Friday, December 18, 2020

NAXAL-HIT GADCHIROLI GETS 20 MORE POLICE STATIONS


Fifteen policemen and their driver were killed in Kurkheda town, near Gadchiroli, in a Maoist attack last year. The Centre has now launched a scheme to tackle left-wing extremism in various parts of the country
Home Department sanctions Rs 50 crore for anti-Naxal campaign and releases first instalment of Rs 5.62 crore

Gadchiroli District will soon strengthen infrastructure and build 20 additional police stations as part of an anti-Naxal campaign by the Centre. The Maharashtra Home Department has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the campaign and released a first instalment of Rs 5.62 crore on December 15.

The Centre has launched a Special Infrastructure Scheme that includes construction of 250 fortified police stations in left-wing extremism areas, of which 20 will be in Maharashtra. The state has been given Rs 2.5 crore for each police station under the scheme. The Centre contributes 60 per cent and the state the rest.


A senior Home Department official said the Centre has taken various development measures in Naxal-affected areas. “The Centre had taken joint measures to tackle the Naxal problem and involved all affected states for information sharing and conducting anti-Naxal operations together. The strategy is centred around security-related measures, developmental interventions and ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities, etc. The security-related measures include assistance to Naxal-affected states by providing CAPF [Central Armed Police Forces], helicopters, UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles], construction of fortified police stations, funds for modernisation of state police forces, arms and equipment, training assistance, sharing of intelligence, etc. Police station strengthening is part of the measures,” the official said.

On December 15, the state government released funds of Rs 5.62 crore for Gadchiroli in the first phase. “The funds will be released in instalments to ensure that the works are completed as proposed and also monitored,” another Home Department official said.

The Centre’s Special Infrastructure Scheme envisages better infrastructure, road connectivity, skill development, education initiatives, chalking out a civic action programme to bridge the gaps between security forces and local people through personal interaction. It aims to bring the human face of SFs before the local population. In order to improve mobile connectivity in Naxal areas, the Centre approved installation of mobile towers, of which 2,335 have been installed in Phase-I and 4,072 will come up in the Phase II.

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/naxal-hit-gadchiroli-gets-20-more-police-stations/articleshow/79802958.cms

Bullets know no gender, say officers



Bullets know no gender, say officers of 

Madhya Pradesh

 police, having shot five suspected 

women Maoists

 since 2012, three of them in the last six weeks.

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Maoists Shobha and Savitri were gunned down in an 

encounter

 in Balaghat on December 12 and Sharda was shot dead on November 6 this year. MP Police have killed seven 

Maoists

 in the last eight years, with women making up 70% of the body count.


Three women were natives of Chhattisgarh and two of Maharashtra. Six more women Maoists were killed in neighboring Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in just one week.



The Maoist’s Central Military Commission (CMC) recently said that 839 women cadres have been killed in the past two decades.


Asked about the high ratio of women deaths among Maoists, IG -Balaghat Range K P Venkateshwar Rao said: “Gender is no factor here. They are simply insurgents for us. In any case, you cannot wait to identify gender during a gunbattle. Moreover, women are actively participating in murders and IED attacks on police and armed forces. The two we killed last week were involved in more than 20 criminal cases.”



Intelligence officials and researchers on LWE say that Maoists still don’t train women in leadership roles and simply use them as shields. They believe the government and police should use this information to create awareness and deter women from joining the Maoist ranks.


Some police officers also say their build often works against them during encounters. “They can’t run as fast as men. This may be just one of the reasons. In the jungle, you have to be very quick to run and hide, or else you are dead,” said an IPS officer requesting anonymity.



On International Women’s Day this year, Maoists had for the first time released a list of 22 women cadres killed in encounters as propaganda on “women contribution to the cause”.


“The forces can use similar psychosocial propaganda to deter women from joining the rebels. During tactical counter-offensive campaigns, Maoist leaders mislead women cadres, saying troops do not fire on them so they will remain safe. They must understand that there is no such sympathy for insurgents,” says Varnika Sharma, a Chhattisgarh-based military psychologist and defence expert.


The home ministry believes more than 60% of lower ranks in Maoists and 50% of PLGA are women. They are kept in front, leaving them exposed to the first contact with security forces.


“Using women in the outer circle (pehla ghera) started after 2010. In some of the cases, children are used.,” says Dr Sharma.


MP police have intensified operations in Balaghat and areas bordering Chhattisgarh. “We have put all our locations on alert. Six more companies of CRPF are being deployed to add to six already in place,” said G P Singh, ADG (naxal operations).

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-used-as-shields-women-maoists-fall-to-bullets/amp_articleshow/79807940.cms


5 Maoists held for pasting posters around Ranchi dist


टाइम्स न्यूज़ नेटवर्क | TNN | Dec 19, 2020, 06:00 IST

Ranchi: Five members of the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TSPC) were held on Friday for pasting Maoist 

posters

 at different locations of Ranchi district, including opposite Raj Bhawan near Ratu Road Chowk. 

On December 15, locals at Ratu Road woke up to the TSPC posters which batted for action against contractors and officials of the Central Coalfields Limited who allegedly threaten displaced people and mistreat them. Slogans against the state government were also found in some of the posters. It added that coal officials should ensure development of every displaced person or else people would chase them away.


The TSPC also urged the people to speak up against exploitation, suppression , murder and rape and unite for securing their rights and jal, jungle and zameen.


The incident created quite a flutter when cops came and took the posters off and started an investigation. A case was registered at Sukhdeonagar police station.



During the investigation, the police team led by SP (city) Saurav found posters were also pasted in Budmu, Khelari, Mandar, New Market, Gonda, Pithoria, and Pandra areas apart from Ratu around the same time.



The arrested persons were identified as Sunil Oraon, Kalicharan Munda, Devanand Munda, Roshan Munda and Rahul Munda. After interrogating the rebels, police found a bunch of 

Maoist

 posters from Pithoria police station area. A Bolero car and a motorcycle were also seized from their possession.


Sunil was earlier an active member of the Tritya Prastuti Committee while Kalicharan had served a year in jail for his involvement in a murder.


Ranchi SSP Surindra Jha said, “The motive behind pasting posters was to create panic among citizens and to also make people feel their presence. The five were arrested from different parts of Ranchi and surrounding areas. The accused had received money from the TSPC for pasting the posters.”

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/ranchi/5-maoists-held-for-pasting-posters-around-ranchi-dist/amp_articleshow/79803689.cms


No Naxalite will be spared on Madhya Pradesh soil: Home minister Narottam Mishra


Bhopal: No Naxal will be spared on the soil of Madhya Pradesh, anti-national activities will not be tolerated in the state, said the home minister Narottam Mishra while reviewing the law and order during a meeting in Balaghat, on Thursday.

The minister took the day tour to two districts Balaghat and Jabalpur to assess the law and order situation. Mishra while attending a programme in Balaghat appreciated the work of the Hawk force and also of the district force in combating with the Naxals.

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In the meeting the minister asked the police and the administration to keep a tight vigil on the Naxal movement and also to secure the youths getting affected with the Naxal ideology.

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He added that the police and the Hawk force shall take speedy action on the intelligence input, but with full precautions.

Recently in Balaghat the police and the Hawk Force had gunned down the two women Naxal in gun fighting. The police department had given out of turn promotion to 15 police personnel.

For a few months the state is seeing increase in Naxal activities. With the Chhattisgarh government giving them a tough fight, the Naxal have started migrating to other safe places like Madhya Pradesh.

In Jabalpur the minister appreciated the action taken by the police and the district administration against the mafias. He informed the police that they shall take strict action against the mafias, he asked to prepare the list of mafias and to take the action against them.

Maoists kill contractor in daylight, torch machines in Odisha


Express News Service | Published: 18th December 2020 08:09 AM
The contractor’s vehicle set ablaze by Maoists at the construction site | Express


MALKANGIRI: Days after DGP Abhay’s assertion that Odisha Police is determined to eliminate Maoist menace from Mayurbhanj district, the Naxals killed a contractor in broad daylight at the remote Jandraguda village within Mathili police limits bordering Chhattisgarh on Thursday morning.

The contractor was identified as Sukumar Mondal of Mathili. He was executing two road projects under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) - one from Mundaguda to Siripaka and the other from Ganiaguda to Dangariaguda under Malkangiri Rural Department Division-I.

Following threats from Maoists to stop the road works, Mondal had gone to the construction site to bring back the machines engaged in the PMGSY projects. However, at around 9.10 am in the morning, a group of 10-15 armed rebels arrived at the construction site and hacked him to death for defying their order.

After killing Mondal, the Maoists set afire the contractor’s vehicle and machines engaged in road construction work. The rebels torched an MUV, JCB machine and roller before escaping into the nearby forest. The Maoists also left behind a handwritten poster near the contractor’s body claiming responsibility of the murder.


Malkangiri SP Rishikesh D Khilari said the CPI (Maoist)’s Darva division was behind the killing of the contractor. “For the last one and a half years, the Naxals could not carry out any violent activities due to intense anti-Maoist operation by the forces. However, they killed the contractor to derail the road construction work. Mondal’s body was handed over to his family after inquest. Search operation has been intensified in the region, Khilari said.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Surrendered Maoists rebuild school they razed in Chhattisgarh


Rashmi Drolia | TNN | Dec 16, 2020, 03:48 IST

RAIPUR: Surrendered 

Maoists

 have rebuilt a 

school

 they had demolished twice in Chhattisgarh’s 

Dantewada

.


The school lay abandoned after being razed by rebels in 2008 and 2015, but is now ready to welcome students, freshly painted yellow, pink and green. The guilt-ridden Maoists, who built it brick by brick, had made this their first mission as part of being accepted back in the mainstream. The next step is to rebuild roads, they say.


The students are the real losers in the bitter, violent conflict between security forces and Maoists. The rebuilding of a school by ex-Maoists is a rare heartwarming move. Those involved in the initiative must be felicitated.

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The primary school is in a forest patch in Masapara, about 10km from Dantewada. In a district where literacy is a dismal 42% (2011 Census), having a school is a matter of pride for villages, but not something Maoists like. Just as they dig up roads and blow up culverts, the Masapara school was also reduced to rubble.



Talking to TOI over the phone, Santu Kunjam, one of the surrendered Maoists, said, “After giving up arms, we saw the damage we had done.” They got support from the district administration and toiled three months to rebuild the school. “We will send our children to this school now,” Kunjam said.



Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said a group of 18 rebels, including some women had surrendered on July 1 under the Lon Varratu (return home) campaign. The group used to destroy railway tracks, damage roads and blow up school buildings and bridges. Now, they have vowed to rebuild them.


“They said they realise the need to educate their children,” said the SP. Dantewada collector Dipak Soni said he sanctioned the project within three days.


Kunjam said: “We felt there is a dire need for roads here. Children need education, and youths need jobs. Steadily, we will help build all these things”.


https://m.timesofindia.com/india/surrendered-maoists-rebuild-school-they-razed-in-chhattisgarh/amp_articleshow/79749414.cms

Maoists condemn ‘encounter deaths’


Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 15 DECEMBER 2020 23:58 IST
UPDATED: 15 DECEMBER 2020 23:58 IST

They were killed in cold blood, claim ultras

The CPI (Maoist)’s Malkangiri Divisional Committee secretary Kailasam alleged that Maoist cadres Mallesh and Santhamma were killed in fake encounters on December 13, by the Odisha Police.

In an audio clip released here on Tuesday, he alleged that both Mallesh and Santhamma were arrested by members of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and DVF (District Voluntary Force) of Odisha and BSF, and were tortured and killed in cold blood.

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He also alleged that two more cadres are in the custody of the SOG and demanded that they be produced in court immediately.

The Maoist leader claimed that the Centre and the State government were establishing camps and armed outposts in the tribal areas, to the disadvantage of the adivasis.

He also alleged that Maoist leader Kishore, who was allegedly killed during an exchange of fire on November 26, with security forces at Jantri forest in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, was also captured and killed in cold blood


https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/maoists-condemn-encounter-deaths/article33340211.ece