Saibaba admitted to GMCH
Nagpur: Prof GN Saibaba, former lecturer at JNU university in Delhi, who is accused of being a top Maoist cadre, has been admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital on Thursday following complications in health. Physically challenged Saibaba, arrested last year for his Maoist connections, had been on hunger strike in Nagpur Central Jail for last one week. Social and right activists, including Prof Soma Sen, informed the media at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan that Saibaba has withdrawn his hunger strike following intervention of Gadchiroli sessions court, which has urged the jail administration to provide proper medical facilities to the challenged inmate. Saibaba had been trying for bail highlighting his health related issues and inadequacy of jails in providing proper care and facilities to inmates like him who are physically challenged.
Police exchange fire with Naxals in Bastar; couple held
A gun battle took place between police and Naxals today in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district in which no casualties were reported while a Naxal couple, allegedly involved in an attack on BSF post in Kanker district earlier this week was arrested. The encounter took place at Mudenar village under Paknar police limits this morning, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI. Getting information that some lower-rung Naxals had called a meeting of villagers at Mudenar, security personnel had been sent to the area, located around 350 km from the state capital, the SP said.
As the police approached the village, Naxals opened fire and fled when the police retaliated. There was no casualty on either side, Yadav said. Earlier in the day a Naxal couple wanted in connection with the gun-battle at Chhote Baithiya BSF post in Kanker district earlier this week was arrested. Dasru Pungati alias Vikram (35) and his wife Nirmala (38) were apprehended from Burgi Pipili village in the neighbouring Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, Station House Officer of Bande police station Naresh Deshmukh said.
They were active in Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border area for the past several years and handling the Naxal activities in Bande area of Chhattisgarh, he said. A jawan was killed when a group of ultras opened fire on BSF camp in Bande area on the night of April 12. Preliminary investigation revealed the involvement of Dasru and his wife in the attack, and their whereabouts had been traced to Kasansur, following which a team of BSF and local police was dispatched there. They were arrested with the help of Kasansur police and brought to Bande, Deshmukh said.
NSA may review anti-Maoist operations with top agencies
Concerned over the sudden increase in Naxal attacks on security forces in the last few days, national security adviser Ajit Doval is expected to review operations against Maoists with top security and intelligence agencies in the days ahead. Sources said both the Prime Minister’s Office and the Union home ministry are on the same page on the issue of adopting a tough policy against the Naxals and to go on the offensive against them, specially in three key states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand.
Apart from reviewing the preparedness of the security forces involved in anti-Naxal operations, the NSA will also look into the aspect of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) not being followed by the security personnel. About a dozen paramilitary personnel were killed in four separate attacks in a span of three days earlier this month in Chhattisgarh alone. Reports reaching the Centre suggest that had the security personnel been more alert the casualties perhaps would have been much less.
For instance in one incident in Dantewada, the security personnel were not even wearing their seat belts when their vehicles were blown up and this resulted in the death of four, while eight others were critically injured. Security forces are also trying to figure out the exact reason for this sudden spurt in Naxal attacks on security forces. Sources said even though the NSA was travelling with Prime Minister Narendra Modi abroad he was closely monitoring the situation in the Naxal infested areas.
“We think the NSA will carryout a comprehensive review of the Naxal policy, particularly the armed operations against them. Senior officials from paramilitary forces, intelligence agencies and ministries of home and defence will participate in the meeting. But it seems the Centre is keen on a policy of hot pursuit against the Naxals as it has zero tolerance towards violence,” a senior security official remarked. Analysis of the recent attacks done by the security forces indicate that Naxals are trying to consolidate their position further, particularly in areas of dominance in Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Bihar. Security officials claim that even such smaller incidents cannot be ignored. While high-profile attacks have indeed taken place in Chhattisgarh only, sources said there have been sporadic incidents of violence in other states also, including kidnapping of some villagers. Security officials claim that even such smaller incidents cannot be ignored as these may well be an indication of bigger attacks in the days ahead.
Strategy in Place to Contain Maoists: DGP
PHULBANI/BERHAMPUR:Strategies have been drawn to rein in the Maoists in Kandhamal and its neighbouring districts, said DGP Sanjeev Marik on Friday. Inaugurating the Town police station here, Marik said Maoist groups are aiding the villagers in cultivation of ganja in rural pockets of the district with an aim to increase their hold over the area. Since the contraband is cultivated in large areas, it is not possible to destroy it manually. It has been decided to uproot the illegally cultivated ganja with the help of machines, said Marik.
The meeting was attended by Director of Intelligence Sunil Roy, IG (operation) Soumendra Priyadarshi, IG (Intelligence) DS Kutey, DIG (South) Amitav Thakur, SPs of Kandhamal, Ganjam and Nayagarh KV Singh, Narsingh Bhol and Manoranjan Mohanty respectively besides CRPF camp commandants of Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district and Muniguda in Rayagada district. The police station constructed by Odisha Police Housing Corporation at a cost of ` two crore has facilities like waiting hall for visitors with drinking water, toilet facilities and space for 100 security personnel.
Two similar buildings will be inaugurated at Tikabali and Tumudibandh, said sources. The DGP also inaugurated an Anti-Maoist Cell on the premises of the District Police Office.
Maoist posters were found near Kurli panchayat office under Bisamcuttack police limits in Rayagada district on Friday. In the posters, Maoists protested the aggressive operation of the CRPF against them and the plan to establish new CRPF camps in Niyamgiri. The posters and banners were found a day after the IG of CRPF, Piyush Anand, took stock of the steps taken to curtail Maoist menace in the district.
6 suspected Maoists arrested on extortion charges in Bihar
Six suspected Maoists were today arrested from Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi districts of Bihar on the charges of alleged extortion. The operation was conducted by police teams from here, after complaints were received that a few persons had demanded ‘levy’ or extortion money from brick kiln owners. Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police Ranjit Kumar Mishra said, “Our men nabbed three persons from Sheohar district, two from Muzaffarpur and one from Sitamarhi.
All of them are connected with each other and we have verified it with their mobile call details.” The SSP said these persons had demanded ‘levy’ from brick kilns under Hathauri police station area in Muzaffarpur district and threatened their owners of dire consequences if the demands were not met. “They had, in fact, written to the brick kiln owners on CPI (Maoist) letterheads demanding levy and giving reference about previous decisions taken regarding it at their meetings. We acted on the complaint from the kilns,” Mishra said. The SSP said the six were being interrogated.
One person killed in Jharkhand, Maoist hand suspected
A 30-year-old man was found bludgeoned to death at Machh Bhandar in Ghatshila subdivision of East Singhbhum District on April 17 triggering suspicion that the murder might be a handiwork of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), reports The Telegraph. The victim is yet to be identified. The body was lying near an under-construction canal over Subarnarekha River in the Ghurabandha Police Station area. Boulders used to bludgeon him were also found near the murder spot along with some Maoist posters calling for a hike in wages of kendu (Diospyros Melanoxylon) leaves collectors.