Huge cache of arms recovered from Maoist-hit Lalgarh
Security forces have recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging to Maoists from West Bengal’s Lalgarh District. Acting on a tip-off, police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel launched a joint operation in the area against the ultras. The Commandant of the CRPF’s 50th Battalion, Shankarlal Sengupta, said that around 35 to 40 kilograms of explosives have been recovered during the combing operation.
“We carried out operations and eventually we could recover some explosives as you have seen approximately it may be 35 to 40 kg and one single barrel 315 inch weapon possibly it is country-made but I am not sure that the expert will be able to tell whether it is country-made or hand made and one live IED (improvised explosive device), it is still underground and the squad will arrive,” said Sengupta.
Considering it as a big achievement, Sengupta said that 70 country-made weapons have also been recovered. “70 odd weapons from Enayetpur, all our country- made and for today it is a big achievement for the joint forces,” he added.
Cops, Reds exchange fire for 40 minutes
JAMSHEDPUR: A day after the West Singhbhum district saw the killing of six villagers by Maoists, in the self-styled jan adalat, the district police had a tough time reaching the remote forest village for recovering the bodies on Thursday. Police had to engage in a gun battle for over 40 minutes with the Prasad Guru squad of the rebels at Manmaru village under Tebo police station area of Chakradharpur division, about 120 km from here. “Four members of the Prasad Guru squad sustained bullet injuries in the lower part of their bodies, but managed to escape into the Porahat jungle in Saranda,” said A K Singh, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Kolhan division.
He added that police recovered two sophisticated arms, including a pistol, 30 live cartridges, three cell phones, Maoists uniform and literature from the encounter site. “The number of deaths and their identities will be known once the team returns by this evening,” said the DIG. He, however, did not deny the fact that six villagers were killed in the peoples’ court. Meanwhile, the red guerrillas reinforced their presence in the Porahat region of the Saranda jungle killing six villagers in the self styled peoples’ court in Manmaru village under Tebo police station area on Wednesday evening. According to sources, the local Maoist squad pronounced death penalty on the six villagers, accused of killing two suspected Maoist sympathizers in retaliation.
The six were allegedly involved in the killing of Somu Bodra and Hangera Hansa Munda, residents of Tetai village and Desai village in Gudri block, following a scuffle over lottery (Huba Daba), run unlawfully in the village, on the night of March 3 and dumped their bodies into the gorge in the remote forest area. The next morning, when Munda and Bodra didn’t return home their family members approached local Maoist leaders for help, who in turn searched the two missing villagers for several days only to confront two of the six villagers, on March 9, who had allegedly eliminated Bodra and Munda.
Following pressure from the Maoists, the two aides revealed the identity of the other four who were involved in the killing. Subsequently, the local Maoist squad convened the peoples’ court on March 13 to announce punishment. On March 13, the rebels pronounced the death penalty at the kangaroo court and asked the villagers to lynch the offenders. “The rebels squad asked the family members of the two victims (Bodra and Munda) to hurl stones at the six accused.
The villagers present in the peoples’ court were asked to follow suit. The rebels wounded the six accused with sharp-edged weapons and left them to succumb to the injuries,” said a villager to the police, revealed sources at Tebo police station. The villagers reportedly killed by the red ultras have been identified as Lita Odeya, Mangu Odeya, Hindu Odeya, Badiya Odeya, Selai Odeya and Dubehani Purty.
Maoists gear up to counter Operation Green Hunt
GUMLA: Maoists have launched a Break Operation to check Green Hunt under the command of a new military wing christened as People Liberation Jharkhand Army, according to reports reaching from Sivil forest – the Maoist bastion in the district.
They also claimed to have seized some caps of the security forces during the encounter on Wednesday. The rebels have said they are not against police, but are against the system. Police are also sons of farmers and labourers like us, reports said. The hills of Jhariya – Kerakona and Luru Sakseri near Sivil area in Chainpur police station here boomed with the firings of mortars and bullets on Thursday when the security forces and Maoists were engaged in an encounter which continued till after noon.
Meanwhile, security forces could take out the body of the slain jawan Manoj Bakhla and injured Brajesh Licha and Vikram Ray from the dense forest before ferrying them in a helicopter to the state capital, 24 hours after the incident. DGP Rajiv Kumar, ADG CRPF V K Reddy, IG CRPF MV Rao, ADG (law and order) DK Pande, DIG Sheetal Oraon, JAP -I Commandant NK Singh and SP Jatin Narwal walked miles to reach the spot at Ghatodipa located in the Maoist zone where the BSF chopper landed. JAP Commandant Singh accompanied the body of the jawan and injured ones to the state capital. Perhaps for the first time cops like DGP and others reached the spot, said a police officer here.
“It was an evacuation operation during which security forces targeted the Maoists, which demoralized the latter, ” an officer said, adding some causalty has also been inflicted upon the rebels. Earlier, both Gumla SP and JAP Commandant reached Madwa village with a big contingent of security forces. An encounter between the security forces and Maoists started on Wednesday afternoon when four big contingents of security forces launched an operation from different sides to take on them, a police officer said.
It occurred between the first contingent of the forces comprising CRPF, JAP, Jharkhand Jaguar, CoBRA and the district police, he added. JAP – jawan Manoj Bakhla was killed while rest two Brajesh Licha and Vikram Ray sustained injuries. Maoist central committee member Arvindji has been camping with a huge number of Maoists in the Sivil area for over one and month, while the security forces too were stationed in the strategic locations in the forest region for the same period. Despite anti-Maoist operations launched by the forces, Maoists did not come across them. The residents of Munda and Oraon inhabiting Sivil hamlet with 120 household have left it and have taken shelter at the village school as the encounter erupted nearby forests on Thursday, according to reports.
Cops, Naxals exchange fire
Chandrapur: The special operation squad of Gadchiroli police exchanged fire with Naxals in a brief encounter in Khobramenda jungle in Kurkheda sub-division of Gadchiroli on Thursday morning. Though no casualties were reported from either side, cops recovered arms and ammunition along with other Naxal material from the spot. The C-60 squad engaged in anti-Naxal operation was ambushed by Naxals in Khobramenda under Malewada police outpost at 11.15am.
Police jawans retaliated and forced the rebels to retreat. Cops recovered a pistol, three bullets, a pressure bomb, a claymore mine, detonators, two solar chargers, batteries and other Naxal material during the post-encounter search operation. Additional forces have been rushed and anti-Naxal operations intensified after the incident.
Naxals reappear in Virajpet
Madikeri: Kodagu district, which had witnessed Naxalite activity in the past, has once again reportedly recorded the presence of the ultras. Sources said a team of four armed Naxals — allegedly the same group that was spotted in the past — had visited a few villages on the Karnataka-Kerala border on March 12 and held discussions with coffee workers. However, the information came to light only on Thursday. The Naxals, who include Vikram Gowda, Koti Konda Ravindra, Sundari and an unidentified person, reportedly visited Parakette kere and Pookala villages on the inter-state border in Virajpet taluk.
They allegedly inquired about the standard of living of coffee workers and asked for rice. The Naxals might have made their way to the villages from Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, it is suspected. In the past, the same team has visited Kalur village, the native place of Legislative Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, on October 29. According to reports, on Thursday too, the Naxal group visited a village in Virajpet taluk on the Karnataka-Kerala border and took 25 kg of rice, 5 kg of wheat and RS. 500 in cash from the house of one Harish.
Jawan killed, 4 others injured in Manipur blast
Imphal: A jawan of the Assam Rifles was killed and four others were injured in a bomb blast in Manipur’s Morel town today. The bomb went off as a battalion of the Assam Rifles was patrolling the Imphal-Moreh national highway in Monjang in Chandel district, about 120 kms from Imphal, officials said. The four jawans injured were hit by splinters and have been admitted to a hospital in Moreh.