Home Ministry cautions states of possible Naxal backlash
New Delhi: The top leadership of the Naxals have directed the cadres to carry out attacks on security forces as a retaliatory action against the arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links, the Home Ministry has said. In an advisory to nine Naxal-affected states, the Home Ministry said the CPI (Maoist), while publicly denying that Saibaba is a senior member of the organisation, has instructed its armed cadres, especially in Dandakaranya region, to carry out retaliatory strike against security forces.
Besides, the CPI(Maoist) has requested certain pro-Naxal activists and academics to undertake agitations in Delhi and other places for his release and some overground workers have contacted Maoist sympathisers in the media to write articles highlighting Saibaba’s physical disability and portray police investigation in bad light, the advisory said. Quoting fresh intelligence inputs which suggested that the top leadership of CPI(Maoist) is “extremely perturbed” by the recent arrest of the Delhi University teacher, the Home Ministry said security forces should exercise utmost vigilance and guard against possible IED attacks during the next few weeks.
PUCL condemns arrest of DU professor
New Delhi: People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Thursday condemned the arrest of Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba for his alleged links with Maoists. Saibaba was arrested here May 9 by the Maharashtra Police. “The harsh and violent manner of the arrest of Saibaba is unacceptable and condemnable in a democracy claiming to follow the law. He had always cooperated with the police whenever they wanted to question him as part of an investigation, a PUCL statement said.
Maoist connection usual charge to suppress activists: AB Bardhan
NEW DELHI: Veteran communist leader AB Bardhan condemned the arrest of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and demanded his immediate release, saying Maoist connection was a “usual charge” to suppress Left and social activists. Maintaining that Saibaba is “a 90 per cent disabled man” and is being kept “in a non-descript prison under most unhygienic condition” in Gadhchiroli, he said, “Connection with the Maoists is the usual charge under which social and Left activists who oppose ..
DU prof GN Saibaba plans hunger strike, says family
Four days after he was arrested by the Maharashtra Police for alleged links with Maoists, Delhi University teacher GN Saibaba is planning to go on a hunger strike from Thursday. Saibaba’s brother Ramdev said that he was being kept in highly unsanitary conditions. According to a letter written to officials at the central prison, Ramdev met Saibaba in jail on May 12 where he was informed of the condition he was being kept in. “I came to know that he was kept in solitary confinement, not allowing anyone to help him,” the letter states.
More scholars on IB radar for ‘pro-Maoist’ ideology
Around six civil society activists — including academicians, student leaders and even representatives of prominent international NGOs — are on the intelligence establishment’s scanner and under constant surveillance in the capital, HT has learnt. According to senior Delhi Police officials, Delhi University English professor GN Saibaba, who was recently arrested, had been on the special cell’s radar for over a decade.
“We maintain a check on six to eight persons whom we have reason to believe have ideological links with the Naxal movement,” said an intelligence official. “They have a sizeable presence in the national capital region and have open contact with several NGOs that are steps away from being officially proscribed by the government,” the official added. Sources told HT that these consisted of senior professors and student leaders across DU, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Milia Islamia where they are known to organise programmes and discussions ‘based on Leftwing politics and the Naxal movement in the country’; even religion.
On February 26, for instance, the Intelligence Bureau stepped up its surveillance on a prominent faculty member at JNU after he allegedly helped organise ‘an open dialogue’ between students and the representative of an international NGO on the Gujarat riots of 2002.
Maoist ultra killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh
A Maoist ultra was today killed and another injured in an encounter with police in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh today. The slain Maoist was identified as ‘commander’ Pankaj while his injured associate was identified as one Pratap. Both hail from the neighbouring Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. The encounter between the ultras and a joint team of police and Special Task Force personnel took place in Gotiya village in the Aundhi police station area, police said. Police found Pankaj’s body and the injured Pratap after the ultras had fled the area following the armed skirmish.
Centre sanctions Rs 112 crore for 70 police stations in Maoist areas
BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has sanctioned Rs 112 crore to Odisha for construction of 70 more police stations in Maoist-affected districts. In 2010-2011, it had sanctioned a similar amount for 70 other police stations. Out of these, nine have been commissioned. “Satisfied with the progress of work in the first phase, the Centre has agreed to fund 70 more police stations. Each police station will be constructed at Rs 2 crore,” said a senior police officer. The state-run Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Limited has been entrusted with the project.
Police bust three mini-gun factories run by Maoists
Police on Thursday busted three illegal mini-gun units in Bihar’s Munger district, stated to be run by the Maoists, and arrested a relative of a jailed Maoist. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Parmanandpur Gangsta forest area under Kharagpur police station jurisdiction and unearthed three illicit mini-gun factories being run by the jailed Maoist Birbal Murmu’s brother in-law Dilip Kisku, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Varun Kumar Sinha said. Kisku has been arrested under the provisions of the Arms Act, he said, adding a haul of weapons comprising three pistols, 23 magazines and three lathe machines, besides raw materials and equipment, have been recovered from the sites.