Security forces recover 10 EVMs from Odisha border in Chhattisgarh
Security forces on Friday recovered 10 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), allegedly looted by naxals from neighbouring Odisha, from a cave in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said. The EVMs and their control units were recovered from the cave near Dokradera village on restive Chandameta hills which lies on the bordering region of Chhattisgarh-Odisha, Bastar Additional Superintendent of Police Vijay Pandey told reporters. A joint team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and local police had launched an anti-naxal operation from Chandameta police camp under Darbha police station limits, located around 350 kms away from Raipur.
J’khand wants 5 CRPF battalions to control Naxal activities
Jharkhand today sought from the Centre five CRPF battalions for effective control of naxal problem in 13 focused areas like Latehar, Balumath, Pesrar, Parasnath and Balumath. Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard during a meeting in New Delhi. The meeting was convened to review developmental works in left wing extremist-hit areas and review of security measures.
Officials from Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh and Odisha participated and discussions were held to make development and security measures more effective in 35 left-wing extremism affected districts, including 13 in Jharkhand, in these states, an official release said here. To broaden financial inclusion in LWE districts, Verma urged the Centre to increase the networks of bank and post offices so that Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, MUDRA Yojana, Kisan credit card yojana, Fasal Bima Yojana etc could be effectively executed, and for this she requested to open bank branches in all panchayats in Jharkhand. Strengthening of mobile network to control naxal problem and setting up radio and Doordarshan centres was required, she added.
Surrendered Maoists warned at praja court
Visakhapatnam: Maoists on Thursday warned their former colleagues, who had surrendered to the police, of dire consequences if they ventured out of their villages in the next three years. The Maoists leaders gave the warning during a praja court conducted on the Koyyuru-GK Veedhi borders in Visakha agency.
According to sources, a group of naxals had brought the former naxals, Jhansi of Mukudupalli and Russo of Tumulawada, to the praja court and inquired about their surrender. Jhansi was taken into custody by the cops when she was taking rest in a house after coming out of the naxals squad due to health reasons.
Russo had surrendered before the cops due to severe health problems. The surrendered women Maoists clarified that they surrendered due to ill health. They reportedly said that they had not revealed anything to the cops. The praja court was conducted under banner of Adivasi Viplava Raitu Kuuli Sangham, which pasted posters at the venue. A Maoist leader, Kishore, told the media that cops are trying to suppress the naxal movement in the Visakha agency by creating terror among the tribals with the illegal arrests and forcible surrenders. “The naxal rank and file is still strong and committed,” he added.
Jharkhand: Maoists blow up building, torch vehicles
Maoists blew up a guest house of the Jharkhand forest department and set afire eight vehicles of a construction company at Hurungda in Seraikela-Kharswan district on Friday. A group of Maoists came to the spot in the wee hours and blew up a forest department’s guest house lying abandoned for years till renovation began ten months ago, before setting ablaze eight vehicles of a construction company working in nearby area, Superintendent of Police Inderjeet Mahatha said.
Some leaflets of the Maoists were found on the spot. The incident occurred when most of the security personnel, deployed in the area for the past several months, left for an anti-Maoist operation last night, Mahata said. The company has been engaged in construction of canals under Suru dam project. Mahatha said major portion of the canal was completed under tight security arrangements by the district administration. The construction work of the project remained stalled for decades, but the administration has decided to complete it by providing adequate security, he said.
A hunt was launched in the nearby jungles to flush out the Maoists involved in the incident, he said.
Cops bust Maoist camp
ROURKELA: ROURKELA police busted a Maoist camp at Selfi hill of Rampuri reserve forest in Gurundia block of the district late on Thursday after a brief exchange of fire. Sources said acting on intelligence input, police raided Selfi hill, around 100 km from here, at 11.30 pm on Thursday. But the Maoists managed to flee under the cover of darkness. Inspector General of Police (Western Range) R K Sharma said the raid was carried out by Special Operation Group (SOG) and local police. Sensing presence of police, the Maoists opened fire and police retaliated and the gun battle lasted for about 30 minutes. While the Maoists managed to escape, police busted the camp where about 25 to 30 Maoists had holed up.
Refusing to divulge details, the IGP said the group had come from Angul and was trying to sneak into Saranda forest in adjacent Jharkhand territory. No injury was reported on the police side and search operation has been beefed up, he added. The seizures include negligible amount of live ammunition and empty cartridges along with 30 pairs of Maoist uniforms, travel kits, literature, three solar panels, food grains and medicines.
Accompanied by the IGP, Rourkela SP Anirudh Singh and Bonai Additional SP RB Panigrahi also visited Gurundia on Friday and took take stock of the situation. Sources said the Maoists were apparently eager to take the shortest forest route to Saranda in Jharkhand by crossing river Brahmani at Pitagaon or Chandrapur, reach Chandiposh and travel through Karda and Mahulpada to enter Saranda. The group’s movement would not be easier as Rourkela police have CRPF camp at Chandiposh and nearby Lathikata, while the Jharkhand police set up CRPF camps at Nuagaon and Tirilposhi a few days ago to fill up the ‘critical’ gaps.
Five powerful bombs found at Lalgarh in West Bengal
Five powerful bombs were on Friday found at Bunisole jungle at Lalgarh, an erstwhile Maoist hub, by joint force posted in the area.A CRPF personnel found the bombs following a tip off, a Cobra battalion officer said. Today’s find is the first in the area since April 2011 and is believed to be the handiwork of Maoists, who once overran the area. Maoists posters, however, had been found on several occasions at the Jharkhand-Bengal border which falls in the area.
Tiffin bomb planted by Maoists recovered in Chhattisgarh
A two kg tiffin bomb, planted by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) targetting security personnel, has been recovered from Dhamtari District on June 22, reports The Hindu. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was unearthed by a team of district force from a dirt track in the dense forest under Borai Police Station limits, Dhamtari Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ashok Pipre said.