Huge cache of arms recovered from Maoist hideout in Ch’garh
A huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 39 cartridges and 20 grenades, was recovered from a Maoist hideout near Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border in Rajnandgaon district, police said today. In a joint operation, paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and police force recovered the weapons yesterday during a search in the forest area of hilly Kaarutola and Mangikhuta region along the inter-state border, Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla said. During the search operation, carried out on intelligence inputs, a 315 bore rifle, 12 bore rifle double barrel, 12 bore single barrel and 12 bore country-made rifle besides 21 cartridges of 315 bore gun, 18 cartridges of 12 bore gun, four claymore mines, 20 grenades along with several other materials used to make explosives, were recovered, the SP said.
Top Maoist leader arrested in Ranchi
Ranchi, Jan 9 (PTI) A top Maoist leader carrying a reward of Rs seven lakh on his head has been arrested from the outskirts of Ranchi, police said today. The arrested Maoist leader has been identified as Prabhat Mochi. Prabhat, the general secretary of the Koel-Sankh Zone of the CPI (Maoist), was nabbed yesterday, police said.
Maoists torch tractor at brick kiln
Maoist ultras torched a tractor at a brick kiln at Chandi village under Sadar police station area of Vaishali district, and left behind an extortion notice for its owner, the police said today. The Maoists, said to 18 in number, surrounded the brick kiln last night and set the tractor on fire. They left a pamphlet demanding a monthly levy of Rs 25,000 from its owner Anuj Rai, the sources said. A case has been registered in this connection and raids were being carried out to arrest the Maoists
2 villagers injured in Reds-cop crossfire
BHUBANESWAR: Tension prevailed at Khaliapada village in Nuapada district after two persons were injured in a crossfire between police and Maoists on Tuesday evening. Villagers said the injured are innocent and police fired at them mistaking them to be ultras.
The injured are Hube Majhi (35) and Hari Majhi (33). While Hube was admitted to VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, with three bullets in his thigh, Hari was admitted to Nuapada district headquarters hospital after being shot in his waist. Sources said the incident took place near Ranidunguri forest, when the security forces and the Maoists were engaged in firing. Whether the civilians, who were injured, received bullet injuries because of police or Maoist firing is yet to be known, said S Debdutta Singh, DIG (south-west range). Two civilians and two Maoists sustained injuries in the crossfire, he added. Singh said the injured persons would be compensated. He ruled out the speculation that the injured persons are having links with the ultras saying they are innocent civilians.