Police arrest hardcore Maoist in red corridor of Jharkhand
Gumla, Nov 03 (ANI): The state police along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has arrested a hardcore Maoist and recovered cash along with arms and ammunition in Jharkhand’s Gumla district. The Gumla police had received information and immediately sent a team to hunt the dreaded Maoist. The Maoist has been identified as Sushil Ganju and Rs 18,000 were found in his pocket. Superintendent of Police (SP), Bhimsen Tuti, said that this operation was a big success for them as he had carried out many violent Maoist activities in the area.
He further said that some sensitive documents and diaries having information about their organization and their activities, is also recovered. Till now fifteen First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered against Ganju.
Chhattisgarh: Naxal leader Bijja who killed 136 policemen arrested
Dantewada: In a big catch for the Chhattisgarh Police, Naxal leader Hemant Mandavi alias Bijja, accused in the gruesome Dantewada and Tadmetla killings has been arrested.Bijja is one of the accused of the Dantewada mass massacre where 76 CRPF personnel were killed.Police claim that he was responsible for the murder of 136 police personnel in the last five years.
Needed: anti-naxal force for quick response in Maoist-hit areas
15 constables posted at Belthangady to improve police-public relations in Maoist-affected areas
Dakshina Kannada police have sought two platoons of the anti-naxal force (ANF) to be posted in the district for quick response in incidences in Maoist-affected areas, said Superintendent of Police S.D. Sharanappa here on Sunday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the monthly Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes grievance meet, he said that till the platoon is posted here, the district police will use the services of the existing “anti-naxal squad” (ANS), as an ad hoc measure. He said that 15 constables have been posted to the squad at Belthangady to follow the movement of Maoists and to improve public relations of the police forces in the Maoist-affected areas.
“The squad listens to people’s grievances and gives the police feedback on what can be improved,” said Mr. Sharanappa. ANF ‘harassment’ The need to improve public-police relations comes in the background of complaints of alleged harassment from ANF at tribal hamlets in Belthangady. At the meeting, Vittal Malekudiya of Adivasi Hakkugala Samanvaya Samiti said that ANF personnel visited the villages within the Kudremukh forest limits asking the tribal people to take the government’s rehabilitation package to shift out.
“They do this when the men are out of home and only women remain. What right do the police have to tell villagers to leave?” he asked. Shekar L., an activist from Belthangady, said that tribal youth were being “terrorised” by the ANF’s surveillance. “Shopkeepers are asked about provisions bought by villagers, and even ask the youth not to take part in protests. Relatives visiting villages are taken into questioning for hours,” he alleged. The Superintendent of Police said that Maoism was a serious issue. He tried to assuage the activists saying, “these [police action] were enquiries and not harassment”.
Naxals inciting Dalit youth, say authorities
Mumbai : The Dalit killings in Javkheda of Ahmednagar district have spurted an array of protests and agitations across the State. However, police authorities have said that the rising discontentment among the Dalits, over the progress in the case, is being fanned by Naxalites to cause instability in the state. Rajendra Kadam, Special Police Superintendent, on Saturday said that it is natural that the Dalits are infuriated. The discontent is understandable, he said.
He also said the Naxal sympathizers in the urban areas are actively participating in the agitations and are fanning casteist passions through use of social media. Vaibhav Chhaya, a young Dalit activist said, “Be it Congress or the BJP, they all share the same agenda. They all are biased against the Dalits. If a Muslim stands against them, he is branded as a terrorist and if it is a Dalit, he is a Naxalite.” The Dalit youth is frustrated with the selfish politics of their leadership and is now taking part in movements led by social organizations and joint action committees like Dalit Atyachar Virodhi Kruti Samiti. Chhaya also said, “There is a need for total replacement of the dalit leadership.” Chhaya feels that there is a need for a large-scale, mass agitation.
Dreaded woman Maoist arrested
RAIPUR: A dreaded woman Maoist commander, wanted in around 12 cases of Naxalism violence, was arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district on Sunday. The cadre-Laxmi Salaam (32) was apprehended by a joint squad of district force and BSF (Border Security Force) from her native place- Sambalpur village under Kayalibeda police station limits, Kanker SP RN Dash said. Acting on a specific input that Laxmi was staying with her husband in Sambalpur, located around 250km from the state capital, a team of BSF’s 140 battalion and local police was dispatched to the spot.
After encircling the village, security personnel nabbed her. She has been active in the outlawed movement for 14 years during which she was tasked to handle several crucial positions in the outfit. Presently, she was working as Sambalpur Janmilitia commander, the SP said, adding that she was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head. The cadre was wanted in 12 different criminal offences. Her interrogation is likely to reveal key details about the status of movement in the north Bastar region, the SP said.