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Monday, 29 February 2016 | PNS | DALTONGANJ | in Ranchi

Setting up of a forward security post at Serendag in Latehar district has come as a major thorn in flesh of the CPI Maoists. The forward security post was inaugurated by DGP Jharkhand DK Pandey only a few days back.

Sources said there was a time in Palamu police range when Maoists used to resist and foil the setting up of forward security post like the one at Chak village where in the tenure of SP Palamu Deepak Verma Maoists had imposed a 21-day long bandh for its disbanding which the police administration did not yield.

SP Latehar Anoop Birtharey speaking to The Pioneer on Sunday February 28 described the Serendag forward security post as of great strategic importance which would demolish the ‘badshahat’ of CPI Maoists in this region.

Q: How Serendag forward security post is important?

SP:  It is of high strategic value. Serendag is the citadel of Maoists. It is a tough Naxal terrain. In the whole of Jharkhand where there is the manifestation of Maoists Serendag’s name comes first.  New vistas of development will open up here.

Q: Has the local populace hailed the setting up of this forward security post at Serendag?

SP:  The local populace has hailed this like anything. Gone are the days when the locals used to keep  low following the fear of Maoists who used to be noisy whenever any post was established. Here at Serendag there is surging confidence of the locals in the security forces. With this forward security post here we will change the face of a metallic road .  There is a cell phone tower which for fear of  Maoists  was nonfunctional over the last three years. With this post this tower will function. Local populace is too elated to use their cell phones and What’sApp.

Q; Serendag is a place where people used to find themselves sandwiched between CPI Maoists and TPC ultras.

SP:  The Maoists used to thrash people calling them as ‘Spies’ of TPC. The TPC ultras used to assault the commoners branding them as supporters and sympathisers of CPI Maoists. This  post would put an end to this atrocities unleashed by both the outfits now.

Q; North and West of Latehar breathe with difficulty following the infestation of Maoists.

SP: In the North of Latehar we have Serendag and Abun the two Red soils of Maoists. In the West of Latehar we have Burha Pahar. At Burha Pahar Arvind ji and 100 other Maoists used to stretch their legs.  But with strategic setting up of forward security posts at Saryu. Koney, Burha Pahar, Mandal, Morwai, Metlong breathing space for the Maoists has shrunk . Chopa nullah post is helping us to get a bridge constructed there.

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Blood on road: CRPF men killed on key Sukma stretch

The 56-km under-construction stretch has five police stations and 15 CRPF camps. Burkapal has CRPF’s 74th battalion camp, which came under fire today.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Raipur | Updated: April 25, 2017 11:34 am

crpf attack, sukma, maoist attack crpf, chhattisgarh crpf attack, burkapal sukma, moaists attack army, sukma killings death toll, sukma crpf attack latest news, chhattisgarh news, indian expressInjured CRPF men being brought to Raipur on Monday. PTI PhotoOVER THE last few years, one of the Chhattisgarh government’s attempts to break the Maoist dominance in Sukma district has been a continued focus on laying down roads. The state government is trying this by connecting Jagargunda with Dornapal in the east, Bijapur in the west, and Kirandul in Dantewada in the north.

All three roads are under construction. The stretch on which the Maoists ambushed a CRPF patrol team on Monday is one of those crucial under-construction roads in south Sukma, one of the most Maoist violence-affected areas.

Of the three under-construction roads, the first is a 75-km stretch of NH-30, connecting Sukma with Konta. The second connects Injeram and Bhejji, which came under attack on March 11, leaving 13 CRPF men dead. The third — the stretch where Monday’s ambush occurred — is a road that connects Dornapal on NH 30, with Jagargunda.

Sukma Attack: Mortal Remains Of Fallen Soldiers Brought To Caf Camp

Jagargunda was once considered a trading hub for tribal people of the area. Buses connected the place to Bijapur and Sukma earlier. But it has increasingly come under Maoist control over the years, and the extremists have increasingly damaged the roads connecting Jagargunda in an effort to cut it off from the rest of the state.

Jagargunda has a police station and a CRPF camp. Monday’s encounter took place just off Burkapal. The 56-km under-construction stretch has five police stations and 15 CRPF camps. Burkapal has CRPF’s 74th battalion camp, which came under fire today.

Since 2014, the road has seen 11 incidents of exchange of fire between Maoists and security forces, 18 IED explosions, recovery of 16 IEDs, three civilian deaths, and, before Monday, seven security personnel were killed and 25 injured.

Jharkhand: 4 STF Men Injured in Blast

At least four personnel of the Special Task Force of the Jharkhand police, called the Jharkhand Jaguars, escaped with minor injuries in a mine blast caused by Maoists in the Burhapahar area of Latehar district on Monday. The personnel were airlifted to Ranchi for treatment, where all of them were reported to be out of danger.



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Jawans injured in border encounter


Havildar Subhash Shinde being taken to Medica hospital in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra

Ranchi, Jan. 13: Six security personnel were injured today while a Maoist reportedly sustained bullet wounds in an encounter in the dense forests atop Burhapahar, which straddles Latehar and Garhwa districts in Jharkhand, and Balrampur in Chhattisgarh.

Till last reports came in, a search operation was underway in the area, which comes under Baresand thana in Latehar and is about 90km from district headquarters and 200km from Ranchi.

The place has been cordoned off from all sides. Additional forces have been rushed to the spot while Chhattisgarh police are also believed to have joined the operation.


“Right now, we are in CPI(Maoist) politburo and central committee member Arvind’s den. The injured jawans have been evacuated. Five among them have been admitted to Medica in Ranchi. Some recoveries too have been made,” said ADG (operations) Raj Kumar Mallick.

The jawans admitted to Medica have been identified as Subhash Shinde, Prabhakar Munda, Vinay Kumar, Jitendra Singh and Varunendra Pratap Singh. Among them, CRPF (CoBRA) havildar Shinde’s suffered severe splinter wounds and fractures on his legs, thighs, face and other parts of the body.

The sixth one received minor injuries and was not brought to Ranchi. “All are out of danger,” said the hospital’s medical director Sanjay Kumar.

Sources at the police headquarters said that a team comprising jawans from CoBRA battalion (CRPF), Jharkhand Jaguar, JAP and district armed police got cracking after information came in that Arvind had taken shelter in Burhapahar forests. Once the personnel became certain of the hideout, they cordoned off the area late last night and waited for sunrise to begin their operation. As they began advancing to the spot early in the morning, the Maoists opened fire. The security forces retaliated too, but the rebels triggered land mine blasts, injuring four personnel.

A few more landmine blasts followed, injuring two more personnel. A rebel also reportedly sustained injuries as the men in uniform fired back.

“Bloodstains scattered at the spot suggest that several other rebels might have been injured during the encounter,” said Mallick.


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CRPF top gun in rebel hotbed

Our Correspondent

CRPF DG K Durga Prasad (third from right) interacts with jawans in Latehar district. Telegraph picture

Ranchi, Nov. 24: CRPF DG K. Durga Prasad this morning visited Karmadih-Naurnagu forests in Latehar, where six Maoists were gunned down by joint forces yesterday, and took stock of anti-Naxalite operations going on in the traditional rebel stronghold.

He announced cash reward for the personnel of 209 CoBRA battalion who were involved in yesterday’s fierce encounter and directed the forces to step up the offensive to completely sanitise the area.

IG (operations) M.S. Bhatia and other officers of the state police and CRPF accompanied Prasad on his Latehar visit.

“Two out of the six slain rebels have been identified as sub-zonal commander Deepak Kharwar, alias Shailesh Kharwar, who carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh on his head, and area commander Nagendra Yadav,” the DG said in the afternoon after returning to the CRPF headquarters in Ranchi.

The duo were mainly active in Latehar and Lohardaga and used to operate under Maoist leader Nakul Yadav, he added.

Prasad said sooner or later security forces would flush out rebels from Burha Pahar area. “One by one, Maoists are losing their strongholds in Jharkhand. We have cleaned up Saranda forests. Maoists are running away from Parashnath hill, Jhumra hill and Kumundi forests,” he added.

The CRPF DG said the recent demonetisation had damaged the backbone of Maoists across the country. “We are very watchful. We have asked villagers not to share their bank account details with strangers or Maoists,” he said.

Yesterday, the forced recovered two SLR, three 303 bore rifles, one Insas, 600 bullets of various calibres and one dozen explosives devices. Today, another carbine was recovered from the riverbed. Lather SP Anoop Birthare said four out of the seven weapons were looted from police.

IG (operations), CRPF Jharkhand sector, Sanjay A. Lathkar said security forces had been keeping vigil in the Burha Pahar area, where around 50 Naxalites had assembled for meeting. “During search last morning, the CoBRA battalion spotted the armed Maoists on the bank of Koel river and asked them to surrender. They opened fire, security forces retaliated and gunned down six Maoists,” said Lathkar.

The Latehar SP said those killed, including Deepak and Nagendra, were part of the escort team accompanying Sudhakar, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh and had been sent to reinstate Maoist dominance in Burha Pahar, which shares border with Bihar and Chhattisgarh and is considered a safe passage for rebels.

Maoists surrender

Three Maoist cadres, including a minor, surrendered before police in Lohardaga and Gumla districts today.

While Maoist sub-zonal commander Shangho Mahto gave up his arms in Lohardaga, rebel Deepak Oraon and a minor aide shun violence in Gumla. They have given compensation in tune with the state’s surrender policy.





Hunt for holed-up Maoists

  • Police of three districts cordon off Burhapahar forests

Our Special Correspondent

Chief minister Raghubar Das pays homage to slain CoBRA jawan Ajay Kumar in Ranchi on Tuesday. Later, the body was sent to his home state Punjab for funeral. (Prashant Mitra)

Ranchi, July 12: Security forces today intensified combing in Burhapahar forests, spreading across Latehar and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand and Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh, a day after a CoBRA jawan was killed in an encounter with Maoists reportedly holed up in the hilly terrain.

Though no casualty was reported, policemen involved in the operation claimed to have found bloodstains in the forests, pointing to injuries among rebels.

Security forces also recovered 15 IEDs planted in a series during the search today.

Yesterday, Ajay Kumar, a jawan of the 209 CoBRA battalion, was killed during an encounter with Maoists, who opened fire when securitymen tried to move up the hills.

According sources, security forces have been camping in Burhapahar forests – encompassing Baresand area of Latehar, Bhandaria of Garhwa and Sambri area of Balrampur (Chhattisgarh) – for the past few days following intelligence inputs, suggesting Maoist presence in the area.

It is suspected over 200 heavily armed rebels belonging to the squad led by CPI(Maoist) politburo member Deo Kumar Singh, alias Arvindji, who carries a reward of Rs 1 crore on his head, were hiding in the hilly terrain about 750 metre above sea level.

While Latehar and Garhwa police, along with CRPF, are carrying out search in the Jharkhand side, Balrampur police have stepped up vigil from Chhattisgarh end.

Sources revealed that right-hand man of Arvind ji, Balkeshwar Oraon, alias Bada Vikas, who was reportedly caught in Chhipadohar forests of Latehar on Friday, was guiding the forces in the fortified Maoist hideout.

Palamau range DIG Akhilesh Jha, though feigned ignorance about Vikas’s reported arrest and the latter’s role in the ongoing operation, confirmed that the Burhpahar forests had been cordoned off from all sides. “I have no idea about Vikas’s arrest. The operations began two days ago and would continue,” he added.

Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay said: “We lost a jawan yesterday. But this time, we are not calling off our operations. The policemen are determined to avenge the death of our jawan and continue the drive till the end.”

In another anti-Naxalite operation, police today arrested three Maoists from different villages of Shikaripara in Dumka.

One of them has been identified as Vimal Hembrom, alias Chhota Vimla, who was wanted in several high-profile cases including the ambush on former Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and his team in 2013.

“We were tipped off about Vimal presence at Dharampur village. Later his aide Diwan Singh Hembrom and his wife Shanti were also caught,” said Dumka SP Prabhat Kumar.


Deadliest Maoist attacks in the last decade

INDIA Updated: Apr 24, 2017 22:09 IST

HT Correspondent
Maoist attacks

A gathering of Maoists at an undisclosed place in Chhattisgarh in March.(PTI File Photo)

Over 3,000 civilians and security personnel have been killed by Maoists in various left-wing extremism affected states in India. Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal are some of the worst affected states. Here is a look at the recent attacks by rebels at different places.

April 6, 2010: Maoists killed 75 CRPF personnel and a state police official in an attack in a convoy of security forces in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

March 15, 2007: Over 500 Naxalites attacked a police outpost in Chattisgarh’s Rani Bodi village, killing 55 policemen. 24 of the deceased belonged to the state police, while 31 others were Special Police Officers (SPOs). Most of these policemen were asleep when this attack was carried out with lobbed grenades and bombs.

June 29, 2008: Maoists carried out an attack at a boat. The attack takes place at Odisha’s Balimela reservoir. The boat was carrying four police officials and 60 greyhound commandoes. 38 troops were killed in the ambush.

June 29, 2010: 26 CRPF jawan killed in Maoist ambush attack in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district. Attack was part of a string of large attacks in the year which was one of the bloodiest in terms of naxal killings.

May 25, 2013: Twenty five leaders from the Congress party were killed including former state minister Mahendra Karma in attack of Maoists. Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel was also killed in a Maoist attack in Darbha valley in Chhattisgarh.

February 15, 2010: At least 24 personnel of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) were shot dead by Maoists when they attacked their camp in Sealdah in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district.

July 16, 2008: Naxals killed 21 policemen after they blew up a police van with a landmine. The attack takes place in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.

October 8, 2009: Maoists attack Laheri police station in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. The ambush kills 17 policemen and leaves several injured.

October 27, 2007: Former Jharkand CM Babulal Marandi’s son Anup and 17 others were killed in a Naxal attack at the Chilkhadia village in Giridh district of Jharkhand. The Naxals opened indiscriminate fire and exploded bombs when a cultural programme was being held.

May 22, 2009: Police personnel are attacked by Maoists in jungles in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. At least 16 police officials were killed in the attack.

March 11, 2014: 15 security personnel were reported killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

March 12, 2017: 12 CRPF jawans were killed in a Maoist attack in insurgency-hit Sukma district in Chhattisgarh about 250 kms from capital city of Raipur.

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300-400 Maoists ambushed securitymen in Sukma, CRPF claims ‘considerable’ damage in retaliation

INDIA Updated: Apr 25, 2017 08:38 IST


An injured CRPF soldier being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday following a Maoist attack at Burkapal near Chintagufa in Bastar. (PTI)

A considerable number of Maoists are believed to have been killed in retaliatory action by CRPF personnel after an attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district that killed at least 25 soldiers, the force has said.

The paramilitary force said in a statement about 300 to 400 Maoists “ambushed” a patrol party, the deadliest ambush by the rebels this year that was condemned by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It said on Monday two companies of the 74th battalion were out on operation to provide security to people engaged in constructing a road to connect Burkapal to Chintagufa in the area.

There were 99 personnel out on the operation. A CRPF company has a strength of about 100 personnel.

It said the ensuing gun battle was “fierce”. The CRPF troops replied in a befitting manner but taking advantage of their geographical position, Maoists succeeded in inflicting loss on the force.

“Twenty-four brave soldiers were martyred and one succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated to a hospital in Raipur,” the statement read.

25 brave soldiers of 74 Bn, CRPF martyred & 06 critically injured in an encounter with Maoists today at Burkapal in Sukma, Chhattisgarh

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The party was ambushed by a group of about “300-400 Maoist cadres at 12:30pm at Kalapattar near Burkapal”.

The area is close to the Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, the hotbed of Maoist violence which has seen a number of such attacks in the past resulting in high casualties.

The injured CRPF jawans of the 74th battalion being shifted to a hospital in Raipur. (HT Photo)

“A considerable number of Maoists are believed to have been eliminated (in retaliatory action by CRPF men) as the tell-tale sign indicate from the ground,” the statement added.

The bodies of all soldiers, it said, were airlifted to Raipur, while six soldiers injured in the ambush were admitted to a hospital in the state capital.

CRPF director general (acting) Sudeep Lakhtakia and senior officials of the operations directorate of the force are expected to visit the site on Tuesday to “take stock of the situation”. Union home minister Rajnath Singh and his junior colleague in the ministry, Hansraj G Ahir, are also expected to travel to Raipur.

An injured soldier, brought to a Raipur hospital, said: “The Naxals (Maoists) first sent villagers to check our position…I also saw some women Naxals. They were all wearing black uniforms and had sophisticated weapons like the AK series assualt rifles.”

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TNN | Updated: Apr 22, 2017, 10.18 AM IST

Security forces patrol the rebel-hit areas of Burha-Pahar on Friday
Security forces patrol the rebel-hit areas of Burha-Pahar on Friday

RANCHI: Security personnel have stepped up anti-Maoist operations in Burha-Pahar that links Jharkhand with Chhattisgarh following reports of a top rebel leader along with a group of fighters camping there for sometime.

Intelligence agencies said Dev Kumar Singh alias Arvind ji, who carries a bounty of Rs 1 crore on his head, had been spotted moving around in the forests of Burha-Pahar in Latehar district. Lying in the western parts of the state, Burha-Pahar runs from Jharkhand to north Chhattisgarh. For a long time, the Maoists have been using it as a safe passage to Chhattisgarh.

The agency said Sudhakaran, a rebel leader who was responsible for mobilising Maoist cadres in Andhra Pradesh, had shifted to Burha-Pahar to assist Arvind.

Indicating a possible full-fledged operation against the Communist rebels, sources in CoBRA said villagers have been shifted to safer places so that they don’t suffer any collateral damage in case of an encounter. They said such an operation, code named ‘annual fair’, takes place every year in areas where Maoists are active.

The sources said, “Such operations have been on since 2010. This time, security forces may use mortars. Keeping this in mind, villagers are being shifted to safe places.” They added two IAF choppers might also be used in future operations.

When asked about the possibility of an all-out campaign against the Maoists, additional DG (operations) RK Mallick declined to speak on the issue.

Mallick, however, said security forces would not violate the law in the event of any action against the Communist extremists. He added, “We are carrying out operations in many places. It will be wrong to say that we are focusing on one particular target.”

Security sources said personnel from CRPF, CoBRA, special task force (STF) and Jharkhand Police would co-ordinate with Chhattisgarh Police so that the Maoists do not sneak into the neighbouring state.

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Camp to be set up on Burha Pahar for anti-Maoist ops

RANCHI Updated: Dec 02, 2016 21:59 IST

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Hindustan Times
Jharkhand news

Paramilitary forces during an anti-Maoist operation at Burha Pahar in Latehar district on Friday.(HT Photo)

The Jharkhand government will set up a security camp atop Burha Pahar in Latehar district, which has become a bastion of the CPI (Maoist) with its top leaders, such as Arvindji and Sudhakaran, hiding there.Dev Kumar Singh alias Arvindji carries a reward of `1 crore. Sudhakaran came to Jharkhand from Andhra Pradesh early this year to help Maoists regain control over the bases smashed by security forces, police said.

“Burha Pahar that has become a synonym for Naxalism will soon be under police control. Security forces will set up a camp there,” state’s chief secretary Rajbala Verma said on Thursday at Latehar, praising the forces for their offensives against the Maoists in the region.

In the last one and a half years, police, CoBRA, an elite paramilitary strike force, and central paramilitary personnel have been raiding Maoist hideouts in the Burha Pahar area, located on the Jharkhand- Chhattisgarh border.

“The joint operation from Latehar and Garhwa in Jharkhand, and Balrampur in Chhattisgarh has been launched to flush out Maoists, including Arvind and Sudharkaran, holed up there (Burha Pahar),” Latehar superintendent of police Anoop Birtharay said on Friday, refusing to disclose details about the operation.

Forces are on alert as Maoists prepare to observe a week-long foundation day of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, the military wing of CPI (Maoist), from December 2, police said.

The tough terrain of Burha Pahar area makes the operation difficult for the forces who recently gunned down six Maoists in an encounter.

Facing security forces’ offensives, the CPI (Maoists) shifted their base from Saryu, a zonal headquarters of the extremists, to Laat in Latehar district, and then to Burha Pahar in 2015.

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25 CRPF men ambushed in Sukma jungle highway: Why the place in Chhattisgarh is a graveyard of forces

The insurgents control the desperately poor region that has seen little government intervention or development in decades, and have struck security forces twice in two months to stop construction.

INDIA Updated: Apr 25, 2017 10:45 IST


A CRPF road opening party at the Chhattisgarh ambush site where Maoists killed 12 personnel in March.(HT Photo)

A nondescript stretch of road that disappears into a dirt track and a thick canopy of forests in the heart of Chhattisgarh’s red corridor is at the centre of a bruising years-long conflict between the government and Maoist rebels.

The insurgents control the desperately poor region that has seen little government intervention or development in decades, and have struck security forces twice in two months to stop construction.

In March, suspected Maoist rebels ambushed a road-opening party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and killed 12.

On Monday, the militants struck again, killing 25 in one of the worst attack on the force in seven years.

The midday attack, which occurred between the Burkapal-Chintagufa area in the Maoist hotbed of Bastar, is the worst in seven years. In 2010, rebels killed 75 CRPF troopers in the same region.

Monday’s victims were part of a 99-strong team providing security to workers building the road.

The government says the increasing intensity of violence indicates one thing: That the rebels don’t want any road links to pierce their stronghold of Sukma. For the rebels, the roads mean quick access for government troops into their heartland, and cancelling their turf advantage of hostile terrain and guerrilla warfare.

The government knows this and, hence, has an ambitious plan for a pincer grip on the rebels.

The state is building two roads, Injiram-Bheji and Dornapal – Jagargonda, that will connect National Highway 30 and state capital Raipur with the remote, rebel-held areas. Construction of the roads began roughly a decade ago but has progressed at a snail’s pace with contractors unwilling to risk working in a region littered with land mines and booby traps.

Rebels targeted the Injiram-Bheji road in its March 11 attack. On Monday, it focused on stalling the Dornapal – Jagargonda stretch.

The roads are supposed to meet each other deep inside Maoist territory, a nightmare scenario for the rebels who are far outnumbered by government forces. Moreover, it would enable the state administration to bring in schools, hospitals and ancillary development to wean away local villagers from the rebels.

When HT spoke to senior officials after the March 11 attack, most of them appeared certain that the roads would break the back of insurgency in the region.

“Security forces will move with ease in the area after this road is built and this is troubling the Maoists. We are entering their core through this road,” said DM Awasthi, special director general of police (anti-Maoist operations).

The attacks hurt construction work. More than 20 kilometres of the Injiram road is left while just seven of the 56-odd kilometers of the Jagargonda road has been built. But CRPF is defiant.

“Road to poora banega aur hum hi banvayienge…chahe dus nahin, bees shaheed ho jayen (The road will be built and we will build it… even if 20 are martyred),” CRPF assistant sub-inspector Pawan Kumar had told HT in March.

“Maoists are attacking us in frustration. Inka jungle raaj khatam karna hai iss road ko banaake (we have to end their lawless reign by building this road),” said Kumar. Less than a week after the March 11 strike, work on the road resumed.

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The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale

द टाइगर के सीन पूरी रात सपनें में आते रहे. कहानी मूलतः एक बूढ़े शिकारी और एक टाइगर की थी – किस प्रकार उनकें रिश्तें स्थापित होते हैं और प्रतिद्वंदी होतें हुए भी, वें किस प्रकार सह-अस्तित्व को रूप देनें का प्रयास करतें हैं. कोरिया देश के जंगल पहाड़ में रहने वाले ये दोनों प्रोटागनिस्ट्स (protaganists) लालची शिकारियों और जापानी फ़ौज अफसरों के डोमीनेटिंग (dominating) घमंड के सामने सर न झुकाकर अपने जंगल के नियम का पालन करतें हैं. उन्हें घोर विश्वास अपने सह-जीवन के मूल्यों पर – वें कपट के सामने न झुक कर अपनी बहादुरी मरते दम तक जीना चाहतें हैं.

स्टोरी कुछ इस प्रकार हैं जिसे मै खुद ना लिख कर विकिपीडिया से यहाँ कॉपी कर रहां हूँ.  .. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tiger:_An_Old_Hunter's_Tale
The Tiger is set in 1925, with Korea having already been under Japanese rule for mb3df8dc6acore than two decades. Determined to crush the morale of the local population, the authorities — or, at least, the governor — is at work to exterminate the country’s tigers, an animal seen as the embodiment of the Korean national spirit. But the plan has hit a snag: Casualties are mounting as soldiers fail in their attempts to kill a remaining streak on Jirisan, one of Korea’s most sacred mountains.
As it happens, Jirisan is also the home of the film’s protagonist, Man-duk (Choi), who — as shown in the film’s prologue — was once the best and most dignified hunter in the region. By the time he is summoned to the governor’s office in 1925, he has already become a wreck, a sickly widower who long ago traded in his shooting prowess for an alcohol-fueled existence. As Man-duk retreats into his stupor, other desperate hunters of more questionable skill come to the fore — namely a gang led by the callous Gu-kyung (Jeong Man-sik). They are soon joined by Man-duk’s son Seok (Sung Yoo-bin), a teenager hoping to earn some money and pedigree so he can marry his sweetheart.
Of course, Man-duk doesn’t stay out of the picture for long. Shocked into sobriety when he realizes Seok has joined the deadly mission, the decommissioned hunter finally reawakens his old self when tragedy strikes. Through flashbacks, we learn that Man-duk and the tiger have met previously and, despite having killed each one another’s loved ones, are more kindred spirits than sworn enemies. Both the hunter and his quarry abide by a moral code which has become passé at a time when cynicism reigns and the powerful (in this case, the Japanese occupiers) play locals against each other.

maxresdefault-1अश्विनी ने जब पूछा की फिल्म कैसी लगी तो मैंने कहा – ‘बहुत बढ़िया, दोनों ही शेर थे और शेर की तरह जीए’. एक समय शिकारी ने टाइगर की मदद की थी (बचपन में उसकी रक्षा की थी, खिलाया था) तो टाइगर भी शिकारी के बेटें पर वार नहीं करता हैं (जब बेटे को जापानी, शिकार समूह का हिस्सा बनानें में कामयाब हो जातें हैं, इस आशा में की बूढा शिकारी भी अपने बेटे के साथ टाइगर पकडनें में मदद करेगा). अंतिम क्षणों में जब लालची शिकारियों और जापानियों के विन्धवस्कारी रणनीतियों के कारण शिकारी का सोलह वर्षीय बेटा मर जाता हैं और टाइगर के भी परिवार का अंत हो जाता है और वह लड़ते लड़ते घायल हो चूका हैं, तब वह शिकारी से मिलने उसके घर जाता हैं. दहाड़ता है ‘देखो मित्र तुम भी घायल हो और मै भी’. बूढा शिकारी भी समझ जाता हैं ‘अब शायद समय आ गया हैं की हम अपना अंतिम खेल खेलें’. अंतिम खेल, यह दो दोस्त टाइगर की गुफा के पास पहाड़ के ऊपर पर खेलते हैं. बर्फ की सर्दी में वें दोस्त अपना खेल करते हुए नीचे (जानबूझ कर) गिरते हैं और पहाड़ की बर्फ में दफन हो जातें हैं.

निर्दयी, लोभी शिकारीदल जो जापानी फ़ौज के साथ शिकार पर हैं इन दोनों शेरों को नही पकड़ पाते हैं – गायब हो जाते हैं ये पहाड़ के देवता. और कायम रहता हैं बहादुर, अपराजित भगवान् पर विश्वास जो जंगल पहाड़ की रक्षा करता हैं. क्या यह विश्वास गलत हैं की एक शक्ति प्रकृती की रक्षा कर रही हैं जिसका विन्ध्वंस करना, गलत हैं और ना-मुमकिन भी. प्रकृति पर विजय हासिल करने का मानवीय षड़यंत्र सह-अस्तित्व, सह-जीवन को किस प्रकार नष्ट करने का प्रयास करता है, यह फिल्म इसी को प्रदर्शित करती हैं.

इस फिल्म ने मुझ पर बड़ा प्रभाव छोड़ा – जो जंगल बुक से और आगे था. दोनों ही फिल्मों में सह-अस्तित्व और सामूहिकता का स्वर सुनायी देता हैं – और चालाक षड्यंत्रों को हराने की उम्मीद जगाती हैं. लेकिन इस फिल्म में बुढा शिकारी शायद बहुत दर्शकों को उम्मीद देगा जो कठिन दौर में भी विशवास को डगमगानें नहीं देतें हैं. वह विशवास और अपने मूल्यों के प्रकृति मूल्यों के प्रति प्रतिबद्धता – ठंडी हवाएं चलें, बीमारी जकड़ लें, अपनी राह में अकेले हो जाएँ – फिर भी ज़िंदगी आगे बढ़ते रहने का नाम हैं.

शायद जिस प्रकार से बूढ़े शिकारी में जो ताक़त प्रदर्शित हैं वह असलियत में आज के दौर में नहीं दिखती लेकिन तो भी यह फिल्म उन पुरानी कहानियों की याद दिलाती हैं जब इंसान के पास सिर्फ दो मुख्य चीजें थी – एक अपनी शारीरिक ताक़त, हुनर एवं दूसरा उसकी मानसिक, भावनात्मक ताक़त – और पूंजीवादी जीवन पद्दती पुरे तरह घर नहीं कर गयी हैं. पहाड़ के भगवान् टाइगर के प्रति श्रधा और अपने सह-जीवन मूल्यों से प्रेम के बीच हमारें आदिवासियों के बीच अभी पूंजी भी घर बनना रही हैं क्योंकि सामाजिक आर्थिक जन जीवन में अब प्रति-स्पर्धा ही नहीं परन्तु ‘सरवाईवल ऑफ़ द फिट्टेस्ट’ (Survival of the Fittest)  मूल्य काम कर रहा हैं – जो समय के साथ ‘फिट’ रहेगा वह ‘प्रगति’ करेगा और बाकी लाइन में इन्तेज़ार करतें रहेंगें . बढ़ते व्यक्तिवादी जीवन में हमें अपने अस्तित्व की चिंता हैं और प्रकृति समाज के संतुलन पर हमारा ध्यान ही नहीं हैं. कोरिया देश में जापानी, लूट की प्रवृति प्रोत्साहित करतें रहे और कुछ पूंजीवादी मूल्य इसी प्रयासों में देशज लोगों में घर कर गए.

एक राजनैतिक कमेंट करती हैं यह फिल्म – अपने सह-जीवन के मूल्यों के प्रति और पूंजीवादी, व्यक्तिवादी रणनीतियोंuntitled-picture के विरुद्ध. बूढ़े शिकारी का चित्रण आशा, उम्मीद जगाता हैं.

आयोजन के लिए धन्यवाद

फिल्म का आयोजन हुआ था रांची शहर में ‘साल सकम’ समूह द्वारा. और क्यूँकी भारत के पठारी क्षेत्र में रहने वाले आदिवासियों का रांची एक मुख्य केंद्र हैं इसलिए ऐसे चर्चाएँ जिनका सन्दर्भ आदिवासी जन-जीवन एवं प्रकृति से जुड़ा हुआ है, यह समूह कुछ अंतराल में, आयोजित करने की कोशिश करता हैं.
फिल्म जबरदस्त थी. लेकिन क्योंकि कोरियाई भाषा में थी, अंग्रेजी सबटाईटेल्स के साथ, इसलिए मुझे लगता है की फिल्म प्रदर्शन के दौरान २-३ मध्यांतर करने की आवश्यकता थी की अंग्रेजी ना पढ़ सकने वाले हिंदी भाषी लोगों के लिए कुछ फिल्म अनुवाद किये जा सकें.

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द टाइगर के सीन पूरी रात सपनें में आते रहे. कहानी मूलतः एक बूढ़े शिकारी और एक टाइगर की थी – किस प्रकार उनकें रिश्तें स्थापित होते हैं और प्रतिद्वंदी होतें हुए भी, वें किस प्रकार सह-अस्तित्व को रूप देनें का प्रयास करतें हैं. कोरिया देश के जंगल पहाड़ में रहने वाले ये दोनों प्रोटागनिस्ट्स (protaganists) लालची शिकारियों और जापानी फ़ौज अफसरों के डोमीनेटिंग (dominating) घमंड के सामने सर न झुकाकर अपने जंगल के नियम का पालन करतें हैं. उन्हें घोर विश्वास अपने सह-जीवन के मूल्यों पर – वें कपट के सामने न झुक कर अपनी बहादुरी मरते दम तक जीना चाहतें हैं.

स्टोरी कुछ इस प्रकार हैं जिसे मै खुद ना लिख कर विकिपीडिया से यहाँ कॉपी कर रहां हूँ.  .. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tiger:_An_Old_Hunter’s_Tale
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Cattle Traders Lynched

The bodies of Mohammad Majloom (35) and Inayatullah Khan (12) were found hanging from a tree early Friday morning in Jhabar village under Balumath police station area of Latehar district.


Nizamuddin told The Sunday Express that Majloom and he were partners. They bought six oxen from a fair in Latehar three days ago. Another person, Mohammad Azad Khan, who lives in Arahara village, also bought two oxen. Together, they were supposed to sell eight oxen at a cattle fair in Tutilawa in Hazaribagh — it starts the day after Holi.

“We travel on foot with our cattle and that is why we take three-four days to move from one fair to another. On Thursday, Azad Khan’s son Inayatullah joined Majloom at Dumartand (where Majloom lives with his father-in-law). They set out around 3 am for Tutilawa. I asked Majloom to take the cattle up to Balumath, from where I would have taken charge,” Nizamuddin said.

It was not yet dawn when Nizamuddin reached Jhabar which is on the way. “I spotted my cattle. Majloom was nowhere to be seen. Suddenly, I heard cries of some persons. They shouted ‘yahi to hai asli vyapaari, pakdo isko’ (he is the real trader, catch him). I was on a motorcycle, so I sped away. I stopped only after I reached Balumath (nearly 14 km from Jhabar). I then began calling his family members to find out about Majloom,” he said.

At his house in Arahara, Azad Khan said: “I sent my son since I had injured my leg. I would have gone to the fair later. He walked to Majloom’s house and left with him early Friday. When I last spoke to Majloom on phone, he told me he was crossing Jhabar. The call got disconnected and the phone was switched off later. I learnt about the incident later.”

Azad said his son was killed because the assailants feared he would identify them. Munnavar Ansari, one of the younger brothers of Majloom, was the first family member to reach the spot where the bodies were found.
“My brother and the boy were hanged with nylon cords which are used to rein in cattle. His mobile phone was missing and I also spotted a broken SIM at the place. The faces of both were covered with gamchhas (towels),” said Munnavar who runs a mobile phone repair shop in his village.

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