Naxal arrested in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh
A Naxal `commander’, who carried a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head, was arrested in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, police said. Among other incidents, he was allegedly involved in the ambush in Dhaudai in which 27 CRPF troopers were killed in 2010. Dhansingh Korram (35) alias Sukhdev was involved in several attacks on security personnel in the area, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told reporters.
Two Maoists held
The security forces arrested two hardcore Maoists and destroyed poppy crop under a forest area in Bihar’s Jamui district, on Wednesday, the police said. Carrying out a combing-cum-search operation in Gurmaha forest, the security forces nabbed two ultras, one of whom was identified as Madan Koda, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Munger range, Sudhanshu Kumar said. Koda was wanted in a number of cases related to naxal violence in the district and adjoining areas, he said.
4 cops injured in Khunti encounter, 3 detained
RANCHI/BOKARO: A police officer and three jawans were injured in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists on Tuesday morning in Khunti district, 40km from Ranchi city, where Lok Sabha election is scheduled for April 17. The cops were part of a team engaged in pre-election sanitation exercise in the Maoist-affected constituencies. The IED blast was so powerful that the vehicle carrying over 15 police personnel, including officer-in-charge of Murhu police station Praveen Jha, was tossed up in the air. It also created a crater on the road. “The OC and one constable sustained head injuries,” said Khunti SP Anish Gupta.
All the injured cops are stable now, said doctors. The cops were going to Potno in southern Khunti to attend a meeting with villagers. The place (Potno) is not connected with any black-top road. “Maoists had planted an IED in the middle of a kuttcha road and connected it with wire which had a trigger point somewhere in the forests on either side of the road. As the vehicle approached they triggered the blast,” said a police officer, adding that there were some 10kg explosives. Soon after the blast, rebels hiding inside the forest started firing at the injured cops but a second jeep came to their rescue, said Khunti SP Gupta. Additional reinforcement was sent from district headquarters soon.
The encounter continued for over an hour and the rebels retreated when police seemed to be overpowering them. “We have launched an area domination exercise in the entire area which is home to activists of both the CPI(Maoist) and the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI). It is not yet clear which group has triggered the blast. We have detained three suspects in this connection who are being interrogated,” said Gupta. CPI (Maoist) have already announced poll boycott in Jharkhand. The blasts are a way to reinforce the call. The Election Commission has identified Khunti as one of the worst places to conduct polls in the country.
The Union home ministry has already alerted Jharkhand police about Maoist plots. Ranchi DIG Praveen Kumar Singh said additional forces are conducting area domination exercises in Khunti. In Bokaro, police exchanged fire with Maoists for more than an hour in Kashitaad jungle situated in Maoist-hit Gomia on Tuesday. There was no report of injuries. The incident took place when district police jointly with CRPF were carrying out anti-naxal search operation in the forest. As the security personnel reached Kashitaad jungle a group of Maoists opened fire on them in retaliation to which police also opened fire on naxals. However the exchange of fire took place for more than an hour till the time Maoists managed to flee inside the forest taking advantage of bushes and trees, said sources. SP, Jitender Singh said that the search is on to nab Maoists.
“The security personnel were carrying out search operation in jungles when Maoists opened fire on them. We in retaliation have fired around 17 rounds while Maoists had fired more than 10 rounds. No one was hurt,” said SP. The police personnel in a bid to maintain peace in the area ahead of parliamentary election has launched search operation against Maoists in red zones of Jhumra here. Sources said that police had received information of the movement of Maoist commander Santosh squad in the area.
Landmine recovered ahead of 2-day Maoist bandh in Jharkhand
Ahead of the two-day Jharkhand bandh called by CPI (Maoists) from midnight today in protest against the killing of its cadres by rival a group last year in Chatra, the security personnel recovered a power landmine from Maheshduba village under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, security personnel comprising of District Armed Police (DAP) and CRPF during a long-range patrol in the naxal-hit areas launched a massive search in Maheshduba and recovered a landmine weighing about 10 kg, said Superintendent of Police (Rural), Shailendra Kumar Sinha. Sinha said the landmine was planted under a culvert, which was recovered and defused by the bomb disposal squad.
He said a massive anti-naxal operation has been going on in the sub-division in view of the ensuing elections. Asked about the two-day bandh called by the ultra outfit, the officer said the district administration has been geared up to meet any eventuality.
Maoist posters calling for boycott of polls seized in Narayanpatna
Odisha police today seized several Maoist posters from Narayanpatna area of Koraput district. The posters issued by the Srikalulam-Koraput Divisional Committee were seized near forest range office and at Bikrampur village. In the posters, the Maoists have asked the people to boycott the elections and reject the local leaders who they said had done nothing for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden tribals. Terming the surrender drama of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) leader Nachika Linga as selfish and opportunistic, they have called on the people to reaffirm their rights by waging people’s war in every village.
Odisha to intensify anti-Maoist operation ahead of elections
The Odisha Police has decided to intensify combing operation in vulnerable pockets in the state in order to conduct a free and fair elections. “Security personnel have been directed to intensify operation against the left wing ultras to foil their attempt to disrupt the poll process,” DGP Prakash Mishra today said after reviewing situation at six districts in southern part of the state.
Landmines found in Jangalmahal ahead of CM meet
BELPAHARI: Less than a week before chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s election meeting at Belpahari for her party’s Jhargram candidate Uma Saren, joint forces recovered four landmines and a detonator from Tatharchokri village in the heart of the Jangalmahal area. The joint forces had been on the alert ever since landmines were recovered from Salboni, Lalgarh and Jamboni areas of Jangalmahal on March 21 and 22. TOI had reported earlier that the authorities were on the tenterhooks over Maoists renewing their activities prior to the Lok Sabha elections.
The CRPF, meanwhile, recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the house of Badal Hembram, a suspected Maoist who is absconding, at Porihati Sagori village in Jamboni. A .303 rifle, two country-made revolvers, hand bombs, two batteries, one kilogram of explosives and some electric wire were recovered by joint forces during the raid at Hembram’s house. The raid came after CRPF arrested another suspected Maoist Jogen Tutu, 28, in the early hours of Tuesday. A resident of Joram village in Belpahari, Jogen was arrested from Siarbrinda in Binpur. The CRPF recovered Jogen’s mobile from him which had Hembram’s number on the contact list.
On going through the list further, CRPF found names of people in different parts of Jangalmahal, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, all areas where Maoists are active. During interrogation, Jogen admitted Hembram was engaged in stockpiling arms. On cross-checking with their wanted list, CRPF realized Hembram was an absconding Maoist suspect. Jogen also confessed during interrogation that he kept an eye on the CRPF camp at Binpur and had shifted to the area from his Belpahari home for the purpose. CRPF IG Jibesh Sahai said the force was intensifying its operations in Jangalmahal alongside Bengal police ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. “I myself visited three CRPF camps in Lalgarh today,” the IG said.