CPI (Maoist) Zonal Committee issues communique taking responsibility for armed action against Jindal Group project in Almora.
U’khand too not free from Maoist threat: Officials
The Union home ministry has kept Uttarakhand out of the list of left terror-affected states but the state government and intelligence agencies say the ‘red threat’ is very much alive in the state citing past incidents. State home minister Pritam Singh said the government was not taking the red footprints lightly. The threat of Maoist terror had been a topic of hot discussions during internal security meetings of even former chief ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal, Vijay Bahuguna and BC Khanduri.
Singh said, “The government cannot take chances. I have asked officials to be an alert (to check left extremist activities).” Intelligence officials admitted that there hadn’t been violent incidents so far in the state, however, the state couldn’t be termed Red terror-free. They expressed wonder as to why Uttarakhand had not figured on the list which was placed in the Lok Sabha by the union home ministry on Wednesday. The list carries the names of 106 districts of 10 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Intelligence officials said the threat in Uttarakhand was more alive as the state shares its borders with Uttar Pradesh, which is on the red list, and Nepal, which is one of the hubs Left extremism. The officials referred to the recent incident in Almora where Maoists had tagged posters at an under-construction site of international school to assert their presence.
In 2005, the state police had reportedly unearthed a Maoist training camp in the forest of Lalkuan in Nainital district in 2005. A few incidents of people keep surfacing in Nainital and Almora districts every now and then, officials said. In 2010, the Uttar Pradesh police had arrested Rajendra Fulara, a Maoist leader, who was trained in Uttarakhand in 2005. In April 2015, some posters were found in in Someshwar and Almora town under the banner of ‘Janmukti Chapamar Sena’ slamming the Narendra Modi government. In May 2014, the police held four persons of ‘Krantikari Janwadi Morcha’, which is a Maoist frontal organization in Almora district, after its members were found with some ‘extreme leftist’ posters. However, those associated with the Left parties said ‘Left extremism’ was a buzzword to create panic in the state. Indresh Maikhuri of the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) said the government and officials usually created “artificial fear to suppress the voice of mainstream activists raising genuine issues” by spreading rumours about red threat.
Kerala CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran meets jailed Maoists in Kottayam
Kerala CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran met two of the five jailed Maoists lodged in the Kottayam Central Jailon Friday. Rajendran was in Kottayam to attend the 41st AITUC conference. After meeting Shyna and Anoop who were arrested with three others last May, Rajendran told reporters that Shyna had complained that they were not treated as political prisoners, despite several representations made on their behalf. Stating that Shyna had certain health issues, Rajendran said that the jail authorities had refused to provide the basic amenities such as a table and chair -things which the jail manual clearly says political prisoners are entitled to.
Rajendran reiterated that the CPI was against the misuse of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and was in the process of creating public awareness regarding the same. He also opined that the said Act should not be applied to political prisoners per se. When asked why would want to visit those considered extremists against whom the National Security Act (NSA) was invoked, Rajendran was quick to add that his party did not support the Maoist style of functioning but they were sympathetic to the issues raised by them.
Since there was reportedly no prima facie evidence of their involvement in illegal activities, Rajendran said that the police should meanwhile stop filing fabricated cases of cheating which would not have a legal standing in a law of court.
Two arrests reported in Jehanabad.