Maoist Leader Killed, Senior Cop Injured in Jharkhand Encounter
RANCHI: Two persons, including the self-styled area commander of banned CPI (Maoist) Chandanji were killed while Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhat Kumar and his bodyguard suffered bullet injuries during an encounter in Khunti district, about 35 km from Ranchi today. The encounter took place when Mr Kumar on getting information that ‘Chandanji’s dasta’, firing squad of the Maoist leader was at a place on Khunti-Ranchi road headed the search operation. When the police approached the area, they came under fire and the SSP’s driver was killed, Jharkhand Director General of Police DK Pandey told PTI. “Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar suffered bullet injury on his right shoulder. He has been admitted to a hospital and is out of danger,” Pandey told PTI.
“Kumar’s bodyguard is also out of danger,” he said. “Two Maoists were also injured in the encounter,” he added. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the SSP and Chief Minister Raghubar Das, official sources said. Mr Das has asked the officials to ensure that the injured police officer and his body guard gets proper treatment, the sources added. On getting information that Maoists gathered near Dulmi village near Marang bazaar on the borders of Ranchi and Khunti, the SSP and Additional Superintendent of Police, rushed to the spot along with security men.
Senior CPI(Maoist) operative held
A sub-zonal commander of the CPI(Maoists), Pradip Yadav, was arrested with arms and ammunitions from Kanda village under Bisrampur police station in Palamau district, the police today said. Yadav was arrested when he was waiting for his squad member to join him last night, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hiralal Ravi. Ravi said the Maoist operative, a resident of Kawal village under the Nawadiha Bazar police station of the district was wanted for over a dozen Maoist-related cases including blowing up of mobile towers and others pending in Palamau and adjoining Aurangabad districts of Bihar.
A country-made revolver, five live cartridges, a mobile phone, six sim cards of different companies were seized from him, he said adding Yadav has disclosed vital information about the outfit’s activities and name and address of 31 Maoists operating in the districts.
Police arrest Maoist rebel and recover ammunition in Jharkhand
Gumla/ Bijapur, Aug 18 (ANI): Police arrested a Maoist rebel and recovered rifles and cartridges from Gumla district of Jharkhand. The rebel, Mukesh Gope was arrested after police raided Kesipra village in Gumla, where four insurgents had gathered. Police said search was initiated to nab the other three Maoist rebels.
Odisha town erupts over death of youth in security camp
Tension prevails in the block headquarters town of Komna in Odisha’s Nuapada district as over 500 villagers have gheraoed the Komna police station protesting the death of a youth allegedly due to torture at a camp of security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations. While shops and establishments, schools and colleges have downed their shutters in this block headquarters town, roads have been blocked by protesters at several places by setting fire to old automobile tyres disrupting traffic movement, Five platoons of policemen have been deployed at the spot to maintain law and order. Senior police officials are present at the spot while the Nuapada SP is on his way to Komna, police sources said.
Braving a storm and rain, over 500 villagers are sitting on a dharna in front of the Komna police station. Some local political leaders too have joined the protestors. Protestors have blocked the NH 353 connecting Raipur with Gopalpur which touches Komna with vehicles remaining stranded on both sides of the road. Allegedly, personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG) engaged in anti-Maoist operations had picked up three local youth and had subjected them to torture at their camp here. While one of them succumbed to the torture, another has been shifted to VIMSAR, Burla for treatment as his condition deteriorated and the third being a minor has been kept at the Komna police station.
The deceased has been identified as Chittaranjan Sahu. While SOG personnel admit that they had detained him and claim that he managed to slip away from the camp, villagers allege that the security men have beaten him to death and have thrown away his body. Villagers are demanding suspension of the SOG jawans involved in the youth’s death and cases to be booked against them for murder of the youth. Family members of the deceased youth have demanded compensation for the death of their kin and criminal action against the jawans who have allegedly killed him.