Jawan Dies in Maoist Encounter in West Singhbhum
A security personnel succumbed to his injuries sustained during an encounter today in Tebo jungle in Maoist-hit West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. “A COBRA battalion jawan, Santosh Kumar Singh, died after being airlifted to Ranchi. He suffered wounds in the upper chest during the encounter with Maoists,” DIG (Kolhan) Arun Kumar Singh told PTI. The encounter, which began at 9 am during the routine long-range patrolling in Maoist-hit areas of the district, came to an end around 4.30 pm. Singh said the injured jawan was airlifted to Ranchi for treatment.
The security personnel, who were on routine long-range patrolling in the naxal-affected areas in Tebo police station of the district, retaliated when the rebels opened fire on seeing them approaching. The senior police officials of the district police and the para-military force were camping.
Journalist held on charge of links with Naxals
But his family and lawyer claim he is being framed The Maharashtra police have arrested Prashant Rahi, a freelance journalist and human rights activist from Uttarakhand, for having alleged links with Naxals. His family members and lawyer, however, claimed that he is being “framed.” According to some reports, Mr. Rahi alias Prashant Sanglikar, a resident of Haldvani in Uttarakhand, was arrested on Monday by the Gadchiroli police from Deori town in Gondia district of Maharashtra.
But the police made no official announcement of the arrest. No response from SP Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Mohammad Suvez Haque did not respond to messages sent by The Hindu. Police PRO Dharmendra Joshi said, “All I know is that there are some arrests and the accused have been sent to police custody remand [PCR].” But Mr. Rahi’s lawyer, Jagdish Meshram, told The Hindu that the activist was picked up by the Maharashtra police from Raipur in Chhattisgarh. “He was implicated in a case few years ago. After spending three years in jail and coming out on bail, he decided to fight for the cause of political prisoners.
He was in Raipur to meet a lawyer and take some documents for a special leave petition he was planning to file in the Supreme Court when the Maharashtra police arrested him,” he said. The police had slapped Sections 10, 19 and 30 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code on Mr. Rahi and a court sent him to 13-day PCR, he added. Chandrakala, wife of Mr. Rahi, said: “He is a socio-political activist. He was a freelance journalist and earlier he worked with The Statesman. He knew the pain of jail life so he was helping other political prisoners with legal aspects. For this, he would travel to many parts of India.” Some reports in a section of the media on Tuesday said Mr. Rahi was arrested “on the inputs given by a JNU student, Hem Mishra,” who was held by the Gadchiroli police last week on charges of being a Naxal courier. Mr. Meshram, who is also representing Mr. Mishra, said, “This is a police theory. According to the police, Mr. Mishra, during his 10-day PCR, told them that a senior Naxal leader will be entering from Gondia district to meet some senior Naxal leaders in the Abujhmadh division of Dandakaranya.”
The police also claimed to have arrested Prasad alias Vijay Tirki, a resident of Kanker district in Chhattisgarh, along with Mr. Rahi. Police sources said Mr. Tirki was given the responsibility to take Mr. Rahi to Abujhmadh. Mr. Meshram denied it. He said Mr. Tirki was also arrested from Raipur.
BSF recovers IED in Odisha
New Delhi, Sept 3 (IBNS): The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday said its troops detected 20 kgs of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Koraput district of Odisha on Monday. Acting on a specific BSF input, troops of 28 Battalion Border Security Force deployed in Koraput, Odisha in Anti Naxal Operation (ANO) carried out a special operation in general area of Koraput. The BSF personnel while checking a road in the Koraput area detected an unusual sound as it scanned with a metal detector in the hilly and thick forested stretch of the road.
On digging they noticed one 20 kgs IED with electric wire. A Bomb Disposal squad reached the spot and destroyed the IED with help of demolition set in the presence of the Odisha Police, the BSF said in a statement.
Security forces bust transit Naxal camp in Chhattisgarh
Security forces have busted a transit naxal camp following an encounter with the ultras during a search operation conducted in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh and recovered a large cache of arms and explosives, police said on Wednesday. Two 12 bore guns, a country-made pistol, a couple of detonators, explosives and other naxal-related material besides commodities of daily use were recovered from the camping site in forests of Awapalli police station limits last night, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Vivek Shukla said.
Joint forces comprising CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and district force were on a combing operation in the jungles of Boglapusnar village in Awapalli, based on a tip-off about a Naxal training camp in the region when the face-off took place, Shukla said. On seeing the security forces, the naxals opened indiscriminate firing following which the jawans also launched a retaliatory attack, after which the ultras fled the spot, he added.
Maoist landmines defused in Jharkhand forests
Jamshedpur: Day after a CoBRA battalion jawan was killed in an encounter in Naxal-hit West Singhbhum district, security personnel Wednesday recovered as many as seven powerful landmines and destroyed a temporary Maoist camp in Shankara during a search operation. The security personnel comprising of CRPF and district armed police force recovered seven powerful landmines from the area and destroyed a camp during the search operation today, said DIG (Kolhan) Arun Kumar Singh.
He said that all the landmines have been defused in the jungle. Earlier on Tuesday, a COBRA battalion jawan Santosh Kumar Singh who suffered an injury in the upper chest in the encounter and air-lifted to Ranchi, had succumbed to his injuries at Apollo Hospital. The encounter, which had began at 9 am during the routine long-range patrolling in Naxal-affected areas of the district, lasted till around 4.30 pm yesterday.
The security personnel, who have camped in the jungle last night, resumed their search operation since morning today, leading them to recover the explosives, planted to target them. Besides, some daily use items and Naxal literature were also recovered. However, it could not be ascertained as yet whether anyone from the rival camp sustained casualty in the encounter as the search team led by the senior police officer was yet to return, sources added.
Sushilkumar Shinde to review anti-Naxal operations, development prog in 9 states
NEW DELHI: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will take stock of anti-Naxal operations and development initiatives in Maoist-hit states with their chief secretaries and DGPs at a meeting convened here this month-end. The top civil and police officers of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will attend the meeting that will review the ongoing operations as well as development programmes being implemented there.
As monsoon is coming to an end, Naxals may try to intensify subversive activities and the top officials are likely to chalk out strategy how to deal with them, official sources said. Shinde is expected to offer all possible help to the states and advise them to step up vigil in sensitive places to maintain peace. Government recently admitted that the some of the attacks carried out by Naxals in the past were successful due to security forces’ failure to adhere to basic policing tactics. ”
An analysis of recent Naxal attacks disclose that the attacks could succeed mainly due to failure of adherence to basic policing tactics and practices by some of the state police forces,” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh had said. Such issues are likely to be discussed in the meeting, the sources said. There were 285 incidents of Naxal violence from May to July, in which 117 people lost their lives. Of the deceased, 47 were killed in Chhattisgarh, 37 were killed in Jharkhand and 15 in Bihar.
Shinde, along with top officials, is also expected to take stock of the centrally sponsored special schemes, including Integrated Action Plan, being implemented in most backward regions of the nine states, the sources said.
Rebels seek urban cover to avoid police glare
RANCHI: Do not be surprised if you wake up to the shock that your next-door neighbour is a CPM activist as more rebels nowadays are seeking cover in urban pockets. Arjun Thakur, a Naxalite, who was arrested on Monday while trying to extort money from a local trader in Namkum, was living as a tenant at a house in Nagri for the last one year. “Police interrogated his landlord. He had rented the house as a businessman,” said Ranchi (rural) SP Rajiv Ranjan.
Thanks to the district police’s inefficiency that Maoist, after feeling the squeeze in rural areas and forests following intensive security operations, are frequently taking cover in cities. Thousands of people live as tenants in different localities in the city but most of the landlords do not submit identification details to police. Police too have been reluctant about conducting any awareness drive. In the last one year, several Maoists have been arrested from the city.
In February, police arrested a rebel from Namkum where he was staying as a tenant. Similar arrests were made from Dhurwa, Bariyatu and Kotwali areas. Police could not provide details of arrested Naxalites who were living as tenants in city. “The cases of Maoists and criminals living in rented accommodations in the city and its periphery are frequently reported,” Ranchi city SP Manoj Ratan said. DGP Rajiv Kumar has instructed cops in urban areas to keep an extra watch on the mobile and floating population. But No tenant verification is done in Ranchi. But sources said district police would launch a drive to identify people living on rent. “Landlords will have to submit details of their tenants along with photographs with local police stations,” said Ranchi rural SP Rajiv Ranjan. A policeman said that anyone can come and stay in Ranchi as a tenant . No landlord cares to seek the identity of their tenants. The landlords take on face value what the tenants tell them about them.
Maoist bandh hits Vehicular traffic
Vehicular traffic was disrupted at many places in the district in the wake of bandh called by Maoists on Tuesday. The bandh was called by Malkangiri Divisional Committee secretary of the CPI (Maoist) Punam Chandar in protest against killing of their leader Madhav alias Golla Ramullu by security forces in a ‘fake encounter’. In a release, Chandar alleged that Madhav was killed in a fake encounter. But the allegation has been refuted by SP Akhileswar Singh who said it was a ‘clean’ operation.
Buses, including those of state government-owned OSRTC stopped plying from the district headquarters town to other districts to avoid Maoist violence on the route. However, business establishments, government offices and educational institutions remained open in Maoist strongholds like Kalimela, Motu, MV-79, Chitrakonda, Khairput, Govindpalli, Mathili and Podia. To avoid any untoward incident, security was tightened and combing operation intensified. Personnel of Border Security Force were seen moving on the roads in Maoist strongholds.
Odisha Police, BSF to intensify anti-Maoists operation after rainy season
Bhubaneswar: The police at the Unified Command (UC) meeting held on Tuesday finalized the strategy to intensify anti-Maoists operation after the rainy season in southern and western Odisha, known to be the den of red rebels. The UC meeting here has its significance as it was held week’s after Maoists striking the cops at Ralegada in Koraput district and one day after a review of the Maoist situation of four southern districts including Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Malkangiri at Koraput by DG Police Prakash Mishra in presence of Home Secretary, Intelligence ADG and senior BSF and CRPF officials. Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra for the first time after assuming the office attended the meeting of the UC meeting in which among others DG Police Mishra, Home Secretary Bipin Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary (In charge of Finance) UN Behera, ADG Intelligence Abhaya, Deputy Director Central Intelligence, IG , BSF, CRPF and other senior police officials attended.
According to reliable sources, the meeting discussed in details Ralegada Maoist ambush killing three BSF cops, strategy relating to counter operation against the Maoists and requirement of Central forces, among others. Expressing concern over the Maoist’s demonstration, DGP Mishra had said that the State would resume anti-Maoist operations at the earliest after the end of the rainy season in the southern and western parts of the State infested by the ultras. The UC meeting is being held in every two months to review the Maoists situation and decide the strategy to combat the Left Wing extremism in the State.