Roopesh turns evidence collection into campaign
Nadapuram: Arrested Maoist leader Roopesh has reportedly turned the collection of evidence in connecwith the probe into charges against him here into a training session for Adivasis When police questioned him, Roopesh shout out his replies aloud so that the others could hear. He alo aired Maoist ideals for about an hour before the Adivasi community members even as the police remained mute spectators.
Nitta Attack: Accused Granted Bail
KOCHI: The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court has granted bail to a person arrested in connection with the Maoist attack at the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin in Panampilly Nagar in November 2011. Principal Sessions Court judge R Narayana Pisharadi granted bail to Ramanan, 45, of Karimthottuva, Kollam, who is the third accused in the case. The court granted statutory bail to the accused after he completed 180 days of judicial custody and the police team probing the case failing to file chargesheet yet.
The court ordered that Ramanan should be granted bail after executing a bond of `1 lakh with two solvent sureties. He must be present before the investigation officer on every Monday and Thursday between 9 am and 11 am till chargesheet is filed. He must surrender the passport and should not move out of Kerala without the permission of the court. As per the report filed by the police, there are 11 persons arraigned as accused in the case.
The accused are Arun Balan of Kasargod, Sreekanth of Kasargod, Ramanan of Kollam, Anoop Mathew of Pathanamthitta, Sherin Kumar of Palakkad, who is yet to be arrested, Jose of Kannur and other five persons who are yet to be identified. Ramanan is also an accused in the case registered for attack at the office of NHAI in Kalamassery. Police in its report stated that Ramanan was member of the armed wing of Maoist terror group. The case was charged under IPC sections, 143, 144, 147, 148, 427, 448 and section of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 16(1)(b), 18, 20 and 30.
Naxalites kill school student, youth
Raipur: Naxals on Wednesday allegedly killed two youths, including a school student, suspecting them to be police informers, in the Maoist-affected Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The bodies of the youths, identified as Manish Yadav (17) and Pakhel Gond (25), bearing bullet injuries were found this morning near Kumharwada village under Bakarkatta police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sundarraj P said.
Yadav, a native of Kumharwada, was studying in a local government school while Gond was a resident of nearby Dariakoda village. A group of armed cadres dragged out both Yadav and Gond from their native villages and allegedly shot them dead, the SP said. They then dumped their bodies on Bakarkatta-Rampur road, he said.
SC relaxes bail conditions of Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi
The Supreme Court today relaxed the bail conditions of tribal teacher Soni Sori and her journalist nephew Lingaram Kodopi in a case lodged against them for allegedly receiving money from Essar Group on behalf of Maoists. A bench, headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, relaxed the conditions earlier imposed by it and asked Sori and Kodopi to report to the concerned police station once in four weeks instead of once a week. The bench, also comprising justices A K Sikri and R Banumathi, relaxed one other condition that had asked both of them to take prior permission of the trial court before leaving either the station or travelling abroad. The court now said that they would be needing the permission only for travelling abroad.