Chhattisgarh: Naxals Hit IAF Chopper, Ambush CRPF Patrol Party
Naxals today ambushed a patrol party and hit an air force helicopter which was evacuating security personnel after a gunbattle in the dense jungles of Sukma in Chhattisgarh, injuring six CRPF personnel and an IAF commando. An encounter broke out when a squad of CRPF and state police was out for an operation in the Chintagufa area. Officials said the Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper, which flew an evacuation sortie soon after the 3.30 PM incident, was also hit by bullets fired by Maoists. “A total of seven security personnel have been injured. All have bullet injuries. The injured include six CRPF personnel and one IAF commando,” a senior officer deployed in the anti-Naxal operations grid said.
When the five injured in the gunbattle were being carried to the IAF chopper, the Naxals opened fired at it. An IAF guard and a CRPF jawan accompanying his colleagues were hit by bullets. CRPF Inspector General (Operations) in Delhi Zulfiquar Hasan told PTI that the encounter was “still on” and the forces had been undertaking an anti-Naxal operation in the area for the last six days. The importance of the operation can be gauged from the fact that it was being led by CRPF’s Chhattisgarh chief and IG H S Sidhu. Officials said all the injured have been safely evacuated and have been sent to a hospital in Jagdalpur.
They said about half-a-dozen Naxal cadres have also been injured and the area has been cordoned off. They said sending immediate reinforcements to the area would not be possible during the night. “A good number of troops are already there in the area hence not much additional forces are required immediately,” they said. Vipin Kumar, Sub Inspector of CRPF’s 150 battalion, constable Madhukar Rathore of the same unit, constables Chandrashekar and Manoj Kumar Gonde of 206 CoBRA battalion and constable Rupak Rawat, posted as the gunman of the IG and Surendra Bathi, constable of 150 battalion, were among the injured in the incident, the SP said.
The region is located around 450 km from state capital Raipur. “The face-off occurred in the restive forests under Chintagufa police station limits when a joint squad of CRPF, its elite battalion-CoBRA (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action) and district force were carrying out an anti-Naxal operation this evening,” Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told PTI. “The rebels also opened fire on the Air Force chopper MI-17 when it was ascending from an undisclosed location in dense forests of Chintagufa to ferry the injured CRPF to Jagdalpur this evening,” Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) R K Vij said. Flight gunner Sergeant M K Tiwari sustained bullet injuries on his leg in the incident, he added.
Naxal blast injures three security personnel in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Three security personnel, including a CRPF inspector, were today injured in a pressure bomb blast by Naxals in Maoist-hit Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, police said. Maoists threat. AFP The incident occurred when a joint contingent of 168 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force and district force was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in Basaguda police station limits this evening, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said.
“During the operation, security personnel accidentally came in contact with a pressure bomb planted by the Maoists that exploded injuring CRPF Inspector Gurvinder Singh and two state police jawans Irpa Ganesh and Kadti Chandru,” the ASP said.
Naxals, police in verbal war over Gopi’s surrender
NAGPUR: The cadres of the banned outfit of Communist party of India (Maoist) and police machineries have locked horns through a pitched propaganda battle over the surrender of senior red cadre Nirangsai Madavi, alias Gopi, last week. In the period when guns have not fired, both camps have kept the flames alive through claims and counter-claims. Anti-Naxal Operation’s (ANO) publicity wing, which is part of the state’s information and mass communication department, was quick to issue a press communication following Gopi’s surrender stating that the Korchi-Kurkheda’s former area committee secretary had decided to leave the movement due to intense internal squabbling and dissent among the cadres.
North Gadchiroli-Gondia division’s secretary Baburao Togha has now interpreted Gopi’s surrender, through a counter press release which is in possession of TOI, as a compromise with one’s self-esteem and betrayal of the oppressed masses for whom once he worked. The reds have claimed that Gopi’s worth in the party had come to end due to indiscipline but police had declared a reward of few lakhs on a spent force of the movement to highlight their own achievement. The Naxals have now appealed to the people of Gadchiroli district to criticize the spineless surrender of Gopi. A week ago, the ANO press release had claimed that Gopi had lost the faith and confidence of his seniors.
The party bosses were also upset over Gopi’s relationship with Shamco, alias Shanta Korcha, who was killed in a police encounter. Already married, Gopi had developed an illicit relation with Shanta while participating in dalam movements. The police’s press note had details of the Gopi’s agony in the party as the seniors started strongly objecting to his romantic liaison. The note also stated that the Central committee member and former secretary of Maharashtra state committee Milind Teltumbde had assigned the then commander of Gadchiroli-Gondia division Pahad Singh, alias Kumarsai Katlami, to keep a watch on Gopi. This was mentioned in a letter dated June 28, 2013 which was seized during an operation.
The Naxals have now claimed that Gopi, elevated to higher post in 2011 as area committee secretary for Korchi-Kurkheda, had lost focus and also place in the party due to indiscipline. He had also started conducting activities revolving around his vested interests deviating from party agenda and path of revolution. Gopi ignored party’s repeated alerts to him to remain away from indiscipline.
Maoist camp demolished in Jharkhand
A Maoists training camp was demolished following a fierce encounter with security personnel at Sitasal village under Shikaripara police station in Dumka district today, a senior police officer said. The encounter took place in course of a routine patrol in the naxal-infested areas of the district. Superintendent of Police, Anup T Mathew said around 100 rounds each was fired from both end but there was no report of any casuality. The security personnel comprising of Jharkhand Jaguar and SSB recovered 72 pieces of gelatine sticks, Maoists literature and uniforms, bags, medicine kits and daily core items, he said. One person, Sambhunath Dehri (25) was detained for interrogation, he said.
Maoists Blow up Culvert, Set Fire to Excavator
NUAPADA: Maoists from Chhattisgarh blew up a culvert and set an excavator on fire in the district on Wednesday night. The incident occurred at Dharambandha under the same police limits, 20 km from the district headquarters and one km from a CRPF camp. According to reports, around 25 Maoists including female cadres arrived at Chulabhat and set an excavator on fire. The excavator was brought to Rasela from Potora after it was used for digging up a canal at Umadungri hill near Bankipani village under Nuapada police limits.
Sources said Gobinda Pradhan of Potora had hired the machine from Paikmal in Bargarh district to do the canal work. Later, Maoists moved to Dharambandha and blew up the culvert on the road connecting Potora with Dharambandha. A bomb disposal squad has been deployed at the spot and police patrolling intensified in both the areas. One Budhuram Paharia, who identified himself as spokesman of Nuapada Maoist division, called up some mediapersons in the district on Thursday and informed them that the violence was a part of the bandh called by them in the district on Wednesday. The bandh call had no impact in the morning. Nuapada SDPO Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra said there were reports of Maoist movement from the area.
Maoist Threat: Security Tightened at Toll Plaza
THRISSUR: In the wake of Maoist attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin at Kochi and a resort in Wayanad, the Thrissur district police have sounded an alert and intensified security at the Paliyekkara Toll Plaza on the National Highway 47 in Thrissur. Speaking to ‘Express’, Thrissur rural superintendent of police N Vijayakumar said there has been intelligence report that the Maoists or its frontal organisations may target the toll plaza, as part of its 10th anniversary in Kerala.
Following the threat by the Maoists, the police have tightened security around the toll plaza by deploying armed guards besides the customary security alert in all police stations including those close to the forest areas, where the peripheral patrolling has been intensified, he said. According to the intelligence report, toll plazas and other establishments that had become a centre of public protests in the recent past figured in their hitlist.
In addition, some of the organisations which have an ideological leaning to the Maoist movement have been taking part in the anti-toll strike programmes here over the past few years. In this backdrop, the police intensified the security cover, said Vijyakumar. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the other day that the police were closely monitoring recent attacks allegedly linked to the Maoists.
The attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin at Kochi on November 10 and an attack on the Thirunelli Agraha Resort in Wayanad on Tuesday morning by a four-member armed gang was suspected to get the sympathy of the locals. Various organisations have been taking out protest marches to the toll plaza demanding its closure following repeated hike in the toll being levied from the public.
Two top Maoists arrested in Bihar
Jamui: In a joint operation with CRPF, Bihar Police today arrested two Maoists in Jamui district of Bihar. “Acting on a tip-off, Pintu Marandi (22) and Ganesh Ram (45), who are residents of Kamlu village in Laxmipur police station, were arrested during the operation,” Laxmipur Station House Officer (SHO) Vivek Bharti said. Marandi and Ram are members of CPI(Maoist) and have been involved in several cases of blasting railway tracks and mobile towers. “The arrested persons were also involved in managing logistic supplies to the Maoists. They are being interrogated,” Bharti said.
Naxals kill former sarpanch in Chhattisgarh
Naxals killed a former village sarpanch in the Maoist-affected Dantewada district of southern Chhattisgarh, police said today. Bhagat Kunjam (48), a native of Dhurli village under Bhansi police station limits, was abducted from his house and murdered by the ultras late last night, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. “The reason for the attack is not yet known,” he said. Kunjam’s body was found on the outskirts of the village this morning. A search for the attackers had been launched by the security forces, he added.