Woman naxal held
A woman naxal was arrested during a search operation in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said today. Acting on a specific input, she was apprehended from Enhur village under Siksod police station limits last evening, a police official told PTI. A joint squad of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force had received tip-off about the arrival of a woman Maoist at her native village Enhur, while carrying out a combing operation in Durgukondal region, located around 250 km away from the state capital, he said.
After surrounding the village, security forces nabbed the ultra, he added. The arrested has been identified as Devatti Mandavi, 25, who was involved in several naxal incidents in the region, the official said, adding, she was being interrogated.
Maoists to be produced in court today :
Maoist leader Ropeesh and his wife Shyna are slated to be produced in the Additional Sessions Court in Ernakulam on Wednesday. The couple is being brought here following a production warrant issued by the Court against them with a case for arranging hide out for Maoist central committee member Malla Raja Reddy and wife Beecha Sugana at Angamaly in 2007. In view of their arrival, the police have made elaborate security arrangements, including the deployment of bomb and dog squads. A team under Assistant Commissioner of Police will supervise the security arrangements. Officials said that a team comprising members of armed police and commando unit would be accompanying the duo from Coimbatore jail where are currently lodged.
Maoist carrying reward of Rs 5 lakh nabbed in Bokaro
In a major success for the security forces an hardcore ultra of the CPI (Maoists) carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh was nabbed today from Kathitand Forest area of Gomia police station of this district. The arrested ultra has been identified as Rohit Marandi alias Rohit Manjhi. Superintendent of Police A Vijayalakshmi here said based on the information provided by the arrested ultra from the forest located under Katkamsandi Police Station area of Hazaribagh 575 live cartridges, a LMG and 10 magazine have been recovered. An AK-47 and several rounds of ammunitions was also recovered from him. The SP said Manjhi was a prized catch for the security forces as he was wanted in several cases lodged in separate police station areas of the state.
Three CPI (M-L) leaders charged with sedition
The three leaders of the Provisional Central Committee, Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) or CPI (M-L) (PCC) who were allegedly detained “illegally” by the Paschim Medinipur District Police on May 17 had been charged with sedition. The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrates’ Court in Jhargram in Paschim Medinipur remanded Jiten Giri, Sunil Barik and Niranjan Bera to six days in police custody on Tuesday. “Apart from sedition, Giri, Barik and Bera were also charged with criminal conspiracy,” their counsel Ashini Mondal told The Hindu on Tuesday.
He also said that in the court, the police alleged that on May 17 the three persons were spotted roaming around “suspiciously” in Lodhasuli area in the district. “On getting the information the police reached the spot and found that they (Giri, Barik and Bera) were carrying Maoist leaflets,” said Mr. Mondal. They would be produced in court again on May 25. CPI (M-L) (PCC) is not a banned organisation. This comes a day after the CPI (M-L) (PCC) general secretary Santosh Rana alleged in a press statement that the three party leaders were being illegally detained by the police and had not been produced in court even 24 hours after the detention. Mr. Rana also alleged that the three party leaders were detained for putting up posters demanding release of Chhatradhar Mahato. Mahato, convener of the CPI (Maoist)-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) or the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, was convicted by a court in Paschim Medinipur district last week for sedition and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 2008.
Top woman Maoist carrying Rs 15 lakh award killed: CRPF IG
The woman Maoist killed by security forces in an encounter on the night of May 16 has been identified as Sarita alias Urmila Ganjoo, a senior CRPF officer said on Tuesday. The top ranking Maoist operative was the wife of Sunil Ganjoo and a resident of Putki village under Simaria police station of Chatra district in Jharkhand, CRPF IG (Bihar-Jharkhand) Arun Kumar told PTI. Urmila was member of the Bihar-Jharkhand Special area committee of the banned outfit and wanted in several cases and had carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh, he said. The INSAS recovered from her after the encounter was looted in 2009 from a guard posted at SBI bank branch at Bermo in Jharkhand, the CRPF IG said adding, a police vehicle was also blasted by them in the attack on the bank.
71 villages identified which could become Maoist base
COIMBATORE: In an attempt to thwart Maoist incursion in under developed tribal settlements across the district, Tamil Nadu Q branch has identified and forwarded a list of 71 tribal villages to the district administration, seeking their immediate intervention. The police have asked the revenue and other related departments to speed up the implementation of government schemes mainly pertaining to basic amenities like issuing ration cards, health and rural connectivity. The recent arrest of suspected Maoist commander Roopesh, his wife Shyna and their accomplices from Karumathampatti, has further strengthened the police suspicions that Maoist elements are trying to setup base among tribals in the region.
“We have received a letter listing out 71 tribal villages from Q branch headquarters few days ago. Based on the letter, we are trying to speed up these government schemes,” said a senior officer from the district administration. The 71 settlements identified are scattered in five Taluks including Valparai with high tribal populations. According to sources, the 71 settlements are coming under Valparai, Pollachi, Mettupalayam, Perur and Coimbatore North. Following the letter, the district administration has issued 97 ration cards to 97 tribal families.
Ensure Bail to Prof with Maoist Links, KK Urges Rajnath
HYDERABAD: Rajya Sabha member and TRS leader K Keshava Rao has requested the Central government to intervene and ensure that bail is granted to Prof G N Saibaba, who was arrested by the Maharashtra police in 2014 for his alleged links with Maoists. In a letter written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently, the MP sought his intervention to ensure that Saibaba was granted bail. Considering the poor health condition of Saibaba, who suffers from 90 per cent disability, the government should respond on humanitarian grounds and provide him better medical facilities, Keshava Rao said.
“Our intervention is more on the grounds of his physical disability and noble academic profession,” he stressed and described the case of Saibaba as a classic example of humiliation, indignity and violence that most people with disabilities are subjected to when they are arrested, incarcerated, institutionalised or otherwise engaged with law enforcement agencies. Referring to the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, Keshava Rao urged the government to provide Saibaba with proper medical treatment at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Section 46 of the Act mandates proper facilities to persons with disabilities, he pointed out. “India is also a party to the UN convention on Rights of persons with Disability (UNCRPD) which speaks eloquently about the special treatment and justice to be meted out to such persons,’’ he reminded. Recently, the TRS MP had also given a notice for discussion on Saibaba in the Rajya Sabha during the Zero Hour. However, it could not be taken up for discussion for some reason. To highlight the issue, Keshava Rao had decided to personally write a letter to the Union Home Minister.
Congress disassociates with move to revive Salwa Judum in Bastar
RAIPUR: Opposition Congress has disassociated with the move to re-launch ‘Salwa Judum’, an anti-Naxalite peoples’ movement in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, saying that it was the responsibility of the centre and the state governments to work out and implement strategies to deal with Maoist menace. All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary B K Hariprasad, who is in charge of party affairs in Chhattisgarh, clarified his party position on Wednesday after Chhavindra Karma, son of slain Congress leader Mahendra Karma, made a public announcement for re-launch of Salwa Judum from May 25–the third anniversary of Maoist attack that killed frontline state Congress leaders. “We have nothing to do with Salwa Judum. It’s the job of government of the day to fight Maoists and not of Chhavindra Karma or any other individual”, he said at a press conference.
Three Maoists arrested in Bihar
The East Champaran Police on May 17 arrested three Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, identified as Matar Sahani, Chandradeo Sahani and Munchun Sah, from three different places under Chhoradano and Lakhaura Police Stations limits near Indo-Nepal border, reports The Times of India. The Police also recovered two pistols and cartridges, details of levy collection and Maoists literatures from their possession. They are being quizzed by Police as they are suspected to be arms suppliers to the Maoists in Bihar. Acting on a tip-off, the Police conducted raid at Majirawa village and arrested the Maoists but the group leader Sheopujan Rai and Manjan Sah managed to escape. Police have evidence that Matar Sahani has strong links with Nepalese Maoists and he has base in Nepal.