Naxals’ aid network in Chhattisgarh blocked, claim police
Raipur: With its recent crackdown on the urban support network and couriers of Maoists, Chhattisgarh Police has claimed to have choked the main supply chain of weapons, medicines and other kind of aid to Naxals operating from their stronghold in Bastar region of the state. Police recently arrested nine persons, all residents of Kanker region who they claimed were acting as conduits and were part of the channel providing logistic and financial support to the extremists linked to the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the banned CPI (Maoist).
These persons, two of them prominent businessmen from north Bastar, were working under the direction of Prabhakar, a divisional committee rank member, according to a highly-placed intelligence official. “Prabhakar’s role is being considered equivalent to that of Gudsa Usendi (who surrendered recently) who was handling the media operations of DKSZC.” “Of the nine Naxal conduits, Neeraj Chopra, a business, and Sukhnath Nareti were said to be very close to Prabhakar and major links in this network operating from Kanker in North Bastar.” They were allegedly involved in extortion meant for procuring arms, ammunition, medicines, clothes, food, electronic gadgets and other for Maoists of DKSZC, he said.
Three Naxals held in Jharkhand
Ranchi, Jan 31 (PTI) CRPF troops today apprehended three suspected Naxals from the forests of West Singhbhum district along with some arms and ammunition. The suspects were nabbed during an anti-Naxalite operation being conducted by the paramilitary in the Darkada-Sonua area of the district, a senior official said. Twelve 9-bore guns and some ammunition were also seized from them, he added.
Naxals kill villager in Chh’garh
Raipur, Jan 31 (PTI) A villager was killed allegedly by Naxals who suspected him to be a police informer in Maoist-hit Dantewada district of southern Chhattisgarh, police said today. The murder came to light this morning when some villagers informed police about the blood-stained body of Manendra lying on a road near Nareli Ghat village, a senior police official said. A native of Uttar Pradesh, Manendra had shifted to Bacheli few years back, he said.
Maoist arrested with explosives
A Maoist was today arrested and explosives were seized from his possession here in the district headquarters town of Palamau district. “Satyendra Yadav was arrested at the bus stand by the personnel of town police station when he got down from a bus,” Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh told reporters here. A total of 21 gelatin sticks and 27 bullets of sophisticated weapons were seized from his possession, he said. The rebel, he added, was to hand over the explosives to an associate. “He is an active member in an area committee of the CPI (Maoist) and hails from Hariharganj in Palamau district,” the SP said.
Maoists: Kerala Plans Joint Operations
Joint combing operations with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were on the cards in the light of reports about Maoist presence in the border forest areas, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Thursday. Chennithala, replying to questions in the Assembly, said Maoist activities had been reported in the districts of Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram. Steps were being taken to strengthen intelligence in the region as part of the measures to combat the threat, he said.
“At the recent all-party meet convened by the Chief Minister, it was decided that all political parties would strive to generate public opinion against this menace. Steps will also be taken to enhance security in the border areas,” Chennithala said. Joint operations were also planned by the Forest Department and the police to beef up security in the forest areas, Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said. The tribals also will be an important part of the initiative, he said.
SSB to be deployed on Assam-Arunachal border
…A senior official said they had intelligence inputs that killings in Assam had links with Maoist activities. “We have come to know that people killed were given assurance by Maoists they will help them claim disputed land in Assam. The other group from Arunachal Pradesh who came to know this planned the killings to thwart their attempt. Days ago, we sent additional forces sensing trouble. This is the first time in many years that the border dispute has claimed so many lives,” said a senior MHA official…
More prisoners join hunger strike in Hazaribag jail
RANCHI/HAZARIBAG: More prisoners joined the hunger strike, which has been started by inmates of Hazaribag Central jail, on Thursday. About 200 convicts from 26 jails in the state will join the relay hunger strike on February 1. Inmates of Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi observed fast on Thursday but will join the main protest on February 1. Prisoners in Daltonganj district jail handed over a petition to authorities seeking permission to go on hunger strike from Friday.
At Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribag, 30 convicts joined the hunger strike under the banner of Bandi Mukti Morcha. The movement that was spearheaded by Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal and Ravi Sharma in Hazaribag jail majorly aims at making inmates aware of their constitutional rights. However, Sharma was transferred to Tenughat jail on Thursday to avoid disturbances inside Hazaribag jail, said prison authorities.
The protesters are demanding release of prisoners who have completed their terms some two to four years ago.