C’garh polls: Police on alert in Sarguja, Raipur divisions
Even as first phase of polling in the worst Naxal affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh concluded by and large peacefully, security forces have been directed to stay alert in some districts of Sarguja and Raipur divisions ahead of the second phase of polling tomorrow. Sarguja and Raipur divisions are located on the inter-state border where frequent movement of Naxals has been witnessed.
Although rebels have not appealed for poll boycott in these regions, yet recovery of a huge haul of explosives from Gariyaband district bordering Odisha after an encounter with Naxals by security personnel two days back has alarmed the security personnel deployed in these region. “Naxals may be enraged over the success of first phase of polling in Bastar and Rajnandgaon which saw over 75 per cent turnout for voting. They may have some evil design in other parts going to polls in second phase, where they have little hold,” a senior police official said.
Few vulnerable areas of Mahasamund, Gariyaband and Dhamtari of Raipur division bordering Odisha and Jashpur, Raigarh and Ambikapur in north Chhattisgarh have been marked where rebels may create trouble during polling process, following which security forces have been told to be extra cautious in these regions, he said. An assistant commandant of CRPF was killed in a Maoist ambush in Khallari village of Dhamtari on Chhattisgarh-Odisha border in June this year.
In October 2010, in Mahasamund seven Naxalites were killed in an encounter with security forces and a large quantities of arms and ammunitions, Naxal documents and other material were recovered. In 2011, a Naxal camp was destroyed in Suwarguda forest in which ammunitions, Naxal documents etc were recovered in Sarngarh region of Raigarh. However, police have successfully checked Naxalite expansion in Sarguja division linked with Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh but still Maoists find it an easy way to move from Bastar region, passing through Chhattisgarh-Odisha borderline to reach Jharkhand and Bihar. Over a lakh security personnel have been deployed for second and last phase of polling in 72 constituencies of the state tomorrow, the police official added.
Maoists vandalize forest checkpost near Sringeri
BANGALORE: Amid intense combing operations against Naxal elements who had recently shown their presence in Malnad area, the extremists struck at Tanikodi forest check-post, 12 km from pilgrim centre Sringeri, and damaged the facility in the wee hours of Monday. Reports reaching police headquarters here said a four-member gang of Naxals including three women damaged the check post that is lying on the main road leading to Sringeri around 2.15 am. “The Naxals fired once in the air and threatened the forest guards before vandalizing the check-post extensively. They shouted slogans against the rehabilitation package by the government for forest evacuees,” said Chickmagalur superintendent of police Abhishek Goel.
State police chief Lalrokuma Pachau told TOI that the combing operations are in progress and he suspected there were others in the group that attacked the check-post. Additional director general of police (Law and Order) MN Reddy said Naxal pamphlets found near the check-post expressed their resistance against eviction of those occupying forest land. Police sources said the Naxal attack comes in the wake eviction of some squatters from forest land. “The attack seems to have stemmed out of some dissatisfied elements who are against the government initiative to rehabilitate the evacuees of forest land,” said a police source.
Two die for opposing Maoist activity
RANCHI: In another incident of revenge killing, a group of suspected Maoists gunned down two civilians on Saturday night in Chatra district situated in the state’s Red corridor. Shyamdev Yadav (35) and his friend Ganesh Yadav (30) were killed for allegedly opposing Left-extremism in the locality. Their bodies, which were recovered from Sangrampur village in Chatra, bore bullet marks on chest and stomach, said police. “The two were shot on their way to a nearby marketplace by heavily armed Maoists,” said Chatra SP Anoop Birtharay. The suspected rebels left posters behind which claimed responsibility for the murders and also warned people against hindering Maoists movement by turning into informers. Shyamdev was opposed to Left-wing extremism and used to work as an informer for police, sources in the police said.
“He (Shyamdev) had killed his uncle, a Maoist sympathizer and informer, in 2010 and Maoists had vowed to avenge the murder,” said Birtharay. Shyamdev went to jail in 2010 for murdering his uncle and was released on bail a few months ago. A policeman, on condition of anonymity, said Shyamdev was always against his uncle supporting Maoists and killed him over a petty property issue. “He had taken the dead body (of his uncle) to the forest and burnt it. He then collected the bones and smashed them with boulders and spread them in the forest,” said the cop.
Shyamdev was arrested by Chatra police immediately after the incident came to light. Pratappur circle inspector Dinesh Murmu said Shyamdev had come out of jail a few months ago. “He must have thought that the Maoists had forgotten the incident. He never perceived a threat to his life and never informed police about it. I will be able to give more details only after the investigation is over,” said Murmu. Over 70 cases of Maoist killing have been reported since 2011 from Chatra, 150km from Ranchi in the northern part of state. The distirct shares border with Bihar’s Maoist-hit Gaya where rebels recently killed a former activist.