Life hit in Koraput
Normal life was crippled during the bandh called by Maoists of Andhra Pradesh Odisha Special Zonal Committee in Koraput region on Wednesday. Trucks and buses remained off the State Highways in Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Nabarangpur districts. Passengers were found stranded at bus stands and essential commodities laden trucks going towards Malkangiri were stopped on Jeypore border.
In the Maoist posters and banners found in Lamtaput, Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Ramgiri, the ultras have demanded withdrawal of para-military forces, stopping the killing of innocent tribals by police besides ending the anti-Maoist operation in the region. Security was beefed up in Maoist dominated areas and security personnel in large number were deployed to prevent any untoward incident. Koraput SP Aswini Kumar said the bandh was peaceful and combing operation was going on in the area. Koraput DIG SD Singh reviewed the security situation with SPs of southern pockets.
Three Maoists arrested, explosives recovered in Bihar
The Bihar police Thursday arrested three hardcore Maoists and recovered a huge quantity of explosives, including 5,000 bullets, 65 grenades and 12 pistols, in Gaya district, police said. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of the district police and the Special Task Force (STF) raided Baratand village near Banka Bazaar in Gaya and arrested three Maoists and recovered a large quantity of explosives, Gaya Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said.
According to police officials, besides bullets, grenades and pistols, they also recovered material used for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The state police, along with the STF and the central para military forces, has intensified combing operations against Maoists in Gaya. Gaya, 100 km from here, is considered a Maoist stronghold. Last week, a joint team of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force had seized a large quantity of explosives from a Maoist hideout in a forest in state’s Jamui district. They seized about 100 kg ammonium nitrate contained in three sacks, nine LPG cylinders, two IEDs, and two packets of Powergel — a range of explosive products used by the mining industry around the world.