Three killed, four injured in Aurangabad police firing, police station gutted
GAYA: Close on the heels of Rohtas police firing, three villagers were killed and four others injured in police firing in Madanpur police station area of Aurangabad district on Saturday afternoon. An uncontrollable and violent mob of villagers, earlier in the day torched the block and police station buildings to register protest against alleged harassment and ill treatment of womenfolk at the hands of CRPF in Sahajpur and adjoining villages of the district during a special operation.
The villagers alleged that the force, in the name of anti naxal operation brutally thrashed a minor boy and misbehaved with the village women on Friday. More than a thousand villagers, a sizeable number of them being women marched to the block head quarters on Saturday to register protest against the alleged excesses committed by the CRPF and other forces engaged in the anti naxal operation. The mob, as per reports, turned violent and attacked the local police station and the block office. The two govt buildings were also torched by the protesters. Heavily outnumbered by the protesters, the police opened fire killing three persons including a woman and injured four others. The injured have been rushed to the ANMMCH, Gaya. Reports also say that one cop was missing.
Female Maoist arrested in Odisha
Sambalpur: A female Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head was arrested by Odisha police on Saturday from Bedabahal village of Sambalpur district. Sumitra Kanhar alias Sumati (22) was arrested while she was returning to a Maoist camp after leaving her son at her parent’s house at Bedabahal village.
She carried a reward of Rs 4 lakh over her head, Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty said. Sumitra, an ‘Assistant Area Commander’ of the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundergarh Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist), had joined the outfit at the age of 15 in 2007. She has studied till fifth standard and was involved in several maoist activities in the area. Her interrogation revealed that she was trained by the ultras at Saranda Jungle in Jharkhand and was active in the district till 2009. At least six cases including killing of sub-inspector of police Narasingha Mahakud, were pending against her, he said.
Police step up anti-Maoist operations
KORAPUT: Security personnel have stepped up anti-Maoist operations in the forests of Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon in Koraput district with Maoists gearing up for the Martyrs’ Week. They observe it from July 28 to August 3 every year to pay homage to their companions killed in encounters. Sources said intelligence inputs have revealed the presence of the central committee member of CPI (Maoist) Rama Krishna, Maoist leader Daya, Aruna and others from Andhra Pradesh in the forests of Narayanpatna.
They are there to prepare a blueprint for the Martyrs’ Week. “We have specific information about the presence of top Maoist leaders in the forests of Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon and have accordingly stepped up our counter-insurgency operations. Security personnel from Odisha police and BSF have been pressed into combing operations,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar. Police said while extra vigil is kept on the districts that share border with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and with Rayagada district to prevent influx of Red rebels into Koraput, all security related steps have been taken to ensure that the Maoists do not organize any camp.
Red rebels, cops exchange fire
SAMBALPUR: After a long lull, security forces and Maoists exchanged fire near Pravasuni reserve forest of Deogarh district, 100 km from here, on Friday. Though no casualty was reported from security forces side, they suspect injury to some red rebels. The exchange of fire that lasted half an hour in the deep forest ended with fleeing of extremists. Police said the area is located along Sambalpur-Deogarh border and the Left-wing extremists were trying to regroup.
Deogarh SP Asish Kumar Singh confirmed the gunbattle, but refused to divulge anything more. A police source said the forces busted two camps and seized several articles, including arms and ammunition. Official sources said the Maoist outfit was active in both Sambalpur and Deogarh till 2007-08, but with the arrest of several cadres, the organization became dormant over the past few years. However, top leaders of decided to reorganize the outfit in the region and deputed a few cadres from Jharkhand to help out local cadre Kunu Dehury, who is into recruiting local youths.