Andhra Pradesh naxal couple arrested in Bangalore
BANGALORE: Hyderabad police with naxal squad arrested a suspected naxal couple from their Peenya residence of Bangalore late Tuesday night and took them to Hyderabad for interrogation. However, city police claimed they dint have any clue on the arrests made. According to sources, the arrested couple were identified as Krishna and Bharathi. Preliminary investigations revealed that they were residing in a rented accommodation in Anandappa layout, Bagalagunte, owned by one Ramanaiaha.
“They were living here since four years and never interacted with anyone. What I noticed in them that they spoke Seemadhdra Telgu, which is little different from Telgu spoken by Bangaloreans. The man worked as mason while wife went to garment factory for first three years. For last two years, she was doing embroidery work at home,” Ramanaiah told Hyderabad police. According to police sources, the couple frequented to Andhra Pradesh. “At times, they would not return to city for couple of weeks. However, they did not involve in any illegal activities in city,” sources said.
Separate sim cards
Hyderabad police is said to have recovered two sim cards, which belonged to Andhra Pradesh BSNL. “Investigations revealed that the couple used these sims whenever they were in AP. The numbers in their dialed list, obtained from call record details, show that they were in touch with extremists,” sources added.
CRPF jawan killed, deputy commandant injured in encounter with Maoists in Jharkhand
JAMSHEDPUR/JHARGRAM: A CRPF jawan of the specialised COBRA unit was killed and a deputy commandant injured in a fierce encounter with Maoists at Chiklam village in Jharkhand’s Naxal-hit Ghatsila sub-division on Wednesday. DIG (Kolhan Range, Jharkhand) Md Nehal said police had received information that a huge Maoist squad had entered the village from the dense Dalma forest Tuesday night. CRPF forces and District Armed Police (DAP) from Jharkhand together with a Cobra unit, CRPF 69 battalion personnel, CISF and police officials from Jhargram in West Bengal launched a joint operation cordoning off the village since early morning, DIG (Kolhan Range) and sub-divisional police officer, Jhargram, Vivek Varma said.
The encounter began at 5am and continued till 8am with almost 200 rounds fired by the security forces. Intermittent exchange of fire between the Maoists and the police continued even afterwards, the SDPO said. Varma said security forces had cordoned off the area but had not yet commenced flushing out operations as the rebels were still holed up in the village. Senior superintendent of police East Singhbhum, Amol V Homkar said the deputy commandant (Cobra battalion) Alok Kumar was injured in the Maoist firing and airlifted to a hospital in Ranchi.
Four Maoist cadres arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district
Four Maoists were arrested along with arms and explosives from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district today, police said. Two hardcore Maoists were apprehended by a district police team after a gun battle during a search operation in the restive Santoshpur forests under Bijapur police station limits, K L Dhruv, Bijapur Superintendent of Police told PTI here. Those arrested were identified as Laxman Lekam (32) who is the head of Santoshpur Range Committee and Madkam Sukku (26) heads the Ghumra Jantana Sarkar group, Dhruv said. When the police patrol reached a hill in the dense forests after crossing Santoshpur village, a group of around 15 armed rebels opened indiscriminate fire on them, following which they retaliated. On finding the police zeroing on them, the Maoists started escaping to the interiors during which the duo were caught hiding behind a rock on the hills, Dhruv said.
A muzzle loading gun was also recovered from their possession, the SP said, adding they were involved in serious Maoist incidents, including loot, arson, murder and attacks on the police in the region. In separate incidents, Maoist cadre Kursam Santosh (20) was nabbed from Modakapal police station limits, while another Maoist cadre Kakkem Maraiyya was apprehended from the Awapalli police station area, the SP said. A joint squad of the district police force and Central Reserve Police Force was on an area domination exercise towards Chinnakodepal forests of Modakpal area, when Santosh tried to flee into the dense forests. A tiffin bomb, electric wire, switch and a detonator was seized from his possession, the SP said.
After a Lull, Maoists Regrouping in Bonai
ROURKELA: After a hiatus, the outlawed outfit CPI(Maoist) is trying to recreate its base in Sundargarh side of the Odisha-Jharkhand border. Sources said a group of armed cadres on Sunday night visited the Karda village under Chandiposh police limits, close to Jharkhand border. They arrived at Nuatoli hamlet of Karda village and appealed to villagers to support their movement. A section of villagers who were apprehensive that they might be targeted by the Maoists, went into hiding.
While terrified villagers claimed that Maoists were 30 to 35 in number, police claimed it was less than 20. The outfit will be observing its 10th formation day on September 21. On Monday, police started combing operation to sanitise the area and restore public confidence. A police officer, requesting anonymity, said Maoists stayed in the village for some time and tried to woo the villagers before vanishing into the adjacent forest. Bonai-based Additional SP RB Panigrahi said adequate security measures have been taken to protect the vulnerable border areas. Till two years back, Bonai sub-division along with Bisra, Lathikata and Bondamunda police stations areas were affected by Maoist-related violence originating from Saranda forest. But, things changed with heavy deployment of CRPF in Saranda and sustained efforts by Rourkela police in Sundargarh side of the border. In a recent breakthrough for police, an armed Maoist cadre Samir Munda (20) along with two male members and a female member had surrendered before the Rourkela police four days back.
Security Forces on High Alert
ROURKELA: Security forces along Odisha-Jharkhand border are on their toes following the call of outlawed CPI(Maoist) outfit for a shutdown in adjacent Jharkhand. Though the shutdown was called from Sunday to Monday midnight, normalcy is yet to be restored. Normal life was hit in all areas along Odisha-Jharkhand border but no untoward incident has been reported from either side of the border till now. Jharkhand-bound buses originating from Rourkela have suspended operations for the last two days. Sources said the Maoists gave the shutdown call to protest the recent killing of a truck driver and helper in police firing in a case of mistaken identity in Gumla district of Jharkhand.