Delhi University Professor Arrested for Maoist Links Granted Bail
MUMBAI: Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, arrested a year ago by the Maharashtra police for alleged links with Maoists, has been granted temporary bail of three months.
Chhattisgarh govt hikes salary, allowance of cops in anti-Naxal ops
Raipur: In a boost to police jawans engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, the state government has made a handsome hike in their salary and allowance. The decision will benefit as many as 22,000 police jawans, including constables, assistant constables and ‘Gopniya Sainik’ (secret troops) deployed in the insurgency-hit region of the state especially Bastar division, Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting here. The hike will be applicable from July 1 onwards and it will cost the state exchequer Rs 121 crore annually.
Navegaon squatters start farming inside park as officials keep away in Nagpur
NAGPUR: Timid response from forest department has encouraged relocated villagers from Navegaon National Park, now part of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR), to start cultivation right inside the park. Over 300 residents of three villages relocated from Navegaon in Gondia district, 130km from here, had entered the park on June 11, demanding more money than due under rehabilitation package, agriculture land and government jobs. On June 19, talks between district administration and forest officials failed.
However, in the last 20 days no effort was made by the forest officials to evict the squatters who occupied the lands of their previous villages. Three days ago over 125 villagers, still staying inside the park, started paddy transplantation and on Sunday were seen cultivating land with the help of tractors. It is surprising how the squatters were allowed to take tractors inside the park. The villagers have taken possession of a school building and several of them are residing in makeshift tents. Over 357 families from Kawlewada, Zankargondi and Kalimati in Navegaon were relocated to Shree Rampur near Saundad on NH6 in 2013 under Option I (Rs10 lakh per family above 18 years).
Though entire package of Rs10 lakh per family has been paid to them, the villagers are demanding Rs2.5 lakh per family more, besides jobs and agriculture land. During this entire period forest department did not take police or SRPF help to evict the villagers. When asked, Sarjan Bhagat, principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) for wildlife, said, “The elections to Gondia zilla parishad are slated for Tuesday. Once the elections are over we will get sufficient police force to evict the villagers. If they don’t go on their own we will have to use force.” Gondia deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Jitendra Ramgaonkar too said at present around 125 people remained inside the park. “We will have to use force if the squatters do no go voluntarily,” he added. Sources said non-availability of police force was linked to Naxal presence in the district. “As ‘Naxalite Week’ is going on, police are not ready to take any action as of now,” they said.
Police get custody of Maoist suspect
Coimbatore District Police have got custody of Maoist suspect C. Kannan of Madurai for four days from Monday evening. The police have taken him for questioning over his suspected involvement in helping Santhosh Kumar of Valparai to join the Maoist movement. Last week the district police filed a petition before Principal District Judge R. Pongiappan (PDJ) seeking custody of Kannan for a week. Public Prosecutor (in-charge) P.E. Augustus said that in the absence of the PDJ the petition was taken up by I Additional District Judge R. Sakthivel on Monday. Mr. Sakthivel granted police custody of Kannan for four days – till 4 p.m. on July 3.