Four naxals held in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district
Raipur: Four naxals were on Friday arrested during a joint search operation in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. While three cadres were apprehended from Basaguda police station limits, another was held from Usoor police station area by a joint team of security forces, Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv told a news agency. Joint squads of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Task Force (STF), Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force were dispatched towards different restive pockets of Bijapur, located around 450 km from here, to carry out anti-naxal operations, he said. “During these operations, the cadres were nabbed,” he added.
Those arrested were identified as Punem Suresh (30), Punem Shankar (30), Korsa Hunga (25) and Renga Ramlu (35), the SP said. They were allegedly involved in various naxal incidents, including murder, attempt to murder, abduction, loot and others, he said, adding several warrants were also pending against them.
Different deptts give different figures on LWE districts:Dubey
A BJP member today said varying statistics on naxal-affected districts have been given by different ministries and the erstwhile Planning Commission and urged the government to go by the Union Home Ministry’s figures to carry out developmental activities in these areas. “The erstwhile Planning Commission had said 34 districts were affected by Leftwing extremism, while the Rural Development Ministry says the number is 71 and the Home Ministry says it is between 106 and 111,” Nishikant Dubey said during the Zero Hour.
Rs. 5 lakh cash reward on arrested Maoist
State government has sanctioned a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh on arrested Maoist underground cadre, Ganjikunta Rama Krishna following a proposal from Director General of Police to that effect. According to a GO issued on Thursday, Ganjikunta Rama Krishna, alias Chandra alias Mahesh alias Sreenu, ACM ( Area Committee Member), technical team, Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee ( DKSZC) was arrested on May 30. He was instrumental in the growth of Maoist movement in Nallamala Forest area Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) and DKSZC and he specialised in making weapon butts, tapanchas, single and double bore barrel guns and is carrying a cash reward of Rs. 4 lakh as ACM.
He was subsequently elevated to the rank of divisional committee member and the reward amount is Rs. 5 lakh. The DGP requested to sanction and release the reward amount of Rs. 5 lakh on Ganjikunta Ramakrishna. The government after careful examination decided to accept the proposal to sanction the amount. The Additional Director General of Police, Intelligence, A.P. is authorised to draw and disburse the amount to the concerned as per rules or orders in vogue, the GO said.
Maoists damage BSNL towers in Kisko
RANCHI: Maoists damaged two BSNL mobile towers at Kisko block in Lohardaga on Thursday disrupting telecommunications link in the district. Ranchi DIG Arun Kumar Singh said cadres of the CPI(Maoist), which called 24-hour Jharkhand-Bihar-Chhattisgarh bandh on Thursday to protest against the “fake encounter” of top leader Shivnandan Bhagat, blew up a mobile tower and torched another late on Wednesday night. “Police recovered a powerful explosive device from the site in the morning (Thursday),” Singh said. Kisko, which centrally located in Lohardaga, is one of the core areas of Maoist activities in the district.
Though the bandh hardly had any effect in the urban areas, it led to near shutdown in rural pockets in Gumla, where the “fake encounter” took place on July 25, and other Maoist-hit districts. Transport of minerals was affected. A police report said transportation of iron ore from West Singhbhum, bauxite from Lohardaga and coal from Bokaro, Ranchi and Ramgarh was disrupted. Operation at Upper Pat and Serangdag mines in Gumla came to a standstill due to the bandh. Over 600 bauxite-laden trucks did not ply. However, government offices and educational institutions were open. The national highways were patrolled extensively, but security was lax around the state highways.
“State highways through Giridih, Dhanbad, Dumka, Latehar, Chatra, Palamu and Maoist-hit districts were blocked on Wednesday night, but roads were cleared in the morning,” said a person who was travelling from Ranchi to Giridih. Inter-district buses did not ply and only a few long-route buses were spotted at night leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.DGP D K Pandey said police had made elaborate security arrangement ahead of Maoist bandh that was announced by the Maoists’ Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee a week before. It however had a mixed impact in Dhanbad and Giridih. “The bandh passed off peacefully,” Giridih SP Kuldeep Dwivedi said. Dwivedi elaborate security arrangements were made in Bihar-Jharkhand border areas of which Giridih is a part.
The CPI(Maoist) has alleged that police killed Sylvester, who was the secretary of Bihar Jharkhand North Chhatisgarh special area committee of the rebel outfit and had a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head, in cold-blood when he was unarmed and sleeping and there was no encounter as claimed by the police.
Large quantity of explosives recovered in Jharkhand
A large quantity of explosives including detonators were recovered from the Kochang jungle in the Maoist-hit Khunti district of Jharkhand, police said today. Security personnel comprising CRPF and District Armed Force stumbled upon the explosives weighing 140 kgs including detonators during combing operation yesterday, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Deepak Kumar Sharma said today. The operation was launched in view of a bandh called by the Maoists protesting recent arrest of a leader of the rebels. Sharma said the security personnel also recovered 15 pieces of boosters.