People’s War in India Clippings 23/7/2015

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Two Wanted Naxals Held in Chhattisgarh

Two Naxals, carrying cash reward on their heads, were today arrested during a joint search operation in the insurgency-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres identified as Maansingh alias Arjun (45) and Sanker Salam (30), active at different capacities under Partapur area committee of the banned outfit, were apprehended from Pakhanjore area, Kanker Superintendent of Police (SP) Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI. A joint squad of district force and Border Security Force (BSF) was carrying out a search operation in Pakhanjore region, located around 300 kms away from the state capital, when they intercepted the duo in the forests, the officer said.

Active as Kuli janmilitia commander, Arjun was associated with the movement in 2000. Initially he worked as temporary member in the outlawed movement but later assigned the crucial task of preparing low level firearms and repairing guns and rifles, he said. Meanwhile, on the direction of Naxal leaders, he surrendered and went to jail. However, the rebel again joined the banned movement after he was released on bail, Meena added. He was elevated as commander of Kuli janmilitia after rejoining the outfit but due to prolonged illness, he was demoted from the position few months back.

Presently, he was tasked with making and repairing weapons, the SP said. Similarly, Salam was a member of Jantana Sarkar’s economic wing. He played a key role in arranging food commodities for Naxals besides making necessary preparations during their visit in the region, he said. While Arjun was carrying a reward of Rs 7,000 on his head, Rs 1,000 was announced for the arrest of Salaam. The duo were allegedly involved in numbers of Naxal-related incidents, the SP said, adding that their interrogation was underway.

Maoist handwriting sample plea adjourned to July 29

Principal District Judge (PDJ) R. Pongiappan on Wednesday adjourned hearing for the case in which Q Branch police had sought signature and handwriting samples from Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and three others sympathisers, for July 29. The PDJ said that the petition can be taken up only when the five persons were produced as the police wanted handwriting and signatures of everyone. On Wednesday Anoop could not be produced before the court here as he was taken to Kerala by the police there. While leaving the court Shyna told reporters that detaining them under National Security Act cannot control their struggle.

Police nab three Maoist rebels in Bihar

Gaya, July 23 (ANI): Police in Bihar arrested three Maoist rebels from Katwa region of the state. Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Manu Maharaj, said that the three were planning something big. The police also recovered some magazines and pamphlets related to Maoism from them. They were wanted in nearly a dozen cases. The arrest has come just days after police had arrested a woman rebel, Poonam Devi, in the same region, who was wanted in many cases.

APDR demands judicial inquiry into Kishenji’s killing

Members of the Association for Protection and Democratic Rights (APDR) on Wednesday demanded a proper judicial probe into the encounter death of Maoist military strategist Koteswar Rao, alias Kishenji. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee has confirmed APDR finding that Kishenji was murdered in cold blood, APDR members said. APDR demanded a judicial probe by a sitting HC judge or retired Supreme Court judge be ordered and a murder case be registered against state police officers who were part of the operation that ended in an encounter killing the Maoist leader in West Midnapore four years ago.

On 17 July Abhishek said, during a late evening public meeting at Belpahari in west Midnapore, “Earlier, in Jangalmahal people were killed every day. In the past four years there was only one murder. Mamata Banerjee’s government, by killing Kishenji, has proved that people have the last word.” The state government claimed that Kishenji, a top CPI (Maoist) leader from Andhra Pradesh who was in charge of West Bengal, was killed in an encounter at Burisol village in West Midnapore on 11 November, 2011, five months after Trinamool Congress assumed power in the state. If the state government does not order any judicial probe into Kishenji’s death, the people will believe that the government has something to hide, which means Kishenji was killed in a fake encounter,APDR members alleged.

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