One COBRA jawan killed, 15 injured in Maoist blast in Imamganj area
GAYA: In what appears to be a retaliatory action, members of the People’s Liberation Gurellia Army, the armed wing of the Maoists, on Tuesday evening engineered a blast that blew up a vehicle carrying nearly one dozen COBRA personnel, the elite anti-Naxal force engaged in the drive to free the Naxal infested areas from red terror. At least one COBRA personnel was killed and 15 others were injured in the Maoist attack. Confirming the Maoist operation, CRP DIG Chiranjeev Prasad said that three of the personnel were critically injured and about a dozen others were grievously hurt in the blast. The slain personnel has been identified as head constable Gulab Yadav said the CRPF DIG.
Ambulances from the nearby places including Imamganj and Sherghati have been rushed to rescue the injured jawans. The rescue operation was getting hampered due to darkness. Asked about air lifting of the injured personnel, the CRPF DIG said that a chopper cannot be made to land at the blast site at this point of time. “A chopper was requisitioned in the divisional head quarters in Gaya to airlift the injured personnel to Patna or any other place for better medical assistance,” said the DIG The severe IED explosion that caused extensive damage, took place while the COBRA personnel were returning to their base in the Imamganj area after a day-long operation against the Maoists. As the vehicle neared Salaiya Mor in the Naxal infested Dumaria- Imamganj area, the waiting Maoists triggered the blast probably through a sophisticated remote controlled device. After engineering the IED blast, the Maoists also fired on the COBRA jawans. Further details are awaited.
CRPF finds explosives, ammo near Ranchi
BOKARO: A CRPF team on Monday discovered a large amount of explosives and ammunition near Aman village situated in Jhumra of Gomia block. Although Maoists seem to have deserted Jhumra, their arms and ammunitions are still being recovered from different spots across the jungles by a CRPF 26 battalion team, headed by commandant, Sanjay Kumar. The search team, while scouring the jungle, discovered a steel trunk containing explosives and weapons, after being tipped off about the Maoist hideout. “We conducted a check at the spot with metal detectors. Taking precautionary measures, we discovered a huge steel trunk hidden underground,” said Kumar.
When the trunk was opened they found 14 country made carbines, 10 rifles of different bores, detonators, m-seal and several live cartridges. Much to the CRPF team’s surprise, they also found a grenade projector and a highly explosive bomb. “The weapons found seem to be rusted because they might not have been used for some years now,” said Kumar. This was the second discovery of explosive in the past 24 hours. District police along with the CRPF had recovered a powerful landmine planted down the culvert on Budgadda-Pek road under Nawadih police station on Sunday.
Police in past six months have recovered huge amount of explosives, guns, cartridges, naxal dresses and other things used by Maoists from different locations of Jhumra. Since August, 2014 more than 10 times CRPF had recovered cache of explosives hidden by Maoists. Jhumra was once known as Maoist headquarter where they operated their training camp. On January, 30, the CRPF had busted a temporary shelter of Maoists in jungles of Jhumra and recovered six long barrel guns, naxal dresses, wires used for planting landmines wrapped in plastic sheet.
Three women Maoists nabbed in Odisha
The BSF personnel have nabbed three women Maoists in separate combing operations in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. While two women Maoists of Mathili-Darabha Division were captured inside the forest near Temurupali village under Mathli police station limits yesterday, another woman Maoist was nabbed from Marigeta forest under Kalimela police station limits today. They were produced before the SDJM court today which remanded them to judicial custody after rejecting their bail plea.
The two women Maoists, nabbed from Temurupali forest, have been identified as Sarmara and Parvati while the other apprehended inside Marigeta forests has been identified as Rina. Rina, involved in several violent incidents including torching of a bus at Kalimela and planting landmines in several areas of the district, had carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head while Samara and Parvati were engaged in bringing the young men and women to the Maoist fold, police said. However, police did not reveal the details to the media.
While, two women rebels arrested from Mathili forest area identified as Samari Madkami of Temurpalli village and Parbati Podiami of Kamarpalli village under Mathili police limits , the third one Debe Irmami alias Rema , a native of Marigata village under Kalimela police limits has been apprehend from Kalimela forest area,police sources here revealed. While,Samari and Parbati were the militia members of the Central Regional Committee(CRC) and involved in the killing of Naib Sarpanch Buda Durua in May 2013,Debe was the President of the CPI(Maoist) Revolutionary Peoples Committee(RPC) and operating in Kalimela area.She was reportedly involved in minor crimes in the area,police said.
Five states including Chhattisgarh set to launch joint anti-Maoist operation
RAIPUR: In a crucial meeting to combat Maoist menace, police, CRPF and intelligence officials of five states have decided to launch an intensified joint operation on the border areas of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Official sources said the meeting held at Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar on Monday, reviewed and analyzed incidents and Maoist strategies and decided to make smooth and well connected co-ordination between inter-state police and security forces, state police and para-military forces against Maoist operations.
It was indicated that anti-Maoist operations would begin on bordering regions targeting Khammam at Telangana, Koraput at Odisha, East Godavari region in Andhra Pradesh, Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh’s areas of Kanker, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada and those connecting to Abujhmad in Narayanpur region. Without divulging details, officials said that the onset of summer increases chances of Maoists attack in all the five districts under its Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) which go on till monsoon. Hence, inter-state border co-ordination was crucial.
Cache of arms recovered from cave in Uttar Pradesh
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Police recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition from a cave in the forest of Sonbhadra District bordering Bihar on February 23, reports The Times of India. The recovery was made during a combing operation launched after detection of an armed group of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on February 15. Sonbhadra Superintendent of Police (SP) SS Yadav said that a joint team of Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were combing the jungles and hills of Madpa area under Machi Police Station when they entered a cave in afternoon. The cops recovered two guns, two country-made revolvers, live cartridges, 12 detonators and six gelatin rods hidden in a plastic bag.