A Maoist cadre killed in encounter
A Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with security forces in a forest here early today after which two guns and some Naxal materials were seized, the police said. Acting on intelligence inputs about presence of Maoists, security personnel including BSF jawans conducted an operation inside Chittipali forest in Chintrakonda area in Malkangiri district near Andhra Pradesh border, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.
As the security personnel approached the naxal hide-out, the ultras opened fire which was retaliated by the raiding team leading to a fierce exchange of fire for about an hour, he said. One Maoist was killed in the gunbattle while the rest of his companions fled from the site, he said. Police seized two country-made guns, maoist uniforms and other materials from the site. Search operation was going on in the area as part of efforts to track the fleeing red rebels, police said.
‘Maoists’ kill villager in Malkangiri
KORAPUT: Suspected Maoists murdered a 50-year-old villager accusing him of being a police informer in Koraput district. The deceased was identified as Krushna Kalpa of Jaguguda village under Bandhugaon police limits. Four to five persons came to Krushna’s house around 11 am on Friday and forcibly took him away. “Early on Saturday, the people brought Krushna’s body to the village and asked the villagers to bury it,” a source at Bandhugaon said. Though no Maoist letter was seized from the crime spot, sources said Krushna was under the rebels’ scanner for quite some time for allegedly keeping links with police and this could have led to his murder.
SPOs Told to Quit or Face Consequences
As a well planned strategy to keep the cops away from getting information about their movement, CPI (Maoist) has threatened the Special Police Officers (SPOs) with dire consequences if they do not quit their jobs soon. In an audio tape released on Saturday, the group’s Malkangiri Divisional Committee Secretary Poonam Chandra has asked the SPOs to resign from their posts immediately. The SPOs, who mostly hail from remote and inaccessible areas considered to be Maoist stronghold, have been in the hit list of the ultras over the years for allegedly sharing information with the top cops about their activities in the areas. The Maoists allege that as per the information the SPOs share, police and paramilitary forces attack their hideouts.
Commander ranked woman Maoist killed
KORAPUT: Nearly 11 days after an exchange of fire between Maoists and BSF in a forest of Koraput district, the CPI (Maoist) through letters sent to a few mediapersons on Saturday said a commander-ranked woman rebel was killed in the gunbattle. Security personnel and a group of over 50 rebels were engaged in an exchange of fire at Biriguda forest under Boipariguda police limits on the night of December 31.
The securitymen had recovered an INSAS rifle and some belongings of the Maoists. The letters were signed by secretary of Malkangiri divisional committee Punam Chand. “A woman Maoist identified as Sirisa had received bullet injuries during the gunbattle and died the next day while undergoing treatment. She had joined Palur Dalam in 2000 and was carrying an INSAS rifle,” the letters read.
Security forces arrest nine Maoists in Chhattisgarh
In a major success to the security forces, nine Maoists, two of them carrying bounty on their head, were arrested during a search operation in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Narayanpur district. The cadres were nabbed from a forest in Badenghol-Kaushapara village when they were trying to hide late Saturday evening, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police OP Sharma said on Sunday. A joint party of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and a team of local police was on an area domination operation in the Jhara forests, located around 400 kms from the State capital Raipur. On getting a tip-off about the presence of Maoists in large number near Kaushalpara village forests, the security personnel took positions and encircled them, he said.
Those arrested were identified as – Sarju Korram, Jairam Salaam, Mangtu Korram, Durri Salaam, Ratu Korram, Sudren Salaam and three wanted rebels – Lakhan Potai, Beersingh Korram and Baju Potai – all aged between 25 and 45 years, Sharma said. Lakhan and Baju were carrying cash rewards of Rs 10,000 each, he said. All Maoists were involved in several cases of crime in the region ranging from loot, arson, murder and attack on police party, he said, adding their interrogation was on.
200 CRPF Commandos for Anti-Naxal Ops in Bihar
In the backdrop of the Union Home ministry recently pulling up Bihar for its “failure” in controlling Naxal violence, the CRPF has now deployed close to 200 commandos of its special CoBRA battalion to bring lethality in its offensives in the state. The anti-Naxal warfare trained commandos will now not only assist about 5,000 troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) already deployed and tasked for these operations in the state, but also carry out specific intelligence inputs based strikes.
The units of the 207th battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) has been based in Jamui, sources said, after taking them out from West Bengal where the Naxal situation is under control. The CoBRA will also provide the much needed intelligence inputs to the regular CRPF units who rue that they are not getting much of this vital information from state police. Trouble has been brewing between the CRPF and Bihar police since the latter arrested an Assistant Commandant rank officer of the paramilitary for allegedly leaking information to Naxalites.
The force, sources said, has now decided to step up operations in the state in view of the recent assessment of the Home Ministry with regard to the Naxal problem. The Centre has rapped Bihar government recently for its alleged failure in controlling Maoists activities and had said that situation in the state has become alarming and there is complete breakdown in coordination between the state police and Central forces.
Block Office on Fire, Red Hand Suspected
Computers, two air conditioners, a number of files and office furniture were gutted when a fire broke out in Golamunda block office on Friday night. The fire is suspected to be the handiwork of the Maoists. Though police denied hand of Maoists, a poster found from the block office compound has spread panic in the area. The poster was purportedly written by outlawed CPI (Maoist) Zonal Committee. Through it they have threatened to abduct the block development officer (BDO) if he is not transferred within seven days. The BDO, the poster alleged, is hand-in-glove with contractors and is harassing beneficiaries of the Indira Awas Yojana.