Woman Maoist killed in encounter
A woman Maoist was killed in an encounter with police this morning in the forest area of Abapur village near Ghot in Chamorshi taluka in Gadchiroli, police said. While police were patrolling in the forest area of Abapur, some Maoists who were hiding there opened fire at the police team at around 9.30am. In retaliation, police also fired at the ultras in which a woman naxal was killed. The body was yet to be identified, police said. A 12 bore rifle and other naxal material were also recovered from the spot, police said adding that a search operation continued in the area.
Naxal couple arrested from Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A Naxal couple was on Sunday arrested from Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh in a joint operation conducted by the security agencies. “Hungaram and his wife Mase were apprehended from Rengabeda village in the district after a joint team comprising sleuths of the District Police, Chhattisgarh Sashastra Bal and Special Task Force cordoned off the area,” Narayanpur SP Mayank Srivastava told. The couple was wanted in a number of cases including murder and attempt-to-murder, he said, adding a knife was recovered from the duo.
In a separate incident, ‘Dandkaranya Adivasi Vikas Mazdoor Sanghatan’ president Mannu Vadde (35) surrendered before police on Sunday. Vadde was allegedly involved in a number of crimes ranging from arson to road blockades in the area comprising Ongnar, Sonapal, Adangpal, Mandoki, Matla and Panigaon villages in the district.
Two Maoists arrested in Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 — Two Maoist guerrillas, involved in the kidnapping of a legislator nine months ago, have been arrested in Odisha, police said Sunday. Lingama Habika and Kamaya Habika were nabbed from a village in Koraput district during an anti−Maoist operation, said District Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar. “They were wanted in many criminal cases, including kidnapping and six murders,” Kumar told IANS. While Lingam was an area commander of the outlawed Communist Party of India−Maoist, Kamaya was an active member of the organisation, he said.
They were involved in the kidnapping of Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka in March, Kumar said. But Nachika Linga, leader of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha, which works in the state’s southern parts, including Koraput, refuted the police claim and said those arrested were innocent and not linked to Maoist guerrillas. The guerrillas had kidnapped Jhina Hikaka, 37, from Laxmipur in Koraput March 24, and released him more than a month after he promised to resign from the Odisha assembly. IANS
Maoists meet in city to remember Kishenji
About 50 Maoist sympathisers gathered at a community hall here on Saturday evening to observe the first death anniversary of Koteshwar Rao, alias Kishenji. Sources said members of the state organising committee and the Kolkata city committee of the banned CPI(Maoist) were present at the condolence meeting. This was, perhaps, the biggest gathering of Maoists in the city since September 21, 2004, when leaders of the outfit met the media to announce the merger of erstwhile CPI(ML) (PW) and MCCI to form the CPI(Maoist).
“A similar programme was held in Jangalmahal, where several leaders participated,” the source said. The ultras also released a publication in the memory of the slain leader. “The meeting took place at a community hall near Sealdah, where some human rights activists and students were present. We have no knowledge whether any state committee member was present there,” claimed an officer attached to the special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police. “Even though we had information about the meeting, there was no instruction to arrest anybody,” the officer added.