The Surat Rural Police arrested
a former freelance journalist of Orissa, identified as Niranjan
Mahapatra (37), from Pandesara in Surat District for his alleged
involvement in Maoist movement in Surat city and different tribal
areas of south Gujarat. Niranjan Mahapatra was produced before
a local court on March 17, which sent him to the Police remand
for 10 days. The Police claimed to have found several incriminating
documents and books in Oriya related to Maoist movements from
his rented accommodation at Jagannath Nagar. He is believed to
be residing in Surat for the last five years.
N. K. Singh, suspected member of the CPI-ML-Janshakti
was arrested from the Alang ship-breaking yard in Bhavnagar in
the Saurashtra region where he was running a labour union. He
hailed from Begusarai in Bihar.
Avinash Kulkarni, an activist working with the
Adivasi Mahasabha in Dangs District of Gujarat was arrested for
his alleged links with the Left Wing Extremists. He is believed
to be a member of Communist party of India-Marxist-Leninist- Janshakti
(CPI-ML-Janshakti). Two others were also arrested with him from
Satyam Rao (47), a suspected Naxal (Left Wing
Extremist) was produced before Kathor court and was remanded for
Surat Range Inspector General of Police (IGP)
A. K. Singh said that the interrogation of recently arrested suspected
Naxals revealed that members of the Communist Party of Philippines
(CPP) had trained a batch of 25 tribals from various parts of
the country in guerrilla warfare and the use of arms, ammunition
and explosives. The Kerala training camp was held nearly 10 years
Three more persons were arrested for suspected
Naxalite links in Dangs and Tapi Districts in south Gujarat. They
were identified as Bharat Puwar and Sulat Puwar of Ahwa taluka
and Jayram Goswami alias Jayram Thakur of Songadh taluka.
The Police claimed to have recovered several incriminating documents
from their residences. Sources said the three were members of
the CPI -ML- Janshakti.
Surat Police arrested Nagpur (Maharashtra) based
retired Customs Officer, Vishwanath Vardharajan Iyer (60), for
suspected links with Naxalites (Left Wing Extremists). According
to the Police, Iyer is among those who provided guerrilla warfare
training to a few Naxals from Gujarat in the forests in Kerala,
sometime in 2000.
Sagar alias Shrinivas Venkatachalia
(35), was arrested by the Police from Ghodasar area of Ahmedabad
city on suspicion of having links with the Left Wing Extremists.
He is native of Istalpuram village of Nalgonda District of Andhra
Two suspected Left Wing Extremists identified
as Amrit Vaghela, an activist and his niece Hansa Kutapatti (wife
of the arrested alleged Left Wing Extremist Shrinivas Kutapatti)
was released. They were detained for interrogation by Kamrej Police
of the Surat rural Police station on May 31.
Police filed 1800 page charge sheet against 11
suspected Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) in a local court at Kosad
village near Surat city. They include Niranjan Mohapatra, K. N.
Singh, Maka Chaudhary, Avinash Kulkarni, Ramu Puwar, Bharat Puwar,
Sulat Puwar, Jayram Goswami, Satyam Rao, Vishwanath Iyer and Surya
Dewra Prabhakar. They are allegedly linked with mainly the CPI-Maoist
and CPI-ML-Janashakti. All the accused have been booked under
various sections of the (Indian Penal Code) IPC including criminal
conspiracy (120B), waging war against government (121A), Sedition
(124A) and promoting enmity between different groups (153A), according
to the chargesheet. They have also been booked under the section
of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act since February 2010.
After Sulat Puwar, one of the 14 arrested Naxals
[Left Wing Extremists] getting bail, five others had also applied
for bail in Surat. Their application was to come up for hearing
on July 27, but had been rescheduled to August 2. The five applicants
were Vinayak Keshavrao Kulkarni alias Madhav alias
Avinash, resident of Navapur Road, Ahwa; Jayram Hilal Goswami,
resident of Nishal Faliyu, Tarsadi, Songadh; Kamakhya Narayan
Singh Chauhan, Vaduj Dgav, Mohal, Solapur, Maharashtra; Bharat
Mansukh Puwar, Missionpada, Ahwa; and Maka Gangaji Chaudhary,
Mandvi. The accused, in their applications, said that they were
arrested out of suspicion and the Police do not have enough evidence
to prove the charges against them. The accused claimed that they
are engaged in tribal welfare activities and are in no way connected
with the Naxal movement.
A suspected woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified
as Sujatha was arrested in Mangrol town in Surat District. She
hails from Andhra Pradesh but lived in Mumbai till 2002. Reportedly
she was in close contact with top Maoist leaders, and had been
a frequent visitor to Gujarat and was entrusted with the responsibility
of strengthening the Maoist network in the state, the Police said.
The Surat Crime
Branch arrested a person, suspected to be a bomb-maker for the
CPI-Maoist, from the Udhna area. The Police said accused Uttam
Pradhan alias Khandi Prasanna Pradhan (22) of Ganjam District
of Orissa was involved in Maoist activities in Orissa and has
seven cases related to explosives and arms, and a non-bailable
warrant registered against him. He was also involved in a bank
robbery in Khansa in Orissa a few months ago.