Maoist squad member held in Jharkhand
Chaibasa: An activist of CPI (Maoists) was arrested and arms and ammunition found in his possession from Karampada in Naxal-hit West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer on Friday said. Acting on tip off, the district police force launched a search operation last night and arrested Pradhan Hembram alias Dondo Hembram from Karaita Rail bridge near Mirchygudda village, Superintendent of Police, NK Singh said. Singh said a country-made pistol, two live rounds of cartridge, three mobile phone sets and a dairy was seized from his possession.
Hembram, stated to be a member of ‘Sandeep da’ alias Motilal Soren squad, was wanted in several Maoist-related incidents and was named accused in three cases in Goilkera (West Singhbhum), Bandamunda and Kebland police stations in adjoining Odisha, he said. The ultra was named accused in the killing of Jaipal Purty, who had been dragged out of his house and shot dead in Kuira village in the district. He was also an accused in a blast that claimed nine lives in Keblang police station of Odisha few years ago.
‘Maoist forces setting up base in upper Assam’
SIVASAGAR, Aug 7 – The strength of banned outfit ULFA and the Maoists has reportedly increased in upper Assam. Many youths, particularly those belonging to tea garden areas, are possibly joining the ranks of the Maoist forces, stated a top Assam Police officer. Addressing a press conference at the Sivasagar SP’s office here on Wednesday, the DIG of Upper Assam, Satya Gogoi said, “The Maoist forces have been trying to establish a stronger base in upper Assam than that of the ULFA.”
He revealed that the police had already launched a probe into the matter related to the serving of extortion notices in the name of Jiban Moran of the ULFA in the upper Assam districts including Sivasagar. To prevent any subversive activities during the forthcoming Independence Day, the police have already intensified their operations and deployed forces in sensitive areas. The areas bordering Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have been sealed in view of the Independence Day celebrations, said Gogoi. Sivasagar SP Bijoy Kuligam said, “There is an urgent need of cooperation from the public so that the police can serve them smoothly.”
Maoist Link: Bail Granted to Baud
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail to Swiss national Jonathan Baud, who was arrested for allegedly having links with Maoists, after he attended a meeting organised in memory of a Maoist activist. Justice K Abraham Mathew granted bail to the accused on condition that after release he should produce the undertaking of the Swiss Embassy to the effect that he would be made available as and when required by the investigating officer or the court concerned.
The police had arrested Baud on July 28, on changes of violations under Section-14(b) of the Foreigners Act. Baud submitted that his character, antecedent and intellectual pursuits were clear from the various certificates issued by professors of the University of Geneva. He also submitted that he would produce an undertaking by the Swiss Embassy. The Director General of Prosecution has not opposed to releasing Baud after producing an undertaking before the court. The court directed Baud to deposit `1 lakh before the Magistrate. The court held that Baud’s passport would be retained by the Magistrate concerned.