Janpituri Saptah: Maoists kill sarpanch in Kanker
Raipur: On second day of ‘Janpituri Saptah’ observed by Maoists in remembrance of their slain leaders, rebels shot a middle-aged sarpanch dead at Mura village in Kanker district in Bastar on Monday morning, suspecting him to be police informer. In another incident, two Maoists, including a woman cadre carrying a bounty of Rs 2 lakh, were arrested in Sukma district.
Deceased sarpanch Kunwar Singh Gota of Mura village was shot dead at his native place. The region is one of the worst affected areas and despite death of sarpanch, locals said that no one from police department reached till evening to inquire about the murder. Though police said that as per preliminary reports, the victim was picked up by some armed men from his house in Mura, who later riddled him with bullets, leaving him dead on the spot. Police claim that security forces were rushed to the village, which is located deep inside the jungle, and the body was brought to Korar.
Maoist leader’s associate released from Central Jail
Bacha Yadav, an associate of Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy, who had been facing charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) but was discharged by the court of Additional Sessions and District Judge Mohammad Gulzar for want of prosecution sanction to be given by the Union Government, has been released from the Central Jail here. Yadav, along with Kobad Ghandy, was booked in January 2010 by the Patiala Sadar police under Sections 10, 13, 18 & 20 of the UAPA and Sections 419 and 120-B of the IPC for holding meetings on the premises of Punjabi University in April and May 2009 to promote Maoist ideologies.
As per the UAPA provisions, the prosecution sanction had to be sought from the Union Government. However, it has not been granted till date in the case of Bacha Yadav. The court had ordered that Bacha Yadav be discharged for the time being and if needed, he could be summoned again.
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh cops discuss Maoists’ infiltrations across border
Senior police officers from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh on Sunday discussed measures to control infiltration of Maoists across state borders during an inter-state border coordination meet at Netarhat town in Latehar district. The porous border and undulating terrain in Latehar and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand and Sarguja and Balrampur districts of Chhattisgarh provide easy escape routes to Maoists ultras, who take shelter in other states every time an offensive is launched against them.
Chhattisgarh IG Sarguja Himanshu Gupta, Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay, Garhwa SP Alok Priyadarshi and Balrampur SP Sadanand Kumar were present in the meeting. According to highly reliable sources, the senior police officers also chalked out a strategy to drive out dreaded Maoist leader Dev Kumar Singh also known as Arbindji, who carries a cash reward of `1 crore on his head. Arbindji has been holed up in a hilly region along the borders for a long time. Birtharay confirmed that the meeting took place but refused to divulge more details about the deliberations, citing security regions.