Maoists kill former panchayat member in Chhattisgarh
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on September 10 killed a former Janpad Panchayat (block level local self Government institution) member, identified as Uika Lakhma (45), under Jagargunda Police Station limits in Sukma District, reports The Pioneer. As of now, the motive behind the killing remains unknown. After being informed about the incident, a strong contingent of Security Forces rushed to the village to undertake investigation at the crime scene and sent the body for autopsy, said Police.
Maoists set ablaze forest department offices in Maharashtra
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres have set ablaze the Gadchiroli Forest Department’s range office and inspection room at Perimili on the Bhamragarh-Alapalli road on September 10, reports The Times of India. Meanwhile, the Maoists have also burnt down a gram panchayat (village level local-self government institution) at Durgapur in Pendhri, Gadchiroli District on September 9, reports The Times of India.
The Maoists are believed to be upset over the Police gunning down one of their woman cadres and a section commander during an encounter at Kondakel forest near Phulbodi Gatta on September 3. They also called for a one-day bandh (shut down strike) in Dhanora on September 10. The Maoists had put up a banner at Durgapur alleging that the Police murdered their section-commander in a fake encounter.
Police secure custody of Roopesh
The District and Sessions Court here on Thursday sent Maoist leader Roopesh to police custody till September 16. He was produced before the court on a warrant issued to the Central Prison, Coimbatore. Roopesh was the prime accused in a case registered by the Vellamunda police. According to the police, Roopesh and four others barged into the house of Pramod, a police constable at Mattilayam near Vellamunda, on April 24, 2014, with machine guns and shouting slogans against the government of India. Later, they set fire to his motorcycle kept on the premises of the house. The accused was charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Indian Arms Act, and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1969. On an application filed by Public Prosecutor P. Anupaman, Sessions Judge M.R. Anitha granted the police custody of Roopesh for six days.