Another Naxal attack: 17 vehicles torched at mining site in Kanker
A day after killing seven policemen in an ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the Naxals on Sunday allegedly set ablaze at least 17 vehicles engaged in mining work in insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. No one was hurt in the incident, they said. A group of armed Naxals raided the Barbaspur iron ore mining site under the limits of Korar police station and after threatening the labourers, they torched 17 vehicles engaged in mining work, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendera Singh Meena said.
After torching the vehicles, the Maoists fled into the forest, he said. On getting information about the incident, a police team was immediately rushed to the spot which found the vehicles, including trucks, mining machineries and JCB, burnt, he said. A search operation has been launched in the region to nab the ultras involved in the incident, the SP added. The extremists are reportedly opposing iron ore mining in the area being done by Neco Jayaswal Company.
Anti-Naxal ops: Forces in 10 states put on alert
Security forces operating in ten Naxal-affected states have been asked to maintain a high degree of “alert” in view of violent counter-offensive launched by the left wing extremists, which led to the killing of seven Chhattisgarh policemen on Saturday. Official sources said the Naxals had lauched their Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) in late March in these areas. The offensive has now been heralded with the first big attack on security forces as they killed seven STF policemen and injured about a dozen others in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh yesterday.
The TCOC is the about 3-4 months time period beginning March-April when armed Naxal cadres undertake special violent action against security forces and others to gain ground, re-group and strategise their plan of action before the onset of summer. “The forces were put on alert in March when the annual TCOC begins. But, with this major attack on forces in Chhattisgarh yesterday, the alert has been re-issued and reinforced to the forces,” sources in the security establishment said.
Teenage Red leader arrested in Gomia
BOKARO: District police on Saturday arrested a 19-year-old Maoist leader, Manoratnam Soren alias Tunna Soren, a member of the special area committee of red outfit, after conducting a raid near Koyataad Railway Crossing of Dumri Vihar, under Gomia police station. He used to work as a messenger for top leaders of the outfit across states. Police found Maoist literature and Rs 18, 300 cash from his possession. The cash recovered from him was collected as levy from the people of the area. SP Bokaro, A Vijaylaxmi said that Soren was a big catch as he was involved in many Maoist incidents in Gola, Hazaribag, Parasnath and Jamui. Soren has high contacts with the Maoists who are active in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and other regions.
He is closed to top Maoist leader, Ganapathy and other leaders. Sources said that Soren is also a member of technical cell of the outfit. He was carrying a confidential letter sent by Maoist commanders Anal Da and Kishan Da of Luggu Hill for Maoist leader Karan Da in Saranda, when the police caught him. SP said that the letter found from Soren was written in both Bengali and Hindi. Police got vital clues from him related to hideouts of Maoist leaders, but they refused to disclose that to media persons as it would affect their investigation. Sources said that the letter contains a message of a Maoist leader who had arrived in Bokaro area a couple of months ago. Soren, a resident of Chatro village of Pirtaad under Giridih district, revealed that he had participated in the meeting of Maoist leaders organized at Dandkara in Chattisgarh.