Bomb placed at JNIMS Director’s residence, Maoist claims responsibility
IMPHAL, January 4: A live lethod shell placed by unidentified persons was found at the premises of Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Dr Laishram Deben at Kakwa Ashem Leikai this morning around 8. On receiving information about it, a team of bomb experts of police arrived and retrieved the lethod shell safely. Talking to this daily in connection with the incident, Dr Deben said that he has been coming up with various development plans for the hospital ever since he took the Director charge from the last five months. He also said that no underground organization has ever contacted him so far.
Meanwhile, the armed Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has claimed responsibility for the lethod bomb placed at the premises of the Director. According to a statement signed by Comrade Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity & Propaganda, Maoist Community Party, Manipur, the bomb attack was carried out by special Red Guards of the outfit. It pointed out that JNIMS has been filled with corruption and nepotism, reducing the hospital to a mere hospital with absence of responsible officials who can look after the hospital and its patients carefully. Corruption and favouritism are the hallmarks of JNIMS whenever there is recruitment of staff for the hospital. It will be right to say that RIMS and JNIMS, the two main hospitals of the State have become favourite centres for contractors whose intention is to fetch large amount of money in the name of ensuring infrastructures, the statement said.
Saying that the public are well aware whether there is proper treatment at the hospital or not, it clarified that the outfit has not caused hindrance to developmental works of the hospital in any way prior to the bomb threat against the Director. If the Director does not accept his wrongdoings and try to rectify it for the sake of the hospital then similar attack against him may take place anytime, the outfit cautioned. The outfit in the statement further clarified that the bomb attack on Dr Deben has got no connection with Elite Higher Secondary School which shares same compound with the Director’s residence.
NIA to probe Maoist attack on policeman
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe into Maoist attack on a civil police officer at Vellamunda of Wayanad district in April last. According to an official statement, cases have been registered against four members of the CPI (Maoist), who had trespassed into the house of A. B. Pramod, a senior civil police officer attached to the Vellamunda station. Based on an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs dated December 14, 2015, the Kochi unit of NIA reregistered the case on January 2.
The Kerala Police had registered the case at Vellamunda police station on April 25, 2015. The case has been registered under Sections 143, 147, 148, 452, 427, 506 (II), 435, 124A and 149 of IPC and Section 25 of Arms Act and Sections 10, 13, 19 and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. As per the case, cadres of the CPI(Maoist) trespassed into the house of Mr. Pramod, trained their guns on him and threatened to kill him. The team further asked Mr. Pramod to resign from his job. They also set afire his motorcycle, causing a loss of around Rs.30,000. The team also made a call for an armed rebellion, affecting the integrity of the State. Roopesh, a senior Maoist leader from Kerala, is one of the accused in the case while the identity of others is yet to be confirmed.
Andhra Pradesh: Maoists kill TDP leader and former Sarpanch, Sagina Venkataraman, in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam, January 6: A member of the Telugu Desam Party and the former Sarpanch of the Jerrela village, in Visakh Agency in Andhra Pradesh, was killed by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Wednesday morning. Sagina Venkataramana, was reportedly killed over a land mining dispute. This comes just two days after a native of Boosiputtu in Munchingput mandal, was killed by Maoists near Sariapalli. The Jerrela area received mining clearance for bauxite mining, through a State government GO No. 97 two months ago, in spite of strong oppositions from the environmentalists and the Girijans. Venkataramana was reportedly woken up from his house at Jerrela on Tuesday night, taken to the village outskirts and hacked to death by a group of Maoists. The Maoists were also accompanied by a large number of militia members, reported The Hindu