Maharashtra ATS claims to have arrested senior Maoist leader
Ajith along with an aide identified by police as Ismail Hamaza Chiragpilli was arrested from a hospital.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has claimed to have arrested senior Maoist leader Ajith (62) – who also goes by the names K Muralidharan and Thomas Joseph – from the outskirts of Pune city early on Monday morning. Ajith along with an aide identified by police as Ismail Hamaza Chiragpilli alias Pravin alias James Mathew (29) was arrested from a hospital in village Talegaon Dabhade – about 30 kms from Pune – and produced before a special judge on Tuesday morning. Additional Sessions Judge S V Mane has granted a seven-day police remand to question the two arrested accused. Police did not clarify how long the duo have been living in Talegaon. Police described Ajith as a close aide of top Maoist leader Ganapathy.
They said that Ajith and Ismail were residing in Talegaon Dabhade under a false identity. The duo has been booked under Indian Penal Code (PIC 419, 467, 468, 471 and 34 read with UAPA sections 10, 13, 20, 38. “We have arrested them yesterday from Moraya Hospital in Talegaon Dabhade after getting a tip off from a source. They belong to the banned CPI (Maoist) party. We will be releasing a detailed note for the press later,” said Bhanupratap Barge, Senior Police Inspector, ATS (Pune Unit). A large contingent of police personnel was deployed at the Shivajinagar District and Sessions Court. The police did not allow the media persons to sit for the remand hearing citing ‘need of secrecy’ and security reasons. The two accused were produced in the court with their faced covered with a hood. When he was escorted out from the ATS office, Ajith told media persons, “I am a member of the CPI Maoist party. I shouldn’t have been arrested like this. My arrest is illegal.”
Maoist leader Murali Kannambally held in Maharashtra
PUNE: Maoist leader Murali Kannambally has been held by the Maharashtra police. Murali, a native of Ernakulam, was arrested from Pune along with another Maoist identified as Ismail, brother of Moideen of Pandikkadu, the master brain behind the Maoist attacks in Kerala. The police are questioning the two in a secret place. Murali, accused in attacking the police station at Kayanna in Kozhikode in 1970 was absconding for the past 40 years. Murali, engaged in terrorist activities in north India, had published various books in Maoism. Murali, who was a student of Kozhikode Regional Engineering College, discontinued his studies and fled the state. As a student, he became a part of naxalism and later formed a naxal group named naxalbari. When a split was witnessed, he stood with K Venu. Later, when the Maoists merged again, he led the main leadership of naxalbari.
Strengthen Anti-Naxal Teams: Govt
ERODE:In the wake of the arrest of five Maoists from Coimbatore district a few days back, the State government has issued instructions to strengthen anti-Naxalite special divisions in the Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts. Police sources said that each division had a sub-inspector and seven constables. Their main role is to gather intelligence regarding movement of Naxalites in the forest areas.In the district, they will work jointly with the special branch police attached to the stations in Bargur, Kadambur, Hasanur, Thalavadi and Bhavanisagar. They have been specially deputed to watch Naxalite movement with the help of Friends of Police and leaders of local bodies.In all these five stations, two armed reserve police personnel and five additional policemen have been posted as they are in the hill areas or near forests.
Fallout of Salwa Judum 2?
Abduction of 300 villagers could mark fresh Maoist-state war
Raigarh: The alleged abduction of 300 villagers by Maoists in Sukma before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi could mark the beginning of another phase of intense confrontation between the state and the Left ultras in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The government appears to have sent out the impression to the Maoists that it would renew Salwa Judum without making it official and the latter seem to be responding to that through the ‘kidnapping’… Gudsa Usendi, the Maoist leader, through a press release on Friday had warned people against getting involved with the Salwa Judum – 2. There is a serious possibility that the villagers, who were rounded up by the Maoists and held hostage, were those ‘requisitioned’ by the organisers of the public meeting by the PM to attend and swell it.
Maoists kill one abducted villager, release others
Raipur: Maoists took 250 villagers hostage in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to neighbouring Dantewada but freed all the captives late Saturday night barring one who was beaten to death after being tried in a ‘people’s court’. Sukma Superintendent of Police D. Shravan said the “Naxals killed a villager identified as Sadaram Nag by holding so-called Jan Adalat in the forests between Gaadem and Munga villages under Tongpal police station limits and released others.” As per information, the freed villagers were returning to their homes, carrying Nag’s body with them, Shravan told PTI over phone. The Maoist rebels abducted the residents of Marenga and some adjoining villages within Tongpal police stations limits late on Friday night and herded them to a nearby forest in protest against construction of a bridge.
Suspected Maoist held
A suspected Maoist, who allegedly burnt a camp shed of the Forest Department inside the Silent Valley National Park in January along with a few others, was arrested by the Agali police on Friday. The arrested was identified as Sundaran alias Unnikrishnan, 49, a native of Kumaramputhur, near Mannarkkad. The police said he was taken into custody on Thursday evening and his arrest was recorded on Friday afternoon. He would be produced at a Mannarkkad court on Saturday.
The police said Sundaran was taken into custody from Agali following a tip-off. A farm worker, he had been residing at Agali for long. Officials said he allegedly led a team of Maoists that set the shed near the Anavayi Upper tribal hamlet on fire. The police had recovered Maoist pamphlets and posters from the spot. Maoists had claimed responsibility for the incident.
Winning war in Sukma key to breaking Maoists stranglehold in Odisha
Though local Maoists have lost considerable ground in Odisha’s undivided Koraput district after the deployment of BSF personnel in the area, the ferquent and unhindered sneaking in of Maoists holed up in the safe havens of Sukma district in neighbouring Chhattisgarh continues to keep security forces on tenterhooks on this side of the border, especially in Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts. Just how well ensconced the Maoists are in Sukma was brought home when they held about 300 villagers hostage on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dantewada area today.
There has been a visible decline in Maoist violence after the deployment of BSF though there have been occasional attempts by Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali division in Rayagada district to make its presence felt. Similarly, activities of the Malkangiri Divisional Committee too have waned in the area in comparison to earlier days. But the increasing forays into the area by Maoist organizations from neighbouring Chhattisgarh have become a major headache both for the central security forces and the state police.
Sukma district, which shares borders with Malkangiri district, has turned out to be a safe haven for the Maoists. The dreaded guerilla wing of the Maoists ‘Janata Sarkar’ runs a virtual parallel government in the extensive densely forested area of the region. This guerilla wing freely moves between Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh from Sukma. Unless Sukma area is freed from the grip of Maoists, there is little chance of Maoist outrages coming down in Malkangiri. Besides, Maoists from Mainpur Divisional Committee in Chhattisgarh have dominance in Raighar block of Nabarangpur. In Umarkote, it may be noted, Maoists had killed MLA Jagabandhu Majhi a few years ago. The influence of the Red Rebels in this area has decreased following the surrender of Jani Salem, a leader of the Mainpur Divisional Committee, to the Andhra Pradesh police and the deployment of BSF in the area. But Maoists from Chhattisgarh continue to put up posters in the area every now and then to make their presence felt.
Currently, the Darbha Divisional Committee of the Chhattisgarh Maoists is focusing on Mathili block of Malkangiri district. The committee has made its presence felt in the remote, inaccessible, densely forested hills of the area at different points of time. During the last general elections, Maoists had made their presence felt in Ramgiri area of Baipariguda and different remote areas of Mathili block by way of booth capturing, threatening polling parties and torching vehicles carrying polling personnel. Darbha Divisional Committee of the Red Rebels had recently abducted 13 villagers from Kartanpalli panchayat area in the same Mathili block and organized a praja court (kangaroo court) with more than a thousand people from nearby villages attending it at the Tulsi hills.
The praja court attended by hundreds of armed Maoists, including Maoist commander Vinod Kashyap, Surjyam and other top Maoist leaders, was a challenge to the security forces in the area. The situation was such that even though security forces and senior police officers had advance intelligence inputs about the praja court to be held at Tulsi hills, no action could be taken. Probably sensing that action by the BSF could endanger the lives of several innocent tribals, no action was taken allowing the Red Rebels to hold the praja court openly from early 7 AM to 6 PM in the evening. In a bid to cover up the weaknesses of the police department, DGP Sanjeev Marik had stated before the media that all the abductees were Maoist sympathizers. They had gone with them of their own volition after being called by the Maoists and it was not a case of abduction, the DGP had averred. The DGP’s statement speaks of how helpless the state police was in the said situation. The question is: if those who were abducted by the Maoists were their sympathizer,s why were they beaten up severely by the Maoists?
Explosives haul on capital doorstep
Thursday. 2pm. Tamar. 50km from state capital. Underground water tank spills gunpowder and landmine ambush tools among other things
Thursday. 10pm. Tupudana. 25km from the state capital. Godown yields ingredients for bombs, detonators and gelatine sticks, besides a host of other destructive supplies
The chance discovery of this double cache of explosives on the outskirts of the city has once again turned the spotlight on Ranchi’s role as safe haven for Maoists. Speculations have always been rife that after being flushed out from adjoining forests of Khunti and Latehar through sustained paramilitary offensives, both conformist and splinter rebel outfits find haunts in and around the capital city, a logistical paradise given its air, rail and road connectivity along with questionable security.
However, this is perhaps the first time in years that huge quantities of explosives have been recovered on Ranchi’s threshold to put a seal on what was so long a matter of debate and discussion in police circles. According to SP (rural) R.K. Lakra, during a routine combing in the Tamar thana area, a CRPF squad found a Syntex water tank buried near Bunduburu Pahar. The jawans prised open the cover to find combustible powder for making IEDs, wires, flashlights, tools for assembling landmines, tracksuits, police uniforms and several items of daily use. “Preliminary investigations suggest the cache of explosives belonged to rebels. Since the CPI(Maoist) exercises clout in Tamar, it figures distinctly on our suspicion radar. But, it is too early to jump to conclusions. Both search and probe are on,” Lakra said.