All set for general strike: Maoist
IMPHAL, April 15: The Maoist Communist Party Manipur has in a press release said that preparation for the April 16 general strike called against the misuse of Local Area Development fund of the MP Dr Th Meinya Singh for ten years all set ready and further disclosed that 15 important locations have been identified for it and 15 Demolition Squad Units have also been deployed with bombs and necessary equipments so as to make a ravage strike. The release mentioned that the Congress rule in India will come to an end and also of the O Ibobi led Congress government in Manipur and further appealed the people of Manipur to support general strike and at the same time, to stay alert of the bomb attack.
Voting time reduced in Naxal-hit areas of Bihar
Fearing threat from Maoists during the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Bihar tomorrow, Election Commission has decided to cut polling period by two hours in Naxal-hit areas of Ara and Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituencies. The voting time in Agiyaon and Terari Assembly segments in Ara, and Jehanabad and Makhdumpur in Jehanabad will now be from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan told reporters here. The DM and SP of Ara and Jehanabad had sent proposals to the EC to curtail the polling period in the two Maoist-hit areas. “The EC today approved them. We are publicising the changed timings among the voters there,” Lakshmanan said.
2 tiffin bombs found in Chhattisgarh on poll eve; 2 Naxals held
RAIPUR: Two tiffin bombs, suspected to be planted by Maoists to target security forces and polling parties during Lok Sabha elections, were found in the insurgency-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. Kanker is among the three Lok Sabha seats going to polls on Thursday in the second phase of Chhattisgarh elections. Besides, two Naxals involved in several incidents of crime were nabbed in Narayanpur district, police said.
“Two tiffin-bombs of 10 kg each were found at separate places on Mandagaon-Mendra road under Badgaon police station limits last evening,” a senior police official said on Wrnesday. The joint squad of 127 battalion of Border Security Force and a team of local police was on a demining exercise to ensure security ahead of polls in the region, located around 200 kms away from the state capital Raipur. During the operation on restive Mandagaon-Mendra road, the security personnel found two tiffins containing improvised explosives device (IED) placed underground at separate places. Later, the bomb disposal squad defused the explosives, he said.
In a separate incident, two Naxalites, carrying reward on their head, were arrested from Narayanpur district on Tuesday evening. The cadres – Rajman Salaam (35) and Vinod Korram (26) – were nabbed by the joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force from the forests under Jhara police station limits, the official said. The security personnel were on a combing operation in the region when they rounded up the duo on suspicion near Kausalnar village, he said, adding that later they admitted to their involvement in the Naxal movement. They were carrying reward of Rs 5,000 each on their head and were involved in several incidents of crime including loot, arson and murder, he said.
Maoist arrested in Hazaribag, cops intensify search operation
HAZARIBAG: Police arrested Maoist cadre, Ramu Manjhi, son of Budhan Manjhi, from Telaiya village under the Bishnugarh police station on Monday night. Acting on a tip off, officer in charge of Bishnugarh police station, Dinesh Kumar Singh raided Ramu Manjhi’s residence with his team and succeeded in arresting him. Dinesh Kumar Singh said security has been beefed up in the district before the polls.
Police have been conducting regular search operations in the locality to keep a check on illegal activities. After Maoist posters calling for poll boycott were noticed in the area, police intensified its search operation. Singh said, in Bishnugarh alone, Manjhi was wanted in 13 cases and police suspect he was here to interrupt poll proceedings on April 17.
‘Maoists’ Bid to Disrupt Polls Foiled’
Maoists had grouped in Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in the district aiming to disrupt the poll process in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, scheduled in two phases on April 17 and 24. This was revealed by IGP (South-Western) Range YK Jethwa, a day after a woman Maoist was gunned down in an exchange of fire between police and Left wing ultras inside the sanctuary on Monday morning. Addressing mediapersons on Tuesday, Jethwa said a group of 40 heavily armed Maoists including their military platoon were present in the sanctuary.
On Sunday, following intelligence inputs on movement of Maoists in large numbers in the area, the security forces launched an operation and came face to face with Maoists between Sonbahali and Junapani under Sunabeda gram panchayat on Monday morning resulting in an exchange of fire. Although the Maoists had laid an ambush, the security forces got wind of it and foiled the attempt. The IGP said the spot of encounter was located in Bijadungri between Sonbahali and Junapani which is three to four kms from Gariabandh district in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
“The deceased woman Maoist has been identified as Jayanti who belonged to Mainpur-Nuapada Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist) outfit and hailed from Chhattisgarh,” Jethwa said. Lauding the small group of SOG comprising about 15 to 16 personnel, Jethwa said when the Maoists fired at them, they retaliated instead of looking for cover. It seems many Maoist cadres have been killed or injured as they were seen dragging some bodies. Combing operation has been launched by Chhattisgarh cops from their side of the sanctuary.
Maoists attack Border Security Force camp in Malkangiri
KORAPUT: A major mishap could be avoided at a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Malkangiri district due to the alertness of sentries late on Monday. Police said some 100-odd Maoists fired at the camp around 1 am at MPV 21 village under Kalimela police limits. “As the sentries were alert they retaliated. Soon other BSF men present in the camp joined the gun-battle which continued intermittently for two hours.
Had the sentries not fired back then a major mishap could have taken place. No injury or casualty from our side has been reported,” said IG (south-western range) Y K Jethwa. He said though the exact number of Red rebels, who attacked the camp, is yet to be ascertained, there number could be very high as they attacked from three sides. “Unable to stand our heavy firing, the Maoists retreated. We have started a search operation in the area,” he said. Police said at least 100 personnel are there in each BSF camp.
Maoists blast bridge in Jharkhand
Maoist guerrillas blew up a bridge in Jharkhand’s Giridih district Wednesday, a day ahead of the polling for six Lok Sabha seats from the state, police said. Guerrillas blew up the bridge near Padnatand village, around 190 km from Ranchi. Giridih will go to the polls Thursday. Police said the bridge was blown up to disrupt the movement of security forces during the polling. Police Wednesday also found five landmines from Ambatar village in Hazaribagh district, around 140 km from Ranchi. Polling will also take place Thursday for the Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat.