IEDs were waiting for personnel in Chhattisgarh
CRPF personnel had successfully completed a road-opening process in the Darbha Valley, securing all EVMs used in the April 10 polling in Bastar and officials, before some of them decided to board an ambulance on Saturday. The decision proved costly as five of them were killed as Maoists blew up the ambulance using IED landmines believed to have been planted months ago.
Two ambulance technicians were also killed. An IED landmine was used in the other blast too, which killed seven polling officials in the Ketunlar area, 22 km from the district headquarters of Bijapur, said Arun Dev Goutam, Inspector-General of Police, Bastar Range.
Security increased in naxalite-affected areas of Udupi district
Security has been increased in naxalite-affected areas in Udupi district after a banner and six pamphlets with messages by suspected Maoists were found at Mala village in Karkala Rural police station limits on Saturday. According to the district police, the banner was hung up at a desolate place around 2 km from the S.K. Border (towards Karkala).
The police, who were on their beat between 6.30 a.m. and 7 a.m., also found the pamphlets there. M.B. Boralingaiah, Superintendent of Police, said the banner could have been put up by either naxalites or naxalite sympathisers. There had been no movement or sightings of naxalites in the area in the last six months, he said.
Personnel of Cobra battalion refused to escort polling parties ambushed by Naxalites in Gadchiroli
NAGPUR: The harmony between local police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Gadchiroli shattered after a nasty showdown between a senior police official and personnel of Cobra battalion soon after the attack on returning poll parties in Tondelphata forest area near Ashagaon in Jimulgatta subdivision on Friday. A C-60 jawan was killed and five others injured when Naxalites ambushed the polling parties returning to base station on Friday. Personnel of Cobra, an arm of the CRPF, are learnt to have refused to escort the returning polling parties in south Gadchiroli.
Repoll in Bihar amid Maoist attack on polling personnel
Patna: Maoists unleashed violence in Nawada on Sunday during repoll, attacking a polling party, though there was no casualty in the retaliatory fire by security forces accompanying them, officials said. Repoll was held at 33 polling booths spread over five Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, which went to polls in the first phase on April 10.
The Maoists ambushed the poll personnel near Hadhadwa forest under Kauakol police station area when they were returning after conducting repoll at Dania polling station area in Nawada constituency. “The Maoists suddenly attacked the polling party. The security forces accompanying them retaliated. The firing lasted for a few minutes. Nobody was injured in the incident and all our people are safe,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan.
Bengal districts asked to heighten vigil after Chattisgarh Maoist strike
The Election Commission Sunday asked district administrations across West Bengal to intensify their vigil following Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh and the arrest of a top militant from the state. “There was an intensive review of the standard operating procedure in a video conference among the EC officials, the district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts and top cops. “All DMs and SPs have assured that situation was under control and they have asked to intensify vigil and enhance coordination,” said Amit Roychowdhury, officer on special duty (OSD).
Polling hours reduced in Bengal’s Maoist-hit areas
Kolkata, April 13: Polling will end two hours early in six assembly segments of two Lok Sabha constituencies in Maoist-affected areas of West Bengal, an Election Commission official said Saturday. In a bid to prevent any untoward incident in the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) hit areas, the six segments located in Jhargram and Purulia parliamentary constituencies will witness polling from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. – unlike rest of the state where polling will continue till 6 p.m.
“Hours of poll in Binpur, Bandwan and Jhargram assembly constituencies in Jhargram Lok Sabha seat will be from 7 a.m. to 4 pm. Similarly the hours have been reduced in Balrampur, Baghmundi and Joypur assembly seats in Purulia,” chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta told reporters here.
Maoist arrested with posters calling for poll boycott
Simdega: A suspected Maoist has been arrested in Simdega district’s Paka Tand village, police said here on Saturday. District Superintendent of Police A V Minz told reporters that the Maoist, identified as Bhadur Sao, was arrested and posters calling for poll boycott and other materials were seized from him. The SP said the police action came following a tip-off that a group of Maoists were in the village to put up the posters, and added that some other rebels managed to escape.
Maoists abduct sarpanch in Malkangiri
KORAPUT: Maoists have reportedly abducted a sarpanch and two former panchayat members in Malkangiri district late on Friday. The abducted trio are sarpanch of Temrupally panchayat Samara Chati, former sarpanch Neelakantha Majhi and samiti member Dasarathi Majhi.
Two landmines found in Jharkhand, police issue advisory
Two landmines were found by security forces in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district on Sunday, as officials issued an advisory to security personnel not to defuse landmines but hand over the task to bomb disposal squads. Police said two landmines, each weighing 10 kg, were found during a search operation at the Budgadda jungle, around 140 km from Ranchi. Police issued an advisory to security forces not to defuse landmines found during search operations.