TN had information on Maoist movement along its border
Tamil Nadu had specific intelligence on the movement of Maoists along its borders with Kerala in the recent months, according to reliable sources in the Police Department.
This was even highlighted during the monthly review meetings on Law and Order convened by the Chief Secretary. It was based on this information that the Special Task Force (STF) that maintains vigil along the forest areas bordering neighbouring States set up three new camps, police sources said on Sunday.
No big surprise
Saturday night’s visit of armed Maoists to Nedukal Kambai village in The Nilgiris district asking people to boycott elections and join the “People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army” was no big surprise as there have been frequent inputs of Naxal activity in neighbouring Kerala.
“Investigators are trying to analyse the entry and exit routes to Nedukal Kambai and the possible approach path to Kerala, which is 14 km away.
On frequent reports of Maoist sightings along the border, the STF established new camps in Upper Bhavani, Pandalur and Mangarai recently. Trap cameras have been installed at some places,” a police officer said.
The ‘Q’ Branch that exclusively focuses on banned extremist organisations, including the Maoists, has had no regular Superintendent of Police after K. Bhavaneeswari was shifted in July last year. Setting up of more check-posts, deployment of manpower and vehicles along vulnerable routes was imperative to curb the recurrence of such activities, the officer requesting anonymity said.
Maoists booked for conspiracy to wage war
TN police in touch with counterparts in Kerala and Karnataka
Hours after heavily armed Maoists stormed a remote village in The Nigiris district and urged the tribal people to boycott the elections, police booked them on charges of conspiring to wage a war against the government, sources said on Sunday.
Based on a complaint lodged by the village head of Nedukal Kambai, the Kolakombai police registered a case against seven Maoist cadres, including three women, under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 121 (A) (conspiring to wage a war against the government). The police also invoked provisions under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act against the Maoists.
While the Special Task Force (STF) personnel continued combing operations at vulnerable locations along the Western Ghats, the State police were in touch with their counterparts in Kerala and Karnataka on the activities of Maoists in the tri-junction area where Naxals were reportedly attempting to revive the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee, the sources said.
The Maoists spent more than an hour meeting and addressing people in Nedukal Kambai and left on seeing a vehicle approaching the village. “They had dinner and took foodgrains and other supplies from the villagers, some of whom seem to be familiar to them. At least four of the seven Maoists spoke in Tamil. As it was dark, local people could not recognise the three others,” a senior police officer said.
The sudden visit of Maoists and the issue they addressed was unusual considering past incidents. “They normally raise social issues wherever they go. In this case, they spoke only about boycotting the elections. The way they came and left does not point to the signature print of Maoists…pasting posters, carrying many weapons, entering without a recce is not their usual style,” he said. Sleuths of the ‘Q’ Branch CID were making extensive inquiries with tribals of Nedukal Kambai and adjoining villages on the identity of the Maoists.
Maoist duo arrested in Kolkata sent to police custody
Kolkata, April 3 (IANS) A city court here on Sunday sent top Maoist leaders Bikas Hembram and his wife Tara to 14 days police custody.
Claimed to be once close to now slain rebel chieftain Kishenji, Bikas alias Manasharam Hembram and Tara alias Thakurmani Hembram were arrested on Saturday by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata police from city’s Brigade Parade Ground area.
Charged with several offences, the duo was presented before a city court which remanded them in police custody till April 17.
Maoist leader Azad’s hunger strike in Odisha jail enters sixth day
The indefinite hunger strike called by Maoist leader D Keshav Rao alias Azad inside Jharpada Special Jail in Odisha capital entered the sixth day today.
Azad, along with six others, is on a hunger strike since March 30 demanding fulfillment of five-point charter of demand including a speedy trial of cases against them.
According to sources, the health condition of the agitators is deteriorating. His mother D Kamullama, relatives and lawyer Dilli Rao today visited the jail to meet him.
Notably, Azad is lodged in Jharpada jail here since 2011 and it is the fourth fast inside the jail in the past five years.
A day after Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) directed the prisons directorate, home department and DGP to take steps to end the strike by under trial prisoners (UTPs), ADG (prisons) Arun Kumar Ray yesterday visited the Jharpada jail and tried to convince them to end their hunger strike.
Meanwhile, Azad’s lawyer has alleged that Odisha police and their Andhra Pradesh counterparts have conspired to put his client behind bars for a prolonged period.
“The Odisha police are making no efforts to expedite my client’s case. They have produced only one witness against him. The police are not filing charge sheet against him. Rather, filing new cases against him,” Rao said.
We have filed a criminal case against the police who claimed that they have arrested Azad from Bhubaneswar whereas he was taken from the office of Palasa DSP in the presence of the SP, local MLA and some other leaders. He was handed over to the Odisha police. It was a conspiracy hatched by Odisha and AP police, he added.
Maoists lob grenade in Manipur RIMS against graft
Imphal, April 3: Maoist insurgents on Sunday said they lobbed a grenade at the residence of a medical college professor here to express their disgust with “rampant corruption” in the institute. The attack on Friday night on the residence of M. Amuba Singh, professor in the department of biochemistry and medical superintendent at the central government-run Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here, resulted only in some damage to the parked vehicles. The professor’s residence on the campus of RIMS, which is a medical college-cum hospital, is guarded by armed paramilitary personnel.
“There had been corruption in the appointment of nurses. There was also question paper leakage. Though an inquiry committee was instituted, the finding was not made public,” said the Maoist Communist Party in a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack.
It blamed RIMS’ director S. Rita Devi, deputy director Y. Rajendra Singh and Amuba Singh for the alleged corrupt practices in the instititute.
The Maoists said it was against “rampant corruption” in the RIMS and that its grenade attack should not be seen as an extortion bid.
RIMS sources, however, said the inquiry committee had established that there was nothing wrong in the appointment of the nurses. These new nurses have joined duty.
The employees, including director Rita Devi, on Saturday staged a sit-in protest against the grenade attack in the hospital premises.
“A fear psychosis should not be created among the patients,” Rita Devi said. The institute did get linked with a corruption scandal in 2014 when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered cases against some top administrators for irregularities in procurement of dental chairs.
Following the scandal, S. Sekharjit Singh was relieved of his directorship, and was replaced by Rita Devi.Given the Maoists’ resolve to “purge” the RIMS of the alleged corrupt practices, police told IANS that security measures have been beefed up. The government is preparing to strengthen the security detail of the director, the medical superintendent and the administrative block. (IANS)
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