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Binayak Sen released.

Posted by ajadhind on May 28, 2009

25 May 2009, 1150 hrs IST
The Supreme Court on Monday (May 25) ordered the release of prominent civil rights activist Binayak Sen, who is lodged in a Chhattisgarh jail for the past two years. A vacation bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma ordered Sen’s release on his submitting a personal bond to the satisfaction of the local trial court.
A prominent PUCL leader, Sen was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police for allegedly colluding with certain Naxalite leaders in their activities, a charge denied by him.Earlier, Supreme Court agreed to grant urgent hearing on Monday to a bail petition filed by Sen.
Supreme Court Vacation Bench said the matter will be listed for hearing on May 25 after senior advocate Shanti Bhushan mentioned Sen’s petition in which a notice was issued to the Chhattisgarh government on May 4. When the notice was issued, the apex court had asked the state government to provide medical aid to Sen, who has been suffering from heart ailment.Sen, who has been in custody since May 14, 2007, has contended that there was no evidence against him to be booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
The Chhattisgarh Government has accused Sen, who is the vice-president of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), of acting as a courier for an alleged Naxalite who is in jail. He has also sought bail on medical grounds, saying that he had been suffering from a heart ailment and needs treatment at the Christian Medical College, Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Sen, a doctor by profession, has sought bail on the ground that the chargesheet against him has already been filed and he has remained in jail during the investigation of the case registered against him.

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Naxalites gun down 16 cops in Gadchiroli

Posted by ajadhind on May 28, 2009

Mumbai: Maoists struck in Gadchiroli district of the state on Thursday afternoon, killing 16 police personnel, including an inspector, a sub-inspector, and five women constables.This is the first time that women constables in Maharashtra have become victims of a naxal attack.

All the police personnel were posted at Dhanora police station. The incident took place at Hattitola between Erkad and Murumgaon on the busy state highway linking Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.According to sources, naxalites had called for a bandh (Strike) on Wednesday and Thursday.

The police party led by inspector Ashok Iyer was conducting foot patrolling around 3:30pm when it came across a roadblock. When the team began removing the trees lying across the road, more than 100 naxalites hiding in the forest along the road opened fire. They also blew up a police vehicle that was following the team.The roadblock was a trap for the team.

After the encounter the naxalites fled with the weapons belonging to the police party.Gadchiroli’s superintendent of police Rajesh Pradhan rushed to the spot with reinforcements, but it was too late. It is learnt that information about the ambush could not reach the headquarters at Gadchiroli as wireless sets were not functioning owing to heavy rainfall in the area.

The source said inspector Iyer was earlier posted with the Nagpur (rural) police and served as senior inspector at the Kalmeshwar and the Bhivapur police stations. He was transferred to Gadchiroli on request last year.The state government announced that combing operations would be stepped up in all the naxal-infested areas of Vidarbha. “We will intensify combing operations in the region,” home minister Jayant Patil told reporters. “The operations were in progress after a similar attack earlier this year claimed the lives of 15 policemen, but several security personnel were later deployed for election duty.”

Meanwhile, state director-general of police SS Virk said the inspector who led the 16-member team had not informed any senior officers before setting out and could have been lured into an ambush by the insurgents

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