Police Constable Injured in Pressure Bomb Blast in Raipur
RAIPUR: A police constable was injured when a pressure bomb laid by Naxals exploded in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today, police said. The incident occurred at Bijapur valley, around five km from Bijapur town towards Bhopalpattanam, when a squad of security personnel was patrolling to ensure security to an under-construction road, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. Security forces were tasked to protect the construction work of a road on Bijpaur-Bhopalpattanm route.
“During patrolling, a constable accidentally came in contact with a pressure bomb planted by the Maoists on a side of the road,” the ASP said. Following the blast, the rebels also opened fire on security personnel. However, they fled from the spot after the security personnel returned the fire, he added. Constable Hariram Patra has sustained injuries in the blast and was airlifted to Raipur for treatment, the ASP said. Meanwhile, a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added. In a separate incident, security forces have recovered weapons and Maoist-related materials after a gun-battle with ultras in Farsegarh police station area of the district.
“When the police team reached Farsegarh forest while carrying out a search operation, a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them, prompting security personnel to retaliate,” he said. After the ensuing gun battle that lasted for around half-an-hour, rebels escaped into dense forests. Later, a 12-bore gun, a country-made pistol and a cache of Naxal-related materials were recovered from the spot, he added.
Two Maoist supporters held
Chaibasa,(PTI) Two supporters of the CPI(Maoists) were today arrested from Tirla village under Manoharpur police station of West Singhbhum district, the police said. Acting on a tip off about the assembly of Maoists in the house of one Habil Horo, a police team cordoned off the area and conducted raid, arresting him and an accomplice Shankar Singh Mundari, Superintendent of Police Michael Raj S said. The SP said Maoist literature, letter pads, map, receipt book, a mobile phone and a sim card were recovered from their possession. Habil confessed he has been working for a Maoist leader Sandipji and collected levy for him, the SP added.
Maoist couple permitted to meet for 5 minutes
COIMBATORE: The principal district judge (PDJ) court allowed Maoist couple Shyna and Roopesh to interact with each other for five minutes in the court hall, after they alleged that the prison authorities and escort police were not allowing them to meet. Advocate Balamurugan who appeared on behalf of the Maoists told in the court that Roopesh and Shyna were not allowed to meet at the prison. As per the prison manual, co-accused can meet in person at the prison complex. But Shyna has not been allowed to meet her husband for last two weeks.
The advocate requested the court to allow the couple to meet inside the court hall. Following the request, the court had granted five minutes for their meeting. Later, the court postponed the case to October 7. All the five Maoists were taken to Coimbatore central prison from the court by the city police.