Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized Maoist killed in encounter on Odisha-Chhattisgarh border
Massive search operation on Bhubaneswar: A Maoist was killed in Darbha forest near south Odisha’s Malkangiri district along Odisha-Chhattisgarh border during an exchange of fire between the security personnel and the red rebels on Friday morning hours.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition have also reportedly been seized from the spot. As per reports, Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF jawans launched a joint combing operation in the Darbha forest and faced resistance. As the security personnel were fired upon, they in retaliation exchanged fire causing death of the unidentified Maoist while the others managed to flee from the spot. As per PrameyaNews7 Malkangiri Correspondent reports, the exchange of fire has been ceased and a massive search operation has been launched to detect any other camps of the insurgents there.
59 IEDs recovered from Maoist-hit district in Jharkhand
Ranchi: In a joint operation of Jharkhand police and paramilitary forces, 59 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from Maoist-hit Latehar district of Jharkhand on Friday, the police said. The search operation was launched in Kumandih jungle situated under Manika police station after a tip-off from an arrested Maoist guerrilla Mithilesh Yadav, according to the police. The seized IEDs, which included 14 pressure cooker bombs and seven cylinder bombs, were defused by the bomb disposal team. Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 22 districts of Jharkhand.
Naxalite gunned down in Chattisgarh’s Bastar district
A Naxalite was today gunned down by security forces during an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district. The skirmish took place on Friday morning in Kapnar village forest under Pakhnar police outpost of Darbha area, Bastar Additional Superintendent of Police Vijay Pandey said. A joint squad of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF), District Reserve Group (DRG) and district police had launched a combing operation in the area surrounding Pakhnar since early this morning, he said.
As they were cordoning-off a forested hill between Kapnar and Toynar, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate fire on them, prompting the security forces to retaliate. However, the ultras soon fled from the spot as the security forces zeroed-in on them, Pandey said. Later, during a search of the place, the body of a rebel clad in ‘uniform’ and a weapon were recovered from the spot, he said. The identity of the Naxal will be known once the police team returns to its camp, he added.
Odisha-Chhattisgarh joint forces launch pad against Naxals in Malkangiri
Giving a fillip to wipe out the Naxal menace in the state’s Malkangiri region, Odisha and Chhattisgarh police will join forces to set up a ” launch pad” in the region to make it Maoist free, said a top police official of the neighbouring state. Talking on the side lines of top level police meet between Chhattisgarh and Odisha police, IG Kalluri has said that they have made a blue print to wipe out the Naxals belonging Darbha Division Committee which is active in the Malkhangiri district. Bastar range IG SRP Kalluri, Bastar SP R N Das, Sukma and Malkangiri SP were part of the meeting.
“Chhattisgarh DRF has been recently trained in a new training programme which is becoming very effective. We have achieved quite a few successes in the recent past, with large number of arrests, arms laid down or return to the main stream. We have also reduced the security fatalities to a great extent”, said Bastar range IG SRP Kalluri. Odisha and Chhattisgarh police joint operation in Malkangiri Maithili area will become the launching pad of the security forces, to make the area Naxal free in 2016.
Denial of bail to Saibaba an attack on democratic rights: DU professor supporters
Coming out strongly in support of Delhi University professor Dr G N Saibaba, a group of professors, writers and filmmakers spoke against the order of the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court rejecting Saibaba’s bail plea. In a statement issued Thursday, professors from various universities, including DU, JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia, writer Arundhati Roy and filmmaker Sanjay Kak among others condemed the order. “The intolerance of the higher judiciary to the voices of dissent has reached another peak… the denial of bail to Dr Saibaba is an attack on all our democratic rights. We condemn in unison the rejection of bail and quashing his interim bail as well as Arundhati Roy’s freedom of speech,” the statement issued by Committee for the Defence and Release of G N Saibaba read.
Besides rejecting Saibaba’s bail plea, the court had also charged Roy with criminal contempt for writing about Saibaba’s imprisonment and the denial of bail. Criticising the “vindictiveness and vendetta” in the court order, Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said, “This order is not merely unfortunate, but also underlines the need for judicial accountability in the country. It shows sections of judiciary do not have understanding of criminal law or any sensitivity towards the fundamental rights of a citizen.”
He added, “Under three conditions an application for bail may be rejected — if there is a risk of the person fleeing the country, if the person is convicted of a heinous crime and the court is convinced that the accused can commit a similar crime if released and if the person may tamper with evidence. In Saibaba’s case, none of these apply…he has a serious health condition… this order reeks of vindictiveness… It’s the product of a prejudiced mind…” A single-judge bench of Bombay High Court at Nagpur has cancelled the bail of Saibaba, accused of having links with the banned CPI (Maoist), and asked him to report back within 48 hours, or risk facing arrest. He was arrested in May 2014 under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
On July 3, a two-judge bench of the High Court granted him bail following reports of his health deteriorating during his 14-month jail stay. Wheelchair-bound Saibaba is over 90% disabled. He has been paralysed from below the waist since contracting polio in childhood. Saibaba’s wife G Vasantha lashed out against the order, saying she wants to file a case against the “system” that had worsened her husband’s physical condition. “When he was incarcerated, only his legs were not working. Now his left hand has been rendered useless. There were stones in his bladder when he returned. He can’t even wear his own shirt now,” she said, adding that the case against him was a “witchhunt”.
Maoists kill former sarpanch in Chhattisgarh
A former village sarpanch (local-self government institution head), identified as Hadma Ram (45), was abducted and killed by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on the suspicion of being a ‘Police informer’ in Dantewada District on December 23, reports The Business Standard. The former sarpanch of Nilawaya village panchayat (local-self government institution), was found lying in a pool of blood on Aranpur-Sameli road near his native place under Aranpur Police Station limits. “The victim had been abducted by some armed Naxals from his house at Armebandi Para in Nilawaya last night and his body was found this morning on the road, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, following which police were informed,” a Police official said…
..Kanker District recorded 179 incidents of Maoist violence, while witnessing 14 deaths and loss of property of over INR 90.08 million between 2013-14 and November 15, 2015, informed State Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra in the Chhattisgarh Assembly on December 21, reports The Pioneer…