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Andhra Pradesh: Maoist Collapse

Orchestrating their first incident of violence of the current year, on January 4, 2023, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed a tribal, Soyam Subbaiah, after branding him a ‘police informer’, in the Juvvigudem village of Chintur Mandal (administrative sub-division) in Alluri Sitarama Raju District. About 10 Maoists, suspected to have come from the Konta area in Chhattisgarh, went to the house of the victim in Juvvigudem, and allegedly thrashed him to death.

Manipur: Consolidating Gains

On December 27, 2022, the Government of India (GoI), the Government of Manipur and the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF), a Manipur-based insurgent group, signed a tripartite peace agreement. As per the agreement, the ZUF has agreed to give up violence and join the peaceful democratic process. Manipur Chief Minister (CM), Nongthombam Biren Singh noted.

Spectacles for every Indian in need of a pair

India has 270 million people live with vision impairment, and 9.2 million have blindness. No fewer than half of those people could have avoided vision impairment if they had timely access to a pair of basic spectacles.

Odisha: Maoists - Seeking a Safe Haven

On November 24, 2022, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres shot dead a 48-year-old man, identified as Lalbati Majhi, in Panchakul village under Sadar Police Station limits in Bhawanipatna in the Kalahandi District. According to reports, while Lalbati was sleeping in his house, he was forcibly taken away by Maoists and killed near the Katlang village. Some posters were left behind at the spot, in which the Maoists claimed that Lalbati was punished since he was working as a ‘Police informer’. They also warned that others in the area who were working as Police informers would be punished soon.

Twin Virus: Polio and Terrorism

On October 27, 2022, unidentified militants killed a paramilitary Levies officer Habib-ur-Rehman, deployed to provide security to an anti-polio team in the Sarki Talari tehsil (revenue unit) of Chaman District in Balochistan.

International Day for The Girl Child: Education is the biggest weapon to overcome odds

In a remote village in Samastipur, northern Bihar, class 9 student Seema’s (name changed) parents stopped sending her to school because they felt the neighbourhood had become unsafe for her. Across the border, in a remote tea garden area in North Bengal, 16-year-old Ankita Thapa senses the fear and concern in her parents when she returns home late. Her brother, of course, can stay out for as long as he wants.

IEDs: Hidden Danger

On September 16, 2022, one Frontier Corps trooper was killed and three were injured when Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) cadres targeted a Frontier Corps vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Sabzal Road at Podgali Chowk in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. BLA ‘spokesman’ Azad Baloch claimed responsibility of the attack.

Assam: Islamist Shadow

On August 31, 2022, Police arrested Amjad Ajmal Hussain, an Ansar al-Islam/Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) suspect, in the Fatasil Ambari neighborhood of Guwahati in Kamrup (Metropolitan) District. 

Maoist: Targeting Intelligence Flows

On August 30, 2022, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed Irpa Rama Rao (30), the deputy Sarpanch (head of the Panchayat, village level local self-Government institution) of Kurnapally Gram Panchayat, branding him a ‘police informer’, in the Cherla Mandal (administrative sub-division) of Bhadradri Kothagudem District, Telangana. Police disclosed that four CPI-Maoist came militia (people’s army) members went to Rao’s residence late in the night of August 29, woke up his wife Kanak and told her that they were taking Rao with them. In the early hours on August 30, the militia members brought him back to the village, smashed his head with an axe and left him dead in a pool of blood on the outskirts of the village. A letter from the CPI-Maoist Cherla-Sabari Area Committee was left at the spot, stating that the deceased had been working as a ‘police informer’ and was consequently punished. The letter also cautioned the public not collaborate with the Police for greed of the money offered.

Odisha: Malkangiri: Mainstreaming Maoists

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Jharkhand: PLFI: Rankling Irritant

On August 18, 2022, Police arrested Badal Oraon, a cadre of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), from Badchorgai under Bagdu Police Station limits in Lohardaga District.

Chronicling the Lived Experiences in a Conflict Zone: Dispatches from Jammu and Kashmir's Doda

It was late afternoon in mid-1996 when people began to arrive at our house to inquire about the health of my badi mummy (aunt), cousin, and brother. The whole conversation centred on the magnitude and effect of a bomb detonation in a neighbouring arcade, where three of my family members were caught up.

Balochistan: Targeting Oil and Gas

On August 3, 2022, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) cadres blew up the gas pipeline in the Chashma Aab area of Mach in the Kachhi District of Balochistan. BLA ‘spokesman’ Azad Baloch claimed responsibility for the attack and warned, "Our such attacks will continue till the independence of occupied Balochistan."

Balochistan: Targeting Outsiders

On June 20, 2022, two labourers from Sindh were shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Hoshab area of Kech District in Balochistan. Four assailants riding motorcycles opened fire on the office of a road construction company in the zero-point area of Hoshab and killed the labourers, who were working on an under-construction road that would link Turbat with Hoshab.

China’s SIGINT facilities in Cocos Islands, a threat to India

The Coco Islands are two islands in the north-eastern Bay of Bengal. They are part of Yangon region of Myanmar.