Top Maoist leaders held near Pune

Top Maoist leaders held near Pune

In a major swoop, two top Maoist leaders, one of them close to Ganapathy, landed in the trap of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Pune district on Friday.

The two leaders of the CPI (Maoists) - K. Muralidharan (62) alias Thomas Joseph, hailing from Ernakulam and Ismail Hamza Chiragpilli (29) alias James Mathew of Mallapuram–were arrested from Talegaon-Dabhade and were produced before a court in Pune, which remanded them to ATS custody for a week’s time. Both are from Kerala and had been staying in Pune for quite some time. Both have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Need to make railways disabled friendly: Tata

Noted industrialist Ratan Tata has acknowledged the need for making the railways disabled-friendly.

The National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP) had sent a letter urging  to make Railways disabled friendly under his leadership.

Tata is the chairman of Kyakalp council of the Railway Ministry. He will chair the first meeting of the Council on May 12.

The NCPEDP has said that it is “happy to receive his reply acknowledging the need for making the Railways accessible for the disabled and his commitment to achieve that”.

“The Indian Railways is one the largest networks of railways in the world carrying over 23 million passengers a day. Yet despite its best intentions, the infrastructure and facilities of the Indian Railways remain completely inaccessible to people with disabilities- conservative estimates putting this number between 70-100 million. On behalf of my organization and all disabled people in India we request you to kindly include recommendations to make the Indian Railways disabled friendly,” wrote Javed Abidi of the NCPEDP.

In order to facilitate easy movement of elderly and differently- abled passengers, escalators are being provided at A1, A and C category stations.

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