SP, five other policemen killed in Jharkhand Naxal attack
Ranchi: Naxals carried out a daring attack in Jharkhand’s Dumka district on Tuesday when they attacked a police motorcade killing six cops, including an SP. Reports said the Naxals attacked the motorcade of Amarjit Balihar, the Superintendent of Police of neighbouring Pakur district, when he was returning from a meeting.
Balihar as well as five other police personnel were killed in the attack. Maoists opened fire on the police convoy when it was passing through the Kathikund area. Additional forces have been rushed to the spot, officials said. “Six policemen including Pakur Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar were killed in a Maoist ambush,” state Director General of Police Rajiv Kumar said. Initial reports had put the death toll at seven.
As it happened: Pakur SP, five others killed in Jharkhand
Naxal attack 21.06: Pakur SP, five others killed in Jharkhand Naxal attack A superintendent of police, known for his tough stand against Left-wing extremism, and five other policemen were killed and three others injured in an ambush by Maoists in Jharkhand’s Dumka district today. The ultras, who were lying in wait, opened fire and hurled bombs at the convoy of 45-year-old Amarjit Balihar, SP of Pakur who was returning from Dumka, state Home Secretary N N Pandey told PTI. Balihar, an IPS officer of 2003 batch, had been commandant of Jharkhand Armed Police. He was a target of Maoists due to his tough stand against them ever since his posting at Pakur, sources said. The driver of Balihar’s vehicle was among those killed, he said, adding five policemen died on the spot and another on way to the hospital.
The Maoists fired over 150 bullets at the policemen, who did not get a chance to retaliate, DIG (Dumka) Priya Dubey said, adding the ultras also looted the weapons of the policemen. The attack took place around 3.45 pm near Kathikund in Dumka district bordering Pakur, about 400 km from here, when they were returning after attending a meeting chaired by Dubey and attended by all the SPs of the range, Additional Director General of Police B B Pradhan said. Earlier, police had said the incident had occurred near the forests of Amrapara in Pakur district bordering Dumka. Besides Balihar, the dead policemen were identified as Ashok Kumar Srivastav, Chandan Kumar Thappa, Manoj Kumar Hembrom and Rajesh Kumar Sharma. The name of the sixth policeman is yet to be known, Pandey said. Their bodies were taken to Dumka and the injured were admitted to the sadar hospital there and later referred to Dhanbad hospital, he added. PTI
Naxal militia members held from forest
Bhadrachalam (AP): Two naxal militia members, wanted in connection with a string of “destructive and violent activities,” were arrested in Khammam district, a senior police officer said on Monday. “Tellam Dadaiah alias Madhu and Karam Ungaiah were arrested when they were moving in Pedda Bandirevu forest area of Dummagudem mandal under suspicious circumstances,” Bhadrachalam ASP N Prakash Reddy told.
The duo were apprehended by a special team attached to Charla and Dummagudem police stations and the personnel of CRPF 141 Battalion when they were returning after conducting combing operations last evening, he said. Dadaiah and Ungaiah have confessed to be working for Venkatapuram Area committee and Vijay Militia dalam, led by commander Musaki Bheema alias Lal, Reddy said. “The militia members had participated in many violent and destructive activities in Venkatapuram circle limits, including murder of home guard Sheelam Naresh at Parnashala, blasting of Forest guest house at Sitanagaram among others,” the ASP added.
Odisha Maoist attack: 6 including 1 cop injured
Sambalpur (Odisha): A special operation group (SOG) jawan was seriously injured after being shot at during an exchange of fire between police and Maoists in a forest in Odisha’s Subarnapur district on Tuesday, police said. The exchange of fire ensued during a combing operation in the Patrapalli-Jharbahali forests under Ulunda police station, about 70 km from here, they said.
Arms including one SLR, four rifles, a hand grenade, a pistol besides other materials being used by the ultras were seized from the spot, DIG (Western Range), Sanjay Kumar said. On a tip-off that Maoists active in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand had set up many camps in the area, the SOG with the help of local police had launched a combing operation in the area when they encountered retaliation which continued for a long time. However, the ultras succeeded in retreating into the forests, the sources said. Combing operation in the area had been intensified and senior officials including superintendent of police, Subarnapur, N Sekhar had rushed to the spot.
Hardcore Maoist arrested in Bihar
Chapra: A hardcore Maoist was arrested on Tuesday with weapons from a village in Bihar’s Saran district, a police official said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Baligaon village located in Gandak riverine area and arrested the Maoist, identified as Chandrashekhar Sahni, said to be self-acclaimed area commander of Saran region a Maoist outfit, Superintendent of Police Sujeet Kumar said. Sahni was wanted in cases of extortion and levy collection from the construction companies engaged in road and rail projects in the district and surrounding areas, he said. Two pistols among a haul of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the ultra’s possession, Kumar said.
Police arrest Maoists leader in Jharkhand
Jharkhand: Based on intelligence inputs, police arrested a Maoists leader in Jharkhand’s Latehar district recently. Superintendent of Police Michael Raj said his team raided a hideout and recovered five rifles, 73 cartridges, and other goods from a hideout after interrogating the arrested Maoist leader. “He revealed in his statement the whereabouts of the arms. On that basis, five rifles, 73 cartridges, 40 metres of police uniform and other goods were recovered,” said Raj.