Withdraw paramilitary forces from Niyamgiri: NCHRO
BHUBANESWAR: The National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) has demanded withdrawal of all paramilitary forces from the Niyamgiri hill areas in order to ensure safety of the local Adivasi population. NCHRO has made the demand in a report prepared by an all India fact finding team that it had formed to inquire into the atrocities committed by the police and armed forces stationed in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts of Odisha.
The fact finding team comprised Amarx Marx, chairperson of NCHRO, Reny Ayline, national secretary of NCHRO, Narendra Mohanty, national executive member of NCHRO, A. Momen Halder from West Bengal unit of NCHRO, and Abdul Hannan, student activist from Jharkhand. The team prepared its report after visiting a number of tribal villages and met the people affected by alleged State atrocities. It also met some social and tribal activists of Odisha. The team also spoke with the Superintendants of Police of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts and the Sub-Inspector of Lanjigarh police station. They demanded that a case of kidnapping of Baka Majhi of Nachiniguda village should be registered either by the Lanjigarh or Bijepur police. The Kalahandi district police administration should form a special squad to find the whereabouts of Baka Mahji.
Six Maoists arrested
Kakinada: Six Maoists, including a dalam member and a militia commander of the Sabari area committee were arrested by the East Godavari police on Tuesday. The arrested were identified as active Dalam member Madakam Mada (19), militia commander Sode Pojjaiah (25), militia members Sode Idamaiah (35) of Ramchadra Cheruvu in Kunavaram mandal, Mdakam Lalitha (20) of Lankapalli in Chinturu mandal, Kovasi Adumaih (19) and Kunjam Kossaih (19) of Gollaguppa in Etapaka mandal.
While police showed the arrests as on Tuesday, sources said it had actually taken place four days ago. Addressing the media here on Tuesday, East Godavari SP M Ravi Prakash said that all the arrested persons were actively involved in Naxal activities. “Most of these Maoists belong to the Guttikoya community. Madakam Mada joined the Sabari area committee in July last year under commander Nagesh and was trained in Dabbapadu village in Chhattisgarh. He had participated in various offences in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Chhattisgarh and has a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head,” he said.
DRG jawan injured in skirmish with Naxals
A District Reserve Group (DRG) jawan was today injured in a gun-fight with Maoists in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said. The skirmish took place during the wee hours in the forests of Munga village when a squad of the state’s DRG forces was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the region, located around 450 kms away from here, they said.
“Constable Gopal Rotel sustained injuries on his leg in the gun-fight following which he was airlifted to Jagdalpur for treatment this morning,” Jagdalpur City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Deepmala Kashyap said.
3 Naxal ‘supporters’ held after murder of abducted villager
BHOPAL : The Balaghat Police arrested three supporters of Naxalites in connection with kidnapping two innocent villagers and killing one of them, under Malajkhand police station on Tuesday. Police have also seized Naxal literature, weaponry support devices and two diaries from them. The diaries revealed various names of many influential people who support the Naxalite movement. The IG of Balaghat range, DC Sagar informed Free Press that the two slain victims, identified as Rajkumar Dhurve and Surendra, residents of Limoti village under Malajkhand police station, were kidnapped by four Naxalits in a group of 30 to 40 others who stormed the village on April15.
One of the victims, Surendra was killed by the Naxalites and his body was recovered on April 17 and another one Rajkumar managed to escape from the Naxalites’ clutches. Police have also arrested three supporters of Naxalites, identified as Mansharam Dhurve, Ghanshyam Markam and his wife Savni Markam, all residents of village Jaungla Chowki Pathri, in this connection on May 16.
Balrampur police arrest Maoist carrying Rs 1L reward on his head
BILASPUR: Balrampur police on Wednesday arrested a Maoist, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head. The arrested Maoist has been identified as Sujit Kumar Nage alias Shivlal alias Golimar alias Rajkumar. A country made long but 315 bore rifle, seven live cartridges of 315 bore and 14 live cartridges of 12 bore have been confiscated from his possession. Speaking to TOI SP Balrampur Sadanand Kumar informed that the accused is the last member of Bokha Prajapati gang of Naxalites. Bokha Prajapati had surrendered before Balrampur police in November 2015.
Three ultras held in Chhattisgarh
Three naxals were arrested during a search operation by security forces in insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said today. “A joint team ofCentral Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF’s) 230thbattalion and district police rounded up the cadres whileundertaking the search operation in the interior forests under Gadiras police station area last evening,”Additional Superintendent of Police, Sukma, Santosh Singh told PTI.
Security forces spotted the trio while cordoning off Gondpalli and Korra village forests and caught them before they could escape into deep jungles, he said. They are identified as Rawa Joga (25), Banjam Budra (22) and Sodhi Hunga (35) who were active as the members of ‘Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangh (DAKMS)’- a front wing of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). They were allegedly involved in looting the polling materials from Etapal polling booth of the region during last year Panchayat elections and in other incidents of criminal offences, the ASP added.
Jharkhand to strike off some jungle gangs from list of Maoist groups
Jharkhand will strike off several armed groups from the official list of Maoist organisations and declare them rogues, chief minister Raghubar Das said on Wednesday, unveiling plans to tackle rag-tag outfits involved in extortion, abductions and killings..