Chhattisgarh police conducting ‘surgical ops’ against naxals, says senior officer
Chhattisgarh police in collaboration with paramilitary forces are carrying out “small surgical” operations against naxals in insurgency-hit Bastar region which is a prelude to a “major” exercise, a senior officer has said. The operation is based on specific intelligence inputs and police are planning to continue the same during monsoon too. As many as seven naxals, including five women, were gunned down earlier this month in a number of skirmishes between security forces and ultras in districts of Bastar region.
“As of now we are carrying out small (anti-naxal) operations in different districts while gearing up for major operations (which are) in the offing,” IG, Bastar range, SRP Kalluri told PTI. The officer, however, refused to reveal the nature of the offencive, saying, “We have got success in our recent actions and will continue with it.” Meanwhile, a senior police official, who is part of the anti-naxal operation, said recent strikes against naxals proved successful because they were launched on the basis of specific inputs about the movement of Maoist cadres in the jungles ahead of the monsoon, which has now become active in many parts of the state. “We will try to corner naxals in rainy season too with the similar small surgical operations in their hideouts and camps,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.
State’s Special Task Force (STF) and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) are involved in these actions in coordination with paramilitary forces as well as police of adjoining states of Telangana and Maharashtra. Security forces have been suggested not to walk into traps and move in a calibrated manner. They have been advised to take care of flooding rivers and rivulets inside dense forests while carrying out operations, the officer added. “The outlawed CPI (Maoist) are running short of cadres and this monsoon they may launch big recruitment drives in their strongholds to strengthen their head-count but we will not allow them to execute their evil design,” he said.
Last year, as many as 734 naxals were arrested and over 400 others surrendered, most of them low-rung members in Chhattisgarh, which reportedly caused dearth of the Maoist cadres, he added. The state police also planned to recruit local youths from Bastar in state’s armed forces in a large scale, keeping in view the major offencive against naxals in near future, according to the officer.
Woman Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jun 18 (PTI) A woman maoist who was allegedly involved in attack on a police anti-landmine vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district was today arrested. The cadre was apprehended by a joint team of security forces from a forested patch under Aranpur police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. Naxals had blown up an anti-landmine vehicle on Cholnar- Kirandul road in Dantewada on April 13, killing five policemen and injuring eight others.
Acting on a tip off, about a gathering of rebels between Aranpur and Potali forests, a joint squad of district force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its CoBRA (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion launched a combing operation in the region, located over 400 kms away from the state capital Raipur, he said. On reaching the spot, a woman cadre was spotted hiding behind trees following which she was nabbed after a short chase, the officer added. “She was identified as Bheme Muchaki, active as a member of Malangir LOS (Local Operation Squad) and security guard of a prominent Naxal leader in the area – Kosi,” Kashyap said.
Three Maoists held in Chhattisgarh
Three Naxals, including a woman cadre, were arrested in counter-insurgency operation by security personnel in south Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada and Kanker districts, police said. Bhime Muchaki, an active woman member of Malangi Local Operation Squad (LOS) of proscribed CPI (Maoists) was apprehended yesterday in a joint anti-Naxal operation by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action and District Force personnel in the Aranpur-Potali forest area in Dantewada District.
Muchaki was wanted mainly in connection with the anti-landmine blast at Cholnar, ambush on CRPF team in Taneli-Ateli forest and burning of 18 iron ore-laden vehicles near Essar plant in Dantewada in March-April last year. According to a report from Kanker, two Maoists identified as Ramo Lohar (40) and Baijuram Hurra (35) were yesterday arrested in a joint operation by Chhattisgarh Armed Forced and District Force personnel in Amabeda. Both the Janmilitia members were wanted by the police since 2004 in several cases of Naxal violence in the district, the sources said.
Fake encounter: Notices to govt, CBI and DGP
The Chhattisgarh High Court has directed issuance of notices to the state government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Director General of Police in the context of a “fake” encounter in 2009, within what is now Balrampur District, involving a youth from Jharkhand. Justice Pritinker Diwaker issued the notices yesterday after hearing a plea by the victims brother Feroz Khan who sought recommendation of a CBI inquiry into the elimination of his brother Javed a cement trader by Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) personnel in a police-Naxal encounter.
The respondents are to submit replies within four weeks. Feroz, a native of Garhwa, recently moved the Court challenging the District and Sessions Courts ex parte ruling that set aside the Ramanujganj Chief Judicial Magistrate’s order to file a first information report against CAF Deputy Commandant Brajesh Mishra and his team involved in Javeds death in custody. The petitioner contended that his sibling and two of his workers Santosh and Bablu Vishwakarma, who were on a business trip to Ramanujganj, were picked up from their lodge on July 9, 2009 by the CAF squad that suspected them to be Maoists. The trio was subjected to third degree at Ramanujganj Police Station and Javed was shot dead by CAF personnel behind the Police Station the following day.
Bihar demands helicopter for anti-Maoist operations
PATNA: Bihar has asked the central government for a helicopter and two battalions of paramilitary troopers for operations against the Maoists ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, an official said on Friday. “The state government has demanded the central government to provide it with an Air Force helicopter and extra two battalion of the central para military security forces to intensify anti-Maoists operations in Bihar ahead of the upcoming polls,” an official of the state home department said.
Maoist with rifle held in Rohtas village
DEHRI-ON-SONE: Security forces on Thursday arrested a Maoist, Laxmi Singh Kharwar, with weapons following an encounter with the ultras near a village in Rohtas district, a police official said. Acting on a tip-off about congregation of some Maoists, security forces comprising the CRPF, district police and SAP raided Badalgarh village where they arrested Kharwar following an encounter, the superintendent of police (SP) Shivdeep Lande said.
The ultras fired about 70-80 rounds on the advancing security forces, who retaliated firing about 24 rounds on retreating Maoists in which one of them sustained leg injuries, he said on the basis of revelation by the arrested Maoists. A search operation was on to nab the injured Maoist, the superintendent of police said adding that empty cartridges of Insas rifle and SLR being used by the Maoists have been recovered from the area of operation.
Maoists set ablaze kendu leaf godown in Odisha
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres have set ablaze a kendu leaf godown under Lathore Police Station limits in Bolangir District on June 16, reports The Times of India. Police said this is the sixth godown to be set on fire by the Maoists in the area in 2015. “Around 15 armed extremists swooped on the godown, set it afire and melted into the nearby forest,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Kumar.