Defence, Home Ministries to brief Modi
With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s avowed stand of zero tolerance of terrorism, the Narendra Modi-led government is likely to attend urgently to the issues of national security comprehensively. The two key Ministries — Defence and Home — entrusted with the upkeep of national and internal security are gearing up to make their presentations to the new Prime Minister. Both Ministries have been asked to prepare a road map on emerging challenges in national security in broader terms including military, economic, cyber and energy security…. On Naxal-violence, the Ministry is expected to brief the new government on the necessity to fill the “spaces” that have allowed rebel cadres a much wider area for manoeuvre and action. As per the Ministry records, an estimated 7,000 hardcore cadres and 30,000 of the Naxal Jan Militia (part-time members) are active.
Two ‘hardcore Maoists’ arrested in Aurangabad
CRPF officials said the operation took place in Chapra village under Daudnagar Sub-division of the district on the basis of intelligence inputs. “Our men from CoBRA (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action) took part in the joint operation with the police here. Both the arrested Maoists – Shailesh Yadav and Arjun Paswan are dreaded naxals involved in several incidents of violence,” said CRPF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Chiranjeev Prasad.
Police said there have been a dozens of cases lodged against the arrested duo in Aanti and Konch police stations of Gaya, another heavily naxal-infested district of Bihar. “Yadav and Paswan are accomplices of Maoist zonal commander Kailash Prajapati, who was arrested earlier this month. More raids are being conducted in the district to nab others connected with these persons,” Aurangabad SP Upendra Kumar Sharma said.
Youth Suspected of Naxalite Links Detained in Ramnad
RAMANATHAPURAM/DHARMAPURI: Busting a suspected module to draft youngsters into the Naxal movement in the backward Dharmapuri region, sleuths of the Anti-Naxal Special Duty Wing on Thursday detained a 24-year-old youth from Ramanathapuram district. The youth, Sathish Kumar of Melaiyur near Anandhur in Ramanathapuram was allegedly in regular touch with Anandhi alias Amalorpavam (50), an old-time Naxalite.
Investigators told Express that Sathish Kumar had studied in a government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Sivaganga where Anandhi, a native of Thirukkai village, worked as a cook. “We suspect that on finding Sathish Kumar to be an active individual, Anandhi had ‘mentored’ and introduced him to extremist ideology,” a police officer said. Incidentally, Anandhi was one of the five women, who were arrested during an anti-Naxal combing operation at Uthangarai in the then composite Dharmapuri district in November 2002. In that operation, police had controversially shot dead Siva alias Parthiban, a functionary of the Radical Youth League.
The women and their male colleagues, numbering around 20, were subsequently detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA, since repealed) and remanded in jail by the POTA Court in Poonamallee near Chennai. After spending several years in prison, many of the accused including Anandhi came out of prison on bail. “Anandhi maintained her links with Naxal outfit leaders in Dharmapuri and she had introduced Sathish Kumar to them,” an officer said.
Recently, the police had detained Anandhi and monitored her mobile phone call records. On finding that she had received/made calls to a particular number often, police tracked it down to that of Sathish Kumar. “Four days ago, we traced a call made by a Naxal commander to Sathish Kumar and we rushed to Thiruvadanai to track him but failed,” an officer said. According to sources, following the failed attempt to nab Sathish Kumar, police had detained his brother Palani on Wednesday to ascertain the former’s whereabouts. “On learning about this, Sathish Kumar presented himself before the Thiruvadanai Police Station on Thursday from where the waiting Anti-Naxal Special Duty Wing team took him to Dharmapuri for interrogation,” an officer said.
Palani was then let off. It is learnt that the police is also hunting for two suspected Naxals from Dharmapuri — Chandran and Manivasagam. However, till late Thursday night, the Anti-Naxal Wing refused to confirm if Sathish Kumar was formally arrested or merely held for the purpose of questioning. Incidentally, in October 2012, the Chennai police had arrested 13 persons for suspected links with Naxalites and of them three — Duraisingavel, Palani and Baskar were detained under POTA.
40 months on, court acquits ‘Naxal activist’ Sudhir Dhawale
Forty months spent at Nagpur prison in the company of over 60 tribal and Dalit youths, all booked in various cases of alleged Naxal activities, Sudhir Dhawale wants to pursue his unfinished dream — To relaunch a well-networked agitation against caste atrocities in the state. Dhawale, a Dalit activist and editor of Vidrohi magazine which openly criticised the state over cases of social inequalities, was arrested on January 2, 2011. Police said Dhawale was involved in Naxal activities in Maharashtra.
He was, however, acquitted last week by Gondia’s sessions court after police failed to produce substantial evidence against him. Most of the books seized from his residence in Byculla were available online or in the market, the court observed. “I was under police scanner since 2006, in the post-Khairlanji phase, where activists and intellectuals came together and questioned the state. It was after a long time that Dalits had begun organising. Our agitations resonated in the remotest areas. They began arresting us (Dalits) in false cases,” claims Dhawale. In the Khairlanji massacre on September 2006, a Dalit family was wiped out by dominant caste villagers.
Dhawale had launched a political front, Republican Panther, on December 6, 2007. The front’s mandate was to construct a common political platform for Dalits. “We had decided to intervene in every case of atrocity across the state. Agitation and protesting was not enough, our aim was to build a mass base and ensure the government was held responsible each time a Dalit basti was burnt, a Dalit youth was killed or a Dalit woman was sexually assaulted,” Dhawale said. Dhawale’s release comes at a time when the incidents of caste-related atrocities have increased greatly in the state. Last month, a 17- year old Dalit boy was killed in Ahmednagar for falling in love with a girl from a dominant caste. A Dalit sarpanch was killed in Jalna district for allegedly opposing political activists from dominant caste.
“But dissenting voices are stifled. We rarely see the oppressed caste fight back. Sustained agitation that we saw post-Khairlanji is no more a common sight. Many of us who participated in protest rallies then (post-Khairlanji) have been booked in cases. We were labelled as ‘Naxals’. I want to go back to those activists, youths, and relaunch our struggle,” Dhawale said.
Cops seize huge cache of arms from Maoist hideout
RANCHI: Acting on the information gathered from the four CPI (Maoist) cadres, who were arrested from Bero area, police recovered a huge cache of arms from their hideout on Wednesday evening. At a press conference on Thursday, Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar said seven assault rifles, over 20 live bullets were recovered from Bero area, along Gumla and Lohardaga borders, when police conducted raids after extracting information from the arrested Maoists. ”
A brisk encounter also occurred between our forces and the Maoists late on Wednesday night. No one from either side was harmed in the encounter,” said Kumar. Police said the Maoists were possibly planning more strikes on the security forces and had gathered huge cache of arms in the forests for the purpose. “It could also be possible that the Maoists had planned major attacks on their rivals in Gumla,” said a police officer.
Police nab four hardcore Maoists in Ranchi
Ranchi, May 23 (ANI): Police arrested four hardcore Maoists in India’s red corridor of Gulma district and interiors of Ranchi in Jharkhand and recovered arms, ammunition and a number of mobile phones. Two of the arrested Maoists were area commanders of the red rebel outfit.