Saturday, November 13, 2021

Jharkhand: Top Maoist leader carrying Rs 1 crore bounty arrested

RANCHI: In one of its biggest achievements in the fight against the Maoists, the 


 Police arrested CPI (Maoist) politburo member 

Kisan da

 alias Prashant Bose, who carries a reward of Rs 1 crore, on Friday from Seraikela district. 

Bose, now in his mid-70s, has been a key Maoist ideologue and was a signatory to the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI), which was operating in north India, and the CPIML (People’s War), active in south India, in September 2004, leading to the formation of CPI (Maoist).

It was after this merger that the ultra Leftist movement grew stronger and fiercer, creating a Red corridor running from north to south through the central parts of the country.

DGP Niraj Sinha, however, said a few people have been detained on suspicion, but their identity is being verified. “We can confirm only when the identity is established,” he said.

According to highly placed sources in the police, Bose along with his 


 Sheela Marandi and two others were intercepted along with the vehicle they were travelling in and taken into custody near Kandra in Saraikela-Kharsawan district.

The sources said the arrest was made at a check post in the Kandra area while Bose and the group were reportedly returning from the Parasnath Hills in a Scorpio vehicle. The district police along with the intelligence bureau personnel were involved in the operation. It is learnt that police are interrogating Bose and his wife in Ranchi at present.

Bose, who went by several aliases, was considered the second man in the present-day hierarchy of the CPI (Maoist) and headed the eastern regional bureau of the outfit. His wife, Sheela Marandi, commonly known as Sheela Didi, was recently elevated as a central committee member in the organization. She, however, did not carry any bounty as she was arrested and was out on bail recently.

It may be stated that Bose is one among the four Maoists of Jharkhand who carry a reward of Rs 1 crore. The others are PBM Misir Besra and central committee members (of CPI-Maoist) Asim Mandal and Anal Da.

Bose has been active in Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He is said to be the key accused in around 100 extremist-related violent acts in different states. Several other states have also announced rewards on him.

Police have been looking for Bose for the last several decades. He was reported to be present at Jhumra, Parasnath, Saranda forest and Burha Pahar at different periods. Even though police conducted operations, he had managed to escape the police net.

Bose is a native of Jadavpur in 24 Paragana district of West Bengal. He has become disabled after suffering a heart attack. Police sources confirmed that he was not keeping well and was physically incapacitated. “He was senior to Sudhakar, another Maoist politburo member who surrendered in Telangana in 2019,” said one of the police officers, admitting that his arrest is a blow to the ideology and morale of the banned outfit.

The sources also said he went to jail for the last time in the late 1970s during the emergency and came out in 1978. Thereafter, he has been involved in the ultra-leftist movement.

Maharashtra: At least 26 maoists killed in one of the longest encounters in Gadchiroli, says police

The gun battle took place in the morning at Korchi in Mardintola forest area when a C-60 police commando team was conducting a search operation

FP StaffNovember 13, 2021 21:01:02 IST

Maharashtra: At least 26 maoists killed in one of the longest encounters in Gadchiroli, says police

    At least 26 naxals were killed on Saturday in an encounter with police in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, over 900 km from Mumbai, senior officials said.

    "We have recovered the bodies of 26 naxals so far from the forest," said district Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal

    incident took place in the morning at Korchi in Mardintola forest area when a C-60 police commando team was conducting a search operation led by additional SP Soumya Munde, Goyal said.

    The encounter was one of the longest in the history of Gadchiroli — it started at around 6 am and ended by 4 pm, reports The Indian Express.

    While police claim that around 100 elite C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli police carried out the operation, sources told The Indian Express that there were 16 parties of the C-60 commandos with a total strength of over 500.

    Sources also confirmed that the operation was launched as cops had prior knowledge of Maoists camping in the forest. "The group mainly comprised Korchi Dalam members led by Sukhlal, member of the Gadchiroli divisional committee of the CPI(Maoist). But there must have been members of some other formation as well as the encounter was a prolonged one, indicating that there was stiff resistance by the Maoists," sources said.

    With 26 casualties, Saturday's encounter is the second biggest in the history of Gadchiroli.

    On 23 April, 2018, the Gadchiroli police had gunned down 40 Maoists in two different skirmishes. While 34 were killed in the Boria-Kasnasur area of Etapalli tehsil, six from the same group were gunned down while they were reportedly on the run in Aheri tehsil.

    As per PTI, identity of the slain naxals is yet to be ascertained, however, according to sources, a top rebel leader was suspected to be among them.

    Four police personnel were also seriously injured in the action and were taken to Nagpur by a helicopter for treatment, officials had said earlier. The district lies on the border of Chhattisgarh.

    With inputs from agencies

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Maoist leaders B.G. Krishnamoorthy, Savitri sent to Kerala’s Viyur jail


    The Hindu

    Police say that one of the suspects, Krishnamurthy, a native of Sringeri, had been part of a Save Kudremukh campaign.Police say that one of the suspects, Krishnamurthy, a native of Sringeri, had been part of a Save Kudremukh campaign. | Photo Credit: MANJUNATH H.S.
    Special CorrespondentKANNUR/HASSAN 11 NOVEMBER 2021 01:23 IST
    UPDATED: 11 NOVEMBER 2021 10:40 IST

    They hail from Karnataka and are wanted in many cases

    Amid tight security, Maoist leaders B.G. Krishnamoorthy and Savitri were remanded to custody in Viyur jail, Kerala, after they were produced before the Thalassery Principal Sessions Court on Wednesday.

    Krishnamoorthy and Kabani Dalam Area Commander Rajith alias Savitri were arrested from the area adjoining the Karnataka and Kerala border by the National Investigation Agency on Tuesday.

    Tight security of police personnel in mufti was deployed when they were brought to the court by 10.25 a.m. While taking them through the court hall, Krishnamoorthy shouted hailing Maoism and condemning capitalism. They were produced before the court for Maoist activities charged under various sections of IPC and UAPA. While three cases have been are registered against Krishnamoorthy, Savitri is accused in more than six cases, which include five cases in Kelakam and one in Aralam. Besides 12 other cases have also registered for Maoist activities in Kannur and other places.



    Though district judge Jobin Sebastian initially remanded them for a month to Kannur Central jail, he changed the decision and remanded them to Viyur jail until December 9, after the prosecution pointed out certain security issues.

    Krishnamoorthy took over leadership after eight people were killed, including Kuppudevaraj, who was the secretary of the Western Ghats Zonal Committee of the Maoists.

    Meanwhile, the Chikkamagaluru police are expected to seek custody of Krishnamoorthy and Savitri. Both are facing several cases in connection with Naxal activities in Chikkamagaluru and other districts. Krishnamoorthy is a native of Sringeri and Savitri is from Kalasa.

    A senior police officer told The Hindu, Krishnamoorthy is wanted in 30 cases, including those registered under the Arms Act and UAPA in Chikkamagaluru. Similarly, there were around eight cases against Savitri. “We will also seek the custody of them as they are wanted in cases in Chikkamagaluru as well,” said the officer.

    Krishnamoorthy was associated with Save Kudremukh and other struggles in the Malnad region since 2000, after his studies. He is said to have been leading the Naxal movement in Karnataka and moved to the neighbouring states in recent years. He did not turn up for his father’s funeral in 2018

    Kerala Anti-Terrorism Squad arrest 'senior Maoist leader' and a 'commander' from Wayanad

    By M P Prashanth| Express News Service | Published: 09th November 2021 07:55 PM

    KOZHIKODE: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Kerala police has arrested senior Maoist leader B G Krishnamurthy, who is the secretary of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee.

    According to the sources in the police, Krishnamurthy, who is known as BGK among Maoist circles, was picked up from Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad on Tuesday evening. Savithri alias Rejitha, the commander of the Kabani dalam of the CPI (Maoist), was also arrested along with BGK.

    The Maoist leader is "a big catch for the police" as he was elevated to the central committee of the party recently. BGK was elected the temporary secretary of the CPI (Maoist) after the killing of the Kuppu Devaraj in an encounter in Nilambur in Malappuram in November 2016. The zonal committee meeting in 2017 made him permanent in the post.

    BGK hails from Sringeri in Karnataka and there are allegedly more than 50 cases against him in the state. He became the leader of the party in Karnataka after the killing of Saket Rajan in 2005 and the split in the movement in 2006.

    Savithri was the wife of the Maoist leader Vikram Gowda, who is also in the Kabani dalam of the Maoists operating in the Wayanad-Kozhikode area. The party had allowed her to get a divorce from Vikram Dowda two years ago.

    The arrest is the latest blow for the Maoists in South India, which is facing a serious crisis in the past few years. Lijesh alias Ramu, a member of the party, surrendered before the police two weeks ago in Wayanad, and Raghavendra, who has been working as a ‘courier’ for the party in the past seven years, was arrested in Kannur two days ago

    Maoists kill police informer in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

    Dantewada police superintendent Abhishek Pallava said Umesh Markam was killed on Tuesday night when he was returning from his native Tetam village

    Suspected Maoists killed a police informer in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh’s Left-wing insurgency-hit Bastar region, police said on Wednesday.

    Dantewada police superintendent Abhishek Pallava said that Umesh Markam was killed on Tuesday night when he was returning from his native Tetam village.

    “A small action team of the Katekalyan area committee of Maoists attacked Markam with sharp-edged weapons. Markam died on the spot,” Pallava said in a statement.

    Police cited the preliminary probe and added a group of Maoists led by Pradeep, an area committee member of the rebels, attacked Markam. A police team rushed to the scene on Wednesday and sent his body for postmortem.

    “Markam helped the security forces in setting up a police camp last year in Tetam village. Subsequently, he started working as ’gopniya sainik (secret informer)’ with the police,” Pallava said.

    The informers are appointed at the district police level for helping in anti-Maoist operations