Press Esc to close
Thursday 23 October 2014
News updated at 3:34 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Govt warns 9 states of Maoist strikes

NEW DELHI, May 15, 2014, DHNS:
A week after the arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links, the Centre on Thursday alerted nine Maoist-affected states about possible strikes and asked them to step up security. PTI file photo

A week after the arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links, the Centre on Thursday alerted nine Maoist-affected states about possible strikes and asked them to step up security.

Quoting intelligence inputs, the Union Home Ministry issued an advisory to the states – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal – in which it said the top Maoist leadership have asked their cadre to carry out attacks on security forces as a retaliation to Saibaba’s arrest.

Officials in the Home Ministry claimed that the Maoists have denied that Saibaba is a senior member of the proscribed organisation but they have instructed their cadres to carry out retaliatory strikes.

Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound professor, was arrested from Delhi University campus last Friday. His arrest had triggered protests by university fraternity and activists, with former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar calling his apprehension "illegal".


The advisory also claimed that the Maoists have requested certain pro-Maoist activists and academics to campaign in Delhi and other areas demanding his release. Sources claimed overground workers of CPI (Maoist) have even sought the help of sympathisers in the media to highlight Saibaba's physical disability and depict police highhandedness.

The advisory said Maoist leadership was “extremely perturbed” by the arrest and the security forces should be fully alert and guard against possible IED attacks. The security establishment is also apprehending an aggressive propaganda war by the Maoists through its sympathisers on the issue of release of “political prisoners”.

“It is suggested that the state governments may keep strict vigil over the matter and take necessary preventive measures,” the advisory said.

In a separate statement, senior CPI leader A B Bardhan condemned Saibaba's arrest and demanded his immediate release, saying Maoist connection was a "usual charge" hurled at Left workers and social activists who raise people's issues. He said Saibaba is "a 90 per cent disabled man" and is being kept “in a non-descript prison under most unhygienic condition”. “Connection with the Maoists is the usual charge under which social and Left activists who oppose all police repression on tribals and other affected people under the guise of 'Operation Green Hunt' are arrested and harassed,” Bardhan said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Hindu priest performs evening prayers called 'Aarti' on the banks of the river Yamuna...

Hindu priest performs evening prayers called 'Aarti' on the banks of the river Yamuna...

Dakshineswar Temple decorated with lights for the Kali Puja and Diwali at North 24 Pargana...

Dakshineswar Temple decorated with lights for the Kali Puja and Diwali at North 24 Pargana...

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai...

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai...

School students lighting earhen lamps at Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi...

School students lighting earhen lamps at Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi...

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival...

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival...

Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar...

Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar...

Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali...

Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali...

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali...

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali...

Hindu priests light oil lamps in a formation of the 'Swastika', a Hindu symbol of peace...

Hindu priests light oil lamps in a formation of the 'Swastika', a Hindu symbol of peace...

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali...

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523