Maoist with Rs 5 lakh reward arrested
In a major catch, the Bihar Police arrested a Maoist carrying Rs five lakh reward and his accomplice from a village in Jehanabad district, around 70 kms south of the state capital, a police officer today said. Jehanabad Superintendent of Police (SP) Aditya Kumar said the operative was arrested from Pariyawan village under Ghoshi police station limits during the early hours. His accomplice has been identified as Surendra Manjhi. No firearms were recovered from them, though some Maoist literature has been seized.
Rajak, was the CPI(Maoist) in-charge of Magadh zone. It includes Naxal-infested districts of Bihar like Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, Nalanda, parts of Patna and Nawada. Some parts of Jharkhand also come under the zone. “Rajak was known among the Maoists by three aliases – Tyagiji, Shivji and Baba. He carries a Rs five lakh reward on his head. We received intelligence inputs last night that he and his accomplice had come to the village for a meeting. Accordingly, we constituted teams and surrounded it. Both were arrested after a few hours of operation,” Kumar said. The SSP added Rajak, a native of Patharia village under Rafiganj police station in Aurangabad district, was wanted in several cases of violence and extortion in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Post-mortem performed on Maoist body
Post-mortem was performed on the body of the Maoist killed in Saturday’s exchange of fire near Bodagumma village in Munchingput mandal, at the Area Hospital, Paderu, on Sunday morning.
Yet to be identified
The male body was clad in civil clothes and was not yet identified. The deceased might have come from Malkangiri-Boipariguda area in Odisha, the police officers said at a press conference in Paderu on Sunday. Three of four Maoists were injured. However, they fled the scene.
3-state Maoist bandh today
RANCHI: Maoists have put up posters in Lohardaga and East Singhbhum districts declaring another bandh in three states on Monday in protest against the encounter in Palamu on June 9, police said on Sunday. Lohardaga SP Manoj Ratan said the posters, which called the June 9 encounter fake and appealed to villagers to support the bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh, were seized. “We should hold a people’s court and punish those (members of rival extremist organizations like Jharkhand Prastuti Committee and Tritiya Prastuti Committee) working for the police,” one poster read. State police spokesperson S N Pradhan said police have received intelligence inputs about Maoists calling a 24-hour bandh. “Elaborate security arrangement will be in place during the bandh,” Pradhan said.
Admit suspended DU professor to hospital of his choice: HC
The Bombay High Court today directed Nagpur prison authorities to admit suspended Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, arrested for alleged Maoist links, to a hospital of his choice for treatment. Saibaba, who suffers from neurological ailments, is wheelchair-bound. The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon have taken suo motu (on its own) cognisance of a letter written by the activist Purnima Upadhyay highlighting the deteriorating health of Saibaba in Nagpur jail where he is lodged since his arrest last year.
On the court’s directions, he was last week taken to private Neuron hospital in Nagpur for treatment. Saibaba’s lawyer Vijay Hiremath today said he was taken to Neuron hospital only for a check-up, and the doctors there said the hospital was not equipped to treat him. Hiremath said that while the court had directed that only two policemen should escort Saibaba during the visit and allow his family members to meet him, there were around 10 police officials with him and family members were not allowed to meet him.
Irked, the high court directed the jail authorities to permit Saibaba to meet his family today. It said Saibaba and his relatives can discuss and decide which private hospital he wants to be admitted to. The jail authorities shall then shift Saibaba to the hospital of his choice where he shall receive treatment.