Maoists torch vehicles in Jharkhand
A massive combing operation has been launched in Naxal-affected pockets of Dumka district in Jharkhand on Friday after Maoists torched about a dozen vehicles engaged in road construction work, police said. A group of around 25 armed Maoists arrived at the crusher plant site and set ablaze eight dumpers, a excavator, pick up van, motorcycle and tractor belonging to the road construction company near Gumhra River on Dumka-Pakur road late Thursday night, Deputy Superintendent of Police B C Ram said. He said the company was constructing a road under Govindpur-Sahebgunj project aided by Asian Development Bank. The ultras, however, did not harm any labourers present at the site, he said adding that the security personnel has launched a massive anti-Naxal operation to track down the ultras involved.
Maoist militant arrested in Manipur
A militant of Maoist Kangleipak Liberation (MKL) was arrested during a search operation in Manipur’s Thoubal district, officials said today. Police commandos attached to Thoubal district police station launched a search operation at Thoubal Wangma area following reports of movement of some ultras yesterday. During the operation, self-styled secretary of the MKL, Rohit Kumar was arrested, the officials said, adding that he has been handed over to police for further interrogation. PTI
Explosives, Maoist materials seized in Kandhamal
The Kandhamal police and SOG and CRPF jawans on Thursday seized a powerful landmine weighing 20 kg and a tiffin bomb along with other explosive materials during a joint combing operation in the Badabanga forest under the Daringbadi police limits of Kandhamal district. The security personnel also seized Maoist uniforms and booklets from a camp of the ultras near Kerubadi and Gadapakhali villages. The combing operation has been beefed up in the nearby areas following the seizures. Meanwhile, the district police have urged the Maoists to return to the mainstream of the society by putting up posters at Brahmanigan, Daringbadi, Kotagarh and Tumudibandha villages.