Three Naxals arrested in West Singhbhum district
Chaibasa: Three naxals have been arrested in separate operations in naxal-hit West Singhbhum district, police said Thursday. Acting on information, the district armed police and CRPF launched a search operation in Goirabeda jungle under Manoharpur police station and intercepted two persons travelling on a motorcycle yesterday, Superintendent of Police N K Singh said.
Singh told a press conference that the duo identified as Radhe Shyam Soy and Sukhdeo Tirkey, both residents of Goilkera police station area, tried to flee on seeing the security personnel leaving behind the two-wheeler but were caught after a chase. Security personnel recovered Rs 1.92 lakh cash and mobile phone from them, Singh said. The motorcycle was also confiscated. The duo told the police during interrogation that the money was collected from a contractor as levy and they were heading to a place to hand it over to a Naxal leader.
They had collected Rupees two lakh as levy from the contractor, Medina Khan, who was engaged in road construction work, Singh said. Of the amount which they collected as levy, the duo had spent Rs 8000 of which they had paid Rs 1000 to S Bhegra, the contractor’s assistant (munshi), for delivering the levy.
CCS nod for mobile network rollout in insurgency-hit states
KOLKATA: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has cleared the proposed rollout of mobile networks by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd in nine states hit by Maoist insurgency, according to an internal government note seen by ET. The mobile rollout will be monitored on a quarterly basis by National Security Council Secretariat, which is India’s apex security agency looking into the country’s political, economic, energy and strategic security concerns, the note shows.