Thursday, October 22, 2020

Maoist surrenders to police in Kothagudem district

Kuluma Devi alias Sandhya surrendered to the police on Thursday

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Oct 2020  8:43 pm

Bhadrachalam: The banned CPI (Maoist) party’s Sabari local organisation squad (LOS) Deputy Commander (ACM rank) Kuluma Devi alias Sandhya surrendered to the police on Thursday.

She surrendered before ASP M Rajesh Chandra at Bhadrachalam in the district. She had joined the Maoist party in 2014 under the leadership of Kistaram Area Committee Commander Madakam Prakash.

Devi served as the guard to Sharadakka of Cherla LOS from 2016 to 2017. She worked as Shabari LOS Deputy Commander in between 2017 and 2019  and as in-charge Commander of the same LOS between 2019-20, ASP Rajesh Chandra told press persons.

He said Kuluma Devi had lost interest in naxal ideology and decided to surrender before the police to live a normal life. As per the surrender policy of the government all support would be offered to her and appealed to the underground Maoists to join the mainstream life

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Governor, CM hail police for bravery, fighting Naxalites

 |  | RAIPUR

The Governor, Chief Minister and Home Minister of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday saluted the police personnel for risking their lives and braving the odds to keep people safe.

On the occasion of Police Memorial Day, Governor Anusuiya Uikey recalled the legends of brave policemen who died while protecting their motherland. The event took place at the Fourth Battalion CAF Mana Raipur premises.

Uikey said police personnel sacrifice their lives "to keep us safe. We sleep in peace because police remain vigilant all night. During Covid, I noticed that despite the uncertain and fearful environment, our police personnel performed their duties.

"Some of the personnel got infected, some even lost their lives to this pandemic, but it did not dampen their courage. They went on to perform their duties despite the odds," she said.

Uikey credited the police with taking on the Naxalites tactfully and courageously. "With their efforts and dedication, the state will soon get rid of the problem of Naxalism."

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said the dedication, courage and sacrifices of police and security personnel makes their profession noble, unique and respectable. He expressed gratitude towards the martyrs and empathized with their families.

Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu paid floral tributes to the martyrs and assured the families of the martyrs that the Chhattisgarh government would always stand by them.

Police Memorial Day is observed on October 21 every year to commemorate the martyrdom of the security forces in an encounter with the Chinese Army in Ladakh on this day in 1959. The Sino-Indian war fought in 1962.

"Our soldiers deployed in Naxalite-affected areas deal with the Naxalites with utmost understanding and courage, to protect civilians round the clock," Sahu said

"The Maoists are continuously surrendering. As a result, Naxalite activities have decreased by 47 percent in the state."

Director General of Police D.M. Awasthi said that many parts of the country were Naxalism-affected, which includes a part of Chhattisgarh as well. Maoists are actively conspiring against humanity and democratic values, he said.

In Chhattisgarh, from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, police killed 47 Naxalites in encounters while losing 25 of their own men, he said.


Rao’s arrest led to losses for CPI (Maoist), says NIA
Agency’s charge sheet in Elgaar Parishad case alleges that ‘secret communications’ recovered from Prof Hany Babu reveal codes names used by banned outfit’s cadres.

The arrest of Telugu poet Varavara Rao in the December 2017 Elgaar Parishad case allegedly led to ‘cascading losses on several fronts’ for the banned CPI (Maoist), as per the contents of a ‘secret’ communication recovered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from one of the eight activists it recently charge-sheeted in the case, 83-year-old Father Stan Swamy from Jharkhand. The NIA charge sheet, which Mirror has accessed, said that it has collected “evidence” from the premises of another accused, Delhi University Professor Hany Babu, which revealed the “code/alias names” used by alleged CPI (Maoist) cadres for communication. These included Rao’s alleged codes, “VV/Chief Manyam Pituri.”

According to the NIA, the communication noted that a Maoist member “in Telangana, comrade Srinivas” had allegedly been given the task of ensuring political protection for Rao, alias VV, but the former “failed to lead the negotiations for securing VV’s” freedom or at least regular bail. The communication further read, “Without VV, there is no senior leader of equal experience who could guide the MOs and the people’s war in a co-ordinated fashion. The CC fears that all this will lead to further splits and diversions among the leading comrades, especially those working on all-India level.” It said Srinivas, however, allegedly contributed “significantly in providing internal MHA strategy being used in enemy operations against us”.

The NIA’s charge sheet is against Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Hany Babu, Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap and Stan Swamy, who are under arrest, and Milind Teltumbde, who is absconding. It said Swamy was allegedly involved in the activities of the CPI (Moaist) outfit and was in touch with other case conspirators. It accused activist Gautam Navlakha of working in urban areas for Maoists and of being tasked with uniting intellectuals against government forces.

(L-R) Father Stan Swamy, Hemant Soren, Gautam Navlakha, Anand Teltumbde

It said that Hany Babu was allegedly assigned “to complete urban activities of CPI (Maoist), was in contact with Paikhomba Meitei, secretary, information and publicity, military affairs, Kangleipak Communist Party (MC), a banned organisation under UAPA. “It was also under consideration to hand over the responsibility of APTs (appointments) of foreign journalists’ visits to CPI (Maoist) areas to Hany Babu and the party considered him to be a more reliable and secure channel for communication,” the charge sheet said.

It also accused Babu of raising funds to help CPI (Maoist) cadres released from prison, and termed Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor and Jyoti Jagtap “main conspirators” and active members of CPI (Maoist), working in urban areas through “front organisation Kabir Kala Manch”. The charge sheet said they visited Korchi forest and underwent weapons and explosives training in 2011-12, and that they took directions from absconding accused Milind Teltumbde. They made inroads into a programme of the Elgaar Parishad and “delivered hatred through street play/skit on the stage”.

Advocate Yug Chaudhry, who represents Navlakha and Hany Babu, told Mirror, “The NIA chargesheet accuses Mr Navlakha of going to the Maoist guerilla zone in Chhattisgarh. Well, he went there as part of an academic exercise to conduct interviews with Maoist and those interviews featured in two books that he published on the subject subsequently. Is that a crime? No, it’s not. Many other slanderous allegations have been made against him without any basis.”

Chaudhry added, “Hany Babu is accused of being a part of the committee for the legal defence of GN Saibaba, a DU professor. Hany Babu was a part of the committee, that’s an admitted position, but that is not an offence. It’s not an offence to arrange the legal defence even of a convicted terrorist, let alone that of a colleague.” Saibaba was earlier convicted for his alleged links with the Maoist movement.


No mention of ‘plot to assassinate PM Modi’

While it sought to establish a connection between the accused and the banned CPI (Maoist), the NIA’s 10,000-page charge sheet was silent on the Pune police’s earlier claim of a “plot to assassinate PM Modi”. The first charge sheet, filed by the Pune police in December 2018, had mentioned an email written by a certain ‘R’ to Comrade Prakash on April 18, 2017, talking of a “Rajiv Gandhi-type” operation.

Advocate Mihir Desai, representing Anand Teltumbde, said, “The claim [of there being a plot] to assassinate the PM has not been reiterated by the NIA, so what exactly are the allegations against these people? That their ideological views are different? The fact that they have found no evidence to mention anything about the alleged plot raises serious questions about their claim.”

An NIA source, however, said that allegations had already been put on record in court by the Pune police before NIA took over the probe in January. “NIA probe is a continuation of the Pune police’s probe. The assassination plot part was a charge that was part of the Pune police ‘s submissions to the court earlier and it is on record. So, NIA did not repeat the charge in its charge sheet,” the source said

Maoists kill villager in Swabhimaan Anchal

Satyanarayan Pattnaik | TNN | Oct 22, 2020, 04:38 IST

Koraput: After lying low for the past several months, the Maoists registered their presence in the Swabhimaan Anchal or cut-off area in Malkangiri district by killing a tribal villager on charges of being a police informer late on Tuesday night.

The deceased villager has been identified as Dasa Khemundu of Khagurguda village under Jodamba police station limits. According to sources, around 10 to 15 armed Maoists came to the house of Khemundu around Tuesday midnight and dragged him out. They assaulted Khemundu and took him to the outskirts of the village and slit his throat with a sharp-edged weapon.

The Maoists reportedly assaulted two villagers for helping police in counter-insurgency operations and warned people not to help police.

DIG (south-western range) Shafeen Ahmed K has brushed aside the 


 allegations. “The deceased was not our informer. We have never ever received any information from him about the Maoists. We have our own intelligence network and the Maoists have labelled the deceased as an informer to gain public sympathy,” he said.

The Maoists might have killed him for some other reason which could be ascertained once we wrap up our investigation, he added.

According to the DIG, as the Maoists are on the backfoot in the Swabhimaan Anchal in past few months due to intensive combing operations and execution of large number of development projects, the rebels are gradually losing their tribal support base and committed the offensive out of frustration. “We have intensified our operations in the area and are on task to track down the attackers,” the DIG said.

On Monday, BSF personnel recovered and defused seven IEDs in the Swabhimaan Anchal.

4-5 big steel plants to be set up in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-infested Bastar region

A delegation from Dantewada visited chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday, seeking setting up of steel plants on identified land in the region.

Updated: Oct 22, 2020, 08:53 IST

By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Hindustan Times Raipur

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has approved setting up of several major steel plants in Bastar for development of the region, officials said on Wednesday.

The announcement was made after a delegation of Sarpanch Sangh from Dantewada visited the chief minister at his residence on Wednesday and handed over a memorandum with the demand to establish industries in the region.

“Chief minister approved their demand and said that Shaheed Mahendra Karma Ji (Congress leader from Bastar who was allegedly killed by Maoists in Jiram Valley attack in 2013) always wanted Dantewada and Bastar to have major industries. As per his vision, we would develop the Bastar region. The state government would initiate the establishment of four to five major steel plants in the region,” a press release issued by Chhattisgarh Public Relations Department on Wednesday stated.

Also Read: Maoists threaten to kill those working on road projects; 6 vehicles blown up

After handing over the memorandum to establish steel plants on the 500 acre land available in Ghotpal-Heeranar area of Geedam block, the delegation told CM that no land acquisition from farmers would be required for setting up these plants, the release stated.

Also Read: BSF jawans in Malkangiri unearth 7 IEDs planted by suspected Maoists

The delegation said that establishing industries in Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon and other locations would create better employment opportunities for the local youth, the press release stated

Jharkhand: Maoists threaten to kill those working on road projects; 6 vehicles blown up

Maoists left pamphlets at a road construction site on strategically crucial Arki-Bandgaon road through a Left-wing extremist triangle connecting Khunti, Ranchi, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts, the police said

Updated: Oct 21, 2020, 17:00 IST

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta, Hindustan Times Jamshedpur

A suspected members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) have threatened to kill people engaged in road construction works in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district in their bid to create, maintain and further expand their liberated zones by leaving pamphlets at a road construction site on strategically crucial Arki-Bandgaon road through a Left-wing extremist (LWE) triangle connecting Khunti, Ranchi, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts, the police said on Wednesday.

The pamphlets were found strewn around the road construction site on the under-construction 44-kilometre (km) stretch of Arki-Bandgoan road in Lupungdih forest under the jurisdiction of Bandgaon police station in West Singhbhum district.

Also read: BSF jawans in Malkangiri unearth 7 IEDs planted by suspected Maoists

Maoists attacked the construction site late at night on Monday and blew up four excavators, a JCB machine, four small vehicles and a motorcycle.

The machines and vehicles, which were worth around Rs 2 crore, were blown up by around 60 Maoist rebels, who were led by Prabhat Munda, a close associate of the banned party’s zonal commander, Maharaj Pramanik.

“This 153-km Arki-Bandgaon road is strategically crucial from the operational point of view for the police and security forces. Lupundih jungle has a dense forest cover and is surrounded by hills and almost inaccessible for forces even though it is 18 km away from Bandgoan police station. The road is barely a dirt track inside the dense jungle. The Maoists have been targeting road construction projects in a bid to maintain and expand their liberated zones by restricting prompt movement and action by security forces in inaccessible, remote forest and hilly areas,” said Ajay Linda, superintendent of police (SP), West Singhbhum, on Wednesday morning.

“The Maoist squad, led by its self-styled area commander Prabhat Munda alias Mukhiya, was behind the subversive activities in its desperate bid to divert aggressive police operations against other groups led by top Maoist commander Jeevan Kandulna, Maharaj Pramanik, Amit Munda and Analda, who are active in the LWE triangle that links four districts. These groups are indulging in extortion and they have nothing to do with Maoist ideology,” said the SP.

Earlier, the Maoist rebels had threatened the MNPS Construction company’s management and the contractors in a bid to extort money from them.

The Maoists also circulated pamphlets threatening to kill people engaged in road construction works in the area.

SP Linda said he had asked the construction firm’s management to park their vehicles at Kochang picket point, which is located four km from Bandgaon police station, by early evening daily after their day’s work got over.

“We are and will continue to provide security to road construction works, but the companies must also act responsibly and follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have issued because of the Maoists’ threats. The forces from West Singhbhum district along with that of neighbouring Khunti district are conducting anti-Maoist operations in the area,” SP Linda said.

Tiffin bomb', bullets found after battle with Maoists

Police recovered a 'tiffin bomb' and live cartridges after a gun battle with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said on Wednesday.

A joint team of police and District Reserve Guard (DRG) that was on a search operation in Gumori region was ambushed by the Maoists, a police press release said.

The joint police team retaliated in self-defence and after a brief gunfight the armed Naxalites escaped into the jungles, it said.

While carrying out a search operation at the encounter site, police recovered a 'tiffin bomb', codex wire, 10 live cartridges, Naxalite uniform, literature and other materials of general use including medicines.

Police also spotted some blood marks, indicating some Naxalites were seriously hit or may have died, the press release said

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Naxal Killed, Two Policemen Injured In Encounter In Chhattisgarh

Two jawans of the police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) were injured in the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) triggered by the ultras during the skirmish, they said.

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Updated : October 20, 2020 7:53 pm IST
Naxal Killed, Two Policemen Injured In Encounter In Chhattisgarh

Two jawans of police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) were injured in the blast. (Representational


A naxal was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Tuesday afternoon, the police said.

Two jawans of the police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) were injured in the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) triggered by the ultras during the skirmish, they said.

The exchange of fire started around 3 pm in a hilly forested area near Golakonda when a joint team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

The area which comes under Basaguda police station limits is some 450 km from the state capital Raipur.

Personnel belonging to DRG, Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit CoBRA were involved in the operation.

"One naxal was gunned down in the encounter and weapons and other materials were recovered from the spot," the IG said.

The DRG's Ramesh Bhandari and Semla Dhanesh sustained minor splinter injuries in an IED blast triggered by naxals and the two were being shifted to hospital, he added

Maoist militia member held

Staff ReporterVISAKHAPATNAM 21 OCTOBER 2020 00:35 IST
UPDATED: 21 OCTOBER 2020 00:35 IST

Police ‘foil attempt to plant landmine’ between Rallagadda and Korukonda

The district police arrested a wanted Maoist militia member and reportedly foiled Maoists’ attempt to plant landmine between Rallagadda and Korukonda area in Balapam panchayat of Chintapalle mandal, in Visakhapatnam district, on Monday night.

The arrested was identified as Koda Krishna Rao of Labadampalli village of Balapam panchayat, who works for Korukonda Militia Committee. According to the district police, following instructions from senior Maoist leaders, Korukonda Militia Committee members have attempted to plant explosives on the route. Upon concrete information, a police team was deployed immediately. The police team noticed militia members and caught Krishna Rao.

Odisha: BSF defuses 7 IEDs planted by Maoists in Malkangiri district

Odisha: BSF defuses 7 IEDs planted by Maoists in Malkangiri district
Updated Oct 20, 2020 | 17:08 IST

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel launched a combing operation in Swabhimaan Anchal along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border on Monday evening.

Odisha: BSF defuses 7 IEDs planted by Maoists in Malkangiri district
Photo Credit: Representative Image

Bhubaneswar: Seven IEDs, suspected to have been planted by cadres of the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit, were defused by security forces in Odisha's Malkangiri district, a BSF statement said on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel launched a combing operation in Swabhimaan Anchal along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border on Monday evening, it said.

The troops detected the improvised explosive devices planted on a road, the statement said.

"It is suspected to be a handiwork of the red rebels to target troops in interior areas of Swabhimaan Anchal," it said.
A bomb disposal squad reached the spot and defused the IEDs early on Tuesday, the statement said.



Though the state administration is rapidly developing the remote Swabhimaan Anchal, the red rebels are always in action to destabilise it and cause damage to security forces and government projects, it said.

The area, which had remained cut-off for many years, was connected with the rest of the state following the inauguration of the Gurupriya Bridge in 2018, it added

Means of funding, training and recruitment.

The National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) 10,000-page chargesheet in the Elgaar Parishad case relies on witness statements to draw up details about the banned CPI (Maoist), including its means of funding, training and recruitment.

According to a witness, members of the organisation collect Rs 350 per bag of tendua leaves – containing 1,000 pouches – as tax. “The amount is collected as tax/levy from adivasi/contractors. Road contractors and adivasi villagers donate some amount yearly to CPI (Maoist). Altogether, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (MMC) zone of CPI (Maoist) gets around Rs 2.5 crore to 3 crore per year. The said funds are used for Maoist activities,” a witness has claimed in a statement that is part of the chargesheet.

Villagers allege fake encounter of Maoist in Bastar, cops deny claim

Rashmi Drolia | TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2020, 14:57 IST

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RAIPUR: People of a village in Bastar’s 


 have alleged that police dragged away a Maoist when he was having lunch at home, shot him in a forest in cold blood and passed it off as an encounter on October 16. The Maoist had left the insurgent outfit two years ago and taken to farming, they claim.

Police rejected the allegation and said Vikesh Hemla was gunned down in an encounter in 


. He carried a bounty of Rs 1 lakh and was involved in several murders, including that of a schoolkid, 

Ramesh Kunjam

, after branding him a police informer, they say.

A villager, Mahendra Kumar Punem, said, “We know Vikesh as Gunda. He was also called Burka in the village and had changed his name after becoming a Maoist. He had quit the Maoists a long time ago. Police could have arrested him. Why did they kill him?”

Locals claim police had come twice looking for him. Once he was not at home and the other time he was farming in his field, they say.

“On the morning of October 16, police arrived when he was having lunch with his family. They tied his hands and took him to a forest, where they shot him dead. There was no encounter,” alleged Punem.

Bastar IG P Sundarraj said the allegations are totally baseless. “It is a typical modus operandi of Naxals to defame and harass security forces. As per the directives of Supreme Court and National Human Rights Commission, all procedures, including magisterial enquiry, will be conducted in this case also,” the IG said.

The October 16 operation was conducted by Basaguda police and CRPF’s 168 battalion on intelligence inputs about the presence of Maoist cadres of Jagargunda Area Committee in Korsaguda-Avutpalli jungle, the IG said.

Around 9.30am, a gunfight broke out after which security forces found Vikesh’s body, along with a gun and explosive materials, Sundarraj said, adding that he was a Maoist jan militia commander.

Police rejected the allegation and said Vikesh Hemla was gunned down in an encounter in Korsaguda. He carried a bounty of Rs 1 lakh and was involved in several murders, including that of a school kid

CPI(Maoist) gets Rs 3cr funding a year: NIA

Rebecca Samervel | TNN | Oct 21, 2020, 06:33 IST

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MUMBAI: The chargesheet filed by 

the National Investigation Agency

 (NIA) against eight accused in the 


 Parishad case mentions details of the funds received by the banned CPI (Maoist), its source of weapons as well as communication network. According to the chargesheet, the Maoist outfit’s Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and 


 zones received an annual funding of Rs 2.5-Rs 3 crore. “The funds are used for Maoist activities,” the chargesheet said.

Elaborating on the alleged sources of funds, a witness told NIA the CPI (Maoist) members collected Rs 350 per bag (1,000 pouches) of tendu leaves as tax from “Advasis and contractors”. They also collected “jungle tax” from road contractors, and Adivasi villagers donated a certain sum annually. Another witness added the organisation also collected a tax from bamboo contractors. “Shopkeepers in town areas provide funds to the CPI (Maoist). Party members collect funds from voluntary villagers once a year,” the witness said.

Elgar Parishad: NIA Claims Arrested Accused Were Attempting to Create a 'Dalit Militia'

The chargesheet makes no mention of the Pune police's earlier claim that the accused were plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
9 hours ago | Sukanya Shantha

Mumbai: In the over 10,000-page chargesheet recently filed in the Elgar Parishad case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stacked together statements by witnesses who have made claims ranging from arms training undertaken by a few arrested accused in the forests of central India to some trying to “reinvent Dalit militancy” in the country.

The chargesheet – first by the NIA but the third in the case – makes serious claims about the accused persons’ direct links with the banned CPI (Maoist) organisation. Not just the accused, the witnesses have also claimed that several students leaders and academics from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University were either “Naxal sympathisers” or “urban party members of CPI (Maoist)”.

The Wire has accessed six witness statements from the chargesheet.

One of the witnesses, who had allegedly worked closely with arrested writer Varavara Rao, has claimed that he was approached by Rao to handle the editorial responsibility of a Maoist journal named ‘Awami Jung’ when they had a staff crunch. Awami Jung, popularly known as Jung, is an internal journal of the party, which until 2012 was run by the Maoist party’s central committee leaders. The witness says since he was already “inspired” by Rao’s writings and Viplava Rachayitala Sangham (VIRASAM) or Revolutionary Writers’ Group, which was founded by Rao in the 1970s, he had accepted the work.

During his work with Jung, the witness says he had also participated in organising an event in which several accused persons like Nagpur-based retired professor Shoma Sen, lawyer and prisoners’ rights activist Arun Ferreira, former Delhi University professor S.A.R. Geelani, Delhi university professor and now convicted in a Maoist case G.N. Saibaba and academic and civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde, along with many others, were present. While Sen, Ferreira and Teltumbde have been arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad case, Geelani passed away in October last year. This meeting was organised by the Revolutionary Democratic Front and after the meeting, the witness says the Andhra Pradesh government had banned the organisation.

According to the witness, in the meeting, Teltumbde had spoken about “reinventing Dalit militancy” as well as “revolutionary resurgence under Maoist leadership” in the country. The statement doesn’t give any context to these claims. Teltumbde’s foreign trips, taken in his role as an academic, have also come under the NIA’s scrutiny with witnesses claiming that “under the pretext of attending and delivering speeches at a conference organised in Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and other countries, he was allegedly involved in collecting Maoist literature and videos from there”.

The witness has claimed that in Gadchiroli district, where the Adivasi community is dependent on forest produce, primarily the selling of tendu leaves, cadres of the CPI (Maoist) group had allegedly indulged in collecting “taxes” from the community members. According to the witness’s claims, Rs 350 was collected from either the community or contractors per 1,000 pouches of tendu leaves. Apparently, Rs 2.5-3 crore were collected each year by the Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh zone of the CPI (Maoist), one witness has allegedly told the NIA. This, another witness has said, was a part of the “jungle tax”, which was fixed at around 7%.

Another witness, who allegedly was a part of the armed movement between 2012 and 2016 and had remained active in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and Abujmad region in Bastar, has claimed that cultural activists of the Kabir Kala Manch has visited Gadchiroli for over 20 days and had undergone “arms training” during this stay. The witness claims:

“In August or September 2012, Ramesh Gaichor, Sagar Gorkhe, and one more person (name withheld since not an accused in the case) from Pune came to Korchi- Kobramendha forest area, Gadchiroli along with DVC member Arun Bhelke (arrested and presently in Jail) … They used to discuss party work in urban areas with Milind Teltumbde, alias Deepak, secretary of the committee of Maharashtra and DVC member Anil Nagapure, alias Vilas, alias Navjot…”

Milind Teltumbde, who is believed to be a top-rung leader of the banned CPI (Maoist) organisation and has allegedly been involved in several underground movements since 1996, has been named as an “absconding accused” in the chargesheet.

Although Milind had joined the movement in 1996, at least two witnesses have claimed that he was “inspired” by his brother Anand Teltumbde and joined the armed movement. Anand has always led a public life, both as an academic and a civil liberties activist.

One witness has claimed that the session included “weapon training, explosive training and awareness programme on various topics in the jungle for members of CPI (Maoist)”. During this alleged forest visit, the witness claims both Gaichor and Gorkhe along with one woman had undergone training in handling 12 bore rifles, pistols, and identification of ammunition, explosives etc. Physical training was also conducted, the witness alleges. Interestingly, similar claims were made by the Maharashtra state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the 2011 case too where Gaichor and Gorkhe are already accused and were arrested in 2013.

Also read: Case Against Hindutva Leaders Ignored, No Justice in Sight for Bhima Koregaon Violence Victims

The witness has also alleged that several persons had joined the arms movement under the influence of Surendra Gadling, a senior human rights lawyer and one of the first persons to be arrested in the Elgar Parishad case. The witness further alleges that another accused, prisoners’ rights activist Rona Wilson, had also visited the forest for over 10 days.

There have been multiple claims made since 2018. The investigation that had initially focused on the violence unleashed on Dalits visiting Bhima Koregaon in the outskirts of Pune was soon made into a larger nexus among the “urban Naxals” trying to topple the government. The Pune police, which had in the past investigated the matter until this January when the NIA took over the case, had also claimed that the arrested accused were trying to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This claim, however, was sidelined eventually and the investigating agency has now made claims about the accused persons’ deep “Maoist links”.

Several persons beyond those arrested or probed in the ongoing investigation have been named by the witnesses in the chargesheet. While some of those named are already facing trial in other cases, a few are leading respectable lives and don’t have any pending cases against them. Some of them are reputed human rights lawyers, cultural activists, and scholars.

A witness who claims to have attended meetings organised by a lawyers collective named ‘Indian Association of People’s Lawyers’, has claimed that Wilson and Hany Babu, a Delhi University associate professor who has been arrested in the case, would allegedly “insist on defending political prisoners”. In the redacted statement, the witness claims that a pattern could be seen “where there was always an insistence on providing legal aid to Naxal cases and painting the political prisoners as persecuted by the government”. The two, according to the witness, were also responsible for “inculcating Maoist sympathies in the students in Delhi and more specifically in Dalit and students coming from other oppressed backgrounds”.

It is important to note that both Wilson and Hany belong to oppressed identities. While Wilson’s work has largely focused on prisoners’ rights, Hany has spent a large part of his life working in the anti-caste movement. His academic writings too focused on the lack of representation of Bahujans, especially the OBCs, in the university spaces.

The Wire has held back the names of those who have not been named as suspects in the case but are mentioned in the witness statements.

Chhattisgarh: Tribals Dig Up Roads in Naxal-affected Areas to Protest New Security Camps

Adivasis in the region have been opposing the increased militarisation and they see more camps as more repression.

Amid raging protests by the tribal population in Chhattisgarh, the Congress government in the state has intensified its bid for more militarisation of the Naxal affected areas. The government has announced this month the creation of eight new security camps in Dantewada, Bijapur, and Sukma districts among other key areas, which are now witnessing an intensification of protests by the Adivasis.

Seven of such camps have already come up in different parts of the state this year, and five more are expected by next year.

While the government states that the camps are meant to protect the Adivasis from frequent Naxal attacks, activists and locals see this as a way of repressing the Adivasi voices.

Currently, as a means of protest, tribals in Dantewada are digging up roads to the depth of five feet in order to stop the movement of the security forces.

Speaking to NewsClick, Adivasi activist Soni Sori said, “People are continuously digging up the roads to send a strong message to the state that they do not want the camps. The police camps are leading to more militarisation of the region, which essentially means a brutal crackdown on tribals.”

She added, “The villagers want schools and hospitals and the continuation of their way of life instead of heavy militarisation.”

Villagers claim the camp will lead to them bearing the brunt of police action and also subject them to atrocities.

The camps are slated to come up on the land demarcated under the fifth schedule of the constitution. Speaking to NewsClick, local activist Kamal Shulka said, “The Adivasi movement was ongoing in the times of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rule as well. The tribals have been protesting for the last 15 years against this militarisation. Locals on the ground feel that under the garb of these security camps, the state administration is attempting to sell off their ‘jal, jangal and zameen’ to corporates. The police camps are not for their security but to label locals as Naxals and trap them in false cases.”

He added, “The current digging up of the roads is a reminder to the Congress of its promises. These protests have been on for the last two months. More importantly, this militarisation is taking place in the areas that come under Schedule 5, and therefore, this approval of the government does not take into account the consent of their gram sabhas.”

The region had witnessed tensions over the security camps last year as well. Back then, the state had unleashed a crackdown on those who had protested; many were injured in lathi-charge, including women and children. The Bastar region has especially remained politically volatile because of the clashes between Maoists and security forces

Intelligence report says Naxals planning to target top political leaders during Bihar Assembly Elections

Manish Shukla | Updated: Oct 20, 2020, 10:46 AM IST
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Zee News has accessed the exclusive report prepared by the intelligence agencies, which suggests that the home-grown rebels are planning to target top political leaders to disturb the entire electioneering in Biha 

With Bihar elections just a few days away, intelligence agencies have warned that Naxals may attempt to disrupt the polls and are planning to target top political leaders in the state.

Zee News has accessed the exclusive report prepared by the intelligence agencies, which suggests that the home-grown rebels are planning to target top political leaders to disturb the entire electioneering in Bihar.

The intelligence report reveals that Naxals are planning to use IEDs or landmines at strategic points to target VVIPs visiting Bihar for campaigning.

Naxals are also planning to launch an ambush on political parties, security forces and other vital installations including the residential areas



The inputs gathered by the intelligence agencies indicate that top leaders of various political parties are under the Naxals’ radars during election campaigns in the state.

In view of the intelligence inputs, the movement of Naxals and activities are being tracked in various districts of Bihar adjoining Jharkhand in order to avoid any untoward incident.

The security agencies have been directed to increase surveillance and monitoring in the Naxal-infested areas of Bihar like Jamaui, Gaya and the Aurangabad districts.

The intelligence report assumes significance since PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other Union Ministers and top political leaders from across all major parties will be addressing several rallies in the poll-bound Bihar in the days to come.

It may be noted that the 243-member Bihar Assembly will go to the polls in three phases -- on October 28, November 3 and 7 -- and the results will be announced on November 10.

The BJP has decided to contest on 121 seats out of the 243 assembly constituencies in Bihar while its NDA ally Janata Dal-United will contest on 122 seats. The JDU will accommodate the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and the BJP will accommodate the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).

The LJP recently decided to go solo and field candidates against the ruling JDU over rising differences between the two Bihar-based parties

Explosives seized from Maoist hideout along Odisha's Koraput-Malkangiri border

Express News Service | Published: 20th October 2020 09:42 AM
The recovered explosives at Koraput-Malkangiri border. (Photo| EPS)

JEYPORE: A joint team of BSF and DVF unearthed a huge cache of explosives stored by Maoists in Machkund forest along Koraput-Malkangiri border on Sunday night. 

Basing on intelligence inputs about presence of around 20 Maoists in Machkund jungle, personnel of district voluntary force (DVF) of Koraput and BSF, Anukadeli launched a coming operation in the area. Noticing the security forces, the rebels fled leaving their belongings. 

On search, the security personnel recovered Maoist materials which included slurry and emulsion explosives, gelatin, camera flash, wire, splinters and Naxal literature from the spot. Koraput SP MK Bhamoo said the explosives were meant to target armed forces

Setback to Maoist bid to make inroads into tribal pockets

Mulugu Superintendent of Police Sangramsingh Ganapatrao Patil addressing media on Monday.Mulugu Superintendent of Police Sangramsingh Ganapatrao Patil addressing media on Monday. | Photo Credit: Arrangement
UPDATED: 19 OCTOBER 2020 22:41 IST

Slain Maoist identified as ‘commander’

In a setback to renewed attempts by Maoists to make inroads into the remote tribal pockets of the State bordering Chhattisgarh, the outlawed organisation's Manuguru Local Organising Squad (LOS) commander Ravva Ramal alias Sudheer, 30, and squad member Lakma were killed in Sunday's "encounter" in Mangapeta forest area of Mulugu district.

Ramal carried a cash reward of ₹4 lakh on his head, police said.

The police on Monday identified the two Maoists killed in Sunday's encounter in the tribal dominated Mulugu district as Ramal and Lakma.


The duo was killed in an "exchange of fire" with a joint squad of special party police and the Greyhounds personnel at Koppugutta hillock near the Musalammagutta Gutti Koya tribal hamlet under Mangapeta police station limits on Sunday afternoon, police added.

The police dealt a blow to the ultras nearly eight days after the Maoist rebels struck terror at Bodhapuram, an interior village in Venkatapuram mandal, by killing a local ruling TRS cadre, Bheemshwara Rao, at his house on October 10.

The Agency areas of the former composite Khammam and Warangal districts saw spurt in Maoist activities in recent weeks.

As many as six Maoist rebels including three commanders - Dudi Devalu alias Shankar, Kovasi Jogaiah alias Chandu and Sodi Jogaiah were killed in separate “encounters” in Bhadradri Kothagudem district since September 3.

Talking to reporters in Mulugu on Monday, Superintendent of Police Sangram Singh Patil said Ramal, a native of Jella village in Venkatapuram mandal, was allegedly involved in as many as six cases of Maoist violence and several other offences.

He carried a bounty of ₹4 lakh on his head.

One SLR, two SBBL guns, two AK-47 magazines, and 16 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, kit bags and notebooks were seized from the encounter site at Koppugutta area on Sunday, the SP said.

He added that an intensive combing operation was underway in the far-flung areas of Mangapeta and its adjoining mandals in Mulugu district

Maoists killed in Mulugu identified

TNN | Oct 20, 2020, 04:55 IST

Hyderabad: A day after two members of Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in encounter, the Mulugu police announced on Monday that they identified the identities of both the deceased.

Police said that 30-year-old Ravva Ramal, a Manuguru area committee member, and dalam member Lakma died in exchange of fire on Sunday. Rava was a resident of Jella village in Venkatapuram mandal of Mulugu district. He was allegedly involved in six cases and was carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on his head, announced by the government. Ravva was wanted by police in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Officials said that they have information that Maoists had changed their strategy by moving in very small groups, if possible in civilian clothes, with an intention to target security forces. Police had said on Sunday that several action teams of Maoists were sent from Chhattisgarh to Telangana-Chhattisgarh border to attack security officials. “The Maoists plan to target police and damage government property. It was with this information that a combing operation was taken up in Eturnagaram and Mangapet,” a police official said.

Combing exercise is still ongoing in Mulugu, Kothagudem and Bhupalapally as police officials suspect the presence of few more Maoists in the areas. Based on the recoveries from the scene of encounter, officials have concluded that there were more than two Maoists present at the time. Officials recovered one SLR, two SBBL and two AK-47 magazines, among other things

Sunday, October 18, 2020

3 women among 5 Maoists killed in Gadchiroli jungle shootout

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Oct 18 (IANS): In a major victory for the security forces, a crack team of commandos gunned down five Maoists, including three women, after coming under attack in the thick forests of Maharashtra's Gadchiroli early on Sunday, officials said.

Around 4 a.m., Maoists opened fire on a police patrol, conducting a search operation in the forests of Kosmi-Kisneli in the Dhanora region.

"The Anti-Naxal (Maoist) Operations C-60 commandos opened retaliatory fire in the direction of the Maoists after which they fled the area," said an official.

Later, the police recovered the bodies of three female and two male Maoists from the bushes and efforts are on to confirm their identity, the cases or rewards against them, etc.

There were no casualties on the security side in the first major encounter for the current year besides being the maiden operation under new Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal.

The ANO and Maharashtra Police have intensified anti-Maoist operations in a big way in the region in recent months.

Two Maoists killed in encounter in Mangapet forest in Mulugu

Combing operation by the police is still going on in the forest area, according to police officials.

By Author  |  Published: 18th Oct 2020  4:17 pmUpdated: 18th Oct 2020  9:27 pm
Two Maoists killed in encounter in Mangapet forest in Mulugu
Mulugu: Two Maoists were killed in an encounter with the police at Musalamma Gutta (hillock) in the forests of Narsimhasagar under Mangapet police station limits in the district on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Sangram Singh G Patil said a special party police team from Mulugu district and a greyhounds team were combing the area following specific information about the movement of Maoists, who were planning to carry out an attack on the police. They came across the Maoists and an exchange of fire with the combing party ensued between the police and Maoists.

After the exchange of fire, police recovered the bodies of two male Maoists, whose identities are yet to be ascertained. “Subsequently, the police have intensified combing operations in SS Tadwai, Pasra and Mangapet forests in the district,” the SP added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the police recovered two SLRs from the encounter spot and it was suspected that the slain Maoists were members of the Manugur squad of the outlawed Maoists led by Sudhir.

It may be recalled that the Maoists had killed a fertiliser shop owner and TRS leader Maduri Bheemeshwar Rao alias Beesu at Alubaka village in neighbouring Venkatapuram mandal in the district on October 10, throwing a challenge at the police. This prompted the police to launch a hunt for the Maoists, and they intensified combing operations in the forest areas of the district.

The police also arrested a militia member Midiam Chinna Lakshmaiah of Tippauram village of Venkatapuram (Nugur) mandal near Alubaka-Kondapuram bridge in Venkatapuram on Saturday. The encounter comes as a major jolt to the Maoists who are trying to regain their hold in Telangana State after a long time.