Maoist call Bihar-Jharkhand bandh on Saturday
RANCHI: Protesting arrest of Special Area Committee (SAC) member Shiv Prasad Singh alias Rohit ji in Jharkhand and ten others from different parts of Bihar during the last one week, CPI Maoists have given a call for Bihar and Jharkhand bandh this Saturday. Essential services like medical facilities and marriage parties would be allowed free movement during bandh hours beginning Friday midnight. Spokesperson Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) of CPI (Maoist) Gopal ji accused the police of using highhandedness in Bihar on behest of JD (U) MLA Raju Kumar Singh of Sahebgunj constituency. He said that one Pintu Ram of Bhagwanpur in Saran district, Dipak Ram and Baskit Sahmu also of Saran and Yugesh Yadav of Chitwa bandh village in Aurangabad district were arrested by police along with six other villagers from Muzaffarpur district on direction of Sahebgunj MLA. “Police have beaten them up in custody and have been torturing them,”Gopal Ji said condemning the police act.
The Maoists have also taken up the cause of forest dwellers of Jharkhand-Bihar who depend on minor forest produce for their livelihood. “Police have intensified their operations in the jungles and have restricted the villagers from venturing into the forests to collect Mahua or firewood,” Gopal ji said claiming that this would lead the villagers to die of starvation. “Most of the villagers in forest area depend upon Mahua collection during this season to support their livelihood but if they are forced to remain indoors they would not be able to earn a penny and ultimately would be forced to migrate as labourers,” he added.
Maoists have ruled out giving any bandh call on Wednesday. Responding to media reports in vernacular about the Wednesday bandh, Gopal ji said that police intelligence experts are behind false propaganda. “We had not extended any bandh call for Wednesday but common life was badly hit after such a message, though false, was circulated by the security agencies,” Gopal ji said threatening to deal with such acts of cheating sternly in future.
Naxal commander gunned down in police encounter
RAIPUR: A Naxal commander was gunned down in an encounter between Maoists and police in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district today.
Rifles, bullets and can bombs recovered during anti-naxal operation
Sasaram :-Security forces today recovered three rifles, two bullets and two can bombs planted under a road bridge during anti-naxal operation in Bihar’s Rohtas district today. Deputy Inspector General of Police Sahabad range Mohammad Rahman said following information about Maoists presence in Oardaja village in forest of Kaimur a joint team of CRPF and state police launched a combing operation. The security forces recovered three rifles and two bullets, the DIG said. While returning, the security forces found two can bombs planted under a road bridge in Alampur road. The can bombs weighed 15 kg and 10 kg respectively, he said. Security forces are on alert in Bihar and Jharkhand following naxal incidents in Chhattisgarh.
Maoist courier held with fabric for rebels
The Dantewada police have arrested a person who was allegedly carrying fabric to be used for uniforms of the Maoists. Around 220 metre of Raymond fabric was seized from Pukhraj Chandak, a resident of Geedam in Dantewada, yesterday. According to Dantewada SP Kam Lochan Kashyap, Chandak had taken an order from a Darbha-based Maoist Deva, member of the Darbha Division Committee of CPI (Maoist). “Pukhraj brought this cloth from Ahmedabad and was going in his vehicle to deliver it to Deva when he was arrested,” Kashyap said. Chandak had been acting as a Maoist courier and had earlier supplied them medicines, ration, uniforms and other material, said the police.
This is the not the first instance that quality fabric was seized by the state police that was allegedly meant for the uniforms of Maoists. In 2007, two Bilaspur-based top cloth merchants were arrested from whom the then spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee had purchased a large quantity of cloth, which was subsequently stitched into uniforms by a Raipur-based tailor. While the cloth traders had admitted to selling the fabric, they claimed ignorance about its end use.
Maoists also have tailoring units in Bastar where special units of guerrillas stitch uniforms for their comrades. Considering that Bastar has at least 6000 armed cadres, these units almost regularly stitch uniforms. This correspondent earlier met one such Maoist couple, Kanker-based Naresh and Preeti, who never participated in any ambush as their chief task was to stitch uniforms. Since they live an extremely tough life in forests, they pointed out, their leaders often provide them quality fabric to ensure that the uniforms last longer.
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda again goes on hunger strike
Berhampur (Odisha): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda has again started hunger strike in Berhampur Circle Jail here. Earlier, Panda was on hunger strike from March 31 to April 4 protesting his solitary confinement in the jail and accusing authorities of stopping his letters from reaching the court. He also demanded that he be provided with the list of cases pending against him in different police stations. The rebel leader had postponed his strike after jail authorities assured that they would draw the attention of the authorities to his demands.
Since his demands were not fulfilled, he is on an indefinite fast since yesterday, said his advocate Deepak Patnaik. Sabyasachi was served food, but he is not eating anything since yesterday, said Assistant Jailor Satya Narayan Behera. In another development, Dandapani Mohanty, who is lodged in the same jail for alleged Maoist activities, threatened to launch a hunger strike from tomorrow. Mohanty, convener of Damana Pratirodha Manch, a human rights organisation, was arrested from his house here on February 8, 2013.
Secret Maoist meeting: NIA submits charge sheet
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against five persons, including a former scientist at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, in a case relating to a secret meeting of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a front organisation of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), at Mavelikara in December 2012. The accused in the charge sheet, filed at the NIA special court Kochi, were identified as Rajesh Madhavan, 34, of Mavelikara; Bahuleyan, 50, of Chirayinkeezh, Thiruvananthapuram; Devarajan, 50, of Mayyanad, Kollam; Ajaya Kumar alias Ajayan of Muvattupuzha; and Gopal, 52, of Rajilpakkom, Chennai. Gopal is a former scientist with Kalpakkam atomic research centre.
Odisha appoints 347 SPOs as OAFP Constables
The Odisha Government has brought huge relief to the 347 Special Police Officers (SPOs) by appointing them as Constables in the Odisha Auxiliary Police Force (OAFP), reports odishanewsinsight.com on April 23. This is in recognition to their satisfactory performance over the last three years. These SPOs, mostly tribal and women, will help the special forces in combating Maoists in various areas of the State. Their appointment as Constables was approved by CM Naveen Patnaik on April 22. Out of these 347 personnel, 196 are from Rayagada, followed by Koraput (67), Deogarh (35), Jajpur (20), Ganjam (12), Keonjhar (8), Rourkela (6), Sundargarh (2) and Nuapada (1).