Files burnt by Maoists in Kalamasseri were related to NH
Kochi: The files set afire during the attack on the NHAI office in Kalamasseri by miscreants with affiliation to the CPI (Maoist) are said to be the records related to the Paliyekkara toll on National Highway near Thrissur. The police have so far interrogated more than 15 persons in connection with the incident. The incident has cast a blemish on the police force since the violence took place on the day which the Maoists had declared as ‘Action Day.’ The attack on the NHAI office in Kalamasseri was unleashed after closely observing the time when the sweeper left the office open after the cleaning works and when the office was least populated. A large number of documents related to the highway toll in Paliyekkara, Thrissur was destroyed in the fire.
The pamphlets recovered from the spot also carried slogans against the toll collectors. This has led the police suspect the attackers to have Thrissur connection. Besides, the attack on Nitta Gelatin office in the city weeks ago was also triggered by environmental issues in Thrissur. Interrogation of those who are under the veil of suspicion continues. The police is also trying to find answers to mismatching statements drawn during the questioning. The miscreants had also set ablaze applications and plans, which business major, Lulu had submitted in connection with National Highway in Edappalli. The police conducted raids in several houses and offices following the incident. The police also combed several locations where Leftist hardliners used to frequent. The attack was carried out amidst police patrols in nook and corner of the city in the wake of announcement by Maoists to observe January 29 as ‘Maoist Day.’ With the attack on Nitta Gelatin office in Kochi yet to be demystified the latest development has mounted tremendous pressure on the city police in Kochi.
Govt Official Held for Suspected Maoist Link
KOCHI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the suspected Maoist attack in the city has arrested a government official, who is suspected to be having connection with Maoists, for keeping leaflets promoting armed movement. A fresh FIR was registered, and Jayson C Cooper, 36, of Chakalakkal House, Garden lane, Kumblanghi, was arraigned as first accused on the basis of which he was arrested on Thursday afternoon. According to police officials, Jayson has been working as a LD clerk at the Ravipuram office of the State Life Insurance. The police suspect that the accused has connections with the group that carried out attacks on the office of Nitta Gelatin at Panampilly Nagar and the NHAI office at Kalamassery.
The FIR was registered at the Ernakulam South police station under various section of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The investigation was taken over by the SIT, led by Thrikkakara ACP Bijo Alexander. “After the NHAI office was attacked on Thursday, persons who are associated with Maoist groups were tracked, and a search was conducted at the residence of Jayson. During the search, the police team recovered two leaflets promoting armed movement. His laptop was seized for further examination,” State Special Branch officials said. In the FIR, the police stated that the accused had knowledge about the recent attacks carried out in the name of the Western Special Zone Committee, and that he is familiar with members of its Urban Action Team.
A top official of the City Police, who demanded anonymity, said that searches were taking place at the residence of the other persons associated with the Maoist movement. “Searches were carried out in various parts of the State, including Kochi and Kozhikode. More arrests will follow in the coming days. We are keeping these persons under close surveillance,” the police official said. Jayson was produced before the Ernakulam District Principal and Sessions Court on Friday afternoon. On the basis of the custody petition filed by the SIT, the court sent him to police custody until February 6. After conducting a medical examination at Ernakulam General Hospital, the accused was shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation. Bijo Alexander said that the probe into the attack on the NHAI office was progressing. “Even though no arrest has been made in the NHAI office attack case, people who have direct links with attack are being tracked,” he said.
Naxal Attack: Sarpanch reportedly killed in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh
A newly elected Sarpanch has reportedly been killed by the Naxals in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday. Superintendent of Police, Dantewada Kamal Lochan Kashyap said that according to the information, Naxals have killed the sarpanch Lakhma Siri at Toyalanka village. He said that last night around 10 rebels dragged him out of his house, beat him up and slashed his throat before fleeing. Lakhma had been elected unopposed in the recently-held panchayat elections, which had incurred him the wrath of the ultras, who had asked for boycott of polls. However, no case has been registered yet as police are on their way to the village, which is in a remote forest area.
Kerala emerging as hub of Naxal activity, says MHA
Kerala is fast becoming the latest hub of heightened Naxal activity in the southern part of the country, the Union home ministry has warned. The tri-junction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is on the radar of security forces where operations will be intensified, top sources said. Union home secretary Anil Goswami met the top cops of the three southern Naxal-affected states on Friday where the growing Naxal threat in the region was discussed. The emphasis is on joint itner-state operations by the three states to push the Maoists out of their den.
“The MHA has emphasised on proper coordination between the security forces the central and state police forces as well as the police forces of the three states. Gaps have emerged in such coordination allowing the Maoists to find shelter in Kerala after they flee from the other states,” a government functionary said. Sources said the activities of overground groups in Kerala has been on the rise even as the armed Maoist militia has made their entry in the coastal state raising hackles in the security establishment. The districts of Malappuram, Wayanand and Kannur in Kerala and Mysore, Kodagu, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts in Karnataka are affected by Maoist activities, the sources said.
A top official said the local police in Kerala has been asked to develop strategy to counter the unique challenge of tackling the Maoist menace in the state since the front organisations are active there and take up issues of human rights putting the security agencies on the backfoot. In December, the attacks on food outlets and forest offices in the state were being linked to the Maoists presence in the state. Intelligence inputs have already warned that the CPI (Maoist) has been making efforts to expand its organisational base in Western Ghats and the area around the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu-Kerala-Karnataka over the last couple of years.
Police arrest two Maoists in Jharkhand
Medininagar: Two Maoists, including a regional committee member of CPI(Maoist) who is on the wanted list, were on Saturday arrested from Nawadih in Naxal-hit Palamau district of Jharkhand on Saturday. Palamu Superintendent of Police Mayur Ptael said Jairam Yadav, the CPI(Maoist) regional committee member, came to meet his family along with Bhupender Yadav.Bhupender Yadav hails from Balrampur district of Chhatishgarh. Jairam Yadav is wanted by Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Bihar police in connection with about 24 cases, including six encounters with security personnel and another four related to landmine explosions, Patel said.
He was also involved in the Katia jungle encounter in Latehar district where security personnel for the first time detected explosives planted inside the body of Maoists killed in the incident in 2013. The duo have been involved in Maoist activities since 2007 and are members of the the squads headed by zonal commanders Anirudh and Birsa, he said. The police superintendent said one eight round revolver and seven cartridges were recovered from the duo.
Two Naxals held during raid in Bijapur
Two Naxals were arrested during a search operation carried in the limits of Awapalli police station of the insurgency hit Bijapur district, police said on Friday. They were arrested by a joint contingent of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) during a search operation in the jungles of Purugudu in the limits of Awapalli police station. The arrested left wing insurgents were involved in triggering a blast in Murdunda on January 21 wherein two CRPF jawans were injured, police sources said adding they were lower member of the Naxal cadre.
Maoist group spotted in Kerala border
Kochi: In a major breakthrough in the hunt for Maoist trace, visuals of the ultras proving their presence in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border is out. Manorama News obtained the visuals of a five-member group of Maoists, which included a woman, resting in the Bankithapal forest region near Silent Valley. The Forest officials had recorded the visuals on January 25 and it has been transferred to the Tamil Nadu authorities. Notorious Maoist leaders, Jayesh, Kanyakumari and Mahalingam have been identified in the visuals.
It is the first time that visuals clearly showing Maoists have been obtained. Meanwhile, the police have prepared a list of people who provide assistance to the Maoists. The list carries names of 17 extremists including Jaison Cooper, who has been arrested with charges of anti-national activities. Intelligence inputs revealed that the Maoist sympathisers in Kochi were planning to hold a meeting on February 6 to call for stiff resistance against police. The Maoists are said to be in search of valiant youths who are able to use weapons. The police have confirmed that protests and the attacks similar to that against Nitta Gelatin are aimed at increasing the organisational strength of the group. By unleashing continuous attacks they are aiming to attract people including youth towards the path of violence, the police observed. The group made their second attack in Kochi with local support. Hence the police are aiming to suppress Maoist loyalists in Kochi.
Maoist threat halts train movement through Bihar
Thousands of passengers had a harrowing time after the movement of trains running between Howrah and Sealdah and various parts of north India, including New Delhi, came to a standstill for over 8 hours following a Maoist threat, officials said on Saturday. Top railway officials said about two dozen trains were stranded at various stations or re-routed between Friday night and early morning Saturday after the cabin man of Bhaluhi railway halt on the Danapur-Howrah section was threatened and forced by group of Maoists not to give the green signal required to facilitate train movement.
East central railway zone’s chief public relations officer Arvind Rajak said a group of 10 Maoists accosted the cabin man, identified as Dinesh Arya, around 10:30pm on Friday and forced him to cease signalling. The railway halt is in Jamui district of southeastern Bihar, which has for long been a hotbed of violent Maoist activity. In June 2012 nearly 100 suspected Maoists had attacked the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express in Jamui district leading to the death of three persons – a Railway Protection Force constable, a Bihar police sub inspector and a passenger. The Maoist action came amid a call for bandh given by the ultras in several states including Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, in protest against the against anti-Maoist operations, particularly in Chhattisgarh. The movement of trains on this section could only be restored by about 7am on Saturday after CRPF personnel inspected the railway track and a goods train was run on it to ensure the track was safe for plying of passenger trains.