CRPF cop killed in naxal attack
Manjunath Ishwargouda Mudukangoudar, a constable attached to 85 Batallion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was killed in Bijapur in Chhattisgarh in a naxal attack. He hailed from Bailwad village in the district. DIG of CRPF, Belgaum, said Manjunath (28), who along with his team, was fighting the naxalites in the thick forests of Bijapur on August 5 when they shot at him.
He had joined the CRPF seven years ago. He was the only son of his parents. He married a year go and his wife is expecting a child soon. He had visited his family in June, his close friends said. His body would be brought to his village at 9.30 am on Thursday. The funeral would be held in the presence of civil dignitaries and police officers with guard of honour.
Activists demand release of Soni Sori
Various women’s groups today demanded release of adivasi activist Soni Sori, who was arrested for alleged Maoist links, and criticised authorities for not “granting her parole” after her husband’s death last week. Demanding her “unconditional release”, the women groups said the adivasi activist was falsely implicated in various cases. “It is beyond belief that she was denied bail for a few days to allow her to make arrangements for her three young children after the death of their father,” said Kalpana Mehta, convener of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression.
“Even a convict is allowed to visit her family on parole. Soni, against whom the state has not gathered any evidence till date, wasn’t allowed to make settlements for her three children after her husband’s death,” said activist Himanshu Kumar at a press conference here.
Police seize explosives, arrest suspect Maoist
Koderma (Jharkhand), Aug.8 (ANI): Acting on a tip off, police in Jharkhand have confirmed the seizure of a large amount of explosives and arrested a suspected Maoist. The explosives were being transported from Domchanch to Hazirabag in a vehicle. The vehicle was passing through Mahavir Chowk in Koderma, when it was stopped and a search of it led to the discovery of the explosives. The driver of the car attempted to flee, but he was apprehended by police personnel.
The police have recovered 1500 detonator pieces 200 pieces of power gel and five kilograms of ammonium nitrate Senior police officials of Koderma sugegsted that the arrested person may have ties with Maoist outfits. (ANI)
‘Informer’ shot by Maoists in Bokaro
BOKARO: A 29-year-old man was shot dead by Maoists and his body was found in Degagada under Nawadih police station of Bermo division on Thursday. Maoists allegedly killed him because he was supsected to be a police informer. The dead, identified as Ashish Tuddu alias Phulchand, a resident of Jharnatungri village, received three bullets on his head, said sources in the village.
The rebels left behind posters, which read that informers in touch with SP Bokaro, SP Giridih and SSP Ranchi will meet with the same fate. The message on the posters read: ‘bade police officer se sidha sambandh rakhane wale Phulchand urf Ashish Tuddu ko yehi saaza mili (This punishment was meted out to Phulchand alias Ashish Tuddu for keeping in direct contact with senior police officers)’. The Ultras left the body at the spot and littered the posters bearing their messages around
Ban on Maoists extended
The State government extended the ban on CPI (Maoist) and its affiliated organisations for another one year from August 17. Separate GOs were issued on Thursday extending the ban on CPI (Maoist) and its affiliated organisations under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act, 1992. The government declared that the CPI (Maoist) and other organisations were “unlawful”.
The government imposed ban on the Maoists and others on August 17, 2005 and has been extending the ban every year. The banned front organisations of the Maoists are: All India Revolutionary Students Federation (AIRSF), Viplava Karmika Samakhya (VIKASA), Singareni Karmika Samakhya (SIKASA), Radical Students Union (RSU), Rythu Coolie Sangham (RCS) and Radical Youth League (RYL).