Maoists’ open fire at function, 2 hurt in stampede
Khunti (Jharkhand), Mar 22 (PTI) Maoists opened fire in air at a function causing injury to two villagers during the stampede and set ablaze a vehicle at Marangdih in Naxal-hit Khunti district, police today said. A group of 20 Maoists arrived in the village and inquired about the SPOs when a function was in progress at the village last night, Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta told reporters.
Maoists shoot at two, blast building in Jharkhand
Ranchi, March 22: Maoist guerrillas shot at two people, torched a vehicle and blasted a school building at two places in Jharkhand, police said on Saturday. Police said the Maoists injured two people by shooting at them in Khuti district’s Marangdih village Friday night. They also set a vehicle on fire in the same village. In another incident, Maoists blasted a school building at Khukra village of Giridih district, 160 Km from Ranchi, late Friday. Police recovered Maoist pamphlets from the spot, while the ultras said the security forces may have used the school building for living in during the Lok Sabha polls.
Naxal killed in police encounter
Raipur, Mar 22 (PTI) A naxal carrying reward of Rs 5,000 on his head was killed in an encounter with police in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today. The incident occurred in forest area of Gundipur village under Bijapur police station limits when a patrolling party of police came under fire from Maoist insurgents, police said. A police official said other ultras fled from the spot after police retaliated.
48,000 security personnel for six Maoist-hit LS constituencies
PATNA: Over 48,000 security personnel would adopt ‘shock and awe’ tactics to thwart any disruptive plan by Maoists during polling in six Parliamentary constituencies in Maoist-hit areas of Bihar on April 10. “The forces comprising 165 companies of central paramilitary forces of 108 combatants each, and over 30,000 policemen will resort to shock and awe tactics to prevent disruption of polls in Sasaram, Karakat, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Jamui,” Inspector General of police (Operations) ..
Experts warn government of increased Maoist activities before elections
Ahead of upcoming elections, experts on Saturday warned the government of increased Maoist activities in the east. Reportedly, hotbed areas of Maoist activities like Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Sasaram- which share their borders with eastern Jharkhand- are on the hitlist of Maoists who have through posters send clear messages of disrupting the upcoming polls. “Before the previous parliamentary elections also, the Maoists have launched what is known as TCOC (tactical counter offensive campaign) and during the electoral period the security forces are spread thinly because they are on election duty also, so they become easy targets and when the Maoists launch a TCOC, the objective is to bleed the state wide, decrease the morale of the security forces and a general sense that they are enjoying an upper hand,”said P V Ramana, research fellow at Institute For Defence Studies And Analysis (IDSA) on Maoists.
State government agencies have been organising campaigns to ensure that voters turnout in huge numbers to participate in the election procedure. But politicians, too, who have been actively campaigning, are on the hit list of the red rebels. “Ahead of elections politicians become easy prey because they move around freely in the villages canvassing and are therefore easy to get targeted,” said Ramana.
Explosives found in Hazaribag forest
HAZARIBAG: Chouparan police of Hazaribag recovered huge cache of detonators and explosives, including five can bombs, five cooker bombs, two cylinder bombs and gelatin sticks from Dooragarha forest, which is a Maoist-dominated belt bordering Chatra and Hazaribag district on Friday, said SP Manoj Kaushik. The SP said, “These explosives must have been kept there to target security forces, who have launched a massive drive against the rebels for peaceful election in the region.” It has also been learnt that owing to the Maoist threat, no votes were polled at Dooragarah during last election.
No armoured vehicle for security forces in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Security personnel deployed in the Maoist-affected districts of Jharkhand for election will have to work without armoured vehicles, most of which are lying defunct at district police headquarters. Over 300 company forces will move to the remotest areas in the state to ensure peaceful polls. But there would not be any armoured vehicle for their protection because several such vehicles allotted to different district police departments are lying defunct for months. Jharkhand Police Association (JPA) said it amounts to playing with the lives of security personnel because they would not be able to use the vehicles unless they are repaired or replaced.
CPRF makes aerial surveillance of Gaya, Aurangabad in Bihar
PATNA: In an effort to thwart Maoist threat during elections, CRPF officials on Friday made preliminary aerial surveillance of Gaya and Aurangabad areas. The Red army has recently threatened to unsettle the poll process by attacking politicians and police personnel. Sources said IG P Mohane and DIG Chiranjeev made the surveillance and even landed at the notorious Chakarbanda forest on Gaya-Aurangabad border. The forest has been in news in recent times for many encounters between security forces and Maoists, causing casualties from both sides. The area, however, is now being dominated by security forces with the presence of a large number of CRPF and STF men.
Landmine recovered near bridge
A landmine was recovered today at a place near a small bridge on state highway at Jambani in West Midnapore district. Locals informed the police after spotting the crude landmine at Bansipole on Jhargram-Belpahari state highway. This area was a Maoist stronghold four years ago. The explosives were stuffed in a tiffin can and electric wires were seen wrapped around it. The experts of bomb squad later defused it. A country-made gun and cartridges were also recovered in a sack lying nearby. The police and joint forces cordoned off the area until the landmine was defused. Two more landmines were found in Ranja forest at Salbani and Jhitka jungle in Lalgarh of the district yesterday.