Friday, December 04, 2020

Maoist commander killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district

Police also seized a rifle and explosives from the site of encounter in a forest.

Updated: Dec 04, 2020, 17:50 IST

By Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times Raipur

A joint team of district reserve guard DRG and Central Reserve Police Force CRPF  engaged a group of Maoists in a gunfight in  a forest in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district
A joint team of district reserve guard (DRG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) engaged a group of Maoists in a gunfight in a forest in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. (Representational image/HT PHOTO)

A ‘platoon commander’ of Communist Party of India (Maoist ) was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district in Bastar region on Friday, police said.

Police also seized a rifle and explosives from the site of encounter. In the last one week, two Maoist commanders have been killed by security forces in Bijapur district.

Inspector General of Police, Bastar range, Sunderaj P said that the encounter took place in the afternoon at around 1 pm, when a team of district reserve guard (DRG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were out for an anti-Maoist operation.

“We had information about a Maoist gathering hence a team was sent for operation. The encounter started when the team reached the jungles near Hakwa village. After the firing stopped, the body of a platoon commander of Gangaloor area committee of CPI (Maoist) was recovered. The other Maoists managed to escape in the jungle,” said the IG.

Sunderaj also said that the deceased commander was allegedly involved in the recent civilian killings in Gangaloor, Mirtur and Bhairamgarh areas of the district.

On November 26, security forces gunned down a Maoist commander Santosh Podiam, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, and was allegedly involved in killing of policemen in Bijapur district.

Podiam was allegedly involved in the abduction and murder of assistant sub-inspector, Nagaiyya Korsa, in August and in the killing of Forest Ranger Rathram Patel in September in Kutru and Jangla police station areas

Maoist Threat: Police scale up combing ops in Bhupalpally, Mulugu districts

Intensifies vehicle checking at Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh borders following calls from ultras to celebrate PLGA’s 21st anniversary

By Author  |  Published: 4th Dec 2020  12:14 amUpdated: 3rd Dec 2020  11:21 pm
Maoist Threat: Police scale up combing ops in Bhupalpally, Mulugu districts

Jayashankar Bhupalpally/Mulugu: The police have intensified combing operations in forests and are conducting vehicle checks in Bhupalpally and Mulugu districts to thwart the attempts of the outlawed Maoists to regain their lost ground in these two districts. They are mainly focusing on vehicles coming from neighbouring Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Police teams along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been conducting vehicle checks for the last three months.

“We have also scaled up combing operations in both the districts with the Maoist’s calling to make the week-long celebration of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army’s (PLGA) 21st anniversary a success. We have received some intelligence inputs about the movement of special action teams under the supervision of CPI Maoist, Telangana State committee Secretary Yapa Narayana alias Haribhushan. It was noticed that the Maoists were pulling all stops to regain hold in Telangana State of late. They are trying to make their presence felt by resorting to killing of people in the name of police informers,” a senior police official told ‘Telangana Today.’

The police in coordination with Mahabubabad, Peddapalli, Bhadrad-Kothagudem district administrations, and Maharashtra and Chattisgarh Police, are conducting combing operations to keep track of the Maoists. It may be recalled that the Maoists had murdered a fertilizer shop owner Maduri Bheemeshwar Rao alias Beesu at Alubaka village of Venkatapuram mandal in Mulugu district branding him as a police informer on October 10.

Following this, the police had stepped up combing operations and killed two Maoists in an encounter in the forest areas of Narsimhasagar of Mangapet mandal in Mulugu district on October 18.

The Maoists, however, were able to distribute pamphlets and posters appealing to the people to celebrate the PLGA anniversary a couple of days ago. Sources said the police were targeting Maoists State leaders Yapa Narayana or Bade Damodhar.

Meanwhile, Mulugu SP and Bhupalpally in-charge Sangram Singh G Patil has personally visited the Telangana-Maharashtra check-post at Kaleshwaram bridge in Bhupalpally district to inspect vehicles on Thursday. He then inspected the Kaleswaram police station and examined the records besides speaking with the police personnel on the situation in the villages.

Patil warned that people providing shelter or extending other means of support to the Maoists would be punished as per the law. He said police officials were conducting regular cordon searches in Maoist-affected villages, holding meetings with the people and raising awareness on government schemes. The SP also asked the Maoists to give up the armed struggle and join the social mainstream to lead a peaceful life as the government was offering financial aid and other support to surrendered Naxalites

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

IED attack a cowardly act of Naxalites, says Jharkhand Home Minister

ANI | Updated: Nov 29, 2020 20:55 IST

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], November 29 (ANI): Paying tribute to Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao, of CoBRA 206 battalion of CRPF, who lost his life in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack by Naxals in Sukma yesterday, Jharkhand Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu on Sunday said the Naxalite arracks was a show of agitation against the actions on them in the state.
"This is a cowardly act of the Naxalites as most of the Naxalites were arrested and killed because of the way our security forces are conducting operations. 10 people of CRPF were injured in this incident. All are out of danger and being treaded, but unfortunately, one jawan died," said Sahu.
Earlier today, the wreath-laying ceremony of Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao was held in Raipur.
Bhalerao succumbed to his injuries and breathed his last at around 3:30 am today morning in Raipur. He is a native of Nasik, Maharastra, officials said.
An anti-Naxal operation was launched by CoBRA/STF/DRG troops from Chintalnar/Burkapal/Chintagufa base camps on Saturday. At around 8:30 pm. there was an incident of an IED blast near Arabraj metta hills in Chintagufa police station, Sukma district.
According to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a total of 10 personnel got injured in the blast out of which eight injured personnel were lifted to Raipur at midnight for further treatment. Two injured are getting treatment at CRPF Hospital, Chintalnar.
"We assure that the Force stands shoulders to shoulders with the family of the braveheart. CRPF is undeterred by such dastardly acts of adversaries and will continue with our mission with more vigour and synergy with Chattisgarh police and other security forces," Dr A P Maheshwari, Director General, CRPF said in a statement.
DG also visited the hospital and enquired about the medical conditions of injured personnel. (ANI)

Naxal leader with Rs 5 lakh bounty on his head surrenders in Jharkhand

Chatra (Jharkhand), Dec 1 (PTI) A wanted Naxal leader who was carrying an award of Rs 5 lakh on his head surrendered before the police in Jharkhands Chatra district on Tuesday, a senior police official said.

Udesh Ganjhu alias Sukul, a sub-zonal commander of the banned Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TSPC), surrendered with an American-made semi-automatic rifle and 150 rounds of cartridges, Chatra Superintendent of Police Rishabh Jha said.

The TSPC is a splinter organisation of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee, another proscribed body.

Hailing from Sildag village in Lawalong police station of Chatra district, Ganjhu was associated with the organisation for the past 15 years and was active in Chatra, Latehar and Palamu districts where at least eight cases of Naxal-related incidents were registered against him.

Jha welcomed him back to the mainstream of the society.

A check of Rs 5 lakh, the reward amount declared by the state government, was handed over to Ganjhu as per the surrender policy.

Following the policy, the benefits of various government schemes would also be extended to his family members at the earliest, the SP said.

Ganjhu said that the Naxal movement has deviated from its objective.

He also appealed to other Naxalites to shun the path of violence and return to the mainstream of the society, taking advantage of the government''s surrender policy. PTI IKD NN NN

Security tightened along Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

Express News Service | Published: 02nd December 2020 09:19 AM
Security checks at Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday

MULUGU: Security has been tightened in the Maoist-hit villages on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border after the banned CPI-Maoist Telangana committee urged the people in villages to celebrate the 20th Formation Day of People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) from December 2 to 8. 

On Tuesday, the CPI-Maoist released a letter on week-long annual celebrations in Mulugu and Jayashankar Bhupalpally districts. The Maoists observe the PLGA week in honour of slain leaders of the CPI-Maoist armed wing. The banned outfit plans to hold meetings with villagers in agency areas and explain the about alleged killings of Maoists in fake encounters by both the Central and State governments. They have called on the local youth to join the party. 

Keeping in mind the situation,  police have been on alert in Mulugu, Mahabubabad, and Bhupalpally districts, since the last week. CRPF personnel and special party police have also been roped in to guard agency areas.

Speaking to Express,  Mulugu District SP Sangram Singh G Patil said that several teams were combing the agency areas on Telangana-Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh borders. “We have launched vehicle check operations in the district,” said Patil. He said that district police was holding sporting events and coaching for competitive exams for tribal youth in hamlets under ‘Mulugu Merupu’ programme

Monday, November 30, 2020

Police seize booby traps from Maoist militia members

Special CorrespondentBHADRADRI-KOTHAGUDEM 30 NOVEMBER 2020 21:13 IST

Police action ahead of PLGA Week starting Wednesday

A day after a joint team of the police and the CRPF personnel seized booby traps from three alleged Maoist militia members in Charla mandal, the police have scaled up anti-Maoist operations in the interior tribal pockets of Bhadrachalam Agency to ward off trouble during the CPI (Maoist)’s People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week slated to commence on December 2.

The Charla police claimed to have arrested three “Maoist militia members” — Bheemaraju alias Rakesh of Kistarampadu and Sunnam Nageswara Rao alias Muttaiah and Pentaiah of Battinapalli village — while checking vehicles on the Charla-Pedamidisileru road on Sunday evening.

Six booby traps and wall posters related to the PLGA week were seized from them, according to police sources.

Police said the three Maoist militia members were nabbed after a brief chase during the vehicle checking drive. They were allegedly trying to plant booby traps targeting police when caught.

They were wanted in connection with two separate incidents — blasting BT road at Pedamidisileru and planting of three pressure activated mines at Kaliveru in October this year, police added.

The trio belongs to two interior villages — Battinapalli and Kistarampadu — in the Agency mandal bordering Chhattisgarh.

As many as 33 “militia and village committee members” of the outlawed outfit hailing from the two remote villages surrendered before the district police in Kothagudem a week ago

Sunday, November 29, 2020

NIA denies seizing Stan Swamy's sipper, calls him 'hard-core' CPI (Maoist) activist

NIA says it found no straw or sipper when it searched Stan Swamy

Stan-SwamyStan Swamy | PTI

The NIA on Sunday dismissed as "false, incorrect and mischievous" reports which alleged the premier investigation agency has seized human rights activist Father Stan Swamy's straw and sipper, and that it has sought 20 days from a court to respond to his plea for the drinking aid.

The 83-year-old was arrested from his residence in Ranchi on October 8 for his alleged involvement in the Elgar Parishad case and is lodged at the Taloja Jail in Mumbai.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson said Swamy is a hard-core activist of the banned CPI(Maoist) and was charge-sheeted on October 9 along with seven other accused for his involvement in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case.

The case relates to an Elgar Parishad event of December 31, 2017 organised at Shaniwarwada in Pune where alleged provocative speeches were made, leading to violence resulting in the loss of life and property and a statewide agitation in Maharashtra.

The NIA never took his police custody, and all the necessary legal formalities such as his medical examination were duly observed, the spokesperson said, adding that since then, he has been in judicial custody at the Taloja Central Jail.

Nearly after a month on November 6, Swamy filed an application at the NIA court in Mumbai for getting back his straw and sipper, which he 'falsely' claimed to have been kept by the NIA, the official said.

The court asked the NIA to file its reply on the next date on November 26.

The NIA duly filed its reply in the court on the scheduled date, stating that it had conducted his personal search in the presence of independent witnesses and no such straw and sipper were found, the spokesperson said.

The court then rejected Swamy's application and issued necessary direction to the jail authorities on November 26 to provide him straw and sipper.

As the accused was in judicial custody, the matter was between him and the jail authorities, which come under the Maharashtra state administration, the NIA official said.

"The reports claiming that the NIA recovered straw and sipper from accused Swamy and sought 20 days' time from the court to respond to his plea to allow him a straw and sipper in Taloja Central Jail are false, incorrect and mischievous as the NIA neither recovered any straw and sipper from the accused nor sought 20 days' time to file a reply in the said application," the official added.

According to the NIA, Swamy was propagating among other cadres that the arrest of the urban CPI(Maoist) cadres from different parts of the country, particularly in Maharashtra, has caused irrevocable damage to the outlawed organisation.

It has alleged that he received funds from other Maoist cadres for the furtherance of the activities of the CPI(Maoist).

Swamy is the convener of the Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC), a frontal organisation of the CPI(Maoist), the official said.

Incriminating documents related to communications for furthering the activities of the CPI(Maoist) were seized from his possession, the NIA official added.

The Bhima Koregaon case was taken over by the NIA on January 24 this year. Pune Police has alleged that the violence was caused following speeches given by members of the group Elgar Parishad a day before

In a first, de-radicalisation launched as counter-Maoist strategy in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada

By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 29th November 2020 04:42 PM
De-radicalisation programme launched in Maoist-affected Dantewada. (Photo | Special Arrangement)

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh Police on Sunday launched a de-radicalisation programme in Dantewada for the surrendered rebels, those who are in jail and have been recently released. 

This first-ever initiative in the country, 'Badalta Mann', will also include people's representatives who inhabit regions with a strong Maoist presence. 

“The campaign has been meticulously formulated keeping in mind the target population. Besides the counselling and discussions, they would be enlightened through a small booklet titled ‘Badlem Edka' in Gondi dialect meaning 'Badalta Mann' to apprise them of the difference between the reality and the make-believe (fantasy) that Maoists’ hollow ideology projects. We are quite hopeful it will emerge as a game-changer," said Abhishek Pallava, Dantewada district police chief.

It’s equally seen that the rebels who are released from the jails continue to engage in the activities of the banned organisation and the locals get swayed by Maoists. Dantewada police are optimistic that this campaign will wean them away from the Maoist doctrine.

The booklet ‘Badlem Edka’ elucidates on the ideology of outlawed CPI (Maoist) and why one should quit it. The data and case studies on Maoist atrocities and violence have also been highlighted. It also explains the Indian Constitution, various laws in connection with the LWE areas, economic losses and consistent tribal culture atrophy faced by the villagers among others. 

The launching of de-radicalisation programme in Dantewada was attended by 10 surrendered rebels, 10 rebels who were released from jails and 10 local people’s representatives.

The surrendered rebels who attended the de-radicalisatoin session felt that the campaign should further be extended among the tribal youths and other villagers to ensure their disconnect from the Maoists.

Dantewada is among the worst Maoist-affected districts in the country.

Maoist posters surface at G Madugula

Staff ReporterVISAKHAPATNAM 30 NOVEMBER 2020 00:17 IST

People’s Liberation Guerilla Army week is scheduled from December 2 to 8

Ahead of the banned CPI (Maoist) People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week, scheduled from December 2 to 8, posters allegedly surfaced in Visakhapatnam Agency, on Sunday.

The posters, issued in the name of CPI (Maoist), Visakha East-Division Committee, were pasted on the walls at Maddigaruvu and other areas in G Madugula mandal.


The extremists conveyed through the posters that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the PLGA week and appealed to the tribals to participate in week-long celebrations and make it a success. The Maoists also appealed to the tribal youth to join the PLGA.

It may be remembered that since the year 2000, the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) have been observing the PLGA week from December 2 to 8, to condemn the killing of three Central Committee Members of the banned outfit Seelam Naresh, Nalla Adi Reddy and Yerramreddy Santosh Reddy, by the security forces in Koyyuru forest in Karimnagar district of Telangana, on December 2, 1999.

During the PLGA Week, the Maoists hold meetings in villages and offer tributes to the red rebels who were killed in police encounters