Police recover explosives from Maoist-infested Gaya
Gaya (Bihar), Dec. 20 (ANI): Police have recovered a huge cache of explosives from a forest area in Bihar’s Maoist-infested Gaya district following a two-day combat operation. Acting on a tip-off, police raided the forest area and recovered explosives on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Sherghati, Rajesh Kumar, said these explosives were being used by the rebels against the security forces.
“Yesterday, we recovered two cane bombs weighing 20 kilograms each, seven cylinder bombs weighing around 20-25 kilograms each and 10 kilograms of explosives and various other types of chemicals, 150 metres of electric wires, 15 metres of codex wires and four detonators from a Maoist camp,” said Kumar. “Today, we recovered 26 pressure cooker bombs; pressure cookers are made of aluminum, 78 iron pipe bombs and 67 packets of explosives like gelatin and petroleum jelly weighing around 200 grams each from the site, where the blast had occurred,” he added. The police official also mentioned that security has been stepped up around the area. (ANI)
Maoists shot dead former Maoist in Latehar
The Maoists shot dead an alleged former Maoist after branding him as “police informer” in Latehar district. Ranvir Singh, who according to the police, broke away from the banned outfit recently, was killed by the Maoists at Chhipadohar under Barwadih police station on Wednesday night, the police said on Thursday. He belonged to Ranka in the neighbouring Garwah district. The police denied that Singh was ever an informer for it.
Odisha: CRPF men killed civilians?
Five men killed by the CRPF as Maoists in Odisha were “daily wage earners and church functionaries”, the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) said Thursday.
The killings took place near Bhaliaguda village in Gajapati district, CDRO said in a statement. It said an investigation by a six-member team showed that the men allegedly killed by the Central Reserve Police Force were not “militia of any leftwing extremist party. “Those killed were, in fact, daily wage earners and church functionaries, some of whom were actively engaged in mainstream political and social activities,” it said. The statement denied accusations that the dead belonged to the Odisha Maowadi Party, the breakaway group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist.
Four powerful landmines found in Ganjam
Berhampur (Odisha), Dec 20 (PTI) Four powerful landmines were seized by security forces today from an abandoned Maoist camp in a dense jungle of Odisha’s southern district Ganjam.
Ganjam Superintendent of Police Asish Singh said the security personnel found two landmines weighing 20 kg each and the other two 15 kg each, besides 25 m of electric wires and about 12 detonators at the camp at Nipapidi jungle.