Four naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Four naxals, one of them carrying a reward on his head, were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s maoist-hit Narayanpur district, police said. The cadres, Sonsai (35), Kheduram Yadav (50) and Ganesh Nuruti (40), were nabbed from Naraynpur police station limits by a joint team of STF (Special Task Force) and district force on Thursday, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) OP Sharma, told PTI. Following a tip-off about the presence of rebels in the restive Narayanpur police station region, security personnel were mobilised on a search operation, located around 400 kms away from here, on Wednesday, the ASP said. During the operation, Sonsai was nabbed from his native Kundala village, while the two other ultras were held at Kihkad village, he said.
Rape and murder in Maoist zone: many cops probed, few punished
Tribal youth Podiyami Mada, whose family was recently awarded Rs 5 lakh by the National Human Rights Commission as compensation after he died in custody in 2012, is an exception in Chhattisgarh with a magisterial inquiry having found the police guilty. Over the years, the police have been probed several times for alleged murder and rape in the zone of conflict with Maoists, but few cases have resulted in any action being taken. Even in Mada’s case, the magistrate’s recommendations were never followed and no FIR was registered. Taking cognisance of a report in The Indian Express that Mada was illegally detained by the CRPF and then handed over to the Sukma police, the NHRC noted that the magistrate “recommended that the matter be investigated by the CID and an FIR be registered against the offenders”.
45 kg landmine recovered from West Singhbhum forest
Jamshedpur: Security personnel on Wednesday recovered a powerful landmine from Saranda forest during an anti-Naxal operation in West Singhbhum district, police said. Security personnel comprising district police and CRPF detected the landmine, weighing 45 kg, planted under a culvert in Bitkilsoya village under Jaraikela police station in the forest by Maoist outfit, Chakradharpur sub-divisional police officer Alok Priyadarshi said. The explosive was defused by bomb disposal squad in the forest, he said. Eighteen policemen were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the ultras in the district in 2002.
INDIA: KHUNTI: SOLUTION BY REDEFINITION IN JHARKHAND – ANALYSIS
On June 4, 2014, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres gunned down three villagers, accusing them of being involved in ‘anti-Maoist activities’, at Jojo in the Khunti District of Jharkhand. Some reports, however, claimed that the trio – Dubraj Munda (25), who held a ‘sub-zonal commander’ rank in the CPI-Maoist, his wife Nagi Munda (24) and close associate Surya Munda (21) – were suspected to have been killed by fellow Maoists because of an internal dispute within the outfit.
‘Mission maoists’ gathers steam
With Maoist activity reportedly increasing post bifurcation, combing operations in the Nallamalla forest, spread over both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, have been intensifi ed to keep them under check. In a recent incident, Prakasam district police gunned down three Maoists in this region, even as several others escaped during the operation. Arms and ammunition, along with signifi cant literature belonging to the Maoists, was recovered subsequently.
The find is believed to have included an AK-47 that went missing from the Mahbubnagar district court exactly one year ago. Sources say, the police forces of three districts Prakasam, Kurnool (both AP) and Mahbubnagar (Telangana)have strengthened their combing activity ever since this encounter. Along with sieving through the forest, the Mahbubnagar police are also on an aggressive lookout for Maoist leader Vikram alias Srinu who is accused no 1 in several cases in the three districts. Vikram is also the prime accused in the murder of Mysigandi temple president and tribal leader, Panthunaik.