Kerala businessman held for suspected Naxal links
The Karnataka police, who are trying to end the Naxal menace in the Western Ghats, nabbed a Kerala-based businessman in Dakshina Kanna district on Friday for allegedly supplying explosive materials to Maoists. It has been long suspected that a section of Keralites was supplying arms and ammunition to Naxals through the porous Karnataka-Kerala border in the coastal districts. The police recovered more than 50 kg of ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in explosives, from his farm house in Durga Tellaur near Karkala.
The value of the seized mateiral is said to be above Rs 5 lakh. “Only miners, quarry owners and large farming firms are entitled to purchase ammonium nitrate. We are worried about stock being found in a farm house. We will interrogate him to ascertain the source of the explosive material,” sources in the police said. The accused has been identified as Biju TK from Kerala. Based on credible information, the police raided his farm on Thursday. Biju had taken the farm on lease from one Wilson, who also is from Kerala. However, Biju was not to be found at the farm when the police raided it. He was traced to a house in Manipal, Udupi district from he was arrested o Friday. It is alleged that this is the third time that Biju was found stocking ammonium nitrate illegally.
“He is politically well-connected and managed to obtain bail in the past. But this time, we will file strong charges against him after interrogation,” the police added. Biju was first arrested in Karkala by the Kerala Police in 2010. In March last year, the businessman was arrested for a second time for hoarding ammonium nitrate in Nakre Varnabettu. In 2007, a person by name Biju was arrested at Ajekar for illegally stocking the explosive material. However, the police are not clear whether the person is the same Biju now in their custody.
Jharkhand’s 98% undertrials arrested under false charge of Naxalism, says study based on interview with undertrials
An eye-opening study — based on interactions with family members and co-villagers of 102 undertrials in Jharkhand, as also each of them while they were on bail — has found that in 98 per cent of cases the charge against them of being involved in Naxalite activities is not true. In fact, none, except two, were found to have some connection with a Naxal group. The study was carried out by Stan Swamy, a Jesuit human rights activist associated with the NGO Bagaicha, says that this suggests how falsely vulnerable sections of society are “accused and arrested for daring to speak assertively against violation of their constitutional and human rights, such as the right to possess and protect their land and livelihood resources.”
Pointing out that adult life these undertrials has been “ruined”, with families “reduced to destitution”, the study says, 68% of the undertrials are “young and in the middle-age group”, and “78% are married.” Income to the family, whether through agriculture (63%) or casul labour (17%), came by their labour.
8 MAOISTS HELD IN BIJAPUR DIST
Police have arrested as many as eight Maoists including two senior leaders carrying cash rewards in insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday. A police team undertaking anti-Naxal operation in the district nabbed eight insurgents identified as Ayatu Modiyami, Kamlu Lekaam, Budhram Poyam, Sukhman Poyam, Maada Kunjami, Mangu Aayami, Rayalu Madkami and Sukhram Madkami, police said.
Ayatu was carrying a cash reward of `3 lakh and working as Deputy Commander of a Local Guerilla Squad (LGS) and the Government had declared cash reward of `2 lakh on head of Kamlu who was active in the region as member of platoon number-2 whereas other arrested Naxals were active in the organisation as lower rank cadres, police further informed. The arrested rebels were involved in some serious crimes including murder, loot, attack on police personnel and others.
5 naxals held in CRPF raid in Jharkhand
Khunti (Jharkhand), Oct 20 (PTI) Security forces arrested five naxals in a raid in the jungle between villages Johohatu-Chandor in Naxal-affected Khunti district, a senior police officer today said. Superintendent of Police, Anish Gupta said the security forces led by Assistant Commandant of 133 battalion of CRPF, Pawan Kumar Gautam conducted raid in the jungle and arrested Moga Hasa, Sachin alias Deep Tuti, Birsa Munda, Mangra Munda and Dawud Nag last evening.
Seven others managed to escape along with firearms, he said adding that a country-made pistol, six live cartridges, letter pad, six mobile phones and a looted motorcycle seized from them. The arrested Maoists, who were wanted in various cases including murder, and under Arms Act and CLA Act, were all members of armed squad of Dasam Fall Area Committee of the ultra outfit, Gupta said.
BILASPUR: Naxalites shot dead a man in village Chunchuna under the Samri police station in Balrampur district, about 400 km from here in north Chhattisgarh on Thursday night. A police team led by Balrampur SP Sadanand arrived at Sabag, about 20 km from the village where the body of the deceased was brought by the villagers.
The body was returned to them after autopsy. Police did not go to the spot of the murder at this juncture because of security constraints, as the area is almost inaccessible with no roads and the Naxalites had laid an ambush on the way. Speaking to TOI Balrampur SP Sadanand Kumar informed that deceased has been identified as Md Asim Ansari (48). His wife Maltibai is the sarpanch of the village panchayat of Chunchuna. This village, and the neighbouring Pudang lie along the borders of Chhattisgarh. Moreover, these villages lie about 170 km from the district headquarters.
Beyond these villages, right across the Budha hill, lies Jharkhand. The nearest police post here is at Samri in Chhattisgarh, which is 30 km away and there is hardly an approach road. The region is almost totally isolated, said Kumar. Occasional movement of Naxalites from Latehar in Jharkhand into these areas have been reported in the past. Each time the police launch a search, the Naxalites cross over to Jharkhand. The whole area is densely forested and mostly inaccessible.