Maoists allege IED blasts aimed at discrediting revolutionaries
IMPHAL, December 23: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur, has stated that it is closely monitoring the `colonial policy of the Indian State` in which it causes bomb explosions in public places specially targeting innocent people to defame revolutionaries of Manipur. It added that the party will take severe punitive actions against those involved in such bomb attacks against people. The party has began investigating the series of bomb blasts in the last few days which defy any notions of humanity with intentions of defaming the people`s movement and the revolutionary movement in the State, it said. It is confirmed beyond doubt that a man suspected of being the `master planner` of a `Black Gang` which is carrying out these acts of `State sponsored terrorism` has went into hiding in some other place along with his whole family after the party started tracking his whereabouts, it said.
`Our cadres of Loktak Pana, who traced the man to Kairenphabi in Bishnupur after suspecting him to be the master planner, have confirmed that the man along with his family have left the place some time ago when they went to Keirenphabi to inquire about him`, it added. On further inquiry, it was learnt from the villagers of Keirenphabi and Moirangkhunou that the man accompanied the Thanga A/C Congress candidate, now the MLA, while canvassing for votes during the last Assembly elections, it said. After investigating the relationship between the Thanga A/C MLA and the Black Gang, especially the man suspected of being the master planner, it has been established that the leaders of such gangs and their families are kept under State protection in various places of the State, it further stated.
Under the watch of the Thanga A/C MLA, several Black Gangs are mobilised together to act out surrender dramas and who are made to carry out such activities under the cover of the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreements. He is raising at least two such gangs and this is a well known fact among the people of Thanga A/C especially the villagers of Keirenphabi and Moirangkhunou, the press release said. The party won’t spare those trying to defame the revolutionary movement in the State whether those responsible are the biggest revolutionary outfit in the State or a small Black Gang, it warned.
Cop Vigil on Visitors at Sahitya Akademi
THRISSUR: The growing influence of Left Wing extremism in the country and the recent alleged Maoist attack incidents in the state has put the writers’ fraternity here under cloud with the police keeping a close watch on the movements of intellectual community especially those who frequent at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, the prestigious cultural body of writers in the state. Jacob Job, city police commissioner, Thrissur, told ‘Express’ that there has been a lot of reports in the recent time that the alleged Maoist members or their sympathisers in the state have been using the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and its premises to spread their tentacle among the cultural fraternity.
“We have not received any concrete evidence to establish these reports, so we are just monitoring the movements in the institution like any other establishments that are vulnerable to Maoist influence,” he said. Coinciding with the event, the Akademi has also started setting up of surveillance cameras around the cultural institution to monitor every movement of visitors inside its campus. However, akademi secretary R Gopalakrishnan told ‘Express’ that it is true that there has been some writers, who had earlier associated with Naxal movements in the country, here is actively associating with the akademi. But, it doesn’t mean that they are still pursuing Maoist ideology or its sympathisers, he said.
The setting up of surveillance cameras around the akademi has no connection with the alleged reports of Maoist presence here. This is a part of normal security enhancement especially in the backdrop of some thefts that took place in the akademi in the recent times, he said. Social activist, writer and former Naxalite leader K Venu said the basic problem of this apprehension is that the police do not have proper information on Maoist movement here and they are to a certain extent unable to distinguish the difference between CPI (ML) and the original CPI (Maoist). The CPI (ML) is a democratic party, which has been actively participating in the democratic process of the country, despite a section within has not been favouring the elections.
The intelligence officials deputed to track the movements of cultural fraternity in the akademi have been claiming Maoist presence here after mistaking the members of the CPI (ML) for Maoists or members of other radical outfits here, said Venu, the Maoist ideologue of yesteryears. Writer and politician Sarah Joseph said: “I have not noticed any suspected Maoist presence in the akademi so far, but I cannot agree with the decision of akademi officials to set up security surveillance cameras around the institution whether it is in the name of protecting its premises from thefts or something else. It is not a business establishment or any other commercial institution.,” she said It is a platform of writers where they should have the freedom to express their thoughts and expression without the inhibition of being monitored, the writer said.
Police up security on Kerala border
COIMBATORE: The attack by suspected Maoists in Attapady, located in the backyard of Tamil Nadu, barely 30km from the Coimbatore border, has rung alarm bells for the state police. Although police and forest officers of Coimbatore are relieved that the attack happened well within the Kerala state border, they are aware that the violence was dangerously close to Tamil Nadu. Personnel strength at interstate checkposts in Coimbatore and Nilgiris has been doubled after the attack. Additional arms and personnel have been deployed at 14 border police stations in Coimbatore, Erode and Ooty to tackle any contingency. Since police stations appear to top the target list of extremists, the authorities have decided to provide better illumination in the vicinity of these stations.
Maoist threat puts police on alert
Officers on night patrol asked to carry weapons
The reported presence of Maoists in some northern districts of the State has prompted the police in the State capital to be more vigilant, with City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh asking officers on night patrol in the city to compulsorily carry their weapons. “I have asked all Circle Inspectors and those going for night patrol to carry arms from Tuesday. We have reviewed security measures in city police stations as well. There are no specific intelligence inputs on a Maoist threat as such to the State capital, but these are precautionary measures. We are on an alert,” Mr. Venkatesh told The Hindu.
Night patrol vehicles in the city generally do not have officers with weapons, but now will have an officer carrying a pistol/revolver. The number of sentries on night duty at police stations too has been enhanced, with four officers to be present in each police station. With constables and most officers in the city being slightly rusty when it comes to handling of weapons, the Commissioner has also asked for dry practice for everyone during daily morning parades, while each police station will soon have in place a plan of action, detailing its reaction in the event of an attack.
Preparatory sessions for officers and constables, on response and tactics primarily, too have been set in motion, with assistant commissioners, circle inspectors and sub inspectors all to be part of the sessions, which began on Tuesday. Night patrols have also been asked to keep an eye out for suspicious elements and to pass on information without delay. A similar vigil will be maintained in the coastal area and police stations falling under the jurisdiction of the City Police. While these orders have been issued verbally on Tuesday, a circular detailing the security measures, including the compulsory carrying of weapons, would be issued shortly, Mr. Venkatesh said.
Maoists attack police party, two injured in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Suspected Maoists attacked a police patrolling party injuring two jawans at Itkhori in Chatra district, 150km from here, on Wednesday night. The rebels escaped taking advantage of the dark cover after around 30-minute encounter with the police. “Initial reports say that two jawans have sustained injuries. Forces have been rushed to the site,” said Bokaro zone IG, Tadasha Mishra. The condition of the injured jawans could not be known.
“I will be able to give information only after sometime,” said Hazaribag DIG PR Das adding, “I am on my way to the spot.” Sources said a group of policemen on duty were going towards Itkhori block from famous Bhadrakali temple in a gypsy when suspected rebels hiding in ambush opened fire at them. The policemen replied to the gunshots forcing them to retreat. Itkhori, around 40km from Chatra town, lies in Maoist-dominated Chatra-Hazaribag border. The district police sent central paramilitary forces to the spot to dominate. A combing and search operation has been launched.
Two held in Palakkad behind Nitta Gelatin attack: police
The two persons arrested from Palakkad for their alleged involvement in the suspected Maoist attacks on Monday were also involved in the vandalism at Nitta Gelatin’s office at Panampilly Nagar in Kochi on October 22, the police have said. The two were identified as Arun Balan and Sreekanth Prabhakaran, of Kasaragod. They were arrested on the charge of taking part in the attack on a food outlet in Palakkad on Monday. A team from the city police went to Palakkad to question the duo.
“The two men were part of the nine-member group that attacked the Panampilly Nagar office. We have also confirmed their identity from the CCTV footage of the attack,” City Police Commissioner K.G. James said. In an operation similar to the attack in Palakkad, nine men had arrived at the Nitta Gelatin office in the morning, threatened the security guard, and trashed the building. Before leaving, they had distributed pamphlets attributing the attack to Maoist groups and making allegations against the company. Mr. James said the police would take the two accused into custody for further questioning on the Kochi incident.
Raid at Keraleeyem office creates flutter
THRISSUR: The police have raided the office of Keraleeyem, a magazine published from Thrissur for nearly 15 years, in search of suspected Maoist sympathizers taking shelter in the office. The police took three persons into custody after the raids conducted in the midnight with a slew of armed police personal guarding the building. Viswanathan Althu, 65, of Kozhikode, Santhoshkumar, 32, of Thiruvananthapuram, and Ajilal, 24, of Thrissur, taken into the custody were questioned for nearly three hours before releasing them.
Sharat, editor of Keraleeyem said that the police gave a clean chit to the three people. Shahul Hameed, assistant commissioner of police, who led the raids told reporters that the raids were conducted on certain specific intelligence inputs. Several persons however questioned the police raiding an office of a magazine in the midnight and taking into custody the people associated with it. A protest march and meeting was held in Thrissur on Tuesday against the police action. A slew of persons including Medha Patkar, Prof MK Prasad, K Ajitha, CK Janu, Dr V.S. Vijayan and several other condemned the raid. The police action is a remainder of the days of Emergency, they said in a joint statement on Tuesday.