Hardcore Naxal arrested in UP
An alleged hardcore Naxal Jagjivan Kol alias Vijay Yadav with a cash reward of Rs. 20,000 on his head was arrested in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh in the early hours on Saturday. Jagjivan Kol (28), an active member of Rambali Kharvar gang, was arrested from near Naraindeeh Rapta Chalka culvert under Chopan police station area, police in Lucknow said. A carbine and cartridges were seized from Jagjivan Kol, who belongs to Rohtas district of Bihar, they said. Jagjivan Kol frequently visited the district to motivate tribal youths to join his gang, according to police.
Anti-Maoist drive in Southern districts
Encouraged by success achieved by security personnel in recent months, Odisha Director General of Police Prakash Mishra today said anti-Maoist operations would be intensified in Southern districts comprising Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur. Mishra said this after reviewing the law and order situation with top CRPF, BSF and Odisha police officials here. “Though we have achieved much success in our anti-Maoist operations in recent times but it will be more intensified in coming days,” Mishra told mediapersons after the meeting.
Though no additional forces are required for intensifying anti-Naxalite operations in Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts, certain changes will be made to make the operations more effective, Mishra said. Focusing on Narayanpatna in Koraput district, he said “situation in Narayanpatna has improved a lot in the past few months. With our community policing programme we are able to strike a chord with the tribals in Narayanpatna . More and more tribals are deserting the Maoist backed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh and cooperating with the administration.” “Out of frustration, the Maoists are executing stray violences,” he added. The DGP dismissed the alleged spat between the BSF and Odisha police in conducting anti-Naxalite operations as baseless. “There is good coordination between the BSF and the Odisha police while conducting operations. There are no differences between the two forces,” he said.
Maoist camp busted
Large quantity of arms and ammunition were seized from a Maoist camp in Siriguda reserve forest area under Gudari police station limits on Friday. During the combing operation on Thursday. CRPF personnals recovered nine country made guns, 50 kg of explosives, three kgs of gun powder, 37 electronic detonators and 50 metres of electrical wire used to detonate Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from a distance, besides other Maoists materials.
Maoist arrested from Mumbai
MUMBAI: A dreaded Maoist belonging to the Gaya district in Bihar who was wanted for planting a bomb at a school in Jharkhand and also responsible for killing ten CRPF men in 2010 in Dantewadi district of Chattisgarh, was arrested from Mumbai on Saturday. In 2011, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested six Maoists, including Angela Sontakke, who headed Golden Corridor Committee which was responsible for indoctrination and recruitment from Thane.
The Mumbai crime branch and the Jharkhand police on Friday late night raided a construction site at Mulund and arrested Pintu Jawahar Paswan (23). Paswan was an active member of the Maoist group but short of funds forced him to sneak into Mumbai and work as a labourer in a construction firm. Paswan, during preliminary inquiry, told police that he came to Mumbai to take shelter and earn little money. According to the Jharkhand police, Paswan was just 18 years old in 2008 when he planted a powerful bomb in Utramik School in Satvaini village that engulfed the entire school building.
He took part in training and recruiting fresh members into their group and in 2010, he allegedly played a key role in attacking and killing 10 CRPF jawans in ambush in Gumla district. Police said that the attack was headed by Paswan’s mentor Sandeep. Six persons responsible for attack were arrested and Paswan who is the prime suspect went underground,” said a Jharkhand officer. “We had received information that a suspected terrorist was working as a laborer at a construction company. After we got confirmation of his identity, we kept a watch on his activities before informing the Jharkhand police and arrested him,” said inspector Ajay Sawant of Central Intelligence Unit (CIU). Paswan was handed over to the Jharkhand police on late Saturday evening.
Wife of top Maoist get released from jail on bail
Anuradha Sharma alias Ranjeeta, wife of CPI (Maoist) politburo member Ravi Sharma, was today released from jail on bail. She obtained bail from the Jharkhand High Court yesterday, jail authorities said today. The Sharmas, wanted in Maoist-related cases in four states, were arrested in October 2009 near Hazaribagh National Park and were under judicial custody in the Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail here. The couple was wanted in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattishgarh. Anuradha had been teaching children of female convicts in jail, the sources said.
Bhopal: Maoist activity spotted ahead of mega Congress rally
Bhopal: Security forces in Balaghat district of the state were alerted after intelligence inputs on alleged Maoist activities ahead of a mega Congress rally. According to reports, security in and around the venue was beefed up to avert any untowardly incident. Top party leaders including Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Union minister Kamal Nath, state Congress president Kantilal Bhuria and leader of Opposition in MP assembly Ajay Singh, among others are scheduled to address a gathering of around than 10,000 workers. Around 14 armed cadres of Malajkhand Dalam led by ex-local gorilla squad (LGS) commander Dilip were spotted in Bargud forest area – around 90 km from the district headquarters – under Daverveli police station on August 14, said sources.
However, top police officers in the state claim that there is nothing to worry about. “Its not a fresh movement, they frequent that area,” said a senior police officer wishing anonymity. Dilip, an expert on explosives – is wanted by the state police in more than 30 cases including murder of Likhiram Kawre, the then transport minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh, who was hacked to death in 1999 at his native village Sonepuri area.
Special team combs forest
The combing operations launched by a special branch team in the Karinkanni forest on Friday morning continued till evening, following eyewitness accounts of the presence of armed Maoists inside the dense forest area in the Kalpetta forest range under the South Wayanad Forest Division. On Thursday, police and forest forces, assisted by a 25-member India Reserve Battalion team, had collected information from the residents of the Karinkanni Kattunaykka Colony after they reported sighting of seven suspicious-looking persons on Wednesday evening.
The special team led by DySP Santhosh Kumar recovered medicines and a couple of copies of the pamphlets distributed by the group members, who were reportedly wearing uniforms similar to that of security forces. The persons introduced themselves as the activists of the Western Ghats special zonal committee of CPI (Maoist), collected rice, millet, sugar and tea powder from the families, and had food from the colony.
They met each and every member of the colony in person and collected details of the various government welfare programmes available to them. Before disappearing into the forests of the Peruvanamoozhy range, they promised to return, said Bhaskaran, a resident of the colony. One of the team members spoke fluent Malayalam, he added. The pamphlet distributed by the gang carried a call to support the ‘revolutionary Maoists who are striving for a new democratic India’. “An FIR has been registered against unknown persons after material evidence established that there was presence of an ‘insurgent group,” District Superintendent of Police K Balachandran told Express. About 50 persons belonging to 18 families live in Karinkanny colony, which is about 50 kilometres away from the district headquarters.
Maoist leader beaten to death in Jhargram
A prominent Maoist leader belonging to the Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) was today beaten to death by irate villagers in Jhargram police district of West Bengal. Hemanta Mahato (20) came to Nedabahara village to take part in a rally organised to protest against yesterday’s arrest of Gram Panchayat member and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sukumar Murmu. Following an altercation, irate villagers beat Mahato to death fearing violence during the rally, Jhargram superintendent of police Bharati Ghosh said. Murmu was arrested by the police yesterday after a landmine device was recovered from his residence. Mahato, a prominent Maoist, had three police cases pending against him, Ghosh said.