Photo-studio Owner Held for Spreading Naxal Ideology in Bijapur
RAIPUR: A photo-studio owner has been arrested for allegedly propagating Maoist ideology in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said Sunday. Kulwardhan Prasad (29), who used to run Moeet photo studio near old bus stand in Bijapur town, was allegedly helping the rebels to circulate anti-government messages and pro-Maoist ideologies, a senior police official told PTI. Acting on a tip-off, a team of local police raided the shop of the accused yesterday afternoon and later nabbed him, he said.
“A laptop was also recovered from his possession which has enough evidence against him,” he said. While reviewing the contents of the laptop, publicity material of outlawed CPI(Maoist) and Chetna Natya Mandal – a frontal outfit of Naxals – was found. The publicity stuff included audio-visual presentations, Naxal literature, song and dance featuring message of the ultras’ movement, he said. Preliminary investigations revealed that Kulwardhan was allegedly downloading the pro-Maoist content on mobile handsets of people in the region, thereby helping ultras to propagate anti-state messages, the official said. Further investigation may reveal more crucial information in this connection, the official said. The accused was booked under sections of Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act-2005, he said, adding that the accused was produced in a local court of Bijapur which sent him to two-day police remand.
Maoist leader arrested in Odisha
Koraput (Odisha), June 1 (PTI) A hardcore Maoist was arrested today by security personnel during anti-naxalite operation in Odisha’s Koraput district, police said. The maoist identified as Mino Hikoka alias Bikas was the area commander of Srikakulam-Koraput divisional committee of CPI (Maoist) and involved in at least 10 murder and over 20 naxal violences between 2009 and 2014, they said.