Naxals, police grappling to gain upper hand

NAGPURl The ongoing ‘Protest week’ of the Naxals against stationing army in Chhattisgarh, which culminates with a bandh call on Thursday, has prompted stiff competition between the rebels and security forces.

With couple of encounters within seven hours’ span, the security forces have started mounting pressure on the rebels with the view to foil their plans to make their ongoing protest week and upcoming bandh a success.

Gadchiroli’s C-60 commandos engaged the Naxals in a late evening encounter near Mayal Ghat on the border of the Gondia district in Korchi taluka at 10.30 pm on a day earlier. A revolver and several walkie-talkies apart from detonators and wires were later discovered from the spot. The Naxals were resting when the security forces reached the place, it was learnt.

In second encounter near Padaboriya village close to Maharashtra-Chhatisgarh borders at 5.30 am in Dhanora tehsil, a joint operation of district police and Central reserve police force (CRPF) took on a bunch of Naxal cadres while they were sneaking out of the village after rest when they were intercepted.

The Naxals also tried to make their presence felt by setting afire a forest department office and vehicle at Dechalipethe village in Aheri taluka in the wee hours of Wednesday. The Naxals also learnt to have blocked the Aheri-Sironcha connecting road, which is part of the state highway, for a brief period. It was also revealed that the Naxals have distributed pamphlets and put up posters regarding their demands and appeal for the bandh.

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