Huge haul of explosives seized in poll-bound Jharkhand
Police suspect Naxal hand to disrupt polls In a major haul, security forces seized 400 kg of local explosives and over 1,700 detonators during an anti-naxal operation in poll-bound Jharkhand on Monday. The operation was carried out by the elite CoBRA commando troops of CRPF alongwith the Jharkhand ‘Jaguars’ police unit in the Bokakhar-Ranidah area of Latehar district early Monday morning.
According to officials, the seized items include 1,745 detonators, three gas cylinder based Improvised Explosive Devices of 50 kg each, a 5kg cane bomb, 400kg of urea mixed with petrol, 10kg of gun powder, nitro sulphide weighing approximately 1 kg, two large cutter machines, two drill machines, 400 syringes, tool boxes, electronic gadgets and 200 pressure cookers used to prepare IEDs. “It is suspected that the Naxals would have used these explosives to target security forces and polling parties during the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state,” a senior security officer said. The joint forces have launched a search operation around the Naxal hideouts, the officer said.
Four Maoists arrested from Bijapur dist
RAIPUR: Four Maoists, including three women, were arrested and firearms seized from them after a brief gun-battle between police and ultras in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency hit Bijapur district on Saturday evening. The cadres in uniform were apprehended following a face-off with a team of local police in the restive Aader forests under Farsegarh police station limits last evening, Bijapur ASP Indira Kalyan% Elesela said. Acting on a tip off, squad of district force mobilised towards Farsegarh region, located around 400km from here. On sensing security forces in the forest, Naxalites opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated.
After the gunfight that lasted for around half-an-hour, Naxalites fled to the core forest. However, four of them were chased and nabbed by police personnel.Those arrested were identified as Somi Kadati alias Vaneela, the woman Naxalite commander LOS (local operation squad), her two women associates – Paiki Kaaram, Poonem Naan and another Madavi Bichchem. A 12 bore rifle, a country made pistol, live cartridges, couple of detonators, and a petrol bomb were recovered from their possession. The arrested rebels are being interrogated.
Maoist Posters Surface in Mavelikkara; Probe Begins
ALAPPUZHA: With posters by CPI (Maoist) Western Ghat committee appearing on various parts of Mavelikkara taluk recently, the state police have intensified its search operations in Alappuzha district. The poster of Maoist which appeared in Mavelikkara The posters, as part of the 10th anniversary of the organisation, called on patrons to array behind the party and to defeat the armed forces sponsored by the rulers. The same posters appeared at Kurathikad on Saturday.
The Maoists have been trying to get a firm foothold in various parts of the district, and the proxy poster war is their means of making their presence felt, police sources said. Mavelikkara Circle Inspector Jose Mathew said that the police have registered cases in connection with issue and are scouring the district for Maoist rebels. The wall posters and notices in the name of the banned organisation had appeared on Saturday evening in Kurathikad, he said. The posters had earlier appeared at Vallikunnam panchayat on October 31. The poster was found on the walls at the Market Junction, Malamel, at Vallikunnam.
The police tore down the posters soon after the news about the posters came out. New posters appeared on Sunday in support of the standing strike staged by the Adivasi Gothra Mahas Sabha in Thiruvananthapuram, which has crossed 100 days. The poster censured the government for turning a blind eye to the grievances of adivasis and farmers. It also alleged the government of squandering crores of rupees in the name of tourism development, even as the tourist resorts owned by a few elite class exploited the biodiversity. A picture of the Adivasi march was also printed on the posters.
Armed Men Attack Nitta Gelatin Head Office in Kochi
Nine men armed with iron pipes and inflammatory liquids, claiming to be ‘Maoists’ as per the handbills left in the premises, vandalised the headoffice of Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL), in Panampilly Nagar here today. The armed men, some with their faces covered, broke into the office at around 7:50 am. According to the officials of NGIL, the attack had left the company with a loss of up to Rs 40 lakhs, which includes damages to glass panels, desktop computers and vehicles parked inside the compound.
The attack took place when the usual security personnel and housekeeping staff and two of the company employees were present in the premises. As the attackers barged in with iron pipes, the security personnel could not resist them. Senior police and company officials, which includes MR Ajit Kumar, IGP, Ernakulam Range; KG James, commissioner of Police, and Sajiv Menon, managing director of NGIL, immediately rushed to the scene. The police had sounded alert at all travel points, bus depots and railways stations, and hopes to grab the culprits at the earliest.
City Police Commissioner has formed a team with members from the state intelligence to jointly investigate the incident. Fingerprint experts and dog squad also visited the scene to find clues of the attackers. According to the security guard, the armed men have raised Maoist slogans. They also left behind a letter written in Malayalam stating there was a need to take action against the company as it was causing pollution.
Three women Maoist cadres killed in Chhattisgarh
Three women Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in a fierce gun-battle with security personnel in Potenar forests under Jangla Police Station limits in Bijapur District on November 8, reports Zee News. “The face-off took place in restive Potenar forests under Jangla Police Station limits when a joint squad of District Force and CRPF was carrying out a combing operation in the region,” Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Indira Kalyan Elesela said. Two muzzle loading guns and a 12 bore gun were also recovered from the spot. Meanwhile, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was on November 9 injured in a gun-battle with Maoists in Bijapur District, reports Zee News.
“The face-off took place in restive Kudmel hills under Mirtur Police Station limits when a joint squad of paramilitary personnel and District Force was carrying out combing operation in the region,” Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Indira Kalyan Elesela said. Further, CPI-Maoist cadres damaged roads and railway tracks in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh disrupting movement of people and goods during a bandh (shut down strike) called by them in the region on November 8 in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government’s “Brahminic and fascist” policies, reports The Hindu. “The Maoists tried to destroy public property in many places in Bastar today. They damaged railway tracks in four places in Dantewada and Jagdalpur. They also stole some telephone sets from the Kakalur Railway Station,” Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Bastar, SRP Kalluri said.
Separately, four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested after a brief gun-battle between Police and the Maoists in Aader forests under Farsegarh Police Station limits of Bijapur District on November 8, reports dnaindia.com. Those arrested were identified as Somi Kadati alias Vaneela, the woman Maoist ‘commander’ of the local operation squad (LOS), her two women associates – Paiki Kaaram, Poonem Naan and another Madavi Bichchem. A 12 bore rifle, a country made pistol, live cartridges, couple of detonators, and a petrol bomb were recovered from their possession.