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Archive for December 20th, 2007

Maoist leader Malli Rai Reddy and Suguna handed over to Special team of A.P. Police

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Staff Reporter

He will be produced before Manthani court in Karimnagar district

– Photo: Vipin Chandran

Maoist leader Malla Raji Reddy and his companion, Suguna, being produced before Judicial First Class Magistrate-II, Aluva, Kochi, on Monday night.

KOCHI: Malla Raji Reddy, 57, also known as Sattenna, a member of the Maoist central committee, was handed over to the Special Police team of Andhra Pradesh police.

Reddy was arrested, along with Suguna, 30, a tribal woman, by a special police team from Andhra Pradesh near Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, on Monday.

When the Andhra police sought transit warrant for the two after presenting them before the Judicial First Class Magistrate-II, Aluva, near here, on Wednesday, the Magistrate first remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days. However, the Magistrate, later, issued transit warrant after the Andhra Pradesh police told the court that the accused would be produced before Manthani Court in Karimnagar district before December 22.

Four warrants were issued against Reddy and one against Suguna.

Reddy is from Karimnagar district in Andhra Pradesh and is in charge of the revolutionary movement in the southwest regional bureau of the Maoists, which includes Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

The police said he had been evading arrest for nearly 39 years. “I came to Kerala on December 14 with the aim of taking the revolution forward,” Reddy told presspersons on the court premises. However, he denied planning any action inside the State.

Asked by Magistrate Sreekala Suresh if he had anything to say, Reddy said that all cases against him were false. “We stand for revolution and revolution is the only way to serve public. The State will have to be replaced using revolution,” he told the court.

The Hindu


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Malli Raju Reddy’s Arrest: Details of migrant labourers in Kochi being collected

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The city police have swung to action following the arrest of a top Maoist leader from the city suburbs.

Malla Raji Reddy was arrested by a special team of the Andhra Pradesh police on Monday near Little Flower Hospital, Angamali, on Monday.

The police have now let out a notice to all contractors employing labourers from the other States to provide photos and other identification documents of labourers to the Special Branch office.

This instruction is in the light of detecting support base for political extremists among the migrant labourer community, said a release issued by the office of the City Police Commissioner.

Hotels and other institutions that employ migrant workers should also file details of their employees with the Special Branch. Strict action will be initiated against those who fail to comply with the instruction, the release said.

The public have been urged to pass on information regarding anyone found suspicious to the Kochi City Special Branch at telephone number 2394650.

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5 suspected Maoists held in Tamil Nadu

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Four of them hail from Tamil Nadu

Team acted on tip-off from students

THENI/CHENNAI: A special team comprising Special Task Force and police personnel arrested five suspected Maoists after a 45-minute gun battle on Varusanadu Hills in Theni district on Wednesday.

Three extremists and some police personnel were injured in the operation. Police sources said the team seized weapons from them.

The arrested were Mahalingam of Tirupattur in Vellore district, Marudhu alias Lenin of Manamadurai, Muruganandham of Vriddachalam, Sachin alias Yogesh of Chhattisgarh and Maran alias Balamurugan of Sellur in Madurai district. Mahalingam, Marudhu and Muruganandham, who received bullet injuries, were admitted to the Theni Government Medical College Hospital at Andipatti for treatment.

The Inspector-General of Police (South zone), Sanjeev Kumar and Deputy Inspector-General of Police R. Krishnamoorthy and Superintendent of Police (STF) Pon. Manickavel came to the hospital and conducted an inquiry.

Superintendent of Police R. Sudhakar said the gang led by Mahalingam had opened fire on the police and the STF team retaliated quickly. “Within 45 minutes, we surrounded them,” he said. Acting on a tip-off from school students, the team had been camping on Varusanadu Hills for the past one week and intensified search operation. Mr. Manickavel said the team had done its job.

Once again, the information provided by the public prompted the police to look out for naxalites. Director-General of Police P. Rajendran said that nearly 10 days ago, the public had informed the police about the movements of some persons who were carrying arms and distributing pamphlets. Suspecting something serious, the police launched a hunt in Varusanadu Hill areas in Theni district. In June this year, following information from the public, the police arrested three persons when they were attempting to start a naxalite training camp in Murugan Malai near Periyakulam.

Mr. Rajendran said only during the interrogation of the five would details regarding their place of stay and duration and their contacts would be known. The police might move court seeking police custody of the arrested persons. He said the Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch was in constant touch with the unit concerned in the neighbouring States and shared information as part of the anti-naxalite operations.

He said Nondi Palani alias Mahalingam was wanted in connection with a case of double murder in the Koodapattu police station limits in Vellore district in 1978 and had been absconding for the past 29 years. Arms, ammunition and explosive material were seized from the arrested persons.

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12 Chhattisgarh cops missing after gunfight with Maoists

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Raipur, Dec 20 – At least 12 policemen went missing Thursday in a forested stretch of Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district after a brief gun battle with Maoist insurgents, police said.‘Insurgents opened gunfire on a 33-member police team late Thursday at the thick forested hamlet of Taragura under Konta block in Dantewada district,’ a top police officer told IANS.‘Twenty-one cops returned in two batches while 12 are missing,’ the officer said.

The missing cops comprised eight Special Armed Forces (SAF) personnel and four from the District Force (DF).The site of the gun battle was some 500 km south of state capital Raipur, a bastion of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).It comes just four days after a group of Maoists successfully engineered a jailbreak in Dantewada, in which 299 inmates included some 100 Maoists escaped.

Indo-Asian News Service

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Explosives seized from Naxals in TN

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Madurai, Dec 20: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke of eliminating the Naxal “virus’ today, four tiffin box-type mines and an equal number of country-made pistols and hand grenades, explosive chemicals and detonators were recovered from the five Maoists arrested during a police encounter.

The items seized from the Maoists including sulphur and pottassium chlorate chemicals were secured and deposited in a safe place, officials said, adding Naxalite literature and pamphlets distributed by them have already been recovered.

Top police officials visited the three Maoists, injured in an exchange of fire with police and convalescing in the Government Rajaji Hospital
here after surgery to remove the bullets from their bodies.

The condition of the injured, operated last night, was stated to be stable, police said.

Three Maoists and two policemen were injured in the exchange of fire at Pallathur in Varushanadu, near Theni, yesterday.The policemen were injured when the maoists resisted arrest, leading to an exchange of fire.

The five Maoists were moving around in villages in the area when they were challenged and arrested. Two of them were remanded to custody while three were hospitalised.

Talking to mediapersons, IG (South Zone) Sanjeev Kumar said they were able to arrest the Naxalites only because of the cooperation extended by the public in general.

Officials said the three had shouted pro-Maoist slogans even when the police brought them to the hospital, suggesting they were hardcore Naxalites.

Mahalingam (52) was injured in the the left shoulder while Maruthu alias Lenin Kumar’s (27) left knee was pierced by the bullet. Murugananthan (25) suffered injuries in the stomach, officials said. Police officials said police came to know about the exact location of the Maoists through a farm worker grazing her cattle. She informed the people of Pudukottai, who, in turn informed the SP-CID. A police party, on reaching their hideout, asked the Maoists through the public address system to surrender.

But the Maoists, hiding in a sugarcane field at Pudukottai, near Varushnanadu, fired at the policemen, they said, adding police retaliated.

Police denied that it was an encounter, as alleged in a petition filed in the Madras High Court yesterday.

Two other Maoists, including Balamurugan (30) and Lokesh (31) of Chhattisgarh surrendered to the police.

Balamurugan and Lokesh were produced before the Andipatti magistrate and remanded to custody today.

Earlier, top police officials interrogated the extremists. Police said they had brought them to Madurai only because they felt that the Theni Government Hospital was not safe enough as it was a border district.

Police were confident that there were no more Maoist elements moving around in the hills bordering Kerala though search operations would continue in the area.

The Varushanadu area, a remote region bordering Kerala, witnessed a revival of Naxalite activity in recent months, leading to deployment of extra police contingents to contain their activities. (Agencies)

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2007

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23 policemen killed in encounter with Naxals in Bihar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

PATNA: A total 23 policemen were killed in 2007 in encounters with naxals, who lost 12, official sources said on Thursday.

Eight policemen were killed in Rohtas district, which accounted for the maximum number, followed by four in Lakhisarai, three in East Champaran, two in Bhagalpur.

Gaya, Buxar, Jammui, Sheohar, Sitamarhi and Saharsa districts reported killing of one police personnel each in encounters during the year, figures made available by the police heaquarters said.

The police in its turn killed seven naxals in Gaya, three in West Champaran and two in Rohtas district, the sources said.

The sources said in about 171 incidents of naxal-related violence in 29 out of 38 districts of the state during the year, 39 common men lost their lives. In Gaya district alone 12 innocent people were killed in such violence, followed by 6 in Munger, 5 in East Champaran, 4 in Rohtas, 3 each in Jammui and Saran, 2 in Arwal and 1 each in Vaishali, Lakhisarai, Aurangabad and Purnea.

The naxals killed three policemen including a deputy superintendent of police of CRPF, V K Kapil in an encounter which lasted for over several hours on the borders of Motihari and Sheohar districts adjacent to Indo-Nepal borders late Wednesday night.

The sources said the naxals also looted 37 weapons in their attacks on police stations and outposts during the year.

In counter action, police arrested 553 naxalites, including front ranking leaders Tusharkant Bhattacharya from Dujra locality of Patna, Ajay Kanu, Yogesh Yadav and Babulal Shahni.

The police also recovered 160 firearms from the possession of arrested naxals. The arms included self loading rifles and stenguns besides, 2916 detonators, 35 can bombs, 4800 live cartridges, 2476 kg of explosive materials during the year, the sources added.

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Maoist Kavali Yadagiri alias Sudhakar remanded to judicial custody in Nalgonda

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Nalgonda, December 19: The Nalgonda police produced a senior Maoist Kavali Yadagiri alias Sudhakar alias Pandu alias Nomula Ramana, former courier of top Maoist Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrisha, before the magistrate at his official residence on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar told reporters that Yadagiri, the Nalgonda divisional committee member, had been arrested at Nizampet of Medak district on Monday. The 41-year-old Yadagiri is a native of Udutalapally in Chandur district. He was involved in 17 cases, including six murders, the SP said.

The police did not allow press persons to speak to the arrested Maoist on the premises of the district police office headquarters. However, Yadagiri told a group of reporters prior to being produced before the magistrate that he had been “tortured” by policemen in Medak. He thanked the electronic media for “saving” his life.

As the in-charge of Nalgonda ditrict committee affairs, Yadagiri had direct dealings with the CPI (Maoist) State Committee. He had been with the Maoists from 1998 and played a vital role in many operations. “He had worked as a courier to Ramakrishna at Tenali before the peace talks. After the failure of the talks, he was elevated as the area committee secretary position,” the SP said.

Yadagiri gave police a tough time by killing Jinukala Shankaraiah of Yellamonigudem in Gurrampode mandal on December 6, a day before the Chief Minister’s visit to Aler, branding him as an informant.

The Superintendent of Police also revealed that one Pothu Ramesh Goud (38), Yadagiri’s companion, gave the slip to the police. The police recovered a 12-bore thapancha and a fusewire bundle from a dump in his house at his native place. The Officer on Special Duty A.Venkateswara Rao said that Yadagiri’s wife resides at Zaheerabad.


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CBI files rape cases against CPM activists in Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

NEW DELHI: The CBI has shattered the CPM’s pretense of political morality by holding its activists responsible for rape and murder in Nandigram. The CBI has filed cases against CPM men for the alleged rape of a mother and her two daughters. The case concerns atrocities against women in Gokul Nagar village of Nandigram.

According to the FIR, the CPM activists forcibly entered the house of the woman on March 14. The activists allegedly raped the three victims over two days and laid siege to their house. The activists then demanded money from the victims for lifting the siege. The activists left only after the mother paid Rs 1,000. This case is also mentioned in the status report filed by the CBI before the Calcutta High Court. The other three cases have been registered against police officials and unknown persons for looting. One case relates to the failure of a policeman to register case even after a victim alleged rape by CPM goons on March 15.

The other two cases have been registered against unnamed persons who went on a looting spree on the day of police firing. These four cases were earlier registered by the West Bengal police but were later transferred to the CBI. The investigating agency has registered the cases again and will continue the investigations. All the four cases were registered by the CBI on December 15.

Till now the CBI has registered seven cases related to the Nandigram firing and ensuing violence. The accused in these cases include police officials, CPM activists and unknown persons. The CBI has told the Calcutta High Court in its status report that CPM workers dressed as policemen had fired at protesters, that witnesses were being threatened by CPM activists and that the authenticity of the medical reports handed over to the investigating agency was questionable.

The agency also alleged that a witness was beaten up for giving a statement to the agency sleuths. The agency has also questioned the police claim that only 57 rounds were fired and told the court that indications were that more rounds were fired. The CBI had submitted the status report on the investigations into the Nandigram police firing and violence in a sealed cover to the Calcutta High Court and had sought four months time for submitting the final report.

The court had granted the CBI two months time to submit the final report on the March 14 Nandigram police firing.

20 Dec, 2007, 0154 hrs IST,

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CRPF DSP, Two Jawans Killed in Police-Naxal Encounter

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Patna: Dec. 19, 2007

In a fierce encounter between the law-enforcement officials and heavily-armed Maoists in Kadma in Western Champaran district on Wednesday, CRPF 153 Battalion DSP V. K. Kapil and two jawans were gunned down while three ultras were also shot dead though the police could recover the body of only one down extremist.

Reports said more than 60 ultras arrived at Lakshminia village in Sheohar district and invaded the house of village chief Kapildeo Narayan Singh. Finding the mukhia not at house, the Naxals took away his 25-year old son with them.

Sensing the police closing in, the ultras fled towards West Champaran where they engaged in a violent battle with Central Reserve Protection Force jawans led by DSP Kapil.

Kapil fell to a bullet fired by the ultras just as two other jawans were hit and killed, reports said.

More than a dozen security officials and several ultras were also hurt in the incident, the police said.

Senior police officials including S. K. Bharadwaj, IG Operations, and the IG of Muzaffarpur have arrived in Kadma to monitor the situation as hundreds of Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) and CRPF jawans have been engaged in combing the area to apprehend the criminals.

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4 bullets removed, but dead woman Naxal remains unidentified

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 20, 2007

Seized materials on display

GUNUPUR: Four bullets were removed from the body of the woman Maoist who was killed yesterday in a crossfire between police and the Naxals at Ladri forest under Gudari. The body of the Naxal was brought here today for autopsy.

Rayagada SP Asish Kumar Singh told mediapersons that Rs 10,000 cash was recovered from the pocket of the Naxal but her identity is yet to be established.

It is believed that she might be a part of the Chhattisgarh or Andhra Pradesh Maoist group, said Singh, adding, combing would continue in the area.

Police also seized two SLR magazines, one 12 bore gun, one hand grenade, 56 detonators, five gelatine sticks, seven kit bags, two radio sets, 30 CDs, Naxalism-related documents, landmine circuit checking meter and medicines from the spot

New Ind Press

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