Maoists issue pamphlets opposing Barack Obama’s India visit
Raipur: Maoists in Chhattisgarh have dropped pamphlets in several areas of Bastar region, opposing US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to India. According to police, the rebels have called for boycott of Obama’s visit and a nationwide bandh on January 26. “The pamphlets in which the outlawed CPI (Maoist) have opposed the visit of US President Obama to India have been recovered from the restive places of Narayanpur and Kanker districts,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (state’s intelligence wing) Deepanshu Kabra told PTI.
Central security agencies have been informed about it while police have been put on alert in the insurgency-affected region, Kabra said. The pamphlets released in the name of Naxal’s Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee spokesperson Gudsa Usendi with heading ‘Obama Wapas Jao’ (Obama go back) carry several anti-national messages and contents. In the pamphlets, the ultras have also said that they will burn effigies of Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the US President’s visit to the country. Obama will be on three-day visit to India from January 25 during which he will also attend the ‘Republic Day’ parade in New Delhi.
Rebel war hots up in mining, border areas
Jamshedpur/Hazaribagh, Jan. 19: Anti-rebel offensives will be stepped up in mining hub Ghatshila and Jharkhand-Bihar border areas, CRPF and police top brass said today. East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar said they would intensify anti-Naxalite operations in Ghatshila subdivision in the wake of yesterday’s encounter with CPI(Maoist) rebels at a Tusu fair in Bikrampur village where a Maoist was killed and a jawan critically injured. “That rebels are active in Ghatshila is evident from yesterday’s encounter. We have decided to intensify anti-rebel operations around UCIL’s Bagjata mines in Mosabani. Mosabani apart, rebels are active in Dhalbhumgarh, Ghatshila and Chakulia along the Bengal border,” Homkar said.
“More paramilitary forces will be deputed at Ghatshila,” Homkar said, but declined to name a figure. At present, CRPF’s 193rd battalion is stationed in Mosabani.CRPF camps are located in Banalopa, near Bagjata mines, Ghura in Ghurabandha block and Mahuldia in Ghatshila block. One battalion comprises 750 jawans while each camp has less than 100 personnel. Policemen on the ground welcomed the news of reinforcements. “Yesterday, the rebels who fought with the police at Bikrampur village belonged to the Kanhu Munda squad of CPI(Maoist). All 10 rebels had sophisticated weapons, including AK 47. For the police, it was a tough chase as they were continuously firing,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity.
“That’s how jawan Dukhiya Murmu, the bodyguard to Naxalite operations additional SP Shailendra Kumar Burnwal, got a bullet in his skull,” the policeman added. Admitted to Tata Main Hospital’s critical care unit, Murmu will soon undergo a surgery to remove the bullet. In Hazaribagh, visiting CRPF inspector-general R.K Mishra, along with inspector-general (coal belt) Tadasha Mishra, lauded security personnel in the Chouparan forest encounter on January 12 which left three Maoists dead and earned security forces a strategic psychological victory over rebels.
At Police Lines, CRPF IG Mishra and coal belt IG Mishra met SP Akhilesh Kumar Jha who told them about the three teams of CRPF, district police and CoBRA who led the Chouparan offensive. Congratulating them, Mishra said: “Your success has made everyone proud. We are working on plans to launch a joint operation on the borders of both states (Jharkhand and Bihar) to flush out rebels.” The CRPF IG also handed SP Jha a cheque of Rs 1 lakh issued by CRPF director-general Prakash Mishra for the 70 district policemen who were part of the Chouparan operation. Coal Belt IG Mishra also lauded the policemen and stressed on planning coordinated offensives for better results.
2 security personnel injured in Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh
Pankuj Thakur, a constable of the 13 battalion of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force and Kichche Soya, an Auxiliary constable are undergoing treatment.
A jawan of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and a ‘Sahayak Arakshak (Auxiliary constable) were injured in two Maoist attacks in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Pankuj Thakur, a constable of the 13 battalion of the CAF was injured when a pressure bomb planted by Maoists exploded near Murdonda village of Bijapur, said the police. The injured Jawan was posted in Awapalli police station and is said to be out of danger now.
In another incident, suspected Maoists attacked ‘Sayakak Arakshak’ Kichche Soya with sharp weapons at a market place in Pollamapalli village of Sukma. The injured ‘Sahayak Arakashak’ has been referred to Jagadalpur for treatment. Maoist Camp busted In a separate incident, a joint team of Dantewada and Bijapur police busted a Maoist camp in Hurrepal forest of Danteada. Police also recovered Maoist posters, banners and material used to manufacture guns.