Youth from Natham Colony Arrested for Naxalite Links
DHARMAPURI: Days after the arrest of six persons for alleged Naxal links, Krishnapuram police picked up a 21-year-old Dalit man of Natham Colony on the same charge in the wee hours of Monday. The second such arrest in the span of a week triggered tension and angry protests from residents, who thronged the collectorate seeking immediate release of the detenus. According to locals, over a hundred policemen in ten vans entered the village around 4 am and arrested K Thirupathi (21), a civil engineering student.
Though no weapon or explosive was found at the youth’s house, he was booked under the Indian Arms Act, Explosives Substances Act, 1908, and relevant sections of the IPC, sources said. According to sources, “Banned Naxalite literature of inflammatory nature and pamphlets supporting proscribed outfits were found at Thirupathi’s house. He had also received training from the Naxals.” Angered by the arrest, locals besieged the collectorate. But, they called off the protest after collector K Vivekanandan assured to look into their complaint. “We requested the collector to ensure that no raid was conducted during late hours and no innocent person was arrested. We withdrew the protest after the collector’s assurance,” a Natham Colony resident told Express. Meanwhile, residents threatened to surrender their ration and voter ID cards to the district administration, if the raids did not stop.
Police arrest Maoist in Chatra district of Jharkhand
Notably, police had also announced a reward for giving information about Ganjoo who was wanted for over five rebel attacks. Police was in search of the wanted Maoist for 15 years. According to the sources, Ganjoo is a resident of Degadevi village in Chatra. He joined the CPI (Maoist) in 2009. Recently, the Maoist after leaving the outfit returned back to his home.
Eight Maoists with rewards on their heads held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Eight Maoists, five of them carrying reward on their heads, were arrested from separate places in the insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, the police said here on Tuesday. Six Maoist cadres, including a woman, were held from the Bangapal police station limits of Bijapur district during a search operation, Bijapur Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv told PTI. They were wanted in several incidents of crimes, including murder, loot, arson, kidnapping and attacks on police patrols since 2003, the police officer said. Last evening, a local police team was sent into the interiors of the Bangapal region, located around 450 km away from the state capital, for a combing operation.
After they reached the forests of Bangoli village, they rounded up six people on suspicion, who later admitted their involvement in activities of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) since several years, the official said. Those arrested were identified as Shankar Warsa (50), Somaru Warsa (35), Gopi (32), Budhram Tamo (36), Kadiyam Nehru (38) and a woman called Sundari Warsa, he said, adding that they were active in the South Bastar region. Shankar, Somaru, Gopi and Sundari carried a reward of Rs 5,000 each on their heads, he said. In a separate incident, Lalu Korram (25) who carried a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head, was apprehended from Jhara police station limits of Narayanpur district today, a senior police official said. Acting on a specific input, a joint contingent of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force and the district police nabbed the rebel from the Badenghol forests.
In another search operation, a Maoist cadre identified as Daya Ram Dhruve (21) was nabbed from Bilaikachhar village under Siksod police station limits last evening, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI. A joint party of the Border Security Force and the district police were on a combing exercise in Siksod region when they received a tip-off about the movement of a suspicious man near Bilaikachhar. Subsequently, the cadre was rounded up by the security forces, he said. During interrogation, he admitted of being involved in several offences, including attacks on police party, loot, arson and other criminal activities the area, he said.
Arms dump recovered in Telangana
An arms dump of the banned CPI(Maoist) was unearthed on a hilly area in Bellampalli region in Adilabad district of Telangana, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a police team was sent to the area and during combing operation near Bimrelly village the dump consisting of four tiffin boxes containing explosives, two hand-grenades, several rounds of ammunition of different caliber, books containing Maoist literature among others were recovered, Bellampalli DSP K Easwar Rao said. “The dump has been found in a plastic container,” the official said adding further investigations were on.
Telangana to corner armed dalams
Khammam: The Telangana government, which wanted to develop backward regions in the state by providing basic amenities, decided to reduce influence of left-wing extremist groups by checking the movement of underground armed dalams. Several development projects were pending in these areas because of the extortions being made by armed dalams. As a result, many contractors were afraid to take up infrastructure projects in the area.
The stalling of development projects are being treated seriously by the new government. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao wanted to prove himself as a man who fulfills his poll promises. In the 90s, the police ignored the spread of New Democracy armed dalams in the area as a counter weight against the Maoist movement. A police official said, “Since there is no Maoist party in the area we will focus on reducing influence of these armed dalams.” He also said that it is one day affair to police to remove these dalams from the area, but they would follow the systems. In nineties, police had not eyed the spreading of New Democracy armed dalams in the area as part of its strategy.
The department viewed the ND as a tool in checking the Maoist movement in the area. A police official, on condition of anonymity, said, “It is fact that they allowed ND dalams earlier to move freely there. But, now there was no Maoist party in the area and they would eye now on these armed dalams”. He also said that it is one day affair to police to remove these dalams from the area, but they would follow the systems.
Police teams started the operation to check the armed dalams and they kept vigil on the native villages of armed dalam leaders. For example, the Rs 96 crore road project from Yellandu to Gundala has been facing hurdles with these armed forces. The contractor stopped the work after receiving threatening calls from these dalam leaders. It viewed seriously by the government. CPI- ML (New Democracy) district secretary P Ranga Rao said that the police threatened their leaders to kill them in encounters. “It is nothing but retaliation act against a party”, he added. But the police officials refuted this. Superintendent of police of Khammam district in an occasion said, “As per the rules, carrying weapons by the people is a crime. We will act according to it”.