3 men on way to deliver ammunitions to Naxals arrested
Three alleged Maoist couriers, including a village headman, were arrested from the district while they were allegedly carrying ammunition for naxals on Wednesday, the police said. “Based on a specific input, the trio, who were travelling on a motorcycle with ammunition, were nabbed in Abhanpur in Raipur district of the state, when they were heading towards the Maoist-affected Kanker district of North Bastar this evening,” Raipur Superintendent of Police O P Pal told PTI.
“Live cartridges, detonators and gelatin rods kept in a bag were seized from their possession which was allegedly meant for Maoists,” he added.Police teams were mobilised after information that some suspects carrying ammunition from Raipur to Bhanupratappur of Kanker was received. Later, they were nabbed at Abhanpur, around 27 km away from Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur on Jagdalpur Road, he said. Those arrested were identified as Mohpal alias Santosh Dhruva (27), Baliram Usendi (29) and Chaitram Darro (22), all residents of Metabodli village under the Siksor police station area of Kanker. The seized consignment comprises 233 rounds of AK-47 rifle, 50 rounds of Insas rifle, 10 rounds of 303 rifle, 20 gelatin sticks and 20 detonators, besides Rs 54,000 in cash as well as five mobile phones, he said. During interrogation, Baliram Usendi admitted that he is the village ‘sarpanch’ of his native place, the SP said.
A few months ago, the ‘sarpanch’ Metabodli village was allegedly murdered by Maoists during a so-called “people’s court”, after which Baliram was elected unopposed to this post, he said. According to the officer, Mohpal was in close contact with senior Maoist leader Prabhakar, who is a divisional committee member of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) which is active in North Bastar.
Chhattisgarh cop killed by suspected Maoists in AP
Hyderabad: A Special Police Officer (SPO) attached with the Chhattisgarh Police was allegedly stabbed to death by suspected Maoist militia members in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Thursday. M Somaiah (36), working as SPO at Maraigudem police station in Chhattisgarh, died on the spot after being stabbed by a group of militia members last evening near Kommanapalli village under Dummugudem mandal of Khammam district, along the inter-state border with Chhattisgarh, they said.
Maoist arrested in Kanker
…In a separate incident, a Naxal, Budhram Markam, was arrested during a joint search operation of district force and BSF from Chingnar village under Tadoki police station limits in Kanker district last night. Markam was involved several cases of crime including robbery, arson and murder, police said.
Chhattisgarh, IB Sleuths in Hyderabad to Seek Usendi’s Custody
After the CPI (Maoist) leader and spokesperson of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, Gumudavelli Venkatakrishna Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi surrendered to AP police a week ago, the sleuths of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Chhattisgarh police arrived in Hyderabad, seeking his custody for interrogation. The NIA and other investigation agencies also want to learn more about Bastar ambush in which 27 people died including former minister VC Shukla and Chhattisgarh leader Mahendra Karma on May 25 last year.
Usendi is suspected to have supervised the entire operation which killed 29 policemen, including SP Vinod Kumar Choubey, in Rajnandgaon in 2009. According to sources, the IB sleuths and Chhattisgarh police who are on Usendi’s trail after the Bastar pogrom, arrived in Hyderbad to seek his custody for questioning him.
Maoists burn construction company vehicles
GAYA: A group of Maoists late on Tuesday evening targeted two vehicles belonging to a road construction company in the Konch police station area of the district. This is for the third time in the last couple of weeks that the Maoists have attacked the highway construction company engaged in road construction to link Naxalite-affected Dumaria region directly with the state capital. The Red rebels set the two vehicles afire. No arrest has so far been made in this connection.
Non-payment of ‘levy’ is said to be the cause of the Maoist attack. According to ASP Ashok Kumar, only minor damage was caused to the vehicles and the Maoists retreated in haste. A major offensive has been launched in the region to flush out the Maoists. In the Dumaria PS area of the district, Manohar Bhuyian, alleged to be an activist of the banned CPI(Maoist), was arrested by the police during the ongoing anti-Maoist operation. Confirming the arrest, SSP Nishant Tiwari said the arrested Maoist was wanted by the police in connection with two cases registered in the Dumaria police station.
Landmine recovered in Jharkhand
Ranchi: Security personnel on Thursday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that had been planted on a road in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, police said. The 30 kg IED was recovered by security personnel while they were conducting a search operation in Chhota Nagra jungle in West Singhbhum district, around 140 km from Ranchi.
Security forces, Maoists exchange fire in Odisha forest
Security forces and Maoist ultras today exchanged fire at Kalitota forest bordering Kandhamal and Rayagada district in Odisha, the police said. The encounter took place when a joint combing operation was being conducted by the Rayagada and Kandhamal police in the forest in the Kotagarh police station area, Kandhamal superintendent of police (SP) K V Singh said. The ultras first opened fire on the security personnel during the operation, the SP said adding that no casualty or injury report was received. The combing operation would continue, he said.