Naxal leader Madhav killed in Odisha encounter
Dreaded Naxal leader Madhav alias Golla Ramullu who carried Rs four lakh reward on his head was killed in an encounter with security forces in Odisha’s Malkangiri district today, police said. On a tip off, a joint team of Special Operation Group (SOG) and police from Malkangiri and adjoining Koraput districts during combing operation in forests near Chhiliba under Machkund area raided a Naxal camp. A fierce gun-battle ensued between the Naxals and the security personnel during which Madhav, a senior member of Andhra-Odisha Border Malkangiri Naxal Divisional Committee, got killed and about four other ultras escaped, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.
Police seized the body, a hand grenade and a pistol from from the site, he said adding that police had announced a reward of Rs four lakh for the ultra. Madhav was a most wanted Naxal in Odisha and his killing was a major success for the police force. He was involved in many incidents of murder including the killing of 38 security personnel in Chitrakonda reservoir, extortion and land mine blasts. The body was taken to Koraput which was close to the place of occurrence and post-mortem would be conducted there, he said.
400 prisoners to launch hunger strike for separate Vidarbha
NAGPUR: The demand of separate statehood for Vidarbha is set to get another impetus after around 400 inmates of the Nagpur Central Jail observe one-day hunger strike on August 24. Several political prisoners, attached to the Naxalite movement, are also likely to participate in the agitation. In May this year, around 850 inmates had taken part in such a hunger-strike raising a demand for Vidarbha statehood. The inmates, through a press-note, claimed that Vidarbha could not prosper in the last 53 years being a part of the Maharashtra state. The inmates underlined the fact that given the natural resources and manpower available in the region, Vidarbha can progress if dissected out of the rest of Maharashtra.
They also claimed that a smaller state is more manageable and can be better governed than a bigger one. The inmates further stated that the government should now pay heed to the century-old demand for a separate state of Vidarbha just like Telangana. The prison inmates stated that the government has been instrumental in suppressing the genuine demands for Vidarbha by offering various packages and making hollow promises for progress. On the contrary, Vidarbha has been plagued with several ills like farmers’ suicide, load-shedding, unemployment, poverty and many such unattended problems which included increase in criminal activities, said the press note.
Jadavpur University student accused of sedition, escapes UAPA charges
KOLKATA: An Alipore court on Thursday framed charges against six Maoist leaders for their involvement in anti-national activities. Earlier, though the state government gave sanction for charging five of them under UAPA, Debolina Chakraborty, one of the prominent Maoist leaders, was not charged. Debolina, a student of Jadavpur University, who was involved in running Matangini Mahila Samity, which according to the police was a frontal wing of Maoists, was charged under various sections for waging war against the state and for sedition.
The five others, Madhusudan Mondal, Sachin Ghosal, Siddhartha Mondal, Sanjay Mondal and Radheshyam Das, had been charged with sedition under sections 121A, 122, 124A and 120B of the IPC and under sections 18, 19 and 20 of the UAPA for recruiting and harbouring terrorists. Madhusudhan, Sachin and Sidhdartha had also been charged with Arms Act. On June 29, 2010, police had arrested Madhusudan and Sachin from Sarsuna, where they had gone to receive a letter from one Rajesh Mondal. Several incriminating documents were seized from them. Following their interrogation, police arrested three others and later, Debolina was arrested.
All of them are said to be members of CPI(Maoist) and were active in Nandigram land movement. Debolina was allegedly involved in various anti-government movements even after Mamata Banerjee came to power. In April 2012, Debolina, who was spearheading the Nonadanga anti-slum eviction movement, was arrested by the CID.
Cops, Maoists exchange fire
Around 20 armed Maoists escaped the police dragnet narrowly during a combing operation in Gandhamardan hill range on Wednesday evening. Following intelligence inputs, a 16-member security force team reached a spot between Lergain and Bondadangar where Maoists had put up a camp. The camp was barricaded with wooden logs to ward off animals. When the security forces were taking position, the loose soil gave in and a stone tumbled down which alerted the ultras.
They then started firing at the security forces and when the latter retaliated, they fled after exploding bombs. Sources said the exchange of fire continued for about an hour and this was for the first time that Maoists lobbed grenades. Later, the security forces searched the area and recovered detonators, solar panels, Maoist uniforms, ammunitions, medicines, flash guns, tent materials, utensils and cooked food from the camp. It is believed that the Maoists are from Chhattisgarh.
The area has been cordoned off and combing operation intensified. The security team was led by CRPF Assistant Commandant JK Upadhaya. Sources said commander of the Maoists operating in the area, Lakhan, was present in the camp. The empty shells recovered from the spot suggested that Maoists had fired from AK-47, SLR, besides rifles. DIG (North Region) Sanjay Kumar said additional forces have been deployed and search intensified. “As the Maoists seem to be new to the area, there is possibility that they could be holed up somewhere nearby. There are confirmed reports of injuries to some Maoists,” he said.