Naxals ask voters to boycott polls
Several naxal pamphlets urging voters to boycott the May 5 polls were found in Kigga on Thursday morning. Whether this is a Naxal activity or handwork of a few miscreants is yet to be ascertained. Anti-naxal personnel are present at Kigga and security is already tightened due to the car festival of rain god Rishyasringa . Police officials also visited the spot and took stock of the situation.
‘Greyhounds’ jawan killed in gunfight with Naxals
Raipur: A jawan of Andhra Pradesh’s anti- Naxal force ‘Greyhounds’ was killed in an encounter with Maoists in the jungles of Chhattisgarh’s Bjiapur district on Thursday, a senior police official said. The jawan, whose identity was not disclosed, was part of the commando squad which on Tuesday conducted an anti- Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, where ten Naxals were gunned down.
“We have got information about the death of a Greyhounds force jawan in forests under Pamed police station area of Bjiapur district in an exchange of gun fire with ultras,” Director General of Police (DGP) Ramniwas told PTI. Security forces were rushed to the spot to recover the body, he said.
According to a senior official of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), around five jawans of the squad were left behind in the jungles after the operation. When they were coming out of the forest, ultras opened fire on the jawans, who retaliated. In the ensuing gunbattle, one of the personnel was killed, while the others came out safely, the DGP said. Personnel of Greyhounds, CRPF and Chhattisgarh Police launched a joint offensive against rebels on April 16 in Puarti village of Sukma district and killed 10 ultras. PTI
Two Maoists arrested in Kolkata
Two Maoists were arrested from the city and arms, ammunition and some documents recovered from them police said Friday. Sabyasachi Goswami, and Zakir Hussain, both members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist were arrested Thursday evening from the city’s Jadavpur area by the special task force of the state police.
HC denies bail to alleged naxal
Bombay High Court has rejected the bail application of Angela Sontakke, an alleged naxal. Sontakke (42) was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad in April 2011 along with six others for their alleged association with the banned outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The sessions court in May last year had rejected the bail applications of all the seven accused, following which they approached the High Court. “The other six accused were granted bail by High Court earlier, but Sontakke’s bail was rejected last week,” her lawyer Sharmila Kaushik said. Justice S C Dharmadhikari, while rejecting the bail plea, observed that prima facie a case was made out against Sontakke.
Others who were arrested with her are Sushma Ramteke, Jyoti Chorge, Nandini Bhagat (22), Auradha Sonule (23), Siddharth Bhosale (24) and Dhavala Dhengale (36). According to the chargesheet filed by ATS, all the accused, booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, had “organised several camps for imparting training in terrorism”. They are also accused of `acquiring and holding property’ obtained with funds given by terrorist organisation.