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January 1

Seven persons were arrested for having alleged links with the CPI-Maoist and planning to abduct a Government official in Keonjhar.

A top Maoist, identified as K.Trimurty alias Singanna, surrendered in Malkangiri District

January 2

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a gram panchayat (village level self-Government institution) office building and a go down in Malkangiri District during a bandh (general shut down) called by the outfit against alleged Police excesses.

January 5

The Border Security Force (BSF) is likely to set up a battalion headquarters in Orissa.

The State Government had demanded deployment of seven battalions of para-military forces in the State in view of the recent spurt in the attacks by the CPI-Maoist in the Districts adjoining Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Besides, it had also demanded a special grant of INR 1,000 crore.

January 6

A number of villagers are compelled to migrate to different places for safety following threats from CPI-Maoist cadres in Sundergarh District.

January 7

A woman CPI-Maoist recently surrendered to the Police in the Rayagada District to escape a forced marriage with a fellow extremist.

While infrastructure programme like the rural connectivity is not making headway in the hinterland due to direct opposition from the Maoists, rural electrification programme is not facing any problem from the Maoists.

January 8

With officials reluctant to work in Maoist-hit backward Districts of Orissa, the State Government said it was formulating a policy to provide financial and other incentives to non-Police employees too.

January 10

Deogarh District Police recovered detonators, live ammunition, utensils and a sewing machine from Pindki forest under Riamal Police Station.

January 11

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two local traders in the Katulpeta village under bandhugaon Police Station area of Koraput District.

January 14

The Orissa Police claimed to have arrested Saswati Das, wife of CPI-Maoist ‘State Committee Secretary’ Sabyasachi Panda on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

January 17

One Ladi Dharma Rao was arrested from Paralakhemundi in the Gajapati District by a police Team from Rayagada District on the charges that he was supplying explosive materials to the CPI-Maoist.

Two area committee members of the Srikakulam-Koraput division of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman cadre, surrendered in Rayagada District.

Following the January 15 arrest of Saswati Das alias Mili Panda, wife of Sabyasachi Panda, state ‘secretary’ of the CPI-Maoist, the extremists resorted to literature campaign to defuse panic among the armed cadres.

January 17

A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres killed a paddy trader Rama Gouda in the Malkangiri District for not acceding to their demands.

The Maoists ransacked and set ablaze a house and looted the grocery shop of a businessman at Janbai under Chitrakonda Police Station of the same district. He was reportedly killed for failing to pay the 'levy' demanded by the Maoists.

January 20

CPI-Maoist cadres exploded a mobile communication tower and its control room at Kaliatola village under Baipariguda Police Station limits in Koraput District.

A group of Maoists assaulted a liquor trader and ransacked his liquor outlet at Biribeda village. Maoists had earlier threatened liquor traders to stop sale of liquor in the area.

A group of 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist along with around 100 supporters damaged one mobile communication tower each of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Airtel at Kudumulguma village in Malkangiri District. The Maoists also destroyed a licensed India Made Foreign Liquor Shop (IMFL) shop in the same village.

January 21-22

Cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist blocked the road near Gadargudi village in Chandrapur block in Rayagada District by felling trees in the night of January 21. The road blockade was removed on January 22.

January 22

CPI Maoist cadres ransacked the tehsil (revenue division) office and set ablaze records at Machkund area in the same District.

The Union Government has promised the State five more battalions of Central Paramilitary Forces and two helicopters for anti-Maoist operations.

January 23

Four civilians, including two women, were killed in a landmine blast triggered by CPI-Maoist in the Narayanpatna block in Koraput District. Nine personnel of the Special Operations Group and two civilians were also injured in the landmine blast.

The Maoists abducted three persons, including a local Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-Marxist) leader and Zilla Parishad (District Council) member Anand Masihari in Sundergarh District.

January 24

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast at a culvert between Baunsaput and Katharagada villages on the Narayanpatna-bandhugaon road in Koraput District targeting the Security Force (SF) personnel. Two personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) received minor injuries in the incident.

Abducted Anand Masi Horo (35), Sundargarh zilla parishad (District level local self Government institution) member belonging to CPI-Marxist from Koira B constituency, remained untraced. The report adds that two other local Left party members abducted along with Horo returned safe from the captivity of the Maoists.

Maoists have warned of 'death sentence' to the teachers who would dare to go to the schools on Republic Day (January 26) in Raikia block of Kandhamal District.

January 25

Over 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze four vehicles and ransacked the office of a private construction company at Remal in Daitary Police Station of Keonjhar District on.

As part of the ‘economic blockade,’ over 60 extremists laid siege to the iron ore mines of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at Kalta under Koira Police limits for two hours.

Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik received an e-mail threat by one Babuli Behera. Behera had threatened to kill the CM if he did not release Subhasree Das, wife of Maoist leader, who is under Police custody.

Barely hours after the release of CPI-Marxist leader Anand Masi Horo, the Maoists abducted Kalta mines leader Thomas Munda (38) of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). As reported earlier, Horo was abducted by the Maoists on January 24.

January 27

Gananath Patra, advisor of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) active in Koraput District, was arrested by Police from Vivekananda Marg in State capital Bhubaneswar on.

January 28

Senior Police officials have interrogated senior CPI-Maoist intellectual and advisor of Koraput based CMAS, Gananath Patra.

January 29

The dead body of the CITU leader Thomas Munda, who was abducted on January 25 by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a raid at SAIL-owned Kalta mines in Sundergarh District, was found in the Renjeda forest in the District.

January 30

Johan Munda, a contract worker from Banke village in Sundergarh District was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres. He was abducted by the Maoists when he was on his way to a church January 29.

February 2

Purna alias Ramesh Mambalika, a top Maoist, an explosive expert and a master in making landmines, was arrested from his native village at Tubuni in the Gudari Police Station area of Rayagada District. Five landmines and an equal number of guns, ammunition including gelatins and 15 kilograms of splinters used in the making of landmines were recovered.

Pratap Behera, 32, who had sent an e-mail to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on January 25, threatening to kill him, was arrested from Astaranga area of Puri District.

The Anti-Naxalite Task Force has decided to seal the Orissa boarder so that the Maoists hiding in the State forests cannot escape, Economic Times reported on February 2. The decision is also to stop Maoists from other States to enter Orissa. Some five battalions of Central Para-military Forces have been sent to the State for the purpose.

CM Naveen Patnaik said, "It is not possible to have discussion with them (Maoists) till they give up the path of violence."

February 6

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed one person, Sukura Oram, branding him as a Police informer in Sundargarh District. His dead body was found with the throat slit.

February 7

The 72-hour strike called by the CPI-Maoists in protest against proposed 'Operation Green Hunt' evoked little response in Orissa. There was no impact of the strike in any of the Maoist hit Districts, including Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam, Police said.

February 9

Police arrested two youths near Majhi Ghariyani temple in Rayagada on charges of threatening a weigh-bridge owner in the guise of Maoists. One of the arrestee was identified as Duryodhan Janta, a former sarpanch (village head) of Jhimidipeta under Seshkal Police Station area.

The Police in Rayagada District arrested two Maoist supporters. Police said though they were not in the outfit's armed squad, but were active sympathizers and had been providing logistic support to the Maoists.

February 10

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a portion of railway tracks between Bisra and Bhalulata railway stations at around 2 am causing derailment of a goods train and disrupting train services on the Howrah-Mumbai route.

Srikakulam-Koraput 'division' of the CPI-Maoist accused the State Government of arresting Gananath Patra, an advisor of Maoist-frontal outfit Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha to suppress land movement by tribals in Koraput District and demanded his early release in a letter to some media persons. Patra was arrested in Bhubaneswar on January 27 for his involvement in six cases in Koraput.

February 11

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Sundergarh District. One of the arrestees was identified as Marshal Munda, allegedly involved in the killing of a trade union leader, Thomas Munda, in the Sundergarh District two weeks ago.

The decision to reduce load shedding and start electrification work in rural areas, where contractors are reluctant to do so for fear of Maoists, was taken at a high-level meeting in Bhubaneswar presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

February 11

Two CPI-Maoist area committee members of Harichandanpur squad of Kalinga Nagar division surrendered before Keonjhar Superintendent of Police Ashis Singh.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by Sambalpur District.

February 12

Three criminals suspected to have Maoist link were arrested by Rourkela Police from a lodge located near the railway station.

The State Government has decided to submit a proposal for INR 50 crore to the Centre under the Police modernisation programme for 2010- 11.

February 13

Three Maoists, including a woman, involved in several attacks on Security Force personnel were arrested in Gajapati District.

Two Maoists were arrested in Mayurbhanj District during a search operation.

A Maoist cadre, Sabita Munda (24), surrendered before Police in Keonjhar District on February 11, alleged sexual exploitation by her Maoist seniors.

February 14

About 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including three women, set the battery house and the rest shed of a mobile telephone tower ablaze at Padarguda near Ramgiri in Boipariguda block (administrative division) of Koraput District.

February 15

In a bid to prevent the tribal youth from getting lured by the Maoists, the Indian Army launched a recruitment drive in Orissa.

February 17

A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Babula Behera Dalai (29), was arrested from Adaba area of Gajapati District during a combing operation. Babula was a member of Bansadara Dalam (squad) of the Maoists which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts.

February 18

CPI-Maoist posters, threatening some Police officials to leave Police force or to depart from the area, were found in Kashipur area of Rayagada District.

February 20

Jayadev Barik (26), a village guard, was hacked to death by CPI-Maoist cadres in a forest near Salim village in Malkangiri District. He was missing since February 16. The Maoists had earlier issued warning to home guards, village guards and also Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the District asking them to quit their jobs.

February 21

The bullet-riddled body of a driver of Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC), suspected to have been killed by Maoists, was found near Kolapulia in Sundargarh District. However, the OMC vehicle remained untraced.

February 25

Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested from Rasol village in Keonjhar District. They were identified as Rengal Munda, Daitari Munda and Jhula Munda.

Two women Maoists surrendered before the Police in Keonjhar District. They were identified as Malini Hosa alias Muni (20) and 17-year-old Bela Munda alias Lili. Alleging the Maoists no more operate on any ideology, the women cadres said they were physically abused in the organisation.

March 2

Mamina Munda (18) of Jambahali village and Mataram Munda (20) of Rebana, a Maoist couple, involved in many incidents of violence in Daitary area surrendered in Keonjhar District.

March 3

Jayob Majhi alias Bulu, a CPI-Maoist cadre, surrendered before Police at Paralakhemundi in Gajapati District. He hailed from Raiganda village under Adaba Police station in Rayagada District and was part of the Bansadhara division of the CPI-Maoist which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts of south Orissa.

March 5

A salesman of a licensed country liquor shop, Anuj Gupta, was shot dead by a group of five suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Balishankar in Sundargarh District. The suspected Maoists left behind a poster claiming themselves to be members of 'Mazdoor Trishul Manch', a newly formed group of Maoists in the District.

March 6

A Maoist, identified as Deba Padiami (32), was arrested from the forest near Chitrangapalli in Malkangiri District during a joint combing operation, conducted by Special Operation Group (SOG) and the District Police. Padiami is a leader of Padia Naxal Dalam (squad) operating in his native Durmaguda village in the District.

March 8

Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist caused extensive damage to a panchayat (village level local self-government institution) office in Andrahal village under Khairput block of Malkangiri District.

March 9

Two cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), identified as Salim Barla and Jablin Munda, were arrested from Sundargarh District. Two landmines were recovered from them. Meanwhile, a Maoist ‘area commander’, identified as Suresh Sundhi, surrendered before Police in Keonjhar District.

March 10

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a trader, identified as Mandia Sahu Loknath (45), outside his residence at Nimlabadi area in Koraput District. The trader was believed to have been targeted as he had opposed activities of Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in several areas of the District.

March 12

A 13-year-old boy, Jatia Siddhu, forcibly taken away by the CPI-Maoist from Gadasahi in Keonjhar District and recruited to the party rank two years ago, managed to escape from the clutches of the Maoists and surrendered in Mayurbhanj District. He was renamed as Bipin, trained in jungle warfare and made the ‘area committee member’ in Similipal.

March 13

16 cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered in Gajapati District. Eight of them were trained militia while the others were members providing strategic help to the CPI-Maoist outfit. Except one who was from adjoining Kandhamal District, all others were from seven villages of Maoist infested Adaba block of Gajapati District. They were between the ages of 18 to 35 years.

March 14

Four landmines were seized during a combing operation by Security Forces (SFs) from the CPI-Maoist affected Saranda forest area in Sundargarh District.

March 18

One battalion of the BSF personnel arrived in Koraput District ahead of the special joint operation against CPI-Maoist to be launched soon, official sources said.

March 19

About 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set blaze machines and other vehicles of a private contractor being used in canal digging work at Chintalwada in Malkangiri District.

March 20

Maoists killed Nityanand Nag of Buduguda village under Kalimela block of Malkangiri District, suspecting him to be a Police informer.

March 21

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a 30-year-old Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS), Gokul Pandu of Balipeta village under Naryanpatna block of Koraput District.

The Maoists also blew up two culverts and destroyed communication optical fibre cables in Narayanapatna and Bandugaon blocks.

March 22

The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered two blasts between Birsa and Bongomunda stations near Rourkela resulting in the derailment of a goods train and disrupting train services on the Mumbai-Howrah route.

Police recovered a bomb planted on the single track near the Roxy level-crossing in the morning. Maoist posters were also traced on the rail tracks at Roxy and Sunumura on the expressway.

The Police arrested two Maoists, identified as Pintu Panda (60) and Sabir Hussain (28), during a combing operation inside Karada forest in Sundargarh District. Another Maoist, Binod Munda, was arrested from Topadiha in the same District.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the anti-Maoist joint operation would be launched as per plans, despite a two-day bandh (shutdown) called by the Maoists began in seven States including Orissa.

March 23

Three Policemen, including two Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel, were shot dead and four others critically injured at Ambajiri forest in Guma block of Gajapati District when cadres of the CPI-Maoist launched a sudden attack on a 30-member strong Police combing party. Among the dead are Sanjit Tirkey of District Voluntary Force, Deepak Sanbhoi and Balram Pradhan of SOG. The Police party had gone to raid a Maoist camp in the Ambajiri forest following a tip-off at about 12 in the night.

Maoists killed a Special Police Officer (SPO), Bhimsena Khila, and critically injured another person of the village who happened to be uncle of another SPO at Maribeda village under Kalimela Police station in Malkangiri District.

The Maoists also blew up three mobile towers in Birikot village in Mohana block of Gajapati District.

The Maoists also attacked and ransacked the guest house of the Essar Steel in Malkangiri District of south Orissa. According to local Police, a group of 200 Maoist supporters attacked the guest house at Chitrakonda which was meant for official of the company monitoring the ‘iron ore slurry booster pumping station’ in the area. They also set ablaze two vehicles of the company.

March 25

An unidentified youth was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Malkangiri District March 25, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The bullet-ridden dead body was found along with some Maoist posters on the Kalimela-Moutu road near MV-82 village under Moutu Police station area.

March 26

Suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist put up road blocks with the help of huge logs of trees on National Highway- 217 near Ashurabandha in Berhampur District leading to disruption of the traffic.

March 30

A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and a Police constable was injured in a gunbattle at Kinjirikela in Sundergarh District.

April 1

Cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a mobile tower of a private service provider, which got partially damaged but remained functional, in Kalinga Nagar area of Jajpur District.

Indian Express reported that Operation Green Hunt began along Koraput-Malkangiri-Dantewada axis on Orissa-Chhattisgarh border 4-5 before.

April 2

One trooper of the State's Special Security Battalion was injured in a mine blast triggered by the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) near a culvert on river Jhanjabati between Naraynpatna and Laxmipur in Koraput District.

April 4

Eleven personnel of the anti-Maoist Special Operation Group (SOG) were killed and eight others were seriously injured when cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast targeting a mini bus carrying the SOG personnel at Tanginiguda on the Govindpalli ghat road in Koraput District.

April 6

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, in another e-mail to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, threatened a Dantewada-type bloodbath in the State.

April 8

Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna block in Koraput District, a frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoist has started making efforts to regroup.

April 10

The CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert on Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road near the Karki ghat and put up posters opposing ‘Operation Green Hunt' in the Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. They also put up posters near Roxy area of the K.Balanga block of Sundargarh District.

April 12

Goutam Hapoi (50), a timber merchant at Kathasirisi in Suliapada area in Mayurbhanj District was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres. The Maoists left behind posters in ‘Bengali’ and 'Oriya' languages threatening that "dalals" (middlemen) would be punished in a similar way.

April 19

Jaypal Hembram alias Kunduru, a cadre of the CPI-ML-Janashakti was arrested from Parvat Nuasahi area under Daitari Police station in Jajpur District.

The CPI-Maoist called a seven-day bandh (general shutdown) from April 24 in Koraput District in protest against joint operation against them.

April 22

Some armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a cellular phone tower of the Airtel service provider at Kudmuluguda in Malkangiri District.

A Maoist cadre, identified as Laba Kimbaka, was arrested by Security Forces near Dangasorada under Chandrapur block in Rayagada District.

April 24

CPI-Maoist started their week-long general shut-down call in south Orissa through acts of violence in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts.

The PI-Maoist cadres blew up a culvert on a road near bandhugaon by triggering a landmine blast during their shutdown which paralysed vehicular movement between Koraput and places in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

April 27

The Police arrested two suspected Maoists, Saga Guru and Mena Hembram, from Unit-5 area Hanuman Temple of Bhubaneswar.

April 28

About 30-40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a forest guard, Sangram Swain, at the check gate inside the Bharuamunda forest area in Nuapada District.

Maoists blew up a culvert near Laxmipur in Koraput District.

April 30

The CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a road contractor, Chitta Rai, suspecting him to be a Police informer, at MV-69 village in Kalimela area of Malkangiri District.

May 1

About 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed the girls’ school premises at Dhepaguda under Narayapatna area in Koraput District and triggered at least three bomb blasts. The school was partially damaged in the attack. No one was injured in the attack.

Manika Kumbruka alias Kumari (19), a ‘deputy commander’ in the team of Maoist ‘commander’ Azad, surrendered in Rayagada District. Earlier, she used to be the ‘commander’ of Jangudi Dalam (squad) of the Maoists.

May 2

Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested and substantial amount of explosives and arms seized from them by Security Forces in separate operations.

May 7

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up house of a boat operator, Rama Rao, at Boleru in Malkanagiri District.

A group of 50 Maoists attacked the Integrated Child Development Scheme office building at Kudumuluguma under Orkel Police station area in Malkanagiri District. They ransacked furniture and set documents and files afire.

May 8

The combined forces of Orissa Police’s Special Operations Group, Andhra Pradesh’s Greyhound and the BSF killed at least 10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the Gumandi forest near Podapadar village under Narayanpatna Police Station area in Koraput District.

May 12

More than 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist hacked two villagers to death at Katama village in Gajapati District after accusing them of being Police informers. The Maoists also pasted posters and left leaflets asking people not to help the Police or join the Police force.

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed and five of his associates were injured in a gun battle with Security Force personnel at Tirubeda in Sundargarh District.

May 13

Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the Police in separate operations in Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj Districts. Adma Madkami (32) was arrested during a joint combing operation by the BSF, CRPF and Orissa's elite anti-Naxal Special Operation Group at Teakguda forest in Kalimela area of Malkangiri. Two other Maoists - Rupai Tudu (28) and Ruhia Hembram (21) - were arrested from Suliapada area in Mayurbhanj District.

May 14

Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the office building and godown of Telarai panchayat (Village level local self Government Institution) under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri.

May 16

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Ramachandra Rao, a Police constable at Padia in Malkangiri District.

May 18

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up an unused Government warehouse at Bodigata in Malkangiri District during their two-day shutdown.

May 20

A high alert was sounded by the Police in southern Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagada Districts in the wake of a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) call given by the CPI-Maoist on May 21 to protest Police action in Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur District and Balitutha near the POSCO plant's proposed project site at Paradip in Jagatsinghpur District.

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a Government building and a mobile communication tower at Chandrapur in Rayagada District.

May 21

The cadres of CPI-Maoist shot a few rounds bullets at the Chandrapur Police Station in Rayagada District.

May 24

Around 80 bags of illicit ganja (marijuana) suspected to be smuggled by the CPI-Maoist was seized by the Police from a deserted truck in remote forest near Chitrakonda in Malkangiri District.

May 30

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up buildings of a panchayat (village level local self Government institution) office and a warehouse attached to it at Kangurkonda village under Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District.

June 1

Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Police at Bonai in Sundargarh District. While Debendra Samal was arrested in Jamudih village in K. Balang Police Station area, Belen Barla was arrested at Topadih village in Koida Police Station area.

June 3

Pidira Kadesika (35), a suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist, arrested during a search operation on June 1, died in Police custody in Rayagada District.

Four Maoists were arrested in the forest of Pala under Suliapada Police station area in Mayurbhanj District. They were identified as Laxman Baske (23), Ramdas Soren (22), Dhiren Mahato (35) and Prabir Mahato (19). They hailed from West Midnapore District of West Bengal.

June 7

Police arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist from two different places.

Two active supporters of the CPI-Maoist including a woman cadre were arrested from Gudari area in Rayagada District. They were identified as Parjan Muturanga (45) of Lidingpadar village and Sashi Gondolaka (30- female cadre) of Parukupada village.

Four Maoists were arrested from a bus near Rourkela in Sundargarh District.

June 8

A group of about 40 armed people claiming themselves to be Naxals from Bhubaneswar attacked the house of Bibhisan Hantal, the sarpanch (village head) of Haldikund village in Boipariguda block of Koraput District. They set ablaze two tractors, looted one gold chain, INR 30,000 in cash, a new motorcycle and his mobile phone.

June 9

Eight suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist detained were arrested after two days of intensive interrogation at Bonai in Sundargarh District. They were identified as Harinath Singh, Sankar Singh, Asanku Singh, Sabinder Singh, Krishna Chandra Saha, Debunath Singh, Dudha Oram, and Rade Singh, all natives of Karda village in Bonai sub-division.

June 12

Remains of Jagmohan, a village guard, abducted by the CPI-Maoist about six months ago, were recovered by Police from Dhumusil village in Koraput District. On January 3, 2010, Jagmohan's family had lodged a complaint saying that Maoists and the Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh, were responsible for his abduction.

June 15

A village head was arrested in Malkangiri District for helping CPI-Maoist by playing the role of an informer. Hari Hentala, sarpanch (village head) of Chintanwada in the Kalimela block of the tribal dominated District, was arrested by the Special Operation Group (SOG) after keeping a close watch on his activities, Inspector in-charge of Kalimela Police Station, S. Mishra said.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a tribal leader in Keonjhar District. Biswanth Chatar, a former Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) District president, was shot dead in the night by suspected Maoists. Biswanth was attacked when he was returning home with a friend. While he died on the spot, his friend sustained bullet wounds, the police said. "Biswanath was killed for allegedly being a Police informer," an unnamed senior District Police officer said. The Police recovered a few Maoist posters from near the dead body.

Intelligence sources said that Maoists and their frontal organisations have allegedly come up with a new strategy to use children and women as their shields in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. Koraput Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu this saying, "It may be their plan to put children and women on the front during their violent mischief so that police force would find it hard to reach out to the real miscreants."

June 16

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a trooper of the Shasastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Malkangiri District in the night. The trooper, identified as Manoram Durua, had returned to his native village Markapalli under Mathili Police Station area a few days ago.

Three Maoists were arrested from the Chintalwada forests in Malkangiri District. The arrestees were identified as Budura Padiami, Irma Kabasi and Sarat Behera. They were allegedly involved in the attack on the Balimela hydro-electricity project and the attack on a Special Police Officer in the District.

June 19

The Orissa Government held the confiscation of over INR 400,000 from the wife of CPI-Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda during her arrest as valid.

June 20

The CRPF recovered an IED of 10 Kilogram from a roadside pit from near Mahupada village in Sundargarh District. The IED was kept in a box and had a 200 metre long wire attached to it.

Pratap Patianga (20), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist wanted in several criminal cases, was arrested from Chandrapur Police station area in Rayagada District. He was a resident of Kangadima village of the District. Patianga was closely associated with Azad and Nikhil, prominent Maoist leaders operating in the State.

June 21

Several trains running on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section continued to be diverted, re-scheduled or regulated as Indian Railways decided to persist on its decision to suspend of night-time movement of passenger and goods trains in Maoist-affected areas. In view of security reasons, running of the passenger trains on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section would continue to remain suspended up to June 26 during the night hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., said an East Coast Railway statement.

June 22

The former sarpanch (head of village level local self government institution) of Balrampur in Sorada block of Ganjam District, Dilip Swain (45), was shot dead by some unidentified persons in the night. They also hacked him with sharp weapons and tried to crush his head with a large boulder before escaping. It was suspected that it was handiwork of CPI-Maoist cadres as he had received threats from them in recent past.

June 23

Four members of the Maoist-backed CMAS were arrested and produced in the Koraput District court. One of the four arrestees was identified as a Maoist militia member Ahari Kendruka and happens to be a key leader of the CMAS. The other three arrested CMAS members were Ramesh Nachika, Santosh Nachika and Rupari Sirika. As per reports, interrogation of Kendruka has revealed the links between Maoists with CMAS and its underground leader Nachika Linga.

Maoists blocked the road between Boipariguda in Koraput District and Gobindpali in Malkangiri District by felling trees on the road near the Saptadhara River in the morning. According to the posters appeared at the site, the Maoists have demanded withdrawal of BSF and CRPF from the region. The trees were cleared by the BSF personnel in the afternoon.

The CRPF personnel recovered a landmine weighing about 10 kilograms beneath a culvert on the National Highway 215 near Kamarposh in Sundargarh District.

In Malkangiri District, a member of the bomb disposal squad of Orissa Police was injured while defusing landmines. The anti-Maoist force, comprising Special Operation Group (SOG) and Orissa Police, found seven live landmines near Gobindpalli ghat under Mathili Police station.

June 26

For the first time, cadres Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) struck in Nabarangpur District, killing two persons, identified as Baisakhu Bhatra of Umerkote block and Pradip Mujherjee of Telpani village in Jharigam block, at Timanpur village under Raighar block in the night. The Maoists left handwritten posters stating that the duo extorted money in their name. The killing was executed by Maoist cadres of Narayanpur Division (Chhattisgarh).

June 28

A bandh (general shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist evoked a lukework response in Orissa. Official sources said shops, business establishments, banks and offices were open in all Maoist-affected areas and schools, colleges and other educational institutions also functioned as usual. However, Government buses remained off the roads in several parts of Naxal-affected districts like Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput and Kandhamal, leaving passengers stranded in some areas, the sources said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in the State Assembly that a total 24 and 28 civilians were killed by Maoists in 2008 and 2009, respectively and the State Government provided INR 200,000 each to the families of the victims in the State.

June 29

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist fired at the CRPF team that raided a meeting place of the Maoists at Hanumanthpur Modiguda near Chandrapur of Rayagada District.

July 1

To counter Maoist propaganda of the State's failure to carry out development works in certain areas, Orissa Government has submitted an INR 24 billion action plan to the Centre for socio-economic development of five worst Naxal-hit Districts. The five Districts are Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati in southern region and Deogarh and Sambalpur in western region.

The CPI-Maoist is spreading their base in Dhenkanal District’s Kankadahada and Parjang blocks. Police said suspected Maoists were sighted at Dhulighotha village on May 28. School teachers of the area informed that a group of Maoists took shelter inside a Government residential school during incessant rains recently.

July 2

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two villagers in Keonjhar District, accusing them of being Police informers. At least 20-30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist dragged Kailash Mohanta and Tuna Behera out of their homes at Palaspala village and killed them. The Maoists also torched their houses.

A landmine planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist on the Raikia-Nuagaon road near Pirigada village in Kandhamal District was unearthed and defused.

Taking into count the rising Maoist activities, the State Government has raised a special security battalion to provide extra cover to vital institutions and important personalities in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Equipped with modern arms, the security personnel would be deployed in and around important places, including the Governor House, the residence of the Chief Minister and the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar, and the High Court in Cuttack. The first batch of 507 personnel would be recruited from July 3.

July 5

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blasted the newly constructed office building and warehouse of Mandapalli panchayat of Korkunda block in Malkangiri District. A group of more than 30 armed Maoists reached the village around midnight. They woke up the villagers and forced them to congregate for a meeting. The Maoist leaders asked the villagers not to support the Security Forces and help the Maoists instead. Then they planted landmines inside the office and warehouse buildings of the panchayat and triggered the blasts.

Government officials, who went to implement Forest Rights Act (FRA) in three Gram panchayats of Malkangiri District, were chased away by the Maoists.

July 6

About 100 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in MV-21 village under Kalimela Police station area in Malkangiri District.

Orissa Police asked its personnel to abide by the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) during the two-day 'Bharat bandh' called by the Maoists.

July 7

Around 80 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the Police station in Daitari town of Keonjahr District and set it ablaze in the night. The seven Policemen, who were on duty at the Police station at the time of the incident, retaliated triggering a brief exchange of fire with the Maoists. Assistant Sub Inspector Umesh Chandra Marandi went missing after the incident and is feared to have been abducted by the Maoists.

The Maoists attacked the nearby forest office and set it afire. The incident came on the first day of the two-day shut down called by Maoists across the country.

A number of trains were either cancelled or short-terminated in view of the shut down. Passengers of the Koraput-bound trains like Hirakhand Express, Samaleswari Express and Koraput-Rourkela Express were the worst hit. Special care was taken so that the trains either do not travel between Rayagada and Koraput or run without passengers.

Reports in Bhubaneswar said both Government and private buses discontinued their services in Koraput, Gajapati, Kandhamal and parts of Ganjam Districts where suspected Maoists set ablaze a number of vehicles. Malkangiri was the worst-hit with roads deserted and shops closed. Though schools and offices were open, but there was no attendance.

The Police arrested two persons, identified as Manik Mahato and Bijay Mahato of Mudabani village under Jhargram Police station in West Midnapore, from an isolated hut inside a forest, about 15 km from Baripada in Mayurbhanj District. Police described Manik as the kingpin of the train Jnaneswari train derailment case. He is said to be a bigger catch than Bapi Mahato.

July 9

About 10-12 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked a road construction camp and killed contractor A.S. Chawla near Chikalmari village under Semiliguda Police Station in Koraput District. The Maoists also set ablaze a machine used for lifting sand and a tipper truck. The contractor was doing local road work in the area.

The Maoists set afire a Hitachi and a Mixture machine of a contractor engaged in construction of Road near Sorada in the District and abducted four labourers.

The Orissa Police is yet to trace Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Umesh Chandra Marandi who was taken hostage by Maoists during an attack on Daitari Police Station on July 7 in Keonjhar District, reports Hindustan Times. The missing ASI's family have appealed to the Maoists to free the ASI, while the Maoists have demanded release of 68 of their cadres and stopping of Police action in Kalinga Nagar industrial complex in return of Marandi's freedom.

July 10

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a mobile tower and a panchayat building in Malkangiri District in the night. Fifty heavily armed Maoists stormed into Nilakamberu, on the outskirts of Balimela, and triggered a landmine blast that destroyed the tower, Police said.

The Maoists also blew up a panchayat building at Chintalwada.

Two Maoists, identified as Arabinda Patra (42) of Chabispragana District and Jogeswar Betra (27) of Gopiballavpur District of West Bengal, allegedly involved in an attack on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sudama Marandi on October 13, 2009, were arrested at Suliapada in Mayurbhanj District. A pistol with ammunition was seized from them.

July 14

A joint team of the Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Police rescued a contractor, Ashish Agarwal of Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi District of Orissa and his driver from Keradih village under Raidih Police Station area in the Gumla District. The Police also arrested one of the kidnappers, identified as Nilodhar Nayak of Thuwamula village in Kalahandi District (Orissa) and seized a Bolero which was used by the abductors. According to the Gumla Superintendent of Police, the abduction was executed by a PLFI squad led by one Gudu Oraon. The PLFI is a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist.

About 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed Handibhanga village at Suliapada in Mayurbhanj District and killed Sukanta Murmu (22), suspecting him to be a Police informer.

The Maoists attacked the house of home guard Ramachandra Marandi, assaulted his elderly parents and looted INR 40,000 in cash.

July 15

About 30 heavily armed Maoists, including women, stormed into Kundei village under Raighar block in Nabarangpur District and triggered a powerful explosion to blow up the Police Station. No casualties or injuries were, however, reported in the attack. The Maoists snapped electricity supply in the area before launching their attack. Telecom, including mobile network, was affected in the area. Located near Chhattisgarh border, the Police Station was upgraded from an outpost about six months ago, officials said adding that the police station remains closed after sunset in view of its high vulnerability to Maoist attack.

Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), a Maoist front organization, condemned the Police firing on protestors that killed two persons at Sompeta in Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh.

Sushil, the ‘area commander’ of the Kalinga Nagar division of the CPI-Maoist in a telephonic conversation with Times of India claimed that Umesh Marandi, the Assistant sub-inspector (ASI), who was abducted by them from Daitari Police Station on July 7, is alive and would be released soon. He, however, did not specify the date when Marandi would be released.

July 17

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, yet to be identified, branding him to be a Police informer at the Gompakunda square, seven kilometres from the Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District. The body was draped in a red banner which claimed that all Police informers would face a similar fate.

In the same District, more than 50 gun-wielding Maoists accompanied by hundreds of tribal supporters stormed into Tentuliguda village, some 15 km from Orkel Police limits and triggered a landmine blast at the school building there. The next target of the Maoists was an under construction building of a hostel of the school located at Vejangwada. No one was injured by the Maoists at the schools targeted by them. The same group of Maoists was believed to have committed the killing in Gompakunda square.

Abducted ASI, Umesh Marandi, was released by the Maoists in the afternoon.

Train services between Rourkela-Bimlagarh sections in Orissa's Sundargarh District were affected for about eight hours following Maoist threat, official sources said. About 12 Maoists stormed into Bimalagarh railway station, about 160 kilometres from Rourkela and threatened station manager, Santosh Kumar and other staff members to suspend train services or face the consequences.

July 19

Jacob Majhi (40), a cadre of the CPI-Maoist wanted in at least 11 cases related to Maoist violence was arrested from his native village Ludingi in Gajapati District. He is one of the key members of the Orissa unit of the CPI-Maoist. He was involved in the killing of two village guards at Katamaha village in Gajapati in May this year, said Police Inspector P. Mallik.

Replying to a question in the assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that at least 48 civilians were killed in Maoist-related violence in Orissa while 302 Maoists were arrested in 2009 and 2010 (upto July 7, 2010). While highest number of 87 Maoists were arrested in Sundargarh District during the period, it was followed by 48 in Mayurbhanj District, 46 in Rayagada, 33 in Keojhar, 30 each in Koraput and Malkangiri Districts, 14 in Gajapati District, 6 in Sambalpur, three each in Khurda and Jajpur Districts and one each in Kandhamal and Jagatsinghpur Districts. However, no Maoists were arrested in Nayagarh, Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Deogarh Districts even as the four Districts were identified as Naxal (Left Wing Extremism)-infested.

July 23

A gun battle broke out between cadres of the CPI-Maoist and personnel of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh Police at Dejangwada and Tekwada forests of Malkangiri District. "The area is inaccessible and we are waiting for the team to return. Then only, the casualties or injured from both the sides could be ascertained," Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri, Anirudh Singh said.

July 24

In a joint operation Greyhound Force of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa's Special Operation Group neutralised several camps belonging to the cadres of CPI-Maoist in Paplur and Teakwada forests in Malkangiri District and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition.

July 28

Buses and commercial vehicles went off the roads in parts of Orissa as the CPI-Maoist cadres began observing 'Martyrs' Week' in memory of rebel leaders killed by Security Forces.

July 29

Police arrested four cadres of CPI-Maoist identified as Jhinjada Purti, Majara Pingua, Singa Purti and Duka Hembram from Khajuria Pancham village under Daitari Police Station in Keonjhar District. The Maoists were arrested in course of investigation into the killing of one Durga Devgan (50) of the same village on June 22.

Replying to the budgetary demand in the Assembly for the Home portfolio, Orissa Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik said incidents of Naxal [Left Wing Extremism] violence declined by 30 per cent in the first six months of 2010 compared to the period of 2009. "68 incidents were reported between January and June this year as against 98 recorded during the same period last year." Top ranking Maoist leaders, Asutosh Tudu alias Motilal Soren, a central committee member, head of eastern politburo P. Ramarao alias Uday, who is also the secretary of Bansadhara divisional committee and Bhaskar alias Pravakar Patra, platoon commander of Kalinga Nagar area committee were among 302 Maoists arrested during 2009 and till July 7, 2010, the CM said. The arrest of Manik Mahato, a prime suspect in the attack on the Jnaneswari Express in West Bengal and Aurobindo Cachhad alias Chandrasekhar, who was the mastermind of the attack on former Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP Sudam Marandi, were considered as major successes in recent months.

"Security Forces have engaged the Maoists on 29 occasions during 2009 and 2010 (till date) and neutralised 23 of them," the CM said, adding, that firearms and large quantities of explosives were also seized during the period. Making a comparison with neighbouring States, Patnaik pointed out that till June 2010, 68 incidents involving 42 deaths were reported in the State compared to 312 incidents involving 220 deaths in Chhattisgarh, 254 incidents involving 76 deaths in Jharkhand, 193 incidents involving 140 deaths in West Bengal and 164 incidents causing 44 deaths in Bihar. The Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh zonal committee of Maoists, which was causing a problem for the State, was contained to a significant extent due to effective security measures, he claimed. The activities of the Maoist-backed CMAS were also contained effectively, the CM added.

July 31

Two cadres of CPI-Maoist, reportedly involved in the killing of Durga Devgan (50) on June 22 suspecting him to be a Police informer, were arrested by the Police in Keonjhar District. The Maoist duo, identified as Bhadra Pingua and Kanderam Purty, belonged to Khajuria Pancham village in the District.

August 2

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the State Government has requested the Centre to send extra forces to help tackle the CPI-Maoist as it lacks adequate number of forces to deal with them. "It is a fact that adequate police force is not available in the state," Patnaik said in the assembly while replying to a written question. The State Government had requested the Centre to provide additional forces to curb the menace of Naxalism [Left Wing Extremism], he said, adding the State has been waiting for arrival of more than 1500 central additional para-military personnel. Pointing out that nine battalions of central para-military force comprising BSF (5 battalions) and CRPF were deployed in the State, Patnaik said that about 201 platoons of State Police were engaged in anti-naxalite operations. The State Government had been imparting anti-extremist training to newly-recruited Orissa police personnel and specialised anti-extremist training was given to police personnel engaged in anti-Naxalite duties, he said.

August 3

Six cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Kalta area of the Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh District. The Police also recovered two unexploded landmines fitted under two separate culverts in the District during a combing operation.

August 4

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert near Mahipani village between Bhalulata and Jaraikela village in Sundargarh District. No one was injured in the incident.

Train services on the Mumbai-Howrah route were briefly disrupted and later resumed after Security Forces (SFs) examined the track and declared it safe, he added.

August 5

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Keonjhar District. One of the Maoists was secretary of the local Pathargarh area committee of the CPI-Maoist and the other its president, District Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh said. "We nabbed them during combing operation in a forested area near Pathargarh village," he said, adding that both were involved in several crimes including in the attack on a Police Post in the mining town of Daitari last month.

The State Government constituted a state-level Unified Command (UC) to deal with Left Wing Extremism. The decision to set up the Unified Command was taken at a recent meeting in Delhi. The eight-member command would be headed by the Chief Secretary with representatives from security organisations and civil service. While development commissioner (DC) was taken as a member of the UC, home department secretary would function as member convenor. The Director General of Police (DGP), Inspector General (IG) of Police (operation), Inspector Genera of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF, operation), Representatives of Intelligence Bureau and State Intelligence would also work as members of the UC. While security and intelligence officials would plan security operations, civil service officers would execute socio-economic activities in Maoist-hit regions, sources said.

August 6

Around 200 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert on National Highway 215 on Roxy-Jamudihi road near Sonambur under K Balang Police Station of Sundergarh District.

Armed Maoists attacked a vehicle carrying three bank staff of Lahunipara State Bank of India (SBI) branch, who were carrying INR 4.9 million to Barsuan branch near Tinko Ghati in Sundargarh District, and looted the money, the vehicle and a gun.

The East Coast Railway announced that the restrictions on the movement of passenger trains during night in Maoist-affected areas of Orissa and West Bengal will continue till August 11.

August 9

Kendruka Arjun, secretary of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-backed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) bandhugaon unit was shot dead by some suspected Maoist cadres near Katulpeta village of Koraput District. Arjun had contested Assembly election in 2009 as an independent candidate from Laxmipur constituency.

Maoists put up posters and banners at several places in Kandhamal District asking people to boycott Independence Day celebrations. The posters bear messages asking people to observe a bandh from August 7 to 16. Maoist posters were mostly seen in three blocks of Kotagarh, Daringbadi and Raikia in the District, the Police said. The Maoists also blocked the village road near Kahamguda village and five points near Gugurmaha, Ora and Marlang.

August 11

A former supporter of the CPI-Maoist Mandangi Subarao (42) of Kondabaredi village under Ramanaguda Police committed suicide by hanging himself in the office building of the anti-Naxal cell in Rayagada. Mandangi was a hardcore Maoist supporter earlier; he had contested the local body elections and was leading life as a contractor. According to Rayagada Superintendent of Police (SP) Anup Krishna, Mandangi was a key element in the anti-Naxal operations as he remained in regular touch with local Police and used to provide precise information about Naxalites' movement. For that, he had been under constant threat of Maoists. In the last week of July, a group of Maoists led by Naxal leader Suresh had abducted him and taken him to their secret hideout in jungles near Vardha. He had faced torture at the hands of Maoists who had also threatened to kill him, it was reported. The mental pressure might have driven him to suicide, Police said. He committed suicide while his room-mate had gone out. Police registered a case.

August 12

Around 40 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist rounded up the inhabitants for a session of their propaganda and blew up the office of the Gram panchayat and a warehouse attached to it at Malabharam village under the Motu Police Station in Malkangiri District. The Maoists also left posters at the spot of the blast through which they claimed that they damaged the buildings as they were being used as camps of security personnel during the anti-Maoist operations in remote areas. No one was injured in the incident.

August 14

Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the newly constructed hostel building of the residential Sevashram School at Manyamkonda in Malkangiri District to threaten students and teachers not to hoist tricolour or observe Independence Day. Maoists also stuck up a black banner at the spot. Maoists had given call to observe Independence Day as black day. Maoist cadres and their supporters secretly hoisted black flags in some remote areas. Such black flags were found at Sahada, Dukuma and Kachapaku villages of Bisamkatak block in the District. A black flag was also hoisted at Hanumala village of Lamtaput block in Koraput District.

A hardcore Maoist identified as Arilo Miniaka was arrested from Rayagada District. He was involved in the killing of two persons at Dangasorada village a year ago and explosion of a Government building and a mobile tower two months ago.

August 15

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a school teacher identified as Ghasi Kendruka (35) in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District. He was opposing the Maoists and the violent activities of Narayan Patna based Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS). According to Police sources, over 30 Maoists reached Kendruka's house at Gotiguda village under Narayan Patna Police Station limits in the midnight and dragged him out of the house to the nearby mango orchard where his throat was slit. During the killing the Maoists shouted anti-Government slogans and branded Kendruka a Police informer. They also left leaflets at the spot claiming responsibility for the killing.

Maoists also tried to abduct another person from Dhumusil village. He, however, managed to escape.

August 17

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Budhuram Sinku (38) and Ananta Tudu (32), were arrested from Kaliahata village in Keonjhar District. "They were involved in several crimes, including in the burning of houses of innocent villagers in the locality recently," Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh said.

August 20

Security Forces located a landmine weighing 10 kilograms planted on the Mahupada-Jharbeda village road in Sundargarh District and neutralised it with the help of the bomb disposal squad, Police sources said.

August 23

A group of around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Sikunu Meleka (35) of Tentulipodar village in Narayanapatna block in Koraput District in the night, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The Maoists had forcibly abducted around 12 persons from Tentulipodar and neighbouring Dingapai village. Sikunu was killed while all the others were released. In a letter written in Telugu and left at the spot, the Maoists claimed that they had killed him suspecting him to be a Police informer. Meleka was an active supporter of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in the area but had recently detached himself from the violent activities of the CMAS.

Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Badal alias Birsha (25), Laxman Majhi (45), and Babaji alias Karuna (35) were arrested from Daitari mining area in Keonjhar District. Badal, an ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist was involved in at least a dozen crimes including an attack on a police station, abduction of a police officer, and a murder, while the other two were involved in murder cases, District Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh said.

August 24

Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a man, identified as Manoranjan Biswas, a former sarpanch and his son, identified as Mohan Biswas, in MV98 village under Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District in the night. The Maoists suspected the duo to be Police informers as Manoranjan's daughter is a Police constable posted at Malkangiri town and his younger son is a Police home guard, the Police said.

August 29

A Zilla Parishad member as well as a leader of Congress Party, Anand Kirsani (38), was killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Dhusura village under Semiliguda block in Koraput District. Apart from being a Congress leader he was also the president of Shanti Sangh, an organisation formed against violent activities of Narayanpatna-based Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) which is backed by Maoists, Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu said.

August 31

Police neutralized a camp of the CPI-Maoist near Telkoi village in Keonjhar District and arrested four Maoists. Those arrested include 25-year-old Birsa alias Raghu, a Maoist ‘area commander’. "He [Birsa] joined the Maoists four years ago and committed several crimes in the District. The other three are his associates. All of them are between 25 to 30 years of age. They too were involved in Maoist activities," a Police officer said. "Police have seized four country-made guns, other weapons, five global positioning system devices, Maoist literature, utensils and food material from the camp," he added.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the State said that three more battalions of CPMFs, comprising nearly 3,000 personnel, would be deployed in Orissa for anti-Maoist operations in addition to the eight battalions of CPMFs already deployed.

September 1

The Police said that a close aide of slain CPI-Maoist politburo member, Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, identified as Patra Majhi, was arrested from Adaba area of Gajapati District. Majhi, secretary of a Maoist backed farmers' body for Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts, was reportedly involved in about a dozen cases including the killing of two village guards in Adaba area recently, Gajapati district Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Arora said. He was also involved in several landmine explosions, blasting of mobile phone towers and destruction of a forest office, Arora said, adding a gun and some explosives were recovered from Majhi.

September 2

A Maoist cadre, identified as Deb Kumar, a native of Bano area in Jharkhand was arrested from Jalada locality of Rourkela in Sundargarh District. Deb admitted that he was working as ‘area commander’ of Sundargarh District in Orissa and Simdega in Jharkhand and was involved in various offences in the two areas.

September 8

Two persons abducted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist on September 6 were released unharmed in Sundargarh District. Bular Tirkey (28) and Suman Gudia (18) of B. Jharbeda village in K. Balang Police Station were abducted when they were returning home by a motor bike. After getting the information, villagers of Jharbeda went to neighbouring Karda village en masse where the Maoists were having a meeting and appealed to them to release the two. The Police said they received the information about the incident but there was no formal complaint.

September 9

Nearly 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist planted landmines and blew up the building of a panchayat office at Materu in the Padia block of Malkangiri District. The Maoists did not injure or attack any villager. After the blast the Maoists also ransacked some portions of the building that had not been damaged and set ablaze to the official records and furniture while raising slogans against the Government and the proposed anti-Naxal operation in the area. They left a poster at the spot stating that they blew up the building to protest against the camp of BSF at Sikhapalli near Materu.

September 16

The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up several forest buildings including a range office and inspection bungalow inside Sunabeda sanctuary in Nuapada District. The buildings had been lying defunct and unoccupied for a long time due to Maoist menace.

11 battalions of central paramilitary forces have already arrived in the State for joint anti-naxal operation. Five battalions of BSF and four battalions of CRPF have been deployed at the Maoist affected areas while the State Government has decided to station two battalions of CRPF at North Orissa.

September 18

A 45-year-old village guard, Lalit Hantala, of Rajabandha village in Chitrakonda of Malkangiri District was killed by cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Khadikajodi area of the District. Hentala was believed to have been on the hit list of the Maoists who had demanded that he quit his job, Police sources said. Several Maoist posters and pamphlets were recovered from the spot.

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Kapur Khara and his son Dhisa Khara in Lachhmani village of Laxmipur Block of Koraput District in the night. A group of around 20 armed Maoists reached the remote village and forced the villagers to attend a meeting. At around 8.30 p.m. [IST] all other villagers were ordered to return home, while Kapur and his son were asked to stay back. After some time the Maoists slit their throats killing them on the spot.

September 20

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead Rabi Khara, a sarpanch of Bijay Ghati and his associate Puri Sirka, near Kudumul village of Damanjodi in Koraput District. Another associate of the sarpanch identified as Suresh Sirka was seriously injured in the incident. The trio was travelling from Damanjodi to Bijay Ghati. Maoists left a letter written in Telugu near the spot claiming that they had killed these persons as they were acting as Police Informers and were also involved in exploitation of local tribals. Maoists also alleged that they were key elements behind the disruption of a rally planned by CMAS at Koraput on September 13, 2009.

September 21

Three persons were arrested for helping the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Sorada area of Ganjam District. Although they were not Maoists, they worked with them and transported material for them, Superintendent of Police Nitinjit Singh said. The three were identified as Satya Mandal and Laxman Mandal of Dhaugaon village and Rajesh Mallick alias Rahas of Pipalapanka village. Satya and Laxman allegedly assisted Maoists in an attack on a liquor vender about two months ago, while Mallick acted as an informer for the Maoists, Police Sources said. However, the CPI-M claimed that Satya and Laxman were active members of the party and demanded their unconditional release.

The State Government decided to expedite patrolling by the BSF in Koraput District. While three battalions of BSF troopers were deployed in Malkangiri, two other battalions had been put into service in Koraput. Stating that steps were being taken in accordance with the decision of the Unified Command formed to guide anti-Maoist operation, the State Home Secretary said Orissa was expecting a helicopter soon to track movement of rebels in dense forests of Southern Districts. Though five BSF battalions were camping in Koraput and another Southern Maoist-affected District Malkangiri for about six months, the CPMF was yet to take on the Maoists. CRPF personnel were also engaged in anti-Maoist operations with the state closely monitoring the Maoist activities in certain pockets.

Restrictions on the movement of passenger trains during night in Maoist-affected areas of Orissa and West Bengal will continue till September 27, a statement issued by the East Coast Railway said.

September 25

CPI-Maoist cadres killed Nrusimha Panda alias Babuli Panda, a leader of the ruling BJD, at Ramgiri village in Baipariguda Block of Koraput District. Babuli Panda was the former president of the Baipariguda Block Unit of the BJD and a civil contractor by profession. According to sources, the Maoists also left a letter at the spot claiming their hands in the killing. Maoists alleged that Babuli Panda was a supporter of 'Shanti Committee' which is opposed to CPI-Maoist and CMAS and he was also involved in corruption for which he had to face their wrath.

September 26

Four CPI-Maoist cadres abducted Chingu Jani, the sarpanch of Dumuripadar panchayat in Koraput District. He was standing near a tea stall with other people in Mathiliput village when he was abducted.

September 28

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze two stationary trucks parked along the NH-215 in Roxi area under K. Balang Police Station and left several posters in Sundargarh District.

September 29

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a 60-year-old person at Mahupada village in K. Balang Police Station in Sundargarh District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The villagers said the victim came to their village 2-3 days back was seen begging for food and staying in the village.

September 30

The Orissa Government discussed better coordination between Central Paramilitary Forces and the Police for anti-Maoist operations, official sources said.

Around 25 to 30 armed Maoists set ablaze a liquor joint at Bansapal in Keonjhar District.

October 2

Around 15 heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed into the forest office at Ramgiri under Boipariguda Police Station in Koraput District and set off a landmine blowing up a portion of the building. The Maoists shouted slogans against the Government before leaving.

The Police arrested three top Maoists, identified as Buas Munda, Paulas Munda and Shiv Singh, during a combing operation at Chandiposh and Silipunji forest areas in Sundargarh District. Police also recovered two landmines weighing 30 and 15 kilograms respectively from them.

The Maoists called for two days Malkangiri District bandh on October 5 and 6 protesting operation Green Hunt.

October 4

A large number of heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including women, stormed into Padia block headquarter town under Kalimela Police Station area in Malkangiri District, and ransacked a liquor shop. The Maoists also destroyed almost the entire stock in the liquor outlet. However, no injury or casualty was reported in the incident.

October 11

The Orissa Government launched a combing operation in the areas bordering Mahasamund District of Chhattisgarh where six cadres of the CPI-Maoist and two civilians were killed on October 9.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the State Home Department to fill up all the vacant posts in the Police Department. The State DGP, Manmohan Praharaj, said, "We are handicapped by the manpower shortages in the department. The infrastructure needs much improvement. We require training institutes for entry level personnel. We have sanction for 2000 constables for Special Operation Group [SOG] but we could not fill up the vacancies because of a fall in the entry level." The Orissa Police currently has over 5,000 vacancies while 5000 more await training. "Whereas there are 142 Policemen per one lakh population on an average across the country, Orissa has only 102 Policemen per one lakh population," Praharaj disclosed.

October 14

More than 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist entered Markapadar village under Khairput Block in Malkangiri District and blew up a Panchayat building and a godown using powerful landmine. After blowing the buildings the Maoists disappeared into the nearby forest shouting slogans against the Government and Security Forces.

October 17

The CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS-Narayanpatna ploughed land, which they had forcibly taken over from non-tribals about a year ago, for the third consecutive day at Narayanpatna area in the Koraput District. A large number of activists belonging to CMAS ploughed hundreds of acres of land, which was lying unused, on the outskirts of Narayanpatna and planted red flags, local people at Narayanpatna said.

October 18

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast on a road at Sikhapalli near a BSF camp in Malkangiri District. However, no one was injured as there was no movement near the site when the landmine exploded about 250 metres from the temporary BSF camp.

Maoists put up a large number of posters and banners in Govindpalli in the same District, threatening the local youths to refrain from joining the Police Force as SPOs. The existing village guards and SPOs were asked to quit their jobs, sources said.

October 23

Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Jakhyamutha Majhi, Aphira Badamajhi and Ajit Badamajhi were arrested from Baligudi and Sapalaguda villages under Adbaba Police Station in Gajapati District. Ajit and Aphira were residents of Sapalaguda, while Jakhyamutha was from Baligudi. Police recovered three locally-made guns and Maoist literature from them.

A group of 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a panchayat office in Nulliguda of Podia block under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. The Maoists set ablaze the plastic pipes and looted iron rods and other articles stored in the godown. They left some leaflets at the spot, demanding the Government to stop killing their cadres in the name of Operation Green Hunt and withdraw the BSF from the District.

October 24

Four traders were arrested from Bisra town in Sundergarh District on charges of supplying explosives and other materials to Maoists. Several gelatine sticks, detonators, fuse wires and other materials were seized from them.

October 25

A group of four armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a person, identified as Gadadhar Singh Rajput of Sambalpur village, in the Kundei Police Station area of Raighar Block in Nabarangpur District suspecting him as a Police informer. Rajput was supervising construction work taken up by a contractor from adjoining Chhattisgarh, Superintendent of Police Prafulla Chandra Barik said, suspecting extortion to be the reason behind the killing.

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pabitra Madhi, of Lachipeta village under MV-79 Police Station was arrested from Lachipeta forests by the Security Force personnel in a combing operation in Malkangiri District. Madhi, a ‘deputy commander’ of Motu Naxal dalam, confessed his involvement in a series of attacks, including the planting of a landmine in the newly-constructed jail at MV-79 and blasting of panchayat buildings at Malabaram and Malyamunda under Motu Police Station in the District.

October 28

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Rajesh Topo alias Rajesh Munda, surrendered in the presence of District Collector Shalini Pandit in Sundargarh District. He was involved in at least 15 cases, including murder, attack on Police establishments, bank loot, extortion and explosions, DIG of Police Y K Jethwa said. He apparently decided to return to the mainstream as he was disillusioned with the style of functioning of the Maoists and deviation from ideology.

November 1

On the sidelines of a special function held at the Sainik School at Bhubaneswar, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik said that four helicopters are engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Orissa. He added that no additional demand for choppers had been made from the State Government.

November 4

Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in a gun battle with the Police in a forested area near Karlakuta village of Malkangiri District. District Superintendent of Police Anirudha Kumar Singh said that after a tip-off that Maoists were hiding in the area, Police raided the place. 'Some Police personals sustained minor injuries in the gun battle that lasted for about 10-15 minutes,' Singh said. Some weapons and Maoist banners were seized from the spot, he added.

November 5

Security Forces arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist after an hour long exchange of fire at Gopinathpur in Gajapati District. All of the four arrested Maoists, in the age group of 30-35 years, belonged to the Bansadhara division of the outfit. A raid was conducted following a tip off regarding a Maoist camp at Gopinathpur. About 500 rounds were fired from Police side and no security person was injured in the incident. A pistol and some ammunition besides some dress were recovered from them.

November 7

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Arjun Dora and Laxman Pangi were arrested by the SOG troopers from Govindpalli forest in Malkangiri District. According to Police, Dora and Pangi were reportedly involved in Maoist activities for the past four years.

November 8

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed two persons near Timanpur village in Raighar block of Nabarangpur District. The bullet ridden bodies of the victims were found on the Timanpur-Binaypur road a few kilometres away from Chhattisgarh border. The Menpur Division of Maoists outfit, which is active in Chhattisgarh, claimed its hand in the killing through handwritten Hindi posters left with the bodies. Maoists also set ablaze two bikes near the spot of killing.

A group of around 40 armed Maoists blew up a Residential High School building managed by the Tribal Welfare department at Gompakunda under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District. They asked around 60 students present in the hostel to stand back and not interfere in their violent act. Through posters left at the spot the Maoists claimed that it was their mark of protest against the visit of US president Barack Obama to India. It may be noted that Maoists had given call for nationwide bandh on November 8 to protest against US president's visit. The Maoists also claimed that they had blasted the school building as it was to be used as camping site for security forces during anti-naxal operations.

Maoists cut down trees at Govindpalli ghat road to snap road communication between Malkangiri and Koraput District. They also put up posters against President Obama's visit near the fallen trees.

Large quantity of explosives being transported to Maoist hideout was seized by Security personnel in Semiliguda block of Koraput District.

Police arrested four Maoists cadres, identified as Daulas Munda, Nikhelas Munda, Robert Munda and Suran from Saranda Forest at the time of joint cumbing by the SOG Jawans and CRPF in Sundergarh District and recovered explosives from them.

Police arrested two Maoists cadres, identified as Arjun Majhi and Bihari Majhi from Keonjhar District.

Police arrested two Maoists cadres, identified as identified as Raheman Sisa (16) a student of class IX of Renga School and Suraj Disari (25), resident of Tenda village under Semiliguda Police Station near Dudhari Ueida office in Koraput District. They disclosed that they had been engaged in Maoist activities by the direction of the Maoist leader Ghasi. Police seized 200 stick gelatines, two bundles of wire, One quintal Ammonium Nitrate and an ATM card of Damanjodi Allahabad Bank from them.

November 9

Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Dillip Munda and Srikanta Purty, from Rebana Pallaspalli area in Keonjhar District during a joint combing operation by the SOG and CRPF troopers. The Police recovered explosives, one pistol and bullets from them.

Two 'Central Regional Commanders' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Murla Nelam Reddy alias Raju alias Arjun alias Sukdev (24) of Galkonda village in East Godavari District and his wife Sita Pangi alias Sumita alias Sunita alias Bisakha (21) of Peddapaddu village in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh, were arrested during joint combing operation by the personnel of the Odisha Police and Central Paramilitary Forces at Narayanpatna in Koraput District. They carried a reward of INR 100,000 each. "Their arrest has proved the active involvement of Andhra-based hardcore Maoist cadres in the recent rise in the violent activities of Maoists and controversial CMAS in Koraput District," Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu said. They had been associated with the outfit for more than seven years. Interrogation revealed that both of them were involved in the attack on Nayagarh town and the Police armoury there in 2008 as well as attack on bauxite mines of NALCO on Panchpatmali hill top near Damanjodi in 2009.

November 11

Two women CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Sabita Munda alias Kuni (19) and Jamuna Munda alias Kranti (22), surrendered before the Police in Keonjhar District. Sabita was an 'area commander' of Kalinga Nagar division and was involved in about a dozen crimes, SP A. K. Singh said. A pistol and two rounds of ammunition were recovered from her. Jamuna too was involved in several cases, including attacks on Police Stations, murders and extortion. The surrendered women said the Maoists had distanced themselves from their ideology and were now killing innocent tribals, whom they were supposed to serve, Jamuna said. "Jamuna also said that they were physically, mentally and sexually harassed by senior cadres a number of times," Singh said.

The Maoists gave a call for a 24-hour general strike on November 15 in Malkangiri District and Laxmiput and Baipariguda blocks of neighbouring Koraput District, protesting against the killing of four Maoists in a gun battle during combing operation with Police near Karlakuta village in Malkangiri District on November 4.

November 13

Padma alias Sirisa alias Nirmala (40), wife of the CPI-Maoist Central Committee member Ramakrishna alias RK, was arrested along with two other woman cadres, identified as Esori Anduluru (18) and Runi Maningi alias Sarita (20) from Dudhari in Semiliguda block of Koraput District, while they were on their way to Narayanpatna in a jeep. Interrogation revealed that Esori, a native of Visakhapatnam District has been working as a militia member of the Maoists for the past few years. Recently, she had been selected for promotion. Padma was on her way to Narayanpatna to meet her husband and was escorting Esori to be trained under her husband. Runi, a resident of Bandhugaon area in Koraput District had links with Maoists and was involved in their activities in the area. The jeep driver, Gokul Kuldeep, was also arrested. Maps of different townships, including that of Nayagarh and Jehanabad, Maoist literature, and a large number of letters in Telugu were seized from them.

November 15

A group of around 25 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed a class IV Government employee, identified as Dama Madkami (26) of Salimalikonda village under Kalimela Police Station, in MV-73 village of Malkangiri District. Maoists killed Dama during their 24-hour bandh (general shut down) call in Koraput District to protest against killing of four of their militia in a Police encounter in Orkel Police Station area of the District on November 4.

A team from Andhra Pradesh's elite anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds, is in Koraput, to gather information about the whereabouts of Ramakrishna alias RK, the CPI-Maoist Central Committee member and Andhra-Orissa-Border (AOB) special zonal committee general secretary, and his son Prithvi alias Munna, said to be a section commander in the CPI-Maoist Central Regional Committee (CRC). The CRC is the third such unit of AOB and includes Srikakulam and Koraput divisions. Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu said RK had traveled to Narayanpatna several times in the past to monitor and plan the activities of the Maoists and the Maoist-backed CMAS. "As per the directive of Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, they want to declare Naraynpatna a 'liberated zone' on the lines of Lalgarh in West Bengal. So, RK was taking extra interest in this area and continues to camp several days in a row," Sahu said.

November 16

Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up an unfortified Police Station at Kakiriguma in Koraput District. A single unarmed guard was at the Police Station when the attack occurred. Maoists allowed him to escape before they blew it up. The Maoists also set ablaze a Police jeep parked on the premises of the Police Station. They shouted slogans against the Government and Security Forces before escaping into the jungles.

A top Maoist cadre, identified as Naresh Muthamajhi (30), of Adaba area of Gajapati District surrendered before the SP. Naresh was reportedly involved in the killing of two village guards at Katamma in the District about three months ago and was active in Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal Districts. He was also involved in several other incidents including the blowing up of a Police outpost at Chandrapur, Chandrapur Mobile Tower in Rayagada District and setting ablaze the Paniganda Forest Beat House in Adaba in Gajapati District in December 2009.

November 17

A group of around 20 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a person, identified as Ganga Madkani (23), near Katakunda village under MV-79 Police Station limits in Malkangiri District, suspecting him to be a Police informer. The Maoists escaped into nearby forest after the killing shouting slogans against the Security Forces and the Government.

Police arrested three Maoists identified as Irma Padiami, Era Padiami and Ganga Padiami from Badigata forest area under Kalimela Police Limits. The Maoists were arrested during a joint operation by the Special Operation Group (SOG) and BSF.

November 18

Two top CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Nahu Majhi alias Ranjit (20) and Mausa Majhi alias Terena (26) of Purunapani village under Adaba Police Station, surrendered before the District Police Headquarters of Gajapati District. A pistol and five bullets were deposited by them. Nou and Mausa were active cadres of the Basadara division of Maoist outfit, which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Ganjam Districts. Nou confessed that he was involved in the attack on Nayagarh town and Police armoury there in 2008. Both of them had joined the Maoists in 2006 and had undergone arms training. They were involved in blasting of three mobile communication towers at Birikote in the District in March 2010. They were also involved in the landmine attack targeted at a Police vehicle at Andhari Ghat near Adaba on February 16, 2009. After surrender they alleged that activities of Maoist leaders had no links with their high sounding rhetoric and they were devoid of any ideology.

The Unified Command Meeting was held in the Odisha Secretariat under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Bijaya Patnaik. Concerned over the lack of coordination with Orissa Police in fight against Maoists in the state, BSF decided to put Additional Director General of BSF Arabinda Ranjan as an officer in the rank of IG to deal with the situation. It was mentioned that five battalions of BSF troopers is to be deployed in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts to help the State Police to fight against the Maoists.

The Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) Special Zonal Committee General Secretary, Ramakrishna alias RK, a top leader of the CPI-Maoist escaped from the Police net after six days of manhunt by the Special Operations Group (SOG), Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), and CRPF and BSF from Narayanpatna. RK carries a reward of INR 1.2 million on his head in Andhra Pradesh.

November 20

Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Police at the District head quarters of Rayagada. 'They were active members of Kondabaredi dalam of the Srikakulam-Koraput joint division of the CPI-Maoist. One of them was a 'commander' of the dalam,' District Superintendent of Police Anoop Krishna told IANS. The surrendered Maoists were wanted in various Maoist violence cases including in the land mine blast of 2002 in Gothilapadar area of the District in which six Paramilitary personals and a driver were killed.

Another Maoist cadre facing more than nine criminal cases including five murders surrendered at the District head quarters of Jajpur District. The surrendered Maoist told Police there are some more of the cadres who wanted to return to the mainstream after they realized the Maoists have moved away from their ideology.

November 23

In a show of strength the CPI-Maoist-backed CMAS took out a large protest rally at Narayanpatna in Koraput District. Around 5,000 of its cadres took part in it demanding release of the arrested CMAS members. It was first major demonstration by the organisation during past one year.

November 25

Maoists shot dead a local contractor identified as Manoj Sahu in the Brahmanigaon market in Kandhamal District.

November 27

Five persons, including two women and a three-year-old child, were killed when cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up an ambulance by triggering a landmine blast near Dukulpadu in Brahmanigaon in Kandhamal District. The victims from Sikarma village near Brahmanigaon and were identified as Simon Mallick, the ambulance's driver, Sushanti Pradhan, Inosi Digal (a pregnant woman), her daughter Subhashree (3) and husband Guna Digal.

Six Maoist sympathizers were arrested from Daringbadi area of the District. Incriminating materials, including Maoist literature, were seized from them, Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.

November 29

Replying to a written question in the State Assembly, Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik said that at least 78 cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were killed and 1,433 were arrested in the last 10 years in Odisha. Patnaik said, "78 Maoists have died in Police action in the State during the period from 2001 to 2010 (till November 15)." Of the 78 dead, the highest number of cases came from Malkangiri District followed by 15 in Koraput District and 10 in Rayagada District, he said. The CM also informed that the State Government has spent total of INR 585.7 million for security related causes. In last two years up to November 15, 2010, a total of 387 Maoists have been arrested, 28 killed and 51 have surrendered before the Police, Patnaik added. The CM, who is also the Home Minister, said that 15 of the State's 30 revenue Districts have been accepted as Maoist-affected under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme of the Central Government. Patnaik said the State had no proposal under consideration for establishment of special jail for Maoist prisoners.

November 30

Unlike previous year's week-long PLGA Week celebration, the CPI-Maoist cadres this time have given the call for a month long celebration beginning from December 2, 2010 to January 2, 2011 to mark the 10th formation day of the PLGA. More than 50 top Maoist Commandos have reportedly arrived to take part in Malkangiri-Andhra Pradesh border ahead of the month long PLGA celebration. Unconfirmed report says that the Maoists have recruited more tribal youths into the party ahead of the celebration.

December 1

Two top cadres of the CPI-Maoist active in several areas including West Bengal were arrested during an operation by Police at Jamsola village in Mayurbhanj District. "A pistol and several live cartridges were seized from the duo, identified as Sunaram Murmu (26) of Pondusar village of West Midnapore District and Hapna Tudu (34) of Pallo village under Suliapada Police Station in Odisha," Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sudhakar Jena said. "The Maoists claimed they were working in Lalgarh division and Nayagram division of the outfit under area commander Kishen Ji," he added. "The arrested Maoists were active in Gopiballavpur and Nayagram Police Station areas of West Bengal and Suliapada and Chandua areas of Mayurbhanj District," the Police said.

December 2

About 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked on the abandoned Bansapani Police out post and blew it up using a landmine at Banspal village in Keonjhar District. 'It was a one-room house and the front portion of it has been damaged, and no casualty is reported,' Inspector General of Police (operation) Sanjeev Marik said.

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted Hadi Badanaik, a SPO of Andahal village under Mudulipada Police Station in Malkangiri District. The Maoists had threatened him to resign from the SPO. But he did not pay hid to the threatening of the Maoists for which the Maoists abducted his Father, Mother and Wife on December 1 and later released them.

Public transport was paralyzed for the fourth day today in Malkangiri District and certain areas of Koraput District as the Maoists has been celebrating the 10th formation year of its PLGA from December 2-8. The traffic also was hit in Bandhugaon, Machkund, Onkadeli and Lamataput areas of Koraput District.

December 6

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist hacked three villagers to death at Topadihi near Rourkela under K Balang Police Station in Sundargarh District suspecting them to be Police informer. The victims, including a ward member, identified as Nuana Munda, a teacher, Nanjan Munda and Daudh Munda, a villager, were abducted by the Maoists before they were killed. The villagers found the bodies with the throats slit near rail tracks hardly 500 metres away from Topadihi railway station.

December 8–9

On the last day of the week-long observation of 10th anniversary of PLGA, a group of around 60 armed Maoists killed a tribal youth, identified as Sambharu Huika, in Odiapentha village in Koraput District. According to Koraput SP Anup Sahu it was suspected that the tribal youth had been murdered on the last day of PLGA week to use terror tactics to compel tribal youths of remote areas join the violent fold. Huika had refrained from joining the controversial CMAS in Naryanpatna area. Huika had even allegedly refused to take part in meetings and rallies of CMAS. "So, the only reason behind the murder was to create a reign of terror in the area," Sahu said.

December 9

The CPI-Maoist killed two villagers by slitting their throats in Langalkata village, under K. Bolang Police station in Sundargarh District. According to sources in Rourkela Police, about 200 armed Maoists barged into the village in the wee hours and abducted six villagers at gun point. All the hostages were taken to a nearby school building where villagers had reportedly a heated exchange of words. Subsequently, four villagers were let off while two were killed. The two victims were identified as Anup Singh and Bisra Singh, whom the Maoists suspected to be Police informers. The Maoists and the cadres of erstwhile MCC threw the bodies along with a few posters warning the villagers not to support the Police.

December 10

More than 10 to 12 cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a mobile tower at Kaliatal in Baipariguda in Koraput District. The situation has become such that the service providers are planning to erect towers in the Police Station to prevent damage to them. Meanwhile, reports said that the Maoists were also opposing the Integrated Action Plan of the Centre to develop the Insurgency-affected Districts.

December 11

Five Maoists were arrested by SFs from Nuagaon village under K Balang Police limits in Sundargarh District. The SFs spoiled the abduction bid by the Maoists of three persons of Mahupada village under the same Police Station limit. The villagers along with CRPF and SOG force chased the Maoists and rescued all the three. SFs had seized two rifles and some explosive materials from the arrested Maoists identified as Bagana Tarkot, Kande Tarkot, Nancy Tarkot (woman), Mangara Tarkot and Matara Tarkot. Mangara and Matara were top Maoists of Jharkhand and relatives of most wanted Maoist Madhusudan Tarkot while Kande and Nancy are siblings – brother sisters.

December 12

Three Maoists were arrested from Raidihi forested area in Sundargarh District. The Maoists, identified as Illajdar Lakra (35), Nima Xalxo (30), Pawal Kerketa (45) of neighbouring Jharkhand, were arrested during combing operation by CRPF, SOG and Police. All the three Maoists were involved in the killing of five persons in Topadihi and Langalkata villages during last week.

December 14

Five cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested during combing operation in Niyamgiri hills under Kalyansinghpur Police Station limits Rayagada District. The arrested Maoists were identified as Adyas Mandangi alias Raju (25) from Piplapadar village in Lakshmipur block of Koraput District, Sunil Gagaranga alias Jagdish (20) from Muniguda Police Station area in Rayagada District, a woman cadre Sabita Jodia (22) from Dobasil village under Kalyansinghpur Police Station limits of the District. Two minor girls who were allegedly serving as Maoist cadres are yet to be identified. The two minor girls were sent to juvenile home in Berhampur, while the rest three were lodged in the Rayagada jail. They were armed cadres of Kashipur team of Basadara division of the Maoists, Superintendent of Police Anup Krishna said. A large quantity of arms and ammunition including a 9-mm Pistol, one magazine, live ammunition, country-made hand grenade, 20 detonators, two landmines, ten large polythene sheets used to erect tents, incriminating documents, three Maoist backpacks that contained Maoist uniform, articles of daily use articles, training notebooks, Maoist related literature were seized from their possession. According to Police sources the arrested persons were involved in a series of acts of violence in Rayagada and Kalahandi Districts.

December 18

At least two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter between the Maoists and Security Forces at Chirubeda in Saranda forest under Bisra Police Station area in Sundargarh District. A SOG constable, Laxman Kisan (28) went missing and another constable Bhabagrahi Nayak (28), sustained a bullet injury, ASP Ramachandra Panda said. A rifle and a motor-cycle were recovered from the incident site, the ASP added. Meanwhile, the Maoists handed over the dead body of the missing SOG trooper Laxman to his family at Bansanala in Orissa-Jharkhand border on December 19.

December 19

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a culvert at Podapodar of Narayanpatna Block in Koraput District. The Maoists blew up the culvert to obstruct the BSF troopers deployed in the area on 14th December.

December 20

Three Maoists belonging to West Bengal, identified as Umakanta Bera of Pachurakhuara and Subash Badhuka of Badatanga villages under Nayagram Police Station and Rupaka Mahanta of Ramchandrapur village under Jhargram Police Station, were arrested from Suliapada area in Mayurbhanj District. Three rifles, 14 live cartridges and 21 gelatine sticks were seized from their possession. The arrested Maoists were involved in several crimes, including two murders in the District and five murders in Jhargram area of neighbouring West Bengal, Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, replying to a question by Congress member Mamata Madhi, in the State Assembly, said that at least 91 civilians had been killed by Maoists in Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Nawrangpur Districts since 2000. However, Patnaik said information regarding the compensation provided to the families of the deceased civilians was under collection.

December 21

A group of about 50 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including women cadres, raided the make-shift camp of the ARSS Infrastructure Limited, a private construction company, and set ablaze 14 vehicles of the construction company at Pindiki under Mohana Police Station area in Gajapati District.

The Maoists set ablaze a mobile communication tower. Before escaping, they cut down trees to block the Paralakhemundi-Mohana road to stop the movement of Security Forces, DIG, Southern Range R K. Sharma, said.

December 24

At least three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter with elite anti-Maoist SOG in Bijayghati at Turli hillock in Narayanpatna area in Koraput District. DIG Soumendra Priyadarshi said, the joint Police team of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh raided a hideout in the District, considered to be a Maoist stronghold and the encounter took place, which lasted about an hour and resulted in killing three of them. A gun and 25 Maoist kit bags were recovered from the encounter site, Priyadarshi added.

December 26

A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Pradip Majhi (26) reportedly attempted suicide at Adaba Police Station in Gajapati District and later succumbed to the injuries on way to MKCG Medical College Hospital. Majhi attempted suicide by hanging from the ceiling of his room, SP Sarthak Sarangi, claimed. Majhi was a native of Londagia village. Majhi along with three cadres were arrested from Londagia during combing operation on December 24. The other three cadres are identified as Somanath Majhi, Bulu Majhi and Bijay Majhi. They all were reportedly involved in Maoist activities including explosion in Raipanka village in the District, Sarangi added.

State IG Sanjeev Marik said "The Maoists have weakened. They are not getting support. They are not able to increase their strength as people are refusing to join them".

December 27

At least two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter between the Maoists and the Police in Paikamal area of Bargarh District. Acting on a tip off, the Police and the SOG started a joint combing operation in the area and killed the two Maoists while others managed to escape. Police suspected that more than 50 Maoists have remained in the area. The combing operation has been intensified. The dead body of the Maoists along with rice, shoes, potato and some clothes have been recovered from the encounter site. The Maoists are yet to be identified.

December 29

A CPI-Maoist woman cadre, identified as Arati Motamajhi (22), was arrested by SFs from Chandrapur area in Rayagada District. Arati is a resident of Ghatiguda village under Adaba Police Station limits in Gajapati District. She had joined the Maoist about a year back, SP, Anup Krishna said.

A Bal Vahini (child volunteer) cadre of the Maoist, identified as Rajani Motamajhi (12), surrendered before the Police in the District. Rajani confessed that she had joined Maoists around four months back. According to her, Maoists had come to their village and asked four minor girls like her to bring food for them into the forest. After scrutinising the four girls the Maoists had chosen Rajani. She was not allowed to go back home. According to her she was working under Azad, leader of Bamsadara division of the outfit. She used to wake up at 4am and took up different training and work provided to her by the Maoist leaders. It included cleaning of guns, exercises and handling of small arms.

December 30

A CRPF trooper, identified as Tek Chand, was shot dead and a Police constable of the OSAP, identified as Ramesh Kandhapani was seriously injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist at Hanumantpur village under Chandrapur block in Rayagada District. The encounter took place when the Maoists opened fire on Security men on routine surveillance duty at the Hanumantpur weekly market, the Police said. The troopers retaliated, but the Maoists escaped.

December 31

The SOG and the CRPF team combing the forests near Paikamal area of Bargarh District reportedly faced firing On December 27, and an encounter took place between the Maoists and the SFs in which two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed. The deceased were identified as Madhav Singh Thakur, the area block president of BJP, and Ramesh Sahu, a businessman. Thakur's body was identified by his family members. The family members of the victims refuted the claim that they were Maoists on December 30. Madhav was the president of BJP's Paikamal block unit. He was in no way linked to Maoist activities, his brother Gunakar Thakur said. 'Ramesh was a businessman and everybody in the area knew him. He was never involved in Maoist activities,' Sahu's uncle Hrusikesh said. However, Bargarh SP Soorya Thankappan said, "Our forces had definite information that a Maoist camp was running there. When we raided the camp we were fired at. In the crossfire, two Maoists were killed". IG (Operation) Sanjeev Marik said the gun battle took place after Police raided the Maoists camp. Both were linked to the Maoists. A government inquiry has been ordered.

A jailed CPI-Maoist 'commander', identified as Ashok Narayan Bhukta alias Damadeo, who worked for strengthening the base of the Maoists in Sundergarh District has died of illness, jail sources of Sambalpur District said. Damadeo, convicted by a Rourkela court under the Arms Act after his arrest in December 2007 and facing trial in many other cases, died at the VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla, the sources added. A native of Baruatand village in the jurisdiction of Keredi Police Station in Jharkhand, Damadeo was involved in over 10 cases including murder, massacre and violence in Sambalpur District.

Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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