Maoists kill 2 tribals on suspicion of police informers
Raipur,May 4 (PTI) Naxals killed two tribal brothers, whom they had kidnapped from Andhra Pradesh last week, after branding them as ‘police informers’ in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said today. The incident occurred last night when ultras held a ‘jan adalat’ (people’s court) at Durma village under Konta police station limits, where they brutally murdered Kunja Brahmaiah and Kunja Seetaramaiah, Sukma ASP (anti-naxal operations) Santosh Singh told PTI.
He said bodies of the victims were recovered from jungles of Banda village in the same region. As per the preliminary investigation, the brothers were abducted on May 1 from Burakanakota village, located on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Singh said it appears that ultras slit the throat of the victims. However, the exact cause behind their death could be ascertained only after postmortem. Bodies of the duo were brought to Konta and will be handed to their family members after autopsy, he said. A search operation was launched in the region to trace the attackers, Singh said.
Police Arrest Hardcore Maoist in Jamui
JAMUI: A hardcore Maoist, carrying a reward of Rs. 50,000 on his head, was arrested today from a village in Bihar’s Jamui district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Kokra Mahto Dih village and netted the hardcore Maoist, identified as Raju Yadav, who had come to attend a wedding function at his relative’s place, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Operations, D.N. Pandey said. Yadav, an accused in police van break-in case in Jharkhand’s Giridih district, was wanted by the Jamui police, in a number of incidents of Naxal violence in the district, he said. The district police put Rs. 50,000 as reward on his head as he was elusive for a long time, Pandey said.
Four Maoist militia members nabbed in Khammam
In a stepped up joint operation against Maoists, the Bhadrachalam sub-division police in association with the CRPF personnel nabbed four alleged CPI (Maoist) militia members and a dalam member in a forest area in Charla mandal of Khammam District in the early hours of Monday. A joint team consisting of the personnel of the district police and the CRPF conducted a combing operation in the Chennapuram forests in the small hours of the day.
The team reportedly apprehended four alleged Maoist militia members and a member of the Maoist Lachanna squad after a chase in the forest area early on Monday morning, the police said. According to the police sources, the arrested persons were allegedly involved in several cases of Maoist violence in the division. All of them hail from Charla mandal in Bhadrachalam division.
Maoist Threat: Proposal for Police Stations at Vilangad, Kakkayam
KOZHIKODE: In the wake of perceived Maoist threat in the rural belt of the district, the police are planning to set up more police stations in the forest areas where the presence of the extremists has been reported. According to an official with Nadapuram sub-division of police, a proposal has been mooted seeking government nod to set up stations at Vilangad bordering Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts and at Kakkayam. Currently, Vilangad comes under the jurisdiction of Valayam station in the Circle of Nadapuram sub-division of police, almost 25 km from Nadapuram police Sub-Division Office. Vilangad is also a major tribal hamlet in the district which has been cited as one of the reasons for Maoists focusing on the region.
It was more than 10 years ago that a police station was set up at Valayam considering the increasing incidents of arson in the area. However, the police team comprising two Sub- Inspectors, two Additional Sub-Inspectors, five senior civil police officers and 24 civil police officers failed to combat the increasing number of crimes. In view of the recent reports of Maoist presence, the police have come up with the plan to upgrade the Kakkayam police out-post to a station. An official with the Nadapuram police said the proposal was part of the department’s efforts to establish effective policing in the politically-sensitive region., he said.
The police have decided to strengthen vigil in areas bordering forests. As part of the move, the proposal has been put forward, he added. “The proposed Vilangad police station will cover Vanimel and Narippatta panchayats. As per the proposal, Vilangad, Karukulam, Kommiyode, Paloor wards of Vanimel panchayat and Naduthara, Thavullakkolly, Valook wards of Narippatta panchayat will be in the limits of the new station. The Kakkayam out-post will be upgraded to a station. Both stations will have a minimum staff strength of 25 including one Sub-Inspector,” said the officer.
“A detailed plan has been prepared and it will be submitted to the State government this week,” the officer added. According to police sources, the Kozhikode rural police have recorded the highest number of incidents of riots in the state for the past few years. But the rural stations are facing acute shortage of staff and other facilities. “Worsening the situation, Maoist presence has also become a threat. If the proposed station becomes a reality, it would be a relief to the rural police,” the officer added.
‘Maoist link’: demand to withdraw charge sheet
A demand was made for withdrawal of the charge sheet against post-graduate Journalism degree holder Vittala Malekudiya and his father Linganna Malekudiya accused of having links with Maoists. The issue came up at the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes grievance redressal meeting with the police on Sunday.
Shekar L. of the Dalita Hakku Horata Samiti said there was no ground for the police to file a charge sheet. During the raid on their house in Kuthlur village in Kudremukh National Park on March 3, 2012, the police had not recovered any material to substantiate the connection. “A person cannot be termed as Maoist for merely possessing a book on Bhagat Singh,” he said and added that fighting for the right of Kulthur residents cannot be termed as Maoist activity. Mr. Shekar reminded SP Sharanappa S.D of the instances when Mr. Vittala had raised issues concerning people of this area.
Stating that the police did not have power to withdraw charge sheet, Mr. Sharanappa said the then investigating officer collected evidence against Vittala and had sought permission of the Government several months ago. The permission to file charge sheet was granted by the government on January 23 and the same filed before the JMFC court on January 30. “The accused have every right to question the charge sheet before the court. We cannot take any decision about withdrawal of case,” he said.