Police ops hampered by rains, Naxals tour villages to regroup
Taking advantage of curtailed police movements during the rainy season, Naxals in Gadchiroli have been quietly rebuilding their bases that were earlier weakened by police operations. Sources said Naxals were holding big meetings in many villages in areas where they had faced severe setbacks due to aggressive combat and patrol and outreach activities by Gadchiroli police. These villages include Lenguda, Halewara, Kotmi, Ankepalli, Vedampalli, Nelgonda, Repanpalli, Bhatpaar, Jounde, Middapalli, Kothi, Aldandi, Punnur, Gadder, Chokenada, etc. “Naxals have been holding meetings with the villagers and re-building their bases here,” sources said.
“Braving heavy rains, Naxals managed to visit many these villages, even staying there for two days at a stretch without encountering any problem,” sources said. At Lenguda in Kasansur area, Naxals reportedly stayed for two days. The police did have information and even moved in, but couldn’t go deeper, it is learnt. Most of these villages were earlier covered by police under Operation Nav Jeevan, in which they reached out to villagers and even kin of active Naxals to enlist their help in appealing to Naxals to quit insurgency and join mainstream. Superintendent of Police Suvez Haq confirmed that police operations were hampered by heavy rains but said it had done the same to Naxals as well.
“It’s not that we did not have encounters. Two days ago, we had one in Jaravandi area, a week ago in Bhamragarh and last month, we seized Naxal material in Dhanora.” Asked if the police were geared up to face any surprise attacks by Naxals, Haq said, “Absolutely. We are expecting major movements across the Chhattisgarh border in view of forthcoming elections there. Naxals might even try to attack our smaller parties. But unlike in the past, our smaller parties are now better equipped with arms and ammunition and can withstand and repulse any attack. Now that the rains are on way out, we will launch major operations against them.”
Naxalites blast former mukhiya’s house in Muzaffarpur
MUZAFFARPUR: After a prolonged lull, about 70 Maoists including some women blasted an abandoned house of a former mukhiya Suresh Prasad Singh at about 2 am at village Chakki Sohagpur under Paroo police station in Muzaffarpur district on Thursday. The village is on the borders of Muzaffarpur-Saran district. It is completely under Maoist influence for the last one decade. The Maoists used some low powerful dynamite or nitrate in the explosion. Senior SP Saurabh Kumar said three-room abandoned house of ex- mukhiya besides the adjacent building of primary health centre (PHC) were partially damaged in the explosion.
The ceiling of all the houses are intact, the SSP said after visiting the blast site. The house owner had abandoned the house four years back after facing threats from Maoists and others belonging to some other castes. The mother of the house owner had reached the house only on Wednesday but had shifted to some neighbouring house in the evening, a few hours before the blast. The adjacent PHC building was vacant at the time of blast
Dreaded Maoist Held
Dreaded Maoist leader Bhaskar Patra alias Pravakar, who was involved in explosion, extortion and arson, was arrested from Odisha’s Keonjhar district, police said here today. Considered a senior member of the Kalinganagar Maoist Division, Bhaskar, active in Keonjhar and Jajpur districts, was arrested from Baraigoda village under Daitari police station yesterday, superintendent of police Kabita Jalan said. After being arrested for his involvement in Maoist activities, Bhaskar had served a four year jail term from 2009 to 2013 as an under trial prisoner.
However, after his release, Bhaskar in association with leaders including Shekar, Mantu, Bikar and others had conspired to blow up the railway line near Tangiriapal railway station in Keonjhar district, she said. Besides, he was involved in instigating tribals against the government and collecting huge funds for Maoist activity, Jalan said. He was arrested under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Indian Railways Act and Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act, she said. At the time of arrest, electric wire, detonators, gelatin sticks, pencils and batteries were seized from his possession.