HC pulls up cops for framing tribal as Naxal
NAGPUR: Justice ML Tahaliyani of Nagpur bench of Bombay high court in a recent verdict came down heavily on Gadchiroli police for framing an innocent tribal as a Naxalite. The court, setting aside an earlier order by sessions court, has also acquitted the man of the charges of attempt to murder and causing obstruction to government officials. Bamu Miccha was convicted under Sections 307 and 353 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in an alleged offence of July 2010.
It was alleged that he had fired upon police at Pidimili and Paddur jungles. The sessions court had sentenced him to seven years imprisonment and fine Rs 500 holding him guilty under for attempt to murder and another one-and-half years and fine Rs 500 for obstructing government officials on duty. Aggrieved by the order, Miccha preferred an appeal. The high court observed there was no evidence of any kind to fix the identity of the person or arrive at a conclusion that the same person had fired upon the cops. It also stated that most of the eye-witnesses were cops who had claimed to have been fired upon by Miccha who was represented by counsel Surendra Gadling.
The court said the witnesses were stereotypes. The court has also expressed doubt regarding the claim of the complainant, the then sub-divisional police officer of Bhamragarh tehsil Suryakant Sagar, that the cops had fired in retaliation after Miccha had opened fire. It said the investigation officer would have seized the firearms if there was firing in exchange. In the final order, the court stated the police seem to have framed Miccha by planting the firearm on him. The court observed that it was unbelievable that terrorists and Naxalites would use crude firearm like Bharmar in this age.
Maoists blast track to enforce Bihar shutdown
Maoists blew up a railway track in Bihar’s Gaya district to enforce a day-long strike called by them, to protest the killing of two of their top-ranking leaders by a rival Maoist outfit, a railway official said Saturday. Two Maoist leaders were killed by the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a rival group of the Maoists, after they were abducted from Kothi village in Gaya last Tuesday. “Maoists blew up a track between Taraiya and Guraru railway stations in Gaya late Friday night,” said ECR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Amitabh Prabhakar.
“The incident took place at about 10.55 pm, barely 20 minutes after the pilot engine of the Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani train crossed the area on the Gaya-Mugalsari route of East Central Railway (ECR) to create fear among people”, added Prabhakar. He said the incident disrupted rail traffic on the route for few hours, but after repair work, normal traffic resumed early Saturday morning. Prabhakar said there were no reports of casualties in the incident.
According to him, railways had decided to run pilot engines ahead of trains following the 2003 accident of the Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani in Maoist-affected Aurangabad district in Bihar, which left over 100 people dead. The Maoist strike evoked a mixed response in Bihar, as urban areas remained unaffected but normal life was hit in many villages. “Life in parts of rural Bihar was badly hit during the Maoist-called shutdown,” an official at the police headquarters here said. The strike evoked no response in cities and towns like Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur and Purnea. However, rural areas in districts like Patna, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, Jehanabad, Arwal and Banka, considered Maoist strongholds, saw daily life disrupted. “Fear of Maoist violence forced closure of markets in rural areas and vehicles remained off the roads,” the official said.
Bank employees appeal to Maoist
Imphal, August 02 2013 : A meeting of Imphal Urban Cooperative Bank employees conducted today has appealed Maoist Communist Party to call off for some days the later’s general strike to be called on August 5 . A press release issued by the Convenor of the IUCB Ltd, said that the proposed general strike was called by Maoist Communist Party regarding dissatisfaction in the conduct of Board of Management of IUCB Ltd. It then urged to bring an undersatnding between the two sides so that the bank employees can perform their duties as usual for the service of the people.
Former student activist arrested in Kolkata for links with Maoists
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police on Friday arrested Matangini Mahila Samiti member Joyeeta Das for having links with Maoists. Das, a key figure in the Nandigram land agitation, was arrested from south Kolkata’s Charu Market with incriminating documents. Joyeeta has also been an activist of the United Students Democratic Front (USDF). She was arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Joyeeta is the second woman to be slapped UAPA after Debaleena.
The police claim Joyeeta has Maoist links, and she used to organise and control their activities in Kolkata. She had reportedly visited Jangalmahal a number of times and is believed to have attended meetings with top Maoist leaders that have taken place there. According to the STF, Joyeeta Das is a member of Kolkata City Committee of the CPI (Maoist). She was arrested under sections 120B/121/121A of the Indian Penal Code and sections 18/18B/20/39 of UAPA. She would be produced in a local court on Saturday.