CCL suffers production loss of 1.6 lakh tonnes due to naxal bandhs
New Delhi, Mar 19:The government today said CIL arm, Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL), suffered a production loss of around 1.6 lakh tonnes (LT) in the first 11 months of the current fiscal due to naxal bandhs. “Loss in coal production on account of naxal bandhs during the period April’12 to Feb’13 in CCL was approximately 1.6 lakh tonnes,” the Minister of State for Coal, Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Asked on the steps taken to improve coal output in the naxal affected areas, the minister said that CCL, a Coal India Ltd (CIL) subsidiary, has indicated it is trying to make up the loss by increasing the production of other working days.
The minister also said: “As such, police and public order are the state subjects and action with respect to maintenance of law and order lies primarily with the state governments. “The Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that the central government closely monitors the situation and supplements the efforts of the state governments over a wide range of measures including assisting them under security and development related schemes.”
Naxal killed in gunfire, 2 Armymen hurt
Two commandos suffered bullet injuries in a gun-battle with Naxals in a forest area near Marartola village in the Gondia district of east Maharastra late on Sunday night. A Naxalite was reportedly killed, while another grievously injured in the shootout.
The two commandos are said to be out of danger. Acting on a tip-off, the commandos reached the spot in the forest, about 500 metres from the village at around 9.30 pm, where about 15 Naxals were having a meeting with the Marartola villagers to brainwash and recruit them for their mission. According to an official, the Naxals were armed with self-loading rifles that were stolen from the local police in the past. The team of 20 C-60 commandos managed to spot the Naxals in the dark and opened fire at them, killing one of them. The gun-battle went on for at least 30 minutes.
The Naxals shot back in retaliation, injuring two commandos, identified as 29-year-old Sanjay Katre, who suffered a bullet injury to his hand and 28-year-old Ramesh Ukey, who suffered a leg injury. Superintendent of Gondia, Dilip Zelke informed that both the commandos were out of danger and recuperating at a hospital in Gondia. Even though the police believe that a Naxal has been killed, Mr Zelke confirmed that they have not found his body. It is learnt that other Naxals may have buried the body or left with it.All the Naxals managed to escape and the search operations are going on to find them.
Maoists plot foiled: Gelatin seized in Jharkhand
Latehar: A large quantity of materials required for making explosives were recovered and a suspected Maoist was arrested in Latehar district Tuesday. During a checking of vehicles at Chandwa police station area, the police found 25 cylinders, 16 pressure cookers, three bundles of wire and six kg gelatin being ferried by a tempo rickshaw, Superintendent of Police Kranti Kumar told reporters here.
Kumar said the arrested person in this connection was allegedly involved in the January 7 attack on the security forces at Katia in the district. The rebel confessed that the consignment was being taken to the Maoists for making explosives. PTI