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Thursday, October 22, 2009

PCAPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato remanded to jail custody

Midnapore, 22 October : Tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato was today remanded to jail custody till November five by a court at Jhargram in West Midnapore district.
The People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) leader was produced in the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Sheikh Mohammed Reza in connection with the case of murder of a local CPI(M) leader from Kantapahari Prabir Mahato. Posing as journalists police had arrested Chhatradhar on 26 September near Lalgarh. He has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and several sections under the IPC.

Section 144 CRPC imposed within Visva-Bharati area
Santiniketan, 22 October : Prohibitory orders under section 144 CRPC were issued today within the Visva-Bharati university campus following apprehension of breach of peace.
Vice Chancellor, Rajat Kanta Roy had sought strict measures from the district administration to protect the central university from vandalism in the wake of a month-long employee agitation, Bolpur Sub-divisional Officer, Ashoke Das told reporters here. The areas under prohibition are hundred metres around the Rabindra Bhavan (museum), residential quarter of the vice-chancellor and the central administrative office.

Abducted officer will be released : Maoist leader Kishenji
Kolkata, 22 October : Abducted police officer Atindranath Dutta will be released as the women who were arrested by security forces from Lalgarh were granted bail today, Maoist leader Kishenji said.
He said over phone, "Atindranath Dutta, who was taken as a Prisoner of War on Tuesday from Sankrail police station, will be released." On a question if the government has accepted the demand of releasing the women, Kishenji said there were 15 women altogether whose bail applications were taken up by a court today. "They have got the bail. After they come back, we will release the officer-in-charge".
Asked if it was proposed by the government, the leader said from an undisclosed location, "I cannot say whether they were released following government's instruction, but coincidentally today was their date for appearance at the court and their bail application was granted."

CPIM criticises Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura
Agartala, 22 October : The ruling CPI(M) in Tripura today criticised the opposition tribal party, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) for alleging that that the continuous surrender of insurgents from outlawed outfits was 'stage managed drama'.
CPI(M) spokesman Gautam Das told reporters that the delegation of the INPT which met Union Tribal Welfare minister Kanti Lal Bhuriya on Tuesday alleged that the insurgents who were surrendering to the security forces after fleeing from their base camps in neighbouring Bangladesh was a 'stage managed drama'.

Security force fire on Maoists in West Midnapore dist
PTI, Jhargram, Kolkata, 22 October : Security forces opened fire on Maoists who were to produce kidnapped police officer Atindranath Dutta before the media at Lakhanpur village in West Midnapore district this morning.
A CRPF officer said mortars were also used when the Maoists retaliated. Maoist leader Kishenji told PTI that he has asked the security forces to stop the firing otherwise the officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station, who was kidnapped on 20 October would be beheaded.
He said that the security forces, who followed journalists to the village, cordoned it off and began firing at around 9:10 am, but it has just stopped. "I cannot guarantee the safety of the police officer if there is firing," he said. Photo : PTI

India govt. to consider more autonomy to "TTADC"
PTI, Agartala, 22 October : The Centre has assured it would consider the demand for more autonomy to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTADC) along the lines of the Bodo Territorial Council of Assam, tribal opposition party Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) claimed today.
INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma told PTI over phone from Delhi that a delegation of the party met Union Tribal Welfare Minister Kantilal Bhuriya yesterday and put forward their demands for more autonomy of the tribal council and inclusion of Kokbarak, Tripura's tribal language, in the eigth Schedule by amending the Constitution. "The Union minister assured us to consider the demands.
We will also meet Union Minister for Home Affairs P Chidambaram tomorrow regarding the issue," he said. Debbarma said INPT had supported Congress in the last elections as they were assured support for the two demands.

Bomb injures 13 in Bangladesh, ruling party MP escapes unhurt
Dhaka, 22 October : A ruling AL party lawmaker escaped unhurt from a terrorist attack, which left at least 13 people injured in Bangladesh’s capital Wednesday, police said.
Unidentified attackers threw a powerful bomb just behind the car of Fazle Noor Taposh, an MP of the ruling Awami League party and one of the close relatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, as he left his private office for the evening. The explosion ripped out his car’s rear windows and injured passersby and party deputies, said Wahidul Alam Arif, a member of the politician’s personal staff. The blast also left a hole on the busy street, police said. The injured were being treated in different city hospitals.
“We are looking into what kind of bomb it was and who was responsible for the attack,” the chief of Bangladesh Police, Noor Mohammad, said.

Kidnap me and free abducted cop : WBengal Congress Secy to Maoists
Midnapore, 22 October : West Bengal Congress Secretary Swapan Dubey on Wednesday offered himself to the Maoists as a barter for the police officer in their custody.
"The kidnapping has lowered the confidence of police officers. People of the state will therefore also suffer due to this. As a member of the ruling party (at the Centre), I appeal the Maoists to kidnap me and release Atindranath Dutta," Dubey said in a letter written to the state government. Appealing to Maoist leader Kishenji to stop bloodshed immediately, he said attacking policemen cannot serve anyone's purpose. "If the Maoists attack me, it will be more beneficial for them as I am a member of the ruling party at the Centre," Dubey said.
He also appealed to the state government, district magistrate and police officers to communicate his message to the Maoists and make it a part of the negotiation plan !


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