Suspected Maoist remanded
Suspected Maoist activist Anoop Mathew, who was among the five arrested from Coimbatore earlier this year, was brought here on Wednesday in connection with the distribution of ‘‘anti-establishment’’ posters in parts of the district. Anoop Mathew, a native of Pathanamthitta, was brought from Coimbatore where he was undergoing jail term after the arrest of the group. He was produced before the district court here. The court sent him for two days custody of police in Kanhangad, Dy.SP K. Harischandra Naik told The Hindu .
Anoop Mathew had allegedly supplied pamphlets and posters to two sympathisers of the group for pasting them at Neeleshwaram and Kanhangad towns earlier this year, the police said.
Naxal who had escaped from jail in 2007, nabbed again
A Naxal, who had escaped from jail in Dantewada in 2007, was arrested from the Jiram valley area of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district today, the police said. Kawasi Pandu (40), native of Tongpal area of the neighbouring Sukma district, was nabbed from Jhadipara in Jiram village under the Darbha police station limits, Bastar additional superintendent of police Vijay Pandey told PTI. Pandu was among the 299 inmates including 110 Naxals who had fled on December 16, 2007, after a jail break at the Central Jail of Dantewada district of the state.
During a search operation today, the security forces got information about presence of a Naxal in Jiram area, around 350 km away from the state capital, following which they cordoned off the place and apprehended Pandu, the ASP said.
Police step up vigil ahead of Maoists’ PLGA week
Close surveillance kept on public properties
The Karimnagar district police have sounded high alert following the suspected movement of Maoists in the Manthani revenue division located along the shores of river Godavari adjoining Chhattisgarh, to observe the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week beginning Wednesday. Maoists have been conducting the PLGA week since the year 2000 in memory of naxalite martyrs Seelam Naresh, Nalla Reddy, Yerramreddy Santosh Reddy and another dalam member who were killed in Koyyur in an encounter on December 2, 1999.
Fresh incident of a landmine blast in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh by Maoists as part of the PLGA week on Wednesday has made the district police machinery maintain strict vigil to avoid any untoward incident. The district guards police have already launched combing operations in the forests of the Manthani region to check the intrusion of Maoists from the neighbouring State. Top police sources said that they have alerted all the naxalite targets to move out of the villages and reside in the towns.
Taking into consideration the vain bid by naxalites to blast Mahadevpur police station by using explosives planted in an RTC bus in 2003 on the border of the district, the district police have fortified all police stations in the revenue division by deploying additional armed forces to guard the police station. The police were also keeping a close surveillance of all public properties by intensifying patrolling. The police have also stepped up the CAT (counter action team) movement to protect the naxalite targets and other VIPs of the district.
Odisha govt suspends bus services
BERHAMPUR: With the Maoists observing People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week beginning Wednesday, the Odisha State Road transport Corporation (OSRTC) suspended around 50 buses, including Biju Gadi, on different routes in southern Odisha districts fearing attacks. “The Maoists had torched four buses at Raipanka in Gajapati district on December 27, 2009. We don’t want to take any risk,” said district transport manager (OSRTC’s Berhampur division) A K Mishra.
He said all buses plying through Adava and Gumuda in Gajapati district have been cancelled. “No bus will ply in the Maoist-hit areas till December 8. This has been a practice during bandhs called by the rebels,” he added. Meanwhile, security in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts has been tightened. “Combing operations have been intensified and vehicles entering the district thoroughly checked to prevent possible influx of rebels,” said SP (Kandhamal) K V Singh. SP (Gajapati) Satyajit Naik said forces at all 18 anti-Maoist posts have been put on high alert.