In another success for security forces deployed in restive Bastar region a Maoist memorial was demolished in Bijapur district and a rebel was arrested from Mardapal area of Kondagaon district.
A major haul of explosives was also recovered by security personnel during search operation. Superintendent of Police Bijapur, Prashant Agrawal said that a joint troop of CRPS, DF and STF had started a special Naxal operation in Pusnar, Munga, Peda Korma, Korcholi and Gongla (Ganglur/Bijapur) areas on September 27. The contingent had a fierce gun battle with the left wing insurgents in the dense forest of Krocholi on September 28. No security personnel were hurt in the action and it is expected that few Maoist would have lost their lives or have sustained injuries, SP said. “On September 29 security personnel found a den of Maoists where guerrillas had stored about 250 kg of gelatine, ammonium nitrate, urea and cordex wires which were destroyed on the spot.”
Later during the special operation, police also found a Maoist memorial in Pedakorma village which was about 25 feet high. “The memorials were razed by the security personnel”, SP informed. Kondagaon Police on Monday arrested a hard-core Maoist from densely forested Lakhpuri area of Mardapal police station, against whom two permanent warrants were pending. The Maoist had dogged police for past two years.
Additional Superintendent of Police (Ops) Surjit Atri informed that the arrested rebel has been identified as Sitaram Muria (35), resident of Padeli village under the limits of Mardapal police station. He said that a contingent of security personnel consisting of men from CRPC 188th battalion, 212 battalion and District Force (DF) were conducting search operation in Lakhpuri ghat, suddenly they got information about presence of Sitaram in Mardapal area.
Accordingly security personnel raided Mardapal and arrested Sitaram. ASP added that Sitaram had joined Maoist cadre before 2010 and was active in Mardapal area. He was involved in looting of arms and firing on police parties, ASP claimed.