Court ordered one day jail custody extension on April 19th for two alleged CPI (Maoist) cadre arrested by Kolkata STF earlier this month and charged under UAPA.
Wanted Woman Naxal Held in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Security forces have apprehended a 50-year-old woman Naxal, carrying a reward of Rs 1.10 lakh, from the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. Officials said the woman, identified as Sukhyarin Yadav, was apprehended yesterday by a joint squad of paramilitary ITBP and state police from Temrugaon village of the district during an anti-Maoist operation.
They said Yadav had at least 13 cases registered against her for allegedly indulging in Maoist activities and was carrying a reward of Rs 1.10 lakh. “She was later handed over to local police which arrested her and presented her before a court today,” a senior official said.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police is deployed in the district for anti-Naxal operations.
Police jawan killed, another injured in gun battle with Naxals
Raipur, Apr 20 (PTI) A police jawan was killed and another one sustained critical injuries during a gun battle with Maoists that took place in the dense forests of the insurgency-hit Sukma district in Chhattisgargh this afternoon, police said.
“The face-off took place in the forests of Marjoom village that falls under Tongpal police station limits, when a joint squad of security forces was carrying out an anti-naxal operation in the bordering region of Sukma-Dantewada districts,” a senior police official told PTI.
Composite squads of STF (Special Task Force), states District Reserve Group (DRG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force had launched the operation from Katekalyan police station area of Dantewada district, located around 450 km away from the state capital, last night, he said.
Woman Maoist Commander Killed In Maharashtra
GADCHIROLI, MAHARASHTRA: Security forces gunned down a dreaded woman Maoist leader, who had a cash reward of Rs.6 lakh on her head. The encounter happened in a gun-battle in the thick forests of Bhamragad, an official said today. The fierce gun-battle between the commandos of the Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) force and the Maoists took place on Tuesday during a regular combing operation undertaken by the security forces.
While a majority of the Maoists fled into the jungles, police recovered the body of Sarita Kolu Kovase, 26, deputy commander of the Perimili Dalam, and the wife of the its commander, Dolesh Madi Atram alias Sainath. Police have recovered an arms cache from the area including one SLR with 36 live rounds of ammunition, three magazines, a radio, one mine, wire bundles, sets of clothing, publicity banners, a medical kit and naxal literature from her.
“Sarita had joined the Dalam around 10 years ago and has been among the most wanted for 60 crimes including murder, kidnapping and ambush,” the official said.
Maoists trigger blast at upcoming Jadugoda constable training school
Jamshedpur, April 20: The outlawed CPI-Maoist rebels triggered a blast with a view to blow up the under-construction compound wall of an upcoming constable training school at Jadugora in Ghatshila sub-division near here late on Tuesday night. As the intensity of the blast was not very high, it only partially damaged the compound wall. The CRPF camp is located just beside the site of the blast. According to sources, the Naxal rebels planted 11 bombs at the site of which six blasted. The police have recovered the remaining five live can bombs and defused them with the help of the bomb disposal team that arrived from Ranchi.
SP (Rural) M Arshi confirmed that there were in all 11 can bombs planted in the under-constructed constable training school.
Incidentally, the Maoists also put up posters against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the blast site accusing him of being “pro-capitalist.” Besides planting the improvised explosive device (IED) in the under-construction constable training school, the red rebels also put up posters on the same wall.
They demanded a raise in the wages of unskilled laborers and expressed concerns over pollution and environmental imbalance.
Altogether, the rebels put up seven posters on the wall, while some others were found on the ground. The police seized the posters which carried tags of CPI-Maoist rebels.
As the news of the blast spread, senior police officers, including deputy inspector general (Kolhan) Sambhu Thakur, senior SP (East Singhbhum), Anoop T Mathew and SP (rural) M Arshi rushed to the spot and took measures to defuse the live bombs.
Talking to newsmen, Arshi said, “We are investigating the incident triggered by the ultras. It is too early to reveal our findings. Six of bombs went off around midnight causing partial damage to the compound wall of the police establishment.
As the bombs were of low intensity, a care taker of the under-constructed constable training school mistaken them to be crackers.” According to the SP, the IEDs were planted in steel containers.
Arshi further said they suspect that the act was carried out by the Maoist squad led by Kanhu Munda. He said that the area where the blasts took place does not have much Naxal influence. However, the rebels have already made their presence felt at Jadugora.
Meanwhile, Mathew said that they gathered that two or three Naxals had used a bike to reach the constable training school and hurriedly planted the IEDs and pasted the posters. Located about 4 km away from Jadugora police station and 35 km from Jamshedpur, the under-constructed constable training school is coming up on a plot of 100 acres. There is no report of any arrest till the time of writing the news. Neither is there any report of casualties.
14 Left Wing Extremist police stations to come up in State
The Andhra Pradesh State Police Housing Corporation Limited is constructing 14 Left Wing Extremist (LWE) police stations in naxal-affected areas in the State, said Corporation Chairman Ravulapati Seetarama Rao. “LWE police stations are attack-proof stations. AP Police Housing Corporation is utilising the services of experts in designing and constructing LWE stations,” said Mr. Rao.
He reviewed the ongoing projects taken up by the corporation with the engineers concerned here recently. The corporation has taken up 16 LWE stations, of which two were completed in Guntur district. Fourteen are in different stages in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Kadapa and Guntur districts. The satisfaction rate in constructing police station buildings is 79 per cent and housing complexes (police personnel) is 40 per cent. “The attack proof police station buildings are equipped with roof top sentry, sentry points, electrical fence, compound walls, one generator, rest rooms for Station House Officer, SIs and women staff, waiting halls, bell of arms and other facilities.
CPI (Maoist) issues posters threatening trial in People’s Court for SP and ASP of Jamui district.
Maoist leader Azad calls off hunger strike
Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Dunna Keshav Rao alias Azad dropped his indefinite fast on Wednesday in the SCB Medical at Cuttack. Accepting the request of ADG (Jail) Arun Ray, Azad called off his fast which was going on for the last 21 days. Azad’s associates Kamalakant Sethi and Asutosh Soren also ended their fast, said sources.
Azad and his six fellow inmates had been hospitalised in the Capital Hospital on April 6 after the condition of them turned serious as they have been on a hunger strike for the past few days. Later, under deteriorating health condition Azad and few others were shifted to SCB Cuttack.
Notably, Azad was lodged in the Jharpada Circle Jail here from 2011 and it was his fourth fast inside the jail in the past five years demanding fulfillment of the five point charter of demands which includes speedy trial, status of a political prisoner, regular court production for trial of the cases filed against him. He alleged that the State Police intentionally booked him in old cases.
RDF Ultras’ Trial to Get Under Way on June 2
KOCHI: The trial in the case relating to the secret meeting held by the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a pro-CPI(Maoist) outfit, at Mavelikkara will get under way at the NIA Court in Kochi on June 2. Incidentally, the RDF case was the first one– relating to the Left-wing ultras– to be probed by the NIA in Kerala. NIA Court presiding judge S Santhosh will examine the 83 prosecution witness, which is scheduled to be completed by the first week of July. The charges against the accused were framed last week. Advocate P G Manu, will appear as special prosecutor of NIA.
…The NIA court in Kochi is slated to begin trial on a case related to a secret meeting conducted by the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), allegedly a unit of the CPI (Maoist), at Mavelikara in December 2012.Official sources said on Wednesday that the court was slated to commence the trial on June 2 and will examine as many as 83 prosecution witnesses in this connection.
The charges against the accused were framed last week. Rajesh of Mavelikara, Bahuleyan of Njarayilkonam, Devarajan of Kollam, Gopal of Rajilpakkom in Tamil Nadu, who is a scientist with the Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research in Kalpakkam, and Mannur Ajayan, are the accused in the case. As per the case, the RDF leaders had conspired to form a students’ wing of the organisation with the intention of recruiting students and youths.
In furtherance of the plan, they organised a secret meeting at Cherumadom lodge at Mavelikara on December 29, 2012.
The meeting was organised with the intention of associating, professing to associate, and supporting the activities of the proscribed terrorist organisation, CPI (Maoist).
The case has been booked under Sections 120B and 124A of the Indian Penal Code, besides Sections 10, 13, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 for offences, including criminal conspiracy and sedition.
Two Maoists arrested in Andhra Pradesh
The Yetapaka Police of East Godavari District arrested two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on April 19, reports The Hindu. Presenting them before the media, S. Raviprakash, Superintendent of Police (SP), said that Kaluma Lakuma (26) alias Ravi of Guthikoya community and a native of Vissapuram village and Kaluma Raja (30), also from the same village, were arrested in the Jaggaram forest area while moving under suspicious circumstances.
Maoists’ bid to create base gives MHA jitters
The Ministry of Home Affairs has expressed “serious concern” over attempts of some Maoists to carve out a base for themselves in the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. In a recent report on Left Wing Extremism, the MHA said though the CPI (Maoist) had not achieved much success in its attempts to establish a stronghold in the tri-junction due to a well-coordinated action plan of security agencies, the efforts “to open a new theatre in south India is a cause for serious concern.”
Pointing out that the Maoists were undertaking organisational restructuring to consolidate their position, the report said the Centre was closely monitoring the situation and sensitising the State governments of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka to keep a check on the their activities.
Spike in violence
In Andhra Pradesh, a neighbouring State, the report said Maoist violence had gone up by 94 per cent in 2015-16 as a result of bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam. “There has been active support to people’s movement against mining in Niyamgiri Hills (Rayagada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha) and agency area of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. The CPI (Maoist) has been extending direct support to local tribals against the construction of Polavaram Dam in West Godavari district…”
After a lull, Maoist activities in Tamil Nadu came to the fore following the arrest of Roopesh, leader of the ‘Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee’, his wife Shyna and three other cadres near Coimbatore based on a tip-off given by the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh police in May 2015. The arrest was seen as a blow to the attempts of the Maoists to strengthen their presence in the tri-junction. In the last two years, Maoists were sighted on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border along the Western Ghats, forcing the Special Task Force (STF) of the State police to open new camps at vulnerable areas. Centre monitoring situation; three southern States maintain vigil in the tri-junction.