People’s War in India Clippings 22/4/2015


Man waiting at AIIMS to consult doctor held for Naxal ‘links’

A 33-year-old man from Champaran in Bihar with alleged links to Naxalites was on Tuesday arrested by police from AIIMS, where, according to police, he had come to consult a doctor in the Neurology department for his ailing eight-month-old son. Bhasir Shah allegedly escaped from the custody of Bihar Police in June 2014 after he was arrested for allegedly murdering a witness, who was to depose before a sessions court against Naxals. Shah, along with 13 associates, had allegedly planned and executed the killing of the witness, who was to give a statement against them and their other supporters before the court, police sources said. Shah, who was being taken to the sessions court on the day, fled from police custody.

His other associates were sentenced to life imprisonment the same day, police sources said. “Shah was an undertrial in a case that was registered in 2011. On the day when the session court was to give a judgment in the case, he managed to flee while on way to court after which he went underground. Since then, the Bihar Police had been looking for him. Ten months later, he surfaced in Delhi at AIIMS, where he came to consult a doctor for his eight-month-old son who is reportedly suffering from a neurological disorder,” a police source said. Shah, who was sitting in the waiting area at the Rajendra Prasad Eye Center to consult the doctor, was apprehended by a team of six police personnel in plainclothes.

Initially, Shah tried to mislead the police, but later broke down and confessed. According to sources, Shah tried to hide his identity at first. He said his name was not Bhasir but Arun. Then he said his name was Vishnu and that he had come to Delhi for his son. He told the police that a doctor in Champaran had referred his son to AIIMS as the line of treatment was not available in Bihar. The Delhi Police have informed the Bihar Police about the arrest. Further investigation to ascertain his other involvements is on, police said.

RK’s active involvement alarms cops

VISAKHAPATNAM: Buzz about dreaded Maoist leader Ramakrishna alias RK increasingly playing an active role in naxal activities in the Andhra Odisha Border areas, particularly Visakha Agency, despite his ailing health, has sent a frisson of alarm running through the security forces involved in anti-naxal operations in the AOB. According to sources, despite suffering from kidney ailments, RK has been actively guiding the rank and file of the CPI Maoists and has even deployed around 100 armed naxals from Chhattisgarh in the Visakha area. RK is also learnt to have been one of the top leaders that trained the Chhattisgarh cadres a couple of weeks ago in the Visakha forests.

It is learnt that Akkiraju Haragopal alias Saketh alias RK personally took classes of the Chhattisgarh cadres for almost three days near Gummurevula area of Visakha Agency on political awareness and AOB topography before leaving for the Kalimela area of Odisha. The move, which is part of the naxals’ strategy to regain their old strongholds, has pumped up the morale of the Reds. “The Red guerillas have been observing TCOC (tactical counter offensive campaign), which is generally observed by naxals from February to April end across their stronghold areas, and may strike at any place in the AOB area. The police top brass has alerted all police stations in the Visakha Agency and advised them to take precautionary measures,” said a senior police official involved in anti-naxal operations.

“The senior Maoist leader (RK) was instrumental in various attacks, including the Balimela ambush and Malkangiri collector kidnap, during his tenure as AOB secretary. Now, he has been acting as a central committee contact to the AOB committee. Security forces suspect that Maoists may unleash bloodshed at any time to show that they still strong in Visakha district,” said a source. When contacted, Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen said they have information about the movement of top Maoist leaders in the AOB and have already alerted the security forces.

He refused to divulge any further details. Over the past couple of years, the Maoist movement has been on the wane in the Visakha district following surrenders and arrests apart from the setbacks like the Sagulu and Veeravaram incidents, sources said. To regain lost ground, Maoists have been deploying militia members for gathering news about the movements of security forces. Alarmed security forces have now intensified combing operations in various pockets of the Visakha Agency after cops reportedly found a group of Maoists in the Busiputtu area of Munchingput mandal that shares borders with Odisha’s Malkangiri district.


Activists and villagers threatened as UP police continues crackdown on anti-dam protest

After police firing in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, marred an anti-dam protest on Ambedkar Jayanti last week, activists have now accused the police of further brutality on the morning of April 18 as it attempted to clear protestors, mostly tribals, from the dam site. The police allegedly attacked protestors with rubber bullets, tear gas and lathis. They chased protestors back to their villages, where they also vandalised their homes. On Monday, a fact-finding team from the Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan released a report stating that the district police and around 500 to 1,000 Provincial Armed Constabulary surrounded the site of the protest and “beat and chased the villagers right up to their villages”.

It is not yet clear how many people were injured in this round of attacks, but at least 14 people from four villages have been admitted to a block hospital in nearby Duddhi. Many women were beaten on their thighs and buttocks. The April 14 attack left 39 people injured, of whom 12 had serious injuries. As Scroll reported last week, one person is still near death in a Varanasi hospital. The police allegedly also seized tents and generators at the site of the protest and burned posters and banners.

UAPA imposed on Maoist leader Roopesh

Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet in the case related to the illegal assembly of Maoist leaders in Mavelikkara. The five accused in the charge sheet included Rajesh Madhavan, Gopalan, Devarajan, Bahuleyan and Ajayan Mannoor. Though Maoist leader Roopesh’s children had taken part in the meeting their names were avoided from the list of accused considering their age and the fact that they had no role in the conspiracy.

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