Five Naxals nabbed from Odisha, Bihar
Bhubaneshwar: Five suspected Naxals were on Sunday picked up by security forces in separate raids in Odisha and Bihar. In another crackdown, CRPF troops recovered a 1.5 kg Improvised Explosive Device and a pistol in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra a senior officer said. He said a Maoist identified as Mukia Munda was apprehended in a joint operation by CRPF and state police forces in Mahur and Chandiposh areas in Sundergarh district of Odisha. Four Naxal sympathisers were held in Saraiya area of Kaimur district of Bihar, he added. PTI
Maoists issue diktat against former cadre preparing for elections
The CPI (Maoists) have issued a missive against their former cadre who have joined political parties and are preparing to contest elections to the Legislative Assembly and Parliament next year. In a six-page statement the rebels’ Koel Sankh zone spokesperson Sudhir condemned three former Maoists leaders — from the Koel Sankh zone to the west of Ranchi — saying the party saw them as traitors and warned that anyone supporting these former cadre candidature in elections will be tried by Maoists in a jan adalat (people’s court).
The statement specifically targeted former zonal commander Keshar alias Ranjan Yadav, now a member of Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), a coalition partner in the current government; former special area commander and a senior member in the zonal committee Yugalpal alias Madan who has joined All Jharkhand Students Union in Palamu after he was released from jail this year, and former sub-zonal commander Vinod Sharma alias Karim.
“These cadre are traitors. They have been trying to give the impression to other cadre that they have the party’s support but this is not true. They collude with the police in paramilitary operations and helping senior police officials. Keshar alias Ranjan Yadav went to the limit of holding a violent public demonstration in Paki on September 5, over the transfer of a police inspector P.K. Mishra who had been carrying out operations against the Maoists by extending support to police’s vigilante groups such as the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC),” read the statement.
Maoists involved in ambush identified
JAMUI/BHAGALPUR: The Jamui police claim to have identified the Maoists involved in Friday’s ambush of police convoy in Giddheshwar forest in which an STF jawan was killed while two other received serious injuries.. Earlier, the Maoists damaged and set afire an under-construction building of CRPF camp at Parasi Mod (Garahi village) under Khaira police station in Jamui district. The investigating teams are also looking for the members of the women squad of Maoists who, too, were involved in attacking the police convoy and the CRPF camp building. Sources said that more than a dozen women members had accompanied the Maoist group at the two locations in Jamui.
On the other hand, the police teams along with CRPF, STF and BMP jawans have recovered over 100 empty cartridges of AK-47, Insas rifle, SLR, IED (improvised explosive device) from Giddheshwar forest area from where the Maoists made the ambush on STF-police convoy. The investigating teams, led by Jamui SP Jitendra Rana, also recovered the exploded portions and splinters of can bombs that were used by the Maoists for damaging the under-construction building of CRPF camp at Garahi village. It may be mentioned that Giddheshwar forest has reportedly become a safe haven for the Maoists who, after their operation, take shelter in dense forest areas in Jamui district, which is landlocked by Munger and Lakhisarai (in north), Giridih ( Jharkhand) in south Deoghar (Jharkhand) and Banka in east and Nawada (in west).
Of late, the area has become infamous for subversive activities of the banned CPI(Maoist). The Jamui SP said the difficult terrain of Giddheshwar forest areas and surrounding localities has made the task for the police force difficult. “At the same time, it has come handy for the Maoists to strike and take refuge in forest,” said the Jamui SP adding, “We are trying our level best to flush out the Maoists and arrest the culprits involved in Friday’s incident.” “Search operation in the Giddheshwar forest areas is still continuing and we have identified the Maoist groups involved in ambush of police convoy and bombing of under-construction building of CRPF camp,” added the Jamui SP adding, ” We have also recovered empty shells of fired cartridges besides parts of can bombs from the places of occurrence.” When contacted on Saturday, Bhagalpur zonal IG Jitendra Kumar said that investigating teams had received vital clues about Maoist activities in Jamui areas besides identifying the Maoists and their sympathizers. Combing operation is underway and investigating teams are certain to get a breakthrough in Friday’s incident, the IG added.
Police exchanges fire with Maoists in Gadchiroli, finds arms at the spot
Gadchiroli: Police seized a cache of arms after an exchange of fire took place between them and the Maoists in the forests of Kharkadi village in Dhanora taluka.The exchange of fire took place last evening. No casualties were reported from either side, though the police recovered some arms from the spot. According to police, Central Reserve Police Force troops and the district police were on an anti-Maoist mission in the forests of Kharkadi village when they sighted a Maoist camp.
On sighting the police, the Maoists opened fire at them and the policemen retaliated, resulting in an exchange which lasted for about 20 minutes. However due to growing pressure from the police, the Maoists fled the spot under the cover of the forest. The police found one claymore mine, a wire bundle, a handmade bomb, 125 rounds, 35 pencil cells, a radio, a tent and some other material from the spot.Combing operations in the area have been intensified, the police said. PTI