HC grants interim bail to five Maoists
The Madras High Court has granted interim bail to five Maoists, including a Kerala couple, who were arrested in Coimbatore in May last year by the Q branch police with a condition to appear before the Investigating Officer every day for a month. Top Maoist leader Roopesh, head of Western Ghats Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist) and four others, including his wife Shyna, were arrested by the Q branch police on May 4, 2015 near Karumathampatti, Coimbatore.
Later they were detained under the National Security Act. On September 29, 2015, the Principal Sessions Court, Coimbatore, dismissed the bail petitions moved by all the five detainees. Assailing the order, the Maoists approached the High Court. Admitting the pleas, Justice C.T. Selvam on Wednesday granted interim bail to all the five persons and directed them to appear before the investigating officer every day for a month and thereafter whenever summoned by the investigating agency.
Joint operation to tackle Maoist menace in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala
An inter-State meeting of senior forest personnel in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala held at Bandipura in Karnataka, held after an interval of three years, decided to intensify joint operations to tackle the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) activities in the forest areas of the region, Pramod G. Krishnan, Chief Conservator of Forest, (Wildlife, Palakkad), said, reports The Hindu on January 22. The meet offered all assistance to Police Forces in combing operations to tackle Maoist menace. As part of this, anti-poaching activities information would be exchanged each other.
Man ‘kidnapped’ from Deoghar held with naxal operative in Jamui
A young man, who was believed to have been kidnapped from Deoghar allegedly by a Bihar Janata Dal (United) MLA, has been arrested by the Jamui police in Bihar along with a naxal sub-zonal commander in the area. The police said that the youngster was related to the sub-zonal commander, who was allegedly planning to murder the MLA named earlier in the kidnapping case. According to Deoghar police, Sachin Verma, in his early 20s, son of Mahendra Verma, had gone missing from his house in Mohanpur area of Deoghar on January 17.
A missing report was lodged at Mohanpur police, the next day. On January 20, his father gave a written complaint against JD (U) MLA from Belhar (in Banka), Girdhari Yadav, following which a kidnapping case was registered. While Sachin was involved in preparing documents like adhaar card, his father was involved in agriculture. On Thursday, Jamui police, in a joint operation with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), arrested area sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoist), Praveen Da alias Gopal alias Alok, besides others.
Fire arms and ammunitions, besides some incriminating material, was also recovered. A case in this regard was lodged at Lakshmipur police station in Jamui. Sachin was also among those arrested. Praveen was from Chanan area in Banka district of Bihar. Deoghar Superintendent of Police A Vijay Laxmi said: “There is no case of kidnapping. The missing youth has been arrested by the Jamui police, along with some suspected naxal operatives. We are verifying as to why they complained against the MLA. Further investigations are on.” Jamui SP Jayant Kant said: “The kidnapped boy is said to be brother of the arrested accused. In fact, the accused have told us that they planned to murder the JD (U) MLA, who was named in the kidnapping. We are suspecting that the two parties have some old enmity. However, the exact reason is being verified.”
Greyhounds to begin operations in city soon
The anti-naxal force greyhounds will start combing operations in the city in the few Days ago .The elite force was created to flush out Maoists in the Tribal Agency areas, hilly terrains and trained for jungle warfare. The Port City has such terrain close to the main venue of the International Fleet Review ( IFR) on February four to nine and the accommodation to the VIPs. Hence, the decision to have them carries out combing operations in the city. Official sources said here today, operation will be in progress for almost two weeks for ensuring security for the VIPs and foreign delegates. Apart from Greyhounds, other elite forces like Octopus, Cobra, CRPF, RAW, and armed forces, including Special Protection Guards (SPG) will be present in the city for the event, ensuring security for VIPs and foreign delegates.
Seven naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Seven naxals, three of them carrying reward of varying amounts on their heads, were arrested from insurgency-hit Sukma district today, police said. “The cadres were apprehended by a joint team of security forces near Chingavaram village under Gadiras police station limits,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. As a part of the ongoing anti-naxal operations in the region, a joint squad of CRPF’s 230th battalion, District Reserve Group (DRG) and district forces were carrying out a search operation towards Matemarka, Munga and Chingavaram villages, located around 500 kms away from the state capital Raipur, he said. On reaching near Chingavarm, they rounded up seven suspects who during interrogation admitted to their involvement with the outlawed naxal movement, the officer said.
The ultras have been identified as Madvi Bapu (30), Madvi Linga (30), Madvi Hidma (35), Podiyami Kosa, Madvi Handa (40), Madvi Muda (35) and Madvi Hadma (23). While Hidma was carrying a reward of Rs 1,000, Handa and Kosa Rs 2,000 each. According to police, the naxals were allegedly involved in activities like damaging roads, torching vehicles, and dropping Maoist pamphlets in the region.
Officials from five states to sign agreements to deal with left-wing extremism
In a meeting of top officials from five states – Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh – here on Friday, it was decided that formal agreements would be signed at the top level between them to deal with left-wing-extremism (LWE), particularly on the areas around their common borders. The meeting was headed by Senior Advisor (LWE), Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar at the Jharkhand police headquarters. Officials from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Intelligence agencies, besides many IGs, DIGs and other officials also attended the meeting.
Additional Director General of Police (Operations) and Jharkhand police spokesperson S N Pradhan said that the idea behind signing of agreements was to firm up the arrangements that have been existing since long regarding sharing of intelligence, common targets, movement of forces etc. “There was some sort of arrangements along these lines for a couple of years in the past. Then, the arrangement gradually broke away. We are trying not only to revive it, but make it a reality down to the lowest level,” he said. Inter-state cooperation and sharing of intelligence on LWE has been a long recommended step towards dealing with naxal menace.
However, owing to jurisdictional issues, separate chain of commands and other operational problems, the LWE activists manages to get safe haven in other states, when the police force of a particular state takes up an operation, officials said. Pradhan said that, for instance, there is a system of sending an officer from one state to another and vice versa to coordinate and share intelligence. “But, particularly in the border areas, there needs to be a set mechanism at all levels. The agreement would be signed to give a proper shape to the inter-state coordination right from the DIG-to-DIG level down to the police station-to-police station level. Issues like allowing movement of forces from one state to another would also be looked into,” he said.
Coordination with CRPFs, which often carries out joint operations with the local police, will also be strengthened. In due course, for instance, the Jharkhand police would sign agreements with West Bengal police, Bihar police and Odisha police to patrol and improve the quality of operations against naxals in the border areas, added Pradhan.
Chidambaram model to combat Maoists in Jharkhand
RANCHI: In a fresh strategy to combat Maoists, police have decided to revive former union home minister P Chidambaram’s unified command model for anti-Maoist operations. The unified command strategy, a police officer said, is currently an overlooked practice in the war against Maoists. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked police chiefs during Gujarat DGPs conference in December last to bring back the focus on unified command strategy, a tested operational exercise. On Friday the Chidambaram model was discussed at Jharkhand police headquarters where senior police officers from Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar – Jharkhand’s neighbors – gathered to find ways to stop Maoists from exploiting the poorly policed junctions on inter-state borders.
Arms cache recovered in Chhattisgarh
A huge cache of arms mostly barrels used in manufacturing guns was recovered from forests of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district, police said today. Acting-on a tip off, as many as 39 barrels of 12 bore guns were recovered from Mangikholi forests under Bortalav police station area last evening by a joint team of security forces, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sundarraj P told PTI. Tagging the recovery as a “major” success, the SP said, police have foiled naxals’ evil strategy to manufacture guns to harm security personnel.
During interrogation, a recently arrested woman naxal Manisha had revealed about the location of a dump of materials for making guns hidden in the forests of Kandhurra based on which search operations were on in the jungles of Kandhurra for the past few days, he said. A joint team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force was cordoning off forests of Mangikholi last evening when they spotted barrels hidden behind shrubs, the SP added.