Four Maoists arrested from Dantewada
The Chhattisgarh Police on Friday arrested four Maoist militants from insurgency-hit Dantewada. The Maoists were arrested from Bhasi railway station where they were trying to hinder the railways services. The arrested Maoists are believed to be involved in other naxal attacks as well.
Nandigram Maoist leader held from Kerala
KOLKATA: The police have arrested Maoist sympathizer Sidhartha Mondal from his hideout at Edukki district in Kerala. Police said that the accused had not surrendered before court even after the Supreme Court cancelled his bail in 2014.Mondal -a resident of Hemantachak in Khejuri -had received bail from Calcutta high court a couple of years later.Police said they are investigating how he had fled with help from a friend in Bangalore. Mondal had earlier been arrested after raids at Amtala in South 24Parganas and Garia and slapped with the stringent UAP Act along with other key ideologists like Deblina Chakraborty and leader of the Nandigram-Khejuri chapter, Madhusudan Mondal alias Narayan.
“He had been involved in cashew and cardamom plantations and was trying to lead the life of a planter.We traced him through source information and arrested him. He has been brought to Kolkata on transit remand,” said a senior officer at Bhawani Bhawan.The 40-year-old, whose trial took more than two years of detention, had alleged that the police framed him in false cases as a Maoist. He had pleaded before court for euthanasia.”It’s better to die than live in this condition,” his lawyer Shubhasis Roy quoted him at that time.
Arrested over the Nandi gram violence but charged with sedition in a case with Bishnupur police station in South 24-Parganas, Mondal was finally given the status of political prisoner at the court’s behest before he was granted bail.Mondal, the closest aide of Narayan, disguised himself as Sankar when he worked in a small factory at Garia. He not only allegedly acted as a courier for the banned organization, but was also an efficient organizer in the Nandigram-Khejuri belt, claimed sources.Narayan, who hails from the Durgachak area of Haldia, has been involved with ultra-Left politics for two decades and was instrumental in indoctrinating recruits like Mondal.The Maoist leaders had played a major but covert role in the 2007-08 movement against the chemical hub project in Nandigram, which forced the state to scrap the project.
Maoists kill sarpanch in Odisha alleging he was a police informer
Suspected Maoists killed two persons, including a sarpanch, in different areas in this district, police said on Saturday. A group of armed ultras stormed into the house of Jayara Khara, Sarpanch of Badapadar Panchayat, dragged him out and slit his throat in a nearby forest on Friday night, a police officer said. The Maoists shouted slogans dubbing Khara as a police informer before disappearing into the forest. In another incident, suspected Maoists killed a man identified as S Badnayak, brother of a former Sarpanch, in Kudumulgumma Raba village area on Friday night. Suspected Maoists took him away from his residence and his body was found this morning with throat slit, a police officer said.