CPI (Maoist) spokesperson acquitted
Communist Party of India (Maoist) spokesperson in West Bengal, Gour Chakraborty, who was behind bars since his arrest under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act UAPA in 2009, was acquitted by a city court here on Tuesday. The charges against Mr. Chakraborty could not be established in the court of law. One of the first arrests under the UAPA, Mr. Chakraborty was held in Kolkata on June 23 2009, a day after the Centre banned CPI (Maoist).
Charged under Section 20 of the UAPA, which provides punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation, Mr. Chakraborty, a septuagenarian was arrested after he reportedly claimed that he had links with the outfit during a debate on a television channel.
Ego clash has affected security concerns: Cop
The Maoists have often exploited lack of coordination and efficiency which mark inter-state border management. When pressure mounts in Bihar the Maoists flee to Jharkhand and vice versa. Lack of interest and ego clash, a police officer said, has overshadowed security concerns and jeopardized security. Police spokesperson M S Bhatia said Bihar police have sought help in fighting the Maoists. “The operation is on in bordering districts. We would further strengthen the operations to ensure no Maoist manages to take shelter in Jharkhand,” Bhatia said.
The incident has stocked fears of more attacks because the incident will arm Maoists with better confidence. It prompted the state police to issue general alert in Maoist dominated districts. Jharkhand police headquarter has asked SPs of Palamu and Chatra to block the corridor and launched effective coordinated operation to stop the Maoists movement. “In Palamu regular anti-Maoist operations are going on. More forces would join the operations to make them effective,” Bhatia said. A police coordination meeting involving officials from Bihar, Odisha, Bengal and Chhattisgarh on Maoist operation is scheduled at state police headquarters on Wednesday.
69 Left-Wing Extremism Related Incidents Reported Till June: Government
NEW DELHI: A total of 69 incidents of Maoist violence and killing of 33 security forces personnel and civilians were reported from the 10 Left-wing extremism-hit states of the country in the first six months of this year, Lok Sabha was informed today. The maximum incidents at 53 and deaths (17 security men and 2 civilians) were reported from Chhattisgarh between January 1 and June 30, Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir said in written reply.
Chhattisgarh, in number of incidents, was followed by Jharkhand (6), Maharashtra (5) and Odisha (2). Bihar, where 10 CRPF commandos were killed yesterday in a similar ambush, accounted for only one incident, death of one security personnel and injuries to two, during the said period.
While only one Maoist was reported to be killed during this period in all the Left-Wing Extremism-affected states, a total of 1,006 were arrested.
Sixty security men were injured during the said period in the ten Maoist-violence affected states, the data said. It data said a total of 118 such incidents were reported last year, slightly less than the corresponding figure of 155 in 2014. A total of 35 security personnel and civilians were killed last year as compared to 96 in 2014.
Hidme encounter: HC orders probe
Bilaspur: Chhattisgarh high court on Tuesday ordered a judicial probe into the death of Madkam Hidme, the woman who was allegedly stamped as a Maoist and killed in an alleged encounter in Gompadgaon under Konta police station of Sukma district. The district and sessions judge of Dantewada will head the probe.