State records second highest Red attacks
RANCHI: Jharkhand recorded the second highest incidents of Naxalism-related violence across the country in the first half of 2014. The trend is a significant shift from 2013, when the state had recorded 152 deaths in 387 Naxal incidents, the highest among all left wing extremism-hit states. Security experts believe frequent turf battles among various left wing extremist outfits and resolute police action against the rebels are behind the growing numbers of such incidents.
According to the Union home ministry figures, a total of 38 persons were killed in 75 Naxal incidents in the state in the first five months of this year the figure for the corresponding period in 2013 was 75 persons. Till May 2014, Chhatisgarh reported 66 deaths on 65 incidents, Maharashtra 21 in five incidents), Bihar 17 in 21, Odisha 11 in 10 incidents and Andhra Pradesh five in five incidents.
Hardcore Maoist Held
A Section Commander of CPI (Maoists) in Porahat, Tunia Horo alias Zokhim was today arrested with arms and ammunition from Tebo police station area in naxal-hit West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, the district police launched a massive search operation in the early hours and apprehended Horo from near Kundruguttu Residential School when he was returning to Porahat from Khunti, where he had gone to visit family members, Superintendent of Police, N K Singh said. Singh said Horo, a native of Sangoor under Karra police station of adjoining Khunti district, had country-made pistol, live cartridge, a diary and mobile phone in his possession.
Horo was an accused in eight Maoist-related incidents in West Singhbhum including killing of six persons in Kodaburu under Sonua police station, setting afire six vehicles belonging to a road construction company in Ulidih police station area in 2012, among others, he said. Singh said Horo, a matriculate, used to maintain a diary and had mentioned each Maoists-related incident he had taken part in it. As per the diary, the ultra group had formed “code words” while they executed any plan and described police as “Mahua”, he said, adding, further interrogation was on.
Bihar: Police foil prisoners’ bid to take over jail
Police foiled an attempt by prisoners to take control of the divisional jail in Sitamarhi, Bihar late on Saturday night. Sitamarhi superintendent of police (SP) Nawal Kishore Singh said police had to open fire to quell the mob of angry prisoners who were resisting the move to shift hardcore Maoists, Santosh Jha and Samrat Choudhary, currently lodged there, to Buxar and Gaya, respectively. The Maoist inmates were being shifted on the orders of inspector general (prisons), Singh said.
At least four prisoners were injured in the firing, he said. The prisoners also indulged in heavy stone pelting and broke the windowpanes of SP’s vehicle. Two jawans sustained injuries in the brickbatting, the SP added. Police fired about 50 rounds to bring the situation under control even as Sashastra Seema Bal and CRPF personnel were rushed to assist the district police.