Guns boom again in Visakha Agency
VISAKHAPATNAM: Within 24 hours of the shootout at Cheedipalli in Budaralla panchayat of Koyyuru mandal on Wednesday, security forces exchanged fire with naxals yet again in the Visakha Agency on Thursday morning for nearly half an hour. Almost 200 rounds were fired by the Maoists and combing parties of Visakha Rural police at Teegalametta village, 15 km from Cheedipalli, at around 9.15 am on Thursday. However, no deaths or injuries were reported in the incident. On Wednesday, the Maoists had split into three groups and escaped from Cheedipalli when the cops opened fire and it was one of these groups that the combing parities encountered at Teegalametta village on Thursday.
According to sources, the Visakha Rural cops had deployed additional forces in the area to search for Maoists on Wednesday night after the incident. Locals said that one of the combing parties apprehended a villager. Seeing this from a distance, the armed cadre of the Reds, who reached the village on Wednesday night, opened fire on the cops before fleeing the spot. Police sources said they found torches, food packets with inscriptions in Odiya, a 5-kg Exide battery at the Cheedipalli firing spot. A senior cop involved in anti-naxal operations told TOI that the battery is used for blasting land mines and recharging wireless sets. After examining the spot at Cheedipalli, cops came to the conclusion that around 40 to 50 cadres of the banned outfit had camped there. Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen told TOI that combing parties found two kit bags and newspapers at the Teegalametta firing spot. They, however, did not find any evidence of any Maoist being dead or injured at the spot. The cops believe that Maoists Azad, Anand, Birsu and two women naxals reached the village from Cheedipalli. Praveen said combing will continue in Teegalametta and surrounding areas.
Police-Maoist tussle gives tribals sleepless nights
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the Maoists and security forces engaged in fierce gun battles over the past two days, tribals of the Visakha agency are caught between the devil and the deep sea. While the Maoists have been organizing a series of meetings with tribals and peoples’ representatives in the Agency, cops have been pressing combing parties into the forests. “More than 200 armed cadre met in the GK Veedhi forests early this month. They are desperate to show their strength with a big strike and have been visiting even untouched villages in these areas for forming village committees,” said a senior police officer.
“We have information that Maoists have been organizing meetings at villages that were once their strongholds like Kannavaram, Palakajeedi, Gorrelametta and other parts of Galikonda, Jerrela and Korukonda areas. Our combing operations will continue and be intensified if need be,” Rural SP Koya Praveen said. According to sources, this time the Maoists are taking precautionary measures and have brought scores of their armed cadres from neighboring states like Odisha and Chhattisgarh. “They are taking forward the bauxite movement with a well planned strategy by calling their former sympathizers and militia members, besides people’s representatives for meetings. Having learnt lessons from their failures during the past bauxite agitations, the Reds are now very carefully implementing their strategy,” a source said.
Maoist IED blast: CAF constable killed, two others injured
A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) constable was killed and two others injured in an IED blast triggered off by Maoists in the insurgency-hit Sukma district today, just ahead of Union Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit scheduled for tomorrow. The explosion occurred while a CAF team was patrolling near Dharampenta village under Kistaram police station limits to ensure security of an under construction culvert, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told PTI.
When the security forces were cordoning off the construction site, located nearly 450 kms away from here on Konta-Kistaram route in the extreme south Bastar, naxals triggered the explosion leaving three jawans injured, the SP said. Subsequently firing broke out between security forces and rebels which lasted for a short period following which naxals fled into the dense forests, the SP added. “Constable Suman Tirki, belonging to III battalion of CAF, succumbed to his grievous injuries during treatment,” the SP said. The other injured constables namely Suleman Khakha and Anand Minj, of the same battalion, were shifted by helicopter to Raipur for treatment, he said. Meanwhile, a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers.
Maoist commander nabbed in MP holds key behind 2013 Jheeram Ghati conspiracy
BHOPAL: Maoist commander Dilip Guha arrested by Madhya Pradesh police from Balaghat district a week ago was allegedly in know of the conspiracy behind the 2013 Bastar bloodbath that wiped out entire frontline Congress leadership of Chhattisgarh, say sources. A hardened Maoist of the North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee (NGBDC), he was involved in more than 200 cases, including murder of state’s former transport minister and beheading of 19 government employees. He was arrested by the Balaghat police on May 22. Guha was not only involved in the conspiracy, but was also part of the operation in Jheeram Ghati in Bastar that killed 27 people, say intelligence sources.
“There are several inputs pouring in about his involvement in various cases, but he has not confessed so far. We could only recover weapons from old arms dumps on his information,” says D C Sagar, IG Balaghat. Accused Dilip alias Guha, resident of Balaghat’s Maate village, was arrested after a brief encounter in Sungudda district’s forest area where he was moving with seven armed guerrillas. Others managed to escape. Guha carried a bounty of Rs 40 lakh on his head and was wanted in 130 cases registered in Madhya Pradesh alone. Police were on the lookout in three red zone areas. “He is a hard nut to crack,” said the IG. Guha joined the Malajkhand dalam at the age of 16 in 1995. The dalam was led by Suraj Tekam, key accused in murder of former transport minister Likhiram Kawre in Sonepur village in Balaghat district on December 16, 1999.
Maoist rebels burn down construction equipment in Jharkhand
Police destroy Maoist bunker in Jamui dist
Munger: A big bunker of the Maoists in Jamui district on a hilltop near village Chatro, about 60 km from the district headquarters under Khaira police station, was demolished by the police on Wednesday. Confirming the report, Jamui SP Jayant Kant said the search team of police comprising CRPF battalion and the district police seized huge quantities of foodgrains including about half-a-dozen packets of flour bags, mustard oil jars, packets of Amul Spray milk, soap, sanitary napkins, garments, bangles, besides emergency medicines, torches, SIMs of different mobile service providers, a very powerful telescope and 100 kg of amonium nitrate powder. However, the Maoists managed to escape.
The SP said in another raid, police seized one country-made pistol, four live cartridges and arrested one Ganauri Yadav alias Jigar, resident of village Rajpur under Town police station, Jamui on Wenesday night. The arrested person was wanted in abduction of contractor Harish Yadav and his munshi for ransom from a construction site under Lakshmipur police station in Jamui district on February 5 this year.