People’s War in India Clippings 15/5/2015


Maoist sympathisers in West Bengal want political prisoners released

KOLKATA: They had helped Mamata Banerjee when she was alone and cornered in the opposition to turn the tide of public opinion against the Marxists and now all they want is freedom for their comrades. Naxalite factions [CPI (ML) Liberation] in Bengal are mounting pressure on the chief minister for the release of more than 450 political prisoners held in jails across the state.

Writers, activists condemn arrest of Maoist leader

A group of writers and activists have condemned the arrest of top Maoist leader Kannampally Murali alias Ajith by Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad last week from Pune. The writers, in a statement, said Murali had been a political activist for last four decades and a distinguished scholar of political economy and dalit studies. The statement issued said that they were distressed to learn that the ATS had chosen to arrest him while undergoing treatment in a hospital along with C.P. Ismail, a friend helping him as a bystander. We understand that Murali and Ismail were not given any access to a legal counsel to represent them when they were presented in the court. The only reason given by the ATS for the arrest is that they belong to the banned CPI (Maoist). We feel that the action of the ATS is totally unjustified as denying medical assistance to a sick person is totally inhuman and against the very principle of natural justice and violation of the right to life guaranteed under the constitution,” said the statement.

It said Murali and his friend should be enabled to access a legal counsel of their choice as entitled by the Constitution. The signatories included Partha Chatterjee of Columbia University, Emeritus Professor of National Law University of India G Haragopal, Prof. Prabhat Patnaik of Centre of Economic Studies & Planning, Prof K Satchidanandan and writer Meena Kandasami.

Maoists claim police threatened to kill them in Kerala, sent to jail

Coimbatore: Five Maoists, arrested near here recently in a joint police operation, claimed in a court that police during interrogation threatened to kill them in an ‘encounter’. The Maoists, including front-ranking leader Roopesh, wanted in connection with 20 cases in Kerala, made the charge before Principal and District Sessions Judge (In-Charge) M P Subramanian when they were produced in the court on expiry of their 10-day police custody. They told the court that both Kerala and Karnataka Police, during the last two days of their interrogation, had threatened to kill them in an encounter. After hearing them, the judge remanded the five accused in judicial custody till June 3, following which they were lodged in the Central Prison here.

One of the accused, Eswaran, later talking to reporters alleged police had also threatened to foist false cases against their family members. Roopesh, his wife Shyna and the three others were arrested at Karumathampatti near here by a joint team of Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu police on May 4 and the court the next day had sent them to 10-days police custody for interrogation. On a petition by the five challenging the order of sessions judge, Madras High Court has on May 13 restrained the police from seeking extension of their custody. Their counsel had contended that the sessions judge had no jurisdiction to grant police custody of the five as offences levelled against them were under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the case has to be tried by a Special Court functioning at Poonamallee near Chennai.

Tribal woman arrested for alleged Maoist link in Chhattisgarh

Para-military troopers during a search operation conducted at Hatkarra forest village in Kanker District on May 14, arrested a tribal woman, identified as Amita Dhruv alias Amit (22), for her alleged links with Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), reports The Pioneer. On receiving a specific input that Maoists have taken refuge in the forest areas of the village, a Police patrol party was heading towards Hatkarra, when it came across Amita, daughter of Tulsi Ram, a resident of Katholi Mangrutola under Korar Police Station limits. According to the Police, on spotting the patrol party, Amita had run for cover which made the Police personnel suspicious and they arrested her. Amita was allegedly involved in various serious crimes, including arson, attacks and several other unlawful activities, Police said.

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