Peoples War in India Clippings 22/1/2014

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Tip-off helps nab Maoist in Patna

The city police today arrested one Maoist operative when he came to meet his organisation’s self-styled zonal commander in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here today. The city police today arrested one Maoist operative when he came to meet his organisation’s self-styled zonal commander in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here today. Acting on a tip off received by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj that Maoists might visit the zonal commander Laldeo Paswan, a police team was deputed at PMCH, a release from SSP’s office said.

The police team arrested one Mantu Paswan while trying to visit Maharaj, the release said, adding Paswan has admitted his involvement in several Maoist-related incidents in Gaya and Aurangabad. Some Maoist literatures including guide book for area committee members of the outfit were seized from him, the release said.

Businessmen with Maoist links held in Chhattisgarh

On Friday, the Chhattisgarh police arrested Dharmendra Chopra, an eminent businessman, near the Raipur airport as he was rushing to catch a flight to Delhi. Thereafter the police claimed that a “massive urban network” of Maoists was detected. Chopra and his nephew Neeraj, who was arrested the previous day, were allegedly looking after the financial and logistics interests of the Maoists in the State.

The police said they were facilitating supplies of consumables to the Maoists, delivering lakhs of rupees to other States to fund purchase of weapons and allegedly “fixing deals” between mining companies and Maoist leaders. Interestingly, Dharmendra Chopra was arrested while he was travelling in the vehicle of Kanker MP Sohan Potai. Chopra’s access to political parties and the Maoists was an open secret in Chhattisgarh.

Several police officers told The Hindu on many occasions that Chopra was connected to the BJP brass and the Maoists. However, they never disclosed any evidence because of his connections across party lines. Chopra used to boast about his connections to the Maoists. “Earlier, they [Maoists] used to give me money to deliver goods. I used to deliver consumables and adjust with the amount like other businessmen in the area,” he told The Hindu earlier. However, he said, he stopped supplying goods to the rebels and moved to Raipur from his home town of Bhanupratappur in north Bastar soon after they threatened him.

Three Maoists remanded

RAIPUR: Three arrested activists of the CPI (Maoists), who were allegedly acting as couriers for the Naxalites, were remanded to police and judicial custodies on Tuesday by the judicial magistrate, Raipur. While Phoolsingh Naag and Mohpal alias Santosh Dhruva were remanded to judicial custody till January 31, Sukhnath Nareti was remanded to police custody till January 25. Santosh Dhruva was nabbed on January 15 in Abhanpur when he and his associates were allegedly carrying ammunition for some Maoists.

They were nabbed while they were heading towards Kanker district in North Bastar. Based on Santosh’s disclosures during interrogation, the police arrested Phoolsingh Naag and Sukhnath Nareti on January 16. During interrogation they admitted to be the couriers for arms, ammunition and other commodities for Maoist. They also admitted to conducting reconnaissance for the Maoists while helping them in their movement in urban areas.

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