The arrested Maoist reportedly confessed to the police that many in naxals camps were suffering from flu-like symptoms. The Maoist leaders have been asking them to leave the forests so as to prevent others from getting infected

Naxalite killed in encounter with CRPF in Jharkhand

In Jharkhand, a naxalite was killed today in an encounter with CRPF in Koderma district. Koderma SP Dr Ehtesham Waqarib along with security forces of 22 battalion of CRPF have also reached Petro forest under Satgawa police station area in the district.

The security forces have recovered some weapons and a wireless set from the spot. The naxalite killed is a member of Praduman squad. The operation was underway when reports last came 

Naxalite injured in gunfight with security forces in J''khand, arrested

Gumla (Jharkhand), Jun 19 (PTI) A member of the banned Peoples Front of India (PLFI) was injured in an encounter with the security forces in Gumla district on Friday, police said.

The incident occured when the CRPF personnel along with the district police were carrying out a search operation in Dombabira jungle in Jharkhand at around 11 am, Gumla superintendent of police H P Janardhan said.

During the search operation, the Naxalites fired at the joint team which returned it injuring the rebel on his leg, he said.

Three other naxalites managed to flee deeper into the forest.

The injured rebel, identified as a resident of Gumla district, has been arrested and admitted to a hospital, he said. PTI

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Naxals with COVID-19 symptoms asked to leave camps in Chhattisgarh

PTI | Published: 18th June 2020 07:52 PM
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RAIPUR: Fearing the spread of deadly COVID-19 in their ranks, Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Bastar division have been asking group members showing symptoms like cold and cough to leave their camps, police claimed on Thursday.

A woman cadre recently returned to her village in Bijapur district as her colleagues asked her to leave the group after she showed flu-like symptoms, a senior police official said.

Acting on a tip-off, security personnel nabbed Sumitra Chepa (32) in the forest near Peddakavli village under Modakpal police station limits on Wednesday, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Chepa, who was active as a member of Maoists' PLGA battalion no. 1, had been associated with the outlawed CPI (Maoist) for the last 10 years, he said.

On interrogation, the ultra said that after she developed a fever, cold and cough, her colleagues asked her to leave the camp suspecting that she had contracted the deadly virus, he said.

Chepa also revealed that many cadres showing similar symptoms were being asked to leave their groups by senior leaders, he said.

"She has been quarantined and her sample will be sent for coronavirus test. Based on her report, further action will be taken," he said.

Meanwhile, the police have appealed to residents of the area to inform them if any Naxal returns to their village for similar reasons so that they can be examined and preventive measures taken, the IG added.

The main symptoms of the novel coronavirus are fever, tiredness, cough and shortness of breath

Encounter between BSF and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Kanker

Encounter between BSF and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Kanker

Bastar (Chhattisgarh) [India], June 18 (ANI): Following an IED blast, an encounter broke out between Naxals and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Kanker district on Thursday.
However, no casualties have occurred on the side of the security personnel following which a search was launched in the nearby areas.
"A brief encounter broke out between Naxals and BSF personnel following an IED blast near Mahla in Pratapur forest in Kanker district. The troops are safe and search is underway in nearby areas," Bastar Inspector General of Police P Sundarraj said.
Further details are awaited. (ANI)


The gunbattle took place in the Patro Fall-Satgawan forests area of the district at about 2:30 PM, they said.

The body of the Maoist, a .303 calibre rifle and a magazine of AK series has been recovered, they said.

The encounter was led by the 22nd battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force along with state police personnel

India’s Maoists: Business as usual

It has been business as usual for Naxalites of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), even as the country has been fighting the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic. Incidents of violence by the Maoists, efforts at shoring–up their arsenal and extortion, or financing their armed struggle continue to be reported from various parts of the country.

Four incidents over the past one week, across different affected States, provide adequate evidence, if one was ever required. These incidents also point to the trans-State operations/network of the rebels. This story is, indeed, old; the network has been in existence in since long.

Since the beginning of the year until June 8, 2020, according to data compiled by South Asia Terrorism Portal, 49 incidents of violence have been reported in Maoist violence in different parts of the country, while 19 civilians have been killed. During the same period, 31 security force (SF) personnel and 36 Maoists have lost their lives in different incidents of exchange-of-fire (EoF).

Of the 31 SF fatalities, 17 were lost in a single incident in Chintagufa area, Sukma District, in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, on March 21, while 15 more were injured1. Further, the rebels admitted, in a statement released to the media on March 26 that three of their cadre were killed in the incident2. In the same statement, also containing pictures of weapons and ammunition looted after the incident, the Maoists claimed they had looted 11 AKs along with 55 magazines, 2 INSAS rifles and 20 magazines, one SLR and 2 UBGLs.

These are a part of snatching of weapons in isolated incidents, decamping with them after maiming SFs in various encounters (like the one mentioned above) and the past occasional raids on Stae police armouries -- Koraput in Odisha, 2004; Giridhih in Jharkhand, 2005; and Nayagarh in Odisha, 2007. According to last available official statistics, between 2009 and May 2018, the rebels had snatched/looted a total of 791 weapons of various make.3

Indicating the trans-State network of the Maoists, a media report of June 10, 2020 said 10,000 detonators and 1,098 meters of fuse wire were recovered from Maoist couriers in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh4. These were planned to be delivered to a Maoist commander in Chhattisgarh. A total of 2,000 detonators and three fuse wire coils had already been delivered earlier.

The last time such a network was detected was in September 2006. It was ‘elaborate’.

On September 7, 2006, police in Mahabubnagar district, presently in Telangana State, and a day later in Prakasam district, presently in Andhra Pradesh, police unearthed and recovered 875 empty rocket shells and 30 rocket launchers. Further Investigations led the police to the Ambattur industrial estate, a suburb of Chennai, where these were manufactured in seven separate industrial units/workshops. The complex trail of manufacturing and transhipment of the empty shells and rocket launchers involved five States, viz. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh5.

In fact, Thota Kumara Swamy @ Tech Madhu was instructed to have 1,600 rockets and 40 rocket launchers manufactured. Accordingly, he headed to Chennai and got 1,550 rockets and 40 rocket launchers manufactured, some of which had been delivered to the Maoists, while the remainder were seized. He was given Rs 35 lakh to execute the plan. Also, a year later, on January 10, 2007 police in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, unearthed an arms making-cum-R&D unit of the Maoists, on a tip-off provided by the Andhra Pradesh police. During the raid, Madhya Pradesh Police recovered designs of cross-sections of RPGs and rocket launchers, as well6.

In another worrying dimension to the Maoists arming themselves through various methods, the involvement of police personnel has come to light. In an operation stretching over a few days in Chhattisgarh, police in Sukma district, arrested a constable and an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI)7, on June 8, 2020. As one senior officer IPS officer told this researcher8, understanding that it is difficult to account for every bullet fired in an encounter, the authorities have been of been insistent about it. Along the line, some black sheep have taken advantage of the situation, siphoned-off ammunition and sold them away to the rebels.

To finance such an enterprise, the Maoists require huge amounts of money. The Maoists collect huge amounts through extortion, and also collect in kind. In a nut shell, the various sources of Maoist finances are:

  • Government Works and Schemes
  • Industry and Businesses
  • Social Institutions
  • Infrastructure
  • People
    • Membership Fees
    • Supporters/Sympathizers
    • Revolutionary Taxes in cash and kind
    • Fines on Defaulters

Media reports of June 4, 20209 said that police in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, had arrested two persons belonging to Warangal district, Telangana, earlier on June 2, and seized Rs one crore. In a second and separate incident, also reported on June 4, Gadchiroli police seized Rs two crore (2 cr) from a beedi (tendu) leaf contractor that was meant to be delivered to the rebels, while the contractor claimed that it was meant to be paid as wages to workers.

Once again confirming the oft reported fact the rebels extort and receive logistics support, in other words extortion in kind, police in Dantewada district, in the Basatr division of Chhattisgarh, arrested Jagat Pujari, a district level leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and another person, on June 13. Pujari is accused of purchasing and giving a tractor to the Maoists, and is accused of supplying goods to the Maoists, earlier too10. This is one instance among a number of incidents detected earlier of the nexus between the Maoists and local level political leaders in various affected States across the country.

These developments during just about the past fortnight of June 2020, clearly indicate that it has been business as usual for the Maoist rebels, while the country in the grip of saving and protecting lives and stave-off a potential catastrophe in the of COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly, one lesson that clearly needs to be drawn is that the security forces cannot afford to lower their guard in addressing the Maoist challenge while the rebels surreptitiously pursue their agenda.

  1. The Hindu, March 22, 2020. Accessed on June 10, 2020.
  2. Telangana Today, March 26, 2020.
  3. Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.
  4. The Hindu, Visakhapatnam edition, June 10, 2020.
  5. Interview with Mr K Srinivas Reddy, a well-known authority on the Maoists, and presently Editor, Telangana Today, Hyderabad, October 2007.
  6. In fact, this researcher had just reached Bhopal that evening, to participate in a seminar, and switched on the TV to learn the recoveries/arrests were made a few hours earlier. On January 12, 2007, senior officials of Madhya Pradesh police told this researcher that a lot of literature, some connected with arms and armaments were also recovered during the raid.
  7. New India Express, June 9, 2020. Accessed on June 10, 2020; Outlook, June 8, 2020. Accessed on June 10, 2020.
  8. Interview with a senior IPS officer, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, February and July 2007.
  9. Telengana Today, June 4, 2020. Accessed on June 4, 2020.
  10. Hindustan Times, June 10, 2020. Accessed on June 14, 2020; India Today, June 14, 2020. Accessed on June 14, 2020.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Rise of Urban Naxals in India: Delhi anti-Hindu riots and the loons of Democratic Terrorism

Shahrukh, Tahir Hussain, Sharjeel Imam, Pinjra Tod

As the biggest democracy in the world, India is being considered a pioneer in free speech tolerance against anyone and anything. It is a fundamental right enshrined into the basic structure of the Constitution of India. But in this contemporary world, the meaning of free speech has undergone various transformations or one could say a mutation of some sorts which has resulted into “Free Speech Terrorism” which the drafters of the Constitution would never have imagined in the first place.

Although the Indian Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary are quite clear on this concept, in order to uphold their political motives, some of the Indian citizens have turned to such Speech Terrorism which directly attacks the basic fundamentals of a Democracy. The concept of physical bombs have been replaced with Free Speech bombs time and again dropped at the integrity and dignity of India as a whole, by speech extremists who have nothing to gain in principle but everything to gain politically.

The year is 2014 and the majority party BJP under the leadership of Narendra Damodardas Modi comes into power at the Centre and forms the NDA-led Government in India. However, 2014 also marks the beginning of the conspiracy to wretchedly undermine the authority of India at the global platform. A whole span of 10 years of Congress leadership and a boatful of nationalized corruption quite similar to those of British and Islamic reigns over the last few centuries across India, cleared the air about the meaning of upright and transparent governance – that Congress cannot be the one leading this nation.

Nonetheless, the political delinquents left no stone unturned to topple the current Central authority of the National Democratic Alliance. Now the year is 2020 and the seeds of conspiracy sprouted into such a poisonous tree which only injects poison into the society. It all started with the NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) passed by the Government of India. Due to the horrendous and torturous acts committed by Muslims against its minorities comprising of Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs and Parsees in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, many refugees have migrated to India in the past decades.

Applying its secular ideologies, the Government of India passed the CAA in order to grant citizenship to the above-mentioned refugees. Moreover, after the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, lakhs of refugees belonging to multiple religions illegally migrated to India and settled mostly in the eastern states. Till date, such incoming was prevalent in Assam and West Bengal and therefore, to counter this situation, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was implemented so that the illegal migrants could be weeded out. However, a particular section of people vocally and violently opposed the two aforesaid legislation enacted by the Government of India and was declared to be anti-Muslims by the so-called leftists.

The protests against NRC and CAA started on December 15th, 2020 with a group of women in the form of an indefinite sitting at Shaheen Bagh, North East Delhi. Amongst them was a group named “Pinjra Tod Gang”. To people who have heard of Pinjara Tod, it may be a group formed solely for the purposes of protecting women rights as it was actually formed back in 2015 by a handful of women. However, a group formed to change the perception of women in the society now protesting against the revocation of Article 370 and organizing violent protests against the passing of NRC and CAA goes way beyond the idea of protecting the dignity and integrity of women. However, groups like Pinjra Tod are a product of something beyond humanity or morality – a long-standing struggle to overthrow a good government like BJP so that opposition parties could establish governance laced with the poison of corruption.

Pinjra Tod is practically not a mere group but a gang which is a part of a bigger and more horrendous conspiracy which has revealed itself shamelessly to the world. For instance, a Facebook post of around 1000 words by Pinjra Tod gang aimed at the Kashmir issue, specifically targeting Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and BJP as a whole, contained the word “women” only once and that too in a general sense. Now an organization solely formed for the protection of women targeting BJP and Kashmir issue while completely forgetting about social issues and shackles around women, depicts the integrity of such bogus organization even a layman could easily understand.

A small peaceful protest at Shaheen Bagh turned into an agitation making infants and children scapegoats which led to numerous deaths of the young ones, further leading to one of the most brutal and violent protests in the history of India. But it was only a blaze of wind when the storm was already coming. In the last week of February 2020, several buildings and markets in the Maujpur area were set on fire, vehicles were stopped and set ablaze, even journalists were not allowed to record anything as their cameras were snatched away. In the midst of this violence, a person named Mohammed Shahrukh suddenly stepped into the limelight and fired 8 pistol shots at the mob and inciting the mob to extreme violence. Although he absconded right away, he was later arrested by the police from Shamli in the first week of March 2020.

Consequently, curfew was imposed in various regions of the North East Delhi but the violence was still uncontainable which finally led to the deaths of more than 50 people. However, in the midst of all this commotion, the real objective of the perpetrators was being secretly carried out and numerous conspiracies were hatched beforehand. At the end of the riots, Ankit Sharma, a 26-year-old Intelligence Bureau staffer, was found dead in a drain in Chand Bagh area on 26th February 2020. He was found with 12 stab wounds and 33 blunt injuries, which clearly depicted a targeted murder and not a random killing resulting from a riot. Some eye-witnesses stated that Ankit Sharma was allegedly dragged by the mob in the office of Tahir Hussain, Aam Aadmi Party Councillor and was killed inside the office. After that, his body was dumped in the drain just 200 meters away from his house. An FIR was immediately registered against the AAP councillor and several perpetrators for the murder of Ankit Sharma.

The Indian visit of the U.S. President Donald Trump and Delhi riots happening simultaneously is more than just a coincidence, as rightly pointed out by Ms Kiran Bedi, where she stated, “The visit had a lot of potentials to strengthen the country’s economy. More economy means more wealth, jobs, industries and prosperity. The violence happened at the time when India was being lauded by the world’s most powerful country. Any true lover of the country would have never done this.” These words raise the million-dollar question – If the ruling party, i.e., BJP and their associates are inviting a foreign President to India, then who would cause the occurrence of these intervening riots at the same time to malign the reputation of India and BJP itself?

The narrative has evidently tried to surround the BJP leader Kapil Mishra for the inception of the Delhi riots. But then one more question arises as to why would the ruling party sabotage itself during Trump’s visit, which makes no sense at all. Mishra’s alleged hate speech on 23rd February 2020 has been held by many Urban Naxals to be a catalyst for Delhi riots but everyone in the world has very conveniently forgotten the anti-secular and anti-national statements made by AIMIM Leader Waris Pathan on February 16th 2020 in a rally in Karnataka, a week before the Kapil Mishra’s alleged statements, where Mr Pathan stated, “We have to take Azadi, things we don’t get by asking, we have to take it by force, remember it… we maybe 15 crores in number but are heavy on 100 crores, remember it.”

An FIR was lodged against him for such statements but the anti-Hindu narrative promulgated by the urban Naxals immediately suppressed such statements and people lost track of the same. Similar was a fate of anti-India statements made by Sharjeel Imam in the eyes of Urban Naxals. So the answer to the above-mentioned question is that who would gain the most in tarnishing the image of BJP in front of the whole world – it is either the Pinjra Tod Gang or the opposition parties or the urban Naxals or the Leftists or it is something much beyond a local conspiracy, comprising All of Them at once.

On 2nd June 2020, a 1,030 pages charge-sheet was filed against Tahir Hussain (the mastermind of the conspiracy in Delhi Riots) and 14 others in Karkardooma Court in connection to the Delhi Riots. The police have found petrol bombs at the terrace of Tahir Hussain. They have also found that Tahir Hussain has 100 live ammunition from which only 64 ammunition and 22 shells have been recovered, which further shows the pre-planned conspiracy of Delhi Riots hatched by Tahir Hussain with the help of various organizations and people including the Pinjra Tod Gang, Umar Khalid, etc.

In the Jafrabad Riot case also the Delhi Police filed a charge sheet on the same day. The list of arrested accused persons, in this case, includes the names of Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita. Both Natasha and Devangana belong to “Pinjratod Gang” and were actively involved in hatching the conspiracy to cause riots near Jafrabad Metro Station. They were also part of a larger conspiracy and were found to be connected to the “India Against Hate” group and Umar Khalid. The message found in the phone of an accused, on Whatsapp chat, reveals the conspiracy and the extent of preparation for causing riots.

Both the charge sheets of the Delhi Police make it clear that the Delhi riots were done in a completely planned manner. Their main objective was to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the country during the visit of US President Trump and throw Delhi into a state of anarchy.

The current anti-India narrative promulgated by various individuals, groups and organizations are trying hard in tainting the true picture of the Indian society. All these individuals, groups and organizations have united in an anti-India and anti-secular movement in the past few years and have bathed in the blood of the Naxal narrative of destroying India. In this regard, the term “Urban Naxals” has come into being. According to Vivek Agnihotri, a Bollywood Filmmaker, an ‘Urban Naxal’ is an intellectual, influencer or activist who is an invisible enemy of India.

Now in the present context, it becomes quite relevant when people like Swara Bhaskar, Kanhaiya Kumar, with their ulterior ambitions of procuring a seat in the Parliament, specifically targets the policies of the Central Government or specifically, the BJP. However, it is astonishing as to where the voices of these people were, when the Commonwealth scams and the 2G scams during the Congress-led Government were looting the Indian people at a magnitude of 1 lakh crore Rupees or very recently on 16 April 2020, a group of men lynched two Hindu Sadhus and their driver in Gadchinchale Village, Palghar District, Maharashtra in the presence of policemen or 40-year-old Kashmiri pandit sarpanch Ajay Pandita was killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on 08 June 2020.

Free Speech has been weaponized and targeted for the past few years now as the Urban Naxals have continually shown. The democratic freedom of free speech has vehemently and maliciously crossed the limits of the fundamental right thereby attacking the whole state order in the country. In contemporary India, people like Swara Bhaskar, Arundhati Roy, Kanhaiya Kumar provide their active vocal support to terrorists like Afzal Guru which itself questions the whole structure and premise of the fundamental right of free speech and expression.

Urban Naxals have not only supported anti-India movements and slogans, but they have also gone to the extreme lengths of discrediting the Constitution of India and every one of its laws therein. Bygone are those days when terrorists used Bombs to kill and destroy – the age of Free Speech Terrorism totally unregulated by any law or authority has arrived in India as the words themselves are more than enough for these Urban Naxals to create any kind of bomb to destroy India.

Delhi Riots 2020 is the biggest example of such Free Speech Terrorism laced with the poisonous conspiracy of Pinjra Tod Gang, AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain, Opposition Parties, Umar Khalid, Waris Pathan, etc to completely shatter the efforts of peace and harmony established by the BJP-led government. It is the animosity towards a better India and hunger for power which is driving these Urban Naxals towards Hate Speech and violence.

The inciting statements of Sharjeel Imam, Waris Pathan and Umar Khalid and various other Leftists and Urban Naxals right before the Delhi Riots, complete deviation of Pinjra Tod Gang from their founding objectives of protecting women rights, visit of US President, the re-election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India, passing of CAA bill and NRC have been key contributors in the hatching of the conspiracy to undermine the integrity of India before the global audience which has been a complete success in their eyes but fortunately, India as a country with such a rich culture, democratic approach and Unity in diversity is much more above the dreams of these Urban Naxals. These people consider themselves to be above law as evident from their anti-nationalist and anti-secular speeches.

Recently, Safoora Zargar, an activist allegedly leading the anti-CAA protests was booked under the Unlawful Activities Act and was arrested. Although she was even denied bail, Urban Naxals have tried to transform a criminal into a victim by playing her pregnancy card while stating that she was arrested while being pregnant. Now if we go by such a thought process, it can be inferred that any pregnant woman in the territory of India can wage war against the Government of India and go free just because she is pregnant. If only the criminal justice system could work through such an absurd theory, Nalini Srihara wouldn’t have been arrested in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as at the time of arrest, she was 2-months pregnant. Using such tactics, the Urban Naxals have been continuously trying to swerve the Indian narrative against the BJP and in that process, Delhi Riots was just the beginning.

Ankit Sharma, Dalbir Singh Negi, Rattan Lal, Veerbhan, Vinod Singh Kashyap, Dinesh Kumar Khatik, Rahul Solanki, Maroof Ali and Rahul Singh are some of the many innocent people who died at the hands of a political and anti-nationalist agenda of the Urban Naxals. It is estimated that if the US President was not visiting at that time, Delhi Riots would not have occurred as the same was a well-planned criminal conspiracy hatched by the Anti-nationalists, Leftists and Urban Naxals hand-in-gloves in order to destroy the integrity and dignity of India before the world.

The road starting from the conspiracy and leading to remove BJP led Government from power in the centre has been full of anti-national activities and on such a dangerous road, murder and destruction of India are only part and parcel of the end goal for these anti-nationalists. While Kapil Mishra and his associates were tending to the Delhi Riot victims with his various relief works, these anti-nationalists were busy blaming the BJP government which further shows the evil spirit residing in their souls. Now is the time for the Indian people to reunite and fight against these anti-nationalists and Free Speech Terrorists in order to save our country from these wretched hands of Urban Naxals.

(This article has been authored by Rachit Devgun who is a lawyer by profession and practicing law in Supreme Court of India and various High Courts, since 2006.  He is also a social commentator and a columnist)

Functionary of NGO linked to Maoists among activists and politicians who penned letter in defence of Italian Secret Service linked Harsh Mander

Harsh Mander incited crowd during the anti-CAA protests

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The ‘Civil Society’ always protects one of their own. And so it has come to pass that over 200 academicians and ‘activists’ have come forward in defence of Harsh Mander after a charge sheet filed in the Delhi Riots case documented the role he played in the entire scheme of affairs. The charge sheet mentioned that the controversial activist had instigated protesters in a speech he made in the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

The ‘civil society’ actors claimed that it was an “attempt to target him” and have him implicated in “false cases”. According to them, the speech where Harsh Mander urged the protesters to take the battle to the roads and undermined the authority of the Indian Judiciary was not an incitement to violence. They want people to believe it is “utterly deplorable” to do so.

The letter which was penned “in solidarity with Harsh Mander” states, “We, the undersigned, condemn the manner in which the Delhi Police has mentioned the name of Harsh Mander and other activists, to concoct a ‘chronology’ and create a false narrative about the Delhi riots, in the chargesheet filed by them on FIR No.- 65/2020 of 26/02/2020.”

“This is an attempt to target him, perhaps pull him into the police dragnet of false cases, and silence powerful and effective citizen’s voices against hate, divisiveness and for unity and compassion,” it added. It said, “We strongly condemn the motivated, compromised investigation and vilification of a person with commitment to a just society, and demand that this is stopped forthwith.”

The letter was signed by a host of usual suspects. The most prominent among them being Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, Communist leaders Annie Raja and Brinda Karat, apologist for Christian evangelism John Dayal, disgraced civil servant Kannan Gopinathan and numerous others.

However, the name that stands out the most is Kavita Srivastava, who is a functionary of PUCL, Jaipur. PUCL is the same organisation that has extensive links to Maoists, something we have reported extensively on. ‘Urban Naxals’ who were arrested in the Elgar Parishad case and in connection with an alleged assassination plot against the Prime Minister are intimately linked with the PUCL.

The PUCL and the organisations that it is associated with has a history of ties to Naxals and separatists in Kashmir as well as Manipur. Over the years, numerous members of the organisations PUCL is associated with have been arrested for their links to Maoists. Thus, it is not surprising that one of its functionaries has come out in defence of Harsh Mander.

Harsh Mander is himself a member of an Italian organisation that works in close coordination with the Italian Secret Service. The Ara Pacis Initiative which counts Harsh Mander as one of its senior members is known to work with the Italian Government in achieving the latter’s foreign policy objectives.

In addition to it, Mander is also associated with George Soros, the American Billionaire who declared a war against nationalism and nationalists recently. He is the Chairman of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation’s Human Rights Initiative Advisory Board. During the CAA-NRC debate, he indulged in a host of antics and he was also spotted giving a speech at Shaheen Bagh.

Thus, it is not surprising that Indian politicians and activists and ‘civil society’ has come out in the defence of Harsh Mander. A lot of them are known to harbour great animosity towards Narendra Modi and his government. Some of it is due to personal reasons as the govrnment has cracked down on foreign funded NGOs.

Harsh Mander has also received funds from Christian Missionary organisations for his NGOs. He was a member of Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council as well. In the controversial speech that he made at Jamia Milia Islamia, he had said, “From now on, the decision will not come from the Supreme Court or Parliament. We saw what the Supreme Court did in Ayodhya, NRC and Kashmir matters. The SC has failed to honour secularism, equality and humanity. We will try fighting there too, but, the decision will not happen in neither Supreme court nor Parliament, it has to be made at the streets.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Maoists using complex communication system, police tell High Court

OU associate professor Kaseem, who was arrested for alleged Maoist links.OU associate professor Kaseem, who was arrested for alleged Maoist links. | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA
Marri RamuHYDERABAD 30 JANUARY 2020 23:21 IST
UPDATED: 30 JANUARY 2020 23:21 IST

Forensic labs finding it difficult to analyse data, says counter affidavit

One of the five basic documents of the outlawed Communist Party of India (CPI)-Maoist, ‘Strategy and Tactics of the Indian Revolution’, mentioned Revolutionary Writers Association (RWA) as one of Maoists’ open or semi-open Revolutionary Mass Organisations, the Telangana police said.

Frontal organisation

In a counter affidavit filed by police in Telangana High Court in the habeas corpus petition of Osmania University associate professor Chinthakindi Kaseem, it was stated that the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) was a frontal organisation floated by the CPI-Maoist. It also formed a Tactical United Front (TUF), an umbrella organisation of different revolutionary mass organisations. One of them, Telangana Praja Front plays an important role, the affidavit said.

Noting that Maoists and their associates were utilising technology for communication among themselves, the police stated Forensic Science Laboratories were finding it difficult to retrieve and analyse the data from the electronic evidence seized from Maoists. “....Important information is always encrypted in the most complex way using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption which is not decrypted by any agency so far,” they said in the affidavit.



According to the affidavit, the Forensic Labs were returning the digital devices unanalysed due to lack of expertise to crack the PGP encrypted digital documents. While trying to gather bits and pieces of evidence to connect the suspects with the crime, sometimes the investigators stumble upon some tip-off through a network of informants. In Kaseem’s case, the Investigating Officer chanced upon evidence that corroborated already gathered information and hence search warrant was obtained to check his house, the affidavit said.

Referring to a query raised by the HC, the police stated that 118 articles including books, pamphlets, letters and literature were seized from the professor’s house. Among this seized material, the following were found to be objectionable by the police — A book titled Ramnagar Kutra Case-Oka Vidhwamsa Rachana, CPI-ML People’s War group of Naxalites book containing their ideologies, Register of the Telangana Student Front (which according to police is a frontal organisation of Maoists).

Replying to the query as to what evidence police had got to prove the allegation that the professor collected money from businessmen and contractors and paid to the Maoist party, the police cited statements made by some witnesses. Copies of the witnesses, former cadres of Maoists, accusing the professor of collecting money and giving to Maoists were presented along with the affidavit.

The police said in the affidavit that the evidence on record suggested that the professor and his wife were running a journal Nadusthunna Telangana from his official quarter with the money provided by Pulluri Prasad Rao who is CPI-Maoist Central Committee Member. The letters written by the professor who had an alias name of Karthik and SN, have details of funds provided by the party and money collected by them on the party’s behalf establish his complicity in the activities of Maoists, the affidavit said.

TPF leader in touch with top Maoist: NIA

Srinath Vudali | TNN | Updated: Jun 16, 2020, 09:23 IST



 said vice-president of Telangana Praja Front (TPF) 

N Krishna

 was in contact with 

Telangana Maoist

 state committee secretary Haribhushan. However, Krishna’s family denied the charges and accused the state and central governments of attempting to suppress the “voice of voiceless”.

Accusing Krishna of working in cahoots with Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV) leader Bandari Maddileti, who was arrested on charges of having a nexus with Maoists, NIA said TPF leader is a member of one of the three “magic wands” of CPI (Maoist) party. “A scrutiny of electronic devices seized from Maddileti’s house revealed that united front is one of the three magic wands of Maoists to topple democratically elected governments and capture power. Krishna is vice-president of one such united front, TPF,” NIA officials alleged.

NIA also said that to garner public support, the accused take up various issues affecting the society to recruit young persons. “Krishna was closely associated with activities of TVV and connected to leaders like Haribhushan. He used to go to forest to meet Maoist leaders,” officials said.

However, Krishna’s daughter Vennela told TOI that her father has got nothing to do with Maoists. “Our family has been residing in Hyderabad for the last 15 years. My father has never met anyone from Maoist party. He has always been expressing alternative voice against the government on various issues and hence he is being targeted. Krishna has contributed a lot for Telangana formation. But now, the state and the Centre have made false allegations against him,” she said.

TPF members, on Monday, said that people who have opinions which are at variance with government’s stand are being targeted and harassed. “We demand that Krishna be released immediately,” TPF president Ravi Chandar said.

Krishna was produced before a judge through a video-conferencing from a hospital.

BJP’s cozy nexus with Maoists in Chhattisgarh flourishes despite leaders’ murder, arrest

BJP leaders such as Jagat Pujari or Bhima Mandavi are small pawns on the chessboard of Bastar. They couldn’t have played their moves without the connivance of top bosses in Raipur.

Naxals blew up the convoy in which BJP's then-Dantewada MLA Bhima Mandavi was travelling | Photo: ANI | Twitter

The dialectic of history plays a bewitching game with its subjects. The recent arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dantewada vice-president Jagat Pujari, for allegedly helping Maoists in Chhattisgarh, has again brought the focus on the cozy alliance between the ultra-Left rebels and the Right-wing politicians in the insurgent zone.

The alliance has seen political deals and material support. It was even rocked by two murders — BJP’s then-Dantewada vice-president Shiv Dayal Singh Tomar in 2013 and BJP’s then-sitting MLA Bhima Mandavi in 2019. And yet, this association has continued to flourish.

Pujari, along with one Ramesh Usendi, has been booked under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act for allegedly supplying material, including a tractor, to the Maoists. The 2005 Act, incidentally, was enacted by the BJP’s Raman Singh government to curb the Maoist activities in the state. Pujari’s arrest turns hollow the BJP’s foul cry about its invented epithet of ‘urban Naxals’. It also exposes the party’s treacherous politics in the Maoist kingdom.

A cozy nexus

While the arrest has created uproar with many slamming the BJP for clandestine deals with the guerrillas, few know that the nexus has a long history. In the 2008 Chhattisgarh assembly election, for instance, the BJP and the guerrillas came together to defeat the Salwa Judum architect and Congress leader Mahendra Karma. The BJP won 11 of the 12 seats in the Bastar zone at a time when the guerrillas were scaling new heights, when they seemed invincible and were capable of attacking the police at will. Karma was trounced in the election in his home seat of Dantewada, standing third behind the BJP’s Bhima Mandavi and the Communist Party of India (CPI). The 2008 election marked the first-ever victory of the BJP in Dantewada.

The alliance grew thick; political dealings were supplemented by material support. As Karma and the Congress became weaker in Bastar, the Maoists gained in strength. An area whose politics was limited to the Congress and the CPI, saw the BJP flourishing. Bastar thus became a rare zone that witnessed the simultaneous surge of the Leftist revolutionaries and the Right-wing. Both the groups needed each other to spread themselves in the forested zone — one wanted to raise a revolutionary army, the other had to establish its base among the Adivasis. They had little qualms in helping each other.

In January 2014, the Chhattisgarh Police arrested a contractor Dharmendra Chopra, who told the officers that he had acted as a middleman between BJP’s politicians, including the party’s then-Kanker MP Sohan Potai, and the Maoists. Chopra later told me that “he had funded their election campaigns”. In fact, Chopra was arrested near the Raipur airport when he was travelling in Potai’s vehicle. Within a decade, this small contractor from Kanker had risen to acquire large property, including a bungalow in Raipur.

Potai told me in his defence: “I know Chopra for several years, but I had no information about his activities. He was in my vehicle that evening but for some other reasons.”

Chopra, who had named a Congress leader as well, also knew several senior Maoists and supplied them equipment such as mobile phones.

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

Killings of BJP leaders

The underground deal between the Maoists and the BJP was officially confirmed when a guerrilla, Podiyam Linga, was arrested shortly before the 2013 Chhattisgarh assembly election for the murder of BJP’s Shiv Dayal Singh Tomar.

In the presence of Dantewada Police Superintendent Narendra Khare and CRPF officers, Linga told the media that he had helped his uncle, BJP’s Bhima Mandavi, during the 2008 election. Speaking to me later, Mandavi admitted that Linga was a resident of his village Toylanka and was closely associated with Tomar. He had even worked for the BJP in another election. “Tomarji assigned him some work during the Bastar Lok Sabha by-election in 2011. They also had lunch together,” Mandavi said. Incidentally, BJP’s Dinesh Kashyap won the Bastar bypoll then.

Linga regularly met Tomar, an influential contractor, and other BJP men at the Dantewada Circuit House, less than 500 metres from the SP’s office.

Tomar, according to the police, was murdered because he did not pay the Maoists their commission. Linga, Khare said, had asked Tomar for Rs 60,000 in lieu of a construction project that the Maoists had allowed them to complete. But Tomar refused to pay, saying, “Do whatever you want to.”

The BJP’s politics in Dantewada took another turn when Mandavi, a sitting MLA at the time, was killed by the Maoists on 9 April 2019, two days before the polling for the Lok Sabha election in Bastar.

Police Break Supply Chain of Maoists before “Operation Monsoon” in Bastar, Chhattisgarh

Dantewada: Police is busy destroying their supply chain before launching Operation Monsoon against Naxalites in the districts of Bastar division of Chhattisgarh. S.P. Dr. Abhishek Pallava says that the names of some people have come forward who have been delivering the items they need to the Naxalites for a long time. Some of these contractors, public representatives and others have been placed on the radar.

Taking action against them, Naxal assistance will be stopped before the operation monsoon. Let me tell you that earlier Sukma police also arrested four people including an ASI and a havildar who delivered cartridges to the Naxalites

Arrested Dantewada BJP leader worked with Maoists for 10 years, says Chhattisgarh police

Jagat Pujari, the BJP district vice-president for Dantewada, was arrested Saturday for his alleged involvement in arranging supplies for Maoists.

Dantewara BJP district vice-president Jagat Pujari (L) was arrested on 13 June along with fellow accused Ramesh Usendi | By special arrangement
Dantewara BJP district vice-president Jagat Pujari (L) was arrested on 13 June along with fellow accused Ramesh Usendi | By special arrangement

Raipur: Chhattisgarh BJP leader arrested two days ago for alleged Maoist links is believed to have confessed that he has been working with the insurgents for 10 years, state police have told ThePrint.

Jagat Pujari, the BJP district vice-president for Dantewada, was arrested Saturday after a suspected accomplice, identified as Ramesh Usendi, told police about his links with Ajay Alami, a notorious Naxalite and ‘jan militia (public militia) leader’, Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallav said when approached for comment about the arrest.

Usendi had been arrested earlier that day, following a tip-off, while he was allegedly out to deliver a new tractor to Alami, who carries a bounty of Rs 5 lakh. 


After Usendi’s revelation, Pujari was asked by police to come to the Barsoor police station where he was arrested… he accepted his crime, claiming that he had a 10-year-old relationship with the Naxalites,” said Pallav, the SP for Maoist hotbed Dantewada. 

BJP was yet to take action against Pujari at the time of publishing this report, but a senior leader told ThePrint that the party would definitely dismiss him.

Also Read: Maoist insurgency far from over. After Bastar, Naxals’ new laboratory is in south India

‘On the radar for 8-10 months’

Speaking to ThePrint, Pallav said Pujari had been working as a supplier for the Maoists over the past decade, providing them with various “materials such as clothes, boots, food and, at times, even arms and ammunition”. 

According to Pallav, Pujari had been on their radar for a long time.


We had intelligence reports about his activities for the past 8-10 months but action could not be taken, mainly for want of concrete evidence against him,” he said. “Moreover, since he is a local political person, he had to be tracked with due diligence or else they start making allegations against police. He was arrested after all the evidence was put in place.”

Ramesh Usendi, police said, was intercepted on the Barsoor-Chitrakoot Road on 13 June as he was going to deliver the tractor to Ajay Alami. 

During his interrogation, Pallav claimed, Usendi told police that Pujari had helped him purchase the new tractor for Alami “as instructed by the Maoist”. 

The two had met at Handawada village Friday and together travelled to Gidam to purchase a tractor with the money handed out to Usendi by Alami, police quoted Pujari’s accomplice as having said. 

Pallav said Pujari’s arrest was part of an ongoing drive by security forces to block Maoists’ funding and supply chains. “Maoists have now begun feeling the pangs of the lockdown as their regular supply network is already cut off,” he added. “They are unable to find tribal villagers as conduits, because of which contractors are being involved directly,” he said.

The Naxalites, Pallav added, have “of late begun to revive past contacts to get supplies since villagers and local public are unable to move out from their homes due to the lockdown”.


According to police, Pujari’s arrest may be followed by “more arrests of contractors and other known names” in the coming days.

The security forces are said to be “strictly tracking the mobile phones and other cyber activities of big Naxal leaders who carry a bounty of over Rs 5 lakh”, Pallav said. 

Several real estate contractors, shopkeepers, tendu leaf (used to wrap bidis) contractors and other known names have come to the fore during our interceptions of mobile numbers of Naxalites in the past few months,” Pallav added. “They are in direct conversations with Maoists. More arrests will take place in coming days.”

BJP yet to act against Pujari

The Chhattisgarh BJP told ThePrint Monday that the party had not acted against Pujari so far but said that action was imminent. 

“According to my information, no decision has been taken against Pujari so far (by the state party leadership),” said party spokesperson and former MLA Srichand Sundrani.

“However, action against him is a foregone conclusion. He is bound to be expelled, he added. “Maoists are the first enemy of the BJP and the party cannot accept its workers being associated with ultras.”