Naxal arrested by joint security forces in Bijapur
A naxal was on Monday arrested from Maoist-hit Bijapur district of southern Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadre was nabbed by a joint team of district force and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) from the forests of Awapalli police station area, a senior official told PTI.
The arrested naxalite has been identified as Yalam Dharma, an active member of Awapalli Janmilitia group of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), the official said. The patrol party was on a combing operation in the Aawaplli area, which lies over 400 kms from the state capital Raipur, when it nabbed Dharma on suspicion, the official said.
Three Naxals arrested in separate search operations
Three Naxals, two of them carrying rewards on their head, were on Monday arrested in separate search operations in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.”Two ultras were apprehended from the forests of Tator village in Kondagaon district by a team of local police,” Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Surjit Atri said over phone. The arrested were identified as Baiju (26) of Aadnar janmilitia group and Ramlal (30) of Cheema janmilitia group of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). They were carrying rewards of Rs 5000 and Rs 4000, the ASP said. They were involved in a number of crimes like loot, arson and murder, he added.
Huge cache of explosives recovered in Odisha
In two separate incidents, huge cache of explosives planted by Maoists were today recovered in Odisha’s Koraput district by security personnel belonging to BSF and Odisha police. According to police, a search operation was launched on Siriguda-Dandabadi road under Narayanpatna police limits this morning and the explosives, kept in a steel container and left half-buried in a bushy area, was recovered.
“We recovered the live explosives near Siriguda village. There was around 30 kg of Impoverished Explosive Devices (IED) in the steel pot. The Maoists had planted the explosives targeting the security men engaged in anti-Naxalite operations,” SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar said. The explosives were defused at the spot as it was risky to transport them to the headquarters, he added. In another incident, securitymen recovered 132 gelatin sticks, one claymore mine, three pairs of Maoist uniforms and Naxal literature from Naranga forest under Narayanpatna police limits.
‘Maoists’ ask private company in Shahdol to pay cash, jaggery
BHOPAL: Maoist communication for extortion is becoming regular in Madhya Pradesh. After posters were pasted in Singrauli hospital allegedly by Maoists asking doctors to pay Rs 40 lakh last month, a private company in Shahdol district received a demand letter allegedly from Maoists on Friday asking them money, cooking oil, jaggery, and other items.
The incidents coupled with reports about increasing movement of Naxalites along the bordering regions of the state has come as a shot in the arm for the state government that has been trying to get six districts included in the Centre’s list as Naxalite affected. Police officials said that around six masked men reached G T Company Ltd at around 4 am on Friday and asked the security guard to open the gate. As he refused, one of them handed him a letter, which police said was addressed to company’s general manager, Jai Singh on a Maoist’s letterhead written with red ink.
The manager has been asked to arrange for Rs 25 lakh in cash, mustard oil, cloths, and jaggery. He was also threatened of dire consequences if the demands were not met. Persons who gave the letter claimed themselves to be Maoist cadres from bordering Chhattisgarh and Bihar states, said sources. Police officials have confiscated the letter and began investigations. When contacted Shahdol superintendent of police (SP) G G Pandey confirmed the incident and said investigations were on.
“They could possibly be criminals allegedly extorting in the name of Maoists. We will identify them,” he said. The last Maoist related incident from Shahdol district dates to 2009 when seven suspects were detained from Shahdol railway station after they got off the Durg-Gorakhpur Express on September 28. The accused were residents of Narayanpur district in Chattisgarh’s Bastar region and were wanted in cases of arson, blast and attack on police and other cases of violence. No other case relating to Naxalites was reported from this area since. However, the state government had been pursuing the Centre to declare seven more districts in state as Naxalite-affected so that funds can be allocated under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) for ensuring additional security in these districts.
Though Naxalite activities were effectively curbed in Madhya Pradesh, reports of their activities and regrouping are coming in from bordering districts like Sidhi, Singrauli, Dindori, Mandla, Anuppur and Shahdol. Balaghat remains the only district on list of Union government. Top police officials in the state claim that “There are two fronts to – combating an ideological battle with Maoists and another criminals extorting in the name of Maoists”.
Woman Maoist killed in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A woman Maoist ultra was on Sunday killed in a fierce gunfight with security personnel in Sukma district in southern Chhattisgarh, police said. “An encounter between Maoists and a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force and district police took place in the evening in the dense forests that fall under the Bhejji police station area,” said Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), SR Bhagat.
The security personnel came under fire from Maoists during combing operations in the area, which lies at a distance of over 450km from state capital Raipur, the ASP said. The rebels, among whom were several women, opened fire on the security team near Birabhatti village, inviting retaliatory firing. The exchange lasted an hour after which the ultras fled into the forest, leaving behind their dead comrade who had been killed in the firing. The identity of the slain Maoist is yet to be ascertained, the ASP said. A .303 rifle, a few live rounds and other items have been recovered from the spot, police added. PTI
Maoist prisoners on hunger strike in Hazaribag jail
HAZARIBAG: Around 80 CPI (Maoist) prisoners, currently lodged in LokNayak Jai PrakashNarayan Central jail, is on a hunger strike since Saturday in protest against death sentences delivered against two of its members including former self styled area commander Virendra Ram alias Vidrohi and Keshav Sao for Beltu massacre case in which 14 members Gram RakshaSamittee were killed in April 2001.
The samittee was active against the rebel. The court of the district and sessions judge Raj Kumar Tuli who found them guilty in the case awareded deaht penalty on July 17. The jail authorities when contacted refused to divulge anything. However, sources said that around 80 prisoners under the leadership of Narayan Sanyal and Ravi Sharma, two top Maoists who are lodged in this jail for the last three years have commenced their hunger strike. No untoward incident took place in the jail owing to the hunger-strike but security inside the jail have been tightened.