Two Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district
Two Naxals were arrested on Saturday in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district in a joint operation by BSF and local police, officials said. Salduram Anchale (52) and Sunil Jain (25) were nabbed from Sikhsod and Tadoti police station area in the district, about 125 km from Raipur, police officials told PTI by phone. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of BSF and district police launched a combing operation in the area as part of anti-Naxal campaign “Meghdoot”.
The two ultras were cornered and taken into custody, they said. Anchale and Jain, wanted in cases related to murder, attempt to murder and arson, among others, had been on police search list for a long time, the officials said, adding their interrogation was on.
Senior Maoist commanders arrested in Jharkhand
Six Maoist rebels, including a so-called platoon commander, were arrested from Lupung village in West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, police said on Saturday. The arrests come barely 48 hours after top Maoist leader Prasadji, who carried a reward of Rs. 20 lakhs, was held in the state. West Singhbhum superintendent of police NK Singh told reporters that the arrests were carried out by a special team of officers who also recovered a cache of arms, communication equipment and cash from the rebels.
“Maoist platoon commander Tipa Das alias Umresh alias Sanjay alias Roshan, section commander Vikram Turi alias Anil alias Chandan and section commander of Sundargarh Ramveer Patro alias Somrai were arrested from Lupung village under Gua police station,” Singh told a press conference in Chaibasa, around 170 km from Ranchi. The remaining arrested Maoists were identified as Veer Singh Kerai, Jagdish Kumar Das and Narayan Patro. Singh said Tipa was a close aide of top Maoist leaders Prasadji and Sandeepji. “He was involved in all anti-national activities in Jharkhand and Odisha carried out by Prasadji or Sandeepji’s troop,” he said, adding that Vikram Turli was appointed a section commander by Bihar-Jharkhand Regional Committee leader Chiragji at the age of 16. “He was posted in Saranda by Chiragji in 2009,” said Singh.
Maoists kill SPO jawan in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: Maoists killed a SPO jawan in Sundergarh district. Identified as N Munda, the jawan was shot dead by Red Rebels in Bandhagaon near Rourkela during a combing operation, sources said. They also left a black flag near his body, sources said. The bandh call by Maoists affected normal life in Malkangiri district, with busses remaining off the roads. Business establishments too were closed fearing Maoist violence. Black flags were placed at several places of the district including Kalimela College and some other educational institutes. However, security personnel removed these flags and seized them, sources added. It can be recalled on Thursday, police and BSF personnel had a miraculous escape during an anti-Maoist drive, when pressure bomb exploded near the Kalimela-Motu main road.
Four Maoists killed in Bastar encounter
Chhattisgarh police on Saturday claimed to have killed “at least three to four Maoists” in Narayanpur district of South Chhattisgarh. “A police team carrying out area domination exercise near Horna village came under fire from the Maoists. When police returned the fire, the Maoists managed to escape into the forest. But at least three to four of them must have been killed in the encounter because our Jawans saw them (Maoists) dragging wounded bodies into the forest,” Narayanpur District Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Kamble told The Hindu. “We have recovered a country made gun, some detonators and secret Maoist literature from the spot of the encounter. From the blood stains on the spot and the secret documents which they (Maoists) usually never leave behind, we can claim that many of them were fatally wounded in the encounter,” added the SP. However, the police couldn’t recover dead bodies of the Maoists.