People’s War in India Clippings 23/3/2016


Trial in Maoist Meeting Case to Begin Next Month

KOCHI: The trial in the case related to a meeting conducted by members of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a frontal organisation of the CPI (Maoist), at a lodge in Mavelikkara will begin at the NIA Court next month. NIA Court judge S Santhosh Kumar had framed charges against the five persons accused in the case the other day. The schedule for the trial will be fixed in the coming days. The accused in the case are Rajesh Madhavan of Mavelikkara, Gopal of Chennai, Devarajan of Kollam, Bahuleyan of Thiruvananthapuram and Ajaya Kumar alias Mannor Ajayan of Muvattupuzha.

Earlier, Shiyas of Pallipuram, another accused in the case, was made approver in the case. According to NIA officials, since all accused persons are currently available, trial of the case could be launched without delay. It was in December 2012 the Mavelikkara Police raided the lodge and made the arrests, based on a tip-off. The meeting was allegedly organised for forming a students’ wing of the RDF in Kerala. In a major twist to the case, a few days after the arrest, the investigation officer committed suicide, reportedly due job-related stress and health issues. The investigation was later handed over to the NIA, considering the gravity of the case. The investigation was led by NIA Additional Superintendent of Police A P Shoukathali. Special Prosecutor Adv P G Manu will be appearing for the NIA at the court.

Gadchiroli villagers face wrath of C-60 team after Naxals murder constable

Nagpur: People in Reknar village in Etapalli taluka were at the receiving end of the police wrath on March 13 when a Crack-60 team of Hedri police post thrashed them in retaliation of murder of constable Deepak Sedmake two days earlier by Naxalites. A minor, force fed with chilli powder that had also been inserted in his anus, was among several to be tortured on the suspicion of having helped Naxalite team that gunned down Sedmake. State chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in his last tour in the Naxal-affected district had sought to win heart with his development mantra. State director general of police Praveen Dixit had also appealed to the people to join hands with the security agencies ‘police mitra’ to dent the mass base of the rebels.

Against the backdrop of government and police’s own citizen-friendly approach, the high-handedness of C-60 squad left many people shocked. The squad stormed into the Reknar village, around five kilometers from Hedri, early morning dragging out people from their homes. The villagers were assembled at the Ghotul or community centre before the commandos started raining blows on them mercilessly using hands and also canes. Several women were also beaten in their home as the menfolk were dragged out. Ranu Pungati, in his teens, was the worst victim when red chilli powder was thrust down his throat. Unconfirmed sources also claimed that Pungati, who worked at family owned farm, had to be rushed to hospital when some chilli powder was also smeared and pushed into his anus.

Dasrath Usendi, a local farmer, said four villagers bore the brunt of police atrocity while others were slapped and kicked. “After having vented their wrath, police also whisked away four people to their post but released them in the evening,” he said “A day later, villagers lodged protest before tehsildar and sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) but nothing happened,” he said. Earlier, sources from Hedri said police had rounded up several traders from the weekly market where the constable was killed. The traders were also thrashed at the camp. According to a source, two traders sustained fractures due to beating. A local source in Etapalli said the injury reports of the traders were later fudged under police pressure too to show they had suffered a fall from tree.

Informer eliminated in Narayanpur

..Similarly, a villager of Bechagaon in Naraynpur identified as Tanke was beaten to death at a ‘jan adalat’ while his brother was also thrashed black and blue that left him severely injured under suspicion of being police informer.

CRPF battalion shifted from Mayurbhanj to Balangir

Bhubaneswar: In wake up of the rising number of Maoist related violence in Balangir, CRPF battalion has been transferred from Mayurbhanj to Bolangir on Wednesday. In a high level meet between Inspector General (Operations) Soumendra Priyadarshi, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) DIG Pravat Naik took place at Bolangir where the decision to transfer the CRPF battalion was taken. Notably, there has been little activism of the Left Wing Extremists (Maoists) in areas like Mayurbhanj while their activities has increased in areas of Balangir, Kandhamal, Kalahandi.

On such a development in last year, the CRPF DG Prakash Mishra had said “The CRPF units would gradually be relocated to areas of more sensitivity while reasoning out that as the CRPF units cannot be deployed all the times to come, the capacity building of the State-based forces would have to take place.”

Rajnath Singh on CPI (Maoist) in North East

..He also spoke about the expansion of the Maoist tentacle in the region. Conceding that the Maoist are trying to expand their bases in the Northeastern region, Singh said “There is an attempt to destabilize the country, and I am proud of the armed forces, paramilitary forces, and police forces, the way they deal with ultras and extremists,” he added.

Maoists kill villager in Andhra Pradesh

Suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed a civilian, identified as Koothudi Venkata Rao, of Jakaravalasa at D. Thadivalasa, a hamlet under Kurukutti panchayat (local self government institution) in Salur Agency of Vizianagaram District on March 22, reports The Hindu. He was killed on the charges of being a ‘Police informer’.

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