Women led Naxal attack in J’khand
Women Maoists were at the forefront of the landmine blast and heavy firing in Jharkhand’s Dumka that killed five policemen and three polling officials and left 11 others injured on Thursday evening, according to survivors recovering at a hospital in Ranchi. As the Jharkhand police drew flak for sending a rescue team to the blast site more than three hours after the incident and for disregarding the standard rules adopted by policemen for movement in the Maoist-affected areas, state DGP Rajiv Kumar admitted possible lapses by the cops and said this aspect will be investigated.
Mr Kumar, chief minister Hemant Soren and his father Sibu Soren, a former chief minister, were present in Dumka on Friday for the ceremony where the deceased were given a gun salute before their last rites. “There were some 20 or 25 armed Maoists, including five women in apparently leading roles, who all came after the blast took place and our mini-bus was violently shaken, thrown up and split apart. The women ordered the male Maoists to shoot us (the injured polling staff) dead and we urged them to spare us. They spared us after the male Maoists so wanted,” said an injured official who received multiple injuries in the blast at Shikaripara in Dumka.
The Maoists, who primarily target policemen, had apparently mistaken all the men in the mini-bus as policemen. IGP Anurag Gupta said it was the banned left-wing outfit CPI(Maoist) that had effected the blast. He denied that there was a three-hour delay in the recue team reaching the blast site. “We were well prepared for the first and the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, but it seems we made mistakes somewhere in the third phase. It was definitely wrong to use buses on a sensitive route like this one,” said DGP Rajiv Kumar to reporters.
Forests Under Watch for Naxal Movement
In a bid to prevent infiltration of naxalites into Tamil Nadu from the neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka, plans are afoot to intensify combing operation in the forest areas of Nilgiris district. Sources in the Forest Department told Express that a meeting was held recently with the forest staff, in which it was discussed to intensify the combing operation in the forest areas of Nilgiris South division, Gudalur and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. About two weeks back, the Special Task Force (STF) carried inspection in the areas of Gudalur range, based on information of a suspected Naxal movement in the area. But, it turned out to be a false alarm.
The Forest Department raised objection as the operation was carried without permission, sources said. Meanwhile, the STF has plans to conduct another combing operation on April 28 in the bordering areas of Kerala and Karnataka. A source said that the areas of Cherampandi, Pandalur, Devala, Yermadu, Ambalapuzha and Upper Bhavani were under vigil of the large contingent of the STF. He further said there were possibilities of naxal regrouping in the tribal areas of Kerala and Karnataka. All preparations are on to prevent any Naxal from sneaking into TN, he added. In Coimbatore too, the forest officials have been intimated to keep proper vigil. The vigilance is being mounted along with the help of Kerala Forest Department, especially in areas near Annaikatty, Siruvani-Boluvampatty forest ranges.
Naxal killed in police encounter
Raipur: A 20-year-old Naxalite was killed in an encounter with police in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, police said. The encounter occurred between Todka and Savnar villages under Gangalur station limits when the Maoists ambushed a police team, they said. The Maoist cadre Hemla Budhu was killed when police returned the fire, they told PTI/Bhasha over phone. Police found a .303 rifle with 16 bullets, 7 rounds of a 12-bore gun, a pressure bomb mechanism device, a radio, battery and other articles, besides the Naxal’s body from the spot. The deceased was a member of militia platoon of Maoists, police said.
Naxal arrested in Duwalipara forest in Bijapur
A Naxal was arrested in the Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Friday, police said. Kalmu Jaggu (22), the alleged Naxal, was nabbed in Duwalipara forest under Gangaloor police station limits by a team of district police which was on a combing operation in Khotiyapara, Duwalipara and Gaytapara village forests in Gangaloor region, located around 450 km from Raipur. Jaggu was wanted for serious crimes including murder, and carried a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head, according to the police.
Cop shot dead by Naxals in Gadchiroli
Naxals shot dead a police constable at the weekly market of Gyarapatti village in Kurkheda tehsil of Gadchiroli district on Sunday afternoon. Lalsu Pungati, 25, was shot seven times by an “action team of Naxals” comprising five to six members around 3 pm when Pungati was on an intelligence mission. “He was talking to his personal informer when he was taken away by the latter on the pretext of giving some information. An action team of Naxalites came to the spot and shot Pungati seven times,” Kurkheda Sub-divisional Police Officer Sachin Pandkar told The Indian Express.
He added: “The Naxals also took away his AK rifle and 200 rounds.” According to Pandkar, Pungati was accompanied by four other policemen, but since the informer was his personal one, the others stayed back as he proceeded with the informer alone. “Many of our cops have their personal informers, about whom others don’t know. So, we are not sure who the man was,” he added. Just a few days ago, the Naxals had killed a “Naxal guide” in Jimalgatta village in a similar fashion. Naxal activities appear to have taken an upswing in Gadchiroli of late, beginning with an attack on polling parties on April 10 and 11, in which a policeman was killed.
Undertrial jailed ‘Maoist’ dies of prolonged illness
An undertrial extremist of Seraikela Jail in adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district died of prolonged illness at the MGM hospital, police said on Monday. Mahabir Singh Sardar, who was jailed for his alleged involvement in a Naxal incident and murder since 2008, was suffering from cancer and breathed his last in the hospital last night, Seraikela Jail superintendent Ajay Kumar Tirkey said.
Maoist planning to disrupt elections arrested
The Bihar Police today arrested a Maoist allegedly planning to disrupt Lok Sabha elections in Muzaffarpur district. Around Rs 5.5 lakh cash, some explosive material and Naxal literature was seized from him. Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police(SSP) Ranjit Kumar Mishra said the Maoist, Ram Kishore Sahni was arrested on a tip-off from Tengrari village. The raid was led by ASP Rana Brajesh, who heads the anti-Naxal operations in the district.
West Bengal, Jharkhand in joint crackdown on Maoists
Kolkata: The killing of six election officials and two police officers by suspected Maoists on Thursday evening has forced the administrations of Jharkhand and West Bengal to hold joint exercises to flush out the rebels. A blast near Asnajore in Shikaripara Assembly of Dumka constituency segment hit a bus that the polling officials were travelling in, Inspector-General of Police, Anurag Gupta said. He said police reinforcements were rushed to the area for combing operations.
It was the second Maoist attack within a year in the area, where voting for the parliamentary elections was held on Thursday..West Bengal police sources said the joint operation, which will include special forces, will be launched within the next 48-hours, as officials fear similar attacks in the Maoist-affected regions of West Bengal, where voting will be held in the next two phases.
Woman Maoist arrested in N’Patna
A senior woman Maoist cadre was arrested during a combing operation in Narayanpatna forest area in Odisha’s Koraput district.According to reports, the BSF personnel arrested the woman Maoist Tulasi Mangingi from Dekapado village during a combing operation in the dense forest in Nayaranpatna block late last night. According to police, Tulasi was a top cadre of Srikakulam-Koraput Division and carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head.
Maoist posters in Almora ring alarm bells, security beefed up
Even as the state is going to polls on May 7 and hectic campaigning currently underway in the constituencies, the discovery of some Maoist posters pasted on the walls in some areas of Almora has set alarms bells ringing. A case in this regard was registered in Almora on Saturday. Superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar Bhatt confirmed the incident and said a case has been registered against unknown persons for putting up the posters.
“Posters were found at Chaughan Pata, Dharanaula near the Collectorate premises,” he said. Additional director general of police Ram Singh Meena said, “The police is trying to ascertain the identity of the persons who prepared the posters. These are handwritten posters and therefore we are trying to ascertain who wrote them.” Meena also added that after this development vigil in the area has been stepped up.
Maoists issue threat to Kerala cop, police intensify search
The Kerala police, along with the state anti-Maoist commando force Thunderbolt, has intensified search operation in Wayanad in Kerala on Saturday following the complaint that a policeman attached to Manathavady traffic police station has been issued death threat allegedly by Maoists under their Kerala leader Roopesh. Maoists warned the civil police officer Pramod Bhaskaran to stop functioning as an informer against them and saying if he continues to do so, his fate will be decided by them.
Maoists torched his bike and pasted a posture on the wall of his house warning about severe consequences if he do not oblige. “A four-member gun wielding gang with three women and one man knocked at my house at about 11 pm on Thursday night. When my mother opened the window, the man caught hold of her hand and said that they are Maoists. They threatened me at gun point and torched my vehicle before leaving the place,” said Pramod Bhaskaran.
Pramod was working as a member of anti-Maoist squad in Vellamunda region of Wayanad. He registered a complaint in Vellamunda police station on Friday morning and immediately the anti-Maoist squad started combing operations.
Odisha: Maoists kill three villagers after trial in praja court
The Maoist guerrillas have reportedly killed three tribal men of Kopra , Udayagiri and Mahupadar villages under Mathili police limits brutally by slitting their throat after a summary trial in a ‘praja court’ held at midnight on Sunday. The bodies of these two deceased were found lying in pools of blood on the outskirts of their villages today morning. About 30 armed Maoists including women cadres mostly from neighbouring Chhattisgarh barged into these villages under Mathili police station limits on Sunday late night and asked Dabalu Bhumia of Kopra village, Taga Bhumia of Udayagiri village and Mangalu Kolar of Mahupadar village at the gun point to follow them to the forest at the village outskirt where the rebels killed them after a midnight trial in their self styled praja court, said a villager who attended the court.
The people’s movement has killed the trio as they were trying to oppose the CPI (Maoist) and public by forming a network like that of Salva judam in Kartanpalli panchyat under Mathili Block, claimed a letter left behind by the ultras on the crime spot. The others those who dares to oppose the people’s movement will meet the same fate like that of the three, the Maoist letter warned.
Man carrying explosives caught at Guwahati railway station
Guwahati, April 27: One person travelling with a huge cache of explosives was caught at Guwahati railway station on Sunday. The man was identified as Raidar Bhutia, a resident of Darjeeling in West Bengal, and he was nabbed by a sleuth of the government railway police (GRP). The police seized at least 20 kilograms of gelatin and detonators from Bhutia. The GRP said that he was travelling to Darjeeling from Shillong via Guwahati. He was waiting to board the Kanchenjunga Express and said he was an army man but the police suspected his identity. The police suspect Bhutia of having links with Maoist rebels.