“Ensure speedy trial of tribals accused of being Naxals”
Eminent personalities and activists, including Justice V R Krishna Iyer and historian Ramachandra Guha, today appealed to the government to ensure a speedy trial of tribals, who are accused of being Naxals or helping them. In an open letter, they said the failure to ensure justice for adivasis is a grave blot on India’s human rights record.
“Not only are we as a nation committed to democracy and human rights but our Constitution provides extensive safeguards and rights to the adivasis that are being violated by not ensuring fair and speedy trials for these thousands of adivasi undertrials. “On every count – whether humanitarian or strategic – it is imperative that this prolonged failure to assure our country’s adivasis of speedy, impartial justice be set right immediately,” they said. Releasing the letter here, activist Swami Agnivesh told reporters that urgent and dedicated measures under noted jurists were now needed to hear all these cases.
“Sentence those who are guilty and release the innocents, while compensating them for the damage they have undergone,” he said. Agnivesh said as per the replies he has received after filing Right To Information on the imprisonment of adivasis, 1,266 tribals were arrested after being accused of involving in Maoist activities in Naxal-hit states of Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Bihar. The district of Dantewara in Chhattisgarh alone has 377 cases where arrests are made solely on Maoists charge, he claimed.
Maoist held in Bihar
A hardcore Maoist was arrested today from a village in Rafiganj area in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a senior police official said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a house in Kauwakhat village and arrested Chhotu Rajak, who claimed himself to be the “area commander” of the naxal outfit outfit, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Ajay Narayan Yadav said. A rifle looted from the policemen, a cane bomb and naxal literature were recovered from the ultra, he said. Rajak was wanted in several incidents of naxal violence in the district, Yadav said.
Red bid to strike cops foiled, 5 IEDs recovered
RANCHI: Maoists’ bid to blow up a police patrolling party in Red-hit Chatra district was foiled on Sunday with security men recovering five powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted beneath a road. The explosives were planted apparently to take revenge of the killing of 10 Maoist cadres on March 28. The rebels claim that the Maoists were killed by Tritiya Prastuti Committee members under the police patronage. The IEDs, each containing 10 kg explosives, were recovered from underneath a pitch road at Lenjua village in Hunterganj police station at 9am.
The rebels had dug out the road and stashed the explosives. “The detonator wires connected to the five devices with a circuit which was kept 30 metres away into the jungles,” said Chatra SP Anoop Birtharay. One IED, weighing 20 kg, can easily blow up an anti-landmine vehicle. Together the explosives were enough to blow up one company of security forces.
“The explosives were planted so tactfully that the bomb disposal squad of the CRPF took around eight hours to diffuse them. The wire connection of the explosives was destroyed first. It was dug out then and the explosive were defused safely in the fields,” said the SP. The village from where the explosives were recovered is the last village under the jurisdiction of Jharkhand police. The rebels are active in the area and they get support from their carders from Bihar.
Maoist kills one of three abductees in Malkangiri
Malkangiri, May 05 (ANI): Acting with brazen impunity Maoists have murdered one of the three persons they had kidnapped and released the other two in Malkangiri district of Odisha. The deceased has been identified as Naib Sarpanch of Mahupadar panchayat Buduram Dharua. Body of Dharua was found with his throat slit on a forest road on the outskirts of the village.