People’s War in India Clippings 23/1/2016


Denial of dignity and rights

The health of 68-year-old political prisoner Kobad Ghandy, six years into his incarceration, is deteriorating rapidly, even as proceedings in the cases slapped against him, barring one, are yet to begin. Ghandy is suffering from a host of health problems that include irritable bowel syndrome, dizziness, nausea, a severe kidney problem for which he has been receiving treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on and off, a serious heart condition, and an abnormal dropping of pulse rate for which he has been advised to have a pacemaker fitted.

Lodged in the High Risk Ward of Tihar Jail, he is under severe stress and has appealed for a speedy trial or release on bail for treatment. In September, on the basis of the Jail Superintendent’s report that Ghandy was a follow-up case of hypertension, decreased vision, an ingrowing toenail with keloid, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and cervical spondylitis, an Additional Sessions judge observed that his condition had visibly deteriorated during the trial of the case and granted him an interim bail for three months. But he continues to be in jail because there are several cases pending against him. Before Ghandy could produce the bail bond as required by the court, police teams from other States are waiting to rearrest him.

According to an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, the Andhra Pradesh government revealed that there is a total of 14 cases against him—in that State, Telangana, Delhi, Surat, Patiala, West Bengal and Jharkhand. He is being charged under various, overlapping sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The Delhi case is in its final stages, and Ghandy is set to face serial trials across the country on its culmination. He is being charged with being a central committee and politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned organisation, and looking after the outfit’s international department, the subcommittee on mass organisation, central publishing bureau and the south-western regional bureau…

Two women among four Naxals held in C’garh

Four Naxals, including two women, who were carrying cash reward on their heads, were today arrested from the Maoist hotbed of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres, who were allegedly involved in an attack on a police anti-landmine vehicle in Dantewada last year, were apprehended from Kirandul police station area, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. The Naxals had blown up an anti-landmine vehicle on Cholnar-Kirandul road in Dantewada on April 13, 2015 killing five policemen and injuring eight others.

Those arrested were identified as Malangir Local Operation Squad (LOS) Commander Anita alias Mitki (22), Nelnar LOS member Rajo Vekko (25) and two janmilitia members- Sannu (30) and Raju Mandavi (25), he said. Anita was carrying a reward of Rs three lakh on her head, while Rs one lakh was announced for the arrest of another woman naxal Rajo, he added. “All of them were involved in other criminal incidents, including attacks on police party, damaging railway tracks and roads, torching vehicles engaged in mining and construction works, in the region,” he said. Their interrogation was on, he added.

CRPF jawan injured in IED blast in Dantewada

One Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was injured in an IED (Improvised Explosive Devise) explosion in Maoist insurgency-hit Dantewada district of South Chhattisgarh on Saturday. “Janaradan Sonawane, a jawan of CRPF’s 111 battalion, was injured when a pressure IED (planted by Maoists) exploded near Sameli village of Dantewada at around 10 am today. The injured jawan was a part of a team which was out to provide security for the construction of a road in the area,” Mr.Dinesh Pratap Upadhyay, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of CRPF Dantewada range told The Hindu. “His right foot is gone and there are severe injuries on his left leg,” added Mr.Upadhyay. The injured jawan is likely to be airlifted to Raipur for treatment.

Former Sarpanch killed in Jamui district

Maoist rebels killed a former Sarpanch of Harni panchayat in the district today by accusing him of being a police informer. Police said here that extremists of outlawed CPI (Maoist) slit open the throat of former Sarpanch, Dinesh Tanti resulting in his on the spot death. The headless body of Tanti was recovered from the ‘jungle’ of Panchbhur. Sources said that extremists of outlawed CPI (Maoist) had kidnapped the former Sarpanch from Tarakant village in the district. Family members of Tanti had lodged an FIR in this connection last night itself and police had launched a search operation to find out his whereabouts. Naxalites had also left a leaflet at the spot, accusing former Sarpanch of being a police informer. His motorcycle was also found there. Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab culprits.

Centre push for joint Maoist combat

Union Ministry for Home Affairs (UMHA) adviser K. Vijay Kumar stressed on better interstate cooperation to combat Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) effectively along the borders of Jharkhand and its neighbouring Naxalite-hit states, reports The Telegraph. During a four-hour meeting at the Jharkhand Police headquarters in Ranchi on January 22, Kumar is understood to have directed state Police and paramilitary forces to “reactivate” the “Operational Area” (OA) strategy and set up “Interstate Joint Task Force” to crack down on Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and other rebel groups, who have been using porous borders to give security personnel the slip.

“I am happy with outcomes of anti-Naxalite operations in Jharkhand. The meeting mainly discussed plans for better interstate coordination and better intelligence network. For example, we have faced problems in tri-junction bordering areas (where borders of three states merged). Thus, cooperation among state police is the need of the hour,” Kumar said after the meeting without divulging further details.

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