Boycott Army recruitment rallies: CPI (Maoist)
RAIPUR: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) gave a call to youth to boycott Army recruitment rallies, claiming their efforts were on to make Chhattisgarh military and Air Force bases. In a message circulated to media, CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Uday said governments are deploying police and para-military forces to unleash terror for implementing memorandum of understanding (MoUs) signed with corporate giants. In order to suppress the people’s movement, ruling classes are trying to convert Chhattisgarh into a military zone, he said.
Maoist held from forest during police search operation
A Maoist, carrying a reward on his head, was arrested during a search operation in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, the police said here today. The Maoist was nabbed from the forests of Bardela village under Jangla police station limits last evening, a senior official said. A local police team on a combing operation in Jangla area, located around 450 kms away from state capital Raipur, reached the Bardela forest when they spotted a suspect fleeing, after which he was chased and arrested, the official said.
The arrested Maoist was identified as Lekam Aaytu (35), self styled vice-chief of Jantana Sarkar Maoist organisation in Tungali area, he said. He was allegedly involved in several incidents of arson, attempt to murder and other offences, he said, adding he carried a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head. The arrested Maoist is being interrogated, he said.
Special Judicial officer appointed for trying top Maoist
A Special Judicial Officer was today appointed on the direction of Governor for speedy trial in cases against top jailed Maoist Ajay Kanu for whose release the ultras had enacted jail break in Jehanabad eight years ago. Mohammad Salim was appointed as Special Judicial Officer for trial of all cases against Kanu in the Beur jail here where he is lodged at present, district court sources said. The Governor’s order for appointment of the special judicial came in the wake of a direction of the Patna High Court, the sources said. So far, the top Maoist is being tried in six cases in Patna, Jehanabad and Gaya.
Maoists Abduct 7 Villagers
Maoists abducted seven villagers including a ward member in Ramaguda and Chintalwada under Kalimela police limits on suspicion of being police informers on Wednesday. The ward member, Tulasi Behera, was kidnapped from Chintalwada village while Budra Sodi, Budra Padiami, Deba Padiami, Suba Khara, Rama Behera and Jaga Madkami were taken away from Ramaguda. Sources said a group of Maoists came to Chintalwada first and then went to Ramaguda and asked the seven villagers at gun-point to follow them.
Panic gripped the people of two villages following the incident. Police are yet to know the whereabouts of the abducted villagers. Of late, Maoists have been targeting the villagers on the suspicion that they may be sharing information about Maoist movement with police. The Maoists had kidnapped three persons including Padia Madi, son of a village sarpanch of Gamphakunda, on December 4. One of them escaped next day, while the other two were released on December 7.