Maoist Link: Bail Pleas Dumped
KOCHI:The Ernakulam District and Principal Sessions Court has dismissed the bail petition of two persons arrested for allegedly having Maoist connection, on Tuesday. The court dismissed the bail petitions of Tushar Nirmal Sarathi a human rights activist and Jayson C Cooper, a government employee. Dismissing the bail petition, S Mohandas, Judge, Ernakulam District and Principal Sessions Court, stated that since the investigation of the case is in its preliminary stage, bail cannot be granted now. The court said it cannot consider the submission that the arrested persons have not committed any crime so that case can be registered against them.
Securitymen, Maoists exchange fire in Odisha’s Kalahandi
Security personnel and the Maoists exchanged fire in the Lanjigarh area in Odisha’s Kalahandi district this afternoon. According to sources, a joint team of District Voluntary Force (DVF) and CRPF was on a combing operation in the Lanjigarh area when the Maoist opened fire at them at a place between Bijapur and Trilochanpur under Lanjigarh block. The security personnel retaliated immediately. After a brief spell of encounter, the Maoist fled the area leaving their arms and ammunition at the spot which were later seized. The incident took place between 3 pm and 4 pm. While sources in the CRPF have claimed the casualty from the Maoist side, no confirmation has been made as yet. Meanwhile, a back-up team of the CRPF from Muniguda in the bordering Rayagada district has rushed to the spot and started a search operation in the area to track down the red rebels.
Armed personnel deployed in police stations near Kerala border
A 12-member team from the Naxal Special Division of the Tamil Nadu Police conducted combing operations in the tribal villages and settlements near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border on Tuesday. Further, security has been tightened in police stations near the border. These measures follow the recent attacks by suspected Maoists in Kerala near the inter-State border. The police personnel gave the photos of suspected Maoists and also the police contact numbers to the villagers. They explained to the villagers the nature of threat from these Naxals and Maoists and sought their cooperation in tackling them.
The team on Tuesday visited the villages of Perumpathy, S. Nagore, Nadupuni, Vadakku Kadu, Zaminkaliapuram, Kanalpudur, S. Kumarapalayam villages along the inter-State border near Pollachi. The team has been camping in the area for the past 10 days. They have already completed similar exercises in Anaikatti, Pilloor and Karunya Nagar. They will continue similar operations in the coming days also. The team is acting under the instructions of Inspector General of Police (West Zone) K. Shankar and under the supervision of Coimbatore District Superintendent of Police M. Sudhakar. Further, sources said that several police stations near the Inter-State border had been given additional protection. Armed police personnel had been stationed at Pollachi police station, which was located on the highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Armed police personnel had also been deployed in Pilloor, Karunya Nagar, Shekalmudi, Mudis and Sholaiyar police stations.