Maoist central committee tech team couple arrested
HYDERABAD: In a major catch, Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) sleuths picked up a Maoist couple working for the technical team of the Central Committee of the banned outfit on Tuesday night. The arrested Maoists were identified as Kistappa alias Krishna, 40, of Anantapur and his wife Laxmi alias Bhavani, 35, from Nellore. Kistappa was working for the Maoists for the past 20 years, while his wife was with the banned outfit for the past 12 years.
After several months of surveillance, the SIB sleuths picked up the couple from their shelter in Anandappa Layout of Bagalagunte area in Bangalore on Tuesday night. According to the sleuths, the couple was staying in a rented accommodation for the past four years. As a cover, Kistappa was working as a mason and his wife Laxmi alias Bharati was working as a tailor. The house owner, Ramanaiah, told the SIB sleuths that the couple used to lock their portion and go off for three to four weeks once or twice each year saying they were going to their native place.
Police recovered two BSNL SIM cards from the possession of the couple and they were analyzing the call details. “On interrogation, we came to know that they are part of the technical team of the Central Committee. We are trying to find out their exact expertise and the duties assigned to them,” an intelligence source said. There is a cash reward of Rs five lakh on the head of Kistappa and Rs four lakh against Laxmi. After interrogation, the couple would be handed over to law and order police stations in the Nallamala forest region of Andhra Pradesh, where the couple were active earlier.
Andhra Pradesh commandos arrest Naxalite couple in Bengaluru
Bengaluru: In a secret operation, Greyhounds – the elite commando force of Andhra Pradesh to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE), reportedly arrested a couple from the city, who were said to be key members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) operating in AP. The names of the suspect Maoists have been identified as Kumar (40) and Lakshmi (35). According to highly placed sources very few police officers in the city were informed about the operation.
“It was purely an operation of the Greyhounds. They were keeping an eye on the movement of the couple for some time. They sought some logistic help from the city police. They took the couple to Andhra Pradesh last night soon after arrest,” said an officer on condition of anonymity. This is not the first time Maoists were found hiding in the city. In 2009 the Greyhounds had arrested Devendrappa alias Vishnu, the then state committee member along with Laxmi alias Geeta, a district committee member and Asha, a district committee secretary from a house them in Peenya police station limits.
CPI(Maoist) member arrested in Bihar
Chapra(Bihar), Sep 18 (PTI) Bihar Police arrested CPI(Maoist) member Brij Mohan Singh alias Mohanji from Panapur Bazar in Saran district, a police officer said today. Marhaura Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Kundan Kumar said the arrest was made last night on the basis of intelligence inputs after the arrest of another dreaded naxal Ravi Lal Sahni on Tuesday. “Singh works under Harihar Sahni of North Bihar Zonal Committee of the Maoists.
Maoists misinformation: forces dropping bombs from chopper
The Maoists have launched a misinformation campaign against the security forces saying bombs were being airdropped from helicopters at Naxal hideouts, a charge vehemently denied by the Home Ministry. Bihar-Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh area committee of the CPI(Maoist) have circulated a press statement in some areas in Jharkhand that security forces were using helicopters to air drop bombs at their camps and some tribal villages.The banned outfit claimed that many of their cadres were killed following the attacks by the security forces from air.
Maoist killed in encounter in Odisha
Malkangiri: A Maoist, carrying Rs four lakh reward on his head, was killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest in Khairput area of Odisha’s Malkangiri district, police said on Thursday. “One Maoist has been killed in the encounter that took place in Malkangiri district yesterday. Some weapons and other materials were also seized from the site,” Director General of Police Sanjeev Marik said. Acting on an information about the presence of Naxals, District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel launched a combing operation in Daudapadar forest and a gun-battle took place when the ultras attacked them, Inspector General of Police YK Jethwa told reporters here.
After the encounter, the body of the Maoist, Era Madkami alias Lalu alias Nadeem alias Sundhi Dalai of Poteru area of Malkangiri police station, was found during search operation in the area while other ultras had fled, he said. Madkami was working under Andhra-Odisha border zonal committee as a senior member and area committee leader of Guma Maobadi Dalam, he said. A reward of Rs four lakh had been announced by the government for the slain ultra, he said. A stengun, a 303 rifle, kitbag, posters, banners, Maoist literature, medicines, and other materials were found from the site, the IG said.
Probe to find how Naxals get bulletproof jackets
The Gaya police Wednesday set up a team under a deputy superintendent of police to find possible links between serving or retired Armymen and conduits of Maoist leaders in supplying bulletproof jackets to some top Naxals in Bihar. A joint team of STF and Gaya police had arrested two persons, including an ex-Armyman, and seized a bulletproof jacket that had to be delivered to a local Maoist leader, Shivji Dhobi alias Tyagiji.
The police, who recovered an Army bulletproof vest from one Mohammed Shams on Monday, said he had procured the jacket from Rajiv Kumar, a retired Armyman from Ark Devaria village. Rajiv Kumar, who now works as a guard at a bank in Aurangabad, has also been arrested. Shams was arrested when he was to deliver the jacket to one Gautam Kumar, a Sherghati (Gaya) resident, who had to give it to Maoist leader Tyagiji.
The police were now looking for a serving Armyman, Amresh Kumar, who is currently posted at Ranchi. Shams told the police that he had to deliver two more jackets to top Maoist leader in Magadh zone Sandeepji. A senior STF officer said: “On prima facie, it looks an Army bulletproof jacket. We are trying to know how the jacket reached an ex-Army man and if serving Armymen are behind this.” Rampur police station in-charge Gaurishanker Gupta said, “An FIR had been lodged against Shams and Rajiv Kumar, Gautam Kumar and Amresh Kumar under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and some IPC sections.” Gaya DSP Alok Kumar Singh had been asked to probe the matter.