Two policemen injured in Naxal attack
Two policemen were injured in an encounter with Naxals in a dense forest in insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisagrh today, police said. The gun-battle took place late this evening when a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and district force was patrolling in the forests of restive Orchha police station limits, 400 kms from here, a senior police official said. According to the officer, the security personnel were on an anti-Naxal operation in the region since Thursday night in Orchha area of Abhujmad region. The search team was ambushed by a group of Naxalites when it reached the forests between Becha and Ilam villages.
Manipur Maost not related
Imphal, May 30: In a press hand out signed by Nonglen Meitie, secretary publicity and propaganda of the proscribed Maoist Communist Party Manipur has clarified that the party has nothing to do with the bomb blast that occurred in Singjamei May 29. The statement said the blast could be a handy work of some vested interest group with the intention of showing Manipur in a poor light. It further termed the incident as a sinister design of the state.
The party takes serious note of the incident that took place at Ikop Pat, it said, adding, the incident could be blown out of proportion if it is not properly handled, therefore, the party will give serious attention to it. It further said that license gun holders who are misusing their weapons will be under the scanner of the party.
ABVP national executive council worried about Maoist influence on campuses
MANGALORE: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the conclusion of its four-day national executive council meeting on Thursday has expressed concern at recent arrest of JNU student Hem Mishra and the subsequent arrest of University of Delhi professor G N Saibaba. This, the council contended is an indicator to prove that Left winged extremists are running their activities in some educational campuses under disguise.
Briefing reporters on the various resolutions adopted during the course of the deliberations, Sreehari Borikar, national general secretary of the Parishad said many organisations such as Democratic Students’ Union, All India Student Association, Kabir Kala Manch and many activists in the garb of students and teachers are actively promoting naxal activities on the campuses. Central universities such as JNU, DU are attracting students to naxalism.
Claiming that these central universities are instigating ‘young, innocent students’ and linking them to with brutal and violent naxal activities, he said this should be dealt with a high powered inquiry. “The NEC has given a clarion call to its rank and file to ensure that there are naxal free campuses,” Shreehari said, adding that the thrust will be to expose such elements sympathetic to Left winged Maoist movement on the campuses
Fight continues for Dalit activist
Released from jail recently, Sudhir Dhawale is openly critical of reckless govt branding of activists as naxalites.
Sudhir Dhawale — the Dalit activist who recently walked free after two years in prison for allegedly being a naxal supporter — is back in Mumbai, where he edits a Marathi periodical Vidrohi; he says he is even more determined, after his acquittal, to continue his fight against caste discrimination in Maharashtra. The court in Gondia which tried him observed that the revolutionary material recovered from his house in Mumbai as a follow-up to the case was ‘open source material.’ The activist, who in 2007 had launched the ‘Republican Panther Jati Antachi Chalwal’ a movement for eradication of caste in Maharashtra, is acerbic about how the government comes down on such activists and books them by stamping them as naxal supporters.
He dismisses the ‘Tanta Mukt Gaon Abhiyan’ (disputefree village project) in the state, mooted by the Congress-NCP government, as nothing short of a ‘khaap’, dominated by the upper class or NCP workers who have a nexus with local police. “This ensures that atrocities against Dalits and the oppressed don’t get reported,” he told Mirror. A critic of both the Congress-NCP and BJP governments, Dhawale feels that Dalits and the backward people would find no change emerging with the arrival of the right-wing BJP government at the Centre. “Both the Congress and the BJP have fascist agendas and are casteist. While people criticise Modi for what he did in Gujarat, what the Congress did to Sikhs during 1984 riots is no different,” Dhawale says.
Campaign launched to release Saibaba
Police say govt has approved the DU prof’s prosecution for alleged Maoist links.
Even as police investigation is going on to establish that Delhi University Professor G N Saibaba, who was arrested by the Gadchiroli police, had alleged links with Maoists, a signature campaign has been initiated in his support, which will be submitted to the Chief Justice of India. Till now, the campaign has garnered 2,000 signatures across the country. The online campaign has been started by Karen Gabriel, an associate professor at St Stephen’s College in Delhi.
“Till now, around 2,000 people have signed up for the release of Saibaba. We will submit it to the Chief Justice of India R M Lodha in couple of days time. Anybody, who raises his voice against atrocities on tribals, is branded as a naxal. And the moment the authorities brand someone as naxal, he is denied of any help, it even silences the voices supporting that person,” said Gabriel. Saying that it violates freedom of speech, Gabriel added, “Soon, anyone disagreeing with the policies of the state will be labelled as naxal.” In the petition, Gabriel has stated that Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly issued instructions that persons and organisations raising human rights issues in Maoist affected areas must be arrested and interrogated.
Greyhound unit of Andhra Pradesh to split between two new states but to function together
NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has decided that though the elite Greyhounds unit of Andhra Pradesh will be split between the two new states next month, they will function jointly in operations on the ground against the Naxalites for the next three years to ensure there’s no revival of extremists there.
Doctor summoned as witness in Azad encounter case
Adilabad Judicial First Class Magistrate Mary Sara Danamma on Friday issued summons to a doctor, Neelakanteshwar Rao, the surgeon who had performed post-mortem on the body of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in July 2010, to appear before the court on June 11. The summons were issued after the Magistrate accepted the plea of petitioner K. Padma, wife of Azad, to include the surgeon as a witness in the case related to the alleged encounter of the top Maoist leader.
The petitioner had made the plea on March 27 but the CBI objected to it on the ground that no case was made out as the doctor had already been questioned as part of the investigation into the encounter. The petitioner, however, contested the contention of the CBI which resulted in the Magistrate issuing summons. Dr. Neelakanteshwar Rao, to be the 4th witness in the case, was asked to appear in the court with relevant records including the post-mortem examination report.