Three explosives defused by CRPF in Gadchiroli
Gadchiroli: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans on Monday defused three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by Naxalites in the forest areas of Pendhri village in Dhanora taluka in the district early this morning, police said. The IEDs were found when around 50 jawans of the 192 Batallian of the CRPF were patrolling Pendhri area as part of the anti naxal operation at around 5 am, police said.
During the patrolling, one of the four IEDs planted near a tree got exploded, following which a search was launched and three explosives were detected and later defused, police added. Combing operations were on to nab the Naxals, police said.
Maoist held with explosives in Latehar
RANCHI: Latehar police on Sunday arrested a Maoist leader from Barwadih. They recovered some live detonators and one improvised explosive device (IED) from his possession. Latehar SP Kranti Kumar said the Maoist identified as Kuldeep Mahato was active in the organization for the last five years and was a member of Shankar Yadav platoon. “We were on long-range patrolling when we saw Mahato trying to flee from the jungles with the detonators and IED,” said the SP.
During preliminary interrogation, the rebel confessed his involvement in several encounters with the security forces. He was also in the squad that recently tried to attack one BJP legislator.
Arms suppliers to Maoists held from Chandni Chowk
KOLKATA: Officers of city police’s Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday night rounded up three gun-runners who have allegedly been supplying arms and ammunition to the Maoists. The trio was later identified as Manowar Mullick alias Billu, Mainuddin Mullick alias Bala and Alauddin Ali alias Ala Baba. Though Billu and Bala are siblings from Bhatora gram panchayat area in Howrah, STF officers claimed that the trio was running their trade from the heart of the city.
The trio was produced in a court on Sunday. They have been remanded in police custody for further investigation. It is learnt that Billu and Bala are history-sheeters. Several cases of murder and attempt to murder are pending against them. Around three years back, the duo was arrested in charge of the murder of Mintu Seikh, another notorious criminal and a member of Bala’s rival gang led by Seikh Selim.
Police claimed around six months ago, they were released on bail but didn’t get any shelter in their own area. They then shifted to their hideout in the heart of the city – Chandni Chowk – where their father owns a small refrigerator repairing shop. The brothers had started to run their gun trade from here. STF officers have reasons to believe that the duo was supplying arms, ammunition and even raw IED materials to Jharkhand-based Maoist hideouts. Sources said an officer of the Central Reserve Police Force first got a whiff of the racket. Acting on his tip-off, police rounded up Billu and Bala. Later, Ala Baba was trapped and rounded up.
Police claimed that two guns, ammunition and IED-making equipment were found from their possession. It is learnt that Billu and Bala used to work for Maoist leader Sachin Ghoshal, who was arrested in 2010 along with other Maoist leaders. Using the same network, these two notorious criminals had probably started supplying arms to the rebels, said an STF officer. Police are now trying to get details of the consignments and routes of the smuggling racket.
Dandapani demands political prisoner tag
BHUBANESWAR: With police heaping cases on him, convener of Jan Adhikar Manch Dandapani Mohanty continued his hunger strike inside R Udayagiri sub-jail in Gajapati district demanding ‘political prisoner’ status. Mohanty, who was arrested in Berhampur on Friday on charges of being involved in Maoist activities, has sent letters through the jail authorities to governor M C Bhandare, chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Gajapati district collector Basudev Bahinipati seeking treatment as a political prisoner, his lawyer Santosh Mohapatra said. Mohanty’s family members accompanied by Mohapatra met him at the jail on Sunday and requested him to call off the hunger strike.
Sub-assistant jailor Sridhara Badamundi said Mohanty is not taking any solid food since he was lodged in the prison. “His health condition is stable. Doctors are checking his health from time to time,” he added. Police have so far claimed pending of 22 extremism-related cases (17 in Gajapati and five in Ganjam), including six in which courts had issued non-bailable warrants, against Mohanty. He successfully mediated between Maoists and Odisha government during kidnapping of the then Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna in 2011 and Italians Paulo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo in 2012.
Police have booked him under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and slapped charges such as sedition and waging war against the country. He is accused of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, burning down telephone towers and buses and possessing firearms. Mohanty’s lawyer said some of the cases slapped against his client have already been disposed of during trial of some co-accused. “We think there is no merit in those cases.
We will move his bail petition on Monday,” Mohapatra added. Civil rights activists have condemned the 62-year-old’s arrest alleging that he has been framed. They have questioned how the state government negotiated release of kidnapped persons from Maoists’ captivity in 2011 and 2012 through Mohanty if extremism-related cases existed against him since 2009. Mohanty’s son Sangram is also behind bars for alleged Maoist links.
Police arrested him on December 5 and claimed seizure of some weapons and Maoist literature from him. Some others view Mohanty’s arrest as fallout of the bitter political rivalry between Naveen and his friend-turned-foe Pyarimohan Mohapatra. Mohanty is perceived to be close to Pyari and his son had joined the latter’s outfit, Odisha Jan Morcha, days before getting arrested.