Maoist leader’s letter to cadre: ‘100 Maoists killed in a year… very big loss to movement’
In a letter intercepted by the police, CPI (Maoist) Central Committee spokesperson Abhay has admitted that about 100 Maoists were killed in a year. The letter, written in Gondi language for the ground-level militia members, was issued on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the outfit in September. “This is a very big loss to the movement,” Abhay said in the letter, which was recovered recently from an encounter spot at Chichoda in Gadchiroli.
The letter also referred to the arrest of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and Delhi student Hem Mishra in the context of the “ looter government’s bid to suppress revolution.” “The Government of India is trying to suppress revolution by saying that our party, leadership and revolutionary agitation is gaining in strength,” Abhay wrote, adding: “In 2014, Maharashtra police arrested revolutionary comrade and RDF leader G N Saibaba, who is 90 per cent disabled and yet was incarcerated in jail for 14 months without bail.
He was finally granted bail on health ground. Delhi University student Hem Mishra arrested in 2013 has been in jail without bail.” The letter predates Mishra’s release, who was granted bail earlier this month. Abhay also referred to arrests of K Muralidharan and his courier (Cherukapalli Ismail) at Pune in May this year, and that of Pravin Tanna, his wife Saina and three others as a very big loss to the party. “The revolutionary agitation in the tri-junction area (Karnataka-Tamil Nadu-Kerala) in the Western Ghats has also suffered a very big loss…The Ninth Congress of the party has decided to concentrate on attacking the enemy in Bihar and Jharkhand where the party cadres have suffered maximum damage,” Abhay said. The letter also hinted at preparing the hilly terrain of Odisha as an alternative base to the present headquarters of Abujmad.
Court grants 3-month bail to Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy
New Delhi: Top Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy, accused of trying to set up a base for banned outfit CPI (Maoist) here, has been granted interim bail for three months by a Delhi court on health grounds. The court said that 65-year-old Ghandy, who is in custody in this case since September 2009, was suffering from various ailments and his condition has “visibly deteriorated” during the period of trial. “In these facts and circumstances, I admit accused Kobad Ghandy to interim bail for a period of three months on his furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs one lakh and two sureties of the like amount,” Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Reetesh Singh said. The court is currently recording prosecution evidence in the case in which Ghandy along with co-accused Rajender Kumar alias Arvind Joshi is facing trial.
Ghandy is facing trial for alleged offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA) and various provisions of the IPC. The court had framed charges against Rajender Kumar under several IPC sections. During arguments on bail plea, Ghandy’s counsel told the court that his client was suffering from multiple ailments for which he required constant medical treatment which was not properly provided in the jail. The court had called for a report from the superintendent of Tihar jail regarding Ghandy’s medical condition and after perusing it, the judge said, “it is apparent that Kobad Ghandy is suffering from a host of medical ailments”. “He (Ghandy) is aged about 65 years. His condition has visibly deteriorated during the period the trial of this case has progressed before this court,” the court said. Ghandy, an alumnus of the prestigious Doon School and St Xavier’s College Mumbai, is facing prosecution in around 20 criminal and terror cases in different parts of the country.
Bihar polls: 900 arrests, security at unprecedented high
Patna, Sept 29: In the run up to the Bihar elections, 900 persons including naxals and criminals have been arrested. The clean up operations were carried out by the security personnel part of special operations. Security personnel are keeping a close watch on anti social elements and naxals in particular. The first phase in which the South of Bihar would go to polls is extremely crucial. A majority of the naxal hotbeds fall in the south of Bihar. Cleaning up the mess Bihar in the coming days would resemble a fortress of security personnel. The Election Commission of India has said that it wants the central forces in 100 per cent strength at the polling booths. The security personnel from the central forces who have been in Bihar since the start of September with the help of the local police have identified 900 criminals and placed them under arrest. Out of the 900 persons, 60 are naxalites, officials confirmed while also adding that there were at least 15 encounters in naxal belts before the persons were arrested.
The security forces have also seized 105 kilograms of explosives which were being stocked in a bid to disrupt the polls. Apart from this, illegal weapons numbering 40 and five hand grenades have also been seized by the security forces who continue to comb areas prone to violence. Red alert In the wake of the naxals giving a call to boycott the elections in Southern and eastern Bihar, there are areas where a red alert has been sounded. Jamui, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya have been identified as highly vulnerable and security has been stepped up. Intelligence inputs suggest that in parts of Southeastern Bihar the naxals have called for a boycott of the elections. The security personnel would do everything to ensure that the people in these areas are able to vote without any fear.
CRPF sets up 4 field hospitals in Maoist heartland of Bastar
New Delhi, Sept 29 (PTI) To swiftly provide medical aid to troops undertaking anti-Naxal operations, the CRPF has set up four field hospitals deep inside the Maoist heartland of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. The force has named these facilities after a local tribal leader. The demand for such hospitals had been made as contingents of security forces, largely CRPF and its elite commando squad CoBRA, are deployed in remote jungle areas and transportation is a challenge owing to the Naxal strategy of stealthily planting land mines in roads and laying deadly ambushes.
“One of our major challenges was the delay in the evacuation of injured men especially in improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. We have set up four field hospitals in Chintalnar, Chintagufa, Bheji and Basaguda which are right in the heart of the conflict zones so that we can provide care to our jawans during the golden hour,” CRPF Director General Prakash Mishra told PTI.
Attempts Made to Introduce Maoism in Gujarat: Chief Minister Anandiben
PANAJI: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today said that despite attempts to introduce Maoism in Gujarat, left-inspired violence had not covered much ground because of “pro-active steps for all-round development of tribals in our state”. “The spread of influence of extremist elements is a matter of common concern. Gujarat has remained unaffected despite attempts to introduce Maoism in the state,” Ms Patel said in her speech at a Western Zonal Council meeting in Panaji.
States that are mostly unaffected by Maoist violence should be equipped to defeat attempts to introduce violence, she said. “We would welcome a specific policy to put in place a mechanism to ensure that those state which are today mostly unaffected by Maoist violence can be equipped to defeat attempts to introduce violence,” she said, adding that a “proactive strategy to foster development and counter extremism will surely save lives and resources in future”. The meeting was attended by top politicians and bureaucrats from western Indian states like Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra and Union territories Daman and Diu.