Dog leads Maoists to safety from police

BHOPAL: A trained country dog, accompanying Maoists from Maharashtra, helped them to escape from a police ambush on Wednesday at Ghagra village in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district, and cross over to Chhattisgarh.

When the naxals of Gadchiroli were moving towards Chhattisgarh, they fired at the state anti-naxal police – Hawk Force — waiting to ambush them and there was an exchange of fire, Balaghat Inspector General of Police (IGP) UR Netam said.

Acting on a tip off that a meeting of naxals of Davari Dalam of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, was taking place at Lodhiwara village, close to Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra border, Hawk Force personnel rushed to Ghagra village – a transit route to Chhattisgarh last night. The police party waited the whole night in the thick of the forest to ambush naxal dalam, comprising three women, the red terror MP’s district IGP said.

At dawn, the naxals moved to Ghagra but before the police could trap them, their dog sniffed danger and barked at the law enforcers hiding in the thick forest. Sensing trouble, naxals escaped, firing at the police leading to the exchange of fire, police said.

After the firing, naxals sneaked into Chhattisgarh, police source said adding that they held meeting at Lodhiwara to chalk out a plan to carry out some attack in the state, fruited out of MP.

Lodhiwara village has been abandoned by villagers some years back after frequent movements of naxals in this remote place, some 55 km from district headquarters. Now, this village, close to Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra – is being frequented by naxals of MP and the neighbouring states for meeting and holding camps, police sources said.

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