Surat cops get ‘wanted naxal’
The police on Thursday produced a suspected naxal, recently arrested in Andhra Pradesh, in a city court, which sent him to police custody till June 29. The suspect, Pitla Arjun (43), was wanted here in connection with a case lodged against him in February 2010 for allegedly promoting naxalism in south Gujarat. Deputy Superintendent of Police Karim Polra said, “Pitla hails from Karimnagar and was presently staying in a chawl at Chembur in Mumbai. He was arrested by Andhra Police a few days ago. We will try to dig out more information from him on the whereabouts of other absconding naxals.”
KKM activists questioned by rural police
Pune rural police Friday detained and questioned three activists of the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), earlier arrested by the ATS for alleged Naxal links, after they participated in an agitation at Somatne Phata in Talegaon Dabhade. The agitation was led by Sant Bhoomi Sangharsha Samiti for saving Bhandara and Bhalchandra hills. The three who had been granted bail recently, were identified as Deepak Dhengle, Siddhartha Bhosale and Rupali Jadhav.
Additional superintendent of police (Pune rural) Vijay Kumar Magar said, “Based on prior information, we questioned KKM activists and searched them. We found nothing suspicious. So we let them go. We, however, lodged an offence against Madhusudan Maharaj for blocking the road.” Known for singing revolutionary songs, KKM has been on the radar of investigative agencies as some of its members were arrested by the state ATS for alleged Naxal links. Talegaon Dhabade police reportedly registered an offence against Maharaj, who had allegedly called the KKM activists for participating in the agitation. Police inspector R D Patil of Talegaon Dabhade police station said they questioned the KKM activists to verify their actions. Rupali’s husband Sagar Gorkhe was among those arrested by ATS.
Bail to Naxalites arrested in Kanpur
KANPUR: The Allahabad high court had granted bail to three alleged Naxalites, who were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) from Naubasta in 2010. Justice Het Singh granted bail to Naveen Prasad Singh, Deepak Ram and Bansidhar alias Chintan, a couple of days back and directed them to furnish sureties for the satisfaction of the trial court. There representatives (pairokars) produced the high court order in the additional district and sessions court (XVIII) on Friday.
The court had fixed June 29 to decide on the amount of surety money. Accused Bansidhar Singh alias Chintan is a PhD and MPhil holder from Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and an ex-member of the organisation’s politburo. As many as eight members of banned CPI (Maoists) were arrested from different places of Kanpur by the STF on February 8,2010. Two of them were top leaders of the banned group. Besides Chintan, another top leader was Balraj alias Arvind Kumar. The other arrested Maoists were Rajendra Prasad and Bachcha Prasad. Bachcha Prasad was taken by Andhra Pradesh on remand for investigation.
All were arrests were made from Naubasta area. The police had claimed to recover Naxalite literature, pen drives, CDs and lap-top and Rs 7.40 lakh from their possession. One Kobad Gandhi was arrested first and during interrogation he had revealed the names of other members. The Naubasta police had filed chargesheet against them in 2010. At present, the case was passing through prosecution evidence stage. Their counsel Mohammad Asif pleaded that more than two years had passed and prosecution had presented one witness while it had submitted a list of 50 witnesses.
Maoists put up banner justifying brutal Bastar attack
Gadhchiroli, Maharashtra, Jun 29: Maoists on Friday put up banners in remote parts of this district justifying the attack on the convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar area on May 25, in which 29 people were killed, as an act of punishment for “supporters of Salwa Judum”. “How can punishing the supporters of Salwa Judum be an attack on the democratic values,” the ultras asked in the banners put up by Gadchiroli Divisional Committee of CPI (Maoists), at different places in Regdi, Kasansur, Ghot and other areas of the district. “The death of Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders is a punishment given by the people. It is a natural justice,” the banner further said.
Maoist duo held in Odisha: police
Malkangiri: Two Maoists, allegedly involved in several incidents of violence including murder, were arrested from Silakota forests in Malkangiri district, police said on Saturday. Kasa Madhi and his son Dulla Madhi were caught during a joint combing operation by Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel yesterday, Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said. The ultras belonged to the ‘padia dalam’ of the Maoists and were active members of the militia for the last four years, he said. During interrogation the duo had confessed to their involvement in the killing of Pandu Madkami, village head of Parsonpalli on October 27 last, he said.
Maoist involved in attack on former Jharkhand speaker arrested
A Maoist who was involved in the attack on the convoy of former Jharkhand speaker Inder Singh Namdhari and on a police patrol was today arrested along with three others in Garhwa district. The Maoist, Surendra Singh Kherwar, was arrested from his house at Rajbash village in Chinia block along with three others, Upendra Singh Kharwar, Arvind and Navrang Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagdish Prasad said. Three weapons were seized from their possession, Prasad said. He said that Kherwar was one of the accused in the attack on Namdhari’s convoy in Latehar district last year and on a police patrol party in Garhwa district in January this year when several police personnel were killed.
Police destroy arms recovered from Maoists in WB’s Jhargarm
West Bengal: Security personnel destroyed arms and ammunition recovered from Maoists in Jhargram district. Giving details of the recovery, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandant, Paras Nath said the weapons included a Tiffin bomb weighing 300 kilograms. In addition, a flashlight, guns, 125 meters of flexi wire and five pencil cells were also recovered and confiscated. Nath said the area has been sealed off and more teams have been arranged to conduct search operations.