C’garh cops bust Naxal ammo supply network, recover 1,750 kg explosives
BASTAR police on Friday busted a major urban network of Naxalites involved in supplying explosive material to the rebels. Police also recovered a huge cache of explosives including 750 kgs of gelatin, 1000 kgs of ammonium nitrate, one bundle cordex wire and eight fake automobile number plates. The total explosive haul amounted to 1,750 kg approximately, worth around Rs 3,20,000. Police arrested seven persons in this connection, including a mining engineer who is stated to be the kingpin of this network.
All people arrested are residents of Odisha, bordering Chhattisgarh. Addressing a joint press conference on Friday, Bastar Range IG S R P Kalluri and Bastar SP Ajay Yadav informed that Bastar police has been getting intercepts about the Naxal supply network for a long time. A few days ago, police got information that a mining engineer Kamlakant Swain, a resident of Jaipur in Odisha had connections with Deva, Military Chief of Darbha Division Committee and that Swain was involved in supplying explosives to Naxalites. The matter was brought to the notice of Bastar Range IG who instructed Bastar SP to initiate action. Accordingly, the Bastar police chalked out a plan.
Alleged explosive supplier Kamalakant Swain was contacted through a police pointer and explosives was demanded from him. Despite knowing that the demand was made for use in Naxal activities, Swain asked the pointer to deposit advance amount in his bank account. The pointer accordingly deposited Rs 30,000 in the account of Swain. Thereafter, Swain sought few days time for delivery. On September 24, Swain contacted the pointer over telephone and fixed the earlier delivery spot as delivery point. Swain informed that delivery will take place somewhere between Bispur and Kudumkhodra on Darbha Pakhnaar Road. Accordingly, the police set a trap there. When Swain and three of his acquaintances arrived on the spot with the material, police personnel pounced on them and recovered gelatin packed in 27 boxes, one bundle of cordex wire and eight numbers of fake automobile number plates from a Bolero Pickup (explosive van). They also recovered three boxes of gelatin from one Indica car.
Police also arrested Kamlakant Swain, resident of Jaipur, Odisha; Gaurishankar Mohanti, resident of Simliguda, Odisha; Anil Kumar Jena, resident of Simliguda, Odisha and Bhushan Kumar Gonda, resident of Koraput, Odisha. During spot interrogation, accused informed about a spot where Ammonium Nitrate packed in 20 sacks have been stored. They said that the explosives are stored in a makeshift hut somewhere between Machkot and Tiriya under Nagarnar police station. Nagarnar SHO was informed immediately. Nagarnar police, tracked down the makeshift hut, recovered the 20 sacks and arrested three people with a motorcycle. The three arrested were identified as Rajendra and Uttam Swain, both residents of Jaipur, Odisha and Sujit Pani, resident of Boriguma in Odisha. The recovered 1,000 kgs of ammonium nitrate packed in 20 sacks is worth Rs 1,40,000.
Two Naxals Killed in Gunbattle With Cops in Raipur
RAIPUR: Two naxals, including a woman cadre, were today killed in an exchange of fire by police in the naxal-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh today. Bijapur District Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv said that the two Ultras were killed in gun-battle with police in Pusnar village area under Gangalur police station limit this morning. “The police team had gone to the interior parts of the Gangalur for anti-naxal operations. When the team was in the forested area surrounding Pusnar village, the Naxals started firing at the policemen.
The police launched a retaliatory attack, following which the ultras escaped from the scene,” Dhruv said. During the search conducted by police personnel later at the site, the bodies of the two Naxalites were found. Police also recovered a weapon and some other Naxal material from the site.
Maoists release Karlapodar villagers
Two brothers of Karlapodar village under Lakshmipuram Panchyat in Munchingput mandal, who were taken away from their homes by the Maoists on Wednesday night, were released on Friday. According to information reaching here, vice-Sarpanch of Lakshipuram Vanthala Dhanunjaya and Saakshar Bharat coordinator Vanthala Neelakantha were picked up by a group of Maoists from their homes. Despite the pleas of the villagers, the Maoists tied the bothers up and took them to a nearby hill, saying that the duo would be tried in a Praja Court for being police informers.
They suspected the brothers’ involvement in the Gobarapada encounter some time ago in which a Maoist was killed. However, the locals on Thursday tried to convince the Maoists that the two brothers were innocent. The brothers were later released and they reached their village on Friday.
‘Chalo Assembly’ protest on September 30
Telangana Democratic Front, an umbrella organisation of various peoples’ associations’ has called for a ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest on September 30 demanding a detailed inquiry into the recent encounter. Releasing a poster of the protest here on Friday, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao failed to keep up his promise of implementing the Maoist party agenda. Instead, he was now trying to eliminate the Maoist party members unleashing terror against them.
Describing the encounter as ‘fake’ , he held responsible the policemen who took part in the operation of killing Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy in Moddulagutta encounter in Govindaraopet mandal here. “The State government should own responsibility for the murders. The government should order a detailed inquiry into the encounter, Mr. Varavara Rao demanded. Various peoples’ associations and democratic organisations had joined hands to condemn the encounter. Mr. Sudarshan, father of Sruthi said that it was clear that his daughter was molested and brutally tortured before being killed.