5 Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Five Naxals were today arrested and weapons recovered from them after a brief exchange of fire in Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district, police said. The face-off between a small group of Naxals and a team of local police took place in a dense forest under Raghunathnagar police station limits this morning, Balrampur Superintendent of Police Sadanand Kumar told PTI. The security personnel were on a patrolling exercise when they were confronted by around 10 armed Maoists near Sonhat village, located in north Chhattisgarh around 350 kms from the state capital.
On finding the police zeroing-in on them after a short gun-battle, the rebels started fleeing from the spot, he said. However, five cadres were nabbed after a short chase while others managed to escape, the SP said. Five 315 bore rifles, Naxal literature and other Maoist-related material were seized from their possession, he said adding that interrogation of the arrested rebels was on. —PTI
3 Maoists held with arms
Three Maoists were arrested today with a haul of arms from a locality in Bihar’s Arwal district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout near Ghogha locality and apprehended three CPI (Maoist) activists, one of whom identified as Rajnish Sharma alias Panditjee, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Santosh Kumar Rai said. A country-made carbine, one rifle and six rounds of cartridge were recovered from the ultras’ possession, he said.
Tribal shot dead by Maoists
Maoists gunned down a son of a woman sarpanch, suspecting him to be a police informer at Madakapadar in this district, police said . A group of abut 20 armed ultras stormed into the village and took away Damu Sisa from his house last night and shot him dead. His body was found this morning. Damu’s mother is a village Sarpanch, while his father was a former sarpanch. A poster found near the body stated that the Maoists killed him as he was operating as an informer of the police in the area, police said. The message in the poster also warned the villagers that they must not assist the police or pass on any information to them, police officials said.
Exchange of fire: police recover landmines, kitbags
The exchange of fire between a special party of the police and a group of Maoists in Shyamagedda forest near Nadimiveedhi in Siribala area of G.K. Veedhi mandal on Friday evening would have resulted in some casualties had it been day time. There were no casualties on either side in the exchange of fire that took place for nearly half-an-hour before light faded away. The group of Maoists was reportedly returning from Gollapalli near G.K. Veedhi after conducting a meeting when it was noticed by the special party of the police.
Both the sides exchanged fire. Later, the Maoists escaped into the dense forest. The police conducted extensive combing in the area after daybreak on Saturday and recovered a .303 riffle, two landmines, three kitbags, two umbrellas, some knives, a silk wire, polythene cover, and some other material from the spot. Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen inspected the area later in the day.
Meanwhile, across the border at Malkangiri in Odisha, three members of Podia local area committee surrendered to the SP of Malkangiri Mitrabanu Mahapatro along with bullets, gelatine sticks, battery cells, a mobile phone, fuse wire, detonators, laptop, electric and electronic material, Maoist literature, and other material. Each of them carried a reward of Rs. 1 lakh on their head. Muka Kunjami of Silakota, Mukunda Sodi, and Budra Kunjami of Perubai have been with the area committee of Podia since 2010 and are involved in the murder of police constables and informers and acts of arson.