Two security personnel killed in Maoist attack in Bastar
RAIPUR: Two personnel of the Chhattisgarh Special Task Force (STF) were killed on Sunday in an encounter with outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) fighters near Mirtur village of Bijapur district in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Police said the encounter took place when the security personnel were on a search operation in the area on Sunday morning. Maoist rebels ambushed the security personnel, who retaliated and engaged the rebels in a fierce encounter which lasted for about two hours.
While police confirmed death of two security personnel, they are yet to ascertain the actual number of the injured saying that the troopers were yet to return to the base. Additional security forces have been rushed to the spot to evacuate the injured and to launch an aggressive combing operation in the area to flush out the rebels.
Bihar Polls Likely in September-October, Says Chief Election Commissioner
…With several parts of the state being affected by the Naxal menace, Mr Zaidi he said an assessment of central paramilitary forces is also going on. “Because this is a standalone election, I hope sufficient, adequate paramilitary forces will be made available. We will come out with a strategy on this,” he said.
Central committee member among 8 Maoists arrested in Bihar
Eight Maoists, including a central committee member of the outlawed outfit and a self-styled commander, were arrested from Punia Bigha village of Bihar’s naxal-hit Gaya district today. Sub Divisional Police Officer of Tekari, Shaifur Rahman, said the police raided the village and arrested the Maoists following a tip off. Among those nabbed are the outfit’s central committee member Gorelal Yadav and self-styled area commander Jairam Yadav. Five rifles, two can bombs, 2,300 bullets and Rs 2 lakh in cash were recovered from them, Rahman said, adding that the eight were being questioned
Woman Maoist Killed, 8 Arrested by Security Forces in Bihar
GAYA, BIHAR: A woman Maoist was killed and another injured in an encounter while eight others were arrested by the security forces in Bihar’s Gaya district, a senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official said today. Acting on a tip off that some Maoists had gathered near Tiletand locality to collect Rs. 2 crore from a construction company last night, four companies of CRPF’s COBRA battalion rushed there and in the ensuing encounter which continued throughout the night a woman Maoist was killed and another injured, CRPF IG (Bihar-Jharkhand) Arun Kumar said. The gunbattle between the security forces and the Maoists was still on, he said. A walkie talkie, an Insas rifle and a haul of ammunition were recovered from the spot, Mr Kumar said.
The security forces also arrested eight ultras, including CPI(Maoist)’s Magadh Range Secretary Upendra Baitha alias Sanjeevan, he said. The arrested Maoists had attacked a Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) establishment in Goh (Gaya) in 2013 in which they killed three SAP personnel and looted 30 arms, Mr Kumar said.
Woman Maoist commander killed on Jharkhand-Bihar border
RANCHI: Security forces on Sunday morning killed a woman commander of CPI Maoist at Teteatand village in the tri-junction of Gaya, Chatra and Hazaribag districts on Jharkhand-Bihar border in a joint operation with Bihar police. IG CRPF (Jharkhand sector) Rakesh Kumar Mishra said forces from 22 and 190 battalions with the local police from the two states had launched a combing operation on intelligence inputs during which an encounter took place with the extremists at around 8am. Police have recovered body of the slain Maoist. ”
A sophisticated assault rifle was found near the dead body. Usually commander level Maoists carry such weapons,” Mishra said. The identity of the woman Maoist is being verified. Chatra SP S K Jha said forces from Chatra and Gaya districts had launched the operation. “I think she is one of the two woman Maoist leaders who have been behind several offensives against the police,” Jha said. A case would be lodged with Barachatti police station in Gaya district as the body has been recovered from its jurisdiction. “Following the fatal encounter, the group of 25-odd Maoists are trying to run across the border into Jharkhand. Forces have been deployed along the border to stop them. Forces from both the states are chasing the Maoists,” Jha said. A police official said the Maoists had gathered in the tri-junction to hold a meeting ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar.
Police custody of Maoist leader extended
Murali Kannampilly held on May 8 A local court has extended the custody of Kerala-born Murali Kannampilly, a top leader of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), and his aide, Ismail Hamza, for another week following arguments put forth by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Special Judge D.M. Deshmukh, who has additional charge of the ATS court, extended custody till May 21.The duo was nabbed by the ATS and the Pune police from Talegaon Dabhade outside Pune city on May 8.
The ATS claimed it needed the extension to probe the duo’s financial backers and secure information about their aides. According to the prosecution’s claim, the 62-year-old Kannampilly, known as Ajith, brought out the online edition of the banned magazine People’s March from his refuge in Talegaon Dabhade which propagated Maoist ideology. The magazine, which informs about the Maoist revolutionary movement in India, first appeared in print and online in 1999.
Karnataka, Kerala police to take suspected Maoist into custody
COIMBATORE: The suspected Maoist leader Roopesh would be taken to Kodagu district in Karanataka from Coimbatore central prison on Sunday in connection with a case. He would be produced before a judicial magistrate court at Ponnampet in Kodagu on Monday. Meanwhile, the Kannur district police in Kerala too obtained a prisoner transit warrant from a judicial magistrate court, which directed prison authorities to produce Roopesh before it on May 20. Prison authorities said the Kodagu district police obtained the prisoner transit warrant from Ponnampet judicial magistrate court and the order copy was served to Coimbatore central prison authorities.
As per the order, the Maoist leader Roopesh should be produced before the court on May 18 in connection with a case. Immediately he would be remanded in judicial custody. If the police approach the court for police custody of Roopesh, the court may grant it, sources said. Two weeks ago, Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three other accomplices were arrested by the Q branch (rural) police in Coimbatore district and they were questioned for 10 days while in police custody. The five, including two hailing from Tamil Nadu, were accused of instigating villagers to an armed attack against authorities. Police alleged Roopesh confessed to masterminding an attack on a stone quarry at Nedumpoil in Kannur district in Kerala.
He would be produced before the Kannur court on May 20 or later. The Kannur district police plan to take him into police custody for five days. Kannur district police alleged that the five Maoists attacked New Bharat Stone crusher unit and set fire to the company’s office on January 2, 2015. The five-member Maoists squad dressed in military fatigues was involved in the attack, they said. They gang away a hard disc and damaged CCTV cameras on the campus. Following the incident, CPI (Maoist) claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, the Wayanad police too planned to approach the courts for obtaining prisoner transit warrant against Roopesh and his accomplices. “We have 12 cases against Roopesh and his accomplices in Wayanad district. After the Kannur district police investigation, we will take the five men into custody in connection with our case,” said a senior police officer.
Govt draws flak for restricting jail visits
KOLKATA: Rights organizations have criticized the state government for its move to prevent high-risk prisoners from meeting “friends”. The jails department has restricted access to such prisoners following home department inputs that they could “hatch conspiracies against senior leaders”. Activists and rights groups slammed the circular calling it illegal. “It is against the law. Without amending the law, such circular can’t be passed,” said vice-president of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights Ranjit Sur. The government’s move goes against the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, they say. According to Section 51(1) of the Act, “Every prisoner shall have the right to have such number of interviews with his friends and relatives, not being less than one in a month.”
The Act also allows prisoners to meet legal representatives. But, a circular issued in December last year, which prisons have begun implementing recently, has struck off the word “friends” from the list of people allowed to meet prisoners marked as high risk. The idea was to restrict “communication with frontal organizations” of banned outfits such as CPI-Maoist. “Often, members of these organizations met Maoists as friends,” said a jail official.
The state security establishment reportedly collected inputs that such meetings provided high-risk prisoners channels of communication with outside world. “It is suspected that some prisoners were plotting conspiracies during such meetings,” said a senior officer. The restriction applies to around 450 prisoners. The circular is meant primarily for those convicted or charged for involvement in terrorist activities, sedition and waging war against the state. In protest against the circular, six Maoists went on a hunger strike in Dum Dum central jail last week.