Naxal group sets afire Jinganoor RFO office
Nagpur: Naxalite group sets afire the range forest office at Jinganoor in Sironcha division in the wee hours of Thursday along with a department vehicle. This is the fifth forest office in the last couple of months to be set on fire by the Naxals this year, leading to substantial losses. The latest incident has forced police to plan providing security to forest offices wherever required. A group of Naxals, led by Sironcha Local Organization Squad and comprising village-based supporters, broke into the RFO office and set documents and records on fire along with a computer and furniture.
It is learnt that the Naxals have targeted the forest range office to avenge the encounter at Somanpalli on September 3. Naxals had been cornered in the encounter at Somanpalli in Sironcha, forcing the rebels to beat a retreat. In an earlier incident, Naxals had targeted the forest office at Perimilli on Alapalli-Bhamragarh road to avenge the encounter at Kondakel forest in which two of their cadres had died.
In the last one month, Naxals have burned forest offices at Dechilpeta, Malewada and Gatta. Except Malewada, the rest of the arson was carried out in south Gadchiroli. The Naxals also left some pamphlets of their organization strewn at the site. Sources said that the Naxal pamphlets have opposed the forest right committees (Van hakka samitis) in villages. The rebels have also appealed to local residents to abstain from joining forest department jobs.
Maoist hideout busted after fierce encounter
Security forces on Thursday busted a Maoist hideout at Tekri hillock, bordering West Bengal, following a fierce encounter under Ghatsila area of East Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. The security personnel have recovered a six-round loaded 303 Rifle looted from the police in the past, a pistol, gelatin sticks, explosives including bomb making material, camera flash, daily core items, daily core items of women, dairy and naxal literatures from the camp, among others, Sernior Superintendent of Police, Anoop T Mathew said.
The raids followed exchange of 350 rounds of fire between the two sides in the Tekri hillock near Burudih dam in the morning. While the ultras fired 200 rounds, the security personnel fired 150 rounds in return. Mathew was accompanied by the 193 Battalion CRPF Commandant Sanjay Kumar and Superintendent of Police (operation), Shailendra Kumar Burnwal at the press briefing. He said the Maoists first opened fire on the approaching security personnel, forcing them to retaliate. The naxals, comprising around 20 to 25 numbers, were being led by Ranjit Pal alias Rahul, who was an accused in the killing of JMM MP Sunil Mahato in 2007, and Madan Mahato, he said. The ultras including women cadre made a hasty retreat on the face of the onslaught by security forces and fled the camp, which was razed down he told the press meet, he said.
Police have been investigating as where and when the rifle was looted from the police, Mathew said, adding some Maoists were suspected to have suffered injuries. Prima facie, Mathew said, it appeared that the ultras were engaged in expanding and strengthening their organization in West Bengal to revive Lalgarh-type movement, few years back under CPI(M) rule in West Bengal.
Some of the banners recovered from the spot read in Bengali language ‘Maa Mati Manusher slogan-er adaley Mamatar fasiwadi susasan er virodhey tibra pratiwad andolan gode tulun,’ (CPI-Maoists) (Intensify agitation against Mamata’s fascist governance), while another in hindi read ‘Lalgarh andolan ke neta Chatradhar Mahato samet sabhi netaon ko bina shart riha karney hetu andolan nirmal karo’ (Revive mass movement for unconditional release of leader of Lalgarh Chatradhar Mahato and others). Currently, Chatradhar Mahato was languishing in jail. Mathew said the information were being shared with the West Bengal counterparts. CRPF Commandant Sanjay Kumar, also present, said three companies of para-military forces along with the district police force have launched the incisive search operation in the area and reached near their stronghold.
Maoist Gun Factory Busted,Huge Volume of Arms Seized
BHUBANESWAR: A joint team of Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) ran down a gun-making factory by the Left Wing extremists in Dulagunda under Kalimela police limits of Malkangiri early on Thursday. Arms, ammunition, explosives and huge volume of raw materials used in making splinters and a lathe unit for manufacturing barrels used in country guns were seized during the operation. The total haul included seven live grenades, four single barrel muzzle loading rifles, motor, weighing machine, recoil springs for use in manufacturing of guns, huge quantity of tools for use in manufacturing of guns, explosives and splinter, gelatine, cortex and electric wire, explosive powder, detonators, tiffin cases and batteries were seized.
Besides, four tiffin bombs each weighing 5 kg, four pressure mines and Maoist uniforms and literature were also recovered. The security forces are trying to ascertain if the grenades were manufactured at the unit or looted by the ultras from the police. Under supervision of Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Satpathy, the intelligence-based operation was launched in Tekguda forests area under Kalimela police limits. During the operation in Dulagunda, the security forces were informed about presence of a mobile arms and explosive manufacturing unit in the adjacent forest. The recovery of the unit is considered a major achievement for State Police as it would hit the local arms supply of the Maoists.
Sources said that the unit was being run by the technical unit of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), led by Ram Krishna, known as RK. The technical team of AOBSZC and Kalimela Area Committee was being led by Damodar alias Bellam Narayan Swamy, a Special Zonal Committee member and Mettur Joga Rao, known as Tech Shankar. Shankar is a Divisional Committee Member. “The two were running the arms and explosive manufacturing unit to intensify violent activities in Malkangiri district, particularly in Kalimela and Podia axis as a retaliatory move to the recent mass surrender of cadre Maoists, militias, village committee members and pro-Maoist villagers from Podia and Kalimela area,” said a senior officer.
The two have been trying to make efforts to recruit new cadres and equip them with firearms and explosives through the mobile unit to counter Malkangiri Police. During the operation, the Maoists managed to escape taking advantage of the forest cover and heavy showers.