First woman naxal of A.P.-Telangana walks free
She spent 28 years as an outlaw and over two years in jail after she was arrested in Khammam on June 3, 2013.
Tears welled in the eyes of Kursenga Motibai, a Maoist who went by the alias of Radhakka, as she walked free from the District Jail in Adilabad on Saturday. Emotions ran high once again when she reached her home in Pippaldhari, the tribal village located about 15 km from the district headquarters. The 51-year-old Motibai is the first woman naxalite of Andhra Pradesh-Telangana and wife of Pulliri Prasad Rao alias Chandranna, a member of the Maoist Central Committee.
She spent 28 years as an outlaw and over two years in jail after she was arrested in Khammam on June 3, 2013. She arrived at Pippaldhari after 31 years and found much had changed since she left the village for joining the extremist movement in 1985. The senior Maoist, a Gond Adivasi, who last worked as Bastar divisional committee secretary, was acquitted in all the 29 cases filed against her in various police stations of Adilabad district. She, however, will face trial in one case in Khammam, in which she has been granted bail.
The hardship of life on the run, however, started taking its toll on the gutsy tribal woman by the time she reached the Chhattisgarh forests. In t was in 1998, that she underwent surgery for a heart ailment and was down with an infection in her kidneys. Motibai was apprehended when she was trying to reach a hospital with the help of a courier in Khammam. “I expect the authorities will leave me alone so that I can access medical treatment,” was all she told The Hindu as she came out of the prison.
Man killed in IED blast in bypoll-bound Lohardaga
A man was today killed in an IED blast in Pesrar block of Lohardagar district, an incident which comes a day before Lohardaga (ST) Assembly seat goes for bypoll. The man, identified as Basudeb Oraon, was sitting at a place when he saw a police patrol and tried to flee when the IED went off at the spot where a Maoist banner was set up, Superintendent of Police S Karthik said here. The seriously injured Oraon was airlifted to Ranchi but he was declared brought dead by doctors at the hospital, he said.
“He was sitting near a Naxal banner. It is a matter of inquiry. We have to ascertain his credentials,” Karthik said when asked on reports suggesting that he was a Naxal supporter. Bypoll will be held tomorrow for the Lohardaga seat, which fell vacant following the conviction of Ajsu party leader Kamal Kishore Bhagat.
Believing in an ideology, even Maoism, is not a crime: Hem Mishra
In August 2013, the Maharashtra Police arrested Hem Mishra from Gadchiroli district. Mishra, a student of the Chinese language at the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Languages, was accused of helping Maoists. The police booked him under several sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He is also facing the charge of sedition. Social activist Prashant Rahi and Delhi University assistant professor GN Saibaba, along with three others, are also accused in the same case.
The cops say Mishra and Rahi were arrested after credible intelligence inputs. They also allege that incriminating documents and micro chips were recovered from them at the time of arrest. According to them, both Mishra and Rahi were on their way to meet senior Maoist leaders in Abujhmad forests and that the meeting was arranged by Saibaba. However, Mishra has rejected these charges. He claims to be just a cultural activist. After having been in jail for more than two years, Mishra was recently released on bail. Nowadays, he spends his time shuttling between Almora, Delhi and Gadchiroli for legal cases. Excerpts from Catch’s conversation with him…
AP Seeks Centre Support to Tackle Maoists
VIJAYAWADA: In an effort to score a decisive victory over Maoists, the state government has sought logistic and financial support from the Centre, during the 26th Southern Zonal Council meeting chaired by Union home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Saturday. The state government made the best use of the meeting in putting forth its requests in clear terms to the Centre as well as to the other states, explaining the problems it was facing in dealing with the extremists, as they have roots outside AP.
‘Maoists’ torch mobile tower in Odisha’s Koraput
Bhubaneswar: A mobile phone tower at Kathapada in Baipariguda area of Koraput district in south Odisha has been reportedly torched. Involvement of Maoists is suspected. Border Security Force (BSF) sources said that the mobile phone tower, owned by a private cell phone service provider, has been torched by over a band of 30 Maoists on Saturday night. Besides, a Maoist poster was also found at the spot. The red rebels have mentioned that they vehemently oppose setting-up of telephone towers in the remote areas, where they have their bastions, as their movements are easily tracked by the security forces.