Grenades recovered from Kandhamal forests
BERHAMPUR: Security forces have recovered three grenades and empty containers along with Maoist belongings from forests near Daringbadi and Kotagarh in Kandhamal district in the last two days, police said on Friday. The grenades recovered from Kerubadi-Kalingabadi forest are suspected to have been looted by the Red rebels from security forces, said a senior police officer.
“We are investigating from where the grenades were looted,” said SP (Kandhamal) J N Pankaj. Two pairs of Maoist uniform, some clothes, switch board, polythene sheets and wire bundles were also seized from the same spot. Similarly, security forces have recovered DVD players, three empty containers and a bundle of wires from the forest near Srirampur within Kotagarh police limits during combing operation on Wednesday.
No Maoist was arrested from both places. “The rebels had deserted the places leaving behind their belongings after being tipped off about the combing operation,” police officer said. He said the items, including the grenades, which were recovered from Kerubadi-Kalingabadi forest might belong to the ultras led by Sabyasachi Panda. The items recovered from Srirampur, however, are suspected to have belong to CPI (Maoist), he stated. Besides the Sabyasachi-led group, several cadres of CPI (Maoist) from Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh were also camping in the forests bordering Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada districts, police said.
Explosives recovered in K’mal, K’put
During an operation conducted by the joint forces of the CRPF, the DVF and district police in Srirampur forest in Kandhamal district on Wednesday, the security forces busted a Maoist camp of the Bansadhara division and recovered a DVD player, three steel containers and a bundle of electric wire from the camp. On the very next day, the joint forces of the SOG and the local police conducted a raid on an old camp of the Odisha Maovadi Party during an operation at Kalingbadi jungle under Daringbadi police station limits.
The forces recovered 36 high explosive granites, two pairs of Maoist uniform, an electric switch board, magazine pouch, a polythene sheet and a bundle of electric wire, said Kandhamal SP JN Pankaj. Similarly, explosives were seized during a joint operation by the SOG Jawans and the local police at a jungle near Naranga village of Tentulipadar gram panchayat under Narayanpatna police limits in Koraput district on Friday. The joint forces recovered 10kg clamour mine along with other Maoist articles from a Maoist dump area in the forest, the police said.
Two hardcore Maoists arrested in Sasaram
Sasaram: Two hardcore Maoists were arrested on Saturday and arms and explosives meant for ambushing a police team recovered from them in Rohtas district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, police raided the hideout of the Maoists, identified as Umesh Singh and Sriram Thakur, in Rajpur market and arrested them, Superintendent of Police (SP) Manu Maharaj said. Three cane bombs and 20 kgs of explosive powder were allegedly seized. The ultras, associates of an incarcerated Maoist cadre Rajesh Sharma alias Tufani, had planned to use the explosives to ambush a police party, he said. The duo was being interrogated, Maharaj said.
Two Maoists arrested in Odisha’s Koraput
KORAPUT: Two hardcore Maoists involved in murder and other offences were arrested by security personnel during a combing operation in Narayanpatna area of Odisha’s Koraput district, police said on Saturday. The Maoists, identified as Rupana Mandingi and Madhaba Habika of Srikakulam-Koraput Joint Division Committee (SKDC) of CPI (Maoist), were caught during a joint combing by BSF jawans and police personnel on Friday, they said.
“Mandingi has at least eight cases registered against him and Habika was in our wanted list for his involvement in as many as five cases,” said sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Laxmipur, Y Jagannath Rao. Police said during interrogation Mandingi confessed to his involvement in the murder of one Nityananda Melka in 2009 and attacking the Narayanpatna police station the same year. Similarly, Habika has admitted his participation in the murder of at least three persons, including the killing of BSF jawans Xaviar Kindo in 2012, they added.
4 suspected rebels arrested with arms in West Singhbhum
JAMSHEDPUR: West Singhbhum police have arrested four suspected Maoists, including self-styled chairman of Krantikari Kisan Committee (KCC), a frontal outfit, from Chiria in Manoharpur. The four rebels identified as KCC ‘chairman’ Vishnu Cherwa, Mangal Surin, Dubi Guria and Birsa, all in their mid thirties, were nabbed from Bangrukiri and Surgai villages in Saranda forest area. Of the four rebels, Cherwa was the first to be arrested on Thursday while the rest were nabbed early on Friday. The Maoists were nabbed in a joint search operation of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district police.
Landmine weighing 40kg, hand grenade, three single- shot barrel and pistol were recovered from the Red guerrillas. “They (arrested Maoists) were holed up in the (Saranda) forest for the past few days. Police caught them during joint search operation,” said West Singhbhum SP Pankaj Kamboj. The SP claimed a few more suspected Maoists could be arrested in the coming days.
“We have, however, intensified our operation in the Naxalite-affected areas,” said Kamboj. Kolhan division police launched an anti-Naxalite operation, Anaconda II, on December to flush out Maoists from the dense forest bordering Odisha to ensure effective implementation of the Saranda Action Plan in 56 villages of the district for speedy and comprehensive development of the targeted villages. After interrogating Cherwa, three of his aides were picked up in the wee hour Friday. Currently, police are interrogating the rebels.
Netarhat villagers under ‘Red curfew’
Fear looms large over Netarhat plateau in Gumla district. The wobbly buses that ply on dusty roads between Ghagra and Netarhat are running empty these days. Markets too are deserted. The self-imposed curfew in dozens of villages is a result of Naxal presence for the past few days. These areas are mostly dominated by tribals – Asur, Birjia and other primitive tribes residing under Bisunpur block.
The rebels have also stopped them from leaving their villages. According to sources, Naxals are flocking here to participate in a meet. A Home Ministry report also reveals that top leaders from the Maoist Central Committee would participate in the get-together, at Raidih under Gumla district on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border. Meanwhile, the forest-dwellers can’t go outside.
“They have partially sealed villages and banned on our exit from the village. The rebels come and threaten us with terrible penalty if we help the police,” said a villager. The Maoists want to prevent villagers from talking to the forces or sharing any information on the rebels’ whereabouts, since it usually leads to an anti-Naxal operation. For now, the hamlets of Aral-loya, Tumsa, Rol, Sandri, Harup, Serka, Salam, Nawatoli, Chinri, Polpolpat, Hesrag and others are considering migrating if the dread continues.
UAV showing results; rebel ‘deputy commander’ killed
It was the first time, on Friday morning that the police succeeded in tracing the hideout of insurgents through unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and gunned down a deputy commander of the rebels belonging to Daula Dalam operating in Bastar.
Huge quantity of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the Naxal hideout. SDOP Dev Narayan Patel informed that on the inputs received from UAV, a joint team of District police force from Chhote Dongar Thana of Narayanpur district and Central Reserve Police Forces 39 battalion jawans had gone for searching on Thursday in the forests of Madonar, where rebels attacked the security forces. After intense firing from both sides, the insurgents fled into the dense forests.
But, when the team of security forces was returning to Brehbeda, in between Madonar and Mandora it was again attacked by the rebels, leading to a fierce gun battle in which one of the top insurgentswas gunned down. After the encounter, the search team recovered three .303 riffle, three SLRs, 22 rounds of live cartridges, seven units of detonators, Maoist literatures along with body of the insurgent from the site.
Odisha: Illegal Gun Factory Busted
Security personnel today busted a country-made gun factory in Odisha’s Malkangiri district and seized explosives from Kandhamal district during separate raids, police said. The country-made guns were being manufactured by Madhi Unga at Pakurkonda village under Kalimela police station area in Malkangiri district. The guns were being supplied to Maoists, said Kalimela police station inspector-in-charge Surendra Kumar Nayak.
Three country-made new guns, six rounds of cartridges, four kg of explosives and certain amount of gun powder were recovered from Unga’s house. Unga fled from the village along with his family members. A case under the Arms Act had been registered at Kalimela police station. In another incident, the security personnel recovered 36 high explosives grenades, electric switch board, Maoist dresses and other belongings used by ultras during a raid at Kalingabadi village. No arrests have been made in this connection, Phulbani DSP Gupta Prasad Behera said.