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Maoists planning human shields to thwart troopers in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on September 20, 2009


lalgarh_maoists_20090619Sujeet Kumar
September 19th, 2009

DANTEWADA – Worried after the massive assault launched by security forces and warned of more in the coming days, top Maoist leaders have started fleeing their landmine-protected hideouts in the Chhattisgarh jungles and are planning to put up human shields to thwart the troopers, top officials said Saturday. At least two dozen ultras were killed in the attacks Friday.

Reports that the government is preparing for the biggest assault on the Maoists has unsettled the rebels, the officials say. The Maoists hold sway over much of the iron-ore rich Bastar region – spread over 40,000 sq km in the five districts of Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker, and Bastar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cobras suffer big loss in Maoist battle

Posted by Admin on September 20, 2009


20cobra.jpgSHEENA K.

A Cobra jawan during the Lalgarh offensive. (File picture)

Raipur, Sept. 19: The Cobra, a force specifically trained to take on Maoists, has suffered its biggest loss yet, it emerged today with the discovery of the bodies of five personnel reported missing in Chhattisgarh yesterday.

The force, known as the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (Cobra), is locked in a battle with the Maoists in Dantewada district.

Security personnel found the five bodies in the dense forests of Palachalam after a wide search.

The Cobra force had sneaked into a Maoist den in Dantewada district on Thursday and destroyed an arms factory, besides killing 24 rebels.

Operation Green Hunt, launched on Thursday, has so far claimed six Cobra men, including assistant commandant Manoranjan Singh, whose body was found yesterday.

“After a massive search, security personnel spotted the bodies of five missing Cobra men in the dense forests of Palachalam,” IG (headquarters) R.K. Vij told The Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian Maoists in fierce battle, 9 Maoists & 1 cop killed

Posted by Admin on September 19, 2009


CPI Maoist Central Committe Member Com. Padma’s funeral procession (File)

CPI Maoist Central Committe Member Com. Padma’s funeral procession (File)

Five commandos missing in gun battles in Dantewada

Heavy gun fights broke out between security forces and the Maoists in the Bastar forests of Chhattisgarh on Friday, resulting in the death of seven rebels and an assistant commandant of the Commando Battallion for Resolute Action, (CoBRA), the counter-insurgency unit of the CRPF, officials from Raipur, the State headquarters, said.

Five CRPF commandos were reported missing and a massive search operation was on for them in the jungles on the southern-most tip of Chhattisgarh. But chances of their survival were remote, police sources told The Hindu.

Officials were certain that the Maoist casualties could be significantly high, but they refused to hazard a guess on the death toll. The slain Assistant Commandant was identified as Manorajan Singh, while the naxals were not yet identified. Read the rest of this entry »

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Special CRPF director Raman to be posted at Raipur

Posted by Admin on September 17, 2009


CPI Maoist meeting in DK

CPI Maoist meeting in DK

Bhopal: Senior IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, Vijay Raman who has been recently promoted as a Special Director of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) by the Centre to deal exclusively with Maoist menace in the country, will be posted at Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

Orders in this regard would be issued soon, official sources said here today.

Born in Kerala, the 58-year-old Raman will co-ordinate with Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of the seven naxal-affeced states including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand and network with the armed forces having powers to call them at any point of time, they said.

He was authorised to report directly to the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram and the Union Home Secretary about the problems being faced by the security forces during anti-Naxallite operations and other related issues, they said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peace can come to Bastar only when the State stops treating the adivasis as its enemy

Posted by Admin on September 17, 2009


Chhattisgarh 22Source: Open Space

Peace can come to Bastar only when the State stops treating the adivasi people at large as its enemy and lets them return to their villages.

The Government of Chhattisgarh admits that since the start of Salwa Judum in the year 2005, 644 villages of district Dantewada, whose overwhelmingly adivasi population is about 3.5 lakhs, have been emptied out. Our common sense understanding that enmasse displacement on this scale could only have been made possible by extreme violence, is vindicated by the horrifying incidents of arson, loot, murder, rape, and widespread arrests by the SJ and security forces that have continuously been coming to light, and which can no longer be ignored.

In honest moments, the security experts of the Jungle Warfare School, Kanker admit, that this is the well known American counter insurgency strategy of “draining the water to kill the fish”. Though many of us, who are witness to widespread displacement all over Chhattisgarh for rich mineral resources, believe that there is also considerable evidence, that the motive for ground clearing is acquisition for mining companies. Whatever the motive, what is the situation in Dantewada today? Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI DEMANDS JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO THE KILLINGS IN CHHATTISGARH

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2009


CPINew Delhi,

6th August 2009

Press Release

The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India has issued the following statement to the press:

The Secretariat of the Communist Party of India demands a judicial inquiry into the so-called encounter in Chhattisgarh in which seven innocent villagers including four CPI comrades were killed by the CRPF. The incident has been reported late because of the terror let loose by police in that area.

Eleven CRPF personal were killed in a land blast on 20th June. Police in a retaliatory act killed seven villagers belonging to Sonthanar village of Darbha Tahsil of Bastar district on the same day. Those who are killed by the police are in no way connected with the naxalites. Four of them (1). Com. Samuloo (2) Com. Sukaloo (3) Com. Sampat and (4) Com. Dahewoo are members of the CPI. The last one was the president of the local unit of Adivasi Mahasabha. CPI National Executive Member Com. C.R. Bakshi visited the village alongwith party leaders and inquired the details of incident. He and the State Party Secretary submitted a memorandum to the governor. But no result yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhattisgarh: Low-flight alert over red zones

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2009


488650357_87e4ef1f30SHEENA K. & SUMAN K. SRIVASTAVA

Raipur/Ranchi, Sept. 8: The Chhattisgarh government has issued a directive to chopper and aircraft pilots not to fly too low over Maoist-hit areas of the state.

Pilots have been instructed to keep to 8,000-10,000 feet during normal days, or fly as low as 500-1,000 feet during inclement weather.

Though the decision was taken while reviewing the air-worthiness of the state’s chopper in the backdrop of YSR’s helicopter crash, officials attributed the decision to the Maoist menace.

Besides Bastar, the region of Sarguja adjoining Jharkhand is often a target of Maoist attacks. “There shall be a ban on flying too low in Maoist-hit areas,” confirmed a senior official with the aviation department. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoist leader killed, four held in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on September 7, 2009


reads Maoist literature as he sits on the boundary of a temporary base in the Abujh Marh forestsBombay News.Net
Monday 7th September, 2009 (IANS)

Chhattisgarh police Monday gunned down a deputy commander of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and arrested four of his colleagues, officials said.

‘We raided a CPI-Maoist hideout in a hilly area under Bhansi locality in Dantewada district and shot dead a deputy commander and arrested four of his colleagues including a minor boy,’ Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra told reporters at the district headquarters in Dantewada, some 380 km south of capital Raipur.

Police have recovered some arms from the arrested militants.Forested interiors of Dantewada district along with Bastar, Narayanpur, Bijapur and Kanker that form the 40,000 sq km Bastar region are known to be Maoist stronghold since late 1980s.Three Maoist rebels held in Orissa Read the rest of this entry »

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Bastar: Jawan on board? Drivers prefer to beg or flee

Posted by Admin on September 7, 2009


bastar-unveild-lush-green-forestSHEENA K.

Raipur, Sept. 6: In the Maoist stronghold of Bastar, drivers prefer to abandon their vehicles if policemen board them.

Reason: A rebel diktat prohibits bus and taxi owners from ferrying the men in uniform.

Three days ago, sources said, a group of security personnel boarded a private bus from a stand in Narayanpur — one of the Maoist-hit districts of Bastar.

The jawans of the state police were travelling to a remote village where they were posted.

Noticing the personnel, the bus’s owner came and begged them to get off the bus. After a prolonged pleading, the jawans got down and got on another bus. This time, the bus’s driver and conductor fled.

“We are left with two options, plea or flee,” said a Bastar bus operator reluctant to be named. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhattisgarh:15 cops suspended for not reporting for duty in Maoist area

Posted by Admin on August 26, 2009


19june27r copy LalgarhRaipur, Aug 26 (PTI) Chhattisgarh government has today dismissed 13 jawans for not reporting for duty in naxal-affected areas in Rajnandgaon district.

Inspector General Police R K Vij said the jawans have been dismissed for not following orders to report for duty at Madanwada, a naxal-infested area, last week.

Fifteen jawans were deputed to the area after they were trained from Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College at Kanker district of the state. However, none reported for duty, he said.

Earlier, the state government had suspended the 15 jawans on grounds of indiscipline of whom 13 were today dismissed.

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State Media Claim 6 Naxalites killed, VCA Gives the Real Story of State Brutality

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


six_naxalites.jpgUnofficial Translation

12 Aug 2009Navbharat

Amidst criticism of the lack of coordination among them, CRPF, district Police and STF, in a comprehensive campaign against naxalites, were able to successfully destroy a Naxalite camp in the border areas of Dantewada and Bijapur districts in South Bastar, and as a result killed six naxalites. Corpses of four of the naxalites have been recovered. However, owing to pouring rain, the other two corpses floated away in the water of a nearby canal and were lost. Included in these is the corpse of a female commander. During the operation, around half a dozen suspects were also apprehended. For the first time, a helicopter was used to detect the presence of Naxalites in this two day anti-Naxal operation. The forces covered a distance of 40 km on foot, and it is then they were able to achieve this spectacular success. This operation has been christened ‘Green Hunt‘. IG T.J. Langkumer has congratulated the soldiers who participated in this successful campaign. According to sources, this operation was launched in the 700 square kilometer forest reserve area of Bhairamgarh, which encompasses Bhasi, Bachaili, Kirandul, Bhairamgarh, Mirtur and in the hilly areas of the Gangalur station. This combined campaign included 12 companies of the CRPF.

Himanshu Kumar of Vanvasi Chetna Ashram comments on the above news item

Police claimed on 12th August that they had killed six dreaded naxalites in an encounter near Bhairamgarh reserve forest & they named it operation ‘Green Hunt’. According to the police sources, this operation included CRPF, dist police & STF of both Dantewada & Bijapur districts. Police sources further claimed that they had smashed a naxal camp. As per preliminary reports received from tribes of these villages, in fact these forces reached Vechapal village first to teach them a lesson for daring to speak a month back about burning& looting of their houses & rape, killing of their fellow villagers. This time these forces captured all the houses of Vechapal village & made holes in the walls to use them as bunkers. Forces stayed in the village for three days. All the tribals of the village fled the forest during the period. Police forces fired mortar grenades on fleeing tribals killing one boy Modu s/o Bhima. They caught two boys of Ettepad village while they were going to participate in a cock fight at Hurrepal village. They caught two more tribals of Kawadgaon. These forces also caught one women named Somali of village Tinenar and on 11th of August when these forces went back they killed all five people whom they had caught alive and killed them on the way back to the police station. They threw Somali’s dead body in a stream on the way near Cherli village. Villagers recovered her naked corpse, suspecting rape before she was killed.

We request a national level fact finding team to investigate into this matter & bring out the truth.

Himanshu Kumar
Dantewada- Chhattisgarh
9425260031

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Atrocities by Salwa Judum & Police, An article from Thehalka

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


imageHavoc And The Dogs Of War

Nothing but death is presaged in the tribal lands of Chhattisgarh, as the State launches a brutal civil war

HIMANSHU KUMAR
Gandhian Activist
Vicious cycle Police atrocities will push the tribal people to Naxals
Photo: AFP

VRECHHAPAL IS a village of 140 tribal families in the forests of south Chhattisgarh. Near this village, the state government has given “prospecting licenses” to the Tatas and the Essar Group to mine iron ore. In the last four years, the local police and the Salwa Judum, the police-backed tribal militia, have destroyed this village several times, but the villagers have returned each time to rebuild their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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