Saturday, June 12, 2021

Eligible population in some Jharkhand villages, including Naxal-affected areas, 100% vaccinated: Govt


Despite being far-flung and infested with Naxals, the villages of Banmara and Jins Jara Kani have achieved 100 per cent vaccination of eligible age groups, the Jharkhand government said.



A health worker conducts thermal screening of a woman in a village near Ranchi, Jharkhand (PTI photo)

Entire eligible population in some Jharkhand villages including those located in far-flung extremist-affected areas have been vaccinated for Covid-19, state government said on Saturday.

These included villages like Banmara and Jins Jara Kani in Simdega. The Banmara village of Kullu Kera panchayat is located at the Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh border of Simdega district.

"100 per cent of the population of this village have been vaccinated for coronavirus. People of Jins Jara Kani village of Simdega situated at the border of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have shown the same kind of spirit," an official statement from the state government said.

Despite being one of the farthest villages, people here actively participated in the vaccination drive and achieved 100 per cent vaccination, it said.

ALSO READ | Why Hemant Soren wants free vaccines for Jharkhand from Modi government

Likewise Ranga panchayat of Masaliya block in Dumka is also heading towards 100 per cent inoculation.

"Panchayats like Shikaripara, Gandrakpur, which are situated at the farthest part of the district (Dumka) have also achieved more than 80 per cent vaccination," the statement said.

It said about 50 per cent of the 18 plus population at Garu block of Naxal-affected Latehar district has been inoculated and backed by intensive awareness campaign a rise in vaccination coverage is being recorded.

Awareness campaigns run by the government in native and regional languages are helping people understand the benefits of the vaccine. It said myths and fallacies related to the vaccine are being exposed among the rural population of the state.

"Dumka district of Santhal Pargana region having multiple panchayats recording more than 75 per cent or 80 per cent vaccination coverage is running an intensive awareness drive across the districts," it said.

Meanwhile, the state government in a separate statement thanked UNICEF for providing three RT-PCR machines, 20 lakh three layered masks, 800 oxygen concentrators, refrigerators and cold-chain boxes.

Extending thanks to the UNICEF, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren said that the government is serious to battle Covid-19

Naxalite couple surrenders in Bijapur


Sunday, 13 June 2021 | Staff Reporter | BIJAPUR


 
A Naxalite couple on Saturday surrendered to the police in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, the police said. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap identified them as Korsa Lachchhu (32), a Militia Platoon Section Commander, and his wife Korsa Anita (29), an activist with the Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangthan. Lachchhu was involved in several cases of crime including robbery, arson and murder between 2005 and 2021, the officer said.

They said they were impressed by the police rehabilitation drive and felt let down by the Maoist ideology.

Maoist’ killed by CRPF in gunfight


TNN

Ranchi/Daltonganj: The Central Reserve 

Police

 Force (CRPF) on Saturday claimed that a 

Maoist

 was gunned down at Kookoo Piri village under Garu police station of 

Latehar

 district but the police said they are verifying the claims of the force after villagers refuted the claims that the deceased was a rebel. 

In a press statement, CRPF said it has eliminated an armed Maoist cadre of the Chhotu Khairwar group after an encounter at the forested area of Kookoo Piri in the morning but the villagers claimed that it was stage-managed and said the deceased was one Brahmadev Singh of their locality.



Latehar SP Prashant Anand intervened in the matter to pacify the irate villagers and agreed to verify the antecedents of the deceased.

According to the CRPF's statement, a joint operation comprising two troops of 203 CoBRA battalion, two assault groups of 

Jharkhand

 Jaguar and one company of 214 Battalion of the CRPF went to the forests of Latehar where an encounter took place around 8.30 am. “The troops later recovered the body of a Naxalite and four weapons,” the statement said.



However, Anand said the deceased could be a villager. “Villagers usually venture into the forests to hunt wild boars with country-made guns and according to preliminary information, it could be one of the villagers who came in the crossfire,” Anand said.


Local police said the weapons recovered are country-made firearms but claimed that the villagers who went hunting into the forest fired on the security forces in nervousness and in self-defence the security men retaliated.


The villagers are, however, not ready to buy the argument saying that forest dwellers do not venture for hunting on Saturdays and claim that the deceased was 

killed

 in cold blood and another sustained injuries in his arm

Maoist pamphlet exhorts Marathas to brace revolution for justice


Maharashtra State Committee of CPI(Maoist) secretary Sahyadri has stated that reservation hasn’t brought equality and justice to the socially backward communities for whom it was originally designed and hence may not benefit even the Marathas.


Maratha unrest
Marathas have been agitating over their demand for quota in jobs and education, and it is these protests that the Maoists seem to have turned their attention to now. (File photo)


Maoists seem to have now turned their attention to the unrest among Marathas over their demand for quota in jobs and education. A pamphlet issued recently by the Maharashtra State Committee of CPI(Maoist) secretary Sahyadri has invited the community to join the Maoist armed struggle and take to the path of revolution to achieve their goal.

Sahyadri, believed by senior police officials to be an alias for underground senior Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, however, has stated that reservation hasn’t brought equality and justice to the socially backward communities for whom it was originally designed and hence may not benefit even the Marathas.

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“The Marathas mostly comprise poor peasants. After Independence, socially backward communities were given reservation to bring them at par with others. It, however, couldn’t get them social equality and justice. So, it must be understood that reservation cannot be a tool for removing backwardness and bestowing equality,” Sahyadri said in the pamphlet.

Reservation, he added, could work only for a short time to bring forward those who have been left behind. “To that extent, we support reservation but this success also depends on the intentions of the ruling classes and implementing authorities. The intention of all political parties is wrong. They are all agents of imperialists and capitalists who would never try to work for your interest,” he stated.

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Sahyadri also pointed out that the community was still lagging behind when Maharashtra has been ruled mostly by leaders of the Maratha community. “This is because they have also served the interest of imperialists and capitalists. These Maratha leaders are only responsible for the current deprivation of the community,” Sahyadri said. He also pointed out that the Supreme Court had declined to allow Maratha reservation.


Sahyadri, however, added that it was the Marathas who had taken a lead in Shivaji’s fight for swaraj (self-rule). “(So) time has come for the community to become Maavlaas (Shivaji’s foot soldiers) and adopt guerilla warfare tactics… The Maoists are fighting people’s battle by taking up arms. We appeal the real followers of Shivaji Maharaj to join the Maoist ranks and take the path of revolution…,” he said.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/maoist-pamphlet-exhorts-marathas-to-brace-movement-for-quota-goal-7356012/


Friday, June 11, 2021

Anti-Naxal Force’s combing ops, relief work go hand in hand


By Prajna G R| Express News Service | Published: 12th June 2021 05:58 AM
ANF personnel donate a relief kit to a woman residing in a forest in Kodagu district


MADIKERI: Wearing their trademark camouflage, Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) commandos are usually involved in combing operations inside the thick forests. However, during the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the commandos are also carrying out humanitarian work by helping poverty-stricken residents of villages located along forest fringes.

Kodagu district is home to many tribals who reside deep inside forests and lead a sustainable life. With no government ID cards, many of them can’t avail the benefits of government schemes and their lives are mostly untouched by urbanisation. Nevertheless, the pandemic has affected their livelihood and their troubles are now being addressed by ANF personnel.

“While carrying out combing operations in forests, we identify poor families. With help from ANF Superintendent B Nikhil, we are distributing food kits to such families,” explained Shashikumar, ANF SI, based in Bhagamandala.A list of beneficiaries has been submitted by the commandos to the ANF, and food kits are arranged by the force. “Once we receive the food kits, we walk to the villages and distribute the kits,” he added.

Across Kodagu, ANF commandos have so far distributed nearly 100 food kits. “We distributed nearly 60 food kits in Bhagamandala, Aarji and Kutta villages. This year, we have just started the initiative and distributed nearly 40 food kits,” Shashikumar added.


Meanwhile, the ANF has also donated oxygen concentrators to rural hospitals in Bhagamandala, Kutta and Aarji villages. “Many have come forward to give donations to poverty-stricken families located in Naxal-affected areas in other districts. However, there are no sponsors in Kodagu, hence ANF is donating kits,” he said


https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2021/jun/12/anti-naxal-forces-combing-ops-relief-work-go-hand-in-hand-2315115.html

Eight Naxalites surrender in Sukma


Saturday, 12 June 2021 | Staff Reporter | SUKMA

Eight Naxalites, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, have surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the police said on Friday.

Sukma Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruv said the Maoists, including a couple, were impressed by the police rehabilitation drive and disappointed with the Maoist ideology.

Of the eight, Vanjam Bheema, who carried a bounty of Rs 2 lakh, was a member of Platoon number 4 in Section B in the outlawed Maoist outfit. His wife Madavi Kalawati was a member of the Chetna Natya Mandali (CNM), Dhruv said. The six others who surrendered were Ravi, Kosa, Deva, Dirdo Ganga, Sodi Dula and Kawasi Deva.vKawasi Deva surrendered with a muzzle-loading gun
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/eight-naxalites-surrender-in-sukma.html

NIA files chargesheet against 3 Maoists


TNN | Jun 12, 2021, 04:19 IST

Madurai: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against three Madurai-based CPI (Maoist) operatives before the NIA special court at Poonamallee in Chennai on Friday.


The charge sheet was filed against Vivekanandan alias Vivek and Suresh Rajan of Moovendar Nagar and Mohan Ramasamy alias Advocate Mohan of Jaihindpuram under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.


The case was initially registered at Tallakulam police station on September 1, 2020, for uploading objectionable contents on a Facebook account of Vivek denigrating the celebration of Independence Day as a sham. NIA took over the investigation after re-registering the case on March 14. Investigation and scrutiny of posts uploaded on social media accounts of the accused revealed their support and active role in propagating the cause and ideology of proscribed terrorist organisation CPI (M). The accused had been knowingly possessing documents, pamphlets, brochures, banners, handwritten notes, photographs which were published by CPI (Maoist) with the intention of supporting the proscribed terrorist organization and were propagating its violent extremist ideology

Wanted Maoist killed in gunfight with forces in Odisha



Police officials said the deceased, Rabindra, a senior member of Bargarh-Balangir Maoist committee, had a reward of ₹5 lakh on his head
By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2021 03:52 PM IST

Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A Maoist cadre with 5 lakh prize money on his head was gunned down during an exchange of fire with Odisha Police at Padampur area of Bargarh district on Friday morning.


Police officials said the deceased, Rabindra, a senior member of Bargarh-Balangir Maoist committee, was killed in a gunfight with Special Operations Group (SOG) jawans and state police at Jhanj Reserve Forest of Ganjaguda area under Padampur sub-division of Bargarh. A cache of arms and ammunitions, including an AK-47 rifle, was recovered near his body.

State DGP Abhay said a group of Maoists was spotted during a combing operation and it fired at the cops. The latter retaliated and Rabindra died in the exchange of fire.

Also Read | 4 Maoists among 14 arrested in Bihar; 2 gun-making units busted

“I urge all the Maoists to shun violence and return to mainstream. I appeal to them to join various rehabilitation schemes of the state government,” said Abhay.



This is the third such case this year in which Maoists have been killed in Odisha. In April, a 30-year-old woman Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire with SOG and District Voluntary Force team at Pangabaju reserve forest of Kalahandi district. The Maoist was part of KKBN division. Maoists also blasted an Improvised Explosive Device on the spot.

In January, a combined team of SOG and District Voluntary Force killed a suspected Maoist in a forest in Malkangiri district

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/wanted-maoist-killed-in-gunfight-with-forces-in-odisha-101623406945781.html


Telangana: Cops wean tribals away from Maoists, with TV sop & soaps


Ch Sushil Rao | TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2021, 09:08 IST
TNN
New tactic: A TV that was given by police to a tribal family

HYDERABAD: The Guthi Koya 

tribals

 living in Maoist-hit areas of 

Telangana

 are busy watching their favourite soaps and movies on television these days and have no time to attend secret meetings called by the 

Naxalites

In what appears to be an attempt to weaken the influence of 

Maoists

 on these tribals living in Bhadradri Kothagudem district bordering 

Chhattisgarh

 state, the local police have initiated this novel tactic to keep the villagers busy, while tightening security in the border zones.

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In July 2019, Maoists abducted a local TRS leader and killed him in deep inside Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The victim, 45-year-old Nalluri Srinivas, was tasked by the government to influence the tribals and keep them away from the Naxalites.



In September 2018, several tribal community members were picked up and taken to Chhattisgarh and beaten up. In October 2020, Maoists killed a man, whom they accused of being a ‘mole’ of the 

Special Intelligence Bureau

 (SIB).


The area has also witnessed encounters between cops and Maoists.


Nothing seemed to be working. As the border being porous, Maoists sneak in and out of the area. Since they operate out of Chhattisgarh, the outlaws simply vanish into the deeply forested areas. It’s difficult to catch them. Now the idea of getting the villagers hooked to TV and giving them access to clean drinking water seems to be working. They are busy and they are happy,” a top intelligence official said.


Armed with the idea, local cops were first assigned the task as part of their community policing programme to distribute water filters to the tribal families, so they don’t have to scout for clean water any more.



“We have now gone a step ahead. The tribal families are now being given television sets with set-top boxes and they are very happy,” the officer said.


Bhadradri Kothagudem district superintendent of police 

Sunil Dutt

 said, so far, the tribal families have been provided with 2,500 water filters and 66 television sets.


Our priority is to see that the Guthi Koya tribals have access to all basic needs,” SP Dutt added.


The Guthi Koya tribal families in Cherla, Dummagudem, Gundala, Aallpalli, Bodu, Karakagudem, Komararam, Edulla Bayyam and other hamlets are the focus of the police.


“Maoists have no support in the villages. The police will interact more with the villagers and know what their needs are, and provide them and solve any issues they raise,” Sunil Dutt added


https://m.timesofindia.com/city/hyderabad/telangana-cops-wean-tribals-away-from-maoists-with-tv-sop-soaps/amp_articleshow/83451588.cms

Thursday, June 10, 2021

'Pointless Angst' by 'Literary Naxals': Gujarat Sahitya Akademi Hits out at Poem on Ganga Corpses

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"The said poem has been used as a shoulder to fire from by such elements who have started a conspiracy," Akademi chairman Vishnu Pandya wrote.
5 hours ago | The Wire Staff
    

New Delhi: The Gujarat Sahitya Akademi has called a poem critical of bodies found floating on the Ganga an example of “pointless angst” circulated by “literary Naxals.”

The Indian Express has reported that an editorial in the Akademi’s official journal Shabdasrishti chose to come down heavily on a poem, Shabvahini Ganga, by Parul Khakhar.

Notably, while the poem was not mentioned by name in the editorial, the Akademi’s chairman Vishnu Pandya told Express that he had indeed referred to Khakhar’s poem when he wrote the editorial.

The Gujarati poem had made waves in the days since it was published on Khakhar’s Facebook page on May 11 and has been translated into several languages since. Writing for The Wire, Deepal Trivedi had called it “a short but powerful satire in Gujarati that describes Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘naked king’ ruling a ‘Ram Rajya’ (kingdom of gods) where the sacred Ganga serves as a ‘hearse’ for corpses.”

Pandya blames the poem for spreading “anarchy” in his editorial. He also labels it as “pointless angst expressed in a state of agitation” and says that it has been “misused by forces who are anti-Centre and anti-Centre’s nationalist ideologies.”


Express has translated the Gujarati editorial thus:

“The said poem has been used as a shoulder to fire from by such elements who have started a conspiracy, whose commitment is not to India but to something else, who are Leftist, so-called liberals, to whom nobody pays any attention… Such people want to quickly spread chaos in India and create anarchy… They are active on all fronts and in the same way they have jumped into literature with dirty intentions. The purpose of these literary Naxals is to influence a section of people who would relate their own grief and happiness to this (the poem).”

The phrase “literary Naxals” is in English in the editorial and appears to improve upon the rightwing’s favoured phrase ‘urban Naxals’, referring to thinkers critical of the Modi government.

The fact that corpses, of suspected COVID-19 patients, were floating up on the Ganga, India’s largest river in the middle of an unprecedented surge in cases and deaths had made international news. The bodies had pointed not just to crushing poverty and mounting deaths amidst the crisis but also to the discrepancy in state and Central governments’ quoted deaths.

Even though Pandya calls those circulating Khakhar’s poem ‘Leftists, so-called liberals’, until she chose to publish this poem, Khakhar was quite popular among rightwing circles.

Also read: BJP Furious as Top Gujarati Poet Blames ‘Naked King’ Modi for Corpses Floating in the Ganga

Interestingly, in her piece on Khakhar’s poem and the impact it has made across India, Trivedi had identified Akademi chairman Vishnu Pandya as having earlier described Khakhar as “the next big icon of Gujarati poetry”.

Pandya is associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its Gujarati mouthpiece, Sadhna. He was awarded the Padma Shri, after former Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi became prime minister.

Khakhar had also met with online attacks in the immediate aftermath of publishing her poem as well.

A translation of the poem, by Rita and Abhijit Kothari, is given below:

The corpses spoke in one voice : “All is well, sab kuchh changa-changa”
Lord, in your ideal realm the hearse is now the Ganga

Lord, your crematoriums are too few; fewer the wood for pyres
Lord, our pall-bearers are too few, fewer yet the mourners
Lord, in every home Yama performs the dance macabre
Lord, in your ideal realm the hearse is now the Ganga

Lord, your smoke belching chimneys now seek respite
Lord, our bangles are shattered, shattered are our hearts
The fiddle plays while the towns are ablaze, “Wah, Billa-Ranga”
Lord, in your ideal realm the hearse is now the Ganga

Lord, your clothes are divine, divine is your radiance
Lord, the town entire sees you in your true form
If there be a real man here, come forward and say
“The emperor has no clothes”
Lord, in your ideal realm the hearse is now the Ganga


https://m.thewire.in/article/books/literary-naxals-ganga-covid19-corpses-gujarat-sahitya-akademi-parul-khakhar-vishnu-pandya


Vigil stepped up on TN-Karnataka border after reports of suspected Naxal movement

TAMIL NADU


An armed policeman posted at Talavadi police station in Erode district in Tamil NaduAn armed policeman posted at Talavadi police station in Erode district in Tamil Nadu | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Staff ReporterERODE 10 JUNE 2021 13:47 IST
UPDATED: 10 JUNE 2021 13:47 IST

Armed police personnel have been posted at border police stations and check posts; vehicles entering TN are being checked

Following intelligence inputs of the movement of Naxalites in Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka that borders Talavadi in Tamil Nadu, security has been tightened at police stations located along the Tamil Nadu – Karnataka border and armed security police personnel have been posted at inter-State check posts.

Superintendent of Police V. Sasi Mohan told The Hindu that based on the inputs, security has been beefed up and an intense vigil is being maintained in the border areas with Karnataka.


On June 8, the Anti-Naxal Squad alerted the district police to suspected Naxal movement in Chamarajanagar and a possible attack on police stations locations in the border areas in Talavadi and Bargur. Following this, armed policemen were posted at the police stations at Bargur, Vellithiruppur, Bungalowpudur, Bhavani Sagar, Hasanur, Kadambur, Sathyamangalam and Talavadi while armed personnel were also posted at the inter-State check posts at Talavadi and Germalam. A round-the-clock vigil is being maintained.

Vehicles carrying vegetables and essential items from Karnataka were checked thoroughly and allowed to enter the State. Apart from this, Anti-Naxal Squad personnel and Forest Department personnel are patrolling the forest areas in the border regions to check for Naxal movement. Also, villages in the border areas and in forest areas are being monitored

Karnataka anti-Naxal commandos distribute food kits to forest dwellers in Red-hit Kodagu


By Prajna GR| Express News Service | Published: 10th June 2021 04:19 PM
Jawans distributing food kits to a forest dweller (Photo | EPS)


MADIKERI: Adorning the trademark camouflaged uniforms, the Anti-Naxal Force commandos of Karnataka are by and large involved in conducting combing operations inside the thick forests. However, during the ongoing pandemic, the ANF commandos have an additional task at hand -- help the poor forest dwellers.

Kodagu district has scores of tribal residents who live isolated in the forest. With no government-authorized identity cards, many of these residents are deprived of availing government schemes. Again, the pandemic has affected their livelihood.

“While we carry out combing operations in the forests, we identify poor families in the forest. With the efforts from the ANF Superintendent B Nikhil, we are distributing food kits to such families,” explained Shashikumar, ANF SI based in Bhagamandala.

A list of beneficiaries is being submitted by the commandos to the ANF teams. The food kits are arranged by the force. “Once we receive the food kits, we go into the forest and hand over the kits to the beneficiaries,” he added. 


Across Kodagu, the ANF commandos have so far distributed nearly 100 food kits to tribals residing in naxal-hit areas. “We distributed nearly 60 food kits across Bhagamandala, Aarji, and Kutta villages in the district. This year, we have just begun the initiative and have distributed nearly 40 food kits,”
he confirmed.

The ANF has also donated oxygen concentrators to rural hospitals in Bhagamandala, Kutta and Aarji villages. “Many donors have come forward to enable donations to poor families in naxal-hit areas in other districts. However, there are no sponsors in Kodagu and hence, we are availing kits from the ANF,” added Sahshikumar


https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2021/jun/10/karnataka-anti-naxal-commandos-distribute-food-kits-to-forest-dwellers-in-red-hit-kodagu-2314336.html

A road to development in Maoist hotbed


The police, with the help of tribal people and the ITDA, laying a road in an interior village in Visakha Agency.The police, with the help of tribal people and the ITDA, laying a road in an interior village in Visakha Agency.
Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 09 JUNE 2021 23:37 IST
UPDATED: 09 JUNE 2021 23:37 IST

Through ‘Project Varadhi’, the district police, with the involvement of tribal people, succeed in bringing about a turnaround

At least nine out of the 11 mandals in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district have been under the stranglehold of the banned CPI (Maoist) for the last two decades, as a result of which they are devoid of even basic infrastructure.

Many tribal hamlets in the interior areas, especially in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) region, remain cut off from the mainstream, mainly due to lack of road connectivity.

Community policing

But with the security forces making inroads into the AOB region and taking up “new-age community policing programmes,” the tribal people, who have been living under the fear of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE), are beginning to witness the government-sponsored developmental activities.

‘Project Varadhi’ is one such programme that has been initiated by the Visakhapatnam District Police in the Chintapalli area of the Agency.

The Chintapalli Police Sub-Division covers almost 1,400 sq km of the 6,200-odd sq km of the Visakha Agency. It borders Malkangiri in the AOB region, and has been a traditional hub of the Maoists.

“The aim of the project is to improve road connectivity to interior areas by involving the tribal people, and making them own the project. Roads will pave the way for developmental activities such as mobile phone connectivity, and educational and medical initiatives,” said Vidyasagar Naidu, ASP of Chintapalli.

The tribal people of Cheruvuru, a Maoist stronghold, had, for the first time, seen an ambulance visiting their hamlet when a road was laid to the village overnight in November last, Mr. Naidu said.

As of date, about 45-km of road has been laid in some of the Maoist hotbeds with the support of the tribal people, the police and the Paderu ITDA, benefiting an estimated 12,000 people.

Aadhaar centre

“We now have an Aadhaar centre too, which benefits at least 4,000 tribal people,” said a tribal from the Balapam area.

Some of the roads laid under the project included a 6-km stretch from P.K. Gudem to Mandapalli, a 4-km road from Korukonda to Cheruvuru, and a 5-km road from Jerella to Assampalli, all recognised as Maoist strongholds.

The project, envisaged by Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao and OSD Sateesh Kumar, involves laying of a simple and cost-effective kutcha road.

While it costs ₹70 lakh to lay a one-km BT road, a five-km kutcha road costs between ₹70,000 and ₹1.20 lakh.

“We focussed on laying kutcha or gravel road of five-metre width to enable at least two vehicles to move freely,” said Mr. Naidu.

Challenges en route

“To involve the tribal people and make them own the project was quite a task. It took some time to instil confidence in them. In the tribal areas, any person seen interacting with the police, or any government employee, is branded a police informers by the Maoists and are killed,” Mr. Naidu said.

Motivating the contractors to supply the earthmoving equipment and start work was another challenge was by the police.

The involvement of the tribal people made all the difference. They had come forward to constitute committees to protect the equipment and the workers, besides offering ‘shramadan’ and providing logistical support, he said.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/a-road-to-development-in-maoist-hotbed/article34773716.ece


Covid positive Maoist held in Dantewada


TNN | Jun 10, 2021, 12:02 IST
TNN
The arrested Maoist was a member of Chetna Natya Manch, the cultural wing of Maoist outfit. (Representative image)

RAIPUR: 

Dantewada police

 arrested a Maoist on Tuesday, who was allegedly leading a group of villagers from Burgum towards Silger, to protest against the police camp.


Police said, locals were being brainwashed by Maoists to join the protest rally. The arrested Maoist was a member of Chetna Natya Manch, the cultural wing of Maoist outfit. He was tested Covid positive as well.


Mandavi was leading villagers’ group to join Silger protest


According to Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava, a Maoist identified as Gangaram Mandavi, 26, was arrested from Aranpur region when he was leading a group of around hundred villagers. During interrogation, it was found that he was taking villagers towards Silger to join the protest.


Mandavi had recently come to Chhattisgarh from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. SP said that he has been admitted to a dedicated Covid centre for 15 days for treatment. He added, taking in account recent surrenders and arrests, Maoists are getting infected in large numbers and are not following Covid safety protocol. They are meeting villagers, leading them to protest site and subjecting them to vulnerability, said police.


Members of Maoist organisation aren’t wearing masks nor are they maintaining social distancing. The villagers later accepted that they were being forced to join the protest and when police officials made them understand that it wasn't right to gather in large during pandemic, they were convinced and returned home,” SP said in a statement


https://m.timesofindia.com/city/raipur/covid-positive-maoist-held-in-dantewada/amp_articleshow/83393866.cms

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Telangana police killed Madhukar: Maoists


Special CorrespondentHYDERABAD 08 JUNE 2021 20:38 IST
UPDATED: 08 JUNE 2021 20:38 IST

They are covering it up as a COVID-19 death, says CPI (Maoist)

Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Tuesday alleged that Telangana police were carrying out a false campaign that its activist Gaddam Madhukar alias Shobh Rai died of ill health after being arrested in Warangal and admitted to Osmania General Hospital here though actually the police “murdered him”.

In a statement issued by Dandakaranya South Sub-Zonal bureau, the party condemned the alleged “killing of Madhukar by police”. The bureau official representative Samatha said the party appealed to all democratic activists not to believe such propaganda by the police.

Thirty-eight-year-old Madhukar hailed from Kondapally village of Bejjur mandal in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district. He joined Sirpur squad of Maoists at the age of 16 years in 1999. A year later, the party sent him to work in Dandakaranya. After working with weapons making unit, he was shifted to communication wing of the zone.

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The party official representative said that Telangana police themselves declared that Madhukar was caught on June 1 when he was going to a hospital in Warangal due to ill health. They boasted of admitting him in a hospital for better treatment. Five days later, they announced that he died of COVID-19.

The CPI (Maoist) representative charged the police with having subjected Madhukar to torture from June 1 to 6 without extending him any medical treatment. This was second such murder in a fortnight, the statement said alleging that party’s People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) platoon commander Gangal was killed by the police in similar fashion earlier.

The party also charged that the police were indulging in false campaign that its leaders and activists contracted COVID-19 and were dying due to lack of medical facilities. Police were luring Maoists to surrender showing COVID-19 as a threat and offering better medical treatment, the Maoists alleged

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/telangana-police-killed-madhukar-maoists/article34763031.ece

Many Naxals have Covid but only seniors are getting treatment, cops claim after big arrest


As Covid takes grip on interiors of South Chhattisgarh, police claim that top Naxal leaders were discouraging proper medical treatment to lower cadres.

PRITHVIRAJ SINGH

The Telangana Police arrested Maoist leader Gaddam Madhukar alias Sobroi in the forat week of June 2021 | Photo by special arrangement
The Telangana Police arrested Maoist leader Gaddam Madhukar alias Sobroi in the forat week of June 2021 | Photo by special arrangement

Raipur: The arrest of a Covid-infected senior Naxal leader has revealed how the Maoist cadres are grimly fighting the disease in the interiors of south Chhattisgarh.

The Telangana Police recently arrested Dandakaranya Zonal Special Committee (DKZSC) leader Gaddam Madhukar alias Sobroi, who was on his way from Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur to Warangal in Telangana for treatment.

The man, with a bounty of Rs 8 lakh on his head, is said to have disclosed that several members of the top decision-making Central Committee and the DKZSC were suffering from Covid.

What the police found alarming was information that the men in lower ranks were not getting proper treatment, making thousands of villagers vulnerable to infection.

Anti-Maoist operations head and Inspector General, Bastar, Sunderraj P. told ThePrint that the Naxal leadership was not allowing Covid-affected base cadres to seek medical help.


He said: “The information provided by Gaddam Madhukar indicates that a sizable chunk of the Maoists is suffering from the disease. Only senior cadres, that too those who are in a critical condition, are being allowed hospital treatment.”

This is nothing but double standards, the senior officer said, adding that “Maoists are playing with the lives of thousands of villagers by ignoring Covid-appropriate behaviour”. He alleged that lower cadres were not even being told about covid protocol and treatment.

“The CPI (Maoists) are in serious violation of human rights. It is cruel to withhold treatment for such a serious disease,” Sunderraj said.


Surrendered Maoist in hospital, many others have Covid

Gaddam Madhukar landed in police trap after the Telangana Police got strong intel that senior Maoists could travel from Chhattisgarh to Telangana or Andhra Pradesh for treatment.

With information that Madhukar was trying to reach a hospital, the Telangana Police stepped up security and checked every vehicle en route to Warangal. Madhukar was arrested near Peddammagadda Crossing close to Mulugu Road.

Madhukar surrendered rather meekly, officers said, and was immediately taken to a hospital.

According to Maoist leader, said the police, many cadres in camps bordering Sukma and Bijapur districts had Covid.

At least 10 of them are top members of the CPI (Maoist), like the Central Committee’s Katakam Sudershan alias Anand alias Dula Dada, Thippiri Tirupathi alias Ramesh Dada and Pusam Padma.

Others down with the disease were CPI (Maoist) Telangana State Committee (TSC) secretary Yapa Narayana alias Lakma, TSC members Bade Chokka Rao alias DM and Kankanala Raji Reddy alias Dharmanna.

DKSZC spokesperson Katta Ramchandra Reddy alias Vikalp and DKSZC members Mula Devender Reddy alias Masa Dada were also said to be suffering from Covid.

Those in Chhattisgarh were South Bastar Darbha Valley Committee (DVC) secretary Kunkati Venkataiah alias Vikas, DVC members Muchki Ungal and Kodi Manjula aka Nirmala and Kakrala Sunitha of the Regional Political School of Maoists.


https://theprint.in/india/many-naxals-have-covid-but-only-seniors-are-getting-treatment-cops-claim-after-big-arrest/673811/

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Chhattisgarh drops 594 cases against tribals in Maoist-hit areas


PTI

RAIPUR: As many as 594 cases have been withdrawn against members of tribal communities in Maoist-affected areas of 

Chhattisgarh

 following the recommendation of a committee, an official said on Friday.



The move has brought relief to 726 

persons

 who were named in these cases, a public relations department official said. After coming to power in December 2018, CM 

Bhupesh Baghel

 decided to review police cases against tribal people in insurgency-hit areas, particularly 

Bastar

, so that innocent persons do not face harassment, he said. 

A seven-member review committee headed by 

Justice

 (retd) A K Patnaik was constituted for this purpose in March 2019. District officials and the police were also asked to examine such cases against tribals, the official said. The review was part of the state’s three-pronged strategy of building ‘trust, development and security’ to bring development to tribal areas and free them of Leftwing extremism, he said.


The Patnaik committee recommended withdrawal of as many as 627 cases, of which 594 were withdrawn from courts as of May 31 this year, giving relief to 726 persons, the official said. Other cases are still pending in court for withdrawal.


The police department too identified 365 cases against tribals for speedy trial. As many as 124 such cases were disposed of by courts and 218 accused persons were acquitted, the official said