Saturday, August 07, 2021

Former CPI (Maoist) Leader Purnendu Mukherjee Passes Away In Kolkata

Purnendu Sekhar Mukherjee, a former central committee member of the banned CPI(Maoist), died in Kolkata on Saturday morning at the age of 75.

Purnendu Sekhar Mukherjee passes away at age 75 in Kolkata

Purnendu Sekhar Mukherjee, a former central committee member of the banned CPI(Maoist), died in Kolkata on Saturday morning. He was 75 and suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was unmarried.

Mukherjee was arrested from Bihar in 2011 along with other central committee members Varanasi Subrahmaniyam, Vijay Kumar Arya and Jagdish Master. Since being released on bail in 2015, he had shunned his underground life and was living publicly in south Kolkata’s Bansdroni area. However, the police suspected that he never lost touch with the party.

According to his friends and comrades, Mukherjee wished to donate his body upon death and they were in touch with government-run hospitals in Kolkata to ensure his body could be donated for medical research purposes.

Mukherjee was one of the first-generation Naxalites who joined the movement in the late 1960s and was part of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) right from its inception in 1969. He worked in close coordination with the likes of senior Maoist leaders Sushil Roy (alias Barun da) and Prashanta Bose (alias Kishan da). The former has died while the latter is still leading the clandestine organisation in eastern India.

In 1998, during the height of a fratricidal war in the Naxalite/ Maoist camp between the CPI(ML)(People’s War) and the MCC in parts of Bihar (now included Jharkhand), a section of MCC’s West Bengal leadership, led by Mukherjee and Akhil Ghosh, broke away from the MCC and formed their own outfit, named Revolutionary Communist Centre (Maoist), or the RCCM.

The RCCM was quick to establish contacts with Maoists in Nepal and played a key role in building pressure on the MCC and PW leadership to end the conflict. In 2003, the RCCM merged with the MCC, with Mukherjee becoming a central committee member of the unified MCC.

In 2004, when the MCC and CPI(ML)(PW) merged to form the CPI(Maoist), Mukherjee became a central committee member on the new organisation.

During a previous interview with this author, Mukherjee had said, “I have been among the few in India’s communist movement who have been reinstated in the party and in the top leadership, even after breaking away to form a separate outfit. That was because my comrades and I broke away on a very valid point which the party’s other leaders later realised and recognised.”

During his political life, he was worked extensively in north Bengal and later in Bihar and Chhattisgarh.

He had police cases against him in both Bihar and Chhattisgarh

MLA’s representative gets murder threat in ‘Maoist’ poster

Express News Service | Published: 07th August 2021 04:22 AM

BALANGIR:  A poster, purportedly written by Maoists, threatening to eliminate the representative of Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher has surfaced in Khaprakhol here on Friday.

Maoist poster

The hand-written poster, which was found pasted near Ghunusar-Kurlumal Chowk, contained warning for the legislator’s representative. Besides, it also stated that the red rebel who surrendered before Balangir police recently, did not belong to the Maoist organisation.

Aitu Korsa alias Surjan, a cadre of CPI (Maoist), had laid down arms on August 1. Hailing from Mankelli village in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, Surjan was the area commander of Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of the banned outfit. The Maoist cadre was carrying a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh on his head.

Sources said the poster, fixed on a traffic signage board, was put up on Thursday. On being informed, Khaprakhol police reached the spot and launched an investigation. Police are trying to ascertain the authenticity of the poster. A senior officer said, “There is a possibility of involvement of mischief mongers behind the poster. We are verifying it.” Sources said police have intensified patrolling in sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incident

Maoist plot to blow up Bihar's Jamalpur railway station & kidnap RPF men foiled

Picture used for representational purpose only

PATNA: The security personnel have foiled the Maoist plot to blow up Jamalpur station and a railway tunnel and also kidnap Railway Protection Force (RPF) men deployed to guard the tunnel in shifts.

The plan was to be executed by August 3 midnight, which was the last day of Martyrs’ week observed by the CPI(Maoists) in Bihar and other left wing extremism affected states.

Nandan Mandal, an alleged overground worker of Maoists, had made a phone call to his brother-in-law in Ghogha, Bhagalpur, on August 3 night and told him at least four times during their conversation that Maoists would blow up the Bhagalpur railway station. Knowing that his call was being intercepted, Nandan mentioned Bhagalpur station just to divert the attention of security personnel and agencies from Jamalpur railway station and a tunnel nearby in Munger, their main targets, Munger ASP (operation) Raj Kumar Raj on Friday told TOI over phone.

He said the Maoists had planned to to come down from the hills to blow up the Jamalpur station and the tunnel and kidnap the RPF men guarding it.

“The Bihar police Special Task Force had intercepted Nandan’s call to his brother-in-law. He was traced very soon in Munger and detained for interrogation during which he revealed the Maoist plot, which was foiled,” the ASP said.

“It might have become a major issue had they succeeded. The Maoists had planned to demand ransom of several crores of rupees from the government to release the RPF men, if kidnapped. They had conducted recce and come to know that two men guard the tunnel at a time in different shifts,” he said.

He said during interrogation, Nandan confessed to have ringed thrice Maoist area commander Bahadur Kora, who lives in the Kharagpur hills with armed cadres. “Bahadur would have come down from the hills with armed men to execute the plot. However, Nandan could not get connected to Bahadur and they could not reach on time. Till then security personnel traced Nandan near Amjhar hills in Munger and detained him for interrogation,” he said.

Bariyarpur police station SHO Amrendra Kumar said Nandan was arrested on Thursday. A pistol, two live cartridges and Maoist letter pads were recovered on his confession from the jungles.

“An FIR against Nandan, Vijay Rajak, Bahadur alias Nakul and other unknown Maoists has been registered with Bariyarpur police station for hatching a conspiracy to blow up Jamalpur railway station, a tunnel and kidnap RPF men guarding it,” the SHO said.

The SHO said Vijay has already been arrested in another case in Munger in June. He said Vijay and Nandan used to meet Bahadur frequently and supply him food and other logistics. “Nandan was promised good rewards had the plan succeeded,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ASP said the conspiracy was hatched in a meeting at Vijay’s house in Bariyarpur a few months back. “Vijay is also a Maoist OGW. Nandan was his right hand. There were at least four more men who had attended the meeting,” he added

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Maoist killed in ‘encounter’ in Bodanalli forest area of Telangana

Special CorrespondentBHADRADRI-KOTHAGUDEM 01 AUGUST 2021 12:07 IST
UPDATED: 01 AUGUST 2021 21:47 IST

Amid the ongoing CPI (Maoist)’s Martyrs’ Week, the outlawed outfit suffered a blow in Bhadrachalam Agency as one of its armed cadre was killed in an “exchange of fire” with the police in Bodanalli forest area in Charla mandal, bordering Chhattisgarh, on Sunday morning.

The encounter took place around 8.15 a.m. in the forest area about 3 km from Bodanalli when a team of special party police personnel was engaged in a combing operation, police said.

An unidentified male Maoist was killed in the “exchange of fire” that ensued, police added.



Police suspect him to be a key Maoist cadre from Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region.

A combing operation was launched in the forest area of the Agency mandal based on reliable information that Maoists of the Charla Local Organising Squad (LOS) and an action team were moving near Kurnapalli-Bodanalli area to commit offences in connection with the ongoing Maoist Martyrs’ Week, Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said.

The combing police parties spotted ten armed Maoists during the search operation at about 3 km east of Bodanalli on Sunday morning.

An exchange of fire took place between the police and the Maoists. During the subsequent search operation, the combing police parties recovered the body of a male Maoist aged around 23 years. One .303 rifle and two kit bags were recovered from the spot, the SP added.

Additional forces have been fanned out to track down the armed Maoists rebels, who retreated into the jungle after the encounter.

The local police shifted the body of the Maoist to the mortuary at the Government Area Hospital in Bhadrachalam town later in the day.

One held

Meanwhile, the Charla police have arrested a Chhattisgarh-based Maoist militia member, identified as Madivi Ramesh, 27, during a vehicle-checking drive at Danavaipeta in Charla mandal late late on Saturday afternoon.

The police said pamphlets relating to Maoist Martyrs' Week were recovered from his possession

Once rebels, they now help Odisha police track down Maoists

BHUBANESWAR: Maoist, who have recently surrendered in the state, are being engaged by Odisha police in carrying out anti-Naxal operations in different districts. The ploy has paid off with the arrest of some top cadres and zero casualty among the security forces so far this year.

Altogether 11 


, including some top cadres have surrendered, 25 others have been arrested and three 


 were gunned down by the security personnel in Odisha between January and August this year.

“At least six of the surrendered Maoists accompanied our forces to the inaccessible areas in jungles and were part of some anti-Maoists operations in Koraput and Malkangiri districts in the last three to four months. With their assistance, we have arrested at least 10 Maoists and seized huge cache of arms and ammunition in separate raids,” a senior police officer told TOI.

The surrendered Maoists helped the police to locate the camps and hideouts of the Naxals. “They are helping us to identify the Maoists as we do not have their photos. Besides, the surrendered Maoists have helped us learn a lot about the internal conflicts in the Maoist organisation, their movements, plans and financial sources,” the police officer said.

It must be noted the state government’s surrender and rehabilitation policy for the Maoists has led to a significant drop in left-wing extremism (


) in Odisha. Police statistics said 31, 26, 27, 13 and 21 Maoists surrendered in the state in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively. Most of the surrenders were reported in worst-hit Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

Under the revised security related expenditure (SRE) grant of the Centre, financial benefit for a surrendered higher cadre Maoist (category 1) was hiked to Rs 5 lakh from earlier Rs 2.5 lakh. Monetary benefit for a lower cadre Maoist (category 2-B) was increased from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. The benefit for a middle cadre Maoist (category 2-A) has remained unchanged at Rs 2.5 lakh.

The state committee members, regional committee members, 

central committee

 members and 


 members are treated as category-1. The middle ranked LWE cadres (category 2-A) include area commanders, sub-zonal commanders and zonal commanders. Any other hardcore cadres, Dalam members and identified LWE cadres involved in heinous crimes come under category 2-B.

The government recently increased the stipend for vocational training of the surrendered Naxals. While each surrendered Maoist used to receive Rs 4,000 per month for three years earlier, the revised stipend now stands at Rs 6,000 per month for three years.

The policy’s state grant has remained unchanged. Under the state grant, an eligible surrendered Maoist would get Rs 25,000 towards a homestead land, Rs 45,000 house building assistance, Rs 25,000 for marriage if he or she is unmarried and Rs 3,000 education allowance annually for three years

C’garh villagers sit in protest over man’s death; forces say he was a Maoist

Sukma police said Kunjam was killed in a gunfight in Paddigua village, which comes under Chitagufa police station. They said personnel of District Reserve Guard and Central Reserve Police Force were involved in the operation following a tip-off
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2021 06:03 PM IST

Hundreds of tribals of around a dozen villages of South Sukma are protesting against police since Tuesday. (Sourced)

Hundreds of tribals of around a dozen villages of South Sukma, Chhattisgarh, have been protesting since Tuesday, alleging that the security forces picked up a man from his house and killed him on July 25. The forces have maintained that the deceased, Bheema Kunjam, was a Maoist platoon commander who died in an exchange of fire.

The protest is on in the Maoist-affected Chintagufa village which is around 450 kilometres from Raipur.

Sukma police said Kunjam was killed in a gunfight in Paddigua village, which comes under Chitagufa police station. They said personnel of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were involved in the operation following a tip-off. The exchange of fire went on for well over an hour and the remaining Maoists escaped while Kunjam’s body was recovered from the spot.

However, the villagers say Kunjam was picked up from his village on July 24 before being killed the next morning. “He was not a Maoist, he was just a farmer living with his wife in his village...Police claimed that a country-made gun was recovered from the spot, but Kunjam had no gun. Anyone who carries a gun, lives in the jungle, not in the village with his wife... We want action against those who killed him,” said Ravi Sodhi, one of the protesters.

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Another villager, Ganesh , said they all were raising their voices as police are targeting villagers instead of Maoists and if they will not raise voice against this violence now, they all will suffer.

Sukma superintendent of police Sunil Sharma maintained that Kunjam even had a reward of 1 lakh on his head and six cases were registered against him. “The villagers have been coerced by Maoists to protest against us. Mangadu, an area commander of CPI ( Maoist), threatened them to join the protest,” he said.

“The allegations are baseless and part of the modus operandi of Maoists to defame the forces. In the recent past, Maoists have suffered major setbacks. In a desperate attempt to avoid their extinction from Bastar region, their leadership is resorting to such false propaganda,” said Inspector General of Police , (Bastar range ) Sunderaj P.

Human right activists working in Bastar believe that instances of fake “encounter” have increased in the past six months and security forces are killing soft targets. “Typically, the DRG is involved and those killed are soft targets. Recent incidents across districts follow a similar pattern, making one conclude that what is happening is a part of policy,” said Bela Bhatia , a Bastar-based human rights activist

Chhattisgarh: Dantewada school razed & rebuilt by Maoists, chirps with children again

At least 27 students attended the classes on Monday at the re-constructed school, bringing it back to life. Dantewada collector Dipak Soni took the first class for them

RAIPUR: Six years after the 


 had razed down a school building in insurgency-hit 


 district, it was well re-constructed and painted back into life by the surrendered cadres and the school beamed when 27 students attended classes on its premises on Monday.

TOI had earlier highlighted how the school at 



 was demolished twice in 2008 and 2015 by the Maoists and after their surrender, the guilt-ridden cadres decided to rebuild it brick by brick.

At least 27 students attended the classes on Monday at the re-constructed school, bringing it back to life and Dantewada collector Dipak Soni took the first class for them. It was a moment of joy and excitement for all.

Expressing his happiness with TOI, Dantewada collector Dipak Soni said, "We restarted the school after a gap of six years which was once demolished by Maoists. The important point is those who demolished, have themselves rebuilt it after surrendering and joining the mainstream. Maoists demolished the school in 2015 and the same cadres who surrendered in July 2020, were asked about their livelihood activity they would want to choose. They said with conviction that they want to reconstruct the same school and earn livelihood out of the labour work.

"The district administration then sanctioned the construction work which was done within months. "On August 2, the classes were conducted in the same school for the first time after its reconstruction. And the good side is that the same former cadres are now engaged in construction work of an 


 centre and a stretch of road that connects to school," the collector said. The students were garlanded as a welcome to school by the former Maoists as they held their hands and walked them inside the classes, it would remain in their memories. The school has a capacity of accommodating 70 students.

The primary school is located at a forest patch in Masapara, about ten kilometers from Dantewada. Though the rebels had reduced it to rubble, the villagers always hoped that such buildings would reshape again. A former Maoist Santu Kunjam who spoke to TOI earlier, had said that realizing the significance of education, it became like a dream to rebuild the school and literate children would turn youths and would require jobs

NIA Files Charge Sheet Against 7 Maoists In J’khand Cops Killing Case


New Delhi:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said that it has filed a supplementary charge sheet against seven members of the banned CPI-Maoist in connection with its probe into the 2019 killing of five policemen in Jharkhand’s Saraikela Kharsawan district.

An NIA spokesperson said that the agency has filed the third supplementary charge sheet in the NIA Special Court in Ranchi against seven accused persons from Jharkhand and West Bengal, naming Soma Sardar, Atul Mahto aka Prakash Mahto, Ram Prasad Mardi, Prabhat Munda aka Mukhiya, Gulshan Singh Munda aka Gadi Munda, Ravi aka Sagar Singh Sardar aka Biren Singh and Doctor aka Pradeep Mondal under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The official said that Soma Sardar had played an important role in hatching the conspiracy that led to the attack, besides being involved in providing logistical support and raising funds for the CPI-Maoist.

The other six charge sheeted accused are underground commanders of the banned terrorist organisation and had conspired the execution of the attack on the police personnel, the official said.

The case pertains to an attack on the police party by the cadres of CPI-Maoist on June 14, 2019 at Kukru Haat in Seraikela Kherswan district in which five police personnel were killed and their arms and ammunition were looted. A case was registered by the Jharkhand Police on June 15, 2019, and it had arrested a total of 11 accused and filed two charge sheets against all of them.

The NIA had taken over the probe on December 9, 2020, and filed a charge sheet on April 15, 2021 against 18 accused persons including senior commanders of the CPI-Maoist.