Naxal Deputy Commander Killed in Encounter in Chhattisgarh
A 28-year-old naxal was gunned down by police in an encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, a senior officer said today. The incident occurred yesterday when a joint team comprising the personnel of district police and CRPF was on patrolling duty, said IG, Bastar Range, SPR Kalluri. The team came under fire when it was in the jungles of Savnar village, the officer said, adding that the ultras fled after police returned the fire.
The naxal is identified as Madvi Budhu alias Sukku who was the “deputy commander” of Jan Militia for the Gangalur Area Committee. Police recovered a muzzle-loading gun, some detonators, coils of Cordex wire, gelatin sticks, police uniforms, medicines, a camera flash and some Naxal material from the spot, the officer said.
Elite forces to battle Naxals in four key states
In a tactical shift from the UPA government’s two-pronged strategy of “police action” and “development” to counter Naxalism, the BJP government on Friday outlined to states a four-pronged approach of security, development, entitlement to social welfare schemes and perception management to wipe out left-wing extremism. On the cards are new special commando forces like the elite Andhra Greyhounds to be developed in the four worst-affected states — Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa — with full Central assistance. The new Naxal-affected state of Telangana has, meanwhile, sought raising of 12 battalions of India Reserve Forces in the state, while a new Greyhound hub will be based there.
Three Naxals Arrested in Chhattisgarh
Three naxals, one of them carrying a cash reward on his head, were arrested today from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district. The ultras, identified as Ramnath (32), Kangalu (30) and Chamlu (35), were arrested from Mardapal and Bayanar police station limits, with arms and explosives recovered from them, Superintendent of Police Kondagaon Abhishek Meena said.
A team of personnel from Mardapal police limits was on patrolling in forest in Chhoteusari village, when it received tip-off of presence of naxals in the forest and nabbed a suspected naxal Ramnath, he said. During interrogation, Ramnath said that he was a member of outlawed naxal outfit and was working as president of outfit Jantana in the Chhoteusari village, Meena said, adding, Ramnath also carried a cash reward of Rs 5,000 on his head. Police has also recovered a muzzle-loading gun, a muzzle-loading pistol and one pipe bomb from him. Offences of loot, attacking police parties and murder were registered against the naxal.
In another arrest in Adnar village of the district, a team of Bayanar police station, on receiving information of a naxals hiding in the area, mobilised a team and arrested one naxal Kangalu and also recovered one muzzle-loading gun from him, Meena said. While returning from Adnar village, another naxal, Chamlu alias Suresh, was arrested from forest in Rangagodi village and recovered a muzzle-loading gun from him, police said. The duo have been booked under charges of involvement in bomb explosions, attacks of police parties, added police.
Chhattisgarh first state set to hire former officers as instructors to take on Red challenge
The Chhattisgarh government has decided to hire retired army officers upto the rank of Brigadier as instructors in the state police in its fight against Maoists or Left-wing extremism. The state government is also considering a proposal to absorb army officers into the state police force on a permanent basis after they complete a specific period of service. Even though the army has so far trained more than 75,000 personnel of central paramilitary forces and the police personnel of many naxal-affected states in the last 10 years in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism techniques, this will be the first time that a state government directly recruits former defence personnel in countering the Maoist menace.
The move follows BJP-led Chhattisgarh government’s discussions with the Narendra Modi-led Union government and with the top army brass. This is the Modi government’s first strong move to counter Maoists. A senior defence ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Chhattisgarh’s initiative will be followed by other Maoist-affected states, such as Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, etc.
Odisha Govt Seeks More Forces to Fight Naxalism
BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Government on Friday demanded more funds and Central forces for effectively combating the Maoist menace in the State. The demand was raised at the meeting of the chief secretaries and directors-general police (DGPs) of 10 Naxalite-affected States convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Sources said the State has demanded more funds under the Centrally-sponsored Integrated Action Plan (IAP) and Security Related Expenditure (SRE) schemes. Eighteen Maoist-affected districts are now covered under the IAP with each district receiving `55 crore under the scheme. The State Government received `825 crore during the last two years under the scheme. The State had also demanded more Central forces for effective anti-Maoist operations.
Maoist allegedly commits suicide in Vizag jail in Andhra Pradesh
Visakhapatnam: Pangi Mangaraju, an arrested Maoist, committed suicide at the Central Prison here this morning, authorities said. Mangaraju (31) was found to have hanged himself with a sheet inside the prison toilet. Jail superintendent Dr Indla Srinivasa Rao said he was mentally unstable and had been treated at the Government Hospital last year for mental illness.
Police-Maoist encounter in Odisha
An encounter between the police and the Maoist took place inside a forest in Odisha’s Boudh district today. Superintendent of Police Prafulla Patra said a joint combing operation was conducted by personnel of Armed Reserve Police and SOG of Odisha Police in Kendrapaju-Kachapaju forests under Purunakataka police station bordering Kandhamal district when the Maoists were holding a meeting. As the ultras fired, security personnel retaliated and in the shootout, one ultra was believed to have been injured as blood stains were found at the spot, he said. The security personnel seized a country-made gun, an SLR, 13 detonators, eight live catridges, a bundle of wire, food and other items, he said.