Six Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Five rebels were apprehended from restive Nibra forests under Rowghat police station limits of Kanker district on Tuesday evening, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said. A joint squad of Border Security Force (BSF) and District Force was on a combing operation in the region, located around 250 kms away from the state capital, when they rounded up the rebels, he said. Those held have been identified as Baijnath Salaam (55), Ghasiya Rama Kumeti (58), Satau Ram Nuruti (33), Somaru Ram (52) and Lallu Ram (24), the SP said, adding that they are wanted in several incidents of crime in the region. In another incident, a Naxal- Dinesh Kunjam (27) was nabbed from Rajnandgaon district. Acting on a tip-off, a team of local police was mobilized on a search in the interiors of Chhuriya police station limits late on Wednesday night. “On reaching Khedepar village they arrested Kunjam. The arrested ultras are being interrogated,” a senior police official said.
MACS Dy Director involved in embezzlement of Crores says Maoist
IMPHAL, July 1: The Maoist Communist Party of Manipur has claimed the responsibility of bomb threat at the Haobam Marak Irom Leikai residence of Mongjam Abhiram, Dy Director of Manipur Aids Control Sociaty (MACS). The banned outfit in a statement signed by its Secretary Publicity and Propaganda, Nonglen Meitei has alleged Abhiram of involving in embezzlement of huge funds meant for HIV/AIDS, for people who are living with it. It said the bomb threat was the ultimate warning to Abhiram for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of funds meant for the welfare of people who are living with HIV/AIDS, particularly for those who are staying in far flung areas in the hills and elsewhere.
The embezzlement was carried out defying the guidelines of NACO. MACS in 2010, under the Society For Promotion of Youth and Masses picked out 7 NGOs in a wrongful manner. An amount of 4 Crores is alleged to be swindled off by Abhiram in cohorts with the 7 NGOs, said the statement. It further alleged that a few scrupulous groups are working hand in glove with the colonial Indian army, who on the other hand are protecting the drug smugglers in the state. The party has sought action from the authority concerned to take action against those who are involved in the scandal, if not the party will launch stern action, added the statement.
Exchange of Fire Belies Police Claim on Maoists
ANGUL: Maoists are making inroads into the industrial Angul district. The exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in a forested zone under the Chhendipada police limits in the wee hours of Monday belies the claims of State Police of preventing Maoist inroad into the district. Apparently, this is for the first time that there was an encounter between police and Left wing extremists in the district. Special Operation Group jawans were engaged in combing operation in the bordering forest areas of Angul-Sambalpur following Intelligence reports on Maoist movement. At around 4 am on Monday, the jawans came face to face with the Maoists at a hilly location near Chhendipada-Nakhchi-Handappa area under Chhendipada police limits.
When the Maoists opened fire, the jawans retaliated. The exchange of fire lasted for about one hour before the Red rebels escaped deep into the forest. Angul is dotted with industries dealing with coal, power and steel and also has forest areas where ganja cultivation has been continuing unabated on a massive scale. In other Maoist-infested parts of the State, ganja cultivation is allegedly patronised and protected by the Red rebels as they offer handsome returns. Sources said movement of Maoists was first reported by villagers residing in Satkosia, Boinda and Chennipada on June 15, 25 and 26 respectively.
There were also reports of a group of armed Maoists moving in Thakurgarh and Purunakote areas of Satkosia forest last week. The locals had reported that a group of 18 Red rebels including women were visiting villages for food and holding meetings. Police initially downplayed the reports and launched combing operation near the villages, but did not find anything. There were also reports that the Maoists had sneaked into Boudh. Meanwhile, police searched the spot where exchange of fire took place on Monday and recovered Maoist related materials. However, there has been no report of any casualty. “But we believe that some cadres may have been injured as there were blood stains at the spot,” said Angul SP Narasingh Bhol. He added that police are yet to arrive on any conclusion whether one or more Maoists groups have sneaked into the forest on Angul side of the border or have set up camps in the forest. “It is too early to say that they have set up camps in Angul. They may have sneaked in to escape police assault in Sambalpur side,” the SP added.