Saturday, August 28, 2021

CPI (Maoist) divisional committee member surrenders before police in Khammam


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Ekkanti Seetharam Reddy alias NagannaEkkanti Seetharam Reddy alias Naganna | Photo Credit: G.N. Rao
Special CorrespondentKHAMMAM 27 AUGUST 2021 17:34 IST
UPDATED: 27 AUGUST 2021 17:38 IST

Ekkanti Seetharam Reddy alias Naganna had been working underground for more than three decades

The CPI (Maoist) Divisional Committee Member (DVCM), East Division, Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, (AOBSZC), Ekkanti Seetharam Reddy alias Naganna (65), surrendered before the police in Khammam on August 27.

The senior Maoist leader, who has been working underground for more than three decades, turned himself in before Khammam Police Commissioner, Vishnu S. Warrier, on Friday afternoon.

A native of Chintiryala in Aswapuram mandal of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, Seetharam Reddy was closely associated with the Radical Student Organisation (RSU) while studying in Govt. Polytechnic College at Masab Tank in Hyderabad during early 1970s.


He joined the then People’s War Group (PWG) as a member of Bhadrachalam area dalam in 1981 and a year later elevated as a commander of the squad. He subsequently worked in Shabari, Venkatapuram and Rampachodavaram dalams.

In 1985, he was arrested by Donelankapalem police and lodged in Rajahmundry Central Jail for more than two years. On his release on bail, he returned to his native village in 1988 where he lived for three years before rejoining the outlawed outfit in 1992.

He worked in the Ranganna Dalam of Malkangiri Area in Odisha up to 1999.

Between 1999 and 2002 he was active in Pampuluru area as Area Committee Member. In 2002, he was shifted to East Area Committee in the AOB area.

He was promoted to the position of DVCM of Malkangiri East Division in 2008. He taught political classes to the party cadres in the AOB area for more than a decade.

He left the party and stayed at the houses of party sympathisers in the AOB area due to age-related illness and various other health issues, police added.

Financial assistance of ₹5 lakh will be disbursed to the surrendered Maoist leader for his rehabilitation as per the State government’s rehabilitation package for surrendered Maoists, the Khammam Police Commissioner told the media in Khammam.

An interim aid of ₹10,000 will be handed over to help him meet his immediate expenses, he added.

The Director General of Police, M. Mahender Reddy, appealed to Maoist cadres to join the mainstream, benefit from the State government’s rehabilitation process and participate in the endeavour of nation’s progress

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Mumbai court rejects bail plea of Maoist leader Narmada Akka's husband

The special NIA court in Mumbai has rejected the discharge and bail pleas of 71-year-old Sathyanarayana Rani, who is accused in the May 1, 2019, Gadchiroli attack.

August 25, 2021UPDATED: August 25, 2021 14:05 IST

Mumbai court rejects bail plea of Maoist leader Narmada Akkas husband
The special NIA court in Mumbai has rejected the discharge and bail pleas of 71-year-old Sathyanarayana Rani who is accused in the May 1, 2019, Gadchiroli attack, in which 15 policemen and one civilian were killed.

According to NIA, Rani is a senior Maoist leader and he and his wife Narmada Akka were part of a larger conspiracy that resulted in the death of 15 police personnel and a civilian. They were part of the team which planned to take revenge by carrying out a blast.

According to the information given by police, on April 23, 2018, 40 Naxalites were killed by security persons in an ambush, due to which the supporters of CPI(M) were unhappy and wanted to take revenge. Therefore, the accused people and others hatched a criminal conspiracy to kill the police personnel and accordingly, a blast was caused, resulting in the death of 15 police personnel and a private driver in 2019.

After Rani was arrested on June 11, 2019, his house where he and Naxalite Narmada Akka used to reside was searched and various electronic items and the cash amount of Rs 10.32 lakh were seized. Police claimed that in July 2018 the accused had participated in meetings to hatch a conspiracy to avenge the death of 40 Naxalites.

However, advocate Chandani Chawla appearing for Rani argued that the prosecution's case is misconceived and the allegations are unfounded. "There is no evidence to link him to the crime. The applicant has not been named by any witness and that incriminating material has not been seized at his instance. He has further claimed that no role has been attributed to him in either planning or the execution of the land mine blast," argued Chawla.

She further pressed that the seizure of Rs 10.32 lakh from the residence does not incriminate Rani. Chawla said that Rani's wife Narmada Akka was handling the amount and using it for her treatment of cancer in Hyderabad. However, judge D E Kothalikar noted, "It is not disputed that the applicant (Rani) had no source of income and that he had never submitted income tax returns and as such, in absence of the explanation given by the applicant for possessing such a huge amount, it can be said to be prima facie material against the applicant that he was involved in collecting funds for the banned organisation."

The court further said, "I am satisfied that there is prima facie material available against the applicant, which if remained unrebutted certainly would warrant conviction."

The couple was arrested in the case in June 2019. Narmada Akka, accused of heading the conspiracy, was recently allowed by the court to seek medical treatment. She is reportedly suffering from stage four cancer. According to reports, Narmada Akka and her husband had gone to Hyderabad for her chemotherapy and were arrested on their return

Clean chit for Ajoy in Maoist-link case

Sanjay Sahay | Aug 26, 2021, 05:00 IST

Ranchi: A special court for trying MPs-MLAs offenses on Wednesday acquitted senior Congress leader Dr Ajoy Kumar for lack of evidence in a 10-year-old case pertaining to his alleged links with an extremist. BJP leader Dineshanand Goswami had registered a case with Sakchi police station in July 2011 alleging that Kumar had talked to an extremist, Samarji, and sought the latter’s help in winning the Jamshedpur parliamentary by-election. Goswami had also gave the police a compact disc purpotedly carrying the record of the conversation between Kumar and the extremist. The case was transferred from the Jamshedpur district court to the special court in Ranchi in September 2020.

Kumar had recorded his statement before the court on Tuesday under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code saying he was innocent.

Lawyer Vimal Kumar who represented the Congress leader in court said, “The court of Dinesh Kumar acquitted Ajoy Kumar as the prosecution could not produce substantial evidence which could prove the allegations against Kumar beyond reasonable doubts. The prosecution produced one witness during the trial but could not establish that compact disc of call recording produced before court was of Kumar’s conversation with the Maoist leader Samarji.”
It may be stated here that Kumar had won the Jamshedpur parliamentary by-election as a Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate in 2011. Goswami had contested the election on a BJP ticket

Father and son accused of being police informers, killed by Maoists in Bihar

The Maoists fired three blank rounds to terrorise the villagers and raised ‘Lal Salaam’ slogans before vanishing into the hilly-forest area, where the captured duo was thrashed and their throat slit before being shot with bullets, police said.
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 12:23 PM IST

Bihar Police said the Maoists first slit the duo’s throat before shooting them. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Left Wing Extremists (LWE) in Bihar’s Jamui district slit throats of a father-son duo before shooting them, accusing them of being police informers, late on Wednesday night. In the last two years, the ultras have killed at least 20 civilians in the state after declaring them to be spies working for security forces.

The deceased have been identified as Chopay Hembram (60) and his son Arjun Hembram (32), residents of Baratand village. They were both assassinated on the foothills of Maoist-dominated Chakai-Bogi hill, at the border of Chakai and Charka Patthar police stations in the district, a police officer said.

According to eyewitness accounts, an armed group of outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit stormed into the village at around 12.30 am and abducted the duo from their houses. The outlaws dragged the men out even as their families pleaded their innocence.

The Maoists fired three blank rounds to terrorise the villagers and raised ‘Lal Salaam’ slogans before vanishing into the hilly-forest area, where the captured duo was thrashed and their throat slit before being shot with bullets, police said.

Jamui sub divisional police officer (SDPO) Dr Rakesh Kumar said the villagers later recovered their bodies lying at two separate places on Thursday morning. Police said it also appeared that the Maoists first slit the duo’s throat before shooting them.

Police also found handwritten Maoist posters from the spot claiming that they killed the father and the son for acting as police informers. The note also warned other villagers of similar consequences if they opted to be police informers.

Villagers and members of the deceased families alleged the police arrived very late despite being informed about the incident.

The SDPO added that an FIR had been lodged in the case and a search operation had begun in Jamui and adjoining Giridih district of Jharkhand

Monday, August 23, 2021

All-women 'Durga Fighter' force formed to combat Naxalism in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

Woman commandos
Updated Aug 23, 2021 | 18:58 IST

The Sukma SP said that the idea behind an all-women force is to promote gender equality.

Woman commandos

Photo Credit:&nbspANI
Visual of woman commandos in Chhattisgarh

Sukma: A 'Durga Fighter' force comprising 32 female staff has been constituted to combat Naxalism in the Naxal-affected Sukma district.

Speaking to reporters, Superintendent of Police of Sukma, Sunil Sharma said the new recruits will be trained for a month.

"We are happy to inform that, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Chhattisgarh women commandos met the officials to constitute a District Reserve Force (DRG) team for them. The proposal has been accepted and the team will be called 'Durga Fighters' which will have 32 female staff. They will be trained for commando duty for a month. They will perform all active duties," he said.

The Sukma SP said that the idea behind an all-women force is to promote gender equality. "Women are equal to men," he added.



Asha Sen, captain of 'Durga Fighters' said that the force has pledged to make Sukma a 'Naxal free region'.

"Today, we all have pledged to make Sukma a 'Naxal free region'. Just like brothers and sisters promise to protect each other on Raksha Bandhan, we all have pledged to protect the people of the Sukma region from Naxalites. We now feel equal to men as we have been given a place in District Reserve Guards (DRG) team," she said

Elgar Parishad case: NIA claims accused recruited students from JNU, TISS for terror activity

The central agency has made the claim in its draft charges submitted before a special court. (Picture used for representational purpose)

MUMBAI: The National Investigation Agency (


) has alleged that the accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case recruited students from well-known institutes like Delhi's 

Jawaharlal Nehru University



) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (


) for commission of terrorist activity. 

The central agency has made the claim in its draft charges submitted before a special court here. The NIA submitted the draft charges, naming 15 accused, earlier this month and a copy of the document was made available on Monday.

"In furtherance of the conspiracy, the accused persons, being active members of banned terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations, recruited students from various universities, including the Jawaharlal Nehru University as well as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (whose main campus is in Mumbai) for commission of terrorist activity," the draft said.

The accused persons held training camps at various regions to recruit cadres at all levels for commission of terrorist activities of the CPI (Maoist), the 

anti-terror agency


The draft lays down 17 offences against the 15 accused, including human rights and civil liberties activists, and they have been sought to be charged under various sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The draft charges alleged that the accused persons were active members of the CPI (Maoist) and arranged and managed meetings for the purpose of encouraging support for the banned terror outfit to further its activities. The accused persons also sought and collected funds for the purposes of terrorism, the NIA alleged. 

"(They were involved in) organising, collecting and participating in providing funds through the banned terrorist organisation in order to cover the expenses of rebellious activities, and coordinated the Bhima Koregaon programme (held in Pune) with underground Naxalites and exploited the communal sentiments of Dalit and other minority forces and individuals across the state and provoked them in the name of caste in order to create instability and chaos in Maharashtra," the draft said.

It further claimed the accused conspired to demand and organise funds for annual supply of sophisticated weapons like the M4 carbine and other arms and ammunition through a designated supplier in Nepal. The special NIA court is yet to frame the charges in the case.

The court had earlier said it would first dispose of all applications filed by the accused persons before hearing them on the charges. Special NIA Judge D E Kothalikar on Monday rejected the temporary bail pleas filed by two of the accused – Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde.

The accused persons in the case include activists and academicians like Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Navlakha, Teltumbde, Varavara Rao, Hany Babu and Shoma Sen.


Elgar Parishad case

 is related to alleged inflammatory speeches made at a conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which, the police claimed, triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial located on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra city.

The prosecution claimed the conclave was organised by people with alleged Maoist links. The case was initially probed by the Pune police and later transferred to the NIA by the Centre

‘40% of armed Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra region are women’

According to figures collected by HT from Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra police, the total estimated strength of armed Maoists in the region is 2,498, of which 1,391 are men and 1,107 women.

PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2021 04:20 PM IST

Despite their large numbers in the ranks, women have not been able to rise in the hierarchy of CPI (Maoists), said a police official. (AP Photo/File/Representative use)

The representation of women among Maoist cadres in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra has risen to around 40% and several of them are commanders of various units of the banned ultras and are often involved in clashes with security personnel, said a senior Chhattisgarh police officer. However, women representation in the decision making process of the Maoist is still very low, he added.

Sujata (65), in charge of South Bastar division of Maoists’ Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) was one among the key planners in almost all ambushes in South Bastar, which is the core area of Maoists in the country. Even at 65, she carries an AK-47 and speaks six languages including local Halbi and Gondi, the police officer quoted above said.

Sujata, the wife of senior leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji who was killed in 2011 in an operation, is in-charge of logistics and other support in the Teklaguda attack this April, in which 22 security personnel were killed.

“Sujata is very active, sharp and important for Maoists in South Bastar. In the April 4 incident, she was continuously talking to Mandvi Hidma during the ambush. Hidma, the head of battalion number 1 of Maoists, led the attack in Teklaguda on security forces. Sujata and his team were rescuing the injured Maoists and also collecting the arms and ammunition of slain security personnel. Mainly, she has been among the key planners of any big attack in South Bastar,” said a senior police officer posted in Bastar.

Another prominent woman commander is Sujatakka, who is in charge of the Maad division of CPI (Maoist). The ultras are said to have recruited the maximum number of people from this area in the past two years.

“Sujatakka is a powerful woman commander, a member of DKSZC, and she also carries an AK-47. She has been instrumental in hiring many women cadres in Bastar,” the police officer quoted above said. In South Bastar, of the total 653 Maoist cadres, 310 are women and in West Bastar, 169 out of 420 are women. North Bastar division has 106 women among 226 members and the Maad division has 134 women out of the 322 armed cadres in the area, according to police records.

Police officials said Sujatakka was instrumental in recruiting women in South and West Bastar divisions, both headed by women and this was the reason that the presence of women cadre was the highest in the core Maoist area.

According to figures collected by HT from Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra police, the total estimated strength of armed Maoists in the region is 2,498, of which 1,391 are men and 1,107 women. “So, approximately 40% are women, which used to be less than 20% till a decade ago,” a senior Chhattisgarh police officer said.

The cadre is from nine divisions of CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC), central committee members of CPI (Maoist), the newly formed Maharashtra – Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh (MMC) zone and two other divisions (Mainpuri-Nuapada joint division and Bargarh-Balangir and Mahasamund ( BBM) division which falls in Chhattisgarh and Odisha respectively.

However, decision making is still dominated by men. Of the 21 members in the central committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), there is only one woman, Sheela Marandi. In the 14 member Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) there are only two women, officials said.

Abhishek Pallava, Dantewada’s police chief gave three reasons for Maoists recruiting more women.

“Firstly, women are more dedicated and loyal. Secondly, low surrender rates of women cadres and the fact that they are difficult to arrest as they can easily get mixed with villagers. And thirdly, women are traditionally dominant in tribal societies, so involvement of women cadres gives legitimacy to Maoists in this area,” he said.

Sunderaj P, inspector general of police, Bastar, pointed out that women have not been able to rise in the hierarchy of CPI (Maoists). “This is evident from the fact that till date not even one women cadre has been inducted into the Politburo of CPI Maoist,” he said, and added that there was no female in their apex military wing, the Central Military Commission (CMC)/State Military Commission (SMC), showing there was no gender equality at the top level in the Maoist organisational structure.

An intelligence officer monitoring the Bastar area said representation of women in the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) of CPI (Maoist) gained momentum after the start of Salwa-Judum (from 2006 onwards) and reached the 40% mark, considered very high. He said that during Salwa Judum, women were targeted by special police officers (SPOs) resulting in the women inculcating deep hatred against security forces and a sense of vengeance.

“Prior to the Salwa Judum, most female Maoist leaders were members of frontal wings such as Chetna Natya Manch (CNM), cultural wing and Dandakaranya Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh (DKAMS). Very few were in organizational work,” he said.

Another senior police officer, who was not willing to be named, said higher representation of women was helping Maoists in establishing better connections with tribals and also in hiring more young people.

Shubhranshu Chaudhary, a peace activist working in Bastar, claimed that Maoists strategically used sentiments against “patriarchy” in tribal regions for inducting more women.

“As there was very little class conflict in Bastar, Maoists chose to focus on patriarchy in adivasi societies from the beginning as a strategy. They claim Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh, a banned organization, is the world’s biggest women’s organization. They always celebrated 8th March as women’s day in a big way. The high number of women in Maoist outfits is not an accident and it did not increase after Salwa Judum but it is an outcome of a thoughtful strategy implemented in the last 40 years,” said Chaudhary.

But an author, who has interviewed many armed women cadres, believes that patriarchy is not the only reason behind women’s participation.

“All human societies have elements of patriarchy, but Gond adivasis of Bastar offer far more political and cultural rights to its women than many others. If we say that many Gond adivasi women joined the Maoists ranks to escape patriarchy in their society, we must also acknowledge that these women could leave their families and easily take up arms because their families had given them enough space to exercise their political choices. Urban women face strong opposition when they leave their families, but we have barely seen any resistance in the adivasi community,” said Ashutosh Bhardwaj, who has written extensively on Bastar’s Maoist movement.

Sunderaj disagreed with both arguments and said young boys and girls are forcefully and coercively recruited by Maoists. “Those who challenge the Maoist leadership are targeted and punished. Due to this fear factor, parents of young boys and girls cannot stop their children from being taken away,” he said

2 Maoists surrender before Telangana police

According to police, the ultras realised that the Telangana State Committee (Maoist Party) was harassing them and wanted to lead a better life by returning to the mainstream (Photo for representative purpose only)

HYDERABAD: Two members of the banned CPI (Maoist) surrendered before the police in 

Bhadradri Kothagudem

 district of Telangana. 

Both the 


 hailing from 


 state and members of 


 LOS (local organisation squad) turned themselves in before Bhadradri Kothagudem District Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt on Saturday, police said.

For the last six years, the duo aged 25 and 34, was working for the banned CPI (Maoist) party, they said adding initially they worked as militia members and for the last three years they have been working as members of Cherla LOS in Telangana.

According to police, the ultras realised that the Telangana State Committee (Maoist Party) was harassing them and wanted to lead a better life by returning to the mainstream. “It has been learnt that the 

Maoist party

 is regularly harassing women cadre and tribal children by forcefully keeping them in the party. Many Maoist cadres are ready to leave the party, but senior leaders are threatening them and forcefully taking them from the villages not allowing them to surrender,” the official said.

The police appealed to all Dalam and militia members to lay down their arms and lead a normal life