Maoist blast in Jharkhand injures two security personnel
Raipur, Jan 03 (ANI): An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh injured two constables of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Saturday. The blast took place at 8 am when a CoBRA (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action) contingent unit was conducting regular operations in Chintagufa area of Sukma district.
Suspected Maoists attack crusher unit at Nidumpoil
In a suspected Maoist attack, a stone crusher unit at Nidumpoil on the Koothuparamba- Mananthavady road here came under attack in the early hours of Friday. The office of New Bharat Stone Crusher at 24th Mile at Nidumpoil under the Kelakam police station limits here was set on fire by a five-member group, suspected to be Maoists. The incident occurred at 2.20 a.m. The attackers reached the spot in military uniform and destroyed furniture before setting them to fire.
They entered the office by breaking open the door. The police said the members of the group carried firearms and threatened some of the security staff there. They shouted slogans during the attack, the police said. From eyewitness accounts of the security staff at the crusher unit, the attackers barged into the office and took away three CCTV cameras and two computers installed in the office, the police said. The crusher unit had installed the CCTV cameras in view of possible threat from the Maoists, the police said. The crusher unit is located near an Adivasi colony. The police were investigating the reports that the suspected Maoist group visited the colony after the attack. Some suspected people were spotted near the colony by local residents. Police sources said the accounts of some residents in the Adivasi colony indicated that Maoist leader Roopesh was one of the attackers.
Two women in gang
When contacted, District Police Chief P.N. Unnirajan, who visited the spot in the morning, told The Hindu that two of the five-member group were women, though earlier reports said there was only one woman. He said the police had identified the people who attacked the crusher unit. He confirmed that those behind the attack were Maoists. He said that security arrangements were being strengthened in areas bordering forests in the district in view of the attack. He, however, declined to divulge details of the combing operations in the area. The attackers pasted posters of ‘CPI (Maoist) Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee’ on the walls of the crusher unit. The posters called upon the people to get mobilised under the Maoist party for a ‘new democratic India.’