Friday, February 26, 2021

ED attaches assets of Jharkhand Naxal operative


The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has attached assets worth over ₹ 2 crore of a Jharkhand-based Maoist operative as part of a money laundering probe against him and others.

The frozen assets are in the form of vehicles and are held in the name of Bindeshwar Ganjhu alias Bindu Ganjhu and his firm Maa Gange coal trading pvt. ltd.


The central probe agency said its criminal case against Ganjhu and others, under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), is linked to the extremists collecting funds through extortion of contractors, coal traders, coal transporters in the Magadh-Amrapali coal block area of Jharkhand. The state police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are also probing the accused and have filed multiple charge sheets against them.

Bindeshwar Ganjhu, the ED said in a statement, "used to collect levy from transporters and delivery order holders in Magadh-Amrapali coal block area in connivance with other extremists of Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) in Chatra district of Jharkhand." "Ganjhu, being a member of the outlawed organisation TPC, was closely associated with top leaders and acquired proceeds of crime in his name as well as his firm which were projected and claimed as untainted properties," it claimed.

The total value of assets attached under the latest order is ₹ 2.03 crore while immovable and movable properties worth ₹ 2.89 crore belonging to Ganjhu and an another person Pradeep Ram and their two firms were earlier attached in this case, it said. The total attachment of assets in this case now stands at ₹ 4.92 crore

CPI (Maoist) supports stir against VSP privatisation

Special CorrespondentVISAKHAPATNAM 26 FEBRUARY 2021 23:25 IST

The banned CPI (Maoist) has extended its support to the people and workers agitating against the proposed strategic sale of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).

In a letter released by Kailasam, spokesman of the CPI (Maoist) Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZ), the party stated that VSP had been achieved after people made huge sacrifices. As many as 32 persons had been killed, the letter said, and added that the sale of steel plant should not be allowed.

The outfit also found fault with the State government for not taking up the protest seriously.



“The YSRCP government is trying to misguide the people by saying that the decision to privatise VSP has been taken by the Union government without its consent,” Kailasam said in the letter.

“Both YSRCP and BJP are on the same page on the issue. If the YSRCP is really keen on supporting the agitation, the Chief Minister should ask all his MPs to resign for the cause,” he said.

The Maoists also criticised the farm Acts, and said the BJP-led Union government was only working for big private companies

Maoist violence on the decline in Chhattisgarh

The number of gunbattles came down to 84 last year compared to 121 in 2019, 166 in 2018, 198 in 2017, and 211 in 2016 even as officials cautioned against reading too much into the data
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:50 PM IST

File photo of a Maoist camp.

There has been a significant decline in gunbattles between security forces and Maoists in Left-wing insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh over the last few years, according to the state police data. The number of gunbattles came down to 84 last year compared to 121 in 2019, 166 in 2018, 198 in 2017, and 211 in 2016 even as officials cautioned against reading too much into the data.

Multiple officials said the decrease could also be because of less engagement of security forces in core areas with Maoists and defensive counter-insurgency strategy. “...tactically Maoists are also not engaging the police until they are in a very dominant position. There was hardly any engagement between the Maoists and the forces in 2019...,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

A second official said the Maoists adopted a wait-and-watch strategy to understand the new government that was voted to power in the state in 2018. “Many Maoist leaders were of the opinion that a soft pro-tribal government has come in the state and they should not do anything to annoy it....but the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Bhima Mandavi [in 2019] led to change in the stance,” said the official posted in Maoist-hit Bastar region.

‘My Daughter Wasn’t a Maoist’: Mother of 20-Yr-Old Who Killed Self

4 days after the alleged ‘surrender’, Pandey killed herself on 23 February, while she was kept at Karli Police line.
The family and kin of the deceased 20-year-old | (Photo Courtesy: Kashif Kakvi)

The family and kin of the deceased 20-year-old

"Neither my daughter was a Maoist nor did she surrender. The police detained her from home and tortured her to surrender," alleged Somdi, mother of a 20-year-old suspected Maoist who reportedly killed herself on Tuesday, 23 February, in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district inside the police line four days after the surrender.

"Gaon me Naxaliyon ka aana jana laga rahta hai aur jab bhi Naxali gaon walo ko bulate hai humein majburan jana padta hai, iska matlab ye nahi ke hum ya meri beti Kawasi Pandey naxali the ( Naxals visited the village often, and whenever they called upon the villagers, we were forced to go. However, this didn't mean that either me or my daughter Kawasi Pandey were naxalites)," said Somdi while talking to The Quint over phone.

She is a resident of Gudse village, which falls under Katekalyan police station of Dantewada, 60 km away from the district headquarter.

Dantewada is one of the worst Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, with Gudse village – located inside the forest – seeing frequent Maoist movement.

"She wanted to study, she was forced to quit education after Class 5 because the school was far away and the Maoist movement has always been a looming threat to all of us. But, she wanted to educate her younger brother," said her mother with a heavy voice over the phone. "Now, who will look after us and who will teach my son?" she added.
The family and kin of the deceased 20-year-old

(Photo Courtesy: Kashif Kakvi)

However, as per the Dantewada police's official communique, Pandey was a part of Chetna Natya Mandali, a cultural outfit of the banned CPI (Maoist) and she surrendered on her own accord with five other Maoists on 19 February. Except for Pandey, five of them were carrying a combined bounty of Rs 15 lakh.

But, four days after the alleged 'surrender', Pandey killed herself on 23 February while she was being kept at the Karli Police line. As per the police, she had surrendered to the police under the Lon-Varratu scheme, which appeals to the Maoists to leave the arms and return to normal life.

Pandey had surrendered to the police under the Lon-Varratu scheme

(Photo Courtesy: Kashif Kakvi)

In local Gondi language, Lon-Varratu literally translates to 'return home'. A flagship scheme for Maoists by the state government, it was launched by the Dantewada police in June last year, under which the police department released a list of 1,600 suspected Maoists or those associated with them.

According to police, the scheme got an overwhelming response till 19 February. 82 Maoists, carrying a bounty on their heads have surrendered, along with 234 others who were associated with Maoist activities. Many have returned to normal life, police said.

“Pandey was a member of Chetna Natya Mandali, a cultural outfit of the CPI (Maoist), and she came to us on 18 February, along with five others, including a senior Maoist cadre 35-year-old Kumari Jogi working for the Katekalyan Area Committee, to surrender of their own accord,” said Abhishek Pallav, Superintendent of Police, Dantewada to The Quint.

Kumari and Pandey were the residents of same village.

As per the Lon-Varratu scheme, after the surrender, they (Maoists) are kept in the police line and undergo counseling for days. Once they return to normal life, police release them on family's accord or help them to get jobs to sustain their livelihood.

Spelling the reason behind her death, Dantewada SP Pallav said, “I used to talk to her regularly. She was under constant pressure from the family to return home, fearing the Maoist may attack the family after her surrender. She was very young and couldn’t take this pressure, which led to her killing herself.”

Nevertheless, the Sarpanch of Gudse village Hemwata Kawasi also backed Pandey's mother's claim saying that neither was she a Maoist nor was she associated to them.

‘Forced To Surrender’

Talking to The Quint, the Sarpanch Hemwata claimed, "The girl was detained from her home by the District Reserve Guards (local force of trained guards of Chhattisgarh Police) along with Kumari on 18 February. Both Kumari and Pandey were taken to the nearby jungle by police personnel, where they were tied to the trees, and were forced to surrender under the Lon-Varratu by the police."

“Pandey wasn’t a member of any Naxal-outfit. Her name was also not in the list of 1,600 people issued by the Dantewada police under Lon-Varratu. Her death is on the police force who had pressurised her to surrender as a Naxal and kept her away from her family.”
Sarpanch Hemwata

The unprecedented death of Pandey irked the tribal, social outfits and a political party of the state.

A day after she was found dead, a tribal outfit, Chhattisgarh Sarv Aadiwasi Samaj, met the Dantewada collector and sought an explanation for her death.

"She was taken away from her home in the afternoon of 18 February, along with Kumari and both were taken to the nearby Jungle where the personals of District Reserve Guards threatened to encounter if they didn't surrender,” the letter writes. The outfit demanded a re-postmortem of the body by a team of expert doctors as it had been done without the family's consent.

Probe Committee Formed

Seeing backlash over the death, Dantewada collector Deepak Soni ordered a magisterial inquiry headed by SDM Dantewada, which will likely submit its report in a week.

"A probe committee has been formed to look into the matter," said Deepak Soni, Collector Dantewada. "As far as the demand of re-postmortem is concerned, the report of the first one is awaited and decision on re-postmortem will only be taken based on the findings of the report."

While Soni Sori, a tribal rights activist working in South Bastar, claimed, “A day after the alleged surrender, when her mother went to meet her at Police line, Pandey claimed that she was being tortured and wanted to return home. On 23 February, when her mother went to see her again, police denied meeting under the pretense of ongoing interrogation. But, by the end of the day, police informed them that she killed herself. Hence police’s claim of Pandey killing herself seems suspicious.”

“Police and DRG personals in Dantewada have been running a hoax in the name of Lon-Varratu. Hundreds of surrenders are dubious and need to be investigated. People do not come forward out of fear of the police. The young girl who died was subject to the same fear and pressure,” she added.

In addition to that, the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh party, headed by former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's son Amit Jogi constituted a three-membered (Navneet Chand, Sujeet Karma, and Jamuna Chandraya) investigation committee to probe into the death of surrendered woman Maoist. The team will give its report in three days.

Replying to the allegations of pressurised surrender and alleged murder, SP Abhishek said, “They were not pressurised, the deceased, in fact, nobody has been forced to surrender. They willfully came to us for surrendering and we followed the process." “It is a futile attempt of the Maoists to defame the Lon-Varratu campaign, that has weakened their cadres and put them on the back foot,” he added.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

DRG jawan injured in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Feb 25 (PTI) A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan was injured in an encounter with Naxals in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in the morning in a forest near Tekmetta village, around 300 km from the state capital Raipur, when joint teams of security forces were out an anti- Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

DRG jawan Satrughan Thakur received bullet injury on the wrist of his left hand. He has been shifted to a hospital in Narayanpur and his condition is reported to be out of danger, the official said.

Personnel of the DRG, Special Task Force (STF) and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) were involved in the operation being conducted since last couple of days in forests on the tri-junction of Narayanpur and Kanker districts in the state and Gadchiroli in neighbouring Maharashtra, he said.

During the operation, security forces raided Maoist hideouts in the forests of Tekmetta and Musparasi and multiple exchanges of fire took place between security personnel and ultras, the official said.

The operation is still underway in the area, he said.

On Wednesday, a DRG constable was killed in a gunfight with Naxals in the same area during the operation, he added.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, a constable of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was killed in a pipe bomb blast triggered by Naxals under Sonpur police station area in Narayanpur. PTI TKP GK GK

Chhattisgarh Naxal menace: 54 cops died in 2 years, 120 ultras killed

The details were given by state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu in a written reply in the Assembly, while responding to a question.

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Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday said Naxal violence claimed lives of 54 security personnel, including 18 from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), in the state in last two years.

Besides, 120 Naxals were also killed in encounters with security forces, while 659 ultras surrendered during the same period, it said.

The details were given by state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu in a written reply in the Assembly, while responding to a question raised by Leader of the Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik.

“Fifty four security personnel, including 18 from the CAPF, were martyred in Naxal violence from 2019 till January 31 this year,” Sahu said.

The minister also informed that 79 Naxals were killed in encounters and 315 surrendered in 2019, while 41 ultras were killed and 344 surrendered in 2020.

He said out of Rs 28.88 crore (collective) compensation which was supposed to be given to the kin of these deceased personnel, Rs 26.63 crore has been disbursed while Rs 2.25 crore is yet to be given.

Of the 36 deceased personnel belonging to the state police, compensatory jobs have been given in 29 cases, the minister said in his reply.

“The above mentioned compensation includes the insurance money and ex-gratia given by the state government to the kin of the central security forces personnel killed in the state in Naxal violence,” he said

A warning to Kerala, says Naxal Varghese’s kin

By Amiya Meethal| Express News Service | Published: 26th February 2021 06:33 AM

The siblings of Naxal leader A Varghese. His elder brother A Devassia is no more

KOZHIKODE: 51 years after the fake encounter that killed him in Thirunelli forest, govt decision to give Rs 50 lakh in compensation comes as closure for family — not for the amount but for the message. TNIE looks back on Varghese’s role in emancipating tribals of Wayanad and state machinery’s brutal face

Now a practising lawyer at Mananthavady court, A Varghese was three when he saw the most illustrious person of his Arikkad family for the first and last time -- Naxalite leader A Varghese or Comrade Varghese as he was called. The Naxalite leader is the elder brother of the advocate’s father (A Thomas) and when he met the ‘Valyappachan’ in 1970, there was no life in the body of the “saviour of Adivasis”. It was the funeral of Varghese, after he was shot dead by the state police at the age of 32 on February 18, 1970, in Thirunelli forest, as confessed by constable Ramachandran Nair after 28 long years. 

After more than five decades, now the state government has decided to give Rs 50 lakh as compensation to Varghese’s four siblings. However, the family says that it is not compensation but a warning to the state. “Even if one rupee is the amount, we would wholeheartedly welcome it. For, it is a warning to the state which took the life of a man, who the state is supposed to protect,” said advocate Varghese. 

There are several such Vargheses who were killed in suspicious encounters -- from Vythiri “encounter” to the shootout at Manjikkandy in Attappadi, he says.Comrade Varghese was the second son among the six children of Varkey-Rosa couple at Ozhukkan Moola near Vellamunda in Mananthavady. 

Research centre planned
Advocate Varghese told TNIE that the `50 lakh is being planned to be used towards the activities of Varghese Memorial Trust, which was set up jointly by CPI (ML) Red Flag P C Unnichekkan faction and family members. A 70-cent plot was allocated to Varghese and the plan is to start a research centre there to document the tumultuous path tread by the downtrodden in Kerala society with a focus on Varghese’s activities, plus a museum. 

“The details will be decided after a meeting of the trust. Varghese was instrumental in ending the bonded slavery system of tribals in Wayanad. Till then, the tribals had been sold to feudal landlords during the annual festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Mananthavady. The movement also heralded a change in the remuneration received by tribals in exchange of their labour -- from rice and grains to rupees,” said Adv Varghese, who was formerly associated with CPI (ML) Red Flag.

After the revelation of Ramachandran Nair that he killed Varghese on the instruction of then DySP K Lakshmana in 1998, four siblings of Varghese -- A Joseph, Mariyakutty, A Thomas and Annamma -- moved a writ petition in the Kerala High Court for an impartial probe into the incident. “No compensation was demanded then. While ordering a CBI probe, the court had asked why the family was not asking for compensation if the state had killed Varghese,” said advocate Varghese. 

A compensation petition was submitted in 2012 in the HC wherein the same was given to the state government as per the order of the court. Meanwhile, the CBI probe had found the second accused -- former IG Lakshmana -- guilty and the court sentenced him to life imprisonment. The first accused, Ramachandran Nair, died during trial and the third accused, ex-DGP P Vijayan (who was then SP), was let free under benefit of doubt. Four eyewitnesses -- Yogi, Karimban, Choman Mooppan and Prabhakara Warrier -- deposed in the court that they saw police taking away Varghese, which proved crucial in busting the police theory that the Naxalite leader was killed in an encounter

Chhattisgarh: Allegations cloud alleged suicide of surrendered woman ‘Maoist’

Dantewada SP rubbished the allegations saying the deceased surrendered in front of the media and her interrogation report and statements of other Maoists showed clearly that she was working as a CNM member.
By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Raipur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:42 PM IST

Dantewada is currently encouraging Maoists to surrender under Lon Varatu campaign.(AP)

Tribal activist Soni Sori and a group of villagers in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada claimed that the 20-year old girl, who allegedly died by suicide on Tuesday a few days after her purported surrender, was not a Maoist and was forced to surrender, raising questions over the police’s claim in the matter. The police, however, dismissed the allegations as a campaign to discredit the special surrender drive launched in the Maoist-infested district.

Sori further alleged that the sarpanch and others from the girl’s village said there were no ligature marks on Kawasi’s neck, suggesting they doubted the police's version that she died by hanging.

“Kumari Jogi, a Maoist, was nabbed by the police from the village along with one another innocent woman. The duo were brought to the district headquarters and after interrogation, police forced them to surrender. Police claimed that the deceased was a member of CNM, which is not true… Forceful surrender took place due to which she was not happy,” said Soni Sori.

On Tuesday, Dantewada police claimed Kawasi was a Maoist cadre, who surrendered with five others on February 19 and died by suicide a few days later on February 23. She was a resident of Gudse village under Katekalyan police station in the district. As per the police, Kawasi was a member of Chetna Natya Mandli (CNM) - a cultural wing of the Maoists and had approached police on February 18 along with a senior woman Maoist cadre, Kumari Jogi (36), a member of Katekalyan area committee of the banned group, expressing their willingness to surrender

Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Odisha getting explosives from Telangana, Andhra

By B Satyanarayana Reddy | Express News Service | Published: 26th February 2021 09:46 AM

KHAMMAM: At a time when the government and the authorities concerned are working round-the-clock to curb Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the State, intel that the Maoists in Chhattisgarh and Odisha get their share of explosives from the two Telugu States has become a matter of great concern.

Owing to the rising tension between police and Maoists, the officials concerned had increased vigil in areas along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border. During comprehensive probe, the police found that it’s from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh that deadly explosives reach the cadre of the banned outfit in the neighbouring States, which they ultimately use against cops on patrolling duties.

When Express spoke to a police officer, the official said that the Maoists get hold of explosives through the owners of stone crusher plants in Chhattisgarh and Odisha borders. Since they do not have explosives’ dealers in their States, stone crusher owners purchase the same from the two Telugu States.

Keeping this in mind, the Maoists threaten gullible stone crusher owners into purchasing huge loads of explosives and then forcefully take the loads away from them without paying even a single penny. It may be mentioned here that the cops had, a few years ago, shutdown all quarries in Palvancha mandal in the State after noticing that the Maoists procure explosives from these areas.

While the officials assumed that this effectively put an end to the practice, it has come to the light that the Maoists have found fresh ways to procure explosives.According to sources, explosive materials reach the neighbouring States from Hyderabad and its surrounding areas, via Khammam and Bhadrachalam towns. After receiving this intel, the cops have intensified combing operations and are keeping a tab on vehicles which transport explosives to Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Recently, the Bhadradri-Kothagudem police had seized huge quantities of explosives from the possession of a few Maoists.

Speaking to Express, Bhadrachalam ASP Vineeth G said: “We are monitoring the transportation of explosives to the neighbouring States. We have alerted all police stations and have directed them to thoroughly comb all vehicles and ensure that no explosives cross the State border illegally

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Two security personnel injured in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh

Two security personnel injured in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 24 (ANI): Two security personnel were injured in separate actions against Naxals in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, informed police.
A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan has been injured in an encounter between security forces and the Naxals at a forest along the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border.
In another incident, a Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) personnel sustained injuries in an IED blast triggered by Naxals at a forest in the Akabeda police station area, police said.
More details are awaited. (ANI)

Maharashtra: Naxal camp destroyed in Gadchiroli, major tragedy averted

A bomb disposal squad was called and 10 kg of explosive material buried in the ground was found.

Items recovered from the Naxal camp in Kokoti jungle (Photo by Venkatesh Dudhamwar)

ANaxal camp was destroyed and an attempt to trigger a blast using IEDs was foiled by police in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district.

The office of Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal had received a tip-off on presence of some wanted Naxals in the Kokoti jungle. Based on the informtion, a police team conducted a combing operation and came across a Naxal camp.

While the Naxals fled from the spot leaving their belongings, the police team spotted two electric wires running across the ground, and suspected that they were part of an explosive device.

A bomb disposal squad was called and 10 kg of explosive material buried in the ground was found. It was disposed of safely, police said.

Prabhakar, alias Lokeri Chandar Rao, commander of the company 4 of the CPI Maoist, is suspected to be behind the planned ambush.

Gadchiroli police have registered a case of attempt to murder and under relevant sections of Explosives act against him and divisional commanders of Kasansur Dalam (an armed unit of Maoists).

Earlier this week, Gadchiroli police arrested a Naxal Dalam member involved in several murders and an ambush attack on police. The arrested naxal was identified as Guddu Ram Kudyami (23), who is a resident of Sagmeta village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

(With inputs from Venkatesh Dudhamwar in Gadchiroli)

Naxalite Varghese’s kin get ₹50-lakh damages


Special CorrespondentTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM 25 FEBRUARY 2021 08:06 IST

The government has sanctioned a compensation of ₹50 lakh to be paid to the four siblings of Naxalite leader A. Varghese who was shot dead by the police in the Tirunelli forest in 1970.

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the recommendation of the Secretary-level committee to compensate the family. The amount would be disbursed to Varghese's brothers A. Thomas and A. Joseph and sisters Mariyakutty and Annamma. The family had moved the High Court after it came to light that Varghese was killed by the police in a false encounter. The court directed the family to submit a memorandum to the government seeking compensation. The killing of Varghese became a sensational case after constable P. Ramachandran Nair confessed that it was he who had shot dead Varghese on instructions from the then Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Lakshmana

Maoist attack: Two personnel including ITBP killed in Chhattisgarh

By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 24th February 2021 09:27 PM

For representational purposes

RAIPUR: Two personnel including a jawan of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force were killed in two separate incidents of Maoist attack in the strife-torn district of Narayanpur, about 350 km south of Raipur on Wednesday.

The rebels triggered an improvised explosive devices (IED) blast targeting the ITBP troopers who were returning from de-mining operation near Sonpur.

According to the district superintendent of police Mohit Garg, the ITBP constable of 53rd battalion N Bala Chami from Tamil Nadu was killed in the explosion detonated by the rebels. 

“In another incident the Maoists ambushed a team of district reserve guards (DRG) that was out on operation near Kukur village, about 28 km from Maharashtra border. A jawan Kaner Usendi was hit by bullet in his stomach and he succumbed to his injuries. The Maoist attack was swiftly retaliated by the forces following which the armed naxal cadres fled into the nearby forests”, the SP added.

One injured DRG jawan Bankeshwar Paikra has been air-lifted to Raipur for immediate medical attention.

Narayanpur is among the seven Maoist-affected districts in the conflict zone of Bastar, south Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh: Maoists kill father of surrendered cadre in Dantewada

Rashmi Drolia | TNN | Feb 24, 2021, 22:08 IST
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RAIPUR: The Maoists on Tuesday killed a 60-year-old man who was father of 

surrendered cadre

 at a village in 

Dantewada district

. They slit the victims throat and set his body to fire. 

The villagers doused fire and buried the body.

Amid Maoists convening meetings and releasing leaflets continuously to threaten villagers and families of surrendered cadres under 

Lon Varratu campaign

, the surrendered cadres are seemingly under pressure.

According to reports, Maoists have convened meetings at several villages in Dantewada and released leaflet with a list of surrendered cadres threatening them return to villages else their family members will be killed.

One of those leaflets include names of recently surrendered Pande who had allegedly ended her life on Tuesday at transit mess and another Maoist Jogi who surrendered with her, said Dantewada SP 

Abhishek Pallava

.A group of armed Maoists barged into the house of elderly man 

Lakhma Kawasi

 at Bade Gaatav, abused and accused him for his son who surrendered before police, they also slit his throat, Pallava said. They also set his body on fire. Villagers immediately doused the fire and buried his body.

The police have sent a team to the village to exhume the victim's body.

Former Maoist 

Joga Kawasi

 had surrendered under Lon Varratu campaign in July 2020. The senior cadres of Katekalyan area committee on February 10 had threatened him to return to village else his family members will be killed. He is presently at police camp in Dantewada

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

BSF recovers 3 IEDs from Naxal-hit Malkangiri


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Bhubaneswar: BSF troops recovered three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and some other explosive material during an anti-Naxal operation in Odisha, officials said Tuesday.

They said the IEDs, weighing one kg each, seven gelatin sticks and over a dozen battery sets apart from some other items were recovered by the personnel of the 9th battalion of the Border Security Force Monday near the Gopinathguda-Kadalibandha village axis in Malkangiri district.

The IEDs, suspected to have been prepared by Maoists to target security forces, have been defused, a senior official said.

Woman Maoist, courier arrested

SP Sunil Dutt, ACP Vineeth addressing a press conference in Kothagudem on Tuesday after arresting the Maoists.SP Sunil Dutt, ACP Vineeth addressing a press conference in Kothagudem on Tuesday after arresting the Maoists. | Photo Credit: ARRANGEMENT
Special CorrespondentBHADRADRI-KOTHAGUDEM 23 FEBRUARY 2021 23:28 IST

Electric detonators, gelatine sticks and three notes containing revolutionary literature seized

A woman Maoist Area Committee Member (ACM) and a courier from Chhattisgarh were arrested by the police with explosive materials at the bus station in the mandal headquarters Charla in Bhadrachalam Agency on Tuesday morning.

The duo bound for Awapalli in neighbouring Chhattisgarh were apprehended by a joint patrolling squad of the local police and the CRPF personnel while moving surreptitiously near the bus station in Charla town at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

The patrolling team seized 50 each electric detonators and gelatine sticks and three notes containing revolutionary literature from their possession. The police identified the duo as Paddam Munni alias Tellam Munni, 35, Indravati Area Committee Member of Dandakaranya forest region, and Jarpula Bansi, 48, a contractor of Awapalli, of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district.According to police, Munni, who is the wife of Rahul, Divisional Committee Member, Dandakaranya, Chhattisgarh, hails from Savanar village of Gangaloor block in Bijapur district.


She joined the banned Maoist outfit in 2011 and initially worked as a militia member in Maddedu area of Chhattisgarh till 2014.

She was later shifted to Kranthikari Mahila Sangham (KMS) of Indravati area in 2015.

In 2018, she was promoted as ACM of KMS, Indravati Committee.

Bansi has been working as a courier to supply groceries, explosives and other materials to Maddedu Area LGS Commander Nagesh in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police added.

Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt presented the arrested duo along with the seized explosive materials before the media at a press conference held in Kothagudem town late on Tuesday afternoon.

The duo were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by the Charla police, the SP said, adding that they were being produced in the court

BSF unearths explosives stored by CPI Maoists

Siva G | TNN | Feb 23, 2021, 20:58 IST
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Border Security Force

 (BSF) jawans unearthed explosives allegedly stored in a hide out by the 

CPI Maoists




Chitrakonda forest

 in Odisha, very close to the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. The dump includes two pressure mines and a tiffin box, besides few other materials.According to sources, 

BSF jawans

 while combing the area found a bag at a hideout near Kadlibandha village in Chitrakonda block. The BSF bomb disposal team blasted pressure mines in an isolated place in the forest.

It is to be recalled that the security forces recovered huge catch of Maoists' arms abd ammunition including six single barrel muzzle loading(SBML) guns, three tiffin box bombs, three kgs of iron splinters, 20 aluminium tiffin boxes containing explosives, iron splinter container and other material on February 6. They also recovered a 5kg live landmine, clothes, polythene sheets, walkie-talkie and other material that were hidden in a huge drum under a tree in Chitrakonda forest area in the month of January

Chhattisgarh: Peace panel formed for dialogue with Maoists and the state

The committee will start meetings soon and will form district committees in each violence-affected district of the state.
By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Raipur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 03:55 PM IST

The peace committee will start meetings soon and form district committees in each violence-affected district of the state.(FILE PHOTO.)

Activists, journalists and social workers constituted a peace committee to initiate dialogue between Maoists and the government with the objective of attaining lasting peace in Maoist-affected regions of Chhattisgarh.

The committee named Concerned Citizens' Committee of Chhattisgarh (4Cs), comprises 11 members who will lead the negotiations with the state and the Maoists, while bringing them on a common platform.

Former Union minister Arvind Netam, former chairperson of the SC/ST Commission Nandkumar Sai, leader of Sarv Adivasi Samaj B Rawte, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader in Bastar, Manish Kunjam, executive president of the Sarv Adiwasi Samaj B.S Rawte, journalists Diwakar Muktibodh, Kamal Shukla, social worker Virendra Pandey, Indu Girish Pankaj, and RD Rao are panel members.

Peace activist Shubhranshu Chaudhary has been made the convenor of the committee, a per a press note issued on Tuesday.

“We are copying the 3Cs (Concerned Citizens' Committee) model of Andhra which succeeded in bringing both sides to table but failed in getting any results. We are trying to learn from their mistakes. One of the major criticisms was that the panel had no representation from ‘adivasi’ community or from the affected communities,” said Chaudhary, adding that the committee will be a channel of communication between both the sides.

The committee currently has less representation of women which we will be very keen to repair soon, he said.

The committee will start meetings soon and will form district committees in each violence-affected district of the state.

The committee decided to hold several mass programs seeking dialogue and peace from both sides in the months to come with Sarv Adivasi Samaj taking the lead.

“Congress manifesto in 2018 said ‘a policy will be drafted to take on the menace of Naxalism and serious steps will be taken for talks’. I think the current state government needs to be reminded of this and the Maoist leaders must realise that a negotiated settlement demanding full implementation of pro Adivasi laws in Indian constitution is in the best interest of the community they claim to represent and the current phase of their movement,” said Chaudhary.

In a press note issued by the committee after the meeting on Monday stated that the political violence in the southern part of Chhattisgarh was the focal point of the event.

“One assessment of the participants indicated toward the changing dynamics in the Bastar region and within the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) congregations. It was observed that the leadership within the LWE congregation has been debilitating and deteriorating with time. For the moment, the situation could be conceived as a watershed in the Naxalite movement where a large chunk of the congregation wants to move out of the clutches of the exploitation by the Maoist organisation in general and leadership in particular,” the press release stated.

“Such movements have to involve the state and its principles at various junctures and state must also reciprocate to such formations duly and in all sincerity,” Netam said about the panel’s chances of success.

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A senior Chhattisgarh police officer, who did not wish to be named, said the formation of the peace committee was a welcome step.

“In the recent years, the three pronged strategy of ‘Vishwas’ (trust), ‘Vikas’ (development), ‘Suraksha’ (security) by the security forces is yielding positive results in tackling the left wing extremism. The objective of the local police and the security forces is to bring down the violence and establish peace and order in the region. Any initiative from civil society in this direction would strengthen the resolve of security forces in this regard. The surrender and rehabilitation policy of the government also encourages the Maoist cadres to shun violence and join the national mainstream. But any formal decision with regard to holding talks with Maoists would be taken by senior functionaries of the government,” the official added.