Maoists kill tribal man ahead of ‘Protest Week’
Malkangiri (Odisha), Jul 2 (PTI) Maoists killed a tribal man suspecting him to be a police informer at Chintamchilika area here as the rebels began a ‘protest week’ today demanding halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces. A group of ultras had abducted Raman Tamarabi (40) from Chintamchilika on Tuesday and his body was found in a nearby forest yesterday, police officials said. While the victim’s throat was slit, his body also had gunshot marks, they said, adding, that the ultras apparently suspected that Tamarabi was operating as an informer of the police.
The killing took place ahead of a ‘Pratibada Saptaha’ (protest week) called by the banned CPI (Maoist) demanding a halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces. Vehicular movement was disrupted in Naxal-affected areas like Kalimela, Motu, Padia, MV-79 and Chitrakonda in the district as buses and other vehicles stopped plying fearing trouble, police officials said. As a precautionary measure, security personnel were deployed in vulnerable areas and borders with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been sealed. Combing operation and patrolling were also intensified by security forces, police officials said.
Day one of Maoist ‘protest week’ peaceful
CHINTAPALLI (Visakhapatnam): With the Maoists kicking off their protest week, Border Security Force (BSF) inspector general PS Sandhu conducted an aerial survey of the border areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh as well as Malkangiri area of Odisha on Wednesday. The IG reportedly guided the forces on combing operations and precautions to be taken in the Malkangiri area. According to sources, after the aerial survey Sandhu visited the cut-off area of Balimela reservoir, which is a Maoist stronghold, as BSF is playing the key role in anti-Maoist operations in Malkangiri district. Cops suspect that the naxals warned the traders of various areas against attending the weekly markets (shandies) during the protest week.
Nearly three to four shandies are held at various places in the Visakha Agency daily. Sources in the police department said naxals put up banners at Busiputtu area in Munchingput mandal and cops observed some suspicious movement of unidentified persons at Kumkumpudi village in GK Veedhi mandal on Tuesday. Some movement of naxals in small groups was also noticed at the interiors in the Agency area, sources said. Cops suspect that the Maoists may strike at any place to show their presence in the Agency during the protest week.
Maoists plan return to Jangalmahal
According to district intelligence sources, Maoists are again trying to establish their lost spaces in villages located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand and West Bengal-Odisha borders in West Midnapore district. The Red rebels are planning a return to Jangalmahal – the forested terrain in western part of West Bengal. While the green belt was freed of the Maoist stranglehold after the Mamata Banerjee government took over in 2011, it seems the rebels are regrouping in the area and have been secretly holding meetings with villagers having Maoist leanings. According to district intelligence sources, Maoists are again trying to establish their lost spaces in villages located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand and West Bengal-Odisha borders in West Midnapore district.
Suspicious activities were noticed in various blocks like Nayagram, Gopiballavpur, Lalgarh, Jamboni and Binpur under the Jhargram sub-division where the Maoists have made significant efforts to resurface in the past few months. It was learnt that Maoist guerrillas held several meeting with the villagers enquiring about the status of various state government schemes and promises made earlier by the Mamata Banerjee government. These meetings were held secretly with those people who once supported the Maoist movement in the forested belts. While Jamboni and Belpahari (in Binpur-II) fall along the Bengal-Jharkhand border, Nayagram and Gopiballavpur are located near the Bengal-Odisha border.
Sources said these Maoist squad members have been visiting the villages in the dark, holding meetings with the villagers and again going back to other side of the borders in the dead of the night. “As of now there is no specific report of a possible armed strike. But the Maoists are trying to sneak into the villages riding on local discontent against the state administration. During the monsoon, it is easier for them to move easily under the green cover,” sources said.
Arrest of Maoists in Coimbatore:
Police raid house in Mettupalayam
COIMBATORE: Police conducted raids at a house in Mettupalayam on Thursday on suspicion that Maoist sympathisers lived there. Police interrogations revealed that one of the arrested Maoists — S Kannan — and a few other Maoists responsible for recruiting a student, A Santhosh Kumar, to a Maoist group had held a secret meeting there. The raids were conducted based on information obtained from Kannan during inquiry. Kannan had allegedly informed police that Maoist sympathisers and members of various banned political groups had held a meeting there. Valparai police deputy superintendent of police Sakthivel and inspector Vivekanandan conducted the raids at the house in Kumarapuram in Mettupalayam.
“We have found several documents, notices and other evidence at the house that was converted into a library,” said a police official. The house was rented by these sympathisers to hold meetings. The police took Kannan to the spot for location identification. Kannan raised slogans stating that false cases were foisted on him. Meanwhile, principal district judge (in-charge) Sakthivel extended the judicial custody of five Maoists — arrested from here on May 4 — till July 8. Shyna Roopesh was brought from Ernakulam while Anoop Mathew George and C Veeramani were brought from Coimbatore central prison. Kannan and Roopesh were not produced in the the court. The judge dismissed the bail petitions of Nagamanickam and Masanamuthu, two Maoist sympathisers who were arrested by the Peelamedu police.
Maoists kill two youths
Maoist ultras shot dead two youths in Jamunia forest under Piri Bazar police station in Lakhisarai district, a police officer said today. The ultras picked up the youths, identified as Laxman Koda (22), Makhru Koda (24) from Jamunia village last night and shot them dead in a nearby forest, Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar said. The ultras killed the two for being police informers, he said. The bullet-riddled bodies of the youths have been recovered and sent to Sadar hospital in neighbouring Munger district for postmortem, the SP said. Raids were being carried to nab those responsible for the murder, Kumar added.
Anoop to be sent back to Coimbatore jail
The Ernakulam district principal and sessions on Wednesday extended the police custody of Anoop, an alleged Maoist operative and accused in the Nitta Gelatine attack case by one day. The special investigation team probing the case on Wednesday produced Anoop before the court on expiry of his 14-day custody period. On Thursday, he will be taken back to the Coimbatore Central Jail along with Shyna, another Maoist operative who is under police custody. While being produced, Anoop submitted that the SIT had forcibly collected his thumb impression on a blank paper. Earlier, he had also raised slogans supporting the protests against Nitta Gelatine at Kathikudam and hailing Maoist operations in the Western Ghats.
The case pertains to the ransacking of the Nitta Gelatine office at Panampally Nagar, SBT Avenue Road, on November 11, 2014. Meanwhile, officials said Anoop had not been cooperating with investigations during the custody period and did not respond to most of the questions. He had even turned violent on occasions during grilling. Anoop, a native of Pathanamthitta district, was brought to Kochi based on a production warrant, issued on the basis of a request by Bijo Alexander, assistant commissioner of police, Thrikkakara, who is heading the investigation in the case. Anoop was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Q branch on May 4 and is currently lodged in the Coimbatore Central Jail.