One Jawan killed, five injured in Gadchiroli Naxal firing
One police jawan was killed and five were seriously injured when the Maoists opened fire on a police team in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Friday. The incident took place when a team of Jimalgatta police station, was rescuing the polling party of Dambrancha polling booth at around 1 pm, said Gadchiroli police. “Police team retaliated the fire and reinforcement was sent immediately, but the Maoists managed to escape taking advantage of thick forest.
Police constable Giridhar Atram was killed in the firing and five Jawans were injured. The injured were airlifted and sent to Nagpur for further treatment” informed Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Suvez Haque in a press statement. Despite the incident, the police managed to drop the polling party to Aheri headquarter safely, claimed the SP.
Naxal blast injures two security personnel in Bijapur
Raipur: A day after polling in Chattisgarh’s Bastar Lok Sabha seat, two security personnel were today injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Naxals in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of the region, police said. “The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area for the movement of polling party returning to their fold after voting, in Dubaiguda forest of Awapalli region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI. “During operation, a Central Reserve Police Force jawan and a state police personnel came in contact with the pressure bomb that exploded, injuring both of them,” he said.
Parts of Patna district safe haven for Maoists, say senior cops
PATNA: In official records, 32 out of 38 districts of Bihar are Maoist affected. However, the Red violence last year was confined to 16 districts only. The most affected areas are Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui districts. But sources said they have substantial influence in 70% areas of Paliganj and Masaurhi subdivisions in Patna district. According to senior cops, the CPI (Maoist) members use Patna district as a safe haven. “They use it as a transit point and find easy passage to Nepal from Jharkhand through Patna district.
That’s why they spare this area from violence. Patna district administration has been carrying out demining exercises and encouraging people to cast their votes,” a senior cop said. “The Maoists do visit medical establishments at district headquarters for treatment. In fact, most of the central and politburo members are old, so they need medical help. Other cadre members also visit clinics as they frequently get injured in encounter with security forces,” said IG (operations) Amit Kumar.
According to a senior police official, “An Army personnel of Danapur cantonment informed the Patna police a couple of months back that some suspicious persons were gathering near the cantonment area. They suspected them as Maoists.” According to intelligence input, the Reds are using the expired arms and ammunition of the Army. In most of the cases, nobody keeps a track of the expired arms and ammunition stock and they often reach the Naxalites.
An officer of Patna police said Paliganj, Masaurhi, Fatuha, Gaurichak, Dhanarua, Mokama and Phulwarisharif areas are Maoist affected. They carry out recruitment drive in these areas and also hold meetings. But they have strong local support to hide themselves in these areas safely. They recruit armed youths from Patna to carry out violence in Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui districts. Sources said Bihar is considered as the overall command of Maoists’ eastern regional bureau.
It is the Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee that supervises the activities of different regional and zonal committees in the three states. The outfit has divided Bihar in seven zones. The Maoists also operate through People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) companies, Jan Militia, Communist Youth League, Krantikari Kisan Committee and Nari Mukti Sangh. “These units are mostly used for collecting levy and extortion,” said an official.
Chhattishgarh: Maoists ambush police patrol party in Bijapur; kill 1 cop, injure 5 others
One cop was killed and five others were injured, as Maoists on Friday ambushed a police party returning from poll duty near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. Earlier in the day, two security personnel were injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Maoists in the insurgency-hit district of the region, police said.
“The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area for the movement of polling party returning to their fold after voting, in Dubaiguda forest of Awapalli region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said.
Three cylinder bombs defused after school blast in Bihar
Patna: After giving sleepless night to villagers, three cylinder bombs recovered from a school in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district were defused Friday, more than 24 hours after they were found, police said. “Much to the relief of the villagers, three cylinder bombs were defused Friday after they spent sleepless night Thursday,” a district police official said. Maoists used eight cylinder bombs to blast the school building ahead of voting in six parliamentary constituencies of the state Thursday.
The presence of the live bombs in the village’s school was a big threat. “If these bombs had exploded, they could have created more damage,” police said. A police official said Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were camping at the school for past few days ahead of polls in the neighbouring Jamui constituency.
CRPF seizes 400 kg IEDs from poll-bound Maoist zone
NEW DELHI: Security forces seized about 400 kg explosives in the form of IEDs from Maoist-hit districts across four states where polling was held on Thursday. However, at Bihar’s Munger Maoists exploded landmines killing two CRPF men who were part of a team escorting a election officials on way to polling booths. The biggest recovery was from Bihar where the CRPF, nodal agency for force movement deployment in 2014 elections, seized 225 kg IEDs —135 kg from Gaya and 90 kg from Aurangabad. Besides, about 90 kg explosives were found from Bastar in south Chhattisgarh, about 52kg from Jharkhand and about 20 kg from Odisha, said Zulfiquar Hasan, CRPF IG (operations), who is EC-appointed chief force coordinator.
Just 4 turn up to vote at Bastar village
Of the 1,797 booths in Bastar, 1,407 booths have been marked as ‘critical’ and all steps have been taken to ensure free and fair polling there. An entire polling booth in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency was shifted to an open field after bombs allegedly planted by Maoists were found near the building where polling was to take place. “We detected three explosives near the school in Kankapal village where the booth was located. Since we had limited time, we decided to relocate the booth to a nearby field,” said Shishupal Sinha, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), who was leading the police team protecting Kankapal poll party.
Maoist posters asking villagers to boycott the poll were pasted on the school walls and nearby trees. However, four of the 966 registered voters at this booth had cast their votes until 1 pm, polling official P.S.Baghel told this reporter. The figure remained unchanged when polling ended at 3.00 p.m. According to preliminary reports, the voting percentage in Bastar was around 52, Chief Election Officer of Chhattisgarh Sunil Kujur said in a press statement.
The actual figure could be confirmed only after all the polling parties reached the headquarters, he said. The village wore a deserted look. “The Jangalwalas (Maoists) came to our village last night and threatened to shoot us if we vote today,” Eitu Ram, a villager told The Hindu. Almost all the residents had fled the village, he said. Kankapal is 7 km from Tahakwada village, where 15 policemen were killed last month, and around 12 km from Jiram Ghati where Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders were killed last year.
Poll team in Chhattisgarh evacuated to safety
New Delhi, Apr 11: A 20-member poll team, perched atop a hillock in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Sukma district, was evacuated by security forces today through coordinated action, including deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The poll officials, who were on election duties yesterday, had to cancel their return to Sukma district headquarters last night after facing heavy firing from Naxals. A strong contingent of paramilitary personnel, which was guarding the poll officials, ensured their safety and stayed put the night at the interior location, official sources said.
Authorities deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the movement of Maoists Concerned over their safety, the authority deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the movement of Maoists and kept relaying information and instructions to the team for their evacuation.
Jharkhand police announce cash prize to nab 38 Maoists
RANCHI: Jharkhand police on Thursday announced cash reward to civilians for information on 38 Maoists active in the state, where four of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies went to polls on April 10. The state police, following in the footsteps of National Investigation Agency, said the cash prize is between Rs 30,000 and Rs 12 lakh and sought civilians’ help in arresting the Maoists, who reportedly mastermind major attacks.
But they remain untraced even after joint combing operations by Jharkhand police and CRPF. DGP Jharkhand Rajiv Kumar said hardcore Maoists could be “easily arrested if villagers support police”. “Villagers need not worry. We will keep their identity completely secret,” said Kumar. Posters containing photographs and names of the Maoists have been widely distributed in Jharkhand. Some of the 38 Maoists hail from neighboring states but have executed multiple attacks in the state.
The posters, which have contact numbers of IPS officers, urge civilians to cooperate. “We have published photos of the wanted Maoists. It is now in the public domain and people will find it easier to identify them. All SPs have been asked to widely advertise the posters across their districts, particularly in sensitive areas,” said Rezi Dungdung, ADG special branch. “We will give Rs 12 lakh for arrest some Maoists while for others we will give Rs 30,000,” said a special branch officer. Mishir Besra alias Sunirmal alias Bhaskar, who is active in Giridih, Arvind Singh alias Nishantji alias Devkumar Singh, who is active on Bihar-Jharkhand border, and Prashant Bose alias Manish alias Nirbhay, who is active on Jharkhand-West Bengal border, carry reward of Rs 12 lakh.
Landmine explodes in Barwadih
Ranchi: Naxalites triggered a landmine explosion in Lat Panchayat of Barwadih in Latehar district of Chatra Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. No casualty was reportedly in the incident. Polling continued despite the explosion. Sources said the explosion was carried out to cause panic among voters. In another incident, police recovered a cylinder bomb planted near Kendua Sahor Middle School in Rajpur police station area. The bomb was diffused by the bomb squad.
Maoists set fire to EVMs in Odisha’s Malkangiri
KORAPUT: Defying all security arrangements, Maoists went on the rampage in Malkangiri district, looting and setting fire to EVMs and poll documents at eight polling stations on Thursday. While there was very low turnout in all Maoist-hit areas, officials at the election control room in Malkangiri town said no voters turned up at the booth in Silakota under Podia block. Till 6pm, 48 per cent voting was recorded in the district that has two assembly constituencies, which is 3% less than the voting recorded in 2009.
The Maoists, who have called a poll boycott, went on a sustained campaign over the past two months to strike terror in the hearts of voters. They pasted posters in several areas threatening to chop off hands of voters who turned up at polling stations. Maoists got in the act on Wednesday night, setting fire to EVMs and a vehicle used by polling staff at Mahupadar under Mathili police limits bordering on Chhattisgarh.
“The truck was carrying EVMs for one booth each at Kamapalli, Mundaguda and two booths of Mahupadar. A group of Maoists waylaid the vehicle near Mahupadar and set it ablaze after asking the officials to vacate it,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh. Continuing their offensive to disturb the poll process, suspected Maoists snatched the EVM of Polsari booth under Mathili police limits while the polling officials were returning after completing voting.
Also, the Red rebels damaged EVMs of three booths at Jodambao after snatching them from polling officials. “No polling officials have been injured. Repolling will be held at all the centres where EVMs were either looted or set on fire by Maoists. The dates will be declared soon,” said collector (Malkangiri) D Prasant Kumar Reddy. In a separate incident in Koraput district, the Maoists looted EVMs of Pujariput booth under Boipariguda block which comes under Kotpad assembly constituency. Officials said the incident took place around 12.30 pm when a group of around 50 Maoists stormed into the booth and forcibly took away the EVMs.
Maoists send letter to Odisha govt
Malkangiri (Odisha), Apr 11 (PTI) After disrupting polling in 15 places during first phase of Lok Sabha elections, Maoists have sent a letter to the Odisha government through polling officials demanding that operations against them be halted. The letter carried by a six-member polling party, that was detained by Maoists yesterday and released today, handed over the letter to the District Collector P K Reddy.
Reds bid to disrupt Balaghat poll foiled
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Police foiled Maoists attempt to spoil peaceful election process by recovering a cache of firearms and explosives devices and uniforms from two areas in Balaghat district, on Thursday. The explosives, police claimed, were for blowing up a bridge and block security forces from patrolling the area. DGP Nandan Kumar Dubey said five rifles, including two old guns, quilt, wire, battery and detonators were seized from Bhakkutola area in Kirnapur range. Maoist literature and banners for boycott of polls were also found. Also, police recovered 7 kg explosives and batteries under a bridge near Chirola Choria village in Lanji area.
Manipur Maoist claims planting of IED near Meinya`s residence
IMPHAL, April 10: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has claimed in a press statement that the IED recovered by the police on April 9 along the National Highway 37 about 200 meters far from the residence of sitting MP and Congress candidate for Inner Manipur constituency, Dr Th Meinya, and further said that the IED was equipped with 3 kg of nails, 300 gm of explosive and remote control device.
Misuse of the MP Local Area Development Fund for last the last ten years and also opposing to their Political Strike were given as reasons for the IED plant, it said in the release and added the Party has called a General Strike against the misuse of MP Fund by the sitting MP Dr Th Meinya on April 16 starting from 5 am to 5 pm. The release further said that the Services of Fire, Water, Medical and also media will not be covered by the General Strike.