Naxal conduit providing medical aid to cadres arrested in Raipur
Continuing its drive to weaken the urban network of Maoists, Chhattisgarh police have arrested from Raipur another naxal conduit who was providing medical aid to the cadres as a registered medical practitioner. Shatrughan Manilal Vaishnav alias Bhola Doctor (40), a native of Bande police station area of Kanker district in North Bastar, was nabbed from Pachpedi Naka area in the state capital last evening, a senior police official said. The accused had been associated with hardcore naxals since 2000, the official added.
After his interrogation, it came to light that he has connection with top Maoist cadres of Bastar and Gadchiroli. According to the official, the conduit, working as a doctor, was allegedly ensuring medical facilities to Maoists, and also involved in arranging treatment facilities for the injured cadres at the hospitals in urban areas. Vaishnav was also engaged in procuring explosives, arms, medicines, uniforms and other items of daily use.
Moreover, he also played a vital role in arranging meetings of contractors, businessmen, transporters with Maoists in restive pockets of Bastar region. Vaishnav was also associated with Babulal Sharma and Tarak Kundu, who were arrested few months back in Raipur, and extorted money from Tendu leaves contractors for Maoists. Notably, Sharma and Kundu were arrested in Raipur’s Shankar Nagar area alongwith detonators and material used to prepare explosives in August last year. Around 17 naxal conduits had been arrested from different locations of the state in the past two months, he said.
50 kg IEDs recovered, defused in Rayagada
Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing 25 kg each, 32 gelatin sticks, as many electric detonators and other bomb making items were recovered from a Naxal hideout in the Tikarhamsa-Seshkal area of Rayagada district during combing operations by CRPF forces and state police personnel in the early hours today, the sources said.
Splinter group kills Latehar Maoist commander
RANCHI: A Maoist subzonal commander was killed on the border of Latehar and Garhwa district, around 194km from here late on Friday. The body of Kameshwar Singh alias Brajeshji, 35, was found from a forest under Chiniya police station area of Garhwa on Saturday. He had several bullet injuries in his chest. Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad, a Maoist splinter group has claimed responsibility for the murder. Villagers spotted the body and informed police immediately.
Garhwa SP Sudhir Kumar Jha said, “Villagers informed us about the body following which we sent our patrolling parties to the site. The victim is reportedly a subzonal-level Maoist commander, who was active in the areas bordering Latehar. It appears to be a case of gang rivalry,” said Jha. Police have recovered a note from the pocket of the deceased. “In the note, JJMP claimed that the man was killed because he was trying to create trouble for them,” said Jha.
No weapons were found from the site, which indicates that they could have been snatched away by the assailants. “Our sources from Latehar identified him as Kameshwar Singh,” added Jha. Maoists, JJMP and Tritiya Prastuti Committee are locked in a war of supremacy in areas bordering Garhwa and Latehar. They collect money from tendu leaf dealers, contractors and businessmen in the area. A police officer said the body was found in Chiniya area, which is dominated by JJMP. “It is likely that the JJMP rebels kidnapped him from Latehar (where Maoists enjoy a dominance) and dragged him across the border before killing him,” he said. Jha said, “An investigation has been launched into the incident.”