Woman Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Rajnandgaon: A woman Naxal was on Monday arrested following a prolonged exchange of fire between the security forces and the red-ultras in the insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The encounter took place in the hilly area under the limits of Mohla police station along Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border, a senior police official said. Acting on a tip-off about Maoists gathering in the hills adjoining Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, around 250 km from the State capital Raipur, three teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Special Task Force and district police force were sent, he said.
The skirmish took place when the ultras noticed the presence of security forces between Rajadera-Ramgadh village hills. Chasing the fleeing ultras, the woman Naxal was nabbed and a gun was recovered from her, the official said, adding She was identified as Tara alias Bimla (20). A native of Sahpal village of Manpur region, Tara joined the Naxal movement in 2009 as a member of Chetna Natya Manch, a cultural wing of Naxals, he said. During the interrogation, she admitted to involvement in attacks on security personnel in Katuljhora, Bukmarka, Unchapur and other areas, the official added.
Naxalites kill ex-ZP member who was on hit list
NAGPUR: Maoist rebels killed former zilla parishad member Bapu Talande on Alapalli-Sironcha Road in Aheri tehsil near his native place Nimmalgudam on Sunday in Gadchiroli district. Talande, a senior Congress leader and social worker, was stabbed to death. He had been on the Naxalites’ hit list, sources said. A Naxal action team, intercepting Talande who was on his way to Gadchiroli, started stabbing the victim after he fell down from his bike.
Talande tried to escape but fell down after running for some distance towards his village. The rebels, who were chasing him, stabbed Talande further couple of times before leaving the place. Some villagers tried to rescue Talande but fled after the rebels whipped out firearms and threatened the civilians with them. It was learnt that three Naxals were waiting for Talande. The rebels also left behind some pamphlets stating that they were unhappy with Talande’s work in the region since two decades. The pamphlets were issued in the name of the banned CPI (Maoist) party. Senior police officials stated that Talande seldom stayed at his residence as he was already under threat from Naxals.
He had come a day earlier to stay with his family. Talande had left early morning for Gadchiroli. Police were left surprised by the prompt Naxal movement in the village. A section of the cops believe that some close Naxal link is likely to be staying in the village who informed the rebels about Talande’s presence at his house and plan to leave early. Police are yet to confirm the reason behind Talande’s murder. Police personnel from Rajaram Khandla Armed Outpost rushed to the spot on being intimated about the incident.
Gaya bandh call passes off peacefully
GAYA: The Gaya bandh call given by the Maoists to protest against the killing of a Class IX girl under Dumaria police station in Gaya district passed off peacefully. The girl’s body was recovered from a rivulet near village Narainpur under Dumaria police station. No report of any incident was received from any part of the district on Sunday. The bandh evoked limited response. Whereas the bandh was near total in the business areas of Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj, it was business as usual elsewhere in the district.
Movement of vehicles on the all important GT road was near normal. According to SSP Nishant Tiwari, one person was arrested and sent to jail in connection with the killing of the girl. The post- mortem report ruled out rape. Forensic science experts have collected evidence from the place of occurrence. The FSL report is awaited. The case investigators believe that FSL report will give them the much-needed clue to identify the culprit.
Forensic science experts earlier did a commendable job in solving a multiple murder mystery in which five girls, all of them siblings/first cousins, were killed by nobody other than their own father/uncle. Though police officers are tightlipped about the progress of the investigation, sources say that teenage love triangle is being considered as the most likely cause of the murder apparently executed by an amateur killer with easily available sharp-edged weapons.
Though there was palpable anger against the local police for its poor response and lack of professionalism, immediate shifting of the Dumaria SHO and improved visibility of the police helped diffuse the tension. Bihar assembly Speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary, who happens to be the local MLA, would be visiting the area on Monday to express sympathy with the bereaved family. According to JD (U) sources, CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, during his Gaya visit scheduled later this week, may also visit the village. The CM has directed the local officials including SSP Nishant Tiwari to take prompt action against the culprits. Meanwhile, anti-Naxalite operation continued in Dumaria-Imamganj area on Sunday.
According to SSP Tiwari, the operation will continue in the days to come to flush out the Maoists. In no case innocent villagers will be harassed, said the SSP. He sought public cooperation in the ongoing action against the Red rebels.
Two get lifer in Maoist ambush of police in Jharkhand
A local court on Monday awarded life imprisonment to two Maoist supporters in the killing of 14 police personnel about two years ago. District and Sessions Court (II) judge, RB Gupta, pronounced the verdict against former village mukhia Ram Das Minz and Fida Husain while acquitting nine others for want of evidence. In a major Maoist attack in Garhwa district, the rebels ambushed the police personnel at Bhandaria on January 21, 2012, killing them on the spot.