Maoists torch vehicles engaged in road construction
Chaibasa (Jharkhand): CPI (Maoists) cadres torched six vehicles engaged in road construction work in Saranda forest in West Singhbhum district, police sources said Monday. A group of over 30 Maoists arrived at the construction site last night and torched six vehicles including dumpers engaged in road construction work in Saranda forest , Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Kiriburu) Arvind Kumar Singh said.
A massive combing operation has been launched by the security personnel today after the Maoists torched the vehicles engaged in Union Government-sponsored ‘Saranda Action Plan’ in Usraiya under Chotanagar police station in West Singhbhum district. Security personnel, led by Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj, have launched the anti-naxal operation in the Saranda forest to track down the culprits involved in setting the vehicles on fire, police said. Saranda Action Plan was meant to carry out rapid development in 56 naxal hit villages in Saranda, Asia’s largest sal forest.
Five Maoists in police net
In a major breakthrough against its anti-Naxal operations, Bijapur police arrested five Maoist cadres from a weekly market at Tungeli under Kutru police station of the restive Bijapur district on Sunday. A senior police officer informed that the arrested cadres were involved in multiple serious offences including murders and attempt to murders and added that police had been trailing them for a long time. The accused have been identified as Hidmu Kohrami (22), Lakhmu Benjam (28), Vacham Raju (24), Padam Muiyo (23) and Madvi Baman (24).
Villager killed in encounter in Jharkhand
Bokaro (Jharkhand):A villager died of bullet injuries after being caught in a crossfire between Maoists and security forces in Bhalmara forest Monday. “A villager identified as Dasrath Malhar was hit by a bullet during an encounter with the Maoists at Bhalmara 15-mile forest in Bokaro district,” Superintendent of Police Kuldip Diwedi told reporters here. The body has been recovered and sent for post mortem, he said. The encounter took place during an anti-Maoist operation in the wake of the banned CPI(Maoist) observing “martyrdom week” to coincide with the death anniversary of Maoist leader Kishenji. In protest against the villagers death, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLA Jagannath Mahato and his supporters have put up road blockade on the Dumri-Phusro road, according to police.
Maoists Not Political Prisoners: Centre to WB
The Centre has asked West Bengal government to immediately amend a law that grants political prisoners status to Maoists in the state. Following a Kolkata High Court order allowing the status of political prisoners to People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Chatradhar Mahato and six alleged Maoists booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Home Ministry had in a letter written on October 8 this year asked state government to amend the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992.
The Home Ministry told the state government to move the Supreme Court and amend the Act as the August 8 High Court order has “pan-India implications” and would provide grist to CPI(Maoist) propaganda machinery.
In the absence of any move by the state government to challenge the High Court order, the Centre is upset that the status quo is also being taken advantage by Aftab Ansari, convicted in American Center terror attack case, to also claim the political prisoner status under the same law passed by the state in 1992 but enforced eight years later. Following the footsteps of Mahato and V Venkateshwara Reddy, alias Telugu Dipak, who were granted the status of political prisoners, the 2007 American Center shootout mastermind Aftab Ansari, who is on death row at Kolkata’s Alipore Central Jail, has also demanded political prisoner status for himself. “It is a very worrying development. Despite asking West Bengal government more than a month ago, there is no action.
Since it is a state law, the central government cannot act or interfere. The state government has to act fast to amend the Act,” a Home Ministry official said. According to the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, which came into force in April 2000, any offence committed or alleged to have been committed in furtherance of any political or democratic movement or any offence arising out of an act done by an individual with an exclusive political objective free from personal greed or motive shall be considered as a political offence. The ‘political prisoner’ status entitles prisoners to special treatment, including separate cell, chair, table, access to books and periodicals, home-cooked food etc.