Naxals target BSF with low intensity IED blast in Kanker
A low intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was triggered off by Naxals in a forested area near Godbinpal village under Antagarh police station limits on Saturday. The rebels exploded the bomb with a purpose to target the anti-Naxal squad of 146th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) conducting area domination and search operations in the area. However, no trooper injured in the blast. After the bomb blast, security forces launched a massive search operation and detected another pressure bomb planted in the nearby area. Naxals also fell trees and put up posters against the police forces. BSF squad seized the posters. Traffic movement resumed after the forces cleared the heavy wooden logs from roads.
Maoists call bandh in five States
Maoists stepped up poster campaign ahead of the bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) in five States on February 20. The outfit called for bandh in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra in protest against the alleged anti-poor and pro-corporate policies of the Central and State governments. Posters and pamphlets bearing the name of CPI (Maoist) Central committee surfaced near a stream near the mandal headquarters town of Venkatapuram in Bhadrachalam division on Saturday. According to sources, the posters contained slogans opposing the Polavaram project and opencast projects besides Coastal Corridor, bauxite mining and other proposed projects of the “big corporate companies” in the Agency areas. The Maoists appealed to all sections of people to extend their support to the bandh.
Police foil naxals’ plot to kill personnel
Four members of banned outfit arrested; explosives seized The Bhadrachalam sub-division police on Saturday claimed to have foiled a bid by Maoists to plant explosives in the Korkatpadu forest area to kill policemen with the arrest of four persons, including a CPI (Maoist) special guerrilla squad (SGS) member and a militia commander in Charla mandal. Police sources said a joint team of policemen and the personnel of the CRPF’s CoBRA force apprehended Madakam Deva (20), an alleged member of the CPI (Maoist) SGS, and three others during combing operation in the morning.
The team seized one directional mine and one landmine besides 100 metres of electric wire, two electrical detonators and one electric battery from them. The others nabbed during the operation are Madakam Jogaiah (21), militia commander, Podium Andha (19), militia member and Ravva Bhadra (20), militia member, police said. The Charla police said that the Maoist SGS member and his associates were allegedly trying to plant the explosives in the Korkatpadu forest area at the “behest” of the CPI (Maoist) Telangana State committee targeting the police personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations. The arrested persons and the seized explosive material were presented before the media at the Charla police station. Bhadrachalam ASP R. Bhaskaran, Venkatapuram CI A. Narender and others were present at the media conference.
Camp Busted in Nuapada
NUAPADA:A joint team of CRPF and SOG busted a Maoist camp and seized two tiffin bombs in the forest near Bhottha village under Dharambandha police limits on Saturday. Besides the tiffin bombs, a blanket, medicines, grocery, dry food and Maoist literature were seized from the camp. Sources said the Maoists left the camp after seeing the security forces approaching. Commandant of 216 battalion of the CRPF, Mahesh Kumar said the security forces stumbled upon the camp during routine combing operation.
Angul: Two days after Maoists hacked a villager to death in Pallahara of Angul district suspecting him to be a police informer, security forces on Saturday intensified combing operation in Angul-Keonjhar border areas to nab the maoists. Angul SP Rajesh Pandit Uttam Rao said combing operation has been stepped up to flush out the Maoists.