22November, 2020by ANI Gaya (Bihar) [India], November 22 (ANI): A Naxal with Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head was gunned down by 205 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) in an exchange of fire that ensued in Madhuri village in Gaya district on ...
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"Naxal Terror Watch" - 5 new articles

  1. Naxal with Rs 10 lakh bounty killed in gunfight in Bihar's Gaya
  2. Urban Naxal a jumla used to arrest or implicate anyone, says Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
  3. Anyone can be arrested now by being branded an urban naxal, says Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
  4. Maoist Camp Busted In Nuapada; Arms, Ammunition Seized
  5. 4,483 rebels, 2,958 jawans killed in last 20 yrs: Maoists document
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Naxal with Rs 10 lakh bounty killed in gunfight in Bihar's Gaya


Naxal with Rs 10 lakh bounty killed in gunfight in Bihar's Gaya

Gaya (Bihar) [India], November 22 (ANI): A Naxal with Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head was gunned down by 205 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) in an exchange of fire that ensued in Madhuri village in Gaya district on Sunday.
The Naxal has been identified as Alok alias Gulshan. Last night, he had killed two civilians during a cultural program in Gaya's Mahuri village. Alok was carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakhs on his head.
After the encounter, one AK-47 rifle, one INSAS rifle and magazine were recovered from the site.
"An Exchange of fire between 205 CoBRA commandos and Naxal team (Indal team) at Mahuri village near Dhangain in Koleshwari area today morning/midnight at 0030 hours when a cultural programme was going on near mandir," an official release said. (ANI)

    

Urban Naxal a jumla used to arrest or implicate anyone, says Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel


Urban Naxals is a term coined to refer to supporters of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the cities.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, in an interview with The Hindu published on Thursday, said that the tag of “Urban Naxal” was often used to arrest or implicate anyone.

“The term Urban Naxal has become a jumla, anyone can be arrested or implicated in the name of being an urban Naxal, this has become a fashion,” Baghel said. “The real action against Urban Naxals has been taken by the Chhattisgarh government...those who live in urban areas and supply cash and ammunition to the Naxals.”

Urban Naxals is a term coined to refer to supporters of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the cities. However, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government’s critics accuse it of branding any dissident with the label in order to silence them.

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The chief minister also asked why the National Investigation Agency had still not followed court orders to question Gudsa Usendi, a senior Naxal leader who surrendered in 2014. Baghel alleged that the agency was trying to hide something.

“When [the] NIA court ordered the recording of the statement of Gudsa Usendi [top Maoist leader surrendered in January 2014] who is lodged in Andhra Jail, why hasn’t the NIA done so yet,” he asked. “Who are you trying to protect or save? It is 2020 now and the incident pertains to year 2013. There is something that you are hiding.”

The chief minister claimed that the Chhattisgarh Police had recorded the names of top Naxal leaders in the state, but it was deleted by the NIA when the central agency took over the inquiry into the killing of a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA during the 2019 General Assembly elections.

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On the arrest of several activists including Sudha Bharadwaj in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case, Baghel said that he knew her as a lawyer since she worked in his constituency. He added that he had no information on whether Bharadwaj was working with Naxals. “...if she has been arrested, it is possible that there are some secret inputs against her, we do not have such information,” Baghel said.

‘Half of Chhattisgarh affected by Left-wing extermism’

The chief minister said that half of the state is affected by Left-wing extremism, adding that the policy of a “bullet in response of a bullet” will not solve the problem. Baghel said that several tribals were either arrested or killed due to this policy, adding that they were caught between the Naxals and the security personnel. “Without any reason, the tribals were becoming the victims from both sides...people were angry and this was seen in the last two elections,” he said.

He said that his government changed the approach and returned 40 acres land to 1,700 farmers, gave individual and community land rights over 5,000 hectares of land. The chief minister said that his administration was driven by the fact that action should not be taken with the aim of “adding to statistics”. He further called Left-wing extremism a political, social and an economic matter.

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Baghel said that the Centre had hugely cut funds for the state. “As many as 110 aspirational districts were identified in the country, 10 of them are in Chhattisgarh,” Baghel said, adding nine of these districts were affected due to Left-wing extremism, but no separate fund allocation was done for them.

‘Kapil Sibal should not speak like this’

Speaking about infighting in the Congress, the senior party leader said that his colleague and MP Kapil Sibal should not speak the way he did as members get a chance to put forth their views during the Congress Working Committee meetings. Sibal is among a section of Congress leaders who have criticised the party for poor leadership, and its performance in the Bihar Assembly elections and various bye-polls.

He also claimed the Congress was the only party where its members can express their views. “You don’t have this in other parties,” Baghel said. “How can [you] put [across] your views in parties that don’t even have a party constitution? Everyone has a right to put forward their views but some people want to talk through the media and that’s unfortunate.”

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When asked if Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should return as the party chief or a non-Gandhi leader should be given a chance, the chief minister said that these matters should be spoken about in a party forum. However, Baghel said Rahul Gandhi was the most suitable candidate for the post as he knew the country and its people well.

On the Bihar polls and party’s poor performance, where the Congress could only get 19 seats of the 70 it contested, the chief minister cited Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav’s allegations of election fraud. “There are also allegations against the District Magistrates and the Election Commission about candidates not being given winning certificates,” he said.

He said the Opposition could move the court over the outcome of the Bihar polls, but added that it takes time. The chief minister claimed that “democracy was murdered” and the situation on the ground did not show up in the results.

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Anyone can be arrested now by being branded an urban naxal, says Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy
Vijaita SinghSandeep PhukanNEW DELHI 19 NOVEMBER 2020 22:19 IST
UPDATED: 20 NOVEMBER 2020 00:31 IST

Real action against urban Naxals has been taken by Chhattisgarh govt. in arresting those supplying materials to Naxals, says Chief Minister

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel raises concerns over reduction in Central funding to combat naxalism and questions the NIA’s tardy progress in probing major encounters.

What is the extent of the spread of Left Wing Extremism(LWE) in Chhattisgarh?

Half of Chhattisgarh is affected by LWE. So far the policy to solve the problem of Naxalism has been a bullet in response to a bullet. Because of this policy, many tribals were arrested or killed, they were sandwiched between Naxals and the security forces. Without any reason, the tribals were becoming the victims from both sides… people were angry and this was seen in the last two elections. We realised that till the time we do not win the trust of people, we cannot win this battle. We returned 40 acres land to 1,700 farmers, gave individual and community land rights over 5,000 hectares of land. We have made it clear that action should not be taken only with the purpose of adding to statistics.

Top Naxal leaders have either been arrested or killed. In the year 2017-18 around 350 Naxals surrendered, this year already 302 Naxals have surrendered. We are trying to give employment to people. I met Home Minister Amit Shah and told him that roads should not only be built for security forces but also for the locals so that they can go to markets, hospitals or school... A solution cannot be reached only at the point of a gun; this is a political, social and an economic issue.

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Also read: Naxal violence declined in Chhattisgarh due to vigilant police

In 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) removed three districts of Chhattisgarh from the list of LWE affected districts? Any other districts being removed soon?

Centre has massively cut the funds that Chhattisgarh earlier used to get, we wrote to the Home Minister regarding this. Earlier we used to get funds in 60:40 (Centre:State) for road construction. As many as 110 aspirational districts were identified in the country, 10 of them are in Chhattisgarh... nine districts in LWE affected areas, but no separate fund was allocated for it, neither in health, education or any other sector. Despite the constraints Bijapur district topped the performance in all aspects.

There still exists a large area which is out of bound for the administration?

The Abujhmaad area falls in Maharashtra as well as Chhattisgarh. Some areas in Bijapur and Narayanpur districts are beyond reach, naturally, conducting operations is not feasible there. We have sought Centre’s permission to build pre-fabricated steel bridges. When such a bridge can be built in Jammu and Kashmir, why not here? Many jawans die while performing security duty during road construction. We do not have any deployment in areas touching the Andhra Pradesh border. Recently we got permission to deploy 5 battalions of central forces in those areas... trying to open a camp so that the distance between camps reduces to 5-10 kilometres from the current 50 kms.

Also read: What more could Congress give to Sachin Pilot: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

NIA and Maharashtra Police have arrested several activists including Sudha Bharadwaj for the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case. Ms. Bhardwaj has been active in Chhattisgarh for the past several years. What is Chhattisgarh’s police assessment on her role?

The term Urban Naxal has become a jumla, anyone can be arrested or implicated in the name of being an urban Naxal, this has become a fashion. The real action against urban Naxals has been taken by the Chhattisgarh government… those who live in urban areas and supply cash and ammunition to the Naxals. I would like to mention the name of Landmark Engineering Company in Kanker district, they have offices in Bilaspur also. The owner Vishal Jain; Rudransh Construction company in Rajnandgaon….their owners Ajay Jain and staff Komal Verma ...these people were continuously supplying material to the Naxals.

We arrested them, we broke the network. We arrested some people who were supplying ammunition, shoes, olive green uniforms, walkie talkie sets, electric wires... They were arrested in the past six months. People from Delhi came here and became millionaires in five-six years, they got contracts in those areas and supplied money to the Naxals. They are the real urban Naxals… They had an approach till the top.

We know Sudha Bharadwaj, she has worked in my constituency too... I have seen her work as a lawyer, we do not have any information on her links with Naxals, but if she has been arrested, it is possible that there are some secret inputs against her, we do not have such information.

Also read: SC asks Sudha Bharadwaj to file bail plea on merits

They have not been given bail for over two years?

Ask this question to the Centre. The Jhiram Ghati case (2013) was given to the NIA to investigate, they could not find any evidence, now we want to investigate that case but Centre is denying. We are trying, we went to court also. A BJP MLA was killed in 2019 general elections, we had completed the probe. Then all of a sudden the Centre announced an NIA probe, all the documents were taken away by NIA. We did not give Centre the permission… NIA started interfering that we should get the entire [case] diary to them. Who are they trying to save?

Who, according to you is NIA trying to shield?

We raised this issue during the Chief Ministers’ meet at Vigyan Bhavan (August 2019). [We said] give us the probe when you cannot do anything. What has NIA got till now? They have not agreed that it is a conspiracy. Many leaders like Vidya Charan Shukla, Mahendra Karma were martyred, they were identified and then killed.

Naxals do not ask for names and then kill; they just blow up the entire convoy and flee the scene. [In this case] they waited hours, pumped bullets after asking their names. Was this not a conspiracy? If yes, then why is this not included in your (NIA) investigation?

The FIR filed by the State police names all the big Naxal leaders, but when NIA probed the matter they deleted the names. When Taj Hotel (Mumbai 26/11 terror attack) was attacked, then the leaders sitting in Pakistan were not named? When NIA court ordered the recording of the statement of Gudsa Usendi (top Maoist leader surrendered in January 2014) who is lodged in Andhra Jail, why hasn’t the NIA done so yet. Who are you trying to protect or save? It is 2020 now and the incident pertains to year 2013. There is something that you are hiding.

Who are the big leaders you are referring to?

Ganapathy (top Maoist leader) is there, why his name was removed. He leads the Naxals, why is not NIA questioning Gudsa Usendi?

So where is Ganapathy?

We are after him, we do conduct operations. He has not been caught by any agency or police force yet, there are some areas bordering Maharashtra- Telangana and Odisha, dense forests are there, we have not been able to nab him. But if he is arrested then we will definitely take action.

Isn’t it an intelligence failure that police still does not have a latest photograph of Ganapathi?

I agree with you, we do not have any other photo of him, barring one. This is a challenge for the intelligence and security agencies.

What happened to the Pegasus snooping enquiry?

We probed, and it was not established that any presentation (by Israeli company NSO) was given in front of any officials here. No evidence has been found.

Also read: Chhattisgarh govt. orders probe into WhatsApp snooping row

Your government recently passed a law that negates the Centre’s farm laws but Chhattisgarh had not any seen farmers’ protests like in Punjab.

Chhattisgarh is a predominantly an agrarian State and nearly 80% of our population depends on agriculture. So, this law would have affected their lives. Firstly, neither any farmers’ organisation nor any political party had had asked for such a law. This law is not in the interest of the farmers; instead it helps the capitalists. It allows a private individual to bypass the current system of procurement and by agricultural produce. Even their ally [Akali Dal] representative resigned from the cabinet and walked out of the NDA. If I have to describe in one sentence then I will have to say that it may turn out to be like Chit Fund companies duping people across the country. Several of these came to Chhattisgarh and the former Chief Minister’s office even inaugurated a few but most investors are now wringing their empty hands.

Farmers can be duped by private individuals by initially offering them allurements. Then, it allows Contract farming that will reduce the farmer to a worker in his own farm. You can keep running to the courts but you know how the judicial system works. These laws are also anti-consumers and the consumers are going to be badly hit. The central laws also remove the ceiling on holding of stocks in godowns. This means large caplitalists can buy cheap from farmers and go for hoarding upto one lakh tonnes or even 10 lakh tonnes. One has already seen its impact in terms of onion prices that went upto ₹80 a kg. In Tamil Nadu, I am told it was sold at ₹150 a kilo. The government can regulate only in times war, drought or 100 % increase in retail prices. And that too after getting permission from the Centre.

As far as farmers agitations is concerned, Chhattisgarh farmers usually don’t resort to aggressive agitation and they have also faith in the Congress government about protecting their rights. But we have collected 16 lakh signatures from the farmers.

You had campaigned in the Bihar Assembly polls but the party’s performance was rather poor. What do you think went wrong for the Congress?

Obviously something would have gone wrong or else, we would not have faced defeat. Tejashwi ji has alleged irregularities. There are also allegations against the District Magistrates and the Election Commission about candidates not being given winning certificates. There, neither any side lost nor anybody won. One side won 125 seats while the Opposition alliance won 110 seats. If you push a few losing candidates ahead, you can be in the government.

But the EC has denied all allegations and clarified that the video recordings prove that there were no discrepancies.

Has Tejashwi ji accepted such a clarification? Is he satisfied with the EC’s reply. If not, then the allegations remain where they are.

Do you think the Opposition approach the courts then?

One can go to court but that will take time. But what had to happen has happened and democracy was murdered. The mood on the ground didn’t reflect the results.

Your colleague and senior leader Kapil Sibal has recently said there are not many fora in your party where leaders can speak their mind.

During the corona period, there have been so many meetings including that of Congress Working Committee via video conferencing. And we have all got opportunities to put forth our views. I don’t think such a senior leader [Mr. Sibal] should speak like this. There have been meetings almost every month.

So, you don’t agree that Congress lacks a proper forum for leaders to openly articulate their views?

Congress is the only democratic party where workers can put their views. You don’t have this in other parties. How can put your views in parties that don’t even have a party constitution? Everyone has a right to put forward their views but some people want to talk through the media and that’s unfortunate.

Your party doesn’t have a full time president. Do you think Rahul Gandhi should return or should the party try out a non-Gandhi?

I have already said that party issues should be spoken in a party forum. However, I feel Rahul Gandhi is most suitable to become party president as he understands the country, its people as well the needs of our workers. It is my personal view that there is none else better suited for the post

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/leftwing-extremism-is-a-political-social-and-an-economic-issue-says-chhattisgarsh-cm-bhupesh-baghel/article33135447.ece


    

Maoist Camp Busted In Nuapada; Arms, Ammunition Seized


Mao Camp busted

Maoist camp busted in Nuapada

Nuapada: In a major breakthrough, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans busted a Maoist camp in Patadaraha forest near Bhainsamundi village under Boden Police Limits in this district on Sunday and seized huge cache of arms and ammunition.


Acting on tip-off, CRPF personnel launched a combing operation in the forest and seized five rifles, one pistol, 33 detonators, three rifle barrels and other incriminating materials being used by the Maoists, said CRPF officials.


Earlier in a joint operation on October 14, Chhattisgarh Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had raided a Maoist Camp at Dantewada of Chhattisgarh near Malkangiri border and seized huge amount of Maoist articles including arms and ammunition.

The security personnel had raided the camp and seized a pistol, arms, ammunition and other articles. However, the ultras fled the spot.

According to sources, the Maoists were staying in the temporary camp for last three-four days and planning for a big ambush, which was foiled by the police action.

Similarly on October 4, security forces had busted a Maoist camp during a combing operation inside Gandhamardhan reserve forest under Khaprakhol police limits in Bolangir district.

Acting on a tip-off on the Left Wing Extremist activity in the cut-off area, District Voluntary Force (DVF) and SOG jawans had launched a combing operation to trace the Maoist camp.

An exchange of fire had occurred when the rebels initiated the attack sensing presence of the security personnel in the area and the security personnel also retaliated, however there was no report of any casualty from either side in the gunfight.

During the exchange of fire, the rebels had managed to escape while the security personnel seized huge cache of explosives, weapons and literature used by the ultras in the training camp.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty


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4,483 rebels, 2,958 jawans killed in last 20 yrs: Maoists document



Soumitra Bose | TNN | Nov 22, 2020, 04:44 IST

Nagpur: A recovered ‘message’ of the Central Military Commission of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has revealed that Maoists have lost 

4,483 cadres, including 839 women, in the last 20 years in their fight against security forces in affected states.

The message recovered by security forces also includes an instruction to Maoist formations across the country to form ‘sniper teams’, smaller squads and similar formations to launch attacks and wipe out police information network.

The document — a copy is with TOI — stated that the Maoist’s topmost military body believes 

2,958 security personnel were killed by them in two decades in the guerrilla zone.

According to an internal report, the Maoists’ guerrilla fighters have also injured 3,507 security personnel and robbed around 3,208 modern weapons along with 1.52 rounds of ammunitions. It also mentioned its successes, from Bihar-Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh, Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border and different other places.



The document also threw light on expansion plans in the Western Ghats, Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border areas and other places where Maoists are currently trying to regain control from security forces.


The sensitive document, which appealed the cadres to ‘expand-intensify class struggle-guerrilla war all over the country’ and also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), revealed a nationwide plan of the rebels to take on the estimated six lakhs security forces deployed in their strongholds.



As per the document, the Maoists have so far undertaken 208 major operations, 318 medium-scale warfare and 3,948 smaller actions in the last two decades against the security forces. In 2020, Maoists undertook around 99 operations against the security forces, it stated.


The Maoist military commissions have renewed its appeal regarding countering Samadhan (2019-2022) scheme launched by the Central government and Prahar scheme activated by K Vijaykumar, special security adviser to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) across 30 districts in India to eliminate the rebel movement.



Analysing newer tactics adopted by the security forces, the rebels have stated in the document about commandos circling them in multiple layers before launching attacks with firepower and grenade launchers. The document also mentioned the tactical faults and mistakes the Maoist guerrillas committed repeatedly leading to losses.


The discovery of the document, it is learnt, has triggered brainstorming sessions among the security think tanks to counter Maoist’s military commission’s move to confront forces deployed in the guerrilla zones and areas liberated as per their claims.


“We are devising new strategies and tactics based on the information received regarding the Maoists plan,” said a security official on the condition of anonymity.


“They (Maoists) are now appealing their cadre to shift the focus and strategy of using the PLGA, which comprises of trained guerrillas, to form Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) which would include masses, supporters and armed rebels too for expanding their dominations and controlled areas,” said the official.


The Maoists have also told the cadres that they have been so far fighting the mighty security forces with improvised artilleries, gunpowder, arrow bombs, booby traps, claymore mines and others weaponry made using available local resources


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/4483-rebels-2958-jawans-killed-in-last-20-yrs-maoists-docu/articleshow/79345579.cms

    

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