Suspended professor accused of Maoist links released on bail
Suspended Delhi University professor G N Saibaba who was lodged in the central prison here after being accused of Maoist links was released today after he was granted temporary bail for three months by the Bombay High Court. The wheel-chair bound English lecturer was arrested by the Maharashtra police in May, 2014 for his alleged links with top leaders of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and lodged in Nagpur central prison for over a year. His worsening health condition was the main ground for his release, officials said.
Maoist arrested in Husnabad
The Husnabad police have arrested a Maoist deputy commander and seized 37 gelatine sticks, which were planned to planted underneath the culverts and bridges. The arrest of Maoist leader and recovery of gelatine sticks attained importance as Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had planned to conduct bus yatra in the region on Saturday to participate in the Haritha Haram programme. Disclosing this to newsmen here on Friday, Superintendent of Police D. Joel Davis said that Maoist Musaki Adma (22), a native of Sikhpal village in Jagdalpur district of Chatisgarh State was associated with the Maoist party since 2007 as part of Radical Balala Sangham (RBS). From 2009 to 2013, he worked as deputy dalam commander of Molangur dalam.
With the permission of dalam, he returned to his native village and started working as informer and providing information about the police informers and movement of police to the dalam. Following the instructions of dalam commander Roshan, he reached Husnabad and started working as a labourer at the construction sites at the culverts and bridges and collecting the explosives to hand over to the dalam. On Friday, the police conducted the regular vehicle checking at the Husnabad bus stand region.
During that period, the police noticed suspicious movement of Adma. On interrogation, he informed the police that he was Maoist deputy commander in Chatisgarh state and recovered the gelatine sticks. The SP appreciated the Husnabad CI Sadan Kumar, NIB inspector Sarvar, SI Mahender Reddy and others for arresting the naxalite. Officer on Special Duty L. Subbarayudu, and Additional SP (Admn) B. Janardhan Reddy were also present.
Maoist Camp Destroyed By Security Forces In Deogarh District
A Naxalite camp was destroyed in a forest under Barkot police limits by the security forces and huge supply of arms and explosive materials were seized from the spot following an exchange of fire last night. As per the sources, the face off took place during a joint combing operation by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Voluntary Force (DVF) and armed police in the forest. When the security personnel reached close to the maoist camp, the ultras opened fire at them, which was retaliated by the force. Following the incident, combing operations in the area were intensified and more forces were deployed to track the ultras, Deogarh SP Sarah Sharma said. Meanwhile, DIG (north-central) Rajesh Kumar rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
Maoists holed up in tri-junction of TN, Kerala and Karnataka, Q Branch tells HC
MADURAI: The Q Branch, CID police on Wednesday told the Madras high court Madurai bench that three members of CPI (Maoists), a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act who were released on bail, are on the run and they are at present hiding somewhere near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The police also said that they were carrying lethal weapons and spreading Maoist ideologies among the tribals and that efforts are on to arrest them.
Q- Branch CID, Madurai range deputy superintendent of police (DSP) N Rajaram stated this in his counters submitted before justice K Kalyanasundaram to the bail petitions moved by J Vivek alias Vivekanandan and N Ranjit, who are lodged in the Madurai Central Prison. “Hence, if the court enlarges the petitioners on bail they will abscond and join the absconding co-accused (Maoists), and will wage war against the government,” the DSP said. According to the DSP, one V Muthu lodged a complaint relating to arms training at Murugamalai Oothuparai near Periyakulam district on June 26, 2007, regarding which the Periyakulam police registered a case incorporating various provisions of the IPC, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.
The next day, the CB-CID police took up the investigation; seized some Maoist ideology books and arms from various places over the months and also arrested people including Velmurugan, Palanivel, Muthuselvam, Ranjit, Karthick, Easwran, Balan, Sundaramoorthy and Vivek, the DSP said. Vivek was on run for nearly five years and Ranjit was on run for about three-and-a-half years from the date of registration of FIR. The cases pending before the assistant sessions court, Periyakulam against the petitioners have been posted to July 10 for further hearing. Besides, non-bailable warrants are pending against the petitioner’s co-accused Velmurugan, Palanivel and Karthick from March 8, 2012. They who were released on bail still remain absconding, the DSP said. Following the counters, the judge adjourned the matter to the next Monday.
‘Q’ Branch seeks handwriting samples of Maoists
The ‘Q’ Branch police on Thursday submitted petitions before Principal District Judge (PDJ) in-charge, R. Sakthivel, here to collect the handwriting and signature samples of five Maoists and suspects arrested at Karumathampatty on May 3. Public Prosecutor (in-charge) P.E. Augustus said that they wanted the samples in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English to compare it with documents and literature seized from them. Defence counsel S. Balamurugan claimed that the police were trying to file false cases against the five using the signature and handwriting samples and sought time to file counter petitions. The issue has been posted to July 8. Meanwhile, the judge extended the judicial custody of the five — Roopesh, his wife Shyna, C. Kannan, Anoop and Veeramani — till July 8, as their custody ended on July 2. On Thursday, Veeramani and Anoop were produced before the court.
The PDJ (in-charge) said that all five of them should be produced before the court on July 8. Roopesh and Kannan were not produced as they were being questioned by the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Police, respectively. Mr. Balamurugan said that Veeramani presented a written complaint to the judge that the Kerala police took pictures and videos of him in a guesthouse and in forests in that State in mid-June. He expressed concern that it could be used to implicate him in cases. Veeramani also alleged that the police threatened to torture him.
Bail plea dismissed
The PDJ in-charge also dismissed, on Thursday, the bail plea of Masanamuthu (21) and Nagamanickam (20) who were arrested by the police for allegedly threatening the ‘Q’ Branch police at their office in Peelamedu on May 4, condemning the arrest of Maoists and their sympathisers at Karumathampatty.
Kannan, in the custody of the Aliyar police, was taken to Mettupalayam on Thursday by a team led by Valparai DSP S. Sakthivel for questioning him in connection with facilitating Santhosh Kumar (23) of Aliyar join the Maoist movement last year. According to the police, Santhosh was suspected to have been taken by members of the organisation to Kumarapuram near Mettupalayam shortly after he went missing in August last year. Police sources said that Santhosh took part in meetings at a house that was used as a library before he went to the forests for training.
Maoists allege torture in police custody
Coimbatore: Maoists, who were arrested two months ago from the city outskirts, alleged on Thursday that they were being tortured by Kerala police while in their custody and wanted to confess certain things, by threatening of dire consequences. Three of the five Maoists, arrested from Karumathampatti, were being interrogated both by Tamil Nadu Q Branch and Kerala police turn by turn. As the custody period of three accused – Veeramani, Shyna and Anoop – is ending on Thursday, they were brought to produce before First Additional District and Sessions Court here.
While being taken to the Court, Veeramani claimed that they were being tortured by Kerala police to toe their line and confess their involvement in certain cases, or face consequences. “However, we have not budged to their threats,” he said. Raising pro-Maoist slogans, the trio appeared before Judge R Shaktivel. The judge ordered to produce the accused before the Court on July 8 and allowed Shyna to be taken back to Kerala, while Veeramani and Anoop were lodged in Central jail here.