Maoist, arms supplier arrested in Bihar
A team of the Special Task Force and Muzaffarpur district police arrested the duo from the Motipur area in Muzaffarpur.
The Bihar police on Saturday arrested Maoist Ram Pravesh Baitha alias Satish, allegedly in charge of Bihar operations, along with Pravesh Mishra, an alleged arms supplier to the Maoists, Amit Kumar, IG-Operations, said. A team of the Special Task Force and Muzaffarpur district police arrested the duo from the Motipur area in Muzaffarpur.
Baitha is a resident of Madhuban, Motihari district. Presently, he is a member of Bihar, Jharkhand, North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) and in charge of Maoist operations in Bihar, Mr. Kumar said. “He is involved in more than 30 serious Naxal incidents including recent ones. He was recently promoted as member of BJNCSAC. He was last arrested in 2008, but released on bail in February 2012,” he said. Mishra, on the other hand is the brother of Pramod Mishra leader of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).
“Both Baitha and Mishra were having a meeting in Motipur, where Baitha’s in-laws reside. The police are registering a fresh FIR against them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). They will be produced before the court and would be sent to judicial custody,” Mr. Kumar said.
Apathy mars ANF camps
The government has eventually released Rs 9 crore to revamp as many as 13 Anti Naxal Force camps across the state. However, a glance at most of the ANF camps gives the inkling that the work is yet to commence and the ANF personnel continue to wait for better living conditions. The ANF force that was set up in 2008 covering the areas of Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Udupi, Kodagu, Mysore and Tumkur coming under Western Ghats which are prone to Maoists menace, was strengthened in due course of time.
ANF shares the internal division with CSP (coastal security police) and CCT (center for counter terrorism). The 13 ANF camps are set up in all these seven Maoists affected districts of the State. They are evenly distributed in three divisions, that is Malnad junction, tri-junction and the junction bordering the Tumkur and Andhra Pradesh.
Maoist arrested in Sundargarh
After a two-hour long gun battle in Rejeda forested area under K Balang police limits of Odisha’s Sundargarh district, security forces arrested a senior Maoist cadre, police sources said today. Though there were no reports of any casualty from either side, police said other Maoists who were present in the area managed to escape. Police said they were withholding the name and details of the arrested Maoist as interrogation process is not yet over and security reasons were involved too.