One arrested for murder of Lloyds’ VP, 2 others
NAGPUR/CHANDRAPUR: Etapalli police have achieved breakthrough into the murder case of vice-president of Lloyd Metals Company and two others that had created ripples in the mining lobby eyeing the mineral rich but Naxalism-affected district. Cops on Wednesday arrested Naxalite cadre Shivaji alias Chaitu Pada who was allegedly part of the group that eliminated the veteran mining expert of Lloyds Metals and Engineering Jaspalsingh Dhillon, Andhra Pradesh-based Hemlata Minerals’ PA Mallikarjun Reddy and Surjagarh police warden Rajesh Sadmek on June 12. The trio was shot dead from close range in Nendertola forest in Etapalli division. Lloyd Metals have an iron-ore mine in Surjagarh hillocks and Hemlata Minerals owned by contractor Reddy was retained for mining operation there.
The trio had reportedly gone to meet the Naxalites who killed them laying a trap. Superintendent of police, Gadchiroli district, Mohammed Suwez Haque stated Shivaji was a key catch. “He is strongly connected with Naxalite activities and his revelations can go a long way in learning more about the latest status of the movement,” said Haque. Police sources claimed Etapalli police had a tip-off about Shivaji, who is learnt to be part of the Gutta local operation squad (LOS).
Accordingly, local police squad raided his home from where he was nabbed. Police sources claimed Shivaji has confessed his involvement in the triple murder during interrogation. Police sources also claimed Shivaji was active in Naxalite movement since over five years and had been previously involved in several other crimes across Gadchiroli. Cops expect to extract important details of triple murder such as motive behind the killing and names of others involved in the crime.
Jharkhand cops take custody of Maoist
PATNA: A team of Jharkhand police reached here on Wednesday and took arrested Maoist, Indrajeet, into their custody. Kapil Dev Yadav alias Indrajeet Yadav alias Kamlesh alias Satyendra was arrested from a city hospital on Tuesday by Bihar cops. According to police sources, three of his associates were also arrested by the cops from the same hospital. “The three were staying at the hospital as Indrajeet’s attendants.
We are yet to verify their names and other details. But it is confirmed that they are Naxalites and have criminal antecedents,” said a Bihar police official. IG (operations) Amit Kumar said, “Indrajeet was not involved in the recent train attack by Naxalites in Jamui district. A different group of Maoists was involved in the incident. However, adequate security has been provided at the hospital till Indrajeet stays there for treatment.” According to sources, the Naxalite was designated as commander of the armed wing of eastern regional bureau of CPI (Maoist) based in Latehar and considered an explosive expert. He was wanted in connection with planting an IED in the abdomen of CRPF jawan, Babulal Patel, who was killed and left behind during an encounter in Latehar district in January this year.
Maoist cadre arrested in Bihar
Arwal (Bihar), June 20 (PTI) A Maoist guerrilla was arrested today from a village in Telpa police station in Bihar’s Arwal district, sources said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Basata village and arrested Bhola Ram, the police said. Ram was wanted in several cases of Naxal activities and attack on railway properties in the district, they said. He was sent to jail custody by a local court, sources said.
Maoists attempting to make inroads in Barak Valley
Silchar (Assam): Maoists were attempting to extend their hold in the three districts of Assam’s Barak Valley but a strict vigil would be maintained to prevent their entry, IGP (Law and Order) SN Singh has said. “The Maoists are trying to extend hold not only in the tea garden areas of Barak Valley but also in other areas, particularly among a particular section of people,” he said. The police were very much aware of the activities of Maoists in the three Barak Valley districts — Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, Singh told reporters at Hailakandi last night.
The location in Barak Valley, particularly its sharing of international border with Bangladesh, and inter-state borders with Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura was also a matter of concern and a strict vigil would be maintained to prevent the entry of the Maoists, he said. According to inputs available with the police, there were 200 Maoists in Assam with less than 16 in the Barak Valley. Referring to the past experience of Bengalis leading the Naxal movement, the IGP said there could be some support for the Maoists among a section of Hindu Bengalis in the Valley and he appealed to them not to support the Maoists. PTI
Maoists strike again, kill shopkeeper in Maharashtra’s Gondia district
Suspected Maoists allegedly shot dead a shop owner in Maharashtra’s Gondia district, police said on Thursday. Three ultras gunned down medical store owner Lekhram Sabu Lilhare in Darekasa village, about 100 metres from the local police station, at Salekasa taluka on Wednesday, they said.
The deceased, a native of Saori village in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district, was earlier reportedly threatened by the Maoists over some payment issue involving tribal villagers, police said. Gondia SP Dilip Zalke visited the spot along with other officials and the security has been beefed up in the area. In a separate incident, a Maoist, identified as Shivaji alias Chaitu Pada of LOS Gatta group who was wanted in connection with a number of cases in Etapalli taluka of the state’s Gadchiroli district, was arrested on Wednesday, police said.