Six Maoist cadres arrested in Assam
GUWAHATI: Assam police on Thursday arrested six Maoist cadres from Cachar district. A police official said, “Among those arrested, two are senior cadres including a woman. They are identified as Amiruddin Ahmed and N Biswas.” He added that Amiruddin hails from Assam and Biswas from Nadia district of West Bengal. Other four persons are all from Cachar.
CPI-Maoist says committed ‘mistakes’ during Lalgarh stir
Kolkata: The banned CPI (Maoist) has said it committed “mistakes” during the Lalgarh movement by killing people and removing their bodies covertly and said that it had wrongly believed that Trinamool Congress would withdraw joint forces from Jangalmahal after coming to power in the state. In a six-page review report of the so called central committee of its eastern bureau, a copy of which is available to the media, the Naxalite outfit said, “We had a belief that if the CPI-M is defeated, then the joint forces will be withdrawn and all political prisoners released, but we were wrong.” The ruling Trinamool Congress termed it as a “propaganda” by the Maoists while the CPI(Marxist) claimed that “Maoists are spilling the beans” as the developmental promises have not been fulfilled.
According to the document, the Maoists acknowledged that they had committed mistakes during the Lalgrah movement in Jangalmahal by killing people and removing their bodies covertly. The Maoists’ admission of mistakes came at a time when there are reports that the ultras were trying to stage a comeback in Jangalmahal after a hiatus of four years since the death of CPI (Maoist) politburo member Kishenji in November, 2011. A senior CRPF officer said, “There has been a surge in their activities in the past six months. We have specific reports of their movements, both individually and in small groups, especially in Binpur, Lalgarh, and parts of Purulia,” The officer said on the condition of anonymity that the joint forces comprising personnel of the CRPF and West Bengal police were conducting raids in the forest areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts in Jangalmahal. Countering the CPI (Maoist)’s charge of being misled, TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari, however, alleged that Maoists were trying to mislead the masses. “The Maoists have been completely isolated because of the developmental work the state government has done and the political movement the party has organised against them. They are now trying to mislead the masses but the people won’t get swayed by their false propaganda,” Adhikari said.
“It was a failure on our part when the people’s movement was on full force in Jangalmahal during the Lalgarh movement, we failed to create an alternative people’s democratic system there,” the document said. “Then there were instances when after giving death punishment, we had hidden those bodies rather than announcing in public on the lines of the wrong doings by the goons of CPI(M). Those were mistakes we committed and we promise never to commit them again,” it stated. According to IB officials, for the first time in four years, posters of Maoists and the Peoples’ Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), an organisation backed by the ultras, were found in the former bastion of the Maoists during the Martyrs’ Day observation. CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim said, “The state government thought things would be solved after the death of Kishenji. But that has not been the case as developmental promises have not been fulfilled. Now the Maoists are spilling the beans.”
Chhattisgarh’s torture cells exposed
No food and water for two days while being produced in courts, no doctor to treat sick inmates, no possibility of meeting or speaking to family members. These are some of the observations made by former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shamina Shafiq on the condition of women prisoners lodged in Central Jail in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, in December 2012. The report, accessed exclusively by The Hindu , kept hidden from the public until recently, was released in response to RTI queries from women’s rights groups working in the State. Adivasi schoolteacher and political leader Soni Sori says that since nothing much has changed in Chhattisgarh’s prisons over the past few years, the findings of the NCW report remain relevant.
The NCW team found a total of 140 women prisoners lodged in Central Jail, Raipur, against a capacity of 80. They also found no female doctor in the jail, no armed guards to accompany the undertrials to court leading to inordinate delays in settling cases, and poor access to legal aid for the mostly illiterate prisoners. The NCW report also notes with concern that in the absence of a magistrate, despite video conferencing facilities in Raipur prison, tribal women feared to depose before jail authorities, and that “such an atmosphere was not conducive for holding trials.” The women prisoners are not even provided soap or sanitary napkins, the report says. Hidme’s testimony
The statement of 22-year-old Kawasi Hidme, released from Jagdalpur prison in Chhattisgarh earlier this year, after a seven-year illegal detention, offers a glimpse into the lives of adivasi prisoners here. Narrating her experiences in Delhi on Tuesday, Hidme recalled being only 15 years old when she was picked up by the police on charges of being a “Naxal”. Beaten and raped by the police in custody, she developed severe abdomen pain and vaginal bleeding. But during her time in Jagdalpur prison, when she sought medical care for this, prison authorities denied it initially. She was later moved to a hospital and an operation was performed on her, although details of the nature of the surgery remain unknown, as per Hidme’s testimony.
After being shunted between Jagdalpur and Raipur prisons, in March this year, the Sessions Court in Dantewada released her when no charges were found against her. The latest 2014 National Crime Records Bureau statistics puts Chhattisgarh among the States with the highest number of complaints – 3,105 — against the police for human rights abuses. However, only in 924 cases have judicial or magisterial inquiries been instituted. Eminent lawyer Vrinda Grover faults the systemic bias of the State police against the tribal poor in the Maoist insurgency-hit areas, which explains the large population of undertrials here. While conducting research in the southern regions of Chhattisgarh, she found that between 2009 and 2014, the prison population swelled rapidly, with overcrowding figures now standing at 261 per cent above capacity. In Jagdalpur prison last year, women inmates managed to get a community kitchen after negotiating hard with the jail supervisor.
But these minor improvements don’t go a long way in improving their overall lives, as the harassment they suffer at the hands of both prison supervisors and the police leave them shattered for a lifetime, she says. “Look at Hidme. At the young age of 22, her health is so poor; she cannot do any work that a normal person of her age does. The multiple rapes she suffered at the hands of policemen during custody has devastated her, both physically and mentally,” she says.
Maoist pamphlet warns Ministers, oil company
The Viplava Karmika Samkhya (VPS) of the CPI (Maoist) has sent a pamphlet to a newspaper office in Nalgonda warning the management of Oil Country Tubular Limited (OCTL) located at Narketpally, Ministers T. Harish Rao and Nayani Narasimha Reddy and Nakrekal MLA Vemula Veeresham on the issue of “removing about 500 employees from the company”. Signed by VPS Secretary Azad, the two-page pamphlet alleged that the TRS government had colluded with management of the OCTL.
According to the pamphlet, the management had been exploiting the workers for e 30 years without following basic labour laws such as payment of minimum wages and holidays. The VPS alleged the OCTL had not even allowed the workers to form trade unions in the industry. About 25 officers working in six departments, belonging to high castes, were harassing the workers, the pamphlet said. When some workers had formed a trade union, the management had removed about 500 workers from the duties nine months ago, the pamphlet said. These workers had staged protest a number of times during these nine months and also met the Nakrekal MLA, the Irrigation Minister and the Home Minister, but they had refused to intervene in the matter, it said.
The pamphlet warned Executive Chairman of OCTL Kamineni Suryanarayana and manager Venubabu saying that they would get the punishment of what the exploiters of workers had been given in the past. The VPS asked the newspaper to highlight “secret understanding of the TRS with industrialists from Andhra”. The pamphlet asked the management and the TRS leaders to be prepared to face the punishment in public court. The VPS called upon people to respond on the injustice done to poor workers. ‘The management had been exploiting workers for 30 years without following basic labour laws such as payment of minimum wages and holidays’
Maoists kill ‘informer’ in Jamui district
Munger: Maoists beheaded a police informer near the upgraded middle school in village Charaiyan under Charkapathar police station area of Sono block on the Sono-Khaira road in Jamui district on Wednesday. Handwritten posters with the message, ‘Saar kalam kar diya gaya. Jan adalat ka yahi faisla hai police ki mukhbiri karne ke liye’ (has been beheaded. The jan adalat took this decision for a police informer), were strewn around the body. Police said the man, in his 30s and in half pant and vest, was beheaded with a sharp-edged weapon.
But the police could not identify the body till evening. The crime was committed to create terror in the area dominated by Naxalites. Jamui SP Jayant Kant said the deceased was an active member of the Maoist group. He was punished for bungling some amount collected by him, according to reliable information available with the police. The SP said the Maoists were concealing the fact and playing blame game against the police by throwing posters around the body which was sent to sadar hospital, Jamui, for postmortem.
Four naxalites arrested in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Four naxalites, including a couple carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh each, were arrested on Thursday from separate villages in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. “The cadres were rounded up from two different places under Koyalibeda police station limits,” Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI. Acting on a tip-off that zonal action team commander of the banned outfit CPI (Maoist), Santu Bui was staying with his wife, Jainee Komra, at Hetarkasa village, located around 250 kms from the state capital Raipur, a team of Border Security Force (BSF), Special Task Force (STF) and district force raided the place, Meena said.
After encircling the village, the duo was apprehended, he said. While 13 cases were pending against Santu, his wife who is a member of military company’s section ‘C’, was wanted in four cases, the SP said, adding, both were carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh each. Subsequently, when security forces reached Jugda village forest while cordoning off the region, they spotted two suspects and rounded them up after a short chase, he said. They were identified as lower rung rebels, Lakashman Potai and Rainu Navgo, who admitted to their involvement with the outlawed movement during interrogation, the SP said. The arrested ultras are being questioned, he added.
MAOIST COMMANDER NABBED, SENT TO JAIL
A sub zonal commander of Madhya Zone (Uttari) of CPI Maoist identified as Pardeep Yadav ( 34) has been remanded in judicial custody on Wednesday August 19. Confirming this DSP Hiralal Ravi said Yadav has 12 cases against him. Five cases are lodged in Jharkhand while 7 in Bihar. DSP Ravi said Yadav was never arrested since 2009 when he joined the CPI Maoist outfit. Police have recovered a six round pistol from his possession.. Five rounds of this weapon were loaded added DSP Ravi. Yadav hails from Palamu’s Kowwal village but was arrested under Bishrampur police station last night.