Naxal Involved in Landmine Blast Against Police Held in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A Naxal, who was allegedly involved in attack on a police anti-landmine vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, has been arrested, police said today. Baman Kunjan (25), active as militia commander of Tikanpal village in the region, was apprehended near his native place under Kirandul police station limits last evening, Kirandul Sub-Divisional Officer of Police M Z Baig told PTI. The Naxals had blown up an anti-landmine vehicle on Cholnar-Kirandul road in Dantewada on April 13, killing five policemen and injuring eight others.
Acting on a tip-off that a rebel, in civil dress, was travelling on a motorcycle towards Cholnar from Tikanpal via a kuchcha forest road, police nabbed Kunjam near Mullapara, Baig said. Naxal pamphlets and few other Maoist-related material were recovered from him, he said. During interrogation, he admitted to his involvement in the Cholnar blast, right from conducting recee of the movement of security forces to executing the deadly incident, the SDOP said. Kunjam also revealed that he was tasked with keeping a tab on the movement and activities of security personnel since the day a police camp was set up in Cholnar, Baig said, adding that his interrogation was on.
Suspected Maoist held with arms and explosives
Jamui: A suspected Maoist has been arrested with arms and explosives from a village under Khaira police station area in Bihar’s naxal-infested Jamui district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip-off, the CRPF jawans raided Jhikti village late last night and arrested a suspected Maoist, identified as Guddu Yadav, from his house, Khaira Station House officer(SHO), Ram Narayan Rai said. A country-made rifle, five live cartridges and ten detonators have been seized from the ultra, he said. Yadav was being interrogated by police and CRPF officials regarding his role in naxal violence in the district, the police officer said.
Car with nine bullets seized
The Devadhanapatti police on Monday night seized a car bearing Kerala registration number in which nine bullets were found. Three persons in the car, aged around 30, escaped into the forest near the Dum Dum Rock. According to police, the car, proceeding to Kodaikanal from Kerala, was intercepted during a routine vehicle-check at the Kodaikanal ghat road check-post near Batlagundu. On seeing the police team, the occupants jumped out of the vehicle and escaped into the reserve forest. . Police found nine bullets inside the car but no weapon. Two anti-naxal teams have started combing operation in the lower Kodaikanal hill. A special team has also proceeded to Kerala for investigation. Police suspect that those who fled might be members of Maoist organisations.
Police collecting details of people with Maoist link
KANNUR: As part of its precautionary measures against possible Maoists attack, Kerala’s internal security wing is gearing up for a thorough investigation into the Maoist menace. Local police and Special branch have been given instructions to collect the details of people who covertly and overtly help the Maoist. As a follow-up to this, police have been keeping a close watch on certain social workers and people having strong relationship with Left-affiliated organisations with extremist ideologies.
People who support Maoists through social networking sites, those who help them financially and people with former connections to extremists groups directly and indirectly have been brought under the police scanner. The Intelligence report is that certain government officials are helping Maoists and certain bigwigs in society including regional political leaders are arranging hideouts for them. The relatives of Maoists now in jail as well as migrant labourers are also have been brought under observation.
Act of Solidarity: Treat Arrested Maoists as Political Prisoners, Says Kanam
KOCHI: Expressing solidarity with the Maoists for taking up the people’s cause, and extending support to the activists who were arrested recently, Communist Party of India (CPI) state general secretary Kanam Rajendran said that the Maoists in police custody should be considered as political prisoners. In what can be called the first voice of support for the Maoists from any mainstream political party in the State, Kanam made it clear that his party would protest against any State oppression under the cover of the Maoists hunt.
“We do not support the Maoist method of political work and their means of struggle. But, we stand by the issues they raise because they are genuine,” Kanam Rajendran said at a ‘meet the press’ here on Tuesday. The Maoist activists, including Roopesh, who were arrested recently should be considered as political prisoners. They are not terrorists or criminals, but were working for the downtrodden and for a political cause.ADGP Sanker Reddy in a television interview had revealed that the police recovered more than 100 phone numbers from the computer hard disk seized from Roopesh, and that they had started investigation against 30 persons whose mobile numbers are in the list.
“If the police attempt to round up political and environmental activists for suspected Maoist link, it would elicit strong reaction,” said the CPI state secretary. “Reports say that the Q Branch of Tamil Nadu Police had contacted Kerala Police seeking help to question the children of Maoist activists Roopesh and Shyna, which is a deplorable move. We will strongly protest if the police unleash human rights violations under the cover of the investigation,” Kanam warned. “It is the State’s apathy towards people’s issues that gave the Maoists a foothold, especially in tribal areas,” he said.
One killed in Maoist rebel attack in Jharkhand
Heavily armed Maoist rebels attacked a coalfield office killing one and injuring several others in Latehar district of Jharkhand. The incident took place between 9.00 a.m and 10.00 a.m as the rebels attacked everyone that was present at the office of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL). The rebels also destroyed chairs, computers as well as the documents of the office. “The Maoists fired around 10 rounds and beat up workers of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL).
During the firing, a driver got hit; he was taken to the hospital but died during treatment,” said Station House Officer, Ajay Kumar. He added that investigations are underway to find the people behind the attack. The workers who were beaten up by the rebels don’t know the cause behind the attack. The faces of the armed attackers were covered and hence they could not be identified. “Around 10 to 12 people suddenly attacked us. They were heavily armed. Everybody started running to save themselves and so did I,” added a worker, Nandan.
Arrest in Manipur
…In a separate operation, a combined team of Bishnupur District Police Commando and 6 AR along with lady police constables on Tuesday conducted search operation at Moirang Heman Leikai and arrested one active active member of KCP (Maoist) identified as Hemam Priyaluxmi alias Ninghannganbi (20), daughter of late H Birachandra of Moirang Hemam Leikai.