Friday, March 19, 2021

Assets Worth Over Rs 40 Lakh Of Bihar Maoist, Family Seized


The Maoist has been charged for extortion and indulging in alleged unlawful activities.

Assets Worth Over Rs 40 Lakh Of Bihar Maoist, Family Seized

The ED said it has attached assets worth over Rs 40 lakh of a Maoist and his family

New Delhi: 

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has attached assets worth over Rs 40 lakh of a Bihar-based Maoist and his family under the anti-money laundering law.

The action has been taken against Rambabu Ram alias Rajan/Prahar/Nikhil, an active member and leader of the banned CPI (Maoist) of Madhuban in east Champaran district.

The Maoist leader has been charged for extortion and indulging in alleged unlawful activities.


The properties attached, as per a provisional order issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), include multiple pieces of land and buildings in the name of Rambabu and his family members.

Their total worth is Rs 40.23 lakh, the agency said in a statement.


The central probe agency said the "accused has invested the proceeds of crime for acquiring various immovable properties in the name of his family members, so as to project them as untainted."

ED booked Rambabu after taking cognizance of at least 28 FIRs and multiple chargesheets filed against him by the Bihar Police

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/assets-worth-over-rs-40-lakh-of-bihar-maoist-family-seized-2394667


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Maoists say ready for peace talks with Chhattisgarh govt, but with riders


By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 18th March 2021 05:02 PM


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RAIPUR: The outlawed CPI (Maoist) on Thursday expressed its readiness for the peace talks with the Chhattisgarh government, but laid down three pre-conditions.

“We are willing for peace talks for the benefit of the people provided the government first removes the camps of armed forces from the conflict-ridden areas, revoke the ban imposed on the CPI (Maoist), and release our party leaders languishing in jails,” Vikalp, the spokesperson of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (CPI-Maoist) stated in the press statement issued in Hindi.

The spokesperson asserted that the present exploiters are the rulers (ruling class of political parties) and the real cause of the unrest of oppressed masses is not the Maoists. “The exercise of peace should be in the direction of ending the roots of the unrest. The civil society should focus on exposing the real problems faced by the masses, he added.

The Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu reacted to the Maoists’ proposal for talks saying that if they (rebels) are willing for dialogue with the government on peace then it has to be ‘unconditional’.  


“Only after the talks are being held, the further discussion on the conditions would be feasible. And we have so far not received any authorised communication on peace talks from the Maoists. Any such dialogue process needs to involve the Centre as well as other states to chalk out the strategy”, the minister said.

The Maoist statement is seen as an apparent reaction to the 'New Peace Process', an initiative by the families of the victims of Maoist violence and also the sufferers from the security forces' actions are participating in the ongoing ‘Dandi March 2.0 which began on March 12 from Abujhmaad in Narayanpur district (south Bastar). It will culminate in Raipur on March 23.

“During our opinion poll conducted last year over phone, over 92% of the local population who participated sought to end the four decades of violence through the dialogue process. We are happy that the Maoists have responded. So let the peace talks happen. Our ongoing Dandi March also aims for the same. Even the Congress party in its manifesto had promised peace talks with the Maoists,” said Shubhranshu Choudhary, the convener of the 'New Peace Process'.

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/mar/18/maoists-say-ready-for-peace-talks-with-chhattisgarh-govt-but-with-riders-2278322.html


Chhattisgarh: Over 150 People Hold 'Dandi March 2.0' For Peace In Naxal-Hit Areas, Urge Govt-Maoists Dialogue


Most of the participants are family members of the victims and survivors of Maoist violence. The motive of the rally is to end the never-ending tussle between security forces and Naxals and to give Bastar it's freedom from violence.

Update: 2021-03-18 14:12 GMT
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Chhattisgarh: Over 150 People Hold Dandi March 2.0 For Peace In Naxal-Hit Areas, Urge Govt-Maoists Dialogue



People in Chhattisgarh have started a 'pad yatra' in Maoist-hit areas, especially in the Bastar division of the state, supporting the victims and survivors of both Maoist violence and security forces. They urged for a dialogue between the state government and Naxalites to resolve the 40-year-long tussle.  

The peace rally began on Friday, March 12, with more than 150 participants. Most of them are family members of the victims and survivors. In the 11-day rally, the participants will cover 222-kilometre, from Abujmarh in the Narayanpur district to Raipur till March 23. The rally is planned between these two routes, as they are the headquarters of Naxals and the state government, respectively. 


The rally has been dubbed as 'Dandi March 2.0', after the Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930, which was also commenced on March 12. 

It is being conducted by the organisation 'The New Peace Process', convened by Shubhranshu Choudhary, a Knight International Journalism Fellow and the founder of the local online portal CGNet Swara. The program was initiated in 2018 and works towards restoring peace in Central India.

"The motive of the rally is to end the never-ending tussle between security forces and Naxals and to give Bastar it's freedom from violence," Choudhary told The Logical Indian. 


"When Gandhiji broke salt law, India was a British colony. But now as we have our government, we appeal to them to follow the Constitution and bring peace to Bastar. We appeal to citizens as well to follow the peaceful way to resolve the issue," Arvind Netam, the former union minister said before flagging off the rally. 

"This is our third yatra. We have conducted two yatras earlier and have initiated several dialogues between the authorities and the Maoists," Choudhary said.  

On October 2, 2020, the organisation had conducted an opinion poll within Bastar, in which 92 per cent people voted in favour of holding a peaceful dialogue to resolve the issue between the government and the Maoists, prevalent for more than 40 years, and which has claimed more than 12,000 lives in the last 20 years. "To push the same mandate, we are working in between these two headquarters," he said.

Choudhary said that it was important for both the parties to come to a negotiating table before the existing condition worsens in Chhattisgarh. "The pad yatra's motive is to urge both the parties to start a dialogue to resolve this impasse, which is going on for more than 40 years."  

Amid the rally, the CPI Maoist's Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee issued a statement on Tuesday, March 17, agreeing to start a dialogue with the government. "The Maoists seemed to respect people's will, but the state government's response is awaited. It is to be noted that the government had promised talks in their election manifesto as well," Choudhary said. 

The Maoists agreed to hold talks but lay three conditions: 

  • The state government must remove the security forces deployed in the Naxalite-dominated areas
  • To remove the ban imposed on Naxalite organisations
  • To released Naxalite leaders imprisoned for years

In the document, the committee spokesman also mentioned the earlier dialogue experiences between their party and the government. He said that negotiations were started with the Naidu government in 2004 because of the Census Citizens Committee's sincere efforts in Andhra Pradesh. But after two rounds of talks, the government had unilaterally shut down and exercised severe repression, according to the Dainik Bhasker report. 

After Swami Agnivesh started the negotiations for 2010, the talks were not only suspended, but one of the Naxalite party members and Comrade Azad were murdered in a fake encounter.

The spokesperson claimed that the government was putting touts like Choudhary forward as part of their tactic to distance the progressive tribal-friendly intellectuals, social workers from the revolutionary movement.

Speaking to the media, Inspector General of Bastar division, P Sundararaj, Bastar said that the Maoists so far had failed to justify the brutal, violent activities they had carried out in the name of revolution or movement.

"The common people have also started questioning Maoist ideology and their ways of working. Even their cadres are leaving the organisation," Sundararaj added. 

As per the recent development, state government spokesman and agriculture minister Ravindra Choubey on Wednesday, March 18, said that the government does not trust the letter issued by Maoists, as many such statements were issued earlier. Although an official response from the government is awaited, Choubey said the talks can be held only after the Maoists give up the guns. A day earlier, Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said that the final decision lies with the Chief Minister

https://thelogicalindian.com/amp/adivasirights/victims-of-maoist-violence-start-dandi-march-20-for-peace-in-naxal-hit-areas-27441

CPI (Maoist) media release terms citizens march a 'government conspiracy'


The peace march from Dantewada to Raipur in Chhattisgarh by Bastar-based NGO New Peace Process was flagged off by Congress leader Arvind Netam on March 12


The release signed by Vikalp, a nom de guerre of the spokesperson of the Maoists’ Dandakaranya special zonal committee, says: “Personally, some people in civil society may have good intentions and we welcome them, but they must be careful of people like Shubhranshu, as a ‘human mask’ of corporate plunder and government repression, under the guise of peace, are covering up corporate loot, the brutality and war by governmental armed forces, and human rights violations in the conflict areas. Shubhranshu’s peace process is a hoax and it’s a part of a government conspiracy.” (Representational image)
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A purported media release of the banned CPI (Maoist) on March 12 has termed a march by victims of the conflict between the party and the security forces a “government conspiracy”.

However, a journalist who is organising the march saw a glimmer of hope for the talks process in the note that specifically calls for the release of Markam Gopanna, a leader of the CPI (Maoist)’s Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army who has been behind bars since 2007.

The peace march from Dantewada to Raipur in Chhattisgarh by Bastar-based NGO New Peace Process (NPP) was flagged off by Congress leader Arvind Netam on March 12 — the 91st anniversary of the beginning of the Dandi Salt March. It has reached Puri in Kanker district, and is expected to arrive at Raipur on March 23, where a public meeting of victims is planned the following day. The Congress is in power in Chhattisgarh.

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The release signed by Vikalp, a nom de guerre of the spokesperson of the Maoists’ Dandakaranya special zonal committee, says: “Personally, some people in civil society may have good intentions and we welcome them, but they must be careful of people like Shubhranshu, as a ‘human mask’ of corporate plunder and government repression, under the guise of peace, are covering up corporate loot, the brutality and war by governmental armed forces, and human rights violations in the conflict areas. Shubhranshu’s peace process is a hoax and it’s a part of a government conspiracy.”

Shubhranshu Choudhary heads the Bastar-based Bluetooth community radio CGNet Swara, as well as the NPP. Maoists have shunned the former BBC journalist after his 2013 book Lets Call Him Vasu quoted Maoists who claimed that Chhattisgarh-based health activist Binayak Sen, out on bail since 2011, was a courier for the party.

The Dandakaranya zone covers a large swathe of forests spread over Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, parts of which are under the parallel administration of the CPI (Maoist).

The party said: “If civil society is honest about peace, they should demand that central and state governments should immediately stop the counter-revolutionary suppression.”

A litany of woes against multiple projects across India that would require displacement of populations, the farm laws, labour laws and the release of jailed Maoists are part of the suggested causes that civil society should take up. These include “the foisting of new cases despite repeated acquittals of our comrade Markam Gopanna, who has been stripped of his rights under the Constitution, and the laws made by government…”

Choudhary, the journalist, pointed out that the Maoist statement specifically calls for the release of Gopanna.

“He is in Jagdalpur jail (in Bastar) and under the rhetoric this is an indication that the Maoists are putting forward a condition for talks. This is a good sign and I am happy that they respect the overwhelming majority of local respondents in our survey last year who are in favour of talks. Talks were in the manifesto of the ruling Congress and I hope their government will be creative enough to use this opportunity, as their leader Rajiv Gandhi had done with the Assam Accord,” he told The Telegraph.

The Chhattisgarh government has distanced itself from Choudhary’s efforts, and has focused on its own police-led carrot-and-stick initiatives to directly attract Maoists for talks, while also encouraging the surrender of their cadres and increasing trust in the State among the local population.

Choudhary added that the fear of the Maoists, who had issued public threats to him and four other journalists last month, has kept most tribals away from the march although they have been generous in offering food to the marchers


https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/cpi-maoist-media-release-terms-citizens-march-a-government-conspiracy/cid/1809878

Citizens' committee an initiative of 'corporate brokers': CPI (Maoist)


Source :IANS
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Last Updated: Wed, Mar 17th, 2021, 23:25:14hrs
  
Citizens' committee an initiative of 'corporate brokers': CPI (Maoist)

Bastar/New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has raised doubts over the formation of an 11-member citizens' committee by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

In a press release issued by Vikalp, the spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist) Dand Karanya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC), the ultra-left outfit has said that the civil society created to establish peace in the Bastar region is an initiative of "corporate brokers" like journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary, who has been made its convener.

The statement said that since the committee was set up by Bhagel, the "tormented population" is suspicious whether this is a civil society or government society.

"Despite the involvement of politicians, journalists and social activists, it (the committee) is the initiative of corporate brokers and pseudo-journalists like Shubhranshu Choudhary," the statement said.

The CPI (Maoist) has demanded the disclosure and cancellation of the secret memorandum of understanding made by the Raman Singh government of the past and the present Baghel government with the indigenous and foreign corporate houses.

The statement appealed to other members of the civil society to be wary. "They may have good intentions and we can welcome them, but they should be careful that people like Shubhranshu is a 'human mask' of corporate plunder and government repression under the guise of peace. And the brutality and struggle by governmental armed forces keep on covering the human rights violations in the conflict areas," it said.

"Shubhranshu's peace process is a hoax and it's a part of a government conspiracy. We appeal to the rest of the civil society people not to fall prey to government conspiracy in this matter," the CPI (Maoist) said.

"Our party appeals to the civil society to adopt peace, not 'padyatra' in the name of peace, and many other ways to solve public problems. One should get out on the road and take the path of movement," the statement said.

It added that if the civil society is honest about peace, the Centre should demand the government to immediately stop the counter-revolutionary suppression scheme of the state government in the entire Bastar tribal region, including Maad.

"And they should also raise voice in support of the ongoing anti-displacement movements against mining projects, Bodhghat Dam, Dillamili and other large industrial projects like Amdai, Pittodmetta, Taral Metta and Rawaghat," the statement said.

They added that the government is hell-bent on ending the agitation through encounters, false encounters, massacres, atrocities on women, illegal arrests, brutal beating, inhuman torture etc.

"On the other hand, the Central and state governments in the name of peace process and peace dialogue are putting forward corporate brokers like Shubhranshu as part of a tactic to mislead progressive, tribal-friendly intellectuals, journalists, writers, social workers etc., to distance them from the struggling masses and the revolutionary movement," the statement said.

The CPI (Maoist) said that is is ready for talks with conditions. "Therefore, we are always ready for peace talks for the benefit of the public, provided the governments first removes the armed forces from the conflict areas and return them to their original barracks, remove the ban imposed on our party and create a conducive atmosphere for talks," it added.

The committee of citizens has been constituted in Chhattisgarh to make efforts towards initiating a dialogue between the government and the Maoists for restoring peace.

--IANS

Bhelke is ‘Rajan’, he worked with Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde: surrendered Naxal Krushna to court


Bhelke and his wife Kanchan Nanaware alias Bhoomi, both from Chandrapur district, were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad from Pune in September 2014 on charges of being alleged operatives of the Golden Corridor Committee of banned CPI-Maoist.


Arun Bhelke and Kanchan Nanaware


Surrendered Naxal Krushna alias Birju Dorpate of Gadchiroli on Wednesday deposed before a special court in Pune as a witness and identified accused Arun Bhelke alias Rajan as a member of the banned CPI-Maoist.

Bhelke and his wife Kanchan Nanaware alias Bhoomi, both from Chandrapur district, were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad from Pune in September 2014 on charges of being alleged operatives of the Golden Corridor Committee of banned CPI-Maoist. The duo were booked under sections of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and lodged at the Yerwada Central Jail.

Kanchan died on January 24, 2021, following prolonged illness.

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In the chargesheet filed against the couple, ATS had attached statements of surrendered Naxal Nirangsai Darbarsingh Madavi alias Gopi, and Krushna.

Krushna appeared before Special Judge S R Navandar on Wednesday and Bhelke was also produced for the hearing in the case. During his chief examination by prosecution lawyer Ujjwala Pawar, Krushna identified Bhelke as “Rajan”. He also identified a photograph of Bhelke’s wife, shown to him before the court.

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Krushna said Bhelke and his wife worked with the CPI-Maoist. Krusha said he has seen Bhelke during his meeting in the jungle with Deepak alias Milind Teltumbde, a top CPI-Maoist leader from Maharashtra. Krushna told the court that Rajan had also interacted with him about Naxal work in jungles. Krusha said Bhelke’s wife had been suffering from a heart ailment, so Teltumbde gave them organisational work and recruitment tasks for the Maoist party in urban areas.

Krushna also said that during a meeting with Teltumbde in Khobra Mendha forests, he had seen some persons including “Janaki” and “Samar”. Krushna said Teltumbde introduced them as members of Maoist party working in urban areas.

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As per the ATS probe, Janaki and Samar are allegedly the names of Sheetal Sathe and Sachin Mali, who have been booked along with members of the Kabir Kala Manch in another case registered in Thane, for their alleged links with CPI-Maoist. Sheetal and Sachin are out on bail and have denied all allegations against them in this case.

Krushna said he joined the Naxal movement in 2003. He said Deepak Teltumbde had promoted him as a divisional committee member of company 4 of CPI-Maoist in Tipagad jungle of Gadchiroli. Krushna got married to Maoist cadre Manda, and both of them surrendered before Gadchiroli Police in 2014.

Krushna told the court they had surrendered “to live a better life”. After living in the police headquarters at Gadchiroli for about one-and-a-half years, he later shifted and is now doing “mistry (masanory)” work.

Defence lawyer Rohan Nahar conducted Krushna’s cross-examination of Krushna. Nahar claimed that Krushna never had a meeting with the accused (Bhelke). He claimed that Krushna, a surrendered Naxal, was giving a statement as per the instructions of police. Krusha denied these allegations.

In February last year, surrendered Naxal Gopi had also deposed before the special court as a witness and said Bhelke and his wife are members of CPI-Maoist.

During college days, Bhelke had formed “Deshbhakti Yuva Manch (DYM)” in Chandrapur, which was later branded by the police as a “front” of the CPI-Maoist. Kanchan had also joined DYM and she later married Bhelke.


According to the chargesheet filed by the ATS, Bhelke and Kanchan were part of the Golden Corridor committee of CPI-Maoist and had allegedly developed contact with several youth from the slums of Mumbai and Pune. They had allegedly tried to indoctrinate and recruit some of the youth from Kasewadi slums in Pune into the Maoist movement. The ATS probe revealed that the couple had obtained PAN cards in the name of Aditya Suresh Patil and Sonali Aditya Patil.

Meanwhile, advocate Nahar sought directions from the court for jail authorities to hand over Kanchan’s belongings, including her letters to Arun Bhelke. The next hearing in the case is on March 19.


https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/bhelke-rajan-worked-maoist-leader-milind-teltumbde-surrendered-naxal-krushna-court-7233066/

Surrendered Naxal deposes in case against ''Maoist'' couple



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Pune, Mar 17 (PTI) A 32-year-old surrendered Naxal deposed before a court here on Wednesday in the ongoing trial against Maoists Arun Bhelke and his wife Kanchan Nanavare, who died at a hospital earlier this year.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested the couple in 2014, alleging that they were members of the ''Golden Corridor Committee of Maoists'' and trying to recruit cadres from slums.

The couple are charged under terrorism-related provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Krushna Dorpate, who hails from Gadchiroli, was part of the Maoist movement since the age of 12 and surrendered before the police in 2014.

According to district government pleader and public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar, Dorpate in his statement said that he had joined the movement when he was 12 and top fugitive Maoist Milind Teltumbde promoted him as a divisional committee member.

The public prosecutor said when Dorpate was asked during the deposition if he knew Bhelke, he responded in affirmative and told the court that he (Bhelke) is known as ''Rajan'' within the movement.

"He also told the court that Bhelke and his deceased wife would work in the urban areas and spread the movement in the urban pockets, recruiting youth," Pawar said.

Dorpate had informed the court that Bhelke would come to the jungle, meet Teltumbade regularly and inform him about the progress of the movement in the urban areas.

"Dorpate also told the court that Bhelke used to ask him about their training in the jungles," he said.

The defense counsel advocate Rohan Nahar argued that Dorpate had never met Bhelke and being a surrendered rebel, he was deposing what the police had asked him to.

Bhelke''s wife, Nanaware, one of the accused in the case, died in Sassoon General Hospital following a prolonged illness in January this year. PTI SPK ARU ARU

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

4 Naxals killed in Bihar



New Delhi/Patna, Mar 16 (PTI) Four Maoists were killed and arms were recovered after an encounter with security forces in Bihar's Gaya district on Tuesday, officials said.

The gunbattle took place in the jungles of Manubar village of the district around 2 pm.

The security forces team was led by the 205th battalion of the CoBRA, the 159th battalion of the CRPF and the state police, the officials said.


The Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) is a specialised jungle-warfare unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The four Naxals, of the ranks of zonal commander and sub-zonal commander of the Magadh zone of the Left Wing Extremists, were identified as Amresh Singh Bhokta, Shivpujan Yadav, Sita Bhuiyan and Uday Paswan, the officials said.

The four bodies have been recovered, they added.

The slain ultras had multiple police FIRs filed against them on charges of extortion, attempt to murder and under the Arms and Explosives Act, the officials said.

'Four hardcore Maoists were neutralised and four weapons -- three AK series weapons and an INSAS rifle -- were recovered,' a senior officer said. PTI NES RC

Four Maoists Killed In Gun Battle In Bihar



 

Gaya (Bihar):  Four Maoists, including a zonal commander and three sub-zonal commanders, were killed in Bihar’s Gaya district on Tuesday in a gun battle with security forces.

The gun battle began in the morning when the 205 CoBRA unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along with a local unit of the paramilitary wing and state police force carried out an operation in Maunbar area under the Dumaria police station in Gaya district.

It was one of the 13 operations being conducted by the CRPF across various Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states since Tuesday morning, a CRPF official told IANS requesting anonymity.

In a statement, the CRPF said that four bodies, three AK-47 rifles and one Insas rifle were recovered from the spot after the operation ended at around 5.14 p.m.

Amresh Bhakta, zonal commander, along with three sub-zonal commanders identified as Shuvpoojan, Srikant Bhyuin and Uday Paswan, were killed in the operation.

The troopers are yet to return to their base camp. So far there is no report of any injury sustained by the forces. Search operations will be further intensified in the region.

In a similar operation carried out last month, security forces had gunned down a senior Maoist commander in an exchange of fire in the strife-torn Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh.

(IANS)

Maoist commander killed while planting IED in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur


Express News Service | Published: 15th March 2021 10:32 AM


For representational purpose. (Express Illustrations)


RAIPUR: A Maoist militia commander was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion that he was planting to target the security forces in the strife-torn district of Bijapur, about 400 km south of Raipur, a senior police officer said.

“The Maoist, identified as Sunil Padam, was killed in an IED blast. He was an IED expert in Bhairamgarh Area Committee of the banned organisation. The rebels through the IED had planned to harm the forces deployed to provide security to the ongoing road construction works in the region,” said Kamal Lochan Kashyap, Bijapur district superintendent of police.

Following the explosion, the other rebels abandoned the body of the deceased cadre and escaped into the nearby forest.

There is no report of any injury sustained by the troopers. The body of the Maoist has been sent for the post-mortem

Slain Maoist Velmurugan’s postmortem report hints at police torture to dead body



Slain Maoist leader Velmurugan
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Three months after A Velmurugan, a member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), was shot dead by Kerala’s top anti-insurgency force Thunderbolt, his postmortem report has surfaced revealing that the Maoist was shot numerous times causing injury to critical organs. The postmortem report also indicates that the Maoist leader could have been assaulted even after he was killed. Following this, human rights activists have alleged that Thunderbolt officials subjected Velmurugan to “inhuman torture after death”.
As per the postmortem report accessed by TNM, Velmurugan has 44 injury marks on his body caused by distant range rifled firearms. Notably, Velmurugan also sustained fractures on both thigh bones, which the report says occurred after he died. Forensic experts TNM spoke to said that there was a high probability that the allegation by human rights activists, that Velmurugan was subjected to “inhuman torture after death”, could be true.

On November 3 2020, Tamil Nadu native Velmurugan was killed in police firing during combing operations conducted by Thunderbolt in the Banasura Sagar forest area in the Padinjarathara police station limits of Kerala’s Wayanad district. Soon after his death, human rights activists in Kerala had alleged that it was a fake encounter, citing that the police force was not allowing even media persons to visit the spot even hours after the incident.

As per the postmortem report dated November 4, 2020, Velmurugan sustained 44 lacerated penetrative and non-penetrative wounds on all sides of his body. While the report states that all the 44 injuries were caused by “distant range rifled firearms”, it does not mention how many gunshots he sustained. While parts of bullets have been retrieved from some wounds, a few injuries are peripheral.

But what has drawn attention is an observation from the report that “there was fracture of lower one third of both thigh bones. The fractured ends on the right side were displaced. On the left side, it had a spiral pattern. The soft tissues around the fracture site were normal with no blood infiltration or bleeding. There were no external injury corresponding to the fracture sites.”

According to forensic experts that TNM spoke to, the fractures on Velmurugan’s thigh bones, one of the strongest bones in the body, must have been through close impact. “A fall could also break these bones, but if that was the case he should also have had other injuries. This kind of fracture implies he was hit with some object in close impact,” a forensic expert told TNM.

The expert also added that the observation that “soft tissues around the fracture site were normal” with no bleeding meant that the person was already dead when the attack happened. It means that the person’s heart had stopped pumping blood when he sustained this injury, the expert said.

Earlier, Velmurugan’s family had also alleged that he could have been killed in a fake encounter, citing the numerous bullet injuries on his body. However, the police claimed that they retaliated after he opened fire first. Notably, all the injuries Velmurugan sustained are below the neck and above the knees.

However, the postmortem report does not reveal the exact time of Velmurugan’s death. It states that since the body was refrigerated, the probable time of death cannot be specified.

“The injuries reveal that he was attacked cruelly from all sides. Both his legs were fractured after his death. This shows that even after he died, the police continued to attack him,” said CP Rasheed, Secretary of Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam, a human rights group based in Kerala.

He also alleged that the postmortem report was not released all this time in order to hide the “brutalities of Thunderbolt”.

Meanwhile, the rights group has also slammed the judicial inquiry report submitted by the Judicial First Class Magistrate in Mananthavady to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Kalpetta. The report, submitted on January 20, states that “the causes of injuries are distant ranged rifled firearms injuries and the injuries are sufficient to cause death in ordinary course of nature. I could find nothing extraordinary or unnatural to suspect as to the cause of deceased Velmurugan.”

However, rights activists have questioned why the judicial inquiry report does not mention the circumstances that led to the firing.

“If the incident has to be investigated, more time should be taken to check the ballistic and forensic reports. But without doing that, the magistrate report claimed there was nothing unnatural in the death. This is injustice,” Rasheed said.

Since the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front government came to power in the state, seven suspected Maoists have been killed in Kerala. In 2016, Kuppuswamy Devaraj and Ajitha were gunned in the Nilambur forests; in March 2019, Maoist leader CP Jaleel was killed at a resort in Wayanad’s Vythiri. The same year in October, four Tamil Nadu natives, reportedly members of CPI(Maoist) – Manivasakam, Karthi, Aravind and Rema – were killed in Palakkad district.

Earlier, a forensic report on CP Jaleel’s death had disproved the police’s claim that Jaleel had opened fire at the Thunderbolt commandos following which he was shot dead. The report revealed that there was no gunpowder residue near Jaleel’s body. He was shot in the head and shoulder.


https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/slain-maoist-velmurugan-s-postmortem-report-hints-police-torture-dead-body-145344

Cops unearth Maoist dump after fire exchange


Express News Service | Published: 15th March 2021 05:01 AM



MALKANGIRI: A gun battle broke out between Maoists and security forces in the forest near Muduliguda-Narangijhola along Balimela reservoir in Swabhiman Anchal on Saturday evening. However, there was no report of injury or casualty in the incident. 

Following the exchange of fire, security forces stumbled upon a huge cache of Maoists articles, ammunition and explosives. Two detonators, a tiffin bomb, two kit bags, Maoist uniforms and literature besides a medicine kit were recovered from the encounter site.

Following intelligence reports about gathering of armed Maoists in the forest, a joint anti-Naxal operation was launched by Border Security Force (BSF), Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Odisha police headed by Malkangiri SP Rishikesh D Khilari.

While the security forces were combing the forest area, the Maoists resorted to unprovoked firing . The operational party retaliated with controlled firing following which the Maoists escaped taking the advantage of forest and hilly terrain, the SP informed on Sunday. It is suspected that the seized explosives were intended to be used against innocent civilians and security forces, Khilari said


https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/mar/15/cops-unearth-maoist-dump-after-fire-exchange-2276768.html

Andhra Pradesh: Bus service to Maoist-affected area


G Sambasiva Rao | TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2021, 13:13 IST
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Korukonda is getting the bus service almost after a decade

VISAKHAPATNAM: In what could be a step towards development, Visakha rural police took another initiative by providing transport facility to the Maoist-affected and also stronghold area in Visakha tribal belt on Monday. The Chintapalli sub-division ASP rank officer Vidya Sagar Naidu started the bus service from Annavaram to Korukona, which is considered as a strong pocket for Maoists for the past three and half decades.


Korukonda is getting the bus service almost after a decade. For this, the police department has repaired the entire road stretch of 9 km by its own initiative and filled up all the potholes due to which the road wasn't suitable for bus service till date.


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It is noted that road repair was done for cheruvuru, which is also a Maoist-infested area, on the similar lines.



ASP termed the moment as historical and one of the first steps towards the development of Balapam Panchayati and Korukonda area in particular. He also reminded that Balapam Panchayati , which did not participate in elections for the last 15 years had chosen its representative for the first time in recently concluded Panchayati elections defying the call of Maoists to boycott the elections and this indicates their clamour for development .


He added that upon instructions from Visakha rural SP B.Krishna Rao, they have taken up this initiative. Chintapalli Inspector Sreenu, Paderu RTC DM R.S.Naidu, Annavaram sub-inspector Prashanth were also present at the event

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/visakhapatnam/andhra-pradesh-bus-service-to-maoist-affected-area/amp_articleshow/81507800.cms