Roopesh refuses to co-operate with police questioning
Coimbatore: Maoist leader Roopesh and four others, who were arrested in Coimbatore on Monday, are likely to be questioned by Kerala police today. Top Maoist leader Roopesh, wanted in at least 20 cases in Kerala, wife Shina and three others, were arrested on Monday near Coimbatore in a “big breakthrough” for the police of four southern states. The Coimbatore police are questioning the group of Maoists and by afternoon they will be presented in the Coimbatore court.
However, Roopesh was not co-operating with the police and shot back questions at the officials instead, as per the sources. It is reported that the Maoist leader threw away his SIM cards and diary while entering the police Jeep. It was the locals who saw the evidence gave it to the police. The police are checking the contents of the diary and tracing the numbers from the SIM cards. The arrested persons include Roopesh’s wife… Besides the couple, others arrested were Anup from Kerala, Veeramani from Karnataka and Kannan from Tamil Nadu, the sources said, adding, all would be taken to Kerala for further questioning on the way to Andhra Pradesh. Big breakthrough Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Monday night that the arrest of Roopesh and the others were made by Andhra police following a joint operation undertaken by Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu police.
He said this was a “big breakthrough” and could be achieved due to ‘co-ordinated’ efforts of the four state governments. “At least five Maoists have been arrested. For the past two months, police of Andhra, Karnataka Kerala and Tamil Nadu were undertaking joint operations to nab them,” he said. “The Maoists are being questioned. Roopesh will be brought to Kerala,” he added.
Proud of my parents: Roopesh’s daughter
Thrissur: Arrested Maoist leader Roopesh’s daughter Aami insisted that the case registered against her parents was based on fake charges. Aami, the eldest daughter of Maoist leaders Roopesh and Shyna who were arrested in Coimbatore on Monday, said that she was proud of her parents who work for the welfare of society. She told reporters on Tuesday that her parents have neither attacked the poor nor stolen anything. She said she also believes that her parents didn’t have any role in the recent attacks as portrayed by the police. Aami and her sister Savera are not sad about being away from their parents as they believe that what their parents are doing is right.
Mahendra Karma’s son to revive salwa judum movement
In a significant development, founder of Salwa Judum late Mahendra Karma’s son Chhabbindra on Monday announced to revive the “disbanded” anti-Naxal vigilante force to take on the Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s conflict zone of Bastar. “The new anti-Maoist outfit christened as Vikash Sangarsh Samiti will take birth on the second death anniversary of Mahendra Karma in his ancestral village of Farsapal in Dantewada district,” Chhabbindra announced at a meeting of former Judum leaders, held at an undisclosed place in south Bastar district of Dantewada.
“The new outfit will strive to usher in lasting peace in Bastar by spreading awareness against Maoism in the conflict zone. We will seek cooperation from the Chhattisgarh government in way of undertaking speeding developed of the backward region as a back-up of our campaign against Naxalism,” he said. “Our movement will be peaceful,” he said and claimed, “Around two dozen panchayats in Bastar have already slapped a ban on entry of Maoists into their area.”
Prominent among those who reportedly attended the meeting included former Judum leaders Chitaram Mattami, P. Vijay, Sattar Ali and Sukhram Dadi, sources close to Karma family told this newspaper. Salwa Judum was disbanded in 2011 when Supreme Court declared it “illegal and unconstitutional”. The movement which had allegedly witnessed human rights violations and extra judicial killings, had triggered large scale displacement in Bastar.
Top Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand
RANCHI: A top Maoist leader Kunwar Yadav alias Waseerji, 40, member of CPI Maoist’s East Bihar North Jharkhand Simant Regional Committee, carrying Rs 15 lakh cash reward, was arrested from Bathuakura village under Bhelwaghati police station area in Giridih district, 350km from here, on Tuesday when a team of security personnel raided the village on intelligence inputs. DGP DK Pandey confirmed the arrest and said both Jharkhand and Bihar police wanted Waseer in multiple cases.
“Waseer is a top Maoist leader in several districts bordering Jharkhand and Bihar and responsible for several big attacks Maoists have executed in the area. Soon he was going to be promoted as member of Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee,” Giridih SP Kuldeep Dwivedi said. A police officer said 10 cases are registered against Waseer in Giridih, 11 cases in Jamui district of Bihar and two cases in Koderma district (Jharkhand). “He was the key Maoist behind Bhelwaghati and Chilkari massacres in Giridih,” Dwivedi said. In Chilkari, Maoists had killed 20 people including son of former chief minister Babulal Marandi in 2007 and 16 people in Bhelwaghati in 2005.
Police on Tuesday registered a case against Waseer with Bhelwaghati police station under explosive and criminal law amendment acts. Security personnel recovered one can bomb, 10 pieces power gel, five detonators, six meters codex wire, two kilogram ammonium nitrate, and Naxalite literature from his possession. “He was trying to run away from his house when we arrested him. There was no encounter because he was without his men,” Dwivedi said. DIG Hazaribag Upendra Kumar said Waseer carried a cash reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head. “He was a member of East Bihar North Jharkhand Simant Regional Committee of the CPI Maiost,” Kumar said.
Cop-Maoist encounter in Kandhamal forest
BERHAMPUR: Paheraju forest in Kandhamal district witnessed an exchange of fire between police and Maoists early on Monday. “Police and personnel of District Volunteer Force were in the forest for a combing operation when the rebels fired on them and the forces retaliated,” said SP (Kandhamal) K V Singh. Though the firing continued for around 15 minute, no casualty was reported from either side, he said, adding, at least seven Maoists were present in the forest at the time of the gunbattle.
Police said rebels are frequenting Paheraju forest along Boudh-Kandhamal border. In February, 7 kg of landmines were recovered from the forest, while security forces busted a Maoist camp and seized three country-made rifles, a revolver and a bag, containing food items and medicines, on September 21, 2014. “Following the gunbattle, combing operations have been intensified to flush out rebels hiding in the forest,” the SP said. Police suspect the rebels belong to Chhattisgarh, which intensified search operations after attack on security forces in April.
Maoists blow up bridge in Jharkhand
The cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), blew up the bridge on Dhordhorwa river situated in Bedam panchayat (village level local self government institution) of Churchu block in Hazaribagh District on May 3, reports The Pioneer. According to sources, a group of Maoists reached Julmi village and started searching some villagers, who according to them were ‘police informers’. When they failed to do so, they set ablaze two houses in that village. After coming out of the village, they stayed near the bridge over Dhordhorwa river. This bridge connects Churchu block with Tati-Jhariya. Suddenly the villagers heard a sound of huge explosion. When the Maoists left the place they found that the bridge has been damaged.