Naxal carrying Rs 8 lakh reward held in C’garh
Raipur, Sep 8 (PTI) In a major success, a prominent Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head and is believed to have involved in executing a number of operations against security forces, was arrested from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency- hit Kondagaon district, police said today. A tiffin bomb was also recovered from Raghunath Yadav(25), the prominent military cadre of CPI (Maoist), Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Surjit Atri told PTI.
BMC corporator who gave ‘Maoist’ letter questioned
A municipal corporator from Mumbai was summoned by the Pune ATS on Sunday in connection with the arrest of a suspected Naxalite. Arun Kamble, who is the municipal corporator from Deonar, Ward 138, gave a statement to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad. The Pune ATS was investigating how Arun Bhanudas Bhelke, 38, who allegedly recruits for the banned CPI-(Maoist) group, got a SIM card and PAN card made. Kamble allegedly gave a letter to Bhelke which said that the latter was a resident of Deonar.
Through that letter, Bhelke got the cards made. Kamble was asked about how he knew the accused and on basis of what evidence he issued the letter. Speaking to Mirror, Kamble said, “Many people come to my office and I have to help them get an identity card. My office boy told me that Bhelke had come to our office. He was brought to my office by a person known to us. That’s why the letter was issued.” Kamble said that he was approached by ATS officials on Friday who said that Bhelke had made a card on Kamble’s office address. “I have not met that person. I went to Pune on Sunday and cooperated with investigations,” said Kamble. “Bhelke procured a SIM and PAN cards through the letter issued by Kamble. Bhelke was recruiting youths for the CPI(M) from different villages in Pune. We are investigating further,” said a senior ATS official.
Maoist blow up railway track in Jharkhand, goods train derail
RANCHI: Suspected Maoists blasted a railway track on CIC section of Dhanbad division under South Eastern Railway around 2am in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday after which several bogies of a goods train derailed disrupting railway services on the crucial railway route. Around one meter railway track was blown up between Latehar and Bendi railway stations where Maoists also dropped posters. Latehar SP Michael Raj confirmed:
“Several bogies of a good train have derailed after the railway track was blown up by Maoists. Forces have been rushed to the spot.” The content of the posters are not known yet because forces, rushed to the site, could not be contacted, he added. Some of the bogies of the goods train have fallen on the second railway line thus stopping movement of all trains on the crucial railway route. It is the route for several Delhi and north bound trains from Ranchi thus several trains have been stranded. A spokesperson for Dhanbad railway division said railway officials have reached the site. Ranchi DRM Deepak Kashyap said north bound trains would be routed via Bokaro and not Barkakana-Latehar route. Sources in police said a group of Maoists arrived at the site enveloped in thick forest and possibly used an IED to blast the track. After the blast they dropped posters and escaped.