Police destroy Maoist training camp in Munger
MUNGER: Munger SP Varun Kumar Sinha on Wednesday said about 250 Naxalites were being imparted training at village Kandani in Munger district to sabotage the Lok Sabha polls in Munger, Lakhisarai and Jamui districts. On getting information, a police team comprising 60 jawans of CRPF aand STF was dispatched to locate the training camp of the Maoists on Tuesday. The team was led by additionl SP (operation) Naveen Kumar. As the police team was approaching the site, several hundred Maoists took shelter at village Larayatand under Dharhaha police station while a guard in militiray uniform started firing on the CRPF jawans.
The police also retaliated with heavy firing and sent message to the headquarters to dispatch additional force. The other members of the training camp also fired at the police force. Since the Maoists were not retreating, the police used mortars to counter their firing forcing them to flee the place leaving behind huge quantities of materials meant for the training camp. After police used mortars against the Maoists, Lalita Devi who was leading the Naxalite attack in police uniform firing from Insas, she fell down and the Insas rifle was thrown away which provided golden opportunity to the police team to march forward and captute her along with eight more members of Maoists.
Lalita Devi is the commander of female brigade of Maoists. Police also nabbed Babloo Tuddu, Manoj Soren, Arvind Tuddu, Pairu Soren, Birendra Tuddu, Bimal Tuddu and Sukur Kol. After demolishing the Maoist training camp, the police seized 506 rounds of live cartridges, gelatins, transistors, allopathic medicines, cosmetics, liquid solutions, inner garments of women in huge quantities, more than one hundred police uniforms, Maoist literature incluing one very secret book titled ‘Essential Notes’ containing processes of manufacturing explosives and food plaza, cotton bags, sticker of police offices, voters identity cards were also seized from the place.
CRPF deputy commandant PK Lal, assistant commandent CRPF Amit Kumar, Aman Kumar, DSP, STF, joined the operation against the Maoists when reinforcement arrived and the training camp of the Maoists was surrounded from four corners, Munger SP Varun Kumar Sinha said.
Jail officials hold sports meet as Naxal stir goes on
NAGPUR: The indefinite hunger strike by Nagpur central jail inmates accused of being involved in Naxal movement entered sixth day on Tuesday. Prison authorities, however, instead of addressing this critical issue seem more focused on organizing a regional sports meet of the department. The inmates, health of some of whom is learnt to be deteriorating, are demanding fair consideration of their bail applications and a speedy trial to determine their guilt or innocence. It is learnt that the jail authorities are mostly pre-occupied with the regional sports meet for the employees scheduled to start in city from Wednesday.
Lawyer and activist Surendra Gadling, who represents most of alleged Naxal undertrials, lambasted jail authorities on Tuesday claiming there was no proper health check-up of the inmates participating in the hunger strike against the prejudices in criminal justice system. Gadling stated that health of some of the inmates is deteriorating but prison authorities seem to have left them to die. “I have received information that the doctors in the prison are purposefully ignoring the deteriorating health of the inmates by not checking their blood pressure regularly and conducting other checks,” he said.
A senior jailor, who was deputed by superintendent of jail Vaibhav Kamble to speak to media, had claimed a day before that the health of the inmates involved in hunger strike was being monitored properly. It is learnt Kamble is busy organizing sports meet for jail employees. Apart from health issues, there seems to be also a confusion over number of inmates involved and supporting the hunger strike. Gadling stated 169 inmates were participating in the indefinite strike and substantial number of others were extending support through ‘chain hunger strike’. A senior jailor stated just 21 alleged Naxalites were participating out of a total of 66, including 10 women inmates, present in the prison.
“On the first day, we had received 19 applications, and on Monday two more joined. We keep the inmates under observation for 48 hours after receiving the applications and then accept their claims,” he said. “It is only the inmates charged with Naxal involvement who are participating in the strike. The others have remained aloof as the charges and legalities revolving around other offenders are different from that of the alleged Naxalites,” said the official.
Gadling stated around 200 inmates were expected to join the chain hunger strikes in coming days. He also added that inmates charged under Maharashtra Control Of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and murder charges were also demanding bail and speedy trials. Despite the chaos, Additional DG, state prison, Meeran Borwankar stated situation was under control. Citing a Supreme Court verdict, agitators demanded that bail should be viewed as a rule and jail as an exception and granted in cases where chargesheet is submitted or trial is delayed.
The protestors have demanded that the option of video-conferencing be used sparingly and that they be presented before the court on most occasions. The undertrials are also learnt to have sent a memorandrum to chief justice of Bombay High court and principal judge Bombay High court (Nagpur bench) through jail authorities. Jail sources claimed a senior district and additional sessions judge had already visited the striking inmates and forwarded their demands to higher authorities.
The inmates demanded visit of a high court judge. The jail authorities have also stated that medical teams were closely monitoring the health of the inmates on hunger strikes. “Legal action can be initiated against the prisoners on strike,” said a jail official, hinting at registration of offence under Section 309 of IPC for attempting to commit suicide.
Suspected Maoists fired upon by police in Kerala, escape into forest
Police fired upon suspected Maoists in Wayanad district on Wednesday night but they escaped into a forest. Five Maoist rebels had reached a tribal settlement in the evening, but police followed them there on a tip-off. “We saw them in the dark and told them to stop but they ran deep into the forest. We fired four rounds in the darkness,” sub inspector N.V. Jose told India Today Online. Police said there were three men and two women in the team and residents of Kombara locality identified them as Rupesh, Mahesh and Sundhari. Forest officials and a police team are combing the Manthavadi forest. The Maoists have been gaining a foothold in the Malabar region of Kerala.