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Uttar Pradesh Timeline 2010



January 17

A Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoist) cadre carrying a head money of INR 50,000 arrested along with his accomplice following an encounter in the Sonbhadra District.

February 6

Three persons, a couple from Allahabad and a woman from Gorakhpur were arrested by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police for suspected Maoist links. The arrests followed "information from various agencies that senior and active members of the banned CPI-Maoist were trying to establish their base in Uttar Pradesh".

February 8

Eight cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including two members of its Central Committee and Polit Bureau, were arrested by the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh Police in Kanpur. Among the arrested was Balraj alias B.R. alias Arvind, 'head of the northern regional bureau' of the Maoists and Central Committee member and associate of Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy.

February 14

The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a Maoist cadre near the Shani temple situated next to the Cantonment Railway Halt in Gorakhpur. Rajendra was to meet his sister Asha, the member in charge of Central Mahila Sub Committee (SMSC) of the Maoists, presently lodged at Gorakhpur jail.

April 5

Ram Sajivan Kushwaha alias Guruji, a sub-zonal ‘commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested following an encounter with the Police in Kon area of Sonbhadra District.

April 13

The Uttar Pradesh Government was planning to raise the new crack force of 400 commandos trained in jungle warfare, on the lines of ‘Greyhounds’, to tackle Left Wing Extremism.

April 14

A suspected Naxalite (Left Wing Extremist), identified as Nandu Chero, was arrested along with arms in the forests of Harriya in Sonbhadra District the Police said. A country-made revolver and two live cartridges were recovered from him.

April 29-30

Six persons, including two CRPF troopers and a retired sub-inspector (armourer) of the State Police, were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) and the Uttar Pradesh Police for supplying arms to the LWEs following raids in Rampur, Moradabad, Kanpur and Jhansi.

May 2

Two more suspects, Dinesh and Shanker, were arrested by the Police from Jagdishpur village in Mau District in case of reported arms supply to the CPI-Maoist.

May 6

J K Misra, An assistant commandant of the CRPF at the group centre in Rampur, was suspended.

May 7

The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Raju (35), from a forest area in Sonbhadra District.

Uttar Pradesh Government announced a cash award of INR 100,000 for anyone providing vital inputs leading to the arrest of notorious Left Wing Extremist Lalbrat Kol, who has 36 cases pending against him. Kol is a native of Jhaiyavan area under Chakkarghatta Police station of Chandauli District.

May 11

Two suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Police from Dubahar town in Ballia District. They were identified as Kishun Rajbhar and Rajju. Several locally made pistols, live cartridges and Police uniforms were recovered from their possession.

May 13

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Virendra Mallah and Lal Bahadur, were arrested by the Police in Ballia District. Six pistols, eight crude bombs and several live cartridges were recovered from them.

Four more Policemen from the Provincial Armed Constabulary were arrested from Gonda, Faizabad and Gorakhpur Districts of Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of being involved in a racket to smuggle arms and ammunition for Maoists. The four are Sushil Kumar, armourer with the PAC's 30th battalion in Gonda, Jitendra Singh and Amar Singh, both deployed as armourers in Faizabad, and Rajesh Shahi, an armourer with the Gorakhpur Police.

May 19

A massive 20-tonne consignment of ammunition from the US has been seized at Loni in Gaziabad by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The consignment is suspected to be bound for the CPI-Maoist.

May 20

Ashok Kumar, arms supplier to the CPI-Maoist, was arrested by Police from Langdra area in Sonbhadra District. Over 50-kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 25 detonators and 25 gelatin rods were seized from Kumar.

May 28

Murlidhar Sharma, a native of Bihar's Rohtas District, was arrested by the Police from Telibagh area of Varanasi District in Uttar Pradesh on charges of supplying arms and ammunition to the CPI-Maoist. Around 125 live cartridges of INSAS rifle and a fake arms licence were recovered from his possession.

June 2

Two persons suspected to be supplying arms to the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Security Forces at Jakhaura in Jhansi District. Around 1,500 detonators, fuse wires and gelatine rods were recovered from their possession.

June 14

Police recovered a large quantity of explosives and detonators hidden by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a jungle in Deva Nata Khoh area Sonebhadra District. Police recovered 20 kilograms of can bomb (improvised device), 150 gelatine rods, six pencil cells, one bundle wire and 10 detonators.

July 29

As part of its package to develop Naxal (Left Wing Extremism)-hit Districts, the Union Government will give INR 5.3 billion for Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra District. The projects will be monitored by the Planning Commission and will focus mainly on infrastructure, health and education.

July 30

Police in Uttar Pradesh arrested Constable Lok Nath, posted at the Churk Police Lines in Sonbhadra District, for reportedly smuggling cartridges from Government Armouries and selling them to cadres of the CPI-Maoist. According to Police reports, Nath had close links with a retired Sub-Inspector Yashodanandan Singh, who was arrested from Rampur District in April 2010 on charges of smuggling arms and ammunition from Government Armouries to Maoists.

August 16

The State STF claimed to have arrested another wanted accused from Naka area of Lucknow in the case of pilferage of ammunition from various Police weapon stores in Uttar Pradesh. The STF team recovered a .32 bore pistol and 50 live cartridges of .9mm from the possession of the arrested accused. The Inspector General (Law & Order), AP Maheshwari said the arrested accused — Akash alias Guddu, a native of Mau District of Uttar Pradesh and at present staying in Sheikhpur District of Bihar — used to supply the ammunition to Naxal [Left Wing Extremist] groups and criminals of Bihar and West Bengal.

August 28

A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ramesh alias Santosh Kumar, was arrested in Panchasheeldal locality under Madihan Police Station in Mirzapur District. Kumar is a native of Rohtas District in Bihar. He was wanted in many cases by Sonebhadra, Bhabhua and Rohtas Police.

October 6

A group 40-50 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist held a lineman, Kharpattu, hostage for hours and damaged the railway tracks by removing fish plates and sleeper clips between Churk and Agorikhas railway stations in deep forests in Sonebhadra District. However, a major tragedy was averted as a number of important trains were stopped at the Agorikhas station after an alert raised by the lineman who was later released by the Maoists.

December 17

A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ramesh Lohra alias Rupesh Gurwa (32), was arrested at Alapur in Ambedkar Nagar District. Acting on a tip-off that a Maoist from Jharkhand was hiding in a brick kiln at Alapur under the guise of a labourer, Police raided the area and arrested him. A pistol, a rifle and several live cartridges were recovered from his possession, Inspector Jai Shankar Singh said. According to Police, around 25 criminal cases are pending against Lohra, who worked for Kundan Pahan, a 'zonal commander' of Maoists in Jharkhand.

December 25

Acting on a tip, the STF of Uttar Pradesh in a raid intercepted a car and seized arms, meant for the CPI-Maoist cadres in West Bengal, in Lucknow. During the operation, one accomplice of the arms dealers managed to escape, while the Police chased and arrested the other two. The STF was for some time getting information that from western part of the State an organised gang, with the help of arms dealers of Himachal Pradesh are smuggling a large quantity of rifles and other ammunitions to anti-national elements in West Bengal State, IG A. P. Maheshwari said. Four rifles with 1,000 live bullets, a pistol, 400 live rounds of other guns, 15 ATM cards, and four mobile phones along with a car were seized.

Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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