Security beefed up in Nilambur after Maoist threat
The police have beefed up security for police stations bordering the Nilambur forest in Malappuram district on the basis of an intelligence report about possible attack by extremist groups. Central intelligence agencies have tipped off the state government that the Maoists are planning to observe the death anniversary of their leader Charu Majumdar on July 28 by attacking police stations.
The intelligence report has been given to various states. Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad districts face the possibility of such an attack in the state. However, the report hints that one of the police stations in Malappuram is under high-risk category. The security was tightened months ago after police got clues about Maoist presence in Nilambur area.
‘A forest haven for Maoists’
The intelligence agencies consider the Nilambur forest as one of the safe havens for the Maoists in the state. The dense forest gives good cover for the extremists and its links with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu provides them easy access to various locations. Thunderbolt, the commando team of the Kerala Police, has conducted several raids on the Nilambur forest following the suspicion of Maoist presence there. The people living in nearby areas have reportedly confirmed seeing some senior Maoist leaders in the forest when their photos were shown to them by the police team.
Bullet-hit man denies Red links
KORAPUT: A suspected Maoist with bullet injuries was admitted to the district headquarters hospital in Koraput on Friday night. The injured Red rebel, DhanuMuduli, is from Nabarangpur’s Kenduguda village. Police suspect that Muduli was injured in the gun-battle that took place between securitymen and Maoists in Rayagada’s Turi ghati on Friday, in which three Maoists were killed and few injured. ”
A bullet hit Muduli’s right hand. He came to Dasmanpur hospital on Friday evening and was brought to Koraput in police custody. His condition is stable and our men are guarding him at the hospital,” said a senior police official. “He was at the Maoist camp at the time of exchange of fire. His interrogation is on,” he added. However, Muduli denied the police charges and said he had gone to attend nature’s call when a bullet hit him.
“I have no links with the Maoists. I had gone to one of my relative’s home at Turi ghati and received bullet injury,” Muduli said on Saturday. According to Muduli, out of fear, he didn’t return to his relative’s home after the incident and trekked 15 km to reach Koraput’s Mankadamundi village where his uncle, Bhuban Parija, resides. “After he reached my home, we went to Dasmantpur hospital and from there police brought him here,” said Parija. Police said Muduli has cooked up a story. “There is no village near the encounter site. He was present in the Maoist camp and injured in the gunbattle. Details will be known once we wrap up our interrogation,” the officer said.
Chhattisgarh: Five Maoists arrested after encounter with STF
Five Maoists were arrested after a fierce gun battle between the rebels and a joint contingent of Special Task Force in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district, police said on Saturday. The Maoists were arrested in the forest area of Mujalgodi Pahadi Friday night, Kanker DSP M Z Baig said. The jawans, who were conducting area domination operation in the region since July 15, spotted the left extremists in the hilly zone of Mujalgodi Pahadi, over 200 km from here.
On seeing the security personnel, rebels triggered a pressure-bomb blast and opened indiscriminate fire, he said. Exchange of fire continued for around two hours after which the Maoists fled to the forest. “A jawan received minor injuries in the blast and was airlifted to Raipur,” the DSP said. A combing operation was launched after the firing ceased, and five ultras – Jhitku Ram (21), Saggu Ram (19), Ratti Ram (27), Ramsingh (35) and Lakhmu Ram (30) – were nabbed, he said. Wire, couple of detonators, camera and a motorcycle were recovered from the encounter spot. The arrested Maoists were produced on Saturday in a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody.
Judicial probe sought into Ganti Prasadam’s killing
Accusing Kiran Kumar Reddy government of engineering the murder of former Maoist leader and revolutionary poet Ganti Prasada Rao alias Prasadam the Praja Sanghala Aikya Vedika demanded the government to order a judicial enquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court into the killing of Ganti Prasadam. Participating in a day-long protest organised at Indira Park on Friday to condemn the killing of Prasadam more than 30 peoples’ organisation representatives condemned the killing and demanded the government to take action against the guilty.
Founder member of Revolutionary Writers’ Association (Virasam) Varavara Rao speaking on the occasion said it was a clear case of state-sponsored killing and was executed by the special police force. “This is not for the first time such a thing has happened. In the past also several leaders were killed in cold blood by the government,’’ he remarked. “Ganti Prasadam is not among us but his spirit would not die and his legacy, which has taken root in the political culture of the Maoist movement in the state, will grow and bear fruits,” he said.
Former chairman of AP Press Academy Potturi Venkateswara Rao, while supporting the demand for judicial enquiry into the killing of Ganti Prasadam, said efforts were being made to revive Committee of Concerned Citizens, constituted under the leadership of retired IAS officer SR Sankaran in 1997, to mediate between the state and the People’s War Group to bring peace in the state. He said the state should refrain from such acts and try to create confidence among the people.
Human rights activist Prof. Haragopal said the government does not want peace in the state and hence it was eliminating leaders like Ganti Prasadam. “The ruling class want people like Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who is responsible for killing of over 2,000 people in his state, and not people like Ganti Prasadam, whom people loved and respected,” he remarked. The state is promoting violence and was trying to suppress the voices of the people, he said and added that such acts of the government will aggravate violence in the state. “From civil liberties activist Dr Ramanatham’s in 1985 to Ganti Prasadam the state was responsible for all the killings. This has to stop,’’ he said.
Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee(APCLC) general secretary B Raghunath said there is a need to take up a mass campaign against such state-sponsored killings. To create fear among the civil societies the government was engineering such killings, he said. People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) Andhra Pradesh unit president Jaya Vindhyala alleged that the government was eliminating all the people who were working for the cause of the people. “We should see that such incidents do not take place in the future and should work in this direction,” she said.