Six Maoists held in Cachar morning raid
-Arrests reveal plan to set up Assam base
Silchar, Aug. 20: Six suspected Maoist cadres, including a woman, were arrested from a village in Assam’s Cachar district in the wee hours today. The six – Amir Hussain, 45, of South Salmara in Dhubri district, Nirmala Biswas, 50, of Kalipur village in West Bengal’s Nadia district, Sidhu Orang, 22, of Balacherra village in Cachar district, Bijoy Orang, 26, Bipon Orang, 25, and Bipul Orang, 35, were arrested from Menam Punjee village near Jellalpore tea estate under Katigorah police station. Bijoy, Bipon and Bipul are residents of Menam Punjee, 41km from here. Police sources said Amir, an engineer, and Nirmala, a science graduate, were declared most-wanted Maoist cadres by the Bengal government.
Acting on a tip-off, Cachar police, in collaboration with the army and CRPF personnel, launched a joint operation around 3 this morning at Menam Punjee and arrested the six from the residence of one Hina Orang. The police have not arrested Hina yet but said they would do so if required. Cachar superintendent of police Rajveer Singh said both Amir and Nirmala were active members of the political wing of the Maoists. “Amir was entrusted with the responsibility of encouraging youths, primarily of the tea garden areas in Barak Valley, to join the banned outfit. He has been here for the last two years during which he held meetings at several estates, including Jellalpore, Balacherra, Sunacherra and a few gardens around Assam University,” Singh told The Telegraph today.
He said three “overground organisations” – the Cachar Shramik Mahasamiti, Gana Sangram Committee and the Sangrami Gana Samiti – allegedly had a nexus with Maoist cadres. He said Nirmala, who had joined the outfit seven years ago, came to Menam Punjee from Bengal on Tuesday to strengthen the Maoist base in the region. This was her third visit to the Barak Valley. Police sources said Amir, who used to work in Digboi Refinery before joining the outfit in 2003, was working in Barak Valley under the direction of a top Maoist leader from Assam.
Intelligence sources said the duo was planning to send a group of young people from Barak Valley for armed training. Both Amir and Nirmala today said they were working for the emancipation of the oppressed and suppressed classes of people. “We are not militants. We are on a noble mission to liberate the people from oppression and suppression of the government. Our fight is against the government and not against the people,” Amir said. Nirmala said, “The people, especially in tea gardens and rural areas, are neglected and deprived. They cannot afford two meals a day. It’s a battle between state violence and public.” Singh claimed the Maoists have a host of supporters and sympathisers in the Barak Valley who provide assistance to them to carry out their subversive activities. On March 1, the police had arrested three suspected Maoists – Naren Orang, 28, Arjun Orang, 20, and Barsing Teron, 23 – from Rupacherra village under Malugram police station in Cachar district. Police sources said the trio had links with Amir and Nirmala.
CBI told to file report on torching villages
The Supreme Court on Friday sought a status report from the CBI on the cases ordered to be registered by it in 2011 on torching of some villages in Chhattisgarh. A social justice bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit directed the CBI to file a detailed progress report within four weeks after Additional Solicitor General P S Patwalia submitted that the investigating agency had almost completed its probe in as many as two cases. The apex court had on July 5, 2011 directed the Centre and Chhattisgarh government against employing tribals as Special Police Officers (SPOs) to take on Maoist and Naxal activities, terming it as “unconstitutional”. The court had then taken strong view of the violent attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh on his visit to the state and directed for a CBI probe into events including torching of a few villages.
Four anti-Maoist force personnel held for youth’s murder in Odisha
Five days after a 22-year-old man who had gone to a wildlife sanctuary with his friends for frolicking was beaten to death by jawans of Special Operation Group, Odisha’s elite anti-Maoist force, the State police today arrested four of the jawans on charges of murder and tampering of evidence. In a statement before the State Assembly today, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said the family of Chittaranjan Sahu of Komna in Nuapada block would get Rs 10 lakh exgratia. Sahu’s brutalised body was recovered from Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary this morning, 5 days after he went missing. Apart from murder, the four jawans have also been charged with destruction of evidence as they tried to bury the body. Naveen said the government will bear the expenses on the treatment of the two other youths injured in the assault by the security personnel. He also ordered a probe by a judicial magistrate into the murder case.
Maoists threaten to kill Gaya SSP
Patna: Maoists have threatened to eliminate four police officers including Gaya district senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj to avenge the killing of a woman Maoist commander in a shootout, police said on Friday. “Maoists diktat to kill four police officers, including Maharaj, came to the notice of police when they recovered some handwritten posters from three Maoists arrested from a village in Aurangabad district,” Aurangabad superintendent of police Babu Ram said. Maoists have also threatened to kill Cobra commandant Neeraj Kumar, the CRPF’s company commandant Om Prakash Tiwari and Inspector of Barachatti police station Ravi Prakash Singh.
“Maoists have been doing all this to create a panic among security forces involved in combing operations against them,” Ram Babu said. Babu Ram admitted that Maoists planned to target security forces during the upcoming Bihar assembly polls in October-November. Gaya and Aurangabad are considered strongholds of Maoists in the state.
IED found in Jharkhand’s Chatra district
Security forces on Friday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device from Kolhaiya jungle in Naxal-hit Chatra district. Based on a lead provided by an arrested Maoist, Nagina, the forces recovered the 5 kg IED planted on Kohaiya-Ramkheta road under Rajpur police station area, Superintendent of Police, Surendra Jha said. Jha said the security personnel, comprising District Armed Police and CRPF unearthed the can bomb which was possibly aimed at the security personnel.
Maoists warn bauxite rehab committee members
VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI Maoists’ Korukonda area committee warned the bauxite rehabilitation committee members with dire consequences if they did not surrender before the Maoist praja court within a week. According to a press release issued by the Korukonda area committee, around 15 people, who have been working as rehabilitation committee members in Jerrela panchayat area of GK Veedhi for the past five years, should surrender before the party failing which they would be attacked by naxals. Maoists advised the family members of the bauxite rehabilitation committee members to persuade them to resign. According to the Maoists, all these members had been cheating their fellow tribals and making their lives miserable.
“Though they indulged in anti-people activities, they (the Maoists) did not take any action against them,” the Reds said in the release. The Korukonda area committee said that the Maoists PLGA along with the public attacked the houses of Reemala Srinu, K Babu Rao, Korabu Lakshmi Narayana and Pangi Bangarayya earlier this month as they had been deceiving youth and luring them to join the bauxite rehabilitation committee. The Maoists said that if the remaining 15 bauxite committee members did not resign, their families would be expelled from the area. The naxals also condemned the “false propaganda” of the police that they were supporting the anti-bauxite movement for their own survival. The asked the people to judge if the agitations in the state, including anti-land acquisition for the state capital and Bhogapuram airport, were pro-Maoist or pro-people.
Two Maoists involved in Ranchi encounter arrested in Jharkhand
Two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, allegedly involved in the August 18 encounter in which Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) was injured, were arrested from Seraikela-Kharswan District on August 20, reports The Hindu. Superintendent of Police (SP) Indrajeet Mahatha said Mangru Munda alias Arjun Munda, who was the body guard of ‘area commander’ Kundan Pahan and 36-year-old Sombari Mundari were arrested during a checking drive from Kharswan.