Eight cops killed as Maoists trigger landmine explosion in Bihar
Maoists massacred seven police officials in a landmine explosion in Bihar on Tuesday even as the state cabinet approved a new surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy for left-wing extremists. The rebels ambushed the police personnel near Nabinagar in Aurangabad district, 120 km south of capital Patna, around 4.30pm and looted their weapons. The team of six special auxiliary police jawans and sub-inspector Ajay Kumar, the station house officer of Tandwa, was targeted on its way back from a monthly crime meeting at nearby Nabinagar. Their vehicle was blown to pieces barely a km away from the Tandwa police station.
The attack came less than 72 hours after the rebels attacked the Sahebganj-Patna Intercity Express and killed three GRP personnel. Patna zone inspector general Sushil Khopde rushed to the spot with reinforcements even as the CoBRA battalion of the CRPF was asked to launch a combing operation. The operations, however, progressed slowly for fear of mines.
Railway police set up vigil against Naxalites
NAGPUR: The railway security forces are on high alert in view of the ongoing People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week, which began on Monday, in Naxal affected regions. Sources said that the police department in Gondia, where Naxalites have strong support base, have alerted the government railway police (GRP) and railway protection force (RPF). Naxalites observe this week in the memory of their martyred cadres. In December 2006, the red cadres had burned an engine in Gondia.
Police suspect that the derailment near Gondia-Chanda Fort section might be the handy work of Naxalites. The security agencies are not taking things lightly after the recent Naxal attack on policemen escorting a train in Bihar. Security sources also said that the Naxal cadres may use this opportunity to avenge the deaths of their leaders like Kishanji and Azad. Security has been tightened along Adilabad section, Wadsa Desai Ganj in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts.
Bomb detection and disposal squads have been pressed into actions round the clock at all crucial stations like Gondia. Government railway police SP Shashikant Mane said more forces are being deployed at Ballarshah, Chandrapur and Gondia. “Patrolling has been stepped up. We have also strengthened our intelligence machineries,” said Mane. DG Gour, senior divisional security commissioner, SECR, said security has been increased in trains especially during nights. “We have deployed gunmen along the tracks and tunnels to conduct patrolling,” he said. Post a comment
Odisha: Maoist hotbeds tense as PLGA Week begins
Report by Kishor Dash, Malkangiri: Tension gripped the Maoist infested areas in Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts of South Odisha on the first day of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week which commenced on today. However, it passed off peacefully in the Andhra-Odisha- Border (AOB), much to the relief of the police who beefed up security at the police stations and intensified combing operations.
While, the State run OSRTC buses from Jeypore-Bhubaneswar via Rayagada diverted their routes via Andhra Pradesh, the OSRTC authority it has suspended its bus services to Malkangiri, Narayanpatna, Parbatipur and Bandhugaon and other interior areas in Koraput district as a precautionary measure since Sunday night. While a few remote places wore a deserted look, life in many parts including the district headquarters across Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Koraput was normal.
Villages on either side of the Andhra-Orissa remained cut off from the mainstream as many vehicles baring the private buses went off the road with the Maoists putting up ‘red’ banners and posters. Chitrakonda, Balimela, Khairput, Govindpalli, Podia, MV 79 and Korukonda in Malkangiri are in grip of fear. Meanwhile, the police suspect violent attacks by Maoists during the PLGA Week which is observed to pay tributes to the slain Maoist leaders. They are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that no further incidents happen during the week. “The Maoists are desperate to make their presence felt. We have inputs that they would resort to major attacks during the week. Though their numbers are dwindling in the region, we can’t be complacent,” said a senior police official.
Two Maoists held, arms seized
PATNA: The Patna police on Monday arrested two Maoists from separate places under Sigori and Khiri Mor police station areas in the district. A special team, headed by Mithilesh Kumar, SDPO, Paliganj, was constituted by City SP Jayant Kant. The team comprised Sanjit Kumar, SHO, Sigori PS, Nasim Ahmad, SHO Paliganj PS, and Vibhuti Bhushan, SHO, Khiri Mor PS. Jayant Kant said an area commander of a Maoist group, Gurudev Yadav, was arrested in the raid conducted at a hideout near Kanhaura Mor of Hadinagar village.
“He was arrested with one country-made pistol and six live cartridges,” he said. On his information, a zonal commander, Sunil Kahar, was arrested from Mungli Tola Ramruchavigha under Khiri Mor police station area. Both were wanted in several cases. “Their arrest is a major breakthrough for the police. Their three associates, Yogendra Ravidas alias Lighter Ji, Dharmaveer alias Badal and Kamdev Paswan were arrested recently,” said Rural SP B N Jha. They were recently trained in Jharkhand and were here for some major operation, said the police.