Kozhikode: Protests are brewing against the continuing arrest of human rights activists in Kerala on the charge of suspected Maoist links. Notable activists in the state urged the state government to take stringent action to release the activists of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) – T Sugathan, Ajayan Mannoor and Karivelloor Ramakrishnan – who were arrested last week. “This is a case of sheer violation of human rights. The police have imposed on the trio UAPA without adequate evidences.
This action testifies how the government is scared of the mass movements against its policies,” the statement signed by prominent activists BRP Bhaskar, TT Sreekumar, Sachidanandan, J Devika, Advocate P A Pouran and Najmal N Babu said. Continue reading
Banned outfit claims responsibility for abduction, killing of constable
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has warned lower rung policemen working in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh to leave their jobs or “get killed at the hands of PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) guerrillas.” In a press statement issued by Madhavi, secretary of the West Bastar Divisional Committee of the Maoists, the banned outfit took responsibility for the killing of constable Bira Basant, who was abducted on April 7 and found dead two weeks later in Bijapur district. The abduction of unarmed Bira, travelling to his village to meet his family, led to a “silent protest” by local residents and traders in Bijapur. Schoolchildren had organised protest rallies to seek his release. Continue reading
BATHINDA: Revolutionary Telegu poet and national president of ‘Revolutionary Democratic Front’ has stressed the need to have coordinated struggle for the causes of farmers at the national level. The farmer suicides could only be stopped by building a strong and joint platform at the national level to force union government to frame farmer friendly policies. He stressed the need for Punjab farmers to unite with their counterparts in other states and fight a collective struggle. Continue reading
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda and former Maoist mediator during abductions Dandapani Mohanty, who are on hunger strike, were shifted from Berhampur circle jail to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in the city. According to Senior Superintendent of Berhampur circle jail, Raghunath Majhi, both had to be shifted to the Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated because of fasting. Sabyasachi had been shifted to the hospital on Sunday, while Dandapani was shifted on Monday. According to the physicians treating both these Maoists, their condition was out of danger. Armed police force had to be deployed to keep watch on these two persons under treatment in the hospital. Sabyasachi had started his hunger strike on April 22 to protest against his solitary confinement and alleged curbing of his basic rights. Earlier he had observed hunger strike for five days from March 31 on the same demands.
Then also he had been admitted in MKCG Medical College and Hospital, where he had ended his fast. Dandapani had started hunger strike inside the jail on April 24 demanding status of political prisoner. He was arrested in February 2013 for his alleged involvement in Maoist activities. He had served as mediator for the Maoists during talks with State government for release of abducted Malkangiri collector in 2011 and two Italian tourists in Kandhamal district in 2012. Armed police force deployed to keep watch on these two under treatment in the hospital
KORAPUT: Maoist posters were found at various places across Narayanpatna block of the district on Monday. In the posters, the Maoists demanded end to the anti-Maoist ‘Operation Green Hunt’, exploitation of tribals by landlords and withdrawal of police deployment from different tribal pockets. Sources said the Maoist outfits working in Narayanpatna, Bandhugam and bordering pockets of Odisha-Andhra Pradesh had started putting up the posters after the recent public meetings held by the police in the area. Inspector General of Police (south-western range) Yashwant Jethwa said combing operation has been intensified in the block after the posters were found. Besides, borders of the district have been sealed.
Nagpur: The Naxals have appealed to the masses in their strongholds of Central India’s hinterlands to observe ‘protest week’ between April 25 and May 1 against the land acquisition bill. The rebels have claimed that there would be violent opposition if government compels farmers to surrender land. The communist Party of India (Maoist) has appealed for agitation issuing a press note. Dandakaranya special zonal committee (DKSZC), a potent wing of the CPI (Maoist) in Central India’ Gadchiroli and parts of Chhattisgarh, has urged the people to organize various forms of protests including road blockade and agitating at government offices against the land acquisition bill.
The rebels, in their press release, have lambasted prime minister Narendra Modi and his government for trying to enforce an anti-peasant enactment to usurp their ancestral properties on the pretext of development. The guerrilla rebels have also stated that Modi is trying to hand over country’s resources to the foreign corporate companies under various schemes.
Jamshedpur : The five day naxal bandh evoked an effective response in Kolhan on its second day today. The paramilitary forces had removed the posters during patrolling the area. Shops and business establishments were closed in Ghatshila and other townships under Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum district since the morning. The operators of commercial vehicles, including the passenger carriers kept themselves away from the road, commercial organisations, including bank and ATM counters remained close.
The banned outfit, CPIMaoist, had given a call for five Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha bandh At the naxalinfested Patamda, the bandh evoked complete response, making the life of the area paralysed. Despite the troops of paramilitary forces, CRPF patrolling on the roads, no commercial vehicle was seen in Patamda since morning. The work in crusher plants and also small-scale industrial units there remained closed in response to the bandh call. The bandh was also effective in Chaibasa, Chakradharpur. Railway police are taking up necessary security measures in view of the bandh. The railway protection force officials had pressed sniffer dogs at the railway track and also in train for detecting explosives and random search of the suspects at the platform and also other railway installation is on. Continue reading
Around 70 to 80 armed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, stormed into Pasiya village under Chak panchayat (village level local self government institution) in Manatu block in Palamu District on April 25 and set ablaze the equipment of a cell phone tower, reports The Pioneer. The Maoists also set ablaze a tractor–cum–trolley and assaulted the driver of the tractor Dineshwar Ram. Continue reading
April 23, 2015
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Dr. GN Saibaba was abducted from the Delhi University North Campus premises on 09 May 2014 by the Maharashtra police. Dr. Saibaba was produced in the remote far flung Aheri police station in the Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border to be charged under several sections of the worst draconian legislation the UAPA. In the last eleven months of his incarceration, Dr. Saibaba has repeatedly brought before the court as well as the jail authorities the pressing need for his grant of bail, not on any humanitarian grounds, but on the merit of law as sanctioned by the provisions that are there for the differently-abled. Continue reading
KOZHIKODE:The Chemmangad police on Friday arrested Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) state president T Sugathan on charges of having links with Maoist group. According to police, the arrest was made based on the case related to appearance of posters, which said ‘Maoism Bheekaravadam Alla, Vimochanathinte Vazhikatti’ (Maoism is not extremism, but the road to liberty), registered by the Iritty police. Ajayan Mannoor and Karivelloor Ramakrishnan, both functionaries of the RDF, had been picked up by the police in the case the other day. Continue reading