Two engines derail in C’garh; Naxal hand suspected
Raipur: Two engines of a goods train derailed in Maoist-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh after suspected Naxalites removed the fishplates from tracks on Jagdalpur -Vishakhapattam route Thursday, a top police officer said. According to preliminary information, two engines of a goods train going towards Visakhapatnam jumped off the track in the area, over 250km from here, which is a Naxal belt, Bastar Additional Superintendent of Police S R Salaam said over phone.
A police team has been dispatched to Chhotekaklur area, where the incident took place, he said, adding “reports were received that ultras had removed the fishplates from the railway track early this morning.” Freight trains to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh usually pass through this route and Naxals often target them, Salaam added. PTI
CRPF seeks IAF help to evacuate 500 men stuck in Naxal hotbed
A week after nine alleged Maoists, including five women, were gunned down by security forces in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, around 500 men of the the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have remained stuck in the dense jungles for want of evacuation.
The CRPF approached the Indian Air Force (IAF) and requested them to extend their flying hours and evacuate the men on an emergency basis. The IAF, which provides 80 flying hours every month to various security forces in Chhattisgarh for different purposes, has already exhausted its quota for this month. The CRPF sent letters to the IAF top brass requesting them to grant 35 additional flying hours so that their men stuck in the Maoist hotbed could be evacuated.
By Tuesday evening all the men were airlifted. Officials said they planned the airlifting of the jawans as the Maoists planted IEDs on the route, which they had used to reach the encounter site. Around 1,200 CRPF personnel had gone for the Sukma operation along with the Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds and the Chhattisgarh Police on April 16. They were dispersed in different directions and around 500 men were holed up in the area.
“They are camping in an area which is a Maoist hotbed. We requested the IAF to deploy their Mi-17 helicopters for evacuating our men,” said a senior official.
Maoist held with aide
RANCHI: The district police on Tuesday arrested a zonal commander of CPI ( Maoist) Nirmal Horo alias Nirdesh Horo alias Ignesh Horo from Bariyatu locality in the city along with one of his aides Sanjay Hooter. The rebel was arrested while police were conducting raids to nab bike thieves in the area. SSPRanchiSaket Kumar Singh confirmed the arrests.
Maoists kill two villagers in Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Apr 25: Maoists killed two people in Odisha a day after kidnapping them from a village, police said Thursday. The rebels also set afire a mobile phone tower in the same village. Superintendent of Police Akhileshwar Singh said the Maoist guerrillas on Tuesday kidnapped at gun point three people from Kyang village in Malkangiri district, about 650 km from here, accusing them of being police informers.
The rebels killed two people Wednesday night and released one person. They also set on fire a mobile phone tower in Kyang village, Singh told IANS. Kyong village is located near the state’s border with Chhattisgarh. Security personals were sent to the village Thursday, the officer added.
This is the third such incident reported from Malkangiri district this year. Earlier on April 4, Maoists killed a village council chief in Kurmanur area of the district. Another man was killed by the rebels in a village close to Odisha’s border with Andhra Pradesh Jan 16, according to the police officer. Maoists are active in more than half of state’s 30 districts. The district of Malkangiri is considered one of the strongholds of the rebels.
Maoists abduct construction workers in Bihar
Patna, Apr 25: Maoist guerrillas abducted five labourers engaged in road construction in Bihar late Wednesday, but released three of them early Thursday, police said. Nearly 40 armed rebels abducted the labourers from Basaia area of Jamui district, some 200 km from here, a police official said, adding that an operation has been launched to rescue the kidnapped labourers from Maoists.
Police suspect that the Maoists chose to abduct the workers after the construction company they were working with refused to pay extortion money to the rebels. Earlier, the rebels had abducted some labourers of the same construction company in Jamui but later released them unharmed. Jamui is considered a rebel stronghold.
Jharkhand set to ban four more rebel outfits
RANCHI: The state home department has decided to ban four more rebel organizations active in Jharkhand. With this the number of banned outfits in Jharkhand, including CPI (Maoist) and People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), reached 10. State principal home secretary J B Tubid said based on reports of intelligence agencies the state government has decided to ban four more organizations which were involved in activities against the interest of the state and the law of the land.
The banned organizations are Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad, Swatantra Jharkhand Prastuti Committee, Sashastra People Morcha and Sangharsh Jan Mukti Morcha. Sources said till now six organizations were listed as banned outfits which includes CPI (Maoist), PWG, PLFI, Tritiya Prastuti Committee, Kranti Kisan Committee and Mahila Mukti Morcha. A senior IPS officer of the state said based on the activities of the organizations collected by the intelligence agencies a report has been submitted to the home department.
“After a thorough review of the report submitted by the police headquarters the home department took a final decision. This time, we have included the name of such organizations which are not quite active on the ground but have been making efforts to reorganize their cadre at grassroots level. The four organizations were active through publication of literature and circulation of those among the masses in remote areas,” said the IPS officer.
Supporting the ban of an organization which is not even active the officer said past experiences show that once an outfit gains foothold it becomes difficult for police to control its activities. “We have faced difficulties in case of PLFI and Tritiya Prastuti Committee. So, we have decided not to take any chance and nip it in the bud before it gets out of control. If the department had taken this type of an initiative in case of PLFI and Tritiya Prastuti Committee, no other outfit other than the CPI (Maoist) would have survived,” said the IPS officer.
Red leaders’ presence heightens fear in Gumla
Gumla: Two Maoist commanders from Chhattisgarh and Bihar have arrived at Gumla forests with their cadres to strengthen security cover of top Red leader Arvindji, police sources said. The sources said Nishantji from Chhattisgarh and Pawanji from Bihar recently reached the Chainpur forest with at least 60 fighters to provide extra security cover to Arvindji, who had crossed over to the district with a big contingent, soon after the encounter at Katiya on January 7. “The duo’s arrival has led to apprehension that there may be heightened rebel strike,” a source in police said.
It is for the first time that such a large number of rebels has come at Sivil, Luru-Saksari and Roret areas in Chainpur area in the district. Police had specific information about a large number of Maoists presence in the forest and on March 13-14 an encounter took place in the forest in which a JAP jawan was killed while two others were injured. DGP Rajiv Kumar and other top police officers had rushed to the forest to encourage the personnel engaged in the encounter and Kumar claimed a number of casualties on part the Maoists.
On March 28, the Chatra incident took place when TPC men killed 10 Maoists, which had prompted the Reds to strike hard at the district’s Chainpur block headquarters killing five policemen and Chainpur police station and blew up block office three days later. Maoists had used cylinder bombs in blowing up the block office as one such was recovered from the debris.