Shyna, Roopesh, Veeramani, Kannan and Anoop in court
They were produced before Mahila Court Judge M.P. Subramaniam, who is in charge of the vacation court. Charges under Sections 124 (A) (Sedition) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code along with Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were invoked against them. According to S. Balamurugan, the Tamil Nadu General Secretary of People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), who is one of the lawyers representing them, the Judicial Magistrate turned down the Coimbatore District Police’s plea for custody, stating that the police application lacked adequate details and remanded them to judicial custody till June 3. While being taken to the court, Roopesh told the media that they were actually picked up from Vindhya Nagar in Andhra Pradesh several days ago. He added that they were on hunger strike till Tuesday as police had denied them legal help. Roopesh also said they stopped the hunger strike only after they were promised of being produced before the court on Wednesday.
Roads remain a weak link to Naxal zone
As the NDA government wraps up its first year in office, action on one of its priority areas — that of beefing up infrastructure and security in Left wing extremism (LWE) affected states — is yet to gain traction. The government’s much-hyped anti-Naxal policy still largely remains a plan on paper and on deliverables such as building roads, it seems to have done marginally better than what the UPA managed in LWE affected areas. Consider this.
Since 2009, when the then Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a Road Requirement Plan (RRP) plan for improvement of road connectivity in LWE affected areas of 34 districts in eight states at a cost of Rs 7,300 crore with an expanded scope of 5,477 kms road length, a total of 3,471 kms was constructed under the programme at a cost of Rs 4,617 crore till February this year. Since the NDA came to power, despite several announcements, 547 kms were added till February this year, against 544 kms built in the year-ago period. Unlike the UPA, the NDA cannot give an excuse of non-cooperation by states as five of the ten LWE affected states are either ruled by BJP or a coalition partner.
The worst affected Chhattisgarh has in fact seen an increase in Naxal-related incidents in the first three months of this year, with 164 Naxal related incidents reported in 2015, compared with 95 in the year-ago period. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Maoist-affected Dantewada in Chhattisgarh on May 9, a first by any Prime Minister in the country. The overall situation is also far from better with 314 incidents reported in the ten affected states against 280 last year from January to March.
Even as the implementation of road projects is struggling to pick up, the government’s plan to improve the quality of telecommunication services in LWE affected areas too is struggling to take off. The Centre has approved a proposal to install mobile towers at 1,836 locations in LWE-affected states with funding support from Universal Service Obligation Fund, of which, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is estimated to have installed mobile towers at 363 locations till December 2014.
Naxal Leader Rajanna, 10 Others Held
KURNOOL (AP): In a big blow to CPI-ML (Janashakti), police have arrested party leader Kura Rajanna and 10 others while they were busy chalking out plenary of their party in a house at Bollavaram in Kallur mandal in the district. The police team led by DSP B V Ramana Murthy also seized some key records, documents and other materials from them. According to SP A Ravi Krishna, the CPI-ML (Janashakti) leaders and workers have been active in the district for the last few years under the leadership of Rajanna. It was keen on raising funds through extortion and procuring weapons for their activities. The party activists had been threatening landlords and businessmen and were extorting money from them.
On Monday night, at least 20 activists met at Bollavaram to discuss arrangements for the party’s plenary. On information, the policemen raided their meeting place and foiled their plans. The SP said Vadde Pothanna and Boya Sunkanna, who were among the arrested, were also accused in a case of threatening and collecting money from Venkateswara Reddy belonging to Banganapalle. A few others were accused in several cases of violence and arson in various places in West Godavari and other districts.
11 Maoists Arrested in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool District
HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested 11 members of the banned Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Janashakti faction in Kurnool district. Among those arrested is top Janashakti leader, Korra Rajanna. A senior police officer said the members of Janashakthi group, including Rajanna, had gathered at the residence of Mohan Reddy, seeking to rebuild the party and establish dalams (armed squads), besides procuring arms and collecting funds.
They have been booked under sections 121A (sedition) and 120B of the Indian Penal Code. Maoist literature and other documents were recovered from them, said Kurnool Superintendent of Police AK Ravikrishna. As many as 46 members of CPI(ML) Janashakthi had surrendered before the Andhra Pradesh police in 2002. The group had been held responsible for several murders and other incidents of violence in the united Andhra Pradesh in the past.
CoBRA jawan injured in Jharkhand Maoist encounter
RANCHI: A CoBRA jawan AK Tripathi, 35, was injured in a fierce encounter between security forces and Maoists in Kuchai forest on the border of Saraikela-Kharsawa and Khunti districts on Wednesday evening. CRPF IG Jharkhand Rakesh Mishra said the injured jawan is being brought to Ranchi for treatment. A search operation was launched in Maoist dominated Kuchai forest when police got intelligence inputs about Maoists holding a meeting in the area. “The extremists opened fire on security forces moving into the forest where Maoists were holding a meeting. Security forces have strongly retaliated, and the encounter is still going on,” a CRPF official said. No damage to Maoists has been reported so far.
Maoists trigger four blasts in Chhattisgarh
The cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) triggered four back-to-back explosions in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh on May 5, injuring one Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, reports The Hindu. According to the Bijapur Police, the explosions took place when a joint team of the CRPF and District Police from the Matawada Police camp was going towards Jangala village on an area domination exercise.