Red leader to be shifted to Bengal
RANCHI: Jharkhand will shift Maoist leader Sushil Roy to Jhargram in West Bengal once he returns to Giridih jail. The Maoist leader is undergoing cancer treatment at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) under police custody in Delhi. He has even claimed for clemency from government due to poor health and old age.
Roy will be shifted to Jhargram jail and will not be released because a production warrant from West Bengal is pending against him with Giridih administration. Police sources said the Maoist leader was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court in a Girishi case, where Roy was accused of attacking the house of Baldev and Suraj Sahu in 2003 – the two were liked in the rebel attack. Before he got relief from high court, Roy had already got bail in other cases pending against him in Jharkhand. A police statement said: “Roy is one of the top Maoist leader and 18 cases are pending against him in various courts.
He was arrested from Midnapore in West Bengal on May 21, 2005, and was lodged at Chaibasa jail in Jharkhand due to security reasons. He was later shifted to Giridih jail.” Giridih jail superintendent Ashok Chaudhary said: “As soon as he returns to the jail, we will forward him to Jhargram as a production warrant is pending against him there. We have got the confirmation of the pending case and so he cannot be released by us even after getting bail from Jharkhand High Court,” he said. He added that the decision on his release will be taken by Jhargram jail administration.
Wanted naxal may have given police the slip
Deepak alias Milind Teltumbde is known to be operating around Gadchiroli, Gondia and Rajnandgaon and the police from Maharashtra as well as Chhattisgarh have been trailing him for some time Elusive naxal big gun Deepak alias Milind Teltumbde, secretary of Maharashtra State Committee of CPI (Maoist), is believed to have had a narrow escape on Monday when police swooped down on a camp in north Gadchiroli near Gondia border in an intelligence-based operation led by Superintendent of Police (SP) Suvez Haq.
Teltumbde is known to be operating around Gadchiroli, Gondia and Rajnandgaon and police from Maharashtra as well as Chhattisgarh have been trailing him for some time. “Our team had information about naxal movement in the area. An operation was launched by SP. Firing near Lekurbodi village around 1.30 pm continued for 15 minutes. The naxals ran away, leaving behind shoulder bags and other material,” DIG (Gadchiroli range) Ravindra Kadam told The Indian Express.
“We had information about platoon 8 of naxals being in the area. Teltumbde was suspected to be there,” he said. Teltumbade, one of the most sought-after naxals, has managed to stay in hiding for the past few years. His wife Angela Ramteke was arrested by Thane police in 2010. The couple were instrumental in drafting several Dalit youths into the party and dalams over the past nearly six years. Incidentally, this was the 38th encounter in Gadchiroli this year, which is a record. Carried out exclusively by Gadchiroli police, Monday’s was the third encounter this month.
Police and CRPF have increased pressure on naxals in the interior areas with proactive operations. The past two years, security forces faced severe criticism for remaining in the comfort of fortress-like police stations. Both CRPF and Gadchiroli police, however, have been on the move. The pressure on naxals was kept up even during People’s Liberation Guerilla Army Week that ended Sunday.
Probe into Hazaribag poster threat
HAZARIBAG: Chouparan police have started investigation into the alleged threat posters which were pasted on the walls of the house of one Kaushalya Devi, the mukhiya of Daihar panchayat in Hazaribag district. Binod Kumar Singh, Hazaribag SDPO, said on Monday that Chouparan police rushed to the village and removed the posters. A Maoist activist, Janmeshwar Singh, was arrested on November 28.
However the Maoists had criticized the arrest saying Janmeshwar had nothing to do with the Maoists and demanded his release. Otherwise, the rebels will launch movement against police. Police, however, claimed that Singh was a Maoist activist against whom police have enough evidences.
Naxal arrested; granted PCR till December 17
CHANDRAPUR: Anti-Naxal cell and C-60 squad arrested a hard-core Naxalite Sanjay alias Bandu Bawne (34) in a joint operation on Sunday. Bawne is member of Chandrapur area committee of CPI (Maoist) and was wanted for more than one Naxal-related offences. Bawne was produced before the court, which granted him police custody remand (PCR) till December 17 on Monday.
Police sources claimed that Bawne was arrested from his residence in Bhatala village under Shegaon police station in Warora tehsil. He was wanted for participating in antinational activities with Deshbhakti Yuva Manch, the front organization of urban Naxal outfit that was busted in January 2008. He also was accused of putting up provocative Naxal pamphlets in Bramhapuri in 2011.
“Bawne was important member of Chandrapur area committee of Naxalites. He was close to secretary of state committee of Maoists, Milind Teltumbde, and used to take direct orders from him,” said SP Rajiv Jain. He claimed that Bawne played a key role in supplying explosives to Naxal dalams operating in North Gadchiroli-Gondia division of CPI (Maoist). “He supplied gelatin sticks and other material used in landmines to dalams operating in dense forests.
We are interrogating him for getting details of his network and hopefully the arrest would lead to other key players in urban Naxal outfit,” said Jain. Police got information about Bawne during interrogation of his former associate Pramod Godghade, who was arrested in July. Cops are also expecting of getting information about Bawne’s hideouts from where the hidden explosives could be recovered.
‘Anaconda 2’ to flush out Maoists from Saranda
Buoyed with the success of the anti-Naxal operation ‘Anaconda 1’ in the dense Saranda forest of West Singhbhum, the security forces have embarked on phase two of the operation titled ‘Anaconda 2’ to flush out Maoist ultras from the forest. Sources informed that the operation, which started on Sunday evening, involves more than a 1,200 troops and officials of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), India Reserve Battalion (IRB), anti-Naxal Cobra force, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand police.
“We cannot reveal details of the operation due to security reasons, but yes we have started the operation after receiving intelligence reports that the Maoists were trying to regain grip in the forests. We have started the operation to weed out them,” said a district police official. He said that the forces are targeting different areas under the Saranda forest.
About 10,000 CRPF personnel had participated in the last operation Anaconda 1 which began on July 31, 2011 and continued till September during which the training camps were razed. Three banned organisations, CPI(Maoist), Kishan Krantikari Samiti and Nari Mukti Sangha, were active in the area. The rebels used to run more than a training camps in core areas of the forest, including Bitkelsoya, Baliba, Thalkobad , Tirilposi, Bundijora and Ratamati. Sources went on to inform that the Maoists activities in the area may hamper the development works being carried out under ambitious Rs 250 crore.
The Saranda Action Plan is a brainchild of rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, who had visited Saranda four times in the last one year. This was the prime reason the second phase of the operation was started. Subsequent to driving out the armed Maoists from the 56 villages in the Saranda forest, the State Government impressed upon the Union Government to carry out the effective development plan in the forest area keeping in line with the aspirations of the local villagers.
Wanted Naxalite held in Kondagaon
A wanted Naxalite has been arrested in Kondagaon district during a joint combing operation by security forces, police said today. 20-year-old Sita Ram Salaam was arrested from Nariya village forest area during the joint search operation conducted by District police and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) last evening, Superintendent of Police D Shravan said. Sita Ram, a native of Nariya village, was active in Naxalite movement since 2010 and was accused of torching a tractor which was being used in road construction at Bhatpal-Bayanar road in 2011, he said. The Naxalite-hit Kondgaon district is based at 300 km away from capital Raipur.