APCLC dubs Naxal encounter in Gadchiroli as ‘fake’, demands action
Seven Maoists were killed in the wee hours of February 18 during an encounter between the ultras and C-60 Commando force personnel in Betkathi village of Korchi taluka, situated on the Gondia-Gadchiroli border, according to the police. Later, a fact-finding committee of APCLC, which is a social organization working in the field of human rights, along with representatives of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers conducted an investigation into the incident.
APCLC’s general secretary C H Chandrashekhar said that their fact-finding committee was of the view that it was a fake encounter and a cold blooded murder. Chandrashekhar alleged that the seven Maoists, including two women, were brought by the police in a vehicle in an intoxicated state and they were fired upon at close range and not killed in an encounter as claimed by police. “There were no bullet marks or signs of encounter at the incident spot. No inquest was conducted on the spot and neither the local people nor the media were informed about the incident. The bodies were directly brought to Gadchiroli general hospital,” said Chandrashekhar.
Maoists run riot on GT road, attack Amas PS
GAYA: In a daredevil operation, heavily armed Maoists, numbering about 200, virtually ran riot on the always busy GT road bringing traffic to a grinding halt on both the New Delhi and Kolkata side of the road late Saturday night. One person was killed in the nearly three hours’ long exchange of heavy fire between the Red rebels and policemen positioning themselves in the well-fortified police station. The Maoists also torched a loaded truck.
No report of any casualty, either on the police side or on the side of the gun-totting rebels, was reported. The attack took place shortly before midnight continuing nearly three hours with deafening gunshots, forcing terrorized truckers and other vehicle drivers and residents of the area in several km vicinity of the scene of action, to go into hiding. Confirming the incident, Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari said the Maoist attack on Amas police station was effectively repelled and the Maoists had to retreat without inflicting any damage to police personnel. Reports say that the two sides between them exchanged about 600 rounds of fire.
The police fired more than 100 rounds, said the SSP. Attributing the successful repulsion of a well-planned Maoist attack in the dead of night to alert policemen on duty at the police station, the SSP said adding the policemen positioned themselves strategically to challenge the Maoists. Magadh DIG Bachchu Singh Meena and SSP Nishant Tiwari rushed to the scene of action soon after getting information about the Maoist attack. This was the second major Maoist attack on the always-busy NH-2.
About four years back, the Maoists attacked the toll plaza at Amas and inflicted heavy damage apart from looting no less than 16 weapons from the security guards deputed at the toll plaza. According to CRPF DIG Chiranjeev Prasad, a CRPF team led by 159 battalion officiating commander Santosh Kumar and quick action team of the COBRA also reached the place to combat the Maoists. The CRPF DIG attributed the incident to the desperation of the Maoists who are at the receiving end of the ongoing anti-Maoist operation conducted by the joint team of CRPF, STF and the district police.
Search launched for group of six ‘Maoists’
The police and the anti-Naxal force have launched search operations in the forests around Kukke Subramanya after a group of six people, said to be Maoists, was spotted on Friday. According to the police, the forest officials spotted the group, including two women, sporting country-made rifles in the Kadamakallu reserved forest. One of the men asked the three forest officials, who were in civilian dress, who they were in Kannada, before setting off into the forest.
With the group sporting guns and wearing what seemed like a uniform, police sources said that this may be the same group that was spotted in late 2012 in the district. The anti-Naxal force has begun combing operations in Balugodu and Subramanya.
Mobile towers for Naxal-hit States held up in DoT
Project dogged by issues of cost between the Universal Service Obligation Fund and BSNL An important project of the UPA government to install mobile towers in nine Naxal-affected States covering remote and backward villages is still stuck in the Department of Telecommunications despite Cabinet clearance last year. “Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is personally monitoring the issue as there has been an undue delay of over three years since the project was first conceived. Mr. Shinde will take up the issue with Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and also seek Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention in getting it cleared,” a senior official involved in the project told ‘The Hindu.