Centre agrees to Maharashtra demand to let CRPF stay in Naxal district
NEW DELHI: Giving into the demands of Maharashtra, the NDA government is learnt to have decided not to replace CRPF from the Naxal hotbed of Gadchiroli. UPA government had proposed to replace 5 battalions of CRPF with ITBP, another central force and redeploy them at Bijapur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, which are considered to be worst affected by left wing extremism.
4 Naxal ‘sympathisers’ held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jun 24 (PTI) Four suspected Naxal “sympathisers” were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district for their alleged involvement in torching of vehicles at a mining site in Korar region, police said today. The Maoist sympathisers identified as Sunaram Teta (30), Dharam Singh Korche (36), Atmaram Korram (30) and Baliram Korche (30), were apprehended from Korar police station limits yesterday, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI.
They were allegedly involved in setting on fire the vehicles at Barbaspur mines in April this year, he said. On April 12, the Naxals had set ablaze 18 vehicles engaged in mining work at Barbaspur mining site in Korar area. The rebels have been opposing the mining work being carried out by Neco Jayaswal Company. Based on inputs collected from a female cadre who was arrested earlier this month, the security personnel were dispatched to Korar forests where they nabbed the Maoist supporters, the SP said.
With the arrests, police have succeeded in cracking down on the sympathisers’ network of Naxals in the district to some extent, he said. These persons were assigned the task of supplying ration, medicines, dropping pamphlets, putting up banners, posters for Naxals, and arranging meetings of senior cadres. They also accompanied cadres during their medical treatment in Raipur and Dhamtari districts, he said. Their interrogation may reveal crucial details about other Naxal supporters operating in nearby region, he added.
BANDH EVOKES MIXED RESPONSE IN JHARKHAND
Although it remained ineffective in the urban areas, normal life in some of the Naxal-affected areas of the State remained completely paralysed throughout the day during the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) on Tuesday. According to a Press release issued by the CPI (Maoists), the bandh was called against the police encounter, which took place at Bakoria village of Palamu on June 9 leaving 12 rebels dead on the spot. The Maoists had also put up posters in Lohardaga and East Singhbhum districts declaring a day long bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, effect of bandh was seen in the Naxal infested areas like Gumla, Latehar and Palamu since morning where the long distance buses kept off the roads and market remained closed throughout the day. In Giridih, it evoked partial response with the plying of only small vehicles on the roads. While the Devri area of Giridih remained complete bandh where even banks as schools remained bandh throughout the day. Impact of bandh was also seen in Latehar where most of the block offices remained deserted throughout the day due to cancellation of public transport system in those areas. Following a call of bandh, police headquarters had alerted all the districts directing them to be more vigilant on the national and state highways where the vehicles are generally targeted by the Maoists.
Suspected Maoists blow up rail track in Jharkhand’s Latehar, Palamu Express derails
Ranchi: In a suspected attack by Maoists, ultras blew up a section of rail track in Jharkhand on Tuesday evening, leading to derailment of an express train. Maoists blew up a stretch of the railway track between Chhipadohar and Barwadih stations in Latehar district of the tribal state at around 8:40 am leading to the derailment of train no 13347 Barkakana-Patna Palamu Express. Chhipadohar is less than 10 kms before Bharwadih junction. Three bogies and the engine of the train derailed due to the breach in the tracks. Railway PRO Anil Saxena said, “As per preliminary info, Loco pilot heard a blast sound, cause of accident and other details are still awaited.”
Hardcore Maoist leader arrested in Bihar
A hardcore Maoist leader was today arrested by the police from Jokia village under Bhagwanpur police station in the district.Police said the CPI Maoist identified as Nand Lal Paswan was arrested from his hideout with Maoist literature. The police was on the look out for him for quite some time.