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Maoists hack to death villager in Chattisgarh

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Sukma (Chattisgarh): Maoists today ( 27 May 2018) hacked to death a 45-year-old villager in his field near Punpalli village under Dornapal police station in Sukma district.

According to available information, a group of Maoists, also called the Naxalites, reached the victim, Vanjami Sukda, when he was at his farm along a hill, about 3 kms from Punpalli, and slit his throat killing him on the spot. The Maoists killed Sukda accusing him of acting as a police informer.

In the backdrop of what happened today in a Sukma village are some related developments in the past. For example, former Madhya Pradesh chief secretary Nirmala Buch, was appointed chairperson of a high-powered Standing Committee set up by the Chhattisgarh government to review all cases that were in the prosecution or investigation stage, including those of Maoists, following the release of the Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon a few years ago.

Ms. Buch had accepted the equest to become a mediator on behalf of the Chhattisgarh government, along with another former bureaucrat S.K. Mishra, and had accepted the position since, in her own words, she had first-hand knowledge of the Maoist affected area, which was part of Madhya Pradesh till the state’s bifurcation and creation of Chhattisgarh.

The Committee headed by Ms. Buch was set up in 2012 after there was a dialogue with the help of the two mediators Dr. B.D.Sharma and Prof. Hargopal, who were nominated by the Maoists. This paved the way for an agreement leading to the Sukma collector’s release.

The Chhattisgarh Government followed up the Collector’s release by appointing the high-powered standing committee on May 3, 2012. The first meeting of this committee was held the same night and another the next day amply showing how committed the Chattisgarh Government was when it came to the pact with the negotiators nominated by the Maoists.

The issue of a large number of tribals and others in the judicial custody in various jails of Chhattisgarh was a major concern of the mediators nominated by the Maoists.

The High-powered standing committee set up by the Chhattisgarh government regularly reviewed all cases of persons in respect of whom investigation of prosecution was pending, including the Maoist related cases.

Notwithstanding the mandatory provision to subject the review process to judicial review, one cannot ignore the fact that the review process that got institutionalized by the Chhattisgarh government in the post-Sukma collector’s abduction and release phase, undermined the success that had been achieved in controlling the network of supporters of the hardcore Maoists in the villages. This network is usually built by instilling fear or through coercion. The Maoists use the local supporters for digging trenches to blast police convoys or as couriers and messengers . The Police also makes great efforts to catch the Maoists and their supporters.

After the Sukma Collector’s release, it was being advocated that the cases of those facing minor charges should be reviewed on priority as no one comes to bail them out. Whereas on the contrary, what should not be forgotten is that their prosecution drags on in maoist related cases as the villagers are mostly afraid of appearing as a witness against them in court.

Today’s hacking of a villager is a grim reminder that things are sliding back to where they were before the kidnapping and release of the Sukma Collector 6 years ago.

Problem of Left Wing Extremism cannot be solved by any silver bullet: Rajnath Singh

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other dignitaries standing in silence as a mark of respect towards brave martyrs of the recent Maoist attack, during the meeting to review the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) situation, in New Delhi on May 08, 2017.

New Delhi: The whole country is agitated with the martyrdom of 25 CRPF personnel in the incident of April 24, 2017 in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said while stating that he is concerned but not perturbed by the attack on the CRPF Camp by the Left Wing Extremists.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairing the meeting with the Chief Ministers to review the security issues to deal with Left Wing Extremism (LWE), in New Delhi on May 08, 2017. Ministers of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju and National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval are also seen.

In such situations, the challenge before us is to maintain focus and move towards our goal with speed and in a planned manner, the Home Minister said and went on to underscore the point that it is not possible to solve the problem of Left Wing Extremism with any silver bullet.

Rajnath Singh was addressing a review meeting of Left Wingh Extremism affected States. In his opeaning remarks, he said that the meeting has been convened to jointly understand the different aspects of Left Wing Extremism with the 10 affected States, so that Left Wing Extremism can be countered with full force and competence.

Left Wing Extremism desires to weaken and make the roots of democracy hollow in India – the largest democracy in the world, said Singh adding efforts to suppress democracy through the influence of the gun will never succeed.

Rolling out figures, Singh said, 12000 citizens of our country have lost their lives in violent activities of the Left Wing Extremists. Out of these 12000 people, 2700 are jawans of the Security Forces and the remaining 9300 are innocent and simple common people who are not guilty. The anti-development Left Wing Extremism not only target the Security Forces but also public property like roads, culverts, railway tracks, electricity and telephone towers, hospitals, schools, anganwadi and panchayat bhawans that are created by the Government for benefit of the common man.

Solution – “Samadhan”

The Home Minister said that the solution to the problem of Left Wing Extremism is not possible with any silver bullet. There is no short-cut for it. For this short term, medium term and long term policies need to be formulated at different levels. There is need to find a solution for this problem and the strategy is available and encompassed in the word ‘SAMADHAN’ which means:

S- Smart Leadership, A- Aggressive Strategy, M- Motivation and Training, A- Actionable Intelligence, D- Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas), H- Harnessing Technology, A- Action plan for each Theatre, N- No access to Financing

Click here for full text of Home Minister’s opening remarks during the Inaugural Session of the Review Meeting of Left Wing Extremism affected States:

Hostage crisis ends in Bastar: Maoists kill a villager and free all remaining hostages

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Dantewada in Bastar area of Chhattisgarh State: Maoists, alos called the naxalites, use children to make such barriers to collect toll on highways.
Dantewada in Bastar area of Chhattisgarh State: Maoists, alos called the naxalites, use children to make such barriers to collect toll on highways.

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh): The hostage crisis in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh ended late on Saturday but not before one of the villagers abducted had been killed by the Maoists in Sukma district bordering Dantewada where Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a couple of programmes earlier during the day.

sukma-dantewadaAccording to the Bastar range IG of Police, a Jan Adalat (people’s court) was organised by the Maoists in the forests of Sukma district after they took the villagers hostage. In that area, the Maoists have given a call for boycott of all development related activities.

The abduction of villagers by the naxalites today acquires significance as it coincided with the Prime Minister’s Dantewada visit.

Series of Maoist attacks in Bastar: A loud message for Raman Singh?

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bastar divisionChhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh was to land by helicopter to launch the ambitious State-wide Lok Suraj Abhiyan (People’s good governance campaign) from Bastar on April 13. The State Government had announced that the chief minister will make efforts to ensure immediate redressal of public grievances. He was supposed to conduct sudden inspection of any government school, hospital, hostel, or tehsil office check their functioning.

Later on April 13, the chief minister’s programme as revised and it  was announced that he would launch the Lok Suraj Abhiyan from Sarguja or Bastar th next day. On April 14, Singh formally landed at Chotedonger in Naraynpur district of Bastar formally start the Lok Suraaj Abhiyan.

Raman Singh Lok Suraj Abhiyan
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh launched Lok Suraj Abhiyan from Chhotedonger in Narayanpur disrict of Bastar division on April 14, 2015. This coincided with the birth anniversary of Baba Sahab Dr. Bheemrao Ambedkar

By April 11, Saturday, when senior state officials had done a review of the preparations for the Lok Suraaj Abhiyan and the in-charge Secretaries were busy visiting their respective districts and RP Jain, the Bastar Division Commissioner had rounded up a crucial meeting of all concerned officials at the collectorate conference hall at Jagdalpur – the district headquarters of Collectorate in Jagdalpur and had instructed them to be prepared on war footing for the chief minister’s Bastar visit, the Maoists attacked and killed seven and wounded at least ten security personnel belonging to the highly motivated team of Special Task Force (STF) in Sukma district of Bastar division.

The next day, the Maoists killed a Border Security Force jawan in Kanker district of Bastar division and torched over a dozen vehicles carying iron ore. On Monday, there was another terrorist attack – the third in as many days. This time the Maoists blew up a mine sweeping vehicle killing five security personnel in Dantewada district of Bastar.

The Maoists have given a clear message to the chief minister that he should keep away from the border areas of  Bastar.- D.M. Mitra, IPS, National Crime Records Bureau

These attacks were obviously timed to block the launch of the Lok Suraj Abhiyan by the Chief Minister in Bastar. When contacted, D.M. Mitra, a senior police officer and author of “Genesis and Spread of Maoist Violence and Appropriate State Strategy to Handle it” said that through the series of attacks in Chhattisgarh this past week, the Maoists have given a clear message to the chief minister that he should keep away from the border areas of  Bastar.

The Maoists who are deeply entrenched in the Bastar forests apparently chose not to launch a frontal attack this time as the naxalite terrorists belonging to the Communist Party of India (Maoists) had done in May 2013 when they attacked a convoy of Congress leaders in the Darbha Valley in the Sukma district and killed at least 27, including former state minister Mahendra Karma, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and veteran Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla. It is also possible that the Maoists are currently following the strategy to consolidate, spread their network and enlarge their area of influence by attacking only the security forces and not the district officials or the VIP’s – a pattern adopted by the naxalites since the beginning. The 2013 attack on the Congress convoy could be an exception.

On a close examination of the Maoist or the naxalite attack on STF personel in Sukma district it has come to light that the security forces this time did not become easy targets for the terrorists. As part of their domination exercise, they were not moving on the motorable tracks, that easily get blown up by mines and when attacked, they too retaliated and there is information that in the exchange fo fire some naxalites were also killed. The motivation and valour on the part of the STF personnel notwithstanding, what is disturbing is that there was hardly any coordination between the district police force and the security personnel engaged in the anti-naxalite (Maoist) operations. If this had not been the case, a contingency backup mechanism would have been in place to counter the Maoists without loss of time.

Maoists ambush and kill 7 policemen in South Bastar

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sukmaRaipur (Central India): Maoist ambushed and killed seven policemen and wounded over a dozen others in the remote Sukma forests of the newly formed, southernmost Sukma district in South Bastar Region of Chhattisgarh on Saturday

The security personnel were on a beat march when they were ambushed by the Maoists, who are still called the naxalites by the local people.

According to reports a senior police officer in-charge of anti-naxalite operations has said that seven security forces have been killed and 10 others have been injured in the encounter that took place in Sukma region. Security and rescue operations have been adversely affected due to the terrain and bad weather another police officer said.