Police, naxals exchange fire in Balaghat
Police and naxals exchanged fire in a brief encounter in forest area near Raasimeta village in the district today, a senior officer said. The incident occurred when police confronted the ultras on a tip off that they are arriving in the area to collect “donations” from pluckers of Tendu leaves, district SP Gaurav Tiwari told PTI. Naxals then fired at police who returned it, forcing the Reds to beat a retreat in deep forest.
2 accused nabbed for Naxal links acquitted
Duo is considering appealing for compensation from State for false implication A Juvenile Justice Court on Monday gave clean chit to two youngsters who were arrested by the Pune Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) on May 12, 2011, for alleged Naxal links. The duo, minors at the time of being nabbed from Pune Railway Station while fleeing the city, were a part of a group of 10 working as contracted labourers in Pepsico at Ranjangaon.
The ATS failed to prove their Naxal links and establish their connection with unlawful activities. The duo, defended by lawyers Asim Sarode and Vikash Shinde, can now appeal for compensation from the State for falsely implicating them. According to cops, eight others were also nabbed with the duo, all hailing from West Midnapore. Earlier this month, a District and Sessions Court acquitted eight other accused in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) of 1967, as cops failed to prove their involvement in Naxal activities. The ATS claimed to have recovered four country-made pistols and seven live cartridges from them. Cops had also allegedly seized ‘Maoist literature’ in English, Hindi and Bengali languages from their residence.
The ATS had claimed that all ten were associated with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). One of the boys said, “We were arrested from our residence and asked to confess crimes. We had no involvement in weapon training as alleged.” The other accused alleged that they were initially informed that they were picked up for illegal activities carried out in Bengal.
Left groups, others demand Saibaba’s release from jail
Several Left organisations at Delhi University organised a protest meeting on the North Campus on Wednesday to demand the immediate release of Professor G. N. Saibaba, who was arrested earlier this month by the Maharashtra Police for alleged Maoist links. He was also suspended from his teaching post shortly thereafter.
The participants included his wife Vasantha; University Teachers’ Association president Prof. Nandita Narain; students and teachers of Ram Lal Anand College (where Prof. Saibaba taught); Delhi University Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Employees’ Union general secretary Amar Singh and Prof. Vikas Gupta of disability rights group Sambhavna. They were demanding his immediate release from solidarity confinement in a Nagpur jail and that police interference in the University must stop.