Naxal commander arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district
Raipur: A hardcore naxal commander was today arrested after he was injured in an encounter between Maoists and security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. The face-off took place near Ghumsimunda forests under Antagarh police station limits when a joint squad of 123 battalion of BSF (Border Security Force), Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force were on a combing operation in the region, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI. Representational image. PTI Sensing securitymen near restive Ghumsimunda village forests, a large group of ultras opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they launched a retaliatory attack.
After the ensuing gunfight that lasted for around an hour, rebels escaped into core forests, he said. “Several naxals sustained bullet injuries in the gunfight but their colleagues managed to drag them inside the dense forests. However, one of them was held and an AK-47 rifle was also seized from his possession,” the SP said. The arrested outlaw has been identified as Jairam, a commander ranking cadre, the SP said adding he was shifted to a local hospital for treatment.
Soon after the incident, additional security forces were rushed to the spot and further details are awaited, he added. In another search operation, a naxal was held along with materials used for making explosives in Kanker district last evening even as security personnel destroyed a Maoist memorial in the Amabeda police station limits there. Iron pellets, rods, and other different materials used in making IEDs (improvised explosive device) was recovered from the possession of the cadre- Laki Negi- who was rounded up from Kuvemari village forests in the district, the SP said. “The arrested naxal is very active in the region and has disclosed many vital inputs regarding the movement of cadres, their local supports and informers,” he said.
1,034 security personnel killed in Maoist attacks in 5 years
As many as 1,034 security force personnel were killed in Maoist attacks in the last five years and seven months, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Giving details, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said 61 security personnel were killed in Maoist attack up to July 31. The toll stood at 115 in 2013. In all, 1034 security forces personnel were killed in such attacks from 2009 to July 2014.
Top Naxalite’s two trusted aides killed in encounter
NAGPUR: Two of the most trusted aides of top Naxalite leader and central committee member of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) Milind Teltumbde were killed in a police encounter in Khobramenda jungle of North Gadchiroli on Tuesday. Some more Naxalites accompanying Krishna Thakur alias Raju (35) and Sonu Katenge alias Dasrath (25) — who were Teltumbde’s armed guards — are also believed to have been injured in the exchange of fire that lasted less than half-an-hour.
The joint search team of C60 and Special Action Group (SAG) commandos have also seized one .303 rifle, one SLR, pistol and a rucksack among other material from the spot. Dasrath was deputy section commander of platoon number 56. Raju, who is known for his aggressive guerrilla-style warfare, is a former activist of Chandrapur-based Deshbhakti Yuva Manch.
Hardcore Maoist nabbed in Odisha
The BSF personnel today handed over a hardcore Maoist, who was nabbed on Tuesday, to the Malkangiri district police here. According to reports, acting on a tip-off from the BSF intelligence wing of the 33 Battalion at MV-88 village, the BSF team had conducted a combing operation in the nearby forest area on Tuesday morning. During the operation, the Central forces nabbed the Maoist while he was trying to escape from his house at Tagorkota village under Motu police station limits.
The BSF personnel later seized a 303 rifle from his possession. The arrested Maoist, identified as Singa Kotam, was handed over to the Malkangiri police this morning. According to police, Singa was an active member of Kalimela Dalam and working as a body guard of top Maoist leader and secretary of Malkangiri Divisional Committee, Udaya. He was carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.