Naxal commander, two accomplices arrested in Jharkhand
Jamshedpur: An area commander of an ultra outfit and two of his accomplices were arrested from Porahat jungle under naxal-affected West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer today said. Representational image. ReutersActing on a tip-off, the security personnel acted swiftly and intercepted a vehicle during the search operation in Porahat jungle yesterday, Superintendent of Police, NK Singh said. The security personnel arrested Navin alias Upendra Paswan, who was then the Area Commander of Chatarapur in Palamau district of CPI (Maoists), and two other naxalites identified as Kanda Vishwakarma and Lofar Chaki, he said.
Paswan had served 11-year jail term in connection with the killing of the Deputy SP, Chatarpur, D K Rai, in Palamau district. Rai was blown up in a blast in June 2002, he said, adding that Paswan was recently released from jail. The trio were travelling in the vehicle and were on their way to meet some naxals in Porahat jungle when they were arrested, Singh said. Two pistols, some live cartridges and the vehicle were seized by the security personnel, Singh said, adding that further interrogation is on.
Naxal link to ATS raid cache?
Thousands of detonators, explosives sticks and bomb-related electronics have been recovered by the Nagpur ATS in a joint raid with the Madhya Pradesh police in a MP border town. Two people from Rajasthan have been booked and are being interrogated for possible Naxal links. Following an intelligence input, the Nagpur unit of the Maharashtra ATS and the Madhya Pradesh police raided a house in the Old Pandhurna village of the Chindwada district in MP along the Maharashtra border at around 10 am on Friday.
“We found 1,768 electric detonators, 612 sticks of Kelvex power 90 Class-2 explosive, an 840-feet-long detonating cord, and one exploder. The house was later discovered to be owned by one Khusal Vithoba Madankar (60),” said an officer. MP’s Chindwada police registered a case under relevant sections of the Explosives Act and arrested two accused, Mukesh Harikishan Sankhla (30) and Rajmal Ramlal Sankhla (40), both of whom belong to the Sadar village in the Bhilwada district of Rajasthan. While the case is being investigated by the MP police, Maharashtra cops are also keeping a tab on the investigation by jointly interrogating the accused for possible Naxal links.
“It is a known fact that Naxals source most of their firearms from underground factories in MP and explosives that are dumped as surplus by mining contractors. Maoist cadres in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand have the same suppliers of explosives and firearms based in MP,” said an officer currently posted in the state’s Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district. Officers from the Nagpur police remained unavailable for comments. ATS chief, additional DG Himanshu Roy, said, “We strongly believe a Naxal link since there is no reason for such quantity of explosives to be used in that region. The investigation is being carried out by the MP police where we are assisting them. Once we find a Naxal link, we will liaise with the Gadchiroli police to get a better clarity on the link, but nothing conclusive can be said at this moment.”
Three CRPF Men Injured in Blast by Naxals
Three CRPF personnel,including an assistant sub-inspector, were today injured when a pressure bomb laid by Naxals exploded in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said. The incident occurred when a joint contingent of 168th battalion of Central Reserve Police Force and district force was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in Awapalli police station area around noon, Bijapur Superintendent of Police (SP) K L Dhruv told PTI.
“During the operation, security personnel accidentally came in contact with a pressure bomb planted by the Maoists near Dubaiguda village that exploded, injuring three paramilitary personnel, including an ASI,” he said. Assistant Sub-Inspector Jitendra Kumar and constable Rakesh Suman were grievously injured in the incident, while another constable Rahul received minor injuries, the SP said. The critically-wounded duo has been airlifted to the state capital for further treatment after administering primary aid at a local hospital, he said, adding they are undergoing treatment at NHMMI hospital, Raipur.