Maoist zonal commander held in Bihar
Sasaram: A Maoist zonal commander, wanted in the murder of two police officers, was arrested on Sunday with arms and ammunitions from Bihar’s Rohtas district. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a brick kiln at Godaila village and arrested the self-styled zonal commander JP alias Bajrangi Thakur, Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj said. A country-made double barrel gun, five ammunitions and a mobile phone was seized from the ultra, he said.
A native of Mishrawalia village, the outlaw was recently made the commander of the Maoist outfit of Soneganga-Vindhyachal zone. The ultra was wanted in 16 cases of various crimes, including the murder of DSP Sidheshwar Prasad in 2006 and sub-inspector Rajkishore Singh in 2005, the SP added.
Centre, Jharkhand review Saranda Action Plan
JAMSHEDPUR: The Union home secretary, R K Singh on Saturday led a 12-member team to Saranda forest on a secret visit to review the progress of the ongoing Saranda Action Plan (SAP) and anti-Maoist operation Anaconda 2. The team, which included the senior most officials of the Union home ministry and state home department, spent about an hour in the scenic Thalkobad village in Mahoharpur block in Chakradharpur subdivison of the West Singhbhum about 160km from here.
The team, which arrived in a chopper from the state capital on Saturday morning, revived the progress particularly of the infrastructure development projects that are a part of the Rs 250 crore SAP. The team also enquired about the status of the anti-rebel operation that is going on since it was launched in the dense Saal forest on December 9. Over 1,500 troops and officials of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), India Reserve Battalion (IRB), anti-Maoist force CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand police are involved in the Anaconda 2 operation.
Deputy commissioner of West Singhbhum, K Srinivasan, said, “Union home secretary led the team, which comprised state home secretary J B Tubid among others, to Thalkobad.” None of the top officials present at the review meeting agreed to share the details but sources present at the review meeting said the Union home secretary has directed the district administration to expedite SAP projects to ensure timely completion.
“He also asked the senior police and CRPF officials to provide adequate security support to the agencies involved in implementing the infrastructure projects in the 56 villages (that were liberated from the rebels hold following months long intensive gun battle in 2010),” said a senior CRPF officer who was privy to the deliberations. According to sources, director general, CRPF, Panay Sahay; joint secretary in the Union home ministry, M A Ganapati; home secretary, Jharkhand, J B Tubid; state DGP, G S Rath and IG operations, S N Pradhan, among other top officials of the centre and state were present at the review meeting.
Prohibitory orders to prevent possible clash in Odisha
Koraput: To avert a possible clash between tribals and non-tribals, Koraput district administration on Sunday clamped prohibitory orders under CrPc 144 at Podapadar and its peripheral areas under Maoist-hit Narayanpatna block. The Maoist backed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), which is spearheading the tribals fight for their land rights in the area, had sought permission from the administration to hold a meeting at Podapadar today.
Conversely, non-tribals who have been driven out by CMAS activists from their respective villages since 2009 were opposing to the Sangh’s proposed meeting. “There is report that non-tribals are opposing Sangh’s meeting and there could be a clash if it is organised. There is also information about movement of Maoists in the area who could resort to violence taking advantage of huge gathering. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, prohibitory orders were issued in and around Podapadar,” said Koraput SP Awinash Kumar. Sub-collector (Koraput) Rasmita Panda said proper announcement was made in the area prior to clamping the prohibitory orders which would be in force for two days. “Apart from Podapadar, the prohibitory orders have been issued at Bhaliaput, Basnaput, Upper Renga and Balipeta of Narayanpatna block,” she said.
Tension prevails in Narayanpatna since 2009 after the CMAS intensified their land grabbing spree and forcibly occupied over 3,000 acres of land from non-tribals claiming it to be their own to which the non-tribals had taken by deceit in Narayanpatna. During their land grabbing spree the Sangh had attacked the non-tribals and had driven out over 100 non-tribal families from their respective villages. Fearing to get attacked from the tribals, scores of non-tribals continues to stay at temporary camps provided by the administration at Koraput town and other others. Meanwhile, BSF jawans recovered seven landmines and explosives materials during a combing operation from Mankindi forest in Narayanpatna yesterday.
Man involved in blowing up vehicle of MLA Gagda held
In a major breakthrough for security forces deployed in the restive Bijapur district police arrested two individuals who were allegedly involved in Naxal activities. The accused were nabbed during a search operation conducted in the limits of Madded police station. The arrested have been identified as 25-year-old Paret Shankar, son of Subaiya resident of village Pegdapalli and Madvi Kama, son of Gurum, resident of Kachlaram both under the limits of Madded police station.
According to the official information received from the office of Bijapur Superintendent of Police, Paret was involved in blowing up the vehicle of Bijapur MLA Mahesh Gagda with land mines in Madded. A permanent warrant had also been issued against Paret for the attack by the court. The second arrested, Madvi, was involved in an encounter with the Central Reserve Police Force on December 13. The alleged Maoist during interrogation confessed of their involvement in the mentioned incidents.
Commandos defuse explosives in Gadchiroli
CHANDRAPUR: Gadchiroli police on Saturday foiled a bid by Naxalites on the life on security forces after a team traced explosives planted under the road at Gatta (Fulbodi) and Pendri road in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli in Saturday afternoon. Cops deactivated the booby trap and recovered explosives buried under the road. Police sources said a joint team of CRPF and C-60 commandos were carrying out anti-Naxal operation in the area under Gutta (Fulbodi) police outpost.
While returning to base camp, an alert jawan suspected a booby trap on the road around 1.5km from Gatta. A close search revealed a wire leading out from a buried explosive under the road. Experts in bomb disposal unearthed the explosive and defused the device. An offence in this connection has been registered with Gutta AOP and anti-Naxal operation has been intensified in the area.