12 Suspected Naxals Killed in Encounter With Police in Jharkhand
PALAMU, JHARKHAND: Twelve suspected Naxals were killed in an encounter with the police in Bihar’s Palamu district in the early hours today. The incident took place around 2:30 am in Bakoria village, about 140 kilometres from state capital Ranchi. The police had received a tip-off that the Naxals would be travelling in a Mahindra Scorpio through the area. Accordingly, a team of the specialised CoBRA battalion and the district police were rushed to the spot.
As the vehicle approached the area, security personnel who were lying in wait, tried to stop it. On seeing the security personnel, the suspected men got down from the vehicle and opened fire. The security personnel retaliated and 12 Naxals were killed in the exchange that lasted for over an hour. “Right now, we have recovered 12 bodies of the Naxals including the body of RKji who is a zonal commander and close to the supremo Arvindji who’s a Communist Centre member,” Additional Director General of Police (Operation) SN Pradhan told NDTV, adding “it is possible that there was another vehicle and some of them managed to escape.” A search operation has been launched in the area. Eight weapons, including an INSAS rifle, were recovered from the spot, police said.
In Jharkhand, forces gun down 12 suspected Maoists after encounter
Police scuttle Naxal meeting
Naxal operation was aborted by the technical cell of the police in Palamu. The technical cell intercepted the meeting of sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoist), Mao Manohar with his supporter Maharaj under Panki block. Mao Manohar had asked Maharaj to do two things for the un-paid levy on the Kendu leaves. First option is to put afire the bags of Kendu leaves of two Kendu traders Parmode and Matan. Second option is to kidnap them on Monday. IPS probationer-cum-officer in charge of Panki police station Prashant R Anand and DSP Prabhat Ranjan Barwar in a joint Press said that the conversation between Mao Manohar and Maharaj was intercepted on Monday morning. The plan was failed and Maharaj was arrested at Teetlangi under Pipra Tarn Police Station.
Woman naxal held in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district
Raipur: A 27-year-old woman Maoist, carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head, was arrested by a joint team of security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said on Tuesday. Acting on a specific input, member of Pallemari LOS (local operation squad) Fuleshwari Pudo alias Mayawati was apprehended last evening from Iragaon village under Bhanupratappur region, a senior police official told a news agency. Security forces were rushed to Iragaon, located around 250 kms away from the state capital Raipur, after getting inputs about the presence of the woman rebel there. After encircling the region, she was nabbed, the official said.
Maoist leader remanded
Roopesh to be quizzed
Maoist leader Roopesh was on Monday remanded in police custody till June 15 in the case of an attack on a stone crusher unit at Nidumpoil here. Additional District and Sessions Judge, Thalassery, V. Jayaraman on Monday said Roopesh could be questioned for one week in connection with the case of suspected Maoist attack on the stone crusher unit in January.
Though Roopesh was produced before the court on June 6, the the plea of the police to get the Maoist leader in custody for questioning was heard only on Monday. The New Bharat Stone Crusher unit at Nidumpoil on the Koothuparamba- Mananthavady road here had come under attack on January 2. Roopesh was believed to be in the five-member group that attacked the unit.
Top-rung Maoist leader may be hiding in Bengal
KOLKATA/ WEST MIDNAPORE: The arrest of Maoist commander Dilip Guha from Balaghat ten days ago by Madhya Pradesh police has sent ripples across Bengal. Intelligence inputs indicate that Guha and another rebel Vijay Chandra Jadav were given the responsibility of West Bengal. Inputs also suggest that Jadav, against whom a cumulative award of Rs 1.2 crore has been declared by three states, is at present stationed in West Bengal. A team from Bengal police, including officers from CID and Special Task Force (STF), is likely to visit Madhya Pradesh to interrogate Guha.
The state police are all the more worried as the duo is considered to be one of the deadliest combinations in the Maoist rank and file. In 2013, they were responsible for one of the bloodiest attacks in the history of Maoist insurgency where Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, former Chhattisgarh minister and mastermind of ‘Salwa Judum’ Mahendra Karma, senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Sukla and former Congress legislator Uday Mudalier were among 29 people killed. ‘Salwa Judum’ is an anti-insurgency operation. “We were successful in controlling the Maoist activities in the state. Recently, there are reports of increasing rebel activities in West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. We have information that a group is entering Belpahri, Banspahari and Chakadoba through Jharkhand and another group is working in the Gopiballavpur area.
The second team is from Odisha. They are not staying in this area. They are holding meeting in the villages,” a senior police officer said. Recently, joint forces had put up a poster with a photograph of Jadav in several places of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. They asked locals to give information on Jadav, who is wanted by cops of three states — Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. “There is information that Jadav alias Prayag alias Proloy alias Vivek alias Sitaram Bhaiji is in Bengal now,” a senior CRPF officer said.