Balaghat superintendent of police (SP) Gaurav Tiwari is on the target list of Maoists along with some alleged police ‘informers’ and people working for implementation of various government schemes in Maoist infested areas of the district.
The pamphlets, allegedly published by a North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee of Communist Party of India (Maoist), warned the SP and others of dire consequences.
The pamphlet, which has been distributed in the forests of Balaghat, around 450 km from Bhopal, says the Balaghat SP had made false claim over the April 7 encounter in the forest areas of Chukatola and Bhagwandehi in which a Maoist was injured. The left-wing extremists have accused the police of trying to seek appreciation over a false claim and threatened the SP and his team to be ready to face consequences for taking credit for the encounter.
We are verifying pamphlets’ authenticity: IG
Balaghat inspector general of police (IGP), DC Sagar told HT that they were informed about the pamphlet by the local media. “We are verifying its authenticity”, he said, adding that senior police officials from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Balaghat (MP) had met in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon on Saturday and agreed to increase the number of police outposts in the bordering areas shared by the three states. It was also decided to put more focus on intelligence sharing among anti-Maoist cops of the three states.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP), Balaghat, Neeraj Soni told HT that the pamphlet was published by the North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee of CPI(Maoist) and prima facie “did not appear to belong to the left wing activists.”
Sarpanchs warned to resign or pay MNREGA dues to beneficiaries within a fortnight
The pamphlets also warn sarpanchs to resign or pay MNREGA dues to the beneficiaries within a fortnight. It also appeals to the villagers to keep away from the police and not provide them information about maoist movement.
The pamphlet also urged villagers to emphasise on their rights on “Jal, Jungle and Zamin (water, forest and land) instead of taking television sets, sewing machines, radio and other items from the government.”
Maoists use Balaghat primarily as a transit area and a place where they can hide, when trouble mounts for them in the neighbouring districts in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
After a gap of four years, on April 7, there was an encounter between Maoists and police in Balaghat in which a Maoist was seriously injured
On April, 16 Maoists killed a villager, Surrendra Kumar Dhurve, suspecting him to be a police informer
In May last year, MP police arrested Diliip Uikey alias Guha, one of the most dreaded Maoist leaders in central India, from Songudda forests of Balaghat.