Saturday, January 16, 2021

CoBRA commando fatally shoots self during Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh

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A commando of CRPFs elite unit

CoBRA allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon in Chhattisgarhs Sukma district during an anti -Naxal operation in the wee hours of Friday, police said.

As per preliminary information, Head Constable Harjeet Singh (40), belonging to CoBRAs 206th battalion, shot himself with his service rifle when a squad of his unit was out on an anti-Naxal operation in Chintagufa police station area, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Sharma told PTI.

A team of the 206th battalion of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) had launched the operation from its Temelwada camp on Thursday night based on inputs about movement of Naxals and laid an ambush on Koyalmeta hill, located over 450km from state capital Raipur, he said.

During the operation, Singh allegedly shot himself and died on the spot, Sharma said, adding his body is being shifted to a local hospital.

Prima facie the incident seems to be a suicide and an investigation is underway to ascertain the exact reason that prompted him to take the extreme step.

"However, police will also probe whether he misfired from his service rifle, Sharma added.

Singh was a native of Ludhiana district in Punjab.

The CRPF is deployed in south Bastar for anti-Naxal operations

C''garh: Naxal carrying Rs 8 lakh reward killed in Bijapur

Bijapur, Jan 16 (PTI) A Naxal, carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh''s Bijapur district on Saturday, a police official said.

The gunfight took place around 4.30 pm in a forest between Kutru and Ketulnar villages, where a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and District Force was out on an anti-Naxal operation, inspector general of police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Following the exchange of fire, the security forces recovered the body of Saibo alias Ranu along with a pistol from the spot, the official said.

Apart from this, grenade-headed arrows and materials of daily use were also recovered from the scene, he said.

Saibo, who was active as a deputy commander of Farsegarh LOS (local organisation squad) of Maoists, was wanted in 12 Naxal incidents in the area and carried a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, the IG added. PTI COR TKP ARU

Chhattisgarh: Collector stays at Maoist epicentre to perceive tribals' needs

By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 16th January 2021 05:42 PM
Bastar collector Rajat Bansal (in blue shirt) participating in an awareness rally (Photo | EPS)

RAIPUR: The inhabitants of remotely-located Koleng, a Maoist stronghold in Bastar in south Chhattisgarh, found among themselves the collector who spent not just a few hours of the day but had a night halt in the tribal hamlet. 

Rajat Bansal, a 2012-batch IAS officer, traveled on a bike and trekked through the hostile terrain for a few kilometre to reach Koleng village in Darbha --the block which drew a great deal of nationwide attention after the top Congress leadership got eliminated in an audacious Maoist attack targeting the party convoy on 25 May 2013.

The intent of the collector was to understand the local populace and the pressing needs of the region which is symptomatic of three-decades of violence unleashed by the outlawed CPI (Maoist).

Bansal relished the tribal cuisine, performed on their traditional musical instruments, engaged in local sports, participated in awareness rally and interacted with them during his 24 hours stay with the tribal community.

Koleng, having a population of over 300, is located adjoining the Odisha border and about 45 km away from the Jagdalpur -- the district headquarters of Bastar.

As Maoist violence still remains a potential threat, the security forces had advised Bansal not to venture into Koleng during late evening hours but he had his own plans and reached the village at around 3 pm with his small team.

“We also wished to understand the liberty and the choices the local tribals make as the situation is returning to normalcy away from the purported ideological leaning to the banned organisation in the area”, the collector said.

“Villagers told us that the collector inquired about their requirements and whether they are able to access the welfare schemes launched by the government. Instead of the mediators, he was more inclined to personally get the first-hand information from the ground regarding the reach of the district administration”, said Bastar-based journalist Dharmendra Mahapatra. 

It was only RP Noronha, Indian Civil Service (ICS) officer, who was much fond of working for the tribal communities after consciously investing time with them to get to know about their lifestyle and culture. Noronha later became the chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh in 1963

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Maoists kill village Sarpanch’s husband, brand him ‘informer’


A group of Naxalites killed the husband of a village sarpanch on suspicion of being a police spy in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday night in Pardoni village in the Manpur police station limits, a Naxalite-affected area located around 170 km from Raipur.

The 47-year-old victim, husband of the Pardoni     village sarpanch (panchayat head), was beaten to death, Additional Superintendent of Police Jaiprakash Barhai said.

According to preliminary information, a group of Maoists barged into the    victim's house when he was resting after dinner and dragged him out on the street, he said.

They then took him to the village outskirts and thrashed him brutally in front of his family. The      victim died on the spot, the official said.

After being alerted, a police team shifted the body to a hospital for                  post-mortem.

Maoist pamphlets were recovered from the site in which the deceased was accused of being a police informer. The official denied the victim's association with the police.

A search operation has been launched to trace the culprits, the officer said.

According to another police official, on May 8 last year, four Naxalites were killed in a gun battle with police in Pardoni village. The rebels suspected that the victim tipped off the police about the presence of their colleagues

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hardcore Naxalite gunned down in Dantewada

The man was wanted in connection with several incidents, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said.

The gunfight took place in a forest between Chikpal and Marjum villages early in the morning when a joint team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was on an anti-Naxalite operation, he said.

After the exchange of fire, the body of the Naxalite, identified as Hidma Muchaki, was recovered from the spot along with a 9 mm pistol, Pallava said.

Muchaki, who was active as a member of the Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists, was involved in several incidents and carried a reward of `5 lakh on his head, he said.

A search operation was still on at the site, around 400 km from capital Raipur

Anand Teltumbde bail plea says he is critical of Maoist ideology

Teltumbde, in his bail plea filed on Tuesday, said that he has written about 30 books and referred to one of them mentioned by a witness in the NIA chargesheet – Anti-Imperialism and Annihilation of Caste.

Elgaar Parishad case, Anand Teltumbde, Anand Teltumbde bail, Anand Teltumbde Elgaar Parishad, indian Express newsThe plea further said that Teltumbde belongs to a Dalit family and despite hailing from a poor family, he had worked hard to reach such academic position in life. (File)

Former IIT professor and academic Anand Teltumbde, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, has said in his bail application filed before the court that he himself is critical of the Maoist ideology and being accused of being a member of the banned CPI (Maoist) is “wholly untrue”.

Denying that he was a convener of the Elgaar Parishad event held in Pune in 2017, Teltumbde added that he did not participate in it due to the differences he had.

Teltumbde was arrested on April 14, last year, after he surrendered before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Mumbai as per orders of the Supreme Court. The NIA filed a supplementary chargesheet against him and seven others last October alleging that he had been acting to further the Maoist agenda.

Teltumbde, in his bail plea filed on Tuesday, said that he has written about 30 books and referred to one of them mentioned by a witness in the NIA chargesheet – Anti-Imperialism and Annihilation of Caste.

“This in the face of it is a critique of Maoist ideology and this evidence indicates that the present accused is critical of Maoist ideology and in view of this, the allegation of the prosecution that the accused is a member of CPI (Maoist) and has been acting to further its agenda, is wholly untrue,” the bail plea stated, adding that linking Teltumbde to the ideology does not “stand to sense”.

The NIA in its chargesheet had claimed that Teltumbde attended international conferences “under the guise of… academic visits abroad” and brought back Maoist literature and videos on “ideology, tactics, weapons” for CPI (Maoist) members.

Denying this, Teltumbde said in his bail plea that the academic tours he attended were sponsored by well-known academics and organisations of international repute and there was no evidence to show any unlawful activity.

The plea further said that Teltumbde belongs to a Dalit family and despite hailing from a poor family, he had worked hard to reach such academic position in life. “However, the casteist forces in our society cannot digest this fact and has implicated him in the case in an attempt to belittle his own achievements and to humiliate the entire Dalit community, which same humiliation was heaped on no less than Dr (Babasaheb) Ambedkar during his lifetime,” the plea added.

The plea also denied allegations that Teltumbde met his younger brother, Milind – who has been named in the chargesheet as an absconding accused and top operative of CPI (Maoist) – stating that he has not been in contact with him for the last 25 years. It further said that there is no corroboration of the letters claimed to have been seized from the co-accused in the case and that Teltumbde was being implicated merely on the ground that there is a reference of the name ‘Anand’ in the letters.

The special court has directed the NIA to file a reply to the plea.

Court allows five books a month for Sudha Bharadwaj

Mumbai: The special NIA court on Tuesday allowed access to five books a month to law professor Sudha Bharadwaj, who is lodged in Byculla women’s jail in Mumbai in connection to the Elgaar Parishad case. Bharadwaj had filed a plea before the court last month stating that prison authorities were not permitting her access to books sent by her family or lawyers.

“The superintendent shall carefully examine the books and if they contain objectionable material, which preaches violence, vulgar, obscene, pornographic or the material propagating the banned organisation namely Revolutionary Democratic Front or CPI (Maoist), in that case she shall not allow the applicant to accept such books,” the court said in its order.

Similar applications made by Bharadwaj’s co-accused, activist Gautam Navlakha and Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, who are lodged in Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai, are pending. —ENS

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2 CAF jawans injured in IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

ANI | Updated: Jan 13, 2021 04:29 IST

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], January 13 (ANI): Two jawans of the 16th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) have been injured in an IED (Improvised explosive device) blast triggered by Naxals in the Orchha area in Narayanpur district.
The jawans were taken to Raipur for better treatment, said Sadanand Kumar, Commandant, 16th battalion of CAF.
The incident occurred just four kilometers away from the Orchha police station at 11 pm on Tuesday.
The joint road opening party, comprising personnel of Special Task Force, District Police, and Chhattisgarh Armed Force had gone for road opening at the area. (ANI)

Maoist commander with ₹5 lakh bounty killed in Chhattisgarh's Bastar

The police said Hidma Muchaki was recruited in 2008-09 and was an important member of the cadre.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:24 AM IST
Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallava told HT that the encounter took place in the early hours in between the jungles of Chikpal and Marjum villages.(HT Photo )

A Maoist commander carrying a reward of 5 lakh and wanted in many cases of violence was gunned down by police on Wednesday morning in Dantewada district of Bastar region.

Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallava told HT that the encounter took place in the early hours in between the jungles of Chikpal and Marjum villages.

“A team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Chhattisgarh Armed Force went on an anti-naxal operation on Tuesday and the encounter began when they reached the jungles on Wednesday morning. After firing stopped, we recovered the body of Hidma Muchaki, who was an active member of Katekalyan Area committee of CPI (Maoist ),” said Pallava.

The police have also recovered a pistol and are still searching the area.

The SP said Muchaki was recruited in 2008-09 and was an important member of the cadre.

“On Tuesday, we got information that Maoists were trying to kill a tribal, accusing him of being a police informer. Our team reached that village and rescued the villager. Later, the same villager told us about a Maoist dump and gathering near Marjum village. We cordoned off the area and in the early hours the encounter took place,” said the SP

Monday, January 11, 2021

Naxals using levy amounts to fund terror, attack security forces, kill innocents: NIA


New Delhi, Jan 12: The National Investigation has filed a chargesheet in connection with an extortion case involving the naxalites.

Charges have been filed against Manoj Kumar Yadav, Krishna Da, Sunil Manjhi and Manoj Kumar Choudhary, all residents of Giridih in Jharkhand.

Naxals using levy amounts to fund terror, attack security forces, kill innocents: NIA

Manoj Kumar was arrested in 2018 by the state police while trying to deliver the funds that were earned through extortion. He was trying to deliver the same to the cadres of the CPI (Maoist) and at the time of his arrest, Rs 6 lakh was seized along with incriminating material.



Killing of Chhattisgarh MLA in 2019 was part of naxalites’ Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign

The probe found that Yadav was working as an associate Over Ground Worker of the CPI (Maoist). He was a conduit between the contractors and the CPI (Maoist). After the NIA took over the probe it was found that Manjhi, a regional committee member of the outfit and absconding accused Krishna were involved in raising funds by collecting levy through extortion.

The money was used to carry terror activity by way of attacking security forces, damaging public properly, disrupting peace and killing innocent people. The probe also revealed that the levy amounts were also handed over to other senior members of the CPI (Maoist)

No input about Naxal activities in Rajasthan: Top cop

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Students protest against the naxalite attack by Maoists


The violence had erupted in September when the candidates of teachers' recruitment examination-2018 blocked a highway, pelted stones at police, damaged several properties and torched vehicles demanding filling of 1,167 vacant posts of general quot...

JAIPUR: Rajasthan DGP M L Lather on Monday said there is no report about Naxal activities in Rajasthan. "So far, there is no input about any Naxal activity in the state," he said. Director General of Police Lather was asked whether there was any report of such kinds of activities.

After a violence in Dungarpur last year, some of the opposition party leaders had hinted towards Naxal activities in the tribal region. BJP MLA Madan Dilawar had alleged such elements were disturbing harmony between tribal and non-tribal people.


The violence had erupted in September when the candidates of teachers' recruitment examination-2018 blocked a highway, pelted stones at police, damaged several properties and torched vehicles demanding filling of 1,167 vacant posts of general quota with ST candidates.

Lather said barring that violence, the law and order remained under control and peaceful in the state

'Ghar Wapsi' - Chhattisgarh's Dantewada Sees Over 200 Maoists Surrender In Less Than A Year

Somak Adhikari | Updated: Jan 11, 2021, 16:55 IST

But he is not alone. As per a report in The New Indian Express, several Maoists have surrendered under the ‘Lon Varratu’ (return home in the local tribal dialect Gondi) campaign launched by Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava in June 2020. 

In less than a year, over 200 have surrendered. 

“I never wanted to be a part of any police campaign. Now, I’m happy to be back with my family and do farming,” said Markam. 


The 'ghar wapsi' initiative by the police aims to bring them back into mainstream society and provide help like financial assistance and jobs. 

In the first six months, only 19 surrendered in 2020, but in the next six, it was 226 including 61 hardcore members

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Govt trains women to become self-reliant in Naxal-hit Dantewada

Govt trains women to become self-reliant in Naxal-hit Dantewada

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India], January 10 (ANI): The district administration and the Agriculture Science Centre have set up a skill centre and helped women at Naxal affected Jhodiyawadam in Dantewada to find employment and become financially independent.
Women earn their living by working in food processing mills, growing mushrooms and vegetables, and manufacturing disposable plates and bowls.
"We have established a multi-skilling centre here for women to make them financially independent. We provide 10 ways of employment to them. Over 20 families are working here and earning their living," collector Deepak Soni told ANI.
Expressing their happiness, women working there said that this opportunity changed our lives.
"There are over 20 women living here in this 'Mahila Aajivika Parisar'. Here do vegetable farming, paddy milling and earn about Rs 4,000 per month," Rambati a local said.
Another woman who works here said that there was a lot of difference between our earlier lives and today. Now they feel more happy and confident. (ANI)

Maha: Bomb-making items seized from Naxal hideout in Gondia

Gondia, Jan 10 (PTI) Gunpowder, nails, glass, wire and other explosive-making materials were seized on Sunday afternoon from a Naxal hideout in Bharnoli forest in Arjuni Morgaon tehsil of Gondia, police said.

The operation was carried out by a joint team of local police, C-60 commandos and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad personnel, Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said.

"We have recovered a container of 10 kilograms capacity, iron nails, glass, wire, black gunpowder etc. A case has been registered with Keshori police station and further probe is on," he said. PTI COR BNM BNM