3 powerful IEDs recovered in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Sukma district
RAIPUR: Security forces today recovered three powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) suspected to have been planted by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The explosives, packed in steel containers, were found stealthily placed beneath the Kottacheru-Bhejji Road under Behjji Police Station, around 500km from here, a senior police official told PTI by phone.
Abducted ex-Naxal found dead
A 32-year-old former Naxal was found dead at his village in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district today, nearly three weeks after he was allegedly kidnapped by the ultras, police said. Umesh Sarju Danu Mattami’s body was found at Nainwadi in Etapalli taluka where he was living with his wife and children, they said. Police suspect that Mattami, who had laid down arms in 2013 at Pomke Gatta village, was killed with the sharp-edged weapons by his former comrades. According to police, Mattami was kidnapped by rebels on August 17. He had worked as a Naxal group member in 2006 before he was promoted as deputy commander. (PTI)
CPI (M) posters surface near Botigudem forest area
Handwritten posters bearing the name of CPI (Maoist) Venkatapuram area committee have reportedly sprung up on the fringes of Botigudem forest area in the tribal sub-plan mandal of Charla in the early hours of Sunday. A slew of posters purportedly written by the rebels in red ink surfaced in the forest fringe areas along the Botigudem-Anjanapuram road early on Sunday morning, according to sources. The posters contained slogans demanding distribution of lands belonging to Bhadrachalam temple at various places in agency areas, among landless tribal people, sanction of pattas to Adivasis for “Podu lands” and shelving of Polavaram and Kanthanapally projects.