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Witnesses allege biggest anti-naxal operation of 2009 was fake

Posted by ajadhind on March 20, 2010


Aman Sethi

Villagers say that at least 12 of the 30 killed had no links to the Maoists

Gachanpalli: Aftershocks of the “Operation” still reverberate along the 35-km stretch of broken track, bombed-out schools and graves that leads from the Andhra Pradesh border to Gachanpalli, a village deep in the forests of Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

On 19 September, 2009, security forces claimed a major victory in which 30 Maoists and six police personnel were killed in the very same area. But villagers from Gachanpalli and the neighbouring hamlets of Gattapad and Palachalam told The Hindu that at least 12 of the 30 killed were innocents with no links to the Maoists.

Gachanpalli, Gattapad and Palachalam lie along the same axis on the border between A.P. and Chhattisgarh, bookended by two police camps at Kishtraram and Bhejji. In the two-day operation, the ‘Commando Battalion for Resolute Action’ (CoBRA) set out from Bhejji, a day’s march northwest of Gachanpalli, while the Chhattisgarh police came from Kishtaram, 15 km south east of the village.

“None of those killed in the operation was a naxal,” said an eyewitness from Gattapad, “The villagers were killed in cold blood.” The witness said that while six villagers — three of them over the age of 65 — were killed in Gachanpalli and their bodies left where they fell, security forces picked up three men each from Gattapad and Palachalam and subsequently killed them, passing them off as naxals.

“The Gachanpalli force came from Bhejji, we were attacked by policemen from Kistaram Thana and [salwa] judum members from Maraigudam Camp,” said a witness from Palachalam. “They asked us to prepare food.” The men-folk were also ordered to destroy a massive minar the Maoists had built on the remains of the village school. Earlier, the Maoists had blasted the school claiming the security forces would use it for shelter.

While villagers chipped away at the base of the structure, the force moved further towards Gattapad. There, security forces picked up Padam Deva, 25, Dudhi Pojja, 25, and Sodi Massa, 20. “Deva, my son, was herding cattle on the outskirts of the village when the force picked him up,” said Padam Chumri, her eyes filling with tears as she recounted the incident, “They dragged him to Palachalam at gun point.”

The minar was still standing when the force returned to Palachalam. “By now it was afternoon,” said an eyewitness, “The forces apprehended three more men — Sodi Sanyasi, 35, Dudhi Hadma, 35, and Tunki Sinna, 25. They told us they were going to Kistharam Thana from where they would head to Konta.” En route, the force stopped at a shallow gully near Velkanguda where, villagers allege, the six men were stripped and shot in cold blood.

The bodies were loaded onto a tractor and taken to the Andhra Border from where they were transferred to a van and driven to Konta. “We found their shirts and lungis in the gully,” said a Palachalam villager. In Dharmapenta, a village en route, villagers said they saw the tractor but couldn’t say if they saw the bodies.

The Hindu was unable to independently verify these claims. However, circumstantial evidence suggests the September 2009 killings merit further investigation.

The six Gachanpalli victims were buried in the village graveyard. A petition filed in the Supreme Court holds the security forces responsible for their deaths and has asked for a Special Investigative Team to examine the matter.

But questions are now being raised about the six victims from Gattapad and Palachalam.

Director-General of Police Chhattisgarh Viswarajan told The Hindu that the case had been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department of Chhattsigarh and an investigation was under way.

The police claimed at the time that “seven of the bodies of the slain naxalites were traced and six of them brought from Kistaram to Konta for identification and post mortem.” The September 19, 2009 edition of The Hindu quoted Konta subdivisional police officer Ravi Kumar Khure as saying that six Maoists were killed when they ambushed the Koya Commando unit of the Chhattsigarh armed police force. The police said four of the alleged ‘Maoists’ were wearing olive green uniforms.

Villagers and even some security officials dispute that claim. “Maoists do not wear green camouflage patterns,” said a senior security officer well versed in counter-insurgency operations, “They usually operate in civilian clothes or in an all black uniforms.” The clothes recovered by the villagers also suggest the bodies were stripped and put in uniform as an afterthought.

Speaking on background, sources have confirmed that “there have been instances when uniforms have been put on bodies after an encounter,” but insisted that such incidents were rare and difficult to prove.

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Posted by ajadhind on March 20, 2010

18 March 2010
Notorious AP SIB once again killed two senior party leaders – Comrade Shakamuri Apparao and Comrade
Kondal Reddy in two separate fake encounters on March 12, 2010. Comrade Apparao was abducted a few days
back and Comrade Kondal Reddy was abducted on March 11th night from different places and the lawless killers of
SIB shot them dead and concocted stories of encounter were released as usual. On the same day, Politburo member
and spokesperson of our party – CPI (Maoist), Comrade Azad, whose real name is Cherukuri Rajkumar, was also
abducted by these licensed killers. Comrade Azad was supposed to meet Comrade Apparao on that day and both
were supposed to visit Dandakaranya Guerilla Zone. But we lost contact with him since then. Home minister P.
Chidambaram and his police and intelligence officials might have definitely abducted him in a planned way. While
Comrades Apparao and Kondal Reddy were killed in cold blood in two separate fake encounters, Comrade Azad’s
arrest has not been declared till now. We are afraid that police officials are torturing him in secret chambers and a
conspiracy is underway to eliminate him physically. Particularly, AP SIB had killed so many Central Committee
members of our Party in the past. Comrades Shyam, Mahesh, Murali, Chandramouli, Prasad along with several
state and district level leaders were killed brutally by it after capturing them alive. And to create confusions among
the rank and file of our party and entire revolutionary masses, today police and intelligence officials have them self
issued a press communique to the media in the name of Comrade Azad, our Party spokesperson, in which
contradictory statement over abduction and killing of Comrades Apparao and Kondal Reddy. This is not new for
APSIB as it had issued fake statements and fake letters several times so that it could mask its worst crimes and
conspiracies. Through this fake statement, APSIB wants to create confusion that Comrade Azad is not in its illegal
custody and he himself has issued a press statement on fake encounters of March 12th from elsewhere. It itself
reveals that a deep and well-knitted conspiracy is going on to assassinate Comrade Azad.
Comrade Azad alias Cherukuri Rajkumar is one of the senior-most leaders of our Party. He was a brilliant
student of Regional Engineering College, Warangal, where he studied MTech in late 1970s. He led Andhra Pradesh
Radical Students Union after Emergency period. Later he went to underground and has been looking after political
and organizational responsibilities of the Party in various places for more than 30 years. And when the central and
state governments have declared their suppressive war against poorest people of India, they have been particularly
targeting party leadership. Comrades Apparao and Kondal Reddy were killed as a part of genocidal operation green
hunt and conspiracy going on to eliminate Comrade Azad is also a part of the same. We appeal to all democrats,
intellectuals, human rights activists, writers, artists, workers and peasants; to all democratic organizations of our
country; and to all progressive, democratic and human rights organizations abroad to protest and to condemn the
illegal and inhuman killings of communist revolutionaries being carried out by the government of India; and to
demand to produce Comrade Azad before court of law immediately.
Our Party has already given call for 48-hour bandh in six states, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar,
Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, three districts in Maharashtra (Gadchiroli, Gondia and
Chandrapur) and one district – Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh in protest of genocidal operation green hunt and
killings of Maoist leaders. On this occasion, we warn the government that if Comrade Azad would not be produced
before the court, our program of bandhs and protests will be continued. If any damage done to his life, the People
and the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army throughout the country will react seriously. And Sonia-Manmohan-
Chidambaram would be responsible for this.
Gudsa Usendi, Pratap,
Spokesperson, Spokesperson,
Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee Central Regional Bureau,
CPI(Maoist) CPI(Maoist)

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19 March 2010

Condemn the Illegal Abduction and Detention of Azad, the Spokesperson of CPI(Maoist) by the Andhra Pradesh Police! Ensure the safety of Azad’s life and his immediate

production in a court of law!

The Central Committee of the CPI(Maoist) informed the revolutionary poet Varavara Rao that Azad, senior leader, Polit Bureau member and the spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist) has remained untraceable from 12th March 2010 onwards. There is a strong possibility that Azad has been kept in illegal custody by the Andhra Pradesh police since then. Given the history of the AP police and its special anti-Naxal force Greyhounds and intelligence wing of the AP police in gross human rights violations, whereby it has repeatedly resorted to fake encounters and custodial killings, there are grounds to believe that his life is in grave danger. Last week itself, as the media has reported, two senior leaders of the CPI(Maoist), Sakhamuri Apparao and Kondal Reddy, who were arrested by AP police from Maharashtra, were abducted, subjected to brutal torture and killed in cold blood. Thereafter the dead bodies were taken two separate districts of Andhra Pradesh, the police claiming that they were killed in `encounters’ . Such illegal acts of repression have been regularly committed by the AP police in the name of countering Naxalism, and Azad might also meet a similar fate.

We demand that Azad be produced before a court of law as per the legal requirements, if there are any cases pending against him, or should be immediately released. The Union Home Minister P Chidambaram must not allow Andhra Pradesh police or any others to kill the CPI(Maoist) spokesperson Azad, and produce him in a court of law. We demand that the Central Government immediately halt its war on people named Operation Green Hunt, and initiate a dialogue with the concerned organisations.

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