Suspected top Maoist acquitted by court
A suspected top operative of CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand, arrested for allegedly being a member of the banned outfit, has been acquitted by a Delhi court which said proceedings against him cannot be continued due to “illegal” sanction orders to prosecute him under the anti-terror law. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh let off Yogendra Singh Bhokta, alleged to be the zonal committee member of CPI (Maoist) Madhya zone, observing that the two other co-accused who were arrested along with him have already been acquitted by a court here due to want of proper sanction.
The court noted that sanction order granted to prosecute the accused under stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) had already been held illegal by the court earlier and the verdict has attained finality as the state had not appealed against the acquittal order.
Sarpanch’s son killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh
Joga Markam (22), a native of Bade Lakhpal village, was axed to death by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Moist) cadres near Gatam village under Katekalyan Police Station limits of Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh late in the night on November 30, reports Business Standard. The incident came to light next morning when some villagers informed Police that the blood-stained body of a youth was lying on Katekalyan-Dantewada road. Later, he was identified as the son of Bheemaram Markam, Sarpanch (head of Gram Panchayat, village-level local self government institution) of Bade Lakhapal Gram Panchayat. “The exact reason behind the attack was yet to be ascertained,” said Police.
Maoists put up recruitment banners on Government buildings in Jharkhand
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has declared a village school, a Panchayat (Local- self government institution) building and a Community Centre at Hariharganj in Palamu District as their recruitment centres by putting up banners on them to spread the information, reports The Pioneer on December 4. The Maoists’ banner reads that at these centres there would be enrolment of youths and it exhorts the local populace to join the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) in bulk.