Naxal commander killed in Chhattisgarh
The Chhattisgarh police on Tuesday gunned down a Naxal commander in Maoist-hit Dantewada district, taking the number of rebels killed in various encounters in Bastar region this month to 15. Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap said the encounter took place at around 1 P.M. between a squad of District Reserve Group (DRG) and rebels at Kesapur village under Tongpal police station limits.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of Podia, section commander of Maoists’ military platoon no.13 at Kesapur weekly market, a small DRG team comprising 10 personnel launched the operation in Faraspal, around 450 km from here. On reaching Kesapur, the security personnel spotted Podia and tried to nab him, but suddenly a firing broke out from the other side prompting the policemen to retaliate, he said. When Ultras fled from the spot, security forces cordoned-off the area and recovered the body of Podia, along with a 303 rifle, nine live rounds, a .315 bore revolver and its six live rounds were also seized from the spot, the SP said. (ANI)
Over 250 armed Maoists sneak into agency from Chhattisgarh
VISAKHAPATNAM: Outwitting the move of the security agencies to strengthen their presence in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam, Maoists have virtually doubled the presence of their armed cadres there. AP Police and the central forces are now apprehensive of a major offensive by Naxals in this region in the coming days. “Till October, there were about 250 armed Naxals in the Agency area. Since then, almost another 250 of the cadre has infiltrated into Vizag from Chhattisgarh,” top police sources told TOI.
The development comes a few days after the AP government put in a request with the Centre for deployment of a second CRPF battalion in Agency to counter the fortification of the Maoists in the wake of the anti-bauxite mining protests “We came to know that there has been a very large deployment of additional forces by the Maoists from Chhattisgarh into the Agency area. Several villagers have told us that they have sighted new faces. This points to the new cadre having come from Chhattisgarh. Our forces are on the alert and would soon intensify the combing operations,” Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen told TOI. The new Maoists cadres have been spotted in Pedabayalu, GK Veedhi and Korukonda of the Agency area as well as in Kalimela, Podia, Narayanapatna, and the cut-off area near Balimela reservoir on the Odisha side of the Andhra-Odisha border. According to sources, the Maoists are taking all steps to ensure that the new cadre are not easily visible to villagers.
Maoists sending cadre from Chhattisgarh to AOB
A battalion in uniformed forces’ term consists of 1200 men but for Maoists it is half the size.
One “company” each is positioned in Andhra and Odisha. The CPI (Maoist) is strengthening its presence in the Andhra-Odisha Border area by sending its cadres from Chhattisgarh. This is probably to continue its strong presence after recruitment from local Girijans has come down considerably during the last few years. One “battalion” consisting of 500 to 600 Maoists have been reportedly positioned in Andhra and Odisha border. A battalion in uniformed forces’ term consists of 1200 men but for Maoists it is half the size.
One “company” each is positioned in Andhra and Odisha. This is probably to strengthen the party’s presence as the local Girijans have rose as one to oppose the bauxite mining plans of the State and Central governments in the Visakha and East Godavari Agency area , to start with at Jerrela for which a GO was issued facilitating forest clearance. The security forces have reportedly got conformation of induction of Chhattisgarh cadre in the AOB area after the attack on a BSF party at a place under Chitrakonda police station in Odisha on the border with AP and a few other incidents in Visakha Agency.
The physical structure and the “language” (Hindi, since it is not Telugu or Oriya) as described by some witnesses point out to the fact that they are from Chhattisgarh. The new group is not coming directly in contact with the local villagers and is moving on its own. The Maoists from Chhattisgarh are mostly from a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group and are influencing villagers from the same PVTG community in the Visakha Agency, who themselves have relocated here after being evicted from their original habitats in Odisha and other places due to projects set up there. The situation made the security forces to intensify their combing operations even as the locals wait in apprehension on how the situation would be with anti-bauxite agitation picking up.
THREE IEDS RECOVERED IN SUKMA DISTRICT
Security personnel on Monday recovered as many as three powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from separate locations in Maoist hot-bed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. According to the police, a team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) undertaking anti-Naxal exercises on Jagargunda-Dornapal route falling under limits of Polampalli police station recovered two IEDs from near Kankerlanka hills. The recovered IEDs could be around 10 kg each.
In another incident, the personnel of District Force (DF) have recovered an IED weighing around 15 kg placed by insurgents beneath a road close to village Dharampenta falling under limits of Kistaram police station, added police. The recovered IEDs were immediately defused by experts of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), police informed. To thwart operations in the region by targeting security personnel frequently undertaking operations, the cadres of banned organization plants IED in rough terrains.
Maoist held with large quantity of ammunition
A Maoist has been arrested with large quantity of ammunition from a village under Dev police station area in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip off, security forces comprising CRPF and district police raided Karamdih village yesterday and nabbed a Maoist Chandan Kumar from his house with 330 ammunition of SLR and ten ammunition of semi-automatic rifle, Superintendent of Police (SP) Baburam said. In addition, a bundle of copper wire and 15 m codex wire used for laying landmines were also seized from the ultra’s house, he said.
Baburam said the district police had got a tip off about a self-styled CPI(Maoist) commander Abhijit Yadav’s visit to Karamdih village for subversive activities, but he could not be found there, but the security forces succeeded in nabbing Yadav’s associate, Chandan Kumar.
Woman among four Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Nov 24 (PTI) Four Naxals, including a woman, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district, police said today. The cadres, identified as Ramesh Vetti (22), Faguram Mandavi (21), Panchlal Usendi alias Baiga and Sumitra Darro alias Guddi (20), were apprehended by a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district police force yesterday, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI.
Following an input about the presence of rebels involved in torching as many as 26 vehicles engaged in mining related task at Chargaon-Metabodli mines last month, the joint team of security personnel was dispatched towards the spot, he said. After encircling the spot, the four Naxals were rounded up, the SP adding that during interrogation they confessed to their involvement with the banned outfit. The arrested rebels also admitted to being involved in setting ablaze vehicles in Chargaon mines on October 30 this year, he said.
‘Reds’ torch 4 construction vehicles
JAMSHEDPUR: Suspected Maoists set ablaze four vehicles engaged in road construction work in Kuchai under Kuchai police station of adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district yesterday, said police on Monday. A group of CPI (Maoist) members arrived on motorcycles and torched four vehicles of a road construction company last night, said superintendent of police Indrajeet Mahatha.
Mahatha, who along with DIG (Kolhan) R K Dhan, rushed to the spot today to investigate the incident, said a water carrier, two tractors and a road roller of the construction company were set on fire as the security forces, which have been deployed to secure the completion of the 23 km road between Kathlan to Bababamboo, were mobilized for the first phase of the four-phase Panchayat elections held on Sunday last. Mahatha said the construction company had already completed construction of about 20km under protection of the security forces and the remaining three km was about to be completed when the forces had to mobilised for the first phase of polls. PTI