2 Naxals among ‘deputy commander’ held in Chhattisgarh
Two Maoists, including a deputy commander carrying a reward of Rs three lakh, were arrested by security personnel in an operation near Purantarai jungle at Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada District today. Superintendent of Police Kamal Lochan Kashyap said the two ultras — Ayutu (27) and Lalu Tekam (21) — were rounded up by a joint search party of District Force and Quick Response Team personnel, following recovery of Naxal banners and posters from them. During interrogation, Ayutu identified himself as the deputy commander of the Naxals’ Bhairamgarh Area Committee platoon number 13.
Ayutu, who was wanted in connection with a half-a-dozen incidents of murder, rioting and attack on police parties since 2009, confessed to having escorted top rebel leaders Ganeshan and Ramanna during their journey from Indravati area to South Bastar area in 2011, Mr Kashyap said.
BSF puts up posters with photos of elusive Maoist cadre
KORAPUT (ODISHA): BSF has put up posters containing photographs of 20 hardcore Maoists in Boipariguda block in the district as part of its community policing campaign.
‘Maoists’ beat two villagers, threaten three others
Suspected Maoists allegedly thrashed two residents of Mukunoor village in the district and also threatened three others over a dispute between some villagers and the victims, police said. The incident took place on Saturday night at the village located under Mahadevpur police limits nearly 120 km from here, Circle Inspector G Krishna said. “There was a dispute between some landlords and members of a backward community about a couple of months back at Mukunoor village. People from the backward community reportedly approached the Maoist leaders of the local area over the issue,” he said.
On Saturday night, the suspected ultras, headed by Bade Damodar called the landlords outside the village and thrashed two of them and threatened three others with dire consequences.
Wanted Maoist arrested in Bihar
Police today arrested a wanted activist of CPI (Maoist) Ugan Koda with arms from Chormara village under Barhat police station area in extremist-infested Jamui district of Bihar. According to SP, Jamui, Surendra Kumar Singh, acting on a tip off that Koda was hiding in his home in Chormara village, police cordoned off the entire village and arrested the wanted Maoist. ‘Police seized a pistol and some cartridges from his possesssion’, the SP added.
B Tech Graduate Arms Maker and Supplier
ELURU: What would anyone do if equipped with an engineering as well as a management degree? Probably look for a decent job in an MNC or turn into an entrepreneur. But the case of Yellasri Sarat Kumar alias Sarat Reddy is different. Due to his close proximity with Naxal groups, he chose to be an arms supplier to the Maoist groups and also to anti-social elements. A prime accused in the arms supply business which was busted by the Eluru police in Vijayawada, Sarat is said to be a genius in the making of arms. Give him any weapon as a sample along with the necessary raw material, and lo! he would make it within no time. Initially lured into the left-wing extremism by the idealogies of Naxals, the B Tech-cum-MBA graduate worked with the Naxal groups for over a decade where he learnt the art of arms manufacturing and explosives before he joined the mainstream. “He was lured into arms manufacturing by his former colleagues.
They supplied all the necessary sample weapons and also raw material where Sarat would replicate them amd produce the weapons in bulk,” said Eluru DSP KGV Saritha. Goli Siva Nagaraju (37) of Autonagar used to supply the raw material to Sarat, while former Maoist sympathiser Panamala Anthony (62) would ensure that the weapons reached the Maoists. Surprisingly, Nagaraju is learnt to be obtaining the explosive material through dubious means and Sarat would manufacture the weapons right under the nose of the Vijayawada police who had no inkling about these dangerous activities. The arrest of Sarat is proving to be a worrying factor for the police, particularly over the easy availability of arms for not only the Maoists but also to the anti-social elements.
Following the arrest of 13 armed members belonging to CPI(ML) New Democracy in West Godavari district recently, the Eluru police discovered that Sarat, who completed his engineering and management studies a couple of years ago, was supplying them with arms and ammunition. They raided his residence and workshop only to recover raw material and ancilliary parts for weapon manufacturing besides .303 and SLR model ammunition. So far, Sarat and his accomplices supplied 35 weapons to the Chandranna dalam which is active in the Godavari districts.
“Based on his leads, we have arrested both Siva Nagaraju and Anthony a couple of days ago. Two others are also involved in the arms supply case and our special teams have launched a search for the accused. We are also verifying if the accused have supplied more weapons to other anti-social elements apart from investigating into the involvement of more weapon manufacturers in the region,” Saritha added.