One of the slain Maoists is a teenager from Suryapet
One of the Maoists who died in the encounter with police on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Friday has been identified as Vivek Kodamagundla (19), a dropout from five year integrated law course at Pendekanti Law College in Hyderabad. Vivek’s death shook Suryapet, his native town, as the residents were caught unawares about his Maoist connections. They narrated tales about how they treated him as a child. Neighbours of Vivek’s house at Bhagat Singh Nagar told The Hindu that Vivek and his elder brother Srinivas Krishna who were of their age used to play with them throughout their childhood. Srinivas Krishna completed B-Tech from a private college in Hyderabad and was on hunt for job.
Vivek took active part in Telangana movement. Vivek’s mother Madhavi and father Yogananda Chary and many other close relatives were all government teachers. Chary was a school assistant in mathematics at Noothankal village while his wife Madhavi taught at Kummaraguntla village of Warangal district. He was a student of Kakatiya Concept School in Suryapet up to seventh class but shifted to Warangal to be with his mother. A teacher of the school said Vivek performed well in social studies but his father admitted him for coaching to IIT course. Vivek last contacted a girl classmate at the school by Facebook to know what their friends were doing. A teacher closely associated with the family said that Chary was associated with RSS during his childhood but started working with communists since his post graduation days at Osmania University. He was currently associated with Democratic Teachers Federation.
Meanwhile, Chary and Madhavi met revolutionary writer Varavara Rao in Hyderabad and told him that Vivek left home expressing his stubbornness to work for “liberating poor people from oppression” on October 9. He called up Chary over phone a week later and informed him that he will return home. The Telangana secretary of CPI (Maoist) Jagan in a statement in Khammam said Vivek and two other women died in unilateral firing by police while returning from a party assignment in Lankapalli forest on Telangana – Chhattisgarh border. Jagan identified Vivek as a dalam commander who joined the party only last year. Vivek chose the path of liberating poor people. The encounter was part of the third phase of `Green Hunt’ launched by State and Central governments.
Chhattisgarh’s senior Naxal cadre netted in Wardha
WARDHA/NAGPUR: A senior Naxal cadre of Chhattisagrh, who had a Rs5 lakh reward on him, was arrested from Kasturba Hospital in Wardha on Friday where the rebel had been operated for hernia a day earlier. Rasul alias Anil Shauri (30), deputy commander of local organization squad (LOS) of Bayanar and a local area committee member of East Bastar division in Narayanpur district of Chattisgarh, had more than 50 offences against him. This is the second time that Naxal senior cadres have been netted from the Wardha hospital.
Two of his accomplices, Raju and Mahesh, natives of Nalgonda village in Bhamragarh tehsil of south Gadchiroli, were also nabbed. Rasul was being treated for hernia at Kasturba Hospital, Sewagram since June 11. Raju and Mahesh were attending to Rasul’s needs. It’s learnt that Rasul had got himself admitted under the name of Shankar Michacha. Sources from Chattisgarh claimed that Rasul was demoted from his rank. There were also strong inputs regarding Rasul’s intention to surrender before the government.
As per a reliable source in Maharashtra, and Mahesh too were in the records of Gadchiroli police as area rakshak dal (ARD)/gram rakshak dal (GRD). Intelligence sources claimed that Rasul is likely to have reached Wardha by road after entering Maharashtra through south Gadchiroli. Local Naxal leader Dinesh, commander of Bhamragarh LOS, then instructed Raju and Mahesh to help Rasul. After Nagpur, Naxals prefer Wardha hospitals for medical treatment. Ankit Goyal, SP of Wardha, said, “On June 11, Wardha police had received an input from the intelligence agency that a Naxal is being treated at a local hospital. Police zeroed down upon the patient, by the name Michaha, for interrogation. It later turned out that Michacha was Rasul. Two of Michacha’s attendants too were quizzed.
After the interrogation, we arrested the trio on Friday evening.” According to hospital records, Rasul came to the hospital on May 31 for a check-up, a follow-up on June 8 and finally got admitted on June 11. Goyal said, “Rasul used to travel by state transport buses from Bhamragadh and Chandrapur.” Narayanpur SP, Abhishek Meena, stated that his team was in Gadchiroli to interrogate Rasul. “Rasul operated in Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts,” he said.
Maoists Set Afire Liquor Manufacturing Unit
BALANGIR:A group of Maoists set a country liquor manufacturing unit on fire in Telenpali village under Khaprakhol police limits of Balangir district on Friday. According to reports, around 50 armed Maoists barged into Telenpali village late in the night and went to the country liquor making unit. They directed all the workers to vacate the place and the owner to hand over the cash. They then took away Rs 1.63 lakhs from him and collected mobile phones from all other workers before setting the unit on fire.
The Maoists left behind posters at the spot in which, they claimed that the unit was set ablaze in protest against illegal works being done in the area by its owner. They also urged upon the local villagers to protest Gram Rakhis (village security guards) and others who are working as police informers. The posters, issued by Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund Divisional Committee of the CPI(Maoist), read that people should vehemently protest police atrocities. Police rushed to the village on Saturday morning for investigation. Patnagarh Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Pradipta Mohapatra said the CRPF and the local police have begun combing operation in the area this morning to track down the Maoists.
Two Held for Pro-Maoist Stance
COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore city police arrested two persons on Saturday, who had allegedly raised pro-Maoist slogans in front of the Q-Branch office, shortly after the arrest of the five Maoists near Karumathampatty last month. The duo was identified as Masanamuthu (23) and Nagamanickam (20). Though the district police claimed that the arrest of three persons on Friday under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), was based on material evidence, activists and lawyers have questioned the rationale and motives behind the arrests. Activists point out that the UAPA has become a tool of suppression of dissent, which is increasingly being used by the state to stifle opposition to the government.
On Friday, Aliyar police arrested Ganapathy (39) from Pollachi, Selvaraj (55) from Sultanpet and Sihamani (27) from Anagalakurichi, for allegedly helping a 23-year-old man, Santhosh Kumar in joining the Maoist movement, after his father lodged a complaint. A top police officer told Express that there was ‘strong evidence’ that the three men had inducted Kumar into the Maoist movement. He said that the arrests were made based on ‘credible’ information and evidence. However, sources close to the trio told Express that Selvaraj was a TNSTC worker, while Ganapathy was a merchant. They were well known for their aboveground struggles in abolishing caste-based discrimination and also for their work in empowering tribal communities.
Ganapathy was earlier booked for trespassing into a reserve forest after he managed to talk a tribe into reoccupying the forest from which they had been evicted. S Balamurugan, a senior lawyer from Coimbatore, who is planning to take up their case, said that the UAPA had become a tool to stifle dissent. He said that the police had acted in an arbitrary manner and arrested the three. They were booked under sections 13(2) (assisting in an unlawful activity of any association declared illegal under Section 3), 18B (punishment for recruiting of any person or persons for terrorist act) and 39 (offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation) of the UAPA. D Suresh, the National General Secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), said that the UAPA had all the draconian elements of the now repealed Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), minus the safeguards. He added that the law was being used by the police to stigmatise those who questioned the institutions that occupy positions of authority. He also added that while the arrests have been made in the context of the recent arrests of five Maoists, they had taken on a sinister form due to the repressive nature of the law itself.
Maoist bandh hits minerals transport in Jharkhand
RANCHI: The three-day bandh called by CPI (Maoist) has affected movement of minerals — iron-ore, bauxite, coal in particular — in Jharkhand as transporters have decided not to ply their trucks during the strike. The Maoists called the bandh to protest against the alleged fake encounter in Palamu in which police killed 12 suspected rebels. Though the police have not confirmed the bandh call, they have made elaborate security arrangements throughout the state, particularly in western Jharkhand which shares its border with Chhatisgarh. A Central Coalfields Limited official said transport of coal from its mines in Patratu, Khelari (Ranchi) and Palamu have been severely affected since the first day of Maoist bandh on Friday.
The official said coal is transported from here to various CCL washeries in Bokaro, Ramgarh, Hazaribag and Chatra districts. “Many of the transporters have refused to work during the bandh,” the official said. The bandh will continue till Sunday midnight. A police report from Lohardaga said supply of bauxite from various mining sites was also affected. Hundreds of trucks ferry bauxite from Lohardaga to Uttar Pradesh, Ranchi, Odisha and other parts of the country everyday. Abhay Singh, spokesperson of Hindalco, involved in bauxite mining, said he is on leave and no other company official could be contacted for comments. Uday Shankar Ojha, a senior official of the Jharkhand Truck Owners Association, said no truck owner is daring to defy the bandh call. “In the recent past, Maoists have torched dozens of trucks in Bihar and Jharkhand. The memory is still fresh in our mind. All the trucks are stranded and transportation has been hit,” Ojha said.
Ojha said a few trucks plying on the roads during the day are taking a huge risk. “The trucks involved in industrial transport are not running even during the day,” Ojha said. A police report said transport of coal and other minerals from Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih and Chatra were also affected due to the bandh. The bandh, however, did not hit normal life much in urban areas in the state. In Palamu, Garhwa and Latehar districts, shops in rural areas were closed and passenger vehicles also did not ply at night. Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said: “No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere during the bandh.”