‘Lal Salaam’ Letter Thrown at Judge’s Residence
Unidentified miscreants exploded a firecracker outside the official residence of district judge Mahadev Katulkar, who is presiding over the trial of 2013 Jiram valley Naxal attack case, here, and also threw a threat-letter. “A sutli bomb-like cracker was exploded near the porch of judge’s bungalow in Nehru Chowk area under Civil Line police station limits of the city early this morning,” a senior police officer said. Nobody was harmed in the incident, he added. The policemen deployed at the bungalow recovered a threat letter from the spot. It had ‘Lal Salaam’ (a common greeting of ultras) written at the top. But the officer refused to divulge further details. The security provided to the judge was beefed up after the incident.
Odisha: Maoists torch two vehicles engaged in road construction
A group of around 30 armed Maoists on Saturday torched at least two vehicles and a machine used in road work in a bid to disrupt construction process here, police said. The Maoists swooped down at Tolo Ganjeipadar village, about 70 km from Koraput (Odisha), under Pottangi police limits on Thursday midnight and set the vehicles on fire, they said. “The Maoists reached the camp of the contractor where the labourers were sleeping and first asked them to leave the area at the earliest. Later, the group of Maoists set fire to a JCB machine, a tractor and a mixture machine engaged in the road work,” they said. “The Maoists have also damaged around 15 other equipment used for the road construction work before leaving the spot,” the source added.
From the crime spot, the police recovered two Maoist letters in which the rebels have warned not to continue the road work in the area. “Adivasi’s will not be benefited by the road. Stop the road work immediately. If the contractor dares to deviate from our diktat then he will be punished,” the Maoist letter reads. Police investigation has been initiated and combing operation has been launched in the area. “Srikakulam-Koraput division of CPI (Maoist) is behind the offensive. Preliminary investigation show that earlier the Maoists had never opposed the road work,” SDPO (Sunabeda) Ashok Pattnaik said.
Maoists torch country liquor joint in Odisha, loot cash
Panic gripped Khaprakhol block in Odisha’s Bolangir district after a group of armed Maoists set a country liquor joint at Telenpali village on fire on Friday night. According to reports, around 20 armed Maoists barged into Telenpali village under Khaprakhol block at about 9 PM and went to a country liquor joint and broke open the door. They asked the owner to hand over the cash. After collecting the cash worth Rs 1.85 lakh from him, the Red Rebels set the joint on fire. Police rushed to the village this morning for an on-the-spot investigation. Talking to the media, Bolangir SP Dipak Kumar said the CRPF and the local police have begun a combing operation in the area this morning to track down the Maoists.
No violence on Day 1 of Maoist bandh
RANCHI: The first day of the three-day bandh called by CPI Maoist in Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal to protest against the alleged fake Palamu encounter was peaceful in Jharkhand. However, passenger buses and other means of transport remained off the roads on Friday. Security was beefed up in Palamu, Latehar and Garhwa, the districts most affected by the bandh. Reports from the districts stated that public transport from Chaibasa, Khunti, Simdega, Palamu, Latehar, Garhwa and Chatra was partly hit during the day. In eastern Jharkhand, heavy vehicles on the Grand Trunk Road (NH-2) were stalled. Dhanbad DSP (law and order) Ashok Kumar Tirkey said no untoward incidents were reported from the coal and suburban regions.
In Palamu, shops remained shut and markets were closed. A number of vehicles from Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh which ferry passengers to Palamu and Garhwa also remained off the roads. “The bandh affected normal life in Palamu to a certain extent. The rural areas were badly hit on the first day,” Palamu SP Mayur Patel said. Patel also added that security forces are patrolling Maoist-hit areas to prevent clashes. “Railway lines and important highways are being extensively patrolled,” Patel said.
A Palamu police official said the three-day bandh will not likely be successful because transporters cannot keep their vehicles off the roads for three days. Similarly, shops and markets, barring those situated in rebel-hit areas activities, are not likely to keep stay shut for the next two days. The state police have failed to ascertain the authenticity of the bandh. “We have not received any information through our own intelligence agency. We are being informed by news from media reports,” police spokesperson S N Pradhan said.