Naxalite Commits Suicide in Police Custody; 5 Cops Suspended
RAIPUR: A detained Naxalite, who was allegedly involved in the deadly 2013 Jiram Valley attack, allegedly committed suicide at a police interrogation cell in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said today. Following the incident, five policemen, including a sub-inspector, have been suspended. “Baman alias Dinesh (26) was found hanging from a window of the interrogation cell in Police Line area at Narayapur district headquarters last evening,” Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.
…Spokesperson for the CPI-Maoists’ Bihar-Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh regional committee, who goes by just one name Gopal, refuted the charge as baseless and claimed that children join the outfit on their own, largely driven by extreme poverty and hunger. He said police have misguided some youths who worked for them through allurements. “We have information that some of these children, mostly girls, are spying for the police. We are counseling them. If they refuse to mend ways, harsh action will be taken,” Gopal said.
Maoists call for bandh on Nov 23 to protest civilian killings
Maoists have called for a shutdown in three blocks of Odisha’s Kalahandi district on November 23 in protest against the police encounter in Karlapat forest on Sunday in which three villagers were killed and two minors were critically injured. The bandh call was given by Umakant, secretary of Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali committee of the CPI (Maoist) in an audio clip released to the media. Umakant in the audio clip has claimed that there was no exchange of fire from the Maoist side in the Karlapat forest as claimed by the police. He said police had fired at villagers to create panic among the public. The Maoist leader has demanded Rs 10 lakh as assistance to next of kin of the deceased villagers.
Maoist suspect in court-Dindigul
A Maoist-suspect Neelamegam was produced before the Principal District-cum-Sessions Court here on Monday. On hearing the case, District Judge R. Poornima adjourned the case till November 30. Amidst tight security, police brought Neelamegham from Tiruchi prison and produced him in the court. Later, he was taken back to Tiruchi prison. Neelamegham was one of the 12 persons who managed to escape from a police encounter in Kodaikanal in 2008. Naveen Prasad was killed in the encounter. Later, the police arrested Neelamegham.
AP govt puts bauxite mining on hold
HYDERABAD: Bowing to huge pressure from tribal groups and Maoist threats, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government of Andhra Pradesh has put on hold its bauxite-mining plans in Visakhapatnam and Vizainagaram districts. The state cabinet, which met in Vijayawada on Monday, deliberated on the issue with a fine tooth-comb and decided to first hold talks with local tribal leaders before taking any decision on mining in the hills — considered sacred by tribals. The cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the AP Mineral Development Corporation (which was given the mining lease), not to apply for clearances and permissions from the Centre.
The U-turn on the bauxite-mining issue by the AP government occurred after several ministers, particularly those from the north coastal districts, pleaded with the chief minister not to move forward as many tribal village heads were apprehensive about pollution and displacement due to the mining. They also informed the chief minister of the death threats they were receiving from Maoist outfits. The decision to back out comes in the backdrop of widespread public outrage and fears of past attacks — mining company choppers attacked by arrows — haunting the government.
There are also reports that Maoist rebels have already taken advantage of the public anger and are rallying behind the tribals. Last month, Maoists abducted three members of the TDP from Chintapalle in the Agency area, and demanded that the AP government cancel mining plans. Panchayat Raj minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu said he has already received threats from Maoists and the police beefed up his security in wake of the threat.