Chhattisgarh: Naxal ambush kills two cops including SHO, six hurt
A station house officer and an assistant constable were killed and six other security personnel, including an assistant commandant of BSF, injured when naxals ambushed a joint patrolling team in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district on Monday, police said. A group of armed naxal opened indiscriminate fire on a joint team of security personnel while they were conducting patrolling at Paralkot village (PV) number 101 under Bande police station limits, said IG (intelligence wing) Deepanshu Kabra.
The squad of district force and Border Security Force (BSF) was conducting patrolling in Bande region, located around 250 kms away from the state capital. When they reached at PV 101, rebels opened fire on them, leaving an SHO and an assistant constable dead on the spot, he said. Those killed were identified as Bande police station SHO, Avinash Sharma and assistant constable Sonu, the IG said. Six others, including three BSF personnel, were injured in the incident. An assistant commandant of the BSF is among the injured, the IG said, adding they have been admitted in a local hospital. Additional forces are rushed to the spot and bodies of martyred police personnel are being retrieved, the IG said.
Police on vigil against Maoist upsurge
KOCHI: Police in the district have intensified night patrolling and combing operations in the wake of the recent Maoist attacks in the state. Apart from the special branch team, police have formed special squads to monitor the movement of suspected activists. Sources said that Jaison C Cooper, arrested in connection with the attack on National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) office at Kalamassery, was under police observation for a long time. The special teams will also take up surveillance of the state and Union government institutions that are prone to Maoist attacks. City police commissioner K G James said that important government institutions and offices in the district have been asked to be cautious.
“We have directed some of the offices to upgrade security arrangements by installing CCTV cameras. This is in addition to police surveillance,” he said. James said that toll booths in major roads in the district would be monitored as Maoists have expressed their strong dissatisfaction over toll system. Notices recovered by the police from the NHAI office strongly advocated abolition of toll system. The attackers had also written on the walls of the NHAI office condemning toll system.
As per a police intelligence report, Maoists will target toll plazas on state and national highways across the state as part of the tenth anniversary of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Toll gates on NH47 like the one at Kumbalam and Paliyekkara in Thrissur will be under close observation of the police. ACP special branch A D Balasubramaniam said that suspected Maoist sympathizers were under close observation of police and some of such pockets in the city have been inspected by intelligence officials. Intelligence wing also suspects revival of Maoist sleeper cells in the wake of the recent attacks. He said that the raid at men’s hostel of Maharaja’s College was initiated after the police received information on the presence of Maoist sympathizers.
“Though we couldn’t retrieve anything of Maoist connection, two youths were held with ganja,” Balasubramaniam said. Hari (20), a second year BA history student from Ramamangalam and Sivaprasad (20), a second year BA Malayalam student from Kakkanad, were arrested for possessing ganja during the raid. Police also recovered used blisters of nitrazepam tablets from the hostel.
Odisha asks 2 more CAPF battalions, fears influx of Maoists
Noting that left wing extremism situation continues to remain challenging in three bordering districts of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought two additional battalions of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to counter the red rebels. “In this scenario, two additional battalions of CAPFs are urgently required for supplementing the deployment in Nuapada and Malkangiri district across Chhattishgarh borders and for conducting meaningful anti-Maoist operation in the new areas of Maoist activity,” Patnaik wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, officials said.
Stating that the CPI(Maoist) still maintains resilience and poses a clear threat to the security forces in the area bordering Andhra Pradesh, Chhattishgarh and Jharkhand, Patnaik pointed out that the intelligence inputs indicate that Maoists have been trying to consolidate their position in Western Odisha, particularly in Nuapada district, for quite some time. “A large number of cadre have moved in from Chhattishgarh and Jharkhand to the district (Nuapada). It is learnt that additional battalions of CAPFs are likely to be inducted in Chhattishgarh state soon,” Patnaik said adding that this is likely to cause further cross border movement if armed Maoist groups enter into Odisha from Chhattishgarh side.
In this event, Patnaik said deployment of more security forces will become absolutely necessary in Odisha- Chhattishgarh border to counter cross border movement of Maoists into Odisha side. The present deployment of forces in Nuapada district is inadequate to dominate the area, conduct meaningful operation and restrict movement of Maoists, he pointed out. This apart, the chief minister said in the letter that there is a need to augment the presence of security forces in Malkangiri district to effectively dominate the Maoist stronghold and to conduct sustained anti-Maoist operations. “I would, therefore, request you to kindly look into the matter and consider providing two additional battalions of CAPFs to contain the spread of Maoists in the areas. I look forward to an early and favourable response in the matter,” Patnaik said while concluding the letter.
Police embark on anti-Maoist poster campaign
The Bhadrachalam sub-divisional police have embarked on a poster campaign as part of anti-Maoist operations in the interior areas of Bhadrachalam division bordering the strife-torn Chhattisgarh State. According to reliable sources, wall posters containing the pictures of a few underground top Maoist leaders carrying cash rewards ranging from Rs. 1.31 crore to Rs. 2.52 crore on their heads surfaced at Lakshminagaram in Dummugudem mandal of the district on Saturday. Similar posters reportedly surfaced in a few other remote areas in Bhadrachalam division on Sunday, sources added.