Maoist insurgent arrested by Chhattisgarh police
A Maoist insurgent carrying a cash award of Rs 17,000 on his head, was arrested during a joint search operation in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said here today. “Sagnu Ram, a 25-year-old member of Barda’s local Maoist guerrilla squad was nabbed from Latapara village under Badedongar police station during a search operation conducted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force yesterday,” the official told PTI.
A police search patrol was on a combing operation in the forests of Diganar, Mohpal, Bedagaon and Bhaisabada villages of the region for the past four days. On getting a tip-off about Maoist presence in the area, Sagnu was rounded up, the officer said, adding, he admitted being involved in the Maoist movement during interrogation.
A resident of Kolenga village under Badepara police station limits, Sagnu joined the Maoist cadre before 2006 and was allegedly involved in several incidents of firing on police patrols, planting mines and ambushing security forces, the official said. The insurgent was also involved in looting ballot boxes and jeeps during the 2006 elections in Badgai and Bhongapal, the official said.
Arms smuggler with Maoist link caught
LUCKNOW: Three persons were caught with arms from Aliganj area on Friday night. The trio was headed to Nepal via Bahraich allegedly to deliver the .32 pistols to Maoist leaders. The pistols were bought from Munger-based arms dealers and were similar to those sold by US arms manufacturers. On Friday, the sleuths from crime branch were tipped by their informers about the movement of three arms smugglers, Prithviraj Giri alias Baba, Ankit Singh and Angnu Yadav in the city.
The three had boarded a tempo from Purania crossing to reach Qaiserbagh bus stand. The trio wanted to reach Bahraich by early Saturday and cross over the border. At around 7.30 pm, the three were intercepted by cops and three pistols were recovered from them. The three are natives of Shravasti district and used to visit Nepal frequently. The police booked the three under Arms Act.
Maoist squad member with 13 warrants held
A Maoist squad member Govind Singh Sardar was arrested by in Bankura district in the early hours of Saturday. He was produced in the Khatra sub-divisional court of Bankura. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided Govind’s house in Hizali village in Barikul police station area and arrested him. “At least 13 warrants have been pending against him.
He was also involved in the killing of tribal CPM leader Haren Baske,” Bankura superintendent of police Mukesh Kumar said. Govind had earlier operated in both West Midnapore and Bankura. He had disappeared from the area after the police turned the heat on the rebels in the Jangalmahal following the death of top Maoist leader Kishenji.
Maoist who was freed after Collector abduction, arrested
Hardcore Maoist Sriramulu Srinivas, wanted in several cases in Odisha, has been arrested, about two years after he was released on bail during the abduction of the then Malkangiri district Collector R. Vineel Krishna. “Sriramulu was arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police in Khammam district in the neighbouring state yesterday on the basis of certain information provided by us,” Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.
Sriramulu, against whom some cases related to Maoist activities are pending in Malkangiri, would be brought on remand by Odisha Police soon, he said. A key leader of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoists), Srinivas and his wife Vimla, also a hardcore and most wanted Maoist, were followed by police following information about their presence in Kalimela area of Malkangiri a few days ago, the SP said.
However, the rebel couple managed to flee and entered Andhra Pradesh through Chhattisgarh in a jeep, Singh said, adding that Malkangiri Police which chased the ultras up to the border, informed the police in Andhra Pradesh.
Finally, the Maoists were intercepted and Srinivas was arrested at a place in Khammam district of AP after an encounter but Vimla managed to escape, he said adding steps would be taken soon for bringing the arrested ultra on remand as some cases are pending against him here. Srinivas, whose release was demanded by abductors of Vineel Krishna in February 2011, had been freed on bail in the wake of the hostage crisis while other cases are pending against him, police said.
BSF personnel sent to Odisha for anti-Naxal operations
NEW DELHI: Two contingents of 1,000 newly trained personnel each have been despatched by the Centre for anti-Naxal operations in Odisha, taking the total number of central paramilitary troops for the purpose across the country to one lakh. The personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) have been sent to Odisha to be deployed in Nabrangpur, Koraput and Rayagada districts and they will undertake anti-Maoist operations in coordination with the state police, a senior paramilitary official said here.
With the induction of these two battalions of security forces, the total number of personnel committed by the central government for anti-Maoist operations has risen to one lakh, he said. Each battalion comprises around 1,000 soldiers. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has deployed about 82 battalions, BSF 11 battalions (five in Chhattisgarh and six in Odisha) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) six battalions such operations in various Naxal violence-hit states of the country.
Almost another five battalions (5,000 personnel) of these central forces are waiting in the wings or are undergoing training and they will be also sent soon for operations to deal with the Maoists, the official said. The Union Home Ministry, under whom the operational and administrative control of these forces are vested, is also chalking plans to provide more helicopters for the supporting the troops on the ground in these states.
Naxal training camp busted in Chhattisgarh; six held
Special Task Force jawans busted a naxal training camp in dreaded Abuzamad area in Chhattisgarh and arrested six ultras, including two women and a minor boy, police said today. Police seized three muzzle-loading guns, one tiffin bomb and other explosives after the joint team of STF and district police engaged in a brief encounter with naxals holed up in the hideout, a senior officer said.
“The Maoists were nabbed in the forest area of restive Abhujmad region under Narayanpur police station in a joint operation conducted by district police force and STF jawans yesterday,” SP Amit Tukaram Kamble told PTI. He said the joint team had been on the trail of naxals since March 22 on a tip-off and finally zeroed in on them near Nelnar village. “When the team reached near Madin river yesterday, they located the naxal camp and started encircling it.
On seeing that jawans were closing in, naxals opened indiscriminate firing which was retaliated”, Kamble said, adding, some of the naxals managed to escape in the dense forest. However, police caught hold of six of them including two women, identified as Manko Kavachi (20) and Baisi Padyami (19) besides Masur Juri (18), Shankar Yadav (40), Bhimesen Poyami (25) and a 16-year-old boy, the officer said. He said so far no reports of injury, either to policemen or naxals, have been received.
Police also recovered a solar plate, four radio sets, couple of torch, a flash light, some medicines, clothes, laptop chargers, and other Naxal-related material. The SP said police have widened the dragnet to catch the Maoists.