Dipankar Bose, The Statesman, Calcutta, Wednesday, July 5 2006
PIRDTAND/GIRIDIH, July 4: The attack on a CRPF and a police camp in Jhumra Pahar forests on the borders of Hazaribagh and Bokaro districts by CPI (Maoist) extremists seems to have woke up the Jharkhand government. The extremist activities have taken roots in 18 out of 22 districts in the state.
It was a one of the most concerted attacks, engaging police and para-military forces in exchange of gunfire for at least 50 hours. And adding more salt to the wound is a handout,which is being circulated among the outfit’s cadres and villagerslocated in the ‘‘core command area of Maoists’’ of late. The handout speaks loudly about the “heroic act of the armed comrades” during the attack by extremists on the Giridih armoury of the state police’s homeguard training centre, late last year.
According to the handout, the special area military commission (SAMC) of the CPI (Maoist) has termed the massive loot of arms from the Giridih armoury, a heroic raid carriedout on the historic occasion of 150th anniversary of the great Santhal Hul.
After killing five jawans and a company commander on 11 November last year, 193 rifles, a couple of revolvers, more than 2000 round of cartridges and some other weapons were looted from the armoury. The arms were used by the extremists in the ‘‘operation jail break’’ in Jehanabad, Bihar.
“This was conducted by the brave sons of Jharkhand ~ the fighters of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), irrigated with the blood of brave fighters like Sidhu-Kanhu, Tilka Majhi and Veer Birsa Munda. The people with dream of establishing an exploitation-free Jharkhand were enthused by this, expecting the realisation of their dream,” the handout reads.
“Under the direction of the Central Military Commission and under the leadership of the Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Military Commission, the PLGA fighters under the leadership of zonal command of the Jharkhand regional military commission undertook this action, which was aimed at equipping the cadres and peoples’ militia squads with these arms, to establish Peoples Liberation Army. This action was conducted in the present scenario where the class enemy has been equipping its paramilitary forces with sophisticated arms such as AK-47, AK-56, INSAS rifles,” the communiqué adds.
The handout signed by the commanders of the SAMC denounced the move of former chief minister and supremo of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, Mr Babulal Marandi in creating Nagarik Suraksha Samity in villages to counter extremism.
2 cops killed in Maoist raid
Statesman News Service
PATNA, July 4: Two policemen were killed and two others wounded when Maoist guerrillas attacked a police outpost in Bihar late last night. The outpost building was badly damaged in the attacks that reportedly lasted for about an hour.
Reports quoting police sources said at least 100 extremists raided the Tankuppa police outpost in Gaya district and resorted to indiscriminate firing, killing two cops on the spot. One of the victims has been identified as Upendra Singh, assistant sub-inspector. The ultra blasted off the outpost using dynamites. A total of 14 cops were deployed at the outpost when the extremists attacked. The government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to kin of the next of the kin of the dead.
“The audacity of the extremists can be gauged from the fact that they attacked us from 8-10 metres and asked us to surrender,” said Ramnandan Mahto, an injured cop. No extremists are reported to be killed in the retaliatory action by police. Five suspected extremists including a female activist have been arrested by police during a combing operation after the attack. The incident follows a report about the extremists’ plans submitted to police headquarters by the Intelligence bureau a fortnight back.