Pro-Maoist leader Chhatradhar among six given life terms
Pro-Maoist tribal group Peoples’ Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) convener Chhatradhar Mahato and five of his peers were on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a West Bengal court. Mahato, Sukhsanti Baske, Sambhu Soren and Sagun Murmu were handed down life sentences by the court of Additional Sessions Judge (West Midnapore) Kaveri Bose under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). They were also charged under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the state, and various other sections of the Arms Act and the Explosives Act. Raja Sarkhel and Prasun Chatterjee – two other PCAPA members – also got life sentences on charges of sedition. The duo was not charged under the UAPA. All six were pronounced guilty by the court on Monday.
Chhattisgarh seeks Naga battalions to take on Naxals
Raipur, May 11 2015 : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has sought battalions of Nagaland armed police force personnel, experts in jungle warfare, from the Union Home Ministry to take on Naxals in his State. “We have asked the Home Ministry to deploy some Naga armed police force personnel in Chhattisgarh. They will be taking up the matter with Nagaland Government,” Singh told PTI here. The Naga battalions were deployed in the Bastar region of the State, one of the worst affected by Naxal extremism, and they did a very good job, he said. “Experience shows that Nagaland battalions were very useful in fighting the naxalites. They are very good at jungle warfare,” said the Chief Minister of the BJP-ruled State.
Probe into Maoist leader’s Kerala link
A team of the Pune unit of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) will visit Kerala while a reciprocal visit will be undertaken by intelligence units from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh to Pune following the sensational arrest of Murali Kannampilly, a top-ranking leader and theorist of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) from the outskirts of Pune last week. Known in the Maoist hierarchy by his nom de guerre Ajith, Kannampilly, who has been absconding for the last three decades, is the son of a diplomat, Kannampilly Karunakara Menon, who was part of missions to several European countries.
‘Dead’ Maoist commanders issue statement refuting claims of their killing
Two commanders of Maoists’ People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), who were declared “shot dead” in Sukma encounter last month, have issued a press statement refuting police claims about the encounter and claimed that both of them are “safe and healthy”. “We are absolutely fine and healthy. We are working with the revolutionary public in Sukma as usual. Neither of us were injured nor dead in Pidmed encounter (in Sukma) last month,” said PLGA Battalion No.1 commander Situ and Konta area committee secretary Arjun in a joint press statement.
Chhattisgarh police’s Anti Naxal Operations (ANO) unit had paraded a “surrendered Maoist” Sodi Rama last month at a press conference in Raipur and claimed to have killed Situ and Arjun in an encounter in Pidmed village of Sukma on April 11. Seven STF men were killed in the encounter and police claimed to have killed “30 to 35 Maoists”, including Situ and Arjun. “False claims are being made by the police and the government that a large number of Maoists were killed in Pidmed on April 11. The fact is that none of us died in the encounter. All our comrades and leaders are safe and are working with the revolutionary public,” claimed the Maoist commanders.
The rebel duo pointed out that the “false propaganda” by Chhattisgarh police was to lift the morale of its personnel posted in Bastar, who are taking “severe beatings” at the hands of the PLGA. “Many police jawans do not want to serve in Bastar. They are being lured into the job with the promises of promotions and medals. They are being sent here to die at the hands of PLGA,” added Situ and Arjun. The Maoist commanders denied that “surrendered Maoist” Sodi Rama was a member of Maoist organisation.
“We don’t know who Sodi Rama is. He was never a member of our militia or commander of any PLGA unit. It’s a plot against us by Bastar police and state BJP government by arresting a common civilian and forcing him to pose as a Maoist,” claimed the Maoist leaders , both of whom are active in Konta area of Sukma and play a vital role in Maoists’ battalion headed by emerging Maoist leader Hidma. Terming the government and police propaganda on Maoists’ surrender as fake, the rebel duo appealed to the people not to get distracted by it and keep supporting the revolutionary cause.
Explosives seized from Maoist hideout in Jamui
Munger: In a joint operation, Jamui police, STF and CRPF jawans, claimed to have succeeded in demolishing a big store house of explosives collected by the extremists to blow off government establishments including police stations, school buildings and development projects in the district. Jamui SP Jayant Kant on May 10 said the anti-Maoists squad carrying sophisticated equipment while crossing a suspicious site on Batia hill top in the deep forest area around Jhajha and Chakai belt in Jamui district found huge quantity of explosives but before it could arrive there, the extremists keeping guard of the storehouse managed to escape on getting information from their watchmen deputed at vunerable points in the forest.
However, the police team seized the explosives that included 26 full bags of ammonium nitrate containing 25kg each and nine printed cloth banners appealing people to boycott forthcoming state assembly elections to be held in October-November next. One set of police uniform, paints, brush and a kerosene oil drum full of amonium nitrate were also seized by the police from the site. The seized explosives were brought over to the district headquarters on Sunday by the police force for their disposal after proper examination by explosive experts, police said.
“In a joint operation by CRPF 215 battalion, Jamui Police and Special Task Force (STF) tried to surround the Maoists but seeing the police approaching they evacuated the camp. A lot of things were recovered from the spot,” said SP Jayant Kant. Kant also said the Maoists were planning to use the ammonium nitrate to make bombs to disrupt elections in the state. He added during the raid, security forces also got some vital information regarding the plans of Maoists for the upcoming elections.
Maoist link: Two held in Kollam provided SIM cards to Rupesh
KOLLAM: Police said the two arrested in Kollam in the name of having Maoist links helped in getting SIM cards for Rupesh and his team. One of them have also participated in the Maoist operation held in Kerala. The police arrested Anandan (52) and his aide Remanan (50), natives of Sasthamcotta, from Kundara as per the directive of the special investigating team. The police have not confirmed taking into custody the shop owner selling SIM cards and another person. The two were taken into custody following an investigation conducted after knowing that the SIM cards seized from Rupesh was bought from Kollam. Remanan was the one who helped in getting SIM cards for them and he is also involved in the attack towards Nita Gelatin Company.
Rajeesh in judicial custody
A. Rajeesh, suspected Maoist who was arrested on Sunday, was produced before the Payyoli Munsiff Magistrate Court in the district on Monday. Magistrate M.C. Antony remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. A police team led by Vadakara Deputy Superintendent of Police M. Pradeepkumar and Circle Inspector K.C. Subash arrested Rajeesh for allegedly providing facilities, including conveyance and accommodation, to Anoop Mathew, who was arrested along with CPI(Maoist) leader R. Roopesh and others. The Payyoli police arrested Rajeesh on the basis of the statement of Anoop Mathew. Pamphlets and other books were recovered from his house.
Call for withdrawal of charge-sheet against Vittala
Maoist sympathiser was just a way to create fear among tribals to move them out of Kudremukh National Park area, said State president of Democratic Youth Federation of India Muneer Katipalla. Addressing a rally in Belthangady to protest the charge-sheet against Mr. Vittala and his father Mr. Linganna here on Monday, Mr. Katipalla said the State government had damaged the career of a young graduate from a tribal area with the move. The police filed the charge-sheet three years after Mr. Vittala and his father were arrested from their house, he pointed out.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) activist B.M. Hegde said that while the State government, on the one hand, was offering packages for Maoist activists to enter mainstream, on the other hand it was driving youngsters towards Maoism by falsely linking them with Maoist leaders. Mr. Vittala cannot be branded as Maoist sympathiser for holding demonstrations in his village highlighting concerns of tribal people, he said.