Over 30 Trucks Set on Fire Reportedly by Naxals in Bihar’s Gaya
GAYA, BIHAR: 32 trucks on the busy Grand Trunk Road in Bihar’s Gaya district have been set on fire, reportedly by Naxals following a two-day bandh call in the region. The trucks were set on fire post midnight as the bandh came into effect. The GT Road is a busy national highway that connects Kolkata to Delhi and beyond, and passes through Bihar The bandh call has been given by the CPI (Maoist) to protest against the killing, by security forces, of a woman cadre about a week ago in an encounter.
Life comes to a standstill in Red Zone as Maoists up the ante ahead of assembly polls
GAYA: Life in the Red Zone comprising major part of the Sherghati sub division of Gaya district, particularly Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj police station areas came to a standstill, as Maoists got markets, road transport, banking services and govt offices closed and a curfew like situation prevailed in the naxalite infested areas. Ambulances and milk vans were exempted from the bandh purview. The Maoists also issued hand written threats to Gaya SSP Manu Maharaj, known for his front-led anti naxalite operations. Traffic on the always busy GT Road came to a halt in the wee hours on Monday and for the next nearly ten hours, there was no movement on the road resulting in a nearly 15 km long jam on either side of the place of occurrence on the all important road.
After the burnt/damaged vehicles were tucked out, traffic resumed but the movement of vehicles remained much below the normal. Off GT Road, no vehicle plied in the Sherghati sub division. According to SSP Manu Maharaj, the situation was under control and a combing operation has been launched to nab the ultras involved in the GT Road incident.
Naxals torch over 2 dozen vehicles in Gaya
Gaya: Maoists set at least 32 vehicles on fire in Amas in Gaya district of Bihar to enforce a two-day shutdown beginning today. “A group of armed Maoists forcibly stopped vehicles on the busy Grand Trunk road in Gaya and torched them post midnight on Sunday to create panic,” Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said. Around two dozen trucks were among the vehicles set on fire. The Maoists are also protesting security forces operation against them, police said, adding that traffic on GT Road has been affected. The drivers of the torched vehicles told police officials that armed Maoists asked them to get away from the vehicles before setting them on fire. Taking serious note of the attack, police headquarters in Patna have directed the district police to intensify combing operations against Maoists.
Maoists torch 35 trucks in Bihar, enforce shutdown
Maoists on Monday torched at least 35 heavy vehicles on the busy National Highway 2 in Bihar’s Gaya district to enforce a two-day shutdown to protest the killing of a female commander, police said. At least 200 heavily armed Maoists virtually ran riot act and brought the traffic to a grinding halt on the NH 2, also known as the Grand Trunk road, which links New Delhi to Kolkata in the east. Reports said the Maoist rampage began around 12.30am Monday near Vishunpura village under Amas police station of Gaya, about 130 km southwest of Patna, where the ultras forced drivers to stop their vehicles, withdrew diesel from their tanks and used the fuel to set the vehicles on fire. Eyewitnesses said that Maoists ordered the truckers and drivers of other vehicles to leave the spot. They also terrorized locals to go into hiding.
Kerala Govt to approach division bench of HC on ‘being Maoist is not a crime’ ruling
The Government of Kerala has said that it will approach a division bench of the state High Court to withdraw the ruling of a single judge bench that has said that being a Maoist is not a crime. On Friday, a single bench of the Kerala High Court had criticised the state police for arresting a person for being a Maoist. The court had then ordered the police to pay compensation to the individual for harassing him. According to reports, Kerala’s Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the state government would appeal against the verdict on grounds that it would be difficult to enforce the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act under the circumstances.
‘HC Ruling on Maoism Gives Wrong Signals’
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Rural Development Minister K C Joseph has said the High Court ruling that “being a Maoist is no crime” will give a wrong message to society. “We cannot forget that large number of policemen were killed or injured in the country in Maoist attacks. The High Court stand favouring Maoists is a matter of grave concern. It will have serious repercussion on society,” he said. Joseph was speaking after inaugurating the state committee meeting of the Kerala Police Association as part of the organisation’s 32nd annual conference which began here on Sunday.
Maoists call for bandh in Purulia; demand release of founder Chhatradhar Mahato
KOLKATA: Maoist frontal organisation, Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), has called a 12-hour bandh in Purulia and two other districts of Jangalmahal on Monday, demanding the release of it’s founder and convenor Chhatradhar Mahato.
Bastar tribals will have to fight Maoists: Karma’s son
“The government cannot win this war for us”
Dismissing rumours that he has backed off from the “Vikas Sanghrsh Samiti,” an anti-Maoist group formed by the leaders of erstwhile Sawla Judum under his leadership, Chhavindra Karma has said the tribals of Bastar would have to fight the Maoists to bring peace and development to the conflict-torn region. “After keeping quiet for almost two years and seeing many of our friends getting killed in the Maoist violence, we decided to form the Samiti. The government’s inability to rein in the Naxals in Bastar also forced us to do this. Eventually, it’s a war that Bastar tribals have to fight. The government cannot win this war for us,” said Karma, the son of Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma, in an interview with The Hindu.
Maoists fire at couple in Chattisgarh
A couple with suspected links with Salwa Judum, the erstwhile anti-Maoist militia, of Konta village in Chhattisgarh State were shot at and seriously injured by Maoists near Konta in Sukma District on Sunday night. The injured couple were brought to the Government area hospital in Bhadrachalam in Khammam District of Telangana late in the night.
According to sources, the injured were identified as Podium Chukkalu and his wife Podium Payaki of Konta block in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The condition of Chukkalu, who sustained two bullet injuries including one in abdomen, was stated to be critical. Sources said that the Maoists fired at the couple in Konta by branding them police informers.