Maoist arrested in Latehar
Daltonganj: An area commander of CPI Maoist identified as Baleshwar Yadav (40) was caught and remanded to judicial custody on Saturday in Latehar district, said SP Latehar Anup Birtharey. Birtharey said Yadav has five cases against him spread over three police stations namely Barwadeeh, Manika and Latehar. He had Rs 2 lakh on his head and was member of the Maoist contingent which had carried out the Katiya massacre. The Maoist was at his house in Beeyang village under Manika police station when in a joint operation of Latehar district police and CRPF he was caught. He offered no resistance , said the SP. He was in his house for the treatment of his wife.
Police file charge sheets against suspected Maoists
The police on Friday evening filed charge sheets against Roopesh, 45, and seven others, alleged Maoist operatives, before the Principal Sessions Court, Wayanad. Prince Abraham, circle inspector, Mananthavady, through P. Anupaman, Public Prosecutor, filed the charge sheets against the accused, including Roopesh; Anu, 30; Jayanna, 35; Kanya, alias Kanyakumari, 30; Sundari, 29; Rajeesh, 32; Shyam, alias Anoop Mathew George, 31; and Babu, alias Ibrayi , 61; before Principal Sessions Court Judge V. Vijayakumar.
They were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Indian Arms Act, and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). This is the first such case in the State charged against Maoist activists under the UAPA, Mr. Anupaman told The Hindu . According to the police, Roopesh and Anu committed criminal trespass into the house of Pramod, a civil police officer at Mattilayam, near Kunhome, on April 22, 2014 and threatened him with consequences for betraying Maoists by pointing an AK-47 gun at him. Jayanna, Kanya, and Sundari were also carrying similar guns and threatened the complainant.
They pasted posters on the wall of the house against the government. Later, the accused set fire to a motorbike of Mr. Promod. The other accused — Rajeesh, Shyam, and Babu — provided necessary assistance, including transportation facilities, arms, food, and hideouts, to the militants, the police said. Though the police arrested Roopesh, Rajeesh, Shyam, and Babu in connection with the incident, the other accused were yet to be arrested. Close to 15 cases were charged against the accused in various cases. This is the first case in the State charged against Maoist activists under the UAPA.
Maoists torch vehicles in Odisha’s Nuapada
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Bhubaneswar, Jan 3: Maoists today set ablaze at least six vehicles at Kirigiri in Odisha’s Nuapada district neighbouring Chhattisgarh opposing Operation Green Hunt, among others. The members of the outlawed group torched three water tankers, two mixture machines and a roller machine used in road construction. According to reports, a group of armed rebels attacked the contractor’s camp at Kirigiri and torched the vehicles used in the road construction work.
However, no one was injured in the incident. Meanwhile, security forces have intensified combing operation in the area. Panic gripped the area as the Reds struck while people were collecting essentials from the weekly market this morning. Soon after the incident, the employees of the construction company have reportedly fled from the spot fearing Maoist onslaught. Red posters were found hanging near the village in which the rebels have asked people to raise their voice against fake police encounters in Kalahandi and Sunabeda. Besides, they have demanded withdrawal of security personnel and Special Forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations, stop Operation Green Hunt and the proposed use of drones during the operations. The banners were undersigned by Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist).