Anti Terrorist Squad nabs Naxalite arms supplier
LUCKNOW: Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) picked a Haryana trader after he confessed to have supplied firearms of top international brands to various Naxalite groups across the country. The arrest came in the follow-up investigations of a unique gun running racket the UP ATS had busted on April 18 with the arrest of three persons from Unnao.
The gang used to procure repaired and discarded handguns of top international brands at throwaway prices from international markets in Singapore and Canada. The weapon was then dismantled, smuggled into India and reassembled. and missing ones were fabricated using some of the world’s most modern high-precision machines like electronic device machines (EDMs) and skilled hands. During the investigations into this racket the ATS swooped on an apartment in Dadar-West, Mumbai and arrested Elvin Disa an 80-plus retired flight engineer who, during his service and posting at international airports, used to help the gang smuggle parts of firearms to international firearm markets of Singapore and Canada to name a few.
Investigators had recovered a dozen-odd pistol grips, a number of magazines of different bores and cartridges of .32 and .22 bore guns from Alvin’s Dadar-West apartment. The latest catch by the ATS is linked to the same gang of gun-runners based in Sirsa district of Haryana and has been identified as Anil Kumar Jain who owns a store by the name of Jain Brothers near New Bus Stand in Dabwala Mandi area of Sirsa. He was picked up from Haryana and the ATS was making efforts to seek his custody and then bring him to UP for further interrogation and subsequent investigations.
As per the STF, during initial interrogation, it is believed to have picked up clues that suggest Anil Kumar Jain was not only an important part of the international gun running racket but also instrumental in disposing off state-of-the-art firearms of various bores to Naxal outfits in a number of Naxal-affected states. Though additional director general of police (ADG) ATS UP Arun Kumar confirmed the arrest, he refused to provide further details. on grounds that the accused was being questioned by the investigators and the ATS would share the details once they were through with the verification of the information extracted from the accused.
The ATS was expected to bring Anil to UP on a transit remand and seek his police custody from the local courts for further interrogation. The cops recovered three assembled pistols, one sample pistol of Beretta Company, frames of pistol, arms licenses, and other items in a large quantity besides diagrams, photo albums, cash, etc. In their interrogation, the accused unveiled the involvement of a retired airlines officer from Mumbai in the racket. The gang had confessed to have smuggled and sold at least 160 such imported weapons including those of prohibited bore used exclusively by police in India.
Maoist arrested in connection with Pakur SP murder case
Pakur (Jharkhand): A ‘Maoist’ allegedly having links with the firing squad of Giridih-based CPI (Maoist) has been arrested in connection with the July two attack on the convoy of Pakur Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar in neighbouring Dumka district. “Sanatan Bakshi alias Tala’da was arrested yesterday from Rolagram under Mahespur police station in Pakur district. He is wanted in the killing of the SP and five other policemen and other naxal incidents,” Pakur Superintendent of Police Y Ramesh told reporters here yesterday.
Ramesh said Bakshi confessed to his alleged involvement in the killings of the SP and five others in the July 2 attack in Dumka district’s Kathikund area. Bakshi hails from Chirudih village under Kathikund police station in Dumka district, and allegedly had links with the firing squad of the rebel group in the state’s Giridih district, the SP said. The police of Dumka, Godda and Pakur districts were interrogating him in connection with various cases, like alleged attack on polling party, policy patrol and arson, he added.
‘Madhab killed in fake encounter’
Maoists have claimed that their leader Madhab alias Golla Ramullu was killed in a “fake encounter” by the police. But, SP Akhileswar Singh refuted the allegation stating that it was a “clean” operation. In a release, CPI (Maoist) Malkangiri Divisional Committee secretary Punam Chandar called for Malkangiri bandh on September 3 alleging that Madhab was eliminated in a fake encounter on August 23. Chandar wrote that Odisha Police picked up Madhab on August 21 and killed him brutally next day. Singh, on the other hand, said, “Madhav was a Maoist Divisional Committee member and was killed during a fierce gun battle between security personnel and the rebels.”
Madhab was the mastermind of Janiguda ambush in February, 2012 which resulted in killing of four Border Security Force personnel including Commandant Jeevan Ram Khaswan and Deputy Commandant Rajesh Sharan. He carried a reward of `four lakh on his head and was involved in several criminal cases in the cut-off region on the other side of Chitrakonda reservoir including Allampeka ambush that had led to killing of 38 Andhra Pradesh Grey Hound police personnel. He was also the mastermind in the abduction of former Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna.
Two hardcore Maoists arrested in Sundargarh
Rourkela: Two hardcore Maoists, a man and his sister, involved in many offences were arrested from Chengjharan jungles in Odisha’s Sundargarh district today, police said. The brother-sister duo, identified as Anita Majhi (21) and Chitta Majhi (28) hailing from neighbouring Jharkhand, was arrested during a combing operation by the security forces near the forest in Bisra area, police said.
Chitta was allegedly involved in killing Laxman Kissan, a constable of the state police, during an encounter in 2010 near San Ramloi, a senior police official said. Similarly, Anita was allegedly involved in the murder of Kandri Lohar, a surrendered woman Maoist who had joined the mainstream and was absorbed in the home guard, police said, adding Kandri had surrendered before Sundergarh police. Both the ultras were actively involved in the Maoist organisation for a long time.