First evidences of Maoist presence in Kerala unearthed
The first evidences of Maoist presence in Kerala were established following the recovery of a pair of uniform allegedly being worn by Maoist cadres in Wayanad district. The Vellamunda police in Wayanad had found a pair uniform and two bags which contains some grocery like rice, sugar and chilly powder used by suspected maoists from kombara tribal settlement at Kunjom forest area in manthavady forest range in Wayanad district. N.T Jose, the Sub inspector of Police at Vellamunda told India Today that the police had recovered it from the tribal settlement, when they reached there following tip-off that some Maoist leaders are camping there.
The police also recovered some pamphlets named ‘Kattuthee”. The local police and Thunderbolt were involved in the mass raid conducted in kunjom forest area for the suspected Maoists. “The uniform and innerwear recovered from the site showed that it was worn by a woman Maoist,” N T Jose said.
Chhattisgarh govt to setup additional courts to speed up trial of Naxalism-related cases
RAIPUR: In a bid to speed up justice in cases related to Naxalite violence, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to setup a district and an additional district court at Narayanpur and Dantewada respectively, which are considered hotbeds of insurgency. The move to set up the district court at Narayanpur is primarily to speed up trials in cases related to Naxalite-related violence. However, it would in general provide relief to other litigants too, as presently they have to travel to Kondagaon, which is 56km away, for court hearings. Confirming the move, principal secretary, law and legislative affairs, Samanta Ray, said a provision has been made in the budget (2014-15) for setting up these courts. He admitted that the move was primarily aimed at speeding Naxalite-related trials, particularly in Narayanpur area.
Chhattisgarh police arrests five Maoist conduits in Dantewada
Continuing its bid to dismantle the Maoist urban network, the Chhattisgarh police arrested five conduits, including a commander level cadre who was allegedly part of a Maoist ambush which targeted Congress leaders in May last year, in the Bastar region. Santu Kunjam (30) who was allegedly involved in one of the three Maoist ambushes to target Congress leaders and his four associates were under surveillance for more than a year, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (Intelligence) Mukesh Gupta told reporters here today.
They were picked up from their native places in the Bhansi and Bacheli area of Maoist-hit Dantewada district yesterday, he said. Others arrested were identified as Butturam Vatti (35) deputy sarpanch of Bhansi, Jalandhar alias Jalan (33), Gopi Markam (19) and Malay Kumar Kanjilal (38), a local quack, who were all allegedly active in Dantewada-Sukma and Bastar districts of South Bastar.
Three IEDs found in Latehar
Latehar (Jharkhand), Feb 10 (PTI) Security forces today recovered three IEDs in Maoist-hit Latehar district. The explosives, planted alongside a road, were recovered during search operations by forces, police said. The areas fall under Barwadih police station.