Maoists damage vehicle, block roads in Bastar
The insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh witnessed intensified Maoist activities on Monday. The ultras felled trees and dug up roads leading to traffic disruption. The Maoists damaged drill machine of the NMDC’s (National Mineral Development Corporation) Kirandul plant in Dantewada district and damaged National Highway 30 on Sunday evening. The banned outfit abducted two passenger buses in Katekalyan area of Dantewada on Sunday night. “Buses were released after some time. Maoists wrote some slogans on the bus,” said R.K. Vij, Additional Director-General (ADG) of Police, anti-Naxal operations. The ultras damaged railway track between Kirandul and Bacheli town and opened fire on Chintagufa and Timilwada police camps in Sukma district on Monday morning.
Maoists hijack passenger buses, release after 2 hours
RAIPUR: On the eve of Republic Day, Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Saturday hijacked two buses and one pick up van carrying about 50 passengers and held them captive for two to three hours before releasing them near Katekalyan in Dantewada district in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. A report said the incident took place between Paknaar and Katekalyan where the rebels took these vehicles to an undisclosed destination in the forests. However, the vehicles were later found near Katekalyan police station.
All the passengers were unharmed. Sources said Maoists had pasted posters in the area opposing US President Barack Obama’s India visit. Chief minister Raman Singh is now in Jagdalpur town, the divisional headquarters of Bastar region, to attend Republic Day parade on Monday. ADGP (Naxal operations) RK Vij said that the buses were released and Naxalites wrote some slogans on the buses .
Maoist threats affect tourism prospects
The recurring attacks on hotels and resorts by suspected Maoists have hit the prospects of the tourism industry in Wayanad district. The latest in the series of attacks was on the Tamarind Easy Hotel of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation at Thirunelly on Sunday. Antisocial elements had attacked a private tourism resort adjacent to the hotel nearly a month ago. A forest outpost at Kunhome had been vandalised a few days ago. Normally, foreign tourists visit the district between mid-December and March-end, but tourist arrivals this time round have fallen by nearly 30 to 35 per cent, says K.R. Vancheeswaran, member of the executive committee of the Wayanad Tourism Organisation.
Cancellation of bookings has also increased considerably, he says. Though the Maoist threat is yet to seriously affect domestic tourist arrivals, it may have an impact on the industry if the government fails to address the issue effectively, says C.P. Shylesh, a member of the organisation.
Four Maoist militia members arrested in Vizag
Four key CPI (Maoist) militia members were arrested by the Visakhapatnam Police on Saturday for their involvement in the recent case of arson at an ashram in Agency area. The militia members destroyed the ashram of Simhachalam, the survivor in the Veeravaram incident. Arson case The arrested militia members are: Kotari Laxmaiah (35), (auto driver and kirana shop dealer), Kotari Venkata Raju (25), Seendri Appala Raju (29) and Korra Chittibabu (60). Three of them are hailing from Anarba village, while the fourth one is from Thadaveedhi of G. Madugula mandal. They allegedly provided logistic support in the case and supplied fuel which was used to burn the ashram and the excavator, Officer on Special Duty (Operations) Vishal Gunni told the media at Narsipatnam on Sunday.
Maoists call shutdown in Jharkhand over Obama’s visit
Latehar/Palamu, Jharkhand, Jan 26 (ANI): Maoists in Jharkhand called for a shutdown on Monday to protest US President Barack Obama’s visit. All roads and market places were deserted as very few people dared to come out in open. Residents said they were scared of stepping out of their houses. In another Maoist stronghold Palamu district, there was a curfew-like situation with very few vehicles on roads. Transport services were hit in the district as people were stranded at railway and bus stations.