Jharkhand police to deploy 10,000 personnel in Naxal-hit Chaibasa
Jharkhand’s Director General of Police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar has said that 10,000 police personnel will be reinstated in the Naxal-hit areas of Chiabasa. After undertaking a meeting with the officers, Kumar said the situation has considerably improved in the area and the Naxals are also getting connected to the mainstream. The DGP had last month decided to sharpen the ongoing anti-naxal operation in the districts after inspection.
IED found from Naxal-hit area in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A 6 kg pressure bomb, planted by Naxals to harm security personnel was found in Maoist-hit Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Friday. The explosives, packed in a steel container was placed beneath the land near a tree on Bijepar-Jhadikhairi village road that passes through restive forests under Chhuriya police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla said.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force was yesterday dispatched on an anti-naxal operation towards Jhadikhairi village, around 150 kms away from here, he said. Ahead of Jhadikhairi, security forces spotted the IED and was immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad, averting a major mishap, Shukla said, adding, it was planted by rebels to target security personnel during their operation.
18 Can Bombs Recovered in Jharkhand
Eighteen can bombs planted underneath a kucha road have been recovered in naxal-affected Khunti district, a police officer said today. The security personnel detected wire lying on the road between Fadinga-Turang villages during routine long-range patrolling in the naxal-infested area yesterday, Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta said. They used deep search metal detector to spot the explosives, which were coated with carbon, he said The can bombs, each weighing between 15 to 20 kg, were connected in a series. All the bombs have been defused, he said. The search operation was led by the Additional Superintendent of Police (Ops) P R Mishra and Sub-divisional Police Officer A Singh.
Mystery over missing Gadchiroli SPO deepens
Nagpur: Gadchiroli district cops still have no clue about the missing special police officer (SPO) Jaisingh Atla who has been untraceable for more than 48 hours now. Local sources claimed that Atla might have been killed by Naxals after having been kidnapped from his residence at Kondavahi village of Dhanora taluka in Gadchiroli on Tuesday. Senior police officials are non-committal regarding Atla’s fate. He had been working as an undercover informer in the highly sensitive guerrilla zone for more than a year.
Local sources claimed that a group of Naxals killed Atla in the jungle in the early hours of Tuesday after whisking him from his residence. They were angry that he was working as a police informer. Inspector general of police, Nagpur and Naxal range, Ravindra Kadam stated that the security forces have not found any clue related to Atla despite exhaustive search operations in the adjoining villages and forests of Kondavahi village.
Amnesty demands release of four maoist sympathisers
Amnesty International India today demanded the immediate release of four maoists sympathisers, arrested in Kerala for allegedly being involved in unlawful activities after some ‘pro-Maoist’ materials were retrieved from their homes. “Mere possession of certain kinds of literature cannot be a ground for arresting someone”, said Shemeer Babu, Programmes Director, Amnesty International India. “Authorities must respect the right to freedom of expression, which includes the right to seek and receive information of all kinds”, he said in a statement.
On Jan 30, police had arrested Jaison C Cooper, a human rights activist, and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy, a lawyer, in Kochi and Kozhikode respectively. The investigating officer in the case told Amnesty International India that the men had supported banned armed Maoist groups and also supported an attack on the National Highway Authority of India’s project office in Kochi on January 29. They were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The release also mentioned the arrest of two college students from Palakaad on Dec 22 last year under the act for allegedly attacking two fast food outlets the previous day. In recent weeks, the Kerala police have detained several people across the state on suspicion of being supporters of banned Maoist armed groups. Some have been subsequently released, it said. “The nature of these arrests and the evidence put forward raises concerns that the cases are politically motivated”, said Shemeer Babu.
Maoists’ posters warn against crushing plant owner in Jharkhand
Some hand written threatening posters of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) appeared in parts of Chhaterpur in Palamu District, reported The Pioneer on February 6 (today). Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Chhaterpur S K Tirkey confirmed the seizure of the posters. As its prime motive, it asks the stone crushing plant owner, Khurana, to refrain from grabbing the land of the Muslims of Munkeri village. The Maoists allege that this stone crushing plant owner has grabbed their land.