CRPF personnel killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh
Four CRPF jawans were killed and three others injured when Naxals ambushed a road opening party (ROP) of the security forces in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, police said. The ultras also looted the weapons of the troopers after the encounter that lasted for about an hour, they said. The incident took place in the forest between Murkinar and Cheramungi village in Modakpal area this morning, Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Operations) R.K. Vij told PTI.
The ROP of the paramilitary forces was clearing the Murkinar-Cheramungi Road as CRPF officials were going for some civic action programme in Cheramungi village, located around 450 kms away from the state capital Raipur, Mr. Vij said. While the ROP was heading towards their destination, around 100 armed Naxals, who were hiding in the forest, opened firing on them, killing four troopers on the spot, he said. Additional forces were rushed to the spot soon after getting the news of the incident, he added.
The deceased have been identified as — Amitabh Mishra (31) from Bankura in West Bengal, Madan Lal Aahkey (30) of Madhya Pradesh, Diganta Bayan (28) of Barpeta in Assam and Dilip Kumar (31) from Chandoli in Uttar Pradesh. The deceased jawans, of CRPF’s 168th battalion, were constable rank troopers and deployed in the anti-Naxal operations grid in the state. The bodies were later airlifted to Raipur, the ADG said. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said that Naxals looted one SLR rifle, one Insas rifle and a LMG (light machine gun) of the jawans during the gun-battle. According to a CRPF official, three paramilitary troopers were also injured in the incident. Police suspect that some local ultras were leading the cadres during the attack. A CRPF official said that an intense combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the ultras.
PATNA: Patna police on Monday night arrested an alleged member of CPI (Maoist), Jogendra Ravidas alias Lighter, from village Bara under the Bhagwanganj police station area of the district. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said Ravidas was the outfit’s area commander and an expert in making bombs. He was active in Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal and Aurangabad districts. There are 11 cases lodged against him with the Bhagwanganj police station and Jehanabad.
Police deny Maoist presence in TN forests
COIMBATORE: Following the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) alert about Maoists trying to regroup in the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, police officials in Erode have increased the number of armed guards at police stations on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border. Erode SP R Ponni said police have tied up with Q-branch officials to collect information about movement of ‘strangers’ in Kadambur, Burgur, Thalavady and other forest areas. Inspector General of Police (west zone) S Davidson Devasirvatham claimed there was no Maoist movement in western Tamil Nadu.
Erode police had arrested S Manuel Amalraj (28), a resident of Madurai, under section 124 A (edition) of IPC for distributing pamphlets against the state and Union governments among tribals in Sathyamangalam. There has been unrest among tribals here after a proposal was mooted to establish a tiger reserve here. He was detained under the National Security Act, which was quashed by the Madras high court. Police officials from Erode district suspect that the MHA views the arrest of Manuel Amalraj as an indication of the presence of Maoists in Erode and issued the alert. “We are strengthening the security at Kadambur, Burgur and Thalavady areas. Police personnel have been instructed to conduct vehicle checks round the clock in the border areas,” said R Ponni, superintendent of police.
She also added that armed guards were provided at the police stations on the inter-state border and members from village vigilance committees have been told to furnish information about the presence of strangers in the forests. Special Task Force (STF) officials claimed that Naxals were not operating in the region. “We often conduct combing operations in the border areas of forests in the western Tamil Nadu. Our teams are monitoring the strangers’ movements in the forest,” he said. IG Davidson Devasirvatham said the state police are intensifying vehicle checks at Devala sub-division in the Nilgiris. “The MHA alert talks about Naxals in Kerala and Karnataka border areas. So, we have installed more check posts. He added that Gudalur and Devala sub-divisions were provided with additional police personnel to monitor movement, if any, of Maoists.