People’s War in India Clippings 22/7/2015


Top Maoist Vijay Arya brought to Gaya from Visakhapatnam

GAYA: Vijay Arya, a top ranking Maoist allegedly involved in nearly two dozen cases of naxalite violence in different states including Bihar, Jharkhand and undivided Andhra Pradesh has been brought to Gaya in connection with criminal cases pending against him in Gaya court. Arya, a member of the Central Committee of CPI (Maoists), the apex body of the naxal outfit was earlier arrested from Katihar district in May 2011. After being kept in the Bhagalpur Central jail, Arya was flown to Vishakhapatnam alongwith V Subramaniyam, another Central Committee member in June 2012.

Since then Arya has been languishing in the Vishakhapatnam jail. Security of Gaya Central jail has been tightened on account of Arya’s profile and position in the banned outfit’s hierarchy. A resident of Karma village of the naxal infested Konch police station area of the district, Arya did his Post graduation in Economics from Anugrah Memorial College, Gaya in the eighties. Political leaders of different parties have been wooing Arya on account of his clout and at one point of time, the then CM Lalu Prasad too pampered the red rebel. Arya, in the nineties toured different parts of the district in the then CM Lalu Prasad’s convoy and was accommodated in the official car of Aditya Sawaroop, the then Gaya DM.

Vijay Arya has been to jail for long periods in the past too but, of late the govt appears to have toughened its stand. Though not a member of the armed squad of the party, Arya played ideologue cum strategist for the organization that, besides executing dozens of massacres including the bigger ones like Bara and Senari, looted several hundred weapons from the Bihar and Jharkhand police. He also supervised the banned organizations publication section that brought revolutionary magazines like Jan Jwar and Lal Chingari. Arya also figured as accused in the Tekari police station invasion case in which the naxals raided the Tekari police station in broad day light in a busy residential cum commercial area, killed several cops and looted the police station Malkhana (armoury).

Arya’s presence in Gaya jail is being kept a well guarded secret and officials are tight lipped on the issue. Sources say that the police may not risk the red rebel’s production in open court and utilise video conferencing or in jail proceeding against the naxal big gun. Arya is also known as a Maoist fund raiser entrusted with the safe keeping of the organisation’s fund.

Ex-Maoist murdered by former colleagues

Nagpur, July 22 (IANS): A former Maoist was allegedly murdered by his disgruntled ex-colleagues who resented his decision to surrender last year, an official said on Wednesday. Police on Wednesday found the body of Madhav Warlu Padda, an active Maoist for a decade before he surrendered to security forces in November 2014, an official said. He had been stabbed repeatedly with sharp weapons near Mauja-Kotmi village in Etapally region of Gadchiroli district.

The official said Padda was eliminated by former Maoist colleagues who were against his decision to surrender. Padda, 38, was a Maoist with Kasansoor Dalam for 10 years since 2005 but later had a change of heart. He then lived with his aged mother, wife, two sons and two daughters in the village. Following the murder, the police have launched a combing operation in and around Etapally.

Maoists cornered in Magadh division

GAYA: Arrest of at least four influential leaders of CPI (Maoist), the banned outfit, has put Naxalites on the back foot in Magadh division. Whereas three of the arrests have been made in Gaya district, Shivaji Dhobhi, a front ranking Maoist was arrested in neighbouring Jehanabad district. The arrests, according to Maoist watchers have made things difficult for the extremists desperately trying to regain lost ground in the Tekari-Konch area of Gaya and neighbouring Goh-Rafiganj area of the Aurangabad district.

The Maoists have virtually lost the plot in Jehanabad, once the most volatile area of the Maoist hot bed.Besides Shivaji Dhobi and Poonam, the woman Maoist allegedly involved in the killing of the then Rohtas forest officer Sanjay Singh, the other arrested Maoists are Laxman Singh Bhokta and Ram Pravesh Yadav. Ram Pravesh was allegedly involved in the 2003 dare devil attack on Paraiya police station in which three cops were killed and weapons were looted. Bhokta has got more than two dozen criminal cases registered against his name with several police stations of the state and neighbouring Jharkhand.

Bhokta’s arrest is regarded as very important. He is said to be junior to Dhobi in Maoist hierarchy. sides the important four, several less known Maoists too have been arrested and these Maoists have been identified as Jitendra Yadav and Bindi Bhuiyan. Yadav and Bhuiyan were allegedly involved in the bumping of a police jeep in Raushanganj police station area in Feb’2013. Half-a-dozen cops were killed in the landmine blast that bumped the police vehicle. The arrests were made during a regular operation against the Red rebels.

According to sources, Poonam, the DFO murder case accused, of late is lying low and had virtually become a recluse. According to Magadh range DIG Ratn Sanjay, Shivaji Dhobi remains the prize catch among the recently arrested Naxalites. Maoist watchers believe that the arrests have not been matched by recovery of sophisticated weapons. The arrested Maoists were either unarmed or possessed only poor quality country- made weapons. Maoists are known to possess sophisticated weapons like AK-47 and AK-56 assault rifles and as such non-recovery of sophisticated weapons during any arrest operation remains mystery.

Madras High Court rejects bail plea of three suspected Maoists

Madurai: The Madras High Court today dismissed bail pleas of two suspected Maoists arrested in connection with alleged arms training conducted at Murugamalai in Theni district in 2007. Rejecting the petitions of J Vivek alias Vivekanandan and N Ranjit, lodged in Central prison here, Justice K Kalyanasundraram of the Madurai bench directed the Assistant Sessions Court in Periyakulam to complete the prosecution of the accused within three months. According to the prosecution, cases under IPC, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act were filed in June, 2007 on a complaint from one V Muthu that he witnessed arms training by a group of youths at Murugamalai Oothuparai near Periyakulam in Theni district.

CB-CID police, which took up the investigation, seized some Maoist ideology books and arms from various places in the region in the next few months. It later arrested several persons, including Vivek and Ranjit. Vivek was on the run for nearly five years and Ranjit for about three and half years from the date of registration of FIR. Besides, non-bailable warrants were pending against co-accused Velmurugan, Palanivel and Karthick from March 8, 2012 after they jumped bail. The trio were at present in the forest of tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka carrying lethal weapons and spreading Maoists ideologies among tribal people, the prosecution alleged. Hence, if the court freed the petitioners on bail, they would flee and join with the absconding co-accused and wage war against the government, it contended. PTI


Detained Maoists allege harassment

Two suspected Maoists, Anil alias Remanan, 44, of Sasthamcotta; and Anandan, 50, of Bharanikavu; who were arrested and kept under detention at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Jail since May 13, complained to Kollam District and Sessions Court judge George Mathew on Tuesday that they were being harassed by an assistant jailer. The suspects, allegedly involved in the attack on the Kerala office of Nitta Gelatin in Kochi last November, were arrested from Kundara, near here, and detained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

They were produced before the court here to get their remand period extended. The duo was not represented by any lawyer in court. But, when their case came up, they narrated to the judge about the alleged harassment inside a cell of the UTB block of the jail where they were lodged. They alleged that one of the assistant jailers in an inebriated state regularly used abusive language and on one occasion forced them to raise Maoist slogans. The judge asked them to submit their complaint in writing. The judge gave a directive to the jail authorities to inquire into the incident and submit a report at the earliest. The judge also noted on the remand application to ensure that the two detainees were not harassed in the jail anymore.

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