Saturday, July 04, 2020

9 Naxals surrender in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur, Dantewada

PTI | Published: 04th July 2020 07:10 PM
For representational purposes

BIJAPUR: Nine Naxals, including four with total reward of Rs 16 lakh, surrendered in Bijapur and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh's Bastar division, police said on Saturday.

Two of them laid down arms in Bijapur while seven did so in Dantewada, an official said.

"Makdam Deva (36), who surrendered in Bijapur, was an active member of Jagargunda-Basaguda area committee. He joined the outlawed outfit in 1995, and had a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head," Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

"Deva was involved in several attacks on police teams, including the Basaguda attack wherein two security personnel were killed, as well as murder of civilians in the area," he added.

In his statement, Deva said he was disappointed as he was denied promotion in the outfit and due to discrimination by senior leaders from other states against those who are from Chhattisgarh, the IG said.

Woman ultra Sumitra Chepa, who returned to her village last month after she was asked to leave a Naxal camp on June 12 as she showed flu-like symptoms and ultras thought she had contracted coronavirus, also surrendered in Bijapur, he said.

"Chepa was active as section commander of Maoists PLGA battalion no. 1 and was involved in attacks in Sukma, including the 2014 Kasalpad attack in which 15 policemen were killed, and Pidmel attack in 2015 wherein three policemen had lost their lives. She carried a reward of Rs 8 lakh on her head," he said.

"Her coronavirus test report is negative, but she is suffering from tuberculosis and is being provided treatment at Bijapur district hospital," he added.

In Dantewada, seven ultras surrendered after being impressed by 'Lon Varratu' (return to your village) campaign launched by local police, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said.

Among them, a woman cadre identified as Hadme Mandavi (20), a member of military platoon no. 26, and Lakhma Mandavi (26), a janmilitia commander, were carrying rewards of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh on their heads respectively, he added.

The rest are lower rung members of the outfit, he added.

Under the initiative, called 'lon varratu' in the local Gondi dialect, posters of Naxals are being pasted asking them to return to the mainstream, he added.

Maoists’ order 101 lathi blows on farmer

Police suspect ploy to settle land dispute in the garb of a Maoist attack
The farmer has lodged a police complaint alleging that the Maoists assaulted him and his wife and cousin with sticks.
Representational image from Shutterstock
Animesh Bisoee

Suspected Maoists “decreed” 101 stick blows on a Jharkhand farmer whom they accused of being a police informer, 21 on his wife and 51 on his cousin after dragging them away from under the nose of police and throwing the couple’s two-year-old child on the road.

Harichand Hansda, 27, a resident of Nayadih Bhandariya Tola village in a rebel-hit area of coal-rich Dhanbad district, has lodged a police complaint alleging that the Maoists held a kangaroo court deep inside the Kadalaga Pahari forest on Friday night and assaulted him and his wife and cousin with sticks. The village is located around 175km northeast of state capital Ranchi.

Two years ago, Harichand’s father Etwari Majhi, a chowkidar, had suffered grievous injuries to his legs when Maoists had assaulted him with boulders after accusing him of being a police informer. On Friday night, Etwari had been at a relative’s house in Gobindpur.

“We were preparing to go to bed when we heard people shouting outside our house. I came out to see over 30 people armed with lathis and firearms.

“They began to drag me away. When my wife (Pooja Devi) and cousin (Dilip Hansda) came to my rescue, they were also taken along with me to the Kadalaga Pahari forest. They abused me and accused me of being a police informer,” Harichand said outside his house that is barely 500 metres from the Begnoria police picket.

They accused me of informing the police about Maoist movements and threatened me with dire consequences if I continued to cooperate with the cops.

They held a kangaroo court and as punishment they rained 101 lathi blows on me, 21 on my wife and 51 on my cousin. They threatened to kill me if I continued to cooperate with the police,” he added. He showed bruises on his back.

Harichand said the Maoists hurled the couple’s two-year-old son, who was in his mother’s arms, “onto the ground and dragged us away”.

Fortunately, one of our neighbours took the child to his home and looked after him till we returned in the morning. They (Maoists) also directed us to amicably settle a land dispute with one of our neighbours,” he said.

The police said Harichand had a longstanding land dispute with neighbour Babu Jaan.

They have been fighting over an acre of land. Babu Jaan is a distant relative of Harichand. We suspect it could be a ploy to settle the dispute in the garb of a Maoist attack,” said Tundi police station officer-in-charge Sharda Ranjan Prasad Singh.

However, the police did not rule out the possible involvement of Maoists as the area is a hotbed of rebel activities.

We are investigating the incident and though prima facie it seems to be an attempt to settle a land dispute, we cannot deny the involvement of the Maoists too as the area is infested with rebels. We have intensified combing operations in the forest area,” said Dhanbad senior superintendent of police Akhilesh B. Verior

Friday, July 03, 2020

Maoists resort to poster campaign for recruitment in Kolhan

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The banned outfit CPI-Maoist has embarked on a drive to connect with Mundas, Gram Pradhans and Rs Dakuas’ (village messengers) seeking their support for an aggressive recruitment drive  of youngsters, including girls to join the outfit in Kolhan, sources said.

Recently the naxal outfit has also resorted to posters campaigning in support of the recruitment drive at Sarjamburu located CPI-Maoist rebels resort to aggressive recruitment drive as their influence starts to wane in West Singhbhum. The ultras have also delivered letters to the village and block level naxal operatives for making the drive effectively successful. The Maoists have started a similar drive in East Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharasawan too.

Revealing about the development, a police official said that after naxal activities had almost been eliminated in Saranda, the rebel leadership had changed their strategy and were trying to regain their position in the tribal-dominated West Singhbhum district and Seraikela Kharswan.

The official confirmed about the rebel outfit to have started an aggressive recruitment drive in the district for the first time.

“We have recovered several hand-written letters that have been sent to the Mundas, Gram Pradhans and Dakua beside the local operatives of the outlawed organisation by a top naxal leader,  Prashant Bose, polit bureau member of the CPI-Maoist,” he said.

The top leadership wants an aggressive recruitment drive as the credibility and influence of the outfit has started to wane among the tribal populace.

Meanwhile the official said, “The ultras have become aggressive after three young lady naxals were killed in a police encounter in Chirungbari in Goelkera in April this year. For the first time we had got the bodies of the three lady naxals identified and delivered them at their parents’ houses which had become a shocking issue for villagers”.

He said in the letter which was written in Hindi, Prashant Bose who carries a reward of Rs one crore on his head has asked the village functionaries as well as the subordinate cadres of the outfit to convince both the parents as well as their children time and again to join the outfit.

For resetting their foot in the rebel-infested areas, the activists have started luring youths, several of them school-going to join the outfit in the name of making them a young army.

The police and paramilitary forces are also creating an awareness drive among the tribals so that no outsiders may intrude into their house to lure their children to join the rebel outfit.

Another senior official informed that several companies of CRPF have been deployed in the Naxal infested areas. Search operation is being carried out in the villages.  “Though no breakthrough has been achieved so far but the enhanced security will help us to keep vigil on movements of ultras,” he noted

Maharashtra: Naxal killed in Gadchiroli encounter

With this, the total number of Naxals killed this year in encounters has gone up to three, including one of their senior-most cadres, Srjanakka.

Over 25 shoulder bags were recovered from the spot, indicating that at least those many Naxalites were camping, said Bansal. (Representational)

At least one Naxal was killed in an encounter in Gadchiroli on Friday evening.

We had information about the location of a group of Naxals camping in the Gatta-Jambia forest in Etapalli tahsil. So, we launched an operation. An encounter ensued, with heavy firing, for about 30 minutes. We recovered the body of one male Naxal,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Ajay Bansal.

Over 25 shoulder bags were recovered from the spot, indicating that at least those many Naxalites were camping, said Bansal.

With this, the total number of Naxals killed this year in encounters has gone up to three, including one of their senior-most cadres, Srjanakka.

Two policemen were also killed in an encounter with Naxals on May 17

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Naxals tailing TRS leaders in Telangana's Adilabad district, say intelligence sources

Express News Service | Published: 03rd July 2020 07:52 AM
For representational purposes. (File | EPS)

ADILABAD: Are Maoists regrouping in erstwhile Adilabad district? Intelligence sources say they have reason to believe that Maoists are moving about in the district and keeping a close watch on the activities of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders.

Following the input, police have intensified combing operations in Bejjur, Tiryani, Kerameri, Kaddem, Khanapur forest area and along the bank of the Pranahita river. After Kumrambheem-Asifabad district police arrested Maoist sympathiser Madavi Namdev, they came to know that he was supplying food to Maoists in the area.

As the threat from Maoists is now real, elaborate security was provided to Forest, Environment and Law Minister A Indrakaran Reddy's programmes held in Adilabad and Asifabad districts on July 1.

The security detail comprised one Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), two circle inspectors and three sub-inspectors for the Adilabad meeting. Similar security was provided for him at Asifabad as well.

Police suspect that the Maoists are trying to regain their grip in the area which they had lost after their leader Cherukuri Raj Kumar, alias Azad’s encounter in 2010. The police were wary of Maoists movement in the did

NMDC worker killed by Maoists in Jan Adalat

Express News Service | Published: 02nd July 2020 02:01 PM
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RAIPUR: Maoists killed a worker of the National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (NMDC) at Kirandul, about 400 km south of Raipur, in the strife-torn district of Dantewada, accusing him as a police informer.

Mithhu Markam working at the NMDC Kirandul project was called by Maoists at Dokapara where the rebels organised their jan-adalat (Kangaroo Court). He was hacked to death after laying a charge that he was a police informer. The deceased was not in touch with us”, said Abhishek Pallava, Dantewada superintendent of police.

The brother-in-law of Markam is a police constable in the district.

“We will send our police team to the area”, said Kirandul police station incharge D K Verma.

Dantewada continues to be among the worst Maoist-affected district in south Chhattisgarh

Maoists kill policeman in Bijapur district of Bastar division

The incident occurred at Maatwada village under the jurisdiction of Jangla police station limits late at night on Wednesday night when about a dozen Maoists killed the assistant constable with sharp-edged weapons in front of his parents, the IGP said.

Updated: Jul 02, 2020 13:59 IST

By Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times Raipur

Police have launched a combing operation in the area after the incident
Police have launched a combing operation in the area after the incident. (AP file photo. Representative image)

The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) rebels killed an assistant constable of Chhattisgarh Police and also grievously injured his parents in Bastar division’s Bijapur district late at night on Wednesday.

The parents are undergoing treatment at a district hospital.

“The deceased assistant constable, Somaru Poyam, was posted at Farsegarh police station. He was on medical leave for the past 20 days because he was suffering from some abdomen-related ailment,” said Sunderaj P, Inspector-general of police (IGP), Bastar range, Chhattisgarh.

The incident occurred at Maatwada village under the jurisdiction of Jangla police station limits late at night on Wednesday night when about a dozen Maoists killed the assistant constable with sharp-edged weapons in front of his parents, the IGP said.

“His parents sustained serious injuries while trying to save their son. They have been admitted to a district hospital and are stated to be out of danger,” he added.

Police have launched a combing operation in the area after the incident.

Maoist camp busted in Odisha's Kandhamal district

 PTIJuly 02, 2020 17:24 IST

    Phulbani (Odisha), Jul 2 (PTI) Security personnel on
Thursday busted a camp of the CPI(Maoist) inside a forest in
Odisha's Kandhamal district and seized explosives and other
materials from there, a senior police officer said.
    Acting on a tip-off, a team of the Special Operation
Group (SOG), an anti-extremist force of the Odisha police,
launched a combing operation in the forest and found out the
camp, Kandhamal Superintendent of Police Prateek Singh said.
    The SOG personnel seized over 15 kilogram of
explosives, 28 detonators and tiffin carriers meant to be used
as improvised explosive devices (IED) from the camp located
near Samarbandh village under Phiringia police station area,
he said.
    Besides, other articles such as bags, shoes, documents
and Maoist literature were also found in the camp.
    The Maoists, however, had fled from the camp before
the security personnel reached there, the SP said.
    Combing operation has been intensified in the area.
    Maoist activities in Phiringia and nearby areas of the
district are on the rise for the last two years and steps are
being taken to contain them, the SP said.
    Police sources said around 15-20 ultras belonging to
'Dassaru' area committee of KKBN (Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-
Nayagarh) division of the CPI (Maoist) have held meetings near
Samarbandh village recently, police sources said.
    During the Lok Sabha elections last year, members of
the KKBN Division had torched two vehicles carrying polling
materials, including electronic voting machines, they said.

Naxalites kill policeman in front of his family


Naxalites armed with an axe and bows and arrows killed a policeman in front of his family and injured his parents after barging into their home in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place in Maatwada village in Jangla police station limits late Wednesday night when Assistant Constable Somaru Poyam was at home on medical leave, Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said.

Poyam, who was posted at Farsegarh police station in the district, was on medical leave since June 10, he said.

According to preliminary information, nearly 12 Naxalites stormed into the policeman's house and attacked him with an axe and bows and arrows, Kashyap said.

When his parents tried to save Poyam, they too were       targeted, leaving the two injured, he said.

The Assistant Constable died on the spot, he said. The body was sent to a hospital in Bhairamgarh town for postmortem, the official said.

Poyam's parents were   admitted to a hospital, where doctors said they were out of danger.

A search operation has been launched in the area to trace the gang involved in the horrific attack, Kashyap added

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Maoist with Rs 29 lakh bounty nabbed in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon

An AK-47 rifle, three magazines, 54 live cartridges, one pistol, one walkie-talkie set, medical items and other stuffs of daily use and Rs 772 cash was also recovered from David’s procession.

Updated: Jul 02, 2020 08:16 IST

By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times Raipur

David is a member of the divisional committee of the CPI Maoist
David is a member of the divisional committee of the CPI (Maoist). (HT Photo)

The police in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon nabbed a Maoist commander on Wednesday after an encounter in which he was injured. The encounter took place in the forest of Rajnandgaon on Tuesday night.

Police said that David alias Umesh, a native of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, was one of most wanted Maoists of newly formed MMC (Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh) of CPI (Maoist).

“We detained him on Wednesday morning and admitted to a hospital. His arrest will be made after his recovery,” Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police (SP) Jitendra Shukla told Hindustan Times.

An AK-47 rifle, three magazines, 54 live cartridges, one pistol, one walkie-talkie set, medical items and other stuffs of daily use and Rs 772 cash was also recovered from David’s procession.

Shukla further said that encounter took place when a police team was out of an anti-Maoist operation.

“The team laid an ambush on Katenga-Pendridih road and sensing presence of security personnel the Maoists opened fire. The encounter lasted for about 30 minutes after which the Maoists fled from the spot. A search operation started after the encounter and we nabbed David in the Khobha village,” the SP said.

The total reward on his head is of Rs 29 lakh in three states including Maharashatra, MP and Chhattisgarh.

“David was one core member of Maoists team engaged in the expansion of new zone MMC in three states. His arrest is very important development for the police,” said a senior police officer posted in Raipur.

It is worth mentioning that the Maoists have built a new red corridor in the tri-junction of three states - Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh - in 2016-17. Many documents recovered suggest they are continuously moving in that area to strengthen the new zone and recruit some cadres.

Senior police officers of Chhattisgarh believe that that now there about 200 armed Maoists in the Vistaar Dalam of the MMC zone, who are trying to established their grip. The new zone is said to be a refuge of hardcore Maoists of Bastar and other regions. Most of the cadres in this region were recruited from South Bastar.

Blocked by Centre for ‘Naxal & anti-national propaganda’ in 2018, website visible again

The website,, which offers a large number of 'documents and information', mainly on extremist communist movements across different countries, has not been visible for online users in India after it was blocked around November-December 2018.

Several documents released by the CPI-Maoist in 2019 have also been uploaded on the website. (Representational)

A website blocked by the Indian government in 2018 for allegedly posting content for ‘Naxal and anti-national propaganda’, is now visible and active again. The website was banned following a recommendation by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

The website,, which offers a large number of ‘documents and information’, mainly on extremist communist movements across different countries, has not been visible for online users in India after it was blocked around November-December 2018.


But the website is visible again, and it claims to have documents of the banned Communist Party of India (CPI – Maoist). The latest CPI-Maoist document on the website is a ‘Statement on International Women’s Day’ (March 8), issued by the ‘Telangana State Committee of the CPI-Maoist’. The statement is in Telugu.

Several documents released by the CPI-Maoist in 2019 have also been uploaded on the website. All the information that was available on the website before it was blocked in 2018 can also be accessed now. This includes books, documents, letters, press releases and other literature published by the CPI-Maoist.


On June 29, Nagpur-based activist Arvind Sovani of ‘Bhumkal Anti-Naxal Organisation’ raised the issue in emails to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, as well as other government departments, requesting them to block the “Naxal website”, claiming that it had the potential to indoctrinate youths towards Maoist ideology.

In his email, Sovani stated, “The latest issue (February 2020) of Maoist mouthpiece – People’s March is now available on the website. An important book ‘Political and Organisational Review’, of the MCCI, of the CPI(ML), is now seen to be uploaded.. this website carries an encyclopedic range of material pertaining to the banned CPI-Maoist party of India as well as many other Maoist parties functioning in other countries. This website has the potential to indoctrinate youngsters in Maoist ideology.”

Sovani also claimed that the website was a channel of communication for the underground organisation. “…The website comes handy as a tool of communication for urban cadre, as well as the urban-underground cadre,” he mentioned.

When contacted, Maharashtra ATS chief Deven Bharati said, “We had got the website banned… The website is now visible through some browsers and it must be due to some technical error. We would be writing soon to the authorities for rectifying the error.”

Meanwhile, even though the website is now visible in India, it prominently proclaims on its home page: “ is itself now banned in India and some other countries!”

The website has also posted an email it received from the Cyber Laws & e-Security Group, ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India on November 11, 2019. The email stated that certain URLs of the website contained objectionable content. The email termed the “nature of posts” in these URLs as “Naxal and anti-national propaganda.”

The e-mail also informed the website that as per provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000, “a meeting of the committee for examination of URLs for blocking is scheduled on November 14, 2018… you are requested to depute your representative to participate in the meeting to present your case,”

The website goes on to state “…It is not only impractical for time and financial reasons, it would also obviously be a total waste of time. (Or possibly even lead to our representative being arrested and imprisoned as has recently been happening even to people’s lawyers in India!)….. This extremely basic democratic right is opposed by the current ruling class in India. So, there is no point for us to say anything further at this meeting or elsewhere to this despicable anti-democratic ruling class bent on the suppression of all ideas that they disagree with.”

Naxal with Rs 8L bounty arrested by security forces in Chhattisgarh

Source: PTI

Raipur/New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) A Naxal commander carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh was arrested after an encounter with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and state police in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, officials said on Wednesday.

David alias Umesh Sakin is a platoon commander of People''s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) of the Maoists that operates in the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh region, they said.

He was nabbed after a gunbattle with the troops of ITBP''s 38th battalion and local police in the Katenga forest area of the district, about 72 kms from state capital Raipur, after an ambush was laid by the forces on Tuesday night, they said.

A group of about 9-10 Maoists fired upon the security forces when they were challenged and after retaliatory fire there was a lull during the night.

The forces put up a cordon and the injured Maoist David was apprehended from the nearby Khoba village when the forces launched a search on Wednesday morning, officials said.

The Naxal commander suffered bullet injury during the gunbattle and has been admitted to the district hospital by the security personnel. PTI

Hardcore Naxalite injured in encounter, now in hospital


A Naxalite commander carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head was injured in an encounter with security forces in a forest in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district after which he was detained and admitted in a hospital, police said.

The gun battle took place on Tuesday night when a joint team of security forces was on an anti-Maoist operation in Job area police outpost, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla said.

Acting on a tip about the movement of Maoists towards Baghnadi, adjoining Maharashtra, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force launched the operation, he said.

Security personnel laid an ambush on the Katenga-Pendridih road, about 150 km from Raipur. On sensing the presence of security personnel, around a dozen Naxalites opened fire, the officer said.

As the security forces retaliated strongly, the Naxalites fled into the dense forests.

During a search of the area on Wednesday morning, security forces found a Maoist bag and commodities of daily use besides blood stains, indicating that some rebels might have sustained injuries in the gunfight, Shukla said.

The District Reserve Guard (DRG) also joined the search, he said.

“Security personnel zeroed in on an injured Naxalite in Khobha village, who tried to run away but was caught after a short chase,” he said.

He was identified as David alias Umesh, a native of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra who was active as commander of platoon no. 1 under the Maharashtra- Madhya Pradesh- Chhattisgarh zone of the Maoists, the officer said.

David, a Divisional Committee member, was also in-charge of a small team of Naxalites on the inter-state border areas, the SP said adding that he carried a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head.

An AK-47 rifle, three magazines, 54 live cartridges, a pistol, a walkie-talkie set, medical items and other items of daily use and Rs 772 cash were recovered from his possession.

The injured Maoist has been admitted to the Rajnandgaon District Hospital, police said.

18 Naxalites surrender in Dantewada district

ANI | Updated: Jul 02, 2020 05:48 IST

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India], July 2 (ANI): As many as 18 Naxalites including a woman, heads of CNM (Chetna Natya Mandli- a cultural outfit of Maoists) and DAKMS, a wing of Maoists (Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisaan Majdoor Sangthan) surrendered on Wednesday in Dantewada.
18 Naxalsurrendered before District Collector Deepak Soni, Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallav and Directorate General Central Reserve Police Force DN Lal in Dantewada district under 'Loan Varatu' (Return to your home) campaign.
The CRPF DIG said, "We'll help them get jobs. We're training them to work as tailor, mason & driver. We'll get them driving license after they learn driving"
"Under the campaign, 18 Naxals including a woman, two CNM (Chetna Natya Mandli- a cultural outfit of Maoists) and two from DAKMS, a wing of Maoists (Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisaan Majdoor Sangthan) presidents operating in the area of Bhansi police station have surrendered their weapons. A reward of one lakh rupees each was announced on CNM and DAKMS presidents", Police said.
SP Abhishek Pallava said, "All these Maoists were involved in several major incidents like the dismantling of the railway tracks, the breaking of the school building. The police consider the dedication of all these Maoists a major success."
The authorities are planning to involve these Maoists in building schools for the future of children.
District Collector Deepak Soni said, "Some time ago, these Maoists broke the school buildings. But now they will build schools for the education of the children."
"They had asked to build the schools that were broken by them. The good thing is that they have returned back," Soni said adding, The construction of school buildings will be approved soon."
Whereas a senior Maoist commander, carrying Rs 8 lakh reward on his head, was also arrested after an encounter with 38th battalion Indo-Tibetan Border Police in Rajandgaon, Chhattisgarh, an official said.
Meanwhile, another Naxal commander, carrying a reward of Rs 29 lakh on his head and wanted by 3 states, was injured in an encounter with security forces on the night of 30th June & was nabbed by Police during search operations in the jungle on Wednesday morning. An AK 47, a pistol, ammunition & others seized. (ANI)


Woman Among 18 Maoists Surrenders In Chhattisgarh: Police

Explaining reasons for surrendering, the rebels said they were disillusioned with "hollow" Maoist ideology and violence being committed by them, senior police official said

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Woman Among 18 Maoists Surrenders In Chhattisgarh: Police

All were active in Bhansi-Kamaloor area under Bhairamgarh Area Committee of Maoists (Representational)

Raipur : 

Altogether 18 Maoists, four of them carrying cash rewards on their heads, surrendered on Wednesday in Chhattisgarhs Dantewada district, the police said.

The rebels, including a woman, turned themselves in before Dantewada Collector Dipak Soni, Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava and CRPF officials at Bhansi police station, and expressed desire to lead a normal life and contribute in development of their area, they said.

All of them were active in the Bhansi-Kamaloor area under the Bhairamgarh Area Committee of Maoists and mainly tasked with damaging railway tracks, putting up Maoist banners, posters and spreading Maoist propaganda and supplying ration to ultras, Pallava said.

The surrender comes two weeks after the police launched an initiative named in the local Gondi dialect as ''lon varratu'', meaning ''return to your village/home to encourage Maoists to give up arms and join the national mainstream.

Of the 18 rebels, two - Telaam Bhima and Mangal Bhaskar - were active as head of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisaan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS - a wing of Maoists) units, the SP said.

Two others - Telaam Chaitu and Santu Kunjam - were chief of CNM (Chetna Natya Mandli- a cultural outfit of Maoists) groups, Mr Pallava said, adding all these four were carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads.

The remaining 14 cadres, all of lower ranks, were working as members of DAKMS and CNM groups, he added.


Explaining the reasons for surrendering, the rebels said they were disillusioned with "hollow" Maoist ideology and violence being committed by them and at the same time they also wanted to see development in their area, Mr Pallava said.

They will be provided assistance as per the Surrender and Rehabilitation policy of the state government, the police officer added.


Under the ''lon varratu'' initiative, launched on June 12, the police have started putting up posters and banners in native villages of cash reward-carrying Maoists, mentioning their names and appealing to them to shun the path of violence and join mainstream of the society, he said.

The initiative has started yielding positive result as reflected in this surrender, Mr Pallava added

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Encounter at Sonwa, Naxal arrested


Chaibasa : The security forces led by district police and CRPF had a fierce encounter with Maoists at Udalkham Bobonga in Sonwa police station area of West Singhbhum district on Tuesday. Several rounds of firing occurred on both sides. Subsequently, three rifles, cartridges and daily use material were recovered from the Naxalites in the search operation. Security forces have also arrested a Naxal.

 According to the information, police and CRPF personnel in the area were conducting search operations. Security forces had an encounter with the Naxalites associated with PLFI. The Naxalites fled into the thick forest after seeing the security forces falling heavily in the firing. Meanwhile, a Naxalite went up in arms. After getting the information of the encounter, West Singhbhum SP Indrajit Mahatha and several CRPF officials reached Sonwa.

A team of police and CRPF involved in the operation returned to Sonua on Monday late evening with the recovered weapons and belongings. The operation included CRPF 60 battalion officer Raju D Nayak, Additional Superintendent of Police Pranab Anand Jha, Assistant Commandants Virendra Kumar, Pankaj Rai, Kuldeep Kumar along with armed forces personnel.

Naxalite with reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head surrenders


A hardcore Naxalite, in search of a peaceful life, surrendered to the police in Chhattisgarh's violence-hit Dantewada district on Tuesday, police said. He carried a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head.

The Maoist, Bheema Markam, 22, a resident of Katekalyna in Dantewada district, was involved in the October 2018 Nilawaya ambush in which a Doordarshan cameraman and three policemen were killed, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallav said.

Markam was also part of a Maoist team that attacked a police convoy in 2019 at Petedabba in the district, the officer added.

Markam was a member of the Maoist platoon number 24 active under Naxal Malangir Area Committee. He carried a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, the SP said.

Maoists recruited Markam in 2014, police said

Monday, June 29, 2020

Tribals protest in Maoist-hit Bijapur district demanding procurement money in cash

Most of the villagers are of Gangaloor, Cherlapal and other interior areas which are located south of the district. Some of these villages are 50 km from district headquarters with no road connectivity.

Updated: Jun 29, 2020 22:45 IST

By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Niyati Singh, Hindustan Times Raipur

Thousands of tribal of interior villagers of Maoisthit Bijapur district reached district headquarters to start threeday protest in front of collectors office demanding that money of tendu patta procurement
Thousands of tribal of interior villagers of Maoist-hit Bijapur district reached district headquarters to start three-day protest in front of collector’s office demanding that money of tendu patta procurement. (File photo for representation)

Thousands of tribal of interior villagers of Maoist-hit Bijapur district reached district headquarters to start three-day protest in front of collector’s office demanding that money of tendu patta procurement to be given in cash as they have to face many difficulties to reach banks and many of them don’t have bank accounts.

Most of these villagers are of Gangaloor, Cherlapal and other interior areas which are located south of the district. Some of these villages are 50 km from district headquarters with no road connectivity.

The tribals have also demanded that the bonus given on the paddy procurement should also be given in cash by the government, and opening of schools and hospitals in their area and police atrocities should stop.

“The administration is saying to open bank accounts, which we don’t have because we are poor and live in interior and secondly people having bank accounts have to walk for 40 km to reach banks . We are demanding that the tendu-patta procurement money should be given in cash,” said Somari, who was protesting outside the collector told reporters

Meanwhile, the police have sealed the district headquarters and extra police forces have been deployed in the city following the protest. Talks between the tribal representatives and administration are being conducted.

Bijapur Collector said that district administration will provide every help to tribals.

“Those people who have bank accounts, the procurement money will be transferred in their accounts and we will pay them with help of bank-sakhis (banking correspondents), who will reach their villager to pay them their money. We have 11 banking correspondents and recruiting about 30 others in next four days,” collector Ritesh Agarwal told reporters.

Tendu-Pattta is procured in Chhattisgarh at Rs 4,000 per sack from the tribals and this year the government procured tendu-patta of about Rs 100 crores from Bijapur district itself. The total population of Bijapur is 2.55 lakh.

“The road connectively is till Gangaloor and most of these tribals are from more than a dozen of villages which are beyond Gangaloor. In 2018, just before the legislative assembly elections, the money was paid to them in cash because of non-connectivity and pressure of the then tribal minister Mahesh Gagda, who was from Bijapur. Since then, the tribals of these area are demanding that tendu-patta procurement money should be given in cash,” said a senior government officer posted in the region.

The officer further said that their demand should be addressed.

“This is fact that they are facing problem. Some of them have to walk for more than 40 km. Most of these tribals don’t have motorbike and hence they rent a four-wheeler to reach bank but owing to lockdown, the vehicles have also stopped. The government should recruit banking correspondents and send it to their villages or the government should arrange vehicle for them,” said the officer.

Activists believe that the government is not listening to problems that are being faced by tribals during lockdown.

“There demands are genuine…Thousands of tribals from Gangaloor, Cherlapal and other villages in Bijapur reached the district headquarters after walking for a day. The tribals are demanding that they should be paid in cash for tendu patta procurement, which the government is paying through the banks. Bank branches are very less in tribal areas…For some tribals, this distance is up to 50 and 60 kilometers,” said Himanshu Kumar, a tribal rights activist working in Bastar.

Kumar claimed that there is no bus or other means of transport available for the tribals to reach these banks.

“Thousands of tribal families do not even have bank accounts due to which they are not getting payment. The tribals had told the collector a month ago that they should be paid in cash but they did not listen, therefore they have started this protest,” said Kumar

Chhattisgarh police specify top Maoist leaders to disengage, re-educate local rebels

By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 28th June 2020 07:57 PM
For representational purposes ( Photo | AFP)

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh police in Bastar under its anti-Maoist propaganda exposed the individuality of top leaders of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in an attempt to change the beliefs and behaviour of their cadres based in Chhattisgarh.

A revised list of 34 most wanted Maoists with their images, some old-fuzzy ones, with their brief profile has been prepared and released by the Bastar police.

In Chhattisgarh, the challenge persists as the banned organisation has been most active in the conflict zone of Bastar for over four decades now. So far, over 1800 people have lost their lives in Bastar alone owing to the violence unleashed by the rebels.

A revised list of top Maoist leaders, mostly from outside Chhattisgarh, released by Bastar police

The top leaders of Maoists are from states like Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and other regions who indoctrinated the local youths and misguided them. We have exposed them to let the lower-rung Maoist cadres from Bastar region realise the ‘anti-development and hollow ideology’ of the left-wing extremism (LWE). The local Maoist brigade should perceive who actually are accountable for the maximum damage and loss brought to the south Chhattisgarh region”, said Sunderraj P, inspector general of police (Bastar zone).

The list of Maoists cadres would be displayed at various public places like local Haat Bazar, panchayat buildings and areas accessible by all. The initiative is intended to persuade local cadres to appreciate the fact, shun violence, relinquish Maoist organisation and return to the mainstream.

Chhattisgarh police appeal the local naxal cadres to access benefits from the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state and live a life of dignity”, the IG averred.

The senior Maoist leaders from other states visit Chhattisgarh to recruit local cadres, escalate violence and later after years they surrender only in their respective states.

The move will create awareness among the inhabitants of Bastar to have knowledge of such Maoist leaders during their movement in the region and in the process buttress the local human intelligence during anti-Maoist operations.

In the next stage, the Bastar police will later release the identity of hardcore LWE cadres belonging to the seven Maoist-affected districts of the region. The descriptions will highlight their addresses, position they hold, the rewards they carry and the weapons they posses

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Maoist Keshava Rao is most wanted in Chhattisgarh

Rajulapudi SrinivasVIJAYAWADA 28 JUNE 2020 23:29 IST
UPDATED: 28 JUNE 2020 23:29 IST

He carries a reward of ₹1 crore on his head

Nambala Keshava Rao alias Basavaraj, general secretary of the banned CPI (Maoist), figures in the most wanted list of Maoists released by the Chhattisgarh police a few days ago.

A native of Srikakulam, Keshava Rao carries a reward of ₹1 crore on his head. With many aliases such as Prakash, Narasimha, Ganganna and others, he is said to be an expert in manufacturing and operating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).



Keshava Rao headed the Central Military Commission of the Maoist groups and he was said to be involved in the murders of Telugu Desam MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former legislator Siveri Soma in Dumbriguda of Visakhapatnam district. He was also said to be the mastermind in killing of 15 commandos in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra.

The Maoist former polit bureau member was said to be behind the Dantewada attack in Chhattisgarh, in which Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bhima Mandavi and four of his security personnel were killed in an IED explosion.

Keshava Rao, who is wanted in many other cases, was reportedly trained in handling explosives and triggering landmines under the supervision of the People’s War Group (PWG), and trained the cadre of the banned outfit.

List released

Keshava Rao, along with 34 top naxals who are active in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and other States, figure in the list released by the Chhattisgarh police.

The Chhattisgarh government has announced ₹1 crore reward on the heads of Keshava Rao, Muppalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi, Mallojula Venugopal, Katakam Sudarshan of Telangana and four others. Nine other Maoists carry rewards of ₹40 lakh each.

The list also include 17 Maoists operating in Dandakaranyam Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) and other extremist affected districts.

A native of Jiyyannapet village in Srikakulam district, Keshava Rao completed his engineering in the erstwhile Regional Engineering College (REC), Warangal

The return of greenery provides cover to the Maoists in the forests of old Adilabad.

The return of greenery provides cover to the Maoists in the forests of old Adilabad. | Photo Credit: S_HARPALSINGH
UPDATED: 28 JUNE 2020 22:24 IST

Recruitment of cadre becomes tough in changed circumstances even as return of greenery in forests gives them cover

The cat and mouse game between the police and the band of 8 to 12 Maoists has continued for the past four months in former united Adilabad district; the former succeeding in thwarting any plans of the extremists in re-establishing themselves in these parts. Under the changed top leadership of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), naxalite leaders are assumed to have been tasked to carry out recruitments in their former strongholds which can happen only if they regain the lost foothold.

According to sources, the pattern of Maoist movement since March this year is similar in all Telangana districts where extremism had flourished until 2005. One or two armed dalams are moving in the forest visiting former sympathisers, presumably in a bid to recruit cadres, a difficult task these days considering the drastically changed circumstances, the sources opined.

No sooner information of infiltration of extremists reached the police in late February or early March, anti-naxalite forces have been combing the forests of Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Adilabad districts. There were instances when a confrontation between the outlaws, led by an old hand Adilabad District committee secretary Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar, and the security outfits looked imminent in the forests of Adilabad district which is part of Boath Assembly constituency.



Greenery an advantage

“Luck was on their side,” observed a police officer leading combing operations in forests encompassed by the core and buffer areas of Kawal Tiger Reserve. “But it will not last long,” he asserted as he spoke to The Hindu after returning from an operation in the forests.

The task of the police, nevertheless, has become difficult at present what with the returned greenery offering excellent cover to the Maoists in the forest. “It also makes area domination exercises fraught with danger,” another source added.

It is for the first time since extremism came under control that naxalites have come in the dry summer months. Normally, bands of Maoists cross over from Maharashtra in June with the return of greenery. They stay here till the forests begin to dry once again.

Sources say the early return was to reassert supremacy in the interior parts of the backward erstwhile district. “It could actually be an act of self-assurance with regard to the existence of the underground movement,” a police officer opined.

Visakhapatnam: Maoists run out of food amid lockdown

Siva G | TNN | Updated: Jun 28, 2020, 09:26 IST
Representative Image

VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists operating along the Andhra-Odisha border are reportedly facing a shortage of food now as tribals who usually provide food to them are reluctant to go out of their homes amid the 



The cadre of CPI(


) had declared a ceasefire during the lockdown. And now, they are having trouble moving around villages as well.

 rural SP Boddepalli Krishna Rao said, “Naxal movement along the borders is very common. Because of the difficult terrain, the Andhra-Odisha border area is a haven for their activities. We have no knowledge about them facing a food shortage.” He added that some movement have been noticed among Maoists recently.