Naxal held in Chhattisgarh, IED recovered
RAIPUR: A Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 30,000 was on Monday arrested and an IED seized from him in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said. Acting on a specific input, Budhram Madkami was arrested by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force from Kapanar village forests under Darbha police station limits, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI.
Following information about arrival of two-three cadres for a meeting with villagers in Kapanar area, located around 400 kms away from here, security forces were mobilised towards the region, the SP said. On sensing security personnel, Budhram tried to escape from the spot but he was caught after a short chase while others managed to flee, he said, adding the IED weighed 4 kg. He was allegedly involved in eight incidents of naxal crimes, including loot, attempt to murder, damaging railway tracks and dismantling government property, the officer said.
Six Naxals including a couple held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Sep 1 (PTI) Six Naxals including a couple were arrested today from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said. “While a hardcore Maoist couple was apprehended from Lakhapal-Pujaripara village under Katekalyan police station area, others were nabbed from Pirnar forest under Kirandul police station limits,” Dantewada superintendent of police Kamlochan Kashyap said. The arrested Naxals were identified as Madvi Joga alias Baman, his wife Madvi Gangi, Bheema Kunjam, Jairam Raut, Madkam Bheema and Podiya Mandavi, he said.
“Joga and his wife Gangi were members of Maoists’ Military Company II, notorious for executing several Naxal incidents of violence in the region,” the SP said. After joining the Naxals in 2002, Joga became part of guerrilla squads which carried out several deadly ambushes, including the one in Bijapur district’s Ranibodli village in 2007 in which 57 personnel of Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) were killed, the SP told PTI. He was also involved in killing six policemen in Mirtur (Bijapur) in 2008 and a loot of a huge cache of weapons from Police Lines at Koraput (Odisha) in 2004, Kashyap said. Gangi was involved in Naxal attacks in Bijapur and Dantewada area since joining the outfit in 2005, the SP said, adding the duo were carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh each on their heads.
Bheema Kunjam, head of a village committee of Naxals, and Podiya Mandavi, a militia cadre, were involved?in attack on a police anti-landmine vehicle on Cholnar-Kirandul road in Dantewada on April this year in which five policemen were killed, Kashyap said.
..The State Cabinet [of Karnataka] has also decided to constitute three anti-naxal squads on State’s borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to check naxal menace.
TWO MAOISTS ARRESTED IN BIJAPUR
Two Maoists were held by a joint team of District Force and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in a special Anti-Naxal Operation conducted at Surakheda village in the district. The insurgents identified as Dayalu Lekam and Anchi Sodi were nabbed with two batteries, two solar plates, Maoist banner and poster, according to Bijapur Superintendent of Police (SP) K L Dhruv. He said that under the guidance of IGP Bastar SRP Kalluri, the joint team went on the search operation towards Surakheda, Kotrapal and Potenar and on receiving local input that some insurgents were visiting Surakheda village on August 31, the joint team reached Surakheda village and nabbed two suspected men from near a Naxal Memorial in the jungle pockets of the village.
On interrogation, the insurgents were found to be associated with Maoist outfit ‘KAMS’, he said. Both the accused admitted to have attacked the CRPF post at Patarpara coming under Bhairamgarh police station, blocking road by cutting trees at Geedam-Bijapur main road near Fundahri and attempt to murder, Dhruv said.
AP Assembly speaker murder: Maoist leader Akhilesh Jadhav produced in court
KARIMNAGAR: A top Maoist leader, accused in the murder case of former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 1999, was today produced before a local court which extended his judicial remand till September 15. Maoist leader Akhilesh Jadhav was brought from Central Prison at Cherlapalli in Hyderabad and produced before Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate Azahar Hussain amid tight security at around 12.30 PM. Jadhav, another top Maoist leader Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi and 31 others are accused in the murder of former AP Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 1999.
Maoists hack tribal youth to death in Visakha Agency
Munchingput (Visakhapatnam): CPI Maoists hacked a tribal to death at Busiput on Sunday night by branding him a police informer. The deceased was identified as 22-year old Pangi Ramanna. According to sources, Ramanna was a hardcore militant of the banned outfit and one of the accused in the incident related to stealing of ballot boxes at Busiput during the panchayat elections last year. He is survived by his wife and two children. Sources said Pangi Ramanna had been staying away from the village for the past few months and suspecting him of being a police informer, the Maoists reportedly warned his relatives.
However, he returned to his village recently. After learning of his return, a group of Maoists led by commander Naveen came to the village at night, dragged him out of his house and took him to the forest where he was hacked to death. The Maoists then warned the villagers with dire consequences if they tried to act as police informants. Fear gripped villages in the border areas of Visakhapatnam in AP and Malkangiri and Koraput in Odisha following the incident that comes close on the heels of the Palagarevu ambush in Rallagedda panchayat of Malkangiri district where the naxals killed three BSF jawans and left six others injured.
Sources said that even the police are scared of venturing into these border villages that are located in the interiors of the Maoist territory. However, cops denied the Maoists’ allegations and said that Ramanna was an active militia member. Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen said Munchingput cops had been on the lookout for Ramanna in connection with the panchayat elections case, but he never contacted them.
Policeman kidnapped by suspected Maoists in Sukma district
A policeman was kidnapped by suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district today. An assistant constable Peela Das was abducted from a vehicle plying in the restive Polampalli police station limits of the district, a senior police official told PTI. The constable, recruited by the state police as auxiliary personnel, was returning to Polampalli, where he was posted, after a leave, the police official said. “An armed Maoist group stopped his taxi before Polampalli in which the policeman was travelling from Dornapal and asked him to get down from the vehicle.
The rebels took him alongwith them into the deep forest,” the police official said. Security forces have been rushed to comb the area but no communication has been received until now about his whereabouts, the police official said.
‘Red’ posters threaten BDO in Ganjam
Berhampur: Hand-written ‘Maoist’ posters, found pasted at different places under Adava police limits in Gajapati district on Monday, have warned the BDO and the junior engineer of Mohana block against indulging in corruption. Posters found near panchayat offices at Raipanka and Khariaguda said the praja court (kangaroo court of Red rebels) would decide their fate.
Roopesh, Wife Get Bail
KOCHI: The Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court on Monday granted bail to Maoist leader Roopesh and wife Shyna, accused in a case on arranging stay for Maoist central committee leader Malla Raja Reddy and wife Beecha Suganna at Perumbavoor. Both were granted bail after Internal Security Investigation Team (ISIT) failed to file a chargesheet in the case within 90 days after the arrest of the couple. The bail was granted after executing a bond of Rs 25,000 with two solvent sureties.
One of the surety must be a close relative. The couple should not leave the territorial jurisdiction of the court and should be present whenever investigation officer seeks their custody. The investigation team had approached the court for increasing the judicial custody period from 90 days to 180 days. However, the court did not consider the submission of the prosecution and decided to give bail.