CRPF contingent escapes Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, April 24 (IANS) Troopers of the para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had a narrow escape Wednesday in a jungle pocket of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-riddled Bijapur district as Maoists ambushed a search party, police said. Bullets were fired, but no casualty was reported in the hour-long gunbattle, officials at the police headquarters here said. Police said the troopers sent the insurgents rushing for cover by opening fire in retaliation.
A powerful 10-kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was later recovered from the spot. A team of troopers of CRPF 199th battalion reportedly left the district headquarters – Bijapur – for search operations in nearby areas. While returning, as the team was between Naimed and Peddakodepal, Maoist insurgents who were hiding in the bushes exploded a mine and also started intense firing.
The para-military troopers also took position immediately, and returned fire. The gun-battle lasted about an hour, and insurgents withdrew into the cover of the dense forests. Police later searched the spot where the gun-battle occurred, to find a 10-kg mine, 200 metre wire, and two detonators. The bomb disposal squad later defused the IED recovered from the spot, averting what might have been a tragic explosion.
Police arrest two Maoists in W.Bengal
April 24 (ANI): Police in West Bengal’s Jhargram District arrested two Maoists and recovered the skeletal remains of three persons on Wednesday. Superintendent of Police of Jhargram, Bharati Ghosh said: “Belpahari Police and Additional Superintendent of Police (head quarters) recovered those dead bodies. China alias Subodh Hansda who is a well known Maoist leader of Binpur has been taken into police remand and we located a dead body of Sukhomoy Hembram.
Through another Maoist leader Bhagabat Hansda, we located two dead bodies of Ganesh Soren and Jiten Murmu. The three dead bodies had been identified by family members. Two cases are running in Belpahari police station and the investigation continues.” Recently police arrested rebels from Jhargram in eastern West Bengal state, a Maoist hot-bed. The arrested Maoists helped security forces trace the skeletal remains of three persons, out of which one was identified as a retired sub-inspector.
Three Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Three Naxalites were arrested in separate search operations in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, police said Wednesday. “Two wanted ultras were nabbed by joint contingent of district force and Border Security Force (BSF) from Amagaon village under Tadoki police station limits of Kanker district yesterday,” a senior police official said. Those arrested were identified as Leelaram Usendi (30) and Sawan Singh Dhruv (52), the official said.
The police party was on a combing operation in the region when they got tip off about the presence of ultras there, following which it rounded them up, he said. In another search operation, Ganga Ram Korram (45) was arrested from forests of restive Benur police station area of Narayanpur district today during combing operations. Korram admitted to being involved in Maoist movement during interrogation, he said. The arrested cadres were involved in several incidents of loot, arson and murder, he said. PTI