Naxals taking up issues unnoticed by mainstream political organizations to incite violence: DGP tells HC
KOCHI: Naxal activists in the state are taking up issues faced by people that haven’t caught the attention of mainstream political organizations and are using them to unleash violence, director general of prosecution (DGP) T Asaf Ali told the Kerala High Court on Thursday. The DGP was opposing bail pleas filed by Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison Cooper, who are allegedly involved in the attack on NHAI office in Kochi. After taking up people’s issues, the naxal activists raise slogans that would attract the public and then take law into their hands.
This is detrimental to the larger safety of the people in the country, the DGP contended while opposing the bail pleas. The organization in which the petitioners were working, called ‘Janakeeya Manushyavakasa Prasthanam’, is a frontal organization of naxal activities in the state, the DGP told the court. If the documents seized from the activists are inspected, it can be understood that it is a frontal organization, the DGP submitted. Mere membership in such an organization is an offence as per section 10 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) of 1967. The term ‘membership’ includes attending a meeting, signing the minutes of the meeting, taking a decision, etc, the DGP argued.
Seven Maoist cadres held in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district
Seven Maoists, including two women, were today arrested from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district here. The Maoist cadres were apprehended from separate places of the densely forested Gadiras police station limits this evening, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh told PTI. Based on specific inputs about the presence of the Maoists, a police team raided different villages in Gadiras region, located around 400 km away from the state capital and rounded up them, the ASP said. All of them were involved in an incident of firing at a police camp and looting polling materials during the recent panchayat polls in the region, the ASP said, adding, that they are being interrogated.
Police arrest UG cadres during search operations
..It further said, on the same day, a team of District Police Commando, Imphal West conducted frisking and checking at Khuyathong Pukhri Mapal, Imphal and arrested an active member of KCP (Maoist) organisation. The arrested person has been identified as Kongkham Romesh Singh, 42, son of (L) K Kameshwor Singh Singh of Keishampat Kangabam Leikai. Investigation revealed that, he extorted money from the shopkeepers in the Imphal bazaar area; it said and added that a case has been registered at Imphal Police Station and investigation is going on.