Kin of surrendered Naxal killed in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Brother of a surrendered naxal, who had claimed that ultras suffered a huge loss in Pidmel encounter with security forces, was murdered by Maoists today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district. “Body of Sodhi Chandrasingh (35) was found lying in a pool of blood this morning near Pantapara forests under Polampalli police station limits,” a senior police official told PTI today. A native of Karigundam village, the victim was the brother of Sodhi Rama, a janmlitia commander who had surrendered before police in April this year after the Pidmel incident.
On April 11, seven Special Task Force (STF) personnel were killed in a gun-battle with rebels in forests of Pidmel village under Polampalli police station limits of Sukma. Following the incident, Rama, who took part in the encounter, surrendered before police and revealed that as many 35 cadres were gunned down in the face-off. However, naxals later in a press release had denied such claims. Police have recovered a note by naxals near the body of Chandrasingh in which rebels accused him of acting as a police informer while working with the outlawed movement. As per the pamphlet, both Rama and Chandrasingh had passed on crucial details about activities of rebels in the past to the police.
C’garh: Injured naxal airlifted to Raipur for treatment
An injured Maoist, who was arrested after a police-naxal face-off in a forested patch of insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, was today airlifted to Raipur for advanced treatment. “Cadre Hemchand Marawi was brought to Raipur from Kondagaon on Mi-17 helicopter,” Inspector General of Police (State Intelligence Bureau) Deepanshu Kabra told PTI. A native of Rajnandgaon district Marawi sustained bullet injuries in the gun-fight with a joint team of security forces on June 6 in forests near Timdi village under Dhanora police station limits. Two women naxals were gunned down in the gun-fight that lasted for around an hour while a huge cache of arms and ammunitions recovered from the spot.
Forces step up ops against Maoists ahead of monsoon
RAIPUR: Security forces have stepped up their operations ahead of monsoon in the interiors of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region where overflowing rivers, inundated tracks and thick undergrowth hamper anti-Maoist operation during rainy season. “Overflowing rivulets and slushy forest floors often make it difficult for security forces to carry out large scale operations in interior restive pockets during monsoon,” a senior police official said. “However, at the same time, Naxalites also put a brake on their offensive activities and focus on recruitment drive and spreading their propaganda after their three-month-long tactical counter-offensive campaign (TCOC),” he added. Security forces witness a lot of movement of these groups and an increased risk of attacks in TCOC, carried out by Naxalite cadres during summer.
During past week, security forces busted two Naxalite camps and killed three women ultras besides recovering cache of arms and ammunitions in different districts of Bastar. While two women cadres were killed in Kondagaon district on Saturday, one rebel was gunned down in Bijapur on June 2. “Maoists generally prefer permanent hideouts and camps ahead of monsoon or settle at villages for safety from rains. We are closely following the intelligence inputs generated by increased movement of Maoist cadres during this period to bust their hideouts,” the official said. “Saturday’s operation in Kondagaon was the outcome of the same strategy,” he added.
Notably, the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bastar is also observing Jan Pituri Week from June 5 till June 11 in the memory of their slain leaders. They also focus on new recruitment in the movement during this period. Patrolling by paramilitary forces has been intensified in the Naxalite-infested areas in anticipation of enhanced Maoist activity. Vehicular traffic was thin at many places in south Bastar’s remote areas.
Search on for trained Maoists in southern states
Coimbatore: Three special teams from Q Branch (intelligence wing) of Police are carrying out search operations in the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh to flush out the Maoists purportedly trained by five activists who were arrested recently from Karumathampatti near here. Police had reportedly received information about hiding Maoists from some of the mobile phones seized during the raid in which top Maoist leader Roopesh and his wife Shyna, along with three others, were arrested from a bakery near here early last month.
One of the Maoists had confessed that they have trained a few persons, who have fanned out in three batches to the neighbouring states, police said. However, the lawyers and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) members, representing the arrested Maoists in Court, refuted the confession theory, claiming that police were trying to strengthen their case by giving out such “fabricated” information. The case will be fought legally, the lawyers said.