Court rejects bail plea of ‘Naxal’ Hem Mishra
A sessions court in Aheri has rejected the bail application of Hem Mishra, the first of the three alleged Naxals operatives from New Delhi to be arrested by the Gadchiroli police last year. The police had claimed to have arrested Mishra from the Aheri bus stand in Gadchiroli along with two aides of senior Naxal leader Narmada who were to lead him to Abujmaad forest to meet her. The court ruled that the police had enough material to establish a prima facie case of his involvement in Naxal activities.
Earlier, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had denied bail to Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who was the third person to be arrested by the Gadchiroli police after Mishra and Prashant Rahi. The police had claimed Rahi and Saibaba were arrested on the basis of leads secured during Mishra’s interrogation. Rahi was, however, granted bail by the High Court during the same hearing on the technical ground that the police hadn’t properly explained the documents submitted to it concerning Rahi. Interestingly, while the CPI (Maoist) had reportedly condemned the arrest of Saibaba and Rahi and a bid was made to bail them out, nobody, including any of Mishra’s relatives, had filed bail plea for Mishra. A few days ago, however, the bail plea was pushed by Surendra Gadling, the lawyer who had also argued for Saibaba and Rahi, on behalf of Rahi’s parents. Asked if Mishra would now move the High Court, Gadling said: “His parents will decide.”
Security tightened in Maoist-hit districts in Odisha
Security has been beefed up in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Nabarangpur districts of Odisha in view of the foundation week to be observed from September 21 by the banned CPI(Maoist). Inspector General of Police (South-Western Range), Yashwant Kumar Jethwa said security had been tightened in the Maoist-hit districts and a close watch was being maintained to deal with any situation. “Due to extensive anti-naxal operations in the area in past few months, the Maoists are on defensive.
The situation is under control, but we can’t be complacent”, he said. Strict vigil is being maintained, particularly along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha borders to stop possible influx of ultras from the neighbouring state, the IG said. “Security forces are kept on high alert in order to meet any challenge,” he said. Maoists have meanwhile put up posters at several areas in Malkangiri district asking people to cooperate with them during the foundation week and join the movement, police said.
Those selling hooch will have their limbs chopped off, warn Maoists
Maoists have issued a gory diktat to liquor dealers in Jharkhand’s Dumuria area threatening to chop off their limbs if they sell liquor in the area during the village football tournament which began Saturday. The CPI (Maoist) put up red-letter posters warning against sale of liquor in the Kantasole area and Begnadih football ground where the tournament is being held. The posters warned that a close watch would also be kept on the event organisers.