Hyderabad, Oct 31 (PTI) The Telangana government has banned CPI (Maoist) and its front organisations for another year. The ban on the Maoists has been extended for a further period of one year beyond August 17, 2020, and its front organisations, including Revolutionary Democratic Front, from August 9 of this year, an official press release said on Saturday. Meanwhile, police in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district bordering Chattisgarh, caught a 35-year-old Maoist, who is a commander of a guerilla squad, and a 20-year-old woman Maoist in Tirlapuram forest during a combing operation, a police press release said. The commander has about 60 cases, including 16 murder cases, 19 attempt to murder cases, five kidnap cases, registered against him at different police stations, it said. He has been underground and working in the CPI (Maoist) for the last 15 years. The woman ultra too has been underground for the last three years and faces 17 cases, the release said. Both are natives of Chattisgarh. A gun, a mobile phone, three pen drives, 14 gelatine sticks, three detonators and others were seized from the two arrested, it said. PTI
Saturday, October 31, 2020
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Phulbani: An exchange of fire between Odisha Police and Maoists took place in the wee hours of Saturday at Landbali forest near Chadeipali village in Kandhamal- Ganjam border area in Odisha.
However, there were no casualities from either side, Police sources said.
A police party were combing in the area following information that some Maoists were moving in the forest area.
On seeing the police in the forest, the Maoists opened fire. Police retaliaited. Later, the red rebel moved towards the dense forest in Ganjam district.
Police have recovered a 303 rifle, live cartridge, detonators, huge quantities of explosive materials, medicines and camping related stuff from the spot.
The security personnel have intensified combing operation in Kandhamal- Ganjam border area in the State
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Kerala Court allows alleged Maoist facing trial limited internet access for legal research [Read Order]
Roopesh, who is alleged to have Maoist links, had approached the Additional Sessions Judge for permission to access the internet for legal research in order to prepare for his defence.
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An Additional Sessions Judge has allowed an undertrial man accused of links to Maoists groups limited access to the internet to conduct legal research. (Roopesh v. State of Kerala)
The petitioner, Roopesh, had approached the court seeking permission to access the internet for legal research to prepare for his defence in the cases he faces.
Roopesh, appearing party in person, argued that access to the internet was a fundamental right and that the Kerala Prison Rules permitted foreign citizens lodged in Kerala’s prisons to access the Internet for legal aid. Therefore, it was discriminatory to deny him a similar right, he argued.
While the Additional Sessions Judge P Krishna Kumar found some merit in these submissions, he observed that the risks of allowing internet access to a prisoner could not be ignored.
"When it is declared by the constitutional courts that right to legal aid and right to use Internet are fundamental rights, the petitioner has every justification in asking permission to use the same for accessing legal materials to properly defend his case, in the absence of any prohibition in the prison laws. But the exercise of that right depends upon the availability of that facility in the prison and the capability of the prison authorities to provide it to the petitioner or any other person who demands it, without compromising the risk elements involved. Such a facility can be provided to a person only if there is enough mechanism to regulate its use in a reasonable manner and also to prevent the misuse of the same.", the judge stated.
In asserting that he has a right to access the internet, Roopesh relied on the following judgments:
Faheema Sherin v. State of Kerala - a Kerala High Court ruling that declared access to the internet a fundamental right),
L Prakash v. Superintendent, Puzhal Central Prison - a Madras High Court order that allowed a prisoner to use the internet for legal education, and
T Nagireddi vs. State of Andhra Pradesh - an Andhra Pradesh High Court ruling from 1971 that allowed a jailed Naxalite to use a typewriter in prison to communicate with the court. This decision also sought more facilities for undertrials given the fact that the law presumes undertrials as innocent till proved guilty.
Roopesh additionally submitted that the Viyyur Central Jail, where he is housed, has both a television and an FM radio that uses the internet. These were operated by the prisoners themselves, he pointed out to the Judge.
Acknowledging his submissions, the Court stated that his prayers cannot be fully be given effect to considering the risks. Therefore, the Court directed the petitioner to make a request to either the State Legal Services Authority or the Police Superintendent to make available their legal resources to him.
In the meanwhile, the prison authorities have been directed to allow Roopesh weekly internet access for 45-minutes to avail online legal resources such as those on the official websites of the Supreme Court and High Courts and sites such as Indian Kanoon, India Code, etc. for research.
The Court has also enjoined the prison authorities to monitor his screen activity and install a hardware firewall to prevent the internet from being used for illegal activity.
In the course of its order, the Court was also appreciative of Roopesh’s legal prowess, citing its experiences with his defence in the cases filed against him. The Judge remarked:
"This court had the opportunity to see the legal acumen of the petitioner on a number of occasions. He always comes prepared to address the court with suitable precedents and legal provisions. He is a law graduate."
Roopesh has been accused of being a Maoist leader and has been in judicial custody since 2015. He has nearly 40 criminal charges laid against him.
Last year, the Kerala High Court quashed sedition against him while only last month two cases against him under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act were closed.
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Chhattisgarh News: In the Naxal-affected Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier shot himself with his official rifle. police gave this information. Police officials of Sukma district said on Saturday that Kamal Kant Rohidas (27), a 223rd battalion of CRPF, shot himself with his official INSAS rifle in Dornapal police station area of the district. Also Read – Video: Thousands of people gathered to pay their last farewell to the martyred UP CRPF jawan in the village
Police officials said that when the CRPF personnel were in their barracks last night, they heard the sound of firing. When the soldiers reached Rohidas’s room, they saw him seriously injured there. The soldiers immediately rushed Rohidas to the hospital where the doctors declared him dead. He told that Rohidas was a resident of Jharsuguda district of Odisha. His family has been informed about the incident. Also Read – J&K: CRPF jawan and innocent killer terrorist Zahid Das killed in Srinagar
Police officials said that the police has not recovered any letter from the spot. He, however, told that till now the investigation has revealed that he was worried about a love affair with a young woman. He said that the police has registered a case and the matter is being investigated. CRPF has been deployed in anti-Naxal operations in Naxal-affected Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Also Read – Security forces killed 2 terrorists, killed CRPF jawan and child three days ago
CRPF jawan shot dead in Naxal-affected Sukma, Chhattisgarh
Friday, October 30, 2020
Female Naxal killed in Sukma dist of Chhattisgarh
Sukma (Chhattisgarh) [India], October 29 (ANI): One female Naxal was killed in a joint operation of Chhattisgarh police and security forces in Sukma district, and a rifle, huge quantities of explosive materials, and camping materials were recovered, police said on Thursday.
As per P Sundarraj, Inspector General (IG) of Bastar, a joint operation was launched by District Reserve Guard (DRG) and CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), Special Task Force (STF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) teams of Sukma district in Duled region on October 28.
"One female Maoist dead body recovered after an encounter between Duled and Minpa jungles. During search operation of the area, one .303 rifle, huge quantities of explosive materials, camping material recovered from the spot," Sundarraj said in a statement. (ANI)
A woman Naxalite carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head was arrested on Friday by the Border Security Force (BSF) and Chhattisgarh Police in Kanker district. Acting on a specific input, Dashri Korsa alias Samita was held from her native village Gattakal in the Koyalibeda police station limits when she went there to visit her family, Kanker Superintendent of Police M.R. Ahire said. She joined the outlawed outfit in 2007, served in various capacities in the north Bastar division of the Maoists and was presently active as a member of the Kiskodo Area Committee. The woman Naxalite had allegedly been involved in attacks on police teams, torching vehicles and machines in mining areas and torturing villagers
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Lohardaga: In Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district, three policemen were injured in an ID blast carried out by Naxalites on Friday. For better treatment, the injured policemen were brought to Ranchi by helicopter and admitted to a private medical hospital, where their condition remains stable.
Senior police officers have reached the spot to take stock of the situation. Two of the injured police personnel have been identified as Jawan Upendra Singh and SAP Jawan Arvind Pandey. After the incident, additional police personnel and CRPF personnel have been deployed at the scene.
Maoists were sitting ambush
Jitendra Kumar Singh, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Lohardaga said that on the basis of an intelligence report, when the security forces reached the royal ghat area of Serengdag to search, the hidden Maoists ambushed and opened fire on the security forces. Two soldiers were seriously injured but after retaliation by the security forces, the Naxalites fled into the forest.
The Maoists first exploded the IID and then opened fire on the police, injuring the jawans. Additional contingents of the local police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been dispatched to the incident site and the search operation is on. These Maoists were led by their commander Ravindra Ganjhu, who the police has been looking for for a long time
Thursday, October 29, 2020
A Rifle and A Bag is an unusual film made in unusual conditions. The documentary explores the lives of two surrendered Naxalites who are navigating a world that they had sworn to transform. Somi and her husband Sukhram have given up arms to live in a village in central India and raise their two sons. But the non-revolutionary path sometimes makes them wonder if they made the right decision.
The film has been directed by three women, one of whom is Indian. Arya Rothe, Cristina Hanes and Isabella Rinaldi are products of the Doc Nomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Documentary Filmmaking programme, which is conducted in universities in Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. Rothe is from India, Hanes is Romanian and Rinaldi is Italian.
The women formed the NoCut Film Collective in 2016 “to work together and produce independent author-driven documentaries even if we would be geographically separated”, they told Scroll.in in a joint email.
A Rifle and a Bag provides an impressionistic and sensitive portrait of Somi and Sukhram’s attempts to earn a living, secure their elder son’s education and procure the right caste/tribal certificate that will ease their children’s futures. The 89-minute documentary is being premiered in India in the online edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (October 29-November 4).
In this interview, Hanes, Rinaldi and Rothe told Scroll.in about the challenges of three people making a documentary together and in trying conditions.
What inspired the film, and how did you pick Somi and Sukhram to be its central characters?
During our research in 2016 and 2017, we went to rural areas deep in the jungles of central India. We were not in a red zone of the Naxalite “corridor” but at the border of it. We learnt about the existence of the surrendered Naxalite settlements while we were in this region. We were able to gain access because of the first tribal doctor of the region, who also appears in the film, Doctor Kanna Madavi.
He helped us navigate the safety concerns. Because he is highly regarded in this community of displaced indigenous people, his introduction made it easier for us to be seen as trustworthy and be given a chance.
We met and spoke to several surrendered Naxalites from that particular settlement, but it was only after we met Somi that we felt there was a story to tell. It was not only her background that struck us, but also Somi’s strength and straightforwardness. Somi and Sukhram met and fell in love inside the commando unit from which they surrendered together. Their story as a couple and their solid relationship were also very gripping for us.
Once we returned, we understood she was struggling to enroll her son Dadu in a school and she was facing many obstacles because of her past and her social status. This was to us the starting point in telling her and her family’s story.
What was the filming process like, especially since there wasn’t any way of knowing how the narrative would shape up?
The first time we met Somi, we didn’t film her. We were leaving the next day and we knew we had to come back and meet her again. After eight months, once we gathered the first funds, we went to meet her again and very honestly asked her if she wanted to make a film with us. We explained to her briefly our initial idea and we were upfront regarding the fact that we also didn’t know what the outcome would be. We told her we wanted to try it nevertheless and asked her if she wanted to try it with us. She accepted.
Isabella and Cristina spent seven months in India over a period of three years and we shot for 50 “official” days between 2017 and 2019. But we spent around five months with our characters in order to get to know each other and build the mutual trust that allowed for this film to exist.
How did the documentary come together between the three of you?
The three of us were involved in all the aspects of filmmaking, from research to post-production. We were also the core team on location, physically involved in the entire process. Considering the total dedication and creative contributions to the project from each of us, it was natural to sign the film as co-directors and co-producers.
This collaborative framework worked for us in this specific project. Other situations might require another setup. We believe we should be as fluid as possible towards the requirements of each project rather than sticking to existing hierarchical configurations.
The documentary has many long and unhurried takes. Several sequences have a frontal shooting style, with the characters in front of the camera.
We used a small camera, which was placed most of the time in front of the characters on a tripod. It’s very possible that our approach of not moving the camera too much in the middle of a situation or a scene also contributed to making the characters feel easily comfortable with our and the camera’s presence in their daily life. The camera didn’t seem to hinder Somi and Sukhram, as they grasped our intentions from the beginning. So they were at ease with being filmed from the very early days.
Several intimate conversations are captured on camera. Did the characters need prompting to talk about certain issues, such as how they joined the Naxalite movement? Or did you roll and pick the scenes that fitted the narrative later?
Some of the scenes were indeed made in collaboration with the characters. The scenes that were triggered by us were always drawn from things we were told or we witnessed, that we would later on discuss with Somi and Sukhram in order to decide together the right moment to film them. Other scenes were shot completely spontaneous and “observational”, so in the film you can find a mix of these two approaches.
You have also dispensed with an explanatory voiceover or intertitles, which is common in documentaries made on a specific subject but aimed as a global viewership.
We started our collective also because we want to direct independent films. Very often, these stylistic or narrative choices are imposed by producers, commissioning editors, broadcasters or fund givers. When they are not imposed, they might stem from underestimating the audience.
We trusted the strength of our footage to speak for itself and allowed the audience to fill in some gaps – to be actively involved in constructing the backstory of the characters. We don’t think films should spoon-feed the audience using these explanatory storytelling devices, but rather create an active exchange that can grant them the space for thought and emotional interpretation.
How did an Italian and a Romanian adjust to shooting in villages and small towns? Did you face any challenges from the police and military?
It was certainly a unique experience. It was a challenging and rewarding process of understanding a new culture, translating it, and interacting with it. We were facilitated by the professional collaboration and friendship with Arya [Rothe] first and Somi after. It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We were very carefully evaluating when and where we could film. We have also been guided in this by Dr Kanna Madavi, to be sure that our action wouldn’t endanger us and most importantly our characters. So our general experience in this sense was positive and we actually found most of the police and governmental officers to be receptive and open.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
UPDATED: 29 OCTOBER 2020 08:11 IST
The outlawed outfit starts pumping in the armed cadre of PLGA from Chhattisgarh
Since May 2016, the CPI (Maoist) has been facing a series of setbacks in the Visakha Agency and it appears that the banned outfit is losing its grip slowly. To consolidate its presence, the organisation, it is learnt, is restructuring its set-up and strengthening the cadre base by infusing armed cadres from their PLGA wing in Chhattisgarh.
Recently, according to sources, movement of about 20 PLGA cadres from Chhattisgarh were noticed in the Galikonda region. The PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerilla Army) is the armed fighting machine of the CPI (Maoist) and is directly under the control of Nambala Keshava Rao, general secretary of the party. Setbacks to the outfit in AOB, particularly in the Galikonda region, began with the killing of Gopal alias Azad, DCM (Divisional Committee Member of Galikonda area committee), in an alleged exchange of fire with the security forces in May 2016 in Marripakala of Koyyuru mandal. This was followed by the Ramaguda or Ramgarh exchange of fire in which 30 Maoists, including senior leaders such as Bakkuri Venkata Ramana, were killed in October 2016.
In February 2017, Gemmeli Narayan Rao alias Jambri, who was then heading the Galikonda area committee, was killed. This was followed by the surrender of Boda Anjayya alias Bhaskar alias Naveen in 2019. Naveen had succeeded Jambri. Later, over 14 cadres and militia members had surrendered from Galikonda area. Recently, Gemmeli Kamesh alias Hari, the present ACM of GAC and another senior militia member Krishna from Korukonda area were arrested and this created a void.
As part of the restructuring process, the Galikonda and Gurtedu areas have been merged under one area committee and the responsibility has been given to Kakuri Pandanna alias Jagan, to revive the movement. To strengthen the cadre base, as local recruits have dried down, armed cadres from Chhattisgarh have been pumped in. Similarly, it is learnt that Korukonda and Pedabayalu have been merged and Sudheer has been told to head it. Nandapur and Kalimela area committees have been made defunct and the cadres have been diverted towards Pedabayalu to strengthen the AOB region.
Sources in the intelligence wing say that leader Ranadev, who was heading Kalimela dalam, has been moved to Boipariguda area, north of Sileru. This is a strategic logistic location, as it connects Odisha with Andhra border, according to Inspector-General of Police Ch. Srikanth. Senior leader Krishna has been told to head the cut-off region and the entire East Division is now being headed by Aruna. Aruna, who was earlier heading the Nandpur dalam, gained prominence after successfully leading the assault and killing of Araku MLA K. Sarveswara Rao and former MLA S. Soma in September 2018
RAIPUR: Hundreds of tribal villagers in the Maoist-hit Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday protested the setting up of new security camps.
Around 18 gram panchayats expressed their strong “disapproval” on establishing security base camps by digging up the roads and disrupting the routes.
As many as 15 new security camps have been proposed during the ongoing financial year by the government in the strife-torn districts of Sukma, Dantewada, Narayanpur, and Bijapur.
The villagers were also demonstrating against the camps that newly came into existence at Potali, Aranpur, and other areas.
The Bastar Police, while citing these camps as strategically located and close to the tribal hamlets, stated that the protests were carried out at the behest of the rebels.
“Earlier the camps were set up in remote forested terrain but now we are having it near the residential areas. So, these camps will be quite beneficial for the local population not just for their security but also facilitate development locally. Whatever protests recently seen were owing to the pressure mounted on villagers by Maoists. We have inputs on most of the people participating in the demonstration were outsiders”, said Abhishek Pallava, Dantewada district police chief.
However, the scale of protests surprised the local scribes who said that never before they witnessed such an outrageous act by the tribals.
“If the Maoists are restricted to small pockets as claimed by the police, then such protests equally reflect the rising influence of the rebels over the local populace”, they said.
The Bastar Police countered that most of the villagers remain satisfied and contended with the new security camps as the forces had succeeded in winning their confidence.
“Our three-pronged strategy of ‘Vishwas-Vikas-Suraksha’ is yielding good results with over 40% decline in Maoist violence this year compared to the previous year. The people are realising anti-tribal and anti-developmental attitude of Maoists”, asserted Sunderraj P, Inspector General of Police (Bastar Zone)
MALKANGIRI: A day after the exchange of fire with Maoists, security forces have unearthed yet another cache of ammunition and explosives from Bhimaram reserve forest within Papermetla police limits in Swabhiman Anchal along Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border.
Malkangiri SP Rishikesh D Khilari on Wednesday said, based on an intelligence input, an anti-Naxal operation was launched by security forces near Gunamamudi village near Bhimaram forest.
When the operational parties were combing the jungle area, the Maoists resorted to unprovoked firing. The forces retaliated forcing the Maoists to flee.
During search, the security forces recovered an improvised explosive device (IED), 11 7.62 mm SLR live rounds, four 7.62 mm AK rounds, one 5.56 mm INSAS rounds, SLR magazine, 32 detonators, a flash camera, radio, 11 kit bags, three Maoist uniforms, literature, medicines and other daily use items from the spot.
It is suspected that these articles, belonging to Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), were intended to be used against innocent civilians and security forces. Combing operations are continuing in the area, the SP added.
Earlier on Monday, security forces had seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Mukudipalli, Gurasetu, Beijing, Jampluru and Parlubandha villages within Jodambo police limits in Swabhiman Anchal
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
By AuthorTelanganaToday | Published: 27th Oct 2020 6:25 pm
In a statement here on Tuesday, he said combing operations in the forests and villages on Telangana-Chhattisgarh have been intensified while police surveillance had been increased in Cherla, Dummugudem and Bhadrachalam mandals in the district.
Serious action would be taken against those who were found helping the naxals. No one should go into the forests or into Chhattisgarh to help the Maoists. Traders and doctors should not risk their lives by helping the naxals, Dutt warned.
The Maoists have killed 25 adivasis in Chhattisgarh in the past two months and two persons in the past 15 days in Kothagudem district, branding them as police informers. It was the practice of naxals to eliminate those who supported them, he added
Soumitra Bose | TNN | Oct 28, 2020, 04:12 IST
Even as thedrone
mystery has kept the cops on tenterhooks, it’s learnt the state government is contemplating investing in anti-drone technologies to counter the threat they pose. Gadchiroli police may propose to procure such anti-drone mechanisms for the Maoist-affected district.Security forces
here have been reeling under uncertainty over the flying objects for more than a month now.
The flying drones, first spotted at Gatta in mid-September, have so far remained untraced. SP Ankit Goyal only chose to say ‘the investigation was underway’.
It’s learnt the latest theory police are working on is whether the drones were flown to keep security forces engaged with the flying object threat while senior Maoistcadres
safely passed through nearby forested stretches.
Highly placed source said the Maoists have become cautious about the security of their senior leadership since the central government started targeting and eliminating them if they did not surrender. “Unlike in the past, when senior leaders were provided just a handful of bodyguards, they are now escorted by scouts and team of guards with more manpower,” said a source.
The drones, after being sighted at Gatta, were spotted at several other places as they flew over villages and also tried to come near police posts, leading to firing. The drones were spotted last at Venkatapur in south Gadchiroli a few days ago.
Till date, there was a lot of speculations regarding the drones but no concrete findings have surfaced. “It’s likely the drones were being controlled from the adjoining hillocks of remote hamlets. Prima facie, the drones spotted so far do not seem to be of high quality,” said a senior officer
TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2020, 15:02 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 inTelangana
, 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
By AuthorTelanganaToday | Published: 27th Oct 2020 8:01 pm
In a statement here on Tuesday he said the deceased, identified as Nayakulapu Eshwar of Labour Colony in Warangal city, was appointed as police informer by Special Investigation Branch (SIB) officials and offered him a Home Guard job in the police department.
Acting on the directions of the SIB officials, Eshwar got close to the party and in the guise of supplying commodities, he covertly passed on information to the police to attack Maoists ranks. But many times, the naxals escaped from such attacks.
Under the pretext of handing over commodities, Eshwar led the Maoists cadres Srinu and Eithu into a trap on September 4 and helped police capture them. Later, the two were killed in an encounter on September 7 at Pusuguppa, Azad said, adding that was why he was punished in people’s court.
The police and government have to take the responsibility for his killing and whoever resorts to such acts would be punished, he stated, adding that police were threatening villagers and traders who were supporting the naxals.
It may be noted that Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt, in a statement on Sunday, denied reports that Eshwar was a Home Guard, and asserted that he worked as a courier for Maoist leaders Haribhushan and Damodar
“He came in contact with us to help in providing logistics. Constantly he has been sharing the information about CPI Maoist to police. On September 7, two Maoists - Srinu and Ithula- were called by Eshwar to receive some logistics but Eshwar came their along with police, who killed both the Maoists. So, Eshwar was given the death sentence,’’ the letter said.
Monday, October 26, 2020
By AuthorTelanganaToday | Published: 26th Oct 2020 5:51 pm
Kothagudem: Maoists killed their own courier branding him as a police informer in Cherla mandal in Kothagudem district on Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Nayakulapu Eshwar of Mallampalli village of Mulugu district. Initially, Eshwar was assumed to be a Home Guard but the police later clarified that he was a naxal courier.
Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt, in a statement, said police have found a body in the forests between Chennapuram and Gorukonda villages in the mandal. During investigation, the deceased was identified as Eshwar who worked as courier for the CPI (Maoist) Party’s top leaders Haribhushan and Damodar.
The Maoists subjected him to torture before killing him and branded him as a police informer to create confusion among public. A case under IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 302 read with 149, 120 (B), 25 (1-B) IA Act and Sections 10, 13 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was registered at Cherla police station, the SP added.
32 naxals surrender to police in Dantewada
In a naxal-related development in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, as many as 32 Maoists surrendered before Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallav on Sunday. The surrendered naxals were activists of different wings of Janatana Sarkar, Chetna Natya Mandali, Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangh.
Four surrendered naxals carried cash rewards of Rs 1 lakh on their heads and their identity was not revealed due to security reasons. Lon Varratu’ (return to your village) campaign launched by the police encouraging underground naxals to give up arms was yielding good results, Pallav said
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Sunday, October 25, 2020
TNN | Oct 25, 2020, 14:00 IST
RAIPUR: Security forces on Friday raided a Maoist dump of explosives in forests of insurgency- hit Dantewada district inChhattisgarh
. Police said that Maoists were planning an attack and were hiding the explosives at the dump. Bomb pipes, tiffin bombs, electric wires were seized.
As per the inputs received from sources in villages, a team of Dantewada police and security personnel went to the hills of Duwalikarka region in Kuakonda and after hours of search, a dump of explosives and indigenous weapons was recovered.
Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said in a statement that indications were clear that Maoists were planning attack on security forces and were in the process of collecting fatal stuff. They had hidden the explosives in a pit on the hills.
Though there was no sign of presence of Maoists in the vicinity, villagers were aware about the dump and were under pressure for its safety.
The explosives recovered includes two tiffin bombs, five kilograms IED, four pipe bombs, 50m electric wire, box of syringes, Maoist literature, flash light etc.
It appears that member of Chetna Natya Mandli (CNM) of the banned outfit might be holder of the dump as a pair of anklet, drum were also recovered from the spot.
Bastar police are steadily intensifying the counter-insurgency operation, since the Maoists had killed many villagers and jawans in past two-three months mainly in Bijapur district. Chhattisgarh police is also strategizing to execute massive anti-Maoist operations jointly with neighbouring states so that Maoists get no hideout time or place during the encounter
Thirty-two Maoists, including four carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh each on their head, surrendered before the Chhattisgarh Police in Dantewada district, police said on Sunday.
As per a press release issued by the district police, 19 surrendered Maoists are natives of Bakeli village, four from Korkotti and three each from Udenar, Tumarigunda and Matasi villages which come under Barsoor police station of Dantewada district.
Police further claimed that the Maoists surrendered under ‘Lon Varratu’ drive under which banners were put up in their villages, appealing them to surrender.
The surrendered cadres were involved in the attack on security forces and other Maoists violence in the district, police added.
“Four of them carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh each on their them and were absconding,” the press release stated.
Dantewada police provided them with Rs 10,000 as immediate assistance. Other facilities under Chhattisgarh Surrender and Rehabilitation policy will follow.
As per records, at least 150 purported Maoists have laid down their arms and surrendered under the ongoing ‘Lon Varratu’ campaign in the past four months across around 50 villages of the Left-wing Extremism (LWE)-hit Dantewada district.
However, the tribal rights activists raised questions on this campaign and claimed that an innocent tribal is trapped between Chhattisgarh Police, other paramilitary security forces and the Maoists. Under the programme, the activists alleged, the police are forcing innocent tribals to turn themselves in.
‘Lon Varratu’ in the tribal Gond dialect means homecoming. The police have earmarked about 50 hypersensitive Maoist-dominated villages where pamphlets have been put up with an appeal for them to surrender.
Soon after the arrest of the first set of members of the CPI (Maoist) by Maharashtra Police in June, based on information gathered through several leaked letters, the core members...
Updated: Oct 25, 2020, 23:48 IST
By Charul Shah,
Soon after the arrest of the first set of members of the CPI (Maoist) by Maharashtra Police in June, based on information gathered through several leaked letters, the core members decided to probe if moles had infiltrated the group.
The charge sheet filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) includes a letter written on July 4, 2018, by ‘Chandrashekhar’ to ‘Comrade VV’ discussing strategies and steps to be taken after the first arrests made in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.
On June 6, police had arrested five accused – Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activists Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson.
“However, the point of great concern is how exactly was it leaked? By whose intelligence? We need to put efforts to understand the full scale of this breach, including methods used by intelligence agencies. We also need to critically review our MO structures to periodically screen out any moles that may have infiltrated our ranks,” read the letter, which also mentioned steps which need to be taken for reviewing the internal structure as well as communication channels and for further damage control