‘Rebels’ gun down Cong leader in Koraput
KORAPUT: Suspected Maoists gunned down a Congress leader in Koraput district on Friday evening, the sixth day of the celebration of the formation week of CPI (Maoist) by the Red rebels. The deceased has been identified as Jeevan Patnaik, in his 50s, a resident of Sunki on the border of Odisha-Andhra Pradesh. Sources said the incident occurred between 8 and 8.15 pm, while Patnaik, the former Pottangi block president of Congress, was standing outside his home. Going with the preliminary inquiry report, SDPO (Sunabeda) V R Rao, said, “Around five to seven people in plain clothes reached near Patnaik’s home around 8 pm and indiscriminately fired at him from a close range, killing him on the spot.”
5-kg tiffin bomb unearthed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada
RAIPUR: A five kilo gram tiffin bomb hidden beneath the soil on a road was recovered today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said. Dantewada district police officials told PTI that the tiffin bomb was recovered from Faraspal village after a tip off, when a team of security personnel was patrolling the area. The bomb was unearthed and defused, they said. In another incident at Bijapur district, a joint team of CRPF and district police force recovered.
Convicted of sedition and Maoist links, senior journalist Prafulla Jha released after seven years in jail
Veteran journalist Prafulla Jha, who became the first journalist in Chhattisgarh to be convicted of sedition, was freed on Saturday after nearly seven years in jail. He was arrested in January 2008 after a bag full of weapons was recovered from his Raipur home in January 2008. Subsequently, his son Pratiek Jha was also arrested with six others in what the state police claimed as the “biggest case of urban network of Maoists” in Chhattisgarh. All eight of them were convicted last July. While three were awarded three-year jail term, Jha and the other four were given seven years in jail. With Jha, another convict Meena Chaudhary was also released today.