People’s War in India Clippings 26/10/2014

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‘Maoists’ attack security forces in Dumka

Dumka: Suspected Maoists attacked security forces at Saruapani forests under Kathikund police station of the district leading to an encounter that lasted for more than an hour on Saturday. Security forces, said police, were on a long-range patrolling in the deep forests of Sartuapani adjacent to rebel-hit Shikaripara and Gopikandar police station areas of the district when the rebels opened fire on them from atop the hills at around 8.30 am.

This was followed by an encounter between rebels and security forces which continued till 12.30 noon. There were, however, no reports of casualty on either side. Dumka SP Anoop T Mathew said security forces on a tip off had ventured into the forest to nab the rebels who were planning to undertake some major move to retaliate the arrest of their leader Prabil Da who had been arrested by Dumka police recently.

The security forces comprising SSB and Jharkhand Jaguar jawans apart from district police forces were led by DSP Pitambar Singh Kherwar. The group of the rebels involved in Saturday’s encounter was led by Sahdev Rai alias Tala Da, said police. “Security forces were unhurt in the encounter but some rebels may have been injured in the encounter. They, however, managed to escape taking advantage of the dense forest and rugged terrain,” Mathew stated.

Earlier, rebels had set ablaze a Bolero jeep at Kathikund market on Friday night and put up posters at different places. The incident occurred at a place which is a stone’s throw away from Kathikund police station. This is for the second time that a rebel activity has been reported in the district after the arrest of Prabil Da last month from Hadwadangal village under Ramgarh police station of the district. His arrest was believed to be a big success for the security forces considering his high rank in the rebel organization.

Earlier, rebels torched two mobile towers in Ramgarh police station area on October 9 . Prabil Da, who is a member of the special area committee comprising entire Santhal Pargana and neighbouring districts of Bihar and Bengal, was involved in as many as two dozen Maoist incidents in Dumka and Pakur districts. This included the killing of Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and ambushing of a polling party in the Lok Sabha election. Police have been on its toes to thwart any attempt of the rebels to avenge Prabil Da’s arrest.

Failure to depose: Court issues bailable warrants against cops

A Delhi court has issued bailable warrants against three Uttar Pradesh Police officials for their failure to appear before it to depose as witness in a case involving jailed Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy, who is facing charges of indulging in unlawful activities. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh issued bailable warrants for a sum of Rs 5,000 against Rajesh Srivastava, Sameer Saurabh and Rajiv Diwedi, who were summoned as prosecution witnesses but did not appear before the court.

“Three other witnesses namely SI Rajiv Diwedi, Deputy SP Sameer Saurabh and Deputy SP Rajesh Srivastava were summoned for today, who are served, but have not appeared. “This matter is fixed for evidence of prosecution on November 5, 2014. Issue bailable warrants qua these three witnesses in the sum of Rs 5,000, to be executed through DGP, UP,” the court said. The court is currently recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the case in which Ghandy and Rajinder Kumar Fulara are facing trial.

Both are lodged in jail under judicial custody. The court had on July 16, 2012 framed charges against Ghandy for allegedly being a member of a banned terror group and furthering its activities in violation of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He was charged under sections 20 and 38 of UAPA relating to membership of the banned group CPI-Maoist and furthering its activities.

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