Friday, September 17, 2021

Villupuram: Man booked for assaulting Dalit girl


Express News Service | Published: 17th September 2021 04:28 AM

Image used for representational purpose (Photo| Express Illustration)


VILLUPURAM: A day after the story of a Dalit girl allegedly assaulted in Tindivanam was carried in these columns, a FIR was filed by the Periyathachur police on Wednesday. The inspector assured that the suspect will be remanded within 24 hours.

On August 25, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted and verbally abused with casteist slurs by a Caste Hindu man at Nedimozhiyanur village. No case was registered until September 13 despite persistent demands from the girl’s family and the DSP of Villupuram’s alleged order to file an FIR at the Periyathachur police station. 

Sources from the Police Department claimed that the incident was found to be a false one during primary inquiry and only a CSR entry was made. A story about it was published in the TNIE edition on September 14. Following the article, police filed an FIR against the suspect, G Kathirvel (45), from Sendiyambakkam village.

Sources said police officials launched further probe. K Boopal, an advocate and social worker representing the girl’s family, told TNIE,  “We approached the officials, including Villupuram DSP, but no action was taken until the news was out. We thank the support of the news medium to help her seek justice.”

Security forces nab wanted Naxal in Chhattisgarh's Sukma


ANI | Updated: Sep 17, 2021 14:49 IST

Sukma (Chhattisgarh) [India], September 17 (ANI): A wanted Naxalite Madkam Raja was arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Chhattisgarh Police in Tongpal area of Sukma district in Chattisgarh.
Naxalite Madkam Raja was caught on Thursday, based on a "self-generated credible intelligence" input of the forces regarding the movement of the Naxal, stated a CRPF official.
As per the officer, troops of CRPF's 2nd Battalion immediately launched an operation along with state police and apprehended the wanted Maoist.
"The prompt action by CRPF troops in the operation resulted in the apprehension of Madkam Raja from Bodhguda chowk on Thursday evening," the officer told ANI.
The Naxal is wanted in a case registered against him at Phulbagdi police station in Sukma last year under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 25 and 27 of the Arms Act.
"The Maoist has been handed over to police", the officer further added. (ANI)

Maoist camp busted after exchange of fire in Odisha forest, arms, ammunition seized



Maoist camp busted, Odisha forest, Border Security Force
  

The security forces comprising Border Security Force, Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Odisha police have busted a Maoists’ camp in Kumikhari-Badli Pahad reserve forest area along the Malkangiri-Koraput border.

An exchange of fire took place between Maoists and security forces. Acting on a specific intelligence report, a joint squad of SOG and DVF raided the camp in inaccessible terrains on 14 September night. Later the red rebels beat a hasty retreat from the place. Arms and ammunition including detonators were seized at the Maoists camp.

We have managed to take into custody two Maoists. However a top Maoist leader, Suresh, managed to flee under the cover of darkness, said senior police officials.



As the combing operation was going on, the Maoists fired upon the security forces unprovoked. The operational parties also retaliated and started controlled fire against the Maoists. No loss of life from either side has been reported. The Naxals could however manage to escape in the dead of night, police officials said.

The arms and ammunition seized from the spot included among others guns, live bullets, detonators and explosive substances, they added

Dead Maoist leader’s wife Sammakka surrenders toTelangana Police


Sammakka is the widow of former central committee member of the Maoist party Haribhushan alias Yapa Narayana, who was also former secretary of the Telangana state committee. Haribhushan died of Covid-19 on June 21.

PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:09 PM IST

Sammakka, who was a Khammam district committee member operating from the bordering forests of Chhattisgarh, had a reward of 5 lakh on her head. Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy, before whom she surrendered, handed over the cheque to her. (HT PHOTO.)

Citing health concerns, Jajjeri Sammakka alias Sharada (45), one of the top CPI (Maoist) leaders operating from Chhattisgarh, surrendered to the Telangana police on Friday.

Sammakka is the widow of former central committee member of the Maoist party Haribhushan alias Yapa Narayana, who was also former secretary of the Telangana state committee. Haribhushan died of Covid-19 on June 21. Though Sammakka was also believed to have died of Covid-19, the Maoist party issued a statement denying any such idea.


Sammakka, who was a Khammam district committee member operating from the bordering forests of Chhattisgarh, had a reward of 5 lakh on her head. Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy, before whom she surrendered, handed over the cheque to her.

Speaking to the media later, the DGP said several Maoist leaders were suffering from Covid-19 but were not getting proper treatment in the forests. “We have specific information that many senior Maoist leaders, including central committee members like Azad and Raji Reddy, are willing to surrender and join the mainstream. But the top leadership has not been giving them permission,” he said.

Reddy said Sammakka was upset with the party for not providing proper treatment to her husband Haribhushan which led to his death. “The Maoists have lost the people’s support. If they surrender, we shall provide protection to them,” he said.


Sammakka, who belongs to Gangaram village of Mahabubabad district, was attracted towards the Maoist party (then called CPI-ML People’s War) in 1994 and she married Haribhushan in 1995. She worked as a squad member between 1997-98 and later became North Telangana Special Zonal Committee member in 1999.

She surrendered before the Warangal police in 2008, but returned to the Maoist party in 2011 and became a member of Sabari-Charla area committee in 2016, before being elevated to the Khammam district committee. She escaped from exchange of fire with the police at least six times.

“After her husband’s death due to Covid-19 in June this year, Sammakka lost interest in the party and had been trying to surrender to the police,” the DGP said


https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/dead-maoist-leader-s-wife-sammakka-surrenders-totelangana-police-101631878764562.html

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Absconding Maoist leader C P Usman arrested from Malappuram


By M P Prashanth| Express News Service | Published: 14th September 2021 11:45 AM

C P Usman, the leader of the CPI (Maoist).


KOZHIKODE: The Police on Tuesday arrested C P Usman, the leader of the CPI (Maoist) who has been absconding for the past few years, from Pattikkad in Malappuram district.

Usman is the third accused in the case related to the arrest of Allen Shuhaib and Thwaha Fazal from Pantheerabkavu in Kozhikode on November 2, 2019. Police have said that the youths were picked up while they were talking with Usman. The Maoist leader escaped from the spot before the police could arrest him. According to the police, there are around ten cases against him under various police stations.

Usman was the activist of the CPI-ML (Naxalbari) before the outfit merged with the CPI (Maoist) on May 1, 2014. He has been engaged in the urban activities of the party since then and was made the in-charge of the Urban Bureau after the arrest of Rajan Chittillappali, who was looking after the urban movement.

The continuous arrest of the urban cadres of the Maoists in the past few years has crippled the activities of the rebels in the cities in Kerala. Besides Rajan, another senior urban activist T K Rajeevan was also arrested in December, 2020. 


The Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee (WGSZC) of the Maoists are trying to regain their strength after the killing of eight persons in various encounters. Last week a group of five Maoists visited Chakkittappara in rural Kozhikode and exhorted people to fight against the move to start mining in the area

Maoist leader Dubashi Shankar arrested by Odisha Police


Sumit BhattacharjeeVISAKHAPATNAM 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 00:27 IST
UPDATED: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 00:27 IST

His involvement is suspected in exchanges of fire in Odisha, A.P. and Telangana

Maoist leader and Special Zonal Committee member of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) Dubashi Shankar alias Mahender alias Arun was arrested by the Odisha Police in Koraput district on Monday.

According to the Odisha Police, acting on credible intelligence inputs that a group of Maoists were moving in the forest area of Petaguda and Noaro village under Boipariguda police station limits, a joint operation was launched by the DVF, the SOG and the BSF on Sunday night. Shankar was apprehended during a search and cordon operation in the early hours of Monday.

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The police recovered one Insas rifle, 10 rounds of ammunition, a mobile phone, a radio, an ear phone, an Amazon kindle device, ₹35,500 in cash among other articles from his possession. However, sources said Shankar had come out of the forest for treatment when he was nabbed. Shankar, a resident of Medak district in Telangana had joined the Indrapuriyal area committee of Maoist group in Telegana in 1987. He worked in Medak till 2004 before being promoted to the rank of SZCM. He was later moved to the AOBSZC and he was inducted into the State Military Commission in 2010.

He is suspected to be involved in two cases reported in Koraput district, 18 cases in Malkangiri district (Odisha), 32 cases in Visakhapatnam district on Andhra Pradesh and 24 cases in Telangana.

He was allegedly involved in exchange of fire in Damajodi in 2009 in which 10 CISF personnel were killed, Govindpalli landmine blast in 2010 in which 11 police personnel died and Janiguda ambush in 2012 that left four BSF personnel dead, including one Commandant.

Shankar was allegedly involved in the exchange of fire reported at Teegalametta in Koyyuru mandal in Visakhapatnam district, in which six Maoists were killed by AP Greyhounds on June 16 and the exchange of fire in Pebbampalli on July 21.

The arrest of Shankar is seen as a big blow to the Maoists operating out of the AOB (Andhra-Odisha Border) region. This was the fourth major blow to the Maoists in this year. In April, Muttannagari Jalandhar Reddy alias Krishna, a SZCM surrendered, followed by the surrender of Chikkudu Chinna Rao alias Sudheer, a divisional committee member, in August. Six Maoists including top leaders Ranadev, Ashok and Nachike, and three women cadres were killed at Teegalametta on June 16

Monday, September 13, 2021

Dreaded Maoist Accused 2010 Tadmetla Attack That Killed 76 Soldiers Arrested


The official said Awalam was wanted in connection with the 2016 Kasalpaad Maoist attack that killed 16 CRPF jawans, as well as the 2015 Tondamarka attack and 2016 Pidmel attacks, both leading to the death of five troopers each.

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All India Updated : September 14, 2021 1:15 am IST
Dreaded Maoist Accused 2010 Tadmetla Attack That Killed 76 Soldiers Arrested

Moti Ram Awalam (30) was an active member of "PLGA Battalion No 1". (Represetationa

Bijapur: 

A maoist involved in the 2010 Tadmetla incident in which 76 security personnel were killed was arrested from Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, a police official said on Monday.

Moti Ram Awalam (30) was an active member of "PLGA Battalion No 1", considered the strongest military formation of the outlawed movement, headed by wanted Maoist "commander" Hidma, and was carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, he said.

"He was apprehended between Patelpara and Golgunda villages by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Task Force (STF) and district police on Sunday," he said.


"Awalam, who hails from Naimed area of the district, was wanted in connection with several major Naxal attacks in south Bastar between 2010 and 2017. He was part of the Maoist squad that executed the 2010 attack near Tadmetla village (then in Dantewada, now in Sukma), in which 76 security personnel were killed. He was also involved in the 2017 Burkapal Naxal ambush in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed," the official informed.

The official said Awalam was wanted in connection with the 2016 Kasalpaad Naxal attack that killed 16 CRPF jawans, as well as the 2015 Tondamarka attack and 2016 Pidmel attacks, both leading to the death of five troopers each.

52 working for Maoists surrender


Hyderabad: In one of the biggest such surrenders, 

52

 people, including minors, allegedly working for the Communist Party of India (Maoist) surrendered before Bhadradri-Kothagudem police on Thursday. 

Cops said that most of them were part of the militia, village committee members and sympathisers who have been with the outfit for over a year. They alleged that the 

Maoists

 forced them to work for the outfit and they decided to 

surrender

 as they were fed up of being harassed. The youngest to surrender was 13 years old.


None of these 52 are eligible for monetary benefit as per the surrender reward policy. But police said that they would assist them in getting back to mainstream. tnn

Man booked under UAPA in Coimbatore for alleged Maoist links




R. AKILEISHCOIMBATORE 08 SEPTEMBER 2021 13:02 IST
UPDATED: 08 SEPTEMBER 2021 14:01 IST

He was one of the five suspected Maoists arrested in Karumathampatti in the district in May 2015.

The Coimbatore City Police on Tuesday booked an alleged Maoist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) based on his remarks on being associated with Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned outfit.

Police said the Big Bazaar Street police registered a case against C. Veeramani under Section 20 (Punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA. In a September 2020 interview to an online YouTube channel run by a Tamil magazine, he, allegedly, had claimed that he was a member of CPI (Maoist) and continued his support to its activities, the police sources said.

Aged around 72 years, Veeramani was released from Coimbatore Central Prison on August 24, 2020 after spending five years in judicial custody in eight different cases. He was one of the five suspected Maoists arrested in Karumathampatti in the district in May 2015. Police sources said on Wednesday that he was booked under the UAPA after the video came to the attention of the police.


A senior police officer said on Wednesday said the transcript of Mr. Veeramani’s interview was being analysed by the Coimbatore City Police and further investigations were on.

100 Maoists in Telangana likely to surrender soon


By B Satyanarayana Reddy| Express News Service | Published: 13th September 2021 10:33 AM
For representational purposes


KHAMMAM: If reports are to be believed, the banned Maoist party is likely to suffer yet another major blow as about 100 of its activists, including senior leaders, dalam members and militia members, have reportedly decided to give up arms and join the social mainstream. Sources told Express that they are likely to surrender before the police in the coming few days.

It may be recalled that as many as 52 of its militia members, including five women, had surrendered before the Cherla police last week. At least 150 Maoist activists have given up arms in the past few months. With these recent developments, the banned outfit is slowly losing its base in both Telangana and Chhattisgarh, which were its strongholds once.

ALSO READ: Steep rise in number of Maoist surrenders, officials say pandemic among reasons

When Express spoke to Kothagudem Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Dutt, he said they have already received information from reliable sources that at least 100 more Maoists, including militia members, are gearing up to join the social mainstream. He says that these activists decided to quit the outfit as they were unable to bear the harassment of the party leadership.

It appears as if the cadre are also unsatisfied with the way the party leadership behaved to them after the outbreak of Covid, by not letting the infected activists get proper medical attention. Official sources told Express that a few Maoist workers, who surrendered recently, testified that their senior leaders turned a blind eye to those activists who contracted Covid.

They also alleged that several activists died as they didn’t receive treatment on time, due to the apathy of the party leadership. The police officials also said that the top guns are constantly harassing the local cadre and using them for illegal activities, against their will.

Soon after joining the Maoist party, new activists realise that the outfit doesn’t have any policies or purposes. Then their only aim would be to leave the organisation as soon as possible. The party will soon become dysfunctional with no members and no new joinees,” the SP said.

Chhattisgarh: Eight years on, probe finds those killed were unarmed, not Maoists


Calling the incident “a mistake” thrice in the report, Justice Agarwal said the tribals killed were unarmed and died in gunfire of 44 rounds, 18 of which were fired by a single constable of the CoBRA unit of the CRPF.




The report said the security personnel “may have opened fire in panic”. (Representational Photo)

Eight years after security personnel gunned down eight persons, including four minors, in Edesmetta in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, a judicial inquiry report, submitted to the state cabinet Wednesday, concluded that none of those killed were Maoists, as was alleged at the time of the incident.

The report by Justice V K Agarwal, a retired judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court who was asked to inquire into the incident, said the security personnel “may have opened fire in panic”.

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Calling the incident “a mistake” thrice in the report, Justice Agarwal said the tribals killed were unarmed and died in gunfire of 44 rounds, 18 of which were fired by a single constable of the CoBRA unit of the CRPF.

A separate inquiry into the incident is being conducted by the CBI following a Supreme Court order in May 2019.

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The Edesmetta incident took place on the night of May 17-18, 2013 – a week before the Jhiram Ghati incident in Sukma district in which 27 people, including top state Congress leaders, were killed in a Maoist attack.

While police had denied the presence then of Maoists in Edesmetta, the CoBRA claimed busting a Maoist hideout.

Edesmetta, 17 km from the nearest road and more than 40 km from the district headquarters, falls under Gangaloor police station in Bijapur district, one of the worst affected by Left Wing Extremism in the state. There is still no road to the village where, according to the judicial report, 25-30 people had gathered to celebrate Beej Pandum, a tribal festival to worship new life in the form of seeds, on the night of May 17 in 2013 when a 1000-strong security force showed up.

While security forces had said then that they came under fire and had retaliated, the report stated that there was no threat-to-life to security personnel who had not followed the norms of a marching operation.

The report, in Hindi, said the incident of firing seemed to be a result of “galat dhaarna, ghabrahat ki pratikriya” (wrong assumption, nervous reaction).

“If the security forces were given enough gadgets for self-defence, if they had better intelligence from the ground and had they been careful, the incident could have been avoided,” it stated.

In the summary, the report stated: “Security forces were not equipped with enough devices for self-defence, there was shortage of intelligence, which is why in self-defence and ‘in panic’, they fired.”

Observing that there was no cross-fire, the report said CoBRA constable Dev Prakash died due to friendly-fire and not because of the Maoists.

The report stated that while two “bharmar” rifles were seized at the spot, they were not responsible for the bullet wound in Prakash’s head.

This corroborates with what the villagers had said after the incident. Karam Manglu had said then: “While firing was on, we suddenly heard them shouting, ‘firing roko, humare ek aadmi ko goli lagi hai (stop firing, one of our men has been shot)’.”

The commission found several shortcomings in the work of the security force. Calling the seizure of the two “bharmar” guns “sandigdh” (suspicious) and “avishwasniya” (unbelievable), the report pulled up officers for not having any description of the items in the seizure report. It said no items from the field were sent to forensic labs.


“There was no strong intelligence behind the operation. None of the gathered people had weapons, nor were they members of the Maoist organisation,” the report stated.

It encouraged use of drones and unmanned gadgets to avoid such incidents in future.

The report was approved by the cabinet, unlike the commission’s earlier report on the Sarkeguda encounter.

As in Edesmetta, people of Sarkeguda had gathered for the Beej Pandum celebrations in June 2012. Security forces had gunned down 17 people, including minors. The Sarkeguda report by Justice Agarwal, which had also indicted the security personnel, is still pending with the state law department.

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