Friday, June 18, 2021

Chhattisgarh: Woman Naxal killed in encounter; AK-47 rifle, two pistols seized

The gunfight took place around 8 am in the forest of Chandameta-Pyarbhat villages when joint teams of security forces were out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Chhattisgarh Woman Naxal killed in encounter
The identity of the killed cadre was yet to be ascertained, the IG said, adding that a search is still underway in the nearby areas. (Representational)

A woman Naxal was killed in a gun-battle with security forces inside a forest in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on Friday, a senior police officer said.

Three weapons and a huge cache of Maoist camping material were recovered from the encounter site, he said.


The gunfight took place around 8 am in the forest of Chandameta-Pyarbhat villages when joint teams of security forces were out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

The operation was launched based on the inputs about the presence of some members belonging to Maoists’ Darbha division, which has been instrumental in carrying out several deadly attacks in Bastar, along the borders of Bastar and Surkma districts, around 350 kms away from capital Raipur, he said.


Personnel belonging to the District Reserve Guard (DRG) units from Bastar, Dantewada and Sukma and CRPF 80th battalion were involved in the operation, he said.

The exchange of fire took place between the DRG team of Bastar and the Naxals, he said.


After the exchange of fire stopped, the body of a woman Naxal clad in ‘uniform’ along with one AK-47 rifle, two pistols and a huge amount of camping materials were recovered from the spot, he said.

The identity of the killed cadre was yet to be ascertained, the IG said, adding that a search is still underway in the nearby areas

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.

Woman naxalite surrenders in Gadchiroli

TNN | Jun 19, 2021, 08:57 IST
The naxalite, identified as Karishma alias Savita Naroti, is a resident of Kanker in neighbouring state Chhattisgarh. She was a member of Chhatgaon Dalam and allegedly involved in some police-naxalite encounters, they said.

NAGPUR: A 20-year-old woman 


, carrying a cash reward of Rs2 lakh on her head, surrendered in 


 on Friday, police said.

The naxalite, identified as 


 alias Savita Naroti, is a resident of 


 in neighbouring state 


. She was a member of Chhatgaon Dalam and allegedly involved in some police-naxalite encounters, they said.

According to police, due to an effective anti-naxalite operation, 38 cadres have surrendered between 2019 and 2021, including two dalam commanders, 3 deputy dalam commanders and 28 dalam members

Day after ‘encounter’, hunt on for key Maoist leaders

Express News Service | Published: 18th June 2021 09:48 AM

For representational purposes. (File | EPS)

VISAKHAPATNAM/RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: A tense atmosphere prevailed in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari with the police forces intensifying combing operations to track the top Maoist leaders, suspected to have escaped after Wednesday’s alleged encounter in Teegalametta forest area under Mampa police limits in Koyyuru mandal of Visakhapatnam district. Six Maoists were killed in the exchange of fire.

Security was beefed up at state and Central government offices while politicians were asked to leave to safer places till normalcy is restored.Police continued the combing operations as they suspect that top leaders of Maoist east division — Aruna and Jagan — might have escaped. Though people of some villages in Vizag Aency said they heard occasional firing in the forests, there was no confirmation from the police.

As many as 400 policemen are reportedly combing every inch of the forest area. Police sources said while six Maoists died in the alleged encounter, there were no casualties from the police side. Most villagers stayed indoors due to fear of what would happen following the encounter as the police checked every vehicle passing through the mandal, particularly Mampa and Palasamudram. Police pickets were posted to prevent movement of vehicles towards Palakajeedi, Vennelapalem and Palasamudram villages. 

The sources said about 30 Maoists were holding a key meeting when the police reached there on specific information which led to the exchange of fire.Among the six killed, three are top leaders of the division. They include Ranadev alias Arjun (DCM), Sande Gangiah alias Ashok (DCM), and Santu Nachika (ACM) of Maoists.

Meanwhile, in a letter purportedly written by secretary of AOB south zonal committee Ganesh, which was released to the media, the Maoist leader accused the YSRC government of following anti-people policies and surrendering before the BJP government. In East Godavari, police intensified combing operations in the areas bordering Odisha, Chattisgarh and Telangana following the alleged encounter in Koyyur. Greyhounds personnel were combing the agency areas of Chintur, Yetapaka, Mothugudem, Donkarai, Y Ramavaram, Maredumilli  Addateegala, Gangavaram, Rampachodavaram and Kunavaram. 

Rampachodavaram ASP Bindu Madhav said additional forces have been deployed in all sensitive areas including at the State and Central government offices to ensure that the Maoists do not target them. All politicians in the hit-list of the Maoists have been advised to leave the border areas and shift to safer locations for sometime. 

Chintur DSP Khadar Basha said two days ago they arrested three Maoist couriers and seized `9.93 lakh from them. A senior police official, on the condition of anonymity, said the Koyyur encounter was a big blow to the Maoists who were planning to revive their movement by recruiting more people.

Six Maoists identified 
Police brought the bodies of the six Maoists to Narsipatnam area hospital after almost 35 hours. Kin of three Maoists reached Narsipatnam to claim the bodies. The police identified the sixth Maoist as Anju of Chhattisgarh. Other five were Ranadev alias Arjun (DCM) (Makangiri in Odisha), Sande Gangiah alias Ashok (DCM) (Telangana), Santu Nachika (ACM) (Koraput- Odisha), Lalitha (PM) (GK Veedhi - Visakhapatnam), Paike (PM) (Chhattisgarh)

NIA takes over probe of Maoist ambush which killed 22 jawans in April

Labelled one of the deadliest ambushes in recent times, the attack was led by commander of Battalion-I of Maoist’s People’s Liberation Guerilla Army, Hidma, who is wanted for major attacks in the state in the last 15-16 years
By Neeraj Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 09:19 AM IST

Representational image. (PTI)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe into the April 3 ambush on security forces by 350-400 Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, in which 22 personnel were killed and a jawan taken hostage.

Labelled one of the deadliest ambushes in recent times, the attack was led by commander of Battalion-I of Maoist’s People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA), Hidma, who is wanted for major attacks in the state in the last 15-16 years.

Officials familiar with the development said NIA began investigating the attack after taking over case documents from Chhattisgarh police earlier this month.

NIA has named some top commanders of Maoists – including Hidma, Nabbala Keshav Rao alias Raju (general secretary of the outfit), Mupalla Ladksman Rao alias Ganpati (former general secretary), Venugopal alias Bhupati, Sujata, Nagesh, Prashant – apart from 350-400 cadres in its First Information Report (FIR).

Also Read | Security scaled on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border amid Maoist movement

Security forces had launched an operation on April 2-3 after receiving information that top commanders of Maoists including Hidma were gathered near village Tekulgudiyam, Jhiram, in the territory of Tarrem police station in Bijapur.

Close to 1,700 personnel from different camps in Bijapur and Sukma, began a combing operation on the night of April 2, but the next day, around 10.30am, they were trapped by Maoists from three sides and fired upon.

Initial reports stated that Maoists had emptied the villages in the area before the attack, which suggested they had prior information of the movement of forces.

Following the firing, the Maoists also looted arms and ammunition, walkie-talkie sets, cell phones and other belongings from the deceased personnel. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, was also taken hostage by Maoists but he was released after four days.

Explaining the “U-shaped ambush”, an official said, in such attacks, there is only one escape route which is also the entry point as the other three sides are blocked by the attackers.

The agencies had refuted any intelligence failure but blamed poor planning and coordination for so many causalities.

As reported by HT after the attack on April 3, security forces have opened 24 new “permanent camps” in the Maoist hotbed of Bastar-Sukma region in last four years, bringing approximately 600 square km area inside deep jungle under their control

Woman Maoist killed in Bastar gunfight; AK-47 recovered: Chhattisgarh police

Police said they have recovered three weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, from the site and combing operation is going on. The deceased is yet to be identified, they added
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 04:47 PM IST

The site where Maoists were reportedly camping. (Chhattisgarh Police)

A suspected woman Maoist cadre was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Bastar district on Friday.

Police said they have recovered three weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, from the site and combing operation is going on. The deceased is yet to be identified, they added.

Also Read | NIA takes over probe of Maoist ambush which killed 22 jawans in April

Inspector General of Police (IG), Bastar range, Sunderaj P said, “A joint team of security forces [District Reserve Guard and Central Reserve Police Force] were out on an operation in the jungles following information that some Maoist cadres of Darbha Area Committee of CPI (Maoist) were camping near Chadameta village of Bastar district. When the forces were cordoning off the area, an exchange of fire took place with the Maoists. Later, the body of a woman Maoist along with one AK-47 rifle, two pistols and a huge amount of camping material were recovered from the spot,” he said.

Sunderaj added that a combing operation of the nearby jungles was on

Andhra Pradesh: Killed in encounter, bodies of two Maoists handed over to relatives

Express News Service | Published: 19th June 2021 07:25 AM

For representational purposes. (File Photo)

VISAKHAPATNAM: Amidst tight security, Narsipatnam area hospital doctors conducted the postmortem of Maoists, who were killed in Wednesday's encounter in Teegalametta forest under Mampa police station in Koyyuru mandal of Visakhapatnam district.

The bodies were brought to the area hospital on Thursday evening. A 14 km inaccessible route caused the delay.

Doctors completed postmortem of four Maoists by late evening on Friday. After conducting panchanama, the police handed over the body of DCM Ashok alias Sand Gangayya to his relatives. The body has been shifted to Telangana in an ambulance.

The body of another Maoist Lalitha from GK Veedhi mandal in Vizag was also handed over to her relatives. Meanwhile, doctors were contemplating completing the postmortem of two Maoists by late ni ght o r by Saturday morning.

There were no claimants for the body of Anju, who hailed from Chhattisgarh. Police cordoned off the area hospital where the autopsy was conducted. While no one was allowed to go close to the area, the kin of Maoists were not allowed to talk to the media.

The death of six Maoists is seen as a big blow to the banned outfit in the AOB area in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts. The security forces continued their search operations to apprehend the Maoists who fled during the encounter.

Suspecting the presence of top Maoist leaders in the AOB region, police have stepped up combing operations. Following the encounter, the police have also beefed up security for the MPs and MLAs residing in the Agency areas of the district.

Maoists condemn encounter

Maoists have condemned the encounter. In a statement issued on Friday, Maoist east division secretary Ganesh informed that six Maoists died in an armed raid by Greyhound police near Teegalametta in Koyyuru mandal.

He blamed Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and DGP Gautam Sawang for the encounter. He said the Chief Minister was acting as per the dictates of the Modi government for his own interests and to protect himself from court cases. He added that the Jagan government was supporting all anti-people policies of the Centre.

here were attempts to hand over forest lands in Vizag and East Godavari districts to corporate houses for mining Bauxite. He alleged that police were trying to bring coffee plantations of tribal people under government control.

He said their armed struggle against capitalists and the capitalist government will continue. He appealed to the people to join their struggle to achieve the ideals of the slain cadre

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Bodies of six slain Maoists reach Narsipatnam area hospital

Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 17 JUNE 2021 23:25 IST
UPDATED: 17 JUNE 2021 23:25 IST

They will be handed over to the claimants after post-mortem today

The bodies of the six Maoists who were killed in an exchange of fire at Theegalametta in the interior area of the Visakhapatnam Agency on Wednesday reached the Narsipatnam area hospital for a post- mortem examination late on Thursday night.

Ranadev alias Arjun (DCM), Sande Gangaiah alias Ashok (DCM), Santu Nachika (ACM), Lalitha, Anju and Paike were killed in a gun battle with the Greyhounds, an anti-Naxal force.

OSD (Narsipatnam) Sateesh Kumar said that post-mortem would be conducted on Friday, after which the bodies would be handed over to the claimants.



On reports that a couple of Maoists were injured, Mr. Kumar said there was no such communication from the Maoists’ side.

“We have already asked them to surrender, or approach us if there are any such cases, and we will get them treated,” he said.

The exchange of fire is a big setback to the Left Wing Extremists, especially when the movement is at its lowest ebb in the Agency and in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) region.

Big blow

The killing of Ranadev, who is said to be a fierce fighter and an influential leader, is considered a big setback. The loss of Sande Gangaiah alias Dr. Ashok is also being termed as a big blow, as he was the only doctor for the Maoists in the region. Reportedly trained by some RMPs, he was handling medical emergencies of the Naxalites.

Gangaiah, who hails from Peddapalli in Telangana, is the younger brother of Rajamouli alias Prasad, who was the mastermind behind the Alipiri claymore mine blast, in which former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was injured in 2003 when he was on his way to Tirumala.

Rajamouli, who was a central committee member of the CPI (Maoist), was killed in an encounter in Anantapur in 2007. Sande Rajaiah, a cousin of Rajamouli, had also been killed in an encounter in 1996.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao said that Ranadev hailed from Malkangiri of Odisha, Santu Nachika from Koraput, Anju and Paike from Chhattisgarh, and Lalitha from G.K. Veedhi in Visakhapatnam district.

Sources said that Anju and Santu were personal bodyguards of Gajarla Ravi alias Uday, secretary of the AOBSZC, which confirms his presence at the encounter site.

The monsoon season is generally considered the only period when both the security forces and the Maoists take liberty in letting their guard down as traversing the terrain during the period is difficult.

But the encounter dispelled the myth and put the residual Maoist force on the back foot.

Eatala Rajender Receives A Letter From Telangana Maoist Party

Update: 2021-06-16 18:18 IST

Eatala Rajender Receives A Letter From Telangana Maoist Party

The former minister Eatala Rajender who joined the BJP is facing a series of shocks. Telangana Maoist party spokesperson Jagan Ghattu released the letter and opposed the decision of Eatala. The Telangana Maoist party has condemned the resignation of former Telangana state minister Etala Rajender.

Jagan reminded that after the resignation, Eatala Rajender said, he would fight against KCR's rule for the self-respect of the Telangana people.

He said the differences between KCR and Eetala are not related to the people. They belong to the same category. After the formation of the Telangana state, the TRS party came to power in the state but never thought of people and worked against the wishes of the Telangana people.

In the letter, Maoist spokesperson Jagan alleged that Eatala, who had previously held power next to KCR, had tried to increase his assets. Part of it was the illegal occupation of lands. Maoist leader Jagan has criticized Eatala for joining the party today to protect its assets by declaring that he will fight for self-respect in Telangana.

Further, Jagan said that, Eatala said he has the support of RSU Maoists. But they will never support Eatala Rajender as his decision of joining the BJP is against the wish of the Telangana people. As many people are fighting against BJP's policies in the country, they will never support Eatala Rajender. Jagan also said in the letter that the people of Telangana were fighting against the KCR dictatorship

Is a COVID-19 outbreak forcing Maoists in Telangana-Chhattisgarh to surrender?

Maoists holding guns and flags in their hands

Gadham Madhukar, locally known among the naxals as Sobrai, was caught by the police in Telangana’s Warangal district on June 2. The communication chief of the Maoists, in the South Bastar region, Sobrai was caught when he was on his way to get treated for COVID-19. He was produced in front of the magistrate and then sent for treatment to a hospital. However, he died in the hospital while undergoing treatment. Sobrai had been closely associated with the Maoists for nearly three decades and had rose through the ranks. A heavy bounty was promised to anyone who would reveal his whereabouts. But Sobrai was not the only Maoist to have been infected by the coronavirus infection.

According to the police, a meeting of more than 5000 members was organized in the forests of Bijapur, in Chhattisgarh, around 50 kms from the Telangana border, in the first week of June. Despite knowing that several of the leaders had contracted COVID-19, they insisted that the villagers should attend the meeting. Police claim that those who don’t attend such meetings are imposed a fine of Rs 500. According to information received by the police, other than Maoist troops, many of the tribal people who attended the meeting too contracted COVID-19. 

On June 15, 19 people who were committee members of the CPI(Maoist), an outlawed Maoist group, surrendered before the police and the 141 Battalion of the CRPF in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district.  Out of the 19 members, 3 were women. All 19 of them worked for the Cherla area committee of the banned Maoist party.  In the last few months, around 30-40 Maoists have surrendered. Many of them were COVID-19 positive when they surrendered. The police are now expecting that another 20-30 Maoists will surrender in the near future.

CPI (Maoist) South Bastar tech team commander Kurasam Gangaiah, who was locally known as Aithu, also similarly succumbed due to COVID-19. The 28-year-old was a native of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. The police say that two Maoist members, who worked as a courier and a militia member were intercepted in Manuguru town, during a regular vehicle checking drive. On interrogation, they revealed that they were returning after admitting an important Maoist leader in hospital.

Speaking to TNM, Sunil Dutt, Bhadradri Kothagudem SP said both Sobrai and Gangaiah’s deaths were due to the failed leadership of the Maoist leaders. “Based on the information gathered, by the time police reached the Khammam hospital, Gangaiah was declared dead. The Maoist leadership is responsible for both Sobrai and Gangaiah’s death. They failed to provide medical attention to their members when they contracted COVID-19,” said Dutt.  

The SP added that the members weren’t cared for during the pandemic. “The Police have been doing regular community works in the Maoist-affected areas. They were being forcibly called for meetings and they weren’t taken care of during the pandemic. They were not even allowed to come forward for treatment. All this convinced them to leave the communist party and surrender,” he claimed.

Pappanna, known locally as Badru, is a commander of company-2 of the battalion. The police say they have information that he has presently contracted COVID-19 and that he is not being allowed to leave for treatment.  

“We appeal to all Maoist leaders, militia members and sympathisers to come forward and surrender before the government. All of us know how things have been turning out in Maoist areas, especially in areas bordering Chhattisgarh. The previous month also we had apprehended many militia members who were COVID-19 positive. The middle leadership has shirked away from the responsibility. They have kept the villagers in the jungles without treatment and facilities. We request them to come forward and surrender,” urged Dutt.

Ginugu Narsimha Reddy who is popularly known as Jampanna, and was a central committee member of the CPI(Maoist), however disagrees with the police version. “For years now the police have been picking up people from the villages and claiming that Maoists have surrendered, for publicity. In my opinion, I don’t think COVID-19 can alone be a reason for anyone to surrender. Deep inside the jungles, the virus has still not penetrated and the situation isn’t like how it is being portrayed. People in forests are used to surviving diseases like malaria. The Maoists leaders have also stated that they have had no loss due to the pandemic, but this may not be entirely true. The Maoists don’t care about fevers."

Jampanna had surrendered along with his wife before the Telangana police in December 2017.  

Speaking of the massive meeting that was organized in the first week of June, Jampanna said, “It is possible that such a meeting was organized. Meetings have been happening in protest against the police camps that have been recently setup. It is also possible that many may have contracted the virus from the meeting.”

Throwing light on the police’s claim that members are not allowed to travel for medical treatment by the leadership, Jampanna said, “That has been the culture. Be it fever, fractures or even a bullet injury, the party doesn’t send members out and they are treated there itself. Some may be unwell for months, but they are not allowed to go out. This is because it is too risky. It is to avoid consequences of being captured. Unless it is really a special case, members are discouraged from leaving the camp.”

Police make fresh surrender appeal as Covid pandemic cripples Maoists

Express News Service | Published: 17th June 2021 10:02 AM

Maoists (Photo | AFP)

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Covi-19 pandemic has reportedly impacted Maoists as its cadre and some leaders have reportedly fallen sick, particularly in the second wave, as more corona cases were reported in the Agency areas than the first wave.It seems the voluntary lockdown enforced by most of the villages in Agency areas to check the spread of corona also affected the movement of Maoists who are getting exposed while trying to get treatment. Even district police then made an appeal to sick Maoists to surrender so that they will ensure good treatment. However, none of them responded to the appeal.

Meanwhile, the security forces stepped up combing operations during the pandemic particularly in Koyyuru, Pedabayalu, Chintapalle, Munchingput and Rampachodavaram areas. The security forces are trying to gain upper hand by checking movement of Maoists from Odisha to Chhattisgarh and Telangana via AOB area in the district. Now, there are no more safe zones in the AOB area for the Maoists with enhanced combing operations in Andhra and Odisha borders. The security forces are focussing on strongholds of Maoists and want to seal all their routes to restrict movement of extremists.

Reports suggest that many Maoist cadre were affected by Covid-19 and seasonal fevers, forcing them to remain low-profile. Maoists may be down but they are not out, sources said. They said the security forces could deal a severe blow on the Maoists during the Ramuguda encounter. However, to keep the extremist organisation afloat, its leadership has been focusing on recruitment of new cadre though their plans were affected due to spurt in corona cases.

Meanwhile, the police made a fresh appeal to the Maoists to surrender and promised to extend all benefits as per the existing policy. The police even as continuing the combing operations are conducting more outreach programmes in the Agency villages to wean them away from the influence of Maoists. As a part of outreach programmes, they conducted medical camps, restored damaged roads to hamlets and organised sports and awareness camps for tribal youths. They even conducted exchange programmes for the youth. Sources said the outreach programmes are yielding desired results as more and more tribal people are now supporting development and welfare programmes of the government in the Agency areas

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Security scaled on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border amid Maoist movement

Armed police personnel have been deputed on the border police stations of Thalavadi, Hassanure, Bhavanisagar, Kadambur and Burgur.
PTI | , Erode
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 09:25 PM IST

According to V. Sasi Mohan, Superintendent of Police, ten specially trained commando personnel have been selected among the Armed Reserve Police and they will be sent to the forests along with armed policemen to keep vigil. (Representative Photo/File)

Security has been stepped up in some areas on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border following information that Maoists will infiltrate Tamil Nadu via Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve Forest area, police said on Wednesday.

Armed police personnel have been deputed on the border police stations of Thalavadi, Hassanure, Bhavanisagar, Kadambur and Burgur. The police also provided additional armed guards at ten Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border checkposts in the forest area alone and round the clock monitoring is being done to prevent entry of any Maoists into Tamil Nadu via Erode district forests, police said.

According to V. Sasi Mohan, Superintendent of Police, ten specially trained commando personnel have been selected among the Armed Reserve Police and they will be sent to the forests along with armed policemen to keep vigil.

Pall of gloom descends on slain Maoist’s village in Peddapalli

A deputy commander for maintenance, Gangiah was one among the six naxalites killed in an encounter with greyhound police near Visakhapatnam

By   |  Published: 16th Jun 2021  11:24 pm
Maoist leader Sande Gangaiah.

Peddapalli: A pall of gloom descended on Gudem village in Odela mandal following the death of Maoist leader Sande Gangaiah alias Ashok, a native of the village, who was killed in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.

A deputy commander for maintenance Gangiah was one among the six naxalities killed in an encounter with greyhound police near Thigametta, Koyyuru mandal of Vishakapatnam district.

Family members of the slain Maoist leader broke down on hearing about the encounter death of Gangaiah, second son of Amruthamma and Ramaswamy. He joined the extremist party in 1999 and worked in different cadres. Gangaiah is the younger brother of slain Maoist central committee member Sande Rajamouli alias Prasad, who was killed in an encounter in Anathapur in 2007. Their cousin and Moist party leader Sande Rajaiah was also killed in an encounter near Odela hillocks in 1996.

Gangiah studied up to Class VII in Godavarikhani area where his father worked in Singareni coal mines. After shifting to Gudem, he practiced agriculture for some time. Later, he joined the extremist movement. He has two younger brothers, Prabhakar and Mahender. While Prabhakar works in Singareni coal mines, Mahender lives in Gudem village.

Family members said Gangaiah left home 21 years ago and never came back despite their appeals to give up arms and join the social mainstream.

After a long Andhra lull, 6 Naxals killed in encounter; two women

Two of the four men killed on Wednesday morning have been identified as Ashok and Ranadev, both Divisional Committee members, and the two women cadres as Lalita and Paike.

At least six Maoists dead in encounter in Andhra Pradesh
At least six Maoists were killed in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. (Representational Image)

At least six Maoists, including two women, were killed in an exchange of fire with a Greyhound special forces unit in Visakhapatnam district on Wednesday morning, Andhra Pradesh Police said.

Among those killed was a senior Maoist leader, police said in a statement.


The encounter took place in the Theegalametta forest in Koyyuru mandal in Mampa police station area. Combing and search operations in the area were on, police said.

An AK-47 rifle, an SLR, a carbine, three .303 rifles, and a countrymade revolver were recovered from the scene of the encounter, police said.


A day before Wednesday’s encounter, alleged Maoists had exchanged fire with the Odisha Police near Kulabeda village at the border of the state’s southernmost districts of Malkangiri and Koraput. According to police, the Maoists had managed to escape, and were believed to have crossed into Andhra Pradesh.

Two of the four men killed on Wednesday morning have been identified as Ashok and Ranadev, both Divisional Committee members, and the two women cadres as Lalita and Paike. The remaining two men are yet to be identified, police said.


The encounter between the Greyhounds and Maoists came after nearly four years of calm in Andhra Pradesh. During this period, increased patrolling and combing operations had ensured there was not much Maoist activity — even though the rebels did sometimes threaten people in tribal villages by labelling them as informants, and distributed pamphlets with warnings to the government, officials said.

On March 5, Maoists had shot dead a former “militia member” whom they had accused of being a police informer in Kothapalem village of GK Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

Two days later, a large number of tribals had participated in a huge protest against the killing, and burned Maoist leaders in effigy.

Over the past several months, dozens of Maoist cadres and lower level leaders have surrendered, or have been arrested in Andhra Pradesh.

The last major Maoist attack in Andhra Pradesh took place on September 23, 2018, when Kidari Sarveswara Rao, the Telugu Desam Party MLA from Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district, was shot dead by a group from the CPI (Maoist)’s Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee.

The former TDP MLA Siveri Soma, a close friend of Rao’s, was also killed in the attack.

The anti-Maoist Greyhound forces and police have intensified patrolling and vigil in recent weeks following reports that several Maoists who had contracted Covid-19 in the Andhra-Odisha and Telangana-Chhattisgarh border areas were trying to enter towns and cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for treatment in hospitals.

On June 2, Telangana Police arrested Gaddam Madhukar, a leader of the CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, near Warangal. Madhukar, who carried a reward of Rs 8 lakh, had come from Bijapur in Chhattisgarh to Warangal in Telangana for treatment. He died on June 6 while being treated for Covid-19

Six Maoists shot dead in Andhra encounter

Hyderabad Six members of the banned-Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in an exchange of fire with the Greyhound forces of Andhra Pradesh police in Visakhapatnam in the early hours of Wednesday, police said

PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 12:20 AM IST

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Hyderabad Six members of the banned-Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in an exchange of fire with the Greyhound forces of Andhra Pradesh police in Visakhapatnam in the early hours of Wednesday, police said.

The encounter took place at Theegalametta forest area of Koyyru block under Mampa police station limits at around 10 am, when the Greyhound police forces, specially trained for the anti-Maoist operations, were conducting combing operations following a tip-off about Maoist movement.

Visakhapatnam (Rural) Superintendent of Police B V Krishna Rao said six Maoists, including three women, were killed in the exchange of fire. Five of the slain Maoists were identified as: Ranadev alias Arjun and Sande Gangiah alias Ashok, both divisional committee members (DCM), Santu Nachika, an area committee member (ACM), Lalitha and Paike, both primary members.

“The body of the remaining female Maoist is yet to identified,” the SP said, adding the police had seized an AK-47 rifle, a self-loading rifle (SLR), a carbine, three .303 rifles and a country-made weapon along with extremist literature, kit bags and explosive material from the site.

He said a few more Maoists were believed to have sustained injuries in the incident and escaped from the area. “We appeal to the escaped Maoists to surrender and assure them of best possible treatment,” Rao said.

Unconfirmed reports said some top Maoist leaders, who were present at the spot, managed to escape during the exchange of fire. The police forces are trying to track their movements using helicopters, the reports said

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Andhra: Three held while taking Rs 9.93 lakh cash to Naxals

ANI | Updated: Jun 16, 2021 06:59 IST

East Godavari (Andhra Pradesh) [India], June 16 (ANI): Telangana Police caught three people red-handed in the East Godavari district on June 14 while taking around Rs 10 lakh cash to Naxals.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Chintoor Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Kadar Basha informed that Naxals had planned to extort the said money from 'Beedi contractors'.
"On Monday evening, East Godavari district SP ordered the police to check vehicles at Gorlagudem junction, based on credible information. At around 4 pm, a team from Chintoor police station went to the spot and inspected vehicles. At that time three persons came on two bikes from the Kunavaram side. They tried to escape on seeing the police. Their behavior was suspicious. Immediately the police detained them and checked them. In the checking, we found Rs 9,93,000 of cash," the DSP said.
He added that on interrogation, it was found that two accused Shamshuddin and Sodi Raju are from Abicherla village, Koonavaram Mandal and another one Madhu Raj from Etapaka Mandal.
"We enquired about that money and came to know that they were trying to take that money to the banned Naxal leaders of Kumta area committee and Kishtaram area committee. The Naxals had planned the extortion from Beedi contractors as this is the season for growing those plants," Basha added. (ANI)

19 Maoists surrender to police in Telangana

Sunil Dutt , SP, Bhadradri Kothagudem, addressing media persons (Photo/ANI)
Sunil Dutt , SP, Bhadradri Kothagudem, addressing media persons (Photo/ANI)

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India], June 15 (ANI): As many as 19 militia members and village committee members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Tuesday surrendered to the Bhadradri Kothagudem police of Telangana and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

"These include 10 members from Puligundala, 7 from Bakkachintalapadu of Cherla Mandal and 2 from Mulakanapalli of Dummugudem Mandal. Out of these, three are female militia members," said Sunil Dutt, Superintendent of Police, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Telangana.

"These 19 members joined and worked as militia and village committee members for the Cherla area committee of banned Maoist party," he added.

Speaking to media persons, the SP said, "We appeal to all Maoist leaders, members and sympathisers to come and surrender before the government. In the recent Covid-19 times, a lot of meetings happened in the area bordering Chhattisgarh and Villagers were forced to attend and put under threat. They were putting a fine of Rs 500 on those who failed to attend. Many leaders have died due to Covid-19. In the previous months, we apprehended some militia members who were Covid positive. They had kept these members in the jungles, without treatments and any other facilities."

Regular Community Policing programmes are being conducted by the police in the Maoist-affected areas.

The SP on behalf of the Telangana government urged all Maoist leaders, party members, and militia to surrender to live a better life. (ANI)

Maoists use WhatsApp to lure Maratha youth into joining Naxalite movement

A police investigation into the matter is underway, and the letter, purportedly signed by CPI(M) secretary Milind Telumbde aka 'Sahyadri', is believed to be genuine.

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Maoists have now taken to WhatsApp in a bid to communicate with Maratha youths and recruit them to the Naxalite movement. The letter from the insurgent group, which has been circulating on the messaging app, has raised the hackles of the Maharashtra government, with home minister Dilip Walse Patil condemning the digital communique as an instrument to cause unrest in society.

A police investigation into the matter is underway, and initial findings have revealed that the letter from the Maoists surfaced in Kamalapur village, which is about 73 km from Gadchiroli town. A local journalist received the missive on WhatsApp and it was a genuine letter signed by "Sahyadri" aka Milind Telumbde, the secretary of CPI(M), said Sandip Patil, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Nagpur Range.

The officer stated that the structure of the letter is similar to a number of letters seized during the probe into the Yalgaar Parishad case. The language used in the letter appears to be written by a person who is well read and eloquent in Marathi literature. The letter says join the Badal movement in order to resolve long pending issues of reservations.

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It alleged that the government machinery and elected representatives should be held responsible for the unfulfilled demands of Maratha youth. The letter also charged that the government only works for the Ambanis and Adanis, therefore getting the desired Maratha reservation is not possible. To this end, the Maratha youth should join the Naxalite movement in order to change the present system, stated the letter.

It also mentioned that Maratha youth should adopt guerrilla warfare techniques to get their demands fulfilled.

Speaking with India Today, DIG Patil said, “Maoists are known to promote the urban Naxal movement but the letter in itself is misleading. It states that the poor and helpless belonging to other communities as well as the Naxals are with the Maratha youth in their struggle. It has been a common practice of Maoists to try and lure people who are striving against the state machinery to get their demands fulfilled.”

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Leaders of Maratha Kranti Morcha have also criticized this attempt by the Maoists. Rajendra Kondhare, the general secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Maratha Mahasangh said Naxals are trying to take advantage of the ongoing unrest within the community.

Youth from Maratha Community might be at loggerheads with the government but we believe in the democratic system. How can we go with those who don't believe in democratic system and the Indian constitution?” stated Kondhare.

Ravindra Kadam, former Joint Commissioner of Police (Nagpur) who also held the additional charge of anti-Naxal operations, said the use of social media like WhatsApp to reach their target is yet another improvisation by the Naxals, as the source of origin of the communication is difficult to trace

3 new security camps in Bastar — Chhattisgarh’s ‘master plan to shrink’ Naxal stronghold

Police say security camps on the Bijapur-Jagargunda road near Telangana boarder in Sukma district will help them establish dominance over Maoist strongholds in south Bastar.


Representational image of police personnel in Chhattisgarh forests | Photo: ANI
Representational image of police personnel in a forested area in Chhattisgarh | Photo: ANI

Raipur: Days after tribals in Chhattisgarh called off their 28-day protest against a security camp that had come up at Silger, the state government claimed that it is going ahead with its plans to set up three new police camps along the last 15-kilometre stretch of Bijapur-Jagargunda road towards Telangana border, a Naxal stronghold.

According to the police, the camps will curb Maoists’ movements and limit their activities in south Bastar. South and west Bastar regions are considered to be the last strongholds of Naxals in Chhattisgarh.

Speaking to ThePrint, state police officers said security camps on the last leg of the nearly 66-km Bijapur-Jagargunda road terminating at the Telangana border in Sukma district will help them establish substantial dominance over Maoist strongholds in south Bastar.

Camps will come up in the forests between Silger village, which recently witnessed a 28-day protest by local tribals, and Jagargunda.

According to the police, the Maoists will lose clout among villagers in the area once the camps are in place.

“Three new security camps will come up in the area between Silger village and Jagargunda. It’s part of the master plan and Maoists-sponsored protests like in Silger will not deter our resolve. Camp sites cannot be revealed now for security reasons… These will be mixed or joint camps constituting CRPF, District Reserve Guard and CRPF’s CoBRA unit personnel,” Naxal operations head and Bastar IG Sundarraj P. told ThePrint.

The nearly 15-km stretch from Silger village to Jagargunda is considered to be a crucial crossing point for Maoists and their cadre. The entire area is a Maoist territory at present.

As many as 22 jawans were killed and many injured in a major anti-Naxal operation launched from Bijapur and Sukma districts in the south Bastar forests on 3 April.

Sukma District Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruv said it was due to the absence of security camps on the route that 22 security personnel died.

Local tribal and human rights activists, meanwhile, said the face-offs between residents and the police are unlikely to end as the “camps are being opened without taking local villagers into confidence”.

Camps will cause ‘more outrage’

“Once the three camps become operational, it will substantially shrink their area of clout in south Bastar. So far, they had free run in this area,” Sukma DSP K.L. Dhruv told ThePrint.

“This is an important track to tackle Naxals here since they use it for their movements from south to west Bastar, mainly towards Abujhmar forest area in Narayanpur district bordering Maharashtra. Abujhmar is their base station and source of livelihood for them,” he said.

“Bijapur-Jagargunda road was an important route between Bijapur and Sukma districts of the state till the then BJP government launched an armed anti-Maoist drive, Salwa Judum, in 2005 (Supreme Court declared it illegal in 2011). However, Maoists destroyed and dug up the road on several locations and made it their territory. It’s being re-developed now to set up police camps,” said senior police officer in Bastar division, who did not wish to be named.

Forest rights workers and activists in Bastar, however, claimed that security camps along the Silger-Jagargunda road will lead to more protests and unrest by locals in the coming days.

According to them, the police have failed to gain the confidence of local residents on security camps, and the new camps will lead to more agitation by the tribal villagers.

“Security camps are being opened without taking local villagers into confidence despite the fact that the region comes under scheduled area provision of the Constitution. Local residents have lots of difficulties with police camps. More camps will aggravate the face-off between them and security forces,” said tribal and human rights activist and lawyer Bela Bhatia.

“Protest at Silger had been going on for 28 days and the government has not given any assurance to the villagers so far. Naturally, it’s going to create some problem somewhere,” she added.

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Maoists marginalised in north, east Bastar, south & west new target: Police

The Bastar IG claimed that at least 29 security camps have been set up in Bastar in the last two and a half years with most of them located in north and east Bastar, and efforts are being made now to dominate in southern and western Bastar.

“In east Bastar region, they (the Maoists) have become almost non-existent while security forces have established complete dominance in North Bastar and Darbha valley area today by opening security camps,” added Sundarraj.

He added: “South Bastar, including Sukma-Bijapur districts, and west Bastar — especially Narayanpur district — are important regions for them. Abujhmar or simply Maar area in Narayanpur is a safe hideout or shelter home for them. This is also an important source of economy and logistic support for Naxals though their activities are mainly focused in the southern part.”

According to Sundarraj, the new camps will not only help the security personnel catch the Naxals and take up offensive operations against them but will also help in integrated development of the area as has happened in other areas.

With the area fully under Maoists’ command, the police are bound to encroach the Naxal territory by entering there, say observers. But since it’s a vast region, it will likely take time for the security forces to take complete hold of it, they add.

Protest ends abruptly

The tribal villagers protesting at Silger since 14 May had braved heavy rains and inclement weather to stay firm on their demand that the camp be removed.

The 28 days of their agitation also saw four deaths.

But they suddenly retreated from the protest site on 9 June, despite no assurance on their demand.

While the decision reportedly came after a panel of civil society members met Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and he agreed to meet a delegation of the protesters, the latter said their agitation would continue symbolically.

“State government and its administration have apparently managed to end the Silger agitation with the help of some middlemen who were from among the protestors. We have to see if they have gone back not to return or it’s a temporary move by the villagers because the government has failed to redress their grievances,” said activist Bela Bhatia.

She added that the government must engage with villagers to address their issues