Over 800 kgs of explosives; 100 IEDs seized till now in Naxal-hit area
Over 800 kg of explosives and 127 improvised bombs have been recovered by security forces from across Naxal violence-hit areas since the Election Commission sounded the poll bugle in the country on March 5. The maximum of these killing traps and deadly ammunition, aimed at security forces and poll officials, have been recovered by the paramilitary CRPF from Left Wing Extremism affected areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Odisha.
According to an official report, a maximum of 61 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered from Bihar, 33 from Jharkhand, 24 from Chhattigarh and nine from Odisha. The total number of these locally made recovered bombs, which also killed troopers, is 127. 750kgs of explosives was seized from Bihar, 53 kgs from Jharkhand, .5kg from Chhattisgarh and 3.8kgs from Odisha, taking the total to 806.92kgs during the period between March 5-April 20.
During the same period, 10 IED explosions took place in Bihar, six in Jharkhand and 13 in Chhattisgarh. The maximum casualty for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the lead anti-Naxal operations force and the largest security force deployed for polls, took place in the restive Bastar area of Chhattisgarh where 20 personnel were killed while 15 were injured in separate incidents. Five CRPF men were also killed in Bihar while seven were injured in the same state during poll duties in the Maoist grid. A total of fifty-two arms were also recovered during the same period with Bihar (10), Jharkhand (21), Chhattisgarh (15), Odisha (5) and Maharashtra (1). Similarly, a total of 452 rounds of ammunition was recovered by the paramilitary force from these states with the maximum being in Jharkhand (355), Bihar (47), Chhattisgarh (37) and Odisha (13).
Naxals kill road construction company personnel in Jharkhand
An Ultra Left outfit has killed the site-in-charge of a road construction company at Peeding villlage near naxal-affected Saranda forest range in Jharkhand, a police officer said on Monday. A group of ultras killed the site in-charge before setting ablaze the the earth moving equipment on Sunday, Sub-divisional Police Officer (Chakradharpur sub-divison) Alok Priyadarshi said. The construction company was engaged in building a road between Bandu and Peeding villages under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in Saranda forest range of the district.
Two Naxals Held in Chhattisgarh
Two Maoists were arrested during an anti-naxal operation in insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today, police said. The cadres were arrested from the restive forest under Jangla police station limits of the district, a senior police official told PTI. A team of local police were combing the forest of Potenar and Tungali under Jangla region, located around 400 kms away from the state capital Raipur, since last evening when they spotted the two suspects.
The duo tried to flee from the spot on seeing the police personnel near Tungali village but they were chased and nabbed, the official said. Those arrested were identified as Anil Kunjam (22) and Chamru Kosa (24), he said, adding that they were involved in several incidents of crime in the region.
Maoist leader, wanted in several cases of murder, arrested in Arwal
A Maoist leader wanted in several cases of murder was arrested on Monday from Gadopur in Arwal district. Acting on a tip off, police raided the village and arrested ‘Sub-Zonal Commander’ KB Lal alias Kaviji, Superintendent of Police Shafiul Haque said. Lal was wanted in connection with one dozen murder cases and several incidents of violence in the district, he said.
Maoists blow up school building in Bihar
Maoist guerrillas blew up a state-run school in Bihar’s Jamui district early on Monday, police said. Over 200 students will now not be able to attend school. Jamui superintendent of police Jitendra Rana said a group of armed Maoists used “cylinder bombs” to blast the Bojhayat middle school building.