Wednesday, December 23, 2020

After Giving Up Arms, We Saw Damage We Had Done': Chhattisgarh Maoists Rebuild School They Demolished



The school is situated in Masapara which is around 10 km from Dantewada and was demolished twice, in 2008 and 2015, by a group of Maoists inhabiting the area. It reportedly lay abandoned since then.

Update: 2020-12-23 13:31 GMT
Writer : Palak Agrawal | Editor : Prateek Gautam | Creatives : Palak Agrawal
After Giving Up Arms, We Saw Damage We Had Done: Chhattisgarh Maoists Rebuild School They Demolished


A school that was reduced to rubble by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district was seen teeming with fresh paints of yellow, pink and green— to welcome students. Interestingly, the premises were rebuilt by the guilt-ridden rebellers.

According to a report by The Times of India,  the school is situated in Masapara which is around 10 km from Dantewada and was demolished twice, in 2008 and 2015, by a group of Maoists inhabiting the area. It reportedly lay abandoned since then.

However, after surrendering, the Maoists took it upon themselves to repair the damage they had caused to society. As a first step symbolising their changed mindset, they repaired and painted the school building to ensure the children get access to education to improve their lives. The next undertaking is to rebuild roads to ensure connectivity.


"After giving up arms, we saw the damage we had done. But we were overwhelmed when we realised the villagers were with us in the plan to reconstruct the building," said Santu Kunjam, one of the surrendered Maoists.

An elated Kunjam also stated that they had received support from the district administration and toiled hard for three months for the reconstruction activities. He is thrilled to be able to send their children to schools.

" We felt there is a dire need for roads here. Children need education and youth need jobs. Steadily, all these developments will be done with our contribution," he added.


Describing the situation, Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said that a group of 18 members including women, from Bhansi and Kamaloor area committees, had surrendered on July 1 under the Lon Varratu ('Return Home') initiative. 

"They said they realise the need for educating their children. They admitted to razing this school building twice, and volunteered to rebuild it," said the officer.

Reports further added that this group of Maoists who had surrendered had destroyed railway tracks, damage roads and blown-up school building and bridges. Now, they have vowed and volunteered to rebuild them.

"We aim to give a better way of life to surrender Maoists and over 200 of them have given up arms under Lon Varratu campaign," said Dantewada collector Dipak Soni.


https://thelogicalindian.com/amp/education/chhattisgarh-maoist-rebuild-school-25642

Making Telangana Maoist-free is our aim: DGP Mahendar Reddy


It is the responsibility of Telangana police to ensure that the Maoist problem does not return to the state, he said.Reddy said there used to be misgivings that the Maoist activity would resume upon formation of Telangana state but we have successfully prevented that. We have decided to go ahead in concert with other government departments to get closer to the people and thwart the activities of the Maoists, the top official said.

PTI| Hyderabad | India

Updated: 23-12-2020 21:27 IST | Created: 23-12-2020 21:27 IST
Making Telangana Maoist-free is our aim: DGP Mahendar Reddy

Hyderabad, Dec 23 (PTI): Telangana Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy on Wednesday said the police was taking steps to prevent entry of Maoists into the state. Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a district police training centre and police headquarters in Mulugu district, the DGP said, ''We are moving forward with the aim at making Telangana a Maoist-free state.'' He said, ''With people's cooperation, the police will be able to gather information on any movement of Maoists and they have designed a strategy accordingly.'' ''We are providing all necessary facilities as well as training in Mulugu and other border districts to ensure the Maoist menace does not re-surface in future, he said adding strong steps were being taken to see that Maoists do not enter into Telangana from neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

''We are trying to resolve the problems of the youth in border districts with the help of the government machinery so that they do not get lured by Maoists,'' he said. It is the responsibility of Telangana police to ensure that the Maoist problem does not return to the state, he said.

Reddy said there used to be misgivings that the Maoist activity would resume upon formation of Telangana state but ''we have successfully prevented that.'' We have decided to go ahead in concert with other government departments to get closer to the people and thwart the activities of the Maoists, the top official said. Senior police officials and Mulugu District Superintendent of Police Sangram Singh Patil were present.

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/1381836-making-telangana-maoist-free-is-our-aim-dgp-mahendar-reddy


Another man branded as informer, killed by Maoists


Siva G | TNN | Dec 24, 2020, 04:30 IST

Visakhapatnam: Maoists killed a man at Vangarai village under Pedabayalu mandal in Visakha tribal area on Wednesday. The deceased, 27-year-old Chikkudu Satish — a resident of Chintagondi village under G Madugula mandal — was branded a police 

informer

 by the militants. The security forces’ armed outpost (AOP) at 

Nurmathi

 is only eight kilometres from the spot of the incident.


This is the second such killing in the last ten days to take place close to a security outpost. On December 14, 35-year-old Gemmeli Krishna Rao of Vakapalli was branded an informer and killed.


According to sources, Satish was a militia member and police had put up posters of him at various places. However, many within the 

Maoist

 ranks started growing suspicious of him following a few encounters, surrenders, and arrests of their cadres.


Sources said around 40 Maoists entered the village and dragged Satish out of his house on Tuesday night. His wife was beaten when she and other villagers tried to stop the Maoists. After interrogation, he was hacked to death


https://m.timesofindia.com/city/visakhapatnam/another-man-branded-as-informer-killed-by-maoists/amp_articleshow/79930541.cms

Maoists attack bridge construction site in Bihar, rough up workers: Police


One of the injured labourers, Nandlal, told police that a dozen-odd men raided their site to know how they could start the construction work without taking ‘permission’ from them.

Updated: Dec 23, 2020, 14:26 IST

By Avinash Kumar, Hindustan Times Patna

Police said around 20 Maoists arrived at the site searching for an official of the company When they did not find him police added they assaulted those working there asking them to stop the work HT Photo
Police said around 20 Maoists arrived at the site searching for an official of the company. When they did not find him, police added, they assaulted those working there, asking them to stop the work. (HT Photo)

A group of Maoists attacked a bridge construction site in Jamui district, thrashing workers and shooting indiscriminately, during the early hours of Wednesday, said police.


“The incident happened near Harni-Khalari village along Kiul river, where a bridge is being constructed by Roongta Company at a cost of Rs 4.32 lakh. It seems to be a fall out of levy (extortion) demanded by Maoists,” said a police official, adding that an FIR was filed against the extremists with the Khaira police station.

Police said around 20 Maoists arrived at the site searching for an official of the company. When they did not find him, police added, they assaulted those working there, asking them to stop the work.

Police sources said that the ultras had demanded levy from the bridge construction company and were regularly threatening them for the last two weeks. “When the company finally declined to pay the levy, the rebels attacked the construction site and destroyed the equipment,” the source said.




One of the injured labourers, Nandlal, told police that a dozen-odd men raided their site to know how they could start the construction work without taking ‘permission’ from them.

Jamui SP Pramod Kumar Mandal confirmed the incident and said that raids are on against the suspects. Three empty cartridges were recovered from the spot.

SHO of Khaira police station CP Yadav said three employees - Raj Kumar Pandit, Prayag Sao and Ganesh Das - were injured and referred to a primary health centre.

Yadav refused to comment if the Moaists attacked the construction site to demand extortion money or to register their presence.

Earlier on December 16, Andhra Pradesh-based Gaytri private limited construction company received a levy demand call of Rs 32.5 crore from suspected Maoists. The company is involved in the project funded by Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDC) for improvement and upgrading and strengthening 54-km stretch of Kadirganj- Khaira Road (SH-82) that connects Jamui and Nawada districts, considered a Maoist hotbed. A case has been filed with Khaira police in the district on the basis of the statement of administrative manager Sudhir Kumar Shandilya.


https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/maoists-attack-bridge-construction-site-in-bihar-rough-up-workers-police/story-ZHuPvChHqi9tDJamHjkYUI.html


216 Maoists killed in encounters in Chhattisgarh in 3 years: Govt


During this period, the highest number of 82 Maoists were killed in Sukma district, the government informed the state Assembly. Besides, the maximum number of 333 rebels also surrendered in Sukma, it said.

Updated: Dec 23, 2020, 16:07 IST

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal, Raipur

Of the 966 cadres who surrendered 333 laid down their arms in Sukma 300 in Dantewada 164 in Narayanpur 77 in Bijapur 46 in Kondagaon 36 in Bastar 7 in Rajnandgaon and 3 in Kanker the reply added
Of the 966 cadres who surrendered, 333 laid down their arms in Sukma, 300 in Dantewada, 164 in Narayanpur, 77 in Bijapur, 46 in Kondagaon, 36 in Bastar, 7 in Rajnandgaon and 3 in Kanker, the reply added. (File Photo. Representative image)

The Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday said 216 Maoists have been killed in encounters with security forces while 966 ultras have surrendered in the state in last three years.


During this period, the highest number of 82 Maoists were killed in Sukma district, the government informed the state Assembly.

Besides, the maximum number of 333 rebels also surrendered in Sukma, it said.

In a written reply to a question by Congress MLA Dhanendra Sahu, state home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said, “216 Maoists were killed and 966 surrendered from 2018-19 till November 30 this year.” During this period, the highest number of Naxal deaths were reported in Sukma district (82), followed by Bijapur (46), Dantewada (30), Rajnandgaon (17), Narayanpur (16), Bastar (7), Dhamtari (7), Kanker (6), Kabirdham (3) and one each in Gariaband and Kondgaon districts, the reply said.

Of the 966 cadres who surrendered, 333 laid down their arms in Sukma, 300 in Dantewada, 164 in Narayanpur, 77 in Bijapur, 46 in Kondagaon, 36 in Bastar, 7 in Rajnandgaon and 3 in Kanker, it added

Maoist leader who held ‘people’s court’ nabbed in Visakhapatnam


Siva G | TNN | Updated: Dec 23, 2020, 08:14 IST
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Vantala Kameswara Rao

VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam rural police on Tuesday arrested CPI Maoist militia commander Vantala Kameswara Rao alias Kamesh of Rasarai village of Killamkota panchayat in G Madugula mandal of 

Visakhapatnam Agency

 area. He has been sent to judicial remand.



Kamesh was allegedly involved in 27 cases, including taking part in 

murders

. He worked as a militia member and was later promoted as militia commander. He has been holding the post for almost six years at Killamkota pocket of Pedabayalu area committee of the banned CPI Maoist party.


According to police, Kamesh was involved in four murder cases. He would forcibly gather people at what are known as ‘

praja courts

’ or people’s courts and charge his victims with informing police about the movement of naxals. He would also organize ‘famine attacks’ where naxals would storm grocers and forcibly distribute the food grain among the villagers.


His victims included dual murder of Pangi Prasad and Pangi Srikanth at 

Kotagunnalu village

 in 2013 and the murder of Sindri Karla at Rallagadda village in 

Chintapalli mandal

 in 2014. He was involved in the murder of Bachali Balakrishna at Killamkota of G Madugula mandal in 2014 and also in the murder of Vantala Satya Rao at Madatakonda village in Chintapalli mandal in 2015.


Kamesh was involved in three cases of burning or damaging the machinery placed for road laying works including at Lakshmipuram in Munchingput mandal, Kudumsari of Chintapalli mandal and 

Nurmathi of G Madugula

 mandal

Adivasi village in Andhra alleges Maoists kidnapped minor boy, approach cops


File photo of Andhra police
Image for representation: PTI

Almost a month after members of the banned CPI (Maoist) allegedly kidnapped a minor tribal boy from Gollaguppa village of Yetapaka mandal in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district, his parents and villagers mustered courage and reported the matter to police on Monday. "The parents along with the villagers of Gollaguppa came to Yetapaka police station and lodged a complaint regarding the kidnapping of their minor son and a case has been registered and investigation has been started," said a police official.

Incidentally, the minor boy was taken away after the Maoists allegedly threatened his parents and villagers as well, warning them not to report the incident to police. According to police, the Maoists are coercing the villagers to provide them with food and other essentials, burdening their own livelihood. "In fact Gutti Koya tribes from Chhattisgarh took asylum in AP reserve forest areas because of fear of Maoists. However, they are still facing the same problems from the Maoists here also, and unable to get a solution for their problem," the police officer said.

Shocked by the abduction, the boy's parents and the villagers are demanding his immediate release from the Maoists. According to the police, the boy was studying in Class 9 in Bheemavaram High School near Nellipaka of Yetapaka mandal.

Several migrant tribal persons from Chhattisgarh and Odisha are living in the reserve forest areas of Yetapaka, Kunavaram, VR Puram and Chinturu sub division of the district, along AP border and eking out a living doing slash and burn cultivation (podu).

However, police observed that the banned CPI (Maoist) party members have been exploiting the innocent Gutti Koya tribal people for their selfish benefits and recruiting them in different dalams (groups). "On many occasions, the newly recruited tribal people are coming out from those dalams, realising the exploitation they have undergone. Because of this kind of situation, no Gutti Koya is willing to join in the dalams," the police officer said.

Recently, 10 tribal people from Yetapaka and Chinturu mandals gave up naxalism and surrendered to the police. Maoist members were accused of exploiting the Gutti Koyas, a vulnerable tribal community.

"In order to overcome this scenario, the CPI (Maoist) have been recruiting minor tribal youth by using force or threatening or kidnapping," he added.

With IANS inputs

Maoists attack bridge construction site in Bihar, rough up workers: Police


One of the injured labourers, Nandlal, told police that a dozen-odd men raided their site to know how they could start the construction work without taking ‘permission’ from them.

Updated: Dec 23, 2020, 14:26 IST

By Avinash Kumar, Hindustan Times Patna

Police said around 20 Maoists arrived at the site searching for an official of the company When they did not find him police added they assaulted those working there asking them to stop the work HT Photo
Police said around 20 Maoists arrived at the site searching for an official of the company. When they did not find him, police added, they assaulted those working there, asking them to stop the work. (HT Photo)

A group of Maoists attacked a bridge construction site in Jamui district, thrashing workers and shooting indiscriminately, during the early hours of Wednesday, said police.


“The incident happened near Harni-Khalari village along Kiul river, where a bridge is being constructed by Roongta Company at a cost of Rs 4.32 lakh. It seems to be a fall out of levy (extortion) demanded by Maoists,” said a police official, adding that an FIR was filed against the extremists with the Khaira police station.

Police said around 20 Maoists arrived at the site searching for an official of the company. When they did not find him, police added, they assaulted those working there, asking them to stop the work.

Police sources said that the ultras had demanded levy from the bridge construction company and were regularly threatening them for the last two weeks. “When the company finally declined to pay the levy, the rebels attacked the construction site and destroyed the equipment,” the source said.




One of the injured labourers, Nandlal, told police that a dozen-odd men raided their site to know how they could start the construction work without taking ‘permission’ from them.

Jamui SP Pramod Kumar Mandal confirmed the incident and said that raids are on against the suspects. Three empty cartridges were recovered from the spot.

SHO of Khaira police station CP Yadav said three employees - Raj Kumar Pandit, Prayag Sao and Ganesh Das - were injured and referred to a primary health centre.

Yadav refused to comment if the Moaists attacked the construction site to demand extortion money or to register their presence.

Earlier on December 16, Andhra Pradesh-based Gaytri private limited construction company received a levy demand call of Rs 32.5 crore from suspected Maoists. The company is involved in the project funded by Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDC) for improvement and upgrading and strengthening 54-km stretch of Kadirganj- Khaira Road (SH-82) that connects Jamui and Nawada districts, considered a Maoist hotbed. A case has been filed with Khaira police in the district on the basis of the statement of administrative manager Sudhir Kumar Shandilya

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/maoists-attack-bridge-construction-site-in-bihar-rough-up-workers-police/story-ZHuPvChHqi9tDJamHjkYUI.html


Maoist Den Busted In Odisha’s Swabhiman Anchal, Explosive Materials Seized


Maoist Den Busted In Odisha's Swabhiman Anchal, Explosive Materials Seized

IEDs and Maoist Articles Seized In Odisha's Malkangiri

Malkangiri: In a major seizure, the Malkangiri Police and the District Voluntary Force (DVF) in a joint combing operation busted a Maoist hideout in a stronghold area of Left-wing extremists (LWE) in Malkangiri district bordering Andhra Pradesh along the extension of Swabhiman Anchal, and recovered IEDs and other Maoist articles from the camp on Tuesday.

The Maoist dump recovered contained 2 IEDs, 20 kg codex wire, 120 detonators and wires intended to be used for the preparation of IEDs for subversive designs targeting innocent civilians and security forces.


Based on specific intelligence input yesterday, Malkangiri police team and DVF launched a combing operation in the area and successfully recovered Maoist dump from the Odisha-AP bordering area along Swabhiman Anchal. Two IEDs have been recovered along with other Maoists articles and it is suspected that these IEDs were intended to target civilians and police forces.


This Maoist dump contained one steel container containing 10 kg of Codex wire and one bucket with a cover containing 10 kg of Codex wire, 50 electrical detonators, 70 plain detonators and about 50 mt of electric wire. The codex wire had been kept with multiple knots with a view to multiplying its blasting power.

“This is a major jolt to the subversive and anti-national designs of Maoists in this area. We are suspecting that these explosives belonged to the Maoists cadres of AOBSZC which were intended to be used against innocent civilians and security forces to carry out their subversive, anti-national activities. In the wake of recovery, further combing and search operations are going on in this area,” said the district Police

https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/maoist-den-busted-in-odishas-swabhiman-anchal-explosive-materials-seized-503439


Maoist militia commander arrested


VISAKHAPATNAM


Staff ReporterVISAKHAPATNAM 22 DECEMBER 2020 18:32 IST
UPDATED: 22 DECEMBER 2020 18:32 IST

He was involved in 27 criminal cases, say police

The G. Madugula police on Tuesday arrested a Maoist militia commander, who was allegedly involved in as many as 27 criminal cases in Visakhapatnam district.

The arrested was identified as Vanthala Kameswara Rao, a resident of Rasarai village, Killamkota panchayat, G.Madugula mandal.

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According to the district police, the accused worked as militia member and then militia commander for a period of six years (2013 to 2019) for the CPI Maoists at Killamkota pocket for the Pedabayulu Area Committee in the district. He was reportedly involved in several offences, including four murders.

Police said in 2013, Kameswara Rao took part in the murder of Pangi Prasad and Pangi Srikanth at Kotagunnalu village in Chinthapalli mandal. In 2014, he was involved in the murder of Sindri Karla at Rallagadda in Chintapalli mandal. Similarly, he was also accused in the murder case of Bachali Balakrishna at Killamkota in G.Madugula mandal in 2014. During the year 2015, he was involved in the murder case of Vanthala Sathya Rao at Madatakonda village in Chintapalli mandal.

Apart from these murders, he has also burnt earthmoving equipment and machinery of the government while laying roads in several interior villages of Munchingput, Chintapalli and G.Madugula mandals. In addition to the above, he forcibly gathered tribals for praja courts, famine raid and passing information about the movement of the police to the Maoists, said the police.

The accused was sent in judicial remand


https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/maoist-militia-commander-arrested/article33394947.ece

Maoist bandh call in Visakha Agency evokes partial response

Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 22 DECEMBER 2020 01:50 IST
UPDATED: 22 DECEMBER 2020 01:50 IST

No untoward incident reported

The bandh called by the banned CPI (Maoist) in Visakha agency, especially in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) region, was partial as most of the areas remained opened and business was normal. There was no untoward incident reported till late in the evening.

The bandh was called by the Maoists against death of two Maoists at Singavaram forest area in alleged fake encounter on December 12. The Maoists claimed that the encounters were staged and as a protest called for the bandh.

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Except in Maoist strongholds in some interior parts of Pedabayalu, Munchingput, G.K. Veedhi and Chintapalli, business was as usual in all parts of the AOB. Shops remained open and even APSRTC buses were also seen plying.

Buses ply as usual

Except for some night halt buses that go to the interior parts, all buses of APSRTC plied as usual, said Chintapalli ASP Vidya Sagar Naidu. Keeping in view of the bandh, security was stepped up across all sensitive locations


https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/maoist-bandh-call-in-visakha-agency-evokes-partial-response/article33389197.ece

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Andhra Pradesh: Maoist bandh on December 21


G Sambasiva Rao | TNN | Dec 19, 2020, 18:37 IST

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Representative Image

VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI Maoists in Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) gave a call for bandh in the AOB zone on December 21 in protest against the alleged recent fake encounters, illegal arrests, surrenders and also false campaign against them by the police. 

They gave exemption to the medical and fire services. They urged the businessmen and other establishments including government and private offices, banks and other establishments to close on Monday.


A press note was released by the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) in the name its official spokesperson Kailasam urged the public to observe bandh on Monday. The Maoist leader alleged that the governments of Andhra and Odisha have been implementing oppressive methods by indulging in illegal arrests, forcible surrenders and fake encounters.



He said two cadres of CPI Maoists Mallal and Santi were brutally killed by the security forces in 

Singavaram village

 of 

Nakkamamidi

 panchayat on December 21 when they were unarmed and sleeping. Security forces also killed a girl of the same village brutally. Both party memes had gone to Singavaram village on party work.


He accused that another Maoist Kishore was caught by the police after he fell into a canal following the firing at 

Thotaguda village

 on November 26. He was tortured by the cops before encountered him and another Maoist Lycon was arrested with injuries. Cops would face dire consequences for the brutal killings, Kailasam warned.


The Maoist leader alleged that security forces of Andhra-Odisha with joint operations trying to wipe out Maoist movement in 

Visakha-East

 division and MKB division of AOB. ‘They have been beating the innocent tribals for Maoists information and arresting the villagers at weekly markets, banks and ration depots. A woman Maoist Rame was arrested in Paduva a month ago when she was going for treatment on November 7. They showed her surrender after one month. A person named Kamesh of 

Rasarai village

 was taken into custody by cops on December 10 when he came for Maddigaruvu Weekly market.



Kailasam accused that cops gave repeated notices to the villagers in Visakhapatnam agency area and warned them that they would be encountered if not come for surrenders. The Vizag rural SP and OSD anti-Maoist operations statements were different to the reality. No one including village committees leaders or militia members voluntarily, he said.


The Maoist leader said that Sutti of 

Taggupadu village

 in Papparametal panchayat in Odisha was arrested while he was with the cattle in the forest on October 25 and a reporter Pangi Naganna of Pedabayalu was arrested on November 22 by branding him as sympathizer. Even persons in people’s organisations and movements such as Anjamma, Rajeswari and others were also listed in FIR under UPA Act.


Security forces of both states have been spreading false news against the Maoists and also creating terror situations by saying that Maoists would kill the tribals. “All these tactics are nothing but terrorising people. Enhanced security camps or oppression methods would not stop the people’s movement,” Kailasam said.


https://m.timesofindia.com/city/visakhapatnam/andhra-pradesh-maoist-bandh-on-december-21/amp_articleshow/79814996.cms

Maoist bandh on December 21, Malkangiri on alert


Express News Service | Published: 21st December 2020 09:19 AM


MALKANGIRI : The Maoists have given Malkangiri bandh call on Monday protesting the Singaram encounter in Swabhiman Anchal on December 13 which claimed lives of two of their prominent cadres. 
Terming the recent exchanges of fire between police and Maoists as fake encounters, secretary of the CPI-Maoist’s Andhra Pradesh Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) Kailash issued a release calling upon people to condemn the ‘killings’ and make the bandh a success. Expressing solidarity with the families of slain Maoists, he said police are illegally arresting people, torturing them in jail, forcing the cadres to surrender and making encounters after catching them. 

“Earlier, police had caught military commander Kishor and killed him. The SP of Visakhapatnam is also cheating informers by assuring them false assurance of employment. Some innocent people are being branded as informers and asked to wear police uniform. Malkangiri police has also arrested some Naxals but is yet to produce them in court,” the Maoist leader alleged. 

The IED recovered by BSF | express

Kailash said all emergency services will be allowed during the bandh.On December 13, area committee member of AOBSZC Malesh and a female cadre Somidi, both natives of Chhattisgarh, were killed by security forces in an encounter near Singaram forest under Gajalmamudi panchayat.Meanwhile, high alert has been sounded in the district in wake of the Maoist’s bandh call. District voluntary force, Special Operation Group (SOG) and BSF personnel have been engaged in search and combing operation in all sensitive areas to avert any untoward incidents. 

Malkangiri SP Rishikesh D Khilari said the Red rebels are making baseless and false allegations out of desperation after losing ground in wake of several development works in Swabhiman Anchal after opening of Gurupriya bridge. On the other hand, the 144 Battalion of BSF on Saturday evening foiled a major ambush laid by the Maoists on Pipalpadar-Nakamamudi road to target security forces. Around five kg of IED was reportedly planted by the rebels which was enough to blow any vehicle up to a height of about 20-25 feet. The IED was later diffused successfully

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2020/dec/21/maoist-bandh-on-december-21-malkangiri-on-alert-2239033.html


Four injured in Naxalites firing in Jharkhand


PTI | Published: 19th December 2020 02:53 PM
For representational purpose.


LATEHAR: A group of Naxalites raided a coal mining project in Jharkhand's Latehar district and opened indiscriminate firing in which four persons were injured, police said on Saturday.

The Naxalites went to the Tetariakhar coal project under the jurisdiction of Balumath police station in the district on Friday night and opened fire, they said. The Naxalites also set four trucks on fire, the police said.

A police team rushed to the spot on hearing the news about the Naxal attack but by the time it reached the Naxalites have fled from the spot, they said.

The injured persons were taken to the Balumath Community Health Centre, they added.