Telangana: Hundreds arrested for protesting Maoists’ killings
Hundreds of activists from Left parties and other mass organisations across Telangana were arrested on Wednesday to halt their march to the state assembly to protest killing of two Maoists by police. Leaders and workers of various organisations were detained in different districts to prevent them from heading to Hyderabad for participating in the march called by the Telangana Democratic Front (TDF). Academician Chuka Ramaiah was kept under house arrest in Hyderabad but he said arrests will not stop the movement.
The assembly building in the heart of the city virtually turned into a fortress as police imposed restrictions on all roads leading towards the assembly. A large number of policemen were deployed in the area to prevent protesters. Tension prevailed at Osmania University as students gathered on the campus to march in violation of the prohibitory orders imposed by police. Policemen in riot gear were deployed at the gates to prevent students from coming out. Scores of students and their leaders were arrested at Osmania University and Nizam College hostels since Tuesday night. Police denied permission to the march on the ground that Maoists may participate in it and indulge in violence.
Those arrested in districts like Warangal, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Medak and Nalgonda include women and students. Raising slogan against the government and calling for an end to “fake encounters”, the protesters took out rallies in different parts of the state. Communist Party of India-Marxist Telangana state secretary T. Veerabhadram said 3,000 to 4,000 activists were arrested across the state. He termed the arrests as undemocratic. Maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar were killed near Medaram of Warangal district on September 16. It was the first such killing after the formation of separate Telangana state last year. Terming it as a “fake encounter”, 370 organisations, including 10 left parties and the groups which fought for separate Telangana state, have come together under the banner of TDF to condemn the killings. It is demanding probe by a sitting judge.
Wanted Naxal Held in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A 30-year-old naxal, who was carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, was arrested today from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said. The cadre identified as Budhram alias Hidma Podiyami, belonging to Indravati area committee of Maoists, was apprehended from Padarpara under Nelasnar police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police, Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. On receiving a tip-off that Podiyami had arrived in Padarpara–where victims of naxal violence during Salwa Judum movement and auxiliary police personnel reside–to conduct a recee, different teams of police were dispatched towards the spot, the SP said adding that after surrounding the place, he was nabbed.
Podiyami was wanted in several cases of naxal incidents, including attack at Tumnar weekly market of the district in which an assistant constable was killed and two others were injured, the SP said. He was associated with the banned outfit since his childhood as Sangham member. However, since after 2012, he has been serving as an active member of small action team of guerillas, the SP added.
MAOISTS KILL ABDUCTED TROOPER IN BIJAPUR DIST
Maoists have killed an Assistant Constable who was abducted by rebels in insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday. Police have recovered the body of abducted Assistant Constable Pandu Ram Kudiyam (31) from a restive patch falling under limits of Farsegarh police station, informed police. It may be recalled that 31-year-old Assistant Constable recruited in Chhattisgarh Police as Auxiliary Personnel was abducted by insurgents when he was on his way to Farsegarh after attending some family related engagement in village Palmendri on Monday evening.
According to police sources, after being informed about a body lying on a road under Farsegarh police limits, a police team rushed to the spot and recovered the body of Kudiyam. Prima-facie and initial investigation indicates that the Assistant Constable was subjected to intense torture and later killed with sharp edged weapon.
Reds urge villagers to return home
KORAPUT: Maoists have denied terrorizing villagers in the cut-off area of Malkangiri district and accused police of trying to defame the outfit by spreading rumours. In a letter to mediapersons, secretary of Malkangiri-Vishaka division Benu said, “We have neither harmed anyone nor asked people to leave their villages. Police are luring people with false promises of jobs, houses and training at Chitrakonda and Malkangiri and spreading rumours that they are leaving villages due to Maoist fear.” The Maoist leader appealed to the villagers to return to their respective villages and live without any fear. “We work for the development of the tribals,” the letter said.
Two killed by Maoists
Two persons were killed by Maoists in two separate incidents allegedly for being police informers in Jharkhand, the police today said. A 25-year-old villager identified as Atwa Kharwar was shot dead by the Maoists this afternoon under Senha police station for being a police informer, the police said.
In another incident, a villager was brutally killed by the Maoists for a similar cause in Pandari under Taratand police station in Giridih district last midnight. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sambhu Singh said the Maoists first shot the victim before slitting his throat. The identity of the victim has yet been ascertained, he said adding from the eight posters of the Maoist outfit recovered from the spot, the victim was named as Nimari Goswami.