25-kg IED found in Kondagaon, Naxal hand suspected
A 25-kg IED, suspected to have been planted by Naxals to target polling staff and security forces during the Lok Sabha polls, was recovered in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district, police said today. A detonator and 70m wire were also recovered from the spot in the Maoist-affected district yesterday. A team of district police was on a combing operation when it recovered the explosive placed beneath a road near Hangwamini bridge on a rivulet, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri said.
6 Naxals held, 1,000 booby traps recovered along AP-CG border
In a major anti-Naxal operation conducted along the Andhra-Chhattisgarh border, the CRPF today apprehended six suspected Naxals and seized over 1,000 booby traps and shrapnel aimed to ambush security forces. Sources said the operation was conducted along the Cherla-Kistarm area in the bordering Khammam district along the dense forests of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. “One alleged Naxalite has been killed in the operation while six others have been apprehended,” a senior official said.
A joint operation by involving a strong squad of close to 300 troops was launched in this axis by the CRPF, the special counter-Naxal force of AP ‘Greyhounds’ and state police forces of both the states early today. A total of 180 booby traps and 855 iron spikes have been seized from the Naxalite hideout, the official said, adding that a search operation is currently underway in the area to look for more ultras.
Naxals fire on CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A strong squad of Naxals today fired on a CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, injuring a trooper. A squad of about 80 armed Maoists surrounded a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Sukma’s Burkapal village and fired heavily, official sources said.In the ensuing firing, one CRPF jawan was injured, they said. Some Naxals are also suspected to have been injured. The injured trooper has been rushed for medical aid. The force has stepped up security patrols in the area after the attack that took place around 2:15 PM. “The post belongs to the 74th battalion of the force and firing has stopped now,” a senior police official said.
60 companies of central forces for Odisha polls
The Union government will provide 60 companies of security forces to the Odisha to ensure free and fair elections in the state. A majority of the security personnel will be deployed in the Naxal affected districts going to polls in the first phase on April 10, according to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here. The forces would include CRPF, BSF and Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP), they said. While 50 companies of central forces will come from the Home Ministry, another 10 companies will come from Andhra Pradesh and some from neighbouring Jharkhand. Besides, the Home ministry would also provide 232 satellite phones for use during the elections, the sources said.
100kgs of IED recovered in Bihar
Security forces today recovered over 100 kgs of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during an anti-Naxal operation in Bihar’s Gaya district, officials said. The operation was conducted jointly by paramilitary CRPF and state police in the Bankebazar and Imamganj area of the district. During the operation, a senior official said, 14 IEDs of five kgs each, three tiffin IEDs of 10 kg each and 10 packets of explosives (250 gm each) were recovered from a hideout suspected to have been used by Maoists.
Home ministry reward for info on IEDs, landmines
Ahead of the coming Lok Sabha election, the Union Home ministry has announced to reward any person providing information about improvised explosive devices (IED) or anti-personnel landmines laid by the Maoists in naxal-affected areas. The Union Home ministry’s notification in this regard was received by the East Singhbhum district police headquarter here today, police sources said. As per the notification, any person, who helps the security personnel recover IEDs and anti-personnel landmines of five kg weight would be rewarded with Rs 10,000, Rs 25,000 for providing information about explosive between 5 to 10 kgs and Rs 40,000 for above 11 kgs.
Maoist-wary cops review security
KORAPUT: Top police officials along with senior officers of para-military forces made an on-spot visit of Maoist-hit Niyamgiri and Chadrapur areas in Rayagada district on Thursday and reviewed security arrangements to ensure a violence-free elections. “Out of 840 booths in the district, as many as 117 are in Red-affected areas and we are taking maximum precaution to avoid any untoward incident,” said IG (south-western range) Yashwant Kumar Jethwa. According to the IG, 15 companies of CRPF, five units of SOG and two units of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action will be pressed into election duty in rebel-hit areas of Rayagada.
“While a dedicated helicopter for quick movement of security men will be stationed at Koraput for Koraput-Rayagada districts, as many as 15 quick response teams, nine flying squads and 53 mobile parties will be engaged in Maoist zone. The district will also be provided five satellite phones in areas without mobile phone network,” he said. As part of pre-poll preparations, police have executed 330 non-bailable warrants while 76 licensed arms have been deposited with police.
Hardcore Maoist held
Aurangabad: A hardcore Maoist was arrested today from a village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district days ahead of parliamentary polls, police said. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided Gamharia village and nabbed the CPI (Maoist) ultra Awadesh Yadav while he was meeting some people to deliberate on boycott of polls in Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat, the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Operations, Rajesh Kumar Bharti said.
Yadav, who carries several aliases to hide his identity, was said to be the proscribed outfit’s sub-zonal commander. A country-made rifle, five ammunition, besides materials related to poll were recovered from his possession, Bharti said. In banners and posters seized from the ultra, the Maoists had warned the people to face dire consequences for exercising franchise in the parliamentary polls in Aurangabad district, the ASP said.
Maoists, security men exchange fire in Sambalpur forest
After a gap of three weeks, there are reports of another encounter between the Maoists and the security personnel inside the Gudguda forest under Meghapal panchayat of Jujumura block in Odisha’s Sambalpur district on Thursday. According to reports, the Special Operation Group (SOG) and the CRPF personnel were on a combing operation on Thursday following information about the presence of some Maoists inside Gudguda forest area between Tamparsingha and Marangbahal villages. During the operation, the Maoists suddenly opened fire at the security personnel who immediately retaliated. After 30 minutes of exchange of fire, the Maoists fled the area. However, reports said, there was another round of exchange of fire around 5 PM that continued for over an hour.