Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, jailed for alleged Maoist links, was on Tuesday granted bail for three months by the Bombay High Court on health ground. Saibaba has been in jail since his arrest in May 2014 by the Maharashtra Police from the Delhi University campus.
Saying that it will be failing in its duty in protecting the fundamental rights of Saibaba, the Bombay High Court granted him bail to undergo medical treatment for his failing health condition.
NAGPUR: Timid response from forest department has encouraged relocated villagers from Navegaon National Park, now part of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR), to start cultivation right inside the park. Over 300 residents of three villages relocated from Navegaon in Gondia district, 130km from here, had entered the park on June 11, demanding more money than due under rehabilitation package, agriculture land and government jobs. On June 19, talks between district administration and forest officials failed.
However, in the last 20 days no effort was made by the forest officials to evict the squatters who occupied the lands of their previous villages. Three days ago over 125 villagers, still staying inside the park, started paddy transplantation and on Sunday were seen cultivating land with the help of tractors. It is surprising how the squatters were allowed to take tractors inside the park. The villagers have taken possession of a school building and several of them are residing in makeshift tents. Over 357 families from Kawlewada, Zankargondi and Kalimati in Navegaon were relocated to Shree Rampur near Saundad on NH6 in 2013 under Option I (Rs10 lakh per family above 18 years).
Though entire package of Rs10 lakh per family has been paid to them, the villagers are demanding Rs2.5 lakh per family more, besides jobs and agriculture land. During this entire period forest department did not take police or SRPF help to evict the villagers. When asked, Sarjan Bhagat, principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) for wildlife, said, “The elections to Gondia zilla parishad are slated for Tuesday. Once the elections are over we will get sufficient police force to evict the villagers. If they don’t go on their own we will have to use force.” Gondia deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Jitendra Ramgaonkar too said at present around 125 people remained inside the park. “We will have to use force if the squatters do no go voluntarily,” he added. Sources said non-availability of police force was linked to Naxal presence in the district. “As ‘Naxalite Week’ is going on, police are not ready to take any action as of now,” they said.
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.
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.
Maoists visit Adivasi colony in Wayanad again
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.
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.
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. Continue reading
BANDH EVOKES MIXED RESPONSE IN JHARKHAND
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.”
Shutdown call by Maoist rebels cripples normal life in Jharkhand
Latehar, June 23 (ANI): A day-long shutdown called by Maoist rebels crippled normal life in Jharkhand as vehicles remained off roads and shops closed on Tuesday. Educational institutions, banks and other public installations also remained closed as precautionary measures and out of fear. The daily wage earners were hit the hardest as people preferred to stay indoors. The rebels had given the shutdown call in Latehar and neighbouring districts to protest the killing of their 12 colleagues by police earlier this month. In a press release, the rebels alleged that police killed them in a fake encounter. Train services were also hit as many trains were running late.
Maoists blow off bridge in Jharkhand
Around 25 Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres under Mithileshji’s dalam (squad) allegedly blew up the bridge over Konar river in Churchu block, 50 kilometres from District headquarters of Hazaribagh District on June 22, ahead of their bandh (general shut down) call on June 23, reports The Telegraph. The Maoists issued a bandh diktat for Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh to protest against the recent Palamau encounter. The bridge, built four years ago, had cost INR Seven million. State Director-General (DG) of Police D.K. Pandey, who was in Hazaribagh, confirmed beefing up security for the Maoist bandh.
Further while observing two day bandh (shutdown strike) across Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, the Maoists burnt down eight tractors at Agrail village in Vaishali District and set ablaze a mobile tower at Gausganj village near Paliganj in Patna on June 23 in separate incidents, reports NDTV.