11 ‘Maoist’ undertrials on fast demanding speedy trials
BERHAMPUR: Seeking speedy trial of their cases, 11 undertrials, including three women inmates, today held a fast at special sub jail, Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district. All the 11, jailed in Maoist-related cases, demanded that they be granted bail. They had earlier pleaded to the local court that their cases be taken up early.
Alert against Maoist retaliation
The Home Department has issued a Statewide alert against possible retaliatory attacks in the wake of the arrest of Maoist leader R. Roopesh and his team from Coimbatore on Monday. Additional Director General of Police (North Zone) N. Shankar Reddy said all police stations, especially in Wayanad, Kannur, Kozhikode, and forest regions of Palakkad, were asked to step up their security apparatus.
Police question people mentioned in Maoist diary
COIMBATORE: A pocket diary containing about 50 phone numbers, thrown out of the police vehicle by one of the arrested Maoists when they were whisked away from the bakery in Karumathampatti on Monday could well turn out to be the vital clue to bust the network of radicals in Tamil Nadu. The diary which had names of people scribbled in Tamil was thrown away from the police vehicle by one of the accused as they were taken away from the bakery in Karumathampatti on Monday evening. However, one eyewitness picked up the diary and handed it over to the police. In addition to the diary, two SIM cards were also found in the plastic carry bag flung out of the police vehicle. A Q branch source said they have started tracing the people mentioned in the diary.
Police suspect that the names were pseudonyms. Some numbers were found to be switched off while others who picked up the calls denied they were the people mentioned in the diary. We are talking to the people mentioned in the diary. We want to find out the nature of their association with the arrested people,” said a police officer. Police officials are concerned that all the 50 phone numbers found in the diary belonged to residents of Tamil Nadu. The pocket diary and a few pamphlets printed in Tamil has come as an indication that the radical left movement was seeking to gain a foothold in Tamil Nadu. The two SIM cards however did not have any phone numbers stored, but police are hoping to get hold of records of calls made from the two SIM cards.
Police heave a sigh of relief stating that the arrest of Roopesh and his associates has thwarted efforts to establish and strengthen the Maoist movement in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Police said they suspected the five arrested Maoists were attempting to indoctrinate tribals in the western ghats if the pamphlets were any indication. “Of the five, two hail from Tamil Nadu. Veeramani was given a clear assignment of recruiting people from Tamil Nadu,” said a police officer.
10 days custody of five suspected Maoists
The Coimbatore District Sessions Court on Wednesday granted the ‘Q’ Branch Police ten days custody of the five persons, suspected to be Maoists. District Sessions Judge in-charge M.P. Subramaniam granted the custody of Roopesh, his wife Shyna, C. Kannan, J. Anoop and C. Veeramani based on a petition filed by the investigation officer in the case, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Q Branch, C. Sethupathi. The ‘Q’ Branch Police had arrested the five from an eatery in Karumathampatti on Monday evening on charges of plotting armed struggle and had invoked Sections 124 (A) (sedition), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
In their petition, the police said that they had to interrogate the five to know the whereabouts of the other members of their organisation, the extent of their network, their plans for armed struggle, the explosives in their possession and other related details. Opposing the plea for police custody, advocates S. Balamurugan and Mohammad Abubacker said the court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the petition as the Central government, under the provisions of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, had constituted a special court with a State-wide jurisdiction for the purpose and the court in Poonamalle was the competent court. They also argued that the idea behind seeking the five persons’ custody was to frame them under more serious charges.
There was nothing more for the police to learn and recover from the five as they claimed to have recovered Maoist literature, pen drives and mobile phones based on a confession statement they claimed to have had. The police in Coimbatore also had the track record of killing in encounter the accused in their custody. Overruling the objections, the Judge granted the custody saying that an advocate, Murugan, should be allowed to meet for 15 minutes the five accused on all the 10 days.
Rank Holder, Wife Targeted South TN
MADURAI: Arrested Maoist S Kannan, a rank holder in Madurai Kamaraj University, was alleged to have been involved actively in mobilising people towards the ideology, along with his wife Reena Joyce Mary. The Madurai couple has toured across the southern part of Tamil Nadu attempting to introduce youngsters to the left extremist ideology. Police said though they managed to arrest Kannan, Reena was at large. Police have also booked the couple under various cases, including POTA, for assaulting a police personnel at Uthankarai in Krishnagiri district in 2004.
They also have cases against them in Kodaikanal, Dindigul district for alleged involvement in arms training, apart from a few cases in Dharmapuri district. Kannan was attracted to the Maoist ideology when he came in contact with a gang that operated from Goripalayam during late 1980s. “My brother was studying BA economics at a reputed college in the city. As he was good in studies and also secured university rank, we didn’t suspect his activities,” said S Aravindan, his younger brother from Old Kuyavarpalayam. When Kannan came in contact with the group, he developed a relationship with Reena, who was already an active member. “We started having suspicion over his activities only after police began visiting our house,” he said. When the family advised Kannan to keep away from anti-social activities, he stopped coming home.
Couple carrying inflammables for Maoists killed in explosion in Jharkhand
A couple, identified as Deepeshwar Mehta and Dhaneshwari Devi, allegedly involved in illegal trade and supply of explosives to Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), were killed in an explosion under Padma Police Station area in Hazaribagh District on May 5, reports The Pioneer. The explosion was so strong that the two were blown into pieces. The incident took place when they were carrying explosives and other inflammable items into the forest for the Maoists. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhilesh Jha said “We had come to know about the involvement of the Mehta couple in this illegal trade and hence we had intensified the surveillance on them. It seems that the couple had got a whiff of our surveillance and probably in a hurry they began disposing off the explosives and in this process they got killed accidently.”