Maharashtra contractor held for supplying arms to Maoists
NAGPUR/CHANDRAPUR: A contractor was arrested from Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli on Tuesday for allegedly carrying a consignment for Maoists. Police said Dhananjay Padishala was carrying the consignment in a big box on his bike when he was arrested from Bamni-Vyankatapur jungle. They have not disclosed the contents in the box, but sources said it contained some explosives, firearms and banners.
Sources said Padishala served as a forest guard for three years before taking leave around a decade back. He started taking construction contracts and rose as a prominent contractor in the area. Police suspected his Maoist links and were keeping an eye on him. They got a tip-off on Tuesday that Padishala would be carrying a consignment for the rebels through Bamni-Vyankatapur jungle, where he is carrying out construction of a road. Sources said another person was accompanying Padishala, but he managed to flee.
Attack, arson by Maoists at highway construction site
GAYA: A group of nearly 50 armed Maoists raided a highway construction site in Gaya district of Bihar on Tuesday and torched construction machines stationed at the site. A propeller was damaged while the all steel road rollers remained unscathed. The attack is being seen as an attempt by the Maoists to squeeze more money from the contractors engaged in the multi-crore ambitious road project linking the Naxalite-affected Dumaria block headquarters of Gaya district with Patna.
This is the second such attack on road construction site in the district. A couple of days back, road construction site was targeted by the Maoists near Nepa village a few km to the east of Khaira village where the latest Maoist attack took police. According to a police officer the attackers split into two groups after the attack. The Maoists did not leave behind any note at the attack site, he said. He added a joint operation has been launched by the local police, STF and the CRPF. No arrest have been made so far.
Odisha: Maoists kill priest in Malkangiri
Malkangiri (Odisha): A tribal village priest was killed by suspected Maoists in a remote area of Odisha’s Malkangiri district early today, the police said. A group of ultras came to the house of Irma Kabasi (45) at Supalu village near Poteru in Kalimela area in the wee hours and took him out. The body of Kabasi with his throat slit was found later in a forest area on the outskirt of the village in the Maoist-affected region, the sources said adding Maoists were suspected to have killed the priest.
BSF, Maoists Exchange Fire in Odisha
Security personnel belonging to the BSF and a group of Maoists exchange fire at a forest in Koraput district last night, police said. BSF officials said based on intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of Naxals at a forest near Biriguda under Boipariguda police limits, an operation was launched and spotted the Maoists around 10 pm in the night
. “There were around 50 to 60 Naxals and they were holding a meeting. Spotting our men they fired to which we retaliated. The exchange of fire took place around 10.30 pm and continued till the next 30 minutes,” said a senior BSF official. While coming across the crime spot, the security men recovered an Insas rifle and few other Maoist belongings. Blood stains at the spot reveal that few of the Maoists have been injured in the firing. The recovery of an Insas rifle also suggests that some commander rank Maoist was present at the time of gun-battle and might have been killed during the exchange of fire.
However, no body was recovered. In a separate incident, Maoists damaged a mobile tower, belonging to a private cellular company, using explosives at Kalia Atal village under Boipariguda police limits on Tuesday night. According to sources, a group of armed rebels reached near the tower around 8 pm and triggered the blast to destroy the mobile tower. “There has been no report of any assault or casualty. We have launched an operation in the area,” said police.
Abducted workers return home
Seven employees working at a construction site at the Bihar-Jharkhand border, allegedly abducted by Maoists over a week ago, returned home on Tuesday. Jharkhand and Bihar police officials, who started the search operations on December 22 along with four companies of paramilitary forces of Jharkhand Jaguar, said they had traced the workers to Chandramandi forest in Jamui in Bihar on Monday. The workers were working on a Rs 2.5 crore-bridge being built in Deoghar, 30 km from Jamui, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. “We had finished dinner when 9-10 men in olive green uniforms, armed with guns, reached the site,” recounted Petrus Oraon, 28, from Latehar who was working as a JCB driver for K.K. Builders, a Jamshedpur-based company.
“They asked me where the munshi [accountant] was. He was not at the site then. They made us stand in a queue, 22 of us. They then asked seven of us to stand aside after asking us what work we did there. Anuj Chaudhary, 19, who worked as a night guard, said the men had used his phone to call the site accountant. “They asked me stand away from the others. They made me call the munshi, and I heard them ask what the project was worth.Then they asked for Rs. 1 crore. A day later, I heard them ask for Rs. 70 lakh.” Deoghar’s Superintendent of Police Prabhat Kumar said the workers were abducted by the East Bihar North Jharkhand Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist). The workers said they were allowed to walk out of the forest.
Border watch for Bangla polls
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