Five held in Gadchiroli Naxal attack
Nagpur: Five persons have been arrested in connection with the killing of three police jawans during a Naxal attack in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district last week, police said on Sunday.The five arrested yesterday have been identified as Mochi Baju Boga (35), Ramdas Tanu Hudda (18), Manu Gagurai Kusoti, Ganesh Nandu Pudi (30) and Rajesh Mangansir Kurve (22), they said. The five persons have confessed to their role in the killing, police claimed.
Blast case FIR dilutes Maoists’ involvement
GAYA: Going by the FIR in the Aurangabad blast case, the Maoists’ involvement in the blast appears to have been diluted. Though the blast that killed seven persons, including Sushil Pande, a murder case accused and alleged Ranvir Sena activist, had all the ingredients of a Maoist attack, the background of the seven persons named in the FIR have put a question mark over the Maoist theory. According to sources, though two of the accused named in the FIR do have a criminal past, none of the seven named accused including the two having criminal cases pending against them have a known history of Naxalite affiliation.
Asked about the Naxalite connection of the named accused, Aurangabad SP Upendra Kumar Sharma said that the investigation was going on and at this stage he cannot be judgmental on the contents of the FIR. Action will be taken only on the basis of evidence not on any other consideration, the SP said. An interesting dimension of the blast and its deadly consequence is that it stands in contrast to the Maoist policy of not indulging in innocent killing and limit its operations only to selective killings. Even in its anti- police operations, the Maoists’ main objective, of late, has been to get weapons and perhaps that is why the Naxalites, have been wooing the constabulary in the name of ‘class affinity’ as the constabulary belongs to the same less privileged class whose interests the Maoists claim to protect.
There are instances in which, the PLGA members during raids at police camps have asked the constabulary to surrender its weapons and promised safety of life to the cops in case they do not offer resistance and hand over the weapons to the marauders. But for Sushil Pande, all other occupants of the Tata Safari were ‘innocent’ even by the Maoist definition of innocence and why the Naxalites targeted ‘innocent’ persons baffles Naxal watchers. Perhaps it is for that reason that the Maoists have not yet come forward with their version to justify the killings. The decision to spare the innocent and concentrate on selective killing, according to Maoist sources, was taken after the Senari butchery, the last mass murder committed by the Maoists at Senari village in Jahanabad district on March 18, 1999, in which 35 persons were butchered.
And for that reason, the Maoists did not indulge in revenge killing of the Miapur massacre in which Ranvir Sena gunned down 34 persons belonging to the downtrodden sections at village Miapur in Aurangabad district on June 16, 2000. Another interesting fact about the Maoists is that after the Dalelchak Baghora massacre in Aurangabad district in May 1987, the Maoists, then operating under the MCC brand name decided to spare women and children in their future operations. And since then, the Maoists have by and large adhered to the resolve not to harm women and children.
Maoists warn Chhattisgarh villagers against voting in polls
Raipur(Chhattisgarh): Maoist banners have come up in several villages of Kanker district asking people to abstain from participating in the Chhattisgarh assembly polls due in November. The election will be two phased. Maoists have also clandestinely distributed pamphlets to villagers asking them to stay away from voting on polling day. They have warned villagers of retributive action if they participate in polls. Kanker is considered to be the heartland of Maoist activity in this state. The state Director General of Police has already expressed apprehension about a spurt in Maoist violence in the run-up to the elections.
15 Maoists sneak into forests
A 15-member Maoist gang, led by district committee secretary Mailarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar, has entered the Adilabad district from the Dandakaranya forest region in Maharashtra and are moving about in the forest areas of the district, as per intelligence reports received by the district police. Following the intelligence reports, Octopus squad DIG VC Sajjanar held a meeting with the top district police officers here recently and asked them to hunt down the Maoists.
Accordingly, the police have launched intensive combing operations in the interior areas of Tiryani, Khagaznagar, Kerameri, Asifabad Wankidi and Dahegam and on the banks of the Pranitha river. As per sources, three policemen were killed in a Maoist landmine blast in Gadchorili district of Maharashtra, close to that state’s border with Adilabad district, three days back. The police retaliated following which the Maoists escaped into Adilabad district. Tribals in the interior areas of the district faced inconvenience.
Powerful bomb explodes in interior Manipur district
A powerful bomb exploded at Ukhrul district headquarters of Manipur but no casualty was reported, police said on Sunday. The bomb, which was planted on the roadside by suspected militants at Phungreitang area in the heart of the town, went off at around 9pm on Saturday. In another incident on Sunday, unidentified militants hurled a powerful grenade in the courtyard of deputy commissioner of Thoubal district Th Ranjit’s private residence at Pishum Oinam Leikai area here in Imphal West district, the police said. said. The official was away in his place of posting in Thoubal district at the time of the bombing, the police said.