Two CRPF officials killed, 12 injured in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two CRPF officials, including a deputy commandant, were killed and 12 security personnel were injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday. The incident took place this morning in a forest near Bodhrajpadar village under Bhejji police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said. Constable Rajiv Rawat, belonging to the 219 Battalion of CRPF, and one of the two deputy commandants in the operational units have been killed.
The identity of the deputy commandant is in the process of being established. “Two of our personnel including a deputy commandant-level officer have been killed. The entire operation was being led by senior officers,” CRPF Inspector General (Operations) HS Sidhu told PTI. Twelve security personnel, including a CRPF deputy commandant, seven other officials of the force and four state policemen, have been injured in the incident, he added.
The evacuation process is on and two helicopters have been sent to retrieve the injured jawans, ASP Chandrakar said. A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its specialised unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) and the district police personnel was engaged in an anti-Naxal operation in the region, which is around 500 km away from Raipur, for the past few days.
3 alleged Maoist commanders killed in an encounter in Bijapur
New Delhi: Three alleged Maoists have been killed in an encounter in Bijapur district of Chhatisgarh. The Maoists were killed in a stand off with CRPF & District force joint operation. The operation was carried out at the Farsegadha forest. During the encounter, 5 CRPF Jawans were seriously injured in IED blast and firing by the Maoists. Modern weapons, huge ammunition and Maoist documents have been recovered.
Maoist shadow over Medaram jatara
WARANGAL: Fearing that the Medaram jatara may be utilized by Maoists to re-establish their roots in Telangana, the police have made elaborate security arrangements at all exit and entry points of Medaram village. The biennial tribal fair, which sees the participation of thousands of people from different states, is scheduled to begin on February 12. Warangal district rural police superintendent LKV Ranga Rao said the police had received intelligence inputs on Maoist threat.
To counter that, as many as 8,600 police personnel will be on duty at Medaram and surrounding villages. “We have constituted a team with surrendered Naxalites to identify the underground Maoist cadre at the Medaram jatara,” the SP said. The police will also deploy a helicopter to keep a close watch on the movement of people, including armed Maoists, and to avoid stampedes. Though the authorities have left no stone unturned on the security front, they are lagging behind when it comes to development works and amenities for the pilgrims. A little over 20 per cent of the Rs.110 crore sanctioned by the state government has been spent so far even as officials are racing against time to complete the pending works before the four-day jatara begins. About 20 lakh pilgrims had offered prayers to the deities Sammakka and Saralamma during the 2012 jatara.
And it’s not just from AP but devotees from Maharashtra, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh too gather in hordes in the Medaram forests, nearly 100 km away from Warangal, to worship the deities after taking a dip in the Jampanna Vagu. This year, the jatara will commence on Wednesday and conclude on Saturday. On Wednesday night, Saralamma will reach ‘Gadde’ (pedestal) from Kannepally village, symbolizing the beginning of the fair.
Naxalites strike neta’s office, torch vehicles
MOTIHARI: Around 30 suspected Maoists attacked the camp office of a private road and bridge construction company of a JD(U) leader Shashi Kumar Singh at village Phulwar under Banjariya police station in East Champaran district on Saturday night and torched two tractors and an earth mover machine parked there. The Maoists confined the workers of the company in a room before ransacking the camp office and torching the machines and shouted slogans but no one was hurt in the attack.
SHO Banjariya police station Naveen Kumar said the Maoists had demanded Rs 40 lakh as extortion money from the owner and manager of the company in December last. Sunil Kumar, manager of the company, had lodged a case against unidentified Maoists with Banjariya police station and after that East Champaran SP Vinay Kumar provided security guard to the owner and manager of the company. According to road-bridge construction company sources, the company is constructing a road bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore and the Maoists are demanding 10% as extortion money but the firm did not pay despite repeated threats.
Non-payment of extortion money by the contractor is the reason behind the Maoists attack, police said. The Maoists had sent letters to the manager of the company last week asking him to pay the extortion money or face consequences, according to workers of the company. ASP (Operations) Sanjay Kumar Singh said the police are conducting raids to nab the Maoists in areas like Lakhaura, Chhoradano, Adapur, Chiraiya and Ramgarhwa.
Almost all the contractors and brick kiln owners in East Champaran district are paying extortion money to Maoists to buy peace and police officials admit this fact, sources said. DSP, Sikrahna, Umeshwar Chaudhury said Naresh Paswan, a Maoist area commander, was arrested on Friday night at village Kathautiya under Chiraiya police station and police recovered one revolver and live cartridges from his possession. Paswan had taken charge after arrest of Jahir Madari in Chiraiya area on Indo-Nepal border area. Maoists attack on road bridge construction company at Phulwar is also being seen as a reaction to the arrest of Naresh but the police refuted it.
Maoists torch 2 tractors, earth mover in East Champaran
Maoists torched three vehicles of a private road construction company in a village in Bihar’s East Champaran district, police sources said on Sunday. A group of armed Maoists raided Phulwar village last night and ransacked the camp office of a construction firm before torching two tractors and an earthmover parked there, the sources said. The Maoists allegedly carried out the arson over non-payment of levy to them, they said.
CRPF recovers arms and ammunitions in Bihar’s Gaya district
Security forces have recovered arms and ammunitions from a Maoist hideout in Bihar’s Gaya district. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) recovered acid bulbs, chargers, megaphones and around 1680 bullets of .22mm rifle during a search operation. However, no one was arrested in the operation. “We have recovered acid bulbs and around 1680 rounds of .22 mm rifle and we have also recovered megaphone and chargers and some medicines were also found,” Deputy Inspector General, CRPF, Chiranjeev Prasad said on Saturday. Prasad said the investigation is going on in this matter.
Youth shot at
A suspected Maoist activist was injured at an incident of shoot out in Tinsukia district on Saturday. The incident took place at a tea garden in Margherita where Assam Rifles jawans were on patrolling duty at night. According to reports, the Assam Rifles jawans asked four youths to halt after they were seen suspiciously moving to and fro in Namdang Tea Estate. But they started fleeing from the spot. One of them injured when the Assam Rifles jawans firing at them. He was rushed to the hospital. Interrogation is going on.