Gemmili Sanjeeva Rao’s family shifted
Eight family members, including wife, of Gemmili Sanjeeva Rao, who was killed by Sindri Chinna Ranga Rao alias Sharat, Divisional Committee Member of Korukonda Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), in October last year, has been shifted to a safer place, after the Maoists issued a threat to finish them off. Sanjeeva Rao, a native of Veeravaram village of Chintapalli mandal and a spiritual leader, was gunned down by Sharat.
In retaliation, the villagers stoned to death Sharat and a hardcore militia member Palas Ganapathi of Sabbapalli village, near Balpam village in Chintapalli the same day. This created a furore in the Maoist circles. It was a major talking point at the Maoist plenary that was held in December, last year, in Bejingi located on the Andhra-Orissa border (AOB) cut-off area, said Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen. “Since then, the Maoists have been on the lookout for all involved in the incident. They had earlier identified 19 villagers, including family members of Sanjeeva Rao, but finally zeroed down on the eight of them,” said the SP. The Maoists not only destroyed the temple built by Sanjeeva Rao and his guru Simhachalam at Gudalamveedhi of G. Madugula mandal but also distributed pamphlets with death threat to the family members. “Since threat looms large, we have shifted the family members to a safer place and have requested the District Collector to build a house and alienate some land for their sustainable living,” said the Superintendent of Police.
‘MKB gains prominence’
Talking about MKB, Mr. Praveen said that the MKB division had been gaining prominence of late, after the weakening of the East Division. “On paper there is no MKB division, but it is functional and even the latest pamphlets are being distributed under the MKB banner,’ said Mr. Praveen. According to Mr. Praveen, the MKB division operates from the Odisha side of the cut-off area and is headed by Gajarla Ravi alias Uday.
Maoist presence in Barak Valley
SILCHAR, March 3 – A day after three Maoists, Narendra Orang, Arjun Orang and Barsing Teran were nabbed in a joint operation by Cachar police and the CRPF from Rupachhora, around 15 kilometres from here, police said that the Maoist presence in Barak Valley cannot be discarded. Diganta Bora, Superintendent of Police, Cachar told mediapersons on Monday that they have recovered many relevant papers and documents from the arrested Maoists which indicates that the Maoists have been coming here for a long time.
However, he was quick to add that police is looking into the issue with great vigil. He said that names of many organisations have come to fore which is a pointer to the fact that the Maoists have been spreading their network here targeting the economically weaker sections, particularly from the tea garden community who could easily be convinced. “During the interrogation, police learnt that a documentary film Lal Salaam was also shown to the youths during a meeting held in January at Rupachhora,” Bora said. It is to be mentioned that this is the second time that Maoists cadres have been arrested from Barak Valley. Earlier, a person named Anukul Naskar alias Paresh Choudhury was arrested in September 2013.
Companies of Central Armed Police Forces in Naxal Affected Areas
Presently, a total number of 593 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have been deployed in 10 Left Wing Extremism affected states for assisting the state police in conducting anti-LWE operations in the state. With effect from 01.4.2014, the rate of recovery of deployment charges for each Battalion (of 7 coys) have been fixed at Rs 43.10 crore per annum, in addition to actual cost of transportation/ movement of the Battalions, with 5% annual increase for the subsequent five years from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
As on 01.10.2014, an amount of Rs 13139.37 crore is outstanding on deployment of CRPF (the largest amongst CAPFs) against LWE affected States, on account of deployment charges. Presently, there is no proposal with the Government to reduce / decrease the number of battalions of CAPFs in the LWE affected States, thus reducing the expenditure on their deployment. This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha today.
Naxal menace: CRPF ready to assist State police on request
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will provide assistance to Tamil Nadu and Kerala in anti Naxal and Maoist operations if the respective State police forces placed a request, according to M.V. Rao, Inspector General (Southern Sector) of the CRPF. Responding to questions on whether the Tamil Nadu or Kerala police had sought assistance following suspected Naxal movements in their border, he told journalists here on Tuesday that the CRPF were yet to receive any such request. “The Maoist/Naxal issues are primarily the responsibility of State Governments. Even in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Telangana and Chhattisgarh borders where the CRPF had been deployed in counter-insurgency operations, it was only assisting the respective police forces and was carrying only in preventive operations,” he said.
HC rejects bail pleas of Maoist accused
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail pleas of two persons arrested on charges of having links with outlawed CPI (Maoist). Justice B. Kemal Pasha, while rejecting the bail petitions by Jaison C. Cooper of Fort Kochi and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy of Palakkad, observed that the charges against them had to be thoroughly investigated. The court said that it was premature to consider releasing them on bail given the seriousness of the allegations against them and the present stage of investigation. The cases were registered after conducting raids at the resident of the petitioners at Tripunithura. The police seized minutes books of the Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam, which, according to the police, was a frontal organisation of the CPI (Maoist).
Opposing the bail, Director General of Prosecution T. Asaf Ali submitted that continued investigation was required as incriminating documents had been unearthed. He contended that the minutes book of the organisation showed that it had supported bloodshed and violence committed by frontal organisations of the Maoists. He submitted that the activities of such organisations which tended to overthrow constitutionally elected governments could not be whitewashed.
STF to investigate important Maoist cases
RANCHI: Senior officers of the Jharkhand Jaguar, the special anti-Maoist force, will investigate important Left-extremism violence cases in the state. The government has directed the special task force (STF) to undertake the investigation which will allow top officers to unearth incriminating evidence against Maoists that would lead to their arrests. ADG (operations) Anil Palta, who heads STF, said: “We are preparing a draft that will guide the investigating officers. The draft will be submitted to the DGP for approval.”
The move comes after several cases related to Left-extremism could not proceed in the court due to lack of evidence. Many Naxalites, wanted in multiple cases of murder, had spent only a few years in jail after courts exonerated them because police failed to produce substantial evidence. Incidents of Maoist violence mostly occur in inaccessible terrain known to the rebels, who destroy evidence before investigating officers reach the spot. The naivety of junior investigating officers also give rebels the upper hand.
An STF officer said after the DGP approves the blueprint, SP and above rank offers will personally monitor important cases, they would hold interactions with officers on the ground, guide them and take their feedback to know how the cases are progressing. “In case they need to make several field visits, they would do it,” he said. “I will also visit the spots if the situation requires,” said Palta, who will monitor the cases. The agency has two posts of SP to handle just 2,300 forces. In police circles it is believed they have little work and more spare time. The spare time would be utilized through the new initiative.
NHRC notice to Kerala over arrest of rights activists
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/KOZHIKODE: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to the state government over the arrest of two human rights activists- Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison C Cooper- for alleged Maoists links. The NHRC took suo motu cognizance of a media report that the state government was targeting human rights defenders and rights activists by labelling them as Maoist sympathizers. It issued a notice to the state’s director general of police, seeking a report within two weeks. The commission observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise a serious issue – violation of human rights of those who stand up for other people’s rights.
Reportedly, both Sarathy and Cooper were actively engaged in peasants’ struggles against land acquisition, illegal rock quarrying, forcible evictions, and the violation of labour rights of migrant workers in the state as well as struggles against various polluting industries. Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison C Cooper, who were arrested under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA),have been in prison since January 30, 2015. While Cooper was arrested from Kochi on January 29, Sarathy was arrested after a press conference in Kozhikode on the same day. Human rights experts welcomed the decision of NHRC. “The police have not been able to establish a link between the arrested and Maoists. Such matters are to be established in a court of law.
What is more alarming is that the police have also charged them under UAPA which denies bail. Both of them are established human rights activists and Sarathy is a lawyer and an office bearer of a human rights organization. The action taken by the police is not at all justified,” said human rights expert B R P Bhaskar. Earlier, a group of human rights activists had met home minister Ramesh Chennithala seeking his intervention to release Thushar and Jaison from prison. The delegation comprising B R P Bhaskar, A Vasu, Bhasurendra Babu, J Devika, Gouridasan Nair and Jolly Chirayath told the minister that such reckless police actions would create more extremists in society.
“The minister assured us that he will look into the issue. We told that there is a nation-wide protest against their arrest and handed over a memorandum. The minister wanted us to condemn Maoist violence. We said that the incidents involving Maoists were less in intensity compared to the violence unleashed by the activists of some of the mainstream political parties during their agitations,” said Jolly.
Three suspected Maoist leaders held, firearms seized
Raipur, Mar 4 (PTI) Three suspected Naxal cadres, carrying rewards on their head, were arrested along with an alleged Maoist sympathiser in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district today. Firearms were recovered from the ultras, IG (Bastar) SRP Kalluri said. The cadres were apprehended while they were conducting a recce operation to kill a surrendered Naxalite, identified as Badru, under Barsoor police station, he said.
Meanwhile, a CPI-Maoist supporter and supplier of explosives, identified as Karamdayal Munda, was arrested by Lohardaga Police on March 1, reports The Pioneer. Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Ratan Chothe has said “Under the leadership of SDPO AS Rijwi and police force, CRPF, a search operation was conducted on Sunday. Police arrested Karamdayal Munda, the Maoist supporter and the supplier of explosives who was in Badi village of Senha block.” During interrogation, the supplier told the Police that he had kept some explosives near a Anganbadi centre. Police found 175 pieces of detonators, 25 metre cortex wire, a pressure cooker and 34 pieces of large sized canes. The SP added “Munda used to supply explosives to the Maoists for a long time especially to Madan and Nakul Yadav. During election hours he supplied them rice and eatables.”..