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Archive for April 8th, 2007

Maoist area commander arrested in Gaya

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 8, 2007

A suspected Maoist area commander, Hriday Ravidas, was arrested after a gunbattle between the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans and ultras at village Hasanpur under Aanti police station on Sunday afternoon. Forced to retreat, the ultras left behind a large quantity of arms and ammunition.

These included three rifles, an SLR, two country-made carbines, around 200 cartridges, besides Naxal literature and commando uniforms. No casualty has been reported from either side.

Later, police also took into custody four persons of village Hasanpur, who were being interrogated at Konch PS.
According to information, two platoons of CRPF along with the local cops launched a combing operation at village Gauri Bigha and Korap under Aanti police station on Saturday night following a tip-off about the presence of an armed Maoist squad there. When the cops were returning after the raids on Sunday noon, the Maoists started firing at them near village Hasanpur. The jawans also retaliated forcing the ultras to retreat, said CRPF assistant commandant SK Savita.

Later, Gaya SP Dr Amit Kumar Jain and CRPF commandant Rajeev Ranjan arrived at the spot to interrogate those taken into custody.

Two days earlier also, police had recovered two rifles, two pistols, one carbine (all country-made), three cane bombs, two wireless handsets, one static wireless set, five cartridges, one Bindolia, two black uniforms worn by PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) squad, besides 50 kg explosives, during raids at village Tetaria under Fatehpur police station.

Hindustan Times

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Naxals attack train in Bihar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 8, 2007

In a daring strike, naxalites of the banned CPI (Maoists) attacked a passenger train in Bihar’s Jamui district on Sunday Two railway protection force (RPF) jawans were killed and three others wounded.

An unspecified number of naxalites stopped Howrah-Gaya passenger train between Narganjo and Ghorpara stations of the Eastern Railway and shot dead two RPF jawans– A Bag and B Ghosh. No passenger was harmed by the naxalites.

Three RPF personnel including a sub-inspector, who were injured in the attack, have been shifted to a government hospital at nearby Jhajha.

The naxalites were also learnt to have looted some firearms and ammunition of the RPF personnel, but no official confirmation was immediately available. The naxalites were heard shouting anti-government slogans.

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When Maoists struck, CISF jawans were in lungis

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 8, 2007

BERMO: If men in the police post in Dantewada were caught totally off-guard by Naxal raiders last month, the same happened when more than 1,000 Maoists stormed CISF barracks in Bermo near Bokaro on Friday night. The jawans were lolling around in lungis and vests, getting ready for dinner when calamity struck.

When police officers, who reached the area after repairing a bridge that the Maoists had blown up to prevent reinforcements coming on on their tails, entered the devastated Khasmahal CISF camp early Saturday, that’s still how most of the men were dressed, too terrified to get into their fatigues, their weapons all gone.

The Naxals, who had come with the express intention of clearing out the armoury, left a trail of eight dead and one of India’s elite security forces, mandated to protect airports and nuclear plants against terror attacks, completely shaken.

As the story unfolds, it seems that barring a few CISF jawans, who got killed or maimed in a gunbattle in which more than 1,000 rounds were fired by both sides, the bulk of this heavily-armed and well-trained force was completely overpowered.

Cowering CISF men, eyewitnesses said, even led the Naxal raiders on a guided tour of the barracks so that every piece of ordnance and every weapon could be brought out. They also took away Rs 60,000 in cash that was kept for camp expenses.

M M Ali, assistant sub-inspector of the force, who survived the Red blitzkrieg, said the raiders were particularly interested in AK-47s and AK-56 assault rifles and less in the SLRs and pistols.

Even between the 40-odd Naxal guerrillas who entered the barracks, while their comrades guarded the periphery and the exit routes, there must have been more than enough to carry back. Because what they left behind was four self-loading rifles, a pistol, along with the incendiary stuff they had carried in: four petrol bombs, three can bombs of 15 kg each, two hand grenades, one Motorola walkie-talkie set, one cell phone and a leather bag packed with Maoist literature, Ali said.

To boot, it appears that a bulk of the final raiding party were women. When rescuers entered the area, they found several women’s shoes and sandals which were left behind by the raiders who hurriedly left and melted into the darkness.

A sub-inspector of the force from Kerala, Vay Pay and constable Hoshiyar Singh were shot dead by the group of about 40 Naxalites who had entered the barrack. The two challenged the armed Maoists — an equal number being women members — and fired on them. The two died challenging the armed guerrillas in their barracks.

Initial reports on Friday night had suggested the presence of 300 Maoists, but in the clear morning light of Saturday, officials said they suspected that more than 1,000 people had participated in the operation. These guerrillas were divided over four locations near Khashmahal project camp, Gandhinagar police station, Noorinagar and Bokaro thermal power police station to prevent movement of security forces. That’s close to professional war-room planning.

Further, groups of Maoists stationed themselves at different places where they had set up roadblocks or damaged road bridges to keep the security agencies away.

Times of India

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Maoists decamp with arms, ammunition from CISF camp

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 8, 2007

Red storm kills civilians
Maoists decamp with arms, ammunition from CISF camp

A jawan looks for his belongings in the rubble. Picture by Pankaj Kumar

Bokaro, April 7: A day after the daring attack by Maoists, the CISF camp at Khasmahal, barely 300 metres from Bokaro Thermal Township, looked as if a storm had blown over it.

Heavy explosives and grenades had ripped through the seven rooms in the camp while a CISF truck, parked inside the camp, appeared to have borne the brunt of a mine-blast.

The rebels used country-made rocket launchers to keep reinforcements away. Molotov cocktails, can bombs and grenades were used to keep people indoors while public address systems ordered the CISF men to surrender.

The Maoists were apparently after the cache of assault rifles delivered to the camp a few weeks ago. But the consignment had been removed and the Naxalites failed to lay their hands on them.

Rebels at large, police could only recover a rifle, a mobile phone and cartridges today left behind by the Naxalites.

A landmine was used to blow up the Pilpilo bridge around 8 pm last evening. The deafening sound was the signal for the attack to commence.

A tree was felled to block the road at Kanjkiro, landmines were laid on the Gandhinagar highway. Rebels poured diesel and grease along the road.

The Maoists were led by six zonal commanders, including three young women.

The four-hour gun battle eventually left six persons, including four civilians, dead. After resisting the attack for four hours, the outnumbered CISF personnel abandoned the camp.

The rebels walked in and left after collecting four self-loading rifles and ammunition. Three women, recalls one of the four CISF jawans who reiterated, entered the camp after they ran out of ammunition.

The two CISF personnel killed in the incident have been identified as Captain Boi and Hoshiar Singh. Vijay Singh, Bharat Singh, Mukhdev Singh and Bhagwan Singh are the civilians who lost their lives.

The civilians were shot dead when the truck and the dumpers they were travelling did not stop obeying the rebels’ command.

All the three vehicles skidded on grease and came to a halt before the cowering civilians were dragged out and shot at.

The additional home secretary of the Union government, Vinay Kumar, visiting the spot promised all the needed support to Jharkhand to fight the rebels. State home secretary Sudhir Tripathy and IG (operations) of Jharkhand D. Pandey accompanied Kumar to the spot.

Kumar said security forces should be armed with sophisticated weapons to curb the growth of the Maoists in the state. He also stressed better transportation and intelligence networking.

Speaking about the incident of Nawadih, in which 15 Special Task Force personnel were blown into pieces, Kumar said the accident took place due to the irresponsible act of the police officers.

Director-general of CISF and CRPF S.I.S Ahmad, inspector-general of CISF Ajeet Singh Shekhawat, AIG of CISF J.S. Negi also inspected the spot.

Ahmad assured none of the CISF camps would be shifted from the state and promised more arms and better training to the para-military forces to counter such attacks in future.

The Telegraph

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CPM activists spreading tension in Haldia

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 8, 2007

Haldia, April 7.— Even though the state government has scrapped the proposed mega-chemical hub project at Nandigram following the carnage on 14 March, goons allegedly backed by the CPI-M are continuously spreading tension in the area by hurling bombs at peaceful meetings.

These incidents are frequently reported from the villages along the Talpati canal every night. According to reports, goons allegedly backed by the CPI-M have been trying to create a new corridor to enter the trouble torn areas of Nandigram-I block through Hatingabari, Bahargunge, Simulkundu and Ranichak area in Nandigram-II block.

The villagers of Ranichak village alleged that CPI-M cadres were hurling bombs and firing bullets in the air even in the daytime to scare the villagers from other side of Talpati canal since the last two days. However, a police contingent entered Simulkundu village around noon today to take control of the situation. No violence has occurred at Ranichak area since then.

Mr Partha Chattopadhay and Mr Sisir Adhikari, Trinamul congress leaders visited Nandigram today to inspect the situation and boost up the morale of the party workers who have been leading the anti-land acquisition movement at Nandigram.

Mr Chattopadhay said: ” Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is to be blamed for the tragic situation in Nandigram and Khejuri. Though the chemical hub project has been scrapped, state government does not seem to have taken any initiative to restore normalcy in the area.”

Mr Adhikari said: “We shall up the ante if the state government tries again to grab the lands of the farmers in East Midnapore district.”

The Statesman

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