2 Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Aug 17: Two Naxals, including a deputy commander rank cadre carrying a Rs 1 lakh bounty on his head, were today arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district, police said. The arrested, identified as Sunil (32) and Balram Kashyap (26), were apprehended from the forests under Mardapal police station limits by a joint team of security personnel, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police JS Watti told PTI.
5 in T’puram Arrested for ‘Maoist’ Link
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The police on Friday detained five youth for alleged Maoist links. The Cantonment Police here said the youth belonged to ‘Njattuvela’, one of the frontal organisations of the CPI Maoists are suspected to have arrived in the city to vitiate the peaceful Independence Day in the capital. The accused have been identified as Prashant, Rasheed, Nithin, Spanesh and Aromal, all aged between 25 and 40, and from various parts of the state.
The police said ‘Njattuvela’ had organised a state-wide signature campaign titled ‘Independence is a Lie’. They had come to the capital to stage a street play in front of the Secertariat “protesting the invasion of police into campuses and private lives of citizens”. They were rounded up from the Statue hotel near the Secretariat.
…THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The cantonment police on Friday detained five alleged Maoist sympathisers based on information that they were planning to distribute anti-government pamphlets during Independence day celebrations at the Central Stadium. The arrest came soon after the members of the cultural organisation named Njattuvela had concluded a signature campaign across the state titled ‘Independence is a lie’ that started from Kasargod on June 1.
The detained men were identified as Prashant, Rasheed, Nithin, Spanesh and Aromal all aged between 25 and 40, hailing from various parts of the state. “They had been sticking posters all over the city and our sleuths were watching them. Just before Independence day celebrations kicked in, we took them under preventive detention as they were gearing up to distribute anti-government pamphlets here,” said Cantonment CI Anilkumar P. They were held under Section 151 of CrPC and were released by the evening.
According to Njattuvela Joint Sectretary Prashant, they were detained from the Statue hotel, while having food after preparing for a streetplay in front of the secretariat. “We had no intention of distributing pamphlets. We were protesting the infiltration of police into school campuses and various walks of public life. During our signature campaign we were detained at Kasargod and Kannur. Policemen verbally abused us and confiscated our personal diaries,” Mr Prashant said.
Maoists kill tribal in Odisha’s Malkangiri district
After a week-long lull, the Maoists against unleashed a reign of terror in Odisha’s Malkangiri district with the brutal murder of a tribal late on Sunday night. According to reports, a group of Maoists had abducted Gurumurty Madhi, a native of Telerai village under Motu police station, 15 days ago. As told by the brother of the deceased, the Red Rebels shot dead Gurumurty between 12 PM and 2 PM near Telerai Chhak on Sunday.
The villagers found the bullet-ridden body of Gurumurty in the early morning today. Some Maoist posters were found near the body in which the left wing extremists have said they had killed Gurumurty as he was persuading and encouraging the Maoist sympathisers to abjure violence and return to the mainstream. Till reports last came in, police are yet to reach the spot. Police, however, said the body of the deceased would be brought to Kalimela hospital for post mortem after which it would be handed over to the family members.