Vittala Malekudiya, his father charged with Maoist links
Vittala Malekudiya and his father, Linganna Malekudiya, have been charged by the police of having links with Maoists. The first hearing on the case — after the police filed a charge sheet before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Belthangady, on January 30 — was on Wednesday. Vittala (25), a journalism degree holder, and his father were arrested on March 3, 2012 from their house at Kuthlur village in Kudremukh National Park. They were lodged in the Mangaluru prison till July 5. Vittala was not allowed to write his examinations for the first year postgraduate course because of shortage of attendance. The Belthangady police had filed the charge sheet a week after getting permission from the State government as required under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Vittala’s advocate, S.M. Shivakumar, said the two had been accused of having links with Vikram Gowda, Pradeep, John, Prabha and Sundari, who are absconding and mentioned as accused No. 1 to 5.
The police accused Vittala of holding meetings in Kuthlur and distributing pamphlets issued by Maoists. The police have charged the two under Section 10 and 13 (3) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Sections 120 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code. The Magistrate has issued summons asking Vittala and his father to appear before the court on September 1. It might be recalled that Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat had raised this issue before the then Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
CPI-Maoist Trying to Establish a Channel in Nagaland
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary on Wednesday said left wing extremist (LWE) outfit CPI (Maoist) is trying to establish a separate channel in Nagaland primarily to source weapons. The outfit has also developed close fraternal ties with other North-East insurgent groups like the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) / People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition.
Disclosing this at the Rajya Sabha, Chaudhary also pointed out that the CPI (Maoist) was trying to establish organizational bases in the North East with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements. He said the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers.
The UALC has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam. These cadres have been utilized in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam. In this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activity. Likewise, the CPI (Maoist) is also making efforts to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Their plans include creating a base on the border of Kerala and Karnataka, Chaudhary stated.
The statement from the Minister of State comes in the backdrop of media and intelligence reports of the CPI (Maoist) making inroads to the North East. According to a report of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in 2012, some arrested Maoists had disclosed that the CPI-Maoist has been trying to establish contact with arms traffickers in Dimapur, Nagaland, for Chinese- and European-made arms. A DNA report in 2014 suggested that the Maoists have been trying to get active in the northeast, especially among the tea tribes Adivasis whose stock comes from the tribal population of contiguous regions of Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
‘Subansiri dam site is new theatre of Maoist activity’
GUWAHATI: The project site of the controversial Subansiri lower mega dam, at Gerukamukh near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, has become the new theatre of Maoist activities in the country. Union minister of state for home affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that cadres of Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) are being involved in anti-dam propaganda campaign. Anti-dam activists from different organizations of the state have stalled the work of the 2,000 MW project on the Subansiri river since December, 2011.
In reply to a question by one Anand Sharma, the minister said, “The UALC is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and has been involved in the looting of weapons and extortion activities in the local villages. It has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam. These cadres have been involved in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam. Against this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activity.”
The minister said CPI(Maoist) was also trying to set up organizational bases in the northeast with a view to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements. “The outfit has developed close fraternal ties with northeast insurgent groups like Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition,” he added.
The CPI(Maoist) has also established separate channels in the northeast, particularly in Nagaland, for procurement of ammunition, the minister added. One of the earliest warnings about the outfit spreading its wings in the region was given in 2011 by then Union home minister P Chdambaram, who had stated in an annual report of his ministry that, “Assam has emerged as the new theatre of Maoist activities. There are also inputs about the links of CPI (Maoist) with insurgent groups in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. In 2013, the ministry of home affairs for the first time formally declared Assam a Maoist-hit state and made this one of the prime reasons for renewing the ‘disturbed area’ tag under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, for the state.
The state was first declared a ‘disturbed area’ on November 27, 1990, by the Centre under the provision of Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. The tag has been renewed every year since then. According to a notification issued by joint secretary (northeast) Shambhu Singh in 2013, a review of law and order in the state indicates that “Maoist presence in Assam and border areas of Arunachal Pradesh has been noticed and hence their activities were observed in Golaghat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia districts of Assam and Namsai area of Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh.”
Naxal pamphlets, banner, found at Kellar in Sringeri taluk
Chikkamagaluru, Apr 30: Naxal banner and pamphlets suddenly surfaced near Kellar in Sringeri taluk of the district on Wednesday April 29. A banner was found to have been tied near Kellar auto stand on the road leading to Kigga from Sringeri, and pamphlets were found strewn around the place. The policemen rushed to the spot immediately after gathering information about naxal literature, and collected these items. The banner calls upon people of the area to stoutly oppose the plan to create reserve in Kudremukh forest and implementation of Kasturirangan report.
It has also called upon villagers to boycott gram panchayat election. Other than this banner and literature, the taluk has not witnessed any naxal activity in the recent past. Some have expressed the suspicion that the banner and pamphlets would have been created to spread a sense of confusion and fear among the villagers. Sringeri poilce, who have registered a case, are investigating the matter. It may be recalled that similar pamphlets and banner had been found at Tekkur Circle in the taluk sometime back, but during combing by Anti Naxal Force, no naxal activity was found.
Maoist posters appear in Siddipet
Posters warning people against setting of polluting industries have appeared in the name of CPI (ML) Spokesperson Jagan at Siddipet, the constituency headquarters, being represented by Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao. The posters were pasted near the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO), one of the main centres at Siddipet late on Wednesday night. “The real estate brokers are buying lands at Marpadaga, Sirsinagandla, Khmammampally and Peddamasanpally from poor farmers and then selling them to the industries.
Those who are cooperating to establish industry that pollutes the area would not be spared,” Jagan warned in the poster. He has also demanded the Government withdrawal of the police informer system in the State. Transporting silt removed from tanks to the fields of farmers at free of cost, providing Jeevana Bhruthi (sustenance allowance) to all the beedi workers, payment of Rs.20 lakh ex-gratia to the families of farmers who had committed suicide, waiving of all the loans for farmers and sanctioning new loans, completing the land distribution for the SCs immediately and extending this programme for minorities and others were some of the issues also mentioned in the two-page poster.
UG cadres arrested
IMPHAL, Apr 29: A team of Imphal East district police commando arrested one active member of KCP (Maoist) while conducting frisking and checking in and around Wangkhei area, Imphal East on April 26. According to a statement issued by the PRO of Police dept, the arrested individual has been identified as Sagolsem Umakanta Singh alias UK alias Sirsum (42) s/o (L) S Yaima Singh of Charangpat Mayai Leikai. From the disclosure of S Umakanta Singh, two other cadres of KCP (Maoist) namely Ningthoujam Telheiba Meitei alias Ango alias Boy (20) S/o N Babu Meitei of Chajing Khunou, Sugnu and Ningthoujam Silhenba Meitei alias Wanglen alias Tondomba (21) S/o N Ibohal Meitei of Laisoi, Moirang PS were arrested.
Further, on the disclosure of N Silhenba Meitei, one .45 pistol with 6 live rounds, three .32 live round of ammunition, 14 sticks of PEK (Explosive substance), two WT sets, three banners of KCP (Maoist), three red flags with stars of KCP (Maoist) were seized from the house of Konjengbam Ambika Devi alias Abi of Moirang Phairembam Leikai, it said. In a follow up action, by Imphal East District Police Commandos, including Women Police, another cadre, namely, Sapam Sophiya Devi alias Yai (35) D/o (L) S Achoubi Singh of Nongmeibung Academy road was also arrested on April 27, 2015. Investigation revealed that the arrested persons were involved in extortion of money from general public, oil pumps and transport associations for raising party fund. A case has been registered at Porompat Police Station and investigation is going on, it said.
Maoists set ablaze passenger bus in Chhattisgarh
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres set ablaze a passenger bus near Chingavaram village under Gadiras Police Station limits in Sukma District on April 29, reports The Hindu. No passenger was hurt in the incident as the Maoists asked passengers to get off the bus before setting it on fire. According to Police sources, around 30 to 40 ‘armed’ Maoists stopped the bus of RBMT Travels Company, asked all the passengers to vacate the bus and smashed the diesel tank of the vehicle. The Maoists also left some banners nearby after setting the bus on fire, warning owners of passenger vehicles in the area against providing vehicles to the Police.
Arms seized from a forest in Odisha
Security Forces (SFs) seized weapons hidden by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres inside a forest in Sundargarh District on April 29, reports Zee News. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) launched operation in Silkuta Reserve Forest near Langalkanta and seized four guns, three small bore rifles and a pistol, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) R Panigrahi said.
Two Maoists arrested during combing operation in Telangana
Two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres including a ‘militia commander’ were arrested by the Police in Chennapuram forest area in Charla mandal (administrative division) of Khammam District on April 29, reports The Hindu. According to Police sources, Paddam Kamaiah, Secretary, Revolutionary People’s Committee (RPC), Chennapuram and Ravva Bheemaiah, ‘militia commander’ of Bakkachingalapadu of Charla mandal were arrested by a Police team during an anti-Maoist operation in Chennapuram forest area. The detained RPC secretary was allegedly involved in around 50 offences including several murder cases and incidents of arson besides one bank robbery case in Bhadrachalam Division in the last few years.