Cops exchange fire with Maoists in Malappuram forest
Kozhikode: A police team conducting a search operation exchanged fire with a three-member Maoist group in the forests under the Pookkottumpadam police station limits in Malappuram around 7 am on Wednesday , said district police chief K Vijayan. The members of the Thunderbolts, the police’s anti Naxal commando force, were conducting the search operation after they came to know that the rebels had visited a tribal colony in the area on Tuesday . “The Maoists opened fire at the police and we returned fire. No one was injured in the incident and the rebels fled in side the deep jungle,” said Vijayan.
The rebels, carrying .303 rifles, were hiding behind bushes. The police team fired 10 rounds at them. According to police sources, a Maoist team led by Vikaram Gowda and Soman had visited the tribal colony on Tuesday night and conducted classes there for about three hours. Police said the Maoist team has visited Pookkottumpadam and nearby areas many times in the past few months.
Maoist wanted to kill CMs of two States
Chennai: Surendra Yadav (36), an alleged Maoist, who hails from Jharkhand and is wanted in 17 criminal cases had planned to kill Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. He was taken into custody a couple of days after a trap laid out by the police. According to media reports, Surendra Yadav, who lost his wife 11 years ago has three children. He joined the rebel movement soon after the demise of his wife, emerging as the commander-in-charge of a zone.
There are around 17 criminal case lodged against Surendra Yadav across West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Sources say that Surendra Yadav is an expert in gun firing, detonating grenades and planting landmines. In one such land mine explosion, seven policemen lost their lives. He was imprisoned in 2011 by Bihar police, after two years, it is said, Surendra Yadav jumped bail and went off the police radar. The Police had announced a Rs 25 lakh reward for any clues leading to the capture of an absconding Surendra Yadav until police tracked his phone signals to Sriperumbadur, where he was working as a labourer along with other workers from Jharkhand. Reports said that Jharkhand police alerted the Intelligence and Q-Branch division of the Tamilnadu police.
A strategy was laid to capture the wanted Maoist on 22 February in Thandalam near Sriperumbadur. However, it came to light that Surendra Yadav was in a hideout in Saidapet, from where he was subsequently taken into custody on 23 February. The police said he was keeping a low profile in Tamilnadu for over six months and reports claimed that Surendra Yadav hoped a Maoist wave would hit the State of Tamilnadu, as neighbouring States – Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have had a taste of it.
One more case registered against Maoist leader
The Pollachi East Police have registered one more case against Maoist leader Roopesh on Tuesday for allegedly forging the documents of M. Ravi (24) of Periyar Colony on East Kottur Road in Pollachi, to obtain a mobile SIM card. According to the police, Roopesh allegedly forged a photocopy of the driving licence of Ravi, who works in a private college in Pollachi, about a year ago to get the SIM card, at B.S. Sun Mobile Shop on Palani Road in Dharapuram.
The accused reportedly made some changes on the picture on the photocopy, while the address and name was that of Ravi. The police said that Ravi came to know about it when he was informed by the police about two months ago and quizzed if he had helped the Maoist leader get the card. Police sources said that the SIM card obtained using Ravi’s forged identify was one of the 43 SIM cards seized from Roopesh and his accomplices in May 2015. On a complaint lodged by Ravi, the police registered a case against Roopesh under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code.
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