Naxalite Hardhan Majhi arrested, sent to jail
Chandil, Feb 25: Through a special search operation by CRPF Batalian team at Matkadih Village under Chauka Police Station, the team was successful in nabbing a naxalite Hardhan Majhi on Tuesday, Feb 25. Majhi was soon handed over to Chauka Police. On the course of sending Majhi to jail, Chauka Police Station incharge Rajdev Singh talking to the media persons said that Majhi was present in several incidents in the last couple of years. Majhi was also a member of Kundan Pahan group.
Singh further said that Majhi was a member of Jan Virodhi Aandolan Samiti and used to collect money from people. Police recovered two CDs, five magazines in which history of naxalites and white paper and several other things. At the press meet ASI RD along with other police officers were present.
Three Maoist cadres carrying rewards arrested in Bastar
Three Maoists, including two women, who carried rewards on their heads, were arrested from separate places in Maoist-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, the police said in Raipur on Wednesday. Two Maoist cadres were nabbed from the Maraskol forest area under Dhaudai police station limits of Narayanpur district last evening, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma said. A joint squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the district police was on a combing operation in the restive Dhaudai region, which is around 350 km away from Chhattisgarh’s state capital Raipur, when it spotted Maoist rebels trying to flee, he said.
They were nabbed after a chase. During interrogation, they admitted to their involvement in the Maoist movement, he said. The duo has been identified as Sukhdeyi (48), head of the Kongera Maoist Janatana Sarkar and a wanted woman cadre who carried a reward of Rs 5,000 on her head, and Dasu Ram Salaam (24), a member of the Daula Local Operation Squad, he said. In a separate incident, a wanted Maoist was arrested from his residence in Maalnar village under the Mardapal police station limits of Kondagaon district late last evening, a senior police official said.
A joint patrol of the CRPF and the district police force was on an area domination operation in the forests of Mardapal when it received a tip-off about the presence of a Maoist cadre in the Maalnar village. The arrested Maoist has been identified as Mate Bai, a member of the Chema Jan Militia who carried a reward of Rs 5,000 on her head, the official said. All three arrested Maoists were allegedly involved in several cases including loot, arson and murder, he said.
Anti-Naxal ops: BSF to get two new choppers
New Delhi: The BSF air wing will get two new advanced military helicopters by this year-end for aiding security forces in anti-Naxal operations. The new choppers, Mi-17 (V-5 variants), are part of the first batch of the machines which will be delivered to the Border Security Force under the eight-helicopter deal that the force is expected to get as part of modernisation of its air fleet. “We are hopeful of getting two helicopters by this year-end, preferably in September.
This is part of the eight- chopper package that our air wing is supposed to get,” BSF chief Subhash Joshi told PTI. The new choppers will add to the existing fleet of eleven helicopters which are currently tasked to carry troops, material and casualty evacuation in Naxal violence affected states. Both Indian Air Force and BSF choppers are part of this existing fleet. Joshi said the new choppers are expected to be deployed first in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) theatre.
These helicopters are advanced versions of the existing fleet of Mi-17s and will be equipped with sophisticated avionics and on-board navigation systems making them more suitable for both day and night operations in Naxal-affected areas. The Mi-17 V-5 helicopters have an on-board weather radar along with the state-of-the art autopilot and latest night vision devices which are at present not available with the Mi-17s. The BSF, country’s largest border guarding force, is the nodal authority for operating the air wing under the Home Ministry and its ALH ‘Dhruv’ and Mi-17 choppers are used by all the seven paramilitary forces of the country like CRPF, ITBP, SSB, CISF, Assam Rifles for various tasks and by the elite counter-terror force NSG for training of commandos and VIP travel.
Maoist killed in Gumla gunfight
GUMLA: A Maoist was gunned down in a police encounter at Icha village under Ghaghra police station, 40 km off the district town, early on Tuesday. The security forces recovered an SLR and other items from the encounter site during a search operation. The slain rebel has not yet been identified as yet, police said. According to police, they had specific information about the presence of some 25-30 Maoists led by their commanders Sushil Gounjhu and Ranjeet in Icha village on Monday night.
A big contingent of security forces led by ASP Pawan Kumar, SDPO D K Pande and CRPF deputy commandant, AK Singh was dispatched for the onslaught of the Maoists. As soon as they reached the village, the rebels started firing gunshots at them. Police too retaliated with fire at about 1.30 am, said Gumla SP Rakesh Bansal after visiting the spot. In the encounter which continued for about two hours, a Maoist was killed and a SLR, a rucksack shawl, shoes etc were recovered, he said. They had possibly gone to Icha village to take on members of a rival group called Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP) led by its supremo Manjeet, a source revealed.
Naxalites slay Balapam sarpanch near Hyderabad
CHINTAPALLI (Visakhapatnam): Striking terror in the hearts of locals as well as police personnel ahead of the elections, Maoists killed the recently elected sarpanch of Balapam panchayat, a Red stronghold, in Chintapalli in the wee hours of Tuesday for contesting the elections against their order. The 38-year-old sarpanch, Sinderi Karla, was hacked to death by a group of Naxals after being dragged out of his house at Rallagedda of Balapam panchayat. Karla is survived by his wife and two children.
According to sources, around 50 Naxals and militia members led by Maoist leaders Kiran and Azad entered the village around 2.30 am on Tuesday, tied up Karla’s hands and dragged him out of his house. The Naxals told the sarpanch’s wife that they wanted to discuss some issues with him and also hold a meeting in the village. They took him to a martyrs’ pylon on the outskirts of the village. Interestingly, Karla was one of the persons instrumental in constructing the martyrs’ pylon, sources said Raju told media persons that he soon heard his brother’s cries for help and after a few minutes the villagers found Karla lying lifeless in a pool of blood with a deep wound on his neck.
The Reds left a note on Karla’s body warning Prem Singh, Sobhan, Soma Raju, Nooka Raju and Sanjeeva Rao that they would meet the same fate if they did not leave the village along with their families. Alleging that Karla was a police informer, the note also accused him of colluding with the Annavaram and Chintapalli police and playing a key role in illegal arrests and surrenders as well as in harassing people agitating for their rights on coffee plantations and at bauxite mines. They also accused him of playing a key role in laying roads along with the Essar pipeline. The note, left in the name of the Korukonda committee, also alleged that Karla had contested the local body elections though nobody was willing to contest or vote.
The Naxals said they had warned Karla through letters, leaflets and the Praja court, but he did not heed their warnings. Karla was unanimously elected sarpanch of Balapam panchayat last month and reportedly joined the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). The Balapam panchayat election was postponed in August last year when no one was willing to contest in the wake of Maoist threats. According to sources, Karla, who was a strong Maoist sympathiser, was among the 75 Maoist militia members and sympathizers that surrendered before the police in 2012. After the surrenders, the police got access to the village that was once considered to be a Maoist stronghold in the Korukonda tracts.
Visakha Rural SP Vikram Jeet Duggal told TOI that the police had warned Karla three days ago that he was on the Maoist hit list. “We had warned him to leave the village for a safer place for a few days, but he was confident that the Naxals would not do anything to him if he was in the village,” Duggal said, adding that the Naxals were ironically targeting innocent tribals that they were claiming to be fighting for.