People’s War in India Clippings 4/6/2016

Court notices to SP, three other officers in custodial death

Taking cognisance of death of a Naxalite and also of serious injuries inflicted on his associate at Peeri Bazar police station`s lock up in the district, a local court today issued notice to Police Superintendent and three other police officers.First Class Judicial Magistrate Deepak Kumar issued notices to Police Superintendent of Lakhisarai Ashok Kumar, Additional Police Superintendent (Operation) Rajneesh Kumar, the then officer-in-charge of Piri Bazar police station Vinod Ram and officer-in-charge of Kajra police station Ranjeet Kumar in connection with custodial death and police torture in lock up.

An extremist of banned CPI (Maoist) Batoran Sao lost his life while his associate Rajiv Sao suffered serious injuries allegedly due to their thrashing by the police personnel at Piri Bazar police station`s lock up in the district in April this year.While serving his judicial remand, Rajiv Sao had filed a petition in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Narayan Das Sharma against police personnel on April 13, 2016 alleging that he was mercilessly beaten in the police lock up and no arrangement was made for his proper treatment by the jail administration. In the meantime, Batoran Sao succumbed to his injuries caused due to his alleged merciless thrashing in the police lock up.The Judge Mr Sharma had directed Lakhisarai Divisional Jail authorities to make proper arrangement for Rajiv Sao but latter did not initiate any step in this regard.

Naxal banners ask police “to get liberated”

The mass leave protest that was planned by police personnel has received support from an unexpected quarter – the Maoists.

In the wee hours of Saturday, suspected Naxals put up three banners at a bus shelter in Kaarekumbri hamlet near Agumbe in Tirthahalli taluk. In the banners, there is a call for the police personnel to “get liberated from the exploitation and lead a dignified life.” The police personnel are asked not to believe in the promises extended by the government on fulfilment of their demands and to join hands with the CPI (Maoist) to get their demands fulfilled “through the path of struggle.”

A police team from Tirthahalli under Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramachandra Naik visited the spot and seized the banners. The police have also quizzed a few locals over the incident. Following this, the forests around Agumbe and Mastikatte were combed by the personnel of the Anti-Naxal Force.

Arson attack in Kanker.

Police officer wounded in Narayanpur exchange of fire.


Train drivers to get RPF security cover at rebel-prone Tata – KGP section

Jamshedpur, June 3: In the wake of recent attack on the Railways by suspected Maoists during the past few days, the Railway has issued fresh directives for the safe running of all trains, including the Rajdhani series, in naxalite-affected regions. As per the plans, drivers and guards of all mail and express trains passing through rebel-hit Tatanagar – Kharagpur section of South Eastern Railway ( SER) during night will get company of Railway Protection Force ( RPF) jawans, as a security measure.

Garden Reach, the Kolkata -based headquarters of SER has taken a decision in this regard after on May 19 CPI ( Maoist) suspected rebels attacked Dhanbad-Jhargram MEMU Passenger train ( 68020) at the Kokpara railway station, about 100 Kms away from Jamshedpur in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum.

Chief public relations officer of SER, Sanjay Ghosh said that the initiative will begin from June 1. ” The step is being taken to ensure safety of the drivers and guards. All major mail and express trains moving in the Tatanagar-Kharagpur section will get the facility. RPF jawans will be deployed in the driver’s cabin at the engine and guard’s cabin. Such a decision was taken following a recent meeting with railway authorities and RPF at the headquarters,” he said.

The stretch between Tatanagar and Kharagpur which falls under both Chakradharpur and Kharagpur railway divisions is considered vulnerable from rebel point of view. Notably, that stretch had earlier witnessed two rebel-sponsored attack on trains- Jnaneshwari Express( May, 2010) and Rajdhani Express ( November, 2009 ). Incidents of damaging fish plates by the rebels were also reported in the past.

The Tatanagar station assumes importance in view because it is located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route. Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers. He also went on to inform that long distance trains will also have lady RPF personnel as escort for looking after the security of women passengers on the trains. He informed that the deployment of lady RPF personal has already begun in the trains.

The official said apart from that the measure to make the train journey more female-friendly, the RPF is taking several other steps which include setting up an integrated security system at the Tatanagar station. On the night ( around 10.30 pm) of May 19, the CPI (Maoist) rebels launched an attack on the Dhanbad-Jhargram MEMU Passenger train at Kokpara. The rebels opened 7-8 rounds of firing , though no passengers were injured. They assaulted the driver, guard, assistant driver and station master of Kokpara before fleeing with their cellphones and three walkie talkies.

Police and CRPF personnel recovered six can bombs from a culvert in Pokharia, Tundi in Dhanbad District on June 3, reports The Telegraph.

Maoist attack employees of Ramiya constructions in Bihar

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres attacked five employees of Ramiya constructions – run by suspended Janata Dal (United) [JD-U] Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Manorama’s husband Bindi Yadav – a Gaya strongman who had ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and demanded INR 1.5 million as levy from them for a construction work that the firm is carrying out in Patna on June 2, reports The Telegraph.

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