4 Maoist Camps Busted in SOG Raid
M RAMPUR(KALAHANDI): The Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel and Maoists were engaged in a heavy exchange of fire in the Telan reserve forest in Kalahandi district during a combing operation on Tuesday night. CPI (Maoist) central committee leader Jaipanna along with 40 cadres managed to escape, said YK Jethwa, IG (South West). Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday Jethwa said SOG personnel destroyed four Maoist camps and seized arms and Maoist literature during the combing operation that was led by Kalahandi SP Brijesh Kumar Roy. Jaipanna alias Jingu Narasimha Reddy, who belongs to Warangal in Andhra Pradesh, carries a reward of `25 lakh on his head, Jethwa said.
Jaipanna is also the Central Military Commission member of the outfit. Police suspect that he was involved in Nayagarh and Koraput armoury loot and was here to strengthen the Naxal cadres. The security personnel seized 18 rounds of live ammunition, kit bags, Maoist literature, solar panels, uniform, batteries and radio sets from the camps. Combing has been intensified and search operation launched in the area by the SOG. Three more SOG teams have been deployed. While no casualty was reported on the police side, it is yet to be ascertained whether any Maoist was injured. According to sources, each time the Maoists strike in Chhattisgarh, they take refuge in Telan reserve forest to escape the combing operations in neighbouring State. They enter the forest through Nabarangpur and stay put till the situation normalises in Chhattisgarh.
Dharmapuri police launch search after villagers spot suspected naxalites in forest
DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri police and the forest department launched a joint search operation for eight people, including two women, who are said to be staying in the reserve forest in Morappur division. According to police sources, villagers of Agraharam spotted the eight people carrying weapons. Suspecting that they might be naxalites, the villagers alerted the Morappur police. The police launched a search with the help of forest officials.
Now, Maoist ‘Sighting’ in Idukki
IDUKKI: The police went on high alert on Wednesday in Idukki after receiving information of sighting of suspicious persons in the forest areas near Maniyanpetty in Vandanmedu, bordering Tamil Nadu. A 15-member police team have been rushed to the region to carry out combing operations after Kunju, a tribal man, alerted police of seeing unfamiliar persons in the forest area, which is around three kms away from the Tamil Nadu border, SP Alex M Varkey told ‘Express’.The Tamil Nadu police have also been alerted and are also joining the search operations.
Kunju was in the area chopping fodder for his cattle when he apparently sighted these people cloaked in black outfit trotting through the forest, and he informed the police around 1 pm. It is too early to rule out the possibility of Maoist presence, he said adding that it could also be illegal brewers or poachers. Vandanmedu, which is around 4,000 ft above sea level, is around 25 km north of the tourism destination of Thekkady.
Villager’s throat slit by suspected Maoists
Suspected Maoists have slit the throat of a villager at Kuchai in Seraikela-Kharswan district of Jharkhand, a senior police officer said. The ultras slit the throat of one Kalicharan Munda at Togardih village and the police recovered the body yesterday, Superintendent of Police Durga Oraon said. Munda was released from jail about a month ago, Oraon said.
J’khand: ‘Maoists’ open fire at cops, one injured
Three unidentified armed persons, suspected Maoists open fired on the police leaving one injured at Amrapara area of Jharkhand’s Pakur district on Thursday, which will go to polls in the fifth and final phase of state assembly election on Saturday. The alleged Maoists after the attack fled with three police rifles, said the police. The one injured is an ASI rank official, confirmed police sources from Pakur. The injured policeman was rushed to the local hospital and has been referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi.
He, however, is out of danger, said sources from Pakur hospital. Elections in the Maoist-affected, tribal state began on November 25 and this is the second reported case of attack on the police. On December 14 at least five alleged rebels open fired at the security forces at Pirtand in Giridih district, but no casualties were reported. Earlier in November, alleged Left Wing Extremists set campaign vehicles of different parties on fire and had beaten up party workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party while they were campaigning in the hinterland. 21 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand are declared LWE affected and heavy forces were deployed across the sensitive state for peaceful elections.
The place where the incident took place fast turned into a police camp with at least 100 armed policemen being deployed at the place within a couple of hours. Jharkhand Director General of Police, Rajiv Kumar, who was in Pakur on Thursday morning, said that the attackers are yet to be identified but are suspected Maoists. He said that police forces have been deployed in the area to counter future attacks if any. “Men have been deployed to counter the attackers if they return, while civilians have been asked to stay indoors,” he said.