Police conduct combing operations in forests bordering Kerala
Armed police personnel were involved in intensive vehicle check at Mangarai Checkpost, near Anaikatty. They stopped and searched vehicles that were entering and leaving Kerala. In addition to the local police, Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel were also involved in conducting combing operations in the forests close to Kerala. The combing operation was conducted with the help of Forest Department personnel. This was among the measures that came to effect from the late hours of Sunday, after a few rounds of firing between Maoists and the Police at Silent Valley in Palakkad, on Sunday evening.
The Naxal Special Division (NSD) conducted combing operation at Veppamarathur tribal hamlet in Periyanaickenpalayam Forest Range, near Pilloor Dam. The 12-member team led by Sub-Inspector of Police M.S. Madasamy said the team would camp inside the forests for a period of three days and would conduct combing operations in the area as well as other parts of the Western Ghats. The team spoke to people living in tribal hamlets and briefed them about incidents of violence in Kerala. They also asked people to pass on any information they received on the movement of strangers to NSD personnel.
Velusamy of Veppamarathur said that they were given a list of phone numbers of police personnel and officers to inform them about the movement of strangers in the forests. NSD that was formed earlier this year (following attack on the forest range office in Palakkad last December) has been given special training in preparation to face any sudden unforeseen event, collecting information on topography of the land and also move from one place to the other without getting noticed. The unit is provided with arms and ammunition to tackle situations of emergency such as counter attacks.
Combing on in Mannarkkad forests
Two of the Maoist suspects were women carrying guns, say Kerala police
The wireless set and bullets police claimed to have recovered from the site of an encounter with suspected Maoists inside the Mannarkkad forests on Sunday night.— Photo: Special Arrangement The police conducted massive combing operations in Thiruminthamkunnu and Silent Valley forest areas bordering Mannarkkad in Kerala on Monday to trace four suspected Maoists who they claimed opened fire on the police on Sunday evening. Agali circle inspector K.J. Devasia, who led the combing operations, said a defunct wireless set and four bullets were recovered from the spot of firing.
About 60 police officers, including the special squad Thunderbolt trained in anti-Maoist activities, were engaged in the operations. But no one was spotted so far. The police said two of the suspects were gun-carrying women and the group allegedly bought food items by paying Rs. 300 to local tribal people. Meanwhile, the police searched all major hospitals in Palakkad and Coimbatore districts for Maoists possibly injured in the exchange of fire.
Village heads asked to report strangers
Coimbatore: Naxal Special Division (NSD) police from Coimbatore have landed along the border villages after the incident to smoke out the Maoists who are suspected to be hiding in the forests. They commenced combing operation at Veppamarathur, a tribal hamlet near Mulli forest check post and surrounding areas in the Western Ghats. There are about 15 tribal villages along Tamil Nadu – Kerala border near Ambalapara. The search is on in all the villages. Forest officials said they have restricted the movement of the villagers for work, but the village heads have been asked to report strangers.
Security at all the border check posts has been strengthened by armed reserve police in the district. Following the incident, Coimbatore rural police have strengthened the security in the Tamil Nadu -Kerala border check posts on Sunday night. Five armed reserve police men were deployed round the clock in the check post and all vehicles travelling from Kerala to Coimbatore are being frisked thoroughly. The armed reserve police are also checking the passengers and their baggage inside inter state buses.
Most trucks were stopped at the check posts and goods were checked. Meanwhile, NSD team led by sub-inspector M S Madasamy who was earlier working with the Special Task Force (STF) at Sathyamangalam for 13 years has also been pressed into service.
Conditional bail to Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty by Odisha HC
Sedition charge was preferred against him
Bhubaneswar: Conditional bail has been granted by the Orissa High Court to Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty in the sedition charge levelled against him by the Gosani Nuagaon Police Station. The High Court has, however, asked him not to leave Berhampur town without prior approval of the Berhampur District & Sessions Court. Pertinent to note that, Mohanty acted twice as an interlocutor between the Maoists and the Odisha Government and was instrumental in the release of the then Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna in 2011 and two Italian tourists Paolo Bususco and Claudio Colangelo in 2012.
Dandapani had been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Maoist activities and providing logistic supports to the red ultras. Need to be mentioned that, Mohanty is said to have been cleared in 19 out of the 24 cases against him and has received conditional bail on four other cases.
Stop levying processing fees Maoist asks private banks
IMPHAL, November 30: The Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPC) asked all private banks, micro finance groups operating in the state to stop levying processing fee by December 12 marking the Nupilal Day. A statement issued by comrade Nonglen Meitei, secretary Publicity and Propaganda of MCPC, said that it welcomes the emergence of many institutes with the objective to create ‘self-employment’ in the strife torn region. However, some of these institutes’ especially private banks are levying exorbitant interest rate on the loanees, it said.
Acknowledging the financial support it (banks) have been extending to small time business, it observed that the 10 percent interest it is collecting are not consumers friendly especially for women vendors. It urged the financing institutes to review their interest rate in the interest of the marginalised groups. Against this backdrop, imposing processing fee is not practicable at the present context, it said adding that it asked all the privates banks to stop imposing processing fee by December 12. If the financing institutes deem that the processing fee is mandatory technically at some point, it urged to collect only 100 for name sake.
Rs 22 lakh meant for Maoists seized from SUV
RANCHI: A joint CRPF and state police team seized a bag containing Rs 22 lakh cash being carried in a SUV to an unknown destination where it was likely to be handed over to Maoist zonal commander Manohar Ganjhu at Tandwa in Chatra district. The president of Amrapali core committee of Amrapali Coal Project Binod Ganjhu, riding the SUV with the money, was arrested, Chatra police revealed in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Chatra SP S K Jha said a team of men from CRPF 190 battalion and Tandwa police station was formed on Monday when police received intelligence inputs of a big amount of money being sent to CPI Maoist commanders. “The police came across an SUV during vehicle inspection in Tandwa and found bundles of notes kept in a bag inside the vehicle,” Jha said.
A mobile phone, the SUV and the cash were seized and the man, who reportedly confessed the money was meant for Maoists, arrested. In mineral rich Jharkhand, Tandwa like many other places, sits on huge coal reserve. Amrapali coal project is among several coal mines producing tons of coal in Tandwa and neighbouring areas. As the mines lie mostly in areas Maoist dominate, the extremists seek a cut of the mining wealth from companies and contractors.
“The Maoists were giving threat calls to members of Amrapali Coal Project for levy. In some cases the threat worked and Maoists managed to get the cut. On Monday we got a similar input and the successful raid was conducted,” Chatra SP said. A special police team is interrogating Binod Ganjhu to find out his connections with the Maoists. Ganjhu, police said, seems to know them and can help the cops. A police officer said Amrapali’s Coal Project’s (Amrapali) core committee is a group of locals (not employees) formed to safeguard the interests of people living around the mines.
Delhi HC seeks Kobad Ghandy’s reply on plea to cancel his bail
Top Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy, accused of trying to set up a base for the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) here, was on Tuesday asked by Delhi High Court to respond to a plea for cancelling his bail in a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Justice P S Teji refused to pass an interim order staying the bail saying there was no one present in court representing Ghandy and instead issued notice to him seeking his reply before the next date of hearing on February 26, 2016. Delhi police has moved the plea for cancellation of the three-month-long bail, granted to him in September, saying the trial court did not consider the gravity of the offence while passing the order. It also said that statement of accused during the trial was to be recorded on December 11.
Police focus on intelligence-gathering along Kerala border
With Coimbatore having close to 39 roads leading to Kerala, which recently witnessed attacks by naxals, Tamil Nadu police are focusing on improving their relationship with those living in remote hamlets along the border for getting real-time intelligence inputs, according to sources. Stepping up cordial relationship with tribal people and intelligence-gathering on a real-time basis in addition to fortification of the border is one of the proactive measures that the police in West Zone believe in preventing infiltration of Maoists into the State.
While police sources said there were 39 paths, including main roads and village roads that connect Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu with Palakkad district in Kerala, Inspector General of Police (IG) for West Zone K. Shankar said it would not be possible to deploy police personnel for monitoring movement of people on all these paths. However, there are check posts that keep tab on people’s movements. “We have strengthened our intelligence-gathering mechanism so that movement of strangers reached us on a real time basis,” he told The Hindu .
Some of the outreach programmes conducted towards this initiative included improved community policing, organising grievance redressal meetings for the people of those hamlets and initiating steps to redress their grievances through the district administration. The IG said that 60 tribal youth were recruited as Home Guards five months ago and 30 each were deployed in Coimbatore and the Nilgiris. After training now they are assisting the police in various aspects of policing – including intelligence-gathering – during the last three months. “Police in these two districts will also organise sports tournaments for tribal youth in December and January to strengthen their ties with the villagers,” he said.
Police are also increasing manpower and sprucing up facilities in police stations close to the border. Mr. Shankar said ten stations in The Nilgiris and six in Coimbatore district are close to the border. Most of these stations have a sanctioned strength of 30 personnel. But the available strength at these stations was much less till the end of 2014. After the Maoist attack on a forest range office in Kerala (last December), 20 per cent of the vacancies were filled up. Ninety personnel from the Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) have been deployed to make up the shortage earlier this year.
“With these measures, the stations have about 80 per cent of the sanctioned strength,” the IG said and added that they have also sent a proposal seeking an additional police station in Coimbatore district to improve vigil on the border. Construction of compound walls is under way at the border police stations, Mr. Shankar added. They are improving relationship with those living in remote villages