Anti-Naxal Force mistakenly kills a Muslim cattle-trader; bandh called in Mangalore
Mangalore: The Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) personnel have reportedly shot dead a Muslim cattle trader suspecting him to be a Naxalite on Saturday, April 19. The ANF officials were on night vigil when the incident took place near Shringeri check post on the Chikmagalur-Karkala state highway. The deceased has been identified as Kabeer (23) , a resident of Krishnapura in Suratkal. Kabeer, along with five others, was transporting cattle when the incident took place. The ANF sleuths opened fire when the vehicle did not stop at their instructions thereby killing the youth, a source said. The ANF personnel have also arrested a man, identified as Farooque in this connection and other three are reportedly absconding.
Bandh called in Mangalore
A bandh was also called in Mangalore today afternoon to protest against the killing of the youth in which all shops and business establishments were closed. Furious on this, the locals have demanded a CBI enquiry in this connection.
On a war footing for peaceful polls
NEW DELHI: More than 2.1 lakh armed men, moving over 100 trains, 10,500 vehicles and 21 choppers could look like an army on the march. But this is no war. This is what’s needed to organize polls in the world’s largest democracy. Getting over 80 crore to vote in over 8 lakh booths across 543 constituencies, each unique in caste composition, religion mix and ethnicity, is a task. Add to this the threat from insurgents and it’s a logistical nightmare.
‘Man killed by police in N’Patna not Maoist’
Social activist Prafulla Samantray today demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing of a suspected Maoist in Narayanpatna in Odisha’s Koraput district on April 13, claiming that the slain person had little to do with Maoists. “While the people in Narayanpatna area have all along participated in the democratic protests peacefully, the police have tried to create disturbance in the region and conducted a false encounter to kill an innocent person Purno Ulluka. We want a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge and compensation of Rs 20 lakh to his family,” said Samantray at a press conference here.
However, the police claimed that the Maoist who was shot dead in an encounter near the Forest Range office in Narayanpatna on Sunday night was a wanted ultra and was involved in a number of civilian killings in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon area in recent months. The slain Maoist, identified as Purno Ulluka hailed from the nearby Basanaput village and was an active member of the Koraput-Srikakulam division of the outlawed CPI-Maoist, police said.
The encounter took place when a group of 12 or15 Maoists were reportedly found moving towards the venue of Thakurani Yatra which was being celebrated in Narayanpatna, allegedly to punish some local leaders who were instrumental in encouraging people to vote in large numbers in defiance of the Maoist call for poll boycott.
Hardcore Maoist arrested in Bihar
PATNA: A hardcore Maoist was arrested today by Special Task Force (STF) from Buxar and a levy money of Rs 63,000 recovered from him, a senior police officer said. Acting on a tip off, the STF team arrested Azad Paswan from Sikaraul police station of Buxar, Inspector General of Police Amit Kumar said. He was accused in 10 cases in Buxar and Rohtas districts.
…Meanwhile, in Birbhum district of West Bengal a villager recovered a live bomb lying on the road side, about which he later informed the concerned authorities.