Naxals kill abducted police constable in Chhattisgarh
The body of a police constable, who had been abducted by the Naxals last week, was today found on a road in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Police said that constable Beera Basant, the victim, had left for Bijapur on April 7 after being transferred to the district. He was earlier posted at Awapalli. Naxals abducted him near Bijapur valley. Today his body, with injuries inflicted by sharp-edged weapons, was found near Pamelvaya in the district. Police said a piece of paper found on the body had a warning to the people not to join anti-Naxal campaigns.
ANF begins combing ops in Hosanagar
The personnel of the State Anti-Naxal Force launched combing operations in forest areas in the backwaters of River Varahi in Hosanagar taluk on Wednesday evening. According to sources, around 60 staffers started combing operations in the forest areas close to Kumribailu, Melusunka, Kelasunka, Balegodu villages that are attached to Yadur and Sulagodu gram panchayats, respectively.
Maoists set free five of 11 people kidnapped in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: The Maoists have released five of the 11 people they abducted on April 13 in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, police said on Thursday. Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik said an operation is continuing to rescue the remaining six kidnapped persons. Some armed Maoists kidnapped 11 people from villages under Kartanpalli panchayat in Malkangiri district on April 13 night. The Maoists have released the five people, including former block chairman of Mathili Trinath Bhumia, said the DGP.
Police have been keeping a strict vigil on the Maoist movement in the state after series of attacks by the rebels in neighbouring Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Marik said police in Maoist affected districts have been asked to be alert while information gathering about the movement of the ultras has been strengthened. Police apprehend that the red insurgents may cross Odisha border following the ongoing combing operations in Sukma areas.
Police and Maoists exchange fire in Jharkhand
On April 15, exchange of fire took place between Police and Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Chelwa forest area, situated at the border of Katkamsandi and Katkamdag blocks of Hazaribagh District, reports The Pioneer. According to sources, more than 100 rounds of firing were made in this more than an hour long clash by both sides.
Officially, Hazaribagh Police is not saying anything yet but according to sources, they have seized a fire weapon and some pithoos from the encounter site and interrogation is going on of a suspect whom they have brought with them from the forest. As per sources the teams of Pelawal, Katkamsandi and Katkamdag PS were involved in this encounter.
Five Maoists arrested in Bihar
Sophisticated arms and ammunition were seized and four cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), including a self-proclaimed area commander and a woman activist, were arrested on April 15 during raids in Nawada and Jamui Districts, reports The Telegraph. Acting on a tip-off, the personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) conducted search operations with the help of the District Armed Police in the forests of Kauakol in Nawada and detected a training camp of the rebels.
It was destroyed after a brief encounter. The police seized an INSAS rifle, a carbine, two grenades, six magazines, 140 bullets, walkie-talkie and Police uniform from the training camp, which was also being used as a hideout and arms and ammunition store. Self-styled area commander Lakhan Yadav and woman activist, Sangeeta Marandi, were among the four arrested during the operation. Earlier, on April 14, a CPI-Maoist squad member – Dinesh Chandravanshi – was arrested with arms, including two 9mm pistols, from Vaishali District, reports The Telegraph.