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Jharkhand Timeline 2010



January 1

The CPI-Maoist has not taken Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren's offer to initiate dialogue seriously and his appeal to them to surrender and join the mainstream has been dismissed.

Hundreds of students in Latehar District took to the streets in protest against frequent attacks on school buildings by Maoists in the State.

January 1-2

Two Maoist leaders were arrested from Gumla District in the night of January 1, Police said on January 2.

January 2

The CPI-Maoist-sponsored Jharkhand bandh (general shut down) evoked partial response with no untoward incident being reported from anywhere in the State.

January 2-3

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said that his Government is ready to hold peace talks with the Maoists and prompt them to be integrated with the mainstream of society.

January 4-5

Two valuable utility vehicles belonging to a contractor were set ablaze suspectedly by cadres of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, in the Khunti District of Jharkhand in the night of January 4.

January 5

The Maoists blew up railway tracks near Mohammadpur station in Palamu District disrupting train services between Garhwa Road and Sone Nagar stations.

Two Maoists were arrested from Tirilpiri village under Bundu Police Station area, about 40 kilometres from Ranchi.

January 6

The CPI-Maoist cadres fired on a long range patrolling team at Dumarjhar village under Bhelwaghati Police Station areas of Giridih District.

January 15

Six Police personnel and a civilian were killed and one Policeman went missing when the CPI-Maoist cadres blew up their vehicle in the Gumla District.

Fake AK series assault rifles were recovered when around 100 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel neutralised an illegal arms unit in forests close to Gobardaha village in the Chatra District.

January 17

The CPI-Maoist cadres in Palamu District have threatened villagers not to hold weekly markets so as to prevent any kind of supply to SFs.

January 17

Mining in the bauxite-rich Netarhat plateau came to a standstill on January 17 after Maoists triggered landmine blasts and set ablaze trucks on January 15 and 16 respectively. The Maoists set ablaze a truckload of bauxite near Pakripat in the night of January 16 and triggered a mine blast near Ambakona adjacent to the Gurdari mine. The Maoists had attacked a Police picket on January 15, killing seven persons, including six Policemen and a driver of the bauxite truck in which they were travelling. Reports later said that one more Policeman was killed in the incident.

January 18

Maoist's poster messages issued by the outfit in Shikaripara block (administrative division) headquarters in Dumka indicate that they are now willing to have a pie from 'corrupt' Government officials and employees. The rate fixed by Maoists for payment of levy against income through corrupt practices ranges from INR 3 lakh to INR 1 lakh on the basis of ranks respectively held by them.

January 18

The CPI-Maoist cadres and its splinter group Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Simant Committee (JCSC) were reported to have exchanged fire for more than half an hour.

Four cadres of Tritiya Prastuti Committee, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested in Chatra District. Self-styled 'zonal commander' Lamxan Ganju and 'regional commander' Mukesh Ganju, were among those arrested from Tandua area in the District.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said he was not against using force to curb Maoism, but maintained that if the solution lay in talks then there was no need for a "confrontation."

January 19

Villagers of the Patamda and Chandil blocks (administrative division) of the adjoining East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts took out a protest march against the Maoist bandh (general shout down) called for the second consecutive day on January 19 to exhort people not to give in to Maoist's diktat on one or the other pretext.

The Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said he hoped the State Government would give "clear directions" to the Police and local administration to "resolutely face the challenge of Naxalism".

January 19

A college student was shot dead by CPI-Maoist cadres at Bodam in the East Singhbhum District.

January 21

A group of around 50 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist poured petroleum products in machine rooms of three telecommunication towers belonging to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), Airtel and Idea and set them ablaze in Konwai village in Palamu District.

Inspector General of Police V. Deshmukh dismissed some media reports which said the anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand have been stopped.

January 22

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said he was not against the special anti-Maoist operation Green Hunt, but has also asked the Maoists to come forward for a dialogue.

January 27

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed one person and injured two others, including a woman, at Guhnandi village of Koira panchayat under Bodam Police Station of Patamda block in East Singhbhum District.

Over two dozen armed Maoists fired several rounds in the Narasingh Ispat Limited (NIL) premises, a sponge iron company, at Chowka, around 40 kilometers from Jamshedpur in Saraikela-Kharswan District sparking panic among the staff.

January 28

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and ruled out any difference with the Centre on the issue of controlling Maoist violence and expressed his resolve in checking the menace. He said his Government was not opposed to any offensive against Maoists.

January 30

The CPI-Maoist accepted the Jharkhand Government's offer to come to the negotiating table. Putting forth an eight-point 'wish list', the CPI-Maoist spokesman said the list included immediate end to proposed war on its own people and "de-paramilitarisation" of Jharkhand's rural parts. Gopal said all political prisoners, including Central committee leaders — Sushil Roy, Amitabh Bagchi, Mohit and women leader Shila — must be released unconditionally. He also demanded lifting the ban on the outfit and punishment for the police and intelligence officers responsible for "fake encounters".

Inspector General of Police (Ranchi Zone) Rezi Dungdung said that a major anti-Maoist operation will be launched in Palamau, Latehar, Garwah and Lohardaga Districts of Jharkhand.

February 3

A CRPF trooper was killed and two others were injured after CPI-Maoist extremists detonated a powerful landmine in the Saraikela-Kharsawan District.

Gobardhan Munda, a CPI-Maoist activist, wanted for the murder of Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar, was arrested following a joint operation by Khunti and Ranchi police. He was arrested along with four others, including two women CPI-Maoist cadres, in Munda's house at Surakocha in Khunti District.

Three persons were arrested in Palamau District of Jharkhand for allegedly supplying arms to Maoists. The arrested men were identified as Mohammad Ismail alias Mintu, Bablu Ansari, and Muzahir Alma, all residents of Latehar District.

February 4

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead three persons in Gumla District of Jharkhand.

The Jharkhand Police is gearing up to deploy the Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent in a major anti-Maoist offensive that is to be launched in the State very soon.

February 5

The Police detected a 10-kilogram landmine planted under a bridge and had defused it, foiling a Maoist bid to blow up Police vehicles passing that way in Giridih District.

February 6

Two CPI-Maoist training camps were neutralised by the Police after a fierce encounter at Nawagaon in West Singhbhum District. The Police seized important documents from the camps.

February 9

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a stretch of railway track under Nimiaghat Police station in Giridih District during their 72-hour shutdown, affecting train services.

February 10

Suspected Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) cadres shot dead Paramanand Ojha, local leader of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), at Plandu village when he was returning home at Taresa village in Hazaribagh District.

February 13

The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) Prashant Kumar Leyak, from Dalbhumgarh village in East Jharkhand.

February 14

Sanjiv alias Somen Munda, a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre was killed during an encounter with the Security Force (SF) personnel at Jiyan in Ghatsila sub-division.

The Maoists refused to release BDO Prashant Kumar Leyak, who was abducted from Dalbhumgarh village in East Jharkhand on February 13. The Maoists said that if their demands are not met the officer will be killed in seven days. They want Maoists in jail released and villagers who worked under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme be paid immediately.

February 15

The CPI-Maoist East Singhbhum-Mayurbhanj zonal committee demanded the release of 14 of its members for the safe release of Block Development Officer (BDO) Prashant Kumar Layak, who was abducted by them on February 13.

February 17

Accepting a demand of the CPI-Maoist for releasing abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) Prasant Kumar Layek Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said that the legal process had begun to free some of the jailed persons whom the Maoists claimed to be innocent. Later in the day the Jharkhand Police admitted that two of the 14 charge-sheeted Maoists were innocent and falsely implicated.

CPI-Maoist cadres killed a doctor, Chandra Mohan Soren, and looted the house of a ration dealer, Ramdas Soren, at Kalapathar village in Chakulia block of East Singhbhum District, suspecting them to be Police informers.

February 18

One PLFI cadre was injured and four Maoists were arrested at Ramgarh, Gumla and Lohardaga Districts. The PLFI cadre was injured in a gunfight with SFs at Jamtakemtoli village in Gumla. The injured extremist, however, managed to escape along with his accomplices into the forests.

Lohardaga SP Subodh Prasad said SFs arrested a self-styled Maoist 'deputy commander' Bimal Nagesia from Kisko. Nagesia was reportedly plotting to blow up a rest house at Netarhat, the SP claimed.

Ramgarh SP Anup T Mathew said that three extremists of JPC were arrested from Bhurkunda area.

Police recovered a 10-kilogram can bomb from near a road through which they were returning after patrolling some areas under Nawadih Police Station in Bokaro District.

The Centre gave its nod to Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren for swapping some prisoners other than hardcore Maoists for the release of the BDO Prashant Kumar Layak abducted by the Maoists.

February 19

The CPI-Maoist set free abducted Block Development Officer of Dalbhumgarh, Prashant Kumar Layek, in the presence of just two journalists in Dumaria block of Ghatshila in East Singbhum.

February 20

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and another injured when a bomb, they were handling, exploded at Goriadih village in Palamau District. The deceased was identified as Satyendra Yadav, brother of CPI-Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ Anirudih Yadav, who had been killed in Palamau in 2009. The injured Maoist was identified as Upendra Yadav. Nine other suspected Maoists, who were accompanying the injured Maoist to a hospital, were arrested by the Police.

Meanwhile, the State Government freed two of the 14 arrested persons whose release the Maoists set as a precondition to free the abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) of Dalbhumgarh Prashant Kumar Layek. Jasmi Mardi and her father Bahadur Mardi were granted bail by a court in Ghatsila, a day after the Police submitted case diaries before the court, coinciding with the release of the BDO.

February 24

Some cadres of the CPI-Maoist, led by ‘zonal commander’ Nakul Yadav engaged in a gunfight with Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Simant Committee, a Maoist splinter group, led by Sanjay Yadav in the dense forests between Makka and Ambapawa under Jobang Police station in Lohardaga District. According to Police, there were no casualties on either side.

Two landmines, each weighing 25 kilograms, planted near Pilpillo roundabout in Bokaro District, were recovered by the Police and paramilitary forces.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and told him that his Government did not have any difference with the Centre on the issue of tackling the Naxalites. Soren said the State would "jointly" fight the Naxalites.

February 25

Cadres of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) first shot and later set ablaze a truck driver’s assistant and set three trucks ablaze laden with bauxite near Amaradhalan village on Visunpur and Ghaghra national highway in Gumla District. The drivers of the trucks managed to escape. Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh said, "People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a Maoist [Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)] organisation, has taken responsibility for the incident by leaving a pamphlet."

February 26

Hundreds of tribals in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan Districts took to streets demanding a halt to 'Operation Green Hunt' in the State fearing loss of life and property of innocent people.

March 3

Security Forces seized a can bomb weighing 20 kilograms and four gelatin sticks each weighing two kilograms from a spot near Leyangi Pahar under Bandgaon Police station in West Singhbhum District.

March 4

A 19-year-old girl, Anju Kumari from Latehar District, was shot at and wounded by Naxals (Left Wing Extremists) because she filed a Police case against their leader Pappu Lohra alleging rape and assault.

March 7

One person, identified as Bitu Banra (56), was killed and five others were injured in an attack by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Dainmari village under Ghatshila block of East Singhbhum District. They also threatened villagers with dire consequences if found guilty of sympathizing with the Nagrik Suraksha Samity (NSS) or assisting Police to track down Maoists.

Six Maoists are suspected of having been killed by Police in an encounter near Tilaiya Damar village in the Latehar District.

March 8

Chief Minister Shibu Soren said the State is capable of handling Maoist menace.

March 9

Pandu Manjhi, a sub-zonal ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a forested area in Bokaro District. A 9 mm pistol and INR 10,000 in cash were seized from him.

Jharkhand Police launched a joint inter-State operation against the Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) from two strategic locations in the State’s East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum Districts, bordering Purulia and West Midnapore Districts of West Bengal.

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a 22 year-old youth in Garhwa District after abducting him for his alleged involvement in an illicit relationship with a married woman.

Birsa Badaik, Block President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party was shot dead by a 15-member Maoist squad led by its self-styled 'commander' Jageshwar alias Debu near his residence at Nava village under Bano Police station of Simdega District.

A Maoist training camp was destroyed and 10 landmines seized following a gunfight between Maoists and Security Force personnel using Indian Air Force helicopters at West Singhbhum District of the State.

March 12

The SFs neutralised two major CPI-Maoist training camps in Jharkhand and arrested a top ‘area commander’ and 20 cadres during the joint operations that were launched on March 7 against Left Wing Extremist (LWE) hideouts along the Jharkhand-Orissa-West Bengal tri-junction. The CRPF and Jharkhand Police arrested a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, Bhubaneswar Mahato, along the Bokaro-Hazaribagh border. His aide and suspected arms supplier, Quttubudin, is also in Police custody. Earlier, another Maoist ‘area commander’, Pandu Majhi, was arrested near Bokaro.

March 13

The SFs decided to extend Operation Green Hunt against the Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) to four new Districts of the Jharkhand bordering West Bengal and Orissa.

Dalma Gramin Suraksha Samity (DGSS), a group formed to take on the Maoists, has sought arms training for its members.

March 16

Marshal Topno, a close aide of top CPI-Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan, was arrested in West Singhbhum District during a combing operation in Maoist-hit Posaita area.

March 18

10 to 15 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up an electricity tower of the Damodar Valley Corp at Dhanbhumghar block in East Singhbhum District.

March 19

As the anti-Maoist operations cover new Districts in Jharkhand, the Maoists urged the Government to stop hounding them as they were "patriots" fighting against the capitalists.

Police decided to extend the operations in three more Districts-with one platoon of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) being deployed on the borders of Hazaribagh-Chatra of Jharkhand.

March 20

Four Government officials, including an Additional Collector, went to Palahia area in Latehar District to supervise works done under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme when they were abducted by suspected Naxalites but released hours after.

In a similar incident, a supervisor and three labourers were set free near Bansdih village in Gumla District, a day after they were abducted by Naxalites in neighbouring Simdega District.

March 21

A villager, identified as M Ansari (40), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Basua village in Gumla District. In 2009, two other members of the same family were killed by the Maoists.

March 22

A Policeman, Kalicharan Bodra, was killed when CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire on a Police patrolling team near Chouka Police station in Sareikela in Sareikela-Kharsawan District.

Suspected Maoists blew up railway tracks between Kokpara and Dalbhumgarh railway stations in East Singhbhum District disrupting railway traffic in Kharagpur section, as part of their 48-hour bandh (shutdown) in seven States.

In Bokaro District, four villagers were abducted by the Maoists from near Petarwar Police station on March 22. They were identified as Sushil Sao, Satan Sao, Santosh Lohar and Sidam Thakur. While Thakur was released later, the rest remained untraceable.

March 23

A villager, Rampati Gorain (65), was shot dead by the CPI-Maoist) cadres in Dumka District suspecting him to be a Police informer.

In Latehar District, the Maoists blew up a metre of track between Chhipa Dohar and Hehegarha railway stations.

March 25

Yamuna Yadav, a local worker of the CPI-ML-Liberation, was shot dead by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Dohnadrup village in Latehar District, after pronouncing him death sentence in a Kangaroo Court (people’s court) accusing him to be a Police informer. His bullet riddled dead body was found on March 25. He was abducted on March 24.

March 26

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Chotu Majhi, a security guard by slitting his throat at Telia Bahiar village in Giridih District.

Arun Yadav, a Maoist, was arrested from Tarwadih village in Latehar District. He was among the three Maoists who fired at Anju Kumari (17) at the Navrang Chowk near Latehar railway station on March 4 as the girl had lodged an FIR against Arun Yadav and Maoist sub-zonal ‘commander’ Pappu Lohra on January 20, for abduction and gang rape.

The CRPF launched a Civic Action Programme (CAP) as a tool to get close to the villagers and recognize them individually. Sanjay Kumar Singh, commandant of CRPF's 7th Battalion said, "The primary purpose of the CAP is to get close to the villagers and erase doubts about the paramilitary forces. Secondly, it provides a platform to recognize every villager in presence of the village head (gram pradhan/ mukhiya) and others."

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren said that the State plans to raise dog squads in all the Districts to strengthen the Police department in detecting crime and launching anti-Naxal operations.

March 27

Naxalites (Left Wing Extremist) killed a civilian in Bingada village in Latehar District. The bullet-riddled body of Puleshwar Yadav was found in the morning with a note left by the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Simant Committee, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, claiming responsibility for the killing, the Police said.

The people of Mahuadand village in Latehar District lodged a case with the Police against the Naxal violence and observed a shutdown in protest. The Naxals had killed deserter Jamuna Prasad on March 25.

March 29

Prabodh Singh Sadar, a leader of CPI-Maoist, was killed in an encounter with the Police at Baguidih village in Bodam Police station of East Singhbhum District.

Another Maoist was injured following a gunbattle at Merom Junga Pahari in Saraikela-Kharswan District. Police recovered explosives, Maoist literature, empty cartridges of Insas rifle and carbine from the incident site.

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building at Sohar village in Chatra District.

March 30

Around 25 armed cadres of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) attacked the coal-mining complex of Central Coal Field Limited in Piparwar in Chatra District and set ablaze four trucks.

March 31

Gobardhan Mahali (43), Dalbhumgarh block president of Congress party, was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Majbhandar village in East Singhbhum District.

April 2

Police arrested a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Jaleswar Mahto, from Bokaro and four sympathisers of wanted Maoist 'commander' Kundan Pahan from Ranchi.

Jharkhand Police recommended to the State Government to place a cash reward of INR 1.2 million on information leading up to the arrest of top Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan.

April 3

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Amar Singh, was killed in an encounter with Patamda Police, along with their counterparts from Bodam and Kamalpur and in coordination with the paramilitary forces, at Bantoriya village in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

April 3

Around a dozen armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a rest house with dynamites at Matlong in Latehar District.

April 4

CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school run by an NGO, Alternative for India Development (AID), at Chapee under Panki Police station in Palamu District. The Maoists had damaged the same school in 2009 as well.

April 12

Ajay Kumar, a resident of Jhalda in Purulia District of West Bengal was branded as a Police informer as well as an impostor by a CPI-Maoist kangaroo court and was beheaded at Khairachatar, a marketplace 42 kilometres from Bokaro steel city, in Bokaro District.

April 13

Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested and arms and ammunition seized in a joint operation by the Police and CRPF from the forests Hazaribagh, Bokaro and Giridih Districts.

April 16

Security Forces (SFs) detected three landmines underneath a road at Balivia in the Saranda forest of West Singhbhum District.

A six-member fact-finding team from Delhi was detained by Shyamsunderpur Police in Chakuliya block for "interviewing local people and moving around in Maoist-hit area of East Singhbhum District", where Operation Green Hunt was launched in March 2010.

April 18

Police arrested a PLFI cadre from Suguttoli village in Gumla District. The arrested Left Wing Extremist was identified as Shivnath Oraon, a resident of Mariytoli under Sisai Police station of the District. He is believed to be the next in command to PLFI sub-zonal commander Jogi Oraon, alias Jogiji. Besides arms and ammunition, a motorcycle and cash were seized from him.

April 19

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two pump houses at Karrampada area in West Singbhum District affecting water supply to the area. One pump house belonged to Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and the other to the Railways.

April 22

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead two persons at Lanjo village in West Singhbhum District.

About 20 armed Maoists raided the house of a man at Chapiyamadgadh village in Garhwa District and took him to a nearby place before shooting him dead, suspecting him to be a Police informer.

April 23

A Maoist was killed and four men, including two CRPF personnel, were injured in a fierce gunbattle between Security Forces and Maoists at Bandu village in West Singhbhum District.

Five SF personnel were injured when they were fired upon by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in West Singbhum District. The attack on the SFs came when they went to rescue two abducted villagers from Maoists' clutches.

SFs recovered 50 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a Maoists' hideout at a village under Angara Police station in Ranchi District.

A civil surgeon in Hazaribagh District alleged that a Maoist posing as Vinod Ganjhu, an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, gave him an extortion call demanding INR 500,000.

SFs arrested two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, from separate places in Hazaribag District. The woman cadre was arrested from a place under the Bishungarh Police station. The other Maoist was arrested from a place under the Churchu Police station.

April 24

A Maoist-turned-businessman, Praveen Jha, surrendered in the Tenughat Court of Bokaro District. At present, he is a resident of Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Jha ran a cell phone showroom and became a leader of the Lok Janshakti Party. He had several aliases like Sachidanand Jha, Praveen Khan, Shankarnath Jha, S. N. Jha and Shankar Jha.

April 27

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces and a village woman also died in cross-fire at Ladi village under Barwadih Police station in Latehar District. A rifle was recovered from the dead Maoist.

April 30

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist-backed Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad killed two employees of a private transport company in Chatra District.

Additional District and Session Judge, Ghatsila, M. M. Singh sentenced six Maoists to life imprisonment for waging war against the State and other cases lodged in 2007.

May 1

A 16-year-old girl affiliated to a Naxalite outfit was allegedly raped by other members for fleeing the camp in Latehar District.

May 2

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoists shot dead a registered medical practitioner, Subhash Mahto, when he was on his way to Jamshedpur from Bota village in East Singhbhum District.

People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) cadres shot dead one Sudama Singh near Bhelburu forest under Bano Police Station when he was returning home at Badkaduil village in Simdega District. Singh was a close relative of the CPI-Maoist's self styled ‘zonal commander’ Debu.

May 9

Two suspected cadres of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested near Mandal Jail in Chatra District. The Police seized INR 100,000 from them.

May 17

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Hemant Bage, a local Congress party leader, inside his vehicle and set it ablaze in the Lumbatoli village of Simdega District.

May 19

Baleshwar Yadav, supplier of arms and ammunition to the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by the Police from Armau village of Bokaro District. Police seized 40 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 1,040 metres length of wires, 280 detonators, cash of over INR 300,000 and other devices used in making landmines from him. On a tip-off by Yadav, the house of Kisko Ghashi, another arms supplier, was also raided. Fifteen kilograms of ammonium nitrate, wires, detonators and other things were seized. Ghashi, however, managed to escape.

May 22

Four suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist, one of them injured, were arrested on following an encounter with Security Force personnel at Dumri in Giridih District.

May 26

A suspected woman Naxal (Left Wing Extremist), identified as Urmilla (25), was arrested by CRPF from Aman village in Bokaro District. A locally-made gun, 50 grams of gun powder and 700 sticks of aluminium were recovered from her possession.

May 28

Upendra Singh, a Police commando, was killed and two others identified as Ashok Sao and Shyam Bihari, were injured in landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Chak village in Palamau District.

CRPF recovered an IED weighing 40 kilograms in Bhelki village near a bridge in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand.

June 3

At least 750 live INSAS rifle cartridges suspected to be hidden by Naxals (Left Wing Extremists) were found in a polythene bag from a pond at Changi Pahari village in Dhanbad District.

Jharkhand's Governor M. O. H. Farook said there will be no laxity in anti-Naxal operations and they will continue.

June 5

The SFs recovered four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), each weighing about 70 kilograms, and one can bomb weighing 25kg from Dungri Pahadi near Serangtoli village under Namkum Police Station, barely 20km from Ranchi, the Capital of Jharkhand.

June 6

The decomposed body of Sisir Munda abducted allegedly by cadres of the CPI-Maoist was recovered from Sunsunia forest at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum District. He was abducted by Maoists from his house at Jamua village in Ghatsila sub-division on May 25.

June 7

Government Railway Police personnel recovered 281 pieces of gelatin sticks and 10 pieces of detonators from the platform of the Hazaribagh Road railway station on the Howrah-New Delhi main line in Giridih District.

June 8

A villager, Hyuka Munda, was killed and his wife was injured when a group of suspected CPI-Maoist cadres led by Khogra Munda attacked them at Jamua village in East Singhbhum District. Khogra also reportedly suffered some injury when Hyuka's wife retaliated with an axe but managed to escape. But he left behind his 9-mm pistol, magazine and a cellular phone.

Five Left Wing Extremists were arrested by the Police from Gumla District. Four cadres belonging to the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were arrested from Silamkot jungle area while a Maoist 'commander' was arrested from Visunpur village of the District. Two rifles, live cartridges, Maoist literature, among other things were seized from their possession.

Three can bombs, weighing about six, four and two kilograms respectively, were recovered by the Police from an auto rickshaw near the District passport office under Jagannathpur Police station in the State capital Ranchi.

June 9

Two former bureaucrats were appointed as advisors for Jharkhand which was placed under President's rule in June 2010. Wilfred Lakara, a retired 1973-batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh Cadre and former State Director General of Police Rajiv Ranjan Prasad have been appointed as advisor.

Following the imposition of the President's Rule in Jharkhand the Maoists have started shifting their operational base from Jharkhand to parts of neighbouring West Bengal.

Two Naxals, identified as Chaitan Munda alias Langra and Budhram Lohra, were arrested by the Police in Khunti District. Besides 100 detonators, a pistol and four rounds of cartridge were also found during the raid.

June 13

At least 10 Left Wing Extremists were killed and eight camps were destroyed in Operation Green Hawk which was jointly carried out by the Police, CRPF and Special Task Force near Bandgaon in West Singhbhum District. Six Security Force personnel were injured in the encounter.

Two Left Wing Extremists, identified as Laxmi Munda and Tritiya Prasturi Committee leader Ashok Ganju, were arrested near Taimara in Ranchi District.

Jharkhand Police arrested, Laxmi Munda, one of the abductors of the slain Police officer Francis Induwar from Taimara in Ranchi District. Police also seized four-and-a-half kilograms explosives during the raids. Police said during interrogation, Munda confessed that Induwar was abducted and beheaded at the direction of CPI-Maoist leader Kundan Pahan. Pahan is still at large. Munda was among one of the three abductors who had abducted Induwar in October 2009. The beheaded dead body of the Police office was found later.

June 14

About 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Kajru Thakur, accusing him of being a Police informer, at Tilaiya village on the foothills of Luggu hill under Mahuataad Police station of Bokaro District.

Himmat Singh, a commando of the 203 battalion of the Special Action Force of the CRPF, was killed during an encounter with the Maoists near Chaibasa in West Singhbhum District.

Over 10 prisoners, mostly Maoists, were injured in a clash with other inmates inside Sadar jail in Garhwa District. Trouble erupted at the jail's sick room when both the parties asked the compounder to attend them first.

Sunena Devi, wife of the self-styled Maoist 'zonal commander' Binay alias Nepal, was arrested at Bhandaria in the Garwah District. Sunena was allegedly involved in two cases related to Maoist activity. Binay is already in jail.

June 15

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two pay loaders belonging to two industrial groups at Gua in the West Singhbhum District. The Maoists first set ablaze the pay loader of Adhunik Industry and later set ablaze to another belonging to the Runta Group of Industries late in the night. The Maoists also assaulted some employees of the industries before escaping from the spot.

June 17

A woman and her son were shot dead by the CPI-Maoist cadres at a village in the Simdega District. The Maoists went to their house at Dumaria in the night and dragged out the 28-year-old son. When his mother tried to intervene, the Maoists shot her dead. They also shot dead the son after taking him away from his house.

June 19

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Bosko Singh (36) in Jiyan village and Lakhiram Mardi in Bakrakocha village under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. The Maoists alleged that Mardi and Singh were Police informers.

The Maoists also shot at and injured Ramchandra Mardi alias Hopan Mardi, the president of Public Distribution System (PDS) dealers in Kasiabeda.

June 20

The Police arrested Bapi Mahato, one of the main accused in the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment case, from Rai Guest House in Jamshedpur. This is the fifth arrest in the case. Mahato, who is a member of the Maoist-backed Police People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) is one of the three main accused along with Umakanta Mahato and Asit Mahato.

June 18

A hard-core Maoist, Dashrath Mahto, was arrested from Chalania forest located on the boundaries of Hazaribag and Giridih Districts. Dashrath is the brother of Baijnath Mahto, an 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, and son-in-law of Nago Mahato alias Ranvir, a 'sub-zonal commander' of CPI-Maoist. He operated in Giridih and Hazaribag Districts. The Police also seized a regular .303 rifle and 26 cartridges which were stolen from the barracks of homeguards in Giridih in 2005. Some incriminating documents and Naxal literature were also recovered from his possession.

June 20

A hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Pati Ram Manjhi (40), a key associate of self-styled Maoist zonal commander Navin Manjhi was arrested by Security Forces in the night from Bishnugarh area of Hazaribagh District. Two firearms were recovered from him. He used to motivate the rural youth to join the group and involved in imparting guerilla training to them. He has at least 30 criminal cases pending against him.

Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging to suspected Maoists near Arani village in Simdega District.

June 23

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot at Binod Singh, the employee of a contractor engaged in road construction and critically wounded him at Itkhori in Chatra District.

A Government Amin (a person appointed by the Government to measure land) was also abducted from the District during the day. The Police were checking which naxal group was behind the abduction.

June 26

Two 'sub-zonal commanders' of the CPI-Maoist, allegedly involved in the murder of the former Jharkhand Minister, Ramesh Singh Munda, and the abduction and beheading of police inspector Francis Induwar, were arrested in Khuti District. "Two Maoist rebels, Santosh Munda and Vipul Lohra, have been arrested from Musanga jungle under Arki police station of Khuti district. Both were wanted in the killing of ex-Minister Ramesh Singh Munda, abduction of Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar who was later beheaded, and hijacking of an ICICI Bank delivery van and looting Rs.5 crore". The Police seized a rifle, live cartridges, INR 50,000, two landmines, 285 gelatine sticks and other materials from them.

Pradeep Mahto, an 'area commander' of TPC, was arrested in Salga village of Hazaribagh District. He was wanted by the Police in more than 14 cases.

June 28

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two villagers in Simdega District. Police officials found a letter in which it was written that the victims were members of the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), and were Police informers.

June 29

The CPI-Maoist killed a local tribal Congress leader, 45-year-old Bardhan Kachhu, in the Garhwa District. He was abducted from Barkol village hours before the 48-hour bandh (shutdown), called by the Maoists, began at midnight of June 29, and subsequently shot dead.

June 30

The Maoists killed a contractor, Kedar Munda, in the Khuti District after abducting him from his Salehatu village in the morning. His dead body was recovered from nearby forest.

In Jharkhand, this was the fifth 48-hours bandh being observed in 2010 affecting life in the mineral rich State. On June 30, for instance, around 60,000 trucks and 7,000 buses ground to a halt. Mining of iron ore in West Singhbhum and coal in Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh and Dhanbad was affected during the day.

July 1

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged the middle school Charai village in Palamu District. The Maoists hurled two bombs at the school. While one bomb flattened a room of the school, another did not explode.

Security Forces arrested a Maoist 'area commander', Mithilesh Mandal and two of his associates in Giridih. Mandal was allegedly involved in the killing of a Special Police Officer in June and several robberies. Two rifles and 193 bullets were recovered from him.

Another top Maoist cadre, Brajesh Yadav, who was a member of the Maoist firing squad, was arrested from Gumla.

Three more Left Wing Extremists were arrested in Latehar District. The extremists were arrested from a forest near Chandawa of Latehar. Among those arrested is Dewakar, an ‘area commander’ of the PLFI. Three pistols, two rifles, 12 cartridges, 18 SIM cards, eight mobile phones, one motorbike and one hundred thousand rupees in cash, collected as levy through extortion, were recovered from them.

July 6

The Police neutralised an arms supply racket with the arrest of nine persons from in and around the Jamshedpur Steel City and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition. Thirteen pieces of 7.65 mm pistols, 13 magazines, a revolver of six rounds, 443 assprted cartridges including 36 of AK-47 and 31 of INSAS were seized from the arrested men. Three motorcycles, nine cellphones and INR 230,000 in cash were also recovered from them. The Police arrested three of them during a transaction of the arms on a highway. The three - Pradip Kumar Pandey and Rohit Karmakar of Dalbhumgarh in East Singhbhum, and Baidhnath Mardi of West Midnapore District of West Bengal - were stated to be the main link between the Maoists and armed suppliers.

Seven trains were cancelled and the routes of five trains have been diverted in view of the Maoist shut down in the State.

July 7

Four Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) were killed in a gun battle between cadres of the TPC and a newly formed extremist group headed by one Pramod Yadav in the vicinity of a forest in Rabda in the Palamu District. It was also mentioned that Pramod Yadav was a former associate of TPC before setting up his own faction. "Yesterday night a gun battle took place between two rebel groups in the jungles near Rabda. Four rebels including Pramod Yadav died in the shoot out," said T Mathews, Superintendent of Police of Palamu.

The CPI-Maoist blew up the station building and relay room at Hehegarha railway station. Two cabinmen were kidnapped but released later. Police engaged the Maoists in a gunbattle in Hehegarha. At least one Policeman was killed in the crossfire.

The Police arrested a member of the Jharkhand Jan Sangharsh Mukti Morcha, a splinter group of CPI-Maoist, from a place near the Shankh river Police outpost in Lohardaga District. The arrested cadre was identified as Guddu Baitha (23) of Salagi Mahto Toli village.

Normal life was thrown out of gear in Jharkhand on the first day of the 48-hour Maoist bandh with a number of trains either cancelled or diverted and vehicular traffic remaining off the roads.

July 10

Cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed two persons in Simdega District. According to the Police, five PLFI cadres arrived on two motorcycles and shot dead Gopal when he was in his shop. His employee Govind was also killed in the firing. Gopal was a relative of Tileshwar Sahu, former chairman of the Jharkhand Pollution Control Board.

July 12

A cadre of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was arrested with 90 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from Jhumra hill in Bokaro District.

A top Maoist, Baron Manjhi alias Uttam, a self-styled area commander of Kasmar-Piparwar in the Bokaro District carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head surrendered before the Police. Manjhi also led the Police to a spot where they recovered four rifles, 410 bullets, a large amount of ammonium nitrate and Naxal literature.

July 16

Five Police personnel were killed and five others injured when cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast blowing up a patrol van carrying Jharkhand Jaguar Force personnel at Kutmu More in Latehar District. The patrol van was following the car of the Superintendent of Police (SP) who was returning after leading a long range patrolling in Maoist-affected areas. The SP had a providential escape as his vehicle had just passed the blast site few moments earlier.

A powerful bomb, planted by Maoists under a road, was recovered just one kilometer away from a CRPF camp at Bhawnradih, at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum District. The explosive was defused.

July 18

Some suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze six vehicles engaged in road construction at Ghatsila in Jharkhand. The vehicles belonging to a Ranchi-based construction company was engaged constructing roads in the village. Demand for extortion by Maoists was suspected to be the cause of arson, Superintendent of Police (Rural) S. K. Kujjur said.

July 19

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the site office of a contractor and set ablaze equipment and machinery used in executing the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana near Bhaduwa village in Ghatsila subdivision of East Singhbhum District.

Five cadres of CPI-Maoist involved in blowing up a railway station building earlier this month were arrested from Amradiha village under Barwadih Police Station in Latehar District. According to Police, one of the arrested Maoists is Arun Yadav, who had spread terror in the District. The Police also seized Maoist literature, maps and other incriminating documents from them.

July 21

The CRPF personnel recovered as much as 70-80 kilograms of explosives in a drain in the forest region surrounding Tamad village and Bundu village near Sate capital Ranchi city during a combing operation against the CPI-Maoist. "These are high explosives. If ten boxes of these explosives are used, then it can blow up a very huge vehicle. And we have recovered thousands of such boxes. The Maoists had hidden these explosives," said Nihal Singh, Assistant Commander, CRPF. "This is about 70-80 kilograms of explosives. There are thousands of explosive boxes. It has RDX as well," said Singh.

July 22

Jharkhand Director-General of Police Niyaz Ahmed announced that recruitment of Policemen would begin from August 20. Ahmed said 900 sub-inspectors and 6,700 constables would be recruited over the next three months.

July 24

Suspected Maoists set ablaze a coal mine in Latehar District.

July 25

An encounter took place between the forces from the State Police, CRPF and the anti-Naxal Jaguar Force against and cadres of the CPI-Maoist in forests near Bundu, about 40 kilometres from Ranchi in Khunti District.

July 26

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, were shot dead by Security Forces (SFs) in a 20-hour-long encounter near Korba and Rabo villages in Khunti District. The slain Maoists were identified as Mashi Munda and Chotki Munda. According to Police, Chotki is a relative of Kundan Pahan, South Chhotanagpur zonal committee commander of the CPI-Maoist. Two suspected women cadres were also arrested from the encounter site. "We suspect both of them are female cadres of the outlawed outfit,'' Khunti Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said. The SFs also recovered 40 detonators, electrical wires, medicines and bags from the encounter site.

July 27

A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Lilmuni (18) from Babuhan Tola of Sangrampur village under Gola Police Station, surrendered before the Police. Ramgarh Superintendent of Police Hemant Toppo said she had joined the Maoists with whom she spent two years in Ramgarh-Hazaribagh area and had taken part in two Maoist operations.

July 28

Villagers lynched a person and injured two others on suspicion of being cadres of CPI-Maoist at Gumadi in East Singhbhum District. The two injured persons told the Police that they were not Maoists and they were attacked while returning to their village. In East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum Districts, people guard their villages as Maoists on regular basis enter and demand food and extort money.

The CPI-Maoist zonal commander, Rajdeo Yadav, surrendered before Inspector General of Police (IG) Rezi Dundung of Palamu District. Yadav, also known as Koonan Yadav, Devnarain Yadav and Sagar, was wanted in 14 criminal cases. He was active in Chatra, Latehar and Palamu Districts of the State.

July 30

Not satisfied with the prevailing situation in the Naxal-affected areas in the eastern region, the Railways have decided to extend suspension of night movement of trains in parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand till August 3.The decision comes in the backdrop of CPI-Maoist observing a week-long 'martyrs week'.

July 31

The Jharkhand Government announced a new scheme for the Naxal (Left Wing Extremist)-affected areas in the State. As per the scheme 'Operation Nai Disha', Maoists who surrendered with rocket launchers or machine guns would get INR 100,000 and those who surrendered with AK-series rifle would get INR 75,000, Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Neyaz Ahmed told reporters. Similarly, between INR 15,000 and INR 2,000 would be paid for IED or explosive material, wireless sets, remote control, grenades, pistols, revolvers and rifles, he said. Surrendered Maoists would be provided security and their families relocated to a safe place while employment could also be provided, he said.

August 1

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Rajesh Kumar Munda (26), was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) near Heso village, about 13 kilometres from Ranchi. The SFs recovered a carbine and cartridge from the encounter site.

Giridih Superintendent of Police A.B. Homker said a hardcore Maoist, identified as Lakhan Singh, active in Jamtara and Giridih Districts, was arrested at a village in Giridih District. A pistol and two bullets were seized from the possession of Singh.

A District Development Officer, Sudhansu Bhusan Ram was taken hostage by Maoists for an hour, who complained to him about corruption before setting him free without any harm in Doki village of Latehar District.

August 3

The Hindu reports that five persons of a private security agency travelling by a car were killed when Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) blew up a culvert with a landmine near Pirtand in Giridih District.

August 4

Around 15 to 20 cadres of the TPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, shot dead Munna Gupta, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader a few kilometres from the Balumath Police Station in Latehar District. He was going to Balumath from Hehegara along with four persons on two bikes. His supporters were assaulted. TPC left pamphlets accusing the BJP leader of extorting money in the name of the organisation were found on the incident site.

Rajesh alias Uday, a top Maoist leader operating in both Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was arrested from an apartment in Ranchi. A reward of INR 500,000 was on his head. A woman and a man who were along with him at the time of his arrest were also interrogated to ascertain whether they too belonged to the CPI-Maoist.

Police arrested Lalan Singh Kharwar, an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, from Betha village of Garwah District.

Maoists set ablaze three trucks carrying bauxite mineral in Lohardaga District during the ongoing five-state-shutdown.

August 5

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Lakhai Soren, a casual employee of Bagjata mine of State-run Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), suspecting him to be a Police informer at Vikrampur village in Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum District. A Police team went to the spot and recovered the dead body.

Jharkhand Police arrested eight Left Wing Extremists [LWEs] along with their group commander. "We have arrested eight Maoists including Raghu Singh, who is the chief of a group. We have also seized arms and ammunition which include guns, pistols, mobile, notepads of Jharkhand Army (a Maoist outfit) and identity cards from them," said Narendra Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police of Gumla District.

Irked by the people's non-compliance with the two-day shutdown call on August 3 and 4 in Simdega District, Maoists circulated letters in the area warning extension of markets shutdown to one week. Posters were stuck all over the marketplace in Kersai block of the District.

Two Maoists, identified as Marshal Tuti and Suresh Munda, surrendered before the Jharkhand Police Chief Neyaz Ahmad. They also surrendered one carbine and one rifle. Marshal Tuti was the ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist while Suresh Munda was arms squad member of the outfit. Both faced more than 13 criminal cases.

August 8

Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in Kanda village in Palamau District in the night.

Police arrested top Maoist leader of Andhra Pradesh Narsimha Reddy from Upper Ghat area of Bokaro District, and a 9 mm pistol, a laptop and Naxal literature were recovered from him.

The SFs arrested Ulas Majhi with weapons at Harsha village in Hazaribagh District.

August 14

Sanjay Parmanik, a hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered to Inspector General of Police (Ranchi zone) Rezi Dundung. Parmanik, who faces more than 11 criminal cases, is a close associate of CPI-Maoist leader, Kundan Pahan.

August 15

The Police recovered five IEDs weighing between 25 kilograms and 35 kilograms near Jaranga village in Khuti District.

August 16

Damodar Singh, member of a Left Wing Extremist outfit, was arrested in Gumla District. A cache of arms and ammunition was also seized during the raid at his residence, said Police officials. Besides currency notes, several arms, including a double barrel gun, revolvers and bullets were recovered from him, said N.K. Singh, Superintendent of Police.

August 17

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead contractor D. Pal in Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District suspecting him a Police informer, Jharkhand Police said.

Maoists blew up a school building with explosives and detonators in Ziyan village in the East Singhbhum District. The Maoists left a pamphlet saying the school building was being used by security personnel.

August 19

A hardcore cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Sudama alias Chand Mahto (22), surrendered before Sampat Meena, DIG of Police in Ranchi. At a press conference Sampat Meena said some more Maoists are going to surrender. Mahto joined the CPI-Maoists in June 2007 and was deputed as ‘area commander’ of Chandil in 2009.

The Police arrested Ramchandra Thakur from a forest adjoining Barkatha and Bagodar area in Hazaribagh District. Thakur was the chief of Kishan Krantikari Committee (KKC), a front organisation of the Maoists, SP Pankaj Kamboj said. Seven of his supporters who were with Thakur during the arrest were also taken into custody but were later released when they said they would stay away from the KKC, Kamboj said. The arrested Maoist had been campaigning among the villagers to join the KKC, he said, adding the Police seized from him a bag containing the party's mouthpiece ‘Lal Chingari’, some leaflets, posters and other documents. The SP said after interrogating Thakur, the Police got some vital information about the KCC.

August 20

A top leader of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Alok alias Ashok, was arrested from a hotel in Birsa area in Ranchi city. He carried a reward of INR 500, 000 on his head and was a special area committee member of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, Police said.

An audit report, released in Ranchi by the State's principal accountant general (PAG), revealed that five Naxal-affected Districts - Palamu, Ranchi, East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Hazaribagh - have shortfalls of main strike weapons ranging between 29 to 64 per cent. While Ranchi, one of the worst hit Districts by CPI-Maoist activities, has shortfall of 64 per cent, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum have shortfalls of 42 and 47 percent respectively. In Ranchi District, the total strength of Police manpower is 4,895 whereas only 1,773 main strike weapons and area weapons are available, causing shortfall of 3,122 weapons (64 per cent). Similarly, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum Districts have shortfall of 969 and 1016 weapons, which constitute 42 and 47 per cent less that the sanctioned strength of Police manpower. Palamu and Hazaribag that always remain in news for Naxal attacks on Police and civilians, have shortfall of 29 and 45 percent weapons, respectively. "Though two units of Jharkhand Armed Police, JAP-one and JAP-five, were found to be over armed by 77 and 81 per cent respectively; the newly formed and centrally-funded India Reserve Battalion (IRB-2), one of the main combat force of the state Police, was found to be under-armed to the extent of 49 per cent," the audit report reads. The IRB-2 has shortfall of 463 such weapons. Similarly, only 12 per cent Police personnel deployed in these Naxal-hit Districts have bulletproof jackets and bullet proof helmets. As per convention, each personnel should have one set of bulletproof jacket and helmets. "The shortfall in strike weapons and their irrational distribution could lead to under-performance and casualties in anti-insurgency operations, especially in Naxal-affected Districts," the PAG, Jharkhand, Rakesh Kumar Verma said. The State Director General of Police (DGP), Neyaz Ahmad said, "Efforts are underway to purchase more strike weapons and bullet proof jackets for the State's constabulary. We have already placed orders for supply of such gadgets under the Police modernization programme."

August 23

Villagers of Salgi lynched a cadre of the TPC, a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist, in Ramgarh District. TPC cadres had been to the village to collect extortion money. The villagers confronted them and killed one of them and drove the rest of them, the Police said.

Ramendra Singh alias Guruji, a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before Inspector General of Police Manoj Mishra in Bokaro District. He surrendered with a pistol and live cartridges. Ramendra, a resident of Kaimur in Bihar, faces more than 17 criminal cases. He joined the left wing extremism in 1986, Manoj Mishra added.

August 24

SFs had an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in a forest near Basadera village in Ghatsila of East Singhbhum District. Two landmines, electric wires were recovered from the incident site after the encounter, the Police said. The encounter started as SFs retaliated when Maoists shot at them during a patrol in the village.

Jharkhand Government decided to mobilise special Police forces in the Naxal [Left Wing Extremism]-infested areas where the railway projects were stalled because of the extremists.

August 26

Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired indiscriminately at Pirtand Police Station in Giridih District, blew up a Government building nearby and set ablaze some trucks on the Grand Trunk road on the Dhanbad-Giridih border early in the morning to protest the arrest of their two associates. Police said the Maoists were protesting the arrests of two of their associates, Muktar Ansari alias Jalaad and his associate Dasrath Manjhi from Kendua village in Giridih on August 25. Ansari was carrying head-money INR 200,000 and was wanted in 30 cases.

Aditay Swaroop, the cabinet secretary of the State told the media that the Jharkhand Police would purchase bullet-proof jackets and helmets worth INR 70 million.

August 27

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Shahdeo Munda, surrendered before the office-in-charge of Shyamsunderpur Police Station in Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District. Munda helped the Police to recover three landmines planted by the Maoists in Ghatshila sub-division after his surrender, Jha added.

August 29

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked Sohban village in Chatra District, killing TPC ‘area commander’ Mohan Ganju and his associate Ramdeo Ganju. Another TPC commander, Brajesh Ganju, managed to escape from the village. TPC is a break away group of the CPI-Maoist. After killing the two, the Maoists blew up the house in which they were staying.

TPC cadres killed the brother of CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ Charleji in Latehar District, in retaliation against the killing of Mohan Ganju and his associate Ramdeo Ganju.

August 28

Seven Left Wing Extremists belonging to Swatantra Jan Sangharsh India Morcha (SJSIM) were arrested from Tetriyatand village in Latehar District.

Two Maoists, identified as Satyader Thakur and Ravi Munda were arrested in Logabura forest in Khunti District. Thakur was the ‘second commander’ of Janmanesia, a wing of the CPI-Maoist. Munda, a landmine expert, was involved in the destruction of the Jaranga mobile tower in 2008 and setting ablaze a truck in 2009. Police recovered a landmine, 10 empty cans, a pair of binoculars and equipment for making explosives.

August 30

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a villager, identified as Joseph Kandulana (50), suspecting him as a Police informer in Khunti District. The dead body was recovered near Ulung forest under Rania Police Station in the District, the Police said.

A Maoist was killed and a training camp of the CPI-Maoists was destroyed during a fierce encounter between the Maoists and the SF personnel at Marangpur in Khunti District. Personnel of the CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar Force (JJF) and State Police were involved in the operation. Two IEDs each weighing 40-kilogrammes and detonators were recovered from the Maoist camp after the encounter. Four UPS and inverters used in operating computer sets, wireless sets, flash lights and other materials were also recovered.

Two persons identified as Sohail Ansari and Islam Ansari suspected to be supplying weapons to the Maoists were arrested by the Police from Sector-9 of Bokaro Steel Plant at Madhudih village in Bokaro District. A pistol, two country-made guns and 14 cartridges were recovered from their possession.

August 31

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist assaulted a fair price shop dealer, Mukesh Prasad, to death in Turudih village of Latehar District.

September 1

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze three vehicles and assaulted a relative of a former RJD party legislator in Latehar District, Police said. About 20 Maoists raided Barihatu village and set three cars on fire by sprinkling patrol on them. They later beat up an uncle of Prakash Ram, a former RJD legislator, a Police officer said.

September 5

SFs recovered seven can bombs from different parts of the State during raids in Maoist-hit areas. While five IEDs weighing five kilograms were found planted on a road in Mankeri in Latehar Police Station in Latehar District, two can-bombs weighing 30 kilograms each were found planted on Sarjamdih-Barigala Road in Ranchi District.

September 3

Buddheswar Oraon, a person belonging to tribal community, and his son, Anil, were shot dead by cadres of the PLFI, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist over a land dispute in Adar village under Gumla District.

September 8

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Ajay Yadav of Nimiadih Tola village in Garhwa District suspecting him to be a Police informer.

September 10

A Police Sub-Inspector, identified as Satanand Singh of Ara, was killed and seven Policemen injured in an encounter between the Jharkhand Police and the CPI-Maoist cadres in the dense Talpahadi forest of Jama Block in Dumka District. Police sources said there are about 200 Maoists in the forest. Figures of casualties on the Maoist side were not available. The Police meanwhile detained two men and three women for alleged links with the Maoists.

September 16

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist released an official of the State Government whom they had abducted from Latehar District a day earlier. According to Police, the Maoists had abducted seven officials from Pagar village on September 15. Six were released in the evening but an official of the food and supply department, M.O. Kesar Murmu, was taken to a forest and was freed next day from Kurund forest.

September 17

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was shot dead by another faction of the outfit led by 'Jhangru-group' during a turf war in a forest near Duarseni village in Gumla District.

Two cadres of the TPC were arrested from Nauka village in Garwah District. Police recovered four rifles and live cartridges from them.

September 21

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons, suspecting them to be Police informers, in Adaki Police Station of Khunti District. The bodies were found near Gumharia. The Maoists left a letter warning villagers not to inform the Police about their activities.

Kashinath Singh Munda (40), an associate of Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, was arrested by the Ranchi Police from Silli Police Station. A resident of Kadambeda, he was involved in a number of criminal cases and the Police were on the lookout for him. According to Official Sources, he joined the Maoists in 2002.

Jharkhand Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh was reportedly threatened by a Maoist cadre as he forwarded to the authorities a complaint against an official of the State.

September 22

Ramesh Mandal alias Shakin Da, a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head, was arrested from Tilayia village under Lalpania Police Station in Bokaro. Ramesh is a key accused in the killing of CPI-ML legislator Mahendra Yadav who was killed in 2005. Ramesh was staying in the village for the last two years in name of Deepak Soren.

September 23

The CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on the SFs at Ratnag village near Jaigra under Pandu Police Station in Palamu District forcing the SFs to retaliate. Though the Maoists managed to escape to the nearby forest, the SFs later recovered one rifle, 30 detonators, wires, bags, ten sets of Maoists uniform and Maoists literature from the hideout.

September 24

Around 25 cadres of the CPI-Maoist went to Satparaghata village in Gumla District and shot dead gangster Vimal Oraon and a member of the Jharkhand Sangharsh Janmukti Morcha.

Three Maoists surrendered before the Jharkhand DGP Neyaz Ahmad. They laid down rifles, pistol and live cartridges. The surrendered Maoists were identified as Ringa Munda, Mantu Sahu and Ajay Kandula.

September 25-26

A CRPF trooper, two State Armed Police personnel and three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in the ongoing encounter between SFs and the Maoists that started on September 25 at Tirilposhi forest in West Singhbhum District. A CRPF trooper and two Maoists were killed in the encounter on September 26 while two Policemen and a Maoist were killed while an Assistant Commandant of CRPF injured on September 25. The encounter took place after the SF personnel, comprising CRPF and SAF, State Armed Police and District Police, were pursuing the Maoists following the neutralisation of a training camp in Nurda. The Police also recovered two weapons including a rifle, five hand grenades, among other articles. The SFs were still engaged in the operation to demolish the extremist base in the Saranda forest.

September 26

A top Maoist, identified as Prakash alias Neman Ganju wanted by the Police of four States of Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was arrested from Debu village in Simdega District. The Police also recovered ten detonators, five gelatine sticks, a revolver and four bullets, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Vinod Kumar Gupta said. Prakash is a self-styled 'sub-zonal commander' and came as the head of a firing squad of the CPI-Maoist, which had planned to perpetrate a crime in the District. Prakash had joined the MCC in 1986, and was also arrested in 2007 and was released on July 8, 2010.

September 27

With the killing of seven more cadres of the CPI-Maoist, the death toll increased to 13 in the ongoing anti-Maoist operation in the Saranda forest of West Singhbhum District that started on September 25. The operation was launched jointly by the Security Forces (SFs) of Jharkhand and Orissa. More than 4,000 SF personnel and two helicopters have been deployed. Director-General of Police Neyaz Ahmad said the bodies of some of the Maoists were recovered.

The Maoists blew up the Panchayat Bhawan and a hostel in Anandpur.

September 28

The fourth day of the anti-Maoist operations, SFs recovered four more landmines from the buffer zone of Saranda forest, namely Tirulposi, Digha, Thalkobad and Jeraikela in the West Singhbhum District. With this, the landmines count has gone up to 20.

The ongoing operations and telephone intercepts established that CPI-Maoist formed a company of 100-odd armed cadres who moved in a single group carrying sophisticated weapons and explosives aimed at SFs scouring the forests of Saranda. Telephone intercepts of Maoist conversations also indicated that they had designated Tirulposi in Manoharpur in West Singhbhum, about 50 kilometres from Rourkela in Orissa, as a ‘capital’ where they would gather from Orissa and Bihar regularly to chalk out strategy. Four Maoist cadres were arrested from Tirulposi village. It further reports that the Maoists were planning a Dantewada like attack against SFs in Jharkhand.

September 30

A 24-hour shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist in Ranchi hit transport services.

October 2

A cadre of Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JMP), a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested. The extremist was identified as Firoz Ansari, son of Kaleem Ansari of Rubed village under Jobang Police Station in the bordering area of Lohardaga and Latehar Districts.

October 4

Ranchi Police arrested a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Deshbandhu Munda, from an unspecified location.

Three Maoists surrendered before Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Praveen Singh, reports IANS. "They were associated with CPI-Maoist zonal commander Kunda Pahana since 2006. They were provided INR 50, 000 each and would be rehabilitated as per the surrender and rehabilitation policy," Singh said.

Intelligence reports suggest that Maoists have started hiring primitive Paharia tribes, which have a presence in the Santhal Pargana region.

October 5

SFs recovered 534 IED boosters containing TNT, a highly explosive substance, hidden in a CPI-Maoist natural bunker at Barida forest under Bundu Police Station of Ranchi District. The recovery was made on the tip-off by a Maoist, Bhola Pal, who surrendered on October 4. "Each booster weighed 125 gram and contained nearly 120 gram of TNT which takes total weight of explosive materials to around 64 kg in 534 units of boosters capable of bringing down a 10-storied building within minutes," said ASP (operation) Apoorva. The boosters were made on orders at an explosive material making factory at Rourkela in Orissa for quarries but somehow fell in the hands of Maoists, who were using it in IEDs to target security forces operating in the state," said SP (Rural) Michal S. Raj.

After a long search operation, the Jamshedpur Police arrested three Maoist cadres, identified as Shukdev Munda alias Ranjit Munda, Santhosh Murmu, and Indro Munda. While Shukdev was arrested from the Tasrisol forest, Murmu and Ranjit were arrested from forest in Ghatshila area of East Singhbhum District.

October 8

Two cadres of the PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were killed in internecine clash at Hessadih in Khunti District. The slain extremists were identified as Bitoo and Viki.

On a tip-off that a huge quantity of explosives belonging to the CPI-Moist, were stashed away at Serangidih in the same District a Police team raided it and recovered 345 pieces of explosive gel and 114 bombs.

Maoists blew up the vacant house of contractor Pramod Singh, who was killed on October 4, in Tulgul village of Bokaro District and left behind a poster alleging that he had been killed and his house blown up as he collected levy in their name.

Maoists abducted Kamruddin and Bilal Ansari, employees of a road construction company and set ablaze a machine at Chinia village in Garwah District.

October 9

The CRPF and the West Singhbhum Police arrested Nulla Bhikshapati (47), a member of the central technical committee of the CPI-Maoist, from Bandgaon in West Singhbhum District. Bhikshapati belongs to Andhra Pradesh's Warangal District. He became associated with Naxal activities in 1991 and trained activists in explosive devices. Inspector-General (Operations) R.K. Malik said: "A police team raided the Madra village and came to know that Bhikshapati was living there for the last one year. During that year, he held training camps in number of places in Jharkhand." Bhikshapati had also conducted training camps in Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

October 11

An ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ravindra Oraon, was arrested from Barwadih area of Latehar District on October 11. A locally-made pistol and Maoist letter-pads were seized from Ravindra. He was wanted by the Police in a landmine blast and encounter case at Tonga in the District.

Four LWEs belonging to Jharkhand Sanyukta Jan Morcha (JSJM), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested by Police during an anti-Naxal (LWE) operation in the dense forests of Katkumsandi in Hazaribagh District. Arms and ammunition were also seized from them. The JSJM cadres had allegedly killed several employees engaged in construction work of the ongoing Koderma-Hazaribagh Barkakana-Ranchi Broad-gauge railway line of the East Central Zone for "not paying extortion".

October 13

A Special Squad of Jharkhand Police arrested a left wing extremist, identified as Ashok alias Oliver Khadiya, and his aide Munna Urav from the forest area near Jamapani village in Simdega District. Ashok was a former ‘zonal commander’ of a left wing extremist outfit and was currently running his own guerrilla force in the CPI-Maoist-infested regions of the State. The Police also recovered arms and ammunitions from them including a regular carbine, 9-mm pistol, 27 bullets, around INR 26,000, mobile sets and Subscriber Identity Module cards.

Meanwhile, a time-bomb was found at a canteen at Kumardugi railway station in Dhanbad. The Police suspect a Maoist hand in it.

October 17

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a former cadre of the outfit, identified as Raj Kumar Sao, at Phulwar village under Dandai Police Station in Garhwa District. A note left by the Maoists accused Sao of informing the Police about their movements. Sao had severed links with the Maoists some time back.

Maoists killed a youth identified as Puna Khadia, a resident of Chhapartoli under Murkunda panchayat in Gumla District and threw his body on the road at Bartoli village under Gumla Police Station. Maoist ‘area commander’ Jogi Bhagat claimed responsibility for Puna's killing. He alleged Puna was killed as he was the ‘right hand’ man of Patrick Toppo who heads the PLFI gang engaged in extortion and road robbery activities in the area.

SFs recovered a huge cache of explosives hidden by Maoist from the forests in two different locations under Bundu Police Station of Ranchi District. Acting on tip-off that explosives being hidden in the forests of Pachakam and Churki forests, two companies of SFs launched massive search operations and recovered 257 high explosive gelatine bars, more then 100 pieces of detonators, 50 meter fuse wire, two 9mm pistols, a locally-made pistol, three claymore mines and Maoist uniforms and bags. "The explosives were hidden by Maoists to make IEDs to for use against security forces," said SSP Praveen Kumar Singh terming the recovery as a "major achievement".

October 18

Following a tip-off, the Police conducted a search operation near the Chenpur area and arrested Girivar Chaudhary, an ‘area commander’ of JPC and his associate Vijay Chaudhary alias Rajender from Palamau after a fierce exchange of fire. However, there was no report of any casualty. Eight regular guns, two pistols, 30 bullets and heavy explosive material were recovered from the encounter site. The two were once associated with the TPC.

Two TPC cadres were arrested on from Jameri village under Keredari Police Station area of Hazaribagh District. One of them was identified as ‘sub zonal commander’ Irfan Mia. Police recovered one rifle and live cartridges from them.

October 20

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in a four-hour-long encounter in a forest near Raghunathpur in Raidih Police Station area of Gumla District. The encounter started when a team of Security personnel was on its way to Chainpur on a regular patrol and a group of around 150 Maoist cadres opened fire on them. Two Police personnel are also said to be missing.

Two Maoists, identified as Sainath Munda and Budhudeo Terome, were arrested in Khunti District. Khunti Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said Munda was involved in the murder of special branch inspector Francis Indwar and the killing of havildar Narendra Pandey. Terome, he said, was involved in the murder of two villagers who were shot dead in September, 2010 at Koya village under Arki Police Station. Kaushik said based on tip-offs given by Munda, Police recovered 62 packets of power gel, 12 boosters and three boxes belonging to ICICI Bank, which were looted along with INR 50 million about three years ago.

A PLFI cadre, identified as Pratap Singh, surrendered with his locally-made pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition before the Police at Khunti. Pratap operated in the area of Siladon to Namkum and was wanted in three cases of murder and one case of setting ablaze a vehicle in 2009.

Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and discussed the State Government's preparedness for panchayat elections and demanded INR three billion as one-time grant for Police modernization. Munda also requested the Home Minister to bear the INR five billion expenditure incurred by the State on CRPF deployed in Jharkhand. He argued that since Maoist problem is a national one, the State Government should not be asked to bear the expenditure.

October 21

The body of one of two missing Policemen, identified as Falendra Mishra, was found near Uchdih-Ragunathpur village under Raidih Police Station, 10 kilometres from the District headquarters of Gumla. Falendra Mishra along with Nageshwar Mishtri had gone missing on October 20 after a four-hour-long encounter in Gumla District. Mishra hailed from Pupri village under Sitamarhi District of Bihar and was posted at Raidih Police Station of the District. Nageshwar Mishtri returned to Police headquarters.

October 22

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Roopnath Bhengra, at Saiko village in Khunti District suspecting him to be a Police informer.

October 26

Acting on a specific tip-off about a squad led by CPI-Maoist, ‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan in the forests of Getalbeda and Gamharia villages under Arki Police Station in Khunti District, a Police party led by SP Manoj Kaushik raided the forests and neutralised a Maoist camp. Around 25 to 30 Maoists were camping for last couple of days in the camp. On seeing the Police party coming so close to the squad, Maoists opened fire and engaged the Security Forces in a fierce encounter. However, no one was injured in the encounter, said Kaushik. Police recovered some tarpaulin, Maoist literature and mobile charges from the encounter site.

Police arrested Cecelia Guriya alias Rupa aka Monica Dang (22), in a shuttle taxi ferrying passengers at Satranji 15 kilometers away from the State capital Ranchi. Cecelia is said to be the girlfriend of Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan. "She hailed from Pinding in Khunti and joined the Maoist fold seven years ago. She trained at Saranda and then worked with Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ Prasad in Rania. When Pahan met and fell in love with her, she was sent to work in Bundu-Tamar in January. He then sent her for computer training at an institute in Khunti to make her a cadre of the Maoists’ technical cell," SSP Praveen Kumar said. Cecelia, who had been living in a rented house at Bahu Bazar for the last three months, was assigned the task of helping Maoists get proper medical treatment in city hospitals. She was also responsible for receiving Maoist leaders coming from different parts of the country for organisational work in the State, Kumar added. Further, Police recovered 30 rounds of ammunition which Cecelia was taking them to Pahan for test-firing and a letter from arrested CPI-Maoist politburo member Amitabh Bagchi.

October 27

An ‘area commander’ of TPC, identified as Anand Ganju, was arrested from Giddi area of Ramgarh District, around 60 kilometers from Ranchi. A pistol and live cartridges were recovered from him, Police said.

October 28

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter at Jaspur village in Chatra District. The encounter took place when a team of CRPF and State Police personnel came under fire from the Maoists during an operation. A rifle, cartridges and Maoist literature were recovered from the incident site.

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided the coal warehouse of the State-owned Central Coalfield Ltd (CCL), assaulted a staff member, and set ablaze two vehicles in Dakra in Ranchi District.

October 30

Four Maoists, including three women, were arrested after a brief encounter with Security Forces in the forests of Khunti. The gun-fight broke out during an anti-Naxal operation between Iti and Pangura forests with both the sides exchanging about 180 rounds of fire. The Security Forces seized 28 pieces of explosive gel and INSAS rifle ammunition.

October 31

Cadres of the TPC numbering over 50 raided Bundu village in Hazaribagh District and damaged the houses of six villagers with a JCB machine in protest against the arrest of Mohammad Irfan, the zonal ‘commander’ of the outfit, from Bundu region on October 19.

Police arrested Sushila Munda (21), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, from Khunti District for facilitating recruitment and supplying Maoist literature to like-minded fellow students. Sushila is a student of first-year Intermediate of Science (ISc) at PPK College, Bundu. Sushila belongs to Mahuatand village in the District. Some recruitment forms were also found in her possession. "Sushila Munda had even served in the armed squad of zonal commander Kundan Pahan and it was with his help she got admission in the college," said SSP Praveen Kumar Singh.

November 1

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot at a man identified as Chedi Singh in Lohardaga District for donating land to the Police to set up a picket at Chatti village in the District. The condition of Singh was stated to be critical.

November 4

Three landmines were recovered from the outskirts of Ranchi during anti-CPI-Maoist operations. The landmines, including one remote-controlled claymore landmine, were recovered from the forest areas of Bundu. The weight of the landmines varies from 20 kilograms to 40 kilograms. It was a joint search operation of the State Police and the CRPF. In the last three months, more than 50 landmines were recovered from the State during such operations.

November 7

Basu Matari, a trooper of 26th Battalion in the CRPF, was killed when a bomb planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded in Bokaro District. "During a search operation on Jhumra hills in the District, which was predominantly an operational belt for the Maoists, the CRPF troop spotted a Maoist flag. Matari went up to remove the flag, which triggered the bomb, killing him on the spot," CRPF Commandant M.I. Mallik said. The police had found posters by the Maoists call for a boycott of rural polls in Lohardaga and Gumla Districts earlier this week.

Maoists triggered a blast at Satbahani railway station in Palamau District, some 170 kilometres from Ranchi and abducted the station manager, a Police official said.

The Maoists triggered blasts using dynamites at panchayat buildings in Rajhara village of Vishrampur block and Basna village of Nava block in the District. No one was injured in both the blasts.

The CPI-Maoist called for a 24-hour shutdown from November 7 midnight till November 8, midnight to protest US President Barack Obama's four-day India visit.

November 10

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist reportedly poisoned a pond atop Jhumra hills close to a CRPF camp. Around 200 CRPF troopers and hundreds of villagers around Jhumra hills depend on the pond for drinking water. CRPF, under its civic action plan, has used the pond to provide drinking water to the people. Water from the pond goes to a filtration plant from where it is supplied through two separate pipelines to the village and CRPF camp. ''CRPF troopers were alert and that saved life of many. This is the first time when Maoists have used such an inhuman method,'' said Bokaro Superintendent of Police Saket Singh.

November 11

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist severed the head and legs of a man who was given "death sentence" by a "kangaroo court" at Beluaghati in Giridih District. The Maoists claimed responsibility for the killing and pasted a poster on the distorted body stating that the man was killed after being branded as a supporter of the "reactionary forces at a jan adalat" staged by the Maoists.

Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Umesh Paswan, from Muhamadgang area in Palamu District. Police recovered six rifles, one carbine and a number of pistols from him.

Police arrested two Maoists, identified as Shankar Pradhan, an 'area commander' and a cadre, identified as Ram Narayan Gope from Gumla District. Two-country made knifes, four bullets and one mobile phone set was recovered from them.

One more Maoist cadre was arrested near Palkot thane in the same District.

November 12

Three CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in Jhumra hills in Bokaro District. According to the Police, the CRPF personnel were patrolling the Jhumra hills when the Maoists triggered the landmine blast.

November 15

14-year-old Barun Munda, a cadre of the CPI-Maoist who surrendered before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghatsila on November 8 has pleaded before the Jharkhand Police to help him pursue studies claiming that he had been 'trapped' by the Ghurabandha squad of the Maoists.

November 16

Police arrested a Maoist cadre, identified as Direndra Singh, during routine check in Dhanbad District and took him for interrogation in Barbadda Police Station. The Maoist was found dead in the custody in the morning of November 17.

November 18

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead four persons, identified as Pradip Munda, his 8-year-old daughter and two friends, Sanjay Mahto and Soram Munda, charging them of helping the Police in their anti-Maoist operations at Baruhatu village of Bundu area in Ranchi District.

November 21

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with Security Forces (SFs) at Borha village in Jharkhand. An INSAS rifle, four magazines, eight wireless sets, a cane bomb of 20 kg, 26 rounds of ammunition, one walkman and six audio cassettes were recovered from the encounter site.

Some Maoists ran away leaving behind a laptop and INR 300,000 in cash when the SFs raided a hideout at Kumari village in Gumla District.

November 22

Two associates of Arup Mochi alias Arun, Dalma squad ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Maheshwar Mahto and Ganesh Chandra Tudu, were arrested after an encounter with the Police at Borha village of East Singhbhum District. "We have detained one more person for interrogation. We have also recovered two Police rifles, one 9 mm pistol and one 7.65 mm pistol along with a large quantity of live cartridges and cash," Deputy Inspector General of Police Navin Kumar Singh said.

November 26

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sunita Kumari and Trilochan Munda, surrendered before Ranchi SSP Praveen Singh in Ranchi. The duo was wanted in more than 13 criminal cases. Sunita is the first woman Maoist to surrender in the State. They will be rehabilitated under the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the State. Jharkhand Police has reportedly started the Nai Disha (New Direction) scheme to encourage Maoists to surrender.

Extending a call for a complete boycott of panchayat elections in the District, the Maoists have asked villagers to abstain from voting and contesting the polls. Central Zonal Committee of the CPI-Maoist spokesperson Paramjeet said that Maoists have a wide base in rural areas and the panchayat election is nothing but a conspiracy of the ruling class to create a divide among the cadres. "We have appealed to our sympathisers and villagers to keep away from the polls but action could be harsh if someone from within the party decides to contest the election," Paramjeet said.

November 27

In Khunti District, one suspected Maoist, Soma alias Marshal, was arrested during a search operation. A 50 kilograms bomb, 105 pieces of detonators, 30 kilograms of potassium nitrate and 10 kilograms of mixed explosive powder were also recovered.

Police recovered two landmines from Khapia village of Latehar District.

November 28

Two CPI-Maoist cadres were shot at in a gun battle, which began during a search operation, at Gamahria under Adki Police Station area in Khunti District. One of them might have died "as per our information", Superintendent of Police Manoj Kaushik said. The two were, however, taken away by their associates. About hundred bullets were exchanged in the one-hour gun-battle, he said adding an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing about 50 kilograms was later recovered from under a culvert.

About 15 to 20 Maoists raided Khura village and blew up a Panchayat building in Latehar District. No one was injured in the incident.

December 1

A group of CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead and then beheaded a farmer, identified as Pradeep Singh, in Doodhapani region in Jamtara District. The Maoists suspected Pradeep as a Police informer, Superintendent of Police (SP) M P Lakda said.

December 2

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist carried out a poster campaign asking people not to participate in the village council polls in Simdega District.

December 4

Nunulal Marandi, the younger brother of former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, survived a CPI-Maoist attack at Chatro Bazar under Deori Police Station area of Giridih District. His Personal Security Officer, Prabhu Soren, is reported missing after the Maoists attacked Nunulal's vehicle.

December 6

Suspected cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, killed a villager, identified as Mohan Sahu (28) on the border between Gumla and Raidih Police Stations. The Police recovered the body on the bank of a rivulet under Silam panchayat of Raidih Police Station in the morning of December 7. The deceased was a resident of Jorag village under Gumla Police Station and a local contractor by profession.

December 8

A self-styled ‘sub-zonal commander’ of CPI-Maoist, identified as Surendra Ram alias Prasant was arrested from Makri village in Garhwa District. Prasant, ‘Koel-Sankh zone commander’, was arrested while he was urging people to vote for his wife, Seema Devi, in the ongoing panchayat polls. He was involved in nine criminal cases including murder, Police said. One pistol and live cartridges were recovered from him. The five-phase panchayat polls in Jharkhand began from November 27.

December 11

Seven cadres of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Khelari and Budmu Police Stations of Ranchi District. The arrestees were operative in Khelari, Ranchi and Budmu and were largely involved in kidnapping, arson and extortion in the group of ‘area commanders’ Alok Yadav and Meenu Yadav. Among the arrested include Arun Dome, Suraj Ram alias Chatta, Anil Ram, Sunil Ram, Ramie Ram and Surendra Paswan who were arrested under Khelari Police Station and Balkeshwar Sahu under Budmu Police Station. Police recovered three .315 bore pistols and one regular pistol, five live bullets and four cell phones from their possession. Arun Dome was earlier involved in several incidents and has been to jail in 2005 in an extortion case under Lower Bazaar Police Station. Suraj Ram was also a wanted criminal and has been associated with PLFI since 2002 and involved in several incidents. Similarly, Balkeshwar Sahu acted as courier for PLFI leaders and commanders and used to pass letters and other equipments to them.

December 13

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired at voters in Parangir village under Bandhgaon block in West Singhbhum District during the third phase of the panchayat elections. The Maoists fled after the Police and para-military forces retaliated, SP A. K. Singh said. There were no casualties and the polling went on smoothly, Singh added. The earlier two phases were held peacefully on November 17 and December 2. The panchayat elections, being held after a gap of 32 years, will have two more phases on December 20 and December 24.

The Maoists triggered a landmine blast in Rajpur village, minutes after a polling party crossed the area in Chatra District, SP Prabhat Kumar said.

The 133rd Battalion of the CRPF and the District Police arrested three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, from Tamar-Arki road in Ranchi District. Four quintals of explosives and a large number of gelatine sticks were recovered from the Maoists, Police said, adding that they suspected the Maoists intended to disrupt the ongoing panchayat polls. The arrestees are yet to be identified by the Police.

December 14

A woman Maoist 'commander' was arrested from Gurabandha of East Singhbhum District. Police are yet to identify her. Police recovered Maoist literature and some other incriminating materials from her.

December 16

Cadres of the PLFI killed two persons and injured two others for sympathising the CPI-Maoist in Soya village, 110 kilometres from State capital Ranchi in Simdega District. The victims are yet to be identified by the Police.

December 18

Mukund Singh, a contractor and a former block Congress Party president, was shot dead by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Urmal village under Chowka Police Station in Seraikela-Kharsawan District. The motive behind the killing could not be ascertained as yet, Police said.

A Maoist was killed in a gun battle with the Police in Moranburu forest of Khuti District. A Maoist camp was also neutralised during the operation.

Four cadres of the JPC, a break away faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Lesliganj area in Palamau District. A revolver and live cartridges were seized from the arrested Maoists. Police is yet to identify them.

December 20

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist tried to disrupt the fourth and penultimate phase of the panchayat polls in some places in Jharkhand. According to Police, Maoists opened fire from the hilly terrain in Baridih Kanpur panchayat (booth No. 17) in Chakulia block in the early hours to terrorize the voters but the SFs compelled the Maoists to retreat. SFs recovered six cylinder bombs buried under a road in Hunterganj in Chatra District. About 1.3 million voters, 66 percent of the electorate voted in the panchayat polls.

December 21

A joint team of the CRPF and Bokaro Police raided a well-equipped chemical laboratory run by CPI-Maoist in Chandrapur industrial area in Bokaro District. The team arrested three top cadres of the Maoists, identified as Ram Kumar Pandit alias Langra alias Sanjay, the Maoist ‘R&D wing’ in-charge and a ‘zonal commander’ of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC), Devendu Singh (54) alias Anandji alias Subodhji, a special ‘area committee’ member and Jai Prakash Singh (53) alias Dinesh alias Shiv Shankar, a sympathiser.

A powerful landmine probably targeting SFs carrying ballot boxes after panchayat election was found planted on a road connecting Manatu and Padma under Manatu Police Station in Palamu District. SP Anup T Mathew told newspersons that the Maoists planted the landmine to target the SFs returning with the ballot boxes after completion of the 4th phase of the panchayat election on December 20. However, the SFs combing the area in view of the election detected the explosive timely and defused it in a nearby jungle, Mathew said.

December 22

Police arrested Karan Kumar Gupta alias Guptajee, a top cadre of PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist from Ita-Barhi village under Bhandra block in Lohardaga District. The Police were tipped off about Gupta's bid to sell his rifle. Police recovered four cartridges from him. "Gupta had shifted to Tainsera in Chakradharpur and Ranchi, where the PLFI has a presence but had returned to Lohardaga recently", SP Aseem Vikrant Minz said.

December 23

Police arrested a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Sanjay Marandi alias Kajan Marandi (25) from Talpahadi in Kathikund block in Dumka District. Marandi was involved an ambush on a Police search party, killing an officer, on September 10, SP Hemant Toppo said. Marandi led an armed squad of the outfit comprising 30 cadres and was a resident of Pirtand in Giridih District. "He was involved in almost all ambushes on Security Forces in the District," Toppo added.

CPI-Maoist politburo member Amitabh Bagchi (53) was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court. Bagchi had moved the High Court against an order of a fast-track court, which had awarded him life sentence. However, he will not be released from jail because he has been remanded in a criminal case pending in Andhra Pradesh. A native of West Bengal, Bagchi was arrested from Ranchi railway station on August 24, 2009.

December 24

Two CRPF troopers were killed in an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Godda District during the fifth and final phase of the panchayat elections. Later the Maoists set ablaze three vehicles in the District, Police officials said.

A CRPF trooper was killed when an IED exploded on a culvert during anti-Maoist patrolling in Nagratonagra village near Saranda forest in West Singhbhum District. Stating that it was not related to last phase of panchayat polls, IG (Operation) RK Malik said the incident took place during patrolling of the SFs. Three others were also injured and the Police vehicle too was destroyed in the explosion.

The Maoists and the SFs exchanged fire in which two Policemen were injured during the encounter in Chirkinala village in Pirtanda in Giridih District, DCP Vandana Dadil said.

Maoists set ablaze three vehicles and disrupted balloting at a polling booth in Garhwa District, Jharkhand Police spokesperson said.

The highest of 71 percent polling was recorded in Ranchi and the lowest was recorded in West Singhbhum District with 58 percent. The final phase began amid tight security arrangements at 7 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. Voting took place for 242 panchayats spread over 14 blocks of five districts. A total 10,262 candidates are in the fray. The five-phase panchayat elections began on November 27 and ended on December 24.

Two cadres of JPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Harhan village under McCluskieganj Police Station in Ranchi District. The extremists identified as Dasai Ganju and Dhurwa Ganju, wanted for the abduction of a CCL employee, identified as Shyam Kishore Prasad from his Baseria village under Khelari Police Station. Dasai and Dhurwa were working under a squad led by ‘area commander’ Nandu Ganju. Prasad, brother of wing commander R K Prasad posted in Delhi, was released after two days of his abduction, reportedly after a ransom payment of INR 1 million to the extremists.

December 25

Jharkhand Police launched a mass awareness campaign in Gumla District, to enlighten the villagers about the misconceived objectives of the Maoists so that they do not get influenced by the ideology of the Maoists. The local Police tried to portray the real picture in front of the villagers through a street play. "We have done this programme to aware the people of this area. We were quite successful in it and good message has reached to the people. We wanted to give this message through street play that how people who have joined terrorist group can come back to the society. We have rehabilitation center in our State. Any terrorist can surrender with weapons," Inspector of Police Aamsi Hussain said.

December 27

A LWE belonging to Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JJP), a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in a gun battle with the Bharatiya Communist Party (BCP), another Maoist splinter group, in Palamu District. After the gun battle was over, another two JJP cadres were 'captured' and taken away by the BCP. Senior members of BCP to punish the two captured cadres organised a kangaroo court and in a 'rare judgment' gave 'freedom' to the two cadres during the weekend and threatened them of dire consequences if they did not leave JJP permanently. "The people's court has been organised by the BCP. We have been given a chance this time to change our mindset. They have threatened us that if we do not change then next time they would not allow us to walk away us freely," said, Kamesh Parhia, one of the freed cadres.

Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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