Cops transfer Bhelke couple to Chandrapur
Already incarcerated in Yerwada for alleged involvement with CPI(M), the duo will now face a court in Chandrapur regarding an arms case The Chandrapur police took custody of Arun Bhanudas Bhelke (38) and his wife Kanchan Nalawade alias Bhoomi — alleged suspected members of the banned CPI (Maoist) — on Tuesday morning. Currently lodged in Yerwada jail, the custody of the couple was taken under heavy bandobast of a special anti-Naxal squad for cases under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act, lodged against them at Chandrapur in which a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) was issued against the duo.
A court of additional sessions judge N P Dhote granted permission to detain and transfer both the accused to Chandrapur after the team furnished a production warrant of the chief judicial magistrate’s court at Chandrapur, requesting for the accused to be handed over in the pending case. While giving the nod, Dhote instructed the team to produce the duo before the local court within 24 hours. The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had detained the couple in Pune on September 1 and they were sent to Yerwada jail in judicial custody, following custodial interrogation.
Advocate Tosif Shaikh, representing Bhelke in the Pune case, told Mirror that the Chandrapur police are to bring his client back to Yerwada jail after the legal procedure at Chandrapur is completed. “The Bhelkes have to face trial here. The arrest is part of the legal procedure in a 2008 case,” he said.
Maoist held with his 3 accomplices
MUZAFFARPUR : The Tirhut subzonal commander of Maoists, Ganesh Paswan alias Ganseh Bharti alias Mantriji alias Gautam, operating mainly in Muzaffarpur and Vaishali districts for the last 12 years, was on Tuesday arrested along with three other Maoists from Meenapur police station area. The police also recovered some sophisticated weapons from their possession. SSP Ranjit Kumar Mishra informed here on Tuesday that the Maoist leader was mainly engaged in “levy” collection and it was on his direction that the Maoists used to attack those who failed to pay “levy” to the extremists.
The Naxalite leader was wanted in connection with dozens crimes, including the burning of Aurai MLA Ramsurat Rai’s petrol pump, opening fire on the munshi of a road building contractor and burning of a JCB machine and a tractor near Budhauli middle school under Bochaha police station area. During interrogation, he confessed his involvement in six of the incidents. He had demanded Rs2 lakh from Kamal Kishore Rai and had threatened to kill a shopkeeper Ashok Paswan near Gharbhara Chowk also under Bochaha police station area, the SSP said.
A 12 bore desi rifle, some ammunitions and levy collection receipts were recovered from his possession and, on his disclosure, the police subsequently raided different locations of the district on Tuesday and seized 15 detonators, one desi pistol and a large quantity of Maoists’ leaflets. Some of the explosives were recovered from the houses of two women and the police are verifying their connection with the Maoists, if any. They were being interrogated by a team of police officers. Three arrested Maoists have been identified as Deep Lal Sahni, Shashi Ranjan and Krishna Nandan Das. Sahni was involved in petrol pump burning, opening fire on contractor’s munshi and laying landmines on Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi railway track in Dharampur village under Hathauri police station.
Key militia member of CPI (Maoist) held
An active militia member of the Galikonda area committee of the CPI (Maoist) was arrested in a joint operation by the police and CRPF near Thangulagondhi area under GK Veedhi police station limits, in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district, on Monday night. The arrested militia member has been identified as Gemmili Kesava Rao alias Kesu. According to Superintendent of Police, Visakhapatnam District, Koya Praveen, he had joined the Maoist movement about nine years ago and was involved in over 20 cases and carried a reward of Rs. 1 lakh on his head.
OSD Narsipatnam Vishal Gunni informed The Hindu that Kesu was involved in the murder of Seenderi Karla at Rallagedda in 2014, Killo Rambabu and Ram Mohana Rao at Johar Ghat in 2013, Gemmili Chinna Rao at Sapparla in 2013 and Vanthala Raju at Lakkavarapupeta in 2013. This apart, he was involved in major famine raids at Kunkumpudi and Cheekatimamidi in 2013 and blasting of Chapagedda pulper unit and Pedavalasa coffee godown, said Mr. Gunni.
The arrest is being termed by the police as a big setback to the Maoist movement in the agency area of Visakhapatnam, after the recent incident where tribal people, in retaliation to the killing of an innocent tribal by the Maoists, stoned to death a divisional committee member of Korkukonda area committee and two militia members. According to the Narsipatnam OSD, Kesu was a hardened militia member and was one of the main sources for logistic support of the Maoists in that area.
Suspected Maoist held
Guwahati: Police have detained a suspected Maoist, identified as Lakkhyajit Baruah, alias Gautam, on Tuesday. He is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in the Rajgarh area here. Police believe he works with the outfit’s Upper Assam leading committee. “Lakkhyajit is undergoing surgery for a bullet injury on his leg which he sustained during an operation in Arunachal’s Lohit district a few days ago. We have informed our counterparts there. Till then, he is under our surveillance,” said a senior police operation wing officer. Lakkhyajit was admitted in the hospital on Sunday
Two Maoists arrested by security forces in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two wanted Maoists were arrested during a search operation by security forces in the insurgency-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh today, police said. Maoists cadres Ayatu Ram Salam (30) and Singaram Potai were apprehended from the forests under Badgaon police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police (SP) R N Dash told PTI today. A joint squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the district force was in the midst of a combing exercise in Badgaon region, located around 250 kms away from the state capital.
On reaching Pittegudum village, they spotted two suspects who were keeping a tab on the movement of security forces, after hich they rounded up the duo, the SP said. During interrogation, they admitted their involvement with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) movement as people’s militia members, he said. They were allegedly involved in various Maoist incidents in the region and warrants were also pending against them, the SP said, adding that they are being interrogated.