Police destroy Naxal memorials, seize explosives
Police have destroyed ‘memorials’ built by the Naxals and seized explosives during an operation in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Bijapur district police on Saturday said that the anti-Naxal campaign was undertaken by police and the CRPF jointly between February 15 to 20. Police teams started from Awapalli village, and reached Basaguda via Sitapur, Usur, Naibi, Pusugappa, Pamed, Dharawaram, Polampalli, Pisipara and Pakela on February 20.
Suspected Naxals spotted at DK-Kodagu border, combing operation begins
Sullia, Feb 22: The forest officials of Sullia Subrahmanya range on day duty on Friday, February 21 spotted a group of six people with guns, believed to be Naxals, at the border area of Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu. The group was found in Kadamakallu reserved forest which is known for gemstone business.
Maoist killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A Maoist was gunned down in a fierce encounter with security forces in Naxal-affected Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, police said. The face off took place in the forests under Dhaudai police station limits of restive Abhujmad region, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police OP Sharma told PTI. The joint squad of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of CRPF, Special Task Force and district police was on an anti-Naxal operation in Abhujmad region, about 400 kms from the state capital Raipur, this morning.
MHA warns of Maoists targeting political leaders
RANCHI: The Union home ministry’s Naxal Management Division has written to Jharkhand police alerting them about the possibility of communist extremists targeting political leaders and security forces during the Lok Sabha elections in the state. The letter (a copy of which is with TOI) says: “The outfit (Maoists) plans to target political leaders and security forces. It has directed its cadres to make all logistic arrangements, including collecting explosives, for the proposed acts of violence. It has particularly identified leaders belonging to Congress, BJP and JVM(P) as targets.” The Naxal Management Division’s alert is based on the recent seizure of documents related to election boycott from rebel camps in Jamui district in Bihar.
While all 24 districts of Jharkhand are Maoist-affected, Dumka, Pakur, Hazaribag, Giridih, Koderma, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Chatra, Ranchi, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum are the most sensitive. Significantly, all 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand are situated in Maoist strongholds. The alert added that Maoists are planning to organize meetings, rallies, torch-light processions, and cultural programmes to convince locals to boycott the upcoming elections in all the 14 constituencies.
“Our inputs suggest that the CPI Maoists will make a whole hearted effort with a well laid down nefarious strategy to subvert the election process,” the letter said. IG (operation) M L Meena said: “We have started working on the inputs. The SPs have been instructed to focus on area-domination exercises. Our focus is on landmines recovery as Maoists frequently use these explosives to target security personnel and politicians.”
During elections, movement of troops and political leaders increase significantly as politicians take their campaigns to the remotest corners of the state with security personnel in tow. “All SPs have been instructed to deploy enough security personnel during VIP visits . They have been asked to maintain 100% alertness to prevent any untoward incident,” said DGP Rajiv Kumar. Kumar added that the exercise would get more intense as elections approach. “All districts are organizing area-domination exercises to check movement of Maoists,” said Kumar. Kumar, Meena and other senior police officers recently visited to Delhi to participate in an Election Commission meeting where they were told to start preparing for the polls.
Man killed in Maoist-police battle
Patna, Feb 23 : A man was killed by a stray bullet in Bihar’s Gaya district during a five-hour gun battle between Maoists and police, police said Sunday. The fighting erupted after nearly 100 armed Maoists attacked a police station near Grand Trunk Road in Gaya Saturday night. “A bullet hit a man in his vehicle when he was driving through the area,” a police official said. The Maoists reportedly targeted the police station to loot arms and ammunition. But their attempt was foiled as police fought back and more security forces reached the spot within two hours.