Fresh photos of Maoist No. 2 seized
Security forces have seized fresh pictures of Prashant Bose alias Kishenda — the No. 2 in the Maoist hierarchy — during a raid in Chhattisgarh recently. Officials engaged in anti-Maoist operations believe the pictures, found in a CD, will help hunt down Bose, who carries a reward of Rs 7 lakh on his head announced by the Chhattisgarh and West Bengal governments.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) seized the pictures of Bose along with Maoist literature during a raid at a Maoist camp. The forces also recovered a CD containing videos of the 2010 Dantewada massacre in which 76 CRPF personnel were killed. The Maoists had captured the entire operation on camera and a person was designated to record it, said officials. The Maoists see the Dantewada massacre as one of their most successful operations.
These videos, the security forces believe, were being used to recruit cadres. “We have retrieved multiple photographs of Bose from CDs that were seized by us and have circulated them among all the security forces and state police forces involved in operations against the Maoists across the country,” said a senior official. It was not immediately clear when exactly the photographs were clicked.
It was also not known where the photographs were clicked. Till date the security officials only had one close-up grainy photograph of Bose in their dossier. The fresh pictures, which are of finer quality, will held the forces to track down Bose. Bose belongs to Jadavpur in West Bengal and is said to be aged around 65. A politburo member, he is second-in-command after Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy and reportedly heads the operations in the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa region. His wife Sheela Marandi, a member of the core committee of CPI (Maoist), was arrested in 2006.
In 2008, Bose had signed a deal with Manipur-based militant outfit People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to get arms and ammunition and train the Maoists in guerilla warfare. The Special Cell of Delhi Police, which arrested two PLA members in 2011, had first revealed the PLA’s links with the Maoists in its chargesheet filed three months ago. The Delhi Police had found over 500 emails exchanged between the PLA members and Bose and also a “memorandum of understanding” signed by Bose for “undertaking joint training and setting up of training camps for the Maoists in Myanmar”.
Jharkhand Prastuti Committee ‘commander’ killed by Maoists
Medininagar, Jharkhand: Three ultras of Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), a breakaway group of Maoists, including its self-styled Commander Babulal Bhuyan, have been killed by Maoists at Tal village in Palamau district, the police said on Wednesday.
The bullet-riddled bodies were recovered on Wednesday morning and the Maoist guerrillas left a note claiming responsibility of the murders, Superintendent of Police Anup T Mathew told reporters in Medininagar in Jharkhand. The rebels accused them of indulging in “crime”, the SP said. The other two victims were identified as Pradip Bhuyan and Bhutan Bhuyan, the police officer said adding JPC is a breakaway faction of the CPI (Maoist).