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Odisha: Nuapada - Recurrent Menace

On November 4, 2022, State Director General of Police (DGP), Sunil Kumar Bansal, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the District Intelligence and Operation Centre in Nuapada District, disclosed that a joint task force to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) would be formed in view of the vulnerabilities of the district to Naxalites (Left Wing Extremist) activities in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

Elgar-Parishad case: SC allows house arrest of Gautam Navlakha

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday allowed the house arrest of Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case, for one month on medical grounds, media reports said.

Odisha: Kandhamal – Futile Struggle

On October 11, 2022, a woman Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre was killed during an exchange of fire with the Security forces (SFs) in the Sindhi Forest area under Baliguda Police Station limits in Kandhamal District. A trooper was also injured in the exchange of fire. Another 20 Maoists managed to flee, taking cover of the hilly terrain. A country-made pistol and other materials were seized from the spot. The identity of the slain woman Maoist is yet to be ascertained; however, it is suspected that Maoists belonging to the ‘Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) Division’ of the CPI-Maoist were running the camp in the Sindhi forested area.

Chhattisgarh: Bijapur: Violent Upsurge

On May 4, 2022, the dead body of one person was recovered from the Modakpal Police Station limits in Bijapur District. In the evening of May 3, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres abducted two persons – Satyam Pulse and Bhima – from Guddipal village under the Usoor Block (administrative division) and later, after holding a 'Jan Adalat' (People's/Kangaroo Court organized by the Maoists), stabbed Satyam Pulse to death. Bhima, however, was released.

Bastar on high alert after intelligence inputs warn of major Maoist attack

Bastar: A high alert has been sounded in Left-wing extremism-affected Bastar division following key intelligence inputs from security agencies, which revealed that Chhattisgarh tops a list of five states where Maoists are planning a massive assault as part of a tactical counter-offensive underway from March and likely to last till June.

West Bengal: Brewing Menace

On April 26, 2022, senior officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) have warned the Police about possible Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) activities in West Bengal, along with its neighbouring States of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. During a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eastern Zonal Council that took place at the West Bengal State secretariat of Nabanna under the Shibpur Police Station limits of Howrah District, West Bengal, on April 26, an alert was issued by senior officials of the UMHA that the following 15 days would be extremely crucial for these four States, as there were central intelligence inputs of resurgent Maoist activities in the region. 

Indian origin cult leader convicted of rape dies in prison

London: An Indian-origin man who ran a clandestine extremist Maoist cult and was imprisoned for 23 years for multiple sexual assault cases six years ago died in jail, media reports said.

Maoists blast mobile towers in Giridih of Jharkhand

Giridih/UNI: Ultras belonging to the proscribed CPI Maoists have blasted mobile towers at separate locations under Madhuban and Pirtand Police station area in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

Telangana: Maoists Disquiet

On September 23, 2021, at least 14 jan militia (people's militia) members of the Cherla [Bhadradri Kothagudem] ‘area committee’ of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrendered before the Security Forces (SFs) in the Bhadradri Kothagudem District. According to the Police, the 14 jan militia members, who were forced to join the outfit, decided to quit they were unable to bear the harassment by leaders, who forced them do things against their will. Recently, they were forced to attend a training programme in the Pesarlapadu, Puttapadu and Chanda areas in Chhattisgarh.

Maoist: Lost Childhood

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), facing losses across India, is trying to rebuild its cadre strength. With voluntary recruitment drying up, the group has started focusing increasingly on forced recruitment of children. 

NSCN-K-NS: Persisting Challenge

On July 20, 2021, the Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) issued a statement questioning Nikki Sumi on his intention "to give peace a chance." The statement of the Working Committee read,

Madhya Pradesh: Creeping Consolidation

On June 29, 2021, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres abducted and killed a villager, identified as Bhagchand Adme (45), a resident of Bamhani village under the Bithali Police outpost, situated near the Kanha National Park, in Balaghat District. A hand-written pamphlet was found near his body, claiming that Bhagchand was an ‘informer’ and was therefore ‘sentenced to death.’ Balaghat, Superintendent of Police (SP), Abhishek Tiwari, disclosed that cadres of the Malanjkhand ‘area committee’ were suspected to be behind Adme’s killing.

Maoists: Explosive Intent

On June 15, 2021, Security Forces (SFs) recovered explosives, including Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials, and a huge cache of arms, following an exchange of fire with Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres at a forest near Kulabeda village in Malkangiri District in Odisha. No casualty was reported.

Chhattisgarh: Soldier kidnapped by Maoists after deadly encounter released

Raipur/IBNS: A commando, who was kidnapped by Maoists after a deadly encounter in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, has been released, media reports said.

Odisha: Continuing attrition

On January 30, 2021, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed two civilians in the Belghar area of Kandhamal District. In a handwritten note found near the bodies of the slain villagers, the Maoists of the ‘Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali (BGN) Division’ claimed that the two were among those who had tipped off the Security Forces (SFs) about the presence of rebels in the Belghar area, which had resulted in the September 9, 2020, encounter in which five Maoists were killed. The Maoists warned other ‘informers’ to surrender before their ‘Jan Adalat’ (People’s/ Kangaroo Court organized by the Maoists) within 15 days or else, they would be sentenced to death. They also warned that the State Government, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay, and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Intelligence, R.K. Sharma. would be held responsible for the loss of lives.