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G.N. Saibaba was in touch with Nepali Maoist Basanta: NIA




Former Delhi University Professor G.N. Saibaba was in touch with Indra Mohan Sigdel aka Comrade Basanta, the main leader of the United Communist Party of Nepal. Arrested accused Varavara Rao was assigned to deal with him for procuring arms and ammunition, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed in its charge sheet in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case.

In the 10,000 page charge sheet filed by the agency in a Special NIA court in Mumbai on October 9, which has been viewed by IANS, the anti-terror probe agency alleged that in the digital data analysis of Saibaba’s electronic equipment, an incriminating document was found mentioning about Sigdel aka Comrade Basanta.

“One of the co-conspirators of the case Rona Wilson mentions about Basanta and states that Comrade Varavara Rao is the authority to deal with him for the procurement of arms and ammunitions viz. M4’s and 4,00,000 rounds for approximately Rs 8 crore with the possible help from Manipur Maoists,” the NIA claimed in its charge sheet.

The NIA in its charge sheet claimed that digital data seized from Saibaba contains a photograph of Wilson’s visit to the Abuj Maad forest area along with another co-accused Ritupan Goswamy aka Prakash, which shows their forest visit as well as their association which was confirmed by other evidence which came to the fore during investigation.

The NIA in its charge sheet also alleged that the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), Indian Association of Peoples Lawyer (IAPL), Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Committee (AGMC), Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC), Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and several others were the frontal organisations for the CPI (Maoist).

Citing the role of former IIT professor Anand Teltumbde, the NIA alleged that he was the General Secretary of the CPDR and a member of AGMC.

Anand Teltumbde was arrested on April 14 this year by the NIA.

The NIA claimed that Anand Teltumbde was one of the convenors of the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerna Abhiyan programme and was present at the Shaniwar Wada in Pune on December 31, 2017.

It alleged, “Anand Teltumbde in order to attend the Elgar Parishad programme, travelled from Goa to Pune on December 30, 2017 and was present at the Shaniwar Wada in Pune on December 31.”

The NIA claimed that Anand Teltumbde, in order to further the activities of the CPI (Maoist) at the international level, used to attend international conferences under the guise of his academic visits to Canada, Pakistan, US, France etc.

“In the said conferences, he used to exchange literature on ideology, training and working strategy of CPI (Maoist) with international communist organisations,” it said.

The NIA also alleged that Anand Teltumbde in his capacity as General Secretary CPDR, made efforts for the release of Murugan, a CPI (Maoist) leader, who was lodged in a jail in Tamil Nadu as well as for the release of Saibaba.

The NIA also claimed that Anand Teltumbde, who was associated with the Goa Institute of Management in Goa, was also instrumental in organising fact-finding committee missions on the directions of the CPI (Maoist).

An NIA official linked to the probe told IANS, during investigation it was revealed that Anand Teltumbde’s role in connection with Bhima Koregaon was appreciated by the Central Committee of the CPI (Maoist) and there is evidence on record that a direction was given to him to keep the “fire ablaze”.

“In one of the communications on January 2, 2018, absconding accused Milind Teltumbde (Anand’s brother) appreciated the Bhima Koregaon agitation being very effective and also directed Wilson to exploit the death of youth and to prepare future agitations and propaganda,” the NIA claimed in its charge sheet.

“Anand Teltumbde used to attend international conferences under the guise of his academic visits abroad viz Philippines, Peru, Turkey, and other countries and used to bring Maoist literature and videos (in pen drive/memory cards) related to their ideology, tactics, weapons used by them, period of attacks, planning of sudden attacks in spite of routine Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign during Naxal weeks, extension of zones and increasing members of recruitment for CPI (Maoist) organisation,” the NIA claimed.

Citing statements of witnesses, the NIA claimed that Milind Teltumbde visited various cities, including Pune, Chandrapur, Bhopal and Indore, and would meet Anand Teltumbde for taking guidance to advance the movement of the CPI (Maoist) in the jungles as well as urban areas.

Besides Anand Teltumbde, the NIA filed the supplementary charge sheet in a special NIA court in Mumbai against seven accused — Gautam Navlakha, Hany Babu, Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap, Milind Teltumbde and Stan Swamy — under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The NIA had registered a case on January 24 this year.

The case pertains to inciting people and giving provocative speeches during the Elgar Parishad organised by the activists of Kabir Kala Manch at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which promoted enmity between various caste groups and led to violence resulting in loss of life and property and statewide agitations in Maharashtra.


Wardha ‘illegal abortions’: One more skull found in Kadam Hospital yard




The police have recovered one more skull of an infant, allegedly aborted at the Kadam Hospital in Arvi town, and raids were carried out at several places, officials said here on Saturday.

The case, which has shaken the citizens’ collective conscience, first came to light after the Wardha Police arrested a lady medico, Dr Rekha N. Kadam, a nurse, and two others following the secret abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl there on January 4.

Interrogation of the accused and investigations led the police to discover a veritable ‘grave-yard’ of aborted foetuses or unwanted babies, found in the biogas plant of the hospital compound, stunning the people. (IANS – Jan 15).

In the ongoing digging work by a team of police officials, another skull of an aborted infant has been recovered, taking the total recoveries to 12 skulls and 54 other bones, all unidentified, besides bloodstained clothes and other evidence.

All the recoveries have been sent for forensic analysis to Nagpur, the reports of which are awaited, and further digging is being undertaken in the vicinity.

Simultaneously, raids were carried out at the hospital and the home of the prime accused and police have seized several files, medical records and reports and other evidence.

Police had also detained another relative of the prime accused (Dr Rekha Kadam) in connection with the probe, a lady senior citizen, but she suddenly took ill and was hospitalised.

Investigators and locals say that the hospital had earned a dubious reputation for “all types of abortions” for nearly four decades and people came here from all over Wardha and adjoining districts.

Prominent leaders including Shiv Sena’s Kishore Tiwari – accorded a MoS status – and Pune-based ‘Beti Bachao’ proponent Dr Ganesh Rakh have demanded a “thorough probe” into the medical racket, preferably by a SIT, to unravel the true ramifications like female infanticide on the sly besides illegal abortion, and punish all those found guilty.

As the probe progresses, the possible role or involvement of some persons in the local health department is expected to come under the scanner for their alleged lapses owing to which the illegalities thrived at the hospital for long, violating the provisions of the stringent Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDTA) Act, 1994.

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27-year-old gored to death by bull at Jallikattu event in TN




A 27-year-old man was gored to death by his own bull at the ‘Jallikattu’ event held at Periya Suriyur in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruchi district on Saturday morning. This is the second death caused during the bull-taming competition in the state.

Addressing the media, the Jallikattu organisers said that the victim, Meenakshisundaram, was guiding his bull to the entrance of the event when the bull gored him on his thigh. When he started bleeding, he was taken to Tiruchi Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

At least nine people have been injured till now at the Periya Suriyur Jallikattu and are receiving treatment at various hospitals.

The organisers said that 400 bulls and 300 bull tamers are expected to take part in the competition. The district administration has insisted on a Covid negative certificate for the bull owners as well as the tamers. A strong police contingent is present at the Jallikattu venue.

On Friday, a 19-year-old youth was gored to death by a bull at the Jallikattu event in Madurai.

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K’taka horror: Son arrested for raping his mother





In a shocking incident, a case of son committing rape on his mother has been reported from Kedambadi village in Puttur taluk in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. The mother has been hospitalized and the son has been taken into custody, police said on Saturday.

According to police, after the sexual assault by the accused, the victim mother fell sick and was admitted to Puttur government hospital. The 58-year-old mother had lodged a complaint with the Puttur Rural police station about the rape.

The police have registered a case under IPC sections 362 (2) (n) and 506 against the accused. The police say that mother and the accused lived in the same house. The incident had taken place on January 12. The accused who went to sleep in his room, woke up at 3 a.m. and went to his mother’s room and committed the crime.

When the mother resisted and screamed, the accused gagged her mouth with a cloth. He had also threatened her that, if she informed anyone about the incident he would kill her. The accused sexually assaulted her again the next morning.

Presently, the mother is being treated as an inpatient at Puttur government hospital. The accused is married and his wife is staying in her parents’ house. The police are questioning the accused and further investigation is on.

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