Woman Naxal held after gun battle in Raipur
After a gun battle between ultras and police in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, a Woman Naxal was arrested today, said a senior official. The cadre was apprehended from Khadka village forests under Kanker police station limits yesterday while she was trying to flee after the face-off, the senior police official told PTI. A joint team of district police and Border Security Force (BSF) was on a routine patrol in the forest, around 35 kms away from Kanker town, when they saw a group of armed ultras at Korar and Amabeda junction, he said.
After a brief exchange of fire between the two sides, the rebels escaped into the core forest, he said. “No harm was reported from either side,” the official said. Meanwhile, the woman rebel was arrested from the spot and a rifle and a country-made gun were seized from her, he said adding that she was being interrogated.
Police Sub-Inspector injured in Naxal fire in Chhattisgarh
Rajnandgaon: A police official was on Monday injured in a gun-battle between security personnel and Naxals in dense forests in this district of Chhattisgarh. The exchange of fire took place under Bakarkatta police station limits this evening when security personnel were carrying out a search operation based on inputs, a senior police official said. While were cordoning off the Daniyakona-Gerukhadan-Devracha tri-junction, the security personnel spotted a Naxal camp and started encircling it. Sensing the presence of the security personnel, the rebels opened indiscriminate fire, leaving a Sub-Inspector rank official, Santram Soni, injured, he said.
Jawans launched a retaliatory attack, forcing the Maoists to flee, he added. “Soni sustained splinter injury on his chest and was referred to a hospital in Bhilai after preliminary treatment at a local hospital,” he said, adding his condition was said to be stable. A large cache of Naxal-related material was recovered from the spot, he said. Reinforcement of security men was rushed to the spot soon after being informed about the gun-battle and a combing operation was underway in the region to apprehend the ultras, the officail added.
Encounter between Maoists and security personnel in Jharkhand
MEDININAGAR: An encounter between security personnel and Maoists was going on in the bordering area of naxal-affected Palamau and Latehar districts of Jharkhand, a senior police officer said. Palamau superintendent of police, Mayur Patel, told PTI that cross-firing from both sides was on during the encounter which began at around 6.00 am today. The area where the encounter was on is under Panki police station bordering adjoining Latehar district. Meanwhile, a report from Khunti district said three Maoists were arrested in a raid yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off that a Maoist squad was active near Sosoguti dam under Arki police station limit, a police team led by the Additional Superintendent of Police P R Mishra and Sub-Divisional Police Officer Deepak Sharma rushed to the spot and conducted the raid.
ATS quizzes former anti-superstition activist for Maoist links
Investigation by the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has revealed that the Maoists allegedly tried to indoctrinate and procure logistics help from a former anti-superstition activist Sameer Chintamani Sane (48), a state government employee from Thane. ATS recently questioned Sane for his alleged links with top Maoist leader K Muralidharan (61) alias Ajith alias Sunny alias Divakar alias Thomas Joseph, who was arrested along with his aide Ismail Hamaza Chiragpilli (29) alias James Mathew from Talegaon Dabhade in Pune last month. Sane was let free after questioning. Probe revealed that Sane was associated with Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Sanstha (MANS), an anti-superstition movement started by slain rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar and the Lok Vidnyan Sanstha. Related ATS seeks custody of ‘Maoist’ Muralidharan to conduct DNA test Arrest of maoists: Cops quiz real estate agent, book landlord Top Maoist leader from Kerala, aide held near city
When contacted, Sane told The Indian Express he would not comment on this issue as the matter was in court. Avinash Patil, executive president of MANS, said, “Sane worked with us about nine years ago. He is not active now. We are against Maoists and any unconstitutional movement.” The ATS had arrested Ajith and Ismail from Talegaon Dabhade on May 8. A native of Ernakulam in Kerala and son of a former diplomat, Murlidharan alias Ajith was the national secretary of the banned Communist Party of India (ML) Naxalbari, which merged with the banned CPI (Maoist) on May 1, 2014. He is known to be a Maoist intellectual who wrote books and articles for left-wing extremists.
During its investigation, ATS recovered laptop, seven cellphones, five SIM cards, two Internet dongals, Maoist literature, fake PAN and Aadhar cards, fake railway passes and other items from the two suspects. Probe revealed that suspects have used 10 cellphones and SIM cards, of which five are from Maharashtra and remaining are from other states. ATS has also launched a search for Sanjay Deepak Rao (51), an alleged underground Maoist operative who allegedly helped Ajith and Ismail in settling down in Maharashtra. Investigators said that after his heart surgery, Ajith had interactions with Kuppuswamy, in-charge of the Maoist operations in Western Ghats, and shifted to Maharashtra.
The Kerala state committee of the Maoist party sent Ismail for helping Ajith in writing, translations and collecting and sending couriers. Rao provided logistics help like getting an apartment on rent at the Lotus Villa building in Talegaon Dabhade through a real estate agent. Probe revealed that Rao had introduced Sane to Ajith. Investigators suspect that Ajith then allegedly tried to indoctrinate and procure logistics help from Sane. ATS officials refused to give any information on this issue.
Bail plea filed for Maoist suspects
Bail petitions were filed for the three Maoist suspects who were arrested with top Maoist leader Roopesh and his wife Shyna at Karumathampatty at the outskirts of Coimbatore on May 3. The three, C. Kannan (46) of Madurai, Anoop (31) of Kerala and C. Veeramani alias Eswaran (60) of Cuddalore are lodged in the Coimbatore Central Prison under judicial custody. It is learnt that the petitions were moved by lawyer B.B. Mohan before Principal District Judge (PDJ) R. Pongiappan here on Monday. The petition has been listed for hearing on Thursday, June 18.
Varavara Pays Tribute to Slain Maoist in Nalgonda
NALGONDA:Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao on Sunday slammed the Centre and State governments for adopting a fascist attitude towards organisations working for the poor and the downtrodden. Rao, who visited Suryapet to pay tributes to K Vivek, a Maoist who was killed in an alleged encounter in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh, alleged that the encounter was fake. “Police killed three Maoists who went there to enquire about the problems of tribals,’’ he said.
He said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had surpassed both AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy in implementing anti-Maoist policies. Before elections, KCR had promised that his party would implement the Maoist agenda for public welfare, he recalled and questioned, “Where is Maoist agenda in the State?’’ He, however, clarified they had never asked KCR to implement Maoist agenda in the state. “It is KCR mark of politics,’’ he remarked and demanded a judicial probe into the Chhattisgarh encounter in which Vivek and two women Naxalites were gunned down. Rao said Vivek was highly qualified and generous. “He joined the Maoist movement last year and worked hard to solve tribals’ problems. He also strived hard during the Telangana agitation,” he reminisced.
Detailed probe sought into ‘fake’ encounter
Members of the association of Maoist martyrs’ parents termed the encounter killing of 19-year-old Vivek Kodamagundla and two other women Maoists on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border ‘fake’. The body of Vivek was brought to his residence at Suryapet on Sunday for the last rites. Vivek’s father, Yogananda Chary, said his son was caught by the police before the encounter and killed in cold blood. A woman from the association said all three youth were killed in the joint operation of Telangana and Chhattisgarh police in a fake encounter.
“They were tortured, their arms twisted before they were shot dead and they suffered fractures,” she said. “What was the need to torture the boy even if he was a Maoist?” she questioned. Vivek’s mother, Madhavi, and his father said that their son always used to talk about socio-economic inequalities in society. He always used to express his willingness to work for the poor. They expressed regret that his life had ended at a tender age. “Who gave the police the right to kill him?” she questioned. They all sought a detailed probe into the encounter of the three youth.
Maoist sympathisers sent to borstal
Masanamuthu (21) and Namamanickam (20) of Vellalore near here, who were arrested by the city police on Saturday on charges of trying to intimidate ‘Q’ Branch Police personnel in their office at HUDCO Colony, Peelamedu, on May 6, were sent to the borstal on Sunday. The two, who claimed to be Maoist sympathisers, reportedly intimidated the police personnel to condemn the arrest, by the ‘Q’ Branch Police on May 3, of top Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three others at Karumathampatty in Coimbatore District.
Peelamedu police registered a case against Masanamuthu and Namamanickam them under sections 294B (uttering obscene songs or words in or near a public place), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation), of the Indian Penal Code and section 10 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. After questioning, the police produced them before the Principal District Judge.
Bengal cops to quiz wanted Maoist held in Balaghat
BHOPAL: A police team from West Bengal, including officers from CID and Special Task Force (STF), will reach Balaghat on Monday to interrogate Maoist Dilip Guha for whereabouts of another most wanted Maoist Vijay Chandra Jadhav. Guha was arrested by Balaghat police on May 25. Intelligence inputs indicate Guha and Jadav, against whom a cumulative award of Rs 1.2 crore has been declared by three states, were given responsibility of West Bengal state. Guha is on remand with Balaghat police. He has been interrogated by police from different states and intelligence agencies. He is said to be in know of conspiracy behind the 2013 Bastar bloodbath that wiped out entire frontline Congress leadership of Chhattisgarh, said sources.
On the run, Maoists regroup near AP border
KORAPUT: Cornered in Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Laxmipur blocks, Maoists are now reportedly trying to build their base in Pottangi, which shares boundary with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, in Koraput district. “Given the geographical location of Pottangi, which is close to Andhra Pradesh and Malkangiri district, and is filled with dense forests and hills, the Maoists find it a safe place to reorganise their outfit. They have already started their operating in six panchayats of Pottangi,” a source said.
In their attempt to make their presence felt, the Maoists murdered a gram rakhi accusing him of being a police informer at Peteru village on Friday night. This is the fourth murder by Red rebels in less than one year under Pottangi police limits. On June 12, 2014, the Maoists abducted brother of present sarpanch and a former sarpanch of Tolo Goluru and killed them on charges of being police informers. This the rebels followed up by gunning down a Congress leader of Sunki on similar charges on September 26, 2014. Also, they blew up a guest house belonging to a private company at Pedapadu on November 14, 2014. According to sources, the Maoists have spread their tentacles in Sunki, Ampabali, Tolo Goloru, Pateru, Ralegada and Chandaka panchayats of Pottangi blocks taking advantage of no permanent security camps of paramilitary forces in Pottangi.