Two Naxals Involved in Jiram Valley Attack Arrested
Two dreaded Maoists allegedly involved in last year’s ghastly Jiram valley attack which killed 31 people including some Congress leaders, were today arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district. A cache of explosives was also recovered from the ultras, police said. Acting on specific inputs, the cadres were apprehended by a joint team of district force and Central Reserve Police Force from a mobile check post under Darbha police station limits this evening, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI.
During the interrogation, the arrested rebels, identified as Sukhdev Naag (31) and Manjhiram Kashyap (32), natives of Tongpal police station limits in bordering Sukma district, revealed that they were among the cadres who targeted Congress convoy in Jiram valley, Yadav said. As per their statements, Sukhdev was in the group of armed rebels, who gunned down senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and other Congressmen, while Manjhiram passed on crucial information regarding the movement of Congress convoy and security forces in the region ahead of executing the attack to military platoon of CPI (Maoist), the SP said.
Manjhiram also acted as an informer in dispensing key details about the movement of security personnel ahead of Tahakwada attack under Tongpal police station limits killing 15 security personnel and a civilian in March this year, he said. Notably, based on the statements of three ultras, including two women, who surrendered yesterday in Jagdalpur, the security personnel intensified its combing in the region to catch those local cadres who were involved in attack on Congress convoy in Jiram valley of Darbha. Meanwhile, Sukhdev and Manjhiram were nabbed while they were riding on a bike along with explosives between Darbha and Jiram camp of security personnel during checking of the vehicles, he said.
A two-kg IED (improvised explosives device) and Maoist pamphlets were seized from their bike. Apart from that, another 2-kg IED and pamphlets were also recovered from Sukhdev’s Tahakwada village, the SP said. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is probing the Jiram valley incident has been informed about the arrest of the cadres, the SP said, adding that, their interrogation may reveal crucial details in connection with other major Naxal incidents in Bastar region. In a separate search operation in Maoist-hit Kanker district today, a rebel was nabbed by a joint squad of Border Security Force and District Force from Rowghat police station limits.
The arrested jan militia member was involved in various criminal offences, including arson, brawl and torching vehicles. Moreover, he was allegedly helping Naxals in supply of commodities of daily use, installing posters and banners and others in the remote packets, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said.
Centre grants Rs 15 crore for STF training centre at Bodh Gaya
PATNA: The state has recently received Rs 15 crore from the Centre to construct an specialized training centre for the special task force (STF) at Bodh Gaya. The Union cabinet recently gave its approval to the home ministry’s plan to raise anti-Naxalite special forces in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh on the lines of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and sanctioned additional funds for the purpose. The state wing of the STF will train around 200 personnel in guerrilla warfare on the lines of the Greyhounds, a special police unit in Andhra Pradesh to fight the Left wing extremists and organized crime in the state. IG (operations) Sushil M Khopde said the central government would bear 75% of the total establishment cost of the Bodh Gaya centre while state government will contribute the rest 25%. Around 60 acre of land has been earmarked at Bodh Gaya for the centre. The tender process for purchasing all necessary items will start soon, he said.
“The project, known as Scheme for Special Infrastructure (SSI), will help the STF beef up the forces to combat against the Left wing extremism as well as organized crime in various parts of the state,” said the IG, adding, “We will train around 50 police personnel at a time. The personnel will be chosen from Bihar police and applications of self-nominees will also be considered.” Khopde said those in the special task force take basic training at the Patna STF centre which is not up to the mark. “We send personnel to Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to get upgraded trainings,” he said. The Bodh Gaya centre should be self-sufficient in all respects, operationally and tactically. The STF should be capable of reaching inaccessible, remote forest areas in the shortest possible time and conduct swift operations. Funds to the tune of Rs 280 crore will be disbursed to these four states by the home ministry under its ongoing SSI. Part of the sum will also be used to upgrade infrastructure of Andhra Pradesh police and its Greyhounds.
Jharkhand’s ‘most-wanted’ Maoist arrested in Kutch
AHMEDABAD: A ‘most-wanted’ Maoist, who was involved in 2012 Bhandariya thana attack case in Jharkhand, was arrested in Mundra Port area in Kutch district on Wednesday, police said. “A member of insurgent group Communist Party of India (Maoist) Devendra alias Vishalji Ambika Paswan, a resident of Bauliya village in Garhwah district of Jharkhand, was arrested today,” superintendent of police, Kutch West, D N Patel said. Paswan was nabbed from his brother’s place in Mundra port area in a joint operation of special operation group (SOG), local crime branch and Mundra police, said Patel.
The ultra, a sub-zonal commander in the Maoist group, was involved in the January 2012 land-mine blast case, which had claimed lives of 14 policemen in Bhandariya police station area of Garwah district of Jharkhand, Patel said. During the attack, a group led by Paswan also looted weapons of police and used them in anti-national operations, the SP said, adding, later in February they again attacked a police patrolling party and looted arms.
Bengal, Jharkhand police launch anti-Maoist op in Ghatshila
Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum and West Bengal police have jointly launched an inter-state combing operation in the Maoist den of Ghatshila subdivision following intelligence reports about presence of hardcore rebels in the forest areas along the border between the two states. Launching off the operation on Tuesday, the home district police informed that intelligence reports about the presence of Sachin Ji and Rahul Ji, the two Maoist squad leaders identified by their aides, have prompted the police to launch inter-state operation.
“Along with Sachin and Rahul, movement of some other Maoist rebels in some suspected areas bordering Bengal have been reported and a joint combing operation with Bengal police has been launched,” said Rural SP Shailendra Kumar. Kumar made it a point to mention that there have been no reports of Fogra Munda’s presence in the Ghatshila subdivision. Munda, accused of over dozen criminal cases, including murder of Jamua Gram Pradhan Lakhan Murmu, escaped from the Ghatshila subdivisional court in March, when he was about to board the police van after a hearing related to one of the murder cases.
Police sources said the joint operation will include a manhunt in Midnapore and Purulia districts of West Bengal and Chakulia, Ghorabandha, Shyamsunderpur and Dhalbhumgarh police station areas in Jharkhand. “The porous border between Chakulia (in Jharkhand) and Belpahari (in Midnapore) has often been used by Maoists, We are concentrating largely on this area that has a dense forest cover,” they said. Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, which that shares its border with Jharkhand, is also under the watchful eyes of the district police. “Joint operations with Bengal have been carried out in the past whenever the situation warranted,” said Kumar, adding that the operation will continue for the next couple of days.