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Maoists kill two RPF personnel in Bihar April 8, 2007

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Avijit Biswas/Avinash Kumar
Bhagalpur/Patna, April 08, 2007
First Published: 19:51 IST(8/4/2007)
Last Updated: 19:55 IST(8/4/2007)

In a stepped up extremist activities, CPI (Maoist) gunned down two Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel and injured three others between Ghorparan and Narganjo railway stations under Asansol railway division of Eastern railway on Sunday morning. They also looted two carbines, two SLRs and one 9 mm pistol from the policemen. However, no passenger was harmed by the extremists.

This is the second incident of Naxal attack in Bihar within a fortnight. Barely a few days ago, about 300 extremists stormed Righa police station and a bank in Sitamarhi district and killed a Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawan and wounded an assistant manager of the bank and a homeguard jawan.

Reports reaching the State police headquarters said that around 100 strong-armed squad of the CPI (Maoist), including women members, boarded Howrah-Mokama passenger (213 Up) in different groups at Simultala and Ghorparan railway stations. When the train left Ghorparan railway station at around 7.30 am, women activists entered a sleeper coach (83209) in which RPF personnel were also travelling. First they befriend them and after some time they threw chilly powder in their eyes.

The RPF jawans, said to be five in number, were caught off guard and started protecting their eyes. Taking advantage of the situation, the Maoists tried to snatch their firearms. When they offered resistance, one of the women activists fired from close range, killing one of the jawans on the spot and causing injuries to four others. Soon other Maoists, travelling in other compartments joined them.

The Maoists alighted from the train after pulling alarm chain before Narganjo Block hut. They also shouted anti-government slogans before they disembarked.

The railway and GRP officials came to know about the incident only when the train reached Jhajha railway station at around 9.03 am. The GRP lodged a case against unidentified extremists on the basis of the statement of an injured constable, Jayant Biswas. Biswas informed the senior officials that over 40 Maoists were travelling in the sleeper coach.

Jamui Superintendent of Police A K Ambedkar, who rushed to the spot with district magistrate, Ram Shobhit Paswan, said that Arijit Bag died on the spot while another RPF constable, Palash Ghosh, succumbed to his injuries on way to Jhajha hospital. “We have launched a massive combing operation in the area to nab the extremists involved in the attack,” he said.

DIG, Munger Sunil Kumar did not rule out the possibility of involvement of the same extremist group that had carried out operations on a BMP camp at Khaira village on February 26.

Additional Division Railway Manager (Asansol), Anil Kumar told HT over telephone that an assistant sub inspector, S N P Srivastava, who sustained four bullet wounds in the attack, had been shifted to Kolkata railway hospital and havildar B Sardar and J Biswas were undergoing treatment at Asansol divisional hospital. “The condition of Srivastava is stated to be critical while the two other injured constables are out of danger,” he said. Srivastava was leading the escort party.

He lamented that the police failed to make any headway in the Naxalites’ attack on Narganjo railway station in April last year. “Had the police taken the matter seriously and launched operation against extremists, the attack between Narganjo and Ghorparan would have been averted,” he said, adding that senior security commandant Nurul Hoda and assistant security commandant R K Singh had been camping at the site of occurrence. “The attack has not affected the movement of train on Asansol-Patna main line,” he added. The train guard was so terrified that he fainted and was subsequently admitted to Jhajha hospital.

Inspector General (Railway) A S Nimbran said that the borders of Bihar and Jharkhand had been sealed and all the railway stations under the division put on high alert. “Raids are on to arrest the Maoists,” he added.

It may be recalled here that about a year ago the underground Maoists had blasted the building of Narganjo railway station.

Six persons killed in naxal attack in Jharkhand April 7, 2007

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Six persons, including two CISF personnel, were killed and six others injured when naxals launched attacks on a CISF picket at Khasmahal coal project in Bokaro district and a police station, a senior police official said on Saturday.

The two CISF personnel received fatal bullet wounds in the attack on Friday night on the picket near the project under Gandhi Nagar police station of the district, Superintendent of Police Priya Dubey said.

Four civilians died when the Maoists fired at Kurpania Bazaar nearby, the SP said. Two other CISF jawans and four other civilians were injured in the attack.

The Maoists, who exploded landmines at several places to create panic in the area, also tried to storm the Gandhi Nagar police station but the police repulsed their move.

Both the security personnel and the Maoists traded several rounds of bullets.

A cleaner of a dumper was injured when a separate group of extremists exploded a landmine in an attempt to blow up a bridge leading to Khasmahal to stop police movement.

Soon after the attack, the Bokaro SP rushed to the spot with reinforcements. The encounter lasted till the early hours.

The injured were being treated at a nearby hospital.

Maoists kill two Chhattisgarh tribals March 13, 2007

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From correspondents in Chhattisgarh, India, 03:31 PM IST

Maoist rebels killed two tribals in an overnight attack in Chhattisgarh’s violence-wracked Bastar region, police said Tuesday.

‘A group of armed Maoists raided a forested village late night Monday. They took away two youths aged around 30 years, killed them with sharp-edged weapons and then dumped the bodies on a road,’ a senior police official told IANS Tuesday.

The incident took place in Kanker district, 230 km south of capital Raipur. Kanker district along with the Bastar and Dantewada districts form the 40,000 sq km hilly Bastar region where the guerrillas have held sway for about three decades.

‘The youths were killed as the rebels suspected they were police sympathisers and had been assisting local police to target militant hideouts,’ a police source said.

The Chhattisgarh government informed the state assembly Monday that 325 people were killed in Maoist violence between April 1, 2006 and Feb 4, 2007 and these included 226 civilians and 23 policemen.

Maoists go to town, say we killed MP March 6, 2007

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Posted Tuesday , March 06, 2007 at 17:11
Updated Tuesday , March 06, 2007 at 17:26 Email Print

TAKING BLAME: Maoists said they killed Mahato to avenge the killing of 11 Naxalite cadres a few years ago.

The claim was made in posters put up by CPI-Maoist at villages in Hadia and Lango areas under the jurisdiction of Ghorabandh police station, Superintendent of Police Pankaj Darad said.

Mahato was shot dead in Ghatshila near Jamshedpur on Sunday. Ghatshila Sub Divisional Officer Ramesh Dubey said that about 15 Naxals came to the venue of a football the match at Bakuria in East Singhbhum district ten minutes before its end and moved near Mahato on the pretext of garlanding him before opening fire on him and his guards from point blank.

While Mahato, who represented Jamshedpur constituency, and his bodyguards died instantaneously, Prabhakar Mahato succumbed to injuries on way to Tata Main hospital in Jamshedpur.

The naxals torched the MP’s vehicle before fleeing the scene taking advantage of the commotion set off by the attack.

The lawmaker, who was also JMM General Secretary, was killed on the spot.

East Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Pankaj Darad said that seven bullets were pumped into the body of Sunil Mahato.

Raju Giri, general secretary of JMM’s central committee, said that two other bodyguards of the MP had been taken away by the Naxals.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who held a meeting with senior officials in Ranchi, ordered a CBI probe into the killing of the MP.

The Naxals looted the weapons held by Sunil Mahato’s bodyguards before firing at them.

(With PTI inputs)

Patna (Bihar): Twenty-four hours after the murder of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MP Sunil Mahato, there are many theories doing the rounds on what could be the motive behind the murder.

While the widely accepted theory – which has been touted by the Union Home Ministry – is that the killing could be in retaliation to the government’s crackdown on the Naxalites, many others believe that there could be a political angle to the murder.

So far, the motive for the Naxals seems to be money as Mahato had become a hurdle in the Naxals attempts to make more money.

Mahato and his men had stakes in many ongoing civil contract works.

The Naxals collect a levy from all civil contractors working in the area.

This levy constituted a major contribution to their kitty.

However, Sunil Mahato was an exception. Being a local MP, he refused to pay this levy.

Most JMM supporters are taking the Naxal view into account saying that most probably the murder took place because of a contract dispute.
Home Secretary V K Duggal told CNN-IBN, “Jharkhand should improve its performance in tackling the Naxal issue as recruitments in Naxal groups have gone up there. All the information of Naxals held in Jharkhand and Bihar was available with the Home Ministry. It is a hypersensitive area and the question of MPs’ security will be reviewed again on a case by case basis. Necessary action will be taken against those accused of the murder.”

However, sources have told CNN-IBN that this could also be an act of political vendetta.

With JMM Chief Shibu Soren languishing behind bars, Mahato had emerged as a strong successor, and his elimination would certainly benefit many in his party.

Minister of State, Home Ministry, Shri Prakash Jaiswal has said, “We believe it is a conspiracy. But what kind of a conspiracy – whether it’s political or non-political – we are not sure yet.”

On the other hand, Congress MP Furkan Ansari said, “This is not how a government is run. We want that this government should go in the interest of the people.”

It’s too early to veto any of these theories and all eyes are fixed on what comes out of the CBI probe.

Sunil Mahato, 41, was killed by suspected Maoist rebels on Sunday evening near Narsingh village of Jamshedpur district.

Two Naxals Killed in Gaya in Police Encounter February 26, 2007

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Patna: Feb. 25, 2007

The police in Gaya district under Wazirganj police station on Sunday evening shot and killed two Naxal extremists while injuring half a dozen others in an encounter that lasted over an hour, Gaya Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Jain said.

According to the report, after receiving information about the ultras planning to hold a meeting near Bigha-Kharhari Pahari area, a police team led by the SP and assisted by Sherghati DSP Baliram Chowdhary raided the location that led to exchange of hundreds of rounds of firing from both sides.

While two Naxals died on the spot, others managed to escape. The police managed to capture one of the fleeing criminals and recovered a large cache of arms and explosives including an SLR, two police rifles stolen earlier, a live bomb, hundreds of rounds of live cartridges, one detonator, a cell phone, two walkie-talkies and Naxal literature from the encounter site.

The arrested ultra was identified as Manoj Manjhi who is now being quizzed by the cops.