Naxals protest arrest of Prashant Rahi, Hem Mishra
NAGPUR: The Naxalites have criticized Gadchiroli police for arresting freelance journalist Prashant Rahi and JNU student Hem Mishra, and also rounding up two other research scholars. They have also condemned the saffron terrorists for eliminating anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. In a press release, the Western regional committee (WRC) spokesperson Shriniwas has claimed that the Gadchiroli police have been framing social activists labelling them as Naxal sympathizers for their own vested interests.
The rebels have claimed that the cops have been trying to suppress the voices of the intellectual and activists to stop them from bringing fore the oppressive measures of the government forces. The government and its capitalist allies are eyeing the rich natural resources of the hinterlands at the costs of the lives of the tribal and their native places, they claimed. The rebels have also claimed that the cops have carried out fake encounters at several places across Gadchiroli in the last few months to eliminate those cadres, comrades, leaders and villagers who were engaged in mass struggle against government’s repression policy and exploitations.
Maoist leader, wife arrested
A Maoist leader and his wife were arrested from their native Khirakhand village under Bhandaria police station in naxal-affected Garwah district, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, security personnel raided the village and arrested Manas alias Sohan alias Upendra Korwa, section commander of CPI (Maoist), and his wife Meena Korwa, Superintendent of Police Mayur Patel said. An expert in making and planting landmines, Korwa was allegedly involved in the planting of an explosive in the body of a jawan, who was killed in an encounter in adjoining Latehar district in January, Patel said. Two country-made rifles have been confiscated from their possession.
Naxalite camp busted
RAIPUR: A Naxalite training camp was busted on Friday and a suspected Maoist was apprehended by security forces from Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. During the raid, the security forces recovered a Motorola VHF communication set, concertina coils and some Maoist literature from the camp located at Bodala-Pusnar jungle area in Gangloor of the district. CRPF squad and police jointly carried out the operation, a senior official said.
Suspected Maoist held by Karnataka police
KOZHIKODE: A team from Karnataka police has taken into custody an employee of KSRTC depot at Thamarassery following the suspicion that he has some links with Maoists. Abdul Jaleel, 25, was picked up in connection with the case registered at Kadaba police station in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. Cops in Karnataka had recovered a phone number from a person whom they interrogated in 2012. It is suspected that the phone is now being used by Jaleel or his relatives.
Police also conducted a raid in his house. Jaleel was handed over to Karnataka police after completing the procedures at the office of the district police chief (rural) TK Rajmohan. Kerala police also assisted their counterparts in Karnataka in the investigation. Kerala police sources said it is not yet clear whether Jaleel is an accused in the case. A clear picture will emerge only after a detailed interrogation by the Karnataka police, they said.
Five Arrests in Bijapur
Raipur: Five suspected Maoists, including two minors, were arrested during a search operation in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, the police said here on Friday. “Those arrested are organisations of supporters of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist),” a senior police official said. On reaching the Gorna village, a joint group of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police on an “area domination operation” in the forests under the Bijapur police station, located over 400 kms away from the state capital Raipur, spotted some people running away into the forests on Thursday evening, after which the team chased and nabbed them, he said.
“During interrogation they admitted providing assistance to Maoists,” he said. Those arrested were identified as Kunjam Sainu (23) Kunjam Aaytu (25) and Modiyam Laxman (20), members of Maoist cultural wing Chetna Natya Manch and two other minors said to be members of the Maoist children’s group, Bal Sangham. “Maoist banners, posters, pamphlets and anklets were recovered from their possession,” he said. A case under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act has been registered against them, he said.
Explosives seized in Koraput
KORAPUT: Security forces recovered a huge cache of explosives during a combing operation in Koraput district on Friday. The explosives were found dumped inside the forest near Ichapur under Narayanpatna police limits, police said, adding, two bundles of wire were also seized. “The operation was launched following a tip-off. The explosives were stored in two plastic containers, weighing 20 kg and 40 kg respectively. The Maoists had dumped these for future use,” said a police officer.
In a separate incident, a team of Odisha police and Special Operations Group (SOG) arrested a Maoist, Bandhu Meleka, during a search operation between Dumbaguda and Godraguda villages under Narayanpatna police limits. A native of Godraguda village, Meleka was allegedly involved in two murders executed by the Maoists. “He has confessed to his involvement in the murder of Siba Mandingi of Jogi Palur village and several looting and arson incidents,” SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar said.
According to the SP, Meleka was working with local Maoist leaders Jeera Kendruka, Loda, Kayu and Purno. “Besides taking part in Maoist offensives, he provided logistic support to the outlawed outfit and helped them dump explosives and arms in forests of Narayanpatna,” Kumar said. Meanwhile, Maoist leader Jagabandhu of Odisha-Andhra Border Special Zonal Committee has given a 24-hour bandh call in Malkangiri and the bordering areas on October 5. In a letter to mediapersons in Malkangiri, he alleged that police fired on the rebels while they were sleeping in the camp at Silakota on September 14 and threatened to avenge the incident. As many as 13 Maoists, including a woman cadre, were killed on that day.
Three Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Three Naxals, including a woman, were arrested from separate places in Maoist-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday. “Following a tip-off, two ultras were nabbed from a local market of Tadoki police station area on late last evening,” a senior official said.The arrested were identified as Rajlal Dugga (36) and Dayaram Markam (30). The duo were rounded up on suspicion and later they admitted of being involved in the movement, he said adding, “they were involved in several incidents of loot, arson and attacks on police party in north Bastar.”
In a separate operation, Itwarin (26), a member of Partapur area committee of Communist Party of India (Maoist) was apprehended from a hospital under Bande police station limits of the district. “After getting information that a woman cadre has reached a hospital in Bande for treatment, the police party was mobilised, which later nabbed her,” the official said. The arrested are being interrogated, he added.