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Banned Red oufit supporting farmers’ protest?

Framers protest
Updated Feb 03, 2021 | 11:04 IST

Several central ministers have repeatedly said that the farmers’ protest has been infiltrated by “Leftist and Maoist elements".

Framers protest

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Farmers protesting at Delhi-UP border

New Delhi: The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has likened the three newly-enacted farm laws with the British-era Rowlatt Act and asked its frontal organisations to continue fighting alongside the protesting farmers, a report said on Wednesday.

The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has issued several statements in support of the protests again the three agri laws, thus appearing to confirm the central probe agencies’ suspicion of Maoists’ involvement in the ongoing farmers’ protest.

In a statement dated January 30, 2020, the CPI (Maoist)’s central committee spokesperson Abhay accused the central government of trying to create a rift among the farmer union leaders and also ‘dilly-dallying’ on the demands of the protesting farmers, a report published in ToI said.

The banned outfit’s women’s wing functionary Ranita Hichhami has also issued a statement extending full support to “farmer brothers and sisters”, the report further stated.

The law enforcement agencies are verifying the alleged press releases of the CPI (Maoist) movement of outfits and are keeping a tab on the movement of outfits such as People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army and the Revolutionary People’s Committees.

Several central ministers have repeatedly said that the farmers’ protest has been infiltrated by “Leftist and Maoist elements".

Earlier, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that some "anti-social elements" are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the farmers’ movement. 

Union Minister Piyush Goyal had said that “we realise that the so-called farmer agitation hardly remains a farmers' agitation. It has almost got infiltrated by Leftist and Maoist elements”.

Thousands of farmers are protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders.

The three farm laws which were passed during the Monsoon session of Parliament in 2020 have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agriculture sector. However, the farmers have expressed apprehension saying that the new laws would lead to eliminating of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates

Maoists urge masses to join farmers’ struggle

Soumitra Bose | TNN | Feb 3, 2021, 05:52 IST

Nagpur: The Maoists’ think tank, through a press communication (January 30), has appealed to the masses to join the farmers’ struggle against the central government. 

The reds coming to the fore with their version of the struggle is keeping the security and intelligence agencies on their toes.

Apart from the central committee’s press release issued by their spokesperson Abhay, it’s learnt that even his Dandakaranya (Central India) counterpart, Vikalp, too issued a similar statement on behalf of the parties. There were similar press statements from various divisional-level formations of the Maoists extending their support to the farmers’ agitation.

The women’s wing of the Maoists too has extended its support to the anti-farm law agitation with their leader Ranita Hichhami vowing to extend solidarity to the ‘brothers and sisters’ of the farmers.

The Maoists have also lambasted the central government for the ‘dilly-dally’ tactics and also engineering a rift among the leaders leading the protest.

With both the central and different state governments closely monitoring the developments, the intelligence and security agencies are now proactively keeping a tab on the movement of different outfits. There is also a cross-checking exercise under way to verify the authenticity of some of the press releases.

Equating the controversial farms laws with that of the British-era Rowlatt Act, the Maoists’ appeal to the masses to join the agitation is set to pose a tricky challenge to the security agencies in the coming days.

The rebels have claimed that the farms laws would also affect 80% of the masses who should join the protest. Throwing a strategic challenge, the Maoists have asked citizens to agitate from wherever they are located and in the sphere of their work as well.

The banned body of the Communist party of India (Maoist) has also made an appeal to its widespread network to carry out ‘struggles’ against the three farm laws across the nation and support the united front of the farmers in its various agitations. The rebels have asked their cadre, Peoples’ liberation guerrilla army (PLGA), revolutionary organizations, Revolutionary people’s committees and such outfits to continue participating in the farmers’ protest along with their ongoing nationwide militant movement.

DIG, Gadchiroli Naxal range, Sandip Patil said the farmers’ agitation is part of the Maoist ideology of the ‘class struggle’. “In the ensuing farmers’ struggle, the Maoists have comfortably found their ideological support which they want to capitalize on to wage their battle against the government which is their agenda,” he said


Girls from Naxal affected Kondagaon among six selected for Chhattisgarh archery team

ANI | Updated: Feb 02, 2021 13:39 IST

Kondagaon (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 2 (ANI): As many as six children including four girls from the Naxal affected Kondagaon district, who are being training by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), have been selected for the Chhattisgarh archery team.
According to ITBP, they will represent the state in a competition to be held in Dehradun from February 7 to February 15.
The ITBP is giving training to kids in the Red zone since 2016. (ANI)

Wanted woman Naxal arrested in Chhattisgarh''s Bijapur district

Bijapur, Feb 2 (PTI) A 19-year-old woman Naxal, wanted in connection with an encounter, was arrested from a forest along Bijapur-Sukma border in Chhattisgarh, police said on Tuesday.

Padam Pisu, a jan militia member of Maoists, was apprehended from the forest near Mandimarka village in Sukma district, when a joint team of security forces was out on an anti-Naxal operation from Basaguda area of Bijapur on Monday, an official said.

Personnel from the Special Task Force (STF) and District Force (DF) were involved in the operation, he said.

Pisu was wanted in connection with a gunfight between security forces and ultras that took place on February 27, 2020, the official added. PTI COR TKP ARU ARU

ED takes possession of top Naxal leader properties in Jharkhand

Abhijeet Yadav is accused of extortion, criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken possession of properties belonging to a top Maoist leader in a major crackdown against Naxals, sources said.

“The attached assets are in the form of land situated in Jharkhand’s Palamu district and bank balance worth Rs 16.49 lakh. Abhijeet Yadav alias Mahavir Yadav is a notorious Naxalite and sub-zonal commander of the banned and militant Naxalite organisation CPI (Maoist) and is an absconder,” said the ED.

Abhijeet Yadav is accused of extortion, criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder. Several FIRs have been filed against him for threatening and illegally recovering the levy from various government development works going on in Bihar’s Gaya, Aurangabad and Palamu district of Jharkhand.

ED had initiated its investigation under PMLA on the basis of 3 FIRs filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, and Explosive Substances Act and Arms Act against Abhijeet Yadav and others.

The ED has also filed a chargesheet against Abhijeet Yadav and his wife Gita Devi before the court for committing offence of money laundering

ED takes possession of property of top Maoist leader's wife

ED takes possession of property of top Maoist leader's wife

New Delhi [India], February 2 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday took possession of the movable and immovable properties of top Maoist leader Abhijeet Yadav alias Mahavir Yadav's wife Gita Devi.
As per a statement, the attached assets are in the form of land situated in Jharkhand's Palamu district and the balance in the bank account held in the name of Gita Devi totals Rs 16.49 lakhs.
Abhijeet Yadav is a notorious Naxalite and an active member and Sub-Zonal commander of the banned and militant Naxalite Organization CPI (Maoist) and is an absconder.
The ED initiated an investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of 3 FIRs wherein charge sheets were filed against Abhijeet Yadav and others.
"He has been charged for the collection of levy, criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder, extortion... Yadav is threatening, forcibly and illegally recovering the levy from various development works going on in Gaya, Aurangabad district of Bihar and Palamu district of Jharkhand," the statement said.
The statement further said that the provisional attachment order was confirmed by the Ld. Adjudicating Authority.
"The prosecution complaint has been filed against Abhijeet Yadav @ Mahavir Yadav and his wife Gita Devi before the Hon'ble Court with a prayer for awarding punishment to the accused for committing offence of money laundering and confiscation of the attached properties worth Rs 16.49 lakh," it added.
Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

Meet the tribal Halbi rappers of Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bastar

Halbi, also known as Bastari, is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language and is spoken by tribes across the central part of India.
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2021 01:57 PM IST
The young rappers(HT Photo )

The Halbi rap song “Ram Ram Sadu” is a new sensation in Maoist-affected Bastar with around 2.5 lakh hits on YouTube (and counting).

‘Boya Raja’, the rapper of this song and the resident of village Kumravan in Bastar district, is a happy teenager and hopes that one day the Halbi rap will become a ‘phenomenal identity’ of the region.

The hip hop scene is flourishing in the region.

“Boya in halbi means mad and Raja is King. I write about festivals and love. The aim is to encourage Halbi, which is the traditional language of tribes in this region,” said Lalit Kumar Kashyap, a tribal, famous as Boya Raja.

Kashyap is a great fan of Mumbai-based rapper Emiway Bantai and dreams that one day he will rap with him in Halbi.

“I have deep respect for my mother tongue Halbi and hence my aim is to make Halbi rap songs famous in the music industry. Till now, I have made only three songs, but things are going well,” said Kashyap, whose father is a marginal farmer.

Halbi, also known as Bastari, is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language and is spoken by tribes across the central part of India. It is written in Devanagari and Odia script, as per experts.

Kashyap, along with two of his friends, records the video and then gets it edited in studio in the nearest city of Jagdalpur.

“The rap scene in Halbi started a couple of years ago. There are around six young Halbi rappers and people across seven districts of Bastar and even in Odisha love Halbi rap songs. We all have a similar goal: to make our language Halbi famous and to give our tribal culture a new platform,” said Kashyap, who is writing a new song on Maoist problems in the Bastar region.

Till now most of the hip hop scene in the Bastar region is focused on love, betrayal, food and festivals.

The other famous halbi rappers are Rapper Ram, Rapper Anil and others.

“Initially, we focused on writing about common topics, but now we have decided to write on issues faced by our community in this Maoist-affected Bastar region,” said Suresh Kumar, a resident of Kondagaon district, one of the seven districts of Bastar region.

People in Bastar believe that rapping in Halbi is a new thing and surely it will help the local language and culture in many ways.

“I believe that rap songs are a very simple way of expressing emotions, rage and anger. The Halbi rappers in the region are amateurs but doing well...The people of Bastar, who mostly live in the jungles and mountains, are connecting with the outside world and this connection is also visible in the field of art. Bastaria rap songs have their own taste and in coming days there will be an art explosion internationally,” said Avinash Prasad, a filmmaker and writer, who directed the film in Halbi.

Shivnarayan Pandey, alias Koyla, a local artist who is working on Halbi language since last decade said the language is spoken in many parts of Bastar region, including Gondi, Dorli and other dialects.

“Halbi was a trade and state language of Bastar when kings used to rule this region. Halbi connects people and hence is popular in deep forests also. There is a history of songwriting and music in Halbi. I believe that if youth are doing it they should focus on purity. There are many words in Halbi which are extinct now and through these youths we believe that these words will come into existence again,” said Pandey


₹ 4 lakh given to surrendered Maoist

Special CorrespondentBHADRADRI-KOTHAGUDEM 01 FEBRUARY 2021 21:50 IST

Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt on Monday handed over a cheque for ₹ 4 lakh to surrendered Maoist Kaluma Devi in Kothagudem.

Kaluma Devi, who carried a reward of ₹ 4 lakh on her head, surrendered before the district police in September last year, according to a press release.

Speaking after handing over the reward money to the former woman Maoist, the SP said the police department will help the surrendered Maoists in getting assistance from the government departments as per the surrender and rehabilitation policy to lead a normal life. The Maoists can surrender before the police at the nearest police stations or through their relatives and join the mainstream, the SP said