One naxalite held
A suspected naxalite was arrested and a naxalite camp was destroyed during search operations at Bhalua forest in Bihar’s Jamui district today. Chandramandi police station in-charge Ajit Kumar said a search was conducted after information that few naxalites were camping in the forest area. Police destroyed a camp after exchange of fire by both sides in the morning. The naxalaties managed to flee and the police seized one walky-talky, one satellite phone and some naxalite literature from the spot.
Injured Naxal’s family says he is innocent
The family members of an alleged Naxal who was injured in an encounter with police on August 25 today claimed he had no connection whatsoever with the ultras and was completely innocent. According to police, Kamalsingh Hidami, a member of ARD (Area Rakshak Dal) of Naxals, was injured in a shoot-out between the rebels and the police in Murkundi forest area in the district. Hidami is a resident of village Bonde in Korchi tehsil. In a memorandum submitted to the district collector and the police, his wife and children said he had no connections with Naxals and was only a farmer/daily wager.
He was returning from Mayalghat in Korchi taluka where he had gone for construction work of one Kamensingh Parsa, the Police Patil of that village, when he was shot by the jawans of C-60 commando force and was declared a Naxal, the family members said. He was later admitted to Gadchiroli General Hospital.
50 kg Can-bomb Found in Jharkhand
CHAIBASA: A powerful can-bomb was today recovered during a joint operation near Hatnadih village on Bandgaon-Purenger road in Naxal-affected West Singhbhum district, police said. The can-bomb, weighing 50 kg, was planted by CPI (Maoist) underneath a road under Bandgaon police station to target the security personnel, the Superintendent of Police, Michael Raj S. said. The bomb was recovered in course of a joint anti-Naxal operation launched by the 60 Battalion of CRPF and District Armed Police force. The explosive was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad,Michael Raj added.
Special court sentences 13 persons to jail
Raipur, Aug 28 (PTI) A special court has sentenced 13 people, including two businessmen, to seven years rigorous imprisonment for acting as Maoist couriers and transporting arms and ammunition for them. Special Judge Abdul Zahid Qureshi yesterday convicted businessmen Neeraj Chopra and his uncle Dharmendra Chopra, Mohpal alias Santosh Dhruva, Baliram Usendi, Chaitram Darro, Phoolsingh Naag, Sukhnath Nareti, Badri Gavde, Mohan Singh Dhruva, Ramkumar Mandavi, Dasrath Mandavi, Laxman Usendi and Ravi Kadiyam, Public Prosecutor Suresh Prasad Sharma told PTI. All the accused were found guilty of acting as Maoist couriers and receiving arms and ammunitions for them, he said.
Sharma said the State Intelligence Branch and police had arrested the 13 people between January and February last year for providing logistic and financial support to the outlawed CPI (Maoist) from separate places of Raipur and Bastar region in January, 2014. On January 15, 2014, Mohpal, Baliram and Chaitram, were held from Abhanpur area here while they were carrying ammunitions from Raipur to Kanker for naxals, he said. Subsequently, two more Naxal couriers — Phoolsingh and Sukhnath — were apprehended, while their questioning led to arrest of two Kanker-based businessmen and PWD contractors Dharmendra, Chopra and his nephew Neeraj,Chopra and one Ravi Kadiyam.
Later, others accused were also arrested, he said. The traders played an important role in the movement of senior Naxal cadres in town areas, arranging their meetings, beside extorting money from the industrialists for procuring arms, weapons, medicines, clothes, food, electronic gadgets for the outlawed outfit, Sharma said. They were also instrumental in recovering protection money from the mining companies in Bastar region for Maoists, he added.
Police recover 50 improvised explosive devices in Jharkhand
Latehar, Aug 28 (ANI): Police recovered 50 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from a stronghold of Maoist rebels in Jharkhand. The recoveries were made from the jungles of Hesatu village in Latehar district during a search operation that was conducted based on a tip off. Senior police officials said that the explosives weighed 1-1.5 kilograms and were made to target police personnel.
Tiffin bombs seized in Gajapati district
Berhampur: Security forces on Wednesday recovered two powerful tiffin bombs at Telengapadara, 2 km from the OSAP camp at Paniganda, in Gajapati district. “The bombs, weighing 27 kg and 25 kg, were defused by the bomb disposal squad,” said SP (Gajapati) Satyajit Nayak.
Maoist hideout busted in Odisha’s Bolangir
Security personnel today busted a Maoist hideout at Khaprakhol in Odisha’s Bolangir district during a combing operation in Gandhamardan hills. Guns, bullets, posters, booklets and other Maoist-related materials were seized from the spot. “Two single bore rifles, three round bullets, 15 kg rice, 2 kg tea granules and urea, utensils, medicines among other things were seized from the Maoist camp,” said PK Mishra, CRPF Deputy Commandant.