Naxals Torch Passenger Bus in Chhattisgarh, None Hurt
RAIPUR: Naxals torched a private travel bus in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, after asking its passengers to alight, police said today. They also fired upon an anti-landmine vehicle in which security forces had rushed to the spot to rescue the passengers. However, no one was hurt in the incident, they said. The incident occurred last night near restive Tahakwada village on NH-30 under Tongpal Police Station limits, a short distance from the spot where 15 security men and a civilian were killed in a Maoist ambush in April last year, a senior police official said.
The bus was heading to Hyderabad from Bastar’s district headquarter in Jagdalpur when it was attacked. Around 50 cadres, most of them armed, surrounded the bus in a thickly forested patch near Tahakwada and asked the passengers to get down before setting it ablaze, he said. Subsequently, security forces were rushed to the spot in a Mine-Protected Vehicle (MPV) keeping in view the sensitivity of the region. Near Tahakwada, naxals fired few rounds on the MPV but soon fled from the spot as the back-up forces reached there and launched retaliatory action, he said.
Naxal killed in encounter in Bijapur
A naxal was on Wednesday gunned down by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, taking to 16 the total number of ultras having been killed in separate gun-battles in Bastar region so far this month. The skirmish occurred at around 5 p.m. between a joint team of security forces and naxals in Kurcholi village forests under Basaguda police station limits, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police, Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
A joint squad of 204th battalion of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) — an elite wing of CRPF — State’s District Reserve Group (DRG) and district force had launched a special anti-naxal operation in the surrounding area of Basaguda- Dalla, Lenra, Kurcholi village forests, since this morning, Elesela said. With this encounter, the number of Maoists having been killed in seven separate encounters in South Bastar this month has reached to 16.
A bandh call given by the Maoists in Dandakaranya region on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border disrupted normal life in Mathili block of Malkangiri district in Odisha on Wednesday. The bandh was called by the Darbha division of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation. This division also operates in parts of Malkangiri district bordering Chhattisgarh. According to Maoist posters put up in remote areas of Mathili block, the bandh was in protest against anti-Maoist operation named ‘Operation Red Hunt’ and use of helicopters and drones for air strikes against the Naxalites in Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas.
As per reports, the Maoists dug roads and cut down trees to block roads in interior pockets of Mahupadar, Salim, Kumarpalli areas of Mathili block. Vehicular traffic was affected as passenger vehicles remained off the roads due to fear of Maoist violence. Shops also remained closed in interior pockets. According to Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, security had been enhanced in regions bordering Chhattisgarh. Combing operations were also intensified in the area.
The Odisha police was in touch with its Chhattisgarh counterpart. Anti-Maoist operations in Malkangiri district in Odisha have also been intensified along with major attacks by security forces on Naxalite camps in adjoining Chhattisgarh. On November 22, during an anti-Maoist operation in Tekguda jungle, security forces had busted a Maoist camp and arrested four Maoists. Large quantity of explosive materials was seized from the Maoist camp.
Five Naxals Held in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Five Naxals, allegedly involved in setting ablaze a government-run bus recently, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district today, police said. The cadres – Deuram (25), Bhura (30), Sondhar (20), Sakharam(25) and Nilesh (32) were apprehended from a forested hill near their native place Marjum village under Katekalyan police station limits, SHO Katekalyan police station Vijay Patel told PTI. They were allegedly involved in torching a Jan Suvidha Express Bus while it was heading towards Dantewada from Katekalyan on November 23 after asking the passengers to alight.
Besides they were also allegedly involved in cutting roads affecting vehicular movement during Maoist ‘bandh’ call, the SHO said. While undertaking a combing operation in the region, a team of police personnel received a tip-off about the location of the said Naxals, following which they nabbed them, Patel said. The ultras confessed to their involvement in the incident, the SHO said, adding that efforts are on to trace other rebels who were involved in it.
Jharkhand: An LWE leader, his two politician wives and a struggling outfit
In 2010, when Jharkhand held panchayat elections for the first time, Jiten Gudiya managed to get his wife elected as a mukhiya. This time, the third-highest-ranking leader of one of the state’s largest left-wing extremist groups has got his second wife elected to the Khunti district council, unopposed, ahead of polling on November 28. Unlike Rita Gudiya becoming Tapkara panchayat president, however, Jonika Gudiya’s election to the zila parishad from Torpa East this time is more an exception than the rule.
While the 2010 election had a number of candidates endorsed by Jiten’s People’s Liberation Front of India, Jonika is the only candidate in Khunti with an explicit PLFI connection this time. The change in PLFI tactics is a reflection of the fall in its clout over the past year. “From eight targets last year, we are now left with three PLFI targets,” said Anish Gupta, Khunti’s SP.
Maoists kill civilian in Maharashtra
A civilian, identified as Vinay Mistry (28), working in a grocery outlet, was killed by a group of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres at Murumgaon under Dhanora tehsil (revenue unit) of Gadchiroli District on November 24, reports The Times of India. The incident occurred shortly after the local weekly market was over. It’s learnt that the Maoists targeted Mistry after barging into the shop owned by the victim’s employer Vyankatesh Ahirwar. The Maoists were said to be upset with Ahirwar for not complying with their demands.