3 CRPF personnel killed in Naxal attack in Sukma
Sukma: Three personnel of Cobra force of Central Reserved Police Force were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday. In the first incident that occurred in Sukma district, Naxals opened heavy fire on a patrol of the specialised anti-Naxal operations force CoBRA that was coming back after escorting a polling party which has reached the Naxal stronghold as part of the polls scheduled on Thursday. Officials said a strong squad of about 100 Naxals surrounded the party from three sides, leading to the killing of three commandos while three others were injured. “The troops were hit on the back.
They were killed as they received bullet injuries while on their way back,” a senior official said. The incident comes at a time when the forces are at their maximum alert. A joint column of CRPF, state police and commandos on a helicopter have been launched in the area, the official said, adding a “cordon and search” operation has been launched. “We are alive to every possibility and we will conduct the polls peacefully,” a senior security official monitoring the security forces deployment in Delhi said.
Two CRPF men injured in Naxal blast in Raipur
Naxals carried out two powerful blasts in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, injuring two CRPF personnel, on April 9. The blast comes a day before Lok Sabha polls in the area. According to preliminary information, a patrol squad of the force was on a operational task when two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts occurred in the forests of Bijapur near Gangloor village. “The blasts were powerful and few personnel were feared to have been hit by shrapnels of the improvised bomb,” a senior official said.
Naxal calm in Gadchiroli worries security forces more
GADCHIROLI: The prevailing calm in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli has worried cops more than cause them any relief. Three helicopters, including one from Indian Air force (IAF), have been stationed in the district for polling duties and other emergencies. Naxals have always been opposed to elections as they believe this model of democracy to be anti-people. However, the absence of any concrete information regarding their movements to enforce the boycott of April 10 polling has left the cops speculating about the rebels’ intentions. District police, who have already been supplemented with substantial paramilitary forces, are planning operations into remote forest zones.
Co-ordination with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh state police forces is also underway, it is learnt. The Naxalites, after remaining calm during the last few weeks, resurfaced on Monday and murdered a civilian in Kothi near Bhamragarh in south Gadchiroli. Within a few kilometers from this place a state transport bus was also charred in an unexplained fire. Though police denied Naxal hand behind the incident, sources claimed it could be their handiwork. Some days ago, Gondia police had recovered at Darekasa a Naxal banner appealing to the people to boycott polls in Gadchiroli. Though not in considerable number, Naxal posters and pamphlets opposing elections have been recovered in Gadchiroli too during last one month from Dhanora tehsil.
Seven Maoist Militia Members Held, Three Surrender
Seven militia members of the outlawed Maoists movement, including head of CPI(Maoist) panchayat committee, were today arrested in the district, police said. Three CPI(Maoist) sympathisers also surrendered before the police, they said. The seven militia members, belonging to Korukonda area committee of Balapam panchayat of agency area, were arrested from the Chintapalli mandal of the district, Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal told reporters here. They were involved in several extremists activities including firing, arson, blasting of government godowns and obstruction of vehicular movement, he said.
Maoists dig up roads in Malkangiri
In a bid to disrupt the first phase elections in Malkangiri district tomorrow , the Maoists have dug up roads at several places under the Mathili block along Odisha-Chhattisgarh border, reports said. According to reports, the left wings ultras have prevented movement of traffic by digging up roads at Mahupadar, Kamalapalli, Salimi, Tulasipadar, Haldikund, Tembapalli and Kasrabhata of Mathili block where they have put up posters and banners urging people to boycott the elections. They have also warned the polling officials of trial in ‘praja courts’ if they do not stay away from duty. While there is panic among people in these areas, the polling officials appear scared, the reports said, adding that there is every likelihood that polling in these Maoist affected booths would be affected.
Red Posters Call for Poll Boycott
Belying the claims of district police of being fully prepared to counter Red menace during the elections, Maoists on Tuesday pasted posters on Primary Ashram School building at Hakuspanga of Hanumantpur panchayat under Chandrapur block. The posters called upon the people to boycott the coming polls. Similar posters were also found in Kalyansingpur and Bisamkatack blocks of the district. In an audio tape released by the Maoists recently, the Maoists had declared to observe bandh on the polling day.
Seven bombs seized in Bihar
Patna, April 9: Seven bombs planted by Maoists in Gaya and Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar were found early on Wednesday by security forces, police said. Bihar will see six-phase polling beginning April 10. Gaya along with five Maoist-affected constituencies – Aurangabad, Sasaram, Jamui, Nawada and Karakat – will vote Thursday. Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Tiwari said two “cane bombs” were recovered from Banke Bazaar area. In Aurangabad, five similar bombs were found near Aruara and Pathakbigha village.