Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A senior Naxal cadre was arrested during a joint search operation in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said on Monday. Santlal Mandavi (35) alias Shantilal was nabbed from Keshokodi village forests under Koyalibeda police station limits late last night, Kanker Superintendent of Police RN Dash told PTI.
A joint squad of BSF (Border Security Force) and district force were on a combing exercise in Koyalibeda region, located around 250 kms away from the state capital, when they spotted a suspect hiding in the deep forests and intercepted him. The rebel broke down during interrogation and admitted of being involved in the movement as a head of Keshokodi Janatana Sarkar group of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), he said. Mandavi has been involved in several incidents of crime, including loot arson, attacks and assault on police party in the area, the SP said, adding that the cadre was being interrogated.
Security on High Alert to Keep off Maoists
PHULBANI: In a bid to prevent Maoist activities in Kandhamal district, security measures have been beefed up by deployment of armed forces and intensifying combing operation in the reserve forest and village forest areas under Mao-infested police limits. Kandhmal SP KV Singh said though no major Maoist activities have been reported in the district during the last six months, three encounters between security forces and Maoists have taken place.
Of 18 police stations in the district, those of Kotagarh, Daringbadi, Bamunigaon, Tumudibandha, Belghar, Raikia, Balliguda, Phiringia and Gochapada are identified as Maoist prone area, he added. The SP informed that four companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two units of Special Operations Group (SOG), one unit of District Voluntary Force (DVF), five platoons of Odisha Special Striking Force (OSSF) and five platoons of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) in addition to the existing APR forces have been kept on high alert round the clock to tackle any untoward situation in the district.
This apart, patrolling, road blocking and frisking of commuters are being organised regularly in these areas. But, the vast and deep forest cover and absence of mobile network in these areas have impeded the venture largely, he added. Besides, the police administration has been organising ‘Jana Sampark Sibira’ (people’s contact camp) to prevent the tribal youths from being lured by the Maoists into their cadre. The district administration has also started organising ‘Jana Sampark Sibira’ in a planned manner which has so far proved fruitful, said the SP.
Containing naxal menace new DGP’s top priority
Asserting that he would carry forward the commendable work of his immediate predecessor, the newly appointed DG of Odisha police Sanjeev Marik on Sunday said containing the naxal menace would be his top priority. Taking charge from outgoing DGP Prakash Mishra at the police headquarters here, the 1981 batch IPS officer said he would immediately focus on five key areas of Odisha police in order to win the confidence of the people and boost the morale of the force.
Two CoBRA jawans injured in anti-Naxal operation in Sukma
Raipur: Two CoBRA jawans were injured in a gun-battle between security forces and ultras in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district today. The jawans received minor injuries in the firing that took place in the restive Karikunda forests of Bhejji region, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said. A joint team of CoBRA’s (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of CRPF, 208 battalion and district force was mobilised from Bhejji police station for an anti-Naxal operation in the interiors of south Bastar.
When they reached Karikunda forests, around 500 kms away from here, Naxals started indiscriminate firing. The rebels fled to the core forests, when jawans retaliated, the ASP said. Two jawans received minor injuries in the incident and were air-lifted to Raipur for treatment, he said.