Saturday, July 17, 2021

Cops help Maoists’ kin get Aadhaar, PAN and caste cert

Nagpur: Gadchiroli police may have zero tolerance towards Maoist violence, but there is no discriminatory approach when it comes to extending helping hand to families of the rebels and also their supporters while playing the role of facilitators in various government schemes. 

As per central government’s guidelines, police stations in remote parts of the Maoist-infested district are doubling up as ‘growth centres’ which ensure government schemes reach the remotest residents of tribal hamlets where other agencies fail to do so due to security reasons and tough accessibility.

Furthering the agenda, police have taken into their fold kin of the Maoists and their supporters including village-level workers and actively trying to reach out benefits of different government schemes and also cash entitlements in the poverty-stricken tribals.

Gadchiroli police, by launching ‘one-window scheme’ known as ‘dadalora khidki’ in local parlance, are helping the tribal population get the benefits of government schemes.

The cops have also floated ‘project pragati’ for helping the tribals and others to get their caste certificates. They have also launched ‘project vikas’ under which villagers are enrolled under various government schemes like Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana to receive cash entitlements.

The cops are also engaged in vocational training for skill development and arranging employment. They are also helping farmers in getting quality seeds and saplings at 50% discounted rate, apart from enrolling them under personal accident insurance policy.

Under the guidance of superintendent of police Ankit Goyal, the cops had helped 16,231 people which included 250 for caste certificates, 2,166 farmers getting seeds and saplings at 50% rebate and 11,562 register for Aadhaar, PAN, Ayushman Bharat card and other documents in June this year.

DIG, Naxal Range, Sandip Patil, said the monsoon break in aggressive operations was utilized to reach the benefits to the people. “Families of Maoist cadres and their supporters were not left out. Firstly, we could prove them what the government is doing for them and what the rebels do. Secondly, we did not want to discriminate despite they being kin of the Maoists, who indulge in violence,” said Patil.

The DIG added that the police have helped many tribals get their caste certificate and Aadhaar card, which are crucial for availing benefits of any government scheme.

Goyal said the cops help the villagers during patrolling and also by setting up camps at police stations in the presence of officials from other government departments so that all documentation for Aadhaar or PAN etc is done at one place. “The running from pillar to post is done by the cops to ensure that the documents of the tribal are handed over to them at their doorsteps. It’s the cops who fill up the forms and submit them apart from following up it until the documents reach the tribals,” said the SP

Senior Maoist leader Sudheer likely to surrender, says SP

Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 17 JULY 2021 01:16 IST
UPDATED: 17 JULY 2021 01:16 IST

‘There is internal strife between tribal and non-tribal leaders in the Maoist party’

Senior Maoist leader Chikudu Chinna Rao alias Sudheer is likely to come out of the banned outfit due to alleged differences with senior leaders.

Sudheer who holds the rank of DCM (Divisional Committee Member) is the commander of Pedabayalu and Korukond area committees of AOBSZC (Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee). This was informed to the media by the Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao on Friday.

Speaking to The Hindu, the SP said that the information was based on concrete intelligence reports gathered from the locals. “Sudheer has reportedly already walked out of the outfit and we welcome him to surrender, so that he can lead a normal life in the mainstream, with all the benefits, as promised by the government,” Mr. Krishna Rao said.

According to sources, Sudheer, who is a native of Kondrum village in Injari panchayat in Pedabayalu mandal, is a tribal leader, and he has been facing difficulties with the senior non-tribal leaders.

Based on documents seized from various surrendered and arrested Maoists and also documents recovered from various encounter sites, it has been clear that the Maoist party has been facing an internal strife between the tribal and non-tribal leadership. This was also confirmed by Maoist tribal leader from Jharkhand, Kundan Pahan, who also contested as an MLA, after surrender.

Though the party is dependent on mass tribal base, who form bulk of the attack force, the leadership is reportedly still held by non-tribals from plain areas, primarily from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Both the Central Committee and the Politburo of the banned CPI (Maoist) is reportedly packed with non-tribals, and this has not been going well with the tribals, not only in AOB region but also in other Maoist hotbeds such as Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

In AOB region also there has been a conflict between the tribal and non-tribal leadership, ever since assertive tribal leaders such as Gemmeli Narayan Rao alias Jambri and Bakuri Venkataramana alias Ganesh were killed in encounters and Kudumula Venkata Rao alias Ravi had died a natural death, a few years ago. Since then Sudheer and Kakuri Pandana alias Jagan, the two surviving senior tribal leaders, were in command of AOB.

But of late, it is learnt that Sudheer, has been facing problem with other senior non-tribal leaders such as Gajarla Ravi alias Uday, the secretary and chief of AOBSZC, Aruna, Mahendra and Suresh.

It is learnt that Sudheer has been questioning the party’s atrocities against the tribals and killing of innocent tribals after branding them as police informers, on the order of non-tribal leaders, said Mr. Krishna Rao.

Sudheer also reportedly expressed that the non-tribal leaders have been taking undue advantage of the innocence and simplicity of the tribals and tribal leaders in the party like him were being suppressed for questioning such acts. He also reportedly expressed that tribal leaders, cadres and militia members were being treated as mere pawns in the conflict with the security forces.

Sudheer’s surrender could be a big blow to the Maoist party in AOB region, especially after the recent encounter at Teegalametta in Koyyuru mandal, in which six Maoists, including senior leaders such as Ranadev, Ashok and Nachike, were killed


Sudheer ditched the party at a time when conflict with security forces is on the rise’

The East Division committee of the banned CPI (Maoist) has expelled Chikudu Chinna Rao alias Sudheer from the party and termed him as a traitor.

In a letter released on Saturday, committee’s second-in-command Aruna said that Sudheer had left the movement to achieve his personal goals and ditched the party at a time when the conflict with the security forces is on the rise.



Sudheer, a tribal leader of division committee member (DCM) rank and a native of Kondrum village in Injari panchayat of Pedabayalu mandal, has left the party citing differences of opinion between tribal and non-tribal leaders.

Ms. Aruna also pointed out that Mr. Sudheer has left fearing the advances of the security forces and for his selfish agenda.

She said that Sudheer left the party with another woman cadre Mahita and has deserted his wife and children, by doing so.

She appealed to the tribal community in the AOB region not to support Sudheer and also stated that it would not be surprising to see him aligning with the security forces.

Earlier, knowing that Mr. Sudheer had left the party, Visakhapatnam Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao has appealed to him to surrender and lead a normal life with the benefits from the State government

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Covid second wave deals huge blow to Naxals, 5 top commanders dead

Several naxals are down with Covid-19. This has led to naxals thinning out in jungles and avoiding crowding or gatherings.

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to naxals (Representational)

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to naxals. Sources told India Today that at least 9 members of CPI-Maoist had fallen prey to Covid-19, besides four to five top commanders.

Many naxals who have been infected are undergoing treatment. This has led to naxals thinning out in jungles and avoiding crowding or gatherings. Security forces said this might stop them from organising attacks on troops and lie low for sometime.

Sources told India today naxals are avoiding going to hospitals for treatment.

The naxals are also making arrangements through courier and other possible means to get vaccines and medicines to protect their cadres from the virus.

READ | Top Maoist leader with role in 16 major attacks dies of Covid-19

The information came to light after the arrest of Maoist leader Sobhroi alias Gaddam Madhukar, who breathed his last at the Osmania General Hospital in the first week of June this year. The pressure of security forces is preventing them from moving out to urban areas for treatment.



Ravula Srinivasa aka Ramanna’s son, who worked as Platoon Party committee member in the outlawed CPI-Maoist, surrendered before the Telangana Police to join the mainstream on July 14. Sources said Covid-19 was one of the factors that was at play.

Maoist Ramanna, who headed Dand Karanya Zonal Special Committee (DKZSC) for all militia actions against security forces in the state, had died in November 2019. His surrender was a big setback to the naxals, who are already facing the wrath of the pandemic.

Intelligence sources confirmed that several commanders and members of People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) have been adversely affected.

Haribhushan alias Lakhmu, who was the head of CPI-Maoist, Telangana unit, is said to have died of a heart attack post-Covid in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh last month. Senior woman leader Siddaboina Sarakka alias Bharatakka also died of Covid-19.

Several Maoist leaders are ailing. Sujata, a member of DKSZC, who is carrying a bounty of Rs 25 lakh, has severe Covid symptoms. Raghu, who is the secretary of DKSZC, is also said to be unwell. Two senior DKZSC members Ganga, a member of platoon number 10, and Sobhroi, alias Gaddam Madhukar, also died due to Covid-19 on May 24 and June 6 respectively.

Vinod Dada, alias Hemla Dada alias Hemla Vinod, who is Malangir area committee in-charge, is also said to be unwell. At least four top commanders are unwell -- Sonu, commander of PLGA battalion number one, Pandu, who is PLGA supply man, Nandu (technical incharge) and Jayman, headquarter platoon commander. Other members down with Covid-19 include Rajesh, a member of West Bastar division committee, Dev and Kranti, who are PLGA members.

There have also been inputs regarding Hidma, the notorious commander of battalion number 1 of PLGA who has carried out attacks on security forces, being unwell. However, intelligence officials said he was unwell due to dysentery and not Covid-19.

A senior security official said the naxals were in disarray at the moment due to Covid-19. Security forces are trying to take advantage of the situation and operations are being planned to cause damage to naxals and to create further panic among them

Maoist carrying Rs 15L bounty killed in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Jul 15 (IANS): Security forces on Friday neutralised a dreaded Maoist carrying a Rs 15 lakh reward on his head in a fierce shootout in the densely forested Krurmgrah area in Jharkhand's Gumla district. The Maoist was wanted for his involvement in at least 53 criminal offences including 20 murders and more than a dozen cases of attempt to murder.

A joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) 209 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) unit and Jharkhand Police neutralised notorious Maoist Budeshwar Oraon.

"The security forces were persistently tracking Budeshwar who had terrorised the area and had been chargesheeted and named in at least 53 criminal offences including 20 murders and more than a dozen cases of attempt to murder," the CRPF said.

The Jharkhand government had announced a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head, it said.

Oraon and his team of armed Maoists were surrounded by the security forces based on intelligence inputs. The shootout started when the Maoists opened heavy fire on the troopers from well entrenched positions.

"The troopers retaliated and in the ensuing gun battle, Budeshwar Oraon alias Lullha, 45, was neutralised."

As the firing subsided for a short while, the troopers recovered the body of the Maoist along with an AK-47 rifle.

The CRPF said that the "operation is still on".

Villager guiding cops killed after IED planted by Maoists explodes in Jharkhand’s Gumla

By Mukesh Ranjan| Express News Service | Published: 14th July 2021 02:28 PM

The villager was accompanying the security forces to guide them during a search operation being conducted to locate the Maoists (File photo)

“A villager, Rameshwar Munda, got injured in the IED blast and was evacuated immediately from there, but succumbed to his injuries before he was taken to a doctor. Being a local, he was taken along by the security forces to guide them in the dense forests,” said Gumla SP Hurdeep P Janardhanan.

The squads of Maoist Zonal Commander Budheshwar Oraon and Ravindra Ganjhu have planted several IEDs in the Marwa jungles of Gumla and these often blow up when security forces are on search operations or when villagers go into the jungles to graze their animals.

ALSO READ: 'Surrender and get medical facilities': Jharkhand Police to Covid-hit Maoists

This is the sixth such incident of a landmine blast within a year in the Marwa jungles.

In February this year, a CRPF jawan had lost both his legs in a similar blast while a villager Mahender Mahto also got seriously injured in another IED blast that occurred in the Marwa Karagani jungles under Kurumgarh police station in Gumla.

According to villagers, they have been warned by the Maoists not to enter the jungles as the land mines planted by them might explode claiming their lives or they may get critically injured. As per the message given to the villagers, the Maoists have planted hundreds of landmines in the jungles of Gumla to prevent the entry of security forces.

“The message was spread among the people in more than 40 small and big villages under Kurumgarh police station warning us to enter the jungles at our own risk as they have planted landmines there. Since then, we have not entered the jungles,” said a villager Budhan Munda. But it is very difficult to survive without the jungles as most of the day to day activities of the villagers are dependent on it, he added.

Admitting that a network of IEDs has been planted in the Marwa jungles, the Gumla SP said that regular operations are being conducted in the region to neutralise the IEDs and the Maoists as well. All efforts are being made to neutralise the squads of Budheshwar Oraon and Ravindra Ganjhu, which are active in the region, said the Jharkhand Police spokesperson

Maoist wanted for Jhiramghati massacre dies of Covid in Bastar

TNN | Jul 14, 2021, 10:12 IST
Vinod alias Hemla Hunga

RAIPUR: One of the most wanted Maoist leaders in Bastar, who was accused in the massacre of 


 leaders in Jhiramghati in May 2013 and of masterminding the assassination of 


 MLA Bhima Mandavi in April 2019, has died of Covid in Bastar’s Sukma district.

Vinod alias Hemla Hunga

, 62, had been with the 


 since 1997 and was the commander of its ‘Darbha division’, said Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava. There was a bounty of Rs 15 lakh on him -- Rs 10 lakh announced by Chhattisgarh police, and Rs 5 lakh by 

National Investigation Agency



). His wife, three of his four daughters and a son are associated with the Maoists.

Vinod is among half a dozen top Maoist leaders who have died of Covid-19 in Bastar in around a month. They include Maoist central committee member Haribhushan and his wife Sharda, who carried a combined bounty of Rs 50 lakh. Scores of Maoists – apparently Hidma among them -- are battling Coronavirus infection in the jungles of Bastar, and several have died, say police.

Bastar range 

IG P Sundarraj

 said Vinod was down with Covid for a month and was under treatment at a forest hideout on the border of Bijapur and Sukma districts. Haribhushan had died somewhere in the same region on June 21. Vinod died in Mingatta village of Sukma district around 12.30pm on July 12, SP Pallava said, adding that they received confirmation of this through technical intelligence. His last rites were performed on Tuesday.

Vinod was also a member of the Maoists’ south regional committee, and headed 

Malangir area committee


Dandakaranya Mazdoor

 Sangh divisional committee.

He was the mastermind of the assassination of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi on the eve of the 2019 

Lok Sabha

 election, said police. Mandavi and four security personnel were blown up by an IED while returning on the last day of campaigning.

Vinod had more than 40 major cases registered against him in Dantewada and executed many attacks in Sukma and Bijapur, say police

Maoist leader Ramanna’s son Ravula Ranjith surrenders before Telangana police

TNN | Updated: Jul 15, 2021, 06:06 IST
Ravula Ranjith



 allegedly involved in the Jeeram attack in Chhattisgarh which killed 26 security personnel died in April 2021, surrendered before Telangana police brass here on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference, director-general of police (


) M Mahendar Reddy said 

Ravula Ranjith

, 23, was involved in several incidents, including the Jeeram attack in which 26 security personnel died in April. 

Ranjith will be given Rs 4 lakh for surrendering and a token amount of Rs 5,000 was given to him on Wednesday by police.Ranjith, who is a second generation Maoist as his parents too were involved in the left-wing movement, decided to quit the 

Maoist party

 as he was reportedly humiliated after the death of his father Ramanna alias Ravula Srinivas, a former 

central committee

 member and secretary of Dandakaranya special zonal committee.

Though Ranjith’s family is from Warangal district, he spent most of his life in Chhattisgarh.

“He participated in four brutal attacks on security forces and one ambush in addition to several other incidents during his underground life,” DGP Mahendar said.Police claimed though Ranjith did not tell them the exact number of Maoists suffering with Covid-19, he confirmed that several cadre were afflicted with the virus.

The DGP said Haribushan’s death was confirmed by Ranjith too. When asked about the contradictory statements of Telangana police and CPI Maoists on the death of Sharada, wife of Haribushan, Mahendar Reddy clarified that she was still alive.

Of the 25 central committee members, 11 were from Telangana and three from Andhra Pradesh. As of now, there are 120 Telangana Maoist state committee members, but they had no information on the appointment of a new state secretary in place of Haribushan.

“As of now, Damodar is incharge secretary,’’ the police said

Monday, July 12, 2021

Maoists Kill Man In Chhattisgarh Village, Dump Body In Forest: Official

As per preliminary information, some unidentified Maoistsabducted the victim from his house and later killed him with sharp weapons, an official said.

Updated : July 12, 2021 2:55 pm IST
Maoists Kill Man In Chhattisgarh Village, Dump Body In Forest: Official

The exact reason behind the killing was not yet known, the official said. (Representational image)


A 32-year-old villager was killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh''s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said on Monday.

The body of Baman Poyam, a native of Ambeli village under Kutru police station limits, was found on Monday morning inside a forest, about five km away from his village, an official said.

As per preliminary information, some unidentified Maoists abducted the victim from his house on Sunday night and later killed him with sharp weapons, he said.

The exact reason behind the killing was not yet known, he said.

A police team rushed to the spot and the body was shifted for postmortem to a local hospital, the official said, adding that a search operation has been launched in the area to trace the assailants.

In October last year, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) had claimed the responsibility for killing 25 people, including some of its own members, in separate incidents in the district for allegedly acting as police informers.

The rebels, however, had not disclosed when the killings took place.


According to police, all those killings took place in August, September and October last year

Chhattisgarh: Maoist-hit Bastar now becomes hotbed of Covid

Cherrupreet Kaur | TNN | Jul 13, 2021, 08:02 IST
Nearly 40% of Chhattisgarh’s active cases are now in the seven districts of Bastar division. (Image used for representational purpose only)

RAIPUR: Maoists are not the only problem in Bastar these days. Covid-19 is wreaking havoc, among insurgents and innocents alike. The tribal heartland is reporting an alarming spike in Covid infections, with the Maoist hotbeds of Sukma and Bijapur topping the charts.

To make it worse, vaccination isn’t able to keep pace with the speed of the virus. While the Maoist insurgency and remoteness of large parts of Bastar are hurdles in the vaccination drive, shortage of vaccines is a concern, say officials. On Sunday, 70 (or 37%) of 


’s 188 new cases were from South Bastar. The Centre has sent a team from AIIMS 


 to probe the surge and find ways to tackle it.

Nearly 40% of Chhattisgarh’s active cases are now in the seven districts of Bastar division. Bijapur leads the table with 554 cases, followed by Sukma (506), Bastar (249), Dantewada (245), Kankeer (140), Kondagaon (104) and Narayanpur (60).

Since the outbreak, 668 people have died of Covid in Bastar region, say health officials. Majority of the Bastar deaths have come in the past few months. Maoists have been hit hard as well. Central committee member Haribhushan and his wife are among several insurgent leaders who have died of Covid, say police.

In vaccination, the tribal heartland has a lot of catching up to do. A little over 1.7 lakh – or 18.4% — of the 23.4 lakh eligible population in Bastar division is fully vaccinated. About 7.6 lakh have taken their first doses, which indicates the pace has been picking up of late.

Asked why there is a surge in Covid cases in Bastar, the division’s joint health director Dr Anandram Gota said, “Covid cases began rising after the Silger movement in Sukma on May 15, in which thousands of villagers held protests against the killing of three tribal men in a clash with security personnel.”