Maoists put up posters in Rayagada
Tension prevailed in Muniguda area of Rayagada district following appearance of Maoist posters on Sunday. The posters found at Dhoba Chhack and Hatamuniguda areas exhorted public to protest the Lower Suktel project at Balangir and Posco steel plant at Jagatsinghpur.
The Maoists also flayed the State Government to trying to displace innocent villages in the name of industrialisation. Forest areas of Rayagada have of late turned into safe havens for the ultras. While Bansadhara dalam of the CPI(Maoist) outfit dominates many areas of the district, Sabyasachi Panda led Odisha Maobadi Party controls the Chandrapur area of the district.
Senior BJP leader assassinated by Naxals, police clueless about attackers and motive
Dantewada: Tomar was killed when he had gone to inspect an under-construction bridge, which was being developed by his company. A ruling BJP leader was on Monday gunned down by Naxalites in Katekalyan region of the Maoist-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
“The vice-president of district unit of BJP Shivdayal Tomar (50) was shot dead by ultras in Kawad village under Katekalyan police station area when he had gone to inspect an under-construction bridge there,” Dantewada Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rajesh Kukreja said.
According to locals, two attempts were made on Tomar’s life. While he managed to escape the first attack by a youth who opened indiscriminate fire on him, another youth emerged from the crowd who ultimately shot him dead. Despite the police presence, both attackers fled the spot.
A massive police operation has been launched to nab the accused, a mission which could take the cops to the den of Maoist activity in one of the worst leftist-violence affected district in the country. A native of Dantewada town, Tomar owned a construction company and took contracts of roads and bridge construction in the region. Today afternoon, he went to Kawad village along with his manager to visit an under-construction bridge being built by his company. He frequently visited there to take stock of the work. Injured Tomar was rushed to a local hospital after the attack where he was declared brought dead.
Suktel protesters stall work, 16 held
BALANGIR: Sixteen protesters, suspected to be Maoist sympathizers, were arrested from Lower Suktel irrigation project site in Balangir district on Monday. The protesters were arrested for trying to stop machinery from being taken to the work site at Magurbeda. With this, the number of arrets at the project site has gone up to 76.
The protests were triggered with the involvement of activists of Niyamgiri Surakshya Samiti (NSS), the outfit fighting against Vedanta Aluminum Limited (VAL) at Lanjigarh, two weeks ago. “Sixteen persons, including the group leader Lenin, were remanded in judicial custody, said SP (Balangir) R Prakash.
“For the last two days the protesters have been camping near Dunguripali, the project affected village. They were armed with sharp weapons,” said Prakash. He said with several people trying to disrupt the project work, they had to clamp Section 144 of CrPC at the work site.