Court extends custody of Maoist leader, aide till May 21
PUNE: Senior leader of the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit, Murali Kannambally, and his aide C P Ismail will remain in custody of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Pune till May 21. A sessions court here on Friday extended their police custody remand by six days, primarily to facilitate the ongoing investigations by the ATS into the network and activities of the arrested duo under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other penal provisions. Kannambally and Ismail were arrested by the ATS on May 8 from Talegaon Dabhade, around 33km from here. On May 9, the court of additional sessions judge S V Mane had ordered their remand in ATS custody for seven days. In-charge of additional sessions court judge D M Deshmukh observed in his order,
“Considering the nature and gravity of offence, more particularly, prima facie it appears that the accused are office bearers of the Communist Party (Maoist) i.e. Naxalite group banned by the Government of India. It appears from remand report that accused no 1 (Kannambally) is posing himself by different names. His activities are serious ones.” The court further observed, “Prima facie, it appears that accused are involved in anti-national activities. Considering the area, more particularly, various states in which the said organization (CPI-Maoist) is working, it is necessary to remand the accused to police custody because if sufficient police custody is not granted, it will be difficult for the investigating officer to bust the network of the accused and their organization. Accused are remanded to police custody till May 21.”
Maoist suspects allege threat to life from Kerala, Karnataka police
Say Tamil Nadu police did not ill-treat them
The five Maoist suspects arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch Police on May 4 raised slogans in the Coimbatore Court complex on Friday alleging threat to their lives. Their 10-day police custody came to an end on Friday. The ‘Q’ Branch of Tamil Nadu was granted police custody of the suspects Roopesh, his wife Shyna and their accomplices C. Kannan, J. Anoop and C. Veeramani – from May 6 to May 15 – by the Judge of the Mahila Court M.P. Subramanian. They were quizzed on the PRS Ground in the city amidst tight security over ten days and taken to Tirupur where the couple stayed for over two years. On Friday, when they were produced before the judge they raised slogans that there was threat to their lives. But the suspects told the judge that there was no harsh treatment by the Tamil Nadu police.
However, Roopesh, Anoop and Shyna alleged that the Kerala police threatened to kill them in an encounter just as Maoists were killed in Telangana. Shyna also claimed that the Kerala police threatened her that they would arrest her 16-year-old elder daughter. Veeramani alleged that the Karnataka police while questioning him threatened to take him to a forest and kill him in a fake encounter. Their counsel S. Balamurugan opposed inquiry of the suspects by police from Kerala and Karnataka, as they were taken in the custody by Tamil Nadu police. “The judge has taken note of the issue,” he told reporters later. The suspects also alleged that they were kept in solitary confinement in judicial custody (for a day) before they were granted police custody. Responding to the allegations on denial of facilities, Mr. Subramanian listed a few amenities they were entitled to as per the jail manual.
As for medical assistance sought by Shyna and Veeramani, the judge said the prison doctor would assist them, adding that it would be the discretion of the Superintendent of Prison to decide on the medical facilities they would be provided. Anoop said that they would go on hunger strike in the prison and move an appeal before the Madras high Court if the promises were not met. Mr. Subramanian then directed that the five suspects be lodged in Coimbatore Central Prison under judicial custody till June 3. On their way back to the prison they raised slogans condemning the government and the police. Veeramani shouted slogans that the armed struggle in tribal villages would go unabated despite efforts by the police and government to suppress their movement.
Maoists’ plan to attack government, private offices foiled
MUNGER: Jamui police foiled a Maoists plan to attack government and even private establishments on Thursday night. Jamui SP Jayant Kant on Friday said on a tip-off that that top brass of CPI (Maoist) with their 60 associates had assembled at a secret place in the forest under Lakshmipur under Barhat police stations in Jamui district, a special task force (STF) comprising CRPF jawans including Cobra and district police was constituted. But before the special task force constituted reached there, the top brass of the Maoists including Pravesh Da, Chirag Da and Arvind Da with their 60 associates managed to escape with their arms and ammunitions leaving a few including two muskets, 17 pieces of ceilings (a kind of bullet-proof coat), 55 whistle codes (a kind of bullet-proof vest), five magazine pouches,100 handbills making strong appeal to the voters to boycott upcoming assembly polls or face dire consequences and 40 banners in support of the appeal made in the handbills targetting government officials and political leaders.
The SP said two associates of the banned outfit Md Guddu, son of Md Mustaqa, and Md Sajjad, son of Md Zulfikar Alam, were nabbed while trying to flee from the site adding all the objectionable materials were seized by the police. The SP said round-the-clock search operations in and around the forest and hill areas under Lakshmipur, Barhat and Charkapatthar police stations by the special task force (STF) is going on. In another case, police seized one country-made pistol, two magazines,18 live cartridges, two mobile phone sets from the houses of Md Rahim Khan and Md Miraj of village Adsar under the Jamui Town police station
Two Maoists arrested, top brass manage to escape in Bihar
Bihar Police arrested two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, identified as Md Guddu and Md Sajjad during an anti-Maoist operation at Lakshmipur under Barhat Police Stations limits in Jamui District on May 14 night, reports The Times of India. Jamui Superintendent of Police (SP) Jayant Kant on May 15 said that the top brass of CPI-Maoist including Pravesh, Chirag and Arvind along with around 60 of their cadres had assembled at a secret place at Lakshmipur.
Acting on a tip off the Security Forcers raided the place, however they managed to escape with their arms and ammunition leaving a few including two muskets, 17 pieces of ceilings (a kind of bullet-proof coat), 55 whistle codes (a kind of bullet-proof vest), five magazine pouches,100 handbills making strong appeal to the voters to boycott upcoming assembly polls or face dire consequences and 40 banners in support of the appeal made in the handbills targetting government officials and political leaders.