Naxal gunned down by forces in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR, Aug 29 (Agencies): A naxal was killed in a fierce gun-battle with security personnel in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the encounter spot, they said.
“The face off between the ultras and the joint group of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and district force took place in the forests of Kurcholi hills under Gangalur police station limits late last night,” Bijapur additional superintendent of police Vivek Shukla told PTI over phone. “The patrol party has reached its camp this afternoon, after conducting the operation,” he said. The security personnel had been conducting anti-naxal operations in the interior parts of the Gangalur, which is over 400 kms from the state capital Raipur, for the past two days, he said.
They had inputs that the Maoists were hiding in Kurcholi and Bodlapusnar areas. On seeing the police-team near Kurcholi hills, rebels opened indiscriminate fire on the team following which they retaliated, leaving a Maoist dead. The decaesed has been identified as Hemla Munna (29), a member of military company II of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). Several others received bullet injuries but the ultras managed to take them to the core forest taking advantage of the hilly forest, the ASP said. A 12 bore gun, a 9 mm pistol, a country-made pistol, live cartridges, pressure bomb, petrol bomb, couple of grenades and naxal literature were also recovered from the spot, he added.
Naveen asks home secretary, DGP to rush to Maoist-hit Koraput
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked the home secretary and director general of police (DGP) to rush to Koraput district and take stock of the situation in the southern region of the state. Patnaik issued this direction while presiding over a high level review meeting on Tuesday’s landmine blast where at least four BSF jawans were killed and three others sustained injuries.
“The Chief Minister asked the two senior officials to go to Koraput and report him about the prevailing situation in there,” a senior official said. Besides, home secretary Vipin Kumar Saxena and DGP Prakash Mishra, the director of intelligence and inspector general (operation) attended the meeting. They have already visited the blast spot at Raleguda under Pottangi police station where a vehicle carrying BSF jawans was ambushed by the Maoists, the official said.
While asking the state police to gear up combing operation in affected areas of Koraput district, sources said, Patnaik also directed senior officials to have better coordination with paramilitary forces. At least five battalions of BSF jawans have been deployed in Odisha’s Maoist-hit Koraput and Malkangiri districts. Besides BSF, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans and Odisha’s elite anti-naxal Special Operation Group (SOG) force have been deployed in anti-Maoist operation in the state.