Pune ATS gives proof of fund transfers done by ‘Maoist operative’ Arun Bhelke
To extend the police custody of Arun Bhelke and his wife Kanchan Nanaware, the Pune unit of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) revealed that it has recovered a record of transfer of funds made from and to Nanaware’s bank account. The husband and wife, who are allegedly Maoist operatives, were arrested by the ATS last week. During the hearing at the court of judicial magistrate on Tuesday, the ATS team stated that they have proof that Nanaware’s bank account received huge sums of money from Gadchiroli and Chandrapur in the last three months, allegedly used to train people and make them active members of the banned Communist Party of India (CPI) Maoist group.
In addition, a transfer of funds was also made from the same account to Kolhapur. Cops said they retrieved this information after scrutinising documents saved in the laptop which was seized during the arrest. Sunil Tambe, the investigation officer of ATS, told the court, “The seized laptop has proof of transactions in lakhs of rupees to different places. We are still investigating the purpose of these funds. Another laptop and desktop that the duo was using in Mumbai will also be seized. We have also obtained information about the mobile phone they were using. In the last 12 months, Bhelke has met close to 28 college-going boys.”
Cops asked for an extension in police custody to continue their interrogation. Opposing the extension, defence lawyers Wajed Khan and T C Shaikh, submitted, “The duo has been in custody for the last seven days. We request the court to send them to judicial custody. Kanchan underwent a cardiac surgery last year and is not in the position to handle stress.” However, the bench had extended the duo’s police custody till September 15.
Police constable killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Sep 10 (PTI) A police constable was killed and another jawan injured in a Naxal attack today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said.
Naxal links high on Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad agenda
Promising “acche din” in the Left-dominated Jawaharlal Nehru University, the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) plans to introduce proper background screening and profiling of students engaged in activities supporting the Maoists, if it wins the students’ union polls later this week. In its agenda for the JNUSU polls on September 12, the ABVP has promised to keep a strong check on all anti-national activities.
The student group plans to immediately freeze all the documents and certificates of a student, Hem Mishra, and will declare him persona non-grata in the JNU campus. Last year, Mishra was arrested in Gadchiroli district by the Maharashtra police for alleged link with the Naxals. Mishra, a resident of Almora in Uttarakhand, was arrested along with two others from a bus station in Aheri division of Gadchiroli district. The ABVP claimed that Mishra was a member of the Democratic Students’ Union (DSU), a student outfit of the CPI(Maoist). The ABVP’s presidential candidate, Sourabh Kumar, told this newspaper that there are several organisations banned by the university and the government for carrying out anti-national activities, and these groups try to enrol students for such activities.
In a first, NSG to train commandos to handle hostage situations
New Delhi, September 7 (PTI): For the first time in its three decade-old history, the country’s elite counter-terror force NSG has begun training its commandos in undertaking precision hostage rescue missions in jungles keeping in view emerging Naxalite tactics aimed at capturing high-value targets. The federal contingency force, which trains everyday to counter any terrorist act emerging in urban areas, has brought together a team of its chosen ‘black cat’ commandos to test their nerves and hone skills in this domain which has largely been an operations ground for central paramilitary and state police forces.
Strategic security planners said Naxal violence incidents in the past like the 2013 Darbha Ghati killings of political leaders in Chhattisgarh and abduction of key government officials like Malkangiri (Odisha) Collector Vineel Krishna and his Sukma counterpart Alex Paul Menon has brought to the fore an urgent requirement to prepare a ‘Special Squad’ of commandos who can undertake hostile missions to secure the captured and end the crisis perpetrated by the Maoists. In order to achieve these objectives, the National Security Guard (NSG) under its new Director General JN Choudhury has prepared a blueprint to train a special forces team in this task. NSG commanders, according to a blueprint prepared in this context, are now training the ‘black cats’ to intervene in such a situation by various methods like air insertion through helicopters, silent landing of commando teams on para-gliders or storming of a hideout in dense jungles by camouflaged land movements aided by precise intelligence of the geography and inhabitants of the area.
Policeman suspended for ‘helping’ Maoists
A police head constable posted in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh has been put under suspension for allegedly revealing the movement of security forces to a Maoist informer, which resulted in the killing of 16 people near Tahakwada village of Sukma district in March this year. Eleven CRPF men, four policemen and a civilian were killed in the Maoist ambush on March 11 near Tahakwada village, hardly a few kilometres from the Tongpal police station.
“Mahadev Nag has been put under suspension pending inquiry,” S.R. Kalluri, the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar range, told The Hindu. “Mahadev Nag was posted in Tongpal when the incident took place. He provided information about the troops’ movement to a Maoist informer Manjhiram Kashyap who was recently arrested by the Bastar police,” revealed a senior police officer posted in Bastar, requesting anonymity.