DU professor Saibaba sent to 14-day remand
NAGPUR: With no facilities for the handicapped at Gadchiroli lock-up, the district cops chose not to seek remand of DU professor GN Saibaba from Aheri court. Instead, he is likely to be brought to Nagpur Central Jail where five others with Naxal links are lodged too. The court has sent Saibaba to 14-day magisterial custody remand. It is learnt that Saibaba was first flown to Nagpur and taken to Gadchiroli amid tight security and then produced before the lower court in Aheri. Saibaba was booked by Aheri police of Gadchiroli district last year following search operations at his residence in Delhi. It yielded several incriminating documents and records that helped police establish his connection with the Naxals’ central committee (CC) and also presence in the international forum representing India’s political face of left wing terrorism interchangeably operating as ‘Chetan’ or ‘Prakash’.
Saibaba, an English teacher from Ram Lal Anand college, had come under scanner of Gadchiroli police following the arrests of Hem Mishra, Prashant Rahi and others. It was in their interrogation that Saibaba’s role came to fore. Mishra and Rahi, along with others, were being sent to Naxal stronghold in Abujmadh as messengers with encrypted messages. Gadchiroli range IGP Ravindra Kadam said that Saibaba was merely arrested as court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him. “Saibaba was already interrogated at length by Gadchiroli police and our chargesheet had also gone to court following completion of the probe.
Police did not want his remand for any reason and so we had sought before the court that he may be sent to magisterial custody,” said Kadam. The senior officer also claimed that absence of facilities for handicap in the lock-ups also played a crucial role for police to ask for Saibaba’s magisterial custody. Some activists had earlier claimed Saibaba’s physical trauma as a handicap could aggravate in custody. It was also reliably learnt that special facilities for handicap do not exist in Nagpur central jail prison too. A senior source stated that there has been no barrack or facilities for physically challenged persons.
Maoist area commander held
RANCHI: A self-styled area commander of the CPI(Maoist) was arrested with arms and ammunition from Saranda in West Singhbhum district, police said on Monday. The section commander of Maoists, Sanjay Bodra alias Tata alias Birsa Bodra, was wanted in several criminal cases and used to collect levy from a large area in Saranda. Chaibasa SP Narendra Kumar Singh said, “Police had prior information about the movement of Bodra and had laid a trap accordingly. He was arrested from Nathi bazaar area under Karaikela police station late on Sunday.” The arrest is part of the ongoing anti-Naxal ‘Operation Aman’ in Saranda.
The 23-year-old Maoist leader has been associated with the rebel organization for the past few years, said police. He rose through the ranks to become a commander-level man. He was currently working as section commander in Porahat sub-zone of the Maoists. Singh said Bodra was involved in nine incidents under Sonua, Tebo, Bandgaon and Goelkera police stations and was also an accused in the killing of six villagers under Sonua police station two years ago. Bodra was considered as the right-hand of Maoists leader Prasadji, who was active in Saranda forest area of the district. A countrymade pistol, two live cartridges, Maoist literature and posters were recovered from his possession.
Saranda, the erstwhile headquarters of the CPI Maoist Regional Committee, has reported a lull in rebel activities in the past couple of years. DGP Rajiv Kumar was heading the anti-Naxal operation in Saranda. Though the DGP himself returned after two days, the ground level operation was still going on while the arrest was made. Kumar had announced opening new police camps in three places – Gudri, Sarugadha, Serengdha.