Saturday, October 23, 2021

Maoists face leadership crisis as top guns age


VISAKHAPATNAM: With virtually no fresh recruitment and fast dwindling support of villagers in the last few years, the Maoist Party is in leadership crisis. According to sources, 15 of the 24 members in the party 

central committee

 and 

politburo

 are over 60 years and recent pandemic coupled with vector-borne diseases in the jungles has further weakened the extremists. The recent death of Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK has added to the crisis. 

Though the leadership baton was passed on to Basavaraj from Ganapati two years ago, the outlawed extremist group has been struggling. There has been no replacement to the Maoist leaders and cadre killed in encounters or due to ailments..


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While six members of the central committee and politburo died, two others had surrendered to the police in the last six years leaving a big vacuum. Moreover, eight members of the 20-plus central committee, and four of the 12 politburo members are believed to be undergoing treatment for various health issues. Sources said there is no potential second-rung leadership in all stages of the organisational setup.


It is estimated that the Maoist Party once had more than 20,000 armed cadres and around two lakh militia members across the nation. Now it has come down to less than 7,000 armed cadres and a few thousand militia members. Student wings like Radical Students’ Union (RSU) and Radical Youth League (RYL) and farm labour committees have no support base.


Information gathered by intelligence agencies recently indicates that there were only 18 central committee members now as against more than 35 in 2010. A few members were inducted 18 months ago to increase the number to 24. The highest body in the 

Maoists

 party, the politburo, has only 12 members as against 20 a decade ago.


Central Committee leaders Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK of Andhra Pradesh, 

Ravula Srinivas

 alias 

Ramanna

, and Haribhushan of Telangana, Dev Kumar Singh alias Aravind of Bihar, Narayana Sanyal of Bengal, 

Sridhar Srinivasan

 of Tamil Nadu and Purledu Mukherji of Bengal died in the last six years. Central committee members including 

Oggu Satwaji

 alias 

Sudhakar

 and Jeenugu Narasimha Reddy alias Jampanna surrendered.


Around 10 Maoists' top guns, including the new chief Namballa Kesava Rao alias Basava Raj are in both politburo and central committee. Ten of the top Maoist leaders are from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.


Police statistics show Maoists had around 350 to 400 armed cadres in Andhra-Orissa border along with around ,2000 to 3,000 militia members. But the number has now come down to less than 100.


“There is no quality recruitment though the Maoists had some recruitment with uneducated tribals who would not sustain long. Cops are now reaching communities in villages. They are also carrying out focussed operations,” Visakha rural SP B Krishna Rao said

Maoists’ Central Committee confirms Ramakrishna’s death


TELANGANA


File photo of Akkiraju Hara Gopal aka Ramakrishna.File photo of Akkiraju Hara Gopal aka Ramakrishna.
Marri RamuHYDERABAD 15 OCTOBER 2021 16:00 IST
UPDATED: 15 OCTOBER 2021 20:57 IST

The outlawed party’s Central Committee said RK died due to kidney failure and other ailments.

The Central Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) on Friday announced the death of its member, Akkiraju Hara Gopal aka Ramakrishna (RK), around 6 a.m. on Thursday.

It said RK died due to kidney failure and other ailments. “He suddenly developed kidney-related complications. Immediately, medical treatment was started with dialysis when his kidneys failed triggering other health complications,” noted a statement issued in the name of Central Committee spokesperson Abhay.

Despite extending ‘good medical treatment’, he could not be saved. Tributes were paid to him by conducting his final rites in the presence of revolutionary cadre, it stated, describing his death as an irreparable loss to the party.

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The committee praised his ‘selfless services to revolutionary movement’ and asserted that the party’s cadre would be motivated by his style, simple life and affection towards people and complete the democratic revolution.

A school teacher

Born in 1958 in Palnadu region of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, RK completed his post-graduation. His father was a school teacher.

Having worked as a teacher along with his father, RK got attracted to revolutionary politics and took the membership of the CPI-ML (People’s War Group) in 1978. Two years later, he attended PWG’s Guntur district conference. After two years, he joined the PWG as a full-time worker. Within four years, he became PWG’s Guntur district secretary.

The party shifted him to the AOB (Andhra-Odisha Border) area after alleged attempts to eliminate him began following the failure of ‘peace talks’ with the AP government in 2004. RK married Shirisha while leading the revolutionary movement. The couple had a son, Munna (Pruthvi). He was killed in an encounter at Ramaguda in 2018, according to the party.

Ramakrishna’s chronology

* 1992: RK became PWG state committee member.

* 2000: Became AP state committee secretary.

* 2001:Became Central Committee member in PWG’s ninth conference held in 2001.

* 2004: Led party representatives during peace talks held with AP government.

* He was eventually made in-charge of Andhra-Odisha-Border (AOB) area.

* Worked as AOB area secretary till 2014.

* 2018: CC made him party’s Polit Bureau member.

(With inputs from Sumit Bhattacharjee)

Maoists’ visit expose Govt. faultlines


KERALA


Staff ReporterMALAPPURAM 21 OCTOBER 2021 21:15 IST
UPDATED: 21 OCTOBER 2021 21:15 IST


Disenchanted with the police, tribal people fail to inform the authorities

The tribes people of the hamlets off the Government Seed Garden Complex at Munderi in Nilambur forest appear to have been disenchanted with the Government, especially the police.

The recent visit by a group of Maoists belonging to the Nadugani Dalam to the Vaniyampuzha tribal colony has been viewed as testimony to the distancing of the tribes people from the authorities.

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The police reportedly learned about the Maoists visit two days later. None in the tribal hamlet bothered to inform the police, in spite of the best efforts made by the authorities in recent years by planting informers among the tribal people and by wooing the youngsters.

The attitude of the authorities concerned, including the police, forest, revenue and tribal departments, to the suffering of the families in the marooned hamlets of Vaniyampuzha, Iruttukuthi, Thandankallu, Tharippapotti and Kumbalappara has been the main reason for the disenchantment.

Many families in Vaniyampuzha hamlet have been homeless since the floods of 2019 devastated their houses. They still sleep on tree tops in fear of elephant attack at night. The Government has not rehabilitated them. Neither the Government bothered to reconstruct the bridges to connect the tribes people with the mainland.

Six Maoists who visited the hamlet on Saturday were learned to have spent that night with the tribes people. The tribes people offered them food. None informed the police even after the Maoists stayed in the hamlet the whole night. A tribal youth, on assurance of anonymity, told The Hindu that they did not feel like informing anyone because of the lack of attention from the authorities to their basic needs.

All youngsters in the hamlets off Munderi have mobile phones. Yet none gave the police a buzz, prompting the officers for a rethink about the strategies they follow in wooing the Adivasis to get rid of the Maoists.

The Maoists were learned to have told the Adivasis about the necessity of getting jobs in government plantations. Although the Government Seed Garden Complex, popularly known as Munderi Farm, is close to them, very few of them have been employed there.

The police have reportedly enhanced their vigil following the visit of the Maoists

Sukma police take time off to engage, dine with surrendered Maoists to infuse new hope


By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 22nd October 2021 10:19 AM
Sukma SP Sunil Sharma having meal with the surrendered Maoists.


RAIPURA: The surrender by hundreds of cadres of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in the conflict zone of Bastar, south Chhattisgarh, are seen as one of the indicators of success during the ongoing anti-Maoist operations.

While achieving such a significant goal, the Sukma SP Sunil Sharma believes that completion of the mission on surrender will only be realised after good reassurance gets instilled among those who were associated with the banned outfit but took a crucial decision and are now starting a new chapter in life.

“The trust factor is vital. They have exuded faith in the state and the society. It is now our responsibility to ensure the Maoists who surrendered should get a feel of being readily accepted by all including the people and the administration after they relinquished their banned organisation. They should experience a sense of the mainstream society to live a life of dignity,” said Sukma district police chief.  

Sharma, an IPS officer of 2017-batch, took charge of Sukma district in July this year and during the last 100 days he succeeded to win the confidence of 178 rebels under the ongoing the ‘Puna Narkom' campaign (in local tribal Gondi dialect meaning “New Dawn”) launched by him.


The SP and his team ordinarily interact with surrendered Maoists to begin with and try to address the revival of positiveness among them on behalf of the state and the local population.

“Having meals together with the senior police officers, sharing our future concerns with them strengthens our resolve as they facilitate our joining the mainstream society," said a surrendered Maoist Sodi Muya who carried a reward of Rs eight lakh on his head.

The Sukma police believe the reposing of such trust remains personal for the cadres who laid down their arms, as they evaluate their present and future relations across the tribal dominated regions that also witnesses armed confrontation

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Exchange of fire in Odisha another setback to Maoists in AOB region




Sumit Bhattacharjee
VISAKHAPATNAM 13 OCTOBER 2021 01:26 IST
UPDATED: 13 OCTOBER 2021 01:26 IST
    The Maoists are trying to cross over to Chhattisgarh, say police
With three more Maoists being killed in an alleged exchange of fire with the security forces near the Tulasipahad area in Odisha on Tuesday, the cadres have received another major setback in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) region this year.

Among the three, two are said to be women and the exchange of fire took place in the Tulasi Reserve Forest near the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. The deceased, said to be the members of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), were part of the team being led by Gajarla Ravi alias Uday, and Aruna.


This was the fourth exchange of fire after the major encounter in Teegalametta in Koyyuru in June this year, in which six Maoists including top leaders such as Ashok and Ranadev were killed by the the Greyhounds, the anti-naxal force of Andhra Pradesh. Thereafter, there were two more exchanges of fire on the Andhra side of the AOB and another on the Odisha side.

In September, Maoist senior leader Dubashi Sankar was arrested by the Odisha Police in Koraput. Senior leaders such as Jalandhar Reddy alias Krishna and Chikkudu Chinna Rao alias Sudheer surrendered before the Andhra Pradesh police this year.

The leadership has weakened with most of them dying in exchanges of fire and many surrendering before the police in the recent times. The onus is of leading the cadres now on Uday, Aruna, Kakuri Pandana alias Jagan and Suresh.

According to police, there are hardly about 15 to 20 cadres and leaders left in the AOB region and they depend on the cadres imported from Chhattisgarh. The recruitment has almost dried down in the region and after the Koyyuru encounter, it is learnt that the Maoist leadership is trying to crossover to Chhattisgarh with the remaining cadres.

They are now focussing on the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border region.

The security forces are making deep inroads into the AOB region on both the sides, including in Maoist strongholds in Visakaha Agency and in the Swabhiman Anchaal in the cut-off region. The AOB is no longer a safe haven and this appears to be factor to look towards Chhattisgarh, said a senior police officer who is engaged in anti-Maoist operations.

On Tuesday, heavy fire was exchanged between the combined security forces of Odisha comprising Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF), and the Maoists in three to four places in the same area and it lasted over an hour.

As per the IG (Operations) Amitabh Thakur, going by the heavy firing, it was estimated that the Maoist strength could be between 15 to 20 members.

It is learnt that the group was being led by senior Maoist leader Suresh and the Maoist had triggered a landmine too

Friday, October 08, 2021

ITBP trooper injured

An Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) trooper was injured on Friday when Naxalites fired at him in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said.

The incident took place when Constable Sandeep Kumar of the 53rd Battalion was at a mobile check post in his camp in Kohkameta village, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said.

A small team of Maoists fired at him, sparking an exchange of fire. The Naxalites escaped.

The constable sustained a bullet injury near his left shoulder and was treated at the district hospital. He is out of danger, the officer added.

Bihar police squad of 92 woman commandos to fight Naxalites, terrorists


ANI | Updated: Oct 07, 2021 15:19 IST

Patna (Bihar) [India], October 7 (ANI): Ninety-two women constables, selected from the Bihar Special Armed Police, who have been trained at the Central Training Centre of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Mutkhed in Maharashtra, will fight against Naxalites and terrorists.
Director-General, Training Alok Raj said Bihar police's 92 woman commandos were already capable of combating operations and have now been trained further to enhance their strength.
"Women were trained in Patna, Dehri-on-Sone and then in CRPF's CTC Mudkhed for advanced training. Now all these commandos are capable of close combat-battle and Naxal warfare," he said.
Over the course of three months of training, they have been prepared to meet all the challenges. These women commandos will be posted in specially constituted agencies where only selected policemen are given a chance, Raj said.
"This is the first time that such a squad of women commandos has been prepared in the state police," he said.
The women commandos have been trained under the supervision of the paramilitary force.
The DG said the women commandos will show their capability in those agencies of Bihar Police where policemen go through challenges for deployment. These agencies include the Special Security Group (SSG).
During this training, women will be given special training to thwart the biggest attacks and operate small and sophisticated weapons.
Raj said apart from SSG, women commandos will also be deployed in Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and will be part of the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police. (ANI)

Police unearth 10 booby traps laid by Maoists


The Hindu

Small arrows placed in the booby traps that were recovered by the police on the Andhra-Chhattisgarh border on Friday.Small arrows placed in the booby traps that were recovered by the police on the Andhra-Chhattisgarh border on Friday. | Photo Credit: BY ARRANGEMENT
Staff ReporterKAKINADA 08 OCTOBER 2021 23:39 IST
UPDATED: 08 OCTOBER 2021 23:39 IST

They were found during combing along Andhra-Chhattisgarh border

Personnel of the Anti-Naxal Squad (ANS) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Friday unearthed at least 10 booby traps allegedly laid by the Maoists in the Mallampeta forest cover on the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border in Chintoor Agency. The spot where the traps were found shares a border with Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

This is said to be the biggest booby trap laid by the Maoists on the tri-State border of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh in recent years.

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The ANS was led by Chintoor ASP G. Krishna Kanth and was on a combing operation on the State border.

“The booby trap is believed to be the traditional technique of Gutti Koya tribe of Chhattisgarh. A major tragedy has been averted with their detection,” said East Godavari Superintendent of Police M. Ravindranath Babu.

The Maoists had laid the booby traps by digging trenches, in which they reportedly planted sharp bamboo arrows and covered them with leaves. The security forces found a few hundred sharp bamboo arrows in the traps.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a press conference here, Eluru Range DIG K.V. Mohan Rao said the strategy of laying the booby trap was once rampant in Chhattisgarh. “We will design our new strategy to detect such traps in future,” Mr. Mohan Rao added.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

25 gelatin sticks, detonators hidden by Maoists in forest unearthed in Telangana


Sunday, 03 October 2021 | PTI | Hyderabad

Twenty five gelatin sticks, an equal number of detonators and other material hidden by Maoists in a forest area in Mulugu district of Telangana was unearthed on Saturday, police said.

Police acted on information they received on Friday that explosive material was hidden in the forest area on the outskirts of a village in the district as per the orders of CPI (Maoist) leaders.

A search was conducted at the area on Saturday morning and a plastic drum dug out from a spot. It was found to contain 25 gelatin sticks, 25 detonators, a cloth used for making red flags, a medical kit, a pen drive, a flash camera, a small Bluetooth speaker, a power bank, chargers, papers containing resolutions of certain meetings and revolutionary literature, besides other material, a police release said.

All the items were seized, a 'panchnama' was conducted and they were shifted from there     The Maoists had hidden all the items in the forest area to target public representatives and police and also public and private properties, the release said.

Mulugu district Superintendent of Police Sangram Singh G Patil appealed to the Maoists to shun violence and to join the mainstream of society, it added

Chhattisgarh leader among two women Maoists to surrender before Odisha Police


Express News Service | Published: 03rd October 2021 06:37 PM

For representational purposes. (File Photo)


BHUBANESWAR: Two women Maoists including one from Chhattisgarh laid down their arms on Sunday. Gita Podiami of Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district and Debe Podiami of Malkangiri's Kalimela area surrendered before DGP Abhay at Sunabeda in Koraput.

In 2018, Gita was inducted into the CPI (Maoist) in Dandakaranya special zonal committee. She was a party member in Jana Natya Mandali for six months, and in December 2018 she was transferred to the AOB supply team under Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC). After six months, Gita was transferred to Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) military platoon and was provided with a .303 rifle. She worked in Boipariguda and Machkund areas of Koraput district, Swabhiman Anchal, Tulsi area in Malkangiri and Pedabayalu in Andhra Pradesh. She was involved in at least four exchanges of fire with the security forces in Malkangiri district between 2018 and 2021.

Debe had joined the banned outfit's Kalimela area committee in 2005 as a party member. She received her formal training in 2007. She worked with Kalimela area committee till December 2008 and then was part of Machkund local organization squad for the next year.

Debe was promoted to the rank of area committee member in 2020 and was provided with an Insas rifle. She continued to work with the Gumma area committee until surrendering before the police. Debe was involved in seven major attacks on the security forces in Odisha.


Police said many local ultras are surrendering as they are being denied promotions and their senior leaders are showing favoritism towards the Andhra Pradesh cadres. The police appealed to the Maoists to join the mainstream and take advantage of the government's surrender and rehabilitation scheme.

In another development, DGP inaugurated Jodambo and Kalimela police stations during his visit to Malkangiri district on the day.



Thursday, September 30, 2021

Dy Commandant of anti-Maoist force killed in encounter



The encounter came two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Chief Ministers and top officials from 10 states affected by Left Wing Extremism.

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Announcing the death of the officer, Chief Minister Hemant Soren posted on social media: “During the search operation in Latehar area, we lost Deputy Commandant Rajesh Kumar... May his family get strength in an hour of grief.” (File)

A DEPUTY Commandant of Jharkhand Jaguar, a special police force dealing with Left Wing Extremism, was killed in a gunfight with members of a banned Maoist splinter group during a combing operation in Saliya forest area of Latehar district on Tuesday.

A member of the Maoist group Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP) was also killed in the encounter. Several weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, were recovered from the encounter site, sources said.

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The encounter came two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Chief Ministers and top officials from 10 states affected by Left Wing Extremism.

Announcing the death of the officer, Chief Minister Hemant Soren posted on social media: “During the search operation in Latehar area, we lost Deputy Commandant Rajesh Kumar… May his family get strength in an hour of grief.”

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The 41-year-old officer, who joined the BSF in 2007, was on deputation in Jharkhand Jaguar since 2018.

Sources said a Jharkhand Jaguar team was on a search operation in Saliya forest area, around 10 km from Latehar district police headquarters, when the JJMP extremists opened fire on them. During the two-hour gunfight, a Maoist was killed and Deputy Commandant Kumar sustained bullet injuries, they said. Kumar was taken to Latehar and then airlifted to Ranchi for treatment. He died at hospital in the course of treatment, a press release issued by Jharkhand Police said.

This is the second such incident this year in which a Jharkhand Jaguar personnel has been killed. In March, three constables of the unit were killed and two injured in a Claymore mine explosion triggered by Maoists in Chaibasa area of West Singhbhum district

Huge investments on ops against Maoists continue in Karnataka




Questions are now being raised by officers within the department as the state continues to make large investments in ANF, even though there hasn’t been a single serious encounter between the Maoists and forces. Karnataka is also not part of the home ministry’s list of Maoist-affected states.

By HT Correspondent, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2021 12:51 AM IST

The Karnataka government continues to spend over ₹7 crores a year and deploy 500 policemen to the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF), despite just five known Maoists in the state. (PTI)
The Karnataka government continues to spend over ₹7 crore a year and deploy 500 policemen to the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF), despite just five known Maoists in the state, who, according to the intelligence department, moved to Kerala.


Questions are now being raised by officers within the department as the state continues to make large investments in the force, even though there hasn’t been a single major encounter between the Maoists and forces. Karnataka is also not in the home ministry’s list of Maoist-affected states.

The two latest deaths associated with the ANF are of a constable dying in friendly fire and a civilian killed by the ANF in a case of mistaken identity.

Even though there is an opinion within the department to reduce the allocation to the force, it continues to remain a white elephant in the state police, say officials of the intelligence department.

Since 2010, the government inducted 1,127 officers of the rank of ASI and above while it hired 1,540 head constables and constables. However, of these, the ANF has now relieved 2,263 staff, leaving the unit with 578 members. “There are only five suspected Maoists currently operating in the state -- Vikas Gowda, BG Krishnamurthy, Mundagaru Latha, Vanajakshi, and Angadi Pradeep. We have been tracking their movement for years now, and we are certain that all of them have moved to Kerala, specifically to the Wayanad district. One of the reasons is that the terrain of Karnataka jungles is not conducive for staying,” said a senior intelligence department official.




Despite this, there are no plans on the cards to dismantle or reduce the strength of the department, Karnataka police DG and IGP Praveen Sood said.

Sood said that even though the number of Maoists is low, the force remains an important part. “I don’t agree with the argument that ANF is a white elephant. Yes, we have a handful of the Maoists in the state. But it is important to understand that the job of these units is not to hunt the Maoists but to deny them territory,” said Sood.

Explaining his rationale, the police chief said that even though there are not many Maoists in operating the forests of Karnataka, it is important to police presence through patrolling it maintained. “We are aware that our neighbours have Maoist problem and parts of Kerala make a red corridor that connects these states. So we have to conduct area denial operations to ensure, Maoists are not allowed to operate in these areas. We need large manpower to cover these large areas,” said Sood. ST Ramesh, former Karnataka DG and IGP, said that while the state government could look to reallocate some resources, dismantling a unit like ANF is not practical.


“If you ask me, I would say more focus should be on core policing. That is maintaining law and order and crime prevention. Now duties such as anti-Maoist operations are not a priority in a state like Karnataka. But neglecting these duties wouldn’t be wise,” he said. The officer added that the state was a hotbed for Maoist activities in the past. “One of the reasons why there is a lull now is the police action over the years. But I also believe that more than just having units like ANF, an effort should be made to strengthen policing and police stations in these regions to give more confidence to people,” he said.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Almora police unearth Maoist hideout in cave inside forest


The hideout was revealed based on the interrogation of the “last wanted Maoist leader” of Uttarakhand.
By Mohan Rajput, Kalyan Das
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 07:28 PM IST

Image for representation. (File photo)

Almora police claimed to have unearthed a Maoist hideout located in a cave deep inside the forests of Buda Jageswhar area of Almora district in Uttarakhand. The hideout was revealed based on the interrogation of the “last wanted Maoist leader” of Uttarakhand, Bhaskar Pandey, by police, officials said.


Thirty-six-year-old Pandey, who was wanted with a bounty of 20,000 in a case registered during the 2017 state assembly elections, was arrested in Almora on September 13 in a joint operation by the special task force (STF) of Uttarakhand police and the Almora district police.

“Police found the hideout on Sunday from a cave located inside deep and dense forests of Buda Jageshwar area after Pandey revealed its location during his interrogation while in police remand. He used to often used the hideout to stay away from police,” said Pankaj Bhatt, senior superintendent of police, Almora.

Bhatt informed, “After tracing the hideout, police found several items from there including some Maoist publicity material, survival kit, tents, sleeping bag and other items of daily need.”


Bhatt said that Pandey was taken in police remand for two days on Friday for interrogation. “On Sunday, he revealed his hideout in Hariya top forests in Buda Jageshwar area.”

Earlier, when he was arrested, police claimed that he was in touch with the members of the Politburo of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI(M)) to revive the Maoist movement in the Himalayan state.

Pandey, who was in hiding since 2017 after being booked in three cases for trying to provoke the public against the government by putting anti-government posters and burning a government vehicle in an attempt to disrupt the 2017 state assembly polls, was nabbed on September 13 near Haridutt Pethshali Inter-college in Almora.


Director general of police, Ashok Kumar, said, “During interrogation, Police came to know that he was in touch with the Politburo members of CPI(M) to revive the Maoist movement in Uttarakhand.”

“After trying to disrupt the previous assembly elections, he had plans to do the same in the upcoming assembly polls in 2022 with unlawful activities under Maoist movement. But, before he could succeed, he was nabbed by the police which was planning the dragnet on him for the last few days after getting input about his presence in Almora,” said Kumar.

The state top cop also claimed that Pandey had “taken arms training in the jungles of north Bihar in 2012.”

“He was the right hand of senior Maoist leader Khin Singh Bora who was the Uttarakhand area commander for CPI(M) who is presently in jail after being arrested in Uttar Pradesh police STF. After his arrest, Pandey was in hiding and visited the state occasionally but was not completely off,” said Kumar, adding that he was also active during the recent farmers’ agitation.


“However, he was not found trying to influence the farmers in the Maoist movement,” he added.

Kumar also informed that Pandey had joined the banned Maoist organisation in 2006 and was active in the state along with two of his close aides Devendra Chamyal and Bhagwati Bhoj who were already arrested a few years ago from Haldwani.

“The names of the Maoist leaders in Uttarakhand had come into light after police busted an arms training camp by the Maoist Communist Centre of India in 2004. Since then, 24 Maoist leaders from the state have been arrested including three in jail, one in police custody, four out on bail, 11 acquitted and four dead. Three of the state Maoist leaders were also arrested in other states including two in Maharashtra and one in UP,” said Kumar.


After his arrest, the police recovered two pen drives, two voter IDs, a mobile phone, an Aadhaar card, two books and 32,265.


https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/dehradun-news/almora-police-unearth-maoist-hideout-in-cave-inside-forest-101632751127760.html


Monday, September 27, 2021

Telangana government buckles up to uproot Maoists


By B Satyanarayana Reddy| Express News Service | Published: 28th September 2021 09:46 AM
For representational purposes


KHAMMAM: The Telangana government has decided to take strict measures to end Maoist activities completely in the State. The government has urged Maoists to give up arms and join the mainstream society. The State government submitted a report on Maoist affected districts to Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a meeting, which took place in New Delhi on Sunday, September 27, 2021. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, along with DGP M Mahender Reddy, participated in the meeting. 

Maoist activities have come down considerably and are limited to erecting banners and releasing pamphlets in Adilabad, Mulugu, Jayashankar-Bhupalpally, Asifabad and Mahabubabad districts. 
However, in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district which is close to Chhattishgarh, violence has increased. 
Amit Shah advised the State to strengthen its intelligence system and also maintain good relationships with neighbouring States. A police official said, "The department would focus more on the strengthening of intelligence system, courier system, exchange of information and joint operations."

According to police estimation, not more than 100 Maoists including both lower and higher cadre members are working in Telangana. Already more than 150 Maoists have surrendered to police recently. Bhadradri-Kothagudem Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said, “Maoist activities have been detected in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district as the district is very close to Chhattishgarh.”

Red menace: Despite successes, taking out the Maoist core will require smart security-cum-development strategy



September 27, 2021, 8:34 PM IST 
    
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A recent meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah and attended by CMs or their nominees of 10 states highlighted the declining incidence of Maoist violence in the country. In fact, the annual death toll from Maoist violence has dipped below 200 for the first time in decades, marking an 82% decline from the all-time high of 1,005 in 2010 to 183 in 2020. Plus, over the same decade Maoist influence has shrunk from 96 to 53 districts, with ultras most active in just 25 districts that account for 85% of total violence.


However, despite this apparent success, the core command structure of Maoists remains intact. This was exemplified by the deadly Maoist attack on security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region earlier this year that killed at least 22 jawans. Despite no popular appeal, elusive Maoist commanders like Madvi Hidma operate with small groups of committed fighters and draw on the support of remote tribal populations in the deep forested areas of Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of Maharashtra and Odisha.

It’s clear that security operations, although vital, alone aren’t enough to overcome this challenge. Development of remote affected areas along with targeting of Maoist money flow is key. Ultras thrive on extortion in areas rich with minerals and minor forest produce like bamboo and tendu leaves. The latter alone account for revenues estimated at Rs 20,000 crore annually. Gram panchayats auction these forest products and Maoists pose as middlemen to get better prices from contractors and take a cut. Thus, the trade in minor forest produce needs a closer look in Maoist-affected areas to break the contractor-Maoist nexus. At the end of the day, it is poverty that sustains Maoists. Hence, the country’s best weapon against ultras is extending the welfare state to areas it hasn’t quite reached. A pincer security-development strategy, done well, may just stub out the Maoist menace for good

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Andhra seeks better roads, telecom network meeting with Shah on Maoist insurgency


The state’s home minister Mekathoti Sucharita on Sunday demanded that the Centre further improve road connectivity and telecommunication network and set up more Eklavya schools and post offices in the Maoist-affected areas
By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 12:14 AM IST

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy could not attend a high-level meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah with 10 Maoist-hit states due to medical reasons. (ANI)

Stating that the Maoist problem has been diminishing in Andhra Pradesh owing to development, the state’s home minister Mekathoti Sucharita on Sunday demanded that the Centre further improve road connectivity and telecommunication network and set up more Eklavya schools and post offices in the Maoist-affected areas.


Sucharita, who attended a high-level meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah with 10 Maoist-hit states, said chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy could not attend the meeting due to medical reasons.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Sucharita said, “The number of districts affected by Maoist activities has reduced from five to two in the state. Maoists are now confined to only two districts -- Visakhapatnam and East Godavari.”Many Maoists are leaving their ranks in the state. Their number has come down from earlier 150 to 50 now, she said, adding that the reduction in Maoist activities was the result of several development activities being undertaken in the state.

To ensure development projects reach remote parts of the Maoist-hit areas, Sucharita said, “We have asked the central government to improve road connection and remove hurdles like forest clearance for developing roads, among others.”The state government has also demanded increase in the number of Ekalavya schools and improved mobile and internet network with 4G coverage, besides setting up post offices.


The minister said the state’s Nadu-Nedu and Amma Vodi schemes to provide education, medical facilities and empower women are being implemented through village-level committees successfully.

“The improvement in basic facilities with successful implementation of various schemes is yielding results even in Maoist-hit areas,” she said, adding that the schemes are helping in providing economic stability and reducing poverty.

Shah urged the chief secretaries of Naxal-affected states to hold a review meeting with the DGPs and officers of central agencies at least every three months to deal with LWEs.

During the discussions, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik suggested that the Centre conduct a study on how many children from LWE-affected areas across the country are successful in national level exams like NEET and IIT JEE

Govt plans to intensify operations against Maoists, choke flow of funds, act against frontal groups


NEW DELHI: Intensifying operations against Maoists and choking the flow of funds to them were the two key issues discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by six chief ministers and top officials of four other states here on Sunday, sources said. 

Action against frontal organisations of the Maoists, filling up the security vacuum, concerted action by the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency and the state police were other vital issues discussed during the nearly three-hour-long meeting.


The chief ministers who attended the meeting were Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), K Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra) and Hemant Soren (Jharkhand), official sources said.


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Bhupesh Baghel of Chhattisgarh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan did not attend the meeting. Their states were represented by senior officials.


According to sources, intensifying operations against the Maoists, filling up the security vacuum, choking the flow of funds to extremists and concerted action by the ED, the NIA and the state police were discussed threadbare in the meeting.


Focused investigation and prosecution of cases, action against front organisations, coordination amongst states, capacity building of state intelligence branches and special forces of the states, construction of fortified police stations were other issues discussed at the meeting.


The home minister reviewed with the chief ministers and officials the security situation and ongoing operations against Maoists and development projects being carried out in the Naxalism-affected areas, the sources said.


Shah took stock of the requirements of the states, the strength of forces deployed to tackle the extremists, development works like the construction of roads, bridges, school, and health centres being carried out in Naxal-hit areas.


Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said the 

Maoist

 problem has been reduced to only three districts in his state and the meeting discussed what is required to be done to reduce it further.


The development issues which were discussed at the meeting include road connectivity, speeding up construction of long pending roads, improvement of telecommunication network by upgrading the mobile towers installed in last five years in Maoist-hit areas and expedition of installation of the more mobile towers in poor network zones.


The central government is also planning to set up Eklavya schools and ensure coverage of post offices in all gram panchayats in Maoist-hit districts.



Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw, Giriraj Singh, Arjun Munda and Nityanada Rai also attended the meeting.


Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla, director of intelligence Bureau Arvinda Kumar, senior civil and police officers of central and state governments also attended it.


According to the Union Home Ministry's data, Maoist violence has reduced considerably in the country and the menace is prevalent now in just about 45 districts.


However, a total 90 districts in the country are considered Maoist-affected and are covered under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme of the ministry.


The Naxalite problem, also called 

Left Wing Extremism

 (

LWE

), were reported in 61 districts in 2019 and in only about 45 districts in 2020.


About 380 security personnel, 1,000 civilians and 900 Maoists were killed in different violence in LWE affected areas since 2015 till 2020.


A total of about 4,200 Maoists have also surrendered during the same period, the data said.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Telangana: 14 Maoists join social mainstream


Express News Service | Published: 24th September 2021 08:39 AM

For representational purposes. (File Photo)


KHAMMAM: As many as 14 militia members of the CPI (Maoist) party’s Cherla area committee surrendered before the district police and CRPF 141 battalion here, on Thursday. Speaking to the media, Kothagudem SP Sunil Dutt said that they were forced to joining the banned outfit by its top leaders. The 14 activists decided to quit the party as they were unable to bear the harassment of the party leadership. 

The surrendered militia members said that the party leadership used to make them do things against their will. Recently, they were forced to attend a training programme at Pesarlapadu, Puttapadu and Chanda areas in Chhattisgarh

Labourer killed, vehicles set afire in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack


Suspected Maoists allegedly killed a labourer and torched four vehicles at a road construction site in Chhattisgarh’s Left-wing insurgency hit Narayanpur district, a police officer said on Friday
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 10:18 AM IST

Image for representation. (AFP/File Photo)

Suspected Maoists allegedly killed a labourer and torched four vehicles at a road construction site in Chhattisgarh’s Left-wing insurgency hit Narayanpur district, a police officer said on Friday.

Inspector-General of Police (Bastar Range) Sunderaj P said that the incident took place on Thursday evening at Madhoner village of the district. He added around two dozen Maoists were involved in the attack. Sunderraj P said the attackers thrashed the labourer at the construction site before setting ablaze a JCB machine, two tractors and two motorcycles there. The labourer who died has been identified as Sandip Bajan, who belonged to a village near the construction site.


A police team was rushed to the spot and began a combing operation of the nearby areas to track down the attackers. The operation was still on. Police said they recovered a pamphlet from the attack scene warning villagers against participating in the developmental activities

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