Friday, September 24, 2021

Telangana: 14 Maoists join social mainstream

Express News Service | Published: 24th September 2021 08:39 AM

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KHAMMAM: As many as 14 militia members of the CPI (Maoist) party’s Cherla area committee surrendered before the district police and CRPF 141 battalion here, on Thursday. Speaking to the media, Kothagudem SP Sunil Dutt said that they were forced to joining the banned outfit by its top leaders. The 14 activists decided to quit the party as they were unable to bear the harassment of the party leadership. 

The surrendered militia members said that the party leadership used to make them do things against their will. Recently, they were forced to attend a training programme at Pesarlapadu, Puttapadu and Chanda areas in Chhattisgarh

Labourer killed, vehicles set afire in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

Suspected Maoists allegedly killed a labourer and torched four vehicles at a road construction site in Chhattisgarh’s Left-wing insurgency hit Narayanpur district, a police officer said on Friday
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 10:18 AM IST

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Suspected Maoists allegedly killed a labourer and torched four vehicles at a road construction site in Chhattisgarh’s Left-wing insurgency hit Narayanpur district, a police officer said on Friday.

Inspector-General of Police (Bastar Range) Sunderaj P said that the incident took place on Thursday evening at Madhoner village of the district. He added around two dozen Maoists were involved in the attack. Sunderraj P said the attackers thrashed the labourer at the construction site before setting ablaze a JCB machine, two tractors and two motorcycles there. The labourer who died has been identified as Sandip Bajan, who belonged to a village near the construction site.

A police team was rushed to the spot and began a combing operation of the nearby areas to track down the attackers. The operation was still on. Police said they recovered a pamphlet from the attack scene warning villagers against participating in the developmental activities

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Terrorism knows no age, NIA tells Supreme Court

A view of National Investigation Agency (NIA), in New Delhi. FileA view of National Investigation Agency (NIA), in New Delhi. File | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma
Krishnadas RajagopalNEW DELHI 22 SEPTEMBER 2021 19:38 IST

On bail plea, agency counters Supreme Court remark that 2 UAPA accused were but ‘young boys’.

A remark from the Supreme Court on Wednesday that two Kerala youths accused under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for Maoist links are but “young boys” saw the National Investigation Agency (NIA) respond that “terrorism knows no age” and “Naxalites, Maoists are very sharp, shrewd people” who cover their tracks.

Arguing against their bail before a Bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and Abhay S. Oka, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju, for the NIA, said it was not as if the duo were “caught reading Karl Marx”. The “incriminating” material found on students Thwaha Fasal and Allan Shuhaib, in their twenties, clearly drew the “inference” that they were “members of a terror organisation”, the law officer said.

“Terrorism knows no age. There are enough instances of young people involved in terrorism. They catch them young as they are amenable,” Mr. Raju said.

But the court then asked the law officer why Section 20 of the UAPA, which dealt with punishment for being a member of a terror organisation, was dropped against the two young men in the chargesheet filed by the NIA.

The NIA has chargesheeted the two young men and another for associating and supporting a terror organisation. If found guilty, these offences attract either a fine or imprisonment up to 10 years. However, being a member of a terror organisation is a far graver offence. It is punished with imprisonment up to life.

Are you basically saying that you can just infer that a person is a member of a terror organisation merely from the nature of the material found in his house? Have they been incarcerated for months on the basis of your inference? Where is the incriminating material to show they are members,” Justice Rastogi asked.

Mr. Raju said investigators found 15 Maoist notices ostensibly for distribution, literature urging armed revolution and independence for Jammu and Kashmir and loads of electronic evidence. Besides, the law officer said, the duo were clandestinely meeting with a known “semi-underground” Maoist leader. He contended that “ordinarily a student will not have 15 notices of a banned organisation or hold meetings with a member of a banned organisation... We can safely infer that he is a member.”

The Additional Solicitor General said the court cannot expect the investigating agency to produce a paper slip showing a person’s membership in a Maoist organisation.

“Naxalites and Maoists are very sharp, shrewd people. It is very difficult for investigating agencies to track evidence or build a case,” Mr. Raju reasoned. At one point the law officer said the evidence of membership was a confession from the accused.

“But this is not TADA [under TADA, a person’s confession can be relied upon for his own conviction],” Justice Oka retorted.

Mr. Raju said the alleged acts of the duo cannot be dismissed as “innocuous”.

“Naxals need the help of these persons to take forward their agenda... The lives of not only citizens but the armed forces are at stake here. They will destroy the country,” he argued.

The court noted that Fasal and Shuhaib have been in jail for months. “God knows when charges will be framed,” Justice Rastogi said.

Mr. Raju said, instead of bail, the apex court could order the trial judge to frame charges in two months and conclude the trial in a year.

Countering for Fasal, senior advocate Jayant Muthuraj said the police had not found any incriminating material on the two youths, except a copy of the Madhav Gadgil report on the ecology of Western Ghats, at the time of arrest.

Senior advocate R. Basant, for Shuhaib, said the very fact that the accused have been chargesheeted only for associating or supporting a banned organisation pre-supposes that they were not members of the outfit.

Mr. Basant would continue his submissions on Thursday

Monday, September 20, 2021

Naxalite arrested in Palamu

PTI| Medininagar | India

Updated: 20-09-2021 09:57 IST | Created: 20-09-2021 09:54 IST
Naxalite arrested in Palamu

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A special police team arrested a Naxalite belonging to the Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JJMP) from Jharkhand's Palamu district, an officer said.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Hussainabad, Pujya Prakash said the special police team arrested Ajay Paswan (25) from the Hira Sikni area on Sunday.

The SDPO said Paswan was in the area to collect extortion money. He was wanted by police in a number of cases, Prakash said

Maoists plan urban militia, guerrilla warfare

The Maoists have already reorganised their networks in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Delhi and Kolkata, among other cities, sources said.

Union home minister Amit Shah has convened a meeting of chief ministers of all Maoist-affected states at New Delhi on September 26. (File photo)

The Maoists are trying to rebuild and strengthen their urban network across the country, sources have informed the

Following a heavy crackdown on their urban leadership during the Bhima-Koregaon strife in 2018, the Maoists have started rebuilding their urban networks and seven central committee members of the CPI(Maoist) have been deputed to implement the plan,” the sources revealed.

“The Maoists have already reorganised their networks in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Delhi and Kolkata, among other cities. They have appointed organisers in urban areas and have been conducting regular Zoom meetings to discuss and implement the agenda,” they added.

The sources said, “Maoists are trying to tap into the social and communal divide caused by politics of caste and religion. They are attempting to win the support of the members of the working class, Dalits and minorities, especially Muslims. The rebels want to radicalise youngsters and already have a strong network in premier universities of Delhi and Kolkata.”

The sources also revealed that the Maoists have planned to employ guerrilla tactics in the cities.What is alarming, however, is that they are planning to use guerrilla warfare tactics in a big way by developing an urban militia. They are trying to infiltrate the government intelligence machinery and feel the time is ripe to capitalise on grievances arising out of Hindutva politics,” they said.

If the authorities failed to grasp the seriousness of the Maoists’ urban plan on time, then our cities might suffer the same kind of violence that Red areas in the jungles have faced,” the sources warned.

The other major Maoist plan is to put in place a coordination network among like-minded outfits in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. They want to facilitate unhindered movement of left-wing extremists in these territories and exchange arms, ammunition and information,” sources said.

The sources said that this was part of an effort to re-establish an arrangement like the Co-ordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia, which has almost become defunct after the outbreak of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Union home minister Amit Shah has convened a meeting of chief ministers of all Maoist-affected states at New Delhi on September 26. “The meeting will also be attended by chief secretaries and director generals of police of these states,” a senior official said.

He added, “The meeting will discuss general issues confronting these states, like inter-state operations and problems of coordination. The meeting assumes significance in the light of the fact that it is being held after a gap of about three years.”

Notably, all Maoist-affected states are now being governed by non-BJP parties or coalitions. Asked if this has made any difference, the official said, “Not exactly, but that still is a very key factor.”