Maoist leader on hunger strike in jail
KOLKATA: Maoist leader Anup Roy, who is lodged in Presidency Correctional Home, is likely to be shifted to MR Bangur Hospital. The state committee member of the CPI(Maoist) was in the sixth day of his fast-unto-death protest on Tuesday when his condition worsened. He is demanding a ‘political prisoner’ status for himself. The West Bengal Correctional Services Act 1992 says that any person arrested or convicted for any political reason and any person prosecuted of “political animosity” shall be classified as a political prisoner.
The state government amended this act in 2013 to add a paragraph saying “any sympathizer having involvement with any organisation classified or declared as a terrorist organisation… shall not be classified as political prisoner”. Roy, who was arrested in January, had sought permission from the jail authority to allow him move a writ in Calcutta high court against this amendment, but was allegedly refused. “All political prisoners lodged at Presidency Correctional Home will go on a fast on July 17 to support Roy’s demand,” said Ranjit Sur of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights.
Maoists on Strategy Mode to Regain West Odisha Hold
SAMBALPUR: Under pressure from the intense combing operations by the security forces, the Maoists are chalking out new strategies to regain their lost ground in Western Odisha. Following an exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists at Landakote and Tampersingha reserve forest intersection on April 2 and 3, combing operation was intensified in border areas of Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul and Boudh districts.
Since then, the Maoists are on the run and have split into small groups to hoodwink security forces. They have slipped into deep forest on the border which is a convenient way to change sides. When it was believed that the Maoists had been driven away from Sambalpur district, the interception of an auto-rickshaw by Rairakhol police and seizure of supplies meant for the Red rebels hiding in Talab village under Kisinda police limits on June 14 established the fact that the Left ultras are trying to regroup and regain their lost ground. In the incident, police had arrested five persons engaged in supplying materials to the Maoists. Well placed sources said the Maoists are desperately trying to recruit local youths to boost their number. Although they have failed in their recruitment plan, they are preparing to raise funds to strengthen the outfit.
According to sources, Maoist leader Anmol Kujur alias Hembram alias Samarji alias Surya, who was second in hierarchy after Kishenji, sneaked into Sambalpur via Deogarh from Saranda forest in Jharkhand on June 10. He was accompanied by 50 to 60 armed Maoists including female cadres. It is this group which was involved in the exchange of fire with security forces, said the sources. While a group of Maoists headed by Kunu Dehuri is holed up in forest areas bordering Sambalpur and Deogarh districts, another group led by Anmol has split into small groups with an eye to extort money for the outfit. It is also learnt that Maoists’ old hand Badal alias Shankar Majhi, who was active in Sambalpur, along with Kunu Dehuri has moved to Balangir. Under the circumstances, the police and security forces face a major challenge to clamp down on the Maoists.