Selfie craze lands top naxal, wife in trouble
Visakhapatnam: Vizag Rural police have finally got an idea how Chalapathi alias Appa Rao, top Maoist leader and East Division secretary, looks like. This is because they managed to retrieve a recent photo showing Chalapathi and his wife Aruna, deputy commander of the Koraput-Srikakulam Division Committee, from the laptop belonging to slain Maoist Azad. Now, they have made posters of the photo and splashed it all across the Agency area in the hope that they would be finally able to nab the elusive naxal leader and his wife.
Chalapathi carries a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head, while Aruna carries a reward of Rs 5 lakh. As East Division secretary, Chalapathi is the topmost leader in this division which comprises Vizag and East Godavari. Azad, who happens to be the brother of Aruna, and two other naxals were shot dead in an encounter with Greyhounds personnel at Marripakulu in Koyyuru mandal of Vizag district on May 4 this year.
Apart from weapons and kit bags, cops claimed to have seized a laptop from the encounter site. “An examination of the laptop revealed that it belonged to Azad and contained among other things the photo of Chalapathi and Aruna. It is clear it was taken on a smartphone, most likely by Azad. He appears to be in his fifties and she in her forties,” said police sources.
Tribal girl allegedly raped, killed and branded Maoist in Sukma
The police had issed a statement claiming that Madkam Hidme was killed in an encounter, a claim that activist Soni Suri is contesting.
Tribal activist and the Aam Adami Party leader Soni Sori has contested claims that a woman Maoist was killed in an encounter near Gumpad forest of Sukma district. The Inspector General (IG) of Police of Bastar range in Chhattisgarh Mr. S.R.P. Kalluri had issued a statement claiming that a woman Maoist Madkam Hidme was killed in an encounter with a joint team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) near Gumpad forest of Sukma district.
Mr.Kalluri had also claimed that Madkam Hidme was a member of Kistaram area platoon no.8 of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
But Soni Sori has contested the claims and has alleged that Madkam Bhime, a resident of Gumpad village, was “picked up from her home, raped and killed before being branded as a Maoist”. “Many villagers from Gumpad and nearby villages came to meet me and told me that Hidme was raped and killed. I also spoke to some of her relatives on phone who also confirmed that she was forcibly taken by the policemen from the village. Some villagers tried to resist but the policemen waved guns at them and scared them away,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.
“She was taken to the nearby forest and raped. Her relatives also told me that some of her clothes and smashed ornaments were found at a place in the forest. The police then made a propaganda that there was an encounter and a Maoist was killed,” claimed the AAP leader.
Maoist leader Bikash was afraid that he might be killed in fake encounter
KOLKATA: Maoist leader Bikash and Tara might have been one of the most feared operatives in the Junglemahal area, but the leader himself had been living in mortal fear of being shot dead in a fake encounter.
Maoists set afire Vehicles in Kalahandi District
A group of Maoists on Wednesday set afire vehicles and machines in Bhawanipatna at Kalahandi district, Odisha. These machines and vehicles of a private company engaged for construction of a road under Pradhan Mantri Grama Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Odisha Police said that eight tractors and one JCB were set on fire by Maoists in the district. Earlier, Maoists had threatened to a contractor to stop the road construction work. Later the road work processed by a new contractor, police said. Previously a similar Maoists attack was occurred at Minagpadar in the district.
Naxals kill ADM’s driver on suspicion of being police informer
The driver of an Additional District Magistrate was allegedly killed by Naxals suspecting him of being a policeinformer in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said today. Srinivas Bisen (35), driver of Sukma ADM Mansingh Thakur, was attacked last night by armed cadres while he was heading to his native village Kerlapal, located around 16 kms from Sukma district headquarters, after his duty on his motorcycle, Sukma SP Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. “When he reached near Girdalpara close to Kerlapal, the rebels opened fire on him following which he was also stabbed by some sharp-edged weapon leaving him dead on the spot,” the SP said.
On being informed by locals about the incident, the security personnel reached the spot and rushed the victim to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, he said. Some pamphlets were found on the spot in which Maoists accused Bisen of acting as a police informer. They alleged that Bisen passed on information to police based on which security forces had gunned down a Maoist couple last month in the forest of Gangaloor in Bijapur district, he said. A case has been registered in this connection, he said, adding, a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the culprits.