Naxal involved in attack on police party in Jharkhand arrested
NEW DELHI: A Naxal leader, who was allegedly involved in an attack on a police party in Jharkhand’s Chatra last December, has been arrested by Delhi Police’s Special Cell.
Naxal camp busted; arms recovered
Security forces have busted a transit Naxal camp following a gun-battle with rebels and recovered two firearms in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district on Sunday, the police said. The skirmish between a joint team of security personnel and rebels took place in restive Kundakaal hills under Madanwada police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police P Sundarraj told PTI.
Based on a specific input about a gathering of ultras to observe Martyrs’ Week in Kundakaal forests, located around 200 km away from the state capital, a joint squad of Special Task Force (STF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force was dispatched to the spot for a search operation, the senior officer said. On sensing the presence of police on the hills near the spot, a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing, following which they retaliated. However, on finding jawans zeroing in on them after intermittent firing of about half-an-hour, rebels escaped taking the advantage of rough terrain and dense forest, the SP said.
CRPF camp triggers Red attack fear
BOKARO: The future of about 700 students and 15 teachers of Harijan Adivasi High School has once again caught between devil and deep sea after security men took shelter in it while conducting anti-naxal search operation in the area. The school is situated at around 70 kilometers from district headquarter in deep interior Tiskopi under Chatro Chatti panchayat of Maoist prone Gomia Block, Fear looms large on teachers and villagers whose wards are studying in the school situated in red zone.
They believe that Maoists would again blast the building as they had destroyed it on 2009, December, 18 only because securitymen had taken shelter in it then also. The school is the only High School run privately by local village committee in 30 kilometers radius of the area. Girl and boy students from seven panchayats comprising about 30 villages came to study here, with no other High School nearby. A villager said that this school is running since 1986 with contribution and donations of villagers of the area.
However, the school is closed since July, 27 after securitymen put their camp while conducting anti-naxal search operation in jungles of Jhumra. The operation is being conducted by police jointly with para-military forces to nab Maoist squad of zonal commander Mithlesh Singh alias Duryodhan Mahto who torched 24 trucks in Khasmahal of Bermo on July, 24. Headmaster of the school, Sanjay Kumar Mahto said that they were passing through very difficult situations. “We have closed the school under compulsion because securitymen are camping here. This has affected studies of children as their first terminal is scheduled to be conducted from August, 4. Moreover we are afraid of Maoists, who are threatening us to be ready to face their wrath for giving school to men-in-khakis to camp,” said Mahto.
Maoist leader continue fast in jail
Maoist leader Roopesh, wanted in at least 20 cases in Kerala, continued his fast in the central prison here demanding withdrawal of “the falses cases foisted on him by the neighbouring state. Roopesh, wanted in 20 cases in Kerala, his wife Shyna, Anoop, Kannan and Eswaran were arrested from Karumathapatti on the outskirts of the city in the first week of May. They were lodged in Central jail here and have often been taken from here to kerala in connection with various cases.
Alleging that Kerala police was unnecessary involving him in many cases, Roopesh, began his fast on July 25 in Kerala prisons, which entered the ninth day today, police said. He was brought and lodged in the jail here four days ago and continued his hunger strike here also, they said. He wanted him to be treated as a political prisoner and also allow to read and write in the cell, police said. While the doctors are attending to him to examine the health condition, the jail officials are negotiating with him to end the hunger strike.
Maoist mourns death of villagers in landslide
IMPHAL, Aug 2: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has expressed deep condolence on the death of 20 villagers who were buried alive by a massive landslide at Zoumol village in Chandel district on August 1. A statement signed by Comrade Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity and Propaganda of Maoist Communist Party, Manipur shares the grievances of the family members whose residential houses have been washed away by the strong current of flood water caused due to incessant heavy downpour of rain for the last couple of days.
Saying that the outfit is trying to extend all possible assistance to the villagers affected by the flood, it appealed to the people to help the needy villagers in proving accommodation and basic amenities without waiting assistance from the side of the government. The heavy shower in rain for the last few days has inundated many houses and paddy fields in the districts including Ukhrul, Thoubal and Imphal. Passage through many important roads has also been disrupted due to landslides. In such a situation, there is an urgent need for help, the statement said.
Woman sets herself ablaze in Kerala
The Mother of a youth who was arrested for his suspected Maoist links has died after setting herself ablaze. The victim, Chellamma, 70, hailed from Sasthamkotta in Kollam district. Her son N K Ananthan has been recently arrested and remanded in judicial custody on charges of facilitating the suspected Maoist leader Roopesh to obtain mobile connection.
Maoists make their presence felt in Khammam
Maoists reportedly dug up trenches on the Charla-Pusuguppa road in Charla mandal of Bhadrachalam division in the wee hours of Sunday coinciding with the “Martyrs week” being observed by the CPI (Maoist) outfit in agency areas. The rebels have placed boulders after digging up a small portion of the road in the small hours of the day, sources said.
Vehicular traffic on the road connecting the remote Pusuguppa village with the mandal headquarters was disrupted for several hours following the incident. Several tractors bound for santha, the weekly market, in Charla were stranded on the road for hours, the sources added. In a separate incident, suspected Maoists reportedly felled trees on the road leading to Tippapuram in the same mandal on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
Maoists kill trader in Chhattisgarh
Communist party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres stabbed to death a local businessman during a weekly market in Tumnar village under Geedam Police Station limits in Dantewada District on August 1, reports The Pioneer. Superintendent of Police (SP) of Dantewada, Kamlochan Kashyap informed that Santosh Gupta hailing from Geedam was sitting in his temporary shop at the weekly market. Suddenly some Maoists clad in villagers’ attire reached his shop and stabbed him with some sharp edge weapon. The Maoists managed to walk away freely after killing the businessman. Santosh was then rushed to Maharani Hospital Jagdalpur, where he was declared brought dead.