India: last actions and State reaction after the Dantewada ambush

Truck on fire by the guerrilla’s action. Source: lokmattimes

Last week we report on a big guerrilla warfare operation in India, which was the biggest one on the last two years in Chattisgarh. After this action, Indian State is looking for the responsibles putting rewards on them and making new declarations about the priority to eliminate the ‘Naxals’. Local media report the following: “Making headway in the ongoing investigation of the Dantewada IED blast, Bastar Police announced the cash reward on naxals indulged in the incident. Notably, nine Naxal cadres belonging to the Darbha division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) have been named in the First Information Report (FIR) registered at Aranpur police station”. It also reports about an increase of the State patrolling in Nabarangpur, on the border between Odisha and Chhattisgarh states.

On the other hand, the Indian State is intensifying the investigations against alleged members of the CPI (Maoist), entering in several houses and alleged “offices” that allegedly serve as support of the guerrilla members. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) entered in at least 14 locations in two different states: “The searches in Jharkhand were carried out at eight locations including the Ranchi office of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikash Andolan (VVJVA) and the houses of the associates and supporters etc of CPI(Maoist) in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Ramgarh and Giridih districts. The probe agency in Bihar carried out searches at six locations in Gaya, Khagaria and Aurangabad. All the suspects whose houses were searched have links with Politburo / Central Committee members of CPI(Maoist), the NIA stated.”

The 27th of April local media reported on a new operation against guerrilla members: “Based on a real time actionable intelligence, an anti-Maoist operation was launched in Nabarangpur’s Raighar and Chhattisgarh Sobha border area on 25.04.2023 night by utilizing two units of SOG [Special Operations Group, an elite anti-guerrilla group of the Indian State]”. The same day was an encounter with the guerrilla members, that is described as follows: “On seeing the operational team, armed Maoists started firing at the Police party. On being fired upon Police returned the fire. The Exchange of fire continued for about half an hour.”

Regarding the First of May, at this moment there are reports on two local actions. On the first we already reported, about the burning of two tipper trucks. Local media report the following: “Maoists on Monday [1st of May] torched two tipper trucks engaged in Sharma. The incident took place in the jurisdiction of the Phulbagdi police station.” The second action is a selective anihilation of a police informer.

After the First of May, the actions of CPI (Maoist) continued, once again in Odisha state. On this ocasion, the Maoists put up some posters against a company which is looting the area. Local media describes the action: “The posters, written on white paper, have been stuck at various places in Kuenri, including trees and vehicles. Even several walls of houses in Kuenri bear the posters put up by the CPI-Maoist. The posters threaten the manager and staff of Pathak Kunari to leave the place and return to their respective homes or else they would be killed.”

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