‘Maoist Links’: RDF State Prez Held
KOZHIKODE:The Chemmangad police on Friday arrested Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) state president T Sugathan on charges of having links with Maoist group. According to police, the arrest was made based on the case related to appearance of posters, which said ‘Maoism Bheekaravadam Alla, Vimochanathinte Vazhikatti’ (Maoism is not extremism, but the road to liberty), registered by the Iritty police. Ajayan Mannoor and Karivelloor Ramakrishnan, both functionaries of the RDF, had been picked up by the police in the case the other day.
Earlier, two activists of the RDF had been taken into custody on charges of organising a campaign at Parappa in Kasargod. They had been released after interrogation. Later, Ajayan and Ramakrishnan were arrested and slapped with charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Grow Vasu, a former Naxalite leader, convened a press conference at the Press Club here on Friday to condemn the arrest of the RDF leaders. Sugathan, hailing from Chombal in Vadakara, came to the city to attend the press meet and he was picked up by the police from Muthalakkulam as he was leaving the Press Club around 1 pm. RDF leaders and Grow Vasu raised slogans against the police protesting against the arrest.
Maoist women ‘wing commander’ arrested in Jharkhand
Hazaribagh Police arrested Asha Kiran, women ‘wing commander’ of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) from the jungle of Aulaunja village of Katkamsandi block of Hazaribagh District on April 23, reports The Pioneer. Police also arrested a local doctor who was treating her. After the arrest, the Police admitted her to sadar hospital in Hazaribagh. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhilesh Jha said they received a tip-off that a Maoist women ‘wing commander’ came to village to attend a marriage ceremony.
After the ceremony she came to know that she is suffering from brain malaria. She called a local doctor for the treatment in the jungles of Aulaunja village. Kiran has been associated with CPI-Maoist for last 12 years and holds an important position in the organisation. SP Jha said her teammates Sarita and Karo have reached up to the Jharkhand Regional Committee of the Maoist group. SP Jha said Asha is accused in 20 cases in Hazaribagh, Chatra, Gaya and Bokaro District since 2006. The SP said after the interrogation, she will be sent to Hazaribagh Central Jail along with the local doctor.
Major Naxal ambush averted in Gadchiroli
Timely intelligence inputs helped police avert what could have been a major tragedy in Gadchiroli district. The police found an improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 25 kilograms planted by Naxals in an area that security personnel and policemen posted in Kotami frequented to get mobile phone network to talk to their families. According to reports, the Naxals studied the movement of security personnel for two months before planting the IED to ambush them. Sources in Gadchiroli police said Kotami is about 15 kilometres away from the Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh. In order to put an end to the Naxal activities, the police had opened a post in Kotami only two months ago. Men from the local police, state reserve police force and C-60 commandos are working at the post.