Maoist leader, wife accuse police of foisting cases
P. A. Shyna, wife of CPI (Maoist) leader T. Roopesh, said that the police had been stacking up cases one after another against her and Roopesh to ensure that they do not come out of the prison. “Today, they have arrested us in another case using fabricated evidence,” she told The Hindu while coming out of the Principal District and Sessions Judge’s court here on Thursday. Shyna’s husband T. Praveen, also known as Roopesh, said that they had not harmed anyone and all the cases registered against them were fake.
The Tirupur North police produced Shyna and Roopesh in the Principal District and Session Judge’s court in connection with a case registered against them based on a complaint filed by S. Parvathi (43) and Sudamalaimanai (47), both residents of Tirupur city. The complainants stated that their ration card copies and photographs had been misused by Roopesh and Shyna to obtain SIM cards.
Police records arrest
On Thursday, the Tirupur North police formally recorded the arrest of Roopesh and Shyna in the said case at Coimbatore Central Prison, where the accused have been lodged since May last after their arrest near Karumathampatti. They were brought to the district court here after obtaining a prisoner’s transit warrant. Principal District Judge Alamelu Natarajan remanded both to judicial custody till June 16. According to the police, Roopesh and Shyna befriended Sudalaimani and Parvathi at different places, during their stay in Tirupur before the arrest at Karumathampatti.
The accused then obtained the ration card copies and photographs from them under the pretext of helping Sudalaimani to get a job and enrolling Parvathi in a self-help group. “It was during the police investigation did the two realise that the accused used the documents and photographs to get SIM cards,” said city police officials. The Tirupur North police have registered cases against Roopesh and Shyna under six Sections of the Indian Penal Code. Roopesh and Shyna had allegedly misused ration card copies and photos of complainants to obtain SIM cards.
NIA Court begins trial in RDF Maoists’ case
KOCHI: The trial in the case relating to a meeting held by members of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a frontal organisation of the CPI (Maoist), at a lodge in Mavelikkara commenced at the NIA court in Kochi on Thursday. On the first day, NIA Judge S Santhosh Kumar examined Shiyas of Pallipuram. Shiyas was initially arraigned in the case initially. Later, he turned approver and was listed as a witness in the case.
As per the schedule, the court will examine 89 witnesses which will continue till the first week of July. Special Prosecutor Advocate P G Manu appeared for the NIA. Those chargesheeted in the case are Rajesh Madhavan of Mavelikkara, Gopal of Rajilpakkom in Tamil Nadu, who is a scientist with the Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research in Kalpakkam, Devarajan of Kollam, Bahuleyan of Thiruvananthapuram and Ajaya Kumar alias Mannor Ajayan of Muvattupuzha. It was the first NIA case registered against a Maoist group in Kerala. Also, it is one of the first Maoist cases, which has reached the trial stage in the state. According to the prosecution, Mavelikkara Police had raided the lodge on December 29, 2012 and made the arrests, following a tip-off.
Jitan Ram, Chirag shedding crocodile tears, say Maoists
Gaya: Maoists have accused former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and LJP second-in-command Chirag Paswan of indulging in double speak and shedding crocodile tears on the issue of killings in Dumaria region. The naxalites have issued handwritten notes hailing People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the execution squad of CPI (Maoist). The PLGA activists had gunned down LJP leader Sudesh Paswan and his cousin Sunil Paswan. The Maoist note alleges that the Paswan cousins were involved in the killing of “revolutionaries”, a euphemism for naxalites. The note specifically mentions the killing of Maoist activist Sushil whose body is yet to be traced.
Terming Paswan cousins “anti-people”, the note also puts former MLC Anuj Singh in the category of crocodile tear stockists. The Maoists had earlier left hand notes owning responsibility for the killings of Paswan cousins. On his part, former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi is trying to take political mileage over the killings and the subsequent attack on his convoy in Dumaria. The pilot car of Manjhi’s convoy was torched in his own constituency, forcing the former CM to take shelter in the CRPF camp to escape mob fury, firing and stone pelting.
If sources are to be believed, hardcore naxals mingled with protestors in Dumaria to cause disturbance. The incident has come as a shock to Manjhi supporters as such violent reception within a few months of his victory from the prestigious constituency do not augur well for Manjhi. Manjhi, it may be recalled won the Imamganj seat by defeating JD(U) heavyweight and former speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary. Defeat notwithstanding, Chaudhary remains a force to reckon with in the Dumaria-Imamganj area, says left activist S B Bhaskar.
Security advisory soon for intel officers
Ranchi: The state police department will issue an advisory on personal safety to the special branch (intelligence branch) officials who are posted in remote areas to gather intelligence on the movement and hideouts of Maoists. The decision was taken after the killing of special branch constable Badrinath Tiwari in Gumla’s Chainpur block of Gumla on Monday night.
The role of intelligence branch officials, especially those living in the remote villages to gather intelligence, came into focus in 2009-10 when the union home ministry launched operation green hunt to flush out the Maoists. In Jharkhand also the intelligence branch officials became very important during the operation green hunt which saw killing of many Maoists as well as security personnel. “In recent years the network of men into intelligence gathering has become strong and the scale is in favor of the police. Earlier the situation was in favor of the Maoists when the network of the special branch was not well developed,” said IG operations M S Bhatia.
A source said before 2009-10 the number of special branch men in the countryside was far less than what it is today. “Before operation green hunt their role into anti-Maoist operations was limited,” a police officer not wanting to be quoted said. Intelligence gathering is the backbone of anti-Maoist operations. “The last mile real time intelligence inputs they provide has resulted into several encounters in which Maoists have suffered heavy losses,” Bhatia said.
Maoists started searching for the intelligence branch men. Even though they maintained complete secrecy Maoists came to know about many of them and abducted one special branch inspector Fransis Induwar in 2009 and beheaded him on the outskirts of Ranchi. It was the first major attack on the special branch official by Maoists. Maoists consider policemen class enemy and want to kill them whenever they get an opportunity, but the killing of Badrinath Tiwari was because he was into the job of intelligence gathering against Maoists. Tiwari lived in the interiors of Chainpur block for more than nine months but was targeted only when his intelligence gathering gained momentum and exposed the Maoists to danger. A CPI (Maoist) poster dropped at the site where the cop was shot dead confirmed this reason behind the killing.
Police seize two explosive devices in Palamu.
Maoists kill abducted civilian in Maharashtra
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) shot dead Sharad Kursami (30) from Mardmelinga village in Bhamragarh tehsil (revenue unit) in Gadchiroli District on June 2, reports Indian Express. A Police press note said, “Kursami was kidnapped three days ago and was found gunned down near Hukkametta village on Thursday.” It added, “Naxalites [Left-Wing Extremists, LWEs] branded Kursami as a police informer but he was not one. Baffled by a good response to a development rally held recently at Nelgunda, the Naxalites have resorted to violence against civilians.”
Meanwhile, the Police unearthed and neutralized five claymore mines buried at different places on Hedri-Jambia Road in Etapalli tehsil in Gadchiroli District on June 1, reports Indian express.