Another Maoist killed, weapons seized near Rourkela, Odisha
Another Maoist was killed today in a gun battle with joint security forces in the ongoing combing operation in Chandiposh forest near Rourkela,Odisha. In exchange of fire between Maoists and joint forces of Odisha police, SOG and CRPF, two naxals have been killed till now. One of the red rebels was killed yesterday, and two guns each were recovered from them. Acting on intelligence inputs, the allied forces of state police, Special Operations Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had started combing operations 2 days ago.
They have busted a naxal camp, from where a large cache of arms and supplies have recovered from the camp in Daldali hills. According to reports, around 20 Maoists belonging to Anmol camp have been camping in the Daldali hills. Anmol is the zonal head of Maoists in Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kuchinda, Deogarh areas. Rourkela SP and CRPF Commandant have reached the spot to take stock of the situation. “The operation was launched by Odisha police jointly with CRPF on 10. 11. 2015.
The operation was conducted by 3 units of SOG, 1 unit of CRPF and District Voluntry Force (DVF). Two maoists were killed, one a top ranking naxal, called Sangram, along with substantial arms and ammunination, including four 3o4 rifles , 284 rounds of bullets, four grenades , geletine sticks, Maoist literature and camping materials were seized”, said K B Singh, Odisha DGP . One of the killed Maoist has been identified as 35 year-old Sangram,was Saranda sub zonal committee member operating in Jharkhand . The red rebels were planning to launch attacks during forthcoming Jharkand panchayat elections, said Singh.
Three Hardcore Maoists Arrested
Gaya: Three hardcore Maoists have been arrested from a village in Bihar’s Gaya district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Orwatand village last evening and nabbed three hardcore Maoists, identified as Manoj Yadav, Ramesh Kumar and Sanju Yadav, all members of proscribed naxal outfit – CPI (Maoists), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj told reporters. Manoj Yadav was wanted in eight cases of naxal violence in the district, including an incident in which the Maoists had blown up a minibus carrying security personnel in which two were killed on February 24 last, he said. Yadav was also among those Maoists who had torched 32 trucks during their bandh in the district in May this year, Maharaj said.
Pakistan, China and Naxalites are main threats: IAF chief
On the internal security challenges, ACM Raha said that it was becoming increasingly difficult to separate the internal threats to security from the external ones. The Express quoted him as saying: “In the recent past Naxalism has emerged as the single biggest threat to India’s internal security and has assumed serious and threatening propositions.” Highlighting the IAF’s role in support of anti-Naxal operations, he said that IAF helicopters had flown 15,100 sorties since 2009 to transport 74,000 police personnel, 1,000 casualties and mortal remains and 1600 tons of load.
Security beefed up at Ayyanna’s house
As the Girijans’ opposition to bauxite mining is growing and the banned CPI (Maoist) all set to exploit the situation, security at Panchayati Raj Minister Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu at Narsipatnam, which is the gateway to the Agency has been stepped up. The Minister is now using a bullet proof vehicle, a metal detector was erected at the entrance of his house and deployment of armed guards has been doubled.
Local protesters under scanner
Police rule out Maoist hand behind bomb attack on quarry office
Following a suspicion that some of the local protesters were involved in the recent bomb attack on a quarry office in Kavilumpara panchayat, the Thottilpalam police have started checking the details people who were found involved in the past series of protests seeking the closure of the unit. The quarry had been remaining closed for several months as the panchayat denied permission to renew the licence citing environmental issues. A senior police officer from Thottilpalam station said the suspected involvement of a political party and some of the action committee members was under the scan.
“Two steel bombs had been hurled at the quarry office. One had been defused by the bomb squad on the spot,” he said. Police officers said the motive for the attack, despite the quarry had been remaining closed for months, was remaining obscure. “Though it was an area with confirmed presence of Maoist supporters, this incident had no such links,” they confirmed. Police sources said there was strong protest from the local residents when the quarry was operational because of environmental pollution. There were several rounds of open protests in the area. But the latest one, with bombs, was critical. It will be investigated seriously, they added.