Runaway Naxal held
A dreaded Naxal wanted in several cases of murder was arrested today from Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said. “Arjun Kodo (35) was held from Lohettar police station area of the district,” Deputy Superintendent of Police M Z Beg told PTI. Kodo was nabbed from Dandikeda village by a joint team of district police and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on a tip-off, he said. “Kodo, who is carrying a reward of Rs 1,000 on his head, has many cases ranging from murder to loot registered against him in various police stations,” Beg said. http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/runaway-naxal-held/112842/
Constable injured in naxal attack
Raipur, Jan 21 (PTI) A constable was injured in a naxalite attack at a police station during the wee hours in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, police said. Constable Dharmendra Kunjam was injured when naxalites attacked Darbha police station located around 40 kms away from Jagdalpur district headquarters, Superintendent of Police B N Meena told PTI. When police opened retaliatory firing, naxals fled the spot after firing few rounds at the station, he added.
Naxals read the situation wrong
NAGPUR: Sunday’s encounter at Jimulgatta in Aheri, in which four top male and two female Naxal cadres died, indicated that letting guards loose in the combat zone can prove deadly for either side. So far, the security forces had been paying the price. Naxals lost six lives paying for their overconfidence in the latest gun-battle. In May last year, Naxals had conducted a marathon ‘Jan Adalat’ in Jimulgatta in broad daylight.
The rebels had conducted a self-styled public hearing of three abducted leaders at place within 10km of Jimulgatta sub-police station. Muneshwar Lakda, alias Shankar, secretary of Aheri Area Committee and a Divisional committee member of Aheri Local Guerilla Squad, who has been killed in the latest encounter, had conducted the adalat then. Apart from Shankar, another divisional committee member Laxman too was present in the meeting. It is Laxman’s bodyguard Jhuru Mattami who was among the six felled by the police bullets in the Govindgaon forest.
A senior officer said that the Naxals were under impression that the police would not come in the night. “The rebels miscalculated their move this time. They went on for four hours between 8 pm and midnight with senior cadres delivering speeches. The security forces had enough time to plan their moves and organize the attack,” said an official. “Earlier police would prefer practicing caution rather than chasing an information and that’s too in the night was nearly impossible. Now, the situation has completely changed,” said the cop. The district police, especially the C-60 commando unit, have been working in a more aggressive mode. It has been frequently launching operations in the jungle and organizing the ‘jan jagaran melawas’ for bridging a gap with the local tribal by availing them government schemes.
The central paramilitary forces, and particularly Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), too have been fast adapting to new tactics in the district. “Naxals are already under pressure as they have to now face hostilities from both district police and central forces simultaneously. The security forces are also reaching remote places unlike earlier. In the backdrop of these developments, Naxals made mistake of undermining government forces,” said the official.
Maoist held in Bihar
A hardcore Maoist was today arrested from a village under Khaira police station area in Aurangabad district. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Badki Salaiya village and arrested the proscribed CPI(Maoist)’s self-styled sub-zonal commander, Shankar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Daljit Singh said. A country-made pistol, two live ammunition and an used one was recovered from the ultra – a native of Lotania village under Hussainabad police station in Jharkhand’s Palamu district. Yadav was wanted in several cases including the murder of a farmer four months ago, the SP said.
Landmines, explosives hidden by Maoists recovered
Security forces recovered a cache of explosives and firearms of the Maoists from forests under two police station areas in Midnapore West district today, the police said. Three landmines, an improvised rifle, 30 rounds of ammunition and 20 kg of explosives were found hidden under the earth from two forests, the sources said. Acting on a tip off, CRPF personnel and police searched Pathri forest under Salbani police station and Banisole under Lalgarh police station and found the explosives hidden by Maoist ultras.