Naxals fire on polling party in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon
Rajnandgaon: An exchange of fire took place between the security forces and the Naxals in the insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh where polling was held today. No causalities were reported. “The incident took place under Khadgaon police station limits of Rajnandgaon district while a polling party escorted by joint team of ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) and the district police force was returning after polling in Kamkasur region,” a senior police official said. After the polling concluded at 3 pm in the Mohla- Manpur assembly segment of Rajnandgaon parliamentary constituency, the polling party escorted by security personnel was heading back when Naxal opened fire from a distance.
Polling booth relocated fearing Maoist landmine in Jharkhand
Jamshedpur (Jharkhand): A polling booth has to be relocated in Naxal-affected Kasiabeda area in Ghatsila sub-division on suspicion that a landmine was planted near the original venue by Maoists to disrupt parliamentary elections. The building where the polling was to be held was sanitised after the security personnel detected a wire near it, Senior Superintendent of Police A V Homkar said.
Three Maoists held in Bihar’s Aurangabad
AURANGABAD: Three Maoists, including a self-styled zonal commander was arrested on Friday from a village under Daudnagar police station area in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a hide out in Chaudi village and arrested a hardcore CPI(Maoist) ultra Kailu Prajapati alias Akashji, who carried a reward of Rs three lakh, with his two other associates Munna Rajak and Munna Prajapati, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said.
Kailu Prajapati, said to be the self-styled area commander of the CPI(Maoist) of Rafiganj-Goh zone, was wanted in connection with over a dozen cases of naxal violence in the district, he said. A country-made stengun, a pistol, besides 16 ammunitions of AK-47 gun and pistol and three uniforms of the STF were recovered from possession of the ultras, who have been sent to jail, Sharma said.
Maoist Arrested With Cash in Jharkhand
A Maoist, with a huge amount of money was arrested today at Ranka in Jharkhand’s Garhwa district. The Maoist, Babulal Sao, was arrested from a place under Ranka police station, Superintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar Jha said here. The Rs 79,500 in cash, extorted from a contractor, was for handover to a subzonal commander, he said.
Four including three cops injured in Maoist encounter
Ranchi: Four persons including three CRPF jawans were injured in an encounter between Maoists and paramilitary jawans near Lugu Hills under Gomia police station area of Bokaro under Giridih Parliamentary constituency on Thursday. A civilian was also injured in the incident. Sources said a patrolling team of CRPF jawans was passing by Lugu Hills when Maoists triggered an explosion to blow up the police vehicle.
But the vehicle somehow escaped the attack. The paramilitary jawans took their positions. Maoists opened fire on the jawans who retaliated promptly. Three CRPF jawans including one Pratap Singh were injured in the incident. They were taken to Apollo Hospital, Ranchi. Dr Sanjay Kumar, commandant of CRPF, confirmed that three jawans and a civilian were injured in the incident. The victims were taken to Ranchi in a helicopter, he said.
CRPF jawan injured in gunbattle with Maoists in Bokaro during polls
New Delhi, April 18: A CRPF jawan was injured during a gunbattle with ultras of the CPI (Maoist) in the forests of Bokaro district on Thursday. According to CRPF (26th Battalion) Commandant Sanjay Kumar, the encounter took place near Tulbul village during a long range patrolling at Jhumra Hills under Gomia police station of the district. He said a jawan suffered injuries in the encounter.
Maoists abduct polling officials for an hour, release them with a warning
According to a belated report, a group of armed Maoists abducted a team of polling officials in the cut-off area of Chitrakonda in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Thursday afternoon but released them later with a warning. The incident came to light when the polling team revealed this to the media after reaching the district headquarters on Thursday night. According to reports, the team had gone to conduct repolling in the 15 booths in Chitrakonda where the polling was disrupted by the Maoists during the first phase polls on April 10.
After the polling got over at 3 PM, the polling team despatched electronic voting machines (EVMs) in a helicopter and boarded a motor launch for Chitrakonda on their way back to the district headquarters. As soon as the launch arrived at Kunturapadar village on the banks of the Chitrakonda reservoir, a group of armed Maoists asked them to get down and follow them. The team members were then taken to a forested area where they were produced before a kangaroo court in which nearly a hundred armed ultras took part.
The Maoists grilled the poll officials with a volley of questions in presence of their leaders Rukdhar and Udaya and asked them how they dared to venture into the area despite their call to the people to boycott the elections. Later, they asked one of the team members to write a letter to the district collector as dictated by them.
The letter contained 7-point charter of demands of the Maoists including improvement in education and health services, solution of land related problems and drinking water supply, end to the ongoing victimisation and arrest of innocent tribals by branding them as Maoists and the immediate release of arrested tribal people from jail. In the letter, the Maoists have also asked the district administration to stop engaging the teachers in non-teaching jobs such as election duty. The draft letter was then signed by Maoist leader Rukdhar.
Four IEDs found from unused polling centre
Jamshedpur: Four Improvised Explosive Devices were Friday recovered from an unused polling centre in Maoist-affected Kasiabeda in Singbhum East district, the police said. Led by Musaboni Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bachandeo Kujjur, a bomb disposal squad searched the polling centre in Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency and found the four IEDs each weighing between two-and-half kg and three kg.
Kujjur said the polling centre was shifted to a nearby building at the last minute before starting of voting yesterday after securitymen found a wire near the centre. However, search operation could not be carried out there yesterday as the bomb disposal squad were engaged in other parts of the sub-division.