Three Maoists in police net
Patna: Three Maoists, including the secretary of Nari Mukti Sangh, have been arrested by security personnel from Patna and Gaya in the last couple of days. Basanti Devi alias Sona Devi (40), a resident of village Beldar Bigha under Konch police station in Gaya district and secretary of Nari Mukti Sangh since 2008, was arrested two days back. Another Maoist Kamta Ji (50) was arrested from his hideout in Digha area in Patna on Thursday night by the Patna police and Chatra police from Jharkhand. He is a member of Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh special area committee.
According to a tip-off, Kamta ji is a member of the Maoists’ central committee, which is subject to verification. The third arrested Maoist is Rambilash Paswan alias Budhan Paswan, a sub-zonal commander. He was arrested from Gaya. Police said around a dozen FIRs are lodged against him with different police stations in Gaya.
Naxal killed in face-off with police in Bijapur
Raipur, Nov 6 (PTI) A Naxalite was killed today in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said. The exchange of fire took place in the restive area under the Basaguda police station limits this evening, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. A joint team of state police’s District Reserve Group (DRG) and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) — an elite battalion of CRPF — was sent to the interior of Basaguda based on a tip-off about movement of rebels in the region, located around 450 kms from the state capital, Elesela said.
Most Wanted Woman Maoist Sobha Nabbed
ROURKELA: Top female Maoist Sobha Mundari alias Sheela alias Budhni, in her early 50s, was forwarded to court here on Thursday by Rourkela police after she was rearrested from Bokaro in Jharkhand following a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against her. She has been remanded in judicial custody. Sources said Sobha was earlier arrested by Rourkela police from Lathikata police limits in October 2006 along with her two aides. However, she was then taken on remand by Jharkhand police following several pending cases.
Lathikata police station IIC P K Das said that the NBW was issued against her and she was arrested from Bokaro and brought to Rourkela. She faces charges of waging war against the State, the IIC said. While Rourkela police did not elaborate the circumstances leading to Sobha’s arrest, unofficial sources claimed that she was arrested after she came out of jail in Bokaro. Sobha, a resident of Birdihi in Jharkhand, is the wife of top Maoist leader Kisan Da and is allegedly involved in some major Maoist activities in Odisha. The Maoists, in 2011, had demanded her release from Jharkhand jail in exchange of the then Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna.
Fear grips Agency post approval
VISAKHAPATNAM: Fear of a Maoist backlash gripped Visakha Agency after the centre granted bauxite mining lease to the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation Limited (APMDC) at the forest areas of Chintapalli and Jerrela. Maoists, who have strongly opposed bauxite mining in tribal areas, have killed around seven people, including two vice-chairmen of Visakha Zilla Parishad, Sammida Ravi Sankar and Ugrangi Somalingam, out of spite. Last month, the naxals had kidnapped three tribal TDP leaders and later released them after being persuaded by tribal employees’ associations.
Then, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had announced that his government had not decided on the bauxite mining issue. However, within a month, on Thursday, the state government issued a GO has released a GO In which the centre accorded permission to APMDC for mining. The Maoists have tried to involve the people in anti-bauxite agitation since May. They have already conducted a dozen meeting with the tribals even at the hills of the bauxite reserves in the Agency. According to sources, naxals had even formed anti-bauxite mining committees in Chintaplli and Paderu areas. Politicians in the Visakha Agency have resigned from their posts in fear of being killed by the Maoists. People now fear another unrest in the tribal areas.