Cache of Explosives Recovered After Policemen-Naxal Face-Off
RAIPUR: A fierce gun-fight today broke out between security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district following which a huge cache of explosives and Maoist-related material was recovered. The skirmish took place early this morning when a joint team of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and district force were out on an anti-Naxal operation in Basaguda police station area of the district, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
While security forces were cordoning off Chhote Tarrem village forests, a group of armed rebels opened fire on them prompting security forces to retaliate, the ASP said, adding, Maoists soon fled into deep forests taking cover of rough terrain. Later, 6-8 pipe bombs, pitthu (bags), Naxals posters, banners and other related materials were recovered, he added. Blood stains were found at the spot indicating that some ultras might have been injured or killed in the gun battle, the ASP said. Search operations in the region are underway and details about recovery will be known once the patrol will get back to its camp, he added.
A day after naxalite attack on police team, vigil upped along TN – Kerala border
COIMBATORE: Naxal Special Division sleuths from Coimbatore district, combed the forests along Tamil Nadu – Kerala border for the second consecutive day on Sunday, to nab the suspected naxalites who fled after attacking a police team in the neighbouring state on Saturday. NSD sleuths have increased vigil in tribal villages along the inter-state border. “We have started talking to tribals and villagers, asking them to inform police about movement of suspected strangers in their locality,” a senior official from NSD said.
The police have also tightened scrutiny in all the government and private hospitals in Coimbatore and Nilgiris, expecting injured Maoists to get treatment there. “We have informed all the doctors and health staff to inform us about patients who might come with gun shot wounds,” he said. Meanwhile, the Kerala police have slapped Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against five suspected Maoists including a woman on Sunday. Police found a bag containing two used bullets, a water battle, a pain balm and a few cloths.
They have intensified combing operations near Kadugumanna tribal settlement located near Silent Valley National Park after the rude shock on Saturday morning when a group of Maoists opened fire at a police team. The Maoists, suspected to be a gang of five, hiding near Kadugummanna tribal settlement, had shot at a team of police from Agali who there on a tip off. The police retaliated, injuring two of the suspected Maoists. Meanwhile, the police have identified two of the Naxals. “We have identified two of the Maoists who attacked police as Soman from Wayanad and Ayyappan from Attappady on Sunday. We have got vital clues about a suspected woman Maoist also,” said N Vijayakumar, superintendent of police, Palakkad district.
“The identities of three Maoists including a woman are yet to be ascertained,” he added. The combing operations are being conducted by Thunderbolt, a special police team and forest department staff in Attapady and Silent Valley Region. Police sources said Ayyappan was very active in the Naxal circuit for the last four months.
Attapadi firing: Kerala Police to submit report to NIA
Palakkad: The Kerala Police will submit report on the recent exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in Attappadi to National Investigation Authority (NIA). This is a mandatory step as the police have registered a case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on the firing incident. Police have announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for helping to capture Maoist leader Soman, who is suspected to be among those who fired at the officers. He is considered as the most prominent Maoist leader after Roopesh, who was arrested recently.
Maoists kill former rebel
Maoists killed a former red rebel, who had surrendered before the police over two years ago, dubbing him as a police informer in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, the police said on Monday. The deceased, identified as Dambaru Sagadia, was one of the two tribals who had been abducted by a group of armed ultras on Friday last from Mundaguda village under Mathili police station area, said Inspector incharge of Mathili police station, P K Mallick.
While the other tribal, Sina Madhi, had managed to escape from the captivity of the Maoists the next day, the body of Sagadia with injury marks was found in a forest near Kansariput this morning, he said. Sina Madhi has stated that both of them had been badly beaten up by the Maoists after being abducted at gun point, the police said. A poster recovered from the site stated that Dambaru was punished as he functioned as an informer of the police and assisted in anti-Maoist operations, Mallick said.