Five Naxals held in Bastar
Five naxalites including a woman were arrested today during separate search operations in Maoist-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. “Three cadres were nabbed by a joint contingent of district police force and CRPF from forests of Kiskoda village of Narayanpur district,” Narayanpur DSP N K Sahu told PTI. The arrests came after a patrol party was mobilised based on a tip-off about the movement of ultras in the forests in Narayanpur, about 350 kms from here.
The ultras were identified as Fulsingh Salaam (30), Baijnath (25) and Punaye (40), the female member. Salaam and Baijnath were involved in various cases of murder, attempt to murder and dacoity, the DSP said. The arrested woman cadre was associated with Jantana Sarkar group of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), Sahu said. The naxalites were produced in a local court, which sent them to jail, he said. Two others were arrested in separate incidents in Kondagaon district. Kuldhar (27), a member of Padeli LOS (local operation squad) of outlawed CPI (Maoist) was apprehended from Mardapal police station limits, police said.
In another search operation, a team of local police arrested Mannu Ram (45), a member Barda Dalam of Maoists. They both admitted to being involved in incidents of booth capturing and attack on policemen in the region. The tribal-dominated Bastar region, a hotbed of Maoist activities, consists of seven districts- Kanker, Bastar, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada.
Three Maoists arrested, Rs 28 lakh seized
A case was registered against the owner of a firm and two of his employees after police arrested three Maoists and seized Rs 28 lakh collected by them from a firm in naxal affected West Singhbhum district today, a senior police officer said. Superintendent of Police of West Singhbhum Pankaj Kamboj said a case has been registered against the owner of Ores India, Vinay Pasari, manager of the company and the cashier Ajay Kumar Singh.
Addressing a press conference here Kamboj said, Ores India has been engaged in raising and transporting iron-ore for SAIL and the company had already paid Rs 10 lakh as levy to the Maoists about six months ago. Rs 28 lakh paid today was the final instalment of the negotiated levy amount, which was delivered by the company’s manager and the cashier to the Maoist. They came in a vehicle and handed over the amount to the three arrested Maoists between Tumsahi and Rego villages, the SP said adding that the police, which has laid a trap following a tip-off, arrested three ultras but the company officials managed to escape.
The arrested Maoists have been identified as Amit Hansdah alias Chandan, Suryam alias Siaram alias Ramlal and Charmia Cherwa, he said. The arrested Maoists were handed over a letter written by their leader Sandip and collected the levy among, the SP said. Police has also seized a letter in reply given by the Ores India intimating about the full and final instalment paid today.