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INDIA:Maoist Timeline - 2007

Andhra Pradesh

2007

January 1: An alleged arms supplier to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), identified as Ravi Kumar Chevori, was arrested from Cyberabad near Hyderabad. He had entered into a deal with the Maoists to supply arms and ammunition worth INR 40 lakh, which the city police seized on December 28, 2006, and arrested three persons.


Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said that the door for talks with Naxalites is open even now, subject to condition that they lay down arms. He denied a charge that the Government has issued orders to the Police to shoot Naxalites at sight.


January 4: The CPI-Maoist Manpur Division Committee secretary, Dussa Gouri Shankar alias Prabhakar alias Vikram, and his wife and commander of Madaneveeda in Chhattisgarh, Udutha Laxmi alias Shoba, surrendered before Devendra Singh Chouhan, Superintendent of Police in the Karimnagar district.


January 6: The CPI-Maoist cadres blasted coffee pulping units at Teegalabanda and Pedavalasa villages in G.K. Veedhi mandal and took away nearly 350 bags of graded coffee beans with them. The attack was carried out in protest against the December 27, 2006-killing of its top leaders, Wadkapur Chandramouli and his wife Karuna, in the agency area.


Police recovered about INR 32 lakh cash from the Lachagudem forest area after a brief exchange of fire with the Maoists.


January 7: Police personnel unearthed a CPI-Maoist arms dump near Koyyuru and recovered a large quantity of material used for making landmines and gadgets to set the mines off along with some medicines.


East Godavari Police unearthed two claymore mines at Gurtedu-Bodlanka road near Irlavada, bordering Visakhapatnam. Even as the Maoists managed to escape, Police arrested two contractors -- Mohammed Rasool and Sreedhar Varma -- in connection with the seizure.

18 Maoists belonging to four different groups surrendered in the Khammam district. Those surrendered belonged to – CPI-Maoist (4), Janasakthi (2), Prathighatna (4) and Prajapratighatna group (8).


January 9: Five Naxalites surrendered and a Maoist courier was arrested in the Khammam district. Of the five surrendered Naxalites, one belonged to the CPI-Maoist, one to the Prajapratighatna and three to Pratighatna factions. Separately, police arrested Bojja Boddaiah, a Maoist courier, near Bodu village and recovered two weapons from his possession.


January 11: Andhra Pradesh Police killed two CPI-Maoist cadres during an encounter in the Kotapalli forest area near the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border in the Khammam district.


January 13: The Nalgonda district police killed four CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter on the outskirts of Yelamanagudem village in Gurrampodu mandal (administrative division). Unconfirmed sources said that a senior second rung leader, Betharaju Narasimha alias Mukku Ravi alias Janardhan, was among those killed. Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar said that two to four Maoists might have managed to escape.


January 16: Two CPI-Maoist cadres, ‘central technical committee’ member Ivvi Mohan Reddy alias Umesh alias Mahesh alias Prakash and Jade Venkati alias Suresh alias Manganna, were arrested by the police from Bhadrachalam in the Khammam district..


Five left-wing extremists, including Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) Praja Prathighatana group political secretary, the deputy commander and two dalam (squad) members and another commander of Sikasa (a front organisation of the Maoists), surrendered along with their weapons to Superintendent of Police Devendra Singh Chauhan in Karimnagar.


January 23: Ranga Reddy, a functionary of the youth wing of the ruling Congress party in Prakasam district, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Laxmipuram village near the Nallamala forest area.


January 29: A police constable was killed and two others were injured during an encounter between police personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres near Wajeda forest area in the Khammam district.


Two CPI-Maoist women cadres, working in the Mahbubnagar district, surrendered before the Kurnool district Superintendent of Police, B. Malla Reddy.


February 1: Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with the police personnel in the forest areas of Peruru in the Khammam district.


February 2: CPI-Maoist cadres killed a former colleague suspecting him to be a police informer at Kukumpudi village in the Visakhapatnam district. The slain extremist, Gemmeli Venkatrao, had surrendered to the police in 2006.


February 10: Six Naxalites belonging to the Janashakthi dalam (squad) were arrested at Jeevakona in the Chittoor district while holding a meeting. Charu Sinha, Superintendent of Police of Chittoor, informed that the Janashakti dalam was virtually wiped out from the district with the arrests.



Jharkhand


2007

January 23: A consignment containing spares for arms, including assembling mortars, sent from Indore (Madhya Pradesh) to the CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Rajendra Oraon was seized from a private transport firm in Ranchi. A man, identified as Prabhu Sao, was arrested in this connection.


January 30: Security forces engaged the Maoists in an encounter near Satbahani river in the Chatra district.


February 5: A civilian was killed and two others were injured as CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire targeting a security force picket at Lawalong in the Chatra district. An estimated 200 CPI-Maoist cadres, following a three hour encounter retreated into the forest areas.



Bihar


2007

January 20: CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian and detonated an explosion inside the house of a panchayat samiti (local self-government) member in the Gaya district. Maoists drove away the family members of Ram Chandra Yadav before detonating the explosion.


January 22: A police personnel was killed and at least two people were injured when CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the police picket at Erahi in Bihar's Buxar district. The Maoists reportedly decamped with 10 rifles.


January 31: Six CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered to the District Magistrate Mihir Kumar Singh and Superintendent of Police Vikas Baibhav in the Bagha town of West Champaran district.


February 11: Police recovered 1,500 kilograms of explosives from Kushatand forest in the Mohanpur police station area of Gaya district. The explosives, suspected to belong to the Naxalites, were concealed in two plastic tanks and buried under the ground. Superintendent of Police Amit Jain informed that the explosives were used by the Naxalites for manufacturing can bombs and landmines.



Chhattisgarh

2007

January 3: At least 79 Maoists surrendered before the Chhattisgarh Police.


January 8: Four cadres belonging to the CPI-Maoist, including two women cadres, were killed during an encounter with the police in the Chhinari forest area under Chhote Dongar police station in the Narayanpur district.


January 16: Seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Kanker area of Bastar district. A team of 30 CRPF personnel were on a joint patrol when the explosion occurred.


January 21: Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a gun battle between Maoists and the joint team of the local police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the forest area of Timarpur in the Bastar district.


Two CPI-Maoist cadres and a police constable were killed during a two-hour encounter in the Bhejji area of Dantewada district. The police also claimed to have arrested two women Maoists.


January 31: Two senior CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in a forested stretch of Bijapur in the Bastar district, near the Andhra Pradesh border, in an hour-long encounter.


Police shot dead a Maoist during a shootout in the Dantewada district.


Security force personnel foiled an attempt by the Naxalites to loot an explosives depot of the state-run National Mineral Development Corporation at Hiroli in the Dantewada district.


A Naxalite was caught by the villagers of Temrupani village in the Kanker district and was subsequently handed over to the police.


February 6: Two women CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during an encounter near Jagargunda in the Jagdalpur area of Bastar district. A few other cadres, including ‘area commander’ Papa Rao, were reported to have been injured during the encounter.


February 8: Six security force personnel and a civilian were killed in a powerful landmine explosion at Bhairamgarh in Bijapur. The SF personnel were trying to defuse explosives earlier recovered in the area, suspected to have been planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres.


February 11: CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal in Ader village, under the Faresgarh police station in the Bastar district.


February 12: Police officials said that they have arrested six CPI-Maoist cadres and recovered explosives during an overnight raid in the Narayanpur area near Abujhmad locality in the Bastar region.



Orissa


2007

January 12: Police neutralized a weapons-making unit belonging to the CPI-Maoist in Rourkela and arrested five Maoists, including three women.


January 26: A CRPF personnel was killed and two others injured in a landmine explosion triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Malkangiri district. The security forces were clearing their way by removing the trees felled on the highway near MV-126 village under the Kalimela police station limits.


January 31: Three forest employees were killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the Kandhar forest area of Kankadahada block in the Dhenkanal district. Leaflets found near the dead bodies said that the killings were in retaliation against the deaths of 13 tribals in police firing at Kalinga Nagar on January 2, 2006.


February 9: Sambalpur district police said that they found and removed anti-panchayat election material, reportedly circulated by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Bareipani Industrial Estate of Sambalpur town. Maoist cadres had also distributed leaflets and posters in the Dasmati Colony, Stationpara, Malipara and Mudipara areas of the district.


February 10: Naxalites set two vehicles of a private construction company afire at the Harichandanpur area of Keonjhar district. Police sources said that a dozen Naxalites approached the company’s camp and burnt down the vehicles after asking the workers to come out of the camp.


February 12: A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in the Malkangiri district on the eve of the three-tier panchayat (local self-government) polls. The incident occurred when a police party heading for the Badigata polling booth under Kalimela police station of Malkangiri was attacked by the Maoists from inside the Kurup forests.


February 13: Three police personnel were injured as CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire targeting a police party accompanying election officials for the first phase of the three-tier panchayat polls under Kalimela Block in the Malkangiri district.


Maoists triggered a landmine blast in the Poplur area of Kalimela. However, no casualty was reported in the incident.



Maharashtra


2007

January 15: Seven Naxalites were arrested following a joint operation by the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh Police in a border village in the Gadchiroli district.



West Bengal


2007

January 4: The West Bengal Police arrested six Naxalites, including four from the Liberation faction of the CPI-Maoist, from an unspecified area at Sonachura village near Tekhali in the Haldia district on charges of inciting violence in the area.


January 9: A leader of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist was shot dead by suspected Maoists in the Belpahari area of West Midnapur district.


A group of persons, suspected to belong to a Maoist group, tried to storm into the party headquarters of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist in the capital Kolkata after a demonstration. The demonstrators were chased away by the police personnel on duty at the spot as well as by some local people.



KARNATAKA


2007

January 11: Police in the Raichur district intensified the combing operation in the Hutti and surrounding villages of Lingsugur taluk (administrative division), suspecting the presence of Naxalites from Malnad region in these villages.


February 14: The Hindu reports that sharp differences over the Maoist strategy of area-wise seizure of power has led to a split in the outfit operating in Karnataka. The ideologues, who disagreed with the Maoist principle of intensifying the revolution in rural areas first and then spreading it to urban centres, have floated a new party named the Maoist Coordination Committee (MCC).



Tamil Nadu


2007

January 8: Combing operations in the forest areas of Vellore district were intensified following receipt of information regarding a possible intrusion of CPI-Maoist cadres from Andhra Pradesh into Tamil Nadu.



Madhya Pradesh


2007

January 11: A large cache of arms and ammunition allegedly meant for Maoist groups were recovered from a building in the Satnami Nagar area of Bhopal. An unspecified number of people were detained in this connection.


January 18: Madhya Pradesh Police said that Maoists are trying to expand their operations to the capital Bhopal. S. K. Raut, Additional Director General (Intelligence), said, "Maoists want to dominate regions and reach Madras. They want to stretch their corridor."


January 19: Speaking at a press conference in Bhopal, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Anuradha Shankar, said that the five persons arrested in Bhopal on the midnight of January 10-11 for allegedly running an illegal arms factory were hardcore Naxalites carrying rewards. They were running a similar arms manufacturing unit at Indore between 1998 and 2001.SAIR

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