Naxals set road construction machines on fire, threaten labourers
Naxals sets ablaze 37 vehicles and road construction machines in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, near the Telangana border, Saturday night. However, while labourers working on the road were threatened, they were not attacked, said senior police officials. Trucks, tippers, tractors and mixing machines belonging to three private firms were damaged in the arson. An operation is on to arrest the culprits, an officer said. Superintendent of Police (Bijapur) KL Dhruv said, “Armed Naxals simultaneously stormed three locations on the Bhopalpatnam-Bhadrakali-Tarlaguda road that leads to the state of Telangana, and torched 37 construction vehicles and machines on Saturday night.”
Maoists’ ‘levy collector’ arrested in Bokaro
BOKARO: District police in a joint operation with CRPF arrested a Maoist and recovered cash Rs 50,000 and pistol from his possession at Tilya village under Mahuataad police station of Gomia Block here on Sunday. The arrested Maoist has been identified as Jaleshwar Mahto alias Jale a resident of a village Chutte situated in foothills of Gomia Block. The cash which was recovered from his possession was a levy that he collected from a contractor. Police finds arrest of Mahto as an achievement because he used to work as levy collection agent for the red outfit in the area.
He has joined the banned Maoists outfit seven years ago. “During police interrogation Mahto revealed vital information about the people from whom Maoists used to collect levy. Maho confessed that he collected the cash as levy from a contractor and was carrying to deliver it to Maoist commander Santosh Mahto, when police nabbed him,” said Neeraj Kumar, DSP, Bermo. Mahto earlier two times has gone to jail in naxal cases.Once in connection of blasting a school building in Tiskopi and another setting an earthmover on fire at road construction site few years ago.
He is said to have strong connection with Maoists leaders of the area. DSP said that on a tip off, a police-CRPF team who was conducting search operation in foothills of Jhumra was sent to nab Mahto in Tilya village. The police team nabbed him at a spot outside the village. “We recovered a pistol from his possession that he was carrying with cash. He was involved in naxal activities from past several years,” said DSP. District police have intensified anti-naxal search operations in Maoists prone Gomia and Nawadih Blocks of the district.
In past 25 days span, police team led by DSP, Neeraj Kumar have nabbed five Maoists sympathizers including a deputy Mukhiya and two Maoists from Gomia Block. DSP said the police team on direction of SP, Bokaro, Y S Ramesh have launched search against Maoists who are active in the area. The arresting have been done under a strategy to eradicate extremism from the area.
1 CRPF personnel killed, 1 injured in gunbattle with Naxals
Raipur: A CRPF personnel was killed and another injured in a gun battle with naxals in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district on Sunday. The skirmish took place in the forests under Maraguda police station limits during an anti-naxal operation in the region by the paramilitary forces, Sukam Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. A squad of the 217th battalion of Central Reserve Paramilitary Force launched an operation late on Sunday evening after getting an information about digging of a road by ultras near the force’s Maraiguda camp, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, Singh said.