Saturday, November 07, 2020

ORISSA: DIG takes stock of security on Red turf

Express News Service | Published: 07th November 2020 05:21 AM
DIG Shefeen Ahamed K and SP Rishikesh Khilari interacting with BSF officials at Gorasetu in Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri district on Friday | Express

MALKANGIRI: Koraput-based South Western Range DIG Shefeen Ahamed K accompanied by Malkangiri SP Rishikesh D Khilari  on Friday visited the new BSF camp set up recently at Gorasetu in Swabhiman Anchal and took stock of the security scenario. 

Shefeen held discussions with BSF officials on strategies to be adopted to move further into interior pockets of Swabhiman Anchal and  facilitate fast-paced development works. The DIG said the unfurling of Tricolour in Maoist hotbed of Gorasetu was possible due to the valiant sacrifice made by personnel of Odisha police, BSF and CRPF.

Due to our human face of policing, we have become successful in winning the hearts of villagers in Swabhiman Anchal in the war against Maoists. Better days are approaching for people of the region who will now enjoy the development works of the government and live in peace,” he said. 

Earlier, Maoists were interrupting development projects by unleashing a reign of terror which has almost come to end now. After setting up of multiple camps in Swabhiman Anchal, the security scenario has improved, thereby facilitating the development agencies to move into the region, Shefeen said. 

The DIG further informed that the security personnel will not destroy Maoist memorials at Gorasetu and Jodamba in Swabhiman Anchal as these will remind the future generation about the Naxal violence and its history. Rather, they will be used to remind villagers how police were successful in driving the Maoists out of the region

Maoist killed in encounter near Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh

Balaghat, superintendent of police, Abhishek Tiwari said the woman was identified as a resident of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, Sharda, an active member of Katia-Mocha Vistaar Dalam.

Updated: Nov 07, 2020, 14:42 IST

By Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times Bhopal

Police have recovered ration and other daily use items in large quantities from the encounter site HT Photo
Police have recovered ration and other daily use items in large quantities from the encounter site. (HT Photo)

A Maoist carrying a cash reward of Rs 3 lakh on her head was killed in an encounter in Balaghat district, 431 km north east of Bhopal, late night on Friday, said police.

Balaghat, superintendent of police, Abhishek Tiwari said the woman was identified as a resident of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, Sharda, an active member of Katia-Mocha Vistaar Dalam.

Acting on a tip off, hawk force and police team were carrying out a search operation on Friday late night in Malkhedi forest area near Kanha Tiger Reserve when Maoists, about 25 in number, started firing. The police team also retaliated and fired. After the gun battle, which lasted for more than an hour, the team inspected the area and found the body of a woman Maoist,” said the SP, Balaghat.

Police team also found blood spots in two other places which means some other Maoists also sustained injuries in the encounter,” said the SP.

Police have recovered ration and other daily use items in large quantities from the encounter site.

(With inputs from Monica Pandey from Jabalpur

Maoist encounters aimed at central funds: Kanam Rajendran

TNN | Nov 7, 2020, 07:36 IST
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran

T’PURAM: Portraying Maoists as a threat to Kerala is a ploy by Kerala police to fetch central funds and facilities to combat Maoism, alleged CPI state secretary 

Kanam Rajendran

. Condemning the encounter killing of Maoist Velmurugan in Wayanad on Tuesday, Rajendran said Maoist activities haven’t become a threat to the people of Kerala, yet.

Based on the report by a team of local CPI leaders who visited Meenmutty forest area in Wayanad where the encounter took place, Rajendran said there was no evidence of an encounter at the site.

“The bullet wounds on Velmurugan’s body will attest this. Had Maoists fired at the police, wouldn’t there be injured persons on the police side?” he asked during a news conference. The CPI delegation also noted that bullets were not fired from the 0.303 rifle possessed by the slain Maoist.

On Thursday, CPI state council passed a resolution condemning the killing of Velmurugan and expressed doubt about the activities of thunderbolt teams that patrol forest areas of north Kerala to flush out Maoists.

“CPI doesn’t support the ideology of Maoists. But, we can’t agree with the policy of killing them. We urge the government to review its policy about managing Maoists. It is the requirement of the police to keep Maoism as a threat to the state,” said Kanam. He sought a speedy probe in the incident.

AIYF, the youth wing of CPI, had also demanded a probe into the Maoist encounter killing at Wayanad.

Fired with the intention to kill, says NCHRO

The national confederation of human rights organizations (NCHRO) has alleged that the truth behind the encounter killings in Kerala has not come out yet.

Addressing a news conference in Kozhikode on Friday, NCHRO president Vilayodi Sivankutty and national secretary Rene Ayline said several questions are unanswered in the killing of Maoist leader Velmurugan at Padinjarathara in Wayanad on October 3.

Velmurugan sustained bullet injuries in the firing from close range. Bullet injuries are found on the head, left ear, hands and on the stomach. “It shows that Thunderbolts fired at him with the intention of killing,” the NCHRO leaders said.

Police had adopted the same policy in Nilambur, Manjakkady and Vythiri where there was possibility of capturing the targets live, they said.

NCHRO said Kerala is becoming a state like Gujarat, which was notorious for fake encounter killings when Narendra Modi was the chief minister.

Meanwhile, CPI-ML (Red Star) asked the government to disband Thunderbolts, which has become a killer squad in Kerala. In a statement issued by party state secretary M K Dasan said the government should deal legally if Maoists are engaged in any criminal activities.

He expressed the doubt that encounters are staged when the ruling party is facing crisis and with the intention of getting the central fund for the anti-Maoist operations

Friday, November 06, 2020

CPI condemns Maoist encounter at Wayanad

TNN | Updated: Nov 6, 2020, 10:25 IST
Picture used for representational purpose only

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI state council condemned the killing of 


 Velmurugan by thunderbolt commandos in Wayanad on Tuesday. “The killing of a man in the guise of encounter is not a suitable act in a developed society,” stated a resolution passed by the CPI council.

CPI had taken a similar stand during the previous three encounter killings of Maoists that happened after the LDF government assumed office in 2016. It expressed doubts over the functioning of Thunderbolt division and said activities of the elite force amounted to gross violation of human rights.

“It is a known fact that there is no major threat from Maoists in Kerala. The camping of Thunderbolt commandos in our forest and their serial murders can’t be recognized. It is extreme injustice and gross human rights violation to maintain Thunderbolt division to deal with Maoists while Kerala police have a well-built system to identify and deal with law and order issues,” the resolution noted.

CPI asked the government to order a magisterial probe in the Wayanad incident and submit a report in a time-bound manner. “The practice is that magisterial probes in such encounters aren’t conducted seriously. It is improper that investigation reports of previous probes aren’t published even after months and years,” said the resolution.

Explaining that CPI doesn’t approve the style adopted by Maoists, the resolution said the Naxalite movement in Kerala was rooted out not because of police action. It happened as people detested their ways.

Reacting to the CPI resolution, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the government didn’t think that Maoists must be killed.

“What happened in Wayanad was an encounter between Maoists and Thunderbolt commandos who were on a routine inspection. The commandos fired in self-defence. The deceased Maoist is an accused in a police station attack case in Odisha and another arms training case in Tamil Nadu. A 0.303 rifle was also found near his body,” Vijayan said, adding that surveillance was beefed up in northern districts following an intelligence report

Govt has no stand that Maoists must be killed: Pinarayi Vijayan

Express News Service | Published: 06th November 2020 04:47 AM
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo | Albin Mathew, EPS)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government does not maintain the view that Maoists need to be killed. As per preliminary reports, the encounter killing at Wayanad was not a deliberate action with an intent to kill, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Thursday. 

Responding to questions in this regard, Pinarayi said the Maoists had first fired at the police, triggering a volley of counter fire in self-defence. Following intelligence reports about Maoist presence in northern districts, the police had strengthened patrolling in the area. 

During one such patrolling by Thunderbolts commandos at Meenmutty in Wayanad on Tuesday, they were attacked by a Maoist team who fled after a brief encounter. Later when the police went and inspected the place, an individual in uniform was found dead. He was later identified as 33-year old Velmurugan of Theni, the chief minister said. 

“He had a 0.303 rifle in his possession. It was the Maoists who fired first. Since they had taken adequate precautions, the police team did not suffer any injury or casualty. There were more than five members in the Maoist team that attacked the police,” said Pinarayi

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Police Fired In Self-Defence: Kerala Chief Minister On Maoist Encounter

The state council of the Communist Party of India, a major ally of the ruling Left Front government in Kerala, sought for a magisterial probe into the alleged encounter.

Updated : November 06, 2020 1:06 am IST
Police Fired In Self-Defence: Kerala Chief Minister On Maoist Encounter

Pinarayi Vijayan said the matter related to the encounter would be probed. (File)


Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government never had any intention to kill anyone after the CPI on Thursday condemned the killing of a suspected Maoist in Wayanad district two days ago.

The state council of the Communist Party of India, a major ally of the ruling Left Front government in Kerala, sought for a magisterial probe into the alleged encounter.

Velmurugan, a 33-year-old Tamil Nadu native from Theni district, was killed in the alleged encounter between the Kerala Police and a gang of Left extremists in a shootout deep inside the forests of Wayanad early on Tuesday.

"A civilised society cannot accept the killing of a person in the name of Maoist encounter," the CPI said in a statement. "The party does not accept the activities of the Maoists but cannot also accept that such persons are gunned down."

"The Maoists lack a foothold in the state because it lacks the support of the civil society. The encounters with the Thunderbolt in the forest is highly condemnable," it added.


Mr Vijayan, however, said the matter related to the encounter would be probed as part of the investigation and, as per the preliminary report, the Thunderbolt team -- an elite commando force of state police specialised in combating extremists -- fired in "self-defence".

The chief minister said Velmurugan was already booked under many cases, including one registered in Odisha for allegedly attacking and looting a police station there when he was 17 years old.


"There is another case of weapons training registered in Theni district, Tamil Nadu," he said, adding that there was a non-bailable warrant against Velmurugan and he was missing since being out on bail.

"The Tamil Nadu government had declared a prize money of Rs 2 lakh for capturing him. The state government never had any intention to kill anyone and the preliminary report says the police fired in self-defence. The rest of the matters will be investigated," Mr Vijayan said.


Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala had earlier condemned the killing and sought an independent probe into the matter.

Last year in October, four Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire during a two-day police combing operation in Palakkad district. In March that year, a Maoist leader was shot dead at a resort near Vythiri in Wayanad.


Kuppuswamy Devaraj, 65, and Ajitha, 45, were killed in an alleged encounter with police in Nilambur forests in November 2016

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand

PTI | Published: 04th November 2020 02:50 PM
For representational purposes (File Photo | EPS)

MEDININAGAR: A Maoist leader, wanted in several criminal cases, has been arrested in Jharkhand's Palamu district, a police officer said.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team nabbed Kripal alias Ramesh (38) in Panki police station area on Tuesday, when he was on his way to Abun village to meet his family.

According to the officer, the police had been looking for Kripal for the past four years.

He has been named accused in more than six incidents of Naxal violence, the officer added

Five alleged CPI (Maoist) suppliers arrested in Telangana's Bhadrachalam

Five alleged CPI (Maoist) suppliers arrested in Telangana's Bhadrachalam

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India], November 4 (ANI): Five alleged suppliers of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) were arrested by the police in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana, the police said.
According to the police, the five persons have been identified as Koram Joga, Podium Joga, Badisa Lakshma, Sodi Lakma and Korsa Suresh, all residents of Chhattisgarh.
"On November 2 afternoon, while patrolling the town of Charla along with Charla sub-inspector, Special Party Police and 141 (A) CRPF personnel arrested and interrogated five persons who appeared suspicious from the road leading to Pusuguppa at the Gandhi Statue Centre," Bhadrachalam Assistant Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chandra said on Tuesday.
He said that the five persons have been material suppliers and sympathisers to local Naxals Jagdish and Nagmani, members of the banned CPI (Maoist) Jegurugonda Area Committee for the past four years.
"The five men were apprehended by Charla police at the Gandhi Statue Centre in Charla on their way back from Bhadrachalam town after buying Maoist party uniform cloths on the orders of banned CPI Maoist members. Police seized a 20-meter olive green cloth from them," Chandra said. (ANI)

No takers for Kerala’s surrender policy for Maoists

By Ajay Kanth| Express News Service | Published: 05th November 2020 04:55 AM
(Image used for representation)

KOCHI: Maoist cadre in Kerala are in no mood to take up the surrender-cum-rehabilitation package announced by state government.Though the “Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation policy” for Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) was announced in May 2018, not a single activist has come forward to accept it.

Since the policy was announced, three encounters have taken place in the state resulting in the killing of six Maoist cadres, including a Malayali activist C P Jaleel.

“A majority of active Maoist cadres who operate in the state are from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We do not think they will make use the surrender policy announced by Kerala,” a senior intelligence officer said, adding that the government’s decision to rush with “surrender or assault” plan has complicated things further.

Police had asked Maoists to surrender before a deadline or face the assault operation. Shanto Lal, state convener of Porattam, an activist group, said the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy rolled out by the state was part of a national-level scheme adopted by Union government to bring the Maoists to the main stream of the society.

“The Maoist leadership has already made it clear that the cadres are free to opt for the scheme. But the leaders have also raised questions whether such packages offer what the cadres really stand for,” he said.

In fact a few months after the state announced the surrender package, Nadukani Dalam of CPI (Maoists) had come with a bulletin rejecting the package

Velmurugan’s family disagrees with police version, to move HC

Express News Service | Published: 05th November 2020 04:55 AM
Kannammal, mother of Maoist Velmurugan who was shot down by the police, in tears in front of former Naxal Grow Vasu at Kozhikode Medical College | Manu R Mavelil

KOZHIKODE: Amid high drama, the family of Velmurugan, the Maoist who was killed by the police in an encounter at Banasura Hill on Tuesday, identified his body on Wednesday evening. Velmurugan’s brother -- advocate A Murugan (45) -- and mother Kannammal (62), accompanied by three other lawyers, reached the Government Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode at 3.45pm from Puthukottai, Periyakulam, in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. Disagreeing with the police’s encounter story, they said they would move the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court seeking justice. Murugan told reporters that the family found the police’s behaviour suspicious. “The death happened on Tuesday morning. But we were informed only on Wednesday. My mother and I identified the body,” he said. 

Murugan said his brother’s body was covered with cloth and that the police made them wait for half-an-hour when they sought to see the whole body. “Later, they showed us only some parts of the body while other parts were covered with clothes. It seems that they are hiding something. There are bullet marks on the chest, stomach and hands. We strongly suspect that it was a fake encounter. Otherwise, why should they open fire several times?” asked Murugan.After postmortem, the body was released and the family returned to Tamil Nadu by 9pm. 

Two police stations under Maoist radar
Police said Velmurugan, 32, was the deputy commandant of Banasura Dalam (wing) of the Western Ghat Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist). The new dalam was formed two years ago and Velmurugan was brought in from the Naadukani Dalam to streamline activities at Banasura. Members of the Thunderbolt said there was intelligence inputs that Maoists were looking to attack the Aralam police station in Kannur and a station in Kozhikode rural on the first anniversary of Manjakkandy incident where four Maoists were killed.

Ammunition seized from encounter site
Kalpetta: A day after the Thunderbolt gunned down Maoist Velmurugan at the Banasura hill forest in Wayanad, police said that a large cache of ammunition was seized from the spot as well as from the body of slain Maoist. A 303 or bolt action rifle was also recovered, they said. 

Chennithala demands judicial probe into killing of ‘Maoist’
Kasaragod: Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala demanded a judicial enquiry into the killing of a suspected Maoist at Banasura mountains in Wayanad on Tuesday. Since the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government took charge, eight persons were shot dead by police alleging they were Maoists, he said in Kasaragod on Wednesday. The Tuesday’s shootout is shrouded in suspicion, he said. On Tuesday, Thunderbolt commandos gunned down Velmurugan of Periyakulam who was a member of the proscribed CPI (Maoist), said police. “The chief minister should explain the killings, he said. 

Crime Branch to investigate Banasura Hill ‘encounter’
Kalpetta: Wayanad district police chief G Poonguzhali has said that the Crime Branch would investigate the Maoist-Thunderbolt encounter at Banasura Hill in Padinjarathara in Wayanad district. The district police chief was speaking to the media at the Kalpetta police station on Wednesday evening. Other members in the Maoist group have not been identified yet. Poonguzhali said no one is in custody presently and blood samples have been taken from the place of encounter for investigation. “We don’t know if anyone was injured. The blood samples were collected to confirm this. Also, it is being investigated whether anyone suspiciously arrives at hospitals,” she said while clarifying that there was no shooting on Tuesday morning

Maoist in jail for 6 years gets bail from Orissa High Court after SC nudge

Nachika Linga is likely to be released once the trial court executes the order.

Updated: Nov 04, 2020, 22:03 IST

By Debabrata Mohanty, Hindustan Times Bhubaneswar

A key Maoist leader, who has been in jail for six years, in Odisha was on Wednesday granted bail by the Orissa High Court, a week after the Supreme Court asked it to dispose of his bail petition expeditiously.

The single judge bench of justice AK Mishra, granted bail to 47-year-old Nachika Linga’s lawyer Prashant Jena said the court did not set any conditions for his bail and left it to the trial court in Koraput for the same. Linga is likely to be released once the trial court executes the order.

Linga, who headed the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh, an overground organisation of CPI-Maoists in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of Odisha’s Koraput district, had surrendered before the Odisha police in October 2014 near his village Podapadar. The Maoists, who had joined hands with Linga, had accused him of weakening the tribal agitation by joining hands with the BJD.

A bonded labourer in Narayanpatna, Linga shot to prominence in 2006 when he formed the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh that captured some 50 acres of non-tribal land in the Podapadar gram panchayat of Narayanpatna block of Koraput district. He was swiftly arrested and charged with several cases, including one of being a Maoist.

He was acquitted of all charges in 2008. In 2008, he, along with some CMAS members, formed another outfit called Ghenua Bahini whose members wore red shirts and were armed with traditional tribal weapons like bows and arrows. His group forcibly encroached lands of non-tribals, snatched their valuables and left many of them homeless.

In 2009, he became the most wanted man for the Odisha police when he launched an armed attack on Narayanpatna police station leading to police firing that resulted in death of two tribals and injury to the inspector of the police station.

With the help of Maoists, he had almost become successful in turning Narayanpatna into a Maoist fortress till Odisha police struck back and took control of the area after three years.

Of the 45 cases pending against him, Linga had been acquitted in 44 cases. The trial in the 2009 Narayanpatna police station attack is still going on.

Linga’s lawyer Prashant Jena said he had first moved for bail petition before the Orissa HC in 2018 and then moved the SC in 2019 after his bail petition was rejected.

The apex court in March this year had asked the trial court in Koraput to finish trial in the Narayanpatna case within six weeks or give him bail if the same could not be done in time.

When the trial could not be finished within six weeks, Linga moved the trial court in Koraput seeking bail in April. However, the same was rejected amid Covid-19 lockdown.

The case finally went up to SC which on October 28 ordered Orissa High Court to conduct the bail hearing as it concerned the liberty of a person

Police-Maoist encounter in Kerala's Wayanad, one ultra shot dead

Express News Service | Published: 03rd November 2020 11:59 AM
Kerala's anti-Maoist Thunderbolt commandos (File Photo | EPS)

KALPETTA: The Police and Maoists have come across in Wayanad today early morning resulting in an encounter and death of an extremist. ThunderBolt state chief Chaithra Teresa John told TNIE that the encounter was by a joint team consisting of TB commandos and local police.

Sources said a patrol team of ThunderBolt commandos, the special wing to combat Maoists, came across the ultras at Panthipoyil in the catchment area of Banasura Sagar dam and a shootout took place. Though initially it was said that a Maoist has been shot at,  it was later confirmed that he succumbed to injuries. 

The high range district has been having Maoist presence for many years and it is said to be the Kabali Dalam of the CPI (Maoist) operating in the forest here. Wayanad witnessed the killing of Maoist CP Jaleel last year in an alleged encounter with police at Vythiri. Later, a forensic report has put police in the dock over the police theory of encounter

More Maoist arms dump unearthed

Express News Service | Published: 05th November 2020 09:26 AM
Arms and ammunition recovered from Maoists on display | Express

The recovered arms and ammunition include two SLR rifles, one 303 rifle/modified to 410 musket, IED, three SLR magazine, nine 7.62 SLR rounds, one magazine pouch and ceiling. Besides, Maoist documents were also seized.

In a release on Wednesday, Malkangiri SP Rishikesh D Khilari said the Maoist dumps were recovered during inter-State combing operation comprising District Voluntary Force (DVF), Special Operations Group (SOG) commandos, Border Security Force (BSF) and Grey Hound police of Andhra Pradesh in the last one week. 

Khilari said basing on intelligence inputs, a comprehensive search and area domination operation was launched in Swabhiman Anchal and nearby areas by a multi-party team.

This intelligence-based operation helped in setting up of the Gorasetu BSF company operating base (COB) in the heartland of the erstwhile cut-off region.

The establishment of the BSF COB will further improve the security scenario while restoring peace in the area and pave way for developmental work.

Improvement in security will change the perception of people and bring them to the mainstream, the SP added.  

“We suspect that these arms and ammunition belonged to cadres of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of CPI (Maoist). The Naxals were planning to use these ammunition against innocent civilians and security forces to materialise their subversive, anti-national activities,” Khilari said.
In wake of the recovery of arms and ammunition, further combing and search operations are underway in the area

Monday, November 02, 2020

4 Naxals arrested, arms and ammunition seized in Jharkhand: Police

File photo of a Naxal attack

Four Naxals belonging

to the banned People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) outfit have been arrested in Jharkhand's Simdega district and arms and ammunition seized from their possession, police said on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, police personnel conducted a search operation in Kanarowan forest in Bano police station area on Sunday and arrested the four Naxals, Superintendent of Police Shams Tabrez said.

On seeing the policemen, the Naxals attempted to flee but the personnel chased and nabbed them, the officer said.

A country-made rifle and eight cartridges have been seized, he added.

27 Naxalites surrender in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada

27 Naxalites surrender in Chhattisgarh`s Dantewada
Naxal attack Photograph:( AFP )
Nov 01, 2020, 05.57 PM (IST)

Twenty-seven Naxalites, five of them carrying cash rewards on their heads, surrendered in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, saying they were impressed by the police's rehabilitation drive and disappointed with the Maoist ideology, an official said.

The district police's campaign named 'Lon Varratu' (return to your home/village), launched in June this year for the rehabilitation of Naxalites, is yielding positive results as 177 ultras have so far surrendered under it, he said.

"In the latest case, altogether 27 cadres, including six women, turned themselves in before senior police and CRPF officials at Barsoor police station in the district," Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.

Of them, 11 cadres are natives of Gufa village, seven from Bedma, five from Mangnar, three from Hitawada and one from Handwada, he said without disclosing their identity citing security reasons.

These ultras were active as members of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangthan (DAKMS), Krantikari Mahila Adivasi Sangthan (KAMS)- frontal wings of Maoists, Chetna Natya Mandli (CNM-cultural offshoot of Maoists) and jan- militia groups, Pallava said.

"All of them were allegedly involved in attacks on police teams, triggering IED blasts and putting up Maoist posters and banners.

Five of them carried rewards of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads," he said.

In their statement they said, they were disappointed with the "hollow" Maoist ideology.

They also said that the recent surrender by their colleagues as a part of 'Lon Varratu campaign of local police also encouraged them to quit violence, he said.

Each of them was given immediate assistance of Rs 10,000 and will be provided facilities further as per the government's surrender and rehabilitation policy, Pallava added.

Under the 'Lon Varratu' (term coined in local Gondi dialect) initiative, Dantewada police have put posters and banners in the native villages of at least 1,600 Naxalites, mostly carrying cash rewards on their heads, and appealed them to return to the mainstream

Maoist leader Roopesh can access internet: Court

TNN | Updated: Nov 2, 2020, 12:15 IST


NIA court



 has given sanction to 

Maoist leader Roopesh

 to access internet facilities to get the relevant inputs for fighting the cases against him.

The court ordered that Roopesh “shall be permitted to use Internet facility for a duration of 45 minutes every week to access only the official websites of the Supreme Court and various high courts in India, India Code, Indian Kanoon and any useful search engine for accessing any of the said websites.”

Roopesh is a law graduate and is fighting the cases in the lower courts on his own. He moved the court saying that access to the verdicts of the constitutional courts and 

various statutory provisions

 are indispensable for him in the legal fight.

The Maoist leader said that the Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services (Management) Rule has provisions for foreign citizens who are in prison to have access to the internet.

The prison authority informed the court that there are not enough legal books in the library which are helpful to defend a serious criminal case.

The order said that “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. However, his submission is that the study materials available with him have been exhausted and they are no more helpful to him to defend the ensuing trial in various courts.”

The court also sought the opinion of the systems administrator at the 

Ernakulam district

 court who said that limited access to the internet could be provided after installing necessary firewalls to check its misuse.

The court asked the prison authorities to make arrangements to provide software-based law journals to the jail inmates and until it is done Roopesh is allowed to use the internet in a limited way.

P A Shyna, Roopesh’swife, said the order is a great relief to fight the cases. “We used to collect court orders and relevant materials and send them to Roopesh, who is currently lodged at high security prison in Viyyur in Thrissur,” she said.

Roopesh has 43 cases against him, out of which six have been discharged, she said

Security forces unfurl tricolour at “ideological headquarters” of CPI (Maoist)

Satyasundar BarikBHUBANESWAR 02 NOVEMBER 2020 02:51 IST

BSF, Odisha police set up a Company Operating Base (COB) in erstwhile cut-off area

The Border Security Force and the Odisha police have set up a Company Operating Base (COB) at Gurasethu, dubbed “ideological headquarter” of outlawed CPI (Maoist), in Swabhiman Anchal along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border.

This is considered an important milestone in the fight against the Left wing extremists.

The BSF and the Odisha police personnel unfurled the tricolour in front of the CPI (Maoist)’s “Martyr Pillar” at Gurasethu in Malkangiri district. Experts said security forces managed to reclaim the area from the clutches of the CPI (Maoist).

Gurasethu was once known to be the heartland of the CPI (Maoist). The ultras used to conduct training and other activities without any fear, as the place was not easily accessible to the forces. Security personnel had to trek to reach the place.

In a significant development, the Odisha police and the BSF solidly advanced up to Gurasetu in Swabhiman Anchal and the BSF will now maintain a camp there. This happened to be the ideological headquarters of the Maoists until recently,” tweeted Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy congratulating the security forces.

DGP Abhay said a team of the BSF, the Special Operation Group and the India Reserve Battalion with the DIG of the BSF and the Malkangiri SP reached Gurasethu on Saturday to establish the COB for the BSF. “With this new BSF COB, people of the area will feel more secure,” he said.

This is another milestone for the BSF with personnel unfurling the tricolour in the heart of Swabhimaan Anchal. The joint efforts of the BSF and the Odisha police will bring smile to the people and they will soon taste the fruits of development,” said BSF commandant G. Sukumar Sarangi.

Swabhiman Anchal, erstwhile cut-off area in Odisha, has been the bastion of the CPI (Maoist). After the construction of major irrigation project Machhkund (1960s) and Balimela (1980s), this area inhabited by 20,000 remained detached from Malkangiri till the Gurupriya river bridge was constructed in 2018.

Malkangiri has been one of the worst-affected districts. 332 Maoist incidents were recorded between 2008 and 2020, claiming the lives of 101 civilians and 77 security personnel. The Cut-Off area itself witnessed the killing of 25 civilians and 49 security personnel, including five officers of the BSF.

Due to opposition from the LWEs, the bridge could not be constructed. But, critical infrastructure was created following deployment of the BSF personnel. After construction of the bridge, the forces gradually started moving in and so did the administration.

Security forces first established their presence at Janatapai, which is close to Ruma river. The road further leads to Papermetla. In 2019, forces moved to Hantalguda, a strategic location. Once Hantalguda was occupied, the forces started moving further to Jodambo, which marked the beginning of the project to lay roads in Swabhiman Anchal in the Ghats.

The BSF personnel now advanced seven kilometres further north to Gurasethu, closer to the Andhra Pradesh border. Viskhapatnam district is on the other side.

There are five COBs in Swabhiman Anchal — Badapadar, Janatapai, Hantalguda, Jodambo and Gurasethu. The last destination in Swabhiman Anchal is Jantri, which is about 40 km from Gurasethu

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Two Naxals arrested in Telangana, gun, detonators seized

Two Naxals arrested in Telangana, gun, detonators seized

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India], November 1 (ANI): Two Naxals were arrested during combing operations at Bhadradri Kothagudem district in Telangana.
Sunil Dutt, Superintendent of Police, Bhadradri Kothagudem District stated, "On receipt of reliable information about the movements of armed underground Naxals in the forest area of Thirlapuram of Pinapaka Mandal under the limits of Edulla Bayyaram police station on October 31, police conducted combing operations."

After combing operations, the Naxals were arrested. They are identified as Madavi Mangalu alias Jilalu (35) and Madakam Desi (20)

Police seized a Barmar gun, three pen drives, one card reader, four connectors, 14 Gelatin sticks, 3 detonators, 1 tiffin box, 75 metres wire, three 1.5 V batteries and one mobile phone and Naxal literature books from their possession.

Mangalu has 60 criminal cases of murder, blasting of land mines, kidnapping, bank robberies and assault cases, etc registered against him in various police stations. 17 cases are registered against Madakam Desi in the various police stations. Both of them are involved in extremist offences in Bijapur, Sukma and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh state. (ANI)