Woman Maoist Guerrilla Arrested in Chhattisgarh
A prominent female member of military wing of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) operating in the North Bastar region, was arrested from insurgency-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh here today, the police said. The 24-year-old Lalita, a prominent member of CPI Maoist’s military battalion number two, was arrested by a joint team of security personnel from Udanpur village under Koyalibeda police station limits, Bhanupratappur Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Tarkeshwar Patel told PTI, adding that she is currently being interrogated.
After being tipped off that the woman rebel had arrived at her native place in Udanpur to meet her parents, a joint squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the district police force was mobilised this afternoon, he said. After reaching the spot located in the restive Kayalibeda patch, which is around 250 kms away from Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur, security personnel surrounded the village and then arrested Lalita, the SDOP said.
Was Saibaba’s Europe visit the trigger for his arrest?
Mumbai : The Maharashtra police have accused Prof. G N Saibaba of being an active member of the CPI (Maoist) and being in touch with top Naxal leaders, including their chief Muppalla Laxmana Rao a.k.a. Ganapathi, through a series of trusted couriers. Saibaba was agitating against government’s anti-Maoist ‘Operation Green Hunt’ launched in the tribal hinterland of central India. The teachers association of Delhi University (DU) condemned his arrest and said he was picked up without warning or notice from the middle of a street located in the varsity’s north campus near his house on Friday afternoon.
According to the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) – Anti Naxal operations, Ravi Kadam, Saibaba is charged with aiding Naxalites and Maoists and entering into a criminal conspiracy with the banned outfit’s leadership (for espousing their cause through propaganda) and holding meetings. The professor, who uses a wheelchair, is also accused of being associated with two Jawaharlal Nehru University students Hem Mishra (arrested in August 2013) and Prashant Rahi (arrested in September 2103).
Both students, charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act worked as couriers delivering documents and messages between the top leadership in the Maoists who make a home in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh and Saibaba, according to the police. According to a well placed source, “While Saibaba was questioned several times and finally arrested in the case, his recent visit to Europe where he addressed an international conference propagating the views of the banned outfits may have been the trigger point for the police to have effected his arrest.”
Lok Sabha polls: Bihar offers reward for pre-poll tip-offs on bombs
Authorities in Bihar’s Maoist-affected East Champaran Lok Sabha constituency Saturday announced cash awards of up to Rs.1 lakh for information about explosive devices being planted ahead of the last phase of the general elections. The Motihari district administration announced cash award of Rs.1 lakh for anyone providing news about people carrying bombs, said Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar. It would also pay Rs.10,000 to anyone giving information about planting of bombs anywhere in the district. Police said six Maoists and a dozen supporters have been rounded up as a preventive measure.
A large quantity of explosive materials was seized by BSF jawans during a combing operation in Kusumput jungle under Narayanpatna police limits on Thursday. The seizure included 26 gelatine sticks, seven detonators, a 12-kg landmine and 50 kg of ammonia nitrate. On a tip off about presence Maoist cadres from Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, BSF jawans launched the combing operation in Kumbarigput, Narayanpatna and Bandhugam. The explosives were meant to sabotage the movement of jawans during combing operation, sources said.
Explosives recovered in Jharkhand
Ranchi, May 9 (IANS) A huge cache of explosives was recovered in Jharkhand’s Giridih district Friday, police said. During a joint search operation by the state police and paramilitary forces, 20 detonators, 50 gelatin sticks and three-Km wire were recovered from Jero village in the district, about 190 km from here.