1 Naxal shot dead, another demoted for ‘sexual misconduct’: CPI (Maoist)
Rammurti, a commander of company-2 under DKZSC, was found guilty of “indiscipline and anarchist and indecent behaviour with women in the area, as well as women cadres”.
A recent document published by the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the CPI (Maoist) has revealed at least two major cases of sexual misconduct against two senior cadres, leading to one being demoted and the other being shot dead after inquiry and public court hearing. Rammurti, a commander of company-2 under DKZSC, was found guilty of “indiscipline and anarchist and indecent behaviour with women in the area, as well as women cadres”.
“Rammurti had joined the Naxal movement as a member of company-1 in Bastar in 2002. He exhibited indiscipline and anarchist behaviour and hence was transferred to company-2. Despite repeated advice and attempts to reform him, he did not budge. When it was decided to send him home, he threatened to go to the police and divulge details about the movement to them. So after due inquiry and consent from senior leaders, it was decided to give him death penalty. Finally, a public hearing was also organised and the decision was reaffirmed,” the document read. The document, however, does not mention the place of Rammurti’s execution. In another case, the in-charge secretary of south Gadhciroli committee of Aitu was demoted to the position of a committee member after a women cadre accused him of sexual misconduct.
Police officials of Naxal-hit regions meet in Jharkhand
An inter-state co-ordination committee meeting of senior police officials of Jharkhand and Odisha was today held in Chaibasa, the district headquarter of Naxal-hit West Singhbhum district. The officials including the DIG (Kolhan) R K Dhan, DIG (CRPF) Ashok Sanyal, Superintendent of Police of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan and Simdega districts of Jharkhand and superintendent of police of Sundergarh and additional superintendent of police of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha as well as the CRPF commandants of different battalion were present in the meeting. Dhan said that it has been decided to intensify anti- Naxal operation simultaneously in the adjoining states to solve the Naxal menace as well as inter-state criminal activities.
Besides, the officials agreed to exchange information about the Naxal and criminal activities in the bordering area and maintain co-ordination to achieve desirable result, he said. The objective was to make Kolhan and Ranchi regions of Jharkhand Naxal-free region, he added.
A Maoist leader accused of murdering several security personnel, including a station house officer (SHO) in Kanker district was arrested today by Border Security Force personnel, police said. Murra Usendi (40), head of the Janatana Sarkar in Bande, was apprehended during checking of vehicles in Kankers Durgkondal. He was associated with ultra activities for the past 12 years and involved in over two dozen cases of violence. Besides eliminating SHO Avinash Sharma in February, he is prime accused in the January 5 guerrilla assault on four guards of former Congress legislator Manturam Pawar at his Pakhanjur residence and looting weapons and ammunition. The rebel, carrying a reward, was also wanted in connection with landmine blasts in Bande during the 2013 Assembly elections.
A plan by a young Maoist couple to surrender could not fructify as rebel leaders abducted the duo and held the woman captive after killing her husband at a jan adalat (people’scourt) in Sukma District, police said today. The Naxal couple identified as Malger Area Committee member Hemla Bhagat and his wife Kosi, President of Dandakaranya Kisan Manzdoor Sangh, were reportedly abducted on Tuesday by their own cadres after the leaders came to know about their move. Yesterday, the couple were put on trial before a ‘Jan Adalat’ in Gonderaas forest where Bhagat was murdered in front of his wife as the people’s court awarded him death penalty. According to reports, Kosi was still held captive by the Naxals in dense forest, Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. Mr Singh said that measures are being taken for seizing the slain Naxal’s body.
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the security forces gradually limiting the movement of the CPI Maoists in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area, the banned outfit has reportedly modified its tactics as well as its organizational structure. The naxals are believed to have formed a new committee called the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput divisional committee with an experienced leader at the helm to strengthen the rank and file and regain their past glory. According to sources, the new division was formed after the visit of Maoist central committee leaders to Visakha Agency in May and June this year. Around 14 leaders from the Dandakaranya Zonal Committee of Chhattisgarh, including Maoist central military chief Namballa Kesava Rao alias Ganganna and central regional bureau (CRB) chief Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand are learnt to have visited the district. Few days after their visit, another team of nine members interacted with the squads and area committees in the AOB, sources said.
They said the new committee was aimed at not only strengthening the naxal presence in the AOB areas, but also to safeguard their movements in Chhattisgarh. If the AOB Maoists become weak, the ones in the Dandakaranya zone would be in danger as security forces of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha would seal the borders and corner them. Though one Venu calling himself the head of the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput divisional committee has already begun issuing press notes, the Visakha Rural cops suspect that Venu is none other the dreaded Gajarla Ravi alias Ganesh alias Uday, the present Malkangiri-Koraput border (MKB) divisional committee secretary.
Ravi, a native of Warangal district, was one of the Maoist representatives that attended the meeting with the state government in 2005, following which he became famous as Charchala Ganesh. “Ravi, a chronic diabetic, worked as a North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) member but when the NTSZC lost grip over Telangana due to severe repression by security forces in the form of encounters and arrests as well as surrenders of squad members, he was transferred to the AOB Special Zonal Committee,” a senior police officer involved in anti-naxal operations told TOI.
“Uday might have been given charge of the new division as he has good organisational skills. The Reds will now try to concentrate on areas where they have lost their grip and chalk out plans to strengthen their presence AOB, which is the key to protecting their movement in Chhattisgarh,” a senior police official in Visakha agency said. Sources said that the Maoists set up the new committee to guide the other divisions after the strength of potential leaders reduced in Visakha, Malkangiri and Koraput. However, all the three divisions would now be treated as sub-division committees led by commander rank naxals, who would become members of the new divisional committee.
Three Maoists including a couple were arrested from separate locations in insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police informed on Sunday.The Maoist couple was nabbed by a joint team of 195th battalion CRPF and District Police from Korlapal village forests under Geedam police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP), Kamlochan Kashyap informed. The couple identified as Mallesh alias Dhansingh and his wife Sukay Vetti were held during a combing operation based on intelligence inputs from the village.
According to SP, Mallesh was a prominent Naxal leader of the region and was active as Commander of Section ‘A’ of Maoist Military Platoon Number 1 of Military Company No. 6 of outlawed CPI (Maoist). After joining the banned movement in 2009, he had executed several deadly Naxal attacks in Narayanpur and Dantewada region, he said. The State government had declared reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head. The insurgent was part of guerilla squad that killed 27 CRPF jawans in a deadly attack on paramilitary forces under Dhaudai police station limits (Narayanpur) in 2010, the SP mentioned. Mallesh’s wife Sukay was active member of the same group and assisted her husband in several Naxal incidents, the SP said, adding, the duo were carrying a reward of `8 lakh each on their heads.
The Maoist killed during an exchange of fire between a group of Maoists and a special police party near Gobbaripada under Rangabayalu panchayat in Munchingput mandal on June 20 was identified as Kopparthi Suryam alias Sonu of Kurasapadu in Prakasam district. His family members identified him through photographs published in the press and electronic media and came to Paderu on Saturday. His father Subbaiah was informed about the death of his son by the local SI, it was reported. He came to Paderu along with civil rights activists and received his son’s body which was exhumed.
Maoist Communist Party claims IED threat at MM Hr Secondary School
IMPHAL, Jun 28: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has claimed that the IED found near the gate of MM Higher Secondary School was planted by the outfit`s Red Guards. A statement of the outfit while making the claim said the outfit has been trying to avoid any kind of confrontation for long it has been induced to plant the explosive as a last warning to the school. It said the outfit will not remain silent incase the school continue to remain indifferent to the outfit.
It said the IED was planted against the school`s indifference to the confusion regarding a huge number of CBSE students and instead turning itself into a profit making institute. It also said that the outfit is now clearly aware of the fact that several of its cadres had been arrested due to the school and now the outfit cannot forgive the school. The outfit has also warned the CBSE Monitoring Cell which is yet to announce any of its findings regarding the issue of CBSE school students who were unable to appear for their exams.
Mananthavady: After a brief lull in the Maoist-related incidents, the presence of the ultras has been reported from Wayanad once again. Kerala Police confirmed the visit of a five-member Maoist gang to the Adivasi colony at Upper Makkimala in Thavinhal panchayat. The gang visited Vellan, an Adivasi, at his house by 7.00 pm on Friday and handed him Maoist publication ‘Kaattuthee’ and some pamphlets. They spent around three hours in the area and visited two more houses in the neighbourhood. The gang also asked for food and ate from the houses, the tribals said. The colony dwellers remained silent about the Maoist visit due to fear. One of them had introduced himself as Jayanna to the tribals. Police suspect that the gang was led by Maoist leader Vikram Gowda.
Maoists condemn nun rape, human trafficking in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Communist Party of India (Maoist) have exhorted human rights organizations to join protests against the incident of rape of a nun in Raipur and increasing incidents of human trafficking from the tribal areas of the state. In a statement circulated to the media, CPI (Maoist) spokesman Gudsa Usendi said his organization strongly condemned the rape of a nun in the state capital and attempts to cover up the case. The rebels alleged that incidents of attacks on minorities and forced conversions were on rise under the BJP rule at the centre and the state. CPI (Maoist) said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been attacking UPA government for increasing atrocities on women, is silent over these incidents. Referring to incidents of human trafficking, Usendi appealed to all progressive organisations to join together to fight and prevent trafficking and exploitation in the tribal areas.
War of dominance among cops, naxals continues in AOB
VISAKHAPATNAM: Even after seven years, the terror of Balimela ambush continues to haunt the cops. As many as 37 security personnel had met with a watery grave after Maoists opened fire on a launch carrying them in Sileru river. They were returning after a strenuous combing operations in the forest area abutting AP-Odisha border. After Balimela ambush on July 29, 2008, the police did not venture into the river fearing a Maoist ambush. The Maoists, however, could not gain much after the incident.
They had faced many ups and downs in the last seven years. Now they are slowly re-establishing themselves in the AOB. They had failed to penetrate into people to revive their frontal organisations. The police too did not learn lessons from the incident. Once again the war of dominance in Andhra Orissa Border (AOB) had started between cops and red guerillas with new strategies, new formations and new faces on both sides.
Human rights organisations have sought a judicial probe into the killing of a Maoist in an alleged ”fake encounter” with the police in the agency area in Viskahapatnam on the Andhra-Odisha border on June 20. Poignant scenes marked the conduct of the funeral of the slain maoist, K.Surya (23) at Kurisapadu near here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Revolutionary leader G. Kalyan Rao hailed the Kerala High Court’s observation that ‘‘being a Maoist is of no crime, though the political ideology of the Maoist will not synchronise with our constitutional polity.” Homage was paid to the slain maoist by, among others, Amara Veerula Bandhu Mitrula Committee State leaders Anjamma and Padma, Committee for Release of Political Prisoners State vice-president K. Kanakaiah, OPDR State vice-president Ch.Sudhakar, AP Civil Liberties Committee leader K.Annapurnamma and Progressive Democratic Movement district president Bathula Mohan Rao.
The Federation Against State Repression (FASR) has planned to organise campaigns and meetings on the alleged false case registered against Maoist sympathisers under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Federation organiser D.R. Dinesh said that they would also press for release of activists working for the welfare of tribals and oppressed persons, allegedly booked under the Act.
CPN-Maoist cadres stage protest against Lipulek pact
KATHMANDU, JUN 24 – Police on Wednesday intervened and rounded up around three dozen cadres of CPN-Maoist from Sundhara, Kathmandu while they were staging protest seeking abrogation of Lipulek agreement signed between India and China. According to Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, 32 protestors have been arrested including politburo member Tilak Pariyar. Superintendent of Police Bishwo Raj Pokhrel said no one is allowed to stage any form of protests in Kathmandu as the city has been declared emergency zone following recent earthquakes. He said further investigations are underway.
I am not sure if my husband will come out of prison alive: Professor Saibaba’s wife
In the one year since her husband has been incarcerated, A S Vasantha has got to visit him only five times. They have been communicating mostly with letters. In one, he wrote, “I feel like boiled flesh being cooked in a pressure cooker.” Vasantha’s husband, Delhi University English professor G N Saibaba, was arrested on May 9 last year for alleged Maoist links. He has been kept in solitary confinement in an anda cell at Nagpur central prison.
“At the time of his arrest, Sai was 90 per cent disabled due to post-polio paralysis. Now, his condition has deteriorated to such an extent that only his right hand is working. I am not sure if he will come out of prison alive,” she said. Saibaba, who was suffering from high pressure and a heart ailment until last year, has developed stones in both kidneys and the gall bladder. “Sai’s left hand is barely functioning and his backbone has been dislocated. These ailments have crippled his body. Because of the heat and lack of medicine, he has fainted several times and his nose and ears often bleed,” his wife said.
MUMBAI: Bombay High Court on Friday indicated that it would release Delhi University professor G N Saibaba next week in order to enable him to take proper treatment in Delhi. Saibaba was arrested by Maharashra police last year for Maoist links and jailed in the Nashik Central Prison. “Why don’t you release him on bail? “asked a bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anil Menon while hearing a suo motu public interest litigation converted out of a letter which highlighted the deteriorating condition of Saibaba who is 90 percent disabled due to post-polio paralysis. He is suffering from ailments including of heart, liver and gall-bladder stones and severe back pain. Public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde replied that there is “enough material” against Saibaba and added that the State is providing him every support.
But Justice Shah explained,” “We are not saying we are inclined to quash proceedings. Look at the position of this man and his family !” Justice Menon added,”With solitary confinement, it will get worse.” The bench also remarked that with each passing day his Delhi-based family cannot stay with him in Nagpur. “All facilities are also there in Delhi. Ultimately we want the prisoner to get proper treatment. What difference it makes to you if he is in Nagpur or Delhi? What will be the harm caused to you?, ” asked Justice Shah. It was then that the CJ also said,”We are passing an order indicating that we are inclined to release him on bail.” Purnima Upadhyay of NGO Khoj had drawn High Court’s attention to Saibaba’s worsening condition through her letter.
Earlier her advocate Gayatri Singh informed that due to delays the family has undergone medical expenses of around Rs 1 lakh and it is likely to go up. She urged that Saibaba be granted bail and allowed to go to Delhi where he can undergo treatment in a government hospital like All India Institute of Medical Sciences. “The hospital has treated him earlier,” she added. Singh also said Saibaba’s wife has to come from Delhi everytime and has also to look after his mother and their child. In their order, the bench said it prima facie finds merit in her submission.
Also, it prima facie finds that there is “change in circumstances” after the order was passed by a single HC judge rejecting Saibaba’s bail plea. The bench noted contents of Upadhyay’s affidavit in which she stated that she met Saibaba in prison on June 24. He had to be wheeled in with assistance, his shoulder has been dislocated and his right hand is getting affected due to spinal problems. Besides, his kidney and gall bladder problems have led to urinal infection for which he is taking high dosage of medicines.
The bench said Saibaba requires constant assistance of family members during hospitalisation and its impossible for his wife to constantly accompany him in Nagpur prison. ” In view of the subsequent development, the deterioration of health condition of the prisoner, that it is necessary to re-examine plea of petitioner for release of prisoner on bail subject to conditions and safeguards,” it added. It has posted the next hearing on June 30 asking that documents be kept ready so as to enable completion of formalities for surety and to ensure that there is no further delay.
Police arrested a Naxal during search a operation carried out in a village under the limits of Badgaon police station of the insurgency hit Kanker district. The insurgent was involved in different Naxal incidents, a senior police official informed on Thursday. According to the police, a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and District Police was sent to Pipli village under Badgaon police station limits after getting information that Jugnu alias Jagmohan was in the village.
Paderu (Visakhapatnam): The CPI Maoists have asked people to observe protest week from July 1 to 7 in to voice their disapproval of fake encounters, atrocities, arrests, harassments as well as fake surrenders conducted by the police. Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput division committee secretary Venu urged employees, traders, business establishments and students to observe a division bandh on July 6 and July 7. In a press release issued in the name of CPI Maoists, Venu said cops were indulging in fake exchange of fire, committing atrocities against women, looting the property of villagers and making illegal arrests. “They are making illegal arrests and putting villagers behind bars.
After a few weeks, they are being presented as Maoists who have surrendered and they are being forced to issue statements against Maoists,” he said. He said in a recent incident, around 20 people from Boitili and Killamkota were illegally taken into custody by the cops, tortured and then presented as surrendered Maoists. He challenged Visakha range DIG Ravi Chandra and Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen to prove that the surrenders were genuine. “All these illegal acts by the cops will unite the people, who will take up the revolutionary path,” he said. The naxal leader urged intellectuals and tribals to condemn these illegal acts and support the protest week. Meanwhile, Maoists set ablaze machinery used for construction of roads at Moyyalagummi village in Lingeti panchayat, Pedabayalu mandal, on Tuesday night. They left a press note in Odiya at the incident spot alleging that cops had been indulging in fake encounters and illegally arresting innocent villagers. On Thursday, a large number of banners were found at Boitili and other areas of G Madugula mandal and Pedabayalu mandal.
Kerala HC bench stays compensation for youth once arrested for alleged Maoist link
The stay on the order to pay compensation came when the government appealed the division bench against the single bench ruling. Acting upon an appeal filed by the Kerala Government, a division bench of Kerala high court on Friday stayed a single bench directive to pay compensation for a youth who had been nabbed by police on charges of alleged Maoist link. Last month, a single bench of the high court had asked the state to pay Shyam Balakrishnan, a native of Wayanad, a compensation of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10,000 as litigation cost. The directive to pay compensation was part of the high court verdict, which said being a Maoist is not a crime and that a person cannot be arrested merely because is one.
The stay on the order to pay compensation came when the government appealed the division bench against the single bench ruling. Balakrishnan, son of a former high court judge, was illegally picked up by police last year on suspicion of being a Maoist. Alleging police harassment, Balakrishnan moved the high court against the police, claiming that the police action infringed on Article 21 of the Constitution. The court had then said, “being a Maoist is no crime. Freedom of thought and liberty of conscience is a natural right. Freedom becomes unlawful only when it concerns the physical law of the State.”
Raipur: Security forces have recovered a powerful directional mine planted by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force recovered the directional mine containing around 20 kg explosives yesterday from dense forests under Koyalibeda police station limits, a senior police official told a news agency. Security forces had launched a search operation based on specific inputs into Koyalibeda forests, located around 250 kms from here. While cordoning off a patch between Koyelibeda and Udanpur road, they spotted a directional mine, planted by naxals to harm security personnel during their operations in the region, he said. Subsequently, a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) reached the spot and destroyed the explosive, the official added.
The closure of three thousand schools and ashrams by the CG government is a symbol of the economic and academic bankruptcy and its anti people character
The Chathisgarh government started the present academic year of 2015-16 with the closure of three thousand schools and ashrams (residential schools). It closed all these ashrams in the name of lack of admission. The teachers in these schools were transferred to the near by schools. Most of these are primary and middle schools and happen to be in the adivasi area, especially in Bastar division. This not only reveals the anti people and anti adivasi character and history of the BJP government but also exposes its economic and academic bankruptcy. Of late, due to the shameful conditions of the imperialist financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the government adopted anti people policy and brought down people’s welfare schemes. Education is being more and more privatized. This is a step towards the conspiracy to deprive the poor adivasis, dalits and backward sections of education and development. In the name of bringing down the expenditure on establishment, the appointment of teachers and the third and fourth class government employees were withheld long back.
In the name of appointment of siksha karmi, contract teachers, daily wage, and casual employees and on contract, temporary appointments are being made with low wages. Now thousands of ashrams in the state were closed. The adivasi area that has been facing the problems of lack of schools, teachers, and illiteracy has now been much deprived of children’s education. The appointment in the vacancies of tens of thousands of teachers was permanently brought to a stop. The unemployed in the backward adivasi areas have been deprived of employment. Due to the financial bankruptcy of the CG government it implemented cuts in providing infrastructure like library, laboratory, uniforms, note books, and text books, mid day meals, recruitment of new teachers, their wages and other facilities. The actual meaning of the constant fake propaganda in the TV and Radio ‘bachho, padho-likho, aage bado’ (children, read-write, go forward) and that Maoists are against tribals’ education has been nakedly revealed to the people. For children, especially girls who cannot afford to go to school even in their own villages; it would be almost difficult to go to schools far away.
The inevitable situation in which the girls and boys of the family are forced to do domestic work, labor, and farming is itself a curse. This is depriving them of education. Instead of bettering the situation of such kind of families and educating the children, the government is closing the ashrams in the name of lack of admission. This is nothing but worse conspiratorial and negligent attitude of the government towards the education of the oppressed sections. This would affect women’s literacy and the literacy of adivasi women would fall under the dark. Narendra Modi’s reiterating slogan, ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ (meaning ‘protect girls, educate girls’) is clearly revealed to the people. These kinds of slogans are given only to mislead and mystify the people. On one hand thousands of ashrams are being closed and on the other the Minister of education of Chathisgarh, Kedar Kashyap announces that in the present academic year six and a half lakhs of children would join the ashrams. This is not only ridiculous but also misgiving. Backward classes, dalits and adivsis, especially the women in these sections are deprived of education which proves the anti adivasi, anti education and anti development. The Raman singh government that is depriving the backward sections, Dalits, adivasis of education is in fact anti development.
The real meaning of Raman singh’s development is that of the domestic and foreign corporate giants and is giving away the jal jungle and zameen of the people to them. The meaning of development is the absolute deprivation of the poor, backward, dalits and adivasis of basic amenities like food, shelter, clothing, education, health, drinking water etc. Raman Singh is afraid that if the adivasis are educated, they would become elite and would raise their voice much more strongly against their exploitation and repression and that they would intensify armed struggle for their genuine development and self rule. Many of the schools in Bastar Division even now happen to be the shelters of the police and para military forces.
In spite of the direction of the Supreme Court of the country this situation exists as and how the forces wish. On the other side the schools that are being run by the Revolutionary Janathana Sarkar(RPC) that has been formed under the leadership of our Party are being targeted by the armed forces of the government. The dozens of schools of the janathana sarkar (people’s government) that are being run in Narayanapur, Kanker, Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada and Sukma districts were attacked and the notebooks, textbooks, clothes and other such essential articles have been burnt. This clearly reveals the fakeness of the Raman singh government regarding the education of the adivasis. Our party calls upon all the students, teachers, parents and guardians, progressive and democratic intellectuals, human rights organisations, adivasi and non adivasi social organisations to strongly protest the anti education policy of the Chathisgarh government and to take up programs to demand the withdrawal of the decision of closing the ashrams. We call upon the people and teachers of the affected villages to come forward and demand the retaining of the ashrams in their original places.
Spokesperson, Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee,
Rocket launchers, detonators seized from Naxal hotbed
They were recovered yesterday by a joint team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police from the forest under Madanwada police station limits. In a major haul of Maoists’ weaponry, three improvised rocket launchers and two detonators have been seized from a dense forest in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district, police said today. The rocket launchers were recovered yesterday by a joint team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police from the forest under Madanwada police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police P Sundarraj said.
On receiving specific inputs that improvised rocket launchers and directional mines were hidden between Dorede and Birjupara village forests, the joint squad of security personnel launched an operation in the region, located around 200 kms from the state capital, he said. While cordoning off the area, three improvised rocket launchers, two detonators and flexible wires hidden underground were recovered, the SP said. According to a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations, in 2005, rockets and launchers were recovered from Dhoudai police station limits of the insurgency-hit Narayanpur district. Now, after a long time such launchers have been again recovered in the region, the official said on condition of anonymity. “It is suspected that Naxals have now developed very powerful rockets that can cause major damage, but still they need to get equipped with good quality launchers,” he said.
Maoist operative wanted in Pakur SP killing arrested from Dumka, Jharkhand
Dumka (Jharkhand): A CPI (Maoist) operative who was allegedly involved in several Naxal-related incidents including the killing of Pakur district Superintendent of Police Amarjeet Balihar in 2013, was today arrested from Chatupara locality of Dumka district. Dumka Superintendent of Police Vipul Shukla told reporters that Seemant Soren (22), a resident of Jamboni village under Kaksa police station of Burdwan district in adjoining West Bengal, had joined the ultra outfit about six years back and was active in the Giridih and Dumka districts of Jharkhand.
Soren was mainly engaged in hatching plans for the outfit and its publicity, Shukla said, adding he was also involved in the killing of Balihar among others. Balihar, along with some other police personnel, was killed in an ambush by the Maoists within the limits of Kathikund police station area of Dumka while returning to Pakur in July, 2013. Soren’s wife Sunita, a resident of Pirtand in Giridih district, was also an activist of the Maoists’ frontal organisation ‘Nari Mukti Sena,’ Shukla said. Several other cases were pending against Soren in different police stations including Shikaripara (two), Kathikund (five), Littipara (two) of Pakur district and others, he said. A mobile phone, Rs 1,600 and Maoist literature ‘Lal Chingari’ were recovered from him, Shukla added.
KOCHI: The State Government on Wednesday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the Single Judge’s finding that ‘being a Maoist was not a crime’ was ‘illegal’. The State Government made the submission in an appeal seeking to quash the Single Judge’s order directing it to pay 1 lakh to Shyam Balakrishnan of Wayanad for illegally detaining him, alleging Maoist link. The State pointed out that by virtue of Section-13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, unlawful activities cover various acts such as advocating, abetting, advising or inciting the commission of unlawful activities. Subsection-2 of Section-13 further stipulates that whoever, in anyway, involve in any unlawful activity of any association will be liable for punishment.
Hence, the law imposes punishment not only for acts of violence, but also for acts that apparently seem to be innocent – such as advocating, advising or indirectly abetting unlawful activities, wherein everyone associated with the propagation of the ideology would be held liable. “Nobody can proclaim himself to be a Maoist. Therefore, the finding of the learned Single Judge is illegal and liable to be dismissed,” the State submitted. The Single Judge came to the finding totally on the basis of wrong proposition of facts which were not justified as per the records. The Single Judge also stated that though the political ideology of Maoists did not synchronise with the constitutional polity, the right to think in terms of human aspirations, freedom of thought and liberty are natural right, which cannot be curtailed. The State submitted that CPI Maoist was an organisation banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
“Maoist organisations are advocating armed rebellion to overthrow the established government, and therefore they are advocating, encouraging and indulging in anti-national and seditious activities against the country,” the State submitted.It said that there was no arrest, and that no search was conducted in the house of Shyam. “The Single Judge had accepted the fact that the police officials acted bonafide and there was no malafide. Notwithstanding the finding, the Single Judge passed the judgment, fixing liability on the State. The judgment is against the sovereign immunity of the government, and the various parameters relating to the matter in issue were not considered,” it stated. When suspicion exists, the suspected person can be detained during probe, for the purpose of questioning. “What is involved in this case is only a detention for the purpose of interrogation, which the police is expected to do under normal circumstances as per law. It cannot be complained. Therefore, the learned Single Judge was absolutely not justified in ordering the compensation,” the State said.
COIMBATORE:Thursday, June 25, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Emergency declared by the Indira Gandhi government in 1975. That Emergency, when all civil liberties were suppressed, had ended, but the existence of preventative detention laws like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Armed Forces Special Forces Act is tantamount to having a “silent emergency” where the state, through its organs like the police and security forces, exercises wide-ranging and often tyrannical power over its citizens, say activists. While the police say UAPA is an “essential tool” in maintaining law and order, lawyers and activists question its necessity, given the adequate provisions in the Indian Penal Code for action against those trying to destroy the country’s integrity. They cite cases registered against 10 people arrested under UAPA since May 2015 to highlight discrepancies in their prospective prison terms under UAPA and under IPC alone.
For instance, two 21-year-old youths, Masanamuthu and Nagamanickam, were booked under IPC sections 294B (uttering obscenity in a public place), 353 (using force to deter a public servant from discharging duty) and 506(ii) (criminal intimidation), along with UAPA Section 10. They were arrested for allegedly trespassing into the Q Branch office, threatening a policeman, taking pictures of the office and raising pro-Maoist slogans. The maximum prison sentence, for any of these offences under the IPC is seven years. As they have been booked under UAPA also, conviction could result in life terms, an activist told Express. The five Maoists arrested—Roopesh, Shyna, Anup, Easwaran and Kannan — were booked under IPC sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) and 124A (sedition) and UAPA Section 20. The Q Branch police have booked them for sedition as they congregated in a tea stall, were discussing ways to overthrow the state, a charge which their lawyer, S Balamurugan, vehemently denies. The five “Maoists” were charged with sedition as they also raised pro-Maoist slogans while being arrested.
According to the Section 124A, “Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government” can be imprisoned for life. However, the laws against sedition, must be interpreted to mean that any seditious speech must pose an existential threat to the State. Balamurugan cited the the Kerala HC’s verdict of 1984 in the Aravindan and Others versus State of Kerala, where Justice Chandrasekhara Menon said, “A slogan that the government can be changed by an armed revolution does not mean that there is a conspiracy to change the government by criminal force. At best it could be said that the petitioners want to educate the people that only by force can the government be changed.”
Centre agrees to Maharashtra demand to let CRPF stay in Naxal district
NEW DELHI: Giving into the demands of Maharashtra, the NDA government is learnt to have decided not to replace CRPF from the Naxal hotbed of Gadchiroli. UPA government had proposed to replace 5 battalions of CRPF with ITBP, another central force and redeploy them at Bijapur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, which are considered to be worst affected by left wing extremism.
Raipur, Jun 24 (PTI) Four suspected Naxal “sympathisers” were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district for their alleged involvement in torching of vehicles at a mining site in Korar region, police said today. The Maoist sympathisers identified as Sunaram Teta (30), Dharam Singh Korche (36), Atmaram Korram (30) and Baliram Korche (30), were apprehended from Korar police station limits yesterday, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI.
They were allegedly involved in setting on fire the vehicles at Barbaspur mines in April this year, he said. On April 12, the Naxals had set ablaze 18 vehicles engaged in mining work at Barbaspur mining site in Korar area. The rebels have been opposing the mining work being carried out by Neco Jayaswal Company. Based on inputs collected from a female cadre who was arrested earlier this month, the security personnel were dispatched to Korar forests where they nabbed the Maoist supporters, the SP said.
With the arrests, police have succeeded in cracking down on the sympathisers’ network of Naxals in the district to some extent, he said. These persons were assigned the task of supplying ration, medicines, dropping pamphlets, putting up banners, posters for Naxals, and arranging meetings of senior cadres. They also accompanied cadres during their medical treatment in Raipur and Dhamtari districts, he said. Their interrogation may reveal crucial details about other Naxal supporters operating in nearby region, he added.
Although it remained ineffective in the urban areas, normal life in some of the Naxal-affected areas of the State remained completely paralysed throughout the day during the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) on Tuesday. According to a Press release issued by the CPI (Maoists), the bandh was called against the police encounter, which took place at Bakoria village of Palamu on June 9 leaving 12 rebels dead on the spot. The Maoists had also put up posters in Lohardaga and East Singhbhum districts declaring a day long bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, effect of bandh was seen in the Naxal infested areas like Gumla, Latehar and Palamu since morning where the long distance buses kept off the roads and market remained closed throughout the day. In Giridih, it evoked partial response with the plying of only small vehicles on the roads. While the Devri area of Giridih remained complete bandh where even banks as schools remained bandh throughout the day. Impact of bandh was also seen in Latehar where most of the block offices remained deserted throughout the day due to cancellation of public transport system in those areas. Following a call of bandh, police headquarters had alerted all the districts directing them to be more vigilant on the national and state highways where the vehicles are generally targeted by the Maoists.
Suspected Maoists blow up rail track in Jharkhand’s Latehar, Palamu Express derails
Ranchi: In a suspected attack by Maoists, ultras blew up a section of rail track in Jharkhand on Tuesday evening, leading to derailment of an express train. Maoists blew up a stretch of the railway track between Chhipadohar and Barwadih stations in Latehar district of the tribal state at around 8:40 am leading to the derailment of train no 13347 Barkakana-Patna Palamu Express. Chhipadohar is less than 10 kms before Bharwadih junction. Three bogies and the engine of the train derailed due to the breach in the tracks. Railway PRO Anil Saxena said, “As per preliminary info, Loco pilot heard a blast sound, cause of accident and other details are still awaited.”
A hardcore Maoist leader was today arrested by the police from Jokia village under Bhagwanpur police station in the district.Police said the CPI Maoist identified as Nand Lal Paswan was arrested from his hideout with Maoist literature. The police was on the look out for him for quite some time.
We have just received reports from lawyers belonging to the National Union of People’s Lawyers that PNP Superintendent Danilo Macerin, chief of the CIDG-NCR, has filed a request for the transfer of political detainee Adelberto Silva to the Special Intensive Case Area of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City in Metro Manila. Macerin also wants Silva’s wife Sharon Cabusao and Silva’s companion Isidro de Lima be transferred to Bacoor City Jail in Cavite province.
The three are presently detained at very small cells inside the CIDG premises. We have been informed that Macerin’s position stems from PNP Custodial Service Unit chief Superintendent Arnel Apud’s stand that he does not want the three to be detained at the PNP Custodial Center.
We condemn and reject this attempt to transfer the three political detainees to prisons where conditions are more dire and repressive. The three should in fact be freed immediately based on humanitarian grounds, as all of them have serious diseases which are being worsened by conditions behind bars. Silva has undergone angioplasty, Cabusao is suffering from a rare blood disease, and De Lima in his advanced age is suffering from high blood pressure.
We condemn and reject this attempt to have them occupy separate jails that are distant from each other. Married couples were not separated from each other even during Martial Law, when jails were overcrowded. These actions could only be described as persecutory towards political detainees and revolutionaries. We totally reject this kind of treatment for Silva, Cabusao, de Lima and all political detainees. In our view, the least that the PNP could do is transfer Silva, Cabusao and de Lima to the PNP Custodial Center where other political detainees are kept at present.