43 from Naxal’s urban network held in Chhattisgarh in 5 years: Govt
Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday said that 43 people, who were part of the urban network of the Maoists, were arrested in the state during past five years. In a written reply to a question from senior Congress legislator Bhupesh Baghel in the state Assembly, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra informed the House that as many as 43 people, including women, were arrested from 2009 till January 20 this year on charges of involvement in urban channel of Naxals.
However, six of them were later exonerated while cases against 37 others were pending in the court of the law. As per the reply, seven alleged Naxal urban conduits were held in 2009 followed by two in 2010, eleven in 2011, six in 2012, eight in 2013 and nine in January this year. Essar company General Manager DBCS Verma, contractor B K Lala and school teacher Soni Sori were among those arrested in 2011. Last month, nine persons – Mohpal Dhruva, Baliram Usendi, Chaitram Darro, Sukhnath Nareti, Neeraj Chopra, Dharmendra Chopra, Ravi Kadiyam, Badri Gavde – all from Kanker district of north Bastar and Foolsingh Naag of Kondagaon were arrested in this connection, the reply said. In a written reply to another question by Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo in connection with the arrests last month, Paikra informed the House that all the nine arrested were found involved in providing assistance to Naxal commander and divisional committee member Prabhakar.
Cartridges, detonators, pistol, country made pistol, gelatin, fuse wire, Naxal literature, banner, posters, medicines, bills of commodities supplied to Naxals and cash were recovered from their possession, the reply mentioned. They were booked under provisions of Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, Explosives Substances Act and Arms Act, it added.
Assam-Arunachal border a new theatre of Maoists: Govt
New Delhi: Naxals are trying to set up organisational bases in the Northeast to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities, the government said on Wednesday. “The CPI(Maoist) has developed close fraternal ties with Northeast insurgent groups like the Revolutionary People’s Front and People’s Liberation Army of Manipur.
Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition,” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The minister said the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of CPI(Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers. The government said UALC has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam and these cadres have been utilised in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam.
“In this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities. The outfit is also establishing separate channels in the Northeast, particularly in Nagaland for procurement of ammunition,” the minister said. Singh said the central government has alerted the state governments concerned of the Northeast in this regard. The government is also monitoring the situation closely, he said. “The activities of CPI(Maoist) has declined significantly in the Northeast in recent times, consequent to the arrest of important cadres from the area,” he said.
Police recovers pipe bomb similar to one defused near N’samy’s
A powerful ‘pipe bomb’, similar to the one recovered recently near the residence of Union Minister V Narayanaswamy in Puducherry, was found near a compound wall of a private wholesale market at nearby Uthangudi today, police said. They said it was packed with explosive chemicals and both sides sealed with a ‘coupling net’ and connected to a wire. The other end of the wire was found connected to a PET jar filled with petrol.
Had the bomb exploded, it could have caused some damage to the office of a Tamil daily near the market, they said. Police said the bomb had been removed and taken to a Quarry Pit for being defused. Various police units, including bomb disposal squad, Special Investigation Unit, Q-branch and Anti-Naxal wing inspected the spot.
Naxals extort Rs. 140 crore annually from traders, corporates
Naxals have been extorting money to the tune of Rs. 140 crore annually from contractors, businessmen and corporate houses besides their front organisations are suspected to be receiving foreign funds clandestinely. “Though an exact quantification of their finance is not possible, it has been assessed in a study conducted by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, Delhi, that the CPI-Maoist has been collecting not less than Rs. 140 crore annually from a variety of sources,” Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday. He also said possibility of certain front organisations of CPI (Maoist) clandestinely getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out.
Mr. Singh said the main source of funds for the Maoists include extortion from ‘tendu patta’ contractors, extortion from infrastructure/development work contractors, ‘levy’ from businessmen and corporate houses. In addition, they rob banks and public and private properties to augment their finances. “The Left Wing Extremists groups, particularly the CPI (Maoist), extort considerable ‘levy’ from various illegal mining mafia groups in Naxal-affected states,” the Minister said.
Maoist involved in killing of Munger SP arrested
Banka (Bihar): A hardcore Maoist involved in killing of the then Munger Superintendent of Police KC Surendra Babu was arrested on Wednesday from a jungle here, police said. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of CRPF and Bihar police raided a jungle on the border of Banka and Jhajha and arrested the Maoist Bachandeo Yadav, Banka Superintendent of Police Pushkar Anand told PTI.