People’s War in India Clippings 23/9/2014


Delhi High Court asks AIIMS, police to treat suspected Maoist prisoner

The Delhi High Court Monday asked AIIMS and the city police to provide immediate treatment to a suspected Maoist prisoner, awaiting surgery for removal of a brain tumour and lying in a pitiable condition in a south Delhi police station for nearly two weeks now. Chandan Deonath, with his right side partially paralysed and in judicial custody since Nov 27, 2007, was brought here from Saraikela prison in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur district earlier this month after doctors referred him to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for surgery.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked SHO of Hauz Khas police station, where Deonath is lying, and AIIMS to provide him treatment and posted the matter for Tuesday. AIIMS has kept him on the waiting list, given the long queue the premier institute has for such surgeries and Deonath has to wait for his turn, which could take three months at the least. But since there was no facility in the hospital to keep him admitted for a long time, he has been put up on the second floor verandah of Hauz Khas police station since Sep 9.


NSA to collate with Intelligence Bureau to counter Left-wing extremism

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked Alok Joshi, the chief of India’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), along with the chiefs of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Joint Intelligence Committee to give their inputs for a new strategy being framed to counter Left-wing extremism. ET has learnt that Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Joshi on September 12 to give inputs for the new policy after reports with the ministry suggested that the CPI (Maoist) was also drawing support from organisations abroad. “The R&AW has been roped in for the first time to frame a strategy to counter the ideological or financial support being received by CPI (Maoist) from abroad,” a senior home ministry official said.


ATS gets custody of Arun Bhelke till Sept 26, finds ‘witness’ against him

The State Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) claims to have got a “witness” who knows how alleged Maoist Arun Bhelke “took youngsters from slums in Pune to the jungles in Gadchiroli for Naxal training”. The “witness”, says the ATS, is one of the youths who was allegedly indoctrinated in Naxal ideology by Bhelke but did not go for the training. The ATS team comprising Assistant Commissioner Shantaram Tayade and Inspector Sunil Tambe Monday produced Bhelke and his wife Kanchan Nanaware before the special court of Judge N P Dhote. It sought an extension of their custody by seven days for further investigation. The judge extended their custody till September 26.

Additional public prosecutor Vikas Shah told the court that the couple were instigating youngsters from Pune to join the Maoist movement. “Investigations have revealed they took youths from city slums to the jungles in Gadchiroli for Naxal training. These youths are missing. A missing report has also been registered with the police. Custody of the accused is needed to identify the place in the jungle where the Maoist training was imparted…” said Shah. The ATS also told the court they had found a handwritten note in possession of the alleged Maoist couple, which mentioned their plan to attack police stations and loot armoury.

The officers said they wanted to probe this note further to understand the conspiracy. The ATS had arrested Bhelke and Kanchan from Pune on September 2. Originally from Chandrapur and alleged operatives of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoists, they have been booked under sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) along with charges of forgery and cheating as fake PAN and Aadhaar cards were recovered from them. The ATS team had also found 42 CDs meant for Naxal training, Maoist literature, documents in “code language of Maoists”, a huge stock of medicines, a laptop, four cellphones and Rs 90,530 in cash from their possession.

Top Maoist arrested in Bihar

Patna: In a major catch a top Maoist, involved in several naxal-related incidents in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was Tuesday arrested along with three accomplices, police said. Shambhuji alias Sunil Kumar alias Lambuji, member of Special area committee of the banned outfit in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was arrested from Gandhi Maidan police station area here, a press release from the office of Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.

Acting on a tip off, the city police netted him with three aides when he had come here to collect levy money, the release added. The three others arrested were Sanjay Kumar, Sunil Singh and Lakshaman Yadav. ‘Shambhu ji’ was involved in brutal massacre of 16 members of TPC (Third Presentation Committee) in Jharkhand on August 8 this year, the release said. Several cases of loot, murder and extortion have been listed against him in the three states. A total of 25 detonators, 3 Chinese make radio sets, medicines to make someone unconscious besides Rs 25,000 were recovered from him, it said.

Union Home Ministry oblivious of Maoist menace in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Despite the intense anti-Naxal drives by the police and even instances of attack on a cop by suspected left-wing extremists, the centre is yet to consider Kerala as a state facing Naxal threat. Kerala has figured nowhere in the section on left-wing extremism in the latest annual report of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs released recently. Nine states, including neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, are considered as Naxal-hit in the report.

Over the last couple of years, around 20 cases pertaining to Maoists, including the attack on the house of a police official at Manathavadi, holding meetings and distribution of pamphlets, were registered in the state. Even senior Maoist leader Sinoj was reportedly killed in an accidental blast while making explosives in the forests of Wayanad. “Compared to some other states, there are no incidents of deaths in attacks by left-wing extremists in the state. That may be why Kerala did not figure as a Naxal- affected state at the national level,” a senior police officer told Deccan Chronicle.

Four Ultras Held During Maoist Foundation Week

Four Naxals, including a couple, carrying reward on their heads were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar division even as outlawed CPI(Maoist) was observing its foundation week in the region. Sanjeev Himachi (26) and his wife Navotin Himachi (25) were apprehended during search by local police team from Marda Patelpara village forest under Koyalibeda police station area today, Kanker Superintendent of Police RN Dash told PTI.

Security personnel spotted the duo hiding in the dense forest to keep an eye on the movement of police following which they were chased and nabbed, Dash said. Madded (Bijapur) native Sanjeev was a prominent cadre of military company II of 2nd battalion of Maoist while Navotin was commander of section A of military company I of the same battalion, he said, adding that they were carrying reward of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively on their heads.

They were involved in criminal offences like deadly attacks on police party, murder, abduction and loot, he said. In another incident, two cadres – Jaitram alias Nagesh and Jaisingh alias Pandra – carrying Rs 10,000 reward each on their head, were arrested from a restive region of Narayanpur district yesterday. The two had carried out several attacks on police parties in 2012-13, Additional Superintendent of police O P Sharma said. They were nabbed by a joint squad of CRPF and district force under Dhaudai police station limits when the duo was trying to escape in the core forests, the ASP said. Jaitram was janmilitia commander of Maraskol village while Jaisingh was president of Dandkaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangathan, a CPI(Maoist) backed outfit, he said. All the four Naxals arrested are being interrogated.

Maoists warn special cops of kangaroo court trial

GAYA: After remaining dormant for some months, Maoists have stepped up their activities in the Dumaria-Imamganj area of the district. Handwritten posters in double ink (red and blue) have warned the SPOs (special police officers) and threatened them with ‘kangaroo court’ trial and death sentence if they continue to feed official agencies about the activities of the organization and movement records of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the armed wing of the Naxalites possessing. sophisticated weapons including assault rifles. About 200 SPOs were silently recruited in Naxalite affected areas of Gaya district to monitor Maoists following the failure of the time-tested chowkidari system as the chowkidars believed to be the eyes and ears of the police at the village-level virtually stopped providing crucial inputs.

The failure of the chowkidari system is attributed to two factors-the class/caste sympathy of a sizeable number of chowkidars with the Red rebels and the fear of reprisal, the second factor being the more dominant one. The handwritten warning pasted at different strategic points in the area say that PLGA is under instructions to ruthlessly deal with the SPOs, members of the ‘police supported’ rival outfits like TPS and other class enemies.

The warning has come during the observance of the establishment week by the Maoist organization. The Maoists have also given a bandh call. Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari said there is no need to panic as the Maoists resort to such gimmicks from time to time. Though the Maoists have not issued any direct threat to the railways, the railway officials on their part have suspended nearly half-a-dozen passenger trains on Gaya-Kiul, Gaya-Asansol and Gaya -Mughalsarai sections. According to railway sources, these passenger trains will not ply till September 27, 2014. The ultras, it may be recalled, regard this area as the ‘liberated zone’ implying that Naxalites writ and not government order ran large in the area.

No need for anxiety about Maoists: Minister

Amid reports of banned CPI-Maoist outfits calling for an armed struggle in Kerala, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala today said there was no need for any anxiety on this count. “Maoists have a presence in the state, but there is no need for anxiety on this,” he told reporters here. His statement comes in the wake of regional televison channels airing video clips, reportedly of Maoist leader Roopesh, who threatened to launch an armed struggle in the state. The visuals showed him in Army uniform with a gun slung across his shoulder. Meanwhile, police have started investigations to verify the authenticity of the clips and also to ascertain if the person in the visuals was Roopesh as his face is covered. Police have also intensified their search for Maoist activists in the Western ghat areas of the state, official sources said.

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