Maoist arrested in Narayanpatna
KORAPUT: Jawans of BSF on Tuesday caught a Maoist during combing operation in Narayanpatna and handed him over to the local police. The arrested rebel was identified as Dalu Madangi (32) of Rangamguda village. Jawans recovered a hand grenade, a detonator and a country-made gun from him. “He was in our wanted list for long and the rebel was arrested from a hut on the outskirts of Rangamguda village,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
According to the SP, during interrogation, the rebel confessed to his involvement in as many as 10 Maoist offensives in Narayanpatna area, including the attack on BSF jawans and raid on Narayanpatna police station in 2009. “Madangi was providing logistics support to the radicals. He also used to provide information regarding movement of security forces to the Red rebels and actively participated in several Maoist offensives,” the SP said.
On Sunday, police had arrested two rebels, involved in kidnapping of Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka in March, from a village in Narayanpatna block. “Our counter-insurgency operations have been intensified and we expect more successes in the days to come,” Kumar said. Meanwhile, resignation of gram rakhis (village guards) fearing Maoist attack continued in Koraput with six more, engaged in Boipariguda police station, putting in their papers on Monday.
CPI (Maoist) members’ bail plea turned down
KANPUR:Additional district and sessions judge Gyanesh Kumar on Tuesday rejected the bail application of two members of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). They were identified as Shivraj Singh and Kripa Shankar. The arrests were made in 2010. The judge observed that charges leveled against Shivraj Singh and Kripa Shankar were of serious nature and police had already filed chargesheet in the case. Therefore, the bail application was liable to be rejected.
The Kidwainagar police had arrested the accused from U block in Nirala Nagar around 10.50 am on February 8, 2010. They were accused of involvement in anti-national activities. The police party had seized literature challenging the integrity, sovereignty and unity of country. Besides anti-national literature and Rs 25,000 in cash was also recovered from their possession. The counsel pleaded before the court that the accused were innocent and they had been fabricated. Therefore they should be granted bail. The additional government counsel pleaded that the accused were members of a banned group .The governor had granted sanction for the case on August 3, 2010.
Maoist arrested in Bankura
A Maoist belonging to CPI(Maoist) Bikash squad of Lalgarh was arrested by the police from Taldangra in West Bengal’s Bankura district.
He was alleged to have been involved in a number of Maoist activities in 2010 and 2011. Police arrested him from his residence at Dangrasole village late last night and seized one single barrel gun, cartridges and Maoist leaflets. His bike which has no numberplate was also seized. He was produced before the local court which remanded him to 14 days police remand.
Police-naxal encounter in Gadchiroli, no causulties
The naxalites of CPI (Maoist) attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrol party in Murangal jungle near Bhamragarh in Gadchiroli district, bordering Chhattisgarh, on Tuesday morning. According to reports reaching here, the incident occurred at around 7.30 am when a group of armed CRPF jawans were on their routine patrolling in the area. The red rebels, who were hiding in the jungle, suddenly opened fire at them.
The CRPF retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for around half an hour, reports said. The district administration immediately sent additional CRPF and the state police forces in the area to strengthen the CRPF team engaged in action. Police said the encounter between the naxalite and the security personnel took place in Murangal jungle under Lahiri police station, adjacent Maoist stronghold of Abjujhmad region of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. The deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Gadchiroli, Ravindra Kadam, did not rule out some naxalite casualties.
“The CRPF jawans saw few naxalites carrying the injured cadres,” he said and claimed that no one was injured from the CRPF side. This is the third major Maoist offensive this month against the security personnel in the district after it attacked a police party near Aheri, bordering Andhra Pradesh last week. The ultra-Leftists had also killed a former sarpanch in the district last week.
Cops yet to make inroads in Naxal-hit Giridih, Bokaro
After its success in establishing their dominance in the Jhumra hill near Gomia block in Bermo, the CPI (Maoists) rebels are now strengthening its base in villages in Nawadih and Dumari blocks under Bokaro and Giridih district. With the police finding it hard to make inroads in some remote villages, the rebels have managed to make their presence felt in the region. Village chieftains of both blocks said that an incident of the kind that occurred near Sarubera forest area cannot be ruled out if the local police are not prompt in their action. Most of the villages of these two blocks are affected by the CPI (Maoists) presence. According to Nawadih police, more than 40 trained cadres of the CPI (Maoists) cadres have made their presence felt in different villages under the Nawadih block.
“They are also active in villages along the Sarubera-Dumari border near Pannk. It should not surprise anybody if Jhumra is repeated here,” a police official said. Sources said the CPI (Maoists) cadres regularly visit at Kanjkiro, Guniyato, Lahia, Budhgada and other villages in Pannk panchayat. They meet the villagers and often instigate them against the police.
The brain-washing of the villagers by the rebels has done wonders. The villagers are slowing pitching in support for the CPI (Maoists), police sources said. The villagers have developed an emotional relationship with the rebels and this is a dangerous trend, they said. Police added that this is difficult to patroll the rebel-infested villages. Police said earlier the police used to visit these villages but after the incident in Nawadih fear has gripped them. Panic has forced to skip patrolling the villages, police said. According to local villagers, villages under Pannk and Upper Ghat panchayats are also affected by the rebels’ activities.